first_img Local Atty says Govt going against public consultation; says NO to taller resort plan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:consultation, gaming policy 2015 Consultations on Health & Agriculture launched Changes coming for National Parks laws; public consultation starts Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Oct 2015 – Consultation on the Gaming Policy 2015 has been extended to November 16 and the PNP Administration today announced that they still welcome electronic and dropped off submissions of ideas.In a 37-page document, there is focus on licensing, types of gaming, form and system of taxation, reporting and control standards, safeguards for licensees, employees, patrons, devices for gaming and games rules. In announcing the consultation the Administration shared that as of 2013, there were 80 gaming properties and 535 active machines in the TCI.We’ve got the link to the policy and email information at MagneticMediaTV.com.Follow this link to the Gaming Policy 2015: http://issuu.com/rtcstation/docs/thegamingpolicydraft15thsep2015Email: gamingconsultation2015@gov.tclast_img read more

first_imgBy The Associated PressBEIJING (AP) — The West African Nation of Burkina Faso formally resumed diplomatic ties with China on Saturday after breaking off relations with Taiwan, which now has just 18 diplomatic allies.Burkina Faso’s decision was the latest blow to Taiwan, a self-governing democracy that Beijing claims as its own territory and has been seeking to isolate on the global stage.China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, and Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry attend a signing ceremony establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries in Beijing, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Thomas Peter/Pool Photo via AP)Earlier this month, the Dominican Republic established diplomatic relations with China and severed ties with Taiwan.A document establishing diplomatic ties was signed Saturday in Beijing between Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Burkina Faso’s foreign minister, Alpha Barry.The move leaves Taiwan with just one remaining African ally, Swaziland, and Wang appeared to indicate the small nation in the continent’s south was being actively courted by Beijing.“Now Africa has only one country with which we have not yet established” diplomatic relations, Wang said. “We hope this country can join the big China-Africa family of friendship as soon as possible.”On Friday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted that “China’s growing pressure will only strengthen other countries’ support for us.”She added defiantly, “We will never back down.”Taiwan has previously condemned what it called China’s “dollar diplomacy” campaign of luring away Taiwan’s allies with promises of vast financial aid and investment.Tsai has angered Beijing by refusing to endorse its “one-China principle” designating the island as a part of China.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bangladesh High Commission celebrated Bangladesh at the Indian Habitat Centre in the Capital from Thursday to Friday. The numerous people who filled the stein auditorium experienced not only one form of expression but many. Together, at the same time, we were all a part of poetry, music, dance, drama, recitation, expressions and Tagore! The Commission had gathered a rather gifted troupe from Shadhona, led by prominent dance proponent, Lubna Mariam from Dhaka showcasing the brilliance of the Bengali performing traditions from Bangladesh for the evenings! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first day of the event saw From Finite to Infinite: The Spirit of Bangladesh. From Finite to Infinite, or Atma theke Paramatrna, was a presentation of the mystic musical- dancing traditions of Bangladesh which inherently believe that the finite body has the potential to realize the infinite creative principle through earthly practices. Through centuries these practices have empowered the common man to think beyond the normative confines of sectarian beliefs. The performances, including Buddhist Charya, Vaishnava Manipuri, Brahrro and Baul, give a historical perspective of the traditions, through music and dance; while reflecting the essence of the spirit of Bangladesh. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn the second day we had Towards Light or Alor pane praner chawla. It is a geeti-nritya alekhya, or presentation through words and movements, that describes the, almost, indescribable journey of our prana, or life force, towards the illuminating light of gyaan or knowledge. It was based on excerpts of songs and poems by Rabindranath Tagore, who himself was continuously journeying towards enlightenment. Lubna Marium — aesthete, danseuse, dance pioneer, teacher, choreographer and impresario is a pioneering figure in the contemporary South Asian cultural scenario. Daughter of illustrious parents Colonel Quazi Nooruzzaman and Professor Sultana Zaman, Lubna Marium has dedicated a lifetime to the promotion of culture, particularly dance and other performing arts. She is the director of Shadhona — a center for promotion of South Asian performing arts, and principal of Kalpataru — a school of dance, music and arts in Dhaka.  Shadhona has done some pioneering work in reviving almost extinct dance/martial arts forms – Lathi Khela and Charya dance. Lubna Marium in an interview says, ‘at Shadhona, we have been working on a folk-narrative, and needed movements that better express the narrative. That started me off on a search for indigenous dance forms. I was astonished to find, in Bangladesh, some beautiful performing traditions which included vibrant dance forms – Padmar Nachon, Lathikhela, Jari. We couldn’t just learn these traditions and ignore the practitioners who have nurtured and preserved them with almost no patronage. Thus the ‘Robi Cholo Lathi Kheli’ project started. Similarly, we are working on a Buddhist narrative, which incorporates the ancient “Charyapada” lyrics. Again, I went a-searching and found Charya Nritya – a tantric dance which has its own set of hand-gestures. This led me to researching into the origins of our language of hand-movements. In fact, my interest is in the entire gamut of work dealing with the body-mind connection, on which practices like ‘yoga’ are based.’ Bangladesh of course gave its best! And let’s say, Delhi welcomed Bangladesh with warm hearts.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: State Finance and Industry, minister Amit Mitra on Tuesday said that both Tantuja and Manjusha have seen a remarkable turnaround in the last seven years since the Mamata Banerjee government took over in 2011.Tantuja, that had suffered a loss of Rs 12.69 crore in the year 2010-11 has registered an operational profit of Rs 10.26 crore in the 2017-18 fiscal. In reply to a poser by Trinamool Congress MLA Samir Kumar Jana at the state Assembly, Mitra, who is also in charge of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Textiles department stated that Tantuja, in the year 2010-11, has made a business of Rs 55.09 crore and incurred a loss of Rs 12.69 crore. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”In 2011-12, the very first year we assumed office, we made a profit of Rs 69 lakh. In the 2017-18 fiscal, our turnover has gone up to Rs 204. 90 crore with a profit of Rs 10.26 crore,” the minister said. He also added that Tantuja has made a business of Rs 167.70 crore in the last seven months and the operational profit has been Rs 3.39 crore. According to Mitra, the operational profit for Manjusha has been Rs 5.87 crore in the 2017-18 fiscal and it has also registered a turnover of Rs 91.04 crore. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Manjusha has made a business of Rs 167.70 crore from April to October this year and has made a profit of Rs 7.39 crore,” he said. Elaborating on the reasons behind the turnaround, the minister said Tantuja has gone for massive product diversification in terms of bringing in the latest designs in sarees and has introduced jackets, scarves etc. “The state design centre is coming up with new designs and the weavers are being encouraged to incorporate new and latest designs in sarees,” Mitra added. According to him, the state government has eliminated the role of middlemen in the entire process by introducing the sale of products through e-commerce sites and also doing away with the manual calculation of sale proceeds. “The products are now purchased directly from the Self-Help Groups and the weavers through camps in various parts of the state and payments are made directly to their bank accounts,” Mitra reiterated.last_img read more

first_img Listen Now 6 min read January 25, 2011 The secret to surviving this Great Recession may turn out to be how you manage working capital–the difference between the money you’ve been paid and the cash you owe.The good news is that clever startups are coming to market with big new ideas intended not only to change the way small businesses handle money, but in some cases to also cut out big, bad, TARP-grabbing traditional banks altogether.”The market is beginning to understand how much value there is in unlocking what is not working in the financial infrastructure,” says Aaron Patzer, vice president of the Personal Finance Group at Intuit and founder of Mint.com, the online personal finance site Intuit purchased last year.Here then, is how to get the most out of next-gen working capital.1. Put future sales to workThe old-school small-business dynamic of paying a bill by the agreed-upon due date or face usurious late fees is disappearing. BillFloat, based in San Francisco, is launching micro-credit for small business. Using investment and tech backing from online giant PayPal, BillFloat will provide as much as $1,000 of unsecured credit for 30 days to pay any bill.BillFloat charges a flat rate for each micro loan. Fees during the current beta period, for example, are $4.99 per bill for a $50 loan and as much as $14.06 to pay a $225 bill. This fee combines a 3 percent monthly interest rate and a flat service charge per bill. Lendees have 30 days to repay and can extend terms as long as they notify BillFloat. Interest continues to accrue while the balance is outstanding.Traditional banks also are morphing into financing innovators. Capital Access Network has created a product called AdvanceMe that provides working capital based on a company’s estimated future credit card transactions. The outfit also reviews other factors–including whether a company has a minimum monthly credit volume of $5,000–before agreeing to provide a lump sum. The Scarsdale, N.Y., company says the approach lets firms with lower credit scores qualify for loans.Clearly, new financing options like these will strain some small businesses. For example, as low-cost as BillFloat might be compared with charges for bounced checks, 3 percent per month works out to a near-Sopranos level of 36 percent annually. And financing tools like those offered from Capital Access Network require sophisticated accounting because, technically, the cash is not a loan, but a form of accelerated sale. Companies will need to think through options to be sure these deals make business sense.2. Get your money fasterConsidering all the innovation in digital technology and the web, small-business billing is still almost ludicrously old-fashioned snail-mail paper bills and paper checks or fast but pricey web-based billing and payment services. Now third parties are offering new ways to expedite inbound cash.Invoicera, based in New Delhi, provides services like international billing, multiple payment gateway support, fiscal team management and automatic billing. Basic tools are free, and $10 a month buys access for as many as 25 users and more features. The system requires at least a working knowledge of accounting to use properly.Bill.com in Palo Alto, Calif., offers a near-enterprise-grade billing and invoicing tool that extends to managing payroll and billing options via the web. “Small-business owners are beginning to demand the kind of controls they have in their personal banking tools from the business tools,” says Jeff Schultz, Bill.com’s vice president of marketing.Traditional financial service firms are not far behind. Charge card giant American Express is betting on a new payment service that ties web payment options, financing and other services to small-business invoices.The rub with all these is cost. American Express charges to manage receivables. Fees are complex and vary by amount and product used, but entry-level accounts cost 2.89 percent of each bill, plus 15 cents per transaction. Bill.com’s service starts at $20 per month, plus 99 cents per check and 49 cents per electronic transaction. So firms must be careful not to get buried by these costs.3. Lose the payroll, the paper and even the branchBankSimple is angling to offer all the services of a bank without the actual building. The Brooklyn, N.Y., firm is establishing a web-based financial system that will offer free ATMs, automated money management, smartphone bank deposits and free online bill payment with what the firm claims are no hidden fees and far lower costs than traditional banks.New banking hybrids are springing up fast. Austin, Texas-based MPOWER Ventures, through its prepaid debit card brand Mango Financial, recently opened its first “Mango Store” in Austin. A lower-cost alternative to high-priced check cashing, Mango’s new retail location provides prepaid MasterCards, mobile money transfers and free alternatives to many financial transactions. The service gives small businesses not only new payroll options, but also lets their employees cash checks less expensively. Mango will offer payment options for small businesses looking to pay employees in cash. It hopes to open stores across the country on a march to become the Starbucks of next-gen banking.PayNearMe is looking to do away not only with paper checks, but paper money, too. The Mountain View, Calif., company has pioneered the use of bar-coded vouchers, which any desktop imaging device can produce and which can be used to pay for anything from goods at 7-Eleven stores to rental cars from firms like Avis.There are risks for these services. Fees are higher for working through third-party ATMs, and the tax implications are significant. The IRS likes to know where your money is.4. Smarter point-of-sale For sheer innovation, it’s tough to beat the changes coming at the point-of-sale. One of the most cutting-edge is Palo Alto-based Bling Nation, which is trying to deploy a system that lets small firms create on-the-fly loyalty programs. The cash-back and points system works through BlingTag, a fob that attaches to the back of any mobile device–no cash or credit card needed. The BlingTag lets merchants track purchases, reward customers and offer discounts almost automatically.Firms like Plastic Jungle, meanwhile, are in the $30 billion market of uncashed gift cards. The San Jose, Calif., firm buys the remaining balances on unused or unwanted gift cards both from users and businesses, then resells this purchasing power to buyers using its Gift Card Exchange. Spreads range from 30 percent to 92 percent of face value, depending on the retailer and value of the gift card. “If you have gift cards on your books, this is a new way to get working capital,” says Bruce Bower, CEO of Plastic Jungle.Again, there are drawbacks. Bling Nation must work with existing credit card vendors, which can be challenging. And gift cards face steep competition from prepaid debit cards that replicate the gift card experience but can work with any retailer.”All this activity does bring excitement to the market,” says Patzer of Intuit, in Mountain View, Calif. “But getting from a good idea to a good business takes awhile.”Corrections & Amplifications: An earlier version of this article misidentified the maker of AdvanceMe in its second reference. It is Capital Access Network. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. This story appears in the February 2011 issue of . Subscribe »last_img read more

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group MSC opens sales on new Bellissima ship, debuting March 2019center_img GENEVA — Sales for the highly anticipated MSC Bellissima is now open, giving club members a jumpstart on booking MSC Cruises’ second Meraviglia-generation mega-ship.Sales are initially open exclusively to MSC Voyagers Club members as one of the many benefits of the program. Bookings will open on May 15 for all other guests.When booking MSC Bellissima, MSC Voyagers Club members will also receive a special 5% discount in addition to their current MSC Voyagers Club early booking discount. All other guests will enjoy a 5% discount on early booking fares until Oct. 31, 2017.Beginning in March 2019, MSC Bellissima will cruise the Western Mediterranean for its inaugural season. She will embark on her maiden voyage from Genoa, Italy on March 24, 2019 and call at Marseille and Barcelona, as well as other Mediterranean hotpots like Naples, Messina in Sicily and Valetta in Malta.Onboard, guests will find a wealth of exciting amenities including an unprecedented choice of fine dining and casual options at 10 dining venues, a Mediterranean-style promenade with a 262-foot LED Sky screen, and a dedicated lounge for families called the DOREMI Studio Lounge. Kids will also love the DOREMI Tech Lab, a must-visit destination for curious minds.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedA major highlight onboard will be two Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, which will take place six nights per week in the purpose-built Carousel Lounge. Ahead of each performance, guests can enjoy an exclusive pre-show dinner service, a unique experience that’s available both on MSC Meraviglia (deputing this June) as well as the MSC Bellissima. As an early booking incentive, all guests who book a sailing on MSC Bellissima by July 3, 2017 will receive a complimentary Cirque du Soleil at Sea dinner and show experience as part of their cruise booking.“Bearing testimony to our focus on innovation, MSC Bellissima will be the fourth new ship coming into service in just two years,” said Gianni Onorato, Chief Executive Officer of MSC Cruises. “She will join what is already one of the most modern fleets at sea as our long-standing focus is to always offer our guests the most modern and innovative ships to ensure they make the most out of their vacation at sea.”More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backPrices for MSC Bellissima start at $1,199 per person for a balcony stateroom. The ship is currently under construction at the STX France shipyard. Monday, May 1, 2017 Tags: MSC Cruiseslast_img read more