Mary Kom biopic the hardest film of my career: Priyanka Chopra

first_imgActress Priyanka Chopra, who will be seen playing Olympic medal-winning boxer Mary Kom in a biopic, says the sports drama is the ‘hardest’ film of her career.Priyanka Chopra says playing Mary Kom was the ‘hardest’The film has been directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali on a story and screenplay written by Saiwyn Quadras.The 31-year-old actress also revealed that the first look of the film will be come out soon.”Coming soon… the first look of the hardest film of my life. Two years of determination taught by the guru herself…Mary Kom #Fight Like A Girl,” Priyanka posted on Twitter.Coming soon..the first look of the hardest film of my life.2 years of determination taught by the guru herself.. #MaryKom #FightLikeAGirl PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) July 9, 2014last_img read more

Oppo to start mfg unit in Noida with Rs 100 cr investment

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) Chinese smartphone maker Oppo will set up a local manufacturing unit in India with an investment of Rs 100 crore for the facility in Noida.The unit, which will have a capacity of 10 million handsets, will become operational in August this year.”Our Noida facility will become operational in August. With a capacity of 10 million units, the facility will be our own. We are investing Rs 100 crore in the project,” Oppo Global VP, MD of International Mobile Business and President India operations Sky Li told PTI.He added that its present partnership with Foxconn to assemble phone locally will also continue.At present, Foxconn has production lines at its Chennai factory dedicated for Oppos smartphone requirements in the country.Li said the company would manufacture its entire range here but the company “is not looking at India as an export hub at the moment.”The companys decision to locally manufacture smartphones comes at a time when handset makers are tapping into the multi-billion dollar opportunity in India, one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the world.Handset makers like Samsung, Micromax, Xiaomi, Gionee, Lenovo and OnePlus have already set up assembly units in the country.Besides, Oppo announced its association with ace cricketer Yuvraj Singh as its first sports ambassador for this cricket season.Oppo is also focusing on the mid and premium handset segment (Rs 15,000-30,000) in India.It launched its new handset – F1 Plus – for Rs 26,990 featuring 16MP front camera, focused on selfie enthusiasts.advertisementThe 4G handset has a 5.5-inch display, all-metal unibody, 2GHz MediaTek octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB memory, 13 MP rear camera and 2,850 mAh battery.First sale of the F1 Plus will kick off from mid-April across India.”This is our second device in the photography-focused F series in India after Selfie Expert F1, which created great market acceptance. Camera Phones are always our focus and we plan to bring out the best camera experiences to our consumers,” Li said. PTI SR ANUlast_img read more

Google Doodle honours the master of light in cinema: All about James Wong Howe

first_imgGoogle is celebrating the famed cinematographer James Wong Howe. Howe was born on August 28, 1899. He is one of the most sought after early-era cinematographer who made a great use of lights and shadows in his work.Check out the Doodle:The doodle is in a monochrome colour scheme celebrating what would have been his 118th birthday. More about James Wong Howe:Howe was of Chinese-American descent and faced a lot of problems due to his heritageHe did odd jobs as a teenager and at one point was a professional boxerHe could only become a U.S. citizen after the Chinese Exclusion Act was repealedHis marriage to novelist Sanora Babb wasn’t legally recognised until the year 1949 as there were laws barring interracial marriagesHowe’s first Hollywood job involved delivering films and cleaning up scraps left on the cutting room floorHe is said to have accidentally discovered the use of dark backdrops in black and white films to create colour nuancesHe was also a master of using wide-angle lenses, low key lighting, colour lighting and crab dolly James retired with two Oscar awards as one of the most celebrated cinematographers of his timeA survey of the members of the International Cinematographers Guild lauded him as one of history’s ten most influential cinematographersHowe received a total of ten Oscar nominations for best cinematographyHe won the academy awards for cinematography twice for The Rose Tattoo and the HudHe died at the age of 76 in the year 1976 and is buried in a Los Angeles cemetery.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Budget 20162017 Investments in Northern Nova Scotia

first_img a new SchoolsPlus site to bring a range of services together for children and youth including mental health and other health programs, homework support, social work and justice services support funding for groups welcoming refugees funding for community facility projects English as a second language training to newcomers through the Teaching Immigrants English program funding for sport and cultural events continued funding for sustainable transportation repaving 5.3 kilometres of Route 204, 5.8 kilometres of Route 246, and 7 kilometres of Route 348 in 2016-2017 repaving Route 337 from the intersection of Route 245 (Malignant Cove) easterly 6 kilometres repaving specified sections of Taylors Road from Highway 104 northerly funding for a new P-12 school in Tatamagouche funding for a new P-4 school in Bible Hill access to the New Building Canada Fund multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, enhancing care for all Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians The people of northern Nova Scotia will benefit from investments in education, community supports and infrastructure in Budget 2016-2017. “Our work and the sacrifices made by all Nova Scotians make the investments in today’s budget possible,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey. “This budget demonstrates what is possible when we stick to a plan and work together to build a stronger Nova Scotia.” Measures in Budget 2016-2017 for northern Nova Scotia include: Budget 2016-2017 projects a $127.4 million surplus. The surplus includes a one-time revenue increase of $110.3 million in 2016-2017 because of federal and municipal contributions for the new convention centre. The $110.3 million will go towards the debt to provide the fiscal capacity to launch the multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The budget’s net position is a $17.1 million surplus. Revenue for 2016-2017 is an estimated $10.3 billion, a 3.5 per cent increase from 2015-2016. Expenses are an estimated $10.1 billion, an increase of 1.2 per cent from 2015-2016. Government will invest $480.8 million in roads, schools, health care and public infrastructure in 2016-2017. For more information about the 2016-2017 provincial budget, visit www.novascotia.ca/budget .last_img read more

UK minister says Brexit talks yield positive signals

BRUSSELS — A senior British government minister insists that Brexit talks with the European Union are making progress, as negotiators meet in Brussels seeking a way to break the logjam.Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says “the signals we are getting are relatively positive.”EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is meeting U.K. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox on Tuesday, as Britain seeks changes to a Brexit deal that has been rejected by U.K. lawmakers.Their objections centre on a provision to guarantee there are no barriers along the currently invisible Irish border. Britain wants reassurances the mechanism will be temporary.EU leaders insist that the legally binding withdrawal agreement can’t be reopened. But Hunt told the BBC that Britain is “prepared to be flexible” about how changes are achieved.The Associated Press read more

Cogeco net income plummets in Q2 without benefit of US tax cuts

Companies in this story: (TSX:CGO, TSX:CCA)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Cogeco Inc. says its net income attributable to shareholders was cut nearly in half to $25.7 million in the second quarter despite a 10 per cent increase in revenues.The Montreal-based company says it earned $1.57 per diluted share for the period ended Feb. 28, down from $2.82 per share or $46.6 million a year earlier.Overall net income fell to $82.3 million from $145.8 million, largely due to a $94-million income tax reduction a year ago due to U.S. tax reform, depreciation and amortization.The profit from continuing operations was $87.6 million while discontinued operations lost $5.4 million.Cogeco Peer 1 Inc., its business and information and communications services subsidiary were reclassified as discontinued operations following Cogeco Communications’ announcement to sell the operations for $720 million on Feb. 27.Revenues rose to $608.6 million from $554.1 million in the second quarter of 2018 on a 10 per cent growth in the communications segment following the acquisition of the MetroCast cable systems more than a year ago. read more

Central African Republic Security Council extends mandate of UN office

21 December 2011The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacebuilding office in the Central African Republic (CAR) for another year, stressing the need to ensure effective coordination of the work of UN agencies, funds and programmes in the country. Extending the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) until the end of January 2013, the Council said that it looked forward to progress on the part of the Government in creating a permanent and independent electoral body to organize future elections and to revise the electoral code.It encouraged CAR’s Government to continue to engage in consultations with the opposition “in a consensual and inclusive manner,” including on the electoral reform, and urged it to ensure that the freedom of expression and assembly, including for opposition parties, are respected.The Council also called on the Government and all armed groups in the country to remain committed to the national reconciliation process by sticking to the recommendations of the “inclusive political dialogue” that ended in 2008. All armed groups must also cooperate with the Government in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process, the Council added.It welcomed the progress CAR has made in the disarmament and demobilization of former combatants in the north-west, and encouraged the Government to pursue the disarmament and demobilization of former combatants.The Council, however, expressed concern over the security situation in CAR, which it said remained precarious.It underscored the need for Chad, Sudan and CAR to implement the tripartite agreement signed in May in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, to enhance security in their common border areas through joint patrols, and also the need for Chad, CAR and Cameroon to pursue the Tripartite Initiative, signed in 2005 to enhance border security.Members of the Council voiced deep concern over the recruitment and the acquisition of weapons by the armed group known as Front Populaire pour le Redressement (FPR), stressing that those activities threatened peace and security in CAR and are a violation of FPR’s commitments to lay down its arms and join the peace process.Condemning the continued violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, including the recruitment and use of children, killing and maiming, rape, sexual slavery and violence, and abductions perpetrated by armed groups, especially the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the Council urged BINUCA to report on human rights violations particularly those against children and women.The Council also welcomed efforts by the Government to combat the LRA, as well as the African Union’s Regional Cooperation Initiative for the elimination of the LRA and the appointment of an African Union Special Envoy to coordinate the initiative. read more

DMK hits back at Jayalalithaa on claims over Sri Lankan island

“Katchatheevu was a national issue and not a State issue. The agreement ceding Katchatheevu was signed during the Emergency and the party had passed a resolution in the Assembly when it came to power in 2006 for the retrieval of the island, he said. India’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has hit back at Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa over her claims on Katchatheevu which was ceded to Sri Lanka by India.DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin claimed Katchatheevu was ceded to Sri Lanka during a state of emergency and not when the DMK was in power. Reacting to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s charge at her election meeting in Aruppukottai that it was the DMK that gave up the right over Katchatheevu, Stalin, who was campaigning in Madurai, said that the party always stood for the rights of Tamil Nadu fishermen. He termed Ms. Jayalalithaa’s allegation a “blatant lie”. Criticising Ms. Jayalalithaa for not meeting the people to discuss their issues in the last five years, Stalin said that now elected members of any legislative body and officials were required to go to the people. read more

Government wants one year to show proper results

The Hambantota port was launched by the former Government with Chinese assistance but was criticised by the then opposition. (Colombo Gazette) The Government wants one year to show proper results in its development drive.State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe said that the Government is still young and need time to prove itself. He said that the Government will make drastic changes in some of the key projects in Hambantota.As part of the changes, he said the Hambantota port will be developed into a major financial hub.

Special High Court begins hearing case on Gota

The Permanent High Court Trial at Bar had decided to hear the case from today.When the case was heard today, the indictments against the seven defendants including Rajapaksa were read out. (Colombo Gazette) The Special High Court today began hearing the case against former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the misappropriation of funds for the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum.Rajapaksa appeared before the Special High Court today over the case where he was accused of misappropriating state funds amounting to Rs 49 million during the construction of the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana.

Crews start removing fuel from overturned ship in Georgia

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Officials have begun removing fuel from the tanks of an overturned cargo ship on the Georgia coast, where leaking oil has reached some marshes and beaches.The South Korean ship Golden Ray capsized in the St. Simons Sound on Sept. 8 after leaving the Port of Brunswick.Chris Graff of Gallagher Marine Services is heading cleanup and salvage efforts. He told reporters Friday that 15,000 gallons (56,780 litres) of fuel have been removed from two tanks in the engine room.Much more remains. Graff said the ship has 24 total fuel tanks onboard. The total amount of fuel has been estimated at 300,000 gallons (1.1 million litres).Meanwhile, crews equipped with about 70 boats and oil-absorbent boom are responding to oily debris and sheen along the shoreline and marshes.The Associated Press read more

Visiting Ethiopia UN human rights chief urges new Government to keep positive

“We all want to see an Ethiopia with continuous economic development where all people benefit, and where people express their views on public policies, unafraid,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the end of his official visit to Ethiopia.His visit followed the country’s recent transition of power from the Government led by Hailemariam Desalegn, who abruptly resigned as prime minister in March, to the new one led by Abiy Ahmed.A country with one of the fastest-growing economies in world, Ethiopia has also been riven by human rights violations and oppression on protests by those demanding equality.“Moments of transition are rarely ever smooth. Ethiopia has struggled with a heavy history, but it has the wisdom of a tolerant, vibrant, youthful population to harness,” said Mr. Zeid, encouraging the authorities to keep the positive momentum going and to keep translating the inspiring words in the Prime Minister’s inaugural address into action.Mr. Zeid was referring to the Prime Minister’s recognition that there is a “need to address existing inequities that led to recent unrest,” that “democracy cannot be realised in the absence of rights – be it civil or economic rights” and that the “right of people to express opinions, rights of people to organise themselves and engage in effective dialogue and participate in the governance system is inherent in our humanity…not for any government to bestow…as it sees fit.” The UN rights chief also welcomed the release of a large number of people, including bloggers, political opponents and others who had been detained in relation to their participation in protests and their criticism of the Government.“There was tremendous hope, but also anxiety,” he said, citing the words of a former political detainee, who said: “we have repeatedly been victims of broken promises.”In this 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, when too many leaders risk reversing hard-won human rights gains, we look to Ethiopia to continue to give cause for optimism and hope – UN rights chiefDuring a visit to the Oromia region, Mr. Zeid met with the regional authorities and the traditional leaders, known as the Aba Gadas, who he said spoke about how they will continue to push for the truth to be told about what has happened over the past few years, including deaths during protests.“They demanded investigations and accountability for excessive use of force by the authorities. They expressed their desire for justice and human rights for all Ethiopians and for their voices to be heard without fear of reprisal,” Mr. Zeid said.On Wednesday, the UN Human Rights Office for East Africa and the Ethiopian Government signed an agreement to strengthen the Office’s ability to do human rights work in the country and the region.The Office has already offered its assistance in revising the charities and societies proclamation, the anti-terrorism legislation and the mass media laws.“In this 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, when too many leaders risk reversing hard-won human rights gains, we look to Ethiopia to continue to give cause for optimism and hope,” Mr. Zeid said. read more

Utah Jazzman Royce ONeale Visits Castle Country Photo Gallery

Photos by Jeff Barrett and Kevin Butler By Scottie DraperUtah Jazzman Royce O’Neale made stops in both Carbon and Emery counties on Tuesday as part of a series of summer youth camps throughout Utah.The free events were open to all members of the community and began with skills camps for local youth. Young basketball enthusiasts were led through a series of drills with O’Neale and staff members before the meet and greet portion. Fans of all ages lined up for a chance to meet O’Neale and take photos with him. The Jazzman also signed countless autographs for attendees.O’Neale, a small forward, made his NBA debut on Oct. 21, 2017 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played in 87 games in the 2018-19 season, including five playoff appearances where he averaged 10.6 points per game. O’Neale played college ball at the University of Denver and Baylor University. read more

Turnberry caravan park plans name change as they say association with Trump

Turnberry caravan park is planning to change its name due to the “negative” associations with Donald Trump which they say is costing them customers.Turnberry Holiday Park, which lies south of the US president’s golf resort in South Ayrshire, Scotland, said it is considering removing “Turnberry” from its name to counter “the Trump effect”.It comes after the static caravan site canvassed the opinions of over 1000 people and found that 32% were less likely to visit the site because of its name.Donald Trump bought the nearby luxury Turnberry golf resort in 2014, but despite a £200 million refurbishment in 2016, it has run up four successive years of multimillion-pound losses.Only last week it posted new losses of £3.4 million, and has lost a total of £33 million since it was taken over four years ago.Following a series of protests at the golf resort- including a paraglider who flew into a ‘no-fly zone’ to challenge Mr Trump’s environmental policies in July- the caravan park wants to ensure their business does not suffer. Donald Trump bought the nearby luxury Turnberry golf resort in 2014 Donald Trump bought the nearby luxury Turnberry golf resort in 2014Credit:Andy Buchanan/AFP Andrew Howe, chief executive of Bridge Leisure Parks, which owns Turnberry Holiday Park, said: “We have worked hard to make Turnberry a wonderful holiday park and are concerned that customers are put off due to the Trump effect. A Greenpeace protester flying a microlight passes over Donald Trump's resort in Turnberry with a banner reading "Trump: Well Below Par" “We are proud of our historic association with Turnberry, but we are considering a new name that highlights the positive aspects of this wonderful part of the world. We are giving members of the public a chance to have their say on a new name.They can head over to our Facebook Page to make their suggestions or share their views or concerns about any apparent link to the American President.”The park, which overlooks Ailsa Craig and the Firth of Clyde, has reported an increase in inquiries from potential customers asking whether it had a connection with the Republican president. A Greenpeace protester flying a microlight passes over Donald Trump’s resort in Turnberry with a banner reading “Trump: Well Below Par”Credit:John Linton/PA Bridge Leisure Parks has spent more than £1 million over the past five years on upgrades, including improving electrical infrastructure and new caravan pitches.It is keen to retain the 2,000 holidaymakers that visit the site each year, and who may have differing political views to the controversial US president.A decision about the name is expected to be made within the next couple of weeks.Mr Trump resigned as director of the golf resort in January 2017 after becoming US president, as did his daughter Ivanka, but his sons Eric and Donald Junior remain in their positions. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Antarctic timelapse brings 10 minutes of icy awesomeness

first_imgFace it: everything is more awesome at the Poles. The ships can smash foot-thick ice, they use helicopters to move things around, and apparently everything you do involves a crane of some sort. At least those are the observations I was able to take away from the excellent time-lapse video above.It was pointed out that the video’s title is “RAE-54 on board the research vessel Akademik Fedorov” if you were curious. Also, make sure to watch the video closely as all sorts of strange things happen, from a plane being offloaded from a boat to a swimming pool being constructed by a group of people to what looks like a coffin being unloaded (4:30).The video is a bit long but enough cool stuff happens that it’s worth a watch (or two). Definitely don’t miss the end where the ship navigates through a thin body of water, narrowly avoiding ships and other obstacles (after 8:30).via Grasp the Universe via Redditlast_img read more

Les voyages dans lhyperespace ce nest pas vraiment comme dans Star Wars

first_imgLes voyages dans l’hyperespace, ce n’est pas vraiment comme dans Star Wars !Selon quatre étudiants en Physique de l’université de Leicester, les sauts dans l’hyperespace ne ressembleraient pas vraiment à l’image que l’on s’en fait grâce notamment au film Star Wars et au célèbre Faucon Millenium. C’est une des scènes mythiques de la première trilogie de Star Wars : Han Solo à bord du Faucon Millenium, le “vaisseau le plus rapide de la galaxie”, actionne quelques boutons, une manette et accélère en quelques secondes pour passer dans l’hyperespace. Les étoiles face à eux s’étirent alors en lignes éblouissantes et fuyantes tandis que le vaisseau approche la vitesse de la lumière. Une vision qui en a fait rêver plus d’un mais qui serait, au risque de décevoir les aficionados, tout sauf possible.C’est du moins ce qu’affirment quatre étudiants en master de Physique à l’université de Leicester au Royaume-Uni. Dans la revue intitulée Journal of Physics Special Topics, ceux-ci assurent que le saut dans l’hyperespace ne se matérialiserait pas sous cette forme mais sous un simple disque de lumière. Pour expliquer une telle hypothèse, les étudiants évoquent notamment l’effet Doppler. Ce phénomène correspond au décalage de la fréquence d’une onde entre la mesure faite à l’émission et la mesure réalisée à la réception, lorsque la distance entre ces deux points varie. Plus concrètement, c’est par exemple ce phénomène qui explique pourquoi la sirène d’une ambulance devient de plus en plus aiguë au fur et à mesure qu’elle s’approche. Dans le cas du vaisseau spatial, cet effet implique que la longueur d’onde des radiations émises serait plus courte et passerait donc du domaine du visible à celui des rayons X qui sont eux normalement invisibles à notre oeil. Mais “nous avons fait quelques calculs et trouvé que les rayons X deviendraient visibles à cette vitesse et créeraient un disque en face de vous, peu importe la direction dans laquelle vous allez”, explique l’un des étudiants Riley Connors, 21 ans. Un Faucon Millenium soumis à une intense pression Ainsi, l’équipage ne verrait pas des traits lumineux mais bien un simple cercle de lumière et lointain. Pour faire ces calculs, les étudiants ont pris en compte la théorie de la relativité d’Einstein qui dit que rien ne peut dépasser la vitesse de la lumière et ainsi considéré que le vaisseau de Han Solo atteignait 99,99995 % de cette vélocité, soit une vitesse d’environ 299.791,669 kilomètres par seconde. Riley Connors ajoute ainsi : “Si le Faucon Millenium existait et pouvait réellement voyager aussi vite, des lunettes de soleil seraient certainement recommandées. En plus de ça, le vaisseau aurait besoin de quelque chose pour protéger l’équipage des rayons X nuisibles”. Mais là n’est pas la seule erreur scientifique de Star Wars puisque les étudiants ont fait une autre découverte en poussant leurs travaux.Selon eux, les rayons X intenses émis par les étoiles auraient également la faculté de repousser le vaisseau et donc de le ralentir dans sa course. Il subirait alors une pression comparable à celle ressentie dans le fond de l’océan Pacifique qui pourrait l’empêcher d’atteindre sa fameuse supervitesse. Pour continuer son voyage, Han Solo aurait donc besoin d’énergie supplémentaire afin de surmonter cette pression. Des découvertes à prendre en compte dans les prochains Star Wars ?”Les effets résultants que nous avons découverts sont basés sur la théorie d’Einstein sur la relativité, donc même si nous ne l’utilisons peut-être pas dans la vie de tous les jours, Han Solo et son équipage devraient certainement comprendre ses implications”, a commenté Joshua Argyle, un autre étudiant de 22 ans. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreAussi, peut-être que Disney devrait prendre en compte les implications physiques d’un voyage à si haute vitesse dans les prochains films”, a ajouté de son côté Katie Dexter, 21 ans, en espérant que cela ne déçoive pas les fans… (crédits photo : University of Leicester) Le 16 janvier 2013 à 13:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Rapid growth of ECommerce offers opportunity for region – Johnson Smith

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#United States, November 6, 2017 – Washington DC – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the rapid pace of technological advancement and expansion of e-commerce globally provides opportunity for Latin American and Caribbean countries to increase trade and commercial ties and pursue their respective growth agendas.She was addressing a Regional Policy Dialogue on Trade and Integration convened by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at its headquarters in Washington DC on Wednesday (November 1).   The two-day meeting, which involved representatives of major corporations such as Google, United Parcel Service (UPS) and Walmart, looked at the obstacles to enhanced integration of the region and explored ways to deepen commercial ties among countries.Minister Johnson Smith said “closer cooperation with Latin America is one of the foreign policy priorities of the Government of Jamaica and, therefore, participation in the Regional Policy Dialogue is an important step to this end”.   The delegates agreed that digital trade and e-commerce are excellent avenues for the countries in the region to expand those links.Minister Johnson Smith pointed out that the Government has been taking steps to expand its digital footprint. She noted that Jamaica is the first Caribbean country to introduce an e-gov platform to facilitate improved connection with and service to citizens.The Minister took the opportunity to update the meeting on policy and legislative developments, which have enhanced Jamaica’s information and communications technology (ICT) framework to better enable the Government to use e-commerce as a vehicle to empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs.The Regional Policy Dialogue on Trade and Integration also discussed preparations for the 11th Session of the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December.   While in Washington, Minister Johnson Smith also met with legislators on Capitol Hill on various policy issues.Jamaica’s delegation included Deputy Director, Foreign Trade Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Richard Brown; Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Jamaica, Marsha Coore Lobban; Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, Nicholette Williams; and Counsellor for Jamaica at the IDB, Arthur Williams.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

National Trust receives regional award

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 15, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks & Caicos National Trust won a major regional award – the Heritage Protection Award – at the recently concluded 2017 Caribbean Sustainable Awards, hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) during the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum.  The award ceremony was held at the Ocean Terrace Inn, St. Kitts & Nevis on Wednesday, 13th December 2017.The Turks & Caicos National Trust received the highest award for Heritage Protection for making significant contributions to protect and promote the heritage (cultural, built, natural, and intangible) of the Turks & Caicos Islands.  The National Trust was recognized for its contribution to heritage protection through the following initiatives:~ Efforts to pass on cultural and intangible heritage traditions and skills to younger generations~ Documentation and/or copyrighting of local heritage related materials~ Educating visitors on local heritage and local stakeholders, including the media~ Sustainable financing of local heritage conservation~ Engagement of local communities, public, NGO and/or private sector entities in preserving and promoting local heritage~ Communicating actions to local stakeholders, including the media The award is a vindication of the 25 years of hard work that the Turks & Caicos National Trust has been putting in, such as implementing good management practice with relatively limited resources, strong local community participation in the conservation and management of TCI’s heritage sites, and the development of unique multi-faceted conservation schemes – all for the protection of the country’s valuable heritage. The Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards are aimed at identifying and showcasing Sustainable Tourism Good Practices in the Caribbean.  The awards recognize individuals, groups, organizations or companies in any of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Member Countries which have developed responsible and unique tourism products or are engaged in implementing sustainable tourism-related initiatives which embrace sustainable tourism concepts and core values. The awards were judged by a committee comprising of a panel of experts selected by CTO, representing various sectors of the tourism industry at the national, regional and international levels.The Turks & Caicos National Trust wishes to thank the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board for their support throughout the years, as well as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for their partnership and encouragement in the work of heritage preservation.   The organization looks forward to the continued support of the Turks & Caicos Government to further strengthen the efforts of heritage protection, preservation and promotion.The Trust proudly shares this prestigious international award to the people of the Turks & Caicos Islands.Press Release: Turks and Caicos National Trust Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Camas woman hurt in Oregon accident

first_imgHere is a press release from the Oregon State Police:SERIOUS INJURY TRAFFIC CRASH – HIGHWAY 126W WEST OF EUGENEPosted: June 4th, 2013 10:08 PMOregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday evening’s single vehicle traffic crash that seriously injured two people along Highway 126W about two miles west of Eugene. The names of the two people injured will be released Wednesday morning.On June 4, 2013 at approximately 6:10 p.m., a Subaru Impreza driven by a 25-year old male from Parkdale, Oregon, was eastbound on Highway 126W near milepost 52 when it traveled off the roadway several hundred feet. The vehicle’s driver side collided into a tree entrapping the driver until he was extricated by Eugene Fire Department personnel. He was transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment of serious injuries.The 23-year old female passenger from Camas, Washington, was also transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.Both occupants were using safety restraints and the vehicle’s airbags deployed.OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Rick Hamilton is the lead investigator.OSP was also assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT. The highway was blocked about 90 minutes.last_img read more

Reliance Industries GE ink agreement to foray into industrial IoT

first_imgMukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries on Thursday announced that it has formed a partnership with US-based GE to drive digital transformation in the industrial world. The two companies will work together to build joint applications on GE’s Predix platform, which is considered the operating system for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).The partnership agreement, which was signed in the presence of Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE and Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited, would provide IIoT solutions to customers in oil and gas, fertiliser, power, health care, telecom and in other industries.”GE will provide its Predix cloud offering, industrial internet applications and data science expertise,” the company said in a statement.RIL will also offer nationwide connectivity infrastructure to customers through a 4G network powered by Jio. The customers would be benefited in various ways such as operational efficiencies, profitability and new revenue streams.”A one percent productivity gain for companies creates around $250 billion value over 15 years, across these key energy and infrastructure industries. The digital market is growing at a fast pace with IIoT contributing the highest degree of growth at over 10 percent,” it said.Digital solutions have the potential to curb expenditure worth billions of dollars every year.”The partnership with Reliance Industries will shape the future of the Industrial Internet not just in India but globally. The possibilities that it opens to develop solutions on our Predix platform for the industrial sector are endless,” Jeff Immelt said in the statement.last_img read more