From the Mailroom…

first_imgNow it’s your turn, geocachers! Who, what, where, when, how, and why do you geocache? What would answers would you suggest to Bannack? From Cathy:There are too many amazing geocaches in amazing places to pick just one, so I’d say go to visit GCK25B, Geocaching HQ. It is a unique experience to visit HQ and there are many, many excellent geocaches nearby to experience as well. The cache I am looking forward to finding one day is GC2B034 Necropolis of Britannia Manor III in Texas. I will get there someday!GCK25B Geocaching HeadquartersGC2B034 Necropolis of Britannia Manor III Share with your Friends:More Should I go to the Geocaching Block Party this year?From Andrea:Absolutely. The 2015 Block Party on Saturday, August 15, will be our 6th and last, to give us more opportunities to focus on other ideas and projects. You’ll get to see the HQ cache and get/trade some great trackables. I also recommend signing up for one of the HQ tours. Then on Sunday, don’t miss the Going APE Mega-Event up north.From Cathy:YES!GC5G4X5 2015 Geocaching Block Party__________________________________________________________________________I’m posting this to our blog to give the geocaching community a chance to share their answers to your questions, too. These will be included in my letter back to you. Happy caching!Best,Andrea Original post written by Andrea HoferWe recently had the pleasure of receiving the following letter from Bannack of Cave Creek, Arizona. Here’s an excerpt:Hello, my name is Bannack and I am a geocacher from Cave Creek, Arizona. I would like to say thank you for everything about Groundspeak and the geocaching because if it wasn’t for this, I wouldn’t be seeing amazing places, going on treasure hunts, and meeting great people. You have made my life change in a good way. I would like to ask some questions about geocaching to help me with my geocaching career. A few of us here at Groundspeak/Geocaching HQ answered with some of our thoughts:Hi Bannack,My name is Andrea and I have worked at Geocaching HQ for 2 years. Through geocaching, I have met many wonderful people, yourself included! I’ll do my best to answer your questions with the help of a few friends at Geocaching HQ…If I had to pick only one geocache to go to in the U.S. where do you think I should go?From Andrea:I personally am excited for my upcoming trip to find the very first geocache. It’s near Portland, and it’s called GCGV0P Original Stash Tribute Plaque. One day I’d like to hike the Zion Narrows in Utah to find Earthcache GCZ5YD Zion Narrows.GCGV0P – Original Stash Tribute PlaqueGCZ5YD Zion Narrows From Derek:My favorites are EarthCaches, but it’s hard for me to pick just one. I’m looking forward to finding GC1F7W3 A Dynamic Earth, on the summit of Mt. St. Helens, this summer!GC1F7W3 A Dynamic EarthWhich mega geocaching events have the best trackables and geocoins to trade and keep?From Annie:At just about any event I’ve attended, I’ve found at least one geocacher showing off their personal trackable collections or offering up their personal trackables for trade. However, if trackables are your passion, you won’t find a better place to embrace that passion than at a Geocoinfest event. These events typically happen twice a year – once in the United States and once in Europe and they draw diehard trackable enthusiasts from all over the world. You’ll have the opportunity to browse the latest and greatest in Geocoin designs from vendors or find new friends willing to trade. Just make sure you set a budget before leaving the house when attending Geocoinfest – all the beautiful new coins or rare collector coins may be hard to resist.Geocoins!From Cathy:Geocoinfest – there are lots of trackables traded at every event, but nothing comes close to this.From Derek:Every Mega I’ve been to has had tons of trackable trading. Although, I bet the Giga events in Germany have even more since so many people attend. SharePrint RelatedThe Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”Teaching Geocaching and a Lackey to Complete a 5/5November 22, 2011In “Community”Geocachers make history at Geowoodstock 2018June 29, 2018In “News”last_img read more

Turks and Caicos makes the grade fiscally set to get 16 million

first_img Recommended for you TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Related Items:European Union Development Fund, Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 May 2015 – The outstanding accolades keep on coming in and this time the Turks and Caicos may see its credit rating significantly upgraded after a Standard and Poor’s review due in the next few weeks. The Minister of Finance, Washington Misick said the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability or PEFA assessment result came in on Wednesday and shows that the Turks and Caicos has rated very, very well. “The timing of this announcement could not be better in bolstering our nation’s rapidly improving financial reputation,” said the Minister of Finance and he explained the Public Financial Management performance or PFM is widely used by the World Bank and the European Union to gauge government’s fiscal performance. The review examined: Credibility of the Budget; Comprehensiveness and transparency; Policy-based budgeting; Predictability and control in budget execution; accounting, recording and reporting; external scrutiny and audit and donor practices. The Turks and Caicos outdid the results of the last review in 2011 and is now cleared to receive EU funding of €14.6 million euros in direct budget support to the education sector under the 11th European Union Development Fund. You can go to to see that PEFA report for yourself, we have the link. LINK: Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

VW might take deposits for the ID electric hatch in Europe

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 75 Photos Share your voice Electric Cars Future Cars Hatchbacks 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tesla Volkswagen News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Comment 1 Volkswagen’s ID concept is the start of VW’s electric revolution More about 2019 Audi E-Tron Electric cars: Juice up with all the EV news we’ve got.VW I.D. Buzz: We’ve already driven the future. The first of VW’s I.D. electric cars in Europe will be the Golf-ish-sized hatchback, and there have been more than a few comparisons to Tesla there. Now, VW looks to implement a preorder deposit system that also seems a little familiar.Volkswagen might allow interested parties to place a deposit for the upcoming I.D. hatchback, Automotive News Europe reports, citing an interview with VW brand chief Juergen Stackmann. The deposits will help determine who is ready to make a “serious commitment,” and while Stackmann told ANE it wouldn’t be a large amount of money, it’ll be big enough to attract serious buyers.According to ANE’s report, VW has already floated the idea of a deposit system in test markets, and apparently, customers in EV-friendly European countries are more than willing to try and get an early crack at the first in an onslaught of MEB-platform electric vehicles. Obviously, those putting down deposits would then get priority when the cars start leaving the assembly line, which in the case of the I.D. hatchback should happen in early 2020.Enlarge ImageThe hatchback is already being tested in camouflage, so a proper debut shouldn’t be too far away, especially since its market launch is slated for early 2020. Volkswagen “We have tested it several times in Norway and the customers want it. It’s surprising but people in Norway and Holland want to be a part of it. Germany is definitely not the pacemaker in Europe,” Stackmann said to ANE.The I.D. will be the first of VW’s new electric cars in Europe. It’s about the same size as a Golf, and it’s expected to cost about as much as a fully loaded diesel model, which comes out to between $35,000 and $40,000 in the US. In the US, we’ll get the I.D. Crozz SUV as the first car in 2020, with the I.D. Buzz microbus following in 2022. Tesla first brought the idea of preordering a popular car to prominence with its Model 3 sedan. As ANE notes, critics believed it served the second purpose of helping Tesla stack its coffers as it expanded its manufacturing efforts. Nevertheless, the refundable deposits took off and Tesla ended up sitting on hundreds of thousands of them. VW’s car may not have the Model 3’s cult of personality, but it’ll be interesting to see just how many orders VW can drum up before the car heads to production.last_img read more

Rifats father demands Minnis arrest

first_imgRifat MurderAbdul Halim Sharif, father of slain Barguna youth Rifat Sharif, has demanded the police arrest his daughter-in-law Ayesha Siddiqa Minni.Holding a press conference at Barguna Press Club, Rifat’s father on Saturday evening said that Minni was involved in killing Rifat in broad daylight.”Minni used to go to college alone. On the day of Rifat’s murder, she phoned him to go to her college. And later he was hacked to death by Nayan Bond in front of the college,” he told the press conference.He added, “Minni hid her marriage with Nayan Bond, the main accused of the Rifat murder. Her family also lied about this. She married Rifat without parting away with Nayan. She kept a close contact with Nayan even after marrying Rifat.”Quoting Sahida Begum, Nayan’s mother, Abdul Halim Sharif also alleged that Minni visited Nayan’s home even before the day of killing Rifat.Rifat’s father also raised a question how Minni escaped stabs while Rifat was being hacked by a number of youths.Abdul Halim Sharif, father of slain Barguna youth Rifat Sharif, speaks at a press conference in Barguna Press Club on Saturday, 13 July, 2019. Photo: Prothom AloIn a new video footage, Minni was seen reluctant when Rifat was being caught by the youths. When Rifat was strained with blood, she did not show any attempt to take him to a hospital. Rather she was seen looking for her sandals and one of the attackers was seen giving Minni her handbag.Abdul Halim Sharif also questioned why Minni did not accompany Rifat when he was being taken to Barishal in an ambulance.About Abdul Halim Sharif’s allegations, Minni’s father Mozammel Haque said to Prothom Alo, “Comments and posts are being updated on social networking sites accusing my daughter in Rifat’s murder. At this, she is mentally broken-down and undergoing treatment. We’ll soon talk over the allegations made by Rifat’s father.”Rifat Sharif, 22, was hacked to death by a group of youths in broad daylight in Barguna district town on 26 June. The incident was caught on surveillance cameras.Police so far arrested 13 people in connection with the murder. On 2 July, Nayan Bond, the main accused of the case, was killed in an alleged gunfight with police.Seven other accused have reportedly confessed to their involvement with the murder.Currently, investigators are interrogating six of the accused in custody.last_img read more

Spaces that weave memories

first_imgUnravelling the fascinating bond that exists between people, places and memories, ‘The Festival of Places’ is a unique event which aims to highlight the rich cultural legacy of places that exist in Indian cities, towns and villages. It explores the invaluable cultural fabric and a memory associated with places and provides an opportunity for people to share their personal narratives. The festival is also about understanding the idea of ‘Space as a Place’; about exploring ‘Places’ that form an integral part of cities and towns; about experiencing ‘places as vital and meaningful connected spaces’ through which urban life throbs; and rediscovering the lost art of creating vibrant places that nurture culture and creativity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Festival conceptualised by CATTS, a not-for-profit organisation working in the area of heritage conservation and management, has been envisaged as a convergence of people from all walks of life and disciplines who seek a deeper understanding of Indian culture through the places we live in as well as share an eagerness to rejuvenate them. The festival encourages participation of people of all ages and experience for developing an in-depth understanding of the places and spaces we live in, seeking people to play an active role both in the creation of new places and the preservation and sustenance of existing ones. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt will inspire people to enjoy and creatively engage with places in cities for meaningful action. And will motivate people to reimagine, reclaim and revitalize places especially the ones in the public realm. It will encourage people to think about sustenance and resilience, about accessibility and mobility, about the future of their cities and communities. In this sense, the festival goes beyond just being an event to becoming a community movement for reviving and re-imagining places at the heart of healthy and vibrant communities.last_img read more

Smart vs Dumb What Kind of Cell Phone Do You Own

first_imgAugust 15, 2013 As an entrepreneur, what would you do without your smartphone? The ability to check email, read and edit documents and even manage payroll from one’s mobile device has become an integral part of everyday business life.But, hold on. Maybe the better question is: Do you even own a smartphone?A new report from research firm Gartner says that smartphones have outsold more basic handsets worldwide for the first time. Ever. During the second quarter, smartphone sales reached 225 million units, Gartner said, up 46.5 percent from the second quarter of 2012. Sales of regular “dumb” phones totaled 210 million units, a decline of 21 percent year-over-year.For the smartphone wars aficionados: Samsung sold more than any other smartphone maker, moving more than 71 million units. Apple, meanwhile, came in second selling almost 32 million smartphones. LG came in third selling 11.4 million units.For some, it might be difficult to believe that smartphone adoption hadn’t overtaken dumb phone sales a long time ago. At this point, most grandparents have learned to use such marvels of the modern world as laptops, smartphones and even social media, right?According to Gartner, most of the smartphone market growth is happening outside the U.S. “Asia/Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe exhibited the highest smartphone growth rates of 74.1 percent, 55.7 percent and 31.6 percent respectively, as smartphone sales grew in all regions,” the report says. 2 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. We want to know: What type of mobile phone do you use?Apple iPhone. Duh.I’m Android all the way.I swear by my BlackBerry. Don’t judge me.I switched to Windows and love it.Smartphone? Not in my bag. I only text and make calls.I still have a rotary phone. It’s good exercise.VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comWe want to know: What type of mobile phone do you use?last_img read more