Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati warned the Congress on Monday that if it did not immediately revoke cases filed against “innocent persons” during the April 2 Bharat Bandh called by Dalit groups, her party might have to “reconsider” support to the grand-old party’s governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.‘Withdraw cases’“If the newly elected governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan do not act swiftly and withdraw the cases against the innocent persons framed in Bharat Bandh, the BSP may have to reconsider extending outside support to the Congress governments,” she said in a hard-hitting statement issued here. The BSP has two members in Madhya Pradesh’s 230-member Assembly, while in Rajasthan her party has six seats in the House of 200 MLAs. Ms. Mayawati said the issue was a major one “connected to the interests of Dalits and tribals”. She said cases were lodged against innocent people due to the “casteist and political malice” of the previous BJP governments in many States, including those won by the Congress now.The Congress had supported the protests in April 2018 against the changes to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act which had witnessed instances of violence in parts of north India.The Congress governments should avoid the BJP’s track record of betraying promises made to farmers and the unemployed, the BSP chief further said in the statement. “It is important to give the Congress this warning before the upcoming Lok Sabha election, because now mere announcements won’t suffice,” she said. Ms. Mayawati said that when it came to announcements, people believed that the BJP and Congress were tarred with the same brush and it was up to the Congress to change that impression. (With PTI inputs)
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, the three-time NBA All-Star revealed that he should have bolted out of the franchise much sooner than he did.“My biggest regret is, why didn’t I leave when I had the chance,” the mercurial big man told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I had the chance, but I fought it. … I wanted to give it a chance. My representatives, they told me I shouldn’t stay. You know, being…I guess you can say stubborn and loyal, I wanted to make things work.”Before teaming up with another generational talent in Anthony Davis, Cousins shouldered much of the load for the lowly Kings, who failed to clinch a playoff spot throughout his tenure. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 3-time major champ Wawrinka needs coach after Norman leaves CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during the second half of a game against the Houston Rockets at the Smoothie King Center on February 23, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/AFPDeMarcus Cousins is certainly in the upper echelon of centers in today’s NBA.Although his talent is undeniable, the 27-year-old Kentucky product remains hounded by his fair share of turmoil—particularly during the six and a half seasons he spent with the dysfunctional Sacramento Kings.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The constant losing only fueled Cousins’ frustration, which eventually led to his inevitable exit.“When you come in, you know it’s a business. How are you going to be loyal to something that hasn’t been loyal to any player that’s ever played this game? I was a fool,” he said.With his return to the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento looming, Cousins bared his expectation on facing his former team.“I’m excited to play in front of the fans and see their reaction,” he said. “But as far as it just being like a revenge game or anything, I’m past it. I’m in a good place, I’m happy where I’m at. We have a chance to win. We’re playing for something. So I’m good.”The now revamped Kings will host the Pelicans on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View comments
The NSWTA have released the Finalists for the NSWTA Awards. The winners will be announced and presented at the Blues Dinner held in conjuction with the NSWTA State Conference on Saturday July 26. The nominees are:- Affiliate of the Year Six regional winners and one State winner.Suns Wagga TA Kiama Juniors TA (Stingrays) Albion Park TARebelsEast’s TAUNSW TABankstown Juniors TA MetsPenrith TALower Blue Mountains TABlacktown TA ScorpionsManly TARyde Eastwood TANorth’s TA HornetsPeninsula TAParkes TAWallsend TA EaglesGlen Innes TATamworth TAInverell Juniors TA Administrator of the YearJohn Ryan East’s TAJulie Andrews Wallsend TAElijah Van Der Kwast UNSW TALinda Bruce Glen Innes TA Region of the YearSunsHornetsMets Rod Wise Medal- Volunteer of the YearKellie Johnston Wallsend TAChris Dollahenty Wagga TAGary Brickell Wollongong TA Coach of the YearAndrew Hawkins Wallsend TAPeter Forrester Canterbury TAMick McDonald Wests TAAnnette Mounsey Wollongong TA Selector of the YearCraig May Taren Point TABob Monkley Yass TAMel McMah Easts TATim Kitchingham Penrith TA Male Player of the YearJoel Willoughby Canterbury TAGary Sonda Canterbury TAJason Stanton Wests TASteve Roberts Canterbury TA Female Player of the YearKristy Judd Easts TAClare Winchester Canterbury TANola Campbell Wests TALouise Winchester Canterbury TA Junior Male Player of the YearBen Moylan Penrith TAMichael Singh Wests TANick Good Penrith TA Junior Female Player of the YearNicky Albury Wests TAAmy Regal Wollongong TAStephanie Halpin Tamworth TA Also presented on the evening will be the prestigious BLUES AWARDS for individual volunteer recognition from their peers. Tickets for the gala evening, the Blues Dinner, celebrating 40 years of Touch will be available from the office of the NSW Touch Association. Further information and updates will be posted on the NSWTA website.
Mislintat: Arsenal striker Aubameyang too selfless to play for elite clubby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStuttgart chief Sven Mislintat says Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is too selfless to play for an elite club.Aubameyang has been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona throughout his career.But former Gunners scout Mislintat, who signed the striker from Borussia Dortmund, was quoted by The Athletic saying: “He is one, maybe the only one, this exceptional top striker, who is an absolute team player.”Perhaps this attitude cost him the opportunity to play for clubs like Real Madrid or Barcelona.”A striker like Neymar or (Sergio) Aguero, for example, would never give up a penalty. I like his attitude. He is good for the team atmosphere.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
CALGARY, A.B. — TransCanada Corp. announced Monday that it will move forward with a proposed $140-million expansion of its NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. System following the completion of an expansion capacity open season in March.TransCanada said that shippers have executed binding agreements for 280 million cubic feet per day of incremental firm delivery service that will commence in November 2021. The company said that the average term of the contracts that were awarded is 22 years. “The successful open season for incremental export capacity demonstrates the significant continued interest of parties in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin to secure access to high-value downstream markets,” said Tracy Robinson, TransCanada’s senior vice-president and general manager, Canadian Gas Pipelines. “TransCanada remains firmly committed to providing our customers timely and reliable access to these markets through appropriate facility expansions and competitive service offerings.”
New Delhi: A day after launching the “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)” campaign on social media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday changed the title of his Twitter account to “Chowkidar Narendra Modi”. BJP President Amit Shah followed with “Chowkidar Amit Shah”, and tweeted: “The one who made cleanliness a moral value… he is called Chowkidar #MainBhiChowkidar. Say with all your heart #ChowkidarPhirSe (watchman again).” Shah’s remarks came after senior BJP leaders and Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, J.P. Nadda, Harsh Vardhan and Dharmendra Pradhan followed suit, changing their names similarly on Twitter accounts. On Saturday after Modi launched his party’s “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)” campaign ahead of the general election that begins in April. He posted a video with the same title on Twitter, saying: “Your Chowkidar is standing firm and serving the nation”. The campaign counters Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s repeated attacks on Modi and his government over various alleged malhandling of economic and defence deals and situations, with the slogan, “Chowkidar Chor Hai (watchman is a thief)”. “Five years ago, chowkidar said he wanted to fight corruption. He said he wanted to make it a ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’. Today, the slogan of ‘Acche Din Aayenge’ has changed to ‘Chowkidar chor hai’,” Gandhi has been repeating at rallies. Gandhi latched on to the word “chowkidar” as Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha campaigning promised to work as a “chowkidar” to guard people’s money and their trust once elected.
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce believes his team is suffering from lack of confidence after their stalemate against Bristol City on Friday.The Villans played out a 1–1 draw with Bristol and are currently winless in their last nine games. However, Bruce admitted that his side were not at their best and put the poor encounter down to a lack of confidence.But he felt Villa should have won the game. He blasted the decision to disallow Tammy Abraham’s first-half goal, as well as the decision not to award a penalty to his team after a Bristol player handled the ball in the box.“I thought we deserved to win,” he added, according to Birmingham Mail.“The referee has made an awful decision in the first half.”“We could have had a penalty in the second half. Away from home, you need those decisions.”Allardyce praises Newcastle’s Steve Bruce Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Sam Allardyce believes Steve Bruce is a better fit at English Premier League side Newcastle United than he would ever have been.“When you put all those factors together, I thought if any ]team was going to win it would be us.”“It was never going to be easy. But after an awful start, the resilience of the players and the determination. For me, we were the better team.”Meanwhile, Jamie McAllister has jumped to the defence of Steve Bruce after chant of him getting the sack were made by Villa supporters.McAllister, who is the assistant manager of Bristol City told reporters that:“I think it’s crazy. He’s a top manager and has got a top side.”
According to Paulo Bento, he fears the Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min might not be ready to play in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.Tottenham Hotspur superstar Son Heung-min has traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to play in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.And South Korea boss Paulo Bento fears he is overplayed.“Of course we know how many matches and minutes he has played over the past month,” Bento told The Malay Mail.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He’s probably never played as many games in a row as he has recently. It’s only his second day with us so we will need to check his condition tomorrow before we make any decision on him.”“He’s a very important part of the team obviously,” added Bento.“But we won’t take any risks and we also have other options.”
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Time, December 10, 2007; Esquire, June 2008As it’s been noted on this blog before, magazine editors seem to have an endless fascination with putting Barack Obama on their covers. Which, in turn, leads to fascinating graphic portrayals—some, you might say, angelic—and, naturally, perhaps, some overlap. Like this.Both shots come from the same photo shoot. The original shoot (by renowned, one-named photographer Platon) was commissioned by Time; Esquire bought the cover shot from Platon. I asked Esquire design director David Curcurito for background. He referred me to a lengthy interview Michael Norseng, the magazine’s director of photography, gave to Rob Haggart, former photo director for Men’s Journal and Outside and blogger behind A Photo Editor:In response to the original question you refrenced, “we wonder how Esquire failed to get an exclusive portrait for their cover” my guess is that they didn’t bother to read Charles Pierce’s story on the inside of the issue “The Cynic and The Senator Obama.” Charles observed the Obama campaign from the outside, as the millions of us in the crowd are doing, and offered a critical appraisal of the Senator without a sit down interview. As you know, it’s rare, especially for a guy who had bigger fish to fry at the time of the issue, to participate in a shoot when there is no direct involvement with the piece.We were of course aware that the Platon shoot was originally commissioned by Time and how they ran the material. However, Platon has a long history of shooting key political figures for Esquire, starting with, one of the most iconic of all time, the Bill Clinton cover in December of 2000. Since then, he has done others, GOP candidate McCain in 06 and Senator Edwards in 07. So, if a shoot would have somehow presented itself, its fair to say that he would have been at the top of our list. Thus, we were extremely happy that the B/W shot was available and that we got it for our cover.My guess is that they feel in love with the image, and probably figured that in this election cycle, six months is an eternity, and few readers would notice (given Curcurito’s trademark coverline treatments) and those that did wouldn’t care.
During her keynote at New York Magazine Day, Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore revealed more details about the publisher’s Time Inc. University, a sort of in-house adult education program for Time Inc. employees, with classes taught by its upper executives. Here, via a company e-mail, is a list of who’s teaching what in Time Inc. University’s “Learn from a Leader” series:A Lesson in Teamwork and StrategyAnn Moore [Time Inc. CEO] will teach a class titled A Lesson in Teamwork and Strategy. You’ve got brains, a shiny new set of skills and enough drive to take over the planet. Think you can do it all yourself? Then this is the class for you, designed to help multi-talented, resourceful employees at the start of their careers understand how collaboration, working in groups and setting a smart strategy can lead to success. It is open to staff with less than five years experience in the workplace. True Confessions: The Stuff No One Ever Taught MeJim Kelly [ex-Time editor] will teach a class titled True Confessions: The Stuff No One Ever Taught Me, an idiosyncratic guide to what you can learn only on the job. Topics will include, but not be limited to, balancing a staff’s desire for independence vs. a hunger for direction, the perils of managing up, how making one staffer happy can make everyone else miserable, the three most common mistakes journalists make, how one e-mail can ruin your life and the best way to come up with a mission statement. True Confessions: The Stuff No One Ever Taught Me is being offered to senior editorial staff only.Are You Ready To Be The Boss?Martha Nelson [People Group president] will teach a class titled Are You Ready To Be The Boss? This class is designed to help participants evaluate their readiness for more responsibility and whether or not they really want that job. It is being offered to senior editorial staff only.Brand Speak: Fluency GuaranteedGrant Schneider [chief marketing officer for the lifestyle group] will teach a class titled Brand Speak: Fluency Guaranteed. This class will help employees understand the importance of brand positioning, how to develop a distinctive brand platform and how to best leverage the brand’s differentiation within a competitive environment. Grant will present a case study showcasing a brand’s blueprint in action. His class is open to all Time Inc. employees.The Ten Most Common Blunders An Editor MakesDick Stolley [People magazine’s launch editor] will teach a class on The Ten Most Common Blunders an Editor Makes, including how they occur, how to prevent them and, if that’s not possible, how to survive them. The Ten Most Common Blunders an Editor Makes is being offered to senior editorial staff only.Moore said she’s asked 300 Time Inc. executives to come up with ideas for classes, and that she hopes to open them to advertising agency execs wishing to enroll in the near future.
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Imran Sarkar. File PhotoA court here on Sunday granted permanent bail to Ganajagaran Manch spokesperson Imran H Sarkar and cultural activist Sanatan Ullash in a defamation case filed for their derogatory remarks about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reports news agency UNB.Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate SM Masud Zaman passed the bail order after Imran and Sanatan surrendered before the court in the morning and filed a bail petition through their lawyer Jibanananda Chandra Joyonta.On 31 May, the same court asked them to appear before it on 16 July to explain their stance.Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Golam Rabbani filed the defamation case against the duo with the court on 31 May.According to the case statement, Imran and Sanatan chanted defamatory slogans against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 27 May over the removal of the statue of Lady Justice from the Supreme Court premises.On 26 May, the SC authorities removed the statue, made by sculptor Mrinal Haque.
Saplings, seeds, flowers, fruits distributed at Green Garden Society fair at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka recently. Photo: Sajid HossainNeither the rain nor the traffic jam could stop them. About 200 men and women gathered on the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University campus on 21 October to exchange their plants. They came with seeds or saplings of tomatoes, plums, chillies, gladioli, and so on.This was a fair to exchange plants. Ideas and knowledge for gardening skills, along with saplings and plants, were all exchangeable at the fair. They were the ‘builder of the green’, initiated by AFM Jamal Uddin, professor of horticulture at the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University. His knack for greenery took him to study horticulture in detail. He loves teaching and researching on the subject.Dhaka city’s steady loss of greenery is a matter of concern for Jamal Uddin deeply. He began lecturing in an effort to mobilize public awareness in this regard. He delivers talks at Dhaka University, BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology) and different schools, about the dangers of pollution, carbon-dioxide and the urgency of trees for the future. In response to demands to safeguard the future generations, Mayor Annisul Huq of Dhaka North City Corporation had founded a ‘Sobuj Dhaka’ (Green Dhaka) programme, which Jamal Uddin brought forward. He began working on a bigger network for green lovers. German nation of Bangladesh origin Mirza Al Raji and ABM Billal Hussain have joined hands with him. He met them at the tree fair.They took up a gardening movement in Dhaka and inspired city dwellers to garden on their terraces, balconies or anywhere appropriate in their apartments. Flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, decorative shrubs, anything would do. They formed a Facebook group ‘Green Garden Society’ and also a website. The response was fast and tremendous. On 15 October 2016 it began with about 4000 members and on 15 October 2016 its membership reached 106,000. The number is on the increase and they dream to cross 1 million. People from overseas have also joined them. The US national of Bangladesh origin Rebecca Yasmin, Alok Ghosh of UK, Mirza Al Raji and immigrant to Malaysia Rafiq Abdul Mannan run the admin while there are a number of local moderators from different districts. The group meets on two Saturdays every month with a training and tree exchange programme. They discuss better methods and technologies for gardening along with the preservation of rare and nearly extinct genus. Members get their queries answered on Facebook. Last September they had a session on hydroponics (planting without soil).AFM Mohammad Jamal Uddin is at the center of all these activities. He is joined by volunteers in an drive to increase the numbers in the movement. The group never deals with any financial matters. Jamal Uddin alerts anyone doing so will no longer be a member. They are now speculating on quarantine of harmful plants and working on affordable soil management options in apartments.The group hopes 100,000 people will join in the green movement. Women are remarkably more in number. They hope that the whole country will turn green one day through their combined efforts.*This piece, published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nawrin
By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A survey of 1,000 Jewish voters released Wednesday (May 22) by the Jewish Electorate Institute shows 73% of registered Jewish voters believe Jewish Americans are less secure than they were two years ago, at least in part, respondents said, because of the way President Trump has handled anti-Semitism.The poll’s release coincides with a two-year spike in violent attacks against U.S. Jews, which doubled in 2018, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s yearly audit of anti-Semitic incidents. The data appeared the same week as a rash of fires that were intentionally set at Jewish centers in Massachusetts and Chicago.READ: ADL study: Violence against Jews doubled last yearThe poll, conducted by Greenberg Research, shows 71% disapprove of Trump’s response to anti-Semitism. Nearly 60% believe he bears at least some responsibility for last year’s shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and last month’s shooting at a synagogue in Poway, near San Diego.“We have a Jewish community, not under siege, but facing great insecurity, blaming President Trump for a lot of it, becoming very engaged and politicized by it, and prioritizing a range of domestic issues that align them to vote Democratic in 2020,” said Stan Greenberg, a longtime pollster for Democrats.Graphic courtesy of Jewish Electorate InstituteThe poll comes as Republicans are moving to capitalize on growing anti-Semitic incidents with an aggressive campaign to siphon off the Democratic Party’s lock on the Jewish vote.In Las Vegas earlier this month, prominent Republican Party donors gathered at GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian resort for a briefing on a planned $10 million-plus effort to boost Jewish support for Trump, Politico reported.The latest poll suggests that Jewish voters may be difficult to sway.Seventy-one percent disapprove of Trump’s overall job performance, while 70% view him unfavorably and 67% would vote for a generic Democrat over Trump, the poll finds. The one segment of the American Jewish population that supports Trump is Orthodox Jews, who represent about 10 percent of the U.S. Jewish population.Graphic courtesy of Jewish Electorate InstituteOne reason for the dissatisfaction with Trump may be his appeals to white nationalists during his campaign and in response to the Charlottesville, Va., Unite the Right rally in 2017. After the New Zealand mosque massacre in March, the president dismissed white nationalists as a “small group of people” who present no “rising threat.”Asked what was most concerning to them from a list of options, 38% of American Jewish voters said it was Trump’s encouraging of ultraright extremists to commit violent acts. By contrast, 27% identified Democrats’ tolerating of anti-Semitism in their ranks.The poll also found that Israel ranked at the bottom of a list of 16 policy priorities for Jewish voters. Health care, gun safety laws and combating the influence of white supremacists ranked much higher among their most urgent policy priorities — even as 90% of Jews ranked themselves as “pro-Israel.”The online survey took place May 6-12 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Share This! Catholicism Share This! TagsAmerican Jews anti-Semitism Donald Trump homepage featured Jewish voters synagogue attack,You may also like Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Opinion As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,New Haven mosque struggles to resume Ramadan rituals after arson attack By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Yonat Shimron YonatShimron By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts In central Africa, Islamist militias complicate church efforts to battle Ebola Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human ServicesBunk beds are lined up inside an air-conditioned tent at the Tornillo facility for unaccompanied immigrant children near El Paso.The immigration detention center at Tornillo used to hold undocumented immigrant children will remain open for at least 30 more days, a government spokesperson confirmed Monday.The facility opened at the U.S. Customs port of entry last month. It houses undocumented minors who came to the United States alone or were separated from family members or guardians by U.S. immigration officials under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.During a media tour of the facility two weeks ago, the incident commander for BCFS Health and Human Services, which operates the facility, said he didn’t see a need to keep the shelter open longer than the July 13 end date for the current contract.But a Health and Human Services spokesman said on Monday that the facility will remain active at least through Aug. 13.“HHS is legally required to provide care and shelter for all unaccompanied alien children referred by DHS, and works in close coordination with DHS on the security and safety of the children and community,” spokesman Kenneth J. Wolfe wrote in an email.The facility at Tornillo opened after regular shelters reached capacity during the Trump administration’s separation policy. Evy Ramos, a spokeswoman for BCFS, said that as the government continues to reunite separated children with their families, space will free up in shelters for the minors staying at Tornillo.“Until then, we will not abandon those at Tornillo and will continue to provide services on a week-by-week basis,” she said.The facility has attracted worldwide attention since it opened, with immigration rights supporters and politicians holding several protests and marches outside the facility and calling for separated families to be reunited.The government initially said the facility only housed immigrants who came to the country by themselves. But during the media tour two weeks ago, officials confirmed the population had expanded to include a small number of minors who were separated from their families. The facility held 326 minors at that time, the majority of them from Central America. Share
Share COURTESY OF PRECOURT SPORTS VENTURESAn artist’s rendering of a soccer stadium at McKalla Place in North Austin.The Austin City Council voted to move ahead in negotiations with Major League Soccer and Precourt Sports Ventures to build a 20,000-seat stadium near the Domain.The 7-4 decision came after about five hours of discussion during a special session Wednesday. Council members worked through several amendments related to parking, transportation, affordable housing and youth soccer programs. “I can’t wait until we are all wearing the same jersey,” Mayor Steve Adler said before the vote. In addition to Adler, Delia Garza, Pio Renteria, Greg Casar, Ann Kitchen, Jimmy Flannigan and Kathie Tovo voted yes. Under the deal, Precourt, which owns the Columbus Crew, would build the stadium on the property and then rent it back from the city.Precourt announced last fall that it wanted to move the MLS team from Ohio to Austin, citing poor business conditions in Columbus. Precourt initially asked for a stadium site on parkland near Lady Bird Lake, but after pushback from the community and others, it settled on McKalla Place, a 24-acre site in North Austin.The council’s vote on the stadium has created a lot of drama over the last 10 months.Council Member Leslie Pool led a charge against the proposed location, bringing other issues like affordable housing and transportation into the debate. When the deal was set for a vote in July, she asked council to consider alternative proposals for developing the McKalla Place site. Just before the vote Thursday, she added a number of amendments to the terms city staff had negotiated, forcing a vote to be postponed until today.Today’s vote is not the end of the discussion. The city must also decide if the deal will be handed over to staff for final approval or if council will get the final OK. Also unknown is when the stadium contract will be finalized and where the Crew will train and play during the next MLS season.Austin is the largest U.S. metro region without a top-tier professional sports team.
Share Montgomery County Sheriff’s OfficeManuel LaRosa-Lopez.A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted Houston-area Catholic priest Manuel LaRosa-Lopez on two of four counts of child indecency charges arising from child sex abuse allegations, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday.The indictments are connected to allegations made by a female parishioner about incidents that happened in March 2001, while LaRosa-Lopez was a priest assigned to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.The charges against LaRosa-Lopez are second degree felonies. The other two felony counts are still pending.LaRosa-Lopez was originally charged in Montgomery County on September 10, 2018.He was booked into the Montgomery County jail on September 11, 2018, and was released on September 13, 2018, after making at $375,000 bond. The case is being handled in the 435th District Court in Conroe.On November 28, 2018, the Conroe Police Department, Texas Rangers, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and other agencies executed a search warrant at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.It was the fourth search warrant executed in the joint law enforcement investigation of LaRosa-Lopez.Law enforcement agencies previously executed search warrants at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond on September 12, 2018; Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe on September 17, 2018; and the Shalom Treatment Center in Splendora on September 19, 2018. The primary purpose of the search warrants was to gather documents, records, electronics and other evidence in the investigation of LaRosa-Lopez.The Texas office of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) reacted to to the news with a statement that said the indictment “sends the message that those who hurt children can and will be held accountable, even if delayed by the mishandling of allegations by church officials.”“We hope that this indictment encourages others in Texas who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to come forward and make a report to local police and district attorneys,” SNAP’s statement added.LaRosa-Lopez’s next scheduled court date is May 13 at 1:30 p.m.
5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. An ecommerce store is a fantastic way to build revenue with very little overhead: You can generate sales around-the-clock at a global level without the expenses or staff required to operate a brick-and-mortar business.Related: Website Builder Squarespace Launches New Ecommerce Tools for Business OwnersYet, despite the fact that more than 205 million consumers in the United States shop online, and spend a per-person average of nearly $3,000 per year, plenty of ecommerce business are still struggling to become profitable.If you count yours among them, here are 10 things that could be the root cause of your revenue problems.1. Poor quality images and product descriptionsWhen customers shop online, they don’t have the ability to pick up a product up and inspect it. They’re forced to rely on the images you provide, along with whatever description you have.Images and descriptions should be designed to attract buyers to the item. If you have shoddy photos or rely solely on technical descriptions, you’ll lose a lot of sales because you’ll fail to generate interest in your products.Showcase your products from multiple angles, with quality images, and create unique descriptions that show buyers the value of the products and how consumers can benefit from them.“The reason it seems that price is all your customers care about . . . is that you haven’t given them anything else to care about,” writes Seth Godin, author of All Markets are Liars.2. Missing contact informationContact information may seem like a small detail, but limiting it on your website is a huge red flag for consumers. They want to know they can reach you if there’s a problem. If you’re not displaying your location information (even without a retail store) and phone number, you’ll have a hard time establishing trust with your customers.3. A complex checkout processA complex, multi-step checkout process is a frustrating experience for customers. It’s like going to Walmart for a single product, only to find the store has only two registers running and lines that are enormous.Eliminate the frustration by creating a very short checkout process. Likewise, never require registration for a checkout. Let customers go through the process and choose the option to register and save their info at the end, in case they want to come back again.Related: 10 Emerging eCommerce Trends Worth Checking Out4. Hidden shipping ratesI have personally abandoned countless carts online because shipping costs were hidden until the very end of the checkout process, and it was only then that I discovered high shipping rates I wasn’t willing to pay.Some customers don’t even make it that far. Shipping rates are one of the biggest reasons for shopping cart abandonment, but it’s an easy issue to fix.Provide your customers with a shipping calculator that works based on the items they’re interested in and their zip code. Most ecommerce platforms offer plugins that make it easy to add a calculator like this.5. Poor navigation (small-tap targets)According to SmartInsights, 80 percent of shoppers search the web using their smartphones. If your online store has tiny buttons, small product images or a cluttered design, navigation can be incredibly difficult.Small-tap targets make it difficult to hit the target link or button on a shrunken mobile screen, which can sour the shopping experience and send a consumer elsewhere. Make sure your mobile design is responsive, with large images and properly sized buttons.Google recommends tap targets and buttons that are at least 48 pixels tall/wide.6. Customers don’t know what to do.Even with an ecommerce website, you need to make it very clear what you want the customer to do on your site. Non-product pages should direct the customer using a blatant and obvious call to action. The most successful ecommerce sites tell customers exactly what to do; never leave them to guess what the next step is.7. You’re not promoting properly.Without targeted traffic, your store isn’t going to generate any revenue. You need to create an inbound marketing strategy that uses social, content marketing and even paid marketing. Once you begin building your customer base, let user-generated content and testimonials build further social proof and promote your store.When you have enough customers, use tools like Rewardstream to build and manage a referral program.“You can’t wait for customers to come to you,” writes Paul Graham of Y Combinator. “You have to figure out where they are, go there and drag them back to your store.”8. You’re not engaging your customers.No acknowledgement at all from a salesperson is just as bad as a pushy salesperson. Engage your customers and followers on social media to keep your brand front and center. Get involved in industry-related discussions to turn heads of prospective customers.Most importantly, use content marketing to engage past and current customers to keep them coming back, as you promote your content to new prospects.9. You’re targeting the wrong audience.You may be pouring time and money into content marketing or ad spends that aren’t generating any business. If that’s the case, are you targeting the right people? Make sure you do your audience research so that your marketing is targeting the right crowd.Related: Ecommerce Is Growing, But Customers Still Prefer Shopping in Stores10. The price is (not) right.Pricing products can be difficult: if your prices are too low, customers may think your products are lower quality. Price too high, and they’ll shop elsewhere. When you factor in tax and shipping costs, it’s even more challenging. Market research and trial and error can help you find the pricing sweet spot you need, to gain (and keep) customers. November 21, 2016 Register Now »