WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, March 13, 2019:#1) Wilmington High CATS Fundraiser At The 99The Wilmington High School Choral and Theatre Support Group (WHS CATS) is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) from 4pm to 11pm. Bring the flyer below and 15% of your bill will be donated to WHS CATS. Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders. (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)#2) RMLD Homeowner Info Session At LibraryReading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) invites residential customers to learn about their electric service as well as ways to save energy and money at this free information session at the Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) at 7pm. Topics include:Available energy efficiency programs including rebates and a no-cost home energy assessmentRMLD online tools such as our online Bill Payment System, Online Store, and Customer Rebate PortalPrograms including Solar Choice and Shred the PeakEnergy efficiency tips for the homeAn overview of the home electrical service configuration covering topics such as ownership and safetyThis info session is a great opportunity for both new and experienced homeowners to learn about their electrical service and RMLD programs. RMLD customers who rent are also welcome!Light refreshments will be served, and each attendee will receive a complimentary LED light bulb. Register HERE.#3) Wilmington School Committee MeetingThe Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Wilmington Board of Appeals MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Appeals meets sat 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 24, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, June 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, May 29, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSelectmen, Town Meeting To Decide If Analog Devices Will Receive Huge Tax Break To Allow Expansion To Move ForwardIn “Business”NO-BRAINER?: Will Wilmington Approve A Tax Increment Financing Agreement With Analog Devices, Ensuring Town’s Largest Employer Stays Put? (Article 40)In “Business”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town, Analog Devices Reach $5 Million TIF Agreement, Called A “Win-Win” For Residents & CompanyIn “Business” WILMINGTON, MA — Analog Devices, the town’s largest employer, is currently building a new headquarters in Wilmington, with the construction of a 174,000 square foot three-story office building, a 52,000 square foot hub building, a 215,000 square foot three-story parking garage, and the renovations to existing buildings. The total investment is estimated at approximately $157 million.The project was solidified after the town and Analog Devices came to terms on a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement, which was ratified by residents at last year’s Annual Town Meeting. Under the TIF, the town continues to collect 100% of existing real estate tax revenue, but allows for a tax exemption based on the increased assessed value due to property improvements. The tax incentive is a discount on projected future taxes during the life of the proposed TIF.The key terms of the final agreement, as relayed by Town Manager Jeff Hull, include:Tax relief of $4.3 million based on value from new construction only with a maximum duration of eight (8) years whichever comes first;$700,000 to be waived in building permit fees which would be charged on this new construction;TIF to begin in the year in which there is taxable value from construction on the property;Analog commits to create 50 new jobs over five (5) years;Analog committees to relocate 450 employees from their Chelmsford and Norwood facilities to the newly expanded Wilmington campus;Analog commits not to file for a property tax abatement during the life of the TIFMike Errera, Vice President of Supply Chain Planning & Logistics and General Manager of Analog Devices, was recently in front of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen to provide a status update on the project.“We’re right on schedule and budget at this stage,” announced Errera. “We’re excited about getting this done and consolidating our Massachusetts team here in Wilmington. We feel we made the right choice in terms of coniuting to go long in our presence here in Wilmington. The cooperation with the town and construction folks have been suberb. We appreciate that. We’re looking forward to inviting you out to the ribbon cutting ceremony next year.”Errera noted that the construction of the hub building is expected to be completed this fall/winter, with occupancy expected in February 2020 or March 2020. The new office building is also in the middle of construction, with occupancy expected in the summer of 2020. Norwood employees will be moved to Wilmington at that point. Once new construction is complete, the existing office buildings will be renovated, with Chelmsford employees moving in 2021.Errera showed renderings of the new hub building, which will feature an auditorium, forum space, reception area, gym with yoga studio, and roof deck patio space. The new office building will include meeting space, collaboration areas, huddle rooms, open space, and community space. The buildings and garage also include sustainability measures, including a 1.2 MW roof solar systems and charging stations for electric vehicles. Errera also noted that a partnership with Uber will be formed to transport employees who rely on public transit, transporting them from Anderson Regional Transportation Center in Woburn to the Analog campus.Selectmen were happy to hear the news.“It’s clear you have a lot of exciting things happening at your campus,” responded Selectman Chair Greg Bendel. “We’re glad you chose Wilmington once again.”“The [TIF agreement] was a win-win for both the community and Analog,” added Selectman Kevin Caira. “We’re looking forward to the tour.”“The project looks good. It looks like a college campus,” said Selectman Mike McCoy. “It will attract people throughout the country to come to Wilmington.”“Analog Devices is competing for talent,” agreed Errera. “We’re hiring out of the best schools. It’s not just about the paycheck, but about the destination and vibe.”“Thank you for investing in Wilmington with job creation and job retention, but also what appears to be a really first rate facility,” noted Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “You folks are going to have the ability to attract the best of the best with the facility you’re creating.”“We appreciate all that Analog has done working with the schools and its STEM Fair,” said Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony, who asked that Analog invite students to tour the new campus once its complete. “Analog is a great example of a corporate partner with the town. And your campus will add to our town’s beauty.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. 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Enlarge ImageIt’s unlikely that Aston Martin’s no-deal Brexit survival plan includes building further V8 Cygnets, unfortunately. Aston Martin While we’re up to our ears here in the US with partial government shutdowns and wall talk, the folks over in the UK are staring down the barrel of a possible no-deal Brexit, in which Britain leaves the EU without a trade deal. The prospect has companies such as Aston Martin taking emergency measures to stay afloat, Reuters reports.The UK is set to leave the EU on March 29. The country’s Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated a trade deal with the EU but has yet to win support for it in Parliament. Her government on Tuesday suffered defeat over a related finance measure, The Guardian reports. Without a deal, shipments to and from Europe are likely to be severely delayed.The Aston Martin top brass decided at a board meeting in December to enact its no-deal Brexit contingency plan — one which we can only imagine is called something super cool like Condition Aubergine or the Condor Contingency. It will mean major changes to the way the company operates on a day-to-day basis, according to Reuters.Specifically, Aston Martin will use ports other than Dover in an effort to avoid customs delays, and it has authorized its procurement people to use air freight when shipping components from certain vendors.Aston Martin — like many automakers — runs on a just-in-time manufacturing system when it comes to getting the materials it needs to build its cars. Naturally, having the kinds of delays that are expected if a no-deal Brexit happens would pee in Aston Martin’s Wheaties, figuratively speaking. This would likely cause massive production upset, something which a relatively small independent company like Aston Martin can’t afford.The company is also holding on to an inventory of cars in Germany that it will likely augment in the coming weeks, in an effort to avoid post-Brexit costs and paperwork.Aston Martin didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 0 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: V8 power and elegant style More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 25 Photos Aston Martin Share your voice Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Car Industry Luxury cars Exotic Cars Performance Cars Aston Martin
Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Are you buying Apple’s new AirPods with wireless charging… Your browser does not support the audio element. Boost Mobile Chris Monroe/CNET $999 Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The Cheapskate Tags See It Gadgets,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sprint Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $299 at Amazon $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 $60 at Best Buy 7 Apple iPhone XS 5:16 See it $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay $210 at Best Buy DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Post a comment Read Google Home Hub review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The Daily Charge Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Angela Lang/CNET Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Tags Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Rylo $999 $6 at Tidal Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Best Buy Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET See It Now playing: Watch this: Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 0 $155 at Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Share your voice $520 at HP Read the Rylo camera preview Read the AirPods review On this podcast, we talk about: AirPods 2: Electric Boogaloo Google gets into gaming with Stadia Facial recognition technology and how it threatens your privacyThe 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Are you buying Apple’s new AirPods with wireless charging case? (The 3:59, Ep. 537)
You can see it’s mostly East Coasters who are having YouTube problems. Downdetector/Screenshot by CNET If you had troubles with YouTube or Gmail on Sunday, those issues should now be fixed.Google Cloud had been experiencing widespread problems Sunday, which wreaked havoc on YouTube, Snapchat, Gmail, Discord and a host of other popular apps and services across the eastern United States.YouTube wasn’t completely down for CNET’s John Falcone in Brooklyn Sunday, but some videos were inaccessible, at least temporarily. Screenshot by CNET Google pointed to “high levels of network congestion in the eastern USA, affecting multiple services in Google Cloud, G Suite and YouTube.””Users may see slow performance or intermittent errors,” the company said in a statement around 2 p.m. PT. “We believe we have identified the root cause of the congestion and expect to return to normal service shortly.”Google’s status page for Cloud confirmed the company was having issues with the service as of 1 p.m. PT. The search giant marked Google’s Cloud Compute Engine and Cloud Networking services as suffering outages on its status dashboard.At about 4 p.m. PT, the status page said the network congestion issue “is resolved for the vast majority of users, and we expect a full resolution in the near future.”As of 5 p.m. PT, the Google Cloud Status Dashboard shows all services available.”The network congestion issue in eastern USA affecting Google Cloud, G Suite and YouTube has been resolved for all affected users as of 4:00pm US/Pacific,” a Google spokesperson said late Sunday.”We will conduct a post mortem and make appropriate improvements to our systems to prevent this from happening again.”YouTube seemed to be working on the West Coast, with CNET reporters able to access the video streaming site just fine. A CNET editor on the East Coast, however, noted that he was encountering issues. One video, for example, was inaccessible for about 15 minutes.Google Cloud is the company’s hosting platform, similar to Amazon’s Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure. In addition to powering its own services, other companies such as Snapchat and Uber, rely on Google’s infrastructure to provide the backend for their apps and platforms.News of the outage quickly spread across social media, with #YouTubeDOWN and #snapchatdown rising to the top of Twitter’s Trending Topics section as users voiced their frustrations. Internet When half the internet is getting Thanos snapped #YouTubeDOWN— Matthew (SergeantM) (@SergeantM_YT) June 2, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Thank you for letting me know, though I’m sorry for the trouble! It looks like there might be a little hiccup with the Google Cloud server! You can keep an eye on their status page here: https://t.co/89IJWp8mRdThank you for your patience as this gets resolved!— Discord (@discordapp) June 2, 2019 2 Share your voice Hey there! A widespread Google Cloud outage is affecting access to Rocket League servers. Please stay tuned to our social media channels for any updates regarding this when Google Cloud service returns to normal.— Rocket League Help (@RL_Support) June 2, 2019 #YouTubeDOWN*snapchat goes down and everyone freaks out*“well at least things can’t get any worse”Youtube: pic.twitter.com/zT1Eg7OdQN— soph ♪♫ (@sophiavespolii) June 2, 2019 Apparently its not just YouTube and Snapchat That has gone down.#YouTubeDOWN #snapchatdown pic.twitter.com/pneVxUXGZv— Jack Scantlebury (@JackScants) June 2, 2019 1:42 Where were you when Facebook went down? Downdetector.com, which monitors network issues, showed widespread issues for the East Coast of the US as well as in parts of Europe for YouTube and Gmail.Originally published at 1:20 p.m. PT.Updates, 2:25 p.m.: Adds comment from Google and background on Google Cloud; 4:30 p.m.: Adds that the congestion issue is resolved for most users; 5:50 p.m.: Adds comment from Google spokesperson. * #YouTubeDOWN & #snapchatdown *everyone: pic.twitter.com/YWe1ej6zWl— 48oz (@48ozMGMT) June 2, 2019 Other services that rely on Google Cloud for hosting also seemed to have experienced issues. Google Snapchat YouTube Comments Tags
This file photo taken on January 18, 2008 shows Indian writer Arundhati Roy smiling at an event at the Bogazici University in Istanbul. AFPArundhati Roy’s eagerly-awaited second novel goes on sale Tuesday, two decades after her prize-winning debut “The God of Small Things” propelled her to global fame and launched her career as an outspoken critic of injustice in her native India.Roy became the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize with her 1997 work, which sold around 8 million copies and turned the young author into a star of the literary world.In the years that followed, she turned to non-fiction writing, taking on issues ranging from poverty and globalisation to the conflict in Kashmir in essays that were often highly critical of India’s ruling class.Her campaigning earned her the wrath of many in the Indian establishment and has clearly influenced her latest novel “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”, which she has said took 10 years to produce.Publisher Penguin says it takes the reader “from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis” and on to the troubled Kashmir Valley and the jungles of central India, wracked by a long-running Maoist rebellion.”There was this huge sense of urgency when I was writing the political essays, each time you wanted to blow a space open, on any issue,” Roy told The Hindu daily in an interview published last week.”But fiction takes its time and is layered… It is not just a human rights report about how many people have been killed and where. How do you describe the psychosis of what is going on? Except through fiction.”Roy was lauded at home when she became the first resident Indian to win the Booker for her novel about twins growing up in the southern state of Kerala. Previous Indian winners had lived outside the country.The Times of India in an editorial titled “Novel Indian” quoted a “prophecy” by James Joyce — “The East shall wake the West awake/And ye shall have night for morn” — which it said “seems to be coming true”.Roy recalled in a recent BBC interview how she was suddenly on the cover of every magazine — until she spoke out against India’s nuclear tests a year later.”Not that I had a say in it, but I was being marketed as this new product of the global India,” she said.”And then suddenly the government did these nuclear tests… And I wrote this essay condemning the tests, and at that point the fairy princess was kicked off her pedestal in a minute.”- ‘Scarring’ -Roy, now 55, went on to become one of India’s most famous and polarising authors.She was briefly jailed for contempt of court over her activism and still faces a sedition charge for challenging India’s right to rule over the disputed Kashmir region in 2010.She argues that India’s economic boom has made a small minority rich on the suffering of the poor, and has spent time researching the work of Maoist rebels fighting for land rights in the resource-rich jungles of central India.Her criticism of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been particularly fierce. She once called for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be put on trial over the deadly anti-Muslim riots that occurred in the state of Gujarat in 2002, when he was chief minister.Modi has been dogged by accusations he turned a blind eye to the violence, but a Supreme Court-ordered investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing in 2012.Internationally she remains a huge draw, lauded both for her activism and her writing, and the reviews for her second novel have been broadly — though not universally — positive.The Financial Times said it was “as remarkable as her first”, and promised her admirers would not be disappointed, while The New Yorker called it a “scarring novel of India’s modern history”.But some critics were sceptical about her attempts to introduce her political causes into her fiction.”‘Ministry’ is two decades of polemic distilled into one book, with a superstructure of fiction to hold it together,” said The Economist. “It does not work.”
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina gives an interview to BBC Bangla in London on 6 August. Photo: BBC BanglaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday shrugged off the allegations of torture in custody by Bangladeshi law enforcement agencies, reports news agency UNB.“Information is gathered from criminals using the methods the other countries apply and nothing is done beyond it,” she said in an interview with the BBC.Noting that there are international rules to interrogate suspected criminals, Hasina said her government trained members of law enforcement agencies by sending them to countries like the USA and the UK.But some stray incidents may occur, she said adding that custodial deaths are currently very rare in Bangladesh.The prime minister said a “culture of impunity” had developed under the previous governments and she herself was a victim of that situation.She further said this culture of impunity continued for many years when military dictators ruled the country directly, and often in the guise of politicians, after the assassination of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Asked about initiatives taken by her government to stop such culture, Sheikh Hasina replied: “All appropriate measures in this regard.”“It was a difficult task to bring the country back to a healthy trend and we’ve performed that difficult task,” she said.She also criticised a section of people spearheading propaganda on the rights situation.“This section is always desperate to find our faults, their status become elevated when an unconstitutional or abnormal government or martial law rules the country,” the prime minister said, UNB reports.Asked whether the people are getting the benefits of economic growth, Hasina said they certainly are. She noted that the country’s poverty rate had been brought down to 21.04 per cent from over 41 per cent in 2005-2006.The prime minister also said per capita income increased to about $2,000 from $400-500 and the country achieved 8.1 per cent growth in the last fiscal year.“When higher growth is achieved, the inflation increases naturally. But we didn’t allow raising inflation and we maintained it at 5.5 or 6 per cent,” she said.Hasina also said the fruits of economic uplift are reaching the common people very naturally.When asked about the “vulnerable situation” in banking sector and loan default culture, she said the matter is not at that extent as much as it publicised.“It was started while the military dictators were in power. When we came to power, we tried to realise the loans,” she said.About freedom of media, Hasina said the mass media is enjoying full freedom. “If it doesn’t exist, [then] how a propaganda mixing with truth and falsehood is being carried out against me and my government?” she asked.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina gives an interview to BBC Bangla in London on 6 August. Photo: BBC BanglaThe prime minister said many people are saying that there is no freedom of mass media. “But how [can] they speak so much if freedom of speech doesn’t exist,” she asked.She said her government is trying hard to maintain a peaceful atmosphere in the country.“If anybody delivers provocative speech, will then anybody and the country remain idle? … no, they cannot, security will have to be given to people first and we’ll have to do whatever necessary for their security,” she added.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina also was critical of reports on the patients suffering from dengue fever.She said too many reports on dengue are being published and this is creating panic.“Many reports about dengue are being published. This is making people panicked and creating problems. It (dengue) has mainly spread in the upscale areas. We always focus on the slum areas and drains (for spraying insecticides). Mosquito killing is a regular act,” she said.Hasina also shrugged off the allegation of corruption in buying mosquito killing insecticides.She did not find any substance in the allegation that two city corporations — Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) — did not take any steps to control the spread of aedes mosquito or failed to take timely step considering the matter as an important one.The prime minister also called on people to be more cautious instead of blaming the city corporations only.Hasina further said the Awami League leaders and activists have been asked alongside the government bodies to conduct cleaning programmes in their areas to curb the spread of aedes mosquito.She said cleaning campaign is necessary not only in Dhaka, but also across the whole country.The prime minister also warned people of facing fine if mosquito larvae are found inside their home or in the nearby areas.Sheikh Hasina said if people remain prepared for the future such a situation won’t be repeated.
X-Men actor Halle Berry is reportedly planning to finalize divorce with husband Olivier Martinez.The Monster’s Ball star sparked the rumours after she was spotted without her wedding ring when stepping out in Los Angeles reported Aceshowbiz.“It seems Halle and Olivier have finally hit the end of the road. They’ve weathered a lot of ups and downs in their relationship – but recently, Olivier has been completely MIA!” a family friend said. “Halle is telling pals she worries that Olivier’s runaway temper could put her kids at risk. They’ve just been delaying the inevitable split,” the insider said.
For the past few years, brick-and-mortar retailers didn’t have a fighting chance to compete with the personalization and convenience provided by online shopping. By cultivating mountains of rich customer data, online retailers had the upper hand.Every action and inaction — from what customers clicked on and how much time they spent looking at certain products to their social activity and response to email programs – helped online retailers tailor each email, pop-up or recommended product to drive sales and provide a superior experience. For consumers, it was a welcome reprieve from the antiquated task of visiting a store, being treated as a stranger and receiving often-questionable customer service. This new customer journey had new engagement touch points across marketing, sales and service, and traditional retailers struggled to keep up.Related: This Slick iBeacon Device Helps Retailers Push Deals to In-Store ShoppersThe tides are turning, however. After years of showrooming and online retail commanding more attention along with emerging technology like iBeacons and immersive personalized mobile experiences, the data-driven shopping experience is set to land inside brick-and-mortar stores. The lines between the physical and digital worlds are blurring, and the ease, convenience and excitement previously reserved for online shopping will soon be pillars of tomorrow’s shops.Below are nine mainstays of the future of retail: 1. Personal shoppers for all: Retailers will focus on transforming mobile apps into a personal concierge of sorts when shoppers enter a store. In-store beacons will automatically wake up consumers’ apps to deliver highly relevant and personal content.Shoppers will be welcomed upon entering a store or department. The “personal shopper” app features will point out where they can find favorite products, alert them of products they might like and tell them about items being considered, like which celebrity wore the sunglasses in question.Related: IBM’s Watson Could Be Your Next Shopping Partner2. Fewer (foot) traffic jams: In-store mapping and smart navigation will become highly accurate, thanks to real-time data generated from beacons. By tracking the whereabouts of shoppers, managers can better design layouts to streamline the flow. If a person has a shopping list, at a grocery store, say, the best route to pick up everything will be provided through a mobile device the second that person walks through the door.It will account for real-time situational factors like current movement throughout the store or congested aisles. If the shopper veers off course or adds anything to the list, the recommended route will automatically be refreshed.3. Juicy bait hooks passersby. Retailers will target people who walk by their store through highly personalized offers or messages about things like new styles or reminders about items saved on a wish list. A woman passing a beauty store may be prompted to enter after receiving an alert that she is likely running low on moisturizer, given the date of her last purchase and previous buying behavior.Related: When the Self-Service Customer Smiles4. Self-checkout 2.0. One of the most frustrating parts of in-store shopping, is waiting in a line to check out. More retailers will follow retail pioneer Apple’s lead with its EasyPay self-mobile checkout. The customer find what he or she needs, scan it, selects a payment method and finalize the transaction, without waiting in a line or talking to an associate if not needed. As consumers become increasingly comfortable with contactless payments, the ability to control when and where the checkout happens will become more prevalent.5. On-demand customer service. Previously a customer might have searched to no avail in a store for a sales associate for help in finding a size or answering a question. Leveraging mobile applications, retailers will maximize staff resources and enhance the customer experience by allowing shoppers to virtually request assistance.Through point-of-service applications or mobile or tablet devices, sales associates will instantly and automatically access a shopper’s profile, customer preferences and buying history to provide a better and efficient experience. Predictive analytics will be leveraged to know what a customer wants before he or she asks for it.From the floor, associates will be able to order out-of-stock items seamlessly and select a shopper’s preferred delivery method while also making personalized recommendations on other products.6. Virtual fitting rooms and aisles. The rich virtual world will continue to supplement the physical world via consumers’ phones and connected wearable devices. Shoppers will access information and special offers through augmented reality while moving through a store or seeing how they would look wearing something without trying it on. Plus consumers will be able to opt in to access recommendations, such as for bathing suits based on their body shape and size, virtually try them on and then walk to the counter where a sales associate will be waiting with them. 7. Out-of-store, out-of-home shopping and flexible fulfillment. To compete with Amazon, eBay and other vendors with short-wait and free deliveries, more retailers will offer a menu of flexible fulfillment options, whether it’s a preorder and pickup in a store or shopping in a store offering free home delivery.Companies will introduce shopping capabilities in other arenas, similar to the Tesco Homeplus virtual shopping experience in the Seoul subway system. As consumers continue to hunt for speed and convenience, retailers will seek opportunities that grant customers the ability to shop, pay and schedule delivery in unique environments, from parks and airports to bus stations and stadiums.Related: Are You Ready for the Age of the Customer?8. Power to the consumer. In the palm of their hands, consumers are carrying around their own big data tools. They can scan bar codes and compare prices, check reviews or snap a picture and ask their friends for advice. Consumers have more power than ever before in the shopping experience and as a result, companies will provide rich information and social capabilities optimized for every screen, while integrating scanning and other tools to unlock content in their apps. Customers will shop around and more retailers will take broader steps toward transparency.9.The power of tribes. Powerful communities are being formed around brands and experiences — from runners and cross-fitters to foodies and gamers. More communities will be tied to brands and experiences as never before and will influence major buying decisions.The in-store shopping experience is on the verge of great transformation. Forward-thinking marketers have undertaken inspiring experiments in the effort to enhance store offerings. Retailers of all sizes, though, will soon adopt data-driven strategies to compete with their online cousins on convenience and personalization.As overhead costs stay high, retailers will adopt mobile-first approaches — that leverage beacons, augmented reality and cross-channel customer profiling — to bridge shoppers’ online and offline worlds. In the age of mobile-dominant consumers — who have expectations of real-time, highly relevant and personalized experiences — omni-channel innovation is no longer a merely something nice to have at a physical store. It’s a must-have. Shoppers, then, are poised to be the big winners.Related: Connect With Customers by Leveraging Smartphone Sensors Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 2, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 6 min read
Today in San Francisco, Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference was all about the company’s upcoming software: iOS 8 for mobile and OS X Yosemite for PCs.Both platforms have been improved to work more seamlessly, through the cloud, in order to make virtually all media available across all of a users’ devices. Here’s what you’ll want to know about each, plus some important details for iOS developers.OS X Yosemite: Apple has further tweaked the OS X motif to mirror the redesign introduced with iOS 7 with new, flatter icons and subtle color adjustments based on desktop image or windows behind it. Users accustomed to Mavericks or Mountain Lion should be comfortable with Yosemite which includes new features such as the ability to search across contacts, documents, the web and calendar events from Spotlight — which appears to also use geolocation to bring users relevant local information.Apple’s answer to Dropbox and Google Drive is iCloud Drive. It allows users to access all documents across devices from within the finder. With it comes MailDrop, a new feature that will allow users to send larger files that recipients might normally be able to handle by creating a secure link and storing it in the cloud, instead of bouncing the email back to the sender.Related: What’s That Song? Apple’s iOS 8 May Be Able to Tell You.On Yosemite, AirDrop will work between iOS and Mac with a new feature called Handoff. A new lock screen on the iPad lets users continue work they were doing on a PC on a mobile device simply by swiping. Users will also be able to setup hotspots on their phone from their computer.Syncing an iPhone to a Mac will also allow users to answer text messages and even phone calls from their computer, using their Mac as a speakerphone. The feature also lets users make calls from a computer, even if their iPhone is in another room.iOS 8: Apple’s new mobile operating system will build upon iOS 7 in terms of feel and functionality but with some new features. In iOS 8, users will be able to reply directly to a message or comment or Like something on Facebook straight from the notification center or the lock screen and doubletap the home button to see recent contacts in the task switcher. Other upgrades include a new tab view in Safari for iPad and new gestures for organization in the Mail app.Group messaging now allows users to name threads or remove people from the conversation. Messages will also include “Do not disturb” and “leave thread” features.Messages will also allow users to record audio or video by tapping on the text box. It also includes a Snapchat-like self-destruct feature.Spotlight for iOS, a tool that OS X has had for a while, lets users search for apps, points of interest, news, songs the web and iTunes. It’s like Siri but without a voice.Siri itself has been updated to make purchases from the App Store and recognize songs via Shazam.Apple also seems to be updating its predictive text feature with QuickType, which “supports predictive suggestions” by guessing the word a user is trying to type and learning from their typing habits.Related: Should You Buy an iPhone 5S Now or Wait For the iPhone 6?With iOS 8 is the introduction of Healthkit, a centralized place to see health info that will allow healthcare providers to send and receive data on patient devices.Also new is HomeKit for home automation. Apple is partnering with home appliance companies to integrate locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs and switches into the iOS environment. The new automated controls will feature secure pairing, control for individual devices, allow grouping of devices for families and include Siri integration.New family sharing features allows families to automatically share photos, calendars and reminders and their locations. Families can also share purchases; for instance if a child wants to purchase an app on his phone, he can send a request to buy the app through the App Store and permission can be approved from an adult’s device.iOS 8 will also support Extensibility, the ability for apps to offer services to other apps. For instance users could use their photo filters from VSCO inside of the native photos app. The new iOS will also support widgets for the notification center and inside of Safari, similar to extension in Chrome.Apple is also allowing users to import third-party keyboards and opening Touch ID to developers.Developers: Apple is introducing a new programming language called Swift that can co-exist with C and Objective-C but allows developers to build and run their code immediately.Game developers in particular will welcome the new Metal graphics booster and SpriteKit and SceneKit for developing casual games.iOS 8 and Yosemite are both available to developers today and will be released to the public for free this fall.Related: Here’s How to Quit the iPhone and Switch to an Android Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 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Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 7, 2014 3 min read If you have one too many cards to keep track of, payment startup Plastc purports to have the solution: a single card that holds all of your pertinent information, from credit and gift cards to electronic key access. Users can store up to 20 cards (though not a driver’s license).The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company was launched in January 2013. The patent-pending, waterproof Plastc cards — which have e-ink displays and can be swiped through like an e-reader — are now available to pre-order and will begin shipping summer 2015. The card costs $155 and runs on a rechargeable, wireless battery. There are no additional fees when a customer uses the Plastc card. Related: 4 Things Businesses and Consumers Need Before They Adopt Mobile PaymentsThe company is also showcasing a smartphone app on the site called Plastc Wallet that links up with the card and alerts a user when they make a purchase. For concerns about security and privacy, the app requires the pin number and facial recognition to access data.And if it seems like a card that contains all of your identifying and financial information is just asking to get lost, the app alerts you if you get too far from the card. If you do lose it, the company says on the site that it locks up and can be remotely wiped clean.Related: Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is ‘Better Than Currency’So what does this mean for the mobile payments space now? Apple’s new digital wallet service Apple Pay is being touted as a game changer before it is even announced, and it is entering a growing field that includes Amazon, the newly independent PayPal, and startups like Square, Stripe and Plastc’s more direct competition, Coin.The Verge reports that the two-year-old Coin which announced its card back in November with plans to begin shipping the eight-card storage product this summer — but it hasn’t made an appearance yet.Related: Apple Pay May Be the Creative Leap That Outmaneuvers SamsungPlastc cards come equipped with a barcode, magnetic strip, a pin number you key in on the display, and an EMV chip (a fraud-prevention technology). As of now, Coin cards do not support that chip. This a vital difference between the two companies, in Plastc’s favor. By October 2015, retailers and restaurants must transition over to chip cards — if they don’t want to be held liable for counterfeit fraud. So if a business continues to accept magnetic-stripe credit cards after this deadline, they will be held responsible for any fraudulent activity.While it is still too early to determine which platform will win out, the evolution of the credit card is putting these companies on notice. Related: PayPal Spawn Have Advanced Where the Online Payments Giant Has Stood Still Register Now »
TORONTO — Insight Vacations’ brand new 2020 USA & Canada Premium Escorted Journeys collection showcases the very best of North America, from its historic landmarks and breathtaking landscapes to the many vibrant cultures that make this region unique.Travellers have their choice of 16 easy adventures, including one brand new itinerary to California and Arizona, as well as over 35 Insight Experiences that range from meeting a Naturalist Guide in New Hampshire, to a Blue River Safari in Grizzly Bear Valley.Also new for 2020 is ‘Insight Choice’, which allows clients to choose between two included Insight Experiences on days when they are given an Insight Choice. For example, in Seattle, clients can choose between an excursion of the Space Needle or the famous Chihuly garden and glass exhibit.In celebration of the collection’s launch, Insight is offering clients who book and pay in full before Dec 18, 2019 a 10% Early Payment Discount. Furthermore, valued and loyal past guests of Insight Vacations and sister companies are offered a 5% discount off all trips until Aug. 3, 2019 in addition to the Early Payment Discount.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“With the launch of our new 2020 USA & Canada collection, guests will enjoy our Insightfully Stylish experiences as they explore the natural splendors of North America while staying in great comfort and style at our highly rated hotels and resorts located in the most desirable addresses including Zion National Park Lodge and the landmark Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.,” said Brad Ford, president of Insight Vacations in Canada.Highlights of the collection include:Desert Escapes of California & Arizona – New Premium JourneyThis eight-day journey explores America’s scenic desert land where clients will discover the region’s terrains and national parks from the Golden State to Arizona. Guests will also be able to choose from a small group excursion of the Old Town on golf cars or join a gathering with local artisans at the Cattle Truck artists compound in Scottsdale.Insight Experiences include:Crazy Horse Memorial – Black Hills, South DakotaClients will discover the world’s largest mountain carving, which is found at an elevation of 6,532 feet above sea level. The memorial is dedicated to all Native Americans and was created to preserve the living heritage, traditions and cultures of the North American Indigenous people. This access for guests is not available to independent travellers. Yosemite National Park – Mariposa County, CaliforniaGuests will join a park ranger and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site where they will learn about the local fauna, flora and history. Highlights of the park include the Giant Sequoias, glaciers and thousands of waterfalls.Anchorage, AlaskaAlaska’s First People introduces Insight clients to Agutak (Inuit Ice Cream) in an exclusive demonstration at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Centre and museum.Charlottetown, Prince Edward IslandGuests will learn about the Seven Sacred Teachings of the Abegweit Mi’Kmaw Nation, which allow clients to develop a deeper understanding of indigenous communities.Ottawa, OntarioClients will enjoy a hands-on cooking demonstration in C’est Bon’s state-of-the-art kitchen facilities and learn about local Canadian cuisine with ingredients such as maple sugar, haskaps, Labrador tea and wild flowers. This exclusive experience also includes a delectable three-course dinner with wine.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyFor more information visit insightvacations.com/ca/vacation-finder/usa-and-canada-2020. Travelweek Group Clients save 10% on Insight Vacations’ 2020 USA & Canada collection Thursday, June 6, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: 2020, Insight Vacations Share