Teen remanded for stealing iPhone 7

first_imgNineteen-year-old Rickford Marcus of Lot 497 South Sophia, Greater Georgetown found himself on Monday arraigned before City Magistrate Judy Latchman on a charge of snatching an iPhone 7.He denied that, on March 11, 2018 at South Road, Georgetown, he stole the phone, valued at $140,000.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore told the court that the teen was seen by the virtual complainant in the Stabroek Market area after he had stolen the phone. Thus the Police were called, he was arrested, and the phone was found in his possession. Accordingly, he was charged with the offence.Moore based his objection to Marcus being placed on bail on the nature and seriousness of the offence, and Magistrate Latchman upheld his submissions and remanded the teen to prison until March 26, when the case will again be called.last_img read more

New app helps reporters tell a better story

first_imgCadet journalists, community reporters, activists and others interested in reporting on a news story and submitting it to a community newspaper can now make use of the Pocket Reporter app.The Pocket Reporter is designed to help citizen journalists or reporters working at a grassroots level. This app is seen as the editor who advises the users on the types of questions to ask while reporting. (Image: Brand South Africa)Melissa JavanAn app has been developed to help improve journalism at a community or grassroots level. The Pocket Reporter, touted as a “news editor in your pocket” is aimed at citizen journalists, community journalists of independent publishers, and those who want to get it right when writing a news story.Raymond Joseph, a journalist at Code for South Africa (Code4SA), says Pocket Reporter was developed because there are many journalists, especially freelancers, who do not have access to a news editor.“When I started out, I was briefed by my editor before I went to the scene of a news story. After I returned from that news story I would be briefed by my news editor again,” he explains.Pocket Reporter was developed by Code4SA in partnership with the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP).Joseph says the partners undertook market research before building the app. “Not enough people have Blackberry phones. Only a few have iPhones. The most common cellphone among citizen- and community journalists is the Android.“I also know that young people use their phones as typewriters.”The app was designed to be as simple to use as possible. Changes were made following testing on some community journalists. Joseph and his team at Code4SA tested the app again before launching it.How the app worksSome of the newspapers that are members of the Association of Independent Publishers. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers, Facebook)The Pocket Reporter is an easy to use tool that helps the reporter collect all the information needed, Joseph explains. “It makes sure there are no holes in the story. This tool will help to improve content and make sure the people ask the right questions.”First download the app, which then walks you through a news story:Go to Google Play and search for “Pocket Reporter”, then download the app on to your Android phone.Enter + to choose an article type, or go to My Stories to add more info to previous articles.Choose your article type.Name your article and click “start this story”.Work through the questions and fill in the answers in the boxes with the information you gather.You can now email your information to yourself to work on your story later, or email it to your news editor.If you don’t have all the information to answer the questions asked on the app, Joseph says, you can return to the story. “It is saved on your app automatically. You can always go back to add information.”No internet connection neededTo overcome data costs, no internet connection is needed to use the app. “You only need an internet connection to download it or if you want to update the app.“Also, you need an internet connection to send the information to your own email address or to the editor.”For security, you don’t have to give any personal details when downloading the app, assures Joseph. “You stay in charge of the information. You can delete the story or the app after you are finished using it.”Your information is safe, because there is no server that saves it, he adds.Association of Independent PublishersThere are 204 independently owned newspapers in South Africa, according to the Association of Independent Publishers. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers)The Pocket Reporter was launched in October at the AIP national conference in Johannesburg.The AIP is a national organisation for advancing the interests of independent grassroots print media in South Africa. It comprises mostly small, independent newspapers, but also represents newsletters, magazines and online publications.The AIP holds a two-day conference with the theme “My South Africa, my story” in October 2016. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers, Facebook)Established in 2004, the AIP has about 250 members nationally, most of which are small, community based, grassroots publishers living in the communities they serve.Louise Vale, executive director of the AIP, says community media are growing.According to her, AIP members employ 2 000 people directly and 2 000 indirectly, such as freelancers. In South Africa, independent publishers are generally small, micro and medium enterprises. “They contribute about R150-million every year to the economy,” says Vale.One of the challenges is that they do not get much financial support, especially through advertising. “This is despite the fact that these independent publishers’ advertising rates are the lowest – lower than a mainstream newspaper would be.”It is difficult for independent publishers to run their businesses, Vale says, because of lack of funding from big companies or the government. “It’s sad because these independent publishers provide a real service to the people on the ground.”Gauteng has the most independent publishers in the country, followed by the Eastern Cape. This graph shows the monthly print order and publication frequency. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers)Pocket Reporter is a great tool for journalists, she says. “It will help people a lot to get facts out in the field. There are lots of interns in the industry and the editor won’t necessarily have time to brief them.”Editors of independent publishers often have to do other tasks too, such as selling advertising space or social media marketing.Community media reports use voices on the ground, Vale adds. “We should actually have a platform where the mainstream media work with these community journalists. That way they get to hear the voices on the ground and give that input to the national agenda.”Independent publishers have about 28 million readers a month.Diversity in community mediaAIP members publish primarily in rural areas and disadvantaged communities, in a diverse range of languages and service a diverse range of interests.More than 80 members publish in a combination of English, Afrikaans and a local language. The AIP represents print media published in isiXhosa, Afrikaans and Tshivenda, among other languages.A total of 78% of publications are black-owned, and 28% are owned by women.The geographical communities served range from rural Cofimvaba to the urban people of Bonteheuwel, Heideveld and the Cape Flats, from Makhado to Gansbaai, from Mangaung to Jozini and further.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Difference Between Sales Acumen and Business Acumen

first_imgSelling is more difficult now than ever. In the past, sales acumen may have been enough to help you succeed; you now also need business acumen, something that is rarely taught or trained.Possessing both of these skills at the highest level ensures your success. Possessing one without the other means that you will struggle.What Is Sales AcumenSales acumen is made up of things like prospecting, closing (or what might be better called commitment gaining), overcoming objections, presenting, explaining features and benefits, diagnosing, and negotiating. There isn’t anything on this list that is not critical to your success in sales. You need to have the chops when it comes to sales acumen.All of these skills have been necessary since we humans began trading with each other millions of years ago. The skills that make up sales acumen are “deep fundamentals.” The need for these skills doesn’t change much-if they change it all-over time.A lot of sales organizations spend most of their time helping their salespeople with product knowledge, a critical need all salespeople share. They spend a little bit of time on sales acumen, but rarely enough. These skills are not as easy to develop as many people think they are, and most sales organizations hope that by hiring someone with experience they won’t have to work so hard to teach sales acumen.What is making selling more difficult now is the decades-long trend of requiring business acumen to undergird sales acumen.What Is Business AcumenBusiness acumen is an understanding of the fundamentals of business. It goes nicely with “situational knowledge,” because one of the ways you gain an understanding of business is through your experiences, and mostly your mistakes or the mistakes of others.Without business acumen the sales skill of prospecting falls flat. If you don’t understand your dream clients’ business well enough to be able to speak to the trends that are affecting their business, or will impact their business in the future, prospecting is difficult at best.A lack of business acumen and situational knowledge makes diagnosis and discovery challenging. Without context, you lack the appropriate questions, as well as the necessary ideas and stories to help your prospect understand the root cause of their problem and the decisions they may need to make.You can’t be a trusted advisor without the ability to advise. When you think about storytelling, presenting your prospect’s current state, their future state, and the necessary changes they need to make, requires that you have the vocabulary and the concepts to frame your solution in a way that is directly tied to their most strategic outcomes.If you are not a trusted advisor because you lack the business acumen – negotiation is a much meaner feat. Without the ability to talk about the investment you are asking your prospective client to make and how that investment is going to protect them from risks and ensure their success, you’re going to end up discounting. Business acumen allows you to make a better case, your dream client’s case.In addition to your product knowledge and your sales acumen, spend as much time developing your business acumen and your situational knowledge – those things that allow you to provide the advice your dream clients demand from their trusted advisor.last_img read more

Passport issues for Kashyap, Prannoy, Sikki

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) Top shuttlers, including Parupalli Kashyap and H S Prannoy, are waiting for their passports to fly out of the country on Thursday to participate in the upcoming tournaments in Canada and US. Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap, Prannoy and doubles specialist N Sikki Reddy, who were playing at the Australia Super Series last month, had applied for the New Zealand visa a week back but they are yet to receive their passports. Kashyap today took to twitter to request External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sports Minister Vijay Goel to look into the matter so that they dont miss the opportunity to play in Canada next week. “Dear Madam, me, Prannoy and Sikki Reddy applied for New Zealand visa one week back and requested for urgent processing of visa,” Kashyap wrote in the letter which he posted on his twitter handle. “As we have to leave for tournaments on 6th of July to Canada and US Opens, we require our passports urgently. Maam I request you to help us in this matter so that we can travel on 6th July (Thursday),” he wrote. Last month, Siki Reddy, Prannoy and Summeth Reddy had sought the intervention of Swaraj in getting their passports and visas from the Canadian High Commission. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) then stepped in and the shuttlers received their passports just a day before they were scheduled to leave for Jakarta to participate in the Indonesia Super Series Premier. The Canada Open Grand Prix is scheduled to be held from July 11 to 16, while the US Open Grand Prix Gold will be held from July 19-23. PTI ATK SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

RV owners protest law that bans sleeping in vehicles overnight

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego (KUSI) – A new law in San Diego, makes it illegal to sleep in a car or RV overnight.Today, that ordinance came under fire by people who say the city of San Diego is making criminals out of people who have to live in their cars. RV owners protest law that bans sleeping in vehicles overnight July 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 17, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 9:22 PMlast_img read more

Heather was too strong for Paul McCartney

first_imgPaul McCartney’s former wife Heather Mills says her marriage to the legend failed because he was “too insecure” to cope with a “strong woman”. The 47-yr-old married McCartney, 72, in 2002 but they separated four years later. She has hinted that he was too “insecure” to cope with her forthright ways. Asked why she thinks their marriage went wrong, she said, “I say what I think. If I think something is wrong I’ll say it. If I wasn’t that type of person we’d still be married now. But for years I was attracted to these very strong, powerful men who think they want a strong woman but actually they want someone who does what they want. The men who seem the strongest are usually the most insecure.”last_img

SSKM turns saviour for elderly patient

first_imgKolkata: For the first time in the history of any government hospital, SSKM Hospital installed the most advanced and one of the most expensive pacemakers on a patient, made possible thanks to the robust health service schemes introduced in the state by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Md Asik Alam (66) had his pacemaker infected for two consecutive times and the doctors had no option other than implanting a leadless pacemaker on the right ventricle of his heart. Alam and his family members became reluctant after they came to know that a leadless pacemaker would cost them around Rs 10 lakh in top private hospitals in the city. There was no other option except the installation of a leadless pacemaker on the wall of the right ventricle to save the life of the elderly patient, who is a resident of Berhampore in Murshidabad. SSKM Hospital turned saviour for the patient and the operation was conducted free of cost. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA leadless pacemaker is a small self-contained device looking almost like a capsule that is inserted in the right ventricle of the heart. According to the doctors at SSKM, a pacemaker had been installed on the right side of Alam’s chest by a private hospital in the city around eight years ago. After six years, the pacemaker got infected and the patient was brought to the hospital, where the doctors mounted another pacemaker on the left side of his chest. But the patient developed similar complications as the second one also got infected. A team comprising doctors from both the Cardiology and Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgery (CTVS) departments conducted the operation. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”This is the first time a government-run hospital has implanted a leadless pacemaker on a patient completely free of cost. It has become possible due to the comprehensive healthcare system launched by the state government. Poor people are being benefitted by the schemes,” said a senior cardiologist at SSKM. The doctors also said that this is a late infection. Generally infection develops within 1-2 years from the date of operation. But in this case, the pacemaker got infected years later. In a conventional pacemaker, the pulse generator is connected to the right atrium and right ventricle through leads in case of a dual chamber pacemaker. While in case of single chamber pacemaker, the leads are connected either to the right atrium or the right ventricle. The patient has already been released from the hospital and is doing fine, doctors said.last_img read more

This Startup Employs Robots That Bake Pizza En Route for Delivery

first_img 4 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. September 29, 2016 Listen Nowcenter_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer New Yorkers, as you probably already know, are passionate about pizza. So when I get a pitch informing me that a startup is employing robots to prepare cheese-covered pies, I just have to snicker.Really, Silicon Valley, pizza is the latest problem you need to solve with robots?But clearly, Julia Collins, co-CEO of Zume Pizza, has put some thought into this beyond my closed-minded New York worldview. On Thursday, Zume announced what it says, in a press release, is the world’s first “food delivery vehicle that cooks en route.” The truck utilizes 56 ovens to deliver food that doesn’t spend too much time in a box.Related: Think of Your Startup Like a Pepperoni Pizza — Use a Simple Recipe for Success”New York is full of storied mom-and-pop restaurants serving incredibly delicious pizza, with recipes handed down through generations, and this is the pizza that inspires us,” she wrote to Entrepreneur via email. “Sadly, the majority of us can’t go and sit down to enjoy a fresh-baked pie every time we want pizza. Instead, we’ve become accustomed to ordering delivery pizza that arrives greasy, lukewarm and packed with preservatives — but it doesn’t have to be that way.”Image credit: Zume PizzaFair point. I’ve certainly eaten my share of Domino’s and its ilk, and I barely consider what those eateries serve to be pizza. Those places are, unfortunately, the main options for most people outside large cities.Pizza is a $40 billion annual industry in the U.S., according to IBISWorld. It’s mostly dominated by Domino’s, Little Caesars, Papa John’s and Pizza Hut. But Collins, along with her co-founder and co-CEO, Alex Garden, who is an inventor and the former president of Zynga and general manager of Xbox Live, offers a compelling argument for Zume’s model vs. these brands.Related: Watch 1,000 Robots Dance in Unison — and Set a World Record”First, the quality of the food that is being delivered is not very good because it’s pumped with added sugar, synthetic nitrites and preservatives,” says Collins, a long-time restaurateur. “Second, delivery pizza is slow — it takes 45 minutes on average to get to your door. Third, the packaging is not eco-friendly because cardboard boxes come from trees. Fourth, it’s not very profitable.”According to the company, the pizza is parbaked — the dough is cooked for 90 seconds — at the Zume Pizza headquarters before it’s transferred to the food delivery vehicle. Prior to its arrival at a customer’s door, the pizza is baked for three minutes then cooled for 30 seconds.The truck currently delivers to customers in Mountain View, Calif. It’s important to note that I haven’t tried the pizza, so I can’t attest to its freshness or flavor.Image credit: Zume Pizza”Our proprietary pizza-making robots, also referred to as ‘P-Bos,’ automate unsafe, repetitive tasks associated with food preparation (ask any pizza chef about the number of burns on his or her arms!) so that we can invest in more high-quality, locally sourced ingredients,” Collins says.And the technology doesn’t stop with pizza.Related: How This Pizza Company Grew to Become a Bigger Slice of the Pie”At the present time, we are focused on optimizing our operation to create the very best pizza delivery experience in the world,” Collins says. “Once we have perfected our pizza operation, we will have the ability to expand beyond pizza. In fact, our patents cover cooking all food en route.”It’s a future I’ll just have to taste to believe.last_img read more