Another Year of Health Fitness Fun at the 7th Annual FortisTCI Spring

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (March 24, 2015) – Since 2009, FortisTCI based in Providenciales, has had the pleasure of hosting one of the largest walkathons in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This event from inception has encouraged participants to step into spring on a healthy foot. This year was no different as the Providenciales community came out in droves to ring in spring and promote healthy living among all.With well over 500 participants, citizens, residents, and visitors came together for a morning of fun, family, friends, healthy food, and fitness activities. The morning started with a warm-up, followed by the walk, run, and cycle events before opening activity stations, health screenings, and serving the traditional TCI Saturday hot breakfast, a usual hit with the crowd.Prizes were awarded to this year’s fastest runners and cyclist.Top male and female in the 10K route were: Lofton Seymour and Rebecca Bernadine. Top male and female FortisTCI employees in the 10K route were: Verdieu Nore and Kebba Morgan. Each winner took home a Nutribullet Pro 9000 to help them keep up their healthy lifestyles.The first place cyclist was Cameron Thompson, who was awarded a Sigma ROX 5.0 cycling computer.The first child (under 13) to cross the finish line was Justin Parker. Justin received a Kindle Fire HD6.The largest corporate group in attendance was once again Scotia Bank with 28 employees present at the time of counting. Their group went home with gym bags and exercise goodies.FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “Since moving to the Turks and Caicos Islands, I have noticed something different in the mornings and the evenings. I see more people walking and running alongside the roadways, on the track, and in the gyms. That means that people have become more health conscious and living better, healthier lifestyles. We as employees of FortisTCI and members of the TCI community, want to be a part of this healthy movement and will continue to promote healthy living through this event and others just like it each year.”FortisTCI wishes to express thanks to the Honourable Premier and Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, Dr. Rufus Ewing for bringing remarks, the Ministry of Health Nursing Team who assisted with blood sugar and high blood pressure testing, the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force for ensuring participants were safe while on the road, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team, Pastor Colby from Healing Waters Ministries for offering blessings, Ainara from Graceway Sports Centre for conducting the warm-up and cool-down, the National Cancer Society, the Diabetes Association, the Red Cross, Provo Roadrunners, Junior Achievement group Island Jewels, Members of the Media, and the FortisTCI 2015 Spring Fun Walk & Run Committee and supporting staff and volunteers. FortisTCI would also like to express its gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful community that came together to make the event the success that it was. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:fortis tci, health and fitness, spring fun walk TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas FortisTCI reveals Education Week winnerslast_img read more

Holding tax varies from city to city

first_img–Residents of different city corporations face disparity in holding tax rates which sharply differ from one city to another, according to officials and residents.Six types of holding tax are collected from 11 city corporations.The rate of holding tax in two city corporations of Dhaka is only 12 per cent while it is 17 per cent in Chittagong and 27 per cent in Rajshahi.As per tax rule, the annual holding tax is fixed on the basis of house rent. As there is no effective house rent control act, most of the city corporations fix holding tax on their estimate of probable house rent.According to different city corporations, the holding tax for a residential house of 1,000 square feet in Dhaka is between Tk 6,000-7680, the amount for same size of a house is Tk 20,900 in Narayanganj, Tk 10,400 in Khulna and 11,040 in Rangpur.The main source of income of the city corporations is holding tax. As per eleven City Corporation Municipal Taxation Rules, 1986 and Ideal Tax Schedule, 2016, the corporations collect holding tax.According to the schedule, the city corporations can collect holding tax up to 30 per cent.Seven per cent holding tax can be taken for the building, 7 per cent for waste removal, 5 per cent for street lights, 3 per cent for water supply and 8 per cent for health. As WASA (Water And Sewerage Authority) supplies water, most of the city corporations do not collect tax for water.According to the tax rule, the rent of two months of a house is deducted from total annual rent of that house for its renovation. And the tax is estimated on the basis of the remaining 10 months’ rent. If a person lives in his own house, another 40 per cent is deducted.The disparity of holding is because the city corporations are at liberty to fix holding tax.Local government expert Tofail Ahmed said the rate of holding tax is not mentioned in the City Corporation Taxation Rules, 1986. But after 30 years, as per Ideal Tax Schedule, it is mentioned that up to 30 per cent holding tax can be collected. As a result, there has been a gap of up to 15 per cent in payment of holding tax from one city corporation to another.According to latest assessment of Rajshahi City Corporation, Tk 1,200 is fixed as rent for a house of 1,000 square feet. But the rent is Tk 3,000 for a commercial establishment for 1,000 square feet.Speaking to Prothom Alo, resident of Ahmadnagar of Rajshahi town Rezaul Karim said the rate of holding tax is double in Rajshahi in comparison to Dhaka. How is it logical to fix holding tax so high in Rajshahi where it is hard to find tenants, he asked.Chief tax official of Rajshahi City Corporation Md Manjurul Alam said the income of RCC is low in comparison to others. About 15-20 years ago, the holding tax was 25 per cent. After making Ideal Tax Schedule, the city corporation fixed it at 27 per cent.Chief revenue officer of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Rabindrasri Barua told Prothom Alo that the holding tax of two Dhaka City Corporations is fixed 12 per cent long ago. Although more tax can be collected as per law, the tax is not raised considering the residents.Additional secretary of local government ministry Mahbub Hossain said the value of assets of same area may differ from one City Corporation to another. As a result, the city corporations are given freedom so that they can fix holding tax pragmatically.In Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), some 17 per cent holding tax is collected on the basis of annual assessment. Earlier, the city corporation fixed the holding tax on the basis of per square feet of establishment. After reassessment in the last year, the city corporation started collecting holding tax on the basis of house rent.However, the rent the Chittagong City Corporation has fixed has not been in the light of contract between owners and tenants. The CCC provided forms to the house owners, seeking information of area of house and rent. Later, the CCC authority fixes holding tax on basis of its assumption and information provided by the house owners.Chittagong city residents have been observing programmes protesting the higher holding tax. CCC Tax Payers’ Protection Council general secretary Muhammad Amiruddin said fixing holding tax on the basis of house rent is illogical and unethical. As there is no law, he said, the officials have fixed holding tax on their whims.Local government expert Tofail Ahmed said the holding tax rate for all city corporations should be fixed, rather than simply fixing a highest ceiling.Until a house rent control law is formulated, a committee under the ministry has to be constituted to fix holding tax on the basis of area based in the city corporations.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Khaledas HC bail challenged

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. File PhotoThe government filed two petitions with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking a stay on a High Court order granting a six-month bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in two defamation cases filed in Dhaka and Narail, reports UNB.Deputy attorney general Kamrul Ahsan Khan Aslam said the hearing on the petitions is likely to be held with the Appellate Division vacation bench on 30 August.Earlier, the HC granted bail to Khaleda in the defamation case of Narail on 13 August and that of Dhaka on 14 August.On 21 December 2015, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh raised questions about the actual number of liberation war martyrs, saying, “There’re controversies over how many were martyred in the liberation war. There’re also many books and documents on the controversies.”Reacting to Khaleda’s remarks, Raihan Farooque Imam of Naragati filed a case with the Cognisance Court on 24 December, 2015 in Narail.Besides, president of pro-Awami League organisation Jananetri Parishad AB Siddique filed another defamation case against Khaleda Zia with a Dhaka court on 5 January, 2016.last_img read more

Saida Tasneem joins Bangladesh mission in UK

first_imgSaida Muna Tasneem. Photo: UNBSaida Muna Tasneem on Friday joined the Bangladesh High Commission in London as the new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the United Kingdom, reports UNB.She succeeded Md Nazmul Quaunine as the first woman diplomat to assume responsibility of this important post in the UK.Tasneem reached London on Monday to take on her new assignment, said a PID handout.Upon arrival, she was greeted at the Heathrow Airport by a senior representative of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the Government of the United Kingdom; and by acting high commissioner Muhammad Zulqar Nain, the officers and senior staff members of Bangladesh High Commission in London and the Assistant High Commissions in Manchester and Birmingham.Prior to this appointment, she was the Bangladeshi ambassador to Thailand.A career diplomat, Tasneem belongs to the 11th batch of the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) and joined the foreign affairs ministry in 1993.Throughout her distinguished career, she served in the Bangladesh permanent mission to the United Nations in New York and the Bangladesh High Commission in London in various capacities.She was also the director general for the UN and the external publicity wings of the foreign affairs ministry.Tasneem obtained her Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) in 1988 and achieved post-graduation degree in Public Policy and Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.END/UNB/MK/AMlast_img read more

Research model unlocks secrets of wolf pack behavior

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further ( —A team of researchers with members from AEPA Euskadi in Spain and Hampshire College in Massachusetts has developed a computer model that shows that wolf pack behavior depends on the social structure of the pack as well as its size. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society: Interface, the team describes how their model works and what it shows regarding wolf pack behavior, particularly while hunting. Citation: Research model unlocks secrets of wolf pack behavior (2014, April 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from For perhaps thousands of years, people have known of the terrifying skill of wolf packs when hunting for prey. Victims are encircled, giving them no place to run while wolves in the pack take turns rushing in for the kill. What’s not as well-known is pack dynamics, particularly when hunting is taking place. Studies of wolves in the past have led to theories of pack behavior based primarily on social structure—dominant wolves lead the less dominant. More difficult to study is what happens when wolves are on the hunt. To learn more, the researchers in this latest effort turned to computer modeling, based on prior field research by others.The computer model diagrams the methods used and actions taken by packs with varying social structures—some with all adult members, others with mixed family members including offspring.In analyzing the activity demonstrated by the model, the team found that as expected there was an optimum pack size—four or five adults—enough to easily surround and kill prey, but not so many that all receive a small share. These results coincide with prior research suggesting the same is true for other species that hunt in packs, such as wild dogs, jackals and coyotes. The team also found that other packs based on families of wolves tend to organize in social structures similar to the way humans function as groups when performing work. There is generally an inner circle of pack leaders, surrounded by an outer ring of less experienced wolves. Young wolves hang on the periphery watching and learning. Larger packs must obviously hunt more often as the share of each kill is smaller and thus less efficient.The model shows, the team reports, that the larger the pack size, the more sophisticated the social structure, which may lead to more complex behavior—adding significance to the overall social order of the pack. More information: Group size, individual role differentiation and effectiveness of cooperation in a homogeneous group of hunters, R. Escobedo, C. Muro, L. Spector, and R. P. Coppinger, J R Soc Interface 2014 11:20140204; DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2014.0204center_img Wolf hunting strategy follows simple rules © 2014 Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface A wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Photo courtesy of Yellowstone National Parklast_img read more

Playing with colours

first_imgArt lovers head over to Lalit Kala Akademi as it hosts the 13th edition of the annual art exhibition of Delhi Collage of Arts titled Art Carnival. Conceptualised by Ashwani K Prithviwasi, the show will commence from June 6. On display will be paintings by over 125 artists, who are students of first, second, third and final year of Delhi Collage of Art. The paintings are a mix of themes that are representative of the myriads backgrounds that the artists hail from. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Prithviwasi, also the founder and director of Delhi Collage of Art said: “It gives me unbridled pleasure to see how far we have come over a decade and a half. From relatively modest beginnings to being recognised as one of India’s major art events; this Annual Arts Exhibition has become a much anticipated arts event. An interesting facet of this exhibition is the fact that it caters in equal measure to the art connoisseur, to the casual visitor, and the serious investor. This a great place to buy excellent art at affordable prices.” Aiming to liberalise fine art education, Delhi Collage of Art has taken commendable steps to make art education affordable and available for all. Where: Lalit Kala AcademiWhen: June 2-8Timing: 11am to 7pmlast_img read more

WB govt to reduce undernutrition in women and children by 2020 Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government has taken up a multi-sectoral strategy to reduce under-nutrition and anaemia among women and children in the state by 2020, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Saturday. On a day of the commencement of the National Nutrition Week, Banerjee said that her government had taken up the ‘State Nutrition Mission’ from July 2017. “#NationalNutritionWeek begins today. In Bangla, State Nutrition Mission as a multi-sectoral strategy to reduce under-nutrition and anaemia amongst women and children in a targeted manner by 2020, has started functioning from July 2017,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. The National Nutrition Week is observed every year from September 01 to 07 with an objective to intensify awareness on the importance of nutrition on health which has an impact on the development, productivity, economic growth and national development.last_img read more

Japan reaches out to India

first_imgMusic has a universal language and as such has the power to bridge differences in race and culture and unite people through their common humanity. Recognising the crucial role that culture can play in this area, a cultural performance by Hana-Zakura group of Min-On concert association, Tokyo, was organised in the Capital.The event was held in association with the Indian Council of Cultural Relation (ICCR), at the Siri fort Auditorium on Monday evening. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMin-On was established in 1963 at the initiative of Daisaku Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI). Registered as an independent and incorporated foundation in 1965, it has since grown to become one of Japan’s leading cultural institutions. The current performance was organized under the aegis of ‘2017 – The Year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges’ to enhance people-to-people exchanges between Japan and India. 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the India-Japan Culture treaty. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive By promoting a continuing series of cultural exchanges, the Min-On Concert Association aims to create opportunities for the performing arts to build bridges between people, and to give a tangible form to the desire for world peace. The performers comprised of Japanese traditional dance group “Wakatake”, Koushi Tsukuda, Shakuhachi player (Japanese flute), Komakazumi Minami, Narimono player (Japanese Percussion), Katsunari Sawada Tsugaru Shamisen player (Traditional Japanese music) and Chiaki Eshima, singer. From classical to modern, and popular to traditional, Min-On’s programmes include musical exchange with cultural associations worldwide, as well as sponsoring musical competitions and school concerts to foster the growth of new talent and encourage adolescents’ emotional development. To date, Min-On has participated in music, dance and performing arts exchanges with groups in over 105 countries and regions. The Min-On Concert Association conducts 1500 musical/dance, performing arts shows every year and has a rich history of culture exchange with India. In the past, the association has invited many prominent Indian artists including Sonal Mansingh, Leela Samson and Alarmel Valli to name a few, in collaboration with Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR). On behalf of SGI, cultural delegations have visited India seven times from 1990 to 1997. As for the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), it is a global association of grassroots organizations that seeks to promote the values of peace and respect for all people. The Indian affiliate of the SGI is Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG).last_img read more