TCI headed to being premier honeymoon destination in Caribbean

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIpremierhoneymoondestination Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Tourism Minister Ralph Higgs, during his report to the nation on his first 100 days in office admitted that the Tourism Development Plan was not yet completed but said among the goals of the tourism team is to make the TCI the premier honeymoon destination in the region.  To build that brand, in Fall 2017 there is planned a wedding wholesalers convention to be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands.Also on the drawing board for Tourism is work on a better method of gathering visitor arrival data.  The Tourism Minister announced that his ministry will be looking into improving data collection and this Minister Higgs says will assist the Tourism department’s marketing strategy and how it improves the tourism product.During the Tuesday media meeting, Hon Higgs remarked, “We are exploring with the Tourism Board, and Immigration Department other ways that we can work together to collect data on our visitors or perhaps in an automated fashion which will enable us to provide more timely arrival data and demographical information on our visitors.”As an element of his portfolio, Minister Ralph Higgs shared with media on championing the diversification of the economy by strengthening of the Maritime Department.  Since February a New Director was hired and the prognosis is developments within the maritime sector to lead it into a new, positive direction.  Higgs says these improvements are in keeping with the Change Document presented to the electorate by the People’s Democratic Movement in the last general elections.Story by: Kimberly Ramkhalawan#MagneticMediaNews#TCIpremierhoneymoondestinationlast_img read more

Assessments and cleanup begin in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma

first_img T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 9, 2017 – Providenciales – Right now there are still assessments being done in TCI by helicopter, by sea and even drone activity has been spotted by #MagneticMedia as we also survey the devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.The Premier, Sharlene Robinson along with Tourism Minister and MP, Ralph Higgs – we are told traveled to #NorthCaicos by boat and a report is ready.  Schools are currently being assessed according to Education Minister, Karen Malcolm who was en route to Clement Howell High which has sustained damages.One death, a woman said to have died from complications arising from hypertension is recorded during Irma.   The death was in Grand Turk we are told.   Reports of significant casualties and deaths are untrue.People are thankful for their lives after being slammed by catastrophic Hurricane Irma but the reality of what lies ahead in terms of rebuilding is admittedly a daunting feat.Minister of Home Affairs, Delroy Williams was in when we saw him spearheading the clearing of roadways along the coastline.   It is utter devastation for residents on Bay Road; roofs to many homes are gone, businesses like #Kalookies restaurant decimated; trees toppled, stretches of power poles fallen and debris everywhere.Hon Williams confirmed that communication is sporadic and some islands are completely cut off from giving updates.  “Everyone is activated…” and he sighed as he shared that regrettably every island has suffered extensive damage.Today clean up and rebuilding has started with the Provo landfill aka dumpsite already overrun with mounds of debris and bags of garbage. #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flames Related Items:#BlueHills, #Kalookies, #NorthCaicos, magneticmedialast_img read more

POLICE LOG for August 18 Police Mistakenly Called On Band Camp Trees

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, August 18, 2018:Police dragged a large tree branch blocking the roadway on Taplin Avenue and contacted DPW. (10:19am)Vehicle spun out on 93 South, before Exit 39. Vehicle in tree line. State Police to handle. (11:48am)A detail officer reported a paving truck pulled down old telephone lines on Ballardvale Street. (2:41pm)A resident on Adams Street reported 15-20 teens were congregated in the high school parking lot. Police responded. Teens were marching band students. (8:56pm)A train was blocking Route 62 at North Wilmington station. (10:39pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 11: Incidents Not What They Seem; Marijuana Confiscated From Vehicle; Missing Woman FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 14: Missing Teen Located; Trash Left Behind At Yentile FarmIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 23: Break-Ins on Ballardvale Street; Ride-On Lawn Mower vs. Parked Car; Erratic DriverIn “Police Log”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonald Offers Solutions To N

first_imgDear Editor,I am opposed to the elimination of any train stops. The tax payers of Wilmington pay the MBTA $518,000 per year to have the two train stations in Wilmington. I believe the people of Wilmington deserve full service at both stops. The train in North Wilmington does not have to block the road known as Rte. 62 / Middlesex Avenue. This was absolutely shown when I took the train from Lawrence to North Wilmington and asked to get off the first car so the train did not block the road. A further indication of this can easily be explained by simply understanding that the same train leaves North Station to come to North Wilmington and clears the road to let passengers off. We need to work to make the lives of Wilmington residents easier and more convenient. People who need to get toward and to Boston for work or an appointment to see a doctor deserve all stops to remain at North Wilmington.My advice and proposal to Wilmington officials is to position public safety vehicles on the other side of the tracks ahead of the scheduled stops. I also wanted to add that a garage bay at the D.P.W. and Brown’s Crossing locations could be designated for an emergency vehicle without the need for an expensive substation construction project.With regard to the proposed detox site at 362 Middlesex Avenue, I believe the State should take this property by eminent domain for the purpose of building a train station with senior housing above it and an eatery/cafe. Seniors and commuters can have a place to dine while waiting to take the train.The opioid problem is a State problem that needs a State solution. Many cities and towns are in the process of suing the opioid manufacturers. I believe it would be a beautiful thing to see a settlement with the opioid manufacturers that included giving us a state of the art treatment and recovery center on the grounds of the Tewksbury State Hospital. The State’s opioid addiction problem solution: funded by those who are alleged to have known that the opioids were addictive and sold them anyway.Unfortunately, our Selectmen have failed to negotiate with the owner’s of 362 Middlesex Avenue for an alternative development that eliminated the detox facility. We now have a law suit filed against the Town of Wilmington that could have been averted. It is time for the community to unite for truth and unite for change. It is also time to eliminate conflict of interest on the Board of Selectmen by electing new members who will fight on behalf of the community. Solutions are needed that improve people’s lives.Sincerely,Kevin MacDonaldCandidate for the Board of SelectmenLike 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonald Says Town Should Hire A Grant WriterIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Comes Up With Fix For North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Grapples With Whether To Eliminate 5 Daily Stops At N. Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”last_img read more

NASA engineer looks to Saturn moon Titan for human colony

first_img See dramatic clouds streak across Saturn’s moon Titan See Cassini’s last image before it died at Saturn 4 Tags So far, Wellons is doing a good job of selling us on Titan, but the moon isn’t exactly a body double for Maui. It’s chilly to the tune of -290 degrees Fahrenheit (-179 degrees Celsius). NASA says you could walk around on Titan without a spacesuit, but you’d need an oxygen mask and protection from the cold.So Titan has some downsides, but it’s worth tossing it into the speculation hopper as we contemplate colonizing the solar system some day. I have to agree with Wellons when she says “it just seems like an awesome place to live.” 13 Photos Share your voice Cassini at Saturncenter_img Sci-Tech Enlarge ImageTitan poses in front of Saturn in this mosaic image from the Cassini mission. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute Come, move to the moon: You can jump like a grasshopper. Come, move to Mars: You can bound like a bunny. Come, move to Titan: You can fly! I know which one I’d choose.NASA’s Janelle Wellons is pumping up Saturn’s moon Titan as a possible site of human settlement should Earth become uninhabitable. Wellons is an instrument operations engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She participated in a Reddit Q&A on Wednesday with women who work at NASA.space05.jpgEnlarge ImageTitan has a hazy atmosphere, which makes the surface difficult to see. Cassini’s near-infrared spectrometer penetrated the clouds to give us a look at its surface. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/University of Idaho A Reddit user asked, “Where would the most suitable place in the universe be to go if we couldn’t theoretically live on Earth anymore?”Wellons suggests Titan, calling it a more interesting answer than the standard Mars or moon response. Wellons used to work as an engineer on NASA’s Cassini mission, which is now over. The spacecraft spent years studying the ringed planet and its many satellites, including weird and fascinating Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.NASA chief scientist Jim Green had previously floated Titan as a possible option for colonization.”Titan is the only place besides Earth known to have liquids in the form of lakes and seas on its surface,” Wellons says. “These liquids are made of methane but, armed with the right kind of protective gear, one could theoretically be able to swim without harm!”Titan isn’t just a potential swimming spot, it also has a draw for anybody who’s ever taken flight in a dream. Wellons points to the thick atmosphere and its ability to shield us from space radiation. “It is so dense that we could actually attach wings to our arms and fly on this moon,” she says. Hell yeah.  Comments NASA shoots for Saturn’s moons with dazzling Cassini views (pictures) NASA Spacelast_img read more

MasterCard sued for 19 billion in Britains biggest damages claim

first_imgSome 46 million people in Britain could potentially benefit from a legal case brought against MasterCard demanding 14 billion pounds ($19 billion) in damages for allegedly charging excessive fees, according to court documents filed in London.The case brought by a former chief financial services ombudsman alleges the payments company charged unlawfully high fees to stores when shoppers swiped their debit or credit cards and these were passed on to consumers in higher prices.MasterCard is alleged to have done this for 16 years between 1992 and 2008, in more than 600 pages of documents filed at the Competition Appeal Tribunal on Thursday. “This was almost an invisible tax,” Walter Merricks, who is bringing the case, told the BBC. “MasterCard has behaved disgracefully in this. They have not had the reasonableness to accept that what this was doing was damaging UK consumers.”MasterCard said in a statement it denied any wrongdoing.”We continue to firmly disagree with the basis of this claim and we intend to oppose it vigorously,” the world’s second-largest payments network said.The lawsuit comes after the European Union’s antitrust regulator found in 2014 MasterCard’s fees to store owners to process international payments within the EU were excessive.Law firm Quinn Emanuel said the lawsuit was the largest damages claim in British history and would be brought under a law meaning consumers would automatically be claimants unless they opt out.Any person living in Britain who used a credit card, cash or cheques and was over 16 years old in the period covered by the lawsuit will automatically be part of the claim. If the 14 billion pound claim was shared equally between the number of eligible claimants, each person could receive more than 300 pounds each, according to a Reuters’ calculation.Merricks in a statement said the case is a watershed moment for consumer compensation in Britain. Merricks was head of Britain’s financial services ombudsmen for ten years until 2009, helping to settle disputes between consumers and financial services companies.Britain’s banks have been caught in a range of misspelling cases in the last five years. They have paid 24 billion pounds in compensation for misspelling loan payment insurance, making it Britain’s costliest scandal in financial services.Consumers no longer living in Britain, but who lived in the country between 1992 and 2008, can opt in to the collective claim against MasterCard.Any hearing on the case is not expected until early 2018, unless MasterCard settle it out of court.last_img read more

Khaleda bail verdict 15 May

first_imgBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. File PhotoThe Supreme Court will deliver its judgment on Tuesday on the two leave-to-appeal petitions filed challenging BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail granted by the High Court in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.A four-member Appellate Division bench led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain set the date after closing the law point arguments on Wednesday, reports UNB.Earlier on Tuesday, the SC adjourned for Wednesday the hearing on two leave-to-appeal petitions.On 19 March, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail until 8 May in the graft case in which she was convicted by the lower court and sent to jail.The SC also allowed the state and the ACC to file petitions against the HC order that granted bail to Khaleda.On 8 February, the Dhaka special court-5 convicted the former prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.She secured four months’ bail from the High Court in the case on 12 March.On 15 March, the ACC and the state filed two leave-to-appeal petitions before the Appellate Division challenging Khaleda Zia’s bail.Later, the Appellate Division stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail until 8 May in the case.Meanwhile, Khaleda Zia asked her lawyers to bring the matter of her ‘serious illness’ to the notice of the Supreme Court during the hearing on her bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case as they went to meet her on 5 May.last_img read more

NeighborhoodLIFT Program

first_imgBy Brittney Johnson, AFRO InternWells Fargo hosted a community conversation with leaders in the city of Baltimore on June 26. The conversation included a plan to advance homeownership in the city of Baltimore through their new NeighborhoodLIFT program.The LIFT program will launch in Baltimore in July, and allow potential homeowners to shop around for mortgage rates and actively search for homes. Once applicants have enrolled in one 8hr homeownership counseling session. Applicants are then urged to begin the process of shopping for their first home.“We are engaging with our partners to let them know what the program is about and how through homeownership, we can ultimately increase the amount of wealth in the city of Baltimore,” said Wells Fargo Vice President of Diverse Segments for home mortgage Donna Green.The LIFT program promotes inclusion and community wealth within communities through homeownership in the city of Baltimore, by offering qualifying applicants grants totaling $15,000.  Grants are totaling $17,500 for teachers, veterans, service members, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement and firefighters.These grants would be applied toward the down payment for a home of their choosing. However, applicants have to purchase homes in the city of Baltimore.Homeownership in the city of Baltimore, and in the Black community, currently is a race against time. With overrun project housing, and little-to-no knowledge of homeownership management, many times homes are left under foreclosure. Blacks are still pushing for more transparency from lenders and brokers when shopping to purchase a home.“[To provide transparency…] We at Savage Homegroup offer monthly home buyers workshops where we go over the entire process with potential prospective clients,” Keller Williams Agent, Brandee Davis said.“We provide them a list of people in the community, they have a representative from a title company, inspection, and loan officers, who run credit reports at the workshop. Perspective clients are then given one-on-one advice, and being really transparent with people about what to expect, especially for folks of color…”NeighborhoodLIFT also has a list of approved lenders, to which applicants can compare interest rates. Not only can applicants decide to choose from Wells Fargo, NeighborhoodLIFT, will also work with Bank of America, Suntrust Bank, Chase and MECU Credit Union.“Owning a home is widely believed to be the best way for working and middle class Americans to build wealth. And for many African-Americans, the dream of homeownership remains an elusive one,” according to NPR national desk reporter, Brakkton Booker.That may not be the case with the LIFT program it will then connect homebuyers with a network of organizations throughout the city to help educate, encourage and promote healthy financial decisions. There are many different approved housing counselors to choose from- Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Druid Heights Community Development and Latino Economic Development Inc., just to name a few.“Homeownership is important in the African American community because it increases our financial wealth and gives Black people more of a voice in their community,” Kim Bland of the Women’s Housing Coalition said. Bland continued, “homeownership would help decrease poverty and increase family connection.”“This was my mom’s home and it was passed down to me, and I plan to give [it] to my children. [The home is] important to me to keep in my family because it was [my mother’s] last wishes.” Reginald Carter, 52, said.Neighbor-works and NeighborhoodLIFT have been operating in many states across the nation to provide first time homebuyers a chance to make home buying simple, supported and reliable. However there is an income threshold that will determine whether or not applicants are eligible for the program.That threshold for potential homeowners whose annual income is anywhere between $75,500 to $99,700. However, you may not be eligible if you make over or below the threshold. If NeighborhoodLIFT were to offer assistance to potential homeowners over the threshold, how would they do it? What would it look like?A homeowner in Charles Village, Kidar Swine, 42,  said, “As a homeowner making over the threshold, [NeighborhoodLIFT] could help with renovations to increase the value of a potential home. [I believe] the program could help in that way.”“Where the qualifications are, if certain homes going for a certain amount the grant could be used to improve the property value of homes in certain neighborhoods, [that are currently] lowering the neighborhood value to improve different communities,” Swine continued.The Baltimore NeighborhoodLIFT program launch event will take place Friday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents and potential homeowners are urged to apply.last_img read more

Nepalese man held with snake venom worth over Rs 1 crore

first_imgDarjeeling: The Sashashtra Seema Bal (SSB) apprehended a Nepalese citizen trying to sneak in a jar of crystallised snake venom from the country worth more than Rs 1 crore. The person has been arrested and later remanded to two days police custody by a Siliguri Court.The incident occurred on Thursday evening at Panitanki, the Indo-Nepal border near Siliguri. Troopers of the 41 Battalion of SSB were manning the Border OutPost when they saw the person acting suspiciously. He had crossed over from Nepal. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe was then questioned by the SSB and then frisked. A bag was then recovered from the man, identified as 49-year-old Bal Bahadur Yava. Inside the bag they found a jar of snake venom. He is a resident of Jhapa, Nepal. Later, Yava was handed over to the police at Khoribari police station. Booked under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, he was produced at the ACJM Court in Siliguri on Friday. “His bail prayer was rejected and he has been remanded to two days police custody,” stated Sudip Rai Basunia, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Siliguri. The bullet-proof glass jar bore labels of Red Dragon (the name of the company) and Made in France. The jar is being sent to Haffkine Institute, Mumbai for tests. It may be mentioned that since 2015, multiple jars of snake venom have been recovered from this region.last_img read more

Your Future iPhone Might Know How You Are Feeling

first_img 2 min read Everything you do online is tracked. But what if companies were to know not only what you look at online, but also how you feel about it?That’s the next generation of computer data analytics. And if a recent Apple acquisition is any indication, a future generation of your iPhone may be capable of just that.The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant has reportedly scooped up San Diego-based artificial intelligence startup Emotient, which analyzes facial expressions to determine a person’s emotions.The acquisition was confirmed to the Wall Street Journal, though terms of the deal were not.Related: Apple Is Quietly Creating a New Indoor Mapping SystemApple did not immediately respond to Entrepreneur’s request for comment.What’s the value in being able to register a user’s feelings? From a business perspective, knowing what your customers think about an advertisement, a product or a story allows a company to adjust that piece of content so that customers like it better. That, in theory, will drive consumers to spend more and companies to make more money.This isn’t the first artificial intelligence startup that Apple has scooped up recently. In October, the company bought VocalIQ, a U.K.-based startup that aims to make it possible for people to speak with their computer devices.Related: Apple’s Latest Experiment Means You May Never Have to Listen to Your Voicemails Again Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 8, 2016center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

Rep Chatfield announces June office hours

first_img Categories: Chatfield News 02Jun Rep. Chatfield announces June office hours State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of June.“Open and honest communication with residents is crucial to having state government that is accountable,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. “I invite all residents to attend a local office hour gathering to share their ideas or concerns.”Since taking office, Rep. Chatfield has held monthly office hours in every county that he represents.His June office hours schedule is:Friday, June 17Emmet CountyHarbor Springs City Hall160 Zoll St. in Harbor Springs9-10 a.m.Cheboygan CountyChristopher’s Café3725 S. Straits Hwy. in Indian River11 a.m.-12 p.m.Mackinac CountyLes Cheneaux Chamber of Commerce680 M-134 in Cedarville2-3 p.m.Chippewa CountyKinross Twp. Hall4884 W. Curtis St. in Kincheloe4-5 p.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at leechatfield@house.mi.gov or through his website at www.RepChatfield.com.###last_img read more

Access and AlcatelLucent are to use IBC to demo a

first_imgAccess and Alcatel-Lucent are to use IBC to demo an innovation developed jointly with Alcatel-Lucent which enables operators to deliver a unified TV experience through the cloud, including content sharing across all devices via a centralised HTML5 remote user interface, according to the pair. The proof-of-concept solution is based on the DLNA Premium Video Guidelines and can be extended to any device, including tablets and smartphones, according to the companies.The IBC demo follows the integration of Access’s NetFront Living Connect DLNA-based media sharing and MediaPilot client solutions with Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix CDN technology.Paul Larbey, vice-president and general manager of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Video business, said: “Our industry leading CDN solution, Velocix, solves the issue of getting content into the home with the highest quality. By combining our content delivery technology with Access’s media sharing solutions, service providers can offer consumers access to content on more devices without the need for complex infrastructure changes. This is crucial given the continued explosion of consumer uptake of multiple devices in the home.” Access will exhibit at IBC on stand 14.101 and Alcatel-Lucent will exhibit on MS42alast_img read more