Applications Available for Tidal Demonstration Permits

first_imgNova Scotia is building on its position as a leader in the tidal energy industry by creating another way for developers to test and prove their ideas for innovative new devices. Applications are now available for tidal energy demonstration permits. These permits allow for projects up to five megawatts in size, and give companies the ability to sell the electricity they generate. “As part of our ocean sector, tidal energy has enormous potential to create more opportunities in rural areas, while addressing our climate change goals,” said Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan. “These permits will help us stay at the forefront of this rapidly changing industry by finding ways to address technical challenges while lowering the cost of tidal energy.” No more than 10 megawatts of total power will be authorized.All operators are required to have applicable permits and approvals, including an environmental assessment approval for tidal projects that could generate two megawatts or more. The permits fall under the Marine Renewable-energy Act. Government proclaimed the act today, Jan. 24, and approved administrative regulations for the industry. For more information or an application form email marinerenewables@novascotia.ca .last_img read more

Fisheries officials to examine dead right whale that washed ashore in NL

first_imgTROUT RIVER, N.L. – The latest North Atlantic right whale to be found dead on the East Coast is so decomposed officials say we will likely never know what killed it.“It’s a very flattened whale. It’s like a right whale pancake, so it’s been drifting and dead for quite a while,” Jack Lawson, a research scientist with the Fisheries Department, said in an interview.Lawson said the whale washed up on a rocky shore near Trout River in western Newfoundland.Lawson said based on the degree of decay, it’s possible the remains belong to one of the eight North Atlantic right whales seen floating in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in recent weeks.“There was a whale that was seen in June off the southwest coast of Newfoundland drifting out at sea and this could be that whale.”Fisheries officials are taking photographs and samples of the whale and comparing it the floating corpse spotted in the area last month, Lawson said.“If it’s the same animal that was seen a month ago, that’s good,” he said. “If this is not a new animal, that means we’ve seen what we’ve seen, and hopefully the mortalities for this species in the gulf are all documented and finished.”Officials are using genetic testing to see if they can find a match for the carcass from a catalogue of right whales that has been maintained by scientists.North Atlantic right whales are critically endangered, with only about 525 estimated alive.Last week, another right whale was hauled to New Brunswick’s Miscou Island last week in a bid to determine the cause of death, while another right whale was found entangled in fishing gear in the gulf.Tests performed earlier on two other North Atlantic right whales in Prince Edward Island also showed signs of blunt trauma — possibly the result of a collision with a boat. Another died as a result of an entanglement in fishing line.Lawson said the washed-up carcass is probably too decomposed for scientists to glean the circumstances of its death.Much of the animal’s skin has been sloughed off, he said, and some of its organs appear to be missing.“The more rotted a whale becomes, the harder it is to determine things like that, and this animal is quite decayed,” said Lawson. “I suspect the decision will be not to do a necropsy (animal autopsy) on this animal, because … the inside more or less goes to a smelly soup, as you can imagine.“It’s impressive when you walk on them. It’s like a water bed.”Lawson said the remains washed up in a remote location, and there doesn’t appear to be a threat to public safety, so officials will probably let nature take its course in disposing of the animal.Tonya Wimmer of the Marine Animal Response Society said the Gulf of St. Lawrence has recently seen a resurgence of right whales, whose primary feeding grounds have been in the Bay of Fundy and Roseway Basin.Ship strikes and entanglements in fishing gear are among the greatest man-made threats to right whales’ survival, Wimmer said.The challenge, she said, will be working with the fishing and shipping industries to find ways to protect the animals in the gulf, as has been done in other parts of the Maritimes by rerouting shipping lanes, alerting fishermen to whales’ presence and setting speed limits for vessels.“(It’s) about upping the sense of the urgency. It really does need to actually happen quickly,” Wimmer said in an interview. “They’ve got a bit of catching up to do and a bit of a fire under their heels to do it, because as we’ve seen this year, it can cause major problems, and potentially devastating ones for this extremely small population.”The Fisheries Department closed a snow crab fishing area encompassing most of the southern gulf to protect right whales from the dangers posed by fishing gear.Disentanglements of right whales were recently put on hold by Ottawa following the death of a whale rescuer in New Brunswick.— By Adina Bresge in Halifaxlast_img read more

As job openings reach unprecedented levels so does quitting

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. employers advertised the most jobs on record in July, and the number of workers quitting their jobs also hit a new all-time high.Americans are increasingly taking advantage of a tight labour market to find new, often higher-paying jobs. That could help push up wages broadly across the economy.The Labor Department said Tuesday that the number of job openings rose 1.7 per cent to 6.9 million, the most on record dating back to late 2000. The number of people quitting jumped 3 per cent to 3.58 million, also a record. Quits are typically a good sign that jobs are plentiful, because people usually quit when they have another job or are confident they can find one.With the unemployment rate at 3.9 per cent, near an 18-year low, businesses are increasingly desperate to find workers. Even as the number of available jobs rose, overall hiring in July was essentially flat, with about 5.7 million people finding jobs, the report showed.The data are from the government’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, or JOLTS, which tracks total job openings, quits and hiring.The JOLTS report comes after the government said on Friday that employers added a healthy 201,000 jobs in August. That figure represents the net total of jobs added, while the JOLTS data reports overall hires without subtracting quits, layoffs and resignations.The jump in job openings in July suggests solid hiring will continue in the coming months.Private sector surveys also point to solid gains. ManpowerGroup’s employment outlook survey, released Tuesday, found that employers in all 13 large industries that it tracks plan to add workers in the final three months of the year. The staffing company’s survey also found that hiring should pick up in all four regions.The company’s hiring index in the South reached a 10-year high, ManpowerGroup said.With the economy growing at a healthy clip and consumers spending freely, employers are optimistic about future demand and want to hire more. That appears to be finally pushing some employers to pay more, pushing up wages.According to Friday’s jobs report, average hourly pay rose 2.9 per cent in August compared with a year earlier. That was the best annual gain since June 2009, when the Great Recession ended.A more dynamic job market, with more people quitting and finding new work, can help fuel better wage gains. Workers who switch jobs are getting raises roughly one-third larger than those who remain at their jobs, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.“Mobility of workers between jobs boosts competition for talent and puts pressure on employers to offer better pay and benefits,” said Cathy Barrera, chief economist for online job site ZipRecruiter.Openings rose in manufacturing, finance and insurance, and hotels and restaurants. They fell in retail and in education and health.___This story has been corrected to show that the number of workers quitting their jobs has hit a record, not the proportion of workers.last_img read more

British girl sends 3 to Notre Dame appeal

first_imgLondon: A nine-year-old British girl sent $3 to the Fondation du Patrimoine, one of the four organisations tasked by the French government with collecting donations for the reconstruction of the Notre Dame after fire ravaged the Paris cathedral earlier this month. “Dear people of France and Paris. My name is Caitlyn, and I am 9 years old, I live in England,” Caitlyn Handley wrote in a letter to the foundation seen by CNN. “I heard about the Notre Dame fire on the radio and wanted to help, I know it’s not much, but every bit helps. Hopefully it won’t take too long to build. Thanks, Caitlyn.” Also Read – Enemies seek to sow discord’ between Iran & Iraq, says Khamenei Simon Handley, Caitlyn’s father, told CNN that his daughter was “very upset” by the crisis after discovering how old the cathedral was. He described his daughter as a “very bright girl” who cares deeply about “helping people and animals”. Laurence Levy, a spokeswoman for the Fondation du Patrimoine, told CNN that the organisation is receiving thousands of cheques a day. “Our whole team has been mobilised and many volunteers have come to help us, because we are not accustomed to receiving such an influx of donations in such a short space of time in our normal work.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Caitlyn was not alone in sending her money by post: Another Briton sent an envelope containing six 50 pounds notes ($387) to the foundation. These two British donations are among thousands from abroad. The Fondation du Patrimoine said that it had received 17,300 donations totalling $1.7 million from more than 160 foreign countries. Levy told CNN that the organisation has collected a total of $183 million since the launch of its campaign.last_img read more

Strikes on Syria in retaliation to suspected Poison Gas attack

Western forces, including the US, UK and France, struck Syria with more than one hundred missiles today in the first coordinated western strikes against the Damascus government,targeting what they said were chemical weapons sites in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack.Smoke was still rising from some buildings hours after the strikes took place. Others were entirely destroyed.The military move followed an alleged chemical attack last weekend in Syria that killed more than forty people and injured close to five hundred others.The organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons says it plans to continue its investigation into last weekend’s suspected poison gas attack in eastern Syria, despite US-led airstrikes against the country. The global chemical warfare watchdog group says it will still deploy a team “to establish facts around the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma.”Russia and Syria disagree with western allies that gas was used by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces. but the US ambassador to the United Nations says the US is quote: “locked and loaded” if the Syrian regime uses poisonous gas again.President Trump tweeted this morning about the air strikes saying quote: “A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine military. Could not have had a better result. Mission accomplished!”On the sidelines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with US Vice President Mike Pence in a bilateral meeting. Trudeau said Canada supports the “unfortunate, but necessary” strikes in Syria in response to chemical weapons use.Trudeau and Pence also reiterated their mutual aspirations for a quick and successful NAFTA deal, with Pence saying the Trump administration was encouraged by the progress so far. Pence also expressed condolences for those affected by the Humboldt bus crash. read more

UN official in charge of Afghan reconstruction named chief of UN project

Nigel Fisher, a national of Canada, was appointed at the Assistant Secretary-General level and replaces Reinhard Helmke as UNOPS Executive Director. Since February 2002, Mr. Fisher has been serving as Mr. Annan’s Deputy Special Representative for Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction in Afghanistan.Earlier in his career, he was the Regional Director for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in South Asia between 1999-2002. Mr. Fisher worked with UNICEF for over 20 years in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as at the agency’s headquarters in New York. read more

Remember the U2 iPod That and 9 other Apple product flops

first_imgvia Ebay Here’s a not so fun problem to have: The Mac Portable sometimes failed to turn on even when plugged in due to its battery design. Plus, it was 16 lbs. What’s so portable about that? Apple Newton (1993-98) via moparx/Flickr This tablet failed because of its shoddy battery life and hard-to-read screen. It was also so infamous for its terrible handwriting recognition that it inspired a mocking from The Simpsons. But it also inspired aspects of future OS designs. Plus, we all know how we feel about tablets now. Apple Pippin (1995-6) via Wikicommons PlayStation, Nintendo, and Sega consoles were already out and more popular, so game developers and users ignored the Pippin when it hit the market. Priced at $600, the console was predicted to sell 300,000 units in its first year. Estimates put actual sales at somewhere between 12,000 and 42,000. 20th Anniversary Mac (1996-7) via eBay Apple’s Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh is a limited-edition personal computer that was released in celebration of the company’s 20th birthday. It cost almost $8,000. Despite its poor sales, the TAM remains a popular item amongst dedicated Macintosh collectors. As of 2010, complete working machines with boxes were selling for $1,000. Apple eMate (1997-8) The eMate was actually a good machine and went on to inspire the PowerBook series. But Apple never made the Emate available for anyone outside educational purposes, which limited the machine from spreading across the entire spread of Apple users. Interesting fact: To this day, Apple has never released the sales figures from the Emate. The “Hockey Puck” mouse (1998-2000) via eBay Often referred to as the “hockey puck mouse”,  the disc design got attention…but for all of the wrong reasons. Its small size made it awkward to grasp, and its round shape made it tricky to orient. It only lasted for two years, and was discontinued in 2000. The Power Mac G4 Cube (2000-1) via AP Photo/Richard Drew, File Despite its innovative design, critics complained the G4 was too expensive. It didn’t even come with a monitor! Plus, early models suffered from a manufacturing issue that led to cracks in the clear plastic case. The U2 iPod (2000-4) via Amazon/screenshot As part of the partnership between the company and band, Apple created a U2-branded iPod, offered U2′s single “Vertigo” exclusively through the iTunes store, produced an iPod commercial featuring U2 (see below), and created the first-ever digital box set featuring all of U2′s albums. The iPod wasn’t a hit. Its launch price was $50 higher than its identical white and chrome model, and offered little (if any reason) to purchase it. – Caroline Moss How Google Glass might change photography for good> 10 messaging apps that are worth downloading> Explainer: Why did Snapchat turn down Facebook’s $3 billion offer?> WeWork founder Adam Neumann joked about changing the United States Constitution so he could run for president The 15 best college dining halls in America, according to students ‘Why is my iPhone battery yellow?’: How to enable an iPhone’s Low Power Mode to conserve battery center_img EVERYONE KNOWS APPLE excels at innovation and thinking differently. It’s the company that gave us iPods and iPhones, iPads and MacBooks…(and the list goes on and on and on). But not every Apple invention was a grand slam. Here’s a look at 10 old Apple products that just didn’t hit their intended mark. The Apple III (1980-81) via Apple 2 HistoryThe Apple III was the first Apple computer not designed by Steve Wozniak. The result? A super buggy machine, a motherboard that got too hot too fast, and frequent crashes. Chips would pop out of their sockets, resulting in severe problems with the entire system. The Apple Lisa (1983-5) via AppleThe Lisa was a personal computer designed by Apple during the 80s. It was slow and hard to use. It also cost $9,995 at launch. In 1986, Apple gave up and offered to let Lisa owners trade them in and buy a normally $4,100 Mac Plus for $1,500. The Apple Macintosh Portable (1989-91) After discussing layoffs to cut costs, WeWork CEO Adam Neumann treated employees to tequila shots and a private performance by a member of Run DMC last_img read more

Bing wins big in China will serve results to 450 million users

first_imgWith a total population of nearly 1.5 billion and an online population of around half a billion, there’s no denying China’s importance as a digital marketplace. It’s also one that has proven tricky for Western companies to operate in at times — like Google, whose famous struggle with the Chinese government over censorship issues ultimately led to the cessation of operations in China.Microsoft, however, decided that Google’s departure was just the sort of opportunity it needed. After months of negotiations, the Redmond company has finally announced the signing of a deal with Chinese search giant Baidu that will see Bing provide English language results to its visitors. It’s a bit like the previous deal Microsoft scored with Yahoo! back in the summer of 2010.AdChoices广告As a result of that arrangement, Bing broke the 30% mark globally and supplanted Yahoo! as the number two search provider behind Google. Currently, Baidu maintains about an 84% share of China’s search market — which means this new deal should provide Bing with a sizable boost to its global market share.While specific numbers aren’t given, a Baidu spokesperson said that daily English language requests numbered “in the millions” with the majority of those searches coming from municipalities looking for professionals and university graduates to add to their workforce.While a few million searches per day won’t be enough to unseat Google as the grand poobah of search engines (it gets more than 400 million per day total), it’s still an important win for Bing. Every little bit counts, and Microsoft will happily continue inking deals like this one until it’s nipping at Google heels in the race to be number one.More at Liveside and MSN Chinalast_img read more

Government to consult on new flexible option for NHS pension scheme

first_imgThe Department of Health and Social Care and the Cabinet Office have announced a consultation on potential changes to the National Health Service (NHS) pension scheme, with the aim of enabling senior doctors to work for longer without the fear of tax charges impacting their retirement savings.The new 50:50 pension option has been designed to allow high-earning senior clinicians to build their NHS pension pot gradually over the course of their career through steady contributions; this helps to avoid the significant tax charges that they currently face when saving for their retirement.The new option allows senior doctors to halve their pension contributions in exchange for halving the rate of their pension growth.The government has stated that pension tax charges discourage senior doctors from taking on extra work or additional shifts, cause them to question whether to remain in the NHS pension scheme, and lead to some taking early retirement; in 2018-2019, 57% of general practitioners (GPs) took early retirement, equating to 610 doctors, according to an independent review.Matt Hancock, health and social care secretary, said: “Each and every senior consultant, nurse or GP is crucial to the future of our NHS, yet we are losing too many of our most experienced people early because of frustrations over pensions.“We have listened to the concerns of hardworking staff across the country and are determined to find a solution that better supports our senior clinicians so we can continue to attract and keep the best people.“The reforms we are setting out will give clinicians greater flexibility to manage their pensions, have more control over their future and offer a deal that’s fair to doctors, taxpayers and the patients they care for.”The proposal forms part of NHS’ first People Plan, published on Monday 3 June 2019. The interim plan focuses on recruiting more staff, making the NHS a great place to work and supporting employees to deliver modern care.Steve Cameron, pensions director at Aegon added: “There has been growing disquiet among senior NHS staff about pension arrangements, with significant numbers incurring tax bills due to personal and employer contributions, or increases in pension entitlements, exceeding pensions tax allowances.“The total amount that can be saved in a pension was cut dramatically seven years ago and the experience of the NHS shows the new rules are now affecting the retirement plans not just of the super wealthy. The prospect of tax penalties on pensions contributions has been cited by many NHS staff as a reason for choosing to retire early, a situation which means a great deal of skill and expertise is leaving the healthcare profession earlier than it otherwise would.“We welcome the plans to address this situation by reforming the NHS scheme. Many private sector schemes allow individuals at risk of breaking pension allowances to swap pension contributions for increases in pay, and this should be made available to NHS employees. The alternative of granting special allowances just for NHS employees would have been unfair and would have further complicated the pensions tax system.”last_img read more

Motorcyclist hospitalized after crash in South MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews rushed a man to the hospital after, officials said, he crashed his motorcycle in South Miami-Dade, Saturday afternoon.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the crash along Card Sound Road.Officials said no other cars were involved.Investigators said the victim suffered significant injuries to his face. An off-duty paramedic and a physician were the first people who arrived at the scene to render aid.Crews transported the motorcyclist to Jackson South Community Hospital in critical condition.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

We Are Music Honoring Craft Community With HER Swizz Beatz More

first_img Facebook ‘We Are Music’ Honors Craft & Community we-are-music-honoring-craft-community-her-swizz-beatz-more The Recording Academy launches a new campaign to celebrate the professional songwriters, musicians, engineers, producers, and performers who bring music to lifeNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 23, 2018 – 6:43 am Making music is a calling and a craft — a privilege and a process. From the first flash of inspiration to a few chords and scribbled lyrics, from laying down a scratch track to finessing the finishing touches, it takes craft, commitment and passion to make music a reality.Now, for the first time in its 60-year history, the Recording Academy is launching a national campaign to honor the craft and community of creators who bring music to life. “We Are Music” celebrates the people who create music every day, those who are the lifeblood of music.To celebrate the launch of “We Are Music,” the Recording Academy released a 60-second film directed by world-renown photographer/videographer and GRAMMY nominee Danny Clinch. The striking black-and-white film chronicles the creation of a new piece of music, capturing the collaboration between songwriter, performer, producer, sound engineer, and musicians to write, record and finesse a new record, culminating when the performer takes the stage to share it with the world.”We Are Music” features a lineup of current Recording Academy members, including up-and-coming R&B singer/songwriter H.E.R.; GRAMMY-winning multi-instrumentalist/producer Chad Hugo of the Neptunes and N.E.R.D.; GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Ann Mincieli; director and composer Rickey Minor; and GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Swizz Beatz.Through Clinch’s daring and inventive eye, the film and the campaign underscore the Recording Academy’s vital role in the industry, reinforcing the importance of the Academy to the professional community of songwriters, musicians, producers, engineers, and performers it represents.”The Recording Academy is the leading society of music creators, and ‘We Are Music’ not only defines what we stand for, but also represents the tremendous pride and respect we have for the industry we serve,” said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer for the Recording Academy. “While we are commonly associated with the iconic GRAMMY Awards, this campaign celebrates those music professionals involved in the multilayered creative process. Our objective is to further reinforce the perceptions of the Recording Academy by highlighting the impact we have on the creative community at large.”Those of us who have ever spontaneously woken up with a song idea, worked in the studio until the sun came up or have callouses on our hands from practicing our instrument all understand the same simple truth: We are made of the music we make. We are music.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” News Email center_img We Are Music: Honoring Craft & Community With H.E.R., Swizz Beatz & More Twitter Read morelast_img read more

Petition calls on Netflix to cancel Amazon Primes blasphemous Good Omens

first_img2:20 The group behind the petition had a list of issues with the show.  Amazon Prime Video More than 20,000 people have signed a petition demanding the series Good Omens be removed from Netflix. The trouble is the show is streamed on Amazon Prime. The petition, which has surpassed its original goal of 15,000 signatures, calls the show a mockery of religion for depicting “God as a tyrant and the Devil as being good.” The Christian group behind the campaign found an issue with other aspects of the show — God being voiced by a woman, the portrayal of the Antichrist as a normal kid, the four riders of the apocalypse as a biker gang and more. Stranger Things Lego: Get close up to the Upside Down Share your voice Comments Tags 22 Photos Amazon’s Good Omens cast talks bad bosses and bureaucracy That group, the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, didn’t immediately respond for comment.Good Omens, an adaptation of the 1990 comic fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett, is a six-episode miniseries on Amazon Prime. The show stars David Tennant as the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale. Amazon and Netflix didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. 92 TV and Movies Culture Home Entertainment Digital Media Now playing: Watch this: Amazon Prime Netflixlast_img read more

Commuters left in lurch as RTC pares services

first_imgShahalibanda: Ever since the Charminar bus stop was closed as part of the Charminar Pedestrian Project (CPP), most of the RTC buses plying on the route are affected. Some of the buses connecting important localities are completely stopped or diverted to new areas impacting the regular commuters.According to locals, the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) has decreased or removed several bus services, one after other, on the routes connecting areas like Uppuguda, Rajanna Bowli, Lal Darwaza, Chatrinaka, Gowliguda and its surrounding areas, thus, causing suffering to thousands of people. “In these areas, students and office-goers prefer to travel in public transport. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Thousands of passengers regularly travel from these areas. The residents comprise lower middle-class and middle-class people, who cannot not bear the expenses for travelling in auto or a taxi. On these routes, the RTC management should rationalise the transport mechanism for optimum usage, rather than just cancel the buses altogether,” said K Venkatesh, a senior Congress leader. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Venkatesh said that around two years back, more than a dozen buses used to be in service on these routes and the Charminar bus stop served as the transit point. Ever since the Charminar bus stop was closed as part of CPP and was shifted to the Shahalibanda X Roads, around 15 buses were stopped from plying on these routes. Earlier, the passengers traveling towards Secunderabad, Mehdipatnam, Jubilee hills, Maula Ali, Hi-Tec City, Patancheru, Musheerabad, Sanathnagar and IS Sadan were able to reach their destination smoothly. Now, passengers are going through hard times, as they have to take connecting buses from Afzalgunj, IS Sadan or Koti. “Since the major bus stop in the area was shifted to Shahalibanda X Roads, it has caused huge traffic congestion.” Advertise With Us According to the Congress leader, the locals had the bus services including regular and minibuses like 75R (Rajanna Bowli to Koti), 75A (Uppuguda to Koti), 8U (Uppuguda to Secunderabad), 8R (Uppuguda to Near Alwal), 9M (Uppuguda to Sanathnagar), 65M (Charminar to Mehdipatnam), 127J (Charminar to Jubilee Hills) and many more. From Uppuguda to Secunderabad, there were more than 12 buses connecting different areas and now there is only one service plying on the route, he said. Venkatesh also said that following several complaints from locals on the decreasing number of buses, he represented the matter to the local authorities of RTC and submitted a memorandum of demands to Regional Manager Khusro Shah Khan. Responding to the representation immediately, the official asked the Falaknuma DMO to hold a study of public needs in these areas, and ensure that the problem of the buses was solved.last_img read more

13th anniversary of 21 Aug grenade attacks today

first_img21 august grenade attackThe nation observe the 13th anniversary of the gruesome 21 August grenade attack on Monday with a renewed call for holding trials of perpetrators of the carnage.Although 13 years have been elapsed after the savage, the trial in the cases relating to the grenade attacks has not yet been disposed of, but the prosecution expressed their hope to complete it by this year.The gruesome grenade attack was carried out at an anti-terrorism rally of Awami League (AL) at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on 21 August in 2004 aiming to bankrupt the party leadership during the BNP-Jamaat alliance government.But, 24 people including the then Mahila AL president and wife of late Bangladesh president Zillur Rahman were killed and over 500 others injured in the attack and many of them became crippled for life.Those other killed in the barbaric grenade attack included opposition leader’s personal security guard Lance Corporal (retd) Mahbubur Rashid, Abul Kalam Azad, Rezina Begum, Nasir Uddin Sardar, Atique Sarkar, Abdul Kuddus Patwari, Aminul Islam Moazzem, Belal Hossain, Mamun Mridha, Ratan Shikdar, Liton Munshi, Hasina Mamtaz Reena, Sufia Begum, Rafiqul Islam (Ada Chacha), Mostaque Ahmed Sentu, Md Hanif, Abul Kashem, Zahed Ali, Momen Ali, M Shamsuddin and Ishaque Miah. Prominent among those suffered serious splinter injuries included Sheikh Hasina, Amir Hossain Amu, Abdur Razzak, Suranjit Sengupta, Obaidul Quader, Advocate Sahara Khatun, Mohammad Hanif, Prof Abu Sayeed, and AFM Bahauddin Nasim.The ruling AL, its front and associate bodies and its left-leaning allies, and other political parties, social-cultural and professional organisations will chalk out elaborate programmes across the country marking the anniversary.AL will also hold a discussion at Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh (KIB) at Khamarbari in city’s Farmgate area around 3.30pm on Tuesday. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to address the discussion as the chief guest.Asked about the latest condition of trial in the cases, public prosecutor advocate Mosharraf Hossain Kazol expressed his hope to complete the trial well before the end of the current year (2017) as they have already completed taking testimonies of 225 prosecution witnesses and 13 defense witnesses.“We will take testimonies of 10 to 12 more defense witnesses in the cases. After completion of the testimonies, argument on legal points will be kicked off and then the verdict will be delivered. The whole process will end well before the end of this year,” he continued.During the BNP-Jamaat regime, the investigators were trying to divert the probe to a wrong direction to save the real culprits. Media reports brought to public attention the cooked-up story of Joj Mia by the then CID officials to derail the investigation.The visible attempt to frustrate the case by the then BNP-led regime prompted the subsequent interim government to order a fresh investigation into the case.During the last caretaker government’s tenure, the first two charge sheets in the August 21 cases – one for murder and another under the explosive act – were placed before the court on July 11, 2008 accusing 22 people, including former deputy minister of BNP-Jamaat alliance government Abdus Salam Pintu and 21 HuJI leaders and workers.Later on July 3 in 2012, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted two separate supplementary charge sheets in the cases against 30 people after completing a fresh investigation into the matter. With the 30 accused, the number of charge accused in the cases rose to 52.Of the charge sheeted accused in the cases, 19 including BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman are still at large. Eight others including three former inspectors general of police Ashraful Huda, Shahidul Haque and Khoda Box Chowdhury, the first three investigation officers of the case-CID special superintendent Ruhul Amin, and two ex-CID ASPs Munshi Atiqur Rahman and Abdur Rashid, and former DCC ward commissioner Ariful Islam, and Begum Khaleda’s nephew Saiful Islam Duketoo, are on the bail.While two key accused in the cases, former minister and Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and HuJi supremo Mufti were hanged to death respectively in a case of crime against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971 and a militant case. The remaining others are now in different jails.The list of the 19 fugitive accused has been forwarded to the Interpol seeking help to capture them as they are believed to be hiding in different countries.“We have taken legal and diplomatic measures to bring back 19 fugitive accused as locations of many of them have already been traced,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told BSS today.Of the 19 fugitive accused, Tarique Rahman is now staying in London while Shah Mofazzal Hossain Kaikobad is believed to live in Saudi Arabia, owner of Hanif Enterprise Mohammad Hanif is in Kolkata while Maj Gen (retd) ATM Amin in America, Lt Col (retd) Saiful Islam Joarder in Canada, Babu alias Ratul Babu in India, Anisul Morsalin and his brother Mohibul Muttakin in an Indian jail and Maulana Tajul Islam in South Africa, intelligence sources said.Militant leaders Shafikur Rahman, Mufti Abdul Hai, Maulana Abu Bakar, Iqbal, Khalilur Rahman, Jahangir Alam alias Badar, Maulana Liton alias Zobair alias Delwar, the then deputy commissioner (east) and deputy commissioner (south) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Md Obaidur Rahman and Khan Syed Hasan respectively are also staying abroad, the sources said, adding that most of them are believed to be in Pakistan.But there is no trace of another accused Harris Chowdhury. Of the fugitives, Maulana Tajuddin and Babu are brothers of the detained former deputy minister of the BNP government Abdus Salam Pintu, who is also a charge sheeted accused in the 21 August grenade attack case.last_img read more

Report Immigrants Less Likely To Use Public Benefits Under Expected Public Charge

first_imgPhoto: Creative CommonsA report by the Migration Policy Institute studies how proposed changes to public charge rules could deter immigrant families from accessing public benefits such as Medicaid.A new report studies how proposed changes to public charge rules could deter immigrant families from accessing public benefits like Medicaid and food stamps.The rules, likely to be proposed by the Trump administration, would vastly broaden the definition of who is deemed a “public charge”, someone who relies on government assistance. The new rules would apply to nearly half of all lawfully present immigrants, including  some 1.3 million Texans.Mark Greenberg researched the potential effects of the leaked draft of new rules for the Migration Policy Institute’s study. He said an immigrant found to be a public charge is more likely to be denied a green card or temporary visa.“It potentially creates an enormous chilling effect, which could leave families with children fearful that receipt of publicly funded healthcare assistance is going to hurt their ability to get green cards or to get another family member admitted to the country,” said Greenberg.  In Texas, Greenberg said, 45 percent of non-citizens receive at least one of the key benefits that could determine someone a “public charge” under the new rules.He said the new rules also apply when a dependent uses public benefits. “It greatly expands what could count against you and they would look not just at your use, but use by your dependents,” said Greenberg.  Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Anne Dunkelberg, a health care policy expert at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, said Texas parents shouldn’t have to avoid providing their U.S. citizen children food and medical care out of fear it could interfere with immigration status.“This proposed rule would affect more than just the individual immigrants seeking legal immigration status,” said Dunkelberg in a written statement. “There are an estimated 1.8 million Texas children—24 to 26 percent of Texas kids—who have at least one parent who is not a U.S. citizen.”The finalized version of proposed public charge rules is expected to be released “any day now,” according to Greenberg. center_img X 00:00 /00:54 last_img read more

Roku Close to Profitability in Q2 as It Cashes in on AdSupported

first_imgAd-supported streaming continues to be a boon for Roku: The streaming device maker solidly beat market expectations with its Q2 2018 earnings report Wednesday, surprising investors with the news that it was on the verge of profitability for the quarter.During the quarter that ended on June 30, Roku generated revenue of $156.8 million, compared to $99.6 million during the same quarter last year. Net losses came in at $0.1 million compared to $13.38 million a year ago. This translates to losses of $0.0 per share.Analysts had expected revenue of $141.48 million and losses of $0.15 per share. Investors responded by sending Roku’s share price up around 8% in after-hours trading.However, the company also cautioned investors that its numbers for the quarter were helped by a one-time influx of $8.9 million the company had allocated for licensing fees, but didn’t actually have to pay. Much of the revenue boost was attributable to the company’s platform business, which includes licensing fees as well as revenue from advertising running against videos shown to Roku users. Platform revenue grew 96% year-over-year, totaling $90.3 in Q2. Roku now makes 56% of its money with licensing and advertising, and the company’s GM of platform business Scott Rosenberg detailed during the company’s earnings call that about two-thirds of Roku’s platform revenue is coming from ads.Roku ended the second quarter with 22 million active accounts, which collectively streamed 5.5 billion hours of content during the quarter. And Roku’s growing user base is becoming ever more valuable for the company: In Q2, each user was worth $16.60 to the company on average, compared to $11.22 a year ago.“To continue to fuel ARPU growth, we are expanding our access to advertising inventory supply and expanding our audience reach both on and off our platform through free, ad-supported channels (aka apps) like The Roku Channel,” the company said in its shareholder letter.Just moments before disclosing its Q2 2018 results, Roku announced that it was bringing its ad-supported Roku Channel to the web and mobile devices. Roku CEO Anthony Wood told Variety in an interview Wednesday afternoon that the company didn’t expect this new type of off-platform viewing to generate significant revenue in 2018, but he argued that it could also be a marketing vehicle for the company.Roku continues to invest significantly into R&D, to the tune of $40.2 million for the quarter. Some of the company’s recent R&D investments were used to kick start Roku’s entry into the home audio space; Roku announced a licensing partnership with TCL for Roku sound bars earlier this year, and more recently unveiled its own speakers, which are meant to be operated in concert with a Roku TV.Wood said Wednesday that these audio products likely won’t have a big impact on 2018 revenues either, but argued that the bet on home audio ultimately would help the company succeed in growing its smart TV market share. “We want to make the Roku TV platform even better,” he said. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Screaming woman hints at the true potential of virtual reality

first_imgVirtual reality is a piece of tech that although drastically updated and re-introduced to the masses in 2016, probably won’t take-off properly for another year or two. It faces a few issues that will take time to overcome, namely cost and experiences.Virtual reality at the level of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is expensive, but that cost will come down as the kit gets cheaper to make and more people buy it. The lack of engaging experiences is simply down to the tech being so new and developers getting to grips with how best to use it.The video below shows us the potential VR has to provoke a very emotional response, and although simple, it’s very encouraging for the future.I admit I laughed a lot watching that video. She is genuinely scared because of the situation she has been placed in. With the headset and headphones on, her world is the dark world filled with zombies trying to attack her, and she accepts it completely.For experienced gamers, such a setup would form a basic stimulation at best. It may be enjoyable depending on how the gameplay varies after the first wave of zombies, but it’s nothing mind blowing. However, such experiences will get made and will provoke the same response as this woman showed.Virtual reality will have its Doom moment, but I expect it will come in more than one form catering to very different audiences. Sure, VR is highly focused on gaming right now as it makes sense to help with adoption, but the breadth of experiences available is much larger and to a much wider age range.If anyone is interested in experiencing this relentless zombie shooting experience, then check out The Brookhaven Experiments, which will be available to play in June.last_img read more

What I Learned About Business Travel on the Way to the Taj

first_imgMarch 7, 2012 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » International business travel can be taxing — physically, mentally and financially. But you’re not putting demands only on yourself. You’re also asking a lot from your mobile technology.We recently returned from a three-week business trip to Delhi, India. With about 884 million cell phone users, the country is digitally advanced in some places. But in other areas, we found limited access to technology, as well as some security concerns.We tested a range of strategies for getting work done from anywhere in the world — even on a gridlocked car tour to the Taj Mahal. Here are four key lessons we learned:1. Web phone options might not be reliable. You might be tempted to try to avoid global roaming charges by using online alternatives. But there’s no simple substitute for your mobile phone and the identity that comes with it.One of the alternatives is Voice over Internet Protocol — VoIP — which routes phone calls over the Internet. VoIP applications include Microsoft-owned Skype and Sweden-based Rebtel. Although these services can work in certain circumstances, they require web or data access that may be limited or unavailable. Most VoIP options also require a second number or user name, which means clients and employees must be told to contact you using your international VoIP identity.Related: Three Low-Cost Ways to Keep Data Safe When Traveling for BusinessMore often than not, VoIP didn’t work on our trip. Calls went unanswered when company web phones could not be connected to the Internet either over cellular data connections or WiFi. Clients refused to answer calls from unknown web numbers. Often, our only choice was to make or receive calls using a known business phone number.2. In-country data roaming options generally work.For short business trips, in-country data roaming can be a convenient and potentially safer option than unfamiliar — and possibly unsecured — local wireless networks.We used San Diego-based XCom Global, which rents personal wireless hotspots and USB modems to connect to wireless data networks in 195 different countries. What you get is on-demand, portable Internet access. You can rent modems by the day with unlimited data included.Related: A Guide for Using Mobile Devices When Traveling AbroadBut remember, you’ll need to get set up for global data roaming before your trip. Check with your data provider to confirm you will have access in each country on your itinerary. If you simply assume your data plan will work, it probably won’t.3. Global cloud computing has its pros and cons. Cloud-based tools such as Google Apps worked well for us when there was reliable web connectivity. But even then, many collaborative features didn’t function. When editing documents in real time in Google Docs, for example, we noticed that our changes weren’t being saved, some updates didn’t go through, and keeping track of who had made changes to a file was difficult.Consider bringing along computer-installed versions of all your work apps and documents, and know how to sync them with their web-based counterparts. For offline work, you will need to manage multiple versions of documents and distribute them to your team when web access is available.Related: Three Tips for Keeping Business Data Safe on Personal Mobile DevicesBecause collaborative features in our cloud-based tools didn’t work, we found desktop sharing apps such as GoToMeeting, Adobe ConnectNow, TeamViewer and Join.me especially useful.4. Security must be a priority.Depending on your travel destination, local Wi-Fi and shared networks may be risky. Generally, you should try to avoid unsecured networks in cafés and hotels where hackers could gain access to your company data.If you do connect to a public network, access only your basic accounts, such as email, and avoid using the same password for different accounts. Don’t handle banking matters, pay credit cards or interact with other web-based financial tools over public networks. Instead, rely on a spouse or trusted colleague at home if you need access to critical information. Even then, try to call from a secure cell phone to tell them what you need. When you return home, it’s a good idea to change all of your passwords in case hackers got access to any of them.Bottom line: Once you get the hang of how web and phone tools work internationally, you can travel abroad with much less worry about technology impeding or endangering your work. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Google terminates Google Inbox service

first_imgGoogle terminates Google Inbox service by Martin Brinkmann on September 13, 2018 in Email – Last Update: September 13, 2018 – 17 commentsGoogle Gmail product manager Matthew Izatt revealed today on the official The Keyword blog of the company that Google Inbox is being retired in 2019.Google launched Inbox in 2014 as an alternative to the company’s popular Gmail web service.  Back then, many assumed that Google would move all Gmail users to Google Inbox.Inbox was an experimental playground of sorts that Gmail users could switch to (and from) easily as it used the same account and data sources as Gmail.Google Inbox was launched as an invite-only service in 2014. One of the main ideas behind Inbox was that it was designed to make things easier for users by sorting emails into categories and user defined bundles (which work similarly to filters for the most part).When I reviewed Inbox back in 2014 I quickly realized that the service was not something that I wanted to use. It started with a single compose line for heaven’s sake.Other points of criticism were that it was Google Chrome exclusive in the beginning, that it did not display a lot of emails at once on the screen even on the desktop, that it hid all labels by default, and that you could not disable notifications in the web interface.Firefox users and users of other browsers could change the user agent of the web browser to access Inbox.In 2015, Google introduced a new feature in Inbox that predicted replies by analyzing emails. Hailed as a way to speed up replies, it was merely suggesting short answers that anyone could type in a matter of seconds manually as well.For me, Inbox was an attempt to simplify email and while it certainly had some interesting features, Inbox was too simplified and not really usable because of that.Things went quiet afterward and Google neglected Inbox for the most part. The company launched a new interface for Gmail this year which introduced several Inbox features.Google revealed that it will terminate Google Inbox in March 2019. Users who have used Inbox are asked to switch back to Gmail. Google published a support page that it says should help users transition from Inbox to Gmail.The page suggests alternatives for the Inbox features pin, bundles and reminders. For pinning emails, Google suggests to either use stars or custom labels, and use the search tool to find starred or labeled messages.For bundles, Google suggests to use filters and labels, and for reminders Google Tasks or Google Keep.Closing WordsI know quite a few Gmail users who switched to Inbox when it was released. These users will have to switch back; good news is that the data itself remains the same and that users don’t have to do any importing or exporting.Bad news is that some features are not available on Gmail and that Inbox users may have to use suggested alternatives, e.g. labels or filters, or stop using certain features as they are not available.Now You: Are you affected by the termination of Google Inbox?SummaryArticle NameGoogle terminates Google Inbox serviceDescriptionGoogle Gmail product manager Matthew Izatt revealed today on the official The Keyword blog of the company that Google Inbox is being retired in 2019.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more