Kotshila/Hura (Purulia): West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said that her government has been able to usher in peace in tribal Jungalmahal area. The people of Jungalmahal, the forested tribal area of the state, were afraid of both CPI(M) and the naxals during the Left Front rule, she said. But the scenario has changed in the area, which comrpise Jhargram, West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts, Banerjee said at an election rally at Kotshila in Purulia district. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “We have been able to establish peace in Purulia and Junglemahal area and many developmental works have been undertaken – mainly water-related projects,” she said. Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said he has done nothing in the last five years. “Do not vote for BJP. They will do nothing and only dish out lies and make people fight against each other”, the fiesty TMC leader said. Banerjee, who had spearheaded the anti-land acquisition movements at Singur and Nandigram, said that her government would protect the rights of adivasis including their claim over land. At another rally at Hura in the same district, she said the government is planning an airport at Charra to connect the district with Kolkata and other places. She urged the electorate to help TMC wrest all the 42 seats in the state.
NEW YORK — CBS News is replacing its evening anchor and revamping its morning show lineup as it seeks to boost ratings.The network announced Monday on “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell will replace Jeff Glor as anchor of the “CBS Evening News” this summer. Glor has anchored the newscast since December 2017 and is still negotiating his next steps.O’Donnell was chief White House correspondent when she joined “CBS This Morning” in 2012, teaming up with Charlie Rose and Gayle King.King will remain co-host of “CBS This Morning.” The 64-year-old newscaster will be joined by longtime journalist Anthony Mason and correspondent Tony Dokoupil.John Dickerson, who hopscotched from political director to “Face the Nation” moderator in 2015 to “CBS This Morning” as Rose’s replacement in January 2018, will become a correspondent for “60 Minutes.”Rose was dismissed following sexual misconduct allegations.The Associated Press
At a recent practice in Mons, Belgium, the country’s former leading man and its current top tennis player traded missiles from the baseline. Olivier Rochus grunted as he leapt into his classical one-handed backhand, while David Goffin quietly parried with groundstrokes into the corners. Goffin won most of the exchanges, and all 10 of the games.Rochus showed his frustration after it was done by sending a ball into the stands at the Lotto Mons Expo, where Belgium’s biggest men’s tennis tournament is taking place this week. But in a court-side interview afterwards, Rochus, who is 33 and retiring after this tournament, pointed out that he is in good company. “When my opponent is way better, what can you say? … It’s not only tough for me, it’s tough for everybody. I’m not the only one losing,” he said.Just about everyone is losing to the 23-year-old Goffin these days. From the start of July to the start of this tournament, Goffin won 34 of 36 matches, including the first 25, improving his ranking from 106th in the world to No. 31. In his 34 wins, he lost just four sets, and has been forced into just five tiebreakers. The rest of the sets he won decisively, seven by 6-0 and 11 by 6-1.Goffin’s glorious two and a half months had yielded nearly as much success as he had achieved in his prior four years as a pro. He’s won 17 tour-level matches and roughly $340,000 in earnings, increasing his career totals by about a half and a third, respectively.Goffin’s winning run is only matched in the last decade by the players who have been No. 1 during that time: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. No one else since 2004 has won 25 straight matches at tour, tour qualifying or challenger events, according to ATP World Tour stats guru Greg Sharko.Evidently, there are two ways to pull off a 25-match winning streak in tennis today: Be one of the best players of all time, or do what Goffin has done — set yourself an easy schedule and combine it with luck and improved play. Tennis players, unlike, say, NFL teams, can decide which events they play. Goffin and his coach chose ones with relatively weak fields — just nine of Goffin’s 34 wins were against players ranked above him — and now the young Belgian is on a winning run usually only experienced by the game’s very best.Winning brings ranking points, which means easier draws. It also brings money, which can be invested in coaches, physical trainers and more comfortable travel. The downside of winning is that it leaves little time for rest and for major work in practice. And if it comes against easy opponents, it may not provide useful preparation for tougher ones.But there are psychological advantages to winning. “You don’t doubt, you just attack every ball and then you are sure the ball will be in the court. It’s a great feeling,” Goffin said.Before his recent run, Goffin had been most famous for his losses. He made his Grand Slam debut as a lucky loser, snagging a spot in the draw despite losing in the last round of qualifying. He parlayed that berth in the 2012 French Open into a fourth-round loss to Federer, his childhood idol, and attained fame for smiling through an on-court interview afterward with the man whose face adorned posters on Goffin’s childhood bedroom walls. Goffin’s later Grand Slam losses also were to top players: Six of nine came to players seeded in the Top 10, four of those in the first round. The lucky loser had become an unlucky loser.Goffin sensed he was improving before his results did. In March of this year he started working with his current coach, Thierry van Cleemput, and began enjoying tennis again, shedding the defensiveness and doubtfulness that had plagued his game. But he kept running into tough competition, culminating with what van Cleemput called a “nightmare” of a draw in Wimbledon, against defending champion Andy Murray in the first round.Goffin and his coach decided it was time to step down a level. As most of the tour’s top players either rested after Wimbledon or moved to hard courts to prepare for the U.S. Open, Goffin stayed in Europe, on clay, entering a tournament in each week of July: three challengers — a rung below tour level — and one at the bottom level of the tour. He won all four tournaments. (Up until then, he had never won more than eight straight matches.) Then he came to the U.S. and won seven of nine matches — taking a set 6-0 off No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov. Back in Europe, he won seven straight matches, to send Belgium back to the top level of the Davis Cup and to win his second career title, again at the bottom level of the tour.“We decided to play some challengers to try to win some matches and to get some confidence,” Goffin said. “The level was there in practice and against Murray, but what I needed was to win some matches and to play a lot of matches.” He added, “I didn’t expect to win so many matches.” After all, he hadn’t made it past the quarterfinals of the four prior challengers he’d played this year.Van Cleemput said he and his young charge have been “lucky.” The coach is setting expectations low, despite Goffin’s recent run. Van Cleemput said Goffin’s target is for a career like that of No. 23 Alexandr Dolgopolov, a player from Ukraine who has never reached a Grand Slam semifinal or been ranked in the Top 10. Goffin has earned more ranking points since Wimbledon than five members of the Top 10, but van Cleemput isn’t expecting him to join that group any time soon. “The first objective now is to confirm the level of top 40, and to come near the level of the top 30,” he said. “The reality is important, not to dream all the time.”Recent tennis history supports the coach’s caution. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic didn’t play any challengers during their 25-match winning streaks. Much less familiar names precede Goffin’s on the list of players to win three straight challengers in the past 10 years. None has ever been ranked in the Top 30.It’s not only luck and easy opposition that has propelled Goffin to new heights. It’s also his serve. He hit aces on more than one in nine service points in eight of his 14 tour-level matches on hard courts this summer. He’d done that in just three of 50 prior hard-court matches at that level. It’s a remarkable feat for a player who is 5’11.” Height translates into the ability to hit at a sharper downward angle without the net getting in the way, which makes it easier to hit serves that are both fast and in the box. No one under 6′ has won a Grand Slam title in the past decade.Dolgopolov, the tour’s best sub-6-foot server, raises his contact point by leaping into the air. Goffin’s service motion is striking for how little he gets off the ground. Van Cleemput said his main intervention was to change Goffin’s toss and to emphasize the follow-through.Van Cleemput wants to get Goffin leaping higher on his serve, and to improve his strength and fitness. But when his player keeps playing events late into each week, he doesn’t get much time to work with him. For now, most of Goffin’s practice sessions are live matches.Goffin is confident he’ll have plenty of chances to work on his game and to keep getting better. “I have a lot of years in the future to do some good things,” he said — though he may never do anything as good as his unbeaten late-summer run.
Ohio State football senior left tackle Mike Adams, who returns to the Buckeyes’ lineup on Saturday against No. 14 Nebraska, stands at 6-foot-8 and weighs in at 320-pounds, making him a sizeable asset to the team. With Adams set to make his first appearance for the team since the 2011 Sugar Bowl, suffice it to say that help is on the way for OSU’s beleaguered offensive line. Adams, along with DeVier Posey, Daniel “Boom” Herron and Solomon Thomas, were suspended for the Buckeyes’ first five games of the 2011 season for selling OSU football memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos. Posey and Herron will remain suspended for an additional violation, but Adams is listed on the Buckeyes’ depth chart as the starter for Saturday’s game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Adams’ return couldn’t have come soon enough. After not allowing a single sack against Akron and Toledo in the Buckeyes’ first two games, the Scarlet and Gray offensive line has allowed 14 sacks against Miami (Fla.), Colorado and Michigan State. Quarterback play was scrutinized after last Saturday’s 10-7 loss to the Spartans, but the Buckeyes’ signal-callers were also sacked nine times. “Obviously, they (the offensive line) didn’t do a great job,” first-year OSU head coach Luke Fickell said after the game. “You don’t give your quarterback much of a chance when (they are) sacked nine times.” OSU linemen, including senior center Mike Brewster and redshirt sophomore Jack Mewhort, both said that Adams’ return is a relief. “It gives you a lot of motivation to come back tomorrow,” Mewhort said of Adams’ return. “We’re excited to have (him) back.” Excited could be an understatement. Adams, a three-year letter-winner and first team all-Big Ten selection in 2010, figures to help protect the freshman quarterback Braxton Miller and create a push for OSU’s running backs, who were held to 78 yards rushing against the Spartans. Brewster agreed with Mewhort. “I think it is really going to help us getting Mike back this week,” Brewster said. “He is going to be ready to go and had a great season last year for this team. I’m excited to see what he is going to be able to do against Nebraska.” Posey and Herron were originally scheduled to come off suspension with Adams in the game against the Cornhuskers. Offensive lineman Marcus Hall was also suspended along with Posey and Herron this week. Fickell said during a Tuesday press conference that while the new suspensions are a setback for the team, he won’t allow his players to complain or whine. “We have also got to look at the (players) we are getting,” he said. “So, you’ve got your Mike Adams and your Solomon Thomas, and you know, so, those are the things you’ve still got to focus on.” Based on comments Adams made during OSU football Media Day on Aug. 20, Adams is ready for action. “Everything that has happened has definitely left its stamp on the season, but we’re over that and I’m just ready to go out and play,” Adams said. “Personally, I’ve only got (seven) games left, so every time I come into the stadium, it puts chills down my back.” As for how Adams fits back into the offensive line, Brewster reiterated his return is a positive, saying the line will do whatever it takes to improve. “(Adams will) bring a lot of experience back,” Brewster said after Saturday’s loss. “(He’s a) great player. Really just going to look forward to Saturday.” Adams and the Buckeyes’ (3-2, 0-1) game against the No. 14 Cornhuskers (4-1, 0-1) will kick-off at 8 p.m. and be broadcast on ABC.
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The Singleton Business Chamber, New South Wales, Australia, has announced details of a significant event designed to bring the community and the coal industry together in celebration of the mining sector’s contribution to the region’s success and prosperity. The Hunter Coal Festival 2015, a two-week festival from March 12-29, celebrates the role and contribution of the mining industry to the Hunter Valley community. To be held across Singleton, Muswellbrook and surrounding regions, the festival aims to highlight the value of the coal industry in Singleton, the wider Hunter region and the broader Australian community. It was launched before a large audience of community representatives, industry organisations, mining companies and suppliers, along with charity and community groups.Developed by the Singleton Business Chamber, with support from Singleton Council, Muswellbrook Shire Council and Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the festival would incorporate a wide-ranging program of community and industry events, said Hunter Coal Festival chair Peter Eason.“These will include the inaugural Hunter Mining Show, a street parade, gala concerts, sporting events, school debates, information sessions and workshops, and an industry racing carnival at Muswellbrook Race Club.“It provides an opportunity for stakeholders, businesses and the community to gain insights, interact and get the chance to know and understand everyone’s diverse interests.“We all understand the impacts of mining, but the achievements are often kept in the shadow. The festival offers the opportunity for a loud shout out from the community – which is just the shot in the arm the industry needs right now,” said Eason.“Over the past few months, we have put together an active and hard-working committee which is well advanced on the program and themes for the festival.“We are now in the process of finalising our festival program, and we’ll be releasing details of these, and other developments in the coming months.”Eason said an important element of the festival would be a three-day mining industry exhibition – the Hunter Mining Show – to be held in and around Singleton Council’s Civic Centre from March 12-14.“The festival actually kicks off with the Hunter Mining Show – a trade show with a real difference through its focus on engaging with the broader community.“This show will culminate with the Festival Community Day, which gives the whole community access to the show on the final day – including a street parade through the centre of Singleton,” Eason said.“This resonates with the organisers who are intent of making that industry-community connection throughout the entire festival.”Eason said the Hunter Coal Festival organisers had been delighted with the strong support for the concept from the local community, state and federal politicians, local businesses, as well as the wider mining industry.“We’ve had our local schools, TAFE colleges and tertiary institutions, businesses, community groups and other organisations coming to us with offers of assistance, monetary and in-kind goods and services.“And today, we are very pleased that the NSW Minerals Council has just announced it is supporting the Festival as one of our major sponsors – an indication of the importance the mining industry as a whole sees this event has for the region and the industry,” said Eason. www.huntercoalfestival.com.auPhoto courtesy of Rio Tinto Coal Australia
Fluor has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract by Teck for the Fording River South Active Water Treatment Facility in the Elk Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the third quarter of 2018.“Fluor has partnered with Teck on numerous projects over the past 10 years,” said Tony Morgan, President of Fluor’s Mining & Metals business. “We’ve assembled a strong team to deliver this fast-track project, which delivers environmental and economic benefits to the Elk Valley region.”Fluor’s scope of work includes the 20 million-litres-per-day water treatment facility, intake structures, an outfall, pipelines, and additional utilities and infrastructure.The contract continues Fluor’s work from the feasibility study and previous early works phase. Fluor has begun work at site to ensure critical activities are completed prior to winter. The company is also leveraging its supply chain expertise to meet the project’s cost and schedule certainty objectives.The water treatment facility will remove selenium and nitrate from mine-affected water as part of Teck’s Elk Valley Water Quality Plan. The plan’s goal is to stabilise and reverse the increasing trend of selenium and other substances to ensure the ongoing health of the watershed, while at the same time allowing for continued sustainable mining in the region. The Fording River South Active Water Treatment Facility will be the second water treatment facility to be constructed at Teck’s steelmaking coal operations in the Elk Valley region.
After Qualification Phase 2 will be finished, the final tournament draw will take place on 15 June 2011 in Belgrade.The sixteen qualified teams – 14 from the qualification plus Serbia as hosting nation and France as title defenders – will be drawn into four Preliminary Round groups of four teams each.The draw event will be broadcast live on television and also be available as a live web stream here on the official website.Inspections and workshopsOn 14-16 March 2011 a delegation of the European Handball Federation will visit Serbia. In collaboration with the Serbian organising committee further workshops according to the project plan will be carried out. The sessions also involve inspections of the sports centres.Source: EHF ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2012 Qual. (Round 3): Croatia win in “Don Quijote” Arena Next Story → Men’s EURO 2012 Qual. (Round 4): Hungary and Croatia already in Serbia!
IF YOU ARE a city dweller who thought that growing your own food was firmly off the agenda, then the Dublin Community Growers are here to change your mind.Today from 12pm to 5pm in the city centre of the capital they will be bringing lots of fresh, organic food for people to enjoy as part of the Harvest Festival.The free event is being held in Wolfe Tone Square on Jervis Street in Dublin 1, and is aimed at all members of the family. As well as the food, you can expect live music, face-painting, a pop-up garden, apple pressing and even bee-keeping workshops.Dublin Community Growers is a network of community gardens from across Dublin whose members meet up every month to discuss community garden projects and the issues faced by these projects. There are already 35 community garden projects involved in the initiative.Pic: Robert MossIt’s a day to raise awareness of the need for community gardening and how such gardens can bring people from around the community together.It’s also a way of recruiting potential community gardeners – you can give your details there if you are available to help out at your local community garden project. No experience is required.The DCG said it is a way of demonstrating the benefits of organic food, and showing that it need not be expensive, can be accessible to all, and will mean you can have fun in the garden.Garden growthWhere once there were two or three community gardens that “could be found struggling for permission to exist in Dublin back in 2004″, as Robert Moss from DCG put it, “we now see around 40 of these urban growing initiatives blossoming across Dublin on a variety of public and private sites”.The Heritage Festival, which is run by DCG, was launched back in March by the then-Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí, at Mansion House.Moss said of today’s festival:The Dublin Harvest Festival is the perfect antidote to a recession. Not only does it displace anti-social behaviour, but it also supports existing businesses by bringing additional attendance and engagement from across the city and beyond.Jacqui Kelleher, a member of DCG told TheJournal.ie that the festival was held for the first time last year, and was begun to introduce people who would not be used to growing their own food organically to community gardening.Pic: Rachel NultyKelleher is from the Heritage community garden, and said she got into the movement due to an interest in organic food.She said that community gardens break down isolation and help with integration.It opens the doors of people coming into different countries; it’s a focal point of community where people can come together.She herself lives in an apartment and had an interest in growing her own food – especially when she realised the organic food she was buying was being flown in from abroad.She brings her own young son to the garden and he has been known to bring his friends also.She said that while some think that organic food is only for people with money or with higher incomes, “community gardens give access to people with all kinds of income”.“It doesn’t discriminate,” said Jacqui of community gardening.The Harvest Festival will take place today, Saturday, from 12 – 5pm at Wolfe Tone Park.Read: A sneak peek at Dublin’s inner city pop-up park>Pics: Dublin’s ‘pop-up’ inner-city park opens its gates>
A driver traveling at high rates of speed collided with two cars, causing a fire in one of them, before he was brought to the ground and sedated by deputies, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Emergency crews were dispatched shortly before 5:30 p.m. to the intersection of state Highway 503 and Northeast 179th Street. They found two damaged cars in the intersection and another car in a related collision a few hundred feet north, Clark County Fire District 3 Capt. Jason Mansfield said.One of the cars in the intersection, a silver SUV, was on fire when crews arrived, Mansfield said. The fire was extinguished quickly with no one inside.Three injuries –one of which was listed as traumatic and the other two minor — were reported, Mansfield said. The identities of the two people inside the cars in the intersection were not immediately known.Roughly 10 minutes before the crash, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Highland Crossing apartments, 11806 N.E. 122nd Ave. A man in a green Jeep Liberty reportedly drove over shrubbery and through a closed gate, almost striking a pedestrian, Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Bieber said.
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng believes that Cristiano Ronaldo can be stopped on Wednesday night by closing down his spaceThe Portuguese star has produced another outstanding campaign in the Champions League this season for Real Madrid with Ronaldo having scored 15 goals.Real will travel to the Allianz Area in Munich for the first leg of their semi-final against Bayern, whom Ronaldo has scored against nine times in his six matches.Boateng acknowledges that stopping the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will play a key part in Bayern’s chances of making the final in Kiev and has called on his teammates to come together and give the “machine” as little space as possible.“We can only stop Cristiano Ronaldo as a team,” Boateng told German magazine Kicker (via Express).“In front of goal, he’s like a machine. You can’t shut him out completely, he always gets his chances in a game because of the lines he runs and his excellent timing.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Real base their game around him and it’s important we give him as little room as possible.“There is a no more complete striker than Ronaldo. Left foot, right foot, header – he is in perfect control of everything he does.“I went through only once against him with Bayern, but twice we have gone out.“He also has the best team-mates at Real. Shutting him out is only 50 per cent of it, the other players are simply too good for that at this level.”On the back of a disappointing domestic season, Real are now looking to save their campaign by winning the Champions League for an unprecedented third consecutive time. While Bayern last won the competition in 2013.
July 30, 2018 Ed Lenderman Community Activists Demand Action vs Controversial Hold Ed Lenderman, Posted: July 30, 2018 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) – For eight months now, a coalition of community activists have been demanding the San Diego Police Department do away with a controversial restraining hold called, “the carotid restraint.”Today, the coalition presented Mayor Faulconer and the City Council with two boards- saying it represented some 31,500 signatures demanding the same action.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman has the story from City Hall. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter
Tom Harty Meredith’s Board of Directors has elected Tom Harty as president and COO. In this role, Harty will oversee Meredith’s national and local media groups. “I’m excited to lead the best team in the media and marketing industry,” Harty said in a statement. “With our tremendous brands, we are well-positioned to continue expanding our connection to consumers and help clients who want to reach them.” Paul Karpowicz will continue his role as local media group president. He will continue to report directly to Steve Lacy, Meredith’s chairman and CEO. This change will allow Lacy to focus on expansion and acquisitions, according to a statement from the company. Harty is replaced by Jon Werther, from his current position of president of Meredith Digital. Werther, who joined Meredith in 2012 as chief strategy officer, also oversees the Better Homes and Gardens and Martha Stewart Living media brands. Harty joined Meredith in 2004, most recently in the role of national media group president. He will relocate to Meredith headquarters in Des Moines.
Photo via Twitter @C64_endingsCopperfield has declared his support for the Me Too movement in a lengthy statement online in the wake of new allegations of misconduct.Magician David Copperfield has declared his support for the Me Too movement in a lengthy statement online in the wake of an allegation of sexual misconduct.Copperfield says in a Twitter post Wednesday that he has been falsely accused in the past, and that even as he must “weather another storm, I want the movement to continue to flourish.”pic.twitter.com/1LjIBYa9rP— David Copperfield (@D_Copperfield) January 24, 2018The entertainment news site TheWrap.com published accounts this week from a woman who claims Copperfield drugged and assaulted her decades ago when she was a 17-year-old aspiring model.Copperfield’s statement makes reference to a since-debunked allegation of sexual misconduct made against him by a different woman in 2007. She was later charged with prostitution and making false claims of sexual abuse by another man.He says he initially did not want to draw attention to that previous case because “false accusers can negatively impact the believability of others and are a true disservice to those who have been victims of sexual misconduct.”The 61-year-old Copperfield does not address the new accusations directly, but says in his statement to “always listen, and consider everything carefully, but please for everyone’s sake don’t rush to judgment.”David Copperfield Accused of Drugging, Assaulting 17-Year-Old Model in 1988 https://t.co/1I5dQRPzOi pic.twitter.com/qqRRGNWxv2— TheWrap (@TheWrap) January 25, 2018 Share
Marjorie Kamys Cotera: Abbott/Bob Daemmrich: FarentholdGov. Greg Abbott (left) and former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi.Blake Farenthold — a disgraced former Texas congressman who resigned last month — will not fund the special election to replace himself, he told Gov. Greg Abbott in a letter Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported.Abbott had asked that Farenthold pay for the election, set for June 30, as a form of recompense: Farenthold resigned in April, months after it came to light that he had settled a sexual harassment claim from a former staffer with $84,000 of taxpayer money.That payment mechanism is allowed under federal law but has nonetheless drawn sharp criticism on both sides of the aisle since it was uncovered last fall. Farenthold had originally pledged to repay that sum to taxpayers, but has yet to do so, claiming he is acting on the advice of his lawyers.Farenthold, who is worth well over $2 million, according to a recent financial disclosure form, has now said he won’t pay for the election either.“Since I didn’t call it and I don’t think it’s necessary, I shouldn’t be asked to pay for it,” his letter said.Neither Abbott nor Farenthold immediately returned a request for comment.The special election was set for earlier than Texas law generally allows because, Abbott said, filling Farenthold’s seat in the Harvey-devastated Corpus Christi area constituted an “emergency.” Attorney General Ken Paxton gave Abbott the green light to call the election for next month. Nine candidates have filed for that race. Share
5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Paul KorzeniowskiWhen employees carry sensitive financial information on their mobile devices, small and midsize businesses will need to adopt new security policies, procedures, and products to keep pace.Cell phones have increasingly become more powerful. Now, many function as mini-PCs, enabling employees to check important information, reach cohorts at crucial moments, and enter vital information instantly. While these functions have been beneficial, the devices themselves have not been easy to manage, and they are about to present small and midsize businesses with new challenges.Cell phones have become quite popular among businesspersons and consumers. As a result, suppliers have been searching for new ways to boost their usage. Recently, the GSMA, the global trade group for the mobile industry, outlined plans so these devices can be used as electronic credit or debit cards.The new feature becomes possible after a couple of enhancements are made to the products. The first is the integration of Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities, which are basically short-distance wireless communications. Equipment vendors and wireless network service providers see a number of advantages in using NFC rather than other options, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, for short-distance wireless exchanges. NFC, which supports transmission speeds up to 212 Kbps, is inexpensive, costing 10 to 20 times less, and requires one half to one third as much power as alternatives.In addition, the GSMA crafted the Single Wire Protocol interface, which enables handsets to exchange information with devices, such as Point of Sale terminals. With these new features, businesses and individuals can use their cell phone like credit cards or debit cards, purchasing a range of goods and services. The vendor consortium called for these two new features to be integrated into all handsets, starting in the middle of 2009.Trials with these new features are now under way in eight countries, including the United States, and involve nine mobile operators. Most of these projects are in the early deployment stage. However, companies and consumers in Japan have been using the technology for a few years to buy items, and many customers manage their bank accounts via their cell phones. Since such ideas have been slow to catch on in other parts of the world, the GSMA is trying to spur adoption.However, the organization must overcome a number of hurdles. In addition to the handset vendors, support has to come from the credit card and debit card suppliers. MasterCard and Visa have shown interest in the technology, but a great deal of infrastructure has to be added so the major credit card companies can ensure interoperability among NFC cell phones, POS terminals, retailers’ business software, and financial institutions’ systems.Also, the handset vendors have to work with the carriers to determine what types of services will be available and whether or not there will be any additional charges for them. On the Internet, electronic banking and e-commerce do not warrant any additional charges, but it is not clear at this time if that model will hold true with cell phones.Many of those items should be resolved as more of these services become available. Observers think there is no doubt that these services will become popular, with uncertainty centering on when they will work their way into the mainstream. As the market evolves, corporations could outfit their handheld devices so they not only provide employees with access to information but also function as corporate credit cards or debit cards. Also, they may be able to let their suppliers and customers use such features to purchase goods and services.This evolution could create problems for small and midsize businesses. Many companies have been having difficulty keeping tabs on their handheld devices as the variety of devices has increased. With more of them working their way into the company, securing them has become important. How secure will these new features be? Backers note that NFC has a transmission range of only few feet, which makes it difficult — some would say impossible — for intruders to tap into a communications line and steal confidential information.However, the level of security found with these news features is an open question. Chances are that these transmissions will not be encrypted as they move from the handheld device to the register. Also, the likelihood increases that employees will be carrying sensitive financial information on their personal devices, so it will have to be protected. Consequently, small and midsize businesses will need to buy additional security products and put policies and procedures in place so that information will be secure. In sum, the number of payment options will increase, as will the IT department’s responsibilities.See more columns by Paul Korzeniowski.Paul Korzeniowski is a Sudbury, Mass.-based freelance writer who has been writing about networking issues for two decades. His work has appeared in Business 2.0, Entrepreneur, Investor’s Business Daily, Newsweek, and InformationWeek. January 16, 2009 Register Now »
A team of casting directors reportedly met 1,000 candidates for the role before choosing Yifei.The film will also star the likes of Utkarsh Ambudkar, Yoson An, Rosalind Cheng Pei-Pei and Chum Ehelepola.‘The film will shoot on locations in New Zealand and China’In a statement, the company said: ‘Production on Disney’s Mulan, a live-action adaptation of the studio’s 1998 animated feature, has begun.’It furthermore added that ‘the film will shoot on locations in New Zealand and China and will open in Malaysian cinemas on March 26, 2020.’Of course, Mulan is not the only live-action remake of a Disney classic in the works.The organization is also reimagining Aladdin, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Dumbo and Peter Pan.Relive the trailer for the first film below:[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Disney has announced that production has started on its live-action Mulan remake, while also releasing a photo of its star in costume. Actress Liu Yifei will appear in the titular role of the film, which hits cinema screens in 2020.The original animated movie was released in 1998.The story is of course based on the ancient legend of woman warrior Hua Mulan. The folk tale challenges notions of gender, masculinity and femininity.Production has begun on live-action #Mulan! pic.twitter.com/o4nROnyw4H— Disney (@Disney) August 13, 2018In the story, Mulan poses as a man and joins the Chinese military in place of her ageing father, who is suffering from ill-health.The photo was shared to social media by Disney last night.One of China’s most famous actresses, Liu Yifei’s previous screen credits include The Four series, The Forbidden Kingdom and Outcast. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Li Shang, bisexual warrior, will not appear in the live action version of MulanThis amazing thread of gay Disney couples has gone viralNew photo of the Disney princesses has people shipping them and it’s greatRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/disney-releases-first-picture-of-mulan-live-action-remake/ Mulan in the original 90s film | Photo: Disney GAYSTARNEWS-
Mexico City, Mexico — The first of Mexico’s forest firefighters have begun to arrive back in the country after spending more than a month in Canada.The first contingent of 100 Mexican forest firefighters along with four technicians arrived in Mexico City Tuesday. The first 100 returned after spending more than a month helping Canadian forest firefighters fight their wildfires in different parts of the country.The National Forestry Commission of Mexico says that they were the first sent out and the first to return, being one of five groups sent to Canada this summer. More than 400 Mexican firefighters were sent to Canada in July and August to help battle blazes mostly in Ontario and British Colombia.According to the agency, the Mexican firefighters were involved in tracing and liquidating hot spots, recognizing and tracking new fire escape routes and reconnaissance flights as well as the operation of specialized machinery.The National Forestry Commission of Mexico said that 330 Mexican forest firefighters are still in Canada.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)