Mamata to meet PM Modi state issues on agenda

first_imgKOLKATA/NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is arriving in the national capital on Tuesday, and is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Lok Kalyan Marg at 4.30 pm on Wednesday, sources in the state secretariat confirmed on Monday.According to the sources , a letter was sent to the PMO last week requesting an appointment with Modi. The letter of approval for the meeting reached the state secretariat on Monday. She is likely to return to the city on Friday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSources said the two leaders would discuss issues including the change of the state’s name. The Trinamool Congress wants to change the name of the state from West Bengal to Bangla. During the budget session, a party delegation led by Sudip Bandopadhyay had met PM Modi raising this demand, but the Centre has not given its assent. The agenda will also include the state’s intended takeover of the Dunlop factory, for which the President’s consent is awaited. The list also covers issues related to the MNREGA scheme and its funding. The Chief Minister had met PM Modi last in March, during which they discussed the financial crisis facing the state. The Prime Minister had assured her that he would look into the issue.last_img read more

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Canadian space sleuth discovers NASA satellite not a piece of space junk

first_imgROBERTS CREEK, B.C. – An amateur astronomer in British Columbia has made a discovery that has gained the attention of NASA.Scott Tilley, a 47-year-old electrical technologist, sneaks time away from his family when he can to search for spy satellites by using radio frequency signals and a contraption of remote control cameras and antennas on the roof of his Roberts Creek home on the Sunshine Coast.He was sleuthing through space on Jan. 20 when he found something unusual.A signal led him to discover a satellite called IMAGE, or Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration.NASA launched the science probe in 2000 to image the Earth’s magnetosphere and produce images of plasma populations. But contact with the probe was lost in 2005 and the mission was abandoned in 2007.“Everybody thought it was dead,” explains Tilley. “It was no longer talking anymore and it was just a piece of space junk.”He says the signal he found showed the satellite was alive. And it was sending data.With the help of friend and fellow astronomer Cees Bassa, Tilley calculated that IMAGE had been trying to call home for more than a year. But its messages were lost among the din of other chattering satellites.Tilley was thrilled about the finding and wrote about it on his blog and on Twitter. He even sent NASA a message but got no reply.It wasn’t until a few days later, when he reached out to a scientist who had developed IMAGE, when the frenzy erupted.“I had dozens of emails from all the different researchers and people who were involved in IMAGE and they were all very excited,” says Tilley.Then he heard from a mission director at NASA and gladly shared his information.A news release on NASA’s website this week confirmed that IMAGE was found by an unnamed astronomer. “The NASA team has been able to read some basic housekeeping data from the spacecraft, suggesting that at least the main control system is operational,” it said.Scientists and engineers from the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland are to analyze its data over the next two weeks, NASA added, but the satellite’s age poses a problem.“The types of hardware and operating systems used in the IMAGE Mission Operations Center no longer exist, and other systems have been updated several versions beyond what they were at the time, requiring significant reverse-engineering.”The discovery has also been mentioned in Science magazine.Tilley says he hasn’t been offered a job with NASA — even though he’d jump at the chance. But he is happy knowing that NASA would collaborate with a Canadian who has been searching space since he was a kid by fiddling with his father’s short-wave radio.“I’m appreciative of the fact that these very talented people doing an amazing job for all of us would be open-minded enough to listen to somebody just out of the noise.”last_img read more

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Proposed sterilization classaction filed in Saskatoon court

first_imgThe Canadian PressA proposed class-action suit against Canada’s attorney general, the Saskatchewan government, the province’s health regions and doctors who allegedly coerced Indigenous women to undergo sterilization has been filed in Saskatoon’s Court of Queen’s Bench.The statement of claim was filed about three months after the Saskatoon Health Region released the findings of a six-month external review into Indigenous women who had a tubal ligation.A judge needs to sign off on the statement of claim before it moves forward as a class action suit.The lawsuit, if certified, would seek damages for each plaintiff.Two women are currently listed as plaintiffs but more women in Saskatchewan could be included if the lawsuit is approved.The statement of claim states the women’s charter rights, including their right to life, liberty and security and their right to receive health care free of discrimination, were breached.Other damages listed include future cost of care, punitive or exemplary damages, and general damages for “lost opportunity,” among others.After the report was released, federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said it was an indication of racism in a health-care system that remains biased against Aboriginal women.The report was researched and compiled by Yvonne Boyer, a lawyer and a Canada Research Chair at Manitoba’s Brandon University, and Dr. Judith Bartlett, a physician, and researcher.The report suggested some Indigenous women from Saskatoon and the surrounding area were coerced into having their Fallopian tubes clamped or severed after giving birth in the hospital.Most of the women who were interviewed for the report either did not recall consenting to the procedure or did so because they were exhausted and too overwhelmed to fight any longer, the researchers found.In response to the findings, the Saskatoon Health Region said it deeply regrets what happened, acknowledging it failed to treat the women with the respect, compassion, and support they deserve.More to come.last_img read more

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Ban Kimoon tells Lebanese donors conference that world must help in reconstruction

25 January 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a major international donors’ conference on Lebanon today that the global community must support the war-shattered country’s efforts for economic and political reconstruction, with its neighbours staying out of its affairs. “Political stability has to be the bedrock on which we consolidate economic recovery and reconstruction,” Mr. Ban told the donors in Paris, citing the unsustainable level of debt at 180 per cent of the gross domestic product as one of the fundamental obstacles to the country’s recovery and long-term development. “I call on Lebanon’s neighbours to fully respect its unity, independence and sovereignty. Lebanese democracy can only work if its leaders are free to make decisions and pursue reconciliation without fear of external pressure or interference.” He urged all parties and communities in Lebanon to engage in meaningful dialogue and avoid recourse to violence and intimidation. “The only hope for stability lies in the path of national dialogue and reconciliation,” he said. Mr. Ban noted that the conference, first mooted in September 2005, had become even more urgent following last summer’s war between Israel and Hizbollah. “Today the Lebanese people are once again being tested. Their response will help to determine not only the future of the country but also the prospects for a broader peace in the Middle East,” he concluded. “I call on the Lebanese to cooperate, without distinction of faction or faith, in order to reinforce their economy and to work for a prosperous and independent Lebanon. And I urge the international community to support these efforts. The United Nations, of course, will continue to assume its role.”Mr. Ban met with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, who briefed him on the situation in the country and conveyed his appreciation of the UN involvement.They discussed the political and economic situation and the implementation of resolution 1701 which ended 34 days of fighting in August and strengthened the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to a maximum of 15,000 troops and mandated a complete Israeli withdrawal, together with Lebanese army deployment in southern Lebanon.In New York the Security Council today discussed the current political violence roiling Lebanon. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari told the 15-member body the situation showed how easily political tensions can spill over into violence. On the ground, the office of the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative for Lebanon reported a number of clashes in Beirut and south of Beirut, including between students at Beirut Arab University. The army immediately deployed to the area, where fatalities were also reported.Mr. Ban also met with a number of foreign ministers separately, including those from Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, and was scheduled to have met with United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.Earlier today he conferred his Special Envoy for the Future Status Process for Kosovo, Martti Ahtisaari, who tomorrow is to present his proposals on the final status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province that the UN has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid brutal ethnic fighting.Mr. Ahtisaari is to unveil his plan to the so-called Contact Group – the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Russia – in Vienna tomorrow and will take it to the Serbian and Albanian-led Kosovo governments on 2 February. Independence and autonomy are among options mentioned but Serbia rejects independence. read more

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Australia defends treatment of Sri Lankans

“Lawyers will always argue for greater levels of litigation.”Australia, which is struggling to deter boats carrying asylum seekers making perilous voyages from Asia, has repatriated hundreds of Sri Lankans not qualifying for refugee status. “The enhanced screening process is both rigorous and robust,” federal Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor said on Monday. He dismissed concerns from human rights advocates who claim the Sri Lankans were denied legal assistance. About 250 boats with more than 14,000 people on board have arrived since the Australian government reintroduced offshore processing of asylum seekers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island in August 2012. The Australian government has defended its “enhanced screening process” that resulted in 38 asylum seekers being sent back to Sri Lanka within nine days of landing in Western Australia, the Australian Associated Press reported.They were among a group of 66 who arrived by boat in the port of Geraldton, hoping to go on to New Zealand. read more

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BBS slams Mahindas conspiracy allegations

However BBS General Secretary Galaboda Athe Gnanasara thero rubbished the claims and said that this was the thanks they got for backing him at the last Presidential election. However he says despite the attempts to clear the air, Rajapaksa continues to go down the wrong path and is being misled by false claims.“When he had the chance to remain in power for another two years was it because of us that he went for an early Presidential election?” Gnanasara thero asked.Gnanasara thero also asked if Rajapaksa lost several votes at the last election when compared to the election in 2010 because of the BBS. (Colombo Gazette) The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) slammed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, over allegations he had made in a television interview regarding the BBS.Rajapaksa had claimed that the BBS was part of a conspiracy created with international backing to remove him from power. He accused Norway of being part of the conspiracy and said that details regarding this have been made public in a book released in the market. The BBS, which is contesting the Parliamentary election next week under the Bodu Jana Peramuna (BJP), said that it had worked tirelessly for Rajapaksa’s bid to win the polls in January despite several allegations raised against them.Gnanasara thero said that the BBS had produced documents to Rajapaksa on several occasions which proved that the BBS had no foreign connections. read more

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International court chiefs brief UN Assembly on progress challenges

“During the last 12 months, the International Court of Justice has continued to fulfil its role as the forum of choice of the international community of States for the peaceful settlement of every kind of international dispute over which it has jurisdiction,” Judge Peter Tomka, President of the Court said, briefing the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York.He said that the Court has cleared its backlog of cases and detailed for the Assembly the progress of as many as 11 contentious cases with which it dealt over the past year. The Hague-based body – often referred to as the “World Court” – held public hearings in and is currently deliberating three cases, a maritime dispute involving Peru and Chile, an interpretation of a 1962 judgement in the case concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear between Cambodia and Thailand, and the case concerning whaling in the Antarctic between Australia and Japan, with New Zealand intervening.The Court also delivered two judgements this year, the first in a territorial and maritime dispute involving Nicaragua and Colombia, and the second in the frontier dispute between Burkina Faso and Niger. In addition, the ICJ delivered six Orders in other cases.“It should be emphasized once again…that, since the Court has been able to clear its backlog of cases, States thinking of submitting cases to the principal judicial organ of the United Nations can be confident that, as soon as they have completed their written exchanges, the Court will move to the hearings stage without delay,” he told the Assembly.Also briefing the Assembly was Judge Sang-Hyun Song, President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who provided an update on the eight situations before the Court Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Central African Republic (CAR), Mali, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, the Darfur region of Sudan, and Libya.“The ICC has attracted considerable international attention in the past months, especially in Africa. Some voices have urged the Court to show flexibility on certain issues,” noted Mr. Song. “I would like to underline that while the ICC will naturally try to find practical solutions to the challenges it faces, such solutions must be consistent with the legal framework set by States in the Rome Statute.”With regard to Kenya, the ICC today decided to postpone the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, which was set to begin on 12 November, to 5 February 2014 to allow further time for preparation of the case. Mr. Kenyatta is charged, as an indirect co-perpetrator, with five counts of crimes against humanity consisting of murder, deportation or forcible transfer, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts allegedly committed during the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-2008. The ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, namely the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.Mr. Song reminded Member States that the issues which engage the ICC’s mandate have tremendous societal and political significance in the countries concerned. “ICC decisions will often be welcome to some and disappointing to others. But the reasons driving the Court’s decisions are always legal, not political.“In five years’ time, many ad hoc courts and tribunals will have closed their doors. The ICC’s role in the global efforts for peace, security and the prevention of mass atrocities will be even more pronounced than it is today.” read more

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Storm Doris Travel chaos as commuters warned not to travel from several

first_imgPort of Liverpool shut due to 100mph gustsWoman dies after being struck by debrisScotland warned of blizzard-like conditionsFlybe plane from Edinburgh evacuated after landing gear failedGame of Thrones scene damagedPlane wobbles at Leeds Bradford AirportNaming storms ‘has made Britain safer’Met Office issues ice warning for FridayStorm Doris: How the internet reacted​The country is experiencing travel chaos as Storm Doris batters Britain and commuters struggle to make their way home this evening.Aircraft were grounded and trains delayed as gusts of almost 60mph hit the south east of England.Commuters were left stranded after speed restrictions were imposed on the nation’s railways and some services disrupted or suspended with passengers urged not to travel.Services from London Euston were suspended due to the storm, while King’s Cross and St Pancras were also at a complete standstill for a period.  West Midlands Police said officers were called to a “serious incident” at around 11.50am.Rebecca Davis, a 40-year-old teacher, walked past shortly after the incident at around midday and saw a woman receiving CPR. “That storm tracked across the north of Scotland, but the centre of Doris is passing over the north of England, bringing its core of strong winds further south to affect the Midlands across to the Wash.”These areas are under an amber (be prepared) warning from the Met Office with gales of 50-60 mph widely and gusts of 80mph+ possible. “These wind speeds bring the risk of structural damage to property, falling trees and branches, interruptions to power supplies and dangerous driving conditions with restrictions on bridges to high-sided vehicles likely. Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said: “Winds are really starting to pick up now, mainly across western parts of the country.”Flight chaosAer Lingus cancelled 12 flights between the UK and the Republic of Ireland in anticipation of the winds while 36 flights out of London Heathrow were cancelled and another five at London City with other delays possible.  Blizzard-like conditionsMeanwhile, up to 15cm of snow could fall across parts of Scotland and north-east England in treacherous, blizzard-like conditions.Weather warnings have been upgraded to amber across Scotland’s central belt, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Tayside and Fife. Traffic Scotland of cars on the M80 near Banknock during early morning snowfall The scene in Wolverhampton city center after a woman died when she was hit by a piece of roof Credit:Matthew Cooper/PA Wire Birmingham New Street was in chaos when fire services rushed to put out an escalator that had caught fire.Storm Doris has also claimed its first victim after a woman died in Wolverhampton when she was hit by a piece of roof the “size of a coffee table”, while a school pupil is in a serious condition after gymnasium ceiling collapses on 40 children.She was confirmed dead at the scene outside a branch of Starbucks after suffering from “very serious head injuries”, West Midlands Ambulance Service said. A Heathrow spokesman said: “Strong winds and poor weather across the UK have resulted in approximately a 10 per cent reduction to Heathrow’s flight schedule.”With Heathrow operating at more than 99 per cent capacity, there are no gaps in the schedule that can be used for delayed flights and as a result, some passengers may experience disruption to their journeys today.” AA spokesman John Snowling said: “The unpleasant combination of torrential rain, severe gales and heavy snow will create some very poor driving conditions, with the potential for roads to be affected by black ice, debris or standing water.”Wind can also bring down tree branches, blow you off course or blow other vehicles into your path.”Expect travel disruption as some roads will be treacherous.” IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Port of Liverpool is closed. pic.twitter.com/DiPA6n2u3c— Peel Ports (@PeelPorts) February 23, 2017 Meanwhile, there has been flooding, power cuts and trees felled by the high winds. Parts of Scotland have been warned to expect blizzard-like conditions. People struggle in strong winds and rain as Storm Doris arrives in London Waves crash over Newhaven LighthouseCredit: AFP/Getty Images People struggle with wet and windy weather in Manchester caused by Storm DorisCredit:MCPIX/REX/Shutterstock A spokeswoman added: “Roads in the area are closed and motorists and pedestrians are being advised to avoid the city centre. The incident is believed to be related to Storm Doris,” she said.The Met Office has declared Storm Doris is now a “weather bomb” after an intense drop in pressure saw the Port of Liverpool report winds reaching 100mph, on Thursday. Storm Doris is expected to move on quickly, with the worst of the weather gone by Thursday evening.While further Atlantic gusts will bring more rain and wind through the weekend and into next week, they are not expected to reach the heights of Doris. ‘Don’t risk your life for photos’People are being warned not to risk their lives for photos of Storm Doris, as footage showed two would-be photographers being chased by waves on the Dorset coast.In the footage posted to Twitter, one of the pair is seen taking a photo moments before a wave slams into the coast at Durdle Door on the famous Jurassic Coast. commuters waiting at King’s Cross inCredit:PA Sheep try to find some shelter alongside some trees on the Lomond Hills in Fife during a snow blizzard brought on by Storm Doris Bumpy landing for passengers at Birmingham Airport #stormdoris @bhx_official https://t.co/1YcLXPqtnE pic.twitter.com/pqMuqMZ9cv— ITV News Central (@ITVCentral) February 23, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Winter comes to Game Of Thrones sceneIn Co Antrim, landmark tree-lined avenue made famous by fantasy drama Game Of Thrones has been damaged in the storm.One of the beech trees that make up the spectacular Dark Hedges, featured in Season Two of the award-winning TV drama, has fallen victim to high winds that have battered Northern Ireland. There were power cuts to more than 150 homes on Anglesey in North Wales after cables were blown down, and isolated flooding in some areas of Wales. The scene in Wolverhampton city center after a woman died when she was hit by a piece of roof  Women attempt to take a 'selfie' on Westminster Bridge, London So the #m11 holdup was due to a sleeping lorry apparently #crash #lorry #stormdoris pic.twitter.com/slZancyqFF— Jamie Knox (@JamieCKnox) February 23, 2017 Strong winds forecast today are expected to cause some delays and cancellations. Please check your flight status: https://t.co/zOqJyQR48T— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) February 23, 2017 Commuters waiting at King’s Cross inCredit:PA Workmen clear a fallen tree from the Dark Hedges in County AntrimCredit:Steven McAuley/PA Wire The Met Office has also issued a yellow severe weather warning for ice, meaning it has the potential to cause danger to life or widespread disruption.It covers Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north-east and north-west of England tomorrow. Storm Doris weather affecting a flight coming into Leeds Bradford AirportCredit:Charlotte Graham/Guzelian Flights at Heathrow Airport were also cancelled and commuters across the country left facing major disruption. Monarch Airlines flight ZB1242 leaves Leeds Bradford Airport for Faro during stormy conditions in West Yorkshire The avenue is one the region’s top tourist attractions, with Game of Thrones fans from all over the world travelling to the isolated location to get a picture in front of the haunting backdrop.The Met Office said storm, upgraded to an Explosive Cyclogenisis, or weather bomb, is likely to damage buildings and send debris flying on Thursday. Traffic Scotland of cars on the M80 near Banknock during early morning snowfallCredit:Traffic Scotland/PA CANCELLED: Due to poor weather conditions 09:32 #LiverpoolLimeStreet to #WiganNorthWestern due 10:22 will be cancelled.— Northern (@northernassist) February 23, 2017 She said the woman – who looked to be aged “between 20 and 30” – appeared to have been hit by something resembling a piece of roof which had fallen off a building nearby. The area’s countryside ranger team, which posted the video online, urged people to “respect the water”, adding that “no photo is worth risking your life for”.Storm Doris: The expert analysisDr Steven Godby, an expert on natural hazards at Nottingham Trent University, said: “The last storm comparable to Doris caused widespread disruption across the country on January 3, 2012, with the worst affected area being the central belt of Scotland where winds gusted at well over 80mph. Take care in the snow today. #StormDoris pic.twitter.com/zj7kMjV7MR— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) February 23, 2017 “We have got a fairly active area of low pressure coming in from the Atlantic,” said Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples.”It is strengthening as it moves eastwards to the UK.”The Met Office’s amber weather warning alerts people that “whilst the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks are likely, with a danger of injury from flying debris”. People struggle with wet and windy weather in Manchester caused by Storm Doris High winds blow commuters hair as they cross London Bridge, in view of The Shard Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse Trains cancelledTrains already being affected on Merseyside by Storm Doris while Network Rail has imposed speed restrictions on several lines around the country.Network Rail warned of delays and cancellations after imposing speed restrictions for safety reasons. The port said it had to shut along with the city’s waterfront as high winds hit the north-west after Doris made landfall in the UK this morning.The company said: “All operations are stood down for the safety of our employees, contractors and customers of the port.” On the M11, a high-sided lorry was blown over, causing long tailbacks. Several Thameslink services into St Pancras have been disrupted due to overhead wires being blown down in St Albans.Limits of 50mph would be observed on some services run by Southeastern, Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern Railways, Grand Central, TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains East Coast.Southern bosses, Govia Thameslink Railway, warned customers that this could lead to delays and cancellations on Southern services and the Gatwick Express. Commuters waiting at King's Cross in Particularly at risk are high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes and drivers are “strongly advised” to avoid travelling on some stretches of road in Yorkshire, the Midlands, and the East and North West.Richard Leonard, head of road safety at Highways England, said: “We’re expecting Storm Doris to have a significant impact on the roads throughout the day so are urging drivers to consider changing their plans if necessary and to slow down in stormy weather. Anyone affected by power cuts during the storm is encouraged to dial 105 for further information.Storm Doris’s appearance contrasts with Monday’s temperatures, where visitors to Kew Gardens, west London, enjoyed the warmest day of the winter so far, at 18.3C (64.9F).Parts of London and the South had temperatures warmer than Ibiza, southern Spain and Menorca. A Scottish Power spokesman said: “We’re starting to see some faults in small pockets of Gwynedd and north Wales.”Several bridges have been closed causing travel nightmares for commuters today, including the busy QEII crossing in Kent and the Britannia Bridge which links Anglesey to mainland Wales. “I don’t think anyone else was hurt. It was a big piece about the size of a coffee table but I think it just hit her,” Mrs Davis said. Women attempt to take a ‘selfie’ on Westminster Bridge, LondonCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire Storm Doris weather affecting a flight coming into Leeds Bradford Airport commuters waiting at King's Cross in Workmen clear a fallen tree from the Dark Hedges in County Antrim People struggle in strong winds and rain as Storm Doris arrives in LondonCredit:Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock Show more As Doris made its way east, a 94mph gust recorded at Capel Curig in Conwy, north-west Wales, this morning before the Port of Liverpool said 100mph was recorded in Liverpool.It followed an 87mph gust recorded in the early hours at Mace Head on the Galway coast in the Republic of Ireland.In Kent, parts of the scaffolding encasing Ashford Police Station has been dislodged by high winds. The main entrance to the station has been temporarily closed by safety fears. “Drivers should look out for warnings on the electronic message signs and listen for updates in radio travel bulletins.”Amber warnings predict strong winds and heavy rain in parts of north Wales, the Midlands, and the East and North West, while winds as fast as 60mph are also expected to batter southern England. Explosive deepening of #stormdoris over Ireland ongoing right now. pic.twitter.com/z1y115xHWK— Anthony Sagliani (@anthonywx) February 23, 2017 What is a ‘weather bomb’?An Explosive Cyclogenisis is when a storm quickly intensifies and pressure rapidly drops in the centre.The measure is by 24millibars in a 24-hour period, and it causes very severe weather. Danger on the roadsHighways England has also issued a weather alert on major roads. Sheep try to find some shelter alongside some trees on the Lomond Hills in Fife during a snow blizzard brought on by Storm DorisCredit:Ben Dolphin / SWNS.com Monarch Airlines flight ZB1242 leaves Leeds Bradford Airport for Faro during stormy conditions in West YorkshireCredit:Charlotte Graham/Guzelian In Manchester, outdoor filming for the soap Coronation Street was brought to a halt on the cobbled set.A spokeswoman for the ITV soap said filming would be rescheduled. “Heavy snow will also be a hazard in southern Scotland and parts of northern England for a time as well.”People should listen to the latest forecast and follow the advice being issued by the authorities, particularly before they travel – the reason these types of storms are now named by the Met Office is to help make warnings more effective.” High winds blow commuters hair as they cross London Bridge, in view of The ShardCredit:Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg Virgin Trains said services on both the east coast and west coast were severely disrupted, in part due to an electricity failure between Crewe and Warrington Bank Quay stations. Several other lines suffering major disruption. A spokesman said Virgin was advising customers not to travel this evening but are aiming to return to a full service on Friday on both routes. Meanwhile at Victoria, trains were also heavily affected and a man was also taken to hospital after reportedly being hit by a newly-built entrance to the Underground station. Chaos on the M80 which is one of Scotland’s busiest motorways. Completely closed just now with commuters stranded. #snow #StormDoris pic.twitter.com/blATqj7bHZ— Connor Gillies (@ConnorGillies) February 23, 2017last_img read more

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One of 15 New Exoplanets Could Be Home to Alien Life

first_img Scientists have spotted 15 new planets—including one possibly habitable “super-Earth”—orbiting red dwarf stars within our galaxy.A team of researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology found that the outermost planet of the K2-155 system could potentially have liquid water on its surface.“In our simulations, the atmosphere and the composition of the planet [known as K2-155d] were assumed to be Earth-like,” according to Teruyuki Hirano, visiting professor with Tokyo Tech’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.But until more data can be obtained, there is no guarantee that’s true.The prospect of discovering alien life aside, this sort of investigation into planets that form around small, cool celestial bodies could help experts better understand the solar system.It’s not uncommon for red dwarfs—the most common type of star in the Milky Way—to be surrounded by exoplanets. But new studies suggest those planets may have “remarkably similar” characteristics to the ones circling solar-type stars.“It’s important to note that the number of planets around red dwarfs is much smaller than the number around solar-type stars,” Hirano said in a statement.That is probably due to photoevaporation, which can strip away a planet’s atmosphere.Researchers also managed to back up theories regarding the metal content of a star.“Large planets are only discovered around metal-rich stars,” Hirano said. “And what we found was consistent with our predictions. The few planets with a radius about three times that of Earth were found orbiting the most metal-rich red dwarfs.”This is only the beginning, though: Hirano & Co. around counting on NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to discover even more planets.“TESS is expected to find many candidate planets around bright stars closer to Earth,” he said of the two-year mission set for launch next month. “This will greatly facilitate follow-up observations, including investigation of planetary atmospheres and determining the precise orbit of the planets.”Tokyo Tech’s findings, based on data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft and follow-up observations using ground-based telescopes, are detailed in two papers published in The Astronomical Journal. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Auditor raps Fire District 6 for accounting problems

first_imgClark County Fire District 6’s internal accounting system led to more than $9 million in errors in calculating its liabilities in 2015 and 2016, according to the State Auditor’s Office, which blamed the problems on district staff’s lack of training in the system and knowledge of state reporting requirements.The errors were ultimately fixed, according to a finding released Tuesday by the auditor’s office, and, according to the fire district, didn’t impact taxpayers.The auditor’s office regular examination of the district’s financial reporting found a few problems with the fire district’s accounting system, problems that affected the district’s ability to provide reliable financial information.First, the audit found that the software vendor the district uses for preparing financial statements doesn’t have sufficient understanding of the district’s larger transactions.Also, the district doesn’t maintain all reporting information in its accounting system, with employee leave balances tracked on another worksheet.Finally, the district did not notice significant issues with its statements during an internal review, according to the auditor’s office.Because of those problems, the district overstated its loan and bonds liability by $9.06 million, when it incorrectly recorded a 2017 bond issuance on its 2016 listing of liabilities.last_img read more

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Enrique Iglesias Cristiano Ronaldo Team To Fight Cancer

first_img https://twitter.com/Cristiano/status/996709953749618688 Iglesias dropped his latest single earlier this month with “Move To Miami,” featuring Pitbull. It’s been over two decades since Iglesias earned his first GRAMMY at the 39th GRAMMY Awards for Best Latin Pop Performance for Enrique Iglesias. Son of singing legend Julia Iglesias, he has also won five career Latin GRAMMYs, including one for Song Of The Year for “Baliando” for 2014.This is far from the first time Iglesias has supported a charitable cause in his career. The “Hero” singer has contributed to various disaster relief efforts and organizations such as City of Hope, Help for Heroes, Music for Relief, Habitat for Humanity, Live Earth, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.Rolando, who plays for the internationally known soccer team Real Madrid, has a long list of charitable causes he’s supported throughout his career, including construction of a pediatric hospital in Chile, fundraising for the The Make-A-Wish Foundation, and donating to Save The Children to provide food, clothing, and medical care for children in Syria. In 2015, Ronaldo was named the world’s most charitable person by dosomething.org.Tickets for Iglesias’ Lisbon show are available via the singer’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more News Facebook Twitter Honored to support such an incredible cause with @cristiano!! Gracias campeón!! #7solidario #Lisboa #30maio… https://t.co/smEp4smH8K https://t.co/7PlbvndkBJ— Enrique Iglesias (@enriqueiglesias) May 16, 2018 https://twitter.com/enriqueiglesias/status/996714138377203713center_img Enrique Iglesias & Cristiano Ronaldo Team Up enrique-iglesias-cristiano-ronaldo-team-fight-cancer Muito contente por anunciar o gesto do meu amigo @enriqueiglesias em doar 7⃣% das receitas do concerto em Lisboa,ao IPO.#7solidario pic.twitter.com/tmqGhNU5xC— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) May 16, 2018 A portion of the earnings from Iglesias’ upcoming concert in Lisbon, Portugal, will go to a local hospital chosen by Ronaldo to help children with cancerNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 17, 2018 – 6:27 am GRAMMY winner Enrique Iglesias and soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, two of the biggest international stars from the world of music and sports respectively, have joined forces to raise money to help children with cancer in Portugal.Iglesias and Ronaldo announced that 7 percent of concert revenue from Iglesias’ show in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 30 will be donated to the Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Lisbon (Instituto Portugues de Oncologia de Lisboa). Ronaldo chose the hospital to receive the funds, writing in a post on social media that he’s “very pleased to announce the gesture of my friend @enriqueiglesias donating 7% of the concert revenues in Lisbon to the IPO.” Email Enrique Iglesias, Cristiano Ronaldo Team To Fight Cancer last_img read more

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3 RMG workers killed in road crash

first_imgThis photo shows burning buses, as a group of agitated workers claimed to have set fire to them after three of their collegues killed in a road accident. Photo: UNBThree readymade garment workers were killed and 40 others injured as a bus carrying them hit another stationary bus in Korean Export Procession Zone (KEPZ) area of Chattogram on Saturday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Mohammad Latif, 50, Sultana Razia, 35, and Md Irfan, 27.Md Arefin Jewel, additional deputy commissioner of Chattogram Metropolitan Police (port), said that the bus carrying KEPZ workers hit another stationary bus around 8:30am as the driver lost control over the steering, leaving Latif dead and at least 42 workers injured.The injured were taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where doctors declared Sultana and Irfan dead.A group of agitated workers torched three buses of KEPZ following the accident.last_img read more

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UPDATE At Least 12 Dead In Bronx Apartment Building Fire New York

first_imgDespite their heroic efforts we have a scene here in which 12 people have died, and 4 are fighting for their lives –#FDNY Commissioner Nigro— FDNY (@FDNY) December 29, 2017 Share Over 160 #FDNY members are operating on scene of a 4-alarm fire, 2363 Prospect Ave #Bronx pic.twitter.com/wjN9mMqCHU— FDNY (@FDNY) December 29, 2017 Mayor’s office confirms 6 dead, more than a dozen seriously injured in 4-alarm fire at 2363 Prospect Ave. in the Bronx. More than 160 firefighters on-scene. Neighbors and Red Cross out here donating blankets, jackets, sneakers, etc. to victims on one of coldest nights this year. pic.twitter.com/4XkXTrlDpH— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) December 29, 2017 In a Department that’s certainly no stranger to tragedy, we’re shocked at this loss, 12 have died, and 4 are fighting for their lives –#FDNY Commissioner Nigro— FDNY (@FDNY) December 29, 2017 Because of FDNY’s quick response, at least 12 people were rescued –@NYCMayor de Blasio— FDNY (@FDNY) December 29, 2017 Mayor de Blasio is en route to the scene of the fire in the Bronx. https://t.co/INf1hwenmv— NYC Mayor’s Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) December 29, 2017center_img This tragedy is, without question, historic in its magnitude. Our hearts go out to every family who lost a loved one here and everyone fighting for their lives –#FDNY Commissioner Nigro— FDNY (@FDNY) December 29, 2017 This is the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city – it will rank as one of the worst losses in a fire in many years –@NYCMayor de Blasio— FDNY (@FDNY) December 29, 2017 Based on the info now, I’m sorry to report 12 New Yorkers are dead, including 1 child. 4 people are critically injured, fighting for their lives, and there are other serious injuries as well –@NYCMayor de Blasio— FDNY (@FDNY) December 29, 2017 – / 4Twelve people were killed and four more were seriously injured and fighting for their lives late Thursday in a fast-moving fire at an apartment building on a frigid night in the Bronx, according to New York City’s mayor.The victims included a child around a year old, Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a briefing outside the building.“We may lose others as well,” he said.Based on the info now, I’m sorry to report 12 New Yorkers are dead, including 1 child. 4 people are critically injured, fighting for their lives, and there are other serious injuries as well –@NYCMayor de Blasio— FDNY (@FDNY) December 29, 2017Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the fire, “historic in its magnitude,” because of the number of lives lost.“Our hearts go out to every person who lost a loved one here and everyone who is fighting for their lives,” he said.The blaze broke out at a five-story building, a block from the grounds of the Bronx Zoo.About 170 firefighters worked in bone-chilling cold, just 15 degrees, to rescue people from the building. Water sprayed from hoses froze into ice on the street.The fire began on the first floor just before 7 p.m. and quickly ripped through much of the building, officials said.Neighborhood resident Robert Gonzalez, who has a friend who lives in the building, said she got out on a fire escape as another resident fled with five children.“When I got here, she was crying,” Gonzalez said.Windows on some upper floors were smashed and blackened.“The smoke was crazy, people screaming, ‘Get out!,” a witness, Jamal Flicker, told the New York Post. “I heard a woman yelling, ‘We’re trapped, help!”According to city records, the building had no elevator. Fire escapes were visible on the facade of the building.One of the deadliest fires in recent city memory happened elsewhere in the Bronx in 2007. Nine children and one adult died in a blaze sparked by a space heater. Fire started on the first floor and quickly spread upstairs. People died on various floors, they range in ages from 1 to over 50 –#FDNY Commissioner Nigro— FDNY (@FDNY) December 29, 2017last_img read more

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PS3 custom firmware released allows hacked consoles back on PSN

first_imgSony’s PS3 security issues never seem to end. In April of last year the Playstation Network suffered one of the worst security breaches in history, followed by a 24 day outage while the company resecured the service. Now a new custom firmware has been released that gives hacked consoles access to PSN, along with the decryption keys that made it possible.The PS3’s 3.60 firmware, released shortly before that infamous security breach, plugged the holes exposed by hacker Geohot’s rootkey for the system. Since then, those with compromised consoles have been clinging to version 3.55, even though using that firmware meant being locked out of the PSN. Now those hacked consoles can be upgraded to a custom firmware based on Sony’s official 4.25 version, which will allow them to run newer games and again connect to the official online store. For the time being, it appears that consoles running 3.60 or later can’t use the new custom firmware, and downgrading back to 3.55 is difficult.The custom firmware was made possible by the publishing of PS3 LV0 decryption keys, which represent the console’s “master key” level of protection. If future updates from Sony, like the impending 4.30 patch, change the passphrase used to access PSN, the LV0 keys should allow hackers to decrypt it once again.According to Richard Leadbetter’s post on the new hack, the LV0 keys were discovered some time ago by a group calling themselves “The Three Tuskateers.” The hackers claim that they’re only publishing the keys now because a Chinese group called “BlueDiskCFW” planned to use them to create and charge for their own custom firmware updates. Rather than see their work used for profit, the “Tuskateers” finally chose to make the keys public.via Eurogamerlast_img read more

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Facebook launches Facebook for Every Phone Java app for feature phones

first_imgWith all the noise made by smartphone makers and their apps, you’d almost think that smartphones dominate the world cell phone market, but you’d be wrong, it’s actually something called the feature phone; a not quite dumb cell phone, but not a smartphone either, it’s something in-between. Unlike dumb cell phones, that can’t do much of anything but place telephone calls, or smartphones that are really just little computers running an operating system (iOS, Android, etc.), feature phones are relatively inexpensive devices that rely on apps alone to provide services to their users. And while smartphone sales are expected to surpass those for feature phones in the United States this year, the same cannot be said for worldwide sales, and this is why Facebook has launched an app that it says, will work on almost any feature phone across the globe; well, except maybe many of those in the U.S. This is because it’s a Java based app, and many feature phones in the U.S. are based on something called the BREW platform which does not natively include a Java virtual machine.The new app, called “Facebook for Every Phone” will allow users around the world, (Facebook now claims to have 750 million active users worldwide, 80% of them outside the U.S) to find their Facebook friends, view their inbox and newsfeeds and to view and upload photos.Facebook says the app will be useable by some 2,500 different phone models and at least 20 global carriers in countries such as Germany, the U.K., India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Turkey, and Brazil.As part of the release, Facebook also said that it will pay for the first 90 days of data transmission incurred by users of the app, which can be purchased in app stores or can be downloaded at m.facebook.com; the app has been optimized to minimize data use, Facebook says, and so users should find it relatively inexpensive to use.Also, noting that there are still an awful lot of feature phone users in the U.S. Facebook has also stated as part of its announcement, that it intends to extend it it’s app to even more handsets in the future, which if it comes to fruition, certainly would make the app’s moniker, ring a little more true. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com Vonage makes free Facebook phone call app Citation: Facebook launches “Facebook for Every Phone” Java app for feature phones (2011, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-facebook-java-app-feature.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Electric twoseater Volocopter is tested in Germany w Video

first_img Volocopter VC200 First Flight As for safety, the team notes that an integral part of the safety of the Volocopter is the redundancy of its components, such that the Volocopter is safe to fly even if several drive units fail. (Even if the range extender fails, a safe landing is ensured by additional batteries.) The Volocopters are fitted with a parachute that lets the entire aircraft sink to the ground in the case of an emergency. Citation: Electric two-seater Volocopter is tested in Germany (w/ Video) (2013, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-electric-two-seater-volocopter-germany-video.html Explore further Volocopter VC200: Assembly at GreenTec Awards, Berlin 2013 More information: www.e-volo.com/ (Phys.org) —The flying machine looks something like a helicopter but it is quite different and is intended to be a future answer to the greening of noisy, vibration-heavy helicopters as we have known them. A two-seater prototype of the Volocopter, by the company e-volo, made its maiden voyage earlier this month in Karlsruhe, Germany. The team used a prototype of the two-person VC200. Based on this model, it will be prepared for series production. Billed by its makers as “the world’s first green helicopter,” the emission-free Volocopter is a vertical take-off and landing manned aircraft, with features that set it apart from conventional aircraft. For one, the machine, instead of being kitted out with one combustion engine, carries eighteen electrically driven rotors to propel it. Through the propellers, the Volocopter can take off and land vertically just as does a helicopter. The team responsible for the machine said the 18 rotors present a considerable advantage, apart from the simple construction not requiring complex mechanics. The advantage is said to be in the redundancy of drives. This enables the safe landing of the Volocopter even if some drives fail.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.org During the first flights of the prototype in November, the team made note that the device had a lower noise level than conventional helicopters, confirmation of no noticeable vibrations in flight, and an efficient spring strut landing gear. Speaking about vibrations, e-volo’s Stephan Wolf said that vibrations in the structure of a plane have been problems for normal helicopters, and that vibrations together with the high noise level have led to passenger discomfort but their “green” version resolves such issues. Wolf and Alexander Zosel, CEO, stated that “not even the HD video cameras secured to the exterior carbon ring of the rotor plane captured the least vibrations.”The VC200 two-seater Volocopter plans involve the following characteristics: a cruising speed of at least 54 kn (100 km/h); a flight altitude of up to 6500 ft; maximum take-off weight of 450 kg; and more than one hour of flight time. (At present, a battery flight time of 20 minutes is possible, according to the company site, but in the near future this will be extended to one hour or more.) E volo was the winner of the 2012 Lindbergh Prize for Innovation. “We believe that the development of the Volocopter holds significant promise to radically change short distance transportation,” said Erik Lindbergh. “It has a long development path ahead, but if this innovative design reaches the commercial market it will dramatically change the way we move about the planet.” Eurocopter demonstrates new emergency backup electric motor for helicopterslast_img read more

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Sheena Mikhail are my children says Siddharth

first_imgDas, who now lives in Dum Dum on the outskirts of the city, admitted that he never married Indrani and said the “ambitious woman” dumped him and his children as he was not “well off”.Though he feels it strange to believe if a mother could murder her child, Das said Indrani should be “hanged” if she really murdered Sheena.Having met Indrani in Shillong through common friends in 1986, Das said he was in a live-in relationship with her till 1989 when she left. Also Read – New head priest selected for Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala”We did not marry, she was in a college in Shillong and lived in the city. Through common friends we came to know each other. Then we had a live in relationship and I stayed at her residence. Her parent accepted our relationship.”Sheena was born in 1987 and Mikhail in 1988. Sometime later after our son’s birth, she dumped me,” said Das who later moved to Arunachal Pradesh and subsequently settled in Kolkata in 1998. Also Read – Veteran DD News anchor Neelum Sharma diesDescribing Indrani as “highly ambitious”, Das said she dumped him as he could not afford the high life she yearned for.Das, who last spoke to Sheena when she was in class 10, said he didn’t want to rake up the past as the reason for not keeping in touch with his children. “I last spoke to Sheena when she was in class 10. I never interacted with Mikhail. I was settled in Kolkata, happily married, so I didn’t want to rake up the past,” he said. “Shocked and heartbroken” over his daughter’s murder, Das, who came to know about the incident only through the media, said he wanted the murderers to be punished and offered helping out in the investigations.  “I am heartbroken upset. I want all those involved to be punished. I am ready to cooperate with the investigation. I have nothing to hide so I am more than willing to help the police,” he said.Asked if he believed Indrani could murder, Das said: “It feels strange to believe that a mother can kill her child…But there is a possibility a person driven by greed for money can do anything. If she has done it then should be hanged.”Das also said he never kept track of Indrani after she left him. “Since 1989 when she dumped me and my children, it has been a close chapter. I made no efforts to know what she was doing. To whom she was married.”My wife and son are now aware about my past but they have said they are not bothered by it,” added Das. Das’ wife claimed that she had no knowledge about her husband’s past life.”I have been married to Das for 16-17 years. I didn’t know anything about his past and I have nothing to do with his past,” she said.Indrani, wife of former media honcho Peter Mukherjea, Sanjeev Khanna, her ex-husband, and her driver are behind bars for the murder of Sheena Bora.Meanwhile, Mumbai police are expected to grill Das for more clues to the Sheena Bora murder case that has created countrywide buzz.last_img read more

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The Smartphone Gets Smarter Mobile Apps for Entrepreneurs

first_imgOctober 27, 2010 SalesFrom client management to inventory control to transaction processing, mobile apps can streamline your company’s sales initiatives.Intuit GoPaymentWhy you need it: This app allows GoPayment account users to accept and process transactions for all major credit cards via a smartphone. Payments are authorized in seconds, and funds are deposited directly into a designated bank account.Features: Payment information encryption, data sync with QuickBooks, no daily or weekly transaction limitsPrice: Free (Monthly service charge: $12.95, and 30 cents per-authorization fee)Available for: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Palm webOSInventory TrackerWhy you need it: Forget spreadsheets. With Inventory Tracker, stay on top of what products you have for sale, what’s already sold and what needs to ship. And if you don’t want to forget spreadsheets, the app exports your inventory data to Excel, too.Features: Real-time updates, cost calculatorPrice: $4.99Available for: iPhoneOmni InvoiceWhy you need it: Omni Invoice creates quotes and invoices anytime and anywhere. It spans multiple product and service categories, factors in discounts and tax exemptions and codes and helps you keep tabs on delinquent payments.Features: Contacts integration, HTML-based templates, Exchange compatibilityPrice: $4.99Available for: iPhoneSales & CommissionsWhy you need it: The name says it all: Sales & Commissions records how your business fares each day, with an emphasis on simple, timesaving data input. Enter information about items sold and the app does the rest, calculating commissions for different staffers and product/service categories.Features: Recurring list screen for repeating items, pass-code protectionPrice: $1.99Available for: iPhoneSales CRM EZiWhy you need it: You can manage and track sales opportunities and generate revenue forecasts with Sales CRM EZi. View promising prospects and set communication or action plans for each lead. Overdue actions are highlighted in red.Features: User-defined sales status updates, commission calculation toolsPrice: $9.99Available for: iPhone FinanceFirst the desktop revolutionized how businesses handle their finances. Now smartphones are changing the game, offering companies a wealth of mobile tools to tackle their accounting demands.BAII Plus Financial CalculatorWhy you need it: Mirroring the functionality of Texas Instruments’ bestselling BAII Plus calculator unit, this app computes cash-flow analysis, amortization schedules, depreciation and other financial metrics.Features: Trigonometric and logarithmic functions, NPV/IRR calculationsPrice: $14.99Available for: iPhoneiMarginWhy you need it: Calculate margin percentages on the fly with iMargin. Optimized for snap business decisions, the app determines sell prices and gross margins sans complicated formulas.Features: Tax calculations, customizable precision and shake sensitivity optionsPrice: 99 centsAvailable for: iPhoneInerTrakWhy you need it: InerTrak is a task-management tool designed for entrepreneurs juggling projects and assignments. The app documents how each workday is spent, calculating hourly billing according to different clients and rates.Features: Detailed project views, desktop integration (purchased separately), notes and commentsPrice: $4.99Available for: iPhoneiXpenseItWhy you need it: iXpenseIt helps you stay on top of your daily spending. Its elegant, user-friendly interface simplifies expense tracking on the go, offers customizable tools for monthly budgeting and related record-keeping demands.Features: Number pad with calculation, digital photo receipts, graphical reports, password protectionPrice: $4.99Available for: iPhone Navigation and travelAn ever-expanding wave of applications leverage the smartphone’s internal GPS unit as well as location data from content providers like Google to help entrepreneurs get around, regardless whether their business takes them across town or across the globe.BabelingoWhy you need it: Foreign languages leaving you tongue-tied? Babelingo translates words and phrases into easy-to-read texts in 11 international languages. Show the locals what you want to say instead of telling them.Features: More than 300 common phrases, 25 subject categories, 110 language combinationsPrice: $1.99Available for: iPhoneBeat the TrafficWhy you need it: With location-specific live traffic maps monitoring average driver speeds and gridlock-inducing snafus spanning more than 100 U.S. and Canadian cities, Beat the Traffic means the traffic doesn’t beat you instead.Features: Weather information, crowdsourced traffic updates, live cameras in 40 metro areasPrice: FreeAvailable for: iPhone, BlackBerryPoyntWhy you need it: A kind of next-gen, location-aware Yellow Pages, Poynt identifies your whereabouts and everything in your immediate radius: retailers, restaurants, gas stations — whatever you need on the road.Features: Turn-by-turn Google Maps directions, address book integration, search results sharingPrice: FreeAvailable for: iPhone, Android, BlackBerryTaxi MagicWhy you need it: Taxi Magic connects directly with local cab dispatch systems. Users in major cities can book pickup according to their specific location with a few taps (no phone call necessary), track their taxi’s arrival and even charge their fare to a credit card.Features: Dispatch updates, map views, click-to-call service in more than 4,000 North American locationsPrice: FreeAvailable for: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Palm webOSWorldMateWhy you need it: A personal assistant for business travelers, WorldMate manages your complete itinerary — flights, hotels, car rentals and meetings — and automatically synchronizes the details with your mobile device.Features: LinkedIn integration, world clock, currency converter, tip calculatorPrice: FreeAvailable for: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian Smartphones are redefining the concept of business intelligence. Tech-savvy entrepreneurs are tricking out their mobile handsets with applications designed to ease and improve every conceivable facet of their professional lives. Market research firm Compass Intelligence forecasts that American SMBs will spend close to $350 million on mobile software this year alone, downloading everything from basic office utilities to customer management solutions.The sheer quantity of mobile applications optimized for entrepreneurs is impressive, but the quality not so much. You could say there’s an app for everything except for identifying the small-business apps worth downloading. As of mid-2010, Apple’s pace-setting App Store had more than 225,000 iPhone applications, but the number of innovative and useful apps is far smaller. Add in the overwhelming volume of consumer-centric offerings like games, e-books and novelty apps, and it becomes even tougher to identify and evaluate which applications best meet your startup’s demands.That’s why Entrepreneur turns the spotlight on 25 of the most revolutionary and vital applications on the market. Given developers’ focus on the iPhone, it’s no surprise that many of the apps are synonymous with Apple’s iOS platform, but our list also makes room for applications created for Research In Motion’s BlackBerry, Google’s Android, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and other rival operating systems.All of them promise to make your life easier, but each one is unique. Just like your business.ProductivityDon’t sweat the small stuff. Let your smartphone take care of it. Productivity apps simplify the myriad tasks that once soaked up your time and energy, allowing you instead to focus on the bigger picture.BentoWhy you need it: Bento organizes the details of your life, no matter how large or how small. Its 25 ready-to-use, customizable database templates manage contacts, schedules, inventory and other professional and personal information.Features: iTunes-style searching and sorting, integration with other appsPrice: $4.99Available for: iPhoneEvernoteWhy you need it: Evernote captures your brilliant ideas and entrepreneurial insights the moment they strike, documenting them as text, photos or audio recordings and auto-synchronizing all content to the desktop.Features: Geo-location information for mapping and search, multiple language supportPrice: FreeAvailable for: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm webOSGwabbitWhy you need it: Gwabbit’s patent-pending semantic technology simplifies contact capture and management, automatically scanning incoming e-mails and transforming sender information into contact records in your address book.Features: Address book management prompts, alert services for contacts who’ve been “gwabbed”Price: FreeAvailable for: BlackBerryQuickoffice Connect Mobile SuiteWhy you need it: A full-featured Microsoft Office productivity suite complete with access to multiple cloud services, Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite enables users to create, open, edit and share documents and spreadsheets on the go.Features: Two-finger zoom, fast scrolling, Wi-Fi-enabled file transferPrice: Varies according to device platform, around $10Available for: iPhone, AndroidVlingoWhy you need it: Got your hands full? Vlingo’s voice interface technology lets users dictate texts and e-mail, look up contacts and search the web by speaking directly into their devices.Features: Twitter integration, Google MapsPrice: FreeAvailable for: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, select Windows Mobile phones, Symbian 9 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img This story appears in the November 2010 issue of . Subscribe » Register Now » My Eyes OnlyWhy you need it: My Eyes Only secures the critical business data on your device–financial information, credit cards, computer and website passwords, the whole ball of wax. App Store tagline: “Encryption so strong, it needed U.S. government approval for export.”Features: “Aerochive” data backup, predefined information entry screensPrice: $8.99Available for: iPhone Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. The Best of the RestNot all applications fit squarely into easy-to-define categories or address everyday business challenges, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to be on your smartphone.AppBox ProWhy you need it: A virtual Swiss Army knife for your phone, AppBox Pro offers a number of utilities — alarm clock, flashlight, currency converter, games, loan calculator, unit converter, even a random number generator — to fit almost any scenario. It also includes Google services such as News, Docs, Calendar and Reader.Features: Five icon sets, 12 backgrounds, 11 button stylesPrice: 99 centsAvailable for: iPhoneJuiceDefenderWhy you need it: The only problem with all of these cool apps is their effect on your smartphone’s battery life. The answer: JuiceDefender, which disables mobile connectivity and other energy-sucking components until you need them.Features: Homescreen widgets, default Easy ModePrice: FreeAvailable for: AndroidLinkedInWhy you need it: Stay connected to LinkedIn wherever you go. The business-centric social network’s official mobile app give users access to more than 75 million professional profiles, complete with real-time status updates and messaging tools.Features: Search, invitationsPrice: FreeAvailable for: iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm webOSQuickLaunchWhy you need it: QuickLaunch speeds up access to your other go-to smartphone features, enabling you to create customized shortcuts to other apps as well as the web, SMS, contacts and multimedia.Features: Configurable homescreen hotkey, auto backup, Bluetooth togglePrice: $4.99Available for: BlackBerryTetherWhy you need it: Tether helps you leverage your phone’s mobile data connection to surf the Internet on your laptop — no Wi-Fi service necessary. The application supports all U.S. wireless operators except regional carrier MetroPCS.Features: Support for PCs and Macs, download speeds up to 2,400KbpsPrice: $49.95Available for: BlackBerrylast_img read more

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Why eBays Exact Project Isnt the 3D Printing Solution for the Masses

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. July 16, 2013 3-D printing is starting to enter the mainstream, and startups in the space are making news with mergers, acquisitions and new products being announced seemingly every day. Now comes a partnership between online retail and reselling giant eBay and 3-D startups MakerBot, Sculpteo and Hot Pop Factory to create eBay Exact, an iOS app that allows users to browse and buy custom-created merchandise.You might think: Finally, 3-D printing for the masses unable to plunk down thousands for their own printer. Upon closer inspection, however, we’re not convinced that eBay Exact is worthy of breaking out the champagne. At least not yet, anyway.After downloading the app, you see there are fewer than 20 items available for purchase, ranging from iPhone cases to jewelry, and users must choose from existing templates. Some might find the “customize” option somewhat disappointing for most items, since in many instances it allows only a choice of colors or finishes. In the case of one avant-garde wooden necklace, the only option was a gold or silver chain. Custom iPhone cases allow for more creativity, with your choice of several colors and styles of case, adjustable shapes and the option to add a name or other statement.Related: How 3-D Printing Is Becoming a Game-Changer Across IndustriesThe eBay Exact app is free to download, and prices for items range from $9 for an iPhone case to $350 for a metal ring. Purchased items are shipped directly from the manufacturer, with promised delivery within two weeks.While the eBay Exact app might not be the incredible print-things-from-your-iPhone app one might have wished for, it’s a start. The app’s appeal largely lies in how you can order goods that are created specifically for you by a 3-D printer, even if it isn’t from your personal printer.For now, eBay Exact is largely a novelty item, selling novelty items, but it does certainly open up some interesting future possibilities for small businesses and manufacturers. And this partnership can be another opportunity for startups in the 3-D space to leverage eBay’s gravitas in online retail to highlight some of their own products and capabilities.And shopping sites like Shapeways already bring 3-D printing to consumers, and offer apps that allow users to easily design items for Shapeways to print. But the idea that someone could conceive of an idea, open an app on their smartphone, design the object and have it printed and sent to them creates numerous entrepreneurial opportunities.Related: 3-D Printing Startup MakerBot Acquired for $403 Million Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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