Swan Lake Fire Update Cooper Landing Upgraded To Set Evacuation Status

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update 10:30pm: The Sterling Highway is now open with pilot cars between the Y at the intersection of the Sterling Highway and the Seward Highway, and milepost 71 at Watson Lake. Crews are working around the area of Slaughter Gulch were fire and smoke activity increased throughout the evening. Currently there are three helicopters working in that area. It’s too smokey for fixed wing to fly. Air attack is up trying to get eyes on the fire. This is not a notice to leave, but those Cooper Landing residents that choose to leave should head to Anchorage or Seward. Update: 10pm: Cooper Landing is in a SET status because of fire activity. The fire has crossed Resurrection Trail and is near Slaughter and Slate Creeks, about two miles from Cooper Landing. Tim Jones, Public Information Officer with the Great Basin Incident Management Team: “Updating that we have helicopters in the air, engines, and over 100 firefighters north of Cooper Landing on the north side of the highway.” Helicopters flew the fire tonight to look at it and they feel things have calmed down. There is a good plan in place to protect the community. The READY and SET lines line will be altered a bit for tomorrow. Cooper Landing is now in a SET status. Residents should be SET to evacuate. Residents are advised to gather their “go kit.” Stay informed and be ready to evacuate if the situation warrants. People who would require additional time or assistance to evacuate may want to consider leaving the area now.This is a dynamic situation and the status of the Sterling Highway can change at any time. For the latest information, visit kpboem.com and on Facebook at KPB Alerts. According to KPBSD, school is cancelled for Cooper Landing School on Tuesday. Firefighters and heavy equipment are working to reinforce firelines along Slaughter Creek Road. These lines tie into a previously constructed fuel break. Fire managers are working on a plan to bring in aircraft and other resources as early as possible Tuesday morning to protect Cooper Landing. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available.center_img Brenda Ahlberg with the Borough Office of Emergency Management: “Those who choose to leave have the opportunity to go to Seward or Anchorage. There will be a shelter ready at Seward High School. If you do choose to leave your home we ask that you take a pillow case and tie it to a tree or a visible marker near their driveway that they’ve left.” There is an additional shelter being setup at the Soldotna Regional Sports. Large animals can be transported to the rodeo grounds. Swiftwater and Centennial Park campgrounds are also open for displaced residents in Soldotna. Cooper Landing residents remain at Level 2 SET, meaning they should be ready to go but are NOT evacuated. They will likely remain at SET status for awhile. The shelter at Seward High School will remain open tonight if you need a place to stay. All drivers near milepost 71 (Watson Lake) should turn around and head back to Soldotna. Do not proceed toward the Seward Highway. Listen to KSRM at 920 AM or 105.3 FM for updates Original Post: 9pm: The Sterling Highway is now closed at the Y at the intersection of the Sterling Highway and the Seward Highway to allow people choosing to evacuate Cooper Landing to drive through. Cooper Landing has been moved from ‘Ready’ to ‘SET’ status.The Great Basin Incident Management Team which is managing the fire, in coordination with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, has made the change in the evacuation alert to LEVEL 2 (SET) in all areas of Cooper Landing MP 46-54. Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info The fire is not an immediate threat to Cooper Landing at this time but weather is expected to be the same tomorrow. There will be firefighters out on the line tonight and 12 engines staying at the community center if they are needed.last_img read more

One Take Nick Cannon On Golden Girls Tour Buses Texting More

first_img Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch: One Take With Nick Cannon one-take-nick-cannon-golden-girls-tour-buses-texting-more Watch One Take With Logic Facebook Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Email Watch: One Take With MØ Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch: One Take With MØ Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch: One Take With MØ Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Producer Greg Wells News One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch: One Take With Khalid One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat One Take With Producer Greg Wells One Take With Demo Taped See the man who wears many hats try his hand at the Recording Academy’s rapid-fire question gameNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 20, 2018 – 2:52 pm Multitalented entertainer Nick Cannon can do it all, but how did he fare at the Recording Academy’s rapid-fire question and answer game, One Take? One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take Watch One Take With Halestorm One Take With Demo Taped One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 20, 2018 – 2:52 pm Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch One Take With Logic Watch: One Take With Lights One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch: One Take With Khalid Twitter Watch: One Take With Lights One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch One Take With Superfruit One Take With Le Butcherettes One Take With The Mrs One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch One Take With Halestorm One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch: One Take With Dorothycenter_img One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch: One Take With Lights One Take With Amber Rubarth One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff Watch: One Take With Dorothy One Take With Grupo Fantasma In this episode, the versatile rapper, producer, and actor reveals his favorite ice cream flavor, some quality advice he received from his parents, the instrument he wishes he could play, how he likes to close out his live sets, the last item he bought, the last person he texted, and more. Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch One Take With Afrojack Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Demo Taped One Take With The Mrs Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal One Take With Le Butcherettes One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch One Take With Superfruit One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch One Take With Logic Watch One Take With Marian Hill One Take: Nick Cannon On “Golden Girls,” Tour Buses, Texting & More Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With The Mrs Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch One Take With Halestorm One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With Grupo Fantasma Prev Next Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Nick Cannon One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch One Take With Little Big Townlast_img read more

VIDEO Analog Devices Holds Science Technology Fair At Wilmington Middle School

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Analog Devices held its 17th Annual Science and Tech Fair at Wilmington Middle School on Friday, April 6 during the school day.Approximately 50 engineers from Analog Devices brought science and technology to life by partnering with students to conduct hands-on experiments. Experiments included electrical wiring, shortwave radios, soldering practice, magnets and electro-magnets, strobe light demonstrations, hands-on shop activities, a Geiger counter demonstration, and a dry-ice demonstration.Students also participated in a fact-finding competition, with prizes awarded to the winners.View highlights from the event and hear from event organizer Chuck Kitchin, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/4/e/8/e/a/9/4e8ea9c8-3064-41ba-9d2b-f512ad3c43661523904433.105%2B28687132.148%40castus4-wilmington%2B15239702621523969624006914.vod.720p.Wilmington%20Middle%20School%20Science%20Fair_%20April%206th%2C%202018.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Analog Devices Holds Science & Technology Fair At Wilmington Middle SchoolIn “Videos”Analog Devices To Host Science & Tech Fair At Wilmington Middle School On April 12In “Education”VIDEO: Analog Devices Holds Science & Technology Fair At Wilmington Middle SchoolIn “Videos”last_img read more

Facebooks in the midst of an identity crisis and the Portal is

first_img CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home See All Do we really care though?Perhaps most interestingly, this hasn’t stopped people from buying Portals — or Amazon smart speakers. CNET’s own Rick Broida isn’t bothered by Facebook’s privacy stuff:I’ll just say I’m fully aware that every company on the planet is already collecting and sharing data about me in order to try to sell me stuff. And for the most part I’m not bothered by it. That’s just me.Well, maybe not just me: The Portal has a 4.6-star average rating from over 400 Best Buy customers and a 4.4 average from over 300 Amazon customers. Seems as though people really like the product, Facebook issues notwithstanding.Another colleague, Ian Sherr, feels differently: Why can’t you [Facebook] fix all this stuff before trying to sell us a device that, at best, already faces an uphill battle in trying to convince people that putting yet another internet-connected doorway into their homes is a good idea?(Gut check: Am I the only one who thinks Facebook’s Portal is the wrong product at the wrong time? Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said Portal is “downright creepy” and wanted to ask, “How much pain are you willing to go through to see it succeed?”)Some people will always care more about privacy than others. And that’s all fine and good. But I can’t imagine anyone thinking the Portal and the Portal Plus were well-timed product releases in light of Facebook’s ongoing issues or that we’d all just line up and buy a bunch of these things. Mark Zuckerberg’s social network is in the midst of a serious identity crisis. “Hey Portal, flash your screen once if you need help.” Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Facebook’s pricey Portal Plus brings loved ones closer • The Facebook Portal gets a huge price cut: $99 Facebook Portal is an excellent video chat device held back by Facebook’s trust problems Related links Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 3:05 4 Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Portal, interruptedThe Portal idea is sound in theory: Buy a Portal for yourself and give a friend or family member far away another Portal. Make dinner in your apartment while you video chat with your parents across the country. You can move around naturally within the Portal’s field of view, pulling cheese, milk and butter from the fridge. (We’re apparently making mac and cheese in this made-up scenario… and now I’m hungry.) You’re fishing for the stock pot in that hard-to-reach spot in the lower cabinet across the kitchen and grabbing pasta from the pantry — all within your parents’ view as you catch them up on your week. The Facebook Portal is a video-chatting system first and foremost. Admittedly, and perhaps annoyingly, Portal does this job really well. It also offers a limited dose of smart home functionality via a built-in Amazon Alexa speaker, select apps including Newsy, Pandora and Spotify (Premium only) and Facebook’s own “Hey Portal” voice assistant. Note: Facebook has temporarily dropped the price of the Portal to $99 and is offering it bundled with the Portal Plus for $200 off through May 12, just in time for Mother’s Day, all while reports of privacy breaches continue to trickle in. And other news surfaced this week that Facebook is working on new AI tech for the Portal, Oculus and other upcoming, as yet unannounced Facebook products. Could Facebook be working on a rival to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant in addition to its existing “Hey Portal” assistant?A spokesperson told me over email that Facebook hasn’t announced a new voice assistant, but rather that they “are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products.” Hm. facebook-portal-messenger-chat-2204Enlarge ImageThe Facebook Portal looks a lot like the Amazon Echo Show. It only works over Facebook Messenger, so you — and the people you want to chat with — have to have Facebook to use it. James Martin/CNET Portal privacy and youAnticipating our reticence to the Portal, Facebook detailed its smart display privacy policy on this support page. While Facebook says it doesn’t listen in on or “keep the contents” of your Portal chats, a spokesperson told us that Facebook does gather info about the calls you make to determine what ads to show. It won’t listen in on the calls, but it will log the length and other data. The company shared more details in an email to Recode: “Portal voice calling is built on the Messenger infrastructure, so when you make a video call on Portal, we collect the same types of information (i.e. usage data such as length of calls, frequency of calls) that we collect on other Messenger-enabled devices. We may use this information to inform the ads we show you across our platforms. Other general usage data, such as aggregate usage of apps, etc., may also feed into the information that we use to serve ads,” the Facebook spokesperson said. I wonder if Facebook execs ever discussed temporarily or permanently shelving Portal so its person-tracking camera didn’t launch during the same time people were deactivating their accounts in outrage? But the company instead went for the “Hey, it’s cool. You can totally trust us” vibe. That approach demonstrates a shocking level of tone deafness. (Again, I’ll refer you to this story outlining many of Facebook’s major privacy leaks and other serious issues the company’s faced lately.)Facebook isn’t the only media company scaring the crap out of us, though. Amazon employs, you know, human people, to listen to your Alexa recordings. Creepy doesn’t even come close to cutting it. Comments 18 Photos Tags Privacy Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Smart Speakers & Displays Media Streamers Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Enlarge ImageThe $199 Facebook Portal is currently on sale for $99 through May 12. James Martin/CNET Like many folks, I felt uneasy about the Facebook Portal from the jump.Having been an only intermittent Facebook user over the past several years made me an even less willing participant when it came time to test the smart display and the company’s pricier Portal Plus last fall. Did I have a Facebook account? Yes, technically. But it was as good as inactive save the odd toggle-share from Instagram that I rarely checked. Despite Instagram’s propensity toward over-curated fakery (#blessed) and the fact that it’s a Facebook company (irony abounds), it’s still largely considered the “good side” of social media. It’s the place guaranteed to have adorable puppies, drool-worthy food and far-flung travel destinations when you need a break from the more serious side of the internet. Facebook has a different reputation. It’s the underbelly of the ol’ world wide web, complete with awkward familial spats over political convictions, cryptic messages from college sweethearts and, worst of all — multiple, privacy-threatening data leaks. So it was surprising when Facebook announced the camera-equipped, Facebook-Messenger-dependent Portal ($199) and Portal Plus ($349) in 2018, amid regular breaking news stories about how Facebook misused user information and then tried to downplay it to the loyalists remaining on the platform once it was uncovered. What’s more, Portal cameras aren’t like most smart display cameras. They have particularly smart tech that differentiates between people and houseplants and can therefore follow you around a room — not exactly the device you want from a company cited for its privacy problems. reading • Facebook’s privacy crisis makes its Portal video device a tougher sell than ever Facebook’s video calling smart display connects you with friends and familylast_img read more

Buzz Aldrin calls for a migration to Mars

first_img Another Mars rover bites the dust, but NASA’s not finished… 2 Now playing: Watch this: Buzz Aldrin wants us to go to Mars. Emma McIntyre/Getty For Buzz Aldrin, the moon is no longer enough. Aldrin, who, along with Neil Armstrong, walked on the moon during the landmark Apollo 11 mission 50 years ago, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post Wednesday, calling on Congress and President Donald Trump to get behind a serious effort to create a permanent human presence on Mars. “Human nature — and potentially the ultimate survival of our species — demands humanity’s continued outward reach into the universe,” Aldrin wrote.He’s not talking about “clever robots” or rovers, either. Aldrin said that as much as he appreciates NASA’s work on unmanned missions, it’s time Mars is explored by “by living, breathing, walking, talking, caring and daring men and women.”Plans for sending humans to Mars are on the drawing board at NASA and in the mind of entrepreneur Elon Musk. Although details are sketchy for now, NASA and the Trump administration have penciled in 2033 for when astronauts might make the first footprints on the red planet. Meanwhile, Musk sees a Mars base happening perhaps by 2028, and he has a vision for how a Mars colony could take shape.Aldrin thinks we need to establish permanent settlements on Mars, and fairly soon.”All of this is within reach for humans alive now, but it starts with a unified next step in space,” he wrote. Share your voice Tags Comments 6:31 Sci-Techlast_img read more

Chandrayaan2 Watch a replay of India launching mission to moons south pole

first_img 35 Photos #ScienceGoalsAll three of ISRO’s robotic explorers have different lifespans and will be looking to achieve key science goals in their limited time exploring the moon. Chief among these goals is the ability to understand the composition of the moon, allowing for a deeper understanding of its origin and its evolution.There are 12 payloads on board, with five on both the orbiter and lander and two on the rover. The lander will only operate for a single lunar day (two weeks on Earth). NASA is also hitching a ride on the lunar lander with a laser retroreflector, a device that can help measure the distance between the Earth and Moon.The orbiter will operate for a year in a circular orbit around the poles and carries radar and spectrometers that will enable study of the moon’s surface and exosphere. Predominantly, these instruments should enable a greater understanding of the moon’s water ice deposits. A mapping camera will also provide a 3D map of the terrain.The Pragyan rover, powered by the sun and AI, will cross the lunar surface at the blistering pace of 1 centimeter per second carrying instruments that can assess the molecules present on the moon. Share your voice Comments The GSLV-MkIII launches from Sriharikota in 2017. For the Chandrayaan-2 mission, it will launch a suite of robots to the moon’s south pole. Arun Sanker/AFP/Getty Images India’s exploration mission to the moon shot off to a successful start early Monday. The Chandrayaan-2 mission, aiming to put robots at the lunar south pole for the first time, suffered several delays leading up to lift-off, but finally went off without a hitch. It was originally scheduled for July 14 but the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) postponed the departure less than an hour before launch due to a “technical snag.” The landmark mission departed from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, north of Chennai, at 2:43 a.m. PT (5:43 a.m. ET), Monday July 22. Unlike the Apollo 11 mission, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, India’s mission doesn’t involve human astronauts. Rather, Chandrayaan-2 is carrying three lunar exploration robots that will be able to survey the moon from both the surface and the sky.The payload of Chandrayaan-2 consists of a lunar orbiter, a lunar lander and a lunar rover and will be launched atop the ISRO-developed GSLV Mk-III rocket. That rocket is about half as powerful as the SpaceX Falcon 9 and will put Chandrayaan-2 into what’s known as an “Earth parking orbit” before the module uses its own power to extend that orbit and eventually position itself for a lunar rendezvous.How to watch the Chandrayaan-2 launchDon’t worry if you didn’t manage to tune in to watch the historic launch live — replays are available. ISRO handled livestreaming duties across its social media pages, which means you can relive the event at the ISRO Twitter or check out the agency’s Facebook page. The agency’s YouTube channel also covered the event. Indian public broadcaster Doordarshan broadcast the launch live and you can watch that stream below (lift-off happens around 38 minutes in): Tags Why is this mission called Chandrayaan-2?This is the sequel to Chandrayaan-1, an ISRO mission that launched 11 years ago featuring only a lunar orbiter. That orbiter reached the moon on Nov. 8, 2008, and then fired an impacter that struck the south pole. The material ejected from below the surface allowed ISRO to detect lunar water ice — a valuable resource that could enable future exploration. Chandrayaan-2 will look to build on this monumental discovery from the ground.When will Chandrayaan-2 reach the moon?Provided Chandrayaan-2 launches on time, it’s expected to reach the moon on Sept. 6, 2019. If it can achieve the difficult feat of landing on the surface, India will become just the fourth nation to complete a soft landing in history, following the US, Russia and China, which has the Chang’e 4 rover operating on the far side of the moon.The lander and rover are headed for the lunar south pole, exploring a scientifically important region that has been shown to contain water ice. The lunar lander, known as Vikram, and a rover, known as Pragyan, will set up shop in the south, unlike any previous mission to the moon. The proposed landing spot is between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N.A video of all the moon landing sites — and Chandrayaan-2’s proposed finishing spot — is below:center_img Apollo 11 moon landing: Neil Armstrong’s defining moment Published July 10Update, July 14: ISRO announce launch called offUpdate, July 18: ISRO announce new launch dateUpdate, July 22: ISRO livestreaming details for second attemptUpdate, July 22: Added details of successful lift-off Sci-Tech 2 Spacelast_img read more

BSE closes points 4814 up Nov 26

first_imgBSE closes points 48.14 up Nov 264.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 48.14 up Nov 264.2K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Nov 26 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 48.14 points up to stand at 28,386.19. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 12.65 points up to stand at 8,475.75. GUJRAT GAS and OBEROI REALTY LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.55% and 7.64% along with TORRENT POWER LTD and DLF with an increase of 7.35% and 7.16% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RASOYA PROTEINS LTD and KAILASH with a decrease of 4.86% and 4.76% along with FINOLEX CABLES LTD and ZEE LTD with a decrease of 3.95% and 3.93% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 68.70 points at 18,805.38 while the banking sector is down 62.95 points at 20,586.35 and the reality sector is up 64.39 points at 1,660.73. The Indian currency is up 0.04% at Rs 61.84 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Nov 26 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 48.14 points up to stand at 28,386.19. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 12.65 points up to stand at 8,475.75. GUJRAT GAS and OBEROI REALTY LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.55% and 7.64% along with TORRENT POWER LTD and DLF with an increase of 7.35% and 7.16% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RASOYA PROTEINS LTD and KAILASH with a decrease of 4.86% and 4.76% along with FINOLEX CABLES LTD and ZEE LTD with a decrease of 3.95% and 3.93% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 68.70 points at 18,805.38 while the banking sector is down 62.95 points at 20,586.35 and the reality sector is up 64.39 points at 1,660.73. The Indian currency is up 0.04% at Rs 61.84 per dollar.last_img read more

Santwinder Singh Waraich says style is a reflection of your own attitude

first_imgSantwinder Singh WaraichPR HandoutFashion is something that comes from within. Santwinder Singh Waraich is a classic example of it, as he claims to be the first Sikh fashion influencer. Based in Chandigarh, he is a fashion mentor as well as an international model.The way Santwinder Singh Waraich carries himself whether be in traditional or the western attire has a great impact on the youth across the globe. He has gained a lot of recognition among the top brands of India. Some of the branded campaigns he has worked include Skechers India, Flying Machine, Daniel Wellington, Superdry, Jack & Jones and several other sports and nutrition brands.Born on November 17, 1992 in Fatehgarh Sahib, Santwinder has achieved a lot at a very young age. His father Gurnam Singh is a farmer and his mother Harwinder Kaur is a homemaker. He has two siblings – an elder sister and a younger brother. Their childhood was spent in a village due to their father’s profession.However, their mother made a choice to move to Chandigarh to give them good education. Santwinder Singh completed his secondary education from Guru Nanak Public School and later attended Punjab Technical University to study Civil Engineering.Who knew that life had some other plans for him? In his 20s, he realised that his passion lies in the fashion industry. He considers his mother to be a big inspiration in his journey of being a fashion influencer. He began his blogging career when he was in college. With having a unique style of his own, many of his classmates took fashion advice from this Sikh fashion expert.On April 14, 2014, Santwinder presented himself as a fashion blogger on Instagram and he received a great response. There has been no looking back for him since then. He has earned a lot of achievements within a short span of time.Santwinder has been featured in world’s largest wedding magazine Asiana International Wedding Magazine and has also been featured on several publications like ScoopWhoop, MensXP and India Today to name a few. He was also ranked among the top 13 desirable men in Chandigarh.Santwinder has 122K followers on Instagram and 170K subscribers on his YouTube channel. Well, that’s what the fashion industry has given this man. Talking about style he believes, “Style is a reflection of your own attitude and personality” and we totally agree with him.last_img read more

BNP demands active diplomatic efforts to end Rohingya crisis

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks at a human chain programme the party organises in front of the National Press Club in the capital Friday morning in protest against ongoing repression on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Photo: Sazid HossainBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday demanded the government make active diplomatic efforts to force Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis.”Our demand is very clear that the government gives food and shelter to Rohingyas and ensures their security and treatment. At the same time the government puts active diplomatic efforts to force the Myanmar government to take back the Rohingyas who fled the country”, said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He made the demand while speaking at a human chain program in front of the National Press Club.As part of their countrywide program, BNP arranged the one-hour long human chain programme from 10:00am to 11:00am protesting the repression on Rohingyas in Myanmar.Fakhrul said they don’t want to know whether the Rohingyas are Hindu or Muslim as they are human being.”The Myanmar government has initiated a war against humanity. We have to put a resistance against them. Let us get united and raise our voice against the mass killing of Rohingyas and force Myanmar to take back those fled the country,” he said.Voicing concern over trespassing of Myanmar Air Force helicopter into Bangladesh airspace, he said the Bangladesh government cannot strongly protest at the incident due to its knee-jerk foreign policy.Fakhrul said their party staged the human chain programme to register protests against the persecution on Rohingyas on behalf of the people of Bangladesh.last_img read more

Rathish killed over wifes extramarital affair RAB

first_imgRapid Action Battalion (RAB) director general Benazir Ahmed at a press briefing at RAB-13 Headquarters in Rangpur on Wednesday. Photo: Moinul IslamThe extramarital affair of Rangpur public prosecutor (PP) Rathish Chandra Bhoumik’s wife was the reason behind his murder.Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) director general Benazir Ahmed said this at a press briefing at RAB-13 Headquarters in Rangpur on Wednesday.Rathish’s wife Snigdha Sarker confessed to RAB that she had an extramarital affair with her colleague Kamrul Islam and they planned to murder Rathish two months ago.Both Snigdha and Kamrul are teachers of Tajhaat High School of Rangpur.Rathish was killed on Thursday night. He was first made unconscious as 10 sedative pills were mixed with his food. They then strangled him to death, Benazir said quoting Snigdha’s confessional statement.The body was then left at the basement of an under-construction building in Mollahat area of Tajhaat with the help of two youths.On Snigdha’s confession, RAB members recovered the body around 2:30am Wednesday, in a drive that started at 8:30pm on Tuesday. The PP’s brother Sushanta Bhoumik identified the body of Rathish. Four including Snigdha and Kamrul have been so far arrested in this connection.Rathish, 55, who represented the state in a case over the killings of Japanese national Hoshi Kunio and Rahmat Ali, khadem (caretaker) of a shrine, went missing on Friday morning.Read More:Missing Rangpur PP found deadlast_img read more

UPDATE Irma Causes 4th South Carolina Death

first_imgThe Latest on Irma (all times local):1:50 p.m.Authorities say Irma has caused a fourth death in South Carolina when a city worker drove off the road during heavy rains.Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson says 48-year-old Arthur Strudwick died after a single-vehicle crash Monday night.Columbia police said they believe weather was a factor. Police said it appears Strudwick lost control of his pickup truck and went off the road, striking a tree, during windy and rainy conditions.Wilson says Strudwick was pronounced dead at a hospital. The worker for the forestry division of the city’s Public Works Department had been on his way to help with a downed tree when he crashed.Three other deaths in South Carolina have been attributed to the storm. Share Many Caribbean islands were hardest-hit by #Irma, accounting for the majority of storm-related deaths https://t.co/bc3Bk7FRO0 pic.twitter.com/viyQso1LFh— ABC News (@ABC) September 11, 2017___1:40 p.m.An American Airlines flight was the first to arrive at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Tuesday morning after the airport was shut down for three days during Hurricane Irma and its aftermath.The busy South Florida airport usually handles about 800 flights a day, but was handling about half as many Tuesday.Airport spokesman Greg Meyer said the airport was ramping up its capacity.About 2,800 flights have been cancelled since Thursday, including 356 on Tuesday.Both runways were operational and were not damaged. But out of an abundance of caution the airport was only using the south runway because of standing water between the taxi and the runway on the north runway.Airport staff, including TSA and vendors, arrived around 4 a.m. Many workers were diverted to customer service positions to help stranded passengers, including those who were stuck on cruise ships at sea.___1:15 p.m.People on the Georgia coast are facing their second round of expensive storm repairs in less than a year thanks to Tropical Storm Irma.When Irma arrived Monday, Joey Spalding of Tybee Island was still finishing flood damage repairs from when Hurricane Matthew hit last October. The new storm pushed 2 feet (0.6 meters) of water into Spalding’s house at high tide. He waded into waist-deep floodwaters in the street.Spalding says new drywall, insulation and flooring installed after Matthew is now ruined and needs to be replaced.Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman says Irma caused worse flooding on the island than Matthew. He estimates roughly 200 homes got flooded by both storms. Storm surge and heavy rain from Irma caused flooding all along the Georgia coast.___1:00 p.m.Gov. Roy Cooper said forestry crews equipped with chain saws and some National Guard soldiers are helping clear roads in parts of western North Carolina affected by the remnants of Hurricane Irma.Cooper said Tuesday that the crews were working mostly in Buncombe, Jackson and Macon counties. Buncombe County includes Asheville.The governor said the state had five emergency shelters open Monday night and they had about 80 people in them at midnight.Cooper said two rescue teams have been sent to Florida to help with recovery there.___12:55 p.m.A third death in South Carolina has been attributed to Hurricane Irma.Sumter County Coroner Robert Baker Jr. says 54-year-old William McBride was pronounced dead Tuesday of carbon monoxide poisoning.Baker says McBride had been running a generator inside his mobile home for at least several hours, with only a single window cracked for ventilation.Baker says power was knocked out in some parts of the county at around 8:30 p.m. Monday.Baker says McBride’s sons found him Tuesday morning and called authorities.___12:45 p.m.Emergency response aircraft have places to land in the Florida Keys.Monroe County officials said Tuesday that airports in Key West and Marathon, as well as the Navy base in Key West, were operational — but only emergency response flights were allowed.Authorities were working to reopen three hospitals in the Keys. Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, in the Upper Keys, was found to have water damage that delayed reopening.Three air ambulances that rode out the storm in Alabama will be returning to the Keys and begin flying for medical emergencies.The county said two 300-foot stretches of road that were washed out by Irma at the 75 and 38 mile markers were expected to be repaired Tuesday.Shelters are being opened where food and water would be distributed. The locations include at a Key West shopping plaza, a school near the point of landfall on Cudjoe Key, the high school in Marathon and along the Overseas Highway in the Florida Key Deer Refuge.___12:10 p.m.Florida’s largest utility says much of the state’s east coast could have power back by Sunday, but other areas could take 10 days or more.Rob Gould, vice president and chief communications officer for Florida Power & Light, said Tuesday that the utility expects to have power on for most customers along the state’s eastern coast by the end of this weekend.Gould said it would take until the end of Sept. 22 to restore power along the state’s western coast where the damage was much more severe. He did say that some areas hit by tornadoes or flooding may take longer.FPL says that 2.8 million homes and businesses are without power throughout its service area as of Tuesday.Utility officials say they have nearly 20,000 workers helping with the restoration effort. FPL says it has gotten crews from as far away as Canada to California.___11:55 a.m.A convoy of federal emergency management trucks was preparing to head to Florida from an Alabama staging area to help with Irma recovery.The Federal Emergency Management Agency has scheduled 180 trucks to depart Alabama for Florida on Tuesday. That’s according to Richard Brewer, the director of external affairs for FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness.FEMA had staged 930 tractor-trailer trucks at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery ahead of the storm’s arrival.FEMA maintains large stores of food, bottled water, medical supplies, cots and blankets that are pre-packed and strategically placed at locations throughout the United States. Those supplies were pre-staged on semi-trucks so they can be driven into the disaster zone after the storm passes.__11:35 a.m.Beyond the luxurious mansions and beachfront resorts are thousands of Florida Keys residents living on the brink of poverty. Advocates say these are the people facing massive hurdles as hurricane clean up begins.Stephanie Kaple runs the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition for the Homeless. She says many people who work in hotels and restaurants are already living paycheck to paycheck.The string of tropical islands that stretch south from Florida, connected by bridges, are home to about 70,000 people, with about 13 percent living in poverty.In addition to providing shelter and recovery service, Kaple said her organization helps prevent homelessness by paying emergency rent, air conditioner repairs and medical bills for community members in need.She said that despite support from the United Way and Monroe County, those funds, post hurricane, will soon be running out.___11:30 a.m.The remnants of Irma toppled trees and power lines in Alabama, leaving thousands without electricity, but didn’t appear to cause major damage.Alabama Power Co., the state’s largest provider of electricity, reported that on Tuesday morning that 20,000 households and businesses were without power. The power outages were concentrated in the eastern portion of the state.Irma, at tropical storm status, pelted the state with cold rain and wind gusts as high as 45 mph on Monday. Rains and wind began to dissipate on Tuesday.Several school systems remained closed on Tuesday after official announced two days of closures ahead of the storm’s approach.___11:25 a.m.Miami Beach’s mayor said hospitals, police and fire stations were getting power restored first.But Mayor Philip Levine also said he sympathized with residents who lacked relief from the heat in the barrier island city across the water from downtown Miami.Levine said in an emailed statement Tuesday that he would exert what pressure he could on Florida Power and Light to do repairs as fast as possible for residents.Levine said: “I promise you that I will use the full force of my office to continue to put pressure on FPL to get our community’s power restored so we can return to normalcy.”___11:20 a.m.The remnants of Hurricane Irma blew down trees and caused power outages in southeastern Tennessee, causing some school districts to close or delay classes.Crews were out Tuesday morning clearing trees off some roadways, and a local electric company was working to restore power to homes. No injuries have been reported.Meanwhile, officials in Nashville deactivated the city’s emergency operations center around 1 a.m. Tuesday, about five hours after partially activating it.The National Weather Service in Nashville called Irma’s impact “underwhelming” and said while the next couple of days will be rainy and breezy, warmer temperatures are expected to return on Friday, when the high is projected to reach the mid-80s.___11:15 a.m.Police across Florida are warning of scams in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said in a news release that two men posing as power company workers stole nearly $13,000 in jewelry from a 95-year-old woman.Slater says the woman was sitting in her living room with the front door open Monday afternoon when the men walked in. They told the woman they were checking switches to restore power. She told police one man remained in the living room while she escorted the other man through the house, flipping light switches.According to a police report, the men told the woman her power would come on shortly. She later discovered that her jewelry and some cash had been stolen.Police say there is no reason for anyone with a power company to enter individual homes at this time. Any power company officials will be credentialed and most will be driving vehicles marked with company signage.___11:05 a.m.South Carolina officials say a man was killed in a wreck on a wet and windy interstate as Irma moved past.Public Safety Director Leroy Smith said 21-year-old Zhen Tain died in the crash on Interstate 77 east of Columbia around 3:15 p.m. Monday.Troopers say Tain crashed into another car and his Ford Mustang flipped, trapping him inside. Authorities say the second driver was taken to the hospital. Her condition was not known.Troopers say the wreck is still under investigation.The National Weather Service says there was heavy rain in Columbia with wind gusts around 40 mph when the wreck happened.Tain is the second person killed in South Carolina during Irma. Authorities say a man was hit by a falling limb while clearing debris near his home Monday afternoon in Calhoun Falls.Smith says Tain was driving too fast for conditions losing control on the wet road, hitting the other vehicle before flipping over on its roof, trapping Tain inside.___10:50 a.m.Florida’s governor says that bridges linking the Florida Keys appeared to escape serious damage from Hurricane Irma, but more time is needed to finish inspections.Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday that officials continue to check the 42 Overseas Highway bridges that link the Florida Keys together. He said none appear seriously damaged but that “we’re not sure that on the bridges we should be putting on significant weight.”Residents were allowed to return Tuesday to some islands in the Upper Keys. But there was a roadblock preventing people from accessing islands further away while repairs and inspections continue.__10:25 a.m.NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida remains closed, but appears to have weathered Hurricane Irma well.The same holds true at adjoining Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.Inspection crews were out in full force Tuesday.Power has been restored to NASA and Air Force facilities but water service is out. Until that’s restored, Kennedy will stay closed to non-essential personnel.Over at Kennedy’s tourist area, life-size replicas of the space shuttle fuel tank and booster rockets were still standing outside the home of shuttle Atlantis. No major damage has been reported at the visitor complex.Brigadier General Wayne Monteith, who’s in charge of Air Force operations says, “We dodged another bullet.” Last October, Hurricane Matthew stayed safely off shore. On Monday, Irma remained well to the west of Cape Canaveral.___9:55 a.m.Officials in Miami Beach allowed residents to return to their homes Tuesday morning after Hurricane Irma pounded Florida with wind and rain.A long line of cars amassed on Interstate 195 at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday, waiting for the road blocks to be taken down.The entryways have been blocked since Sunday night so crews could remove numerous downed branches from main arteries and clear debris.To re-enter the beach, residents must show a state ID or other proof of residency.___9:55 a.m.The Public Prosecutor’s office in Dutch St. Maarten says police and soldiers there have put an end to what it calls “large-scale robberies and looting” in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.The office released a statement saying it doesn’t know how many people have been arrested but that some accused of minor offenses have been released and some have been assigned to help the Caribbean island clean up from the ravages of the storm.The government only has enough space to detain only those accused of the most serious offenses.The statement released Tuesday says authorities there have photos and videos of suspects involved in looting and robbery and will be working with the public to identify them in the coming days.___9 a.m.Jacksonville sheriff’s officials said on Twitter that 356 people were rescued from flooding on Monday as Hurricane Irma moved over Florida.And they tweeted some advice for them: “We hope the 356 people who had their lives saved yesterday will take evacuation orders seriously in the future.”Sheriff’s officials also said that all bridges leading into downtown Jacksonville have re-opened.They noted that many roads are still blocked or flooded Tuesday morning and motorist are urged to treat intersections without working red lights as four-way stops.___9 a.m.French President Emmanuel Macron said the government’s “top priority” is to help the populations return to normal life in French Caribbean territories that have been hit by Hurricane Irma.Macron said in a news conference in Pointe-a-Pitre airport, in Guadeloupe, that a major air bridge is bringing emergency aid and rescuers to St. Martin and St. Barts islands.He added that about 1,900 police and troops are now on the ground to ensure security in St. Martin, one of the hardest-hit islands where 11 people were killed.Macron said power was restored in about 50 percent of homes in St. Martin. He also hoped some schools will be able to open as soon as next week. All of the island’s schools have been damaged or destroyed.Macron is now heading to St. Martin to meet with residents. He’ll then go to St. Barts.___9 a.m.FEMA Administrator Brock Long says the Florida Keys “took the brunt of the hit” from Hurricane Irma and it will take time to survey the damage there before residents there can return.In a news conference Tuesday, Long says of Monroe County: “A majority of the homes there have been impacted in some way” with homes destroyed or damaged.Long says Irma damage is more complex than Hurricane Harvey, affecting the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Florida’s Seminole Tribe, which relies on the federal government for disaster relief.___8:30 a.m.Federal officials are warning of possible fuel shortages in the Southeast because of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Last week, the Homeland Security Department issued a week-long waiver on federal restrictions of foreign vessels so they could help distribute fuel. Officials noted this action should help, but urged patience.Christopher Krebs, head of infrastructure protection for the Homeland Security Department, told reporters Tuesday that Harvey took a “significant amount” of the nation’s refining capacity offline and affected distribution. “As a result,” he said, “there may be some fuel supply shortages throughout the Southeast.”___8:30 a.m.Millions of people across Florida remain without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.Florida’s Division of Emergency Management reported Tuesday morning that more than 5 million customers didn’t have electricity. That’s more than half of the state.The number of actual people affected is likely much higher since utilities are reporting the number of accounts affected by outages.Some areas such as Collier County, the location of the storm’s second landfall, report more that more than 90 percent of homes and businesses are without electricity.___7:55 a.m.The mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, says his city has the money it needs to begin rebuilding after Hurricane Irma.Mayor Lenny Curry tells NBC’s “Today” that his city is on firm financial ground. He says it can begin rebuilding as it works with the federal and state governments to secure additional funding.Curry says he doesn’t have an estimate for what it will cost to repair the damage.In Washington, Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says officials are keeping an eye on flooding in Jacksonville from the St. John River.Long says authorities are still conducting “life-safety” missions in Jacksonville due to the severe flooding.Mayor Curry says the flooding could take weeks to subside.___7:55 a.m.Federal officials say their focus Tuesday in storm-ravaged Florida will be on deploying aircraft to survey the damage and orchestrate any needed rescues.They’re warning residents not to return home until local authorities declare their area safe.Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke told reporters in Washington “our No. 1 concern today is with saving lives.”Duke says weather is cooperating, and the Defense Department and other federal agencies are contributing resources. She says: “We are working to get as many aircraft in the air as possible.”Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says of Irma damage: “This is going to be a frustrating event” and it will likely be “some time” before people are allowed back into their homes.___7:55 a.m.A 55-year-old Florida man died when the chain saw he was using to clear trees in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma became entangled in a branch, causing it to kick up and cut his carotid artery.Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cristal Nunez said in a news release that Wilfredo Hernandez was clearing trees in Tampa on Monday afternoon when the accident occurred.Nunez said deputies used a harness to lower the man from the tree, but he died at the scene.___7:35 a.m.Officials in the upper Florida Keys are allowing residents and business owners to return after Hurricane Irma.People were able to return to Monroe County as of 7 a.m. EDT Tuesday.In a Facebook posting, Monroe County officials said a yellow re-entry sticker or proof of residency or business ownership will be required.County officials said a roadblock will be put around mile marker 74, where part of U.S. 1 was washed out by Hurricane Irma, which slammed into the state Sunday as a Category 4 storm. A road crew is expected to begin repairs Tuesday.Officials warned returning residents that there are limited services available. Most areas are still without power and water and cellphone service is limited. Most gas stations in the Key Largo area are still closed.Crews are working to clear U.S. 1, the only road that runs north/south through the Florida Keys.County officials also said Mariners Hospital in Tavernier was expected to reopen Tuesday morning.___7:35 a.m.More than 1.2 million customers in Georgia are without power after Irma swirled into the state.Georgia Power will be starting to assess damages on Tuesday. The utility company says much of the state including coastal Georgia and metro Atlanta experienced the most outages after parts of the state received widespread damage caused by high winds and heavy rainfall.Georgia Power says Fulton County currently has the most outages with 105,390.By early Tuesday, Georgia Power has nearly 800,000 outages and EMC has around 466,000 customers without power.The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has resumed service Tuesday, but limited routes. The transportation company will have rail service running in 20-minute intervals.___7:35 a.m.Tropical Storm Irma no longer exists but she left plenty of problems in South Carolina.More than 220,000 customers were without electricity early Tuesday. Duke Energy reported the biggest problems with 100,000 customers without service. The biggest problems were in Anderson and Greenville counties.The South Carolina Electric Cooperatives report that about 63,000 customers are without service. The biggest problems are in Oconee and Charleston counties.South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. had 58,000 customers without service early Tuesday. The major problems were in Charleston and Beaufort counties.Many schools in South Carolina are closed or opening on a delayed schedule Tuesday.At least one person died. Fifty-seven-year-old Charles Saxon was killed Monday afternoon by a tree limb while clearing debris outside his home in Calhoun Falls.___7:15 a.m.The 600 monkeys, birds and other animals at Miami’s Jungle Island made it through Hurricane Irma just fine. But the park sustained a lot of tree damage.The park’s managing director Christopher Gould tells the Miami Herald the tree damage was worse than in Hurricane Andrew. “We have weeks of work ahead of us to overcome this type of damage,” he said.Gould said he’s not sure when the park will reopen. He says workers are still estimating the damage.After Hurricane Andrew, the park — which was then called Parrot Jungle — suffered nearly $5 million in damage and was closed for three weeks.The animals rode out the storm secured in hurricane-proof enclosures. Gould says there were specialists on hand to help the animals deal with the stress. All of the animals were back in their habitats by Monday.___6:45 a.m.French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Guadeloupe, the first step of his visit to French Caribbean islands hammered by Hurricane Irma.Macron is meeting in Pointe-a-Pitre airport with rescuers and local authorities officials to discuss the support and aid they can bring to nearby St. Martin and St. Barts islands, the hardest-hit by the storm.He’ll then be heading to St. Martin to meet with residents, and then to St. Barts.Macron’s plane is bringing water, food and tons of medicines and emergency equipment. The president is also being accompanied by doctors and experts who will be in charge of evaluating the damage.___5:55 a.m.The airport for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has re-opened Tuesday morning after closing as Hurricane Irma pounded the state.Operations at the airport resumed at 4 a.m. EDT, but a check of the airport’s website Tuesday morning showed many flights still canceled.Meanwhile, the Miami International Airport said in a tweet that it will resume operations on a limited basis Tuesday. But the airport said passengers should contact their airlines to check on flight status before coming.Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, which first hit the state Sunday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane.___2:15 a.m.Florida residents have begun to dig out in hurricane-scarred Florida and officials are slowly piecing together the scope of Irma’s vicious path of destruction across the peninsula.The fate of the Florida Keys, where Irma rumbled through with Category 4 muscle, remains largely a question mark. Communication and access were cut and authorities dangled only vague assessments of ruinous impact.Florida Gov. Rick Scott called the storm “devastating” after emerging from a Monday fly-over of the Keys.A Navy aircraft carrier was due to anchor off Key West to help in search-and-rescue efforts.The governor described overturned mobile homes, washed-ashore boats and rampant flood damage.Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with three in Georgia and one in South Carolina. At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean.last_img read more

With Houstons Hispanic Population Growing So Does Its Economic And Political Clout

first_img X 00:00 /03:35 Davis LandLaura Murillo has been president of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for the past 10 years.The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been around for 40 years.Its president and CEO, Laura Murillo, has been leading it for the past 10.Over time, it has grown to Houston’s largest business chamber, with more members than the Greater Houston Partnership.For this week’s Bauer Business Focus, we sat down with Murillo to talk about the organization’s business mission and its political advocacy. Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

Houston Participates In Small Business Week

first_img#SmallBusinessWeek is a time to recognize, celebrate & collaborate w/our small business community, which is the backbone of this great city. About 99% of Houston’s businesses are considered small by our partners at the Small Business Administration—we will hear from them today pic.twitter.com/oquJJTbnFY— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 30, 2018 Belen Bailey —through hard work, ingenuity and a bit of luck— Belen turned a side business into the dessert shop “Sweets by Belen” in Gulfton—helping make a “Complete Community” a bit sweeter. #SmallBusinessWeek pic.twitter.com/I0EYzuAdIv— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 30, 2018 Sharecenter_img Photo: City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity via Twitter @HoustonOBODuring an event held at City Hall on April 30, 2018, and coinciding with Houston’s participation in Small Business Week, Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) talks about how entrepreneurs can help develop his Complete Communities initiative.Houston is participating in the National Small Business Week, which features a series of events and workshops for small business owners, as well as entrepreneurs.During an announcement made at City Hall, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner noted that small businesses are vital for the Complete Communities initiative, which he has made one of the cornerstones of his administration.Turner explained that the concept of Complete Communities aims for all Houston’s neighborhoods having access to quality education, affordable housing, transportation options and economic opportunity with an ultimate goal of creating “sustainable, complete neighborhoods that are safe, affordable and economically viable and that’s where small business owners come in, it is their investment that helps create jobs in these complete communities.”One of the most important elements of what is happening in Houston during Small Business Week is ‘Innovation Week,’ which is a series of workshops and events that provide information on a multitude of topics ranging from business law to web design.Tim Jeffcoat, district director of the Small Business Administration (SBA), underlined at the mayor’s announcement that 99 percent of Houston’s businesses are considered small by the SBA.Jeffcoat said that one of the main tasks of the SBA is connecting entrepreneurs or people who want to start a small business with funding sources and highlighted that “last year, we guaranteed loans just under a billion dollars” in the Houston area.The City’s Office of Business Opportunity (OBO), which helps entrepreneurs with applications for permits, as well as workshops, free legal resources and business resource guides, plays an important role in Small Business Week.Carlecia Wright, director of the OBO, also noted during the mayor’s announcement that “currently, there are more than 3,300 minority women businesses registered with the Office of Business Opportunity bidding for work with the City of Houston.”Happy #SmallBusinessWeek! #SmallBizWeek pic.twitter.com/IF7BFYbUcQ— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 30, 2018last_img read more

IWAI urges state to spruce up road connecting Kolaghat jetty with NH41

first_imgKolkata: Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has urged the Bengal government to spruce up a 4 km long road leading to the highway from the Kolaghat jetty in East Midnapore, to facilitate the transport of cargo through it.”We have finalised the design of the loading structure at Kolaghat. The only problem is a 4 km road connecting the place with NH 41 that needs reconstruction. We are inclined to do this with the Bengal government, which is happy to re-construct the road. We have got permission to operate our jetty at Kolaghat. It might need some dredging. Once the road is constructed, we hope to start operation before December,” said IWAI chairman Pravir Pandey, speaking at the Inland Waterways Summit, organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in association with IWAI. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataKolaghat has been declared as an extended part of the India-Bangladesh protocol (route) and IWAI expects a lot of fly ash movement from Kolaghat to Bangladesh with Indian vessels being able to load it, once the Kolaghat jetty becomes operational. Tata has already approached IWAI for movement from Kolaghat. Pandey said that the government has identified 36 National Waterways to be developed in the immediate future. He felt that the country can benefit more, both socially and economically, by developing the inland waterways. He cited that inland cargo has increased from 3 million tonnes to 7 million tonnes between 2014 and 2018. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to Pandey, Nepal is keen on exploring new waterways for “cleaner and greener” bilateral trade with India and has proposed the Gandak river route for cargo transport. Under the current arrangement between the two countries, cargo reaches Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Kalughat in Bengal or Sahebgunj in Jharkhand via National Waterways-1 on the Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly river system, before being transported to the Nepal border on road, covering over 170 km.last_img read more

Google Announces Guessjs Data Driven User Experience is here

first_imgThis year Google I/O was filled with a lot of new announcements which have created a buzz in the tech world. One of them is the launch of Guess.js, a toolkit for building data driven user experiences. This project was initially conceived to improve the the user-perceived page load performance by using predictive analytics. The project then was merged with a similar unnamed project by Google which aimed at exploring data-driven approach for predictive pre-fetching of web pages. The combined product was named as Guess.js and the alpha version was released during Google I/O 2018. Primary features of Guess.js: It can be applied to different types of sites like single-page applications, framework-based static sites, static content sites, and enterprise sites. It works well with single page applications which are running Angular and React ecosystems with their default configurations. The fundamental principle behind Guess.js is to implement data analytics to improve user experience and aid in the design of better data driven UX and UI. Guess.js has a plugin for the popular build tool webpack. Together with Webpack, Guess.js is trying to implement a machine learning driven web bundling approach which has the potential to revolutionize the UX design industry. For framework based static sites, Guess.js plugin can be used in tandem with the static site generators. This plugin helps in evaluating the probability of the user clicking on certain links and based on that it loads the required amount of data. This intuitive approach helps the users get their desired content and also helps to reduce overhead dependency of the websites. Static content sites – will let people using WordPress, Ghost, and many other platforms to leverage the smart pre-fetching of Guess.js The overall approach and promise of Guess.js is revolutionary not just in the way it makes the apps and sites perform faster, but the overall way of automating the page loading procedure and the introduction of the data driven approach has opened up a completely new avenue for UX designers. Read Next Google updates biometric authentication for Android P, introduces BiometricPrompt API AutoAugment: Google’s research initiative to improve deep learning performance Google Flutter moves out of beta with release preview 1last_img read more

PEOPLE Avalons Hoffee Burke move up as Patrick Clark gets ready to

first_imgTags: Avalon Waterways, People Share Travelweek Group [PEOPLE] Avalon’s Hoffee, Burke move up as Patrick Clark gets ready to retire Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — Avalon Waterways has appointed two travel industry veterans to its leadership ranks as managing director Patrick Clark shifts into retirement towards the end of 2017.Pam Hoffee will lead the worldwide operations of Avalon Waterways as chief product and operations officer for the Globus family of brands. Joining her is Terri Burke, who will drive Avalon Waterways’ global sales, marketing and promotional efforts as managing director.“The stage is perfectly set for Pam and Terri to ignite future growth and innovation for Avalon Waterways,” said Scott Nisbet, president and chief executive officer for the Globus family of brands. “Patrick’s work for Avalon Waterways – and the travel industry as a whole – has been immeasurable. Over the past decade, he has not only built the brand into one of the best river cruise companies in the world by commandeering our hugely popular Suite Ships, unveiling the new Avalon Fresh program and innovating excursions with active itineraries as well as the Avalon Choice program, he has helped evolve the river cruise category to make it one of the top-selling travel styles today. Patrick is both admired and respected among travel industry peers. We are immensely grateful for all he has done and are excited about what the future holds for this brand.”Since 2004, Hoffee has guided product and operations for the Globus family of brands’ North America and exotic (non-Europe) products. Her experience with Avalon Waterways includes overseeing the Southeast Asia operations of the company’s new Suite Ships and itineraries on the Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers. In her new role, she will be adding Avalon’s worldwide operations to her list of responsibilities.Terri Burke formerly led the Globus family of brands’ key retail partnerships alongside Paula Hayes. As the director of national accounts, she activated the Avalon Waterways Specialist Program, inspiring travel agents to better understand and sell Avalon’s river cruises.Hoffee and Burke will transition into their new roles in 2017. Tuesday, November 8, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Security breach compromises payment card information at 14 Trump Hotel locations

first_imgTags: Trump Hotels Posted by Share TORONTO — A security breach has compromised payment card and other information for those who made reservations at 14 Trump Hotel locations, including those in Toronto and Vancouver, over more than half a year.A notice posted on the Trump Hotels website says the breach affected the systems of Sabre Hospitality Solutions, which provides booking services.The luxury hotel chain says it was notified early last month that an unauthorized party had gained access to data for some of its reservations between Aug. 10, 2016 and March 9 of this year.Those include bookings made at the Toronto hotel between Nov. 18 and 21 of last year and at the Vancouver location between Nov. 8 and 19 of last year.The company says the data include cardholder name, payment card number, card expiration date and potentially card security code.It says that in some cases, the breach also included guest name, email, phone number, address, and other information but not social security number, passport and driver’s licence number.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalThe hotel says it apologizes for the inconvenience and urges anyone who made reservations during those times to monitor their accounts for unauthorized activity and contact law enforcement if necessary. Travelweek Group center_img Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Security breach compromises payment card information at 14 Trump Hotel locations << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Charged GTAs Libia Guerra Paez

first_img MISSISSAUGA — TICO has charged Libia Guerra Paez of the Greater Toronto Area with two separate counts contrary to the Travel Industry Act, 2002.Paez, the operator of Representaciones Neward Inc., is charged with one count of operating as a travel agent without being registered, and one count of failing to take reasonable care to prevent Representaciones Neward Inc. from committing the offence of selling travel under paragraph 31(2) of the Act.Separately, TICO has also charged Representaciones Neward Inc. with one count of selling travel services without being registered contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Act.Paez will appear in court on April 4, 2019. Share Posted by Charged: GTA’s Libia Guerra Paez Tags: TICOcenter_img Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Cruise West ceases all operations

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Cruise West announced that it would cease all operations effective immediately over the weekend. The Seattle-based small-ship operator has struggled to stay afloat over the past 12 months by aggressively pursuing a number of options to maintain operations. These different options, which have not managed to come to fruition, included investment, selling assets and selling the company. “I have never given up hope that we might be able to find a way to survive by working with the various interested parties.“I am absolutely heartbroken that this family legacy has come to an end,” said Dick West, Cruise West’s Chairman and Managing Director. “We have a product that appeals to the type of traveler who wants to experience the destination, not the inside of a ship.“We have a passionate following of repeat guests and I am particularly distressed that our most loyal guests who booked with us will now not be able to travel. “We have done absolutely everything to maintain operations, but with limited resources and current tight financial market, we simply cannot continue.” Cruise West has cancelled all future cruises in 2010 and beyond with the exception of this week’s Danube Cruise (Wednesday, September 22).The company has now in the process of contacting guests via phone, email, and through media outlets. “It is with a heavy heart that we close our doors, knowing that guests, travel agents, and partners will not receive the personal attention that they have grown to expect from us,” said Mr West. “I want to extend my most sincere thanks to our local employees, many of which have been here for decades.“I am devastated that, though they have given abundantly of their time and energy, we will unable to continue delivering memorable experience,” continued Mr West. Cruise West’s Galapagos partner, Canodros, operator of the Galapagos II, is working with the operator to provide an alternate program for booked guests. Director of the Small Ship Adventure Company, Maryann Anderson said the future of Small ship cruising worldwide is optimistic despite the end of Cruise West. “It is sad to see a family company like Cruise West collapse after nearly 64 years. “Cruise West forged the way for small ship cruising in Alaska and should be credited for being true pioneers in developing and defining the small ship cruise market as it is today.” She continued, “We have seen the Small Ship Cruise Market grow to become an important niche market for cruise specialist travel agencies over the past decade and we want to urge travel agents to feel confident in the positive outlook of the small ship cruise market.” Ms. Anderson said her company would work with agents to find an alternative small ship cruise to replace any Cruise West cruise in 2010 / 11.last_img read more

Rep Kahle welcomes student Rep for a Day

first_img Summer reading contest winner visits CapitolPHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bronna Kahle today welcomed Isabelle Brooks, of Adrian, to the state Capitol. Isabelle was selected as the winner of Rep. Kahle’s summer reading contest and was ‘Rep. for a Day.’ Isabelle, a student at Lincoln Elementary School in Hudson, read over 130 books during the summer months. Rep. Kahle worked with several local libraries and organizations over the summer to provide a reading contest designed to encourage students to read throughout their summer break. 05Oct Rep. Kahle welcomes student ‘Rep for a Day’ Categories: Kahle News,Kahle Photoslast_img read more