Statement from Prime Minister Minnis on the Passing of Cleophas Adderley

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 12, 2017 – Nassau – The Legacy of Cleophas Adderley – “I was in Grenada with other colleagues for the Caricom Heads of Government Conference when we learned of the passing of Cleophas Adderley.  We were all deeply saddened because we have lost a brilliant and beloved native son who contributed so much to our country, the region and the world.Though the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture has already offered condolences on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, I wanted to add my personal condolences and those of a grateful nation.  The Government of The Bahamas will offer a fitting tribute to Cleophas at an appropriate time.Though an attorney by profession, music was Cleophas’ great vocation.  He was a dedicated family man.  He was also a Bahamian patriot, who often stated: “I love being a Bahamian.”Cleophas was famously the Director of The Bahamas National Youth Choir (BNYC).  Over many years he mentored scores of young Bahamians, whose musical talents he meticulously nurtured and developed.In the annual concerts of the Choir, Cleophas educated Bahamians about our musical heritage and the music of the world.  Through his musical compositions and the compositions of others from so many musical genres, he brought us joy and delight.Under his direction, the National Youth Choir toured the capitals and continents of the world, showcasing the beauty and brilliance of our culture and talents, including our musical heritage.From the West Indies to the Americas to Africa, Europe and Asia, Cleophas and the Bahamas National Youth Choir dazzled the world with the exuberance of the Bahamian spirit, including the magic and wonder of Junkanoo.Though we have lost a musical genius, his spirit lives on in all who were fortunate to be touched by his life, his spirit and his music.On behalf of a grateful nation, and on my own behalf and that of my wife, Patricia, I offer condolences to his wife Francoise, his son, relatives, his many friends at home and abroad and the many young people he mentored.May he rest in peace.Press Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

OEA Webinar to Highlight Defense Spending by State Report

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR After increasing by more than 65 percent from fiscal 2000 to 2010, defense spending is expected to decline by 28 percent from FY 2011 to 2019 in real terms, according to a report from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) examining defense spending at the state and local levels in FY 2014.On Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the agency will hold a webinar on the report, featuring Christine Chmura, CEO, chief economist and principal at Chmura Economics and Analytics, which prepared the report. To register for the event, visit the OEA website.The report highlights factors, such as the regional expenditures from military bases or private contractors, which can be used by state and local officials to assess their region’s vulnerability to projected declines in defense spending. The impact of DOD spending cuts has been uneven across states, as it depends in part on the number of personnel and the amount of contract revenue in each state, according to the report.Overall, defense spending is accounting for a smaller portion of state economies as the military draws down from two overseas conflicts and the 2011 Budget Control Act imposes stringent spending caps.For further information about the webinar, contact Elizabeth Chimienti at elizabeth.a.chimienti.civ@mail.mil.last_img read more

Neighbors Learn about Impact of Building Missile Defense Site at Ft Drum

first_imgAt a public meeting last week in the village of Carthage, N.Y., residents learned about the impact establishing a possible East Coast missile defense site at Fort Drum would have on the region.The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has identified 100 acres on the southeastern corner of the post as one of three candidate locations to host ground-based interceptors designed to protect the United States from ballistic missile attacks. The other two sites are Camp Ravenna Joint Training Center, Ohio, and Fort Custer Training Center, Mich.The North Country would gain up to 600 construction jobs while the site is built over five years, and the region would gain more than 1,000 new jobs as a result, reported North Country Public Radio.Building the site would require the closure of a road in a nearby town, more military personnel and civilian workers commuting to Fort Drum would travel through Carthage, officials said.“Because we are such a robust installation, we are able to easily accommodate the missile site and as well as any additional administrative needs they have,” said Eric Wagenaar, Fort Drum’s deputy garrison commander.Julie Halperin, the installation’s spokesperson, emphasized that no decision has been made to build an East Coast missile defense site. Ground-based interceptors already are in place at sites in California and Alaska, and the Pentagon does not favor building a third site, which would have an estimated cost of $3 billion or more.“I think it’s really important in this phase of the game to realize that the Department of Defense is not asking for this. The MDA is not asking for this. They have all been mandated to study this. This is just a study between three different locations to see environmentally which one would be the best location,” Halperin said.MDA is expected to select a preferred location for the missile defense site by the end of September. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Tesla opens Model 3 design studio to public in Europe China

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tesla 0 Tesla’s Model 3 Performance subtly adds the power Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance The Tesla Model 3 has been on sale in the US for some time now, but it was never intended to be limited to our amber waves of grain. Now, it’s about time for other parts of the world to get in on the action.This week, Tesla announced that it opened the Model 3’s design studio (the fancy name for its car configurator) to the public in China and certain left-hand-drive European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Previously, only those who put down cash money on a deposit were eligible to access to the design studio. Now it’s available to anybody who’s interested in learning more about Model 3 configurations. The Model 3’s rollout in the US was similar — reservation holders got the first crack at configuring cars before the greater public had a chance.Right now, it appears that buyers in these new markets are limited to just two Model 3 variants — the Model 3 Performance and the Model 3 Long-Range (with AWD). It’s unclear when or if Europe and China will receive other variants such as the mid-range Model 3 currently available in the US.According to Electrek, initial Model 3 deliveries for non-US markets are currently scheduled to start in February for reservation holders, with new orders set to reach their owners in March. Bloomberg reports that Tesla has yet to receive the full sign-off from European authorities to sell the Model 3 there, but Bloomberg’s source says the company isn’t worried and that its current schedule should work out just fine. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Share your voice Tesla Electric Cars Car Industry Post a comment More From Roadshow 49 Photos Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

Washington driver had Pokemon Go open on eight phones at once

first_imgIs there a Pokemon named DontDoThis? Maybe there should be. On Tuesday, a driver in Washington state was found parked on the shoulder of State Route 518 in the Seattle suburb of Burien. With him were eight smartphones, all opened to the Pokemon Go app. BUSTED! More Pokemon news Gotta eat ’em all at the Pokemon Cafe 13 Photos Pokemon Go #PokemonDistraction Sergeant Kyle Smith contacted a vehicle on the shoulder yesterday evening. This is what was next to the driver! Playing #PokemonGO with EIGHT (8) phones! Driver agreed to put phones in back seat and continued his commute with 8 less distractions. pic.twitter.com/tgOr16CRlm— Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) August 14, 2019 The man put his gaming rig out of reach, and lived to play another day.But distracted driving has caused accidents before.”I can remember only one collision that we were able to confirm was caused by the driver playing Pokemon Go, (who) rear-ended another vehicle,” Johnson told me. “I am assuming there are more, but humans don’t self-report that often when we arrive at scenes to investigate.”(Hat tip to Seattle-based GeekWire for spotting this story.) Gotta soak ’em all! Pokemon Go hunter falls into pond while playing Norway’s prime minister caught playing Pokemon Go in parliament College students move one step closer to majoring in Pokemon Go Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go Pokemon Gocenter_img How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime Share your voice 1 Culture Gaming Tags Comment Trooper Rick Johnson of the Washington State Patrol told me the man wasn’t driving while he played the eight different screens — his car was parked. But the overenthusiastic gamer was informed that the shoulder of a busy highway is meant for breakdowns or flat tires or the like. Not pulling over so you can pitch Pokeballs at a Snorlax.”Sgt. (Kyle) Smith asked him to put the phones in his back seat and continue on, as the shoulder is only for emergency parking,” Johnson told me.As you can see, the driver seems well-prepped for octo-play. His phones, of varying sizes, were all nestled into what looks like a homemade foam case that holds them all steady. Each screen was open to the gaming app. last_img read more

Texas Students Are Taking The STAAR Tests This Week Take The Texas

first_imgThis week, students across the state will take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR tests. The state will use the results to grade individual school districts on an A-through-F scale.Lawmakers passed the mandate to create the STAAR in 2009, aiming to make it more rigorous than its predecessor, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. Advocates for the new test say it provides clear data on student performance. But critics say it forces schools to put too much focus on standardized tests.Normally, fifth- and eighth-grade students can take the tests up to three times. If a student doesn’t pass on the third try, he or she cannot advance to the next grade unless a committee of his or her educators and parents unanimously agrees to promote the student.The Texas Education Commissioner sets the passing standard for the STAAR test. But the number of questions a student needs to answer correctly in order to pass varies annually. Want to try your hand at some of the questions on typical biology, algebra and U.S. history STAAR tests? Take our quiz above, which includes tough questions pulled from prior tests.Note: This story was inspired by a discussion on education policy happening now in our Facebook group, This is Your Texas. Sign up here to join the conversation.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune. Sharelast_img read more

Fire on HIDCO land at New Town

first_imgKolkata: Some people set the grass on fire on a vacant plot belonging to the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO) in New Town.Two fire tenders fought the blaze for two hours before brining it under control. No one was injured in the incident. Senior Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation officials said some people might have set the grass on fire to prepare fodder. People saw smoke coming out of the vacant plot situated close to the Mother’s Wax Museum near Pancha More around 10.30 am. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDue to the thick smoke the visibility dropped and cars coming towards Kolkata were diverted as the divers could not see anything. The smoke which was carried by wind affected people,particularly the elderly ones, who complained of breathing difficulty and burning sensation in the eyes. Local people informed the police and fire brigade. The police cordoned off the area to facilitate fire fighters to put out the flame. Local people alleged that some people staying in the nearby villages often set the grass on vacant land on fire. However, they could not be caught as they leave the area after setting the grass on fire. On earlier occasions, the quantum of fire was not so intense but the intensity of the fire that broke on Thursday was so high that it affected the residents of nearby buildings badly. They demanded action against the habitual offenders.last_img read more