Minnesota Faces An Acute Shortage of Energy Auditors

first_imgGearing up to Spend Weatherization Money Will Take TimeST. PAUL, Minn. — With a flood of federal dollars headed their way, Minnesota officials are scrambling to find enough home-energy auditors to ramp up the state’s low-income weatherization program. According to the Pioneer Press, “Right now, there simply aren’t enough qualified personnel to do the job.”An avalanche of fundingLast year, Minnesota’s budget for low-income weatherization was only $10 million — a paltry sum compared to this year’s $135 million avalanche of federal stimulus funds. “To deliver the weatherization dollars as quickly and effectively as we can and put people to work as quickly we can, we’re going to have to deal with a couple of bottlenecks,” said Minnesota Representative Jeremy Kalin. “First, we’re going to have to hire and train hundreds more home-energy auditors.”According to the Pioneer Press, the task won’t be easy. “Officials are looking for ways to dramatically increase the numbers of home-energy auditors, as well as identify contractors who can do the job — in the shortest time possible. The state already partners with Dunwoody College of Technology to train home-energy auditors, but those courses are packed. The school recently added new courses, but the earliest openings aren’t until June. So the state is looking to replicate the training elsewhere.”Can private contractors meet the demand?Most weatherization jobs require the services of an insulation contractor. According to Bill Foley, owner of Maple Tree Insulation in Mahtomedi, Minn., small companies like his find it difficult to ramp up quickly. The Pioneer Press reported, “Some of the local organizations that administer energy programs have suggested — even before the stimulus package but especially now — that Foley expand his business. But he’s not sure he can afford to, and that raises questions about whether private contractors can meet the demand — especially since the jobs may disappear once the stimulus dollars evaporate. ‘They want us to increase. They want us to put on people; they want us to put on more trucks. But we (small operators) don’t have enough money for that,’ Foley said. Even if he were to hire more staff, Foley said that it might take three to four months to train them.”The problem is not unique to Minnesota. Steve Boniello, director of Neighborhood and Community Services, is trying to hire four additional energy auditors for the weatherization program in Kansas City, Mo. “You’d think we’d be getting applications from people from the construction trades,” said Boniello, “but we haven’t seen many applicants.”last_img read more

The Only Two Hiring Strategies

first_imgThere are only two choices of hiring strategies.Acquire the Talent You NeedThe first strategy is to hire the talent that you need.You can find people who already have the skills and experience to deliver the results you need. This likely means you pay more to acquire new hires. When people have the skills and experience, they demand higher wages. And, you usually have to identify and hire passive candidates, because the people you want to hire are already working.This seems like the best strategy. It seems like hiring people with the talent you need is the fastest and surest way to build your team, but it isn’t always true. There is another choice that works as well, and sometimes better.Build the Talent You NeedThe second strategy is to build the talent you need.This strategy depends entirely on your ability to find people with the right mindset and teach, train, coach, and develop them in the roles that you need them to play.If you are going to build them, you are going to have to find people who can and will grow quickly, or you have to have a set of roles which they can pass through to acquire the skills they need on their way into greater roles.ChoicesYou have to make the choice to execute one or both of these strategies.There is no effective hiring strategy that is built on hiring people without the skills and experience without a development plan to help them acquire those skills.You can choose to acquire the talent you need. You can choose to build the talent you need. Or you can choose to both acquire and develop the talent you need. But you can’t choose not to have a hiring strategy. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Micro Finance Goes Digital

first_imgWhen lawyer Aarthi Belani planned her Minneapolis wedding last year, she blended the traditional with contemporary. The multicultural ceremony, jazz-fusion ladies’ sangeet, and even her gift registry all had a modern twist. Guests who logged on to her online gift registry site, however, did not shop for gifts. Instead, the registry she created at the “I Do” foundation allowed them to donate money to her favorite charities, such as online microfinance initiatives. “We just felt like we had enough already with what we had,” Belani says, adding that the money could “make a bigger contribution to someone’s life abroad than a new kitchen gadget would make in mine.”  Indian children get clean drinking  waterFew theories in recent years have been as transformative as microfinance. The concept of providing no collateral loans to the poor so that they can work their way out of poverty, rather than relying on charity or predatory lending, is the brainchild of Prof. Muhummad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, for which he was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Grameen first loaned $27 to 42 craftsmen in 1974 and has since provided $6 billion in loans to 7 million borrowers. Its pioneering microcredit programs have been adopted in 100 countries worldwide, and this form of social lending is now coming to the Web.Kiva is one such online program in which some 56,000 donors provided more than $5 million in loans to 7,600 entrepreneurs in the first four months of this year alone. Kiva, which is Swahili for unity, directly connects borrowers to lenders. The innovative model lets donors choose the individual entrepreneur they wish to sponsor by making a direct payment through Paypal on the internet. Kiva solicits entrepreneurs and relies on hreferrals from the tight-knit development community. During the rigorous due diligence process, a Kiva “Field Partner,” or local microfinance institution, initially screens the loan recipient and conducts routine audits. Kiva sends loans to the Field Partner and loan repayments are made directly to the lender. Thus far, Kiva claims a 100% loan repayment rate, though this will likely fall to the industry average.Seema Patel, a lawyer in Baltimore, has loaned through Kiva since its inception and regards herself as one of the group’s biggest fans. She has a long-standing interest in microfinance. After graduating from college, she moved to Ahmedebad, Gujarat, to work for the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), a prominent women’s microfinance institution in India. She says that, “like many first-generation Indian Americans myself who grew up in this country but retain such deep roots to our motherlands there is still a desire to give ‘give back.’” But she acknowledges that not everyone can afford or necessarily desire taking years off of their careers to work in foreign countries. The solution for Seema is Kiva. “By just using your blackberry or PDA, Kiva enables people who want to make a difference to effectuate societal change by drumming to the beat of an age-old adage: give a person a fish, you have fed her for today; teach her how to fish, you have fed her for a lifetime” Kiva’s President Premal Shah has a background of both corporate and public interest work similar to many of the organization’s lenders like Patel. He is a veteran of Paypal and has human rights experience in Ahmedebad, Gujarat. Although none of Kiva’s field partners are currently in India, Shah is determined to bring Kiva to the subcontinent. Shah says that its microcredit model is currently prohibited by the Reserve Bank of India’s guidelines regarding the repatriation of funds.  “We are on the verge of entering India, and I anticipate that sometime this summer we will be in the country,” he says.  Part of Kiva’s desire to create a presence in India comes from the keen interest of many South Asians that are part of Kiva’s network. “I don’t know if it is because Kiva uses technology, or because there are many entrepreneurial Indian Americans, but a lot of our fundraisers have a disproportionately high attendance of Indian Americans,” Shah says.Meanwhile, many countries reap the benefits of Kiva’s groundbreaking model, including Azerbaijan, Moldova, Bulgaria, and Honduras. Two groups contribute most to Kiva. One is the 20-something Silicon Valley types who want to do good with their money.  The others are over 50 years old and generally not tech-savvy, according to Shah. This group “might not even be proficient at putting their credit card information online, so they will ask us if they can mail a check instead,” he says.Most of Kiva’s participants are like Shah himself. “There has always been this need among my friends including me to do something good. I’m lucky to be able to do the intersection of what I love and what I do well, which is Kiva.”Part of Kiva’s allure is the ability to reuse money once a loan is paid back to help another person in need. For those interested in making a donation instead of a loan, however, Global Giving is a similar alternative. Founded by two ex-World Bank executives, Global Giving accepts donations online through paypal as well as traditional checks for a wide variety of programs it supports worldwide. Donors can search for fund recipients by region as well as by theme. For example, donors interested in supporting field partners in environment, gender, or education initiatives can search for programs they wish to fund directly.Of 63 countries supported last year by Global Giving, India is the most popular. To date, the program’s 126 projects in India collected the most money from the greatest number of donors of all Global Giving’s programs, disbursing over $1.1 million from 2,000 unique donors.Meredith Landis, marketing associate of Global Giving, says that the program does not restrict the projects it funds either thematically or geographically. Rather, by sponsoring a diverse range of projects, Meredith says that donors are able to browse and find projects that appeal to them. “Donors can even contact Global Giving directly if they have a specific interest in mind, and we will work with them to find a project that matches their interest,” she says.  Literacy for a billion with  Bollywood songsIn contrast to Global Giving’s strong presence in India, Grameen currently has only six projects in India, though Julie Peachey, regional director of Grameen Foundation’s Asia Programs, says several partners will be added in 2007. Grameen targets specific partnership organizations. “The overarching interest in selecting partners in India is finding organizations that serve the poorest of the poor,” Peachey says. “Geography plays a role in isolating pockets of abject poverty.”  She notes that South India is well-served while North and Northeastern India, where many hard-to-reach tribal groups live, are not.  Sustainability is a major factor in selecting Grameen’s partners. “The groups we pick may not already be self-sufficient in terms of their own resources, but they have a clear path for getting there,” Peachey says.Kiva’s and Global Giving’s platforms encourage transparency for donors by allowing them to see exactly who receives their money and for what purpose. The programs also maximize the money’s potential by directly sending funds to their destinations, though Global Giving, which describes itself as the “eBay of international philanthropy” takes 10% of each donation for its operating costs.Global Giving offers online gift registries and gift cards. A particular advantage of online microfinance projects like Kiva and Global Giving is that donors can earmark their funds for specific projects, which is currently not possible with Grameen, for example.Whether online or on the ground, microfinance operations are not without criticism. The state government of Andhra Pradesh, for example, shut down a Grameen Bank operation in 2006 following complaints of exhorbitant interest rates, although the branches were soon reopened, without admission of any wrongdoing, according to the Grameen Foundation.Yet as the brief history of Kiva and Global Giving attest, and Grameen’s overwhelming success in lifting 50 million borrowers out of poverty corroborates, microfinance’s impact is hard to attack. As the Nobel Committee noted, “across cultures and civilizations, microfinance has shown that even the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development.”www.kiva.orgwww.globalgiving.orgwww.grameenfoundation.org Making Sense of MicrofinanceMicrocredit organizations provide financial services, including loans and savings accounts, to the poor.  As the vast majority of the poor in developing countries do not own assets to borrow against, they do not qualify for traditional credit and loans from the “formal” banking system. So they turn to “informal” loan sharks who charge exorbitant interest rates. The inability to pay back these “predatory” loans often condemns the poor to a cycle of poverty.The unique feature of microcredit is that loans are provided without collateral or legal contract. It rejects the notion that the poor are inherently “uncredit-worthy.” For example, most loans are disbursed through not-for-profit institutions that generally tag the interest rate of the loan to the market rate of commercial banks. Loans are paid back on an installment basis. Once fully repaid, borrowers qualify for another loan. Strikingly, borrowers rarely default: the average repayment rate for microfinance loans industry-wide is near 96%.Microfinance’s success comes from helping groups, like craftsmen. Because women worldwide are least likely to have access to capital, many groups specifically target them. For example, 97% of Grameen’s current nearly 7 million borrowers are women. Online models like Kiva, however, have a harder time soliciting women to participate in their online programs, partly because some women fear exposure on the internet.Microfinance’s mission is not only economic, but also social empowerment. Many groups require borrowers to join a community association of borrowers. For example, some models create self-monitoring groups that coach each other on financial skills, such as repayment and work skills. To participate, the group must adhere to several principles, ranging from a commitment to keep family sizes small to a vow against accepting or giving dowry during marriage.  These grass-roots associations have even banded together to create student loan programs and vaccination programs.The Faces of Those in NeedSobi Begum’s life once mirrored that of countless South Asian women confined to abject poverty. Living on the equivalent of less than $1 per day, Begum picked water lilies from a nearby pond to gather their seeds to serve with rice for her children’s dinner. Malnourished and uneducated, her children seemed condemned to a life no different than Begum’s own.$35 loaned to her in 1981, when the Grameen Bank started informal operations in Tangail, Bangladesh, changed Begum’s life. Not only was she able to buy a cow and grain, she was encouraged to train as a veterinary assistant. Successful repayment of her first loan led to others, and with each Begum transformed her family’s life. Begum achieved the unimaginable for many of South Asia’s poor: provide food and consistent schooling for her children, as well as own her own home and business.   Related Itemslast_img read more

PHOTO ADVISORY 3 LT

first_imgINTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONAL Dublin: PM arrives in Dublin (A+B) Everett : Chinese President Xi Jinping,and his wife Peng Liyuan at Boeing Field in Everet(B) New York : Actress Anne Hathaway participates in AOLs BUILD Speaker Series (A) Andrews Air Force Base/ Washington : President Barack Obama greets Pope Francis(A+B) Mecca : Haj Pilgrims from all over the world offer prayers on a rocky hill (B+A) Opatovac : A woman holds her son as they wait in line in order to get into a reception center (A) Palembang : Muslim women perform a morning prayer marking the Eid al-Adha holiday (A) Athens : Greeces new cabinet pose for the photographers (B+A) Nairobi : A supporter of Kenyas Opposition party CORD wearing oranges (A) Moscow : Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkeys President (A+B) SPORTS Tokyo : Pan Pacific Open women?s tennis (B+A) Kolkata: Atletico de Kolkata team jersey (A) Mumbai:Champions Tennis League season 2 announcement(A+B) Chennai: Vishwanathan and Arvind in Press Conference(A+B) Bengaluru : Preparatory cricklet camp in Bengaluru (B+A) London : World Heavyweight boxing champion, Wladimir Klitschko, holding his title belts (B) Mysore: Bangladesh A vs Karnataka (B+A) PTI PHOTO GCS AKN AKNlast_img read more

Cricket: Twitter reacts as Captain Kohli scores a magnificent century vs England

first_imgVirat Kohli in Tests in England…In 2014 faced 288 balls, scored 134 runs in 10 innings.In 2018 faced 225 balls, scored 149 runs in one innings!#ENGvIND #INDvsENG— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 2, 2018 Virat Kohli is a great batsman and true leader. Single handedly he took India near England’s score.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) August 2, 2018 A brilliant hundred from Kohli. Scored more in this first innings than he did in 10 innings in 2014. Added 99 so far with Shami, Ishant and Yadav , who have scored 8 between them. #ENGIND pic.twitter.com/POeNkl9Oip— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 2, 2018 A masterclass from Virat Kohli, leading from the front. A display of tremendous character determination and grit #ENGIND— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 2, 2018 Advertisement First Century. First of Many. Well played, Virat Kohli. Best batsman on the planet. #EngvInd— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 2, 2018 This majestic Kohli knock ranks alongside Gavaskar The Oval 1979 and Dravid Headingley 2002 for sure— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) August 2, 2018 Advertisement(Image Courtesy: Cricbuzz)Indian Captain Virat Kohli scored a scintillating knock of 149 to bring team India right back into the contest.After dismissing England for 287, India set out to bat on day 2 hoping to take a lead. The openers got off to a good start putting up a 50 run partnership. This was soon followed by 3 quick wickets from the quickie Sam Curran.Following this Carnage, Virat Kohli came out with his team in a spot of bother. Stitching up important partnerships with Hardik Pandya and later on with the tail enders, Virat got to his 22nd century in style.He then went on to score 149 before getting out to Adil Rashid. His knock comprised of 22 fours and a six. Virat’s knock turned out to be a crucial one as India who were ion the verge of conceding a huge lead to their opponent’s just had to concede 13 in the end.Personally for himself this turned out to be an important knock. The celebration following the hundred showed Virat how much this hundred meant to him. He had managed to score 15 runs more than the total runs he accumulated in the 2014 series vs England.Here is how Twitter reacted to acknowledge this magnificent innings:Innings Break!Virat Kohli gets out after a sensational knock of 149, #TeamIndia all out for 274. Trail England 287 by 13 runs.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/7rEKYkur9r— BCCI (@BCCI) August 2, 2018 So adorable that there were people that thought Kohli wouldn’t absolutely boss it in England in this series. #GUN— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) August 2, 2018center_img A lot of heat on Kohli and produces a 100 in his first innings. #class 🏏— Usman Khawaja (@Uz_Khawaja) August 2, 2018 Outstanding 💯 from Kohli— David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) August 2, 2018 Virat Kohli’s splendid innings ends on 149! England take a 13-run lead https://t.co/PAfjOZ5KRL #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/HJVg9mptfj— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 2, 2018 What an inning.! Absolute dedication, commitment and focus… Not every test innings keep you glued to the TV through the whole inning but this one did. It was an absolute masterclass from the GOAT. #engind— βαтsү🏏 (@itsalokj) August 2, 2018 Just stood up in our studio and applauded. One of Kohli’s best. Full of grit and patience. Proper test match batting. #Class.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 2, 2018 What a player what a knock #Kohli— Mason Crane (@masoncrane32) August 2, 2018Also Read:England vs. India: 1st Test Day 1 Review- Late collapse ensures pole position for India India’s future is safe. Virat Kohli is already in the 22nd century.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) August 2, 2018last_img read more

The Oregon Model

first_imgThere was an article in the New York Times last year about Chip Kelly and Wiz Khalifa and being the fastest offense in America that I’ve probably read three or four times and sent to a few dozen people. I was obsessed with this article, but not because of the shiny unis or the crazy rapper. I was obsessed because the practice model implemented by Chip Kelly is so countercultural to the norm that most coaches can’t even believe it.Oregon practices in the morning before its players attend class, and the sessions are brief — usually an hour and 50 minutes, and sometimes less. The music blares from start to finish, and you see players during their short rest periods busting out dance moves.WARNING: Uncle Rico-like “back when we won state” comment coming below…When I played baseball in college I used to detest practices. They would last three and half hours and we would do no more work (in fact, sometimes less) than we got done in an hour and a half during high school. I’m the biggest believer of having fast, short, fun practices of any college football blogger on the internet. I promise.I fell in love with Chip Kelly because of the way he ran his sessions.Enter Chip Kelly midwest: Mike Gundy.If you’ve ever had a job where when you got up, you were dreading getting to the office because of the boss or your environment or you didn’t like it, it’s not very fun. Your production level’s going to go down, I don’t care who you areThis is in reference to the fact that the head ball coach for the Cowboys has cut down practice time to four and a half hours. A week.On Gundy, Jeff Latzke writes:He has even incorporated music and occasionally humorous skits into practice to keep the atmosphere lively.Does this sound familiar?!Gundy goes on:We do the best we can to make sure our players are having fun, so their mental approach is they look forward to coming over and being in the offices with us, they look forward to being in meetings, they look forward to being in practice because they know they’re going to have fun.As a former athlete I can’t begin to tell you how important this is to players. To have a coach who understands that practices can be enjoyable and sometimes even more competitive versions of games is to have the biggest ally on campus.It hasn’t always been like this though. Todd Monken notes it was much different during the Les era:I’d like to practice like Les did. I’d like to be out there about five hours. But that’s not realistic.This has to be the most underrated storyline I’ve read all year. And it’s one more bullet in the holster for Gundy who, as Htownpoke pointed out in the comments section yesterday, doesn’t have the depth an LSU or an Alabama or an OU has. He needs to keep guys healthy and motivated and his decision to not hit in fall ball coupled with his wise choice to cut the fat out of weekly practices tells me he gets it.He understands how all of this works. He is secure enough in his job to take some minor chances like this. I bet if he was going 6-6 people wouldn’t say “oh this is cool, he’s countercultural!” No, he’d be getting axed. He trusts in his methods though and he trusts his players. You have to when your weekly practice time isn’t even as long as a Miguel Cabrera brunch session.Here’s the full AP story.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Flipkart Super Value Week: Honor offers discounts up to Rs 9,000 on phones during Flipkart sale

first_imgFlipkart Super Value Week: Honor offers discounts up to Rs 9,000 on phones during Flipkart saleHonor is also offering some of its smartphones such as the Honor 9i, Honor 10 Lite, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 9N, Honor 7A and Honor 7S with exciting discounts during the Flipkart Super Value Week.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 09:32 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Honor 9i gets the biggest discount of Rs 9,000 on FlipkartHonor is also selling the popular Honor 9 Lite and Honor 10 Lite at attractive prices.Customers can also buy the Complete Mobile Protection package for just Rs 99.The Flipkart Super Value Week is underway on the e-commerce platform and consumers can avail some exciting offers and discounts on a range of products including smartphones. Honor is also offering some of its smartphones with exciting discounts such as the Honor 10 Lite, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 9N, Honor 7A and Honor 7S. Notably the Honor 9i gets the biggest discount of Rs 9,000 on Flipkart during the Super Value Week.The Honor 9i is selling for Rs 10,999 on Flipkart, down from its original price of Rs 19,999. The Honor 9i comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It sports a 5.9-inch FHD+ display with a 18:9 aspect ratio. It sports dual cameras on the front and back and is powered by a Kirin 659 chipset.The Honor 7S and Honor 7A are available at Rs 5,999 and Rs 7,499, respectively. The former comes with a 2GB + 16GB configuration while the latter is offered with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.The Honor 9N comes in three variants, all of which are discounted during the Flipkart Super Value Week. The base model with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage is available for Rs 8,999, while the 4GB + 64GB and 4GB + 128GB variants are available for Rs 9,999 and Rs 11,999, respectively.Honor is also selling the popular Honor 9 Lite and Honor 10 Lite at attractive prices during the sale. The Honor 9 Lite can be purchased for Rs 8,499 and Rs 9,999 for the 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB variants, respectively, while the Honor 10 Lite is available for Rs 11,999 and Rs 13,999 for the 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB options, respectively.advertisementDuring the Flipkart Super Value Week, customers can also buy the Complete Mobile Protection package for just Rs 99, which will cover screen damage, water damage, hardware and software defects along with other brand authorised repairs. Buyers can also get additional discount from Rs 250 to Rs 1000 using the “Super Exchange Offer.”ALSO READ | Flipkart Super Value Week starts April 23: What are the offers and how can you claim themGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow FlipkartFollow Flipkart Super Value WeekFollow Flipkart saleFollow Honorlast_img read more

Delhi health scheme 10 times better than Ayushman Bharat CM to Centre

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday wrote to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan saying his government’s health scheme was “ten times bigger and comprehensive” than the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme.”A good health scheme is already implemented in Delhi. Stopping it and implementing another will not benefit anyone. If Delhi’s Health Scheme is stopped and Ayushman Bharat Yojana implemented, residents will be affected,” Arvind Kejriwal said in his letter to Harsh Vardhan. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarDelhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also states in his letter that if the Union Health Minister sees something in Ayushman Bharat Yojana which is missing in Delhi’s health scheme then he can tell him. “It will be included in Delhi’s health scheme,” Arvind Kejriwal said. Listing the ‘advantages’ of Delhi Health Scheme over Modi government’s flagship Ayushman Bharat Yojana, Kejriwal said that Delhi already enjoys a 10 times better scheme. Ayushman Bharat scheme is available to only those with income less than Rs 10,000 per month, whereas the minimum wage of a daily labourer in Delhi is higher than that, Arvind Kejriwal argued in his letter, adding that the existing scheme extends health benefits to all 2 crore citizens of the national capital. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”Ayushman Bharat covers medical expenses upto Rs 5 lakhs, whereas Delhi government bears all the medical expenses, even if the bill runs up to Rs 30 lakh or more,” the letter said. In the letter, Delhi Chief Minister claimed that despite Ayushman Bharat Yojana, people from neighbouring states still come to Delhi government hospitals for health treatments. Implementation of Ayushman Bharat has become another bone of contention between the Modi government at the Centre and Kejriwal government in Delhi. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari has frequently blamed Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government for the alleged failure to implement Ayushman Bharat scheme in the national capital. The Chief Minister further pointed out that Central and Delhi governments’ shared objective to provide good health care to the citizens should be achieved, no matter through which scheme. Arguing his case further, he reminds Dr. Harsh Vardhan that Delhi’s health programme has been praised internationally and even several big international personalities have inspected and endorsed it. Finally, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal requested Union health minister to help make capital’s health scheme better by pointing out shortcomings, if any, as a competent and experienced doctor.last_img read more

ExDJ Jonathan King charged with 18 sex attacks on boys

first_imgJonathan King, the former DJ, has been charged with 18 sexual offences against nine teenage boys dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.The 72-year-old, of Bayswater, central London, is accused of the sex attacks between 1970 and 1986 when the victims were aged between 14 and 16.King has been released on bail by Surrey Police, to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on June 26.The charges are part of the force’s Operation Ravine, which was launched in 2015 following a review by Merseyside Police into an earlier investigation, Operation Arundel, which dated back to 2000. 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. A Surrey Police spokesman said: “The independent review was commissioned in January 2014 to ensure all lines of inquiry had been identified.”A number of actions have subsequently been progressed under Operation Ravine, leading to new allegations of sexual offences being identified.” Jonathan King is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court next month Jonathan King is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court next monthCredit:Keith Erskine /Alamylast_img read more

Here are 4 possible Brexit outcomes that we could get by 31

first_img Image: PA Wire/PA Images 32 Comments BORIS JOHNSON’S PREMIERSHIP hasn’t changed anything so far when it comes to Brexit. With the make-up of the House of Commons the way it is, it’s impossible to imagine any Brexit deal that would break the current impasse, backstop or not.So what’s next?An early electionDespite the two motions tabled by Boris Johnson failing to get the votes it needed to trigger an election, this still appears the most likely outcome – it’s a matter of the opposition waiting for the best moment to allow an election. Under British law, the next election is not due until 2022 and a two-thirds parliamentary majority is required (that’s 434 MPs) if the government wants to hold a vote before that.Labour abstained on Johnson’s first vote on a snap election date of 15 October, saying parliament should first approve a draft law aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit, which has now been done.The party then also rejected a second vote, after internal wrangling between election-eager Labour leader Corbyn with some other top figures within the party who felt they should hold off for even longer.The reason for the rejection – no deal legislation aside – is that opposition MPs fear that Johnson won’t keep his promise to hold the election on 15 October and warn he may try to delay it until after the Brexit deadline on 31 October. That level of mistrust is a good example of the exact difficulties Johnson will have in getting any possible Brexit deal through the House of Commons.This may also not be a good time for an election for Labour, which is languishing in the opinion polls. A recent YouGov voting intention survey put the Conservatives down from 35% last week to 32% this week, and Labour from 25% to 23%.The Lib Dem vote is up from 16% last week to 19% now, and the Brexit Party experienced the same growth: up three points to 14%.If Labour remains opposed, Johnson could consider other options, such as calling a vote of no-confidence in his own government or introducing a different type of law for an election, both of which only require a simple majority.Johnson could also resign, which would be another way to trigger a general election. It’s been said that if this did happen, Corbyn could go to the queen to ask for permission to form a government with him as its ‘caretaker’ PM until a general election is held. As parliament is prorogued until 14 October, it will be the middle of November at the earliest before we have an election otherwise, as there must be at least 25 working days between when a general election is called and when it happens.No-deal BrexitThe UK is legally due to leave the European Union on 31 October whether it has agreed a Brexit deal with Brussels or not.Johnson insists he will not make any more requests to delay Brexit, as it’s been more than three years after British citizens voted to leave the bloc in June 2016. It’s also been reported that other EU nations would be reluctant to acquiesce to another extension request, after the first two bore no fruit (as of yet).Although Johnson says he wants a deal, he has stepped up preparations for a no-deal exit (which, he has repeatedly argued, will help them to get a deal).Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has argued that the UK would have to return to negotiations in the event of a no-deal Brexit, as some sort of relationship would have to be built between the EU and the UK eventually. So negotiations don’t necessarily end there.Johnson was accused of suspending the British parliament for five weeks in an attempt to force through a no-deal Brexit behind MPs’ backs. It’s possible that other efforts similar to this will be made by his government in order to make Brexit happen.A Brexit dealBoris Johnson has said repeatedly that he wants a Brexit deal. More specifically, he wants to renegotiate the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement agreed by his predecessor Theresa May, which was rejected three times by the UK parliament.Johnson says that his main objection to the Withdrawal plan is the backstop – a mechanism for keeping an open, friction-less border between Northern Ireland and Ireland in the even that no other solution to do this is found.The EU and Ireland have remained insistent that the backstop provision must stay, and that it’s up to London to come up with any credible alternative – although Johnson said he has an “abundance of proposals” during his Dublin visit, he didn’t share publicly.Johnson is pinning his hopes on a 17-18 October EU summit when he believes the threat of a no-deal Brexit will prompt the bloc to make compromises and allow a last-minute agreement. That being said, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has recently said there’s “no reason to be optimistic” that a Brexit deal will be done.Alternatively, some believe May’s divorce deal could be presented to MPs again. If the Withdrawal Agreement is put to MPs once more, it has a more likely chance of passing – with each vote on the deal, the majority it has been defeated by has decreased.In the event that the Withdrawal Agreement is passed by MPs, it’s possible that a referendum will be held to ask the people should the UK leave under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, or should it remain in the EU and revoke Article 50.Delay to BrexitThe Hilary Benn bill, which is now law, instructs the government to seek to push back the Brexit deadline until 31 January 2020 at the earliest, if it has not reached an EU deal by 19 October – which is after the EU summit.Ultimately, that decision rests with the 28 EU leaders. The Irish government has said that it would be in favour of another Brexit extension – anything to avoid a hard Northern Ireland border – but has raised concerns that others might not be willing to drag the Brexit timeline out further.The Benn law says that if a delay is agreed, then the UK government must regularly report to parliament on its progress in negotiations, and if there is still no deal by 31 January, it implies that Brexit would have to be delayed again.Johnson has warned that the legislation could have the effect of delaying Brexit “potentially for years”, and has said he’d rather be “dead in a ditch” than to ask the EU to grant the UK more time to pass a Brexit deal.Finally, if there is a Brexit extension, it’s possible that Brexit won’t happen at all – that’s a theory supported by many observers, including the man who first used the term Brexit. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised that if he wins power, he will hold a second referendum with an option to remain in the European Union.It’s both not really a Brexit scenario and unlikely to happen. 30,666 Views Share5 Tweet Email Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4808978 By Gráinne Ní Aodhacenter_img Image: PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 8:30 AM Here are 4 possible Brexit outcomes that we could get by 31 October Let’s spin the wheel of Brexit speculation. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Sat 8:30 AM last_img read more

Two felons appear in court in August pharmacy robbery

first_imgTwo convicted felons who allegedly robbed a Vancouver pharmacy at gunpoint in August made first appearances Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court.Keandre D. Brown, 19, and Keith B. Woody Jr., 24, both of Portland, face allegations of first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm. Woody is also accused in a June armed robbery at the Walgreens Pharmacy at 2903 N.E. Andresen Road.Police believe both incidents are part of a series of armed robberies at pharmacies in the Portland area, court records show.According to a probable cause affidavit, Vancouver police responded shortly before 3 p.m. Aug. 22 to an armed robbery at the Mill Plain Pharmacy, 614 Mill Plain Blvd. Witnesses reported that two men entered the pharmacy with handguns and demanded items, including oxycodone.An employee said one of the men ordered everyone to “get down,” climbed over a counter and asked something to effect of, “Where’s the oxy?” the affidavit states.After the robbery, an officer in the area saw two men run toward a gold-colored car, he said, but they were gone by the time he arrived, court records show. A witness was able to report a license plate number, and the registration came back to a vehicle sold in Oregon, according to court documents.The vehicle was later caught running a red light in Portland, which captured a photo of the occupants, one of which was later identified as Woody, the affidavit said.last_img read more

The World Soy Foundations Farmer Leader Feature Stan Born Illinois

first_imgThis week, the World Soy Foundation (WSF) is taking you to a town in Illinois called Dunlap for a Farmer Leader Feature on Illinois Soybean Association Director Stan Born. Stan, who grew up on a farm in Shelby County, Ill., was destined to be a fourth generation farmer. Before taking that role, Stan took what he calls a “brief 33-year sabbatical” to use his Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Illinois and become a leader and manager for the global business segment at Caterpillar, Inc. But he still stayed connected to the farm by helping in the field during peak seasons. During his “industry sabbatical,” Stan had the opportunity to travel to many areas of the world. To date, he’s had the privilege to visit 36 countries and he says his favorite is always “the next one!”In 2009, Stan decided to start farming as a part-time job and soon after retired from industry to pursue farming full-time.“While I remain a small operation, I am actively engaged in learning all the complexities that come with a farm business, and use this experience, the leadership experience gained from working for a Fortune 50 company, and my time to serve and advocate for the Ag community,” he said.Stan is a volunteer leader for a Christian mission organization working on food security issues in learning centers and transitional homes. Through one of these missions, Stan met a contact that invited him to participate in the Illinois Soybean Association’s Soy Ambassador Orientation program in 2013, which eventually led to his election in August 2014 to represent District 5 in Illinois. His work with the mission trips is also what attracted him to the World Soy Foundation.“Working with the ASA, WISHH and the WSF aligns with my mission projects in connecting agriculture to communities in need to help them migrate away from food aid and equip them to manage their own food security in a sustainable way,” Stan said.He has seen the clear problems of malnutrition, stunting and being underweight in children throughout the developing countries he has traveled to. A common theme among those children he saw was a lack of protein in their diets and how soy could be a great option to provide abundant, low-cost protein in those environments. When visiting learning centers that utilized soymilk to improve nutritional profiles, Stan saw the obvious benefits it was providing for the kids.“If these kids get proper nutrition, they will be better equipped to learn and create a better life for themselves and, if properly directed, to serve others,” Stan said.The WSF wants to thank Stan for his support and leadership in the soy family! It is not without the support of individuals like Stan that we could continue reducing malnutrition through the power of soy. If you would like to join Stan in supporting the WSF, simply visit www.worldsoyfoundation.org/donate-now/ to learn how.To stay up-to-date with WSF programs and activities, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and signup for our newsletter on our website!last_img read more

From our Fort to the Civil War front

first_imgo “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”o Pickett’s Charge.o The death of Abraham Lincoln.They represent some Civil War milestones influenced by soldiers from Fort Vancouver.Some of them fought for the Union, some fought for the Confederacy. Sometimes they fought on opposing sides in the same battle. Former Fort Vancouver soldiers who became Union generals include George McClellan, Joseph Barnes and John Reynolds.Gabriel Rains, George Pickett and William Wing Loring resigned their commissions to join the Confederate army.George McClellanMcClellan graduated from West Point in 1846, second in his class. He was sent to Fort Vancouver in 1853 to find the best route for a railroad from the East. He left the military in 1857 to become a railroad executive, then went back into the Army during the Civil War.McClellan was named commander of the Union Army in 1861. Criticized for his caution and lack of leadership, McClellan was relieved of command in November 1862.The Democratic Party nominated McClellan to run for president in 1864, but Lincoln swept to a second term. (McClellan was the first candidate in what turned out to be three straight presidential elections featuring former Fort Vancouver soldiers, with Ulysses S. Grant winning in 1868 and 1872).After the war, McClellan had better electoral luck when he successfully ran for governor of New Jersey in 1877.McClellan left a lasting — but somewhat niche — military legacy, designing a saddle that still is being used.McClellan Road at Vancouver Barracks also bears his name.Gabriel RainsWhile serving against the Seminole Indians in Florida in 1840, Rains became noted for tinkering around with explosives and booby traps. In the 1850s, he was assigned to Fort Vancouver.An Army blockhouse on the north shore of the Columbia River, near the present site of Bonneville Dam, built in 1855 during the Northwest Indian Wars was named Fort Rains.last_img read more

Russian visitors old and new

first_imgAn event Friday honoring the 75th anniversary of the historic Chkalov flight doubled as the opportunity to announce another distinguished Russian visitor.Sergey I. Kislyak, ambassador to the United States, will deliver the annual Marshall Lecture at 11 a.m. April 19 at Hudson’s Bay High School.• What: 2012 Marshall Lecture• Who: Sergey I. Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the U.S.• When: 11 a.m., Thursday, April 19• Where: Hudson’s Bay High School, 1206 E. Reserve St.• Cost: Free and open to the publicKislyak’s appearance is timely, said Elson Strahan, president and CEO of the Fort Vancouver National Trust. With the recent Russian presidential election and Russia’s impending entry into the World Trade Organization, Kislyak is an appropriate choice to deliver the 2012 Marshall Lecture, Strahan said.Strahan added that Kislyak is a suitable choice for reasons local as well as global, with the approach of the 75th anniversary of the transpolar flight from Russia to Vancouver.The announcement was part of an event at the Marshall House, where Gen. George C. Marshall hosted three Russian aviators in June 1937 after their 63-hour, 5,288-mile nonstop flight over the North Pole to Pearson Field.And speaking of global …Valery Chkalov, namesake and grandson of the ANT-25 pilot, and his son Igor helped unveil another product of the historic flight. The family has been part of an effort to make a dozen replicas of a globe Chkalov and a crew mate autographed in 1937.last_img read more

Holiday closures

first_imgWhat’s open and what’s closed for Christmas:• MAIL: Post offices are open Monday, but most will close early. Actual hours will be posted. The postal unit at Shell, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year. Mail left in blue collection boxes may be collected early Monday; those with a normal afternoon pickup may have a final collection at noon. Regular home delivery Monday.• GARBAGE: Regular service Monday. Trash and recyclables normally picked up on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday by Waste Connections in Vancouver and most of Clark County, will be picked up one day late. Friday’s normal collection will be picked up Saturday. In Camas, Tuesday’s trash and recyclables will be picked up Wednesday with Wednesday’s regular collections.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Closed Monday and Tuesday.• CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.• GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Open Monday, closed Tuesday.• BUSES: C-Tran follows reduced-service schedule Monday and Sunday/holiday schedule on Tuesday. C-Tran offices open Monday, closed Tuesday. TriMet follows regular schedule Monday. On Tuesday, TriMet follows the Sunday schedule.• DRIVER’S LICENSING: Offices open Monday, closed Tuesday.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed Monday and Tuesday.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Open Monday, closed Tuesday.• BANKS: Open Monday, closed Tuesday.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and other markets open until 10 a.m. Pacific time Monday, closed Tuesday.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open Monday, closed Tuesday.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday.• WESTFIELD VANCOUVER MALL: Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday. Nordstrom is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.• THE COLUMBIAN: Offices open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday. Circulation customer service open 4:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday.last_img read more

Coconut Grove Pembroke Park churches aid in Bahamas relief effort

first_imgCOCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – Two South Florida churches are doing their part to aid in the relief effort for Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian. Christ Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove held a special service Sunday morning to honor the victims in the Bahamas.In Pembroke Park, Koinonia Worship Center collected supplies from the public to help those still struggling in the island nation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Beginning tomorrow (09/07), the City of Miami will only be accepting donations at the locations listed below as well as Christ Episcopal Church & Greater St. Paul AME Church. For more information, please visit: https://t.co/lWc4Gtf8Gy. pic.twitter.com/RDD2PdecXa— City of Miami (@CityofMiami) September 6, 2019last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Resident Backs Bendel For Selectmen Praises His Efforts

first_imgDear Editor,My name is Bob Bryant. I have lived in Wilmington going on 29 years. I reside at 7 Dartmouth Ave aka Dartmouth River. I call it that because when it rains or we have heavy snow melt it runs down the street through my yard.I have complained to many in town management to no avail. I keep hearing that unaccepted streets can not be repaired with public dollars according to state laws. I have real issues with that. I believe any taxpayers who pay property taxes their/our properties should all be treated equally. We all pay the same tax rate.Well, for the first time in my 29 years here, I heard a Selectman — Selectman Greg Bendel — say we really need to do something about these streets. The fact that there are unaccepted streets in Wilmington and other towns in 2019, THAT is unacceptable.There are other towns around that are doing the same thing that Greg is suggesting Wilmington do — fix these streets!Our selectmen are supposed to represent the town’s residents — all of us or at least a good majority. They should not pick a small group and go with it which seems to happen a lot lately. The fact that Greg is trying to get things started is HUGE!Wilmington has 31 miles of unaccepted streets and, in my opinion, for Greg to bring this up is more representative of a larger group of residents who lose value of their homes and property due to water in their homes and conditions of their streets.I really hope Greg is re-elected to continue this project since he is the first in a long list of Selectmen to bring this to light!Thank you,Bob Bryant, Deb Bryant and Rob BryantLike 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… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town May Unknowingly Own 4.5 Acres Of Land Off Route 125, Could Be Spot For SubstationIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Greg BendelIn “Government”last_img read more

Wood Bison Get Acquainted With Their New Habitat

first_imgThe first load of wood bison bulls has been successfully released into the wild in the Innoko River valley.Download Audio:Late last month, 12 bulls traveled by barge in special air-conditioned containers from Nenana to the unloading site, several miles upriver from the village of Shageluk, where a group of cows and calves has been roaming since April.Wood Bison Restoration Project Manager Tom Seaton with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game picked a release site where a group of bison cows had been browsing only a few days before. Workers cleared an alleyway through the riverside brush for the bison to move through, and then the bulls were free to disembark.What happened next, according to Seaton, was not at all similar to the first release of bison in April, when the cows and calves stampeded out of their holding pen.“They made about a 90-degree turn and walked off the barge onto the bank, and up that alleyway. They did it real nice and slow, they’d stop and look back every now and then. And we got to the very last one offloading from the barge, and for whatever reason he decided that he really didn’t want to come out. So we opened all of the doors and tried to give him a little stimulus to come out and he just said no. So we all went away and made everything as quiet as we could, and in about 20 minutes he just eased out on his own and did the same thing – walked down the alleyway and into the meadow.”Aerial surveillance shortly after the release showed that a small group of bulls immediately honed in on the scent of the cows, while another chose to swim across the Innoko River in the opposite direction from the cows. Since then, satellite tracking collars show that at least a few bulls have reunited with the cows and calves, and there is no evidence that any bulls have died in the transition to the wild.Another group of 18 bulls is scheduled to make a similar journey by barge beginning next week.A small group of wood bison remains in captivity at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, where the now-wild wood bison were raised.Until this spring, wood bison had not roamed the wilds of Alaska for more than 100 years.last_img read more

Man held for harassing Bengali actress on social media

first_imgKolkata: A person has been arrested for allegedly threatening and abusing a Bengali actress on social media, a senior police officer said Monday.Acting on the complaint lodged by Arunima Ghosh, police arrested Mukesh Shaw, a resident of Garfa area in south Kolkata, late Sunday night, the officer said.”The accused has been posting illicit comments, threats and abuses on a social networking account of the actress since May 30,” he said.The accused had opened a fake account in the name of Mukesh Mayukh, the officer said.”We are trying to find out why he did all these. We are also checking whether he is mentally stable or not,” the investigating officer said.Ghosh said,”Initially, I was ignoring this. Then I found that he was keeping an eye on each and everything I was doing and wherever I was going. Then I contacted the Kolkata Police.”last_img read more