UPDATED: US bans electronic devices from cabins on some airlines.

first_imgThe US government has confirmed it has banned electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and cameras from cabin baggage on flights to the US  from some countries in the Middle East and North Africa.The ban affects flights from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries and nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. People will still be allowed to take mobile phones  with them and medical devices are also exempt.The ban was revealed in tweets from airlines and the Associated Press reported it covered  all direct flights to the US from Cairo, Egypt; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul, Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates..Dubai-based Emirates confirmed that the ban will take effect from March 25 to October this year while Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, which also said it was affected, warned that travellers would have to put the devices in their checked luggage at their point of origin. “Mobile phones and medical devices are permitted but larger items such as laptops, tablets, cameras and e-readers will need to be placed into checked-in baggage,” Etihad said. ” For those guests bound for the U.S., this must be done at the point of origin which may not necessarily be at Abu Dhabi International Airport.”It is understood that other impacted airlines are Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways and Royal Air Maroc,US media reports said that authorities had relied on “evaluated intelligence” about unspecified terror threats to make the call.  The BBC’s security correspondent, Frank Gardner, said this meant that US intelligence had  either intercepted discussion of a possible extremist plot or had been passed word of one by a human informant.”The Middle Eastern and North African airports affected are nearly all ones with close, friendly relations with Washington, so this will be seen by some as a drastic and unpopular measure,” he said.A tweet from Royal Jordanian which alerted media to the move said instructions from “concerned US departments’’ cited laptops, tablets, cameras DVD players and electronic games as examples of items which needed to be carried in checked baggage.While US authorities declined to comment on a specific reason for the move,  there is speculation it could be related to laptop bomb detonated on Dubai-based carrier Daallo as it departed the Somali capital of Mogadishu in February, 2016.The laptop was thought to have been rigged with a timer set to explode when the plane was at cruising altitude but a delay meant it was still at 14,000ft when it detonated and blew a hole in the fuselage.The only casualty was the alleged bomber, who was apparently blown out of the plane, and the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility.Still unclear is how the US authorities assessed the safety implications of placing a big number of electronic items generally powered by lithium ion batteries in the hold. There have been a number of instances of batteries overheating and these have been easier to detect because they have been in the cabin.last_img read more

Dermot OLeary Preps For Day Of Dance

first_imgDermot O’Leary has been prepping both body and soles for his epic 24 hour Day of Dance for Comic Relief.Video: Dermot’s Day of DanceCaught by the cameras at Pineapple Dance Studios in London while preparing for his marathon endeavour, Dermot O’Leary was spending the day limbering up, shaking it off, and getting to grips with those all-important moves.The prancing presenter will kick off his Day of Dance for Comic Relief live on The One Show on Thursday 12th March. He’ll then spend the next 24 hours dancing both in the studio and in the BBC’s New Broadcasting House Piazza before heading down to the Red Nose Day Night of TV at The London Palladium on Friday 13th March – he’ll even dance his way there!The BBC Radio 2 star will be checking in with his DJing colleagues throughout the 24 hours and every minute of the gruelling dance will be streamed live on the BBC Red Button. Celebrity friends will pop along throughout the night and day to wish him luck too!Speaking from Pineapple Dance Studios, Dermot said: “When I came up with the idea for this event I was in the middle of the dancefloor on holiday, where you never want the dancing to end. Now I’m back in the freezing cold UK with a few less disco lights and a lot more bruises – and it doesn’t seem quite as appealing! I’m going to need all the support I can get from the public to keep me going!”Dermot was later spotted at the Harley Street clinic of Comic Relief endurance expert and renowned sports scientist Professor Greg Whyte. Greg was checking up on the star before he puts his body quite literally through its paces.Speaking at the clinic, Greg said: “Although it sounds fun, there are lots of risks with taking on this dance. Putting your body through any sort of endurance test will always take its toll, but for such a huge amount of time and with such sustained physical movement there is a lot that could go wrong. Knee, hip and ankle injuries, muscle strains and blisters are just the start – as sleep deprivation kicks in combined with exhaustion and dehydration the possibility of falls and impact injuries are a real risk. If Dermot thinks he’ll be sailing through his sidestepping, he’s got another thing coming.”To sponsor Dermot as he takes part in his 24-hour Day of Dance for Comic Relief, visit rednoseday.com/Dermot and follow his every move on BBC Radio 2 and the BBC Red Button from 19:00 on 12th March to 19:00 on 13th March.Money raised through Dermot’s Day of Dance for Comic Relief will help give street children in Uganda a brighter future and also help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and across Africa.last_img read more

Canadian Vine stars pay tribute to fleeting life of video platform

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Reynolds, known on Vine as “Brittlestar,” spent plenty of time playing around with the video tool over the past few years, amassing over a million followers along the way. He now makes a living off of brand sponsorships while producing videos starring his cast with family members.“Vine changed my life and my family’s life tremendously,” Reynolds says. “We’ve been able to experience and do things that we would never have been able to without it.”Admittedly, he heard the death-knell of Vine coming months ago. Its popularity seemed to be on a downward spiral ever since Twitter acquired the technology company in 2013 and became dissatisfied with its growth.Some of Vine’s most loyal creators shifted their attention to other platforms, including Facebook and Instagram.But Reynolds still can’t help but feel a sense of loss for himself and many other Canadian entertainers who used Vine to share jokes, poke fun at celebrity, and perform covers of pop songs.Singer Shawn Mendes used Vine while living in Pickering, Ont., playing covers of songs by Justin Bieber and other pop artists. Over time he became one of Vine’s most popular users, which helped him launch a chart-topping music career. Twitter When comedian Stewart Reynolds heard that Twitter was pulling the plug on Vine, he thought it best to give the video platform, which hosts short looping clips, a suitable moment of silence.“It was only six-and-a-half seconds,” the Stratford, Ont.-based family man jokes.“It’s done now.” Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Bell Medias Harold Greenberg Fund Announces Script Development Support for 33 Canadian

first_img 1 COMMENT Log in to leave a comment […] those of you who read the Harold Greenberg Fund Announcement on our site today – you would have spotted Trey Anthony and Carys Lewis’s names on that […] Advertisement As the Canadian film and television community gathers for the Canada Media Production Association’s Prime Time in Ottawa conference, Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund today announced its support for 33 Canadian film projects through the Fund’s Script Development Program. The slate includes films in all stages of script development, from story optioning and first and second drafts, to final drafts, and polish and packaging.Highlights include: Stockholm, the next feature film from Born to Be Blue director Robert Budreau, starring Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace, based on the real events behind the phrase “Stockholm Syndrome”; The Resource, from the writer/producer team behind Mean Dreams, which was recently screened as part of Movie Nights Across Canada, a national screening event launched by the Minister of Canadian Heritage in honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation; sophomore features from Rhymes for Young Ghouls director Jeff Barnaby (Blood Quantum), and Bang Bang Baby director Jeffrey St Jules (Panther!); a dramatic feature version of The Skyjacker’s Tale, based on the Jamie Kastner-directed documentary, currently in theatrical release; and the next film from Canadian iconoclast Guy Maddin, Fur Country. Supported projects – Script Development Program Polish and PackagingStockholmBankdrama Film Ltd.Screenwriter: Robert BudreauDirector: Robert Budreau.The Giant Little Oneseuclid431 pictures inc.Screenwriter: Keith BehrmanDirector: Keith Behrman.Blood QuantumProspector FilmsScreenwriter: Jeff BarnabyDirector: Jeff Barnaby.Panther!Shaftesbury Development Inc.Screenwriters: Jeffrey St Jules & Colin AussantDirector: Jeffrey St Jules.The Swearing JarMonkeys & ParrotsScreenwriter: Kate HewlettDirector: Lara Azzopardi.Three to Get ReadyRESONANCE FILMS INC./Darius FilmsScreenwriter: Jason FiliatraultDirector: Robert Cuffley.Sugar DaddyViolator Films Inc., Clique PicturesScreenwriter: Kelly McCormackDirector: Wendy Morgan.The Road BehindFirst Nation Films LTD.Screenwriter: Derek VermillionDirector: Kelton Stepanowich.Into Invisible LightFrantic Manitoba Productions Inc./Studio Feather Inc.Screenwriters: Shelagh Carter, Jennifer DaleDirector: Shelagh Carter.Second to Final DraftAquaricaItem 7Screenwriter: Martin Villeneuve.CalorieCompass Productions incScreenwriter: Eisha Marjara.Hyde’n’ZeekCarpeDiem Film & TV Inc.Screenwriter: Michael Donovan.Little KingsInflo Films Inc.Screenwriter: Dusty Mancinelli.I Believe in YouProspector FilmsScreenwriter: Lanan Adcock.James vs His Future SelfNeophyte Productions Inc.Screenwriters: Jeremy LaLonde, Jonas Chernick.First to Second DraftAtroposMiddle Child Films Inc.Screenwriter: Chris Gamble.Fur CountryWalking Down Broadway Ltd.Screenwriters: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson.HeartfieldSienna Films Inc.Screenwriter: Ian Iqbal Rashid.Kicking BloodNew Real Films Inc.Screenwriter: Blaine Thurier.The Beekeeper’s DaughterScreenwriter: Patrick Holden.The Long FridaySix Islands Productions Inc.Screenwriter: Jane Meikle.The ResourceWoods Entertainment Canada Inc.Screenwriters: Kevin Coughlin, Ryan Grassby.The Skyjacker’s TaleCave 7 ProductionsScreenwriter: Jamie Kastner.UmpyGallery Street Productions Inc. (Division of Forte Entertainment)Screenwriters: Eric Toth and Pat Thornton.Waiting For ColumbusAngel Entertainment Corp.Screenwriter: Rob King.Down LowViddywell Films Inc.Screenwriter: Kaveh Mohebbi.Story OptioningUs ConductorsFluent Films Inc.Author: Sean MichaelsScreenwriter: Sean Michaels.Extinction ClubLumanity Productions Inc.Author: Jeffrey MooreScreenwriters: Grayson Moore, Robert Budreau.Women of the KlondikeSnitch Pictures Inc.Author: Frances BackhouseScreenwriter: Kate Melville.Spanish FlyDarius Films Inc.Author: Will FergusonScreenwriter: Will Ferguson.How Black Mother’s Say I Love YouConquering Lion PicturesAuthor: Trey AnthonyScreenwriters: Trey Anthony, Carys Lewis.DeafeningIndie EightAuthor: Frances ItaniScreenwriter: Franca Visconti.419Sarrazin Productions Inc.Author: Will FergusonScreenwriter: Suzette Couture CONGRATULATIONS TO TREY ANTHONY & CARYS LEWIS!!! | eBOSS Canada Mar-15-17 at 5:09 amcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Strings with a dream Darla Daniels seeks to spread the music

first_imgAPTN National NewsA two-year arts program has just wrapped up in Edmonton and a young graduate hopes to make a big impact.Darla Daniels is from the Buffalo Lake Metis settlement.And she’s planning to use her experience to teach classical and traditional music to Aboriginal children.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan has this story.last_img

All your 3D printing questions answered

first_imgSarah Tew/CNET Rounding up some of the best budget 3D printers, I learned a lot about the art and science of printing. It’s not as simple as loading a 3D file, hitting print and sitting back, although the extra steps and follow-up work involved is well worth it if you want to create eye-catching stuff.  These are some of the big beginner questions I’ve gotten, and the major things I’ve learned through trial and error. Mostly error. These tips are deliberately simplified for a beginner audience. To really dive deep, check out the very active Reddit 3D printing community.  Crazy things I’ve made on a 3D printer Now playing: Watch this: Tags Comment 18 Photos How food dye could help create 3D-printed lungs What material should I use to print with? Most home 3D printers use PLA or ABS plastic. Professional printers can use all sorts of materials, from metal to organic filament. Some printers use a liquid resin, which is much more difficult to handle. As a beginner, use PLA. It’s nontoxic, made mostly of cornstarch and sugarcane, handles easily and is inexpensive. However, it’s more sensitive to heat, so don’t leave your 3D prints on the dashboard of a car on a hot day.  Which brand of PLA is best? Generally speaking, Hatchbox has never let me down, and runs about $20 for a full 1kg spool on Amazon. Some of the printers I tested only accommodate narrower 0.5kg spools. In those cases, I sometimes used a larger Hatchbox roll with a separate spool-holder (which, yes, I 3D-printed). Other times, I had good luck with AIO Robotics 0.5kg spools, which are a little more expensive, at $14 for 0.5kg. A 1kg roll prints a lot of stuff.  center_img Share your voice Computers 3D Printers 1 What color filament should I use? I found most prints look best in plain white, if you’re not going to otherwise prime or paint them. Primary colors are easy to use, but every time I tried something like a metallic or other unusual color, many of my prints were spotty or brittle.  What settings should I use? Most 3D printers include or link to recommended software, which can handle converting 3D STL or other files into formats supported by the printer. Stick with the suggested presets to start, with one exception. I’ve started adding a raft, or bottom layer of filament, to nearly everything I print. It has cut down dramatically on prints that don’t adhere to the bed properly, which is a common issue. If you continue to have problems, rub a standard glue stick on the print bed right before printing. What are supports? Your 3D models probably need some help to print properly, as these printers don’t do well with big overhangs — for example, an arm sticking out from a figure. Your 3D printer software can usually automatically calculate and add supports, meaning little stands that hold up all those sticking-out parts of the model. After the print is done, clip the supports off with micro cutters and file down any nubs or rough edges with hobby files.  Where do I find things to print?  Thingiverse.com is a huge online repository of 3D files for anything and everything you can think of. Pokemon chess set? It’s there. Dyson vacuum wall mount? It’s there. DIY Lego-style blocks? Yep.  When you’re ready to create your own designs, there are a ton of software packages to choose from, but it’s easiest to start with the browser-based free TinkerCad app from Autodesk.  Which 3D printer should I buy? Check out our roundup of entry level and step-up 3D printers for some initial ideas.  Laptops with the best battery life: See the top laptops and 2-in-1 PCs with the longest battery life.  Fastest gaming laptops, ranked: All the most-powerful gaming laptops tested in the CNET Labs.  More news and reviews for PC and Mac laptops, tablets and desktops.   2:19 3D printinglast_img read more

Online home decor firm Livspace raises Rs 100 crore in third round

first_imgHome interior design marketplace Livspace has raised Rs. 100 crore in its third round of fund-raising led by Bessemer Venture Partners, Jungle Ventures and Helion. It will be utilised to expand the company’s operational footprint across metro cities and set up new design studios.Livspace had launched the home design automation platform a few weeks ago.The funds will be used to increase Livspace’s presence in Noida, Gurgaon and Mumbai this year and next year it plans to expand to Pune and Hyderabad, the company said in its statement on Monday. It will also create offline experience centres using technology tools based on augmented reality and virtual reality.Using design, data science technology and catalogues, Livspace creates looks and thousands of pictures that are optimised for every home. It helps owners visualise their homes before making any on-line purchase.”We want to create a truly innovative technology company out of India, with large scale revenue, and a commercially profitable footprint,” Anuj Srivastava, co-founder of Livspace said.”By combining the principles of platform, technology and design, we have built Livspace into a technology-driven, consumer internet company that continues to make explosive growth across all business metrics,” he added.In the next one year, Livspace aims to scale up customer experience and make it possible for anyone to have a home in less than 12 weeks and modular installations in less than eight weeks, the statement added.The company competes with other online design and furniture brands such as HomeLane, UrbanLadder and Housify.Livspace has managed to raise $27.6 million since beginning operations two years ago. The firm has made three acquisitions such as DezignUp, Dwll.in and YoFloor. It was founded by former Google and Myntra executives. The firm is based out of Bengaluru.last_img read more

Committee state govt to sit for final meeting on Bhangar substation today

first_imgKolkata: The “final meeting” of the state government and the Jomi, Jibika, Poribesh O Bastutantra Rakshya Committee over the issue of the power grid sub-station in Bhangar is going to take place on Tuesday.Sources said that the District Magistrate of South 24-Parganas district and senior officials of the state Power department will be representing the state government in the meeting that is considered to be the ultimate one before the ‘final minutes’ is signed with the committee. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBased on the final minutes, the remaining work of the power grid sub-station will be carried out.The work of the power grid sub-station had to be stopped almost two years ago, after around 90 percent construction of the building was over and nine out of 13 towers were set up following protests, as there were various misconceptions among people about the setting up of the sub-station.With various steps taken by the state government, the committee members had realised the need of setting up the power grid sub-station. They had initiated the process of making local people understand the usefulness of the same and it came after a meeting of the committee’s representatives with the district administration on June 23. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn the meeting which is going to be held on Tuesday, there will be further discussions on the issue. Sources said there will be elaborate talks over the “final minutes”, which is expected to be signed within a couple of days after the meeting on Tuesday.It may be recalled that the committee had placed some of their proposals before the district administration in the June 23 meeting that include some “modification of the plan” of the power grid sub-station, so that the remaining work can be completed. The work of the power grid will resume a day after the ‘final minutes’ gets signed. The committee members had also approached the common people in the area and made them understand about the need of the power grid sub-station.Tuesday’s meeting is quite crucial as this is the first time when members of the committee will be speaking to the district administration after they took steps to make local people understand the advantages of a power grid sub-station in the area.This comes at a time when the trial run of the Subhasgram-Sonakhali 132/33 KV line has become hundred percent successful on Monday. It may be mentioned that 41.2 km long high tension overhead electric wires from Subhasgram to Sonakhali have been laid for the benefit of around 2.5 lakh residents of North and South 24-Parganas.last_img read more

5 Ways to Win Back an Abandoned Shopping Cart

first_img Register Now » 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. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals April 29, 2015 Companies lose $18 billion in sales every year from customers who abandon their online shopping carts. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday alone, 79 percent of mobile phone shoppers ditched their carts, leaving a cringeworthy amount of money on the table. While shopping-cart abandonment strikes both large and small companies, it’s a much bigger concern for startups.Related: The Key to Converting Online Sales Leads: SpeedA quarter of online customers abandon their shopping carts because of complicated website navigation, and 21 percent ditch their transactions due to long checkout processes. Large retailers likely have the funds to address these problems. Startups, in contrast, often have limited resources, alongside their lower revenues. As more customers abandon their purchases, the lost sales create an unfortunate snowball effect: The rich get richer, and startups stagnate.But fear not: Applying these five simple, low-cost strategies will increase conversions and lower your number of abandoned carts: 1. Poll before you build.The best strategy for preventing shopping-cart abandonment appears early in the app-planning process. Before you build, research your customers to determine how they’d expect your app to work. Mock up the screens to put them in front of your customers before you build them. Knowing your customers and creating a user-friendly experience based on their expectations will undoubtedly increase sales.Continue communicating with your customers throughout the building process. Have them test your app’s features, and record their feedback. You’ll learn what’s most important to them — whether that means speed, efficiency, simplicity, security or all of the above.2. Simplify the checkout process.Avoid turning users off with complicated checkout systems. Some businesses make the mistake of asking customers for so much information that they decide to buy their goods elsewhere. Your customer should know how much work is left to complete his or her order. A clean interface with a short pathway to purchase will keep customers from getting frustrated.One simple way to cut the length of the checkout form is to allow a customer’s ZIP code to autopopulate his town and state. You can even automatically migrate the sign-up information you collected into the checkout form. That way, the fields are already filled out; the buyer just needs to confirm them.Related: How to Make Your First Ecommerce Sale (Infographic)3. Add security measures.A quick and easy transaction means nothing if it isn’t secure. Identity theft is a growing concern — more than 12 million Americans fall victim to it every year — and consumers are more cautious than ever. In fact, 17 percent of mobile shoppers abandon their shopping carts due to security worries.A good way to combat this is by using verification products and services that verify every transaction through a third party. These security measures ensure that all user information is encrypted and kept safe. Make sure your customers know that you encrypt their information. Customers who are nervous will look for security measures, and they’ll be less likely to ditch their purchases if they believe their concerns have been addressed.4. Send gentle reminders.One of the advantages of an app is that you can send push notifications to your customers. Use this feature to remind them that they have items in their cart, but be wary of antagonizing them. Program the app to send alerts only to users who selected high-value items or spent several minutes browsing before filling their carts.Push notifications can also be useful for providing purchase confirmations and tracking updates and informing customers of special offers.5. Encourage sales with discounts.Offer incentives to customers for making purchases through your app. Although discounts carry an initial cost, they can effectively grow your user base, boost customer satisfaction and jump-start your revenue if utilized correctly. Food delivery startup Caviar did just that by waiving its delivery fees for first-time customers. The company also offers a $20 credit to users who share the app and get friends to make purchases.These are five easy and inexpensive ways to improve your mobile experience and turn those abandoned shopping carts into sales. Listen to your customers from the get-go, and make sure they feel safe — soon, they’ll be clicking the “buy” button. Related: 4 Strategies to Stop Shopping Cart Abandonment on Mobilelast_img read more