You might get fined in New York for texting if this bill becomes law. Christian Vierig / Getty Images No matter how important your text might be, if you’re crossing the street, New York thinks it can wait. New York state Sen. John Liu introduced a bill last week that would ban texting while walking. Pedestrians could be fined between $25 and $250 if they’re seen “using any portable device” while crossing a roadway, according to a copy of the bill obtained by The Guardian. “Using” a device means looking at it, playing games, being online, sending emails, texting and more, according to the bill. The legislation makes exceptions for emergency first-responders and those trying to contact hospitals, fire departments, police and other emergency services.”This bill in no way absolves drivers of their mandate to yield to pedestrians, and simply reminds people to resume texting after getting across the street safely,” Liu said in an emailed statement. Marco Conner, interim executive director of Transportation Alternatives, said he is opposed to the bill. “We should first identify the problem and the cause,” Conner said.Conner said that Liu fails to cite data that pedestrians are the ones causing their own injuries or deaths by walking into traffic while distracted. Instead, Conner said a recent rise in pedestrian fatalities nationwide “is believed to all be driver related.”In terms of solutions, Conner said he doesn’t see more regulation of phones as the answer. Conner said reducing vehicle speeds and reducing the number of vehicles on the streets should be priorities instead. Tags 3 Comments Share your voice Mobile
DesiClick website.ScreenshotDesiClick is a new platform that is enabling customers in the United States to buy indigenous Indian items in seamless manner. The item can be as small as a pack of garam masala.The Indian population in the US is growing every year, but not many states and cities in the country have stores for this growing demographic. The firm decided to fill this vacuum with theindiabazaar.com, and subsequently re-branded it as DesiClik.com in 2014.DesiClik.com is currently one of the largest US-based e-commerce marketplaces specialising in Indian products — ranjing from apparel, jewellery, handicraft, gifts, furniture, grocery, restaurant equipment, religious to even puja items, festive goods and household items.The firm had reported an annual turnover of $300,000 in 2016, and company executives expect sales to grow manifold in the years to come. The firm is also planning to bring more products in their platform in a move to scale up business.”…We will be adding full-scale grocery and sporting categories soon. The grocery category can help us bring significant repeat customers on a regular basis. Our plan is to become a household name for the 3 million Indians in the US. This can be achieved by reaching out to our target audience through wise spends on marketing campaigns that include both TV and digital,” Deepak Agarwal, co-founder, DesiClik, told International Business Times, India.Going forward, DesiClik plans to launch a business-to-business (B2B) section which will connect buyers from the US with sellers in India, offering a complete range of B2B solutions.”This new platform will essentially be a B2B marketplace for business goods and supplies that will help suppliers and exporters in India and businesses in the US to trade with each other,” Agarwal said.Before the vendors comes on board, there will multiple rounds of scrutiny to validate the credibility of the vendor.”There is a process in place to scrutinize the vendors. We will be interviewing them and reviewing the details about the business and financials before they get listed. One of the reasons we have an annual subscription fee for the vendors is to ensure that we get only genuine vendors on board,” explained Agarwal.Going forward, the firm is planning to expand on a global scale and replicate the DesiClik model in countries with higher Indian population, like Canada, the UK and Australia.”We are looking for investments to take the business to the next level — both in terms of the B2B platform as well as for our worldwide expansion. We are confident of becoming a $5-million US company in the next five years in terms of annual revenue,” said Agarwal.
-Ruling Awami League (AL) does not want to lose out in the current fracas over the judgement scrapping the 16th amendment annulment verdict. According to party insiders, the AL will not appeal for a review petition if there is any possibility whatsoever of the judgement remaining unchanged.Meanwhile, AL’s strategy is for its ministers, members of parliament and leaders to create political pressure.An AL lawyer leader told Prothom Alo that the ruling party is rigid over the observations of the verdict.The party, normally, avoids political issues during the month of mourning. But this time, the party policymakers asked the leaders to highlight weak points of the judgement at various meetings and gatherings.The government is mulling all options present in the constitution to resolve the crisis over the Supreme Court’s verdict to scrap the 16th amendment.The ruling party is trying to resolve the crisis through talks.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina along with AL general secretary and road transport, and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, law minister Anisul Huq and attorney general Mahbubey Alam had a long meeting with the president, Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Wednesday evening.Political analysts said the two topmost officials of the state might have discussed the issue of the Supreme Court verdict that scrapped the 16th constitutional amendment, creating a huge stir in the political arena.According to the analysts, the confrontation between the government and the apex court has become visible over four issues: 16th amendment annulment verdict, discipline of lower court judges, legality of the law secretary’s contractual recruitment, and executive magistrates’ power to exercise judiciary.Emerging from the Wednesday meeting, Obaidul Quader told newsmen that they had talks over the verdict.Asked whether any decision was made at the meeting, he said there will be more discussions.Obaidul Quader conveyed to the chief justice how angry the ruling party is over the 16th amendment verdict, and its consequences.Meanwhile, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday alleged the ruling AL is mounting pressure on the CJ to change the 16th amendment verdict.AL presidium member Kazi Zafar Ullah told Prothom Alo that everything will happen as per the constitution.The party has no intention or wish to send the CJ on a vacation, he added.The AL leader also said the party is discontented over the 16th amendment annulment verdict and party’s general secretary conveyed this message to the chief justice. This is a democracy and AL is not here to hatch any conspiracy.If there is any problem, it will be resolved through talks, he added.About Wednesday’s meeting, Kazi Zafar Ullah said that prime minister Sheikh Hasina briefed the president about the country’s flood situation.
Share flickr/Patrick FellerBascule bridge over Pelican Island Channel on Seawolf Parkway in Galveston.GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Galveston County commissioners have taken another step to encourage the Port of Houston Authority to support plans for a new road and rail bridges to Pelican Island.The Galveston County Daily News reports commissioners on Tuesday approved a memo of understanding calling for the Houston port, which owns about 1,100 acres on the island, to provide land. The property could be used for new spans connecting to Seawolf Parkway.Galveston County in November approved a deal with Galveston for construction of two new bridges to Pelican Island, using city property. The existing two-lane drawbridge for Pelican Island, which is home to Texas A&M University-Galveston, was built in 1957.Commissioner Ryan Dennard says the current vehicle bridge is deteriorating. County officials also say a rail bridge could spur development.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.