Meg Hemmerlehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/meg-hemmerle/ LEAPS, Reading Frogs volunteer at Paschal High School World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution + posts Zeta hosts Bright Pink workshop Facebook Meg Hemmerlehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/meg-hemmerle/ Meg Hemmerlehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/meg-hemmerle/ printLEAPS day of service is celebrating its 16th year on TCU’s campus Oct. 16, and this year the directors have revamped the program to make the sites more relational based.This year, there are 23 sites at which to volunteer, ranging from the Humane Society to Morningside Middle School. The majority of the sites are focused on helping people directly and forming relationships.“I drastically went through the list of all our sites and cut out a ton because we really want to make it relational service so that people will keep wanting to come back,” said co-director Kaitlin Stutts, a junior biology major.Choosing which sites at which to volunteer is a standard process for the LEAPS executive team. LEAPS provides transportation for all student volunteers, so all sites, with the exception of Mission Arlington and All Star Equestrian Foundation, are less than a 20 minute car ride from TCU’s campus.“We have had a running list that we pass down to each exec board of sites. Some of the sites said no for liability reasons but a lot said yes. There’s no set criteria as to how we choose sites, it’s just whoever says yes,” said Stutts.The big reason for the changes of sites is because one of LEAPS’ goals is to get people, students and alumni to go back to where they served and to continuously volunteer at the site. By adding new sites that are relational based co-directors Stutts and Jessica Puyo, a junior childhood education major, are hoping that people will want to give more.“We’re putting together sheets to hand out to participants with everything they need to know about how to go back and volunteer to make it easier for them,” said Stutts.To learn more about LEAPS, visit orgsync, or email Jessica Puyo or Kaitlin Stutts. Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Movember 5K brings awareness to men’s health Previous articleTCU student arrested for breaking into Texas Capitol, breaking portraitNext articleTCU student drugged, assaulted by imposter “Lyft” driver Meg Hemmerle RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Meg Hemmerlehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/meg-hemmerle/ TAGSmap – interactive Twitter ReddIt Linkedin ReddIt Greeks in the Streets looks to educate Greek chapters and strengthen Greek community Facebook Meg Hemmerle Welcome TCU Class of 2025
Saint Louis’ Jordair Jett (5), left, steals the ball from Duquesne’s Tra’Vaughn White during an NCAA college basketball game between Duquesne and Saint Louis on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Saint Louis coach Jim Crews is one of only a select few in NCAA Division I that starts five seniors. The No. 19 Billikens needed all of their experience to avoid an upset against Duquesne.Mike McCall scored 13 points, including two free throws with 13 seconds remaining, as Saint Louis edged Duquesne 76-72 on Wednesday night.Reserve forward Grandy Glaze added 12 points and Rob Loe and Jordair Jett – all seniors – had 10 for the Billikens (18-2, 5-0 Atlantic 10), who won their 12th consecutive game.“Our seniors have been through it,” Crews said. “They have good wisdom and poise about themselves. They move on to try to do the next right thing when we screw up or are behind. They’re pretty resilient that way.”The biggest play actually came from a sophomore, Austin McBroom, who made a 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining to give the Billikens a 73-72 lead they would not relinquish.Ovie Soko scored 18 points to lead Duquesne, which scored more points and shot a better percentage than any of Saint Louis’ previous 19 opponents.The Dukes (8-9, 1-4) went ahead 72-70 on two free throws by Jeremiah Jones with 57 seconds remaining, but Jett found McBroom alone on the wing after a drive to the basket was not open for him. McBroom was the second option on the play.It was the second time in the final two minutes that Saint Louis had to erase a Duquesne lead. Jett made a jumper for a 70-69 lead with 1:50 left after Dukes guard Micah Mason put his team ahead with a 3-pointer on the previous possession.“They didn’t get rattled, not at all,” Duquesne coach Jim Ferry said. “They kept playing. We got up eight. They kept playing. How many teams have been to the NCAA tournament twice and have five seniors?”The Dukes had a chance to take the lead with 13 seconds remaining, but Dominique McKoy missed a reverse layup. McCall rebounded and was fouled. He made two free throws at the other end to seal the win for the Billikens.Saint Louis continued its recent dominance over Duquesne, beating the Dukes for the fifth consecutive meeting and for the seventh time in eight games.This one was much tougher than the previous games, though. Saint Louis entered ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense and led the Atlantic 10 in field-goal percentage and 3-point defense, but the Dukes scored more points and shot a better percentage than any team had against the Billikens all season.The Dukes came out and scorched the Billikens early, shooting 52 percent from the field (13 for 25) and 56 percent (5 for 9) from 3-point range in the first half while taking a 36-34 lead into halftime.Micah Mason paced the Dukes with nine first-half points, all on 3-pointers. Mason, a transfer from Drake, was 5 for 7 from behind the arc. His final attempt with 4 seconds left on the clock could have tied the score, but it was off the mark.“We’re pretty good on defense and they made our defense look not too good,” Crews said. “Tonight, they had our way with us most of the time.”While Crews was dissatisfied with his team’s defensive performance, he was thrilled with his team’s offensive efficiency and poise down the stretch. The Billikens shot 50 percent from the field and made 10 of 19 from 3-point range, including 6 of their 7 attempts in the second half when they had to erase an eight-point deficit.“We’re very fortunate to come out on the top end of that,” Crews said. “They’re so competitive and go right at you. They did a great job of getting spacing on us. Their two big kids had their way against us. But we were pretty good offensively throughout the night. We were still able to find a way to win. Different guys made big plays to win.”McCall was 4 for 5 from the field and 3 for 4 from 3-point range. Jett dished out 11 assists to go along with his 10 points and Glaze fell two rebounds shy of a double-double.But it was McBroom, a sophomore guard, who made the biggest plays in the second half. He scored all 11 of his points after halftime, including three 3-pointers.“This season, we’ve been in circumstances where we had to fight,” McBroom said. “We had to keep fighting and eventually it was going to fall into our hands.”
SANDY HOOK — A day at the beach at Sandy Hook just got more expensive.The National Park Service announced last week that it is raising the daily parking fee by 50 percent for Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook. According to the announcement the cost of parking at the park would go from $10 to $15.This increase is less than what the federal park service first proposed last fall when it announced a rate increase. At that time, park representatives said they planned to increase the fee from $10 daily to $20 for two consecutive days.Park officials invited the public to offer their opinions, and conceded to a request by U.S. Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), that they hold additional public input sessions and extend the time the public could submit opinions.At one of the sessions conducted at the former Fort Hancock site out at the tip of the federal park, area residents opposed the rate hike by an overwhelming margin.In a National Park Service (NPS) statement released last week Gateway National Recreation Area Superintendent Linda Canzanelli was quoted as saying, “The public spoke and Gateway listened.”Canzanelli acknowledged last September that about 95 percent of public input was in opposition to the proposal to raise the park fee to $20.Last year’s plan would have had the day fees go up, with oversized vehicles charged $40. Season passes were expected to increase to $100 from $50.The NPS will now charge $30 for oversized vehicles (those over 20 feet long), and a season parking pass for regular sized vehicles will be $75 for the season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The season cost to oversized vehicles will climb to $150.“It is less than we were asking for,” NPS spokesman John Harlan Warren stressed. Warren also noted that the park service had abandoned its plan to extend the time daily fees would be collected, saying it would continue collecting fees only until 5 p.m., rather than 6 p.m. as proposed last year.Pallone, whose congressional district includes the park, objected to the plan last year, arguing that it would be a real blow for families with limited affordable recreational options, especially in the slowly recovering economy.“I think they were determined to raise it and all we could do is try to cut back on it,” which the public hearing and his lobbying of the NPS accomplished, Pallone said.“I’m not happy with it but I don’t know what else we can do,” he conceded.NPS representatives said the cost is still competitive with other area beaches.Warren said the park service abandoned the idea of a two-day fee because it presented logistical problems and would likely be difficult to administer. “There’s a whole layer of complexity that is there,” he said.“We basically told them that this two-day thing was a farce,” Pallone countered, explaining that park visitors would rarely have the ability to attend two consecutive days.The fees are for parking, so entering the park by foot or bicycle will continue to be free, park representatives said.This is the first increase the park has enacted since 2001 and the fourth since 1989, when the NPS established the fees.Along with Sandy Hook, the NPS is raising the parking fees for Jacob Riis Park, Queens, NY. There the cost will go from a daily charge of $5 to $10 for a regular sized vehicle.Warren said the money collected goes to cover operating costs and for upkeep and improvements to services and infrastructure. “For things for people to enjoy the park and be safe while they’re here,” he said.Sandy Hook Unit Coordinator Peter McCarthy said last year the park saw about 2.2 million visitors and collected $2.4 million for the season.
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceIt wasn’t solely DeMarcus Cousins’ fault that the Warriors lost on Tuesday. To allege as much would be ridiculous.The Dubs — to a man (well, at least the men that talked) — said after the game that the Warriors’ issue in their 33-point blowout loss was their collective effort.Indeed, no one can reasonably claim that the Warriors brought it in the blowout. It was another apathetic performance from a team …
The 2012 Investing in African Mining Indaba attracted more than 7000 mining professionals and investors from all continents of the world, representing more than 1,500 international companies from 100 countries and approximately 45 African and non-African government delegations.2012 was certainly a tumultuous year for many, particularly those in the South African mining industry. It was characterised by the Marikana tragedy, related wildcat strikes and the knock-on effect on other areas of the South Africa economy.The unrest in the mining industry has been identified as the cause, either wholly or in part, of South Africa’s credit ratings downgrades, our slowing economic growth rate (now at just 2.5 per cent, compared to other developing countries which are expected to grow between 5 and 6 per cent), and of an estimated loss of approximately R10.1 billion in the platinum- and gold-mining sectors alone.At this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, Brand South Africa set off the proceedings by hosting a Roundtable Discussion evening on the eve of the main conference. The Brand South Africa roundtables are a fresh platform to encourage robust debate and engagement.The aim of this Roundtable Discussion with the theme: Transformation – A basis for growth and success of the South African Mining Industry, focused on South Africa’s mining sector, which contributes significantly to South Africa’s GDP and exports.It was to interrogate specific findings from the various measurements and reports that measure competitiveness such The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index (WEF GCI), The Mo Ibrahim Index that rank African states on governance and other performance criteria, The IMD Competitiveness Yearbook, The Anholt GfK Roper Nation Brand Index, focusing on the current state of transformation in the sector, whether financial and social sustainability of the South African mining sector can be improved, the funding structures of BEE deals, how banks can contribute to the broader transformation process in SA mining and what needs to be done to improve or change the status quo? Although the criteria and focus of these indices may differ, their purpose is to assess country performance. However, such indicators also influence debate and the manner in which a country, like South Africa, is perceived internationally.As it is commonly acknowledged, a country’s international reputation is an important factor when establishing or enhancing trade, business, investment and related diplomatic relations.On the domestic front South African citizens, business, labour and government representatives are well known for robust debate on issues they believe impact on the national economy or the nation’s reputation and competitiveness in the international system.Telling our own brand story goes a long way towards changing perceptions of our country and improving its image – especially by debunking negative perceptions about South Africa, our region, our continent of Africa and our place in it.Our reputation as a country is important, as it affects our national competiveness which impacts on investment and thus jobs and growth; and on our national sense of pride and social cohesion.
• Forum focuses on active citizenship • Watch: The South African Competitiveness Forum • Global perceptions key to competitiveness and foreign investment • Strong showing in global competitiveness • Getting the export balance rightStaff writerBrand South Africa will host its second South African Competitiveness Forum (SACF) in Johannesburg in early 2015 under the theme “Active citizenship and its role in changing the South African brand reality”.Top minds from business, government, civil society and the academic world will come together to discuss our position in the world, and uncover ways to give South Africa a competitive edge on the global stage.At the forum Brand South Africa will ask participants to give their views on a number of themes, from youth and innovation to foreign direct investment, the labour market, expansion into the rest of Africa, and active citizenship.A first at the next forum is a session on expatriate South Africans, which aims to explore ways Brand South Africa, business and civil society can work with South Africans living abroad to tell the country’s story, and improve South Africa’s global reputation.Other exciting sessions include a workshop on the nation brand’s “outgoing strategy”. This will focus on business expansion strategy into African markets, and the role perceptions and reputation plays when entering peer markets elsewhere on the continent. Guest speakers from Kenya and Nigeria will give insight into South Africa’s place in these markets.For more information contact Dr Petrus de Kock, research manager at Brand South Africa, at [email protected] theme: Active citizenship and its role in changing the South African brand realityDownload documentThe theme of the second forum is focused on two concepts: active citizenship and the nation brand. The comprehensive research and outcome report from the 2013 SACF highlights insights Brand South Africa uncovered in the process. The feedback from SACF 2013 participants will inform the approach in the next SACF.Workshop 1 – Global South Africans playing their part in creating a competitive and reputable nation brandThe first workshop will not only discuss the overall theme of the second SACF – active citizenship and its role in changing the South African brand reality – but also examine what global South Africans are already doing to promote the nation brand. How can Brand South Africa and South African expatriates work closer together to better tell the South African story globally? How can global South Africans help in achieving the goals of the National Development Plan?Workshop 2 – Youth, innovation and nation brand competitiveness Based on consultations with youth organisations, this workshop will focus on active citizenship and the nation brand, existing projects that align with the NDP, small business support and business development, and social issues that impact development, particularly in townships and rural areas.Workshop 3 – Internal and foreign direct investment South Africa is the continent’s top destination for foreign direct investment. But what are the issues that impact on perceptions of South Africa as FDI destination and trade partner? This workshop will look at support for entrepreneurship and innovation, case studies and experiences of multinationals invested and active in the South African market, existing projects that align to the NDP, and small business support and business development.Workshop 4 – Education and skills This session will assemble representatives from the Department of Basic Education, as well as head teachers and civil society organisations involved in education to gain insight on South Africa’s educational strengths and weaknesses. The session will focus on partnerships for enhancing education quality and relevance to the South African economy. Important issues regarding perceptions of the education system and their implications for the country’s reputation will also be discussed.Workshop 5 – South Africa @ Work: the role of labour in creating a new brand reality This session will gather representatives from South African trade unions to identify the unique features, selling points and stories of South Africa @ Work. It is critical for Brand South Africa to gain insight on case studies of the contribution labour makes and how it can change the South African brand reality.Workshop 6 – The nation brand’s ‘going out’ strategy The second day of the SACF will open with a workshop on taking the nation brand into international markets. The session will look at the challenges and opportunities for increased cooperation between government, business, and civil society on carrying the message of South Africa into international market spaces. The session will focus on South Africa’s reputation in, exposure to, and interaction with key BRICS and African markets.Watch Colin Coleman, MD at Goldman Sachs, speaking at the 2013 SACFGoldman Sachs’ Colin Coleman speaks of the enormous strides South Africa has made in the past 20 years.
Tags:#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… There are sites devoted to regional public transportation route planning, sites devoted to rail transportation, and city-wide sites for light rail, bus and ferry planning. But if you’re looking for something across cities, states or even countries, you’re not likely to find it. Why is it that with GPS applications being so advanced, we’re still such a long way from the benefits of seamless transportation? It’s doubtful that riders really care which transportation authorities are responsible for their trip. As a user, I want to be able to type in my home address and get inexpensive door-to-door transportation options to any destination in the world. There’s no reason this shouldn’t exist. If transportation authorities standardized their data, aggregation services would have no problem mapping routes from Beijing to Belize. While the following services aren’t perfect, they’re a great start:Google Transit: Still one of the best services, Google Transit offers public transit directions in 412 cities. While the service is great for public transit options, it does not include private bus or shuttle services. This means that users can plan trips from San Francisco to Mountain View but they cannot plan trips to Los Angeles. HopStop: HopStop currently offers public transportation route planning in New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Washington DC. Similar to the above two sites, HopStop still lacks the continuity to plan a cross-country excursion; however, it’s a decent way to navigate one of the serviced cities. For those interested in exploring an area, HopStop allows you to choose destinations from a map. This means you can spontaneously pinpoint a body of water or town and travel towards it. Public Routes: This service claims to offer directions via public transportation in 24 US states and 37 major cities. One nice feature is the ability to text transit directions to your phone. City-Specific Services: For Bay Area visitors, 511.org allows users to plan trips utilizing bus, rail, ferry, shuttle and even Greyhound services. The inclusion of commercial bus carriers and dial-a-ride vans increases the scope of the service and visitors are able to plan trips all the way to Napa and back. New York’s MTA NYC Transit offers a similar service. Meanwhile, Transport for London offers visitors a route planner for the tubes, buses, rail, riverboats and trams. Its mobile travel alerts service also offers news on delays and accidents. People-Powered Projects: DIY City is one great group attempting to create transportation solutions across cities. The site administrators issue challenges and users respond with answers on how to create transportation solutions including distributed smart phone bus tracking systems and bar code tracking. The project exists in a number of countries. As RWW reported last week, Washington DC’s Apps for Democracy also yielded a number of crowdsourced transportation-based apps. If you’ve got links to great transportation applications or ideas on how we can improve transportation planning options, include them in your comments below. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting david hamilton 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The long rumored Microsoft reorganization is finally here, and it does pretty much what you’d expect. It regroups the company’s scattered divisions into four main product areas, centralizes functions such as finance and marketing and runs up a “One Microsoft” banner designed to rally the company’s troops around its new “services and devices” mission.All of which sounds straightforward enough. Will it actually make Microsoft a leaner, meaner competitor in an industry dominated by the likes of Google and Apple? That’s the big gamble Steve Ballmer is making here. Unfortunately, the odds aren’t really in his favor.Microsoft-watchers are busily dissecting the details of who’s in and who’s out, and you can bet that lots of folks in Redmond are playing along. That’s the first problem with moving around boxes on the organization chart—the resulting job-shuffling, power-playing and general chaos usually take a long time to shake out. The energy dissipated as people figure out where they fit and how to get work done inside a new structure generally overwhelms any momentum from the big announcement.Right Answer, Wrong QuestionA bigger question is whether this reorganization even addresses the right problems. There are a couple of small reasons, and at least one big one, to think it doesn’t. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… First, Microsoft’s fundamental problem over the past few years has been its inability to capitalize on new opportunities. It failed to push its way into tablet computing, smartphones and the cloud, largely because it was its own worst enemy. Microsoft’s ridiculous internal rivalries often handicapped new initiatives that might have threatened the company’s Windows and Office cash cows, a situation aptly parodied by Manu Cornet in the cartoon to the right (click for a larger version).Ballmer’s answer is the “devices and services” orientation. He’s has been talking up this shift for roughly a year as part of his effort to shift the company’s mentality from its Windows-Office orientation. Going forward, Microsoft will concentrate its efforts on four main areas:Operating systems, including Windows, Windows Phone, the Xbox operating system and enterprise softwareDevices and studios, which combines the Surface and other Microsoft hardware with the company’s entertainment efforts in music, games and videoApplications and services, the new home of Office, the Bing search engine, and SkypeCloud and enterprise, consisting of the Azure cloud platform and back-end data centers for other Microsoft servicesIt’s a classic structure that would do any MBA proud. Trouble is, it doesn’t exactly leave a lot of breathing room for innovation, which tends to flourish when insulated from incumbent products. It’s not remotely clear, for instance, that Microsoft will be any better positioned to seize new software opportunities with the Office division lashed to Bing and Skype, for instance. (Though who knows? You may soon be able to make Internet phone calls from a Word document!)Similarly, the new OS group might well promote efficiency by unifying the code bases of various Windows flavors and the Xbox OS. But it’s equally difficult to imagine big breakthroughs in, say, cloud-computing architecture emerging from a behemoth like this one.Of course, Ballmer can always make exceptions to this structure—and in fact he already has. Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM group, for instance, floats outside those four main product areas, connected by “dotted lines” to the applications group, marketing and sales. Where one exception exists, others can follow. Of course, more exceptions would make a hash of the consolidation effort, but them’s the risks you take when you venture into Boxland.Treatings Symptoms, Not The DiseaseThere are other reasons for skepticism. For instance, Ballmer clearly aims to limit the company’s internal rivalries by taking away independent finance and marketing teams from the product groups and consolidating them at the corporate level. But that’s treating symptoms, not the disease. Product groups can and will battle for those resources wherever they are; it’s even possible that the infighting—and resulting corporate sluggishness—could get worse, not better, as groups scramble for the biggest slice of the pie they can get.There are also rumors that Microsoft will adopt a new financial reporting structure that reveals less information about the performance of its various divisions. That may sound arcane, but it could have bad consequences. Sure, no one likes Wall Street’s short-term mentality, but the flow of financial information provides important signals to both insiders and outsiders about how well particular businesses are performing and whether new initiatives are really taking root. It’s an important corrective to Microsoft’s current mindset of mediocrity.The new structure also clearly concentrates power with the CEO. That can be a great thing in the right hands—i.e., those of a CEO who can balance the need to keep the wheels turning while also being ready to cannibalize existing business in order to jump on a major new technology trend. Plenty of folks doubt that Ballmer is that guy. And if he’s not, his corner office could well become the next big bottleneck to innovation at Microsoft.Just What Is Microsoft’s Raison D’Etre, Anyway?A lot of this boils down to one big question: Does Microsoft really have a good reason for existing as a single company anymore? Doing business as a software (and now hardware) behemoth certainly looks impressive to corporate executives, board members and business partners, but you can make a pretty powerful argument that Microsoft in its current form simply isn’t capable of evolving to address the fast-changing markets in which it plays.I was a skeptic when former Microsoft exec Joachim Kempin suggested here at ReadWrite that Microsoft should break itself up into several Baby ‘Softs. But his argument makes more sense the longer I look at the new org chart. Here’s a key passage:But how else can you re-infuse entrepreneurial spirit in a company with a feeble or handcuffed leadership team, which mainly protects its own turf and ignores broader opportunities? To propel Microsoft out of its current predicament, I see no other way than to split the company into more manageable pieces.Question for the class: Does anyone see anything in this particular organization that seems likely to promote innovation and the ability to capitalize on new and potentially disruptive innovations? Go ahead, have another look. (And report back your findings in comments, should you have any.)Organization-chart cartoon courtesy of Manu Cornet. Lead image cropped from the full cartoon Related Posts Tags:#Fixing Microsoft#Microsoft
Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#e-commerce#Fancy#Pinterest The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos At its inception, savings alerts only work with retailers that are already part of Pinterest’s Rich Pins, a program in which companies add code to their sites so Pinterest can scrape them for additional information about pinned products—including when that information changes. According to Pinterest’s business blog, any company that wants into the program can find the necessary code on its developer site.Pinterest isn’t at its heart a retail network, but it does drive more e-commerce traffic than Facebook, giving its investors high hopes. This latest rollout is an effort to get even the most passive users to consider turning pins into purchases. More retail oriented competitors, like Fab and Fancy, have slept with one eye open waiting for Pinterest to turn on the cash spigot. Although Pinterest is a site primarily for collecting and curating, not buying, it does have 70 million user accounts. If it chose to turn commercial, it’d instantly be the biggest player in the field. Savings alerts appear to be a step in that direction, although even if it causes a huge upsurge in purchases, Pinterest won’t profit directly. Instead, it might give the companies pinned there more incentive to drive Pinterest’s already substantial traffic. Jon Jenkins, lead engineer at Pinterest, said the company currently has no plans to make money off its users. But that doesn’t mean it’s not above throwing an elbow or two at its rivals. lauren orsini Pinterest has just given users a new reason to lighten their wallets. On Thursday, the image-curating community introduced savings alerts, so you can be notified when a product you’ve previously pinned is suddenly available for a lower price. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
The Opposition BJP MLAs boycotted question hour in the Rajasthan Assembly on Thursday to protest against Speaker C.P. Joshi’s refusal to give them permission to raise supplementary questions on oral reply by Ministers. The Speaker had ruled that only those legislators who have asked starred questions would be allowed to put up two subsequent queries each.Except for the MLAs whose questions were listed for question hour, no BJP member went to the House during the budget session’s proceedings. The decision to boycott the Assembly was announced by Leader of the Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria after a meeting of the BJP Legislature Party.‘Protest to continue’Senior BJP MLA and former Health Minister Kali Saraf said disallowing the legislators to ask supplementary questions would deprive them of their right to raise matters of public significance in the Assembly. He said the boycott of question hour would continue during the rest of the budget session, unless the Speaker revoked his ruling.Mr. Joshi pronounced his ruling on Wednesday when the BJP MLAs staged a walkout while complaining that they were not being allowed to raise their objections to the reply of Minister of State for Skill Development and Employment Ashok Chandna to a question on unemployment allowance. The BJP members alleged that the Congress government was misleading the House.However, ruling party’s Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi said the Speaker had only reiterated the provision which already existed in the rule books. ‘Publicity gimmick’He said while the ruling was meant to ensure that the maximum number of starred questions were taken up during question hour, the BJP was trying to exploit it for its “publicity gimmick”.