U.S. Mainland Braces For Hurricane Dorian As It Intensifies… Ellis Rua by NPR News Sasha Ingber 8.30.19 8:02am The southern United States and the Bahamas are bracing for Hurricane Dorian as it slowly churns across the Atlantic and is expected to become a dangerous, Category 4 storm as it makes landfall in the days ahead.A hurricane model showed Dorian bringing between 1 and 2 feet of rain “for basically every coastal county from Miami to North Carolina,” according to meteorologist Eric Holthaus. “Combined with storm surge and exceptionally high new moon tides, this would be a coastal flooding catastrophe.”Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded a state of emergency to include all of the state’s 67 counties, citing the storm’s “uncertain path.” He said late Thursday night that he sent a letter to President Trump requesting he declare a pre-landfall disaster for all counties. Hours earlier, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in 12 counties.The Bahamas Meteorology Department issued its twelfth alert on Dorian Friday morning, warning of 6 to 12 inches of rainfall over the northwest Bahamas as it approaches on Saturday.The storm is traveling at 12 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane, according to the National Weather Service.Dorian is expected to be one of the strongest hurricanes to strike Florida’s east coast in decades. The National Hurricane Center warned of an increasing likelihood of a life-threatening storm surge along parts Florida’s east coast.The storm is expected to move inland, where its slow pace could leave communities facing unrelenting winds and rain. The hurricane winds could caused long-term power outages with areas uninhabitable for weeks or months, according to the NHC wind scale guide.Although the storm’s track is still uncertain, President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago and Doral resorts are potentially in Dorian’s path. The Miami Herald reported that all employees of Mar-a-Lago except for security personnel were sent home for the duration of the storm. Doral’s pool and other amenities were reportedly closed with generators ready to supply back-up power if necessary.President Trump canceled his plans to travel to Poland this weekend as the hurricane neared.Dorian’s approach comes days after the Trump administration announced that it would divert $271 million in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency — including $155 million from FEMA’s disaster relief fund — to other units in the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to support the president’s border enforcement priorities.Dorian passed over parts of Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and other islands in the Caribbean on Wednesday, causing power outages and flooding as it gained strength.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.
Talking to Gegam Kazarian, you would almost think cocktails are living creatures — full of life and feelings. For the mixologist, who has been declared ‘the world’s best bartender’, cocktails are more than a concoction of spirits. ‘They are like my children. I love all cocktails. It is difficult to choose,’ he says. Kazarian was visiting the Capital to attend a mixology workshop organised by Aspri Spirits and Molinari. While he whipped some delicious cocktails, bartenders and mixologists from the city listened in rapt attention and took notes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What is the secret behind a good cocktail? Kazarian believes that like in life, balance is very important for a cocktail. ‘There should be balance between sweet and sour,’ he points out. Also, natural ingredients are very important for him. But then again, ‘if you do something with love, it will be your best, proclaims the mixologist who also dons the hat of a biochemist. Kazarian’s signature cocktail varies from brand to brand and he ensures he uses local ingredients wherever he goes. ‘Most important, the cocktails should be natural, clean and ecological,’ says Kazarian. And he is constantly evolving his style, putting his travels around the world to good use and the experience he gathers about various cultures, music, history, into his cocktails. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis is his first visit to India and he says India is ‘growing up’ and he has been happily surprised by the hospitality. ‘For me that’s more important than the cocktails,’ he says. And to mark his visit, the Armenian — who now lives in Spain — has mixed Indian ingredients like basil and ginger to create the Molinari Basilicum.Kazarian’s first brush with fame happened when he won the G’Vine Gin Connoisseur 2011 World Finals held in Cognac, France, last June. The contest was organised by Philip Duff, one of the biggest cocktail gurus in the world. But Kazarian doesn’t believe in resting on his laurels. ‘I am not the best. There are amazing bartenders in the world. We are learning everyday,’ says the handsome man humbly. He is also involved with the Kazaris Project as part of which he does consultations, teaches and trains even at Michelin-starred restaurants.What sort of cocktails would he make for himself? ‘My taste is more feminine. Nice, balanced ones…some floral as well.I like cocktails which are easy to prepare. Sometimes mixologists complicate things a lot. Even though I use molecular and other technologies, I prefer easy ones,’ says Kazarian. What is he taking back from India? ‘I tried something with the Indian masala. That’s what I will try when I go back,’ he says. A musician, the mixologist likes to play the classical guitar and plans to travel to the villages of south India to take sitar lessons. Also on his travel plans are Goa, Kerala and Bengaluru. Bon voyage then!
But what is considered a departure from the practices of his predecessors, he took sides in the political comparison between the erstwhile UPA II government and incumbent NDA II administration. When asked whether he considered the Modi government being faster in decision-making and implementation than Manmohan Singh, he said: ‘This government means business. We (the chiefs) meet the defence minister every month. There is a greater degree of accountability of the bureaucracy. Every measure is being taken to increase the pace of action.’ Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIHe acknowledged that the IAF had a large number of ‘legacy aircrafts,’ which lead to problems in procurement and availability of spares, and thus lead to ‘cannibalisation’ some of the mothballed aircrafts. ‘We would like to have more spares in our possession at the maintenance divisions, because it takes a long time to get the components.’ACM Raha called the IAF’s relationship with the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) as being of ‘conjoined twins’. ‘We are working together with the view that operational requirements of IAF is met in quickest time,’ he said. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindHe supported the recent decision of the defence ministry to acquire helicopters – both attack and light utility – from indigenous sources. Raha said: ‘I do not think that the indigenously built helicopters will take very long (to be built).’The CAS also revealed that with the controversial Agusta Westland AW101 VVIP transport helicopters are not flying anymore. And he indicated that the Mi-17V5s will fly as VVIP transport.Talking about having a permanent chairman of the chiefs of staff committee as recommended by the Naresh Chandra committee, Raha, who is the current rotating chairman, stated: ‘This government is working faster on the recommendations. All the three services have agreed to having a permanent chairman or chief of defence services (CDS). Let us hope that the recommendation is implemented soon.’He also indicated that some of the recently opened advanced landing grounds like Nyoma in the north-east of the country on the Sino-Indian boundary, will take longer in becoming fully fledged airfield.Raha, in his capacity as the chairman COAS, stated that certain ‘compulsions’ drive the Chinese forces to transgress the Line of Actual Control (LAC). ‘These kind of incidents will continue,’ he said.
With the aim to further consolidate the ties between India and Sri Lanka, Empowerment (NGO) in association with Little Fingers Children’s Art Studio , supported by Indo-Sri Lanka Foundation, has organised an Indo-Sri Lanka Art and Culture Exchange program for youths Colours of Harmony from December 16 – 23 in Delhi. The event brings together 16 young students, 8 from both the nations, in a week long art and cultural camp.To better understand the Indian culture, the students will be taken on a heritage trail including monuments like Qutab Minar, Humayun Tomb, India Gate, Hauz Khas, Lotus temple and Akshardham. It also includes a visit to National Gallery of Modern Art and Crafts Museum, to learn about handlooms and handicrafts, folk and contemporary art of India. A workshop on abstraction will be conducted to broaden their horizons and creative vistas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The students will participate in sketching workshop of monuments, markets, dilli haat and other places to gain a deeper perspective on their cultural significance. During their stay each student will paint a canvas. On the final day an exhibition showcasing the paintings done by the students will be held and the participants will be awarded certificates for their contribution.Sonika Agarwal and Kumar Vikas Saxena of Empowerment elaborate, “Youth is perhaps the best ambassador of art. Fresh talent, novel thinking, uncluttered feelings and zeal to innovate – all these qualities go on to make them best students of art and true ambassadors of culture. They are open to new experiences, eager to learn and happy to interact with youth from different countries. Last year we had taken Indian students to Sri Lanka and that became a hugely successful effort, so this year we are hosting them in India.”
Public Sector units have stepped up efforts to make upcoming energy conclave ‘Urja Sangam’ a big success here, as the historic March 27 meet braces to celebrate golden jubilee milestones of ONGC Videsh, Engineers India Limited and IndianOil’s Barauni Refinery among others.“The meet envisages bringing together all the state-owned companies in the energy sector for better synergy and a unified energy vision,” an official associated with the event set. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will address the valedictory session. “The event will also celebrate golden jubilee milestones of ONGC Videsh, Engineers India Limited and IndianOil’s Barauni Refinery,” an official said.
Kolkata: Rajesh Mondal, another contractual labourer from Domkal in Murshidabad, who went to Kerala for work a few days ago, was admitted to Beliaghata ID Hospital with fever on Tuesday.He has been kept in the isolation ward of the hospital with flu like symptoms. Mondal is the third patient to get admitted to Beliaghata ID Hospital with similar symptoms, when affected by Nipah Virus. Asif Mondal, another resident from Murshidabad was admitted to the hospital on Monday. Asif had been suffering from fever for the past 20 days. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe repeated incidents of patients getting admitted to Beliaghata ID Hospital with flu like symptoms had spread the Nipah virus scare as all the three victims had visited Kerala at some point of time.The state Health department has, however, confirmed that first victim, Safiqul Haq was not suffering from Nipah. In case of the other two, the hospital authorities and health department are yet to confirm the cause of their fever. A senior official at the Health department has urged people not to spread panic as it could complicate the situation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe said there is nothing to worry about because no such cases have been traced in the state yet. The health department has already issued alert to all the hospitals across the state asking them to report if any suspected case is found.The city doctors have, however, said that fruit bats are among the carriers of the virus that is named after Kampung Sungai Nipah, a Malaysian village that first witnessed an outbreak in 1998. In case of a Nipah virus attack, the mortality is rate is much higher than other diseases. The tests are done only at National Institute of Virology. The city doctors have advised against consuming half-eaten fruits.According to doctors, the infected humans can develop encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. The symptoms, typically starts about 5 to 14 days after the infection, including high fever, headache, drowsiness and disorientation that can advance to coma and death. Some patients also have respiratory distress.The doctors advised people to avoid fruits that are pricked birds or animals, wash hands if anybody comes in contact with animals. People are also advised to wear masks and gloves and take adequate care to stop coming in contact with body fluids if one is caring for patients. Using N95 mask is also advisable if someone is travelling or working in infected public places.
Kolkata: Several South Bengal districts will witness moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied with strong wind in the next 24 hours, predicted the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore.An alert has been issued to the fishermen in the coastal districts, warning them not to voyage into the sea as it may remain turbulent in next two days. According to the weather office prediction, the districts like North and South 24-Parganas, East and West Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia and Jhargram may receive heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours, while other South Bengal districts including Kolkata may receive moderate rainfall accompanied by wind measuring around 40-45 km per hour. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe coastal districts may witness a stronger wind of around 65 km per hour, a weather official said.According to the weather office a low pressure area was created over North Odisha and adjoining Bengal, which has brought rainfall in various parts of Bengal since Saturday morning. The situation is expected to improve from Tuesday. The prediction also says that there may be isolated rainfall in the states like Odisha, parts of Chhattisgarh and North Telangana. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe city, however, received light to moderate rainfall in various parts of the city and adjoining districts on Sunday. Rain lashed several parts of the city and the districts on Sunday evening, disrupting regular life.The states like Jharkhand, some parts of Bihar and Sikkim may also see light to moderate rains, weather experts said. The low pressure area hovering over Bay of Bengal has gained some strength, resulting in rain in the South Bengal districts.It may also be mentioned that some of the districts in South Bengal have received scattered rainfall on Sunday.The intensity of the rainfall may be reduced from Tuesday as the low pressure area over Bay of Bengal will start moving towards West and North-West Bengal, the weather office said.
Siliguri: The crucial tripartite meeting on minimum wages for tea garden workers has been postponed to August 6. Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak is expected to announce the minimum wage amount calculated by the state government from Uttarkanya on that day.Earlier, the meeting had been slated for July 31. “Due to the ongoing Assembly session, the meeting had been deferred to August 6,” stated Zai Ur Alam, Convenor of the Joint Forum of Tea Unions (a conglomeration of 26 operating tea unions). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Joint Forum, demanding the implementation of minimum wages in the tea gardens, had called for a closure of all of them in North Bengal on July 23, 24 and 25 along with a general strike in the tea belt on July 24. Though the unions operational in the Hills had decided not to enforce the bandh, they had called for stopping tea dispatch from the Hill’s gardens. However, following the tripartite talks in Uttarkanya, the Mini Secretariat in Jalpaiguri district on July 17, the Forum had decided to keep the agitation on hold with assurances that the state Law minister would announce the minimum wage amount calculated by the state government in the next round of talks on July 31. The minimum wage is being calculated taking into consideration the various components including the cost of food, clothing, housing and the 1:3 composition (three dependents per worker). At present, the daily wage cash component is Rs 159.
Kolkata: State Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra on Friday expressed his deep concern over the steady rise in the Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) in banks since 2014 after the BJP government came to power. The minister warned of more financial scams in the country and maintained that this trend was bound to affect fresh lending particularly in MSME, agriculture and real estate sectors.Presenting data from the recent Financial Stability Report of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Mitra said: “In March 2014, the NPA was Rs 2.04 lakh crore and in the end of March 2018 it has risen to Rs 10.25 lakh crore. The figures show that scams are very much in the offing. The climbing NPAs show surfacing of crony capitalism in the system.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe minister, while addressing the 10th Banking Summit organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), said the NPA ratio was 4.4 percent of the total advances in banks in March 2014, 5.3 percent in March 2015, 7.69 percent in 2016, 9.06 percent in 2017 and 11.6 percent in 2018. Describing this as a dangerous signal, he maintained: “RBI has brought 11 PSU banks under prompt corrective measures in which the present NPA is as high as 22 percent. It is projected to be higher by the end of 2019 and people should not be kept in the dark about this macro-economic crisis in the country.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn the current scenario, banks have been told by RBI to put a check on aggressive lending and as MSMEs are very dependent on bank loans, there are chances of these enterprises getting squeezed.”The MSME sector provides more than 90 percent jobs in the country, large industries provide only 8 percent of the jobs. So there is urgent need to keep people’s confidence going amidst this rising NPAs,” he added. Mitra also highlighted the financial inclusion in the state that has been rolled reasonably well with the government working in close coordination with the banks. “MSME lending by banks that was Rs 8,387 crore when we assumed office in 2011, has gone up to Rs 44,059 crore in 2017-18 financial. Lending in agriculture has mounted to Rs 42,232 crore up from Rs 14,387 crore in 2011-12 fiscal. Lending to Self Help Groups (SHGs) has also gone up to Rs 8,155 crore from Rs 553 crore,” Mitra said.It may be mentioned that the Bengal government holds State Level Banker’s Meeting (SLBC) meeting once in every 45 days to ensure that loan by the banks in the MSME and allied sectors goes on smoothly.
The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) in association with Tamana, a non-profit organisation which works with the multiple challenged and autistic children, will host a Khadi fashion show titled- ‘Inclusion Beyond Boundaries’ in the Capital.The fashion extravaganza attempts to include the differently-abled into the world of fashion. The exhibition will be held on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, read a statement. The show will bring forward creations of 10 FDCI designers including Abraham & Thakore, Anju Modi, Gaurav Jai Gupta, JJ Valaya, Payal Jain, Rahul Mishra, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Bal and Samant Chauhan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The style gurus will create ensembles in Khadi and present them in pure, simple and versatile forms for the differently abled and fulfil their dreams of walking the ramp with professional models. For the last 10 years, Tamana has been organising the show with the support of the fashion fraternity. This year, the event is being executed under the umbrella of the FDCI. Tamana founder and president Shyama Chona said: “Tamana’s annual fashion show has over the years depicted that fashion is inclusive; it does not discriminate, even the disadvantaged can imbibe the latest fashion and fulfil their desires and aspirations of looking good and fashionable.” FDCI president Sunil Sethi shared: “We respect diversity and inclusion and it is an honour to partner with Tamana for a landmark event like this.” Australian High Commissioner to India Harinder Sindhu will be the guest of honour at the event.
Kolkata: Some relatives of a three-year-old child, who died at Institute of Child Health in Park Circus, ransacked the hospital after the news of her death was announced onThursday morning. A large contingent of police went to the hospital and brought the situation under control. Computers and furniture worth several lakhs of rupees were destroyed. The hospital authorities have ordered a probe into the matter. Three-year-old Sana Sajjad who was suffering from high fever was brought to the hospital around 2 am. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe was admitted to the hospital. Sana’s relatives alleged that there was inordinate delay in starting the treatment. They had to virtually beg to the doctors to begin the treatment as the child’s condition deteriorated. They further alleged that despite repeated requests the hospital authorities refused to inform them about her health condition. On Thursday morning, the hospital authorities broke the news of her death to the relatives. Infuriated over the announcement, some relatives went to the hospital and ransacked the reception and the doctors’ chamber. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe incident created panic among the relatives and parents of other children who are receiving treatment at the hospital. A large contingent of police came to the spot and brought the situation under control. The doctors said the hospital has all the facilities that is why the child was not referred elsewhere. Refuting the allegation that no senior doctors were present at the hospital and the sisters had not looked after the child, the authority said expert doctors had attended the child and they did everything they could to save her life.
Kolkata: Tropical cyclone Pabuk which is expected to cross Andaman Sea on Sunday will hardly have any major impact on the state except some gushes of wind sweeping through some of the South Bengal districts.While the Odisha government has put some of its districts on alert, the Bengal government has not issued any such notification so far in this connection. The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted that the cyclone will have no major impact on the weather system in the state. Some South Bengal districts may witness strong winds with a speed ranging between 40 and 50 km per hour. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe temperature in the city may hover around 12 degree Celsius in the next few days while the adjoining districts may see a little dip in the mercury. The weather office also predicted lesser chances of cold wave condition in various South Bengal districts. However, the weather office said the sudden rise and fall in the temperature is quite common during this period. “Heavy rains are expected in Andaman and Nicobar Islands from January 6-7 due to the impact of approaching tropical cyclone Pabuk which is likely to cross the islands on January 6. “According to available information, it may pass through Andaman Islands on the evening of January 6,” a weather expert in the city said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that Pabuk originated over the Gulf of Thailand and its neighbourhood. Sea condition may be rough over Nicobar Islands till January 7. Fishermen have been asked not to venture into the Andaman Sea. The weather office also maintained that some of the North Bengal districts may receive light rainfall on Sunday. There is also a prediction that various places in neighbouring Sikkim may receive snow fall in the next few days.
KOLKATA: Swami Suvirananda, general secretary Ramakrishna Math and Mission, presented Swami Vivekananda medal to Nanritam, an NGO that has set up a 100-bed eye hospital to treat people coming from economically challenged background.Nanritam was started in 2002 by a few like-minded professionals who had one common inspiration to guide them – Swami Lokeswaranandaji Maharaj of Ramakrishna Mission and his ideal of service to mankind. Bharati Bakshi, a medical practitioner and Ranjana Sengupta toiled hard to give the organisation a shape. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalLokeswarananda Eye Foundation is a 100-bed eye-hospital at Barandanga village of Para in Purulia. The hospital offers service to poor people and many well-known eye surgeons from Kolkata attend the hospital to offer free service. Not only in Purulia, the hospital has gained popularity among people in South Bengal and who come from neighbouring districts for treatment. The services that are offered include — OPD Services and consultation with eye-surgeons and the services, Cataract Operation, treatment for Posterior Segment Blindness, Glaucoma and Retinal Disorder corrections. The other areas where Nanritam provides service include child development through quality education, treatment to the physically and psychologically challenged children, skill training with employment/entrepreneurship support, integrated rural development through farmers and training facilities.
Eggspectation at Jaypee Siddharth, Delhi has come up with a healthy combo meal to soothe your tummy. This new alluring strategy will help you keep a check on your weight. Guess how? The ‘Lite Belly Delight Belly’ meal promotes healthy eating with some mouth-watering smoothies, salads, and sandwiches. Health conscious foodies can now lay their hands on this offer at just Rs 10 multiplied by their weight!And if you think that I am eggsaggerating, you better visit the restaurant to experience their delicious a la carte menu or the ‘Lite Belly Delight Belly’ meal meant for those who are a tad bit concerned about their health. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDetox your belly with an unusual but extraordinary mango-ginger mojito. The combination of these two dominating flavours turns out great for your taste buds. The sweetness of fresh mangoes is balanced by the fiery and pungent taste of the ginger presenting to you a well-blended delight. The Strawberry Lemonade and Green Tea smoothie are as great as the other unusual drinks they serve at Eggspectation created with detox water to keep a check on your healthy intake. These light drinks come with an added advantage – there’s no added sugar, the natural sweetness of the fruits account for the flavour with a tinge of honey. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKicking off the heat with some cool drinks, the menu will lead you ahead with some innovatively palatable salads. Fruit lovers will be amused to find a Tropical fruit salad which will serve you an array of seasonal juicy fruits. Once the juicy watermelons and mangoes explode in your mouth accompanied by a honey mustard sauce, you may experience the generation of an amazing new flavour built from the goodness of all the components, including arugula and feta cheese, in the salad. In case you have been planning to get the best out of Eggspectation, try out their egg salad out of the many egg-inspired dishes. Finishing your plate of salad, you might already feel quite full, but to satiate your gastronomical pleasures definitely grab a mouthful from the array of sandwiches they have in store. The Jamican jerk chicken sandwich arrives in a huge platter with some veggies on the side enough for two foodies to hog on. In case you have a soft corner for bagels, you would love the appearance of Yolk around the clock – this item has taken bagels to a new level. A sunny side up egg fills the holes of each bagel which is in turn topped with some cheddar cheese and salad veggies. To add that much needed ‘unhealthy fried stuff’, there are fried potatoes and sauces on the side. A divine sense glides down your throat when you gulp that nibble of bagel sandwich, accommodating a fried egg, tomatoes, cucumbers, and cheese in perfect sync with the bread.Upon completion of this humungous meal, it is quite unlikely that one would require any dessert unless you are a staunch sweet tooth. In case you do end up licking an ice cream post this health freak’s meal, remember to do some appropriate workout to balance the dreadful crime you’d just committed. This interesting wave of Lite Belly, Delight Belly is on until July 15.
Kolkata: The School Education department on Friday brought out a notification effecting the hike in grade pay of primary teachers across the state. The grade pay of trained primary teachers has been enhanced from Rs 2,600 to Rs 3,600 and the grade pay of untrained primary teachers will be Rs 2,900 instead of Rs 2,300. The increased pay band will be effective from August 1.State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Thursday at a programme organised by the West Bengal Trinamool Primary Teachers’ Association at Nazrul Manch said that he had already proposed the hike in grade pay from Rs 2,600 to Rs 3,600 to the state Finance department. Soon after the notification of the government on Friday, a section of the primary teachers who were agitating in front of Bikash Bhavan — the office of the Education department withdrew their protest. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to a senior official of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education as per the revision in the grade pay a new recruitee in the primary level will be drawing a salary of nearly Rs 26,000. The last teacher recruitment in the primary level in the state took place in 2017 and the teachers have already got two pay hikes — one in July 2018 and another this month. They will now be getting a salary of nearly Rs 28,000 with the new pay slab being implemented.
By Dakota Antelman, Contributing WriterA young attendee of the Encompass Program works on a puzzle.Hudson – Roughly three dozen Hudson children in grades K-8 are spending their summer at the long running Encompass Program at Hudson’s Mulready Elementary School.Offering a small group of kids and a high number of staff, the camp is midway through its seven week run throughout the summer and entertains children with a variety of activities and field trips.“It’s an easy camp for kids to have fun at,” said longtime director Kelley Glynn-Paulsen. “It’s a good safe thing to do in the summer.”Photos by/Dakota AntelmanA young attendee of the Encompass Program plays with a magnet game.An attendee of the Encompass Program plays with Pokemon Cards.A group of Encompass Program attendees play UNO.
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What Your System Can Do for You Small business phone systems used to be extremely basic. You’d have one or two phones, one or two lines and some notepads for taking messages. Things certainly have changed.With VoIP and other types of IP-based telephony, your phone system can be integrated with your data network, providing advanced features. For example, if a store manager needs to replace a worker who’s called in sick, software running on an IP phone system can automatically call every potential replacement employee, one at a time. An employee who wants to accept the extra work shift simply presses a button on his or her phone.If your phone system doesn’t offer much more than a dial tone, a few extensions and voice mail, it could be holding back your business. This month’s column provides an overview of small business phone systems, with an eye toward helping you decide what’s right for your company. Next month, I’ll explain the business functionality to look for in IP telephony (IPT) solutions.Your Phone System OptionsSavvy small businesses have traditionally had either a key telephone system or a private branch exchange (PBX). Both systems allow businesses to connect their phones through a limited number of lines to the public phone network.A key system is typically used in small offices that need only a few extensions. A PBX is a switching system that manages calls between internal users and shares external lines among them. Historically, you could access an outside line directly with a key system, but you had to dial 9 to get an outside line with a PBX.The introduction of VoIP has changed the landscape completely, allowing small businesses to get phone service exclusively over the internet. When it comes to VoIP-based systems, you have a number of options. You can use a free or inexpensive service, such as Skype or Vonage, in which you make and receive calls over the internet using headset-equipped computers or traditional telephones. Typically, these services are used when only a couple of phone lines are required. Alternatively, you can have a complete IPT solution that integrates voice, video and data. Or you can use a hybrid system that incorporates VoIP capabilities into your existing phone system. All key system vendors have introduced product lines capable of supporting VoIP.The internet voice phenomenon began with VoIP, which referred to the ability to obtain a dial tone over the internet. Now VoIP has evolved into more advanced IPT solutions, which include dial tone with basic services that lead to enhanced communications technologies, such as unified communications. Today people generally mean the same thing when they refer to VoIP and IPT, even though technically there’s a difference.Here’s a quick rundown of the various options for IP-based phone systems:VoIP is the most basic IP voice system , in which phone calls are carried over the IP network you use for data. An IP network that carries data and voice is referred to as a “converged” network. You can get IPT service through such services as Skype or Vonage, as mentioned above. These VoIP services can offer advanced features, such as the ability to receive voice messages as audio file e-mail attachments, in addition to the usual conference, transfer, forward, hold and other functions. These are primarily for businesses with less than five employees.IPT solutions offer VoIP plus a number of features similar to those offered by traditional PBXs for both small and large businesses on a converged network. These solutions can be tailored based on your needs.IPT solutions can be extended to include additional business applications, such as unified messaging, integrated contact centers, and rich-media conferencing that combines voice, data and video.Unified communications can take IPT solutions a step further with technologies, such as presence–the ability to determine the best way to contact others within your company, including voice, e-mail or IM–as well as mobility solutions. A unified communications system unifies and simplifies all forms of communication, regardless of location, time or device. Imagine going to one mailbox to retrieve all your faxes, e-mails and voicemails. Benefits of Converged Voice and DataAn IP phone system can offer the following benefits to a small business:Communication costs, such as long-distance toll charges, are drastically reduced.Productivity and efficiency are enhanced through capabilities, such as having one phone number that rings on multiple devices simultaneously.Phone connections and locations can be easily and affordably moved, added or changed.Remote and mobile employees can use the IP phone system and its features in the office, on the go or at home, on various devices. For instance, they can use a softphone (a software interface to your IPT system) and a headset to make and receive calls on a laptop. Or they can use wireless IP phones, allowing them to tap into the phone system wherever there’s a wireless network available.IP phone systems are flexible, scalable and customizable, so they can grow in step with your business.An IPT solution can be tied into CRM software to enhance customer service.Hosted or Managed?Even though many IP phone systems are designed and priced for small businesses, you may find they’re still too expensive for your budget. Or you may lack the in-house technical expertise to manage an IP phone system. The good news is you don’t have to buy an IP phone system to take advantage of its features, and you don’t need in-house expertise. Instead, you can use a hosted or a managed IP phone system, depending on your needs.With a hosted service , the service provider–not you–owns the equipment that supports your IP phone system. And the equipment aside from the phones resides with the service provider, not on your premises. The hosted-service provider is fully responsible for your IP phone system, which is delivered to your business over an IP network, such as the internet.Because the service provider delivers the same services to multiple customers at once, you benefit from the economies of scale. Also, you don’t have to invest capital for your phone system; instead, you pay the hosted provider a fixed monthly fee. You don’t have to worry about supporting and maintaining the service, and you have access to technical experts when needed. You also don’t have to worry about disaster recovery. For instance, if there’s fire or other damage at your office, the IP phone system–because it resides off the premises–won’t be affected. Hosted-service providers typically deploy top-notch system security, too.A hosted IP phone system is a good option for small sites that don’t have an existing key or PBX system and don’t have the technical capabilities to support an IP phone system.With a typical managed service , you own the IP phone system, and the equipment that supports it resides on your premises. But the system is entirely managed by an independent service provider. By outsourcing the IP phone system, you don’t need in-house expertise to design, deploy and maintain it–a considerable task for any small business. At the same time, you can take advantage of the tax benefits of owning the equipment, while paying an affordable monthly rate for the managed service. A managed service is worthwhile if you already own a phone system but lack the in-house expertise to manage it or need more control over the phone system.Making Your Small Business Look BigYou may be perfectly happy with a basic phone system, and that’s OK. But ask yourself this: Are your competitors relying on the same basic phone systems they’ve been using for years? Can your phone system easily support your company’s goals for growth? And, perhaps most important, wouldn’t you like your small business to look bigger than it really is–to your customers as well as your competitors? Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
Surprise! Software for small and midsize companies isn’t just a scaled down version of enterprise applications. While large and small companies share many concerns, SMBs are more innovative, more optimistic, and more likely to buy than build.These conclusions come out of a recent Forrester Research report The State Of SMB Software: 2009 and data from Forrester’s Enterprise and SMB Software Survey: Enterprise Versus SMB: Who Influences Your Software Purchasing Decisions? And Software Budget Outlook And Preferred Purchasing Channels By Company Size: 2008 To 2009.By far the biggest hoopla coming out of these studies is the idea that companies large and small are still worried about the security of open source source software. But bMighty open source blogger Matthew McKenzie has debunked that notion as sensationalism.But I’m not interested in rehashing that question. I’m interested in how small and midsize companies use and think about software differently than larger companies, and how business owners and IT folks can leverage those differences for competitive advantage.According to the study, application integration and cost cutting are SMBs top goals, followed by boosting innovation. But relatively few SMBs are focusing on expanding the use of SaaS or moving applications off-premise. That makes sense to me, because those are essentially tactics, not goals. At the same time, though, concerns about SaaS is dropping dramatically, the report said in many cases by half or two-thirds, which should lead to greater adoption even if it’s not a specific goal for most SMBs. The most popular SaaS apps are CRM–can you say, Salesforce.com–but Web 2.0 technologies are also starting to show up. Other popular initiatives resemble enterprise choices, including updating key legacy apps and increasing use of collaboration technologies. Surprisingly, Unified Communications was the top software technology of interest to SMBs, even though only 25 percent have either implemented it or are about to do so. Another 10 percent are piloting UC apps, and 30 percent are looking into it. Other top choices include the following, in descending order of importance:Unified communicationOpen source softwareMobile development tools and middlewareBusiness process management (BPM)Business activity managementInformation as a ServiceEvent-driven applicationsPlatform as as Service (PaaS)Contract life-cycle managementInformation life-cycle management (ILM)Business rules enginesApplication life-cycle management (ALM)Complex event processingEnterprise service bus (ESB)Among packaged applications and information and knowledge management, human capital management software is the most widely implemented (23 percent) but ERP will attract the most growth (19 percent).Many SMBs are still unsure about platform software and SOA. Only a quarter of SMBs are either using or will pursue SOA in the next 12 months. Of those, internal integration is by far the most popular use.On the infrastructure side, database software leads platform and infrastructure software activity, implemented at 32 percent of SMBs, with another 28 percent planning to expand. Portal server software (8 percent) and enterprise collaboration software (8 percent) are mostly in pilot phases. Other technologies SMBs are considering include SOA and Web services management, application servers and platform software, and business process management (BPM) software.And despite the hype, Web 2.0 tools such as discussion forums, blogs, social networking, and wikis have only a relatively small following among SMBs, though interest is rising overall.Perhaps thats because most SMBs still prefer to deploy on-premise packaged applications, and the Web 2.0 tools are ofen a less-discrete purchase.But it turns out that the differences start even before businesses get the software. As shown in the Enterprise and SMB Software Survey, business leaders (CEOs, presidents, CFOs, etc.) make the big decisions at smaller companies. At SMBs, they have complete authority to purchase software about a third of the time, and are very influential in another third of companies. At enteprises, the total is less than 50 percent. That doesn’t mean that IT folks don’t count at SMBs, though, as 64 percent are very influential and another 16 percent have complete control, only slightly less than the totals at enterprises.Surprisingly, however, VARs, software integrators and other resellers had about the same influence on software purchasing in large and small companies, with only 1 percent giving them complete authority, and 8 to 9 percent considering them very influential. And while 49 percent of enterprises considered the channel somewhat influential, only 46 percent of SMBs did so. That flies in the face of conventional wisdom about SMB technology purchasing being driven by the channel.Interestingly, vendors were about as influential for both sizes of businesses, with only minor differences. And while industry analysts didn’t have much say for SMBs, almost half of enterprises considered them somewhat influential (vs. just 37 percent for SMBs). Some 12 percent of enterprises considered analysts very influentual or had complete authority, versus 10 percent for SMBs.The bottom line is functionality, with 74 percent of SMBs citing it as very important, followed by integration with other systems (63 percent). Brand and recommendations (13 percent) can’t compare. According to the report, “more SMBs consider functionality to be a very important criterion for purchasing than enterprises, although it is the top criterion for enterprises as well.”If business leaders are the key to SMB purchasing, they seem to be making less pessimistic decisions than their IT counterparts at larger companies. A whopping 59 percent of Global 2000 companies expect economic conditions to curtail IT spending for the next year, while 31% say they’ll manage to keep spending flat. But for companies under 1,000 employees, only 35 to 40 percent plan to cut IT spending and 15 to 18 percent actually plan to boost their outlays.Where does that money go? SMBs tend to invest more cash to software licenses, devoting more than a third of their software budgets to new licenses and software depreciation. Not surprisingly, larger companies spent a greater proportion on software development, both internal and outsourced. After all, larger companies often have proprietary processes to support and the resources to do custom development.Earlier I said that defying conventional wisdom, SMBs don’t let VARs choose what software they buy. But it turns out that SMBs are in fact more likely to buy their software from resellers, and less likely to buy direct from the vendor (though direct purchases can still account for up to half or more their purchases).So, how do SMBs choose their VARs? For companies with 6 to 99 employees, experience in implementing the app was the most important factor, followed by complete solutions, vertical industry expertise, vendor certifications, and references from other customers. That last one somewhat contradicts the State of SMB Software report, which says “peers and colleagues (word of mouth) (62 percent) are the most relied upon sources of offline information for informing purchasing decisions, followed by technology or business publications and magazines (42 percent).” Online “vendor, industry trade, or professional websites are . . . considered important by 50 percent of SMBs, followed by technology or business publication and magazine Web sites (45 percent).”In terms of what kinds of actual software they buy, the reports found few dramatic differences between enterprises and SMBs. That plays into the notion that SMBs have similar technology needs to enterprises, they just can’t afford the same kinds of solutions. 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 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Microsoft improves Delivery Optimization for Windows Insiders by Martin Brinkmann on August 31, 2016 in Windows – 5 commentsMicrosoft released a new Windows Insider build just a moment ago that brings PCs running on the Fast Ring to Windows 10 Build 14915.The new version fixes a couple of issues such as not being able to shut down the PC using Start > Shutdown, changing the update Ring, or various crashes that users experienced when using the Settings application.Probably the biggest change of them all is the improvement of Delivery Optimization for Windows Insiders.Delivery Optimization is a new feature for Windows 10, introduced with the November 2015 update, that uses peer to peer technology to download and distribute Windows updates and app updates.So, if your PC requests an update, it may check PCs in the same computer network first or even on the Internet, and download the updates or part of them from those PCs instead of Microsoft.Consequently, it means that updates will also be uploaded to other PCs requesting them.Microsoft notes that it has seen a 30% to 50% reduction in bandwidth usage in computer networks if multiple PCs are running Windows 10.The new Delivery Optimization feature that Microsoft released today is enabled by default.The feature works similar to how Delivery Optimization works on regular versions of Windows 10, but includes Insider builds among other things that get delivered.Starting today, Windows Insiders that have Delivery Optimization enabled will be able to download new Insider Preview builds, OS updates, and app updates from other PCs on their local network as well as from other PCs on the Internet.This appears to be the only difference to how the system worked before. If you check previous versions of Windows 10 on the Insider channel, you will notice that Delivery Optimization is enabled there as well.Rather than downloading an entire file from one machine, Delivery Optimization breaks the download into small pieces and uses what is assessed as the fastest, most reliable source for each piece of the file. Delivery Optimization is also mindful of local disk usage, use of cellular networks, battery life, and other network activity.It is also integrated with and builds on the existing security measures in Windows Update and Windows Store to check the authenticity of each file downloaded from other PCs. Particularly for PCs with challenging network conditions, this is designed to provide a better and more reliable download experience.You may turn off Delivery Optimization by following these steps:Tap on Windows-I to open the Settings application.Select Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options > Choose how updates are delivered.There you find an on/off switch for the feature.Now Read: Windows 10 Delivery Optimization explainedSummaryArticle NameMicrosoft improves Delivery Optimization for Windows InsidersDescriptionMicrosoft released a new Windows 10 Insider build today that improves how the Delivery Optimization feature of the operating system works.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement