first_img Ed Lenderman, January 1, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A winter bike ride of 2426-miles to Jacksonville, Florida would be difficult enough, even with a support team.  But this is a strictly solo journey:  No team, no trailing van.  More on that aspect in a moment.Because there was plenty of send-off support for Thomas Pitman in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day at the trip’s starting point, Imperial Beach.Family, friends, CalFire collegues, Pitman’s girlfriend.  And most importantly, Ashley Iverson, widow of local CalFire Firefighter Corey Iverson.  Iverson was killed in the in the devastating Thomas Fire in Ventura County in December of 2017.Ashley then started a foundation in his name. The Iverson Foundation for Active Awareness raises awareness of First Responders’ mental health issues, including PTSD. Iverson and Pitman became buddies when they were part of a Heli-Attack Team in Riverside.Pitman, an avid cyclist thought it was only fitting that he honor his friend by raising awareness of the Foundation and it’s mission,  by riding across the country.  “Thee community supports us tremendously,” he told me, “but that’s kinda where it stops, so we’re trying to raise awareness to continue that support.”He also hopes to raise a like money amount based on the mileage.As for the aforementioned difficulty of a solo ride, which the public can follow on the Foundation’s Facebook page:  “Part of my goal is to suffer metaphorically with people who suffer from PTSD.  They struggle everyday, so for me to struggle along the ride I thought would be a great idea.And then, Thomas Pittman was off on his month-long ride, appropriately titled, “Ride Into The Light.” Updated: 9:43 AM Ed Lenderman center_img Posted: January 1, 2019 Cross country ride honors fallen firefighter Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe group reportedly has cut as many as 130 positions, reducing its global workforce to 1,100.The Economist’s worldwide circulation grew 6.4 percent during the period to 1,390,780, the company said. Ad revenue at Economist.com was up 29 percent while page views were up 53 percent.The Economist Group also publishes CFO and Roll Call. It was reported last week that the group had acquired Washington D.C.-based Congressional Quarterly, which has been on the block since January. When contacted by FOLIO:, an Economist Group spokesperson denied the report, calling it “speculation.” The Economist Group this week reported record profits for the fiscal year ended March 31.The London-based company, which publishes its namesake magazine, reported approximately $92 million in operating profit, up 26 percent over the previous 12-month period. Revenue was up 17 percent to roughly $514.2 million.According to CEO Andrew Rashbass, the company continues to deliver value to its clients despite the down economy. “These results demonstrate that great brands delivering real value to readers and advertisers thrive even when the economic cycle turns and when the structure of the industry is evolving in the way information and advertising are consumed and delivered,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgFranklin was the daughter of two gospel singers and began singing and playing piano at a young age. As a teenager she started singing in the choir at the church where her father preached and recorded backup vocals on her father’s gospel albums. In 1961, at the age of 18, she was signed to Columbia Records and released her first album, Aretha.In 1967, just six years after her debut album, she started garnering widespread acclaim and began her reign as the original R&B queen with her hit album I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You. The album included her iconic cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect,” for which she earned her first No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and her first two GRAMMY wins for Best R&B Recording and Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Female at the 10th GRAMMY Awards.Franklin would go on to earn a total of 44 GRAMMY nominations and a historic 18 wins in her lifetime. Her total wins make her one of the most awarded GRAMMY artists of all time. She graced the GRAMMY stage with her legendary soulful sound a total of eight times, putting her in a tie with Whitney Houston as the runner up for the most GRAMMY performances by a female artist.In addition to her many GRAMMY Awards, she has been honored by The Recording Academy on multiple occasions. Franklin received the GRAMMY Legend Award in 1991, which is presented “to individuals or groups for ongoing contributions and influence in the recording field,” and is one of just 15 artists to receive this special award since its inception in 1990. She was also honored by the Academy with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. On top of that, five of her recordings have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame: “Respect,” “Chain Of Fools,” “Amazing Grace,” “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like),” and “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You.” Not only did Franklin make monumental contributions to the music world during her lifetime, she also helped make the world a better place outside of the music she made. She supported several charities and advocacy organizations including the NAACP, the Special Olympics, Feeding America, The Rainforest Foundation, and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. In 2005 President Clinton awarded her with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S. The Recording Academy also acknowledged her huge positive impact on the world, honoring her as the 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year.Franklin and her prolific musical career have had a far-reaching influence on musicians over the years and across genres, with many offering their condolences for the Queen of Soul. Following a hospitalization in 2010, the 53rd GRAMMY Awards featured special performances as part of an Aretha Franklin Tribute, with artists such as fellow GRAMMY-winners Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera covering her hits to honor the legend.Franklin was truly influential throughout her life, most recently celebrating her 100th chart-topping single with her cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” With the release of the single in 2014, she became the first female artist to place 100 career titles on the Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and remains in the lead, tied with Stevie Wonder and ahead of Drake, for the most No. 1 singles on the chart with 20 total.”Aretha Franklin was an incomparable artist who came to be recognized as one of the most profound voices in music,” said Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy. “Her distinctive sound, unforgettable recordings, and giving spirit will continue to be celebrated worldwide. Aretha will be dearly missed, and our thoughts go out to her loved ones during this difficult time.”  Thanks to her long, outstanding career and her deep impact in the soul, R&B, and pop music worlds, Franklin leaves a legacy that will continue to inspire artists for generations to come. Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 16, 2018 – 11:28 am Aretha Franklin’s GRAMMY Highlights News Twitter Facebook The legendary soul singer and 18-time GRAMMY winner made an indelible mark on music Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Aug 16, 2018 – 9:00 am Aretha Franklin, a legendary and deeply influential R&B artist, died on Aug. 16 at age 76. The cause was of advanced pancreatic cancer. Aretha Franklin, Queen Of Soul, Dies At 76 aretha-franklin-queen-soul-dies-76 Aretha Franklin, Queen Of Soul, Dies At 76 last_img read more

first_imgMazda hasn’t revealed much about what this 30th Anniversary Edition MX-5 Miata will look like, other than to show the blurry teaser image above, which suggests it will wear a classic red paint job — a much brighter red than the crimson-tinged Soul Red paint that’s presently available. (It’s also possible that it’ll be orange, although that would be a break with tradition). The photo depicts a Miata RF, the retractable folding hardtop model, though that doesn’t meant the model won’t also be offered in a traditional soft top. Whatever it is, it also figures to be a limited edition, judging by a second photo of a serialized dash plaque displaying four digits. The last major special edition Mazda, 2015’s 25th Anniversary Edition, saw just 100 of them offered to the US — the model sold out in 10 minutes. Throughout this timeless convertible’s life, Mazda has serially released special-edition variants, and in truth, many of them have amounted to little more than unique paint. Yes, some have featured different seats, wheels, and interior trims, but in terms of powertrain, nearly all have hewn very closely to the standard car. We’ll have to wait and see if the 30th Anniversary Edition is more than skin deep, but considering the 2019 MX-5 Miata just received an updated 2.0-liter engine with a boost to 181 horsepower (+26 hp), we wouldn’t expect a lot more on the performance front. That’s alright, though: the Mazda MX-5 Miata is already one of our very favorite automobiles. Stay tuned. Roadshow’s auto show crew will be on the ground in Chicago when the sheet is pulled on this new Miata. Look for it on Thursday, February 7. • Post a comment Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Convertibles Sports Cars Mazda 0 Yes, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous reading • Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition headed to Chicago Share your voice Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies More about 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata See All More From Roadshow Enlarge Image30 years of Mazda’s iconic roadster have gone by in a blur. Mazda Has it really been that long? Mazda has just announced plans to reveal a special 30th Anniversary Edition of its 2019 MX-5 Miata roadster at next month’s Chicago Auto Show. The venue couldn’t be more appropriate, as the now-iconic two-seat sports car debuted in the City of Big Shoulders three decades ago. Perhaps more than any other car from a mainstream automaker, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has remained immune to changing tastes, fads and the ravages of time. Indeed, its current fourth-gen model, the ND, is essentially the exact same package size and weight as the original that bowed in Chicago, a model that came on the scene the same year that the Berlin Wall came down and Driving Miss Daisy won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Since that time, Mazda has sold well over a million of its little smile machines globally. Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors Chicago Auto Show 2019 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Chicago Auto Show 2019 Mazda 35 Photos Review • 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviewlast_img read more

first_imgShahjahan KhanA cabinet member on Saturday said ruling Awami League must wrest election victory from the BNP-Jamaat alliance next time.”We’ve to swear allegiance anew to snatch victory in the next elections, defeating the BNP-Jamaat alliance,” shipping minister Shahjahan Khan said at a programme in observance of Victory Day in his hometown of Madaripur.Shahjahan Khan, executive president of the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation. said prime minister Sheikh Hasina-led government would return to power once again.”We’ve to be united and work towards that end. The Awami League will not lose to those who support war criminals and militancy,” he insisted.”Rather, the Awami League will break into gleeful celebration winning the next general elections.”The minister made the observations at the AL office in Madaripur after placing werath at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Member of parliament from Madaripur-3 AFM Bahauddin Nasim, district council chairman Miazuddin Khan, district AL president Shahabuddin Mollah and mayor of local pourasava Khalid Hossain were present.last_img read more

first_imgMap of ChuadangaAt least 10 BNP leaders and activists were injured in a clash with police in front of Kedarganj BNP office in Chuadanga on Saturday morning.Witnesses said BNP leaders and activists started to gather in front of the BNP office in the morning to observe their 40th founding anniversary.When they tried to bring out a rally around 11:30am police obstructed them, which triggered a clash between the two sides.At one stage, police charged baton on the BNP men to disperse them.When additional police super Md Kalimullah rushed to the spot along with additional force the BNP men fled the scene.Haji Rabiul Haque Bablu, member convener committee of district unit BNP, claimed that police charged baton on their peaceful rally which left 10 BNP men injured.last_img read more

first_imgLogo of BNPBNP fear that the government is trying to influence the judge of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 to implement its blueprint by convicting party senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman and other party leaders in August-21 grenade attack cases.”The way Tarique Rahman, our party’s some leaders and then some high officials were implicated in the August 21 cases, it’s tantamount to showing a shameless thumb to the judiciary, democracy and the country’s independence and sovereignty,” said BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Monday.”Considering the overall situation, a strong doubt is created in our mind that the government is trying to influence the judge of August-21 cases bringing the examples of former chief justice SK Sinha and judge Motahar Hossain to implement its blueprint,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the remarks at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office as the tribunal is set to deliver its verdict in the case just two days later.On September 18, judge Shahed Nuruddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 fixed October 10 to deliver its verdict in two cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.Moudud said SK Sinha was forced to leave the country and resign after giving the verdict in 16th amendment case while Judge Motahar Hossain had to flee the country to save his life for not signing in a verdict written by the government in a money-laundering case against Tarique Rahman.He alleged that the government is now putting in all-out efforts to deprive Tarique and other BNP leaders of justice through a verdict as ordered by the government with an evil motive.Torque’s lawyer and BNP vice chairman Khandker Mahbub Hossain said around 225 witnesses gave depositions in the August-21 cases. “No one of them said Tarique and BNP leaders had involvement with the incident.”He said it will be contrary to justice if Tarique and other BNP leader are convicted in the case. “There’s no way to convict Tarique Rahman, Abdus Salam Pintu and Lutfuzzaman Babar by examining the witnesses and documents. Even, Sheikh Hasina in her deposition given under the section 161 did not bring any allegation against BNP and Tarique Rahman.”BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sircar, Rafiqul Islam Miah, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury were also present.last_img read more

first_imgKhandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Moudud AhmedFollowing the party’s disastrous defeat in the 11th national election, two BNP standing committee members on Friday suggested a change in the party leadership through holding a council, reports UNB.Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Moudud Ahmed came up with the suggestion at a discussion organised at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium to celebrate the 83rd birth anniversary of party founder Ziaur Rahman.Speaking at the programme as the chief guest, Mosharraf Hossain said BNP must stage a comeback. “We must stage a comeback and reorganise the party…the party will have to be revamped through holding a council.”He also said the tested party men will have to be put in the leadership.Earlier, Moudud Ahmed said, “Today, the party will have to be reorganised newly. Those who worked for the party in its tough times should be at the helm. If necessary, we, who have become old, will take a leave. But, the party should survive. The only way for it is to arrange a council which should be held within months.”BNP’s last council was held on 19 March 2016.Presiding over the discussion, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir claimed that democracy has been ‘assassinated and ruined’ completely in the country.He said it is time for the youth to come forward to save the country.Fakhrul also underscored the need for forging a strong movement together with the country’s people to free BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and ‘democracy’.The 83rd birth anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman will be celebrated on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgfile photo of Cambodia mapThirty-two pregnant Cambodians were detained on Friday for their suspected involvement in an illegal surrogacy operation, carrying babies for Chinese clients, a court official said on Friday.Five other people, including a Chinese person, were arrested and charged with human trafficking following raids at two apartments in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.The pregnant women were discovered during the raids last month and 32 were charged with cross border human trafficking on Thursday, said Y Rin, a spokesman for Phnom Penh Municipal Court. They were placed in pretrial detention.Cambodia had been a popular international destination for infertile couples looking to have babies through commercial surrogacy, a practice made illegal in 2016.Police have said that each of the 32 women was promised $10,000 for carrying baby for Chinese clients.Once a woman becomes pregnant she receives $500, police said. When the baby is delivered, she is paid $300 a month until the full $10,000 is paid off.last_img read more

first_imgMyanmar press freedom advocates and youth activists hold a demonstration demanding the freedom of two jailed Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in Yangon. Photo: ReutersSeveral dozen people rallied in central Yangon on Sunday against the jailing of two Reuters journalists, lamenting the shrinking space for free expression in Myanmar despite the advent of civilian rule.Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were sentenced two weeks ago to seven years behind bars under the Official Secrets Act.The judgement sent shockwaves through the country’s nascent community of journalists because it echoed life under the former junta, when the press was heavily censored and reporters routinely jailed.The ruling also sparked a global outcry against Myanmar’s army and against de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi for failing to speak up for the pair.“We are very angry. We are disappointed in the new government. Shame on them,” activist Maung Saung Kha, 25, told AFP.“We condemn the sentence… they should be released.”Protesters released black balloons emblazoned with photos of the two jailed reporters.“The image of the country has been hurt by the court decision,” protester Thin Zar Shun Lei Yi added.While journalists have rallied to the reporters’ cause-some using the hashtag #arrestmetoo-the general public has been apathetic in its response to the verdict.The reporters were arrested in December while investigating the extra-judicial killing by security forces of 10 Rohingya men during last year’s military crackdown against the stateless Muslim minority.The incident was later acknowledged by the army.The UN says a campaign of widespread murder, rape and arson forced more than 700,000 Rohingya to flee over the border into Bangladesh.UN investigators say the violence merits the prosecution of top generals for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.Its rights arm is due to release the full findings of its investigation into the crackdown in coming days.The reporters will appeal against the verdict but the process will likely take many months, if not years.A presidential pardon is also a possibility.last_img read more

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 On paper, Wednesday’s revenue miss wasn’t actually all that dramatic: Facebook generated revenue of $13.23 billion during the quarter ending June 30, compared to $9.32 billion during the same quarter last year. The company’s net income for the quarter was $5.1 billion, compared to $3.89 billion in Q2 of 2017. Diluted earnings per share came in at $1.74, compared to $1.32 the year before.Analysts had expected $13.34 billion in revenue, and earnings of $1.71 per share.But the market wasn’t just reacting to Facebook generating less revenue than expected. The company’s growth numbers also slowed down notably: Daily active users only increased 11% year-over-year, to the tune of 1.47 billion on average during the month of June. A year ago, that growth rate was still at 17%.What’s more, daily active users have effectively been flat in the U.S. sequentially, and even declined in Europe when compared to Q1 — the first time the company has seen such a decline in recent quarters.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had warned in the past that the company may see some impact on its revenue as it aims to curtail abuse on the platform. “We started to see that this quarter,” Zuckerberg said during Wednesday’s earnings call, while promising to keep investing in fighting fake news, especially around elections.“We run this company for the long-term, not for the next quarter,” he added.Wehner blamed Europe’s new privacy laws for the decline in daily active users in the region, but Facebook CFO Sheryl Sandberg said that this hasn’t affected the company’s bottom line thus far. “GDPR has not had a significant revenue impact,” she said.Other factors that impacted the company’s revenue were global currency fluctuations, Wehner said.Wehner also mentioned another aspect of the decline that likely contributed to investors’ anxiety: Stories, a format that Facebook has been aggressively embracing across all of its apps, just isn’t monetizing yet as well as Facebook’s traditional newsfeed-based advertising business.Asked by an analyst if Stories would ever become as profitable as the company’s other ad formats, Sandberg remained cautious: “Will this monetize at the same rate as newsfeed? We honestly don’t know.” Popular on Variety center_img Facebook executives have long warned investors that the days of double-digit growth wouldn’t last forever. Investors have just as long shrugged off those warnings, driving the company’s stock up to record highs. On Wednesday, those same investors suddenly woke up to the realization that the good times truly won’t last forever.A miss on user and revenue growth sent Facebook’s stock down around 9% in after-hours-trading immediately following the company’s release of its Q2 2018 earnings report. Then, during the company’s earnings call, Facebook CFO David Wehner told investors that the company’s revenue growth would decline significantly over the coming quarters, and that Facebook’s operating margin would sink from currently 44% to the mid-30% range.Those stark warnings sent Facebook’s stock off a cliff, with share prices declining 24% in after-hours trading.last_img read more

first_imgIn the TV segment, which Trump retweeted late Monday night, Lou Dobbs reiterated unproven claims that Google was censoring political advertisement and showing biased search results. Dobbs was then joined by Breitbart News editor-at-large Peter Schweizer, who claimed that Google was “gonna go all in” on election interference in 2020.Trump went on to tweet Tuesday morning that he had recently been visited by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who had tried to assure him that the company wasn’t looking to influence the 2020 election. “It all sounded good until I watched Kevin Cernekee,” Trump tweeted, adding that the alleged interference was “very illegal.”A Google spokesperson responded Tuesday to the allegations with the following statement: “The statements made by this disgruntled former employee are absolutely false. We go to great lengths to build our products and enforce our policies in ways that don’t take political leanings into account. Distorting results for political purposes would harm our business and go against our mission of providing helpful content to all of our users.” Sacha B. Cohen’s Disgust at President Trump Fueled ‘Who is America’ Popular on Variety Trump Attorney Seeks Retraction of Lawrence O’Donnell’s Russian Loan Report In other posts, he mused whether the extreme-right Traditionalist Workers Party was run by “actual neo­-Nazis,” and suggested that a racist skinhead group should rebrand themselves as “The Helpful Neighborhood Bald Guys.” Relatedcenter_img Trump’s tweets were apparently prompted by a segment that aired Monday night on “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” In it, Dobbs interviewed former Google employee Kevin Cernekee, who alleged that Google executives were looking to “control the flow of information to the public, and make sure that Trump loses in 2020.”Cernekee rose to prominence after he was featured in a Wall Street Journal profile last week, in which he alleged that Google fired him for his conservative views. The company has denied this, and said that Cernekee was fired for downloading large amounts confidential information with the help of personal devices.Since the publication of the Journal story, a report in the Daily Caller has shown that Cernekee wasn’t merely sharing conservative views while at Google. Instead, Cernekee was using Google’s internal message boards to raise money in defense of white nationalist Richard Spencer. President Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning to attack Google, and allege without evidence that the search giant was looking to influence the 2020 election. “We are watching Google very closely,” he tweeted. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The School Education & Literacy department under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is coming up with pre-school educational units across the country, with National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) preparing a curriculum for the same.”There is preparatory work to be done before a child enters Class I. We are studying how pre-school will work in the government domain and what approach needs to be taken – whether we should train anganwadi workers or train teachers of Classes I and II,” Union secretary of School Education & Literacy Anil Swarup said on the sidelines of a session on pre-school policy organised by ASSOCHAM. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe informed that the HRD ministry will come out with a guideline by June 30, which will have a plan on how financial assistance can be provided to various state governments for setting up such pre-schools, relating to the Central government’s financial assistance to the proposed pre-school units to be set up by the School Education department.”Right now, barring a few states, there are hardly any pre-schools in the government level. However, there are some private pre-schools that are doing good work. So, we feel the private sector can be of great help in developing the curriculum for pre-school. Personally, I believe that good work can be done in both private and public domains,” Swarup said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedResponding to a poser on Samagra Siksha Abhijan launched by the Centre last month, he said, “With ‘Samagra Shiksha’ coming into effect, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan will cease to exist separately and merge with it.”The ‘Samagra Shiksha’ programme launched recently plans to impart holistic education, without segmentation from pre-nursery to Class XII.On a question about corporal punishment, he said, “Handling a child should be different from handling an adult.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) on Friday floated a tender, inviting expression of interest for allotment of land at the Bengal Silicon Valley IT Hub in New Town.The proposed Silicon Valley Asia will come up on 100 acres of land in Action Area II. It is situated off Biswa Bangla Sarani near Eco Park. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had laid its foundation stone on August 13.The last date of application will be October 31, till 2 pm. The land will be given on a 99 year lease. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAt the foundation stone laying ceremony, Banerjee had announced that if required, the state government would provide more land to the investors and assured every possible help to them.It may be mentioned that noted architect Hafiz Contractor has designed the proposed office building of Infosys. The company has purchased 50 acres of land and the office building will be ready within 15 months of the start of construction.A senior official of the IT department said that Bengal is poised to take a lead when it comes to embracing emerging technologies like Blockchain, Fintech, Internet of Things (IoT), Embedded Technology and Artificial Intelligence.The state government has brought out an IT policy. IT parks have come up in different areas, including the hills recently.It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister, during her recent trips to Frankfurt and Milan, had spoken about investment in the IT sector and had referred to the proposed Silicon Valley Hub.last_img read more