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Bahamas Power company cuts electricity ahead of Hurricane Irma storm changes direction

first_img Related Items:#BPL, #HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 7th, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Power and Light company (BPL) has announced that there would be no electricity in Long Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Exuma and Cat Island as of midnight. However, there are plans being made to keep the entire electricity system operational in the New Providence region for as long as the weather allows.This decision was made as Hurricane Irma tears through surrounding islands. At present. Hurricane Irma is attacking the Turks and Caicos Islands, and skirting across to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. However, the department of meteorology revealed that there has been a slight shift of events as Hurricane Irma turned to a slightly different direction and is now heading northward toward the entire Florida Peninsula.This is now good news for the Bahamas as it would mean that the direction of the eye of the hurricane would not be moving over Bahamas and Cuba. Of course these islands would still be experiencing extreme impacts as Irma is not losing its category 5 strength, making it the longest Hurricane in the history of the Atlantic to date with its magnitude. The Bahamas will experience tropical storm and hurricane force winds and flooding later tonight into tomorrow morning.As everyone is taking the necessary precautions in anticipation of whatever the hurricane may bring, BPL says, “In the event that heavy winds and rain impact our overhead lines, then we may have to conduct isolated shutdowns in those areas to protect our system.”Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Business Conversations That Make Me Lose Sleep

first_img All these are tough, but they are typically part of the same progression, and the progression usually starts with number three above, and ends with number one. Here are the toughest workplace conversations, from my perspective, and how I proceed. I recently read an interesting column in Business Insider about the toughest conversations you can have at work. They were: 1. The Emotional Dismissal Conversation 2. The Awkward Personality Conversation 3. The Underperformance Conversation Which workplace exchanges do you find to be most difficult? For most people, they’re centered on two things: personnel and performance. Both of these things straddle the worlds of internal communications and HR, and both are also general managerial challenges. Of course, we’re talking about conversations-whether with a subordinate or a colleague, or with an external customer. I’ve learned you can’t wing it when it comes to customer conversations. Too much is at stake. Policies that everyone knows about and understands are critical, and these have to come from the top. I’ve had many conversations with customers in my career, and when business is on the line, they can be really tense. For me, the way to ensure that you preserve the business-if that’s the goal, sometimes it isn’t-the relationship has to come first. (This is a bit counter-intuitive, because I just stressed the importance of policies.) If your customers trust that you have their interests at heart, and you have thought through their challenges and understand their objectives-you’ll keep the business. If they feel like you’re officious, and policy-bound, you won’t. Never use the word “unfortunately.” That conveys a focus on your internal policy, not on customer-service. It is also condescending. Never use the phrase, “We’re not set up to do that” for the same reasons. Always be ready with a solution or two. I’ve learned over the years that a sustained, tight focus on performance is the way to go. There should be no politics, no gossiping, just set a tone for the group that all you care about is results. Results require collaboration. Keeping everyone focused on that creates a sense of confidence that relaxes a group and empowers them to experiment and achieve. Business Relationships This is another difficult area, but it’s critical. Everyone from entry-level account managers to CEOs deals with either external clients, or with the public. Think of how frequent it is that a lower-level employee embarrasses a brand on social media, either when representing the company, or through some personal post that goes viral. Personnel These kinds of issues run the gamut-from people who are squabbling, to turf wars, to folks who simply don’t work well together. Sometimes goals don’t sync up. Other times, actual performance doesn’t fit the needs of the job, and that’s typically when the three-conversation pattern that Business Insider described kicks in. To my mind, all of these things are a huge challenge and all of them divert from the common business goal. Business Performance For a lot of professionals, this is always a stress-inducing conversation, especially if you’ve fallen short of your goals. But it doesn’t have to be. Putting aside the possibility of the fundamental lack of skills to do a job, most business-performance shortfalls relate to external factors in the market, not to your execution. So it really is an opportunity to shape a conversation about missing goals into the cool ways you’re going to pivot to adjust to changes in the market.last_img read more

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Google Maps Debuts 3D Mapping Technologies Amid Alleged Fallout with Apple VIDEO

first_imgGoogle Inc. is set to take on the world with its new digital mapping technologies that will incorporate several new features to help significantly ramp its existing Google Maps application. The internet and software titan on Wednesday showcased a plethora of navigation features at a news conference in San Francisco, California. Google’s new move comes rolling at a time when Apple is reportedly set to drop Google’s Maps application from its iOS devices and instead adopt its own navigation versions.In addition to the aerial and street-level and satellite images the application presently provides, Google touted sophisticated 3D technologies that notably enhanced images captured on Google Earth. Other features include offline access to maps from over 100 countries via Android-based smartphones and an upgrade for Google’s “street view” feature which offers panoramic views.The 3D imagery was created from 45 degree aerial shots of landscapes taken from planes flying high or mid-air. Using the new technology, the photos were then rendered into 3D life like models. By 2013, Google anticipates the technology to roll out to 300 million people across metropolitan cities. Currently, around a billion users visit Google Maps on a monthly basis.”We are trying to create magic here,” Google Earth product manager Peter Birch said. “We are trying to create the illusion that you are flying over the city, almost as if you are in your own personal helicopter,” he added.As of now, the California-based company is reportedly battling Apple on the platform front, a matter that Google hasn’t acknowledged as yet. “I can’t really speculate on what the rumours may be… Apple is a good partner of ours,” Birch said according to the BBC.Google’s fallout with Apple reportedly began in 2007, when the former launched its flagship Android OS. Since then, several patent suits have been filed against the 14-year-old company which was accused of stealing several new features of the Android software from the iPhone.Meanwhile, here’s a preview of the upgraded version of Google Maps that due to roll out in several weeks time.last_img read more

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CPIM decides to not field candidates in constituencies where Cong had won

first_imgKolkata: CPI(M) will not field candidates in the constituencies from where Congress candidates had won in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. This was decided at the two-day Central Committee meeting of CPI(M) in Delhi on Monday. In the 2014 Parliament election, Congress had won in four seats. Adhir Chowdhury and Abhijit Mukherjee had won from Baharampur and Jangipur seats in Murshidabad, while A H A Khan Chowdhury and Mausam Noor had been elected from Malda. Mausam has recently joined Trinamool Congress and is likely to be Trinamool’s candidate from Malda in the forthcoming election. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHowever, CPI(M) is not ready to give up the Raigunj and Murshidabad seats, from where party candidates Mohammed Salim and Badaruddoza Khan had won in 2014. Salim and Khan had won by around 1,600 votes and 18,000 votes respectively. WBPCC leaders said that the party was strong in both these constituencies and their claims should not be overruled. WBPCC president Somen Mitra has said that CPI(M) should formally approach Congress to ink the alliance. The Left Front is meeting on March 8 to finalise the other seats. The Central Committee of the party maintained that a united India has taken a stand against terrorism. Instead of strengthening this, the post-Pulwama developments are seeing orchestrated efforts by the BJP and Sangh Parivar outfits to rouse jingoistic nationalism, it stated.last_img read more

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