Election laws strict Candidates quibble with Commission

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 17, 2016 – The issue and illegality of ‘treating’ potential voters to gifts or kind gestures has the potential to turn the general election season in the Turks and Caicos Islands into a petty circus; but Elections Supervisor Dudley Lewis said the law is the law and any case brought to him must be investigated.In a meeting led by the Integrity Commission, Lewis found the issue of treating a big sore spot for many of the at large candidates who turned up for a special session tailored to help them better understand the laws governing the general elections.Lewis said once a matter is reported, his office has to look into it… he said it is about balance and even the perception of balance. “Should I during Christmas time give my ham and my turkey to the constituents, but these things have been done over the years.  I know a lot of people do not agree with what I’m going to say, but that is a form of treating.  If you are a candidate and you’re doing this, I will advise you not to do it, because once you do it and we find out, an investigation will be carried out.  If a political party is having a branch meeting, and they have drinks within that branch meeting, that wouldn’t be considered as a form of treating.  If you’re going to have a rally, and you announce on that rally that listen, at this rally we are going to have food and drinks, that will be a form of treating.” – Dudley LewisWe spoke to Deputy Director of the Integrity Commission, Richard Been who said the questions emanating from the candidates is what led to the meetings, it is a second round.“In the election in 2012, the supervisor Mr. Lewis, he made it quite clear that his office was not going to tolerate that breach of the ordinance, which has been in place for decades, for a very long time.  So, most of them called us regarding that, and those who traditionally had family members who give dinners to one or two people on a Sunday etc., we try to explain that no one is out to stop that traditional Sunday dinner you give to this person or that person, but if you go out and comprehensively try to feed hundreds of people, then you know somebody is going to have an issue with it.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Kapils show wish list Lata di Sachin

first_imgStar comedian Kapil Sharma’s New Year resolution is to get legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar to be part of his hit show Comedy Nights With Kapil, where megastar Amitabh Bachchan, superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan and several of the young brigade of actors have made an appearance.Kapil took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share his resolution and even invited requests from fans for his wish to become a reality. “My resolution n dream for 2015… I want @mangeshkarlata @sachin_rt AN @SrBachchan sahib again.. It’s up to u people.. Pls send requests..,” Kapil tweeted Monday. In response to his tweet, Kapil received several requests from people who expressed a desire to see the same.last_img read more

TMC leaders take out silent rallies across Bengal to express solidarity with

first_imgKolkata: Following Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s direction, her party leaders on Sunday organised silent rallies at each block as well as the city, showing solidarity with family members of the Pulwama martyrs.Senior Trinamool Congress leaders from various parts of the state took out silent rallies condemning the deadly attack in Pulwama that took place on February 14. Apart from party leaders, many local people also participated in the rally. Senior Trinamool Congress leader and state minister Suvendu Adhikari led a candle light march in Haldia that had seen a huge response from the local residents. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA similar rally was also organised at ward 72 under Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), where senior TMC leader Sandip Bakshi participated along with others. They marched down the city’s streets, sending across the message of solidarity with the family members of the slain CRPF jawans. TMC leader Arup Roy also arranged a silent rally in Howrah. It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress Supremo Mamata Banerjee had participated in a candle light march in the city on Saturday afternoon, showing solidarity with the CRPF personnel who were killed in the horrific tragedy. The rally started from Hazra More and ended at Gandhi statue. During the rally on Saturday, Banerjee said: “When the country is in crisis, it is our duty to stand together with the citizens. The whole India is united. Unity is our strength.” During the programme, she announced the silent rallies in the block level. Meanwhile, Vardaan Market, in association with Metro Plaza and Emami Market, also organised a condolence march to pay homage to the brave martyrs who made supreme sacrifice. More than 2,000 people, including members from Vardaan Market, Metro Plaza and Emami Market, were present in the march on Sunday that started from Vardaan Market at Camac Street. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSyed Akbar Hossain, general secretary, Vardaan Shop Owner’s Association, said: “The rally was organised to mark the protest against the attack on our armed forces in Pulwama. This is a request to our government to take appropriate action against the perpetrators for this heinous crime. We demand justice.” In another incident, some local residents from Ashokenagar in North 24-Parganas put up a rail block at Ashokenagar railway station for nearly half an hour, demanding strong action against those who were involved in the ghastly attack. They also shouted slogans against Pakistan. Train service was resumed after the locals lifted the protest demonstration.last_img read more

The One Question All Businesses Must Ask About Protecting Trade Secrets

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now January 30, 2015 Enroll Now for Free It seems like threats to trade secrets and proprietary information are increasing exponentially. News reports of large-scale data thefts have become an almost daily occurrence.And employees are likely to switch jobs, taking proprietary information with them. Meanwhile, technology has increased the risk of inadvertent disclosure since most employees are walking around with critical business information on their smartphones. The sad reality is that your proprietary information and trade secrets have never been at greater risk.This leads to the question all company executives must ask: What am I doing to create a culture of protection at my company?Related: The Balancing Act: Sharing Data Versus Guarding Trade SecretsCompany culture comes up in a lot of settings, but not often enough in the context of protecting proprietary information and trade secrets. Since your employees are on the front lines, working with your trade secrets, they need to have protection top of mind. In my experience as a lawyer handling trade-secrets misappropriation cases, I have frequently seen companies that treat protection as an afterthought suffer the consequences of having critical information end up in a competitor’s hands.Creating a culture of protection is not easy. It takes a clear strategy, implemented consistently over time. Start when employees are hired, with trade-secrets training included in the onboarding process and repeated regularly. But training is not enough.Trade-secret protection needs to be a part of every employee’s daily routine. The goal is to build habits that decrease the risk of disclosure. At a company with a strong culture of protection, these habits become second nature.Related: Is Your Company’s Data Safe in the Cloud? (Infographic)For example, employees need to lock their computers every time they leave their workstations. They should make sure they share proprietary information only with those who need access to it. They need to be aware of and on the lookout for suspicious activity, including spear phishing scams (often presented as an email manipulated to seem as if it came from a trusted source).And they need to know exactly how to handle documents containing trade secrets or other critical proprietary information.At the risk of sounding like a speaker at a corporate retreat, culture starts at the top. Employees need to hear from the company’s most senior executives that trade-secret protection is one of everyone’s core job responsibilities. Implementing and enforcing a formal trade-secrets policy is a good first step, as this can create a framework that leads to a protective culture.Now is the time to consider your company’s culture of protection. This culture has never been more important. If your company falls short, it’s not too late to make changes.If you don’t have a formal policy concerning trade secrets or need to discuss ways to improve your company’s protection of them, speak to an attorney who specializes in this area.Related: The Metcalf Sniper Attack and Its Lesson for CEOslast_img read more