White tiger cub seized in Louisiana recovering at Sanctuary in Alpine

first_imgWhite tiger cub seized in Louisiana recovering at Sanctuary in Alpine Posted: January 4, 2018 January 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, ALPINE (KUSI) — A five-month-old white tiger cub has been seized from an unpermitted location in Louisiana and relocated to an exotic animal sanctuary in California.The orphaned female cub, who does not yet have a name, required immediate medical attention for conditions consistent with severe neglect. She is now responding well to treatment. The whereabouts of the cub’s parents are unknown.“Unfortunately, we see this all too often,” says Bobbi Brink, Founder and Director of Lions Tigers & Bears Big Cat and Exotic Animal Rescue, the accredited animal sanctuary where the tiger will now live out the rest of her life. “The exotic pet trade is a multi-billion dollar industry, often leading to illegal ownership like in this case. Many of these animals are pulled from their mothers when they are only days old. They are then subjected to very poor living conditions at the hands of individuals who quickly become overwhelmed by the level of care a full-grown wild animal requires. This in turn poses a very real threat to public health and safety.”The tiger cub arrived at Lions Tigers & Bears on December 22, 2017, where she continues to receive ongoing medical care.White tigers are not classified as a subspecies, nor are they considered albino. The lack of color in the animal’s hair follicles is referred to as leucism, a genetic mutation that occurs naturally in 1 out of every 10,000 births among Bengal tigers in the wild. White tigers in the United States can be traced back to one breeding pair brought to the country in the 1950s. Since then, white tigers have been selectively bred using various species of tigers, resulting in mixed breeds with the leucism gene. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bullitt on display at the San Diego Air and Space Museum

first_img“Bullitt” on display at the San Diego Air and Space Museum November 5, 2018 Posted: November 5, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dave Scott, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Car enthusiasts from around the world have a rare opportunity to view up-close the original “Bullitt.”The 1968 Fastback Mustang, driven in the movie by actor Steve McQueen, is on display here in San Diego.KUSI’s Dave Scott joined us live from the San Diego Air and Space Museum Monday afternoon with more. Dave Scott last_img read more

This UFO on Google Street View is likely a butterfly

first_img Sci-Tech Google Maps 52 Photos Crazy images caught on Google Street View CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Post a comment Some media outlets have been running with a story about an unidentified flying object spotted in a Google Maps image of South Florida. But a few simple clicks allow for the rather easy identification of the flying object.Granted, when looking at the Street View image at its full resolution, it does look like there’s some sort of metallic or manufactured object of alien origin emerging from behind a cloud. But simply tapping the icon to zoom in on the image twice reveals that the bizarre-looking blip is really a product of the wondrous beauty of nature combined with the imperfect nature of having to stitch together multiple images to create Google’s three-dimensional Street View snapshot of the world. The flying object is actually quite well known: a butterfly, or maybe a moth. An entomologist might be able to clear up the exact species, but the patterned wing, visible antennae and head of the insect make it pretty clear that this is a member of the Lepidoptera order rather than the kind of transport aliens from Proxima b might order up. A UFO no more! Identification complete. Any entomologists care to confirm? Google Street View Screenshot by Eric Mack / CNET What makes the picture odd appears to be that the flying bug image was cut in half because of the way Street View stitches together different stills of a landscape. In other words, the camera took one image as the presumed butterfly was beginning to pass into frame and then took an adjacent shot after the insect had flown along and the two images were joined together, producing a half-butterfly artifact.Bolstering this explanation is the fact that you can “step to the side” in Google Street View and all other elements in the scene — including the clouds — stay the same. But the half-butterfly UFO is no longer visible, having flown out of frame. Even if it was a true UFO in the image, it probably wouldn’t be the freakiest thing captured by Street View in Florida. I’d be much more worried about this alligator caught lying in wait by a rack of canoes. 0 8 Photos The year’s wackiest ‘evidence’ aliens and UFOs are real (pictures) Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

The 347HP Audi SQ5 TDI uses electric turbocharging to eliminate lag

first_img 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Comments 2 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 18 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Audi,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Enlarge ImageTurbo lag? Never heard of it. Audi Engineers always want to keep turbo lag to a minimum in forced-induction engines, and Audi has a novel solution that uses electricity to tackle the problem. Like the earlier SQ7 TDI, Audi revealed Thursday that the SQ5 TDI will use an electric compressor to fight lag in the new performance crossover.The SQ5’s 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine has a traditional exhaust-driven turbocharger, but the electric compressor can kick in to provide some boost — up to 20.4 psi of it — at engine speeds below 1,650 rpm. Audi says that means “high torque is available immediately.” Total output from the engine is rated at 347 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.The engine also has a mild-hybrid system, like many of Audi’s newest cars. A 48-volt battery works with a special belt-alternator starter, which can improve stop-start performance. The SQ5 TDI can even coast with the engine off for up to 40 seconds at a time when the 48-volt battery is fully charged.Being an Audi S model, the SQ5 TDI also has other sporty handling upgrades: torque vectoring and an optional sports rear differential for the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, a suspension that rides 1.2 inches lower than a standard SQ5, 20- or 21-inch wheels, adaptive dampers and enlarged brakes with 14.8-inch front discs.Just like the Audi SQ7 TDI, which also uses an electric turbo to help quash lag, the SQ5 TDI is not coming to the US market. The highest-performing model we’ll get here is the gasoline-fired SQ5, which boasts 354 hp from its 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine. Audi 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 71 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Car Industry 68 Photos Crossovers Hybrids Luxury cars Performance Cars Tags 69 Photos More From Roadshow 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama.center_img Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 52 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  26 Photos 12 Photos Comments 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The Audi SQ5 TDI combines mild-hybrid tech with an electric compressor Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 10 Photos Share your voice 49 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 81 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Share your voice 4 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Tags 10 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

BTS earns highest Billboard Hot 100 debut for Kpop group

first_img A fresh crop of new music to tickle your ears K-pop superstar BTS breaks another music record.  Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET K-pop superstars BTS — arguably the most popular boy band in the world right now — is breaking records yet again with its song Boy With Luv. Boy With Luv, featuring American pop star Halsey, is the first single from the Korean boy band’s new album Map of the Soul: Persona. Debuting at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart makes this the highest-charting song by a Korean pop group ever, according to reports on Monday.It seems as though Boy With Luv is the kind of chart-topping tune that is breaking more than one kind of record.  Tags BTS breaks YouTube records with music video for Boy With Luv BTS blows away SNL, and you can watch their performance online Fortnite, ASMR and BTS ruled Instagram in 2018 1 More BTS Comment When BTS performed its new single Boy With Luv on Saturday Night Live on April 13, the official video of the performance didn’t just get record numbers on YouTube, it also marked the first time a South Korean musical act had ever performed on the NBC show.And last year, BTS also managed to dominate Instagram by having the biggest fandom community. Share your voice The music video for Boy With Luv also smashed YouTube’s record for the most views in the first 24 hours of release. The video attracted 74.6 million views in 24 hours, demolishing previous viewership records by music acts Ariana Grande and Blackpink.Boy With Luv also broke the record for fastest music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube, achieving the mark in less than two days. YouTube 25 Photos Music TV and Movieslast_img read more

Full Show Live From The Houston Auto Show Jan 25 2018

first_imgHouston Matters also offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Share Houston Matters, Live at the Houston Auto Show, January 25th at noon in the NRG Center, or listen live on 88.7 FM or houstonpublicmedia.orgOn Thursday’s Houston Matters: We bring you a special live show from the Houston Auto Show, billed as largest auto show of the South. In its 35th year, the 2018 show offers the public an opportunity to check out new vehicles from all the major automakers. It also brings the Houston automotive community together. Dealers, manufacturers, marketers, engineers, and media all converge on the show each year.We talk with auto industry insiders about automotive trends, discuss the future of electric and hybrid vehicles, explore the psychology of car buying, and visit a Houston school that prepares its students for a career in auto racing.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Videolast_img read more

Close Up Baltimore Documents Everyday Baltimore Life

first_imgBaltimore is a big city with a small town feel. The 57 bus driver and I are on a first name basis, I still see the famous running man trotting around and my old YMCA instructor lives next to my best friend.I was a pipe fitter for a chemical plant for 30 years, retired and got sick of sitting at home. (Photo credit: Close Up Baltimore)Baltimore locals will most likely see some familiar faces on “Close Up Baltimore,” a photography project on Facebook started in response to the events of April. In an interview with The AFRO, Joe Rubino, the creator of CUB, explained the ins and outs of his work, which showcases a single photograph of an individual with a few sentences about their life.“Close Up Baltimore is a project that was inspired by “Humans of New York” [a similar effort about New Yorkers]. In April, I was contacted by the Strauss Foundation,” Rubino said.“It said ‘Everyone in America thinks Baltimore is a city that’s on fire. So, would you be willing to walk around the city, taking photos of regular people doing regular things?’”The riots that erupted towards the end of April set Baltimore ablaze but with more than just fire. It seemed that amid all the chaos and frustration, flowers bloomed in the midst of smoke. Many creative works and fascinating projects came out of the violence–including Close Up Baltimore.“The idea was to get as wide of a range of people and geographical spread as I could. We just needed to show how many different kinds of people there are in the city and what they are doing.”I have a huge family. My grandma had 12 kids. They’re all alive. My mom dropped out of school at 15 to have me. (Photo credit: Close Up Baltimore)To date, almost 200 photographs are online. Rubino crisscrossed over 28 neighborhoods–including Sandtown–and the process expanded his view of the city.“I think the thing is that I live up here [in Hampden] and there are parts of the city I’ve never travelled to,” he said “It was shocking as far as the depravation goes in some of these neighborhoods, the physical conditions in some of them.”“I went to Sandtown and I wasn’t sure if I would be okay. I thought people would be looking at me. I’m this white guy with a camera [and they might be] wondering ‘Why am I doing that?’,” he said.People are “surprisingly open” to being photographed and saying a few words about their lives.“When I started the project, I really thought half the people I asked would say no,” he said. “I’ve had people say no but I haven’t had any angry or nasty people that have been offended by it.”“I’ve been shocked by the things they tell me, [sometimes] they are very personal things,” he said.I owned my own restaurant. I had cancer. My insurance only covered 45% of the bills, so I had to sell everything. (Photo credit: Close Up Baltimore)There have been some stories from people that have stuck with Rubino.“One was a young woman in Hampden and she was a well dressed, professional woman probably under 30. I was just talking to her about her life when out of the blue she told me she was a two-time rape survivor,” he said. “As a result of this, she had been hospitalized and diagnosed with PTSD and dissociation.”“She had some tattoos on her and she said the reason she had them on her body was if she could cover herself in beautiful things, it was a way of reclaiming her body,” he said.The range of emotions throughout Rubino’s work cataloging Baltimore’s citizens have helped make it a small success as well as remind people that we are just trying to stay afloat. It not only plays on a person’s perspective but also the immediate judgments we tend to make before getting to know someone.“I think it’s interesting to look at someone’s picture, make a snap judgment about who they, what they do and then read about them. [You] find out that they are totally different from your judgment,” he said.Joe Rubino’s work can be seen on Facebook. Search ‘Close Up Baltimore’ or at twitter.com/closeupbmorelast_img read more

Brookland Farmers Market Craft for a Cause

first_imgThe last outdoor costume event of the season is scheduled to be held at the Brookland’s Farmer’s Market, located at  716 Monroe St., NE, on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon.. Enjoy the crisp air as you create hats and necklaces for children in hospitals and care facilities. The event is free to attend. Tickets for the event are on eventbrite.com.last_img

Uber Partners with DC on the Future of Urban Mobility

first_imgBy Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFROUber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made his first trip to Washington, D.C. memorable. Clad in a pink dress shirt and pocket square, a seeming nod to DC’s popular Cherry Blossom season, the 48-year-old executive from Iran unleashed a series of announcements bound to change the landscape of mobility in the District.At the future site of Uber’s Greenlight Hub in the East River Park Shopping Center on Minnesota Avenue, the former head of Expedia joined Mayor Muriel Bowser and Stephen Goldsmith of the Harvard Kennedy School for a conversation on the future of mobility moderated by Robert Puentes President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation.DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (left) and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi (right) discuss the future of mobility in the District. (Courtesy Photo)Community stakeholders, transportation nerds and a full bullpen of local and national media gathered to hear Mayor Bowser, Khosrowshahi and Goldsmith discuss everything from the importance of social equity and job creation for the city’s underserved communities to the future of autonomous vehicles in the urban landscape.Khosrowshahi got the ball rolling announcing that starting April 11, D.C. Uber users would be able to start ordering a JUMP eBike right from the Uber App. Uber Bike by JUMP is part of a the rideshare company’s larger strategy to become a global marketplace suite of Urban mobility options. Uber purchased JUMP on April 9 after a successful pilot partnership between the two companies in the San Francisco and D.C. markets.Next, the Uber CEO announced the SharedStreets Pilot, a collaborative project bringing both national and local stakeholders. The pilot will allow agencies to share, compile and analyze data on curb usage in Washington, DC to better enhance the transportation experience for multimodal users.Stakeholders include  the National Association of City Transportation Officials, the Open Transport Partnership, the DC Departments of Transportation and For Hire Vehicles.Uber announced a host of other projects it has in the works, including Uber Health a service that could allow patients to receive medication delivery while abiding HIPAA regulation. A significant theme was the company’s role in serving under-resourced communities such as Ward 7.Bowser and Khosrowshahi made it clear that it was no accident that Uber located its DC Greenlight hub on Minnesota Avenue where a large number of the rideshare company’s contractors are located.  Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden noted how essential it was for the city and the company to work together in providing transportation and delivery services throughout DC, including east of the river. “Every day Washingtonians rely on diverse modes of transportation to get to work, take their children to daycare, and to get access to quality healthcare. That is why, we are partnering with companies like Uber to help us use technology to move the needle on the intractable challenges faced by our communities.”While Uber works on shaping the future of transportation Khosrowshahi noted that services like Uber Eats and Uber Pool are highly utilized by communities like Wards 7 and 8, with often no other food or delivery options. Many food delivery companies in DC do not serve East of the River residents.In a poignant personal anecdote, the Mayor summed up the possibilities presented by enhancing partnerships with mobility companies like Uber. “I was surprised,” Bowser said. “My 8- plus-year-old parents are so willing to adopt technology. Them adopting that technology will allow them to age in their homes longer and longer. My mom will go down to arena stage using rideshare or be able to have delivery to their homes using delivery services.“The official word on the D.C. partnership with Uber promises to be one that will enhance the urban mobility experience for everyone. Time will tell whether transportation investments and private sector partnerships will create equitable outcomes for those who call the District home.last_img read more

Monsoon returns to city lightning kills five in Nadia Bankura

first_imgKolkata: The city on Sunday witnessed light to moderate rain as the monsoon current has gained strength after remaining stalled for the past two weeks, due to the impact of the westerly winds.As many as five persons were reportedly killed after being struck by lightning at Nadia and Bankura in different incidents. It has been learnt that 3 persons were killed at Hanskhali area of Nadia, while the other two victims are from Bankura.The monsoon current may further be intensified in South Bengal in the next 48 hours. Apart from the city, the South Bengal districts which will receive maximum rainfall are North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Bankura, West and East Midnapore, Jhargram and Birbhum. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWith the monsoon finally coming back in the city and other parts of Bengal after its official arrival around two weeks ago, there is a cause of concern for North Bengal districts as the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the region.According to the weather office, a warning has been issued to the sub-Himalayan districts in North Bengal, as heavy rain is likely to lash the districts in the next two days. This comes at a time when Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts have already received up to 250 mm rainfall in the past few days. Prediction of some more rains posing a threat to the road and rail communication in the region has also been made. People living in the river banks and low lying areas have already been cautioned by the district administration. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWhile North Bengal is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall, the weather in Kolkata and most parts of South Bengal will remain pleasant.However, there is a prediction of thunderstorm accompanied with gusty wind and lightning in the South Bengal districts in the next two days.The day in Kolkata and adjoining districts started with an overcast sky on Sunday morning. The city later witnessed a downpour, resulting in the decrease of temperature. People have got rid of a high level of humidity that made people sweat in the past few days. The weather on Sunday turned cool as the day progressed. The Met office in the city predicted that the sky in Kolkata and some of the South Bengal districts will remain cloudy in the later part of next week, with intermittent lightning and thundershower to strike in some parts.The districts like North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad and Howrah received light to moderate rainfall, which has brought down the temperature by a few notches.According to a weather expert, a fast-improving progress of monsoon circulation is likely to cause more rains all over Bengal in the next week. An alert has been issued to fishermen, as a wind is expected to blow over Bay of Bengal at 35-40 km per hour.last_img read more

3 Tools That Can Take the Headaches Out of Hiring and HR

first_img Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. min read Listen Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 1. Submittable Resume ManagerResume Manager, by Missoula, Mont.-based Submittable, is an online app for bringing order to the hiring process by letting employers digitally sort, organize and prioritize inbound resumes as they flood in. It can be especially helpful when hiring for multiple positions at the same time.Users begin by ranking resumes with a simple yes, no or maybe vote. Submittable offers custom filters that can further sort resumes according to criteria such as how an applicant was referred, educational background and current job status.Price: Submittable Resume Manager is free for one user and unlimited resumes. Paid plans start at $25 per month for two users. There are no contracts, so businesses only pay for the service when they are hiring.Related: 3 Low-Cost Sales Lead Tools for Startups2. WorkforceGrowthSan Francisco-based WorkforceGrowth is a cloud-based tool for conducting and analyzing employee performance reviews, as well as for giving and receiving feedback on tasks and projects. WorkforceGrowth can be useful for businesses that are training employees to do specialized or difficult jobs.An online dashboard allows employers to build and manage custom employee reviews and evaluations, including categories like strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement. Think of WorkforceGrowth as a productivity-based social network for your business. Users dole out public kudos, or discuss company initiatives online via their WorkforceGrowth profiles.Price: WorkforceGrowth costs $5 per employee, per month.Related: To Do More, First Slow Down3. WhosOffU.K.-based WhosOff is an online calendaring application for planning, approving and managing employee leave time. It can be handy for just about any firm offering traditional sick leave and paid time off.Through a straightforward online portal, employees can submit detailed requests for vacation time, sick days or other time off. Managers then approve these requests and generate detailed reports. Data can also be exported as a spreadsheet, which can be made into presentations.Price: Plans start at about $18 per month for up to 10 employees.What tools do you use for hiring and other HR tasks? Let us know in the comments below.center_img November 1, 2012 image credit: ShutterstockGrowing and managing a workforce is almost never easy. And when it comes to staffing up, business owners have to juggle issues such as tracking resumes, analyzing candidates and other human resources obligations. For smaller firms, the difficulties associated with managing these duties can often be amplified.The good news is there are several useful tools that can help. Though they will not replace a physical HR manager, these three services should be able to help even the smallest company hire and manage employees more efficiently: Problem Solvers with Jason Feiferlast_img read more

7 Ways to Create a Killer Marketing Video Infographic

first_img 1 min read Video content is in more demand than ever right now, with 43 percent of consumers wanting to see more videos from marketers. Statistics have also shown that focusing on video content has huge benefits for companies, with 52 percent of marketers claiming that video has the best ROI as compared to all other types of content.Related: 5 Low-Cost Ways to Get Started With Video Marketing There are simple ways your business can gain an advantage through video content, even if that just means having a video on your landing page. This type of content is extremely engaging and grabs attention more efficiently than just text or photographs alone.To see how video marketing can work for you and your business, check out the infographic below from MicroCreatives and start telling your brand story today. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 10, 2017center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Rep Barrett votes for tax relief for Michigan families and seniors

first_img State Rep. Tom Barrett joined his House colleagues in voting to relieve the tax burden on Michigan families and senior citizens.Barrett, of Potterville, said the legislation approved by a bipartisan majority in the House increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents and allows additional tax credits for people age 62 and older.“I appreciate the tax relief for Michigan families, and take pride in helping senior citizens keep more of their retirement income,” Barrett said. “I have been a strong advocate of easing the tax hardship on older Michiganders, who were so deeply affected by the pension tax seven years ago, and am very happy they will finally see some of their retirement nest eggs returned to them.”The three-bill package ensures Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. The legislation also gradually increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 for the 2020 tax year. The legislation ensures taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax will continue to be able to claim exemptions in relation to the Michigan income tax, rather than the federal tax code.House Bills 5420-22 now go to the Senate for consideration.#### 25Jan Rep. Barrett votes for tax relief for Michigan families and seniors Categories: Barrett News,Newslast_img read more

Source WWE WWE has recorded decline for its WWE N

first_imgSource: WWEWWE has recorded decline for its WWE Network SVOD, complemented by continually tumbling share prices and revenues.Global subscriber numbers for the Network dropped by 6% to approximately 1.69 million though the company said that this is in line with its guidance. The company predicts further decline to 1.53 million subscribers in the third quarter, representing a year-over-year decline of 8%. On a cautionary note, the company said that it does not not expect to achieve record subscribers for the full year.Decline in subscriber numbers is put down to “the timing of episodic series (i.e., fewer episodes delivered) for programmes, such as Total Bellas”.The company also used the opportunity to announce that it had started to transition the WWE Network to a new platform, promising “a better experience, a more intuitive interface, and enhanced search functionality”.There is also speculation that the company will introduce tiered pricing, the first time the pricing structure will have changed since its US$9.99 launch in 2014. This speculation has been added to due to the fact that the company has closed sign-ups to the Network, with a statement on the website reading: “WWE Network is being updated. As a result, the sign-up page for WWE Network is temporarily unavailable”. There is also a prompt to come back “tomorrow” (July 27).This is also alluded to in the earnings release, which says: “The new platform enables the introduction of new features and experiences over time, including the addition of free and premium tiers as well as the localisation of content in multiple languages”.Elsewhere in the company’s digital platforms, digital video views increased 17% to 9.0 billion; hours consumed increased 22% to 324 million hours across digital platforms; and social media followers increased 10% to over 1.02 billion.While the company is seeing growth on its digital platforms, its TV viewership is suffering badly. Average viewership of Raw, its flagship weekly show, was at 2.35 million, down 20% year over year. The company’s stock price has also fallen 31% since April’s record-high of US$99.43 (€88.17), with several key executives selling millions of dollars worth of stocks ahead of the Q2 earnings.It is possible that those latter figures were affected by a great amount of negative PR surrounding the WWE in the past few months. Variety, NPR and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver have all recently run pieces heavily criticising the company, its business practices and CEO Vince McMahon.Speaking on the results, McMahon said: “During the quarter, we made progress on key strategic initiatives.“We completed content distribution agreements in key international markets, prepared for the next phase of our WWE Network service, and achieved steady improvement in engagement metrics. As indicated previously, we remain excited about the future, particularly with our debut on Fox in October.”last_img read more