PDM budget to finance ideas from KPMG Tourism Report Two developments touted

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 6, 2017 – Providenciales – Major Developments in tourism sector are expected to be rolled out in the coming months and will be in keeping with the recommendations put forward by the KPMG TCI Tourism Strategy Report completed and published since 2015.Tourism Minister Ralph Higgs showed obvious disdain for the former administration’s failure to implement any of the recommendations of the report.  Higgs said the PDM Administration is now ready to at least tackle the ‘low hanging fruit’ for transformation of the sector.  “For the first time since the introduction of the KPMG report, we have made funds available for the implementation of that report. So as soon as the budget is passed we will roll out a calendar of events carrying out the Change Document, consistent with the recommendations of the KPMG report”The minister in presenting the his ministry’s accomplishments in the PDM government’s First 100 days in office press conference, announced several projects on the cards including the Royal Reef Project, which is said to be in its final phases. The project is expected to benefit residents of North and Middle Caicos, whom the minister reminded were not forgotten by his administration.   Tourism is awaiting the sign off for the Royal Reef Project from investors and stakeholders, and he urged the developers to move quickly on their final plans.Royal Reef had been stalled and is expected to make a rebound and bring much needed employment opportunities to residents of the country’s two largest islands. Minister Higgs confirmed also that  approval was met for the development of a Boutique and Hotel in North Caicos.Meanwhile, plans include the creation of a future terminal in Sandy Point as discussed with the Ports Authority. It is expected that an Environment Impact Assessment will come first for the Sandy Point area. The minister says its aim is to quote “give relief to persons who use those channels for boating and shipping purposes” that there would be no negative environmental effect on the pristine waterway in North Caicos.Story by: Kimberly Ramkhalawan#MagneticMediaNews#twodevelopmentsforNorthCaicos#KPMGtourismreport Related Items:#KPMGtourismreport, #magneticmedianews, #twodevelopmentsforNorthCaicoslast_img read more

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Northshore Increases Production to Eight Issues Yearly

first_imgRMS purchased the Essex County, Massachusetts pub in 2005 from an independent self-publisher for what Sedler told FOLIO: in 2009 to be “an eighth of its total worth today”. Beginning as a quarterly controlled subscription magazine, Northshore was repositioned under a paid sub model. The magazine now has a circulation of 30,000, and is also available on newsstands.According to a prepared news statement, Northshore managed to hit its advertising, circulation and production target goals over the past three years. The magazine’s current issue, Best of the North Shore 2011, brought in the highest ad revenue in the publication’s history.Sedler says installing an internal sales progression tracking system helped greatly improve staff productivity, “We learned that our salespeople, who thought they put in a good day’s work, were actually only spending an hour or two on what really matters…: adding new accounts, contacting the clients via phone or email, making a presentation, getting verbal orders and executing signed contracts.” Other updates included integrating production and accounting into publication software, as well as integrating Northshore‘s CRM into the software. “This removed redundant data entry and insertion order creation,” says Sedler.The publisher also set up remote access for selling materials, installed emailed agreements with a digital signature option and “removed sales from the process of ad material collection and client design approvals entirely”. A welcome kit for advertisers was created, involvement in community events and trade shows was heightened and a newsstand consultant was hired to improve magazine visibility. Also aiding in the Northshore‘s growth is the publisher’s attitude. “Believe you can grow the business,” says Sedler. “Turn off the news about the economy.” Regional pub Northshore magazine announces a frequency increase, upping from six to eight issues annually. According to Rick Sedler, president of parent company RMS Media Group and publisher of the magazine, “We have been fortunate to have maintained a steady page-count increase for the last several years. Our growth is based largely on increased advertising sales revenues. This affords us the opportunity to create more features…Further, there has been demand for additional issues from both our readers and our advertisers.”last_img read more

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Verizons antirobocall service will be automatically enabled on Android phones

first_img Post a comment 0 The free version of Call Filter will block robocalls, sending them automatically to voicemail, and put a warning label on potential spam calls. Verizon said auto-enrollment will begin Tuesday for postpaid customers with eligible devices. Prepaid Android customers and iPhone users can enroll in the free service by downloading the Call Filter app. Verizon started offering a free version of its spam- and robocall-blocking tools to customers in March. The wireless carrier also offers a paid version called Call Filter Plus, which costs $2.99 a month per line. The paid service offers additional tools like the ability to identify unknown callers by name and a spam number lookup feature.The number of unwanted robocalls skyrocketed 46% from 2017 to 2018. A January report from Hiya, a caller ID service, said there were 26.3 billion robocalls made in the US in 2018. The number breaks down to an average of 10 monthly calls per person. The FCC has said frustration over robocalls is the No. 1 complaint it receives from consumers, amounting to hundreds of thousands of grievances filed with the agency every year. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Best Buy Tips to stop robocalls Apple iPhone XS Boost Mobile See It $999 See It Now playing: Watch this: See it Sprint 1:04 $999 See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR The free Call Filter service blocks robocalls and flags potential spam calls. Angela Lang/CNET Verizon on Tuesday said it’ll begin automatically enrolling eligible Android phones in its free Call Filter service. The company said it’s making the move after the Federal Communications Commission in June voted to give wireless carriers greater power to “aggressively block” unwanted robocalls. “We know our customers are sick and tired of the endless onslaught of robocalls,” Ronan Dunne, Verizon executive vice president, said in a release. “Our team is committed to developing and enhancing the tools that will help bring relief to our customers. This is another major step in that process.” Share your voice $999 Tags Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Verizonlast_img read more

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Jeep Cherokee and Wrangler India Launch Delayed

first_imgItalian automobile giant Fiat has been considering the launch of its iconic jeep in India for a while. A latest report now suggests that the launch of Jeep brand in India will not happen any time soon, as the company thinks that India’s current auto market deceleration could affect the vehicle’s sales.The company had earlier planned to launch its Jeep in India by the end of 2013. When that did not happen, auto enthusiasts speculated that the Jeep would enter the Indian market India at the 2014 Auto Expo, which is scheduled to take place next month (February).Though the launch of  Jeep sport-utility vehicle in India has been delayed, the company has not dismissed its plans for the sub-continent auto market, said a Wall Street India report. According to the report, the company is currently waiting for the market to pick up from the economic slowdown. Jeep’s entry with the enthralling Cherokee and Wrangler in Indian automobile industry will challenge car brands like Audi, BMW, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz. “There were a number of changes in 2013 in terms of the economic conditions for launching new brands [in India],”Manley president and chief executive of Chrysler’s Jeep brand told Wall street India adding: “What I did was take another view of Jeep during the year and felt that 2013 wasn’t the right year with those changes to launch Jeep.”It looks like Fiat’s careful market approach is also a result of the company’s previously failed alliance in the country with Mahindra.last_img read more

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BJP women netas dont want their husbands to meet PM Mayawati takes

first_imgBSP supremo Mayawati took a potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty ImagesAhead of the last and final phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, politicians continue to mud-sling each other.Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati took a potshot at Narendra Modi after the Prime Minister accused her of “shedding crocodile tears” over the Alwar gang-rape. The BSP chief stated that women legislators in the Bharatiya Janata Party fear that if PM Modi meets their husbands, they will leave their wives as PM Modi did.Addressing a press conference, Mayawati said, “In BJP, married women leaders get scared when they see their husbands around PM Modi. They fear that this Modi will separate them from their husbands.” Mayawati said that Modi could not be expected to respect others sisters and wives when he had left his own wife for political gains.This is the first time that any political leader has criticised the Prime Minister’s personal life.Accusing Modi of playing politics over the Alwar rape case, Mayawati slammed the Prime Minister for showing sympathy for Dalits and said that his words rang hollow. “If Modi had genuinely been a backward caste person, he would not have objected to bungalows owned by Dalit and OBC people. He changes his caste every day for electoral gains,” she added.Mayawati said that Modi had tried to break the Samajwadi Party (SP)-BSP alliance and would earlier address her as ‘behenji’ but when he realised that the alliance would not break, he has started addressing her as ‘bua’.”The ‘sanskari’ people in the country address me as ‘behenji’. Even my parents call ‘behenji’ and so does Akhilesh Yadav,” she stated.Earlier on Sunday, May 12, Prime Minister Modi asked why BSP supremo Mayawati did not withdraw support to the ruling Congress in Rajasthan after a Dalit woman was gang-raped in front of her husband in Alwar on April 26. Addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar, PM Modi said: “A Dalit girl was gang-raped in Rajasthan which is being ruled by the ‘naamdar’ (Congress) with the support of BSP. Both the parties are trying to suppress the matter. The daughters of this state are asking ‘behenji’ why hasn’t she taken back her support to the Congress after the incident.”Meanwhile, Mayawati appealed to people to vote for the alliance in the final phase of elections. Uttar Pradesh will go to polls in the sixth phase on May 19. Results will be declared on May 23.last_img read more

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Watch Facebooks F8 Conference Here

first_img Popular on Variety The Facebook Developers Conference (a.k.a F8) kicked off on Tuesday, Apr. 30 in San Jose, Calif. with a keynote from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and people can watch it live in the player below. It’s also available on Facebook or on the Oculus App.This is Facebook’s tenth F8 conference. It began in 2007 as an 8-hour hackathon (hence the name), but it’s since evolved into a 2-day event for developers, creators, and entrepreneurs who use the social media platform. The conference features deep-dive sessions, product demos, and more.The Oculus Rift S and the Oculus Quest are both shipping on May 21 and they’re now available for pre-order, Zuckerberg announced during his keynote. The Rift S is an upgrade to Facebook’s flagship VR headset. It features improved optics and a higher resolution display. The Oculus Quest, meanwhile, is a standalone device powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM. It comes in a 64GB version for $399 and a 128GB version for $499.Zuckerberg also touted the platform’s new “privacy-focused vision” less than a week after Facebook executives said during an earnings release the company expects to pay as much as $5 billion to settle an ongoing FTC investigation into its privacy practices. He unveiled a dedicated desktop Facebook app along with an updated Messenger app. Both feature built-in encryption. He also announced an updated Facebook app with a cleaner look. It rolls out today. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Indias cultural influences reflect in its cuisine Rocco

first_imgHaving visited India five times in the last three years for a total of 26 weeks, Italian-Canadian chef David Rocco feels that the country is his “second home”. He says it’s interesting how the cultural influences of the country shine through its cuisine.Rocco has explored India as part of a TV show for channel FOX Life. For the second season of the Italian-Indian culinary adventure “David Rocco Dolce India”, he returned to the nation and visited lesser-known locales to uncover some hidden gems. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It was really cool discovering these unique and diverse communities throughout India and seeing how their cultural influences are reflected in the cuisine,” said Rocco in an email interview from Toronto. Through his show, which airs in over 150 countries including India, he introduces viewers to the Portuguese influence in Goa, the Chinese community in Kolkata and the holiest of Punjabi traditions in Amritsar, while sampling plenty of culinary delights along the way. “I was first introduced to Indian food many years ago, but having Indian food in India is a totally different experience than outside of India. And of course making my first Indian dish was a little intimidating, but I’ve learnt a lot since then in terms of ingredients and technique. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“In season two of my show, I’m much more comfortable with the process and I really start to play around with certain dishes, combining flavours that north and south Indians might never have even thought to work with,” said Rocco, whose first attempt at Indian food was a ‘dal’ (lentil) and he found it “pretty straightforward” in making.The author of three cookbooks, Rocco has travelled the world over. But he said: “I’m attracted to India for its diversity and the warmth of its people”. He is also fascinated with the importance given to food and family in the Indian culture, which he finds “so diverse, from region to region”. In his show, he says he fuses his own style of cooking with Indian ingredients as “inspiration”.“You could call it the easy Indian approach. I’m really being an ambassador to the people outside of India, helping them see how accessible Indian cooking can be,” he added, stressing that localisation of global cuisine is “an incredibly common thing around the world”.“For instance, McDonalds is different everywhere you go! If you look at Italian food, you can get it pretty much everywhere in the world: lasagne, pizza and pasta are probably some of the most universally liked dishes that you can get in any major city across the globe. Is it authentic? Most likely not.last_img read more

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An orange a day may prevent agerelated vision loss

first_imgIf you want to prevent losing your vision as you age and keep your eyes healthy, eat oranges daily, says a study led by an Indian origin researcher.Macular degeneration is a condition associated with old age that causes vision loss at the centre of the fieldf vision. The results showed that people who ate at least one serving of oranges every day had more than 60 per cent reduced risk of developing late macular degeneration 15 years later.The effect may be due to flavonoids present in oranges that help prevent vision loss. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFlavonoids are powerful antioxidants found in almost all fruits and vegetables, and they have important anti-inflammatory benefits for the immune system.”Essentially we found that people who eat at least one serve of orange every day have a reduced risk of developing macular degeneration compared with people who never eat oranges,” said lead researcher Bamini Gopinath from the University of Sydney.”Even eating an orange once a week seems to offer significant benefits,” she added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the team interviewed more than 2,000 people aged over 50 and followed them over a period of 15 years.Gopinath explained that previously most of the researches had focused on the effects of common nutrients such as Vitamins C, E and A on the eyes.The team also looked at other flavonoid containing foods like tea, apple, red wine. However they did not find any relation between other sources and protection of eyes against the disease.Age is the strongest known risk factor and the disease is more likely to occur after the age of 50. There is currently no cure for the disease.last_img read more

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Intel Unveils Platform to Simplify Connectivity of Products

first_img 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Intel Corp on Tuesday unveiled a new platform to make it easier for companies to create Internet-connected smart products using its chips, security and software.Intel’s platform is like a set of building blocks based on the chipmaker’s components and software for companies to create smart, connected devices, Doug Davis, head of Intel’s Internet of Things business, said at a launch event in San Francisco.It also aims to make it easier to connect to data centers in order analyze data collected from devices’ sensors.”We’re creating compute capability in end-point devices that scale from our highest performance Xeon processor to the Quark family of products,” Davis said, referring to Intel’s chips.After moving slowly in recent years to adapt its personal computer chips for smartphones and tablets, Intel is determined to make sure it is on the leading edge of future computing trends, industry experts and company executives have said.Adding processors, sensors and web connectivity to devices from soccer balls to industrial machinery, an emerging trend dubbed the Internet of Things, has become a new battleground for Intel, rival Qualcomm and other technology companies.The install base of wireless gadgets will more than double by the end of the decade, with most of the growth coming from smart devices other than PCs and smartphones, according to market research firm ABI Research.Intel’s Internet of Things Group had $530 million in revenue in the September quarter. That accounted for just 4 percent of Intel’s total revenue in the quarter, but it grew 14 percent over the previous year, which was faster than the company’s PC business. Dell, SAP, Tata Consultancy, Accenture and other companies are working with the new reference model, Davis said.(Reporting by Noel Randewich; Editing by Alan Crosby) December 10, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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CES 2017 HTC Wants to Drive the VR Revolution and It Needs

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read January 5, 2017 Register Now »center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Entrepreneur is on the ground at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Check back for highlights from the event as well as insights from thought leaders and innovators. Today at CES, HTC announced a web of initiatives designed to rapidly grow its virtual reality market. The plan will empower smaller companies, content creators and just about anyone en route to HTC’s ultimate goal — building the largest ever virtual reality platform.While VR’s revolution has seemed stalled for years, 2016 saw some important launches including Facebook’s Oculus and Sony’s Playstation VR. HTC’s $800 Vive was also released last year and reportedly sold more than 140,000 units between April and October. To be sure, that’s not a massive number, which is likely why HTC would want a ground-up approach to boost both its user base and consumer interest in general.Image credit: Stephen J. BronnerRelated: Nothing Matters at CES 2017 Without the SmartphoneThe new strategy is multi-pronged and hinges on content. Some 1,000 pieces of VR content released on HTC’s platform last year, an average of 30 a week, and the company predicts 3,000 titles will release at the end of this year, said Rikard Steiber, president of Viveport, the platform’s content store. The company specifically mentioned it will focus on the education, with apps designed to help teachers visualize their lessons to students, and enterprise markets (HTC did not specify specifics for the latter).To help consumers discover content, which helps developers reach new audiences, Vive will introduce a virtual reality subscription service — “it’s Netflix for VR,” Steiber said.Related: What 4 Experts Expect From This Year’s CESBut the company also needs to expose more people to its hardware. One way to do that is to place headsets in the real world, in what it’s dubbing VR arcades. Any business from a movie theater, a theme park to just anyone with space can start an arcade business. And to help these business owners, HTC will introduce an app store specifically for them.Finally, on the software front, the company said that a mobile VR app store opened today in China. Mobile is the most popular way to first experience VR, Steiber said. Oculus already has a mobile platform with its Gear VR headset for Samsung devices.Image credit: Stephen J. BronnerLastly, HTC announced a piece of hardware called the Vive Tracker, which makes it easier for accessory companies to introduce their products in the virtual space. The device is 10 centimeters in length with a six-hour battery. At the press conference, the tracker was attached to fake guns, a real baseball bat (which it says can be used to train professional baseball players) and a pair of gloves that detect finger movement. Basically, with a sensor attached to the item, it can be easily tracked in the virtual realm. No price has been released but the launch window is set for the second quarter.Finally, responding to complaints from users, the company also announced the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, which aims to be more comfortable by including headphones in the strap and a dial to adjust its size. It will also release in the second quarter. No price was announced.HTC’s plan shows it knows it can’t survive just on early adopters and gamers. To truly grow, it needs to show the widest swath of consumers the technology’s potential, and this multi-faceted approach looks like a smart way to do just that.last_img read more

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Canadians and dual citizens not affected by Trump ban but anxiety still

first_img OTTAWA — The Trudeau government has received assurances that Canadian passport holders will not be caught up in an American travel ban that has barred citizens of seven countries from entering the United States.According to the CBC, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Sunday that the White House has assured that permanent residents of Canada can enter the U.S. with a valid Canadian permanent resident card and passport from one of the seven affected countries (Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya).United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that barred people from these seven countries from entering the U.S. for three months, causing mass confusion and protests across the country. It was initially unclear whether Canadians who are also citizens of the affected countries would be allowed entry, as the State Department said that dual citizens were included in the ban.However, on Saturday night, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent an email saying that the U.S. has given assurances that Canadians with dual citizenship will not be turned away at the border.“We have been assured that Canadian citizens travelling on Canadian passports will be dealt with in the usual process,” said the email from Kate Purchase, Trudeau’s director of communications.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTPurchase’s email also said Trudeau’s National Security Adviser Daniel Jean and other officials were in contact with their American counterparts, including Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.“NSA Flynn confirmed that holders of Canadian passports, including dual citizens, will not be affected by the ban,” Purchase said.Trump’s executive order also banned refugees from Syria indefinitely, pending a review of the application process.Bijan Ahmadi, president of the Iranian Canadian Congress, said he’s outraged by the new policy.“It’s unacceptable. It’s very unreasonable,” he said in an interview earlier Saturday before the situation regarding dual citizens was clarified. “It’s very discriminatory to target people based on their race, their religion, the country of their origin and the country of their birth. And the community has that same outrage.”“Everybody’s nervous, everybody of Somali origin and Muslim origin,” said Osman Ali, the Toronto-based director of the Somali Canadian Association of Etobicoke. “The community feels that it’s a way of targeting the Muslim community, the African community and the black Muslim community.”WestJet and Air Canada said they were waiving cancellation fees for people who hold passports from the affected countries. Air Canada said it expected that only a small handful of its passengers would be affected.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Despite assurances from the Prime Minister, the opposition New Democrats are pressing for an emergency debate when the House of Commons resumes today.New Democrat MP Jenny Kwan wants to delve more deeply into how the American ban affects Canada and how the government plans to respond.Government House leader Bardish Chagger seemed open to a debate, but noted the decision is up to Commons Speaker Geoff Regan.U.S. officials are expected to hear firsthand today how Canadians feel about the ban that affects people from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya.At least two protests are planned, one outside the American embassy in Ottawa and the other at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto.The size of the demonstrations is unclear, but American diplomats are concerned enough that they have announced the consulate will temporarily suspend services to the public today.The U.S. State Department tweeted Sunday that American citizens should exercise caution today if they’re in the vicinity of the embassy in Ottawa. The Canadian Press Monday, January 30, 2017 Canadians and dual citizens not affected by Trump ban but anxiety still running high Posted by With file from the Canadian Press Tags: America, Donald Trump Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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