US Chargé dAffaires Lisa Johnson makes first official visit to the Turks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 19 Dec 2014 – On December 15-16, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands for her first official visit to the British Overseas Territory. During her two-day visit in Providenciales, Chargé Johnson met with government and law enforcement officials, and hosted an open house at the U.S. Consular Agency office.On Monday, December 15, Chargé Johnson met with Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands Peter Beckingham to discuss law enforcement and consular collaboration. She also met with Commissioner of Police for the Turks and Caicos Islands Colin Farquhar for talks that focused on law enforcement collaboration primarily through OPBAT (Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos). Established in 1983, OPBAT is a multi-agency, international drug interdiction effort focused on stopping the flow of illegal drugs from South America and the Caribbean to The Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States. It is considered to be one of the most successful counter drug enforcement initiatives in the region.On Tuesday, December 16, Chargé Johnson hosted a Consular Open House at the U.S. Consular Agency located in Grace Bay in Providenciales. The event included guests from various areas of the government and civil society including the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, Ministry of Health & Human Services, Providenciales Chamber of Commerce, and the Department of Disaster Management. Police Commissioner Colin Farquhar and Human Rights Commissioner Cheryl Astwood-Tull were in attendance.The U.S. Consular Agency in Providenciales processes passport applications and provides assistance to Americans who live and visit the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to the Turks and Caicos Tourism Board, over one million tourists visited the islands in 2013. The United States is the leading market for visitors with an estimated 79.7% of all stop-over arrivals. More than 3,000 American citizens are residents of the islands. Another Murder in Nassau Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Related Items:Cheryl Astwood Tull, Colin Farquhar, Department of Disaster Management, governor peter beckingham, Lisa Johnson, Ministry of Health & Human Services, nassau, Operation bahamas turks and caicos, Providenciales Chamber of Commerce, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, US consular agency, US embassy More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, againlast_img read more

Sex tech startups protest outside Facebook over banning of ads

first_img CES 2019: Sex tech is everywhere and nowhere Now playing: Watch this: Startups Facebook Sex Tech 19:34 0 Mobile Tech Industry Culture Mobile Apps Wellness The protestors brought posters showing rejected ads.  Dame Products/Unbound Supporters, founders and employees of sex tech and women’s wellness startups like Dame Products and Unbound Babes assembled outside Facebook’s New York office Wednesday. The crowd protested the social media site’s policies, which don’t let the companies run ads for their products.  Polly Rodriguez, CEO and co-founder of Unbound Babes, told CNET the event had a turnout of 40 to 50 founders, activists and educators. “Our goal was to raise awareness … and I feel pretty strongly we did just that,” Rodriguez said in an emailed statement. Tags Alexandra Fine, CEO and co-founder of Dame Products, added that the inability to advertise “created a great deal of drag on our mission.” “Advertising is a necessary and important part of connecting people to valuable solutions,” she said Wednesday. “There are millions of people who stand to improve their lives with our products, and they will have no idea we exist until we’re allowed to make contact with them. This doesn’t just impact a few businesses — it impacts the health and happiness of everyone who has sex.” The protests were along the lines of the Approved, Not Approved website that the two startups launched earlier this month. Approved, Not Approved is a game that lets you guess whether an advertisement was OK’d for public consumption.  img-9735-1 Dame Products / Unbound In June, Dame Products also sued the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority for rejecting its ads for vibrators.  The sex tech protest isn’t the first protest Facebook’s New York office has seen. In June, dozens of anticensorship activists shed their clothes to protest the social media site’s nudity rules. In the wake of the protest, Facebook began talks with the activists over a compromise.The social media site appears to be taking the same approach this time. “We have had open lines of communication with both companies about our policies and are always taking feedback. We are working to further clarify our policies in this space in the near future,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an email.  Facebook also pointed out its advertising policy that refers to adult products and services. The policy says ads can’t promote any adult products and services apart from family planning and contraception. In the case of contraceptives, the ad must focus on the “contraceptive features” of the product and not “sexual pleasure or sexual enhancement.” The ad also has to be targeted to users 18 years or older. Post a comment Share your voice Turned On Today a group of female founders protested in front of Facebook’s NYC office to raise awareness on the double standard in their ad policies. Head over to https://t.co/gKBK0mB7kq to see for yourself. https://t.co/QXXn59s1MF via @qz https://t.co/6GzkjhBlGv— Polly Rodriguez (@polly_claire) July 31, 2019last_img read more

3D printing in medicine How the technology is increasingly being used to

first_img 3D printing, also known as rapid prototyping or additive manufacturing, used to be the manufacturing industrys best kept secret but now the technology is being used to transform many industries, including medicine.Over the past year, hospitals around the world have begun talking about their burgeoning use of 3D printing in health care, from 3D printing an entire skull, to rehearsing incredibly complex surgeries and creating implants for reconstructive surgery.If I didnt have 3D printer technology, I wouldnt be able to do my work, Dr Muhanad Hatamleh, a senior clinical maxillofacial prosthetist at Kings College Hospital, told IBTimes UK at the 3D Printshow 2015 in London.3D printing is revolutionising every aspect of the medical industry. It saves time, it saves more lives and it improves the efficiency of the surgery as well.There are also great hopes for bioprinting, such as 3D printing human cells. The technology is still in its infancy but great strides have been achieved in the past few years.Alan Faulkner-Jones, a research associate with the Biomedical Microengineering Group at Heriot-Watt University, has been researching bioprinting for the past five years and has created Biogenitor, a 3D printer that is able to produce pluripotent stem cells.It is currently possible to grow stem cells in a laboratory, but since the cells are on a petri dish, they are 2D and do not behave the same way as cells in the body do, because they do not have surrounding cells to take instructions from.At the moment, drugs are tested by first testing them on small animals, then large animals, then human trials, but then the drugs dont work anymore, because youve tuned them to the response the animals had, Faulkner-Jones told IBTimes UK.By replacing all of that with microtissues, you can then straightaway tune the drugs to humans, and it also allows you to do personalised medicine, because you can use patient-specific cells, and you can work out how a person would respond to a particular medicine and then personalise the medicine for that person.Retaining 3D structureInstead, he has been developing a 3D printer that is capable of fabricating cells protected within hydrogel so that they retain their 3D structure.Faulkner-Jones said: Cells are never two-dimensional in the body and they lose a lot of functionality on a flat dish. But if you put cells within hydrogel and then you print structures the sam way you would using standard layer by layer additive manufacturing, then you can build up a three-dimensional structure and the cells are much happier.Gartner analyst Pete Basiliere says the most exciting use of 3D printing is to make medical devices.By 2018, we expect that there will be 2.3 million 3D printer units sold, he told IBTimes UK. Medical devices are the most exciting [use case]. But when you think about the personalisation thats available in prosthesis, implants, dental and restorative surgery, its just phenomenal. Closelast_img read more

Jet rescue plan hits another air pocket as HDFC plans to auction

first_imgIn July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leave. Jet Airways grounded all flights on April 17.ReutersHopes of Jet Airways stakeholders to see the airline back on the skies have suffered yet another setback with a lender’s move to auction off the airline’s premium office property in Mumbai’s prestigious Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) to recover defaulted loan instalments of Rs 415 crore. The debt-riddled airline is already battling a host of financial, legal and regulatory hurdles in its attempt to resume operations. HDFC Bank is planning to sell the airline’s 52,775 sq ft office at an auction with a base price of Rs 245 crore.HDFC Bank said in a notice that the borrower (Jet Airways) has failed to repay amounts due to the bank, making it entitled to “enforce its mortgage over the immovable property”, a report in India Today says. Jet Airways had bought the land through an auction in 2008 for Rs 826 crore, a Livemint report said. The property is expected to attract heavy bidding because of its prime location.India’s first private airline, for which the banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) has formed a rescue plan, has a total debt burden of about Rs 10,500 crore. It also owes upwards of Rs 2,500 crore in staff salary arrears and payments to vendors and service providers. Some service providers have threatened to haul the carrier through the bankruptcy proceedings. Industry observers are still unsure whether the airline could fly again, but its stakeholders hope there will be at least one serious bid before the deadline elapses on Friday. The SBI Capital Markets Limited, which manages the bids, has shortlisted four potential investors who have submitted their expressions of interest (EoI). Apart from the private carrier’s strategic partner the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Etihad Airways, two private equity firms, TPG Capital and Indigo Partners submitted their EoIs in time. State-owned National Investment and Industrial Fund (NIIF) has also been shortlisted. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad holds a 14 per cent stake in the airline. Workers cover the cockpit window of a Jet Airways aircraft parked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, on March 26.ReutersMeanwhile, the offer of airline founder Naresh Goyal to infuse another Rs 250 crore to help the grounded airline to resume operations has raised interest in some quarters. Goyal has a 24 per cent stake in the airline after the debt restructuring. In the absence of any other bids, the belated EoI from little known British entrepreneur Jason Unsworth also assumes significance. Unsworth, a former flight steward with Ryan Air, had tweeted: “Last night our consortium submitted to SBI the EoI document.” In a second tweet, he named Lakshay Uttam (My World Venture), Lalit Verma (Future Trend Capital), Dhiraj (Redcliffe Capital), Naresh Goyal (Jet Air) and Sachin Nalawade (Malhar Hospitality & Events) as the consortium partners. Unsworth set up Atmosphere Intercontinental Airlines in 2005 and has shown repeated interest to take over Jet since its collapse.Meanwhile, Mint reported that the registrar of companies (RoC) has submitted a report to the Corporate Affairs Ministry after examining the airline’s books. The RoC began examining the airline’s books after it deferred its first-quarter report for the last financial year (2018-19). The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is sniffing around Jet Airways accounts to ascertain whether any norms were violated in Etihad investment in Jet Privilege Pvt Ltd (JPPL), the company that runs the airline’s frequent flier programme, a report in Business Standard says. The deal with the Abu Dhabi-based carrier was concluded in 2014, an ED source said. Etihad owns a 50.1 per cent stake in JPPL, while Jet Airways holds 49.9 per cent.last_img read more

Lightning bang kills minor boy

first_imgLightning strikeA one-year old boy was killed after being hit by a bang caused by thunderbolt in Baluigasa village of Satkhira’s Sadar upazila on Saturday.The deceased was Bilal Hossain, son of Md Ibrahim Hossain Khokon of the village.Officer-in-charge of Sadar police station Maruf Ahmed said that the child died on the way to a nearby hospital after he had fallen sick hearing the sound of the lightning strike.last_img

New project enables mobile phone use in areas with no reception

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Australian scientists have invented software that enables mobile (cell) phones to work in remote areas where there is no conventional coverage and in locations where the infrastructure has been destroyed through disaster, or is not economically viable. The technology enables ordinary mobile phones to make and receive calls without the need for phone towers or satellites. Director of the Research Centre for Disaster Resilience and Health at Flinders University, Professor Paul Arbon said the systems could prove invaluable in disasters, providing an instant network allowing people to call out and receive calls from concerned relatives, and helping volunteers to coordinate the response. The system could also provide the community with updates and warnings. The systems have been successfully tested in remote areas of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia where there is no mobile phone reception, with the three researchers creating a network over one square kilometer. The next stages in the project are to increase the range and improve sound quality. The team is also working on developing a method of dropping the temporary towers into disaster areas.Dr Gardner-Stephen said the system could be operational within 18 months provided the project receives adequate funding. He said his dream was for every mobile phone to be equipped with the system so that if there is a disaster all the phones in the region will automatically switch to the mesh network mode of operation as a fallback. 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. Verizon to allow Skype calls over wireless network More information: www.servalproject.org Paul Gardner-Stephen (left) talks with a colleague in the wilderness using his new system. Credit: Village Telcocenter_img Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: New project enables mobile phone use in areas with no reception (2010, July 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-enables-mobile-areas-reception.html Leader of the team, Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen of Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, named the project the Serval Project, after an African wildcat renowned for its problem-solving abilities. The aim is to “provide fast, cheap, robust and effective telecommunications systems” for areas where there is currently no telephone infrastructure, or where it has been destroyed by natural disasters or civil unrest. The project includes two systems that can operate separately or be combined. One is specifically for disaster areas, and consists of a temporary, self-organizing and self-powered mobile phone network that operates via small phone towers dropped into the area by aircraft. The second system consists of a permanent mesh-based phone network between Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones, with no tower infrastructure required. Eventually, the system will also include the “Batphone,” which will be a specially designed phone able to operate on other unlicensed frequencies.The systems use open-source software developed by the team and dubbed Distributed Numbering Architecture (DNA). The software allows mobile phones to make calls out and receive calls on their existing numbers. The mesh network technology was developed by Village Telco and is integrated with the software to create a mesh network in which each phone acts as an independent router.Dr Gardner-Stephen said the device essentially “incorporates a compact version of a mobile phone tower into the phone itself.” It uses the Wi-Fi interface in modern Wi-Fi-enabled phones, carrying voice over it in such a way that it does not need to go back to a tower anywhere. The current range between phones is only a few hundred meters, which limits the usefulness of the system in remote areas, but Gardner-Stephen said adding small transmitters and more devices could expand the range considerably. The real benefit of the current system would be in disaster areas where there are plenty of phones but the towers are destroyed or the infrastructure is no longer functioning. In the recent Haiti disaster area for example, the mobile phone network was knocked out for over two days after the earthquake struck, and did not return to normal operation for a week.last_img read more

Agents can earn 25000 points with Carlson Rezidors Look to Book

first_img Friday, January 13, 2017 Travelweek Group Agents can earn 25,000 points with Carlson Rezidor’s Look to Book << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img Tags: Agent Incentives, Promotions NEW YORK — Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Look to Book loyalty rewards program for agents with new offers.Look to Book enables real time messaging with members in the GDS, so agents can easily track point balances on the website and check out detailed booking information to build relationships with various hotels. Membership is open to all professional travel agents in 32 eligible countries; agents must join the program to earn Look to Book points.Look to Book rewards agents with 10 points per US$1 with points redeemable for stays at hotels around the world, gift cards, airlines miles and more.Special 25th anniversary points include:Registering and booking hotel stays during the ‘Earn Up To 25,000 Points’ promotion period of Jan. 17 through March 31, 2017. Learn more at looktobook.vts0.com/Bonus25K.Taking the ‘25 Years of Look To Book’ quiz on looktobook.com, earning up to 1,000 pointsBookmarking the Look To Book 25th anniversary page at looktobook.com/25years for additional bonus point opportunities throughout the coming yearMore news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure“Travel agents are vital to the success of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group,” said Heidi Veire, Director, Global Business to Business Loyalty for Carlson Rezidor. “We look forward to celebrating the 25th anniversary and showing appreciation for our members’ commitment by offering special anniversary programming throughout the year with the opportunity to earn bonus points and prizes.” Posted bylast_img read more

Play TravelBrands TicTacKnow to win a Royal Caribbean cruise

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Contests, Royal Caribbean International, TravelBrands Play TravelBrands’ Tic-Tac-Know to win a Royal Caribbean cruise Share Posted bycenter_img MISSISSAUGA — Game on! TravelBrands is once again inviting travel agents to play its popular Tic-Tac-Know game, running from now until Sept. 8.Agents who book and guarantee any Royal Caribbean cruise will be eligible to play. All eligible players will be entered to win up to 10,000 Loyalty Rewards Points plus a chance to win the grand prize of a Royal Caribbean Cruise for two.“The response we had to our first Tic-Tac-Know game in July was fantastic,” said Nathalie Tanious, Vice President, Cruise Division, TravelBrands. “We decided to bring this game back by showcasing the great product Royal Caribbean has to offer, and to make the prizing bigger than before as a thank you to our loyal agents.”Qualifying agents will be entered into the Grand Prize draw to win a six to eight-night cruise for two with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. The lucky winner will get to choose their cruise destination out of the following destinations: Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada & New England, Alaska and Europe. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced by the end of September.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoIn order to be qualified, the agent must book any Royal Caribbean Cruise Line product with a minimum net booking value of $500 before taxes and fees. When a qualified booking is made, the agent will receive an email seven days later inviting them to take part in the game.Agents must be registered with and book through travelbrandsaccess.com. They can also book via phone to be entered. << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, August 17, 2017 last_img read more

A journey to the Island of Hawaii with a side trip to

first_img Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Posted by Share A journey to the Island of Hawaii with a side trip to hidden gem Lanai Francesca Spizzirri center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons, Hawaii HAWAII — A journey to the Island of Hawaii takes you through lush tropical valleys peppered with cascading waterfalls, past fascinating lava coastlines, and fiery volcanoes whose eruptions made headlines this past summer.On a recent fam trip sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Canada, Travelweek ventured onto the island to explore its dynamic offerings and witness firsthand that on the largest and youngest of the eight Hawaiian islands it’s business as usual.“We were recently recognized on the ‘Best Vacations’ list by U.S. News & World Report in multiple categories, topping their list of ‘Best Winter Vacations,’” said Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Ross Birch. “The diverse climates and unique landscapes provide the perfect opportunity for a multitude of outdoor activities and diverse experiences for travellers year round.”The island, formerly known as The Big Island, shows off its goldmine of staggering natural wonders through a myriad of outdoor activities – including hiking, snorkelling, sailing, biking, horseback riding, stargazing and more. Paradise Helicopters offers aerial tours of the island with its craters and lava flow.For excursions with a greater sense of purpose, Hawaiian Legacy Tours takes visitors to the slopes of Mauna Kea to plant their own Legacy Tree – meaning, it will never be cut down – as part of the company’s sustainable reforestation efforts.“The Canadian market provides a cross-section of travellers, but we have noticed a trend towards family and multi-generational travel,” says Catherine Cambra, Director of Public Relations & Communications, Fairmont Orchid. “This growing trend of families travelling together to bond over a shared adventure gives us a lot to be optimistic about in 2019.”The island, defined as much by its volcanoes, black-sand beaches, and lush rainforest as by its rich cultural heritage, places great importance on ‘ohana (family), which, according to Cambra, “is what sets the Island of Hawaii apart from the rest.”Canada, which currently makes up close to 6% of the overall visitors to the Island of Hawaii, represents the fourth largest market for Hawaii (U.S. West is first, U.S. East is second and Japan is third).More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterAccording to the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s most recent visitor statistics report, year to date as of September 2018 there were 382,394 Canadian visitors to the State of Hawaii (up 4.0%); and 74,039 to the Island of Hawaii (up 0.8%).With both Air Canada and WestJet offering seasonal nonstop service from Vancouver to Kona this winter, and Hawaiian officials investing an additional US$2 million to promote the islands of Hawaii, those numbers are likely to rise.Though some activities were impacted by the volcano — most notably the operation of some of the guided hikes to the lava flow — there is still so much to see and do. “Travellers can learn about the destination’s history and culture at five national parks, sites and trails – including the recently reopened Hawaii Volcanoes National Park,” said Birch.The park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is renowned for its two active volcanoes: Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Visitors can view the volcanology exhibits at the Jaggar Museum, hike along the crater rim to see the steam vents, and dine at the Volcano House restaurant which reopened in October and overlooks the Kilauea summit.A positive impact from the eruption is that the island has the cleanest and clearest air quality since 2007, optimal for viewing Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Pu’u ‘O’o and the Pacific Ocean.A scenic drive along the Chain of Craters Road allows for visitors to take in dramatic caldera views. To see the volcanic rock at the edge of the ocean is a reminder that the island is continuously expanding. Since 1983 alone, Kilauea has added more than 875 acres of new land to the island.Roberts Hawaii, Wasabi Hawaii Tours and Hawaii Forest & Trail offer a variety of guided excursions to the island’s most scenic and spellbinding locations, including under-the-radar spots that are privately-owned and otherwise inaccessible. The tours are perfect for client day trips to the island, too.It’s no surprise that Hawaii Island is home to many world-class hotels, two of which hosted media on this fam trip. The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii is a sprawling 32-acre resort nestled in a sheltered bay along the northerly Kohala Coast. Renowned for its casual luxury, the resort offers spectacular ocean or mountain views and every room has a private lanai (patio).Orchid Court Restaurant at The Fairmont Orchid, HawaiiAnd at the newly renovated and branded Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo, a Doubletree by Hilton, guests can experience a laidback vibe at this contemporary beachfront property located on the shores of the island’s capital.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthIn other hotel news, the Hapuna Beach Prince was recently rebranded to Westin Hapuna Beach Resort; the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is slated to reopen in November 2019 as Auberge Mauna Lani; and in 2021, expect the re-opening of Kona Village that has been closed since the tsunami of 2011.Over on Lanai, one of the Hawaiian archipelago’s smallest and best-kept secrets, though likely not for long, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai is welcoming guests into a world of luxury.Four Seasons Resort, LanaiThe property overlooks Hulopoe Bay, a marine preserve, and features a Nobu restaurant (the first Nobu outpost in the Four Seasons chain), its own rental car fleet, and modern Polynesian inspired rooms outfitted with every technological feature imaginable, including Japanese toilets. In lieu of key cards, guests here get key wristbands that resemble a Fitbit.The island, purchased by Oracle co-founder and billionaire Larry Ellison in 2012, has a tropical island meets country charm feel. Ellison, whose vision is to turn the island into a beacon of sustainable living, owns the Four Seasons Lanai and its sister hotel, The Lodge at Koele that will reopen as a spa and wellness destination by the end of the year. Lanai is perfect for clients who are looking for all the activities of the other Hawaiian islands, but without the crowds.For more information on the islands of Hawaii see go.hawaii.com/ca.last_img read more