Province Helps Fund Transit Feasibility Study

first_imgThe province is investing $30,000 in a feasibility study that will help bring Lunenburg County one step closer to establishing transit service in the community. “This study is an essential first step in the development of a transit system on the south shore,” said Natural Resources Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson today, Feb. 13, in Bridgewater, on behalf of Barry Barnet, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “Sustainable transportation offers many benefits for our environment, residents and communities. Transit can improve the quality of life for people of all ages by providing them with greater access to employment, goods and services.” On behalf of the communities involved in the project, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg will issue a request for proposals for the feasibility study. The study will evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the service by examining start-up and operating costs, ridership, potential routes and service delivery models. The study will also provide recommendations for implementation. The towns of Bridgewater, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg are also contributing to the project. “Most drivers in Lunenburg County rely on their own vehicles to get from point A to B,” said Don Downe, Mayor of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. “This study will bring us that much closer to providing them with an alternative transportation option. “Transit can also bring increased mobility to all members of our communities.” The deadline to submit requests for proposals is Wednesday, March 4. The study is expected to be completed this summer. For more information on the study and the request for proposals call 902-543-8181.last_img read more

Rescue tech who died in accident had chute tangle lost track of

first_imgOTTAWA – A military investigation report says an accident that killed a search and rescue technician near Yorkton, Sask., in March 2017 came after the man’s chute became twisted as he jumped in a low-level exercise.It says Master Cpl. Alfred Barr waited too long to cut away his tangled main chute and deploy his reserve.Barr, who was qualified as a jumper but relatively inexperienced, was taking part in an exercise involving a jump from a C-130 Hercules aircraft.He had completed his semi-annual parachute emergency training two days before the accident.The report says Barr followed his team leader out the aircraft door during the jump from just over 600 metres, but rolled slightly in the slipstream after he exited and when the static line pulled his parachute open, the suspension lines became twisted.Barr made repeated efforts to clear the lines as he fell, but apparently lost track of his height.“While attempting to clear the twists, he likely lost situational awareness of his altitude and descent rate,” the report said. “As a result, he did not take action to cut away and deploy his reserve parachute before reaching the ground.”The report from the Department of National Defence Airworthiness Investigative Authority called for enhanced training and suggested the military look at using altimeters which would provide audible warnings about height.Barr was a member of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 17 Wing in Winnipeg.last_img read more

Oregon man pleads guilty to hacking celebrity emails

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – An Oregon man who accessed hundreds of email accounts and stole explicit photos of celebrities pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony hacking charge in Los Angeles.Andrew Helton of Astoria, Oregon, faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing nude or explicit photos from 13 people, including some unidentified celebrities.Hundreds of stolen nude images of stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis have been posted online in recent years.FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says Helton’s is a separate case and that none of the images he stole are believed to have leaked online.Helton’s attorney Shanon L. Gray had no immediate comment Friday.Prosecutors say Helton’s “phishing” scheme involved sending victims emails they thought were from Apple or Google. The messages asked victims to verify their email accounts by clicking on a link that took them to a phoneywebsite, where Helton collected their usernames and passwords.Prosecutors say Helton used the information to access more than 360 email accounts.Helton, 29, is scheduled to be sentenced June 2. Oregon man pleads guilty to hacking celebrity emails by The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2016 4:41 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 19, 2016 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Why the long face New antiageing therapy made from horse tendons set

first_imgIt is not the first beauty therapy to take inspiration from the animal kingdom. A hair treatment made from the semen of an organic Aberdeen Angus bull is currently available, as well as a facial created from the faeces of the Japanese Nightingale.Eddy Emilio, Director of Vida Aesthetics, which is pinoneering the treatment said: “The idea of using protein sourced from horses may seem quirky, but we’re certain this is the future of anti-ageing. “We’re already getting rave reviews from cosmetic doctors thanks to its excellent results and numerous areas it can improve the appearance of.“We truly believe this could rival the results of established but overused anti-ageing cosmetic treatments.”Animal collagen from horses, cattle and pigs has already been used as a wound healing treatment for around three decades but it is the first time that it has found its way into a cosmetic therapy.  Bandages impregnated with the equine cells have been clinically proven to treat burns, ulcers, skin lesions and open wounds so it is known to be safe to leave in situ under the skin.  The collagen effectively supports the development of new cells at the affected area by providing natural scaffolding on which the tissue can grow.Manufacturers say it can help to ease fine lines around the eyes, improve facial volume in areas such as the cheeks, and can even improve the appearance of the décolletage.But the therapy does not come cheap. Prices start from £250 and it will be available from clinics across the country. It might seem an extreme form of beauty, but the latest anti-ageing treatment is an injection of protein made from the tendons of horses.The new skin plumping treatment, called Nithya, is being hailed as a safer alternative to botox.It was launched last week in Britain and its makers say that it stimulates collagen production in the skin rather than paralysing the muscles.Botox remains a controversial therapy because it involves injecting botulinum – the toxin found in botuslism – into the face which blocks nerve activity in the muscles, relaxing wrinkles.The new substance which is devised from the flexor tendons of  horses, has been proven to stimulate fibroblasts –  cells which create collagen – without side effects. And while botox lasts for around four months, the new treatment can last up to a year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Ubuntu 1404 will be known as Trusty Tahr

first_imgYesterday, Canonical joined Microsoft in releasing a brand new version of their operating system. It was codenamed Saucy Salamander and shipped as Ubuntu was a milestone release because it was the first to include a desktop, server, tablet, and smartphone version of Ubuntu. Sure, the mobile versions are still very early developments and only really work well on Nexus hardware, but it’s a start and mobile will now form a core part of every Ubuntu release going forward.So with 13.10 out the door, Canonical’s attention turns to Long Term Support release that is 14.04, due out in April next year. But development of Ubuntu 14.04 can’t move forward without a name, and Mark Shuttleworth has today announced what it will be. Say hello to Trusty Tahr.A Tahr for those who are wondering is a large Asian mammal that’s a very close relative of the wild goat. They live at very high altitudes on steep terrain, which Shuttleworth says makes them “sure-footed and steady” and symbolize “hardiness and fearlessness.” So it’s not surprising he wants to use their name to represent his operating system.As for what Ubuntu 14.04 will bring. On the mobile front the team will just be pushing forward as fast as it can and 14.04 won’t be a mobile LTS build. The desktop and server versions on the other hand will have a focus on “performance, refinement, maintainability, technical debt.” There was a team focused on improving quality for the desktop version of 13.10, and that is continuing with 14.04. It sounds like we will end up with a refined version of 13.10, which is exactly what you want for an LTS build.[Image credit: PG Palmer (AU) on Flickr]last_img read more

SNAP Center getting some attention

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Jan 2015 – Public Works today managed to make some moves to see the Marion Williams Snap Center cleaned up. We reported the situation to the department on Monday; today work was being done to trim the overgrown outdoor area of both the center and the nearby roundabout. Ten special needs children attend the Snap Center; now they can at least come out to play and use the playground at the rear of their school; see the before and after photos when you follow, like, subscribe or link up with Magnetic Media. Recommended for you Related Items:kew town, marion williams, public works, SNAP center Murdered father of two, shot in the head Woman shot, vehicle shot up in Kew Town ambush this morning Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp No show for first building height consultation; no facilitatorslast_img read more

TCI officials attend Brazil Tourism Expo

first_img Teen TCI First Runner Up going to Intl Pageant too Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Oct 2015 – Turks and Caicos Tourism continues to make moves to draw more Brazilian travellers to the country and revealed that a group recently attended a conference in the country, which has the 4th largest visitor market to the territory. Crystal Greene, Deputy Chairman of the Tourist Board; Oneika Simons-Rigby, Tourist Board’s Marketing Executive and Oehleo Higgs, Sr. Public Relations Officer for the Tourist Board were the representatives at the 43rd ABAV International Tourism Expo in Sao Paulo, Brazil.The goal is to increase brand awareness in Brazil and the expo was an ideal venue. According to a press release the Tourism expo featured over three thousand associated companies which manage 80% of the Brazilian national market services– including air tickets issuance, lodging, bookings, land tour transportation, car rental, packages operation and sea cruising. The companies offer tourism products in 52 economic sectors of Brazil. The TCI is represented in Brazil by Net Hospitality. The Tourist Board delegation was in Brazil September 24-28. Related Items:brazil tourism expo, Crystal Greene, Deputy Chairman of the Tourist Board; Oneika Simons-Rigby, oehleo higgs, Sr. Public Relations Officer, Tourist Board’s Marketing Executivecenter_img Recommended for you Teen TCI Pageant this weekend; events start at Fish Frylast_img read more

Fishing report 926

first_imgIt’s almost October and chinook catches are fading, with the better bite in the past week downstream of Woodland.Washington’s sampling found only 25 percent of the chinook handled downstream of Warrior Rock were fin clipped and kept. Starting today, any chinook — fin-clipped or not — can be kept between Buoy 10 and the Warrior Rock line.The gillnetters will fish from the ocean to Beacon Rock tonight and Sunday night.Buoy 10 is yielding some coho. Oregon sampled 49 boaters with 18 coho kept plus two chinook and 16 coho released. Goose Lake has been stocked with 1,300 cutthroat trout averaging more than a pound.Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:Lower Columbia — Cathlamet, 31 boaters with seven adult fall chinook salmon released. (WDFW)Westport, Ore., to Portland, 283 boat rods with 10 adult chinook and two jacks kept plus 39 adult chinook released; 15 Oregon bank rods with no catch. (ODFW)Longview, 307 boaters with 24 adult chinook and one steelhead kept plus 41 adult chinook released; 119 bank rods with 16 adult chinook and one steelhead kept plus 40 adult chinook released. (WDFW)Cowlitz River mouth, 135 bank rods with 18 adult chinook, one jack chinook and seven adult coho kept plus 78 adult chinook released. (WDFW)Kalama, 115 boaters with seven adult chinook kept and 29 released; 236 bank rods with 42 adult chinook and one jack chinook kept plus 127 adult chinook released. (WDFW)Woodland, 142 boaters with 18 adult chinook and one jack kept plus 59 adult chinook released; 80 bank rods with nine adult chinook kept plus 23 adult chinook and one jack released. (WDFW)last_img read more

Amber Alert issued for 2yearold in Port Richey

first_img#PortRichey, #Florida #AMBERAlert. For most current information, go to— AMBER Alert (@AMBERAlert) January 31, 2017Officials believe they are traveling in a 2005 black Nissan Altima with a Tennessee tag number 9A47V9. PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WSVN) — Officials have issued a Florida Amber Alert for a 2-year-old who was last seen in Port Richey.Bane Wheeler was last seen along the 9000 block of U.S. Highway 19, in Port Richey, Tuesday. Authorities said the toddler may be in the company of 30-year-old Daniel Wheeler.Daniel WheelerDaniel was last seen wearing a green jacket, black and blue plaid shirt, dark colored pants and black tennis shoes.The adult accompanying the boy was last wearing a camouflage jacket, khaki shorts, black hat, black shoes and white socks. He also has multiple tattoos, including a flaming heart on his chest, “Wheeler” on his back, a cross on his upper left arm that says “Dustin,” and holding hands that say “Bane” on his right arm. If you have any information concerning their whereabouts, please contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office at 727-847-5878 or 911.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Spotify explicitly bans adblockers will kick you off for using them

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET 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. $6 at Tidal See at Turo Turo 1:53 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 5 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $999 Tags 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 DJI Osmo Action preview Angela Lang/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $155 at Google Express 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $59 at eBay 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. 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). Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Now playing: Watch this: Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Apple iPhone XS Phones Music Read Google Home Hub review $60 at Best Buy 5 tips for free-tier Spotify users 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. The Cheapskate See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy Read the AirPods review $210 at Best Buy Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 27 Photos Sarah Tew/CNET James Martin/CNET Spotify wants you to stream music, but only if you pay for it with either your money or your time.The service is updating its terms of service, effective March 1, to make it clear that the use of ad-blockers and similar services that prevent ads from playing is not allowed. And it can terminate your account without warning if you use them. “We’ve updated our user guidelines, making it clear that all types of ad blockers, bots, and fraudulent streaming activities are not permitted,” Spotify said in an email sent Thursday.This shouldn’t be confused with the “Active Listening” feature Spotify has been testing in some territories since last August, which lets listeners choose to skip some ads if they don’t want to listen to them. Spotify offers both its free, ad-supported tier and an ad-free subscription tier for $10, £10 and AU$12 per month. According to Digiday, Spotify already has detection measures in place in order to find users on the free service using an ad-blocker. The music service also reportedly estimated that 2 million users are using an ad-blocker or a modified app to avoid ads, which is about 2 percent of its ad-supported monthly users.Spotify did not immediately return CNET’s request for comment. Many ad-supported websites and streaming services already prevent users from viewing content if an ad-blocker is installed, typically by alerting a customer to this and requesting that they turn ad-blocking off in order to read the page or watch a video. 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. 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. 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. $299 at Amazon $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview 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. 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. See at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Amazon $999 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. See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. 7 Boost Mobile Chris Monroe/CNET Comments Tags TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Rylo Spotify,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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Share your voice See It Mighty Vibe Spotify music player is like a next-gen Shuffle $520 at HP Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sprint $261 at Daily Steals via Google Expresslast_img read more

11 Cities That US Millenials Are Moving To And One Of Them

first_img Share PexelsU.S. millennials are moving to cities where lifestyle is more affordable and less stressful than that of big cities.It’s no secret that big cities like New York or Washington D.C. have been a destination place for young aspirational people starting their lives after college.However, things have changed with the generation born between the early 1980’s to the mid-1990’s, also called millenials, and the circumstances that they are facing.  Rising real-estate prices and a tough job competition have sent them searching for other places in the United States that might have been barely in their parents’ radar.That’s the conclusion of a  Business Insider  article which compiles the top cities and towns that millennials have chosen over the past few years using data from the personal finance company SmartAsset, real-estate analytics firm RCLCO, and mortgage software firm Ellie Mae. According to the magazine, Charlotte, North Carolina is on top of the list,  and only one Texas city is acting as a magnet for that generation: Austin. Check the list here.last_img read more

Traditional homes are more sustainable

first_imgAlthough people around the world want the kind of houses seen in Europe and North America, rather than those they grew up with, traditional homes can be more sustainable, says an Indian-origin engineer.Industrial building materials are often scarce and expensive and alternative, locally sourced, sustainable materials are often a better choice, said Khanjan Mehta, assistant professor of engineering design at the Pennsylvania State University.“People want to build a good house, everyone wants to have a good house. But what makes a good house? Is it wood, steel, concrete or bamboo? It all depends on the context,” Mehta said.Individuals can use locally available but scarce materials to build their individual homes, but that strategy will not build all the houses in a city or village because it cannot be scaled up to meet the demand.“People see western stuff as better, more modern and therefore they think it is good,” said Mehta.“Traditional homes can be just as cool, and maybe more sustainable,” he said.Mehta shared his thoughts at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC on Friday.last_img read more

Agri Marketing dept starts installing GPS in mobile Sufal Bangla stalls

first_imgKolkata: The state Agricultural Marketing department has started installing GPS in its Sufal Bangla mobile outlets to have a clear idea of the exact location of the vehicles.”We have already installed GPS tracking system in 20 of our mobile vehicles on a pilot basis. These vehicles operate in Kolkata and Salt Lake areas. Gradually, we will be putting up this facility in all our Sufal Bangla mobile outlets,” a senior official of the state Agricultural Marketing department said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The GPS system will maintain transparency in our operation and will give us an idea whether the vehicles are following the right track. We have been frequently getting phone calls from customers in case of slightest delay in reaching the location earmarked for the mobile outlets. Now, we will be able to tell them the location and the tentative time to reach there,” the official added. State Agricultural Marketing minister Tapan Dasgupta on Wednesday inaugurated five Sufal Bangla stalls including three in Kolkata, taking the total number of such stalls to 112. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe three stalls in Kolkata unveiled by the minister include one in New Alipore, one in Charu Market and another in Kankurgachi, while the other two that were inaugurated are located at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya campus at Mohanpur, Nadia and at Itahar in North Dinajpur. All the stalls that were unveiled are static ones, with their total count presently being 38. It may be mentioned that Sufal Bangla stalls were introduced in 2014, to ensure that common people get fresh vegetables at the right price. The stalls are mainly run by different Farmers’ Producers Organisations (FPOs), which collect vegetables directly from farmers and sell them in the stalls. It benefits both farmers and common people. The farmers get the right price for their produce and hence are not required to depend on middlemen, while people get fresh vegetables at the right price. The prices of all sorts of vegetables, including the organic ones, are updated daily on the Sufal Bangla website, so that the customers can know the prices in advance before going to the outlets. The department is also developing an app so that the products available in the Sufal Bangla stalls can be home-delivered.last_img read more

Why I Think Google Glass Is a GameChanging Device With Mainstream Potential

first_img 5 min read Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This is the final piece in a four-part series as I test Google Glass for personal and business uses.After wearing Google Glass for more than a month, I can say with certainty that it’s a game-changing device. For such an early iteration the device works well and more interesting software — called “Glassware” — is being developed every day. I can see Glass catching on with the masses, once we’re a little more accustomed to Google’s vision for augmented reality.From business to personal use, Google Glass is an extremely compelling device for just about anyone. Here’s why:It’s an everyday device. So far, the most striking thing about Google Glass is how it’s more convenient to wear than to not. I expected to use it only as a novelty device, deliberately for the purpose of writing about it. But now, if I sit down at my desk, I reach for Glass. If I’m going out, I’ll put it on before I walk out the door. It makes my daily interactions, checking email, sending and receiving texts just that much easier. Most of the time I forget it’s on at all.Author Taylor Hatmaker thinksGoogle Glass will be the next big thing.The casual convenience that Glass provides is what makes me certain it could catch on as a mainstream device for the average consumer. The best technological innovations succeed in making our lives easier and less messy. Even in this beta iteration, Glass is that kind of device.Price will make or break Glass. Last year, rumors emerged that Glass would be commercially available by the end of 2013 for “around the price of current smartphones.” As it stands, Google is doling out the device slowly to winners of the “Explorers” contest for $1,500.But is Glass worth $1,500? No, it isn’t. Its components should cost considerably less once manufactured on a larger scale, likely driving the price down significantly. And Google isn’t in the business of high markup on its top devices.Considering that Glass is a risky experiment in the nascent field of wearable tech, it’s in Google’s best interest to get Glass into the hands of as many consumers as possible as fast as possible. It may read like a luxury product now with its astronomical early pricing, but Glass is meant for the everyman.How much will the everyman pay? A recent survey found that 48 percent of nearly 3,500 respondents would happily pay between $200 and $300 for the device. But for now, Glass isn’t a standalone device. It needs to be paired with a smartphone or connected to Wi-Fi to be truly useful. As long as that remains true, Glass will be a luxury device on par with buying an iPad to have a second screen around.Glass raises privacy concerns. Literally everyone I’ve encountered while wearing Glass has reacted enthusiastically. But they’ve also expressed concerns about privacy. Most people seem squeamish about how Glass wearers can inconspicuously record video and take photos of people they see.Some of the fears are allayed after I explain how Glass works and liken it to a “smartphone on your face.” The privacy concerns raised by Glass are really not all that different than those raised by the prevalence of smartphones. They just feel new.Google knows that Glass has the potential to creep people out and it’s taking steps to thwart scary or otherwise unseemly capabilities such as face recognition and augmented reality porn. As more developers innovate for Glass and its unique capabilities, new apps will be a big draw. But Google will have its hands full patrolling Glassware to enforce its strict security and privacy standards for the new device.Glass: a social revolution. Unlike wearable tech standouts like the Nike+ Fuelband or the Pebble smart watch, Google’s device drapes a layer of virtual information over visual reality itself. Because of its uniquely immersive nature, I think Glass is capable of revolutionizing or altogether disrupting the way that we interact socially.But from the start, Google’s aim was to make our devices less interruptive in social contexts, and to that end I think Glass succeeds. Checking a notification is wholly optional after you are notified by an audible “ding” in your ear. Doing so takes a fraction of the time it would take to pull out a smartphone, unlock it and peer into the screen.Before the advent of the smartphone, we never could have imagined spending so much time on tiny screens we carry around in our pockets. And once society gets over its technological heebie-jeebies, Glass — and devices like it, yet to come — are the next frontier. June 7, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Meet Ringly Where Wearble Tech Meets HighFashion Bling

first_img 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Smartwatches can be great for getting you alerts from your phone on the sly. If you’re a woman, however, the popular ones don’t exactly scream high fashion or likely blend in with your typical wardrobe. Now, thanks to one fashionable startup, you don’t have to strap a screen to your wrist to get undercover updates from your iPhone.Meet Ringly, a smart ring that can discretely let you know you need to head out to your next meeting or that your client is calling, all while looking like a normal, attractive piece of jewelry.The idea for the ring came to co-founder Christina Mercando after she kept missing calls from her family because she had her phone tucked away in her purse. “One day I was just looking down at my jewelry, and thought, “Hmmm I wonder if I can put something in my ring that would solve this problem?” she says. Mercado started sketching prototypes and Ringly was born.Related: What Is Keeping Wearable Tech From Being Fashionable?The 18k gold-plated smart jewelry comes with a semi-precious stone (black onyx, rainbow moonstone, pink sapphire or emerald), and blends in to whatever other jewelry you might be wearing. When you receive a notification, Ringly vibrates and a small light on the side of the ring momentarily shines to let you know what type of alert you’re receiving. It’s a subtle notification that you’ll be able to understand, but the clients in your meeting won’t even notice.The type of notifications you get on the ring depends a lot on the wearer. Ringly supports five colors and four vibration patterns that can be customized within the ring’s accompanying app to fit your specific needs. For instance, you might set it up to send one short vibration and a blue light when you’re mentioned on Facebook, but four vibrations and a red light when your business partner is calling.Out of the box, the ring supports text, call, email and calendar alerts from your iOS or Android phone as well as notifications from several different apps, including Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, Tinder and Pinterest. You can even set an alert for Uber where Ringly lets you know when your car’s arrived. The ring can last between two and three days on a single charge (depending on how popular are) and charges when it’s placed its box.Ringly will officially go on sale this Fall. If you can’t wait to get your hands on it (literally), the company is accepting pre-orders for its first production run starting today, at $145 each.Related: Google Glass Gets a High-Fashion Makeover, Still Looks Geeky Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now June 10, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Spirulina Market Set to Record a CAGR of Approx 106 During

first_imgSpirulina is a natural algae powder known as cyanobacteria that comprises potent level of proteins, antioxidants, and vitamin B and other nutrients. Spirulina exhibits various benefits such as lowering of LDL and triglyceride levels and anticancer properties. It also reduces blood pressure, is effective against anemia, and improves muscle strength. The global spirulina market generated $346 million in 2018, and is projected reach $779 million by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 10.6% from 2019 t2026.Download Sample Copy @ Market Players: Cyanotech, DIC Corporation, Chr. Hansen Holding A/S, Dongtai City Spirulina Bio-engineering Co., Ltd., Algenol Biofuels Inc, Prolgae, Sensient Technologies Corporation, Parry Neutraceuticals, AlgatecThe increase in use of spirulina as a dietary food supplement, owing tits high nutritional content is the major factor that drives the spirulina market. Furthermore, increase in adoption of healthy food in developed countries fuel the market growth of spirulina in food & beverages. The rise in prevalence of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, immune diseases, and other diseases boosts the demand of spirulina.Furthermore, increase in healthcare expenditure and disposable income among the population is anticipated increase the market growth. However, limited resource of spirulina as it is extracted from the freshwater sources that are available in very few areas hinders the market growth. Emerging economies such as India, China, Mexico, and Brazil are anticipated provide new opportunities for the market growth during the forecast period.The global spirulina market is segmented in type, application, drug formulation, and region. By type, the market is bifurcated intrahospital Platensis and Arthrospira Platensis. Based on application, it is categorized in nutraceuticals, cosmetics, food & beverages, agriculture, feed, and others. Based on drug formulation, the spirulina market is categorized in powder, tablet & capsule, liquid, and granule & gelling agent. Based on region, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.KEY MARKET SEGMENTSBy Type• Arthrospira Platensis• Arthrospira MaximaBy Application• Nutraceuticals• Food & Beverages• Cosmetics• Animal Feed• OthersBy Drug Formulation• Powder• Tablet & Capsule• Liquid• Granule & Gelling AgentAvail Discount on Report @ of ContentsChapter 1: introductionChapter 2: executive summaryChapter 3: market overviewChapter 4: Spirulina market, by componentChapter 5: Spirulina market, by type of SpirulinaChapter 6: Spirulina market, by functionChapter 7: Spirulina market, by end userChapter 8: Spirulina market, by regionChapter 9: company profilesAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help tfind the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place tsave your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

NET Framework 47 Offline and Online installer

first_imgNET Framework 4.7 Offline and Online installer by Martin Brinkmann on May 04, 2017 in Windows – 6 commentsMicrosoft has released the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7, a new version of the company’s popular framework for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, and all Windows Server versions starting with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.Please note that the .NET Framework 4.7 is already part of the Windows 10 Creators Update, and does not need to be installed on it because of that,The new version ships with new features that developers may utilize in the programs, and that users may benefit from as well if developers make use of them.While there is no rush to download and install the new .NET Framework 4.7, if you are not a developer, you may require it eventually once developers and companies start to release products that target the new version..NET Framework 4.7 DownloadMicrosoft created two packages for the new framework version. The first is a web installer, the second an offline installer. The core difference between the two is that the offline installer does not require an Internet connection during installation..NET Framework 4.7 Web Installer Download.NET Framework 4.7 Offline Installer DownloadThe offline installer has a size of about 58 Megabytes.Note: The .NET Framework 4.7 installation may be blocked on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 devices. This happens when a compatible D3DCompiler_47.dll is not installed on the device.Administrators need to download and install the missing file from this Microsoft support page, before they run the .NET Framework 4.7 installation.Microsoft plans to make the update available through Windows Update and the Microsoft Update Catalog website as well, but has not revealed when it is going to do that.The NET .Framework 4.7 release is an in-place update for the .NET Framework versions 4, 4.5, 4.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, and 4.6.2..What’s new in the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7?Microsoft highlights the core changes of the new version on this page on the MSDN website. Here is the short version:Default operating system support for TLS protocolsAbility to configure the default message security settings to TLS 1.1 or TLS 1.2Improved reliability of WCF applications and WCF serializationWindows Forms High DPI supportSupport for a touch/stylus stack based on Windows WM_POINTER messagesNew implementation for WPF printing APIsEnhanced functionality with Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC)Better support for control characters by the DataContractJsonSerializerObject Cache ExtensibilityDevelopers may target the .NET Framework 4.7 in Visual Studio 2012 to utilize the new features and improvements.Now You: Do you plan to install the new NET Framework 4.7?SummaryArticle NameNET Framework 4.7 Offline and Online installerDescriptionMicrosoft has released the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7, a new version of the company’s popular framework for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

iPhone 11 Pro May Be Apples Ultimate Smartphone

first_imgApple has been using the iPad Pro moniker for years to draw a clear distinction between its standard iPad models and the higher-end Pro version. And it might do the same with the iPhone 11.Serial leaker CoinX published to Twitter on Saturday (Aug. 10) that Apple is planning an iPhone Pro brand for this year’s smartphone lineup. The person didn’t identify sources for the information, but has been right in the past with Apple’s branding plans. Last year, CoinX correctly predicted Apple was planning to name the 2018 iPhone slate the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.Rumors have been swirling about Apple’s iPhone plans for several months. Currently, it’s believed that Apple will release three new models this year to replace last year’s versions. CoinX didn’t say where the Pro version might land in that lineup, but it’s likely that it would be the model that many assumed would be the iPhone 11 Max.iPhone 11 Video Shows Phone From Every AngleRECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. TCL 5-Series Hands-OnMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpGalaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus Hands-on: What’s New, What’s Different05:28OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0000:5600:56 What might the iPhone 11 Pro do? One rumored feature coming to the iPhone is Apple Pencil support, so that could be one way to differentiate the iPhone 11 Pro from the other new iPhones.The top-end iPhone 11 Pro should also include three cameras on the back. According to an earlier report in Bloomberg, the device would capture a “larger field of view and enable a wider range of zoom.” Plus, you would be able to repair photos or videos and fit in subjects that were cut off in the initial shot.The successor to the iPhone XR may wind up being called the iPhone 11R. But that leaves the regular iPhone 11. Will Apple just name it that or go a different direction?Ultimately, Apple needs to do something with its branding. For years, the company’s iPhone branding made some sense. The iPhone 7 followed the iPhone 6, for instance. But in 2017, Apple unveiled the iPhone X, an homage to the tenth-anniversary iPhone. Last year, the company went with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in addition to the iPhone XR.Most reports have simply called this year’s iPhones the iPhone 11 lineup. But if CoinX is correct, Apple might opt for something else entirely.Regardless, we won’t need to wait too long to see what Apple has planned. The company is expected to unveil the new iPhones in early September, complete with a more powerful A13 Bionic processor. The iPhones will then hit store shelves soon after.Until then, expect the rumors to keep flying — and speculation about Apple’s branding plans to follow suit. Use our frequently updated iPhone 11 hub page to keep up on all of the news, rumors and leaks prior to launch.Why You Should Skip the iPhone 11 for iPhone 12Galaxy Note 10 vs iPhone 11: Which Phone Will Win?10 Best Phones Right Nowlast_img read more

Developers dont belong on a pedestal theyre doing a job like everyone

first_imgIt’s well known that there’s a toxic element to tech culture. And although it isn’t new, it has nevertheless surfaced and become more visible thanks to the increasing maturity of the platforms that are today shaping public discourse. As those platforms empower new voices to speak and allow new communities to organize, the very fabric of the culture on which many of them were built – hyper-masculine, competitive, and with scant disregard for the wider implications of their decisions on users – becomes the target of critique. But while everything from sexual harassment cover-ups to content moderation crises signal deep rooted issues inside the tech industry, substantially transforming tech’s cultural problems is a problem that’s more difficult to solve. It’s also one that many leading organizations and individuals seem to be unwilling to properly engage with. This is where April Wensel comes in. She’s made it her mission to help tackle issues of toxicity and ultimately transform tech culture with her organization, Compassionate Coding. What is Compassionate Coding? Compassionate Coding was launched in 2016 as a “response to a lot of the problems I saw in the tech industry with culture,” Wensel tells me when we spoke recently over Skype. “The common thread,” she explains, “was a lack of concern for human beings that are involved in technology or affected by technology.” This is particularly significant for Wensel. While it might be tempting to see the Google Walkout, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the controversy around Rekognition as nothing more than a collection of troubling but ultimately unrelated issues, it’s vital that we understand them together. via“For things to really change – we can’t approach each issue as one problem,” Wensel says. “They really have the same root problem, which is this lack of compassion.” Compassion is an important and very deliberate word. It wasn’t chosen purely for its alliterative impact. “I chose compassion because I see compassion as a really rational thing; not just an intangible thing.” Compassion is, Wensel continues, “a more active form of empathy. Empathy allows you to feel what others are feeling, compassion allows you to see suffering, and – the important piece – to want to alleviate suffering.” Compassion as an antidote to toxic tech culture To talk about compassion in the tech industry is provocative. She tells me she recalls someone on Reddit describing the idea of compassionate coding as ‘girly ‘. But she tries to “tune out” online resistance, adopting a measured attitude: “whenever you have new, challenging ideas people get defensive.” Even if people aren’t aggressively opposed to her ideas, initially there was a distinct unwillingness to really engage with the ideas she was putting forward. “I… saw that it wasn’t cool to talk about these things. If you started talking about humans or whatnot, people are like oh, you must be a designer or you must be in product… No, I’m a developer. I just care about the people we’re impacting.” Crucial to this attitude is Wensel’s point that compassionate coding is something that can have real effects at every level. She describes it as “a new way of weighing decisions on a daily basis… it goes from high level things like what are we building? to low level things – what should I name this variable to make it easier for somebody in the future to understand?” Distributing power through diversity The context into which Compassionate Coding has entered the world is complex. High profile scandals need attention and action, but they are only the tip of the iceberg. They are symptomatic of low-lying problems that often pass unnoticed. Diversity is a good example of this. Although it’s often framed in the somewhat prosaic context of equal opportunities, it’s actually a powerful way of breaking apart privilege and the concentration of power that allows harmful products to be released and discrimination to find its way into organizational practices. By bringing people from a diverse range of backgrounds with different experiences into positions of authority and influence, the decisions that are made at all levels are supported by a greater awareness of context. In effect, decision making becomes more rigorous. Similarly, organizations themselves become safer and more welcoming places for employees from minority backgrounds because networks of support can form, making challenging malpractice or even abuse less of a risk professionally. This is something Wensel is well aware of. She takes umbrage with the concept of ‘diversity of thought’ which she sees as a way to mask a lack of genuine diversity. “A lot of companies claim they have diversity of thought…” she says, “that are all white men.” “You can’t really have true diversity of thought if everybody has come from the same background and hasn’t had any of the challenges that people from minority backgrounds might face.” The barriers to diversity are largely structural problems that can be felt far beyond tech. But according to Wensel, there are nevertheless cultural issues unique to the industry that are compounding the problem: “If you say you value diversity but really one of your values is the efficiency or perceived efficiency that comes when everyone thinks the same way then you have to realise that you’re gonna have to make some concessions in terms of creating a bit of discomfort when people are debating issues… because there is going to be some conflict when you create these diverse spaces.” Put another way, in an industry where you’re expected to move quickly and adapt, where you’re constantly looking for efficiency, diversity is always going to be an issue. It brings friction. For Wensel, the role Compassionate Coding can play in supporting diversity and inclusion is one where it helps to shift the industry mindset away from one that is scared of friction, to one where friction is vital if we’re to build better, safer, and more secure software. She points out that diversity isn’t just an initiative, it must be something that is constantly practiced: “Inclusion has to be a daily practice and so you need somebody who is in a position of power who can help establish inclusive practices,” she says. But it also needs to be something organizations need to invest in: “companies need to be paying people to do this because a lot of times the burden falls on underrepresented groups in the company and that’s not right.” Read next: Github Sponsors: Could corporate strategy eat FOSS culture for dinner? The problem with meritocracy If diversity can help unlock a better way of working in the tech industry, there are still other industry shibboleths that need to be slayed. According to Wensel, one of these is meritocracy. It is, she argues, often used as cover by those that are resistant to genuine diversity. “A lot of time in tech people want to talk about a meritocracy… [Recode co-founder] Kara Swisher says tech is more like a mirrortocracy because the people who succeed look like the ones who are already in the industry.” But what makes this problem worse is the fact that tech’s meritocracy is haunted by stereotypes and assumptions about what it means to be a developer. She points to a study done by IBM in the sixties that aimed to find out “what makes a good, strong programmer.” “They found among other things that programmers like puzzles, and they don’t like people… So it created a stereotype of what it means to be a good developer, and part of that was not liking people. And the reason that was so important – even though it was back in the sixties – is that IBM was a very influential company in terms of establishing tech culture,” Wensel says. Stack Overflow’s negative impact on tech culture What has further exacerbated this issue is how influential figures have helped to reinforce these stereotypes, effectively buying into the image of a programmer put forward in IBM’s research. In particular, Wensel calls out Stack Overflow and its founders Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood. “If you read through some of their old blogs from the early 2000s,” she says, “you can see a lot of the elements of the toxic culture that I talk about in so much of my work. Things like… hyper-competition… an over focus on aggressive competition… things like zero sum thinking. There’s an elitism – there’s not enough for everybody and some people are better than others.” Wensel suggests the attitudes of Atwood and Spolsky have been instrumental in forming the worst elements of the website “where the focus is not on helping people, but on accumulating points in the game of stack overflow.” Wensel detailed her experiences of Stack Overflow and offered an incisive critique of the website in a post on Medium in 2018. She reveals that although she has used Stack Overflow since its launch in 2008 (the year she graduated from her Computer Science class) “the condescending and blatantly rude responses on the site” have dissuaded her from ever actually creating an account. Although the Compassionate Code founder can see that the site is trying to change things, she believes it can still do a lot more (in her post she adds this response from Stack overflow employee Joe Friend). The problem, however, is that this would be a risk for the company. “They really have to be willing to alienate their audience – the ones who are contributing to the toxic culture.” Ultimately this highlights the problem facing many companies and communities in the tech industry – inclusivity and diversity aren’t things that can simply be integrated into established patterns and beliefs. Those beliefs and values need to change too. Which can, of course be painful. Dismantling the hierarchy of tech skills Again, it’s important to note that Wensel’s criticisms aren’t just on the grounds of civility or accessibility. It’s ultimately bad for the industry as a whole and bad for users. It helps to cultivate an engineering culture where certain skills are overvalued while others are excluded. This has consequences for how we view ourselves in the industry (we’re never good enough, and we constantly have to compete), but it also means the sort of work and thought that should go into building and delivering software is viewed as less important. “None of this is productive and none of this is creating value. We need people doing all of these roles, and so which one of these has more prestige shouldn’t be an issue” Wensel argues. “That’s why one of very clear indications that there’s a problem in the culture is the fact that we are obsessed with the need to rank skills… software projects are failing for people reasons. And yet people who are good with people and technology are seen as too soft… they’re put in a box of not being technical.” Wensel argues that we need to stop worrying about who is and who isn’t a developer. “There’s no such thing as a real developer. If you write code you’re a developer… that’s enough… Developers are no better than designers, or product managers, or salespeople… that hierarchy is even more entrenched because it’s often reflected in salaries – so developers get paid disproportionately more than all these other roles.” The myth of scarcity and the tech skills gap What’s more, Wensel believes this hierarchy of programming skills is actually helping to perpetuate the notion of a tech skills gap. She believes the idea that there is a scarcity of “tech talent” is a “myth.” “I think there’s tons of talent in tech that’s being overlooked for reasons of unconscious bias, stereotypes…” she explains. “Once we start to bring in these people to the table who are out there already – very talented, very skilled – it will start to melt away this whole putting developers on a pedestal… developers don’t belong on a pedestal, they’re just doing a job like anybody else.” Wensel believes we will – and need to – move towards a world where programming skills lose their “prestige”. Having Python or React on your CV, for example, should really be no different to saying you know how to use Excel. “As these skills become seen for what they are, which is just something that anybody can learn if they put in the time, then I think that the prestige around them will be reduced.” How Agile is changing what it means to be a developer We’re moving towards a world where the solipsism of the valorization of technical skill becomes outdated thanks to broader industry trends. With DevOps forcing developers to become accountable for the full lifecycle of their code, and distributed systems engineering requiring a holistic awareness of a complex network of dependencies, it’s clear that more sensitivity about how your code is interacting with and impacting users in the real world is more important in software engineering than it ever has. “Over and over again I see both in formal studies and anecdotally… what’s causing software projects to fail or to be delayed… are people problems. Coordination problems, planning problems resourcing, all of that – not purely technical problems,” says Wensel. That said, Wensel nevertheless views Agile as a trend that’s positive for the industry. “A lot of the ideas behind agile software development are really positive in a lot of ways I see it as the first step in bringing emotional intelligence to the software team because you’re asked to consider the end user…” Read next: DevOps Engineering and Full-Stack Development – 2 Sides of the Same Agile Coin However, she also says that software engineering practices and philosophies like Agile only go so far. “The problem is that they [proponents of Agile] didn’t bring in the ethics there. So you can still create a lot of value very efficiently with agile development without considering the long term impact.” Agile is a good context for Wensel to drive her mission forward – but it can’t improve things on it own. Read next: Honeycomb CEO Charity Majors discusses observability and dealing with “the coming armageddon of complexity” [Interview] Putting Compassionate Coding into practice It’s clear that Compassionate Coding is needed in today’s software industry. Yes, tech culture’s toxicity is damaging and dangerous for everyone, but it’s also not fit for purpose. It’s stopping us from evolving and building the software people actually need. Think of it this way: it’s stopping us from putting users first at a time when the very idea of the individual feels vulnerable, thanks to a whirlwind of reactionary politics and rampant, unsustainable capitalism. However, it’s important that we actually see Compassionate Coding as something that can be practiced, both by individuals and organizations. The 4 levels of compassionate coding Wensel explained compassionate coding as involving 4 key ‘levels’. These levels turn the concept into something practical, that every individual and team can actually go and do themselves. “It’s how you treat yourself with compassion, how you treat your coworkers, your collaborators with compassion, how you treat your direct users of the software you’re creating… and how you treat the community at large who may or may not be people who use your product,” she says. Wensel is not only continuing to deliver training sessions and keynotes for her clients, but is also writing a book which will make her ideas more accessible. I asked her what advice she would offer individuals and businesses that want to follow her lead now. “The biggest thing people can do,” she says, “is to analyze their own thinking… Do a bit of meta-cognition to understand how do I think? Where do I have biases? At an organizational level, businesses should be “prioritizing talking about these issues, making it safe to talk about these issues, hiring people who understand these issues and can improve your company in these ways” she says. The importance of the individual in tackling tech’s toxicity But Wensel still believes in the importance of individuals in enacting change. “It’s humans all the way down and all the way up… Leadership in a company and [the issue of] who makes decisions is just… another set of humans, and so I think changing individuals is really powerful.” Her approach is ultimately one that espouses the values of Compassionate Coding. “You can’t control the outcome but you can control the actions you take. So I have a lot of faith in the change that motivated individuals can make.” If everyone in the industry could adopt that attitude we’d surely be some way towards not better professional lives and better experiences and products for users. Follow April on Twitter: @aprilwensel Other projects that are making the tech industry better April cited a number of organizations that she believes are doing great and important work across the tech industry: Project Include, an organization that wants to accelerate diversity in the industry. Black Girls Code, which aims to improve the number of women of color in the digital sector. Elephant in the Valley, which is tackling gender disparity in Silicon Valley. Kapor Center, removing barriers for underrepresented groups in tech. Learn more about the issues they’re helping to solve, and support them if you can.last_img read more

Rotary sells hamburgers to raise funds

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladysmith Rotary sold hamburgers at De Franca’s Spar this morning (Saturday) to raise funds for various organisations.The friendly team chatted away and made scrumptious hamburgers for hungry shoppers.Every month, Rotary raises funds to help the less privileged.Early-morning shoppers couldn’t resist the aroma of sizzling onions and burger patties, and supported the cause by having a delicious brunch while picking up some weekend groceries.last_img read more