Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes millions is saving with retired of

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Mar 2016 – The PNP Administration is proposing to spend $252 million dollars in the running of the country for 2016/2017 and according to the Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick there will be no new taxes this financial year. During House of Assembly meeting on Monday the Minister shared that the PNP Government is proposing to spend 4% more on recurrent expenditure and shared that earnings for TCIG is forecast to be $256 million. Based on these projections, the country will generate in the upcoming fiscal year a $4 million surplus. Hon Washington Misick reminded that the FSPS or the Financial Strategic and Policy Statement was tabled in the House since last December and on Monday, the Appropriation 2016-2017 Estimates was laid on the table. A whopping announcement came when the Finance Minister shared that in addition to the salary re-grade which resulted in significantly higher salaries for many in the civil service; another 2.5% increase in wages is planned for public workers. Pensioners will also get more money says Minister Misick, retired legislators will be getting more money. Non pensionable employees released in 2012 will get some remuneration; financial boost will come, said the Minister for crime fighting with 20 new recruits at a cost of $900,000; more money will go to indigents under social services. More money will go to environmental health and emergency services, an on the job productivity management team under the Ministry of Finance will be established and $1.5 million dollars has been allotted to give incentive to small business development, and an extra $250,000 is dedicated to the Center for Entrepreneurial Development. There is also a 19% reduction in non-recurrent expenditure according to the Minister, which he put at $8.8 million.“Mr. Speaker the significant reduction this is due to reduced debt service fees, as the $170 million bond has been retired.”The UK guarantee loan is now paid off, the House of Assembly wrapped up debate after 10pm on Monday night. TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Related Items:Financial Strategic and Policy Statement, house of assembly, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6mlast_img read more

Estimated 80M savings through Bahamas Govt employee verification

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#80milliontobesavedinemployeeverification, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 4, 2017 – Nassau – The government’s public sector employee verification of workers which begins next Tuesday could lead to a cost saving of $80M per year in recurrent revenue on salaries; so says John Pinder, the President of the Bahamas Public Services Union.   Pinder is reporting that he supports the move by Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, explaining that the process will weed out phantom workers and end other unethical practices which are costing the Bahamian people.The figure of $80.1M comes from a belief, by John Pinder, that Government could save 3% of the $2.67B national budget .   Pinder said that dead, incarcerated and missing people are all still being paid by Government and in some cases families are collecting the money.   Pinder added that there is even more room to cut back by reviewing those who continue to be employed by Government despite being unfit or unsuitable for their jobs.The Union President recommended that more attention be given to what he called, ‘succession training’.    The verification programme, explained the Minister of Finance and DPM, Peter Turnquest is to clean up and see where there can be cuts to the over $650M government current pays per year in public workers salaries.#MagneticMediaNews#80milliontobesavedinemployeeverificationlast_img read more

Jobless Wenger frustrated with current status

first_imgFormer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has opened up on his frustration on being without a job since he left the London side.Rumours were rife that he was very close to agreeing on a deal to take over AC Milan, but the man himself insisted it was “fake news”.Though he hasn’t yet confirmed where his next job will be, the veteran is keen to get back into coaching.“I don’t feel retired at all but I feel frustrated,” Wenger told Football Italia via BeIn Sports.“I am basically a competitor and what I miss – honestly there are many things I don’t miss at all, like all of the stuff around the game you have to deal with.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“But of course, the day, the competition, the achievement that you can do together, sharing emotions, sharing competitions, ups, and downs with others, of course, you miss that because I spent my life in that“I’m not finished. People always want to put you in cases, like you are retired or you are finished. People want to finish you completely when you have got older.“But as long as you have an appetite for life I will go on.“One advantage I have from 35 years in the game is sharing what I know with other people and if you don’t do that then life is useless.“You should not leave this world without trying to give something to the people.”last_img read more

People on the Move

first_img Jennifer Salant has been named vice president, business development, at Condé Nast Entertainment. She had been senior vice president, content creator, business development and operations, at Mode Media. The Board of Directors of Boston Common Press, the parent company of America’s Test Kitchen, has announced that Jack Bishop has been promoted to chief creative officer. Bishop, a frequent on-air personality for the America’s Test Kitchen television programs, is a founding member of the Cook’s Illustrated team and has served as editorial director for the company’s magazine, book, and digital businesses for the past decade. Bishop joined the staff of Cook’s Magazine in 1988 and helped launch Cook’s Illustrated in 1993. Last September, he was named executive web editor, a title that reflected his increased responsibilities of running their site and shaping digital presentation. In this new position, Kearney will take an expanded role in managing the New Republic’s growing team, plotting overall editorial strategy, and overseeing the creation of the brand’s journalism.  Kiera Aaron has been named deputy digital editor at Shape and Fitness. She had been senior digital editor at Fitness. Ryan Kearney has been named executive editor for digital at the New Republic. Kearney has been with the brand for three years, first joining in October 2012 as a story editor. Additionally, Ryu Spaeth will be joining as a deputy editor. He’ll oversee the day-to-day operations of the New Republic’s site. Spaeth joins from TheWeek.com, where as a deputy editor he overhauled their site, expanded coverage, and grew their audience. He previously has worked at Time and HarperCollins Publishers.center_img Stacey Wilson Hunt has been named Hollywood editor at New York Magazine. She had been awards and special projects editor at The Hollywood Reporter.  Chelsea Matiash has been named multimedia/photo editor at Time. She had been photo editor at The Wall Street Journal. Kim Caviness has joined Imagination as executive vice president and chief content officer. Caviness will be responsible for leading Imagination’s content organization. She joins Imagination from McMurry/TMG in Washington, D.C., a leading national content strategy firm where she has been chief content officer since 2013. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move:last_img read more

Progress Unlikely in Senate on Defense Milcon Spending Bills

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Two defense-related bills that have stalled in the Senate in recent weeks are unlikely to advance before lawmakers begin a seven-week recess at the end of the week, leaving any further action on individual spending bills for defense and military construction-veterans affairs until Congress returns to Washington in September.On June 28, Senate Democrats blocked the conference agreement for the fiscal 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill from advancing due to their opposition to the $1.1 billion funding package addressing the Zika virus included in the measure. Democrats have criticized the anti-Zika component over the spending offsets Republicans relied on and language related to contraception services.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has rebuffed demands to reopen negotiations over the conference agreement, reminding Democrats that such legislation cannot be amended.“The time for debate about the content of it is over. If we did what the Senate Democrats said they want to do, we’d get no outcome at all,” he said, reported CQ.Nevertheless, McConnell plans to hold another vote to limit debate on the conference report that would allow it to go to the floor. Similarly, McConnell also plans to hold a second vote to advance the chamber’s FY 2017 defense spending bill, after Democrats last week blocked it from advancing.Senate Democrats say they won’t allow the defense spending bill to go ahead because they don’t trust Republicans to complete the rest of the appropriations process.“What we don’t want is defense-only appropriations and everything else in a CR [continuing resolution],” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Committee.Senate Democrats seem to be focusing their efforts on a year-end omnibus spending measure, according to the story.“What we need is an agreement — how to end this appropriations debate this year,” said Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.).last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Town Moderator Candidate Kevin MacDonald Supports First Amendment

first_imgDear Editor,Our Country was founded by men of faith who believed in creating a foundation where liberty and justice would stand and not fall. A nation whose people were free from tyranny and government oppression. The U. S. Constitution is that very foundation. It is the “supreme law of the land”. Provided in the U.S. Constitution is the right to free speech. This right is not found in the eighth, ninth, or tenth amendment, but rather in the first amendment because of its enormous magnitude of importance.I believe the people of Wilmington, who have witnessed abuses of power in the position of Moderator, have to ask themselves this question: Will the denial of free speech continue to be tolerated or will my vote for a new Moderator say “TIME’S UP” for violating our civil rights?  Let’s build on the foundation of freedom and let liberty, justice, and truth deliver the people of Wilmington out from the grip of government oppression. May the patriots of Wilmington make “Town Meeting”, which is the most important financial meeting of the year, be a meeting void of deceit, void of phony over budgeting, and void of actions that force good families out of their own community.As I go around town, I meet many elderly people that have retired and had to go back to work because they can’t afford their real estate taxes. I recently met a senior citizen that is 91 years old and still has to work. I also recognize that there are families with children. These children make friends in school, in their neighborhoods, in sports and in other activities. When a family is forced out of town this is a traumatic experience for a child. As I drive around town, I see many “for sale” signs on people’s houses who have been here for decades. This is a very sad truth. I believe the cause can be pointed directly at an irresponsible local government that has forgotten its mission statement and has gotten self-centered and out of control.The question of whether there is conflict of interest has to be introduced into the conversation for a solution. Can a moderator, who has a relationship to a family law firm that brings business before the town looking for special permits, variances, and other approvals, be trusted with allowing opposition and challenge against the very government that will grant an approval? Do you believe he has broken that trust? Can a solution to government financial oppression be attained if people are denied the right to question, expose, challenge, or oppose?Let the great “Patriots of Wilmington” come together and stand on the foundation of freedom and demand liberty, truth, and justice. Let your right to challenge crooked government no longer be violated.  Let us stand and say that a violation of the “supreme law of the land” is reproachable no matter what. “REPROACHABLE” even if Town officials past and present don’t respect the law. “TIME’S UP” Vote April 28th or get an absentee ballot from Town Hall. Help by bringing other supporters.Thank you,Kevin MacDonald(Candidate for Moderator)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… RelatedCANDIDATE STATEMENT: Kevin MacDonald Is Running For Town ModeratorIn “Letter To The Editor”TOWN MODERATOR RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonald Says Town Should Hire A Grant WriterIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

ASEAN set to issue sternest statement on Rakhine crisis

first_imgASEAN leaders gather for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore on 13 November 2018. Photo: ReutersSoutheast Asian nations will call for those responsible for atrocities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to be held “fully accountable”, according to a statement prepared for a regional summit, reflecting a stronger line being taken within the group.The draft of the chairman’s statement, which was reviewed by Reuters but may change before it is delivered by host Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong at the close of meetings of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said the situation in Rakhine State was a “matter of concern”.The Singapore government did not immediately comment on the draft statement.A final statement could be issued after the ASEAN leaders start their meeting late on Tuesday.Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay did not answer calls seeking comment on the summit message.A UN report in August detailed mass killings and gang rapes with genocidal intent in a Myanmar military crackdown that began in 2017 and drove hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine into neighbouring Bangladesh. It called for its commander-in-chief and five generals to be prosecuted under international law.Myanmar has denied most of the allegations in the report.Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who will be joining the summit in Singapore, has been widely criticised for her handling of the crisis.Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, ASEAN’s seniormost leader, was scathing about the Nobel peace laureate on Tuesday when asked about the situation in Myanmar.”It would seem that Aung San Suu Kyi is trying to defend what is indefensible,” the 93-year-old told reporters in Singapore. “We are very disappointed, because someone who has been detained before knows the sufferings, and should not inflict it on others.”Mahathir and Suu Kyi were seated side by side at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN summit and at a welcome dinner. TV coverage showed them studiously ignoring each other.Amnesty International said on Tuesday it had withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from Suu Kyi, accusing her of perpetuating human rights abuses by not speaking out about violence against the Rohingya.”We called on the Independent Commission of Enquiry established by the Government of Myanmar to carry out an independent and impartial investigation of the allegations of human rights violations and related issues, and hold those responsible fully accountable,” said the ASEAN chairman’s draft statement.The Rohingya crisis is one of the biggest man-made disasters involving a member since ASEAN was founded in 1967, and it is one of the thorniest issues yet faced by a group that traditionally works by consensus and is reluctant to get involved in matters deemed internal to its members.In July, Myanmar established a commission of inquiry to probe allegations of human rights abuses in Rakhine, which includes two local and two international members from Japan and the Philippines.The draft statement repeated ASEAN’s previous calls on the importance of the repatriation of displaced persons to Myanmar, humanitarian relief and reconciliation among communities, but went further in calling for accountability for the alleged atrocities. The strengthening of rhetoric in the draft was flagged earlier this year by Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan who said his ASEAN peers had urged Myanmar to give the inquiry commission a full mandate to hold those responsible accountable.A source close to pre-summit discussions, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Singapore was leaning towards a stronger stance because it is the most internationally engaged member of ASEAN and feels responsibility as summit host to protect its credibility.It was not clear if all members of the grouping would back the sternest statement to date from ASEAN on the Rakhine issue.ASEAN’s Muslim-majority members – Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei – tend to take the toughest line on the Rohingya question, while Myanmar has close regional allies in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Under military control in recent years, Thailand has also provided cover for Myanmar.last_img read more

2 Rohingya men killed in alleged gunfight with BGB

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo Rohingya men were killed in what the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) called gunfight with them at Hoaikhyang Urubunia Katakhal in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased identified as Sarker, 22, from Kutupalong Rohingya camp and Nur Alam, 30, from Muchni Rohingya camp in Teknaf, were drug peddlers, claims the law enforcement.A BGB-2 team raided the area after being tipped-off about smuggling of a large amount of yaba, said its deputy commander major Shariful Islam Jamaddar.The border guard members signalled a boat to stop on the Naf river. But those who were on the boat ignored the signal and opened fire, triggering a gunfight, he said.“Alam and Sarker were killed in the gunfight,” the BGB officer said.BGB members recovered the bodies and sent them to the Sadar Hospital for autopsy.Around 50,000 yaba pills, a gun, three cartridges and two sharp weapons were reportedly recovered from the spot.According to the human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies including police, RAB, BGB in 2018.In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to talk

first_img Citation: Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to ‘talk’ (2013, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-similarities-birds-babies.html Explore further Credit: CDC.gov © 2013 Phys.org 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. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: Stepwise acquisition of vocal combinatorial capacity in songbirds and human infants, Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12173AbstractHuman language, as well as birdsong, relies on the ability to arrange vocal elements in new sequences. However, little is known about the ontogenetic origin of this capacity. Here we track the development of vocal combinatorial capacity in three species of vocal learners, combining an experimental approach in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) with an analysis of natural development of vocal transitions in Bengalese finches (Lonchura striata domestica) and pre-lingual human infants. We find a common, stepwise pattern of acquiring vocal transitions across species. In our first study, juvenile zebra finches were trained to perform one song and then the training target was altered, prompting the birds to swap syllable order, or insert a new syllable into a string. All birds solved these permutation tasks in a series of steps, gradually approximating the target sequence by acquiring new pairwise syllable transitions, sometimes too slowly to accomplish the task fully. Similarly, in the more complex songs of Bengalese finches, branching points and bidirectional transitions in song syntax were acquired in a stepwise fashion, starting from a more restrictive set of vocal transitions. The babbling of pre-lingual human infants showed a similar pattern: instead of a single developmental shift from reduplicated to variegated babbling (that is, from repetitive to diverse sequences), we observed multiple shifts, where each new syllable type slowly acquired a diversity of pairwise transitions, asynchronously over development. Collectively, these results point to a common generative process that is conserved across species, suggesting that the long-noted gap between perceptual versus motor combinatorial capabilities in human infants1 may arise partly from the challenges in constructing new pairwise vocal transitions.center_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from Japan, Israel and the U.S. has found evidence that suggests birds and human infants learn to string syllables together in roughly the same way: through stepwise improvement. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they taught songbirds to sing a new tune and compared an analysis of the results with sounds made by human infants saved in a database. Journal information: Nature The remarkable process that allows humans to learn to talk as they move through various stages of development has been the focus of a lot of research. To gain some insight into the process, researchers have often turned to the animal world—less complicated systems are easier to study. In this new effort, the researchers looked first at zebra finches. Prior research has led most in the field to believe that songbirds such as finches learn how to voice syllables by listening to the birds around them. After that, the ability to string them together into song is innate—it just happens. In this new research, the team has found evidence that it’s not innate, but is instead the result of a lot of work on the part of the bird.To come to this conclusion the team removed three young finches from others of their kind and taught them to sing in the lab. As expected, the birds picked up syllables rather quickly, mimicking the sounds they were played. Next, they were taught to string two syllables together, such as sound A and sound B. Then, they added another syllable, but introduced it as a pair, BC. Then finally, they asked the birds to sing the whole song, ABC, ABC, etc. But that was only the beginning, next the researchers taught the birds to sing another song that was made up of the same sounds, but in a different order: ACB. In studying how the birds went about learning the new song, the researchers discovered that they did so in stepwise fashion, trying out different parts before putting the whole song together. That proved, the researchers claim, that learning songs in songbirds, is not innate. Left turn in speech research—Key insights in study of zebra finches Play Example of step-wise learning of vocal transitions in a songbird and a human infant. Credit: Ofer Tchernichovski and CHILDES database But that wasn’t the end of the study, the researchers found another team in Japan had been conducting a very similar study with Bengalese finches and came up with nearly identical results. Intrigued, they began looking at sounds made by babies that have been stored in a research database. After much analysis, they discovered that the infants were following a nearly identical path in learning to string syllables together to make words as the birds had done to make songs.The results of this research suggest that the basic underpinnings that lead to language development in people, is similar to song development in birds.last_img read more

Hakim inaugurates New Town helpline

first_imgKolkata: State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim inaugurated the toll-free New Town helpline number at a programme in Salt Lake Sector V on Tuesday evening.The residents of New Town can now call up the toll-free number 1800-103-7652 for any information on New Town, as well as for registering complaints. Hakim, who has decided to talk to the residents of the city every Wednesday on a toll-free number, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants the civic authorities to provide better service to the people. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe said intense campaign on garbage segregation is required. It may be mentioned that the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) had organised a day-long seminar on garbage segregation to create awareness among the residents. Later, the residents of New Town took part in a rally and agreed to segregate garbage at source. Hakim also inaugurated a 350 m stretch of road connecting the parking plaza and Ring Road in Sector V, on Tuesday. The road falls under the jurisdiction of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA). Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe said Sector V has become saturated and IT companies are moving out to New Town, where the country’s biggest IT hub is coming up. Some companies have also moved to Bantala in South 24-Parganas. Hakim thanked Debashis Sen, chairman of HIDCO, NDITA and New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), who is also the additional chief secretary of the IT department, for his personal efforts to bring several IT firms to Bengal. The New Town IT hub will follow the model of Silicon Valley and the roads will join the IT hubs in New Town, Sector V and Bantala, he maintained.last_img read more

Costa Cruises celebrates first steelcutting of LNGpowered Toscana

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — The first steel cut has been made on the Costa Toscana, Costa Cruises’ second ship to be powered in port and at sea by liquefied natural gas (LNG).The steel-cutting ceremony, which took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, is “another step forward” in the cruise line’s sustainable development plan,” said Neil Palomba, president of Costa Cruises. “LNG propulsion for cruise ships is a major innovation, pioneering a new era in the use of low-carbon fuels that will significantly reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment without compromising on safety, in line with our top priorities.”Meyer Turku Managing Partner Dr. Jan Meyer, left, and Costa Cruises President Neil PalombaCosta Toscana follows on the heels of Costa Smeralda, the company’s first ship to be powered by LNG. Smeralds is nearing completion at the same shipyard and will enter service in October. Costa Toscana is expected to be delivered in 2021.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemBoth ships are part of the Costa Group’s fleet expansion plan that includes a total of seven new ships scheduled to enter service by 2023. As the Italian brand of Carnival Corporation & plc, Costa Group is comprised of Costa Cruises, Costa Asia and AIDA Cruises.“Once again, Costa Cruises is paving the way for the industry as a whole: in accordance with our global vision aimed at sustainable development, we were the first to invest in this technology, which is now really starting to take hold,” added Palomba. “However, a lot remains to be done in terms of the ready availability of gas bunkering infrastructure to ensure the seamless transition to LNG. Costa Toscana and her sister ship Costa Smeralda may be highly innovative products, but they will retain that inimitable Italian hospitality that has been Costa Cruises’ hallmark since the brand’s inception.”Each ship was named after iconic Italian destinations – Tuscany and the Smeralda coast. On Costa Smeralda, guests will find 11 restaurants, including one specifically for casual family dining, 19 bars, a spa area with 16 treatment rooms, an onboard waterpark with waterslides, four pools and a dedicated kids facility. It will also boast its own museum – the CoDe-Costa Design Museum – that will showcase the excellence of Italian design.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaCosta Smeralda is set to debut on Oct. 20 with a 15-day preview cruise from Hamburg to Savona. Its official naming ceremony will take place on Nov. 3 in Savona before being deployed in the Western Mediterranean through April 2021.Costa Toscana’s cruise program will be announced in the next few months. Costa Cruises celebrates first steel-cutting of LNG-powered Toscana Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Costa Cruises, steel-cutting Tuesday, July 30, 2019 last_img read more