The United Nations Human Rights Council expressed displeasure over India’s stand regarding the deportation of the Rohingyas from the country. India has said that illegal immigrants like Myanmar’s Rohingyas pose security risks to the nation.The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, made a statement saying that he “deplored current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country”. Hussein was speaking at the beginning of the 36th session of the Council in Geneva on Sept. 11.“The Minister of State for Home Affairs has reportedly said that because India is not a signatory to the Refugee Convention the country can dispense with international law on the matter, together with basic human compassion,” Hussein said, referring to the comments made by Indian Home Minister Kiren Rijiju last week.“I want to tell the international organisations whether the Rohingyas are registered under the United Nations Human Rights Commission or not, they are illegal immigrants in India,” Rijiju said on Sept. 5, the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw on a two-day state visit. During his visit Modi expressed concern over the “extremist violence” in Myanmar’s Rakhine province. He also stated that India and Myanmar shared “similar security interests in the region.”While Modi’s comments were seen as a sympathetic stance by India towards the Myanmar government, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), at the prime minister’s instance, has been quietly interacting with Myanmar and Bangladesh to find ways to resolve the issue, DNA reported. India says it is taking a balanced approach, and is even offering assistance in the development of the Rakhine province.Hussein added that “India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations, by virtue of customary law, India’s ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the obligations of due process and the universal principle of non-refoulement”.About 40,000 Rohingyas are estimated to have settled in India after fleeing Myanmar, and are mostly living in Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Hyderabad.The UN human rights chief also condemned the recent surge of incidents of cow vigilantism in the country, as well as the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru last week.Members of the Rohingya Muslim community have been fleeing Myanmar since the country’s security forces in Rakhine began attacks on militants on August 25. Over 3 lakh Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh since the crisis began, according to the UN office in the country.The situation has come in global focus due to the sheer number of human lives involved. The United States too issued a statement on Sept. 11 condemning the violence against the community. “The massive displacement and victimization of people, including large numbers of the ethnic Rohingya community and other minorities, shows that Burmese security forces are not protecting civilians,” the statement released by the office of the White House press secretary said.“We are alarmed by the allegations of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, burning of villages, massacres, and rape, by security forces and by civilians acting with these forces’ consent,” it added, calling on the Burmese security authorities to respect the rule of law, end the violence and displacement of civilians, and work with the elected government in implementing the Rakhine Commission’s recommendations. Related ItemsIndia Myanmar crisisIndian stand RohingyaLittle IndiaModi MyanmarRohingya refugees IndiaUN slams India RohingyaUS Rohingya issue
The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017 is a testament to the “strong friendship” between India and the United States, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, said on Nov. 21. The event is being hosted in Hyderabad next week by India and the United States.The summit “demonstrates the administration’s commitment to the principle that when women are economically empowered, their communities and countries thrive,” Trump, who happens to be a fashion designer, entrepreneur, author and television personality, said, adding that she looks forward to the visit. She added that India is a “great friend and partner” of the United States, and that the goal of the collaboration is to grow the shared economic and security partnership.Trump will arrive in India on Nov. 28 to attend the three-day summit, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She will lead a delegation of 350 participants from the United States. Over 1,500 entrepreneurs from 170 countries will take part in the summit, which carries the theme “Women First, Prosperity for All”.Trump, the executive vice president of The Trump Organization, is the author of two books — The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life and Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success. She was also a member of her father’s TV show, The Apprentice.At the summit in Hyderabad, Trump will deliver the keynote address. She will participate in two panels — The plenary session: “Be the Change – Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership,” on Nov. 28 evening, and then a breakout session, “We Can Do It! Innovations in Workforce Development and Skills Training” the next morning.US Treasurer Jovita Carranza, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Neomi Rao, USAID administrator Mark Green, and Overseas Private Investment Corporation president and CEO Ray Washburne will also be present with her.The summit will comprise 52.5 per cent female entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem supporters. Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Israel and seven other countries will be represented by an all-women delegation, the State Department said. Entrepreneurs from a wide age range will be present at the summit, with the youngest being 13 and the oldest 84. Nearly 31.5 per cent of the delegates are aged 30 years or below. The delegates represent energy and infrastructure, healthcare and life sciences, financial technology and digital economy, and media and entertainment sectors. Related Itemsglobal entrepreneurship summitHyderabadIvanka Trump
The Indian Cabinet has given its nod for the opening of 18 new Indian missions in Africa over a period of four years, from 2018-2021, providing a boost to relations between Indian and Africa, the government said in a statement.The 18 new Indian missions in Africa will be opened in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Rwanda, Sao Tome& Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland and Togo over a four-year period from 2018-2021. This will increase the number of resident Indian missions in Africa from 29 to 47.“The decision will enhance India’s diplomatic outreach in the African continent and allow India to engage with Indian diaspora in African countries. Opening of new Missions is also a step towards implementing the vision of enhanced co-operation and engagement with Africa,” the statement said on March 21.The Cabinet’s approval in opening of missions in Africa is in line with its efforts to implement the commitments chalked out during the third India-Africa forum summit that was held in New Delhi in October 2015 .The summit saw both the countries resolving to facilitate greater mutual understanding of cultures, traditions and heritage and bringing people closer through exchanges at various levels.According to India-Africa framework for strategic cooperation, the two countries are committed to encourage the use of modern social networks to build communities of mutual interest. In the area of economic cooperation, they emphasized their commitment to achieve sustainable prosperity and reaffirmed their collaboration to promote inclusive and sustainable growth for a decent life for the people of the region.The framework highlighted that Africa-India trade has multiplied in the last 15 years and doubled in the last five years, reaching nearly $ 72 billion in 2014-2015. There is growing investment by Indian companies, both multinational and small and medium-sized enterprises, in Africa in a range of sectors.“Energy and Infrastructure form substantial part of the ongoing cooperation between Africa and India. The forms of our ongoing cooperation include training, capacity building, consultancy and project implementation through concessional credit in areas including water supply management, power generation and transmission, road and railway construction and upgradation, hydrocarbon exploration among others,” the statement said.India and Africa together can shape the future of the world, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in May last year, PTI reported, emphasizing on the need to increase the cooperation between the two sides. He spoke at the opening session of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) annual meeting in Gandhinagar. “If India is a bright spot, then Africa is not very far away,” he had said. Related ItemsAfricaIndian Missions
Immigration lawyers should be given access to the 121 immigrants being held at a Oregon prison, a federal judge said on June 25, the Associated Press reported. Among the detainees at the Sheridan prison are 52 Indians, most of them hailing from Punjab.“We are a nation under law,” District Judge Michael Simon said in Portland, according to the Portland Mercury. “The rule of law is one of our most cherished principles. And because we are a nation that lives under law, the right to legal counsel is a right that has been recognized as required,” he added.Simon granted immediate access to legal counsel for the alleged illegal immigrants, and approved an emergency restraining order against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for violating the detainees’ constitutional rights to due process, according to the publication. The restraining order was sought by the non-profit organization, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Innovation Law Lab.The judge also prohibited ICE from conducting asylum hearings or deportation proceedings for the immigrants before they have had access to a lawyer or a “know your rights” training, the report added. The detainees must be provided at least two rooms for six hours a day to meet lawyers for consultation or attend group “know your rights” training, he said, the news agency reported. The immigrants cannot be moved outside Oregon without the court’s approval, Simon further ruled.The ACLU of Oregon filed a lawsuit on June 22, saying that the U.S. government is violating the constitutional rights of immigrant detainees by not allowing them access to lawyers.The immigrants housed at Sheridan Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) belong to 16 countries, but most of them are from India and Nepal. They have been lodged in tiny cells since they were held 26 days ago, shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump launched a “zero tolerance” policy against undocumented immigrants in May.Reiterating his hard stance over the issue, Trump tweeted on June 24 that people who enter the country illegally should be deported without any court hearing. “We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents,” Trump posted on Twitter.Besides the 52 Indians detained at Oregon, 42 others are held at the Otero County Detention Center in New Mexico. Related ItemsOregonUnited States
Just one 25 of India’s engineering graduates is fit to work in a software company and less than 1 in six in an IT services company even after six months of training. According to Aspiring Minds, an Indian company that administers AMCAT, a standardized competency test that evaluates analytical, verbal and quantitative skills as well as personality characteristics, just 4.2% of Indian engineers measure up to work for a software product firm and 17.8% for an IT services company. Students at India’s 100 leading engineering institutions perform better on the test, but 80% of India’s engineering graduates are not from these institutions. Related Items
Melting pot or racial divide? The growth of interracial marriages is slowing among U.S.-born Hispanics and Asians. Still, blacks are substantially more likely than before to marry whites.The number of interracial marriages in the U.S. has risen 20 percent since 2000 to about 4.5 million, according to the latest census figures. While still growing, that number is a marked drop-off from the 65 percent increase between 1990 and 2000.About 8 percent of U.S. marriages are mixed-race, up from 7 percent in 2000. The latest trend belies notions of the U.S. as a post-racial, assimilated society. Demographers cite a steady flow of recent immigration that has given Hispanics and Asians more ethnically similar partners to choose from while creating some social distance from whites due to cultural and language differences.White wariness toward a rapidly growing U.S. minority population also may be contributing to racial divisions, experts said.“Racial boundaries are not going to disappear anytime soon,” said Daniel Lichter, a professor of sociology and public policy at Cornell University. He noted the increase in anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S. after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks as well as current tensions in Arizona over its new immigration law.“With a white backlash toward immigrant groups, some immigrants are more likely to turn inward to each other for support,” Lichter said.Broken down by race, about 40 percent of U.S.-born Asians now marry whites — a figure unchanged since 1980. Their likelihood of marrying foreign-born Asians, meanwhile, multiplied 3 times for men and 5 times for women, to roughly 20 percent.Among U.S.-born Hispanics, marriages with whites increased modestly from roughly 30 percent to 38 percent over the past three decades. But when it came to marriages with foreign-born Hispanics, the share doubled — to 12.5 percent for men, and 17.1 percent for women.In contrast, blacks are now three times as likely to marry whites than in 1980. About 14.4 percent of black men and 6.5 percent of black women are currently in such mixed marriages, due to higher educational attainment, a more racially integrated military and a rising black middle class that provides more interaction with other races.The numbers reflect in part an internal struggle that Asians and Hispanics say they feel navigating two cultural worlds — the U.S. and their parents’ homeland. Hai Nguyen, 37, of Houston recalls the instant connection she felt after meeting her first Vietnamese boyfriend, Greg, in college. Nguyen says while she had to explain herself to white boyfriends, with Greg it was a feeling that “he so gets me, because we eat the same food, we like the same things, our families know each other and there is so little that needs to be said.”With the enthusiastic support of her parents, she and Greg married. But their connection soon began to fade, due partly to Nguyen’s budding career as a business analyst, which clashed with more traditional expectations for her to “always have fresh food on the table.” The two divorced and Nguyen is now remarried to Jon, who is white.“My parents have prejudices, but they’ve accepted it,” said Nguyen. She described occasionally feeling different with her parents and other single-race couples. “They know it’s inevitable. My native tongue will eventually fade, and history will take its course.”The demographic shifts can complicate conventional notions of racial identity. Due to increasing interracial marriages, multiracial Americans are a small but fast-growing demographic group, making up about 5 percent of the minority population. Together with blacks, Hispanics and Asians, the Census Bureau estimates they collectively will represent a majority of the U.S. population by mid-century.Still, many multiracial people — particularly those who are part black — shun a “multi” label in favor of identifying as a single race.By some estimates, two-thirds of those who checked the single box of “black” on the census form are actually mixed, including President Barack Obama, who identified himself as black in the 2010 census even though his mother was white.Census figures also show: • Hawaii had the highest share of mixed marriages, about 32 percent. It was followed by Alaska, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Nevada, which ranged from 15 percent to 19 percent. The bottom five states were Pennsylvania, Maine, Kentucky, Mississippi and West Virginia, each ranging from 3 percent to 4 percent.• Mississippi had the fastest growth in mixed marriages from 2000-08, a sign of closer ties between blacks and whites, though it still ranked second to last in overall share of mixed marriages.• Mixed marriages jumped from 2.25 million to 3.7 million, or 65 percent, from 1990-2000, as such unions became more broadly accepted in Southern states.• Among U.S.-born whites, about 0.3 percent married blacks in 1980; that figure rose to about 1 percent in 2008. About 0.3 percent of whites married Asians in 1980 and about 1 percent in 2008. About 2 percent of whites married Hispanics in 1980, rising to about 3.6 percent in 2008.Juan Thurman, 37, a Houston sales account manager, says both family pressure and a strong ethnic identity weighed heavily on him as a Hispanic when he was dating, even as he found himself interacting more with other races in school.In high school and at Rice University, Thurman said, he had fewer opportunities to meet Hispanic women in his honors classes. Ultimately, he married Emily, who is white, based on shared life views of gender equity and a liberal outlook toward religion. He relishes having friends of many different backgrounds.“Interracial marriage is not a big deal,” Thurman said. “Still, from a family standpoint, I did feel culturally different and I continue to feel so.” —AP Related Items
The Indian population is most male dominated in Missouri, youngest in Minnesota, richest in Virginia and has the largest families in New York and most senior citizens in Maryland. New Jersey Indians are most likely to be married; New York Indians least so.A Little India analysis of the 2010 American Community Survey found enormous diversity in the characteristics of the Indian American community in the various states. The average value of Indian homes ranged from a low of $230,000 in Texas to a high of $561,900 in California. Average Indian rental costs varied from $765 in Indiana to $1,437 in California. Home ownership rates among Indians ranged from a low of 48% in Massachusetts, which curiously has the second highest income, to 67% in Florida, which has the second lowest household income.The highest proportion of Indians with a graduate or professional degree are in Missouri, twice the proportion than are found in New York. Colorado has the highest proportion of Indian veterans and U.S. born Indians, while New York the greatest percentage with disabilities and foreign born Indians who have become naturalized U.S. citizens.Missouri has the most Indians in management occupations, Michigan in manufacturing and Georgia in retail. New York Indians top in transportation, Colorado in information, Connecticut in finance, Virginia in scientific professions, Missouri in education and Tennessee in arts & entertainment. Maryland Indians are most likely to be government employees and California Indians most self employed.Virginia boasts the highest median Indian household income, New York the lowest. Per capita income is highest in Massachusetts and Georgia has the highest proportion of Indians without health insurance. Related Items
Nearly a decade ago, when Delhi based Shalu Sharma, then a fresh college graduate, was applying to universities abroad, her parents dissuaded her from choosing Canada. Sharma’s counselor had recommended Canada as an upcoming higher education destination. But when she began considering universities in Toronto and Alberta, her parents and relatives couldn’t wrap their head around why anybody would choose cold and sparsely populated Canada over more “reputed” study destination in the United States and the United Kingdom. Sharma says, “A decade ago, studying abroad was seen as much as an academic excellence issue, as an opportunity to flaunt where your kids are studying. UK, USA and Australia were the top destinations. Canada, despite its excellent economy and education system, still was not really seen as that ‘it’ place to go study. I gave in to peer pressure and ended up choosing Cardiff in UK instead.” With the 10th largest economy in the world, Canada boasts one of the world’s highest per capita incomes. It is also among the highest-ranking countries in the Human Development Index, besides being one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations. Notwithstanding the fact that it is a major immigration destination, it has been overshadowed by its towering neighbor, the United States of America. Meera Patel: “I chose Canada for more practical reasons.”In 2006, when Meera Patel, a Delhi resident chose University of Ottawa for her masters’ in law, she admits she was one of the few who didn’t opt for the USA, UK or Australia: “I chose Canada for more practical reasons. Universities abroad follow a rating system and the more reputed ones are difficult to get into. Back then Canadian universities did not follow a rating system and still provided the same infrastructure and level of education. Also, the fee structure in Canada was cheaper than in U.S. But despite these advantages my friends who were going abroad to study chose UK or U.S. instead.” Patel admits that what worked in Canada’s favor was also that she had relatives there.However, with the changing socio-political atmosphere around the world and especially in the United States, a large number of Canadian universities are witnessing an unprecedented surge in international students. As a corollary, many American universities are experiencing sharp declines. Many academicians have expressed concern that the new U.S. administration is damaging their international student recruitment efforts. A survey of 250 American colleges and universities by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers reported that 39 percent experienced a decline in international applications. The highest number of declines was reported from the Middle East. The institutions also reported that applications from India and China have also declined. 26 percent of institutions reported undergraduate application declines and 32 percent reported graduate application declines from India. Amongst the common concerns shared by international students and their families, according to the report: a perception that the climate in the U.S. was now less welcoming for individuals from other countries and that benefits and restrictions around visas could impact employment opportunities. By contrast, Canada was viewed as positively supportive of immigrants and as a great study destination. Rohit Agnihotri, faculty instructor at the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT), Winnipeg, Manitoba, admits that there has been a tremendous increase not just this year, but in recent years, in students from India and across the world coming to Canada to study. He says: “My initial reasons to come to Canada were personal. I had family here, so my wife and I chose to come here too. But over the years, we have realized that Canada really respects diversity and we are never made to feel like outsiders. THE TRUMP EFFECT?Call it the Trump effect. Canada has become the new hotbed of higher education for students across the world, with unprecedented interest among students from India, the Middle East and Mexico. Sankul Rawat, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told the Associated Press that many of his peers in India are opting for Canada over the U.S. because of the current political climate: “Right now students are thinking about how these immigration policies are going to change. Everyone is skeptical (about the) travel ban (or) if there is any kind of ban.”Leigh Ellen Keating, director of international services at Brock University, Ontario told Inside Higher Ed that at a recruitment fair she attended in Mexico earlier this year: “The table was flooded with people, which is not historically what I have seen. They just want to go to Canada and historically, I think a lot of them would go to States.”A change in Canada’s immigration system has contributed to Canada’s appeal as a study option. Under the Canada Express Entry program, students with Canadian education receive additional points, advantaging them in securing permanent residence. This fall, many Canadian universities saw an increase of 25 percent or more in the number of international students. While Canada has always been among the top-10 study destinations, the number of foreign students has doubled during the past decade. The number of study permits issued has grown from 128,411 to 2008 to 267,780 in 2016. The numbers really exploded during the past year. According to Canada Immigration News, there were 414,000 active study permits at the end of 2016. The University of Waterloo in Ontario reported a 41 percent increase in graduate international applications and a 25 percent increase in undergraduate applications. At the University of Toronto, the number of American students accepting admissions more than doubled for the 2017 session from 2016. At the University of Alberta, graduate program applications from international students grew a whopping 82 percent, with Iranians and Indians leading the pack. Applications from Iran grew 196 percent, while those from India 152 percent. There was also a 60 percent increase in graduate program applicants from America. Concordia University in Montreal likewise saw a 325 percent increase in student applications. Mexico registered a 325 percent growth, Iran 317 percent and India 233 percent. David Turpin, president of the University of Alberta told the Globe and Mail earlier this year: “We have a rising tide of isolationism and exclusion in Europe, in the United States and people are looking to Canada.”Gaurav Batra: “Earlier it was mostly students from Tier 2 cities who wanted to go abroad to study. Now more and more students from metros are going abroad too.”Gaurav Batra, an education consultant in India who runs Infinite Opportunities, says: “We send about 1,000 students from India every year to study abroad and even till today the most popular places remain U.S., UK, Australia, New Zealand and now Canada.” Batra sees a new trend forming in India: “Earlier it was mostly students from Tier 2 cities who wanted to go abroad to study. Now more and more students from metros are going abroad too.”Why is Canada in the spotlight now? Batra says: “Government policies of a certain place predominantly decide if there will be an influx of students there. For instance, till a few years ago, UK was a popular choice because students used to get a post study visa for 2 years. Today Canada is extending ease of visa and recruitment, so obviously it is turning out to be a popular choice.” He adds, “Let’s not forget that Canada currently has four prominent Punjabis in political parties and that also helps shift the focus for Indians.” THE INDIAN INTERESTAdarsh Khandelwal, an education counselor based in Delhi says: “Indians are also realizing that Canada has low cost of living than say UK or USA. Besides this, postgraduate programs, such as MBA, which is popular amongst Indians, is more affordable in Canada than in other countries.” He points out that the tuition and residence fee for an MBA in Canada is nearly $60,000, which is at least $20,000 lower than in the United States. Also in the not-so-welcoming political atmosphere in the United States, Canada’s pro-immigrant stance holds popular appeal for international students.According to a new global study, The Value of Education: Higher and Higher, commissioned by HSBC earlier this year, Canada ranked as the fourth most preferred destination for study abroad. The HSBC study, which surveyed 8,400 parents across 15 countries, also revealed that students in Canada are more likely to fund their own education goals (42 percent v a global average of 15 percent). In a list compiled by analysts at QS Quacquarelli Symonds, Montreal ranked as the top ranked city for international students, Paris, London and Seoul. Vancouver and Toronto ranked 10th and 11th. Canadian universities are expanding their outreach toward international students. The University of British Columbia plans to spend $127 million on a language college to improve the language skills of international students. Many other universities are expanding their international recruitment programs. Yet others are waiving application fees for students affected by Trump’s travel ban. The political maelstrom over the H1B visa program for professionals in the United States is also turning off international students, who view Canada’s offer of Post Graduate Work Permit for international students after their studies more favorably. The permit allows them to work for any employer for up to three years. Manpreet Khurana, who joined Cambrian College this fall, says she opted for Canada, because, “Apart from the social atmosphere shaping around the world, the fact that the Canadian government supports students by issuing work permit to students at the airport itself, made me really think of coming to Canada.” Related ItemsCanadaEducation
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has criticised the Indian bowling attack terming it as an unit that “lacks depth” as the only wicket-taking bowler is offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin.”There is no depth in the bowling attack. Once Ashwin bowls his quota of four overs, there isn’t anyone, who could run through opposition batsmen. They don’t even have the fast bowling to run through the batting line-up. Indian team’s drawback is fast bowling and the second spinner,” Akhtar told ABP News on India’s T20 series defeat against South Africa.Also read: Don’t need to take crowd trouble that seriously, says MS Dhoni “With Mohammed Shami unfit and Umesh Yadav not selected, they didn’t have any inspiration. The Indian team I believe needs to change their approach towards how they play T20 cricket and Dhoni should check the combinations that he is trying out. Ajinkya Rahane should play instead of Ambati Rayudu,” said the fearsome fast bowler of yesteryears.Akhtar also believes that the timing of the T20 matches has been a deterrent and has gone a long way towards India losing the first two matches.Also read: When crowd trouble overwhelmed India’s poor show in Cuttack “I believe they could have alter the timing of the matches which would have suited them and perhaps the result could have been different. I believe if they play three spinners during ODIs which is their strength, they would win the ODI series,” said Akhtar.Akhtar also condemned the crowd behaviour at Cuttack yesterday.advertisement”I can understand the anger amongst fans and I am not saying that it is not justified when your team plays that badly. But throwing bottles is no way to vent your anger. Indian cricket has an image and these kind of incidents sends a very wrong message to the cricket community,” he concluded.
When you were working for Client X, communication was simple! You emailed them, they emailed you; they gave you assignments, you finished on deadline. The rules were clear.Then you finished up your work with them, submitted your final invoice, and wrote a “thanks for everything” email. They, in turn, thanked you – and said, breezily, “Keep in touch!”And now here you are, hunched over your keyboard, sweating neurotically. It’s like writing to an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend that you want to reconnect with; how do you sound sane and friendly, while also expressing your interest?Savvy freelancers know that the best clients are repeat clients – and that it’s much easier to reconnect with a previous contact than it is to establish a completely new connection. But “keeping in touch” is easier to say than do; how often should you check in with old clients? How do you touch base without sounding desperate?Here are a few tips for keeping those overtures breezy, relevant, and productive:Do your researchBefore you write to Client X, snoop around Google, their website, and LinkedIn pages. Find out what their company’s been up to, and (if you can) if there’s been any staff turnover; nothing’s more awkward than asking your contact to “say hello to Bill!” if Bill was fired a year ago for verbally abusing Santa at the holiday party. If there’s been positive news, that’s an excuse to write to your client – and a good way to show that you’ve been keeping track of their work: “Congratulations on the Hoover Dam project! I wondered if you might need help plugging the leaks?”, etc.Use the excuse of special occasions (or new offers)Have you expanded your skill set since you last worked with Client X, you clever creature? Do you now do social media as well as web content, or coding as well as graphic design? That’s a great excuse for sending out a friendly little update email to your former client. Think of it this way: you’re just informing them that if they happen to need an editor who ALSO moonlights as a juggler, you can now fulfill both needs!I also like to take special occasions, especially major holidays, as an excuse to stay on a client’s radar. Nobody objects to a nice “Happy Holidays, thanks for a great year!” message. If no major holidays are forthcoming, you can also invent your own special occasion – a kind of freelance event. What’s a freelance event? Why, it’s a special deal on project pricing you are offering to select clients, for a limited time – and wouldn’t you know it, they’re on that list?* You’re just writing to let them know about it! Aren’t you considerate?*The point with this is not so much that they take advantage of your (modest) one-time deal; it’s to remind them that you exist. Don’t undercut your own prices, and make sure that you build in a deadline for clients to take advantage of any discount.Keep it shortHow many emails do you get a day? How often do you closely read the long ones?Keep it short (3-5 sentences), keep it friendly and casual, keep it germane. Again, you’re just reminding Client X that you’re alive and that your services are available. You’re not sending out a digital newsletter – that’s a whole ‘nother animal. Newsletters are perfectly viable tools with their own tricks and traps; these strategies are for personalized emails to select clients.Don’t expect a responseSometimes you’ll send a carefully-crafted, researched email into the ether… and never hear back. Sometimes you’ll get a two-word blurb in response. Sometimes you will be deafened by the silence.And sometimes, they’ll offer you a gig.Don’t wait on tenterhooks for a response (and don’t take it personally if you don’t get one at all). It’s not necessarily a rejection! The point is more to keep in long-term contact than to land a short-term project. Make sure the email you send gives Client X your most current contact information and an invitation to get in touch; the ball is now in their court.With a few tweaks, writing this kind of “how-are-you” fishing email can transform from a queasiness-inducing endeavor to a perfectly casual, painless experience! It’s smart, it’s professional, and yes – it’s relatively easy. Just keep in touch!
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fenerbahce rival Caen for Leicester striker Fousseni Diabateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe race for Leicester City striker Fousseni Diabate is heating up.Caen are keen to set up a loan deal for the 23 year-old next month.However, Le 10 Sport says Caen face competition from Turkish giants Fenerbahce for Diabate.Like Caen, Fener are eager to discuss a loan deal with Leicester for Diabate.The forward joined the Foxes a year ago from Ajaccio.
Next Barcelona legend Xavi to retire: This is my last season as a playerXavi made his debut for Barcelona in 1998 after coming through the club’s famed La Masia academy and soon became the heartbeat of the team’s midfield.advertisement Reuters BarcelonaMay 3, 2019UPDATED: May 3, 2019 09:29 IST Xavi was one of the key players when Spain won their first and only World Cup in 2010 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSXavi has made a record 767 appearances for Barcelona and 133 for Spain so farXavi won 8 La Liga titles and 4 Champions League crowns before joining Al SaddXavi won the World Cup with Spain and Euro titles in 2008 and 2012Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez will retire at the end of the season to move into coaching, calling time on a trophy-laden career spanning two decades.Xavi, who has made a record 767 appearances for Barca and 133 for Spain, confirmed his retirement plans in an open letter sent to members of the Spanish media on Thursday.”This is my last season as a player but I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds for me as a coach,” wrote Xavi, who has been playing for Qatari side Al Sadd since leaving Barca in 2015.”It has been a privilege to play football until 39 years of age and now I would like to finish the season on a high by winning the Emir Cup and by getting to the next phase of the Asian Champions League.”Xavi made his debut for Barca in 1998 after coming through the club’s famed La Masia academy and soon became the heartbeat of the team’s midfield, winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns before joining Al Sadd.He was one of the key players when Spain won their first and only World Cup in 2010 as well as their European Championship triumphs in 2008 and 2012, eventually retiring from the national team after a disappointing 2014 World Cup.Last month he helped Al Sadd win the Qatar Stars League, the country’s top flight division, and has reached the quarter-finals of the Emir Cup with the team.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow XaviFollow Xavi HernandezFollow FC Barcelona
Delivering Jamaica’s Policy Statement at the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 27, Mr. Holness told world leaders that it is the greatest hope of small developing countries, such as Jamaica, that the UN high-level middle-income meeting, scheduled for later this year, will give full consideration to those matters as well as ways in which the UN system can provide support. “I am reiterating my call for the international financial institutions to address this present problem known as the middle-income trap. We believe that a special highly indebted middle- income initiative could provide the framework for the type of support that these countries require,” said the Prime Minister. Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness, has called on international financial institutions to reconsider how small developing countries are classified for loan consideration.“I am reiterating my call for the international financial institutions to address this present problem known as the middle-income trap. We believe that a special highly indebted middle- income initiative could provide the framework for the type of support that these countries require,” said the Prime Minister.Delivering Jamaica’s Policy Statement at the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 27, Mr. Holness told world leaders that it is the greatest hope of small developing countries, such as Jamaica, that the UN high-level middle-income meeting, scheduled for later this year, will give full consideration to those matters as well as ways in which the UN system can provide support.Mr. Holness said the goal is to forge collaboration and a partnership between UN member states and the private sector to determine practical solutions, as well as ways of sourcing new and long-term capital, utilising a mix of public, private and balanced financing.The Prime Minister said that even as small developing states seek financing for sustainable development, they are mindful that “we live in a world where international peace and security are under threat”.He said the world has witnessed terrorist attacks and grapples with a range of conflicts that appear intolerable.Mr. Holness said that Jamaica is interested in efforts to build a secure environment through combating the illicit trafficking and trade in small arms and light weapons.“We have made significant national institutional changes, undertaken policy enhancements and adopted legislative amendments in the areas of security and justice,” the Prime Minister noted, adding that Jamaica is looking forward to working with member states, the UN system and partners at all levels to ensure that the progress made is sustainable. Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness, has called on international financial institutions to reconsider how small developing countries are classified for loan consideration. Story Highlights
zoom VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc., has began construction on Taíno, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s second of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships.VT Halter Marine and Crowley entered into a contract for the pair of ships in November 2013 and construction began on the second ship with the first steel plate cutting in Pascagoula, Miss., on Thursday morning.“This is a momentous occasion in the history of the company and in the Commitment Class build program,” said John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico liner services.“Like our customers, we have been waiting with great anticipation for construction to begin on the Taíno, and we look forward to the day in the near future that they will begin service between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico. These new ships embody superior technology, and will offer enhanced performance and safety while setting new standards for environmentally responsible shipping.”The Commitment Class ships have been designed to maximize the carriage of 53-foot, 102-inch-wide containers, which offer the most cubic cargo capacity in the trade.The ships will be 219.5 meters long, 32.3 meters wide (beam), have a deep draft of 10 meters, and an approximate deadweight capacity of 26,500 metric tonnes. Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent-units), with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles in an enclosed Ro/Ro garage. The main propulsion and auxiliary engines will be fueled by environmentally friendly LNG. The ship design was provided by Wartsila Ship Design in conjunction with Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime, a Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm.The Jones Act ships will replace Crowley’s towed triple-deck barge fleet, which has served the trade since the early 1970s. El Coquí and Taíno are scheduled for delivery in the second and fourth quarter 2017 respectively.Images: Crowley
MONTREAL – A Bishop’s University student died and another was injured after they both fell at a beach resort in the Dominican Republic while on spring break vacation over the weekend.University officials said Ben Houtman, who was from Vancouver, died early Saturday morning. The other student has been hospitalized, the school said.Houtman’s family said in a separate statement released Monday he was the victim of an accidental fall at the Hamaca Beach resort in Santo Domingo.They remembered him as a “treasured young man who has left an indelible impression on all of our lives.”“We are shattered and grieving the loss of our only son, Ben,” the statement read. “At the same time we are truly grateful for the overwhelming support and love we have received from friends and family.Houtman, 21, was part of a group of 30 students from the Sherbrooke, Que. university who left Friday for a spring break trip to the Caribbean.The trip wasn’t organized by the university, where Houtman had been a student at the Williams School of Business since 2014.“It was an unfortunate accident that could have happened anytime, anywhere,” his parents said. “Ben was enjoying himself in the prime of his life. He loved travel, camping, sports and music and especially loved bringing people together.”Friend and roommate James Huxham, who was with Houtman in the Dominican Republic, remembered him as “the glue that held a massive group of friends that stretch across Canada and the world.”In a text message, Huxham said Houtman enriched the lives of many by making them feel comfortable and safe.“Whether it was a smile, a kind word, or a hug, he always made lifelong connections,” Huxham said.Principal Michael Goldbloom said the institution is offering support and counselling to anyone who may need it.“We know that this tragedy will be deeply felt by many members of our community,” Goldbloom wrote in a statement to the university community on Sunday.“Ben was a very thoughtful and positive person with a wide circle of friends. He loved bringing people together and ensuring that no one felt excluded.”Global Affairs Canada said they are working with local authorities to get more information about what happened.“Canadian officials in Santo Domingo and in Ottawa are providing consular assistance to the families and to the injured Canadian,” said spokesman Philip Hannan.The university said it plans to hold a vigil for Houtman when classes resume.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The horrific mass murder at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend is putting anti-Semitism in the spotlight, not just south of the border, but here in Canada.The Jewish human rights advocate B’nai Brith Canada tracks cases of anti-Semitism and they say it’s definitely on the rise, with 2016 and 2017 being record-breaking years. Most of the cases involve harassment and most of it occurs online.In 2017, the advocacy group says there were 1,752 recorded incidents of anti-Semitism in Canada, which included vandalism and violence.It’s something Vancouver-based Rabbi Philip Bregman has dealt with it his whole career. He says some may feel emboldened by the current political rhetoric in the United States.“I was the rabbi at Temple Shalom in 1985 when our synagogue on West 10th was firebombed and destroyed with a Molotov cocktail,” Bregman tells NEWS 1130. “Numerous incidents with hate mail and death threats, and swastikas and so on, since I came out here in 1980… places that are supposed to be a bastions of dialogue and sense of tolerance and yet that doesn’t seem to be the case even on the campuses.”While anti-Semitism is a pervasive problem, Bregman says a lot can be accomplished by interacting with people who are different from you, and learning how similar we all are at the end of the day.“My own synagogue helped Vietnamese boat people and people from the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia and helping to settle Kurds,” Bregman says. “We know what it’s like to be ‘the other’ and to be on the outside, so we feel a real sense of responsibility to be there to help individuals come into this country.”We thank all our community and friends for the overwhelming show of solidarity and support. Thank you for all the calls, visits and flowers. #togetheragainstantisemitism pic.twitter.com/DwMb4vSU9S— JCC of Greater Vancouver (@JCCVancouver) October 29, 2018Earlier this year, the Toronto-based Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies commissioned a study which found that one in six Canadians express views that could be considered anti-Semitic. Avi Benlolo, the centre’s president and CEO, says the Jewish community is the most targeted ethnic community in Canada.“When you take the statistical element into account, I think there is very much an active threat against our community,” Benlolo says.“We’re seeing a rising tide of nationalism, that actually started in Europe a number of years ago. Many violent acts in France against Jewish communities, including the Kosher market [in Paris in November 2015]. We’re seeing a resurgence of the White supremacist movement. We saw that in Charlottesville, where protesters were marching down the street calling ‘Jews will not replace us.’”He believes that advocacy and education about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism can remedy that right-wing resurgence and general nationalism.“If you study the Holocaust, where six million Jews were murdered because of violent anti-Semitism and racial policies by the Nazis, you understand that words can actually kill.”
The Meewasin Valley Authority hosted it’s first “bioblitz” this past Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at the Northeast Swale Saskatoon, SK on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Owen Woytowich / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Owen Woytowich / Saskatoon StarPhoenix The Meewasin Valley Authority hosted it’s first “bioblitz” this past Saturday, August 17th, 2019. Kenton Lysak, senior interpreter with Meewasin Valley Authority demonstrating how they find specimens at the Northeast Swale Saskatoon, SK on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Candace Savage wants her grandchildren to grow up knowing the beauty and importance of prairie grasslands.With her grandchildren in tow, Savage attended the Meewasin Valley Authority’s Bioblitz on Saturday at the city’s Northeast Swale. They took the opportunity to smell wild roses and pick sage, which brought back memories.“My mom grew up in Southern Alberta, and every time we were on the prairies, she would pick sage and we would smell it,” Savage said. “We know in Saskatchewan that the land is the basis of all our history and experience here. We have less than 10 per cent of the original landscape left. So to have a place like this, right within the city, is pretty rare, pretty fabulous.”Bioblitz is an annual citizen science eco-scavenger hunt where participants help document plant and animal species to aid in future conservation. There are four Bioblitz events at different locations around Saskatoon.“Bioblitz helps engage people to learn more about our natural areas and is a way to document the overall biodiversity,” said Renny Grilz, MVA’s resource management officer. “What wildlife is there? What’s the health of the site? It’s important to collect that critical information so we can adjust our management style accordingly.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. The Northeast Swale is unique because it’s home to a mating dancing ground for sharp-tailed grouse, Saskatchewan’s provincial bird. The dancing ground, or “lek,” can host 30 to 40 males in a given year.“This may be one of the largest leks in the province,” said Grilz, who discovered the lek with his son in spring 2016. “A lot of leks across the province have been monitored since the 1950s, so to find one recently within city limits shows you can always find something new at these sites.”The Northeast Swale also has rare and endangered species of plants, birds and amphibians. Meghan Mickelson, a nature photographer and MVA volunteer, says Bioblitz helps to educate people on the importance of endangered grasslands.“I think a lot of people look at the Northeast Swale while driving by and think it just looks like everywhere else,” Mickelson said. “But down in the grass there’s all these different species that we don’t know a ton about and haven’t been documented.”To ease the process, participants are encouraged to record what they find using the app iNaturalist.“When you upload photos to iNaturalist, it has plant recognition, and then scientists can go in and confirm it. I put the GPS on, too, so it gives the exact location,” Mickelson said, adding that she uses the app to collect information year-round.With iNaturalist the MVA can create a permanent record of which species are at each site. Grilz noted that for the fourth year in a row, they confirmed the sighting of a short-eared owl at the Northeast Swale, which is a species at risk for Saskatchewan.Mickelson says the app makes science accessible for everyone.“You don’t have to be a scientist to participate. You just go out there and take photos,” Mickelson said. “Just by doing that, you’re contributing to citizen science and the conservation of the area, which helps Meewasin.”
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), sitting in The Hague, the Netherlands, accepted the prosecution’s decision to end its case earlier than originally scheduled.It also decided to move the start of Mr. Miloševic’s defence case to 8 June to take account of the prosecution’s move and Mr. Miloševic’s ill-health. He will be given 150 days to present his case.Mr. Miloševic is facing charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for events in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo during the 1990s.
Kaitlin Race plays Isobel in the Dramatic Arts production of Lion in the Streets.The burden of memory and the power of forgiveness are themes of the upcoming play Lion in the Streets, which will be performed by the Dramatic Arts department from Feb. 16 to 18.Judith Thompson’s play follows the ghost of nine-year-old Isobel, a Portuguese immigrant who died 17 years earlier. Searching for her killer, she watches over the living and suffers with them, finally experiencing possible salvation.A Governor General’s Award recipient for drama, Thompson has penned plays such as The Other Side of the Dark and White Biting Dog. Brock’s performance is directed by Danielle Wilson and designed by David Vivian. Its contemporary movement is choreographed by Gerry Trentham, artistic director of Toronto’s pounds per square inch. Eight Dramatic Arts students will star: Kaitlin Race, Emma Bulpin, Kédie McIntyre, Olivia Jackson, Tanisha Minson, Dylan Mawson, Matt DaCosta, and Jonathan Phillips, with assistant direction by Rebekka Gondosch. The students will play 29 roles.“Lion in the Streets provides a window into the private lives of people living in an ordinary neighbourhood in Toronto,” Wilson said. “As a society, we operate on the level that everything is fine on the surface. Through Isobel’s journey, we witness the darkness or the ‘lion’ stirring beneath the surface of people living in her neighbourhood.The play is intensely provocative, Wilson said, and “very funny and very beautiful.”Showtimes:Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.Friday, Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.All performances will be in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. To order, call 905-688-5550 x3257 or visit the Centre for the Arts.Matt DaCosta as Michael, top, fights with Jonathan Phillips as Rodney as Kaitlin Race looks on in Lion in the Streets.
Matthew Spencer, a retail workers who lives closeby, said: “It couldn’t be worse to be honest. It’s an eyesore. I think steps could be a good idea for access but how they’ve done it is terrible.”The material looks horrible. They should have used something more natural. I think they’ve ruined how it looks. It’s ugly and overly modern – just not a good look.”Others were equally outspoken, with Steve Burkey, another resident, claiming that the new staircase amounted to “archaeological sacrilege”.“This is a very bad idea and should not have been implemented at all,” he added. “What next? Flatten Stonehenge? One thousand years of Thetford history defaced by a galvanised staircase!” Picturesque views of an 11th century motte-and-bailey castle in Norfolk have been ruined by the construction of an “overly modern” fiberglass staircase, built to preserve the historic site, locals say.The ruins of Thetford Castle, a Norman hillfort destroyed in 1173 under the orders of Henry II, have remained a popular tourist attraction on the outskirts of the market town for centuries.But now the 80 ft mound has been turned into“eyesore” following the decision by the local council to build a fleet of steps to prevent erosion caused by visitors climbing to its peak.The £65,000 project has faced stern opposition from residents, who claim it has created a “huge scar” on an otherwise “beautiful” landscape. New stairs on Castle hill in Thetford that have upset some localsCredit:SWNS However, a Thetford Town Council spokesman defended the installation of the staircase, adding that wooden, more natural-looking materials would have required more foundations and “costly maintenance and replacement.”A spokesman for Historic England said: “While we accept the steps will change the visual appeal of the site, they also bring significant benefits in terms of increased public access and better management.” A petition has also been set up on the website Change.org entitled “Better looking steps for Castle Hill in Thetford” which has so far received nearly 400 signatures. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.