Extensive stereotyping training offered to ERC staffers

first_imgEmployees of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) benefitted from a two-day training exercise to better understand societal issues which are present in communities, one of which was stereotyping.Commissioners and employees of the ERC during the training exerciseIn collaboration with the Department of Social Cohesion, Commissioners and other staff members gathered at the Racquet Centre, where they were addressed by facilitators to equip themselves with skills to address these plaguing circumstances.Chairman of the ERC, Reverend John Smith related that this was a much-needed activity ever since the establishment of the Commission.“It is something that was long overdue. When we were sworn in as Commissioners, we came with a 24-point mandate from the Constitution. I think we needed some orientation as to what is expected of us and we have been working. But now with this training, it has opened our eyes to some things that we needed to know and we hopefully should have known before,” Smith asserted.As customary, persons are usually dispatched to work environments to discuss peace and lessen the probability of conflicts. However, stereotyping has never been on the agenda as a topic to be addressed. Going forward, they will be implementing talks on such issues in future visits. The Department will also be involved to provide additional support.The Chairman stated, “We go to workplaces and would have been able to serve them better if we had this information to warn them and to help them deal with stereotypes because we have a lot of assumptions about people. We are going forward together with the Department of Social Cohesion as we enter with stakeholders. I am really happy because there are difference and what we see is all the difference, not the things that we have in common”.The participants were tasked with creating ways to unify persons, regardless of their differences. Many of them chose events such as Harmony Village to engage youths in cultural activities to achieve these results.The ERC was conceptualised after protests following the 1997 General Election. As part of the Herdmanston Accord brokered by Caricom and signed on January 17, 1998, the ERC was established as a constitutional body by Constitutional Amendment Act of 2000, which was assented to by the then President on August 11, 2000.It has four broad functions: “Investigative, conflict resolution, education and public awareness, and research and development strategies”. Among its functions, as outlined in Article 212 (D) of the Constitution, are to provide for equality of opportunity between persons of different ethnic groups and to promote harmony and good relations between such persons and to promote arbitration, conciliation, mediation and like forms of dispute resolution in order to secure ethnic harmony and peace.Additionally, it can investigate complaints of racial discrimination and make recommendations on the measures to be taken if such complaints are valid, and where there is justification, therefore, refer matters to the Human Rights Commission or other relevant authorities for further action to be taken.Meanwhile, the ERC is also mandated to promote equal access to persons of all ethnic groups to all public or other services and facilities provided by the Government or other bodies.last_img read more

Antarctica Hit by Catastrophic Meteors, Researchers Claim

first_imgA story in BBC News claims that multiple impact sites have been found under Antarctic ice covering an area 1300 by 2400 miles, with one impact making a hole in the ice 200 miles across.  The estimated date of these impacts (around 780,000 years ago) creates a problem, however:The research suggests that an asteroid the size of the one blamed for killing off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago could have struck Earth relatively recently.    Early humans would have been living in Africa and other parts of the Old World at the time of the strikes.If such a destructive impact killed off dinosaurs, how could the humans and other mammals survived?  A suggestion was quickly forthcoming: “But the impacts would have occurred during an ice age, so even tidal waves would have been weakened by the stabilising effect of icebergs on the ocean.”For an ad hoc just-so story to explain away evidence against a popular theory, this one takes the cake.  These theorists seem to have been hit with a rock on the head.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tips on Cutting Comedy Projects from Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

first_imgIn which we highlight a few tips on cutting comedy projects based on Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”Cover image via Netflix.Learning to tell a short joke is a big lesson in storytelling. Each joke has its own setup, elaboration, and punchline. It’s a classic three-act structure: beginning, middle and end.Editing is crucial to telling a joke successfully on film because comedy is all in the timing. If the rhythm of the storytelling is wrong, a funny joke can fall flat.Although we most often think of jokes in the context of stand-up comedians, or simply telling a friend a funny story, we are actually all “editing” in real-time — adding pauses for laughter, leaving things out that hinder the story, and adding emphasis to make sure the punchline really lands.In this post, I’ve brought together some compelling insights into constructing and cutting comedy — largely based on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and the Ghostbusters remake.In this short interview with the New York Times Magazine, Jerry Seinfeld  breaks down his writing process when constructing a joke.Although he’s going for as many laughs as he can, Seinfeld says, “I know you think people are going to be interested in this . . . but they’re not.” There are some useful tips here on understanding how a joke works that can help you keep from harming the humor when you’re editing one. And as an editing mentor of mine likes to say “Always keep in the funny.”Make the First Line Funny“When I was a kid and they invented the pop-tart, the back of my head blew right off.” Depending on the context of the piece you’re editing, you usually don’t want a joke to sidle up to the audience. You need them to know you want them to laugh — that they’re supposed to laugh.(Incidentally this is why watching something like the original Coen Brothers film Fargo gets funnier with every watch. When you first watch it, you think it’s a thriller, and you don’t know you’re supposed to be laughing.)Use Funny Words“Chimps in the dirt playing with sticks. In seven words, four of them are funny.”As much as we want to make comedy sound complicated, most of the time, we’re laughing at people falling down, saying funny words, or making strange sounds. If a word is funny (“kumquat” for instance), go with it.Timing Is Editing“So now I’m looking for the connective tissue that gives me a really tight, smooth link . . . if it’s just a split-second too long, you’ll shave letters off words. You’ll count syllables.”Cut out anything that gets in the way between the setup and the punchline. As we’ll see later, even a few extra frames can ruin a joke.The Biggest Laugh Has to be at the EndEven though Jerry is talking about writing “a long bit,” this is true of any comedy scene. You want the biggest laugh at the end of the scene — otherwise it will drag on, and the final delivery won’t be worthwhile.This is similar to the editing maxim of “arrive late, get out early.” You want to cut out all of the “shoe leather” (people walking to the door to open the door to enter the office to sit in the chair to start talking) and just cut to them in the office talking.To waste this much time on something this stupid, that felt good to me. —Jerry SeinfeldEditing Comedians in Cars Getting CoffeeIf you’ve never seen Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, it’s now on Netflix (it was originally online for free), and the basic premise is that Jerry takes a different comedian out for coffee in each episode — and they try to make each other laugh.It’s a “talk show interview on the move” with a set structure that lends each episode some semblance of a format — albeit a very fluid one. Since it was originally for online audiences, there is no specific runtime — no need for ad-breaks, recaps, or cliffhangers.As such, it’s an interesting show to watch from an editing perspective because it’s almost always just about cramming in as many jokes as possible without much narrative drive. (We’ll look at some specific examples in a bit.)In this hour-long discussion between Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman, hosted at the Paley Center for Media, you can learn how Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee came to be — and what it takes to make each episode.It’s worth watching for a few minutes from about 9 minutes in (click here), as you’ll not only get Seinfeld’s rationale behind the look of the show, but you’ll also get a few stats on the shooting ratio.For each show, they generally shoot for 3-4 hours and compress that into 10-20 minutes of final product. Seinfeld says that it usually takes them about three weeks to edit each episode. Since there is no “network formula” they have to meet, they can make each episode as long or short as it needs to be.What’s really interesting, and what makes this particular video worth watching for our purposes, is that (at 10.40″ in) Seinfeld shows a 60-second clip of unedited raw material and then the same footage edited into the show.It’s not often that you get to see these kind of comparisons. It’s instructive to see how they edit the show to create a driving pace — as well as cutting straight to the jokes.(There is a second example at 15.42″ of Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman in a doughnut shop.)Seinfeld mentions (and it’s obvious in the second example) that many of the scenes are actually music montages with jokes and one-liners for good measure. For Seinfeld, this is because there is no “driving” force behind each scene — it helps to move things along.It’s also interesting to note that all of the social media experts Seinfeld consulted before beginning his experimental show (“I honestly didn’t know if it was going to work.“) told him that shorter was better for the internet, while I suspect he had a show more like Seinfeld in mind, which ran for 20 minutes per episode.Jerry: You can’t make it longer than 5 minutes. If you make it longer than 5 minutes the audience is going to be gone . . . and I ignored that. They said ‘5 minutes is the internet firewall, you can’t go past it.’David: They have quantified the American attention span as five minutes?Jerry: Yeah, but our viewers on average watch 19 minutes.Dissecting a Frog — Analyzing a jokeIn this excellent post, Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting compares the opening 18 seconds of the U.S. and U.K. trailers for the 2016 Ghostbusters remake.The reason this post is worth reading is that it demonstrates the difference that a few frames can make when selling a joke. It also shares some excellent lessons on why a joke’s setup may be the reason for its failure.(Jump here to read through the full breakdown, including frame count and shot composition comparisons.)Tips on Editing Interviews and Action for LaughsIn this excellent breakdown by Thomas Flight, you can see a comparison of two different interview formats: David Letterman’s My Next Guest and Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.“When you’re making arbitrary cuts to arbitrary angles, we begin to notice the editing and the camera work, and it draws our attention away from the content of the interview.”In the essay, Flight lays out three logical reasons why you might want to cut during an interview:To show relevant information (e.g. a reaction shot).A cut for punctuation and emphasis.Edit out mistakes or pauses to improve the flow of conversation.These are also the reasons you would want to cut during a joke as well. If you’re not cutting for these reasons, you might want to ask yourself if you really need to cut at all.At 3 minutes into the video essay, Flight breaks down a moment from the episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with President Barak Obama. (Another excellent episode.)Watching this breakdown will give you some great insights into a logical progression behind making edits that increases the power of the joke and helps the punchline land.I’ve not seen anyone use this cut-by-cut, picture-in-picture technique before (to break down an edit), but it’s a really powerful way to see what each building block is doing and whether it’s helping or hindering the structure of the scene.The most important part is the editing. And most of the directors they don’t know how to edit it. Even the stunt co-ordinators they don’t know how to edit it. —Jackie ChanAlso from Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting is a lesson from Jackie Chan on editing action and comedy for the greatest impact, which means “keep the action and the reaction in the same shot.”This is a fundamentally different rhythm than Hollywood editing, but it’s far more successful. Zhou also covers Chan’s preference to add frames to action cuts to make the hits clearer and stronger — rather than adopting the U.S. style, which is to actually remove frames to make the cuts faster and more visceral.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Get To Know DaVinci Resolve 15’s Super Scale FeatureVideo Tutorial: How to Make 360° Videos Look BetterHow to Set Up a Tethered Shoot with the Panasonic GH5Tips for Creating the All Important Video Thumbnail Cover ImageBest Lenses for Gimbal Cinematographylast_img read more

Forgotten in a field far away: Grave of an exiled Kashmiri king lies in ruins in Bihar

first_imgThe burial ground of Yusuf Shah Chak, who ruled Kashmir from 1579 to 1586 and was one of the last native rulers of independent Kashmir, is under threat from landgrabbers. The mutawalli (caretaker) of the cemetery in Biswak village in Bihar’s Nalanda district where Yusuf Shah is buried, has written over 200 letters to the government, seeking protection for the monument. But the encroachment has continued, with villagers building homes on the graveyard land.Yusuf Shah, who succeeded his father Ali Shah, was imprisoned by the Mughal emperor Akbar and later exiled to Bihar. He was given land in the Islampur block of Nalanda district and permitted to maintain a cavalry of 500 soldiers. The place where the Kashmiri king settled was known as Kashmir Chak. He died in 1592 in Odisha and his body was brought back to Bihar to be buried in Biswak, adjacent to Kashmir Chak.“Despite his cowardice, Yusuf Shah’s imprisonment and betrayal by Akbar has become a metaphor for the relationship between Delhi and Srinagar… After Yusuf Shah Chak, Kashmir was never free,” journalist Basharat Peer observed in his book Curfewed Night, while recalling details of his visit to the “featureless” Yusuf Shah Chak cemetery.Spread over nearly five acres in a corner of Biswak, the cemetery is clearly under siege. A local boy, Mohammad Meraj, takes us along narrow by-lanes to the graveyard. The ground dips and flattens out into the cemetery surrounded by fields of bright yellow mustard in bloom. Not protectedA discoloured boundary wall encircles around 10 unattended graves of Yusuf Shah Chak, his wife Habba Khatoon, and other family members. The wall was erected in 2016 by the mutawalli Khalid S. Chak, and rebuilt by his son Yasir Khan Chak, who claims to be a descendent of the royal family. Inside, the graves are covered with torn, faded green chadars as goats, buffaloes and dogs bask in the winter sun. The rest of the graveyard is unprotected. On this open land, village boys play cricket and locals from Biswak have built homes. While some are concrete houses, others have thatched roofs. The villagers who have encroached were reluctant to come on record, but claim they have done nothing illegal.“A primary health centre and a public road have been constructed on the cemetery land. We want the government to protect the area and remove these encroachments,” says Yasir Khan Chak. “This cemetery is not about religion. It is a historical place and we should preserve its history. I’ve written more than 200 letters to the Chief Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister, District Magistrates, and other officials of the State, the Centre and even the Jammu & Kashmir government, asking them to intervene, but no one has responded so far,” he says. Mr. Yasir Khan Chak says that the eight bigha land of the graveyard was even registered with the Bihar Rajya Sunni Wakf Board in 1963 but the “encroachment continued”. ‘Symbol of ties’ Syed Manzar Iqbal, who looks after the mosque and other cemeteries of the Chak dynasty in the neighbouring Kashmir Chak village, says, “This place also symbolises the relationship between the people of Kashmir and Bihar. It should be recognised as a national heritage.”Every year, on December 28, people assemble in large numbers at the grave of Yusuf Shah Chak to celebrate Urs and honour him on his death anniversary. Interestingly, in the year 2016-17, the State government spent ₹47 lakh to strengthen a crumbling mud fort of King Man Singh, located a stone’s throw from the Yusuf Shah Chak cemetery. The security guard, Bal Shankar Chaudhury, reluctantly opens the massive iron gate to let us inside. “I joined here last November, but this is the first time that I am opening the lock and going inside. There is nothing but jungle-jhaar (overgrown shrubs) here,” he says. “No one comes here.” When asked about the encroachments, Bihar’s Tourism Minister Pramod Kumar said, “Where it is located? I’m not aware of any such place. You may get some information on this from the Art and Culture department.” But the State’s Art and Culture Minister Krishna Kumar Rishi was equally clueless. “You mean the King of Kashmir was buried here in Bihar? In a village of Nalanda district? No, I’m not aware of it. But since you’ve brought this to my notice, I’ll get the details and do the needful,” he said. Last year, the ruling Janata Dal (United)’s Ram Vachan Rai had raised the issue of encroachments on the Yusuf Shah Chak graveyard in the Legislative Council through a call attention motion. “This is very unfortunate…I’ll again write a letter to the government,” he said.There have also been some interesting visitors to the Yusuf Shah Chak tomb. In 1977, the then J&K chief minister Sheikh Abdullah, along with the writer and historian M.Y. Taing, had visited this grave. He had also assured support for development and preservation of the place.Following his visit, one of the roads connecting the cemetery to Biswak village 2.5 km away was named Sheikh Abdullah Road. But little else has changed on the ground. The J&K government in 2015 was said to be considering a move to reclaim the mortal remains of the king, but nothing has moved at the government level, and land-grabbers continue to have a field day.“If the government does not take care of this encroachment,” Yasir Khan Chak says, “the day is not far off when all the graveyard land will have turned into a hamlet.”last_img read more

Kaya FC’s U-12 unit goes 2-0 in int’l youth football tilt

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo courtesy of Paco GuerreroKaya Futbol Club (FC) Academy’s Under-12 team has raced to a 2-0 start at the Gothia Cup in China.Kaya recorded a convincing 12-0 victory against Beijing’s Sunny Zone team on Monday, and followed it up with a 2-0 beating of Shanxi’s FC Eagle Brothers.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “We want to show not only China but the rest of the world that we can play good football in the Philippines,” Coach Thomas Pfyl said in a statement on Tuesday.Gothia Cup, which originated in Sweden in 1975, is considered the biggest youth football tournament in the world. Its staging in Asia, which is considered the second biggest in the world, was first held in Shenyang, China last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLast year, Kaya FC was the only Philippine team in the tournament. They finished in the top 16 out of the 32 teams in their age group. This year, the Quezon City Football Club also joined the Cup. IDLPhoto courtesy of Paco Guerrero PH opens SEAG bid on high note, nips Thailand in water polo MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

The US has started delivering its bombshell demands at NAFTA talks

first_imgPENTAGON, Va. – The NAFTA talks have now entered their most difficult phase with the United States beginning to drop its bombshell proposals on the negotiating table at a just-begun fourth round outside Washington.U.S. officials had foreshadowed that this week-long round would see the most contentious discussions open and that is coming to fruition, with the American side levelling one demand deemed a non-starter — and preparing to deliver another one.The just-released demand would create a so-called termination clause. It would end NAFTA after five years, unless its member countries explicitly opted to renew it. That proposal was delivered late Wednesday night.That comes after the U.S. proposed far stricter Buy American rules at the last negotiating round, and in the leadup to one of the most important proposals of the entire negotiation: on rules for auto parts, which could come as early as Friday.”More contentious issues will be coming up very shortly,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said during a panel discussion this week at the Dentons law firm.”So far the talks have mainly done basic background things. Kind of what I would call boilerplate things. Relatively easy issues.”The other NAFTA countries say they’re legitimately baffled by where the U.S. is headed.Sources say others are trying to figure out what this hardline approach signals from the U.S. — opening positions that will be flexible with some bargaining; hard demands; or a desire to poison the talks, let them collapse, and simply do away with NAFTA.Some allies of President Donald Trump are more positive.Newt Gingrich said this week he sees little appetite within the U.S. cabinet for the type of turmoil cancelling NAFTA might cause. He said Trump’s team is filled with wealthy pro-traders, who simply believe the U.S. needs tougher deals.Ross himself said he doesn’t anticipate a NAFTA collapse, though he added a caveat: “We don’t hope it will (end), we don’t desire that it will, we don’t believe that it will, but it is at least a conceptual possibility.”Canada and Mexico are vehemently opposed to the five-year termination idea, seeing it as a destabilizing investment-killer and an unacceptable red line.Still, leaders from both countries said late Thursday night they aren’t walking away from the table. At a joint press conference in Mexico City, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would consider the new proposal and continue to negotiate, while Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said any speculation on the implications of any proposal should be taken with a grain of salt.Ross shrugged off the talk of red lines.“Yes, that’s our proposal,” Ross said, adding dismissively: “Red lines, blue lines, green lines, purple lines — those are just colours in a rainbow… It’s a big, complicated negotiation and the key is having an overall package that works (at the end).”The next big scare could come on Friday the 13th.That’s when the group handling rules for auto parts meets for the first time in this round, and it’s expected the U.S. is preparing to level demands viewed as non-starters by Canada, Mexico, and the auto industry.One report said the planned demand would require 85 per cent of a car’s parts to come from North America, and half of them to come from the U.S. The industry says many of these components simply aren’t made on the continent, and warns that if the rules get too onerous it might just stop working within NAFTA and start paying tariffs.The demands being levelled cross several of the six so-called red lines laid out by Mexico’s Senate, which says it would refuse any deal that includes a termination clause, a U.S. auto content requirement, or the end of the Chapter 19 dispute-resolution system.One official says it’s important to keep negotiating calmly.“We’re expecting some contentious proposals this week,” said the official, a non-American who was not authorized to speak publicly. “Having said that, no one should lose sight of the fact you have three teams of negotiators working to make progress on the deal and they are making progress.“If there weren’t contentious proposals, it wouldn’t be a negotiation.”American industry has begun sounding alarm bells about the potential damage if NAFTA dies. The U.S. Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association released a study Thursday saying it could cost 25,000 to 50,000 U.S. jobs, and warned that too-stringent content rules could cost 24,000 jobs.A team of Scotiabank economists agrees the auto sector is faring well under NAFTA. It points to data showing a surge in U.S. auto employment since the 2008-09 recession, with six per cent annual employment increases that are multiple times larger than growth in other manufacturing sectors. They say Ross relies on skewed numbers to paint an overly grim portrait, which underestimates the degree of U.S. content in North American cars.But Ross shrugs off the industry’s complaints: ”I think you’ll find the car companies will adapt themselves to it.”last_img read more

Creating more childcare spaces in BC through partnerships

first_img“We hear from local leaders about how important it is to have good quality childcare to create a family-friendly community and attract employers to their cities and towns,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development. “We want to work with municipalities and regional districts to help make affordable quality childcare accessible throughout the province. These grants are a strategic investment to ensure spaces are created where they’re needed most, strengthening communities and our economy.”Planning grants of up to $25,000 are available to help municipalities and regional districts identify needs and create new childcare spaces over the next 10 years.Investing in childcare and early childhood education is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.“We know we can create hundreds of new childcare spaces if we work together,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “I encourage local governments to apply for this funding, so childcare can be in reach for their residents. Next year we hope to have a lot more success stories to share.” VANCOUVER, B.C. – New provincial guidelines are allowing local governments to pair funding programs and purchase land to create new childcare spaces will help families in B.C. have better access to closer-to-home childcare.Up to $4 million to buy land for childcare centres and create new licensed child care spaces is available to municipalities and regional districts for their communities.Previously, the maximum funding available was $1 million and local governments had only one fund to draw from, leaving them to cover the costs of land purchases and additional spaces for new childcare projects.last_img read more

Trump threatens to shut down border with Mexico next week

first_imgPalm Beach: Threatening drastic action against Mexico, President Donald Trump declared he is likely to shut down America’s southern border next week unless Mexican authorities immediately halt all illegal immigration. Such a severe move could hit the economies of both countries, but the president emphasised, “I am not kidding around.” “It could mean all trade” with Mexico, Trump said when questioned Friday by reporters in Florida. “We will close it for a long time.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTrump has been promising for more than two years to build a long, impenetrable wall along the border to stop illegal immigration, though Congress has been reluctant to provide the money he needs. In the meantime, he has repeatedly threatened to close the border, but this time, with a new surge of migrants heading north, he gave a definite timetable. A substantial closure could have an especially heavy impact on cross-border communities from San Diego to South Texas, as well as supermarkets that sell Mexican produce, factories that rely on imported parts, and other businesses across the US. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe US and Mexico trade about USD 1.7 billion in goods daily, according to the US Chamber of Commerce, which said closing the border would be “an unmitigated economic debacle” that would threaten 5 million American jobs. Trump tweeted Friday morning, “If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week.” He didn’t qualify his threat with “or large sections,” stating: “There is a very good likelihood I’ll be closing the border next week, and that is just fine with me.” He said several times that it would be “so easy” for Mexican authorities to stop immigrants passing through their country and trying to enter the US illegally, “but they just take our money and ‘talk.'” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen suggested Trump was referring to the ongoing surge of mostly Central American families heading north through Mexico. Many people who cross the border illegally ultimately request asylum under US law, which does not require asylum seekers to enter at an official crossing. Short of a widespread shutdown, Nielsen said the US might close designated ports of entry to re-deploy staff to help process parents and children. Ports of entry are official crossing points that are used by residents and commercial vehicles. “If we have to close ports to take care of all of the numbers who are coming, we will do that,” Nielsen said. “So it’s on the table, but what we’re doing is a very structured process based on operational needs.” The White House did not immediately respond to questions about whether Trump’s possible action would apply to air travel. Trump’s latest declaration came after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his country was doing its part to fight migrant smuggling. Criminal networks charge thousands of dollars a person to move migrants through Mexico, increasingly in large groups toward remote sections of the border.last_img read more

Modi will be removed Cong will form govt Rahul Gandhi

first_imgRaichur (Karna): Attacking the Prime Minister, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Friday alleged people of the country “have decided” to remove Narendra Modi and asserted his party would form the government after the Lok Sabha polls. Addressing a rally here in north Karnataka, Gandhi said Modi talks about security of the nation “but making crores of youth unemployed” does not strengthen the nation. “People have decided in 2019 that in Karnataka, Congress and JD(S), in Andhra Pradesh Naidu (Chandrababu Naidu) and across the country those who are fighting against BJP, they will win. Narendra Modi will be removed from Delhi,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Gandhi, who addressed a rally in Gujarat earlier in the day said, “People have decided. Im telling you people of Gujarat have decided, Im coming from Gujarat. There is an undercurrent in favour of Congress in Gujarat.” “People of Gujarat are saying, leave alone the country, Narendra Modi has not done anything for Gujarat….Lakhs of acres of our land were given to big business people,” Gandhi said. Assuring the Congress and JDS workers that the alliance of the two parties would win here (in Karnataka), he said, “in Delhi, Congress will form the government.”last_img read more

Rohit walks down memory lane

first_imgNew Delhi: Behind every successful journey, there is a lot of struggle and heartbreak that goes unnoticed. Done with the celebration and the post-match presentation at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma took a trip down the memory lane as he walked back into the dressing room after lifting the IPL trophy for a record fourth time. With the noise settling down and the feeling of being the champions sinking in, Rohit took the boys down to May 20, 2018. A loss to Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) at the Feroz Shah Kotla saw the Mumbai Indians’ journey end as they failed to qualify for the playoffs. This very team, which on Sunday was the cynosure of all eyes, had people questioning their ability and prowess. But the skipper had the back of the boys when things went downhill and the boys repaid the faith with the title this season. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIt has been learnt that Rohit, after Sunday’s summit clash, in his speech inside the dressing room mentioned how he believed in the boys even when the chips were down and he was extremely proud of how they came back with a bang this season. “Last year after we couldn’t qualify for the playoffs in Delhi, I told you all that this is a damn good team we have. Our run (2018 season) didn’t go as expected, but I believed that this team can do wonders. Today we have shown our character. This is the hallmark of our team. We believed in each other till the last minute. Each one of you was exceptional this season and I am just the lucky guy who gets to lift the trophy. So, thank you to all the boys, support staff, management and everyone for being a part of this wonderful and historic journey,” Rohit said in his victory speech to the boys. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersIn fact, sources in the know of developments said that this year too, Nita Ambani and Akash had a word with the boys after their loss to Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on April 28. Speaking to the team in a huddle after the game, both the owners had told the boys to believe in themselves and their abilities. In fact, Akash had told the boys to avenge the defeat when the two teams would meet again at the Wankhede Stadium in a week. Not only did the boys avenge the loss with a resounding nine-wicket win, but they also went on to win the remaining two games of the season to be crowned champions.last_img read more