Crew members hurt when Via Rail passenger train derails in Saskatchewan

first_imgHUDSON BAY, Sask. – Via Rail Canada says two locomotives and a baggage car on a train going from Winnipeg to The Pas in northern Manitoba derailed overnight in a remote area of east-central Saskatchewan.The Crown rail company said Train 693 was carrying 16 passengers and five crew members when the accident happened shortly after 3:00 a.m. Thursday, 37 kilometres north of the town of Hudson Bay.Marie-Anna Murat, a Via spokeswoman, said the engines and baggage car in the eight-unit train ended up on their side.“All (five) passenger cars remained upright,” she said.Preliminary information showed two crew members suffered minor injuries. It also indicated no passengers were hurt.Via said everyone aboard was taken to the Hudson Bay Health Care Facility to be assessed and treated, if needed, and had all been discharged.Via was offering trauma counselling to passengers and crew, and set up a telephone hotline (1-877-747-0707) for people wanting information on family members who were on the train.Alexandre Fournier, a spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said the train was going about 50 km/h when it hit a section of track that had washed out.Murat said Via couldn’t confirm a washout.“I know there was flooding in the area, but the accident is under investigation and as of now we don’t know the cause. The area is very remote,” she said.Passenger rail service between Winnipeg and Gillam, Man., has been suspended until further notice.Fournier said TSB investigators were on their way to the scene.last_img read more

Police investigate shooting in Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. –  Mounties in Grande Prairie are investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday.On Thursday at approximately 5:50 p.m., members of the Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a report of a man who had been shot in the area of 92 Street and 100 Avenue.The man was transported to a local hospital by EMS with unknown injuries, while two suspects were arrested and are currently in police custody. Police believe that this is an isolated incident and that there is no additional risk to public safety.If you have any information about this, or any other crime, please call the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com.last_img read more

Review Demise of Google Reader leads to alternative with more features

by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2013 9:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Review: Demise of Google Reader leads to alternative with more features NEW YORK, N.Y. – On July 1, we say goodbye to Google Reader, a handy tool for bringing headlines and articles from your favouritewebsites into a single place.With Reader, I’ve been able to see at a glance all the updates from various news services, blogs and company websites I follow. Although many of these items relate to work, I have added a few fun topics, too, including news on Antarctica and a daily dose of passive aggressive notes that people send each other.I have spent a lot of time curating Reader, so I’m not keen on seeing it die.Fortunately, there’s an afterlife. Google has made it easy to move your list of sites you follow, known as feeds, to another service. And many of those rival services have made it easy to accept those feeds, especially after Google said in March that it would retire Reader.Reader’s demise comes as little surprise. Google says usage has declined since Reader made its debut in 2005.RSS feeds — for really simple syndication — used to be a popular way to keep track of multiple websites without having to visit each and every one. Content comes to you, through readers such as Google Reader. More recently, though, Twitter and Facebook have performed a similar role in discovering content. I myself have logged on to Reader less frequently because keeping up with more than 150 feeds from dozens of sites became overwhelming.Yet I still check it now and then for a glimpse of what’s out there.As July 1 approached, I looked at a half-dozen alternative services. All of them are free, like Reader. It didn’t take long to find one that exceeds what Reader offers in many ways, though a few omissions will leave me missing Google’s offering.The service that stands out is Feedly. An update available Wednesday allows Feedly to run on just about any major Web browser. The service also is available through apps on the iPhone, the iPad and Android devices.Transferring your feeds from Reader is easy.Most other services require you to create a data file of those feeds using a Google tool called Takeout. It’s fairly straightforward, but you then have to save the file to your computer and import that to the service. In one case, only one of the more than 150 feeds survived the transfer because of some glitch.With Feedly, you can skip that step. Simply log in with your Google account, and all that gets done automatically. There’s also no need to create and remember a separate Feedly account. You use your Google credentials each time you’re back.On Reader, I have my feeds organized by category into folders. Those categories remain intact on Feedly, though they appear alphabetical rather than topical, as I had arranged them on Reader. It isn’t too difficult to reorder them.Feedly excels in highlighting the most popular items from all your feeds, based on sharing and other interactions on Feedly and elsewhere. Simply visit a page called “Today.” Under the default layout, you see headlines and the first sentence or two of each item. You can click on any item for more.You can also share the item on a number of social networking sites. That freedom isn’t available on Reader, which confines sharing to Google’s own Plus service.My four main complaints with Feedly:— You can save a link to read later, but it would have been better had Feedly fetched those items as well so you can read them offline.— Although the service lets you email items to others, you have to go through stand-alone software such as Outlook, which is often tied to your work account. By contrast, Reader lets you email over the Web using Google’s own Gmail service.— With Reader, items are automatically marked as read as I scroll down, so that they won’t reappear the next time. Feedly does that, too, in a non-default layout that most resembles Reader’s. That part is good. But while Feedly offers additional layout options, it doesn’t take full advantage of its greater breadth. It would have been nice to have auto-marking when scrolling in those layouts as well.— Many websites let you easily add their feeds by clicking on a button. Reader is usually among the options, but Feedly isn’t yet. Instead, you must copy and paste the Web address for the feed into Feedly. But Feedly is better than Reader at suggesting feeds to add, if you don’t have specific ones in mind for a given topic.I did try one other service that makes it as easy as Feedly to transfer feeds from Reader and discover new ones. But that service, called Pulse, does require you to set up a separate Pulse account or use Facebook’s — not Google’s. If you can get past that added hassle, Pulse does the rest of the work for you once you log in to your Google account. There’s no Google data file to create, save and import.Unfortunately, articles are presented as tiles, similar to what you see in Microsoft’s oft-criticized Windows 8 operating system. That works fine when you’re choosing apps on a tablet computer. On desktop and laptop computers, I find a list much easier to read and scroll through. I had a backlog of more than 20,000 articles, and I wasn’t about to click on 20,000 squares.There are dozens of other services I didn’t get a chance to try. Some of them are more geared toward mobile devices. Others are still in development. For example, a popular site called Digg promises one on June 26, just five days before Reader’s cutoff.I’m sure there’s one out there that matches or exceeds what Feedly offers, but I saw no need to look further.Feedly has tripled its user base to 12 million since Google announced Reader’s retirement. The growth has given Feedly incentive to work on new features. Feedly has also designed the system so that outside developers can build apps for it. You can use one to run Feedly on BlackBerry phones, for instance.Feedly isn’t perfect, but switching to it will make Reader’s demise easier to accept.___Anick Jesdanun, deputy technology editor for The Associated Press, can be reached at njesdanun@ap.org.___Online:Feedly: http://feedly.comPulse: http://pulse.meReader (until July 1): http://reader.google.comFarewell announcement: http://googlereader.blogspot.com read more

Hall of Fame ceremony honours finest in athletics

Some of the best in Brock athletics were honoured recently at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.The Brock University Department of Athletics honoured five former athletes, one team and one builder Saturday afternoon at their eighth annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony.The Hall of Fame Class of 2012 includes men’s hockey player Dave Kucharuk, men’s soccer player Dino Perri, men’s swimmer Baldev Ahluwalia, women’s volleyball player Tanya Thorup (Stephens), women’s cross country runner Donna Mae Robins, fencing builder Ken Douglas and the 1972-73 men’s rowing team; (Lightweight Varsity) – Malcolm Allen, Wally Braul, Rick Hiscott, Ed Makkreel, Dave Dick, Mike Hoggan, Corrie Willekes, Ian MacFarlane, Dave Derry, (Junior Varsity) – John Orth, Ken Pastachak, Pat Garrett, John Gray, Sisto Piccolotto, Gunther Funk, Dave Hendry, Ross Yeo, Tom Paas and coach Tony Biernacki.“This is a special day in Brock University Athletics,” said Robert Hilson, Brock’s director of athletics. “The athletic accomplishments of these individuals is outstanding. They will be forever part of Brock University history. Brock Athletics has experienced tremendous success. To invite those that have contributed to that success back to campus is wonderful for the inductees and Brock University.” read more

What NOT to do if you have a cannabis farm in your

first_imgEpic fail of the day goes to the man in Crewe who rang 999 by accident. We arrived to check he was safe… and found his cannabis farm!— Crewe Police (@PoliceCrewe) June 16, 2014 Source: Crewe Police/Twitter POLICE IN CHESHIRE in the UK received a 999 call on Monday afternoon, but when they answered the person on the other end hung up.The Crewe Chronicle reports that officers then followed procedure and attended the address to carry out a welfare check on the caller.Upon arriving at the property they found that the occupant had dialled the emergency services by accident.What they also found was a large number of suspected cannabis plants in the front room of the house and promptly arrested a 42-year-old man.“The circumstances around this call being made beggars belief,” PC Shelley Woods told the local paper. “We don′t often find people in this position as accommodating to police enquiries.”Explainer: How Tweetdeck made a balls of things in 12 easy steps >Read: Here’s how NOT to open a champagne bottle with a sword >last_img read more

GPS PC TV Les soldes cest aussi pour les produits hightech

first_imgGPS, PC, TV: Les soldes, c’est aussi pour les produits high-techCe mercredi 22 juin a sonné le début des soldes d’été pour les commerçants. Fans de technologie, réjouissez-vous. Les petits prix sont aussi légion sur les boutiques en ligne.La saison des soldes d’été, c’est toujours la même rengaine. Des centres commerciaux bondés, une chaleur étouffante et une bataille permanente pour dénicher la bonne affaire. Mais fans de technologie, nul besoin de devoir vous imposer cette épreuve. Les boutiques en ligne regorgent également de bonnes affaires à portée de clic. Revue des meilleures offres disponibles sur la Toile.À lire aussiDes GPS pour tracer les déplacements des crabes de cocotierPour les ordinateurs, les baisses peuvent être conséquentes sur du matériel milieu de gamme. Sur la Fnac, vous pourrez ainsi trouver un ordinateur MSI E6605-075FR avec un processeur i5, un disque dur conséquent de 640 GO et un écran de 15 pouces pour seulement 700 euros, au lieu de 1 000 euros habituellement, soit 30% de rabais. Plutôt envie d’une machine ultra-portable? Les netbooks sont également de sortie et il est possible d’acquérir pour moins de 200 euros une machine performante qui vous accompagnera dans toutes vos taches courantes. Rueducommerce.com propose un Eee PC de la marque Asus, à 189 euros.Multimédia, MP3, Photo, des petits prix pour tous les goûts Le multimédia n’est pas en reste et les boutiques en ligne permettent de réactualiser son équipement. Appareils photos, baladeurs MP3, téléviseurs ou GPS sont également de la partie. Parmi les meilleurs plans disponibles sur la Toile, il y a ce téléviseur LG 32LD351 (lien non disponible) de 81 centimètres vendu par CDiscount pour 300 euros au lieu de 520 habituellement. Côté navigation, l’économie la plus manifeste est sans conteste à mettre au crédit de ce GPS Garmin, vendu par la Fnac 180 euros au lieu de 300. Une somme qui inclut en outre un an d’abonnement aux services d’information trafic en temps réel. Pour les amateurs de photographie, si votre souhait est de simplement immortaliser des instants en famille, ce Canon vendu par Rueducommerce.com. Pour les plus exigeants, c’est du côté de CDiscount qu’il faut se tourner. Ce Canon 1000E0S est vendu avec tous les accessoires nécessaires aux meilleures prises de vue. Une excellente affaire pour démarrer rapidement la photo.Vous l’aurez compris, Internet vous propose une offre pléthorique de bonnes affaires et d’économies sans bouger de votre sofa. Le 23 juin 2011 à 11:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Howe dismisses Spurs rumors

Howe dismisses Spurs rumors

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has rubbished claims linking him with the Tottenham job once Mauricio Pochettino heads to Manchester United.After Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday, many reports have linked Tottenham boss Pochettino to the United job, while suggesting that Eddie Howe will take his place at Wembley.Howe slammed the claims as “disrespectful” and praised the Argentine for the job he’s doing at Tottenham.“Tottenham have an outstanding manager who is doing an unbelievable job. I’m not going to comment on a club that has a manager – it is disrespectful,” he told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I do not pay it any attention whatsoever. I do not give it any credibility. I do not waste my time seeking it, looking at it or thinking about it. It has got absolutely no relevance to me.“I always manage like I’m going to be here for the next 100 years. In my long-term thinking, I am always thinking what is best for the club in every decision that I make.“It is absolutely foolish of me to think of anything other than this club. I am absolutely committed 100 percent to every minute here. I am working as hard as I can for AFC Bournemouth.”last_img read more

ASA Presents Farm Crises Strategy to Congress

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) presented its views to Congress yesterday on the current farm crises and the short-term assistance needed to address it. During testimony before the House Agriculture Committee, ASA Executive Committee member and Illinois soybean grower Dwain Ford urged Congress to act on a variety of measures, including doubling the amount of Agricultural Marketing Transition Act (AMTA) payments to farmers, and raising or waiving the cap on marketing loan gains and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) for all 1999 crops.The price paid to farmers for their soybeans during the last three growing seasons averaged $6.85 per bushel. USDA’s projected season average price for 1999 crop soybeans is $4.70 per bushel, a decline of more than 30 percent. “A farmer with 500 acres of soybeans and a 40 bushel yield will receive $43,000 less this year compared to the average received during the last three,” Ford said. “Without some form of assistance, this decline in farm income will eliminate producers’ profit margins and come right out of farm equity.”To date, the marketing loan program has been the only farm income safety net available to soybean and other oilseed producers. Soybean farmers have been able to offset some of their losses on the 1998 crop through marketing loan gains and LDPs. The importance of the marketing loan program in protecting soybean producer income will be even more evident in the coming year. “The magnitude of anticipated marketing loan gains and LDPs for all 1999 crops makes it essential to raise or waive the cap imposed by the Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform (FAIR) Act,” Ford said.To provide direct assistance to soybean growers, ASA also supported increased Agricultural Marketing Transition Act (AMTA) payments. Producers should be allowed to elect whether to receive these payments in either 1999 or 2000.ASA also urged approval of the provision in the Senate FY-2000 agriculture appropriations bill that would distribute $475 million among oilseed producers. A similar measure is included in the “Farm and Ranch Emergency Assistance Act of 1999” introduced by Representative JoAnn Emerson (R-MO). Based on production estimates, payments under the program would supplement producer income by about 15 cents per bushel, or about $6 per acre of soybeans.Along with several other measures, ASA called for Congress to complete crop insurance reform and provide further tax relief to producers this year. Specific provisions that would benefit farmers include enactment of the Farm, Fisheries, and Ranch Risk Management (FFARRM) accounts, and elimination of death taxes.ASA also thanked House Agriculture Committee members for their support of ASA’s request for a $1.0 billion soy food aid initiative. The first phase of this proposal is awaiting a determination by Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman that soybean production and stocks are in surplus and warrant use authorities under the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act and Section 416. ASA anticipates the Secretary will make the decision shortly.last_img read more

2 hospitalized after shooting on I95 in NW MiamiDade

2 hospitalized after shooting on I95 in NW MiamiDade

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two people were taken to the hospital after, police said, someone opened fire on them in the middle of Interstate 95, in Northwest Miami-Dade, Sunday night.According to Miami-Dade Police, gunfire rang out in the southbound lanes of the highway, between Northwest 81st Street and 85th Avenue, at around 8 p.m. Investigators said someone shot at the victims, who were riding inside a blue Toyota 4Runner, striking both of them.Police said one victim sustained injuries to the upper torso and the second was shot in the lower extremities.The victims drove for help at a nearby police station, and from there they were taken to area hospitals. They were both listed in stable condition.The driver of the Toyota 4Runner was not hurt.Police are now searching for the shooter.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. last_img read more

Traffic delays on I595 after fiery wreck in Davie

Traffic delays on I595 after fiery wreck in Davie

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A fiery wreck involving two cars caused a major slowdown along Interstate 595 in Davie.Sunday morning’s collision took place along the eastbound lanes near the Davie Road exit, at around 9:30 a.m., Sunday.Cellphone video captured a gray car left charred and a black sedan with extensive damage.The crash blocked five eastbound lanes for hours, causing traffic delays for hours.Officials have not specified the cause of the crash or whether or not anyone was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Regents Nix Tuition Hike For University of Alaska

first_imgThe University of Alaska Board of Regents gave thumbs down to a proposal to boost tuition by 4 percent.UA President Pat Gamble proposed the increase for the 2015-16 academic year, saying the move would raise about $4 million as the system navigates tight budgets.The university faced a $26 million budget gap this year amid rising fixed costs and lower legislative funding.Seven of the 11 regents voted against the proposal on Friday.Some said more needed to be done to cut costs within the UA system, while others worried about the long-term impact of frequent tuition increases.last_img read more

Saroj Khan accidentally reveals Kalank climax scene featuring Varun DhawanMadhuri Dixit

first_imgSaroj KhanTwitterThe makers of Kalank have had been trying their best to keep the climax under wraps but it looks like choreographer Saroj Khan has accidentally revealed it leaving the entire film’s team in an obscure and perplexed position.In the first two songs of Kalank – Ghar More Pardesiya and First Class – Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan can be seen showing off their dancing skills. There’s no doubt that the songs have been beautifully choreographed however, fans really missed watching Madhuri Dixit Nene matching steps alongside Alia Bhatt in Ghar More Pardesiya song.But when Saroj Khan recently spoke how she is desperately waiting for Kalank’s release, she went on to reveal some important details of the climax in the film.Speaking about having less work these days, Saroj Khan told Mumbai Mirror, “There are all kinds of rumours doing the rounds. Some say I’m unwell, others insist I have retired. I’m waiting for Karan Johar’s Kalank to release and dispel such idle talk.”In the flow, she went on to reveal, “Four years after Gulaab Gang, I’ve choreographed another song for Madhuri (Dixit). All through the film she makes others dance and never dances herself, then, in the climax, when Varun’s (Dhawan) Zafar enters the kotha, she breaks into a mujra.”She further added, “‘Tabahi’ is a sad, situational song with fast-paced beats. Madhuri and I danced our hearts out and I’m hopeful that after seeing it, people will remember Saroj Khan again.”Now, it remains to be seen how Karan Johar would handle this unfortunate situation.last_img read more

Sachin Pilot may quit Congress if Rahul Gandhi resigns

first_imgPRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty ImagesWith uncertainty looming over Rahul Gandhi continuing as Congress president, there is speculation that Sachin Pilot too may quit as Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and state Congress chief along with his team of MLAs, in case Gandhi quits his post.Party sources say Rahul Gandhi was instrumental in making Pilot as the state Congress chief in 2014. After the Assembly polls late last year, Pilot was made Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s deputy. With Congress chief himself mulling over his resignation, Pilot’s future hangs in the balance, sources said.In the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, the Congress has 100 members, the BJP 73 members, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) 6, Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) 3, Communist Party of India-Marxist 2, Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) 2, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) 1 and 13 Independent members.The Gehlot government is supported by the 6 BSP MLAs and 12 Independents. However, it appears to be in a crisis at present. On Monday, the BSP MLAs were expected to meet Governor Kalyan Singh. However, the meeting was cancelled at the last minute.A state minister, Congress’ Lalchand Kataria, is also reported to have tendered his resignation, though there was no confirmation from the offices of the Chief Minister and the Governor.Another Congress leader said: “Sachin Pilot is intelligent, educated and has gained credibility as a farmer leader too. He can be a good leader anywhere in the country. There are fair chances that the party may assign him to a new location.”Also, Pilot’s five-year tenure as state Congress Committee chief ended in March. He was given an extension till October in view of the Lok Sabha polls. Now that might be preponed,” said the Congress leader.In case the Congress asks him to shift base, there are chances of Pilot deserting the Congress and then staking his claim to form a government, along with a few independent and BJP MLAs. This way he would get to become the chief minister.”Before the Assembly elections, Ashok Gehlot was the All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary and Pilot was the Rajasthan Congress Committee President. There was a clear segregation of their roles,” said the Congress leader.Ahead of the Assembly elections in December last year, when Pilot was projected by the Congress as its chief ministerial face in Rajasthan elections, Gehlot insisted on being given a ticket from Jodhpur.”After the elections, Pilot fought for the Chief Minister’s post because he had toiled for five years to build the party in Rajasthan.”However, he did not get what he deserved. Party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh preferred Gehlot’s seniority and he was made the Chief Minister,” said a Congress leader.Gehlot was also asked to take care of the party’s Lok Sabha election campaign. But the Gehlot-Pilot team of young and old blood failed to show any magic in the parliamentary elections where Congress suffered a rout.last_img read more

59pc motorcycle drivers do not have licences

59pc motorcycle drivers do not have licences

first_img59pc motorcycle drivers do not have licences. Prothom Alo File PhotoAbout 59 per cent of the motorcycle drivers do not have a licence. Which is probably why motorcycles are second in the chart of vehicles involved with road accidents. Yet, every year, 150,000 new motorcycles hit the road.To address the problem, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) is planning to make it a must to have a licence for buying a motorcycle. However, neither can they issue the licences, nor can they conduct standard tests.BRTA data say as of March this year there were 3.9 million registered vehicles, 2.5 million of which were motorcycles. However, only over 1 million of them are driven by registered bikers, meaning there are 1.5 million who ride without licences.A senior BRTA official told Prothom Alo, “If one of a family has a motorcycle, the others also use it. So, the number of registered riders should be more than the number of motorcycles. But the picture is quite the opposite here in Bangladesh, where the number of registered bikers is less than that of motorcycles.”According to Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology’s Accident Research Institute (ARI), bus and minibus are responsible for most of the road accidents, followed by motorcycles.Jatri Kalyan Samity, a platform of the commuters, however, say trucks and covered vans are involved in road accidents in most cases (29 per cent of the accidents in 2018) while motorcycles (25 per cent) comes next.Motorcycle importing companies enjoy up to 20 per cent duty free facility, which has led to big international brands starting their business in Bangladesh. Entrepreneurs say around 500,000 motorcycles are assembled or made in the country.A meeting at the road transport ministry on 13 May was told that a number of recent road accidents were caused by motorcyclists who did not have a licence. The importers also shared their opinion in the meeting, but no significant decision was made on the day.Businessmen say if the government makes it a must to have a licence to buy a motorcycle, the public will suffer as middlemen will enter the scene. Besides, sale of motorcycles will also decrease.A BRTA officer seeking anonymity said, such a decision will not bring any results in reality. Because, someone who has a licence will buy multiple motorcycles. The number of middlemen will increase. It will rather be better if the BRTA can be involved in the licence issuing process, but their capacity has to be augmented.Shah Md Ashikur Rahman, head of Honda Bangladesh’s finance department, said it takes a year or more for a rider to get a licence. They do not have the capacity to verify if a licence is authentic or not. If BRTA wants, they are willing to help to ensure the safety of the riders by providing them with training.A driver has to get a learner’s card first, which takes three working days. Then he has to sit for written and practical (field) tests to get the main licence. When someone gets a learner’s card from one BRTA’s three offices, they are given a date about a year later for their final test.At present, 92,535 people are waiting for their final test at the BRTA’s Mirpur office only. After they pass, they need to complete some other formalities like depositing money, having their photo and fingerprints taken and so on, which takes a few more months. People turn to the middlemen or brokers in such cases.Transport expert professor Shamsul Huq told Prothom Alo that the two-wheelers are 30 per cent more likely to be involved in a road accident than a four-wheeler.”BRTA is issuing many licences, but they do not have the capacity to conduct tests. They do not have a certain policy, which is a problem for this sector,” he said.BRTA chairman Mashiur Rahman admitted that the increasing number of motorcycles is a threat to road safety. But they are trying their best to restore order on the road.* The report, appeared in Prothom Alo’s print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassanlast_img read more

Path to Body Cameras Slow and Littered with Many Major Concerns

Path to Body Cameras Slow and Littered with Many Major Concerns

first_imgWhere should a police body camera be worn? How will the data be stored and who will have access to it? How many cameras will a department need beyond the number officers will wear in the field, in case of damaged equipment? Who’s going to pay for all this?The first meeting of the state’s workgroup on the implementation and use of body-worn cameras for police raised many considerations that will have to be parsed before the state can move forward with the program.Among the basic issues is where officers will wear the cameras. Cameras worn on the body can be obstructed when, for example, an officer extends his arms while aiming his firearm, or while ducking for cover. Police in Laurel, Md., the only police department that has implemented a body camera program to date, use a system mounted on eyeglasses or a headband. Carlos Acosta, the inspector general of the Prince George’s County Police Department and a member of the state’s workgroup, noted that his department has been using a similar system in their training academy in anticipation of implementing a pilot program on the streets, and that most recruits disliked the eyeglass-mounted cameras.Karen Kruger, executive director of the Maryland Sheriff’s Association, also pointed out that such cameras generally only work when mounted on Oakley style sunglasses, which tend to be expensive.David Rocah, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU of Maryland, said it is important that cameras be able to capture the minutes prior to an officer pressing record, similar to how police dashboard cameras function. This function, however, quickly runs into technical limitations.Acosta pointed out that dashboard cameras are powered by a patrol vehicle’s alternator, but a body camera would be limited to the battery it has installed, and any system that was always recording in order to be able to capture a buffer period prior to an officer pressing record would run through batteries at a high clip. Such a system would thus require an officer to carry extra battery packs which add weight and can impede movement, something Chief John Fitzgerald of the Chevy Chase Village Police Department said he would object to.Having extra batteries would also increase costs, as they would have to be purchased in addition to enough cameras for all officers in the field as well as extras in the event of equipment failure (since they would be required to be worn, departments would need extras on hand at all times), and that is before even thinking about the costs of storage, maintenance, and officer training, among other things.The first meeting of the state’s workgroup was largely focused on laying out the relevant considerations that the group will have to tackle. The group will meet next on Nov. 12, and has been tasked with presenting a report to the chairpersons of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary Committee of the Maryland General Assembly by Dec. 1.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Cards Down Eagles 92

first_img Print Friendly Version Louisville tacked on four more runs in the top of the seventh. Roby was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, Chung walked and Snyder singled to bring up freshman Charley Butler who connected on a bases-clearing double. Newman followed with a double of her own to plate Butler, making the score 9-2. Boston College added a run in the fourth. Baccagno walked and took second on Randazza’s sacrifice bunt and Ergle followed with another RBI single to make the score 2-0. The University of Louisville softball team scored nine runs in the sixth and seventh innings to erase a 2-0 deficit and beat Boston College 9-2 in the opening game of an ACC series Friday evening at Harrington Village. Louisville (26-14, 7-6 ACC) used two walks, an error and four hits to put up a five-spot in the sixth inning.Megan Hensley and Taylor Roby were each hit by a pitch and Rebecca Chung reached on an error. Consecutive RBI singles by Caitlin Ferguson, Kyra Snyder and Cassady Greenwood gave Louisville a 3-2 lead. Maddy Newman followed with a two-run single to give Louisville a 5-2 lead.  Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Next Game: at Boston College 4/13/2019 | 1:00 p.m. Story Links Sophomore Kyra Snyder went 3-for-4 with two runs an RBI while freshman Charley Butler and sophomore Maddy Newman drove in three runs apiece to spark Louisville’s late-inning offense.  Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby (9-1) picked up the win in the circle, allowing one earned run on one hit and striking out two in 3.2 innings of relief.center_img Matchup History The teams will continue the series Saturday at 1 p.m. The Eagles (13-24, 3-10 ACC) jumped to a 1-0 lead in the second when walks to Gianna Boccagno and Gianna Randazza drew back-to-back walks to set up Jenna Ergle’s RBI hit. Live Stats Louisville 9 – Boston College 2 NOTES: Louisville leads the series with Boston College 6-3 Butler is currently on a six-game hitting streak Melton has reached safely in the last four games Snyder’s three hits marked a season-high Newman’s three RBIs tie a career high With her stolen base in today’s game, Melton now has 37 in her career and stands third on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs seven more to tie Jennifer Esteban (2010-13) for second. She is also tied for second on the school’s single-season list. Funke also recorded a stolen base in the game and entered the school’s top 10 in single season with 17 and career with 37. As a team, Louisville has a program-record 72 stolen bases on the season. Roby leads the team with a .333 batting average and is tied for the team lead with nine wins. Previewlast_img read more

Bethesda releases Fallout 4 Beta update for PC

first_imgLast week, Bethesda promised that it would roll out updates to Fallout 4 at a more frequent rate than they have with past titles. That’s a promise that was kept. Today, the developer has released a beta for the game’s first patch on the PC.Beta update 1.2.33 will let players remap the number pad keys. In addition, Remapping Activate now works on Quick Container.The fixes this patch brings include:General memory and stability improvementsFixed issue where equipped weapons become locked after completing ReunionsFixed issue with When Freedom Calls where the quest would not completeDuring Confidence Man, fixed issue where player’s health would continuously regenerateFixed crash related to jumping into water and reloading saved gamesFixed issue where Launcher would not save God Rays Quality setting properlySince this is a beta, players are advised to back up their game saves before installing it. Below is a step-by-step process of how to download the patch from Steam:Log into SteamRight Click on Fallout 4 in your LibrarySelect SettingsSelect BetasA drop down menu will appear. Select Beta UpdateSelect OKWait a few minutes and Fallout 4 should updateWhen done, Fallout 4 should appear as Fallout 4 [beta] in your LibraryThose who no longer want to run the beta need to redo steps 1-4. At the drop down they must then select NONE – Opt out of all beta programs.There’s no word yet on when this patch will be available for the home consoles but it hopefully won’t be too long of a wait.last_img read more

Stanford trio explore success formula for Reddit posts

Stanford trio explore success formula for Reddit posts

first_img More information: What’s in a name? Understanding the Interplay between Titles, Content, and Communities in Social Media, PDF, i.stanford.edu/~julian/pdfs/icwsm13.pdfAbstractCreating, placing, and presenting social media content is a dif?cult problem. In addition to the quality of the content itself, several factors such as the way the content is presented (the title), the community it is posted to, whether it has been seen before, and the time it is posted determine its success. There are also interesting interactions between these factors. For example, the language of the title should be targeted to the community where the content is submitted, yet it should also highlight the distinctive nature of the content. In this paper, we examine how these factors interact to determine the popularity of social media content. We do so by studying resubmissions, i.e., content that has been submitted multiple times, with multiple titles, to multiple different communities. Such data allows us to ‘tease apart’ the extent to which each factor in?uences the success of that content. The models we develop help us understand how to better target social media content: by using the right title, for the right community, at the right time.via BusinessInsider Citation: Stanford trio explore success formula for Reddit posts (2013, September 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-stanford-trio-explore-success-formula.html Submissions of the same image (a bear riding Abraham Lincoln, top right) to Reddit, with different titles. The top plot shows how successful each submission is, along with our community model’s prediction of its popularity without knowing the title. Our community model accounts for factors such as the number of previous submissions of the same content, the community (i.e., ‘subreddit’) the image is submitted to, and the time of day of the submission. Credit: Himabindu Lakkaraju, Julian McAuley, Jure Leskovec (Phys.org) —Marketers and other new media workers hoping for traffic payoffs will want to study a paper by three Stanford University scientists who have pulled apart the nature of Reddit posts to determine what, beyond quality of content, constitutes success. “What’s in a name? Understanding the Interplay between Titles, Content, and Communities in Social Media,” shows what a clever use of mathematics can do in getting to the secret sauce of a successful post. The study by Himabindu Lakkaraju, Julian McAuley, and Jure Leskovec found that important factors include where you post on Reddit, when you post on Reddit, and last but not least what title you give the post on Reddit. “Creating, placing, and presenting social media content is a difficult problem. In addition to the quality of the content itself, several factors such as the way the content is presented (the title), the community it is posted to, whether it has been seen before, and the time it is posted determine its success.” Title V coverage varies across states for diabetes © 2013 Phys.org Reddit is a news and entertainment website where registered users submit content in the form of a link or text post. Others vote up or down on the submission, and a rank and position on the site emerge. Content is organized by areas of interest, or “subreddits.” The site averaged more than 3 billion monthly page views per month during 2012.The authors explained how they went about their investigation. “We proposed a novel dataset of images posted to reddit.com, each of which has been submitted multiple times, with multiple titles. We developed community models to account for effects other than the title, such as the choice of community the image is submitted to and the number of times it has been submitted. We also developed language models that account for how the success of each submission was in?uenced by its title, and how well that title was targeted to the community. These models allowed us to study features of good title, and to understand when, where, and how a submission should be targeted.”Beyond content, said the authors, one of the key factors that make or break posting success is how the user fashions the post’s title. “How should we phrase the title of our submission? Should the title be long or short, speci?c or generic, unique or derivative, ?owery or plain?” wrote the authors, stating this was part of the challenge of coming up with a successful post on Reddit. They further noted that the length of a title does not signi?cantly impact the popularity of a submission’s success, unless the title is either extremely long or extremely short. Also, they found that “‘positive’ sentiment contributes to a title’s popularity in certain communities.” Even parts of speech played a role. “Certain communities may favor highly descriptive, adjective laden titles, while others may prefer simpler titles consisting of a few nouns.” Overall, the takeaway from their investigation is presented: “Indeed, we con?rm our intuition that good content ‘speaks for itself’, and can achieve popularity regardless of what title is used. Choosing a good title has a secondary—though still important—effect. We ?nd that features such as length, descriptiveness, and even sentence structure can be predictive of whether a title will be successful. We ?nd that the choice of community also plays a major role.”The value in their research focused on Reddit may have lessons that can be carried over to other types of social media submissions as well. It is not always easy to assess what may drive the success of various media submissions—is it really the content alone or the title, or timing, or smart targeting to the right community. “We have developed models that disentangle the interplay between these factors.” Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

New Ways to Pay

first_img Have you noticed anything different about your favorite online retailers lately? Take a closer look at their checkout options, and you may find some alternative payment methods beyond PayPal and Google Checkout.A recent study by online marketing firm Brulant found that 30 percent of the top 100 internet retailers offer a form of alternative payment. In that same vein, a Javelin survey found alternative payment methods made up 14 percent of online purchases in 2007 and is expected to grow to 30 percent by 2012.”Consumers are starting to look for different options they can trust,” says Adam Cohen, principal of Brulant’s consumer products and retail practice. Alternative payment companies entice buyers who may not have credit cards, feel wary about sharing their information online or just want an easier checkout experience.Bill Me LaterAlthough the biggest alternative payment provider isn’t yet being used by smaller retailers, that’ll be changing soon. In a year or two, Bill Me Later will be opening up its services to businesses bringing in $1 million to $5 million in sales. For now, the company has launched its business account, so you can make purchases through their no-fuss checkout model that doesn’t involve remembering credit card numbers or expiration dates.With 3 million consumers in the system and 3,500 more signing up daily, Bill Me Later users are looking to extend their payments over time says Mark Lavelle, the company’s vice president of corporate development.”We create capacity in consumers’ wallets,” says Lavelle. “We’re not just a way to pay.”Available at retailers like Overstock and Wal-Mart, Bill Me Later has no preset spending limit and is often used for high-ticket items like computers and furniture. As long as the customers are paying their bills on time, they can keep racking them up.eBillmeReaching a different audience is eBillme, a service for customers ready to buy now, with cash directly from their bank accounts.”Debit is a very strong trend online and offline,” says Marwan Forzley, president and CEO of eBillme. “At the end of the day, cash is king.”Though this service isn’t yet being used by smaller retailers–it’s launching a small business system later this year–Forzley says business owners can use eBillme as a way to control company finances and employee spending. The method also allows recurring payments by turning all bills into e-bills and eliminating the need for checks.Found on sites like Crutchfield.com and TigerDirect.com, eBillme, like Bill Me Later, also has no set spending limit.Revolution MoneyMaking headway in the credit card market with 150,000 national merchants is the Revolution Card, a card that only charges merchants a 0.5 percent processing fee instead of the 2 to 4 percent ones charged by legacy companies. It also offers privacy protection to consumers by requiring a PIN to complete transactions.Revolution Card is gaining favor with merchants looking to give back to their customers, especially in tighter economic times. “Enabling consumers to feel a more immediate impact to their bottom line is better than point programs,” says Jason Hogg, founder and president of the company, who says companies of all sizes have started accepting the card.Revolution’s benefits go beyond its credit products to Revolution Money Exchange, a program that is currently developing widgets that let users swap cash on Facebook, Ning, IM platforms, Craigslist and other third-party sites for one-off purchases or swapping cash with a friend you owe money.Bill2PhoneFor purchases of $150 or less, there’s Bill2Phone and Bill2Phone-Mobile, which target customers uncomfortable with using credit cards online. The new system from phone-billing veterans BSG Clearing Solutions is ramping up to start working with online merchants this year to let them bill customers directly on their landline or mobile phone bills.Planned for use with gaming and subscription products, like dating sites and magazines, it also banks on the concept of checkout simplicity. “Everyone knows their phone number,” says Lance Devin, vice president of product management at BSG.With phone-based payments already a growing trend in Asia and Europe, BSG is ready to bring the U.S. up to speed and expects its low price limitations to lift as it gains acceptance.All the abovementioned billing options are designed to seamlessly integrate with your point of service technology, and the fees are transaction-based, making alternative payment options a good way to acquire new customers while keeping costs low. With different consumers looking to spend in different ways, remember that the more options you have, the more ways people can pay you. 4 min read Enroll Now for Free February 7, 2008center_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Young Millionaire Inside the Mind of Yahoos Teen Sensation Nick DAloisio

first_img How Success Happens 4 min read Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.center_img Brains. Power. Millions of dollars in the bank. Nick D’Aloisio has them all. Already. And he’s only 18.You might have heard that D’Aloisio sold his viral Summly mobile news summarization app to Yahoo a year ago for a cool $30 million. He was just 17 at the time. The Australia-born British programmer wunderkind wrote the app in his parents’ bedroom at their London home when he was 15.D’Aloisio is one of the youngest self-made millionaires ever. He is also the world’s youngest venture capital-backed entrepreneur, first raising $300,000 in seed funding in 2011 from Hong Kong billionaire Sir Li Ka-shing’s Horizon Ventures for Summly. Then he raised $1.23 million in 2012 from various A-List celebrity investors, including Yoko Ono, Rupert Murdoch, Stephen Fry and Ashton Kutcher.Recently named “Innovator of the Year” by the Wall Street Journal, D’Aloisio is now a key full-time member of Yahoo’s mobile engineering team. He launched the tech giant’s sleek new Yahoo News Digest app, which Yahoo describes as an evolution of the work he did at Summly. Not bad for someone in his last year of high school.We caught up with D’Aloisio to talk about his success, Yahoo, his favorite gadgets, and what it takes to get your big break as a young entrepreneur. Related: 10 Interesting Investments to Make in Your 20sEntrepreneur: How did you celebrate when Yahoo acquired Summly?D’Aloisio: The experience was a bit surreal. I really just went to work and continued to focus on my work that I had begun at Summly. It was a proud moment releasing Yahoo News Digest, the direct evolution of Summly.Entrepreneur: What do you want people to know about Yahoo News Digest? D’Aloisio: Yahoo News Digest delivers the most important news twice a day, right to your mobile device. Our digests provide a definitive summary of all the need-to-know news so you can stay on top of what’s happening. Each story summarizes the most important stories of the day into bite-size content. Instead of just a textual summary we offer visual “atoms” — photos, videos, tweets, maps — there are around 14 atoms.People have information overload and with Yahoo News Digest we want to give users a sense of completion and conclusiveness when they come to an end of the top stories of the day. Our digests are finite but informative, with an option to dig deeper into stories that interest them.Entrepreneur: What do you do for fun, when you’re not at work?D’Aloisio: I live a fairly normal life for an 18 year old in London. I still go out on the weekends with my friends, go to parties, and I’m finishing school so there is a lot of studying.Related: Why ‘Gen Z’ May Be More Entrepreneurial Than ‘Gen Y’Entrepreneur: What are some tech gadgets you just can’t live without?D’Aloisio: I really like using Snapchat and Vine. They’re great examples of transiency being brought to information and the immediacy of knowledge that was now being demanded in an online age.Entrepreneur: What are some mistakes entrepreneurs should avoid when pitching venture capital investors?D’Aloisio: I think some entrepreneurs focus too much on the idea, but not enough on the planned implementation or quantifying the success of their solution. Metrics, plans, patents and implementations are just as important as the initial idea.Entrepreneur: What advice do you have for young entrepreneurs hustling for their first big break?D’Aloisio: There are so many resources available online that the primary goal of someone wanting to succeed should be to teach themselves all of the necessary skills e.g programming, business development, design, marketing etc.Be fearless and don’t be afraid of failure. There is no better way to learn than through trial-and-error.Related: 3 Ways to Overcome the Liability of Youth March 24, 2014last_img read more