first_imgOAKVILLE, Ont. – Tim Hortons’s franchisee advisory board has waded into a war of words between the brand’s parent company and an outspoken restaurant owners association, attacking the group for publicly slandering the company and making complaints about it to the federal government and in the media.In a letter sent to fellow franchisees this week, the board says recent “negative commentary,” much of which stemmed from the Great White North Franchisee Association’s criticism, is “corrosive and damaging to our brand, our livelihoods and that of our teams.”The franchisee advisory board has 19 elected members — all whom signed the letter — who liaise with company executives and advocate on behalf of franchisees.The letter was triggered by the relationship between parent company Restaurant Brands International and the GWNFA, which became tense over the last few months, after the association attacked RBI for cost-cutting measures in the wake of Ontario’s minimum wage hike, cash register outages and a $700-million renovation plan to spruce up restaurants. Their spat intensified in April, when a federal investigation was triggered after GWNFA wrote to Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains alleging RBI had failed to live up to promises made under the Investment Canada Act in 2014, when Tim Hortons was merged with Burger King to create RBI.The letter called GWNFA’s plea for a government investigation “a final straw.”“Without a doubt, this media attention has affected our brand in the eyes of the public – it has caused the public to watch and consider us more critically than they may have once done,” the letter said.“This second look has exposed issues that may have previously existed but were forgiven or overlooked. Issues such as service, accuracy or operational execution to name a few.”The board said it feared the public wrongfully perceives that GWNFA speaks for all franchisees and warned that “our guests are voting with their feet.”It noted that Tim Hortons had plunged from the fourth spot to the fiftieth in a recent annual brand reputation rankings survey looking at Canada’s most adored companies.RBI’s stock also took a dive, reaching its lowest point this month since September 2017 as internal strife between the GWNFA and the company became public.In an emailed statement, RBI noted it didn’t have anything to say about communications between the sparring franchisee factions, but said it was committed “to improving our relationship with all of our franchise owners.”“We realize we have work to do, and welcome all opportunities for dialogue with franchisees in pursuit of that goal,” the statement added.Earlier this week, Tim Hortons president Alex Macedo told The Canadian Press the company has a “good” rapport with the franchisee advisory board.On the topic of the letter GWNFA sent to Bains citing issues with RBI’s commitments to maintain franchisee relationships, the company’s rent and royalty structure for five years and existing employment levels at franchises across Canada, Macedo said only that “we have reported into Ottawa each and every year with everything we have done and we are happy to co-operate if anything comes up.”The GWNFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Board member Lou Gossner would not agree to an interview on the letter, but said in an email that “we look forward to moving past our recent differences and getting back to doing what we love: serving our guests, our team members and our communities.”Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)last_img read more

“Never before have global anti-doping efforts been stronger or more focused on providing an honest and equitable playing environment for athletes,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said at a ceremony in Paris. The International Convention Against Doping in Sport, which promotes no-advance-notice, out-of-competition and in-competition testing, was adopted unanimously by UNESCO’s General Conference in October 2005 and came into force on 1 February 2007 following its 30th ratification. The treaty, designed to ensure a consistent approach to anti-doping efforts and compel governments into action to restrict the supply of performance-enhancing substances and methods, curtail trafficking and regulate dietary and nutritional supplements, is UNESCO’s most successful convention in terms of speed of development and implementation. In just three years, more than half UNESCO’s Member States from all regions of the world committed to fighting doping in sport. “Recent high profile doping cases and investigations have shown how decisive Government action can be,” World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Director-General David Howman said. During this year’s Beijing Olympics, the first to be held since the Convention entered into force, the largest ever testing programme was conducted, involving more than 4,770 doping controls. “The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is committed to doing all it can to eliminate doping from sport,” International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said in a written statement. “WADA now looks forward to the ratification of the Convention by the remaining 93 Member States of UNESCO,” WADA President John Fahey said in a written statement. 12 November 2008The United Nations today celebrated a new milestone in the battle to eliminate doping in sport when Paraguay became the 100 country to sign the first worldwide binding legal instrument that imposes uniform rules, tests and sanctions against the scourge. read more

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was flat Tuesday afternoon as traders coped with heightened uncertainty over whether a new Italian government will follow through on crucial financial reforms to deal with that country’s huge debt.The S&P/TSX composite index edged two points lower to 12,648.87, led by higher gold stocks as bullion prices surged on worries about Italy and remarks about the future of economic stimulus by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.The TSX Venture Exchange dipped 9.34 points to 1,131.66.The TSX found some support from the financial sector after Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) said Tuesday that its net income slipped to $1.05-billion or $1.53 per share from $1.12-billion or $1.63 per share a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $1.52, beating analyst expectations by four cents.The initial results of the Italian election showed voters were fed up with the austerity measures enacted by the previous technocratic government led by Mario Monti, who was brought in to deal with the country’s huge debt levels.But voter anger against the Monti government was channelled through several outlets. The centre-left coalition led by Pier Luigi Bersani appears to have won a narrow victory in the lower house of parliament while the Senate looks split with no party in control.“We expect risky assets to remain under pressure until the picture in Italy becomes clearer,” said a commentary from Barclays Research.The Canadian dollar was little changed after six days of losses that have brought the loonie to its lowest levels since late last June. The currency was up 0.03 of a cent at 97.34 cents US.U.S. indexes were higher amid a strong earnings report from Home Depot and positive news from the housing sector.The Dow Jones industrials was up 101.2 points at 13,885.37, while the Nasdaq composite index advanced 10.53 points to 3,126.78 and the S&P 500 index climbed 6.8 points to 1,494.65.Home Depot’s fiscal fourth-quarter net income surged 32% to $1.02-billion, or 68 cents per share. Analysts polled by FactSet expected 64 cents per share and its shares ran ahead 5.66% to US$67.54.Meanwhile, the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index showed that American home prices rose 6.8% in December compared with the same month a year ago. That’s up from a 5.5% annual gain in November.Other data showed that U.S. new-home sales jumped nearly 16% in January from the previous month to the highest level since July 2008.Italy’s FTSE MIB index was the worst-performing index in Europe, closing trading 4.89% lower, having earlier been nearly five% down at one point Tuesday.The interest rate on the country’s benchmark 10-year bond — an important gauge of investor sentiment — rose by 0.38 percentage points to 4.83%.Traders have good reason to be nervous about how Italy deals with its finances. Though its budget deficit is fairly small compared with other euro countries at three% of annual gross domestic product, its overall debt stands at a huge (euro)2 trillion.Last July, concerns over the country’s ability to pay down its debt and the stability of the wider eurozone sent the interest rate on its 10-year bonds to 6.36%.“Basically, Italy is going to struggle here,” said John Johnston, chief strategist at Davis Rea Ltd.“Italy’s ability to service its debt long term is incredibly, badly impaired by its lack of growth and the lack of growth needs reforms and the kind of political environment in Italy right now is not constructive for reforms.”New York also found support from comments by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke which signalled that the Fed’s efforts to keep borrowing costs low will continue.Bernanke acknowledged that the Fed’s aggressive program to buy US$85 billion a month in bonds to keep rates low could eventually ignite inflation or unsettle investors. Several Fed policy-makers said at their most recent meeting that the Fed might have to scale back its bond purchases because of those risks.But Bernanke said the risks remained contained for now.The TSX gold sector led advancers, up 1.5% as Bernanke’s remarks and the uncertainty over Italy pushed the April bullion contract $28.90 higher to US$1,615.50 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) rose 83 cents to C$34.47.The metals and mining sector was slightly higher at 0.2% while March copper was up two cents at US$3.57 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) rose 30 cents to C$18.71.The energy sector fell 0.62% as the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 74 cents to US$92.37 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) slipped 41 cents to C$30.96.The information technology sector led decliners, down 0.9% as CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) fell 44 cents to $26.51 while Wi-Lan Inc. (TSX:WIN) dropped 11 cents to $4.31.In other earnings news, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX: MFI) said net income attributable to common shareholders was $54.6-million or 38 cents per diluted share in the three months ended Dec. 31, up from $8.4-million or six cents per diluted share in the same 2011 quarter. Revenue fell slightly to $1.2-billion from $1.24-billion and its shares were up 46 cents to $13.64. read more

The petition was however dismissed and the Supreme Court heard the case against the former judge. (Colombo Gazette) Retired Supreme Court Judge Sarath De Abrew died after falling from the top floor of his house in Ratmalana today.Sarath de Abrew was in the media spotlight after being charged with sexual assault but he pleaded not guilty to the charge in court. Earlier Sarath de Abrew filed a fundamental rights petition at the Supreme Court claiming that the Criminal Investigation Division and the Attorney General had acted in an unlawful and arbitrary manner in filing action against him, and that his fundamental rights had been violated. read more

The Minister held a special meeting with the SLPA senior officials at the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Office at Temple Trees and directed them to keep him regularly informed about the implementation of the new security plan. “Due process must be followed with diligence. There should be no room for name-trading, unofficial negotiations and underhand deals,” the Minister said, adding that ensuring transparency in the ports sector is one of his main priorities. (Colombo Gazette) Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka has instructed the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to beef up security in and around the Colombo Port in view of ongoing raids on drug dealers and traffickers across the country.The Minister has told the SLPA senior management to coordinate with Sri Lanka Police, the Customs Department and other relevant institutions and come up with an advanced security plan for the Colombo Port, the Government information department said today. Meanwhile, Minister Ratnayaka also tweeted that he instructed SLPA officials to handle all tenders and procurements in a transparent manner. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 9, 2014 11:20 pm MDT Chrysler is recalling 780,000 minivans to replace window switches that can short-circuit and overheat if exposed to moisture.Chrysler Group said Friday that it knows of 36 incidents related to the minivan’s faulty switches, but is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.The switches, located on the driver-side door, can short circuit due to moisture from rain, snow or when the car is washed, as well as from beverages spilled on the switch. The recall involves certain 2010 through 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans.Chrysler will pay to replace the switch but consumers can have it disconnected in the meantime.Chrysler also said Friday that it is recalling 4,141 electric Fiats to prevent a coolant seepage that could cause the car to lose power.The company knows of five incidents but is unaware of any injuries or accidents.It’s replacing the power inverter module in 2013 and 2014 Fiat 500e vehicles assembled between Sept. 24, 2012 and April 4, 2014. Chrysler will cover the costs.___For more information:Consumers can contact the company regarding the minivan recall at 1-800-853-1403 and the Fiat recall at 1-888-242-6342. Chrysler recalling 780,000 minivans to replace window switch that can overheat read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 31, 2017 2:37 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 31, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,547.75, down 31.01 points):Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Unchanged at $15.05 on 11.8 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Up $1.03, or 11.11 per cent, to $10.30 on 9.2 million shares. The company reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results and said it would be expanding its software licensing business following its decision last year to stop making smartphones. It is also in talks about a new BlackBerry-branded tablet. Under general accounting rules reported in U.S. dollars, BlackBerry had a net loss of $47 million, or nine cents per share — a big improvement from the $238-million loss it had at the same time last year. Revenue fell to $286 million for the quarter, down 38 per cent from a year before.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Oil and gas. Up 10 cents, or 0.16 per cent, to $61.37 on 7.4 million shares.Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Bank. Down $1.59, or two per cent, to $77.80 on 5.58 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 22 cents, or 1.43 per cent, to $15.58 on 5.51 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up five cents, or 1.08 per cent, to $4.69 on 5.48 million shares. Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

Although February’s ceasefire agreement created an all-too-brief respite in fighting, there has been a tragic increase in violence targeting Syrian civilians, crushing hopes of peace in the war-torn country, a group of United Nations experts warned today.In its latest report, the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria notes how recent indiscriminate attacks on civilians, blockades of humanitarian convoys and crimes committed by all parties to the conflict, have left Syrians in a state of despair.”The relentless attacks and sieges against civilians shows no signs of abating giving people little, if any, hope, of a lasting peace in the country,” said Commission Chair Paulo Pinheiro in a news release on the report.The Commission has been mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate and record all violations of international law in Syria since March 2011.The report notes violence has reached unprecedented levels in Aleppo, the country’s second largest city, as parties wrestle for control its eastern part, and casualties have rapidly mounted at an alarming rate as civilians have been unable to flee from daily airstrikes. While some perish in the attacks, others later die from lack of life-saving medical services, as a consequence of the pro-Government forces’ bombardments that have destroyed over twenty hospitals and clinics in Aleppo governorate alone since the beginning of the year, the report says.UN Commission urges shared responsibility to end “disquieting” conflict in Syria. Credit: UN News CentreIt adds that countless medical staff and first responders who provide vital services lost their lives in such attacks, further worsening a situation already desperately precarious before the current offensive, the reports notes. “The intensifying attacks on medical care – including maternity hospitals, paediatric units and emergency wards – are in flagrant disregard of the letter and the spirit of international humanitarian law,” said Mr. Pinheiro. “Such attacks seek to levy the suffering of civilians by belligerents in order to gain military advantage.” Civilians killed in attacks by both sidesThe report notes that as hostilities resumed in areas that had enjoyed relative peace for the first time in five years, so did aerial and shelling bombardments, primarily by pro-government forces. It also cites continued indiscriminate shelling of civilian-inhabited neighbourhoods, and hostage-taking for ransom by anti-government armed groups. Attacks by both sides have killed and maimed scores of civilians, many of them children. Food, nutrition, health and emergency items enter the Al Waer neighbourhood of Homs, Syria, on 23 August 2016. Photo: OCHA/Al Jundio “Nearly 600,000 civilians in Damascus, Rif Damascus, Dayr Az-Zawr, Homs and Idlib governorates continue to suffer brutal conditions created by protracted sieges,” the report states. The report further notes that across the country, starvation through besiegement continues to be used as a tactic of war with devastating consequences, and that in Darayya, besieged by government security forces for almost four years, young children and elderly people are seen dying of starvation, with survivors subsisting on grass and unsafe drinking-water, a phenomenon also reported throughout other besieged areas.“Recent developments in Darayya, including the forcible displacement of the civilian population as part of political negotiations, contravene well-established principles of international law,” said Commissioner Vitit Muntarbhorn. The Commission believes that the Syrian conflict and the on-going violations will only come to an end with a return of the parties to the negotiation table. “It is imperative that the key parties negotiate an end to this conflict, while bearing in mind that any peace agreement must necessarily provide justice for the victims,” said Commissioner Carla Del Ponte. read more

first_imgThe Women’s Museum of Ireland aims to promote the recognition of the role of women in Irish history as well as the role of Irish women abroad. The museum celebrates the contributions of women to cultural, political and social history in Ireland. Further exhibits from the museum can be found at www.womensmuseumofireland.ie. Follow their progress on Facebook or Twitter. HANNA SHEEHY-SKEFFINGTON, born 24 May 1877, was one of Ireland’s most ardent promoters of women’s rights. She was an influential figure during the suffragette movement, tirelessly campaigning for the equal status of men and women in Ireland.Skeffington was exposed to the republican struggle from a young age due to her father’s involvement with the Irish Republican Brotherhood and later his career as an MP. Her uncle, Fr Eugene Sheehy, was a renowned Land League priest. Hanna’s father had, however, consistently voted against all female suffrage bills, giving her a profound insight into the extent to which women were marginalised within social movements.Much of what she had learned through being surrounded by political thinkers in her younger years helped shape Skeffington’s future political motivations. Throughout her career she strove simultaneously for national freedom and women’s rights.The struggle for women’s rightsSkeffington had actively involved herself in many different avenues of the struggle for women’s rights. She was responsible for founding the Irish Women’s Franchise League in 1908 with her husband, Francis Sheehy-Skeffington, and Margaret Cousins. The Irish Women’s Franchise League was a militant suffrage organisation that played an important role in the pursuit of civil rights. Additionally, in 1911 Skeffington became one of the founding members of the Irish Women’s Workers Union, an autonomous branch of the Irish Transport and general Workers’ Union (ITGWU).As a talented writer, her skills were utilised in the Irish Citizen, a paper that she and her husband had established, at a time when print was central to the dissemination of political theory. Here she had the freedom to write articles relating to the lives of Irish women and to attempt to radicalise the population in the hope of inspiring new ways of viewing gender roles, including the place of women in contemporary society.In her fight for women’s emancipation, however, Skeffington did not restrict her activities to print. Like so many who decide to go against the grain, Skeffington forwent the security that conformity brings. Her participation in the events of June 13th, 1912 demonstrates this clearly.The exclusion of women from the franchise of the third Home Rule BillAlong with many other women in Dublin city that day, Skeffington took part in the act of symbolically smashing male rule in Ireland by throwing rocks at Dublin Castle’s windows, a reaction to the exclusion of women from the franchise of the third Home Rule Bill. This resulted in the loss of her teaching job, but she was one among many who risked arrest to fight against the curbs placed on women’s freedom of lifestyle.With regards to Irish independence, the constitution and the place of women within this framework, Skeffington lived to be disappointed with de Valera’s vision for modern Irish society. She chose to take a firm stance with the anti Treaty advocates, feeling those who were pro Treaty were playing it safe and would never see the truly free Ireland that she envisioned.Furthermore, Skeffington felt that the constitution did little to signal that women would enjoy any greater amount of freedom under Irish governance than English. Article 41.2.1 claims that the state “recognises that by her life within the home, a woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved” and article 41.2.2 that the state shall “endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home”.The constitution maintained the same boundaries for womenIn reality, the constitution maintained the same boundaries for women that the previous ruling elites had and in no way reflected the progressive efforts made by Skeffington and her comrades to increase opportunities for women in Ireland and bring them out of the confines of the kitchen. Skeffington felt that independence had been won for Ireland in name, but the wives, daughters and sisters of Ireland saw little change in their prospects.Although the constitution fell short of her visions for full gender equality, Skeffington considered the Easter Rising the first point in Irish history where both the struggle for women’s citizenship and national freedom converged. She hoped that the involvement of women in the Easter Rising would create a new sense of autonomy for Irish women and clear the way for a radical shift in the public view of gender roles.While she was a dedicated republican, committed to obtaining national freedom, this was never to be done at the expense of the struggle for women’s rights. Skeffington had first hand experience of the marginalisation of women within social movements and strove to resist this, maintaining that gender issues be prominent when considering the future of an independent Irish state. She was willing to push the boundaries of what were considered socially acceptable forms of dissent, while at the same time playing key roles in progressive organisations such as the IWWU. Skeffington should be remembered as a remarkably enlightened thinker and a pioneering force for the cause women’s rights in Ireland.“Until the women of Ireland are free, the men will not achieve emancipation.”– Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, 1909 This article by Leah Butler first appeared on The Women’s Museum of Ireland’s website.last_img read more

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #LITHUANIA An Irish man who is accused of Real IRA gun-running to Lithuania is to face a retrial. Michael Campbell was originally sentenced to 12 years in prison but his conviction was overturned due to lack of evidence.2. #TAXI Gardaí will be clamping down on rogue taxi drivers and hackneys as part of a national campaign this weekend. Unlicensed vehicles or drivers will be targeted, as well as those not fit for purpose or in breach of SPSV regulations.3. #BANK OF IRELAND Bank of Ireland has struck a deal with Dublin-based Dilosk, for the transfer of €250m worth of mortgage loans. David Hall of the Irish Mortgage Holders Association commented that “anybody else in the mainstream banks won’t be able to sleep at night”.4. #CLERICAL ABUSE Pope Francis is to meet with Irish abuse survivors for the first time next weekend. They will travel to the Vatican and meet him at the Vatican guesthouse, accompanied by survivors from other parts of the world.5. #WORLD CUP Luis Suarez has been banned from “any football activity” for four months following an investigation into his biting of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Suarez is even banned from entering any stadium in his home country of Uruguay.last_img read more

first_imgLa redevance TV obligatoire pour les résidences secondaires également ?Au nom d’une certaine “justice fiscale”, la commission de la Culture du Sénat souhaite étendre la redevance audiovisuelle aux résidences secondaires. Alors que le budget 2011 est en cours de discussion, la Commission de la Culture du Sénat a proposé un amendement qui pourrait étendre la redevance audiovisuelle aux résidences secondaires équipées d’une télévision. “Il faut revenir à la logique qui a toujours présidé à la contribution à l’audiovisuel public, qui constitue la compensation d’un service rendu”, explique la sénatrice Catherine Morin-Desailly, à l’origine de cet amendement. Des propos relayés par le site pcinpact.com.Selon elle, cette mesure servira à contrer l’absence de revenus publicitaires sur les chaînes publiques et à leur donner plus d’indépendance : “Il fallait trouver de nouvelles recettes avec un financement de ressources propres”, poursuit-elle. La Commission des finances, elle, veut aller plus loin en instaurant la taxe sur tout appareil pouvant servir de média comme les ordinateurs ou les tablettes sur le principe de “la neutralité technologique” (voir notre article). Les discussions promettent d’être longues. Le 22 novembre 2010 à 11:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 20, 2018 – Grand Bahama – Investor confidence returns to Grand Bahama: in a press conference at the Office of The Prime Minister on Tuesday, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Kwasi Thompson hosted investors Philip Ward and Mike Hayhurst, developers of a series of village-styled homes on marina-front lots in Deadman’s Reef that will be known as ‘Seaward Fishing Village.’“We’re pleased to announce that they have already set out to engage local Bahamian contractors and purchase many of the materials locally,” said Minister Thompson.“We anticipate that this will create a unique community for year-round visitors to Grand Bahama; visitors looking for a getaway with the capacity to dock their boats and enjoy sport-fishing.”Minister Thompson noted that Grand Bahama is an ideal location for persons considering second home ownership.  He said the island possesses tranquility, which gives the relaxed feeling of being far from any metropolis — but is yet only 57 miles away from the US, so almost anything one would need would be accessible.“As Minister of State for Grand Bahama, I am particularly excited that this village will be housed in Deadman’s Reef,” added Minister Thompson.  “I am pleased to see on-going development in the Eastern and Western ends of the island, outside of Freeport.Seaward Fishing Village is not a new project.  It was first started in 2003, but due to the recent global recession it had to be put on hold.  The project is set to be relaunched in the very near future, and boost activity in West Grand Bahama.“The West is a true gem and I am happy that international partners see its value and promise and choose to invest here in our island.”Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Information and Communications, and Member of Parliament for West End and Bimini, Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe welcomed Mr. Ward and Mr. Hayhurst back to Grand Bahama, specifically, back to West Grand Bahama.“We are happy that they decided to stick with Grand Bahama, particularly West Grand Bahama,” said Mrs. Edgecombe.  “That speaks to investor confidence in our community.“We are certain that what we have to offer in Deadman’s Reef and in the West will be ideal for those persons who will purchase homes in this new development. Without a doubt, this project will boost the boating and yachting traffic to Grand Bahama and so this project is being re-started at the right time.”Philip Ward admitted that the project has been a difficult one for the developers, having had to begin the groundwork and then put the project on hold.  However, he noted that because Grand Bahama has so much to offer, it made economic sense to complete the project.“What I always liked about Deadman’s Reef was that I always felt I was in one of the Family Islands, which meant being out in nature, and the ocean, and being surrounded by friendly people,” said Mr. Ward.  “On the other hand, when my wife comes here, she likes to go to Port Lucaya.  So, that tells you that there is so much to offer here, and it has great variety.”He noted that although West Grand Bahama offers the “back-to-nature” feel, it is also equipped with the modern amenities that many visitors from the United States are accustomed to, like infrastructure, modern technology, well-equipped hospital and clinics, food stores and great restaurants.  This, he said, is a major selling point for this project and for Grand Bahama on the whole.Seaward has a very large marina.  There are underground electrical and water utilities on the project.  With all of that work already in place, the next step now is to begin the actual construction of the village-styled homes, which will be done by local contractors.  Ward says that things are picking up economically in the United States and he expects to see that positive impact have an effect on Grand Bahama in short order, because of its proximity to the United States.“It wasn’t until this last year that you felt the economy changing in the United States,” said Ward.  “There is optimism now that I haven’t seen in a long time.  The construction in Florida, in particular, is at an all-time high.“It takes a little while for the momentum and the optimism in the United States to reach The Bahamas, but it is going to happen.  It’s happening right now.  You will see more and more Americans come over here and spend money and enjoy what you have to offer.”By: Andrew Coakley (BIS) Related Items: Photo Caption: Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson (centre), along with Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of The Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West End & Bimini, Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe (left) chat with Developers of Seaward Fishing Village, Philip Ward (second right) and Mike Hayhurst following a press conference in the Office of the Prime Minister, January 16, 2018 to announce plans to relaunch the project, which was started in 2003, but had to be put on hold due to global recession. The project, once completed, will attract yachting enthusiasts and sport fishermen from Florida to West Grand Bahama.(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach to celebrate the completion of the Marriott Future-Ready Lab Hotel space.The School’s Hospitality Program worked in partnership with Pompano Beach Marriott and others to build it using two classrooms.“A simulated lab where students could have the experience of this environment without leaving school, but having the partners come in and do the actual training from ground up hotel management and hotelier,” said Enid Valdez, the director of the Career, Technical, Adult, Community Education program at Broward County Public Schools.The new space will function like a real hotel, complete with a front desk, bedrooms and bathrooms.Students will have the opportunity to get job training in customer service and hotel management, as well as prepare for internships and careers in hospitality.This is all part of the school’s hospitality and tourism management program.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Now playing: Watch this: 5G 4G LTE Samsung Sprint T-Mobile Best Buy Tags How fast is T-Mobile’s 5G network? We took it for a test… 13 Photos Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Review • Galaxy S10 Plus braces for Galaxy Note 10 impact See it Meanwhile, as great as 5G is, I’ve been very impressed with T-Mobile’s LTE speeds. In some areas, I got close to 300 Mbps on the Galaxy S10 Plus. Downloads over 5G in these areas were still significantly faster, but the improved LTE can help provide an early taste of what 5G can do.  Coverage is just one of the growing pains T-Mobile will have to go through as it ramps up its 5G rollout with millimeter wave. On this hot June day, with temperatures approaching 90 degrees, the S10 5G would sometimes switch from 5G down to 4G to help preserve the phone and prevent it from overheating due to the high-frequency radio waves the mmWave 5G network requires and processor heavy tasks we were doing.   T-Mobile 5G nodeA T-Mobile 5G node, left, next to wireless transmitters atop a building in New York City.  Eli Blumenthal, CNET The handoff was seamless, particularly in areas with a strong LTE signal, and 5G would automatically return once the device cooled down. It is, however, something to keep an eye on as summer approaches and 5G networks come online in warmer locations.  I also had some troubles sharing the 5G connection with other devices over a WiFi hotspot. Connecting an iPhone XS Max to the Galaxy S10 5G gave me download speeds ranging from 20Mbps-60Mbps on the iPhone even though the S10 5G was still clocking download speeds of 550Mbps.  T-Mobile says it isn’t placing any limitations on hotspots. And of course, the selection of 5G-capable T-Mobile phones is currently limited to just the 6.7-inch Galaxy S10 5G, which costs $1300 and does not support T-Mobile’s forthcoming low-band 5G network. Additional 5G devices are expected later this year.  All told, T-Mobile’s 5G network is a lot like the early networks from its rivals. The fast speeds and comparatively decent coverage provide plenty of reasons to be excited about the future, but the still limited deployment (both with 5G outside of New York and when comparing T-Mobile’s 5G coverage to its 4G LTE network), indoor issues and handling of the elements show there is still a lot of room for improvement before 5G is fully ready for primetime.  Originally published June 28 at 7:21 a.m. PT. Updates at 8:02 a.m., 8:20 a.m., 10:24 a.m., 12:50 p.m. and 1:27 p.m. PT: Added more speed test results and thoughts. Update, June 29. $999 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB, prism black) On the corner of 1st Ave and East 7th. T-Mobile 5G is over five times faster than LTE on download. Eli Blumenthal/CNET T-Mobile is the fourth and final major US carrier to turn on its 5G network and today, with the help of a Galaxy S10 5G phone provided by Samsung, I’ll become one of the first people to try it out. I’ve just run the first test and guess what — it’s really fast.  Today I’m running dozens of speed tests using the Speedtest.net benchmarking app, and downloading apps, movies and TV shows. The goal is to do all of the above on the Galaxy S10 5G and a 4G Galaxy S10 Plus, which will really show the difference between 4G and 5G speeds. I’m starting my four-hour field test in Manhattan’s Tompkins Square Park before traveling to other parts of the city to see how 5G fares. News • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to be used to film entire Tonight Show episode Sprint Mobile Phones See It Here’s a first impression: On the corner of 1st Ave and East 7th, T-Mobile’s 5G, at 462 Mbps is more than five times faster than 4G LTE for a download. A little later, in Soho, the speed edged up to 491 Mbps and then 525 Mbps. When I downloaded the movie Wine Country (555MB) from Netflix in Soho, it took roughly 40 seconds over 5G. On 4G LTE, there was barely any progress after 4 minutes.To download and install the game PUBG from Google Play (a little over 2GB), it took about 2 minutes, 12 seconds over T-Mobile’s 5G. On 4G LTE the game took roughly double the amount of time to download and install, coming in at 4 minutes and 25 seconds.  Downloading the first season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in its highest quality (1.82GB) took just over 6 minutes, 30 seconds over 5G.  As AT&T, Verizon and Sprint raced to turn on 5G around the country, T-Mobile has been — rather surprisingly — sitting on the sidelines. The self-proclaimed “un-carrier,” known for brash marketing and aggressive statements, didn’t rush to tout a 5G broadband network to claim “first,” nor did it rebrand its upgraded LTE network to a 5G-related name.  Instead, it waited, and after, testing its first 5G network in New York, it appears on early tests the wait has been worth it, though some work still needs to be done.  Running around lower Manhattan we were able to try out the millimeter wave (or mmWave) network for ourselves, seeing download speeds that rival those of home broadband, at least when on the street. So far T-Mobile’s 5G is impressive but speeds are closer to what CNET saw with Sprint 5G in Dallas than the over 1Gbps that we encountered on Verizon in Chicago or the nearly 2Gbps we got with AT&T in LA. Galaxy S10 5G phone screen showing download speed of 491 Mbps.Speeds in SoHo are pretty good. Eli Blumenthal/CNET For comparison, we saw peak download speeds of roughly 1.8Gbps testing AT&T’s network in Los Angeles, 1.3Gbps on Verizon in Chicago and 484Mbps on Sprint’s 5G network in Dallas. Our peak download speed on T-Mobile’s 5G was 583 Mbps, with speeds generally clocking in between 300 Mbps and 600 Mbps.   T-Mobile says that its available spectrum in New York is smaller compared to its other 5G cities, such as Cleveland. Speeds in those areas should be even faster than the ones I got today and potentially closer to the 5G networks offered by Verizon and AT&T.  The Big Apple is one of six cities — alongside Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas and Los Angeles —  T-Mobile has chosen for the launch of its inaugural network. The city also seems to be the early exception for wide-scale coverage. Maps for other T-Mobile launch cities show pockets of 5G coverage, in line with early deployments of the technology by AT&T and Verizon. While coverage was better than what we’ve experienced on other mmWave networks, service was limited to when we were near a 5G node and the technology still struggles to reach inside of buildings. Walking into a coffee shop on the corner of East Houston and Mott Street saw the 5G signal quickly turn to 4G LTE, even though I was only a few steps away from the street. The 5G signal quickly returned when I walked back outside.  While T-Mobile promises decent coverage of midtown and lower Manhattan and parts of downtown Brooklyn, it isn’t yet blanketing the city with 5G.  T-Mobile — like AT&T — is hoping to combine its millimeter wave 5G with mid-band and low-band spectrum to provide a more complete coverage experience. Getting more mid-band spectrum for 5G has been one of T-Mobile’s big talking points in its pitch for getting its Sprint merger approved. Sprint is currently using mid-band spectrum for its first 5G networks.  Interestingly T-Mobile told CNET that Sprint’s Galaxy S10 5G should be ready to immediately take advantage of T-Mobile’s 5G mmWave network should the companies’ pending $26.5 billion merger gain government approval. The company’s own S10 5G, however, will need to wait for the redeployment of Sprint’s mid-band spectrum on the “New T-Mobile” network to be able to tap into the mid-band 5G.  See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Abt Electronics $833 How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus Comments Share your voice 2:25 $999 $999 22 See Itlast_img read more

first_imgAlaska Gov. Bill Walker listens to a question from KTOO and Alaska Public Media reporter Andrew Kitchenman in his Capitol office in Juneau on Tuesday. Walker joined a bipartisan group of governors asking the Trump administration to reverse its position of not defending protections for those with pre-existing conditions in the individual health insurance market. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Americans with pre-existing medical conditions are protected under the current federal law in buying individual health insurance. But President Donald Trump’s administration says the protection included in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker joined a bipartisan group of eight other governors in support of continuing the protection.Listen nowWalker, an independent, has been working with the governors’ group over the past year on health care issues.The Trump administration said on June 7 that it wouldn’t defend protections for people who have pre-existing medical conditions. Up to half of Americans have these conditions, such high blood pressure and high cholesterol. On Monday, the group called on the administration to work with the states and Congress on a solution.“When we see that this is not being defended by the administration, it’s appropriate for us to comment and express our desire that this be taken seriously,” Walker said.Before the Affordable Care Act, insurers could charge more from or deny coverage to people who were already sick. The law stopped that. It required all Americans to buy insurance. That’s because there was a danger of having those who were likely to need medical care disproportionately buy insurance. Congress eliminated a tax penalty for not being insured in a law passed last year. Texas and 19 other states sued to eliminate other provisions of the ACA, including the protection for those with pre-existing conditions.The federal Justice Department decided against defending that provision. If the courts agree to eliminate it, Walker said he’d be concerned about the effect on Alaskans.The governor linked his position with his broader support for expanding access to medical coverage.“There are folks who will be without coverage,” Walker said. “And I think that’s why I accepted the Medicaid expansion. It has brought coverage to over 40,000 Alaskans.”The bipartisan governors’ group was last in the news in February, when it first called on Congress and the administration to work on a health care solution that crosses party lines. They issued a blueprint that called for market stability, innovation and competition.Walker said the group has gotten attention in Washington, D.C.“The Congress and the administration were both very appreciative of the effort that we put forth to bring the governors together on a bipartisan basis,” Walker said, later adding: “At the end of the day, the governors have to deal with the health care issue, so we said, ‘Let us be at the table.’”The statement said everyone in the country deserves access to affordable, quality health insurance. The governors said the administration decision to no longer defend the provision protecting those with pre-existing conditions is “disappointing” and adds uncertainty and higher costs.The governors asked the administration to reverse its decision.The other governors were Republicans John Kasich of Ohio, Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Larry Hogan of Maryland, as well as Democrats John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, Roy Cooper of North Carolina, Steve Bullock of Montana and Jay Inslee of Washington.last_img read more

first_imgAmaravati: Continuing with the bureaucratic reshuffle, the Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government on Sunday transferred 21 IPS officers, five of them for the second time in a week and gave posting to three other officers who were on wait. Director General of Police-rank IPS officer A R Anuradha of 1987 batch, who was transferred last week as Principal Secretary (Home), has been posted as Director General of AP State Disaster Response and Fire Services. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Visakhapatnam City Police Commissioner Mahesh Chandra Laddha (1998) has been shifted and Rajiv Kumar Meena (1995) posted in his place. Laddha has been posted as Inspector General of Police (Personnel) in the state headquarters, according to a GO issued by Chief Secretary L V Subrahmanyam. Additional DG-rank officer N Balasubrahmanyam (1994) has been relieved of his charge as CEO e-Pragati and asked to report to the General Administration Department for further posting. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us His batchmate N Sridhar Rao, who is on deputation from Sikkim cadre, has been posted as Additional DG (Welfare and Sports), a newly-created ex-cadre post. Vineet Brijlal (2001) has been posted as IGP, Guntur Range while K Satyanarayana (1998), who is on deputation from UP cadre, has been made IG, Police Transport Organisation. DIG-rank officer G Srinivas, Superintendent of Police-rank officers G V K Ashok Kumar, Sarvashresta Tripathi, Vikrant Patil and Koya Praveen were transferred in this round yet again but Praveen has been left out without any fresh posting. Advertise With Us List: ♦ Anuradha (Disaster Management & Fire) ♦ Balasubramanyam (GAD) ♦ Sridhar Rao (Police Welfare Fund ADG) ♦ RK Meena (Visakhapatnam Police Commissioner) ♦ Mahesh Chandra Laddha (Police Personnel IG) ♦ K Satyanarayana (PTO IG) ♦ B Srinivasulu (APSP IG) ♦ Vineet Brijlal (Guntur range IG) ♦ Ghattamaneni Srinivas (Police headquarters) ♦ Ch Srikanth (Intelligence DIG) ♦ G Paul Raj (Technical Services DIG) ♦ SKV Ranga Rao (Visakhapatnam Range DIG) ♦ S Hari Krishna (Administrative Assistant IG) ♦ KV Mohana Rao (Intelligence SP) ♦ GVG Ashok Kumar (CID SP) ♦ Sarvasresht Tripati (Anantapur APSP Commandant) ♦ VK Patil (Guntakal Railway) ♦ S Ranga Rao (Law & Order DCP Visakhapatnam) ♦ K Narayana Naik (Vijayawada Railway SP) ♦ M Deepika (Kurnool AP SP)last_img read more

first_imgThe world’s largest online retailer Amazon opened a 10-acre campus in Hyderabad, its world’s second-largest campus outside the United States. Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali and IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan inaugurated the new campus. It is located in the IT hub of Gachibowli, a 10-acre centre that can seat 15,000 employees. Amazon has around 62,000 employees working in the country. It will take care of the backend operations for the company’s global business and technology teams. Also Read – Google’s Hire will shut down in 2020 Advertise With Us The construction of this campus was started about three years ago. However, this is not Amazon’s first centre in Hyderabad. It started backend operations in 2005-06. Also, the online retailer has three fulfilment centres in the city with more than 3.2 million cubic ft of storage space. Besides, it has two sorting centres in Hyderabad with 1 lakh sq ft of processing capacity. Also Read – Google Pay sets eyes on 12mn Kirana stores in India Advertise With Us . @amazon ‘s first owned building outside the US10-acre campus located in the IT hub of Gachibowli, #Hyderabad.. it is expected to accommodate around 26,000 to 30,000 people.@KTRTRS #HappeningHyderabad#AmazonInHyderabad pic.twitter.com/OyXOSQdYLY— Jagan Reddy (@jaganreddy85) August 21, 2019last_img read more

first_imgLB Nagar: Deputy Commissioner Vijay Krishna and division corporator Mudraboina Srinivas Rao distributed plants to locals at Janaki Enclave community hall premises in Lingojiguda division on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, Vijay Krishna said, “Everyone should take a pledge to plant two trees on their premises and take the responsibility to save them. I received the best commissioner award with the support of the division people.” Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Mudraboina said, “There is a need to plant trees to save our environment. Pollution will be reduced with large number of trees in the surroundings.” Leaders Beldha, Narasimha Gupta, Mamidi Jagannadh Reddy, Malkajgiri Kumar, Shravan Kumar Gupta, Indraji, Satyanarayana Goud, Mallikarjun, Madhusagar, Sridhar, Madhusudhan, Ashok, Rani and others were present.last_img read more

first_imgMap showing the area where a boat packed with Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar sank Sunday leaving scores missing. AFPAt least 12 people died and scores were missing Monday after a boat packed with Rohingya refugees — many of them children — capsized, the latest tragedy to strike those fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.Coast guard and border guard officials said the boat was overloaded with about 100 people when it sank late Sunday in the mouth of the Naf river that separates Myanmar from Bangladesh.Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) official Abdul Jalil told AFP 12 bodies had been recovered after an all-night rescue operation, saying “they include 10 children, an elderly woman and a man”.Area coast guard commander Alauddin Nayan said the boat capsized near the coastal village of Galachar with nearly 100 people on board.He said some 40 people in the boat were adult Rohingya Muslims fleeing their villages in Rakhine.”The rest were children,” he said.Border guard boats have rescued 13 Rohingya including three women and two children after scouring the estuary of the Naf river, Jalil said.Since the boat capsized near the Myanmar side of the border, Jalil said many may have swum to the Rakhine coast.The coast guard said the boat sank at around 10:00 pm (1600 GMT).Local media quoted a survivor as saying the vessel capsized due to high waves and bad weather.- Dangerous journey -Nearly 520,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Rakhine state for Bangladesh since late August, many walking for days through thick jungle before making the perilous boat journey across the Naf river.Around 150 Rohingya, many of them children, have drowned while trying to reach Bangladesh in small, rickety fishing boats that coastguards say are woefully inadequate for the rough seas.Last week more than 60 Rohingya refugees are feared to have died after a boat carrying them from Myanmar capsized in rough weather in the Bay of Bengal just off the Bangladesh coast.The bodies of 23 people were retrieved, but the death toll was expected to surge, with many of the dead likely to be young children too weak to swim through the churning water.The refugee crisis erupted after Rohingya militant raids on Myanmar police posts on August 25 prompted a brutal military backlash.The United Nations has said the army campaign could amount to “ethnic cleansing” while Myanmar military leaders have blamed the unrest on the Rohingya.The government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar refuses to recognise the Rohingya as a distinct ethnic group and considers them illegal migrants from Bangladesh.While the worst of the violence appears to have abated, insecurity, food shortages and tensions with Buddhist neighbours are still driving thousands of Rohingya to make the arduous trek to Bangladesh.Bangladesh has made the journey even more difficult with a clampdown on boats running refugees across the Naf river.Authorities have destroyed at least 30 wooden fishing vessels whose captains are accused of smuggling Rohingya and illegal drugs into the country.Gangs of boat owners, crew and fishermen have been charging the fleeing Rohingya upwards of $250 for the two-hour journey that normally costs no more than $5.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto : Prothom AloBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said their jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia urged people not to pay heed to anyone’s provocation and continue the peaceful movement, reports UNB.”Khaleda’s health is well. She urged all not to pay heed to anyone’s provocation and continue the movement in a peaceful manner,” said Fakhrul while talking to reporters after coming out of the abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.”Khaleda Zia’s morale is high….she’s facing the adverse situation with courage. She said she’s ready for any sacrifice for the sake of the country, for the sake of democracy,” he said.Earlier, an 8-member BNP delegation, including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, met their chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail in the afternoon.BNP standing committee members Mirza Fakhrul, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Mahbubur Rahman, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Mirza Abbas, and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury entered the jail around 2:50pm while Jamiruddin Sircar at 3:15pm. They stayed there for around 4:30 pm.On 8 February last, a special court in Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Khaleda, a 73-year-old a former prime minister, was taken to the old central jail minutes after the verdict had been delivered.last_img read more