Kolkata: A Metro rake ran from Belgachia till Kavi Subhash on Friday morning with one of its door open, after it failed to close down due to some technical snag.An RPF personnel stood guard at the door to prevent any untoward incident. According to sources in the Metro, the snag developed after a broken portion of a pen cap somehow got stuck in the door channel.The snag came to the notice of the motorman at around 11 am in the morning, after the train reached Belgachia Station. The front door of the first compartment refused to close as the train was about to depart. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAn RPF personnel on duty at the platform noticed a plastic object sticking out of the door channel. As he tried to remove the same, it broke with a portion of it coming off in his hands, with the rest still remaining stuck in the door channel.Within a few minutes, the decision was taken by the railway police in coordination with the Metro authorities that the rake should continue to run. An RPF constable stood guard at the door with his hands on either side of the door, as the train continued its journey. There was a change of duty at Chadni Chowk Metro Station and this time, two RPF personnel stood guard at the door till the journey ended at Kavi Subhash. The motorman tried to close the door in between as the train stopped at stations, but failed to do so.”We could have emptied the rake when the snag took place. This could have inconvenienced the passengers. So we decided on keeping the train running after ensuring the security of the passengers. When the train reached Kavi Subhash, it was sidelined to the car shed,” said a spokesperson of Kolkata Metro.The portion of the broken pen cap was removed and after proper testing of the door, it was found to be working perfectly.
Brought to you by PCWorld I’m now the owner of an Apple iPhone 3G, after waiting out the first-generation model.Overall, I’m thrilled with the smart phone. My first week with the iPhone 3G wasn’t trouble free, however. For more on that, see my blog.This week I’d like to share with you three benefits to iPhone ownership you might not have considered. Trick number one can be performed with any e-mail-enabled cell phone, but it’s especially useful with first-generation iPhone and the 3G models. Number two works with any iPhone. Number three works with iPhones and iPod Touches with the iPhone 2.0 software installed.1. Your iPhone Is a Dictation/Transcription MachineNot everyone loves the iPhone’s screen-only keyboard. It’s a bit taxing if you need to compose an e-mail longer than, say, two sentences. But there’s an easy workaround thanks to Jott, a free voice-to-text transcription service that I recommended in April.If you’ve set up a Jott account and imported your contacts, you can dial Jott’s toll-free number, dictate an e-mail, and tell Jott to send it to one of your contacts. But what if you need to send a longish e-mail from your iPhone to someone who isn’t among your Jott contacts?Rather than typing out the e-mail on the iPhone’s keypad, try this instead. First, dial Jott. Tell the service you want to Jott yourself (send yourself an e-mail). Start speaking; you’ve got up to 30 seconds. When you’re done, stop talking. The service will ask if you want a reminder. Say no, and hang up.Within a few minutes, you’ll receive an e-mail from the Jott service on your iPhone. Your voice message will have been transcribed into text and added to the body of the Jott e-mail message. In most cases, the transcription will be surprisingly accurate–unless you called from a windy or noisy environment. You can then forward the Jott e-mail to whomever you want.You’ll need to do some cleanup work first, however. You should change the subject line of the e-mail to something the recipients will recognize. Also, I’d recommend removing the “Begin forwarded message” line and the boilerplate that Jott embeds in each e-mail. Since the iPhone can’t highlight a block of text for deletion, you’ll have to hold down the backspace key to wipe out the extraneous stuff. Still, this is easier than typing several sentences on the iPhone’s keypad.Worth noting: You can use the Jott phone service to compose blog posts, Twitters, create calendar entries, and more; read “Jott for iPhone” for details. Also, there’s a new Jott application available for the iPhone from the iTunes App Store. However, the free application simply records your voice memos, then sends transcribed versions to the iPhone’s Jott application and posts them online to your Jott account.Because the iPhone lacks a copy-and-paste function, you can’t copy text from the Jott application into a message in the iPhone’s Mail program. However, you could use the Jott iPhone application (or the telephone service) to dictate a memo for copying and pasting using your computer. To do this, dictate the memo. Then, when you’re back at your computer, log into your Jott account using a Web browser. Copy and paste the transcribed memo text into a Word or other document.2. Your iPhone Is an Exit StrategyWe all go into appointments or find ourselves in situations from which we’d like the opportunity to extract ourselves gracefully, if needed. One example is an obligatory meeting with a long-winded business colleague. Your iPhone is can help you get out of situations like this.Here’s how: Open the Clock program, select Timer, and set the iPhone to go off in 10 minutes, 1 hour, or whenever you may need to escape. The iPhone’s Timer uses one of your ring tones to alert you when the time’s up. Because it will sound like someone’s calling your iPhone, you can glance at the phone with a quizzical expression, pretend to answer, listen attentively, feign a horrified look, and then say, “I’m so sorry, that was my dog walker, and it seems my dear Cujo just broke his leash and…well, I’ve got to run.”3. Your iPhone Is a Weather StationAn iPhone is like a tiny weather station in your pocket, thanks to WeatherBug (available for free through the iTunes App Store). WeatherBug gives you the current temperature, wind speed, wind chill temperature, humidity, dew point, precipitation level, and highs and lows for the day. Plus, you can view a map of the current weather radar for any spot on the globe, though this feature needs some tweaking.Also, you can view updated Webcam images from within WeatherBug. Many of the Webcams are located at schools, and the information they offer is, literally, all over the map. For example, one of the three Webcam images closest to my San Francisco neighborhood is a shot of the pavement at an elementary school in Pleasanton, across the bay and several microclimates away. The only information that this Webcam provides is that school’s not currently in session. Though WeatherBug could stand some improvement, it’s a nice complement to the Weather app preinstalled on iPhones and iPod Touch players.More Favorite iPhone TricksNext week, I’ll review three iPhone apps for travelers.In the meantime, have you found an unexpected use for your iPhone (either the original or the 3G)? If so, please share them with me.Mobile Computing News, Reviews, & Tips Can You Get XP on a New Laptop? That seems like a simple-enough question–but getting a straight answer is another matter entirely, as Christopher Null reports. Though Windows XP was officially taken off the market on June 30, there are loopholes that enable computer vendors to continue configuring machines with XP instead of Vista. But the computer makers’ Web sites and sales reps often offer conflicting information about which of their machines can be configured with XP, or even if they offer XP as an option.Gotta-Have Gadgets for Mobile Professionals: Among the 12 devices for travelers is Planon’s Printstik PS910 ($300). The Printstik is a portable printer weighing only 1.5 pounds and powered by a lithium ion battery. It slips easily into a notebook bag and can print from a smart phone, handheld, or notebook via USB cable or Bluetooth. The Printstik prints black-and-white documents on thermal paper.New Ultrathin Lenovo Laptop: Lenovo is taking aim again at Apple’s MacBook Air with its latest ultramobile laptop, the ThinkPad X200. The new laptop weighs 2.95 pounds with a four-cell battery or 3.58 pounds with an optional nine-cell battery that provides up to 9 hours of battery life, according to Lenovo. The laptop has a 12.1-inch screen; comes with either a 64GB solid-state drive or a hard drive up to 320GB; an optional optical drive; and is powered by Intel’s Core 2 Duo chips running between 2.26 GHz and 2.40 GHz. The X200 starts at $1199 and will be available in August.Contributing Editor James A. Martin offers tools, tips, and product recommendations to help you make the most of computing on the go. Martin is also author of the Traveler 2.0 blog. 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TORONTO — The Malta Specialist Program is now available on Travelweek’s Learning Centre, giving agents the chance to learn about key selling points of the destination’s three islands (Malta, Gozo and Comino), as well as enter a contest for a chance to win a Stephen Cordina gift hamper.“This program provides a thorough overview of the possibilities that exist for customers. Having this designation signals credibility when talking about Malta,” says Damon Allan, Operations Manager of Maxima Tours. “It also gets agents excited to sell a destination that is relatively new, outside of being on a Mediterranean cruise itinerary as a shore excursion.”By taking this course, agents will learn about Malta’s 7,000 years of history, which is best exemplified in its ancient towns and archaeological sites. They’ll also learn about the local climate, scenery and beaches, plus all available activities like diving, hiking, snorkelling, rock climbing, sailing, golf and more.In addition, the program highlights why Malta is a destination for families, weddings and honeymoons. There is a wide range of accommodation, dining and nightlight on the island, all of which will help agents book the perfect holiday for their clients.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“Malta is very safe, has English as one of the official languages, fabulous weather year-round and enough to keep fill the cup of any cultural enthusiast,” continues Allan. “So whether it is our rich history and culture, our food, adventure opportunities or our festive calendar, Malta is guaranteed not to disappoint!”Allan works for Maxima Tours, which targets niche markets such as retirement or active living communities and bank travel clubs, and presents newer destinations such as the Maltese Islands. Currently, Maxima has the best Malta itinerary for the cultural enthusiast and for those who like travelling in small groups with a personal, non-tourist feel.“Since our mother was born in Malta and we are both nationals, it made perfect sense for us to introduce ‘our Malta’ to North Americans,” says Allen. “We really get excited with any new destination that we offer.”Malta has traditionally been recognized as a sun and sand destination for Europeans, with little exposure of its significant treasures to the North American traveller. A big push to target North Americans is underway through a variety of efforts geared to engage the more cultured client.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaFeedback from agents suggests that their clients are loving the destination and Maxima Tours.“I just had my client at my desk and she spent a half hour telling me how wonderful your tour was, how well planned it was and what a great time she had. What most impressed her were the little surprises, the table prepared for them at the Canons with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, the special attention, all unexpected. In the countryside, the personal visits with locals were wonderful,” said Lynda Spinner, Manager AAA Northeast.To learn more about this destination, visit travelweeklearningcentre.com.Agents who complete the course by April 6 will be entered to win a luxurious Stephen Cordina gift hamper, which includes luxury essential oils and aromatherapy. Posted by Share Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Take the Malta Specialist Program now on the Learning Centre Devin Kinasz Tags: Education, Malta, Travelweek Learning Centre << Previous PostNext Post >>