Mumbai to have Shiv Sena Mayor after BJP withdraws

first_imgDecks were cleared for the election of Shiv Sena candidate as the Mayor of Mumbai after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday announced that the BJP will not contest the March 8 Mayoral polls.He also made it clear that the decision of the BJP should not be read as a “surrender” to ensure stability of his government.“The people of Mumbai voted overwhelmingly for the BJP as they believed in our agenda of transparency in the civic administration. Shiv Sena emerged as the single largest party while we were two seats behind them. We did not get the numbers to have a Mayor of our own,” Mr. Fadnavis told reporters at his official bungalow here.The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has 84 corporators in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation while the BJP falls two short of the formers count in the cash-rich civic body.“BJP will also not contest elections for the post of Deputy Mayor and for the standing, improvement, education committees as well as for posts of chairpersons in the BEST committee,” the Chief Minister said.“We would have needed the support of other parties to have our Mayor,” he said.The BJP had two options, either to have a Mayor by taking outside support, which meant compromising on the issue of transparency, or justify the faith and trust given to us by the people, Mr. Fadnavis said.“We chose the second option,” he said.“The issue of Mumbai Mayor has nothing to do with the stability of my government. It is stable. Yesterday, Shiv Sena Ministers attended the cabinet meeting and we agreed on various issues,” he said.last_img read more

Monitoring reports of formalin in fish: Parrikar

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said he had to make an intervention in the ongoing controversy surrounding the use of formalin in fish, because people had stopped eating fish in Goa.“I was keeping quiet initially, but since fish is a staple food, finally I had to say yesterday (Saturday) ‘Don’t worry, I am monitoring [it] myself’, said Mr. Parrikar.“I think that was required because people stopped eating fish. How can Goans live without fish?,” Mr. Parrikar said at a function here on Sunday. ‘Within limits’Goa Food and Drugs Administration officials had claimed that formaldehyde was used to preserve fish, after a raid on fish consignments coming from other States last week.The controversy took a major turn after Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai tweeted that the fish was fit for consumption, following which the FDA in a statement said that Formalin was “within permissible limits”.Fish markets in the coastal tourist State have been in crisis over the last few days, with consumers staying away from them unsure of the quality of fish.last_img read more

Slipper thrown at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

first_imgA young man named Chandan Kumar Tiwari threw a slipper at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during a programme in Patna on Thursday.The slipper missed the CM and the programme continued. Chandan Kumar Tiwari from Aurangabad district of Bihar also shouted slogans against Mr. Kumar. He was protesting against amendment in reservation. The youth was thrashed by JD(U) workers before being taken into custody by Patna police. The incident happened at a programme organised by the student wing of the JD(U).last_img

M.P. CM’s letter sparks controversy

first_imgAt a time when the Lok Sabha election is under way, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, who also heads the State Congress unit, has written to the party office-bearers asking them to prepare lists of those government employees who they feel are “not unbiased”.‘Model code violation’ Reacting angrily, the opposition BJP said that it amounted to violation of the model code of conduct. The party also said it would file a complaint with the Election Commission.In the letter, written in his capacity as the State president of the Congress, Mr. Nath has sought details about those government officials and employees who according to Congress leaders are “biased”. The letter, dated April 29 and signed by the Chief Minister, is addressed to the Congress candidates, who are contesting the Lok Sabha election, and the district presidents of the party. “ …You are being asked to submit details like names, posts and departments of those officials and employees who are careless and not unbiased during the poll duty, to the MPCC.” While six LS seats in M.P. went to the polls on April 29, the remaining 23 constituencies will vote on May 6, 12 and 19.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Mitchell Marsh on standby as injury scare hits Australia

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 11, 2019 16:56 IST Marcus Stoinis reacts after taking a stunning catch of MS Dhoni of his own bowling (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSMarcus Stoinis injured his thigh in Australia’s last game vs IndiaMitchell Marsh might replace him in the squadThe severity of Stoinis’ injury is yet to be confirmedAfter India’s Shikhar Dhawan sustained a blow to his left thumb while batting against Australia on Sunday, reports have emerged that the defending champions have more to worry about apart from their humbling loss to the Men in Blue. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis picked up a thigh strain and is set to miss Australia’s next match against Pakistan on June 12 according to cricket.com.au.Stoinis took 2/62 from 7 overs but got clean bowled for a 2nd ball duck by Bhuvneshwar Kumar during Australia’s 36-run defeat while chasing a mammoth 353.According to a cricket.com.au report, Australia have called in allrounder Mitchell Marsh to England as a cover for Stoinis, but the team is still waiting to make a call on whether to officially announce him as a replacement. The hesitation rings from the fact that ICC rules don’t allow an injured player, who has been replaced, to rejoin the squad once he regains full fitness.Marsh was actually going to the United Kingdom anyway on a tour with Australia A team for a series of 5-over games against various County sides before turning to red-ball games as a preparation for the Ashes.Australia will be meeting a resurgent Pakistan side, which beat hosts and tournament favourites England, on June 12 in Taunton in what promises to be an exciting clash of pace batteries of both sides.Also Read | Injured Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019 for 3 weeksAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Lasith Malinga to return home after Bangladesh matchFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Cricket AustraliaFollow Marcus StoinisFollow Mitchell Marsh World Cup 2019: Mitchell Marsh on standby as injury scare hits AustraliaAll-rounder Marcus Stoinis looks set to miss Australia’s next game against Pakistan owing to a thigh strain that he picked against India in their World Cup 2019 encounter on Sundayadvertisementlast_img read more

ACP Announces Lane Closure

first_imgzoom Beginning Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 0001 hours through Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 2400 hours, dredging operations will be conducted at the Gatun Lake entrance on the east side of Perdro Miguel Locks between the center wall and the east prism linem and north of the center wall.This dredging work is necessary for the removal of shoals, which have become critical due to the low level of Gatun Lake. During this period, the East lane at Pedro Miguel Locks will be closed to allow the dredging equipment to operate uninterrupted.The West lane of Pedro Miguel Locks will also require an outage for dredging operations, tentatively scheduled for May 9-11, 2014.As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit Reservation System, Condition 2 will be in effect from Tuesday, April 29, 2014, through Thursday, May 1, 2014.Applications for reserved transits while Condition 2 is in effect will be received beginning at 0900 hours on Saturday, April 26, 2014.The Just-in-Time (JIT) slots available for supers will be reduced during this period to one slot per direction. Nevertheless, JIT slots previously confirmed will be honored. The JIT slots available for regular vessels transiting without restrictions, as well as the booking slot available through the Auction Process, and the slots available for regular vessels less than 300 feet in LOA, will continue to be offered during this period. acp, April 24, 2014last_img read more

National museum changes stance on genocide sides with inquiry findings

first_imgThe question of what is and isn’t genocide has been playing out across all forms of media this week after the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its findings where commissioners called violence against women genocidal.During the release on Monday Commissioner Michele Audette quickly refuted deniers.“To the people who don’t think that there is a genocide today, we have 1,200 pages to prove it,” she said.Young says the term genocide comes with certain implications and may be a reason why many are quick to dismiss it.“People see that there’s a numerical threshold…whether it’s numbers or certain approaches are necessary for the term to apply,” said Young.He believes people who question the Inquiry’s findings may lack understanding.Young adds Canadians should commit to educating themselves and part of this includes reading the Inquiry’s final report.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22 Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is publicly acknowledging the past and present treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada as acts of genocide, following years of criticism on the issue.“The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) has recognized genocide as an appropriate term in discussing and studying public policy towards Indigenous peoples in Canada as part of a colonial experience,” said John Young, president of the CMHR.The CMHR opened in 2014 amidst a wave of backlash from Indigenous peoples after the museum would not explicitly use the term genocide to describe the way Indigenous peoples have been treated by Canada’s colonial state.Instead the museum included an exhibit on Indian Residential Schools alongside other genocides of the world.At the time officials said it wasn’t appropriate for a museum to making those decisions.“We don’t have the prerogative, legally, to make that judgment if it’s homicide or genocide,” said Jodi Giesbrecht, director of research and head curator at the museum, during the opening in September 2014.“What we can do is present evidence and encourage that debate.”A debate that Young says the museum no longer wants to participate in.“A better way to recognize the harm done [and] the challenges we face as a country going forward is to just recognize genocide,” Young told APTN.The change came after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called residential schools a form of cultural genocide in 2015, according to Young.The change only became public after a visitor of the museum questioned them on Twitter last month about their stance.last_img read more

Lebanese PM calls on Italy to increase investment in Lebanon

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s Prime Minister has called on Italian companies to invest in his country as it seeks to address deepening economic challenges.Saad Hariri met with his Italian counterpart, Giuseppe Conte, in Beirut on Thursday and said that “the coming period in Lebanon is a period of work … with many investment opportunities.”Italy is a traditional trading partner of Lebanon, has invested in its gas and oil sector and also supports Lebanese military and security forces. Rome has over 1,000 peacekeepers in the U.N. force monitoring the cease-fire with Israel.Hariri’s government hopes to unlock around $11 billion in soft loans and grants pledged by international donors at a conference in Paris last year.Hariri said he’s “convinced that Lebanon can be a regional centre for the Italian private sector.”The Associated Press read more

University of California to dump fossil fuel investments

LOS ANGELES — The University of California is dumping fossil fuel investments from its nearly $84 billion pension and endowment funds, calling them a financial risk.An opinion article in Tuesday’s Los Angeles Times says UC will make its endowment fund “fossil free” by month’s end and its pension fund will soon follow. The pension fund covers 320,000 people.The article was written by the university’s treasurer and the chair of its Board of Regents Investment Committee.A global campaign for universities and other organizations to disinvest has been waged by climate activists for nearly a decade but the article says the decision was made for financial rather than political reasons.The article says UC is placing bets “that clean energy will fuel the world’s future.”The Associated Press read more

Striking Bombardier rail workers vote to accept conciliators recommendation

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2012 10:43 pm MDT Striking Bombardier rail workers vote to accept conciliator’s recommendation MONTREAL – Bombardier rail-equipment workers in Quebec have voted to accept a conciliator’s recommendation for a new collective agreement that would end a nearly five-week strike.Union members gathered at a meeting in La Pocatiere, northeast of Quebec City on Wednesday night and voted 82.2 per cent in favour of accepting the recommendation.The result means the 330 workers who have been without a contract since last September could resume work as early as Thursday morning.The union representing the workers said the new deal includes a 1.5 per cent salary increase for the period from Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012 and a one per cent retroactive lump sum for the same period.The new contract also includes two per cent annual wage increases for the next three years and a 2.5 per cent wage increase for Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016.Bombardier said this week it hoped the workers would accept conciliator Jean Poirier’s recommendation that was issued Sunday after a blitz of offers between the two sides over the weekend.“We think that his recommendations are pretty realistic, they’re fair enough and I figure that for both parties this is where it should stop and we are optimistic that we could have the end of it and resume work,” spokesman Marc Laforge said in an interview Monday.Laforge had said the new deal fit within the framework of an earlier Bombardier’s offer that was soundly rejected by workers on Nov. 22.“It’s all within the framework that was on the table and about being creative and see how you can work things out with what was there and also to try to meet the union’s preoccupations and also our own.”Subcontracting, pension and salaries were key issues for the workers who were without a contract since Sept. 30, 2011 and who were on strike since Nov. 1.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) characterized its earlier proposal as a generous offer that raised wages and pension benefits and contained a commitment to invest in new technology at the plant northeast of Quebec City.The union noted Wednesday night that it had made gains on the employee pension plan.Meanwhile, Bombardier Transportation suffered two losses at the hands of France’s Alstom, its partner on the Montreal metro contract. Two consortiums it was part of failed to secure contracts for the $2.1 billion Ottawa light transit rail project and the $5.8 billion railway contract in South Africa.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares closed down five cents or 1.5 per cent to $3.28 in Wednesday trading. read more

Italy must put human rights at centre of border management policy –

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, made six recommendations to the Italian Government after having spent nine days in the country meeting with Government representatives, civil society and international organizations, as well as many migrants. His recommendations address Italy’s management of the European Union’s (EU) external borders, ranging from agreements with Libya and other neighbours, to full access by international organizations to migrants, as well as improving appeal systems to challenge expulsions. Italy must ensure that “migration cooperation with Libya does not lead to any migrant being returned to Libyan shores against their will, either by Italian authorities, or by Libyan authorities with the technical or logistical support of their Italian counterparts,” Mr. Crépeau said, adding that bilateral re-admission agreements between Italy and its neighbours must have human rights at their core. Mr. Crépeau also stressed that Italy must guarantee the full access by international organizations, civil society organizations and lawyers to areas where migrants are held or detained, noting that, currently, organizations such as the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross do not have full access to all detention centres where migrants, many of whom are of Tunisian and Egyptian origin, are held for quick processing and removal. Other recommendations by the independent expert include the development of a national framework based on human rights to organize and manage all migration centres, a “simpler and fairer appeal system for expulsion and detention,” and a speedier identification system of foreign inmates to ensure the detention of migrants for identification is limited to the shortest possible time, with a maximum of six months. In addition, Mr. Crépeau warned against so-called ‘push-backs’ to countries that are not considered safe for asylum seekers. “In light of the decision of M.S.S. v Greece, in which the European Court of Human Rights held that Greece was not a safe country of return for asylum seekers, and given the testimony I heard from migrants who transited through Greece regarding extreme xenophobic violence against migrants, Italy should formally prohibit the practice of informal automatic ‘push-backs’ to Greece,” Mr. Crépeau said. During his mission, Mr. Crépeau visited three centres of identification and expulsion in Trapani, Bari and Rome. Earlier this year, he visited Brussels, Vienna, Tunisia and Turkey as part of a yearlong study on the management of the EU’s external borders. He will also visit Greece in November. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. Mr. Crépeau is scheduled to present the results of his study to the Council in June next year. read more

Messages highlighting dangers of drug use during sex need to target wider

first_imgMessages highlighting dangers of drug use during sex need to target wider audience Researchers say the messages should not only focus on gay and bisexual men. Harm reduction messages relating to substance-linked sex in general should therefore not only be targeted towards gay and bisexual men, as they are relevant to all groups.Country of residence was not specifically asked in the survey so no Irish figures are available. The high rate of drug use in the UK was detected because of the answers to questions about currency. Related Read Image: Shutterstock/luckakcul Apr 2nd 2019, 6:31 AM Gay and bisexual men were found to be the most likely to have drug-linked sex. The study found that, in the past year, gay men were 1.6 times as likely as their heterosexual counterparts to have used drugs with the specific intent of enhancing the sexual experience.G is most commonly used among gay men. Reports from TheJournal.ie found that about 100 people have been referred to Ireland’s only GHB-detoxification clinic since 2017 and at least 15 people have overdosed from the drug in recent years. 12 Comments Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 6:30 AM Image: Shutterstock/luckakcul Share24 Tweet Email1 center_img 23,429 Views RESEARCHERS SAY THAT messages about drug use during sex need to target a wider audience as they have found that combining drugs with sex is common regardless of gender or sexual orientation.The international study, which drew approximately 22,000 responses, found that people from the UK had the highest rate of drug use during sex.Alcohol, cannabis and cocaine were the most commonly used drugs while GHB/GBL and MDMA were rated most favourably among users.Respondents to the survey said the highly addictive drugs GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) and GBL (gamma butyrolactone), both commonly known as G, increased ‘sexual desire’ the most while MDMA increased ‘emotionality/intimacy’ the most.“While using drugs in combination with and to specifically enhance the sexual experience tends to be associated with gay and bisexual men, we found that in our sample, men and women of all sexual orientations engaged in this behaviour. However, differences between groups did emerge,” explained the study’s lead author, Dr Will Lawn. By Ceimin Burke https://jrnl.ie/4570982 12.09.18 How one drug can make sex euphoric, but also destroy lives Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Samir Nasri Im a different man now

first_imgFrench midfielder Samir Nasri feels “blessed” to have been given a second chance following his move to West Ham and promises he’s a changed manThe 31-year-old was given an 18-month ban from football after breaching the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules in 2016.The suspension came shortly after his contract with Turkish side Antalyaspor was terminated with his last competitive outing being in August 2017 in a Super Lig match against Yeni Malatyaspor.But now Nasri has been given a rare second chance in a top Premier League club after convincing his former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini of his fitness.Although the ex-France international admits he thought his career might come to an end at one stage.“I had some really tough moments when I was really down,” Nasri told West Ham TV on YouTube.“Mentally I’m really strong, but for maybe the first time in my life, I cried about my career because I thought it was over.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I’m 31 years old now and I’m more mature. If it was five years ago maybe I would have some problem with it or talk too much about it.“When you’ve been out for a year and you think it’s over, you think completely differently after that.“I was just looking on TV and I wasn’t able to train, and in the meantime, I had a son. A lot of things have changed in my life, and for the best. I’m really happy about it. I’m just blessed.“I’m lucky to have a second chance. Not everyone in life has a second chance and I do. I know I will give 100 per cent.”Nasri could make his West Ham debut on Wednesday at home to Brighton.last_img read more

Mayor Faulconers Year End Report

first_img December 27, 2017 Steve Bosh Steve Bosh, As 2017 winds down, we take a look back at the progress, or lack there of for the City of San Diego over the past year. In a KUSI News special report, Steve Bosh sat down with Mayor Kevin Faulconer to talk about some of the city’s successes, as well as its failures. Mayor Faulconer’s Year End Report 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Posted: December 27, 2017 Updated: 4:52 PM Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Kevin Faulconer FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Truck crashes into patrol vehicle temporarily traps trooper

first_imgA trooper was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a truck crashed into the back of his stopped vehicle on Seward Highway.KTVA-TV reports an online dispatch says the trooper pulled over to help a driver in front of him whose vehicle had lost control on the icy road. He turned on his emergency lights and was hit from behind by a truck before he could exit the vehicle.The truck, driven by 26-year-old driver Caleb Adelmann, swung around and impacted the driver’s side door of the patrol vehicle, trapping the trooper.He was removed from the patrol vehicle by the Girdwood Fire Department and taken to the hospital.No other injuries were reported in the crash. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor.last_img

Hartlage Named Preseason AllAmerican by Golfweek

first_imgFor the latest on Louisville women’s golf, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @UofLWGolf, Facebook /UofLWGolf, and Instagram @UofLWGolf. During the summer, Hartlage won her U.S. Women’s Amateur Sectional Qualifier. At the U.S. Am, she finished third during stroke play, before going on to win her first match play event during the round of 64. The Louisville women’s golf team kicks off the 2019-20 season at the Minnesota Invitational Sept. 9-10 in Woodbury, Minnesota. Last season, she led the Cardinals with a 72.60 stroke average, which ranks third all-time in program history. She finished her junior campaign 49th in the Golfstat NCAA Division I player rankings and 61st in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. She opened up the spring season by earning medalist honors at the Moon Golf Invitational for her second collegiate victory.  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Story Links The senior enters her final season with the Cardinals after earning Golfweek All-American Honorable Mention honors the last two seasons. She is a three-time All-ACC Women’s Golf Team honoree and three-time WGCA All-America Scholar, in addition to being named to the All-ACC Academic Team. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The list of national accolades continues to grow for University of Louisville women’s golf Lauren Hartlage, as she has been named to the Preseason All-American Second Team by Golfweek.last_img read more

David Hasselhoff Becomes Hoffbot in AIPenned Short

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Don’t worry about missing your favorite shows during the impending Writers Guild of America strike: AI Benjamin has you covered.This year’s follow-up to the 2016 short film Sunspring, written entirely be an algorithm, It’s No Game tells a harrowing tale of Hollywood’s artificial intelligence takeover.The seven-minute movie, which debuted last week on Ars Technica, follows two fictional Writers Guild of America members (Tim Guinee and Thomas Payne) as they meet with an industry producer Rhea L. Deal (Sarah Hay) who believes the future is AI writing for AI.“People watching people perform human-written drama is a relic. Our fleshy brains can’t keep up. It’s too much,” the studio exec says manically. “But machines, they can. Then they’ll make it; then they’ll watch it.”Generated as part of the 48 Hour Film Challenge at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival, It’s No Game is a follow-up of sorts to director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin’s 2016 short Sunspring.The science-fiction film, written entirely by an algorithm that named itself Benjamin, makes a cameo in It’s No Game, boasting that it “got a million hits”—blurring the line between fact and fiction.In real life, the short did get a million hits. And there really is a writers’ strike threatening Hollywood this week.David Hasselhoff, however, is still human.Hoffbot (via Ars Technica)The ’80s TV icon stars in Sharp’s movie as “Hoffbot,” a parody of a parody of a parody, according to the director.“Benjamin helps you take these calcified cultural objects that we all recognize too easily [i.e. David Hasselhoff], and it automatically caricatures them,” Sharp told Ars Tech. “If Hoff is a caricature of a caricature, Ben takes it a step further.”Jake Broder performs nonsensical Shakespeare (via Ars Technica)The actor—sporting red lifeguard shorts (apparently Hoff’s own idea), his K.I.T.T. watch, and a gold smoking jacket—has been reprogrammed by nanobots to recite dialogue from Baywatch and Knight Rider.When those pesky nanobots take over everyone else in the room, people are forced to act out exchanges created by algorithms trained on Shakespeare (“Robobard”), Aaron Sorkin (“Sorkinator”), and classic Hollywood scripts (“Golden-Age-O-Matic”), with amusing, if not slightly unnerving, results.Tom Payne and Time Guinee perform classic Hollywood scenes (via Ars Technica)“Wouldn’t it be easier if our computers and phones could take over and control us?” Hay told Ars Tech. “Those things freak me out in reality, but I think for her [Rhea L. Deal] this is joyous. I’m free.”Hasselhoff had a similarly moving experience, telling the tech blog that Benjamin “really had a handle on what’s going on in my life and it was strangely emotional.”“When you’re acting out these strange lines they become part of your soul, and you can actually give meaning to [them],” he said. “When he was taken over he had no choice but to say those lines, even when they were wrong.“He wanted to humanize himself. He just wanted to be a man,” Hoff continued. “He wanted to go to the movies. That’s my favorite line: ‘I just wanna go to the movies.’” Stay on targetlast_img read more

India clicked candid

first_imgThe ongoing photo exhibition Colours Of India curated by Delhi Photography Club wraps up Tuesday. The show that kick started on 12 July at India Habitat Centre displays photographs clicked by Kaynat Kazi. It is  a narration of some of the rare arts getting even rarer each passing day. From colourful block prints, elaborate Mughal crafts to blue pottery and meenakari, Colors of India is more than just a story. The ‘rani’ pink of mystical Rajasthan; the pastel shades of southern India; the joyous, bright hues of the northern frontier; and the bright colors of the east offer a insight into the blend of India’s history and modernism.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kazi is a photographer who loves travelling to unfrequented places – from the heights of Ladakh, villages of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra – and captures diverse cultures that usually escape the regular eye. Her special interest lies in capturing female expressions and candid photography. She believes that the moment the subject is conscious of being clicked, the original element is lost.last_img read more

Should Your Business Switch to VoIP

first_imgSeptember 12, 2005 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. You’re at an internet café and get an important business call–on your laptop. You’re on the road and receive an urgent voice mail–in your e-mail inbox. Your business has a phone number with a Florida area code–even though your office is in California.Welcome to the world of voice over internet protocol (VoIP). With VoIP service, your phone calls travel over the internet as data, just as e-mail does. This type of service can dramatically lower your telecommunications costs while increasing your productivity. It also provides useful features and capabilities that conventional phone technology can’t offer.Though VoIP is quickly gaining popularity, some small businesses are still on the sidelines, concerned that VoIP audio quality is substandard, that the technology is difficult or costly to implement, or that their phone service will be interrupted if their electricity goes out.The truth is, VoIP’s benefits far outweigh any potential drawbacks. Here’s what you need to know about VoIP to decide if it’s right for your business–plus tips for making the most out of VoIP service.1. Since its inception, the quality of VoIP service has come a long way. Early VoIP products required both parties in a conversation to be at a computer. Not only was this extremely limiting, but the sound quality was often poor. Today’s VoIP service has evolved and allows you to make and receive calls using standard phones or, even better, feature-rich IP phones. Sound quality has vastly improved, too–in fact, many businesses today have abandoned traditional phone systems in favor of VoIP. Many of these businesses have the ability to leverage their own data network to carry phone calls originating and terminating within their office with additional savings and benefits.2. Using VoIP can significantly reduce your telecommunications costs. Operating costs for VoIP service providers are significantly lower than for traditional phone companies, which must contend with the existing, expensive-to-maintain phone infrastructure and costly industry regulations. With lower expenses, VoIP providers can charge much less than their competitors.And with VoIP, businesses no longer have to maintain separate networks for phones and data–another significant money saver. Also, the costs associated with employee moves, adds and changes–which can cost $100 or more per occurrence–are virtually eliminated. All you have to do is move your IP phone (or traditional phone with a VoIP adapter) to a different broadband network jack and plug it in.3. VoIP service makes your phone system highly flexible. VoIP systems allow you to do things that are simply not possible with traditional phone technology. For example, you can:Take your phone system with you. As long as you have access to a broadband connection, you can use your VoIP system anywhere, such as in a hotel room or at a friend’s home. Customers and employees can stay in touch just by calling your regular business phone number–they don’t need to call your cell phone, which means you can save precious cell phone minutes.Talk on your laptop. Many VoIP systems include telephony software that enables you to send and receive calls using a headphone/microphone unit connected to your computer. Now you won’t miss an urgent call from a client, even when you’re hanging out with your laptop at an internet café.Get voice mail and faxes with your e-mail. Many VoIP services allow you to have voice mail and faxes automatically forwarded to your regular e-mail inbox. You get all your messages in one place, and your voice mail and faxes can be easily archived or forwarded to others. Users can also get their e-mails “read” to voice mail.Get virtual phone numbers. Your phone number can have any available area code, not just the one assigned to your region. For example, a business based in California could have a phone number with a Florida area code–particularly advantageous if your business has (or wants) customers in Florida.Increase productivity. Many VoIP phone numbers can be configured to simultaneously ring on multiple devices–such as your cell and landline phones–before going to voice mail, thus eliminating time-consuming “phone tag.” In a recent survey conducted by Sage Research, the increased productivity enabled by internet telephony added up to 3.9 hours per week, per employee.With all the benefits VoIP has to offer, if you’re now considering a switch to VoIP service, these tips will help you overcome any potential hurdles and make the most of a VoIP system:When in doubt, hire an expert. An off-the-shelf VoIP system for a business with a few employees is fairly straightforward to implement. But larger VoIP systems may work best if installed and configured by experts. Ask your network equipment vendor about VoIP services tailored for small businesses.Test it out. Rather than switch everyone at once, test a VoIP service first with just a few users. Once you’re satisfied with the service, then you can roll it out to other employees. (You might want to keep your traditional phone system up and running during the transition as a backup.)Use call forwarding. If the power goes out, your computer network may go down–taking your VoIP service with it (unless you have a generator or other alternative power source). For backup, configure your VoIP service to automatically forward unanswered calls to a cell or landline number.Secure your network. VoIP’s growing popularity is attracting the attention of hackers, and users are concerned that hackers may digitally intercept VoIP calls or bring down a company’s VoIP system using denial-of-service attacks. The solution? Make sure your network security is thorough and up to date. For more information, see my earlier article, “Is Your Business Safe from Internet Security Threats?.”One thing’s for sure: VoIP technology is continually evolving, with compelling new benefits being developed for small businesses. For example, some new wireless PDA/phone combination devices allow you to use your VoIP service whenever you’re near a Wi-Fi network and use your cell phone service when you’re not. Among the advantages: a dramatic increase in mobility and a sharp decrease in your cell phone charges.For larger small businesses, having a single IP network for both voice and data can provide other advantages, too. For example, an IP network can also support real-time, high-quality, affordable videoconferencing, call center applications and more.No matter the size of your business, VoIP is a surprisingly flexible, affordable technology that offers the same, sophisticated communication tools your enterprise-size competitors have. Register Now »last_img read more