Ministry Looking at Options to Improve Garbage Collection

first_imgMinister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, says that all options will be explored to ensure efficiency in the collection and disposal of solid waste islandwide during the 2013/2014 financial year. He said that a submission is being prepared for Cabinet’s approval in this regard. “I, however, want the country to understand that there is a correlation between the payment of property taxes and the quality of service delivery and urge all of us to be more compliant in paying our property taxes while the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) improves efficiency,” he said. The Minister was responding to questions posed by Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Desmond McKenzie, in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 12, regarding the operations of the agency. He said the NSWMA was facing a number of challenges, which were affecting the frequency of garbage collection. He said there were budgetary constraints, while six of the 15 disposal trucks needed to be repaired. Mr. Arscott said one unit was acquired in 2012 by way of a joint venture between the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the NSWMA. Turning to post Hurricane Sandy activities, the Minister explained that 109 private contractors were employed to undertake clean-up work, with $50 million paid out to date. The types of equipment contracted were front end loaders, tractors, backhoes, grabbers, tipper trucks, compactors and chainsaws. “There are outstanding bills of approximately $30 million,” Mr. Arscott said. By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Website Blocking The Devils In The Details

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Exabyte Informatics PVT (Anti-copyright activist Michael) Geist claims that piracy isn’t a problem in Canada. He made this type of argument before to oppose changes in copyright that would provide rights holders tools to go after enterprises engaged in the business of piracy. For example, he argued that peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing of music actually benefitted the music industry in an attempt to thwart legislative intervention to reform the Copyright Act. He continued to rely on a biased and flawed study during the copyright reform process leading up to Bill C-11 until it was authoritatively debunked with a showing that, unsurprisingly, P2P downloads reduced demand for the legal sales of CDs.Geist also opposed amending Canada’s laws to curtail counterfeiting, telling a Parliamentary Committee “there is likely to be limited economic impact in Canada from counterfeiting”. He was the only witness to take this view and his evidence was rejected by the Committee finding that “there is no doubt that counterfeiting and piracy cause economic harm to intellectual property owners, private companies and Canadian governments.” Parliament eventually enacted the Combating Counterfeit Products Act, which brought Canadian border measures to, or closer to, international standards.Geist now opposes the Fairplay proposal asserting that piracy is not a concern because Canada is “well below global averages when it comes to things like downloading music from unauthorized sites, stream ripping so-called from sites like YouTube.” Specifically, he says, because only 33% of Canadians engaged in digital music piracy in 2017 (which is up from 27% in 2016, and is a staggering 53% among 16-24 year olds) and because only 27% of music is stream ripped from sites like YouTube. But, why does he believe that this is an acceptable level of theft? Even if this represented the only losses due to illegal access in the music industry, what reasonable person would countenance a one-third market share loss due to theft? Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Business Empowerment Instructors Mobilize in Work Session on Grand Bahama

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 1, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Committee members and lecturers of the Grand Bahama Micro and Small Business Empowerment Programme were on Thursday, November 30, welcomed by Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson.   The Minister thanked them for participating in the programme, and added that their role is an important one.    The purpose of the programme, he said, is to not only inspire but empower entrepreneurs in Grand Bahama.   “I don’t want you to just see this as another course you are teaching, but as your role in the revitalization of Grand Bahama.”The Self Starter Grant Training Session, geared towards persons aged 17 to 30 years who want to start a business, will be held from December 4 through 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Topics covered include: Conceptualization, Branding, Bookkeeping, Marketing and Sales, E-Marketing, Financial Reporting and the Accounting Cycle.   They will also cover how to prepare a Business Plan, Customer Service, Human Resources/Labour Law, Communications, Legal Aspects of Business and Doing Business in East and West Grand Bahama.  The Business Evolution Training Sessions, for those who are already in business, will be held during the same period covering the following areas: Expanding your Business, Branding, Bookkeeping, Marketing/Sales, E-Marketing, Financial Reporting, The Accounting Cycle, Your Business Plan, Customer Service, The GBPA Business Requirements, Communications, Human Resources/Labour Law, Legal Aspects of Business, and Running a business in East and West Grand Bahama.All grant applications are due on Friday, December 15 at 2 p.m. Pitches will be scheduled for Monday, December 18 and Tuesday, December 19 and presentation of grants will be on Wednesday, December 20.  Minister Thompson is seen with Acting Permanent Secretary, Harcourt Brown, along with committee members and lecturers. (BIS Photos/Lisa Davis)Press Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

STATE REP RACE Erin Buckley To Hold Campaign Fundraiser On July 12

first_imgLike 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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Republican Candidate Erin Buckley Slams State Senate’s Opposition To Lowering Sales & Income Taxes To 5%, Tax HolidayIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Erin Buckley Launches CampaignIn “Government” TEWKSBURY, MA — State Representative candidate Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury) is holding her first campaign fundraiser on Thursday, July 12 at 7pm at the U.S. Bunting Club (449 Boylston Street) in Lowell, near the Tewksbury line.The event will feature a cornhole tournament, pizza, and a cash bar, plus plenty of time to talk about the issues that are important to Wilmington and Tewksbury voters.RSVP to Erin Buckley at 978-761-0106 or email at Erin@ElectErinBuckley.com. Campaign contributions will be appreciated.last_img read more

Ram goes back to basics with the 2019 25003500 HD Tradesman work

first_img Tags 1 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel first drive: More capability for an already solid fullsize truck Share your voice Enlarge ImageMmm, so white. Very work. Much black plastic. Wow. Ram Annual truck sales numbers are always impressive. It can be hard to imagine where all of those sales come from but don’t forget that there’s the consumer truck market and then behind it, as Talia al Ghul lurked behind Bane: work trucks. Ram announced an awesome one on Wednesday at the Work Truck Show in Indiana.The 2019 Ram Tradesman is based on the 2500/3500 HD models, and on the surface is about as bland as bland can be. It’s white, has vinyl mats on the floor instead of carpet and its most significant distinguishing factor from the regular Ram trucks is that it has yellow gauge needles. But, when you’re buying 10 to 20 of these things at a whack, bland is good. Bland is reliable.Torque is also good, and that’s why the Tradesman is available with the totally bonkers Cummins 6.7-liter diesel engine option that puts out 1,000-freaking-foot-pounds of it. If you have a gooseneck trailer handy, the diesel Tradesman will tow 35,000 lbs. There’s a gasoline-powered version too, but your boss will only buy that if they personally hate you. I mean it only makes like 429 lb-ft. That won’t impress the others in tool belts at the local job site.The Tradesman is available in two- or four-wheel drive, though the latter is only available with a manual shifting transfer case. No fancy 4WD buttons for you, gainfully employed person! It’s also available with two doors or four doors, and a variety of bed configurations.One area where Ram didn’t go with boring is in the safety tech that comes standard on the Tradesman. It features adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking (that even works with trailer brakes!) and more.If your boss is feeling fancy, he or she can spice up their Tradesman with chrome accents on the body or upgrade from 17-inch steel wheels to 18-inch chrome units. But you know what? They probably won’t. Chrome doesn’t make you work harder.Pricing has yet to be announced, but we expect it will be, you know, cheaper than a truck that has real creature comforts. 2019 Chevy Silverado 2.7T review: Turbo tradeoffs More From Roadshow Trucks Car Industrycenter_img 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Comment 2019 Chevy Equinox review: The risk-averse SUV Ram 14 Photos Ramlast_img read more

Youth hacked dead in Pabna

first_imgA young man was hacked to death by miscreants at Kacharipara of Pabna municipality on Thursday evening, reports UNB. The deceased was Ariful Islam Sagar, 22, son of late Abdul Hamid of the area.Officer-in-charge of Sadar police station Abdur Razzaque said a group of miscreants chopped Ariful indiscriminately around 7:30pm, leaving him injured.He was taken to Pabna General Hospital where physicians declared him dead, the OC said.last_img

What Technology Does My New Business Need

first_img Congratulations, you’ve opened your new business! As your hands run over the new furniture and you wrap up a few things with your lawyer and accountant, you’re probably starting to wonder what kind of computing infrastructure you should consider for your business.Many businesses have very similar needs, which I’ll outline below. Depending on the specific needs of your business, there will be some particular technologies you’ll need that other businesses have no need for. Here are six things your business must have in the beginning in order to be successful.Local Technology ConsultantOne of the most important investments you can make is to ensure you have one or two local technology consultants who you trust, who know about your business, and who can guide you in your technology growth.You have an accountant (for obvious reasons) and a lawyer (for even more obvious reasons)–having a local technology consultant or solution provider is no different. Get references, see what past work they’ve done and, like an employee, give the relationship time to mature to be sure they’re working in your best interest.A good place to find small-business solution providers is at Microsoft’s Small Business Specialist Program (www.microsoft.com/smallbusiness).High-Speed Internet AccessEvery business, no matter how big or small, needs high-speed access to the internet. Having traditional dial-up access is simply too slow and too limiting for a business. High-speed internet will enable you to take advantage of online backup, VoIP and other technologies you wouldn’t be able to do at all or as efficiently with a dial-up connection.For those businesses who are only online or do a significant amount of business online, your internet service is the life blood of your business. You must ensure that the vendor providing the service offers very reliable service and support.ComputersOf course, you must have computers for each employee. These computers shouldn’t be slow, rinky-dink, bottom-of-the-barrel relics from the early ’90s, but should be relatively new, high-speed tools. Each computer should have plenty of memory (512MB or more), hard-disk space (80GB or more), a fast processor (2-3GHZ) and a quality screen for minimum eyestrain.Your computers must be set up in a network with a file server and shared internet access.Those who are dealing with large files such as graphic artists, design shops or others must have very powerful computers to be able to quickly manage and store the files. The memory you use backing up 100-word files that a very small law firm might deal with is much smaller than backing up 100 hi-resolution photos.Data SecurityIt’s absolutely imperative that your businesses data is secure and backed up. Your local network and each of your computers should have a firewall (a hardware firewall for your network and at least a software-based firewall for each computer) and anti-virus software (many come bundled with features to detect phishing and other online threats as well). In addition, ensure your computers and network are configured by a local security consultant (your general knowledge solution provider might not have sufficient expertise to properly harden your computers and network from online attackers).If you have a wireless network make sure it’s secured as well. The second phase of your security plan is to ensure all of your data is backed up and that you have a recovery plan in place. If you came to work and found nothing but a hole in the ground, what would you do? What plan would you have in place to recover your data onto other computer systems? That’s how you have to think.If your business retains personal information of your customers, especially financial information, social security information, etc, it’s even more important that a professional security consultant work with you to ensure your information is secure. Your network must be secure, but also your online applications. Hackers can go to your website and use “back door” holes in the online software to access your database if the online application or database isn’t properly configured.WebsiteEvery business must have a website. If you want to start out with a very simple site that’s more like a digital brochure, that’s fine for now. But consider having a website filled with relevant information for your customers, partners and employees.You can easily build a website on your own using tools from Homestead Technologies, Microsoft Office Liveor many other web-hosting companies. You can also hire a website developer to do this for you.As your business grows you’ll find that filling your website with as much customer-facing information as possible will a) reduce the amount of inbound e-mail and phone calls to your business, and b) customers can serve themselves from your website and be happier.E-MailOne of my personal pet peeves is seeing a growing business with an AOL, Yahoo! or Hotmail e-mail address. I think it’s unprofessional, and since it’s very easy to have an e-mail address with one’s business name, there’s no excuse. Your web host can set up e-mail accounts for you as part of your web-hosting service. Or, as always, you can work with your local technology consultant.If you’re in a regulated industry it’s vital that you have systems in place to archive your e-mail to ensure it complies with government regulations for your industry. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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