Greenidge retained at Foreign Affairs Ministry – President

first_imgAmid the recent resignation of former Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge due to his dual citizenship status, President David Granger has informed that he will remain at the Ministry to serve in another capacity.Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl GreenidgeThe President told the media on Wednesday that discussions are ongoing regarding the appointment but while a decision is yet to be made, it is expected that the former Minister will contribute to the resolution of the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela. Greenidge was replaced by Dr Karen Cummings, who served prior as Junior Public Health Minister.“I’ve had several meetings with Mr Greenidge and he will remain in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I’ve had meetings of course, with the new Minister, Dr Karen Cummings, and I am to meet them again to let them know what my decision is,” the President said.President David GrangerHe further stated, “I expect that Mr Greenidge will contribute to the continuity of work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, especially with relation to the territorial controversy with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Guyana that is ongoing.”Presently, the case is before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) but it was mentioned that Greenidge may also be given responsibilities for other areas relating to Guyana’s international relations. Nevertheless, the Head of State sought to assure that the Minister’s duties will remain intact.“There are certain aspects of the international economic relations of Guyana with other countries that I will ask him to accept responsibilities for. There isn’t two Ministries. It is one Ministry and Dr Cummings is the Minister. The function and everything else that falls within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will come under the Minister of Foreign Affairs,” the President said.According to a ruling by acting Chief Justice Roxane George in January, it is illegal for persons with a second citizenship to serve in the National Assembly. This decision was upheld in Guyana’s Appeal Court in March.Apart from Greenidge, three other Government Ministers – Minister of State Joseph Harmon; Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine were also forced to resign from Cabinet and the National Assembly, owing to their dual citizenship status.It was previously indicated that all these Ministers, with the exception of Gaskin, will be renouncing their second citizenship. Gaskin is a born Briton and according to the courts, by renewing his British passport he is pledging allegiance to another State.Last Friday, Minister Cummings was sworn-in to undertake her new responsibility along with new Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams; Business Minister Haimraj Rajkumar; and new Public Service Minister Tabitha Sarabo-Halley.This period also saw a reshuffling of Cabinet members with Junior Ministers Annette Ferguson and Simona Charles-Broomes being transferred to their new posts after they were transferred from the Ministries of Public Infrastructure and Natural Resources, respectively.Minister Ferguson was appointed Housing Minister within the Communities Ministry, while Minister Broomes holds the mantle for youth affairs within the Ministry of the Presidency.Moreover, Minister Valerie Patterson-Yearwood was reassigned as Rural Affairs Minister within the Agriculture Ministry. Her removal from the Housing Department came at a time when much controversy erupted over conflict of interest issues after her husband was awarded several contracts from the very Ministry she headed.So far, Harmon has been appointed as Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, a position which did not previously exist. It is unclear whether the other two former Ministers will take up other roles within the coalition Government.last_img read more

TCI and CDB working to apply for funding for infrastructure enhancements

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Oct 2015 – The Caribbean Development Bank, CDB is working with the Turks and Caicos Islands government for infrastructure solutions related to flooding around the country; this according to Premier Rufus Ewing. “A Consultant review was done last year, late last year on drainage systems in The Turks and Caicos, particularly Providenciales and that report has several recommendations and so coming out of that report or recommendation is part of strategic plan that the CDB has been working with us on the past few weeks or months of this year. They have been working on plans to provide funding for critical infrastructure such as roads, seawall defenses, bridges, ports and drainage systems.” During a Saturday debriefing, the Premier agreed that since last year the government has brought these issues to the front burner. Hon Ewing explained that he, the Border Control Minister and the Deputy Director of DDME conducted a country wide assessment, on Saturday Post hurricane Joaquin and are satisfied with the drainage in water-logged Providenciales.“As the waters have rapidly receded with the lowering of the ides and also due to the drainage in many of the areas which was indeed adequate. So the whole of the down town area which was under water because of the storm have been dried up.” Front Street in Grand Turk had to be closed due to sea wall damage and tidal surges. There were two capsized boats in North Caicos, including a Lew 1 Shipping vessel and a smashed boat in Grand Turk, which has to be cleaned up from the coast. Big audience expected for Causeway ceremony Tuesday in North & Middle Recommended for you CDB closes in TCI, heads to Grenada Related Items:caribbean development bank, causeway, middle caicos, North caicos, premier rufus ewing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tributelast_img read more

Angad Bedi Looking forward to some down time with Neha and Mehr

first_imgAngad Bedi, Neha DhupiaInstagramIt’s been a busy time for Angad who has just wrapped up four back to back projects – starting with Zoya Factor, Verdict, Inside Edge and Kargil Girl. The actor wanted to take a well-deserved break before walking into the shoot of the next schedule of Inside Edge, juggling it with the promotions of Zoya Factor. Whisking away Neha for a stroll on the beach, the actor wanted her to have a good time on her birthday, giving the world husband goals.Attentive and kind as a husband, Angad also knows that Neha soon kicks off a new project and this is the only intimate time they can spend with each other and their eight-month-old baby Mehr before work schedules start getting busy.Angad will be hosting a birthday dinner for Neha that will comprise of her favourite dishes and a special gift from him. The couple had a fairytale love story and their happiness quadrupled with the birth of their daughter Mehr.Speaking about it, Angad said, “I am looking forward to some downtime with Neha and Mehr. Its Neha’s birthday on 27th. This trip is special because we went to the Maldives for our honeymoon and now this is the first time we are going together with Mehr.””The past few months have been very hectic so I’m glad we are taking this trip together. On a personal front these past two years, it’s been a golden period for me. Professionally too, Work has been constant and I have never been busier. I cherish our time together even more and make it a point to take these breaks because what else do we work for, if not family,” he added.last_img read more

Top 5 Tips for Mobile Professionals

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 7 min read Register Now » June 2, 2010 James A. MartinSeven years ago, this blog you’re reading now was an online column offering advice on such things as traveling with a PDA in lieu of a laptop. On that particular topic, I wrote that accessing the internet on a PDA was like “driving cross-country in a Pinto with a cracked windshield–painfully slow and monumentally irritating.” One of the main options for checking e-mail on a handheld, I explained, was to connect the PDA to “a dial-up modem and a landline connection.”We’ve come a long way since then, don’t you think? And I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the journey, reporting every week on the collective digital path we’ve been on. But after nearly eight years of writing Mobile Computing, this blog post is my last. It’s time for me to move along my own path. I’ll still contribute to PC World on mobile technology, social media, and other topics.Before I log off, however, I’d like to pass along five lessons that I’ve learned along the way.1. Most GPS Devices Aren’t Worth the MoneyAs a fan of portable gadgets, I’ve purchased at least one of nearly every device you can image. And yet I’ve never been tempted to buy a portable GPS device. That’s because every GPS device I’ve ever tested has given me some wacky, if not downright convoluted, directions.For example, an HP iPaq Travel Companion had me take a route that wound through 19 different streets when I could have made the trip using only 5 streets. A more recent device, the Garmin Nuvi 1370T, suggested that I drive past my destination and circle back around, when all I had to do was make a legal left turn to get there.GPS devices are improving, of course. But for now, I’ll stick with getting occasional directions via Google Maps on my iPhone (except when I’m traveling internationally, as I discussed last week in my blog on smartphone dependence). I’ll probably get better directions, and I’ll save money and reduce the number of gadgets I need to pack and recharge, too.2. Avoid Restocking FeesAs stores that give you can get hands-on time with digital cameras, laptops, and other consumer electronics dwindle, you may have no choice but to buy a product online that you’ve never actually seen.For this reason, it’s extra important to study online retailers’ return policies, including their policy on restocking fees. Many retailers charge 15 percent of the purchase price if you return a nondefective product for reasons other than that the seller made a mistake (such as sending you the wrong product). On a $1000 laptop, that comes to $150–an expensive fee for a test drive.I often buy from J&R because it doesn’t automatically hit you with a restocking fee. Two caveats, however: Like many online retailers, J&R does require you to obtain a return authorization from it before returning a product. And you won’t avoid the restocking fee if the item you return is no longer in as-new condition or is missing an included accessory or some of the original packaging material.3. Don’t Bother Trying to Time a Tech PurchasePlanning your purchase of a portable device like a logical way to avoid instant buyer’s remorse. For instance, we’ve come to expect Apple to refresh its iPod line-up in September or October. (Read Harry McCracken’s thoughtful insights into the latest iPod announcements.) Thus, buying an iPod in late summer is a recipe for subsequent second-guessing.Nonetheless, obsessively trying to buy a new electronic device at precisely the right moment can drive you to distraction, as I know from personal experience. A recent case in point: I held off buying my first netbook for about 18 months because I wanted a model that had good battery life (at least 5 hours) and as comfortable a keyboard as possible. Finally the Samsung N120 came along; it fit the bill, so I pounced.But at some point between the instant I clicked the Buy button for the netbook and the moment the UPS delivery guy arrived, Toshiba came out of nowhere with the Mini NB205-N310. In his PC World review, Darren Gladstone reported that the Toshiba netbook had a “killer” keyboard and ridiculously long battery life. It also costs about $400, about the same as the Samsung N120.So what can you do about it? You can do your homework before buying, of course. For instance, you might check the manufacturer’s press release archives online to see when it released the product that you’re considering. The longer the product has been on the market, the greater the odds are that its cheaper/faster/better replacement, or something even more superior from a competitor, is waiting in the wings.Also, try to educate yourself on what the next generation of a product might look like and how soon it might arrive. For instance, some people will call you crazy if you buy a netbook before the new nVidia Ion platform models arrive in full force, because the Ion promises to give netbooks significantly stronger graphics performance.Ultimately, though, you should just buy the product that best meets your needs and budget; buy it when you need it, and then move on. (By the way, I love my Samsung N120).4. Live in the CloudNext March, Broadway Business, part of Random House, will publish “Getting Organized in the Google Era,” a book I collaborated on with Douglas C. Merrill, Google’s former CIO. The book explains why information is crucial to being organized. And one key to efficient organization today is to keep important information in a centralized location–the internet, aka “the cloud”–so you can access it whenever you want from a smartphone, laptop, or other device.This advice is especially relevant for mobile professionals–especially those who have more than one computer.If you use Microsoft Outlook for e-mail, for instance, you may arrange to have your messages downloaded from your ISP’s server onto your own computer’s hard drive. But if you’re traveling with your netbook and an e-mail message you need is sitting on your computer at the office, you’re out of luck. A better idea is to use a web-based e-mail system, such as Gmail or Zoho Mail. That way, you can reach your e-mail from any device equipped with an internet connection and a web browser.And because Gmail and Zoho Mail offer tons of storage, you don’t have to delete old messages to make room for new ones. This gives you another organizational benefit: If your web-based e-mail system has strong search capabilities, and you have years of messages stored in it, you can transform your e-mail account into an always-available personal data archive. Among other things, the book explains how to do this, and how it can help you be better organized.Of course, web-based e-mail is far from perfect, as Gmail’s recent outage reminds us. But the advantages of keeping vital personal information online far outweigh the potential pitfalls.5. Disconnect Now and ThenTechnology lets us stay constantly connected to e-mail and the web–and that’s exactly what many of us do. I mean, how often do you see people walking down the street, their eyes focused on a little gadget in their hand? Maybe you don’t notice because your eyes are on your BlackBerry, iPhone, or whatever.I’ve been as guilty of this as anyone else, and I’m not suggesting that you should leave your portable electronics at home. We have them to help us stay productive wherever we may be.Recently, however, I was reminded that when you connect to the internet on the go, you disconnect from the world around you. I believe that, cumulatively, you pay a price for those disconnects. What you’re doing is retreating from a world that will never quite be within your grasp into something much smaller that fits in the palm of your hand, something you can more easily control. There’s comfort in that, to be sure.But is that what your goal should be–to constantly seek control or comfort? Put another way, what might happen if instead of checking your e-mail while standing in line at Starbucks, you said hello to the person behind you? The answer can’t be found on Wikipedia. However, this I know for certain: Your e-mail will still be there when you get back to the office. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Clintons Tech Policy Includes Student Loan Relief for Startups

first_img 3 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget June 29, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Now that we’re down to just one nominee per party, we’re starting to hear some finer points of the candidate’s platforms. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton revealed a more detailed tech policy today, a plan that includes high-speed internet for every household over the next four years, cybersecurity, net neutrality and more. Those tenets have already been discussed, but the more recent developments include student loan help for entrepreneurs and funding for STEM education.Clinton wants to allow entrepreneurs to defer student loans with no interest and no payments for up to three years while they work through the startup phase. She also wants to offer a similar benefit to the first 10-20 employees of a new company, not just the founders. For folks who open businesses in “distressed communities” or “provide measurable social impact,” Clinton wants to forgive $17,500 worth of student loan debt after five years.The candidate also has big plants for STEM education, too. She proposes doubling the funding for the Obama Administration’s “Computer Science Education for All,” including scaling computer science education grant programs. Clinton also aims to train 50,000 computer science teachers in the next 10 years alongside grants that can be used to “redesign” high schools to focus more on STEM education.Proposed programs include the development of maker spaces, maker fairs and robotics competitions in schools or as after-school programs. In terms of higher education, Clinton eyes $10 million for new programs like nanodegrees, accelerated coding courses, certificate programs and online courses.Clinton’s tech policy also includes a mention of immigration. She wants to bypass the detailed green card process for anyone with a masters or PhD in a STEM-related field from an accredited institution. The proposal will “staple” a green card to the degree, allowing international students a path to citizenship. She also supports so-called “startup visas” that allow entrepreneurs the opportunity to come to the US to build a new business.The policy pledges to uphold net neutrality, offer high-speed internet to every household by 2020, help diversify the tech industry and make the United States Digital Service part of the executive branch on a permanent basis. That office is tasked with updating government processes, in case you needed a refresher.While the platform mentions privacy and encryption, it stops short of any fine details. She discusses the importance of tech companies and law enforcement cooperating with a proposed national commission to “protect the privacy and security of all Americans that use technology.” Again, details are scarce when it comes to cybersecurity, but perhaps we’ll hear more as November approaches.During that time, we should hear more from presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump as well. He’s mostly keyed in on national security and immigration so far. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more