World Aids Days walkathon TCI

first_img Related Items: #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 3 – WORLD AIDS DAY walk in Provo ended in solemn memory of loved ones we’ve lost, or for those who are living with HIV/AIDS.Candles were lit and according to Permanent Secretary, Wesley Clerveaux,  TCI is being validated by PAHO as among the only countries where mother to child transmission has not been recorded for years.TCI has not had cases of HIV/AIDS passing to newborns since 2007.last_img read more

Public Works Staff Urged to Commit to Integrity and Efficiency

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 4, 2017 – Nassau – The Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Public Works, has appealed to staff within his Ministry to commit to integrity and efficiency as they join him in the quest to improve infrastructure and make The Bahamas beautiful again.Minister Bannister addressed “real” issues during an Employee of the Year Awards Luncheon informing employees that each of them is important in the task and that he will be counting on every single person in the Ministry.  Eighteen employees who were nominated for the position of Employee of the Year were recognized at the British Colonial Hilton, September 29, 2017.   William Brown, of the Architectural Section, emerged the winner.Minister Bannister remarked that throughout recent years a trend has developed in which many have become disheartened, dispassionate and disillusioned in an environment of mediocrity at extraordinary levels. It is imperative for the reality to be addressed.“I admonish you to work as your theme suggests in a spirit of excellence in your respective areas of responsibility. I urge you to execute your tasks expeditiously, set daily goals, plan, prioritize and take pride in the delivery of quality service to our people.“During the upcoming year I will be pushing many of you like you have never been pushed before.“There will also be many changes in the Ministry.   When these things happen please don’t get upset with the Minister. Bear with me, work with me and I guarantee you that very soon this entire country will appreciate that the Ministry of Public Works has the most exceptional staff in the public service,” he said.He informed the nominees that their efforts and merits have not gone unnoticed and they should consider themselves “champions.”   He paid tribute to them for opting to rise above the status quo and mediocrity.On behalf of Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, his Cabinet colleagues and the Bahamian people, Minister Bannister thanked the nominees for their outstanding service.The nominees are: Ritchie Alcie, Seth Apau, Jody Bootle, William Brown, Samuel Cox, Edgar Fernander, Anthony Fowler, Thomas Frazier, Carolee Lightbourne, Joseph Lightbourne, Bertram Mackey, James Pratt, Elvis Reckley, Deon Robinson, Sandra Rolle, Robert Seymour, Orlando Strachan and Sharon Stubbs.By: Kathryn CampbellPhoto Caption:  The Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Public Works, gives the keynote address. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Facebooks 50person cryptocurrency team working on payments report says

first_img Share your voice Tags 0 Tech Industry Internet Services Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Stephen Shankland/CNET Ready to send some virtual money to your Facebook friends or WhatsApp contacts so you can split the restaurant bill? Maybe someday you’ll be using a cryptocurrency to do so.Many people in the tech world have soured on cryptocurrencies and their accounting underpinnings, called blockchain. But Facebook remains interested, with a 50-person project underway to build a technology that’ll let members send each other digital money, the New York Times reported Thursday.Cryptocurrencies initially excited fans who wanted a new digital-era payment mechanism, but as the hype increased, investors hoping to see their value rise dominated the cryptocurrency domain. The resulting bubble has mostly burst, but it appears Facebook is trying to sidestep such frenzies and build something more useful for day-to-day money transfers among its more than 2 billion members, the Times said.Facebook’s cryptocurrency project would likely involve a cryptocurrency whose price remains stable, the Times said, corroborating an earlier Bloomberg report. That design would be geared toward avoiding a speculative frenzy like the one that caused the value of the seminal cryptocurrency, bitcoin, to soar and then crash. Cryptocurrencies that are desirable for investment can be poorly suited for ordinary payment transactions since the value in ordinary money can fluctuate wildly.Facebook didn’t comment on the story details, but it did confirm its blockchain work.”Like many other companies, Facebook is exploring ways to leverage the power of blockchain technology,” the company said in a statement. “This new small team is exploring many different applications.”The Times report cited five people familiar with the project and said Facebook is in discussions with cryptocurrency exchanges, the online marketplaces where you can convert ordinary money into cryptocurrencies and vice versa.Using cryptocurrencies to transfer money has long been one of the technology’s supposed virtues. In principle, it could be used to lower transaction fees that are common with other payment services. Those fees are especially heavy when converting from one country’s currency to another.In practice, though, cryptocurrencies haven’t enabled such a frictionless money-transfer world. For one thing, their own transaction fees have increased. For another, the process commonly used to lock in a cryptocurrency transaction, called proof of work, is typically slow and requires enormous amounts of electrical power. And cryptocurrencies have reputation problems linked to their use by scammers and criminals.The leader of the Facebook project is David Marcus, formerly president of online payment company PayPal, the Times said. The Block, a cryptocurrency tracking site, has been flagging Facebook’s blockchain-related job openings. Post a comment Blockchain Facebook PayPal Cryptocurrencylast_img read more

State declares holiday for Chhath Puja today

first_imgKolkata: The state government has declared a holiday on Tuesday for Chhath Puja and sectional holiday for the same on Wednesday. While addressing a gathering at the inaugural ceremony of Jagaddhatri Puja at Posta, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “The state government has declared holiday on Tuesday for Chhath Puja and there will be sectional holiday on Wednesday as well.” It may be mentioned that Banerjee will be attending a programme on the eve of Chhath Puja at Dahi Ghat in Kidderpore on Tuesday. It has been stated in the notification in connection with the holiday that “the state government has already declared holiday on November 13 for state government officers, boards, corporations, undertakings and educational institutions all over the state…In view of this, the Governor is pleased to further declare November 14 as sectional holiday for Chhath Puja.” People who perform Chhath Puja have appreciated the move. It may be mentioned that the state government has already issued a notification declaring holidays for the year 2019. There will be a holiday for 13 days at a stretch during Durga Puja. There will be an “additional day” holiday on February 11 for Saraswati Puja apart from the offices of the Registrar of Assurances, Kolkata, the Collector of Stamp Revenue, Kolkata and the West Bengal Beverages Corporation Limited.last_img read more