Graceway IGA Responds to Protests

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Nutrition in Demand benefits from coins at IGA Supermarket Related Items:Graceway IGA, ken burns, protest Recommended for you Four finalists named to WIN THAT CAR at Smart Grocery store TODAY West end residents protest Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Oct 2014 – Graceway IGA responding to the protest: by acknowledging the protest and saying it is not unusual to have grievances with former employees. Manager Ken Burns said and I quote: We take pride in our staff and make every effort to maintain the quality of our workforce which we do through careful recruitment and training. We also have an excellent record of retention and effective internal processes to deal with HR issues.” IGA concludes with a commitment to meet any labour authorities on the matter.last_img read more

Premier defends Turks and Caicos reputation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:britain, ed miliband, premier rufus ewing, reputation, tax information exchange agreements, turks and caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Feb 2015 – TCI Premier stating that these islands are not a ‘tax haven’ and taking grave exception to statements made by UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband who is under fire from overseas territories which are outraged at his charges lined to alleged tax dodgers. Hon Rufus Ewing in a statement issued yesterday explains that the TCI is a well regulated, compliant jurisdiction and that the country stands in solidarity with other OTs on the matter. Premier listed that the TCI has maintained and I quote: “…FATF Standards, Global Forum Standards and have signed numerous Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs), including the US-FATCA, UK-FATCA and multilateral agreement on automatic exchange of information in Berlin on 29 October 2014, among numerous others agreements.” Most recently, he said, the Deputy Premier joined other UK OT Leaders, and supported the UK Prime Minister Cameron during his presidency of the G8 as the United Kingdom made commitments to improve transparency of information to combat tax evasion, money laundering and financing of terrorism. It was explained that for the territories, Prime Minister Cameron – whom he said does not label the territories as Tax Havens – is already acting on commitments for a publicly available central registry of beneficial ownership of companies in the UK and has encouraged the territories to follow the lead. Ed Miliband in statements made on the weekend said he was sending a letter to warn the territories about sheltering tax evaders who are causing the people of Britain to miss out on benefits from their tax dollars. The Premier said he has received no letter; at least not yet. Former US President Barack Obama Visits Turks and Caicos Crown Land Motion by PDM demands better process Hurricane Hit Territories Labelled “Too Wealthy” for British Aidlast_img read more

Mignolet confident Liverpool can wrap up title

first_imgSimon Mignolet believes Liverpool would learn from their late title twist in 2014 as they close in on their first Premier League crown.Only three players Mignolet, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge who were all instrumental in that campaign are in the current team.And five years on they are on the cusp of something special with a four-point lead ahead of Man City.“So much has changed over the past five years here,” he told the ECHO.“It’s only Hendo, Studge and me still here from the last time we really fought for the title.“Back then a lot of it was about Luis Suarez and Studge, whereas now the goals are shared about more. We had a really good team in 2013/14 but the moment we got one or two injuries it became difficult.“We’ve got a broad squad now which means we can cope with injuries. That’s probably the biggest difference with last time.“If a game is deadlocked there is always someone ready on the bench who is capable of opening a game up. In that sense, we’re in a much better position than we were then.23 – Mohamed Salah & Roberto Firmino have combined to set up 23 goalscoring chances for one another in the Premier League this season; more than any other pair. The next best is Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mané (22 chances created between each other). Dangerous.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 21, 2019Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“The general quality of this squad is the best I’ve ever known. When we play 11 v 11 in training it’s like being involved in a top match in the Premier League.“It’s not 11 first-teamers against 11 reserves, it’s two Premier League sides facing each other in training. It’s high quality.”Klopp’s men are breaking club records with their tally of 60 points from 23 games the best return at this stage of a season in the club’s illustrious history.Defensively, the difference is vast. Where Liverpool leaked 50 league goals in 2013/14, now the foundations are much stronger with just 13 conceded this time around.7 – Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool won seven league games during December 2018 – the most they’ve ever won in a single calendar month in their entire history. Award.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 11, 2019“Exactly and that’s massive,” Mignolet said.“I think a big part of that is Virgil van Dijk. Ever since he’s come in he’s made a huge difference.“It’s not only his playing ability but the character and the leadership he sends out from the back. It’s especially important when you play teams like Brighton and Crystal Palace recently.“It’s the pressure he eases with his clearing headers. He always makes it look so easy. Something that’s very difficult for anyone else, just looks like a walk in the park for Virgil. He’s made us a lot more solid than before.”last_img read more

2018 FYF Festival Florence The Machine Janet Jackson To Headline

first_imgNews Twitter 2018 FYF Festival: Florence & The Machine, Janet Jackson To Headline From the Breeders to St. Vincent and the xx, FYF is celebrating their 15th anniversary in style with a diverse lineupTim McPhateGRAMMYs Mar 30, 2018 – 3:26 pm Coachella and Stagecoach are just around the corner. But, in case those fests aren’t your speed, there’s another big SoCal festival on the calendar for July.Florence & The Machine and Janet Jackson have been tapped to headline the 2018 FYF Festival July 21–22 at Exposition Park in downtown Los Angeles. The off-the-charts lineup for the 15th anniversary of the festival will also feature the likes of the Breeders, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Cuco, Glassjaw, Jayda G, Curtis Harding, Future, the xx, My Bloody Valentine, Car Seat Headrest, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, St. Vincent, Skating Polly, Moodymann, Neil Frances, Skepta, and Sudan Archives, among others. Facebook center_img Who’s Headlining The 2018 FYF Festival? 2018-fyf-festival-florence-machine-janet-jackson-headline Email “In the past 15 years, this festival has grown immensely with a strong team of women and men behind it to bring fans the best weekend of summer,” said Jennifer Yacoubian, booker for FYF “And with incredible artists like Janet Jackson and Florence + The Machine topping this year’s bill, we are so psyched to have two badass women leading the roster as we head into FYF Fest 2018.”Tickets, including weekend and single-day general admission and VIP passes, will go on sale April 6 at noon PT.Of course, July in Los Angeles offers up a variety of appealing activities. But festivalgoers looking to tack on some additional music fun to their FYF experience should seek out the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead morelast_img read more

WilmingtonTewksbury Chamber of Commerce Gives Welcome Bags To New Residents

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Did you know the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce has a popular Welcome Bags program?Chamber business members provide promotional gifts, brochures/coupons for insertion into the Chamber’s Welcome Bags.Custom postcards are mailed each month by the Chamber to new homeowners inviting them to pick up their Welcome Bag at any of the following locations:Wilmington Town Hall (121 Glen Road, Room 11)Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue)Tewksbury Town Hall – Town Clerk’s Office (1009 Main Street)Tewksbury Public Library (300 Chandler Street)Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Office (226 Lowell Street, Wilmington)“New homeowners are eager to establish relationships with business and professionals in their community. They become loyal customers and are valuable to our business community. It encourages “Buy Local” spending which is a win for all”, says Nancy Vallee, Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.“New residents love getting these bags! Not only are they filled with lots of cool stuff & helpful information, it makes them feel welcome and excited to be a part of a caring community,” adds former Chamber President Dan Esdale.(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Expands Popular ‘Welcome Bags’ ProgramIn “Business”15th Annual Wilmington Half Marathon Set For September 29In “Community”PHOTOS: Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Welcomes Partners In Rehab PT To WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Aquaman spinoff The Trench to bring more underwater adventures

first_img Tags More Aquaman DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $299 at Amazon Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is the superhero the world needs Aquaman review: Splashy epic is movie catch of the day That Aquaman post-credits scene, explained See it Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo Comment Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Tags Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 1 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Share your voice The Cheapskate I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $6 at Tidal $60 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Rylo Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) DC Comics,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Apple iPhone XS TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $210 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $999 77 Photos $59 at eBay Read the AirPods review $520 at HP $155 at Google Express 7 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Amazon Read DJI Osmo Action preview Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 2019 movies to geek out over Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. This seems like a smart move on the part of Warner Bros. considering the 2018 Aquaman movie starring Jason Momoa did so well at the box office, becoming the DCEU’s first $1 billion dollar-earning film.  Aquaman director James Wan isn’t slated to direct The Trench, but he will serve as a producer. The Trench reportedly won’t feature the main cast of Aquaman.No other official details about The Trench have been revealed yet. Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.   DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 $999 See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Comments Read the Rylo camera preview Boost Mobile TV and Movies See at Turo Sprint Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Angela Lang/CNET Jason Momoa won’t be featured in the next Warner Bros. underwater adventure, The Trench.  Warner Bros. Pictures Don’t get out of the water yet. More oceanic fun with DC Comics characters is on the way.Warner Bros. has hired screenwriters Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald to write an Aquaman movie spinoff called the Trench, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Trench refers to the deadly amphibious creatures that attacked Aquaman and Mera in the 2018 Aquaman film.  Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy Amazonlast_img read more

Infosys board members offer to quit amid Nilekanis return more resignations in

first_imgEmployees of Infosys Technologies Limited walk in the campus of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore on April 13, 2017. Indian software giant Infosys has pledged to return USD2 billion to shareholders this year as it reported subdued growth in profits for the fourth quarter.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesAfter Vishal Sikka resigned from his post as chief executive officer and managing director of Infosys on Friday, August 18, much has been said about the firm, its operations, co-founder Narayana Murthy’s stance and the board of directors. Now, the latest news to trickle in is the longevity of other key members of the firm.While co-founder Nandan Nilekani is set to return to Infosys as its non-executive chairman soon to take charge of the current crisis and hunt for a new CEO, it is being said that the firm’s chairman R Seshasayee and co-chairman Ravi Venkatesan may not be with Infosys for long.Apart from them, a few other board members too have offered to quit. But Roopa Kudwa and Purnita Kumar Sinha are likely to stay on.Seshasayee and Venkatesan’s decision on their tenure at Infosys is likely to come in the next few days, according to CNBC-TV18. However, it has been said that they may take a decision soon, but will leave only after the IT giant has overcome the current hurdles.Venkatesan had earlier hoped that Sikka would stay on at Infosys even though numerous high-level exits have dogged the firm in the last few weeks. When asked if he saw Sikka continuing with the firm and delivering results or leaving, Venkatesan told Press Trust of India: “Well I very much hope that it is the former (that Sikka will turn things around), not the latter (that he will turn his back on Infosys due to losing high-profile talents).”He had also spoken about the series of resignations and said that the senior executives were very talented people and much in demand in the market. While it is not unusual for people to move on, Venkatesan said that the firm needed to ensure that such talents do not leave and the best way to do that was to see that they grew professionally as well as personally at the organisation.”But when the industry is changing so fast, boss, if people have an opportunity to become a CEO somewhere else and become number 2 somewhere else, we cannot stop them,” he added.Meanwhile, Nilekani, who will be back for a predetermined period, is reportedly yet to make things formal. “The math has to work out for Nilekani to return. It’s almost certain that he will come back as a non-executive chairman, but it’s not a done deal yet,” the Times of India quoted a source as saying. Infosys Chief Executive Vishal Sikka attends a news conference in Mumbai, India, February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File PhotoReutersAmid all the chaos, Sikka’s tenure as the executive vice chairman has also come under the limelight now. He had earlier said that he would stay on with Infosys until March 31, 2018, but with the return of Nilekani, he may opt to leave.Infosys investors HDFC Asset Management, ICICI Prudential Asset Management and Birla SunLife Asset Management among many others have welcomed the idea of Nilekani’s return to the firm and have said that this will instill confidence in clients, shareholders as well as the employees, reported Business Today.last_img read more

Flipkart seeks to shell out hundreds of millions of dollars on Artificial

first_imgResearchers have developed a new artificial intelligence system, which can predict whether you’ll die soon. [Representational Image]PixabayIndia’s biggest online retailer Flipkart seeks to pump in a lot of money to build Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) solutions which will help the firm to improve shopper experience, minimize product delivery time and come up with faster solutions for customer complaints.The aggressive push to build AI platform will also require the firm to hire more people having experience in data science and critical skills to handle high-end technology.”We are ending 2017 on a high after having gained market share. Using AI and ML will lead to us offering much better solutions. AI is the future and the best tool available in the tech space,” Sachin Bansal told the Times of India.AI will be the key focus area of Flipkart in 2018 and the Bengaluru-based firm is already working with Microsoft as a partner for more related projects. Earlier this year, Microsoft had invested in Flipkart after which the e-tailer moved to Microsoft Azure for its cloud infrastructure.”For external projects, we are partnering with some of the Indian universities. You will also see acquisitions which we will make in this field,” added Bansal.Flipkart funding has been very strong this year. The company closed a mammoth funding round of $1.4 billion from Tencent Holdings Ltd, eBay Inc and Microsoft Corp, in the biggest-ever funding round which boosted the firm’s ability to compete with its biggest rival Amazon India. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella and Flipkart Group Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Binny Bansal attend a news conference in Bengaluru, India, February 20, 2017.ReutersAmazon, however, might be a step ahead of Flipkart in using AI for services. It has already started focusing on using more AI in the Indian markets.The director of machine learning at Amazon, Rajeev Rastogi said that both MI and AI are being used in several ways to improve customer experience.For instance, Rastogi said that apart from guiding sellers on categorisation, Amazon with the help of AI also tracks products that have high sales during the festival season in India and based on such factors, it also suggests the best products and deals that can woo customers at that time.”Advertising is another area where we use machine learning. It helps in showing relevant advertisements and promotions to users based on search queries,” said Rastogi.last_img read more

Bangladesh police looking for family associates of NY blast suspect

first_imgChittagongOfficials in Bangladesh are trying to track down the extended family and any known associates of Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi man, who, according to the US authorities, set off a homemade pipe bomb in a crowded New York City commuter hub on Monday.“Police are looking for his family, but so far they’ve not been able to trace them,” said Abul Khair Nadim, the chairman of Musapur Union council, a local government body in the Chittagong division in southern Bangladesh, where Ullah’s family originally lived.Bangladesh’s police chief told Reuters late on Monday that 27-year-old Ullah had no criminal record in his home country, which he last visited in September.Ullah lived with his mother, sister and two brothers in Brooklyn and was a green card holder, said Shameem Ahsan, consul general of Bangladesh in New York.Ahmad Ullah, a relative of Ullah, who Reuters tracked down on Tuesday, said his cousin’s father had moved to the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka with his family many years ago.He said Ullah’s father had passed away about five years ago, and that Ullah had been through a normal public school education in Bangladesh before moving to the United States.Ullah, who had a homemade bomb strapped to his body, set off an explosion in an underground pedestrian corridor between New York’s Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal at rush hour, injuring himself and three others in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called an attempted terrorist attack.A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said investigators have found evidence that Ullah had watched Islamic State propaganda on the internet.Bangladesh strongly condemned the attack in a statement saying, “A terrorist is a terrorist irrespective of his or her ethnicity or religion, and must be brought to justice.”last_img read more

Malaysian defence minister to visit Rohingya camps 4 July

Malaysian defence minister Mohamad Sabu Photo : WikipediaMalaysian defence minister Mohamad Sabu will pay a one-day visit to Cox’s Bazar on 4 July to fete the country’s personnel and medical team who had to work during the recent holiday, news agency UNB reports.Quoting the minister, Malaysian media reported that the minister would also bring along medical and health supply, as well as tents, for the Malaysian soldiers and medical personnel at the Rohingya refugee camp.”I will be part of the 30-member delegation and we plan to take a Royal Malaysian Air Force aircraft. Our trip is aimed at showing support to the estimated 60 doctors and medical staff stationed there,” Malaysian news agency Bernama quoted minister Sabu as saying.”Their job is not easy as they have to work under pressure dealing with refugees and various illnesses. Anyone who wants to contribute to the Rohingya refugees is welcome,” he told reporters on Sunday. read more

Transport strike for showing muscle power of ministers organisation

first_imgTransport strike for showing muscle power of minister’s organisation!Transport workers have enforced the countrywide 48-hour transport strike demanding amendment to the recently passed Road Transport Act despite knowing that it is not possible to amend the act now, according to associations of transport owners and workers.“The aim of this strike is to merely show muscle power of the minister’s organisaiton. There is no scope to amend the act now as the session of the current parliament is to be ended today, Monday,” said a transport leader seeking anonymity.Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader at a function on Sunday told newsmen that there is no scope to amend the act now.Speaking to Prothom Alo, former adviser to a caretaker government Sultana Kamal said such movement is not acceptable. “You cannot demand people responsible for road accidents cannot be brought to book,” she observed.Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation (BRTWF) began the 48-hour strike at 6:00am on Sunday, causing immense suffering to the commuters in the city as well as elsewhere in the country.Following students’ movement for safe raod, the associations of transport workers were cornered and were unable to oppose the transport act, sources at the ministry and transport associations said.Transport leaders said the muscle power of the leaders and associations may seem vulnerable to the general workers and owners if they do not show their strength now.Steps are not taken to call off strike through discussions to end public sufferings, ministry officials and transport leaders said adding, as per the government wishes, the owners and workers plyed their vehicles braving risks during the opposition’s violent movement in 2014-2015.The source said the transport workers normally enforce strike for an indefinite time, this time their programme is for only two days. As a result the government has accepted the programme, according to officials and transport leaders.“The transport workers have enforced the strike and the owners have nothing to do,” Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association president Mashiur Rahman Ranga told Prothom Alo.Mashiur, also state minister for local government, rural development and co-operatives, admits that opinions from the workers and owners were taken before the passage of the act.As the representative of the workers, shipping minister Shajahan Khan, who is the executive president of BRTWF, also engaged in all procedures of preparing the draft of the act.Despite, his organisation BRTWF enforced the strike causing suffering to the people, demanding the amendment of the act.The demands include making all the offences by road accident ‘bailable’, cancellation of the provision of fining Tk 500,000 for involvement in a road accident, keeping a representative from their federation in any probe body formed for road accident, fixing minimum educational qualification for getting driving license to class-V, and stopping police harassment on roads.Workers federation general secretary Usman Ali said their oppinions were taken before passage of the act. “Half of our recommendations were complied while half were not,” he said.Usman said the next course of action would be taken after holding a meeting if the demands are not met.Two cabinet members — Shajahan Khan and Masihur Rahman Ranga, however, did not oppose the draft act when it was approved in the cabinet. They also did not give any statement against it when the bill was passed in the parliament.Following the students’ movement for safe road after the death of two students on 29 July, the draft act was approved in the cabinet on 6 August, and the bill was passed in the parliament on 19 September, with five-year jail term and Tk 500,000 fines for casualities in road accidents.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islamlast_img read more

Govt employees corruption unabated despite salary hike

first_imgTIBThe Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Sunday said there is no visible progress in curbing government officials’ corruption despite their salary and allowance hikes.The TIB said this at a press conference while unveiling its research titled ‘Integrity in Public Administration: Policy and Practice’ at its office in the capital.Different issues including recruitment, promotion, and officers on special duty (OSDs) were presented.TIB programme manager Mahua Rauf presented the report. She said some of the national integrity strategies have not become fruitful due to political and other influences.She said, five of the eleven strategies related to the public administration are satisfactory.The practice of the three strategies is yet to start, she added.Highlighting various statistics, Mahua Rouf said the trend of contractual appointment in the public administration has recently risen. The choice of the ruling party is considered in most of the contractual appointments.“Seniority is violated during the promotion for political consideration. The intelligence reports are given importance in the promotion although such a matter is not mentioned in the rules of promotion. The concerned officials have no scope to know which intelligence agency is giving what sort of report,” she added.New deputy commissioners were appointed in 55 districts before the last election. According to the experts, it is part of election preparation of the ruling party. Intelligence reports are used as a strategy in posting deputy commissioners. The political affiliation is judged in those reports, whether the officials were connected with any political party except the ruling party.TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said there are some progresses in the public administration. Some steps are yet to be taken, he added.last_img read more

US judge paves way for banks to provide Trumps business records to

first_imgUS president Donald Trump, three of his children and the Trump Organization on Wednesday lost their bid to block Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp from providing financial records to Democratic lawmakers investigating Trump’s businesses.In a decision read from the bench after hearing arguments, US District Judge Edgardo Ramos in New York said Congress has the legal authority to demand the records, clearing the way for the banks to comply with subpoenas issued to them by two US House of Representatives committees last month.The committees have agreed not to enforce the subpoenas for seven days, the judge said. It was the second time in three days that a judge had ruled against the Republican president in his fight with Democrats and Trump’s lawyers were expected to appeal both decisions.Ramos said he would not suspend his decision pending appeal.Some Democratic lawmakers welcomed the decision.”So far, I think the president would be wise to come to the realization that our legitimate areas of inquiry are going to be supported by the courts,” Representative Dan Kildee, a Michigan Democrat and member of the House Ways and Means Committee, told Reuters in an interview.Representative Brad Sherman, a Democratic member of the financial services committee, was more cautious, telling Reuters in an interview that he expected the decision would be appealed.Asked if lawmakers should be satisfied that they will get the information they seek, Sherman said, “I’ll believe it when I see it out of the US Supreme Court.”The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Deutsche Bank said it would abide by the court’s decision. Capital One did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Trump, who is seeking re-election next year, has aggressively sought to defy congressional oversight of his administration since Democrats took control of the House in January.Ramos said that the committees had the power to issue the subpoenas under Congress’ “broad” power to conduct investigations to further legislation. He also rejected Trump’s argument that they were barred by a federal financial privacy law, the Right to Financial Privacy Act, saying the law does not apply to congressional investigations.Trump said last month that the administration was “fighting all the subpoenas” issued by the House, hardening his position after the release of a redacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on how Russia interfered in the 2016 US election to help Trump and on the president’s attempts to impede the investigation.”We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations,” Deutsche Bank spokeswoman Kerrie McHugh said in an emailed statement after the ruling.Lawyers for the Trump family members and the Trump Organization declined to comment on the decision.Some parts of the subpoenas have been included in court filings. The subpoena on Deutsche Bank seeks extensive records of accounts, transactions and investments linked to Trump, his three oldest children, their immediate family members and several Trump Organization entities, as well as records of ties they might have to foreign entities.Deutsche Bank has long been a principal lender for Trump’s real estate business and a 2017 disclosure form showed that Trump had at least $130 million of liabilities to the bank.The subpoena on Capital One seeks records related to multiple entities tied to the Trump Organization’s hotel business. In March, before issuing their subpoena, Democratic lawmakers asked Capital One for documents concerning potential conflicts of interest tied to Trump’s Washington hotel and other business interests since he became president in January 2017.Trump, his adult children, Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka, and the Trump Organization had sought a preliminary injunction to prevent Deutsche Bank complying with the subpoenas from the House Financial Services Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, and Capital One from complying with a subpoena from the Financial Services Committee.In a lawsuit filed on April 29, lawyers for the Trumps argued that the subpoenas were too broad, and that Democrats are hoping they will “stumble upon something” that could be used for political attacks on the president.Patrick Strawbridge, a lawyer for Trump, said at Wednesday’s hearing that the subpoenas were “the epitome of an inquiry into private or personal matters,” and that the House committees were reaching beyond their role as legislators.Douglas Letter, a lawyer for the committees, said the subpoenas were part of a “very serious investigation on behalf of the American people” that could lead to legislation aimed at reducing foreign influence in US politics. He denied that it was intended to target Trump personally.”He clearly sees us as some sort of nuisance,” Letter said.The banks are the only defendants in the case, but the House committees intervened to oppose Trump’s effort to block the subpoenas.Representative Maxine Waters, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, told reporters after the lawsuit was filed that Trump had “cast a gauntlet.” “We will fight him,” she said.On Monday, a federal judge in Washington ruled against the president in a similar case, finding that Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars LLP, must comply with a congressional subpoena for Trump’s financial records.US District Judge Amit Mehta found that Congress was “not engaged in a fishing expedition” for the President’s financial records when it subpoenaed Mazars and said that documents obtained might assist Congress in passing laws and performing other core functions.Trump called Mehta’s decision “crazy” and vowed to appeal.On Wednesday, the House committee involved in that case, the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement it had reached an agreement with Trump’s lawyers to seek an expedited appeal.last_img read more

Robinson Elementary Reopens For Spring Semester

first_img Share Brien Straw | Houston Public MediaRobinson Elementary.Today, Monday, January 8 is a homecoming day for students and teachers at Robinson Elementary in East Houston. The school was flooded during Hurricane Harvey and students were relocated to Holland Middle School and Pleasantville Elementary while renovations and repairs could be made.According to the Houston Independent School District, $6.5 million was spent renovating every porous surface four-feet and below in the school. New vinyl floor tiles, furniture, wood surfaces and classroom supplies were all replaced. According to Robinson principal Paige Fernandez, only the terrazzo floors in the hallways remain.Fernandez said they’ve gone from 700 students in the 2016-17 school year to about 550 this year. She said a major reason for the loss of students is that 50% of the students families were affected by Harvey.Brien Straw | Houston Public MediaRobinson Elementary principal Paige Fernandez“We did a lot of work in the beginning to evaluate, especially with our displaced families where they went. Now looking at the numbers, it’s less than 50 [percent], ‘cause so many families that lost their homes have relocated,” Fernandez said.She hopes the school will be back to 700 students by next fall, and considers the “like new” facility as the silver lining.  “It doesn’t really mitigate the challenges that we face, but I think it makes us stronger as a campus.”As for parent, Victoria Acosta, is thrilled the kids are back home. “It’s awesome. We live five minutes away instead of a fifteen or twenty minute drive,” said Acosta.HISD is also opening three new high school facilities as the Spring semester kicks off. Sharpstown, Scarborough and North Forest high schools are new facilities for students, but the construction is unrelated to Harvey.Sharpstown High School will start classes next month in a new $62.8 million facility that was built adjacent to the current building. The new school features a two-story, light-filled atrium that will also serve as a dining commons and flexible use area. Other amenities include classrooms equipped with modern technology and grouped into neighborhoods, flexible learning spaces for small and large groups, two gymnasiums, a JROTC building, and a fine arts wing.Scarborough High School is wrapping up construction of a new 13,000-square-foot JROTC and fine arts building. The $14.6 million project also called for general renovations to the existing building, including a new better-defined and more secure main entry, an upgraded cafeteria and snack bar, and refurbished classrooms, as well as additional site improvements. North Forest High School will move across the street from its current campus into a new facility on the east side of Mesa Drive. The $59.5 million campus will accommodate 1,500 students and features flexible learning spaces, a modern dining commons area, and Career and Technical Education spaces, as well as a unique indoor running track – a first of its kind in HISD.last_img read more

Model shows how surge in wealth inequality may be reversed

first_img Journal information: PLoS ONE (—For many Americans, the single biggest problem facing the country is the growing wealth inequality. Based on income tax data, wealth inequality in the US has steadily increased since the mid-1980s, with the top 10% of the population currently owning about 73% of the country’s wealth. In a new paper published in PLOS ONE, researchers have quantitatively analyzed several of the major factors that affect wealth inequality dynamics, and found that the most crucial factor associated with the recent surge in wealth inequality since the ’80s has been the dramatic decrease in personal savings, followed closely by a large increase in the dominance of capital income over labor income. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Yonatan Berman, et al. “Modeling the Origin and Possible Control of the Wealth Inequality Surge.” PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130181 Wealth inequality doubles among US householdscenter_img © 2015 Taking these findings a step further, the researchers showed in their model that reversing these two trends can prevent and even reverse a further increase in wealth inequality in the future. The researchers hope that the findings will lead to policies that reproduce these results in the real world. But progress in this area may not even have to rely solely on policy changes, as the researchers note that the 2008 financial crisis has caused Americans to save more money, potentially bringing an opportunity to restrain some of the growth in wealth inequality.The research was led by Eshel Ben-Jacob, who was Professor at the School of Physics & Astronomy at Tel-Aviv University, but passed away unexpectedly before the paper was published. Ben-Jacob was perhaps best known for his work on bacterial self-organization and its applications in complex systems. The other coauthors of the paper are Yonatan Berman, a PhD student, and Yoash Shapira, an adjunct researcher, both at Tel-Aviv University.Overall, the researchers’ model closely reproduces the wealth inequality dynamics in the US from 1930 to 2010, as measured by the share of wealth owned by the top 10% of the population. As the researchers explain in their paper, the usefulness of the new model arises from its ability to quantify the contributions of various factors affecting wealth inequality dynamics, and consequently to serve as a test-bed for predicting the outcomes of future policies.”The greatest significance of the work is that we succeeded in quantifying the relative effects of different factors contributing to wealth inequality,” Berman told “The inequality surge is not due to a single factor. Therefore, in order to understand it better, such a quantification is important. I also think that a very interesting finding is how important personal savings are. Though other elements may be equally important in general, the dramatic decrease in personal savings is probably the single most important ingredient contributing to the increase in wealth inequality in the past 30 years.”Shapira added that, while the dominance of capital income is a very complicated matter that involves the technological change of the past few decades, dealing with the savings issue is relatively easier.Among the other main results, the researchers’ model reveals the complex implications of economic mobility—that is, how easily individuals can change their economic status. On one hand, mobility plays an essential role in restraining wealth inequality, and becomes even more important when the economy becomes dominated by capital income, as is the current trend; when the researchers did not include economic mobility in their model, the model-market correlation dropped dramatically. On the other hand, the researchers also found that further increasing mobility above its current value is likely to have little effect on wealth inequality, suggesting that policies that target improving economic mobility may not be as effective as those that promote increasing personal savings and reducing the dominance of capital income over labor income. In the future, the researchers plan to investigate how such policies may affect other aspects of the economy besides wealth inequality. For example, an increased savings rate may have the unintended consequence of reducing GDP growth, which tends to increase wealth inequality. Future work will require optimization between these two outcomes.Other areas of future work will involve investigating the effects of various tax strategies and other additional factors that contribute to wealth inequality dynamics, as well as applying the model to the economies of different countries. Citation: Model shows how surge in wealth inequality may be reversed (2015, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from For economic data up to 2010, the model (red line) closely matches the actual wealth inequality (blue line), which is measured by the share of wealth owned by the top 10% of the population. After 2010, possible scenarios are those described in the graph above (where α represents an increase in the dominance of capital income over labor income), as well as a simple linear extrapolation of the wealth inequality during 2000-2010 (dashed blue line) and predictions based on the model (dashed red line). The results suggest that, by increasing private savings to 10% in 2030 (squares), wealth inequality can be reversed. Credit: Berman, et al.last_img read more

Maha Cong membership drive gets lukewarm response Party leaders

first_imgMaharashtra Congress’ ongoing membership drive has so far failed to evoke an enthusiastic response from the state cadre of the party, which is still reeling under the defeats faced in Lok Sabha as well as assembly polls this year.The membership drive ends on December 31 following which the organisational elections will be held.A senior Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) functionary told a news agency that the lukewarm response from the cadre was due to the past experience where despite getting sizeable number of members, the genuine grassroot workers were overlooked for appointments as  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIdistrict unit chief or office- bearers.“They complain no matter how hard they work, they will not be rewarded. Last time, people close to the local MP and leaders were made district unit chiefs or block presidents, who had no role in the membership drive,” another Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee functionary complained.So far, 90,000 membership books have been taken by workers from the party office. One book is for 25 members. The target is minimum 25 members in each booth, party office-bearers said. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: Kovind“If all the books are utilised, it would be 22.50 lakh members. In Mumbai, 31,000 membership books have been distributed. If all the books are utilised, it would mean enrolment of 7.5 lakh members,” they said.In one block or ward, 50 per cent of the booths need to be completed for conduct of organisational elections, party officials said. Mumbai Congress general secretary Dharmesh Vyas said the submission of the membership books will start after December 31.“Collection has been normal. Let’s see the exact numbers after submissions, after which we will come to know if the response was lukewarm,” Vyas said.last_img read more

How to Make Your First Ecommerce Sale Infographic

first_img 1 min read Successfully selling products online isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it sprint. It’s more like a marathon.Setting up a competitive, lasting ecommerce business is typically a lengthy, multi-step process. Plenty of patience, planning and training are required. To see your hard work pay off (literally), you’ll need to master marketing your products online and off.   Related: Twitter Unveils New Ecommerce FeatureTo give you a leg up on everything from winning SEO strategies to Pinterest pinning your products like a pro, the helpful Shopify infographic below offers a step-by-step guide to launching your first online sales business. Good luck!Click to Enlarge+Related: 4 Ecommerce Basics to Put the Jingle Into Your Holiday Sales Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 13, 2014center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Heres Why Apple Is Beefing Up Its AI Game

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters 7 min read September 8, 2015 Apple has ramped up its hiring of artificial intelligence experts, recruiting from PhD programs, posting dozens of job listings and greatly increasing the size of its AI staff, a review of hiring sites suggests and numerous sources confirm.The goal is to challenge Google in an area the Internet search giant has long dominated: smartphone features that give users what they want before they ask.As part of its push, the company is currently trying to hire at least 86 more employees with expertise in the branch of artificial intelligence known as machine learning, according to a recent analysis of Apple job postings. The company has also stepped up its courtship of machine-learning PhD’s, joining Google, Amazon, Facebook and others in a fierce contest, leading academics say.But some experts say the iPhone maker’s strict stance on privacy is likely to undermine its ability to compete in the rapidly progressing field.Machine learning, which helps devices infer from experience what users are likely to want next, relies on crunching vast troves of data to provide unprompted services, such as the scores for a favorite sports team or reminders of when to leave for an appointment based on traffic.The larger the universe of users providing data about their habits, the better predictions can be about what an individual might want. But Apple analyzes its users’ behavior under self-imposed constraints to better protect their data from outsiders.That means Apple largely relies on analyzing the data on each user’s iPhone rather than sending it to the cloud, where it can be studied alongside information from millions of others.”They want to make a phone that responds to you very quickly without knowledge of the rest of the world,” said Joseph Gonzalez, co-founder of Dato, a machine learning startup. “It’s harder to do that.”BEYOND SIRIThe Cupertino-based tech titan’s strategy will come into clearer focus on Sept. 9, when it is expected to reveal its new iPhones and latest mobile operating system, iOS 9. Apple has promised the release will include a variety of intelligent reminders, which analysts expect will rival the offerings from Google’s Android.While Apple helped pioneer mobile intelligence -it’s Siri introduced the concept of a digital assistant to consumers in 2011 – the company has since lost ground to Google andMicrosoft, whose digital assistants have become more adept at learning about users and helping them with their daily routines.As users increasingly demand phones that understand them and tailor services accordingly, Apple cannot afford to let the gap persist, experts say. The iPhone generated almost two-thirds of Apple’s revenue in the most recent quarter, so even a small advantage for Android poses a threat.”What seemed like science fiction only four years ago has become an expectation,” said venture capitalist Gary Morgenthaler, who was one of the original investors in Siri before it was acquired by Apple in 2010.PLAYING CATCH-UPWhile Apple got off to a slow start on hiring for machine learning jobs, it is closing in on its competitors, said Oren Etzioni, who is CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and a professor at the University of Washington.”In the past, Apple has not been at the vanguard of machine learning and cutting edge artificial intelligence work, but that is rapidly changing,” he said. “They are after the best and the brightest, just like everybody else.”Acquisitions of startups such as podcasting app Swell, social media analytics firm Topsy and personal assistant app Cue have also expanded Apple’s pool of experts in the field.Apple does not reveal the number of people working on its machine learning efforts.But one former Apple employee in the area, who asked not to be named to protect professional relationships, estimated the number of machine learning experts had tripled or quadrupled in the past few years.Many of the currently posted positions are slated for software efforts, from building on Siri’s smarts to the burgeoning search features in iOS. The company is also hiring machine learning experts for divisions such as product marketing and retail, suggesting a broad-based effort to capitalize on data.Apple’s hiring mirrors a larger hunt in Silicon Valley for people who can help companies make sense of their huge stashes of data, said Ali Behnam, managing partner of Riviera Partners, an executive search firm. Data scientists are the most sought-after experts in the market, he noted.Asked for comment about Apple’s strategy, a company spokeswoman pointed to statements from Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Software Engineering, who described the release at a developers’ conference in June as “adding intelligence throughout the user experience in a way that enhances how you use your device but without compromising your privacy, things like improving the apps that you use most.”But Google and others have an edge in spotting larger trends, meaning Apple’s predictions may not be as good, said Gonzalez, echoing a commonly held view among machine learning experts.What’s more, there are some features for which Apple has yet to find an answer, such as Now on Tap, which Google will release this fall. When users press the home button,Google will scan their screens to deliver helpful information – a user reading about an upcoming movie, for example, might receive reviews or a list of showtimes. It would be difficult to deliver such services without sending data to the cloud, experts say.ACCESS TO DATASome techniques Apple and Google are investing in – such as deep learning, a hot field of machine learning that roughly simulates the human brain so that computers can spot patterns and classify information – require massive amounts of data that typically cannot be crunched on the device alone.For machine learning experts at Apple, access to data complicates the work at every turn, former employees said. Siri enjoys some of Apple’s most liberal privacy policies, holding onto user information for up to six months. Other services, such as Apple Maps, retain information for as little as 15 minutes, the former employee said.Machine learning experts who want unfettered access to data tend to shy away from jobs at Apple, former employees say.But Apple is strengthening ties to academia to find the talent it will need, attending more industry conferences and discussing its use of tools emerging from university labs, academics say.”They are gradually engaging a little more openly,” said Michael Franklin, who directs UC Berkeley’s Algorithms, Machines and People Lab, which Apple sponsors.And some machine learning experts might be enticed by the challenge of matching Google’s smarts amid privacy constraints, suggested John Duchi, an assistant professor at Stanford University.”New flavors of problems are exciting,” he said.If Apple succeeds without compromising privacy, its Mountain View rival may face questions about its approach to analyzing users’ data.”People might start to ask Google for more privacy,” Gonzalez said.(Reporting by Julia Love; Editing by Steve Trousdale and Sue Horton) Register Now » 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.last_img read more