Wisconsin reintroduces bill to make English the official language of state

first_imgiStock(MADISON, Wisc.) — Lawmakers in Wisconsin are reviving a proposal from a 2013 bill in hopes of making English the official language of the state.Sens. André Jacque, Steve Nass and Dave Craig, all of whom are Republicans, reintroduced the bill on Monday.The legislation would additionally require all written statements by state and local government in Wisconsin to be in English unless otherwise specified by law, or if another language is appropriate to the circumstances of an individual case, according to a copy of the preliminary draft of the bill obtained by ABC News.Such cases could include protecting the health and safety of a citizen, protecting the rights of a criminal defendant or crime victim, or promoting tourism, according to the draft.Jacque told ABC News that his hope for the bill is to create more opportunities for all U.S. residents.“When you do gain English proficiency, a greater world of opportunities open to you,” he said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “I think it helps put people in a place of greater economic self-sufficiency,” he added.The proposal has support from both Republicans and Democrats, according to Jacque. He is hopeful that it will be referred to a standing committee sometime this month.The memo cites a Rasmussen Reports poll of 1,000 American adults that showed 77% supporting English as the official language.At least 27 other states have passed official language laws, according to the online archival site of the U.S. Constitution.Critics of the bill are calling it discriminatory.“I feel like no one is asking for this,” Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera Action, told ABC Milwaukee affiliate WISN. “It’s not going anywhere, and the only purpose it serves is to provide discrimination against a group of people. And it’s disgusting in my opinion.”There is no official language in the U.S. The majority of Americans, about 79%, speak only English at home, according to the U.S. Census’s most recent data in 2017.The census also showed that the number of U.S. residents speaking a foreign language at home reached a record of nearly 67 million and nearly half of the residents in the country’s five largest cities speak a language other than English at home.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Estate agents should tell house hunters more about flood risk, say insurers

first_imgEstate Agents may soon have to provide more information about flood risk when marketing properties if plans published by the insurance industry come to fruition.Trade organisation the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has launched a ten-point Building Blueprint to reduce the number of home owners who face the horrors of flooding, fires and water leaks in their homes.This includes a call for house hunters to be given more information up front rather than making them wait until a mortgage valuation survey is completed.The ABI says £13 million is paid out every day by the industry for homes and businesses which have been damaged by weather or fire, and which make up 50% of all property-based insurance claims each year, it says.These claims follow the government’s recently-revealed plans to build 300,000 homes every year in England by the mid-2020s, which the ABI worries, are more likely to be built on flood plains.“Insurance is there when the worst happens, to fix your home or to help keep your business afloat after damage,” says ABI senior policy adviser Laura Hughes.“But it’s better for everyone if major floods and fires can be minimised or prevented entirely.“Environmental changes mean the risk of flooding is growing for many parts of the UK, and this year has brought us a stark reminder of the worst that fire can do.“As it embarks on an ambitious building plan for homes, it is important Government has a firm eye on the steps it should be taking to help all properties, including businesses, be more resilient in the face of these threats.”Other measures included within the ABI’s blueprint include more spending on flood defences and improving the planning process to prevent homes being built in high-risk areas.Association of British Insurers flooding December 4, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Estate agents should tell house hunters more about flood risk, say insurers previous nextEstate agents should tell house hunters more about flood risk, say insurersTrade body launches action plan to reduce the number of home owners who face flooding following government’s recently-announced plan to build 300,000 every year by mid-2020s.Nigel Lewis4th December 201701,247 Viewslast_img read more

MUI issues fatwa, implementing ‘social distancing’ for Islamic worship

first_imgThe Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has issued a fatwa on compulsory Muslim prayers specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.MUI Fatwa Council chair Hasanuddin said in a written statement on Monday that Muslims in areas where COVID-19 had spread “uncontrollably” were “not permitted to perform Friday prayers in those areas until the situation returns to normal”.“They are obliged to replace [the Friday prayer] with the zuhr [midday] prayer [at home]. Likewise, it is [forbidden] to hold religious activities that involve large numbers of people that could further spread COVID-19,” Hasanuddin said in the statement. He added that Muslims in areas “less affected” by COVID-19 could perform the Friday prayer at mosques. However, people were encouraged to minimize physical contact, bring their own prayer mats and wash their hands diligently.The MUI also prohibited Muslims who tested positive for COVID-19 from attending Friday prayer at mosques, and instructed them to replace the obligatory Friday prayer with the zuhr at home.”It is haram for a [person with] COVID-19 to carry out sunnah activities that create opportunities for contagion, such as performing the daily prayers in congregation, the tarawih [special Ramadan prayer] and the Eid prayer at mosques and other public places, as well as attending public [Quranic] recitations or majelis taklim [Quran study groups],” the fatwa stated.The statement also said that the bathing the bodies of the dead should be carried out by medical authorities in compliance with their protocols and with regard to Islamic law.Hasanuddin added that funeral prayers and burials should be conducted as usual, but with precautions in order to avoid exposure to COVID-19.The fatwa council also stated that actions that caused panic and/or public losses, such as hoarding basic necessities and face masks, were haram. On March 16, Indonesia reported 134 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including five deaths. The virus has spread throughout the country, including major regions like Jakarta, Yogyakarta, West Java, Central Java, Banten, Bali, North Sulawesi and West Kalimantan. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Lincolnshire comeback stuns Surrey on opening day of Women’s County Final

first_img Tags: Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Surre, Women’s County Finals, Yorkshire 16 Sep 2019 Lincolnshire comeback stuns Surrey on opening day of Women’s County Final Lincolnshire battled back to secure a 5-4 victory against Surrey on the first day of the Women’s County Finals at Delamere Forest Golf Club, Cheshire.Despite being 3-0 down going after the morning foursomes, Lincolnshire were able to secure their first point of the week after winning five out of six available points in the afternoon’s single matches. The stand-out performance came from Meg Illingworth who won 5&4 over Gabby Shacklady.Lincolnshire’s India Clyburn, Billie-Jo Smith and Ellise Rymer all won by one whilst the game was secured by Helen McDougal on the 17th after beating Jessica Adams of Surrey by two.Lincolnshire Team Captain, Helen Dawson, said the team proved what they could do: “They believe in themselves, they believe in each other and this afternoon they proved they can do it. You have to be confident, we all think we’re going to win, we all hope we’re going to win, we’ll all do our best to win.She added: “[after the morning foursomes] I think we thought we had nothing to lose, just go for it and don’t play it too safe.”Defending champions Gloucestershire also overcame a foursomes deficit to pick up an opening day victory. In conditions preferable to the storms at Royal North Devon GC last year, Gloucestershire were able to dominate the singles after a slow start in the morning’s play.Although Ffion Tynan and Alex Saunders took the first foursomes 7&6, Norfolk fought back to take the remaining two foursomes points.However, in the singles it was a different story as Gloucestershire almost swept the board. Apart from Abigail O’Riordan’s 1up victory over Jess Brown, Norfolk were unable to stop the defending champions, with each singles win at least 3&2 on the day.Meanwhile, Yorkshire, who missed out on the last day in 2019, started off their campaign with a crushing 8-1 victory over Buckinghamshire to jump to the top of the early standings in Cheshire.Buckinghamshire were competitive throughout the morning foursomes and it was only late on that Yorkshire secured a trio of tight 1 hole, 2 hole and 2&1 wins.However, they couldn’t apply enough pressure in the singles to make any serious threat to the Yorkshire charge. Thalia Kirby’s 2 hole win over Lily Hurst was Bucks only highlight as Nicola Slater, Mia Eales-Smith, Beth Norton, Evie Cooke and Hannah Holden all picked up singles wins.Image courtesy of Leaderboard PhotographyView the full leaderboardlast_img read more

Lolo Jones not minding underdog role in Sochi

first_imgIn this Oct. 25, 2013, photo, Jazmine Fenlator, right, and Lolo Jones look up after coming to a stop after racing in the U.S. women’s bobsled team Olympic trials in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Lolo Jones knows weird things can happen at an Olympics.In Beijing and London, that worked against her. In Sochi, it may prove to be her medal breakthrough.The reality is that being in USA-3 with Jazmine Fenlator for the women’s bobsled competition at the Sochi Games quite simply means that Jones is not expected to leave the Olympics with a medal. It’s far from impossible, but it also would be fair to deem it surprising if she and Fenlator are on the podium after four runs next week.“This is the Olympics of the underdogs,” Jones said Friday after a training session. “You think about everybody who was supposed to medal who didn’t medal and then you think about just so many people who have kind of come up and got a first medal. It’s been a really weird Olympics. You go down the line like Shaun White, Shani Davis, who else we have, Heather (Richardson) … it’s been definitely a year of the underdogs. I’ve never seen anything like it.”If that trend continues, USA-3 won’t complain.Jones was surrounded by expectations as a hurdler in the past two Summer Olympics, where she didn’t medal. In Sochi, she still commands attention — naturally — but there’s no huge burden of expectation, either.“It’s completely different. It’s absolutely different,” Jones said. “There’s no pressure. It’s Jaz’s first Olympics. She’s all about just having a good experience and just executing. That’s the two goals for her. And for me it’s just all about being the best teammate and giving her the best, most amazing push and velocity that she could ever ask or hope for.”Does she want a medal? Silly question. It’s why she’s bobsledding.But she also knows that many of the other sleds in the field are consistently faster than USA-3. Hardly anybody would look at results from this season or any training data and say USA-3 “should” medal.Could, yes. Should, that’s a different story.“Yes, it’s my first Olympics,” Fenlator said. “Yes, I’m an underdog or whatever you want to say. But I’m here on a mission. And I have expectations to do well.”Fair enough. And it’s not like Fenlator is some unaccomplished driver — she had three top-four finishes in eight World Cup races this season, including one silver medal, and finished seventh in the overall points standings.It’s why Jones calls the Sochi Games a “weird Olympics,” especially after some big-name American medal favorites struggled, others like Lindsey Vonn were derailed by injury even before the Olympics, and athletes like Sage Kotsenburg, Joss Christensen and Erin Hamlin have been surprise success stories.Jones and Fenlator wouldn’t mind adding themselves to that list.“We’re hoping to sweep the podium,” Fenlator said. “That’s what we want, to see three American flags. But at the end of the day we’re super proud of how far we’ve come and we’ve prepared ourselves as best as possible to represent our nation and everyone at home. So we’re going to hold our heads high and be super proud.”The team selection process was draining, especially after Jones was chosen to the Olympic squad over two longer-tenured brakemen. One was Katie Eberling, who was in Elana Meyers’ USA-1 sled for training on Friday even though Lauryn Williams — like Jones, another track athlete turned bobsledder — will be in that seat for the Olympic races.Eberling, selected as an Olympic alternate, said the team had some meetings, aired some grievances, and have since collectively moved on.“I had to move past the heartbreak and negativity and just realize that if I don’t take this chance to enjoy it, I’ll regret it,” Eberling said.If the drama over selections is bothering Jones, it wasn’t showing Friday.Here, she’s actually having fun, which is a departure from past Olympics.She was one misstep from gold in Beijing, nearly fought her way through injuries to capture a medal in London, and would appreciate nothing more than finally getting that medal in Sochi.And if it doesn’t pan out this time, the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, back in her hurdle element, are very much in her plans.“I think every Olympian goes to the Olympics and thinks about a medal,” Jones said. “If you’re not going and thinking about a medal, you shouldn’t go.”last_img read more

Dreher finishes at three over for Symetra Classic

first_imgOverall it was a solid round for Dreher who parred 14 of her 18 holes Saturday. She started the day on the 10th hole, and her only bogey on the first nine came on hole 14 to sit at one over at the turn.Dreher got her day back to even par on the first hole as she nailed her birdie putt. However, she dropped two with a double bogey on the second hole, and another stroke on the fifth with a bogey, before rounding out her final four holes with pars.Laura Kueny was the big winner of the weekend as she finished her tournament at six under par, and shot a 71 on her final round. The top Canadian was Izzy Beisiegel of St. Hilaire, Quebec who finished second overall at 5 under par. She shot a 69 on the final day.- Advertisement -As for Dreher, she will have no time to rest as she will be back on the links tomorrow in Vancouver making an appearance in the CN Canadian Women’s Tour.last_img read more

SA, Zim border recruitment centre

first_img28 August 2006A recruitment centre to help reduce the number of illegal Zimbabwean immigrants in South Africa – while promoting the legal flow of economic migrants, and protecting them from exploitation by employers – opened at the Beitbridge border post on Friday.Business Day reports that the office, the first of its kind in Africa, will be manned by officials from South Africa, Zimbabwe and the International Office for Migration.It will assist Zimbabweans seeking employment in South Africa with legal documents, and in particular will help regularise the status of thousands of Zimbabweans who work on South African farms, especially in Limpopo province.Illegal Zimbabwean immigrants who are repatriated from South Africa will also be received at the office.According to South Africa’s Department of Labour, the centre will provide deportees and other people in need of legal documents with food and other basic amenities while their documents are being sorted out.It will include an HIV/Aids counselling centre, and serve as a centre point for the United Nations World Food Programme.Friday’s opening follows site inspections by South African Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana and his Zimbabwean counterpart, Nicholas Goche, in January.Both Ministers have said the office will help to reduce both illegal migration and the abuse of Zimbabweans by unscrupulous employers who take advantage of the vulnerable status of foreigners.Earlier this month, international rights watchdog Human Rights Watch released a report saying that Zimbabwean migrants to South Africa who lacked the proper documents were liable to be “arrested, detained and deported under conditions that flout South Africa’s Immigration Act.”And whether or not Zimbabwean farm workers had the proper documents, Human Rights Watch said, South African employers “openly disregard the minimum wage, sometimes use a piece rate system rather than the hours of work to calculate remuneration, and make unlawful deductions from workers’ wages.”According to Business Day, South Africa plans to set up similar centres on its borders with Mozambique, Lesotho and Botswana.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

29 Million Searches Per Minute: Global Search Engine Market Grew 46% in 2009

first_imgAccording to comScore, Internet users in the U.S. conducted the highest number of searches on the top 10 search engines in 2009. U.S. Internet users over 15 conducted over 22 billion searches last year, followed by China (13 billion) and Japan (9 billion).Just yesterday, we reported that traffic analyst firm Hitwise’s latest data shows that the traffic to social networks in Australia is getting to the point where it will soon surpass traffic to search engines. Judging from these numbers, even if social networks pass search in terms of traffic at some point, search still has a lot of headroom to grow and will continue to do so in the near future. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#search#web frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market According to the latest data from comScore, Internet users over the age of 15 conducted over 29 million searches per minute in 2009. Overall, the global search market grew 46% in 2009. Unsurprisingly, Google continues to have a commanding lead in this market. Worldwide, Google accounted for 66% of all searches conducted in 2009 by Internet users over 15. Microsoft’s search properties, including Bing, commanded only about 3% of the total market, but Microsoft also saw the greatest gain (70%) among the top 5 search properties. In total, comScore estimates that Internet users now conduct close to 131 billion searches per year.Russian search engine Yandex was the fastest growing property among the top 10 search engine. Yandex registered a 90% gain in 2009. Except for Alibaba.com, every one of the top 10 search engines in comScore’s index registered a growth in the total number of searches conducted on their sites. Worldwide, Internet users conducted over 131 billion searches in 2009. Every day, people over 15 around the world conducted about 3.6 billion searches. That’s almost 25 million searches conducted per minute.last_img read more

Everything Looks Like a Meal to a Starving Man

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The hungrier you get, the more willing you are to eat something that isn’t really good for you. If you’re starving, all of your discipline around eating goes straight out the window, doesn’t it? That’s why you’re not supposed to wait until you are starving to eat (and why you never want to go the grocery store when you are hungry). When you’re starving you make bad decisions.I could stop writing this post right here and you would understand the point I’m making, wouldn’t you?When you go long periods without prospecting, your pipeline dries up. You become more and more desperate for something–anything–to put in your pipeline. And then, your standards are gone. The idea that you should pursue your dream clients is gone, and with it, qualifying. Instead, every lead is automatically an opportunity, and all opportunities are good.That prospect that spends a lot of money in your space but buys on price alone suddenly becomes a real opportunity–if only you could lower your prices. That nightmare prospect who doesn’t appreciate the value that you create suddenly becomes an object of desire. The prospect with a potential deal, the one with hair all over it, is transformed as if by magic into a dream client. That too small prospect, the one that will cost you more to serve than you can possibly make, is now worthy of your time and attention.This is why prospecting is critical. If you always have a healthy pipeline then you never get so desperate that you feel that you have to pursue non-opportunities. To a starving person, even something awful looks like a meal.QuestionsWhy do you get desperate for opportunities?What actions do you need to take to keep from being desperate?What happens when you do a poor job of qualifying?last_img read more

With two ONE title defenses coming up, Team Lakay has its hands full

first_imgRobin Catalan eyes KO win over hometown bet in ONE Jakarta card Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The famed Baguio City stable will be put to the test right away this year with Pacio and Eustaquio defending their respective titles just six days apart.“Training camp went well for Joshua Pacio. We were able to acquire what we wanted for him physically. We also came up with a game plan and his conditioning for his first title defense is excellent,” Sangiao said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Geje Eustaquio started training camp for Moraes as early as November. Geje’s confidence is already there, and his training has been superb so far.”Pacio plunges into action first as he defends his strawweight strap against Japanese challenger Yosuke Saruta in ONE: Eternal Glory in Jakarta, Indonesia. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “We have a ready program and game plan,” Sangiao said. “The boys will know what to do while I’m away.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eustaquio, meanwhile, is set for another flyweight title showdown in a third fight against former champion Adriano Moraes on January 25 in ONE: Hero’s Ascent at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.Sangiao will be with Pacio in Indonesia while he has already designated Folayang and Belingon to oversee Eustaquio’s training camp while he’s away.“Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon will be in charge of Eustaquio’s training while I’m away for Joshua Pacio,” shared Sangiao.“I asked Folayang to stay behind for Geje while I work Pacio’s corner in Jakarta.”Sangiao is confident everything will be in their right places.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE – Team Lakay now has four current ONE world champions after Eduard Folayang regained the lightweight title following a unanimous decision win over Singapore’s Amir Khan in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHandling four current world champions takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice.That what Team Lakay’s master tactician Mark Sangiao does it nowadays with ONE world champions Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio in his corner.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more