first_imgRecently the FD Early Intervention team was able to sit down with Carol M. Trivette, PhD., an associate professor at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.   In this short video she shares her thoughts on how early interventionists can best support military families facing deployment.Carol says, “Deployment can be a time of stress for families and when there is a child with a disability, it can be even more stressful. However you can reduce some of this stress by helping a parent identify successful strategies that were used in the past and new strategies the parent might want to try during the upcoming deployment. Taking the time to really listen to what a parent wants to share about previous deployment experiences including who helped, how daily routines and activities were accomplished as well as what challenges they encountered is an key first step in supporting families through this experience.”Carol M. Trivette, PhD earned her degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Child Development and Family Relations. She provided direct supports to children with disabilities and their families in home-base programs and in classrooms and was the director of an early intervention program. During most of her career, she has also been involved in applied research. Her research interests focus on identifying evidence-based practices for working with children and families in the areas of responsive parental interactions with their children with disabilities, children’s early language and literacy development, family-centered practices and family support, and the development of tools and scales to support the implementation of evidence-based practices with fidelity. She is currently an Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, where she works mainly with doctoral students focused on enhancing their research skills.This post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Amy Santos, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more


first_imgThe Odisha government is taking measures to face the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, which is likely to hit the State’s coast in the Puri district on Friday evening.Twelve senior officials were on Wednesday assigned for supervision of restoration works in the coastal districts of Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Cuttack. All concerned departments were also pressed into service to focus on saving lives and property in case of any eventuality. The State government’s Health Department has set up control rooms at all levels of administration.‘Foremost priority’“Evacuation and rescue of people likely to be affected to safe places, restoration of road communication immediately after cyclone, and proper distribution of relief materials with zero casualties are is the foremost priority of Odisha Police,” said State Director General of Police R. P. Sharma.Also Read As cyclone Fani approaches, RTGS warns against selfies near the sea  While the District Collectors were busy preparing the administration to evacuate people from villages close to the sea or villages alongside the rivers from Thursday, senior police officers have been sent to the coastal districts to coordinate with the district administration and other connected line agencies and field functionaries for rescue and relief operations.MCC suspendedThe office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Odisha has also taken several measures to ensure the safety of the electronic voting machines (EVM) in the constituencies along the coastal region of the State, where simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections were held recently. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has suspended the model code of conduct (MCC) from 11 coastal districts of the State to facilitate relief and rescue operations. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on Tuesday urged the ECI to lift the MCC for this.Also Read  Mr. Patnaik had also urged the ECI to postpone polling in the Patkura Assembly constituency under Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat. The ECI had earlier fixed May 19 as the date for the polling in Patkura. Polling in the constituency, which was scheduled to be held on April 29, was adjourned due to the death of Biju Janata Dal nominee Bed Prakash Agarwalla on April 20. The Commission had not passed any order in this regard till Wednesday afternoon.Cancellation, reschedulingAs many as 74 trains have been cancelled by the East Coast Railway between Bhadrak and Vizianagaram from Thursday in view of the cyclone. Examinations scheduled in all colleges under the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), scheduled to be held on May, 2, 3 and 4, have been rescheduled to May 25, 27 and 28 respectively.According to the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Cyclone Fani lies over west-central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal, about 680 km south-south-west of Puri on Wednesday. It is likely to have landfall in Puri district coast on Friday with a maximum sustained wind of speed 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.The districts of Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur may experience extremely heavy rainfall during the landfall. Cyclone Fani: INCOIS warns of damage along east coastlast_img read more


first_imgLATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kings, Texters triumph UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension The Azkals are looking to extend their unbeaten start to three matches in Group F, where the Top 2 teams will clinch berths to the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. But three starters from the win against Tajikistan will miss the clash against Yemen, including Javier Patino who is out due to a long term knee injury.Top defender Amani Aguinaldo is also sidelined by injury, while leftback Daisuke Sato is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the first two games of the qualifying round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOther players like Stephan Schrock and Jeffrey Christiaens announced their retirement from the national team the past week.Dooley has turned to United States-raised wingback Matas, who has played a key role in Meralco’s rise in the Philippines Football League. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE — Philippine Azkals vs Nepal in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netWith key players out due to injuries and suspension, Philippine Azkals coach Thomas Dooley is pinning his hopes on a slew of newcomers as well as returning veterans when they face Yemen in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying on Tuesday at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Dooley has called up Southeast Asian Games veterans Dylan De Bruycker and Josh Grommen to join the 23-man side which also includes other newcomers Tyler Matas of FC Meralco Manila and Harry Foll who plays club football for Hansa Rostock in Germany.ADVERTISEMENT After struggling with injuries last season, Austrian League veteran Stephan Palla is also set to return to the Azkals along with Simone Rota of Davao, who has recovered from a knee injury. MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more


first_imgLegendary all-rounder Ian Botham feels despite India being the world’s number one Test side, England would go on to win the ongoing series as they have more young and vibrant players in their ranks as compared to the visitors.”I think England will win this series because in my opinion they are already the best team in the world and this summer will simply confirm it. They are the coming force in world cricket and unlike India, who have a lot of players in their twilight years, this is a young, vibrant England with more power to add,” Botham wrote in his column for the ‘Mirror’.However, Botham admitted that no matter how much he wants England to win the Test series, he would like to watch some quality cricket by some of the biggest names in the world cricket, including Sachin Tendulkar.”This is the 2,000th Test match of all time. Statistics don’t thrill me — people and performances are what matter, so if Sachin gets to 100 hundreds at Lord’s I’ll be applauding him, not because of the numbers but because he is a great player, a great man and a great ambassador for the game,” said the former cricketer.”The thing I look forward to most when I turn up for commentary duty is an England win, but a close second comes high quality cricket from high quality players.”So I will walk through the gates at Lord’s knowing I’m guaranteed at least one of those things because Sachin’s name will be on the team sheet,” he added.advertisementRemembering the times he had played against the Indian batting legend, Botham wrote, “18 years after I quit professional cricket, Sachin is the only man left on the international circuit that I played against.”Tendulkar ct Stewart b Botham 35, and it was a beauty if I remember rightly, back in 1992 during the World Cup.”Stating that he has “nothing but admiration and respect for Sachin”, 55-year-old Englishman insisted, “If you’d have told me then that this little lad would still be playing in 2011, having just won the World Cup and be on the brink of reaching his 100th international hundred, I’d have said you were mad.”But then Sachin doesn’t deal in the ordinary. He has batted and batted his way into the record books and he has done it with the style and grace off the field under intense pressure that no-one could match — certainly not me.”Botham said there could be no better role model than Tendulkar for the budding cricketers.”He is an all-time great of the game, whose love and passion for cricket is unparalleled. If ever there was a role model to be had for a young cricketer, then Sachin is it.””This guy is a phenomenon and if I were the England team I wouldn’t feel any better about the fact that his highest score at this ground is 37. If anything, that would make me feel worse. He will be totally focused on getting to his 100th hundred, and there is no place in the world that he would rather reach the landmark than Lord’s,” Botham said.”It would be a dream, a fairytale for him if he were to make it there. The only problem for England is that he has a habit of having them come true, and when Sachin is on song there is very little you can do,” he added.Botham, however, hoped that English bowlers could succeed in stopping the legendary batsman from reaching the much-awaited milestone.”As much of a fan as I am of his, I do think our bowlers can succeed in checking his progress,” he said, adding that James Anderson and Chris Tremlett are expected to do their best.”James Anderson and Chris Tremlett are forming the most potent opening attack in the game to rival Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.”Behind them is the best spinner in the world in Graeme Swann and alongside him should be the ever improving and impressive Tim Bresnan,” said Botham.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool, Arsenal must deal with Raiola to land AC Milan target Malenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League clubs will have to deal with Mino Raiola if they’re to bring PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen back to England.Liverpool and former club Arsenal are keen, along with AC Milan.Raiola is said to already have contacted AC Milan, which has fierce competition for Malen.Milan has already informed Raiola they’re interested in the 20-year-old attacker. PSV is said to be asking €30m, but the Italian club believes this is on the high side. It is said that 45 clubs have asked PSV to keep them informed of developments regarding Malen. In addition to AC Milan, Liverpool and his old club Arsenal are also keen on the attacker. last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta University (CU) has started work to renovate all the buildings on its main campus at College Street in a bid to ensure proper conservation of all these buildings as per its heritage value. The state Public Works Department which is executing the work has consulted the West Bengal Heritage Commission (WBHC) and the entire process of renovation is being supervised by Partha Ranjan Das, heritage conservation architect of WBHC. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The main purpose of preservation of heritage is to renovate the buildings in a way so that they maintain the look it had during its inception. Temporary constructions have come up inside the buildings here and there from time to time which does not go with the heritage. We are removing all encroachments that are deterrent to the heritage,” said Sonali Chakravarti Bannerjee, vice chancellor of Calcutta University. The verandahs of the buildings had turned into an eyesore with rooms for officers, attached toilets and similar constructions blocking the actual look of the balconies of heritage building. The four buildings that are being given a facelift are Asutosh Building, Darbhanga Building, Centenary Building and the Hardinge Building. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Darbhanga Building erected in 1912 houses university offices, including the chambers of the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Registrar and the Controller of Examinations. The Asutosh Building unveiled in 1926 accommodates the postgraduate language and literature departments and the department of commerce. The Senate House that was erected in 1872 and was the first habitation of the varsity was demolished in 1960. It used to provide the venue for Senate meetings, the chamber of the Vice-Chancellor, offices of the Registrar and also examination and lecture halls. Elaborating on the renovation work, Kanakendu Sinha, superintending engineer (Presidency Circle) of the state PWD, said the work begun with through examination of the strength of the buildings. The Darbhanga Building was found to be in a weak condition with many old furniture, papers being dumped at the top floor of the building. “Most of these things being very old hardly had any value and were highly risky in terms of fire vulnerability too. All these things were brought down to reduce the load at the top before taking up the work. The university authorities had provided us with maps, drawings and similar material of the inception days which have helped us immensely in execution of the work,” Sinha said. The syndicate hall of the university has already seen a major facelift with air conditioning and video conference facilities. The photographs of 51 chancellors of the varsity till date has also been restored and put up on the wall of the syndicate room. The work that had started in the middle of 2018 is expected to be completed in the next four to five months. “After the completion of the work on this campus we will undertake work to renovate our Rajabazar Science Campus which is also another heritage building,” the Vice-Chancellor said.last_img read more


first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#HerMajesty’sPrison, magneticmedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 18, 2017 – Grand Turk – Allegations of excessive force, cold and unnecessary orders and undue punishment for the innocent are among the shocking charges against officials responsible for law, order and living at the Grand Turk prison in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.   The category five hurricane was extremely hard on Grand Turk, the capital of the country and reports to #MagneticMedia from relatives of inmates are that Irma ripped the roof off the maximum security block at the prison and that two convicted murderers managed to escape, living as fugitives for hours before being caught.Clifford Gibson Jr convicted of murdering a 16 year old boy in 2008 and Tyrone Williams, convicted of killing Jason Smith in Grand Turk a few years ago hopped over the fence, which Irma’s winds tore down and were recaptured a few hours later.   We are also told that fire was set, rebellion broke out and the Police Swat team was sent in, in an effort to restore some semblance of calm to #HerMajesty’sPrison when over a dozen maximum security inmates, the most serious of offenders, got into the general population and were said to have been running around the prison yard at nights.The anarchy forced more stringent measures and it is said that with orders from the Governor, Police were dispatched but according to some, those members of the Force went way too far against those who were not responsible for the outbreak of disorder.   One relative said she was told that the command was ‘shoot to kill’.A mother of an inmate explained that she was denied entry and the ability to see her son at the prison, supplies brought from Provo were unable to be shared with him and from another family, allegations that mace was sprayed on their son and others who had nothing to do with the revolt.    Lock down was enforced, drinking water limited, the prison is dark and dank say those speaking to Magnetic Media.Another family shared that they were told about 20 to 30 trips made by the fire department to the prison to put out the fire set there, how the water left behind went un-cleaned for three days.    The families say their children are being treated inhumanely and they are calling on officials, including the Human Rights Association, to do something about the conditions at HMP.Government, during a debrief to media hinted at problems at HMP when it was said that the TCI would not be in the same state as other regional countries where convicts escaped and were on the loose after hurricane Irma destroyed their prisons.    Another indication of challenges came in the Premier’s Monday (Sept 11) report that some prisoners would be transferred to St Lucia, however the gravity of the problems were not expressed and despite questions, who will be transferred and for how long and now new inquiries by us about the charges that conditions are inhumane at the Grand Turk prison, there remains no comment up to news production time.Our news organization is told that while all inmates are accounted for at HMP, conditions are deplorable. T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more


first_imgNetflix will take us back to the world of The Dark Crystal. Netflix I’m freaking out here, people. The 1982 Jim Henson and Frank Oz muppet fantasy epic The Dark Crystal was a tattoo on my childhood. Netflix just released a lengthy teaser trailer for its prequel series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and it has pushed all my Dark Crystal buttons. Read Google Home Hub review 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. 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 It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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. Apple iPhone XS Now playing: Watch this: Angela Lang/CNET See It TV and Movies Netflix,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. Turo 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. The Cheapskate $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 7 Boost Mobile 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. Comment $60 at Best Buy $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. $6 at Tidal Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read DJI Osmo Action preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $299 at Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice 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. 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. 1 $59 at eBay 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET 50 Photos See at Turo Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img See It 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. Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags Comments $999 Dark Crystal prequel gets a trailer $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. $210 at Best Buy The show’s official logline clues us into the action: “When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.”tdcaor-vertical-teaser-rgb-pre-usEnlarge ImageThe Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance has an official poster. Netflix The teaser unloads a wealth of touchstones, including the Dark Crystal itself, a Landstrider, the wise and crotchety Aughra and a fluff-ball Fizzgig. The footage centers on the effects of a mysterious creeping horror called The Darkening. “I see many endings lay before us, some good, most bad,” we hear Aughra say. Netflix also released a poster showing our Gelfling heroes looking out across the land of Thra. The star-packed voice cast includes Mark Hamill, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helena Bonham Carter, Mark Strong, Simon Pegg and Andy Samberg. What I’ve learned from this trailer is the Skeksis still have the power to turn my blood cold. I’m not too wrapped up in the possible plot lines, I just want so desperately to be back in that world of glowing landscapes, magical flowers and dangerous journeys.  I left Netflix a long time ago, but now I’m seriously looking at resubscribing (or crashing my mother’s living room) just for Age of Resistance. It arrives on the streaming platform on Aug. 30. $155 at Google Express See it 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET 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). Sprint Read the AirPods review $520 at HP Read the Rylo camera preview Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 $999 Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Rylo Tags Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Amazon Share your voice Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Chris Monroe/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See at Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 1:58last_img read more


first_imghttps://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/719068/mumbai-rains-8-injured-cars-collide-andheri-road-rail-traffic-hit.jpgMumbai rains: 8 injured as cars collide in Andheri; road, rail traffic hitIBTimes IN Mumbai rains: 8 injured as cars collide in Andheri; road, rail traffic hit IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:50Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:49?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The Western Naval Command is keeping a close watch on the situation.As Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express with 2000 passengers on board continues to remain stranded, eight flood rescue teams from the Indian Navy including three diving teams have been mobilised with rescue material, inflatable boats and life jackets. A helicopter has also been sent with divers equipped with auto inflatable craft for deployment in the area as advance assessment party. Western Naval Command is keeping a close watch on the situation and is in constant touch with the state administration to respond as required and provide necessary assistance in all flood-affected areas.Taking to Twitter, the Spokesperson of the Indian Navy tweeted, “Following the incessant rains over the last 24 hours in Mumbai & adjoining areas, Eight Flood rescue teams from #IndianNavy incl three Diving teams have been mobilised with rescue material, Inflatable boats and life jackets.””A Seaking Helicopter has also been launched with Divers equipped with Auto inflatable craft for deployment in the area as advance assessment party. HQWNC is keeping a close watch on the situation & is in constant touch with State Admin to respond & provide assistance as reqd,” tweeted the Navy.Following the incessant rains over the last 24 hours in Mumbai & adjoining areas, Eight Flood rescue teams from #IndianNavy incl three Diving teams have been mobilised with rescue material, Inflatable boats and life jackets 1/2 @CMOMaharashtra @Dev_Fadnavis @NDRFHQ @ndmaindia pic.twitter.com/PFpVnmTMnl— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) July 27, 2019 The incessant rainfall in Mumbai has brought life to a standstill in the city and its suburbs. There was massive waterlogging and traffic snarls in several parts of the city. The heavy downpour has also delayed flight operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that isolated areas in Maharashtra are likely to witness more heavy downpour in the coming days. “Heavy to very heavy rainfall likely to occur at a few places in the districts of Raigad. Heavy rainfall likely to occur at isolated places in districts of Thane, Palghar and Mumbai in the next three days,” the IMD said.center_img https://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/719068/mumbai-rains-8-injured-cars-collide-andheri-road-rail-traffic-hit.jpgMumbai rains: 8 injured as cars collide in Andheri; road, rail traffic hitIBTimes IN Closelast_img read more


first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump said Monday that a bomb attack by a 27-year-old from Bangladesh on New York’s subway system underscored the “urgent need” for Congress to enact immigration reform.Three people were slightly injured after the attacker’s pipe bomb exploded only partially, while the suspect was sent to a hospital with apparently severe burns and wounds on his torso and hands.“First and foremost, as I have been saying since I first announced my candidacy for president, America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country,” Trump said in a statement.He added that the suspect, identified as Akayed Ullah, had entered the country through “extended-family chain migration,” a system the president is seeking to end that allows families to sponsor relatives to come to the United States.He also cited his controversial travel ban on the entry of nationals from eight countries-six of which have Muslim majorities-as “one step forward in securing our immigration system.”Other measures Trump said he hoped Congress would pass included “increasing the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, enhancing the arrest and detention authorities for immigration officers, and ending fraud and abuse in our immigration system.”Trump also reiterated his call for terror convicts to receive “the strongest penalty allowed by law, including the death penalty.”He had previously called for the death penalty for Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan who killed eight people and injured 12 in an 31 October truck attack in New York.last_img read more


first_imgPriyadarshini Sen Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Priyadarshini Sen News Priyadarshini Sen,Load Comments,VA’s revised policies on symbols, displays aim to protect ‘religious liberty� … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,SRINAGAR, India (RNS) — In his starched kameez pajama and a blue turban —vestments of distinction in this northernmost part of India — Sartaj Sofi holds the gaze of over 500 devotees during Friday prayers.“We need to follow the teachings of Islam to practice sound ecology in our valley,” says the 30-year-old religious preacher, his voice rippling through the large prayer hall.Sofi’s sermons, though impeccably religious, vary from tradition in one surprising detail. For three years, Sofi has been one of a growing number of preachers in the Kashmir Valley to sensitize the local Muslims to eco-consciousness through an appeal to their faith.“Years of violence and state surveillance have depleted our natural resources, along with climate change,” said Sofi. “Ordinary people are now turning to religion,” he said.There are more than 7,500 mosques and seminaries in the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley, of which more than 6,000 are of the Hanafi Sunni order. Another approximately 200 are shrines of the mystical Sufi sect of Islam.Since 1947, the majority-Muslim region of Kashmir has been caught between India and Pakistan, which emerged as two sovereign states after the wrenching end of colonial rule by Britain. The nuclear-armed neighbors have fought two wars here, which both claim in full but control in part.Religious preacher Sartaj Sofi. RNS photo by Priyadarshini SenAfter years of conflict that has harmed the valley’s natural beauty, the locals here have more faith in religious preachers like Sofi to protect their heritage than they do the government, explained Farooq Ahmed, an imam from Srinagar.“Civilians are distrustful of government programs since they haven’t stopped activities such as deforestation, soil erosion and extinction of biodiversity in Kashmir,” said Ahmed.In particular, locals blame government apathy and corruption for the state of Dal Lake, an urban waterway once hailed as a jewel in the crown of Kashmir, that is now a weed-clogged swamp.Illegal encroachments and sewage disposal in the lake have imperiled the livelihoods of the owners of shikaras, colorful wooden houseboats that lodge tourists, as well as the vegetable sellers who make their living along the lakeshore.Ghulam Rasool Dar, a boatman who has spent more than 70 years around Dal Lake, says the absence of a proper anti-pollution program is due to the unstable political situation in Kashmir.Moreover, in the last two decades or so, security forces have allegedly cleared vast tracts of forestland to prevent militants from taking cover in the forests.One result of the deforestation in recent years has been the unprecedented floods that have killed more than 300 people in 2014, as hundreds of villages, bridges and roads were washed away.The Centre for Science and Environment, a research and advocacy group in Delhi, attributed the floods to “unplanned urbanization, encroachments, climate change and a lack of preparedness.”Shaheena Parveen, a government municipal committee president in Bijbehara, a town outside Srinagar, defended the local government’s efforts to reverse the effects of the conflict. “The government is working tirelessly to boost Kashmir’s economy, tourism and environment. Years of conflict have derailed the state.”Since 2015, the government has dispatched mobile vans in neighborhoods around Srinagar to spread eco-consciousness; shiny billboards and hoardings with verses from the Quran are more commonly seen in villages and towns; and street theater has gained popularity.But imams in the Bijbehara town said people’s crisis of faith has increased since the 2014 floods, and they continually blame the government for never rising above conflict.“People are therefore inclined to disengage with government programs since they are hollow promises. They are looking to faith leaders for solutions,” said imam Farooq Ahmed.“The floods were the flashpoint,” says Pir Masood-ul-Haq, an administrator at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, widely considered the holiest Muslim shrine in Kashmir. “The calamity spurred us to sensitize people at shrines and mosques about conserving our environment.”Masood-ul-Haq has taken to teaching the nearly 50,000 devotees who congregate at the white marble shrine each Friday how a strict ascetic discipline can restore Kashmir’s natural diversity. He makes his case by citing Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Wali, a 14th-century Kashmiri Sufi saint who founded the Rishi movement, promoting harmony with nature in ways that seem to anticipate contemporary responses to climate change.Muslim devotees at the Aishmuqam Shrine, near Anantnag District of Kashmir Valley, India, where a sermon on environmental conservation was held on June 21, 2019. RNS photo by Priyadarshini SenThe Rishis would plant fruit-bearing trees wherever they went and espoused non-violence, based on their view that religion should primarily focus on man’s treatment of his fellow beings.Their eco-consciousness, Masood-ul-Haq said, “comes not from focusing on the afterlife as religious leaders have done, but by cultivating a strong spiritual tradition in this life like the Rishi order.”Inspired by the Rishi’s ethic, Kashmiri religious leaders are mobilizing action to prevent use of plastics, fossil fuels and pesticides.Besides the appeal to ancient philosophies, the imams’ environmental push is relying as well on the urgency felt by young Kashmiris. “There’s a spurt in religiosity among the youth who see mosques and shrines as platforms to reach a wider audience at the grassroots level,” said Fayaz Ahmed Rather, an administrator for the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Waqf Board, a local religious charitable endowment.“Mosques have been used for socio-political ends in our conflict-ridden society,” said Asif Hussain Wani, a student at an industrial training institute near Srinagar. “But now, we see them as powerful vehicles to spread environmental consciousness.”It is no coincidence that Sufis are leading voices in the green movement here. Fayaz Rather, who also preaches at a mosque in Aishmuqam that is dedicated to a key Rishi figure, believes that the ecological crisis arises from a modern faith in science over a characteristic Sufi asceticism.In the days when “people relied on mythologies and ancient texts over scientific knowledge,” said Rather, care for the environment was a given.That sometimes abstruse connection between faith and the planet, however, has recently trickled down to NGOs and academics, who have begun collaborating with religious leaders.Since last year, the Community of Education, Research and Development, an NGO in Kashmir’s Anantnag district, has convinced more than 20 imams to start the conversation on “environmental spirituality” in cities, towns and villages.“Many anthropogenic activities and policy paralysis have destroyed Kashmir. We want to regain our paradise,” said Aabid Hussain Mir, the organization’s president.Azra Nahid Kamili, a professor of environmental science at the University of Kashmir, says scientists are also working closely with religion scholars and preachers.In 2017, the Central University of Kashmir organized an international conference on conservation of the environment and the role of religion, where theologians and religious leaders were invited from the United States, Bosnia and India.Amid all the emphasis on religion, Sartaj Sofi says that environmental consciousness is a matter primarily of the welfare of Kashmiri society.“It’s important to remember what Sufi saint Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Wali had said in the 14th century. Our food will last as long as forests last.” Share This! By: Priyadarshini Sen AP-NORC Poll: Americans rarely seek guidance from clergy Share This! Catholicism As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Tagsenvironmentalism faith and environment homepage featured India Kashmir,You may also like By: Priyadarshini Sen Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more


first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneFormer state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis speaks to Planned Parenthood supporters at the Capitol in Austin on April 5, 2017.Almost four years after Democrat Wendy Davis’ failed bid for governor, the Texas Ethics Commission has fined her campaign and Battleground Texas for delayed reporting of $3.4 million in political contributions.Neither the campaign nor the political organization admitted doing anything wrong, and the commission conceded the situation “is not explicitly addressed by Texas law.” Nevertheless, the Davis campaign and Battleground Texas each agreed to pay a $3,000 fine.In separate orders from the commission posted Tuesday (here and here), both Davis, on behalf of her gubernatorial campaign, and Battleground Texas, a group that launched in 2013 to help elect Democrats, said they had not “violated any provision of the Election Code and at all times properly reported all of its activities in a manner that is transparent and open to the public. However, for the sake of resolving this matter, without further proceedings, the respondent accepts the Commission’s proposal of resolution without any admission of wrongdoing of any kind.”Working together in the 2014 campaign, the groups employed an unusual fundraising arrangement, collecting political contributions through the “Texas Victory Committee — a Joint Project of Wendy Davis for Governor Inc and Battle Ground Texas.” That outfit — TVC — split its spending and its proceeds evenly between Davis and Battleground.During the second half of 2013, Davis and Battleground hosted “at least eight joint fundraisers,” the commission said in its orders. TVC reported those contributions and the fundraising costs in its January 2014 report. But it didn’t transfer those contributions to Davis and Battleground until March of that year.Both reported the transfers in their July 2014 reports.The commission said the contributions should have been reported six months earlier, when the donors’ checks were cashed. “The effective control over TVC and the donor’s intent support the finding that Battleground and Davis PAC constructively accepted the funds when received by TVC,” the commission said in its orders. As a result, it said, each got “about $1.7 million” that should have been reported in January and wasn’t reported for six more months.It caused a fair amount of confusion during the campaign, creating the impression for some that donors had given twice as much as they had since their contributions showed up under their names in the TVC report in January 2014 and then again in the Battleground and Davis reports in July 2014.That said, the commission said the reports filed by the two “evinced a good-faith attempt by the respondent to comply with Texas disclosure laws for a somewhat complicated and novel fundraising operation not explicitly contemplated by Texas law.” It was clear, TEC wrote, that money given to TVC was bound for Davis and Battleground, that TVC reported its contributions and expenditures, and that the other two eventually reported what they received.Neither Davis nor Battleground “admits or denies” those facts and conclusions, the commission wrote, but they agreed to pay a $3,000 “sanction necessary to deter future violations” and to let the TEC post the orders. Sharelast_img read more


first_imgIllustration by Todd WisemanAfter seven long years of litigation, opponents of Texas’ voter ID law say the case is over.In a court filing on Wednesday, opponents of the law requiring Texas voters to present photo identification to vote told a federal district judge that the case was settled and that they would not pursue any other remedies or changes to the law they first challenged in 2011 as discriminatory against voters of color.Because neither party in the case asked for rehearing or attempted to kick it up to U.S. Supreme Court, “the substantive merits and remedy phases of this long-standing case are over,” they wrote.The filing follows the state’s June request to U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi to reconsider previous findings that the state’s voter ID law was enacted to purposefully discriminate against Hispanic and black voters. That request came two days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Texas lawmakers did not intentionally discriminate when they signed off on congressional and state House maps in 2013 — a decision that Texas argued “cast irremovable doubt” on previous decisions against the voter ID law.The state contended that, like in the redistricting case, lawmakers should be extended the “presumption of legislative good faith” for working to replace a law that Ramos ruled disproportionately — and intentionally — burdened voters of color who are less likely to have one of the seven forms of identification that the state required them to show at the polls.Lawmakers revised the voter ID law last year by passing Senate Bill 5, which mostly followed the lead of temporary voter ID rules Ramos put in place for the 2016 elections in an effort to ease the state’s requirements by allowing voters without permissible IDs to vote after signing an affidavit. Last August, Ramos tossed the state’s revised voter ID law, saying it didn’t do enough to ameliorate the “discriminatory features” of the old law. But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the revised law in April.In Wednesday’s filing, opponents of the law asked the court to dismiss the state’s request because there was nothing left to pursue in the case given the 5th Circuit’s ruling that the changes made to law in SB 5 were “an effective remedy” to the original 2011 law that was deemed legally defective.They also described Texas’s arguments that “new Supreme Court precedent has somehow changed the standard for discriminatory intent that this Court applied in prior holdings” as “frivolous.” The only remaining issues in the case are fees and costs related to the litigation, according to the plaintiffs. Sharelast_img read more


first_imgThe Reston Chapter of The Links is scheduled to hold a High eSTEAM Day at the Brother’s Fun Camp (July 25-Aug. 5) at the Heritage Fellowship Church, 2501 Fox Mill Road.  Gen. Kip Ward and the Mighty Military Men are scheduled to speak at the High eSTEAM event July 27.  The events programs will include sessions on excellence in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and focus on high self esteem, personal growth and development and mentoring young men.  The camp was designed to design and enhance Black boys academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually for the new school year. For more information, email Olivia Toatley at aec@heritagefellowshipchurch.org.last_img read more


first_imgIn a suspected inter-caste violence case in which two Dalit kids were burnt alive, the state administration arrested four accused out of 11 and suspended four police officials who were in charge of the situation in the Sunped village of Faridabad district.On Tuesday morning a few people of one community allegedly set fire to the home of a Dalit family killing Vaibhav (2) and Divya (nine-months-old) and causing serious burn injuries to their mother Rekha.According to the information received from a state government spokesperson — Balwant, Dharam Singh, Kartar and Guddu have been detained out of the 11 accused. All these four detained accused belong to the influential Balu Rajput camp in Sunped village in Faridabad district. The police also suspended four policemen who were amongst the seven police personnel who were deployed with the victims’ family for security. The four policemen included police officers of different ranks. Inspector Anil Kumar, OC of  Sadar Ballagbarh police station was suspended for dereliction of duties. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportConstables Bali Mohammed, Vikas and Sandeep have been placed under suspension for showing laxity as they failed to protect the victims as they were deployed for the security of the victims’ family. Till now, nineteen persons have been booked for the triple murder in 2014 of the three members of Jitender’s family. Sources also reveal that Balwant’s relatives could be the other accused responsible for the incident as Jitender (father of the two kids) and Balwant have been having clashes between them since October 2014. It also came to light that this bitter rivalry between the Rajput Balu family and the Dalit Lajli camp have been on since three decades.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The body of a 14-year-old school student was found from a mustard field at Purbasthali in East Burdwan.The deceased identified as Arshad Shaikh was missing since Monday. On Tuesday, locals saw his body and reported the matter to the police. According to them, Arshad’s father stays outside state due to his profession. As his mother died when he was an infant, Arshad used to stay with his maternal uncle and relatives at Babuidanga, Pachimpara in Purbasthali. He was a student of class VIII in a local school. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeArshad’s family members said on Monday after returning from school, he went to watch a religious programme in the village. As he did not return within the usual time, the family members started searching for him. Despite searching throughout the night, Arshad could not be located. On Tuesday morning, a search for Arshad was again initiated but no one could trace him. In the evening, some villagers located Arshad’s body on the bank of a canal beside a mustard field not far from his home. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHis family members and police were informed accordingly. Cops reached the spot and faced agitation by the villagers. Later, senior police officials went there and assured villagers that steps would be taken accordingly. Sources informed that several injury marks could be seen on Arshad’s body. His face was partly smashed. Police have started a murder case against unknown person/s on the basis of a specific complaint lodged by Arshad’s uncle Raju Shaikh. The sleuths are suspecting that Arshad may been murdered over some family enmity. To find out the possible motive, cops are questioning Arshad’s family members and people, who are close to Arshad and his family. “Probe is on. All possible aspects will be looked into,” said a senior police officials.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Two renowned confectioneries in Kolkata have been asked to maintain hygiene during their cake mixing process.On Tuesday, Deputy Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) visited the two confectioneries and found their factories and shops to be unhygienic. The process of serving food is also not safe. According to Ghosh, KMC inspected several bakeries and confectioneries as Christmas and New Year are knocking on the door. Citizens usually buy cakes from these renowned confectioneries to celebrate the festive season. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe also informed that a total 23 bakeries and confectioneries has been marked for having an unhygienic environment. They will served improvement notice on Wednesday. If they do not comply as per the notice and follow the rules mentioned in the Food Safety and Standards Act properly, steps would be taken. “We found two renowned confectioneries where workers work with bare hands. We told them to use gloves. But one of the owners said it is not possible to properly mix cake using gloves. If gloves cannot be used then they should sanitise there workers in a proper way,” said Ghosh. Deputy Mayor instructed the bakeries and confectioneries to use gloves while serving as well. The utensils for keeping food should be sanitised accordingly.last_img read more


first_img 5 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free October 2, 2015 As nectar was to the Greek gods, patents are to the tech industry.It’s not atypical for big players – your Googles, Apples, Microsofts – to add thousands of them to their portfolios every year. While many are granted only to remain unused, the most interesting ones offer sneak peaks at possible future products.Apple may not lead the tech pack in terms of quantity, but many of its patents have a distinctive ‘it’ factor. For example, take Apple’s patent for earbuds that – get this – actually stay in your ears! (Apple seems to have followed through on this one.)If we had our way, the company would consider doing the same on all seven patents listed below.1. A smart ringWe finally have an Apple Watch – are other accessories far behind? Perhaps not, judging from an Apple patent filed last April and published yesterday.The patent outlines plans to develop a smart, interactive ring that syncs with other Apple devices such as the iPhone or iPad, and can alert the wearer when a text, tweet or status update is received. In the place of a traditional jewel or stone, there is a touchpad touchscreen and the ring could also include a microphone for picking up voice commands.Why a ring when consumers can already purchase an Apple smartwatch and a smartphone? “The light emitted by a touchscreen may be inappropriate in certain social environments or even dangerous if it gives away the position of a threatened user,” the application reads.More practically, a smart ring would eliminate the need for constant phone checking. While some may argue this would bind us even more tightly to technology, it could also be liberating.   2. A battery that lasts days (or even weeks)Filed in March and already approved, this patent for a “portable and cost-effective fuel cell system for a portable computing device” suggests the tech giant is exploring ways to increase battery life for its array of devices.The referenced fuel cells, which most often combine hydrogen with oxygen to create electrical energy, can be far more efficient than other battery types, potentially enabling “continued operation of portable electronic devices for days or even weeks without refueling,” Apple notes in the patent.Even if Apple does pursue this patent, it’ll likely be awhile until it’s incorporated into consumer products. But that doesn’t mean that a day-long – nay, week-long – battery life is an impossibility — just that it hasn’t happened yet. 3. Biometric-tracking headphonesApproved last winter but originally filed back in 2008, this patent refers to a headphone system with built in sensors that can detect a wearer’s heart rate, temperature and perspiration to track his or her movements and activity level.This sounds pretty cool — but also kind of creepy, especially when you pair it with another one of Apple’s patent applications, which lays out plans to serve consumers targeted ads based on their biometric data.Read More: Apple’s Latest Patent Tracks Temperature, Perspiration and Heart Rate — in Your Headphones4. Waterproof electronicsIn March, Apple applied for a patent that details plans to protect “water sensitive” electronics parts by coating them with a hydrophobic coating. Water-resistant iGadgets? Yes, please.Read More: A Way to Waterproof Your iPhone? Apple Is Looking Into It.5. A ‘walk-and-text’ featureBack in 2012, Apple filed a patent for a “transparent based” texting system that would, presumably, streamline the difficult process of texting while walking. The idea is fairly simple: when an iPhone user texts, the device will display video images of what’s directly in front him or her (captured by its rear-facing camera), with semi-transparent text bubbles replacing the typical opaque texting backdrop.It’s a silly one, yes, but we’d still want to see it in action.Read More: Want to Text and Walk and Still See Where You’re Going? Apple Has a Patent for That.6. Voicemail screenerOriginally filed all the way back in 2003, last year Apple was finally granted a patent that would enable iPhone users to listen to voicemails as they’re being left, with the option to pick up mid-message. Almost takes you back to the landline era.Read More: Apple’s Latest Patent Will Let You Pick Up During a Voicemail7. Car-finderLosing your car in a crowded parking lot is a uniquely hellish experience. It’s frustrating, but it also makes you feel kinda dumb.As with the other listed items, a pair of patents filed in 2013 suggests Apple may be working to solve an all-too-common problem. The patents detail how an iPhone could establish a Bluetooth connection with a car and, using triggers such as open doors or shuttered ignitions, determine where it is parked and guide its owner to the location via digital breadcrumbs.Read More: Pair of Apple Patents Aims to Answer: ‘Where’d I Park My Car?’ Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more


first_img 5 min read October 4, 2018 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free When M.G. Siegler started using Gmail’s task feature to convert his emails into a to-do list, he made a shocking discovery.As many as 50 to 75 percent of the emails he received were actually to-dos from other people.Related: Get it Done: 35 Habits of the Most Productive People (Infographic)Taken individually, each request was reasonable. But, in aggregate, “this is a nightmare,” wrote the general partner at GV, formerly known as Google Ventures. “There’s no way anyone could manage such a system without spending the vast majority of their day doing email.”This, in a nutshell, captures the essence of the email crisis that’s eroding the productivity of companies across the globe. Email has become so entrenched in our business processes that many workers resort to using their inbox as a daily to-do list — a tendency so common that email providers like Google and Microsoft have taken notice, adding task management features to help make it easier. But, treating email as a task manager only encourages employees to spend more time using an inefficient tool that already consumes (and wastes) a disproportionate number of company hours. Consider:Employees spend up to 40 percent of their time reading internal emails.One in five knowledge workers cite email as their biggest time sink.As much as 80 percent of email traffic is “waste.”Unnecessary emails cost businesses an estimated $650 billion a year in productivity.As research increasingly demonstrates how email overload takes too much energy, erodes concentration and elevates stress levels at work, the writing on the wall is clear: companies that want to reclaim lost productivity need to reduce the email load, stat. That means removing everything from the inbox that doesn’t need to be there — starting with the to-do list.Related: How to Manage Time With 10 Tips That WorkWhy email makes a terrible task managerUsing email as a task manager is like using a screwdriver to pound a nail. It can work, sort of, but it’s the wrong tool for the job.Although inextricably linked, communication and task management are two separate things, argues researcher and author Alexandra Samuel. Mashing them together only makes both more cumbersome.”If you’re conflating email and task management, then the job of communicating — reading and replying to your messages — gets bogged down by all the emails you leave sitting in your inbox simply so you won’t forget to address them,” she wrote in Harvard Business Review. “This approach also makes managing your to-do-list problematic: When you need to quickly identify the right task to take on next, nothing slows you down like diving into your inbox to scroll through old messages.”Tracking tasks through email also requires you to keep your email program running all day, opening the door for distractions. Employees already check their email as often as 36 times an hour. After each interruption, it takes an average of 23 minutes to get back to their original task. All of this back-and-forth switching ultimately hampers productivity by up to 40 percent.”Emails, after all, are disruptive,” says New York magazine writer Jennifer Senior. “It takes startup energy to read them; it takes energy to reorient and reboot once we’re returned to the task we’ve left. Over the course of a week, the price can be measured in hours.”Related: 4 Reliable Signs Someone Is About to Waste Your TimeA better way to do to-do listsSeparating email from task management can materially affect staff performance. While email overload depletes the energy of employees, actually completing tasks energizes them — case in point, we all know those people who actually add things to a to-do list just to be able to cross them off! Getting things done makes people happier and more engaged at work, and employees perform better when they’re able to focus on the work they believe matters most.An effective task management tool works in concert with communication tools like email and messengers to help employees waste less time answering emails and spend more time doing meaningful work. And the next generation of productivity tools will need to go a step further — they’ll need to enable employees to manage all of their daily tasks in a single place without having to toggle between email and other tools. In addition, these tools will need to allow workers to complete tasks wherever they are working — on any device, company intranet or messenger. This not only provides them with a simple work experience, but also gives them the freedom to shut out email distractions whenever they need to plow through their to-do list.Effective task management is all about efficiency. Given email’s burgeoning reputation as a massive time sink, it’s obvious that this burdensome communication tool isn’t the best solution. Taking to-do lists out of email and putting them where employees are working on a task helps minimize distractions, reduce the amount of time employees spend in their inboxes, and ultimately, improve productivity.last_img read more