Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Haiti, March 4, 2018 – Port-Au-Prince – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said he “expects to see” certain fruits and vegetables from the Republic of Haiti being directly imported into The Bahamas by as early as December 2018, as a result of discussions with Haiti’s President, His Excellency Jovenel Moise.The move is expected to impact the large quantities of fruits and vegetables already being imported into the country (particularly mangoes) from second and sometimes third countries and/or entities that purchase the produce from Haiti in the first instance before exporting them to The Bahamas. Bahamian officials say this process adds to costs for Bahamians.The Prime Minister’s announcement came during a Joint Press Conference that followed a High-Level Meeting between Prime Minister Minnis and President Moise. The expected outcome is contingent upon the potential direct imports meeting standards set by The Bahamas’ Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources.The Government of The Bahamas, under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources, recently established a Standards Bureau to ensure the safety and security of marine and agricultural imports into the country.[Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells, participated in the High-Level Meeting along with the (Acting) Director of Agriculture, Mr. Gregory Rahming.]Bahamian officials say other benefits could include reduced costs on fruits and vegetables for Bahamian consumers and businesses.“President Moise has said to his Minister of Agriculture that by December 2018, he wants to see fruits and vegetables from Haiti — meeting all the criteria and conditions that we spoke about — flowing into The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“I want to paraphrase [the] President, and this is to my Minister of Agriculture the Hon. Renward Wells, that you have been given the Green Light, you must go; do not allow the Orange light to come on because after that it is the Red Light, and I do not want you to become history.”Prime Minister Minnis said purchasing fruits and vegetables directly from Haiti “cuts out that number two and that number three man, thereby allowing for the purchase of quality products directly from the source.”The ability to purchase quality fruits and vegetables directly from Haiti rather than second and third countries and/or entities, should impact Bahamians at the checkout lines.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Prince William takes the hand of his bride Catherine Middleton, now to be known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, followed by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton as they walk down the aisle inside Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.Getty ImagesPrince William was forced to bow down to Royal tradition when it came to his wedding. Even if he didn’t want to?Apparently, Prince William “did not really want” one aspect of his wedding day to Kate Middleton but was informed “from on high that it was required”, a veteran royal reporter claims.It is known that Kate Middleton and Prince William married in April 2011. Apparently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s memorable day was watched by billions around the world and many remember Kate’s stunning wedding gown and William’s dashing military dress uniform. However, veteran royal reporter Jennie Bond revealed that William actually did not want to wear his military uniform for his wedding day.Ms Bond, who was royal correspondent for the BBC for 14 years from 1989 to 2003, spoke to podcast “Pod Save the Queen.” Prince Harry (L), arrives with his best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.Getty ImagesShe said in a podcast that aired in March 2018: “It is a tradition – obviously the Duke of Edinburgh married in his naval uniform and Prince Charles in his, the first time around anyway.”And William in his, [although] I don’t think William really wanted to wear a military uniform.”Ms Bond explained: “I think a note came down from on high that it was required, and that’s what he did wear.”Reportedly many expected him to choose a Royal Air Force uniform for his big day, as he served with the RAF from 2009 to 2013 but apparently on the day, Prince William wore his scarlet Army uniform as Colonel of the Irish Guards.Well we have to say that wearing a military uniform for a wedding is not much of a sacrifice for a Prince to make.
Deepika Padukone and Ranveer SinghInstagramA photo has come up on social media that shows Ranveer carrying Deepika’s sandals in his hands when the two attended a recent wedding in Mumbai.In the already viral picture, Ranveer is seen standing behind Deepika carrying her heels in his hands while the actress was greeting an elderly person there. This gesture by the actor caught everyone’s attention, who cannot stop praising him.A lot of people commented on the photo saying that Deepika is lucky to have a husband like Ranveer. He is being called the “perfect husband”, and is being applauded for his gentleman’s act.Ranveer and the Chhappak actress are one of the most popular B-Town couples, as they hardly miss an opportunity to showcase love for each other even publicly.Meanwhile, lately there were rumours of Deepika’s pregnancy after she was spotted at an event with a slightly bulging belly. Many on social media had started speculating that the dusky beauty was expecting a child.However, Deepika had soon put the rumours to rest by clarifying that she was not pregnant, and had also expressed disappointment at such gossips being made soon after an actress ties the knot.”It will happen when it has to happen. Motherhood trumps being married. That’s what I hear from people who have had children,” she told a publication,” she had told a publication.”Of course, it will happen at some point but no, I think it is unfair to put women through that, to put a couple through that. I guess the day we stop asking the questions is when we will bring about change,” Deepika had added. Meanwhile, the actress has been busy shooting for her next film Chhappak that is based on the real-story of an acid-attack survivor.
Over the two decades she worked at Comcast, Kavita Vazirani was responsible for ensuring the company got a return on investment for billions of dollars in marketing spend.But now that she’s in her second year in a new role as executive VP of insights and measurement at Comcast-owned NBC Universal, she brings the perspective of a marketer even as she sits on the other side of the table. And that has given her a clear-eyed sense of what she wants to change about audience measurement: just about everything.Listen to the podcast here: “We have no choice but to push that agenda because marketers are demanding so much from us in terms of ‘yes, we know you have great shows, but what is it doing for delivering results for me?’” said Vazirani on the latest episode of the Variety podcast “Strictly Business.” “As an industry, we have to do it.” Popular on Variety Vazirani reviews the reforms she is trying to bring to measurement, including the next phase of CFlight, an NBCU initiative aiming to unify linear and digital ad impressions that will be deployed more broadly across the company’s portfolio this year. In addition, she reveals the early progress NBCU is making with “prime pods,” reduced ad loads intended to make a more select number of marketers see their messages stand out amid the clutter. NBCU announced Tuesday it would cut commercial load in primetime by 20% in 2020.“It’s been about six weeks of data that we’re looking at, but we’re seeing promising results,” said Vazirani. “Because consumers are more engaged, an ad that runs with that is going to perform better and that’s the hypothesis. So far we’re seeing positive results in terms of how ads are performing.”“Strictly Business” is Variety‘s weekly podcast featuring conversations with industry leaders about the business of entertainment. Listen to the podcast below for the full interview, or check out previous “Strictly Business” episodes featuring Discovery CEO David Zaslav, ICM Partners agent Esther Newberg, and HBO chairman/CEO Richard Plepler. A new episode debuts each Tuesday and can be downloaded on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and SoundCloud. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Kolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim passed a clear message to the hawkers on Tuesday saying they should not encroach beyond 50 feet distance of the crossings in the city and that using of plastic is discarded while running the business.Hakim held a meeting with the affected hawkers in the Gariahat fire and several hawkers’ organisations in the presence of senior officials of police and Fire department. In and around 58 crossings in the city encroachment has become a big problem. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”They have been asked to remove the plastics used and the trolley-based stalls that they are due to get will have shed. We are planning to give them special type of umbrellas so that customers do not get drenched during monsoons. I have seen this type of umbrellas in Thailand that can be made here as well,” Hakim said. A model of the trolley-based stall which will be 5 to 6 feet long and 3 to 4 feet wide will be taken to Gariahat on Thursday so that the hawkers see and decide whether it is serving their purpose. “We are formulating hawkers’ policy to regulate them in the city. They have already agreed to only occupy one third space of the pavements. Police will demarcate the place and if they flout action will be taken as per law,” Hakim said. The Mayor said the one time compensation of Rs 20,000 to each of the affected hawkers will be directly transferred to the bank accounts through RTGS by the weekend. A list of the affected hawkers has been prepared by Gariahat police station.
Kolkata: The convoy of West Bengal BJP chief and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was attacked in East Midnapore district’s Khejuri Tuesday evening, police said. While the BJP held the Trinamool Congress responsible for the incident, the ruling party in West Bengal rubbished the allegation claiming the attack could have been perpetrated by “CPI(M)-sheltered anti-socials”. Superintendent of Police V Solomon Nesakumar told PTI that neither Ghosh nor Sarma was injured but two vehicles were damaged because of stones thrown at the convoy. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata No official complaint was lodged but four people were detained in connection with the incident, he said. The incident occurred around 6.30 pm when the two BJP leaders were on their way to Khejuri under Kanthi Lok Sabha constituency to canvass for party candidate Debasish Samanta. “Ghosh was in Nandigram. He and Sarma were on their way to Khejuri when the attack happened. We have detained four people and investigating the incident,” Solomon said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state After the incident, the BJP West Bengal chief said, “The attack on us shows clearly that there is no law and order and democracy in the state.” Sarma tweeted, “TMC goons have blocked the roads on both sides, even as West Bengal Police personnel standing like mute spectator. I am appalled at such brazen abuse of power by Mamata Banerjee whose people have thrown all democratic norms to gutter. Is this the new India that we dream of?” When contacted, West Bengal Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim rubbished the allegation. “Our party workers are quite disciplined and they have no role in this… It could be by anti-socials given shelter by the CPI(M),” he said.
Yahlive, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite joint venture between SES and UAE satellite operator Yahsat, is the most popular satellite broadcast provider for Farsi-speaking viewers across the Middle East and south-west Asia, according to a report by Ipsos Connect.According to the research, Yahlive’s market share amongst Farsi speakers increased from 20% in 2014 to 34% last year. Among satellite users, Yahlive’s market share increased from 27% to 49% over the same period.The report found that Farsi-speaking DTH viewer numbers in Tajikistan exceeded two million in 2015, while viewer numbers of exclusive Farsi-based terrestrial networks in Afghanistan and the UAE reached 8.94 million. Combined, the total number of viewers of Farsi content over DTH Terrestrial Networks grew by approximately 50% between 2014 and 2015 from north of 26 million to 39 million.The research also found that Farsi-speaking DTH veiwers across the region grew by 75% from 16 million in 2014 tio 28 million in 2015.“Yahlive enjoys an impressive retention rate of 88% across Farsi-speaking communities who are found in multiple markets including Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, and the UAE. The show of loyalty for Yahlive programming is the highest in the industry, and this remarkable performance is directly linked to our efforts to deliver premium content that people want to watch time and again. The reliability of our broadcast also works in our favour with respect to winning followers as does our customer focus,” said Ammar Baranbo, chief operating officer of Yahlive.“For a community limited by the relatively small number of terrestrial Farsi language channels, satellite broadcasters pick up much of the responsibility for providing truly differentiated and compelling viewing content, and this is an area in which Yahlive has proven to be especially effective and highly successful.”
The continued strength of YouTube along with mobile gains helped Google parent company Alphabet to report significant second quarter growth.Speaking on the company’s Q2 earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that YouTube showed “strong momentum” and said that video is the “killer format on mobile”.Though the company did not break out specific figures for YouTube, Pichai reiterated its claim that YouTube reaches “more 18-34 and 18-49 [year-olds] than any other TV network, broadcast or cable.”“Every indication we see is that the growth is very, very strong, being driven by mobile, and it’s growing globally as well. Overall, I think engagement is very, very healthy,” he said.The Google boss revealed that more than 1,000 YouTube content creators are now crossing the 1,000 subscribers mark every day.He also highlighted the gains YouTube is making in the live video space, with YouTube’s live–stream time up threefold since the beginning of the year.The service also now supports 360 degrees live video and also the ability for creators to ‘go live’ direct from the YouTube mobile app.“Earlier in the quarter, we teamed up with BT to live–stream the Champions League and Europa League finals on YouTube in the UK. This special event was UK’s biggest ever live–stream,” said Pichai.“All these innovations are a big reason why partner revenue has averaged 50% growth over the last three years.”Overall, for the quarter ended June 30, Alphabet reported a 21% year-on-year increase in revenue to US$21.5 billion (€19.4 billion), while net income climbed 24% to US$4.88 billion.Alphabet chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, said that the primary driver for growth was the increased use of mobile search by consumers and that the company also benefited from solid growth in desktop and tablet search as well as continued strength in YouTube and programmatic advertising.“Our terrific second quarter results, with 21% revenue growth year on year, and 25% on a constant currency basis reflect the successful investments we’ve made over many years in rapidly expanding areas such as mobile and video. We continue to invest responsibly in support of our many compelling opportunities,” said Porat.
Former Sky chief executive Sam Chisholm has died after a short illness. Chisholm, who was 78, helmed Sky from 1989 until 1997, overseeing its merger with rival British Satellite Broadcasting to form BSkyB.Sam ChisholmChisholm, known for his ruthlessness as an executive as well as discreet personal generosity, played a major role in ensuring Sky’s survival and success, helping to secure crucial Premier League rights and deals with major Hollywood studios.He remained on the BSkyB board for two years after retiring from the UK pay TV outfit in 1997 before returning to Australia at the end of the 1990s.The New Zealander had previously worked as chief executive of Nine Network in Australia, a job he returned to briefly in the 2000s. He led media mogul Kerry Packer’s Nine over a period when it was confirmed as the country’s leading TV network in terms of both audience ratings and revenue.Nine Network described its former CEO as “a pugnacious go-getter” and “so-called ‘starmaker’…with a big chequebook and loud opinions”.“Nicknamed a legend in his own lunchtime for his lavish lifestyle at work and play – and the man who popularised the phrase ‘losers have meetings, but winners have parties’,” it said.“Always controversial and a larger than life figure, he left Nine for Britain and Murdoch’s BSkyB and returned ten years later to a very different and challenging world in Australian television.“Nine recognises the unique role he played with the Network and for Australian television, and sends their condolences to the extended family and friends on his passing today, in particular his wife Sue and daughter Caroline.”Chisholm, who underwent a double lung transplant in 2003, served as a director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute from 2000-07 and as chairman of the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant Authority from 2009-12.He was inducted into Australia’s television Hall of Fame in 2004 and presented with a Gold Logie award.