GB Nagar police solve 2 separate robberies

first_imgGB Nagar: Gautam Buddh Nagar police have worked out two separate robbery incidents reported from sector 20 and Dadri police station areas and arrested seven persons in connection with these cases. Police have also arrested a criminal carrying reward of Rs 25, 000 on his head in connection with one of these incidents. In first incident reported from sector 20 police station area on June 17, a cigarette trader was robbed with over Rs 11 lakh 58 thousand by bike borne assailants from sector 21 red light in broad daylight. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkAccording to police, the arrested persons have been identified as Aman, Waseem, Shahrukh, Aas Mohammad and Ajam, all native of Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh nagar districts. Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the main accused identified as Aman had went to give an interview for a job in the cigarette agency ended up plotting a loot. “The arrest was made from sector 20 round about on Saturday night. Upon interrogating the accused persons, they told police that during his interview, Aman came to know that the cash from the agency was transferred to the bank by cash deposit employee through a Scooty. He hitched a conspiracy to commit the loot and involved his four friends into the robbery,” said Krishna. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe officer further said that one among the arrested five accused persons is a history sheeter of Sector 58 area. Police has recovered Rs. 5, 07,000 from the arrested accused. In another incident, police arrested two more accused in the alleged robbery of Rs 25 lakh in the Dadri area about two weeks earlier. Cops said that they have managed to recover almost the entire amount looted from two wheat traders. “As many as three accused involved in the robbery have been earlier arrested with cash of about Rs. 10,50,000,” the officer said.last_img read more

The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, Nov. 3———LIBERALS MAKE SOME PROGRESS ON MEETING ELECTION PROMISES: This weekend marks two years since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet was sworn in. Letters he sent his ministers outlining their tasks provide a way of seeing how many campaign promises his government has met. The government has met promises like restoring the long-form census, welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees and creating the Canada Child Benefit. Work on balancing the books continues.———UN REFUGEES CZAR LOOKS TO CANADA TO DO MORE: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says Canada has good credentials on helping refugees, but hopes it can do more. Filippo Grandi said on Friday that Canada can enhance its reputation by ramping up resettlement programs to help share the burden with countries facing an influx of refugees needing a new home. He is due to meet federal officials on Monday.———RAE TO BRIEF PM ON CRISIS IN MYANMAR: Canada’s special envoy for the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar will brief Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his findings at next week’s APEC summit in Vietnam. Bob Rae is touring a part of Bangadesh where 600,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar since a security crackdown have sought shelter. Rae is trying to arrange a meeting with Myanmar’s military leaders, who are being blamed for what some have called the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.———CANADA SLAPS A HOST OF SANCTIONS ON DOZENS OF INDIVIDUALS: Canada has announced dozens of sanctions as it highlights corruption and rights abuses in Russia, Venezuela and South Sudan. Among those hit with sanctions, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. It’s the first use of a new law passed last month that allows for sanctions against individuals who the federal government holds responsible for, or complicit in, gross violations of human rights or acts of corruption.———MOST CANADIANS FALL BACK THIS WEEKEND: Canadians in most parts of the country will move back their clocks an hour, but there are signs many people across the continent are fed up with moving their timepieces ahead one hour in the spring — losing an hour of sleep — and then turning them back in the fall. For example, the Alberta legislature rejected proposed legislation saying the change would pose too many difficulties for businesses. For the most part, Saskatchewan residents have never changed their clocks.———THE CBC’S OVERHAULED FLAGSHIP NEWSCAST UNVEILED MONDAY: One of the new hosts of CBC’s The National says they hope to show how a late night national newscast can still be relevant to Canadians. Ian Hanomansing is sharing the anchor duties along with senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, “Power & Politics” host Rosemary Barton, and Vancouver local news host Andrew Chang. Hanomansing and Arsenault will be largely based in Toronto, Barton will remain in Ottawa, and Chang will be in Vancouver, but each will do field and feature reporting and may be in different cities from time to time, giving “The National” a different look every night.———ALBERTA’S PREMIER CALLS FOR REGULATORS TO CLEAR THE WAY FOR PIPELINE EXPANSION: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is calling on the National Energy Board to quickly remove roadblocks on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in British Columbia. The City of Burnaby has not issued the permits to allow Kinder Morgan to expand its pipeline from Alberta. Notley is backing the company’s call for the NEB to act.———AMAZON BEEFING UP PRESENCE IN VANCOUVER: Amazon is opening another corporate office in Vancouver that will house an additional 1,000 workers. It’s not the highly sought-after second headquarters that has attracted the attention of communities and governments across North America. Amazon’s first Vancouver office was opened in 2015, which now employs more than 1,000 people, mostly software development engineers.———FIRST NATIONS GROUP DISAPPOINTED RCMP CLEARED IN SASKATCHEWAN CASE: The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says First Nations representation is needed in reviews about how police deal with Indigenous peoples. The federation is expressing disappointment that RCMP officers have been cleared of mistreating the family of an Indigenous man who was shot to death on a Saskatchewan farm. The RCMP said the allegations couldn’t be supported. The family has accused police of being insensitive, searching the home of the victim’s mother without permission and asking her if she’d been drinking.———DATA DETAILS HOW CLINTON CAMPAIGN EMAILS WERE STOLEN: Thousands of lines of raw data associated with the theft of Hillary Clinton campaign emails show how the Russia-linked hackers dodged strict security measures to pull it off. Minute-by-minute logs gathered by cybersecurity company Secureworks and recently shared with The Associated Press tell the tale. It took the hackers just over a week of work to zero in on and penetrate the personal Gmail account of campaign chairman John Podesta.———last_img read more

Manitoba chiefs trying to protect lands from peat mining

first_imgAPTN National NewsManitoba chiefs rallied in Winnipeg this week.They’re trying to protect traditional territories from further peat mining.The chiefs say the province is not properly consulting them when it comes to mining projects on their lands.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.Mthordarson@aptn.caTwitter: @MattThorlast_img

Athletes bid farewell to 2014 Arctic Winter Games

first_imgAPTN National NewsAnother edition of the Arctic Winter Games has come to an end.For the past seven days, hundreds of athletes from across the North have been participating in the games.Sunday night, athletes came together not to compete, but to bid farewell.Keith Laboucan was there and files this report.last_img

Afghanistan Ban Kimoon welcomes release of two South Korean hostages

Mr. Ban also “hopes that the remaining Korean, Afghan and German hostages will be released in the coming days,” his spokesperson said in a statement. The release of the two female captives comes almost two weeks after two male members of the group were killed by the Taliban. In a statement issued following the killings, Mr. Ban noted that among the detained were many young women “who came to help the people of Afghanistan and they should not be made part of the conflict in that country.” 13 August 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he was pleased that two hostages from the Republic of Korea – who are among 23 abducted by the Taliban over three weeks ago – have been released in Afghanistan.

Heads of peacekeeping missions meet in Senegal to review progress and needs

In their one-day meeting in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, the five Special Representatives of Secretary-General Kofi Annan (SRSGs) noted that the Consolidated Appeals Processes had brought in funding that was well short of what was required. Meeting under the chairmanship of SRSG Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UNOWA head, were Daudi Mwakawago of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Pierre Schori of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Abou Moussa of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and Joao Honwana of the UN Peace-Building Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) to update the developments in their missions.The Special Representatives stressed the importance of steady progress towards the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections in Liberia and the reform of its security sector, and said they also hoped for early finalization of the Economic Governance Action Plan, UNOWA said.The five noted with satisfaction the supplementary accord for Côte d’Ivoire of 29 June, called the Pretoria Declaration, and said it had given renewed impetus to the peace process, “failing which individual sanctions might be invoked,” UNOWA said.They also expressed the hope that political leaders in Guinea-Bissau would do everything to ensure that the second round of elections would take place in the same calm conditions as the first round and that they would commit themselves to accepting the results.Though Togo has no peacekeeping mission, the SRSGs called on the Government to continue its efforts towards reconciliation after the disputes over its April elections scattered thousands of refugees into neighbouring countries.With UNAMSIL withdrawing at the end of the year, they also discussed residual problems in Sierra Leone, the future UN presence there and the possible impact on peace-building efforts in nearby countries, UNOWA said.Meeting after the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) conference that took place in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in late June, they called on their Intermission Cooperation Working Group to explore a regional DDR approach that would include countries that do not host UN peace missions. read more

Wireless network to be built to meet mobile device use in Montreals

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Montreal’s subway system may end up with one the most advanced wireless networks in the world, equipped with state-of-the-art technology that allows commuters to use cellphones, laptops and tablets.Four major telecom companies announced jointly on Wednesday a $50 million project to provide wireless communications for the Montreal subway, including in stations and tunnels, within seven years.“The very same high-quality experience that you’ve been accustomed to above ground will be available underground,” said Francois Gratton of Telus, which is co-ordinating the project.Telus (TSX:T), Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Quebecor’s Videotron (TSX:QBR.B) will share the cost of the project equally.There are no wireless signals in the Montreal underground, which serves about 900,000 commuters daily.But with the new system, commuters will be able to text, watch video and download music as they travel from station to station.The network will use the latest wireless technologies, including Long-Term Evolution (LTE) which brings faster Internet service to mobile devices and is used by major wireless carriers to meet rising consumer demand.“It’s going to be one of the first deployments in the world for 4G LTE technology in a 100 per cent underground setting,” Gratton said.Service will begin to be installed at two downtown stations by the end of this year, with full deployment within five to seven years, the companies said.The Toronto Transit Authority is planning to offer WIFI — short-range wireless service — for laptop, tablet and cellphone users at two main subway stations later this year, but not underground, spokesman Danny Nicholson said. The TTC carries about 1 million subway riders each day.In Vancouver, Telus said it provides wireless service in the underground section of the city’s Canada line, the newer part of the Lower Mainland’s Skytrain transit system.PC Magazine mobile analyst Sascha Segan said underground cellphone networks are more common in Europe and Asia than in North America.“It’s really just in North America that this is considered a crazy, amazing new thing to do,” said Segan from New York.In New York, about 40 subway stations out of 400 provide cellphone service, he said. A few midtown New York subway stations are equipped with LTE technology, he added.“The problem is we have a 24-hour subway system so there’s no regular time when the system is shut down when guys can crawl around and install antennas.”Other times, it’s co-operation issues.It can be difficult to reach agreements with transit systems to build such networks, the bidding process to choose a network provider can be lengthy and mobile phone companies don’t necessarily want deal with “all of the administrative hassle” that comes with the project, he added.But for consumers, it’s great, Segan said.“Everybody I know wants to be able to email their boss when their train is stuck.” Wireless network to be built to meet mobile device use in Montreal’s subway by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 25, 2013 12:06 pm MDT read more

NHS fertility services branded national disgrace as just 2 of areas follow

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. This is cruel and unethical, and a national disgrace for the country that pioneered IVF.Susan Seenan, co-chair of Fertility Fairness And only four out of 209 areas offer all recommended fertility treatments, which include allowing all viable frozen embryos to be implanted, and allowing IVF even if one partner already has a child from a previous relationship.  There is also a stark difference between the north and the south. Of the 35 CCGs which offer three NHS-funded IVF cycles, 80 per cent are in northern England. Susan Seenan, co-chair of Fertility Fairness said:  “Just four out of England’s 209 CCGs follow national guidance on access to NHS fertility treatment fully, the remaining 98 per cent of CCGs do not.“This is cruel and unethical, and a national disgrace for the country that pioneered IVF.“Infertility is a disease and women and men who cannot become parents without medical help are as deserving of healthcare as people with other medical conditions.” ‘Fertility Fairness is calling for full implementation of the NICE guideline, standardisation of eligibility criteria across England and the development of a national tariff in England for tertiary fertility services.” Other eligibility criteria which are being used to screen out IVF patients include smoking status and body mass index (BMI)Nicola Blackwood, Minister for Public Health, said: ‘ “I am very disappointed to learn that access to IVF treatment on the NHS has been reduced in some places and it is unacceptable that some clinical commissioning groups have stopped commissioning it completely.“Fertility problems can have a serious and lasting impact on those affected. It is important that the NHS provide access to fertility services for those who need clinical help to start a family.“I would strongly encourage all CCGs to implement the NICE fertility guidelines in full, as many CCGs have successfully done.”The charity also found that the some CCGs are paying far more for IVF treatments which is affecting how many cycles can be offered. Treatment costs across the country range from £2,098 in the north to £6,500 in the south.Fertility Fairness said that a national tariff should be implemented to help all CCGs meet the costs of treatment.Sarah Norcross, co- chair of Fertility Fairness, added: ‘The IVF postcode lottery is being exacerbated by CCGs not making evidence-based commissioning decisions and routinely ignoring the guidance from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) The report found that the four CCGs which still offer full fertility funding are all in Greater Manchester, where the first test-tube baby Louise Brown was born in 1978.Essex is the worst place to live with three of the four worst CCGs. Mid Essex, NorthEast Essex and Basildon and Brentwood have cut all NHS fertility treatment;South Norfolk has also decommissioned its NHS fertility services.  The number of CCGs offering three NHS funded IVF cycles has dropped to 16 per cent, from 24 per cent in 2013, the lowest since Nice guidelines were adopted in 2004.More than one in ten CCGs are also currently consulting on reducing or decommissioning NHS fertility treatment.Only ten per cent of CCGs enable access to couples with children from a previous relationship while nine per cent of CCGs deny treatment to women over the age of 35 in contravention of national guidelines. IVF happening in the lab Some 16 per cent of CCGs stipulate couples should have been trying to conceive for three years before treatment can be offered, and if a women suffers a miscarriage during this period, the ‘waiting time’ clock is set back to zero. The NHS is supposed to offer three cycles of IVG but only 16 per cent of providers do  Fertility services in Britain were today branded a ‘national disgrace’ after new figures showed just two per cent of NHS areas are following recommended treatment guidelines, the lowest level ever.Health Minister Nicola Blackwood said it was unacceptable that clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) had reduced funding for childless men and women, whose only chance of having a family is through IVF. Charities said the cuts were ‘cruel and unethical.’In some cases, such as Essex, all fertility treatment has been stopped, meaning private care costing thousands of pounds is the only option, the latest report from the charity Fertility Fairness showed.Just 16 per cent of CCGs now offer three rounds of IVF, which is recommended under guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), the lowest it has been since the guidance was introduced in 2004.last_img read more

Apple Gives Global Mac Mini Buyers a Price Break

first_imgSorry Americans, but this Election Day will give you no joy if you’re in the market for a new Mac Mini. Apple has quietly cut the price of the bring-your-own-keyboard-and-monitor Mac around the world, perhaps as a pre-emptive apology for whatever result the polls bring this evening. Most of Europe got a 100 EUR price break on all models, and the UK saw a 50 GBP cut to the base price of each model, which brings the lowest-end Mac Mini to 699 EUR (approx $980 USD) and 599 GBP (approx $960 USD) respectively. Whether the price drops are indicators that Apple will reduce prices on the Mac Mini in the United States in the near future remains to be seen, but if you’re abroad and interested in an entry-level Mac with some really impressive features and is also GreenTech Approved, now might be a good time to pick one up. You can read our review of the latest Mac Mini over at PCMag.com.AdChoices广告last_img read more

World of Warcraft lead designer says the MMO needs to go freetoplay

first_imgWorld of Warcraft will remain the most successful subscription MMO ever released for many years to come, maybe forever. But the game’s popularity is waning, with well over a million players walking away this year already. That still leaves 7.7 million subscribers filling Blizzard’s coffers every month, but it’s nowhere near the peak of 12 million a few years ago.Blizzard isn’t ignoring the steady decline, and lead designer Tom Chilton has told Polygon that they intend to do something about it. He points to the Mists of Pandaria expansion as an example of how World of Warcraft is being opened up to more casual players, but also that future expansions are planned and there will be new challenges for the hardcore players.Whether a new experience for the hardcore MMO crowd will be enough to entice long-time players back is unknown. There’s a lot of alternatives out there now, and a growing number of free-to-play options, too. But that is one area where Blizzard may also react.Chilton has stated that it actually makes sense for World of Warcraft to embrace free-to-play eventually. The problem is, it’s risky and there’s no guarantee it would make the situation any better. Chilton acknowledges that other games that made the switch saw player numbers increase substantially, but he doesn’t have data on how long that boost lasted or how profitable it ended up being for the long term.For now, World of Warcraft will remain a subscription-based MMO with new expansions in the works to support hardcore players as well as continuing to embrace the casual market. Then one day it’s likely we’ll get a free-to-play version. But by then, we might all be focused on Titan, a game Blizzard has said probably won’t be a subscription MMO.last_img read more

NASA puts out a call for Mars explorers with 8 fantastic posters

first_img <> Earlier this week NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory released a set of 14 stunning space tourism posters. Now NASA is following that up with another set of posters, only this time they are all about Mars. You can view them all at the end of this article, just scroll down.NASA commissioned a set of 8 posters back in 2009 for an exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex entitled Journey to Mars. Skip forward to 2016 and the powers that be inside NASA have decided to share those posters with the general public, even going so far as to offer full-size versions for you to take to a print shop and have printed as professional quality posters for your walls.The posters point out the obvious, really. When we do finally make the trip to Mars, the planet is going to need a lot of skilled individuals to do the hard work of setting up a colony. That means finding a suitable site, building the necessary habitat, growing the food, keeping the tech systems running, and then mining the world of its resources and all the work that entails.It seems highly likely when the time comes that such a drive to get talent off planet will be required and will involve lots of advertising. How difficult it is to convince people to go will depend on the state of Earth, the level of pay being offered, and the quality of life on Mars during your work holiday there.But for now, just enjoy the posters and try and imagine how different things will be when “off world living” really does become a serious option.last_img read more

Sealed Copy of NES Cult Classic Kid Icarus Earns 9K at Auction

first_img One child’s trash is their own prospective treasure: An unopened copy of the 1987 video game “Kid Icarus” recently sold for $9,000 in an online auction.Scott Amos found the cult classic title in the attic of his childhood home in Reno, Nev., earlier this year.Hidden amongst boxes that I can only assume contain at least one Cabbage Patch Kid, various Star Wars action figures and Micro Machines, a Simon memory game, and a Spirograph, Amos uncovered a gold mine.The sealed game cartridge—complete with 30-year-old J.C. Penney receipt—originally sold for $38.45 (after taxes). That’s more than $86 in today’s rates.“It was kind of funny,” Amos told the Reno Gazette Journal last week, admitting that he thought the cartridge was worth “a couple hundred dollars.”After contacting video game experts, Amos learned that he had “something special” lying on his kitchen counter—well within reach of his two young daughters.He immediately called his wife to put the nest egg in a more secure location.“I didn’t want the kids pulling it down or coloring on it,” Amos said.Despite the ravages of time (not to mention three decades’ worth of dust), his copy remained in fairly good condition: Grading service Wata Games scored the box an eight-out-of-10 and the wrapper an A (short of the maximum A++).The game’s J.C. Penney receipt and price sticker (skillfully removed from the seal) (via Heritage Auctions)There are fewer than 10 known factory-sealed “Kid Icarus” cartridges in the hands of collectors worldwide. It’s even more rare to find a vintage game with its original tag and receipts, according to Heritage Auctions.Amos doesn’t actually recall buying the NES title.“I can remember the game,” he told the Gazette Journal. “My neighbor down the street had it. I remember it being hard, and I was never that good of a gamer guy.”The family man plans to split the proceeds 50-50 with his older sister.“We’re doing a Disney World vacation next month,” Amos said. “Instead of doing something responsible, we’re going to have some fun with it.”Set in a fantasy world, Nintendo’s 1980s platformer follows Cupid-esque angel Pit on his quest for Three Sacred Treasures.Despite mixed reviews—praised for its music and mixture of genre-bending gameplay elements, criticized for its graphics and high-difficulty level—”Kid Icarus” has risen to cult status.Sequel “Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters” was released for GameBoy in 1991; and a third entry in the series, “Kid Icarus: Uprising,” hit Nintendo 3DS in 2012, following Pit’s inclusion as a playable character in 2008’s “Super Smash Bros. Brawl.”In February, a rare mint-condition, sealed copy of “Super Mario Bros.” for NES set a world record when it sold for $100,150 at auction.Nintendo reprinted the popular title between 1985 and 1994. But the first two iterations were sticker-sealed copies, buyable only in Los Angeles and New York during the test market launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System.More on Geek.com:Mike Tyson Is Still Pissed Over Nintendo’s ‘Punch-Out!!’Nintendo Switch Lite Is Your Next Nintendo HandheldGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games Stay on target Study: Two-Thirds of Online Gamers Experience ‘Severe’ HarassmentTesla Adds ‘Sadistically Difficult’ Cuphead to In-Vehicle Game Lineup last_img read more

Road crashes claim four more lives

first_imgAt least four people, including a woman and her daughter, were killed in separate road accidents in Feni and Lakshmipur districts on Sunday night, reports UNB.In Feni, a woman and her daughter were killed and three people injured as a speedy bus hit their auto-rickshaw at Tebaria village in Sadar upazila.The deceased were Johora Begum, 36, and her daughter Faria Akhter, 16, of the village.The bus hit the CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Dhaka-Chattogram highway around 8:00pm, leaving five people injured, said chairman Mosharraf Uddin of Lemua Union Parishad.Locals took them to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared Johora and Faria dead, he said.In Lakshmipur, two members of a family were killed in a head-on collision between a human hauler and a motorcycle at Gugibari in Ramganj upazila.The deceased were Md Sumon Hossain and his nephew Md Tamim Hossain, residents of the upazila.The human hauler collided with the motorcycle around 8:00pm, killing Tamim on the spot, said Md Anwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Ramganj police station.Sumom was taken to upazila health complex where the physicians pronounced him dead, the OC added.Road crashes took away 66 lives across the country in just four days during the Eid-ul-Fitr vacation.last_img read more

Soon 20 more CNG buses in South Bengal districts

first_imgKolkata: Soon, twenty more CNG buses will be introduced in South Bengal districts to reduce pollution. The state Environment department will be funding the project.The state Environment minister, Suvendu Adhikari, who is also the state’s Transport minister, said steps have been taken to introduce more number of CNG buses. Around 20 more such buses will be operating in different parts of the South Bengal districts.The CNG buses are environment friendly and help to curb the level of pollution in the state. It may be mentioned that the state Transport department has a plan to operate CNG buses all over the state and will be done in phases. Each bus costs around Rs 1 crore. But the maintenance cost of the CNG buses is considerably much less than those of the diesel run ones. At the same time, the cost of fuel will be much cheaper as gas costs lesser than diesel. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe state government had earlier introduced CNG buses in Asansol and Durgapur. At present, 30 CNG buses ply in Asansol and Durgapur. The project has become immensely successful and now the state government has taken steps to introduce more number of CNG buses.Several steps were taken in the past seven years to increase the number of buses so that people do not have to wait for a long time to get a bus to reach their destinations. Initiatives for introducing environment friendly vehicles were also taken. The state Transport department is giving all support for the promotion of electric vehicles and decision has been taken to allow owners of the electric vehicles to recharge their vehicles at the charging points, where the electric buses of the West Bengal Transport Corporationwill be recharged.They will be charged for the electricity cost under the “no gain no loss” policy as it has been done for promotion of e-vehicles. The state government will also introduce 80 electric buses by August.last_img read more

Your Minimum Viable Product Is Doomed Without This

first_img By definition, the minimum viable product mindset is restrictive. Your goal in building a minimum viable product is to test your idea as quickly as possible and that means making sacrifices.There’s no room for fancy extras. It’s all about asking the tough questions: What can you get rid of? Can your users live without X or Y?Adopting such a hard-edged attitude poses risk. Early adopters typically love being involved in the building and shaping of a great product from nothing. They’re beta testers, developers and first-wave team members who will forgive shortcomings and even report bugs so you can fix them.But the next wave of users will not be so understanding. They will see news about your product on sites such as Reddit, BuzzFeed and Techli and demand a great experience. Users are particularly harsh with underperforming mobile apps. Research by Compuware in 2012 found that nearly 80 percent of some 3,500 users surveyed said they will retry an app only once or twice if it fails to work the first time.Even the big guys aren’t immune to flops. The Google X search bar design only lasted for one day in 2005. The Motorola Rokr tried to integrate iTunes into a phone for the first time, but it was so buggy that it was almost impossible to use. Amazon’s Fire Phone came equipped with plenty of crowd-pleasing features, but it ultimately did not stack up to today’s top smartphones.Even in the lean, mean world of minimum viable products, balance functionality and design or risk drowning in the crowded marketplace. Here are a few tips for striking the perfect balance between form and function:Related: Got a Great Idea But Not the Time (or Means) to Develop a Product?1. Test your idea with an elevator pitch.If you can’t describe your idea in a one-sentence elevator pitch, it’s not ready to go to market. Being able to clearly communicate your idea to members of your team as they work is imperative to creating a fantastic user experience.Related: Inventor’s Block? Get Unstuck From Your Creative Rut.2. Design with yourself in mind.You are the first user. Walk through your schematics with usability in mind, and assess your experience.You’ll be far more likely to create a user-friendly app if you design it with your preferences in mind.3. Listen to beta testers.Even though you need to be your app’s first user, don’t let your own passion blind you to bugs and usability problems. Listen to your beta testers, and make an effort to incorporate their feedback to ensure your app will appeal to a wide variety of people.Launching a successful minimum viable product depends on striking the right balance between functionality and design. Just look at NailSnaps, the nail-art app that gained a lot of press attention last year: It had two founders who were dedicated to creating the best possible user experience, communicating their vision and listening to early testers to improve the app’s functionality.Just because you’re focused on building an minimum viable product as quickly as possible doesn’t mean you can afford to put out a subpar product. Aim to perfect the features included so that you can launch the product with confidence and deliver a stellar user experience.Related: Delight, the Awesome Product Metric That Rules Them All This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 27, 2015 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Online and outspoken Chinas microblog craze

first_img Sponsored Stories “You get to know what people are saying and … it’s a way for the middle class to let off steam,” said Michael Clendenin, managing director of RedTech Advisors, a tech research company in Shanghai. “It’s better to let them blow off steam in a way you can control and delete rather than have 500,000 students all of the sudden show up at your doorstep.”And Weibo is heavily censored. Sina employs around 1,000 people who sift through the digital morass, catching sensitive material that keyword filters miss and deleting it. Not infrequently, they delete whole accounts. The government requires Sina and other Internet companies to do this in-house, and at their own cost, under threat of fines and shutdowns if they fail.The government too has a corps of Internet police, believed to be in the tens of thousands, who patrol the Web and its total population in China of 485 million. They even boast a mascot, a pair of cartoon police officers named Jingjing and Chacha, a play on the Mandarin word for police.Sina has domestic competitors that offer their own weibo, which means microblog in Chinese, but Sina’s service has become synonymous with the Weibo label and has attracted the most high-profile and prolific users. Though modeled on Twitter, Sina’s version has more bells and whistles, like embedded video and images for posts and threaded comments. Even with the weeding out of so much content, Sina Weibo’s data tsunami _ with more than 100 million messages posted each day_ is valuable intelligence to government officials, marketers and any curious China watcher. It offers a more unvarnished and personal glimpse of China than anything you will see on Chinese state-run television, or the scrupulously-vetted print media.Users try to fool the censors by posting blocks of text as images so they can’t be scanned by automatic keyword searches. They also make liberal use of puns, initials, nicknames and homonyms to dupe the digital knife.The evasions are hit and miss. Isaac Mao, a popular blogger in Shanghai, had more than 30,000 users when his Weibo account was deleted in June after he made a series of questioning remarks about China’s space program.Mao tweeted that it was “a waste of resources” for China to compete in the space race rather than pursuing less expensive cooperation with other space-faring nations. He said he was “heartbroken” when he found he could no longer log in. Sina’s customer service refused to give a reason for booting him off.He and others, including prominent blogger and social critic Wen Yunchao, have written to investors to urge them to dump Sina stock to express their disgust over its collaboration with government censorship. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq-listed company has struggled to find a way to monetize its hugely popular product. Still, Mao is bullish on Weibo’s potential to help make China a less repressive place. He says it’s teaching Chinese how to debate and tolerate diverse opinions while getting them used to the idea that an individual can take part in directing the public agenda. Mao said the platform is eroding the government’s grip on public opinion.“People are starting to know more. They’re not stupid like before,” Mao said. “The government wins some small battles but they are losing the (information) war.”___Associated Press researchers Zhao Liang and Yu Bing contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “The cat and mouse game is not only the government versus the netizens,” said Michael Anti, an internet researcher in Beijing. “You also have a local cat and a central cat … Weibo more and more is becoming a vehicle for the central government to control the local governments.”Provincial print and broadcast news are routinely censored at the source, while internal government reports are invariably burnished by the cadres preparing them. With Weibo, which is centrally censored by Sina with input from the government, Beijing has a valuable new national monitoring system _ one that should make lower-level officials more accountable and prevent them from covering up problems in their backyards.Jeremy Goldkorn, director of Danwei.com, a firm that researches Chinese media and Internet, says Weibo could add “flame to the fire of any kind of anti-government event,” but has also become an asset for the ruling Communist Party.“They’ve put a lot of energy and effort into understanding the landscape of the Internet and how to use it for their own benefit,” said Goldkorn. “I don’t really see Weibo as causing the next revolution anytime soon.” Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy The site has been used to organize as well, a rallying point for real-world demonstrations, including rowdy protests against a paper plant last month in Qidong, near Shanghai. It is this utility that makes the Chinese government nervous and that has become the main focus of the censors, according to recent research.China’s online “censorship program is aimed at curtailing collective action by silencing comments that represent, reinforce, or spur social mobilization,” said a Harvard study led by social science professor Gary King that was released in June.The study found that about 13 percent of China’s social media content is routinely scrubbed _ up to tens of millions of disappearing tweets per day_ but surprisingly, a great deal of negative comments were allowed to slide.“Posts with negative, even vitriolic, criticism of the state, its leaders, and its policies are not more likely to be censored,” King’s paper said.Such criticism may survive because the regime realizes the value of seeing what’s on people’s minds. Complaints also give the central government in Beijing a relatively unfiltered snapshot of brewing crises in cities and provinces across the country, a huge advantage for top leaders. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Clendenin calls it a `frankenclone.’“It’s taken a little bit of Twitter, of Groupon, of Hulu, or YouTube and essentially grafted all these pieces together. In aggregate it’s actually much better than what Twitter is.”Weibo power users are pop and movie stars. Leading the pack, with more than 22 million fans, is a pillow-lipped beauty with glossy black hair and a passion for refugee causes. No, not Angelina Jolie, but Yao Chen, a 32-year-old actress who frequently tweets about her handsome grey cat Badun _ named after U.S. Gen. George Patton.Weibo is rife with cat images and banal observations about pets, as well as entertainment gossip, jokes and the ravings of sports fans.“Chinese athletes, you are so great!!!,” Damengmeng Betty posted Thursday on how she felt watching so many of her country’s competitors at medal ceremonies. “I feel so excited! Tears fill up my eyes. Can’t use words to describe how that feels.”But the service has also given Chinese an unprecedented public platform on which to rage over serious social problems.When a bullet train crashed last year near coastal Wenzhou, killing 40, the fury that erupted on Weibo added to a pressure campaign that saw suspension of construction. National outrage over graphic photos of a young mother lying beside her dead fetus, which had been forcibly aborted by local officials, sparked a shame campaign and led to punishments in Shaanxi province. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressBEIJING (AP) – China’s Twitter was raucous Thursday with horn-tooting over Beijing’s gold rush at the London Olympics, a digital reflection of the nation’s exuberant mood _ embellished with flashing emoticons. Earlier passions have been ignited on the site by a deadly high speed rail crash and outrage over factory pollution.Launched in 2009, China’s leading microblog site, Sina Weibo, has given a digital megaphone to more than 300 million Chinese, prompting many to wonder if it might drive Arab Spring-style political change and democratic reforms. Others see the platform as a brilliant new surveillance tool for the communist government in Beijing. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Patients with chronic pain give advice New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top Stories last_img

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling For the most part, the Cardinals have had a fairly quiet start to free agency. As of Monday the only player who was not with the team last year who will be next is safety Tyvon Branch. Arizona will be meeting with cornerback Leon Hall, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, but the bulk of the moves they have made up to this point have been geared toward keeping their own players.Drew Butler, Drew Stanton, Ifeanyi Momah, Josh Mauro, Jermaine Gresham and Red Bryant have all re-signed with the team, while safety Tony Jefferson remains a restricted free agent.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, while discussing how Arizona missed out on free agent defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, explained that his team seems to find its most impactful free agents later in the process.“Our best options have always came in May and June, and when a guy wants to come back — we’d like to get our football team back first, and then we’ll find the guys who improve us either through the draft or free agent,” he said. “But free agency, really for us, other than (Jared) Veldheer and (Mike) Iupati, the first week we’ve never been a splash team.”That’s not to say the Cardinals did not want to at least make a ripple — they would not have pursued the players they did if they were not interested — but not being able to land one of the offseason’s big fish in the first week of free agency does not exactly spell doom for their chances. Remember, the Cardinals won 13 regular season games last season and reached the NFC Championship Game. 0 Comments   Share   “That’s tough,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “We’ve created so much chemistry with each other. We’ve won so many games here, and we felt like we were almost there, as a group.“It’s going to be tough losing some of those guys; hopefully we can get some of those guys back, but that’s just the business side of it.”“It’s tough, but that’s the nature of the business,” added cornerback Patrick Peterson. “It was by far one of the closest secondaries I’ve been to in the five years I’ve been with the Arizona Cardinals so it will be tough to see those guys go, but that’s the nature of the business. If it happens, it happens.“But we still have a close-knit relationship to where we’re still communicating with one another each and every day, almost every morning texting one another, seeing what each other is doing, what each other’s got going on that day, what we’re doing with our kids. It’s definitely beyond football, but it will definitely be sad to see those guys go if it happens.”It’s an interesting dynamic in the NFL, as every player wants their teammate to make as much money as they can and be happy while also lamenting the fact that the goal could be accomplished with a different team. With that, the hard truth is that if a team really wants to keep a player around, it will do just that. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Do they want to improve? Absolutely. But do they need wholesale changes in order to do that? Not really.The caveat to that statement though is the reality that the 2016 Cardinals will have a different look than the 2015 version that came within a game of the Super Bowl. Arizona has already lost its starting right tackle to the Chicago Bears, and it’s perhaps likely the team will be parting with even more players who played key roles last season.“That’s the worst part,” Palmer said. “Aside from everything else, the hardest part is you have guys like Rashad Johnson and Jerraud Powers, and you can go on and on down the list, you just don’t know if you’re going to get those guys back.“You’ve got to keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best for them.”Johnson and Powers are not the team’s only free agents, but they are two of the most prominent. It has been reported that the former is set to visit with the Tennessee Titans Monday, while there has been little word on the latter’s status.Still, until they re-sign with the Cardinals, there is a real possibility they will be playing somewhere else next season.center_img That the Cardinals are letting Johnson, a 30-year-old safety who tied for the team lead with five interceptions last season, and Powers, a 28-year-old who has intercepted five passes over the last two years and can play both cornerback and nickelback, test the market means they are at least a little comfortable with the idea of moving on without them.Some would view the signing of Branch and the visit with Hall as a signal Arizona is ready to do just that. That may very well be the case, or it could be a simple matter of the Cardinals looking to add depth while protecting themselves in case more defections occur.So, which is it? Do Powers and Johnson still have a future in Arizona?“That’s totally up to their agents,” Arians said. “The business side of this, you’re never going to have the same football team back. The price has to be right for all of us.” SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Carson Palmer pays attention to NFL free agency as much as you do.In fact, maybe even more so.“I’m very, very interested, obviously, and pay as much attention as I can on different apps on my phone and websites and all that,” he said Sunday before taking part in the Arians Family Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic at the Kierland Golf Club. “I’ve been very pleased and happy with where we are right now and where we’re headed.” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires (Photos by Craig Grialou/Arizona Sports)last_img read more

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