Virat Kohli shatters another record

first_imgVirat Kohli’s hunger for runs and records remains undiminished as the Indian captain once again led from the front to power India to a dominant position against England in the second Test in Vizag. Continuing with his scoring spree, Kohli, who is playing in his 50th Test, slammed 81 off 109 balls as the hosts set an imposing target for England on day four. Though Kohli missed out on his second century of the match, his 248 runs are the most by an Indian captain in a Test match against England – eclipsing former skipper Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi’s 216. (Vizag Test: Ashwin, Jadeja late strikes breach England’s resistance) The 28-year-old Kohli, who hit 167 in the first innings, hit eight boundaries en route to his knock and looked in no trouble on a surface which has tested all other batsmen with the turn and variable bounce on offer. After opting not to enforce the follow on, India lost three quick wickets on day three but Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane combined in a strong stand of 77. Rahane was out on 26 when he surrendered to Stuart Broad’s leg-cutter and, surprised by the extra bounce, gloved it to Alastair Cook at slip. The lanky seamer then got Ravichandran Ashwin caught behind to peg back India before Rashid took over. The 28-year-old spinner trapped Wriddhiman Saha leg before and then struck a body blow, inducing Kohli into a wild drive only for the edge to fly to slip where an airborne Ben Stokes took a stunning one-handed catch. (Captaincy has brought the best out of ‘run-machine’ Virat Kohli) India were eventually bowled out for 204, setting England a daunting 405-run target. Alastair Cook led England’s dogged resistance with a diligent fifty before falling to the final delivery of the day. Cook was out leg before wicket to Ravindra Jadeja for 54, while Haseeb Hameed was dismissed for 25 to Ashwin. England were 87/2 in their second innings at stumps, still needing 318 runs for an improbable victory on a track offering significant turn and uneven bounce.advertisementlast_img read more

3rd Test: Duanne Olivier shines as South Africa beat Pakistan to sweep series

first_img Reuters JohannesburgJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 17:03 IST Duanne Olivier finished with 24 wickets from the series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDuanne Olivier took 3/74 while Kagiso Rabada finished with figures of 3/75South Africa had won the first two tests by six and nine wickets respectivelySA and Pakistan will play a five-match ODI series beginning Saturday in Port ElizabethFiery fast bowler Duanne Olivier took key early wickets as South Africa wrapped up a clean sweep of their series against Pakistan with victory by 107 runs on the fourth day of the third and final Test on Monday.Pakistan resumed their second innings needing a further 228 for victory with seven wickets in hand, but their chances faded when Olivier removed the dangerous Babar Azam (21) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (0) in consecutive balls.The home side chipped away at the wickets to bowl the visitors out for 273, with Olivier (3-74) and Kagiso Rabada (3-75) the pick of a hostile South African attack that has been key to the team’s success.The teams begin a five-match one-day international series on Saturday with the first game in Port Elizabeth. They will also play three Twenty20 matches.”I’m extremely proud, a 3-0 series win is just what we asked the guys for,” stand-in South Africa captain Dean Elgar said at the post-match presentation.”It’s a good way to start the year, we have set our goals and are halfway there with one more Test series against Sri Lanka to come.””Our fast bowlers know what they want to do, which makes your life easier as a captain. They have worked out their game-plans and know how to execute,” he added.Run out and it’s all over at the Bull Ring! Pakistan are all out for 273, congratulations South Africa on the 107-run victory and the series white wash! You BEAUTIES!#ProteaFire #SAvPAK pic.twitter.com/SJgGxg2Ta8advertisementCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 14, 2019Olivier was asked to open the bowling on the fourth morning and took his wicket tally in the series to 24 with two quick scalps.The pace and bounce proved too much for Azam, who could only fend a vicious delivery to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.Pakistan’s in-form captain Sarfraz was bowled the very next ball, a double-strike that appeared to take the fight out of the visitors.Faheem Ashraf (15) and Mohammad Amir (4) both steered Rabada deliveries to Aiden Markram at gulley, while Hasan Ali (22) became the latter’s third victim when he was caught and bowled.Shadab Khan (47 not out) was impressive as he took the attack to the South Africans with some excellent stroke-play, but was denied a fourth Test half-century when number 11 Mohammad Abbas (9) was run-out trying to pinch a quick single.Olivier’s tally over the three games, the second highest by a South African in a three-match series, is just one behind record-holder Buck Llewellyn, who took 25 wickets against Australia in 1902.Standing ovation to the Man of the Series @Duanne992! Take a bow, you biscuit!#ProteaFire #SAvPAK pic.twitter.com/IQlAWZGbmtCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 14, 2019″We were in a nice position after the first day (having bowled South Africa out for 262), but could not capitalise on that with our batting,” Sarfraz said.”Their bowlers played really well and are very difficult on these wickets. Well done to them.”Shan Masood played really well (with the bat) and Babar showed his class. Shan and Babar were the positives (from the series).”South Africa won the first two Tests by six and nine wickets respectively, their seam attack leading the charge to victory on wickets that Pakistan’s vulnerable batting line-up found too spicy for their liking.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow 3rd TestFollow Duanne OlivierFollow South Africa vs PakistanFollow South AfricaFollow PakistanFollow Series whitewash 3rd Test: Duanne Olivier shines as South Africa beat Pakistan to sweep seriesDuanne Olivier, made early inroads in the Pakistan batting line-up as the visitors collapsed to lose the third Test by 107 runs, finishing with 24 wickets from the seriesadvertisementlast_img read more

Work Far Advanced on Centres of Excellence for Primary Health Care

first_imgWork is far advanced on three of the four Centres of Excellence for primary health care, being developed by the Government.This was announced by Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 25.[RELATED: Government Purchases 17 Ambulances]The three structures currently being enhanced are the Isaac Barrant Health Centre in St. Thomas; Darliston Health Centre in Westmoreland; and Santa Cruz Health Centre in St. Elizabeth.“Cabinet has approved the award of the contract for the renovation of the fourth – the Claremont Health Centre in St. Ann – and work should begin very soon,” the Minister informed.Improvement to the facilities included expanding the waiting areas, to make them more customer friendly, and upgrading the diagnostic services to support screening and treatment of patients. In addition, health promotion and education programmes will be offered; efficient and effective pharmacy services will also be available, as well as dental services.The number of health professionals working in these Centres of Excellence will be increased and a web-based electronic Health Information System will be introduced, which will establish the platform for tele-medicine services. The opening hours of the centres will also be extended.On another matter, Dr. Ferguson informed that the Ministry has now received the concept paper for the Child and Adolescent Hospital in western Jamaica.“We will be submitting this to the Development Bank of Jamaica to invite private participation after internal review,” he said.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

La sécuritéincendie pendant le temps des fêtes

first_img Utilisez toujours des lumières, des rallonges et des décorations incombustibles approuvées par l’Association canadienne de normalisation, et assurez-vous que les fils des lumières ne sont ni effilochés ni craqués et que les douilles ne sont pas cassées. N’utilisez pas de lumières et de rallonges d’extérieur à l’intérieur, et éteignez les lumières si vous n’êtes pas à la maison. Évitez de faire passer des rallonges dans les montants de porte ou sous les tapis. N’installez jamais votre arbre près des sorties ou des sources de chaleur. Choisissez toujours un arbre frais, et arrosez-le chaque jour. Si vous achetez un arbre artificiel, assurez-vous qu’il porte une étiquette indiquant qu’il est résistant au feu. Restez dans la cuisine lorsque vous faites à manger, particulièrement si vous utilisez de l’huile ou si vous cuisez à des températures élevées. Ne laissez jamais brûler une chandelle sans surveillance. Gardez-les hors de la portée des enfants et des animaux, et dans un bougeoir solide. Les chandelles et lumières à piles sont des options sécuritaires et pratiques. Vérifiez les détecteurs de fumée toutes les semaines durant la période des Fêtes. « J’encourage tous les Néo-Écossais à faire preuve de prudence accrue pendant cette période de l’année, pour des Fêtes joyeuses et sécuritaires, affirme Harold Pothier, commissaire des incendies de la province. Si vous n’avez pas terminé votre magasinage, des détecteurs de fumée, des extincteurs et des détecteurs de monoxyde de carbone sont des cadeaux de Noël bien pensés. » Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la sécurité-incendie pendant les Fêtes, consultez le www.novascotia.ca/dma/firesafety/docs/HolidayFireSafety.pdf (en anglais seulement). La période des Fêtes offre une bonne occasion de passer du temps en famille et entre amis. Il s’agit aussi d’un moment propice pour prendre des mesures visant à prévenir un incendie qui pourrait ruiner les festivités. « Qu’il s’agisse de préparer un repas, d’allumer des chandelles ou de décorer un sapin de Noël, il est important de toujours tenir compte de la sécurité-incendie, souligne Zach Churchill, ministre des Affaires municipales. En prenant quelques mesures supplémentaires, nous pouvons assurer la sécurité de nos proches. » Pendant la période des fêtes et tout l’hiver, n’oubliez pas les conseils suivants :last_img read more

7 For All Mankind Launches LimitedEdition Mankind Capsule Collection

first_img7 For All Mankind, a division of Delta Galil industries, announced this week that it is launching a limited-edition Mankind Capsule in conjunction with Love is Louder, a project of the nonprofit organization The Jed Foundation.Makind Baby Tee With Black Flocking In White, $70.00 | Mankind Puff Print Crewneck In White. $140.00With a portion of proceeds being donated to Love is Louder, 7 For All Mankind is introducing a 14-piece collection that includes pieces for both men and women.“Since Love is Louder continues to grow into a global community working together to create a world where we all feel more connected and supported, we are excited to announce our Mankind Capsule to raise awareness and donate proceeds toward this groundbreaking project – created by Brittany Snow and The Jed Foundation,” said Jenna Habayeb, Chief Marketing Officer for 7 For All Mankind.The capsule collection features statement t-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts for men & women with “MANKIND” graphics to celebrate the collective individuality of all people and the expression of mankind’s whole, unique, beautiful self. Notable details include embossing, HD embroidery and print, as well as puff print. As with all 7 For All Mankind pieces, the Mankind Capsule collection is made in the U.S.Love is Louder is a community of advocates around the world working online and on-the-ground in campuses and communities to combat issues like, bullying, body image, loneliness, and discrimination. Co-founder Brittany Snow has been joined by high-profile artists, personalities and experts on emotional health and resiliency to amplify a message of hope and help, and change lives in the process.With the support of 7 For All Mankind, Love is Louder will be expanding its online outreach and bringing Love is Louder programs to more campuses to make those communities more inclusive and supportive.“We hear almost daily from advocates who want to turn their campuses and communities into places where diversity is appreciated and celebrated,” said Courtney Knowles, Director of Love is Louder. “Now is a critical moment to remind ourselves and those around us that mankind benefits from our different backgrounds, personalities, experiences and perspectives, and we are proud to partner with 7 for All Mankind on this collection.”“As we strive to do every day, we want to work with Love is Louder to celebrate the diverse fabric of humanity and create a more unified world,” said Habayeb. “It’s especially relevant today.”The Mankind Capsule will officially launch globally today on March 12, 2018 and will be available at 7 For All Mankind retail stores, exclusive wholesale partners, and the company’s online platform.For more information on 7 For All Mankind, click here.last_img read more

Morocco and the High Atlas Foundation Celebrate World Environment Day

By Yossef Ben-MeirMarrakech- World Environment Day is held annually on June 5th under UN auspices to highlight a particular area of environmental concern. The focus this year is on the unique challenges facing the world’s small islands in their battle with rising ocean levels – a far cry, it might seem, from the work of the High Atlas Foundation in Morocco.However, two vital messages can be gleaned from our involvement in sustainable development: firstly that diverse systems – ecological and social – are interconnected and ultimately interdependent and secondly, that knowledge applied in one type of environment can – and should – be translated into other situations. Climate change is a systemic environmental and social issue and no one measure will reverse its terribly alarming course. As in all environmental and developmental initiatives, sustainably addressing climate change requires both self-determined local actions and national and international commitments and policies that enable individuals and groups from all sectors of society to act in a way consistent with both their interests and that of the world.Not to promote the High Atlas Foundation as possessing a model approach – although we believe it to, based on results – we are dedicated day in and day out to realizing the environmental and developmental goals of local Moroccan communities, as well as those of nations where we are invited.Additionally we are committed to building partnerships at national and international levels in order to create the necessary awareness of policies so that local communities can both reap the benefits and undertake stewardship of their surrounding environment, which they are wholeheartedly in a position to do.Morocco is blessed with ocean and sea and with mountain ranges that are admired the world over. Nonetheless, in far too many places its mountains are crumbling, often causing villages to be abandoned and forcing families to relocate. The Kingdom’s mountainous regions are also where the greatest, most concentrated poverty is located.Therefore it is a national imperative, on a human and environmental preservation level, that these regions are transformed into breadbaskets of prosperity, which can only be done by fortifying them environmentally for many generations to come. Practically speaking, the inescapable tasks are to terrace, terrace, terrace, mountains and hillsides and plant, plant, plant upon them. To generate prosperity it is necessary to establish cooperatives, plant nurseries, secure organic certification process train and commercialize.Even without climate change and what it means for ocean and sea levels – of which we are reminded on this globally important day – and even without the further pertinent issue of desertification which threatens the Moroccan environment – the call to secure the mountains against their steady decline is one that should resonate nationally because of the majesty of the people and the place, and because the mountains are the environmental fortress of the country.For HAF this is a deep abiding calling – as it is, in broader terms, to benefit all regions of Morocco and to improve the conditions of all its inhabitants. In this spirit, we take our place in the wider scheme of things, knowing that our contribution makes a difference.Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir is a sociologist and president of the High Atlas Foundation, a Moroccan-U.S. nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sustainable human development with marginalized communities. read more

FIFA Morocco Wins a Spot Ranks 41st in Football Worldwide

Rabat – The national football team won a place, ranking 41st in the International Football Federation (FIFA) ranking of June 2018, published on Thursday.Qualifying for the final phase of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Atlas Lions are fourth in Africa with 686 points behind Tunisia, 21st (910); Senegal, 27th (838); and Congo, 38th (706).Morocco is followed by Egypt, 45th (649); Ghana, 47th (624); Nigeria, 48th (618); Cameroon, 49th (614); and Burkina Faso, 52nd (604). The world ranking is still dominated by Germany (1558), ahead of Brazil (1431), Belgium (1298), Portugal (1274), and Argentina (1241).Last month, FIFA published a list of the teams that boasted the best records in the qualifying games for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Atlas Lions made the list of the “defensive heroes hoping for [a] Russian repeat.” FIFA commended the Moroccan team’s near-miraculous defensive record that secured its ticket for the much-awaited World Cup tournament, which will kick off June 14.The Moroccan squad will play in Group B and will faceoff with Iran on June 15, Portugal on June 20, and Spain on June 25.This is the fifth time that the Atlas Lions have qualified for the World Cup; previously the Lions played in 1970 and 1986 in Mexico, 1994 in USA, and 1998 in France. read more

UN human rights chief appeals for cooperation in Gaza probe

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the Geneva-based Council in Geneva that the ongoing heavy import restrictions and near total prohibition of exports have negative cumulative effects on the realization of a wide range of economic, social and cultural rights, as well as civil and political rights, of the Gaza population. “Gazans’ rights continue to be severely undermined or violated,” she stated. “These crippling conditions must be eased. Ultimately, the blockade and other restrictions that violate human rights must be lifted.”Ms. Pillay said that reports of human rights violations by both sides “must be investigated by credible, independent and transparent accountability mechanisms, respectful of international standards of due process.“All parties concerned, as well as States and the international community as a whole, should extend full support and cooperation to all such accountability efforts,” she said. “In particular, I stress the need for full cooperation with, unimpeded access to, and support of, the ongoing work of the Independent Fact-Finding Mission mandated by the Human Rights Council and headed by Justice Richard Goldstone.” The Council appointed Mr. Goldstone to lead an independent team of investigators to study the allegations of human rights violations in the fighting between 27 December and 18 January. The team visited Gaza from 1 to 5 June, entering through Egypt after having been denied access through Israel. The President of the Council, Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, today said that the team members “have not lost hope of visiting areas of southern Israel and the West Bank, although this has not yet been possible as they have not received a positive response from the Government of Israel to repeated requests for cooperation.” 15 June 2009The top United Nations human rights official today called for an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza and cooperation with an investigation mandated by the Human Rights Council of the recent conflict there. read more

Flu levels soaring with one in five hospital cases suffering Aussie flu

first_imgIn a typical flu season, NHS staff take around 4.3 million sick days. The figure could be reduced by more than one quarter if all trusts matched the vaccination rates of the best,  research from Imperial College London suggests. While 71 per cent of pensioners have been vaccinated, just 46 per cent of pregnant women and 47 per cent adults in clinical risk groups have had the jab, along with less than 50 per cent of children, the latest statistics show. The new figures show rates of GP consultations about flu have gone from 21 per 100,000 people to 37.3 per 100,000 people in one week – a rise of 78 per cent. The Royal College of GPs said the figures meant almost 22,000 patients had visited GPs with signs of flu in the first week of January – a rise of 9,499 patients since the last week of December. Separate statistics suggest at least 4.5 million people in England are suffering from flu.Victims of the flu outbreak include an 18-year old girl and a world war II spitfire pilot.Bethany Walker, from Applecross, died after taking ill at home – initially from flu symptoms which later developed into pneumonia. Miss Walker was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness but died later last Friday. Her mother Heather Teale said she was “truly devastated” by the loss of her beautiful daughter.“I am broken, the bottom has fallen out of my world,” she wrote in a Facebook post.“You were the best daughter I could have ever wished for and I will always be the proudest mum in the world.”Owen Hardy, 95, from Chichester, died on January 4th, after contracting flu, his daughter said. During his time serving for the RAF in the war, the wing commander’s heroics saw him be awarded the top medal for valour – the Legion d’Honneur.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “These figures back up what GPs across the country are telling us, and certainly what I’ve been seeing in my own surgery in Lichfield; things are incredibly busy, and demand is increasing – not just with flu but other common winter illnesses as well.She urged patients to try “self-care,” seeking advice from pharmacists or searching on NHS Choices before seeking a GP appointment. “This would help to control demand on GP services and give us the time to see those patients who need our care most urgently,” she said. “Rest is best with the flu, drink plenty of fluids and take either paracetamol or ibuprofen to help minimise symptoms during recovery,” she advised. Professor Simon de Lusignan, Medical Director for the RCGP Research Surveillance Centre, said: “We can certainly say that last week was for flu in England took off, crossing the medium threshold.  However, given how unpredictable flu can be, it is impossible to speculate how this will progress moving forward – rates may increase further, they may level out or even decline.” The new figures show 758 confirmed influenza cases hospitalised last week – of which 157 were the A(H3N2) strain dubbed “Aussie flu” after it fuelled the country’s worst flu season for two decades. The calls follow a study by Imperial College London, which found every 10 per cent increase in NHS vaccination rates was linked with a 10 per cent fall in sickness absence. Flu levels are soaring with one in five cases in hospital suffering from the deadly strain dubbed “Aussie flu”, official figures show.The statistics from Public Health England (PHE) show that across the country, rates of flu have close to doubled in one week, with a 51 per cent rise in cases hospitalised.The reports show almost 2,000 patients hospitalised with confirmed flu so far this season – with more than a fifth infected with the deadly strain A(H3N2) – dubbed “Aussie flu” after it fuelled the country’s worst flu season for two decades.The total death toll is now 85, up from 48 in previous reports this season.Health officials have urged NHS staff to take up flu vaccinations, with the country’s chief medical officer today backing calls to make it mandatory for frontline staff to have the jabs. Prof Dame Sally Davies pleaded with doctors and nurses to have the jab for the sake of their patients, with less than one third of healthcare staff vaccinated in some hospitals.“Healthcare workers owe a duty to protect their patients – go and get vaccinated,” she said.Pensioners, adults with chronic health problems like diabetes and asthma, pregnant women and children under the age of nine are all eligible for free NHS vaccination. Internationally, mandatory vaccination of healthcare staff against flu remains rare, though it was introduced by Virginia Mason Institute, a global safety pioneer, more than a decade ago. France, which is currently battling a flu epidemic, is just about to introduce compulsory vaccination for all children against 11 diseases, including flu. Official figures from Public Health England (PHE) show 58 trusts where less than half of staff had been vaccinated by the end of November.Among acute hospital trusts, the lowest figure of 33.7 per cent was at Kings College NHS foundation trust in London.Humber NHS foundation trust, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS foundation trust, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and the Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust all had less than 45 per cent of staff vaccinated, the statistics show.  Overall, the rate of hospitalised cases has risen by 51 per cent, the statistics show.  The figures, which cover the week ending on 7 January, show  7.38 cases per 100,000 population, compared with rates of 4.89 per 100,000 the previous week.So far this winter, there have been a total of 1,938 hospitalised confirmed influenza admissions, including 432 cases of A(H3N2) the figures show.center_img Today Dame Sally  said she would back making the flu jab compulsory for NHS staff, citing research which shows that a 10 per cent increase in vaccination uptake cuts staff sickness rates by the same amount. In an open letter to staff across the country, senior figures within NHS England, Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health urged staff to have the jab.Provisional data showed 59.3 per cent of frontline healthcare workers were vaccinated by the end of November, up from 55.6 per cent the previous year.But while that figure was more than 80 per cent in some hospital trusts, it dropped to less than one third in others, figures show.  Stop the spread of flu germs. Use a tissue, bin used tissues and wash your hands thoroughly. Catch it. Bin it. Kill it. More info here: https://t.co/67SMIc3W0N pic.twitter.com/oiJUoYgjvb— NHS Choices (@NHSChoices) January 11, 2018 Professor Paul Cosford, PHE medical director said: “Our data shows that more people are visiting GPs with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospitals with the flu.”We are currently seeing a mix of flu types, including the A(H3N2) strain that circulated last winter in the UK and then in Australia. All vaccines offer cover against this strain of flu and so we urge people to take up the offer of the vaccine.”Experts say around one quarter of NHS staff will contract flu during a typical season. Of those, between one third and half will avoid major symptoms, meaning they are likely to remain in work, spreading infections.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Across the whole of the NHS, the average uptake rate was less than 60 per cent.A spokesman for King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “These figures only reflect vaccination figures to the end of November 2017.”Since then, we have seen an increase in the number of vaccinations among frontline staff across the Trust and this will be reflected in the new figures, which are due to be published in mid-January. ” “Flu-related staff sickness absence can significantly affect the ability to deliver services safely and effectively,” the letter warns. Health officials today launched a public awareness campaign on press and radio urging the public to “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”.Flu is spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and hard surfaces for up to 24 hours.It is very infectious, especially within the first five days, so the public are being encouraged to “Catch” any sneezes in a tissue, “Bin” any tissues immediately and “Kill” the virus by washing their hands with soap and warm water. Earlier this week, health officials called for  a “serious debate” about introducing mandatory flu jabs for NHS staff, amid a deepening winter crisis.Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director, said action was needed to tackle “massive variation” between hospitals, with as few as one third of medical workers vaccinated at some hospital trusts.Experts say around one quarter of NHS staff will contract flu during a typical season. Of those, between one third and half will avoid major symptoms, meaning they are likely to remain in work, spreading infections. Asked if the vaccination should be made compulsory for staff, Dame Sally said: “I welcome anything that increases vaccination rates of healthcare staff, because we have this duty of care to protect our patients.”If that raises rates, then I’m happy with it.”She added that those in the healthcare sector owe a duty to protect their patients, and having the flu vaccination is one of the ways they can do so.The letter warns: “Although flu can produce severe symptoms which prevent the individual from working as normal, the range of illness is very broad with perhaps 30 per cent of infections being asymptomatic and a similar proportion with only mild respiratory symptoms.”Such individuals, with mild or no symptoms, can still pass on the virus to vulnerable people they come into contact with. This is why vaccination of healthcare workers is a critical part of our flu prevention strategy and helps to ensure the well-being of our most vulnerable patients.last_img read more

White House visit Simon Coveney to brief Trump administration on Northern Ireland

first_img Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 9:16 AM Short URL US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Tánaiste Simon Coveney Feb 20th 2018, 9:16 AM White House visit: Simon Coveney to brief Trump administration on Northern Ireland The Tánaiste is to travel to New York and Washington DC following this morning’s Cabinet meeting. McDonald: ‘If the DUP crashed this thinking that they would return to the bosom of direct rule, they thought wrong’> 53 Comments US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Tánaiste Simon Coveney We are reflecting on 20 years this year since the Good Friday Agreement was signed. The fact that the Executive and Assembly are not currently operating in Northern Ireland makes it all the more important that we re-commit to the principles of power-sharing and strong North-South and East-West relations that are at the heart of the Agreement.Good Friday Agreement programme before CabinetA programme of events at home and abroad to mark the Good Friday Agreement anniversary, which the US administration played a key role in, has been developed and is being brought before Cabinet for approval this morning.The Department of Foreign Affairs has been engaging with other departments on the entire island of Ireland, overseas embassies, groups and institutions in a bid to plan conferences, seminars, cultural responses, acts of commemoration and other initiatives to mark the anniversary.The government’s programme will include events in Dublin, Washington, London, and Belfast.The Cabinet discussion on the commemorations comes as Brexiteers have been accused of jeopardising peace in Northern Ireland following comments made by Labour MP Kate Hoey.She told HuffPost UK “there is a need for a cold, rational look” at the Good Friday Agreement, stating that it is not “sustainable”.Other issues While the peace process is front and centre this week with the return to direct rule being mentioned, Coveney will also address other matters while in the US.On Wednesday the Tánaiste will also hold a number of meetings with groupings at the UN on Ireland’s campaign to secure a seat on the UN Security Council for 2021-22.Canada and Norway are the other candidates competing for a place.On Friday morning the Tánaiste is due at the White House for a meeting on the Middle East peace process with Jason Greenblatt – Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations.Simon Coveney recently visited Israel and Palestine, including Gaza, in January.Writing about the trip in an op-ed for TheJournal.ie, he flagged that he would be lobbying the US administration directly not to reduce funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides food, healthcare and education in Gaza.Coveney said this ”essential agency” should not be jeopardised at such a sensitive timeImmigration issues will also feature on the agenda for meetings in Washington DC.Bertie Ahern says he’s been ‘talking to Simon Coveney’ about the ongoing Stormont talks> https://jrnl.ie/3861315 Share89 Tweet Email 11,391 Views TÁNAISTE SIMON COVENEY is travelling to New York and Washington today where it’s expected he will brief US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the Northern Ireland peace process.While in the US, the Foreign Affairs Minister is due to attend a series of meetings with members of the Trump Administration and the United Nations.It’s understood Tillerson, a Republican politician, asked to be briefed on the Good Friday Agreement and peace process, with Coveney scheduled to attend a bilateral meeting with the secretary on Friday evening.The pair is also expected to discuss the US/Irish relationship, among other issues.Coveney begins the first leg of the trip following today’s Cabinet meeting, when he is due to travel to New York.On Wednesday the Tánaiste will deliver an address on Brexit at Columbia University while on Thursday he will begin the government’s programme to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement at Cooperation Ireland’s ‘20 years of Peace’ event with a keynote address.Ahead of the trip, Coveney told TheJournal.ie: “The Good Friday Agreement has had a transformative effect on the island of Ireland and all of us who believe in lasting peace in Northern Ireland need to stand by the agreement and defend it from anyone who says otherwise.”He added: By Christina Finn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Panasonics Hightech Hanger Will Destink Your Clothes

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target It’s the high-tech Nanoe X, and it sells for ten times that much… though it does do more than just allow you to hang up your shirts and jackets.The Nanoe X can gently shower your garments with a stream of “electrostatic atomized water.” It’s not steam, no sir! Panasonic says that the particles produced by the Nanoe are from 1/30th to 1/120th the size of an ordinary steam particle. Those nanoparticles can remove odors from your clothing, and it’s very likely a more effective method than hanging your previously-worn dress shirts out the window Venkman style.It’s worth noting that the Nanoe X doesn’t actually clean your clothes. While it will put a stop to any odoriferous emanations, it won’t remove soiling or stains. A run through the wash or a good, old-fashioned plunge-and-scrub will still be required to get those out.The Nanoe X will, however, remove pollen from clothing, which is great news if you’re an allergy sufferer. Whether or not it’s $180 worth of good news is your call.Also worth noting: Panasonic uses the same Nanoe technology in hair dryers. The reviews on them are overwhelmingly positive, so if the Nanoe X works as well on clothes as the Nanoe dryers work on hair Panasonic’s hanger might be worth adding to your laundry room or closet after all.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Noted fictional parapsychologist Dr. Peter Venkman doesn’t think about laundry in terms of zeroes and ones. There are many subtle levels, okay?He’s not alone in thinking that way. Japanese electronics giant Panasonic seems to agree, based on their latest product launch. That’s no ordinary clothes hanger you’re looking at, and it certainly doesn’t come in an 18-pack for the bargain price of $18.last_img read more

M2 Media Group Buys Magazine Fundraising Agency from Hearst

first_imgMagazine subscription agency M2 Media Group has acquired American Publishers, a magazine fundraising agency that works with schools and nonprofits, from Hearst Magazines.Terms of the deal were not released.M2 already operates a magazine fundraising program with the Girl Scouts—a deal it struck early last year—that has enhanced the traditional face-to-face and catalog sales with online storefronts. The company plans to apply this same strategy to American Publishers’ school-based fundraising programs. M2 says it represents more than 1,000 magazine titles through its DTP network and its programs use e-commerce and online retail channels as well as loyalty and reward efforts. “M2 is the perfect fit for American Publishers,” says Liberta Abbondante, senior vice president, consumer marketing for Hearst Magazines, in a statement. “They have taken fundraising to new levels with their Girl Scouts’ partnership, and have the vision and technological expertise to do the same in the school market.”last_img read more

Senate Version of Defense Bill includes Authority for OffBase Infrastructure Projects

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Senate Armed Services Committee included language in its annual policy bill that would establish a DOD program to provide funding to state and local governments for off-base infrastructure projects, matching similar language in the House version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. Both versions would authorize a program for the department to award grants to address deficiencies in community infrastructure if the assistance will enhance the military value, resilience or military family quality of life at an installation.There are several differences between the two versions, though. The Senate provision, section 2834, would create a pilot program that runs out Sept. 30, 2023; the House’s Defense Community Infrastructure Program would be permanent. And while the House version would require participants to contribute at least 20 percent of the total project cost, the Senate language calls for a state or local government to contribute at least 30 percent. Both versions would allow DOD to waive the cost-share requirement for rural communities, with the Senate provision also allowing the requirement to be waived “for reasons related to national security.”The Senate Armed Services Committee approved S. 2987 on May 23, but the bill text was not released until Wednesday. The House passed its version of the authorization bill on May 24. The Senate began debating S. 2987 on Wednesday. Once the chamber approves the measure, a conference committee would reconcile differences between the two bills, including the competing provisions establishing a defense community infrastructure program.last_img read more

33 killed in S Korea hospital fire

first_imgHeavy grey smoke rises into the air from a fire at a hospital building in Miryang on January 26, 2018. At least 31 people were killed in a blaze at a hospital in South Korea on January 26, Yonhap news agency said, with dozens more injured. AFPAt least 33 people were killed in a blaze at a hospital in South Korea on Friday, firefighters said, with more than 70 injured.It is the second devastating blaze in just a month in the advanced country, Asia’s fourth-largest economy.Videos posted on social media showed a patient hanging on to a rope dangling from a helicopter above the hospital in Miryang, and another crawling out of a window to climb down a ladder.The six-storey structure housed a nursing home as well as the hospital, and the National Fire Agency said 33 people had been killed, with 13 critically injured.Another 61 suffered light injuries, a spokesman said, adding the death toll could rise further.“Two nurses said they had seen fire suddenly erupting in the emergency room,” said fire chief Choi Man-Woo, but the cause of the blaze was not immediately known.All the patients had been brought out, he said, adding that evacuating 15 patients from the intensive care unit on the third floor took longer as firefighters had to wait for medical staff to supervise the process.“The victims came both from the hospital and the nursing home,” he said. “Some died on their way to another hospital.”Video footage and pictures showed the building engulfed by heavy dark smoke and surrounded by multiple fire trucks.Survivors were brought out wrapped in blankets, and firefighters picked their way through the blackened shell of the building after the blaze was extinguished.Around 200 people were in the Sejong Hospital building when the fire broke out, police said.South Korean President Moon Jae-In held an emergency meeting with advisers to discuss response measures, his office said.The fire came only a month after 29 people were killed in an inferno at a fitness club in the South Korean city of Jecheon—a disaster blamed on insufficient emergency exits, flammable finishing materials and illegally parked cars blocking access to emergency vehicles.Friday’s fire is South Korea’s worst since 2008 when a blaze at a warehouse in the city of Incheon killed 40 workers.The worst fire ever in modern South Korea was an arson attack on a subway station in the southeastern city of Daegu in 2003 that left 192 people dead and nearly 150 injured.last_img read more

Southwest Airlines Says It Will Stop Serving Peanuts

first_imgTed S. Warren/APA Southwest plane taxis at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle.Peanuts or pretzels? Passengers on Southwest Airlines will no longer have to decide after the carrier announced that it plans to stop serving peanuts to protect people who are allergic to them.“Peanuts forever will be part of Southwest’s history and DNA,” the company said in an emailed statement. “However, to ensure the best on-board experience for everyone, especially for customers with peanut-related allergies, we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue serving peanuts on all flights beginning August 1st.”The snacks have long been part of Southwest’s marketing campaigns. The Dallas-based airline called its prices “peanut fares,” and it once published a corporate blog called “Nuts About Southwest.” A 1995 book about the company bears the title Nuts! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success.Southwest says it served 106 million peanuts last year.“We’ll miss the peanuts, but, at the end of the day, it’s our Southwest Employees and the Hospitality they deliver that set us apart, far more than peanuts ever could,” the airline said.The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act lists peanuts as one of the eight most allergenic foods, which together account for 90 percent of all food allergies.As NPR’s Patti Neighmond has reported, “Allergic reactions to peanuts can range from hives or rashes to, in the most extreme cases, trouble breathing and even death.” According to the FDA, severe food allergies cause 150 deaths a year in the U.S. and 2,000 hospitalizations.In its statement, Southwest said its “ultimate goal is to create an environment where all customers — including those with peanut-related allergies — feel safe and welcome on every Southwest flight.”“We hope that our free pretzels (and the wonderful portfolio of free snacks on longer flights), served along with our legendary Southwest Hospitality, will please customers who might be nostalgic or sad to see peanuts go,” the carrier said in its statement.Southwest joins several other carriers that do not serve prepackaged peanuts, including American Airlines and United Airlines. Delta Air Lines says it won’t serve peanuts or peanut products if a passenger informs the company they have an allergy. Both Delta and Southwest say flyers can also board early to wipe down their seats and trays before departure.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Efforts Underway to Better Arm Santa Fe Police Officers

first_img Listen 00:00 /00:46 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeDeputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on the scene of Santa Fe High School, where a shooting occurred in May. Since a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in May, school districts across Texas have been beefing up security. Now, with the new school year approaching, there’s an effort underway to give Santa Fe police stronger guns and gear.The school board at Santa Fe ISD has accepted a gift of rifles, ammo and training for its officers, as the Houston Chronicle reports:The weapons and training, valued at about $20,220 were offered by a group of community members in the wake of a mass shooting in the district’s sole high school, which left 10 dead and 13 injured. District Spokeswoman Patti Hanssard said those who donated the firearms wanted to remain anonymous.Santa Fe ISD Police Chief Walter Braun said the AR-15s would be custom built for officers’ patrols.“This is only for full-time staff,” Braun said. “We’re not outfitting everyone.”Meanwhile, the police union in Houston has partnered with the local League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) chapter to help officers in Santa Fe raise money for tactical gear like ballistic shields and helmets.At a Tuesday event promoting that effort, Santa Fe’s police chief Jeff Powell said small departments like his often have tight budgets for weapons.“It’s probably pretty usual for the officer to have to purchase their own weapon,” he said. Powell said the community in Santa Fe is a bit anxious about school starting again. He acknowledged his own kids, students in the district, are feeling that way.“For me personally, you just have to trust in God and understand that if you let it defeat you, then we’re all going to be worse,” he said.Santa Fe ISD is planning a variety of enhanced security measures before classes start this fall, including the installation of metal detectors at all of the district’s schools. Xlast_img read more

Shanghai Tencent Proposes Alliance of Music and Film

first_img Popular on Variety All tech companies strive to be ubiquitous. Within China, behemoth Tencent is a clear leader of the pack. From the company’s “pan entertainment strategy” in 2012 to its 2018 equivalent “neo-creativity strategy,” Tencent keeps unveiling new master plans, each time with more in-house platforms and business approaches involved.On the margins of the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) held a summit meeting proposing discussions around joining the forces of the film and music industries. Over three panels, twelve film and music industry insiders discussed future plans in this space, and where Tencent could fit in.The first panel topic was how to break down walls between film and music, and to maximize Tencent’s built-in platform advantages. Hu Chen, GM of Tencent music streaming platform QQ Music, said: “On our platform, film and TV soundtrack hits total 260 million daily plays.” With an astronomical number like that, Tencent makes the best of every bit of data. “Since the launch of our ‘Video & Audio+’ alliance in 2018, more and more productions come to us in the early stage. We offer them big data, including trends analysis, such as which artists and music genres are most suitable for soundtracking their production,” said Hu. Inside China’s Global Entertainment Ambitions – and What Might Get in the Way ×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 Nintendo Is Bringing the Switch to China, With Tencent’s Helpcenter_img Pan concluded the event with great optimism. “We’re coming up to the end of the process of pay-to-listen music acceptance. When it takes its course, and the cake gets bigger and bigger, eventually the return goes back to the music creators.” Creators that are filtered through Tencent’s data analysis and run by Tencent’s management system, perhaps. One unlikely panelist was Gong Ge’er. Though his background is in music production, today he’s best known as a producer and writer of “Wandering Earth,” this year’s smash hit sci-fi film. Gong talked about his music producer days on the panel: “I was making music from 2003 to 2018. I scored 150 TV commercials, three to four features, and a few TV shows. Musically, the only work I did that the audience remembers me by is the theme song for Tencent Games’ ‘Cross Fire’ – the power of the platform is enormous.”After his success with “The Wandering Earth,” Gong’s position flipped from creator to producer. “I’d probably be uncomfortable receiving data analysis in the creative process as a musician,” he said. “I want the platform to take care of musicians, but when I’m on the market end, I know data works, and I want the platform to give me better data.”The second panel addressed the topic of how music empowers publicity and distribution. “ ’Us and Them’ was no doubt the most successful case,” said Zhang Wenbo, founder of film marketing service company Bravo Entertainment. “I clearly remember, the day after the MV ‘Houlai 2018’ was released, the daily growth of users who click ‘I want to see this movie’ on the Maoyan app exceeded 30,000. It broke records. Music is extremely powerful in converting audience interest towards films.” QQ Music co-produced this music video, and released its exclusive premier.“The next step will be committing to international standards,” said Tsai Chun Pan, VP of TME Group, during the third panel on the same topic. “We can learn from the foreign production model of spending 10-12% of the production budget on music. If there’s any production company here today that doesn’t see how a limited budget could work with that, rest assured, TME is willing to contribute our resources in order to get good content. TME will also offer traffic support. We will keep the copyright, of course.” Relatedlast_img read more

Ode to spirit of womanhood

first_imgCoinciding with the celebration of womanhood during Durga Puja, Art Indus Gallery has organised a 17-day long art exhibition by ten women artists who have come together on a single platform to convey the message of importance of femininity and woman power through their paintings. The main objective of the exhibition titled Devi-Devi is to celebrate the power, beauty and glory of nine goddesses from Indian mythology. The women artists, Arpana Caur, Seema Kohli, Shipra Bhattacharya, Jayasri Barman, Gogi Saroj pal, Kanchan Chander, Bulbul Sharma, Kristine Michael, Rini Dumal and Vasundhara Tewari Broota have tried to raise awareness amongst people and influence their attitudes and mindsets towards women through the various paintings.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Commenting on the theme of the exhibition, one of the artists, Kanchan Chander said that she has been working on the Devi series for many years and most of her paintings have been inspired by the ancient Indian structures. She also said that her paintings are mainly aimed at reflecting positivity, fertility and spirituality of a woman. Further, explaining the objective of the entire exhibition,  Arpana Caur said, ’Women these days are portrayed with so much negativity surrounding them, they are increasingly becoming victims of violent abuse and crimes. Therefore, I think this is a good time to make people aware of the positivity and power of womanhood and that is what I have tried to reflect in my paintings.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSpeaking on behalf of the other artists, Bulbul Sharma said,‘With these paintings, with these powerful images, we have tried to pay tribute to all women and celebrate the goddess that lives within us each of us. We salute the elements that have formed us as we connect to our ancient roots and remind ourselves that we must be humane, compassionate and venerating on our thoughts and actions.’ The ever-effervescent Sharma added, ‘Devi’s eternal divine, protective and benevolent presence lives within all of us.’last_img read more

Will bounce back in 2021 assembly polls Mamata to party leaders

first_imgKolkata: Notwithstanding the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha polls, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee Friday told the party activists to work hard as she is confident of bouncing back in 2021 assembly polls. During a meeting with leaders of Bankura and Jhargram district, Banerjee asked the “traitors” to leave the party instead of harming its prospects. “Our party supremo told us that she is confident that the TMC will bounce back in 2021 assembly polls. Those leaders who are working for the BJP from within should immediately leave the party,” a senior TMC leader of Bankura said after the meeting. Banerjee, also West Bengal chief minister, rebuked a section of the leaders for the party’s poor performance in the general elections. The TMC lost all the three Lok Sabha seats to the BJP in the two districts. She asked TMC workers to prepare for the 2021 assembly elections in the state and to bring back the old-timers into the party fold, the senior leader said.last_img read more

Founders of Venmo and Foursquare Explain How Entrepreneurs Can Help Immigrants

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 31, 2017 When President Donald Trump signed the first travel ban executive order in January, it brought a heightened focus to immigrants’ rights, experiences and contributions.The legal community and local governments have worked to protect affected individuals. Prominent companies, especially in the tech sector, have been vocal about the crucial talents and innovative potential of immigrants. However, what’s been missing from the conversation, some founders suggest, is the opportunity for entrepreneurs to help immigrants thrive.“How do we as a tech community, as entrepreneurs, as people who are lucky enough to have a platform, as people who have been lucky enough to build communities, how can we use that?” asked Naveen Selvadurai, co-founder of Foursquare and Expa, during a panel discussion titled “Immigration and the Future of Entrepreneurship” in New York City on March 29.Related: Trump Travel Ban, Even While Blocked, Casts Long Shadow Over Immigrant Entrepreneurs“How can we use our voice in different ways to really help everybody else?” he added, “To pull everybody else up?”Selvadurai and his fellow panelists discussed several efforts they are making within their companies and communities to support immigrants and refugees.Hire who’s best for your company, despite their status.Iqram Magdon-Ismail, co-founder of Venmo, noted that the payments company’s first employee, Shreyans Bhansali, did not have a visa prior to joining the company. Venmo hired him anyway, despite the $5,000 expense involved to help him obtain legal working status in America. He was one of the co-founders’ college classmates — they knew him, trusted him and valued his engineering skills.“I remember bringing his application to some lawyers in Philadelphia, and the first reaction that I received was, ‘Have you thought about possibly hiring someone who doesn’t have to go through this?’” Magdon-Ismail said. “And I was like, ‘No, what are you talking about? I just want to work with Shreyans. What’s the issue here? Why can’t we just go through this? We have the money.’”Many companies do not consider applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents — that’s part of what drives so many immigrants to pursue entrepreneurship. Magdon-Ismail’s advice to entrepreneurs is take a chance on someone seeking legal status to work in the States if you really want them on your team.“If you’re a founder of a company, and it’s early stage, make yourself aware of what it’s like to hire people from all over the world,” Magdon-Ismail said, “because it can really open your eyes, and in some ways, it can even make your company better than it is.”Flip the narrative.Eat Offbeat, a service that sells meals prepared by refugees, only hires chefs who have never worked in a professional kitchen, then trains them. All of the company’s chefs are refugees, but it is careful to avoid limiting their identities in this way.“The term refugee often has a very negative connotation,” co-founder and CEO Manal Kahi said. “We say that our chefs happen to be refugees by status, but they are chefs by nature.”Eat Offbeat is also a for-profit, something that Kahi said was a conscious decision. She said the company wants people to see its chefs as regular employees, just like anyone else who is contributing to the U.S. economy. Kahi’s distaste for inauthentic hummus in New York grocery stores is what prompted her to found Eat Offbeat in the first place.“Our motto is, ‘Where adventurous eaters find refuge.’ It’s really about switching perspectives,” Kahi said. “Instead of looking at it like we’re helping refugees, they don’t need help. They have a lot to give. It’s really about them helping us. They’re bringing us something new that we can discover.”The company exceeded its donation goal in a Kickstarter campaign for a cookbook it hopes to distribute to communities across the U.S. It will feature 80 recipes and stories by at least 20 chefs from 15 different countries.  Build platforms.Much of the tech out there that serves immigrants specifically takes the form of apps. There are apps to assist both undocumented and legal immigrants as they seek jobs, set up emergency plans and more. There are also those which anyone can use, regardless of whether they are immigrants, to make their voices heard or to make civic engagement more accessible.Related: More Than 200 Members of the Tech Community Sign Open Letter Opposing Trump Travel Ban“When we do design tech systems,” Selvadurai said, “what are we really doing? We’re creating platforms that allow everybody else to rise up to the level that hopefully we’re at. We’re enabling other people to not just have jobs, to work for us, but we’re hopefully creating systems that enable them to be drivers, be more independent, be more empowered to start their own things and provide for their livelihood, for their families and so on.”Partner with local governments and organizations.Private companies have been joining forces with local governments on behalf of immigrants’ rights, said Paul Rodriguez, acting counsel to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Projects in New York have included the municipal ID program IDNYC, which removes the stigma of not having an identification card, and Action NYC, which provides legal services to immigrants.“All of those, by necessity, are done with partnerships with private industry,” Rodriguez said.In addition to providing new services, tech entrepreneurs can support existing ones. Employees of many companies have volunteered individually or in groups for mentorship programs and other efforts. There are also opportunities to build tech tools for organizations that help immigrants.“There are community-based organizations that are now coming to realize that they have technology needs that seriously affect the way they provide services,” Rodriguez said. “Either the security of the very sensitive data that they have, the ability to provide streamlined services — as there’s greater and greater demand on them as their funding is getting cut.”Reach out to employees.Leaders of companies such as Nike, Starbucks and JPMorgan have written memos to their employees in response to the travel ban, affirming their inclusiveness and commitment to their workers regardless of citizenship status. Some have offered to provide legal services and sponsorship.Selvadurai said that at Expa, the team makes a point of having conversations about major developments in the news.“We’re there for each other,” Selvadurai said. “The message we pass to the team is the message they pass to their communities.”Related: What Business Travelers Need to Know About Trump’s Travel BanSpread optimism.Amid struggles and bleak forecasts, entrepreneurs take charge and work to grow their companies and realize their visions. This attitude is infectious, Selvadurai explained.“To be an entrepreneur, you have to have a certain amount of optimism that things are going to turn out OK tomorrow,” Selvadurai said. “We bring that same optimism to our neighbors, to our customers, to our employees, to our bosses — everybody who we interact with on a daily basis.” 7 min readcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more