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Governor cautions Tourism Leaders more work to do

Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 May 2015 – Rejoice but don’t relax because the demands on the industry will increase; a caution coming from the Governor, His Excellency Peter Beckingham. It seems H.E. is back in action and according to a report reaching our newsroom yesterday he is praising the recent accolades for the tourism industry while warning that there is still room for improvement. He said, and I quote: “I am constantly struck by how seldom visitors get beyond Grace Bay. I can understand that the typical 3-4 day American visitor may not have the urge to travel after arriving in Providenciales. But Grand Turk and the other family islands need to receive a higher profile, and as a result get more visitors than the tiny proportion they receive of stay-over tourists.” The governor revealed that he is also watching to see how Tourism will spend its boosted budget and how the country’s gateway will enhance guest services. “I also would like to see an even more welcoming approach to visitors at Providenciales airport. They are literally the lifeblood of the prosperity or otherwise of everyone in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The heads of the public service and government departments, as well as the management of the Airport Authority, need to be constantly asking themselves whether there are ways to make the TCI welcome better than it is. There is still some way to go.” A candid presentation by the Governor to the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association yesterday which is about a week away from a seven city tour or fam trip to North America. Related Items:peter beckingham, tourism, tourism leaders Baha Mar deal should not be secret Survey shows TCI beaches keep visitors coming Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks & Caicos drops to #4 Island in the World; Hotel owner sounds off read more

Budgetfriendly Nokia 42 coming to US for 189 runs Android One

first_img 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The dual cameras of the Nokia 4.2. Sarah Tew/CNET Available at US retailers Amazon and BestBuy, you can preorder the affordable Nokia 4.2 phone today and have it ship by May 14. Launched in February at MWC 2019, the phone runs Android One and costs $189. Android One is a trimmed-down, stock version of Android without any of the fancy interface additions phone-makers may add. It’s a way for Google to make cheaper phones more accessible to price-conscious users. 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. Angela Lang/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $6 at Tidal 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. Amazon See It Comments $210 at Best Buy See it Read Google Home Hub review $999 $520 at HP Nokia 210, 1 Plus, 3.2 and 4.2 debut at MWC 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. Chris Monroe/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice Nokia phones arrive in every shape and type Best Buy Sprint Turo Google Nokia,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. 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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Tags Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img $60 at Best Buy $155 at Google Express See It 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. See It $59 at eBay 7 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 57 Photos The Cheapskate $299 at Amazon Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: $999 Phones 0 Read the AirPods review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. Share your voice JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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). CNET may get a commission from retail offers. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 $999 Boost Mobile 1:49 Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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. Read the Rylo camera preview 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. The Nokia 4.2 features two cameras on the back, a 13-megapixel standard camera and a 2-megapixel camera that senses depth. It also features face unlock, a fingerprint sensor and secure NFC for authorizing digital payments on Google Pay. A dedicated Google Assistant button launches the digital search assistant.Other specs include a 5.71-inch display, an octa-core Snapdragon 439 processor and 3GB of RAM. The phone comes in black and pink and if you want to take a look at it yourself before purchasing, you can find it in Best Buy stores starting June 9. Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See at Amazon $261 at Daily Steals via Google Expresslast_img read more

JK Rowling under fire Why fans are not pleased over Albus Dumbledores

first_imgFacebook / Harry PotterFans of JK Rowling are not happy after it was revealed that Albus Dumbledore was, in fact, a gay.As earlier reported, JK Rowling talked about Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald in a Blu-Ray feature of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. In the piece, the British author stated that they [Dumbledore and Grindelwald] were in an intense relationship adding, “But as happens in any relationship, gay or straight or whatever label we want to put on it, one never knows, really, what the other person is feeling.”JK Rowling further added that she is less interested in the sexual side of Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald’s relationship but even believes that there was some sexual dimension to the relationship.”I am in the sense of the emotions they felt for each other, which ultimately is the most fascinating thing about all human relationships.”After this news surfaced, several fans of Harry Potter world took to Twitter and other social media handles to share their disdain towards this revelation. There are several who are apparently not pleased that Rowling is exploring this tangent of Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality so late.One Twitter user posted, “I love Harry Potter so much but JK’s blatant (and failing) attempts to make Dumbledore any gayer without actually having the guts or motive to actually write it… Smh, making a character gay to seem woke or give them more depth… Sloppy, Rowling.” JK RowlingReutersWhile the other stated, “jk Rowling reappearing every 2 months to say something literally no one asked about is me adding more random details to my essay to up my word count.”Acclaimed writer-director Hazel Hayes compared this announcement with James Cameron’s Avatar movie sequels. As per Hayes, just like Avatar sequels, no one asked for this.As mentioned already, Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality is not mentioned in the Harry Potter books and the adapted movies. At the same time, there were speculations that in Fantastic Beasts movie series, we will get to see Dumbledore’s intense sexual relationship drama with Gellert Grindelwald, but as it turned out, it was not touched in detail. Fans are hoping that with Fantastic Beasts 3, JK Rowling would try to cover this area as well.last_img read more

IT company employees using legacy technologies fear for their jobs

first_imgAs domestic IT companies aim to ride high on the opportunities presented by evolving digital technologies, there are growing worries among software professionals of being wiped out by the digital wave.Currently, IT industry derives 80% of its revenue from older or legacy technologies but experts say that their contribution is to decline in the coming years and employees should upgrade their skills to face the change.IT workers who can’t adapt to the change will have to look for opportunities in companies where the usage of legacy skills is higher in proportion, said Prithvi Shergill, head of human resources at HCL Technologies.In April, India’s third largest IT firm Wipro had said the company’s focus on automation would bring down its headcount by a third in the next three years. .”Wipro is moving its automation focus from service desk to application services, which would lead to a reduction of 30% of its headcount in the next three years,” Wipro CEO TK Kurien had said on 27 April.Wipro said that the fall in headcount could come from attrition and realigning employees to “higher value technologies.”However, as clients look to deploy newer technologies and reduce spending on the legacy systems, employees need to revise their skills to stay relevant in the changing IT sector landscape.India’s largest software firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) had said in July that it would impart training to more than 1 lakh employees this year in the fast growing digital technologies. It aims to increase its revenue from digital segment to $5 billion over the next five years.While Java, Cobol, Mainframe, C and Fortran are still being used widely by the IT companies, nearly 30% of the employees working on other older technologies need to “upgrade or shift roles within the next three years to survive the change,” said Alka Dhingra, assistant general manager at Teamlease.”Many IT employees are acutely aware of this and are paying for their own training at third-party institutes,” she said.”Those who want to upgrade to newer technology are investing in it themselves, and moving on to better opportunities, within or outside their current workplace. However, growth in Indian IT companies is often not defined as coding proficiency in a given technology, but whether you are able to move on from coding to a more management or analysis-based role,” an employee of Tech Mahindra told The Economic Times.last_img read more

Olivia Culpo goes wild in skimpy swimwear model has fun during Sports

first_imgOlivia CulpoOlivia Culpo Official Instagram (oliviaculpo)Olivia Culpo sure knows how to turn up the heat. The beauty rocked a tiny thong bikini, held a snake, and more for her ‘Sports Illustrated’ photoshoot.Olivia Culpo is truly dedicated to getting the best shot! The model proved that she is willing to work very hard to get that perfect picture. The model worked the camera in a new Sports Illustrated video on Instagram that documented her photoshoot for the magazine. Reportedly the former Miss Universe danced around on a beach in South Australia for the gig in a tiny string red thong bikini.The model said in the video that they went to go see Remarkable Rocks, a set of boulders in Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island, Australia, for the shoot, as well. Olivia posed for pics amidst the beautiful landscape view wearing a white crop top and jeans. She said that she “already held a python” for the photoshoot, and next up was the black tiger snake. Olivia said it was one of the top 10 venomous snakes in the world. “Everyone’s so nervous,” she said. Olivia CulpoOlivia Culpo Official Instagram (oliviaculpo)Olivia Culpo made a grueling photoshoot look so breezy and fun. Olivia looks gorgeous, so a photoshoot might not be too much work for her, but she sure doesn’t let anything slow her down. The models sure seems like the type that gives it her all while working. And we have to say, you go girl. However, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Olivia. Reportedly, at the same time Olivia working with Sports Illustrated, herr ex-boyfriend went on a rant on social media about her! Olivia wrote about the experience of dealing with those emotions while having to remain professional in an Instagram post on May 8.”This was one of my hardest days for personal reasons (as some of you may remember),” Olivia began her caption. “I landed in Australia to shoot these photos with some info that rocked my world. Looking back at this first picture, I know exactly what was going through my mind at the time. I was so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be doing something I had dreamed of, and wished and hoped for since I was a little girl. And I sit here today feeling SO grateful.”Olivia isn’t seem to be letting personal drama get the better of her at work. You can check pout the video here:last_img read more

How Indias acid attack victims are empowering themselves

first_img How Indias acid attack victims are empowering themselves IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closelast_img read more

TRAI recommendations on net neutrality coming soon

Reuters FileNet neutrality is the most debated policy issue in past two years. Finally the regulatory, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is all set to send its recommendations on net neutrality to the government in a month time.The regulator has completed the open house discussions held in three cities including Delhi on Wednesday, and has received views from various stakeholders since January after the consultation paper was issued, reported the Economic Times.”All stakeholders are actively participating in this debate. I think TRAI should be able to give appropriate recommendation to the government which they have asked for,” TRAI Chairman RS Sharma was quoted as saying by ET after the closing of the open-house discussions.Speaking on timeline for the recommendations, the chairman said: “It should not take more than a month.”On Wednesday’s event, content providers and pro-net-neutrality members said the regulator should to take a non-discriminatory approach to ensure neutral access for all, and telecom companies should focus on improving speed and services.Proponent of net neutrality and the co-founder of Internet Freedom Foundation, Nikhil Pahwa, said: “The (permission-based) approach that telcos are suggesting is pure and simple extortion.”On the other hand, companies such as Airtel, Idea and Telenor said TRAI should take a principle-based approach rather than a narrow approach on the concept, according to the ET report.”Economic opportunity should be given to telcos to monetise their investment into networks without violating principles,” said Rajan Mathews, director general of Cellular Operators Association of India.Before issuing the consultation paper, the authority had presented a pre-consultation paper in May 2016, in which it discussed issues like definition of net neutrality, scope of traffic management practices, importance of unrestricted access and transparency, need for preserving customer privacy and national security.Earlier, the telecom watchdog had favoured net neutrality and said no internet service provider should charge differential pricing and that they would not be allowed to launch prohibited packs or plans or vouchers. read more

Amid ongoing divorce proceedings Ku Hye Sun shares private messages from exhusband

first_imgKu Hye SunKu Hye Sun Official Instagram (goohyesun_84)Ku Hye Sun and Ahn Jae Hyun shared the sad news that they were getting divorced. And ahead of their formal split, Ku Hye Sun has reportedly shared a set of text messages exchanged between her and Ahn Jae Hyun about their impending divorce.Ku Hye Sun does not seem to be taking the news of her divorce very well, the actress reportedly took to Instagram to reveal that her husband Ahn Jae Hyun wanted a divorce. It looks like Ku Hye Sun wasn’t satisfied with just acknowledging that her husband wanted a divorce, she went one step further and posted what appear to be screenshots of a text message conversation between the two spouses.The conversation, which is cut off at parts, seems to reveal that Ahn Jae Hyun and Ku Hye Sun have already agreed to a divorce. Throughout the text messages, Ahn Jae Hyun speaks to Ku Hye Sun in formal speech, while Ku Hye Sun speaks to Ahn Jae Hyun in informal speech (banmal).A: I already told the “New Journey to the West” staff the day before yesterday that I’ll be releasing the [divorce] agreement and the press statement that you gave me three days ago next week, and I’m currently in the process of discussing it with [the “New Journey to the West” staff]. Ku Hye Sun: Not next week. Depending on how my mom’s doing. Ku Hye SunKu Hye Sun Official Instagram (goohyesun_84)Ku Hye Sun: To me, “New Journey to the West” isn’t more important than how my mom’s doing.A: We’ve already come to an agreement, and all that’s left is the paperwork. I think it would be a meaningless meeting. Let’s move forward as scheduled, and I’ll meet with your mother.A: I’ve also called her by phone.Ku Hye Sun: I heard that you had made plans to meet. Contact me when you meet.Ku Hye Sun: Just like you persuaded her when we got married, take responsibility and persuade her about our divorce. Paperwork isn’t hard.It is not clear what Ky Hye Sun hopes to achieve by posting this. Airing private matters on social media isn’t going to stop her divorce, in fact, it might only speed it up. You can check out the messages here:  Ku Hye SunInstagram Ku Hye SunInstagramlast_img read more

PM Hasina asks BGB to strictly maintain discipline

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday hoped that the members of Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) will work for the development of the country maintaining their discipline strictly.”I always want this force (BGB) to maintain its discipline strictly and work for the development of the country,” she said.The prime minister said this while addressing the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Day 2017 at its Peelkhana headquarters in the city.Sheikh Hasina said the loyalty and trustworthiness among the BGB members are above all questions. “I believe that the mutual confidence, respect, discipline, humanity and above all mutual sympathy among the officers and members will strengthen the bonding of this force,” she said.The prime minister asked the BGB members to discharge their duties with patriotism, honesty and in a disciplined manner.She also mentioned that BGB is the ‘resort of confidence’ for the nation when it comes to safeguarding the border, maintaining internal law and order and tackling manmade and social calamities.She recalled the destructive politics and activities, including arson attacks by the BNP-Jamaat clique, during the last general election, and praised the BGB members for their extraordinary efforts to maintain the law-and-order situation in the country.Describing the various development programmes taken by her government for the welfare of the BGB and its members, the PM said the government’s support and assistance will continue for the development of this force.The prime minister said helicopters will be provided to the BGB soon for travelling to remote areas across the borders by its members and perform their duties.Highlighting the glorious role of the then EPR members during the Liberation War in 1971, the prime minister said they had put up a strong resistance against the Pakistani forces in the early hours of the Liberation War responding to the call of Bangabandhu.She said the EPR members were the first who had transmitted Bangabandhu’s proclamation of Independence across the country through their wireless system for which Subedar Major Showkat Ali along with his four colleagues were martyred.Earlier, on her arrival at BGB headquarters, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan and director general of BGB major general Abul Hossain Ahmed received the prime minister.On the occasion, an attractive parade was arranged at Bir Uttam Anwar Hossain Parade Ground at the BGB headquarters. The prime minister inspected the parade and took salute.Cabinet members, PM’s advisers, parliament members, the chiefs of the three services, diplomats and high civil and military officials were present.The prime minister handed over BGB Medal (BGBM), President Border Guard Medal (PBGM), BGB Medal-Service (BGBMS) and PBGM-Service (PBGMS) to 51 BGB members for their courageous and brilliant contributions to various activities of the BGB.The prime minister witnessed the attractive drills of the BGB during the parade.A group of representatives led by Indian Border Security Force director general Krishan Kumar Sharma and another group of representatives headed by police commander of Myanmar’s Border Guard Police Brigadier General Myint Toe witnessed the parade.last_img read more

OC withdrawn for taking bribe

first_imgMap of ChuadangaAn officer-in-charge (OC) of Damurhuda police station was withdrawn to Chuadanga district’s police lines on Monday following various allegations including taking bribe from drug traders.Several allegations were filed against OC Akram Hossain including taking bribe from a listed drug peddler of Darshana promising not to arrest him, said officials at the police station said.Quoting the officials, a UNB report says, the OC also helped the drug trader to flee away from the area.Following the allegations, Akram was withdrawn to district police lines on Monday night around 11:00pm, said Mahbubur Rahman, superintendent of Chuadanga police.A three-member committee has been formed to investigate the incident, he added.last_img read more

Nukes on the menu at TrumpKim dinner in Hanoi

first_imgTrump- KimDonald Trump and Kim Jong Un meet Wednesday in Hanoi for the second date in an unlikely friendship that the US president hopes will push North Korea’s reclusive leader closer to reaching a deal on his nuclear arsenal.Trump touched down late Tuesday on Air Force One after flying half way around the world from Washington, while Kim arrived earlier, following a two-and-a-half-day train journey from Pyongyang.On completing their marathon trips, the protagonists of international diplomacy’s most surprising bromance were treated to joyful welcomes from crowds of excited, flag-waving onlookers across the Vietnamese capital.But much of their schedule was shrouded in mystery, and the summit has been preceded by few of the usual preliminary negotiations, with some of the arrangements still being ironed out in Hanoi on Tuesday.Starting with a brief conversation followed by dinner Wednesday, then in more talks Thursday, Trump and Kim aim to build on their startling initial meeting in Singapore last June.While that first summit ended with a vague statement promising to work “towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”, they have since disagreed on what that means, and this time Trump in particular faces pressure to deliver concrete results.On the plus side, there has been more than a year without North Korea rattling its neighbours with rocket and nuclear tests.But the isolated state has done nothing to roll back the arsenal it has already built, and Trump’s own top intelligence advisers say Kim remains determined to keep the one weapon he believes can guarantee his regime’s survival.And while Trump left Singapore claiming that North Korea is “no longer a nuclear threat”, analysts dismiss that as “patently false” and Pyongyang is believed to have spent the intervening time quietly expanding its capabilities.Good vibes”Thank you to all of the people for the great reception in Hanoi. Tremendous crowds, and so much love!” Trump tweeted after reaching his Hanoi hotel from the airport.Earlier, Kim got a similar reception from excited locals when he visited the North Korean embassy under heavy security.”Trump is someone who has a strong character. His words are followed by actions,” said one admiring Hanoi resident, Le Dinh Hung, who carried a painting of Trump that he wanted to give him.The US president, who left behind a mounting tide of legal and political troubles in Washington, will be hoping he can carry those good vibes into the summit.Long gone are the days when he ridiculed Kim as “rocket man” and Kim responded by calling him a “mentally deranged US dotard”. Now Trump talks of “love” between them.And in the run-up to the summit he suggested that if the North gave up its weapons, it could be transformed from an isolated fortress state to an Asian economic tiger — much like Vietnam, a communist country that embraced capitalism and buried its confrontation with the United States.But the North is rated as the world’s least investable country by global risk assessment firm Verisk Maplecroft.”With complete Denuclearization, North Korea will rapidly become an Economic Powerhouse,” tweeted Trump. “Without it, just more of the same.”Sticks and carrotsWith Congress investigating Trump for alleged illegal activities and also preparing to try and stop his controversial use of executive power to fund the construction of a US-Mexican border wall, the president would dearly like to change the news narrative by proclaiming a dramatic win.Critics of Trump say he is so keen to deal with Kim that he could give away too much in his desire to make headlines, even endangering long-standing allies South Korea and Japan. In Singapore, Trump took his own generals by surprise when he announced a suspension of military exercises with the South — something the North badly wanted.But the time for empty gestures is also over, analysts say.”The window for diplomatic progress with North Korea will not remain open indefinitely. The second summit… must emphasise substance over pageantry,” said Kelsey Davenport from the Arms Control Association.For Washington, this would ideally include getting Kim to dismantle the key nuclear facility at Yongbyon, allow in international inspectors, or even hand over a full list of all the country’s nuclear assets — something the North Koreans have categorically refused to do.In return, Trump is believed to be considering dangling relief from tough international sanctions. Opening of diplomatic liaison offices is another possible US concession.And Trump could go further by making a hugely symbolic declaration that the 1950-53 Korean War is over, after hostilities ended with a ceasefire but no peace treaty.However, every potential move is fraught with danger.North Korea has proved expert for many years at stringing along American presidents while continuing to pursue its nuclear ambitions.And the rarely restrained Trump appeared to downplay expectations before he flew to Vietnam, stressing that continued suspension of missile and nuclear tests was what mattered most, and suggesting that more summits may be needed.”I don’t want to rush anybody. I just don’t want testing,” Trump said at the weekend. “As long as there’s no testing, we’re happy.”last_img read more

How To Deal With Political Discussion In The Workplace

first_imgListen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Ed MayberryJackie Ford with the Houston law firm VorysMany offices have guidelines that prohibit wearing political clothing or bringing campaign material into the workplace. The same goes for sending political emails to co-workers, or using work time to air your political views on social media.Jackie Ford is with the Houston law firm Vorys. She has advice on talking about politics in the workplace, and knowing when to change the subject — or just to walk away. 00:00 /03:32 Sharelast_img read more

Neighbors Divided Over Mold Concerns At Crofton Place

first_img X Listen Share 00:00 /01:03 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Davis LandCrofton Place Property Manager Steve Zola (bottom right) debates a canvasser from Texas Organizing Project over mold concerns on the property.What was supposed to be a simple press conference about mold from flood-damage ended in a yelling match.Activist group Texas Organizing Project is trying to point out moldy conditions in low-income housing across Houston. The group said many Houston residents can’t find affordable housing that is safe and clean and scheduled a press conference at Crofton Place Apartments to draw attention to the problem. They claim to have documentation of mold in the apartments, including letters from doctors recommending that some tenants find other places to live. However, Croft Place residents there were not having it.The event quickly devolved into yelling between residents, the property manager, and the organization. A fight almost broke out after a resident through a bottle of soda at one of the activists. Crofton Place residents spoke out in defense of property manager Steve Zola. He said the Texas Organizing Project’s claims are unfounded.Davis LandCrofton Place Property Manager Steve Zola (right) speaks to media on mold concerns on the property.“They have no idea what’s going on, none whatsoever,” Zola said. “There is nobody that’s living in these apartments that are living with mold.”Zola ordered the group off the property.The Texas Organizing Project continues to disagree, despite Zola’s claims. They say they have documentation of the mold’s presence as recently as two days ago. “Today was simply a front and a show from those who he is giving free apartments to to cover himself,” said canvasser Ann Sampson.Zola has not collected rent at Crofton Place since Hurricane Harvey. last_img read more

Pinterest Just Rolled Out a Nifty Visual Search Feature

first_img Whether you’re using Pinterest to plan the perfect party or decorate your home, as helpful as it can be to generate ideas, sometimes you want to actually figure out how to get your hands on the exact item you see in the photo. This week, the image bookmarking platform unveiled a new visual search tool help users do just that. So how does it work? If you see something you like, you can hit the little gray and white magnifying glass in the top right hand corner and can drag your mouse to put a box around the part of the image you want to learn more about.Related: What You Need to Know About Those New Blue Price Tags on PinterestThat will yield a selection of visually similar results and tags you can choose from based on what’s in the photo to narrow down the search. To take it a step further, when focused in on the specific item, whether it’s a lamp or a chair or a dress, Pinterest will give the user the exact name and where it can be purchased.The feature is now available for both mobile and web. This new search tool is not the only step that Pinterest, which was valued at $11 billion in March following a $367 million funding round, has taken lately to make ecommerce a seamless part of the user experience.At the end of June, the company unveiled buyable pins for mobile iOS users. As of last week, the 60 million pins accompanied by the blue “Buy it” buttons became available for Android users. The announcement on the company blog about the rollout for Android also included a look at the new Pinterest Shop, a curated marketplace that will come to mobile over the next several weeks.Related: Pinterest Pegged at $11 Billion After Raising $367 Million in New Funding Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min readcenter_img November 9, 2015 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more