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first_imgThe initial pitch was also a challenge. “The response from the market was, ‘You’re crazy, starting a print magazine in today’s age?” says McCafferty.The first issue of Design World debuted in October 2006 to mixed response. “While in pre-sell our mock-up looked great, we quickly found that it missed the market,” says McCafferty. The company surveyed its readers and made design changes for its next issue in December 2006.Despite the slow start, Design World, which boasts a 40,000-circ, went on a two-week run outside its core territories where it picked up major accounts for every issue of 2007. “Once those came in, the worst case was we would break even in 2007,” says McCafferty. With two issues under its belt, Design World generated $245,000 in 2006.Building Out OnlineWTWH experienced growing pains with online as well. “We didn’t want to create just another magazine Web site,” says McCafferty. “We began offering e-newsletters and online ads immediately but quickly found that simply launching a Web site doesn’t mean you will have traffic. In January 2007, we had 2,000 unique visitors and 8,000 page views. We could have sold all those page views to one person.”McCafferty hired Marshall Matheson, a former advertising client, as WTWH’s vice president of new media. Matheson had expressed his frustration as an advertiser working with publishers online. “We used his experience to build a robust back end,” says McCafferty.WTWH builds product landing pages with customizable widgets pulling feeds out of manufacturer’s sites that can tie in with relevant edit and video. “In the design engineering market, people weren’t doing that yet,” says McCafferty. “We’re perceived as the so-called ‘smart online guys.’”Still, the magazine remains a key component of the overall strategy. “We view the magazine as an aircraft carrier,” says McCafferty. “The magazine gives us the necessary media authority.”In June 2007, WTWH bought 3DCAD World Network, a series of registration-based sites, and just before the end of 2007, closed on Mcadcentral.com. “We overpaid on the first deal but it gave us the opportunity to say, ‘now we have 300,000 page views and we can do run of network advertising’ as opposed to just Design World,” says McCafferty. Hearst Takes a ChanceWTWH got an additional credibility boost when Hearst’s Electronic Products Magazine tapped the startup as a partner in a project called Mechatronics, which features a quarterly print product, a wiki site, blogs and e-mail newsletters. The revenue budget for the venture is around $300,000, according to McCafferty. “Design World added value in ways that absolutely helped us grow our business,” says Todd Christenson, publisher at Hearst Business Media.In 2007, the Design World franchise—including print and online—will generate about $1.8 million, according to McCafferty. In 2008, WTWH’s goal is $4 million although McCafferty believes $3.5 million is probably more realistic. The company will continue to leverage its mix of print and online products, including a new offering called Digital Manufacturing Review, which includes a quarterly print product, a wiki site and an e-newsletter. “We’re going to surprise people with a series of new Web sites in the markets we’re serving,” says McCafferty.MORE STARTUP STORIES:Glam MediaArchitectCraftInternet EvolutionScientific American Competing against established players like Reed and Penton is a daunting task for any startup (especially for one that’s just barely over a year old). But WTWH Media (which stands for “Willing To Work Harder”) has gained solid market share thanks to a sophisticated online strategy (as well as a little help from a strategic partner named Hearst).Founders Scott McCafferty and Mike Emich were both former Penton sales reps with their own independent sales rep firms. But each had the itch to get back into the publishing side. In January 2006, McCafferty and Emich started putting together a business plan. “We worked with $200,000 cash until we established a line of credit for $1 million,” says McCafferty.But getting the product off the ground wasn’t that easy. Several Penton editors initially agreed to join the startup but then backed out to stay with Penton.The Online Differencelast_img read more

first_imgFort Jackson will gain an eleventh training battalion in October 2017, bringing the Columbia, S.C., post an additional 2,000 soldiers annually and 210 permanent personnel.The news also signals that the Pentagon places a heightened value on Fort Jackson, reported the State.“This is very, very significant,” said George Goldsmith, chairman of the Columbia Chamber’s military affairs committee. “It shows Fort Jackson and the community has gotten the word out to the Army that we’re ready to grow. That story is getting out and it’s being heard,” said Goldsmith, a retired major general.The battalion — consisting of about 500 additional soldiers during each 10-week basic training cycle —will increase the number of soldiers trained annually at the nation’s largest military training installation from 44,000 to 46,000, boosting the installation’s economic impact. The families of the new soldiers will join 5,000 or so other family members who attend graduation ceremonies and other activities at the post.When the battalion is activated, “it will increase the economic impact of Fort Jackson immediately,” Goldsmith said.The Army has allocated $97 million to build a new “Star Base” barracks, headquarters and training facility to house the new battalion, according to the story. Until the structure is completed in 2021, the battalion will be housed in temporary facilities already available. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_img How Does An Artist Qualify For The Best New Artist GRAMMY Category? Facebook Twitter Take a closer look at the Recording Academy’s qualification rules to determine which artists can be considered in the Best New Artist categoryPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 8, 2018 – 8:59 am Each year the selection of GRAMMY nominees is the result of careful consideration and voting by Recording Academy members, who must both follow hard-and-fast rules as well as exercise their expert musical judgement. The Best New Artist category highlights newcomers — whether a solo artist, duo or group — but since “new” is a relative term, let’s take a closer look at how making the cut is determined.First of all, eligible artists must have achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and impacted the musical landscape during the year’s eligibility period. This speaks to the essence of why Best New Artist is one of the most-anticipated categories each year, honoring exciting new talent in the music world. But sometimes rising stars take a while to reach this point, so numerical limits also help define the criteria for being “new” in this category. The first numerical rule boils eligibility down to the number of an artist’s releases. The minimum required is five singles or tracks or a complete album. The maximum is either three albums or a total of 30 singles or tracks previously released. Having more than this number of releases results in being ineligible even when an artist breaks through into public consciousness and impacts the musical landscape in a given eligibility period.However, even if this numerical release criterion is met, an artist may still be deemed ineligible if the artist achieved previous prominence, meaning the artist came into prominence prior to the current eligibility year.Another numerical limit is that an artist cannot have been considered more than three times previously for Best New Artist. This also applies to solo artists who emerge from having performed as a member in previous groups. That’s right, being previously considered three times either as a solo artist, in a previous band, or some mixture of the two means an artist is not eligible for Best New Artist consideration.For more valuable and illuminating information on all things GRAMMY Awards process, head over to GRAMMY101.com, or reach out to the Awards Help Desk at 877.637.6816, and don’t forget to tune in Feb. 10.See The Full List Of Nominees For The 61st GRAMMY AwardsRead morecenter_img Email Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? how-does-artist-qualify-best-new-artist-grammy-category-0 News last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (3-1) earned its third straight victory of the season, defeating Melrose by a score of 9-1 on Friday, April 20 at Town Park.Pitcher Ally Moran went the distance, allowing only 2 hits while recording 6 strikeouts.For the second game in a row, Wilmington had a shaky first inning, allowing one run on two errors and few passed balls.  The Wildcats tied it in their bottom half of the inning when Kayla Bourrell scored after reaching base on an error.The Wildcats scored two more in the second inning plating Ryan Bailey (single) and Emily Wright (reaching on a dropped third strike) and a RBI single by Kayla Bourrell.Wilmington blew the game open in the third inning as a result of solid and timely hitting.  DH Emily Wright had a two-run RBI.Adele Burton had a good game on both sides of the field.  Offensively, she went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.  Defensively, she had 4 strong put outs.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… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Lexington, Moran Picks Up Another WinIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Wrap Up Regular Season With 10-0 WinIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Greater Lowell Tech & Stoneham, Qualify For State TournamentIn “Sports”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, May 20, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. West wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community: The community is invited to a fundraising event to assist Bill Woods and his family from 2pm to 6pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall’s Upstairs Hall.  Bill Woods Jr., a 1985 graduate of Wilmington High School and all-around stellar athlete and great guy, is suffering from systemic scleroderma which has compromised his lung function. Billy is currently being evaluated to see whether or not he is a viable candidate for a bi-lateral lung transplant.In The Community:  The Wilmington Kids Rides have raised over $180,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund over the past 12 years. This year, the annual PMC Wilmington Kids Bike Ride is hoping to raise $16,000 to help fight cancer. Children from preschool through 6th grade can ride their bikes from 9am-11am beginning at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center on Carter Lane in Wilmington.Each rider must pay a $15 registration fee and meet the minimum fundraising requirement of $30. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Pan-Mass Challenge organization. Face painting, refreshments, and free raffles will be all be happening the day of the ride. For more information, visit http://kids.pmc.org/wilmington.In The Community: The Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street) is hosting its Annual Plant Sale from 8am to noon at the church’s back entrance. Church members are selling plants dug from their own gardens, including tomato plants, hosta, herbal, and more. In years past, most plants were priced between $1 and $3. The sale is being organized by the church’s “Hannah Circle” group, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and other charities.In The Community: Merrimack Valley Pavilion (2087 Main Street, Tewksbury) is donating a percentage of all sales on mini-golf and ice cream purchases to Wilmington High School’s Class of 2020 from noon to 3pm. No flyer is necessary, but make sure to mention Wilmington High School.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Reminder: A large portion of the MBTA Commuter Rail’s Lowell Line is closed for repairs. Free shuttle bus service is being provided. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For January 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For May 4, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

first_img13:57 Alphabet, Google’s parent company, will be redeveloping an area along the waterfront of Lake Ontario for its Sidewalk Labs initiative. Sidewalk Labs Google’s parent company Alphabet will reportedly open its first smart city buildings in Toronto as early as 2023. Google will eventually move into the Canadian smart campus, the report said. Dan Doctoroff, founder and CEO of Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs — which focuses on innovation in urban environments — told the Collision Conference in Canada of the timeline for the project, according to CNBC. The report said Doctoroff will submit a proposal next month, and after negotiations is hoping to break ground on the buildings by the end of 2020. The buildings would open in either late 2023 or early 2024. “These things take time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t begin to see the real fruits from a quality of life benefit perspective within a few years after the place opens up,” Doctoroff is reported as saying. “We would significantly expand Google’s presence in Toronto and move the head Canadian headquarters down to the waterfront.” Sidewalk Toronto quoted Doctoroff as saying at the Collision Conference that the company is “very focused on bringing in Canadian partners from a real estate, infrastructure and technology perspective. Part of this is to encourage the local tech ecosystem to grow.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Alphabet’s smart campus project on the waterfront along Lake Ontario back in 2017. The development was originally designed to house just Sidewalk Labs, but Google later said it would join it. “This project offers unprecedented opportunities for Canadian innovators and will create thousands of good, middle class jobs,” Trudeau said at the announcement alongside Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. First published at 4:02 p.m. PT on May 22. Updated May 23 at 9:30 a.m. PT: Headline changed from “opening around 2023” to “could open around 2023” if it is approved. Share your voice Smart Google Alphabet Inc. Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Smart Home Tech Industry Internet Culturecenter_img How Smart Cities and 5G will improve health, public safety… Tags 1 Commentlast_img read more

first_imgYou 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.imageYouTube 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, 2019center_img 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 Tagslast_img read more

first_imgBosch’s PowerTube 400 battery lends a sleeker look to 2020 e-bikes, while its handlebar-mounted SmartphoneHub shows basic riding data and offers a smartphone mount. Bosch Most e-bikes you’ll see on the roads and trails these days have bulky batteries on the tube behind the front wheel and hefty motors built into the hub where the pedals attach. But electric bike powerhouse Bosch is going for a trimmer look with a new suite of components that’ll debut for the 2020 bike season.E-bikes rely on battery power to boost to your pedaling or give you a motorcycle-like throttle. Plenty of cyclists see them as something of an affront to purely human-powered bikes, but they’re steadily spreading as part of the electric revolution sweeping personal transport. E-bikes cut down on the sweat factor on bike commutes into work and extend your speed and range on the trails. It’s electric! Mountain bike racing gets recharged Now playing: Watch this: Bosch Electric mountain bikes are racing ahead The battery and motor make them heavy — often 50 pounds for eMTBs (electric mountain bikes) that more often weigh something like 30 pounds. And the electric components can be awkwardly clunky.Bosch’s new 7.7-pound PowerTube 625 and 6.3-pound PowerTube 400 batteries are designed to offer a “slim and clean look,” Bosch said in announcing the products Tuesday. They have capacities of 625 and 400 watt-hours, and a pair of PowerTube 625 can be linked for 1,250wH.Also new for 2020 are five motors from the German manufacturer:The 6.3-pound Performance CX motor is for mountain bikers who want to be able to ride uphill faster. It’s got a freewheel mode so it doesn’t slow down pedaling when not in use.The Performance Cruise delivers 65 newton-meters of torque and can reach speeds of 20mph. It’s good for tourers, sporty types and some mountain bikers.The Performance Speed, which delivers 75 newton-meters of torque and can reach speeds of 28mph, is best for commuters.The Cargo is designed for cargo bikes that when fully loaded weigh up to 550 pounds. It’s good for speeds up to 20mph.The Cargo Speed is similar but can handle 28mph speeds.Bosch's new Performance Cargo motor will enable 2020 e-bikes that can handle a load (including the rider) of 550 pounds.Bosch’s new Performance Cargo motor will enable 2020 e-bikes that can handle a load (including the rider) of 550 pounds. Bosch Bosch also announced a handlebar-mounted device called the SmartphoneHub that can link bike data to smartphone apps like Strava and give navigation directions. It has a display for basic information, but can link to phones with the Cobi.bike app. It’s got a mounting system for snapping phones into place, too.Bosch also is modifying its software in an attempt to thwart tuning — tweaks that bike owners sometimes apply to circumvent speed restrictions. 29 Photos Sport and Outdoors Roadshow 2 Comments Tags Share your voice 1:25last_img read more

first_imgUnited States Federal regulators are investigating complaints that the front passenger seat belts in Hyundai’s Sonata cars broke loose during a crash-like situation and whether the South Korean carmaker should recall about 313,000 such midsize sedans.Also read: Hyundai to showcase Tucson, Sonata hybrid, N Vision 2025, Genesis G90 at Auto Expo The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday initiated the investigation following two complaints that the seat belts detached. However, the federal agency has received about a dozen such complaints from Hyundai owners about defective seat belts from the 2013 model cars. In one of the cases, an injury was also reported due to the seat belt issue.In every case, the owner claimed that the front passenger belt broke away from its anchoring point on the floor, the investigators wrote in a report on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Another vehicle ran the red light and hit us at approximately 45 miles per hour,” an owner from Buena Park, California, said, recalling a crash in August, according to Forbes.”The passenger seat belt failed at the point where the lap restraint attaches to the car running board. The passenger that was wearing the failed seat belt during the accident was 110 pounds while the driver was 270 pounds. The driver’s seat belt functioned as intended.”If the preliminary probe suggests any concern, investigators would extend the probe for further technical analysis, following which a recall may be ordered.In September 2015, Hyundai recalled about 130,000 of its 2015 Sonata models due to an issue related to the front passenger seat belt. That year, the automaker recalled nearly a half-million midsize cars from the 2011 and 2012 models in the US to replace key engine parts because a manufacturing problem could cause them to fail.last_img read more

first_imgThe government said that it has released a sum of Rs 237.07 crore in the last four years to 12 states under the Green India Mission for afforestation in an area of 87113.86 hectares. Creative CommonsThe Modi government gave green signal to fell at least 1.09 crore trees during 2014-2019 for various development-related works, said Babul Supriyo, the union environment minister of state, in the Lok Sabha on July 26.Supriyo, while responding to a query, said that the highest number of trees (26.9 lakh)  were uprooted in 2018-19. He added that the data doesn’t include the number of trees that were destroyed in various forest fires.”Trees are felled for various development purposes with the permission of competent authorities in accordance with the procedure laid down in various Acts. However, the Ministry does not maintain data regarding the cutting of trees due to forest fire,” said Supriyo. Between 2014-2015, 23.3 lakh trees were permitted to be uprooted, 16.9 lakh in 2015-2016, 17.01 lakh in 2016-17 and 25.5 lakh in 2017-18 were uprooted, according to the environment ministry data.The government said that it has released a sum of Rs 237.07 crore in the last four years to 12 states under the Green India Mission for afforestation in an area of 87113.86 hectares and providing alternative energy devices to 56,319 households. (Representational Image)ReutersUnder the National Afforestation Programme, however, the Modi government sanctioned an amount of Rs Rs 328.90 to treat new area of 94,828 hectares during the last four years (2015-16 to 2018-19).last_img read more

first_imgPoet and columnist Farhad MazharPoet and columnist Farhad Mazhar was taken to the Detective Branch (DB) headquarters at Minto Road after being brought to Dhaka from Jessore on Tuesday morning.Police confirmed this to Prothom Alo.Earlier in the morning, writer Farhad, allegedly abducted by unidentified people from his Adabar residence in the capital, was brought to Adabar police station in Dhaka, after being ‘rescued’ in Noapara of Abhaynagar upazila in Jessore.Adabar police inspector (operation) Sujit Kumar Saha said a team of senior police officers brought Farhad Mazhar to Dhaka.Rapid Action Battalion (RAB-6) director Khandker Rafiqul Islam on Monday also said Farhad Mazhar was rescued around 11:30pm when he was returning to Dhaka from Khulna in a Hanif Paribahan bus.Earlier in the day, Farhad Mazhar was reportedly abducted by unknown miscreants from his Adabar residence in the capital.Having failed to know the whereabouts of Farhad Mazhar till 10:00am, his family members then went to Adabar police station and informed the police.Read more:Farhad abduction another ugly act of rulers: KhaledaGovt agencies involved in Farhad abduction: BNPFarhad Mazhar ‘abducted’ from residence: FamilyFarhad Mazhar rescued in Jessorelast_img read more

first_imgRain is hardly heartening news for Dhaka residents nowadays. Rains mean a water-logging. Memories of last year’s monsoon are still fresh in the memory of the city dwellers. Nothing has changed.In the fourth week of June, a few hours rain caused floods in several areas of Dhaka. Roads and alleys were inundated with the dirty sewerage water at Chankharpul, Siddheswari, Malibagh, Maghbazar, Tejgaon. It was impossible to cross several roads because the rain had caused dirty water to flood the streets.Prices of essentials shoot up and small businesses suffer. The city roads become excessively difficult for the physically challenged. It is not uncommon for motorcyclists to fall off their bikes into the dirty water. Passengers have to pay higher fare to commute short distances. An unbearable stench of dirty water pervades all around, compelling people to wear masks over their mouths and noses.Prothom Alo’s camera caught moments of June’s monsoon distress in Dhaka.The photo was taken from Kalshi, Mirpur on 25 June by Dipu MalakarA brief spell of rain is enough to inundate a good number of roads in Dhaka. The photo was taken on 25 June by Dipu MalakarRainwater causing floods has become a usual scene of Banga Bazar. The photo was taken on 25 June by Dipu MalakarFloodwater makes it difficult for vehicles to run smoothly in Kalshi, Mirpur. The photo was taken by Dipu MalakarA motor cyclist, seconds before he falls into the floodwater in Kalshi, Mirpur on 25 June. The photo was taken on 25 June by Dipu MalakarPeople have a hard time crossing a short distance because of the dirty water in Banga Bazar. Photo: Dipu MalakarA car splashes floodwater as its makes way though Hatirjheel on 23 June. Photo: Dipu MalakarDrivers wash their vehicles in the floodwater at Hatirjheel, Tejgaon on 23 June. A recent picture by Dipu MalakarAn auto-rickshaw driver pushes his vehicle though the water in a road of North Begunbari. A recent photo by Dipu MalakarA beggar crosses a road in Bara Maghbazar, Dhaka, with much difficulty. Photo: Dipu MalakarPassengers pay the rickshaw-puller Tk 10 to cross the flooded part of the road.  A recent photo by Dipu MalakarA physically challenged person makes his way through Chankharpul, Dhaka. Photo: Dipu MalakarShopkeepers are in difficulty as rain has flooded the area behind Mouchak market in Dhaka.last_img read more

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaDescribing Bangladesh as mainly a country of plain land, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday underscored the need for the continuation of land recovery and river dredging on a routine basis.She made the remarks when ambassador of the Netherlands Leoni Cuelenaere paid a farewell call on her at her Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban office.Prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.The prime minister and the Dutch envoy mainly discussed issues related to the delta plan, women empowerment and Rohingya crisis.About the delta plan, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is a low-lying country and most of the rivers flowing through the country originate from the Himalayas.The capacity of the rivers decrease due to huge silts which they carry from the upstream, she said, adding that dredging is essential to increase their capacity of flowing water.The prime minister put emphasis on making river routes more active to lessen pressure on roads.About the women empowerment, she said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ensured it through keeping women seats reserved in parliament for 15 years, while her government later extended the duration.She also mentioned that 22 female MPs are directly elected in the current parliament.Sheikh Hasina said her government is working to further increase communication network with the neighbours.She observed that the northeastern Indian states can use Chittagong port.At the meeting, the outgoing Ambassador of the Netherlands praised the government’s initiative of river dredging, saying it will help strengthen the economy of Bangladesh.Leoni Cuelenaere said the Netherlands wants to further expedite activities on trade and commerce with Bangladesh and cooperation on the RMG sector in particular.Talking about the Rohingya issue, the Netherlands envoy highly appreciated the government of Sheikh Hasina for showing human gesture by giving shelter and other supports to the Myanmar nationals forcibly displaced from the Rakhine State.Leoni Cuelenaere also expressed her gratitude to the prime minister and her government for extending cooperation in discharging responsibilities in Bangladesh.last_img read more

first_imgPremier Bank LogoAn unidentified armed mugger allegedly looted Tk 2,300,000 from the Badda branch of Premier Bank at gunpoint on Monday, reports UNB.The armed man entered the bank at Link Road around 4:30pm while the bank employees were closing the day’s accounts.Later, the man took the branch manager hostage pointing a pistol and forcibly trapped other employees in the vault and looted the money from the cash counter.Confirming the incident, Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Badda police station, said that a case was filed on Tuesday with the police station over the robbery and an investigation was on.However, the OC told UNB that it was suspicious how an armed man alone could take eight bank employees and three security guards hostages at gunpoint.last_img read more

first_imgAfghan medical staff treat a wounded women, after a car bomb exploded near the old Interior Ministry building, at Jamhuriat Hospital in Kabul on 27 January, 2018. Photo: AFPAn explosives-packed ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 63 people and wounding 151 others, officials said, in one of the biggest blasts to rock the war-torn city in recent years.The Taliban-claimed assault — the second carried out by the militant group in the Afghan capital in a week — triggered chaotic scenes as terrified survivors fled the area scattered with body parts and blood, and hospitals were overwhelmed by the large number of wounded.It came as both the insurgents and the Islamic State group have escalated their attacks on Kabul, one of the deadliest places in Afghanistan for civilians.An AFP reporter saw “lots of dead and wounded” civilians in the Jamuriate hospital, which is metres away from the blast and where medical staff struggled to treat the bloodied men, women and children lying on the floor in corridors.”The latest toll has reached 63 dead and 151 wounded,” Baryalai Hilali, the director of the government media centre, told reporters.Hilali warned the death toll might rise as some of the wounded brought to hospitals were in a “critical condition”.The blast happened in an area where several high-profile organisations, including the European Union, have offices. Members of the EU delegation in Kabul were in their “safe room” and there were no casualties, an official told AFP.The force of the explosion shook windows of buildings at least two kilometres (more than a mile) away and caused some low-rise structures in the immediate vicinity to collapse.The suicide bomber passed through at least one checkpoint in the ambulance, saying he was taking a patient to Jamuriate hospital, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP.”At the second checkpoint he was recognised and blew his explosive-laden car,” Nasrat Rahimi said.Rahimi told a news conference that most of the victims were civilians. He said the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network was responsible and four suspects had been arrested.Twenty minutes before the blast an AFP reporter saw police checking ambulances several hundred metres from the scene of the explosion, as the drivers and patients stood on the street. Ambulances are rarely checked in the city.The Taliban used social media to claim responsibility for the attack, which comes exactly a week after its insurgents stormed Kabul’s landmark Intercontinental hotel, killing at least 25 people, the majority foreigners.- ‘Massacre’ -Photos shared on social media purportedly of the blast — the deadliest in Kabul since a truck bomb ripped through the city’s diplomatic quarter on May 31, killing 150 people and wounding hundreds — showed a huge plume of smoke rising into the sky.Near the blast site civilians walked through debris-covered streets carrying wounded on their backs as others loaded several bodies at a time into ambulances and private cars to take them to medical facilities around the city.The Italian NGO Emergency said 131 wounded had been taken to its hospital, with its coordinator Dejan Panic tweeting that it had been a “massacre”.A photo posted on Emergency’s Twitter account showed hospital staff treating injured people in an outdoor walkway next to a garden.A man told Ariana TV he had taken his wounded brother to Jamuriate and Emergency hospitals but had been turned away.”They are asking people with non-life threatening wounds to go to other hospitals,” he said.Aminullah, whose stationery shop is just metres from where the explosion happened, said the force of the explosion shook the foundations of his building.”The building shook. All our windows broke. The people are in shock in our market,” he told AFP.A man told Tolo News he was passing the area when the explosion happened.”I heard a big bang and I fainted,” he said, outside the Emergency hospital.”There were dozens of people who were killed and wounded. There were pools of blood.”The attack was condemned by the presidential palace as a “crime against humanity”. There was international outcry too, with NATO, the US embassy in Kabul and British foreign minister Boris Johnson among those expressing horror at the latest attack.The offices of the High Peace Council, charged with negotiating with the Taliban which has been waging a more than 16-year insurgency, are also near the blast site.”It targeted our checkpoint. It was really huge — all our windows are broken,” Hassina Safi, a member of High Peace Council, told AFP.”So far we don’t have any reports if any of our members are wounded or killed.”A security alert issued on Saturday morning had warned that the Islamic State group was planning “to conduct aggressive attacks” on supermarkets, shops and hotels frequented by foreigners.last_img read more

first_imgPeople gather around a school bus after it collided with a train in Uttar Pradesh, India on 26 April 2018. Photo: Reuters.Thirteen children were killed on Thursday when a school van collided with a train at an unmanned railway crossing in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a police official said.Eight children were injured and taken hospital, said the official, adding there were 22 children in the vehicle.The accident took place early in the morning when the children were on their way to school. The van collided with the Siwan-Gorakhpur passenger train, but the cause of the accident is not yet known, the police official said.This is the second major accident involving school children in a little over two weeks.At least 24 children and three adults were killed when a school bus plunged off a mountain road in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh on 9 April.last_img read more

first_imgFrench President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (2R) and UN Special Envoy for Libya, Lebanese Ghassan Salame (L) speaks during an International conference on Libya at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 29, 2018. Rival Libyan leaders vying for influence in the fractured and war-scarred country meet in Paris for a major peace conference seen as a risky French-backed push for a political settlement in the country. AFPRival Libyan leaders vying for influence in the fractured and war-scarred country meet in Paris on Tuesday for a major peace conference seen as a risky French-backed push for a political settlement in the country.Many analysts are sceptical that the initiative to invite four senior figures representing Libya’s factions, as well as neighbouring countries and regional powers, can lead to significant progress.Years of mediation by the United Nations, as well as former colonial power Italy, have failed to bring stability to the north African nation which descended into chaos after the ousting of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.The main focus of the meeting will be on trying to agree a political roadmap committing all parties to hold parliamentary and presidential elections before the end of the year — an approach not favoured by everyone.”I believe that elections are a big risk in a country armed like Libya,” Federica Saini Fasanotti, an analyst with the Washington-based Brookings Institution, told AFP.There are also disagreements over whether a vote on a new constitution, or elections for the presidency and parliament, should come first.”While the Italians, Turkish, Qataris and to a large extent the Americans believe the constitution comes before elections, on the other side, the French, Egyptians and Emiratis want elections first,” Mohamed Eljarh, from the Libya Outlook consulting firm told AFP.Also, despite French efforts to convene all of the leading players in the oil-rich country, militias in and around the city of Misrata have boycotted proceedings, leaving western Libya under-represented at the talks.- Big guestlist -The Libyan invitees include Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the UN-backed unity government in Tripoli, and 75-year-old military strongman Khalifa Haftar, whose rival Libyan National Army dominates the country’s east.Aguila Saleh Issa, the parliament speaker based in the eastern town of Tobruk who opposes the UN-backed administration, is also expected, as is Khalid Al-Mishri, the newly elected head of the High Council of State.Representatives from around 20 countries involved in the Libya crisis have been invited — an acknowledgement that the problems can only be resolved if regional powers agree on a common roadmap.These include Egypt, Russia and the United Arab Emirates which have backed Haftar and the rival administration in Tobruk in the east, not the UN-recognised government based in the capital Tripoli.Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as neighbours Algeria and Tunisia and west African leaders from Niger and Congo will also attend, the French presidency has announced.- Competing interests -European leaders see stabilising Libya as key to tackling jihadist threats and migration from the country which has become a departure point for hundreds of thousands of Africans trying to reach Europe.Macron threw himself into finding a solution shortly after his election in May last year.The 40-year-old French leader brought Sarraj and Haftar together in Paris in July where they agreed a ceasefire and to hold elections in 2018 — a move that irked the Italian government at the time which was blindsided by Macron’s diplomacy.The task of stabilising Libya is complicated by diverging interests among Middle Eastern countries, which have sometimes backed opposing sides in the fighting, as well as competition between European powers.Macron is suspected by some in Italy of organising the conference at a time when France’s southern European neighbour, which has major oil interests in Libya, is facing a serious political crisis.”It’s as if Macron wanted to make the most of the this moment of absence by Italy on the Libyan dossier,” Italian newspaper La Repubblica wrote last week, citing diplomatic sources.France is also suspected by some rivals within Libya of favouring Haftar, a military strongman who has fought Islamist militias and who was recently treated in Paris for an undisclosed ailment.”There is clear apprehension among many in western Libya that the French initiative is an attempt to reinforce the position of Khalifa Haftar as the key power broker in Libya,” Eljarh from Libya Outlook added.The Crisis Group, an NGO that studies conflict zones, also voiced caution about the French conference.”Much more work remains to be done for a peace-building effort in Libya to succeed,” it said on Monday. “For this reason, Crisis Group believes that France should not request that its four Libyan guests sign an accord.”last_img read more

first_imgHandout picture released by the Archeological Zone of Caral on 16 August 2018 showing high relief decorations on a recently unearthed wall at the archaeological site of Vichama, on the Huaura Valley, on the coast of the Peru, 140 km north of Lima. Photo: AFPA set of Roman-era tombs dating back some 2,000 years have been discovered near the Palestinian city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank during road works, an official said Thursday.The cemetery dating to the first century AD, when the region was under Roman rule, was found in the village of Idna in the southern West Bank around two weeks ago.It was discovered during road work in mountainous terrain in the area, said Taleb Jubran, director of the department of tourism and antiquities in Hebron.Bones, pottery and some 32 tombs set into stone were found. It was clear to archaeologists that artifacts had been stolen from the site before it was officially discovered, said Jubran.”This discovery is very important for us to study it and to preserve it,” Jubran said.The tombs were set out over a space of some 50 metres.Officials also hoped to turn the site into a tourist attraction, while further study of it would continue to turn up details of what was found and its importance, he said.A large number of remains from the Roman era can be found and visited in Israel and the Palestinian territories as well as the region as a whole.last_img read more

first_imgUS secretary of state Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore on 4 August 2018The United States will continue to hold accountable those responsible for what he described as the “abhorrent ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Saturday.Pompeo’s statement came on the one year anniversary of the conflict in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state that drove more than 700,000 Rohingya from their homes into neighbouring Bangladesh.“A year ago, following deadly militant attacks, security forces responded by launching abhorrent ethnic cleansing of ethnic #Rohingya in Burma,” Pompeo said on Twitter, using an alternative name for Myanmar.“The US will continue to hold those responsible accountable. The military must respect human rights for #Burma’s democracy to succeed.”The military ruled Myanmar for nearly 50 years after seizing power in a 1962 coup and retains considerable powers under a 2008 constitution.Myanmar government spokesmen Zaw Htay was unavailable for comment on Sunday.The government, led by Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has denied refugees’ allegations of atrocities, saying security forces lawfully suppressed Muslim militants in Rakhine.Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh held demonstrations and prayers on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.Thousands of refugees marched prayed and chanted slogans in events across the sprawling camps in southern Bangladesh. Many wore black ribbons to commemorate what they said was the start of the “Rohingya genocide”.Across the border in Myanmar, the government said security patrols had been increased in the conflict area ahead of the anniversary for fear of further violence. Members of the mostly Buddhist Rakhine ethnic group and Hindus from Rakhine state said they would hold events to remember those killed by Rohingya militants in attacks that triggered the crisis.Earlier this month, the United States imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army units, accusing them of “ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims and widespread human rights abuses across the Southeast Asian nation.International pressure on Myanmar has been growing as UN-mandated investigators are set to publish a report on the crisis on Monday and the United Nations Security Council will hold a briefing on Myanmar on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgPeople gather in front of the destroyed vehicles that collided at Khochabari in Thakurgaon on 2 August. UNB File PhotoThe number of death in the head-on collision between two buses on Thakurgaon-Dhaka highway at Borokhochabari in Sadar upazila on Friday rose to 10, reports UNB.The deceased are identified as — Mustofa, 42, and Mansura Begum, 35, Mangoli Rani, 63, Jaba Rani, 35, Abdur Rahman, 40, Abdul Majid, 42, Saraswati Saha, 50, Khitis Barman, 40, Kamrunnesa, 32, and Anwara Begum, 48, from different upazilas.Another 27 people sustained injuries in the fatal road accident that took place around 8:00am as a bus of ‘Dipzol Paribahan’ from Dhaka collided with a ‘Nishat Enterprise’ bus coming from the opposite direction.Front part of a crumpled bus that collide with another bus in Khochabari, Thakurgaon on 2 August. UNB File PhotoIt left five people dead on the spot, said Ashiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.Twenty four of the injured were taken to Sadar Hospital where physicians declared two of them dead.Later, 10 of the injured were shifted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital while three injured died way to the hospital, the OC added.last_img read more