Looking for a unique Christmas gift that really makes a difference? WaterAid has the answer…Make someone’s Christmas this year by giving them a gift from their favourite musician or actor. Official Q Awards charity, WaterAid, is holding a Christmas Ebay auction full of goodies signed by Q award-winning artists.Get your hands on a ‘Les Paul Classics Plus’ Gibson guitar signed by The Killers’ star, Brandon Flowers, worth over £1,600.Also up for grabs is a selection of men and women’s clothing from fashion label Merc, with gift tags signed by the likes of The Smith’s guitarist Johnny Marr, Emeli Sandé, The Cribs, Motown legend Dionne Warwick, Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw, Keane, and Hobbit star Martin Freeman. Items for auction include Harrington Jackets, Rude Boy Hats, shirts and a selection of women’s wear.Award-winning artist, Emeli Sandé said: “I’m delighted to support the Q Awards and WaterAid auction. Water is essential for life, and millions of people around the world don’t have access to this basic service. Every penny raised from this auction will go towards bringing clean water to some of the world’s poorest people, so please bid today and help to transform someone’s life forever.”To enter the auction, go to www.ebay.co.uk/wateraid. The auction is open until the 16th December – just in time for those last minute Christmas gifts! All proceeds raised by the auction will help some of the world’s poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation through WaterAid projects across the world.So log on to beat the queues and bag a gift with a difference this Christmas season!
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:national heritage month, provo New York Dancers share talent in TCI Energy Town Meeting for Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Oct 2014 – NATL HERITAGE MONTH IN FULL SWING in Provo with maritime culture on display. The Bight Park is the ideal venue for the event which continues with a cultural show tonight! Head out today and again tomorrow for the Gospel Concert featuring churches and thr Gospel Pioneers! Provo now No. 4 Island; Minister comments
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#digiceldownsizing, #mikemisickblastsdigiceldecision, #shebawilsongivesdigicelwarning Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 14, 2016 – A row over work permits and reports that the Immigration Board is about to put some companies on notice for not hiring Belongers for job positions when they can, has erupted. Among them is Digicel, which is now the subject of some public scrutiny after a reported seven people, including six natives were let go this week from the telecommunications company following a company restructuring which led to a redundancy.Magnetic Media is informed that the Labour Department is still working with the ex-employees of Digicel to ensure their severance compensation packages are fair.It is not illegal to make staff redundant, TCI law makes provision for it and outlines what each staff is due based on time and tenure and employee contracts. Digicel issued a media statement, but did not confirm how many staffers were made redundant. What their statement did say, was why they laid off people and then shifted to Turks and Caicos Islanders who have been promoted within the organization.Sinead O Marcaigh, CEO of Digicel said, “…we have been investing heavily in our networks and processes in the TCI over the past three years. This investment sees us restructuring our business to keep putting our customers at the heart of everything we do, which in turn will mean better customer service, faster response time and integration of all products and services into a streamlined highly functional organization. The restructuring process has naturally resulted in a small number of roles being made redundant.” Digicel says Denise Saunders of South Caicos and Louis Cesar, former weather caster in Provo are now both promoted to Directors within the company. Saunders is now the Sales Director, while Cesar is the Propositions Director.Still, former Premier Michael Misick and candidate for the next elections in a late night media statement said: “The recent decision by Digicel to terminate the employment of a number of Turks and Caicos Islanders, while retaining the majority of their expat workers is an insult to Turks and Caicos Islands and its people. This is indeed a dark day as the efforts of TCI Governments to ensure that we have one of the most educated populations per capita, has been frowned on by a CEO who is ironically on work permit.” Michael Misick is asking Digicel to give the islanders their jobs back.It was said that head of the Immigration Board, also an at large candidate in the upcoming General Elections, Sheba Wilson has paid Digicel a visit and given the company a firm warning. Some charge that it is a partisan or politically motivated move by Wilson.No official release has been issued by the Ministry of Border Control & Labour.
England international defender John Stones has revealed the country’s World Cup run to the semi-finals is his highlight of the year.The centre-half, who won the Premier League and Carabao Cup with his club Manchester City, prefers his triumph with the national team over his achievements with Pep Guardiola’s side.“For me, it’s the biggest stage,” said Stones, according to the English FA’s official website.“We all just wanted to perform and bring everything together on the pitch and everyone did that and can be proud to say it.”“We did a lot of things in the summer to break records, like scoring six [against Panama] or winning a shootout [against Colombia].”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“That’s in history now, it’s written and it’s got to be broken, hopefully by us in the future.The former Everton defender also takes pride from how the country’s fans grew closer to the players throughout the World Cup, as the momentum grew both on and off the pitch.“It was an unbelievable trip, to do all of those things and change people’s mindset about us and make the nation proud,” Stones added.“People were watching the games who don’t normally watch football, they were getting behind us and that’s a powerful thing which everyone in the squad did.”“Hopefully it’s onwards and upwards now.”
Angela Lang/CNET Smart displays, as we’ve come to call them, are countertop touchscreen devices that also feature either the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice services. The Amazon Echo Show was the first example in this category, and while it had a clunky design, its 2017 debut proved that the concept had potential. 4:05 Comments Tags See All The category his since grown to roughly a dozen different offerings, depending on how you define them, each with a variation on the core theme. All of them use a voice assistant and a touchscreen in combination to answer questions, play music and provide you with information about weather, the news and other things. Most of them also have a camera that enables two-way video chats. To help you sort through all of them, here’s a breakdown of every smart display currently available. Looking for the best of the best in this category? Check out the best smart displays of 2019.Read more: The Amazon Echo Show 5 is Alexa’s best smart displayDisclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Amazon Echo Show (second generation) Ry Crist/CNET Amazon Echo Show (second generation)The second-gen Echo Show updated the first popular smart display with a softer look, better sound quality and a large 10.1-inch display. Like the first Echo Show, you can make video calls to other Echo Show owners, watch movie trailers, play music, watch a feed from a video camera or use it as a digital picture frame, among other things. While the first model also famously lost YouTube support after its launch, Amazon built a workaround into the second-gen model by including web browser apps. You still can’t use Alexa to pull up or control YouTube videos on this model, but you can at least watch them via the touchscreen interface. Better than nothing, but it still doesn’t feel great given the $229 price tag.Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Show (second generation).See it on AmazonAmazon Echo Show (first generation)The first-gen Echo Show has been discontinued by Amazon, but if you’re chasing a bargain you can find it for less than $100 via Amazon resellers. The throwback, angular design didn’t do the Echo Show any favors, but it introduced the idea of an Alexa screen on your countertop.Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Show (first generation).See it on AmazonAmazon Echo Spot Taylor Martin/CNET Amazon Echo SpotFor the more privacy-minded consumer, an always-listening smart speaker is already problematic. Add a video camera for video calling, like you’ll find on most of these displays, and the sketch-factor climbs even higher. What if I told you the 2.5-inch Echo Spot is both an Alexa speaker and a camera-equipped video-calling device, and that it’s designed to go on your bedroom nightstand? Takers? Only $130.Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Spot.See it on AmazonAmazon Echo Show 5 Amazon Amazon Echo Show 5The Echo Show 5 addresses some of the privacy concerns raised by devices like the Spot with a physical shutter you can close over the camera. Amazon’s smart display with a 5.5-inch touchscreen is still designed for your bedside, and it includes the ability to watch videos and control your smart home, and all of the other tricks of the full-sized Echo Show. It also offers a few unique features specifically aimed at the bedroom such as a sunrise alarm setting. Turn this on, and the screen will gradually start getting brighter 30 minutes before you need to wake up. Better yet, the upcoming Echo Show 5 is a reasonable $90. Read the CNET revew of the Amazon Echo Show 5.See it on AmazonFacebook Portal (left) and Portal Plus (right) Chris Monroe/CNET Facebook Portal and Portal PlusSpeaking of privacy, it’s hard to imagine a more trust-challenged company than Facebook entering this category. That said, Facebook took some steps to keep your data protected on its two Portal video chat devices. Both devices have Alexa support, but to make video calls, you need to use the eponymous Portal voice assistant. All of the processing for voice commands issued to Portal happens on the device itself, not in the cloud. Facebook also says it will gather data about the length and frequency of your calls to inform which ads you see on Facebook, but not the contents of your calls. 3 Now playing: Watch this: CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home Share your voice I wouldn’t blame anyone for not trusting Facebook despite that declaration. It’s a shame the company has earned such a bad reputation with regard to privacy because the quality of video calls on both Portal devices is excellent. The camera has an amazingly wide viewing angle, and it’s also smart enough that you can tag individual people and it will zoom in on them and follow their movements to keep them in the frame. The 15.6-inch Portal Plus is awkward-looking and expensive at $350, but the 10.1-inch, $200 Portal is more competitive with the other smart displays.Read the CNET Review of the Facebook Portal and Portal Plus.See it at Best BuyGoogle Nest Hub Chris Monroe/CNET Google Nest HubIf you’re not comfortable with the idea of an Amazon-, Facebook- or Google-provided video camera inside your home, Google is self-aware enough to offer a camera-free alternative, with an aggressive price to boot. The $129 Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub) has a 7-inch touchscreen, and no camera. You control it via Google Assistant voice commands, or with the touchscreen, both of which are the most robust in this category. The screen is on the small side for smart displays, which for some people might be a turn-off. But that also makes it easy to plunk it down on a crowded kitchen counter. Guiding you through recipes is one thing every Google-powered smart display excels at. You can also regularly find the Nest Hub on sale for $100 or less, and recent sales have dipped the price down to $67. Read the CNET review of the Google Nest Hub.See it at WalmartThe Google Nest Hub Max Angela Lang/CNET Google Nest Hub MaxGoogle has a new smart display in the works as well. The Nest Hub Max adds a Nest Cam to the mix, so it can watch your home for movement when you’re not there. It features a bigger 10-inch touchscreen than the first Nest Hub and has more powerful speakers as well. Google also used the embedded smart cam for a few unique tricks: You can play and pause music with a gesture, the Hub Max can display personalized notifications when it recognizes you and the camera can follow you around on video calls, much like the main feature of the Facebook Portal. The Nest Hub Max will be competitively priced as well at $230 — the same as the second-gen Echo Show. Read the CNET preview of the Google Nest Hub Max.Join the waitlist on the Google storeJBL Link View Tyler Lizenby/CNET JBL Link ViewJBL is one of a few third parties with a Google Assistant-based smart display, and one of two that were actually on the market before Google’s own Nest Hub. Unlike that smart display, the JBL Link View has a camera for making two-way video calls via Google Duo. It also leans heavily into audio quality as a way to differentiate itself from its competitors, and we found it’s especially good with bass-heavy tracks.At $250, the Link View sits on the higher end of the smart display category. The camera, sound quality and 8-inch screen are compelling enough, but as we see more and more competition in this space, that price has become tougher to swallow.Read the CNET review of the JLB Link View.See it at WalmartLG WK9 ThinQ Chris Monroe/CNET LG WK9 ThinQ XboomThe LG WK9 smart display also uses Google Assistant as its voice platform, but it doesn’t differentiate itself enough from its competition. Its manufacturer suggested retail price was $300 before it launched, but you should be able to find it around $230 right now. It has similar features to the JBL display, and while the LG’s sound quality is decent, it’s not quite as good. If you can find it for a lower price, it might be worth picking up.Read the CNET review of the LG WK9 ThinQ Xboom.See it at AmazonLenovo Smart Display Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart DisplayLenovo’s Smart Displays might be the best of this bunch if you want one with a camera. Lenovo offers a 10-inch model for $250, and an 8-inch version for $200. They both use Google Assistant and come with a camera for making video calls. And while their audio quality isn’t as good as JBL’s, it’s good enough, and the Lenovo’s screen size and the overall design of both the 8-inch and 10-inch models are clean enough that they will match pretty much any decor. Read the CNET review of the Lenovo Smart Display.See it at WalmartLenovo Smart Clock Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart ClockLenovo recently debuted its own bedside smart display to compete with the Echo Spot and Show 5. The Lenovo Smart Clock sports Google Assistant, but the touchscreen doesn’t have all of the same features — you can’t watch videos, scroll through a recipe or access a smart home control panel. What remains are screens for weather, your commute and your calendar — the info you’d need when you’re going to bed or first waking up. As of a recent update, you can also look at personal pics on the screen and use a Google Photos album as your screensaver. The alarms are highly customizable and you can turn on the sunrise feature to ease yourself awake. You can also smack the top of the alarm if you want a few more minutes to snooze. At $60, it’s a little pricey given the limited touchscreen functionality, but if you find it on sale, it would make a great upgrade to an old-fashioned alarm clock. 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Baltimoreans gather outside City Hall to protest what they see as a first-step in an effort to privatize city water services. (Photo by Stacey Mink/Maryland Working Families)Water price increases, diminution of services, and a loss of jobs are all at stake if Baltimore City goes through with a proposed consulting plan for its water and waste management services, according to a coalition of community advocates.The One Baltimore Coalition, representing over 40 different organizations, is speaking out against a trend towards privatization that could increase costs for essential city services while simultaneously driving down local employment.At issue is a bid by a French company, Veolia, to conduct an efficiency study of the city’s water and wastewater management services. To Glenn Middleton, president of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 44, such a study smells like a first step towards privatization.“Our concern is in an efficiency study, Veolia brings in engineers, so why would they come in to do a study unless it’s a study for them to take over?” said Middleton.Middleton wanted to know why the Department of Public Works, which oversees water and wastewater management, would reach out to a private company to study the needs of the city’s water services rather than consulting the employees who have been doing the job and are most familiar with its problems.On Oct. 27, the One Baltimore Coalition held a rally at City Hall attended by nearly 500 people, according to Stacey Mink, communications director for Maryland Working Families, one of the member organizations of the One Baltimore Coalition.According to Dr. Lester Spence, a professor of political science at Johns Hopkins who spoke at the rally, there has been a tendency in American politics at all levels over the past several decades to adopt the perspective that the private sector can deliver services more efficiently than government and at less cost.“What we find is that this isn’t true, that private forces aren’t more accountable, that they’re not more efficient in a number of cases, and that they cause a number of problems as far as delivering public goods,” said Spence. “They just don’t do it that well.”Privatization is not just a water issue in Baltimore, said Spence, pointing to the proliferation of charter schools as an example of how the privatization ethos has begun to take over delivery of education in the city.“There’s a growing tendency to make privatization the solution for a variety of ills that Baltimore faces,” said Spence.For Rev. Al Hathaway of Union Baptist Church, it is this broader tendency of city residents being pushed into the hands of private corporations that compelled him to team up with the One Baltimore Coalition on this issue. Hathaway says his congregants began receiving communications from the city suggesting they insure their water pipes with a private company, confusing many of them as to why suddenly the city was asking them to buy insurance from a private entity.“We’re looking at almost a first-step move (towards privatization) where we are now being asked to bear the burden of replacing the water pipes without knowing if that’s a real need,” said Hathaway.According to Jennifer Combs, public information officer for the Baltimore City Dept. of Public Works, the department is simply looking to conduct a review of the city’s water and wastewater treatment plants in order to keep costs and rates reasonable.“There is no plan, no intention, no desire to privatize the Baltimore City Department of Public Works or the outstanding water system that we operate,” Combs said in an e-mail to the AFRO. “DPW will remain accountable to its 1.8 million commercial and residential customers across the Baltimore region, to the citizens and taxpayers of Baltimore City, and to their elected representatives.”Combs said that while the city has requested proposals for an external review, it is still reviewing proposals and no contract has been awarded as of email@example.com