Obama receives Democratic nomination

first_imgRising stars, tenured figures and supporters of the Democratic Party converged in Charlotte, N.C., this week for the Democratic National Convention (DNC), which marked the party’s official nomination of President Barack Obama for a second term in office. Former President Bill Clinton gave the formal nomination in a much-lauded address. Susan Ohmer, a professor of modern communication, said the choice of Clinton for this role was significant. “That speech was remarkable … that a former president nominated a sitting president. President Clinton provided specific and detailed counterarguments to Republican criticism of the Democrats’ weakest area, the economy,” Ohmer said. “[Clinton] referenced his proven success with the budget and linked his work to that of President Obama, in a way transferring his success to the President.” Although her speech was also highly visible, First Lady Michelle Obama had a very different role in the convention, Ohmer said. “It seems to be the role of the First Lady or the candidate’s wife to humanize her husband for the audience,” she said. “They are generally not politicians and have their roles because their husbands were elected, not them. So generally they are careful not to speak as political figures.” That being said, Ohmer said nominees’ wives speeches tend to draw parallels to the big issues. “Yet of course their speeches and presentation of their personal experience link to the party’s themes: family, values, hard work, the immigrant experience, the American dream,” she said. “They may show a softer side, but it is no less strong in supporting the party and the candidate’s goals.” While Ann Romney gave a similar speech at the GOP’s convention last week, Ohmer said the First Lady’s ability to speak of her husband’s experience in the White House made her address more effective. “I would give the edge to Mrs. Obama, because she was able to connect her personal life with the president more directly to his political work. She can testify to his long hours and concern about American citizens. Mrs. Romney can talk about the concern that her husband has shown for people in his church, but it’s not the same,” she said. “A First Lady can offer personal testimony about her husband in situations that presidents face and that a political candidate hasn’t faced.” Camille Suarez, president of College Democrats, also found the First Lady’s speech more impactful. “I think Michelle Obama’s speech was more successful. She talked about Obama as a person and about things people could relate to,” Suarez said. “For example, college loans, that’s something students, and just about him being a parent. She hit a wide spectrum that I don’t think Ann Romney did.” Ohmer said an array of factors went into determining the rest of the speech lineup at the convention. “First and foremost, the party wants to address key issues in the campaign, build support for its candidate, and contrast its platform and ideas with those of the other party,” Ohmer said. “A party can demonstrate its diversity by its choice of speakers and appeal to demographic groups who either clearly support it or whose support the party wants to ensure.” Ohmer, who teaches a course titled “Media and Presidential Elections,” said convention coverage varied across outlets, but was generally more extensive for the DNC. “I think the media have been more enthusiastic about the DNC than the RNC – certainly they have raved strongly about some speeches more than others – but in general I’ve been struck by the extensive analyses journalist provide,” Ohmer said. “We really do have a rich pool of media to choose from and one can get a good sense of the different approaches of the conventions from journalists’ analyses.” Regardless of the relative effectiveness of one convention to another, conventions do not determine the race’s outcome, Ohmer said. “It is too early to be a ‘make it or break it’ point, but I think conventions can shift the grounds of discussion leading up to the election … so in that sense the arguments or commercials after a convention start from a different place.” Suarez said she felt the DNC reinvigorated the party’s support base more effectively than the opposition. “From what I’ve been reading and people I’ve been talking to, I think people are more inspired,” she said. “I think they kind of lit a fire under people.”last_img read more

USDA partners to improve electric infrastructure for more than 347,000 aural Americans across 13 States

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $398.5 million (PDF, 105 KB) to improve rural electric service in 13 states, including Ohio.“Reliable and affordable electricity is undeniably a necessity in today’s world,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in keeping our rural communities connected to this essential infrastructure.”USDA is making the investments through the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program. These projects will help improve the quality of life in rural communities in Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.The investments USDA is making today include nearly $43.7 million for smart grid technology to increase system efficiencies. Smart grid includes computer applications, two-way machine-to-machine communications, geospatial information systems and other tools to increase the reliability and efficiency of electric power systems.The Department’s support for rural cooperatives and utilities underscores Secretary Perdue’s priority to promote rural economic development by centering around three principles: infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Investing in electric infrastructure has increased productivity and improved the quality of life in rural areas for nearly 80 years.In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.last_img read more

6 Tech Companies That Raised Venture Capital Today: Which Will Change the World? (Poll)

first_imgTags:#Venture Funding#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… leela cyd ross There was a whole lot of money passing between hands today and we want to know which of these freshly funded companies interests you the most! There’s a motley, but exciting line-up featuring companies that will help us find storage space, keep us from using our phone as we drive for work (I’m so guilty of this!) and a buzz-worthy new group messaging app. Join us as we dive into today’s world of venture capitalism. Friday’s poll winner was Social Guides, which raised $1.5m to further help Web businesses connect using social media; 49% of RWW readers who voted were most excited about this company among the four others listed.Today’s CompaniesRelay Rides allows us to borrow cars from our neighbors, instead of renting a car. SpareFoot helps us find storage space, even for short periods of time (this would have been awesome for college summer breaks!). Kik raised the most amount of venture capital today and is poised to become another big group messaging app, which is interesting in the context that Beluga (a similar messaging app) was just acquired by Facebook last week. Gigya helps Web companies navigate social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. ZoomSafer provides risk management software aimed at keeping employees from using their mobile phones while driving, a dangerous idea and a serious liability for the company. Qriously replaces traditional ads on our mobile devices with questions about the would-be product or company, while gathering location information of the user and real-time feedback. With six very different companies receiving funding today, which one will you keep an eye on? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Maruti Suzuki Arena Devils Circuit- Hyderabad Edition 2018

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)HYDERABAD, India, October 26, 2018/PRNewswire/ –India’s Leading Disruptive Sporting Property Offers The biggest Prize in Amateur Sports Across AsiaVolano Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., India’s leading participative sports firm, hosted the 3rd edition of its brand-new season of the ‘Maruti Suzuki Arena Devils Circuit’ which saw participation of over 6000 runners making it a truly magnificent experience for all. The two-day event took place on 20th and 21st October 2018 at Peddamangalaram Village, Moinabad, Ranga Reddy District, Telangana. Participants came from all over the country with large representations from various corporate and running groups from nearby cities such as Guntur, Visakhapatnam, Chennai and many more.(Photo: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/775338/Swift_Devil_Slayers.jpg )(Photo: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/775339/Participants_at_the_Obstacle_Course.jpg )This Hyderabad edition turned out to be the biggest edition in this city for the Maruti Suzuki Arena Devils Circuit, cementing the confidence of the organizers in the south Indian city. The meticulous lay out of the course and seamless event planning ensured that the packed event went flawless in execution creating a memorable experience for all participants.The event also witnessed the Legends Cup, where competitive runners from across India ran for the grand prize of a Maruti Suzuki Swift. Sunil Kumar and Sukhchain Singh, two Army men proved to be worthy competitors to each other clinching the 1st and 2nd positions in the male category with Sanjay Negi at the 3rd spot. Sunil Kumar impressed onlookers by completing the entire circuit and sailing over each obstacle in a total time of just 00:22:10. On the other hand, Women’s category saw many ups and downs through the run with Jyoti Singh, a new member of the Legends Cup category, winning by conquering all the obstacles except the mighty Summit – The 14 ft. Warped Wall, which has been and remains a challenge for most of the women participants. She was followed by Tamanna Kalsi and Priya Ratnakumar, who clinched the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively.advertisementAs Title sponsors of the property, Maruti Suzuki India Limited continue to explore the synergies between brand Swift with its focus on performance and thrill and the Devils Circuit. Together, they promote the theme of ‘being limitless’ which is epitomized by each participant. This season of the Maruti Suzuki Arena Devils Circuit also hosts Apollo Tyres and Wild Water as associate sponsors. With a tagline of ‘Go the distance’, Apollo Tyres has the same DNA as that of the property with a complete focus on overcoming challenges.Commenting on the event, Adnan Adeeb, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Volano Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., said, “I want to dedicate the Hyderabad Edition of the Maruti Suzuki Arena Devils Circuit to the spirit of this city and to the indomitable attitude of all participants who signed up to enjoy an experience of a lifetime. We aim to make Maruti Suzuki Arena Devils Circuit a landmark race and will continuously engage with our Swift Devil Slayers to make it a bigger and better experience every year. We are also confident that we’ll receive a greater response with each passing year, thereby making the Devils Circuit one of the most sought-after races in India.”Through this current season, Volano aims to engage over 60,000 participants through the 8 cities edition which include Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur and Delhi. The continual growth in these established 8 cities and encouraging response from newer cities reaffirms the appeal for disruptive sporting formats in the country. The Maruti Suzuki Arena Devils Circuit Season 2018-19 which kick-started from Chennai in September will conclude in Delhi NCR in March 2019, where the biggest prize in amateur sports category in Asia- 2, brand New Maruti Suzuki Swift cars along with a cash prize of INR 5,00,000 shall be awarded to the winners in the Men’s and Women’s categories.About Maruti Suzuki Arena Devils CircuitMaruti Suzuki Arena Devils Circuit, a unique running concept, introduced to India by Volano is a disruptive sports property, which has already initiated a revolution in the entire fitness and running category mix. Its model encourages camaraderie between runners as they tackle a running track interspersed with military-style obstacles, including high warped walls, barbed wire and ice.Maruti Suzuki Arena Devils Circuit course with its 15 military-style obstacles is a litmus test for the strength and endurance of any runner. The finishers of Maruti Suzuki Arena Devils Circuit form the tribe of Swift Devil Slayers, the indomitable runners who prove to be limitless when it comes to facing challenges and overcoming the obstacles. After running 5 kilometers and conquering 14 obstacles, it is then the runners faced the Brain Freeze where they had to slide from 14 ft. height in to a pool containing 20 ton of ice cubes. Brain Freeze literally froze the runners leaving them shivering as they approached the podium to receive their finisher’s medal.advertisementAbout Volano Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.Volano Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. is the leader in amateur sports entertainment. The companys vision is to be the biggest & the best, so far Volano has excelled at that with Devils Circuit, Devils Circuit College Frenzy & Devils Circuit Corporate Challenge. It is not your boring race or sports programs, Volano not only tests your courage, strength & toughness, it also challenges you to push your limits. On track to becoming India’s biggest Amateur Sporting Property, Volano combines sports, health and entertainment in a unique way to bring a once in a lifetime experience to its fast growing community.Source: Volano Entertainment Pvt LtdPWRPWRlast_img read more