$49.19 Million for Tourism Development Initiatives

first_imgRelated$49.19 Million for Tourism Development Initiatives FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A sum of $13 million has been set aside in the 2007/08 Estimates of Expenditure for the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), to facilitate the development and improvement of the environment, and physical attractiveness of resort areas.A major focus of this activity during the financial year will be the implementation of beautification projects in Kingston and the South Coast.Beautification projects will also include Museums and heritage locations/sites and National Monuments.In the meantime $16.76 million has also been allotted to TPDCo to provide for the maintenance of properties, which were formerly owned by the Jamaica Attraction and Development Company, and the Recreational Development Company.The Visitor Information Programme (Anti-harassment) is to receive $15 million for the provision of visitor information services. These programmes are aimed at providing information about the resort areas to visitors and local residents. During this financial period, special emphasis will be placed on the modernisation and maintenance of information booths and kiosk across the island.The Sustainable Environmental and Tourism Projects have been allocated $10 million. The main focus of this project is the sustained development and improvement of the environment in the major resort towns, by facilitating upgrading and beautification works in these areas.Training of staff members will be boosted with the aid of $4.43 million, which will finance training seminars, and related expenses.A wide variety of programmes are offered under this activity, which can be customised to suit specific organisational needs. Programmes include, among other things, customer service, tour guiding skills, heritage tourism, life-saving skills, foreign languages, private security training, and work place literacy. Advertisements $49.19 Million for Tourism Development Initiatives UncategorizedApril 3, 2007center_img Related$49.19 Million for Tourism Development Initiatives Related$49.19 Million for Tourism Development Initiativeslast_img read more

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Investors denounce Facebook chiefs

first_img WhatsApp payments resurfaces in Brazil Author Previous ArticleFeature: Mobile 360 Privacy & Security 2018 Day 2 highlightsNext ArticleOrange, Google to invest in IoT, AI start-ups Kavit Majithia Asia Tags Related Home Investors denounce Facebook chiefscenter_img Facebook trials feature to connect neighbours Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) was accused of running the social networking giant like a dictatorship, as the company’s board faced scrutiny from investors at a shareholder meeting following a recent user data scandal.CNBC reported the shareholder meeting was the first time Zuckerberg had taken public questions from investors, and they did not hold back.In particular, they took major issue with the recent breach of the data of 87 million users by UK-based Cambridge Analytica, which turned a spotlight onto the social media company’s practices.The scandal left lasting damage to Facebook’s reputation and led to a dramatic decrease in share price at the time.Christine Jantz, chief investment officer at Facebook investor Northstar Asset Management, said in a statement: “If privacy is a right…then we contend that Facebook’s poor stewardship of user data is tantamount to a human rights violation”.CNBC added shareholders expressed “frustration” with Zuckerberg regarding the data scandals, while stating the recent wave of unrest was not good for the company’s bottom line by leading to a drop in user numbers and, eventually, a fall in advertising revenue.Zuckerberg said the company was now focused on taking “a broader view of our responsibility to the community we serve”, and the company was now working hard on improving security and protecting users from bad behaviours.Voting powerOther issues addressed included a proposal to change to the voting structure of Facebook’s stock. Currently, voting power is retained by Zuckerberg and a small group of his closest allies, which allows them to control 70 per cent of voting power despite owning only 18 per cent of shares.James McCritchie, an investor who submitted a proposal for a change to simple majority voting rules, said Facebook risked becoming “a corporate dictatorship” under the current structure.The proposal was ultimately rejected, as were five others submitted by shareholders. These included a bid to create a risk oversight committee and commissioning a report on Facebook’s gender pay gap efforts. Australia funds regulator to oversee new media law Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 JUN 2018 Facebooklast_img read more

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EPA chief says administration to roll back climate plan

first_img Author: Associated Press HAZARD, Ky. (AP) The Trump administration will abandon the Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday.Speaking in Kentucky, Pruitt said he will sign a proposed rule on Tuesday “to withdraw the so-called clean power plan of the past administration.”MORE: US officially tells UN it wants out of Paris climate dealThe clean power plan aimed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. It was a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s environmental policies.The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to declare the Obama-era rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet.“The EPA and no federal agency should ever use its authority to say to you we are going to declare war on any sector of our economy,” Pruitt said. He spoke at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.MORE: Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy EPA chief says administration to roll back climate plan Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.center_img Published: October 9, 2017 11:50 AM EDT SHARElast_img read more

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Inspector Beaton comes good at Frank Woon-A-Tai Cup

first_imgLAST Sunday Inspector Keith Beaton of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) participated in the Frank Woon-A-Tai Cup, which was held at the Cliff Anderson Sport Hall in honour of Sensei Frank Woon-A-Tai, who has been teaching traditional Karate in Guyana for over fifty years and is the head of the International Karate Diagaku (IDK) and the Guyana Karate College.Scores of Karatekas of all ages attended and some of them even participated in the tournament. Inspector Beaton walked away with the following medals 1st place individual Kumite (Fighting), 2nd place in team Kumite (Fighting), 2nd Place in team Kata (Forms), 2nd place in team Embu (Demonstration), 2nd place in team Bunkai (Defence against multiple attackers).The 2014 Sportsman-of-the-year started practising Karate some twenty-eight years ago and has judged many competitions countrywide. He is also a Karate instructor and has travelled to many countries, performing his art, including the Pan America World Karate Tournament in Curacao, the Caribbean Karate Federation in Suriname and the International Karate Diagaku in Jamaica.When asked how Karate influences his life and career choice as a member of the Guyana Police Force, Inspector Beaton explained Karate helps him to stay focused as it promotes calmness of the mind and by extension, the body.The second degree Black Belt Karate champion also attended a Karate and Tai Chi course at the Guyana Defence Force in 2003 and spent some 15 years as a Presidential Guard, where he also shared his skills and knowledge in Unarmed Defence and Combat with his colleagues. He is currently stationed at the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) where he also imparts his knowledge in Karate to ranks.Karate can be used as an instrument of lesser force when dealing with crime and offenders. It prepares the user’s mental capacity and enables him to defend himself and possible victims of crimes without the use of force.Inspector Beaton competed in the Male Open Black Belt Kumite and Male Open Kata in February, where he placed second and third respectively, earning silver and bronze medals.last_img read more

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Ward takes care of IMCA Modified business at Crystal

first_imgA.J. Ward was the Saturday IMCA Modified feature winner at Crystal Motor Speedway. (Photo by Christine Hale)CRYSTAL, Mich. (Aug. 26) – A.J. Ward was taking care of business as he assumed the early lead in the Lane Automotive IMCA Modified feature Saturday at Crystal Motor Speedway and was never headed.Myron DeYoung came in second, followed by Myron DeYoung, John DeYoung Jr., and Chad Wer­nette.The IMCA Modified title fight continues until the final event of 2017. Ward holds a 21 lead over Myron DeYoung with two more point races to go.last_img read more

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Interview with Neil Young on Music Piracy, MP3 Hell and Finding Freaks on the Web

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Analysis#Features#music#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Here at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco Neil Young just announced that his whole life’s work will be made available on in a dynamically updating collection delivered on Blu-ray disk. After his Keynote announcement I was fortunate enough to participate in a small group interview with a handful of other bloggers. Young offered interesting replies to questions about Trent Reznor and music piracy, about MP3 sound quality and about the way the web enables his extensive work on electric cars.The short version is that Young fully expects his collection to be sent all over the web for free, he hates MP3s and he loves finding freaky scientists on the web and offering them profiles in his next movie.Free MusicI elbowed in between elder bloggers Tim O’Reilly and Dan Farber in the interview to ask what Young thought of Trent Reznor’s giving away free music and RadioHead’s saying they aren’t going to do so anymore. At first I thought he wasn’t going to give me anything good, saying: “The recording business is going somewhere but I don’t care about that, I try to remove myself from the business part. The artistic part of me tries to. The world will work it out.”He went on though to point out that his project Living With War always was and still is fully listenable for free on his website. It delivered a message he wanted to get out, he said. His thoughts about the content included in his giant life collection? Blu-ray may be riddled with DRM but Young doesn’t think that will be an issue.“Ten Blu-ray disks doesn’t lend itself to P2P,” he pointed out. “They [the fans] are going to do that anyway – people are going to copy all this music. We don’t have to deal with that. All we’re doing is supplying the mother-lode, trying to give them quality whether they want it or not. You can degrade it as far as you want, we just don’t want our name on it.”More than just indifference, Young was downright enthusiastic. “It’s up to the masses to distribute it however they want,” he said. “The laws don’t matter at that point. People sharing music in their bedrooms is the new radio.” Go Neil! MP3s Sound Like ShitWonder how Young feels about the ongoing debate over the impact of the MP3 format on sound quality? He’s pretty clear on it. [When it first came out] “digital music sounded like shit,” he said in the interview. “It was no fun to listen to turned up. Instead of water poured on you it was like being attacked with ice picks. [His recordings on Blu-ray] are like snowflakes.”“I don’t listen to music, it’s in my head. Putting on headphones is like hell for me. I can hear an mp3 from a half mile away because the air has a chance to make it sound natural.”Young said that MP3 was convenient – but that it’s like a vision of paradise that’s only inches deep and slams you in the face when you try to walk into it. “I’m a music guy, a sound guy – I went through hell in the 80’s,” he said. “Now we’re coming close, climbing up the quality wall. I make all my music analog, when a new format comes along I will dump all my music to it.” Would he advise other musicians to do the same? He said that wasn’t realistic. “I’m too rich and elitist, most people can’t afford the machines [for analog recording] and the people to take care of them.” Young says he’s been hoarding tape for a long time, sometimes recording over content that didn’t work out. Finding Freaky Scientists on the InternetYoung spent much of the interview talking about his work building an electric car that users don’t have to plug-in to a wall. The end of roadside refueling is his ultimate goal. He and Tim O’Reilly discussed the plans in some length and it was fun to listen to. Nothing else Young talked about is nearly as important. It’s also not very relevant to RWW, except for his thoughts on how the web has assisted his work on the car.“The internet is a fantastic place to find science experiments,” he said. “That’s my favorite thing about the internet. People who are kooks in their garages – the tools are here for us to look to the edge of the scientific world. You can seek them out and tell them if you think their ideas will work. You can tell them you’d like to connect them with other scientists in other parts of the world and if the work succeeds or fails you’ll put them in a movie about the project.”That’s not a perspective I’ve heard about the web before, and I like it.Neil Young was a personable, intelligent and well spoken interview subject. I’ll remember getting the chance to interview him fondly for the rest of my life.If you enjoyed this post, please click here to digg it!Disclosure: Sun is a client of my personal consultancy and paid my travel expenses to JavaOne. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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Supermodel Gisele Bundchen bids a teary adieu to the ramp

first_imgGisele Bundchen bid adieu to the catwalk Wednesday night, strutting her stuff at an emotionally charged show in Sao Paulo that she said will be her last stroll down a runway in a 20-year career that has made her a fashion legend.The supermodel bid adieu to the catwalk on Wednesday night. Image credits: APThe 34-year-old Brazilian mother of two, who is married to NFL quarterback Tom Brady, has said she wants to spend more time with her family but has also vowed to continue working in the industry. Brady was on hand for Bundchen’s final appearance, competing with his wife for the cameras’ attention as he took in the spectacle from the first row.As the world’s highest-paid model, according to a 2014 ranking by Forbes magazine, Bundchen is the face of Chanel, Carolina Herrera, Pantene and other top brands. She also designs her own line of flip flops and lingerie.A household name the world over, Bundchen rivals soccer legend Pele for the status of Brazil’s most internationally famous citizen, and her meteoric rise from a middle-class family in a small, rural town to superstar is the stuff of modeling legend.See how the Brazilian supermodel rose to fame  In a posting Wednesday on her Instagram account, Bundchen wrote, “Today after 20 years in the industry, it is a privilege to be doing my last fashion show by choice and yet still be working in other facets of the business.”A shot from the supermodel’s Instagram page. Image credits: AP”I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey,” she wrote.advertisementIn an interview broadcast on the Globo television network Wednesday, she compared her life to a cup of water filled to the brim.”If your cup is full, how are you going to put more into it?” she said in Portuguese. “I’m emptying my cup so I can put more things into it.”Bundchen made her final catwalk appearance during Sao Paulo Fashion Week for Colcci, the Brazilian streetwear label she has represented since 2005. She made three appearances, opening the show in an A-line dress in white lace and lacey, knee-high black boots and closing it in a sundress with a full skirt in ivory and salmon stripes. Gisele Bundchen’s last stint on the ramp looked like this For the final bow, a bevy of models emerged in jeans and T-shirts printed with Bundchen’s image, and Bundchen herself wove her way through the pack, sporting painted-on jeans and a top depicting her in a yoga pose. Fighting back tears, she flashed her trademark broad smile and a thumbs-up.In an interview earlier this week with the newspaper Estado de S. Paulo, Bundchen was quoted as saying she wanted her last runway experience to be in her native Brazil, “where it all started.”Fighting back tears, Bundchen flashed her trademark broad smile and a thumbs-up. Image credits: APShe was born and raised along with five sisters, including a fraternal twin, in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, a center of German immigration to Brazil. Bundchen was discovered by a modeling agency at age 14 and she came in second place in a nationwide modeling contest, before moving to New York to work the fashion runways there.By age 20, she’d become a fashion sensation, her freckled face and flowing dirty blond locks gracing the cover of top fashion magazines worldwide and her unique combination of legginess and curves causing a sensation during her runway appearances. Bundchen’s success with her healthy good looks was heralded as marking the end of the sickly skinny and bedraggled “heroin chic” look that had dominated runways for years.Her romantic life was regularly splashed across gossip magazines, as she was romantically linked to a series of A-listers, from surfer Kelly Slater to actor Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2009, she married New England Patriots quarterback Brady. The couple has two children.Last year, she out-earned Brady, netting an estimated $47 million on contracts, according to Forbes. The next highest-earning models on the Forbes celebrity list, Doutzen Kroes of the Netherlands and fellow Brazilian Adriana Lima, earned $8 million each, according to the magazine.last_img read more

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