Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Sept 2015 – Despite strong objections by the public and calls for an extension on consultations, the Immigration Bill 2015 has been passed. House of Assembly members met until 1:10am Thursday morning to discuss the divisive bill, which on Wednesday, received the green light from the PNP Government. Once again, Blue Hills MP Hon. Goldray Ewing voted against the bill, while other members of the Opposition and the Governor’s Appointed Members did not express their vote during the late night session. The Immigration Bill, along with the Turks and Caicos Islander Status bill also passed in the House this week, are the two proposals, which locals fear will enlarge the Turks and Caicos Islands franchise – unchecked – and provide too many pathways to become a TCI citizen. Citizenship can now go to a person born in the Turks and Caicos or outside of the TCI with one or both of their parents being an indigenous islander. Citizenship can also go to those born outside of the Turks and Caicos if both of their parents were settled or held PRC status in the islands at the time of their birth. It also grants TCI status to a person born outside of the Turks and Caicos with one or more of their grandparents being Turks and Caicos Islanders. It was explained that it will take roughly three months for this bill to become law. Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:citizenship, house of assembly, immigration bill, turks and caicos islander Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
A brilliant full moon rises at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2017. NASA/Kim Shiflett The longest night. The shortest day. Winter solstice is here for the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a time of both darkness and light, especially this year. Friday, Dec. 21 marks the solstice, but Saturday, Dec. 22 will gift us with a full moon known as the Full Cold Moon thanks to its wintry timing. The solstice and the full moon are happening less than a day apart. That means our lunar neighbor should be plenty bright enough all weekend to light up your solstice celebrations. Space What is the best part of the #WinterSolstice? How about daylight will now start increasing for the next 6 months!Read more about astronomical seasons here: https://t.co/rRWaknryeV pic.twitter.com/pfbiboydu5— NWS (@NWS) December 21, 2018 11 Photos Tags You can celebrate the moon simply by enjoying the luminosity it brings, but NASA program executive Gordon Johnston has another suggestion: “As usual, the wearing of suitably celebratory celestial attire is encouraged in honor of the full moon.” So break out your Sailor Moon cosplay or your NASA skate shoes and stare up into space this weekend. Memorable moon photos from NASA and beyond (pictures) Share your voice The next time the full moon and solstice will come so close together is in 2029. The moon will help enliven the long night, and, as the US National Weather Service points out, we can now look forward to daylight increasing for the next six months. Google celebrates winter and summer solstices with pair of doodles This is what summer solstice looks like on other planets 1 Sci-Tech CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Comment Solstice sightings
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina presides over a meeting of the Awami League Local Government Nomination Board at Ganabhaban in DHaka on Saturday. Photo: PIDRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) on Saturday finalised its candidates for the chairmen posts in the third phase of upazila parishad polls in 122 upazilas.The nominations were finalised at a meeting of the AL’s local government nomination board held at Ganabhaban in the capital in the afternoon.AL local government election nomination board chairperson and prime minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting.Other members of the board including Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Obaidul Quader, Abdur Razzak, Muhammad Faruk Khan, Dipu Moni and Abul Hasnat Abdullah attended the meeting.In the third phase, the elections to 127 upazila parishads in 17 districts of five divisions will be held on 24 March.Election commission (EC) joint secretary SM Asaduzzaman announced the detailed schedule of the third phase upazila polls at a press conference at Agargaon Nirbachan Bhaban on 14 February.According to the schedule, the deadline for nomination paper submission for the third phase polls has been set on 26 February.The scrutiny will be held on 28 February while the last date for candidature withdrawal is on 7 March, said the EC secretary.
September 3, 2008 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. By Fredric PaulAt bMighty.com, we hold the following truth to be self-evident: That today’s technology has radically shifted the competitive landscape, giving smaller, more nimble organizations a profound advantage. bMighty’s mission is to help growing companies understand and exploit that advantage.Not so long ago, the best business technology was found only in the workplace. The most powerful computers. The fastest Internet connections. The most advanced software. The most innovative mobile devices. And because every company was basically on their own, it all required big piles of money to acquire and lots of highly trained people to manage and maintain. If you wanted — or needed — mainframe power, well, you had to have a mainframe.Consumers, meanwhile, had to get by with dial-up Internet connections and poky computers running outmoded software on last-generation chips.And growing businesses were stuck in the middle. On the one hand, they couldn’t afford cutting-edge corporate technology found in the enterprise, and often ended up paying a relative premium for scaled-down — often dumbed-down — versions adapted for the “SMB market.” They had no choice, though, because consumer technologies were painfully inadequate for even simple business tasks. Small and midsize companies found themselves at a continual disadvantage compared to their enterprise competitors.But now, the times they are a-changing. In the last few years, the shifting tides of technological innovation have completely reversed that situation. The convergence of several key trends hands the advantages not to the large, but to the swift, the mobile, the nimble, the flexible, and the innovative.Cloud Computing:As the best applications and most powerful IT infrastructure become increasingly available over the Internet, hosted and maintained by third parties, growing companies can finally challenge the technological superiority enjoyed by the world’s largest organizations.Software as a Service (SaaS):Like Cloud Computing, SaaS seem s tailor made for growing companies, allowing them to access world-class application without having to buy it, host it, or maintain it.Platform as a Service (PaaS):While platform as a service doesn’t have direct application to most growing companies, the concept plays an important role in letting software developers quickly and easily customize their programs for even the smallest customers. That helps erase the edge enterprises get by having the resources to create or commission the specific applications they need.The Consumerization Of IT:From the iPhone to Gmail, consumer technology now offers much more power at a far lower cost — often free! — than does established corporate technology. Growing businesses can enjoy a productivity advantage, for example, by being flexible enough to support the iPhone when a Fortune 500 can’t. Similarly, lean and mean startups can save big by relying on free services like Gmail or the many alternatives to Microsoft Office. Even purely corporate applications — including business intelligence software — are being consumerized. While consumer alternatives may lack important features business users are accustomed to-security is the most common issue–they may also offer real advantages.Web 2.0, Social Networking, User-Generated Content:Back in the day, it took big bucks to get the attention of the public. You needed a hefty PR budget and massive advertising campaign just get on the radar screen. Not any more. Today, even the smallest company armed with a great idea and a clever strategy can hit it big using viral marketing techniques to spread the word via YouTube videos, online user reviews, forwarded e-mails, social networking services, and many other techniques.Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search-Based Marketing (SEM):SEO plays no favorites. Search engines don’t care how big the company that owns a Web site is. All that matters is the site’s content and execution. And search-based marketing puts all companies on an even footing: You pay only for results and you don’t need to spend a fortune to start getting results.There are many similar trends, including advanced mobility technology that let a few people do the work of many, outsourced security and backup options that make it easier to protect growing companies’ information assets, virtualization schemes that maximize hardware utilization, and localization technologies that help smaller businesses focus on customers who happen to be close to them. And this is only the beginning. These trends are already spawning new examples and opportunities for growing companies.As this manifesto makes clear, at bMighty.com, we’re dedicated not just to chronicling this historic sea-change, but to advancing it by delivering the practical, transferable expertise growing companies need to take advantage of it. We’ll explain how to do it, show you how other growing companies are doing it, and lay out the best practices for doing it first.That’s not all. bMighty is also spreading this “Small is the New Large” gospel in live events, both in person and virtual. We’ll be hosting the bMighty SMB Theater and Pavilion at Interop on September 17 and 18 in New York City, and look for more of our award-winning virtual events — like bMighty bConnected and last year’s bMighty bMobile — in the fall. And we are also working to create a true bMighty community where growing companies can share their own hard-won experiences and knowledge.Thanks for coming along for the ride. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free
Image Credit; dashlane.com Advertisement Password manager Dashlane is partnering with Google on a project that will enable Android users to easily and securely log in to their mobile apps via stored passwords. It’s called Open Yolo where you only log in once. The project would involve other companies that make password managers, which automatically create, store and apply passwords for websites so you don’t have to remember them.Passwords have become a necessary evil for logging in to websites and apps. It’s tough to create and recall them, and they’re not fail-safe. Other security methods, such as fingerprint and iris scanning, are simpler and more secure, but they’re still in their infancy. Integrating password managers directly into your website and app logins could prove to be the best solution.For now, Open Yolo’s focus is to create a login process for Android apps, but the project has bigger aspirations. This project is the first big step towards making security simple and accessible for every user, on every device. In the future, we see this open API going beyond just Android devices, and becoming universally-implemented by apps and password managers across every platform and operating system. Ultimately, we look forward to expanding this collaborative project, so that it will benefit the entire security ecosystem as a whole,”Dashlane said in Thursday’s blog post – Advertisement – Google is expected to approve the API by next month.