17 Sep
2019

Complaints Commission takes legal effect August 1

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Jul 2015 – The final institution for protecting good governance will be established officially come August 1, 2015… the Governor has moved to see the Complaints Commissioner in full legal operation in a matter of weeks. Cynthia Astwood had been introduced since last September as the head of this constitutional body.“We are an independent body; as an independent body our decisions are final.”Along with six others, which includes the Integrity Commission, Director of Public Prosecutions, Human Rights Commission and the Supervisor of Elections, the Complaints Commission is a tenant of good governance with the mandate to investigate any action taken by a public body, including: grievances and conflicts in the workplace; performance issues, discrimination; harassment; corruption; maladministration, such as delays, bias, negligence, abuse of power, failing to give reason for a decision, not following through on a commitment and has the powers of a magistrate. When questioned on the necessity of this office, Astwood who had to meet certain qualifications including not being a former member of the House of Assembly explained.“That is there to protect good governance, and to ensure that Public Servants and other persons have other avenues to go to in case they have a concern or they feel they have not been fairly dealt with or an area needs more investigation to be carried out.”In that March interview, Mrs. Astwood added the commission is not set up to fire people from their jobs or functions in government but it is empowered to enter or inspect any Government office; the focus would be more in line with bringing resolution to complaints. While there is a full office set up in Grand Turk, Astwood said a significant goal for her is to establish a Providenciales place where a deputy Complaints Commissioner would take cases from Provo, North and Middle Caicos. There are some limitations for the Commission as explained in a news release from the Governor’s Office: “The Commission cannot investigate complaints about the Governor, Cabinet, House of Assembly, Justices, Magistrates, the Police or Chief Auditors, because separate complaints arrangements are in place.” MPs say they know nothing about pay raise Governor lauds Bien-Aime & Integrity Commission at anti-corruption meeting TCI’s Community College’s Dismercy Lugo wins Integrity Commission’s College Speak Off Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:complaints commission, cynthia astwood, Director of Public Prosecutions, Human Rights Commission and the Supervisor of Elections, integrity commissionlast_img read more

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14 Sep
2019

Face Up Strategy

first_imgAs a new publication, Arocha says Strategy’s cover lines were a tough area. “Cover blurbs have to play the part of ‘business’ when we fuse the business world with the creative world. They have to convey the magazine’s role as a business publication even when placed with a very artsy image.”The magazine’s second cover marks an initial venture into a world beyond concept covers. While the first issue “was to get us to the newsstand,” publisher Matt Pettoni says, the second cover “was to show readers who we really are.” DESIGNERS’ COMMENTS “The image is strong and clear, which gives it effectiveness, but the dark background color reduces the impact. The red of the lead cover line, ‘The King of Creative Marketing,’ is not legible on the reddish black background. ‘Hot Tips to Increase Income’ is a more effective pull than ‘How To Survive the Recession,’ and as such it should be the larger, more visible line. For business and financial titles there is an ongoing debate as to whether people or concepts make more effective covers. Concept covers are difficult to implement effectively issue after issue, but, when well done, tend to perform a little better. A person on a cover in this category can be effective if it is someone well known to the audience; if it is someone unknown, the impact is considerably diminished.” Linda Ruth | President | Publishers Single Copy Sales“The image is interesting. But the typography all seems to run together. The black bar at the bottom left cutting off his hand definitely isn’t helping the design. The biggest thing distracting me is the masthead and the tagline above it. It’s all very crowded and the two trademark symbols just aren’t needed.”Brian Taylor | Design Director | National Defense Magazine“I find this cover very difficult to understand. The ligature in the logotype is distracting. While I am sure this CEO’s look has something to do with the point he is proving, having your own logo on your clothes on a magazine cover doesn’t exactly say ‘creative marketing’ to me.”C. Winslow Taft, Jr. | Senior Art Director | Mental Floss Issue: November/December 2008Frequency: Bimonthly Launched: September/October 2008Circ: 20,000Editor: Mavian ArochaPublishing company: Strategy Magazine, LLCArt/Production Director: Emily Carmichael Who the heck is this guy? That’s what FOLIO: asked when initially seeing the November/December 2008 cover of Strategy, a business magazine tailored to young “Type A” MBAs. (The answer: a self-portrait of creative marketing CEO William Tincup.)Although November/December is only Strategy’s second issue, editor-in-chief Mavian Arocha has already worked to differentiate its cover from a typical business magazine. For its premiere issue, Strategy’s concept cover featured a hundred dollar bill wrapped around the fuse of a light bulb. While Arocha cites “amazing” feedback on this cover, the publication’s goal is to shy away from “‘always having to be about the light bulb.’ We want to do a 360-degree on the world of business and attract attention. Not so much in the business realm. We just really want people to pick it up.”Arocha credits cover model Tincup with the idea for the photo shoot. “I am a very big fan of self-portraits, so it’s an avenue I wanted to try. The photo shoot was wild and fun—and short. Once we previewed the image, we just knew.” Have a unique “cover” story? Contact FOLIO: Associate Editor Vanessa Voltolina.last_img read more

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10 Sep
2019

Mazda and Subaru hop on Toyotas selfdriving joint venture with SoftBank

first_img Post a comment 3:28 2019 Subaru Ascent review Enlarge ImageMonet Technologies’ first autonomous mobility contraption will likely be based on Toyota wild e-Palette concept.  Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Last October, Toyota and SoftBank announced the creation of a joint venture called Monet Technologies, which seeks to mix big data and self-driving cars in an effort to create a whole little mobility ecosystem. Now Monet’s ranks are expanding in a big way.Five other Japanese automakers are hopping into Monet Technologies with Toyota and SoftBank, Reuters reports. The group comprises Daihatsu, Isuzu, Mazda, Subaru and Suzuki. Each company will invest approximately 57 million yen (about $530,000) into the company, and in return, each automaker will receive a 2% stake in the company. SoftBank and Toyota both have 35% stakes, according to Reuters.If you’re wondering where the other 20% stake is, it’s split between two other Japanese OEMs. Honda and Hino, a Toyota subsidiary for trucks, both announced the purchase of 10% stakes back in March. The two companies paid about $2.27 million each for those slices of Monet Technologies.The goal of Monet is to build a self-driving car for use in various mobility enterprises, but the focus is on providing a vehicle for a ride-hailing venture that could go up against industry stalwarts like Didi Chuxing, Lyft and Uber. It’s believed that Monet will use a vehicle similar to the e-Palette concept Toyota showed off at CES 2018.The company will start its efforts in Japan, but it hopes to expand to other countries in the mid-2020s. Some of the companies involved have a past history already, especially when it comes to Toyota — Mazda, Subaru and Suzuki all have research and development agreements with the automaker. Subaru, for example, will co-develop a new EV platform with Toyota, while Mazda and Toyota are teaming up to built a joint-venture plant in the US. More From Roadshow Mazda Subaru Toyota 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Mazda SoftBank Subaru Toyota 22 Photos Toyota e-Palette is its vision for a multifunctional… Toyota e-Palette concept debuts at CES 2018 Tags 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 0last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

Teenage son kills father

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man died after being hit with a bamboo stick by his teenage son in Arpara village of Alfadanga upazila in Faridpur district on Tuesday evening.The deceased is Dablu Mia, 46, son of a certain late Hiru Mia of the village, reports UNB.Quoting locals, Alfadanga police station officer-in-charge Nazmul Karim said while returning from the jute field Dablu Mia found his son playing football instead of going to school or helping him in work.An angry Dablu started beating his son with a small stick. The son, however, fought back taking a bamboo stick from a nearby shop. The very first blow on the temple left Dablu critically injured.Locals took him to Upazila Health Complex where the doctor declared him dead.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Faridpur Medical College Hospital for autopsy, the OC added.The son has gone into hiding, he added.last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

Banani fire probably caused by electric short circuit Probe body

first_imgWreckage of the burnt building is seen in Dhaka on 29 March 2019, a day after flames tore through the 22-storey FR Tower. Photo: AFPThe probe committee formed by the home and disaster management and relief ministries suspected that the fire at FR Tower originated from an electric short-circuit on the seventh floor of the building that killed 26 people, reports UNB.Additional secretary Faijur Rahman, head of the probe body formed by the disaster management and relief ministry, came up with the information while talking to reporters after ending the public hearing on the fire incident at a temporary police control room near FR Tower on Sunday.The hearing was held from 10:00am to 12:00pm where statements of 24 witnesses were recorded.The committee will submit its probe report on 3 April based on information of 24 witnesses and victims, who are undergoing treatment at different hospitals.Firefighters on ladders work to extinguish a blaze in an office building in Dhaka on 28 March 2019. Photo: AFPFaijur Rahman said the main purpose of the public hearing is to identify the origin of the fire and provide some recommendations to find out ways of saving people in the case of recurrence of such incidents.Replying to a question, Faijur Rahman said, “No fire alarm rang during the fire incident and the emergency exit way in the building is narrow while some were found sealed off during the incident. That’s why people failed to use the door.”Besides, the smoke emitted from the fire filled up the staircases and the floors, causing suffocation to people, he said.”We didn’t find any witnesses from the seventh floor where the fire broke out first,” he said.As the building was made of glasses, smoke could not pass and spread throughout the floors and staircases, making it difficult for people to escape, he added.A fire broke out on the seventh floor of the high-rise on Thursday, killing 25 people and injuring 70 more. Later, a man injured in the deadly fire succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, taking the death toll from the incident to 26.last_img read more

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1 Sep
2019

SINGALONG MESSIAH

first_imgNew this year, on December 15th, Anthony Blake Clark will lead the audience and Chamber Chorus in Handel’s complete oratorio. Enjoy this surround-sound experience even if you don’t sing along! Bring your own musical score or purchase one at the concert. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. To reserve tickets or for more information, please contact Baltimore Choral Arts at 410-523-7070 or visit www.BaltimoreChoralArts.orglast_img

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31 Aug
2019

The LifeChanging Magic of Being Messy

first_imgAs a stereotypically “messy” person myself, I’ve received my own share of scorn. Living in a boarding school, I’m obligated to keep my room nice and tidy, ready for visitors and as a model to underclassmen. Monday room inspections are the norm, and faculty members have sometimes passively, sometimes aggressively, urged my roommate and me to clean up. For these purposes, I used to harbor a 24 x 24 x 24 cardboard box in which I’d stuff everything on Monday mornings and empty it out later that evening. Now, I just throw everything downstairs into the communal storage. Out of sight, out of mind. You might have a “messy” friend or family member. You can’t help but sigh at the chaos of their room — clean and dirty laundry mixed together. Odds are it’ll be difficult to walk two feet without encountering an empty chip bag. Gross? Yes. Bad? Not necessarily. As much judgment as we get for our clutter, research has shown that messiness can be a sign of creativity and openness. In the NYT article “It’s Not ‘Mess.’ It’s Creativity,” Kathleen D. Vohs’ study of messiness serves as a rare champion for us less-than-neat people. In her study, she gathered a group of subjects in a tidy room and another in a messy room. When each subject had to choose between a “classic” or “new” smoothie on a fake menu, the subjects in the tidy room chose “classic” while subjects in the messy room chose the “new” smoothies. This shows that “people greatly preferred convention in the tidy room and novelty in the messy room.” In addition, Vohs revealed that messy people were more creative. So, what does this mean? Read the whole story: The New York Timeslast_img read more

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9 Aug
2019

Rep Lauwers plan to increase government efficiency and transparency clears House committee

first_img29Nov Rep. Lauwers plan to increase government efficiency and transparency clears House committee Categories: Lauwers News,News The House Agriculture Committee today passed state Rep. Dan Lauwers’ plan to update and streamline the state’s laws protecting Michigan’s animal food agriculture.“This solution is a great example of legislators and constituents working together to serve Michiganders and make government more efficient,” Lauwers said. “Our farming technology has changed dramatically since this law was first enacted in the 1980s, and I am pleased to see the important work of updating the law move forward. Thank you to our partners in the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and various industry representatives for their work on this plan.”The bills’ movement signals great progress on a multi-year effort between the Legislature and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to update Michigan’s animal husbandry laws that began in 2015, when Lauwers chaired the House Agriculture Committee. This legislation also carried personal significance for Lauwers. His daughter, Lauren Lauwers, worked on this issue in 2015 while an intern for MDARD. She returned to the department after her internship to continue working on the issue.“These crucial changes bring order to Michigan’s Animal Industry Act, making it easier to follow and government more transparent,” said Dr. James Averill, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. “By updating and streamlining the Act, Michigan will be more nimble in its response to technological advances in agriculture. I commend Rep. Lauwers on his work to move this important bill through the legislative process.”Since its enactment in 1988, Michigan’s animal industry law has been amended sporadically many times, which resulted in a hard-to-follow mishmash of regulations. Updates were needed to reorganize and streamline the law, making it easier for Michigan’s farmers to follow.“Making the law easier to reference and follow will help Michigan’s farmers and agribusiness owners take all necessary precautions to protect all aspects of food animal production,” Lauwers said.HBs 6205, 6206 and 6214-15 will proceed to the full House for consideration.last_img read more

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7 Aug
2019

Eurosport has acquired the rights to the German wo

first_imgEurosport has acquired the rights to the German women’s Bundesliga football league for the next two seasons.Eurosport has secured the rights to broadcast live matches on each of the 22 match days for the 2013-14 an 2015-16 seasons. The deal with the DFB gives Eurosport international options to broadcast the Women’s Bundesliga across its 54 markets in Europe and 17 markets in Asia-Pacific. All matches will be broadcast in HD.Eurosport already holds rights to as the FIFA Women’s World Cup, UEFA Women’s Euro, Women’s UEFA Champions League, Algarve Cup and age-group international competitions such as the U17 and U20 FIFA World Cups and U17 and U19 UEFA European Championships.last_img

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