Oman Hormuz Straits Designated as Extended Risk Zone

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Following the incidents in the Gulf of Oman, and specifically the Strait of Hormuz, over the past 12 weeks, the International Bargaining Forum (IBF) has designated the Straits as a Temporary Extended Risk Zone. This means that seafarers who are subject to an attack in the zone, are entitled to a bonus and doubled death and disability compensation.This follows a period of discussions by the IBF’s Warlike Operations Areas Committee over the past weeks, who have been closely monitoring the situation and the risk to shipping.Speaking at the conclusion of the talks, the Joint Negotiating Group’s (JNG) Chairman Capt. Koichi Akamine said that the discussions “were never going to be easy.”“After the initial attacks in the Gulf of Oman in May and June, one may feel the need to act quickly to designate a risk area. However, it is important in such events to step back and assess the real threat to shipping and the most appropriate measures to take. The JNG is confident that it has now introduced a designation which properly addresses concerns by seafarers transiting the Straits.”The Strait of Hormuz is a key shipping route, not just for the oil tankers in the forefront of current media focus, but also for container ships on transit to Jebel Ali and beyond.“While this is a sensitive political issue and today has only affected tankers and potentially British-flagged vessels, it was our desire that the IBF show leadership and move quickly to reflect the concerns of the seafarers transiting this region,” David Heindel, the ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair, said.The new Extended Risk Zone is defined by the following coordinates but excludes three nautical miles off the main coastlines of the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Iran:On the West: A line joining Ra’s-e Dastakan (26°33’N – 55°17’E) in Iran, southward to Jaztal Hamra lighthouse (25°44’N – 55°48’E), in the United Arab Emirates (the common limit with the Persian Gulf).On the East: A line joining Ra’s Līmah (25°57’N – 56°28’E), in Oman, eastward to Ra’s al Kūh (25°48’N – 57°18’E), in Iran (the common limit with the Arabian Sea).last_img read more

Premier talks TCI future at Business Outlook

first_img Seven speakers featured at FortisTCI Business Outlook Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#FortisTCIBusinessOutlook, #magneticmedianews, #tcibusinessoutlookasuccess Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 1, 2017 – Providenciales – TCI BUSINESS OUTLOOK is looking good after its first edition yesterday.  A smashing success it seems as rave reviews continue to come for the TCI Business Outlook staged at the Shore Club Resort by FortisTCI and its sponsors.Seven timely topics covered by seven highly experienced, skilled and knowledgeable leaders in government, corporate, diplomatic, tourism and energy sectors.    A capacity crowd for the event, with varying sectors from around the country represented in the room.We heard from a millennial and an executive of one of the sponsors of the TCI Business Outlook, Darron Hillaire of FLOW.    “To extract or at least create more events as such for our community, because it allows us to be drawn into a pool of conversations that we need to be having as far as investment is concerned, as far as commerce is concerned, as far as business is concerned.    One of the speakers actually spoke to the changing frame of business, our millennials, and the needs and expectations and skills and just the personality that they’re bringing into business.”The full day Outlook was carried live on 4News, as Digicel was also a sponsor.#MagneticMediaNews#FortisTCIbusinessoutlook#tcibusinessoutlookasuccesslast_img read more

HMC leaving no stones unturned to ensure waterloggingfree Howrah this monsoon

first_imgKolkata: Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) has chalked out an elaborate plan, mainly for desiltation of major drainage channels to keep the city free from waterlogging during monsoon.With a couple of months left for the monsoon season to set in, the corporation has started taking all necessary initiatives to ensure that waterlogging in the city becomes a matter of the past.The civic body has already taken steps in this regard and the work of desilting all major drainage channels in the city has already started. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTop brass of the civic body held a high-level meeting, so that the work can be undertaken in time, ensuring that people do not face any inconvenience during monsoon. Additional manpower has been deputed to carry out the desiltation work and at the same time, officials are constantly monitoring the work to ensure its timely completion. Senior officials of the civic body have also visited the places that have been plagued by waterlogging in the past years. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBesides taking steps to ensure that the logged water recedes fast from those areas, the officials have also identified the other infrastructural developments that need to be carried out for a permanent solution to the problem of waterlogging.Realising that besides desilting the drainage channels there is also a need to carry out the same in waterbodies under the jurisdiction of other agencies, senior officials of the department held meetings with the agencies and urged them to carry out the work. A senior official of the civic body said that water from North Howrah mainly recedes into Ranijhil, which falls under the jurisdiction of the railways. The civic body has written to the railway authorities, requesting them to desilt the lake. Senior officials of the civic body have also held a meeting with top brass of the railways in this connection.The civic authorities have also held meetings with Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authorities (KMDA) and the state Irrigation department. They held a discussion with KMDA authorities on necessary steps to be taken, to ensure that pumping stations function in full capacity during monsoon. At the same time, there was a discussion with Irrigation department officials as well, over desiltation of canals, including one in Nazirganj. Mayor Rathin Chakraborty said: “We carry out necessary work to check waterlogging every year. But this time, we have prepared a plan of action and initiated the work a bit early. Officials of all ranks are monitoring the work to ensure it gets executed properly in the grassroot level.” Bijin Krishna, commissioner of Howrah Municipal Corporation, said: “It is expected that the situation would be better this time, with necessary steps being taken to avoid waterlogging.”last_img read more

Man duped of Rs 50000 by scammers in Balurghat

first_imgBALURGHAT: Makhan Jha, a resident of Balurghat’s Mangalpur, has lodged a complaint on Monday claiming that he had been duped of Rs 50,000 after he shared his bank details with a person who introduced himself as a bank manager.Jha, a permanent resident of Bihar, has been staying in Balurghat for over a couple of years. Receiving complaint from him, police have started an investigation. None has been arrested so far. According to him, he has a savings account in a nationalised bank at its Balurghat branch. He used to keep cash there. A few days ago, a man introducing himself as the manager of that branch asked Jha about his bank account details or said his account would be closed. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe man asked for the OTP (One Time Password) set on his phone. Being convinced and without suspecting anything, Jha gave him all the details including the OTP. Last week, when Jha had gone to the branch for transaction details, he learnt that the said amount had been withdrawn from his account three consecutive times by some unknown hackers. He informed the bank manager about the incident of cheating. The bank manager advised Jha to lodge a police complaint. Later, he went and lodged a written complaint at Balurghat police station. Police said they are trying to solve the matter as soon as possible.last_img read more

5 Reasons You Should Make the Switch to Electronic Signature Technology

first_img min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you still haven’t made the switch to electronic signatures, you’re missing out. The electronic signature process enables businesses of all sizes to simplify the task of obtaining signatures and expedites the contract signing process, all in a seamless and efficient way.DocuSign, a San Francisco-based company that helps businesses collect and manage digital signatures for important documents, announced this week that it has raised $55.7 million in the latest round of funding, bringing the total amount raised to $122 million.This significant funding signals the importance today’s businesses are placing on e-signature. Since its founding in 2003, DocuSign has gathered more than 20 million users who have signed more than 150 million documents.But if you’re still unsure about moving the execution and storage of your contracts and agreements into the digital age, consider the following: Register Now »  1. Is e-signature legal? Yes. Properly managed electronic signatures were given legal equivalence to “wet ink” signatures with the passage of the federal ESIGN Act signed by President Bill Clinton in 2000.2. Is e-signature safe and secure? Electronically signed and sealed documents are more secure than their paper counterparts because they tend to contain more information about who signed them, and they can be protected from unauthorized tampering. This isn’t possible with paper. Most ID theft happens to paper transactions because they are so easily lost, stolen or forged. Electronic records are encrypted and stored securely online.Related: A Reformed Hoarder’s Guide to Records Storage3. Will e-signature work in my current business environment? Many e-signature transaction platforms integrate with the business tools you already use, including Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Dropbox, Salesforce and more. When looking for an e-signature provider, ask for a list of compatible products and platforms. Every business should be able to use its existing applications and documents instead of printing, faxing, scanning or overnight mailing.Related: Five Tools for a Smarter Business4. Why switch to e-signature if what I’m doing works? Many businesses are realizing that it can take a week or more to get a document signed and returned, and that in many cases it needs to be re-done because there were mistakes or missed signatures. Such delays in closing a deal with paper are no longer acceptable when a competitor can do it in minutes.Related: How Can I Stand Out from the Competition?5. Is e-signature affordable? While the cost of an overnight express envelope varies depending on carrier and distance, the real cost isn’t in dollars. The real cost is in the lost time, manual processing errors, re-keying of data, and printing, signing, scanning and emailing of agreements all without the benefit of auto notification upon receipt.center_img August 9, 2012 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

The Dangers of the Internet of Things Infographic

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 1 min readcenter_img According to an infographic by Cyber Security Degrees, 62 percent of Americans own at least one smart device. The most common of these is a smart TV, which nearly half of American adults own. These devices, like a smart watch or a connected car, can sync with the internet or your mobile device and make your life easier. However, they also come with plenty of risks. This infographic breaks down some of those dangers, which include: Malicious endpointsThe Mirai botnet attackThe Senrio devil’s ivy attackBy making yourself aware of these pitfalls, you can secure the devices that mean the most to you and make sure that others can’t take advantage. Check out the infographic to learn more about the dangers involved with the internet of things and how you can be safer.Source: CyberSecurityDegrees.com October 28, 2018last_img read more

Karismas new incentive is good for GREWPS

first_img Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Karisma’s new incentive is good for GREWPS << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ new promotion for groups – or rather, ‘GREWPS’ (groups, reunions, events, weddings, play, social) – offers one free room for every six paid plus a US$250 resort credit, for a limited time. “Creating custom events for groups is an integral part of Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ success and we’re excited to introduce new incentives for the deserving partners focused on this important segment,” said Faith Wishnie, Executive Director of Wedding Services, Karisma Hotels & Resorts. “We are increasingly focused on introducing our Gourmet Inclusive Experience to groups of every size from weddings and family reunions to corporate retreats, large and small. Following the recent launch of new tools and programs, it’s a terrific next step to now reward agents and meeting planners who are making Karisma’s properties top destinations for groups and meetings alike.”Once the six rooms of weeklong travel are confirmed, the extra room and resort credit can be carried over for additional client use or personal redeeming for a Karisma Hotels & Resorts experience, including wine, spa, candlelit dinners and private events. More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThe promotion is valid for bookings until Aug. 31, 2016 for travel Jan. 3, 2017 – Dec. 22, 2017. The GREWPS promotion can be combined with several additional savings incentives including up to $1,000 in client savings, the Pick Your Perks program, complimentary private banquet events, complimentary wedding packages and a maximum of 21% commission per booking.The GREWPS promotion arrives on the heels of Karisma’s recently introduced tools affording customers, meeting planners and travel agents a variety of effective ways to optimize the vacations booking process including MICE fact sheets, digital banquet kits and customized themed events. The MICE fact sheets offer overviews on each property and specific details on every aspect of the resort. The digital banquet kits allow for meeting planners to present a variety of up to 39 customizable preset menus allowing guests to easily select or create their own delectable menu for their desired banquet or party. Additionally, the themed events tool can be used for groups to create a variety of experiences ranging from True Mexico: A Team Building Experience, featuring team-building excursions into the natural beauty of Mexico, to Gourmet Inclusive Fiesta Nights, including themed party packages ranging from Circus Royale to Route 66 that are focused on an evening of fun, covering all the details from DJs to décor.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureDetails on Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ newest promotions for groups are available at karismatravelagents.com The new MICE fact sheets, banquet kit, details on the themed events and meeting planning tools can be viewed, printed, saved and shared at karismahotels.com/Events-Groups/Corporate. Travelweek Group Share Posted bylast_img read more