Road Accident logoEight people were killed and 23 others injured in a road accident at Biswambordi on Dhaka-Khulna highway in Muksudpur upazila in Gopalganj early Sunday, reports UNB.Four of the deceased are Asim Majhi, 32, hailing from Jhalakathi, Hasan, 25, hailing from Barguna, Dipan Biswas, 18, son of Makhan Biswas, a resident of Bagda in Barisal and Nazir Gazi, 35, hailing from Amtoli in Barisal.Sindhiaghat police investigation centre sub-inspector Mohidul Islam said a Barisal-bound bus of Sugandha Paribahan coming from Dhaka plunged into a roadside ditch as its driver lost control over the steering in the area around 2:30am, leaving six people dead on the spot and 25 others injured.On information, highway police, firefighters rushed to the spot and were conducting rescue operations, he added.The injured were sent to different hospitals, including Faridpur Medical College Hospital (FMCH).Later, another injured died on the way to the FMCH while Dipan Biswas succumbed to his injuries at the hospital around 8am, said Ejajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Bhanga police station.The bodies were taken to Bhanga police station in Faridpur as it is the nearby police station from the accident spot, adds UNB Faridpur correspondent.
The City Council on Monday set a hearing to assess the costs of overtime incurred by the Police Department, Fire Department , and other city agencies during and after the riots earlier this year. Sponsored by Council Vice President Edward Reisinger, District 10, the hearings are meant to shed light on the long term budget effects of the increased overtime and workmen’s compensation claims filed as a result of dealing with the unrest.“Because of the civil unrest that occurred in our city we should be concerned about the impact that it’s going to have not just on next year’s budget but our future budgets. I have questions on the overtime of the police and the fire department and other agencies. The other question I’m concerned about is what is the cost for those counties and subdivisions that supplied us with those resources,” said Reisinger.“What really concerns me is the workmen’s compensation claims that I’m hearing are coming through the city because the city is self-insured and we don’t know what the cost is. Are they permanent disabilities or temporary disabilities? We have to know what . . . it’s going to cost the city of Baltimore. I’m hearing 150-200 police and firefighters are on permanent disability. What effect will that have on deployment in our streets?”There will be a hearing on June 9 and representatives for the police and firefighters are expected to answer questions.In other news, the Council called for a hearing with city agencies and non-profit organizations on ways to steer developers to distressed areas of the city. Introduced by City Council president Bernard C. “Jack” Young, a date for the hearing has yet to be set.“Neighborhoods down in the Harbor and neighborhoods where development make sense, developers flock to those areas. We want to see if we can get most of the city’s agencies to come up with tools to try to push development to the less desired neighborhoods, said Young. “We did that with the Poppleton in Pete Welch’s district  and we want to see how we can push it further into other districts with some incentives and thinking outside of the box so that we can stretch the investments.”Young was referring to a recent proposal to steer $58 million to developers for use in the Poppleton neighborhood in West Baltimore.
The Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, in association with the Asian Heritage Foundation, is organising an exhibition of ingeniously woven historic Indian handmade textile forms as a prelude to World Handmade Textile Biennales. The exhibition was inaugurated by Smriti Irani, Minister of Textiles, and Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles, at the renovated Handloom Haat in Janpath on March 5, in the presence of Padmabhushan Rajeev Sethi, Chairman, Asian Heritage Foundation. The showcase of handmade textiles at the event unfolds an evocative visual language of design, bridging different periods of Indian textile history. Each displayed piece tells a unique story. The five textile forms with deep roots in India and a strong international footprint include Khadi, Brocade, Ikat, Chintz, and Embroider Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith an aim to deconstruct matrix of threads and fibres, warp and weft associated with the forms, and also to face the changing sensibilities and preferences of the global markets – the proposed Biennales will be organised in the nerve-centers of their practice – Ahmedabad, Varanasi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, and Srinagar respectively. The Biennales’ team has even initiated an unprecedented exercise to map the five principal handmade textile skills on the international level. The data which has been collated so far is laid out graphically on five world political maps presented at the event. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBeing the curtain raiser for the World Handmade Textile Biennales, the exhibition is being held at those grounds of the country from where it re-imagined its creative identity after Independence, through a group of visionaries who laid the foundations of National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, and All India Handloom Board. Celebrating the living heritage of the county, the ongoing exhibition is a homage to such visionaries, with a hopes to recapture the essence of handmade production across the country through these five textile traditions.
Register Now » 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. August 14, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Americans are all about new frontiers. But the frontier of digital currencies represented by Bitcoin — for so long the province and playground of crypto-anarchists, monetary-theory wonks and libertarian idealists and, more recently, the site of major venture-capital investment — may soon be closing.Late last week, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued subpoenas to 22 Bitcoin companies, demanding information about their practices under the guise of learning more about the Bitcoin industry. The agency followed up on Monday with a memo explaining its interest in regulating virtual currencies.Attempting to defuse concerns among New York City’s tech community, the DFS said it is not the enemy of innovation, but is dedicated to enforcing the law and bringing cryptocurrencies “out of the darkness and into the light of day through enhanced transparency.””If virtual currencies remain a virtual Wild West for narcotraffickers and other criminals, that would not only threaten our country’s national security, but also the very existence of the virtual currency industry as a legitimate business enterprise,” Benjamin Lawsky, New York state’s superintendent of financial services, said in the memo.Today, the best asset a Bitcoin business can have is an attorney. But few lawyers have sufficient knowledge of Bitcoin and its interaction with existing legislation, such as the Bank Secrecy Act, to advise startups, says Marco Santori, chairman of the regulatory affairs committee of the Bitcoin Foundation.Santori, who represents early-stage tech companies at the New York City-based firm of Nesenoff & Miltenberg LLP, is one of only a handful of lawyers in the world who has extensive experience working with Bitcoin businesses. “First and foremost, I try to restructure a company so that it is not implicated by the regulations,” he says. “But if that’s not possible, then I help the company come into compliance with the regulations. And right now, that is what everyone in this industry is doing.”Related: Investors See Opportunities in Bitcoin’s High-Risk Market’Not playing around’The subpoenas were only the latest in a series of recent actions taken by U.S. agencies that show Bitcoin is becoming a subject of serious government attention. The House of Representatives’ 2014 Appropriations Bill for Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies includes a request for an FBI briefing to House members on the subject of cryptocurrencies and their potential use for money laundering and other criminal activities.”The briefing should describe the FBI efforts in the context of a coordinated Federal response to this challenge,” reads the bill, which was finalized late last month.The tide of government action began rising in March, when the U.S. Financial Crime Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the Treasury Department, released guidance forecasting how it would apply existing law to virtual currencies. In essence, FinCEN said that if you’re exchanging bitcoins for fiat currency, or even one virtual currency for another, then you are a money transmitter for business purposes. This classification shuts smaller players out of the market, because there is a high threshold to registering as a money transmitter.Even for companies that could clear the hurdles to registering as money transmitters, the new guidelines meant requiring customers to divulge their personal information. For instance, Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange market, requires U.S. traders to provide a scanned image of their driver’s license or passport, plus proof of residency, such as a utility bill.For American startups, that meant an end to doing business with many die-hard Bitcoiners. “It absolutely cuts out the big swathe of your customer base, who at this stage are those crypto-anarchists who embrace Bitcoin because it does not embrace the government,” Santori says.The next blow came in May, when the Department of Homeland Security seized funds belonging to Mt. Gox. The Tokyo-based exchange failed to register its U.S. subsidiary as a payment processor in the United States, which left its funds available for seizure as the prelude to an investigation.The seizure “made it clear that the federal government wasn’t playing around,” says Santori. “FinCEN was serious about the guidance. And so now what we’re seeing at every convention, on every message board, in every corner of the industry, is this new obsession with regulation.”Founders of Bitcoin-related companies find themselves in a catch-22, he adds. Investors don’t want to deal with them until they are compliant with the law, but they can’t get their compliance in order without a lawyer, and they can’t hire a lawyer without investors because of the expense.Ironically enough, like a Wild West town preventing decent folk from moving in, the government’s actions leave the space more open to potential bad actors than it would be otherwise.”We’re in this weird limbo where only quasi-legitimate or illegimate businesses can operate, because they don’t have anything to lose,” says Adam Levine, editor-in-chief of Let’s Talk Bitcoin!, a twice-weekly podcast featuring news and analysis of the Bitcoin industry.Related: Winklevoss Twins Move to Launch a Bitcoin FundPonzi schemes and Bitcoin dreamsOne such illegimate operation ended last month. On July 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges against Trendon Shavers, a man in Texas who allegedly ran a Bitcoin Ponzi scheme and defrauded investors of more than $4.5 million between September 2011 and September 2012.In bringing a lawsuit against Shavers, Santori says, “The message was very clear: The SEC will regulate investments whether they are denominated in dollars, puka shells, bitcoins, potatoes, they don’t care.” That was a blow to another segment of the Bitcoin industry — people using bitcoins as an alternative investment class or as a vehicle for raising capital.On August 6, a federal judge ruled that Bitcoin is “a currency or form of money,” giving federal prosecutors the go-ahead to pursue a case against Shavers. Because bitcoins can be used to pay for goods and services and can also be exchanged for government-issued currencies such as the U.S. dollar and the Chinese yuan, Judge Amos Mazzant held that Bitcoin should be treated as money for legal purposes.A few days later, New York’s banking regulator issued its subpoenas. On the same day, the U.S. Senate’s committee on homeland security sent a letter querying financial regulators and law enforcement agencies on the potential misuse of currencies such as Bitcoin. It has been investigating virtual currencies for the past few months, according to The New York Times.This flurry of government action is not dissimilar from actions taken when the U.S. government decided to crack down on file-sharing. The rise of the mp3 file format for digital music was a watershed for copyright lawyers, Santori says. “This is like that, except orders and orders of magnitude greater. We’re not talking about a niche of copyright law. We’re talking about money.”Levine makes the same analogy. “The thing that gives me the most hope for the resilience of Bitcoin is that despite the amount of money and legal power and time that has been put into fighting file-sharing, it’s worse now than ever,” he says.Entering the mainstreamWith increasing government scrutiny, Bitcoin businesses are responding in all kinds of ways. Some are seeking to register as money transmitters, if they haven’t already, or even suspending operations until they can be sure they are compliant with state and federal law. Others will leave the country or cancel plans to do business in America. Erik Voorhees of Coinapult, once an employee of New York-based BitInstant, now lives in Panama.Another option is to “ride the coattails of an existing money transmitter,” Santori says. For an existing money transmitter, there is a business opportunity in allowing a Bitcoin startup to use its license.Other companies are simply refusing to jump through the hoops required to do business in America. Many feel that Bitcoin has value in Third World countries with worthless currencies or runaway inflation, whose citizens could use it as a store of value that the government can’t ruin.”Bitcoin is not an American invention, and it’s not an American system,” Levine says. “The United States has far more barriers to entry than any other country on earth right now.”But he and others describe a community, even within the U.S., that is optimistic despite the volatility and uncertainty of the current climate. There is a sense that Bitcoin, or at least cryptocurrency in general, is unkillable no matter what the government does.In some cities, grassroots Bitcoin trading groups have sprung up. Since May, Bitcoiners have been gathering in New York City’s Union Square to buy and sell bitcoins for cash. “If you push on centralized exchanges, you cause the creation of decentralized exchanges. And I can tell you for a fact that two are being created right now,” Levine says. “If you push on decentralized exchanges, you cause the creation of face-to-face exchanges.”Yet there is even a case to be made that more regulation is a sign of the currency’s success, according to George McHugh, an analyst for BTC Global, a Bitcoin consultancy firm for businesses. “The Bitcoin community is well on its way to being the most successful stateless society in history by demonstrating the legitimacy of stateless money to the State itself,” McHugh wrote in a blog post for BTC Global earlier this week.Santori agrees. “The future is rosy. Bitcoin is entering the mainstream. It’s kind of like childbirth — it’s a painful entry, but it’s entering nonetheless.”Related: Angel Investors Form Group to Fund Bitcoin Startups
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. November 4, 2014 3 min read There’s a water crisis in California right now. And to help people use less water, one entrepreneur is working on a device that will make your showers much more efficient. A crowdfunding campaign for the Eva Smart Shower launched on Indiegogo this week, and what entrepreneur Torrey Tayenaka wants to do is cut the amount of water that you would otherwise use in your shower by half. The technology is patent-pending, but the plan is to use money raised through pre-sales placed through the Indiegogo campaign to go into full production with the product, Tayenaka says.If the production process goes smoothly, then the Eva Shower device, which is available for pre-sale on Indiegogo for $149 and thereafter for $199, will be installed between the wall and your shower head.Related: Reddit Co-Founder: Crowdfunding Is Powering a Second, Much Bigger RenaissanceThe Eva Smart Shower has sensors that will, according to a prototype design, monitor where a person is in the bathroom and adjust the water flow accordingly. For example, if you turn on the shower and the water reaches your ideal temperature, but you are not in the shower yet but still futzing around the bathroom, the Eva Smart Shower will shut the water flow off until you actually get in the shower. Also, the sensors aim to track where you are in the shower such that if you are not standing directly under the shower head, the water flow will ease.An associated smartphone app will monitor your water use and if you want to set goal times for how long your showers should last, then the Eva Smart Shower system would alert you when you are dallying too long in the shower.Related: Indiegogo Co-Founder: When What It Means To Be A Fearless Entrepreneur ChangesSanta Ana, Calif.-based Eva Smart Shower is the brainchild of a team of designers and product developers working to build the gizmo outside of their day jobs. “We have this awesome team all working together hustling on the side late nights and long weekends to make a product that we think can really make a huge difference in the way people view their water usage and waste as well as help people save tons of water every day,” said Tayenaka, in an email to Entrepreneur.com.Outside of Eva, Tayenaka is the CEO and founder of a video advertising agency and has previously on the team that created Kite, a wearable mosquito repellent patch. He came up with the idea while using a sink in his office bathroom that is auto-activated. A bit of caution is probably a good bet here. Crowdfunding campaigns launching without a working prototype have a risky track record.Related: Y Combinator Partner on Crowdfunding: It Makes Our Job Harder Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free
01Oct Rep. Price sponsors Breast Cancer Awareness Month resolution for October Categories: News LANSING – State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, sponsored a resolution today to name October as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”“This is the most common form of cancer in women in the state of Michigan, and the second most fatal,” said Rep. Price on the House floor. “We need to recognize our continued commitment to fighting breast cancer in the state of Michigan.”Rep. Kathy Crawford, R-Novi, joined Rep. Price for her remarks before the House membership. Both representatives are breast cancer survivors.The resolution passed unanimously.
The BBC has launched a free weather app in the UK, rolling it today out on iOS and Android devices.The app can detect a users’ location and give an overview of weather conditions, as well as 5-day forecasts or detailed hourly reports. Users can also save various destinations – in the UK and abroad – to a customisable list of favourite places.The app gives information about UV, pollen count, wind speed and humidity and follows a “huge increase in users accessing BBC Weather’s services from mobile devices over the last year,” said the BBC.“So many of our audiences access BBC Weather from iOS and Android devices – we can now offer them an even better way to keep ahead of the weather on-the-go. This represents a significant milestone in our commitment to provide a world-class weather service to audiences across four screens – desktop, mobile, tablet and connected TV,” said James Metcalfe, senior product manager for weather, BBC Future Media.
Canadian multicultural lifestyle channel Edgy TV is to debut in the UK on Vision247’s Freeview channel.Vision247’s Freeview portal – channel 264 – provides access to the UK free-to-view platform via hybrid IP delivery to connected boxes to over 30 channels.Edgy TV will also be available on the visiontv.co.uk website, on mobile apps and on EE TV set-top boxes.The channel, basedo n online magazine Edwige Magazine, is targeted at women aged 20-55 from Asia, Africa, Latin America, The West Indies, Europe, the Maghreb and the Middle East with a mix of lifestyle, glamour, music, fashion and entertainment.Petra Oblak, CEO of Vision247 said: “We welcome Edgy TV to our VisionTV platform where it is in good company with a bouquet of other channels from around the world. We are very excited to have this newinnovative fashion and life style channel from North America in the portfolio and look forward to helping it grow its presence in the UK.”
Discovery-owned Eurosport has struck a partnership with United World Wrestling that will see World Championship and European Championship wrestling brought to Eurosport viewers between now and 2020. The pair will also launch a TV and digital campaign to support Eurosport’s coverage in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Championship.The agreement, which runs until 2020, will see Eurosport showcase the World Championships and European Championships across Europe in 54 countries and territories and 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region on linear, online and Eurosport Player.Eurosport’s coverage begins with highlights shows from the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest this October. Next year, Eurosport is set to add to its coverage of the sport by screening highlights shows from the World Championships as well as the best of the action from the European Wrestling Championships taking place in Bucharest, Romania. In 2020, Eurosport show wrestling from the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo.Following today’s partnership announcement with UWW, Eurosport has now committed to showing screening 26 of the 33 sports set to feature in Tokyo 2020 on its various platforms – linear, online and Eurosport Player – across its network.Laurent Prud’homme, Eurosport SVP, rights acquisitions and syndication, said: “We want to emphasise that sports such as wrestling are more than a series of events that only takes place at the Olympics. This partnership strengthens Eurosport’s ambition to tell year-round stories of current and future Olympians. Securing an agreement with the UWW will allow fans across Europe and the Asia-Pacific to follow their heroes in the lead-up to Tokyo. Equally, this also gives us the opportunity to educate sports fans who perhaps don’t know too much about wrestling.”Nenad Lalovic, president of United World Wrestling, said: “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Eurosport and improving the level of exposure across Europe. We believe this partnership took a significant step forward last year during the successful World Championships in Paris and look to build on that for our major Championships and in the lead up to Tokyo 2020.”