#Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThailand, August 25, 2017 – A Turks and Caicos woman died today in Thailand and it is sending shockwaves among friends and others who knew her. Official comments from country leaders are on hold to ensure the young woman’s family is notified.A report online identifies the woman as Maxine Missick and says police do not suspect foul play in her death. The young woman of the Clement Howell High Class of 2009 is believed to have fallen from the window of a hotel in Hat Yai in the Songkhla district.#MagneticMedia is told the woman, who is also a Haitian national, was at Keele University as BioMedical student in the #UnitedKingdom.“Maxine loved the Lord, had a keen interest in African culture and loved meeting new faces.”Police will perform an autopsy to say for sure how Missick died and have also suggested that there is a chance her fall, where her neck and other bones were broken from the impact, could have been suicide. There is no mention of a suicide letter or anything else to suggest that 23-year old Maxine killed herself, however.It is said Ms. Missick’s window was open, the door locked and the room was not ransacked. Maxine was due to check out August 31; she checked in to the hotel in Thailand on August 21.Readers commenting are demanding a proper investigation; urging family to ensure that she gets one despite the fall looking accidental. #MaxineMissick’s body was found in an alley between two hotels.*Want to note that Maxine often traveled as part of her studies. This could have been one of those trips. She was also fascinated with African culture. Truly heartbreaking. Recommended for you Related Items:#MaxineMissick, magneticmedia TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flames
Electric Cars Car Industry Trucks SUVs Comments 22 Photos More From Roadshow Tags 2 Rivian, the startup manufacturer planning to launch an all-electric pickup truck and an electric SUV, announced Friday it has received a $700 million equity investment that is led by internet giant Amazon. Rivian said it will remain an independent company, but the investment will no doubt help the new automaker push its planned models into production.The investment will help startup Rivian launch this R1T pickup and the related R1S SUV. Rivian Rivian showed off its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The R1T will have a driving range of up to “400+” miles, depending on which battery pack a buyer chooses. It’s scheduled to launch in November 2020 and will be built at a former Mitsubishi plant in Illinois. The R1S, meanwhile, is a seven-seat electric SUV that’ll offer up to 410 miles of range. It’s set to launch in early 2021. The two models share many of their mechanical components.Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe characterized the investment as key for Rivian’s growth. “This investment is an important milestone for Rivian and the shift to sustainable mobility,” he said in a statement. “Delivering on this vision requires the right partners, and we are excited to have Amazon with us on our journey to create products, technology and experiences that reset expectations of what is possible.””We’re inspired by Rivian’s vision for the future of electric transportation,” Jeff Wilke, Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to invest in such an innovative company.”Rivian promises its all-electric vehicles will have plenty of off-roading capability.Rivian’s two vehicles will be pricey luxury models, with the R1T tentatively scheduled to start at $69,000. Both vehicles ride on the company’s own “Skateboard” chassis that features a large centrally mounted battery pack and two electric motors. Though the vehicles are impressive, it’s safe to say that it’s still a long journey from showing two vehicles to actually selling them to the general public. Ramping up production will be “the biggest challenge we have,” Rivian executive director of engineering Mark Vinnels told Roadshow in fall 2018.Rivian offered no further details about the investment, saying only that this equity investment round, “includes participation from existing shareholders.” An earlier report had suggested that Amazon was interested in investing into Rivian. That report also claimed that General Motors might also want to invest in the electric-car manufacturer, but as of Friday, there’s no news on that front. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Amazon 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The Rivian R1T might be the electric pickup truck of tomorrow Share your voice
Sarah Tew/CNET If you have a serious home-theater system, or even a semiserious one with three or more components, a universal remote control is a wonderful thing. The best universal remotes can unify all those different device clickers into a single wand in a way that can feel magical. All of the best universal remote options have superior ergonomics, with more intuitive button layouts and a better feel than standard remotes. And many of them work with your smartphone or voice systems like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. My family and I have used many of the remotes on this list to control my main home-theater system for months or years at a time. At various points they’ve controlled multiple devices including my TVs, AV receivers, game consoles, Roku streamers and even a cable box DVR. My family uses the system as much as I do, and my main criteria in a universal remote is making it simple enough for a child to operate.Here are my favorite choices for best universal remote over the years that are currently available, in ascending order of price.Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. Read the Logitech Companion review My pick for the best universal remote for the money, is the Companion, a real remote tied to a Harmony Hub. Since the Harmony Hub handles the actual command sending you don’t have to aim the remote and risk one of your devices missing a command — which leads to confusion and delay. The remote is slick and easy to hold, and the battery lasts for months. In my years of using it at home, the main things I missed are backlighting behind the keys and a remote finder. Logitech Harmony Companion: $105 Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Logitech Harmony 650 review Caavo Control Center: $60 plus service fee Read the Logitech Harmony Express preview Read the Amazon Fire TV Cube review Read the Caavo Control Center preview See at Amazon Comments Logitech Harmony wrote the book on the universal remote control, and these are its most basic clickers I can recommend. The main appeal over a cheaper, non-Harmony-based remote controller, or the clicker that comes with your cable box, is the activity-based control. Press the “Watch TV” or “Listen to Music” buttons and the remote controller turns on all the relevant devices (such as your smart TV, blue-ray player, cable box and AV receiver), switches to the right inputs and maps the keys to that activity (Volume to the receiver and Channel up/down to the cable box, for example). Unlike more-expensive Harmonys (below), which use a universal remote app for setup and control, you’ll have to use Harmony’s Mac- or PC-based software to program the remote. The 650 and 665 also rely on IR (infrared) codes emitted from the front of the remote — if you want point-anywhere convenience, you’ll have to spend up for a system with a hub.The 665 is the only one currently listed on Harmony’s site but the 650 is identical (aside from color and number of devices each can control) and can often be found for less, especially refurbished. Harmony Elite: $250 Now we’re getting into big spending territory. The Elite’s main draw over the Companion is its screen, and for most users it’s just not worth it. The touch screen makes it more versatile than cheaper models, especially for calling up favorite channels and Roku apps, and the full backlighting is great. Unfortunately, both suck a lot of battery power so you (and your family) will need to remember to park the remote in its dock on the reg. The Hub is the only clicker on this list that doesn’t actually include a clicker. Instead, you control everything using the Harmony smartphone app — or by talking to your Alexa or Google Home speaker. The hub itself nestles deep in your AV cabinet, blasting out Infrared, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals to your equipment. This Harmony smart control is a great system if you live on your smartphone, but for most people investing in a real remote is worth the extra few bucks. Share your voice See at Amazon See at Amazon Amazon Fire TV Cube: $120 Logitech’s newest all-in-one remote control is its most voice-centric yet. Like the Caavo, you can use voice commands to control stuff by talking into the smart control, but unlike Caavo, the Express can talk back in Alexa’s voice. It’s like having a miniature Alexa speaker in your hand. After a couple months as my family’s main remote I find myself wanting an actual power button — you have to say “Turn on the TV” or “Watch Netflix” or even “Turn off the TV” to get stuff to happen — but my main quibble is its high price. As Harmony’s only remote with a finder function, however, this is still the one I’d get if money wasn’t an object. The wacky Cube is a mashup of universal remote controls, Fire TV 4K streamer and Amazon Echo speaker. It comes with a remote but its keys are sparse and rudimentary: real device control happens via your voice. The Cube has an IR blaster to control your gear and a mic sensitive enough to hear your commands over the blare of music. On the downside, you’ll need to keep your old remotes around for many functions.This controlling device is often sold for as little as $80 or less, so definitely wait for a sale — or Prime Day — before buying it. Sarah Tew/CNET Logitech Harmony 650/665: $50 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. Logitech Harmony Hub: $70 TVs Media Streamers Logitech Harmony See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew Amazon Bluetooth Best Buy Google Logitech Roku Tags Read the Logitech Harmony Elite review See at Amazon 4 See at Best Buy Caavo’s Control Center is one of two non-Harmony remotes on this list and is also the second-cheapest, but there’s a catch. To get Caavo’s advanced features, you’ll need to shell out bank for the service fee. It costs $4 per month, $40 per year or $130 for the lifetime of the remote. Unlike Harmony, Caavo Control Center includes an HDMI switch in addition to the smart remote. You plug your stuff into the switch and it handles the rest, including automatically recognizing your gear during setup. Caavo has its own voice control system and onscreen display to help you find stuff to watch, the clicker itself is simple and elegant and the remote finder is gold. Like the hub-based Harmonys below, Caavo doesn’t require line of sight (the switch acts as the hub) and will also work with voice commands from Alexa and Google Home speakers. Logitech Harmony Express: $250 See at Amazon
The two-day work abstention of the teachers who joined government colleges after passing the BCS exams continues for the second day on Monday. Photo: Prothom AloThe two-day work abstention of the teachers who joined government colleges after passing the BCS exams continues for the second day, halting regular classes in government colleges on Monday.The BCS general education association called the two-day work abstention protesting at the government’s plan to give teachers of nationalised colleges the same status and benefits as them.BCS general education association president I K Selimullah Khondakar said if the demands are not met then they will hold another two-day work abstention from 6-8 January 2018.He said that they would not have any programme in December as it was victory month. During that time they would carry out a campaign instead.He also said that teachers will take up indefinite work abstention if any decision was taken outside of the prime minister’s orders and the education policy. On Sunday, the BCS teachers halted work, demanding ‘no BCS, no cadre’. Following their protest, the National University postponed all its exams for Sunday and Monday.Recently the government took initiative to nationalise around 300 colleges and to give about 12,000 teachers of these institutions the same status and benefits as the BCS teachers.
Mandakini block alone would contribute Rs 18,712 crore. “Mandakini Exploration and Mining Ltd bids the highest,” tweeted Coal Secretary Anil Swarup. As per a spokesperson of Monnet Ispat, Mandakini Exploration is a joint venture between Monnet and Jindal Photo. As per officials, the bid closed at Rs 650/tonne.Bidding for Mandakini block, meant for the power sector and having one of the largest extractable reserves at 287.88 million tonne (MT), began at 11 am at Re 1 and continued till 7.35 pm with highest bid coming at Rs 650/tonne. The auction mode was reverse bidding for this mine. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashMandakini block was earlier alloted to Mandakini Coal Company Ltd – a JV led by Monnet Ispat & Energy and comprising Jindal Photo Lab and Tata Power Company. The companies in race for Mandakini mine on Thursday included Adani Power, Adani Power Maharashtra, GMR Mining and Energy, Jindal Power and Wigeon Commotrade.Earlier in the day, Trimula Industries Ltd bagged Meral mine for non-power sector in Jharkhand quoting Rs 727/tonne which in turn will fetch the government Rs 921 crore. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists“Meral coal block closes at (Rs) 727 (per tonne),” Coal Secretary Anil Swarup tweeted. Trimula bagged the mine by outbidding two companies — Easternrange Coal Mining Pvt Ltd and Usha Martin Ltd. Meral mine, earlier alloted to Abhijeet Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, is in Palamau district of Jharkhand and has extractable reserves of 12.67 million tonnes. The amount of proceeds has been calculated based on extractable reserves and highest bid price. Both the mines were put on auction on the second day of the second tranche of bidding. Adani Power, Usha Martin and JSW Steel bagged a total four mines in the second leg of auction that began on Thursday.Under the second leg of auction, the government has put at least 15 blocks, which are under ready-for-production category. The auction proceeds from the first lot of 19 mines is over Rs one lakh crore. The auction follows the Supreme Court’s decision last year to cancel allocation of 204 coal mines. On account of Holi on Friday, there would be no auction of the mines. But on March 7, three blocks — Tara (for power sector) and Nerad Malegaon and Dumri mines (for non- power sector) — would be on offer. The firms vying for Tara mine in Chhattisgarh are Adani Power, Adani Power Rajasthan, Adani Power Maharashtra, Athena Chhattisgarh Power Ltd, Jindal Power Ltd,JSW Energy Ltd, KSK Mahanadi Power Co Ltd, Lanco Amarkantak Power Ltd and RattanIndia Nasik Power Ltd. SBICaps to make presentation on auction rulesSBI Capital Markets is scheduled to make a detailed presentation early next week before senior officials of the Centre and the states about proposed rules for auction of mines and bidding parameters for selection.The government roped in the investment banker around 15 days after President Pranab Mukherjee promulgated the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Ordinance, 2015, in the second week of January to suggest the rules for auction and bidding parameters.The ordinance paved the way for introduction of the auctioning route for allocation of mines. “SBI Capital Markets will make a presentation about the salient features of proposed rules for implementing provision MMDR Amendment Ordinance, 2015 next Monday at the Quarterly meeting of the Coordination-cum-Empowered Committee (CEC),” a government official said. The Ordinance, which has already been passed in Lok Sabha in the form of a Bill, prescribe the Centre to stipulate the terms and conditions and the procedures subject to which the auction would be conducted for allocation of all mines. The Centre is supposed to lay out the bidding parameters for the selection.
Kolkata: Four persons were injured when a concrete chunk from a roof of a building inside Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) fell offon Friday. The incident took place at the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology department of the hospital in the morning. According to hospital sources, the concrete chunk fell on the relatives of the patient, who were waiting outside the operation theater in the eye department. The incident occurred when an operation was going on inside the operation theater. After being informed the security personnel of the hospital rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. The hospital authorities claimed that the incident had no impact on the operation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the hospital, the patients’ relatives were not seriously injured. Some of the victims had, however, received head injuries. They were immediately taken by the hospital staff and attended by doctors. The incident triggered tension among patients visiting the eye department of the hospital and their family members. The patients’ relatives were immediately removed from the place and the entire area was cordoned off to avoid any further incident. It was learnt from hospital sources that renovation works were carried out by the Public Works of Department in the Ophthalmology department recently. The hospital authorities are probing into the incident and figuring how it took place despite the repair works. All the injured victims are stated to be stable. A probe has been initiated.