Ali Dilem

first_img Fahem Boukadous Tunisia Find out more AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Jila Bani Yaghoob Iran Find out more Said Matinpour Iran Find out more Receive email alerts Ali Dilem knows only too well that it’s not easy to be a cartoonist in Algeria. He has long worked in difficult circumstances, drawing political cartoons for the Algerian daily newspaper Liberté and the TV5 program Monde Kiosque. He has regularly received death threats and has been taken in for questioning on many occasions, receiving suspended prison terms for defamation. In 2001, he had the dubious honour of seeing his name attached to a series of amendments to the Algerian criminal code that provide for prison sentences of up to a year for journalists. However, Dilem never gave up. His drawings have won some 20 international prizes including the 2005 Press Freedom Trophy awarded by France’s Limousin Press Club and Reporters Without Borders. He was also appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2010. Amara Al-Khitabi Libya Find out morecenter_img to go further Follow the news on Algeria Information hero Ali Dilem AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa See more Mazen Darwish Syria Find out morelast_img read more

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Leading by example

first_imgLeading by exampleOn 3 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today The NHS Nursing Leadership Project is designed to liberate talent and isproving to be a shining example of e-learning in actionWe often think of a nurse taking someone’s blood pressure or dressing awound, but rarely picture them dealing with a difficult employee or assessingan individual’s emotional intelligence. Plenty of nurses, however, have tomanage and deal with staff and so need to have the same leadership skillsassociated with business. Similarly, as one of the largest employers in Europe, the NHS has an ongoingneed to support and influence the workforce so it can adapt to change, improveservice and deal with challenges of new ways of working. To address these needs, it introduced the National Nursing LeadershipProject, which is now the largest leadership programme in the world, involvingsome 35,000 nurses. At the hub of the project is a website, launched in April2001 (www.nursingleadership.co.uk),through which a mass of information and resources, along with a growingcollection of e-learning courses may be accessed. Speaking about the programmeat the site’s launch, the Secretary of State for Health Alan Milburn, said that”liberating the talents of nurses helps to expand the overall capacity ofthe NHS, increases the productivity of the NHS and improves the performance ofthe NHS”. From the outset, the Government wanted e-learning to play a vital part inthe programme. But while the directive for the training came from the top, thedemand from nurses and other clinical staff for leadership development wasequally high, as was the willingness to try the new training methods, saysDavid Dawes, e-learning development manager at the NHS. Before embarking on the project, Dawes and his team carried out a majorresearch project designed to assess readiness of clinical staff and theorganisation for e-learning. “We also wanted to ascertain how and when people preferred to access itand to identify any barriers that might exist,” he says. “Followingthis, we looked at the effectiveness of the content and compared differentapproaches to e-learning.” The research found that 70 per cent of registered nurses have internetaccess, compared with 30 per cent of adults in the general population, and thatalthough 63 per cent of NHS clinicians had access to a computer at work, 59 percent of respondents preferred to learn at home. “This told us that the e-learning had to work on a standard homemodem,” says Dawes. “In terms of barriers, the biggest problems werework-life balance, lack of funds and lack of time. The other main findingrelated to the content of the courses. NHS staff felt uncomfortable withreferences to sales, profit and other business terms – and they also wanted awide choice of modules. This told us we either needed to go the bespokee-learning route or source a provider with a broad portfolio and the ability tohelp us customise content.” Following the research, the team spent six months on the exhibition andseminar circuit talking to suppliers. Cost and time factors meant a full-blownpurpose-built e-learning solution was not an option. However, because of theirvery specific needs, they knew that a wholly off-the-shelf product would be nogood either. After meeting with e-learning provider SkillSoft, it becameapparent that it would be possible to have a bit of both. “We found that the organisations which were strong at customisingdidn’t have a big enough range of courses and those that did have a decentlibrary weren’t able to offer customisation,” says Dawes. “Conversely, SkillSoft’s library contained more than 1,700 management,business and leadership modules across 21 curricula – representing in excess of5,000 hours of learning,” he says. The part-readymade, part-bespoke approach is not a typical solution requiredby clients, says SkillSoft UK managing director Kevin Young, but one that wasunderstandable given the context of the learning. “The feedback from users was that they found the learning points validbut wanted to see them in an NHS context,” he says. “Understandably,within a public sector environment like the health service, people feltuncomfortable with reference to sales and customers. As a result, the contentwas modified so that, although there were no changes to the generic learning,the images were changed to include doctors, nurses and a hospital environment.The language was adjusted so that it was more NHS-specific.” SkillSoft licensed its Course Customisation Toolkit to the NHS team andprovided training so courses could be modified in-house. This allowed the teamto merge the generic content and the NHS dialogue and visuals at a fraction ofthe cost of developing bespoke e-learning from scratch. Dawes and his team can now customise a course in 10 days and frequently doall the narration and writing themselves and, on occasion, star in thee-learning programmes. As a result SkillSoft’s involvement is now confined to a support role.SkillSoft’s Young, says: “The job has reinforced how the economies ofscale associated with generic content can enable customers to cost-effectivelycreate an end result that matches their e-learning needs. It has alsoemphasised the importance of being open and flexible in putting together asolution that matches each client’s requirements.” The pilot A pilot project was set up with 400 places allocated on a first-come,first-served basis. The course was advertised on www.nursingleadership.co.uk (nowthe gateway for all the courses) via an electronic newsletter, and on threeinternet user groups. Research had suggested there would be a high demand for the courses, whichwas borne out within three days by which time 100 volunteers had already comeforward. After three weeks there was a waiting list (69 per cent of thoseregistering found out about the course electronically, the others by word ofmouth). The average age of volunteers was 41 years with 10 per cent over 50. A number of factors unearthed in the research were substantiated by thepilot. For instance, staff often do not complete post-course assessments eventhough they enjoy the courses and apply them in practice. This, coupled withthe average time that staff spend taking a course (25 minutes) suggesting thatpeople prefer the bite-sized chunk approach – “going in, accessing theknowledge they require, and getting out again,” says Dawes. “Any future e-learning assessment strategy needs to take into accountthe reluctance of staff to complete courses in their entirety, even though theknowledge and skills are effectively applied,” he adds. Valuable feedback Sixty-nine per cent of students who had taken the SkillSoft course gaveexamples of how they had used what they learned in practice (for example, indealing with workplace stress, managing competing demands and so on) and 85 percent said they would recommend e-learning to friends and colleagues. The topfive suggested improvements were to make the e-learning more NHS-orientated,offer easier access, hold more group meetings and offer faster and moreinformation and guidance. Dawes also reported back with a number of other findings after the pilot,which he believes have a value for all sectors: – E-learning appeals to a wide age-group and is in demand by healthprofessionals inside and outside the NHS – and the UK – There is demand for leadership development at all levels – from directorlevel to the recently qualified clinician – There is a high demand for e-learning – the motivation is primarilypersonal development and personal interest, with less than 25 per centmotivated by career development – The most essential characteristic of an e-learning programme is that it isfree to users, and, ideally, offers some sort of accreditation – Facilitated e-learning (that which has a supervising tutor and/or aclassroom component) seems to have similar starting, completion andapplication-in-practice rates “Facilitated e-learning does not appear to be significantly moreeffective that automated e-learning,” says Dawes, “although itappears to be several hundred times more expensive.” Dawes estimates that the cost of each e-learning course per learner is 52p. The NHS is now half-way through the second stage of the project, which aimsto train up to 40,000 staff over two years and Dawes has lots of interest inthe project from elsewhere in the NHS – doctors, health visitors, allied healthprofessionals and managers are all using it, although it is primarily aimed atnurses. Five courses are currently up and running on the Nursing Leadership websitesite including modules on emotional intelligence, stress management, timemanagement, project management, dealing with difficult people and dealing withconflict. By Christmas it aims to have 20 courses up and running and based onthe success of the pilot, all future NHS training programmes will have ane-learning element. The NHS project proves that having a very dedicated in-house team, who areprepared to not only research the needs of the workforce but to roll up theirsleeves and shape the learning to suit the learners, can make the differencebetween success and failure in a project. In summarySuccess for The NHS leadership project The NHS aim To provide aprogramme of leadership training for nurses.Why? To liberate the talents of nurses which in turnwill improve performance and increase productivity.Is e-learning delivering? The 400-people pilot was agreat success and provided valuable user feedback. It is too early for ROIfigures, but Dawes reports that each course costs only 52p per learner, amassive saving on previous classroom-based training.NHS top tips – Fit the learning around people’sexisting work-life balance and do not demand a large commitment– Make content available over the internet– Make it available in bite-size chunks Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Kristy Paddock arrested on felony count of aggravated interference with parental custody

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said this morning that Kristy Paddock, 30, of Wellington is currently in custody in Oklahoma and has been arrested on one count of aggravated interference with parental custody, a level 7 felony. Paddock is accused of taking her son, 10-year-old Zachary Scott Paddock, last week without permission from his father’s home in Wellington and taking him to Oklahoma thus sparking an area manhunt amongst law enforcement and citizens.Kristy PaddockHeath said Zachary has been reunited with his father Victor, who lives in Wellington. He was unharmed, Heath said. Zachary was found Friday evening in Harrah, Okla., which is northeast of Oklahoma City.Kristy has been arrested on a Kansas warrant and will face an Oklahoma judge, who is expected to give orders for her extradition. She will probably then face formal charges by the Sumner County Attorney’s office, Heath said.Kristy is accused of creating a manhunt after her former husband came home to find both her and Zachary gone, along with her personal belongings on Wednesday evening. She had come back in the picture and started living with them again a few months earlier in Wellington.Heath said through WPD Detective interviews and cooperative help from Oklahoma agencies, they were able to pinpoint his location.Heath said he has not determined the exact motive of why she took Zachary but plans on having two WPD detectives travel to Oklahoma to interview her.Several people have asked Sumner Newscow why an Amber Alert was not issued when Zachary was found missing.“There are strict requirements when it comes to the Amber Alert,” Heath said. “We did not think this particular situation fell under the guidelines of the Amber Alert.”According to the Kansas Amber Alert website an Amber Alert is only issued when:•The child is under 17 years of age or younger or have a proven mental or physical disability;•Law enforcement must believe the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death;•There is information to disseminate to the general public which could assist the recovery of the victim, or the apprehension of the suspect.Heath said in this case, law enforcement knew that he was with his mother and that there was no evidence that the boy was in physical danger.The Amber Alert website emphatically states in the opening paragraph: “It is very important that the AMBER Plan not be overused. Too many notifications take the urgency out of an alert. Therefore strict guidelines have been set-up to ensure the importance of the AMBER Alert remains intact.”Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down michelle · 243 weeks ago I understand stand guidelines on Amber alert but what is to say that child could be in danger and something would happen again cause no one step up if u can’t use Amber alert fb it media on the day it happen not two days after the fact and I’m glad the mom is getting punish Report Reply 0 replies · active 243 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Nancy Pelosi: House Will NOT Vote to Start Impeachment

first_imgCongress is back in session so of course impeachment of President Donald Trump is top of mind.Speaker Nancy Pelosi is speaking at a press conference Tuesday evening, after meeting with House Democrats to discuss the possibility of holding a vote on the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Trump.Republicans have argued that the impeachment inquiry is illegitimate because the full House has not voted to formally begin an investigation. The inquiry is currently being carried out by several committees. The White House counsel has also cited the lack of a full vote as a reason that the White House is not cooperating with the inquiry. A formal House vote is not a step that is required by the Constitution to begin an impeachment inquiry, although previous inquiries have started with such a vote.The vote would force Democrats and Republicans to go on the record for their support, or lack thereof, for an impeachment inquiry. Some freshmen Democrats who flipped Republican seats in 2018 have been hesitant to come out in support for an impeachment inquiry, as it could be politically unpopular in their districts. However, such a vote would also force vulnerable Republicans to either align themselves with the president or risk alienating the Republican base.last_img read more

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Three Athletes and One Former Coach to be Inducted into Tumwater…

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Tumwater Athletic BoostersThe Tumwater High School Athletic Booster Club is preparing to induct four new members into their Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony to take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in the main gym at the school.  The fifth annual induction ceremony will be preceded by silent and live auctions as well as a banquet to raise funds for the school’s athletic programs.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for viewing auction items, dinner and live auction begin at 7:00 p.m. immediately followed by the Hall of Fame inductions.The recently selected inductees include Jim Madison (Class of 1965), Deborah Matuizek, head volleyball and fastpitch coach (1974-2003), Scott Gurnsey (Class of 1990), and Kevin Clark (Class of 1992).Jim Madison was one of the first students to attend Tumwater High School when it was newly opened in 1961.  By the time he was a senior he had lettered eleven times in basketball, football, and track and field.  He held the state record in the discus until it was broken in 1992 by fellow inductee, Kevin Clark!  After high school he went on to play football at the University of Washington before serving his country in Vietnam.Coach Matuizek came to Tumwater to teach graphic arts in 1978 and never left the school!  She coached volleyball until 2003 and fastpitch from 1989-1996, and has influenced hundreds of girls who played for her during her tenure.  She took her volleyball and fastpitch teams to multiple state tournaments, and won a state championship in fastpitch in 1993 capping off an undefeated season.Scott Gurnsey was “all around one of the best athletes to ever play football at Tumwater High School” states long-time T-Bird head coach Sid Otton.  Gurnsey was named to all-league status all three years that he played varsity, was named league MVP twice, was an all-state selection, and an honorable mention USA Today All American his senior year.  He went onto play football at the University of Montana and still lives in Missoula where he is a member of the Grizzly Football broadcast team.Kevin Clark won five state titles in track & field and was a member of two state championship football teams during his career at Tumwater.  He still holds two school records in throwing events at the school and was arguably the best halfback to ever have played for the T-Birds.  After high school, Kevin played football at USC.  Just last year Kevin overcame his battle with cancer and continues to be a coach in the Thurston County Youth Football League for the T-Bird franchise.The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 each or at the door for $30.  Admission includes a catered dinner by Pellegrino’s, the live and silent auctions, and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  To find out more visit the booster club’s website at www.soarauction.com, call the school at (360) 709-7601, or stop by the main office to reserve your spot.last_img read more

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Hawks dump Leafs 5-2 to pull closer to lead in Murdoch race

first_imgEdwards got the ball rolling for the Hawks with a shorthanded tally 12 minutes into the game.Michael Bell scored three minutes later to give the hometown Hawks the cushion they would never give up.Calvin,Keanan Patershuk and Danny Vlanich, into an empty net, completed the scoring for Beaver Valley.Leaf captain Colton Schell and Dustin Reimer replied for the Leafs.Beaver Valley outshot the Leafs 29-25 making a winner out of netminder Zach Perehudoff.Marcus Beesley took the loss in goal for Nelson.The teams meet again Saturday in Nelson at 7:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Murdoch Division got a whole lot tighter after Friday’s action.Ryan Edwards and Dallas Calvin each had two points to lead the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 5-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory Friday night in Fruitvale.The win, coupled with a 3-2 Columbia Valley overtime victory over the Castlegar Rebels, moves the Hawks to within three points of division leading Nelson and two behind second-place Rebels.last_img read more

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Rockies double Leafs 4-2 in Kootenay Conference match up

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs two-game road swing through the East Kootenay concluded on a sour note Saturday night in Invermere.Colby Sherlock scored the game winner four minutes into the third period to snap a 2-2 tie sparking the Columbia Valley Rockies to a 4-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs.The short-staffed Leafs, playing the weekend with only 15 players, opened the trip through the Eddie Mountain Division of the Kootenay Conference with a 5-0 victory Friday over Golden Rockets.The loss, the eighth in the past 11 games, drops Nelson to 13-12-0-0-1 on the season.Nelson, struggling through the month of November with a 2-7 record, sits third in Murdoch Division standings, one point ahead of Grand Forks Border Bruins.Saturday, the Leafs went toe-to-toe against the Rockies. Michael Cardinal scored a short-handed goal to give the Rockies the lead in the second period.But Tyler Garcia answered for the Leafs less than a minute later as the power play ran out.Nick Hoobanoff restored the Rockies lead midway through the frame.Once again the Leafs answered, this time Samuel Weber with this second goal in as many games late in the period.However, the Leafs ran out of gas in the third as Columbia Valley stormed Patrick Ostermann in the Nelson nets with 18 shots.Sherlock potted the game winner before Doan Smith added some insurance later in the period to secure the victory.Cardinal was the Game Star for the Rockies while Ostermann earned the praise of the selection committee as he faced 41 shots in the Leaf nets.Nelson managed 30 shots, but only five in the third period, against Rockies netminder Giovanni Sambrielaz.The Leafs face rival Castlegar Rebels Wednesday in the Sunflower City. Game time is 7 p.m.Nelson remains on the road Friday for a game in the Bavarian City against the defending KIJHL champion Kimberley Dynamiters before returning home Saturday to face the Columbia Valley Rockies at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

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Use the Puppet Tool in After Effects to Add Life to Animation

first_imgSubtle application of the Puppet tool can make a big difference to still designs by adding a hint of life-like movement that simple transforms simply can’t. There are all sorts of places this can be applied, just remember to do small movements – they’ll translate well without looking too fake.Got any After Effects tips/tricks/techniques you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below! Previewing this, it does look like its wings are stretching out, so now I’m going to move those keyframes to line up with the scale I already have on the layer.You’ll notice it looks a little… funny. This is because the Puppet tool movement isn’t eased at all. I’m going to select all of the deform keyframes and right click, setting them to “Easy Ease.”After that, I’ll jump into the Curve Editor and drag the influence on the end keyframes to about 50%.This gives us a nice, eased movement. Add subtle animation and bring your designs to life with the Puppet tool in After Effects. Here’s everything you need to know.When working with image assets (especially vector designs), subtle application of the Puppet tool in After Effects can add life to your animation.In this example, I’m animating a background design of a bird and other design elements scaling up.The bird feel pretty lifeless, so I’m going to use the Puppet tool (the pushpin icon in the menu bar, as seen below) to give it some subtle movement. The Puppet tool lets you add “pins” in the image, then move and warp the image based on where you move the pins.Each time you click on the image with the Puppet tool, you add a “pin” which acts as a kind of soft joint. I’m going to start by adding my initial joints, as well as adding a few joints that I won’t be keyframing, to keep certain parts of the image from moving. I’m going to place pins on the tips, middle joint, and beginning of its wings, the tips and beginning of his tail, and the middle of the head and the neck.By default, as soon as you add a pin, it puts an initial keyframe for that pin wherever your playhead is.From here, I’m going to move back a few frames and do my deforming. I want it to look like the bird is spreading his wings and tail as it scales up, so I’m going to deform it by bringing the tips of its wings down a little and the mid-point of its wings down and a little towards the center of its body.I’ll take the three bottom points on the tail and move them all in a bit towards the top tail joint. Then I’ll take the head pin and drag it up just a little, so that it looks like the bird is lowering its head as it spreads its wings into a flying position.last_img read more

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10 months agoNewcastle supporters pen open letter to Ashley for transfer funds

first_imgNewcastle supporters pen open letter to Ashley for transfer fundsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA group of Newcastle supporters’ organisations have written an open letter to owner Mike Ashley, urging him to invest in players this month.Toon are 15th on the Premier League table, and fans are fearful the club will be relegated should Ashley chose not to allocate money for transfers during the current transfer window.The letter read in part: “Dear Mike Ashley. We are writing to urge you to do what is right for Newcastle United this month and we hope, for a change, you are willing to listen to us and act accordingly.”This is a critical month for the football club, both in terms of your stated desire to sell and the need to strengthen the squad, as repeatedly requested by the manager Rafa Benitez.”We are hoping you see the sense in striving to do both, but if you cannot find a suitable buyer, then it is imperative that you still release the funds needed to improve the squad.”To fail to do so, would seem both reckless and foolish given the damage you know relegation will do. The ongoing takeover cannot be used an excuse not to spend money in the January transfer window.”If you refuse to spend money this month, the risk of relegation not only increases, it will also mean the manager will not sign the new contract you have offered to him.”You have repeatedly said that you want Benitez to stay, so do the things needed to make sure that happens. In short, back him and give him what he needs in this window.”I know we have had a difficult relationship in the past, but at this point, we want to look forward, not backwards. Please do what is right this month.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Free WiFi AAP welcomes move Oppn says poll ploy

first_imgNEW DELHI: The AAP has welcomed the move of installation of free WiFi hotspots in the city as part of the election manifesto promised by the party. “Governance superman Arvind Kejriwal delivers on yet another promise. Setting the bar high for quality governance and fulfilment of all election promises. Free WiFi will bridge the digital divide and bestow the power of learning, information, knowledge and outreach upon the poorest,” tweeted AAP leader Raghav Chadha. However, the opposition termed the announcements as a poll gimmick. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”With the fulfilment of the Free WiFi for all promise, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has now fulfilled every single promise made to the people of Delhi in the run up to the 2015 election. The party had released a 70-point action plan before the election, which had said that free WiFi is a right of the people as it is a basic infrastructure that any modern city should have. It is a big step to empower the youth of the city,” said senior AAP leader Atishi. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsReferring to the promises made by the party before the election, Atishi listed the key campaign promises already fulfilled. “From the 70-point action plan, Arvind Kejriwal has delivered electricity at half prices, free lifeline water, augmenting water resources through rain water harvesting, provision of high quality education, expansion of the healthcare infrastructure, installation of CCTVs in public spaces, reduction of VAT rates and ending inspector raj, opening of incubation centres in Delhi educational institutions. Now we have fulfilled the 70th point that is free WiFi for all.” Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition and BJP leader Vijender Gupta said, “As the elections to the Delhi Assembly are approaching, CM Kejriwal is creating a dream world of promises which he could not fulfil during the last four-and-a-half years is nothing but public cheating. One such promise he announced today is the decision of the Cabinet to begin skeleton free Wi-Fi internet services later this year i.e. around the election time. The deadline for commissioning of Wi-Fi hotspots across the city is now September 2020 whereas tenure of the Government ends in mid-February, 2020.”last_img read more

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