Atlanta presentation a hit Travel Agents say Turks and Caicos has the

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 May 2015 – Around 75 travel executives were at the City Club of Buckhead on Monday evening for the opening event of the Premier’s Sales and Investment Blitz. Atlanta was the first stop on the tour and much of the morning was spent moving out of the state of Georgia into the largest U.S. state of them all for a double date; Dallas and Houston in Texas are expected to be a unique stop in the road trip. The first promotional meeting featured a brief welcome from Premier Rufus Ewing and Tourism Minister Porsha Smith.“You may know Turks and Caicos for a beautiful set of islands that are known for great beaches, are known for luxury high end luxury resorts, and I’m sure those of you who visited Turks & Caicos before could attest to that. We provide great service, high end world class resorts, and that is why it was voted as the number one island destination in the world, the most beautiful island in the world, Turks and Caicos Islands”. Premier said.The Hotel and Tourism Association was particularly thrilled at the reception of the promotional video which highlighted every island in the chain. When Magnetic Media surveyed the room, the travel professionals explained that the lure of the TCI is that there is the absence of certain big city features; guests want to escape to a simpler life that is environmentally pure, super safe for their families and boasting uber luxury. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turquoise Morning shows Caribbean & US highlights of TCI Sales & Investment Blitz TCI Haye-Smith runs Olympic standard time Atlanta Weather forecast Related Items:atlanta, city club of buckhead, premier’s sales blitz, travel agentslast_img read more

FortisTCI five hour outage explained forced schools to close early Monday

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 25, 2017 – Grand Turk – A five and a half hour power outage forced some government and private schools to close early in Grand Turk yesterday.  Later on Monday, FortisTCI responded to Magnetic Media queries via media release and said the outage “was as a resuld of an engine shutdown at the South Base Plant during a routine service.  The outage began at approximately 9 a.m and affected all customers.  Upon determining the cause of the outage, technical crews immediately began work to restore services.  Service was restored to some customers at approximately 10:50 a.m and full restoration was completed at 2:27 p.m.”There has been a spike in frequency of electricity failures in Grand Turk though, and FortisTCI addressed that by saying the failures are a major focus for the company.  “Technicians and additional generating assets from the Providenciales generation site have been deployed to support the Grand Tur team to normalize services as quickly as possible.  FortisTCI assures customers that the Company is committed to, and working continuously on delivering safe and reliable service to Grand Turk.”Last week, Budget Debate in the House of Assembly was halted due to an electricity outage in the Capital.#MagneticMediaNews#poweroutageconcernsinGrandTurk#FortisTCIexplainsfivehouroutage Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#FortisTCIexplainsfivehouroutage, #magneticmedianews, #poweroutageconcernsinGrandTurklast_img read more

Despite Brutal 2009 Home Magazines Are Fastest Growing Category

first_imgAccording to The Standard Periodical Directory, other growing magazine categories include celebrity publications (up from 81 titles in 2005 to 139 in 2010), which saw the launch of magazines such as Disney twenty-three and Juicy.  The categories with the most overall titles include Medicine (3,285), Law (2,357), Ethnic (2,179), Computers (1.822), Religion (1,833), Education (1,473), Business (1,365), Health (1,237), Investment (1,136) and Travel (1,131). Home and shelter magazines dominated magazine publishing over the past decade until the collapse of both the housing and print advertising markets.But in spite of a disastrous 2009, home titles lead all categories in terms of growth in the number of titles over the last five years, up from 123 in 2005 to 337 in 2010, according to newly released The Standard Periodical Directory, published by Oxbridge Communications. However, ad pages in the Home Furnishings and Supplies category fell 27.4 percent last year, according to Publishers Information Bureau. “While home magazines experienced strong growth over the last five years, 2009 was a tough year for that category with the closing of Country Home, Southern Accents, Domino, Backyard Living and Metropolitan Home,” said Oxbridge president Trish Hagood in a statement.In November 2009, the 2010 National Directory of Magazines, which tracks data for 17,020 North American pubs that accept advertising, said that home titles grew 167 percent over the past five years, from 105 to 280. Since 2004, that’s an increase from 105 to 280 titles in the category. Real estate publications also nearly doubled during this period.last_img read more

Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for skipping bail in

first_img $60 at Best Buy Share your voice Boost Mobile DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice $299 at Amazon 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. Tags Tech Industry Julian Assange WikiLeaks,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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read DJI Osmo Action preview Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See at Amazon 1:26 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. Rylo 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. Julian Assange is going to prison. Jack Taylor / Getty Images WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced Wednesday to 50 weeks in jail for skipping bail at London’s Southwark Crown Court.Assange was arrested last month at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the British capital after having his asylum withdrawn by Lenín Moreno the president of Ecuador. He’d been living in the Embassy for almost seven years after skipping bail for fear he’d be extradited to Sweden on rape charges. Sweden dropped the charges while Assange was inside the embassy, but is now considering reopening the case. The WikiLeaks founder is also facing the possibility of extradition to the US. The 47-year-old faces charges stemming from his alleged role in what the US Justice Department calls “one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.” There will be a hearing on Thursday morning at Westminster Magistrate’s Court on the extradition request.”Julian Assange’s sentence is as shocking as it is vindictive,” said WikiLeaks on Twitter. “We have grave concerns as to whether he will receive a fair extradition hearing in the UK.”The sentence handed down to Assange in the UK is just two weeks short of the maximum he could have received. If found guilty in the US, Assange would face a maximum sentence of five years, according to the Justice Department. 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. Apple iPhone XS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 See It 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. See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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. Post a comment Tags 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. Read Google Home Hub review Read the Rylo camera preview Read the AirPods review $210 at Best Buy The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 0 Chris Monroe/CNET $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET After Julian Assange’s arrest, the US DoJ piles on Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Angela Lang/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Comments 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. 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See it 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. $6 at Tidal $520 at HP $999 7 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. 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). 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. $999 $155 at Google Express HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sprint Now playing: Watch this: See at Turo See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Amazonlast_img read more

Apple Watch getting its own App Store

first_img Best Buy See also See It WWDC 2019 Tags WWDC 2019 Apple Event Walmart WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote reading • Apple Watch getting its own App Store See it Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The new Watch App store will roll with the release of WatchOS 6. However, there’s no word yet when WatchOS 6 will arrive (we’ll update this story as soon as we find out). But Apple did preview the Watch App Store store at WWDC 2019 and showed off several new apps, including an audiobooks app, language translator, calculator, sports and health apps, as well as new Watch Faces. apple-watch-store-2Some of the new independent Watch apps coming soon. Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET Read: New iPad feature to compete with laptops on track for Apple’s iOS 13 2:20 Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now App store coming to Apple Watch Comment $349 Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET Apple has managed to sell a lot of Apple Watches, but one of the complaints some users have is that there’s no native app store for the Watch — you have to find iOS apps that are compatible with the Watch. Well, that’s about to change, as Apple has announced an app store for the Watch, with its own independent apps that you can search for and download right on your Watch. Wearable Tech Tablets Wellness This is a developing story. Follow our WWDC liveblog, and see all of today’s Apple news. See It Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Apple Watch Series 4 See All 46 Photos $399 $413 See It Apple • Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC $349 1 Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Applelast_img read more

Trouble in paradise Whats happening in Maldives

first_img.The political crisis in the Maldives deepened this week after embattled president Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and ordered the arrest of top judges and a former president.The upmarket holiday paradise does not often find itself in the news but a shock Supreme Court decision last week ordering the release of top opposition politicians has triggered a furious response from authoritarian ruler Yameen.How will the latest round of political strife play out in the Indian Ocean archipelago?What’s going on?Yameen, who came to power in 2013, has presided over an escalating crackdown on dissent that has battered the Maldives’ reputation. He has jailed almost all the political opposition.The Maldives was plunged into fresh chaos this week after the president refused to comply with the Supreme Court’s Thursday order to release nine dissidents and restore the seats of 12 legislators sacked for defecting from Yameen’s party.The Supreme Court ruling gives the opposition the majority in the assembly-meaning they could potentially impeach the president.In a stunning blow to the regime, it also paves the way for exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed-the first democratically elected leader who was controversially convicted of terrorism in 2015 — to return and run for president this year.On Monday, Yameen sent soldiers to storm the court and arrest judges, with Maldives police also detaining Yameen’s estranged half-brother and former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who had sided with the main opposition.Hundreds of people gathered outside the court complex and police used pepper spray to disperse the crowds.Where do the security forces stand?The head of the armed forces is publicly backing Yameen.“The Maldives military will not standby and watch Maldives go in to a crisis,” military chief Ahmed Shiyam said Sunday, warning he would not obey “unlawful orders” from the Supreme Court.But as ex-president Gayoom-who ruled for 30 years until 2008 elections-was led out of his house, riot police saluted him, according to the local Maldives Independent website, and analysts have warned his arrest could split the security forces as he still commands deep respect.The emergency declaration gives sweeping powers to security forces to arrest and detain individuals, curtails the powers of the judiciary and bars parliament from impeaching Yameen.The opposition says it shows Yameen is “desperate” and Nasheed, who has previously expressed fears of unrest in the troubled Indian Ocean nation, said it amounted to imposing martial law.Yameen has drawn close to China and Saudi Arabia during his time in office, with both countries investing heavily in the tiny tourist archipelago in the Indian Ocean, and may feel he has enough support to weather the storm.How did we get here?Mohamed Nasheed became the country’s first democratically elected president in 2008 and swiftly became an international celebrity because of his urgent pleas to address climate change. He held a cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the low-lying archipelago’s plight.The country has been locked in a slow-burn political crisis since Yameen won a controversial run-off against Nasheed in 2013 presidential elections.During his time in power “President Yameen has systematically alienated his coalition, jailed or exiled every major opposition political figure, deprived elected Members of Parliament of their right to represent their voters… revised laws to erode human rights (and fired) any officials who refuse orders,” the US State Department said.What about the tourists?The tensions have already hurt the tourism industry-the largest contributor to the country’s economy-despite government assurances that visitors are safe.China-the number one source of tourists for the Maldives-and neighbouring India have already warned their national to defer all non-essential travel, and the UK and the US have warned their nationals to exercise caution in Male.In 2015, when the government declared a state of emergency because of fears of terrorism, tourist booking plummeted which hit economic growth hard.Nearly 1.4 million foreigners visited the Maldives last year, up from 1.28 million the previous year.What happens next?All eyes are on the security forces to see what will happen now that Gayoom is in detention, and whether further street protests will break out despite the state of emergency.Nasheed has already said he will run again in elections scheduled for this year and has called for regional super power India to intervene.Yameen, who has previously faced several unsuccessful opposition attempts to impeach him for alleged corruption, looks determined to fight off all challenges to his ruleOpposition legislators have also called on the international community to pressure Yameen.last_img read more

Texas Senate Approves School Finance Reform Bill But Opts Not To Fund

first_imgJuan Figueroa/The Texas TribuneLt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks from the dais in the Senate chamber last month.The Texas Senate on Monday approved a bill to massively overhaul public school finance, but did so while backing away from a proposal to use an increased sales tax to lower school district property taxes.After an hours-long debate on dozens of proposed changes, the Senate voted 26-2 on House Bill 3, which under the version passed by the upper chamber would increase student funding, give teachers and librarians a $5,000 pay raise, fund full-day pre-K for low-income students, and lower tax bills.The House and Senate will have to negotiate their significant differences over the bill — including how to offer teacher pay raises and property tax relief — in a conference committee before it can be signed into law.“When you’re doing something as complex as this, there’s going to be something you don’t like,” said state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, the bill’s author, anticipating tension throughout the day’s debate.Since school districts levy the majority of property taxes in Texas, many lawmakers have been seeking ways to help reduce those portions of Texans’ tax bills. But since the state is required to ensure school districts have enough money to educate students, any tax relief effort would have a significant cost — requiring the state to reimburse schools, if they’re unable to collect enough from local property taxes.Taylor had originally included several provisions that would provide ongoing tax relief, paid for by an increase in the sales tax by one percentage point.Republican leaders, including Gov. Greg Abbott, had thrown their support behind that sales tax swap, arguing it would help Texans who are currently being taxed out of their homes. But the proposal has serious detractors in lawmakers from both parties in both chambers who are opposed to a higher sales tax.So Taylor stripped the increase from HB 3 and offloaded some of the more expensive property tax relief provisions in the bill. The bill no longer includes an expansion in the homestead exemption from school district taxes. It lowers property tax rates by 10 cents per $100 valuation, instead of 15 cents, saving the owner of a $250,000 home $250 instead of $375.The legislation would still limit the growth in school districts’ revenue due to rising property values, a proposal pitched before session began by the governor. School districts that see their property values significantly increase would have their tax rates automatically reduced to keep tax revenue growth in line. That would now start next year, instead of in 2023.“The bill before us today has no linkage to the sales tax and is not contingent upon a sales tax,” Taylor said.Instead, the bill creates a separate “Tax Reduction and Excellence in Education Fund” to fund school district tax relief. State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, said a working group came up with a plan to get $3 billion from several sources, including the severance tax on oil and gas extraction and an online sales tax.“This does not increase any taxes of any kind,” he said.A few senators didn’t vote yes on HB 3 because they didn’t know the cost of the bill or how their school districts would be affected by it.“The lack of a fiscal note delineating the total cost of the bill was unacceptable,” said state Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, who voted against the bill along with state Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe.Creighton echoed those concerns about not knowing the legislation’s price tag, though he said he agreed with its policy.“Before the session ends, I will have another chance to vote on the final bill, and I look forward to supporting it once I have a clear understanding of the impacts on school districts in Senate District 4, and the true cost of the legislation, which will have implications for all Texas taxpayers,” he said in a statement after the vote.State Sens. Angela Paxton, R-McKinney, Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, and Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, marked themselves “present, not voting.”The House and Senate have passed versions of HB 3 that are similar in some ways: Both would raise the base funding per student — a number that hasn’t budged in four years — and would provide about $780 million for free, full-day pre-K for eligible students.Among the disagreements: how to make sure school employees get much-needed raises. The Senate has prioritized $5,000 pay raises for all full-time teachers and librarians. The House has directed districts to give all school employees about $1,388 in raises on average statewide and designated extra money for raises to be given at districts’ discretion.Senate Democrats’ efforts to extend those $5,000 raises to full-time counselors and other employees failed along party lines Monday.Also controversially for some, the Senate includes money providing bonuses to schools based on third-grade test scores and funding districts that want to provide merit pay for their top-rated teachers. Many teacher groups have opposed both, arguing it would put more emphasis on a flawed state standardized test.State Sen. Beverly Powell, D-Burleson, failed to get an amendment to the bill approved that would strike tying any funding to third-grade test scores.Teachers, parents and advocates following on social media had paid attention to Powell’s amendment, mobilizing in support through a Twitter hashtag “#NoSTAARonHB3.”Taylor pointed out that the bill also allows school districts to use assessments other than the state’s STAAR standardized test, which has lately come under renewed scrutiny, with researchers and advocates arguing it doesn’t adequately measure students’ reading abilities. He approved an amendment requiring the state to pay for school districts to use those alternative tests, which he estimated would cost about $4 million.Emma Platoff contributed to this story. It was originally published on The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.  Sharelast_img read more

Huge awareness campaigns on World Toilet Day

first_imgKolkata: The Panchayat and Rural Development department will conduct massive awareness campaigns against open defecation and other health issues on November 19 on World Toilet Day.The department has released tickers for television to create awareness against open defecation. There are tickers on hand wash where parents, particularly mothers, have been requested not to allow their children to take food without washing their hands. People have been asked to clear containers used to store water, flower pots as they serve as mosquito breeding grounds. They have also been requested to segregate garbage at source and keep bio-degradable waste in separate bins. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAll the 22 districts in Bengal are likely to be Open Defecation Free (ODF) by December 2019. It may be mentioned that Bengal had started to spread this campaign long before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on October 2, 2015. “All the districts in Bengal will be ODF much ahead of the schedule which is October 2, 2019”, said Dibyendu Sarkar, Commissioner, Panchayat and Rural Development department. Nadia was country’s first district that became ODF. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedFive districts in Bengal that are yet to be declared ODF are Purulia, Jhargram, North Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). Fourteen districts have formally been declared as ODF while in three other districts, work has been completed but the formal declaration has not happened yet. Panchayat and Rural Development department had lodged massive campaigns in the districts that have been declared as ODF requesting people to use toilets and maintain them as well. Teams have been set up comprising district officials and locals to ensure that people do not go out to defecate. The theme for the World Toilet Day is “When nature calls take action.” Throughout the globe, the movement is on to set up composting latrines that capture and treat human waste on site producing a free supply of fertilizers to help grow crops. According to a report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2015, 892 million people throughout the world practice open defecation while 4.5 billion live without a safe toilet and 62.5 percent people globally do not have access to safe sanitation. Every year 315000 children die globally due to unsafe water and poor sanitation.last_img read more

Have a Burning Business Question Ask Our Security Expert Gary Davis

first_img 3 min read May 4, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Cybersecurity. It’s a threat that can strike any business, any size, any time.Yet, often smaller sized companies feel they can fly under the radar and don’t feel threatened by hackers who have wreaked havoc on bigger companies – Target, Michaels and Home Depot, to name a few. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Indeed, startups face the same, if not, greater risk, of being a target for security breach — something that could be an end to an entrepreneur’s dreams rather quickly.Thankfully, we have Gary Davis as our expert. As the chief consumer security evangelist of Intel Security, he knows a thing or two about security and is looking to help entrepreneurs.Related: Verizon Hacked, With Data of 1.5 Million Customers Stolen”Having spent the lion’s share of my career in early stage companies and startups including being a founder, I have a special appreciation for the types of challenges that entrepreneurs face,” Davis says. “Sharing what I’ve learned about cybersecurity with them in a relevant way would be something that I would have appreciated when I was in their position.”During his time at Intel Security, Davis has worked closely with internal teams to ensure products and services meet customer need by staying on the forefront of security and evolving as technology changes.He also educates other businesses and consumers by having an active voice online, publishing articles and speaking about security issues to various outlets including Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, CNET, USA Today Fox News and CNBC. He also travels to various conferences around the world to discuss how to remain safe online.Related: Meet the Middlemen Who Connect Hackers for Hire With Corporate AmericaIn his tenure at Intel, Davis helped shaped the company’s strategies and plans, which led to record bookings in 2015 in the Consumer business and equating to double-digit growth over the previous year. Also, his security education series was one of the most successful campaigns ever launched by Intel, resulting in 129 million impressions.Prior to his role at Intel Security, Davis served in various management roles for the past 15 years, including overseeing security, consumer education software, social media and B2B integration.Outside of work, Davis serves on the board of directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance and is looking forward to using his expertise to have an impact on our readers.”Cybersecurity impacts all of us. Entrepreneurs need to be informed and educated on what’s going on in this space and what actions to take to safeguard their business from bad actors,” Davis says. “Being informed can help entrepreneurs better plan and budget for the business costs associated with cybersecurity.”We are honored to have Davis as our security expert for the month of May. He can speak on a number of topics pertaining to security, including privacy, breaches, protecting your data, Internet of Things and managing threats.Got a question you would like answered? Submit your questions by tweeting us, using the hashtag #ENTexpert. One topic will be selected by the editors of Entrepreneur and addressed by Davis in a weekly writeup. Related: 6 Reasons Smart Small Business Owners Invest In Security Register Now »last_img read more