Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech 11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – This week the dialogue on those possibilities begin… and the Chairman of that all-important constitutional review commission is convening his first press conference today… Daniel Malcolm Sr, a South Caicos businessman was the seventh and final person named to the constitutional committee… which has as its main mandate to identify ways the 2011 TCI Constitution could be made less ‘regressive’ as it has been dubbed and to lead the exploration of whether independence for The Turks and Caicos Islands is a viable option, now. Mr. Malcolm who served as Chairman on the Constitutional Modernisation Reform Body, presented on Decolonization at the United Nations and is a former leader of the Progressive National Party. He was unanimously supported by the house of Assembly; his name submitted by the Premier. Other members of this bi-partisan committee: from the PNP side, Hon Don Hue Gardiner, Border Control Minister and Member from North and Middle Caicos; Hon Akierra Missick who is Deputy Premier with Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services in her portfolio as the member from Long Bay and Leeward; and Carlos Simons, Deputy Leader of the PNP and all island candidate in the last general elections – all are attorneys by profession. For the Official Opposition, PDM: Leader Sharlene Robinson, first All Island member and a lawyer; North and Middle Caicos Caretaker, Ashwood Forbes, also an attorney and party Deputy Leader and Five Cays member, Sean Astwood, a businessman and Chamber of Commerce Vice President. Mr Malcolm in a media invite said the committee will hold a first meeting this Friday, in Grand Turk. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Related Items:2011 constitution, ak, ashwood forbes, chamber of commerce, daniel malcolm, donhue gardiner, Pdm, pnp, sean astwood, sharlene cartwright-robinson, tci constitutions
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#bncpangryoversabotage, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 28, 2017 – Nassau – Members of the Bahamas National Coalition Party said they were “shocked” to learn of “glaring” errors in the listing of symbols and party affiliations published by Parliamentary Registration Department yesterday.BNCP Leader Wesley Campbell said he believed there was an attempt underway to “sabotage” his fledgling party’s campaign as eight of its 15 candidates were listed as Independent and three others listed as part of the “BNCC” and not BNCP. He said that the errors have already impacted his party’s run for office, as supporters are now uncertain of the political persuasion of BNCP candidates.Mr Campbell said officials at the department assured him that the errors will be corrected, but Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall explained that the candidates were listed as Independent because the BNCP had failed to submit the needed documents for its members. Mr Campbell denied this. BNCP National Chairman Andrew Stewart added that the issues were unacceptable.“I never received their letters before today,” Mr Hall said, “and that’s the bottom line and some of their candidates were listed as Independent because we never received the letters that they purported to deliver to my office. We have no record of the letter. That’s all I can say.”#magneticMediaNews#BNCPAngryOverSabotage
InstagramBollywood’s power couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have been flying high and how! The duo not only has given probably their career-best performance last year (Ranveer Singh as Khilji and Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini in Padmaavat) but, also have established themselves as the most sought after stars in the filmy world.Right when their films had released, the industry had predicted that this year all the awards would belong to the two of them and rightly so! As the award season has begun so has the two taking home some shining awards.At the recently held Vimal Filmfare awards, Ranveer Singh won the best actor award. Deepika Padukone handed him the trophy to which, Ranveer Singh said, “This Black Lady (award) is very special to me, but this lady (Deepika) is the most special lady to have ever happened to me, I love you, are you proud of me?” He further added, “I dedicate this award to my nani as it was my nani as favourite character. One day I called my sister and asked what nani is doing, she said that nani is on terrace doing her favourite thing that is watching Padmavaat.”Ranveer won the award for playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat which went through a lot of controversies before its release. Ayushmann Khurrana won the Best Actor (Critics) award for Andhadhun. Despite a superlative performance, Deepika Padukone lost out to Alia Bhatt who won the Best Actress award for Raazi. Neena Gupta won the Best Actress award (Critics) for Badhai Ho.Alia Bhatt too proclaimed her love for Ranbir Kapoor while accepting the award. Bhatt called Ranbir her ‘special one’ and blew a kiss at him. Ranbir was left blushing with Alia’s special gesture of love.
Kim Jong-UnKim Jong-Un on Monday gave the first indication that North Korea could participate in next month’s Winter Olympics in the South, despite tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.”I sincerely hope the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will be staged successfully,” said Kim, the North Korean leader, in his new year’s address to the nation.”We are willing to take necessary measures including to dispatch our delegation.”For this purpose, authorities of the North and South would be able to meet in the near future,” he said.Lee Hee-Beom, the head of the Pyeongchang Olympic Organising Committee welcomed Kim’s comments.”We actively welcome the North’s suggestion that it is willing to engage in talks for the participation in the Olympics”, Lee told AFP.”We’ve been preparing for the Olympics on the assumption that the North will eventually take part in the games”, he said, adding that all athletes, including North Koreans, would feel at home during their stay in Pyeongchang.- ‘Peace Olympics’ -He said relevant government authorities of the two Koreas should hold talks to discuss details although there was no immediate response from the South’s government.Seoul and organisers have billed the Winter Games which begin on 9 February as a “peace Olympics” and have been keen for the North to take part.Two North Korean athletes — pairs figure skaters Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik — have qualified for the Games but the North Korean Olympic Committee missed an October 30 deadline to confirm to the International Skating Union that they would participate.The pair could still compete if given an invitation by the International Olympic Committee.The Winter Olympic main venues are just 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the heavily fortified border with the North and the build-up to the event has been overshadowed by tensions running high over the Pyongyang’s escalating nuclear and missile tests.Kim said the Olympics would “serve as a good chance to display our Korean people’s grace toward the world.””The year 2018 is a significant year for both the North and the South, with the North marking the 70th anniversary of its birth and the South hosting the Winter Olympics.”- ‘Unstable state’ -Kim did strike one note of caution. “The sharp military tension between the North and the South must be eased and a peaceful atmosphere should be in place,” he said.”As long as an unstable state which is neither a war nor peace continues, the North and the South cannot guarantee their scheduled events (including the Olympics) will be successfully staged, sit down for talks or move forward for reunification.”Professor Kim Hyun-Wook at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy said the North was trying to use the Olympics to improve ties with the South while tensions with the US show no signs of abating.”The US will find it awkward to put brakes on inter-Korean dialogue focused on Pyeongchang,” he said.North Korea’s past participation in sporting events in the South has largely depended on the political and military situation, though they did send a full team to the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, near Seoul.”It is quite noteworthy that the North’s leader himself says the North is willing to participate in Pyeongchang,” Professor Yang Moo-Jin of the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul told AFP. “The chances of the North coming to the Olympics now seem to be more than 80 percent.”North and South Korea have been divided by a demilitarised zone since the end of the 1950-53 Korean war.South Korean president Moon Jae-In last month proposed delaying Seoul’s annual joint military exercises with the US until after the Games.The Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills usually start in late February or early March and run until the end of April, usually contributing to a spike in tensions, with Pyongyang condemning the exercises as rehearsals for invasion.
© 2014 Phys.org Yellow Mountain in China. Credit: chinafacttours (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers from Chang’an University in China has published a Comment piece in the journal Nature, pleading for planners in China to consider more carefully the repercussions of cutting the tops off mountains to fill valleys to allow cities to grow larger. Journal information: Nature 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. Research trio claim landslides key to mountain longevity Cutting off mountain tops is not unique to China, coal miners have been doing just that for many years in the eastern part of the United States. What is new is using mountaintop material to fill in valleys near cities to allow for continued growth. The problem with the idea, Peiyue Li, Hui Qian and Jianhua Wu write, is that it likely won’t work in many instances and will cause a whole host of environmental problems.Mountains and valleys exist in the states they are in for a reason—geological events, time and weather have all played a hand, resulting, in most cases, in a reasonably stable environment. Cutting off mountaintops and especially filling in valleys changes the way rainfall runoff makes its way to rivers, streams or even the ocean. Plus, the trio point out, the material from the mountaintops (thick windblown silt) likely will take at least a decade to settle enough to erect buildings. The problem, they note, is the lack of research being undertaken to learn what might happen to cities and the neighboring environment if such practices continue. Building on such soft material could result in sinkholes, swift terrain deterioration and mudslides.One example of a lack of planning, the team points out, is the increase in dust released into the air as earth movers haul mountain dirt to valleys—they kick up massive amounts of dust that merges with other pollutants causing even bigger problems for people in the area. They note that prior research has shown that land modification projects in other parts of the world (and in China) have led to landslides, flooding, rivers changing course and increased pollution.Of extreme concern is the scale at which such mountain topping is occuring—700 projects are currently underway, none of which have been thought through, the researchers say, and the result is very likely to be something catastrophic in the near future. They suggest several changes be made: soil in sites used by earth movers should be watered to prevent dust kicking up, trees and plants should be planted on areas left barren, farmers should be compensated for lost land and finally, economists and environmentalists should be consulted before such projects are approved. More information: Comment: Environment: Accelerate research on land creation: www.nature.com/news/environmen … and-creation-1.15327 Citation: Chinese scientists plead for research before more ‘mountain moving’ (2014, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-chinese-scientists-mountain.html Explore further
Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 20, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. There’s never been a better time to start your own company, and the explosion of online tools has gone a long way toward reducing startup costs.But they can also be a huge time suck, a deep rabbit hole that gets you lost in maximizing process at the expense of product.We’ve been down a few rabbit holes launching NerdWallet, a media startup focused on finanical tools, to find the right software tools to get the job done. The process is ongoing — we try, discard and try again. And while there are some amazing applications out there, we have also learned that sometimes a trusty spreadsheet can do the job rather than an online tool that over promises and under delivers.When judging what software is right for your startup, think about these questions:1. Does it meet our business needs? Don’t get more than you need. With the profusion of products, it’s easy to pick up a case of “tool-itus.” Keep tools to an absolute minimum to avoid death by a thousand pinpricks.Related: 6 Tools Your Business Should Invest in for 20142. Does it save money and time? We generally think about using software tools in terms of time saved. If we are spending a lot of time working admin on a no-cost tool is that time really worth it’s “free cost?” It’s important to manage expenses, but ultimately, you have to grow the top line — and spending a little cash on a better tool may be worth it in the long run.3. Does it make employees’ jobs easier? Software tools are only as good as an employee’s adherence to using it. If they don’t use, or feel resentful using it, then it’s both hurting productivity and morale.As a media startup, here are the products we’ve tried (some we’ve dropped, others we continue to use) but all have been essential in our learning curve and scaling needs. While these were specific for media, many (if not all) can be used at other types of companies.Publishing tools. When starting out, content providers usually choose among one of the “Big Three” free content-management systems: Drupal, WordPress and Joomla. We chose WordPress, because of its off-the-shelf ease and ubiquitous presence. (The company powers one in every six webpages.)With its dominance, WordPress has far more ways to customize your site with more than 31,000 plug-ins. That’s both good news and bad news: How do you sift through them all for what’s right for your site? It can be tricky. To get a sense of which of the “Big Three” is right for your company, there is a great comparison tool on WebsiteSetup.org.Project and product management. Keeping track of collaboration on various projects and product development becomes essential when you grow from more than a dozen employees. Fortunately, there are a number of project management tools out there.We started with Trello, a project-management platform with a free option (can upgrade to “business class for $500”). It was easier to use when starting from scratch, but as we grew, we started bumping into problems with customizing it to our needs. After the engineering team began using Kanban Tool, the rest of the company began using it as well. We found its flexibility for the disparate areas of our business worth its nominal price: between $5 and $9 per user per month.Related: Most Essential Social Media ToolsCustomer-relationship management. We use Salesforce, which can cost anywhere between $5 and $300 per user per month, to manage and track our customer relationships. To be honest, it was more software than we actually needed. While Salesforce has the flexibility to customize almost every single element of the system, the more options often increases complexity, rather than reducing it. For new users, it can be intimidating, and small startups rarely have the resources for comprehensive training right off the bat. This means that users self-select into those willing to invest to learn vs. those who revert to their original ways (read: manual) we were trying to move away from in the first place. That said, for larger, more complex companies, it may be worth the investment. There are lighter weight and cheaper CRM tools that we could have used, among them Nimble, Streak — a free tool which touts itself as “CRM inside Gmail” — and Relate IQ, which will run you $49 to $99 per user per month and claims to build better “relationship intelligence.”Related: Tools to Keep Remote Employees Motivated and ProductiveOur PR team is experimenting with Nimble (free for personal use and $15 per user per month for businesses), which aggregates contacts from Gmail and social-media accounts like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Like our migration to project-management tool Kanban Tool, this highlights an effective way to pilot a new tool: Have one team use it and if it proves to be useful implement company wide. Traffic acquisition and on-site analytics. The first step in most online businesses is getting traffic to your site in the first place. When you think about how traffic arrives at places, a common starting point is organic search traffic. SEMRush (a service that runs between $70 to $150 per month) and MOZ (one that will set you back $49 to $99 per month) are tools that both help to see how you rank for key search terms and how to better capture users. SEMrush is a SEO keyword search tool that helps to better capture organic search traffic. MOZ is not only great with SEO but also emulates Google’s domain-authority ranking and gives you a sense of what competitors are doing better than you.Once the traffic arrives, you need to know what it’s actually doing there. Are they leaving because your signup form is too complex? Or abandoning their shopping carts because of expensive shipping charges?Google Analytics is an obvious tool every online startup must master. It’s free, gives you a ton of insight and helps you figure out what is actually happening on your site. There are a host of tools out there that help you to make better sense of people coming to your website. As KISSmetrics (a service costing between $150 and $500 per month) puts it: “Google Analytics tells you what’s happening. KISSmetrics tells you who’s doing it.” Which is a fair statement of what it does. It gives more insight at a personal user level of the behavior of users.Related: 5 Tools For Entrepreneurs to Grow Their Online Presence in No Time Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read