160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Amtrak recordings said passengers should expect delays on the same route this morning. Fire officials said they had not determined how the blaze started. But the creosote-soaked trestle – which keeps trains elevated above local roads and a wetlands area – fueled an intense fire that could be seen from more than 50 miles away. The spectacle drew a crowd of hundreds of pedestrians from nearby hotels and stores and crippled rush-hour traffic on the Capital City Freeway around Cal Expo, the state fairgrounds. The fire also was burning near power lines and had cut power to some local stores. The trestle supports a key rail artery leading into Sacramento. Officials reported that several Amtrak trains were scheduled to travel through that section of track and were being stopped. Freight lines also are expected to be stalled by the fire, Union Pacific spokesman James Barnes told The Sacramento Bee. SACRAMENTO – A 300-foot stretch of an elevated railroad trestle caught fire and partially collapsed Thursday evening, sending a dramatic wall of thick, black smoke thousands of feet into the air and disrupting rail traffic through the state capital. The blaze forced Amtrak to halt a westbound train from Reno to Sacramento, said George Elsmore, railroad operations and safety program manager for the California Public Utilities Commission. He said the fire also was likely to disrupt freight traffic throughout Northern California. An Amtrak spokesman told KFPK radio in Sacramento that about 130 passengers were stranded on a train in Roseville, a suburb northeast of the capital, for about five hours. The spokesman said the rail line was dispatching buses to bring the passengers to Sacramento.
Kolkata: A footpath dweller, aged about 20 years, was allegedly gang-raped by three young men on Friday early morning near Fairlie Place. According to locals, the girl was found crying and was also bleeding profusely.While patrolling the area, a traffic constable found her and upon inquiry, came to know that she had been gang-raped by three persons.Immediately, North Port police station was informed and the girl was admitted to the Kolkata Medical College. There, her medical examination was done too. Sources informed that rape was confirmed following the medical examination. Her condition is stated to be still critical. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeLater, the girl informed the police about the youths who were also residents of the nearby area. By Friday evening, police arrested two of the accused — identified as Chandan Saha and Sunil Yadav. Investigators are still searching for the third one.Following the incident, other footpath dwellers are panic-striken and are understandably worried about their family members. But the police have assured them that no harm will be done.
Kolkata: The mercury in the city on Saturday plunged to 10.6 degree Celsius making it the coldest day of the season. The cold wave continues to sweep through various South Bengal districts.According to the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore, the cold wave conditions will prevail for the next three days following which the situation may slightly improve. “The minimum temperature may drop below 10 degree Celsius in the next four days. The cold wave conditions may prevail across the city and some districts as well. The winter chill has intensified due to the uninterrupted flow of northwesterly, bringing in the cold wave to the South Bengal districts,” a senior official of the Alipore Met office said on Saturday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe lowest temperature in the city touched 10.6 degree Celsius on Saturday, taking it three degrees below normal, while the highest temperature remained at 23 degree Celsius during the day. In most parts of the South Bengal districts, the temperature remained 4-5 degrees below normal on Saturday. According to the weather office, the temperature in Dum Dum touched 8.7 degree Celsius. Murshidabad recorded 7.2 degree Celsius, Bankura 8.9 degree, Midnapore 9 degree and Burdwan 7.8 degree. The North Bengal districts such as Cooch Behar touched 5.7 degree Celsius and Jalpaiguri 6.8 degree. Darjeeling on Saturday recorded 0.2 degree Celsius and witnessed the first snowfall after almost one decade. The Met office also said the visibility would considerably reduce in several parts of the South Bengal districts during the morning hours due to mist in the next few days. The mist will clear as the day will progress. “The temperature may drop slightly below 10 degree Celsius in the next couple of days. People in South Bengal will continue to feel the winter chill till the beginning of the new year. The situation will improve gradually,” the weather official said.
With the arrival of new year, art enthusiasts will get to witness a melange of colourful textiles, traditional handicrafts as well as classical dance performances by artists from India and Israel. Maestros from the two countries will come together at the 32nd edition of the ‘Annual Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar’ to showcase their cultural legacy while cementing cultural and diplomatic ties – a vision seen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to Israel. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe annual festival will take place from January 1-15, 2018 at Dilli Haat, INA. For the upcoming year, Dastkari Haat Samiti has collaborated with the Ministry of Textiles to organize the festival. It will create an interactive platform where around 200 artisans from India and Israel will exchange their skills and art while creating intricate art pieces that are significant of artistic legacy.Five craft persons from Israel will work with their Indian counterparts from Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan to create beautiful art pieces. Under the guidance of two Indian designers, every craft person will combine common understandings and skills to bring out entirely new designs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveApart from this, the Israel-India workshop, which will be held between January 2 and 14, will showcase fresh art pieces to the public. During the workshop, art connoisseurs will also get a chance to interact with artisans and watch their work in progress.”This festival is a unique platform for our craftspeople to interact and share their skills with their foreign counterparts. Our vision is to bring back the original essence of Dilli Haat where artisans who don’t get to display their work in New Delhi will get a platform to showcase their talent exclusively,” says Jaya Jaitly, Founder of Dastkari Haat Samiti. The 15-day craft baz a ar will showcase a mix-bag of art pieces which will be created by Israeli artists in different art forms —papier mache by Vered Otmy, patchwork by Orna Shahar, embroidery in textile by Sassona Schits, paper cutwork by Janine Golbert and wire mesh by Nihad Dabeet. The bazaar will also touch upon the important aspects of the craft producers’ life by showcasing myriad cultural performances including folk music from Rajasthan. The exotic tribal martial ‘Chhau’ dancers will be dancing as well as demonstrating the art of mask making from West Bengal. ‘Pinguli Art’ from Maharashtra, traditional weaving from Gujarat and flute renditions by a Varanasi flute player will also be certain interesting things to look forward to.
September 28, 2017 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 12 min read Enroll Now for Free Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders.If you’re single, there are so many apps out there purporting to help you find if not a relationship, at least a date. But with so many options, it can lead to burnout. Or the feeling that with an endless string of people to swipe on, why choose anyone at all?It’s something of an imperfect system, and a problem that The League founder Amanda Bradford is excited to jump in and solve. “I want to be the company that fixes dating in the same way Google fixed search,” Bradford told Entrepreneur.Bradford comes at the dating game from the tech-focused background. She studied information systems at Carnegie Mellon and got her business degree from Stanford. Before launching The League in 2015, she worked in technical roles at Salesforce and Google.She wanted to start the company because of the elements of the online scene that bothered her most: a lack of privacy and filters, and only being able to judge a person based on a photo alone. She was also put off by the fact that she could be matched with a colleague if they happened to come across her profile, leading to potentially awkward scenarios at work.She was sure that other career-minded single folks felt the same, so she set about creating a platform that utilizing Facebook and LinkedIn would provide your background to potential matches upfront while making sure your work and social life stayed separate.Today, the company has raised nearly $2.3 million in funding and operates in 20 cities, 12 of which launched just this year. There are now more than 100,000 people on the waitlist.We caught up with Bradford to ask her 20 questions and find out what makes her tick.Related: This Founder Shares Why In Order To Learn Fast, You Need to Fail Fast1. How do you start your day?I’m a night owl, so I go to bed pretty late, which means I start my day when the sun shines through my skylight. After showering, I check emails and do some reading on things happening in tech, the dating industry more specifically, as well as the news. I then look at my list of to-dos, so I can decide what I’m going to work on that day.2. How do you end your day?I like to end my day reading about business strategy so I get some good ideas as I nod off to sleep.3. What’s a book that changed your mind and why?The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan. Reading such a legendary, iconic book over 55 years later made me appreciate just how far women have come in such a short time in gaining equality in the workplace. Though it’s also disheartening to see how little things have really changed at the same time. The book caused me to question why that progress hasn’t made it’s way into household relationships at the same rapid pace and helped me reframe our mission statement.What I want is to help move society towards redefining dating and letting go of antiquated gender stereotypes. To me, equalism is not forcing women to message first or to be ‘in control’. It is encouraging our users to seek intellectual equals and give them a platform that facilitates connecting based on more than just looks and attraction.4. What’s a book you always recommend and why?Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Steve Jobs was famous for charting his own course rather than the status quo directing him. Everyone told me that the dating space was crowded and that no one would invest in a solo founder. I think women CEO’s have the responsibility to be as visible as they can to society at large, while still running their company effectively as a CEO should.That means our job is twice as hard, but it’s twice as important. Our society sorely lacks women role models in high-ranking positions and it’s our responsibility to make sure society’s youth has ample role models to look up to in all industries and professions and this concept of ‘girl job’ and ‘boy job’ is completely eradicated. “Getting out there” and reminding people that they can do or be anything if they put in enough blood sweat and tears is a top priority of mine.5. What’s a strategy to keep focused?If I’m trying to “get in the zone”, I put white noise on and turn off Slack and only check email once an hour. Ideally, I am isolated where I can’t be distracted, [as I can be] easily distracted.Related: This Successful Entrepreneur Explains Why Revenue Is Not the Most Important Thing (and What Is)6. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?I wanted to be an FBI agent with a computer science degree. I was inspired from Lucy from the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, which I read religiously growing up.7. What did you learn from the worst boss you ever had?The worst boss I had was never around nor gave me feedback, so I learned how to self-manage and self-grade my own work. Looking at your own work from an objective eye is difficult and learning how to rely on tools [you find yourself], rather than other people helped me when starting The League.8. Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?My mom. Not only does she have good ideas, she figures out what needs to be done and then does all the execution work needed to take her idea across the finish line. She is constantly learning, and I’ve never once heard her say, “I don’t know how to do that.”9. What’s a trip that changed you?I graduated college a semester early and travelled alone to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. I had to figure everything out on my own once I got over there, and I also met hundreds of other backpackers from all over the world. I learned that I love meeting and hanging out with people [who are] different from myself, and I also learned that I love independence and the autonomy of being able to make my own decisions about where to go and what to do. I believe this trip gave me the confidence I needed to start my own company later in life, without co-founders.10. What inspires you?Fixing the problem. We’re making great progress at making online dating better, but I want to be the company that fixes dating in the same way Google fixed search. The process is broken and we have an amazing team that is behind us in our vision.I also want to fix the lack of role models problem. I want The League to succeed at great scale, so we can serve as real-life-versions of the role models that I could only find through fiction books growing up. I want the people who work for The League and the highly ambitious users we match to serve as an inspiration for my nieces and for girls out there who may not have a role model directly within their small communities.Related: The Entrepreneur Behind a $90 Million Company Shares How You Can Get Past the Naysayers to Build a Successful Business11. What was your first business idea and what did you do with it?I learned to make very complex, beautiful friendship bracelets in third grade and sold them for $5 and $10 each. My second business idea was selling mixed CDs with my own custom covers that I sold for $10.12. What was an early job that taught you something important or useful?My first job out of college was a sales engineer, meaning most of my job was how well you did your presentation. I spent days on end customizing the demo down to the last pixel on the dashboard, so the data looked superbly customized for the client, and the product would practically pitch itself, but I didn’t spend any time on practicing what I would say in my demo. The result was I absolutely bombed my first pitch. My words were scrambled, I was stuttering and nothing that came out of my mouth could be called eloquent or persuasive in terms of why the client should buy our software.I got the lowest score out of five of us on the team for my presentation. I was shocked because a few others on my team didn’t practice much either, but their pitches sounded great and natural. It was the first time I realized that people have different strengths and weaknesses, and even though I was putting two to three times the effort into building out the product demo, they were performing higher because they were just better at pitching than me.I’m wildly competitive, so it was a huge shock to my system not to be a top performer on my team. I learned life is not fair, and I started practicing eight to ten hours for each demo I would give. While it didn’t happen overnight, my pitching skills improved drastically, and I was finally able to be on the same level as the guy who was “naturally good at pitching”. Lesson learned: do the work.13. What’s the best advice you ever took?Raise more money than you think you need. If it’s there, and you’re a first-time entrepreneur, take it. You will spend it, I promise.14. What’s the worst piece of advice you ever got?Worrying about getting advisors. I think the whole advisor concept is a bit silly. Either you want to invest in the company, or you want to do a job and get paid for it in salary, plus equity. I think the advisor model is not clear enough on what the arrangement is and the way it is [constructed]. It just asks for miscommunication and disappointment.15. What’s a productivity tip you swear by?It only takes one minute, but it helps us find information much much more easily. I re-label the subject lines of important emails with their distinguishing keywords and re-send them out, so I can search for them in my email. I also create a google doc with the same title and the content. That way, no matter where someone is looking, it should be in their email or drive.Related: Stitch Fix Founder Explains Why the Worst Piece of Advice She Ever Got Was to Raise A Lot of Money16. Is there an app or tool you use in a surprising way to get things done or stay on track?We live and breathe by our Periscope dashboards here. They are sent to us daily and remind us the company’s biggest priorities.17. What does work-life balance mean to you?Right now, given how fast we are moving and hiring, it just means me having two to three nights a week of more than three hours of downtime where I can think, strategize and relax.18. How do you prevent burnout?We launched in 12 cities this summer, and I was working at every single event, so I have some experience with this. When I start to feel burnout, to me that means I haven’t spent enough time reflecting on all we’ve accomplished, and I haven’t let myself take a step back and feel proud of the product, community, and team I’ve built.Most of my coping tactics involve me taking some time away by myself — even if it’s just a day off here and there — to unplug and get away, so I can reflect on everything that has gone well and give myself a pat on the back and really, really sit and appreciate all the hard work my team has put in to build this company. If you aren’t doing that regularly, you will feel burned out, as there is always so much more ahead of you to get done. It can get overwhelming if you don’t also look back at how far you’ve already come.19. When you’re faced with a creativity block, what’s your strategy to get innovating?For me, it’s giving myself enough downtime to first find inspiration online and reading different opinions or techniques on whatever I’m trying to be creative about, and then giving myself time to create. I hate having time limits on creativity. I try to carve out, at minimum, a full day I can dedicate to a creative project.I don’t end up using all of the time, but having it blocked out and knowing this weekend is dedicated to completing X helps pump me up like it’s a big game day or something like that. I try to get sleep the night before so I can do a full creative day and get the project 90 percent there in one sitting. That’s my favorite way to work on creative things — getting in the zone!20. What are you learning now? My biggest new learning has been in recruiting — learning how to recruit and hire a senior leadership team for the business. The team we build will be what determines the future success of the company, so learning how to build, manage and retain a world-class leadership team is one of the most important skills a CEO can learn.Related video: Mona Patel Had to Fight Her Heritage to Become a Successful Entrepreneur: What You Can Learn From Her Story and Courage
This Tuesday, Microsoft announced .NET Core 3 Preview 2 with new features in .NET Core 3 and C# 8. C# 8 The eighth iteration of C# is a major release and includes many new features. Declarations Statements don’t need to be indented now. Switch expressions C# 8 comes with switch expressions in which you can use the new syntax. Terser syntax returns a value as it is an expression. It’s fully integrated with pattern matching. Async streams The compiler and framework libraries should match correctly for async streams to work. You will need .NET Core 3.0 Preview 2 and Visual Studio 2019 Preview 2. Alternatively, you can also use the C# extension for Visual Studio Code. Floating point improvements in IEEE The goal is to expose all operations that are needed and they are behaviorally compliant with the IEEE spec. A fast in-box JSON Writer & JSON document Two new objects were added—System.Text.Json.Utf8JsonWriter and System.Text.Json.JsonDocument. Utf8JsonWriter The Utf8JsonWriter enables a high-performance, non-cached way to write UTF-8 encoded JSON text from common .NET types. JsonDocument System.Text.Json.JsonDocument is also added built on top of the Utf8JsonReader. JsonDocument provides enables parsing JSON data and builds a read-only Document Object Model (DOM). It can be queried to support enumeration and random access. Assembly Unloadability Assembly unloadability is a new ability of AssemblyLoaderContext. It is transparent and exposed with only a few new APIs. A loader context to be unloaded with this. This releases all of the memory for static fields, instantiated types, and the assembly itself. Visual Studio support Using .NET Core 3 for development requires using Visual Studio 2019. WPF and Windows Forms templates were added to the New Project Dialog for easier access via the command line. These were a select few updates from the new .NET Core 3 Preview 2, for a complete list of changes, visit the Microsoft Blog. Read next Microsoft Connect(); 2018: .NET foundation open membership, .NET Core 2.2, .NET Core 3 Preview 1 released, WPF, WinUI, Windows forms open sourced What to expect in ASP.NET Core 3.0 .NET Core 3.0 and .NET Framework 4.8 more details announced