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Restrictions on movement of people in Kashmir Valley eased

first_imgRestrictions on the movement of people in the Kashmir Valley were eased on Saturday, with landline services restored in some areas of the city, even as stringent security arrangements continued to be in place, officials said.The restrictions were eased on Saturday morning to facilitate the movement of government employees towards their offices, they said.The officials said the security forces continued to remain deployed, while barricades remained on the roads, but people were allowed to move after checking their credentials.There was increase in movement of private vehicles in the civil lines area and other district headquarters of the Valley, the officials said, adding that some inter-district cabs were also seen plying in Dalgate area of the summer capital.Some shops in the civil lines areas of the city opened on Saturday morning, the officials said. However, most of the business establishments, including fuel stations, remained shut.Landline services restored in valleyLandline services were restored in some areas like Raj Bagh and Jawahar Nagar, but remained suspended in most parts, including the commercial hub of Lal Chowk, Press Enclave and other areas around it, they said.  The services in 17 exchanges of the Kashmir Valley were restored on Saturday, officials said.Seventeen out of a little over 100 telephone exchanges were made operational. These exchanges are mainly in Civil Lines area, Cantonment area, airport of Srinagar district.The landline services have been restored in Budgam, Sonamarg and Manigam areas of central Kashmir. In north Kashmir, the services have been restored in Gurez, Tangmarg, Uri Keran Karnah and Tangdhar areas.In south Kashmir, the landline services have been made operational in Qazigund and Pahalgam areas.Telephone line services, including mobile phones and landlines, were suspended in the early hours of August 5 when the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.2G mobile internet services restored in parts of JammuLow-speed (2G) mobile internet services have been restored in five districts of Jammu region after remaining suspended for a fortnight, officials said on Saturday.The 2G mobile internet services have been restored in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi districts around midnight following an order by Inspector General of Police, Jammu zone, they said.The officials said the high-speed (3G and 4G) mobile internet services will be restored after a fresh assessment of the situation.However, the services continued to remain suspended in Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts, the officials said.last_img read more

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ESPN College Gameday Crew Makes Oklahoma State-Baylor Picks

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The ESPN gameday crew makes their picks each week on marquee games of the week, and the OSU vs. Baylor matchup was one of the hot games to pick this week. The crew was mixed on who they’re going with in Waco on Saturday evening, but Baylor eeked out the edge with three of the five crew members picking Baylor.Desmond Howard, Steve Spurrier and Lee Corso all picked Baylor to win at home.Former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer picked OSU, adding that they’re back on track after an emotional win over Pitt and have moved past what he called the CMU game as a “debacle.”And Kirk Herbstreit also went with the Pokes: “I think OSU can ride Mason Rudolph and the deep ball,” adding that he likes the Cowboys in an upset in Waco.The two teams are set to meet on Saturday night at 6:30 on Fox at McClane Stadium in Waco, Texas.last_img read more

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Rushing Defense Anchoring an Otherwise Below Average Oklahoma State Defense

first_imgFour games into the season, the narrative of this Oklahoma State football team on defense is that A.) The pass defense is suspect and B.) The rush defense is incredible because of the depth at defensive tackle.And through those four games, that’s been proven to be true from a statistical standpoint.The Pokes are allowing an impressive 143.3 yards per game on the ground, which currently ranks 54th nationally. That includes holding the high powered Baylor rushing game to just 136 last weekend. That number puts them third in the Big 12 conference behind Kansas State and TCU, who are allowing 72.3 and 130.5, respectively.The strength of the Oklahoma State defense, without question, is the defensive tackle position lead by Vincent Taylor and Mote Maile, where OSU is also trotting out three deep with dudes like Darrion Daniels and DQ Osborne at backup. They have been consistent in stuffing the holes up front with the help of the group of linebackers like Jordan Burton, Chad Whitener and Devante Averette.But Oklahoma State’s pass defense is bringing the total defensive measurements down to 87th nationally. They are allowing an awful 417.8 pass yards per game, which ranks 8th in the Big 12 just ahead of West Virginia and Texas Tech, who can barely field 11 players to throw out on defense. (For reference, the third best passing offense in the country is Wazzu, who averages 393 pass yards per game.)“You can tell by looking at me,” Gundy said after the Baylor game. “And I told the team the same thing. You have to learn to take care of the ball and you have to learn to quit giving up so many big plays on defense.”Oklahoma State will need to shore up their deficiencies in the secondary quick in order to compete in the pass happy Big 12. The schedule won’t be fair to OSU: They have the Texas Longhorns and No. 44 passing offense, lead by freshman gunslinger Shane Buechele, coming to town on Saturday. Something’s gotta give, and things will need to change in a hurry if they have any hopes of turning things around defensively. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Watch Guide: Week 5

first_imgThis week’s slate is loaded with some big games across the country, with OU traveling to Fort Worth, Jim Harbaugh inviting Wisconsin to the Big House, and two top five teams in Louisville and Clemson facing off.Courtesy of the man Ryan Hartwig, your weekend watch guide for week 5 in college football is available right here. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Watch: Oklahoma State Running back Pledge Chuba Hubbard Mid Season Highlights

first_imgVisionAs I mentioned above, Hubbard is unique in that he’s a talented track star with excellent vision and ability to make split-decisions out of the backfield. Track star Tyreek Hill was a bit raw in that it was a track star playing football, but Hubbard is a star running back and speedster who also runs track at an elite level. In the video below at the 1:14 mark, Hubbard snags a pass out of the backfield and is immediately met by a defender. However he has the wherewithal to jump cut back inside, get up field in a hurry, and slice and dice two more defenders on his way to the endzone. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State is getting the top ranked player in Canada for the 2017 recruiting cycle in running back Chuba Hubbard. Hubbard, a Bev Facey product, is a solid 6-foot-1, 200-pound speedster who chose the Cowboys over offers from Alabama, TCU, Oregon and a slew of others after being discovered first by Oklahoma State in February.Hubbard is a prospect with world class speed, who represents Canada in the 100M sprint, and will run track and play football for Oklahoma State.Unlike many track stars who play football, Hubbard has a natural vision and presence on the field. Where most track stars have a simple straight line speed with limited vision, Hubbard has a tool set of everything that made him so highly recruited. Here’s a couple of his major assets that Oklahoma State made him such a high priority:BurstThe Canadian rocket is a nickname earned, not given. Hubbard runs a reported 10.55 100M dash, and the burst that he uses helps him edge defenders to get to the outside and blow by the other team as you can see on the first play of his highlight below. The burst, especially in a running back, is something recruiters thirst for in a prospect. It’s what makes Justice Hill stand out from the pack this year despite being a true freshman. SpeedThe least surprising of traits for a sprinter, Hubbard flashes the incredible speed and makes it look effortlessly throughout a game. A lot of tailbacks don’t have the full arsenal with a burst and speed, but have the ability to make defenders miss and are good in space. Hubbard’s speed allows him to use his elusiveness in his burst to get open in space, and leave the defenders in the dust. At the :41 mark, you can see his team is backed up to the point he’s literally standing in the other team’s end zone. He takes a speed option pitch to the right side of the field, uses his stiff arm to shed one tackler, and finds open space reversing field and getting to the edge on the opposite side, eventually making a cut back up mid-field to score from 105 yards.I puked, I was dead.. But thats when the beast comes out! Me & the boys went 105 yards for the record @TheOkiePokie https://t.co/7poYrrrhJV— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) September 6, 2016 With Oklahoma State set to lose a lot of experience next year in Chris Carson, Rennie Childs, and Barry J. Sanders, Hubbard will likely be set to see the field a great deal as a true freshman. It’s pretty clear to me he could see the field a great deal next season, and the qualities listed above seem to be a perfect fit for the Cowboys up-tempo offense.last_img read more

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Mason Rudolph Climbs Record Books At Oklahoma State

first_imgOn Sunday I looked at where James Washington stands statistically from an historical perspective at Oklahoma State. His numbers pop. He has an outside chance at every receiving record ever although I think total catches and total yards will ultimately be out of his reach.Part of this is because OSU (like most teams in 2016) throws it as much or more than it ever has. That means there’s someone else on the verge of etching his name high in the record books in Stillwater. Let’s look at where Mason Rudolph ranks currently in OSU QB history halfway through his junior year with 21 starts and 22 games played.Attempts: No. 6Brandon Weeden (1,103)Mike Gundy (1,078)Zac Robinson (999)Tone’ Jones (819)Josh Fields (815)Mason Rudolph (742)If he stays through his senior year and plays every game, Rudolph will be around 300 ahead of Weeden and nearly 400 ahead of Mike Gundy. That is crazy.Completions: No. 4Brandon Weeden (767)Mike Gundy (636)Zac Robinson (610)Mason Rudolph (456)Rudolph should reach the 600 mark by the end of the season.Completion Percentage: No. 3Brandon Weeden (69.5)J.W. Walsh (63.1)Mason Rudolph (61.5)I think it’s important to remember to take some of these numbers in context. That is, Mike Gundy and Josh Fields weren’t afforded the short throws that Rudolph and Walsh get to boost that completion percentage.Yards: No. 4Brandon Weeden (9,260)Mike Gundy (8,473)Zac Robinson (8,317)Mason Rudolph (6,659)Josh Fields (6,090)He should pretty easily go down as the only 10,000-yard passer in OSU history if he stays through 2017.TDs: No. 5Brandon Weeden (75)Zac Robinson (66)Mike Gundy (57)Josh Fields (55)Mason Rudolph (40)I’m surprised that Gundy and Fields had that many. Zac too for that matter.Yards per game: No. 1Mason Rudolph (302)Brandon Weeden (299)Mike Gundy (193)Josh Fields (190)Zac Robinson (185)Wow. This one was the most stunning. And Rudolph’s number would be even higher if you didn’t have to count the OU game last year in which he played and threw for zero yards.Yards per attempt: No. 1Mason Rudolph (9.0)Brandon Weeden (8.4)Zac Robinson (8.3)J.W. Walsh (8.3)Donovan Woods (8.2)Donovan! This is your sort of normalization for the fact that Rudolph throws a lot more than Gundy, Fields and the rest did. He’s doing it more effectively than all of them even at a higher volume. This is also impressive because No. 2 is having trouble finding space downfield.“A lot of teams are trying to take away the deep threat from us because we are so lethal down the field,” said Rudolph on Saturday. “They are throwing different looks at us that we haven’t seen in the previous five games of the season. I have to give the credit to our coaching staff for making great adjustments at halftime and making sure that we have some schemes to work with to execute and we executed well.”300-yard games: No. 2Brandon Weeden (16)Mason Rudolph (9)J.W. Walsh (5)Zac Robinson (5)Josh Fields (5)Again, it’s a different game, but Rudolph is still historically impressive through two and a half years. Statistically, he will go down as one of the best ever at OSU if he stays through his senior season. I’m not sure he will ever be beloved the way Brandon Weeden and Zac Robinson were, but he is certainly in Weeden’s league in terms of numbers.Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph picked apart Iowa State’s defense from a clean pocket on 42 of his 47 dropbacks in the Cowboys’ win: pic.twitter.com/ijE8TxWy0Z— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 9, 2016He’s also not throwing picks. Weeden had 27 in 30 games or around one a game. Rudolph has just 15 so far in 22 games and only four in the friendly confines of Boone Pickens Stadium.It’s true that Rudolph might not be as good as we would have liked through six games this season, but don’t confuse his ceiling with the ceiling of any of these other guys. At 16-5 as a starter, with the running game he’s had for most of two and a half years, he’s one of OSU’s all-time greats even if he never throws another pass. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Final Predictions: Oklahoma State-Iowa State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Back at it. Oklahoma State is back in Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, where they showed out with a convincing victory over the Texas Longhorns just a week ago. We have our final predictions for today’s contest against Iowa State.Kyle PorterPlayer of the game: With James Washington banged up and Justic Hill getting a lot of attention this week, it feels like a career day for Jhajuan Seales. Iowa State’s defense stinks so you can exploit it in innumerable ways, but I think No. 2 to No. 81 will be the poison of choice on Saturday in BPS.Bold prediction: OSU will score on a punt return or a kick return.Final score: Pokes big. I’m thinking 47-20, something in that range.Kyle BoonePlayer of the game: Justice Hill. The run game is firing on all cylinders with the true frosh taking over the helm. Baylor rushed for 469 yards a week ago, so the opportunity should be there today to make his mark.Bold prediction: OSU will have two running backs eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark.Final score: Oklahoma State 45 | Iowa State 31Saturday’s contest against Iowa State is a trap game if there ever was one, especially coming off a semi-emotional win over Texas with a bye week looming. Oklahoma State is too loaded with talent, and Iowa State is a work in progress, to say the least, defensively. But I think this is a week the game plan is to keep all your cards in your hand, which could lead to frustration early. Oklahoma State pulls it out, but it’s closer than we’d all like.last_img read more

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Essential MNCH Knowledge

first_imgPosted on December 3, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health has developed a new portal for information on MNCH, seeking to “bridg[e] the gap between knowledge and action.”On the site, you can download “Knowledge Summaries” on a variety of topics, including:What WorksPrioritize proven interventionsProvide essential commoditiesEffective Health SystemsEnable the continuum of careSupport the workforceAssure quality careEquitable FinancingCost and fund RMNCH programsStrive for universal accessAddress inequitiesParticipation & InnovationEngage across sectorsFoster innovationAccountability for ResultsAdditionally, the portal contains a customized search engine that allows users to search across various resources from over 300 organizations with information specifically focused on maternal health.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Proposed class action against Uber can proceed appeal court rules

first_imgTORONTO — A proposed class-action lawsuit against the ride-hailing company Uber filed by one of its drivers will go ahead after Ontario’s top court reversed a lower court decision that would have sent the matter to arbitration overseas.In a ruling released Wednesday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario says a clause in Uber’s services agreement that requires all disputes to go through arbitration in the Netherlands amounts to illegally outsourcing an employment standard and therefore cannot stand.It further concludes that the clause takes advantage of the significant power and financial disparity between Uber and its drivers, who would bear up to US$14,500 in filing fees just to begin the arbitration process, no matter the amount at stake in the dispute.“I believe that it can be safely concluded that Uber chose this arbitration clause in order to favour itself and thus take advantage of its drivers, who are clearly vulnerable to the market strength of Uber,” the appeal court said. “It is a reasonable inference that Uber did so knowingly and intentionally.”The lawsuit, which claims Uber drivers are employees rather than contractors and thus subject to Ontario’s labour legislation, had been stayed earlier this year by a motion judge who found Uber drivers were bound by the arbitration clause.The three-judge appeal panel says the motion judge erred on several points, including in considering the arbitration clause like the kind seen in “normal commercial contracts” where the parties are relatively equal in power and sophistication.A spokesman for Uber Canada says the company will be reviewing the appeal ruling.The appeal court ruling does not deal with the claims made in the lawsuit, which will be tested in civil court. Nor does it rule on whether the suit qualifies as a class action. The man behind the suit, David Heller, is a 35-year-old driver for UberEats, a service that calls on drivers to deliver food from restaurants to Uber customers. He argues that Uber drivers are employees, which makes them entitled to a minimum wage, vacation pay and other protections under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act.The appeal court said the law prohibits employers from contracting out employment standards.It also found that a provision that allows workers to file complaints against an employer with the Ministry of Labour constitutes an employment standard. And so, in requiring disputes to go to arbitration, Uber’s services agreement is illegally contracting out the employment standard that establishes a mechanism to deal with complaints, and depriving Heller of the right to have the ministry investigate his complaint, the ruling said.“This is of some importance for, among other reasons, if a complaint is made then the Ministry of Labour bears the burden of investigating the complaint. That burden does not fall on the appellant. Under the arbitration clause, of course, the appellant would bear the entire burden of proving his claim,” the decision read.The fact that Heller chose to file a lawsuit rather than complain to the ministry doesn’t change that finding, the appeal court said.The arbitration clause is invalid regardless of his decision, it said, and both a complaint to the ministry and a proposed class-action would rule on the issue publicly and for all Uber drivers — unlike arbitration, which would affect only him and do so privately.The court also found that the arbitration clause “represents a substantially improvident or unfair bargain” in that it disproportionately favours Uber in any dispute brought by its drivers.“It requires an individual with a small claim to incur the significant costs of arbitrating that claim … the fees for which are out of all proportion to the amount that may be involved. And the individual has to incur those costs upfront,” the court said.The evidence showed that starting arbitration costs the applicant roughly US$14,500, which does not include the costs of travel, accommodation or counsel, the appeal panel said.“These costs are to be contrasted with the appellant’s claim for minimum wage, overtime, vacation pay and the like brought by a person earning $400-$600 per week,” it said.“Additionally, the arbitration clause requires each claimant to individually arbitrate his/her claim and to do so in Uber’s home jurisdiction, which is otherwise completely unconnected to where the drivers live, and to where they perform their duties. Still further, it requires the rights of the drivers to be determined in accordance with the laws of the Netherlands, not the laws of Ontario, and the drivers are given no information as to what the laws of the Netherlands are,” it said.The court has ordered Uber to pay Heller his costs for the appeal, a total of $20,000.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Mens lacrosse defeats Hobart 114 on Senior Day

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team was able to shake off a four-game losing streak to rout the Hobart Statesmen, 11-4, on Senior Day at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The win puts the No. 18 Buckeyes at 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. The scoring came early and often as the Buckeyes racked up six unanswered goals in the first quarter. Sophomore attackman Logan Schuss led the way with four goals for the Buckeyes with plenty of help from fellow sophomore attackman Jeff Tundo, who pitched in three goals. “I think one of the differences for us (this week) from the get-go is we had a six-goal first quarter,” OSU coach Nick Myers said. “Right now, I’m happy for the seniors and this team for getting their first league win.” The scoring spree began in the first minute when Schuss wound up and delivered a quick strike. The Statesmen failed to respond until the end of the first quarter when they scored on a man-up opportunity, leaving them down, 6-1, heading into the second quarter. The Buckeyes shut out the Statesmen for the next 15 minutes while adding two more goals, leaving the score at 8-1 heading into halftime. OSU proceeded to match Hobart’s effort in the second half, as each team posted three goals, giving the Buckeyes the largest win of their season with an 11-4 final score. Saturday’s win seemed to be a proper goodbye to Jesse Owens Stadium for senior middleman and Upper Arlington native Scott Lathrop, whose family came to support him on Senior Day. “It feels great, especially coming off a streak of losses,” Lathrop said after scoring two goals in the game. “It was really important for us to come in here with a new focus, not get down on ourselves and come out firing.” Senior Paul Beery, also a middleman, weighed in on leaving the stadium with a big win. “I think we put a lot of stuff together that we worked on this week,” Beery said. “It’s great to come out with a victory, especially with all the seniors getting a piece of the action.” While the Buckeyes certainly had no issues scoring, the defense constantly hustled, forcing 16 Hobart turnovers and allowing just seven shots in the first half with starters in. The defense for the Buckeyes rarely let Hobart near the goal, but when the Statesmen did manage to get close, freshman goalkeeper Greg Dutton usually thwarted them. “Greg Dutton had a heck of a game today with three goals against and 12 saves,” Myers said. “When he gets hot, it really ignites our defense.” Dutton exited to a round of applause in the waning minutes when the game was out of reach, allowing senior goalkeeper Ryan Keneally to play the rest of the game. The Buckeyes will now shift their focus to their upcoming April 16 road game against ECAC Conference leader Denver, which is undefeated in conference play. read more

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Quader insists constitution stipulates polltime govt formula

first_imgAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader addresses a programme of distributing warm cloths among the destitute at party`s headquarters at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital. Photo: Focus BanglaIn response to BNP’s allegation that the prime minister’s remark regarding constitutional provision for a poll-time government is misleading, ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday insisted that the constitution stipulates the formula of the election-time government.“Everything is in the constitution. BNP itself is in confusion over the election-time government,” Quader told a programme in front of the party’s headquarters at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.The party organised the programme to distribute warm clothes among the destitute.The ruling party general secretary emphatically said his party would not go beyond constitutional provision with regard to the formation of the election-time government.“I’m clearly stating that we’ll not be able to go beyond the constitution.”The AL leader alleged that his party’s rival Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is not giving any “clear position on the next general elections”.“BNP hasn’t given any framework of election-time government as yet. It can give an outline as to what it wants. AL had expected that BNP will give at least a framework of poll-time government.”Also the road transport and bridges minister, Quader said BNP is time and again referring to the controversial 5 January 2014 elections.“There is nothing wrong with democracy here. It’s rather BNP’s political mistake. And that’s why, the issue of uncontested election of MPs comes.”The AL leader claimed that the BNP is in a deep despair.“No matter whatever the prime minister says, BNP’s stand is like a proverb: Faults are thick where love is thin [you find everything wrong with a person whom you do not like].”In a televised address to the nation marking the completion of her government’s four years in office after the controversial 5 January 2014 national elections, AL president and PM Sheikh Hasina on 12 January said an election-time government would be formed as per the constitution which would provide “all-out cooperation” to the election commission to conduct the election.The next day, the BNP said Hasina’s remark about the election-time government is misleading as there is no provision in the current constitution to form such an administration.last_img
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Hospital opens dental clinic offers free implant surgeries

first_imgKolkata: Dental patients, who need implants, will now get free of cost treatment at Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital as a new dental implant clinic has started functioning on the hospital campus.Doctors from the department of Prosthodontia, department of oral and maxillofacial surgery and the department of Periodontia will treat the patients at the new dental clinic at the hospital. Since March 2, when the clinic was officially inaugurated, senior doctors from all the three departments conducted dental implant surgeries on 12 patients. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataArtificial teeth would be implanted replacing those which have been damaged owing to various causes. There may be a single implant or multiple implants as determined by the expert doctors of the hospital. Dr Tirthankar Debnath, assistant professor, department of Periodontia and Public Health dentistry said the whole process of dental implant might take about four months and the process would be conducted in various phases. According to Dr Debnath, there are two aspects of dental implant — mechanical and biological. A titanium base would be implanted as a Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateroot on jawbone and an artificial teeth made of ceramic would be fitted on the titanium base. “The teeth would be implanted a couple of months after the titanium base is fitted on the patients’ jaw so that the base becomes a permanent part of the jaw through Osseointegration. It is a process that allows dental implants to become a permanent part of the jaw. I t maintains the structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of a load-bearing artificial implant. When the titanium base is cemented with the jaw, it is desirable to implant the metal ceramic teeth,” Dr Debnath said. Using dental implant the patients will be able to use the teeth almost like an original one. The patients can make the use implanted teeth up to 95 per cent naturally, an expert said. According to sources, a patient would have to pay anything between Rs 20,000 and Rs 50,000 for a single implant at private establishments depending on the quality of the implants. While Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital is conducting the surgeries free of cost. The Mamata Banerjee government has carried out major infrastructure reforms in the state-run hospitals where the patients are availing best treatment free of cost. Dr Raju Biswas, a member of Dental council of India, said: “We are thankful to the Chief Minister for her support and motivation towards the newly inaugurated implant clinic at the hospital. In an era of scientific advancement, implants are essentials for all the patients undergoing dental extraction.”last_img read more

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Caliber Home Loans Launches Mobile Platform

first_img Coppell, Texas-headquartered Caliber Home Loans, Inc. (Caliber), has announced the launch of a new mobile platform. Featuring three mobile phone apps customized for three user groups–borrowers, the Caliber sales force, and their business associates–all users receive real-time information and the ability to respond from virtually anywhere. Caliber processes data from all three apps on the back end, which enables efficient and effective communication across the loan process.“We customized each of these new mobile apps to provide user-friendly access to all touchpoints in the mortgage system,” said Sanjiv Das, CEO, Caliber. “This greatly increases the efficiency of the process and will help us close loans even faster. We’re well-aware that today’s consumers prefer to manage their finances via cell phone whenever possible.”While digital technology is essential to keep up with the pace of the ever-evolving mortgage business, Caliber continues to offer high-touch service and personalized guidance from a distributed network of more than 1500 Loan Consultants around the country.“Caliber’s investment in technology extends beyond our customers to our own loan professionals and business partners. Now each group has their own apps that plug them into an interconnected digital platform that includes secure sharing of data with customers,” Das said.While the Caliber Home Loans app for borrowers helps customers connect during originations and manage their loans after closing, CaliberH2O for sales and brokers enables their business networks to communicate and respond in real time. Caliber MyPipeline for real estate agents and builders provides access to shared borrowers’ loan pipelines, keeping them in the loop during underwriting.The new apps are available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Share March 19, 2018 486 Views in journal, News, Originationcenter_img Caliber Home Loans Launches Mobile Platform App Borrowers Caliber Home Loans Lenders Servicers technology 2018-03-19 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

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Any time a team gets 300 yards passing and three t

first_imgAny time a team gets 300 yards passing and three touchdowns from its quarterback and holds an opposing team — one with a top-ranked offense — to around 100 less yards than they normally average, it should have a decent chance to win the game.Because of those circumstances, the Arizona Cardinals certainly had their chances to win Sunday’s NFC showdown in Philadelphia. However, a turnover-happy first quarter and a sluggish start to the third quarter plagued Bruce Arians’ squad, as it dropped its first game in five weeks by a final of 24-21. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 22 While the margin of defeat was slim and the chances to pull even were plenty, Arizona never seemed to completely have a handle on the flow of the game.It was a disjointed effort to say the least.“I feel like we had opportunities right until the end of the game. We just didn’t make enough plays,” Johnson said. “I felt like offensively when we got going, the defensive fell back. When the defense forced three straight three-and-outs, the offense fell back. “We were never on the same page together as two units to do what we needed to do win this game. We just didn’t make enough plays.”Although Todd Bowles’ unit only held Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense to 24 points at home, two defensive lapses turned a tight contest into a come-from-behind affair.After Dave Zastudil knocked a punt inside the Eagles’ 19-yard line with just under 2:30 to play in the first half, Arizona had an opportunity to hold its ground in order to keep its deficit at 10-7 going into the half.Instead, Nick Foles directed a nine-play, 78-yard drive that resulted in a one-yard touchdown grab by tight end Brent Celek with 15 seconds left to play in the second quarter. Philadelphia marched into the locker room with a 10-point lead and subsequently had all the momentum.Following the halftime break, the Eagles went on another soul-crushing drive, spanning 82 yards in 13 plays. The result was another touchdown reception by a tight end, Zach Ertz, this time from 24 yards out.“It was fast. That’s the best way to put it. They come out and do a lot things that are different from a normal offense,” said Johnson of the Eagles’ offense. “If you’re not disciplined and you’re not set in what you’re doing, they can gash you and get big plays against you. I think they were able to do that, especially going into that third quarter. “That opening drive was a statement drive. As a defense, we didn’t do what we needed to coming out with it on our shoulders to get the offense the ball back. They drove down, and we gave up a touchdown. That’s something we can’t do as a defense.”The Cardinals hadn’t allowed points on the final possession of the first half and the first possession of second half since Week 7 against Seattle — the last time they lost a game.According to Johnson, those back-to-back possessions will force the defense to do some collective soul searching ahead of next Sunday’s divisional matchup with the St. Louis Rams. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories “We always preach going into a half that we stop them and we get points as an offense,” said Johnson. “We didn’t do that. Coming out in the third quarter, we are on defense and its our opportunity to go out and make a statement and get our offense the ball back. And we didn’t do that, either. As a whole on defense we are not pleased with the way that we played. “Coming into the game we were well-prepared, and they didn’t do anything that we didn’t expect. We didn’t make the plays that needed to be made, and that’s something we need to look in the mirror about, watch the film and be tough on each other.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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Festival and Events Officer with Derry City and St

first_imgFestival and Events Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Andrea Campbell, said the public are guaranteed a memorable performance of Jazz regardless of which day they choose to visit the two venues.“The Jazz Hub initiative was one of the most popular elements of last year’s festival offering the public the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy locally and internationally acclaimed Jazz acts in an intimate setting,” she said.“Bennigans will host multiple daily acts over the five days of the festival with afternoon, evening and late night performances from the likes of Emilia Martensson, Meilana Gillard and California Soul all very reasonably priced at £5 for standing and £10 for seats.“Anita O’Day will kick off the biggest and best lineup the Playhouse Hub has hosted on Thursday night, while there will also be performances from the Henry Girls and Paul McIntyre over the weekend as well as the return of the ever popular Speakeasy.” BAR and The Playhouse will see some of the biggest names in local and international Jazz come through their doors this weekend when they are transformed into Jazz Hubs as part of the eagerly anticipated City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival.Back by popular demand, the Hubs aim to cater for discerning fans seeking the authentic Jazz experience but can be enjoyed by anyone when they host over 20 high level acts between them over five days.Bennigans has a long standing reputation as a centre for local Jazz and hosts a weekly programme in the genre under the stewardship of owner and Jazz pianist John Leighton whose three piece group will perform a midnight slot this Friday night before accompanying local legend Gay McIntyre at the John Street venue on Saturday afternoon and finishing off the Playhouse programme next Monday night.The Jazz ‘Speakeasy’ bar at the Playhouse has been one of the most popular elements of the festival for the last four years, transporting the public back to the days of 1920s prohibition America, it is one of the highlights of their Hub when it returns on Friday through to Sunday night. ShareTweet bennigan’sCITY OF DERRY JAZZ AND BIG BAND FESTIVALJAZZ HUBS TO OFFER FANS A FEAST OF DELIGHTS UNDER ONE ROOF Tickets for Bennigans Bar events are on sale now from the bar at John Street or online at www.bennigansbar.com.To book for the Playhouse contact the Box Office on 028 71 268027.JAZZ HUBS TO OFFER FANS A FEAST OF DELIGHTS UNDER ONE ROOF was last modified: April 25th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_imgThe women are mostly in their early 20s. They have children at home. Selling betel nut — an addictive, natural chew — to passersby in mountain towns of Papua New Guinea is a good way to earn a living.But the extra income sometimes comes at a heavy price: violent beatings by their spouses. Two out of three women in Papua New Guinea experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner at least once in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization and aid groups.Betel nut sellers in Goroka, the main city in the Eastern Highlands, say physical violence is particularly common in their marriages.”If I give him my earnings, he leaves me alone,” says Mala, 20, who sells betel nut and other goods in Goroka. She’s talking about the man she married when she was 12.”But if I refuse and argue that I am sitting in the sun and working hard to earn an income, he gets angry and hits me,” she adds. Like other women interviewed, she asked to be identified only by her first name for privacy and out of fear of her husband.A dirt road near the Goroka airport leads to a squatter settlement down the hill. Dozens of women preside over stacks of vegetables on blankets or sell fried eggs out of big plastic containers. About 80 percent of Papua New Guineans participate in the informal economy, but betel nut sellers say they’re often singled out by authorities and fined for making sales in the street. They are also harassed by criminal raskol gangs, who demand free cigarettes.Betel nut is the pit of the walnut-sized fruit of an areca palm tree. In Tok Pisin, one of the major national languages, it is called buai. The nut is chewed throughout the Pacific islands for a high similar to nicotine, and about as addictive. It is also carcinogenic and is believed to contribute to Papua New Guinea’s high rate of mouth cancer, the most common type of cancer in the country.In the highlands, one betel nut costs 1 kina, the equivalent of 30 cents. People take it with a mustard stick and slacked lime powder, which turns the mixture bright red and compels the chewer to spit — often onto the ground or into a small plastic bag.People chew it to relax and to get to know one another. “It’s the fruit of love!” one Goroka resident exclaims.Men lashing outWhen men react violently because their wives are earning money on their own, it’s because they see power as a zero-sum game, says Richard Eves, an Australian National University anthropologist who has published several studies on masculinity based on fieldwork in Papua New Guinea’s highlands.”So any powerful woman is seen as a loss for men,” Eves says. “Basically, they want to keep the status quo of them being the powerful person in the household. So that entails bullying their wives, and beating them up.” While aid groups trying to stop violence against women may default toward focusing on female survivors, he says they should spend time with both sexes.”There’s strong social pressures on the masculine role model there, to be assertive, to be in control, to be dominating,” Eves says. “One of the things we need to do is challenge those rather toxic notions of masculinity that are at work.”Patty, a 27-year-old betel nut seller in Goroka, dropped out of school in second grade. At the time, her family struggled to pay for school fees and decided to educate her brothers instead.When she got older, she started selling betel nut at night, when there’s less competition and plenty of customers — people heading out to bars and nightclubs. But it is also a time when most Goroka residents stay home, fearing the high crime rate and armed raskol gangs that patrol the streets.”For other women, it’s risky for them, they feel frightened. But for those of us who grew up in the settlement, it’s safe for us,” Patty says.Her sister-in-law Joyce runs a small market, selling cookies and canned tuna. Both she and Patty asked that only their first names be used so they could speak openly about private, sensitive issues involving work and home life.Their husbands, who are brothers, began to demand a share of their profits. A few months ago, the women saw that their earnings were missing again.”Both our husbands are unemployed and don’t work. We do sales, earn enough money and save some aside,” Patty says.”Then they come and take our money to go and drink,” Joyce interjects. “So we fight. We become upset and we fight.”They confronted their husbands in a public market, brandishing a knife. The confrontation ended without major injuries, but the abuse didn’t stop.Domestic violence is illegal in Papua New Guinea, but it is rarely prosecuted. Instead of turning to police, survivors are much more likely to turn to family members or their community for retribution.”I am not happy, but this is life”The settlement where the betel nut sellers live is a maze of homes built with brush material, over streams and gullies. Extended families often live together in a collection of homes they built themselves, the houses facing each other across a courtyard of hard-packed soil.Increasingly, Papua New Guineans are leaving ancestral lands in search of jobs and education in cities and towns. But the cost of living in urban areas is far higher than in the countryside, and many people make their homes in informal squatter settlements like this one.About 62 percent of adults can read and write in Papua New Guinea, according to UNICEF. Jobs are scarce for those without a formal education, pushing many people into an informal economy of selling goods on the street.One of Patty’s childhood friends, who asked not to be named out of concern for her family’s privacy, is quieter than the others. She’s 21, with bright blue braids woven into her hair. At night, she sells betel nut and loose cigarettes.”When we sell properly, we make 4 kina [$1.20] profit from a pack of cigarettes. But if the drunks come and destroy our market, we have a loss,” she says through an interpreter.Her parents forced her to marry when she got pregnant at 15. But her husband was controlling, and would accuse her of having affairs when she sold betel nut.”I asked him why,” she recalls. “‘I loved you and I married you. Why are you mistreating me like this, belting me up?’ And my husband said, ‘I don’t want you go out and seeing other men.’ That’s why he was hitting me.””Belting” is a term used to describe repeated strikes with an open hand or closed fist — generally not a belt, despite the name — and is often seen as a form of discipline.She left her husband, returned to her parents’ village and married again. But she came back when she got word that her first husband had been diagnosed with a terminal illness.”He has mistreated me badly. But now that he’s sick, you know, I have compassion for him. I’m taking care of him because there are no other people that can support him,” she says.Many of the women who sell betel nut left school early and married young — out of family pressure, financial necessity or both. When faced with abuse, they adapt in different ways. Some file for divorce. Others, for various reasons, fear leaving their husbands.Patty decided to remain in her marriage. Her husband once beat her until she lost consciousness. When she came to, she decided to fight back.”I got a knife and chased him. He slept outside for two nights and didn’t come home,” Patty says. “If he hits me in public, I beat him up as well. So he can feel the pain I’m feeling.”Joyce, Patty’s sister-in-law, says she got a court order to stop her husband from hitting her.”If he does it again, I can report him to be locked up for 10 years. Or he’ll have to pay 10,000 kina [about $3,000] in compensation,” she says. “So he’s finally reforming himself.”She says she’ll stay in her marriage because she has two children, and because her husband paid a customary bride price to her family equal to $1,000.”He has fulfilled the custom and my people accepted the bride price payment, so I can’t go back,” Joyce says. “I am not happy, but this is life. So I just endure it and stay.”As for Mala, she went to court and got a divorce from her husband. But when she sat down on a friend’s porch a couple of months later to talk about it, she was ashen.”My mind is troubled when I’m alone,” she says. “I don’t have healthy thoughts.”Her ex-husband remarried, but that wasn’t the end of it.In the early spring, Mala walked to the market to sell fried eggs. Her ex-husband saw her, and beat her in the middle of the street.”I brought my eggs back to the house, and I told him that he ruins and stops every hope of running my business,” Mala says. “So I stay at home.”That day, she says, she decided to move to a bigger city. Now, she’s going to try and make it on her own. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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first_imgSenate Democrats, who are divided on abortion policy, are instead turning to health care as a rallying cry for opposition to Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.Specifically, they are sounding the alarm that confirming the conservative District Court judge could jeopardize one of the Affordable Care Act’s most popular provisions — its protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.”Democrats believe the No. 1 issue in America is health care, and the ability of people to get good health care at prices they can afford,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.The Kavanaugh nomination, he added, “would put a dagger” through the heart of that belief.Democratic senators spent Tuesday trying to connect the dots between potential threats to health care and Trump’s high court pick.”President Trump as a candidate made it very clear that his priority was to put justices on the court who would correct for the fatal flaw of John Roberts,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., on the Senate floor Tuesday. Chief Justice Roberts was the decisive fifth vote to uphold the ACA in a key case in 2012. “[Republicans’] new strategy is to use the court system to invalidate the protections in the law for people with pre-existing conditions,” Murphy said.Murphy — and many of his Democratic colleagues — are referring to a case filed in Texas in February by 20 Republican state attorneys general. The AGs from these states charge that because the tax bill passed by Congress last year eliminated the tax penalty for not having health insurance, it rendered the entire federal health law void.Their reasoning was that Roberts based his opinion upholding the ACA on Congress’ taxing power. Without the tax, the AGs argue, the law should be held unconstitutional.The Trump administration, which might have been expected to defend the ACA because defending federal law is part of what the Justice Department is tasked to do, opted instead, in this case, to follow a different course of action.In a response filed in June, political appointees in the department said eliminating the penalty should not invalidate the entire ACA. But, they argued, it should nullify provisions that prevent insurers from refusing to sell insurance to people with pre-existing conditions or charging them higher premiums.If this argument were to be upheld by a newly reconstituted Supreme Court, the health law would be dealt a serious blow.The lawsuit, however, is only in its earliest stages. And many legal scholars on both sides doubt it will get very far.In an amicus brief filed with the court in June, five liberal and conservative legal experts (who disagreed on previous ACA cases) this time argued that both the Republican attorneys general and the Justice Department are wrong — that eliminating the mandate penalty should have no impact on the rest of the law.Their position is rooted in something called “congressional intent.” When a court wants to invalidate a portion of a law, it usually also has to determine whether Congress would have considered other aspects of the law unworkable without it.But that is not a problem in this case, the legal experts argued in their brief.”Here, Congress itself has essentially eliminated the provision in question and left the rest of a statute standing,” they wrote. “In such cases, congressional intent is clear.”The merits of the lawsuit notwithstanding, the issue works well for Democrats.For one thing, the health law’s pre-existing condition protections are among its most popular parts, according to public opinion polls.And unlike abortion, defending the health law is something all Senate Democrats can rally around. That includes some vulnerable senators in states that voted for Trump in 2016, including Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. None are strong supporters of abortion rights. But all have stood firm against GOP efforts to take apart the Affordable Care Act.Manchin, for example, issued a statement about the nomination that said, “The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if nearly 800,000 West Virginians with preexisting conditions will lose their health care.”Manchin’s opponent in November is his state’s Republican attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, who is one of the officials who filed the suit against the health law.Julie Rovner is chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service, which is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation and not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

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Presidents Day Electronics Sales TVs Laptops and More

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. President’s Day Electronics Sales: TVs, Laptops and More Sales February 16, 2017 Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: via PC Mag Add to Queue This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Save big ahead of President’s Day with these deals from our partners at TechBargains. 3 min read –shares Next Article Featured dealsDell Inspiron 15 7000 Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core 1080p 15.6″ Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 960m 4GB GPU, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD for $899.99 (use code: M51GTMF?VFBFP3 — list price $1350).Dell XPS 8910 Intel Core i5-6400 Quad-Core Win10 Pro Desktop for $499.99 (use code: XPS499 — list price $749.99).Tobii Eye Tracker 4C Head & Eye Tracker PC Gaming & Input Periphral (Works on Watch Dogs 2, Deus Ex & more) for $109.99 (use code: EYE40 — list price $149.99).Sony PlayStation 4 Slim Uncharted Bundle + Bonus Controller for $249.99.Sony PlayStation 4 Slim Uncharted Bundle + $50 Dell Gift Card for $249.99.See Dell’s Entire Presidents’ Day Sale with Doorbuster and moreBose SoundTrue Around Ear Wired Headphones for $89.99 (list price $119.99).Nucleus Anywhere Video Intercom with Amazon Alexa for $149 (list price $249).Laptop and desktop computersDell Inspiron 15 3000 Intel Core i3-5005U 15.6″ Win7 Pro Laptop for $299.00 (use code: LT299 — list price $475.85).New Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Intel Core i5 Quad-Core Kaby Lake 15.6″ 1080p Gaming Laptop w/ 4GB GTX 1050Ti for $849.99 (list price $899.99).Dell Inspiron 14 Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core 14″ Laptop with Windows 10 for $149.99 (list price $249.99).Dell PowerEdge T130 Intel Celeron G3900 Dual-Core Server Desktop (4GB/500GB) $229.00 (use code: SERVER200 — list price $429).1-Year NordVPN Anonymous VPN Service (PCmag Editor’s Choice) for $48 (use code: GEEK50 — list price ).Ultimate Web Hosting Package: Domain, Hosting, and Unlimited Email for $3/month at HostGator.For more Computer deals, visit TechBargains.HDTVs and home entertainmentVizio M50-D1 50″ 4K 120Hz Effective HDTV w/ HDR + Tablet Remote + $250 Dell Gift Card for $649.99.Vizio P55-C1 55″ 4K 120Hz HDR Full-Array LED Home Theater Display w/ 126 Dimming Zones + $400 Dell Gift Card for $1099.99.LG 32LH550B 32″ 720p LED LCD HDTV + $100 Dell Gift Card for $209.Vizio SB4051-D5 Smartcast 40″ 5.1ch Slim Sound Bar System w/ Wireless Subwoofer + $150 Dell GC for $429.98.Electronics and componentsKingston HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard w/ Cherry MX Brown Switches for $79.99 (list price $99.99).Annke 720p Wireless IP Camera w/ 2-Way Audio for $45.59 (use code: GL9KXACE — list price $59.99).Seagate SkyHawk 2TB 3.5″ Internal SATA Surveillence Hard Drive for $63.99 (list price $98.89).WEme Mini Displayport/Thunderbolt 2 to DVI Adapter for $3.96 (use code: QD5RL8F7 — list price $9.99).10 LED Solar Waterproof Wireless Motion Sensor Lights (2-pk) for $11.99 (use code: I8PFAJ4E — list price $18.99).Magicfly Wireless Doorbell w/ 52 Chimes & Remote for $9.74 (use code: YPIAWTUS — list price $12.99).For more Electronics deals, visit TechBargains.Home and miscellaneousUdemy $10 Online Courses: Learn to Code by Making Games, iOS or Android Apps, Project Management, Network Certifications and more.Bosch Icon Windshield Wiper Blades Sale – from $12.29 to $20.23 with 15% off Subscribe & Save (Lowest prices of the season).Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W (updated model) for $79.99 (list price $99.99).Gooloo Portable DC 12V Car Air Compressor Pump for $23.75 (use code: IP84QAXY — list price $32.99).For more great deals, check out TechBargains.last_img read more

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Tips for Mastering EMail Overload

first_img Tips for Mastering E-Mail Overload Setting a good example only goes so far. You also have to train others explicitly. Explain to them that you’re putting some systems in place to help you manage your e-mail overload. Ask for their help, and know that they’re secretly envying your strength of character. Apply Now » Check e-mail at defined times each day.We hate telemarketers during dinner, so why do we tolerate e-mail when we’re trying to get something useful done? Turn off your e-mail “autocheck,” and only check e-mail two or three times a day, by hand. Let people know that if they need to reach you instantly, e-mail isn’t the way. When it’s e-mail processing time, however, shut the office door, turn off the phone, and blast through the messages. If your e-mail inbox is threatening to take over your entire workday, this ultimate how-to will teach you to deal effectively with the information onslaught. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Answer briefly.When someone sends you a 10-page missive, reply with three words. “Yup, great idea.” You’ll quickly train people not to expect huge answers from you, and you can then proceed to answer at your leisure in whatever format works best for you. If your e-mail volume starts getting very high, you’ll have no choice. Stever Robbins Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Use a paper “response list” to triage messages before you do any follow-up.The solution to e-mail overload is pencil and paper? Who knew? Grab a legal pad and label it “Response list.” Run through your incoming e-mails. For each, note on the paper what you have to do or whom you have to call. Resist the temptation to respond immediately. If there’s important reference information in the e-mail, drag it to your Reference folder. Otherwise, delete it. Zip down your entire list of e-mails to generate your response list. Then, zip down your response list and actually do the follow-ups. Separate topics into separate e-mails…up to a point. If someone sends a message addressing a dozen topics, some of which you can respond to now and some of which you can’t, send a dozen responses–one for each topic. That way, each thread can proceed unencumbered by the others.Do this when mixing controversy with mundania. That way, the mundane topics can be taken care of quietly, while the flame wars can happen separately.Bad Mixing of ItemsWe need to gather all the articles by February 1st.Speaking of which, I was thinking–do you think we should fire Sandy?Good Mixing of ItemsMessage #1: We need to gather all the articles by February 1st.Message #2: Sandy’s missed a lot of deadlines recently. Do you think termination is in order?Combine separate points into one message. Sometimes the problem is the opposite–sending 500 tiny messages a day will overload someone, even if the intent is to reduce this by creating separate threads. If you’re holding a dozen open conversations with one person, the slowness of typing is probably substantial overhead. Jot down all your main points on a piece of (gasp) paper, pick up the phone and call the person to discuss those points. I guarantee you’ll save a ton of time. How to Read and Receive E-Mail Ignore it.Yes, ignore e-mail. If something’s important, you’ll hear about it again. Trust me. And people will gradually be trained to pick up the phone or drop by if they have something to say. After all, if it’s not important enough for them to tear their gaze away from the hypnotic world of Microsoft Windows, it’s certainly not important enough for you to take the time to read. Send out delayed responses.Type your response directly, but schedule it to be sent out in a few days. This works great for conversations that are nice but not terribly urgent. By inserting a delay in each go-around, you both get to breath easier. >(In Outlook, choose “Options” when composing a message and select “do not deliver before.” In Eudora, hold down the Shift key as you click “Send.”) Train people to be relevant.If you’re constantly copied on things, begin replying to e-mails that aren’t relevant with the single word: “Relevant?” Of course, you explain that this is a favor to them. Now, they can learn what is and isn’t relevant to you. Beforehand, tell them the goal is to calibrate relevance, not to criticize or put them down and encourage them to send you relevancy challenges as well. Pretty soon, you’ll be so well trained you’ll be positively productive! Charge people for sending you messages.One CEO I’ve worked with charges staff members five dollars from their budget for each e-mail she receives. Amazingly, her overload has gone down, the relevance of e-mails has gone up, and the senders are happy, too, because the added thought often results in them solving more problems on their own. Growth Strategies –shares Edit forwarded messages. For goodness sake, if someone sends you a message, don’t forward it along without editing it. Make it appropriate for the ultimate recipient, and make sure it doesn’t get the original sender in trouble.Bad ForwardingTo: BillSue’s idea, described below, is great.—-From: SueHey, Abner:Let’s take the new design and add sparkles around the border. Bill probably won’t mind; his design sense is so garish he’ll approve anything.Good ForwardingTo: BillSue’s idea, described below, is great.—-From: SueHey, Abner:Let’s take the new design and add sparkles around the border.When scheduling a call or conference, include the topic in the invitation. It helps people prioritize and manage their calendar more effectively.Bad E-MailSubject: Conference call Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.Good E-MailSubject: Conference call Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. to review demo presentation.Make your e-mail one page or less. Make sure the meat of your e-mail is visible in the preview pane of your recipient’s mailer. That means the first two paragraphs should have the meat. Many people never read past the first screen, and very few read past the third. Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge .Being the owner of your own business, everyone wants a piece of you. So they send you e-mail. It makes you feel important. Don’t you love it? Really? Then, please take some of mine! More than 100 real e-mails come in each day. At three minutes apiece, it will take five hours just to read and respond. Let’s not even think about the messages that take six minutes of work to deal with. Shudder. I’m buried in e-mail and chances are, you’re not far behind. For whatever reason, everyone feels compelled to keep you “in the loop.”Fortunately, being buried alive under electronic missives forced me to develop coping strategies. Let me share some of the nonobvious ones with you. Together, maybe we can start a revolution. Readers Now Bear the BurdenBefore e-mail, senders shouldered the burden of mail. Writing, stamping and mailing a letter was a lot of work. Plus, each new addressee meant more postage, so we thought hard about whom to send things to. (Is it worth spending 32 cents for Loren to read this letter? Nah..)E-mail bludgeoned that system in no time. With free sending to an infinite number of people now a reality, every little thought and impulse becomes instant communication. Our most pathetic meanderings become deep thoughts that we happily blast to six dozen colleagues who surely can’t wait. On the receiving end, we collect these gems of wisdom from the dozens around us. The result: Inbox overload.(“But my incoming e-mail is important,” you cry. Don’t fool yourself. Time how long you spend at your inbox. Multiply by your per-minute wage (divide your yearly salary by 120,000 to get your per-minute wage) to find out just how much money you spend on e-mail. If you can justify that expense, far out–you’re one of the lucky ones. But for many, incoming e-mail is a money suck. Bonus challenge: Do this calculation companywide.)Taming e-mail means training the senders to put the burden of quality back on themselves. How You Can Send Better E-MailWhat’s the best way to train everyone around you to better e-mail habits? You guessed it: You go first. First, you say, “In order for me to make you more productive, I’m going to adopt this new policy to lighten your load.” Demonstrate a policy for a month, and if people like it, ask them to start doing it too.Use a subject line to summarize, not describe. People scan their inbox by subject. Make your subject rich enough that your readers can decide whether it’s relevant. The best way to do this is to summarize your message in your subject.Bad Subject LineSubject: Deadline discussionGood Subject LineSubject: Recommend we ship product April 25thGive your reader full context at the start of your message. Too many messages forwarded to you start with an answer–“Yes! I agree. Apples are definitely the answer”–without offering context. We must read seven included messages, notice that we were copied, and try to figure out what apples are the answer to. Even worse, we don’t really know if we should care. Oops! We just noticed there are ten messages about apples. One of the others says “Apples are definitely not the answer.” And another says, “Didn’t you get my message about apples?” But which message was sent first? And which was in response to which? ARGH!It’s very, very difficult to get to the core of the issue.You’re probably sending e-mail because you’re deep in thought about something. Your reader is too, only they’re deep in thought about something else. Even worse, in a multiperson conversation, messages and replies may arrive out of order. And no, it doesn’t help to include the entire past conversation when you reply; it’s rude to force someone else to wade through ten screens of messages because you’re too lazy to give them context. So, start off your messages with enough context to orient your reader.Bad E-MailTo: Billy FranklinFrom: Robert PayneSubject: Re: Re: Re: Please bring contributions to the charity driveYes, apples are definitely the answer.Good E-MailTo: Billy FranklinFrom: Robert PayneSubject: Re: Re: Re: Please bring contributions to the charity drive.You asked if we want apple pie. Yes, apples are definitely the answer.When you copy lots of people (a heinous practice that should be used sparingly), mark out why each person should care. Just because you send a message to six poor co-workers doesn’t mean all six know what to do when they get it. Ask yourself why you’re sending to each recipient, and let them know at the start of the message what they should do with it. Big surprise, but this also forces you to consider why you’re including each person.Bad CCTo: Abby Gail, Bill Fold, Cindy RellaSubject: Website design draft is doneThe website draft is done. Check it out in the attached file. The design firm will need our responses by the end of the week.Good CCTo: Abby Gail, Bill Fold, Cindy RellaSubject: Website design draft is doneAG: DECISION NEEDED. Get marketing to approve the draftBF: PLEASE VERIFY. Does the slogan capture our branding?CR: FYI, if we need a redesign, your project will slip.The website draft is done. Check it out in the attached file. The design firm will need our responses by the end of the week.Use separate messages rather than bcc (blind carbon copy). If you bcc someone “just to be safe,” think again. Ask yourself what you want the “copied” person to know, and send a separate message if needed. Yes, it’s more work for you, but if we all do it, it’s less overload.Bad BCCTo: FredBcc: ChrisPlease attend the conference today at 2:00 p.m.Good BCCTo: FredPlease attend the conference today at 2:00 p.m.To: ChrisPlease reserve the conference room for me and Fred today at 2:00 p.m.Make action requests clear. . If you want things to get done, say so. Clearly. There’s nothing more frustrating as a reader than getting copied on an e-mail and finding out three weeks later that someone expected you to pick up the project and run with it. Summarize action items at the end of a message so everyone can read them at one glance. Understand how people prefer to be reached and how quickly they respond. Some people are so buried under e-mail that they can’t reply quickly. If something’s important, use the phone or make a follow-up phone call. Do it politely; a delay may not be personal. It might be that someone’s overloaded. If you have time-sensitive information, don’t assume people have read the e-mail you sent three hours ago rescheduling the meeting that takes place in five minutes. Pick up the phone and call. Your Only Solution Is to Take ActionYeah, yeah, you have a million reasons why these ideas can never work in your workplace. Hogwash. I use every one of them and can bring at least a semblance of order to my inbox. So choose a technique and start applying it. While you practice, I’ll be on vacation, accumulating a 2,000 message backlog for when I get home. If you want to know how well I cope, just send along an e-mail and ask….Stever Robbins is an authority on overwhelm in the workplace. A veteran of nine startups (can you say: overwhelm to the max?) over 25 years, Stever co-designed the “Foundations” segment of Harvard’s MBA program. He is the author of It Takes a Lot More than Attitude to Lead a Stellar Organization, and has appeared on CNN-fn and in the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily and Harvard Business Review. Stever and his monthly newsletter can be found at http://SteverRobbins.com/. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queuelast_img read more

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To Mark Its First Birthday Yo Unveils Photo Messaging and Group Chats

first_img –shares June 16, 2015 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. To Mark Its First Birthday Yo Unveils Photo Messaging and Group Chats Add to Queue Apps 2 min read Image credit: Yo Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for $5 Remember Yo? Launched a year ago, the app’s premise is ridiculously simple: It sends the word “Yo” to contacts who also have the app installed.That was the old Yo, though.Since its launch and having raised a miraculous $1.5 million from investors, the app has attempted a pivot into usefulness, allowing users to “Yo” a host of developers and publishers and receive notifications on everything from breaking news to nearby restaurant recommendations. But the company wasn’t done with its overhaul.Yesterday, in line with this move towards relevance, the app launched an updated version. Dubbed Yo 2.0, it includes a redesigned interface along with new features such as “Yo Groups,” which enables users to blast out Yo’s, photos or locations to multiple people at once, and “Yo Anyone,” which lets users send SMS Yo’s to contacts who do not have the Yo app.Related: New Messaging App ‘Tap’ Aims to Be Even Simpler Than ‘Yo’While Yo 2.0 is arguably more useful than the original Yo — admittedly not a hard bar to clear –the new features don’t make the app that much less silly, really. How many circumstances require sending a location pin drop or a selfie blast to a group of friends? As with the original Yo, the applications are suspiciously limited.Maybe that can be fixed? Yo co-founder Danny Hakimian told Mashable that in the future, he hopes to work with third-party apps to personalize the Yo experience for individual users.“Down the line it could be that I Yo you my location and there’s an option to order a Uber to that location,” he told the outlet, although there are no plans, as of yet, to partner with Uber. “Or use your current context or previous interests. We can make the notification smarter than it already is.”Is it possible to contextualize a Yo into relevance? Looks like Yo’s team won’t rest until they find out.Related: The ‘Yo’ Explosion Comes Full Circle: Viral App Gets HackedFollow Entrepreneur on Yo and get the week’s top story every Thursday, delivered straight to your device. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article Laura Entislast_img read more

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