The Entrepreneur’s Playbook: Start Up or Finish Up

first_imgA start-up doesn’t make you an entrepreneur any more than idea does.Too many young people, enamored with and influenced by the great technology and social boom, mistakenly believe that being an entrepreneur is about the start-up culture. They think it’s about getting venture capital money with a slick idea, some technology, and a deck. It’s about hustling angel investors to fund the business from the start.They worry about the logo, the schwag, the parties, and identifying themselves as “serial entrepreneurs.”Worst of all, too many “could be” entrepreneurs think about becoming a unicorn, exit strategies, comparables, and getting rich quick.Be a Finish UpEntrepreneurship isn’t about starting up. It’s about finishing up.Entrepreneurs start real businesses. They believe in their business concept enough to go and get real customers and clients. They don’t ask people for money to test their idea. They get money from customers.Entrepreneurs bootstrap their growth by taking a pay cut, working for little money, and working long hours. They love the business enough to pour their heart and soul into it, putting it before anything and everything else.They’re not worried about impressing anyone with their logo, and they don’t buy schwag in an attempt to convince others that what they are doing is cool. The only people they want to impress are the people who will buy what they sell.Entrepreneurship is about selling, not about flipping a business. It’s about selling the product, service, or solution to the people who benefit from it. It’s about selling other people to join your team and helping you get the business off the ground. It may be selling the bank for a loan using your invoices as collateral, or signing personally and risking what you own.America needs more entrepreneurs. It doesn’t need more start-ups. We need more finish ups, real entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a real business they intend to lead and grow.last_img read more

AIMIM’s Aurangabad rally targets BJP, Congress

first_imgHitting out at both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Congress, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi said on Tuesday that minorities and backward communities in the country were never more oppressed since the Modi government came to power in May 2014.Mr. Owaisi, along with Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) chief Prakash Ambedkar, addressed a rally in Aurangabad which saw a huge turnout of members from the minority and other backward communities (OBC). The rally marks the first public event of the two leaders who recently forged an alliance with an eye to consolidate the Dalit-Muslim-OBC votes ahead of elections next year.“Who has given us the Indian Constitution? Was it the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) or Narendra Modi or [Devendra] Fadnavis or the Gandhi family?” he asked. Mr. Owaisi said the country’s electorate was torn between the impotent policies of the BJP and the vote-bank politics played by the Congress for the last 70 years.“While I’m aware that today is October 2, I maintain that it is Babasaheb Ambedkar, and not Gandhiji, who was the greatest leader the country has seen for it was he who truly gave us the concept of equality through the Constitution,” Mr. Owaisi said.A total of 12 such public events are expected to be held across the State by both parties, focussing on a wide range of issues ranging from the injustices committed against the backward communities and minorities, to the plight of farmers.“This [BBM-AIMIM coalition] is an alliance engendered by oppression, forged by peoples from all oppressed classes in the State and country. Our problems are the same. I urge everyone to safeguard our Constitution by rallying behind Prakash Ambedkar , the grandson of Babasaheb Ambedkar and overthrow the ruling BJP at the Centre and the State,” said the AIMIM chief.Mr. Ambedkar questioned why the BJP-ruled government was targeting activists by labelling them ‘urban naxals’, but was not interested in investigating the activities of the right wing Sanatan Sanstha.Both Mr. Ambedkar and Mr. Owaisi have presented the alliance as an alternative to the divisive politics of the BJP and the hollow promises made by the Congress and NCP during their terms at the Centre and State.In the 2014 elections, both BBM and AIMIM failed to win a single seat. In the Assembly polls that year, AIMIM won two seats and the BBM secured one seat in the Maharashtra legislature.last_img read more

Wall’s Late 3 Leads Wiz Past Celtics 92-91, Forces Game 7

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall stood atop the scorer’s table, popping his jersey, yelling and celebrating his 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left for the go-ahead basket that put his Washington Wizards into a Game 7 against the Boston Celtics.After Washington’s 92-91 victory extended the Eastern Conference semifinal, Wall offered his thoughts on Boston’s failure to back up its fashion statement of wearing all black clothing to the arena Friday night.“It was just funny to me. It was kind of copy-catting what we did,” said Wall, whose Wizards donned dark outfits before a regular-season game between these teams that are building a rivalry. “It was in my mind throughout the game that I didn’t want them to come here, wear all black, and basically call it a funeral.”Thanks to him and backcourt mate Bradley Beal, Washington’s season will last at least one more game. Wall finished with 26 points, Beal scored a game-high 33, and they combined for 23 of Washington’s 26 points in the back-and-forth fourth quarter.“All we asked for was one more game,” Wall said, “and we got it.”Game 7 is at Boston on Monday night. The winner will face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East finals starting Wednesday.The host has won all 10 games between the Wizards and Celtics this season — four in the regular season and six in the playoffs.Washington Wizards guards Bradley Beal, left, and John Wall embrace after Game 6 of the team’s NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics, May 12, 2017, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)“Two best words in playoffs is ‘Game 7,’” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “Seems like it was meant to be.”Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley each scored 27 points for Boston, the conference’s No. 1 seed.But Bradley could do nothing defensively to stop Wall on the winning shot, coming off an inbound play that was designed to get Beal the ball. And Thomas’ heave at the buzzer clanked off the rim.“I thought it was going in,” Thomas said. “Honestly I did.”Like the rest of his teammates, he was left to get back into his dark outfit afterward. Wearing a black shirt, he scoffed at the idea Wall and the Wizards derived some boost from knowing about the Celtics’ choice of attire.“Their season was on the line,” he said. “They should have been motivated by everything else.”Boston, which won Game 5 at home by 22 points, led Game 6 by 69-66 entering the fourth quarter, when a relatively blah game became much more compelling. The final period was tight throughout, featuring six ties and nine lead changes.Boston was up 87-82, but did not hold on.“We put ourselves in position to win the game,” said Al Horford, whose 16-foot baseline bank shot with 7.7 seconds left gave Boston its last lead at 91-89. “Couldn’t finish it. … We can’t dwell on this.”Wall and Beal both shook off slow starts.Beal was 0 for 7 on 3s before making his only one of the game with 69 seconds left. The Wizards as a whole started 1 for 15 from beyond the arc. And Wall started 1 for 12 overall before closing by making 8 of 13.“If I go 1 for 30,” he shrugged, “that’s the way I go out.”Not since 1979 have the Wizards reached the conference finals, and Wall has made clear he’ll consider this season — Brooks’ first as the team’s coach — a waste of time if they don’t get there this time.“We don’t win Game 7,” Wall said, “we feel like it was a failure.”Some Celtics said it was purely coincidence that they showed up wearing black, the way the Wizards did for what became known as the “Funeral Game,” won by Washington in January. Joked Brooks: “I’m going to talk to my lawyers. I think we have that trademarked, right? That’s our thing.”HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Alfie Mawson has lowly Swansea singing after denting Liverpool’s high hopes

first_imgPremier League Share on LinkedIn Alfie Mawson makes a late block to deny Adam Lallana after Roberto Firmino hit the post for Liverpool. Photograph: McManus/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Swansea remain bottom but a result that moves them to within three points of safety enhances their fight for survival. They are six points off 10th-placed Watford.There was a minute’s applause before the kick-off in memory of Jimmy Armfield and Cyrille Regis after which Swansea began brightly but Liverpool, who had a light training session along the M4 at Port Talbot Town on Monday morning, took 45 minutes to find their stride. It was Emre Can who instigated their first threat when his diagonal pass found Sadio Mané, who had crept in behind Mike van der Hoorn. But by the time Mané latched on to the ball, Lukasz Fabianski smothered the danger. Swansea issued their own warning, when Jordan Ayew, who left the field to a standing ovation, lashed home but only after running the ball out of play.Swansea were organised defensively but Carvalhal also demanded his full-backs, Martin Olsson and Kyle Naughton, to fly forward. But when Mawson tugged at Mohamed Salah’s shirt 25 yards from goal, one could forgive the home support for shuddering. From the resulting corner Van Dijk put a header just wide. It was role reversal a moment later when the Dutchman lofted the ball over the Swansea backline, only for Salah, first time, to volley over. Van Dijk’s centre-back partner, Jöel Matip, then rampaged forward unchallenged, playing a give-and-go with Salah, but the defender got himself in a tangle. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Share on Messenger Swansea City Share on Twitter Reuse this content For Liverpool it is jarring anomalies like these that have blighted their attempted transition into title contenders. Jürgen Klopp’s side badly lacked mojo on a night when they lost their 18-match unbeaten run against Swansea City, the Premier League’s bottom club.Carlos Carvalhal had said his team must make do with buying sardines and not lobster at the start of this month but this courageous performance, to earn only their fifth league win of the season, threw Liverpool behind the trawler.After four minutes of injury time, during which Roberto Firmino headed against a post, the sound of relief in south Wales was deafening. For Swansea, with the season already six months old, perhaps this is lift-off. Alfie Mawson’s first-half goal from Sam Clucas’s corner handed Swansea victory and at the same time destroyed the myth that Liverpool’s set-piece woes would end with the arrival of Virgil van Dijk, who made his league debut, in defence. Share on Facebook Swansea City 1-0 Liverpool: Premier League – as it happened Read more Share via Email match reports Topics Share on WhatsApp Listen When Ki Sung-yueng clumsily upended Mané, Swansea surrendered a free-kick 20 yards from goal. Liverpool formed a five-strong queue around the ball but it was Salah whose curling effort brought a fingertip save from Fabianski. Swansea, understandably, were a nervous wreck but continued to fight their corner relentlessly.As Carvalhal paced the touchline, Klopp sought changes in the shape of Adam Lallana and Danny Ings. The latter jinked away from Van der Hoorn before blasting at Fabianski, who cradled the ball in his arms. Then Van Dijk and Salah fired over and wide respectively. Van Dijk was not finished, teeing up Firmino in the fourth minute of added time. Unmarked at the back post, his header rattled the other one before Lallana forced the ball goalwards in a six-yard box skirmish. Mawson cleared his effort off the line and Swansea survived. Transfer swap shop, another stung Hornet and Lyon tamers – Football Weekly Liverpool If that was an unfamiliar sight, then the moment Mawson steered home only the seventh league goal Swansea have scored at home this season was almost as unexpected. Van Dijk’s headed clearance from Clucas’s corner cannoned off Federico Fernández to Mawson, who swivelled and squeezed the ball beyond Loris Karius.Klopp was not drawn into changing personnel at half-time but his team’s intentions altered. They were camped inside Swansea’s half for much of the second period, leading to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain flighting a superb ball in for Firmino, who wrestled in between van der Hoorn and Fernández before the Swansea captain hacked the ball away. Liverpool dominated possession as the hosts lost sight of the ball altogether, retreating further and further. Robertson twice found space and would have shot goalwards but for Naughton’s magnificently-timed interception. Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan injury will not affect Team India’s morale, says Sunil Gavaskar

first_img Next India Today Web Desk LondonJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 12, 2019 00:41 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan is under observation after the India opener was hit on the thumb on Sunday (Rueters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan suffered a thumb injury vs Australia on SundayDhawan, who is being observed by the BCCI, is likely to miss India’s next few matchesThe BCCI on Tuesday said it hasn’t named any replacement for DhawanFormer India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar has said Shikhar Dhawan’s injury which could force him to sit out 2 or more India matches will not hurt the team’s morale. Gavaskar added that he believes Virat Kohli’s men are prepared for all eventualities at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Sunil Gavaskar said it will be “fantastic” to see Shikhar Dhawan back in the squad towards the business end of the tournament if he manages to recover from the thumb injury he sustained during India’s win over Australia in London on Sunday.”I don’t think so (will not impact the spirit of the team). I think this team is prepared for any eventuality in terms of injuries. That’s the hardest part of being an opening batsman. The ball will seam and bounce a lot more when it’s hard and new,” Gavaskar told India Today from London on Tuesday.”However, KL Rahul has come good in the last couple of games. He will be replacing Shikhar Dhawan for hopefully only the next couple of games. If it’s a fracture and if Dhawan can recover in the next 3 weeks hopefully for the game against England [on June 30], then that will be fantastic,” Gavaskar added.Shikhar Dhawan has suffered a minor fracture and is currently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The apex body of India cricket said it has not named any replacement as on Tuesday.Dhawan was hit on the thumb as early as the 9th over of the Indian innings vs Australia on Sunday but he carried on and went on to make a match-winning 117.advertisementGavaskar pointed out that Dhawan has been one of India’s star performers in ICC tournaments and thus the team management will not be looking to make a hasty decision, considering a player can’t be brought back once his replacement is announced for the World Cup.Temperament makes Dhawan a special player in ICC tournaments: Gavaskar”If you replace Shikhar Dhawan, then he can’t be brought back even if he gets fit. That’s what the team management will be looking to assess. I also think the team management will be having a world with Dhawan. The man would himself want to play the World Cup. It comes only once every four years. He wouldn’t want to miss out on this opportunity. He has got a hundred already and is looking good.”With Shikhar Dhawan, there is no such thing as form. He could be batting ordinary way. Just before the Australia game started, people were talking about ‘how is he going to handle Starc and how is he going to do this that’. But he showed us.”Shikhar has an amazing temperament. At the end of the day, temperament is what separates the men from the boys.”When you playing for your country, you should be able to bear a little bit of pain. You have got to sacrifice a bit when playing for your country at this stage.”Having beaten South Africa and Australia to get their World Cup campaign off to a strong start, India will next face New Zealand in Nottingham on Thursday before the big-ticket clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday in Manchester.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan’s pain threshold is incredible, says Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Rishabh Pant ideal replacement for injured Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane not a bad option too: Harbhajan SinghAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow India national cricket teamFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan injury will not affect Team India’s morale, says Sunil GavaskarICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Former India opener Sunil Gavaskar said the Indian team management would want to wait and watch Shikhar Dhawan’s recovery, considering his impact in ICC tournaments in the past. Dhawan scored his third World Cup hundred on Sunday vs Australia after braving a hit on the thumb.advertisementlast_img read more

From Where I Stand Jody Wilson Raybould releases book ten years in

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsFormer attorney general of Canada and justice minister Jody Wilson Raybould has released her book “From Where I Stand,” ahead of the federal election Oct. 21 where she is running as an independent candidate.Wilson-Raybould held a book signing event in Vancouver where a long line of people stood to meet her.Roechelle Gaudet from Alberta was one of them.“I’m very excited, it’s an absolute honour to shake hands with this lady,” said Gaudet. “She stands for everything I believe in and everything I stand for back home.“I’m thrilled and can’t wait to see her back in the House of Commons.”Wilson Raybould says the book took her ten years to finish and provides insight into the relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples.It provides potential solutions on how to move forward with true reconciliation and to rebuild nations.“We can move beyond the history of denial of rights in this country when it comes to Indigenous peoples and to create the space for Indigenous nations within Canada to re-build,” said Wilson Raybould. “And one of those solutions that not only have I been advocating but Indigenous peoples for as long as I can remember is a frame work for rights recognition and to enable Indigenous communities to translate the minimum standards for example in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples the full box of rights that is section 35 of our constitution into practical and meaningful benefits on the ground in communities.”Wilson Raybould is currently on the campaign trail trying to hold her Vancouver-Granville seat as an independent.At a campaign rally in Vancouver recently, she committed to pursuing the truth and change through non-partisan co-operation.“My time in federal politics I don’t think is done and my grandmother always taught me that you have an important voice you need to use your voice and use it to ultimately use it to improve the lives of people so that’s what I’m going to do,” she said.Wilson-Raybould left the Liberal party over the SNC Lavallin affair.She’s hoping to hold the seat against Liberal party challenger, Taleeb Noormohamed, a 42 year-old tech entrepreneur.Also running in the riding is climate activist Yvonne Hanson for the NDP, former Ottawa political staffer Zach Segal for the Conservatives, and Naomi Chocyk, a one-time constituency staffer for Wilson-Raybould, for the People’s Party of Canada.Wilson-Raybould, who was once a B.C. regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations, quickly became one of the stars Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team promoted heavily in their 2015 bid for power.But Wilson-Raybould precipitated a crisis for Trudeau’s government last winter with allegations she had been inappropriately pressured by the prime minister, his office, other ministers and bureaucrats to end the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.Wilson-Raybould quit Trudeau’s cabinet over the affair, followed by cabinet ally Jane Philpott. Trudeau eventually kicked both women out of the Liberal caucus and they are now seeking re-election as Independent candidates.Philpott, who also spoke at the rally, told the crowd that independent voices can make a difference in the House of Commons.“Do not ever doubt what one person can do,” Philpott said. “We will not be silent and we will not stand down.” read more

Four Islamists killed south of Algiers ministry

first_imgALGIERS – The Algerian army killed four armed Islamists overnight in an ambush south of the capital, the defence ministry announced Thursday.“During an operation carried out by a unit of the ANP (Algerian army)… four terrorists were eliminated at around midnight, during an ambush” on a road near Berrouaghia, in the Medea region, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Algiers, the ministry said.Weapons recovered by the soldiers included a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Simonov semi-automatic rifle and two grenades. Last week, the ministry said two jihadist militants were killed in a mountainous part of Medea, which was a heartland of the Islamist insurrection during the devastating civil war of the 1990s.Violence attributed to Islamists has declined considerably in recent years.But groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb continue to attack strategic targets in the eastern Kabylie region, around the capital and in the south, where around 40 hostages were killed during the siege of a remote desert gas plant one year ago.last_img read more

Myanmar UN envoy told reconciliation process is back on track

Razali Ismail, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, was pleased by the Government’s pledge and also encouraged to see that all parties remained committed to the process, a UN spokesman said at a press briefing in New York.”He is hopeful that certain significant progress could take place shortly,” the spokesman added.During Mr. Razali’s four-day visit, which was to help facilitate Myanmar’s national reconciliation process, he met with the Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), Senior General Than Shwe, Secretary-1 of the SPDC, Lt-Gen. Khin Nyunt, and other Government officials.The Special Envoy also held separate discussions with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior officials of the National League for Democracy (NLD), “as well as representatives of several ethnic nationalities political parties,” the statement said. read more

4 members on FDA tobacco advisory panel leave following court ruling on

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2015 8:39 am MDT 4 members on FDA tobacco advisory panel leave following court ruling on conflicts of interest RICHMOND, Va. – Four members of Food and Drug Administration’s tobacco advisory panel, including its chairman, have left after a federal judge ruled some of its members had conflicts of interest, the agency said.Members of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee were rescreened after the court ruling and either resigned or were removed from the panel responsible for advising the agency on tobacco-related issues, Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, said late Thursday in a statement.In July, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington, D.C., ordered the FDA to reconstitute the panel and barred the agency from using its 2011 report on menthol cigarettes. The agency has since conducted its own review on menthol cigarettes, which concluded in 2013 that menthol cigarettes likely pose a greater public health risk than regular cigarettes. But it did not make a recommendation on whether to limit or ban them.The ruling stemmed from a 2011 lawsuit by cigarette makers Lorillard Inc. and Reynolds American Inc., alleging conflicts of interest and bias by several members of the panel.Many panels advise the FDA on scientific issues. The agency doesn’t have to follow their recommendations but usually does.Those no longer on the tobacco panel include Dr. Jonathan Samet, who served as chairman, as well as Claudia Barone, Joanna Cohen, and Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin.Samet was the only remaining member of the panel challenged in the lawsuit. Samet, director of the University of Southern California’s Institute for Global Health and former director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at Johns Hopkins University, had previously received several grants from pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline and testified for lawyers suing tobacco manufacturers, according to court documents.Their departure from the panel is a loss to the agency and for public health, Zeller said. And while there would be strong reasons for the agency to consider a waiver or authorization that would allow them to continue their service, in light of the ruling, Zeller said, “we do not believe we are able to exercise our discretion to consider this option at this time.”___Michael Felberbaum can be reached at read more

Inconsistent Buckeyes go 11 in weekend play

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team jumped out to a one-set lead (26-24) against No. 19 Michigan, but dropped the next three sets (17-25, 16-25, 19-25) en route to a 3-1 loss Friday night. The Buckeyes seemed energized during the highly contested first set, which saw 16 ties and eight lead changes, winning on a game-point kill by outside hitter Anna Szerszen. The momentum did not hold for the Buckeyes, however, as Michigan jumped out to an early 7-1 lead to start the second set. OSU never recovered from the early deficit and headed into the break with the match tied at one set a piece. After the break, Michigan picked up right where it left off, jumping out to a 9-2 lead to start the third set. OSU cut the lead to 9-6 but could never climb back in the set. The last set was close through the first-half, featuring three ties, but Michigan began to pull away after gaining an 11-10 advantage. With Michigan’s lead 23-15, OSU began to fight back, riding outside hitter Katie Dull’s three consecutive kills, but fell short in the end. For the Buckeyes, Dull had a team-high 18 points with 15 kills, two aces and a solo block. Betsy Hone led the Buckeyes with 30 assists and Sarah Mignin was the team-leader in digs with nine. The Buckeyes had trouble getting into a rhythm the entire night. Following the game, the team spent some extended time in the locker room to work things out. “We had a really good conversation that was much needed,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “I think we are going to be better tomorrow. “We were just disconnected and it’s my job as a coach to get everyone connected again. The dynamic needed to be tweaked and it just didn’t feel like our team today, but we’ll move forward.” The Buckeyes recovered quickly, turning around Saturday night to sweep Michigan State at St. John Arena, three sets to none (25-20, 25-22, 25-18). Michigan State found itself leading the first set 14-8 before the Buckeyes made five consecutive points to get them back in the game. A kill by middle blocker Mariah Booth brought up game point, and a kill from Dull sealed the first set for the Buckeyes. Set two was close throughout, seeing seven ties and three lead changes. Michigan State led 10-8 before the Buckeyes scored nine unanswered points, making the score 17-10. OSU increased its lead to 21-13, but the Spartans fought back with six unanswered points of their own, making the score 21-19. A 4-3 run to close the set gave OSU the 2-0 set lead. OSU jumped out early in the third set and never looked back. At 23-17, a kill by middle blocker Kelli Barhorst gave OSU match point. A 24-18 Spartan error gave OSU the match. Dull posted a match-high 18.5 points with 14 kills, two aces and a solo block. Amanda Peterson led the Buckeyes with 31 assists while Mignin was the team-leader in digs with 8. With the win, Ohio State improves to 14-3 on the year and 2-2 in conference play. read more

Easter beginning to look at lot like Christmas as turkey panettone and

first_img 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. The chocolate treat, available at Waitrose, is shaped like half of an avocado, and has been so sought-after that many took to social media to complain that it was out of stock.‘Free-from’ takes on Easter favourites are also on the rise, catering for those who have cut gluten and dairy out of their diets.  A Waitrose spokesperson said: “Sales of our dairy free egg (from brand Moo Free) are up 45% on the same time last year.”Marks and Spencer experienced a similar spike in their vegan egg sales. A spokesperson revealed: “Sales of our Made Without Dairy Dark Chocolate Egg are up +13% on last year.”Gluten-free and dairy-free hot cross buns are also proving more popular this year.Alexa Masterson, Product Developer at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re committed to opening doors for those who have specific dietary requirements and Easter is no exception! Our Deliciously FreeFrom products, including our popular Easter Eggs and brand new Hot Cross Buns, mean that even more people are able to enjoy the celebrations together.”   “Supermarkets are targeting consumers with food that they already associate with celebration, family time, and relaxation.“If it proves successful this year then you should expect to see even more Easter foods with a Christmas twist next year.”Easter this year has also been given a ‘millennial’ flavour, with one of the most popular offerings being an ‘avocado’ egg. Jamie Pettigrew tweeted, attaching a picture of an Iceland turkey advert: “No budget for a shoot – use the Christmas ad…” Waitrose's avocado-shaped Easter egg Christmas, it is said, only comes once a year – but not it would seem if you took a glance at supermarkets’ Easter offerings which this year include turkey, panettone and stollen.While traditional Easter foods include a leg of lamb and some gently spiced hot cross buns, retailers have this year added Christmas products with an “Easter twist” to their offerings.Aldi is selling turkey crowns, as well as smoked salmon macaroni cheese for the Easter table.The bargain food shop is specifically marketing the items for Easter, and said it expects its “rich macaroni cheese bakes with either delicious oak smoked Atlantic salmon or luxurious crayfish and crab filling” to prove popular after they are released on March 29.Frozen food supermarket Iceland is also marketing turkey to be eaten over the Easter weekend, and is calling the traditional Christmas meat the “star of the show” in advertisements.The store tweeted: “Not sure which meat to serve this #Easter? Our star of the show, Spring Turkey will give you all kinds of #MondayMotivation.”Some on Twitter have suggested the supermarkets are recycling their Christmas adverts.center_img “We’ve seen overwhelming appetite for our Deliciously FreeFrom Hot Cross Buns which launched this year, and are now the best-selling product in our FreeFrom morning goods range.” Other supermarkets are also blurring the culinary lines between the holidays. Panettone is a traditional Christmas treat, a bread-like cake studded with dried fruit to be eaten at breakfast.However, Waitrose has stocked it for Easter, making a special version for the Christian holiday.The supermarket said: “A Christmas classic gets an egg-citing Easter makeover with our new egg shaped Waitrose Christmas Panettone.“Our Panettone is made with a traditional sourdough recipe nurtured since 1964. This is combined with butter and chocolate and topped with pastel coloured sugar discs to make this treat look as pretty as an Easter egg!”Dutch store Hema has also been promoting an ‘Easter stollen’ – despite the bread being a German Christmas delicacy.In other cases, Easter treats have taken a Christmas flavour. Aldi has broadened its range of hot cross buns to include chocolate and toffee and cranberry and orange – with sales having doubled on last year.Charles Banks, co-founder at food trends firm The Food People, said:  “This is far more strategic than supermarkets wheeling out their old Christmas stock,” said Charles Banks, co-founder at food trends firm The Food People.“The UK has a uniquely competitive supermarket culture. This drives innovation as companies fight for differentiation by developing new products. Waitrose’s avocado-shaped Easter egg “No budget for a shoot – use the Christmas ad…” @IcelandFoods #turkey #easter #lamb— Jamie Pettigrew (@JC_Pettigrew) March 23, 2018last_img read more

Famed 18thcentury thespian became first selfpublicist through secret media manipulation new book

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. David Garrick reciting the Jubilee Ode at Drury Lane Theatre in 1769 Other pieces praised his “truly affecting” performance and “the Exertion of his Talents”.In The Public Advertiser, a daily sheet in which Garrick also had shares, Garrick’s marketing extended to preparing and managing audience responses, Ritchie said.One article for his new adaptation of Hamlet told the audience that it was exactly what “the best Critics and warmest Admirers of Shakespeare have long wished”.Ritchie’s research appears in her forthcoming book, titled David Garrick and the Mediation of Celebrity, published by Cambridge University Press this month [Jan].She writes: “What happens when an actor owns shares in the stage on which he performs and the newspapers that review his performances? Celebrity that lasts over 240 years.” He was the legendary 18th-century actor and manager who, as a national icon and one of theatre’s first celebrities, could draw audiences from far and wide.But, hundreds of years before selfies, instant fame and stars with armies of publicists, David Garrick was also the original self-publicist, secretly manipulating the media, a new book reveals.Garrick used his part-ownership of newspapers and the Drury Lane Theatre to gain unparalleled media exposure, including self-authored reviews, according to Professor Leslie Ritchie, who has uncovered more than 11,000 mentions of Garrick’s name in London newspapers published between his stage debut in 1741 and his death in 1779. Such is the scale of Garrick’s media coverage and “his constant negotiation” of representations of himself and his playhouse that she describes him as “the first actor to exploit the power of the press in the production and mediation of celebrity”.Ritchie, associate professor of English at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, observes that audiences who flocked to Drury Lane could see a play written or adapted by Garrick, with a prologue or epilogue penned by Garrick and a cast that included Garrick: “That playgoer had likely been enticed to go to the play by an advertisement, puff or review written by Garrick, placed in a newspaper partly owned by Garrick.” She told the Sunday Telegraph that the public remembers Garrick today as the star who could act both tragedy and comedy, who championed ‘natural’ vocal delivery, and who brought Shakespeare into greater popularity than ever before: “What they don’t know is that Garrick’s manipulation of the media behind the scenes was equally masterful…“The story here is one of media convergence and social influence used to produce celebrity, long before the selfie era.”Today’s stars have agents and public relations teams to hone their public images and to present consistent messages about their identity. Garrick did most of that work for himself, hundreds of years ago.”From 1741, after his sensational interpretation of Richard III, Garrick dominated London theatre. David Garrick reciting the Jubilee Ode at Drury Lane Theatre in 1769Credit: Culture Club Garrick used his part-ownership of newspapers and the Drury Lane Theatre to gain unparalleled media exposure Garrick used his part-ownership of newspapers and the Drury Lane Theatre to gain unparalleled media exposureCredit:Hulton Archive The book, David Garrick and the Mediation of Celebrity, is to be published by Cambridge University Press this month The book, David Garrick and the Mediation of Celebrity, is to be published by Cambridge University Press this month Ritchie believes that scholars have been so dazzled by his extraordinary talent that they have “tended to downplay the extent to which his carefully-crafted puffs… enabled public perception of his stature as a dramatic innovator”.By poring over contemporary newspapers, as well as their financial records and business minutes, Ritchie realised the extent of Garrick’s links to them.His closest newspaper association was with the St. James’s Chronicle, a thrice-weekly newspaper, in which he secretly acquired a share in 1762 and to which he was a frequent anonymous contributor, she said: “Garrick used his interest in [it], not just for advertisements, but to publish his poetry, prologues, epilogues, and self-authored reviews of shows in his theatre… Modern ethical considerations of neutrality and objectivity were never the objectives of those writing and printing newspapers at this period.”In one report, the Chronicle applauded a performance in which “Mr. Garrick” was “most extraordinarily accurate in every syllable which he uttered”. read more

RBC Capital Markets predicts further escalation of platinum price due to South

first_imgRBC Capital Markets has released a research report that concludes that 2008 will see the price of platinum continue to soar as a result of a production bottleneck in South Africa. Platinum prices have surged over $2,000, up 135% since the beginning of 2005, recently reaching a seven-week high amid concerns over power supply difficulties in South Africa which have caused widespread disruption to production.  Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, has inadequately invested in generation capacity, the impact of which could be felt for the next four to five years, or longer.“Given the clear risk that power supply may be constrained, will junior producers, who don’t have the capital to set up smelting operations, be able to sell their concentrate?” asks Leon Esterhuizen, Analyst, Global Mining Research at RBC Capital Markets. “The juniors may well be able to mine, but the majors would have to get increased power allocation in order to smelt and treat more third party material. This then becomes the ultimate bottleneck that threatens to create an environment where metal prices could increase significantly.“The massive shortage of skills in South Africa is also a problem for producers.  Competition to attract and retain good people has already caused labour costs to escalate by at least 15% per annum and the problem gets worse as new entrants come on stream and start looking for labour and skilled managers.“Compounding the problem of reduced output is the increasing demand for platinum by the jewellery sector and the automobile industry, which uses the metal in catalytic converters for cleaning tailpipe emissions.“Further price pressures come from investors who are buying platinum metal-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Platinum ETFs pose a real threat as they may put the market in an ever growing deficit.“To ensure longer term sustainability of the industry and the market as a whole, there has to be faster expansion of production,” says Esterhuizen. “The junior companies best positioned to take part in this are the ones that are already in production, or will be so shortly, and those that will be expanding output and have, in the case of the juniors, a valid offtake agreement in place” says Esterhuizen.RBC Capital Markets hosted its inaugural Platinum Group Metals Conference on May 16 in London. The conference brought together the senior management of the world’s largest platinum producers to speak about the opportunities and challenges they face. Speakers included: Eastern Platinum, Mvelaphanda Resources, African Rainbow Minerals, Braemore Resources, Platmin, Platinum Australia, Platinum Group Metals, Ridge Mining and Wesizwe Platinum.The conference contents are available via audio-only webcast at read more

Gerard believes that Dembele lives in his own world

first_imgBarcelona B manager Gerard Lopez, gave his honest opinion about the delicate situation between Ousmane Dembele and FC Barcelona.The whole situation with Ousmane Dembele has gotten way out of control by now, so much that even club members like Gerard Lopez have expressed their concern about the player.Just this Thursday, there was a report of the French winger owing €20,000 to his former landlord in Dortmund, who rented him the very same house in which Jürgen Klopp lived before he left to Liverpool.The reason for this situation was because the player left the house with several problems and never even responded for it, this is only one of many examples of Ousmane Dembele’s indiscipline that has sparked outrage within the Catalan club and major discomfort amongst the fans because they feel like the club signed him only because they wanted to cover Neymar’s exit as soon as they possibly could.President Josep Maria Bartomeu made a terrible mistake by paying Borussia Dortmund €150 million for a player who had so many problems before coming to the club, it seems that now it’s too late for the club to pull back and selling him would mean having a loss of nearly €60 million because any offer that comes wouldn’t go over €80 million.Gerard: “La sensación es que Dembélé vive en su mundo”— Sr.Deportes (@SrNoticiass) November 15, 2018The club has many authorized voiced that are currently sending him messages through any mean possible, the latest one was Gerard Lopez’s interview to L’Equipe that was echoed by Mundo Deportivo.“Dembele is still not a world-class superstar, he is very young, he lacks experience, but he came to replace Neymar with everything that entails and a massive price tag on his shoulders.”“The kid has carried the weight on his shoulders since he arrived in Barcelona. Adapting to a club is not easy, but he also has to adapt to a new country, a new language, and a whole new style of play which is very different to what he was used to in his previous club.”“We also need to remember that in the last year, he was injured for the first four months after he arrived with a very serious injury. He practically lost a whole season.”“He came back in great shape this summer, but the squad had a couple of bad results and Ernesto Valverde decided to change his tactical approach and he wasn’t going to sacrifice Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez just to let him play.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“The good part about all this is that if he succeeds, people will forget everything that happened, they will love him and cheer for him. The fans at FC Barcelona have a short-term memory if the results are there.”“Players like Romario, Ronaldinho, or Neymar weren’t the most disciplined players in the world but they were outstanding players.”“People don’t care about what players do with their private life as long as they perform. If Dembele plays at the same level that the people expect from him, he will become an icon,” he concluded.PORTADA @lequipe para DEMBELE. Nervios en Barcelona y Deschamps le pega un nuevo toque #mercato— Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) November 15, 2018As far as his current situation goes, Ousmane Dembele’s agent and the club have been on meetings for the last couple of days and they have all been discussing what the best strategy for the player is.The club still is reluctant to sell him because they are convinced that his skills should be more than enough for him to come out of this situation, but the player needs to start showing more commitment during training sessions and during matches, even if he doesn’t make the call-up list sometimes.Ousmane Dembele has help at Barcelona amid struggles – Gerard Pique #Barca— Edi Permana Putra (@LionelEdiMessi) November 11, 2018What do you think FC Barcelona should do with Ousmane Dembele, keep him or sell him to the highest bidder? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

FOLIO Editors Weigh In on 2008

first_imgNot surprisingly, our annual roundup of media predictions has generated a ton of traffic for our little Web site here. What is surprising is that it did so without the benefit of the FOLIO: editorial staff weighing in on 2008. So, before we send the piece off to the Smithsonian for archival purposes, I figured we should round ’em up here:NAME: Matt KinsmanTITLE: Managing editor, FOLIO:2008 PREDICTION: I think publishing companies in 2008 and 2009 will face a real talent pool crisis. Those companies that ignore new media training will be behind the curve, while those employees that have developed a new media skillset (and more importantly, a strategic understanding of new media) will say “enough” to product closures, lay-offs and pay cuts, and start jumping ship not only from their companies but the magazine industry in general. NAME: Bill MickeyTITLE: Senior editor, FOLIO:2008 PREDICTION: Six of ’em …1. Site engagement metrics—time spent and session lengths—will play a larger role with more publishers in the online sales process as advertisers begin to understand that page view and unique visitor metrics are not the only window into an online user’s soul.2. At least one overly leveraged publisher will get squeezed this year, resulting in a rapid crumbling of a rapidly-constructed platform company.3. Publishers will begin to worry less about “extending the brand” and instead launch new brands to capture new audiences.4. Value-add will, once and for all, be shed from a publisher’s vocabulary, if only out of necessity. Nothing is free, everything has a price.5. There will be some dramatic and broad e-media strategy shifts as publishers become more comfortable with their audience’s online content habits. 6. There will be a noticeable rise in smaller, strategic, bolt-on deals—especially in the e-media sector—from large and small companies alike. NAME: Dan TrombettoTITLE: Art director, FOLIO:2008 PREDICTION: 2008 will be the year that the few remaining Quark users finally see the light and come over to the world of InDesign. We will see one of the most controversial covers of all times hit the newsstands—one that makes each and every one of us question reality as we (think we) know it. Also, FOLIO: magazine will feature NO purple on it’s covers (but a pink/black color combo will be used liberally).NAME: Dylan StablefordTITLE: Senior editor, digital, FOLIO:2008 PREDICTION: Here goes, bros:1. Radiohead launches a magazine, and subsequently struggles to build subscription and advertising revenue with its failed pay-what-you-want model. Thom Yorke quits as editor.2. Revenues for Graydon Carter’s Waverly Inn surpass those of Vanity Fair.3. A magazine launches a really cool, expensive online product that makes absolutely no money or business sense, but is written about, breathlessly and incessantly. It then folds.4. Samir Husni shaves off the moustache, quietly. He then grows it back, and counts it as a launch. 5. I finally snag a dream lunch date with Martha Stewart. I pick up the check.6. The American Magazine Conference is held in October in San Francisco. Pool-gazing editors complain. The MPA apologizes, and schedules 2009 for Cancun.7. FOLIO:’s rotating cast of bloggers becomes the Huffington Post of the magazine industry. As editor, I develop misplaced accent.last_img read more

More screen less body in the revamped Acer Swift 7

first_imgThe super-slim Swift 7 gets slimmer bezels for more screen and less bulk.  Sarah Tew/CNET Acer’s ambitious Swift 7 laptop was one of my favorite laptops of 2018. Its main selling point was an amazingly thin body housing a 14-inch screen. But the world’s-thinnest-laptop Swift 7 was more than a one-trick pony: It was actually a very usable everyday laptop, with an excellent touchscreen, good touchpad, 180-degree hinge and fanless cooling. Exactly one year later, Acer is back with a new version of the Swift 7 for CES. The 2019 model is the Swift 7 SF714-52T, if you’re keeping track (last year’s was the SF714-51T). What’s different this time around? A few small tweaks — not that there’s much room to change a lot in a wafer-thin laptop. 85 Photos Share your voice 1 See it Acer’s Swift 7, Chromebook 315 break new ground at both… Comment The screen bezels have been reduced to under 3mm, making the laptop’s footprint smaller and allowing for a screen-to-body ratio of 92 percent. The 1.9-pound (0.86 kg) laptop does gain just a hair of thickness in the process, going from 8.98mm thick to 9.95mm. The processor gets an upgrade as well, going from a seventh-gen CPU to the eighth-gen Intel Core i7-8500Y, similar to what you’d find in a new MacBook Air. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Acer Swift 7 Now playing: Watch this: See all the best laptops from CES 2019 Mentioned Above Acer Swift 7 Review • Acer’s Swift 7 is unbelievably skinny, if not always speedycenter_img The flat keyboard and fixed (no-click) touchpad won’t be everyone’s favorite, but I found the previous version to more than make up for that by jamming a ton of features into such a tiny frame. The new Swift 7 is coming to the US in May, starting at $1,699. Exact configurations and prices elsewhere will vary by region. 40 Photos Tags All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Laptops Tablets Desktops Preview • Acer’s new Swift 7 laptop is less than 10mm thick CES 2019 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $1,488 CES Products Acer Intel News • The incredibly portable Acer Swift 7 was my near-perfect travelling companion 2:05last_img read more

SpaceX finds surprising cause behind Crew Dragon explosion

first_imgThe SpaceX Crew Dragon will head to the ISS on its first test flight. NASA On April 20, a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule unexpectedly exploded during a ground test at Cape Canaveral in Florida. After an investigation, NASA and SpaceX now say a leak led to a surprising chemical reaction that destroyed the spacecraft.An accident investigation team involving SpaceX, NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, US Air Force and National Transportation Safety Board collected debris from the explosion and the Dragon’s SuperDraco thrusters and transported it to the company’s development facility in McGregor, Texas, for testing.On Monday, SpaceX released a statement outlining how a leak in the spacecraft’s pressurization system allowed a liquid oxidizer — nitrogen tetroxide, or NTO — to make contact with a titanium valve. The resulting explosive reaction between the two substances was the subject of a leaked video of the Dragon’s final fiery moments that made headlines in late April.”It is worth noting that the reaction between titanium and NTO at high pressure was not expected,” reads the company’s statement. “Titanium has been used safely over many decades and on many spacecraft from all around the world.” SpaceX: Watch Crew Dragon capsule dock at ISS for the… On a call with reporters, Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX’s vice president of mission assurance, emphasized that the problem was entirely within the pressurization system and not tied to any flaws in Crew Dragon’s engines. He said the company will be replacing the valves with burst disks that seal more completely to mitigate the risk.Glen Meyerowitz, a former SpaceX engineer noted on Twitter that “this change to burst disks from check valves may decrease the reusability of the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Depending on how/where these burst disks are installed they may be extremely difficult to remove and replace after one ruptures.” Now playing: Watch this: SpaceX didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.Crew Dragon is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew program, which, along with Boeing’s Starliner, aims to return to using US-built craft to deliver astronauts to space, a task that has been outsourced to Russian spacecraft since the end of the Space Shuttle program. However, both American craft have run into problems during tests this year. Crew Dragon previously made a successful uncrewed voyage to the International Space Station, but has yet to carry humans to space. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program manager Kathryn Lueders and Koenigsmann both said they are hopeful Crew Dragon will fly by the end of the year, but that more testing remains to be done.Koenigsmann specifically noted that a flight in 2019 is possible but is also “increasingly difficult.” 1:50 NASA Space SpaceX Share your voice 0 Post a comment Tags Sci-Tech This change to burst disks from check valves may decrease the reusability of the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Depending on how/where these burst disks are installed they may be extremely difficult to remove and replace after one ruptures.— Glen Meyerowitz (@GlenMeyerowitz) July 15, 2019last_img read more

Stream temperature monitoring could provide insight into important fish populations

first_imgAttendees practiced stream monitoring (Photo courtesy of Jessica Kayser Forster)The Chilkat River and its nearby waters are a major source of food for subsistence fishermen in Haines and Klukwan. That’s one reason decreased salmon runs are alarming in the Chilkat and other rivers in Southeast. Tribal leaders around the region are trying to get a handle on one factor that may contribute to declining returns.Listen nowThe Chilkat River runs past the village of Klukwan, about 20 miles up the Haines Highway.“Finding our salmon, fishing for salmon, hunting. It’s a way of life and that may disappear if the salmon disappear,” Kimberly Strong said. Strong is the Chilkat Indian Village Tribal Council President. The village hosted a stream temperature monitoring training, in partnership with the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition and Cook Inletkeeper. The training was part of a larger project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.For the Chilkat Indian Village, understanding what’s going on with salmon is a major reason to do this work. Strong says the village has seen dwindling returns of several types of salmon. That includes alarmingly low Chinook runs in recent years.“If something happens to the salmon, and they don’t return, the ecosystem is thrown,” Strong said. “The wolves won’t be there. The moose may not be there. The goats, all of them are going to have an impact if our salmon are jeopardized by warming of the water, by contamination of the water, by the environmental impacts that we make as humans.”Around 20 people, including tribal representatives from Hoonah, Sitka, Skagway and Wrangell came to Klukwan to learn and share information about monitoring local waters.Jessica Kayser Forster is an environmental consultant based in Haines. She helped facilitate the training that also included conversations about climate change and how to adapt to related environmental changes.“Tribes around the country, really around the world, are taking the lead in monitoring and planning for adaptation because of these impacts of climate change,” Forster said.So, why monitor temperature?“The most concern is, is you see throughout the Pacific Northwest, is that streams are warming, they’re getting hotter,” Forster said. “When temps get hotter we see a lot of disease. It effects reproduction. It gets too hot then it becomes lethal.”Sue Mauger led much of the training. She’s the science director at Cook Inletkeeper, a nonprofit organization based in Homer. She’s helped set up temperature monitoring programs in other parts of the state. Mauger explained how to choose sites to deploy data loggers, and how to collect the information they record using a computer program.“The more information we have and the more places we have information, the more we’re going to understand what it might mean for different salmon populations,” Mauger said.There are already monitoring networks in Cook Inlet, Bristol Bay and Kodiak. The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition wants to get something similar set up in this region.Mauger said it’s challenging to collect data in Alaska, given the amount of time, money and resources that go into travelling to different areas. These networks help with that. And, the tools they use make the science more available.“It’s really accessible equipment,” Mauger said. “It’s easy to use and it collects really good accurate information.”One challenge is money. Mauger said you need three to five years of data to really understand what’s going on in a particular body of water. That means having a consistent funding source. In Klukwan, Forster said they have the equipment, but they’re still trying to secure funding to set up the monitoring program.For Strong, understanding what’s happening in the river is about a way of life.“I think a lot of people came and want to live in this area because of the abundance of food,” Strong said. “That you can live off the land. And it’s really scary that we can get to the point in the near future that another generations or two generations from now won’t have the opportunity to live the lifestyle that we enjoy.”Strong said they may not be able to control everything that happens in the environment, or management decisions made by state and federal agencies. But she hopes having more information can help better inform that decision-making.last_img read more

5 free apps to keep you alert during emergencies

first_img1. Disaster AlertFunctions: Early warning; real-time coverageWith Disaster Alert, you get early warnings of disasters. It is created by the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), which is a 20-year-old applied research centre. Their app Disaster Alert is available on iOS and Android. It has an expanded desktop version as well. The app provides early alerts for 18 different hazards from a global, scientifically verified geospatial database. They use modelling tools to predict the path of disasters like cyclones and hurricanes, eruption timing of volcanoes and other natural disasters. Keep track of your family with this app.2. Life360Functions: Safety Status Communication; GPS TrackingLife360 is an app for you to check up on family members and keep them informed about your status. The app uses GPS tracking to alert members during emergencies and even calls for help from emergency services. The app shows all family members on a map, which makes it easy to track someone in an emergency. The app also allows users to create different groups for family, friends, colleagues etc. With a chat function, members can each other know what they are up to. The app sends push notifications to alert family members of when you will reach your destination. Respond to crises through Facebook’s tool3. Facebook Crisis ResponseFunctions: Safety Status marking; Sending/Receiving supportA built-in function of popular social networking app, Facebook’s Crisis Response is a tool that informs users about disasters around them. This function relies on the community-building capabilities of people and spreads awareness among the masses. It lets users mark themselves safe during disasters and provide resources (food, transportation, supplies) in disaster-struck areas. It also enables users to request help from the community. Facebook allows people to create posts and let the public know if they need help or are capable of helping. Let paramedics know about your medical details.In times of crisis, it is important to keep in touch with loved ones. Often our technology fails us in emergencies, but we can always take precautions to minimise damages. Here are a few free tools that can prove helpful with early warnings of disasters and information on disaster management. Even if you find yourself in danger, these apps can notify family and friends to help you out. Get early warnings of disasters with Disaster Alert. 4. ICE – In Case of EmergencyFunctions: Display details in the notification tabICE is a simple app ideated by a (now retired) paramedic. He attended to countless accidents and would often find himself scrolling through injured patients’ contacts to find who to call. Often in critical states, it would take a lot of time for paramedics to identify the victims, their blood type and their next of kin. The app asks users for their name, emergency contacts, blood group, and any other vital information. It also has an optional “if found” message in case you lose your phone. There are also identification tags, cards and keyrings available from ICE in case your phone breaks or gets powered off. Send panic alerts to contacts through SMS, email and Tweets.5. Red Panic ButtonFunctions: One-button alert when you’re in dangerPressing the red panic button sends the users’ location to emergency contacts via Google Maps. You can add as many contacts as you like. The app can help you by sending SMS messages, emails and Tweets describing the location and local time. The paid version of the app features additional tools like a voice recording feature, enabling users to record and send a 10-second distress message. The app can pair with specific wearables – Apple Watch, Android Wear and Pebble – allowing users to discreetly send distress messages to contacts.Staying safe is your own responsibility.The upshot is that safety is a rising concern for people. You never know when a natural calamity may strike or when harm may reach those close to you. These apps can keep you informed and provide you with the means to act. The action must be initiated by you, though. Keeping yourself safe is your own responsibility before anyone else’s.In view of Cyclone Fani, travellers should be careful about their routes and modes of transport, especially while using aviation. A travel advisory issued today by GoAir stated that passengers travelling to and from Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Ranchi might be inconvenienced due to the cyclone. GoAir is waiving cancellation and change fees for Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Ranchi flights from 2nd to 5th of May. Passengers can re-book their flights within a week of scheduled departure. Customers may contact GoAir’s airport ticketing offices or call their customer service centre at 18602 100 999.last_img read more

Dhaka should convene global conference on Rohingyas

first_imgRoundtable on “Rohingya Crisis: Impacts on Society and Economy” organised by the Daily Prothom Alo at its offices in Karwan Bazar. Photo: Prothom aloAlmost an entire population that is equivalent to many nations around the world has been superimposed on Bangladesh through displacement of Rohingya from Myanmar’s Rakhine state.Saying this at a Prothom Alo roundtable on Tuesday, senior economist Wahiduddin Mahmud recommended economic assessment of the impact of the shelter given to about a million Rohingyas in the country’s southeastern region.He proposed convening a conference of human rights and multilateral groups – in Dhaka or London – to uphold Bangladesh’s humanistic stand of giving shelter to Rohingyas and thus draw more useful global attention to this crisis.“The high moral standard Bangladesh has set should be used as a diplomatic tool to mobilise global public opinion. Many countries including our neighbours have not been able to take such a position,” said Wahiduddin Mahmud, also a former caretaker government adviser.Some present and former officials, taking part in the discussion, expressed serious concern over fallouts of a protracted refugee crisis affecting Bangladesh and insisted on sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas in their Myanmar homeland. Engagement of eminent citizens for persuading international actors in this regard was also recommended.Daily Prothom Alo organised the roundtable on “Rohingya Crisis: Impacts on Society and Economy” at its office to reflect on implications of the influx of the Rohingyas into Bangladesh following persecution by the Myanmar authorities.About 600,000 Rohngyas, overwhelming majority of whom are Muslims, have taken shelter in Cox’s Bazar since the latest crisis began with violent attacks in Rakhine on 25 August. At least another 400,000 Rohingyas who fled Myanmar earlier were staying in the region.Wahiduddin Mahmud pointed out that the population of Switzerland (1.3 million) is slightly higher and that of Fiji lower than the number of Rohingyas now in Bangladesh.“Almost an entire country has been superimposed on Bangladesh… It’s not, however, possible for a so densely populated landmass to bear the burden forever,” he observed.About external powers’ interests and reported move to establish Rakhine as an economic zone by uprooting an entire ethnic group, he explained that it would be a bad precedent for the world. “In fact, there is no example that economic success has been possible by evicting people,” he said.Dwelling on India and China’s strategic assessment of Myanmar, the economist expressed his views that Bangladesh must remind them of its geo-strategic value.Wahiduddin advocated creating noise like that of the Madison Garden Concert for Bangladesh during the liberation war for safe and sustainable repatriation of Rohingyas and get rid of the burden on the country.Md Golam Abbas, a former official of UN High Commissioner on Refugees (UNCHR) office, expressed apprehension that once the euphoria of the global media with the Rohingyas is over, the issue might lose its relevance to the international actors.He also recommended that the government of Bangladesh should engage international entities in the process of registration of Rohingyas arriving or already staying in Bangladesh.Focussing on damage to the country’s ecology due to shelters for Rohingyas made in hilly terrain, former chief forest conservator Yunus Ali suggested that Bangladesh should demand compensation for overall environmental damages based on principle of justice.Former major general ANM Muniruzzaman highlighted concern over infiltration of militant groups such as Middle East-based Daeh or Islamic State taking advantage of the situation.“As we move from multilateral diplomacy to bilateral negotiation, the dynamics of Myanmar’s politics and governance system, especially influence of military, need to be understood,” he said.Former ambassador Shamim Ahmed expressed his doubts about sincerity of Myanmar in coming to solving the problem through talks despite the Dhaka visit of the minister of that country.“I don’t think this problem is going to be solved in a month or two… However, to influence Myanmar, it requires a much bigger step and that should come from the United Nations Security Council,” he said.Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, Planning Commission member Kamal Uddin Ahmed, and WaterAid official Abdullah Al-Myueed also addressed the roundtable moderated by Prothom Alo’s associate editor Abdul Quayum.last_img read more