Hughes backs Stuart Armstrong

first_imgThe Southampton manager says the Scottish midfielder is doing great after he struggled at the start of the seasonScottish midfielder Stuart Armstrong scored his first goals for Southampton in the weekend.And for manager Mark Hughes, this is just the start of something great for the player.“I felt Stuart Armstrong was excellent on Saturday and it was a shame he had to come off late on because of cramp again, which we need to get to the bottom of,” Hughes told The Evening Times.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“He came back into the team lately for ourselves and has shown good intent in his work and I think that has been followed up with his performances at international level.”“He did plateau a little bit at the beginning when he was trying to get a foothold into the team and into the Premier League, but now he looks assured and confident which is a key thing for Stuart,” he added.“He needs to be confident about his form but I think he’s showing good signs in that regard which we will benefit from as Scotland did last week.”last_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

Returning to the Walled Garden

first_imgWith print losses mounting, and online ad revenues not living up to expectations, some publishers are returning to the idea of monetizing editorial content online. In April, Court TV and American Lawyer founder Steve Brill, along with former Wall Street Journal publisher L. Gordon Crovitz and media exec Leo Hindery Jr., created Journalism Online, an ambitious initiative to build an automated system that will allow magazine and newspaper publishers to charge subscription fees for online content.Charging for content online may not be feasible for all publishers but may at least be worth considering. Here’s how three publishers have successfully implemented online paid content models.August Home PublishingPlansNow.comGiving away content for free online has been “a big mistake,” according to August Home Publishing founder Don Peschke. He’s been charging for content online for more than 15 years and says within five years those revenues could make up as much as 50 percent of the company’s total revenue. August Home could become “entirely electronic” if those projections become reality, he says. “This is the electronic, paid delivery of content—editorial delivered via the Web, e-mail and mobile,” Peschke adds. “This isn’t about PDFs or anything that resembles a magazine page. We’re developing new graphic presentation formats that incorporate text, photos, video, animation and audio, and fit wide computer monitors. It’s about being dynamically interactive.”In 1994—after launching Garden Gate, Cuisine at Home and Workbench—Peschke took Woodsmith online with the intention of selling its content.The move online was an important one for August Home since, until this year, only Workbench carried print advertising (and it will stop doing that as of the June 2009 issue). “We signed up members who paid an annual subscription fee to purchase woodworking plans, which were PDFs of articles from Woodsmith,” Peschke says.Two years later, in 1996, August Home began charging a per-download fee. “This was not a membership program, rather a pay-per-download format,” he says. “By 2008, we were selling approximately 100 to 150 plans a day, at a price range of $4.95 to $12.95. Woodworking plans do well because the average price point, which is $9.95, works for typical single-purchase credit card transactions.”Last December, Peschke expanded the model by launching a paid membership component for a site called PlansNow.com, which was divided into three pay levels: “Classic” free membership, “Gold” for $19.95 per year, and “Platinum” for $29.95 per year. “It’s growing ahead of our original projections and we anticipate 10,000 members by the end of the year,” Peschke says.Next, August Home is looking into developing similar paid community models for its cooking and gardening verticals. The communities will either require memberships, micropayments or both, Peschke says.August Home’s Model: Charges per-download fees for work plans, plus paid membership subscriptions ranging from $19.95-$29.95 per year.The Pay-Off: August Home sells 100-150 plans per day. Online revenues are projected to make up 50 percent of the company’s overall revenue within five years. Aviation WeekAviation Week Intelligence NetworkAviation Week has a long history of charging for its content. Launched more than 90 years ago, the print magazine has always had a paid model, today charging more than $100 for an annual subscription. The magazine also has a portfolio of paid newsletters—including Aerospace Daily & Defense Report, Aviation Daily and the Weekly of Business Aviation—with pricing ranging from $649 to $1,785 per year.Aviation Week Intelligence Network, the magazine’s online destination for premium paid content, launched in 2002, initially as a virtual library, after being approached by Boeing. “They said, ‘we get all of your products and it would make our lives easier if you could put all of these in one place,’” says Anne McMahon, Aviation Week’s group director of information marketing services. “Shortly after launching as a virtual library of magazine and newsletter content, we realized that it was something other customers would be interested in as well.”Today, AWIN has more than 2,000 paid accounts—including individuals and enterprise accounts for companies and organizations such as Lockheed Martin, NASA and the U.S. Department of Transportation. It features a multiple-tiered pay plan “allowing subscribers access to as much or as little information as they need,” McMahon says. Single “seat” subscriptions range from $900 to $3,545, while enterprise and group sub prices vary according to the number of users.In terms of content, AWIN provides subscribers access to more than 250,000 articles, details on more than 21,000 companies, contact information for nearly 70,000 industry professionals, 13,000 tables and charts, and specification data on 3,100 products. “We often package newsletter delivery and/or magazines depending upon the customers’ needs,” McMahon says.AWIN usage has grown 20 percent since December, McMahon says. Looking forward, Aviation Week plans to build out each of AWIN’s vertical channels with more data and analytics. “The nature of the business is in developing databases and delivering on the media side some of the connectivity advertisers are looking for. There’s a place there for paid content,” she says. “AWIN represents an asset for professionals who are serious about doing business, and want serious content in one place. I see that increasing.”Aviation Week’s Model: Created a paid premium content site featuring multiple-tired pay plans.The Pay-Off: AWIN has more than 2,000 paid accounts, including individuals and enterprise accounts. Usage is up 20 percent since December.Chemical Businsess MediaChemweek.com, CHE.comAccess Intelligence’s Chemical Business Media switched its Chemical Week and Chemical Engineering Web sites to a paid content model in 2007. Since then, the group has generated 30,000 new customers which helped stop a 30-year revenue slide.“We had a paid content system before, but not a smart one,” says John Rockwell, vice president of marketing and e-media. “While we’re requiring that people register, we also dramatically improved the user experience—in terms of making access to the content as easy as possible—which, we think, balances the perceived trade-off.”Nearly all content at Chemweek.com is accessed only by subscription, with prices ranging from $200 to “several thousand dollars” annually for e-newsletters, white papers and other “high value” services, Rockwell says. Chemical Engineering’s CHE.com features some free areas, accessed only when users register. Roughly 6 percent of those free users convert to paid subscribers.Overall, conversions and renewals at both sites rose 15 percent. Revenue per subscriber increased 14 percent, while unique visitors rose by 225 percent.“If your brand is strong enough as a news analysis source, especially in the b-to-b space, then I say go for it,” says Rockwell. “It’s about making every customer touch count. If you’re not, you’re leaving money on the table. We’ve been lucky in that we’ve been able to turn users into subscribers, and scoop up more market share. In this down economy, I’ll take it.”CBM’s Model: Chemweek.com and CHE.com users pay annual subscription fees ranging from $200 to “several thousand dollars” for access to e-newsletters, white papers and other “high value” services.The Pay-Off: CBM has generated 30,000 new customers which helped stop a 30-year slide in total revenue and revenue per customer.last_img read more

Selectmen Concerned About Future Of Textron Property Fear Of Condos 40B Project

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Earlier this month, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen had a 2-hour discussion with Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, State Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), and State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) surrounding the town’s current and future efforts to attract and maintain businesses.There was one property, in particular, that kept coming up during the discussion — the Textron property at 201 & 205 Lowell Street. Textron laid off approximately 200 employees in 2016 and another 50 in 2017. After multiple rounds of downsizing over the years, very few employees remain at the once bustling Wilmington site.“We have a 60-acre parcel of land, Textron, that’s downsized to about 50 people now,” Selectman Chair Kevin Caira told Ash, Tarr and Gordon. “This is going to be a concern for the community — how will that property get developed in the future if [Textron] decides to sell?”“We don’t know what’s happening at this point in time with Textron. [Town officials] are having discussions with them to understand where they’re at,” added Caira. “But it’s 60 acres smack dab in a very attractive spot, right off of 93. Should would be looking at zoning changes now? Should we be talking to different developers?”In response, Secretary Ash stressed the importance of encouraging economic development, suggesting the Textron site could be considered in a “high growth” area.“Communities need to grow. You need more economic development,” said Ash. “Identify areas in town as ‘high growth’ areas. Preserve wherever is ‘special to you,’ but don’t shut out growth everyone else. You have great access to the highway. That’s where your high economic growth areas should be. And maybe farther into town, and farther away from the highway, are the areas where you want to discourage growth.”Selectman Mike McCoy expressed his fear that the Textron property, which is currently zoned as ‘industrial,’ could eventually be rezoned to ‘mixed use,’ which would allow for both retail and significant amounts of apartments and/or condos on the site.“That [rezoning] would change the makeup of this community forever,” McCoy told the delegation. “In Wilmington, we try to keep a country feel… It would be nice to try to maintain that small town feel that’s disappearing in other communities. Quality of life means a lot out here in the country, especially for those who moved from the city to the country to raise their families. How do we keep our small town feel?”“You want to talk about country? I drive through 351 communities. You’re urban,” responded Ash. “I don’t know the Textron property real well, but if all of sudden Textron leaves, that could your top [economic development] opportunity.”“I’m mindful of quality of life,” added Ash, “but if neighboring communities are building and building and you’re getting a lot of the traffic [and other negatives], it sounds like you’re trying to hold on to a day that’s already passed by… I acknowledge that you may want to create a growth zone in one location in town so you can purposely attain [no or little growth] in another location. But you need to find a zone where you can get the density you need and upzone.”Selectman Jonathan Eaton is worried about the town’s prospects of following below the state’s 10% affordable housing threshold, which would open up the Textron site to a potential 40B housing project, which does not need to follow local zoning regulations. Such a project would be higher, bigger, and dense than what’s normally permitted in Wilmington.“We’ve all mentioned Textron tonight and we’ve all mentioned it several times before,” said Eaton. “I do not want to get caught flatfooted. I’m very well aware of  the census that is coming up in two years [which is when each community’s 40B numbers are recalculated]. The way to maintain local control is to be proactive and put a bunch of smart people in a room.”“Our problems are big. We have issues of Sonic and issues of Textron. It’s a very wide range of problems,” chimed in former Selectman Mike Champoux, who has been a longtime advocate of the town’s increasing its economic development efforts. “Sometimes when you look at an elephant, where do you start? Well, let’s just pick one and go. Let’s start to deveolop some partnerships with those land owners and see what we can do. Let’s have some discussion with the Textron folks. And let’s make sure to keep [our legislative delegation] is in the mix.”Selectman Greg Bendel added that Town Manager Jeff Hull has been updating board members on the status of Textron on a regular basis.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s Meeting (September 10)In “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Analog Devices Updates Town On $157 Million Campus ExpansionIn “Government”last_img read more

Googles new Nest Hub Max smart display has a camera Can you

first_img reading • Google’s new Nest Hub Max smart display has a camera. Can you trust it? • See All Now playing: Watch this: The Google Nest Hub Max soups up the smart display A new frontier for privacy”We have to be better about our transparency, about how we actually deal with your data and your devices inside your home.” Rishi Chandra, the Google VP in charge of the new Google Nest brand, talked with me last week at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA about the Hub Max and the challenges of privacy in a home with a variety of cameras and sensors. “As we are defining our privacy principles, one thing we wanted to commit to was any time a camera is streaming information to Google, whether it’s through a Google Duo call or a Nest Cam feature, we want to be very transparent to the user that it’s happening.”The Hub Max indicates that the camera is recording with a green light and a message on the screen. The green light will always be on when it’s recording, even if you’re not home and checking on the stream from your phone. You won’t be able to use the Hub Max to secretly spy on anyone. Google I/O 2019 $199 See It HP Google I/O 2019 CNET Smart Home $157 4:47 See It Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it Here’s everything we’ve learned so far at Google I/O 2019.   CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Nest Amazon Privacy Facebook Google Dell Walmart Tags Now playing: Watch this: Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google’s bigger smart display $199 Comments 12 Photos $199 Review • This security cam watches over things when you can’t Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now 5:11 Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Trustworthy? Angela Lang/CNET Google debuted a device called the Nest Hub Max at its Google I/O developer conference on Tuesday. It’s the first product under the new Google Nest brand, which combines the formerly distinct Google smart home and Nest teams. The Hub Max features a 10-inch high-definition touchscreen, powerful speakers, always-listening microphones and an embedded camera that can recognize your face.Just a few months ago, Google launched a similar but smaller product called the Google Home Hub, which will be renamed the Google Nest Hub to showcase the new brand. The Nest Hub doesn’t have a camera, and Google touted the omission as a way to give privacy-focused customers peace of mind. The camera on the Hub Max is the smartest cam on any smart display. In addition to recognizing your face, you can use it as a security monitor and get alerts if it detects motion. It’s also smart enough to recognize gestures and track your motion if you’re moving around while on a video call. The Hub Max is impressive, but it’s also potentially worrisome to have a camera like that watching you in your home. Google undoubtedly understood the concerns people would have with the Hub Max. Here’s how the search giant intends to keep your privacy intact with the Hub Max.Also read: Tell Google Home ‘stop’ and you can go right back to sleepGoogle slashes prices on its Home Max, Nest Hub and Google Home Share your voice 7 Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know See it Mentioned Above Nest Cam Chandra noted that the mandatory green light is actually a shift for Nest Cams. Their default setting is to show a green light when they’re recording, but previously you could turn that off in the settings. Google is removing that option. While this move removes a customization option from the cam, it’s part of what Chandra called a new set of privacy principles from Nest.”We want to make sure that we as Google are transparent to everyone,” Chandra said. “When it’s going to Google, when it’s being recorded, that we are transparent to any user that comes into your house, whether it be the babysitter, the nanny, your guests, your family members, what have you.”Chandra noted that these steps are necessary as we move away from tech that’s strictly personal, such as a smartphone, toward tech that needs to be both communal and personal. He called the Google Nest Hub Max a representation of how the company wants to approach this dichotomy while keeping privacy intact. Anyone can interact with the Hub Max, but the Face Match feature allows it to also offer personalized notifications and information. Chandra called Face Match an example of how Google can “rethink the computing model to do really helpful things, but in a privacy sensitive way.” google-nest-hub-max-18The Hub Max can show personalized notifications after it recognizes you. Angela Lang/CNET The Face Match feature is optional. Chandra said the Hub Max will store all face models on the device itself and it will perform the processing locally as well so that the information never leaves the Hub Max. Blake Kozak, a senior analyst at smart home and security analysis firm IHS noted that as far as security cams in general, on-device storage provides “an enhanced-level of security compared with cloud-storage. By storing footage locally, consumers can rest assured that the risk of hackers gaining access to the footage is far less than if the footage is stored in the cloud.” Several Google representatives also noted that Face Match is meant solely as a personalization feature and it’s not meant for security. You won’t be able to make purchases on the Hub Max verified only by your face.Cameras and dataThe mute switch on the back of the Nest Hub Max will also function as a hard switch for the camera. It will essentially cut power to the cam so it can’t be used. Even though the switch is functionally the same as a physical shutter, I’m sure an actual physical shutter would give added peace of mind to some shoppers.google-nest-hub-max-6The mute switch cuts the power to the camera. Angela Lang/CNET “Overall, many manufacturers, especially in Europe, are making security cameras with shutters,” said Kozak. “So when the camera is off or not recording, it is clear for the consumer that their privacy is intact.”In addition to disabling Face Match, you can use the settings in the Google Home app to disable any drop-in viewing of the camera — so you won’t be able to check on the live feed of the cam when you’re out and about.You’ll also find a tab in the Google Assistant app settings called “You.” While the tab can help you see more personalized search results and organize your contacts, it will also house your activity history and privacy settings in one place so you can easily make changes.Competing for privacyGoogle isn’t the only company with a renewed emphasis on privacy. Last week, Facebook touted a new focus on privacy at the company’s F8 developer conference. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “The future is private” and announced scholarships to help students create secure and private artificial intelligence. Facebook has been mired in privacy scandals recently, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal and mishandling customer data.Amazon, Google’s main competitor in the smart home space, came under fire recently when it was revealed that Amazon workers listened to your conversations with the company’s digital assistant and had access to private data. Google faced backlash recently as well after it was revealed that the hub of the Nest Secure system — the Nest Guard — had a built-in hidden microphone.With the Hub Max’s new facial recognition abilities, Google is stepping into an area of tech with lots of privacy implications. Storing all Face Match data locally is a nice touch, but you can still use the cam as a security device and with Nest’s premium Nest Aware subscription, it can use facial recognition to customize alerts based on who it sees.If having an extra camera in your home will make you worried, Google will continue to offer the cameraless Google Nest Hub. As far as the Hub Max, Google is saying the right things at the very least. I also appreciate the new “You” tab and hope it legitimately makes it easier to manage your privacy and usage settings. That said, only time will tell if the company’s promises of privacy will hold up to its growing roster of increasingly personalized smart home gadgets. Smart Home Preview • Here’s everything you need to know about the new Nest Cam Nest Cam Indoorlast_img read more

Children sing dance and participate in hitech gaming sessions at Indian Auto

first_imgGreater Noida, Feb 10 (ANI): Children sang and danced with their favourite cartoon characters while participating in hi-tech gaming sessions at the Indian Auto Expo in Greater Noida. In order to attract large number of children and families to the event, various activities were organized to keep the visitors entertained. Few children were seen participating in hi-tech video games session while some others were engrossed in modeling toy cars. Japanese auto and bike maker Honda invited Indian animation superstar ‘Chota Bheem’ and his best friend ‘Chutkiat’ at their motor cycle and scooter pavilion. Children participating in the games loved the arrangements.last_img read more

Suzuki Lets Bookings Open in India Price Launch Details

first_imgThe bookings for Suzuki’s new scooter Let’s have opened in India, with an advance payment of 1,000.Suzuki Let’s, the company’s first 110cc segment scooter, comes with a 112.8cc single cylinder air-cooled engine, which gives a power of 8.7 hp at 7,500 rpm and peak torque of 9.0 Nm at 5,500 rpm. The dealerships across the country have commenced bookings for the scooter, which made its first appearance earlier in January. Though the exact launch details of the scooter is yet to be known, reports suggest that Let’s will reach India showrooms by the end of April.Let’s is expected to give a fuel efficiency of 63 kmpl and will be offered in five colour variants in the coutry – Pearl Mira red, Metallic Triton blue, Pearl Mirage white, Sparkle black and Metallic Sonic silver. According to a Zigwheels report, Suzuki has started the shipment of Let’s to India, and the scooter would carry a price tag of 47,000. If reports are to be believed, the company is likely to begin the delivery of the Let’s in India in the first week of May.Suzuki Let’s will take on the likes of Honda Activa-i and TVS Jupiter in the sub-continent market. It measures 1810 mm in length, 660 mm in width and 1120 mm in height. Seated on a wheelbase of 1250mm, the scooter weighs just 98kg and targets mainly the female riders in the country. It offers telescopic fork suspension at the front, monoshock suspension at the rear and 90/90×10 tubeless tyres.The company is also expected to launch its Gixxer scooter in India by July. Gixxer, which made its debut at the Delhi Auto Expo, packs a single cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke engine under the hood. Suzuki currently markets Access 125 and Swish 125 scooters in India.Image credit: Suzukimotorcycle India (Ed: VP)last_img read more

Finance Secretary highlights need to instill confidence in investors to boost economic

first_imgFinance Secretary highlights need to instill confidence in investors to boost economic growth1.7K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Finance Secretary highlights need to instill confidence in investors to boost economic growth1.7K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Finance Secretary, Arvind Mayaram, on Tuesday laid emphasis on the need to boost investors’ confidence to bring the country back on the path of growth and to spur economic expansion to its potential level. India will likely raise the foreign investment limit in government debt soon, as almost all the allocation has already been taken up as overseas buyers pile into the country’s financial markets. The finance ministry will decide on the matter after consultations with the Reserve Bank of India and capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India. Mayaram said he is hopeful that the government would take adequate steps to boost overall growth rate.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Finance Secretary, Arvind Mayaram, on Tuesday laid emphasis on the need to boost investors’ confidence to bring the country back on the path of growth and to spur economic expansion to its potential level. India will likely raise the foreign investment limit in government debt soon, as almost all the allocation has already been taken up as overseas buyers pile into the country’s financial markets. The finance ministry will decide on the matter after consultations with the Reserve Bank of India and capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India. Mayaram said he is hopeful that the government would take adequate steps to boost overall growth rate.last_img read more

Cadila Healthcare gains 20 on positive observation by US FDA pharma stocks

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai in this file photo on November 9, 2016 (representational image).IANSCadila Healthcare shares flared up on the BSE on Thursday after the Zydus Cadila Group company informed the bourses that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not find any observation (under number 483). The stock closed 19.94 percent higher at Rs 429, lifting in the process, many pharma stocks such as Sun Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma and Jubilant Lifesciences.”We are pleased to announce that the US FDA inspected our Moraiya facility from February 6 to 15, 2017. At the end of the inspection, no observation (483) is issued,” Cadila Healthcare said in a regulatory filing to the BSE on Thursday. The Moraiya facility generates ~60 percent of US revenues for the company.Read: Nasscom could give a projection of 6-8% for FY 2018; TCS to consider share buybackThe BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty snapped their two-day losing streak on Thursday. The 30-scrip benchmark index Sensex closed 146 points higher at 28,301, while the NSE Nifty ended 53 points up at 8,778. Top Sensex gainers were Sun Pharma, Infosys, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Steel and Tata Motors.The BSE Healthcare index outperformed the Sensex and closed 2.46 percent higher.A rise in metal prices on the London Metal Exchange (LME) aided the rally on Indian stock markets. “Metal stocks recorded smart rally on account of increased base metal price on LME. Vedanta climbed up 6 percent to close at Rs 263. Hindalco gained percent to close at Rs188,” brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note.State Bank of India and associate banks SBBJ and SBT also gained on the clearance given for the merger of associate banks with the parent entity.Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 216 crore on Thursday, according to provisional data released by the NSE.The Indian rupee closed 17 paise lower at 67.07 to the US dollar, while gold prices gained Rs 75 to end at Rs 29,700.last_img read more

New telecom policys ambitious target Internet access to 13 billion Indians

first_imgManoj Sinha, Minister of Communication and Minister of state for railwaysPIBThe new Telecom Policy of India, expected in March 2018 will set an ambitious target of providing affordable internet access to almost 1.3 billion people and push domestic manufacturing to cut down on imports.”Internet to all will be the basic principle and to give a boost to telecom manufacturing would be a key factor of the new telecom policy,” said Communication Minister Manoj Sinha to Economic Times.The government last year decided to introduce a new telecom policy to facilitate growth of the sector and meet the requirements of next generation technologies.According to the reports, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has already started the work on the new telecom policy this year. Minister Sinha also said that the policy will be finalised by March 2018.Last month, a research firm KPMG said that mobile Internet users in India is expected to surge and cross the 300 million mark by 2017 from about 159 million users at present.Though India has low Internet penetration compared to other developed nations, the country still has the third largest Internet user base in the world with more than 300 million users of which 50 percent are only mobile Internet users.Reports also suggest that the number of internet users in India will rise to 730 million by 2020, as against its 350 million users at the end of 2015. By the end of this decade India would also surpass the number of internet users in the US.The new telecom policy once implemented would boost the number of mobile internet users and with cheaper facility it will also penetrate the rural India.According to the telecom minister the new policy is forward looking and current challenges of new technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) will also be taken care of. A rickshaw puller speaks on his mobile phone as he waits for customers in front of advertisement billboards belonging to telecom companies in Kolkata February 3, 2014.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriAnalysts forecast that high-speed data services with cross-industry IoT applications and AI-driven services could open up close to 20 percent of additional revenue opportunity for the industry.The players in the telecom industry are working on the call drop challenges and to improve the service quality.Once the new telecom policy is implemented, it is likely to remove the distinction between local and STD calls too. It is also expected to ensure faster and cheaper availability of internet service. The service providers will no longer be needed to take separate licenses for operations in different parts of the country. A single licence would be enough.last_img read more

Man killed for protesting at cousins sexual harassment

first_imgRelatives break down in tears after hearing the death news of Sultan Ahmed Mintu. He was beaten to death by a stalker of his cousin after protesting at it.A young man, beaten by a stalker for protesting at harassment of his cousin in Narayanganj’s Sonargaon, died at a hospital in the capital on Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased is Sultan Ahmed Mintu, 35, son of Samsul Haque hailing from Sadipur union in the upazila.Locals said Zakir, son of Rafique of Mograpara union, was stalking Fatema Akhter on Friday when Mintu protested at it.Being furious, Zakir beat Mintu with a cricket bat, leaving him seriously injured.Locals took the youth to a nearby hospital and later, he was shifted to a hospital in Dhaka where he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning.Inspector (operations) of Sonargaon police station Abdul Jabbar said they were trying to arrest the culprit.last_img read more

Bangladeshi US scientist not deported but freed

first_imgSyed A Jamal, a Bangladeshi-origin US chemist embraces his children. A screen-gran taken from a video on kansascity.Syed A Jamal, a Bangladeshi-origin US chemist studying and working in Kansas for 30 years, has been freed from jail, according to kansascity.com.The 55-year-old chemist was arrested by ICE in his front yard on 24 January for overstaying his visa and he was about to be deported to Bangladesh, reports say.Jamal walked out of Platte County jail Tuesday, so suddenly and quickly that no family was there, wrote kansascity.com. He was reportedly greeted instead by waiting reporters. His family joined him later.Jamal’s release came hours after it was ordered by a US District Court judge in Kansas City, pending the outcome of his deportation case with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the report.”It’s a tough situation,” he acknowledged, though he appeared relaxed and confident.The judge took into account more than 110 days Jamal has served in jail since 2012.Referring to Jamal’s three US-born children, she said, “I made a promise to those kids to bring their dad home.”His latest permit extended to October 2018, but that allowance was rescinded by ICE when agents arrested Jamal outside his home on the way to taking his daughter to school, said the report.Jamal’s story went viral after friends and family launched an online petition for a stay of his deportation, the report recalled.The Change.org site had reportedly garnered 108,000 as of Monday. Since 2 February, a GoFundMe campaign has raised nearly $75,000 for the family, for whom Jamal is the sole breadwinner.last_img read more

Nation observes National Mourning Day today

first_imgBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur RahmanThe nation observes the National Mourning Day today, Wednesday, with due reverence and solemnity, marking the 43rd anniversary of assassination of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reports UNB.Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – the architect of the country’s independence — was assassinated along with most of his family members at the crack of dawn on 15 August 1975 by a cabal of army personnel.The killing of Bangabandhu, the greatest son of the soil in thousand years, descended a pall of gloom and spread a sense of deep sadness among the people in the country and across the globe.The world protested and condemned the killing saying it is an irreparable loss to millions of people of Bangladesh.His two daughters — Sheikh Hasina, now the prime minister, and Sheikh Rehana – luckily survived the massacre as they were abroad at that time.Eighteen members of the family along with Bangabandhu’s wife Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three sons — captain Sheikh Kamal, lieutenant Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel –, two daughters-in-law — Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal –, brother Sheikh Naser, peasant leader Abdur Rob Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu were killed on the fateful night.Bangabandhu’s military secretary colonel Jamil Uddin Ahmad (Bir Uttam), who was later promoted posthumously to the rank of brigadier general, was also killed during the massacre. Some members of a family at Mohammadpur in the capital were killed by artillery shells fired by the killers on the same day.The day is a public holiday.The government, different socio-cultural, political and professional organisations including ruling Awami League and its associate bodies have taken various programmes to mark the day.The nation, however, started observing the month of mourning from 1 August, recalling the most brutal killing in its history and renewing the pledge to safeguard perpetually the country’s independence and sovereignty.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina pay tributes to Bangbandhu at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 at 6:30am.Programmes there include a guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent of the Armed Forces, to the portrait of the Bangabandhu. A special munajat and fateha is scheduled to be offered there.Premier Sheikh Hasina is expected to place wreaths at the graves of the members of Bangabandhu’s family and other martyrs at Banani graveyard.She is also scheduled to place wreaths at the Bangabandhu Mausoleum in Tungipara of Gopalganj at 10:00am and take part in a milad and doa mahfil there.Meanwhile, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages commemorating the National Mourning Day.In his message, the president said this barbarous occurrence was rare not only in the history of Bangladesh but also in the history of the world.”The country is now free of disgrace through the trial of the tragic killing of 15 August. The verdict of fugitive killers will soon come into force – this is the expectation of the countrymen on the National Mourning Day,” he said urging all to follow the path shown by the Father of the Nation and devote themselves to turn the country into a ‘Golden Bangla’.In her message, the prime minister said, “Under the dynamic, courageous and charismatic leadership of the father of the nation, the people of this territory brought the reddish sun of the independence breaking the shackles of subjugation of thousands of years. The Bangalees got their own nation-state, flag and national anthem.”But Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed at a time when he had undertaken an arduous task of building a ‘Golden Bangladesh’ reconstructing the war-ravaged country and unifying the whole nation, she said.The killers were able to assassinate Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman but they could not erase his dreams and ideals, the prime minister said urging all to turn the grief of the loss of Bangabandhu into strength, build a non-communal, hunger-illiteracy-free, and happy, prosperous Bangladesh and establish ‘Golden Bangladesh’ as dreamt by the father of the nation.On the day, the national flag will be kept half-mast at government, autonomous, semi-autonomous, educational institutions, private buildings and Bangladesh missions in abroad.A doa will be offered after Zohr prayers in all mosques across the country while special prayers will be arranged in temples, pagodas, churches and other worship places at convenient time across the country.Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private TV channels and radio stations will air special programmes highlighting the life, struggle and achievements of the great leader while newspapers will bring out supplements on the occasion.Islamic Foundation of Bangladesh and Bangabandhu Gabeshana Parishad will also arrange programmes on the occasion.Besides, specially designed posters will be displayed at educational institutions and other public places, reminding the black chapter of the country’s history.Shishu Academy, Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and many other educational institutions will organise discussions on Bangabandhu’s life and works.The district and upazila administrations will observe the day through doa mahfil and discussions in line with the national programmes.Different institutions, socio-cultural organisations and people from all walks of life will place wreaths at Tungipara and at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi, Road No. 32, and will hold doa mahfils and discussions there.The different organisations and directorates under the information ministry will also hold different programmes, including exhibition, publish special supplements of Nirikkha, Sachithra Bangladesh and Bangladesh Quarterly.Bangladesh Television has taken initiatives to read out the Bangabandhu’s books – “Osomapto Atmajibani” and “Karagarer Rojnamcha”.Awami League (AL) will keep the national flag and the party flag at half-mast while black flag will be hoisted at the Bangabandhu Bhaban and all other offices of the party across the country.AL and it associate bodies will place wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 in the morning. Leaders, workers and supporters of AL and other organisations will also pay homage to the martyrs of 1975 at the Banani graveyard, offer Fateha and munajat there on 15 August.AL will distribute special foods among the poor, destitute and orphans. The party will hold milad mahfil and offer doa at Bangabandhu Bhaban after Asr prayers on 15 August, reports BSS.It will organise a discussion meeting at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) at 4:00pm on 16 August.A delegation of the Awami League central executive committee will visit the shrine of Bangabandhu in Tungipara on 15 August.Shishu Academy, Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and many other educational institutions and organisations will organise discussions on Bangabandhu’s life and works.Bangladesh missions abroad will arrange discussions with hoisting the national flag half-mast atop their respective offices.last_img read more

Fakhrul warns AL of defamation suit over ISI remarks

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said the opposition would sue the ruling party leaders should they continue propaganda with ill-motive to stigmatise the BNP leadership.He issues the warning referring to ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s allegation that Fakhrul had a meeting at the Pakistan high commission and that BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman had contact with ISI, Pakistan’s military intelligence.“This statement is aimed at maligning the BNP,” Mirza Fakhrul said during a briefing at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.He pointed out that the AL camp had always shown its penchant for leaving the BNP off-guard by implicating the BNP in accusation of having connection with another country or agency.“We always came to state power with the mandate of the people. We’ve no special hobnob with any intelligence agency or a country,” the BNP leader added.He asked Obaidul Quader and also another AL leader, Abdur Rahman, to withdraw their remarks. “Otherwise, we will be compelled to take legal actions.”Mirza Fakhrul alleged that the ruling party is engaged in misusing power and public money for its propaganda through the media.He also claimed that the AL activists have opened over 300 fake Facebook IDs to publicise fake news targetting the opposition.“There was no case filed in this connection. But from now on, we’ll sue them,” Mirza Fakhrul said.He condemned the government’s decision to close down 58 online portals.The BNP leader mentioned that the next elections would decide whether democracy would be functional in the country.last_img read more

BNP asks AL to learn from India for holding unquestionable election

first_imgKhandaker Mosharraf HossainBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Saturday urged the government, the election commission and the ruling Awami League to take lessons from India’s Lok Sabha elections.”People in India could cast their ballots in favour of the party of their choice in the Lok Sabha elections. I would like to urge the Bangladesh government, the election commission and the administrations at all levels to take lessons from it. Especially, Awami League needs it the most,” he said.Mosharraf came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Jatiyatabadi Nagorik Dal at the National Press Club, marking the 38th death anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.The BNP leader congratulated Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on the second consecutive election victory of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “I greet Indian people as they could exercise their right to franchise. I also greet Modi as he could hold a fair election staying in power.”Mentioning that the government used to talk about many positive things of India as references, he urged the government to get inspired from the Lok Sabha polls to hold such unquestionable elections in Bangladesh.Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said India showed the world the strength of its democracy by holding a fair and credible election.”There’s now no democracy in Bangladesh. We must restore it. But, we won’t be able to restore democracy if we fail to free ‘mother of democracy’ Khaleda Zia,” he said.The BNP leader urged the democratic forces to get united to bring back people’s all the lost rights. “People are now ready to take to the streets. Now we’re working to unite our leaders and activists and reorganise our party to wage a movement.”last_img read more

2 killed in road crash

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloTwo people were killed after a truck plunged into a roadside ditch at Lengra Bazar in Muktagaccha, Mymensingh on Wednesday.The deceased could not be identified immediately.Ali Mahmud, officer-in-charge of Muktagaccha police station, said the accident took place around 6:30am when a Mymensingh-bound truck laden with goods fell into the ditch.The driver and his assistant were killed on the spot.On information, police recovered the bodies and sent them to local hospital for autopsy.last_img read more

Video Catches Cop in Attack Mode

first_imgA Baltimore police officer, who is seen viciously beating a man June 15 in a CitiWatch video that began circulating this week, has been suspended while an investigation of the incident ensues, officials announced Sept. 16.“This will not be tolerated,” Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said of Officer Vincent Cosom’s behavior at a press conference Tuesday.“Much like the public, I was shocked, I’m outraged, I’m disgusted by what I saw by an employee of the Baltimore Police Department,” Batts said. “Nothing that I saw on that video is defensible, nor should it be defensible, and most importantly, it’s unacceptable and will not be tolerated within this organization.”Cosom has since been placed on paid administrative leave. However, many are questioning why it took so long for him to be disciplined.“The investigation has no credibility because no suspension took place until this incident was on the news and not a second before,” said Tony Garcia, one of the attorneys for Kollin Truss, 32, the man who Cosom assaulted. “The police department is in damage control.”Garcia and colleague Ivan Bates and Tony Garcia on Monday announced a $35 million, seven-count lawsuit against Cosom, that accuses him of battery, false imprisonment and false light or perjury among other allegations.According to police charging documents, Cosom said he saw an inebriated Truss loitering in front of a liquor store on the corner of Greenmount and North avenues and he asked him to leave. The pair exchanged heated words and Truss went into the store.When Truss exited the liquor mart, he and the officer are seen on the video exchanging more words and Truss’ girlfriend pushes him away and toward the bus stop.At that time, Garcia told the AFRO, his client was waiting on the bus to take him home when Cosom approached and began whaling on his client.“The officer basically sucker-punched him while another officer held his arms, preventing him from blocking his face or otherwise defending himself,” the attorney said.According to the statement of probable cause, however, Cosom claimed he saw Truss assaulting his female companion and that he assumed a fighting stance and clenched his fist when the officer rushed in to arrest him. Cosom said the altercation ensued because he was in fear of his safety, and that Truss kicked other officers as they tried to get him into the squad car.Truss was arrested and charged with assaulting an officer.“We see a pattern here—certain types of officers will strip you of your rights and dignity and charge you with assault when they are the ones who assaulted you. It is an exercise in submission,” Garcia said.Even worse Truss’ attorneys said, the case reeks of a cover-up.“This video was in the police department’s records. And, there was an officer watching the incident live as it took place.”Bates said a middle manager in the department’s Internal Affairs was contacted by the State’s Attorney’s Office about the video months ago but dropped the ball.“There was a communications breakdown within my organization. I had a middle manager that did not do the thing that they should have done. This officer should have been removed from the field immediately. I should have been notified immediately. We will also address that,” Batts said.Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said along with Cosom, other officers at the scene may also be held accountable.“Anyone who had identification and witnessed this – either took part in and either acted inappropriately or in not taking any action was neglectful – is a part of this investigation,” he said.Garcia said as they get more information, other plaintiffs may be added to their suit.last_img read more

Chris Barrys Surprising Speckled Voting Record

first_imgMarion Christopher Barry is a candidate for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat.Marion Christopher Barry, candidate for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat of his late father Marion S. Barry, has not voted consistently in District and ward elections, the AFRO has learned.Tamara Robinson, spokeswoman for the Board of Elections, said on Jan. 13 that Barry didn’t vote in the July 15, 2014, special election for the vacant Ward 8 Board of Education position or in the  April 1, 2014 primary. Another elections official said she couldn’t confirm or deny whether Barry voted in the Nov. 4, 2014 general election.Agency staff revealed Barry cast a provisional ballot in the Nov. 6, 2012 general and special election. These elections included his late father on the ballot, running for re-election.Despite repeated calls to the number Barry provided on the D.C. Board of Elections website, he didn’t respond to the AFRO by deadline.Barry is running against 23 other candidates to claim his father’s seat. He officially began the process of running on Jan. 5 by picking up petitions and signing the necessary paperwork.  The deadline for petitions to get on the ballot is Jan. 28 and Barry is actively seeking the required 500 signatures of registered voters.He is considered one of the leading candidates in the race, primarily because of his father’s political legacy and network of longtime supporters. However, Barry, who owns a small construction company, has never held political office.Candidates for District political office do not fare well when it is revealed that they have not consistently voted in elections. Andy Shallal, the owner of the Busboys and Poets restaurant chain, had hopes of winning the April 1, 2014 Democratic Party mayoral primary, but those hopes were dashed when it was revealed that he did not vote in city elections on a regular basis.Khalid Pitts, a Logan Circle entrepreneur, received negative publicity when it was revealed he lived in the District for nearly two decades but registered to vote on Dec. 31, 2013, three months before he ran as a candidate for the non-Democratic seat on the council in the November 2014 general election.District law mandates a candidate for the council be a “qualified elector in the District” as well as other requirements, including establishing residency in the city one year prior to running, being a resident from the ward where they are seeking office, hold no other significant public office position, and not being a convicted felon while holding the office of council member.While a candidate must be a registered voter, casting a ballot is not a requirement to run for office.Dennis Harvey, who recently dropped out of the Ward 8 race to support Barry did not comment on Barry’s voting record and neither did Anthony Lorenzo Green, who has represented Barry as an advisory neighborhood commissioner (ANC) for several years and is active in his campaign.LaRuby May, a fellow candidate, said that “voting is very important.”“Voting determines what resources a community gets,” May said. “All of us who are African-American should exercise that right.”Natalie Williams, the president of the Ward 8 Democrats also running for the Ward 8 Council seat, agreed with May. Williams said she takes her daughter with her when she votes and notes,  proudly, that she began participating in civic affairs at an early age.“Voting is a fundamental right for all D.C. residents,” Williams said. “It is the only way to be involved in the decision-making in this city. As president of the Ward 8 Democrats, I have worked to educate and empower those who have not participated in voting.”last_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