Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi held the House floor for record eight hours on Feb.7 to speak about Dreamers, the undocumented migrants who came to the United States as children. A day earlier, the Reuniting Families Act, which aims to remove the backlog in family-based immigration, was proposed by several House Democrats in a press conference held on Feb. 6 in Washington DC, India West reported.Pelosi, in her record-breaking marathon speech in the House, read out testimonials from the Dreamers, who were protected by Obama-administration’s Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that the Trump administration wants suspended. This was a bid to oppose the budget deal to lift spending caps and avert a government shutdown as the plan does not address immigration issues, CNN reported.The Reuniting Families Act, meanwhile, sponsored by Judy Chu, the Democrat representative of California and chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, had the backing of three of the four members of the “Samosa Caucus” — Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Ro Khanna of California, and Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois. The “Samosa Caucus” includes the Indian American members of Congress.The legislation, co-sponsored by 45 members of the Congress, has the support of several civil rights organizations. Jayapal said at the event: “My parents spent all the money they had to send me from India to America when I was 15.I didn’t realize as I went through 17 years of process to become a U.S. citizen that I would never be on the same continent as my parents ever again.”Chu, in turn, targeted the term “chain migration,” saying, “Let’s call ‘chain migration’ what it is: blatant discrimination.”Referring to Trump’s State of Union address on Jan.30 where he said a single immigrant can bring in unlimited number of distant relatives, Chu pointed out that it takes up to 24 years for some families to reunite due to a huge backlog in the system. There are currently 4.4 million people, largely from India, Philippines and China, in the queue.“It is not the floodgates Trump believes it to be,” the Congresswoman said.The bill will have provisions such as eliminating per-country immigration limits, reclassifying spouses and minor children as immediate family members who are not subject to the per-country limits, protection of widows and orphans who would be able to wait for their visa after death of sponsoring relative, and recapturing unused employment-based and family-sponsored visas from fiscal years 1992-2016. The unused visa numbers would be rolled over to the next fiscal year. In the current system, spouses and minor children are classified as “first preference” for immigration. The removal of per-country immigration limits is crucial to eliminating backlogs, the Congress representatives said.“Those that have reunited with their families are happier, more financially stable, less likely to rely on government assistance, open more businesses, and own homes in greater numbers than native-born citizens. It’s clear family immigration works for our country and should be strengthened, not weakened,” said Chu.“We believe families should be together. That has been the cornerstone of U.S. immigration policy for decades,” said Jayapal. Related ItemsDACAH-1B visaUnited States
India has been invited as the guest of honor country to the Janadriyah Festival, Saudi Arabia’s National Heritage and Culture Festival, scheduled to be held from Feb. 7-24, according to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.“We greatly value our close and deep rooted civilizational and strategic relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This relationship got further impetus and new direction after the historical visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Kingdom in 2016. The Kingdom is also home to more than 3 million-strong Indian Community. I have no doubt that India’s participation in this festival will take our relationship to new heights,” Gen. VK Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs, said on Feb. 4.The Indian delegation will be led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who will attend the opening ceremony of the 32nd Saudi National Festival on Feb. 7. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) is the Industry & Execution partner for executing India Pavilion at the Janadriyah Festival.The Indian pavilion will feature glimpses of traditional and modern India, involving displays and presentations by ministries/departments such as Indian Ordnance Factories Board, ISRO, Ministry of AYUSH, India Tourism board, Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Textiles, Handicrafts Promotion Council, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Skill development, Digital India, Make in India, etc.On display during the 18-day event will be Indian folklore, food, calligraphy, classical Indian dance forms, as well as stalls of Indians companies.“Govt. of India is giving importance to Janadriyah Festival, as Saudi Arabia is at a critical junction in its history and is undergoing a period of transition which may lead to major structural changes, both, politically and economically in Saudi Arabia as well as in the region,” a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs said.“I have no doubt that a visit to the India Pavilion will leave everyone mesmerized and will give a taste of India to our Saudi friends which they will remember for many years to come,” Singh said.Janadriyah is a celebration of Saudi Arabia’s culture and heritage. The annual event includes highlights such as a camel race, local music and dancing and more.In another display of the growing relationship between India and Saudi Arabia, King Salman himself is likely to visit the country later this year. The kingdom has also acquired a new embassy in New Delhi, housed in a 17,500 sq.m complex. It is likely that King Salman will inaugurate the embassy building. Related ItemscultureSaudi Arabia
India has overtaken China for the first time in private equity deals. Indian firms received $9.9 billion in private equity capital in 2007 against $9.5 billion received by Chinese firms. Taiwan ranked third in Asia with $5.8 billion.Asia PE Research, a Hong Kong-based research firm, reported that India recorded the most private equity deals at 290, followed by China with 240. The total value of all private equity deals throughout Asia was $42.2 billion, compared with $53 billion in 2006. Related Items
India’s gross domestic product (GDP) for 2007-08 is projected to touch $1.16 trillion (Rs 47,00,000 crores).India’s per capita income crossed the $1,000 mark for the first time this year.India’s GDP by the purchasing power parity (PPP) method — which is based on how much a unit buys in the local economy —is estimated between $5.16 trillion or $ 3.19 trillion, depending on whether the old or new World bank conversion factor is used. Under the new measure introduced last year, India is the fifth largest economy in the world behind the U.S., China, Japan and Germany, while the earlier method makes it the third largest. Related Items
A graduate of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, bagged the top salary of Rs 1.4 crores ($350,000) in this year’s graduating class. Last year, the highest salary offered at the institute was Rs 1.2 crores ($300,000). The average domestic salary offered this year to IIM graduates was Rs 17.85 lakhs ($44,000), a 30% jump over last year’s average of Rs 13.7 lakh ($34,000). The average international salary was Rs 48 lakhs ($120,000). Almost a quarter of the IIM graduates opted for international placements — Asia-Pacific (11%), Europe (7%), US (4%) and Middle East (2%). Related Items
Indian store owners in Houston turned to the Black Panthers for help to guard their stores against potential looters in the wake of Hurricane Ike.The Black Panther Party claims it deployed members to protect Indian gasoline station convenience stores from looters.Nabi Chowdhury, manager of a Mobil station, told the Houston Chronicle, “We hired these Black Panther people to take care of our two stores …. We have confidence in them because for a long time we have known them, and their attitude and everything, we like.” Related Items
While most of the major tech giants this year kept with the bezel-less trend and launched phones with full-screen displays, Sony stuck to its guns and continued to bring out handsets with chunky bezels. But even the Japanese conglomerate knows that it needs to keep up with the times, which is why we could see the company finally hop on the bezel-less bandwagon with two upcoming Xperia smartphones. Some renders have now surfaced giving us a look at what we can expect from Sony in 2018.The renders, courtesy Vortex.ge, have been based on Sony’s own design drafts. They show a couple of Xperia smartphones, one flagship and the other a non-flagship model, with minimal bezels on the front. While both the phones show full-screen displays, the flagship Xperia model is tipped to be the one with sharper corners and reflective rear panel. The non-flagship model, on the other hand, will sport a metal unibody design with the fingerprint sensor on the back.Additionally, the renders suggest that the flagship model will highlight dual front-facing speakers, dual rear cameras that are quite a apart from each other and a 4K display of unknown size. It is also reported to come with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage and will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset that was announced this week. Notably, the fingerprint sensor is tipped to be under the display, which would make it one of the first smartphones to feature that. However, it’s still early in the day for these reports and you should take them with a pinch of salt.advertisementAlso Read: Sony working on a bezel-less smartphone for next year, may announce it at MWCThe other Xperia handset is also expected to sport dual front-facing speakers and a dual rear camera setup. The renders also keep the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top, for those who were wondering. These are early renders of the upcoming Xperia devices suggesting Sony’s roadmap in 2018, but are in no way set in stone. If true, it will be a pleasant shift for the company who has been criticised in the past for going with outdated looks. Indeed, after consumers’ eyes have been tuned to edge-to-edge displays now, it will be difficult to accept chunky bezeled smartphones from Sony in 2018.As per a report late last month, Sony could unveil at least one bezel-less smartphone during MWC 2018 in late February. A leaked spec sheet of the Sony device with model number H854 suggests that the phone could come with a 5.7-inch 4K HDR display, 3,420mAh battery, 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. Sony is yet to confirm any of these reports.
HOUSTON — Giancarlo Stanton was out of the New York Yankees’ starting lineup for Game 2 of the AL Championship Series because of a right quad strain that happened before he homered in the opener against the Houston Astros.Manager Aaron Boone said before Sunday night’s game he didn’t know Stanton was hurt until after the end of Game 1. Boone said the slugger was injured running out a single in the second inning. That was four innings before he hit a solo home run off Zach Greinke in New York’s 7-0 victory, and the left fielder also made a nice defensive play when moving to catch a liner.“So hoping that it’s something that with today and the off day, that he would be back in play for Game 3,” Boone said. “We’ll just kind of see how these next 48 hours unfold.”Boone said Stanton could be a pinch-hitting option in Game 2 and could play the field in an emergency. There is a day off in the series Monday before Game 3 in New York on Tuesday night.Stanton was limited to 18 games during the regular season because of biceps, shoulder, calf and knee injuries. A strained right knee kept him out nearly two months before coming back Sept. 18.An MRI was done Sunday that showed a strain in the quad on the same leg.Stanton had started the first four games for the Yankees this postseason. That included all three games in the AL Division Series against Minnesota, when he was 1 for 6 with four walks and a sacrifice fly in 11 plate appearances.Cameron Maybin was in the lineup Sunday, batting seventh against Astros ace Justin Verlander and playing left field in place of the 2017 NL MVP. Boone went with Maybin over Aaron Hicks, who missed almost the last two months of the regular season and the AL Division Series because of a right flexor strain.“Tough call. Obviously Verlander is a tough matchup either way,” Boone said. “Just felt like with Aaron not having played obviously in a game yet, it’s a tough first game back draw.”By: Stephen Hawkins, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
The trial of a Sioux City man accused of killing his roommate has been continued four months.39-year-old Abdiqadar Sharif had been set to go on trial next Tuesday.Sharif is charged with second-degree murder in the October 28th slaying of 40-year-old Guled Nur.Woodbury County court records say the defense and prosecution asked for more time to prepare for the trial, so a judge has set a new starting date of July 30th.Prosecutors say Sharif stabbed and kicked Nur after an altercation broke out at their apartment.
Next Neesham, McMillan mock ICC after it scraps boundary count rule in World Cup semis and finalFormer New Zealand all-rounder Craig McMillan and current player James Neesham were not impressed with ICC’s decision to change the boundary count rule for World Cups on Monday.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiOctober 15, 2019UPDATED: October 15, 2019 10:56 IST ICC received a lot of flak after the 2019 World Cup final was decided on the boundary count rule (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland were declared winners of 2019 World Cup on boundary count after the match and Super Over were tiedICC has now decided that In World Cup semis and finals, the Super Over will be repeated till there is a clear winnerIn group stages of the WC, if the Super Over is tied the match will be tiedNew Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has poked fun at the International Cricket Council (ICC) after they scrapped the controversial boundary rule which saw the Black Caps lose the 2019 World Cup title to England.”Next on the agenda: Better binoculars for the ice spotters on the Titanic,” Neesham wrote on Twitter on Tuesday with a link to a story about the rule change.In the July 14 World Cup final, England managed to tie the target of 242 that was set for them by New Zealand. The Super Over also ended in a tie but England’s tally of 22 boundaries against New Zealand’s 17 throughout the match helped the hosts win the title for the first time in its history.However, on Monday, the ICC scrapped the contentious boundary rule and stated that it will not be used in future ICC events.”In group stages, if the Super Over is tied, the match will be tied. In Semi Finals and Finals, there is one change to the Super Over regulation in keeping with the basic principle of scoring more runs than the opponent to win, the Super Over will be repeated until one team has more runs than the other,” said an ICC media release.Like Neesham, former New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan was also irked with ICC’s decision. “Bit late ICC,” McMillan tweeted, before drawing attention to another controversial moment when England scored a bonus four runs via the bat of Ben Stokes as he dived to beat a Martin Guptill throw at the stumps.advertisementBit late @ICC https://t.co/cT6PS1oMw3Craig McMillan (@cmacca10) October 14, 2019″How about fixing the other rule issue ICC…… a dead ball once the ball has hit/deflected from a batsman??”How about fixing the other rule issue @ICC……a dead ball once the ball has hit/deflected from a batsman??Craig McMillan (@cmacca10) October 14, 2019England were awarded six runs for the overthrow, which ultimately saw England win their maiden World Cup at the Lord’s.Former international umpire Simon Taufel had said that the umpires made a mistake while awarding six runs to England, instead of five.Kumar Dharmasena, who was targeted for his controversial overthrow call, had accepted his mistake, but said he didn’t regret the decision. ICC had also backed the Sri Lankan umpire over the issue.Also Read | World Cup semis and finals not to be decided by boundary count, rules ICCFor 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow James NeeshamFollow Craig McMillanFollow ICCFollow 2019 World Cup
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – It is a tale of a love grown weary, a journey of self-discovery and the road to recovery for a New Brunswick musician, heartsick over the demise of his nine-year romance.And all of it is told in an emotionally raw sales pitch from Adam Kierstead — a self-described nerd hoping to unload the “badass” guitar he bought on impulse months after his relationship fizzled.The Kijiji ad — which had already garnered more than 3,160 visits by mid-day Tuesday — features a 2008 Gibson Reverse Explorer with pictures showcasing the telltale angular design favoured by metalheads and spandex-clad rockers.Beneath is the forlorn, 770-word story of how Kierstead acquired the used brown guitar and why he decided to part with it.It starts with the couple driving home from Cape Breton last September after a friend’s wedding, when both realize their relationship was sputtering to a halt.“We’d glance over at each other every few minutes, neither wanting to start. Finally, she did,” Kierstead writes. “So are we breaking up or what?” The response: “I guess so.”What follows is a painfully honest account of how Kierstead, a musician in several Saint John bands, coped with love’s loss.In an email to The Canadian Press Tuesday, Kierstead responded to an interview request by saying, “I am already feeling a bit sheepish about the amount of attention my ad has gotten thus far (although it does appear a sale is pending!).”In his Kijiji ad, he describes being forced to stay in “our — now her — home” for weeks after the split.“It became clear almost immediately that she was ‘winning’ the breakup — she was more social, laughing more, killing it at the gym,” he lamented. “But here I was, 32 years old, sleeping on a camping cot in my ex’s storage room while I looked for an apartment. I was miserable.”Kierstead went onto say he had never considered himself reckless or prone to excessive drinking or spending the little money he had in a foolhardy fashion.But, he says when he got a call last October from a local music store letting him know about a used Reverse Explorer that had come in, his self-restraint and presence of mind flew the coop.“I was out the door and in the car in seconds. My opportunity for in-character wanton recklessness had finally arrived,” he writes, explaining the joy he felt upon entering the store and picking up the instrument.“I plugged the guitar in and cackled as I fumbled through a couple of Slayer riffs (I did an awful job). This was perfect. This was just what I needed. I handed over the cash and left with my treasure.”Kierstead, whose Facebook profile picture features the bespectacled musician wearing a plaid shirt and awkwardly holding a gold-coloured cat, said the joy was not long-lived.A year after the purchase, he said his ex was in a new job, settled in with “a kind, gregarious, much-better-looking-than-me man who treats her like gold), and a new cat.”For his part, he said he had moved on, was happy with his own new cat and remained good friends with his former partner, even going for the odd coffee date.Then, he says he was “yanked back to reality” last week when he was out buying some beer for band practice and a man in his 50s said, “Out of my way, nerd.”Stunned, Kierstead said he flashed back to the many times in high school when he called the same thing.“I realized something: I AM a nerd. Yes. Irredeemably nerdy. I can’t play anything as completely badass as a Reverse Explorer in good conscience,” he said of his epiphany.“I have a Duo-Sonic. My amps don’t even have distortion channels, for crying out loud. I have to pass this thing along to someone deserving. It truly is time to move on.”To that end, Kierstead posted the ad listing the guitar for $900, adding that he may consider a trade for a full-size ventless dryer.“That’s mostly a joke, but also some insight into why I’m actually selling this guitar,” he states, ending on a hopeful note.“Thanks for reading. Really, I’m fine.”
VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s chief coroner says the agency doesn’t endorse what it calls “fear-based initiatives” after a funeral home launched a campaign to combat the opioid overdose crisis.Lisa Lapointe wrote an article that said although public education and awareness amidst the overdose crisis is important, scaring people from using drugs is not an effective measure in saving lives.Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services in Langley, B.C., created a fentanyl prevention program in response to the high number of families coming to the chain every month after losing a loved one to an overdose.The chain’s owner, Tyrel Burton, had said in a news release that the company felt compelled to reach teens and young adults before they become addicted.The campaign uses visual aids the company described as “powerful, perhaps even controversial” that includes a poster of a grieving family surrounding a coffin under the banner reading “Will fentanyl be the reason for your next family get-together?”The coroners service has reported that more than 2,000 people have died due to illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia since January 2016.Lapointe said fear-based campaigns tend to increase the stigma surrounding drug use, which can discourage people from seeking help. She said studies in the U.S. have found campaigns to discourage the use of illegal drugs among young people had no positive effects on youth behaviour and may have prompted experimentation with substance use.She said images in campaigns should also be used strategically.“Those with lived experience tell us that images featuring drug paraphernalia can act as a trigger, resulting in the desire to use and causing more harm,” she said.Instead, she said advertisements focused on skills and strategies to cope with a threat are found to be more effective.She said data shows most of those who have died in B.C. were using drugs alone and health authorities and service providers have targeted their strategies accordingly.“In the long run, compassion and support, including prescribed medical treatment where appropriate, will be much more effective in turning this crisis around than fear and shame,” she said in the statement.Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding the chief coroner’s statement.
Rajapaksa said this while speaking at an event today, the SLPP media unit said. Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa says the next President will be from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).He said that before the year 2019 ends he expects a President to be elected from the SLPP-led new alliance. Basil Rajapaksa also said that the main fight of his party right now is not against Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sajith Premadasa or Navin Dissanayake but against international conspirators. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the SLPP has performed better than the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the United National Party and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in some districts at the last elections and will do better at future elections.
Student Life and Community Experience needs bowlers for the upcoming Brock Bowls for Kids fundraiser.The annual Brock event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Catharines and Thorold. Each year, the organization must raise more than 80 per cent of its operating budget to continue its mentoring programs.This year’s Brock Bowls for Kids goal is $15,000. Last year, it raised more than $7,000.The event will be Feb. 1 and 2 at Parkway Lanes in St. Catharines at 9:30 p.m. Sign up as an individual or join as a team of four or five. Once registered, participants can collect pledges online or in person. Space is limited to 40 teams.Sign up at brockbowls.ca
A recent enforcement blitz by Saskatchewan police in highway work zones resulted in 138 speeding tickets being issued.According to a news release from SGI, the special enforcement took place during the month of July. When passing a highway worker, flag person or highway equipment with warning lights flashing, drivers are required to slow down to 60 km/h, or the posted speed limit.Here’s the breakdown of the work zone tickets.104 tickets for exceeding 60 km/h when passing highway workers or occupied highway equipment within a work zone. 32 tickets for exceeding 60 km/h when passing a highway worker or flag person. One ticket for exceeding 60 km/h when passing occupied highway equipment. One ticket for exceeding 60 km/h when passing highway equipment with warning lights in operation. SGI said police also issued a ticket to a driver who failed to obey the direction of a flag person or peace officer.Going 40 km/h over the speed limit comes with a $1,008 fine and four demerits. When driving through a work zone, SGI said drivers should obey posted signs or flag persons, give the road their full attention and keep a safe following distance between them and vehicle in front.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“It’s always important to remember that when you’re travelling through a work zone you’re in someone’s office – it’s up to all of us to keep those workers safe as they fix and build our province’s roads and highways,” said a statement from SGI.
Drawing on experience of conflicts ranging from the Balkans to Afghanistan, participants at the three-day meeting adopted a set of recommendations to ensure that refugee care and peace-building efforts consistently address reproductive health concerns and gender-based violence. Proposed steps include routinely implementing established reproductive health service guidelines as well as making international staff better aware of local traditions, laws and religions, and of their duties in securing women’s rights.The meeting noted that women’s non-governmental organizations (NGOs), with their strong community ties and flexibility, should be involved at all levels of conflict resolution and community rehabilitation to ensure that the reconstruction process as well as health and social services are firmly rooted in the needs of women.”I hope this meeting will not end with our discussion but will lead to real action and effective operations,” said UNFPA’s Deputy Executive Director, Kunio Waki at the close of the session.The meeting, which wrapped up on 15 November, drew nearly 50 representatives from governments, UN agencies and NGOs. Its findings will contribute to a forthcoming UN study on the impact of armed conflict on women and girls, called for by Security Council resolution 1325 of October 2000.
WestJet sets record for passengers in a single day A new high for Calgary-based WestJet which has, for the second time in 2016, set a record in terms of guests flown in a single day.The airline is flying an estimated 74,600 guests across its network Friday, surpassing the previous benchmark of 74,247 set back on January 3rd, 2016.“We are proud to be the airline of choice for so many guests at this important time of year,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice President, said in a statement. “On behalf of more than 12,000 WestJetters, we would like to thank our guests for choosing to fly with us throughout the year.”The news comes as the airline announces its pilots have voted to accept the new expansion plans of the wide-body fleet.The vote is necessary under their agreement with the Pilot’s Association.WestJet currently has four Boeing 767 Aircraft in its fleet, some of which fly out of Calgary. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Courtesy facebook.com/westjet) by Ian Campbell Posted Dec 23, 2016 10:07 pm MDT
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Ohio State received the first commitment in its 2019 recruiting class when five-star offensive tackle Doug Nester announced his pledge to play for the Buckeyes Saturday evening on Twitter.The 6-foot-5.5, 295-pound lineman is the top-ranked player from West Virginia in the history of 247Sports composite rankings. He is the No. 36 overall player in the nation and the third-best offensive tackle in his class.The Huntington, West Virginia, native would be the first player from his home state to sign with Ohio State since tight end R.J. Coleman from Clarksburg, West Virginia, in 2002.Nester is the second five-star prospect to commit to a Big Ten program. He might end up blocking the first – defensive end prospect Stephen Herron Jr. – as he committed to Michigan July 29.