Gender Affairs and the MOE to host two workshops aimed at violence

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Turks and Caicos Islands Government is joining efforts with Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to eliminate violence against women. The Department of Social Development and Gender Affairs and the Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs will host two workshops aimed at awareness of the convention for violence against women. One workshop is set for Dillion Hall on December 4th in Grand Turk at and on December 5th on Providenciales at the Social Services Conference room both at 9:00am. last_img

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Four arrested for guns and ganja

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 21, 2017 – Nassau – Police say four other men are locked up for a string of incidents also from the weekend.  On Friday around 6pm Police were called to Fleming Street where a man was reported as firing of a gun in the area; officer say they saw when the man tried to get rid of the gun and then attempted to escape on foot.The gun, a 9mm Taurus pistol and 12 live rounds of ammunition was found and that man was captured and arrested.Around 3pm Saturday, two men on Crooked Island Street were arrested after a search of them turned up marijuana.  Later that same night in a separate matter on McCullough Corner, a man was arrested after a search revealed that he had marijuana too; he was said to have been acting suspiciously.  Seventy packets of the illicit drugs were found.#MagneticMediaNews#fourarrestedforgunsandganja#CrookedIslandmenarrestedforganja Related Items:#CrookedIslandmenarrestedforganja, #fourarrestedforgunsandganja, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Prime Minister gets update on Baha Mar 50 occupancy 75M in bookings

first_img Baha Mar gets green light from PM Christie Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Baha Mar started accepting bookings on May 8th and now the resort is reportedly at 50% occupancy, and that is thanks in large part to the Commonwealth Youth Games where 1300 delegates are in country.   Baha Mar president Graham Davis was giving PM Dr Hubert Minnis a tour and an update and media was there.In statements following the Tuesday tour, it was explained that 2100 Bahamians are working at Baha Mar and the figure is expected to soar to 4,000 by the end of the year with the opening of the SLS lux brand.   SLS is scheduled for opening late October, early November which is the start of a high long stay arrivals tourism season.Davis said after 60 days of opening, the Baha Mar resort can boast of having $75M in bookings for definite and tentative stays and he described the staggered opening of the resort, on target.#MagneticMediaNews#BahaMarNassauBahamas#75millioninBahaMarbookings Related Items:#75millioninBahaMarbookings, #BahaMarNassauBahamas, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Leveraging Audiences Through Vertical Content Channels

first_img“As for what kind of metrics we need to justify launching a new channel, I’m afraid I don’t view it in quite those terms. The question for me is whether the subject is editorially compelling and fits within the overall mission of The Atlantic. Certainly Health qualifies there,” says Cohn. “But it is also the case that we expect each of our channels to attract at least one million unique visitors each month. Health, in its first three weeks, already has exceeded one million unique visitors.”TIME is set to relaunch its Style & Design supplement (which folded roughly 18 months ago) in March of this year. The renewed section, to focus on international travel, cooking, decorating and more, will have a semiannual print version; a Style & Design channel will live on TIME’s website. The supplement and channel will be run by managing editor Rick Stengel. In response, major media outlets are creating easily found channels devoted to topics particularly relevant to their reader base. Here, FOLIO: speaks to The Atlantic, TIME and New York about how these opportunities were identified, and then how they were brought to fruition. Where the Traffic Goes The returning edition of Style & Design has a guaranteed rate base of 500,000, and the average reader will have a minimum household income of $125,000.Style & Design content will be updated daily on TIME.com. Kelleher tells FOLIO:, “This gives the high-end content that is distributed throughout the site a home; in the same way Swampland gives our political coverage a home, or Business gives our business coverage a home. It expands our vertical strategy on the website.” For many publications, finding a home for content can present a conundrum. Discoverability and relevancy are vital, as is shareability. Whether publishers convert to the new model, or choose to only pay lip service to fast-forming conventions, readers are still less than willing to conduct search after search for a topic. Immediate gratification is a necessity, not a luxury, of the digital age. Cross-promotion is integrated into the editorial channels, but audience behavior often depends on the user’s relationship with the publication. “Our most loyal readers typically consume across multiple channels,” says Silberman. “But for newer users, we find people will consume in the vertical they came in.” New York Magazine launched “Early & Often” in December. The idea for the channel, a vertical space focused exclusively on political coverage, began to form in summer 2011. The opportunity was solidified when NYMag.com experienced its largest traffic day on November 21, “…with nearly 800,000 daily unique visitors, thanks to several strong political stories,” according to the company.center_img The team at TIME counts audience, as well as advertiser, opportunity among reasons to give Style & Design another shot.“We wanted to cater to a very specific audience, targeting the global thought leader, the traveler, someone who’s taking on the world,” says TIME worldwide publisher Kim Kelleher. “This gives us an opportunity to work with not only new advertisers in the prestige market, but also a new outlet for our international advertisers that support TIME in our European and Asian editions looking to dip their toe in the brand in the United States.” Cohn maintains that expanded advertising opportunity was “important, but not a driving factor” in the decision to launch the new vertical. Reviving Strategy to Better Serve Audiences (and Advertisers)The Atlantic recently debuted it Health Channel, a vertical site comprised of content previously rolled into its now defunct Life Channel. The Health Channel went live on December 13, with its editorial operations led by Nicholas Jackson (who was previously involved with the Life Channel, and helped start the Technology Channel). It is the seventh vertical content site now living on Theatlantic.com.Bob Cohn, editorial director of Atlantic Digital with Atlantic Media, says the choice to form the Health Channel was more than just a rebranding. “The Life Channel had some great topics under it, but because it was a somewhat vague channel name, there wasn’t a clear sense of how people were going to get there, and it ended up being a catch all,” says Cohn. “Health was one of the focus areas of the Life Channel.”Content living in the Health Channel will also be featured on the main page. Atlantic staff, as well as freelancers, will create content; partnerships, such as the one in place with MedGadget in “The Cutting Edge” promotion module on the Channel, will also provide content.“There’s every expectation that Health content will rotate as often or more often than other topics on the homepage. We’re hoping to drive traffic,” Cohn says. “Like most sites, we get the preponderance from our side doors, but the home page can still drive traffic.” Other influential metrics include the 50 percent traffic increase year-over-year in September 2011 from September 2010. Its News & Features section (which includes political stories, among others) had three million unique visitors. Its October 2011 News & Features traffic also spiked from October 2010, up 29 percent to 2.8 million unique visitors.New York’s online general manager Michael Silberman says, “We start by paying attention to areas where we’re seeing traction, whether it be editorial traction in terms of audience growth and interest, or advertiser traction, in terms of sponsor interest, or a combination of the two. Then we say, ‘There is an opportunity here, what can we do to further exploit it?’”An advertising opportunity also presented itself with the launch of “Early & Often” when The Economist Group broached a potential partnership through its Ideas People Media Channel. The transparent ad network is home to 50 plus sites relevant to The Economist’s, and now New York’s, audiences.“This brings in new advertisers that we aren’t necessarily calling ourselves in our normal ad sells efforts,” says Silberman.Current New York staff (which includes Frank Rich, John Heilemann and Noreen Malone) is supplying content for “Early & Often”. Silberman says social media for the channel is managed by an internal team that handles all of New York’s properties.“Early & Often” finds itself in the company of other NYMag.com verticals like Vulture and Grub Street, and the recently launched Wendy Goodman’s Design Hunting channel. “This is part of an overall strategy that we have identifying vertical content areas where we are starting to see some traction, and deciding what is the best way to take advantage of that; how big is the opportunity in terms of audience and advertising, and how much resource we should put against it,” says Silberman.last_img read more

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Senate demands Google CEO answer for hidden Nest microphone

first_img 2 Share your voice Tags Comments Google Alphabet Inc. Tech Industry The Nest Secure home security system Tyler Lizenby/CNET The US Senate Commerce Committee wants explanations from Google CEO Sundar Pichai about a recent controversy at Nest, the smart-home device company Google owns. Last week, the search giant drew criticism because its Nest Secure hub, a web-connected home security system, includes a microphone, but it was never disclosed in hardware specs, marketing materials or on Nest’s website. The microphone’s existence became apparent after Google announced earlier this month it was bringing its Assistant software to the Nest Secure. The Assistant, which lets people check flight information or turn off the lights in their houses, relies heavily on voice commands — and a microphone — when its on devices without screens. At the time, Google said it was an “error” that the microphone was omitted from the product specs. The company also said the mic has never been activated. But that hasn’t satisfied committee members, who wrote a letter to Pichai demanding more information. “Google’s failure to disclose a microphone within its Nest Secure product raises serious questions about its commitment to consumer transparency and disclosure,” the letter dated Feb. 25 says. “As consumer technology becomes ever more advanced, it is essential that consumers know the capabilities of the devices they are bringing into their homes so they can make informed choices.”  The letter demands Pichai follow up with the committee by March 12. The committee also wants an “in-person briefing” on the issue by March 29. The letter was written by Senate Republicans Roger Wicker of Mississippi, John Thune of South Dakota and Jerry Moran of Kansas. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the letter. The controversy comes as Google — and the rest of Silicon Valley — deal with broader scrutiny over privacy and data collection. Google has gotten blowback from lawmakers and the public for its use of data location on its Android phones, as well as the access it gives third-party software makers to read people’s emails on Gmail. The committee wants Pichai to specifically address six questions:Has a microphone always been a component of the Nest Secure home security and alarm system device?When and how did Google become aware that a microphone was not listed on the Nest Secure’s technical specifications available to consumers?What steps has Google taken to inform purchasers of Nest Secure devices that the device contains a previously undisclosed microphone?Please describe Google’s process for developing technical specifications for its products. At what stage of this process did the error take place that resulted in the omission of the microphone’s presence in the Nest Secure device? Has Google taken steps to prevent such an error from reocurring in the technical specifications for other Google products?Is Google aware or has Google ever been aware of any third party using the Nest Secure microphone for any unauthorized purpose?Is Google aware of similar omissions in the technical specifications for any other Google products?The Senate also points out that the undisclosed microphone leaves consumers vulnerable to spying from hackers.”Moreover, even if Google was not using the Nest Secure microphone to record any information or it was turned off by default, there is still risk that hackers or other outside entities could have activated the microphone to illicitly record information,” the letter says.  Nest has suffered other privacy controversies recently. Last month, a hacker infiltrated the Nest Cam security camera of a San Francisco Bay Area family by using a password obtained from a third-party breach. The hacker convinced the family that the US was under nuclear attack from North Korea. In December, another hacker took over the camera of a man in Arizona to warn him of security vulnerabilities. In another case that month, a hacker told a couple through the device that he’d kidnap their child.last_img read more

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WATCH NASA Video Shows Hurricane Harvey Ready To Take Texas

first_imgA brief video released by NASA on Thursday night shows Hurricane Harvey’s churning  toward central Texas, where it is projected to make landfall in between Friday night and Saturday morning.Cameras aboard the International Space Station recorded the footage on Thursday evening. Sharelast_img

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DC Residents Split Over Homeless Shelter Plans

first_imgArtist’s rendering of proposed shelter in Southeast D.C. (Courtesy Image)District residents expressed anger, concern, approval, excitement, frustration and acceptance in response to the city’s announcement of the proposed locations for homeless shelters throughout the city. The shelter locations are projected to replace D.C. General in Ward 7, which is set to close in 2018.Mayor Muriel Bowser, city council members, Advisory Neighborhood Commission members, and other city officials met with residents last week in several community meetings to discuss and hear residents’ thoughts on a plan to place a city-owned housing facility in all eight wards.“I have been living here 38 years,” said Willie White, who lives near the proposed shelter on Delaware Avenue in Ward 6. “They did not even have the courtesy to come by and let me know what they were doing.” White’s reasoning was a general consensus expressed throughout the city.“I feel so uninvolved in such an important aspect that it gives me little faith moving forward,” said a resident from Ward 1, who said his uncle was homeless.During a Ward 2 meeting, the mayor told community members it wasn’t the city’s intention to keep the plan away from residents. “It is not possible to ask every single person whether they want a shelter at a particular site,” she said.Selecting a site before direct community engagement was the most effective way to develop a comprehensive plan for the project, she said. However the mayor also told residents in Ward 5 that she was amendable to accepting suggestions about the new locations.Community involvement isn’t the only issue residents have with the proposed shelters.Residents say the city has not done enough to make the facilities habitable, such as providing private bathrooms. Ward 4 resident Michelle Jones said she thought having private bathrooms was important for the safety of the shelter’s residents, especially among children who would otherwise be forced to use the bathrooms with older adults.  “I don’t feel that the dormitory style is appropriate for children and families,” Taylor Massie, a resident of Ward 4, said in agreement. “I don’t think it inspires dignity.”Several residents expressed concern about the demand the shelters would place on their particular wards and the city, raising concerns about increased crime, decreased property values, and other issues.Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden and Councilwoman Yvette Alexander spent most of their meeting in Ward 7 reassuring residents that the new homeless facility, in their ward, would not only provide a better place for families, but would also allow residents to breathe easier and to see more development in their community.Snowden told residents that there will be an abundance of programs and services within the facility to assist families, including education training and employment services, health care, financial and budget management counseling, and 24-hour staffing and security. “These facilities will be among the most dignified, innovative and effective in the country,” he said.  “We’re going to work really hard to make sure that these businesses are hiring [D.C. residents] or are home-grown right here in Ward 7 and Ward 8.”However, not all residents voiced concern about the pending facilities. Some approved of the city’s initiative to find solutions to better house its homeless. “From what I’ve seen on the plan so far, I think it’s a win for the families, the city, and the administration,” said Akili West, a small business owner in Ward 4.Proposed homeless shelters, include:* Ward 1: 2105-2107 10th St. NW (29 units)* Ward 2: 810 5th St. NW (213-bed women-only shelter)* Ward 3: 2619 Wisconsin Ave. NW (38 units)* Ward 4: 5505 5th St. NW (49 units)* Ward 5: 2266 25th Place NE (50 units)* Ward 6: 700 Delaware Ave. SW (50 units)* Ward 7: 5004 D St. SE (35 units)* Ward 8: 6th & Chesapeake Streets. SE (50 units)last_img read more

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