NHI Grand Bahama Consultations

first_img Related Items:damara dillett, grand bahama, nhi Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Grand Bahama International Airport Will Reopen Today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, The Bahamas – Monday, February 15, 2016 – Public consultations regarding National Health Insurance Bahamas continued throughout the island of Grand Bahama on Friday, February 12, to educate and engage residents about the modern, affordable and accessible healthcare system. Ms. Damara Dillett, representing the NHI Bahamas Secretariat, spoke about the need for national health insurance, clarified who is eligible and outlined the benefits of primary care. While consulting with staff members at the Ministry of Grand Bahama, Ms. Dillett confirmed who is eligible to receive NHI Bahamas benefits. She said, “Bahamians resident in country and legal residents – no matter their income, age, island of residence or current health status – can receive health care free of cost at point of service with the NHI Bahamas plan.” Additionally, consultations continued with staff of the Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation, human resource personnel with the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Directors of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce. The conversations provided clarity.During the consultations, individuals were advised about what to expect when NHI Bahamas is fully implemented. Private insurance holders questioned whether or not NHI Bahamas mandated that they give up their existing coverage. Ms. Dillett advised that persons had the option of keeping their private health insurance and further explained that there was no mandate for individuals to discontinue private healthcare coverage.Residents attending town hall meetings in Eight Mile Rock and West End, listened attentively about NHI Bahamas. They embraced the opportunity to ask questions and get more details about the registration process. Ms. Dillett explained that the “Registration drive for the National Insurance Board (NIB) Smart Card continues at NIB locations. Individuals ought to ensure that they obtain their NIB Smart Card in order to be prepared for the enrolment.”All residents are encouraged to attend community meetings across the country to become more informed about NHI Bahamas and the benefits of the programme. Details of these meetings will be made available to you.The Secretariat continues to meet with stakeholder groups regularly. Any group that wishes to schedule a presentation by the NHI Bahamas team may contact the Secretariat directly at 502-7601 or email [email protected] information on NHI Bahamas can also be found at www.nhibahamas.gov.bs. Grand Bahama Set to Return to Normal After Hurricane Irma Recommended for you Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island Reopenslast_img read more

Finance Minister says Christies administration left millions in Collateral Calls

first_img Economy records real growth of 1.8 per cent in 2017 Related Items:#CollateralCalls, #magneticmedianews, #PeterTurnquest Hurricane Irma forecast to be an expensive problem Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 14th 2017 – Nassau – Once again the newly-elected government has revealed more debt and challenges left for them by the former administration. This time, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Peter Turnquest has reported that the government is now faced with $150M of collateral calls left by the previous Christie administration.That is to say, that during their 5-year tenure, the Christie-administration made calls/demands to banks or other financial institutions to request collateral and/or payment for debt/loans/contracts they needed to have funded. Collectively, these were in excess of $150M and not repaid, thus leaving the new Minnis-administration in a risky fiscal position.Consequently, Turnquest revealed, “The Government is now required to provide a minimum of $70 million by the first week of July to meet this collateral call.” During his contribution to the 2017/18 Budget Debate in the House of Assembly last Wednesday, Turnquest also reported that the total outstanding payments of The Bahamas Treasury was $161,283,514.04.The Deputy Prime Minister also stated, “The Ministry of Finance was partially successful in negotiating temporary waivers but the obligation has not gone away.” He added that the figure owed may increase in the event of any further negative ratings action.  As a result, Turnquest admitted that employees and vendors have had to wait an “inordinate time for payment.”However, despite Opposition Leader Phillip Brave Davis’ initial questioning of the Government’s decision to borrow such a large fund, Turnquest said he was grateful that they have decided to accept this position, explaining “the emergency borrowing authority was the only prudent thing this administration can do to protect the financial reputation of The Bahamas.” Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher #MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Energy and Resources Institute to showcase project on EVs

first_imgKolkata: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) will showcase a project on how Blockchain can be a driver to foster adoption of electric vehicles in the state at the two-day Global Blockchain Congress which is being organised by the state Information Technology & Electronics department at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday.The project is assuming significance as Bengal is looking forward to use more of E-Vehicles (EV) to reduce Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifepollution. “One of the major concerns of the prospective customers of electric vehicles is regarding the battery getting completely discharged while travelling for longer distances. This deters a customer from purchasing an EV over a fossil fuel based vehicle. In-order to overcome the lack of charging infrastructure and better utilisation of existing infrastructure, our ‘Blockchain’ based application would enable individuals to share their private EV chargers with other EV customers (nearby to their homes), thereby increasing utilization of privately-owned EV chargers,” an official of TERI said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe elaborated on the peer-to-peer mode of communication and that nearby EV owners within proximity can use such individual EV chargers to charge their car batteries before they run out. “The owner of an EV charger could make their chargers available to the public during the day time, when chargers are not being used by them. In return, they can be incentivised for lending offers to other EV owners through set protocols,” the official added. TERI is one of the 10 organisations out of 200 applicants, whose model has been selected for the programme.last_img read more

Council of Architecture releases NATA exam dates

first_imgArchitecture is about making of places where people spend their lives. And architects are not just concerned with the exterior and interior design of a building, but the environment as a whole and how living inside this building feels like.To undergo the professional training of being an architect, a person needs to be registered with The Council of Architecture (CoA), established by the Government of India under the provisions of the Architects Act, 1972 enacted by the Parliament of India. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAny person desirous of carrying on the profession as an architect must have registration with Council of Architecture. For the purpose of registration, one must possess the recognised qualification as appended to the Architects Act, 1972 after having undergone the education in accordance with the Council of Architecture Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations as specified from time to time. As informed by Vijay Garg, President COA, there are about 480 institutions presently imparting architectural education in India. The standards of education being imparted in institutions like IITs, NITs, and autonomous universities are prescribed and monitored by Council of Architecture. The body sets regulations from time to time which set forth the requirement of eligibility for admission, course duration, standards of staff and accommodation, course content, examination. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”If any person falsely represents or claims to be a registered architect, such acts tantamount to committing of a criminal offense punishable under the Architects Act, 1972,” Gard informed According to the guidelines of CoA, clearing National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) – a test which is recognised as the minimum standard of architectural education., is mandatory. The purpose of conducting NATA is to provide a single scheme of examination for admissions in architecture department of institutions spread across the country. However, the actual admissions shall be carried out only by the concerned competent authorities of the respective states/institutions based on NATA. The examination also ensures that the eligibility criteria for admission to five years Bachelor of Architecture degree course, as prescribed by CoA and duly approved by the Central Government, are strictly adhered to and followed in all architectural institutions. The NATA measures aptitude of the applicant for a specific field of study, i.e. Architecture by an assessment of drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity, mathematics, and critical thinking ability. The NATA-2019 for admission to B.Arch. in the academic session 2018-19 will be conducted twice a year- the first test on April 14, 2019, and the second test on July 7, 2019 all across the country. The exam will comprise of two parts –Part A will have multiple choice questions related to mathematics and general aptitude, and Part B is paper-based drawing.last_img read more

What Are Your Customers Thinking

first_img Technology researchers are working on something big: a device that combines a digital screen and camera to analyze your physical characteristics and play back personalized advertisements. It isn’t ready for market yet; but, when it finally is, it could revolutionize the way businesses reach out to their consumers.Here’s how it would work. When shoppers pause in front of a monitor, a computer reads their sex, age, race and expression to gauge interest levels, and then decides the best commercial to play. If the person turns or looks away, the device attempts to draw attention back to the screen–perhaps the music will suddenly crescendo–and the customer will see a different product the computer thinks may be of interest based on the information gleaned earlier.Spearheading the project, called “Targeted Advertising Based on Audience Natural Response,” or TABANAR (thankfully) for short, is NICTA, an information and communication technology center established by the Australian government. According to Glenn Downey, NICTA’s commercialization manager, progress depends on how quickly researchers can develop sophisticated ways to identify emotional cues from facial expressions. She says a breakthrough would represent a transition from dynamic to responsive technologies. “Next generation technology will react to interest levels and shift content accordingly.”What’s Available Now?TABANAR is a work-in-progress, but there are existing technologies that businesses use to get a read on what customers are thinking.For example, mining video for customer data is gaining popularity. Rajeev Sharma, founder of Pennsylvania-based VideoMining Corporation, created the company in 2000 to meet demand for retail intelligence revealed through image recognition software. In VideoMining’s client stores, feeds from security cameras are sent to a main computer, which extrapolates information on everything from what products people are looking at to how long they stand in front of a particular display.The business applications are clear. “The store design and merchandising would be fairly critical for all business owners, and there’s a growing interest in video mining because everyone is trying to compete, small or big, and trying to differentiate their stores,” Sharma says. With this kind of feedback, store owners can assess the effectiveness of a display and alter the design of the store to maximize sales.In one grocery store, Sharma recalls, they discovered there were too many product types in the juice section. “Ten percent of shoppers spent 90 seconds in front of the display before leaving without buying anything. We pinpointed that people must be overwhelmed by products. They responded by reducing the number and organizing it better. It worked.”Right now, VideoMining’s clients are mainly large chains and consumer brand companies, but, Sharma says, any business with a storefront can benefit from a better understanding of consumer shopping behavior. And services are more affordable than you might think, given that the biggest cost is usually outfitting the hardware.The company is also beginning to offer clients real-time measurements on an analytics website. “Just like an online business gets immediate feedback on the number of hits, we can do the same with different displays in a bricks-and-mortar store,” Sharma says. “This way, retailers can change displays quickly and experiment to find out what works best for their individual needs.”Merchandising firm YCD Multimedia is rolling out a digital media platform featuring video screens that play advertisements related to what people put in their shopping carts at points of sale. For instance, at the cash register at Aroma Espresso Bar (one of YCD’s clients), a woman buying a coffee might see a commercial for a scone on the monitor.CEO Barry Salzman believes the retail environment of the future will integrate the ability to measure which promotions are working and which ones aren’t with the ability to act upon this information immediately. YCD’s platform allows retailers to cheaply measure, in real time, the performance of marketing campaigns and concept testing. This, he says, unlocks a realm of possibilities for retailers to try things depending on time of day and location. “Our clients can log onto our analytics website and see that promotion X got put up in a particular aisle at noon, and at 12:15, what’s happening at the cash register.”Salzman adds that the initial capital investment that scares people away saves them money–and increases sales–in the end. “Once you get the system in place, you push a button and get everything at a minimal cost,” he says. “It will replace the waste of shipping and having to change posters and other static materials that may be outdated by the time you get relevant sales data.”A Look InsideWhile Sharma and Salzman are decoding consumer behavior by observation, neuromarketing expert Martin Lindstrom is doing so by reading shoppers’ minds–literally.In his book Buyology, Lindstrom describes the findings of a three-year, $7 million study that examined subconscious shopping behavior using brain-mapping techniques. “We know that 85 percent of every purchasing decision . . . is made in the unconscious part of the brain,” he says. “Now we can access this using fMRI and EEG scans [of the brain].” One aspect of his research measured how different regions in the brain reacted (or didn’t) to certain advertising-related stimuli, including sound, smells and visuals.Turns out, the sense of sound makes the biggest emotional impact, followed by smell and then sight. “If you expose people to sound, all five sensory regions are activated, which means that sound has much more influence on our mood, on our choice of brands and our emotional engagement than visuals.”These findings have several practical applications. First, Lindstrom says, companies should leverage the internet’s sound capabilities. Less than one percent of business home pages use sound. He suggests that even something simple–like a short tune when a credit card is processing, or an introductory theme at log-on–works to get people into a certain mindset when thinking about a brand.It’s also important to make sure advertisements are placed in the right context. “If you’re watching or listening to a dramatic, fast-paced program, a commercial break featuring Dove beauty soap will be forgotten,” Lindstrom says. “If the brain can’t figure out how it fits with the storyline, it will literally delete it.” So even if you’re using a great advertising medium, an ad appearing at the wrong moment negates all the benefits.Another interesting discovery was that people subconsciously purchase more expensive brands when others are around. “If they’re totally alone, people are more likely to buy generics,” Lindstrom says, adding that designing a more open space with lower aisles can also deter theft.Now we know that store design can influence what people buy, he says. And as brain-scanning technologies become increasingly portable, with studies done in real shopping environments, the results will yield further insights.Reading AheadGiven the trajectory, Guy Hagen, president of technology consulting firm Innovation Insight, reflects that as these technologies are refined, the pool from which to extract market intelligence will grow enormously. “The demographic data we can get right now is important, but if we could access data on expressions and attitudes, that takes things to the next level,” he says, which could open up all consumer-generated video and photographic footage to piece together a larger picture. “We would have richer information, and more of it.”And although privacy issues will certainly arise, Hagen thinks that is also part of the natural process. “Research has shown that in general, people will put up with privacy invasions if they get enough benefits from it.”One thing, however, is clear: With next-generation advertising technology, you may not be able to read your customers’ minds, but you can get pretty close. 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