Widespread Panic Lights A Maryland Casino On Fire On First Night Outside The Nation’s Capital [Videos]

first_imgWidespread returns to the stage again tonight for the second round of wanton destruction in the shadows of D.C. See ya there, Goodpeople.You can listen to a full audio recording of the performance via PanicStream. For a full list of Widespread Panic’s upcoming tour dates, head here.Setlist: Widespread Panic | The Theater at MGM National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD | 3/15/19Set One: A of D, Tall Boy, Bear’s Gone Fishin’, Weak Brain Narrow Mind, Greta > Jam > Better Off, Send Your Mind, Walkin’ (For Your Love), One Arm Steve (58 mins)Set Two: Big Wooly Mammoth, Walk On, All Time Low, Cotton Was King, Honky Red > Driving Song > Tickle the Truth > Papa’s Home > Climb To Safety > Jam > Driving Song > Breathing Slow, Tail Dragger (90 mins)Encore: Expiration Day, Protein Drink / Sewing Machine (17 mins) A smooth, bouncing bassline by Schools provided a foundation for the rest of the guys to build upon…and build they did. A glorious transitional jam emerged that eventually concluded the second half of “Driving Song”. An added “Breathing Slow” section completed this hearty sandwich. Closing the second set, John Bell shapeshifted into the eternal bluesman, Howlin’ Wolf, for a dirty-river-water rendition of “Taildragger.”When the band returned, Widespread Panic played the encore in tribute to their late, great friend, Vic Chestnutt. First, a heartfelt “Expiration Day” was performed by vocal expert John Bell before Widespread Panic closed the night with another Chestnutt composition, “Protein Drink / Sewing Machine”. The tune’s many breakdowns and build-ups concluded the night with aggressive fury as Duane Trucks and Dave Schools hammered the show home.“Expiration Day” The six-headed monster known as Widespread Panic reared its magnificent faces for the opening night of the first of three March weekend runs up and down the east coast. Kicking off the festivities, Widespread Panic retook Oxon Hill, Maryland—within spitting distance of the nation’s capital—to play the second annual St. Panics Day at the MGM National Harbor Casino. Just like in Las Vegas, the casino venue presented a multitude of opportunities for debauchery.Stumbling back on stage like a pack of lost dogs that finally found their way home, Widespread Panic opened the run with the instrumental “A of D” before segueing into the crowd favorite “Tall Boy” led by JoJo Hermann and John Bell sharing tandem vocal duties. “Tall Boy” made a surprise appearance before its expected place on the St. Patrick’s Day setlist on Sunday.A stoic tribute to the legendary fallen fan, Thomas” Bear” Guenther, followed with a bass-heavy “Bear’s Gone Fishin’”. Jimmy Herring—who already foreshadowed an extraordinary night ahead with his guitar work on “Tall Boy”—turned up the heat and started cooking. Returning to their Southern roots, the boys performed infamous bluesman Willie Dixon’s “Weak Brain, Narrow Mind”.JoJo introduced “Greta” to the howling audience, but it wasn’t long before Jimmy Herring took the helm and blasted through the lengthy, explosive jam. When the dust settled, only “Better Off” remained. The music came to a conclusive stop before John Bell led the band through an ecstatic cover of Van Morrison’s “Send Your Mind”. Another rare pause ensued before a scenic stroll through the original favorite “Walkin’ (For Your Love)”, JoJo playing his piano with exquisite precision. To close the first set, JoJo remained behind the wheel throughout “One Armed Steve”—his humorous account of his first show with Widespread Panic.The music stopped but the fun never stalled as those in attendance scrambled into the casino to gamble and refill their cups. Roulette wheels and slot machines spun round and round, dice were tumbled. Tables cheered when the dealer busted. Soon, the electricity in the atmosphere shifted as the local magnetic fields reversed—as has been known to happen when the boys are soon to return to the stage.Scampering back into positions, the swam of yellow rabbits was in place by the time JoJo and Dave Schools opened the second set with an evolutionary “Big Wooly Mammoth”. The rest of the band joined in for a swinging take on the dance-inducing jaunt complete with flying lighters. Schools and JoJo dominated throughout but it was Jimmy Herring that used his unholy powers to guide the musical troupe beyond “BWM” and through Neil Young’s “Walk On”. JB was slick as a snake oil salesman when he crooned the ol’ Neil’s lyrics (“I can’t tell them how to feel / Some get stoned, some get strange / But sooner or later it all gets real”).The fervent beat and honest lyrics of “All Time Low” tumbled like a barrel (“thrown from the top of a waterfall”) before a lively “Cotton Was King” featuring a phenomenal JoJo once again ramped up the pace. The badass riffs of “Honky Red” were reawakened by Herring and an emotionally wrought John Bell. A nasty, improvised jam segued into the first half of “Driving Song”, tugging on all the feels. “Tickle the Truth” from Free Somehow (2008) was devoured as an appetizer before a powerful “Papa’s Home” was perfected aloud. The resounding conclusion of “Papa’s” extended into an intergalactic jam which culminated in an uplifting version of Jerry Joseph’s “Climb to Safety.”“Climb To Safety”last_img read more

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Ricin Likely Mailed to Obama, U.S. Senator

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union address of his second term Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.Federal authorities are investigating letters sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) that contained a suspicious substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin, a lethal biological warfare agent.The U.S. Secret Service immediately quarantined the letter to Obama that was received at a mail screening facility offsite from the White House, the front of which was cordoned off by yellow tape Tuesday, officials said. Lab test results will take 24-48 hours to confirm if the substance is Ricin.“The investigation into these letters remains ongoing, and more letters may still be received,” the FBI said in a statement that did not indicate if there was a written message in the envelope. “There is no indication of a connection to the attack in Boston.”The mail case broke a day after the Boston Marathon bombings that left three dead and nearly 200 wounded. The FBI has said at least one of the two bombs was built out of a pressure cooker filled with projectiles.The apparent Ricin mailings are similar to letters containing Anthrax that were mailed to two U.S. Senators and several New York City-based news outlets for weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Five people died and 17 were hospitalized for exposure and the FBI’s suspect killed himself.U.S. Capitol Police, which responded with its HAZMAT crew, described the powder in the latest case as a “white granular substance.”Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, referred most questions about the case to the FBI and said Obama is scheduled to travel Thursday to Boston, where he will speak at an interfaith service.“Any time a suspicious powder is located in a mail facility, it is tested,” Carney told reporters Wednesday.Operations at the White House and the Capitol Complex have not been affected as a result of the investigation, authorities said, but other cases of suspicious packages have been reported Wednesday.“On the House side, at least, it’s business as usual,” Samantha Slater, spokeswoman for Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills), told the Press. “What they’ve found so far is on the Senate side.”She added that she noticed the garbage cans were dismantled Wednesday outside the U.S. Capitol Building.last_img read more

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Help save Donegal lives by walking from Darkness Into Light this May

first_imgResidents in Donegal have been urged to join the global fight against suicide and self-harm on May 11. Last year thousands of people registered to attend events around the county raising a total of €136,993 to support our vital services.This year almost 250,000 participants in over 200 venues across 19 countries and five continents will walk from Darkness Into Light. The event, organised by Pieta, is a global movement dedicated to ending suicide and supporting those who engage in self-harm.Speaking on this movement of hope, Marie Peelo, Deputy Director of Funding & Advocacy said: “From rural communities to major cities, suicide is an epidemic that affects all communities.“In 2017, one person a day died by suicide in Ireland – nobody is immune to suicide.“We want to live in a world where suicide is replaced by hope, where self-care replaces self-harm and where stigma is replaced by acceptance. “The only way we can tackle this crisis is together – in our communities, in our places of work, in the sports clubs we are part of. With the help of our community, we can help prevent suicide.”Since opening its doors 13 years ago, Pieta has heard painful truths from thousands of people who have come to the organisation at the point of suicidal crisis or actively engaging in self-harm, which is one person every 40 seconds.Worldwide, close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year.Donegal walkers can register or find their nearest venue online at www.darknessintolight.ie.Help save Donegal lives by walking from Darkness Into Light this May was last modified: March 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Love Island star sets out to do good deed for a Donegal woman

first_imgLove Island 2018 winner Jack Fincham has set out to find a young Donegal woman – to reunite her with her passport.The reality star revealed on Instagram that he found a passport belonging to a local woman at Ibiza airport today.And he is calling on his 2.4million followers to help him find the owner.  Jack was jetting into the holiday island when he discovered a passport belonging to a woman called Jade Deery on the ground outside the airportHe shared a photo of the passport on his Instagram story, where it shows that Jade is from Co. Donegal.Instagram post shared by Love Island’s Jack Fincham @jack_charlesfJack is now calling on Jade to message him so he can arrange to drop the passport in a safe place for her to collect it.Jade’s holiday may have gotten off to an unlucky start, but little does she know that she has a famous good Samaritan lending her a helping hand!  Love Island star sets out to do good deed for a Donegal woman was last modified: August 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The Fulham v Newcastle quiz

first_imgFulham face Newcastle at Craven Cottage on Monday night. Test your knowledge of the history involving the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-22]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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South Africans abroad cast their vote

first_img30 April 2014South Africans living and working as far afield as London, Dubai, Canberra, Kinshasa, New York, Doha, Dublin and Khartoum turned out in numbers to cast their votes in the country’s fifth democratic elections on Wednesday.Overseas votes began at the South African High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand at 7am local time on Wednesday (9pm on Tuesday in South African time) and will end in Los Angeles in the US at 9pm (6am on Thursday in South African time). Back in South Africa, voters registered for a special vote will cast their vote on 5 and 6 May. The rest of the country heads for the polls on 7 May.In London’s Trafalgar Square, thousands of South Africans queued in the sun to wait their turn to vote at the country’s busiest overseas voting station. There are over 9 000 registered voters in London, out of approximately 26 000 registered overseas voters in total.On social media, voters posted comments, photos and “selfies”, mostly conveying their excitement at the occasion. Here are a selection of comments from readers of News24, which ran a live updates page on the day:Munene Khoza (London): “Thirty minutes before they even open the doors and we’re queued well into Trafalgar Square. Our vote is our voice. TOO excited!”Craig Munn (Hungary) said “I voted from Budapest, Hungary this morning. The process was smooth and well managed. What a feeling!”Sue-Ellen Hilgemann (Abu Dhabi): “… voted at the SA embassy in Abu Dhabi this morning. Very proud and exciting moment … Waiting time was only about 1 hour and the atmosphere was great!”Darren (Thailand): “I went to vote at the embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. The experience was smooth as silk. They even prepared a few snacks and drinks, from back home, for all voters to enjoy. We also got to meet the Ambassador who is a lovely person. I feel proud and happy to have had this opportunity!”Remerta Basson (The Netherlands): “It was a bit of an effort travelling from Amsterdam to the embassy in The Hague and taking time off from work, but I have casted my vote today. The IEC personnel were very friendly, it was great seeing so many other South Africans – I am definitely feeling proudly South African and homesick today!”Not everyone was happy with the voting arrangements, however, as some of the comments made to News24 reflected:Andre Johann Nel (Azerbaijan): “We are living in Baku, Azerbaijan and are also unable to vote. There is no South African embassy and we were told that we need to travel to Ankara in Turkey.”Simson Moller (Australia): “I just want to say that I think it’s terribly unfair that they only have a voting and registration station in Canberra.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg, a city like no other

first_imgThe spell-binding new novel by South African playwright and author Harry Kalmer, A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg, describes Africa’s greatest city as a living, breathing character. Spanning a century, the book covers the best and worst moments in Joburg’s lifetime.Harry Kalmer’s new novel leaves you asking who gets to shape a citys identity. (Image: Author and playwright Harry Kalmer remains inspred by the city of Johannesburg. (Image: © Joanne Olivier)“The one thing about Joburg is how interconnected everyone is,” Harry Kalmer says. Sitting in a Bryanston coffee shop, surrounded by the well-retired and sound-tracked by the clink of coffee cups and cutlery, the author and playwright explains his reasons for writing A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg, a new novel about his hometown.“We’re losing a bit of it now because the city is growing very fast, but it’s always had this sense of dorpiness,” Kalmer continues. “Bryanston is a dorpie (a small town). “Linden and Greenside. These little nodes of habitation, but you don’t see these cities meet. For the book I had to create a hotel, to give them an excuse to meet.”Author and playwright Harry Kalmer remains inspired by the city of Johannesburg. (Image: © Joanne Olivier)A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg is a book about the people who go and come. It tells the stories of poor Afrikaners drawn by the gold reefs, the unseen Indian and Chinese families who shaped the city, and the modern African immigrants who are remaking it.Kalmer’s novel spans a century, from the early days of Johannesburg to 2008. Important writers – Mark Twain, Olive Schreiner, Charles van Onselen – have written great factual biographies of Joburg. These have done the city justice but, for Kalmer, fiction gives the chance to tell a more vibrant story. “Fiction interrogates things in a way that documentaries can’t. It tells truths that non-fiction can’t necessarily depict.”An exile’s view of homeIn the book, expat architect Zweig van Niekerk, long resident in London, is invited back to Joburg by a group of architects who have rediscovered his work. Zweig’s self-imposed exile was a result of his love and marriage to Serenita, a woman of colour. He returns to the city of his birth – and begins to see it with new eyes.Kalmer’s Johannesburg exists in one sense: it is based on actual geography, on actual spaces. The madrassah and the mosque can be found. So can the Chinese old age home and the girls’ school. “The hotel doesn’t exist, but it could have.”The architect returns in 2008, as foreigners from elsewhere in Africa are attacked and flee the townships for the safety of the city. It’s at the imagined hotel in Belgravia that the son of an Afrikaner, a Chinese photographer, Czech immigrant and Marceline, a Congolese refugee, meet and remake the city in their own image.“The fact of the matter is, the Joburg I depict exists only on paper. It is based in history and connected. But it is a personal interpretation of an experience or a representation of the city. Like all fictional cities – like Calvino’s Imaginary Cities – it only exists on paper.” ‘Places change, time moves on’Kalmer writes like he stirs his coffee. Deliberately. Thoroughly. And with a flourish, as he lifts the spoon out of the cup. Talking through the inspiration for the book he references great South African writers: Herman Charles Bosman, Nadine Gordimer.He moves on to Fordsburg-based artist Carl Becker, who created work on the Randlords and their contemporaries, from Gandhi to Abe Bailey and Cecil John Rhodes. “Becker said what he liked about Johannesburg was that you look up, you lift your eyes, and you see the most extraordinary Victorian and Edwardian architecture. When you lower your eyes you’re in Africa. For me that was the trigger for the book. To address that reality, that ‘alongsidedness’ of the city. That the city can live in so many ways.“There is a great line I remember by this Zulu guy who moved to Joburg from rural KwaZulu-Natal. He said in Johannesburg you have to look for the beauty. I think that is what a lot of people do. And I think that is the problem: people who write about Joburg tend to romanticise it.”Denizens experience their city in specific, personal ways. A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg is about how his characters find the city and their connections to it. “It’s very much a theme in the book. It is people who try to come to terms with the city. Be it through impressions or be it through structure or be it through street life. To show there are so many realities living side by side in Joburg.”A cowboy townJohannesburg should never have been. Built in empty veld by the chance discovery of gold, it is a city born only from the desire to make fortunes. It is a place whose residents, in the words of author Clive Chipkin, are not, “here for the benefit of our health”. Kalmer’s Joburg is that city, reinvented and rediscovered through new eyes.Like Italian author Italo Calvino’s Imaginary Cities, Kalmer’s book is a curious mix of history and lore-shaped memory. It maps the city beyond geography, a cartographer’s dream of half-remembered sights and sounds. It celebrates the way the city is constantly reinvented by people from elsewhere, drawn by its promise.A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg is a city dreamed up by artists, writers, hustlers and architects. It is a city that welcomes rich and poor.“Joburg can be a bit of a cowboy town. Poverty has always been an intrinsic part of this place, despite the towers of Sandton. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because it’s a place where you can survive. Think back on the book, people like the Van Niekerks thrived in protected employment. It’s always looked after poor people.”What inspires Kalmer is the city, his body of work, is the city where everyone is from somewhere else. It is a space where no-one ever feels really comfortable, and this gives the city its distinct personality.The Joey Hi-Fi-designed cover of Harry Kalmer’s A 1000 Tales of Johannesburg. (Image: Penguin Random House)Rooted – but restlessKalmer has tried to leave Johannesburg. “I came back. I don’t know why. It’s always been people and my stuff that’s brought me back. There aren’t any other cities that appeal to me. Things that I’ve loved and made my living from – theatre, music, advertising – are here. I’m connected here.”For the characters in A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg the same holds true. They are rooted in Joburg, but Johannesburg makes them restless. “Nobody is from here but they’ve been here for years. If you go back to the Muslim family, you go back to the Hindu family, you go back to the Chinese family. They all have roots going back to the late 19th century, but they all have this thing that this is not quite their place. It’s a very funny thing about Joburg. Nobody is from here but they have this perverse citizen’s pride about eGoli.”It is a city of open and cool people, Kalmer ends. A city where people want to know your story. And Kalmer’s book captures these stories, creating a living, breathing, inspiring world, like the city itself.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Microsoft Earnings Surprise: Windows Soars, While Office Struggles

first_imgMaybe Windows 8 isn’t doing so badly after all.Overall, Microsoft profits fell 4% during the fourth calendar quarter, although revenue climbed. Revenue and profits within Microsoft’s Windows division jumped dramatically compared to a year ago, however.In total, Microsoft reported $6.4 billion in net income, in line with what analysts expected. Revenue increased 2.73% to $21.5 billion.Microsoft Beats Wall St. EstimatesAnalysts had expected the firm’s revenue to grow about 3% from the $20.9 billion the company posted in the same period last year to around $21.5 billion, according to analysts polled by Yahoo Finance. They also anticipated a 4% drop in profits, from 78 cents per share to 75 cents per share. “Our big, bold ambition to reimagine Windows as well as launch Surface and Windows Phone 8 has sparked growing enthusiasm with our customers and unprecedented opportunity and creativity with our partners and developers,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft, in a statement. “With new Windows devices, including Surface Pro, and the new Office on the horizon, we’ll continue to drive excitement for the Windows ecosystem and deliver our software through devices and services people love and businesses need.”Microsoft’s Windows division recorded the highest revenue of all of Microsoft’s business units, and nearly the highest profits as well.Microsoft said that in total, more than 60 million Windows 8 licenses had been sold, in keeping with what Tami Reller, Microsoft’s Windows marketing chief, had said earlier this month. Revenue from the Windows and Windows Live Division jumped by 24% versus a year ago, and profits climbed 14%. For the September quarter, the Windows and Windows Live Division produced $1.64 billion in profits on  $3.2 billion in revenue. At launch, Microsoft claimed that 16 million Windows 8 pre-release licenses had been installed; by the end of November, 40 million Windows 8 licenses had been installed. In January, Windows marketing chief Tami Reller said 60 million Windows 8 licenses had been installed. Office 365 Subscriptions Didn’t Pay OffMicrosoft made a bit bet on its Office 365 suite, pricing Office 365 at less than the standalone Office package and tempting its customers to switch to the subscription model. Surprisingly, that didn’t pay off. Revenue fell 10% to $5.7 billion, while profits fell 15%. Traditionally, Microsoft’s Business Division yields the most revenue among Microsoft’s business unit; for the September quarter, the unit reported $3.6 billion in profits on top of $5.5 billion in revenue.Microsoft’s Server & Tools business reported $2.1 billion in profits on top of $5.19 billion in revenue. For the September quarter, Server & Tools produced $1.7 billion in profits on $4.5 billion in revenue. Microsoft’s Online division lost less money than a year ago – $283 million, on higher revenue of $869 million. And Microsoft’s Entertainment Division, which houses the Xbox, recorded a larger $596 million profit on revenue of $3.7 billion.Microsoft had predicted a strong start to Windows 8. In October, Keith Lorizio, vice president of U.S. sales and marketing for Microsoft, predicted that 400 million users would be using Windows 8 by July 2013.Windows 8 Sales Could Quiet CriticsFor months, there have been signs that Microsoft’s Windows 8 software didn’t take off as quickly as, say, an Amazon Kindle or Apple iPad – signs that Microsoft’s revenue figures seem to disprove. A top executive at Internet retailer NewEgg, for example, had characterized the Windows 8 launch as “slow going.” Merle McIntosh, the senior vice president of product management of Newegg North America, said in November that he expected sales of Windows 8 to begin taking off during the second quarter of 2013. Julie Larson-Green, the head of Windows development, talked about how it could take weeks to transition to Windows 8. And Tami Reller, in charge of marketing strategy for Windows 8, began managing expectations for Windows 8 weeks ago by spinning it as a product that would require multiple selling seasons to get up to speed. Image source: Microsoft Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Tags:#Microsoft#Microsoft Office#Windows 8 Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… markhachmanlast_img read more

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14 Newly Certified Tour Guides for Montego Bay

first_img The 13 males and one female, who previously operated as unofficial tour guides in the tourism capital, recently completed a 12-day course covering elements of customer service as well as Montego Bay’s cultural, historical and contemporary heritage. The resort city of Montego Bay now has 14 newly trained and certified tour guides. “You must not allow anyone to destroy what you are out there to do. You have persons on the street who do the things that you do, but they are not certified. So what I would encourage you to do is to encourage them to get certified, because this is the first step in making sure that we all share a bit of the tourism pie,” he said.Mayor Davis was speaking at the graduation ceremony held on Wednesday (March 20) at the offices of the St. James Municipal Corporation, which had partnered with the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCO) in organising the training.Regional Manager for the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCO), Kenya Keddo-Laing, and Regional Director of TPDCo, Odette Dyer, presents sole female in the Montego Bay tour guide training programme, Vennissa Johnson, with her certificate at the graduation ceremony held at the St. James Municipal Corporation on Wednesday, March 20. A total of 14 persons were trained under the Team Jamaica initiative and the Montego Bay City Guides programme as part of efforts to curb visitor harassment. The resort city of Montego Bay now has 14 newly trained and certified tour guides.The 13 males and one female, who previously operated as unofficial tour guides in the tourism capital, recently completed a 12-day course covering elements of customer service as well as Montego Bay’s cultural, historical and contemporary heritage.The training was done under the Team Jamaica initiative and the Montego Bay City Guides programme, and is part of efforts to curb visitor harassment.Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, commended the tour guides, noting that they have been empowered to make meaningful contributions towards the development of the city, the parish of St. James and the growing tourism sector.Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis (left), hands over a certificate to newly trained Montego Bay tour guide, Lloyd Haye, during a graduation ceremony held on Wednesday (March 20) at the St. James Municipal Corporation. Executive Director, Jamaica Vacations, Joy Roberts, shares the moment. A total of 14 persons were trained under the Team Jamaica initiative and the Montego Bay City Guides programme as part of efforts to curb visitor harassment. Story Highlights The training was done under the Team Jamaica initiative and the Montego Bay City Guides programme, and is part of efforts to curb visitor harassment. He suggested that the Government “look at the legislative framework in order to make their activities legal, because even though they are certified, there is a law against soliciting as it relates to intercepting visitors to offer them a service”.last_img read more

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Eight revenue agency workers fired for roles in privacy breaches CRA says

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canada Revenue Agency says eight of its employees were fired in the last fiscal year after violating taxpayers’ privacy.Previously, the agency has not always confirmed if an employee was fired or shuffled out of the CRA for being part of a privacy breach, often citing the employee’s privacy.A spokesman for the agency says the employees in each case were found to have had unauthorized access to taxpayer information, including one incident that the CRA calls the largest such breach in the agency’s history.In that case, one employee improperly accessed the accounts of 1,264 taxpayers.All of the firings took place between April 2016 and March 2017, the federal government’s fiscal year.All of the incidents were also reported to the federal privacy commissioner as required on federal government policy because they involve sensitive personal information that could be used to cause “serious injury or harm” to the individual, or involved a large number of affected individuals.“The CRA takes the protection of Canadians’ tax information very seriously. The confidence and trust that individuals and businesses have in the CRA is a cornerstone of Canada’s tax system,” agency spokesman Patrick Samson said in an email.The agency has looked to crack down on internal privacy breaches years after Canada’s privacy watchdog released a critical audit of how the CRA controlled access to personal information.The privacy watchdog made 13 recommendations in 2013 in areas including monitoring of employee access rights, threat and risk assessments for information-technology systems and ensuring the privacy impacts of new programs are evaluated.Still, privacy violations have dogged the CRA.In February, the CRA reported that it had lost a DVD containing information on about 28,000 Yukon taxpayers. The information from the 2014 tax year, hasn’t been recovered, Samson said.The DVD was encrypted and the data stored in a way that it would be difficult to read even if the encryption were broken.Samson said there is no evidence that the personal information on the DVD has been compromised.last_img read more

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TIFF isnt the only film festival in town this month

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: CaribbeanTales: TIFF may not leave much available real estate on Toronto screens for the next few weeks but what there is will be well-used by several festivals that have made their homes in September. Celebrating its eleventh year as a showcase and incubator for filmmakers of Caribbean heritage both in Canada and places further south, CaribbeanTales starts Sept. 7 at the Royal. The opening gala selection, Diary of a Badman is a drama about a Jamaican-American detective who falls for the drug kingpin she’s investigating. Presenting one of many variations on the CTFF’s stated theme of “Caribbean Love” for this year’s edition, Diemiruaya Deniran’s film plays its Canadian premiere at the Royal on Sept. 7. Further fest highlights include Trafficked (Sept. 14), a Trinidadian thriller about three vacationers who come under the sway of a charismatic stranger, and Rainbow Revolution (Sept. 15), a new documentary about Jamaica’s first-ever Pride celebrations last year. The CTFF wraps up on Sept. 17 with the Canadian premiere of Dreadlocks Story, a doc highlighting the spiritual links between Jamaica’s Rastafarians and India’s sadhus.Many more features, docs and shorts — including the winners of the fest’s own #BlackLoveMatters film challenge — will also be most generously on offer.Toronto Urban Film Festival: Meanwhile, far below the city’s streets on over 300 subway platform screens typically reserved for far more mundane content, the Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) presents its tenth annual program of one-minute movies. Once again, commuters get a chance to treat their weary eyes to selections ranging from experimental vignettes to silent slapstick to bold animations by time-conscious filmmakers from all over the world. Former Little Mosque on the Prairie star and Toronto film commissioner Zaib Shaikh serves as the guest judge for the competition. Facebooklast_img read more

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William Brown Ministry of Works 2017 Employee of the Year

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 4, 2017 – Nassau – William Brown is the 2017 Employee of the Year at the Ministry of Public Works.   A clerk in the Architectural Section, he was selected from among 18 nominees who were celebrated during an Employee of the Year Awards Luncheon at the British Colonial Hilton, September 29, 2017.Mr. Brown has been in the Public Service since 1995 and is described by his supervisor as an “officer who is always willing to perform his duties whether conditions are favorable or unfavorable.”In the keynote address, the Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Public Works, described the nominees as “champions” who were being recognized for their commitment and standard of professionalism.   He said public service is too often a “thankless” setting and used the opportunity to express gratitude to the nominees on behalf of himself, the Government and the Bahamian people.“You have made service your career very often sacrificing time, energies that would have gone into family and for that we say thank you to families who equally deserve credit.”Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Iram Lewis, told the honorees that they are all winners and there is no greater honor than to be recognized by one’s colleagues.   Colin Higgs, Permanent Secretary, urged the employees to continue to bring value to the Ministry and to strive for excellence. He said success depends on everyone in the Ministry.Among the honorees were mother and son, Sandra Rolle and Orlando Strachan, who won fourth and fifth place respectively; Edgar Fernander, third place; Dion Robinson, second place; and Thomas Frazier, first-runner up. They received trophies and other awards.Special awards were given to: Elvis Reckley and Ritchie Alce — ‘Outstanding Tradesman Award’; Anthony Fowler and Jody Bootle — ‘Honour Award’; Carolee Lightbourne – ‘Outstanding Family Island Recipient.’By: Kathryn CampbellPhoto Captions:Header photo: Nominees for 2017 Employee of the Year Award at the Ministry of Works.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)Insert: Ministry of Works ‘2017 Employee of the Year’ William Brown, centre, receives his award from Parliamentary Secretary Iram Lewis, second left.  Permanent Secretary Colin Higgs is second right, with members of the committee. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Delegation from the Turks and Caicos Islands attends high level meeting on

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Ecuador, December 20, 2017 – Quito – Honorable Edwin Astwood, Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services attended a high level meeting on Universal Health in the 21st century: 40 years of Alma-Ata on December 11-12, 2017, in Quito, Ecuador by invitation from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).   Mrs. Jackurlyn Sutton, Chief Nursing Officer/Primary Health Care Manager, Ms. Nordia Campbell, Budget Director and Mrs. Darlene Clerveaux-Forbes, Executive Administrator, accompanied the Minister to this meeting.This high level meeting organized by PAHO constituted a forum for regional dialogue, analysis and debate on the values and principles of Alma Ata, within the context of Universal Health in the 21stcentury.   During this meeting the Minister Hon. Edwin Astwood met with a number of Caribbean and Latin American Ministers of Health which included Minister of Public Health of Ecuador – Maria Veronica Espinosa Serrano and other key representatives from Member States, participants and representatives of PAHO/WHO and High level Officials of UNASUR.    Also in attendance, was former Premier Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing, who is currently a consultant with PAHO.The meeting discussed the achievements and challenges faced by member states throughout the region on the Declaration of Alma-Ata which was adopted 40 years ago when member states committed as signatories to “Health for All by the year 2000”.   It was envisioned that this would be accomplished through the need for urgent action by all governments, all health and development workers, and the world community to protect and promote the health of All people.The meeting provided the opportunity for member states to revisit the advances made over the past 40 years in Primary Health Care: A clearly defined first level of care;Different models of health care systems that have been implemented to guarantee access to care;Progress or talks on Universal Access to Care Declaration;Signature of the cooperation strategy between the countries and PAHO on Universal Access to Care Declaration.Major challenges, identified were:Inequity in health careLack of genuine social participation from civil society andIdentification of a sustainable financing measure to secure universal access and equityDetailed presentations were made on:Universal Health in the 21stCentury: how to build political viability?Universal Health and the participation of civil societyTransformation of health systems towards Universal HealthExpansion of Equitable Access to Health Systems based on primary health careThe Chief Nursing Officer/Primary Health Care Manager, Mrs. Jackurlyn Sutton in her comments stated “This forum was timely in the life of the health care system in the Turks and Caicos Islands as we commit to strengthening our Primary Health Care Services though workshops and meetings with wider stakeholder consultation on the way forward in identifying and adopting a new model of care focused on individuals, families and communities”.This dialogue on Universal Health will continue in the region throughout 2018.Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Mobile library for book lovers in North Dinajpur

first_imgKolkata: In an effort to arouse the interest of reading books particularly among the youth, the state Mass Education and Library Services department has introduced a mobile library in North Dinajpur district.The mobile library is equipped with 1,500 books that ranges from short stories, novels, poems, books on cuisine, sports books, children books and school texts.The mobile library has been recently launched by the Minister for Mass Education & Library Services Siddiqullah Chowdhury at a government programme in Karnajhora. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The books will be lent out for a period of 15 days to a reader. On the 17th day, the mobile library will visit the reader’s address. When he returns the book, he can issue another new book,” Chowdhury said.The mobile library has been christened as Ghare Baire – inspired from the famous novel of the same name by Rabindranath Tagore.A senior official of the department said that out of 74 gram panchayats (GP) in South Dinajpur, there is not a single library in 53 GPs. “We have strategically chosen this place so that the readers have access to books,” the official said. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe local administration is conducting a survey as there is a demand for school text books there. “Many students cannot afford to buy books due to financial problems. This will also be of immense help to them,” theminister said.The Library services department is taking a slew of measures to encourage the young generation to visit the libraries in the state.There are around 2,480 libraries and 300 of them have closed down. “We have recently done a survey on the state libraries, conducted by a Gurgaon-based agency. It has come to light that people of the age group of 55 to 60 visit the state libraries. A number of libraries do not have toilets and drinking water.A library in the city has also been found with no facilities of drinking water and toilet. This is not desirable and we are working for developing these basic facilities,” anofficial said.last_img read more

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Expand Your Ad Empire

first_imgApril 7, 2008 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. The coolest ad technologies aren’t the ones that cost the most–they’re the ones that engage users. Thankfully, this year’s crop of cool tools doesn’t require the kind of attention your MySpace page does. From reaching people on their mobile to enhancing your online videos, these innovative ad trends can set you apart as a tech-savvy company while reaching users right when they’re ready to buy–and encouraging them to buy more.Bar Codes With Extra Info Register Now » If you’ve already started making online videos related to your products or services, adding overlay ads–or letting customers create them–is almost a no-brainer. With overlays, instead of just slotting in pre-, mid- or post-roll ad spots that nobody wants to watch, your ads become a part of the content, Pop-Up Video style.”The more relevant you can make an ad to the content, the more the ad becomes the content. And this, in turn, drives far higher click-through rates,” says Robert Lane, whose Ottawa-based business, Overlay.tv, is making overlay technology more accessible to businesses.The company allows anyone to take an online video and create overlay links in it for free. Then it gives you the code to embed your video on any website. Overlay.tv’s affiliate program also gives incentives to third-party content creators to link to your products.Soon, customers will be able to click on ads like these during their favorite TV shows, making product placement even more marketable. “Commercial TV, like you know it now, will be history in five years,” says Warbasse. “Stage display, seamless point-and-click advertising is going to be all the rage.”Bluetooth BeamingThough much has been made about Bluetooth’s ad capabilities since it started gaining popularity on people’s cell phones, it has only recently become a viable advertising technology. More than 60 percent of North American mobile phones sport Bluetooth and many new laptops and other portable gadgets come enabled with the beaming tech.Through Bluetooth, consumers can download coupons, short videos and audio files. They can then forward the content to other Bluetooth users with a P2P connection. It’s most effective at targeting consumers as they’re entering stores or theaters, walking around trade shows or attending sporting events, since shoppers are particularly receptive to getting coupons right before they buy a product.Prime Point Media, a Norcross, Georgia-based company with a network of more than 700,000 Bluetooth-enabled outdoor ad spots that has carried ads for Pepsi and the U.S. Navy, sees high response rates for its ads. Prime Point president, Karen Robinson, says rates of 13 to 20 percent are typical because of the ads’ relevance, street-level position and call to action.Bluetooth isn’t just for large companies, either. Robinson says a multi-month campaign can start as low as $5,000. She says the secret to using Bluetooth advertising effectively is having compelling, relevant content and not abusing your relationship with consumers.Other up-and-coming ad spaces are also providing new ways to reach potential clients on their mobiles. Jangl, for one, offers ad-sponsored, number-free text and voice messaging through social networking and dating sites–similar to how Yahoo! tacks on ads at the end of its users’ mail messages. And as digital billboards continue to become more sophisticated and interactive, they’re offering a lot of creative, albeit power-gobbling, options for advertisers, though their price points tend to be a bit high for independent businesses.As ad technology continues to change and new ad spaces open up, keep your ear to your mobile, your Bluetooth on and your camera at the ready. And don’t shy away from trying something new.center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals While you may think of “airline check-in” or “mail tracking” when you see the black-and-white squiggles that make up QR, or “Quick Response” codes, these 2-D data matrices are beginning to find their place in advertising.Already popular in Japan and parts of Europe and the United States, these square-shaped codes can turn a plain old paper ad into an opt-in part of your campaign. Customers scan them with their camera phones to get a hidden plain-text message, a person’s contact info, a redirect to a mobile website, or a song or image download.One QR campaign developed for the clothing industry by Philip Warbasse, founder of Los Angeles-based Warbasse Design, puts the codes on in-store apparel that allows shoppers to purchase sizes not in stock–right on their phones. The codes also offer customers a same-day in-store coupon, and other codes in the campaign help upsell the customer with a discount on a second item in the store if they buy it the same day.Since QR codes cost essentially nothing to produce, go create your own and download a reader for your phone while you’re at it from i-nigma. You can create simple promotions like coupons inexpensively and quickly. One caveat is making sure your promotion will appear on customers’ phones as you intend it to, which means hiring someone with mobile design experience if you’re offering anything other than a plain-text promotion.A QR campaign will work best if your audience includes lots of tech-savvy mobile aficionados, but as an early adopter, you may also be able to garner interest from people unaware of the technology. Customers may be curious about the spotted squares, and you may even be able to parlay your new campaign into press about your business’s cutting-edge ad techniques.Video Overlay Ads 5 min readlast_img read more

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Would You Buy a Curved Smartphone Samsung Experiments With New Galaxy Round

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Would you want or need a phone with a curved display?Oh yes. It’s easier to hold and will contour to the curves of my face.I’d be willing to give it a try. But I’ll need to test it in-store before spending any money on one.Ha. No. This is just another gimmick.Android? Psshh. I’m Apple, buddy. Forget it.VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comWould you want or need a phone with a curved display? Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now If the form factor on your slab-style smartphone simply isn’t cutting it anymore, Samsung is betting that it has exactly what you need. The tech giant has announced the Galaxy Round — what the company says is the first smartphone with a curved display.Why would anyone want or need a phone with a curved display? Samsung says the 5.7-inch screen — which gently bends inward from left to right — “offers a comfortable hand grip feeling to [the] user.”So, it’s about ergonomics. A phone with a slight curve could presumably fit more easily in a person’s hand and therefore reduce the likelihood of it being dropped.Beyond that, we’re not sure what the benefits could be. When asked about it, a Samsung representative simply said this in an email: “We don’t have further details.”Related: How Your Smartphone Can Actually Save You From Working WeekendsThe Round is initially being sold only in Korea for about $1,000 without a contract. The phone might not land in the U.S. for some time.More about the phone: It runs on Samsung’s version of the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) operating system. The software that runs on the Galaxy Round makes use of its unique shape with features like the “roll effect” that briefly pops up information such as time and date, messages or missed calls when a user tilts his or her phone to one side or the other. When music is playing, a user can switch between tracks in the same way: left for the last track or right for the next one.With the Multi Window feature, a user can have multiple apps open on the home screen, making it easier to multitask and share information between apps. The Galaxy Round can also be customized with Samsung’s “one-hand operation” feature that let users position the controls they use most frequently on their preferred side of the screen.Like other Galaxy Devices, the Round is Wi-Fi, LTE and NFC capable with BlueTooth and USB 3.0. It features the same 13-megapixel main camera and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera.Related: Turn a Smartphone Into a Virus-Detecting Microscope? Yep. It’s Happening. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.center_img 2 min read October 9, 2013 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Sunwing appoints new Groups Manager

center_img Posted by TORONTO — Sunwing has expanded its Group Sales Team by adding Samantha Gillingham as its new Groups Manager.Reporting to Group Sales Director Lexic Lipitkas, Gillingham brings over 10 years of travel experience to her new role, with previous positions at Transat Holidays, Flight Centre Travel Group, and Jet Airways. Over the years her roles have ranged from consultant and account manager to team leader and corporate sales manager.At Sunwing, Gillingham will oversee the Toronto Group Sales team and the Nexus/Sunwing Group Excursions team.“I am eager to be working with our Group Sales Director to develop seasonal plans for group customers, and to work with the rest of the team to continuously develop their talent, and our sales and procedures that make us #1 to the sun,” she said.Gillingham can be reached at [email protected] and 1-877-877-1755 ext. 6927. Sunwing Group Sales manager for Quebec, Marisa Poggioni, can also be reached at [email protected] and 1-877-877-1755 ext. 6956. Tags: Peoplelast_img read more

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