Government Salaries to increase up to 67 with Review

first_img Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Mar 2015 – There were no exact figures given on how many in the public sector will see their salary impacted by the Pay and Grade Review, but Premier Rufus Ewing and Deputy Governor, Anya Williams said it will be ‘many.’ As a prelude to a first set of meetings to be held here in Provo and then in Grand Turk with the employees in the Civil Service, media was given opportunity to question the duo on the changes; a process which started in 2012 and which may continue into the next couple of years as the review and revamp is fine tuned. Premier Rufus Ewing said while not everyone will see an increase in their salaries, no one will see a decrease either; both leaders adding that it is not just about raising pay but improving the physical work environment. A ‘well paid’ Civil Service is what the former head of the Civil Service Association explained is the aim. The range of increase in pay is 21% to 67% with those working in Education getting the largest leaps; fire officers are also seeing a big boost of around 60%. Government has allotted $9 million dollars to this recurrent TCIG expense; another quarter of a million dollars is pegged for education and training opportunities. Dames is first Hospitality Hero Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:anya williams, civil service, increase, premier rufus ewing, salary DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES.last_img read more

DR wants consulate office in TCI

first_img TCI Meeting with Dominican Republic reaps five goals Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:consulate, dominican republic, governor peter beckingham Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Feb 2016 – The Governor, as the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister held a successful meeting with the Dominican Republic on February 12, joined by Permanent Secretary in Border Control, Clara Gardiner. The meeting, in Santo Domingo will not only mean a possible broadening of business relations between the two countries, but it could lead to stricter measures when it comes to illegal fishing and human trafficking. Add to this, in a media statement, the Governor reports that the DR wants to open a consulate office in the Turks and Caicos and will plan a trade mission. His Excellency, Peter Beckingham reports that he told the DR Foreign Minister, His Excellency Andres Navarro, Vice Ministers, head of the Navy and other Dom Rep officials that he would consult with the Premier and Border Control Minister on these ideas. The Governor said, “This was a meaty and productive exchange, the first for many years. I am grateful to the DR Foreign Minister, Andres Navarro, for giving so much of his and his team’s time for such a high level exchange. I am delighted that the Foreign Minister intends to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands to see for himself the successes I described.” More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again New Prison Supt & Officer of the Year Awardedlast_img read more

HDMI 21 What you need to know

first_img 61 Photos Samsung Q900 85-inch 8K TV hands-on: A beautiful beast Today’s devices mostly use HDMI version 2.0, or one of its several iterations. We’ll see a handful of TVs in 2019 with full or partial 2.1 implementations. How does that affect you? Not much. You can’t upgrade your current TV to 2.1 spec, and there are no HDMI 2.1 sources yet. This update is quite forward-thinking and takes into account formats and resolutions that won’t be widely available for years. However, if you’re considering certain new TVs in 2019 and beyond, you should make sure you understand the limitations of 2.0, and what 2.1 will offer if you choose to wait on your TV purchase. Sarah Tew/CNET The short version Don’t like reading (much)? Allow me to fire some HDMI 2.1 bullets. The physical connectors and cables the same as today’s HDMI.Improved bandwidth from 18 Gbps (HDMI 2.0) to 48 Gbps (HDMI 2.1).Can carry resolutions up to 10K, frame rates up to 120fps.New cables are required for higher resolutions and/or frame rates.The first products will arrive in 2019.The increased resolution and frame rate possibilities are a futurist’s dream: 4K50/604K100/1205K50/605K100/1208K50/608K100/12010K50/6010K100/120You should be able to get 4K/60, and a basic 8K/30, with current cables, but the rest will need an Ultra High Speed HDMI cable. More on these new cables below.On the color front, 2.1 supports BT.2020 and 16 bits per color. This is the same as HDMI 2.0a/b, and is what makes wide color gamut possible. Those are just the highlights, though. Read on for the details. 47 OK, let’s get this done up front. Yes, there’s a new cable with HDMI 2.1, but you don’t need to upgrade. At least not yet. HDMI 2.1 brings new features and a lot more bandwidth to the venerable cable and connection. However, it’s going to be many years before you’ll see it on the average television. If you’ve got your eye on a fancy new high-end TV though, there are some things you should keep in mind. We’ll get to those further down. The good news is, the connector itself isn’t changing. Your current cables will work even when you finally get a device with HDMI 2.1. You will need new cables to take advantage of the new features and resolutions possible with 2.1 but again, it will be years before those become commonplace. All about the bandwidth When you increase the resolution of a TV signal, the amount of data of that signal goes up. A 3,820×2,160 4K UltraHD signal sent over HDMI is roughly 4 times the amount of data as an HD 1,920×1,080 signal. If you think of cables as pipes, you need a bigger pipe to transmit a 4K signal than a 1080p one. The same is true if you increase the frame rate. You need a bigger pipe to transmit a 60 frame-per-second image than you do a 24fps image of the same resolution. More images per second, more data. The best TVs of CES 2019 Home Entertainment Audio Computers Related Info Now playing: Watch this: 2:30 How HDR works Wide Color Gamut Do you need new HDMI cables for HDR? Why all HDMI cables are the same Though most current HDMI cables can handle nearly all of today’s content, the TV industry never sits still. Down the road we might see higher frame rate TVs, and we’re already starting to see higher resolutions, like 8K TVs. Don’t worry, they’re not going to be common any time soon either. Even way farther down the road, maybe we’ll even see 10K TVs. This is predominantly what HDMI 2.1 is for. Not for 99 percent of people now, but for the future versions of ourselves who want to send their 4K TVs native 120fps material, or their 8K TVs 60fps material. Far future versions of ourselves playing content that doesn’t currently exist… Unless you’re a gamer. Personal computers, and high-end gaming rigs at that, are the only current source that can output 4K at more than 60fps. The Xbox One X can do 120fps, but only at lower resolutions and therefore doesn’t require HDMI 2.1. Other than gaming, there’s basically no current content that requires the bandwidth of HDMI 2.1. Since there’s no indication of movies or TV moving towards higher framerates, except for perhaps sports, the higher framerates possible with the HDMI 2.1 specification are likely to go unused by most people. Yes, in theory you could finally send your 120 Hz TV a 120 Hz signal (which isn’t how they work now), but again, there’s no non-gaming 120 Hz content now or planned, so this is pretty unlikely. Already we’re seeing 8K TVs, and to get fully-featured 8K content to the TV, you will need HDMI 2.1. Since even 4K is higher resolution than most people need, given common TV sizes and seating distances, 8K is really overkill. However, TV manufacturers love increasing resolution because it’s relatively easy to improve, and makes for an easy marketing push as “better.” It’s inevitable 8K TVs will be common, but that’s many years away. Plus, those TVs will be better and cheaper than today’s models.  It’s worth keeping in mind that there are currently no public discussions about 8K sources, so even if you get an 8K TV, you’ll have nothing to plug into it except your current 1080p and 4K sources. So if you want to get an 8K TV now, don’t worry about finding new cables that will pass 8K resolutions (more on these below). Since there likely will be 8K sources eventually, you should definitely make sure your 8K TV has HDMI 2.1 so you can use them. If you don’t, you run the risk of your expensive 8K TV not being compatible with whatever 8K source finally arrives. This is exactly what we saw with early 4K TVs, none of which are able to play content from 4K Blu-ray players or 4K media streamers.  Useful additions While the new resolutions and frame rates get all the headline buzz, but there are some other improvements that will be more useful for most people. “Dynamic HDR” is an amusing name for a big improvement. High dynamic range is our favorite picture-quality improvement since high-definition itself, and right now the most common HDR format is HDR10. It uses something called metadata to tell the TV how to treat a piece of HDR content. In the current version of HDR10, that metadata is applied once and once only, on a per-program basis. As in, you get One Set of Data to Rule Them All. Dynamic HDR can vary how each scene or even each frame looks, not just the program as a whole, to better suit that scene (or frame). Here’s a video that shows some examples (but remember, you’re viewing it on non-HDR screens). Basically, a dark scene with bright highlights (campfire at night) would take advantage of HDR differently than a bright scene with dark areas (someone under a pier on a beach at noon). If these scenes were in one movie, static HDR would treat these the same, while Dynamic HDR would let each scene look its best. HDMI 2.1 enables Dynamic HDR, but it also needs to be present in the content to work.  Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and certain flavors of Technicolor’s Advanced HDR, already uses dynamic metadata and can pass over a existing HDMI connections. This aspect of HDMI 2.1 ensures going forward this will be possible without a proprietary format (HDR10 has no licencing fees).  hdmi-hdr3imagecomparison.jpgRemember, you’re viewing an SDR image on an SDR display, so this is for illustration purposes only. The idea of Dynamic HDR is for each scene to be able to take advantage of HDR to look its best. Current Static HDR can only have one set “look” for the entire movie or show. HDMI Forum “eARC” is the next evolution of Audio Return Channel, which allows simpler connections between AV devices like TVs, video players and sound systems. eARC has support for “the most advanced audio formats such as object-based audio, and enables advanced audio signal control capabilities including device auto-detect.” Basically this means Dolby Atmos over ARC at full resolution, which you currently can’t do. However, your current cables probably can. If, in the future, you buy an HDMI 2.1-compatible TV and an HDMI 2.1-compatible sound bar, your current High Speed cables should be able to transmit eARC. Audio doesn’t require the bandwidth that video does. hdmi-gamemodevrr.jpg HDMI Forum “Game Mode VRR” is a potentially interesting feature for gamers. It allows for “variable refresh rate, which enables a 3D graphics processor to display the image at the moment it is rendered for more fluid and better detailed gameplay, and for reducing or eliminating lag, stutter and frame tearing.” In other words, there will be less of a buffer for frames while the video card creates the image so you won’t have to choose between image artifacts and input lag, ideally reducing both. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s similar to Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync, both only available over DisplayPort. We wrote more about this feature in How HDMI 2.1 makes big-screen 4K PC gaming even more awesome. Game Mode VRR will also work over current cables (between two pieces of 2.1-compatible gear), though if you’re trying to push greater-than-4K60 video, you’ll need an Ultra High Speed HDMI cable.  Speaking of that… New cable For the first time in a while, there is a new cable. It looks… well, it looks the same as the old cable. There’s no new connector; that stays the same. These were originally called “48G” cables since they will have 48 Gbps bandwidth, though now they’re officially called Ultra High Speed HDMI cables. These have roughly 2.6 times the 18 Gbps that the better-made HDMI cables have now. These cables are backward compatible, so they’ll work with all your other HDMI gear (at whatever speed that gear operates). hdmi-bandwidthcomparison.jpgA visual representation of how much more bandwidth the upcoming 48G cables can handle. 18 Gbps is plenty for nearly all current content. HDMI Forum There’s no reason to buy an Ultra High Speed HDMI cables cable now. The first generation of these cables are rare, overpriced, and do nothing for your current gear. When, down the road, you have gear that can take advantage of the extra bandwidth or features, then you should upgrade. They’ll be cheaper then, too. Check out What HDMI cable do you need? for some cheap options now. We found out some other interesting HDMI cable info at CES 2019, like how longer, copper cables might not work, and how there was no compliance testing yet. The latter means that cables labeled Ultra High Speed in 2018 and early 2019 might work, and they might not. HDMI Licencing has no way of testing them yet. Yet another reason to hold off buying new cables.  When? We’ll start to see TVs with HDMI 2.1 in 2019, with more in 2020 and beyond. However, not all TVs that claim HDMI 2.1-compatibility are actually capable of everything we’ve discussed. HDMI Licensing, the organization in charge of the HDMI specification, is allowing companies to claim 2.1 compatibility even if they don’t support every aspect. So a TV that can’t accept 8K/60, but has eARC and Variable Refresh Rate, still can claim it’s 2.1… as long as the company specifies what aspects of 2.1 it can support. This is bound to lead to confusion, as it will no longer be possible just to check what version of the connection a product has, but also what features of 2.1 the product may or may not support. Ideally these aspects will be easy to spot, but given how many features and tech specs every TV already has, this unquestionably makes things just that little bit more difficult.  If you are buying an 8K TV, don’t expect the manufacturer to add any HDMI 2.1 features the TV lacks when new. It’s possible that a firmware update might give your TV those capabilities if it doesn’t out of the box, but then, it might not. TV manufacturers are very hit-or-miss when it comes to adding features to older televisions. Sometimes it’s not physically possible, other times it’s not economically possible.  HDMI 2.1 is like a brand new 10-lane highway in the middle of the countryside. There’s not much reason for it right now, but it offers an easy way to expand in the future. If you’re not considering an 8K TV then it’s a 10-lane highway in the countryside of a different state or country. Cool, but not something that will impact your immediate future. Got a question for Geoff? First, check out all the other articles he’s written on topics such as why all HDMI cables are the same, LED LCD vs. OLED, why 4K TVs aren’t worth it and more. Still have a question? Tweet at him @TechWriterGeoff then check out his travel photography on Instagram. He also thinks you should check out his sci-fi novel and its sequel. Comments Tags 4K TVs HDMI Share your voicelast_img read more

Nissan to reveal new 2020 Versa at a music festival

first_img Nissan New York Auto Show 2019 Nissan More From Roadshow 96 Photos Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup See All reading • Nissan to reveal new 2020 Versa at a music festival May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Today’s Nissan Versa is one of the oldest compact cars you can buy, having been first introduced back in 2011 as a 2012 model. Then at the 2014 New York Auto Show, the Versa received a facelift for the 2015 model year. While the Versa is impressively affordable, it’s never been one of our favorites and it feels out-of-date compared to its competition.With the April 12 debut putting the Versa’s reveal right before the start of New York Auto Show press days, we should get a chance to see the new car in the Big Apple, too. Either way, check back with Roadshow for full details and photos once the 2020 Nissan Versa is revealed. Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint Tags The completely redesigned 2020 Nissan Versa will debut at Rock the Ocean’s @festivaltortuga in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on April 12, 2019. #TortugaFest #NissanVersa2020 pic.twitter.com/cmc3DPSM62— Nissan (@NissanUSA) March 28, 2019 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouscenter_img 0 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car New York Auto Show 2019 • Enlarge ImageThe current Nissan Versa, shown here, will soon be replaced. Nissan Carmakers increasingly use special events to introduce new cars away from the hubbub of international auto shows, and it appears Nissan will follow that route with its smallest sedan. Nissan announced Thursday that it will reveal the new 2020 Versa at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on April 12.While the teaser photo and video hint at the introduction happening on or at least near the beach, there are few other clues about the 2020 Nissan Versa. The company says only that the sedan has been “completely redesigned,” signaling an all-new model rather than a refresh of the existing Versa. Share your voice Post a comment 2019 Nissan Murano looks different, but feels right 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Sedanslast_img read more

BSE closes points 13459 up on March 3

first_imgBSE closes points 134.59 up on March 31.4K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 134.59 up on March 31.4K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, March 3 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 134.59 points up to stand at 29,593.73. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 134.59 points up to stand at 8,996.25. TATA ELXSI LTD. and BHUSHAN STEEL LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 15.30% along with IDBI and NATCO PHARMA LTD. with an increase of 10.33% and 9.99% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include EICHER MOTORS LTD. and COAL INDIA with a decrease of 4.46% and 3.98% along with MAHINDRA and MAHINDRA LTD and OBEROI REALTY LTD with a decrease of 3.48% and 2.79% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 171.82 points at 19,753.13 while the banking sector is down 61.57 points at 22,920.15 and the reality sector is down at 21.59 points at 1,794.95. The Indian currency is down 0.04% at Rs 61.89 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, March 3 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 134.59 points up to stand at 29,593.73. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 134.59 points up to stand at 8,996.25. TATA ELXSI LTD. and BHUSHAN STEEL LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 15.30% along with IDBI and NATCO PHARMA LTD. with an increase of 10.33% and 9.99% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include EICHER MOTORS LTD. and COAL INDIA with a decrease of 4.46% and 3.98% along with MAHINDRA and MAHINDRA LTD and OBEROI REALTY LTD with a decrease of 3.48% and 2.79% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 171.82 points at 19,753.13 while the banking sector is down 61.57 points at 22,920.15 and the reality sector is down at 21.59 points at 1,794.95. The Indian currency is down 0.04% at Rs 61.89 per dollar.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from cricket says 2014 World T20 final his

first_img Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from cricket, says 2014 World T20 final his lowest moment IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:11Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:10?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img One of India’s most successful cricketer Yuvraj Singh has announced his retirement from international cricket. At a press meeting in Mumbai, an emotional Yuvi talked about how cricket has influenced his life. He thanked people in his personal life, his guru, parents, etc.Describing his achievements, the 37-year old said the proudest moment of his career was the 2011 World Cup and, very interestingly, said the 2014 World T20 final against Sri Lanka where he scored 11 runs of 24 balls and was blamed for India’s loss. He said this shattered him and he needed some time to recover from the jolt and rediscover why he played cricket.He also thanked former captain Sourav Ganguly for having faith in him. It was after all, Dada under whose captaincy that Yuvi made his debut and established himself in the team despite failures early on. As he read out his pre-written statement, the former all-rounder often seemed overpowered by emotions.last_img read more

14party to face 16th amendment verdict legally politically Nasim

first_imgLeaders of the Awami League-led 14-party alliance on Sunday vowed to legally and politically face the Supreme Court verdict scrapping the 16th amendment to the constitution. Speaking at a press conference after a meeting at the AL chiefs Dhanmondi political office, they termed it irrelevant, unacceptable and motivated. He also said the chief justice gave a scope to the BNP-Jamaat clique so that they could engage in conspiracies. As part of it, were demanding that the verdict be scrapped and it has to be scrapped. Well face it legally and politically. Jatiya Party (Manju) secretary general Sheikh Shahidul Islam said not only the 14-party, but also the entire country is aggrieved with this verdict. So, this verdict should be abolished. Coordinator of the 14-party combine and also health minister Mohammad Nasim said they are rejecting the apex court observations on a legal parliament, Liberation War and Bangabandhu. About SK Sinhas call for not doing politics over the apex court verdict, Workers Party general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha said, …its decent to overlook the words stated in this verdict regarding the most important matter of the country– Liberation War. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president and information minister Hasanul Haq Inu said after any verdict of the apex court, it becomes the property of people. There could be criticism over that property and this not the defamation of the court, he said. He also demanded review of the verdict. Samyabadi Dal general secretary and former industries minister Dilip Barua said parliament was defamed through the verdict.I dont know where the chief justice was during the Liberation War. Mainly, he dared to show this as he knows nothing about the Liberation War. He said people know about the great Liberation War and Bangabandhu very well. Its a universal truth that Bangabandhu led the Liberation War. People wont accept what was said in the verdict. They wont pardon it, too, he said, adding that that is why the review of the verdict is a must. He said the role of Bangabandhu was undermined through the verdict. Its motivated, out of the context and irreverent. It came to undermine the Liberation War and peoples power. Awami League joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said peoples rights were snatched through the verdict. In the constitution, it was stated that people will be the owner of everything. All power will be in the hand of public representatives, and this is a natural thing. You can say that this verdict is against the constitution, he said.last_img read more

Thakurgaon road crash death toll rises to 4

first_imgA head-on collision between two buses on Thakurgaon-Panchagarh Highway claims life of four people.A head-on collision between two buses on Thakurgaon-Panchagarh Highway left four people dead and 29 others injured on Thursday morning, reports UNB. The deceased are Babul, 28, a minibus driver Abul Kalam Azad, 50, son of Abdul Majid, Mojibur Rahman, 75, and Quamruzzaman, 35, of Thakurgaon Sadar upazila. The accident took place at Salandar Bhutpara in the upazila around 10:00am. A Panchagarh-bound bus hit the Thakurgaon-bound minibus of ‘Nirnoy Paribahan’, killing three people on the spot, said sub-inspector Firoza Begum of Sadar police station.Police and fire service officials rescued the victims and took 22 of them to the Sadar Hospital. Later, another injured man succumbed to his injuries at Sadar Hospital in the afternoon.last_img read more

Trump And Erdogan Talk But Theres Disagreement Over What Was Said

first_img Share Kayhan Ozer/APTurkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in Ankara during the funeral prayers for Sergeant Musa Ozalkan, the first Turkish soldier to be killed in Turkey’s cross-border “Operation Olive Branch” in northern Syria, on Tuesday.President Trump, speaking to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday, urged Ankara to scale back its military operations in neighboring Syria following an offensive launched by Turkish forces against U.S.-backed Kurdish insurgents in Syria’s Afrin region.At least that is how the conversation about the Turkish operation, known as “Operation Olive Branch,” is being reported by the White House.Separately, though, both Reuters and Al-Jazeera quote an unnamed Turkish source as giving a substantially different account of the conversation.A readout from the White House Wednesday says Trump “relayed concerns that escalating violence in Afrin, Syria, risks undercutting our shared goals in Syria,” adding that the president “urged Turkey to deescalate, limit its military actions, and avoid civilian casualties and increases to displaced persons and refugees. He urged Turkey to exercise caution and to avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces.”Reuters and Al-Jazeera report from identical statements indicating that the White House version of the call is not accurate.“President Trump did not share any ‘concerns about escalating violence’ with regard to the ongoing military operation in Afrin,” the source said, according to the news agencies.“The two leaders’ discussion of Operation Olive Branch was limited to an exchange of views,” the source said.The White House statement also said: “President Trump also expressed concern about destructive and false rhetoric coming from Turkey, and about United States citizens and local employees detained under the prolonged State of Emergency in Turkey.”However, Al-Jazeera reports:“[The] Turkish official denied there was any mention of the state of emergency or the phrase ‘destructive and false rhetoric coming from Turkey.’” ‘[Trump] mentioned that open criticism of the United States raised concerns in Washington,’ according to the source.”Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesTurkish military tanks are prepared for deployment as part of the “Operation Olive Branch” to Syrian border in Hatay, Turkey, on Thursday.NPR’s Peter Kenyon, speaking with Morning Edition from Istanbul, observes that “Ankara’s version of this exact same call is remarkably different, basically accusing the U.S. of misstating the content of what was said.”He says, “It’s the latest in a series of disagreements. It’s just the latest sign that anti-American sentiment here is running stronger than it has in years. Meanwhile, you’ve got some conservatives in the U.S. questioning whether Turkey even belongs in NATO anymore.”Reporting earlier this week, Peter said Turkey’s offensive, which pits Turkey against U.S.-backed Kurds fighting ISIS, has “alarmed several countries and led to an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council.”“The fighting has thrown a spotlight on the confusing and at times conflicting alliances and goals in the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition,” Peter says.On Tuesday, Turkey said it had killed 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters four days into its offensive. Washington has expressed concern over the hundreds of thousands of civilians who could be caught in the crossfire.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Political Roundup Primary Runoff Results And Roundtable Discussions On School Safety

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /32:59 Listen X It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup when we discuss national, state, and local political stories — with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.This week, our experts discuss results of the Texas primary runoff elections, to primary results across the country, to Gov. Abbott’s roundtable discussions on school safety.Our panel of experts this week includes David Branham, professor of political science at the University of Houston-Downtown, and Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder. Sharelast_img

DC Tech Entrepreneur Creates MicroLocation Platform

first_imgEmmanuel Azih, CEO of AzertWhile a traditional GPS system can get your car to its destination, it doesn’t have navigation abilities once you’re on site. Emmanuel Azih, CEO of Azert hopes the Smart(er) Socket iBeacon can change that.The platform is the first piece of technology released by the D.C.-based startup company. While it looks and functions like an ordinary wall socket, Smart(er) Socket’s micro-location technology will allow people to function in hyper-local spaces.Azih was awarded $122,500, in October of 2014, to accelerate the project by the Digital DC Tech Fund, presented by Mayor Vincent Gray. This month, students at Howard University, the University of Maryland and the University of Virginia will build mobile applications utilizing the platform. “One of those applications could be finding easier access to classrooms [within a building]; or instead of cooling and heating just based on timing—from 9 to 5, for example—they can actually cool and heat based on occupancy of a room,” Azih told the AFRO on Aug. 13.After being approached by the Federal Communications Commission, Azih also said he views the platform as a premier commodity for public safety. “We’ve all watched CSI and think there’s this system that will track us, but the reality is if you’re in a building and you dial 911, it’s relying on GPS technology and sometimes Wi-Fi so it’s really hard to get an accurate location of where you are,” he said. “In terms of an emergency situation when time really is of the essence, you have a lot of first responders who either go into the wrong building or are delayed in response time, resulting in more injuries and sometimes even death.”Professors at each educational institution will incorporate mobile application development into their curriculum based on Azih’s suggestions. Students will also have free reign to produce applications based on their own needs and preferences.“We’re pretty excited about this because micro location in this manner hasn’t been done before,” he said.“When I was a kid, my brother and I built weird location tracking devices to figure out when our parents were coming in our rooms and ever since then I’ve always been a thinker. I became an engineer [after] that,” he says.As an entrepreneur in D.C.’s growing tech economy, Azih plans to eventually open the platform to other software developers so that mobile devices can be more aware of surroundings in hotels, airports, hospitals, restaurants and virtually any indoor space that has use for such technology.To learn more about Smarter Socket, visit smartersocket.com.last_img read more

Grant Williams Keeps the Baltimore Convention Center Humming

first_imgGrant Williams III (inset right) is the man behind the scenes at the Baltimore Convention Center.Superstar actress and singer Vanessa Williams lit up the stage in the ballroom of the Baltimore Convention Center Oct. 25, as one of the “unexpected delights” promised to patrons of the United Way fundraiser to reduce homelessness in the city.Even as Williams dazzled the estimated 700 well-dressed guests, however, another Syracuse University alum worked backstage—unseen and most likely unacknowledged—to ensure guests were delighted not just by the entertainment, but the entire experience.It is an unglamorous but weighty charge Grant Williams III has shouldered for the past 10 years. Williams is the superintendent of operations, the “go-to guy” responsible for managing preparation for all the meetings, trade shows and other events that happen at the Baltimore Convention Center.“Repeat business is at the heart of what we do,” said the 54-year-old in an interview with the {AFRO}. “Whether we are preparing for 50 people or 38,000, the expectation that I express to my employees is that we be friendly and professional at each event and that we must ‘wow’ the customer, leaving them inspired and eager to return.“When people leave the convention center, they may not remember your name or what you look like, but they will remember how they felt,” he added. “And when I say a guest’s total experience should be premier, I mean down to the restrooms.”It is a massive undertaking. The convention center is a near-1.3 million-square-foot, four-floor facility that includes a 36,372-square-foot ballroom, 50 meeting rooms, 32 covered loading docks, 27,000-square foot outdoor terrace, dedicated show offices, VIP suites, industrial kitchen, cafés with complimentary wi-fi and—of course—several restrooms.Williams is responsible for ensuring that every square inch is clean, stocked, equipped, serviced and ready to accommodate the needs of the center’s guests.“My perspective is wide-screen,” the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity member said. “It is my responsibility to see the little things that were overlooked that will make an impact.”Williams’ days are rarely the usual 9-to-5. His job begins before he steps into the building—he checks the landscaping to ensure it is cared for, and the massive glass walls to ensure they are clean. After meeting with his assistant to get updated on the tasks for the day, he handles paperwork, including payroll for three shifts of employees and contracts for vendors such as carpet cleaners. He also ensures employees are deployed to their assigned tasks, does walk-throughs of meeting rooms, bathrooms, etc. with supervisors in preparation for an event and he interacts with customers. Many times, he has to juggle tasks for several events at a time.“That’s a lot of moving parts to keep track of,” he said of his role. But the pressure “keeps you going and it’s exciting.”A large part of what makes the center run efficiently is the staff—many of whom may not be initially prepared for their job, but whom Williams said he takes the time to train and mentor.“Now that I am on the other side—interviewing and hiring people—I would recall my early days when I needed a chance and I take a chance and invest in young people,” he said, adding, “We’ve made a lot of inroads in the industry, and that’s because when you help people and they respect you they will work hard for you.”Forecasting and prior planning are also the keys to his—and the convention center’s—success. Right now, for example, the facility is booked through 2017 and tentative operational plans have already begun to be put in place.That kind of foresight was something he learned at the hands of his parents growing up in upstate New York, Williams said. His father was a major in the Syracuse police department and his mother, a school principal once named among the top 50 in the nation. One kept him out of trouble; the other ensured he was educated, Williams added.“I’m blessed to have had two wonderful parents who taught me the value of making a commitment to anything that you do and about planning for the future,” he said. “When you have that kind of foundation at home it’s easy to realize your dreams.”Williams’ corporate experience began when he was a 19-year-old sophomore at Syracuse and was chosen out of 88 students to be Anheuser-Busch’s on-campus marketing and distribution liaison.“That was quite the feat for me at the time,” he recalled, adding with a chuckle. “I was known as the B.N.O.C.—the Budweiser Man on Campus.”Upon his graduation in 1985, Williams continued to work with the company, earning eight promotions over 10 years. From 1990-1998, Williams worked as a pharmaceutical rep for Johnson & Johnson, and led the entire Mid-Atlantic region in sales his first year. He then moved into banking, overseeing the day-to-day operations of a Bank of America branch in Hunt Valley, Md., until his move to the Baltimore Convention Center in 2005.A natural-born leader, Williams said he always aspired to stand out from the crowd.“I want people to remember my name because it was my father’s name and his father’s name. And I want to bestow a good name to my son so he would be proud of having it when I’m gone,” he said.Anonymity, though, is more the norm with his current position behind the scenes.“Success happens here in an unsung kind of way. [But] when you’re an unsung hero you do what you do without accolades and you don’t expect rewards,” he said.His reward, he said, comes from knowing he is doing what he feels born to do—to lead and to serve.“It’s about knowing what you have to offer the world and then doing it,” he said. “You have to make a contribution or difference wherever you are and whatever you do.”last_img read more