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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 2, 2017 – Nassau – With experience as a government minister, CARICOM representative, member of Parliament, party deputy leader and being a former Senator, Sidney Collie seems to be the right fit to take on the role of the Bahamas’ lead representative stationed in the United States.   Collie on Thursday resigned as the FNM National Party Chairman in preparation for his deployment to Washington DC where he will be Bahamas Ambassador to the US and Permanent Representative for the Organization of American States, OAS and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Colombia and Brazil.The Prime Minister, Dr Hubert Minnis made the announcement at an FNM Central Council meeting last week.   Soon to be His Excellency, #SidneyCollie is being debriefed all this week by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he is expected to take up the post this month.   Collie told the Nassau Guardian that as of now, he will no longer speak for the FNM party publicly, though his resignation does not officially take effect until October 19.#MagneticMediaNewsPhoto Credit: Bahamas Weekly Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #SidneyCollielast_img read more

first_img13:57 Alphabet, Google’s parent company, will be redeveloping an area along the waterfront of Lake Ontario for its Sidewalk Labs initiative. Sidewalk Labs Google’s parent company Alphabet will reportedly open its first smart city buildings in Toronto as early as 2023. Google will eventually move into the Canadian smart campus, the report said. Dan Doctoroff, founder and CEO of Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs — which focuses on innovation in urban environments — told the Collision Conference in Canada of the timeline for the project, according to CNBC. The report said Doctoroff will submit a proposal next month, and after negotiations is hoping to break ground on the buildings by the end of 2020. The buildings would open in either late 2023 or early 2024. “These things take time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t begin to see the real fruits from a quality of life benefit perspective within a few years after the place opens up,” Doctoroff is reported as saying. “We would significantly expand Google’s presence in Toronto and move the head Canadian headquarters down to the waterfront.” Sidewalk Toronto quoted Doctoroff as saying at the Collision Conference that the company is “very focused on bringing in Canadian partners from a real estate, infrastructure and technology perspective. Part of this is to encourage the local tech ecosystem to grow.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Alphabet’s smart campus project on the waterfront along Lake Ontario back in 2017. The development was originally designed to house just Sidewalk Labs, but Google later said it would join it. “This project offers unprecedented opportunities for Canadian innovators and will create thousands of good, middle class jobs,” Trudeau said at the announcement alongside Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. First published at 4:02 p.m. PT on May 22. Updated May 23 at 9:30 a.m. PT: Headline changed from “opening around 2023” to “could open around 2023” if it is approved. Share your voice Smart Google Alphabet Inc. Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Smart Home Tech Industry Internet Culturecenter_img How Smart Cities and 5G will improve health, public safety… Tags 1 Commentlast_img read more

first_imgListen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:15 X Florian MartinMilitary veterans Billy Gibbons and Mike Hlozek (from left) hope to win some investment for their startup in the Veterans Business Battle.Sixteen veteran-owned businesses are convening at Rice University this weekend to pitch their concepts to a panel of investors.In the past two years, investors have shelled out $1.7 million to finalists in the Veterans Business Battle.Rice adjunct professor Al Danto, a co-founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, which organizes the event along with the Rice Veterans in Business Association, said it makes sense to invest in businesses run by veterans.“You have to have a plan, you have to have a mission, but you have to be able to adapt and be flexible but know when you need to be flexible,” he said. “And you have to lead and lead others. Like leading into battle, you’re leading into an entrepreneurial environment. I think there’s a lot of parallels to that.”Florian MartinMilitary veterans Billy Gibbons, left, and Mike Hlozek hope to win some investment for their startup in the Veterans Business Battle.Among the 16 finalists to present on Saturday are six businesses from Greater Houston. One of them is Veterans Manufacturing, a Katy startup founded by former Marine Billy Gibbons and former Army soldier Mike Hlozek.They make ultralight body armor for police departments.Gibbons said they drew from their experience in the military.“We were pretty adapt at shooting stuff and trying to blow stuff up,” he said. “And that’s a big part of our job, is to test our own gear. I had Kevlar save my life in a training situation years ago, so I know the value of good gear. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my old Kevlar helmet back in the day.”Their company already supplies the Katy Police Department and has other clients across Texas. They hope to convince investors to help them expand internationally and to the military.The investment recipients will be determined at a dinner Saturday night.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met with poll whiz Prashant Kishor at Nabanna on Thursday afternoon, whose latest success is ‘Project Jagan Mohan Reddy’ in Andhra Pradesh.After a reported two-hour meeting in Kolkata, Kishor signed up as the party’s poll strategist for the Assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2021. Kishor will kick off his assignment very soon and his primary job, as per party sources, will be to prepare a plan to counter the BJP which had bagged as many as 18 seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections with the ruling TMC winning 22 seats. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP could manage only two seats in the state while the TMC had won 34. In terms of 294 Assembly seats, the saffron party could manage lead in as many as 121 Assembly segments against the TMC’s 164. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSources in Nabanna informed that Kishor was taken to the Chief Minister’s chamber at Nabanna by Abhishek Banerjee who is the president of All India Trinamool Youth Congress. According to party sources, the two deliberated over the causes of TMC’s performance in the parliamentary polls and Kishor explained his readings seat by seat for Bengal. It may be mentioned that TMC had sought the assistance of Kishor even in 2016 but the deal did not materialise due to the latter’s reluctance. Kishor had then just bagged the Congress contract for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections at that time. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateKishor is credited with successfully organising the political campaigns for Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh. The YSR Congress won 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats and 151 out of 175 Assembly seats. The incumbent Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s party was voted out of power in the parliamentary polls. It is learnt that after the convincing victory of Reddy, few more political parties in the state have been approaching Kishor for being their poll strategist. Kishor is credited with handling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll campaign in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He joined Nitish Kumar and strategised the election campaign for his party during the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections. His venture to revive the Congress in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, however, was a flop. Kishor had joined politics last year as the vice-president of Bihar’s Janata Dal-United.last_img read more