first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#BeachesReopensforbusiness, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 19, 2017 – Providenciales – Thousands of employees returned to work last Thursday when Beaches Resort TCI reopened 14 weeks after a devastating encounter with September’s Hurricane Irma.    Also significant, the resort – a six diamond family all-inclusive – recorded having some 800 guests on opening day with figures steadily climbing and an expected 3,000 guests booked by New Year’s Day.In a luncheon designed to share the story of what it took to get the 770 room resort, set on 75 acres on Grace Bay re-opened with stakeholders and country leaders, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon Butch Stewart said the rebuilding will amount to $50m.“I want to thank the government and the Premier, and of course our Prime Minister, I can’t bring him all this way without him saying a few words.  Once again I’d like to thank you, I’d like to thank you very much.”To make it happen was an incredible feat shared by the Chairman who praised his team which included staffers in the Turks and Caicos and specialists from around the Caribbean.   There were 18 hour days, special engineers, 79 containers of supplies, over 3,000 purchase orders went out, over a dozen chartered flights came in and $3.75m was spent on landscaping alone.Turks and Caicos Governor Dr. John Freeman and Deputy Governor, Anya Williams were among the leaders at the Chairman’s Appreciation Luncheon held Friday at the Key West Village; but also included in the list of government dignitaries was a group from Stewart’s home country of Jamaica, led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.“We’re a very diverse region, and we are open for business, the Caribbean remains open for business even if some of our islands were affected, but it is important to make the point here that even where islands have been affected, the Caribbean has the very deep capacity in terms of the skills, the requisite management capabilities to very quickly get back on track and reopen our facilities to provide the excellent service that we do to our visitors.   And what has happened here with Butch’s leadership and the support and hard work of  the team, is that we are opened for business.”#MagneticMediaNews#BeachesReopensforbusinesslast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-based Merrimack Valley A Cappella, a 45-member award-winning all-femaile a cappella chorus, is hosting a Young Women Singers Workshop this summer.Young women (ages 13-19) from Wilmington and surrounding communities are invited to participate. They’ll learn how to sing “Roar” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” while receiving free vocal production coaching. Sheet music and and audio learning media will be provided.Workshops will take place on Thursday evenings —  June 20, June 27, July 11, and July 18 — from 7pm to 9pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue). July 18 will include a performance for family and friends.RSVP to info@merrimackvalleychorus by May 30. A $15 deposit is required for learning materials. The deposit will be refunded upon completion of the workshop. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMerrimack Valley A Cappella To Perform At Wilmington Farmers Market On July 21In “Community”Wilmington-Based Merrimack Valley Chorus Is Looking For New MembersIn “Community”Wilmington’s Merrimack Valley Chorus Seeking New MembersIn “Community”last_img read more

first_imgInternational Organization for Migration (IOM) director general William Lacy Swing has called upon all for redoubling efforts to ensure that support for victims of trafficking becomes a key pillar in their work, reports UNB.”We must redouble our efforts to ensure that support for victims of trafficking becomes a key pillar in our work,” he said in an op-ed marking the World Day against Trafficking in Persons that falls on today, Monday.Swing said businesses should also ensure they have established feedback loops so that they can continually improve reporting mechanisms, protection for whistle-blowers, and prevention of further harm.”More and more companies are coming together to address the risks they face in supply chains, but remediation for victims of trafficking remains a new area of work for the private sector,” he wrote in the article titled “With Public and Private Sectors at Odds, Traffickers Win. Let’s work together to protect its victims.”Terming positive trends encouraging, he said much more needs to be done. “Today, I will focus on a key challenge, which I see as the next frontier in supply chain engagement: mobilizing the private sector to ensure that migrants who have been wronged receive the remedy and justice they deserve.”Beyond strengthening their due diligence, he said, companies can and must take responsibility for harm perpetrated against their workers and ensure that all possible steps are taken to assist victims of trafficking in their recovery – which they can do by working closely with governments, civil society organizations, international organizations, and the victims themselves.Swing said states bear the primary responsibility to address human trafficking and protect trafficked victims. “By establishing stronger connections between private sector and public efforts to help victims of trafficking, together we can do the work of rebuilding broken lives.”Earlier this year IOM, the UN Migration Agency, launched a set of practical guidelines for companies to address this challenge. In line with the United Nations’ “Protect, Respect, and Remedy” Framework, IOM’s Remediation Guidelines describe the many avenues that businesses can take to offer remediation to victims of exploitation, in partnership with local state and non-State actors.These routes include facilitating access to victim services and support systems such as medical or psychosocial care; relocating victims to new job environments; offering voluntary return to countries of origin; support for recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration where possible, said the IOM chief.”But as we mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, we are also reminded, sadly, that migrants are too often exposed to disproportionate risks of exploitation and abuse when looking for better employment opportunities away from home,” Swing said.Every year, millions of migrants are trafficked within and across borders and find themselves trapped in forced labour.In some cases, men and women are coerced by force into work, enduring violence, threats or psychological manipulation.Often they find themselves indebted via unfair recruitment processes or employment conditions, all the while facing enormous pressures from their families and communities who may have gone into debt themselves, just to start their job search.Other forms of exploitation only slightly more benign;-having to toil under dangerous conditions, settling for menial wages, facing hidden deductions and unreasonable restrictions during both work and non-work hours.”These abuses, too, harm migrants and violate their rights,” Swing said adding that these types of abuse can occur all along an industry’s supply chain and can be easily concealed among layers of sub-contractors.He said trafficking in persons exists today in every country and every economic sector. “Whether the business is coffee, clothing or construction, this much is clear: no workplace or community is immune to human trafficking.””We must all insist that supply chains are free from human trafficking and other forms of exploitation,” Swing said.He said they are already seeing signs of change and a growing number of companies are taking action in their supply chains; more governments are developing new policies and regulatory mechanisms for greater business accountability.”Civil society also plays a critical role in advocating for migrants’ rights and ensuring they have access to the protection and assistance services they need,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgThe attacker who shot dead 39 people on New Year’s night at an Istanbul nightclub has been identified as an Uzbek jihadist who belongs to the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, Turkish press reports said.There had been confusion over the identity of the attacker—who remains on the run—with reports initially suggesting a Kyrgyz national and then a Uighur from China.But intelligence services and anti-terror police in Istanbul have now identified the man as a 34-year-old Uzbek who is part of a Central Asian IS cell, the Hurriyet daily and other Turkish newspapers reported.It said he has the code name of Ebu Muhammed Horasani within the IS extremist group. There was no official confirmation of the report.The killer slipped into the night after killing 27 foreigners and 12 Turkish nationals at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul just 75 minutes into 2017.Despite an intense manhunt, he remains on the run, with some reports saying that he is still believed to be in Istanbul.Turkish police had last week released images of the alleged killer, including a chilling silent video he purportedly took in central Istanbul with a selfie stick.Uzbekistan clamped down on militant Islam after the fall of the Soviet Union under the secular rule of its long-standing leader Islam Karimov who died in 2016.IS militants from Central Asia, including Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, as well as from Russia’s Muslim regions of Dagestan and Chechnya are believed to have played a key role in the triple suicide bombings and gun attack at Istanbul’s main airport in June.The IS extremist group claimed the Istanbul nightclub attack, the first time it has ever clearly claimed a major attack in the country despite being blamed for several strikes including the airport bombings.last_img read more

first_img Share The Latest on stabbings in Finland (all times local):Several Stabbed In Finland, One Apprehended- Says Police https://t.co/Z7xQx3avVp pic.twitter.com/GTnthOeRYX— NEWS IN-DEPTH (@RcmcMedia) August 18, 20177:20 p.m.Finland’s interior minister says security is being stepped up across the Nordic country after stabbings that killed at least two people in a western city.Paula Risikko made the announcement during a news conference in Turku, where the stabbings happened.Police say that a suspect is in custody and being treated in a hospital after officers shot him in the thigh.Turku is about 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of the capital, Helsinki.___7:15 p.m.Police in Finland say that two people have been killed and six others wounded in stabbings in the western city of Turku.Police say that a suspect is in custody and being treated in a hospital after officers shot him.Turku is about 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of the capital, Helsinki.___7 p.m.Finland’s main news agency says one person has died in the stabbings in the western city of Turku.The STT agency cited the hospital where the victim died.Finland’s top police chief Seppo Kolehmainen said it was too early to link the events in Turku to international terrorism, according to the YLE broadcaster.Kolehmainen said it was “nothing is known about the motives … or what precisely has happened in Turku.”Police earlier said officers shot a man in the leg and detained him after the stabbings. Police also say they are looking for more potential suspects.___6:35 p.m.Police in Finland say they are looking for more potential suspects in the stabbing of several people in the western city of Turku.Police made the announcement on Twitter, also warning people to leave and avoid central Turku. Earlier, police said they shot one man in the leg who was suspected of stabbing several people.Finnish broadcaster YLE says several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city.Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat says six people were injured, one man and five women, and that a woman with stroller was attacked by a man with a large knife.___6:10 p.m.Police in Finland say they have shot a man in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku.Finnish broadcaster YLE says several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city.On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of Turku.Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat says six people were injured, one man and five women, and that a woman with stroller was attacked by a man with a large knife.last_img read more

first_imgSpace City FilmsAn astronaut on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /09:36 X center_img Share Space City FilmsWhen you think about the dangers of a spacewalk, accidentally floating away from your ship or running out of air might come to mind — but not drowning.But that’s what almost happened to an astronaut on a spacewalk in 2013.A new documentary details what went wrong. It’s called EVA 23. EVA stands for extravehicular activity, NASA lingo for a spacewalk.It was July 2013, and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano were doing some pretty routine work outside the International Space Station.But things took a turn when Parmitano experienced something unusual: he felt water on the back of his neck.The incident wasn’t cause for panic. Perhaps the pouch containing his drinking water had leaked as they believed it had on a previous spacewalk.But, as time passed, more water began filling Parmitano’s helmet to the point where his eyes and nose were covered — only his mouth remained unobstructed so he could breathe.Space City FilmsItalian astronaut Luca Parmitano demonstrates how water behaves in zero gravity.Eventually the decision was made to end the EVA and return the station. But as he worked his way back in the darkness of space the water began moving as he moved, creating the fear he wouldn’t get back to the airlock before his helmet was completely filled.Space City FilmsNASA astronaut Chris Cassidy describes the problem that occurred with his colleague’s spacesuit, as documented in the film EVA 23.The story of what went wrong and how Parmitano survived with the help of Cassidy and his ISS crew mates makes for a harrowing reminder of the inherent dangers of space exploration.In the audio above, the film’s directors Phil Sexton and Austin Havican of the Clear Lake-based production company Space City Films tell Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty the story of EVA 23.The documentary is screening now at both the Kennedy Space Center and Space Center Houston.– / 8 Listenlast_img read more

first_imgChildhood emotional experiences of individuals can have long lasting consequences in adulthood while they perform a task, a study revealed. In a the study published in the online journal, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, the researchers stated that emotional bond shared with parents in early childhood generates our ability to regulate emotions as adults.“But not everyone’s actions are impacted by emotions to the same extent. Some of us had emotionally responsive caregivers or parents in childhood, while others didn’t,” said Christine Heinisch, researcher at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to the attachment theory in Psychology, childhood experiences influences the ability to regulate emotions as adults. “We expected those having problems with emotional regulation to make more errors in performing a task – and one significant variable influencing this is our attachment experience,” Heinisch added. To test this theory, they conducted a study on adults with different childhood experiences and performed a task of identifying a target letter from among a series of flashing letters.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis task was administered under conditions that evoked a positive, neutral or negative emotional state. The researchers then assessed task performance and analysed electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings of brain function in their subjects.Subjects who did not have emotionally responsive caregivers in childhood (insecure-attached) had more trouble performing under emotionally negative conditions than the others (secure-attached). They also had lower brain activity in response to the target letter under negative conditions than secure-attached subjects. The lower task performance correlated with inefficient strategies for emotional regulation seen in insecure-attached adults. This could mean that a greater share of cognitive resources was allocated for regulating emotions, and consequently, less was available for performing the task.last_img read more

first_img Categories: Cox News,News The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Laura Cox designed to reduce the number of child injuries in vehicle accidents by updating the guidelines for child booster seats and car seats.Cox, of Livonia, said her bill will help protect Michigan’s most vulnerable residents. The legislation updates Michigan’s child passenger safety laws based on the most recent recommendations of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, American Academy of Pediatrics and other groups dedicated to child safety.“As technology advances and introduces better child car safety devices, the child safety standards also must be updated,” Cox said. “This legislation helps parents and law enforcement become better educated on updated recommendations to keep our children safe during travel.“The current criteria is outdated, and suggests a type of child safety seat based solely on a child’s age,” Cox said. “New standards also take into account a child’s weight, a factor which has been proven to be of the utmost importance in selecting a car seat.”Changes to the current law include:Children under 2 or who weigh less than 30 pounds must be in a rear-facing seat;Children ages 2 to 5, or who weigh 30 pounds to 50 pounds, may be in a front-facing car safety seat;Children between ages 5 and 8, or who weigh 50 pounds or over or are 57 inches tall may use a booster seat.From age 8 and up, children must be restrained by a seat belt.The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.#####The bill is House Bill 4951. 17Jan Senate committee approves Rep. Cox’s child safety billcenter_img Legislation helps keep kids safe while travelinglast_img read more

first_imgUkrainian cable operator Volia has received permission from the country’s competition regulator to acquire pay TV operator Odek.When Volia purchases Odek, it will be able to offer its services to 3.5 million homes in 29 cities in total. The operator plans to modernise Odek’s network so it can offer high-speed broadband and digital TV services. The deal is expected to complete by mid-October.last_img