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Related Items:#dextercartwright, btc Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas – October 23, 2017 – There is no count on how many employees of BTC have been laid off but a press release from the telecommunications company does confirm the redundancies.BTC could be floundering under the pounding pressure of Aliv, which has seen thousands of BTC customers migrate to the new service provider. But interim CEO, Dexter Cartwright had a different explanation for the staff cut.“As part of our strategic approach to transform to a more customer-centric, high performing organization, we are making adjustments to how we run our business,” said Cartwright in that media statement. He added, “We are carrying out necessary network upgrades, giving more focus on training and development and improving back office support to better serve our customers. As part of this broader program, we have adjusted our team structure, and as such, a few positions at BTC have been made redundant.”BTC is focused on building a more effective team structure, it says, to deliver the best products and services to The Bahamas. Recommended for you LIME TCI To Invest Over $10M URCA still investigating Black Friday black out of mobile protability
Email K-Pop’s Monsta X Release Teaser Video For “DramaRama” Get a taste of what the seven-piece K-pop band has coming up on their Nov. 7 mini albumRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 3, 2017 – 6:15 pm Get ready for Monsta X’s return with their fifth mini album, The Code: Protocol Terminal, courtesy of a teaser video for the track “DramaRama.”The 40-second video clip from the music video shares an electropop vibe that promises as much drama as the title suggests. There’s slow-motion rain, ticking clocks, mid-air car flips, and more.The track was written by band members Jooheon and I.M. Formed in 2015, the seven-member group is rounded out by Shownu, Wonho, Minhyuk, Kihyun, and Hyungwon. Their most recent studio album, The Clan Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter, was released in March.BTS, UNICEF Join Forces Against Violence With Love Myself Campaign News Twitter Facebook Watch: Monsta X’s New “DramaRama” Video k-pops-monsta-x-release-teaser-video-dramarama
Share your voice Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. 4:00 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $210 at Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Now playing: Watch this: HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read Google Home Hub review See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $155 at Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $6 at Tidal $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay Rylo 7 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $520 at HP Share your voice Chris Monroe/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS Read the AirPods review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 1 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Amazon is expanding its Denver tech hub. Amazon Amazon is opening a new office in downtown Denver and adding 400 new high-tech jobs, the company said Tuesday. This expansion of its Denver hub will more than double Amazon’s tech workforce in the area. The e-commerce giant opened an office in Boulder last fall. The new jobs will be in fields such as software and hardware engineering, cloud computing and advertising.”We’re excited to continue to grow and invest in the Denver area,” said Dave Wood, site lead for Amazon’s Denver tech hub, in a statement. “Our new office will offer our teams the convenience of a downtown location with an array of outdoor adventures just up the road.”The Denver office will be part of a network of 17 development centers across North America, in addition to the company’s main headquarters in Seattle, Washington, and its future second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. These hubs employ more than 20,000 in total, according to Amazon. In November, Amazon said it’d build two 25,000-employee campuses: one in Long Island City in New York’s Queens borough and another in Arlington. In February, Amazon canceled its plans to build the New York City campus, but said it’d continue with the Virginia location. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It $999 Turo See at Turo Best Buy Comment Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Sprint $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazon kills plans for NYC headquarters DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. The Cheapskate Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See it Comments Tech Industry Boost Mobile
America’s real estate mogul Donald Trump announced the entry of his company into the Indian market.Trump Towers Pune will be a pair of 22 storeyed luxurious residential towers located in an up-scale locality of Pune. The structure will be built by Panchshil Realty developer.”We are thrilled to announce Trump Towers Pune. It will be an amazing building in one of the hottest locations in India. The developers, Panchshil Realty, are a great team of professionals who plan to deliver a product unlike anything else in the region,” said Donald Trump. Trump Towers PuneTwin Towers Pune is a pair of sleek modern towers that ‘redefine the Pune skyline’. It is spread on a 2.5-acre site with 44 luxurious condominiums across two towers of 22 storeys each. Each floor houses one apartment of approximately 6000 sqft with five bedrooms. With approvals ready and construction already underway, Trump Towers Pune is expected to be completed by 2015. The project was first talked about in August last year, when Panchshil Realty announced the news.The project will mark the entry of the Trump brand in India. Trump announced the news on the micro-blogging website Twitter yesterday.Trump Organization’s first project in India, Trump Towers Pune, will epitomize inspired living and timeless elegance http://t.co/VZr9jwKz29- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2013The companies have not announced the cost of each condominium yet. Trump Towers Pune will also have an exclusive fitness center by Bollywood actor and model John Abraham.There will also be an art gallery which will exclusively showcase contemporary art, private collections of various artists and an exquisite jewellery collection to epitomise luxury for the residents.
Lion dancers perform during Lunar New Year celebrations in Yangon on 5 February 2019. Photo: AFPA French tourist has been arrested for flying a drone near Myanmar’s parliament in the capital Naypyidaw, the French embassy and local police confirmed Monday, under a law that could see him imprisoned for up to three years.The man, named by police as 27-year-old Arthur Desclaux, tried to fly a drone over the government building, which is illegal in Myanmar.Three journalists and their driver were jailed in 2017 for the same offence.Local media published photos of the French detainee, including his passport details, and his drone.”(He) was arrested late afternoon on Thursday 7 February for having flown a drone over the parliament,” the embassy said, adding that the man was still in detention in Naypyidaw.His family had been informed of his arrest and embassy staff were trying to secure his release, it added.He has been charged under section 8 of the export and import law, police officer Min Tin told AFP.Desclaux faces “up to three years imprisonment” if found guilty, said Min Tin.It remains unclear why he was flying the drone.Journalists Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia were making a documentary for Turkish state broadcaster TRT when they were detained in October 2017 along with Myanmar reporter Aung Naing Soe and driver Hla Tin.Expecting to receive a fine, they confessed to flying the drone over parliament but were instead sentenced to two months in prison under Myanmar’s aircraft act.
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneRetired Houston firefighters and police officers packed the Texas House gallery on May 8, 2017, as they await debate on a municipal pension bill that would affect their retirement payouts.The Texas House gave early approval Monday to a bill that would reform Houston’s three problematic pension funds, which have caused financial woes and spurred political battles for years.The 112-28 vote for Senate Bill 2190 came after lawmakers made some key changes to the bill, including a provision that could let the firefighter pension fund bear a smaller burden for shoring up billions in shortfalls. But State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, who authored the House version of the bill, worried that the Senate may not like the changes. “This is an amendment that could very well derail the bill,” Flynn said Monday from the House floor.Meanwhile, firefighters who could benefit from one of the amendments remained cautious after the bill’s preliminary vote.“We have to see how the rest of the process unfolds,” said David Keller, chairman of the Houston firefighter pension fund.SB 2190 would cut some retiree benefit features, increase some employee contributions to funds, and infuse the police and City Hall employee funds with $1 billion, which the city plans to finance through bonds.Firefighters opposed the bill, which still needs a final vote in the House, because it cuts some of their retirement benefits more than they anticipated when their fund is not in nearly as bad of shape as the police and municipal funds. City officials, though, said firefighter benefits were more generous than police and municipal benefits and were too costly to taxpayers. State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, successfully got his House colleagues to amend the bill so that the firefighter pension fund has an opportunity to lower what its members give up in order to help close a large funding gap.For months, city and state leaders have accused the firefighter pension fund of withholding actuarial data that would prove it could shore up its shortfall with fewer cuts to members’ benefit features. In the absence of such data, city leaders and state lawmakers put together SB 2190 and a House companion — authored by Flynn — that the firefighters opposed.Keller said the retirement system wants to protect individual members’ information and has offered the city data under licensing agreements that included confidentiality provisions. He said he was surprised that became an issue on the House floor considering all firefighter salary information goes through City Hall.“They know what each of us makes,” he said. “There’s nothing surprising in our data we hold.”Huberty’s amendment will give the firefighter fund a deadline to provide the data to the city. It passed 90-42 over the objections of Flynn, who said the firefighter fund had months to help reach a compromise and that such a change could sink the bill when it goes back to the Senate. “At this point it’s really too late to change the critical aspects of this bill,” Flynn said.When the amendment passed, applause broke out from the House gallery above, where scores of Houston first responders had gathered to watch the vote. “I’ve presented many bills this session, and I’ve never said it’s too late,” Huberty said. Flynn’s companion bill was slated to be voted on by the full House on Monday. Instead, Flynn put forward the Senate version, which includes provisions requiring future employees to be switched to a different kind of retirement system if the current funds’ shortfalls exceed certain thresholds in the future.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the city’s police and fire chiefs had warned of first responder shortages if legislation overhauling the pension funds didn’t pass this session. Lawmakers supporting SB 2190 said several times Monday that if a bill didn’t come from the Legislature, the pension funds would fail. State Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston, also successfully amended the bill to prevent changes in the bill from affecting current retirees. And state Rep. Mike Schofield, R-Katy, tacked on an amendment that would nullify benefit cuts the pension funds agreed to if Houston voters don’t sign off on a plan to infuse the police and municipal retirement funds with $1 billion in pension obligation bonds.Flynn opposed Schofield’s amendment, saying it could have unintended consequences. Yet he almost immediately allowed it to be added onto the bill.“I’m going to go ahead and accept it at this time and we’ll deal with it later,” he said. After the vote, Flynn said it was “good news” that the majority of his House colleagues want to fix the pension systems. But he also wished some of the changes hadn’t been made. He called Huberty’s amendment a “campaign speech” and again criticized firefighter pension board members.“They’ve refused to negotiate,” Flynn said. “They’ve never worked with us in good faith.”Keller said Monday that he didn’t know whether the firefighter pension board would vote to release the data referenced in the amendment.“We’re still working on that,” he said. “I’m just one vote on the board, and the rest of the board will have to have that discussion.” Share
© 2018 Phys.org The skeleton (right) excavated at the St. Nikolay Church in Oslo, which carried sequences for the pathogen of louse-borne relapsing fever. Credit: PNAS Citation: Genetic study of 15th century samples shows adaptive changes in bacteria that cause relapsing fever (2018, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-genetic-15th-century-samples-bacteria.html More information: Meriam Guellil et al. Genomic blueprint of a relapsing fever pathogen in 15th century Scandinavia, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1807266115 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further Gene study pinpoints superbug link between people and animals Relapsing fever, as its name implies, is an ailment whereby an infected person experiences a fever several times following a single infection. If untreated, it is fatal in 10 out of 40 cases. It is transmitted by fleas and lice. Back in the 15th century, it was responsible for killing millions of people in Europe—today, it is mostly confined to several countries in Africa. In this new effort, the researchers conducted a genetic analysis of the bacteria that caused the disease 600 years ago and compared it to bacteria causing the same disease today. Samples of Borrelia recurrentis were retrieved from skeletons excavated from St. Nikolai Cemetery in Old Oslo—they have been dated to between 1430 and 1465.After generating a genetic assembly, the researchers compared it with genetic assemblies created by prior researchers studying the genome of the modern form of the bacteria. This allowed them to see how the bacteria has evolved over time.The researchers report that they were able to sequence approximately 17 percent of the bacterial genome from skeletal bones which they bolstered by sequencing samples taken from teeth. Using data from both, they were able to sequence approximately 98.2 percent of the main chromosome. Comparing the findings with modern strains, they found that the earlier strains lacked three variable short protein genes and one plasmid found on modern strains. Prior research has shown that the proteins act as proinflammatory agents for the bacteria, which, the researchers note, are key elements of the relapsing nature of the disease. They note further that such changes likely account for the differences in relapse rates—the disease tended to relapse just once or twice back in the 1400s, but is known to relapse up to five times in people afflicted today. A team of researchers with members from the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research has conducted a genetic analysis of the bacteria that causes relapsing fever obtained from 15th century skeletons in Norway. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study and what they found when they compared their results with the genome of modern bacteria. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Multimedia Polska generated revenue of PLN86.8 million (€20 million) from TV services for the three months ending September 30, a 16% year-on-year increase.The operator said increasing take-up of digital TV services had led to the increase in revenues, which accounting for 30% of the total.At the end of the quarter, Multimedia Polska had a total of 978,000 TV subscribers, of which 257,000 took digital services. The cable operator ended September with a total of 1.73 million RGUs, an increase of 17% year-on-year. Third quarter revenues increased to PLN174.9 million from PLN156.4 million.Multimedia Polska CEO Andrzej Rogowski said: “Television is our main source of revenue. This was strengthened by the completion of acquisitions in recent months. Worthy of note is the continued increase in the share of income and the number of sales of digital television services. It is not only important for the segment, but it is an important part of total revenues. It is a natural and positive trend of migration of our subscribers from analogue to digital television. We expect that it will continue in the coming quarters.”
Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV has added Lagardère channels TiJi Russia and Gulli Russia to its kids package.The recently launched kids package, aimed at under 14s, comprises eight popular kids channels and is available for RUB500 (€12.15) a year. Tricolor TV estimates that it will sign up 300,000 subscribers to the package between now and the end of the year.