Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Feb 2016 – The dust is settled now following a National Convention for the Governing Progressive National Party and despite some suspicions, the party has returned Rufus Ewing as leader and elects a new National Chairman.Former North Caicos MP, the fiesty Royal Robinson has the most strategic job within his party and he reportedly won it effortlessly. The Party Leader post also went unchallenged and selected to remain at Hon Rufus Ewing’s side is Carlos Simons, QC and 2012 at large candidate. Simons is the Deputy Leader.Also ratified and ready to lead the party into the next General Elections are: Deputy Chairman, Sharon Simons; Gordon Burton, Treasurer; Sean Bassett is new Public Relations Director; Sonia Williams is Secretary General and Phillip Misick, Party Whip.Robinson, in speaking to Magnetic Media this morning said he believes he was trusted with chairmanship because of his,”Experience, drive determination and an ability to get things done.”The plain speaking politician is also a former Government minister, land surveyor and local developer.The PNP National Convention was last night held at the Tropicana Club and will today move to the just returned headquarters on Airport Road for a “community clean up and celebration.” TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for you Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech 11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:carlos simons, general assembly, pnp, Royal Robinson, rufus ewing Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite
Dhaka UniversityThe authorities of Dhaka University have denied their previous order that restricts outsiders’ entry into the campus and said they never banned outsiders from entering into the DU campus, reports UNB.A DU press release on Wednesday put the blame on media for, what it said, creating misunderstanding among people by publishing misleading information.The DU release also made an urge to the media not to inspire evil forces by misinformation in their news.Interestingly, the new DU stance came in two days after it earlier issued a release on 9 July saying that outsiders would not be allowed to roam around, stay in dorms and hold any kind of activity on the Dhaka University campus without permission from the authorities.Taking permission for holding any programme and activities at campus is not anything new and security guards are always stationed at entry points, wednesdays’s release further reads.
– / 7In their bright yellow safety vests, Metro police converged on a rail stop in the Med Center to talk to riders about safety. Officers made their appeal just blocks away from where a Rice University professor was struck and killed by a train back in February. There was another fatal crash days later just outside the Super Bowl.Metro has also released videos of close calls, showing pedestrians and cyclists who were nearly hit.On the rail platform in from of Memorial Hermann Hospital, we spoke with medical student Dylan Supak. She rides the rails frequently and says a lot of people simply get distracted.“Especially with headphones in and listening to music or looking down reading on phones. I think that’s the biggest thing,” says Supak.And that’s a big deal to Metro Police Captain Darren Lewis, who oversees patrols along the rail lines. Lewis says looking up from your phone could literally save your life.“We always want to look both directions before we cross,” says Lewis. “Look at the signals. All of those intersections have a button that you push to walk and you’ve got to make sure you’re looking at the right signal before you cross.”Metro says it’s currently instituting safety measures like louder horns and brighter colors on the rail cars. The transit agency is also considering more barriers that would separate people from moving trains. 00:00 /01:09 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share Listen From the latest implications of Pres. Trump’s declaration of a national emergency over border security, to Bernie Sanders announcing another run for president, to developments in the Texas Legislature and the Houston City Council, the Houston Matters experts break down the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.In the audio above, Craig Cohen discusses those and other stories with Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast, and Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder.Also, News 88.7 politics and government reporter, Andrew Schneider updates us on new developments about pay parity lawsuits, and HUD funding from the city council meeting this morning. 00:00 /18:45
Kolkata: CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty has further fuelled the ongoing demonstration at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) by extending moral support to the agitating students on Thursday.Some of the MBBS students from second and third year started protest a demonstration inside the hospital campus with a demand of a new hostel. Around six students have started a hunger strike to mount pressure on the CMCH authorities to fulfill their demands. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAround 20 interns have joined the movement on Thursday, while six students continue their hunger strike. The students have threatened to continue the agitation till their demands are met.Meanwhile, the Principal of the CMCH, Uchhal Bhadra, has been under treatment in SSKM Hospital after he was heckled by the agitating students on last Tuesday.The incident had drawn sharp criticism from a section of doctors. Many have, however, termed it as a politically motivated incident to hurt the principal with mala-fide intentions.
In October, when Apple announced its redesigned Mac Pro, the company boasted that it would be assembled in the U.S. This was a curious about-face for the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant whose success has been inextricably linked to shoulder-to-shoulder assembly lines in China. In addition, as the New York Times reported, at a private dinner in February 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs told President Obama, “Those jobs aren’t coming back.”Indeed, they haven’t. And they won’t.According to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing industry lost 2.3 million jobs in the most recent recession. Since then, factories have only regained 526,000 jobs, a sad sign of Jobs’ visionary nature. A promotional video on the Mac Pro’s assembly clearly shows what led Apple to produce the new computers in the U.S.: robots, not people. An ambidextrous Fanuc M-710iC swings the Mac Pro’s machined aluminum casing from station to station. The metal is polished by Guyson Corporation’s blast-finishing robots. And components are placed on the circuit boards by Jot Automation machines.Of course there are humans milling about, but not nearly as many as at Foxconn in China. When contacted, Apple declined to comment.The growing use of robots in the workforce isn’t just happening at Apple. From Kiva Systems droids fulfilling Amazon warehouse orders, to telepresence robots zipping through offices and conference halls, robots are suddenly everywhere. Though they weren’t necessarily programmed to destroy jobs, some experts believe machine-caused mass unemployment is possible. According to a Sept. 2013 Oxford University study, computerization puts 47 percent of total U.S. employment at risk of termination.Related: Google Gets Serious About RobotsNot to sound like a paranoid android, but it’s 2014. Shouldn’t John Connor be all over this by now, in an epic battle like in the Terminator movies?Perhaps small businesses will take up the fight this year. Since the recession, small firms have accounted for 67 percent of net new jobs, and have created more than 12 million positions in the past 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While on a day-to-day basis, small firms undoubtedly view themselves as making widgets, brewing beverages, cooking meals or building software, but the reality is these organizations are also in the business of creating employment. Sure, larger companies like Apple and Amazon put people to work, but they are also programmed to meet investors’ expectations. One of the most effective ways to increase profit is to reduce overhead. And wages are among companies’ largest expenses, which makes eliminating personnel an efficient way to cut costs. That’s why corporations started outsourcing labor to foreign countries a decade ago, and while they’ll begin in-sourcing work to robots over the next 10 years. Long term, the savings of shifting from human to robot labor will allow them to attain their growth goals. Meanwhile, small businesses will scramble to keep up. But instead of joining the robot workforce, entrepreneurs can firewall their operations by cyborg-proofing their companies. According to the Oxford study, “occupations that involve complex perception and manipulation tasks, creative intelligence tasks, and social intelligence tasks are unlikely to be substituted by computer capital over the next decade or two.” So the key to defeating robots — in the movies and in real life — is doing what they can’t. The Oxford study discusses how robots are unable to compete with humans in areas of perception and manipulation, creativity and social intelligence. In recent years, workarounds have helped robots make headway in perception. For example, Kiva robots can navigate Amazon’s warehouse by sensing stickers on the floor. But it’s difficult for them to make adjustments. If a package is dropped on the warehouse floor, for instance, the droid can’t pick it up. Meanwhile, social intelligence — especially tasks involving negotiation, persuasion and care — hasn’t evolved yet, either, as anyone who has ever screamed at Siri can attest. Related: Intel Wants to Make Computers Think More Like HumansTo survive the robot invasion, small businesses need to maximize consumer reliance on these innate human abilities, as well as highlight them within their company’s products and services. According to the Oxford research, companies that ply in fine arts, originality, negotiation, persuasion, social perceptiveness and assisting or caring for others are in the least danger of being overtaken by Schwarzenegger-like T-800 cybernetic organisms. Unfortunately, those with cramped work spaces or that deal in manual/finger dexterity are most likely to be assimilated by the borg.But one thing the Terminator franchise has shown is that whatever people do to fight the future, robots always have a way of saying, “I’ll be back.” As a result, smart entrepreneurs shouldn’t blindly rage against the machines. Instead, they should position their businesses to make sure that technology is working for — not against — their companies. Robots can be great for working in hard-to-reach locales, like the ocean floor, or under dangerous conditions, like bomb defusing. But placing them in easy-to-find settings like coffee shops to perform humanistic jobs like being a barista is counter-intuitive. Sure, the beverage might cost $4.75, but the smiles are free and have much more potential to keep customers coming back for more. In fact, in its quest to make the perfect cup of coffee, Briggo is developing an automated coffee shop — a concept so efficient, you’d think Starbucks would have already invented it. No way says Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz: “I cannot envision a time at Starbucks where we would have machines of any kind that would replace the people who are engaging with our customers.” If you don’t believe him, just check out the Starbucks app. While you can pay via smartphone, you still have to order in person.Unfortunately, not everyone is as interested in giving their company a human touch. The Economist reported as far back as 2011 that Foxconn had planned to “hire” 1 million robots for it factory floors. But the Chinese company has also invested in a manufacturing facility in Harrisburg, Pa., upping the staff from 30 to 500 people. Located near Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, the factory is building — you guessed it — more robots.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In Computers Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » January 20, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min read
NEW YORK — If your clients are fresh out of ideas on where to travel to in 2017, Frommer’s – which will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year – has revealed its annual list of the best places to travel.A team of award-winning editors and writers around the world has compiled an honour roll list of top vacation places. Whether these destinations are enjoying a resurgence, honouring a milestone or anniversary, or simply because the moment is ripe for wider appreciation, they’re all primed and ready for travellers to visit in 2017.The 17 honourees are (in no particular order):• Montréal, Quebec, for the confluence of celebrations surrounding its 375th birthday and the 150th anniversary of Canada• Karasjok, Norway, the best place in the world for Northern Lights during a peak year for that phenomenon• Bermuda, amidst a boom in development of its luxury tourism amenities and expecting the America’s Cup in May and June• The Pantanal, South America’s massive and wondrous inland tropical wetlandsMore news: Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise rates• The Mississippi River, long called “the Spine of America,” bursting with a fast-growing cruise industry• Paris, France, because its tourism has dropped in the past year, but it remains as magical as ever• Sulawesi, Indonesia, an under-appreciated island of tiny monkeys, vibrantly colored birds, and astonishing cultural rituals• San Francisco and the Bay Area, which marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Summer of Love with a bounty of events• Fátima, Portugal, commemorating the centenary of its miracle and vibrant with history, architecture and beaches• Nashville, Tennessee, for its food, whip-smart population, music, and ideal location for viewing the August 21 solar eclipse• The Panama Canal, newly expanded with a more-than-$5 billion set of locks• Nan Madol, Micronesia, because its ancient black basalt temples and palaces are in danger of imminent destruction by natural forces• Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, the only region where you can see mountain gorillas in the wild, and where tourism is transforming lifeMore news: Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea• Martin Luther’s Germany which will spend the year mounting concerts and events for the 500th anniversary of the reformer’s world-changing deed• Katahdin Woods and Waters, Maine, 87,000 pristine acres of forests and streams just inscribed as a National Monument• Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, a recent holiday spot for Prince William and Kate, for its unique wilderness and centuries old cultural links• Doha, Qatar, which is challenging its flashier neighbors Dubai and Abu Dhabi with new attractions, flights, and hotelsThere is one bonus destination that Frommer’s felt compelled to include – Cuba. Frommer’s is not confident Cuba will remain an option for Americans. Donald J. Trump is threatening to restrict Americans’ right to travel there, hotel rates are ballooning, flights are being cut, and the death of Fidel Castro raises new uncertainties. For those reasons, Frommer’s inscribed it—with hope that travel remains open and growing—as its 18th top destination. Share Travelweek Group Monday, December 12, 2016 Tags: Frommers, Montreal Can you guess which Canadian city made Frommer’s list of top vacation spots? Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>