Minister Pintard Tells Young Entrepreneurs Funding Could be Found to Realize a

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 22, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard gave sound advice to participants of the Grand Bahama Micro and Small Business Economic Empowerment Entrepreneurial Incentive Programme on how to get funding.Shortly after arriving at a recent training session at the C.A. Smith Building, the Minister asked the 18 participants to introduce themselves and share their information on their businesses.   He told them there were a number of funding options that could assist: commercial entities as well as investment firms looking to invest in small businesses.The Minister pointed out they should not get into businesses they were not passionate about.  He noted the government intends to put together a directory for persons to find funding; and that, moreover, if the business is the dream, one could find a network of people to make that dream happen.Twenty-eight year old Victoria Robinson-Joseph has started working on her egg farm. Currently working from home, she hopes to move to the Grand Bahama Highway.   She brought her recently hatched chicks to class for all to see.(BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)By: Robyn Adderley (BIS)last_img read more

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ABC Raises Fees Defers Reporting Actions

first_imgAs previously reported by Folio: sister pub Audience Development, the new Publisher’s Statement requires publishers to report the number of unique browsers or devices accessing their digital magazines, as well as total visits and average visit duration. The reports will also call for greater detail on print and digital magazine subscriptions and single-copy sales.“This looks at the Web, apps and things like that as well as more frequent reporting of online metrics,” he says. “As the board discussed it more, they recognized how complex some of the issues are and opted to essentially defer implementing some of these things for at least a few more months until there’s a chance for some of the groups to look at things more closely and gain a little more consensus within the industry.”Determining how best to track and measure digital publications, not just on the subscription sales side but on the engagement side as well when it comes to how individuals are reading digital editions sits at the core of the deferment.“The publishing part of our industry feels that information is not fully and widely available and that it’s probably a little too soon to have ABC audit and report that,” says Lulofs. “Publishers shared that point of view with our board, and on the other side of the table you’ve got advertisers and ad agencies that are stepping up demands for more of that information. There’s room for debate and discussion, and I think the board felt it might be premature to codify those requirements in ABC rules. There will be a broader meeting early this fall and the board and ABC will reach out to the MPA, the 4As and the ANA and get all of those groups together to talk out the issues.”ABC’s board approved a brand refresh that will fall in line with the evolving media landscape. While Lulofs couldn’t provide many specifics, he did say that the fall membership vote on the issue would help determine “if it’s still the right brand for the next phase of the organization.”The ABC board will increase audit rates and other fees by 3 percent before 2013. When asked why the group is increasing these rates, Lulofs simply pointed to timing.“It applies to all of our media divisions and it’s the first rate increase in 5 years,” he says. “We’ve been able to hold fees and costs in control for a long time during a difficult economic period.” The Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) is making strategic changes to its reporting requirements and will be raising fees by 3 percent before the end of the year.ABC’s board voted to defer implementation of a new publisher’s statement that would have expanded how consumer magazines report metrics for digital publications, and those that require larger magazines to report issue-by-issue data through ABC’s Rapid Report tool until new digital reporting requirements have been vetted further.“There were a number of announcements that came out of our March board meeting that spoke to what we call our vision task force that has been working in the magazine side of our business,” says Neal Lulofs, EVP of communications & strategic planning, GM ABC Interactive. “It has been publishers, advertisers and ad agencies and they outlined a broad vision for where we would be moving with regard to auditing and reporting, especially in the digital realm. It encompassed reporting broader digital metrics within ABC audit reports.”last_img read more

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AirAsia India Offers Oneway Ticket for ₹699

first_imgBudget carrier AirAsia’s Indian arm on Sunday launched a week-long sale offer for its entire network with one-way tickets at prices as low as ₹699, including taxes.The offer comes as part of the Malaysia-based parent company’s ‘Big Sale’ with three million promotional seats on its network from Kuala Lumpur, with the starting fare of ₹2,599 for international flights operated by AirAsia Berhad and Thai AirAsia, the airline said in a statement.AirAsia’s offer of ₹2,599 would be available on flights from Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Tiruchirappalli and Hyderabad to Kuala Lumpur operated by AirAsia Berhad and Chennai to Bangkok flown by Thai AirAsia, the release added.AirAsia India is offering an all inclusive one-way fare starting from ₹699 for flights from Bengaluru to Chennai, Kochi, Goa, Jaipur and Chandigarh and vice versa.Tickets can be booked on Airasia’s website from Sunday night till Nov 16, for travel period from June 10 next year to Jan 17, 2016, the company said.”The ‘Big Sale’ offer would allow our guests to plan their travel early with extremely low fares,” said AirAsia India chief executive Mittu Chandilya.last_img read more

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1700 convicts in condemned cells

first_imgProthom alo illustratio.Militant leader Mufti Abdul Hannan and eight other convicts were sentenced to death 18 years ago in the Ramna bomb blast case. Mufti Hannan was hanged in connection with another case. The death reference and appeal in the Ramna killing case remains pending in the Supreme Court. Similarly, the court sentenced 14 persons to death five years ago in the sensational 10 truck arms case. That too remains pending approval of the High Court.A total of 1,704 convicts wait in the condemned cells for the final court verdict. The death reference hearing of many of their cases is being held in the High Court. The death reference hearing of some of the cases has been completed and the accused have filed appeal with the Appellate Division where the cases remain pending.The home ministry sent a letter to the law ministry on Wednesday, asking that the state counsel to settle these cases pending in the Supreme Court without further delay.The letter stated that till 30 June this year, among the convicts sentenced to death in various jails of the country, there are 1,467 unresolved cases with the High Court and 237 with the Appellate Division. These cases have been under trial for between 6 months to 15 years.According to relevant sources, from May 2015 to May 2019, the appeal of 48 convicts sentenced to death has been settled. The law has no deadline for settling death references. However, the cases pertaining to the murders of Rajib and Rajan, the Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali, the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder, and the Pilkhana killing, were settled once the paper book was prepared.According to prison officials, delay in preparing the paper book keeps the death references pending for years on end. With the cases remaining unsettled for years after years, the accused and those seeking justice are both frustrated. Convicts awaiting final decision in the condemned cells undergo immense mental pressure. And over half the jail guards are deployed to keep watch on this large number of convicts and so cannot pay due attention to the other inmates. Then again, in some cases the Supreme Court may lessen the sentences meted out by the judicial court. That is why it is imperative for the death references to be settled as soon as possible.Senior lawyer of the Supreme Court Khandakar Mahbub Hossain on Thursday told Prothom Alo that the government has no idea of what pitiful lives the convicts condemned to death are living and so do fail to take action. He said, the lower courts almost every day pass death sentences, but there is a shortage of judges with the experience to conduct such cases. Appointing experienced judges on an ad hoc basis could be a solution to the problem.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, speaking to Prothom Alo, said, “We have requested the law ministry to take rapid steps to settle the death references and appeal cases pending with the Supreme Court. We are monitoring the matter. Also, the relevant persons of the law and justice department hold regular meetings in this regard. It has been said that initiative will be taken to conduct special hearing of the cases pending for over 10 years.”The High Court’s approval is needed to carry out the death sentences passed by the judicial court. This is known as the death reference. After the High Court decision, the accused can appeal with the Appellate Division. The accused can also appeal again after the decision of the Appellate Division.In preparation of the death reference hearing, a paper book is prepared comprising the case description, charge sheet, deposition of the witnesses, the verdict of the judicial court, and so on.When asked what the state is doing to speed up the process of these cases, law minister Anisul Huq told Prothom Alo, “We are taking necessary action regarding these condemned convicts. We want the sentences of those condemned to death to be carried out speedily. The death reference hearing and settlement of several such cases are being dealt with on a priority basis after the preparation of the paper book.”Sensational cases in death referenceThe Speedy Trial Tribunal -2 of Dhaka condemned 10 persons to death on 20 August 2017 under the Special Powers Act for the attempting to kill the prime minister Sheikh Hasina with a bomb planted in Kotalipara, Gopalganj. Almost 17 years after the incident, the death reference hearing was taken up in the High Court after the lower court verdict.Ten persons were killed in the militant attack on 14 April 2001 at Ramna during the Bangla New Year celebrations. Around five years ago the judicial court condemned eight persons to death in this case and sentenced another six to life. The murder case is now under trial at the High Court. The death reference and jail appeal is at the hearing stage.On 27 April 2014, members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) set up a check post at Lamapara along the Dhaka-Narayanganj Link Road and halted the vehicle of councillor Nazrul.They picked up Nazrul, three of his associates and the driver. Lawyer Chandan Sarkar, who happened to be passing, witnessed the incident and so he too was picked up along with his driver.All of them were later killed and thrown into the river. Six of their bodies were later discovered on 30 April and one more on the next day.Then on 16 January 2016 the lower court condemned 26 persons to death and nine others to sentences of various terms in this sensational case.The death sentences were placed with the High Court for approval. And also 20 accused persons appealed to the High Court against the sentences.On 22 August 2017 the death reference and appeal hearing were completed and the death sentence of 15 persons was upheld.The High Court lessened the death sentence given by the lower court against 11 of the accused to life imprisonment. The full verdict of the High Court was published on 19 November 2018.The accused then appealed to the Appellate Division and the hearing of this writ remains pending.* This piece appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

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WATCH Golf Coast Mockingbird and Armadillo

first_imgAlong the floor, the Houston Freeways are mapped in tape, and there’s even a theater to represent the Houston Theater District. Set course, and shoot for par – along the Golf Coast!  Ernie and his MockArm crew visit the new interactive exhibition at San Jacinto College South Campus (SJCS) in Houston, that recreates Houston’s bayou system, using found objects and reusable materials.   Staff and students transform the college gallery into a seven-hole mini-golf course – representing White Oak, Brays, and Buffalo Bayou. The exhibit runs through September 27, 2019. Sharelast_img

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