For magazine editors covering politics, it’s been Huck-O-bamania since the candidates’ surprising Iowa Caucus wins last week. Newsweek chose Obama as its cover subject this week. Newsweek editor Jon Meacham explains why:A word about the decision to put Obama on our cover. Weekly magazines like ours have traditionally worried about looking stale or out of sync if the candidate we are featuring loses a different primary early in the week we publish. We suffered from that perennial concern until Thursday night. Then, when Obama’s victory— 8 points over John Edwards, and 9 over Hillary Clinton—became clear, so did the cover decision. Barack Obama has made not only news but history.In an election to choose a successor to an unpopular incumbent at an hour of danger, an African-American candidate for president convincingly won a state that is virtually all white; a 46-year-old first-term senator defeated two more seasoned national politicians; an insurgent is roiling the stately party establishment Bill Clinton built as the first two-term Democratic president since FDR. No matter what happens going forward, in New Hampshire, South Carolina and beyond, the Obama win—a vote for a viable candidate of color in a nation in which the issue of race has been called simply “the American dilemma”—is a new chapter in our long national story.Check out the video of Meacham’s explanation here …
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Sri ReddyTwitterActress Sri Reddy thanked and called KCR aka K Chandrasekhar Rao a real hero after his Telangana (TS) Government set up panel to deal with sexual harassment pleas in Tollywood.Sri Reddy started a protest against the casting couch and sexual harrassment in Tollywood in April 2018. Initially, she didn’t get support and she was ignored and isolated by the industry. But the unfazed actress staged a nude protest at the Movie Artists Association, after it rejected her application for the membership. She also exposed how some celebs’ sexually harrassed her with a pretext of giving offers.The news about this created a lot of stir in the national media, putting Tollywood to shame. Following this, some NGOs and women organisations extended her support. Human Rights Commission took note of the issue and demanded the Telangana Govenment an explaination on not setting up Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CASH). Coming under pressure the Telugu film industry agreed to set up CASH soon.Exactly a year after Sri Reddy’s MeToo campaign began, the Telangana government has set up a 25-member committee to deal with complaints of sexual harassment in the Telugu film industry. The committee is headed by the chairman of the Telangana State Film Development Corporation. Sri ReddyTwitterThe State Women Development and Child welfare commissioner, Police Commissioners of Hyderabad and Rachakonda, Labour Department Commissioner, representatives of SHE teams, Telugu Film Producers Association President and State Film Development Corporation President have been named members of the committee, accoding to the reports.It was really an emotional moment for Sri Reddy, who was all thrilled and glad to hear the news about the setting of the commitee. The actress took to her Facebook page to thank Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for it. She has also expressed her gratitude to woman activists Sandya, Vasudha, Sajaya and Tej for their support all through this movement.Sri Reddy posted, “Being a Hyderabadi Proud moment today..Thank u soooooooo much real hero kcr garu..my dream came true today..from mark of bitch now you made me a heroine to this world..1 year of my pain gave the birth..g.o passed by government against sexual harrassment..for movie industry committee is forming soon on sexual harrassment..now got tremendous result for my removing clothes..main persons who made this true is sandya ,vasudha,sajaya,tej love u all..for this movement heart is “apoorva”..thank u every one..”
People sit on Plaza Catalunya square in Barcelona waiting for polls results after the closing of polling stations on 1 October, 2017.Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont said the region won the right to break away from Spain, with his government claiming on Monday that 90 percent of voters backed independence in a banned referendum marred by clashes.However Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy declared the Sunday plebiscite had been blocked, saying “today there has not been a self-determination referendum in Catalonia,” a region deeply divided over independence.Further adding to tensions, unions and Catalan associations called a region-wide strike for Tuesday due to “the grave violation of rights and freedoms,” urging people to take to the streets in Catalonia, a major engine for Spanish growth.At least 92 people were confirmed injured out of a total of 844 who needed medical attention, Catalan authorities said, as police cracked down on a vote Spain’s central government branded a “farce”.The interior ministry said 33 police required treatment as a result of the clashes.The violence raised alarm abroad and further heightened tensions between Rajoy’s government and the authorities in Catalonia in the worst political crisis in Spain in decades.Rajoy called the vote a process that “only served to sow division, push citizens to confrontation and the streets to revolt”, but left the door potentially open to negotiations on greater autonomy for the region.The referendum was organised under the threat of reprisals and criminal charges but thousands of Catalans stood in defiance of the central government crying “Votarem” — “We will vote”.Puigdemont, who governs Catalonia, said in an address after polls closed: “With this day of hope and suffering, the citizens of Catalonia have won the right to an independent state in the form of a republic.”He urged the European Union to stop looking “the other way” following the police crackdown.In a press briefing, regional government spokesman Jordi Turull said 2.02 million Catalans voted for independence, or a 42.3 percent turnout.He said that represented “90 percent” of the votes cast, while 7.8 percent said “no” to the question: “Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?”A further two percent cast a blank vote, he added, and 0.5 percent of ballots were void.- Camped inside overnight -From early in the day, helmeted police armed with batons moved in en masse to seal off polling stations and seize ballot boxes, sparking clashes.Videos posted on social media showed police dragging voters from polling stations by their hair, throwing people down stairs and attacking Catalan firefighters who were protecting polling stations.”They took the ballot boxes by force… and they literally yanked them from us as we continued to sing ‘Els Segadors’, the Catalan hymn, and shouting ‘long live democracy’,” said Marc Carrasco, in charge at one Barcelona polling station.The referendum law foresees a declaration of independence soon after a “Yes” vote but it remains unclear if the regional government will actually do so.Even before the vote, judicial officials ordered police to seize ballot papers, detain key organisers and shut down websites promoting the referendum after Madrid and the courts deemed it unconstitutional.Thousands of people had gathered outside polling stations before dawn, joining those who had spent the night camped inside to ensure they would be open on the day.In central Barcelona, riot police charged at demonstrators who were sitting on the ground at a polling station, and fired rubber bullets, witnesses said.- ‘Unjustified violence’ -Riot police also stormed a polling station near Girona, smashing the glass doors of the sports centre where Puigdemont was due to vote and cutting a chain to force their way in.But the regional government said Puigdemont had managed to vote anyway in nearby Cornella del Terri.The crackdown drew a sharp rebuke from Catalan leaders and others including Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party.The trouble caused Barcelona football club to play its La Liga tie against Las Palmas behind closed doors after the Spanish league refused to postpone the match.But in several areas, voting was peaceful.Under a sea of umbrellas outside a school in Barcelona, a crowd gathered, among them elderly people in wheelchairs, families with buggies and parents clutching toddlers by the hand.With no police in sight, they were able to cast their ballots, prompting scenes of jubilation.”I’ve voted! I’ve voted,” one man shouted.”That’s the great hope, to be able to vote freely like this despite the problems we’ve faced, I’m very happy. I can die peacefully,” added Jose Mas Ribas, 79.- Overtaxed, underfunded -Although Catalans are divided over independence, most want to vote on the matter in a legal and binding plebiscite.Although Catalonia already has significant control over education, healthcare and welfare, the region says it pays more in taxes than it receives from Madrid.This has sparked resentment which has been further exacerbated by Spain’s economic woes and helped push the secessionist cause.
Share Todd WisemanTexas A&M University is canceling a white supremacist rally that was set to take place on Sept. 11. The school cited safety concerns after the violence in Charlottesville, Va.The move is prompting legal questions about free speech rights. Is the university violating the First Amendment?Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, constitutional law professor at South Texas College of Law Houston, lays out the legal issues that could lie ahead for Texas A&M.
Encountering racism is stressful, but did you know that even the fear of discrimination can cause high blood pressure?A report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated to health and health care, found that hyper-vigilance—the tension and anxiety people feel when they fear they will experience discrimination—contributes to higher rates of hypertension among Blacks.In cases where racism-related vigilance is low or absent, Blacks and Whites have similar levels of hypertension. But when people report chronic vigilance, the rates in Blacks rise significantly. Disparities in hypertension are considered a significant contributor to health disparities overall in the United States.Related Report: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension Prevalence
P K Goyal, Director Finance, Indian Oil Corporation Limited flagged off the IndianOil sponsored Spirit of Freedom Motorbike Expedition of Pathfinders to Ladakh on Monday. T.S. Khwaja, General Manager Incharge, Delhi State Office, Indian Oil was also present on the occasion.As part of their motto, ‘Adventure for Social Outreach’, Pathfinders would donate laptops, stationery, sports gear, solar lamps and generators to government schools in its route along borders with Pakistan and China. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’P K Goyal lauded the efforts of the Pathfinders in embarking on an expedition which promises to make a difference to the people living in remote Himalayan region. One of the notable clutch of schools is in Turtuk, the northernmost village in the country that was liberated from Pakistan in 1971. Another school worth mentioning is at Sato in Durbuk block run for children of nomadic tribes. Goyal handed over the items for the schools to bikers before flagging off the expedition in the presence of IndianOil GM In-Charge, Delhi and Haryana State Office, Talib S Khwaja. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis year the expedition would visit Turtuk Village in Nurba Valley and Trishul village in Leh along with other locations. A troop of seven bikes with eleven members would roughly cover 3600 Kms in a span of 15 days. The aim of this expedition is to spread awareness about environment degradation in the Himayalas among the school children in the remote villages of Ladakh as well as to reach out to the underprivileged in these inaccessible and hilly areas. IndianOil has a long tradition of intense commitment towards sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. The various CSR initiatives supported by IndianOil are all aimed to benefit the community and to fulfill the social responsibility.
Kolkata: As many as 26 persons have been injured in two separate road accidents in the state on early Sunday morning.The first incident took place on National Highway 117 at Diamond Harbour in South 24-Parganas when a bus and a truck collided head on. Around 15 passengers were injured in the accident. They were rushed to a local hospital. There was huge traffic congestion in the area for quite a long time.According to police, a truck was headed towards Kakdwip from Diamond Harbour when a Kolkata-bound government bus coming from the opposite direction collided head on with the truck. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe driver of the bus lost control over the vehicle and eventually hit the truck. Both the driver and the helper of the bus were also injured.Locals took part in the rescue operation and rushed the injured persons to a nearby hospital. After being informed, police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. Other vehicles remained stranded on National Highway 117. Police seized both the vehicles.In another incident, around 11 passengers of two buses have received injuries when a state-run bus was hit by another state-run bus from behind.The incident took place near Dhubguri. According to police, the Balurghat-bound bus was standing near Cinema Hall More to de-board passengers when the other bus hit it from behind. Passengers were immediately rushed to a local health centre. A major tragedy was averted as the other bus was at a low speed and could slow down itself before it hit the bus.Ends.
This story originally appeared on PCMag 6 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global January 4, 2018 I am what you might call a seasoned veteran of CES. I started going in 1976, and have since attended dozens of shows. More than 180,000 people are expected to descend on Las Vegas next week because CES is the go-to show to learn about what’s new in tech and the major trends for the coming year. Here’s what I expect to see as I roam the show floor, all 2.5 million net square feet of it.Smart cars and autonomous vehiclesThe auto industry has been represented at CES for decades but more in the form of add-on sound systems, in-car entertainment systems and navigational products. But CES has now become the place for many auto companies to showcase smart cars and autonomous vehicle technology.Ford CEO Jim Hackett, for example, will deliver a keynote on Tuesday morning, during which he is expected to lay out the company’s vision for smart cars and autonomous vehicles. But all told, there will be at least 15 other car makers on the show floor or in private suites talking about how they plan to drive the future of the automobile.VR, AR and mixed reality everywhereAt CES 2014, a prototype VR headset from Oculus VR was one of the major draws. Since then, Oculus was acquired by Facebook, HTC introduced Vive, Sony debuted the Playstation VR, and Samsung started selling the Gear VR.However, VR so far has focused on games. In the enterprise, it is targeted at vertical apps that bring VR to things like real estate listings, travel and many other visually driven business disciplines.This year, the Magic Leap AR goggles will be the talk of the show, even though they are not expected to be showing the device at CES. Magic Leap has attracted over $1 billion of investment to create what they believe will be the definitive AR googles of the future.But keep your eyes on the Lenovo Mirage AR headset, which was bundled with Star Wars: Jedi Challenge, an augmented reality game created with Disney. It uses the smartphone but overlays the action on your environment; I fought Darth Vader in my living room, for example. But this is a low-cost way to deliver mixed reality in more immersive ways.8K is on the horizon4K or HDR TVs were a hot topic at the last three shows, and they will be popular again in 2018. 4K TVs are now more affordable and anyone upgrading their TV should should consider the technology, even though 4K content has been slow to roll out. But roll out it has, and 4K programs will be more plentiful in 2018.CES will also have at least five TV vendors showing off “8K” TVs. The goal is to start moving people to 8K by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which will be shot in 8K. By early 2020-2021, the TV industry wants to move consumers over to 8K in earnest.But two other types of TV designs will be at CES: wallpaper TVs and picture frame TVs. Samsung has done a lot of research and has found that for some demographics, the idea of having a large TV in its current form factor does not fit into the asthetics of the home. So it created the Frame TV, which delivers a flat, ultra-thin TV in a picture frame but can also be used to display digital art. Special sensors light the picture so that it resembles what you might see in a museum.Last year, LG showed off its wallpaper TV, which is so thin it looks like it’s part of the wall. LG will show an updated version at CES and, along with Samsung, push the idea of the TV blending with a room’s decor.IoT and AI everywhereThe Internet of Things (IoT) will be represented in just about every product shown in one form or another. Everything from wearables and health products to appliances and vehicles will connect to the web.This year, I have seen dozens of pre-CES announcements about IoT-based health and wellness devices. CES has these types of products in dedicated zones now, and if you are going to the show check out this CES zone chart to see where these types of products will be on the show floor.The big addition to CES this year will be artificial intelligence. Most vendors are applying AI features to all they do, so expect this theme to be rampant and overused at CES.Everything has a voiceVoice is emerging as the next big evolution in man-to-machine interfaces. While Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and the Google Assistant have made great strides in delivering voice through PCs, tablets and smartphones, voice-based smart speakers are bringing voice into the home in new ways. But at the show, we will see voice-enabled refrigerators, toilets and many other devices that do not have screens but can benefit from voice for navigation purposes.All the restCorning, which last year showed off how smart glass could impact the future design of automobiles, will be showing off a new level of 3D sensing in glass that could allow OEMs to use glass in more creative ways. It will start in mobile devices, but Corning will also be showing a bigger vision for use in smart homes, smart appliances and automobiles.Given the amount of invites I have received about personal robots, I expect to see quite a few on the show floor. Some are task-oriented such as robot vacuums and robotic coffee makers, but some are small robots that follow you around and act as a type of personal assistant.Also hot will be personal transportation devices like hoverboards and different variations on the idea of giving people new forms of personal electronic transportation options. And we should see dozens of new drones introduced that target business and consumers.As a techie, this is my candy store. PCMag will have a top-notch team at CES, so check back during the show to keep up with all of the important announcements from the show. I will also be tweeting from the show so check out @Bajarin for my CES discoveries and commentary.