FNM calls VAT presentation disgraceful

FNM calls VAT presentation disgraceful

first_imgPhoto Credit: The Tribune Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 31, 2017 – Nassau – A shameful attempt to explain away the misuse of over $1 billion says the Free National Movement.   Peter Turnquest, Deputy Leader of the FNM said the lengthy presentation in the House of Assembly by PM Perry Christie is not going to distract the FNM as the party plans to launch a proper investigation into the use of the Value Added Tax revenue.Turnquest said the Prime Minister and Finance Minister in his statement yesterday acted as if he were doing the Bahamian people a favor by accounting to them the use of VAT.   Turnquest called it an attempt to swing the public  adding that the only thing the PM did not do to the Bahamian people in that presentation was flip the bird at them.  Turmquest surmised that the presentation and explanations were ‘disgraceful’.#MagneticMediaNews#VATpresentationdisgraceful#PLPexplainVATspending#FNMrespondstoVATpresentation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:#FNMrespondstoVATpresentation, #magneticmedianews, #PLPexplainVATspending, #VATpresentationdisgracefullast_img read more

Democrats and Republicans split over social media content moderation

first_img Politics Tech Industry Twitter and Facebook applications are seen grouped in a Social Media folder on an iPhone.  Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter can’t please everyone when they decide what content to leave up or pull down. It turns out, Democrats and Republicans don’t always see eye to eye on content moderation. screen-shot-2019-06-18-at-2-27-16-pm Pew Research Center A study released by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday showed that about 77 percent of Democrats think social media companies “have a responsibility to remove offensive content from their platforms.” By comparison, about 52 percent of Republicans had the same view.The findings illustrate some of the challenges social media companies are facing as they try to improve how they police content on their sites. Facebook, for example, is creating an independent board that will handle appeals for content decisions. Social networks have faced allegations that they’re censoring conservative speech, which the companies have repeatedly denied. At the same time, they’re also under pressure to do more to combat hate speech, violence and other content that violates their rules. More recently, Facebook faced criticism after the company decided to not remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made it seem like the California Democrat was slurring her words. Instead, the company displayed related articles from fact-checkers debunking the video. Overall, 66 percent of Americans say social media companies have a responsibility to pull down offensive content. But only 31 percent of Americans have at least a fair amount of confidence in social media companies to decide what content to pull down. A higher percentage of women, African-Americans and older adults also think social media companies have a responsibility to remove offensive content. The Pew Research Center surveyed more than 10,000 US adults between April 29 and May 13. The survey doesn’t define what’s considered offensive content and most people don’t agree what’s considered racist and sexist language, the study showed.  null Share your voice Tags 0 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

3 of a family injured in gas cylinder blast

3 of a family injured in gas cylinder blast

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationThree members of a family sustained burn injuries as a cooking gas cylinder exploded at a house in Bipail area of Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital early Saturday.The injured are Akram, 35, his wife Lovely Begum, 25 and the couple’s eight-year-old son Md Ashik.The injured were admitted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, said DMCH police outpost in-charge Bacchu Mia.The cylinder went off around 5:00am leaving the three injured, he added.Quoting physicians, Bacchu said that Akram sustained 90 per cent injuries while his wife Lovely sustained 60 per cent injuries and Ashik 5 per cent.last_img

6 New Tech Upgrades Helpful for Entrepreneurs

first_imgJanuary 13, 2016 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. LAS VEGAS – Every year in early January a crop of shiny, new technologies is unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, also known as CES. A handful of these new technologies will be very useful to entrepreneurs. The trick is finding them at a tradeshow with 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space overflowing with consumer goods ranging from TV’s to toys to self-driving vehicles.I’ve learned where to look for them. Annually for the past 10 years my agency, BIGfish PR, has launched at least one new entrepreneurial or innovative technology for our clients at CES. It’s taught me where on the show floor to discover tech that could be useful to an entrepreneur. Whether it’s increasing productivity, saving time or money, traveling more easily or being more connected, there is always something new and useful to be found at the show.Here are my top six technology picks from this latest CES that can truly help upgrade an entrepreneur’s business or life in general.1. Never run out of storage on your phone.Robin by Nextbit is a carrier agnostic Android phone that won’t let you down when you hit maximum storage capacity. Once the phone’s 32GB internal storage reaches capacity, the device automatically and intelligently moves your lesser used apps and content to the cloud where Robin owners have an additional 100GB of storage space. The phone has a 5.2-inch IPS LCD 1080P screen, a 2680 mAh battery and a fingerprint ID built into the side edge of the device for added security. Robin by NextbitImage Credit: NextbitRobin comes with an unlocked sim card and is available for order through the Nextbit website for $399.Related: Feds Raid Hoverboard Booth at CES2. Search and find patents like a pro.CES saw the debut of a new search engine called Omnity.io that can run searches by full document rather than by keyword or key phrase. Currently, Omnity.io costs nothing to use and only searches through free, open content databases like Wikipedia and the U.S. Patent Office. Entrepreneurs can enter entire patent documents into Omnity.io and the search engine will use semantics and various components of the full document as the basis to find similar documents. Once the search is complete, Omnity.io will not only serve up search results but also provide a visualization of how closely related results are, which then can then be easily exported as a PDF file.Omnity.io Search Engine VisualizationImage credit: Omnity.ioOmnity.io is currently free to use; however, the founding team tells me eventually there will be a moderate monthly fee to accompany a greater range of both free and paid databases that will be included in searches.3. Make calls from loud places.For entrepreneurs who work in open or shared office spaces, or regularly find themselves in really loud environments, there’s the Job Site Ear Buds from Tough Tested. These ear buds are designed specifically for construction workers and tradesmen to take calls while motorized equipment roars in the background, so there’s every reason to expect they will perform well in a noisy, high-energy start-up space. The ear bud cords are constructed with heavy gauge wire that is Kevlar reinforced, making them perfectly suited for the wear and tear of an entrepreneur on the go. Job Site Ear Buds employ EQ/VOICE technology and a Halo 360 microphone for good call clarity.Job Site Ear Buds by Tough TestedImage credit: Tough TestedJob Site Ear Buds retail for $69.99 and are available for purchase at ToughTested.comRelated: The 6 Weirdest Gadgets at CES4. Optimize your cell phone connectivity.Mobile phones usually default to Wi-Fi over cellular connectivity for data usage. Most of the time this is a good thing as it keeps data costs down; however, there are times when a phone is just close enough to a router to pick up a faint Wi-Fi signal but is far enough from that router to only get a snail’s crawl worth of data. This can be infuriating, especially when the phone displays full bars for cellular service.Enter Speedify Mobile from Connectify, Inc. a new app for Android or iOS devices that manages the combination of mobile data and Wi-Fi networks to deliver the fastest speeds available at any point in time. Speedify Mobile seamlessly hands-off between mobile networks and Wi-Fi networks so downloads and videos keep streaming over the fastest network available. Users can easily set Speedify to only use 4G LTE networks when Wi-Fi gets congested or fades out.Speedify Mobile by Connectify, Inc.Image credit: Connectify, Inc.Speedify Mobile for Android and iOS is available for download at speedify.com. The first 1GB of Speedify Mobile managed data is free every month. After that it’s $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year.5. Never miss an important call or message again.Ditto is a super simple device that does one thing — it vibrates when an important call or message comes into your phone. Ditto, made by SimpleMatters, is about the size of a bottle cap and can be clipped on to clothing where it can be discreetly concealed. The device, which is configured through a free Android or iOS app, can be set to vibrate on specific calls, texts and/or messages through third party apps including WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Facebook and Snapchat. This can be a very useful tool for any entrepreneur who doesn’t always carry a phone but needs to always answer that important call. Ditto runs on a watch battery, so there is no recharging. The app will notify you when it’s time to change the battery.Ditto by SimpleMattersImage credit: SimpleMattersDitto comes in three colors: black, white and clear and retails for $39.95 at SimpleMatters.com.6. Always know where your luggage is.For those jam-packed flights where every overhead bin is full and the only option is to check a carry-on stuffed with business-critical items, there’s the Bluesmart Carry-on. The Bluesmart Carry-on suitcase has built in real-time location tracking and a remote locking system that is accessible through a companion mobile app. Bluesmart bags can be located anywhere in the world using the in-app tracking system, which uses both GPS and 3G. In addition to tracking, travelers can also lock and unlock the suitcase remotely from the app, so if your bag goes missing they have a better chance of getting it back with all contents intact.Bluesmart Carry-onImage credit: BluesmartThe Bluesmart Carry-on is a bit steep, retailing for $399 but that’s a small price to pay if you travel frequently with mission-critical items. Carry-on by Bluesmart is available for purchase at Bluesmart.com and later this year the company will be releasing a larger, checked luggage version of the smart suitcase.Related: Chevy’s New Electric Car to Compete With Tesla But Will Cost Much, Much Less Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 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