Industry Bodies Unite to Tackle Shippings CO2 Emissions

first_imgzoom Four major international trade associations have made a joint proposal to the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) concerning ambitious CO2 reductions by the international shipping sector.In a detailed submission, BIMCO, INTERCARGO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO proposed that IMO Member States should immediately adopt two “aspirational objectives” on behalf of the international shipping sector.These include maintaining international shipping’s annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels, and reducing CO2 emissions per tonne of cargo transported one kilometre, as an average across international shipping, by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008.In addition, the industry associations have suggested that IMO “should give consideration to another possible objective of reducing international shipping’s total annual CO2 emissions,” by an agreed percentage by 2050 compared to 2008, as a point on a continuing trajectory of further CO2 emissions reduction.The shipping sector, which is responsible for transporting about 90% of global trade, accounts for 2.2% of the world’s annual man-made CO2 emissions.The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee will meet in London this July to begin the development of a strategy for the reduction of the sector’s CO2 emissions aligning the international shipping sector response to the 2015 Paris Agreement’s call for ambitious contributions to combat climate change.last_img read more

Government Improves PostSecondary Supports for Vulnerable Nova Scotians

first_imgEnhancements to two government programs announced today, Oct. 27, will break down barriers and help more vulnerable Nova Scotians to continue and complete their education after high school. “Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and finding employment,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “Our programs help those on Income Assistance access post-secondary education, but barriers remain. Clients have told us they can’t attend classes without things like child care, transportation, books or Internet access. They also can’t afford education for their children. These enhancements will help to eliminate those barriers.” The Career Seek Program provides eligible clients, who are financing their own education, with ongoing shelter and personal allowances while they attend a post-secondary program. The program’s financial supports are expanding to include one year of tuition, all student fees and all book costs, as well as an expansion of personal allowances to include child care and transportation, student fees, Internet access, and incidentals to help with integration into campus life. The Educate to Work Program allows eligible clients to stay on Income Assistance and pays tuition and textbook costs for programs at the Nova Scotia Community College or a private career college. The program has been expanded to include some financial supports for eligible dependents of clients. Eligible dependents will receive funding for half the cost of tuition and full funding for text books, student fees, and health and dental insurance for core Nova Scotia community college programs. Research shows that people with post-secondary education get better jobs and higher lifelong earnings. The department has also launched a pilot project with Phoenix Youth Program to support 10 at-risk youth in post-secondary programming. These youth will already be supported by Phoenix programs – half will also be Income Assistance clients and half will be youth that are not otherwise attached to the department, but may be at risk of attaching. “Now college can be a reality for anyone in the Phoenix Program who dreams big,” said Melanie Sturk, the program’s acting executive director. “The Department of Community Services listened to the needs of Phoenix. Making Educate to Work funding more accessible for up to 10 youth is a game changer and will help open the door to their post-secondary education.” The changes are part of the department’s overall transformation process, and are effective immediately. They will be funded within the department’s existing budget with some eligible costs covered by federal funding under the Labour Market Development Agreement. Enhancements have also been announced for Labour and Advanced Education’s Skills Development Program which helps many eligible Nova Scotians return to the classroom. Participants can now receive up to an additional $100 a week for living expenses and $100 per week for care for each child or dependent, up from $100 per week, per family. If you are a dependent and are interested in the Educate to Work program, please call 1-844-424-3720.last_img read more

Parl approves bill to give NIA more teeth

first_imgNew Delhi: Parliament Wednesday approved a bill to enable the National Investigation Agency to probe terror attacks on Indians and Indian properties abroad, with Home Minister Amit Shah assuring the Rajya Sabha that the legislation will not be misused. Shah defended the government for not filing an appeal against the acquittal of all four accused, including the radical right-wing’s Swami Aseemanand, in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blastscase. He said the four were charge-sheeted by the previous Congress government without proof. Replying to the debate on the NIA (Amendment) Bill, he attacked the Congress for questioning the efficiency of NIA, saying 184 terror accused have been convicted since the BJP government came to power in 2014. P5last_img

Manitoba mom searching for her son 40 years after he was taken

first_imgShaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN NewsLynn Paul, a Manitoba mother is searching for her son who taken away nearly 40 years ago. She said she was just a child herself when she was forced to give up her firstborn.“I wouldn’t have been the best parent at fourteen,” she said. “I didn’t have the skills to do it. I was still very much a little girl looking back”.Now she’s taking to social media in hopes of reconnecting with the son she named Robert Michael Paul.He was born at Winnipeg’s Misericordia Hospital on July 8th, 1979.Paul said she remembers the day clearly.“By 1:20 in the morning I had this big baby boy laying on my belly and his eyes were wide open. And just…I fell in love.”She said was able to spend three days with the baby as she recovered.One of the nurses warned her not to get too attached.“I didn’t listen to them,” she said. “I wanted to hold him, I wanted to snuggle him. I wanted to love him for as much as I could.”Even after she was discharged Paul said she needed to see her son one last time.“I snuck into the hospital when he was ten days old and I could see him inside that nursery window,” she said.She doesn’t know where he ended up after that day.“I’m hoping with all my heart that he had wonderful parents”.Paul’s mother thought it was best to withhold their heritage on the adoption paperwork.Paul is of Cree, Ojibway and Métis descent, but on the submitted birth information, the boy was listed as Welsh.“I can see where my mom would want me to say that because it wasn’t a very…it wasn’t popular in 1979 to say you’re Indian.”Paul said she’s thought a lot about her son over the years.“At the beach, or at the zoo who would be about the same age as the child that I gave up…I would wonder, is that you? Is that you my boy?”Both her legal name at the time, Lynn Denise Thomas and her current name, Lynn Denise Paul were on the adoption records.Because it was a closed process, Paul doesn’t know who adopted her son.She’s joined a Facebook group that has more than 6,000 members made up of adoptees and birth families in search of each other.For now, she said she will be patient with the reconnection and hopes her long-lost son will reach out and try to find her.“I’m hoping that he’ll be accepting of me and of his cultural background.”last_img read more

Benabdelkader 68 of Moroccans Wanted an End to Time Changes

On October 26, the government adopted Draft Decree 2.18.855, adding 60 minutes to standard time in Morocco, moving Morocco to GMT+1 year-round. Before the decree, Morocco was set to move off of DST (GMT₊1) and back to standard time (GMT) on Sunday, October 28.The decision stirred confusion and questions about the government’s hasty move without prior notice. Clocks set by the internet with Moroccan cities selected as the time zone returned to GMT on Sunday and, as of Wednesday, are still showing the wrong time.In an interview with Morocco World News, MP Abdellatif Ouahbi called on the government to reveal the study that the government claimed to have conducted on time change. Following the backlash, a source at the government told Telquel Arabi that the minister delegate in charge of administration reform, Mohamed Benabdelkader, had the idea to stop the biennial time change in March. However, the government did not say anything about it until October 25, when it abruptly announced an emergency government council meeting the following day.The council decided to stop the upcoming time change by adding 60 minutes to standard time.Read also: MP Urges Government to Reveal Alleged Study on Daylight Saving TimeBenabdelkader, according to Telquel Arabi, said that the research aimed to study the reactions of Moroccans to time changes. He added that the study kicked off in May. The government received the preliminary results of the study on October 9.The government never mentioned the alleged study until Benabdelkader told a press conference that the government based its decision on a survey. A Telquel source said the study was conducted under the supervision of Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani.Benabdelkader admitted, “The study did not include direct questions about the preferences of Moroccans.”When the minister announced the decision on October 26, Benabdelkader said the decision aims to end the public’s confusion about time changes, which come four times a year. In addition to moving to DST in the summer, Morocco temporarily returns to standard time over Ramadan when the holy month falls in the summer.“The purpose of the study was to know the effects of the time change on Moroccans. We found that 68 percent of them prefer stability. The decision to maintain daylight saving time is a political decision,”  Benabdelkader said.Benabdelkader also claimed that the survey studied the impacts of the time change on Moroccans.“It caused tensions and diseases. We have also studied the economic aspect of this problem. I repeat it is a political decision of the government. This decision was adopted on the basis of a comparative study with developed countries.”Besides Benabdelkader, Telquel’s government source also defended the Ministry of Education’s decision to change school time-tables.Instead of 8 a.m., students will have to start school at 9 a.m. On Monday, El Othmani said that there will be more measures accompanying the government decision to adopt DST year-round, without giving further details.He also explained that the government is aware of the public’s confusion about the time change, but it would be “risky to go back to the Standard Time,because we want to ensure sustainability in the supply of electricity.”“The electricity supply must be continuous all day long and throughout the year, but in the summer, we have a peak in electricity consumption that poses risks … and that can sometimes lead to power cuts.”He said that staying on GMT+1 will save Morocco MAD 240 million annually. read more

Suspect arrested with fire arms and weapon used for VIP security

A suspect has been arrested with fire arms and a weapon used for VIP security, the Police said.The Police said that a 40-year-old man was arrested in Beruwala with nine fire arms including a MP5K weapon which is used for VIP security and a stock of ammunition. The Police said that heroin was also seized from the house of the suspect. (Colombo Gazette)

New trimmeddown TV packages proving popular for many says CRTC

An employee adjusts a television set at a store in Ottawa, on March 1, 2016. The country’s broadcast regulator says tens of thousands of Canadians have either signed up for the first time or switched to the recently mandated skinny-basic TV packages. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says more than 66,000 consumers have signed up to the new basic TV packages in the five weeks since cable and satellite service providers were required to offer them. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 15, 2016 9:33 am MDT Last Updated Apr 15, 2016 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New, trimmed-down TV packages proving popular for many, says CRTC GATINEAU, Que. – The country’s broadcast regulator says tens of thousands of Canadians have either signed up for the first time or switched to the recently mandated skinny-basic TV packages.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says more than 66,000 consumers have signed up to the new basic TV packages in the five weeks since cable and satellite service providers were required to offer them.As well, the CRTC says more than one in three TV service subscribers have opted to buy individual channels, small packages or both.Service providers including Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Cogeco began offering the new basic packages as of March 1 under new rules that cap the cost of service at $25 per month.The CRTC also required service providers to offer either individual “pick and pay” channels or small bundles of no more than 10 channels.Some consumers have complained about the new basic packages, even characterizing them as a “ripoff,” because service providers take away bundling and other discounts offered with more expensive service options.Many of the carriers also charge connection and cable box fees in addition to the $25 monthly charge, even as they often waive those same fees for their higher-cost bundled services.As well, a handful of companies include U.S. TV network channels as part of their slimmed-down basic packages while others do not.The CRTC said the subscription figures were provided by the carriers, which also include Access Communications, Eastlink, MTS, SaskTel, Shaw Communications, Telus and Videotron.The service providers will be required to offer full pick-and-pay starting December 1. read more

No 22 South Carolina women beat Appalachian State 8050

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Bianca Cuevas-Moore scored 12 points on four 3-pointers, Alexis Jennings sank all five of her shots for 10 points and No. 22 South Carolina beat Appalachian State 80-50 on Wednesday night.The Gamecocks hit six 3-pointers in the first quarter for a 27-15 lead, and made six more 3s by the intermission for a 26-point lead. Doniyah Cliney and Te’a Cooper each made three 3-pointers in the half as South Carolina was 12 of 18 from distance and shot 65 per cent from the field.All 13 players for South Carolina (5-4) scored, with the five starters scoring at least eight. The Gamecocks finished 14 of 28 from distance for the second-most 3-pointers in the Dawn Staley era.Tyasha Harris had seven of South Carolina’s 20 assists.Lainey Gosnell and Madi Story each scored 11 points for Appalachian State (5-4), which was outrebounded 47-27 and outscored 28-16 in the paint.The Associated Press read more

Dublin City Council to be asked to reconsider Garth Brooks licence conditions

first_imgSINN FÉIN IS to table an emergency motion aimed at getting Dublin City Council to reconsider the conditions of the licence for the Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park.Councillor Seamus McGrattan explained to that he has submitted an emergency motion asking the city manager to make a statement on the issue.He pointed out: He said that the party is not asking the council to overturn its decision, but to review the conditions, which he believes is allowed under the Act. “It’s not changing the decision of the planners,” he said.The party is also considering tabling a motion to do with section 140 of the Local Government Act. It is examining the Act to see if the decision can be overturned with the support of two thirds of the City Councillors.McGrattan said however that this would be a more complicated option. “I’m nine years in the council and it’s never been used,” he said. “It’s a very rare thing to do.”First published 20:22Read: Council says Garth Brooks decision ‘cannot be amended or appealed’> Under the Planning Act, you can’t overturn a decision that can be made. We’re not asking for that. Croke Park applied for a licence, and the decision of the council was to grant the licence and one of the conditions was three out of the five concerts could take place. They haven’t refused permission for them [to hold the concerts]. They granted permission, but the conditions were only three out of the five.last_img read more

The family at the centre of THAT viral interview are back for

first_imgThe family at the centre of THAT viral interview are back for another one The kids steal the show once more. 43,422 Views 21 Comments Share Tweet Email1 Short URL By Rónán Duffycenter_img Read: This man’s very serious BBC interview was interrupted by his kids barging into the room > Mar 14th 2017, 10:07 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 10:07 PM Source: BBC News/YouTube‘IT’S BEEN PRETTY unreal’.That’s how Prof Robert Kelly described life for his family since last Friday when a live BBC interview with him went viral.The video took over social media and showed Kelly trying to stay focused on Korean politics as his young son and daughter broke into his study to steal the show.Sounding like a man who wanted to move on from his online stardom, Kelly went back on BBC along with his wife Jung-a Kim and children Marion and James to “bookend” his new-found fame.Despite this, he could completely understand why everyone found the farcical video so funny.“We’ve watched it multiple times too and our families have watched it and everyone we know seems to find it pretty hysterical, so we understand why people find it so funny,” he said.And what about Jung-a?“Yea, we just laughed a lot but we were worried a little bit more,” she said, explaining that they were at first worried that they’d never be invited back on TV.Not a chance.last_img read more

Le retour plus rapide que laller Une histoire danticipation

first_imgLe retour plus rapide que l’aller ? Une histoire d’anticipationSans soute avez-vous déjà trouvé qu’un trajet retour était bien plus rapide comparé à celui de l’aller ressenti comme interminable. Cette impression si commune et dont l’étrangeté demeure, a été l’objet d’une étude publiée en août dans la revue Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. “Revenir de la Lune m’a paru beaucoup plus court”, raconte l’astronaute Alan Bean, de retour de son voyage spatiale à bord du module Apollo 12, en 1969. Pourtant, les distances de l’aller et du retour étaient exactement les mêmes… Alors d’où vient cette étrange impression baptisée “effet du voyage de retour” ? C’est une question qui a de nombreuses fois été posée, mais qui trouve aujourd’hui une réponse. Selon une étude publiée dans la revue Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, cette illusion ne serait en fait que le résultat de notre état d’esprit différent à l’aller et au retour. L'”effet du voyage retour “Comme le rapporte le site d’information USA Today (lien non disponible), les retours à la maison seraient jugés 17% à 22% plus rapides que les trajets allers. Pour Niels van de Ven, psychologue à l’université de Tilburg aux Pays-Bas et co-auteur de l’étude, beaucoup de gens pensent que le trajet retour est plus court parce qu’il semble plus familier : “Ça doit aider à favoriser l’impression de vitesse, et la sensation de rapidité du trajet.”  Toutefois, le chercheur n’était pas convaincu par cette explication: “Quand je prends l’avion par exemple, j’ai aussi cette impression, et pourtant je ne reconnais rien pendant le voyage. Quand je regarde par la fenêtre, je ne vois rien que je puisse reconnaître”, cite’est donc pour en avoir le coeur net que les auteurs de l’étude ont mené une expérience sur près de 350 personnes, parmi lesquelles se trouvaient deux groupes d’étudiants qui avaient prévu d’aller en vélo à une kermesse. Durant cet essai, les étudiants ont alors réalisé le même trajet aller. Par contre pour le retour, les deux groupes se sont séparés : le premier a repris le même chemin tandis que l’autre en a pris un différent mais de même longueur.Une illusion d’optimismeÀ lire aussiPsychopathe et sociopathe : qu’est-ce que c’est et comment les différencier ?Ainsi, les chercheurs ont constaté que les deux groupes avaient trouvé le voyage retour plus court que l’aller : les deux ont estimé le retour à 37 minutes et l’aller à 44 minutes, alors que les deux trajets ont duré précisément 35 minutes, explique USA Today. Ceci démontre donc bien que le sentiment de familiarité ne constitue pas une explication valable sinon seul le premier groupe aurait ressenti l’effet du voyage retour. Niels van de Ven a alors expliqué sur le site de NPR : “on remarque souvent que les gens sont trop optimistes quand ils sont sur le point de partir”. Ils sont donc logiquement plus pressés d’arriver et quand ils atteignent leur but, ils ont l’impression que le trajet a pris plus de temps que prévu. Un sentiment pessimiste qui reste jusqu’au début du voyage de retour, donnant l’impression que cela va également prendre du temps. Selon les scientifiques, les différences entre les deux trajets s’expliquent donc par l’optimisme et l’impatience du début qui rendent le voyage aller interminable, alors que c’est le pessimisme de la fin qui fait que le retour est plus rapide, comme une sorte de bonne surprise.”C’est vraiment une histoire d’anticipation, sur ce que vous pensez qu’il va se passer”, observe Michael Roy, psychologue au Collège Elizabethtown et co-auteur de l’étude. Néanmoins, les auteurs de l’étude sont conscients que l’existence d’autres explications est tout à fait possible “nous n’affirmons pas qu’il n’y a qu’une seule cause, précise Michael Roy. Il y en a sûrement d’autres”.Le 18 septembre 2011 à 11:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dzagoev Croatia are upset they have to play Russia

first_imgRussia midfielder Alan Dzagoev believes that their quarter-final opponents Croatia will be rueing their luck in having to face them on SaturdayThe tournament hosts have performed above expectations this summer and last weekend’s victory over Spain proved that they could be in with a real chance of reaching the final.Standing in there way is Croatia, who have also exceeded prior expectations and are widely being viewed as the favourites to reach the semi-finals on Saturday with midfield star duo Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in the team.But Dzyuba, who scored a first-half penalty against Spain last Sunday, thinks that it is Croatia who are worried.“Everything depends on the opponent,” said the 28-year-old, according to SportsMax.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“Spain can take control over any team, so we could not play in any other way.”He added: “Closer to the match against Croatia, Cherchesov will tell us how to play. I hope we’ll prove that we can play football in the upcoming match.“I think Croatia are upset that they will play against us because we are the host nation.“The whole of Russia will be supporting us. I hope we don’t disappoint our fans.”Russia and Croatia will meet at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on Saturday at 20:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

17th District candidates far apart on key issues

first_imgMiddle-school teacher Monica Stonier and businessman Paul Harris have at least one thing in common: The Evergreen school district.Paul HarrisRepublicano Age: 57.o Occupation: Businessman.o Campaign finance: Raised $44,855, spent $18,119, debt $9,400.o Campaign website: Quote: “We need new leadership with no obligations to special interest groups.”Monica StonierDemocrato Age: 34.o Occupation: Middle school teacher.o Campaign finance: Raised $58,909, spent $33,888, independent support $4,385.o Campaign website: Quote: “Any teacher who is ineffective and not willing to change their practices to meet student needs should not be in the classroom.”But when it comes to their views on school funding, teacher compensation and state spending, they’re worlds apart.Both are seeking the open seat held by state Rep. Deb Wallace, D-Vancouver, who is leaving the Legislature when her term expires in January. Her departure created an open seat in the 17th, a swing district that covers Vancouver east of Interstate 205 and south of 119th Street.Harris, a Republican, served as a member of the Evergreen School Board. He ran unsuccessfully in the 17th in 2004, against former Rep. Jim Dunn, a Republican, and in 2006 against Wallace, who spent nearly $300,000 to defeat him. In January, he dropped out of the contest for appointment to a vacancy on the Vancouver City Council and threw his hat into the legislative ring, saying, “I feel my commitment to the community will be better served at the state level.” A 30-year resident of the 17th District, he owned his own paint company and later worked for a Tacoma-based paint company, but lost that job in a recent downsizing. He has started a new business as a medical supply distributor.Stonier, a Democrat, is a language arts and social studies teacher and teaching coach at Pacific Middle School in the Evergreen district. She represented Clark County as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. This is her first run for public office. Wallace endorsed her early in the race.last_img read more

Fire destroys house east of Orchards

first_imgVancouver firefighters responded to reports by several callers of a vacant house fully engulfed in flames at Northeast Fourth Plain Road and 134th Avenue, east of Orchards on Tuesday night.A crew from nearby Sifton Fire Station arrived at 9:47 p.m. to the home at 6903 N.E. 134th Ave., and said the house had boarded-up windows and flames were flaring through the roof. The roof was about to collapse and firefighters were told not to go inside due to the danger. Instead, firefighters employed a defensive attack and streamed water to control the flames from outside and make sure the fire didn’t spread to other structures, said Capt. Kevin Murray, a fire department spokesman.A commander radioed for police to control traffic because people were driving over their hydrant line.The fire was under control at 10:20 p.m.No one was reported injured.Vancouver Fire responded, even though the home is outside city limits, because of a contract it has with Fire District 5, Murray said.The fire is being investigated by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office.The investigation has “a lot of moving parts” because the home is abandoned and there was no power going to the home, Murray said.The owner is James H. Thacker, according to county property records.last_img read more

Nissans zeroemissions ice cream truck gets rid of the ICE

first_img4:38 Concept Cars Electric Cars Vans More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing More about 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Review • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Nissan built an ice cream truck that’s efficient from start to finish News • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus officially achieves 226-mile range, but there’s a catch Preview • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus first drive: Expanding the EV’s appeal Nissan Tags Share your voice 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car 1 Comment 24 Photos Nissan Leaf long-term wrap-up: One year of electric feels Enlarge ImageShrug off the effects of climate change with a nice ice cream cone, served by a vehicle that’s doing its part to mitigate future effects of climate change. Nissan According to Nissan, there are some monsters out there who have a problem with ice cream trucks — not the idea of an ice cream truck or the thought of children sprinting out into the street, but the overall ecological footprint of such an endeavor. Thankfully, Nissan engineered a way around that, and it’s green from “sky to scoop,” as the automaker puts it.Nissan on Thursday unveiled its vision for a zero-emissions ice cream truck. And it’s not just the truck that is better for the environment — it’s the entire process in and around the idea of serving ice cream from a vehicle.The vehicle itself is a modified version of Nissan’s e-NV200 small van, which replaces the internal combustion engine (ICE) with a battery-electric powertrain. According to the automaker, some ice cream trucks get a bad rap because they have diesel engines that must remaining running to power the refrigeration system, which can lead to a whole bunch of gnarly emissions.But the e-NV200 doesn’t actually use the EV battery for keeping that ice cream cold. Instead, it uses Nissan’s Energy Roam system, which uses recycled Nissan EV batteries as a portable power pack that can deliver energy where it’s needed. Hell, even the ice cream itself is zero-emissions (minus, you know, the cow flatulence), because the creamery that makes the product — Mackie’s of Scotland — powers its farm with wind and solar energy.Even the experience of serving the ice cream is delightfully different. There’s no room to hang out in the back of the van, so the driver stands outside and serves ice cream directly to customers in a more personal manner. There’s a contactless payment terminal right on the side of the van. Instead of rolling around playing tunes, the van generates a What3Words code for its location, narrowing down its parking spot to a 3-meter-by-3-meter square. That way, kids don’t hear the music and immediately start shaking parents down for spare change, and there’s no worry about missing it.It’s just a concept, of course, so don’t expect this ice cream truck to show up in your neighborhood this summer. But nevertheless, it’s yet another unique approach to figuring out how zero-emissions tech can green up the auto industry beyond regular ol’ passenger cars. Green tech Nissanlast_img read more

AL wins in Rajshahi Barishal BNP ahead in postponed Sylhet result

first_imgAHM Khairuzzaman Liton, Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah, Ariful Haque ChowdhuryThe Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidates were unofficially declared elected in Rajshahi and Barishal city polls marred by boycotts and widespread rigging while the announcement of election results was postponed in Sylhet, reports UNB.Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury ahead of his rival AL’s Badar Uddin Kamran by 4,626 votes, with the balloting in two polling stations suspended.The authorities suspended the announcement of the polls result as the number of voters of the suspended polling stations is higher than the lead Arif has taken.In Rajshahi, Ruling Awami League mayoral contestant AHM Khairuzzaman Liton bagged 165,096 votes to defeat his nearest rival Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul of BNP who polled 77,700 in all the 138 election centres.Returning officer Syed Amirul Islam announced the results around 11:45pm.In Barishal, AL candidate Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah came out victorious getting 107,363 votes while Mujibur Rahman Sarwar of BNP received 13,135 in 107 centres out of total 123.Returning officer Mujibur Rahman announced the results around 11:50pm.In Sylhet, the announcement of the results was postponed as the number of votes in two centres where voting was suspended is higher than the difference between the two leading candidates’ tallies.BNP mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury bagged 90,496 votes in 132 centres out of total 134 while AL’s Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran got 86,870 votes.Ariful was leading by 4,628 votes while the number of voters in the two centres is 4,787.Under such circumstances, returning officer Mohammad Alimuzzaman postponed the announcement of the results around 11:45pm.Earlier, voting in the elections to Rajshahi, Barishal and Sylhet city corporations was held amid election boycott, allegations of rigging, ouster of polling agents and other irregularities.The balloting that started at 8:00am continued till 4:00 pm.Bringing various allegations of irregularities, including driving out of its polling agents and stuffing ballot boxes, BNP said the ‘naked vote rigging by the ruling party got exposed in Barishal, Sylhet and Rajshahi city corporations.”We’ve been talking about the government’s blueprint over the elections in the three cities since the beginning of the electioneering, and it got exposed nakedly today,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.In Barishal, BNP mayoral candidate Mujibur Rahman Sarwar, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) contestant Abul Kalam Azad and Islami Andolon Bangladesh candidate Obaidur Rahman Mahbub boycotted the polls, alleging widespread vote rigging and other irregularities.AL candidate Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah cast his vote at government Barisal College Centre at 8am, while BNP candidate Mujibur Rahman Sarwar at Sayeda Mojidunnesa High School at 8:15am.Sarwar, however, boycotted the polls bringing the allegation of vote rigging. He announced the decision at a press conference at Barishal Press Club at noon.Besides, Islami Andolon Bangladesh candidate Obaidur Rahman Mahbub and Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) contestant Abul Kalam Azad pulled out of the election race citing the same allegations.Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal candidate Manisha Chakrabarty and Jatiya Party candidate Md Iqbal Hossain turned down the elections.Manisha said her polling agents were driven out of the voting centres while votes rigged at many centres.They demanded the Election Commission to postpone the polls due to vote ‘rigging’ by ruling party men.Sarwar claimed that his polling agents were obstructed from entering at least 70-80 centres.He alleged that ruling party men stuffed ballot boxes in most centres with the help of law enforcers. “The government has destroyed the country’s election system. This can’t continue.”The BNP candidate said he called upon the Election Commission to postpone the polls, but it did not pay heed to it. “We condemn the Election Commission’s role and we’re boycotting election.”In Rajshahi, Awami League’s AHM Khairuzzaman Liton cast his vote at Satellite Town High School around 8:30am.BNP mayoral candidate Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul refrained from casting his vote protesting irregularities in the city corporation election.The BNP mayoral candidate took position in front of Islamia College polling centre in the city’s Binodpur area protesting the ouster of the party’s polling agents from different polling stations.Bulbul also alleged that BNP supporters were obstructed from casting their votes.He also demanded the presiding officer make public how many ballot papers were there at the centre and threatened not to leave the place until he gets the account of the ballots.Replying to a question from journalists, Bulbul said, “It’s pointless to cast vote in such a country where there’s no democracy. I don’t want to create any problem. Which centre will I visit? Where can I resist rigging? So, I’ve taken a position right here and seeing the irregularities silently.”In Sylhet, BNP candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury cast his vote at Roynagar Government School at 8:30am and AL’s Badar Uddin Kamran at Government Pilot School Centre under 18 No ward at 08:45am.Councillor candidate and Jubo League leader Rimad Ahmed Rubel along with his supporters allegedly captured the polling centre at Khasdabir Government Primary School at 50 No ward around 9:45am and stuffed ballot boxes locking the door. Then voting in the polling centre had been suspended for an hour.Besides, voting was suspended at Shahjalal Jamia Islamia Kamil Madrasah polling centre at Pathantula for 15 minutes following a clash between the activists of Awami League and Jamaat-e-Islami, said presiding officer Jamil Ahmed.Meanwhile, police fired shots in the air at Kazi Jalal Uddin High School centre in 18 No ward around 11am as the supporters of two councillor candidates captured the centre.The voting came to a halt following the incident. A vehicle was also vandalised.BNP mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury alleged that his agents were kicked out from two polling centres.He came up with the allegation after visiting Chandu Shah Centre around 9:45 am.The two polling centres are Chandu Shah Dakhil Madrasah and MC College Shishu Biddalya under 21 No ward, he said.The city elections are the last major polls before the next general election expected to be held in December this year.last_img read more

Google Issues Some Pretty Darn Hilarious Glass Dos and Donts

first_img 4 min read Even Google says you shouldn’t be a glasshole. Just because you wear an insanely amazing $1,500 computer on your face doesn’t give you license to be “creepy or rude.” The tech behemoth, which apparently has a witty, sensitive side, also advises against donning Google Glass while riding a bull or cage fighting. Gee, we can’t imagine why not.Yes, Google wants users to go boldly, but ever so carefully and considerately into the pioneering world of Glass. And in case you brave Explorers can’t make heads or tails of what’s kosher and what’s not while rocking Glass, Google also wants to give you a hand. The company today issued a helpful Google Glass do’s and don’t guide and it’s equal parts practical and entertaining. Related: Virgin Atlantic Is Using Google Glass to Greet Customers “Since the [Google Glass Explorer] program got started, our Explorers have gotten a lot of attention when they wear Glass out and about,” the guide reads. “Reactions range from the curious — ‘Wow!” Are those the ‘Google glasses? How do they work?’ — to the suspect — ‘Goodness gracious do those things see into my soul?!’”Who knows? They just might peer deep into your soul. But maybe not if the person peering from behind them follows Google’s official Glass-iquette pointers. Here are some of our favorites from the cheeky do’s and don’ts list:   Don’t “glass-out.” Yeah, don’t be that guy who wears glass like a second skin and zones out basically 24/7. Like Google says, “If you find yourself staring off into the prism for long periods of time you’re probably looking pretty weird to the people around you.” Oh, and don’t tuck into a tome like War and Peace from behind Glass. True, “things like that are better done on bigger screens.”Related: The NYPD Is Testing Google Glass for Patrol Purposes Don’t “be creepy or rude (aka, a ‘Glasshole’).” You know, creeping sketchily around places with Glass, like the movies, banks, casinos, and, yup, even (cringe) locker rooms and dressing rooms. Google sums it up perfectly: “In places where cell phone cameras aren’t allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass.” Capiche? Okay, good. Don’t “rock glass while doing high-impact sports.” See? We weren’t kidding at the beginning of this article. Google really thinks that “water skiing, bull riding or cage fighting with Glass are probably not good ideas.” We’re pretty sure Glass is also a no-go for volcano surfing, too. Yes, that’s a thing now.Do “take advantage of the Glass voice commands.” In other words, don’t be afraid to boss your Glass around, like you would Siri. Start by saying the magic words “ok glass,” then literally tell that pair what to do, like so: “Take a picture.” “Record a video.” “Get directions to.” “Send message to.” and “Make a call to.” Last we checked, “Make a pastrami sandwich.” isn’t a real Google Glass command… yet.Google points out that nifty voice commands “free your hands up to do other things like golfing, cooking, or juggling flaming torches while balancing on a beach ball.” But wait, didn’t they warn that Glass and extreme sports don’t mix?Do “ask for permission.” Would you snap a person’s picture with your smartphone or DSLR without asking them for permission? No? Then it’s probably poor form to stare someone down with your Glass and take pics and video of them without getting their buy-in first.We’re not sure how many people will actually follow this somewhat unrealistic tip, which feels a bit like an awkward acknowledgement from Google regarding the shame spiral of privacy pitfalls haunting Glass. After all, it’s impossible to know what Glass wearers are really up to from behind their snazzy tech specs (that is, unless you’re the NSA).Remember, eyeborgs, like the friendly — and surprisingly pretty funny — folks at Google caution, “Standing alone in the corner of a room staring at people while recording them through Glass is not going to win you any friends.” Neither is wearing them in the shower and snapping a selfie Register Now » February 18, 2014center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

5 Powerful SEO Metrics and Data Points You Need to Watch

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read Tracking your website analytics isn’t a “set it and forget it” endeavor. As an entrepreneur, it’s important you reevaluate annually what data you’re tracking — especially important when it comes to SEO. Because Google updates its algorithm so often per year (technically over 500 times, but only three or four of which are usually significant enough to affect your website), the data that truly matters to you can drastically change. In fact, you might even be missing quite a few metrics that should be obvious.Related: How to Choose and Purchase a Domain NameThe vast majority of your metrics will come from Google Analytics. This is not to say that Bing reports or any data your social media tools offer isn’t important, but Google has some of the most important metrics to check weekly.The five reports below are all found on Google Analytics and are listed in order of how they should be checked for the best understanding:1. Traffic Sources. This will tell you who’s coming to your website and how they found your website. This should absolutely be checked once per week. What’s great about this report is it will show you all sorts of data at once so you can take a quicker look (hence why checking it once per week is so possible). For example, you can see which keywords and phrases people are using through search engines as well as links that draw in traffic. By being able to see where all of your traffic is coming from you can better determine where you should put your resources for the most success.How to improve this report: You will often fine that one aspect of your marketing efforts will drive the most traffic, but another might give you the highest conversion rates. Both are important, so it’s a good idea to know the results each offers so you know where to put your energy. If you check this each week you can start to replicate what you’ve done in past weeks to create the strategy that works best for you. If something changes, you’ll know about it if you’re checking this metric each week and you can alter your efforts accordingly.I also recommend using Google Analytics Intelligence Events to help you get alerts and better understand your traffic, which you can learn more about here. They’re easy to set up and can make a world of difference.Related: 5 Sources of Online Traffic You’re Probably Ignoring2. Impressions report. This refers to the number of times any URL from your website appears in organic search results and for what queries.This hasn’t always been considered an important metric (certainly not top 5) because it doesn’t have to do with people clicking through your website, but now it’s important to know how many people are looking at a particular search term.Extra: The SEO Queries report shows the Google search queries that generated the most impressions for your website URLs. You don’t necessarily need to check this everyday, but it’s an incredibly useful report for many of the same reasons the Impressions reports are so important.How to improve this report: Look at your numbers to help you optimize your website. If a particular search term is ranking well for your site, keep targeted that term in your content and in your paid search efforts. This will change from week to week, so keeping a constant eye on it is key.Related: How to Recover From a Google Penguin Penalty3. Conversion Goals report. This is what happens when someone completes a goal that you have created (subscribing to your blog, purchasing something, etc.).This report is going to let you know how many people are converting and how and why they are converting. In other words, you can see if your efforts—ads, content, landing pages, etc.—are working and where they might be failing. After all, conversions are your ultimate goals and why you work so hard on your website and business in the first place.How to improve this report: Your conversion rates and how you go about improving these numbers depends on the webpage in question. For example, a call-to-action (CTA) CTR might be different than an email CTR. Nonetheless; there are some tactics that will work across the board. When you group your pages together into similar pages (landing pages vs. blog posts vs. emails, etc.) find the ones with the highest conversion rates. Looking closely at them and find trends that you can then emulate onto your other pages. It seems obvious, but this is something that many companies only do once or twice per year — not regularly.Related: How Local SEO Works and Why It Matters for Small Businesses4. Blog post views. This is another metric that might not come to mind for many people right off the bat, but it’s still important. Content is everything in today’s SEO world, and for most companies a blog is the biggest way that the company is displaying content. This is the text that ranks and gets people engaged in your website, so shouldn’t it be worth tracking closely each week? Tracking these numbers will help you get feedback on your articles and what your audience likes to read.How to improve this report: Knowing which blog content performs best will help you determine what to write in the future, but don’t forget to stay creative. You should be publishing content at least three times per week on your blog, so keep trying new things. Your audience also changes as time goes on, so something that might not have been overly successful in the past might perform well just a few months later.Related: 6 Ways to Master SEO Without Google Analytics5. Bounce Rate reports. This calculates how long a visitors stays on your page.This one almost didn’t make the list because bounce rate can is often so high, but that doesn’t mean that the metrics you see are irrelevant. Although your data might be higher than you’d expect, watching this week after week can help you better regulate what is working on your site. The lower the bounce rate the better your site did that week. This often correlates with your blog post metrics.How to improve this report: Improving your bounce rate numbers is one of the harder things for Webmasters to control. However, the steps you can take to improve your data are the same as many of the others—experiment during the week and see what keeps people on your page. If you do this too infrequently this number might not help you improve, so a weekly basis is a good rule of thumb. Did you use a video last week? Chances are that will improve your bounce rate. Learn more options here or extra tips for creating a sticky website here.For more information about the different reports found on Google Analytics, visit the Google Analytics Support page that lists all of their different features and how to get them working for your website.Tell Us: What metrics do you find are important to constantly be watching? Let us know your thoughts and your experiences in the comment section below. Related: Bring Traffic to Your Site With These 4 Blogging Alternatives This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 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Presidents of Sudan South Sudan meet on oil

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies JUBA, South Sudan (AP) – The presidents of South Sudan and Sudan met face-to-face Tuesday and said they are working to maintain peace between the two countries.South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, who met in South Sudan’s capital, said in a joint statement they agreed to expedite the establishment of a joint or independent governing body in the contested border region of Abyei. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility They also agreed to start coordinating on ways to help people and goods move across border points, and to stop supporting and harboring rebel movements in either country.An African Union panel mediating talks between the countries last year proposed a referendum to be held in Abyei this month to determine which country the region would join.South Sudan voted to break away from Sudan in 2011.In a statement, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the summit between the two presidents and their decision to accelerate the full establishment of a Safe Demilitarized Border Zone by mid-November.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories last_img read more