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

Man and woman arrested in El Centro for smuggling 40 pounds of

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom EL CENTRO (KUSI) – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a man and a 23-year-old woman suspected of smuggling methamphetamine over the weekend, officials said.The incident happened around noon on Sunday at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint near El Centro, Border Patrol Press Officer Ralph DeSio said.Agents found a hidden compartment in the driver and passenger side floorboards after a canine team alerted them to the cabin of the 2002 Chrysler sedan driven by the woman.The floorboards contained 40.34 pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $133,122, DeSio said.The woman, a U.S. citizen, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the vehicle and narcotics for further investigation. July 10, 2018 Man and woman arrested in El Centro for smuggling 40 pounds of meth Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Time Inc Drops Source Interlinks Wholesaler Services

first_imgIn the meantime, Time Inc. says it’s transferring Source Interlink’s distribution business to The News Group, which, along with Comag, is owned by the Jim Pattison Group.Time Inc. estimates that it will take up to 12 weeks to re-align the distribution operation under The News Group to accommodate the added retailers. Because of this, Time Inc. expects to take a $4 million revenue hit and incur about $1 million in transition costs. Under the new payment terms with The News Group, which extend through May 2019, Time Inc. expects a $12 million decrease in operating cash flow. The publisher-wholesaler relationship has been a contentious one. In 2009, Time Inc. and Source Interlink effectively settled an anti-trust lawsuit brought by Source when Time Inc., along with other publishers, refused to go along with a per-copy distribution price increase. As part of the deal, Time Inc. entered a multi-year contract with Source, but didn’t have to pay the increase. See Also: Time Inc. Strikes Deal with Source InterlinkPrior to that deal, Time Inc., other magazine publishers and national distributors had threatened to deny shipments to Source, which was granted a restraining order from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York which prevented the publishers and NDs from doing so. In advance of its spinoff from Time Warner, Time Inc. has terminated its business with Source Interlink Distribution, its second largest wholesaler. According to a regulatory filing, the decision was made due to $7 million in uncollectible receivables owed to Time Inc. that will be recorded as bad debt in 2Q 2014.Source Interlink distributed Time Inc.’s titles to retailers in the U.S. and sales of these magazines represented about 2 percent of the company’s total 2013 revenues—about $70 million.Actions like these in the magazine newsstand distribution market typically cause an immediate chain reaction. According to a source, Curtis, a national distributor, has pulled its business from Source Interlink as well and Comag, another national distributor, had already done so, going as far as sending letters to its publisher clients notifying them of Source Interlink’s supposed payment problems. last_img read more

GM in talks to sell Lordstown to Workhorse for EV pickups while

first_img More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageThe last Chevy Cruze to roll off the line came from Lordstown on March 6. General Motors When General Motors in November announced a Thanos snap’s worth of vehicle cuts, plant idles and layoffs, there were a lot of unanswered questions. This week, GM seeks to provide at least some closure with news of a potential sale and the addition of jobs in an area that was affected by The Decimation.General Motors announced on Wednesday that it is in talks to sell its Lordstown Complex in Ohio. GM is currently discussing the idea with Workhorse Group, a company that has supplied green vehicles to UPS and hopes to offer even more electrified work vehicles in the future. But the complex wouldn’t be sold directly to Workhorse, per se — instead, Workhorse’s founder is leading an independent entity that would purchase the facility, with Workhorse commanding a minority interest in said business entity.So, what’ll be built there? According to Steve Burns, Workhorse’s founder, it’ll be new, electric and a truck: “The first vehicle we would plan to build if we were to purchase the Lordstown Complex would be a commercial electric pickup, blending Workhorse’s technology with Lordstown’s manufacturing expertise,” Burns said in a statement. GM’s statement says the facility could start being converted to produce Workhorse vehicles as soon as all parties come to an agreement, which has not been finalized as of this writing.In 2018, Workhorse and UPS announced that the manufacturer would supply UPS with 50 plug-in hybrid delivery vans. Workhorse has also unveiled the W-15 electric pickup, which it brought to CES 2018, toting a gasoline range extender that aims to minimize charging downtime on the job. It’s also unveiled the N-Gen, a last-mile electric delivery van that packs an optional delivery drone.At the same time, GM said it was investing approximately $700 million in its other Ohio manufacturing facilities, which the automaker said should create about 450 new manufacturing jobs. The DMAX facility in Moraine will start building more diesel engines for next-gen heavy-duty pickups, the Toledo Transmission plant will boost production of GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission and its Parma Metal Center will increase stamped-part production. The automaker noted that hourly employees at unallocated plants (like Lordstown) can request a transfer to one of these new jobs, and that more than 1,350 employees have already taken transfers to other plants with union representation. Preview • 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Post a comment 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Check out the aggressive W-15 electric pickup truck at CES 2018 11 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags More about 2019 Chevrolet Colorado 2WD Ext Cab 128.3″ Base 2019 Kia K900: The best luxury sedan you’ve never heard of Share your voice Car Industry Electric Cars Trucks Future Cars General Motorslast_img read more

Will Virat Kohli drop Rohit Sharma Big changes expected for 3rd T20I

first_imgThe series triumph in Florida has given Indian team the cushion to try new faces for the third T20I in Guyana, said captain Virat Kohli. The selectors have included a number of young players in the squad, forcing Kohli to make a couple of decisions. On the face of it, Rohit Sharma could be rested because he has been on the move for almost six months. A break is also not expected to hinder with his imperious form. The decision will also allow KL Rahul to be slotted back as the opener in the format which he has dominated.Dhawan needs to find form Twitter/Cricket World CupShikhar Dhawan could be given another game as the left-hander is trying to hit his stride and find form ahead of the ODI series. Kohli could rest Manish Pandey and give Shreyas Iyer a go as both the players will form an important cog in India’s middle-order. Iyer has been in good form and this is when he should be tested out.Rishabh Pant has only underperformed in two matches so far. But since he is the only primary wicket-keeper in the squad, he could get in another game and perhaps, could be bumped up the other to find some form. Rishabh PantAlbert Perez/Getty ImagesAs far as the bowling attack is concerned, Bhuvneshwar Kumar could be rested because he is a proven performer. This opens the door for Deepak Chahar. The fast bowler was a bank for MS Dhoni in the IPL and after a horrendous debut, this could be his chance to stake a claim for more opportunities.The management could also rest Ravindra Jadeja and hand a debut to young Rahul Chahar as his wrist spin needs to be tested. The series is sealed and Jadeja has been consistent all the while. Thus, there is an opportunity to give Rahul Chahar a go.Krunal Pandya has shown great promise in the two matches so far and hence, the management should be confident of him shouldering the responsibility of the primary all-rounder in the side. This will also allow Krunal to be more expressive when he comes out to bat.last_img read more

Hasina AL to stand beside Rohingyas till the end Quader

first_imgObaidul-QuaderRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the government of Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh Awami League (AL) will stand beside Rohingya refugees till the end of the crisis, reports UNB.”The government and ruling party AL has been beside the Rohingyas from the beginning, and they would remain beside Rohingyas till the end,” said Obaidul.The minister came up with the remarks while talking to reporters when distributing relief, arranged by Bangladesh Medical Association at Kutupalang camp in Ukhiya upazila in Cox’s Bazar.There is a need for 10,000 sanitary latrines in Teknaf and Ukhiya Rohingya camps, he said.He also urged the international aid organisations to ensure safe drinking water and hygienic latrines in the Rohingya camps.Abdur Rahman MP, Enamul Haq Shamim, organising secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, advocate Sirajul Mostafa, president of district unit Awami League, Majibur Rahman, general secretary, were, among others, present.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

The Problem With Polls Isnt the Lies Respondents May Tell

first_imgJune 14, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. On June 23, the people of Britain will decide whether the United Kingdom should withdraw from the European Union. It’s a question that hasn’t been up for debate since 1975, when voters considerd a similar issue.Related: Why Market Research MattersHow will they decide this time? If you were to consult online polling data, you’d think the referendum was a dead heat. Back in late May, prominent U.K. pollster ICM showed that voters were evenly divided, with the percentages of those wanting “out” and those wanting “in” practically tied, at 45 percent.YouGov also shows the yeas and nays practically tied — and playing tug-of-war over just 1 percentage point.But phone polls and statement by pundits reveal a far different forecast. Judging by those sources, the likelihood of Britain’s leaving the Union is mighty slim, with “remain” commanding a double-digit lead in multiple phone polls from the past month.That discrepancy might lead some people to toss out polling data altogether. If that U.K. data can’t provide a true picture of public sentiment, why even bother gathering it? But the actual situation is quite different: Because, when it comes to polling, the important thing isn’t the data itself but how you capture and interpret it.Surveys: startup marvel or mirage?Consider the startup space, for example. Startups crash for all sorts of reasons, but an alarming percentage of startup failures can be tied to founders who didn’t do their research. Smart startups, on the other hand, conduct research that informs product development, prevents product-market fit problems and measures brand sentiments.Such market research, by surveys, isn’t common among geopolitical organizations. But, what startups have in common with those geopolitical organizations is their need to pay close attention to how their surveys are gathered and interpreted.The problem? Raw data is always up for interpretation, so entrepreneurs conducting surveys must think critically about the methods, questions and biases behind their results.Related: 5 Ways Customer Data Can Up Your Customer-Experience GameTo truly take the temperature of your particular entrepreneurial market niche, be sure to put controls in place that promote accurate collection and assessment of data. Here are some recommended strategies:1. Shut out biases at every turn.Like dye tossed into a washing machine, biases can quickly taint every data point a survey turns up. One of the greatest sources of bias can come from a study’s moderator: Everything from this person’s facial expression, to tone, to manner of dress, can adversely color results.To guard against this problem, conduct surveys anonymously, asking only for information central to the survey. Use mobile or in-app surveys to capture data conveniently. Customers are clamoring to interact with brands online, which is why it’s so surprising that just 17 percent of researchers leverage mobile surveys.2. Make ‘opt-in’ the standard.Customers want to respond to surveys on their terms, so let them opt-in on their own schedules. That’s where an in-app survey comes in handy: It doesn’t force itself upon users, so it prevents skewed results from people who just click through absentmindedly.Try rewarding respondents with fewer ads, which most people would rather avoid entirely. A recent study found that 83 percent of people surveyed said they preferred surveys to comparatively intrusive mobile ads.3. Screen users at the start.When structured properly, a screening question can significantly boost a survey sample’s relevance. Filter respondents by their answers to questions about attitudes, behaviors, opinions or prior experiences.For example, if you manufacture watches and want to know about consumers’ favorite time pieces, you might ask, “When’s the last time you wore a watch?” Use the results to screen out bare-wristed users irrelevant to your study.4. Keep it brief.Let’s face it: Nobody’s going to spend half an hour answering questions out of the goodness of his or her heart. So, considering that 52 percent of people won’t spend even three minutes on a survey, limit your questions to 10 or fewer.Start by determining the survey’s objective: What do you want to glean from the findings? Then, work through the questions and answers, sticking to 140 characters or fewer for each. Eighty percent of people abandon surveys halfway through, so prioritize your questions to focus on what you really need to know; and chop it off after 10.Yes, ten is tough, but it’s do-able, with a focused survey. After Uber changed its logo, we wanted to determine whether that was a wise branding move. It took just five questions and 2,000 respondents to arrive at an answer: 44 percent of respondents didn’t know what the logo represented.Related: 5 Steps to Creating Effective Customer SurveysIn the end, polls and surveys can’t tell the future, but they can tell you what consumers are thinking. So, take survey data for what it’s worth, but never take it at face value. As with most things in life, it’s always up to interpretation. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Uganda Startup SimuSystems Brings PAYPERVIEW app

first_imgAdvertisement Ugandan Startup SimuSystems is trying something if successful would allow any TV network or TV broadcaster to automatically enable pay-per-view function on any of their programs and profitably attract customers from the huge and untapped segment of African population who could not afford to pay a monthly Tv network subscription.The solution consists of a simple phone app coupled with the usual Tv decoder, and will allow users to seamlessly subscribe for digital Tv on a need only basis. For example, users could just pay few cents of dollars for a 90 minutes movie or $1 for a 24 hours access in order to follow the final match of a football tournament.SimuSystems big plan is to seize the current time frame of shift from analog to ditigal TV in africa to empower any TV Network to grow their sales with a PAY-PER-VIEW solution. According to the founders, the mission of the company is help the underprivileged people to be able to access digital Tv as far as they could afford. Additionally, the SimuTv initiative is the next best option against piracy in Africa. For TV networks, the SimuTv app could be customized to reflect their brand in terms of design, functionality & the like. For end customers, the solution brings flexibility and convenience.  – Advertisement – “Suppose you simply want to watch a movie or a football match on a particular Tv bouquet which is damn expensive monthly! our app will allow you to do just that; effectively creating a need only  Tv system.” Said the founders.I recently spoke with Asiimwe Raymond, co-founder of SimuSystems, and he shared more about his startup:Is SimuSystems like iTunes or AppleTV for African shows and movies? In many ways it appears to be itunes or apple tv, but it is not. While iTunes or Apple tv makes deals with content providers to sell media off their store, we don’t do this. We licence out our app to Tv networks; develop it to reflect the buyer’s brand in terms of functionality, design and so on. For instance assuming dstv bought our app; The app would basically reflect that it is a dstv app.Our job then remains to make updates available, provide technical support for transitioning to our app system and the like.How will you compare to any existing model? The best answer is we in fact are not doing a Netflix, IrokoTv of sorts;  we don’t intend to stream tv using internet signals. Our app only survives when there is an existing pay digitalTv  system.What is your business model? I can only make it clearer by describing how the digital Tv system in Uganda works first. In Uganda, East Africa, and Africa generally; pay tv providers require a monthly subscription; in many parts of Africa this is simply not affordable. Pay tv digital subscription seems the only plausible solution to digitize the continent by 2015, simply because the cost of broadcasting digital signals by countries at a nation wide level is simply impeccable (see this link:http://bit.ly/XRQPyx).So in essence what we have done is negotiate with paytv providers. Our app will then allow end users already connected to a provider such as dstv; pay for a particular bouquet or selection of Tvs, only when they need it; say for about 2 hours. This will considerably bring down pay tv costs; for instance a provider that asks for about $20 a month will make it possible for users to watch the same package or tvs at about $1 a day!How will you make money? Our revenue will be generated through licensing the app, providing consultancy and support services in setting up a system dependent on our app and regular app updates. Have you secured any deal with producers and contents holders? Many Tv networks have shown interest. We are still negotiating a deal with them.What about the limited Internet access in most countries? We have designed the app not to be internet dependent. Using mobile phone network technologies like SMS and USSD systems we are confident we won’t need a lot of internet. Except that if a user occasionally connects to the internet they will receive updates. In fact the USSD system is entirely designed for non smartphone users. Accordingly notifications by non smartphone users will be by sms.Have you secured any funding for this project We have not received funding for the project yet, apart from our our personal savings and skills input. Notwithstanding we have launched the indiegogo campaign you might have seen and are open to other options.Credit: SiliconAfricalast_img read more