The Rake Magazine Shutters

first_imgBartellaunched the magazine in 2002 as a sort of literary answer to Minnesota’salt-weeklies. It had a controlledcirculation of 60,000 in the Twin Cities metro area.The Rake joins a growing list of small, well-regarded, ad-dependentmagazines to fold. Earlier this week, FOLIO: reportedthat country music magazine No Depression will fold after its May-June issue.The magazine’s founders attributed the demise to declining advertisingrevenues, which were down 30 to 40 percent, they said. Loss of advertising dollars has claimed another victim. Theowners of Minneapolis-based monthly magazine the Rake announced Monday that theMarch issue would be its last. In a meeting with staffers, publisher Tom Bartel cited alack of advertising revenue and increasing costs of printing and production asthe reasons behind the decision. “There is nothing wrong with The Rakeother than the bottom line,” he wrote in apost on the magazine’s Web site.The Rake will continue to publish online with its “Secretsof the Day” e-mails, event calendar, searchable restaurant database and selectblogs. Bartel could not immediately be reached for comment. last_img read more

Stop use of hydraulic horns in Dhaka in 48 hrs HC

first_img.The High Court on Wednesday asked the government to take necessary steps in 48 hours to stop the use of hydraulic horns in the capital city of Dhaka to prevent sound pollution.The court also asked the government to confiscate the instruments in the market used for hydraulic horns in the next seven days and asked the authorities to seize the vehicles after 27 August if they use hydraulic horns defying the order.The HC bench of justice Quazi Reza-ul Hoque and justice Mohammadullah passed the order in response to a writ petition filed by advocate Monjil Morshed on behalf of rights body Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.The bench also asked the government to file the progress report in two weeks.The writ petition said any machine causing sound pollution cannot be operated as per the Motors Vehicles Ordinance, but violating the act, it mentioned, different vehicles are using hydraulic horns.last_img read more

MTA Undergoes Major Rebranding

first_imgOn June 18, fewer than 100 days from now, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will implement Gov. Larry Hogan’s BaltimoreLink transit plan. The transformative rebuilding and rebranding of MTA’s transit system connects people to jobs and life’s opportunities by linking our bus and rail network with high-frequency, reliable service.In preparation for the launch of BaltimoreLink, MTA’s more than 3,300 dedicated employees have worked to ensure our customers see the benefits of this new initiative immediately.First, you may have noticed MTA’s distinctive 40-foot-long buses wrapped in the BaltimoreLink colors. For many years, MTA buses used different paint schemes, which confused our customers and didn’t tie the MTA to the identity of the Baltimore region. Now, MTA is wrapping its buses in the striking BaltimoreLink colors, which are based on the red, gold and black of the Maryland state flag. The new look for our buses establishes a strong link with the region we serve and helps longtime customers and people using our service for the first time know they’re about to board an MTA bus.In addition to the new look, MTA’s buses are getting a new, modern cleaning treatment. MTA recently awarded a contract for the application of EcoSeal, a substance that seals all the interior surfaces and seats of every bus with an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial agent that protects our passengers and our operators from germs and other hazards.BaltimoreLink is visible in more places, too. One of the most exciting new things we’re doing is replacing all 5,000 old MTA bus stop signs with redesigned signs that include more information and are easy to read and understand. The old blue, white and red signs consisted of a picture of a bus with a route number and included no information on the actual bus route or any connections. With our changes, you can see the dramatic difference. The new signs identify the route, route destination, frequency of the route and stop identification number with instructions on how to text this number to MTA for information on the next arriving bus.When these new two-sided signs are unveiled in June, our customers will have more information at their bus stops than ever before.And last, but certainly not least, you may have seen the dark red dedicated bus lanes installed downtown on Pratt and Lombard streets. Dedicated bus lanes are the first step in increasing bus travel speed through our system so the vehicles can stay on schedule and minimize sitting in traffic congestion. The key to making our bus lanes efficient is enforcement. So far this year, MTA police have issued more than 113 citations to vehicles that were driving or parked in the bus lanes. We will continue to focus on enforcement so our customers can get where they need to go on our faster, more reliable system. These are just some the exciting new features of the Hogan administration’s BaltimoreLink you can see right now as you travel throughout the surrounding region. Additional improvements are coming soon, including new transit signal priority equipment on key north-south routes such as Loch Raven Boulevard, York Road and Greenmount Avenue.Paul Comfort is the MTA administrator and CEO.last_img read more

Maha CLP authorises Sonia Gandhi to nominate leader

first_imgMaharashtra Congress legislature party met here on Thursday and authorised party president Sonia Gandhi to nominate their leader even as former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said he was not in the race for the post.A one-line resolution moved by state party chief Manikrao Thakre authorising Sonia Gandhi to select the new CLP leader was adopted unanimously.Earlier, leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, central observer for the election, met the legislators individually to ascertain their views on the new CLP leader.last_img

The Internet of Things Is Steering the OnDemand Economy Want to Be

first_imgOctober 19, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Uber is the company everyone wants to be. It’s the poster child for leveraging an internet-connected device to solve a unique problem. Uber couldn’t have existed before smartphones became a widespread phenomen, of course. But today we can all hail a car with a swipe and a tap, thanks to dual internet connectivity and mobile GPS.Smartphones were the first internet-connected devices, but they are far from the last. As the Internet of Things (IoT) evolves, these next-generation improvements will push on-demand businesses to explore hundreds of new possibilities.Related: 4 Reasons to Be Excited by the ‘Internet of Things’The game-changer here? Data. Connected devices and their data make every on-demand business possible.Sensory evolutionWith smartphone features such as fingerprint scanning, barometers, accelerometers, light sensors and more, entrepreneurs have access to data they’ve never seen before. And as smartphones add more bells and whistles, companies have even more data points to build around.Beyond sensory data from hardware, though, on-demand businesses can leverage a large quantity of stored data. Storing data around criteria like behavior, preferences and reliability allows companies to act more efficiently and optimize the user experience. For example, Uber wants to make sure users never have to type an address again.Along with data, the IoT is improving internet connectivity and voice recognition to provide even better user experience. These devices are getting smarter on their own, as well as collectively.A stand-alone voice recognition device is great by itself, but an Amazon Echo is even better. This device can access all the power of Amazon for tasks such as ordering groceries, playing music and restocking supplies — using just the power of your voice. Other devices such as Cortana, Alexa and the new Google Home will make on-demand services available through the sound of a person’s voice rather than at the touch of a button.Innovation on demandFor today’s entrepreneurs, all of these advances and countless data sources mean many more opportunities to innovate and win big. So, if you’re an entrepreneur, here are a few ways to capitalize as the on-demand economy and IoT evolve:1. Take advantage of predictive analytics.Uber uses data to provide rides, but it also uses heat maps to analyze patterns and help drivers be in the right place at the right time. Predictive analytics allows fresh-food delivery services — like Munchery and Sprig — to monitor supplies and spot and respond to trends. None of these on-demand platforms would have been possible without the data we have today.If you want to jump into the on-demand game, discern what problems you can solve using data. The most successful on-demand players connect these data points to provide a better, faster, more seamless user experience.Related: 8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Your Everyday Life2. Spot a profitable niche.Another great thing about data is that it no longer has to solve the huge issues. Entrepreneurs can now form companies to solve hyperspecific problems, with data to back it up. For example, Petnet helps manage the feeding of your four-legged friends. Its internet-connected food container dispenses portions at appropriate times and quantities for your pet.One word of caution: Make sure the problem you are looking to solve is big enough to be applied across use cases, but never be afraid to go small in your niche.3. Grab that low-hanging fruit.Because the automation revolution is happening across the board, entrepreneurs with industry expertise can solve problems for specific verticals. Smart-lock maker August, for one, saw potential in another on-demand stalwart, Airbnb. Hosts can use internet-connected locks to coordinate keyless guest entry, remotely and without hassle. This solution was not possible a few years ago — but the need wasn’t there, either.Related: How to Succeed in the On-Demand EconomyKeep streamlining and efficiency top of mind as you scout out your next target for automation. Whatever industry you work in, data and internet connectivity can probably improve a piece of it.With connected devices and their data, Uber and other first-generation on-demand companies paved the way for the Internet of Things to revolutionize our lives. Now, it’s up to today’s entrepreneurs to innovate the innovators. Register Now » 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more