This is affirmed by their apparent hesitancy to pronounce on the readiness of the organisation to execute their constitutional mandate.The administrators at GECOM ought to be ready to address any constitutional requirement in keeping with their functional responsibilities. At the time of writing this; it is a monstrous shame that 41 of the 90 days have passed without a public confirmation as to whether the organisation is ready. This column supports the national call for immediate answers from GECOM.This apparent calculated delay comes during a period when there is a valid List of Voters with an expiry period at the end of April.Given that the organisation successfully executed the Local Government Elections only two months ago, and that its Public Relations Officer had already said that systems were in place to implement Standard Operating Procedures, the return to work and role of Chairman Patterson raises more questions than answers.The current position of stymie, therefore emphasises an extremely disappointing, vulgar, and flagrant bias, which signals a posture of unacceptable convenient prejudice to fuel a crisis environment. In an organisation of autonomy, fairness should prevail, contrary to the obviously demonstrated bigotry. There should be no frivolous excuses by GECOM to delay the performance of its mandate. The organisation was tooled to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the execution of its role. Appropriations of hundreds of millions were already spent in updating GECOM’s Crystal Reporting Database system to enhance necessary responses. It is, however, notable that room for particular areas of ICT improvement still exists, such as the critical fingerprint validation addition.This GECOM ICT system, together with appropriate legislation, supports continuous updates of needed records and required data. In so doing, it provides the institution with a distinct advantage to disseminate information, conduct research, analyse data to inform budgeting and conduct training. It is customised in a manner which positions the organisation to overcome numerous previous challenges and hurdles that were associated with manual systems of the ‘70s and ‘80s when the PNC was allowed to glaringly and notoriously manipulate and infiltrate results.A number of interventions since its implementation, although not foolproof, would have made it increasingly difficult to tamper and manipulate results. Such infiltration by external persons of interests now requires surreptitious internal interplay with administrators within GECOM who have access or are otherwise involved in influencing other employed parties.Protection and preservation of security in this realm remain a matter of strongest concern. The Carter Centre interventions prior to and after 1992, resulted in legislative changes which were aligned to and instructive on neutralising the unfair overwhelming controls the PNC had on the electoral mechanism.Areas of adjustments included the approach to deciding the GECOM Chairman which was given scant regard by President Granger and the system of counting of ballots at the Place of Polls, which give some measure of limited assurance.It, therefore, places for strongest scrutiny, the known controls regarding sealing and transport of ballot boxes to prevent issues like the ‘False Statements of Polls’ finding their way into the tally.The situation is suggestive of internal infiltration and this has to be prevented by the mandatory ICT Sign-Off system of results, and the transparent use of fingerprint validation technology in the future.It is noted that the ICT Sign-Off was not done in 2015 although this is provided for in law, while examination of the ICT fingerprint enhancing approach was indeterminately put on hold by Chairman James Patterson who had refused to meet the United Nations team after they had concluded their analysis.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
Today, Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization, announces that Mckenna Grace, star of “Gifted,” Netflix’s “The Haunting Of Hill House,” and “I, Tonya,” is their 2017 Adopt a Turkey Project spokesperson.Mckenna Grace Stands Up for TurkeysFollowing in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin and Ellen DeGeneres, she will speak out for turkeys, who are some of the most abused animals on Earth.Video: Mckenna Grace Stands Up for Turkeys: “I Would Rather Love Them Than Eat Them”In an adorable new video shot at Farm Sanctuary’s shelter for rescued farm animals in Acton, CA, Mckenna, surrounded by her feathered friends, informs viewers that turkeys are smart, social, curious, playful, and enjoy being petted and cuddled, just like a dog or a cat. She also acknowledges a sad reality: that although turkeys can live up to ten years, most only live to be a few months old.“Turkeys make awesome friends,” says Grace. “They are so sweet and they all have different personalities. That’s why I would rather love them than eat them. Sadly, 46 million turkeys are killed at Thanksgiving and never get a chance at a good life. That’s nothing to be thankful for. So this year, do our turkey friends a favor and keep them off your plate. Join me and be a part of Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project!”Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project has turned the tables on the traditional Thanksgiving celebration by inspiring people to commemorate turkeys as guests of honor around our tables, instead of upon them. The project has saved hundreds of turkeys from cruelty while inspiring countless individuals to sponsor a turkey who resides at one of Farm Sanctuary’s three shelters in New York and California. For a one-time donation of $30, turkey sponsors receive a special adoption certificate with a color photo and fun facts about their new feathered friend — perfect for displaying on your holiday table!To learn more information about the Adopt a Turkey Project, visit adoptaturkey.com.
THE LEON TURNQUEST AWARD FOR SPORTS PRINT JOURNALISMNominees:1 – Renaldo Dorsett – Sports Reporter, The Tribune2 – Randy Smith – Sports Reporter, The Nassau Guardian THE BURSELL BRADSHAW PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDNominees:1 – Kermit Taylor – Photographer2 – Terrel Carey – Photographer, The Tribune3 – Shawn Hanna – Photographer, The Tribune4 – Torrell Glinton – Photographer, The Nassau Guardian5 – Eric Rose – Photographer/Senior Information Officer, Bahamas Information ServicesTHE ERIC WILMOTT AWARD FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISMNominees:1 – Natario McKenzie – Reporter, The Tribune2 – Rashad Rolle – Reporter, The Tribune3 – Taneka Thompson – News Editor, The Tribune4 – Clint Watson – Editor, Producer, ZNS5 – Sancheska Dorsett – Reporter, The Tribune6 – Ricardo Wells – Reporter, The Tribune7- Khrisna Russell – Deputy Chief Reporter, The Tribune8 – Ava Turnquest – Chief Reporter, The Tribune9 – Karissma Robinson – News Anchor/Journalist, ZNS 2 – Prof. Winston Mitchell – Professor Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 15, 2017 – Nassau – About 40 persons representing the journalism and mass communications profession have entered their work in The 2017 Bahamas Press Club Media Awards.The Black Tie event is being held under the Patronage of Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, on Saturday, November 18, at 7pm at the British Colonial Hilton.Keynote speaker is Dr the Hon Hubert A Minnis, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.The Awards event this year is in part, a Powered by Aliv sponsorship, and the Silver Sponsors are The Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd (BPL) and the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (ZNS).Three new awards have been added to the growing list of categories. They are: The University of The Bahamas Journalism Award (For UB Students), the PAHO-WHO Excellence in Health Promotion Award, sponsored by the Pan-American Health Organization-World Health Organization, and The Press Club Person of the Year Award (to be chosen by The Press Club).Here are the Nominees in 14 Categories:THE KENNETH NATHANIEL FRANCIS AWARD FOR NEWSPAPER DESIGN AND COMPOSITIONNominees:1 – Ayhisha Small – Paginator, The Nassau Guardian2 – The Tribune Newspaper WEBSITE OF THE YEARNominees:1 – Natario McKenzie – Reporter, The Tribune2 – Ianthia Smith –Freelance Journalist Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp THE P. ANTHONY WHITE AWARD FOR COLUMNIST OF THE YEARNominees:1 – Inigo ‘Naughty’ Zenicazelaya – Columnist, The Tribune2 – Alicia Wallace – Columnist, The Tribune THE LESLIE HIGGS FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARDNominees:1 – Alesha Cadet – Reporter, The Tribune2 – Jessica Robertson – Journalist/Marketing/Advertising/PR3 – Jeffarah Gibson – Writer, The Tribune4 – Jayme C. Pinder – Reporter, The Nassau Guardian5 – Travis Cartwright-Carrol – Reporter, The Nassau GuardianTHE PAN-AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION-WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH PROMOTION AWARDNominees:1 – Ava Turnquest – Chief Reporter, The Tribune2 – Shavaughn Moss – Lifestyles Editor, The Nassau Guardian3 – Shenique Miller – Journalist/Talk Show Host – Guardian Radio4 – LeDaunne Davis – National Anchor/General Assignment Reporter, ZNS THE AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DOCUMENTARYNominees:1 – Andrew Burrows – Director of Special Projects, the Broadcasting Corporation of TheBahamas (ZNS) 2 – Rossano Deal – Social Media Editor, The Nassau Guardian3 – Winston Mitchell – Professor Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas THE AWARD FOR BEST EDITING FOR TELEVISION NEWS STORY OR DOCUMENTARYNominees:1 – Andrew Burrows – Director of Special Projects, the Broadcasting Corporation of TheBahamas (ZNS) SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD – BLOGGERS, PODCASTERS, LIVE STREAMING, ETC.Nominees:1 – Natario McKenzie – Reporter, The Tribune2 – 10th Year Seniors3 – Frecinda S. Mullings – Writer, Producer, Social Media Comedian4 – Ianthia Smith –Freelance Journalist5 – Stephen Hanna – Journalist, Social Media6 – Rossano Deal – Video Editor, The Nassau Guardian7 – Timothy Bain – Instagram Reporter et al Related Items: Caption:The Bahamas Press Club 2014 held a press conference Thursday, October 26, 2017 at The Shoal Restaurant on Nassau Street to announce its media awards banquet. The Black Tie event will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton. Pictured from left are Dr Esther de Gourville, PAHO-WHO Country Rep for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands; Anthony Capron, president, The Bahamas Press Club; Shasha Lightbourne, Media Champion, ALIV, Poweredby Sponsor and Diana-Lynn Sands, Manager Corporate Communications BPL, Silver Sponsor(PHOTO/BPC) THE CYRIL STEVENSON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING POLITICAL JOURNALISMNominees:1 – Taneka Thompson – News Editor, The Tribune2 – Ava Turnquest – Chief Reporter, The Tribune For more information contact: Lindsay Thompson, Secretary, The Bahamas Press Club 2014 at: (242) 434-5643. For Ticket sales: (242) 824-2924. Facebook: The Bahamas Press Club 2014. Website: bahamaspressclub.org Other corporate sponsors are being encouraged to come on board and to strengthen ties with the media.Shasha Lightbourne – ALIV Media Champion said that the communications company is happy to partner with The Press Club in recognizing the work of the Bahamian media, as a Powered by Sponsor.Equally as excited to come on as a Silver sponsor, Diana-Lynn Sands, Manager Corporate Communications BPL, Silver Sponsor, indicated its intention to enhance relations with the mediaAnd Dr Esther de Gourville, PAHO-WHO Country Rep for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands underscored the importance of that organization promoting healthy lifestyles throughout the Caribbean region. Hence, its sponsorship of the health promotion segment, within the Press Club Media awards this year.Anthony Capron, president of The Bahamas Press Club 2014 shed light on particulars of the night, which is being billed – the go to event of the year.“Today, we are here to promote the 2017 Bahamas Press Club Media Awards Banquet, to be held Saturday, November 18th, in the Windsor Room of the British Colonial Hilton. Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling is again our patron and Prime Minister Dr the Hubert Minnis will be the keynote speaker,” Mr. Capron said.The theme for the evening will be “Uncovering The Bahamas.”“Often you may hear phrases being bandied about that the press is the watchdog of society. And, indeed, it is. But you may also hear that the media is not doing a good job, and sometimes that it is not doing its job, period.You always hear what the press is not doing. The good goes unspoken, and unrecognized by the critics.We in the media know that we are not all good. But, we also know, that we are not as bad as the naysayers try to paint us.And so, it is up to us to recognize our worth and to give ourselves the necessary pat on the back.However, we note that with the advent and the spread of social media, a burden has been placed on the traditional media, like never before. More than ever now, we need to be very careful of our sources and to remember our tenets. Check and recheck. Ensure that we have the facts and to jealously guard against being the purveyors of what today is heralded as “fake news”.Mr. Capron noted that the awards were first held in 2015 when the pioneers in media were honoured, namely, Eileen Dupuch Carron, Kenneth Francis, Wendall Jones, Henry Saunders, Silbert Mills, Anthony Ferguson and the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (ZNS). Mrs. Carron, the long serving editor and publisher of The Tribune, was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.The Bahamas Press Club’s Media Awards 2016 covered and a wide range of working journalists who were nominated, judged and given awards for the fruit of their labour over the previous year. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to veteran broadcaster Calsey Johnson, the recent Bahamas High Commissioner to Canada.The standing awards are:The Leon Turnquest Award for Sports Print JournalismThe Bursell Bradshaw Award for Press Photographer of the YearThe Kenneth N. Francis Award for Newspaper Design and CompetitionThe Cyril Stevenson Award for Political JournalismThe Best TV Documentary AwardThe Best Television News Story AwardThe Leslie Higgs Award for Feature Writer of the YearWebsite of the Year Award, andThe Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement AwardAlso this year, the recipient of the Pioneer Award is Joan Albury, of The Counsellors Limited.A distinguished panel of judges will adjudicate the submissions. They represent a balanced mixture of expertise in journalism and mass communications:Hadassah Hall,Judy Terrell,Quincy Parker,Duke Wells,Ray Munnings, andDr Esther de Gourville, PAHO-WHO Country Rep for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.Members of the media and their publishers, editors and managers throughout the country were emailed a package consisting of the Awards Criteria and Submission form, which is to be filled out indicating the award category they are entering and emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission forms and information regarding the awards can also be found on the Press Club’s Website: www.bahamaspressclub.org and The Bahamas Press Club 2014 Facebook page.“I would also add, excitedly, that The Bahamas’ very own Celebrity Artist and political cartoonist in The Tribune, Jamaal Rolle has been commissioned to produce The Press Club Person of the Year portrait, which will be unveiled at the Awards Banquet,” Mr. Capron said.The awards night is promising to be exciting – the MC is Mr. David Wallace himself – local politician, playwright and comedian. There will be gifts, prizes and surprises. Tickets for the Awards Banquet are on sale.FREEDOM OF INFORMATION“Ladies and gentlemen, the Bahamas Press club is not meant to be just another group of civil society, or nonsensical advocacy gathering. The Bahamas Press Club is supposed to fathom the aspirations of all the people who would seek to make The Bahamas a model country, where there is honesty and transparency in government, and where it is easy for investors to do business,” Mr. Capron said.“We All know that the FNM administration that came in 2007 passed a freedom of information bill but in the end failed at enactment. It never became law,” he added.In the 2012-2017 term of a PLP administration, another FOI bill was passed, but still, there is no law. This present FNM administration, under the leadership of Prime Minister Minnis, is again promising to enact Freedom of Information.“And, in that regard, the Bahamas Press club will continue in the pursuit of having the government implement the FOI, which will ensure that not only the media but the general population would have free access to information,” he said.For more information and for ticket sales contact Lindsay Thompson at: email@example.com Telephone: (242) 434-5643 or (242) 557-0862 UNIVERSITY OF THE BAHAMAS BEST FEATURE STORY AND BEST HARD NEWS STORY TV/RADIO (UB Students Only)Nominees:1 – Dawn Munroe – Student, Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas2 – Leah Cooper – Student, Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas3 – Andrea Darville – Student, Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas THE AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION NEWS STORYNominees:1 – Kyle Walkine – Reporter, Our News/The Nassau Guardian2 – Genea Noel-Ferguson – Reporter, ZNS3 – Karissma Robinson – News Anchor/Journalist, ZNS
This is the largest 3D-printed metal car part Ford Share your voice News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Now playing: Watch this: 0 Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ More about 2019 Ford Ranger More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value While 3D printing has been working its way into the industry mostly via plastic, 3D-printing metal objects is gaining popularity, too. BMW has already invested in the tech, and Bugatti used it to build a gnarly titanium brake caliper. HRE, an aftermarket wheel company, used 3D printing to assemble some of the wildest wheels I’ve ever seen, too.The build process for Block’s intake manifold took five days to complete, and if you’re interested in seeing how everything came together, be sure to check out Ford Performance’s video below. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Auto Tech Car Culture Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker 3D printing Ford 2:26 Tags Enlarge ImageThis is an aluminum monster, not to be confused with the other Aluminum Monster. Ford Ken Block has been doing wild stuff behind the wheel of Ford vehicles for years now, and one of his latest cars required him to lean on the manufacturer’s work in 3D printing.In the process of building his 900-plus-horsepower “Hoonitruck,” which stars in Block’s new Gymkhana 10 video, it was determined that they’d need a big, complex intake manifold to supply the truck’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with air. Off-the-shelf solutions clearly wouldn’t be able to handle the air required to make all that power.Thus, Ford Performance came to the rescue. Working with Ford’s own engineers in Europe, as well as RWTH Aachen University in Germany, the team designed and 3D-printed an aluminum intake manifold that could handle the required volume of air. Ford claims it’s the largest 3D-printed metal part ever installed on a functioning vehicle. Post a comment
Tags Our wishlist for Google I/O 2019 3:13 Post a comment 0 Now playing: Watch this: Originally published May 6, 6:03 a.m. PT.Update, at 6:32 a.m. PT: Added details about Google grants for teachers, 8:52 a.m. PT: Added more details about Rodney Robinson. Share your voice Google had almost 60,000 doodles to choose from for Teacher Appreciation Week. Google Google is celebrating teachers on Monday. If you check out the search engine’s page, you’ll see a crayon-style Google Doodle surrounded by pencils, protractors, apples, puzzle pieces and other school-related images.”Today’s Doodle was created in partnership with the 57 2019 US State Teachers of the Year who visited Google in January for their first group meeting and explores the theme ‘A day in the life of a teacher,'” Google said in a blog post.In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Google said it’s making one its largest teacher-focused grants — a $5 million Google.org grant that’ll unlock $10 million for teachers through DonorsChoose.org. For every dollar that’s donated to the nonprofit, Google will add 50 cents, from Monday to Tuesday, up to $1.5 million total. Rodney Robinson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year, created the doodle. Robinson said he went into teaching to honor his mother, Sylvia Robinson, who was denied the opportunity to become an educator because of poverty and segregation. Instead, his mother opened an in-home daycare center for children in the neighborhood and taught in a different way. Today, Robinson teaches social studies in a juvenile detention facility in Virginia. “I work to create a positive school culture and empower my students to become civically minded social advocates,” Robinson said.When he was chosen as Virginia’s Teacher of the Year, Robinson said he was “elated.” “Google’s homepage today is a tribute to teachers, and I feel proud to see the contribution I made — alongside my 56 fellow State Teachers of the Year — up there for everyone to see,” Robinson said in a blog post. Teacher Appreciation Week was trending on Twitter Monday morning as thousands took to social media to celebrate educators.Even with that sort of recognition, teachers often find themselves in a tough situation, living on modest salaries while running classrooms with a lack of resources and having to purchase supplies out of pocket. Over the last year, those working conditions have led to walkouts, sickouts and strikes. Internet Culture
A teenage girl sustained burn injuries in an acid attack at Akhanagar in Sadar upazila on Sunday night over a land related dispute, reports UNB.The injured is Tanjina Akhter, 16, daughter of Mostafa Kamal and an SSC examinee from Jhargaon High School.Victim’s family members said that there had been a land related dispute with their neighbour Amzad.As a sequel to enmity, Amzad along with his several supporters threw acid on Tanjina around 8:00pm, claimed her mother Mariam Begum.Hearing her screams, family members rushed in and took her to Thakurgaon Modern Sadar Hospital.Pradip Kumar, officer-in-charge of Ruhiathana, said they will take step after filing of a case by the victim’s family.