Maharashtra Congress backs Rahul Gandhi

first_imgThe Congress in Maharashtra has thrown its weight behind Rahul Gandhi, saying he remains the best bet for the revival of the party. At a Congress Working Committee meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, Mr. Gandhi offered to resign from the post of president following the party’s defeat in the general election, nearly a year and a half after he took over the top job from his mother Sonia Gandhi. Mr. Gandhi is not responsible for the defeat, for which the cadre are responsible, the Maharashtra leadership said in a resolution passed unanimously on Saturday. “Mr. Gandhi has worked as hard as any of us, and that work not gone waste. There is no need for him to resign. Instead, the leadership at the State level — wherever the party has performed poorly — must step down…,” Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan said, owning up to the defeat in the State. The Congress won a single seat of the total of 48 in one of its worst performances in decades. The BJP-Shiv Sena combine won 41 seats. The State leadership said the failure to forge an alliance with the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) cost the Congress 10-11 seats. “The VBA dented our chances, and its presence benefited the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in at least 11 seats. The VBA worked as the B team of the BJP. I am taking the full onus of this failure as well, and am ready to step down from the post of president,” said Mr. Chavan, who was defeated in Nanded. The party leaders ruled out any difference with the Nationalist Congress Party, and the alliance would continue despite the heavy losses. “There are no differences with the NCP, and whatever decisions taken was with their consent,” said Mr Chavan.last_img read more

New Zealand captain Taylor confident of fightback in second Test

first_imgNew Zealand captain Ross Taylor is confident that despite losing the first Test against India here, his side can make a comeback in the series in the second and final game starting in Bangalore Aug 31.Taylor said it was disappointing to be bowled out twice under 200 “but we have three four days to rectify that when we work and come back harder and stronger in Bangalore,” he said after his team lost by an inning and 115 runs on the fourth day of the first test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium here Sunday.”Come back Bangalore, we need to be as positive as possible,” he said.He believes the team had to improve a little bit of technique. “Most of this is probably in the mind,” said Taylor, who failed miserably in both the innings.The Kiwi skipper gave India the credit for their all-round good show. He said India put lot of pressure on them by first scoring over 400 runs and then enforcing follow-on.He said their bowlers did not bowl well for consistent period of time. He was all praise for Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha, saying they put lot of pressure on the New Zealand batsmen.”When it turns it is a lot easier to play when it turns and bounce it is a different ball game,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgTrump also lambasted at Jebs brother president George WTrump also lambasted at Jebs brother president George W Bushs war in Iraq as “a big fat mistake.””The war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake. The war in Iraq, we spent USD 2 trillion, thousands of lives, we dont even have it. Iran has taken over Iraq with the second-largest oil reserves in the world,”. Trump said.Replying to the comments, Jeb said: “Im sick ask tired of Barack Obama blaming my brother for all of the problems that he has had. And, frankly, I could care less about the insults that Donald Trump gives to me. Its blood sport for him. He enjoys it. And Im glad hes happy about it. I am sick and tired of him going after my family”.”And while Donald Trump was building a reality TV show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. And Im proud of what he did,” Bush said.Trump responded by saying that the World Trade Center came down during George Bushs time.”Thats not keeping us safe,” he said.Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee said that even though the Republican field has been cut in half, their ongoing shouting match was twice as loud. But the Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus differed.”Our partys well-qualified and experienced field of candidates continues to put forth serious solutions to restore prosperity and strength to America,” he said.”While the Democrats are letting a self-avowed socialist set the pace, our candidates are having a spirited exchange of ideas on how to get our country back on track,” Priebus said. PTI LKJ AJRadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Shane Watson blames himself for defeat against Kings XI Punjab

first_imgSkipper Shane Watson on Monday blamed himself for Royal Challenger Bangalore’s humiliating defeat against King XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League 2017 on Monday at Indore’s Holkar Cricket Stadium. (SCORECARD)”I didn’t start well with the bat and I’m certainly to blame, getting out in the first over,” Watson said after Punjab overhauled the 149-run target set by RCB in just 14.3 overs with eight wickets in hand.Opening the innings, Watson was dismissed in the first over by Axar Patel. In fact, RCB were 22/3 in five overs but an unbeaten 46-ball 89 by AB de Villiers took them to 148/4.”A few more than 170-180 would have been nice. AB was incredible as he always is and it would have been nice if we had supported him,” Watson said. (Also read: Glenn Maxwell completes 1000 runs in Indian Premier League)Kings XI Punjab batsmen then took RCB bowlers to the cleaners with Hashim Amla (58) and Glenn Maxwell (43) sharing a 72-run stand in 38 balls to take them home.”We didn’t even execute nicely with the ball. There was a little bit more dew than I thought there would be and it was skidding along more in the second innings,” Watson said.Punjab skipper Maxwell credited the bowlers for setting up the win for them. (Also read: AB de Villiers returns to show what Royal Challengers Bangalore were missing)”Feeling good. It’s been a great start for us. The bowlers set it up for us. To keep it to 23 in the powerplay was a great effort,” he said.advertisement”Our bowlers seemed to get something out of this wicket when there was something there. The boys have been adaptable, I can’t ask for more than that.”This was Punjab’s second win in the season. They had beaten Rising Pune Supergiant by six wickets in their first match.last_img read more

Baaghi 2 leaked photo: Blood-soaked Tiger Shroff goes viral

first_imgThere has been a lot of hype surrounding Baaghi 2, from rumoured couple Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani romancing each other on the big screen for the first time to the speculation that Tiger has gone bald for the film.While it is true that Tiger has got rid of his trademark curls in Baaghi 2, he will not be sporting a bald pate. He has been safeguarding his look by wearing a beanie whenever he steps out, but recently, a leaked picture from the sets revealed his short hair.Tiger was on his way to shoot for an action sequence, and got snapped outside his vanity van. The actor’s short hair stubble and bulging biceps are already sending fans into a frenzy. The bloody t-shirt added to his look.The first schedule of Baaghi 2 kicked off in Pune on September 18 and after wrapping up the shoot in the city, the film’s team moved on to Mumbai. The Ahmed Khan-directed film, which also stars Manoj Bajpayee and Prateik Babbar in pivotal roles, will hit the screens on April 27, 2018.ALSO WATCH: Tiger Shroff opens up on kissing Shraddha Kapoor, his stunts in Baaghi and morelast_img read more

10 months agoVeronique in Barcelona to close Rabiot deal

first_imgVeronique in Barcelona to close Rabiot dealby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona’s push to close a deal for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has accelerated in the last 24 hours.Paris United reports Rabiot’s mother and agent, Veronique, is currently in Barcelona to negotiate terms.With his deal at PSG due to expire in June, Rabiot is free to discuss pre-contract terms with foreign clubs.Veronique wil spent the weekend in the city in an attempt to agree a contract with Barca officials.For the moment, the focus is on signing Rabiot on a Bosman transfer at the end of this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

A Big 12 Starting QB Has Been Benched

first_imgA general view of TCU's football stadium.FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A view as the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Baylor Bears at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Earlier this season, the TCU Horned Frogs gave Ohio State everything it could handle for the majority of their game. The Buckeyes used a late comeback to win the game, though it could have gone TCU’s way if a trick play had worked out.It didn’t. After that loss to Ohio State, TCU’s season has unraveled and the Horned Frogs entered this afternoon’s game against Oklahoma with a .500 record.Early in Saturday’s game against the Sooners, TCU fell down 28-7 and decided that was enough to make a change at the quarterback position.Quarterback Shawn Robinson was benched after completing just three-of-eight passes for 21 yards. To make matters worse for Robinson, his replacement, Michael Collins came in and threw a 49-yard touchdown pass.Michael Collins has replaced Shawn Robinson at QB for TCU— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) October 20, 2018Oklahoma leads TCU 28-14 midway through the second quarter.The Sooners and Horned Frogs are facing off on ABC. Will the quarterback change be enough to lead TCU back from the brink?last_img read more

CV manufacturing down again in January as low EU demand and restructuring

Click through to download the UK CV manufacturing news release for January 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Commercial vehicle (CV) output fell 14.6% in January to 6,681 units.Decline evident across both home and export markets as restructuring impacts volumes.CV manufacturing figures are expected to stabilise in the second half of the year. “New Euro-6 engine emission legislation came into effect from January this year, a change which invariably results in a lull in UK heavy commercial vehicle manufacturing and a contributor to January’s 14.6% fall in output,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “While van production was strong in the month, the 2014 market will, for some months, continue to be affected by the Europe-wide restructuring that occurred last year.” read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State drops match to No 9 Nebraska in four

Head coach Geoff Carlston watches the Ohio State women’s volleyball team huddle up during a game against No. 9 Nebraska. Ohio State lost in four sets. Credit: Miranda Lipton | Lantern ReporterIn a match consisting of long rallies and free-balls, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team fell to No. 9 Nebraska in four sets (15-25, 25-23, 12-25, 9-25).Nebraska has won the past three matches in Columbus, including tonight’s victory. “A lot of times you do everything right and you don’t get the point, and that’s volleyball,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. “If the effort is there, which I thought it was a lot tonight, that’s a lot different than execution.”Ohio State (12-11, 3-8 Big Ten) called a timeout early in the first set with Nebraska (16-5, 8-4 Big Ten) up 9-4, and later at 20-13 Nebraska. The Cornhuskers took the first set 25-15. “When you make mistakes, you need to wipe it off and get to the next point but it’s hard,” freshman outside hitter Vanja Bukilić said. “I’m struggling with that and a lot of times I feel myself going deeper and deeper into the hole.”Ohio State led the second set 13-12 and kept a tight lead throughout until Nebraska tied the score at 19. With a couple successful free shots from behind the service line, the Buckeyes came out on top at 25-23.Nebraska senior co-captain and outside hitter Mikaela Foecke has been named Big Ten Player of the Week this season and leads the Cornhuskers with 3.65 kills per set. She had 12 kills tonight, behind sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins who led the team with 16.Nebraska freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach had five blocks against the Buckeyes. She ranks No. 9 in the nation and second in the Big Ten with 1.51 blocks per set. Nebraska took an early lead in the third set and maintained it throughout before taking a 25-12 win. They cruised through the fourth set, leading throughout the whole set to a 25-9 decision.Carlston said the Buckeyes lost multiple points to dropped balls.“This team is working on being more vocal. This is one of the more quiet teams that I’ve coached, but it’s a process,” Carlston said. “Two or three points were lost because of balls dropped and I can tell you why – you have three freshman playing different positions.”He also said the injured starters led to an inconsistency in the starting lineup and a need to improvise. “Camryn Moeller was playing outside for us because Jordan wasn’t able to play. I think Camryn came in and played with a lot of courage and tenacity and we needed that,” Carlston said.The Buckeyes will get back on the road to head to Evanston, Illinois to face Northwestern at 2 p.m on Sunday. read more

Martin Freeman working with former partner Amanda Abbington in Sherlock was odd

first_imgMartin Freeman, the actor, has said it was ‘odd’ pretending that his former partner Amanda Abbington was his wife in the new series of Sherlock.The former couple who play Dr and Mrs Watson in the series, split in March after 16 years but were forced to work together for a large part of 2016.In last night’s episode, the pair were seen struggling to cope with a new baby, after marrying in the previous series. The pair face marital strain in the fourth series of Sherlock Credit:BBC pictures  The pair face marital strain in the fourth series of Sherlock  The former couple have two childrenCredit: Dave M. Benett “It’s all totally fine. Martin and I remain best friends and love each other, and it was entirely amicable, but we realised we’d come to the end of our time together.“There was no hostility, really; we just said that we couldn’t live together any more. So he moved out to a flat in north London, I stayed at home, and we’ve started a new chapter. He sees the children as much as he wants to.” The former couple have two children Freeman told The Observer: “We did this series not being together, which was kind of odd, although we were doing it as friends and we’re still very close.“It’s always interesting doing stuff with your partner because you know each other better than anybody else and that was obviously still the case with this series.“But it wasn’t lost on , and Amanda that ‘oh look, we’re holding our fictional baby, remember this?”Abbington told the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella Magazine that the coupe had an friendly separation and still see each other regularly. She said that one of the reasons for the split was the amount of time Freeman spent abroad, particularly when filming The Hobbit and US series Fargo.‘We’ve been apart a lot, and I think that’s one of the reasons it happened,” she said.“You can’t be away from people for too long, because you start to function on your own, you get used to being separate. You lose the connection and lose sight of it, in the end.‘It is sad and it is upsetting because you think you’re going to be with someone forever.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Royal superfans criticise Harry and Meghans disappointing decision to keep birth private

Royal fans John Loughrey (left) and Terry Hutt outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her three childrenCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Royal fans John Loughrey (left) and Terry Hutt outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her three children Town Crier Tony Appleton announces that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy outside the Lindo wing at St Mary's Hospital in London Terry Hutt, 83, has been a royalist since the age of four. Whether outside the Lindo wing, or on the streets of Windsor, he is often seen perched behind a security barrier dressed in a Union Jack suit and tie, joyfully celebrating significant royal milestones.But when the Duchess of Sussex gives birth to her and the Duke’s first child, Terry will not be out on the streets to cheer.The private affair which both the Duke and Duchess have chosen, has left Terry and his merry gang of Royal enthusiasts thoroughly disappointed.On Thursday, an announcement came that: “Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”A photograph of the family is not expected until days after the birth, and there is no public appearance planned. 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. Town Crier Tony Appleton announcing that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy outside the Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London last AprilCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth Margaret Tyler, 75 is originally from Hertfordshire, but moved to London to be closer to the Royal family. She has amassed an incredible collection of royal memorabilia, including a commemorative jar of pickles and an entire room in her home dedicated to Princess Diana.Another stalwart of royal celebrations she says she will miss the party atmosphere enjoyed so many times before.“It’s disappointing that we aren’t all going to meet up because we have such a fun time. People bring chocolates and drinks and we all look out for each other. It is a party time for us.“But Meghan is the one having the baby so it is no party time for her. She wants to bond with the baby. Its her body, its her baby so we had to go along with it.“I have no plans to travel to Windsor, but as soon as there is an announcement, I’ll be there.” This low-key affair has left fans unwilling to travel to Windsor in anticipation of the new baby, although they are on standby for any announcement.Mr Hutt, from Weston-Super-mare told The Telegraph: “I am disappointed they aren’t doing what they normally do. But they have decided that’s what they want to do and I am quite happy to sit back, let them celebrate with their family and then share it with everyone else.“I won’t be waiting up in Windsor, but I shall be coming straight after the birth is announced.Tony Appleton, an unofficial Royal town crier said: “I’ve got my scroll and I am ready all the time. I keep it in the boot of the car. If there is an emergency, I can take it to wherever it may be. I am on red alert.“I’m a big Meghan fan but I am very disappointed,” he added.“You’ve got to think of the public. We all love her. To try and keep it a secret is not very nice. We are all a family and it’s a happy occasion – the world wants to know. To do it two days later and announce it on instagram would be so disappointing.” Media operations have been significantly scaled back since the birth of Prince Louis, with no temporary structures likely to be erected until the Duchess has gone into labour.A spokesperson for America’s Fox News Channel told the Telegraph that they would have just three correspondents covering the event.Hotels in the town show good availability and the police have not shared any extra plans or measures with the public.This is very much being seen as the private event the Royals have wished for.A spokesperson for Windsor Great Park, where Frogmore House is situated simply said: “There are no special plans or arrangements in place, it is business as usual at Windsor Great Park.” Royal superfan Margaret Tyler at her home in London Royal superfan Margaret Tyler at her home in LondonCredit:Martin Pope read more

Wildfires burning near Wenatchee Goldendale

first_imgWENATCHEE — Two big wildfires that started last week continue to burn on the east side of the Cascades in Washington.Fire managers say about 1,300 firefighters are trying to control a fire that has burned about 32 square miles around Satus Pass and closed Highway 97 between Goldendale and Toppenish.Nearly 300 firefighters are working at a wildfire that has burned about 66 square miles southeast of Wenatchee in the Colockum Pass area. The fire has burned five homes and several outbuildings. Dozens of residences have been evacuated.A community meeting was held Monday night at the fire station in Malaga. The Wenatchee World reports about 60 people at the meeting were told the fire is contained on the north side but it could continue growing west and south.last_img

KPBSD To Begin Discussions On Upcoming Budget

first_imgThe total General Fund Revenue available for FY20 is estimated to be $142,588,810, according to the memo from the school board.  The administration has budgeted support from the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the amount of $49,738,432, which is the same amount as the borough provided in FY18 & FY19. This budgeted KPB revenue amount is $2,315,656 less than the projected maximum allowable local contribution for FY20 of $52,054,088. The State of Alaska revenue projections for FY20 were created using a flat $5,930 as the Base Student Allocation (BSA). The Governor released the FY20 budget to meet the statutory deadline, but it is anticipated that budget will be revised, according to a memo from the school board.  On Monday, January 14, the school board will meet at 1pm to begin the budget discussions. The board will meet this afternoon at 1pm, at the borough building in Soldotna. The student enrollment projection of 8,681 for FY20, listed in the Five Year Enrollment Projection document, was used in the Foundation Formula to calculate the estimated state revenue for the district. KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek: “That is a big piece of the puzzle, as you all well know, with what the district does. We will wrap up some revisions for this current year, and then begin discussion for the upcoming year. I really hope people will come out and be a part of that.”   Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The process is rolling forward for Fiscal Year 2020 budget planning process for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. State revenues include $79,009,719 for Foundation Funding, $287,358 for Quality Schools funding, one-time payment of $2,100,012 and on-behalf payments of $10,048,289 for a total State funding of $91,445,378. One-time funding is an increase of $701,114 over FY19 funding based on prior legislative action.last_img read more

Make Hires Flickr Photo Pool Curator

first_imgMake magazine has announced the creation of a new position—a “Flickr photo pool curator”—which will be filled by Collin Cunningham. Cunningham—described by Make senior editor and blogger Phillip Torrone as an artist, musician and maker “fascinated by the realms of sound and vision”—will sift through nearly 20,000 photos from nearly 4,000 Make Flickr photo pool members, according to the magazine. His job, according to Torrone, will be to “find, showcase and write about all the great projects makers are making,” updating Make’s Web site,, throughout each day. The newly-created position allows Make to showcase a greater number of photos and, more importantly, ensure that “the most interesting and relevant photos are available” to’s audience of three million monthly unique visitors, says associate publisher Dan Woods.last_img read more

Snapdeal Grants Stock Options to 1200 Top Performers

first_imgOnline retailer Snapdeal has given stock options to 1,200 employees to recognize their contribution to its success and retain them, as talent becomes increasingly crucial to the success of companies in the e-commerce sector, which is growing at a fast pace in India. Further, the company has amended the vesting period for stock options from annual to quarterly basis in order to motivate employees.The e-tailer has raised the share of equity allocated for distribution of options to 10 percent from 6 percent to enable the recent round of employee stock options (ESOPs).”Only the top performers at Snapdeal have got stock options over and above the salary increments,” Saurabh Nigam, vice-president (HR), Snapdeal, told The Economic Times.The 1,200 employees constitute about a third of its total headcount of of 4,000. In the previous year, the company awarded stock options to 300 out of a total 1,200 employees.”We clearly want to share our success and recognise their role in the company’s journey,” he said.Other Internet startups such as Flipkart, Pepperfry and UrbanLadder are also giving out stock options to employees as part of their talent retention strategy. The startups are also rewarding their employees with cash prizes and gifts. Companies such as Ibibo , Pepperfry, HolidayIQ and FabFurnish have even reduced the performance appraisal cycle to quarterly or half yearly basis, instead of annual.According to a report by Morgan Stanley, Flipkart accounted for 44% share of India’s e-commerce market, followed by Delhi-based rival Snapdeal at 32%. Amazon, launched in India in 2013, ranked third with just 15%, Business Standard reported.Snapdeal, which received $627 million in funding from Japan’s SoftBank Group in November last year, is expected to make acquisitions worth $1 billion this year.last_img read more

NAACP Poll Reveals How Black Voters Cast their Ballots

first_imgNNPA Newswire Staff ReportWith voter fraud and voter suppression the talk of the midterms, the Advancement Project at the NAACP national office joined with the African American Research Collaborative to provide the first comprehensive analysis of how Black voters voted this cycle and why.“People of color turned out and were engaged. Voters of color are poised to seize our power and Advancement Project’s national office and our allies are readying for the next big thing – 2020 – to make sure our vote is protected; to ensure our elections are free, fair and accessible,” Judith Browne Dianis, executive director of the Advancement Project at the NAACP’s national officeReleased in November, the poll of mid-term voters, conducted by the African American Research Collaborative – in collaboration with Latino Decisions and Asian American Decisions – examined African American voters across various competitive elections to determine how this electorate engaged in 2018 and how those findings might shape the future of elections.The key takeaway of this poll is clear: Democrats’ 2018 wins across the country were dependent on voters of color, particularly Black voters, as a majority of white voters supported Republicans.A whopping 90 percent of Black voters supported Democratic House candidates, compared to just 53 percent of all voters; 45 percent of white voters; 73 percent of Latinos; and 72 percent of Asian votersThe midterms were a referendum on President Trump, NAACP officials said in a news release.Black voters see the President and the current GOP as divisive, racist, and a step back for the nation.Approximately 72 percent of Black voters believe the Democrats are doing a good job with regards to the Black constituency; but 21 percent feel the Democrats don’t care too much about Blacks.Only 12 percent of Black voters believe the Republicans are doing a good job with regards to the Black constituency; and 55 percent feel the GOP doesn’t care too much about Blacks.Eighty-five percent of Black women and 81 percent of Black men have felt disrespected by Donald Trump.Only 8 percent of Black voters believe Trump has a positive impact on Blacks, and 29 percent believe he has a negative impact.Eighty-nine percent of Black women, 83 percent of Black men, and 50 percent of white voters believe Trump’s statements and policies will cause a major setback for racial progressA total of 91 percent of Black women, 86 percent of Black men, and 50 percent of white voters believe Trump and the GOP are using toxic rhetoric to divide the nationThe NAACP poll revealed that 82 percent of Black women, 76 percent of Black men, and 45 percent of white voters believe Trump and the Republicans are normalizing sexism and sexual harassment against women.To have similar or greater wins in 2020, Democrats must invest in and engage communities of color and the issues that matter most to these constituents.Only 57 percent of Black voters were contacted from a campaign, political party, or community organization about voting in the months prior to Election Day.“There is one thing unequivocally clear about the data from this recent poll – if America is to become a democracy reflective of its ideals of liberty, opportunity and justice for all – it cannot do so without embracing, engaging and valuing the Black voter and voters of color, particularly Black women,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. “This poll confirms that Black voters and the issues which motivate them can only be ignored at your own peril.”Henry Fernandez, Principal, African American Research Collaborative, said, African American voters “are the backbone of the progressive vote in America and were essential to the blue wave that transformed American politics.”“In particular, Black women are a powerful political force with high turnout and unified vote choice that consistently and overwhelmingly supports progressive change,” Fernandez said. He continued, “Black voters and other voters of color have reacted strongly against Trump but also against the Republican party as it embraces Trumpism. This was demonstrated in the 2018 midterms, as a majority of white voters supported Republican candidates, but Democrats won across the country as voters of color turned out in record numbers.”Further, the past mid-term election cycle has shown the power of communities of color in particular, and their desire to engage when people think they are apathetic, said Judith Browne Dianis, the executive director of the Advancement Project at the NAACP’s national office.“People of color turned out and were engaged. Voters of color are poised to seize our power and Advancement Project’s national office and our allies are readying for the next big thing – 2020 – to make sure our vote is protected; to ensure our elections are free, fair and accessible. This polling suggests that people want action, change as it relates to racial profiling, immigrant justice and, really, respect,” Dianis said.“We are making sure this happens by working with partners on the ground and using this research to inform our collective strategies and work toward a more diverse and just democracy.”Also, the 2018 American Election Eve Poll provided further evidence that America is anything but post-racial, said Professor Ray Block, Jr., of University of Kentucky’s African American Research Collaborative.“Identity-group considerations continue to shape the political landscape and guide the thoughts and actions of voters,” Block said.“The outcomes of the 2018 midterms confirm that African Americans turned out in strong numbers to support candidates who backed progressive issues, and candidates who seek (re)election in 2020 should remember the lessons learned from this past election.”Also, what the latest poll and previous research underscores is that, in order to reach Black voters, “we must be explicit about our issues and specific in communicating directly with black voters,” said Jamal R. Watkins, the NAACP Vice President of Civic Engagement.“The NAACP recognized that in order to reach the infrequent Black voter, we must be specific in our language, issues and our relational organizing strategies,” Watkins said.“The NAACP engaged in a national campaign targeting Black voters via cutting edge messaging, analysis and outreach utilizing the entire spectrum of traditional canvassing and phone banking to digital and text messaging platforms – this showed in the record number who made it to the polls.“No longer can the Black vote be ignored or disrespected or taken for granted.”View the complete poll here:last_img read more

PHOTOS Annual oxcart parade brightens downtown San José

first_img Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Traffic in downtown San José was a bit slower than usual this pastSunday. Oxcarts, oxen and traveled from rural areas all around Costa Rica to gather in downtown San José for the biggest oxcart parade in the country.An estimated 300 oxcarts, drivers and their families paraded from La Sabana Park all the way to La Plaza de la Democracia, next to the National Museum. The parade takes place every year, on the last Sunday of November.In 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, proclaimed Costa Rica’s traditional oxcarts and its boyeros an Intangible World Heritage. Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Related posts:14 photos of Cahuita’s 2nd International Calypso Festival La Voz de Guanacaste marks holiday with video tribute to beloved northwestern province PHOTOS: San José’s ‘tope’ takes spectators on a colorful ride Around the world in a Costa Rica Nativity scene Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Timeslast_img read more

DataQuick Launches WebBased Title Analysis Tool

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News DataQuick Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-08-02 Tory Barringer DataQuick Launches Web-Based Title Analysis Tool Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img August 2, 2013 429 Views In San Diego, “”DataQuick””: unveiled Market Intelligence TitleShare, an analytics engine offering insight into title transaction and lending trends from the company’s property, sale, and mortgage information database.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Features include the ability to create customized analyses and dashboards and generate title reports, allowing users to easily access business and marketing intelligence to measure market share, examine competitor behavior, and observe underlying market conditions.””Market shifts and increased regulatory scrutiny has markedly impacted the title insurance industry in recent years,”” said DataQuick president John Walsh. “”By putting key metrics and dashboards in the hands of decision-makers, Market Intelligence TitleShare helps title companies better understand market changes and adjust accordingly; such as with the current transition from a refinance to a purchase-driven real estate market.””last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineChristie’s, the world’s leading art business, announces the launch of its first online-exclusive sale for a global collecting category this summer with Signature Cellars, an auction of fine and rare wines. As the first sale in a planned series of online-only auctions that will run in parallel to the company’s traditional salesroom-based auctions, the launch marks the next major step in the firm’s market leading global e-commerce strategy. Signature Cellars will open for bidding on August 6 and run through August 20. All browsing and bidding for individual lots will be done completely online, with the click of a mouse.Christie’s launch of globally accessible, online-exclusive auctions build on the success of two very successful pilot sales conducted last fall and earlier this spring. The online-only component of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor totaled $9.5 million, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of $1 million. Similarly, the company’s recent online-only charity auction of couture handbags by Hermès tripled expectations, raising $229,000.“The success of these two pilots demonstrates our clients around the world are eagerly embracing online-only sales as a regular addition to Christie’s calendar of traditional live auctions,” said Steven P. Murphy, CEO of Christie’s International. “Over the past year, we have made a significant commitment to building our e-commerce platform so that we may now support online-only sales on a broader level. With this new initiative, collectors will be able to experience the full theater of the online auction experience year-round through the website.”As with all of Christie’s auctions of fine and rare wines, Signature Cellars brings together a closely curated mix of blue-chip wines from the old world and the new, along with reasonably priced selections suitable for holding or enjoying now. At the top end, collectors will find everything from the 1982 Lafite and Latour to the hard-to-source California cult wines from Harlan Estate and Screaming Eagle. There are also great rarities that will inspire any serious collector looking to broaden their cellar, including magnums of fine champagne and imperials of bordeaux, beautifully aged port and a swath of much-loved bandol wines from Domaine Tempier. Estimates start as low as $200 and go as high as $35,000.Beginning July 9, wine collectors can browse the sale’s 301 lots of fine and rare wines online when the e-catalogue for the sale goes live on their official website. Online bidding for all lots opens on August 6 and continues for two weeks. Clients will click to register their bids and receive updates throughout the two weeks on the progress of their desired lots. Bidding will close on August 20, with each lot awarded to the highest bid at closing time. All payment is by credit card, and bidding registration is open to all clients, anywhere in the world.www.christies.comlast_img read more