Globally acclaimed Kanyashree emerges as saviour for girls from cash-strapped families

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s pet project Kanyashree, which has garnered worldwide recognition, has come as a boon to girls coming from economically challenged families, with aspirations of higher education.Case in point, the project has helped the students of Muralidhar Girls’ College to carry on with higher education. Around 125 students of the college got benefits of the project in 2016-17, while around 155 were benefitted in 2017-18 and around 240 in 2018-19. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”I come from a very modest background and there was a time when I did not know whether I could pursue my true passion, which is dance. After receiving Kanyashree, I gathered the courage to start a dance class and am happy to see my life getting transformed,” said Bishakha Das, daughter of a domestic help. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication at Muralidhar Girls’ College. “Receiving Kanyashree in 2017 has greatly helped me in meeting my education cost as I come from a poor family,” said Nasifa Ali, a former student of Muralidhar who is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”I could buy instruments after receiving the money from Kanyashree scholarship in 2019, which has been of great help to a folk music aspirant like me,” said Sonali Haldar, an inter-collegiate music winner, and a student of Arts stream in Muralidhar Girls’ College. “In 2019 I received a Kanyashree scholarship and the amount has been helpful towards my education expenses,” maintained Tuktuki Ruidas, a student in general stream at Muralidhar College, who is also a running enthusiast. “Today when I see my students I feel immense pride and happiness that many unsure and underconfident young women have been transformed through this institute’s continued efforts and Kanyashree into confident and bright women of the future. The college, as many would know, did not earlier have the Science stream but coming from a background in Chemistry, I thought the knowledge of science was very integral to women’s education,” said Kinjalkini Biswas, principal of the college, while paying her homage to Muralidhar Bandyopadhyay, educationist and visionary whose birthday was on Tuesday. To mark the occasion, Kavita Singh, associate professor, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, gave a lecture on women empowerment. Muralidhar Girls’ College was initially the Ballygunge Uchho Balika Vidyalaya, which was set up in 1919. It was later converted to Muralidhar Girls’ College in 1940, affiliated to The University of Calcutta.last_img read more

Alex Salmond says Britain ‘reneging on pledges’ after Scottish referendum

Marrakech – Less than a month after decisive defeat of the Scottish referendum on independence from the United Kingdom, Alex Salmond who is standing down as Scotland’s First Minister and is being replaced by Nicola Sturgeon, accused British Prime Minister David Cameron of betraying Scotland by reneging on pledges to grant more spending powers to the Scottish Parliament. His successor Nicola Sturgeon, echoed his concern.The leaders of the UK’s three main parties, the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, and Labour Party, made several promises for increased Scottish autonomy.Since then, Britain’s London-based politicians have bickered over what amount to overhaul the way the United Kingdom is ruled. However, the game-changer may very well be the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and its leader Nicholas Farage, who just won a critical election and are poised to win more seats. UKIP wants English MPs to only decide legislation and matters relating to England. This raises the question of how much public money should be allocated to devolved administrations and how much they should be allowed to raise their own revenue. It also raises the question of whether or not the number of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Members of the Westminster Parliament should be reduced, since they have autonomous parliaments of their own. The so-called West Lothian question asks why MPs from devolved areas can vote on English legislation affecting England but English MPs cannot vote on legislation affecting Scotland, Northern Ireland, or Wales. Thus far, no answer has been forthcoming.Alex Salmond has threatened that Scottish voters will take revenge against the Conservative-led coalition in the next UK parliamentary elections, due on 7 May 2015, unless Parliament calls for an earlier date. The Conservative party has one Scottish MP in Westminster and 15 members of the Scottish Parliament. The Liberal Democrats  are likely to lose heavily in the next election.This might leave the Labour party as the winner, or there may be a more complex scenario with UKIP determining the balance, a party gaining strength at the expense of the Conservatives. UKIP wants Britain to leave the European Union. David Cameron is committed to holding a referendum on Britain’s EU membership in 2017 if he wins the next election in 2015. The EU remains the Achilles’ heel of the Conservative party, and may indeed be the cause of yet more defections to UKIP. “A suivre”, as they say. read more

Unemployment rate drops slightly in Alberta Calgary

Unemployment rate drops slightly in Alberta, Calgary Positive signs in the job market across the board Friday.According to Statistics Canada, the country added more than 53,000 positions in December, destroying analysts who estimated some losses overall; though the unemployment rate went up slightly to 6.9 per cent as more people looked for work.There are also some nice numbers in Alberta, as well.The province performed quite well, wiping out half-a-point from the jobless rate, which now sits at 8.5 per cent.Todd Hirsch, ATB Financial’s Chief Economist, says what’s really encouraging is 19,000 full time positions were created in the province last month, off-setting a loss of 12,000 part time spots.“One of the big challenges throughout 2016 in Alberta was the deterioration of the job market. In other words, far more part-time jobs being created than full time. December reversed that a little bit,” he said.The city of Calgary stayed relatively flat, shedding just one-tenth of a point to sit at 10.2 per cent, which is still the worst of any major centre in the country.While there were some positive signs for the city and province in this report, Hirsch anticipates major gains in employment won’t be seen here until the second half of 2017. (Stock photo: Pixabay.com) by Mike Tarasko Posted Jan 6, 2017 8:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Doctors should be obliged to tell DVLA when patients are no longer

first_imgDoctors should be obliged to tell the DVLA when patients are no longer fit to drive, government medical advisor has said.Daniel Sokol, Medical Ethicist and Barrister, who has advised the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Justice, said healthcare workers should be allowed to breach confidentiality to warn of dangerous drivers.His comments come following the death of Poppy-Arabella Clarke who was killed when John Place, 73, ran a red light at a pedestrian crossing and ploughed into her and her mother.Mr Place had ignored an optician’s warning not to get behind the wheel, and was not even wearing his glasses at the time of the accident.After he was jailed for four years at Birmingham Crown Court, Poppy’s parents called for the law to be changed requiring medical professionals to report people unfit to drive to the DVLA. Writing in the BMJ, Mr Sokol said it was crucial that doctors be forced to warn when patients were no longer fit for the roads.“Motor vehicles are lethal objects,” said Mr Sokol.“They maim and kill innocent people just as efficiently as infectious diseases or terrorist attacks.“Yet doctors in the public interest are required by law to report patients who have certain infectious diseases or who may commit terrorist acts—but not patients who may cause serious harm through their unfitness to drive.“Logic calls for the law of disclosure to extend to patients deemed unfit to drive or fly.”According to General Medical Council (GMC) guidance, doctors should explain to patients deemed unfit to drive that their condition may affect their ability to drive and that they – the patients – have a legal obligation to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) about their condition. John Place, 72, who has been jailed for four years after killing three-year-old Poppy-Arabella ClarkCredit: West Midlands Police John Place, 72, who has been jailed for four years after killing three-year-old Poppy-Arabella Clark  Poppy-Arabella Clarkecenter_img If the patient continues to drive, the GMC advises that “you should make every reasonable effort to persuade them to stop.”If persuasion fails or the doctor discovers that the patient is continuing to drive, the doctor should contact the DVLA to disclose the medical information.But Mr Sokol said it relied too heavily on the honesty of the patient, an darufed that many patients Many patients will lie to avoid the loss of their driving licence. They will falsely promise to inform the DVLA and to stop driving. And the chances of the doctor discovering that the patient is continuing to drive are slim, he argues.“To rely on the assurances of patients, in the knowledge that they – like most of us – lie to please others and to get out of trouble, is naive and irresponsible,” added Mr Sokol.“It can also cost lives. As far back as Hippocratic times, doctors were instructed to look out for the lies of patients. Two and a half thousand years later the advice still holds true.”This new law would not erode doctor-patient confidentiality, he concludes. “It offers a solution to the reluctance of impaired drivers to appreciate the danger they pose to others, as well as the recognition that some patients will deceive to continue driving.”The Clarkes are calling for the introduction of ‘Poppy-Arabella’s law’ which would make doctors legally obliged to inform the DVLA about dangerous drivers.Richard Langton, of Slater and Gordon, said: “A lasting legacy would be Poppy-Arabella’s law, requiring any medical professional aware of a person’s inability to drive safely to report them to the DVLA so that their licence is withdrawn.”Charlie Massey, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said: “Our guidance is clear that doctors should disclose information about individual patients to protect the public from potential harm.”Our updated advice on reporting concerns to the DVLA, which comes into force next month, also states that doctors should disclose information to the agency if others may be at risk – even if the patient does not agree to this.”We don’t agree that reporting should be made mandatory. There is a clear public good in having a confidential medical service and we would be concerned about the wider implications if the trust between a doctor and their patient was eroded.”We should let doctors use their professional judgment, in conjunction with our guidance, to the individual situation.”  Poppy-Arabella ClarkeCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Automated underground bulk handling system commissioned at Randgold Kibali

first_imgThe successful commissioning of the automated materials handling system at Kibali gold mine’s underground operation is supporting the planned ramp-up in production, Randgold Resources’ Chief Executive Mark Bristow said today. Bristow told a briefing for local media that Kibali was on track to achieve its 2018 production guidance of 730,000 oz, a 22% increase on the previous year’s output.Aside from the continuing optimisation of the underground system and the construction of the mine’s third hydropower station, scheduled for commissioning towards the middle of this year, the giant Kibali project is now complete. Later this year, Kibali will move from underground mining by contractors to owner-mining, as has already happened at Randgold’s Loulo mines in Mali.Kibali ranks as one of the most automated underground gold mines in Africa and the third-largest open-stoping gold mine in the world. Bristow noted that it represented an investment of more than $2.7 billion over an eight year period, demonstrating the importance of providing investors in a long term industry such as mining with reliable tax and fiscal stability guarantees.“The investment in Kibali was motivated by the stability provision in the 2002 mining code, which in our view has been triggered by the recent promulgation of the 2018 code. We trust we shall be able to reach consensus on this issue with the government, which we believe is critical to future investment in the country,” he said.Despite challenges, Kibali remains committed to advancing the development of its remote region and continues to invest in the employment and upskilling of local people. More than 90% of its employees are Congolese nationals, and so far this year it has spent almost $50 million with local contractors. Over the total project period this totalled $1.6 billion.last_img read more

Iraqi troops show strength but ISIS captures key crossing

first_imgSHIITE FIGHTERS PARADED in Baghdad in a dramatic show of force aimed at Sunni militants who seized a Syrian border crossing, widening a western front in an offensive threatening to rip Iraq apart.Meanwhile, Washington readied a new diplomatic bid to unite Iraq’s fractious leaders and repel insurgents whose lightning offensive has displaced hundreds of thousands, alarmed the world and put Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki under growing pressure.And in a sign the broad alliance of jihadists and anti-government elements behind the assault may be fracturing, internecine clashes killed 17 fighters in northern Iraq.Security forces announced they were holding their own in several areas north of Baghdad, but officials said insurgents led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist group seized one of three official border crossings with Syria.The takeover came a day after 34 members of the security forces were killed in the border town, giving the fighters greater cross-border mobility into conflict-hit Syria.The seizure of Al-Qaim leaves just one of three official border crossings with Syria in the hands of the central government. The third is controlled by Kurdish forces.Anti-government fighters already hold parts of the western province of Anbar, which abuts the Syrian border, after taking all of one city and parts of another earlier in the year.It is unclear what impact the latest move will have on the overall offensive, as militants already have free rein along most of the 600-kilometre (375-mile) border, neither side of which is controlled by government forces.Internecine clashesISIS aims to create an Islamic state that will incorporate both Iraq and Syria, where the group has become a major force in the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad.Seventeen fighters were killed in Friday clashes between ISIS and the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandiyah Order (JRTN), another Sunni insurgent group, in militant-held territory in northern Kirkuk province.The Sunni insurgents driving the offensive are made up of a broad alliance of other groups, such as loyalists of now-executed dictator Saddam Hussein.Analysts say it is unclear if the alliance can survive given its disparate ideologies.The battle for the strategic northern town of Tal Afar was in its seventh day, Maliki’s security spokesman said Saturday, with government forces holding some neighbourhoods.- © AFP 2014Read: British medical student identified in ‘jihad recruitment video’last_img read more

Latest on gas tax repeal effort and its impact on other primary

first_imgLatest on gas tax repeal effort and its impact on other primary elections KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsWith last night’s primary behind us, we are now seeing the large impact the recent car and gas tax is having on voters and how the issue is influencing other races as well.KUSI’s Logan Byrnes has more on what we can expect leading up to the November election. June 6, 2018 Posted: June 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

29th San Diego Jewish Film Festival to begin Thursday run through Feb

first_img Updated: 11:53 AM Posted: February 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom February 7, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 29th annual San Diego Jewish International Film Festival will begin Thursday and continue through Feb. 17.The 11-day festival will kick off with a screening of “It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story,” a documentary about the jazz label Blue Note Records. The label, started by two German Jewish immigrants in 1939, would go on to sign the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk and Quincy Jones. One of the founders, Alfred Lion, lived in San Diego from 1978 until his death in 1987.The festival will include screenings of 32 films across multiple genres at the Museum of Photographic Arts, Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18, Reading Cinemas Town Square and the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center’s Garfield Theatre. The festival will also present its Directors Award to Roberta Grossman for her film, “Who Will Write Our History,” which chronicles a group of journalists and scholars in the Warsaw Ghetto who pushed back on Nazi propaganda.“The film festival is an opportunity to share our rich heritage, culture and values with all of San Diego County,” said film festival Chairwoman Christina Fink. “As we approach the 30th anniversary, we’re excited to be able to continue producing an event that offers award-winning films that promote awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of Jewish people while also making the festival more accessible to younger generations through the new mobile app.”Residents can find festival showtimes and a list of every film screening at sdjff.org. Single-screening tickets and festival passes are also available, with single tickets starting at $13.25 for members of the Jewish Community Center and $15.25 for non-members.The opening night screening of “It Must Schwing” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the Reading Cinemas Town Square at 4665 Clairemont Drive. center_img KUSI Newsroom, 29th San Diego Jewish Film Festival to begin Thursday, run through Feb. 17 Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Highway 99 revisited

first_imgPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower killed Highway 99.Can Clark County commissioners resurrect it? Commissioners are getting ready to adopt a detailed plan for improving the dog-eared thoroughfare that lost its power after Eisenhower signed off on the interstate system in the 1950s. Interstate 5 replaced Highway 99 as the main north-south corridor linking big cities along the West Coast because Highway 99 did not meet federal guidelines for an interstate.For details on the Highway 99 Sub-Area Plan, click hereNow, commissioners are hoping a new set of guidelines and development incentives will, over the next few decades, improve upon what has been described in public comments as “an eyesore,” “inconvenient” and “messy.”Commissioners will consider adopting the Highway 99 Sub-Area Plan following a final public hearing at 10 a.m. July 13 at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.If adopted, the plan will go into effect Aug. 1.The plan has been years in the making and reflects input from business owners and neighbors. It targets Highway 99 from the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Bridge near Northeast 63rd Street up to Northeast 134th Street. Colete Anderson, a county planner who has served as project manager for the past four years, said Thursday that commissioners ranked Highway 99 and the surrounding area as a “focused public investment area.” The county’s currently working on, for example, a proposed sports complex on Northeast 78th Street near St. Johns Road and redoing the county’s old poor farm into the 78th Street Heritage Farm. Elements of that plan include a trail system with viewpoints and signs, energy-efficient greenhouses, continued community and food bank gardens and a parking area that might host a farmers market.last_img read more

Huskies blow out Colorado 5224

first_imgSEATTLE — Five out of six. That was the topic of conversation among Washington fans Saturday, and for more reason than one. Yes, the Huskies scored touchdowns on five of their six possessions against Colorado to establish an insurmountable lead. But more significantly, after beating the Buffaloes 52-24, Washington has now won five out of its six games this year — a feat the program has not achieved since 2000. “It’s good to reach our goals that we set at the beginning of the season, We’ve put so much hard work into it,” Huskies offensive lineman Drew Schaefer said. “It’s finally all starting to come together.” Such jelling was most prominently displayed in the first half, in which Washington’s offense flirted with perfection. The Huskies (5-1, 3-0 in the Pac-12) found the end zone on each of their first five drives, quarterback Keith Price seamlessly picking apart the Colorado defense. Through the first 30 minutes, the sophomore had thrown for 230 yards and four TDs on 18 of 23 passing. And Price was hardly discriminatory when it came to targets, hooking up with four different receivers in the end zone to lead Washington to a 38-10 halftime lead. Needless to say, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian was impressed. “The first half was obviously one of the best halves of football we’ve played since we’ve been here,” said Sarkisian, adding that the offense’s potency reminded him of his days as an assistant coach at USC. “Our guys responded and they played passionate football, they played physical football.”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday September 5 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, September 5, 2019:#1) Wilmington Recreation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Cub Scout Pack 136 Registration NightCub Scout Pack 136 is holding a Registration Night from 6pm to 8pm at the Friendship Lodge (Masonic Hall). Contact Troop Leader Frank West at troop136wilm@aol.com for additional information.#3) Lego Building At Wilmington Memorial LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Lego Building session from 3:45pm to 4:45pm. For kids in kindergarten and up. No registration required.#4) Board Game Club For Teens At Wilmington Memorial LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Teen Board Game Club Meeting from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Looking to learn, play, or create fun board games? Bring your favorite game or latest prototype and we’ll play together. Students and their adults welcome, registration encouraged! Register HERE.#5) WCTV Sports Meet-UpInterested in being a part of the WCTV Wildcat Sports Team? Come to the WCTV Sports Meet-Up at 6pm at WCTV’s Studios (10 Waltham Street). WCTV is looking for play-by-play and camera operators for most sports this fall. This meet-up is a good way to meet WCTV staff and hear about opportunities to get involved at the station in a volunteer sports capacity. No prior experience needed. No time commitment. Work solo or as part of a crew. Can’t make it to the meet-up? Contact Marty McCue at marty@wctv.org to schedule a one-on-one visit.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, September 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, September 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

New MatSu flood mapping system more accurate

first_imgAfter 2012 floods in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough required disaster relief, many area homeowners living in the flood plain were required to get expensive flood insurance. Now, a new mapping system will allow about a thousand homeowners to consider dropping their flood insurance bills.Listen Now According to Matanuska-Susitna Borough development services manager Alex Strawn, a recent mapping project has enabled the borough to reduce or change the outlines of the flood plain. And this comes as good news to some homeowners.“The importance is that our previous maps were incorrectly drawn because we had poor data,” Strawn said. “It was back in 1985 when we drew them, and we didn’t have near as sophisticated of topographical data, or near as accurate. So now that we have high, accurate topography data, we can get accurate flood maps.”Strawn said earlier FEMA flood insurance rate maps were based on old, incorrect data. Because of that, Strawn said, the Borough has a lot of people in the flood zone who have not been there in the first place.In 2011, the Borough got a new LIDAR mapping system, which uses lasers from airplanes to penetrate the canopy of the trees to get a better picture of what is on the ground. The very next year, floods hit the Borough.“And, it is interesting that a lot of the homes that flooded were not in the flood zone,” Strawn said. “During that time, we also had recognized that our maps were inaccurate. And largely the Butte was a big one, where we realized a lot of homes were in the flood zone that shouldn’t be, because it is all based on a 1971 flood that occurred. So the timing is somewhat coincidental that we had that flood at the same time we were looking at these maps.”Strawn said the numbers of homes in or out of the flood plane now is based on 2011 data. He said the Borough encourages people to still get flood insurance, whether in or out of the flood plain. But those now outside the flood plain could save between one and two thousand dollars a year in insurance costs. That adds up to a potential total savings of more than $11.7 million over the next fifteen years.Conversely, about a hundred homes will be moved into the flood plain because of the new data.Strawn said the new numbers are preliminary and the maps won’t become official until 2018 after a lengthy review process that includes public input. The new mapping does not include the village of Talkeetna.last_img read more

Model Ekta Maru wants to follow Deepika Padukones footsteps into filmdom Hot

first_imgModel Ekta MaruInstagramModel Ekta Maru is one of the popular Instagram influencers in India. She has been a part of the fashion industry for some time now and has done some notable work. She is gorgeous, stunning and very talented and has decided to take the plunge into Bollywood.Ekta Maru aspires to be an actress and is all geared up to be a part of some interesting projects. The pretty lady has been vocal about her admiration for actress Deepika Padukone, who started her career with modelling before venturing into Bollywood films.In a statement, Ekta Maru said, “I am really looking forward to doing some good films. I want to make sure the roles I take up have an impact and are not usual ones. I am quite excited about doing films and working with amazing directors.” Model Ekta Maru.PR HandoutEkta loves facing the camera and enjoys it. She feels it is essential for one to be confident and represent their best skill. She is keen on working with phenomenal filmmakers in Bollywood.Considering her popularity, it would definitely be a cherry on the cake for her followers and admirers to see her in films. Model Ekta Maru.PR Handoutlast_img read more

Alsobrooks Named Metropolitan COG 2019 Corporate President

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comIf breaking history as the first African American woman to be elected as Prince George’s County Executive wasn’t enough, Angela Alsobrooks has been named as the 2019 corporate president of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG).As the DMV is so closely related, the Metropolitan Washington COG Corporation is a nonprofit that “connects leaders across borders to help shape strong communities and a better region,” according to the organization’s website.  COG members include elected officials from local governments, the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures and U.S. Congress.  Policies are created through three independent boards, the COG Board of Directors, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board and the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee.Each month, over 1,500 local elected officials meet to discuss progress and policy in order to create change and improve the DMV region.  Every December, the officials gather to meet new members and elect corporate officers.  It was at this December meeting where Alsobrooks was named COG President.The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments elected all-female corporate officers, including, Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart (far left) as secretary- treasurer; Phyllis Randall (second from left), chair of the Loudon County Board of Supervisors and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (far right) as vice presidents and Angela Alsobrooks as president. (Courtesy Photo)Phil Mendelson, Chairman of the District of Columbia City Council, served as the 2018 COG President and is passing the baton to Alsobrooks.As COG Corporate President, Alsobrooks will oversee the collective work among the Metropolitan area leaders.“I am so honored to be elected corporate president of [Metropolitan Washington COG] for 2019,” Alsobrooks wrote on Twitter. “I look forward to collaborating with leaders across our region and work on plans to improve the quality of life for each of our citizens.Even more groundbreaking, COG named all women as corporate officers.  Chair of the Loudon County Board of Supervisors Phyllis Randall and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser are COG’s 2019 corporate vice presidents.  Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart is COG’s 2019 corporate secretary- treasurer.last_img read more

Rocking in Pink

first_imgPink might not be the new black, but it surely is the colour of the season. October is internationally the breast cancer awareness month and Delhi is living it up to inform about this one disease that can be fully cured if detected early.Leading the pack was Hard Rock Cafe. Last year they had organised a session with well-known gynecologists from the city who spoke up to dispell the great cancer myth. While breast cancer has no specific risk, some facets can be kept in mind. Chances are high if she might be susceptible to the risk if she has a family history. The main precaution is not to ignore abnormalities if they arise and are detected, say doctors. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year Delhiites walked in pink on a cold Saturday in October early morning to support breast cancer charity event. Organised by HRC this event- Pinktober, is one of their in month long series of events for their breast cancer awareness program. Geared up in white tees and banners in their hands all the participants gathered early morning at Gurgaon and walked till Hard Rock Cafe, Saket also there were a number of school students present to show their support.This is HRD’s 14th year of celebrating Pinktober. A tribute night was also arranged as a part of the series where participants had a lot of fun, choices to savour on from the especially created pink menu followed by live performances.  People celebrated the courage of breast cancer survivors and their efforts to spread awareness. All the proceedings from these events will be donated to the charity Elle-Ogaan Cancer Foundation.last_img read more

The 7 Pieces of a Successful SEO Starter Kit

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Okay, so you’re interested in search engine optimization (SEO), but like most newcomers, you’re intimidated by the perceived complexity of the field. To be sure, there are hundreds of independent variables that collectively bear an impact on your site’s rankings and search engine visibility.Related: 6 Essential SEO Strategies to Incorporate in 2016And, learning how to master all of them is a process that takes years of experience and practice.However, you don’t need a huge budget or years of experience to get started with SEO. Dominating the top rankings for general keywords related to your brand may be out of your reach, but even a slight investment in SEO can help your business earn more traffic and visibility.To get started, you’ll need these seven basic components of a starter SEO campaign:1. A website with a good SEO pluginFirst, you need a decent website, and if this one is your first effort, and/or you want to keep things simple, it’s in your best interest to use a website builder like WordPress. In fact, this and most other website builder tools are inexpensive and easy to use; and, importantly, they come automatically equipped to handle basic SEO fundamentals.For example, they’ll be coded in a way that’s neat, clean and easy to crawl, and they’ll be responsive, so you needn’t worry about a separate strategy for mobile optimization. You may also want to consider a separate SEO plugin, which can help you with technical tasks like optimizing title tags and meta descriptions, and pinpointing the keyword density of your various pages.2. A carefully chosen nicheNext, you’ll want to define your niche and target a list of carefully chosen keywords. If you go too general, you’ll end up competing with businesses that have a much bigger budget and a longer history of development. Instead, it’s better to focus on a highly specific niche that’s relevant only to your customers.At that juncture, you’ll need to conduct some keyword research. You don’t need to get fancy here; just target a mix of basic “head” keywords and extended “long-tail” keywords, and aim for terms with high volume and low competition ratings.3. An on-site overhaul.Next, you’ll need to optimize your site directly. It’s true that your website builder will set you up with some fundamentals, but you’ll still need to add your own content.Organize your pages into categories and subcategories, including page titles that contain some of your target keywords. Make sure every page of your site contains at least several hundred words of helpful, well-written, relevant content; and optimize all your title tags and meta descriptions while you’re at it.Related: 5 SEO Techniques You’re Doing All Wrong4. A regular blogI’d argue that the most important thing for a new SEO strategy to take off is a high-quality, regular content-marketing campaign. Aim to produce at least two new posts every week, covering topics that are relevant to your readers, and providing detailed, helpful information that your competitors haven’t already covered.Originality, practicality and aesthetic value all matter here, so spend some time refining your strategy and stick to your editorial calendar. You’ll also want to include a blend of mediums, including images and videos, if you can.5. 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first_img February 4, 2015 415 Views The refinance boom may be losing steam, but near-record low mortgage rates encouraged more borrowers to refinance in Q4, according to Freddie Mac’s 2014 Q4 Refinance Report released Wednesday.Mortgagors who refinanced their loans in 2014 are projected to save on net a total of about $5 billion in interest over the next year, according to the report.In the final three months of 2014, low mortgage rates drew more borrowers to refinance their mortgage loans, resulting in lower monthly payments and shorter loan terms. According to Freddie Mac, borrowers “overwhelmingly” went for the security of long-term, fixed-rate mortgages when they refinanced.”Our latest refinance report shows the refinance boom continued to wind down as the pool of potential borrowers declined over the course of 2014,” said Len Kiefer, Freddie Mac’s deputy chief economist. “However, because mortgage rates fell in the fourth quarter of last year, we actually saw the share of refinance originations tick up a bit despite volumes being down, a similar trend we expect to see for the first quarter of 2015 as mortgage rates have moved even lower.”Approximately $6.7 billion in net home equity was cashed out as part of mortgage loan refinances in Q4, which was low compared with historical volumes, according to Freddie Mac. The Q4 total is down from Q3’s revised total of $7.6 billion.The Q4 total brings the amount of net home equity cashed out for the full year of 2014 to $24 billion, a 16 percent decline from 2013’s total of $28.6 billion and a drop of 71 percent from the cash-out refinance volume peak of $84 billion reached in the second quarter of 2006.”Lower mortgage rates, coupled with greater house prices appreciation last year, also brought about a larger share of borrowers cashing out home equity at the time of refinance,” Kiefer said. “However, while the percentage is up, the total dollar amount declined by nearly $1 billion from the third quarter of 2014, and nearly $4.6 billion from the fourth quarter 2013.”About 34 percent of borrowers who refinanced during Q4 shortened their loan term, down slightly from 35 percent the previous quarter. Sixty percent who refinanced kept the same term, while only 6 percent lengthened the term of their mortgage loan.Thirty-five percent of the borrowers who refinanced outside of the government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) shortened their loan terms compared to 33 percent who refinanced through HARP.The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) estimates there are more than 700,000 borrowers nationwide who are eligible to refinance through HARP, which was created in 2009 as part of the government’s Making Home Affordable initiative.Homeowners who refinanced in Q4 lowered their interest rate by an average of 1.3 percentage points, which calculates to about 23 percent—or about $2,500 in interest over 12 months on a $200,000 loan. The interest rate reduction was higher for those who refinanced through HARP—about 1.6 percentage points on average, which calculates to an average savings on interest of $275 per month and $3,300 over 12 months, according to Freddie Mac.Also according to the report, more than 95 percent of borrowers went with a fixed-rate loan when they refinanced. About 67 percent of borrowers who originally had an adjustable-rate mortgage chose a fixed-rate loan when they refinanced compared to only 4 percent who originally had a fixed-rate loan who went with an ARM when they refinanced. 2014 Refinancers Expected to Save $5 Billion This Year Freddie Mac HARP Refinances 2015-02-04 Seth Welborncenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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