Minister Thompson says Grand Bahamians Must Become Business Innovators

Minister Thompson says Grand Bahamians Must Become Business Innovators

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 29, 2017 – Grand Bahama – In wake of powerful hurricanes, Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson says The Bahamas is learning a very painful lesson on why the economy must be diversified.   Tourism alone, he said, is not enough.In opening the first Business-to-Business Expo at Pelican Bay resort on Thursday morning, Minister Thompson said that his office was mandated to focus on the economic revitalization of Grand Bahama and the Expo aligns with fulfilling that task, which he hopes will generate much needed growth within Grand Bahama’s broken economy.“The Government has a focused strategy to improve our economy here in Grand Bahama,” said Minister Thompson.   “But we are painfully aware of our current state of affairs here in Grand Bahama.   Therefore we must ensure that local businesses and entrepreneurs are in a position to provide the ancillary services to our anchor companies within the Industrial sector.  And that’s what a forum like this Business-to-business Expo is all about.”The Minister for Grand Bahama told Expo attendees that the revitalization of Grand Bahama will require a pluralistic approach, a part of which will include focusing on some big matters – like the opening and redevelopment of the Lucayan Strip, or focusing on iconic properties like Xanadu and Royal Oasis.   These, he said, are being aggressively pursued.He said it will also require improving Grand Bahama’s means of doing business, as well as actively marketing Grand Bahama as a place to do business in the technology industry.   He noted that the focus will now have to be on not just tourism, but on maritime and manufacturing.“This seminar is only one component in our overall strategy,” said Minister Thompson.   “So, while we want new businesses to come to Grand Bahama, we also want to ensure that businesses are able to take advantage of every opportunity that already exist here in Grand Bahama.“I want all of these anchor businesses and industrial companies to fulfill their duty, by ensuring that they indeed use the businesses that are represented in this room.   If a Grand Bahama business or entrepreneur can provide the service at a reasonable price, give them the contract.“Today is not the end, but the beginning, as we shall be following up, fully expecting and demanding that wherever possible, local businesses be provided with the opportunity.   This has to be a continual dialogue.   This exercise must also be results driven and the results must be that more Grand Bahamians are given opportunities in Grand Bahama.”Minister Thompson pointed out that the success of the inaugural Expo had nothing to do with the number of people who showed up, but rather would depend upon how many local businesses benefit from the Expo.He challenged all of the business owners and representatives in the room that within six months there should be at least an additional five businesses that received additional opportunity as a result of what was done at the Expo.“The Government’s role is that we are committed to making it easier for businesses to do business,” Minister Thompson added.   “The government is also committed to making it easier to be able to partner with international persons in order to make your business successful.“So, I encourage all of you to be innovative in your approach to doing business.   The sad thing is, we in Grand Bahama can no longer expect that an opportunity is going to drop in our laps.   We live on an island that demands that opportunities sometimes have to be created. So, be creative, be innovative, take initiative, adjust yourself, find a problem to solve and if you do that, you will find a new business, which you can open and be successful.“We are moving towards an era of entrepreneurship, ownership, partnership and civic engagement. As we continue to work towards making Grand Bahama the center for industry and innovation and the industrial hub it is destined to be, it is important that we embrace new ways of doing business.”By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)Photo Captions:  OPENS EXPO – Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of The Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson was the keynote speaker at the official opening of the first Business-to-Business Expo at Pelican Point resort on Thursday, September 28, 2017.  The concept of the Business-to-Business Expo was born in the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama.  (BIS Photo)ASKING A QUESTION – Senator Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama asks a question of a panel of executives from the Grand Bahama Shipyard, during question and answer period of the Business-to-Business Expo, Pelican Bay Resort on Thursday, September 28, 2017.(BIS Photo) Related Items:last_img read more

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Queiroz says Iran is not favorite against China

Queiroz says Iran is not favorite against China

first_imgThe Iran coach Carlos Queiroz wants to take some pressure away from his footballers as they take China in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.Iran and China will face off in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals on Thursday.And for the Persians’ head coach Carlos Queiroz, his team is not favorite in this fixture.“We are not favorites as I feel there are never favorites in a game like this,” he told Fox Sports Asia.“We are proud to be here for a game which is the most important game of our lives because it is the next game, and that is always the most crucial for both players and coaches.”“The game versus China is a new game, a new adventure, and one in which we can try to do our absolute best,” he explained.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“However, what is key is to remember all the lessons we have learned – both when we have won and when we have lost – and put them to good use,” said the Portuguese coach.”Even as a favorite, Iran has not had it easy.The team trashed Yemen 5-0, then defeated Vietnam 2-0 only to draw goalless against Iraq.On the Round of 16, they beat Oman 2-0.“This is just like a cup final as they are games which do not have a history, they do not have a past,” Queiroz highlighted.“You cannot lose a game because of history or statistics. This type of cup final match is very different to those we faced in the group stage and I believe the experience my players have will count for something in the game.”last_img read more

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Mourinho accepts oneyear prison sentence

Mourinho accepts oneyear prison sentence

first_imgJose Mourinho has accepted a 12-month prison sentence for tax fraud but won’t serve any time. He will also pay a €2.2m to the Spanish state.Mourinho has been accused of failing to declare an image rights revenue and willingly evading to play tax expenses of nearly €3.3 million during his time as Real Madrid manager.He was in charge of Real in the period from 2010 to 2013 and committed the offenses between 2011 and 2012.His representatives, Gestifute Media back in 2016 have released a statement insisting he was “fully compliant with tax obligations”. They insisted that Jose Mourinho paid more than €26m in tax at an average rate of more than 41% while he lived in Spain between 2010 and 2013.A year and a half ago it was reported that Mourinho closed a deal with the Spanish prosecutors. Speaking to reporters outside the court in Pozuelo de Alarcon in November 2017, he said: “I did not answer, I did not argue. I paid and signed with the state that I am in compliance and the case is closed.”Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for tax fraud, but will not serve jail time.More: https://t.co/pwhwY17jjq pic.twitter.com/P9SkKFxmCb— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 5, 2019The deal was ratified at court on Tuesday. Mourinho accepted the one-year jail sentence and agreed to pay €2.2 million fine.He will not spend any time in prison because his sentence is under two years. In Spain offenders of non-violent nature usually, do not do time if their sentence is under two years. They serve it on probation instead. Jose Mourino is one of the many football stars accused of tax fraud in Spain.The 56-year old is taking a rest from football at the moment. Jose was sacked by Manchester United in December 2018. He will do pundit work for Bein Sports in the next period.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Mourinho was a special guest to an ice-hockey match in Russia two days ago. It wasn’t the best experience for him, as he embarrassed himself after a hilarious fall on the ground.Spanish authorities are doing an impressive job on tax evasion within football in recent years.Barcelona star Messi accepted a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud. He and his father, Jorge, were found guilty of defrauding the Spanish government of €4.1m between 2007 and 2009.They also made voluntary €5m “corrective payments”, which was equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013. Lionel and Jorge Messi paid fines of €2m and €1.5m each.Cristiano Ronaldo is also on the list of tax frauds. He accepted €18.8 million deal with the Spanish prosecutors the past month. His prison sentence was also suspended, due to being under two years.last_img read more

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OBITUARY Charlotte J Johnson Atamian 82

OBITUARY Charlotte J Johnson Atamian 82

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Charlotte J. (Johnson) Atamian, age 82, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on September 7, 2018.Charlotte was the beloved wife of Harry N. Atamian, devoted mother of Gary Atamian & his wife Cathy of Derry, NH, Sharon Atamian of Salem, NH and Charles Atamian of Derry, NH, cherished daughter of the late Louis C. and Dorothy “Phyllis” (Casterton) Johnson, dear sister of William E. “Ted” Johnson & his wife Margaret of N. Kingstown, RI, loving aunt of Pamela M. Shea, Walter “Richard” Johnson and Deborah L. Miller.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, September 11th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill St., North Reading, on Wednesday, September 12th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington on Friday, September 14th at 11:00 a.m.Memorial donations in Charlotte’s name may be made to the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill St., North Reading, MA 01864.Charlotte J. (Johnson) Atamian(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Kelly A. (Hersom) Michaud, 53In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Googles redesigned News tab wants you to know who stories are from

first_img Chris Monroe/CNET Over the next couple weeks we’re rolling out a redesigned News tab in Search on desktop. The refreshed design makes publisher names more prominent and organizes articles more clearly to help you find the news you need. Check it out 👇 pic.twitter.com/xa2aZfO4Qd— Google News Initiative (@GoogleNewsInit) July 11, 2019 “Over the next couple weeks we’re rolling out a redesigned News tab in Search on desktop,” it wrote. “The refreshed design makes publisher names more prominent and organizes articles more clearly to help you find the news you need.”Right now, Google’s News tab aggregates a bunch of news stories together in a list that’s basically designed to fit as many links on the screen at once. The new version will spread them out more and give you a better sense of what you’re looking at before you click, along with grouping strands of news on the same topic together. The company launched its three-year Google News Initiative in March 2018, kicking off a global partnership with news publications to help highlight the most accurate information possible, especially during breaking-news situations. First published at 4:23 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:58 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Share your voice $999 Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. The Cheapskate See it Sarah Tew/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Tags Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read Google Home Hub review Amazon Sprint Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Boost Mobile $60 at Best Buy Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See at Turo Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $59 at eBay I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Share your voice See It Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo $155 at Google Expresscenter_img $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the AirPods review $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 See at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $299 at Amazon Angela Lang/CNET $210 at Best Buy 5 See It Apple iPhone XS Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Turo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET See It $999 $6 at Tidal Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $520 at HP Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Internet Services DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Comments HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Comments Google’s giving its News tab a refreshed layout. Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images Google is updating the desktop version of its News tab to make it more obvious which outlet you’re reading and make the headline more prominent — basically making it look a lot like the search giant’s main news site. It showed off the refreshed look in a tweet Thursday. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20)last_img read more

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Artalk Films on Bengals contemporary veteran artists

Artalk Films on Bengals contemporary veteran artists

first_imgMaya Art Space has been one of the pioneer organizations in promoting art and culture across Bengal. Starting from hosting some of the best contemporary and veteran artists, organizing workshops to promote various forms of art, felicitating the luminaries of the art world, getting associated with a magazine called Art East whose Chief Editor is Jogen Chowdhury, Maya Art Space is a forerunner in the artistic diaspora of Bengal.Presently Maya Art Space has ideated ‘Artalk’, a series of films on the contemporary, veteran and young artists of Bengal. The first film of this series featuring Jogen Chowdhury was launched on September 24, at Nandan 2, in the presence of Ganesh Halui, Sanath Kar, Indranil Sen, Minister of state for information and cultural affairs, Vivek Kumar, Principal Secretary, Information and Cultural Affairs along with other luminaries from different walks of life. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMadhuchhanda Sen, the brain behind the organization is doing this documentary series to archive the experiences of the living stalwarts like Jogen Chowdhury, Ganesh Haloi, Sanat Kar who would talk about their unique techniques, innovations, improvisations, and philosophy of life. This is for the first time, any independent organization is venturing into such an archiving initiative. Directed by Sourya Deb, who heads the Film division of Genesis Advertising and has made around 50 documentaries, and cinematographed by Mrinmoy Mondal, the celebrated DoP of the national award-winning Bengali film ‘Sahaj Pather Goppo’, these films will capture the candid moments of the artists as they talk about their vivid experiences and struggles. The music of the series has been done by independent musician Samantak Sinha.last_img read more

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