BNCP Angry At Election Sabotage

first_imgFacebook 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#BNCPAngryOverSabotagelast_img read more

Twitters new dark mode gives you a darker choice

first_imgTwitter’s dark mode has now an option to turn your app’s background black. Twitter Twitter users have new options when it comes to how dark they want to make the app’s background.The social media company said Thursday it’s releasing a new dark mode for its iPhone app that turns the background black instead of blue-gray.Turning on dark mode not only gives your eyes a break from bright light, but can help save your phone’s battery life. Twitter first introduced a setting in 2016 to make it more comfortable to tweet in low light. But some people complained that Twitter’s dark mode wasn’t dark enough because it was only blue-gray.Now Twitter users have three choices: Dim, Lights Out and Automatic Dark Mode.Dim will turn your Twitter app’s background to the blue-gray color that the company introduced in 2016. Lights Out will turn the background to black and emits no light. Then there’s Automatic Dark Mode, which will automatically turn on the dark mode that you choose when the sun sets.Users can turn on Twitter’s dark mode by going to their account’s settings and clicking on “Display and sound.” Share your voice Post a comment Tags “Giving more people options to personalize their experience on Twitter based on what makes them most comfortable is what the latest update to Dark Mode is all about,” said Bryan Haggerty, Twitter’s senior design manager in a statement.   Mobile Tech Industry 0 It was dark. You asked for darker! Swipe right to check out our new dark mode. Rolling out today. pic.twitter.com/6MEACKRK9K— Twitter (@Twitter) March 28, 2019 Twitterlast_img read more

Former DCPS Teacher on Layoffs Its Criminal

first_imgBy Aya Elamroussi, Special to the AFROWhen D.C. Public Schools fired third-grade teacher Jeff Canady in 2009, he couldn’t leave the District and look for a job elsewhere. Both his parents were sick and needed his help. He slept in a car for two years.“My living situation has been very difficult. Extremely difficult,” Canady told the AFRO. He was fired in 2009 after an evaluation deemed him ineffective. Canady disputed his termination, arguing that he was wrongly fired and that the city was retaliating against him for being a union activist and for criticizing the school system.D.C. teachers protesting (Courtesy Photo).Nine years later- earlier this month- an arbitrator ruled in favor of Canady, a ruling that could entitle him to hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay and the opportunity to be a District teacher again, The Washington Post reported.DCPS can appeal the ruling, which was made by the American Arbitration Association, a third-party nonprofit organization that settles disputes outside of court.“You never know what the district will do… They may continue to retaliate and break the law. That’s their choice,” Canady said.DCPS Press Secretary told the AFRO in an email that they have been notified of the arbitrator’s decision and is in the process of reviewing it.Canady was among nearly 1,000 other teachers fired during Michelle Rhee’s 3.5-year tenure as D.C. schools chancellor back in 2010. Rhee’s approach to education reform in the nation’s capital drew much scrutiny because she instituted a teacher evaluation system that dictated teachers’ job security and bonuses, The Post reported.Even though Rhee’s system was implemented after Canady was fired, he scored low on the evaluation. Both he and the teachers’ union argued that his third-graders performed well and that he had achieved high scores on his evaluations, The Post reported.“I’m one of the best teachers in the city,” Canady told the AFRO. “Probably the country.”The Post wrote that there has been suspicion his evaluation was connected to his public criticism of the school system and not to his performance in the classroom.He said that he spoke up about the lack of internet service where he was teaching and questioned the chancellor’s process of contract signing at the time.Canady added that the city did not follow proper protocol when evaluating him. And when he was fired, DCPS didn’t follow the proper procedure.“They refused to give me a due process hearing,” he added.He argued that under Rhee’s term, there was a major plunge in the number of Black teachers in DCPS.“It’s been a long history of retaliation.”Canady holds a bachelor’s degree in social work, a master’s in both early childhood education and public administration.A lifelong D.C. resident, he attended Ballou High School and McKinley Technology High School.last_img read more

The Best Software Tools to Run a Startup

first_img 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 readlast_img read more