Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 13, 2016 – Oswald Skippings says he and Sam Harvey did not defect from the People’s Democratic Movement; he yesterday told media in the PDA party’s manifesto launch that he was fired by the party because he would not take big money from big investors. “The matter is you were at a New Year’s party when one of the officials of the PDM openly stated that they turned against me because I refused money from Mr. Cashcroft and I had the nerve to campaign against him.”Skippings says he was due to publish a letter to prove it, “It’s dated 14th of April, 2015 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. Dear Mr. Skippings, Re: Suspension of Membership, pursuant to a recommendation for the Disciplinary Committee regarding your actions that have been deemed to be contrary to the aims and objectives of the party and in direct violation to the constitution of the People’s Democratic Movement. The National General Council considered the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee and voted in the affirmative to approve the recommendation to suspend your membership with the party.”The former leader of the PDM Party and former Chief Minister read that letter during the press conference where the PDA’s plan for the TCI were laid out in a document called ‘United for Change, Empowering Our People.’There are 113 pages which focus on developing new industries in light manufacturing and agricultural investment. The PDA is contesting 12 seats in the upcoming General Elections on December 15. #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Stagnito Media has acquired Zweig White Information Services’ media group, including CE News and Structural Engineer magazines. Stagnito is backed by Chicago-based private equity firm Cardinal Growth, which counts Zweig White in its portfolio of investments. Financial terms of the transaction, if any, were not disclosed.According to Stagnito president and CEO Harry Stagnito, the acquisition fits within the company’s goal of launching and acquiring media properties in the industrial engineering, architecture, construction and infrastructure industries, “both in the private and public sectors.”Previously, Harry Stagnito served as chief executive of Stagnito Communications, which was sold by Ascend Media to BNP Media in 2007 as part of Ascend’s estimated $30 million divestiture of its professional services division.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Harford County, Md., has hired Daniel Whipp, a Marine Corps veteran, to lead the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC), a regional consortium dedicated to sustaining Aberdeen Proving Ground.CSSC has led growth planning efforts in northeastern Maryland since the 2005 BRAC round and has received more than $10 million in funding from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment. The consortium is an arm of the Harford County Office of Economic Development; its 52 government, industry and academia members strive to improve the region’s economic vitality.The group has conducted more than 25 studies, covering topics such as curriculum needs, research park feasibility and commuter services. A joint land use study is currently under way with Harford, Cecil and Kent counties, the cities of Aberdeen and Havre de Grace, and Aberdeen Proving Ground.“CSSC is a critical entity in terms of communication and collaboration across our region for our defense community,” County Executive Barry Glassman said in a press release. “Although we strive for a diversified economy, we recognize the vital role DOD and the related contracting community contributes as an economic engine.”While serving in the Marine Corps, Whipp completed Marine officer leadership and artillery officers’ courses, and completed an operational deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He is a 2014 Loyola University MBA graduate and worked as a problem solver area manager at Amazon.
10 essential gardening tools and what they do 11 Photos 2 Tags Share your voice Comments My Lawn: A Guide to Lawn CareMy Lawn (download for iOS or Android) makes lawn maintenance understandable and creates an easy-to-follow care plan so you know which products to use and when. Recommendations are based on your lawn size, location and climate. You’ll get an alert when it’s time to feed, seed and water your lawn, so you will never have to guess. You can also create a custom lawn care plan.Monitor the amount of water your yard gets each week from rain, hoses or sprinklers. Keep track of the specific needs of different parts of your yard, like the parts that are mostly shaded versus the parts that are always in the sun.My Lawn App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive GrowIt!Share your garden and connect with others through the GrowIt! app (download for iOS or Android). Share photos of your plants and ask the community for help identifying them. The GrowIt! community is a valuable resource if you’ve just moved to a new area. If you’ve got a pest that’s eating your tomatoes, for example, others on the app might be able to help.See what the people around you are planting to get some inspiration. If you find a plant you like, tap on the information tab to find out how to grow it. The information tab tells you how big the plant can get, how often to water and feed it, and when it will bloom. GrowIt! teaches you how to properly prepare your soil for anything you plant, grow larger vegetables, and what you should and shouldn’t plant based on your location.Read: 6 gardening tips you’ll wish you’d known all alongGrowIt! App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive iScapeDesign your outdoor living area with iScape (download for iOS). Use the design tools to make your project come to life. Snap a photo of an area that needs landscaping and virtually add flowerbeds, trees and shrubs to get an idea of what your yard will look like before you begin.iScape offers 2D and 3D designs so you can see what your physical outdoor area looks like with virtual plants. Once you have a landscape layout, you can share with your spouse or a landscape pro and get your project started.The app offers a free lite version, but to gain full access, you will need to subscribe to a monthly pro subscription for $20, or a yearly pro subscription for $200.iScape App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive FlowerCheckerIf you’ve ever wondered about an unknown plant in your garden, then you need FlowerChecker (download for iOS or Android). This app has a team of experts who can help you identify plants, moss, lichen and fungi.To find out about your unknown plant, snap a few pictures of it and upload them to the app. Try to capture the different parts of the plant like the flower, leaves and stem. The typical response time for an expert to identify the plant can take a few minutes or a few hours. So far, the team of experts has been able to correctly identify an average of 90 percent of plants.Identification costs $1 per plant uploaded. If the team can’t confirm what your plant is, you won’t have to pay anything. You’ll also have to purchase the app for a one-time cost of $1.FlowerChecker App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive Garden AnswersIdentify plants easily with Garden Answers (download for iOS or Android). Unlike Flower Checker, this app uses advanced image recognition technology to identify plants instead of an expert. Simply snap a picture and submit it to instantly get detailed information about a plant.To learn if your plants have pests or diseases, use the keyword search feature to ask Garden Answers a question. If you need more advice on gardening, ask the experts for more specific questions and recommendations. Access any of your previous plant questions and answers within the app.Garden Answers App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive SmartPlantLearn about healthy planting year-round with SmartPlant (download for iOS or Android). Watch videos, view images and learn more about how to care for your plants in the app library. Identify your plants and any pests that are preventing their growth. Scan plant barcodes in stores to receive monthly care tip notifications.The app has a free version that offers occasional access to premium features. If you subscribe to premium, you will have access to expert assistance. Premium costs $4 monthly, $10 quarterly or $35 annually.SmartPlant App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive Gardening CompanionMake your garden immaculate with the help of Gardening Companion (download for iOS or Android). This app acts as your garden assistant to help you care for your plants. Browse through thousands of articles on horticulture to take the best care of your garden.Track your garden’s growth by storing photos and notes in the app’s journal. The app records the weather in your location and you can compare how your garden did this year compared with last year.Set up notifications to remind you to water and fertilize your garden. Gardening Companion can also alert you when the time is right to plant your vegetables.Gardening Companion App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive GardenateLearn what you can grow in your area with Gardenate (download for iOS or Android). The app uses your location to show what is best for you to plant each month. Access plant descriptions and growing tips to become a pro. In the app, record planting dates, harvest dates and notes about your plants. Save the details in the My Garden section. The app will send calendar reminders when it’s time to harvest your produce. Access detailed information about your plants like when they germinate and at what temperatures, how far apart to space your plants and the amount of time it takes for them to harvest. Gardenate App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive Mobile apps can make gardening easier. Dragon Images/iStockphoto Not everyone has a green thumb or an eye for landscaping. Some people don’t even get to try because they’re so busy. Others watch HGTV over and over again and still never achieve the yard of their dreams because it’s easy to forget most of what you learned by the time you get outside.But since you can take your phone with you when you walk out into the yard, there are now some digital tools that can make you a more effective gardener. We’ve gathered together some gardening and landscaping apps that can walk you through how to take care of your plants and keep your yard looking fabulous. Mobile Mobile Apps iOS 12
The new Wipro logoSpecial arrangementWipro Limited, the Bengaluru-based IT software services company, on Tuesday unveiled its new brand identity and logo, discarding the rainbow-hued sunflower it has identified itself with since April 1998.In a media statement, Wipro, which is India’s third-largest software services exporter, said the new brand identity “signifies a higher level of engagement and brand permission that helps clients leverage Wipro’s expertise to address their business requirements and drive future opportunities in this digital era.”Explaining the new logo, the company said it “connects the dots” for its clients, besides highlighting the company’s technology heritage and reflecting its capabilities for the future.”The styling of the brand mark gives it a sense of fluidity, resourcefulness, optimism and a connected world,” the statement added.”Our rearticulated values connect and resonate deeply with the new, vibrant, brand identity,” chairman Azim Premji said in the statement. The company’s CEO and ED Abidali Z. Neemuchwala said Wipro is embarking on a transformational journey with the new logo.Azim Premji, chairman, Wipro.Special arrangement”The new brand identity marks our journey of transformation in the digital world. Our brand refresh signals an even closer engagement with clients, greater innovation, and a deeper impact on their business. It is contemporary, reflecting the diversity and aspirations of our employees,” he said.In a separate communication to employees on Tuesday, Neemuchwala said the new logo and identity also reflected the need to embrace change, among other things.”A little over a year ago, we embarked on a journey of transformation, with courage and conviction, to shape our future.When we began this journey, I had mentioned that there is nothing that cannot be changed at Wipro. This journey called for a new visual identity. We then mulled over our unique promise, the underlying purpose and central idea of our brand, and experiences that will resonate deeper with our clients, which in turn will serve as a reminder of our commitment,” he wrote.The Wipro promiseExplaining the exercise behind the logo and identity change to employees, Neemuchwala said the company spoke to many stakeholders ranging from employees and clients to industry analysts and advisors, to know the positive aspects of the Wipro brand as perceived by them and how to improve upon it. “The insights were heartening. We discovered that our clients count on us to help them run and transform their businesses. They appreciate our ability to help them connect the dots by bringing together broad and deep technology, and domain expertise.”This is the promise that the Wipro brand makes to its clients – to bring a pioneering, entrepreneurial spirit to solve our clients’ complex business problems,” he said in his communication sent at around 8.40 pm.Wipro shares closed 0.18 percent higher at Rs 495 on Tuesday on the BSE. The company declared its Q4 and FY2017 results on April 25, 2017.The rainbow-hued sunflower logoUnveiling it in April 1998, Azim Premji had said the company that started business in 1947, needed to seen as a futuristic one by all. “We started the company in 1947 and have so far built a strong corporation. But people and organisations live for the future. We realise it is the customer who really has the choice to grant us the future.”
Indian Real Estate SectorReuters FileMore than 6 lakh houses have failed to meet the delivery schedule in the National Capital Region (NGR), with nearly 2 lakh homes late for delivery by more than two years, according to data compiled by Liases Forras — a real-estate rating and research firm.Most of the delayed houses in the NCR are in Noida, Greater Noida and Gurgaon. While NCR is the top among 43 cities where such deliveries are stalled, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region is second: 1.31 lakh houses are delayed here by more than two years, the Times of India reported.According to the research firm’s data, one in three houses gets delayed by more than two years in the NCR and one in four in the Mumbai region.Also, around 29.23 lakh houses under construction are delayed and over 50 percent of these are delayed by at least one year or more, according to the data.Besides the NCR and Mumbai, homebuyers even in Chennai, Pune and Bengaluru are facing delays in house delivery by more than two years.This analysis comes at a time when real-estate companies are pushing hard to finish incomplete projects with tougher rules under the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA).The housing ministry has enforced the Act to make sure lakhs of people who have bought houses with their life savings but are still waiting for their houses are protected.”The law was brought to protect affected buyers and for future buyers. That’s why RERA does not differentiate between incomplete and new projects. The Centre has submitted its view on this to the Bombay High Court,” a government official said. Jaypee InfratechReutersDespite this law, real-estate firms such as Unitech, Jaypee Infratech and Amrapalli are being pursued by banks and homebuyers who had paid them advance but not received their houses, and have since turned to courts for recourse.They fear that they would lose out in case of liquidation because then the home buyers’ claims would be considered only after those of secured creditors like the banks have been settled.”The present situation has been the fallout of an investor-driven market, more commitment by the developers rather than what they could deliver and its arbitrary regulatory intervention such as stopping all construction activities in certain areas,” said Pankaj Kapoor, managing director of Liases Foras.Earlier this year, reports also suggested that as many as 826 residential projects in the country were facing delays extending to four years. Of the 2,300-odd under-construction projects in December 2016, 826 residential and 60 commercial projects were facing substantial delays.Sources in the housing ministry said they have now sought the details of delayed projects from each state.
OYO RoomsReutersHoteliers across India are planning to take the legal route to force bookings aggregator Oyo to abandon alleged predatory behaviour. Hundreds of budget hotels in major metros such as Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata have joined hands to take the move forward, the Economic Times reported.The grouse of the hoteliers is that Oyo is suppressing prices, changing contract terms and threatening to delay payments. The Budget Hotel Association of Mumbai is in the forefront of forming a nationwide lobby of hoteliers.Oyo, a unicorn startup flush with money, raised $1 billion in September, taking its valuation to $5 billion.”Rooms that we used to sell for Rs 2,000-2,500 are now being sold for Rs 800-900. Because of funding they are able to sell rooms at much lower rates. The minimum guarantee fee is also not coming, so we are not left with a choice,” Budget Hotel Association of Mumbai president Ashraf Ali told the daily.Oyo, India’s most valued startup built by Ritesh Agarwal, disrupted the hotel booking process entirely, offering customers a wide variety of rooms at dirt cheap rates.Backed by Japan’s Softbank and flush with funds, Oyo is already the biggest hotel chain in India. The company is also expanding aggressively into foreign markets like China and Japan.The Gurgaon-based company now manages as many as 180,000 rooms in China, compared with about 150,000 rooms in India and the rest of south Asia combined.Oyo Hotels & Homes, which is India’s second most valuable startup after Paytm, opened up great vistas of opportunities for travellers around the country but the innovative business practice is eating into the profits of hotel owners and threatening to unravel their commercial existence. OYO Rooms founder Ritesh AgarwalHotels owners in various cities say that they are left with meagre little after Oyo levies around 23-30 percent of the heavily discounted prices. Of late, the online platform has been arm-twisting them into accepting terms that are not viable anymore, the owners say.Oyo denied the charges, adding that it is focused on offering fair pricing to customers while hotel owners get an opportunity to scale their business using the platform.
Twitter [Representational Image]The Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yediyurappa has ordered an investigation into the illegal phone tapping scandal in the state after receiving several complaints about the issue.The Karnataka phone tapping scandal is getting murkier after several top shot politicians from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and government officials alleged that their private conversations were illegally acquired on the approval of the previous Congress-JD(S) coalition.CM Yediyurappa told the state Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar that an investigation needs to be conducted over the matter to wash out the people responsible for this and hold them accountable for the illegal use of government machinery. Union minister DV Sadananda Gowda has also demanded an investigation over the matter. He said that no one should resort to such means as it is illegal and whoever is responsible for this will be revealed.The probe has been initiated after several leaders of the saffron party including R Ashoka, Tejasvi Surya and former JD(S) leader and disqualified MLA AH Vishwanath requested the state CM to conduct a detailed investigation over the allegations of phone tapping.It is alleged that the former CM HD Kumaraswamy was the man behind the alleged phone tapping. However, he has denied the accusations saying that there was no need for him to tap the phone calls to save the government. He claimed that he would never do such a thing as he has been repeatedly saying that the chief minister’s post is not forever.The phone calls of several politicians from the Congress, JD(S) and the BJP were illegally recorded. Not just politicians, people close to the politicians, journalists covering political stories and senior police officers were also tapped continuously for months until the recent Lok Sabha elections.R Ashoka said that he had complained about the phone tappings about six months ago but then the coalition government headed by HDK had denied it.Bengaluru police commissioner Bhaskar Rao had commissioned a probe into the illegal phone tapping on August 8 after a leaked conversation allegedly from his phone was made public. The alleged clip contained conversation between Rao and another man named Faraz from Delhi, lobbying for his current post with Congress leaders.
AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoPresident of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Badruddoza Chowdhury on Friday laid emphasise on forming a neutral government dissolving parliament for the sake of a fair and neutral general election, reports UNB.Speaking at an iftar party, he also demanded reconstitution of the current election commission with impartial persons to hold the 11th parliamentary elections in a credible manner.Dhaka city north unit BDB arranged the programme at a convention centre in the city’s Uttara area.B Chowdhury, also a former president, said, “A level-playing field must be created first to remove the obstacle towards holding an acceptable national election.”To ensure a level-playing field, he said an election-time neutral government, a proven neutral election commission and dissolution of parliament are crucial so that ministers and MPs cannot avail of government facilities during the polls.The BDB chief also said it is unlikely that there will be a level-playing field when hundreds of opposition leaders and activists will be there in jail during the election.He also talked against extrajudicial killings in the name of anti-narcotics drive. “We don’t know who’re being killed in the name of the anti-drug drive and using other excuses. We also don’t know their identities. Bur, there’s an allegation that they’re political activists.”B Chowdhury said a level-playing field will also not be created if political activists are killed or arrested on various excuses while the field remains under the control of a particular party.Accusing the government of keeping BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail ignoring the apex court order, he called upon it to be respectful to the rule of law and the verdicts of the judiciary.The former president observed that both Awami League and BNP leaders and activists are afraid of post-election violence and their security if their respective party loses the polls due to longstanding conflicts between the two major parties.Even the common voters, he said, are also in doubt which party will be able to ensure their security after the election.Under the circumstances, he said, the political scenario can be changed if only a third political force emerges out of people’s fear about the two parties and for the sake of peace and discipline in the country.
Physicists at the University of Pierre & Marie Curie Physiques Laboratory in Paris have developed a general theory that allows accurate evaluation of the mean First Passage Time, (FTP) in complex media. The lead scientist, S. Condamin, O. Benichou, V. Trejedor, and R. Voituriez in Paris combined efforts with J. Klafter of Tel Aviv University in Israel to accurately assess FTP in complex situations, heretofore the calculation was based on one dimensional geometries or to higher spatial dimensions in homogeneous media.The importance of calculating FTP can best be understood as pondering the question, “How long does it take a random walker to reach a given target.” The FTP is critical in assessing and predicting spreading of disease, neuron firing dynamics, and transport of disordered media. Over the past decades scientists from various disciplines have studied and researched the predictability of FTP .The title of the Letter report is entitled, First Passage Times in Complex Scale Invariant Media was published in Nature 450, at pages 77-80 on November 1, 2007. The scientists state that they have developed an analytical approach that provides a universal scaling dependence of the mean FTP on both the volume of the confining domain and the source-target distance. The scientists have performed various numerical simulation tests for representative models of disordered media, fractals, anomalous diffusion, and scale-free networks. The results of their research is applicable to a broad range of stochastic processes characterized by length, scale invariant properties. Further information and request for materials may be directed to Dr. O. Benichou at benichou (at)lptmc.jussieu.fr. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. First Passage Time, (FTP) can best be understood by pondering the question, “How long does it take a random walker to reach a given target?” The FTP is key to predicting the spread of disease, neuron firing dyanmics and more. Predicting FTP in Complex Models Citation: French Physicists Calculate Mean First Passage Time (2007, November 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-french-physicists-passage.html
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Could Apple’s rumored acquisition of Beats Electronics open Pandora’s box to further purchases still?In a hilarious dig at the perceived capriciousness of the buy, a spoof by Funny or Die shows the tech giant tapping into its $130 billion cash mound to purchase entities as varied as Kohler Toilets and Totino’s Pizza Rolls.“I saw a very nice sweater at Fred Segal last week,” says an actress portraying Karen Mills, the company’s chief of acquisitions, “so Apple acquired it.”Related: Hear That? Apple May Buy Beats Electronics in $3.2 Billion Mega Deal.“Is this true?” asks a man portraying CEO Tim Cook, in his distinct southern drawl. “Are we getting an ape?”As various outlets have puzzled over why Apple might have its sights set on Beats, speculation includes that Apple is seeking to grow its digital music revenue, that it is eyeing Beats’ fashion-forward hardware for future wearable endeavors, or that the company is looking to poach Beats’ co-founder and music industry legend Jimmy Iovine.Either way, when and if the deal goes through, one thing is certain: Iovine and Beats co-founder Dr. Dre will be laughing all the way to the bank.Apple Announces Beats Acquisition from Funny Or DieRelated: Music Mogul and Entrepreneur Dr. Dre: I’m the ‘First Billionaire in Hip Hop’ Enroll Now for Free May 13, 2014 2 min read