Press Statement by the Progressive National Party on the Appellate Courts decision

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 22, 2017 – The Appellate Court of the Turks and Caicos Islands yesterday February 21, 2017 issued its long anticipated Judgement in the matter of the Tuscany and Venetial Strata Corporations V Turks and Caicos Government and Dessarolous Group – developers of the proposed five star Ritz Carlton Hotel.  In an oral release of the judgement in open court it upheld the   decision of the Supreme Court that the former PNP government exercising its perogative, followed the correct procedure in changing the policy to allow the development of 12 storey structures in designated areas of Providenciales.   It dismissed the appeal filed by those opposed to the height increase to 12 storeys.   The matter was heard in September of 2016, with the Court of Appeal reserving judgement until this morning.The leader of the PNP and the Opposition Hon. C. Washington Misick said “I am delighted that for the second time the Court has agreed that the process used to change the policy allowing for the increase of building heights in designated areas in the Turks & Caicos Islands by the former PNP Government was indeed correct.  I hope that this game of attrition by the opponents of this project aimed at frustrating the developer and protecting the status quo will now come to an end.  We in the Opposition, look forward to the Developers following the normal planning and continuing with their development to the benefit of the economy and the people of these islands.”The construction of the Ritz Carlton Resort proposed development in which the Rufus Ewing government had invested tremendous effort with the objective of increasing visitor accommodation, jobs, and counter-balancing other powerful interest in the industry was scheduled to commence development in the middle of 2015, but was frustrated by robust opposition from competitors and their surrogates since 2015.Those in opposition to the development of this high-end project was supported by the current PDM government.  While in opposition, members of the PDM party either opposed the project outright or gave opponents of the project tacit backing. Among those who gave their tacit support to the opponents is the current Premier, who at no time expressed support for the project.   In addition, comments made in her recent contribution to the throne speech may be interpreted that the project may be subject to a new development master plan.  This statement has created uncertainty around her government’s commitment to the project.Now that the court has ruled, the Premier should make a clear and unequovacal statement  as to whether her government stands behind the project or not.   Such a statement may be  pre-emptive and should send a strong message to the petitioners who it is rumoured are considering an appeal to the Privy Council.Commenting on the judgement, PNP Chairman, Honourable Royal Robinson stated, “It is imperative that the current governmenent pushes forward with ensuring that this project comes to fruition, as it will tremendously benefit the people of this country opening up new opportunities for employment, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Van der Sar was hoping for Ajax Juve pairing

first_imgEdwin van der Sar admits he was expecting an Ajax vs. Juventus pairing in the last 16 of the Champions League and further explained he had good memories in TurinVan der Sar spent two seasons as Juve’s No 1 but did not truly convince between the sticks and was replaced in the summer of 2001 by Gianluigi Buffon, who arrived from Parma in a then-world record deal for a goalkeeper.“It’s always a pleasure to come back to Turin,” he told Football Italia after Ajax drew Real Madrid on Monday.What a draw @AFCAjax playing against @realmadrid in the next round @ChampionsLeague. Brings back memories to our match in November 1994 when we won 0-2 in Santiago Bernabéu. #UCL #ajarea ❌❌❌ pic.twitter.com/auGKYhM69R— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) December 17, 2018David de Gea, Manchester United, SpainDavid de Gea is replaceable at Man United, says Van der Sar Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar insists the club’s current number one David de Gea isn’t irreplaceable amid doubts over his future.“I had a good time at Juventus, before my transfer to Fulham and then Manchester United.“Matthijs de Ligt is an important player, who came through our youth system. He’s our captain today and we’re happy with him.“All the teams are great in the last 16. It’s a shame that we didn’t get Juventus as I’d have liked to face them as my former club.”last_img read more

Rajib to be buried in Patuakhali

first_imgRajib Hossain. File photoGovt Titumir College student Rajib Hasan, who died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital early Tuesday after getting his right arm lost being pressed between two buses in the city, will be laid to eternal rest in Bauphal upazila of Patuakhali district, reports news agency UNB.Rajib’s body will be taken to the High Court premises from the hospital where his first namaz-e-janaza will be held at 2:00pm, said DMCH police camp sub-inspector Bachchu Mia.Later, the body will be sent to Patuakhali for burial, he said.UNB Patuakhali correspondent said Rajib will be buried at the village of his maternal grandfather at Chashpara in Bauphal after the body reaches there.Earlier, in the morning, an autopsy was conducted on Rajib’s body at the DMCH.Read more: Rajib no moreDr Pradip Biswas, who conducted the autopsy, said “There’s no major injury to his hand. But there’s blood clots in the brain and a portion of skull was broken due to the accident.”The life support of Rajib was removed around 12:40 am at the Intensive Care Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. He had been kept on life support at the hospital since 10 April.Rajib, son of late Helal Uddin of Indrakun village in Bauphal, lost his parents in his early age. Since then, he had been the guardian of his two younger brothers.On 3 April, Rajib Hasan, a 2nd year student of Govt Titumir College, was going to attend his classes by a double-decker bus of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BTRC). He was standing on the rear gate dangling his right hand outside as the bus was overcrowded.When the bus got stranded at the Sonargaon crossing near Panthakunja park, a ‘Sajan Paribahan’ bus tried to make its way through the narrow space in between the BRTC bus and the footpath. However, Rajib’s right hand was pressed in between the two buses and got severed from the elbow.Being rescued, the victim was first taken to MH Samorita Hospital at Panthapath and then shifted to the DMCH.last_img read more

The spiritual self

first_imgIndia International Centre is hosting an exhibition titled Aura — The Mystery by Rajinder Kumar Saini. The show exhibits abstracts in Chinese black ink. “Aura, or the halo claimed as spiritual signature is the mystery behind universe and the life on earth. Perhaps, since the evolution of human life, whether by God or by nature, the meaning of aura had always been illusive, amazing and mysterious,” says Saini.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The germane of the present exhibition of paintings in Chinese black ink in abstract form is unique in its own way. The seed for the said collection was originated when her mother, then 92 years old, had entered the phase of deep meditation. In order to provide a congenial atmosphere, he started playing spiritual music to reach her inner soul. Consequently, he had to spent more than 500 hours creating  blissful music.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSaini is a self-taught artist with a natural flair that was nurtured under the guidance of his teacher, late G B L Bhatnagar. Being a retired civil servant, he has been working with water colours, painting in small formats, landscapes and is a practitioner of Chinese black ink for over 25 years. He has had a number of exhibitions in India and abroad both as a solo artiste and in group exhibitions.When: On till June 9Where: Art Gallery, IIC Annexelast_img read more

Risky outdoor play good for childrens health Study

first_imgNew research shows that risky outdoor play is not only good for children’s health but also encourages creativity, social skills and resilience. Children who participated in physical activity such as climbing and jumping, rough and tumble play and exploring alone, displayed greater physical and social health, the results showed.”We found that play environment where children could take risks promoted increased play time, social interactions, creativity and resilience,” said author Mariana Brussoni, assistant professor at department of pediatrics at The University of British Columbia. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting'”These positive results reflect the importance of supporting children’s outdoor play opportunities as means of promoting children’s health and active lifestyles,” Brussoni said. “Playgrounds with natural elements such as trees and plants, changes in height have positive impacts on health, behaviour and social development of children. These spaces give children a chance to learn about risks as well as their own limits.” Safety concerns, such as injury, were seen as the main reason for limiting risky outdoor play. Playground safety standards and too much supervision prevented children from engaging in risky activities.”We recommend considering policy, practice and built environment approaches to risky outdoor play that balance safety with children’s other health outcomes,” Brussoni added. The study appeared in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. IANSlast_img read more

Apple Sued Over Alleged Employee Poaching

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems has sued Apple Inc for poaching top engineers to build a large-scale battery division, according to a court filing that offered further evidence that the iPhone maker may be developing a car.Apple has been poaching engineers with deep expertise in car systems, including from Tesla Inc, and talking with industry experts and automakers with the ultimate aim of learning how to make its own electric car, an auto industry source said last week.Around June 2014, Apple began aggressively poaching A123 engineers tasked with leading some of the company’s most critical projects, the lawsuit said. The engineers jumped ship to pursue similar programs at Apple, in violation of their employment agreements, A123 said in a filing earlier this month in Massachusetts federal court.”Apple is currently developing a large-scale battery division to compete in the very same field as A123,” the lawsuit read. The suit was reported earlier by legal website law360.com.Neither Apple nor A123 immediately responded to requests for comment and Apple has not responded to the allegations in the complaint. The company also sued five former A123 employees, who could not be reached for comment.A123 Systems is a pioneering industrial lithium-ion battery maker, which was backed by a $249 million U.S. government grant. It filed for bankruptcy in 2012 and has been selling off assets.Lithium-ion is a battery technology that can be used in applications from computers to airplanes, but A123 specializes in big batteries that can be used in big machines, including cars. A123 did not say what specifically the engineers worked on.It said in its lawsuit that the engineers who left were of such caliber that the projects they had been working on had to be abandoned after their departures. It also accused one of the five defendants, Mujeeb Ijaz, of helping Apple recruit among its ranks.”It appears that Apple, with the assistance of defendant Ijaz, is systematically hiring away A123’s high-tech PhD and engineering employees, thereby effectively shutting down various projects/programs at A123,” according to the lawsuit.”They are doing so in an effort to support Apple’s apparent plans to establish a battery division that is similar if not identical to A123’s, in competition with A123.”In its complaint, A123 said it believed Apple was looking to hire other battery engineers from companies including LG Chem Ltd, Samsung SDI Co Ltd, Panasonic Corp, Toshiba Corp and Johnson Controls Inc. None of the companies immediately responded to requests for comment.A123 added that former executive Ijaz also contacted its battery partner SiNode Systems on behalf of Apple. Ijaz’s outreach to SiNode “confirms that his work on behalf of Apple is at least substantially similar (if not identical) to his work at A123,” the filing said.SiNode did not respond to a request for comment.Trying to build an actual car would mark a dramatic shift for the maker of the iPhone and iPad. Apple often researches projects which are then discarded, but has so far mainly stuck to its core expertise in mobile and electronic devices.Whether it will build and release an electric car or a more evolved autonomous vehicle remains to be seen, the source told Reuters last week. But evidence is mounting that the maker of smartphones and other mobile gadgets is, like Google Inc, researching and developing next-generation car technologies.Silicon Valley is competing to create software to run self-driving vehicles, as well as services associated with autonomous driving, such as mapping, car-sharing and car recharging services.Data on LinkedIn, the professional networking site, shows that Apple has been siphoning up automotive engineers and experts, many with expertise in autonomous driving technology, at a significant pace.A search of LinkedIn profiles turns up more than 60 former Tesla employees now employed by Apple, including dozens of hardware, software, manufacturing and supply chain engineers. There are also a variety of ex-Tesla recruiters, retail or sales specialists, attorneys and product managers.Apart from the five defendants, at least six other ex-A123 engineers had moved over to Apple, according to their LinkedIn profiles, though with titles like “Technical Program Manager,” their duties at Apple are unclear.(Additional reporting by Sarah McBride; Editing by Peter Henderson, Lisa Shumaker and Stephen Coates) 4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 19, 2015 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Learn earn rewards with Hotel Xcaret Mexicos new agent platforms

first_imgLearn & earn rewards with Hotel Xcaret Mexico’s new agent platforms Tags: Agent Incentives, Mexico, Xcaret RIVIERA MAYA — Hotel Xcaret Mexico, an all-inclusive luxury resort situated by the Riviera Maya jungle, has launched two new agent platforms for both learning and rewards.The Xpert Course is an e-learning platform where agents will receive the content and tools needed to properly sell the hotel and grow their sales. It places special emphasis on the property’s ‘All-Fun Inclusive’ concept that includes complimentary access to Experiencias Xcaret’s eight nature parks and tours. Other topics covered in the course include the hotel’s unique design, its ‘all-view’ adult- or family-oriented suites, and its 19 restaurants and bars.The course is free and includes nine lessons detailing the hotel’s accommodations, restaurants and bars, MICE facilities, Corporate Social Responsibility program, weddings offering and more. Upon completion, participants can print their own certificate. Those eligible can also receive credits from the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA).In addition to the new course, the hotel has also launched Xcaret Rewards, an incentives program that allows agents to earn cash and free stays at the property.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckStarting Nov. 1, the program will grant registered travel agents cash prices of US$50 for every 3-5 night bookings, and US$100 for stays of six nights or longer. Agents in Canada and the U.S. with an IATA or CLIA number are eligible to enroll, and stays may be booked directly, through GD or a tour operator.As for Experiencias Xcaret parks and tours reservations, the Xcaret Rewards team has created a three-tier system in which agents will be eligible to receive free nights for up to two guests, based on the amount of guests booked to visit any park and/or tour.To enroll in Xcaret Rewards, go to xcaretrewards.com. Share Alex Keerma Thursday, November 1, 2018 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> About Latest Posts Alex Keerma Latest posts by Alex Keerma (see all) WestJet adds to network, nonstop flights between Austin and Calgary – May 3, 2019 Senior Travel Advisor – Peterborough Office – April 12, 2019 “I didn’t know she was married”: Kimpton’s social experiment inspires new themed rooms – March 6, 2019last_img read more