TCIG increase emergency funding towards the management of Zika

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 19, 2016 – The Turks and Caicos Government recently approved funding in the sum of $500k from the contingency fund towards the management of Zika in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Approximately $80k will be used for promotion and awareness initiative by Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit while approximately $250k will be used for street cleaning by Public Works Department. The balance will be used by Environmental Health Department for staff support and other resource needs.In an effort to minimize the spread of Zika, the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services between the period February to August 2016a)      have removed a total 402 derelict vehicles and properly disposed the same in a manner to reduce these vehicles from servicing as breeding sites: 223 Premises Inspection7 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives67 Swamp Inspection and treatment57 fogging frequency Related Items:5ook approved by TCIG in funding to aid in the management of zika, funding increased in an effort to fight against zika, tcig increases funding to fight against zika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 515 Premises Inspection20 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives182 Swamp Inspection and treatment134 fogging frequency e)      On the Island of Salt Cay74 Premises Inspection4 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives53 Swamp Inspection and treatment64 fogging frequency 557 Premises Inspection10 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives179 Swamp Inspection and treatment52 fogging frequency c)       On the Island of Providenciales The Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services and Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing wish to advise residence and tourist alike to use approved repellents when outdoors. To minimize the risk and further spread of the Zika virus, the TCI communities are asked to take immediate steps to stop Zika by eliminating all breeding and potential breeding sites. The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, advises the general public that we have just received the results from the CARPHA Laboratories of an additional three confirmed cases of Zika virus infection found in TCI, bringing the total to eleven cases. The Ministry wishes to inform the public that every precautionary measure is being taken, as we continue to enhance prevention and control measures.Zika is a viral illness, which is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. This mosquito is found in the TCI. Most persons with Zika are not aware that they have the illness and may not have any symptoms.  Symptoms of Zika are similar to Dengue and Chikungunya and appear between four to seven days after someone has been bitten by an infected mosquito.  These symptoms include mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye), muscle or joint pain, and general malaise. There is no specific medication to treat Zika and there are currently no vaccines to prevent the illness.Zika virus can cause Microcephaly in the unborn foetus of a pregnant woman. Pregnant women should take special precautions to ensure that they are not bitten by mosquitoes. Extra special precautions should be taken when travelling to affected areas and countries. Persons are advised to adopt safer sexual practices e.g the use of condoms during sexual activity; this includes pregnant women for the duration of their pregnancy.If you feel sick and think that you may have Zika consult a healthcare professional, especially if you have a fever. If you have travelled, make sure to tell your health provider about your travel. Use acetaminophen or paracetamol to treat fever and pain, get lots of rest and drink plenty of liquids.It is important to note that the Zika virus will be in a person’s blood who is infected with Zika for the first week of infection. The virus can be passed on to other mosquitoes if they bite you while you are carrying the virus. Therefore, be especially careful to prevent mosquito bites during the first week to avoid spreading the disease.For more information, contact the Health of Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services on 3383061 or 3383058 778 Premises Inspection7 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives113 Swamp Inspection and treatment162 fogging frequency56 Mosquito Repellent distributed to resident f)       On the Island of Grand Turk d)      On the Island of South Caicos b)      On the Island of North and Middle Caicos, conducted;last_img read more

Two bodies wash ashore at Digha

first_imgKolkata: The bodies of two teenagers, who drowned in the sea at Digha on Sunday, washed ashore near Mohona, a few kilometers away from where the incident had occurred.The victims have been identified as Sanu Choudhury (18) and Ankit Agarwal (17). The victims, who were the residents of Jharkhand, came to Digha along with some of their friends, police said.It was learnt that the victims were swept away by the current when the duo was taking bath in the sea. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe victim’s companions lodged a complaint at the local police station on Sunday. They told police that the victims went to the sea beach on Sunday afternoon. When the associates went to the sea beach, they found that they were missing.Some other people, who were taking bath in the sea beach, told them two youth drowned in the sea while taking bath.A search was conducted in the sea but the bodies could not be found.Some locals at the Mohona spotted that the two bodies were lying on the seashore on early Monday morning and informed the matter to the police station.They sent the bodies for the post-mortem examination. Police have started a probe in this regard.last_img read more

Still love to listen to classical music

first_imgUdyan Sagar – better known by his stage name Nucleya – turned the Bollywood music obsessed industry upside down with back-to-back hits like ‘Koocha Monster’, ‘Bass Rani’ and ‘Raja Baja’ but at the back of his mind, classic ghazals by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Ustad Ghulam Ali play on a constant loop. “I definitely take inspiration from Bollywood but that’s not it. I grew up listening to a lot of film music and my father has always been a huge fan of it, straight from the 60s to the 90s. And even though I produce more of dance music, I love the old tunes of Shankar-Jaikishan and Kalyanji-Anandji and ghazals by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Sahab, Ustad Ghulam Ali Sahab. I listen to everything from old film music to folk music,” said the 39-year-old DJ on the sidelines of Sunburn 2018, arguably Asia’s biggest electronic music festival. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHe was one of the headliners at the first day of the 12th edition of Sunburn, which saw DJs like Axwell, Ingrosso, Don Diablo, Vini Vici, David Gravell, Julia Bliss, Zenith, Siana Catherine, Hugel, Amann Nagpal, Anish Sood, Progressive Brothers, Kash Trivedi, 39 Kingdom, 18 East, Ritviz, GREFF, Dual Vibes, Basspatch and Sara Santini. The DJ, with chartbuster hits like ‘Bhayanak Atma’ and ‘Aaja’, says he used to do a lot of experimenting by mixing classical music with Electronic Dance Music (EDM) but then left it due to classical music’s complex composition. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”I have experimented with classical music way back. I don’t do it so much now because I feel that any form of music which is complex in nature is difficult to understand and not always fit into dance music,” he said adding that classical music requires a certain sort of training due to its unique compositions (unlike dance music’s repetitive compositions) which is not understood by the masses. The ‘Bakar Bakar’ artist, however, says that it wasn’t always easy for him as people were not open-minded and that it took him 15-20 years to be where he is today. So what changed? “I started making music 15-20 years back but at that time whatever I was trying to do musically didn’t work. That’s one reason why I had to struggle so much.” “Now, a lot of people are very open-minded. You throw anything at them musically and they will take it and will try to understand that,” he explained. Although his early days as a DJ were a struggle, Nucleya has gained enough fame for himself in the field to now attract packed audiences to his concerts. In 2013, he launched his first EP, ‘Koocha Monster’, which became a hit in colleges across the country. In 2015 he launched his album ‘Bass Rani’ and in 2016 ‘Raja Baja’, both of which have become extremely popular; the track ‘Aaja’ (from ‘Bass Rani’) alone has about 18 million views on YouTube. Some of the tracks from his new album (‘Tota Myna’, 2018), such as ‘Mirza’, have already been watched 2.1 million times on YouTube. So what do you think makes people dance to your tune? “I believe people are able to relate to my songs but still good music is good music. It can be in any form, genre, tempo but if you can relate to it, it becomes much easier and to be able to like something you have to be able to understand it first,” he said. The three-day Sunburn 2018 its “Welcome to Paradise” theme, raised its curtain on December 29 at the 100-acre Oxford Valley by Shapoorji Pallonji. The first day of the festival saw the 2/3rds of the Swedish House Mafia, Axwell and Ingrosso, playing out a more variated set compared to their last domestic showcase. The legendary DJ/production duo never failed to nail crowds with their everlasting anthemic songs like ‘Sun Is Shining’, ‘Reload’, ‘Out Of My Mind’, ‘Dancing Alone’ and ‘More Than You Know’. Axwell and Ingrosso, towards the end, also played their respect for the passing away of Swedish legend Avicii by playing ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Don’t You Worry Child’.last_img read more

Why Cognitive Computing Is the Next Big Thing for Business Growth

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free July 19, 2018 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Computers have always been faster than humans at consuming, calculating and computing data, and artificial intelligence is a boon for our global economy. Yet, computers do have their limitations. They are machines, after all, and lack native precision when attempting to recognize and interpret language, objects or images on demand. In those instances — especially when verification is required to proceed with a transaction — most programs require a fail-safe checkpoint. Ever notice the requests to verify that you’re not a robot when submitting data online?However, combining insights from computer science (the study of computers and their algorithmic processes) with cognitive science (the interdisciplinary study of the mind and how it works) can advance human thought, shape outcomes in ways that transform the process of human capital development and enhance overall employee contributions and engagement. Additionally, these synergies can boost the quantitative and qualitative results that factor into an organization’s big-picture efforts to stay competitive and drive revenue. Take for example, IBM’s Watson, a cognitive system that enables IT departments to data mine and analyze unstructured content. It’s structured to enhance active learning and results in more effective business decision-making for the organization at-large.Related: Walking With AI: How to Spot, Store and Clean the Data You NeedDeloitte Consulting describes the wide-ranging benefits of the technology in this way, “[c]ognitive computing is a collection of algorithmic capabilities that can augment employee performance, automate increasingly complex workloads and develop cognitive agents that stimulate both human thinking and engagement.” This, of course, is exactly the point.As you seek to develop your organization’s most valuable assets and scale both its short and long-term goals, consider leveraging the following benefits of cognitive computing to your organization’s advantage.1. Improved employee capabilities, contributions and performance. Employees can benefit from self-learning algorithms that help them to do their jobs better and faster. Such programs support increased productivity by automating repetitive, low-value tasks such as collecting relevant statistics or updating client records with demographic, financial or even medical data. In the legal industry, predictive coding — a “smart” analytical mechanism that helps lawyers mine through voluminous content — streamlines the discovery process, especially where accuracy, deadlines and pecuniary interests each compete to provide clients with excellent service and added value.Human resource departments can also leverage these systems to assist with building their talent pipelines and maximize outcomes related to on-boarding, technical training, continuing education and development, as well as short and long-term succession planning.In these contexts, cognitive computing represents unlimited opportunities for employees to expand thinking, improve contributions and enhance overall engagement. When taken together, these benefits also have an inherent multiplier effect.Related: Simple Tools You Can Use to Manage Your Time and Increase Productivity2. Higher quality data analysis.Technological advances and endless industry contributions have made one thing clear. A sea of data is constantly being thrust into the business ecosystem. And, it’s unlikely to stop anytime soon. In fact, there’s so much information out there, that it’s extremely difficult for data scientists to keep up with — and manage — this ever-increasing stream of knowledge capital. Nonetheless, big data must be dealt with.Whether filtering through high levels of structured or unstructured content, invariably the goal is to produce an accurate, timely and meaningful analysis. Yet, this is not always an easy task. Human error and clear limitations on efficiently consuming, calculating and computing data all factor into the equation. Cognitive computing, however, helps to accomplish this worthwhile, strategic goal by optimizing the process.By integrating and analyzing big data sets, cognitive-based systems learn to interpret technical and industry-specific jargon, apply high-level reasoning — and in some cases, predictive modeling — to develop comprehensive solutions that result in a higher quality of overall data analysis.3. Enhanced business performance. Businesses are always searching for more effective ways to leverage technology to their advantage. Whether seeking to deliver a better product or a higher-quality service, success almost always begins with capturing relevant information and using it to make good decisions. Cognitive computing helps businesses accomplish both goals by using smart systems to execute critical research, digitize manual processes, communicate with stakeholders, mitigate risk and even course correct where necessary. Related: The How-To: Using AI To Transform Consumer BusinessesJust beyond information gathering and computation, though, exists the issue of the bottom line. The process of achieving competitive advantage, along with increasing sales, revenue and profits, is no small feat. To do so successfully, businesses must pivot by sharpening their technical acumen and elevating their performance within the marketplace. Google and Amazon are prime examples of companies that have done this successfully.Businesses that combine strategic planning, along with the use of these smart technologies, proactively shape long-term performance. Incorporating capability maturity models, as well as modeling and analyzing complex data, allows them to create the future in advance and test it for the best-case scenario. If you’ve found yourself struggling to embrace this new wave of disruptive technology, take a closer look at what cognitive computing has to offer. Then, use it to your organization’s advantage. You’ll be glad you did. 5 min readlast_img read more

Avoya to host 2019 Conference on land and at sea

first_img Share Tags: Avoya Travel, Events Tuesday, October 30, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> LAUDERDALE — Avoya Travel’s annual conference this year will bring travel professionals together, both on land and at sea.Set to take place from June 2-7, the 2019 Avoya Conference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Miami as well as onboard the newly renovated Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.This year, Avoya will host opening general sessions and a tradeshow at the Hyatt regency before the conference returns to sea for the first time since 2014 onboard the Navigator’s four-night Caribbean sailing. While onboard, the company will introduce its key stakeholders to pioneering advancements and award-winning resources that support travel professionals in the Avoya Network in growing their businesses.On hosting the conference at sea, Royal Caribbean’s Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President, said: “Royal Caribbean looks forward to hosting Avoya Travel and the Network of talented Independent Agencies onboard our Royal Amplified Navigator of the Seas and reintroducing travel professionals to the improved experiences travelers can enjoy on our beloved ship. Royal Caribbean greatly values our partnership with Avoya Travel where we share a mutual desire for innovation and together create incredible cruise vacations for travellers.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksConference registration recently opened to the Avoya Network and attendance is anticipated to be record breaking with cabin categories already sold out. Details about programing, keynote speakers, and social events will be announced soon.To view Avoya’s 2018 Conference highlights, please visit: Posted by Avoya to host 2019 Conference on land and at sea Travelweek Group last_img read more