Deputy Premier attends TwentyEight InterSessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Heads of Governments of the 18-member body and its associate membership are also scheduled to discuss issues relating to the region’s slow recovery from the global economic crises; the heavy debt burdens of some members and the effects policies by international financial institutions have had on the economies of CARICOM.Amongst the key topics to be discussed are Tourism in the region, corresponding banking, regional security and information and technologies for development.  The delegation returns to the Turks & Caicos Islands on February 19, 2017.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGeorgetown, Guyana, February 16, 2017 – Deputy Premier and Minister of Border Control and Employment, Hon. Sean Astwood led a delegation to the Twenty-Eight Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana on February 16 & 17 2017 to examine a wide range of issues of concern to the Caribbean Community and the Turks & Caicos Islands.During the two-day conference, Astwood is expected to hold bilateral with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador, Irvine LaRocque and region leaders including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bahamas Hon. Fred Mitchel. Commenting on the visit, Hon. Astwood said; “I am excited to be attending this meeting as the newly elected ambassador and Minister of Border Control and Employment as it offers many opportunities for the Turks and Caicos to collaborate with regional leaders in advancing my Government’s mandate and our country’s prosperity.   This meeting also offers us the opportunity to network with CARICOM leaders to address the body of Caribbean leaders to garner support for our challenges ahead.” The meeting is expected to focus on the effects on the economic climate on member states of the Caribbean Community and framework by which the Community can achieve growth and development amidst the current environment. Additionally, the issue of crime and security is top among the three broad area that are up for discussion.last_img read more

Trump sets expectations low for Helsinki summit with Putin

first_imgA man with a Putin mask and a rainbow flag attends a rally against the policy of US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin in central Helsinki, Sunday, 15 July 2018. President Trump and president Putin will meet in Finland`s capital on Monday, 16 July 2018.President Donald Trump is setting expectations low for his high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, assuring that “nothing bad … and maybe some good will come out” of Monday’s meeting in Finland. His national security adviser said they aren’t looking for “concrete deliverables.”Trump also tells CBS News in an interview conducted Saturday that he “hadn’t thought” about asking Putin to extradite the dozen Russian military intelligence officers indicted this past week in Washington on charges related to the hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 US presidential election.But after being given the idea by his interviewer, Trump said “certainly I’ll be asking about it.”He blamed the Democratic National Committee for “allowing themselves to be hacked” by Russians trying to help elect him.The US has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can’t compel Russia to hand over citizens. Russia’s constitution prohibits extraditing its citizens to foreign countries.Asked whether Trump would ask Putin to turn over the 12 military intelligence officials, US national security adviser John Bolton called the idea “pretty silly” and said doing so would put the president in a “weak position.”He said Trump goes into the summit with a stronger hand because of the indictments.”I think the president can put this on the table and say, ‘This is a serious matter that we need to talk about,'” Bolton said. He said asking for the indicted Russians to be turned over would have the opposite effect.”For the president to demand something that isn’t going to happen puts the president in a weak position, and I think the president has made it very clear he intends to approach this discussion from a position of strength.”In the CBS News interview, Trump said he’s entering the Helsinki summit with “low expectations. I’m not going with high expectations.” He declined to discuss his goals, but said such sessions are beneficial. He cited his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June as a “good thing,” along with meetings he’s had with Chinese president Xi Jinping.”Nothing bad is going to come out of it (Helsinki), and maybe some good will come out,” Trump said.He described the European Union, a bloc of nation’s that includes many of America’s closest allies, as a “foe.””I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade,” Trump said, adding that “you wouldn’t think of the European Union but they’re a foe.”He said Russia is a foe “in certain respects” and that China is a foe “economically … but that doesn’t mean they are bad. It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they are competitive.” Trump has been reluctant to criticise Putin over the years and has described him as a competitor in recent days.Trump said he respects Europe’s leaders but adds that they’ve taken advantage of the US on trade and defense spending.The president sat for the interview Saturday in Scotland and CBS News released excerpts hours before Trump flew to Helsinki on Sunday.Trump and Putin have held talks twice before. Their first meeting came last July while both participated in an international summit and continued for more than two hours, well over the scheduled 30 minutes. The leaders also met last fall during a separate summit in Vietnam.But Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to Russia, said Monday’s meeting “is really the first time for both presidents to actually sit across the table and have a conversation and I hope it’s a detailed conversation about where we might be able to find some overlapping and shared interests.”Congressional Democrats and at least one Republican have called on Trump to pull out of Monday’s meeting unless he is willing to make Russian election-meddling the top issue. Huntsman said the summit must go on because Russian engagement is needed to solve some international issues.”The collective blood pressure between the United States and Russia is off-the-charts high so it’s a good thing these presidents are getting together,” he said.Trump has said he will raise the issue of Russian election meddling, along with Syria, Ukraine, nuclear proliferation and other topics. Bolton described the meeting as “unstructured” and said: “We’re not looking for concrete deliverables here.”Sen Chris Murphy, D-Conn., rejected Bolton’s assertion that the indictments put Trump in a stronger position going in to the meeting.”He has already said that he has asked Putin about meddling, Putin told him he didn’t do it, and he believed him,” Murphy said. “And so it just belies common sense that the president of the United States, this president, is going to sit down across from Putin and press him hard on the issue of Russian meddling.”Putin has denied meddling in the election.Sen Rand Paul, R-Ky., said it’s inevitable that Russia will interfere in US elections and that it’s pointless for Trump to confront Putin about it.Paul said both countries spy on each other but adds that Russian interference in the 2016 election isn’t “morally equivalent” to US interference in Russian elections, but “I think in their mind it is.”Huntsman was interviewed on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Paul appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union,” and Bolton and Murphy spoke on ABC’s “This Week.”last_img

Bangladeshborn British conferred with UKs highest neurosurgery award

first_imgTipu Aziz. Photo: Oxford`s NDCNBangladesh-born British neurosurgeon Tipu Aziz, founder and head of Oxford functional neurosurgery, has been conferred with the United Kingdom’s highest neurosurgery award for his contribution in the neurosurgery sector.Tipu was awarded the lifetime Medal of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) for on 21 March at a programme in United States’ Manchester.According to the website of the Oxford University’s Nuffield department of clinical neurosciences, the neurosurgery professor’s ‘work was central to confirming the subthalamic nucleus as a possible surgical target for deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease and more recently the pedunculopontine nucleus.’“His research interests are the role of the upper brain stem in the control of movement, the clinical neurophysiology of movement disorders and neuropathic pain and autonomic responses to deep brain stimulation, use of MR and MEG imaging in functional neurosurgery,” it added.last_img

8 charged over XulhazTonoy killing

first_imgXulhas-TonoyThe Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Sunday submitted a charge-sheet to the home ministry for its approval in a case filed over the killing of LGBT magazine editor Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, reports UNB.The investigation agency brought charges against eight people over the double murder and placed the charge-sheet before the ministry as it needs prior approval before submitting it to the court, said DMP deputy commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman.Four of the accused — Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon, 25, Media head and member of intelligence wing of banned Islamic outfit Ansar Al Islam, Md Arafat Rahman, 24, coordinator of military wing of Ansar Al Islam, Md Sheikh Abdullah, 27, and member of military wing of the militant group Asadullah, 25, are behind the bars.Four others have been on the run and they are Syed Md Ziaul Huq alias Major Zia (sacked army major), 42, Akram Hossain, 30, Sabbirul Haque Chowdhury, 26, and Md Zunaid Ahmad alias Maulana Zuned alias Zunaid, 26.During investigation, the CTTC found direct involvement of 13 people into the double murder. Of them, five were excluded from the charge-sheet as their full names and addresses were not found during investigation.The four arrested accused have already given statements before the court, confessing their involvement in the murder.Xulhaz Mannan, editor of LGBT magazine Roopbaan, and his friend MahbubTonoy, an activist of theatre group Loknatya Dal, were hacked to death by some unidentified miscreants at an apartment in the capital’s Kalabagan area on 25 April, 2016.A case was filed with Kalabagan police station on the same day in this connection.Primarily, Detective Branch (DB) investigated the double murder. Later, the CTTC unit took the onus of probe and arrested four suspects in connection with the killings.last_img read more

Reginald F Lewis Another Shining Chapter in Black Baltimores History

first_imgReginald F. Lewis has been an omnipresent and enigmatic figure on the Baltimore landscape for decades since his death in 1993.Baltimore native Reginald F. Lewis was the first Black American to launch a billion dollar American enterprise. (Courtesy Image)His name is emblazoned upon The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, a landmark at the corner of Pratt and President Sts., the gateway to glitzy Harbor East. Since 2005, when the museum opened its doors, people from around the state, the nation and the globe have visited and learned the stories of Maryland’s Black community. But, I didn’t know much about Lewis beyond the fact that he was the richest Black man in America in the 1980’s.I learned a lot more about this great son of Baltimore during a recent event at the Lewis Museum Dec. 7. “The Conversation: Reginald F. Lewis, The $Billion Deal, The Lifestyle, The Man,” celebrated what would have been the 75th birthday of Lewis, who died at age 50 from brain cancer.The conversation was led by my friend Charles Robinson, a veteran journalist and anchor at Maryland Public Television. On the panel were four men who were very close to Lewis including his brother, Jean Fugett, Jr., who helped Lewis found the TLC Group in 1983, the venture capital firm, which served as the platform for Lewis to purchase Beatrice International Foods for $985 million in 1987. I remember watching Fugett as a kid, when he was a standout tight end for the Washington Redskins. But, I learned Lewis was a star football player in his own right.Also on the panel, Clarence “Tiger” Davis, the former Baltimore City Delegate, who played football with Lewis at Dunbar High School. Davis, a force in East Baltimore politics for decades, spoke glowingly about Lewis as a charismatic leader, even as a high school football star.Lin Hart, another childhood friend of Lewis, was also a part of the conversation. He wrote the book, “Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice: The Young Man Before the Billion-Dollar Empire.” Hart, who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills, played football with Lewis at Virginia State College, the Historically Black College where Lewis got his undergraduate degree in political science in 1965, before moving on to Harvard Law School.Harvard Law is where Lewis met William “Bill” Slattery, who was also part of the conversation celebrating Lewis’ life. I knew Lewis went to Harvard. But, what I discovered is Lewis was the only person to be accepted at Harvard Law without applying. He was recruited to attend Harvard when he was a student at Virginia State and never formally applied at Harvard, which seems implausible, but clearly not for Lewis.Beyond the insights of these four men, the two people who knew Lewis best were also in attendance at the event celebrating Lewis at the museum bearing his name; his widow Loida Nicolas Lewis and his mother Carolyn Fugett (who is 92 and still going strong).“He established the first Black law firm on Wall Street; he bought the McCall Pattern company on a leveraged buyout for $22 million, turned it around, and later sold it at a 90-1 return; and he sealed the $985 million deal that launched the first African-American billion dollar enterprise,” said Nicolas Lewis in a statement.I knew Lewis was the first Black person to close a billion dollar deal and build a billion dollar company. But, I didn’t know that the Beatrice deal was the largest leveraged buyout of overseas assets by an American Company at the time, period.Lewis wrote the book, “Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun?” It is a memoir of a Black man, with his roots in Black Baltimore, who emerged from our community to forge billion dollar Wall Street Deals and operated as a financial superstar, typically in rooms with nobody else that looked like him.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Ultimately, Lewis’ story, embodied by his signature statement, “Keep going, no matter what,” is yet another volume in the fabled history of Baltimore’s Black vanguard.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore editor of the AFRO and host and executive producer of the AFRO First Edition video podcast, which airs Monday and Friday on the ARO’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Walkathon for diabetes awareness from CMCH today

first_imgKolkata: Medical College Ex Students Association (MCESA) will organise a Walkathon from Calcutta Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Wednesday morning to spread awareness on diabetes which is on the rise.On the occasion of the World Diabetes Day on 14 November, a rally would be taken out from the CMCH campus at around 8.30 am, where the senior officials of MCESA, Rogi Kalyan Samiti Chairman of the hospital Dr Nirmal Maji, Principal and superintendent of CMCH would take part. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSome senior officials of the state Health department would also take part in the programme. A seminar would also be organised at the hospital later in the afternoon where doctors will discuss on how to check diabetes. On the eve of World Diabetes Day, the doctors in the city say it is essential that children and adolescents must undergo diabetes tests if they continue to gain weight or they have positive family history. Various private hospitals will also observe the day through different programmes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to a survey on diagnostic tests done across the state, it has been found that one in three children between the age group of 0 to 15 may be susceptible to diabetes. Even type-2 diabetes which reduces life expectancy has also been detected among children. “Diabetes leads to obesity, nausea, drowsiness, weight loss and frequent urination among children, which is a major cause of concern. As they reach adulthood, they might develop to kidney-related problems. A change in the lifestyle, a rapid urbanisation, change in eating habits, indulging more on indoor activities are contributing towards the disease,” Dr A Mitra, a city-based doctor said. The change in the way of living is leading to chronic condition in children as well. The type-2 diabetes commonly associated with adults is being found among children in large number. The doctors have advised to engage in physical activities on a regular basis to check the disease. If one is diagnosed in pre-diabetes stage, he or she should not take sugar in milk, breakfast and must avoid beverages and control the habit of taking bread and rice. According to the prediction of the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 80% of new cases of diabetes will be found in the developing countries by 2025. By 2030, diabetes will be projected to be the seventh leading cause of death.last_img read more

Princeton Review ranks Rice No 1 for best quality of life

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327E-MAIL: druth@rice.eduPrinceton Review ranks Rice No. 1 for ‘best quality of life’Rice University ranks No. 1 nationally for “best quality of life” in the newly released 2010 edition of Princeton Review’s popular guidebook “The Best 371 Colleges.”Long DescriptionBased on its survey of 122,000 students attending the 371 colleges in the book, Rice also ranked:No. 8 for “happiest students”No. 11 for “lots of race/class interaction”No. 19 for “great financial aid”Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president for publishing and author of “The Best 371 Colleges,” said, “We commend Rice University for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book. We make our choices based on institutional data we gather about schools, feedback from students attending them, and input from our staff who visit hundreds of colleges a year. We also value the opinions and suggestions of our 23-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and independent college counselors we hear from yearlong.” The guide provides rankings for 62 categories and publishes the top 20 colleges in each category.The rankings for quality of life are based on students’ assessment of food on- and off-campus, dorm comfort, campus beauty, ease of getting around campus, relationship with the local community, campus safety, the surrounding area, interaction between students, friendliness and happiness of the student body and smoothness with which the school is administered. Rice has consistently ranked in the top 10 of this category over the past several years.In its 2010 profile of Rice, the Princeton Review quotes Rice students directly from their survey responses. Among them are some candid comments:“Rice University is dedicated to its students, whether in the classroom through providing top-notch professors who are approachable … or just around campus by catering to students’ professed real needs and desires” by an administration that is “extremely sensitive to students’ needs and concerns.”The residential college system “ensures a lot of mixing among different majors, races, interests and geographic origins. People are similar enough and smart enough and have enough converging interests to make good friends with each other.”Rice’s residential system is “great because it gives you another family and allows you to get to know everyone in your college.”Of the rankings, Rice President David Leebron said, ”We are a genuine community where every individual feels that theymatter, and they do. This is alsoabout the quality of our campus, and it’s about having a campus withall the trees and open, green space in the heart of a major city wherestudents can enjoy the best of urban living.  Mostly, though, Ricereceived that ranking from our students because they know that everystudent matters.”Student Association President Patrick McAnaney said the honor reflects Rice’s commitment to the undergraduate experience. ”This recognition is a strong testament to Rice’s continued commitment to the undergraduate experience, from the residential colleges to our unique relationships with faculty and staff members,” he said. ”The diverse factors considered in this ranking show how well-rounded the Rice experience is, a trend I expect will continue for many years.”To download Princeton Review’s “The Best 371 Colleges” seal, go to download Princeton Review’s “The Best 371 Colleges” guide cover, go to read Rice’s complete profile, visit read more