Minister Pintard Meets with Bahamas Baseball Association

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 25, 2017 – Nassau – Representatives of the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) are photographed with Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard, during a courtesy call at the Ministry, on July 24, 2017.Pictured (from left) are BBA Accountant Samuel Rodgers, Jr., BBA Vice-President Terran Rodgers, BBA President Samuel Rodgers, Sr., Minister Pintard, BBA Vice-Presidents Stanley Mitchell and Larry Forbes, and Director of Sports at the Ministry Timothy Munnings.(BIS Photo/Eric Rose) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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World Book Fair to focus on childrens literature

first_imgThe nine-day fair organised by the National Book Trust in association with the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) is particularly themed ‘Kathasagara: Celebrating Children’s Literature’ this year. Approximately 25 countries are participating this year with Poland being the guest country. A contingent of  around 25 people including authors, illustrators and publishers are participating from Poland in the fair.Speaking on the occasion, the President said, ‘We must be uncompromising in rejecting intolerance, prejudice and hatred. Book fairs such as NDWBF should remind us that our history and traditions have always celebrated the ‘argumentative’ Indian and not the ‘intolerant’ Indian. Multiple views, thoughts and philosophies have competed with each other peacefully for centuries in our country and freedom of speech is one of the most important fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Congratulating the organizers for having chosen children’s literature as the theme for this year’s fair, Mukherjee said that no human society can develop in all dimensions if it does not produce meaningful literature. He appealed to parents and teachers to inculcate in children the habit of reading. He said implanting the habit of reading in children will ensure that it becomes a skill that stands them in good stead throughout their lives.Commenting on the fair the director of the Polish institute, Anna Tryc-Bromley said ‘We see this Fair not only as a feast of literature but also as a historic opportunity for Polish and Indian publishing industry to meet.’last_img read more

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Bandh day 2 Attempts fail to hamper normal life services

first_imgKolkata: The second day of the bandh called by the opposition trade unions had no impact across the state including Kolkata. In several areas, the bandh supporters resorted to hooliganism to obstruct vehicular movement.In Rajabazar, the bandh supporters attacked a pool car carrying school children. One child was injured by the stone pelters supporting the bandh. Transport service remained normal and more government buses were pressed into service. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe State government offices, educational institutions and even private companies recorded normal attendance. The IT sector and Port activities were normal and so was the attendance at tea gardens. Attendance at Nabanna, new Secretariat buildings and other state offices at different parts of the city and the state recorded above 95 percent of attendance. On Wednesday morning, the bandh supporters again tried to put up a blockade by organising a rally at Jadavpur led by CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice immediately intervened and dispersed the mob. Several CPI(M) leaders and cadres have been arrested including Chakraborty. In Rajabazar, the SFI workers and leaders resorted to hooliganism to make the bandh a success. They even attacked a pool car carrying several nursery students to school. It is alleged that the bandh supporters pelted stones at the pool car. As a result, the windshield and other glass windows broke. One child got injured and was immediately rushed to Calcutta Medical College Hospital where the doctors treated him. Later, police arrested the SFI leaders. Train service was partially affected in the Sealdah and Howrah section. Howrah Division was made obstruction free by 8:10 am and Sealdah Division was made the same by 12:30 pm. On Wednesday morning, the bandh supporters allegedly placed bombs on the railway track near Habra railway station. Due to this train services got disrupted in the Bongaon section for almost three hours. In the Ranaghat section, the bandh supporters put up a blockade at Ranaghat and Simurali station. Banana leaves were thrown on the overhead electric wires. In the Sealdah South section, train services got disrupted at Lakshmikantapur and Namkhana. In Basuldanga, the bandh supporters placed concrete slabs on the railway tracks and put up a blockade. Later, Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel dispersed the mob and normal train movement commenced after almost an hour. Over 10,000 police personnel were deployed in the city along with an additional force of 5,000 to prevent any untoward incident. Kolkata Police arrested 99 persons in connection with attempts of enforcing the bandh on Wednesday. In the Hills, the bandh failed to make an impact. Shops, offices, business establishments and educational institutes remained open. There was normal traffic on the road. Tea gardens in the Hills also remained open.last_img read more

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4 Ways Startups Can Harness Innovation and Disruption

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. March 20, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » We live in a time when doctors no longer have to rely on costly and unwieldy medical imaging devices to diagnose illnesses. A simple “visual stethoscope” would help them see deep into the human body more easily than ever, thereby accelerating both diagnosis and therapy. Meanwhile, if you’re a chronically ill patient, you no longer have to make repeated, costly visits to the hospital. Say hello to Molly — an innovative, friendly, virtual nurse who can check up on you, monitor your vitals and provide follow-up care — all through your smart phone.Speaking of smartphones, the future of banking is here. You can now use your mobile device to do just about all your banking on the go — from opening an account to tracking your spending to freezing and unfreezing your credit cards, and more. You can even have your own automated financial adviser provide advice on where and how to invest your savings smartly, at a fraction of the cost charged by traditional banks.Butterfly Network, Sense.ly, Monzo, and Betterment are the companies that are making each of these scenarios a reality, respectively. They’re transforming the way we think about healthcare and financial services. And they’re doing that through a range of disruptive technologies — so much so that today’s healthcare and banking organizations are no longer just about people in white lab coats or crisp suits. They’re a confluence of product engineers, designers, developers and security specialists in addition to physicians or bankers. Think “Big Bang Theory meets Scrubs,” as Sense.ly describes itself. It’s a paradigm shift in traditional industry models.Related: 4 Steps to Cultivating an Innovation Mindset in Your OrganizationKeeping pace in a disruptive worldI believe we’re moving towards a future where financial services and healthcare organizations will not be known as financial services and healthcare organizations any longer, but as technology companies. Take banking, for instance: an industry steeped in conventional branch-based infrastructure and services, which is now being upended in Uber-like style by mobile and cloud computing, sophisticated behavior-based analytics, and young, ambitious startups that are more in tune with the needs of the millennial consumer. Just last year, Monzo, billed as the “bank of the future”, was able to raise 1 million pounds in 96 seconds, making it the fastest crowdfunding campaign ever.This is the exciting reality of the digital age. Every day, there are new technologies and new startups emerging with better business models, and simpler products and services. On one hand, these innovations are making our lives better. A DNA App Store, for example, can predict your health risks and pre-dispositions to certain diseases, and vein and voice biometric scanners can make financial transactions more secure.Related: The Science of Innovation: How to Imagine the Unimaginable On the other hand, these technological disruptions are upping the stakes on the playing field, making it more important for companies to stay on top of their game, and to push the boundaries of what’s possible. A November 2014 study by MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research found that an estimated 32 percent of revenue over the next five years would be at risk due to digital disruption.So, what does your startup need to be doing to ride the upside wave of that disruption, and make 2017 a year of innovation and transformation?1. Build diverse teams.In my experience, business leaders who surround themselves with people from different countries, ethnic backgrounds, genders, age groups and industry experiences are some of the best innovators simply because they bring a number of perspectives and ideas to the table. They have their assumptions challenged and their minds expanded, and they’re exposed to different ways of solving challenges and pursuing opportunities.Both Harvard Business Review and McKinsey found that diverse companies out-innovate and out-perform their peers. No one knows that better than Kaiser Permanente, where more than half of the staff comprise people of color, while three-fourths of the employees and nearly half of the executives are women. This kind of diversity, the organization claims, is a hallmark of its success.Related: 3 Ways Startups Can Promote Innovation in the Trump Era2. Get comfortable with uncertainties and unknowns.Being a pioneer and disrupter often means wading into uncharted waters, and taking risks that few, if any, have set a precedent for before. That’s what makes people like Elon Musk and Richard Branson some of the greatest disruptors of our time. They take big risks — big, calculated risks. They do their homework, and understand how to balance the risks and opportunities that matter, before making key decisions.Today’s businesses have the benefit of predictive algorithms and data crunching tools to prepare for the risks and uncertainties that lie ahead. And while some of those “risky” decisions may fail, it’s important to establish an organizational culture that values risk-taking. Empowering your people to experiment and explore new ideas is critical for innovation, transformation and disruption.3. Restrict resources.Having fewer resources pushes you to think differently and innovatively about how to solve problems, and get things done. Do you really need to rent that office, hire all those employees and purchase the latest software, or can you work remotely, contract with freelancers and use free software options? Do you really need to spend months planning and researching your product, or can you put it out there right away, and enhance as you go along and get feedback from your users? The key is to value ingenuity over investment. At MetricStream, strategic cases of restricted resources have led to our teams coming up with more innovative and effective approaches in marketing and lead generation, for example. I, personally, evaluate all my direct reports on their ability to innovate, which has led to more experimentation, better ideas and new effective approaches.Related: Why Failing Fast Is the First Step Towards Success4. Make compliance efficient.Disruptors like Uber and Airbnb may have flown under the regulatory radar for a while, but that’s rapidly changing with the onset of new rules governing the sharing economy. We’re seeing a similar trend in fintech: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently proposed a charter that, on one hand, would make it easier for fintech startups to provide their services and products, but on the other hand, would subject them to a range of federal consumer and commercial banking regulations. Meanwhile, healthcare startups are grappling with their own complex industry rules, ranging from HIPAA/HITECH to FDA mandates.While the regulatory landscape looks uncertain right now, we’re bound to see more rules in areas such as cybersecurity, as well as compliance and ethics. So, it’s important to be prepared. From day one, make compliance a part of your culture. Set up the compliance infrastructure and tools that can automate compliance monitoring. That way, you spend less time on cumbersome administrative tasks, and more time analyzing the risks and opportunities of new regulatory requirements. Looking to the futureImagine smart phones that can perform blood tests and medical scans, or a digital contact lens that can measure your blood glucose levels from your tears. Imagine banks that will allow you to “virtually” enter a branch and speak to a teller face-to-face, or robot advisors that will stop you from making unsound financial choices in real-time. The opportunities for technological innovation are truly endless, and startups are right at the forefront of this trend. So, let 2017 be the year you take new risks make bold decisions, and find new ways to transform, innovate and disrupt.last_img read more

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