first_img Twitter @ThomasMulcair@CJAD800CJAD 800About Bell Media RadioBell Media Radio is Canada’s top-ranked radio broadcaster, with 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across Canada, including Virgin Radio, Canada’s #1 ranked contemporary hit radio network, along with top brands TSN, ÉNERGIE, CHUM 104.5, Rouge fm, and QMFM. Bell Media Radio stations are all part of iHeartRadio Canada, the company’s best-in-class customizable digital listening experience and live events brand. Recognizing the diversity of each market it serves, Bell Media Radio has a strong reputation for providing exemplary service to these communities and is a leader in innovative programming. In addition to music, news, weather, and sports, listeners also tune in for information on local politics, events, entertainment, and other community issues. Across Canada, Bell Media Radio is the largest radio provider and is ranked first in people reached and hours tuned.About CTV News ChannelCTV News Channel is Canada’s 24-hour all-news network. CTV News Channel draws on the vast resources of Canada’s #1 news organization, CTV News, to deliver breaking news the second it happens from communities across Canada and around the world. CTV News Channel is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more information about CTV News Channel, visit LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: “We are very excited to have The Honourable Tom Mulcair join us on a regular basis to contribute his analysis of the biggest breaking political news of the day,” said Chris Bury, Program Director, CJAD 800. “As a former party leader, MP, and MNA, Mr. Mulcair has spent decades as a leading voice in Canadian politics. He brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective that will be of interest to our listeners.”“We’re looking forward to welcoming Mr. Mulcair and his invaluable insight to the team at CTV News Channel,” said Lis Travers, General Manager, CTV News Channel. “Following Labour Day weekend, viewers will see Mr. Mulcair bring his vast knowledge of Canada’s political landscape to the desk alongside our veteran anchors, Don Martin and Beverly Thomson.”In addition to his new role as a political analyst, Mulcair has joined the Université de Montréal as a visiting professor in the political science department, effective this summer. He also serves as chair of the board of non-profit organization Jour de la Terre Québec.CJAD 800 delivers breaking news, weather, traffic, and insightful commentary on the top stories and issues that matter most to Montréalers. Listeners across the country can tune in to CJAD 800 through the iHeartRadio Canada app.Social Media links Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement MONTRÉAL (July 17, 2018) – iHeartRadio Canada’s CJAD 800 in Montréal announced today that The Honourable Tom Mulcair joins the station as a political analyst beginning Tuesday, Aug. 28. Mulcair contributes his thoughts on Canadian federal politics as well as Québec provincial politics twice daily on CJAD 800 at 7:35 a.m. ET on THE ANDREW CARTER MORNING SHOW and at 5:05 p.m. ET on THE AARON RAND SHOW. Beginning this fall, Mulcair will also make regular appearances on CTV News Channel’s marquee daily political program POWER PLAY as well as twice weekly appearances on CTV News Channel alongside anchor Beverly Thomson.Mulcair is a former provincial cabinet minister and the former leader of the New Democratic Party, where he served as Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons. From 1994 to 2007, Mulcair was the Member of the National Assembly of Québec for the riding of Chomedey. He served as Québec Minister of the Environment from 2003 to 2006.“I am thrilled to be joining the top-flight news team at CJAD 800. With a provincial election on the horizon, we’ll have a lot to talk about starting this summer,” said Mulcair. “Politics is our second favourite sport in Québec and CJAD 800 and CTV News have always fielded a winning team. I look forward to sharing my own views and learning the priorities of listeners and viewers.” Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Govt document Lack of testing posed high security risk for health website

by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar And Jack Gillum, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2013 9:15 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – An internal government memo obtained by The Associated Press shows administration officials were concerned that a lack of testing posed a “high” security risk for President Barack Obama’s new health insurance website.The Sept. 27 memo to Medicare chief Marylin Tavenner said a website contractor wasn’t able to test all the security controls in one complete version of the system.Insufficient testing “exposed a level of uncertainty that can be deemed as a high risk,” the memo said.The memo recommended setting up a security team to address risks, conduct daily tests, and a full security test within two to three months of going live.At a congressional hearing, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the site’s security certification is temporary, but asserted consumers’ personal information is secure. Gov’t document: Lack of testing posed high’ security risk for health website read more

New Mexico joining effort to rehabilitate historic theatres

by Russell Contreras, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2016 9:16 am MDT Last Updated May 23, 2016 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Sunday, May 22, 2016 photo shows the newly refurbished Shuler Theater in downtown Raton, N.M. The theater is one of many theaters in rural New Mexico towns being revitalized thanks to a state initiative. A New Mexico economic development program, similar to efforts in Iowa and Illinois, seeks to save the often-forgotten theaters in small cities and towns with help on refurbishing buildings and grants for new digital projection and sound equipment. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras) New Mexico joining effort to rehabilitate historic theatres RATON, N.M. – For years, the Shuler Theater in this once-booming New Mexico mining town sat empty in a desolate downtown. It had long passed its heyday as a hot spot for Italian immigrants and Hispanic workers who visited to take in a travelling show or a newly released movie.But today the 101-year-old Raton venue again is attracting audiences from as far as Trinidad, Colorado just across the state line for variety shows and will soon be ready to screen any Star Wars movie. That change comes as New Mexico is joining other states in pushing an initiative to revitalize downtown districts in isolated, small towns by rehabilitating aging, historic theatres.An economic development program, similar to efforts in Iowa and Illinois, seeks save the often-forgotten facilities like the Shuler Theater with help on refurbishing buildings and grants for new digital projection and sound equipment. With state funding, cities can develop new business plans and retool theatres’ dusty interiors so they can become main attractions in rural areas, New Mexico Economic Development Department Secretary Jon Barela said.“These theatres are part of our history,” said Barela, who went to a small theatre in Las Cruces as a child. “They are beautiful architectural gems and they are anchors of the community.”Since January 2013, the state has set aside around $100,000 each for eight theatres, Barela said.Like refurbished small theatres in other states, New Mexico officials believe reviving theatres in ranching towns and small cities near American Indian reservations will help create jobs in struggling downtown districts and spark excitement in entertainment deserts. Some, such as El Morro Theatre in Gallup, New Mexico, are located along the iconic Route 66 next to the Navajo Nation while others, such as the Lyceum Theater in Clovis, sit just across the New Mexico-Texas state line.The theatres serve as places audiences can take in a newly released film or play.Barela said he came up with the idea about reviving theatres after visiting Raton’s Shuler Theater and learning about planned renovations. Hours later, he was in Clayton and hearing about the closing of its theatre. Residents in the northeastern New Mexico community would be forced to travel around 80 miles to see a movie, he discovered.Barela said he had no idea that similar publicly and privately funded programs were taking place in other states.For example, the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center announced last year a pilot program aimed at rescuing performance venues in historic buildings in seven rural communities. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency also has helped historic theatres like the 500-seat Phoenix Opera House in Rushville.Ken Stein, president of the League of Historic American Theaters, said a historic theatre in a small city has the potential to sustain 27 full-time-equivalent jobs and generate around $84,000 in revenue for state and local governments.Bill Fegan, who helps run the Shuler Theater in Raton, says the revamped venue is already helping the city’s downtown. This week, a new Italian restaurant opened. “We have people walking around downtown when we have shows,” Fegan said. “It feels alive.”Tabatha Lawson, executive director of Lovington Main Street in Lovington, New Mexico, said the newly refurbished Lea Theatre is keeping residents in town for entertainment. “Some residents are so excited because they remember coming here as kids,” Lawson said. “And they end up telling us about their first kiss.”___Follow Russell Contreras on Twitter at His work can be found at read more

Sonic Drill Corp taps into markets down under

first_imgSonic Drill Corp (SDC) is partnering with two companies already serving the Australian and New  Zealand markets to bring its award-winning sonic drilling technology to customers ‘down under’. At the beginning of 2013, SDC was contracted by Drilltechniques, a Comacchio dealer based in Queensland, to convert a Comacchio MC900P into a sonic drill. Working closely with Drilltechniques and Comacchio engineering, the MC900P was fitted with a full-capacity Sonicor 50K drill head, high speed coring head and upgraded hydraulic system/controls. The rig went to work at the end of February 2013 at a geotechnical project in Christchurch, New Zealand, but also has potential markets in mineral exploration.An SDC trainer and technician was on site to commission the rig and provide training in correct sonic drilling techniques.  The company said that the commissioning was a great success and the client was extremely pleased with the performance of their new rig and the high quality core samples it generated. “This project is an example of what three great companies can achieve by working together,” says Kevin Reimer, sales and operations manager at SDC.  “High quality Comacchio rig, advanced SDC sonic technology and Drilltechniques worldclass service and support.” Reimer adds that SDC is looking forward to building more machines with Drilltechniques and Comacchio for the Australia and New Zealand markets.last_img read more

Sylhet man killed over land dispute

first_imgMap of SylhetA man was killed in a clash over a land in Tilakpur village of Biswanath upazila on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Abdur Rob Mia, 38, son of late Rashid Mia of Tilakpur village, said Shamsuddoha.Rob Mia had enmity with his cousin Ashik Mia over a piece of land. Recently the victim received a court verdict in favour of him.On Monday morning, when he tried to take the possession of the land, his cousin along with his associates attacked him, leaving Rob injured, said police quoting locals.Critically injured Rob Mia was taken to Osmani Medical College Hospital on Tuesday morning where he succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday morning.last_img

Fakhrul Rizvi Khasru sued for sedition

first_imgFakhrul, Rizvi, KhasruA sedition case has been filed against Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and its standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury on Monday, reports UNB. AB Siddique, president of Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, filed the case with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate H M Toaha.After hearing, the court ordered Tejgaon police to investigate the allegation.Earlier, a reported audio clip of a telephonic conversation between BNP leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury and an unknown boy over intensifying the ongoing student movement went viral on Facebook and YouTube on Saturday.last_img

Alvin Ailey Returns to DC

first_imgThe Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform Feb. 3–8.The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will return to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street N.W., on its annual American tour. Based in New York City, the modern dance company was founded by the late Alvin Ailey in 1958. The company pulls from Ailey’s southern roots, choreographing movement to slave spirituals, jazz, and folk music. This year at the Center the company will debut “Odetta,” a piece choreographed by Matthew Rushing in memorial to singer Odetta Holmes, “the voice of the Civil Rights Movement.”  Tickets range from $30 – $125. The show runs from February 3- 8.Master classes available.

Rural Bengal is open defecationfree CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has declared rural Bengal as Open Defecation Free (ODF) and said the target has been achieved much ahead of the schedule. She further added that the state government will now focus on solid waste management.Banerjee in a post wrote: “I am happy to share with you that rural Bengal is now open defecation free. Govt of India has confirmed our achievement which was our mission towards a cleaner and greener environment and safe living. 1.35 crore households have been covered under this Mission Nirmal Bangla programme. Our next focus would be solid waste management. My best wishes to all.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the information available with the Panchayats and Rural Development department, in Mission Nirmal Bangla, the department had provided toilets to 65.96 lakh households since 2013-14 taking the total to 135.35 lakh households with toilets as found during the baseline survey. All villages, Gram Panchayats, blocks and districts are now Open Defecation Free. It may be recalled that Nadia was the first district in the country to be declared ODF by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSenior officials of the Panchayats and Rural Development department said now the biggest job would be to create awareness among the rural people to ensure that they use the toilets. Some NGOs have been deployed to conduct awareness campaigns along with the P&RD department. Maintenance of the toilets will be another important issue as no money will be given if the toilets become defunct. The state government is now emphasising on solid waste management. The Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department has asked all the municipalities and civic bodies to segregate garbage at source.last_img read more

Rangers Odor suspended 8 games for Bautista beatdown

first_imgMajor League Baseball was not impressed with Roughned Odor’s viral beat down of Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. On Tuesday, Odor was suspended 8 games for his role in the fight.Bautista was suspended one game for his slide that instigated the brawl.  According to MLB, both Bautista and Odor will appeal their suspensions.A total of of 6 players were suspended for their role in the brawl and the retaliation that followed.  11 players were fined.Here’s Colin’s take on the Bautista/Odor Brawl:last_img

Wireless Wealth

first_img Want to use Wi-Fi while you’re doing business on the road? Click here for news for you. 14 min read July 1, 2003 4 Ways to Begin There are a number of ways to kick-start your involvement with Wi-Fi, depending on your current business situation, your level of technical proficiency and your ultimate goals for your business:1. Leverage your planned or existing location. If you currently own (or plan to own) a business that provides a high-traffic, high-loitering location (such as a coffee shop, a barbershop or a laundromat) you can add Wi-Fi services to enhance your core business, generate incremental sales and increase traffic to your location. With today’s many pre-configured access points (including Boingo’s Hot Spot in a Box), going wireless is as easy as getting a DSL or cable Internet connection and plugging it in to the Hot Spot device.2. Extend your current line of business. If you already work in computer networking, selling Wi-Fi is an easy way to increase revenue opportunities and expand your customer base. If you’re in the start-up phase, consider including this option in your plan. The easiest way to start is to partner with a turnkey systems provider, but you can also devise your own system using off-the-shelf components or building from scratch. Any company that needs a network is a potential wireless network customer.3. Deploy hot spots as a hot-spot operator. If you don’t have your own locations or network installation business, but your strengths are in negotiating with business owners and maintaining those relationships, you can explore the turnkey hot-spot solutions available today. These operate much like Wi-Fi franchises for the hot-spot operator and allow the entrepreneur to establish a branded local service that can be sold into local business and target venues.4. Become a wireless Internet service provider (WISP). If you are more technically proficient and want to get into the business on a deeper level, consider developing your own turnkey solution that can be re-sold to hot-spot operators looking for quick and easy ways to deploy public Wi-Fi locations. This involves developing a hardware device that combines a Wi-Fi access point, a network access controller, a DHCP (dynamic host configuration protocol) server and a small Web server. You’ll also have to integrate that equipment with back-end authentication, authorization and accounting software/services for the hot-spot operator. That requires knowledge of RADIUS (remote authentication dial-in user service) authentication protocols and network management systems, and the willingness to establish a full-fledged service offering with support and network operating center oversight.Got Wi-Fi? If you’ve decided to install a broadband connection in your place of business, you can add a public hot spot to help offset the cost, but you may need to upgrade your service and add some hardware. Here’s how: 1. Request three usable IP addresses from your broadband provider. Sometimes called a /29 (slash-29) space, it includes eight IP addresses (three for systems and five usable addresses). The three you’ll use are for the DSL or cable modem/router, the router/firewall and the hot-spot device. Learn More Maximizing Your Return Ready to roll out a hot spot? Using one of the turnkey products already on the market is the accelerated path to Wi-Fi involvement. Even with limited technical proficiency, you can become a hot-spot operator, and the hardware costs have come down significantly–$300 to $700 today, compared to $1,000 to $2,000 a year or so ago.Ready-to-go solutions include the Hot Spot in a Box from Boingo Wireless, FatPoint from FatPort, the Routing Access Point from NetNearU and the Hot Spot Controller from Pronto Networks. Each solution provides a slightly different set of features. Some are more customizable, some provide better revenue-sharing opportunities, some are easier to set up and maintain, and some include marketing and promotional help. All these solutions include roaming agreements with one or more major aggregators–so you can capitalize on business travelers passing through town who need Internet access.Whether you’re choosing a turnkey hot-spot solution or developing your own, you need to consider roaming arrangements with hot-spot aggregators as a fundamental part of the value proposition. Roaming is essential to attract the 27 million business travelers who take laptops on the road. Traveling employees need to know they can connect in any hot spot without joining a new network.Roaming partners publish up-to-date directories of partner locations so customers always have the most current list of hot spots, and some roaming partners like Boingo publish that directory directly to the software on users’ laptops. Increasingly, Wi-Fi customers are looking for roaming locations when they choose hotels and airports for travel. If you haven’t ensured a roaming deal, you won’t be in the database when that traveler is looking for a connection in your town.Finally, some roaming providers will pay you a cash bounty for new customers you sign up for their service. This can be a great revenue stream, so ask about customer acquisition bounties when choosing a hot-spot solution.Covering All the Bases Deep Blue Wireless in Menlo Park, California, is making money from Wi-Fi on a spectrum of services. Founder Alan Gale, 39, explains the business: “As a hot-spot operator, we seek out and establish relationships with location owners and deploy a wireless solution. As a wireless Internet service provider, or WISP, we seek out customers who gain access at those locations.” There are five parts to the Deep Blue business model: public hot spots, public access kiosks, tech services (like faxing, printing and voice), residential broadband and consulting. “We’re integrating all these things together,” says Gale. “And we’re layering tech services over access to increase revenue per user.” The company stays focused on core business issues by using Pronto equipment and back-end services, to keep the technical complexities to a minimum. Gale knows the wireless industry is still evolving. He’s seen even well-funded wireless companies close their doors. “But we’ll survive by being smart and not moving too quickly with the rollout. We get rid of bad locations and tweak our pricing and offering for each new market.” The company’s networks attract more than 1,000 unique logins per month and generate 400,000 network minutes. Deep Blue hopes to hit $1 million in sales this year. -D.W. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. What makes a good hot-spot location? The best is someplace with a built-in audience and a high number of repeat customers. You should put less emphasis on using Wi-Fi to draw new crowds, as the added promotion will probably cost more than it’s worth. Find locations with established foot traffic, especially if they’re also high-loitering locations where people sit for a while–like coffee shops, train stations and airports. Or target a premium location along the travel ribbon, where businesspeople on the road gather–airports, hotels, restaurants adjacent to hotels and so on. Wireless is invisible, so no matter what, make sure you put up signs to promote the hot spot.Understanding more about Wi-Fi users can help you identify the best places to locate a hot spot. There are three primary kinds of Wi-Fi users:Business travelers: They’re constantly looking for ways to connect to their homes or offices to get e-mail and access to files. According to the Department of Transportation, there are 27 million business travelers with laptops traversing the United States. Some of these users buy the connectivity themselves, and some are on enterprise connection plans. No matter how you decide to get into Wi-Fi, you will have a vested interest in getting people to sign up and log on to the network. That will require marketing. Hundreds of thousands of people pass through hot spots each day and don’t realize that a broadband Internet connection is available. Every day, almost 150,000 people go through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, 100,000 through Denver International Airport and 75,000 through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport-three of the largest hot spots in the country. Yet in-terminal surveys show few people know the network is there.You can’t see Wi-Fi, and neither can your customers. You have to actively promote it in the venue. Placing highly visible signage where customers can see it–in the window, on the tables, near the cash register–can dramatically increase hot-spot activity. Even in premier locations, a noticeable drop in sign-ups and connections have been noted on the days that the owner/operator forgot to place the sign in front of the hot spot.If you remember when mobile phones were monstrous “car” phones hard-wired to vehicles, then you can see where Wi-Fi is today. At that time, people couldn’t imagine having a small, handheld phone they would carry and talk on everywhere they go. Today, small omnipresent Wi-Fi devices are on their way, and their owners will be looking for wireless connectivity.Imagine the prospect of earning a nickel or even a penny for every minute of local cellphone traffic if you had placed a cellular tower on the top of your business office during the last wireless revolution. There’s a new opportunity just as compelling but much less expensive to get into with wireless data. Entrepreneurs can benefit by establishing hot spots and providing the cellular towers of Wi-Fi. With hardware manufacturers’ dedication to proliferating wireless devices of every kind imaginable, it won’t be long until everyone is carrying Wi-Fi devices and looking for Wi-Fi networks in order to get connected. Now is an ideal time to start putting the network in place for all those people in search of Wi-Fi.The Surf’s Up Rick Ehrlinspiel, 44, founded San Francisco-based Surf and Sip Inc. in 2000. After just three years, the company is already recognized as one of the largest hot-spot operators in the country, with nearly 250 locations in the United States and more than 100 in the United Kingdom. Funded with about $1 million in angel capital, Surf and Sip designed and deploys a proprietary hot-spot device, plus its own back-end network monitoring, authentication and billing services. “We worked with an engineer to build this device–an access point and server together in one box, about the size of a DVD jewel case,” says Ehrlinspiel. “We brought our costs down to about $200 per location.” Early on, Surf and Sip recognized that people wanted Internet access at cafes and other hot spots, but few folks actually carried laptops with them. The solution? “Rental laptops,” says Ehrlinspiel. “Without the revenue stream from rental machines, we’d have had no value proposition to the shop. There were just too few wireless users, and I wasn’t going to sit here for three years while people decided to bring laptops with them.” With just five employees, the combination of access and equipment seems to be working for Surf and Sip. Says Ehrlinspiel, “We have some coffee shops that gross $2,000 a month, and we split that revenue with the shop owners.” -D.W. Whether you want to turn your existing retail business into a Wi-Fi hot spot or make that part of your start-up plan, it can be a relatively low-cost proposition. If you partner with aggregators like Boingo Wireless or with hot-spot operators like NetNearU, Pronto Networks or Surf and Sip, you don’t even need a technical background or much day-to-day involvement in the network’s operation. A wireless network can help drive traffic to your location, give you digitally acquired insights into customer preferences, and even be used as a medium for advertising or merchandising your other goods and services.By partnering with hot-spot owners and operators, Boingo alone has already built a roaming network of more than 1,400 hot spots in airports, hotels, coffee shops and other high-traffic locations in 300 U.S. cities. But according to Boingo’s research, there are nearly 2 million potential hot-spot locations in the United States. Your business could provide one or more of those sites.Even if you don’t have a location, you can still participate in the Wi-Fi opportunity by making a business out of installing and maintaining hot spots, or offering other value-added services to hot-spot operators and wireless users. Partners like those already mentioned can help you launch your business. Many companies, including Colubris Networks, Nomadix and Vernier Networks, provide hardware that makes rolling out hot spots a breeze. Whether you want to turn your existing retail business into a Wi-Fi hot spot or make that part of your start-up plan, it can be a relatively low-cost proposition. 2. Add an Ethernet switch. This allows you to split the DSL or cable broadband service for multiple uses. Something like the NetGear FS-105 will run $30 to $40. 3. Add a router with integrated firewall. This separates and protects your private network from the public hot spot and provides an additional DHCP (dynamic host configuration protocol) station for assigning private IP addresses, so you can expand your private LAN at will. It’s about $50 to $60 for an SMC Barricade. 4. Choose a hot-spot device. Like the router/firewall, this contains a DHCP server as well as other functions–an access control device to keep unauthorized users off the Internet and a Web server to provide local login pages for your service. These can run from $300 to $700. -S.D. Location, Location, Location This story appears in the July 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Local subscribers: They use public Wi-Fi in addition to or as a substitute for broadband and visit the same hot spot (such as a particular coffee shop) several times a week. Most local Wi-Fi plans have unlimited access for around $20 to $30 per month, so this is less expensive than installing cable or DSL at home for $40 to $50 per month.Occasional surfers: These users catch a few minutes here and there but don’t have a set pattern. The cost of the connection isn’t important to them because they don’t connect frequently enough to incur huge charges. To generate consistent sales, though, you’re better off targeting other users.The Comeback Corp. CEDX Corp. has been installing all kinds of networks since 1997. Founded by Craig Plunkett, 40 (pictured, using Wi-Fi on the go), the company has designed and installed both wired and wireless networks. Despite losing his largest account in the World Trade Center attack, Plunkett says the company will hit sales of half a million dollars this year. The East Northport, New York, company rebounded from 9/11 due in large part to its expertise with Wi-Fi networks. CEDX uses the highly flexible NetNearU Wi-Fi access point hardware to roll out networks for both public hot spots (typically owned by CEDX) and private corporations. Once in place, Plunkett uses the back-end services of NetNearU to provide exceptional customer service. With a Web-enabled monitoring system, CEDX can watch the activity and status of each hot spot on every network it has deployed. Plunkett is quick to share one secret of his success: industry partnerships. “Besides NetNearU, we also have partnerships with the local carriers,” he says. “They point us to new accounts, and we install their services. We resell DSL, e-mail services and Web hosting, plus we do Web development. We really aim to be a one-stop shop.” -D.W. If you’ve been watching the technology industry at all lately, you’ve likely heard the word “Wi-Fi.” Over the past two years, it has quickly moved from a relatively obscure technology in the land of network administrators to one of the hottest growth opportunities in the tech sector.Wi-Fi is fast becoming the industry standard for wireless networking and is being used in homes and businesses to untether the network and provide more flexibility. In public spaces, Wi-Fi provides consumers and business travelers with wireless Internet access at broadband speeds. Wi-Fi adoption is accelerating as manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Intel, Sony, Toshiba and others are equipping laptops, PDAs and other electronic devices for wireless network connections. There are already millions of devices–in a variety of different styles and formats–looking for Wi-Fi networks to latch on to.While the use of Wi-Fi in homes and offices is skyrocketing–to the delight of equipment manufacturers–there also are broad-based entrepreneurial opportunities providing wireless Internet access in public spaces. Because it complements their main lines of business, established and well-financed companies like AT&T, IBM, Intel, T-Mobile and Toshiba have various partnerships and plans to install tens of thousands of “hot spots” (public Wi-Fi locations) across the country–and perhaps hundreds of thousands around the globe. But the key link in that value chain will inevitably be the small to midsized businesses that already own the venues where this service can be provided. Getting Started Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

5 Steps to Bring Users Back to Your App

first_img Are push notifications getting too pushy? Or are they the perfect ingredient to spice-up app engagement — when used sparingly?Related: Grow Your Business by Using Push Notifications EffectivelyAccording to a recent study by Blueshift, personalized mobile push notifications receive a 2,770 percent increase in engagement compared to generic push notifications. Users today demand more than mobile outreach: In the face of endless advertisements and alerts, they want information relevant to their personal situation, location and habits.That’s why, with big players such as Facebook getting deeper into the personalized push race, entrepreneurs are scrambling to figure out how to make users feel that personal connection and continue to engage with their apps. Successful launch days are just the first battle in the war to win repeat users, and too often, companies see their engagement flat-line about a month after release.Considering that each user has dozens — if not hundreds — of apps on his or her device, strategic notification campaigns can make the difference between long-term success and the fast lane to obscurity. The question is, what’s the best way to create such a campaign?Keep it personal to keep users engaged.Repeat users are at the core of any mobile product. They drive revenue and demonstrate value to investors. Even more importantly, frequent users usually turn into brand advocates, preaching an app’s benefits to friends and helping to build a far-reaching, long-lasting user base.When user engagement starts to flag, the following steps can bring them back to the table — offering customers the chance to rediscover why they downloaded the app in the first place:Understand the user process. Every company knows what its app does, but what does the typical user flow look like after the initial exploration is through? After people set up their accounts and spend some time navigating the software, how do they take advantage of the app to make their lives better? Considering that 23 percent of users abandon an app after a single use, understanding what the remaining 77 percent want from it on a regular basis is critical to continued success.Identify touchpoints. Where and when do users interact with the app or the device, and where are the best opportunities to remind them to engage? Shopping apps should have wish lists and credit card storage, which will create opportunities for reminders and sales. Social apps should notify users of friends’ activity. Games can offer bonuses, challenges and special events. Taking advantage of information that users volunteer is one of the easiest ways to understand what those users want and provide relevant notifications.Related: Push Notifications – Finally a Non-Annoying way to promote your appThink beyond the phone. Standard OS push notifications are important, but multiple avenues exist to reach users. Smartwatch notifications and emails can also play integral roles in reminding users to engage. Saturating users with notifications from all sides comes off as annoying, but with a delicate touch, multichannel reminders make a tremendous difference in retention numbers.Find the sweet spot of notification frequency. Like any marketing diet, push notifications require balance. Too few pushes and people forget the app, but when there are too many, they will disable or delete it. The number of acceptable notifications depends on the app, but users seem to respond best to weekly notifications rather than daily or monthly ones. An iterative approach often works best to achieve this balance, so many companies start small after their launch and slowly ramp up to keep users coming back.Keep notifications smart. A person with 500 friends on a social app probably doesn’t want a push notification every time someone else signs on. Notifications that adapt to individual user circumstances, such as recent activity or a lack thereof, are more effective at retaining interest without becoming overbearing. Companies that track better mobile metrics regarding user activity are more likely to provide smarter notifications and keep users coming back.Related: 3 Ways to Put More Nudge Into Your Push NotificationsSmartphone users do have short attention spans, but with the right reminders in the right place, they don’t have to stay gone forever. By spending more time understanding the user experience and providing relevant, timely notifications, companies can keep their apps relevant longer and bring back the users that might have otherwise stopped paying attention. December 2, 2016 Register Now » 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

After BitPay Coinbase bans Gab accounts and its founder Andrew Torba

first_imgAccording to the tweet posted by official Gab account, last week, Coinbase banned Andrew Torba’s (Founder at Gab, the social media platform), Coinbase merchant account. Gab’s business account on Coinbase was already closed in December, as per the report by blockchain blog Breaker. In November Gab was banned by BitPay, the cryptocurrency payment processor. In August 2017, Gab was banned by Google and the company removed the app from the Google Play store for violating the company’s hate speech policy. Last year in July, Microsoft threatened to stop hosting the site after a pair of anti-Semitic posts were published on the website. In 2017, Gab was banned by Apple and removed from Apple store because of the objectionable content. Just two months ago, even GoDaddy banned Gab for breaking the domain registrar’s rules against hosting violent content. Other companies like Medium, Stripe and Shopify have also banned Gab. Possible reasons for getting banned Gab has described itself on its website as a “social network that champions free speech, individual liberty and the free flow of information online. All are welcome.”According to blockchain blog Breaker, one of the major reasons why it is hard for Gab to get a payment processor is its reputation for being the social network for users banned from mainstream platforms because of hate speech. As per a report by the New York Times, last year in October the alleged shooter, Robert Bowers in Pittsburgh used Gab to post a final message before attacking the synagogue. Post which, Torba stated that the Pittsburgh shooter doesn’t represent the broader user base of Gab. Paypal also banned Gab after the Pittsburgh incident. The official logo of Gab also got some controversies around it because of the green frog which is similar to Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that became popular for racist memes. As per a post by Cointelegraph, last year, in April, the Coinbase merchandise shop of the anonymous international publishing nonprofit WikiLeaks had been closed due to a terms of service violation. Users have given mixed reaction to this news. Few users are not happy about this and are questioning Coinbase on restricting freedom via censorship. Many users got banned and are unhappy because of that, they are now comparing Coinbase with other platforms like Gemini and Coinbase users are now agitated and even planning to close their accounts on Coinbase. Some are also planning to get their bitcoins off Coinbase. According to few users the idea of bitcoin is freedom and the whole idea of bitcoin exchange would get ruined with Coinbase’ strategies and is anti-freedom. Users are are now looking forward to Decentralized Exchange, a cryptocurrency exchange without the central authority. Users are awaiting Skycoin’s first working decentralized exchange which is built directly into their software wallet. Skywire, Skycoin’s flagship app is expected to launch sooner. Skywire will build a decentralized internet that will be fully encrypted and censorship proof. Users are also angry at Brian Armstrong, the founder of Coinbase and they are labelling him as a hypocrite as he talked about economic freedom and his latest move differs from it. Few users think that the decision taken by Coinbase was wise enough and it makes sense to ban platforms like Gab. Check the official announcement on Twitter. Read Next Social media platforms, Twitter and, accused of facilitating recent domestic terrorism in the U.S. Coinbase Commerce API launches Coinbase looking to replicate Facebook’s platform strategy with support for more digital assetslast_img read more

Canadian groups tell gold company to stop harassing Costa Ricans

first_imgNo related posts. Seven Canadian environmental and human rights groupssent a strongly worded letter Tuesday to Infinito Gold mining company CEO John Morgan demanding he end the company’s “decade-long harassment of the people and the government of Costa Rica.”MiningWatch Canada, Sierra Club Canada, Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine and four other groups asked Infinito Gold to withdraw an April 4 threat to sue Costa Rica for $1 billion over its loss of a mining concession at Las Crucitas, an open-pit mine site near the Nicaraguan border, a press release stated on Tuesday.“Infinito Gold has tried to portray itself as the victim of a capricious court system. In reality, the Calgary-based company has tried to strong-arm Costa Rica’s judiciary into overturning two Supreme Court rulings (2010 and 2011) that upheld the country’s ban on open-pit mining. The courts told the Canadian company it could not develop the Crucitas mine, and told Infinito to pack up and go,” a statement issued by MiningWatch Canada said.On April 4, Infinito Gold sent a letter to Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González demanding the government “allow local franchise Industrias Infinito SA (IISA) to resume full operations of the Crucitas mine located in San Carlos, Alajuela, which was closed after the approval of an amendment to [the country’s] Mining Law that banned open-pit mining in the country.” IISA’s spokeswoman Yokebec Soto said at an early April press conference that the company “believed the investment was guaranteed, because our company was invited to the country to develop the mine.”The Canadian company already has invested $92 million in the project, and it claims to have lost $1 billion in potential profit, Soto said.The company said it would file a $1 billion lawsuit for breach of the Costa Rica-Canada Free Trade Agreement, as outlined in protocols of the Bilateral Investment Treaty, approved by both countries.On Jan. 30, 2011, the Costa Rican Supreme Court’s Civil and Administrative Law Branch annulled the mining concession and upheld a ban on open-pit mining, approved after an amendment to the country’s Mining Code was adopted in 2010.“Instead of leaving, the company ratcheted-up a campaign of intimidation, attempting to censor a University of Costa Rica course focused on the mining project and launching defamation suits against two professors and three other Costa Ricans who have spoken out publicly about the potential impact that this mining activity could have on a fragile environment,” the MiningWatch Canada statement said.The group also claimed that in 2012, Costa Rica asked the Canadian government to “provide information about an alleged US$200,000 donation to then-President Oscar Arias’ Arias Foundation in 2008, coming from Canada, and made just days before Arias decreed that the Crucitas mine was to be considered ‘in the national interest.’” “Canada’s Department of Justice responded to this request in early February of this year, but has refused to comment on the information provided. The Costa Rican government suddenly announced last week that the long-time head of the Arias Foundation had been named as its Ambassador to Argentina,” the statement added.MiningWatch Canada spokesman Jamie Kneen said the company’s actions have “seriously damaged Canada’s reputation in Costa Rica, a country that is a favorite destination for Canadian eco-tourists.”“Today’s letter calls on Infinito Gold to drop all legal actions against Costa Rica and its citizens and to leave the country. It also calls on the Canadian government to immediately divulge what it knows about the questionable payment made to the Arias Foundation in 2008,” Kneen said.Tico Times editor David Boddiger contributed to this report. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Nurse convicted of killing 2 UK patients with insulin

first_imgHe said Chua seemed unfazed by her imprisonment: “He was quite happy to stand by while she suffered the consequences.”One of Chua’s victims was a 44-year-old multiple sclerosis patient being treated for a mild chest infection, who was pronounced dead eight hours later after being treated with a saline ampule containing large amounts of insulin.The other was an elderly man also with a chest infection, who was put on a saline drip contaminated with insulin. He died 10 days later.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The father of two wrote “there’s a devil in me” and that there were certain things he would “take to the grave.” Prosecutors said he took his frustrations out on his patients.Chua was found to have injected insulin into saline bags and ampules. Other nurses who were not aware of the tampering then used the bags and ampules, leading to insulin overdoses.The nurse was cleared of a third murder charge but convicted of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to that patient. Other patients recovered after receiving similar insulin overdoses.Hospital officials first contacted police in July 2011 after finding contaminated vials of saline and “unexplained” low blood sugar levels in some patients.After finding the vials contained high levels of insulin, police launched a formal investigation.Prosecutors first charged another nurse, 27-year-old Rebecca Leighton, with a variety of crimes but the case against her was dropped due to insufficient evidence.Chua was not charged with the murders and poisonings until March, 2014.Manchester Police Chief Peter Fahy on Monday apologized to Leighton for the time she spent in jail after she was charged. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system LONDON (AP) — A medical mystery that began four years ago with unexplained deaths in a British hospital ended Monday when a nurse was convicted of using insulin to murder two patients.The 49-year-old nurse was also convicted of trying to poison 20 other patients during what police called a reign of terror at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of London.In a note found by police, Victorino Chua described himself as “an angel turned into an evil person.” Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

American Ashley Kerekes bowled over by Australia

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Twitter Sensation @theashes, Ashley Kerekes Due to the extensive media attention she’s garnered with her Twitter account @theashes, 22 year-old American Ashley Kerekes was flown down under to experience the test match series and all Australia has to offer. e-Travel Blackboard spoke exclusively to Ashley about her first trip to Australia. “This is my first trip to Australia and it’s been fantastic so far, I’ve been extra fortunate to see and do so much in such a short amount of time,” she said. Ashley, a babysitter from Westfield Massachusetts, was courted by Travelscene American Express and Qantas to fly to Australia and enjoy the third day of the Ashes test series after a twitter campaign using the hashtag ‘#gettheashestotheashes’ was created. “To be here in Australia and have the opportunity to learn about a sport I had no prior knowledge of at all is just amazing.” Ashley’s understanding of the game has increased since her arrival on Australian shores and she certainly has a lot of respect for the sport these days. “The actual game is quite intense. There’s a lot going on that you don’t see on the surface until you learn more about the rules and aims. “I just found out what a googly is!” she said. There was no direct reference to cricket intended when Ashley created her Twitter account some years ago. “The Ashes is a nickname my boyfriend gave to me. “I had the Twitter account in 2009 and didn’t receive any attention during that year’s matches,” she said. Ashley is flying home to the United States this weekend but has thoroughly enjoyed her time down under. When asked of her favourite city in Oz, she was quick to respond. “Sydney, it’s such a beautiful city,” she said.last_img read more

Fiji Airways adds another 737

first_imgFiji Airways, Fiji National Airline, today welcomed a fifth Boeing 737-800 into its fleet. The leased aircraft – Island of Ovalau – features Fiji Airways’ award-winning livery and designs, and features eight Business Class seats and 162 Economy Class seats. It touched down at the Fiji Airways Hangar in Nadi this morning, having left the Netherlands last weekend. Nalin Patel, Fiji Airways Chairman at the welcome event comment: “This new aircraft comes at an important time for us. It will contribute straight-away to our network, as we prepare to start direct services between Wellington and Nadi from June 25th on Thursdays and Sundays all year around. This aircraft will also allow us to add an extra service from Christchurch, also making that a twice-weekly connection to Fiji all year round as well.”Fiji Airways will also be able to add more daylight flights to Brisbane, as well as extra frequencies on Fiji Airways’ busy Auckland and Sydney routes.Mr. Patel added: “With this addition to our fleet we become larger and stronger. We will be able to further strengthen our position as the leader in aviation in the Pacific. It aids us in developing partnerships within the region, like the recently announced codeshare with Air Vanuatu and partnerships we are looking to put in place in Tonga.”The ‘Island of Ovalau’ will undertake its first flight on Friday.Source = Fiji Airwayslast_img read more

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