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Declare cow national animal: Hindu convention

first_imgPanaji: The sixth All India Hindu Convention, which kicked off at Ramnath temple in Ponda on Wednesday, passed a resolution demanding that the cow be declared the national animal. The topic for this year’s convention is ‘Need for unity of Hindu community and Saints for establishing the Hindu Nation’.Charudatta Pingale of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) said Hindus will never get justice in the present democratic set-up and establishing a Hindu nation is the only remedy to all their problems.With regard to demands for ban on Sanatan Sanstha, Sadhwi Saraswati, president of Sanatan Dharma Prachar Seva Samiti of Chhindwada, Madhya Pradesh, warned that if a ban was imposed on the HJS and the Sanatan Sanstha, several ‘sanatans’ would grow out of it. Another resolution demanded that the Centre constitute a national history committee to remove the portions of ‘deformed’ history from all textbooks. The convention also passed a resolution demanding that Hindus be taken as members in the fact-finding committees for religious riots. The convention is being attended by representatives of Hindu organisations from across the country and from Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Ramesh Shinde, national spokesperson of HJS, said,“Pseudo democracy imposed by the British on India will have to be done away with. Prior to the arrival of the Muslim invaders and the British, India was a capable Hindu nation. Then we had the economics of Koutilya, sciences of architecture, dance. Under these circumstance, why should we prepare a separate blue print for establishing the Hindu nation? Instead, we are making a blue print to remove the pseudo democracy imposed on us by the British.”last_img read more

Talks on for Local Sports Manufacturing Outlet

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, says that discussions are taking place towards the development of a manufacturing facility for the production of Jamaican-made sporting goods. “I am looking closely at a sports manufacturing outlet and I am having those discussions now. I want to see a Jamaican brand on sporting goods coming out of Jamaica, home of the fastest man, sold to the rest of the world,” she said. She was speaking at the press launch of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club’s (JMMC) Invitational Stages Rally on November 15, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. Mrs. Neita Headley stated that the island needs to capitalise on the popularity of its many sports stars. “I have no difficulty with other countries gaining from our talents but I will continue to say, the country that owns the resource must also gain the most from that resource, and so I continue to push forward to ensure that whatever it is that we do in terms of development, that a team is in place…looking at marketing sports,” she said. The 21st staging of the JMMC Invitational Stages Rally will be held from November 30 to December 2. This year’s championship has attracted drivers from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as a strong local contingent.last_img read more

Tourism Minister Says Prospects are Bright for Summer Arrivals

first_imgTourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the prospects are bright for stopover visitor arrivals to Jamaica for the 2013 summer tourist season.This, he says, is based on market research conducted as well as airlift and forward bookings information available.“We have already had growth in stopover arrivals in May of 2.3 per cent and June of 3.2 per cent. Figures for May, the first month of the summer, are showing a rebound in the Canadian market of 8.6 per cent over last year, and in May we returned to growth out of the United Kingdom for the first time in a long while of over 11 per cent,” he added.Importantly, Dr. McNeill said “our airlift is up, especially out of Canada and we have concluded arrangements for additional seats out of the United Kingdom and Europe.”The Minister was making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House on July 2, under the theme: ‘A Sector for the People: Making Tourism for Us All’.Outlining the airlift arrangements, Dr. McNeill said these include Air Canada’s new leisure carrier, Rouge, which made its inaugural flight to Jamaica on July 1, touching down at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.“This marked a truly historic occasion, as this was the first flight by the carrier anywhere in the world. They could have gone to any destination, but they chose Jamaica. This speaks volumes of the strong relationship between Jamaica and our Canadian tourism partners,” the Minister noted.Meanwhile, Dr. McNeill said they have given the assurance of an increase in the number of airlift seats between Toronto, Canada and Montego Bay. This, he pointed out, will see the number increasing from 65,000 to 100,000 seats, with the first 35,000 of the additions materializing during the 2013 winter tourist season.“Rouge has advised that they are now looking at adding Vancouver and Calgary into Montego Bay for the winter in 2014 and 2015. We are confident that the addition of this innovative new vacation airline will bolster our efforts to boost arrivals out of Canada, which is now our second biggest source market,” he said.Dr. McNeill said Jamaica has been able to successfully diversify the source markets, and pointed out that while we still maintain a “clear-eyed focus” on the traditional markets of the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, “we have successfully reached into Latin America and the Eastern European markets.”“In fact, the growth out of Latin America has been very encouraging. This is due, in large part, to our partnership with Copa Airlines. Copa has an extensive network in this region and Panama serves as its hub. Last year…we were getting four flights per week from Latin America through Copa, and this has now been doubled to eight flights per week as of December last year,” he noted.“We have also agreed on a range of marketing initiatives to cover several Latin American countries and going forward, we intend to increase these initiatives in what we see as a market with great potential,” he told the House.Dr. McNeill said Jamaica has also started to make “real headway” in the Eastern European markets, and singled out Russia, which he said yielded some 5,550 visitors to the island between January and the first week of June.The Minister said the inauguration of direct service between Russia’s capital, Moscow, and Jamaica during the 2012/13 winter season by Russian airline, Transearo, marked a “tremendous achievement” for the country.“Of note, we also had flights out of the Czech Republic, and starting this November, we will begin two flights out of Stockholm, Sweden. These are potentially rich source markets for Jamaica and making such an impactful entry will significantly contribute to our goal of diversification towards sustainable growth in the sector,” Dr. McNeill said.Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

Microsoft Invests 300 Million in Upcoming Barnes Noble NOOK Spinoff

first_imgBarnes & Noble did not immediately return request for comment on this news. B&N is counting its College business as an important factor in NewCo, “NOOK Study software will provide students and educators the preeminent technology platform for the distribution and management of digital education materials in the market.” After announcing plans to possibly spin off its NOOK business in January, Barnes & Noble enters into a partnership with Microsoft. The tech company invested $300 million in the new subsidiary (currently under the working title NewCo), a post-money valuation of $1.7 billion, equating to a 17.6 percent equity stake. Barnes & Noble retains an 82.4 percent ownership of the new subsidiary. This partnership follows the end of an ongoing patent dispute between the companies, as Microsoft previously claimed the use of Android on the NOOK violated its patents. A resolution has since been reached, “Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have settled their patent litigation, and moving forward, Barnes & Noble and NewCo will have a royalty-bearing license under Microsoft’s patents for its NOOK e-reader and tablet products. This paves the way for both companies to collaborate and reach a broader set of customers.” The partnership will “accelerate the transition to e-reading, which is revolutionizing the way people, consume, create, share and enjoy digital content,” according to a company press statement. NewCo will combine Barnes & Nobles’ digital and College businesses, though there is no official plan to completely spin off the business from the parent corporation quite yet, “The company intends to explore all alternatives for how a strategic separation of NewCo may occur. There can be no assurance that the review will result in a strategic separation or the creation of a stand-alone public company, and there is no set timetable for this review.”The company also stated it will not comment further regarding the review “unless and until a decision is made.”One result of the deal is NOOK access for Windows 8 users in the form of an app. William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble, says of the partnership, ““The formation of NewCo and our relationship with Microsoft are important parts of our strategy to capitalize on the rapid growth of the NOOK business, and to solidify our position as a leader in the exploding market for digital content in the consumer and education segments.”last_img read more

PewDiePie surpasses 100 million YouTube subscribers

first_img YouTube Culture Gaming 1:25 PewDiePie finally did it.  CNET Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg reached a monumental goal for a solo YouTuber by reaching 100 million subscribers. This comes months after Indian music video and trailer channel T-Series reached the mark in May. YouTube tweeted the news of PewDiePie’s achievement on Saturday. The Twitter video created by the video platform shows a clip from the first video on his channel from October 2010 and then the dates of various subscriber achievements over his nine-year career. According to analytics site Social Blade, PewDiePie’s subscriber count as of Monday is 100,367,692. PewDiePie said Monday on Twitter he didn’t “feel worthy” and was “grateful.” He then uploaded a video titled “Best Week Ever” in which he talked briefly about his success and then read posts about his wedding from the PewDiePie Submission subreddit.  It was last week when PewDiePie married his longtime girlfriend Marzia Bisognin.  Post a comment Tags 0 In late 2018, a rivalry began with PewDiePie and T-Series as the Indian channel had briefly become the most subscribed YouTube channel. Fans of PewDiePie rallied in support of the YouTuber who held the title for years. Even Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed his support. The effort was all for naught as T-Series overtook PewDiePie in March and currently sits at 109 million subscribers. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice PewDiePie’s battle for YouTube supremacy continueslast_img read more

French president considers trip to Iran after Rouhani invite

first_imgFrench president Emmnauel Macron talks with French minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on 13 October 2017. Photo ReutersFrench President Emmanuel Macron is considering visiting Iran after speaking by phone with his Iranian counterpart as US president said he was “decertifying” the nuclear deal with Tehran, the Elysee presidential office said Friday.Macron told Iranian president Hassan Rouhani that France remained committed to the 2015 nuclear agreement which, besides the USA, was also negotiated with Britain, China, Russia and Germany.“A trip to Iran by the president, at the invitation of president Rouhani, has been considered,” the Elysee said, while the Iranian presidential website said the visit would happen next year.Macron said the US decision “will not put an end to the Iranian nuclear accord and that together all the parties in France and its European partners will continue to meet their commitments.”Rouhani assured Macron that Iran in turn “will continue to carry out its commitments” in the nuclear accord, the Elysee said.The French leader added that it was also necessary to have a dialogue with Iran on other strategic issues including Tehran’s ballistic missile programme and stability in the region.Macron also spoke to Rouhani of his “wish to work with Iran for a lasting political solution to the Syrian crisis.” Tehran is a supporter of president Bashar al-Assad’s regime.Macron’s visit to Iran would be the first by a French head of state or government since 1976. French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is set to travel to the Islamic Republic in the next few weeks.Earlier on Friday, the leaders of France, Germany and Britain issued a joint statement saying they were “concerned” about Trump’s decision while reiterating their commitment to the deal.last_img read more

Houston Palestine Film Festival Addresses Provocative Cultural Issues

first_img X 00:00 /02:15 Listen Share Amy BishopDegrade, a film by Tarzan and Arab NasserA few of the films in this year’s Houston Palestine Film Festival will strike a chord with the audience, especially one titled, Sara 2014.“It discusses an appalling topic, which is honor killing,” says Khalil Abu Sharekh, president of the HPFF. This is the U.S. premiere for Sara 2014, a film by director Khalil al Mozian, whose work is regarded as being too controversial back home in Gaza.“Unfortunately, it was banned,” Sharekh says. “And Hamas refused to show his film on the big screen.”That’s why most of the films are easier to screen outside of West Bank and Gaza than inside. To the surprise of many, the director was granted a visa to the U.S. to attend the premiere in Houston and is giving a Q&A after the movie.Also in this year’s lineup is Degrade, a story of 13 women who find themselves stuck in a beauty salon as war breaks out in the street. It’s critical of Hamas government, which makes it edgy, Sharekh explains.HPFFScene from Speed Sisters, a film about the first all-female race car driving team in the Middle East.But some of the festival’s films are more lighthearted, such as Speed Sisters, about a team of all-female race car drivers who are competing head-to-head with Palestinian men in the West Bank.This is the HPFF’s largest festival in its ten-year history, spanning three weekends. They’re starting to put more effort into attracting a particular demographic in Houston that’s growing.  Specifically, Palestinians who are born and raised here, but struggling to shape and form their own identity as being American-Palestinians.But film has a unique way of breaking through cultural barriers while delivering powerful messages.“People want to share their stories,”  Sharekh says. “People want the world to hear their voices. And there’s no better way than through art.”The festival runs through May 28th at the Rice University Media Center. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Houstons Convention Facilities Head Challenges Dismissal

first_imgHouston’s skyline continues to change with the addition of new high-rise residences.Houston First operates the city’s performing arts and convention facilities. Since last September, Dawn Ullrich had been asked by the board about her retirement plans. She finally gave notice that she’d retire at the end of 2018, but the board accepted that as an immediate resignation. Her attorney is former Houston City Attorney David Feldman.“Well, she didn’t resign. She just announced that she was going to retire at the end of the year.”Mayor Sylvester Turner said Ullrich sent emails announcing her retirement without approval from the board, even as negotiations were taking place.“But I wish Dawn well. She’s been with the city a long time, and she’s been a dedicated servant to the City of Houston, but ultimately I support the decision of the board.”Ullrich has been a city employee for 40 years. There’s no appeal process, and attorney Feldman said he can’t reveal what — if any — legal actions are planned. Listen X Share 00:00 /00:53 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Houston Will Have 11 Cooling Centers During The Hot Summer Months

first_imgPhoto captured from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Twitter feed / @SylvesterTurnerMayor Sylvester Turner talks about the importance of staying cool and hydrated during the hot summer months in Houston during a press conference held on June 15, 2018.Reliant, in collaboration with the City of Houston, is rolling out for the 13th year the “Beat the Heat” initiative, which will provide 16 cooling centers across Texas, the majority of them in Houston.Houston will specifically have 11 cooling centers, which are free of charge and will be located at all of the Multi-Service Centers managed by the City. They will feature air-conditioned spaces, bottled water, light snacks and entertainment and will be operative until the end of September.During a press conference held at the West End Multi-Service Center, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledged there are Houstonians who have to work outdoors during the hot summer months, for example because they are construction workers, and noted: “I want to remind those who do work, play or exercise outdoors to stay hydrated and if you must go outside don’t do it during the hottest part of the day.”We should all remain alert to heat advisories. This summer let us all keep an eye on each other, especially our seniors and those without airconditioners. Thank you @reliantenergy for being a great corporate partner. Visit our 11 cooling centers throughout Houston. #beattheheat pic.twitter.com/IvkDm1a8mY— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) June 15, 2018Turner also touched on the serious risks of leaving children, senior citizens or pets unattended in vehicles because of the high temperatures they quickly reach and, therefore, the health risks –including death— they can be exposed to. “Every summer we say this, but I cannot say it enough: Let’s not leave children or senior citizens or pets in vehicles unattended,” the Mayor underscored.As part of the initiatives being implemented this summer to help the community deal with the high summer temperatures, the Harris County Area Agency on Aging will distribute portable air conditioning units and the City’s Health Department will distribute portable power stations. Those interested in receiving a unit should call 832-393-4301.For a complete list of the cooling centers that are part of the “Beat the Heat” initiative in Texas (including Corpus Christi and Dallas), click here.Press Conference: 13th annual @nrgenergy and @HoustonHealth #BeatTheHeat Summer Kickoff is https://t.co/U3dOIhlcuq— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) June 15, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

These Plugins Can Boost Traffic to Your Blog

first_img Register Now » All-In-One SEO: must have for search-friendly SEO sites All-In-One Webmaster: central place to manage the top three Akismet: get API key from WordPress.com Broken Link Checker: manage/track broken links CBnet Ping Optimizer: manage ping systems naturally Google XML Sitemaps: automatically generate XML sitemaps Fast and Secure Contact Form: easy form for contact forms, etc. Simple Captcha: challenge/response test tool for varied uses WordPress Database Backup: say no more! WP Super Cache: generate static HTML pages for fast loading FBShare: Facebook share button Socialize: actionable social bookmarks to your posts WP Security Scan: make sure you’re compliant RSS Footer: add small text to the bottom of each RSS Disqus Comment System: powerful commenting system and management Cookies for Comments: spam checker for comments Google Analyticator or Ultimate Google Analytics: enabling javascript tracking for Google Analytics Find more information about who to connect with on Twollow.com, Twibs.com and Twellow.com (the Twitter Yellow Pages). Reach out and comment; make intelligent posts. Eventually, ask to guest post, and continue the conversation. That’s what blogging and social media is about: listening, engaging, and sharing. You should engage in the blog communities that you are promoting within, but do not push too hard. You can find blogs that very likely have links that follow back (no rel=nofollow) at: 5 min read April 8, 2014 In his book Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Website, SEO and online marketing expert Jon Rognerud shows you how to build a high-performance website and get top ranking on all search engines. In this edited excerpt, the author explains why starting a blog can help you bring in the traffie you’re seeking.One of the fastest ways to build traffic to your site with minimal effort is to create a blog. You should also learn to optimize your blog using custom plugins. They’re easy to use and very powerful.You can start a blog for free by visiting WordPress.com, or if you’re self-hosting, which is recommended, install the free version from WordPress.org. You can then build content yourself or outsource the writing to a ghostwriter. The content doesn’t have to be long. A short post of 100 to 200 words is acceptable to start. Try to make it useful, link to other resources, and show attribution with a link where obvious. Testing and monitoring is key.Blogs are a great way to naturally attract search engine traffic. Most of the time, blogs already have optimized site architecture, clear navigation and the innate potential for good linking. Intelligently linking your site to a well-created blog can increase your traffic. In fact, blogs can get so well indexed that you have the potential to show up for any number of four-word phrases relevant to your industry, if done correctly.Try to use a keyword for each of your posts that gets a moderate level of targeted traffic. If you’re already inside your blog post, you can use the SEO Blogger tool from the makers of Wordtracker. It installs quickly into your Firefox browser, and you launch from an icon directly on the browser. The tool will show you how many times a word is used, percentages, and more. It’s easy to use.It might not bring the most traffic, but it often brings the most profit through more subscribers and sales. If possible, narrow the scope of your blog discussion to a two- or three-word phrase that has a high yield of traffic yet little competition. Set up your blog to repeat keywords that you want to target just enough times to establish a theme. You can take full advantage of this in your post titles, category names and the pages’ URL names. All those link-backs will contain the keyword term you want the most attention for. This can work like magic, and with the updated speed of indexing, you’ll likely see your post show up in search results quickly. Be sure to post in a timely fashion. You can get better results by updating or sharing socially just once during one of the three best times of the day: early in the morning, at least before noon or late at night. Monitoring when the search engine’s crawlers visit your site can help as well. You can increase the number of crawler visits by blogging on the time or period they come to your site. The more you post, the more the crawlers have to go through your content. This could cause the crawler to split its job into several visits, whereupon you have even more content.Using PluginsListed below is the ultimate plugin list for maximum traffic and search-friendly blogs. Just search for these in Google, and add the “wordpress plugins” to the query. Log in to your WordPress admin area, expand the “Plugins” section, and add them via the “Add New” button.  Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. CommentHunt.com FollowList.comlast_img read more