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_imgDefense officials will start to form a task force to study the business case for consolidating the military’s three exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency, after Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan this week approved a memo laying out the next steps for a possible merger of military resale activities. Shanahan said he agrees “a single consolidated organization offers the greatest potential to achieve the economies and efficiencies” that are necessary to ensure commissary and exchange benefits survive, according to the memo.The task force is scheduled to complete its analysis by Oct. 31, at which point it would begin planning for consolidation, reports Military Times. If the DOD chief management officer approves the business case, the team would complete integration planning by Jan. 31, 2019, and the consolidation would begin under existing authorities. Lawmakers would be afforded input into the decision, however, under an amendment to the House version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill.Photo by Michelle Bir Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgMaruti Suzuki, India’s largest car maker appears to be preparing for an aggressive launch in the domestic market in the near future. The company, which recently took the wraps off its much anticipated Celerio in India, has now showcased a few interesting customised vehicles at the ongoing 12th edition of Delhi Auto Expo.Maruti’s Swift is undoubtedly one of the best offerings from the company for the Indian auto enthusiasts. The car has earned many accolades sine its foray into the auto market. Now the brand is trying its luck in the hot hatch segment with the sportier version of Swift – Swift Sport.Donned in yellow paint, the new Swift Sports flaunts a sporty and aggressive look. The car accommodates safety features like ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), ESP, dual front, electronically adjustable side-view mirrors, dual airbags in the front, curtain airbags and a knee airbag for the driver. Other features of the car include HID projector headlights, automatic headlights, power folding wing mirrors, keyless entry and Bluetooth compatible music system.Under the hood, Swift Sports packs 1.6-litre 4-cylinder motor, which can churn out a power of 100PS at 6900RPM and a peak torque of 160Nm at 4,400RPM. The vehicle can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 8.7 seconds and can attain a top speed of 193kmph.The company also unveiled a new avatar of its Swift Dzire called Swift Dzire Opula. The car houses a slew of features like dual tone seats, dual tone dashboard and a console fitted with display.last_img read more

first_imgMentioning the proposed Digital Security Act as a threat to the freedom of speech, expression and the safety of the citizens, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) called for the amendment of the draft law on the basis of the opinion of all stakeholders, reports UNB.TIB in the statement on Thursday said, “The proposed ‘Digital Security Act of 2017’ comes in contradiction to the constitutional rights of free speech and opinion and the International Convention on the Rights of the People. The government should amend all the controversial clauses of the law and revise it on the basis of the respective experts and partners immediately.”TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, “Due to the scope of defamation, fraud and misuse, it will push the people and their right guaranteed by the constitution rather at risk, instead of ensuring the national security, freedom of speech and expression.”He said, “It is the updated version of section 3 of the Official Secrecy Act of 1923 on the spying. The law has inserted many clauses in the proposed Digital Security Act under section-32.The misuse of the proposed law, TIB feared, would hinder rights ensured by the Right to Information Act 2009.Iftekharuzzaman said the possibility of disclosure of true information through the internet and social media will face hindrances if the proposed digital security law is approved in parliament.The practice of democratic and fundamental rights will be hampered which will be the suicidal approach for the country’s democratic advancement, TIB added.TIB feared wide misuse of the proposed law by investigation officers as it has given them the power to check anyone without any warrant and arrest.Earlier on 29 January, the cabinet approved the draft of the Digital Security Act-2018.last_img read more