Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – November 28, 2017 – There is more fall out over the Minnis Administration’s Commercial Enterprises Bill 2017, which is on its way to the Upper Chamber for further parliamentary scrutiny… but as it makes the journey, former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is speaking out against the legislation.The bill, passed last week in the House of Assembly with unanimous support by the Governing side and unanimous rejection by the Opposition side is aimed at attracting specific investors. Once in the category specified in the Enterprises Bill, as it is being called and when there is a quarter of a million or $250,000 investment by the company, there are guaranteed concessions including work permits for management staff.Hubert Ingraham told the Tribune newspaper in a rare interview that the Minnis Government should rethink some of the concessions. Ingraham said the threshold of $250,000 is too low and explained that entitling a certain number of work permits is an outdated measure, going back as far as 1950s Bahamas.The former PM advised that if the Minnis Administration wants to change the immigration policy, they should do so in concert with the PLP and they should be more comprehensive and not take a piecemeal approach. The legislation, as it is, gives the work permit concession without consideration of other companies currently operating in The Bahamas, who could demand similar concessions when it comes to foreign workers.Ingraham also reflected on a time under his governance when a similar initiative was proposed, four of the current government members – Minnis, Bannister, Foulkes and Symonette – were all serving and all agreed that a threshold of $250,000 should be changed and boosted to double that, half a million dollars.Mr. Ingraham said additionally, foreigners who come here must have permission and to give a 14 day window for them to come and just begin working is not a sound move.Meanwhile the current FNM Administration says this bill is visionary and needed to open up the Bahamian economy.PHOTO FROM BAHAMAS PRESS Related Items:
.The indefinite hunger strike called by primary assistant teachers of government primary schools entered the second day on Sunday.Over 1000 teachers have been staging the demonstration since Saturday at the Central Shaheed Minar, demanding the disparity in wages to be lessened.The Bangladesh primary teachers grand alliance organised the strike on Saturday morning and stayed overnight at the Shaheed Minar.Eight different organisations of assistant primary teachers joined the alliance. The leaders said they would continue the strike till their demands are met.Akhlaq Hossain, an assistant teacher of Durgapur’s Tebila government primary school in Rajshahi, told Prothom Alo, “Earlier, the assistant teachers are paid salary of the 14th grade whereas a headmaster gets salary of the 11th grade. This is discriminatory and humiliating.”They demanded that their salary be upgraded to the 12th grade, he added. “After 20 years of service, an assistant teacher receives the salary equal to the starting salary of a headmaster. And so there is disparity when it comes to pension too,” said assistant teacher from Netrokona, Zahirul Islam.President of Bangladesh primary teachers’ community Shahinur Al Amin said they had been repeatedly assured that the problem would be resolved, but to no avail. Hence they went on hunger strike.Tapon Kumar Mandol, chairman of another faction of the Bangladesh primary teachers’ community, said they would not break their hunger strike until the prime minister assured them that their demands would be met.Thousands of teachers took part in the hunger strike on Sunday. Many of them have fallen sick already and some have been taken to the hospital. The rest are being administered intravenous saline.
(PhysOrg.com) — With advancements in genetic engineering, researchers say that it may soon be possible to breed farm animals that don’t feel pain. The suggestion has sparked controversy on whether denying animals the ability to feel pain is inhumane itself, even if it does limit the amount of suffering the animals endure when raised at factory farms. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Researchers say that breeding pain-free farm animals is less of a technological issue and more of an ethical issue. Image credit: Guido Gerding. Explore further In recent decades, humans have been consuming more and more meat. Since the 1960s, human consumption of meat has increased by 50 percent, most of it coming from factory farms. Despite demands by animal rights groups for better treatment of farm animals, eliminating animal suffering seems to be an unrealistic goal. For example, chickens often have part of their beaks removed without anesthesia to prevent them from pecking each other. If factory farms can’t be persuaded to raise animals in humane environments, then maybe it’s time to provide the animals with an inborn defensive mechanism of their own.The solution may not be ideal, but, as Adam Shriver, a philosopher at Washington University in St. Louis says, “If we can’t do away with factory farming, we should at least take steps to minimize the amount of suffering that is caused.”In recent years, scientists have made progress in manipulating the molecular and genetic bases for pain. A recent study found that mice that lack the Nav1.7 gene are less sensitive than normal mice to heat and pressure. Possibly, farm animals that lack such a gene would also suffer less under factory farm conditions. In another study, scientists have engineered mice that lack specific enzymes and genes in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). This alteration enabled the animals to still sense pain, but not feel it as an unpleasant sensation. By still feeling physical sensation, the animals could avoid unintentionally injuring themselves, which often happens in individuals who are born without the ability to feel pain at all.But there are other alternatives to pain-free animals, one of which is producing meat in vitro. Although not fully developed yet, the procedure involves growing animal muscle cells that could be used in processed meats such as chicken nuggets and fish sticks. However, lab-grown animal cells are currently costly, since they require expensive nutrients, and the technology would need to be scaled up in order to be profitable. Besides eliminating animal suffering, this option could also eliminate the other negative side effects of factory farms, including the large amounts of waste and greenhouse gases that are generated.via: New Scientist© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Would Pain-Free Animals Make a More Humane Hamburger? (2009, September 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-pain-free-animals-humane-hamburger.html PETA offers $1 million for fake meat
5 ways to recognize low testosterone How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation The opening of the crossing is seen as a humanitarian gesture by Egypt ahead of the Muslim’s holy fasting month of Ramadan.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egypt opened its borders with the Gaza Strip for the first time in months Saturday, allowing Palestinians to enter and leave the isolated coastal strip.The Rafah border crossing will operate for six hours a day for the coming three days and 15,000 people Palestinians have applied to exit to Egypt, said Maher Abu Sabha, head of the Gaza side of the crossing. He said those were humanitarian cases and included medical patients, students and Arab residents whose residency permits were about to expire. However, he said only 1,500 of those were actually expected to pass through. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments Share Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Rafah is Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world with no Israeli control. Egypt has kept it mostly closed since the militant Hamas group seized control of the coastal strip in 2007. The closure worsened after Egypt’s military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member, in 2013. Hamas is an offshoot of the Brotherhood.Egypt has opened the Rafah crossing in both directions only five days this year. Last month, it allowed the return of Palestinians stranded in Egypt.Outside the crossing, hundreds of Palestinians struggled for a chance to ride one of the buses that would go inside the crossing. One hopeful traveler, Khaled Abu Okal, 27, was a doctoral student at a university in Malaysia who came to visit his family after last summer’s war and has been unable to leave since.“If I cannot make it through this time, I will lose just another (academic) year,” Okal said. “I already lost one.”Outside the hall, a woman and her children sat in the dirt with tears in their eyes. Mother Youssra Abu Qouta said she wants to take her two daughters, ages 9 and 11, for treatment in an Egyptian hospital.“I come here every time the crossing opens, but no luck,” she said. “We are thrown here like dogs.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology
This year, the New York City (NYC) Tourism is expected to reach a record high, with close to 62 million selfie stick-touting visitors expected to visit the Big Apple this year. This figure is about one million more than last year.The city’s moving on expanding its tourism office. Even Queens has a tourism council now, that’s pushing tourists to visit destinations like St. George on Staten Island.There’s nothing that politicians love more than naming infrastructure projects after each other. At that, the new Tappan Zee Bridge, which is actually named after former Governor Malcolm Wilson, will be renamed after another politician, none other than Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York and father to current governor Andrew.Under the approved legislation, the new $3.9 billion span will lose both the Tappan Zee and Wilson monikers, becoming the Governor Mario M Cuomo Bridge.
The organisation has announced the appointment of Manoj Sharma, as its Chief Technology Officer focusing at introducing greater automation, deploying machine learning and AI-driven solutions and developing more value-driven systems for its next level evolution.His appointment is aimed at developing new efficiency and synergy, with a focus on creating ultra-efficient, reliable, and relevant metrics-focused solutions to enhance Cleartrip’s already remarkable customer experience.He holds an M. Tech from NIT Kurukshetra in Electrical Engineering and comes with over 20 years of rich experience in Product Engineering.
Categories: News 04Jun Governor signs Jacobsen bill to ensure greater safety for motorcyclists State Rep. Brad Jacobsen (second from left) and Gov. Rick Snyder hold Public Act 120 of 2014, which was ceremonially signed into law today. Rep. Jacobsen was also joined by ABATE of Michigan, a motorcycle safety group, and his staff. The law, authored by Jacobsen, R-Oxford, limits the number of temporary motorcycle licenses a person can apply for to two permits over a 10 year period. The measure will ensure that motorcyclists on Michigan roads have received the correct training to safely navigate roads across the state.
Categories: News,Whiteford News 28Apr Rep. Whiteford bill to help special education programs moves to Senate Legislation introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford that removes hiring restrictions for intermediate school districts (ISDs) was approved by the State House on Thursday.House Bill 4166 removes the requirement that an ISD give preferential status in hiring decisions to candidates formerly employed with other districts or a comparable state agency. Multiple ISDs voiced their support for the legislation during testimony before the House Education Reform Committee with William Brown, superintendent of the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency, joining Whiteford in speaking before the panel in mid-March.“I’m glad we can focus on getting the best qualified teachers in the special education classrooms,” Whiteford said. “Experience counts, so does measurable abilities and educational qualifications. So we should give districts the ability to choose what works best in their classrooms.”HB 4166 advances to the Senate for consideration.#####
Categories: Diana Farrington News,News 20Jun Rep. Farrington votes for budget with record-high K-12 funding Spending blueprint also includes skilled-trades training State Rep. Diana Farrington today joined her colleagues in the House to approve the state budget, which includes record spending on K-12 education and prioritizes training for people who want to work in vocational jobs.Farrington, of Utica, said the schools in the community she serves will receive amounts of per-student funding above the baseline in the coming fiscal year.“This is important, because there has been a funding gap between wealthy school districts and smaller districts, and the increases for the coming fiscal year continue a trend for Utica School District and Noor International Academy,” Farrington said. “This budget also includes an additional $25 in spending for every high-school student in the state. It’s important that we have funding equity so all students have access to a quality education.”Farrington also applauded increased spending for career and technical trades.“There are many job creators who have openings for skilled workers and are unable to fill them because we simply do not have enough people trained for these in-demand jobs,” Farrington said. “With increased training we can help people find good-paying trades jobs to help grow our economy. This year’s budget calls for a one-third increase in education funding.”Farrington said the budget also prioritizes road, bridge and sewer repair projects that are badly needed as the transportation and underground utilities systems are crumbling.“Spending a record amount of money on roads and bridges is a very visible and tangible way to improve our lives and make travel safe and smooth,” Farrington said. “But as the Macomb sewer sinkhole demonstrates, some of the problems are no as visible, but have the same urgent need to be updated and made safe.”Other aspects of the state budget include:The 2017-18 budget spends less on the state budget next year than was spent during the current year.Overall growth in spending does not exceed the rate of inflation. Just like families across Michigan, the Legislature is tightening the state’s belt by cutting inefficient programs and eliminating waste in state government.The Legislature addresses the need for more road and bridge repair and maintenance by allocating a record amount of money for transportation and water delivery systems.The budget helps make life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives.The plan pays down millions of dollars in debt, helping relieve state liability and opening the door for a more secure financial future.We have consistently increased funding for public safety in recent years, and communities will be even safer with 150 more Michigan State Police troopers funded in this budget.#####
08Jan Local residents can meet with Rep. Webber on Jan. 12 State Rep. Michael Webber will host his monthly office hours on Friday, Jan. 12 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Tim Hortons, 2258 Crooks Road in Rochester Hills.“I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Webber said. “Hosting regular office hours is a great opportunity to meet local residents in the greater Rochester area.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Webber at 517-373-1773 or via email at MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov. Categories: Webber News
Share9Tweet4Share1Email14 SharesMay 31, 2016; Washington PostFor the first time in its history, the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund (NRDCAF) has joined the fight and endorsed a candidate for the presidency: Hillary Clinton.In a statement reported in the Washington Post, the NRDCAF, which is the political arm of the NRDC, said that “the unprecedented endorsement reflects a need for left-leaning groups to unite against Donald Trump, the likely Republican nominee.”“Hillary Clinton is an environmental champion with the passion, experience, and savvy to build on President Obama’s environmental legacy,” Rhea Suh, president of the NRDCAF, said, citing specifically Trump’s recent energy speech in North Dakota as one of the main rationales for the announcement.In that speech, Trump suggested that he would tear up the Paris Climate Accord, denied anthropogenic climate change, vowed to increase the production of fossil fuels, and said he doubted that California was in the midst of its worst drought in generations.“His plan for his first 100 days would take us back 100 years, and America cannot afford to indulge his climate conspiracy theories,” Suh told the Post.The Post views the endorsement as a “blow to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who hopes to upset Clinton next week in the Democratic primary in California, a state where environmental issues loom large.”The article calls the endorsement “the latest sign that Democrats and their allies are urging their supporters to unite behind Clinton.” Sanders and Clinton agree on most environmental issues, with minor disagreements on scope and implementation of environmental policy.—Larry KaplanShare9Tweet4Share1Email14 Shares
The Belarus ministry of telecommunications and information has asked Russian communications infrastructure provider Giprosvyaz to prepare a plan for the country’s transition to digital broadcasting, to be submitted by April 1.The Belarusian Broadcasting Centre’s director Andrei Kara told local journalists yesterday that DVB-T coverage would extend to 95.6% of the country’s population by the end of this year.Kara said the broadcaster was now ready to transmit in full HD. He said that HD services would be launched as part of the second stage of the country’s digital transition.
The UK Competition Commission has widened the scope of its investigation in to the pay TV movie market in the UK to include streaming services Netflix and Lovefilm.UK pay TV operator BSkyB has lobbied for including these companies in the investigation and the Commission has now confirmed that it will do so, before publishing its findings later this year.
New allegations have emerged claiming that conditional access company NDS promoted pay TV piracy in Australia that adversely impacted local operators.The Australian Financial Review has published 14,000 emails allegedly from a former head of security at NDS that, according to the business newspaper, appear to show NDS paid hackers to undermine the security of various operators. The events led to operators including Foxtel, Austar and Optus losing millions of dollars, according the newspaper.The Australian arm of News Corp said the report was “full of factual inaccuracies, flawed references, fanciful conclusions and baseless accusations.”These allegations come in the same week that NDS, which is in the process of being sold by owners News Corp and Permira to Cisco, denied any wrongdoing in the UK following this week’s episode of Panorma. The BBC investigative series aired an interview with a hacker who claimed that NDS had recruited him to hack the security codes of the now defunct pay TV platform ONdigital. In a statement issued by News Corp, president and CEO Chase Carey said the Panorama episode was a “gross misrepresentation” of NDS. “Panorama presented manipulated and mischaracterised emails to produce unfair and baseless accusations. News Corporation is proud to have worked with NDS and to have supported them in their aggressive fight against piracy and copyright infringement,” he said.Rupert Murdoch hit back at unfavorable press reports on Twitter. “Seems every competitor and enemy piling on with lies and libels. So bad, easy to hit back hard, which preparing,” he wrote.NDS has been keen to point out that it was recently awarded close to US$19 million (€14 million) in damages following the US Supreme Court’s denial of a petition by US broadcaster EchoStar and TV technology company Kudelski over allegations of abetting piracy leveled against NDS in the US.
Three-quarters of Dutch cable operator Ziggo subscriber base now take digital TV and 44.2% take its All-in-1 bundled offering, according to the company’s first-quarter results.All-in-1 subscribers were up 192,000 or 17.1% year-on-year. Digital TV customers were up by 305,000 or 15.9%.Internet subscribers grew by 138,000 or 8.7% to 57.9% of the company’s subscriber base.Ziggo’s total TV customer base fell by 3.4% to 2.981 million thanks to a drop in analogue customers, not all of whom converted to digital. Total revenue-generating units grew by 3.9% to 7.071 million.Ziggo’s revenues were up 7.3% to €387.1 million, while adjusted EBITDA was up 5.3% to €216.1 million.Ziggo said it was well positioned to grow its market share, revenue and EBITDA further this year.
Samsung is offering a free pay TV subscription with Smart TVs bought in Hungary from Euronic shops.The TV manufacturer has partnered with Liberty Global’s DTH platform UPC Direct and will offer a DVR, the Direct HD package with nine HD channels, a FilmBox Pak movie pack and a Direct Active adult pack free for three months.Customers who already subscribe to the Direct Medium, Direct Plus or SuperPak packages can choose either the Direct HD pack, FilmBox Pak movie package or the Direct Active adult package free for three months.Zoltan Pinkola, marketing and sales director for Hungary at UPC DTH, said, “This is a great opportunity to discover the value of the programming provided by UPC Direct with a new Smart TV from Samsung. UPC Direct has a great line-up of flexible packages to meet every TV user’s needs and this promotion will help us highlight these packages with Samsung in the many Euronics stores throughout Hungary.”
Ziggo CEO Bernard DijkhuizenDutch cable operator Ziggo plans to launch new customer retention programmes in the second quarter after suffering continued high churn in a competitive market in the first three months of the year. The operator lost 22.3% of its analogue base over the year to March, leaving it with 591,000 analogue customers, while digital pay TV subscribers fell by 5% over the year to 909,000, with a particularly sharp drop of 20% in the first three months of this year. The overall TV customer base fell by 4.3% to 2.851 million over the year to March. Thanks to growth in bundling, total RGUs remained stable over the year at 7.097 million, but slipped by 5% in the three months to March.The first quarter saw the Dutch operator attract 31,000 additional subscribers to its All-in-1 bundle, taking penetration to 52.2% of its overall customer base. Internet subscribers grew by 24,000, up 1.3% on the previous quarter.While Ziggo was able to boast higher digital pay TV revenue, including video-on-demand, up 5% year-on-year, overall quarterly revenue was flat year-on-year at €387.8 million, boosted slightly by strong growth in the business services segment.Ziggo will increasingly focus on developing mobility going forwards, following the launch of its cloud-based video user interface and the planned rollout of Ziggo WiFi hotspots.“The first quarter of 2013 showed solid results with strong EBITDA margins in a continuing competitive environment. We have successfully stepped up our marketing activities in the consumer market with the launch of new sales campaigns in February. However churn remains high, so we will initiate new loyalty campaigns in the second quarter with a strong focus on customer retention. These should give support to our overall objective to reduce churn and create revenue momentum in the course of 2013. Meanwhile, we will focus on enhancing customer experience through new innovations and product enhancements. The recent launch of our cloud based user interface for set top boxes has resulted in a strong increase in the number of interactive receivers since its launch. With the rollout of Ziggo WiFi Hotspots this year we will prepare and position ourselves for converged services by adding mobility for our customers,” said CEO Bernard Dijkhuizen.Ziggo reiterated its EBITDA guidance but anticipated that 2013 revenue growth would be at the low end of the EBITDA growth range of between 2.5-3.5%.
Winning viewers over to the concept of registration will be key to the success of monetising advertising-supported content as TV viewing increasingly migrates to video-on-demand, according to Sarah Rose, commercial and business development director, Channel 4. Speaking at the DTG Summit in London yesterday, Rose said that Channel 4 now had over seven million registered viewers thanks to its 4oD service. She said the broadcaster had taken care to assure viewers that their privacy would be respected and data taken good care of, and had provided incentives to register.Rose said over time viewing would move on-demand and it was therefore important for advertising-supported businesses to invest in registration for the long term as it would enable new advertising models to be implemented.Rose said registration would enable Channel 4 to monetise VOD advertising more effectively. While the channel would “keep an eye” on subscription models, its business will continue to be primarily ad-based, she said.She said registration would also enable Channel 4 to personalise the 4oD home page, and that the personalisation techniques used will become increasingly sophisticated over time.Rose said that promotion and curation were the keys to increasing VOD usage. She said that, while catch-up TV is the main driver, viewers like archive content when they find it.On average VOD accounts for only 5% of total viewing, but it can be up to 35% for youth-skewing shows likes The Inbetweeners or Made in Chelsea, she said.“Younger skewing programmes and cult shows skew very high in this market,” she said.Rose added that VOD viewing was growing more rapidly on mobile devices, and this could have an impact on content.“If lots of viewing is going to mobiles people don’t always have time or connectivity to watch long form content, but they are happy to watch ‘snackable’ content, and that is something we are keen to tap into,” she said.
Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV reported an 18.4% increase in satellite TV customers last year, ending 2013 with 14.1 million subscribers. Revenues for the full year were up 28% to RUB 8.1 billion (€170 million), which Tricolor said was boosted by thematic programme packages and HD TV.However income from the basic Tricolor TV service decreased by 2.2% year-on-year, according to local press reports.
Eurosport has recorded what it says was its “best ever French Open” tennis championship with record-breaking audience figures.According to the Paris-based sports network, the tournament attracted an average live audience of 1.36 million European viewers on Eurosport, a rise of 17% on the 2012 tournament, which held the previous record.Maria Sharapova’s victory over Simona Halep was the most watched women’s tennis match in Eurosport’s history with an average live audience of 3.8m viewers, up 24% on the 2012 WTA Miami final between Agnieszka Radwańska and Sharapova, the previous best match.The men’s final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was the most-watched French Open final on Eurosport with over 4.1m viewers in Europe and the second best ever tennis match on the channel, just behind the 2012 Australian Open final between Nadal and Djokovic.This year’s French Open saw the highest live average audience rises against 2013 in Romania and Spain, both up 128%, the UK, up 79% and France, up 49%.