Wilmington Police Warn Of Imposters Posing As Water Department Employees

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department recently had an incident of two individuals gaining access to a home posing as Water Department Employees. Several other area towns have had similar incidents. A Wilmington resident called 911 after two men came to the residence posing as contractors for the Water Department. They told the resident that they needed to do an emergency check of the water for lead contamination. In other cases, the males approach the resident and said that there was a water break in the area and that the resident’s water meter needed to be reset. These individuals will work together to attempt to distract the resident so the group may split up and gain access to the rest of the home.The Town of Wilmington Water Department employees operate town owned, clearly marked vehicles. If an individual approaches your residence or stops to ask questions regarding any utilities or permits, please ask for official town issued identification or call the Wilmington Police Department to verify whether the person is affiliated with the town. You may also contact the Wilmington Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481 during normal business hours. In almost all cases, the Town of Wilmington will notify residents if Water Department employees need to gain access to a residence prior to the visit.Elderly residents are most often the targets of these types of scams. We want to ask our residents to take a moment to speak with elderly parents and neighbors so they are on the alert for this type of unscrupulous activity.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Officers Recognized By US Attorney’s OfficeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for May 23: Police Arrest 4 Individuals; Shoplifting At Market Basket Leads To Drug ArrestsIn “Police Log”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”last_img read more

Oculus cofounders exit is latest in string of Facebook departures

first_img Tags Post a comment Mitchell was the head of virtual reality products at Facebook, which purchased Oculus for $3 billion. The Oculus team at Facebook has grappled with a number of woes, including a lawsuit and executive turnover, as it tries to make virtual reality more mainstream. Facebook bought Oculus because it envisions a future in which Facebookers will be able to share moments with their friends and family as if they’re all together in person. Co-founders at other companies Facebook purchased have also left the social media giant in recent years. That list includes Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, WhatApp’s Brian Acton and Jan Koum and Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey. The Instagram co-founders reportedly clashed with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Mitchell said he’ll be spending time with family and taking time to travel. His departure also comes before Oculus Connect 6, a virtual reality developer conference that kicks off in San Jose, California, at the end of September. Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell James Martin/CNET Facebook can’t seem to hold onto the founders of the companies it acquires.The latest departure: Nate Mitchell, co-founder of the virtual reality startup Oculus, which launched in 2012 and was bought by Facebook in 2014. Mitchell, the last Oculus co-founder still at Facebook, said Tuesday that he was stepping down.”Virtual reality is still on the bleeding edge of technology, and this community continues to pioneer the way forward,” he wrote in a post on Reddit. “What’s ahead is always unknown, and that’s what makes it exciting.” Some bittersweet news to share. After 7 incredible years at Oculus / Facebook, I’m moving on. It’s been a privilege to be a part of the VR community, and I can’t wait to see what comes next: https://t.co/M3XWASigvS pic.twitter.com/dhzPrdmpuP— Nate Mitchell (@natemitchell) August 13, 2019 0 Sci-Tech Tech Industry Share your voice Oculus Facebooklast_img read more

Edmund Shing Microsoft and Amazon lead cloud computing crescendo

first_imgClose In the week of 19 October, Microsoft (US code: MSFT) shares surged 9% on the back on an unexpectedly strong quarterly earnings report, reaching a new 15-year price high of almost $53 per share.All key Microsoft business divisions performed better than expected, with strong contributions from the new Windows 10 operating system, the Office 365 online productivity software suite, and strong uptake of the Xbox One games console and associated Xbox live online subscriptions.But the real star of the show was the 14% constant currency growth in sales from the Intelligent Cloud division, with Microsofts Azure cloud services product doubling revenues over the same period a year ago.This mirrors the very strong performance seen in Amazons quarterly earnings report, with Amazon Web Services posting a very impressive 78% jump in sales over a year ago, driving a surge in Amazons profit growth.So two of US Techs hottest cloud computing giants are hitting new share price highs (Chart 1), joined by the third, the company formerly known as Google, now called Alphabet (US code: GOOGL).Looking at the growth of the cloud computing sector overall, it continues to be very impressive as more and more companies take advantage of Web 2.0 to produce new disruptive business models.Think about the impact that new web-based service businesses have had in taking market share: Uber in taxi services, Airbnb in short hotel stays, Netflix in video on-demand and of course the continued boom in convenient, online shopping at the expense of the traditional High Street.The cloud computing companies that provide the essential web hosting and computing power behind these web-based companies are led by Amazon and Microsoft, but also include IBM, Alphabet (Google) and Salesforce.com (Chart 2).US technology dominates the cloudCloud computing is dominated by US technology behemoths. So if you want to invest in the growth of cloud computing, the most obvious way is via buying shares in US tech companies.You could buy shares in one or a number of these technology giants; however that requires a share account that allows you to trade in US-listed shares, and also requires you to buy these shares in US dollars. This is the approach I take personally, but is perhaps only for the experienced investor who wants to invest regularly in US shares.ETFs and investment trusts: An easier solutionFor investors who do not want to take this more complicated route, a far easier solution lies in exchange-traded funds and investment trusts. These funds, listed on the London Stock Exchange, allow you to buy diversified exposure in US technology companies without needing special overseas share accounts or converting money into US dollars.There are three such listed funds that you can buy via a standard UK share account or a stocks and shares ISA:The Polar Capital Technology Trust (UK code: PCT, 572p as of Friday 23 October). This is an investment trust which invests globally in technology companies, with naturally a heavy bias towards US technology stocks. Its top holdings currently are: Apple, Alphabet, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon.The Powershares Nasdaq-100 UCITS ETF (UK code: EQQQ, share price £73.67), an ETF which mimics the US technology-heavy Nasdaq 100 index. Top 3 holdings: Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.3. The Source Technology S and P US Select Sector UCITS ETF (UK code; XLKQ, share price £66.85), an ETF which invests in the US technology sector. Top holdings: Apple, Microsoft and Facebook.For pure technology exposure and a fund that holds three of the largest cloud computing providers, I would opt for the Polar Capital Technology Trust right now, although the Powershares Nasdaq 100 comes a close second.UK cloud computing companies: iomartIn the UK, there are few listed cloud computing companies. One smaller UK technology company that is generating strong sales and profit growth from cloud computing is iomart (UK code: IOM, share price 280p), which develops and puts in place cloud computing solutions for companies using, for example Microsofts Azure online software platform.It has performed well over the last year on the back of strong growth, but could be set for further strong growth as cloud computing becomes ever more popular.Edmund Shing is Global Head of Equity Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.last_img read more

Bidders emerge for Tata Steels UK assets

first_imgTwo groups signalled their interest in buying the British assets of Tata Steel on Tuesday, offering hope that thousands of jobs could be saved after weeks of uncertainty.Sanjeev Gupta’s metals group Liberty House and a management buyout team called Excalibur said they had submitted an initial expression of interest in buying the assets ahead of a 1600 GMT deadline.The two groups had been racing to submit their interest after India’s Tata Group announced plans in March to sell its entire UK steel operation, which had been hit by cheap Chinese imports, soaring costs and weak demand.Keen to avoid the loss of 10,000 jobs, the government has offered hundreds of millions of pounds in support to potential buyers and said it could take a 25 percent stake in the firm.Britain’s Business Secretary Sajid Javid also postponed a major trade visit to Iran to focus on the future of the steel industry at home.Liberty’s Executive Chairman Gupta was the first businessman to express an interest in Tata’s loss-making assets which include the Port Talbot steel plant in Wales, and on Tuesday the firm said it had submitted a bid.”Liberty believes the UK steel industry can achieve long-term viability if based on an agile, sustainable, non-cyclical model,” the company said a statement.Liberty confirmed that Macquarie Capital and the State Bank of India had been appointed as financial advisers for the deal.Indian-born Gupta, who established Liberty House while a student at Cambridge in the early 1990s, has said Port Talbot and its jobs could be saved if the giant blast furnaces were replaced with facilities to process imported slab steel instead.Excalibur Steel UK, led by Tata’s UK strip products director Stuart Wilkie, also confirmed its interest, saying it had made huge progress in pulling together a plan that would enable the management and staff to take a stake in a strategic British industry.”We believe we have a large number of the pieces in place required to make this a success, including a management team with vast experience of steel making and processing,” he said in a statement. “We are confident we can turn the business around.”Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron visited Port Talbot and said any sale of Tata’s British assets would have to cover the whole of the business.Britain’s government has also offered help in lowering the cost of energy for steel works and with workers’ pensions to try to save the industry but says its efforts are not linked to the EU referendum on June 23.Those campaigning to leave the bloc have seized on the crisis, accusing the EU of not doing enough to stop Chinese imports and have blamed the bloc’s rules on state aid for preventing government intervention.last_img read more

Another probe body formed over Old Dhaka fire

first_imgA devastating fire breaks out at a building at Chawkbazar in the capital on Wednesday night. Fire fighters try to douse as fire spreads to nearby buildings. Photo: Focus BanglaThe home affairs ministry has formed a 5-member committee to investigate into the Chawkbazar fire incident that left nearly 80 people dead.Headed by additional secretary of security service division of the home ministry the committee was asked to submit its report with recommendations within seven working days after proper investigation, said an official release, reports UNB.Around 41 people injured in a devastating fire that broke out at a chemical warehouse and raged through four other adjacent buildings in the city’s Chawkbazar area on Wednesday night.last_img

TxDOT Gathering Public Input On Big Freeway Widening Project

first_img X 00:00 /01:10 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: I-45 North is ranked as one of the most congested freeways in Texas. TxDOT hopes a massive widening project will help address a growing population. The work would include managed lanes in the middle of I-45 between downtown Houston and Beltway 8. The feeder roads would also get wider. But all that work requires more property. We caught up with TxDOT’s Danny Perez at a public meeting on the project. He says the residential neighborhoods north of downtown will stay intact, but they’ll have to acquire right-of-way between the 610 Loop and Beltway 8. “So we’re trying to get folks here now,” says Perez. “We can have the conversation now so at some point when we move forward we won’t catch people by surprise.”TxDOT is now taking public comment as part of its environmental study and officials say any construction is still years in the future. But Perez says once that work starts they won’t be doing it all at once. “It depends on the funding aspects,” adds Perez. He expects the project will be similar to what they’re doing on the Gulf Freeway with the work divided into segments. It’s expected the I-45 North widening will cost about $7 billion.Gail Delaughter People viewed plans for I-45 North at a recent public meeting. Listenlast_img read more

Texas Company Recalls Nearly 4 Tons Of Ground Beef Products

first_img Share Photo via PixabayThe U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced the recall by PFP Enterprises, also operating as Texas Meat Packers.A Fort Worth meatpacker is recalling nearly 4 tons of ground beef products that contain soy but the allergen is not listed on the labels.The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced the recall by PFP Enterprises, also operating as Texas Meat Packers.The recall includes 40-pound cases containing four 10-pound bags of “85/15 Ground Beef Bulk” with item code 4013 and labeled Patterson Food Processors. The recall also includes 10-pound cases containing two 5-pound bags of “85/15 Ground Beef Bulk” with item code 4012 and labeled Patterson Food Processors.The raw, frozen items were produced Sept. 28 and have “EST. 34715” inside the USDA mark of inspection.The USDA has no reports of anyone getting sick. Recalled items should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.last_img read more

Vidcon 2018 Showcases Diverse Voices Creators of Color

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “When I first started making media, I was really inspired by the people around me who made me feel less alone,” she said. “For making content going forward, I want to see it as a safe space for people to come.”Adam Wescott, co-founder of Select Management Group, who counts among clients digital stars like Gigi Gorgeous, said digital media naturally attracts diverse voices.“We didn’t have to concentrate on (diversity) or call attention to it – it just happened,” Wescott said. “YouTube and social are the only places where you’ll find someone like LaurDIY, an Asian girl who has millions of followers. That doesn’t exist in network TV or in film.”Wescott said creators of color have been able to capitalize on opportunities to appeal to a base that isn’t catered to on other platforms. “It’s great that brands are recognizing that and you’re seeing top-level endorsement opportunities for people like Gigi, who works with Revlon and Google,” he said, adding that LaurDIY is also the face of Mudd jeans.“There’s opportunities that didn’t exist for diverse talent three years ago,” he said.Emiliano Calemzuk, co-founder and CEO of Raze, a digital media company that launched a year ago and has quickly become an incubator of Latino talent and video content that is attracting the attention of film and television studios.Calemzuk said online video has created an opportunity for Latinos to be the next generation of content creators, saying that traditional media brands have lost touch with younger audiences who consume online video almost exclusively.“This is a time for a next generation of content creators and a new brand to be born,” he said during a panel for industry leaders. “Let’s create a platform to give these people a tool.”Charles D. King, founder and CEO of Macro, said his 3-year-old media company behind critically acclaimed films like “Fences” and “Mudbound” is wading into digital media with a focus on discovering diverse voices.He shared a newly announced initiative with Black List and producers Lena Waithe and Eva Longoria that will invite writers of color to submit “ideas for review” by Macro executives and the Black List team. Semi-finalists in the review process will compete for deals to produce a $30,000 presentation or sizzle reel, with up to three winners that will be named in December. Macro is currently developing a digital series, “Gente-fied,” with Netflix. The streaming giant picked up the series about gentrification in east Los Angeles out of Sundance. America Ferrera is an executive producer of the series.King, whose background has been in film, said he’s cognizant of how audiences, particularly young ones, are flocking to online video.“Digital is a huge part of our present,” King said. “It’s (also) going to be one of the driving elements in the future.” Popular on Variety Diversity is front and center at Vidcon 2018, with women and people of color set to be featured prominently in panels and sessions throughout the week at the Anaheim Convention Center.Vidcon’s agenda features sessions on a range of topics, including a panel on the rise of Raze, the digital media company aimed at Latino millennials. Other panels focus on how digital media has provided creators of color opportunities to share with millions their perspectives and stories.Across the various so-called tracks — different events aimed at industry leaders, content creators, and fans — attendees have options for panels and workshops aimed at educating industry leaders and creators alike about business and marketing opportunities.Jen Ruggirello, a cast member with Buzzfeed’s LadyLike, said during a panel titled Not Your Token Asian Friend that before she began creating content, she didn’t see people like her in media.last_img read more

Physicists Investigate Controversy over RoomTemperature Ice

first_img Citation: Physicists Investigate Controversy over Room-Temperature Ice (2008, August 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-08-physicists-controversy-room-temperature-ice.html (PhysOrg.com) — By confining water in nano-sized spaces, physicists from Leiden University in the Netherlands have turned water into ice at room temperature. While it’s not the first time scientists have created room-temperature ice, Dutch physicists K. B. Jinesh and Joost Frenken hope that their findings will put the controversial subject of water under nanoscale confinement in a new light. Explore further “The ice that forms in the confinement is normal ice; most probably, ice with a hexagonal lattice, which is the form of the most common crystalline ice seen in nature,” Jinesh said. The physicists also observed a few other ice formation traits. They found that, at higher humidities, ice appeared only to form under lower tip-scanning speeds compared to at lower humidities. This difference may be because high humidity causes the water film to be thicker, so that the molecules require more time for ordering, and need to be confined under the tip for a longer time.The researchers also observed evidence for static friction between the tip and the substrate, due to the ice formation. When the tip briefly paused, the ice had more time to become completely ordered, which made the tip “stick” more at that point in its stick-slip motion. “It is difficult to foresee an application at this level of invention,” Jinesh said. “The foreseeable difficulty is that in MEMS and NEMS, where the contact areas are shrinking in dimensions, ice formation could be a big problem that causes immediate failure of the devices. On the other hand, to increase friction wherever necessary, this technique could be employed, but it is so far a fiction, I would say!”More information: Jinesh, K.B. and Frenken, J.W.M. “Experimental Evidence for Ice Formation at Room Temperature.” Physical Review Letters 101, 036101 (2008).Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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. Compared with other liquids, water behaves in strange ways. When under extreme confinement – such as when squeezed between two surfaces in an area of less than 10 molecular diameters (or 1 nm) – most liquid molecules become highly ordered, acquiring a solid-like structure. But in the case of water, several factors theoretically oppose the molecular ordering under confinement. For one thing, water is the only liquid that expands when it freezes, making it difficult for water to turn into ice when confined to a small space. Some physicists have proposed that water’s unique characteristics cause it to remain a liquid under confinement, while others argue that water solidifies under confinement, with each water molecule sharing hydrogen bonds with its neighbors. “Some simulations and even experiments have shown that water retains its liquid state and bulk viscosity even under extreme confinement, down to 0.1 nm,” Jinesh told PhysOrg.com. “At the same time, some other experiments have shown that the viscosity of water changes under confinement. This experimental controversy is the difficulty existing in literature to explain how water would behave as a lubricant under various situations.”In their recent study published in Physical Review Letters, Jinesh and Frenken have demonstrated direct experimental evidence for water transforming into ice at room temperature when confined between two objects. By scanning the tungsten tip of a high-res friction force microscope over a graphite surface, the physicists showed that the water trapped in between due to capillary condensation rapidly transforms into ice due to confinement. The current study builds on the team’s initial demonstration of ice formation under confinement in 2006, but with more solid information about the structure of the ice formed. “Our experiment undoubtedly demonstrates that water crystallizes at room temperature, under confinement,” Jinesh said. “This is a strong step towards resolving the existing controversy of whether or not water would change its bulk property due to confinement.”Here, the physicists investigated how scanning speeds and changes in relative humidity affected the tungsten tip’s scanning motion, as measured by a friction-sensitive Tribolever cantilever on the tip. At low scanning speeds and modest humidity, the tungsten tip exhibited stick-slip motion, alternately stopping and sliding. The physicists explained that this motion occurs because of the subsequent breaking and resolidification of the ice that is firmly attached to the tip and to the graphite. Only the molecules between the tip and graphite are solid ice, while everywhere else the molecules remain in a liquid water state. Dust storms swirl at the north pole of Marslast_img read more

New study suggests more and longer atmospheric stagnation events due to global

first_img © 2014 Phys.org Characteristic change in air stagnation components. Credit: Nature Climate Change (2014) doi:10.1038/nclimate2272 Stagnation is an atmospheric phenomenon where an air mass remains in place over a geographic region for an extended period of time. They tend to happen due to the convergence of specific weather conditions—light wind patterns near the surface, other light wind patterns occurring higher up, and a lack of rain. During normal weather periods, wind and rain combine to clean the air around metropolitan areas—when rain fails to fall and there is little wind to push pollution away from an area, particulates and other types of pollution levels climb, putting those that live in the area at risk of health problems.The collection of computer models run by the team at Stanford also suggest that stagnation events are likely to last longer—increasing by an average of 40 days a year. The result the team notes, is likely to be an increase in heart and lung complications in people in those areas, contributing to an associated climb in the number of premature deaths due to air pollutants—numbering perhaps in the millions. They also note that Mexico, India and parts of the western U.S. are likely to be most at risk of health impacts from an increase in stagnation events, as all three will have more and longer such events and all three are heavily populated.The researchers suggest that at some point, the entire planet will be impacted by stagnation events. That means governments and health workers will need to make plans on how to handle the problems as they begin to occur. They add that the only real solution to the problem is to begin curbing greenhouse gas emissions now, preventing the events from occurring in the first place. Journal information: Nature Climate Change Researchers predict global warming will cause an increase in frequency of Indian Ocean Dipole events More information: Occurrence and persistence of future atmospheric stagnation events, Nature Climate Change (2014) DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2272AbstractPoor air quality causes an estimated 2.6–4.4 million premature deaths per year. Hazardous conditions form when meteorological components allow the accumulation of pollutants in the near-surface atmosphere. Global-warming-driven changes to atmospheric circulation and the hydrological cycle are expected to alter the meteorological components that control pollutant build-up and dispersal, but the magnitude, direction, geographic footprint and public health impact of this alteration remain unclear. We used an air stagnation index and an ensemble of bias-corrected climate model simulations to quantify the response of stagnation occurrence and persistence to global warming. Our analysis projects increases in stagnation occurrence that cover 55% of the current global population, with areas of increase affecting ten times more people than areas of decrease. By the late twenty-first century, robust increases of up to 40 days per year are projected throughout the majority of the tropics and subtropics, as well as within isolated mid-latitude regions. Potential impacts over India, Mexico and the western US are particularly acute owing to the intersection of large populations and increases in the persistence of stagnation events, including those of extreme duration. These results indicate that anthropogenic climate change is likely to alter the level of pollutant management required to meet future air quality targets.center_img Explore further (Phys.org) —A new study conducted by researchers at Stanford University has led to findings indicating that much of the world can expect to have more atmospheric stagnation events as the future unfolds. In their paper published in Nature Climate Change, the researchers describe how they ran a variety of computer models that took into account a continued increase in greenhouse gas emissions—they report that taken together, the models predict that approximately 55 percent of the world’s population can expect to be impacted by future stagnation events. Citation: New study suggests more and longer atmospheric stagnation events due to global warming (2014, June 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-longer-atmospheric-stagnation-events-due.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

All they have is humour

first_imgYou decide what you watch. That is the funda behind  Humour Me’s Improv Nights. Here audience is the king as artistes will improvise on the spot in order to entertain you. Their one-hour performance on Sunday saw an entertaining stand-up performance where they improvised on the spot, spontaneously without any pre-written script. The audience drove the theme of each segment of the show. Humour Me is a group of four performers and one host. The artistes performing at Improv Nights are Dhruv Sachdeva, Clifford Alfonso, Andrew Hoffland, Pranay Manchanda and Shantanu Anam. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dhruv Sachdeva takes up the role of the host and is also the founder of Humour Me and has been in the entertainment world for the past 10 years. He started his acting career with the role of Scar in the musical Circle of Life which is an adaptation of the Broadway musical The Lion King’ Last year, Dhruv produced and acted in the production The Character of a Happy Life. And most recently, wrote, directed and acted in an original musical theatre production Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDinner for Pricks, under the Humour Me banner.So the audience gives them a situation or a scene to enact, and they perform it on the spot — with sound effects and even mimicry et al in place.‘We basically perform as per the demand of the audience which includes different dance forms like rap, conventional etc and various music genres too,’ said Dhruv.Clifford started years back with the musical production Noah’s Ark. Andrew Hoffland, oldest of all the performers, works as a teacher and has been singing and acting in various theatrical and musical productions. Pranay Manchanda has been an actor for over 15 years, and has worked in theatre.Shantanu Anam has worked as is an actor from the age of 16, and has acted and directed several theatre productions. ‘We are here to deliver happiness, not shoes. If we don’t stick in your mind, we consider we have have failed,’ said Dhruv. Fair enough!DETAILAt: Lure Switch, Lado Sarai when: 23 Decemberlast_img read more

St Xaviers College Raghabpur campus to come up with hostels

first_imgKolkata: St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) is taking a slew of measures for academic expansion and infrastructure development and also setting up hostels for boys and girls on its Raghabpur campus in South 24-Parganas to cater to the students from the far-flung rural areas of the Sunderbans.”We have found out that currently only students within a 15 km radius attend the college at Raghabpur, whose medium of instruction is Bengali. Hence, we have planned to set up two hostels – one each for boys and girls so that students from the interiors of Sunderbans can have access to higher education. The hostel fees will be nominal to ensure that they face no difficulty in staying in the hostels and pursue their studies,” Rev Dr Dominic Savio, principal of St. Xavier’s College said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that the Raghabpur campus, which started five years back, has been doing very well and the college intends to impart some soft skill development programmes and vocational training programmes to make them industry friendly. The college also intends to set up a community college on this campus.”We will start post graduate courses in English, Political Science or International Relations and Education on its Park Street campus and in Bengali on Raghabpur campus from the academic year 2019-20. The College also has plans to start PG course in Chemistry,” Savio said. The college also has plans to offer PhD in the subjects that will be introduced from the next academic year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe College is also introducing Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in all the subjects from the current academic session. Preparations began in July 2017 for framing curriculum and examination modes among other academic changes and now the college is ready to introduce CBCS. “We had introduced the same in Commerce and Business Administration department last year and now it will be introduced in all subjects of Science and Arts,” a senior official said.The college is also starting a counseling cell for parents. “We have counseling cell for students. Now, we will be extending the facility to the parents as well as they are major stakeholders in progress and overall development of students. We believe in holistic development,” the Principal maintained.last_img read more

CU declares Part III results

first_imgKolkata: The pass percentage of Arts Honours students in Part III of Calcutta University stands at 97.67, which is much higher than the pass percentage of Science Honours students, which stands at 94.15.The result of B.A/B.Sc Part-III (Honours/Major) Examination, 2018, was declared by CU on Thursday. A total number of 15,428 candidates had appeared in Humanities Honours, out of which 15,030 managed to pass. The pass percentage in Arts also saw a slight rise, in comparison to the results of 2017. The pass percentage of 2017 was 97.67. The number of students who have achieved first class is 578. “The highest number of first classes (127) has been achieved in Bengali,” a senior official in the CU examination department said.The pass percentage of B.Sc Honours has risen from 92.21 in 2017 to 94.15 this year. 8,597 students had sat for B.Sc Honours examinations, out of which 8059 have passed.last_img read more

Step to inform people about changes in GST Council must

first_imgKolkata: Pandiyaraj G V, the assistant commissioner of CGST, said steps should be taken to inform everyone about the recent changes in GST council.For those businesses that came under late fee filers, the government has given a benefit to file return by March 2019. The government has given a lot of rate cuts to benefit businesses. Rate cuts have to be passed onto final beneficiary as he pays taxes. Also he mentioned that much of the issues can be resolved if technical issues are reported. Also GST practitioners’ exams will come in future. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BosePandiyaraj was addressing a day-long session organised by the Bengal Chambers of Commerce on Friday. The target for the state is to achieve 18,000 crore (CGST) in this financial year, till now 12,000 crore have been achieved (December, 2018). If a person or business fails to file GST return, for two consecutive months, a ten rupees fine would be applicable. Also, e-way bill will not be issued unless he files his return as system will not work Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSpeaking at the opening address, T B Chatterjee, Chairperson, Indirect Taxes Committee, The Bengal Chamber and senior partner and mentor Tax Connect Advisory Services LLP said: “Most of the judgments on GST that have been passed by high courts have all come through writ petitions and not appellate proceedings. GST is still in its nascent stage and it would take another 2-3 years to get good judgments on relevant topics. It would take some time to understand GST and its recent notifications and its impact on businesses and individuals. “The GST legislation is also one of the most important legislations after independence. We have significant issues at the initial stage and I must say issues are getting resolved. I must appreciate initiatives of the government of India and GST councils,” Chatterjee said.The Bengal Chamber has organised four GST workshops in the past. The objective in holding such seminars is to appraise members about GST so that they can implement it in their respective organisation. The Bengal Chamber also conducts courses on three specific subjects — international taxation that includes direct and indirect taxation, international trade that include costing, pricing, strategic management and lastly, the chamber will start a course to train candidates to make them suitable for giving GST examinations.last_img read more

Watch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys across the area this

first_imgFull list of roadworks M6, A500 and A50 Bridge to close for seven months Stoke-on-Trent Stafford Borough, Rugeley, Uttoxeter Staffordshire Moorlandscenter_img South Cheshire Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them – including on major routes such as the M6 motorway, the A500 and the A50. The following roadworks are taking place in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire between Monday October 22 and Sunday October 28. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. The list is broken down by local authority area (Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle Borough, Staffordshire Moorlands and Stafford Borough) – with the M6 , A500 and A50 separate because they fall under the remit of Highways England), and a section on roadworks near Uttoxeter for anyone who lives or works in the East Staffordshire town. If you only want information about roadworks in a particular area click the links below, or scroll down for the full lists. All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from October 22 until October 28 M6 (from Junction 19 to Junction 12, listings north to south): The M6 southbound between junctions J19 and J18: Three lanes closed from 22:00 on 20 October 2018 to 06:00 on 21 October 2018 The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J19: Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Two lanes closed The M6 southbound exit slip at Knutsford Services: From 22:00 on 20 October 2018 to 06:00 on 21 October 2018. One lane closed. The M6 northbound between junctions J18 and J19: Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Three lanes closed. The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J18: From 22:00 on 20 October 2018 to 06:00 on 21 October 2018. Two lanes closed The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J17: From 22:00 on 25 October 2018 to 06:00 on 26 October 2018. Two lanes closed The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J16: Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 23 October 2018 to 25 October 2018. Two lanes closed The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J16: From 22:00 on 22 October 2018 to 06:00 on 23 October 2018. Two lanes closed. The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J14: Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Two lanes closed Revealed: Extra 20,000 GP appointments are being created under £600k plan to ease winter pressure in Stoke-on-Trent A500 (from junction with J16 of the M6 to junction 15 of the M6, listings north to south): Northbound from A527: Two lanes closed from 21:00 on 24 October 2018 to 04:30 on 25 October 2018 The A38 northbound exit slip to the A50: Expect disruption everyday between 19:30 and 05:00 from 22 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Two lanes closed. The A38 southbound exit slip to the A50: Expect disruption everyday between 19:30 and 05:00 from 22 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Two lanes closed. A50 (from Sideway Roundabout/A500 to junction with the A38 (Toyota Island) in Derbyshire, listings west to east): The A50 eastbound entry slip from the A522: Expect disruption everyday between 09:45 and 16:00 from 22 October 2018 to 26 October 2018. One lane closed. The A50 eastbound exit slip to the A522: Expect disruption everyday between 09:45 and 16:00 from 22 October 2018 to 26 October 2018. One lane closed. Dozens of fed-up residents call for restrictions to BAN Stoke City fans from parking on their estate Stoke-on-Trent: A53: Roadworks and roadclosures on A53 Leek New Road from Horn and Trumpet public house to junction with Norton Lane/Newton Crescent, with work taking place overnight. Until October 22. Adderley Green: Give and take traffic control near the bus depot from October 23 until October 25 Bentilee: Multi-way traffic signals on Dividy Road between number 101 and number 171 from September 7 until December 7 Burslem: Give and take traffic control on Waterloo Road near junction with Bursley Road from October 24 until October 26 Burslem: Give and take traffic control on Waterloo Road near junction with Queen Street from October 24 until October 26 Chell: Roadworks and road closures on A527 Biddulph Road near junction with Peck Mill Lane from October 18 until November 2 Cobridge: Carriageway incursion on Leek New Road near Elder Road from October 23 until October 25 Cobridge: Give and take traffic control on Leek New Road near junction with Sandbach Road from October 17 until October 24 Dresden: Two way traffic signals on Cocknage Road near Chaplin Road from October 12 until November 8 Dresden: Roadworks and road closure on Belgrave Road from October 22 until November 2 Etruria: Carriageway incursion on Clough Street near The Kitchen and Bedroom Workshop from October 15 until October 22 Hanley: Roadworks and road closure on Slippery Lane until October 30 Hartshill: Two way traffic lights on B5045 Shelton New Road near rear of 12 Basford Court from October 18 until October 22 Hartshill: Two way traffic lights on B5045 Shelton New Road near number 476 from October 25 until October 31 Longton: Roadworks and road closures on Market Street and Commerce Street from June 5 until November 30 Longton: Carriageway incursion on King Street from October 16 until October 23 Northwood: Carriageway incursion on Bucknall Old Road from October 13 until October 22 Norton: Roadworks and some road closures on Bellerton Lane from October 18 until November 9 Reginald Mitchell Way: Give and take traffic controls on Reginald Mitchell Way near the A500 from October 25 until October 29 Shelton: Ashford Street closed until November 10 Shelton: Roadworks, traffic control and lane closures on Shelton New Road, Shearer Street, Bedford Road, Bedford Street, Lower Bedford Street, Davis Street and Lomas Street from October 19 until November 26 Stoke: Carriageway incursion on A5006 Campbell Road from October 18 until October 22 Stoke: Multi-way traffic signals on London Road near mini roundabout outside Port Meirion from October 4 until October 24 Stoke: Two way traffic signals on Stanley Matthews Way, near Stoke Audi, from October 28 until October 31 Stoke: Multi-way traffic lights on Stoke Road at the railway bridge from October 25 until October 26 Tunstall: Multi-way traffic lights on Harewood Street from September 25 until January 14 2019 Tunstall: Multi-way traffic lights on High Street near the Cheshire Cheese from October 28 until October 30 Tunstall: Roadworks and road closures on Lascelles Street from September 10 until November 5 Weston Coyney: Some carriageway incursion near number 276 from October 24 until October 26 Read MoreFestival Park is ready to welcome a new discount store (and it’ll even be selling clothes!) Newcastle Borough: Aston: Roadworks and road closure on Minn Bank from October 22 until October 23 Baldwins Gate/Blackbrook: Multi-way traffic lights at junction of A53 and A51 near The Swan with Two Necks from October 18 until October 22 Baldwins Gate: Multi-way traffic lights at Newcastle Road/Woodside from October 15 until October 26 Balterley: Two way traffic signals on B5500 Balterley Green Road near Back Lane on October 23 Betley: Two way traffic lights on Main Road near Mere Cottage from October 25 until October 29 Bradwell: Two way traffic lights along Bradwell Lane until November 30 Madeley Park: Two way traffic lights on Manor Road from October 18 until October 24 Newcastle: Multi-way traffic lights on Higherland and Drayton Street from October 26 until November 8 Newcastle: Roadworks and road closure on A53 King Street near the Borough Arms hotel from October 12 until November 15. Newcastle: Carriageway incursion on B5044 Silverdale Road near Silverdale Motors from October 15 until October 26 Porthill: Multi-way traffic signals on Oakland Avenue and Inglewood Drive from September 17 until November 1 Reginald Mitchell Way: Give and take traffic controls on Reginald Mitchell Way near the A500 from October 25 until October 29 Silverdale: Multi-way traffic lights on High Street from junction with Mill Street to Parkfields Close from September 7 until October 18 Silverdale: Roadworks and Road closure on Hollywood Lane until March 20 2019 Read MoreTrainee accountant injured two cyclists while trying to overtake at junction – and one was left with FOUR fractures to his pelvis Staffordshire Moorlands: Biddulph: Two way traffic signals on Woodhouse Lane from October 23 until October 26 Cheadle: Multi-way traffic lights on Tape Street outside number 79 from October 22 until October 24 Forsbrook: Two way traffic signals on Draycott Old Road from September 26 until October 26 Hollington: Two way traffic signals on Main Road outside the Old Smithy from March 14 until December 4. Ipstones: Roadworks and road closure on Belmont Road from October 22 until October 26 Kingsley: Two way traffic signals on Holt Lane in Kingsley from October 17 until October 23 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals on Abbotts Road from September 10 until November 1 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Ball Haye Green, Haregate Road and Novi Lane from September 10 until November 1 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals on Broad Street at junction with Hartington Street on October 22 Leek: Roadworks and road closures on Brunswick Street from October 8 until October 29 Leek: Roadworks at junction of Buxton Road and Prince Street until November 7 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Carlton Terrace near junction with Prince Street from October 12 until November 8 Leek: Give and take traffic control on A53 Newcastle Road near Woodcroft Avenue from October 22 until October 29 Leek: Traffic lights on Osborne Street until November 2 Rudyard: Two way traffic signals on A523 Macclesfield Road from October 15 until November 2 outside Packsaddle Hollow Rushton Spencer: Two way traffic signals on Leek Old Road from Hillside to Outside Rivendell on October 26 Warslow: Multi-way traffic lights on Longnor Road, Leek Road and Onecote Road on October 26 Whiston: Two way traffic signals near Leys House on Main Road on October 25 Whiston: Black Lane closed for work to be carried out on disused railway bridge from September 17 until October 26 Read MoreThis city centre car park is closing for THREE months (but it’s good news for Winter Wonderland!) Stafford Borough: Adbaston: Roadworks and road closure on Main Road near Marsh Meadow from October 22 until November 23 Beffcote (near Gnosall): Stop/go boards on Gnosall Road near the Adstones from October 19 until October 23 Bradley: Two way signals on Mitton Road from October 19 until October 23 Cocknage: Roadworks and road closure on Barlaston Road from junction with Cocknage Road to Woodpark Lane from October 24 until October 26 Creswell: Two way traffic signals on A5013 Creswell Grove outside number 28 from October 22 until October 24 Creswell: Two way traffic signals on A5013 Eccleshall Road outside Woodhouse Holdngs from October 23 until October 29 Eccleshall: Roadworks and road closure on Green Lane from October 15 until November 9 Eccleshall: Carriageway incursion on B5026 Stone Road near number 24 from October 18 until October 30 Ellenhall: Two way traffic signals on Bridle Lane from October 15 until October 26 Fulford: Two way signals on Fulford Road opposite Sandyrocks from October 17 until October 25 Haughton: Multi-way traffic signals on Newport Road outside Royds Close on October 28 Hilderstone: Two way signals on B5066 Sandon Road outside Field House from October 19 until October 23 Great Haywood: Two way signals on Little Tixall Lane near the A51 on October 22. Meaford: Roadworks and road closure at canal bridge on Rookery Lane from October 8 until October 28 Rough Close: Two way signals on Windmill Hill outside Heath Cottage from October 24 until October 26 Stone: Roadworks and some overnight closures at Aston Roundabout from August 20 until November 2 Stone: Two way signals on Eccleshall Road B5026 from October 22 until October 26 Stone: Multi-way traffic signals on Lichfield Road from October 26 until October 29 Stone: Two way signals on B5027 Newcastle Road outside number 154 from October 22 until October 25 Spotacre: Two way signals on B5066 Hilderstone Road outside Stanley House Farm from October 23 until October 25 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Baswich Lane near the canal bridge from September 10 until December 14 Stafford: Temporary traffic lights on Beaconside until April 2019 Stafford: Two way signals on Cannock Road near the new development at the police HQ site from October 25 until November 6 Stafford: Multi-way traffic signals on Drummond Road from October 15 until November 30 Stafford: Two way traffic signals on A5013 Eccleshall Road from October 22 until November 2 Stafford: Multi-way signals on Parkside Avenue at junction with Aldershaw Close from October 22 until November 2 Stafford: Two way signals on Shackleton Way from October 24 until November 6 Stafford: Roadworks and road closures on Shakespeare Road, Coleridge Drive, Tennyson Road and Somerset Road from August 6 until November 9 Stafford: Give and take traffic control on Silkmore Lane between numbers 195 and 201 from October 18 until October 22. Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Thorneyfields Lane in Castle Bank over M6 until April 2019 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Tipping Street on October 23 Stafford: Two way signals on West Way near junction with Coleridge Drive from October 12 until October 25 Weston: Two way signals on Weston Bank near junction with Brick Kiln Lane on October 28 There’s still time for you to object to this McDonald’s having a 24-hour drive-thru – here’s how Uttoxeter and surrounding areas of East Staffordshire: Doveridge: Give and take traffic control on Derby Road from October 22 until October 24 Rocester: Two way signals on Dove Lane from October 22 until October 26 Rocester: Two way traffic signals on Station Road near junction with Woodseat from October 24 until October 26 Uttoxeter: Multi-way traffic lights on Balance Street from October 21 until October 24. Uttoxeter: Give and take traffic control on Carter Street from October 21 and October 24 Uttoxeter: Two way signals on A522 New Road from October 24 until October 26 Uttoxeter: Multi-way traffic signals from the junction with the A522 New Road and Bentley Road to the access into JCB World Parts Centre until November 18. Uttoxeter: Roadworks and road closure on A522 from October 4 until January 18 2019. Rugeley: Rugeley: Give and take traffic control on Sandy Lane from October 25 until October 26 Rugeley: Multi-way traffic signals on Heron Street at junction with Forge Road from October 22 until October 24 Read More’It’s like a ghost town’ – Barber to shut up shop after 22 YEARS in town centre South Cheshire: A500: Lane closure at Mermeoor Roundabout/Shavington bypass from October 25 until October 26 A500: Lane closure at Crewe Green Link Roundabout from October 25 until October 26 A500: Lane closure at Shavington Bypass Roundabout in Shavingtom Cum Gresty from October 25 until October 26 A500: Lane closure at Cheerbrook roundabout from October 25 until October 26 Alsager: Multi-way signals on B5078 Chells Hill in Betchon at the junction of Sandbach Road from October 22 until November 9 Alsager: Carriageway incursion on Close Lane from October 10 until October 29 Alsager: Multi-way traffic signals on Hellyar Brook Road at the junction with Dunnocksfold Road from October 17 until October 23 Alsager: Carriageway incursion on Linley Road on October 22 Alsager: Stop/go boards on Pikemere Road on October 22 Betchton: Two way traffic signals on A50 Newcastle Road over Lynnhouse Bridge Bosley: Two way traffic lights on Tunstall Road near Bosley Wood Treatment until February 2019. Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Longdown Road from October 17 until October 23 Congleton: Roadworks and road closure on Fol Hollow from A34 Newcastle Road until Bankyfields Crescent from October 16 until October 24 Congleton: Two way traffic signals on A527 Park Lane from October 19 until October 25 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Walfield Avenue from October 15 until October 30 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Bleasdale Road and Rydal Mount from October 18 until November 1 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Broughton Road from September 24 until November 2 Crewe: Ongoing roadworks at Crewe Green Roundabout until December 1 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on A534 Crewe Road from October 18 until October 22 (outside number 332) Crewe: Two way traffic signals on Dunwoody Way from Dunwoody Way Roundabout from October 22 until November 16 Crewe: Road closures and roadworks on Franklyn Avenue from October 22 until October 24 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Hungerford Road near number 339A from October 25 until October 26 Crewe: Carriageway incursions and road closures on Mablins Lane near Sunnyside Place until November 4 Crewe: Roadworks on Maw Green Road until October 31 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals at junction Middlewich Road/Wistaston Green Road from July 23 until October 25. Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Middlewich Street from October 19 until October 22 Crewe: Stop/go boards on A5019 Mill Street from October 26 until October 29 Crewe: Stop/go boards on Moreton Road from October 17 until October 23 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Nelson Street from October 22 until October 24 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on Parkers Road near the Eight Farmers from October 15 until October 29 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Ruskin Road on October 22. Crewe: Roadworks and traffic signals at junction of Somerville Street/Lunt Avenue and Claremont Road until October 29 Crewe: Sydney Road closed from midnight on Saturday October 26 until 7am on Sunday October 27 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on A532 West Street on October 22 Crewe: Two way signals on West Street outside number 268 from October 24 until October 30 Crewe: Carriagewway on West Street near junction of Frank Webb Avenue on October 27 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Wheatley Road from October 22 until October 23 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure around the railway bridge on Wistaston Road from September 20 until November 11 Hough: Two way traffic signals on Cobbs Lane from October 26 until October 30 Hough: Two way traffic signals on Newcastle Road from October 23 until October 26 Minshull Vernon: Two way traffic signals on Eardswick Lane near High Farm from October 24 until October 26 Moreton: Two way traffic signals near junction with Newcastle Road from October 22 until October 24 Nantwich: Multi-way traffic lights at junction of Arnhold Street and Cowfields from October 23 until October 25. Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Blankney Avenue on October 22 Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Edmund Wright Way from September 28 until November 2 Nantwich: Roadworks overnight at level crossing on B5074 London Road from October 25 until October 26 Nantwich: Carriageway incursions on A530 Peter Destapleigh Way from October 1 until October 26 Nantwich: Carriageway incursion on Pillory Street on October 28 Nantwich: Two way signals on Wybunbury Lane at the side of the Cedars from October 24 until October 26 Odd Rode: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Grays Close and The Bank from October 15 until October 26 Rode Heath: Stop/go boards on Heath Avenue on October 22 Sandbach: Carriageway incursion on Bradwall Road near junction with Chapel Street from October 24 until October 26 Sandbach: Plant Lane closed at Canal Bridge on October 24 and October 26 Sandbach: Multi-way traffic lights on A534 Congleton Road at the junction with Holmes Chapel Road on October 28 Sandbach: Carriageway incursion on High Street near numbers 40-42 from October 21 until October 23. Sandbach: Two way signals on A533 Middlewich Road near Turnpike Court and Co-op from October 25 until October 26 Sandbach: Carriageway incursion on B5079 Station Road near Moss Lane from October 22 until November 5 Scholar Green: Roadworks and road closures at the canal birdge on Little Moss Lane from September 26 until October 24 Scholar Green: Road closure on Nursery Lane on October 27 Smallwood: Road closure on Church Lane on October 26 Somerford: Carriageway incursion on A54 Holmes Chapel Road at Braken Barns from October 22 until October 26 Stapeley: Stop/go boards on A529 Broad Lane near Primary School on October 24 Stapeley: Two way traffic signals on First Dig Lane from October 19 until October 25 Wildboarclough: A54 Buxton Road closed in both directions until November 4. Willaston: Carriageway incursion on Cheerbrook Road from October 22 until October 24 Willaston: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Wybunbury Road and Cheerbrook Road from October 26 until October 30 Willaston: Roadworks and lane closure at Peacock Roundabout (Crewe Road/Nantwich Bypass) until October 7 Willaston: Roadworks and road closure at level crossing on Wistaston Road on October 28 Willaston: Carriageway incursion on Wistaston Road near junction with Moorfields and Gladstone Street from October 24 until October 26 Wybunbury/Shavington: Roadworks and road closure on Dig Lane from October 27 until October 29 Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Newcastle Boroughlast_img read more

Perfecto introduces Perfecto Codeless a codeless testing solution based on AI

first_imgJust two days ago, Perfecto, a Perforce Software company introduced Perfecto Codeless, an AI-driven codeless testing solution for eliminating the need for coding skills in the dev testing process. Perfecto Codeless will help the development teams to automate the process of writing test scripts as it comes with machine learning (ML) capabilities. The scripts will be allowed to run continuously and fix themselves without disrupting operations. Eran Yaniv, Founder, and CEO at Perfecto wrote to us in an email, “Across our customer base, the number one cause of automation failure is scripting issues. This a huge barrier for achieving good test automation and teams making their way towards continuous testing. With the introduction of Perfecto Codeless, we are harnessing the power of machine learning to offer the next generation of codeless automation testing capabilities. By eliminating the need to write and maintain test scripts, teams save time and can focus on more complex tasks.” The development teams have the coding skills for writing Selenium or Appium scripts but it is better if their time is spent on product development and innovation. Perfecto Codeless comes with tools that help the teams to quickly generate quality test scripts and maintain them. Features of Perfecto Codeless Smart capabilities to maintain scripts Perfecto’s ML capabilities address object maintenance issues within the code. If there is a need for deleting, moving or changing the code, Perfecto Codeless makes it happen agnostically without delaying the process. Interconnected components All the components of the testing process are connected right from creation to execution and analysis. Codeless automation in the cloud Perfecto Codeless provides codeless test automation in the cloud that allows teams to manage the pace and demands that come with test automation. Perfecto Codeless also provides the flexibility, performance, and scalability needed to ensure quality throughout the SDLC. Eran Kinsbruner, Chief Evangelist at Perfecto wrote to us in an email, “In recent years, codeless test automation has become a top priority for testers, as well as the developers that aim to expedite their test creation and maximize testing reliability. These professionals are looking at codeless as a preferred solution to embed into their testing responsibilities. Perfecto Codeless will take DevOps to the next level, relieving testers and developers of the time-intensive responsibility of coding and giving them time back to focus on product development and innovation to help accelerate the software delivery lifecycle (SDLC) for their business.” Read Next Rachel Batish’s 3 tips to build your own interactive conversational app DeepMind researchers provide theoretical analysis on recommender system, ‘echo chamber’ and ‘filter bubble effect’ Waymo to sell its 3D perimeter LIDAR sensors to companies outside of self-drivinglast_img read more

7 Irish experiences with Contiki for clients who have covered the basics

first_imgTags: Contiki, Ireland 7 Irish experiences with Contiki, for clients who have covered the basics Share Monday, March 18, 2019 Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — From a hearty Irish stew, to adrenaline-inducing cliffs and ancient castles, Ireland has a lot to offer. But once you’ve checked off all the classic Irish sites, what’s left for your clients to do if they’re looking to make a return trip?Travelweek caught up with Dave Marathakis, National Sales Manager for Contiki, to find out his top seven experiences – all ones you’re less likely to read about in the Irish guidebooks.Check out Dún Aonghasa on the Aran IslandsThis prehistoric hillfort is not only high up on adventurers’ bucket lists, but it’s literally high up, built on a 100-metre cliff over the Atlantic Ocean. Originally constructed over 3,000 years ago, it’s still very much a mystery. Marathakis explains, “While historians are still trying to figure out the origins, what we do know is that clients absolutely love visiting this mysterious site. They have the option of experiencing Dún Aonghasa during a ferry ride to Aran Islands. It’s definitely the hidden gem in a sea of Irish experiences.”Sample Jameson Whiskey in CorkThe battle between Scottish whisky and Irish whiskey is well documented. But why choose? Clients can sample both on Contiki’s 13-day Ireland and Scotland trip, with a visit to Jameson’s distillery in Ireland. For over 200 years, Jameson has been making drams of this liquid gold and clients have the chance to not only learn more about whiskey but enjoy it as well. “Most people think of Guinness when they talk about Ireland, but what they don’t realize is that the Emerald Isle is also the king of whiskey makers!” adds Marathakis.Wander through history at the Titanic Belfast museumNamed the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction in 2016, no trip to Belfast is complete without a visit to the Titanic Belfast museum, which artfully tells the story of RMS Titanic, from its conception to its famous maiden voyage and tragic end on April 14, 1912. It is the most extensive museum dedicated to the ship, and young travellers have the opportunity to score entry when visiting Belfast on Contiki’s year-round eight-day Ireland adventure.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterVisit the oldest library in IrelandBook enthusiasts wandering through Dublin will find no shortage of geeking out opportunities at The Book of Kells exhibition at Trinity College Library. Considered Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College dates back to 1592 with an alma mater including the likes of Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker (author of Dracula). Marathakis adds: “The cobblestone halls of Trinity College will lead your clients to over 200,000 books and manuscripts, including the world-famous four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ.” It’s the perfect place for history lovers to spend an afternoon (or two).Walk along the Cliffs of MoherCalling all adventurers – the Cliffs of Moher aren’t for the faint of heart. Reaching heights of 214 metres above the Atlantic Ocean and stretching for 8 kilometres along the coast, it’s a jaw-dropping must-do. “If heights aren’t your client’s cup of English Breakfast tea, they’re best to sit this one out. Contiki takes its travellers to this breathtaking natural wonder on our Irish adventures, including the 17-day Great Britain and Ireland trek. Trust me when I say they’re just as stunning as they are daunting!” says Marathakis.Explore Viking artefacts in DublinHiding under modern Ireland is a rich history with many tall Viking tales. Although maybe they’re not that tall at all when clients explore all the ancient relics left over from the raiding heyday. They can find museums showing off the old school wares everywhere, but Dublin probably has the most treasures with a visit to Dublin Castle which holds artefacts of the Irish Vikings.More news:  Experience Ireland: the Emerald Isle’s mythical talesTake a walking tour of Derry / LondonderryWhile most travellers visit Northern Ireland for the Giant’s Causeway or Belfast, many end up skipping Derry / Londonderry. Big mistake, says Marathakis. “Derry / Londonderry is the only completely walled city in Ireland, with stunning 20-foot walls dating back to the 17th century. We love taking our travellers here for a walking tour to truly soak up the history.” And clients who love a scare will be interested to know that the city hosts one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in all of Europe.From now until March 31 Contiki is offering $250 off its most popular trips that visit Ireland for a limited time as part of its ‘Contiki SEVEN’ campaign.Trips include Great Britain and Ireland and Scotland and Ireland.Agents can also turn every Contiki booking into a cash incentive. With the launch of its revamped Contiki Rewards program for 2019, agents can earn $250 for every five passengers booked on any Contiki trips that are over seven days.For every additional five passengers booked, agents receive another $250 in cash.Fill out the ‘2019 Cash Incentive’ form, which can be downloaded at contiki.com/agents, and email it to sales@contiki.ca.Agents can also enter to win prize packs throughout the campaign on the Contiki Canada Travel Agents Facebook page, plus both agents and clients are eligible to enter the national grand prize giveaway for a trip plus airfare. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

DR announces new safety measures including more FB inspection

first_imgD.R. announces new safety measures including more F&B inspection By: The Associated Press SANTO DOMINGO — The D.R. has announced new safety measures that include stricter controls on food and beverage inspections in resort areas.The D.R.’s Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier Garcia, announced the new measures yesterday. The destination is working to allay concerns in the wake of the high-profile deaths of more than half a dozen U.S. tourists.According to reports, D.R. properties will have to “provide inspectors with detailed food handling protocols as well as comprehensive information on all food and beverage suppliers.”When guests check in, front desk staff will review emergency procedures, plus an emergency centre is being established in Bavaro in Punta Cana. There will also be closer monitoring of the medical services provided by resorts including the qualifications of doctors, nurses and other medical team members.The D.R. has seen its visitor numbers drop in the wake of the publicity surrounding the tourist deaths. In June, Garcia said the deaths were not part of a mysterious wave of fatalities but a medically and statistically normal phenomenon that has been lumped together by the U.S. media. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Dominican Republic, Minister of Tourism Friday, July 19, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

Rep Cole Reforms needed to protect retiree benefits for police firefighters in

first_img Categories: Cole News,News State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today voted in favor of legislation to safeguard the retirement benefits of police and firefighters.The bills approved by the Michigan House will help identify local governments most at risk of bankruptcy or severe financial hardship due to underfunded retirement plans. The legislation is designed to help local governments avoid financial crisis, so they can continue to pay for promised retiree benefits and public services.“Our goal is to protect the benefits promised to the people who spent their careers protecting us. We want to preserve retiree benefits – not take them away,” Cole said. “That’s why we must do something to address this developing crisis. If we do nothing, police and fire department retirees will be at far greater risk of losing the benefits they’ve worked hard for and deserve.”Michigan’s local government employee retirement systems have unfunded liabilities fast approaching $20 billion.The legislation approved by the House seeks to help communities improve their plans’ finances, mirroring recommendations from a task force assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this year.The legislation calls for communities to make a minimum level of payments related to retirement systems for new hires. It creates a reporting system with uniform financial and accounting standards for local government retirement plans. An early detection system will help identify potential funding problems so local governments act quickly to mitigate them. Communities will be vetted through a state treasurer’s fiscal impact evaluation and retirement systems will be flagged as underfunded when municipalities aren’t meeting set criteria to alleviate their debts.“The state is not intervening in local plans through this proposal,” Cole said. “Instead, we are working to give local communities the tools they need to fix the financial situation on their own.”House Bill 5298 and companion legislation advance to the Senate for consideration. 07Dec Rep. Cole: Reforms needed to protect retiree benefits for police, firefighters in Michiganlast_img read more

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first_imgFacebook is focusing its video efforts by trialling a new section designed to help people discover, watch and share videos on the service.The dedicated video destination marks Facebook’s latest attempt to take on the likes of YouTube and will let viewers watch videos from friends, pages they follow and other video publishers on Facebook.The new section will also give access to ‘saved videos’ – another new feature that Facebook is testing that lets users click a save button to watch videos later.Facebook said it is initially testing the feature with “a small number of people” and that it will be accessible via a ‘Videos’ icon at the bottom of the Facebook app on iPhone or in the ‘Favorites’ section on the left-hand side of News Feed on the web.The introduction of a video section on Facebook follows a recent suggested video trial for iPhone users, designed to make it easy for users to discover multiple related videos in a row after tapping a video from the News Feed.“While we’re still in the early days of testing, we’re pleased with initial results, which show that people who have suggested videos are discovering and watching more new videos,” said Facebook vice-president of product management, Will Cathcart.“We’ve now rolled out suggested videos to most people on iPhone globally, and are starting to test ads within the experience. We are also starting to test this on the web, and plan to test on Android phones in the coming months.”In an update about new video experiences on Facebook, the social network said it has also been working on a number of features to help publishers to better manage and control their videos on the site.“We recently began testing new video matching technology with a set of partners, with the long-term goal of providing a comprehensive video management system for creators,” said Cathcart.“We’ve also rolled out new video tools for Pages — like updates to Page Insights and video upload improvements — to help video publishers grow their businesses on Facebook.”Other recent video developments at Facebook include the rollout of 360-degree immersive video support in September. A month earlier, the company announced that public figures on the site can share live video with their fans on the site – a feature that has been used by celebrities like actor Vin Diesel and tennis player Serena Williams.In September 2014 Facebook said that for months it had been averaging more than 1 billion video views on the service each day. Cathcart said that since then video “has continued to grow on Facebook” and has become “an integral part of how people around the world discover, watch and share videos they care about every day”.This summer, a report by research firm Ampere Analysis said that Facebook is making a “serious play” for content owners and looks poised to take on YouTube’s dominance in video. It said that video views are “rocketing” and trials with content owners like NFL and Fox Sports “suggest it’s primed to become a plausible alternative to YouTube.”last_img read more