Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Thursday proposed to provide buses for schools in DhakaFinance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Thursday proposed to provide buses for schools in Dhaka.He told the parliament, students using their family cars contribute to the traffic jam in the capital. “Most of the schools in Dhaka do not provide buses.”He expressed hope that the dedicated bus service would promote safer and easier commute as in developing countries.Muhith added, “Concession or exemption of duties will be considered on importation of school buses”.
File PhotoDhaka University (DU) vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman has formed a seven-member probe panel to look into the allegations of irregularities in the elections to DU Central Student’s Union (DUCSU) and hall unions, reports UNB.Sajeda Banu, a supernumerary professor of the Mathematics department, has been made chief of the committee while assistant proctor of the university M Maksudur Rahman its member secretary, said a DU press release on Thursday.The other members of the investigation committee are dean of Biological Science faculty Imdadul Hoque, provosts of Sir PJ Hartog International Hall Mohiuddin, chairman of Economics department Shafique uz Zaman, syndicate member Mohammad Humayun Kabir and professor Sharmin Rumi Alim of the Nutrition and Food Science Institute.The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven working days.
REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/The Texas Tribune Candles are lit behind images of the victims killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School during a vigil in League City on May 20, 2018.Hey, Texplainer: What do Texans really think about gun control?The national debate on gun control reignited Friday, when a 17-year-old opened fire at a high school in Santa Fe High School, killing at least 10 people and leaving another 10 wounded.In the aftermath, Republican leaders placed blame on a slew of factors: unarmed teachers, far too many doors to guard in schools and a lack of mental health services.“We may have to look at the design of our schools moving forward,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said at a press conference Friday, adding that schools have far too many entrances and exits to safeguard. “We’re gonna have to be creative.”Democrats, on the other hand, advocated for swift action on guns, including universal background checks and funding federal research on gun violence.“What if we required universal background checks to ensure that firearms only get into the hands of those who won’t harm themselves or someone else,” Democrat Beto O’Rourke, an El Paso congressman running against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz this fall, wrote in a Medium post. “Close all loopholes and exceptions. Every single gun purchase has a background check.”Texas is as gun-friendly a state as they come. But how do voters feel about gun control, according to recent polls?Like most issues, folks are divided.The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, released in October, found that Texans are split on whether people carrying more guns will make for a safer environment. And as with many issues, the biggest divide was along party lines.More than 60 percent of surveyed Republicans said they believed the country would be safer if more people carried guns. Only 5 percent of Democrats said they felt the same way.“Republicans and Democrats tend to look at the same tragedy from very different perspectives,” Mark Jones, a Rice University political scientist, said Monday. “Democrats look at Santa Fe and their most popular answer tends to be that gun control is the correct response to keep this from happening in the future. Whereas Republicans don’t see it that way. They don’t believe gun control would have any impact or is even germane.”Texans are also split on who, or what, to blame for mass shootings. Of those surveyed, most (24 percent) said the primary cause is a failure of the mental health system, which was closely followed by current gun laws. Thirteen percent of respondents focused much of their ire on extreme views on the internet, while 10 percent blamed various forms of media (i.e. the spread of “extremist points of views” on the internet and “media attention given to perpetrators of mass shootings”).Increased access to mental health services seems to be one solution both Republicans and Democrats turn to in the wake of such tragedies. After Friday’s shooting, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott touted a 4-year-old project run by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as a potential statewide model to reduce gun violence. The program works to identify junior high and high school students most at risk for committing violence in schools and intervene before it happens.Another thing Texans seem to agree on? Overall, more than half of registered voters surveyed said gun control laws should be more strict. Only 13 percent of surveyed Texans said existing laws should be less strict than they are now, and 31 percent would prefer to leave current gun laws unchanged.Democrats, however, are more likely to want to toughen current gun laws. While just about half of surveyed Republicans opt to leave them as they are now.There’s also a racial divide: Black and Hispanic voters in Texas overwhelmingly said they preferred stricter gun control laws. Only 43 percent of white voters agreed.You see this racial divide nationally as well. A national survey by the Pew Research Center found that nearly half of African-Americans and 29 percent of Hispanics found gun violence to be a “very big problem” in their local communities. Just 11 percent of white respondents said the same thing.The results of the latest UT/TT poll showcases a slight shift on who voters blamed for mass shootings just two year prior. In November 2015, the majority of surveyed Texans also blamed mental health issues and gun laws on mass shootings. Respondents also pointed to unstable families, however.“In the wake of mass shootings, what you see in elected officials is often a reflection of what their own voters think,” Joshua Blank, the manager of polling and research of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, said Monday. “In the wake of these mass shootings, what you see is partisans talking mostly to their voters and, in turn, also reinforcing what voters already think about the causes of these problems.” Forty-one percent of Texans surveyed in November 2015 said they believed gun laws should be more strict, compared to 18 percent who said they should be less strict. Overall, this is a small uptick from a February 2015 UT/TT Poll, where 36 percent of respondents said they wanted stricter gun control laws and 22 percent wanted those laws made less strict.So what’s accounting for the trend of public opinion in Texas?“The main driver in changing gun attitudes is the increasing frequency of mass shootings both in Texas and elsewhere. With each one of these shootings, what you tend to see is a major uptick in attitudes in favor of greater gun restrictions,” Blank said. “With each additional tragedy, there tends to be more people who further embrace the possibility of more gun restrictions.”The bottom line: Texans are split on whether more people carrying guns will make for a safer environment. But there’s an increasing number of people who think existing gun laws should be more strict. Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin and Rice University have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Share
Kolkata: Police personnel were reportedly harassed and beaten by some local businessmen in Durgapur on Monday morning.Some vehicle drivers alleged that police personnel were involved in extortion. According to sources, on Monday morning, an Assistant Sub-Inspector along with a few civic volunteers were allegedly extorting money from vehicle drivers on the National Highway 2 near DVC Mor. While all the drivers reportedly met police personnel’s demand, one of the drivers left the spot without giving money to the cops. This angered police personnel. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to vehicle driver Sudhangshu Raut, police had demanded Rs 500 which he refused to give and left the spot. Following this, police gave him a chase. At Benachiti Bazar area, the police vehicle intercepted his vehicle and blocked its way. The accused Assistant Sub-Inspector allegedly held him by his caller and dragged him out of the vehicle and later he was beaten up. Situation took an ugly turn after local businessmen surrounded the police personnel. When police personnel asked them to leave, a few of the businesspersons heckled the police officer. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSources informed, when the police officers were about to leave the place, some money accidentally fell from their pocket which was allegedly taken from the drivers. Local residents got furious. It is alleged that the Assistant Sub-Inspector and civic volunteers were physically assaulted. Later, local residents confined the police personnel and surrounded them. Durgapur A zone police out-post was informed about the situation. Upon receiving the information, police went to the spot and rescued the assaulted police personnel. Raut was taken to Durgapur Sub-Divisional Hospital. According to sources, an inquiry has been ordered in the case. Another case for allegedly assaulting on duty police personnel may be lodged against local residents.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Entrepreneurs are building cloud-based products for customers with an ever-growing list of ways to access those products. There’s the web browser, tablets, smartphones, phablets (which are still incredibly awkward), wearables, browser apps, plugins, bookmarklets, etc. Who knows what devices will deliver software products in five years (my money is on the computerized contact lens).The interesting part is that for any given piece of software, consumers are accessing it via different devices for different reasons. They’ll use the mobile phone app for a certain task while using the desktop for something else. Or they’ll use the tablet app for one thing, but the mobile phone app for another. These are the behaviors that must be understood to deliver a satisfying and delightful product experience. Entrepreneurs need to know which device customers are using to build appropriately.Related: The Man Behind Google Docs on Opportunities in the CloudThis “By Device-Action” concept is best illustrated with an example. At Kashoo, the company where I work, we build cloud accounting software for small business owners. As with most cloud-based applications, our customers can access Kashoo via web browser, a native iPad app and a native iPhone app. The typical Kashoo customer is what we consider the “new entrepreneur.” They’re not tied to a desk. They don’t work five eight-hour days. For better or for worse, the line between work and personal is blurry at best. Instead, they work from wherever, whenever, thanks to the devices that allow them to.Customer research and data analysis has showed us that our customers are doing specific accounting tasks on specific devices. For example, they’re using the iPhone app to quickly snap a picture of an expense receipt.That makes sense. Imagine someone at an airport food court opening up their laptop and holding a receipt in front of their webcam. No one would.Box is another great example. Typically, document generation happens on the desktop but once uploaded to Box, collaboration, access, editing, sharing and plenty more happens most often via mobile devices. Box understands this product use by device-action and thus builds accordingly.Extracting trends from your app analytics will help you understand how your customers are accessing the product and what specific tasks the doing. When the product is in its infancy, without a significant dataset, ask your current and potential customers what they might use your tablet app for versus what they’d use your smartphone app for. Have them tell you what they’d expect to get out of the desktop app. You’ll likely be surprised by their responses and you’ll have a better idea of how to build.Related: Could Nebula One Reinvent Cloud Computing for Businesses? September 4, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Enroll Now for Free
Tags: Departures, VISIT FLORIDA << Previous PostNext Post >> VISIT FLORIDA’s Ken Lawson is leaving his role as CEO Share Tuesday, December 18, 2018 TALLAHASSEE — VISIT FLORIDA’s Ken Lawson is leaving his role as CEO in January to take over the reins of the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).As the new Executive Director, Lawson will serve under Governor-elect Ron DeSantis’ administration, and is tasked with helping the state “continue to be an economic powerhouse” and “bringing new businesses to Florida and creating jobs for Floridians,” said DeSantis.As VISIT FLORIDA’s president and CEO, Lawson led Florida’s official destination marketing organization in partnership with its Board of Directors and the statewide tourism industry. According to DeSantis, while under Lawson’s leadership, the state was able to create more than 1.6 million private-sector jobs and set new visitation records.VISIT FLORIDA said it is just beginning a search for Lawson’s successor. An interim CEO has yet to be named.Lawson first joined VISIT FLORIDA in January 2017 following a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors. His appointment came after the resignation of three Visit Florida executives in the wake of the Pitbull scandal, which resulted in outgoing Governor Rick Scott calling for the resignation of Lawson’s predecessor, Will Seccombe. Travelweek Group Posted by