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New TCI Labour Commissioner prioritises better service better public relations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 16, 2017 – Providenciales – Government will put a hold on hiring but recent media releases show a new team of hires by the Deputy Governor’s Office, which heads up the Civil Service.   Among the new recruits, Edwin Taylor, who was yesterday named as the new Labour Commissioner.Taylor was welcomed by the DG, Anya Williams who also said, “As a part of our efforts to continue to improve service delivery across government, key focus was placed on the restructuring of the Ministry of Border Control, in particular the Employment Services and Immigration Departments which led to both Director positions being restructured and re-advertised to fall in line with the new proposed mandate of the department…. we are confident that Mr. Taylor’s professional background and experience will be an asset…”Minister of Border Control and Employment, Sean Astwood also had something to say about Taylor as he commended the stewardship of Deputy Commissioner, Alpheus Smith.“This is a very demanding position, but with Mr. Taylor’s enthusiasm and wealth of experience, I am certain that he will be successful.”Taylor who has worked as human resource manager at both FortisTCI and the TCI Hospitals talked about streamlining systems and improving relations with and for the public, “Initially, I plan to focus on ensuring that timelines for processes are being met and that communication lines are always open to provide clients with updates to the service they are accessing through the Employment Services Department.   We also plan to focus on ensuring that companies are following the proper procedures and protocols with regards to employee relations.  I would also endeavour to educate everyone living in the TCI on their rights and understand the role we play to ensure that those rights are not being violated.”#MagneticMediaNews#TCInewLabourCommissioner#EdwinTaylor Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#EdwinTaylor, #magneticmedianews, #TCInewLabourCommissioner Employment Services launches job registration drive campaign, 18 events across TCIcenter_img Trade Unions can now be registered in TCI, registrar appointed Recommended for youlast_img read more

Amanyara best overall at 2017 Conch Festival in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 27, 2017 – Providenciales – The Amanyara was named best overall restaurant at the 2017 installment of the Conch Festival, which despite damages caused to the site by Hurricane Irma had a successful showing this past Saturday.   Three Queen’s in Blue Hills was pounded by September’s Hurricane Irma, and the evidence of a battered building and busted roof are still there but the organizers made the event happen and hundreds were again drawn to the spot.Under a 120x40ft tent, set up and largely donated by We’ve got U Covered event company and with some 21 vendors this year, the tradition of the Conch Festival was kept alive.   Premier Sharlene Robinson assisted in the presentations of prizes at this year’s cooking contest and Wheeland Member, Delroy Williams helped in presenting the Rotary 50/50 prize.   That went to Sean Craig, who got 50% of the earnings from a raffle which was $3,515; the other half said Rotary goes to a scholarship fund which is being established by the organization.The Conch Blowing contest was held too and it was won by French-Canadian, Vigneault.#MagneticMediaNews#2017ConchFestival Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#2017ConchFestival, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

TCI Two males arrested in connection to the Snake Hill robberies

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 13, 2018 – Providenciales – Police seem to be making some headway into their investigations of the crime spree in Snake Hill two weekends ago, yesterday it was reported that a 23 year old local man was arrested since Friday in connection to a robbery on Monday February 5th.  The man is currently remanded at the Chalk Sound Police Station.  A 21 year old was arrested for handling stolen goods which comes from that Monday crime update.Additionally, the TCI Police are searching for a gunman who robbed two other men on Discovery Bay Road Sunday night.  The police report explains that the suspect wrapped his face in a white cloth and held two men at gun point, robbing them of money and their wallets with identification.  The gunman was described as dressed in a black shirt and brown pants, with a white cloth wrapped around his face.  The culprit fled by foot.Police press officer, Takara Bain asks that  anyone with information, no matter how small, to please contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-8477.Police were up to last night still looking for that hit and run driver who killed John Parker of Provo and they are investigation a three car smash up from Saturday around 4am.  Thankfully in that case, no one was injured.#MagneticMediaNews#arrestsmadeinSnakeHillrobberies Related Items:#arrestsmadeinSnakeHillrobberies, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

TCI PSA Enhanced LTE for Blue Hills and The Bight

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 8, 2018 – Providenciales – Digicel would like to inform customers in the Blue Hills and the Bight areas, that the nearby towers have been switched over to enhanced LTE as part of our Digicel 2030 commitment to ‘delivering an amazing network experience for customers’ in the Turks and Caicos (TCI).  Customers in those areas will now experience superfast speeds, connecting them to the people and things they love, faster than ever before.Our robust deployment plan will see upgraded sites across the TCI, with Kew Town, Five Cays and South Dock next in line for the LTE switch over.Digicel sincerely apologises for any mobile connectivity issues which may be experienced during this transition, and we will continue to keep you abreast of our rollout plans with notices on our social media pages or in the press.Digicel thanks you for your patience as we remain committed to building back better in the TCI.Release: Digicel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Mayor of Escondido outlines his priorities

first_img Posted: March 4, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Mayor of Escondido outlines his priorities March 4, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss his plans for the city.McNamara touched on strengthening the community, increasing transparency and encouraging more dialogue. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Pedestrian on sidewalk in Ranchos Penasquitos hit by car and seriously injured

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A pedestrian was seriously injured today when she was hit by a car in the Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood, police said.Medics responded to a call at 7:07 a.m. on Black Mountain Road and Carmel Mountain Road, where they found an unconscious woman with injuries to her face, San Diego Police Sgt. Robert Hawkins said.Hawkins said a Nissan Sentra was traveling south on 13700 Black Mountain Road when it veered to the right, striking the curb. The car continued onto the sidewalk, damaged a fence, then struck a pedestrian. The victim, in her 30s, was rushed to Scripps La Jolla Hospital.The car continued a short distance down the street where it came to a stop. The driver allegedly fled the scene, but was later contacted by officers and arrested. He had not been booked into jail as of 11:45 a.m. because traffic division officers were still in the initial stages of their investigation. KUSI Newsroom Pedestrian on sidewalk in Ranchos Penasquitos hit by car and seriously injured Posted: August 25, 2019 August 25, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 1:40 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Ghana Receives Soy Dairy Training

first_imgCharles Lauzon of Malnutrition Matters explains the setup of the Soy Dairy equipment to Food Research Institute staff in Accra, Ghana.ASA/WISHH is helping bring soy dairy training to Ghana.Malnutrition Matters engineer Charles Lauzon visited Ghana to install three soy dairy systems at locations in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale. Lauzon performed the initial installation of the equipment at each site, then provided detailed training to each of the recipients on system operations. Additionally, National Soybean Research Lab (NSRL) International Program Coordinator Dr. Marilyn Nash traveled to each site and monitored progress on the SIL program for the University of Illinois.The program falls under the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Soy Innovations Laboratory (SIL), awarded to the University of Illinois and subcontracted to ASA/WISHH.For more information on the University of Illinois’ SIL program, click here.last_img read more

Soy Growers Support Expanded Enlist Duo Registration

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting the addition of 19 states for Enlist Duo registration. The herbicide is already registered in 15 states.“ASA has provided comments on this registration previously and our position is unchanged: there is a critical need for new technology to address the problem of glyphosate-resistant and hard to control weeds. This product helps to meet that need: Enlist Duo, when used with Enlist Duo herbicide, enables reduced tillage systems to be successful,” ASA President Richard Wilkins wrote. “We agree with the Agency’s conclusion that, the pairing of two well-established herbicides into a systems approach with a GE crop will allow growers and applicators the opportunity to control many weeds in a way which fulfills the important principle of using multiple mechanisms of action, which the weed science community has been touting for many years.”With this approval, Enlist Duo will be approved in 34 states, where the vast majority of soybeans are grown: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.The full text of ASA’s comments can be found here.last_img read more

Water rescuers dont hesitate to dive in

first_imgAs they traveled to the banks of the Lewis River under the cover of night, Vancouver Fire Capt. Geoff Robbins knew a family of three was stranded with a deflated raft, and he knew that he’d be rafting with his team downriver to get them in overflowing, fast-moving waters.“It was a high-risk situation,” said Robbins, who leads the Vancouver Fire Department unit that makes up part of the Regional Tactical Rescue Team. Robbins, along with Todd Knoeppel, a firefighter and paramedic, and firefighter Jae Munson set in about a mile upriver from the family and navigated the Lewis River after midnight to the spot where they were stuck.Robbins’ crew reached Heith Hammond, 31, and his two daughters, ages 9 and 10, and paddled them about a quarter-mile to safety. The June 6 expedition to retrieve the Hammond family is one example of the rescues for which Robbins’ team is responsible, the captain explained Wednesday at Wintler Park as he showed off the unit’s gear.“To go raft a flood-stage river in the middle of the night, that was a call,” Robbins said. The Vancouver Fire Department and its heavy rescue unit — a $1.5 million tool-filled truck capable of responding to nearly any event imaginable — joins with Clark County Fire District 6 to make up the Regional Tactical Rescue Team, which is responsible for Clark, Cowlitz, Skagit and Wahkiakum counties.last_img read more

Weather Snow possible accumulation unlikely

first_imgA winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 4 p.m. today. The snow level is expected to fall as low as 600 feet, making accumulation a possibility, however remote, before 10 a.m. Today’s high is 42 degrees.Late Tuesday, a wet snow fell in Ridgefield. There were reports this morning of snowfall in Felida and Hazel Dell. Snow or not, today’s likely to be a soppy, wet one in Clark County; there’s a 50 percent chance of rain.There were reports in Oregon of crashes caused by snow and ice this morning. An emergency dispatcher in Clark County said few weather-related crashes have been reported.For a more in-depth look at the weather ahead, check out Steve Pierce’s Columbian.com blog. Pierce is the vice president of the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society.last_img read more

Aldridges big effort leads Blazers past Raptors

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge drives to the hoop past Toronto Raptors forward James Johnson during second half Friday. Aldridge finished with a season-high 33 points and a career-best 23 rebounds. TORONTO — LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 33 points and a career-best 23 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Raptors 94-84 on Friday to hand Toronto its seventh consecutive loss.Raymond Felton scored 14 points, and Marcus Camby and Gerald Wallace each had 10 rebounds as Portland won its seventh straight over Toronto. The Trail Blazers have not lost to the Raptors since a 101-100 overtime defeat on Dec. 22, 2006.Portland outrebounded Toronto 55 to 40.Aldridge had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the first half. His previous career high in rebounds was 19 against Milwaukee on Dec. 20, 2010. His career high in points is 42, set against Chicago on Feb. 7, 2011.James Johnson had a career-high 23 points and DeMar DeRozan scored 22 for the Raptors, who have lost nine of 10.Leandro Barbosa scored 17, Ed Davis had 10 rebounds and Jose Calderon 13 assists for Toronto, which opens a five-game trip Sunday at the Los Angeles Clippers.The Trail Blazers led 71-60 to begin the fourth and pushed their lead to 78-62 with 8:15 left. Toronto cut the lead in half, with DeRozan’s running jump shot making it 84-76 with 4:23 to go, but the Raptors were unable to get any closer.last_img read more

Off Beat Camas guitarists brush with McCartney wellplayed

first_imgPaul McCartney has written a lot of great music for guitar.Dave Raynor can display something by the ex-Beatle that was inscribed on a guitar.It’s McCartney’s autograph, written on the Camas musician’s acoustic six-string Martin guitar.Raynor was featured recently in The Columbian, following the Sept. 25 death of singing star Andy Williams. Raynor was a member of the group that backed up Williams when he sang for the last time at the Moon River Theatre in Branson, Mo.Raynor has had a lot of different musical roles since graduating from Camas High in 1971 (where he had the role of Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady”).In addition to playing guitar, Raynor is a songwriter, penning a Grammy-winning gospel song for Deniece Williams.Raynor also has worked as a studio engineer, and that’s how he came across Paul McCartney.From 1986 to 1992, Raynor was an engineer in a Los Angeles studio and worked on the “Rockline” syndicated radio interview show.With the technology of that era, doing an interview with a rock star meant that the rock star actually had to show up in the studio, Raynor said.When McCartney arrived for his interview in October, 1990, “I had a guitar, and another engineer grabbed my guitar and then grabbed me,” Raynor said.The other guy steered Raynor right into the place where the interview was scheduled and asked McCartney if he’d please sign the guitar.last_img read more

Obama top lawmakers to meet Friday on budget cuts

first_imgWASHINGTON — The White House conceded Wednesday that efforts to avoid automatic budget cuts are unlikely to succeed before they kick in and is initiating new talks with congressional leaders to confront seemingly intractable tax-and-spend issues.President Barack Obama will meet at the White House Friday with House and Senate leaders of both parties several hours after the deadline for averting the cuts, known in Washington-speak as a “sequester,” has passed. This would put the White House and Congress essentially in the position of looking past the cuts to the next looming fiscal showdown: A March 27 deadline to continue government operations or force a government shutdown.White House spokesman Jay Carney said the White House talks, arranged Tuesday, are designed to be a “constructive discussion” about how to keep the cuts from having harmful consequences. Obama has been calling for a mix of spending cuts and tax increases to achieve deficit reduction goals.The White House has warned that the $85 billion in cuts could affect everything from commercial flights to classrooms and meat inspections. The cuts would slash domestic and defense spending, leading to forced unpaid days off for hundreds of thousands of government workers.The impact won’t be immediate. Federal workers would be notified next week that they will have to take up to a day every week off without pay, but the furloughs won’t start for a month due to notification requirements. That will give negotiators some breathing room to keep working on a deal.last_img read more

Mariners win home opener over Astros

first_imgSEATTLE — Considering the hype and attention that comes with a home opener, Seattle manager Eric Wedge wanted a veteran to take the mound for the Mariners. Joe Saunders’ career mark at Safeco Field certainly made him feel better, too. Kendrys Morales drove in two runs in his Seattle home debut, Saunders rebounded from a rough first start to throw 6 1-3 shutout innings, and the Mariners debuted the new look of Safeco Field with a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros on Monday. “Your home opener is always a big one and nice to see him go out there and set the tone and pitch and I’ve been really encouraged by his strength the first couple of outings,” Wedge said. “His secondary stuff was obviously better tonight. Just did a great job.”Monday night brought an opportunity for the first look at Seattle’s redesigned field dimensions and its new giant video screen. After being one of the most unfriendly hitters’ parks, the Mariners made changes to the outfield in an effort to make the park fair to both hitters and pitchers.The fences were brought in between 4 and 17 feet depending on the area of the outfield, and how the park would play was the subject of plenty of pregame questions.last_img read more

UPDATE Security forces storm protesterheld Egypt mosque

first_imgCAIRO — Egyptian security forces stormed a Cairo mosque Saturday after a heavy exchange of gunfire with armed men shooting down from a minaret, rounding up hundreds of supporters of the country’s ousted president who had sought refuge there overnight after violent clashes killed 173 people.The raid on the al-Fath mosque on Ramses Square was prompted by fears that deposed President Mohammed Morsi’s group, the Muslim Brotherhood, again planned to set up a sit-in, security officials said, similar to those that were broken up Wednesday in assaults that killed hundreds of people. The arrest of the brother of al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri came in connection with the raid on the mosque. Officials said that he planned to bring in armed groups to support those holed up inside the mosque. Mohammed al-Zawahri, a Morsi ally, leads the ultraconservative Jihadi Salafi group, which espouses al-Qaida’s hardline ideology. He was detained at a checkpoint in Giza, the official said on condition of anonymity. The Egyptian government meanwhile announced it had begun deliberations on whether to ban the Brotherhood, a long-outlawed organization that swept to power in the country’s first democratic elections a year ago.last_img read more

Crowds dig in at Harvest Fun Day

first_img• What: An educational festival put on by the Clark County Historical Museum where families can learn about life on the farm. Activities include pie-eating and corn-shucking contests, scarecrow making, kids’ games, live music, and corn and carrot picking for the Clark County Food Bank. Contest participants should call or visit the website to sign up by 4 p.m. today.• When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28.• Where: Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St.• Admission: Free.• Telephone: 360-993-5679.• Web: www.cchmuseum.org/harvest-fun-day-2013You can count on a few things to stay the same every year at Harvest Fun Day.Kids will scramble after fresh produce, get their faces painted and make scarecrows. Visitors of all ages will compete in pie-eating and corn-shucking contests. And about 700 pumpkins will get magic marker makeovers to transform them with the Halloween spirit.But one thing that isn’t staying the same is the crowd size — it just keeps growing.In its 10th year, the festival — aimed at teaching urban kids and their families about farming — has grown significantly from its origins in a dirt lot across the street from the Clark County Historical Museum.Susan Tissot, executive director of the museum, founded the event as a way to teach about craft-making and the county’s longtime farming history.“I think that there is a real need in the community for families to get together and build things with their hands,” Tissot said. “That’s why we started with a scarecrow-making station. It brings families together to work as a team, and they get something they can take home.”last_img read more

Jet search expands north south mystery persists

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The search for the missing Malaysian jet pushed deep into the northern and southern hemispheres Monday as Australia scoured the southern Indian Ocean and China offered 21 satellites to respond to Malaysia’s call for help in the unprecedented hunt.French investigators arriving in Kuala Lumpur to lend expertise from the two-year search for an Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 said they were able to rely on distress signals. But that vital tool is missing in the Malaysia Airlines mystery because flight 370’s communications were deliberately severed ahead of its disappearance more than a week ago, investigators say.“It’s very different from the Air France case. The Malaysian situation is much more difficult,” said Jean Paul Troadec, a special adviser to France’s aviation accident investigation bureau.Malaysian authorities say the jet carrying 239 people was intentionally diverted from its flight path during an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 and flew off-course for several hours. Suspicion has fallen on the pilots, although Malaysian officials have said they are looking into everyone aboard the flight.Malaysian police confiscated a flight simulator from the pilot’s home on Saturday and also visited the home of the co-pilot in what Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar initially said was the first police visits to those homes. But the government — which has come under criticism abroad for missteps and foot-dragging in their release of information — issued a statement Monday contradicting that account by saying police first visited the pilots’ homes as early as March 9, the day after the flight.last_img read more

Connecting with speed networking

first_imgLearn moreWhat: nConnectWhat it does: Works with educational institutions and STEM-focused companies and professionals to offer career-related experiences to local students. Speed networking, internships and mentors are some ways nConnect encourages students to pursue STEM careers.Email: info@nconnect.org read more

Farmers rethink laborintensive crops

first_imgKENNEWICK — The difficulty Washington farmers face in finding a sufficient number of skilled seasonal workers may limit the amount of labor-intensive crops — such as apples and wine grapes — they can grow.Columbia Basin and Yakima Valley farmers have been adding acres of hops, blueberries and wine grapes. And older apple orchards have been replanted, with the new orchards denser and more fruitful.But that means more workers are needed for harvest and other work such as pruning.Ron Reimann of T & R Farms in Franklin County said apple growers are going to have to figure out different ways to do the same orchard tasks with fewer people.“We are headed into a real interesting time,” he said.The productivity of apple workers is up because older orchards have been replaced with denser ones using trellis systems. Shorter ladders can be used, and some growers are using platforms to help workers pick more, said Jon DeVaney, president of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association.Work is already being done to mechanize tasks now done by hand and improve existing machines.In some cases, the technology just isn’t there yet, said Dick Boushey, a Grandview wine grape grower. But in other cases, it’s a mindset. Most wine grapes are machine-picked, but premium grapes are hand-picked. Boushey’s 160 acres of wine grapes, destined for about 35 different wineries, are all hand-picked.last_img read more