Bulldogs Outdo Knights

first_imgSouth Dearborn had no answer for Jacob Wilson who kept runners off the basepaths in his appearance. Wilson gave up just two hits, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out three during his five innings of work.Alex Roell went 1-2 as the Batesville Bulldogs took home a 2-0 victory over South Dearborn in seven innings at Liberty on Thursday.He doubled in the fifth inning for the eventual game-winning RBI, which followed Alex McPherson’s sacrifice bunt with two strikes.South Dearborn’s Smith ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted six innings, walked none, struck out seven, and allowed two runs.The Batesville Bulldogs never surrendered the lead after the fifth inning, scoring two runs on an RBI double by Alex Roell and an RBI single by Quinn Werner.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.last_img read more

Photo Gallery: Memorial Day, 2018

first_imgPhotos by Jay Cook and Patrick Olivero |On Memorial Day, May 28, patriotism was on display in the towns of Rumson, Fair Haven and Middletown. Americans paid their respects to those who died in service to their country and held festive  parades.Some of these photos were published in the May 31-June 7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img

Trump Administration commits to continued defense of U.S. food and beverage manufacturers using common food names

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A report on intellectual property issued last week by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) outlined the Trump Administration’s continuing commitment to curtailing the damaging abuses of geographical indications (GIs) — particularly by the European Union (EU).The report highlighted ongoing threats to U.S. companies that legally use common food names both within the United States and in global trade. USTR’s annual Special 301 Report outlined extensive efforts that the administration is making in numerous countries to stem the EU’s efforts to use GIs to erect barriers to U.S. exports.The U.S. dairy industry joined the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) in hailing the report for sending a strong, positive signal on how the new administration plans to tackle these types of trade and intellectual property issues to preserve jobs and safeguard global opportunities for U.S. companies.“Many countries protect legitimate GIs, including the United States,” said Jaime Castaneda, executive director for CCFN, an international alliance dedicated to preserving rights to use common food names. “When properly targeted to protect unique regional products, GIs can be a useful intellectual property tool for some producers. But the EU’s approach is far from properly targeted. Rather, it is a system designed to steal commonly used names from those who built markets for those products and monopolize use of those terms in foreign and domestic markets.”Abuse of GIs could impact a variety of sectors, from dairy, wine and meat to horticulture and rice. The U.S. dairy organizations, CCFN, and wine and grocery industry groups all filed comments to USTR earlier this year expressing concern with the growing threat to U.S. manufacturers of foods with common names. Among the specific requests to the USTR: hold trading partners accountable for their commitments, preserve market access negotiated through earlier trade agreements and prevent competitors from monopolizing widely used generic terms like feta and prosciutto.“We appreciate the many positive actions of USTR on this important issue. As trade policy strategy is developed this year, we urge the administration to build further upon the U.S. government’s past successes in pushing back against the EU’s global GI agenda,” said Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. “This work should continue to include both bilateral engagement with our trading partners and incorporation into any trade agreement discussions.”last_img read more

7 Ideas About Creating Content

first_imgAll content isn’t created equal. The best content is helpful. The worst content is not helpful. You want to produce content that benefits people in some way, whether it is by entertaining them, educating them, persuading them, or inspiring them. The very best content serves the consumer.Negative content may get you a bit of attention for a very short while, but it isn’t a long-term strategy. Over the longer term, the trail you are leaving behind you defines you, and a wake of negativity isn’t going to serve you. Trolls sometimes get attention, but they never develop and audience of their own.There are three strategies around content. You can be a creator and write, record (video or audio), or create some other way. The Internet runs on the work of creators. You can also be a synthesizer. We don’t make enough of this role, but people need someone to tie the pieces together and point them at the bigger themes. You can also be a curator, sharing the work of creators and synthesizers and pointing people at useful content.Any attempt at short cutting the process of gaining an audience works against you. If you title anything “And you won’t believe what happened next,” you will be known as someone with weak content and a willingness to sensationalize and overstate value. Over time, you will teach the audience you are trying to develop to ignore you. Guest posts might do a teeny bit to build your brand, but you need to do the real work yourself.Consistency counts. Consistent quality counts. Predictable publishing counts. It’s a sign of professionalism. If you write on Sundays, write on Sundays. If you publish daily, publish daily. If it’s three times a week, that’s what it is.Content works while you are sleeping. You aren’t creating content only for today. The content you create will be working for you years into the future. People underestimate the half-life of content and dramatically undervalue evergreen content. Your ideas are right for the people who need them, when they need them, and where they need them. Google brings people to the content they need when they need it. But only if you create it, synthesize it, or curate it.Your content, if you are a creator, gives people the experience of what it might be like to work with you. Your content gives them a clear idea of what you think, what you believe, and how you approach things. Producing the right content attracts your dream clients to you.last_img read more

Bhim Sena finds followers

first_img“It’s a good initiative. No other organisation openly supports Dalits. Whatever may be its larger goals, it gives strength to our community, which is facing oppression,” says Rajnish Gautam.An assistant professor at the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University here, Mr. Gautam feels the Bhim Sena is the Dalit alternative to the social outreach of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He is, in particular, enamoured by the outfit’s leader Chandrashekhar Azad, a young Dalit man, for his “direct action” approach to dealing with atrocities against the community.“He is one of us. We need a strong man like him. He openly supports Dalits and is vocal. Other [Dalit] leaders take time to act. His thinking is energetic,” says Mr. Gautam.A die-hard Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supporter, Mr. Gautam’s favourable stand towards the Bhim Sena is significant as the party supremo Mayawati has dismissed the fledging outfit based out of Saharanpur as a “political conspiracy” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).But he is not alone. Dalit youth The Hindu spoke to were almost unanimous in expressing their disappointment over Ms. Mayawati’s allegations against the Bhim Sena. They believe that the Bhim Sena rose out of the Dalit movement and the failure of the mainstream political parties to espouse the Dalit cause.Sunil Kumar Saroj, a Pratapgarh resident pursuing his Masters in physical education here, claims Ms. Mayawati was “compelled” to visit Saharanpur only under the “pressure” from the popularity of the Bhim Sena, which has caught the imagination of Dalit youth.“She went to Saharanpur only when Azad was gaining mileage. Usually, she reaches late or does not go at all. Even in Gujarat [the Una incident], she went late,” says Mr. Saroj. The 28-year-old lives at the Ambedkar Hostel, which was originally the State headquarters of the BSP. It is also a hub where Dalit youth from across U.P. form their political opinion and are exposed to the ideology of Ambedkar. But as the controversy and suspicion surrounding the Bhim Sena gathers steam, one can hear clearly divergent views that are critical of the BSP.Mr. Gautam, who is from Gorakhpur, is unhappy with Ms. Mayawati and feels the community would lose its trust towards her if she continues to be disconnected from the current mood.‘Perhaps she is insecure’“She does not respond quickly to burning issues. When somebody like Chandrashekhar, who is one of us, does something to empower Dalits and support them, she starts making allegations. She should not have made those remarks. Perhaps she is insecure,” says Mr. Gautam.After weeks of silence, Ms. Mayawati on Thursday finally spoke up on the Bhim Sena. She not only distanced herself from the outfit after State intelligence bureau reports claimed that it was patronised by her party, in particular her brother and the BSP vice-president Anand Kumar, she went on to allege the Bhim Sena was a “product” of the BJP, propped up to destroy social brotherhood.The State government has also accused the Bhim Sena of instigating and flaring up Dalit-Thakur clashes in the western U.P. district.Satyendra Pratap, a IV year B.Tech student from Hardoi, says Ms. Mayawati’s comments confuse the Dalit movement. “It sends a wrong message. It would create suspicion towards any new leadership emerging from the community,” says Mr. Pratap.He is also critical of the way Ms. Mayawati behaved during her much-delayed visit to Saharanpur recently. “She was seen smiling and waving her hands at the crowd. Did she go there to seek votes or feel the pain of the people whose homes were destroyed? There was nothing to be happy about,” says Mr. Pratap.Akash Anand,a student, says the Bhim Sena is in the nacent stages of a social movement but says its direct action approach is in sync with need of the times.last_img read more

Probe was a game of wits: ex-CBI official on Ram Rahim case

first_imgWith a senior directing them to close the case and the woman who alleged sexual abuse getting married, it was a “game of wits” for the CBI team that probed the rape case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim, recalled a retired officer on Friday.As a special CBI court in Panchkula convicted the Dera Sacha Sauda chief of rape, it was flashback time for former CBI joint director Mulinja Narayanan, who headed the investigation. “It was a game of wits. Sometimes we won and sometimes we lost but, at the end, today’s verdict showed that no one can escape the law of the land,” he said.Hurdles during probeMr. Narayanan was posted as Deputy Inspector General of Police (Special Crimes) in Delhi when the Punjab and Haryana High Court handed the case to the CBI in September 2002.He also spoke about the difficulties in investigating the case.last_img read more

Miley Cyrus Announces New Album Younger Now

first_img Facebook Miley Cyrus Announces New Album ‘Younger Now’ GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter sets release date for her latest album featuring the hit “Malibu”Renée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 8, 2017 – 10:32 am GRAMMY.comLast time we heard from our GRAMMY-nominated friend Miley Cyrus, she was coming in like a wrecking ball with 2013’s Bangerz and tripping with 2015’s Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz.Now, Cyrus will release of her sixth studio album, Younger Now, due out Sept. 29. The album was announced in full color via her website with a bedazzled black jacket and rope identifying the title and release date.The upcoming album would seem to be a departure from the dance-heavy, hip-hop influenced tunes of her last two albums. The singles “Malibu” and “Inspired,” released in May and June, respectively, already suggest a toned-down, sunshiny vibe that’s more earthy than her last two projects.With Younger Now, Cyrus hasn’t given much away, but she echoed the brighter, warm tone her two singles have taken.She told Billboard: “I’m giving the world a hug and saying, ‘Hey, look. We’re good — I love you.’ And I hope you can say you love me back.”More new music: What was new in music in July? Email Twitter What Do We Know About Miley Cyrus’ New Album? miley-cyrus-announces-new-album-younger-now News last_img read more

Dalit community gets boycotted over groom riding horse in Gujarat village sarpanch

first_imgTwitter/ @NooraniTejaniA Dalit man riding a horse as part of his marriage procession in Gujarat’s Lhor village is being seen as a breach in the caste barrier and the entire community is now facing a social boycott. It is being claimed that a lower caste man cannot ride a horse.Angered that Mehul Parmar, the groom, had ridden a horse, many members of the village, including the village sarpanch, called for a boycott of the members of the community. The wedding took place on Tuesday. The village sarpanch called for a meeting the next morning and announced the boycott.They levied a fine of Rs 5,000 on anyone in the village who interacted with the community, reports The Times of India.Shopkeepers refused to sell any product to them, including essentials like milk and food grains. The Dalit community was also not allowed to fetch water from the village well.”Some villagers asked me not to take out a procession while I was riding a horse. We then sought police’s help after we learned about the social boycott today morning. No one even gave us milk in the morning to make tea,” Mehul Parmar was quoted as saying by The Quint.”Villagers were angry because a Dalit groom rode a horse during the wedding procession. We were told that Dalits do not have a right to do so. Due to the boycott, no villager is ready to provide milk, water or food items to us. Even auto drivers denied us ride till nearby Kadi town,” said Vandana, another member of the Dalit community in the village. “The upper caste members also stopped Dalits water from fetching water from the village well and directed others not to employ the members of the community as farm labourers,” said Chirag Solanki, a Dalit activist.The incident came to light when a few members of the Dalit community called the local police and narrated their ordeal.The police then arrested five men, including sarpanch Vinuji Thakor and deputy sarpanch Baldeo Thakor. “Five persons including village sarpanch Vinuji Thakor and deputy sarpanch Baldeo Thakor have been arrested under atrocity act,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Manjita Vanzara was quoted as saying by TOI.The accused have been charged under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for intentionally breaching peace and criminal intimidation. They have also been charged under the Indian Penal Code.last_img read more

A true friend for farmers

first_imgEmdadul Haque is helping a farmer to wear Mathal and mask at Kaliganj of Jhenaidah. Photo: Prothom AloNannu Mia was tending to his vegetable field, sweating under the scorching sun. There was no tree or any sort of shade for a moment of respite.Suddenly a man appeared with a ‘mathal’, the traditional wide straw hat worn by farmers. He handed it to over to Nannu Mia so the farmer could shade himself from the relentless rays of the sun.Again, whenever a farmer sprays his field with pesticide, this man rushes forward with a mask. He helps the farmer wear the mask to avoid inhaling the toxic chemical fumes.This person also provides soap to the farmers so that they can bathe properly at the end of the day when they return home after toiling in the fields. He also gives them mosquito nets to ensure they have a sound sleep.This is Kazi Emdadul Haque. In his locality, he is known as a friend of the farmers.He has established a night school so the illiterate farmers may get a basic education. Around 500 farmers have received literacy lessons at these schools so far. He advises farmers and trains them in making earthworm fertiliser to lessen the use of chemicals in the soil.Emdadul, a resident of Daulatpur of Kaliganj, Jhenaidah, also ensures that the farmers record their blood groups.He has been working for the farmers over a decade.Emdad teaches at a local madrasa free of cost. He runs his family on fees he earns from private tuition at home and also from farming. He saves money and spends it on the welfare of the farmers.His father Kazi Abdul Wahed, now deceased, was involved in social welfare besides farming. People in the locality still remember him.Emdad, inspired by his father’s social welfare activities, also decided to do something for the people. In 2006 he consulted a few of his neighbours at his home in 2006 and started holding regular meetings at night in his village. He would teach at the meetings and help the farmers with their various problems.In the beginning he made a list of farmers of 11 villages in his union, Kola. He made a list of the farmers who did not have ‘mathals’ to protect them from the sun and who did not wear masks while spraying pesticide and supplied them with the hats and masks. He has provided over a thousand of these straw hats over a thousand masks so far.Mominur Rahman, a resident of Kamalhat village, said, “When Emdad Bhai sees a farmer without a ‘mathal’, he rushes to him with a hat.”Night school and other activitiesEmdad noticed that illiteracy was an obstacle for the farmers. It was hard for them to carry out the instructions of the agriculture department as they could not take down written notes. So he established night schools in his locality. He made over 500 farmers literate by establishing 13 night schools in eight villages. He has used government primary schools for the purpose.Emdadul said many farmers do not bathe properly after returning home from the field. They also do not use mosquito nets at night. He distributed soap and mosquito nets among farmers and made them aware of the importance of using these.Emdadul Haque received training on earthworm fertiliser from a local voluntary organisation. Now he provides this training to the villagers. He also distributes earthworms to the farmers. Many farmers of Kola union now make and use earthworm fertiliser and sell it too. Their crops are now free of toxic chemicals and the fertility of the land is increasing.Kaliganj upazila agriculture officer Zahidul Karim said the local agriculture department is happy with Emdadul’s work and has established an agriculture library at his home.Farmer Azizur Rahman said he can now read and write after attending the school set up by Emdad.Emdad has two daughters and a son. He earns Tk 10,000 per month on private tuition. He spends Tk 6,000 for his family and the rest for the farmers.Emdad said he has engaged more people to assist the farmers. He has established an institution in his father’s name, the Kazi Abdul Wahed Memorial Foundation. He is the president of this foundation.Kola union parishad chairman Ayub Hossain said the people’s representatives could not do what Emdad has done for the welfare of the people.Kaliganj upazila nirbahi officer Subarna Rani Saha highly appreciated Emdadul Haque.“We have many people who are working to change the society. They are very good. Kazi Emdadul Haque is one of them,” said Subarna Rani Saha.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Timehop suffers data breach 21 million users data compromised

first_imgTimehop, the social media application that brings old posts into your feed, experienced a data breach on July 4. In a post published yesterday (July 8) the team explained that ‘an access credential to our cloud computing enterprise was compromised’. Timehop believes 21 million users have been affected by the breach. However, it was keen to state that “we have no evidence that any accounts were accessed without authorization.” Timehop has already acted to make necessary changes. Certain application features have been temporarily disabled, and users have been logged out of the app. Users will also have to re-authenticate Timehop on social media accounts. The team has deactivated the keys that allow the app to read and show users social media posts on their feeds. Timehop explained that the gap between the incident and the public statement was due to the need to “contact with a large number of partners.” The investigation needed to be thorough in order for the response to be clear and coordinated. How did the Timehop data breach happen? For transparency, Timehop published a detailed technical report on how it believes the hack happened. An unauthorized user first accessed Timehop’s cloud computing environment using an authorized users credentials. This user then conducted ‘reconnaisance activities’ once they had created a new administrative account. This user logged in to the account on numerous occasions after this in March and June 2018. It was only on July 4 that the attacker then attempted to access the production database. Timehop then states that they “conducted a specific action that triggered an alarm” which allowed engineers to act quickly to stop the attack from continuing. Once this was done, there was a detailed and thorough investigation. This included analyzing the attacker’s activity on the network and auditing all security permissions and processes. A measured response to a potential crisis It’s worth noting just how methodical Timehop’s response has been. Yes, there will be question marks over the delay, but it does make a lot of sense. Timehop revealed that the news was provided to some journalists “under embargo in order to determine the most effective ways to communicate what had happened while neither causing panic nor resorting to bland euphemism.” The incident demonstrates that effective cybersecurity is as much about a robust communication strategy as it is about secure software. Read next: Did Facebook just have another security scare? What security and systems specialists are planning to learn in 2018last_img read more