Amit Shah, Nitish Kumar to discuss seat sharing

first_imgSeat sharing talks with the Janata Dal (U) will figure high on the agenda during BJP chief Amit Shah’s visit to Patna on Thursday. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is scheduled to join Mr Shah for both breakfast and dinner during the visit. Top sources in the BJP have confirmed that while Mr Shah will be largely busy with organisational meetings, two one-on-one meetings have been scheduled with Mr. Kumar.“Adhyakshaji (BJP president Amit Shah) will be having breakfast with the Chief Minister (Nitish Kumar) at the State guest house where he will be staying. After addressing organisational meetings like the social media volunteers meet, a meeting of vistaraks, core committee and Shakti Kendra meetings, he will have dinner with Nitish Kumar at the latter’s residence,” said a source. State BJP president Nityanand Rai confirmed the two meetings. “Seat sharing talks are on the anvil, and a formula that will be good for all stakeholders will be formulated,” added the source. No other details were shared as party men and allies like the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) are holding their peace.Electoral equation“We won 22 seats in 2014 on our own; some of them were seats where JD(U) used to win as part of the NDA. Therefore, the seat adjustment is not just about absolute numbers but particular seats and this will have implications for some sitting BJP MPs too,” added the source. Meanwhile, a political observer in Bihar told The Hindu, “I don’t see any electoral dividend for the BJP to take JD(U) along with it in Lok Sabha poll…for the BJP, a triangular contest will always benefit as both RJD and JD(U) would cut each other’s backward caste vote while the BJP’s vote bank will be intact in the name of PM Narendra Modi”.“Though, it will be a different ball game if JD(U) compromises with 9-10 seats with the BJP promising it a lion share in the State Assembly poll in 2020,” said political analyst Ajay Kumar.last_img read more

Alex Mallari proving his worth with NLEX

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ And that was the case again on Sunday, as Mallari partnered with Carlo Lastimosa to help NLEX come away with a 95-91 victory over Phoenix to hike its record to 4-0.Asked what he thinks is the biggest change after two conferences of languishing at the bottom of the standings, the fifth-year forward didn’t hold back and cited the player transactions as the turning point for the squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I guess it’s the trade,” he said. “I didn’t really keep track of [NLEX] before that, but coach said we’ve looked a lot better than the past, so I guess it’s the trade.”NLEX went on a trading spree late last conference, netting high-quality players much to Guiao’s liking. Mallari was part of that wave as he found himself joining a new squad together with reliable veterans in JR Quiñahan and Larry Fonacier. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Alex Mallari. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlmost three months since Kia traded Alex Mallari away, the 30-year-old swingman is making his old team look like fools as he has found a home in NLEX.Averaging 7.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in the Road Warriors’ first three games this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, the Fil-Am forward has found his niche in coach Yeng Guiao’s system as a pivotal piece in the team’s turnaround this season-ending conference.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Fabio Fognini wins fifth ATP title in Gstaad And this early, the results have been promising, with the Road Warriors stringing a six-game winning streak which dates back to the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.“Guys are not keeping the ball in their hands. When a guy’s open in the break, we’re giving it up, we’re finding each other in the open court, and everyone’s unselfish right now,” said Mallari, who has forged a solid backcourt partnership with Kevin Alas and Lastimosa.Mallari even noted that the troika of guards, whom he regarded as a “three-headed monster,” could strike fears in the opposing backcourt in the games to come, a lesson the Fuel Masters learned the hard way.“We can use the pick-and-roll, so I think they were in trouble with that a little bit. We just tried to take advantage of the pick-and-roll,” he said as they paired perfectly with import Aaron Fuller.Still, Mallari said that the Road Warriors should know better to not celebrate their early success.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “I’ve seen many teams – and I’m sure coach Yeng have seen more teams than me – start strong and then probably fade a bit in the end. Going 4-0 sounds good and feels good, the best start in NLEX franchise, I think. But we’re not gonna rest our laurels on that and we’ll feed off it,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Agricultural Sector Must Produce More – Minister Clarke

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke has said that with Jamaica’s vulnerability to natural disasters and dependence on food imports, the agricultural sector must increase its capacity to produce more wholesome foods, while expanding local production.“When there is insufficient local produce available, our dependence on imports increases, fueling the almost vicious cycle of utilizing scarce foreign exchange to purchase food from overseas. It is an unsustainable position,” the Minister said.He was addressing the closing day of the forum on ‘Supporting Economic Empowerment and Development in the Caribbean and Pacific (SEED CAP) at the Half Moon Conference Centre in Montego Bay, on Friday, July 12.The Minister informed that in order to mitigate the challenges of food security, the Government recently approved the Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which seeks to insure that a sufficient quantity of nutritious foods of appropriate quality is available to everyone, through increased domestic production and a sustainable level of imports.“Like other countries in the developing world, Jamaica needs to increase capacity to produce adequate and wholesome food to ensure the health and well-being of our people,” Minister Clarke stated.Meanwhile, he asserted that women have a crucial role to play in this effort. Noting that over 43,000 female farmers are registered with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Mr. Clarke said that despite challenges, they have proven to be very capable, as evidenced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) pilot project in western Jamaica.“It is up to the policy and decision makers present at this conference to ensure that our institutions and businesses are prepared to address the unique needs of women and enable agricultural entrepreneurs to thrive,” Minister Clarke pointed out.CONTACT: GLENIS A. ROSEJIS REGIONAL OFFICEMONTEGO BAYlast_img read more

EPFO to ReExamine Online PF Withdrawal After SCs Ruling on Aadhaar

first_imgThe Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is reconsidering its proposal to allow online withdrawal of provident fund (PF) money by subscribers who possess Aadhaar-linked bank accounts, following a recent Supreme Court ruling.Currently, the subscribers have to manually apply to the EPFO to withdraw their PF money.”We are re-examining the proposal of online PF withdrawal facility for subscribers having Aadhaar linked bank and PF accounts. We have sought legal opinion on the issue in the backdrop of latest apex court ruling,” EPFO’s central provident fund commissioner KK Jalan told PTI.In its ruling, the apex court had said that “the production of an Aadhaar card will not be a condition for obtaining any benefits otherwise due to a citizen”.The EPFO is looking to roll out “specialised services” for subscribers who have enrolled for “Universal Account Number” and whose KYC linking is “complete and digitally authenticated”.Members of the EPFO, whose PF and bank accounts are linked with Aadhaar, will be allowed to apply online for PF withdrawal under the “specialised services”. A claimant will have to submit a copy of a cancelled cheque of his Aadhaar-enabled bank account.The retirement fund body was also examining a proposal to enable its subscribers, whose PF and bank accounts are linked with Aadhaar, file for PF withdrawal without the intervention of the employer.Earlier this month, Jalan had said that the EPFO settled a total of 11.56 lakh claims in July, with 43% of the applications settled in three days, 83% within 10 days and 97% within 20 days.The body has also revised the time to be taken to settle PF, pension and insurance claims to 20 days compared to an earlier time limit of 30 days.last_img read more

Media personality Muhammad Jahangir no more

first_imgMedia personality Muhammad Jahangir. File photoMuhammad Jahangir, a noted media personality and executive director of Centre for Development Communication, died at a hospital in the capital early Wednesday. He was 68.Jahangir, a journalist and younger brother of Noble laureate Yunus, breathed his last around 12:40am at Asgar Ali Hospital in the city, said Tanbirul Islam, assistant general manager of Yunus Centre.He had been suffering from cancer. He was admitted to the hospital on Monday and kept on life support.He left behind his wife, one daughter, three sons and a host of relatives to mourn his death.last_img read more

Glenwood Tenants Share Apartment Woes

first_imgAvis Barnett, 60, originally of Montego Bay, Jamaica, moved to Glenwood six years ago. Inside the bathroom of her one bedroom unit is a gaping hole, revealing layers of plaster and the building’s outer brick wall. The rotted window seal is now black from mildew, the paint is peeling, and a thick layer of mold crawls up the wall of the shower.Barnett has asked Glenwood’s management to address the hole for two years.Nothing has been done. She recalls having a broken toilet in her unit for three weeks before management addressed it. “[AMC] told me that they were busy and couldn’t fix the problems,” said Barnett. “They told me to use the unlocked unit across the hall to wash and use the bathroom.”Barnett works for a catering company in northern Virginia but fears she will not be able to remain at Glenwood. “I don’t know if I can stay, or if I can afford to stay,” says Barnett. “I don’t know where I’ll go. I may be homeless.”Her story is one of the many that residents of Glenwood Apartments share as they fight, not only for better living conditions, but also for reasonable, affordable rents.”It is an absolute travesty,” Army veteran Charles Carmon, 67, said.Carmon moved into his one bedroom unit in 1989. He has been asking AMC to address the water damage in his bathroom, the leaky tub, and the unit’s peeling paint and mold. “They think we are ignorant. But this [situation] is a common occurrence. It’s been going on. It’s nothing new. … They feel that this is something where people have no education or the tools to deal with it.”Carmon likes the northeast neighborhood because of its proximity to the Veteran Affair’s Hospital in northeast D.C. but will elect to move if the increase goes into effect.Caecilia Key, 55, an accountant in Washington, D.C., moved to Glenwood in 2004.She is ready to leave her apartment. “There are mice in the building, my bathroom ceiling is cracked and peeling, and it looks like it is sloping in.” Inside her one bedroom unit, a slow leak in the unit above her has damaged her walls. She alerted AMC five months ago about the problem. It has still been unaddressed.A single mother, Key relocated to Glenwood from her apartment on Massachusetts Avenue in northwest in search of more affordable rent. Currently paying $919, her rent will soon jump to $1,470 a month if AMC’s hardship petition to District’s Department of Housing and Community Development, Rental Accommodation Division is successful.Pointing to the severely damaged walls and mold growing in her bathroom, Key, currently home on medical leave, openly wept. “I’ve asked them to fix this but they haven’t. I just want out. I’m ready to leave.”For several new tenants of Glenwood, the experience has become a nightmare. Deborah Bey has grown tired of asking AMC to address the ceiling leaks, the mold in her bathroom, the water leak under her kitchen sink, and the cracked and loose tiles on her bedroom floor. After a year of asking AMC to fix it, Bey opted to move out. “I’m over it,” says Bey. “They won’t fix anything.” Her last day at Glenwood was March 15.Kevin Cross, 41, of Alexandria Va., moved to Glenwood six months ago. Cross showed the peeling paint inside his bathtub. “They painted it,” Cross said. “They should have glazed it, but they painted over it and now it’s peeling away.”Cross pointed out a large, orange, industrial-sized extension cord snaked across the width of his kitchen. “They never came to fix this [kitchen] socket, and so they plugged the stove to the [extension] cord and have it plugged up in an outlet on the other side of the kitchen.”Cross moved in to Glenwood because of its spacious floor plan and its great location. “I’m staying,” Cross said. “We have a right to stay.” Cross stated that since management mailed the first series of letters to Glenwood residents informing them of this rental increase on October 29, 2013, several tenants have left. “It’s a scare tactic and a way to force people out.”last_img read more

DC Man Arrested in Metro Assault

first_imgA Northeast D.C. resident was arrested June 24 for assaulting a woman aboard a Metro train, according to the Metro Transit Police. He turned himself in after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest on June 22.On May 24, Lawrence Nathaniel Harris, 25, was aboard a Largo, Maryland-bound Blue Line train when he allegedly placed a fluid-filled condom on a female passenger’s shoulder. Metro officials said the woman was not physically injured and she declined medical assistance.Metro Transit Police said digital camera surveillance helped identify Harris as a possible suspect, along with the victim’s identification of the suspect. A spokesperson for Metro, Morgan Dye, told the AFRO June 28 that Harris is currently in police custody. Harris is charged with simple assault.There have been 127 sex abuse cases in D.C. in 2016 as of June 28, an 11 percent drop from this time a year ago.Metro is in partnership with Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) to help prevent and stop public sexual harassment and assault. Anyone can report sexual misconduct to Metro Transit Police here read more

Hey James Damore Your Beliefs About Women in Tech Are Nothing Like

first_img Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Upon reading James Damore’s Google Memo, I was inspired to respond to his words by pairing my personal experience with facts defying his stance. The following is my retort to his divisive words. I grew up in a very patriarchal society, and had gotten used to hearing that boys and girls were different. Despite that, my mother was the entrepreneur in the family and was always the one who drove our household earnings. She was the rock of the house, tenacious and extremely smart. There were a lot of struggles that our immigrant family went through, and she pulled us out of every one of them.And yet, from her own mouth I would hear how boys can do this, and girls can’t do that. She was a walking contradiction. The societal message that was so deeply ingrained in her psyche made her impart these false distinctions onto her own daughter.This dichotomy is what led me on my journey to understand and ultimately shrug off the message. It was a big shrug, but it could only be done as a shrug because as a minority woman, I was not allowed to rage or be aggressive. That shrug was the only way to succeed in a tech career as a woman. Instead, I had to silently toil, often working 80 hours a week during my earlier days at Palm. I would toil away even after all the lights in the office had been turned off, because I had to prove to everyone that I deserved to be there.James, how often have you been the last one in your large office?Over the years, I would pull all-nighters while shrugging off advances, unwanted kisses, hugs and lap dances, sometimes bought for me by my boss as he watched. Shrug. I didn’t complain the next day, but yucked it up with my boss and went to our client meetings.  James, have you ever been mortified by your boss and had to pretend to enjoy it?You said women don’t take stressful jobs because we’re not biologically inclined, but do you think you can handle the stress of working in these conditions? Women have to deal with an entirely different level of stress. The fact is that women are physiologically better at coping with stress.Related: That Infamous Google Memo Says Plenty About What’s Wrong With Tech and Why It’s So Hard to Talk AboutIn light of all the stories coming out of Silicon Valley, I realize my story not only isn’t unique, it’s the norm that women in tech have become so very used to. That is why when I read your memo I found it so personally hurtful and enraging. Your memo perpetuates the myth that women always play the victim, when so many of us could never afford the luxury of complaining. Keeping silent was the unwritten rule to succeed in a male-dominated industry.You think that the advancement in Human Resource (HR) process to promote women and minorities creates favorable situations towards women, but let’s look at why those HR processes were created in the first place. In an article earlier this year, Adrianne LaFrance at the Atlantic explored the obvious societal biases towards women even pondering the notion of learning engineering:“We do not permit women to register in the Engineering School under present regulations,” wrote William Mott, the dean of the Carnegie Institute of Technology, in 1919. The article goes on to cite numerous letters collected by the Society of Women Engineers, all with a similar tone of dismay that women could be/would be interested in engineering because they believe, as you do, that women are too biologically different. However, it is statements like this that discouraged women:“In reply to your recent communication, I would state that we have not now, have never had, and do not expect to have in the near future, any women students registered in our engineering department,” wrote a professor at University of North Carolina.Related: Google Has Fired the Writer of the 3,000-Word Viral Memo That’s Gripping the CompanyDespite all these societal and historical biases, women in engineering grew from the 1960s to the 1980s, so let’s drop this fallacy that women are biologically different and thus not interested in engineering. Biology has nothing to do with it as shown in the chart below.The fact is, another blow came in the form of more gender bias in the 1980s when personal computers (PCs) came to market and were exclusively marketed towards rich white boys, leaving girls and disadvantaged minorities behind (as discussed by Steve Henn on NPR).PCs were pitched it to parents as toys for boys. As a result, PCs were locked in boys’ rooms, away from their sisters. My dear mom, so full of contradictions, bought a PC for my brother but thankfully saw the sense of making the PC an accessible device to me as well, by setting it up on our rarely-used dining room table. Incidentally, I (not my brother) spent the most time on the damn thing, playing Tetris and learning command lines.So, James, women don’t avoid engineering because we’re too biologically different. Many aren’t interested because we’ve been discouraged from our interest at every turn.Imagine that despite all this — your parents discouraging you, your school discouraging you, your friends discouraging you — you still end up in tech, where your co-workers and boss treat you differently. Despite all this, James, you still excel. You go on to start your own company, which generates eight figures in revenue with no VC funding, and is declared one of the “fastest growing” in its field.Related: Google Says It Would Cost Too Much to Gather Wage Gap DataYou’ll find that your “shrug it off” method and perseverance has made you a success, so you decide to start another company. This time you decide to raise VC funds, but once again you’re up against biases that are so deeply ingrained that only 2 percent of women receive funding. Did you ever study sexual linguistics? I did, and I’m very aware how language impacts perceptions. Harvard Business Review did an amazing study for over a year, where they recorded venture capitalists’ discussions to understand the impact of words.In the early days of fundraising for my current venture, IOTAS, I heard “no” from over 60 VCs. I reflect what it’s like to raise venture funding as a woman and things are getting worse. For example, “In 2016, 5,839 male-founded companies got VC funding, compared to just 359 female-founded companies. In other words, companies run by men got more than 16 times more funding than companies run by women” – from Fortune’s “Venture Capital’s Funding Gender Gap Is Actually Getting Worse”.Being scrappy, I managed to go through the grueling, but less biased, process of grant funding from the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards & Technology. Most recently, IOTAS raised a series seed round with Oregon Angel Fund, Rogue Ventures and others totaling $2.25M. Even during this successful round, I was disturbed when a VC firm that primarily invests in minorities and women passed on our series seed round, because the valuation agreed to by our lead investor was considered too high. Too high!?! Do women and minority focused VCs immediately expect that the valuation of the companies that they want to support will be cheaper?It’s hard enough to get funding as a minority woman, but when the VCs who support you discount your value, then it’s not just hard — it’s nearly impossible. Regardless, we closed the round with excellent investors who valued our company and team and gave us the valuation we wanted.James, as to your scientific theories, is it possible that we’re both right that? There are biological differences between men and women, but there are even stronger social constructs that need to be challenged and thrown away.As you said yourself, “Many of these differences are small and there’s significant overlap between men and women, so you can’t say anything about an individual given these population level distributions.” The differences, as science points out, are so small that it should make no statistical difference as to why women aren’t in engineering. So, based on your own argument, it must be rooted in some other issues; possibly at historical and societal biases that led to women not being in engineering.Related: 3 Reasons Why Gender Equality is an ‘Everyone’ IssueShouldn’t humans strive to be more, to be better, than our base biology dictates? Do you want to be no more than an ape? As you see it, “Status is the primary metric that men are judged on” i.e. the need to be superior to other men is also seen in the base needs of our cousins, the apes. Is that where we want humanity to be — our base self? Isn’t Google trying to achieve something better? Isn’t Google striving for something more than what our biology, society and history hands us at birth?I have a little 8-year-old girl who, perhaps because no one told her she wasn’t supposed to, loves to code and loves her robotics class. Sadly, she is only one of two girls in her robotics class because parents still wrongly assume their girls won’t be interested in these things. But, how is an 8-year-old to know what interests them unless they try? That is why these programs to teach girls to code are important, so they can try. I see myself in both her and my little boy’s eyes.Like my mother, I am the sole bread-winner (and my husband also breaks gender expectations and is a proud, loving and wonderful stay-at-home dad.) Unlike my mother, I will not tell her what she shouldn’t be interested in, so she can strive to be more in every way. 9 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. September 5, 2017last_img read more