Boulder County’s Climate Smart loan programPart Two: A deeper level of actionThe first major step toward reducing your carbon footprint is understanding how much energy you use. Energy efficiency is often more cost effective than renewable-energy alternatives. The target is to use less energy for the same amount of heating, cooling, lighting, and of course, powering appliances, the stereo, televisions, and iPods. Fortunately, a big benefit of most energy-efficiency measures is creating greater comfort in the home over the long term.Our home was built in 1992–93, and we still have an extensive list of opportunities for reducing our energy footprint. Statistics show that 60% of U.S. homes are underinsulated or not insulated at all, and homes built before 1980 likely fall into this category. Air leakage is one of the leading causes of energy waste. By plugging those leaks, we can save 5% to 30% on home heating and cooling bills — an average of $450 per year for an American household.An energy audit can give homeowners a personalized plan for lowering energy bills and ultimately reducing the carbon footprint. The plan maps out energy usage and provides recommendations for behavioral changes, all with the ultimate goal of saving energy and money.For our next steps, we are going to look for energy efficiency measures that are affixed to the property, have an average useful life of 15 to 20 years (or more), and exceed minimum standards.Below is a list of next steps to explore in reducing your own energy footprint:Air Sealing and VentilationSealing around windows and doors, ductwork, plumbing, and electrical penetrations, attic bypasses, etc.Blower door test before and after improvements are madeHeat-recovery ventilator (HRV), which saves heating energy and improves air qualityWhole-house or attic fan with multiple speeds and timer or thermostatInsulationMaximize open attic insulation to a minimum of R-38*Maximize wall insulation to R-19Add foam or blown cellulose to reduce air leakage in wall cavities and atticInstall perimeter foundation insulation with R-10 minimumInstall floors over unconditioned space with R-19 minimumSpace Heating and CoolingInstall a high efficiency furnace that exceeds 90% annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating, plus sealed combustionInstall boiler with 84% or greater AFUEUpgrade central air conditioner to 14 SEER and 11 EER or higher for packaged systemsInstall programmable thermostat*LightingUse compact fluorescent lighting, which is 75% more efficient than incandescent and lasts much longerInstall LED lightingInstall timers or sensorsMaximize daylighting by adding light shelves and tubular skylights with movable insulationWindows, Doors, and SkylightsUpgrade exterior windows and glass doors to U-value of .35 or less with low-e glassInstall insulating shuttersInsulate exterior doors to a minimum R-8 valueAdd movable insulation for skylights and U-value of .35 or less with low-e glassAlso refer to Michael Maines’ blog, “Shedding Light on Windows”.Roof (Reflective)Use light-colored shingles, orEnergy Star—rated metal roofingAppliancesChoose Energy Star-rated modelsNote that over the past few decades, refrigerator efficiency has improved by 60%.Complementing the energy-efficiency measures outlined above, investigate renewable-energy measures:Solar hot waterSolar electricicity (photovoltaics or PV)Wind powerWood/pellet stovesNet metering (where the meter may run backward in sunny seasons) can produce much or all of the domestic electricity supply. Ask your solar equipment supplier or utility about rebates and RECs.The greatest value — to the planet and the homeowner — is in combining energy-efficiency and renewable-energy measures. My engineer husband laughs at me when I say that my goal is for us to be carbon neutral — I’m trying!Recently, we installed the most energy-efficient Energy Star appliances we could find. Last year, we upgraded to a high-efficiency (92% AFUE) furnace along with a newer-model programmable thermostat. We have scheduled a blower door test for our 16-year-old home. It’s become a game for us to see how many kilowatt-hours we can cut on a monthly basis. I’m still working on getting rid of the “beer fridge” in the garage; I’m going to install a kilowatt meter on it so that I can gather proof of its wastefulness! I’ll keep you posted.If you want to challenge yourself, set a goal for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions (carbon dioxide) created by daily activities — driving our cars, heating our homes, purchasing food and products — the list goes on. Check out one of the many carbon calculators available on-line, and make it fun to reduce your footprint!
Share on Twitter Tom Brady loses top receiving target Julian Edelman for entire NFL season Share on LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Colin Kaepernick Share via Email San Francisco 49ers Share on Pinterest NFL Read more Read more So if Manning wasn’t desired by every NFL team, then it can’t be said that absolutely every job Kaepernick hasn’t landed is due solely to reasons of racism, politics and collusion. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is an unabashed supporter of Donald Trump – the president who openly threatened owners with negative attention if they signed Kaepernick – but he also legitimately has zero football use for the guy, considering his roster already has a quarterback-of-the-now in Tom Brady and of-the-future in Jimmy Garoppolo. So as difficult as it is to give Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft the benefit of the doubt on anything, they’re in the clear … on Kaepernick, at least. Then there are other jobs that came open in which Kaepernick seemed a suitable option, but teams went elsewhere due to system fits. When Ryan Tannehill re-injured his knee earlier this month, head coach Adam Gase reached out to Jay Cutler – a debatably better quarterback than Kaepernick – but one who knew the coach from their time together in Chicago. Kaepernick has a higher upside than Cutler, but Gase picking the familiarity of Cutler is understandable, if perhaps not advisable. features Support The Guardian So now we are down to three teams: the Jaguars, Colts and Ravens. And their excuse for not signing Kaepernick is … well, absolutely no good excuse at all. Andrew Luck has not thrown a pass since January with the regular season almost upon us. And so Indianapolis will likely open the season with the quarterbacking zero that is Tolzien at the controls, while team owner Jim Irsay has tried to ignore the Kaepernick question. One has to wonder if Irsay would sign Kaepernick if the QB had ever been arrested and charged with four felonies, like someone the Colts owner knows quite well.Then there are the Jaguars, forever in need of a quarterback – and Kaepernick would be their best since at least David Garrard a decade ago. A week ago Blake Bortles was reportedly in line to get cut, and team owner Shad Kahn, who donated $1m to Trump’s inaugural committee, even told a local radio station that he would “absolutely” be OK with Kaepernick coming aboard if that was the recommendation of Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone. But then nothing came of it and, after a mediocre performance by Bortles in Jacksonville’s most recent pres-eason game – or a good performance by his standard – Marrone named Bortles the starter for week one. Somewhere between last week and now, the Jaguars front office decided they would rather lose than sign Colin Kaepernick.Finally, the Ravens – a team that fancies itself a contender, even though Joe Flacco has yet to throw a pass in training camp and the season starts in a week and a half. Head coach John Harbaugh and GM Ozzie Newsome reportedly want Kaepernick, but team owner Steve Bisciotti – who in the past publicly supported Ray Rice and built a statue of Ray Lewis – refused. And so the Ravens will open the season with Mallett at quarterback, who will play horribly and lose, but play horribly and lose after standing for the national anthem. Congrats, Ravens!Not every NFL team is actively blackballing Colin Kaepernick. But even in bending over backwards to give teams the benefit of the doubt – an Olympian task considering the NFL’s track record – there is also no case to be made that some teams aren’t. There are three cities in which Kaepernick can, and should, be starting in right now. Those teams are punishing Kaepernick for his decision to protest. Soon the standings will punish those teams for their decision not to sign him. US sports Share on WhatsApp But even if you argue Cutler is better than Kaepernick as a quarterback or at least his equal, there are still 11 current starting QBs in the league who are objectively worse than Kaepernick: Josh McCown of the Jets; Ryan Mallett of the Ravens (filling in for an injured Joe Flacco); DeShone Kizer of the Browns; Tom Savage of the Texans; Blake Bortles of the Jaguars; Trevor Siemian of the Broncos; Mike Glennon of the Bears; Jared Goff of the Rams; Brian Hoyer of the 49ers; Scott Tolzien of the Colts (filling in for the injured Andrew Luck); and Nathan Peterman of the Bills (filling in for Taylor and Yates and currently higher on the depth chart than Wenning).Forgetting all the teams on which he would be a massive upgrade as a backup quarterback – Pittsburgh, which has Super Bowl aspirations, yet will give the ball to Landry Jones if/when Ben Roethlisberger suffers his annual injury; or Dallas, where Jerry Jones employs Ezekiel Elliott and employed Greg Hardy, but has Kellen Moore as Dak Prescott’s backup – Kaepernick is currently better than a third of the starting QBs in the league. One-third! And even when Flacco, Luck and Taylor return, Kaepernick will still be better than a quarter of the starters. Still, he can’t get a job in a league that supposedly only cares about winning and, to prove it, regularly hands jobs to men with dubious histories such as Hardy, Adrian Peterson and Richie Incognito.Yet at risk of painting with too broad of a brush, even some of those 11 teams have legitimate excuses for not improving at the quarterback position by signing Kaepernick. The Jets, for example. They are openly tanking the 2017 season, so why bring in a QB who could help them win some games, thereby missing out on a top draft pick next spring? The Browns have turned their team over to a rookie quarterback in Kizer, and the Bears have one waiting in the wings in No1 overall pick Mitch Trubisky. And while the Texans could likely win more now with Kaepernick than Tom Savage, DeShaun Watson is waiting to move up to starter in the next few seasons.That whittles the list down to seven teams with flimsy reasons for starting QBs worse than Kaepernick: Baltimore, Buffalo, Denver, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, the LA Rams and San Francisco. But in an effort to be as magnanimous as possible, San Francisco gets a pass because Kaepernick chose to opt out of his contract there … although he did so because the 49ers were going to release him. The Rams get a very generous pass, too, because even though Kaepernick is better than Goff, Sean Mannion and Dan Orlovsky combined, Goff is only a year removed from being the No 1 overall pick and LA wants to give him the opportunity to sink or swim.Let’s give the Bills a pass, too, because Tyrod Taylor should be back from concussion soon and Wenning – again, with apologies to his undoubtedly proud parents – is likely just roster filler until then. And while Kaepernick showed he could quarterback a team with a stout defense to a Super Bowl in 2012, a service he could provide to the Denver Broncos, Denver undoubtedly hoped Paxton Lynch would have made the leap by this year and didn’t have free agent QBs on their radar. The Buffalo Bills signed someone called Keith Wenning on Monday. If you know that name, you are either Keith Wenning’s parents – and you should be very proud of your son – or you are Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane, and you should be ashamed of what you’ve done.Wenning, a journeyman quarterback who has now joined his fourth team in the four seasons since he was drafted by Baltimore in the sixth round in 2014, has never actually journeyed far enough to make it on to the field in a real NFL game. He has yet to throw a regular-season pass for the Ravens, Bengals (2015) or Giants (2016) and, if things go Buffalo’s way, Wenning will never throw one in a Bills uniform either. (Note: since things never go Buffalo’s way, don’t be surprised if Wenning gets a lot of playing time there.)Beane made the signing because starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor and his backup, TJ Yates, both suffered concussions in the team’s pre-season game on Saturday, leaving the Bills lacking at the sport’s most important position – for approximately the 20th year in a row. And so the Bills surveyed the QB free agent landscape and signed … former Ball State starter Keith Wenning. Topics Since you’re here… As is now the custom when any quarterback job opens up, or it seems even when a quarterback throws an incompletion, half the internet sat up and exclaimed WHAT ABOUT COLIN KAEPERNICK. By signing Wenning – a quarterback objectively much worse at playing quarterback than the still jobless Kaepernick, the Bills are now grouped as in on the alleged league-wide collusion to keep Kaepernick unemployed. But all quarterback situations are not equal. Five and a half years ago, when Peyton Manning was available as a free-agent quarterback, even he did not generate serious interest outside of a handful of teams. Overtures were reportedly made by Miami, Arizona, Washington, Seattle, Tennessee and the New York Jets before he signed with Denver. But approximately two-thirds of the NFL had zero interest in the future Hall of Famer. No one protested, even though many teams with far worse players at the position – names such as Christian Ponder, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Schaub, Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel – never courted the QB. Pinterest Kaepernick, activism and politics. The NFL doesn’t know how to stop this row Sportblog Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Tompkins Claim First Men’s Open CrownThe Tompkins Park Sharks have claimed their first ever Men’s Open trophy, claiming the 2009 Be Active Super League crown with a dominant 9 – 5 victory over Perth Brothers in Perth tonight (Sun 8th Nov).Hosting the finals series, Tompkins Park flew out of the blocks to take a 3 – 0 lead in just the first three minutes, and although Brothers never lost touch with the Sharks, the home side always looked in control of the match, after taking a 7 – 2 lead into half time.In the Women’s Open division, Northern Districts made it back to back Super League victories, defeating Perth Brothers 5 – 3 in the final.Surprisingly to some, Shelley Matcham donned heavy protection to her knee and contributed to the win, while fellow Australian representative Zoe Aiken-Dacey took control in the middle of the ground.Earlier in the day, the Fremantle Rebels took the Mixed Open title over Bunbury. Both teams were locked at 4-all at half time, and although Bunbury’s Jeremy Te Uira crossed for four touchdowns in the match, it wasn’t enough to stop Freo from running over the top of the south west team to win 9 – 6.The focus of teams now shifts to the Be Active State Championships, appearing in November for the first time. The State Championships will feature 42 teams and players from around Western Australia from 20th – 22nd November at McGillivray Oval.2009 Be Active Super League – Scores & AwardsMen’s OpenTompkins Park Sharks (9) def Perth Brothers (5).Keith Harris-Walker Medal – Jessie Murphy (Tompkins Park)Finals Referees Karen Woods Brendon Antrobus Tony ArnelWomen’s OpenNorthern Districts Spirit (5) def Perth Brothers (3)Karamea Dorset Medal – Michelle Gilpin (Northern Districts)Finals Referees Phil Galvin Justin Parsons James McMahonMixed OpenFremantle Rebels (9) def Bunbury (6)Finals Referees Richard McIlroy John Bedford John CorserRelated Filesmedia_release_081109-doc
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is currently seeking to appoint suitably qualified coaches to the vacant coaching and team manager positions within the National Youth Program. The Australian Youth teams will be attending the 2020 Youth Trans Tasman in Australia in January 2020.Expression of Interest ProcessTFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active Elite level coaches and managers to fill the following positions.National Youth Program:Men’s 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMen’s 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomen’s 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomen’s 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMixed 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMixed 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerCoach and Assistant CoachTo submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for all coaching positions please click on the link below. The link will take you to a page to submit your details for the application.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youthprogram2020The EOI will include:NameContact DetailsNCAS Coaching LevelPrevious Elite level (only) Coaching ExperienceVarious questions which can be found by clicking the above link.Expressions of interest for these coaching positions will close at 5pm Monday 4th March, 2019.Team ManagerTo submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for the team manager positions please click on the link below. The link will take you to a page to submit your details for the application.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youthmanager2020Expressions of interest for these positions will close at 5pm Monday 4th March 2019.Appointment TermsThe appointment term for these positions will be from date of appointment in 2019 through to completion of all responsibilities after the 2020 Youth Trans Tasman. This campaign will involve attendance by the appointed Coaches and Managers at all team and national selection camps throughout the Trans Tasman preparation.Appointment ConsiderationsAs an Australian coaching staff member there will be a large emphasis on interaction across the program, innovation within coaching and constant professional development. This will require a need for individuals who are willing to participate in a collaborative environment, with high levels of accountability, adherence to improving technical knowledge and a focus on leadership and management.The appointment processes for all volunteers within the HP Program, takes into account the balance of the applicants’ current skills and areas for improvement. In the same way coaches select athletes to fit a role within a team plan, volunteers will be selected and required to full fill the role to deliver success for Touch Football Australia.Outlined below for your information is the prescribed key selection criteria for all volunteer appointments within TFA:Actively work as leaders within the broader organisation, with an ability to promote positive/collaborative working relationships and represent the organisation in a professional manner.Actively promote a positive culture among the appointed group, reflective of the organisation’s expectations for all participants within the sport, and above all else in line with TFA Code of Conduct and other policies.Display an ability to work independently as well as within a team environment.Actively communicate and prepare for specific requirements of the role.Complete agreed assigned tasks to the expected standard of the organisation.Maintain absolute confidence with any confidential or Intellectual Property related information of the organisation.Hold and/or obtain required accreditations to undertake the role.Support TFA in the coordination and development of other volunteers.Aiding in conflict resolution as required.Photography: Phil McIlwraith
Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic happy embracing Sarriballby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic admits his game is being transformed under coach Maurizio Sarri.Pjanic says he wants to touch the ball 150 times a game as “playing under Max Allegri was completely different”.“There are obviously things that still to be improved, but I’m convinced that with the passage of time, everything will get better and better,” he said.“My teammates always look for me and I like that. Playing under Allegri was completely different, we immediately looked to get the ball wide.“Now it’s different. In the last few games I’ve tried more forward passes, but it all depends on what the Coach asks of me. I want to get to touching 150 balls per game.“I want to be one of the best midfielders in the world. I’m playing for one of the best teams in the world. I was lucky to grow step by step with the Coaches I had.“Winning helps you improve, and I know I can improve even more. The Juventus players are all ready to reach the highest objectives.“We have an experienced group with players who have won everything, and that aspect helps in certain games. I don’t think it’s a flaw.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer ready to roll dice on Juventus veteran Mandzukicby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to roll the dice on Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic.Since his permanent appointment to the United hotseat in March, Solskjaer has young, hungry British players, in a move away from recruiting star names, says the Mirror.In the summer, United signed centre-half Harry Maguire from Leicester City, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace , and winger Daniel James from Swansea.United were also in talks over signing Mandzukic, and are to renew their pursuit of the 33-year-old after their failure to sign replacements for Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez left Solskjaer came back to bite them.The gamble backfired after first-choice forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both injured, leaving 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to lead the line. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
OTTAWA — Canada’s electricity providers say they need to appeal to a younger and more diverse workforce if they’re going to keep the country’s lights on.A new report on the industry’s labour needs from Electricity Human Resources Canada suggests at least 20,500 new workers will be needed in power plants and transmission systems before 2022.“It’s extremely critical,” said Michelle Branigan, the CEO of the organization formed 15 years ago to address workforce concerns in the sector.Almost 107,000 people are employed directly in the industry in Canada, from generation to power delivery. Currently the industry is not as diverse as Canada as whole, with women accounting for only one in four employees and visible minorities just over one in 10. It’s also older than average: Workers under age 25 account for fewer than one in 20 people.The demand for new workers is complicated by the fact many of the jobs require substantial training.“These people are not trained in like three months or six months and ready to hit the ground running,” said Branigan.Most of the new workers will be needed to replace the aging workforce, but the industry is also expanding as demand for power grows thanks to battery-powered electronics, electric cars and digital systems.The future workforce is also going to have to be more agile, able to work on renewable energy sources and digital technologies that are transforming the sector at a rate it has never before seen, said Branigan.Failing to address this critical demand for workers runs the risk that Canada’s power systems will become less reliable, she said.“If you don’t have the right people in the right place at the right time, with the right skills, that’s where we could run into difficulty,” she said.The report notes a number of electricity-sector jobs demand similar skills as other industries — engineers, cybersecurity experts, information and communication technology specialists, to name a few — and electricity companies have to compete with flashier and more popular companies for the same workers.Many young people know little about the provincial utilities that generate and transmit much of Canada’s electricity, Branigan said.“But do you know Google, do you know Shopify, do you know these types of organizations? Yes, you do. Those resonate with young people. Where are they going to think about when they start thinking about an industry that is sexy and cool and is going to be exciting for them?”Nirav Patel, the director of human resources at Ontario Power Generation, said promoting the skilled trades as options for young people, and marketing the industry to kids as young as elementary-school levels, could help attract them.Patel also said while the industry is changing, there is one thing electricity can offer that some other industries cannot: security.“The jobs are going to be around for a long time,” he said.Branigan also warned employers not to focus on the big physical need to refurbish and modernize electricity grids, at the expense of the workforce that runs them.“At the end of the day we need the people to keep the power on,” she said.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press
MONTREAL – Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight heading to Zurich from San Francisco on Friday will be propelled in part by a biofuel created by a Quebec company aiming to clean up the skies.Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. is the firm behind the biofuel made from Carinata mustard and company founder and president Steve Fabijanski believes it could help dramatically decarbonize the aviation industry.“For me, this is a very good example of Canadian innovation and especially innovation from Quebec in terms of looking at green solutions,” he said in an interview from Paris with The Canadian Press.Thirty per cent of the jet fuel used in the Boeing will be replaced by the biofuel, leading the company to proclaim the plane will emit 30 per cent less greenhouse gases than a regular flight.Fabijanski said he believes his company’s product is the greenest biofuel ever used in a plane to date and that partnering with United Airlines will serve as a showcase for attracting new projects.With a flight time of 11 hours, the California-to-Switzerland flight will be the longest transatlantic trip to date using biofuels and the second time Agrisoma’s mustard-based product will be used in a commercial flight.Last Jan. 28, it was used in a 15-hour transpacific Qantas Airways flight between Australia and the United States. In that instance, the biofuel replaced 10 per cent of the jet fuel.Currently, the technical and regulatory rules limit to 50 per cent the amount of biofuel that can be used in commercial aircraft.“Fifty per cent is the goal (for the company) and at 50 per cent, you’re making a significant impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Fabijanski.As the number of air passengers has steadily grown, the aviation industry has set as a goal reducing CO2 emissions by 50 per cent compared to 2005 levels. The industry is responsible for two to three per cent of global emissions.Steven Guilbeault, an environmental activist and co-founder of Equiterre, says Agrisoma’s biofuel paves the way for air carriers to take a significant step in reducing their carbon footprint.“As an ecologist, what matters to me is that this type of technology is spreading and, as a Quebecer, I won’t hide the fact it makes me proud that it was developed in our backyard,” he said.The head of Cycle Capital Management, one of Agrisoma’s principal investors, didn’t hesitate to promote the virtues of biofuel.“If we put just 10 per cent of this fuel in all the planes around the world, we would accomplish great things,” said Andree-Lise Methot, the founder of the clean-tech venture capital fund manager.On top of the aviation industry, Methot said one of the main qualities of Carinata mustard is that it can grow on land that is not meant to feed people. So unlike ethanol, for example, its cultivation is not done at the expense of food.Once the oil is extracted from the plant, the residue becomes a protein-rich byproduct that can be used as feed for livestock.“Carinata grows when nothing grows, it grows in difficult conditions, it’s what I call a seed adapted to climate change and, in addition, it yields two beautiful products: biofuel and organic food for animals,” she said.
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Thursday evening released its first list for the Lok Sabha elections that are just weeks away, naming four candidates in Gujarat and 11 in Uttar Pradesh. While Congress president Rahul Gandhi will contest from his current seat, Amethi, his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will fight from her constituency, Rae Bareli.Amethi and Rae Bareli, the Gandhi bastion in Uttar Pradesh, are the only seats Congress had won in the state in the 2014 general elections. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuThe list of 15 candidates does not include Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who had recently announced her political debut and was made the Congress’s General Secretary for UP East. While senior leader Salman Khursheed will contest from Farrukhabad, where he had contested and lost in 2014, RPN Singh will contest from Kushi Nagar. The other leaders on the list for UP are Imran Masood from Saharanpur, Jitin Prasad from Dhaurahra, Annu Tandon from Unnao, Rajaram Pal from Akbarpur, Brij Lal Khabri from Jalaun and Nirmal Khatri from Faizabad. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat’The Congress had recently announced that it will contest all 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh after it was left out of their alliance by Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati. In Gujarat, senior Congress leader Bharatsinh Solanki will contest from Anand. He had won the Lok Sabha elections from Anand in 2004 and 2009. But he lost to Dilipbhai Patel of the BJP in 2014. Raju Parmar will contest the elections from Ahmedabad West seat, Prashant Patel will contest from Vadodara, and Ranjit Mohansinh Rathwa will contest from Chhota Udaipur seat.
Mumbai: In just seven years, Alia Bhatt has established herself as one of the most powerful performers from the current generation, and the actor says if she gets a good opportunity she would like venture into Hollywood. The 26-year-old actor, who will soon make her debut in Telugu cinema with SS Rajamouli’s RRR, said entering any new industry would be a tough task. “I do hope to go there (Hollywood) someday and soon. That is like entering a whole new industry and that is not easy at all. I will have to do it with some more time on my hand,” Alia said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe actor is currently busy promoting her next Kalank. She is also working on Brahmastra opposite beau Ranbir Kapoor and will be seen alongside Salman Khan in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah. Alia, who had a great 2018 with Raazi earning big at the box office and receiving critical acclaim, said she picks roles which challenge her as an artiste. “All the characters that I have lined up are difficult and challenging. I am aiming at nailing them. That is my vision… My choices are instinctive. It comes from my gut. When I listen to a narration and if I like it, I do it.”