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Serena Williams Urges Action to End Domestic Abuse

first_imgThe Allstate Foundation, today debuted a public service announcement featuring tennis champion, philanthropist and Allstate Foundation Purple Purse program ambassador Serena Williams.Video: Invisible Weapon | The Allstate Foundation: Purple PurseTitled “Invisible Weapon,” the new video aims to bring awareness to financial abuse, a controlling tactic frequently used by domestic violence abusers and one of the primary reasons victims stay in or return to abusive relationships. The urgent call for support for domestic violence survivors coincides with the start of the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse® Challenge, which takes place Oct. 2 – 31.Propelled by a powerful narrative from Williams, “Invisible Weapon” dramatizes the differences between the clear visual signs of physical abuse and the invisible signs of financial abuse, exposing the hidden challenges victims face. The video closes with a call-to-action for people to help empower survivors in their communities.“For more than a decade, The Allstate Foundation has put a spotlight on this devastating issue, stood up for the victims who have been silenced, and given hope to the survivors trying to break free,” said Vicky Dinges, Allstate’s senior vice president of corporate relations. “Everyone needs to care about this pervasive issue. With Serena joining us to deliver this important message in ‘Invisible Weapon,’ we hope more men and women will speak up about domestic violence and financial abuse and be compelled to end it – once and for all.”From restrictions on spending to ruined credit, the signs of financial abuse are often invisible, and many people don’t even know it exists. According to a 2018 national public opinion survey conducted by The Allstate Foundation, nearly 50 percent of respondents are unaware that financial abuse is a form of domestic violence.“I’m proud to speak up for women who can’t use their voices, and let them know we’re working to end the cycle of abuse,” said Williams. “I hope that after viewing the video, people will be more aware of the hidden signs of financial abuse and they’ll understand the need to help those who’ve been burdened by it.”One way the public can take action is by donating to domestic violence nonprofits through the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge on Many of these organizations are faced with immense funding challenges. On a single day in 2017, more than 11,000 calls for help from domestic violence victims went unanswered due to the lack of nonprofit resources and staff to address the victims’ needs.Championed by The Allstate Foundation, nearly 300 domestic violence nonprofits from across the U.S. are participating in the 2018 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge. Now in its fifth year, the annual fundraiser coincides with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Funds raised by participating nonprofits will go toward providing life-changing services for survivors and their families, such as financial aid and financial empowerment, emergency shelter and child care, and food and transportation.To support the nonprofits’ fundraising efforts, Williams designed a limited-edition purse. This year’s unique design is a suede and leather purple backpack, which is a first of its kind for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse.“A purse is symbolic of a woman’s financial domain. We’re thrilled Serena Williams took that to heart when designing the purse for the 2018 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, and we’re confident it will encourage an even greater number of people to get involved and support the participating nonprofits,” said Dinges.A select number of donors will win a Williams-designed purple purse during weekly sweepstakes. Every $10 donation made through the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge website will represent one entry into the weekly sweepstakes.In addition to the money that domestic violence nonprofits raise on their own, The Allstate Foundation has dedicated nearly $800,000 in incentive grants. There will be daily and weekly fundraising challenges, and at the end of the Challenge, the nonprofits that raised the most in their division can receive grand prizes up to $100,000.Since the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge began in 2014, it has raised nearly $10 million for state and local domestic violence nonprofit organizations. Since 2005, The Foundation has invested more than $60 million to help empower more than 1.3 million survivors.If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.last_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement At the beginning of the story, Suri has bleached blond hair, contacts to make her brown eyes blue and a bedroom wall full of images of Caucasian models.“Growing up, these images that I looked up to and aspired to were skinny, blond women in magazines, and this is where Suri starts when we meet her. Then she transitions into finding her power when she returns home,” said Wraich, whose other credits include The Good Doctor and Crawford.At one point Suri calls herself “pretty for an Indian girl,” a line that came from Wraich’s own life.“I went to a predominantly Caucasian high school, so I was always the girl who was ‘pretty for an Indian girl,’ ” she said.“At the beginning I took it as a compliment like, ‘Oh, that means I’m pretty,’ and later on in my mid-20s I was like, ‘No, I’m just pretty. I’m not pretty in spite of my race; probably because of it.’ ”Wraich also co-produced the series, which is named after the highway connecting Brampton to the Greater Toronto Area.Toronto-based filmmaker Renuka Jeyapalan directed the series, which is the first feature-length project for Mad Ruk Entertainment, a production company known for its music videos with artists including The Weeknd.“I loved that it was a South Asian woman at the centre and it wasn’t a comedy, it wasn’t something broad,” said Jeyapalan.“It was more grounded and about family in a more authentic way, and not your typical just East-meets-West kind of conflict but really the types of issues that are more complicated.”There are currently three 25-minute episodes available, and while the finale wraps up some elements of the story it leaves the door open to extending the series, which Wraich hopes to do.“It’s taken a lot of things that I’ve felt insecure about or hated about my community and given me a platform to have a dialogue with them about it, in terms of writing inside out,” Wraich said.“I went back and forth in terms of how personal I made this, but if I can’t tell my story, how can I tell anybody else’s?”By Victoria Ahearn ~ The Canadian Press Her fictionalized account inspired by the events turned into the new web drama series The 410, written in 2017 after she met with a lawyer who represents some of the accused drivers and he told her to focus on personal elements of her vision.“It was heartwarming to see that this community, because we don’t get our stories told, was so enthusiastic about it,” said Wraich, who shot the series over 12 days at locations including her parents’ house, the Sikh Spiritual Centre Toronto and Brampton public transit. Login/Register With: “Everybody was like, ‘You’re going to tell a story about us, about our community? By all means, take all the resources we have.’ ”Debuting Thursday on CBC Gem, the series also stars Wraich as Suri, an aspiring Indo-Canadian Instagram influencer in Toronto whose truck-driver father is arrested after being caught with a large amount of cocaine. In an effort to make his bail money, she tries to sell a stash of drugs she finds in the family car.Wraich said Suri was partly inspired by a character she saw on the comedy-drama series High Maintenance, a young Muslim woman who tries to buy cannabis.“That was probably the first time I’d seen a South Asian woman represented without hero qualities or desirable qualities or, ‘Oh, she’s a doctor’ or a lawyer or an accountant and she fits into this stereotype,” said Wraich, who was born in Chandigarh, India, and recently moved to Los Angeles. Advertisement As an Indo-Canadian Punjabi growing up in the northwest Toronto district of Rexdale, Supinder Wraich was surrounded by truckers. Her parents have a trucking school and her uncles are drivers in the industry that’s filled with many other Indo-Canadian Punjabis who live in Rexdale and nearby Brampton, Ont., which has a large South-Asian population, says the actor-writer-director. (HO / THE CANADIAN PRESS) “Often I don’t get roles where the characters have problems and issues and they’re not perfect, and that’s what I was really desiring. That’s why I wrote it, because I’ve never played this part and I rarely get to audition for these parts.“The only other comparable character I can think of is Kalinda from The Good Wife in terms of a badass, South Asian female character — but the lead, in this case.”Wraich created an Instagram account for her character under the handle @Indian_Blonde. As an Indo-Canadian Punjabi growing up in the northwest Toronto district of Rexdale, Supinder Wraich was surrounded by truckers.Her parents have a trucking school and her uncles are drivers in the industry that’s filled with many other Indo-Canadians who live in Rexdale and nearby Brampton, Ont., which has a large South Asian population, says the actor-writer-director.So in 2011, when news articles emerged about Indo-Canadian truck drivers being arrested at the border for drug smuggling, Wraich felt connected to the stories and wanted to make a documentary about them. Facebooklast_img read more

Mexico freezes exoil officials bank accounts

MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities have frozen the bank accounts of Emilio Lozoya, the former head of Mexico’s state-owned oil company.The Financial Intelligence Unit said Monday that “there were various transactions with funds that presumably did not come from legal activities” and the funds “are presumed to have originated in acts of corruption.”Lozoya headed Petroleos Mexicanos under former president Enrique Pena Nieto. Last week the government banned Lozoya from holding public positions for 10 years.Lozoya has been mentioned, but not charged, in corruption scandals involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.Former Odebrecht officials have given evidence to prosecutors in that country that implicates Lozoya in the company’s bribery scandal. Lozoya has denied receiving bribes..The Associated Press read more

UN Alliance of Civilizations eyes corporate sector to ease cultural tensions

“Multilateral companies are themselves confronted with that challenge and contribute innovative solutions both within the structure of the companies and in the way they relate to the market environment in their countries,” Marc Scheuer, Director of the Alliance of Civilizations Forum, told journalists in a briefing following last week’s Alliance forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Mr. Scheuer said that the Alliance is in the early phase of involving a core of companies in its work, but added that it was too early to discuss the criteria by which the businesses would be chosen.Last week’s forum was the first be held outside of Europe, and Mr. Scheuer said that half of the nearly 6,000 participants were from Latin America.Mr. Scheuer noted that while the forum discussed sources of tensions between the Western and Islamic worlds, this session had fewer debates about freedom of expression versus freedom of religion than in previous years. Instead, there was an attempt to a larger extent to try to measure the phenomenon of Islamophobia.“To try to see what form, shape, and extent it could take in different countries, what were the reasons and explanations for that,” Mr. Scheuer added.He said that while some forms were linked to cultural or religious misperceptions, others were a reflection of an unfavourable global economic context. “Building bridges across cultures is important because it has an impact on politics. It helps create the necessary conditions for long-term peacebuilding and peaceful societies.”The Alliance of Civilizations, which was established by Spain and Turkey under the auspices of the UN, will hold its fourth forum next year in the Qatari capital of Doha. 3 June 2010The corporate sector has a key role to play in overcoming prejudice among nations, cultures and religions and can draw on the experiences of companies working in different countries and communities, the head of the United Nations-backed Alliance of Civilizations Forum said today. read more

Closing Bell TSX ends higher as BlackBerry shares climb on earnings results

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended its five-day losing streak Friday, rebounding strongly in a session helped by energy and infotech stocks, particularly BlackBerry whose shares surged 5% after beating expectations on earnings.The S&P/TSX composite index soared 133.20 points to 15,026.77, while the Canadian dollar dipped 0.38 of a cent to 89.65 cents US.Wall Street also snapped back from deep losses from the previous day. The Dow Jones industrials added 167.35 points to 17,113.15, the Nasdaq gained 45.44 points to 4,512.19 and the S&P 500 index saw an uptick of 16.86 points to 1,982.85.It’s been a wild week for investors, who saw the Toronto market plunge more than 200 points Thursday, capping a fifth day of declines. The U.S. indexes did even worse, sporting the steepest declines in two months as the Dow shed nearly 250 points. Despite Friday’s gains, all indexes were still down for the week.Kevin Headland of Manulife Asset Management said investors have been scratching their heads trying to figure out what was behind the deep drops.“I think it was a reaction and an overreaction,” said Headland, who is director of the portfolio advisory group. “If you look at the fundamentals, there is no reason for a major sell-off.”He said usually market direction can be driven by political instability, a bad earnings report from a big firm, or disappointing economic figures. But on Thursday, there was none of that.“It might be because people are still coming back from the summer slow season and are reallocating their portfolios,” said Headland. “But today’s immediate snapback shows that the declines were not based on fundamentals.”In corporate news, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) (Nasdaq:BBRY) says it had an adjusted loss of two cents per share in its latest quarter — better than the loss of 16 cents per share that analysts had expected.However, CEO John Chen, who joined the company last November, concedes the struggling smartphone marker has travelled only half the way on its journey back profitability as it battles intense competition from Apple’s iPhone and the Samsung’s Galaxy models. It released its latest smartphone, the Passport, earlier this week, with hopes of winning back once-loyal corporate customers.BlackBerry shares closed up about 5%, or 56 cents, at $11.44 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.In New York, shares in Janus Capital Group (NYSE:JNS) surged nearly 43% to US$15.89 on Friday after it was announced that bond investor Bill Gross, a managing director of PIMCO, is joining the company. Gross was one of the founders of PIMCO in 1971, building the Newport Beach, Calif.-based investment company into one of the world’s largest bond managers.The markets also got a boost by the latest U.S. GDP figures.The third and final official estimate for second-quarter gross domestic product says the world’s largest economy expanded at an annual rate of 4.6% in the spring, the fastest pace in more than two years.The growth in the April to June quarter, which is a sign that companies are investing more and households are spending more, was in sharp contrast to a decline of 2.1% for the first three months of the year, which included unusually harsh winter weather. On the commodity markets, the November crude contract was up $1.01 at US$93.54 a barrel. December gold bullion dipped $6.50 to US$1,215.40 an ounce and December copper added a penny to US$3.04 a pound. read more

UN begins medical assistance and other help to victims of fighting in

The UN is also preparing to offer food, water and shelter to those residents who fled the town to escape the fighting between Sudanese armed forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), which media reports say has left many people dead.The security situation inside Malakal has largely returned to normal, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported, after the intervention of a joint delegation of senior officials from the Mission, the Sudanese armed forces and the SPLA. UNMIS peacekeepers have been deployed in the town.But the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said tensions among armed groups in Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile state, remains high and sporadic gunfire and looting of shops and homes is continuing.UN staff and officials from humanitarian agencies have begun assessing civilian casualties and infrastructure damage, as well as the availability of food, clean water and medical supplies in the days ahead. David Gressly, the Deputy Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, will also lead an OCHA delegation to Malakal tomorrow for an assessment visit.“Now that the fighting has subsided, we have begun to provide immediate life-saving medical support to the civilian victims of the violence and also assess what else needs to be done,” Mr. Gressly said.Yesterday, in a statement released by his spokesman, Secretary-General Kofi Annan called the clashes a serious violation of the security arrangements of last year’s comprehensive peace agreement that ended a 21-year civil war in southern Sudan.He appealed to the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan, which were both established in the wake of the power-sharing agreement, “to make all possible efforts to contain the situation.”An emergency meeting yesterday of the ceasefire joint monitoring committee – which comprises representatives of UNMIS, the SPLA and the Sudanese armed forces – condemned the violence, demanded an immediate ceasefire by both sides and called for the redeployment of troops to their respective positions before the clashes.The committee also decided that a joint investigation will take place to determine who was responsible for breaching the peace agreement and then bring them to account.Some civilian UN staff have been temporarily relocated from Malakal to other locations in southern Sudan. read more

In Bolivia Ban urges action on climate change says caring for planet

“Climate change and the defence of life on Earth are at the top of the international agenda this year,” said Mr. Ban, noting the recent adoption by world leaders of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the upcoming climate change conference in Paris. The 2030 Agenda, he continued, should leave no one behind, especially women, adding that Sunday was Women’s Day in Bolivia, the birthday of the country’s best-known poet, Adela Zamudio. “She rose above society’s constraints to become a leader for women’s emancipation,” said Mr. Ban. “I urge all women — and men – to be inspired by her example. We cannot achieve equitable sustainable development if we do not involve and respect half the world’s population.” Mr. Ban noted that Bolivia was one of “the few countries in the world with as many women as men in its Parliament” and that guaranteeing women’s participation in all levels of decision-making “is crucial not just for gender equality, but for inclusive democracy and sustainable development.” The Secretary-General then turned his remarks to Bolivia’s advocacy for the rights of indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples globally, he said, “are among the world’s most vulnerable and marginalized people.” “Yet their history, traditions, languages and knowledge are part of the very bedrock of human heritage,” he continued. “There is much to be learnt from indigenous peoples as we seek to find solutions to the challenges of combatting climate change and managing Mother Earth’s resources in a sustainable way.” Mr. Ban added that, in many nations, “the poverty gap between indigenous and non-indigenous groups is increasing,” and that was unacceptable. “As we implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we must do so in culturally appropriate ways that meet the needs of indigenous peoples and their conceptions of well-being.” He then commended the Government of Bolivia and President Evo Morales for introducing International Mother Earth Day to the United Nations General Assembly in 2009. Bolivia, he said, had also inspired the discussions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the principle of “vivir bien.” The Secretary-General noted that, in his recent speech to the UN General Assembly, President Morales had explained the concept as “living in solidarity with people and in harmony with Mother Earth,” a reminder “that well-being is not only about material advantages, but social and spiritual well-being” and that “well-being cannot be achieved without respecting and protecting our planet.” Mr. Ban said that those sentiments “were also recently and powerfully echoed by His Holiness Pope Francis” when he came to speak with world leaders on the day they adopted the 2030 Agenda. “His recent Encyclical highlights the direct link between caring for the environment and caring for the world’s poor and vulnerable,” said Mr. Ban. “Caring for Mother Earth is a moral issue. We must change how we use Mother Earth’s resources, and live in a manner that is sustainable.” This was especially true for the challenge of climate change, he said, noting that governments will be meeting in Paris in December to finalize an agreement on the issue. “It must be ambitious,” he said, adding that “Climate change is upon us. Here in Cochabamba you know this well. Your mountain Tunari used to be capped with snow all year round. Nowadays, it has snow only a few weeks a year.” The effects of climate change are apparent globally, Mr. Ban noted. “Droughts. Fires. Floods. Landslides. Glaciers melting. Oceans turning to acid. Mother Earth is giving us a warning. We must listen. And we must act.” The climate change conference in Paris, he said, “must be a turning point in our collective effort to protect Mother Earth.” He said that an agreement was needed that was durable and flexible, and must “send a clear signal that the transformation of the global economy in a low-carbon direction is inevitable, beneficial, and already under way.” Developed countries, Mr. Ban continued, must provide a politically credible pathway for meeting their pledge of $100 billion dollars a year by 2020. Noting that “a transformative deal in Paris” was in sight, Mr. Ban closed his remarks by asking world leaders to take a pledge to “not steal from our planet” but to “manage its resources wisely.” read more

Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill to enter NFL draft

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill will skip his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL draft.Coach Mike Gundy announced Monday that Hill will not play against Missouri in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31. Hill made his announcement in a thank you letter to fans, teammates and coaches on social media.The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Hill thanked Gundy “for taking a chance on a kid from Tulsa.” He added: “You saw something in me when others did not and helped me turn my dreams into a reality.”Hill finished his career with 3,539 yards rushing in three seasons, seventh-best in school history. He left the Nov. 10 game against Oklahoma in the first half due to injury and missed the final two regular-season games against West Virginia and TCU.Hill ran for 1,142 yards as a freshman, 1,467 yards as a sophomore. He ran for 930 yards this season. In his best game, he ran for 228 yards and two touchdowns his sophomore season against Oklahoma.___More AP college football: and Associated Press read more

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8400 Ebola Cases of Ebola Worldwide

first_img Related Items:annamae williams, brazil, Ebola Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Oct 2014 –Cases of Ebola worldwide are at 8,400 with deaths at just under half of that… 4,000 people including one in the United States. Now Brazil, on Friday, has reported its first suspected case; the 47 year old man from Guinea having come into contact with 64 others who are being monitored. This news breaks as the US over the weekend revealed, that despite all of the protective gear and proper procedures, a health care worker who tended to the Liberian patient, Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, is now positive for Ebola and in isolation; the nurse is being called a hero and she is in stable condition. This virus, which will cause the Turks and Caicos to spend an estimated $350,000 in preparation according to the Ministry of is believed too big to bear for most countries in the Americas. The top U.S. commander for Central and South America warned this week, that many Western countries aren’t equipped to deal with the disease. Dr. Nadia Astwood, Turks and Caicos Medical Director gave assurances though that local health workers were ready… side-stepping allegations by Annamae Williams family that no one at the Cockburn Town medical center wanted to touch their relative who was vomiting and gasping for breath… pointing possibly to a fear among medical personnel…. 53 year old Williams eventually died in hospital; she had tested positive for Dengue Fever. Her cause of death is still officially undetermined. Recommended for you Zika virus getting stern reaction from country leaders Brazil & Argentina are coming to Turks and Caicos CDC says: Men spread Zika through Sexlast_img read more

Wishbone Hill Coal Project Draws Lawsuit

first_imgDownload AudioThe Trustees for Alaska are going back to court to fight a federal okay for coal mining at Wishbone Hill in Palmer. Trustee attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court in Anchorage today (on Wednesday) on behalf of the Castle Mountain Coalition and other groups opposed to coal mining in the area. Vicki Clark is an attorney representing the plaintiffs.“At this point, you know, folks have been very concerned about a big new coal mine that could go in right next door under a permit that was issued decades ago,” Clark said. “And they really want the opportunity to participate in making decision on that in in getting current information, and so our clients want to challenge that decision.”The Castle Mountain Coalition filed the suit against the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement [OSM] for its decision last November to allow Usibelli Coal to operate at Wishbone Hill. Plaintiffs allege the Wishbone Hill mining permits, now owned by Usibelli Coal, are expired.The status of the mining permits has been in question for some time. But last year, the OSM upheld the state’s decision to renew the permits, while criticizing the state’s handling of the matter. OSM’s Robert Postal  said the state had erred by not officially terminating the permits in the first place.The Castle Mountain Coalition represents about three thousand Matanuska Valley residents.last_img read more

Volcano farts Scientists look to gas for beta on atmosphere geothermal resource

first_imgPhoto by Dr. Taryn Lopez.In September, a team of scientists crawled around the summit of seven volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands. They updated seismic sensors, replaced 8,000 pounds of batteries and visited one summit that geologists hadn’t been to since the 1940s. They also took lots of samples.University of New Mexico Professor Tobias Fischer landed on active volcanoes in the Aleutians to capture gases. Fischer says the samples will help tell the story of deep earth systems and how they are connected. He says landing on Kiska volcano was a first ever event for geologists.Download AudioPhoto by Dr. Taryn Lopez.Is the cutting edge of science is inversely related to the cutting edge of fashion? Photo: Dr. Taryn Lopez.last_img

This actor of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 gets compared to Jon Snow

first_imgThe Basu family of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2instagramThere is no second thought that Game of Thrones has a massive fanbase across the world and with the final season being telecast currently, millions of fans can’t stop talking about it.Recently, Pooja Banerjee, who plays the role of Nivedita in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, observed some reference to the character Jon Snow from Game of Thrones with that of a co-actor from Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2.The actor is none other than her on-screen father Uday Tikekar. Just like Jon Snow returns from dead on Season 6 of GoT, Uday Tikekar, who plays Moloy in KZK2, will be seen returning on the show. Moloy was shown to be in a coma for a long period of time.Welcoming Uday on the sets, Pooja shared a picture of the actor on Instagram with a caption that read, “Our very own Jon Snow @udaytikekar”. Not just Pooja, the entire cast rejoiced when Uday returned for shoots. The show’s lead actor Parth Samthaan, who lost his father recently, too had a cute gesture for his on-screen father. He welcomed Uday with a cake, which had “Welcome back sexy Molly” written on it.Meanwhile, Hina Khan, who played the role of Komolika on Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, has bid adieu to the show. The gorgeous actress is set to walk the red carpet in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2019 where the first look of her debut film Lines will be unveiled.After Hina, another actress has bid adieu to the Ekta Kapoor’s show. Priyal Mahajan, who played the role of Tapur Basu aka Anurag and Nivedita’s sister, will reportedly get replaced on the show.Rumour has it that model and actress Aastha Abhay, who is Miss Earth India 2016 Finalist, has apparently replaced Priyal as the new Tapur. However, the reason for replacing Priyal is yet to be known. Uday Tikekar aka Moloy of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2instagram Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 cast welcomes Uday Tikekarinstagramlast_img read more

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Fate of the Hold Harmless Funding Mechanism Could Affect the Bottom Line

first_img Share KUT NEWSA hold harmless provision put in place by Texas lawmakers ten years ago is set to expire in September 2017.]Texas lawmakers are about to spend a lot of time talking about how the state funds its public schools. The question is: Will they make any changes during the legislative session that starts in January? If they don’t, there’s a part of the system that’s set to expire next year. That could be a problem for some school districts across the state.About 10 years ago, the state legislature provided some property tax cuts by compressing property tax rates. But public schools in Texas depend on local property taxes for funding. School districts were worried what this might do to their bottom line. So, lawmakers put in something called a “hold harmless” provision.“They promised districts they wouldn’t lose any funding as a result of that tax rate compression so they created this ASATR, Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction,” explained Chandra Villanueva, a school finance expert with state policy think tank the Center for Public Policy Priorities.Instead of funding schools based on the formulas school districts currently use, schools were simply guaranteed the same amount of funding they got in 2006.“That just set their funding frozen in time based on that level. So, it no longer matters how many economically disadvantaged students they have, how many [English language learners], all that matters is they get that historic level of funding,” Villanueva said.Over the years, lawmakers have tacked on a variety of hold harmless provisions, and they’re political.No lawmaker wants to head home after the legislative session and have to tell their school districts they lost money. That’s why when lawmakers put ASATR in place, most Texas school districts got funding from it because most districts were affected by the compressed tax rate.But, slowly, districts were weaned off that system.Most Central Texas districts don’t receive money through ASATR anymore, but nearly 175 school districts still do. That provision is set to expire in September and some districts say without money from ASATR, they’ll have to close their doors. For instance, Webb CISD outside Laredo gets nearly half of its maintenance and operations budget from ASATR.“It’s a weird one because it’s not a whole lot of money, but the districts that get it, they need it because their district’s funding is so low,” Villanueva said.LISTEN: KUT’s Kate McGee reportsCloser to home, Lago Vista ISD gets 13 percent of its funding this school year from ASATR. Lake Travis ISD gets 7 percent—about $4.2 million dollars. Eliminating that would mean budget cuts at those districts, unless lawmakers make changes to the system. Villanueva says if those changes include new hold harmless provisions, she thinks they need to be temporary. “There is room for hold harmlesses, but they should see as more a transitionary than a permanent feature of school finance system,” she said. “It’s okay to build in transition times to get districts used to new rules and new ways we fund, but they should always have an expiration date.”But not everyone thinks ASATR should end this year. State Rep. Paul Workman, who represents parts of Austin, has filed a bill that would extend ASATR funding for two more years. And Lubbock Rep. Dustin Burrows has filed a bill that would extend that funding for another decade.Copyright 2016 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM.last_img read more

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AAA Projects Nearly 4 Million Texans Will Be On The Road This

first_imgWikimedia CommonsBetter prices at the pump this week are a decisive factor for increased traffic in Texas, according to AAA.AAA projects that 3.8 million Texans will be driving 50 miles or more to their destination for Thanksgiving, to a great extent because of cheaper prices at the pump this week. On average, a gallon of unleaded fuel now costs $2.31. That’s down seven cents from the week before.“That’s the most we’ve seen since 2005, and that’s a nearly 5 percent increase from last year,” said AAA spokesperson Daniel Armbruster.Armbruster explained that “we’ve recently changed over to winter blend gasoline which is cheaper than summer blend,” and added “there’s an abundance of supply in the United States.”He also said Wednesday is typically considered the busiest travel day of the year, but that’s not the case anymore and the best day to travel is Thursday, Turkey Day itself.According to AAA, the worst days to travel would be Tuesday night, Wednesday evening and then coming back Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening.Armbruster said drivers could see higher prices as soon as next month though. OPEC is set to meet in early December to look at ways to reduce the global supply of oil.   Sharelast_img read more

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Ezeego1com launches fifth franchise store in Mumbai, opened a new franchise store at Kalbadevi Road, Mumbai, to cater to the growing travel demands in South Mumbai. Managed by Ravi Mahatani, the outlet will provide a bouquet of travel services from leading travel suppliers from India and overseas. Speaking at the launch, Neelu Singh, CEO and Director,, said, “Distribution is the key to success in the growing travel market and the opening of our new franchise will help us gain a foothold in this market. Our offerings are curated from a slew of travel aggregators and we enable and distribute it through our platform.’’ will provide the franchisee with an active marketing, technical and store development support. The marketing activity will include print and radio advertising, attractive and preferential commercials. Store development support will include store designing to reinforce the brand’s look and feel. Training and technical support will be provided to all franchisee staff to effectively address the changing technology and enhance customer interface.last_img read more

June 23 2008 Welcome to the June 15 workshop

first_imgJune 23, 2008 Welcome to the June 15. workshop participants: [top from left] Tyler Scott, Mark Moynihan [intern], Todd Findley, Brendan Siegl, Mateo Mir Bashiri [intern] and Thomas TJ Bogan. [middle from left] Jonathan Schafer, Magda Lojewska, Claire Woolley [seminar week] and Toa Rivera [intern]. [front from left] Lindsay Marsh [two weeks] , Aimee Madsen [seminar week] and Rebecca Brown. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

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who had earlier announced to name the Wheeler Island after Kalam. S.What is this chalta hai? he had to askfor instance But maybe thats a ploy to reassure the audience that despite having a firm grip on Indian issueshe is indeed the Outsider pratikkanjilal@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Published: October 3 2017 6:49 pm Brad Hogg says the constant curiosity over his age doesn’t bother him (Source: PTI) Top News Brad Hogg will be 47 come February but the Australian Chinaman bowler says the thought of announcing retirement from international cricket has not yet crossed his mind While he is “not done yet” Hogg remains realistic about his chances of making another comeback for Australia He is currently commentating in the limited-overs series between India and Australia and if it was not for a surgery on his left knee he may well have been preparing back home to make another First-Class comeback for Western Australia “I am not worried about my age mate I am still trying to play First-Class cricket for Western Australia I don’t think I will ever announce my retirement from international cricket because it is a privilege to play for your country and if I am doing well enough I would never say no” Hogg tells PTI in a freewheeling chat The boom in T20 cricket has pushed a host of cricketers to stretch their careers Hogg is a prime example of that alongside India’s “ageless” Ashish Nehra who at 38 has earned a recall to the Indian team for the three T20s against Australia beginning October 7 Hogg was 44 when he last played for Australia in 2014 and still thinks he is good enough to bowl at the highest level He also remains a regular at the Big Bash League and even played the IPL as recently as last year “If I get the opportunity to play again (for Australia) I would take it Because once you are long time retired (it is difficult to comeback) If it stops now it stops now I know I won’t get to play again “I am fortunate that at my age I am still wanted Whether it happens or not it is another matter but yeah I am not done yet” he says Hogg says the constant curiosity over his age doesn’t bother him and he is focused on getting back to full fitness having undergone a knee surgery three months ago “While I am doing that (recovering) I am using the time to do commentary I feel at a very fortunate place to be honest and thoroughly enjoying it The recovery is taking longer than expected but I should be back on the ground soon Is it tough to maintain fitness as one grows older “Not at all” says Hogg “If you look after yourself it is not an issue But as sportsmen a lot of us have wear and tear Sometimes it happens early in your career sometimes it happens late I am very lucky that it is late in my career “In fact I would not call it (injury layoff) a difficult period I have been extremely lucky to play the game I am grateful for that You rather think about the things you have” While commentating he has also found time to help fellow Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav who calls the Australian his mentor with both having spent a lot of time together at the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL Yadav has been making rapid strides in international cricket ever since making his Test debut against Australia in March and Hogg is not at all surprised “Everyone’s career graph is different We all go through different phases and he has got a great foundation Now he has just to make sure he keeps his head on his shoulders don’t think too far ahead and keep working on his game “He has just got to make sure he is reliable when the captain calls him to bowl The best cricketers in the world are consistent and reliable they do the job” feels Hogg adding Yadav’s accuracy remains one of his biggest strengths “You rather first work on your strengths than focus on your weaknesses That is what I all good bowlers do” he adds For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsI wasn? (Representational image) Top News A WEEK after the Supreme Court prohibited the sale of alcohol within 500 metres of state and national highways, as Thailand had no answer to the superiority of their opponents.” It was worth stating that both Arsenal goals were borne out by contentious calls but Spurs deserved no better. Tottenham Hotspur can hold their horses. But it is not the whole story. Bapat said issues relating to defence land will be taken up with the defence ministry.

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