Bandits invade Grove home

first_imgTwo armed men broke into the home of a Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) family in broad daylight.The incident occurred on Tuesday about 09:30h.The armed men carted off an undisclosed amount of cash, a quantity of jewellery, along with a television, computer and other electronic devices.The bandits removed the grill door to gain entryOne of the bedrooms which were completely ransackedThe perpetrators were also keen on cutting all cameras in order to guarantee a clear escape.The owner of the house, identified only as “Roy”, was at work in Georgetown at the time of the robbery.His wife was also not at home.After neighbours realised what was taking place, an alarm was raised and the owner was notified of the incident.Roy rushed home to find his house broken into and completely ransacked.From all indications, the bandits removed the grille and forced the wooden door open with a sharp object.Speaking to Guyana Times, Roy explained that it was a devastating experience because he worked really hard to earn back those valuables, after his house was raided a few years ago.The Police were notified of the matter and an investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Businesswoman nabbed with ganja

first_imgA 35-year-old businesswoman is now in Police custody after law enforcement officers visited her shop on Saturday and noticed her trying to dispose of a quantity of cannabis that she had in her possession.The cannabis which Police ranks found at the woman’s Vigilance South, East Coast Demerara shopReports are that Police acting on information went to the shop at Vigilance South, East Coast Demerara, to conduct a search.According to the Police, upon their arrival, the businesswoman reportedly “quickly disposed” of a parcel through one of her shop’s windows. However, this act did not go unnoticed by the ranks.The parcel was immediately retrieved and it was found to contain a quantity of cannabis.It has since been confirmed that the prohibited substance weighed 120 grams.Just a few days ago, two males and two females hailing from the ancient county of Berbice were arrested after police ranks swooped down at their homes and unearthed a quantity of cannabis.Reports are that ranks from B Division (Berbice) along with officers from the Police Narcotics Branch carried out a cordon and search operation which lasted for over four hours.The two males along with a female were apprehended at a house in Number Two, Canje Village, while the other female was arrested at a home in Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam.Guyana Times understands that over nine kilograms of cannabis was found in the yard in Canje and two pounds of cannabis was discovered in the home at Angoy’s Avenue.Earlier this month, Head of the Police Narcotics Branch, Kurleigh Simon had told this publication that the police had upped the ante during the first quarter of 2019.On April 3, 2019, Police in the B Division intercepted a Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, Berbice, resident who was wanted in connection to the possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.On March 29, last, a young man had been taken into Police custody after he was caught with a quantity of cannabis in his possession while travelling in public transportation.The 24-year-old suspect of New Amsterdam, Berbice, was a passenger in a minibus on the East Coast of Demerara when the vehicle was stopped by the Police.last_img read more

Almost as many goals as the Chelsea team! No wonder Blues want ‘prolific versatile attacker’ as Costa replacement

first_img Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller 1 Here, WhoScored.com offer analysis on a player linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. For more Chelsea stats, check out WhoScored.com.The main talking point from Tottenham’s monotonous 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday was Diego Costa’s touchline antics. Jose Mourinho’s decision not to start his main striker naturally caught the attention of supporters, while a reluctance to introduce him to the fold resulted in the Spain international tossing his bib into the north London wind on the touchline. Narrative dictated that – as indeed was the case – said bib should end up falling in the direction of his manager.Costa has since been strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and some suggest he has already played his final game for the club. Mourinho intimated that all was well following a half time spat between the two in the 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League, though that does not appear to be the case after the forward played no part in the London derby.Despite scoring the winner in the 1-0 win over Norwich the previous week, it’s fair to say Costa’s form has nosedived since a stunning debut campaign last year that saw him score 20 league goals, with his WhoScored.com rating dropping from 7.43 to 6.77.Now the Blues are supposedly ready to entertain offers for the feisty frontman, but they would need a player to come in and spearhead their attack.Chelsea are rumoured to be monitoring the situation of numerous strikers across the Continent, the latest of which is Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller. The Germany international was heavily linked with a switch to Manchester United over the summer, though Bayern were naturally keen to rebuff any offers for the ‘Raumdeuter’.Their understandable reluctance to sell was justified as Muller has enjoyed a wonderful campaign so far and his WhoScored.com rating (7.71) is the sixth best in the Bundesliga this season. The 26-year-old’s 13 league goals ranks behind only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (17) and Bayern team-mate Robert Lewandowksi (14) this term, as he continues to maximise his knack for finding space to hit the back of the net.It isn’t his goalscoring ability alone that stands him in good stead, either. Only three players in the German top flight this season have played more key passes than Muller (30), accentuating his statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘key passes’.However, it’s his goalscoring qualities Chelsea understandably crave. The Blues have scored just 17 league goals this season, a far cry from the 33 they netted after the opening 14 games last term. Of the 43 players to score at least three Bundesliga goals thus far, Muller boasts the sixth best conversion rate (30.2 per cent) in the league. Furthermore, all 13 of his league goals have come inside the penalty area, 12 of which have been deemed clear-cut goalscoring opportunities.While four of his 13 league goals have come from the penalty spot, Muller still has the nous to get into great goalscoring positions. Judging from his goal return already this season – he needs just one more to make this his most prolific in the last seven league campaigns – he maximises the chances presented to him.Of course, Muller is not an out-and-out striker and instead operates better behind a frontman. Though that’s not to say he can’t fill the void on the frontline, but rather as a false-9, similar to Eden Hazard’s role in the goalless draw at Spurs.At the 2014 World Cup, Muller started four of Germany’s seven games as the lead striker, further highlighting his versatility to spearhead the attack. Chelsea, though, are unlikely to convince Bayern to sell one of their star men, unless they offer a world record fee, much like United were supposedly prepared to do in the summer transfer window.Nevertheless, if they are willing to spend big on a new frontman in the New Year, they could do a lot worse than move for Muller.For more stats on Thomas Muller, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pagelast_img read more

VFW to hold veterans home benefit dinner

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Door prizes donated by individuals and businesses and a 50-50 drawing will also be featured. “We’ll welcome anyone, especially any veteran, who wants to join us for the free meal, entertainment and information on the home,” said Post Cmdr. Daniel Brooks, who will be master of ceremonies. Committee members will be cooking 50 pounds of beef and making a homemade barbecue sauce. The sandwiches will be served with salad and dessert. Beverages will be available at the Post’s no-host bar. “We aren’t charging for the food, but we will certainly welcome all free-will offerings and additions to our treasury’s total,” Marr said. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret can be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages can be left at the Daily News’ Antelope Valley office, (661) 267-5742. LANCASTER – “We haven’t forgotten” will be the theme of a benefit dinner for a Lancaster state veterans home amenities fund. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7283, 45541 Sierra Highway. A free meal featuring barbecue beef sandwiches, entertainment by Gypsee and Band and information on the home will be provided. Donations will be accepted for the amenities fund, which will go toward buying TVs, gardening tools, magazine subscriptions and other extras. “We’re doing this to say ‘thank you’ to the community for all the support they’ve given us,” said Ruth Marr, event chairwoman. “Maybe this will even encourage more people to come forward and join our crusade to furnish the home with the amenities that won’t be provided by government funding.” During the event, Tom Craft, amenities fund committee chairman, will deliver a “status of the home” report and a background review. Craft, a retired Navy officer, has headed the committee since its inception more than 12 years ago. last_img read more

For Shame, Psychologists

first_imgA psychologist points out the flaws in his field, including useless tropes that have utterly failed for decades.Dr. Thomas Scheff is ashamed of psychology for not understanding shame. Therein lies a conundrum. In his article for the UC Santa Barbara Current, “The Shame of Psychology,” Scheff vents his feelings about why “the inability to address emotion is holding back the field of psychology.”Scheff lists some examples of pop-psych failures that were accepted truths not long ago. In a recent paper in the Review of General Psychology, he identified “Three Scandals in Psychology” that morphed into tropes (common knowledge) in the public mind.Aggression catharsis: This is the idea that venting your anger is good for you. Wrong.Scheff recalled that venting was an accepted therapy for many years, despite its evident failure. Working as a marriage counselor decades ago, he was encouraged to use venting in his practice. “My teachers told me that the way to deal with angry people was to have them beat on a pillow with a tennis racquet and yell at the pillow,” he said. “It never worked. I never had one client who was helped by that.”Stigma: Psychologists are clueless about shame, Scheff says. Curiously, he points out that psychologists and the public have a “shame about shame” as if it is a bad thing, without even knowing what it is:Stigma, which has been studied extensively, is another area that most psychologists get wrong, according to Scheff. The problem, he explained, is that stigma usually is defined as a mark of disgrace as a result of some humiliation. However, he argued, stigma is a certain kind of shame that is actually an emotion — something science poorly understands. “Scholars are just as confused by emotions as the public,” he said. “They’re studying an emotion, but they don’t know it, because it’s hidden in modern societies.”Self-esteem:  Another false trope is that self-esteem is good for you. Psychologists even have scales to measure it; how useful are they?Scheff has a harsh assessment of the study of self-esteem. He noted that over the past 50 years more than 20,000 studies have used some 200 self-esteem scales. Their failure, he said, is clear; the scales’ ability to predict behavior is less than 5 percent.Scheff points to the case of Tycho Brahe, who was extremely meticulous in his measurement of planetary positions, but never saw the big picture: that the planets orbit the sun. He was captive to the trope of his day that everything orbited the earth. Psychologists are committing the Brahe error today, he thinks, because they are similarly trapped in false pictures of human behavior. “[P]sychology and the public will progress only after the meaning and ramifications of emotions are addressed,” he advises. But with a track record as bad as what he just described, what confidence can anyone have that his suggestion is not a new false lead?As you can see, psychology joins cosmology and paleoanthropology as two of the most wrong-headed fields of human endeavor whitewashed by the good name of “science.” Remember how cosmologists were so wrong that they had to work hard at it? (6/20/15) Remember Tattersall’s lambasting of the “contingencies, false starts and diversity of opinions” in his field that are so unreliable, Science Magazine said that if they were to start over without any preconceptions, the field would look entirely different? (6/24/15).Now this UC Santa Barbara psychologist has exposed the wrongness in his field (not news; see past articles). Did you get this? 20,000 studies on self-esteem over five decades have all failed! They were utterly useless. Did you catch the fact that all of Scheff’s teachers all told him to get people to vent their anger, yell, and beat pillows with tennis racquets? Not a single person was helped by it!  Not one!  Why would anyone pay money to these charlatans? The field is wracked by scandals, too (5/22/14).  The public needs to vent all right; vent against the phonies until they are ashamed and stigmatized out of business.“So take my advice and we’ll do better,” Scheff thinks. Look, Tom, thanks for the exposé, but why don’t you and all your fellow know-nothings quit while you’re behind and do something really useful for people. Preach the word. (Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ancient Israeli City Was Already Advanced

first_imgOne of the earliest archaeological sites ever found in Israel is being described as the ‘New York’ of its day.Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority have been excavating a fascinating site in Israel north of the city of Tel Aviv called En Esur. It was discovered two and a half years ago during construction of roadworks. This week, the researchers made their findings public. It’s an Early Bronze Age site they estimate was built 5,000 years ago, contemporaneous with the first Egyptian pharoahs. That’s not all; the site shows another occupation at the site 2,000 years earlier. Here are some of the news sites announcing the find with photos and descriptions:Archaeologists Uncover an Early Bronze Age ‘New York’ in Northern Israel (Newsweek). The site “would have dwarfed the more well-known cities of Megiddo and Jericho in southern Israel,” this article says.Not only was En Esur large in its heyday compared to other ancient Levantine cities, but it was also intricately planned, Haaretz reported. It had large silos designed for efficient food storage, and the roads of its intricate network of streets were covered with plaster and stones to help prevent flooding.Gigantic Prehistoric City Found in Israel During Roadworks (Haaretz). “En Esur, with its monumental temple and huge population, was vastly bigger than anything thought possible in the Southern Levant 5,000 years ago.”While the people at En Esur had not yet developed a writing system, they had very strong trading contacts with other regions, as evidenced by the presence of pottery that came from as far as the Jordan Valley and Egypt, Paz says.All this points to a complex and stratified society, which was probably ruled as a chiefdom by a local elite, the archaeologist notes.Ancient Megalopolis Uncovered in Israel Was the ‘New York City’ of Its Time Period (Live Science). The site was ten times larger than Jericho. Photos show a well-organized system of buildings, both homes and public facilities.The archeologists also uncovered millions of pottery fragments, flint tools, basalt stone vessels and a large temple filled with burnt animal bones and figurines — such as one of a human head containing a seal impression of human hands lifted into the air. In the temple’s courtyard, archaeologists found a huge stone basin that held liquids, most likely for religious rituals, according to the statement.This ancient city spanned 0.65 kilometers and was likely home to around 6,000 people.Ancient ‘New York’ discovered in Israel as archaeologists uncover lost Bronze Age city (Fox News). This article includes other recent archaeological finds that support Biblical passages. Regarding En Esur, the lead archaeologist says it is re-writing textbooks:“There is no doubt that this site dramatically changes what we know about the character of the period and the beginning of urbanization in Israel,” said Itai Elad, Yitzhak Paz, and Dina Shalem, who are directing the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, in a statement sent to Fox News. “This is a huge city – a megalopolis in relation to the Early Bronze Age, where thousands of inhabitants, who made their living from agriculture, lived and traded with different regions and even with different cultures and kingdoms in the area.”5,000-Year Old City, Largest in Ancient Israel, Exposed in Sharon Valley (Jewish Press). The IAA has brought in thousands of students to take part in the excavation project. One thing they are learning with hands-on experience is that the experts were wrong about urban planning so long ago.“Such a city could not develop without a guiding hand in the form of an administrative mechanism. Its impressive planning, the tools brought over from Egypt which were found at the site, and the seal impressions, are proof of this. It is a huge city – a megalopolis in the context of the Early Bronze Age, where thousands of inhabitants, who made their living from agriculture, lived and traded with different regions and even with different cultures and kingdoms in the area,” they said.Biblical Archaeologists in Israel Make Stunning Discovery of 5,000 Year Old City of Ein Esur, Largest Ancient Settlement Ever Found in Region (NTEB). This evangelical Christian website includes a video clip by the IAA, where the discoverers describe the significance of the find, with flyovers of the site and close-ups of the work. This may be the best way to get introduced to Ein Esur in terms of photos and information. Dr Paz calls it “one of the most important sites today in the land of Israel,” and even outside the land of Israel as far as Jordan, Lebanon and southern Syria. Paz says that this will change forever what we know about urbanization at the time, and “What we know now will change what is written today in the traditional books, when people read about the archaeology of Israel.”It’s always exciting to see discoveries that touch on what the Bible says. There’s no need to quibble right now about the dates; some will object to 7,000 years and the date of the Noah, etc. The important thing to note is that the experts were stunned and surprised. The evolutionary storytellers want to see slow-and-gradual development in everything. Here, a complex, well-planned city took only a short time to develop, long before Abraham, Moses, and King David. It shows that humans have always had the capacity for organization and design. When some secular archaeologists are looking at a complex ‘megalopolis’ right there in Israel, why would they ever think that later kings and leaders were incapable of urban planning, language and culture? By the time of Abraham, Ein Esur would have already been old news. The massive cities in Mesopotamia and Egypt, furthermore, popped up rapidly without slow and gradual evolution.This fits what the Bible says about mankind, and the dispersal at Babel after the Flood. There would only have been a short fuse after the Flood before the explosion of urban and cultural wonders all over the Fertile Crescent and beyond. Archaeologists continue to marvel at the megalithic monuments around the world. Sites like Gobekli Tepe amazed scientists at the highly-organized and creative structures even without written language evident. Certainly spoken language, with translation ability, was very common to establish trade with distant kingdoms and carry out urban organization. Before long, clay tablets were recording ordinary financial transactions and legal disputes. When evolution-trusting ‘experts’ are surprised at the capabilities of early man, we should take the cue to toss out their assumptions. People have always been intelligent and capable of great cooperative projects. It may be the case that we have devolved from our ancestors. Our only advantage is in the collective memory of discoveries written in books, and taught to the young, that sustains the human race from inevitable decay. Sadly, we see the tendency to idolatry that began at Babel continued on through the dispersal of the descendants of Noah. But God carved out one civilization—Israel—to learn the laws of the true God and transmit through their lineage the “Seed” that would come to crush the serpent’s head.(Visited 484 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Uneven Burden of Energy Costs

first_imgEnergy efficiency can ease hardships and benefit everyoneWhile the energy burden numbers are alarming, opportunities abound to ease the hardship on groups that have long been underserved by efficiency programs.While many utilities operate energy-efficiency programs, as the report notes, much more can be done to reduce the energy burden on low-income households, including targeting efficiency initiatives to the long-overlooked low-income multifamily sector. One earlier study by Energy Efficiency for All found that increasing energy efficiency in multifamily affordable housing could cut electricity usage by as much as 26%.Utilities can step up efforts to reach out to low-income households, such as offering financing for energy efficiency projects. Another opportunity is EPA’s Clean Energy Incentive Program, an element of the Clean Power Plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants. It rewards states for early investments in energy efficiency in low-income communities.Bringing low-income housing to the efficiency level of the average U.S. home would eliminate 35% of the energy burden experienced by this population, the study’s authors found. The potential is even higher for African-American (42%), Latino (68%), and renting households (97%).The 56-page report, coming at a critical time in the debate over climate change, is a valuable tool in guiding policy makers on where to target energy-efficiency investment. Those are real — and critical — dollars. The average family could save as much as $300 annually on utility bills.Energy efficiency has long been an NRDC priority because it is the cheapest and fastest way to reduce power-plant pollution that harms our health and contributes to climate change.Cutting energy waste benefits all of us — in cleaner air, a more reliable transmission grid, and a stronger economy. (Efficiency initiatives not only generate jobs, such as work installing insulation, but also save utility customers money they can spend for other goods.) In addition, when low-income households can’t pay their utility bills, it can lead to higher costs for all utility customers.This report should be on the reading list of utilities, energy regulators, and anyone else looking to make the electric grid cleaner, more affordable, and more reliable.It won’t be just underserved households that benefit from greater investment in energy efficiency. It will be all of us. Meanwhile, Memphis had the highest energy burden for low-income households, with residents spending, on average, 13.2% of their income for energy. The median annual income for low-income residents of Memphis is $19,157, meaning that a family would be paying a whopping $200 a month ($2,400 a year) for energy to keep the lights on and their homes comfortable.In fact, in 17 of the cities in the report, a fourth of low-income households experienced an energy burden greater than 14%.Low-income households in the Southeast and Midwest, while having among the lowest average energy prices, had the highest average metropolitan energy burdens. While this report did not establish a causative relationship, we do know that Southeastern utilities have the lowest investment in energy-efficiency programs when compared to other regions. A new study confirms that low-income households, households of color, multifamily households, and renting households spend a much larger percentage of their income on energy bills than the average family, providing new evidence of the urgent need to expand energy-efficiency programs to vulnerable communities.The report, Lifting the High Energy Burdens in America’s Largest Cities: How Energy Efficiency Can Improve Low-Income and Underserved Communities, offers new insight into the hardships faced by urban low-income households — including African-American and Latino households and renters in multifamily buildings — all of whom pay a disproportionate amount of their income for energy.The study by the Energy Efficiency for All project (a coalition which includes NRDC and the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy) highlights the energy burdens on families in 48 large U.S. cities. It casts a spotlight on the opportunities to use efficiency to reduce these burdens, while cutting power-plant pollution that drives dangerous climate change. Why this report mattersPoverty and discrimination in rental and housing markets drive low-income households and people of color into older, less efficient buildings with higher energy costs. (Property owners may not install the best energy-saving measures and appliances because the owners are not paying the utility bills.)High energy burdens and poor housing quality then contribute to health problems: poorly heated or cooled homes contribute to asthma, respiratory problems, heart disease, arthritis, and rheumatism. Families struggling to pay energy bills may sacrifice nutrition, medicine, and other necessities, which compound the effects of inequality.These issues are particularly acute for low-income multifamily households. Because they are largely underserved by existing energy-efficiency programs, the average low-income multifamily household has an energy burden more than three times higher than that of the average non-low-income multifamily household (5.0% and 1.5%, respectively) and had higher utility cost per square foot. In these homes, “energy expenditures run 37% higher per square foot than in owner-occupied multifamily units (i.e. condos or cooperatives), 41% higher than in renter-occupied single family detached units, and 76% higher than in owner-occupied single-family detached units.” Further, from 2001 to 2009, while average rents in multifamily housing increased by 7.5%, energy cost for these renters increased by nearly 23%.The picture is also shown regionally. Findings from the study show that low-income multifamily housing represented the second highest energy burden (second to low-income in aggregate) in every region of the nation except California and the Midwest.This is important because multifamily buildings represent approximately 25% of the housing units in the U.S. and comprise 20% of energy consumed by all housing, and more than half of all low-income families live in multifamily housing.Despite these facts, low-income multifamily buildings are largely underinvested by energy efficiency programs and represents a large untapped resource potential. Energy burdens are not equalThe big picture findings from the report: The overwhelming majority of single-family and multifamily low-income households (those with income at or below 80 percent of area median income), households of color, and renting households experienced higher energy burdens than the average household in the same metropolitan area.For example, low-income households — many of whom live in older housing with poor ventilation as well as aging, inefficient appliances and heating systems — spend, on average, 7.2% of their income on utility bills, which amounts to about $1,700 annually out of $25,000 in median household income. That is more than triple the 2.3% spent by higher-income households for electricity, heating, and cooling.African-American households experience a median energy burden 64% greater than white households (5.4% and 3.3%, respectively), and Latino households had a median burden 24% greater than white households (4.1% and 3.3%, respectively).center_img Solving Energy Poverty Unlocking the High Value of Clean Energy in Low-Income CommunitiesLow-Income Housing: Problems and SolutionsA Forgotten Tool to Solve the Housing Crisis Can Low-Income Housing Be Energy-Efficient and Affordable?How to Improve Energy-Efficiency ProgramsWeatherization’s Home-Stretch RecoveryEnergy Efficiency Costs Less Than New GenerationIs Weatherization Cost-Effective? RELATED ARTICLES Khalil Shahyd is a project manager with the National Resources Defense Council whose work focuses on the Energy Efficiency for All Project. He also promotes the expansion of green communities in New Orleans. This post originally appeared on the NRDC Expert Blog.last_img read more

The 4th-Generation iPad Makes Me Feel Like A Sucker

first_imgjohn paul titlow Tags:#Apple#iPad#iPad mini#new ipad Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts At first, I didn’t think much about about the new iPads Apple launched yesterday. Sure, the iPad Mini represents an interesting push into the market for smaller, cheaper tablets, but I certainly don’t need one. And the fourth-generation iPad? It’s the company’s least substantial tablet hardware upgrade yet, hardly an improvement over the new iPad I bought six months ago. Apple’s new tablets are nice, but their arrival didn’t have an impact on me.Then I got a text from my brother. “Want to split a third generation iPad for Mom for Christmas? Only $379 refurbed.” Hey, that’s a pretty good deal! Only $379 for a new, 10-inch iPad with a Retina display, nice camera and everything. Just like the one I bought a few months… Hey, wait a minute. Dammit it, Apple!See Also: Why The “New” iPad Should Never Have Been ReleasedI’m not one to impulsively spring for every new gadget that comes along. As a rule, I always skip at least one generation when upgrading my phone. When the iPad 2 came out, I held onto my first generation Apple tablet, waiting for the next version to launch. As a freelance writer, I tend to be very judicious and budget-concious when it comes to shelling out for new devices.But when the “new iPad” started shipping in the spring of this year, I knew it was time to upgrade. Not only was it thinner and faster than my first generation iPad, but it had that super high-resolution Retina display and two cameras. I sold my now-outdated tablet and put the cash toward a brand new, shiny third-generation iPad. Now, a mere six months later, that very same device is available from Apple at a 25% discount. Gee thanks, guys. If I had known the “new” iPad would become the “old” iPad before the end of the year, I would have held out. I’m not the only customer feeling burned by Apple’s uncharacteristically rapid relaunch cycle. After I tweeted a complaint, SoundCloud‘s Head of Audio Manolo Espinosa responded, saying that he had picked up an iPad 3 just a month ago and was now “feeling the pain.” Fortunately for him, the Apple Store let him return the device and get his money back. Not all customers will be so lucky.  Alas, this is one of the perils of being a consumer of mobile technology these days. With every Apple product launch, customers joke about how the company just made their existing phone, tablet or laptop obsolete.Of course, that’s an exaggeration, as my still-perfectly-functional iPhone 4 demonstrates. But electronics manufacturers – especially Apple – have a way of making their customers feel like suckers by pushing out new iterations of their prized gadgets sooner than ever.Normally, buyers of new iOS devices have a year to feel like super-cool, cutting-edge early adopters. This time around, Apple shortened the window to six months in order to get new devices out in time for the holiday shopping season and ensure more universal adoption of  the Lightning connector that debuted with the iPhone 5 last month. That’s great for Apple. I’m sure it will sell a make nn ungodly amount of money selling iPads and iPad Minis this year.Me? I’ve learned my lesson. I’ll be holding out for the iPad 9.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Don’t Make Cold Calls If You Don’t Want To – Episode 206

first_imgEvery day I receieve emails and notes that people are trashing cold calling. A lot of these people don’t make sales call at all. You are always free to make your own decision, but know that your competitor’s will–and they’ll call your clients.last_img

Taking the web to children in India’s remote salt desert

first_imgSheltered beneath a canvas sheet to escape the blistering desert sun, miles from any roads or power lines, a group of Indian children huddle around a tablet and experience the internet for the very first time.The remote wi-fi connection is powered by a van bringing the digital world to around 10,000 families living on the inhospitable salt flats of western Gujarat state, where they work eight months a year in extreme conditions.The salt desert known as the Little Rann of Kutch, is roughly 180 km (110 miles) from state capital Ahmedabad.The workers mining the land for salt live without electricity and other amenities while their children attend school in mud huts or tin sheds where they lack even the most basic learning supplies.Bringing the web to this isolated region is no small feat, with communities scattered over thousands of square kilometres.The crew from NGO Agariya Heethrakshak Manch, one of the stakeholders in the project, first erected a powerful digital tower on the outskirts of the desert capable of sending a signal up to 60 km away.Then they fixed an antenna to the top of their van and hit the road armed with laptops, tablets and printers.They visit each of the region’s 14 makeshift schools approximately once per week, teaching the students how to use technology to access the internet and learn digital skills.The students are eager to learn, crowding around to watch online videos about maths and science.“The internet and these tablets have made learning much more fun and engaging for all the children. They now have so much to learn and explore,” Pankti Jog of Agariya Heethrakshak Manch told AFP.The youngsters are not the only ones discovering the joys of the web. This mobile service has also helped their parents — migrants who make the annual journey to the salt plains for work — access government welfare schemes online, Ms. Jog said.The crew hopes to increase the frequency of school visits to once every three days once they get more vans.Currently their single van speeds between three schools a day, spending about two hours at each, Ms. Jog said.“We have connected around 800 students to internet and digital learning in this remote region”, she said.last_img read more