22+ years experience in Embedded Hardware & Solutions, with 13 years at Arrow spanning multiple roles. Scott has a BSME degree from San Diego State University. He is based in Houston, Texas. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Successful Connected Product LifecycleBefore embarking on a full-fledge proof of concept effort to build connected products, it is crucial to consider the business outcomes desired from the initiative. For example, an electric utility might consider connected products as an enabler of a broad smart grid initiative. Similarly, an industrial machine builder may build connected products to improve the performance of specific assets on the factory floor. A healthcare provider might look at connected devices as a mechanism to increase patient health monitoring for preventive prescriptions. Once business outcomes and the use cases are clearly defined, it is easier to evaluate technologies and ecosystems best suited for these outcomes. Equally important is an articulation of how the business envisions, the connected product will be used by stakeholders and customers. Use case definitions and scenarios are very effective at identifying the various feature-sets and functionalities that the product needs to fulfill. Once the business outcomes and use-cases are developed, the organization can make tradeoffs associated with building a minimum viable product. Figure 2: Lifecycle of Connected Products Should Lead with Business OutcomesBuilding the minimum viable product as a proof-of-concept is the next step and requires deciding on technology platforms and cloud interactions. Hardware decisions regarding the right components and systems that can facilitate rapid development occur in this phase. Getting access to the right expertise and solution ecosystem is paramount at this stage. Incorporating security across all levels of the product and throughout the product lifecycle is one of the most important aspects for consideration. If security is not thought through with enough expert help, the product will be vulnerable at later stages of deployment and can become a massive liability for the provider and customer. Once the technology design, platform choice and security layers of the application are all solidified into an acceptable proof of concept, scaling the solution with robust production and deployment processes gains prominence. Approaches for cloud-based management and monitoring of connected products should be defined and developed. Zero-touch provisioning, data collection for analysis and remote optimization of field devices are important considerations at this stage.A successful product lifecycle for connected products incorporates three fundamental aspects – device hardware lifecycle that involves silicon level choices, product lifecycle that involves software and firmware choices and a data lifecycle that focuses on managing the data collected from provisioning to optimization. Arrow and Microsoft Partner to Offer Complete Lifecycle Services for Connected Products Arrow Electronics and Microsoft have partnered to bring to market a comprehensive suite of solutions to accelerate the development of connected products. Businesses looking to increase the probability of the connected project success while ensuring robust scalability will benefit from this collaboration. Benefits of the partnership for connected product developers include:Access to a rich partner eco-system that bridges the Operational Technology/Information Technology (OT/IT) divideDeploy scalable solutions across the globeBuild proof-of-concept (POC) designs fast with fully integrated solutions and kitsCreate customized products easily with Arrow design and integration servicesManage the entire product lifecycle from concept to end-of-lifeFor more information, contact Arrow Electronics at email@example.com. Arrow also offers a one-hour free consultation on connected devices implementation.Watch the on-demand webinar: The New Product Lifecycle – Strategies for successfully building and managing a thriving connected product Follow the Puck Connected products are changing the business landscape and transforming entire industries. The ability to create integrated digital connections, from the edge all the way to the cloud is enabling new business models that capitalize on novel value-added services, and simultaneously open new modes for humans to interact with machines. While the promise and potential of digital connectivity is enormous, it requires skilled resources and new technology-based innovation for any organization to undergo a transformation.The ChallengeFor the typical business stakeholder, the business cycle is fraught with challenges. Commoditization due to hyper-competition and price pressures are the leading factors that impact hardware product profitability. In addition, increased expectations from customers for new features at marginal prices further strain traditional businesses. Concurrently new entrants threaten incumbents with disruptive innovations that can alter key competitive dimensions and increase the need for shortened time-to-market schedules. The SolutionConnected product initiatives aim to overcome these challenges while modernizing product portfolios.For effective impact, connected products need to be functionally interactive, self-aware and resilient. In addition, products need mechanisms for self-healing when problems occur. Connectivity should also enable data collection, pattern recognition, and ultimately predictive functions to foresee problems and facilitate preventive actions. Such a product concept requires product designers and technology architects to envision products as a series of layers. The figure below lays out a reference architecture that fulfills the aspirations of a typical connected product. Implementation of such architecture requires domain-wide expertise and experience. Many customer projects fail due to the lack of these two crucial elements. Arrow and its portfolio of eco-system partners recognize these challenges and have conceived a solution portfolio to help organizations eliminate failure while developing connected products.Figure 1: Multi-Tier Architecture of Connected Products (Source: Gartner)Watch the on-demand webinar: The New Product Lifecycle – strategies for successfully building and managing a thriving connected product Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutions Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Scott ChmielMicrosoft Business Development Manager at Arrow Electronics
Screen shot of book coverThe Family Development Early Intervention team is always on the look-out for quality children’s books that help address some of the unique needs of military children.The following is an interview with M.L. Sather, the author of Boo Boo Bear’s Mission. More information about Boo Boo Bear and his experiences can be found on Facebook. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What, if any, experiences do you and/or your book’s illustrator have with the military?My son served 34 years with the Minnesota Air National Guard 148th Fighter Wing, including three tours in Iraq. My husband served in the Middle East during the Korean Conflict and my dad was in the Merchant Marines during WWII.The book’s illustrators were children from military and civilian families. We wanted to offer an opportunity for all children to participate in a fun and empowering project. We wanted to give military-connected children a voice in defining their experiences. We also wanted children from civilian families to become aware of the pride and challenges their military-connected peers experience during deployments. Finally, we wanted to support children learning from one another.What made you decide to write this book? Was there some incident or experience with the military that inspired you?I was working on another children’s book when my son called from Iraq during his second deployment to tell me that his daughter had sent her beloved teddy bear to him to keep him company until he could return home to his family. Her sweet act of love for her dad touched me deeply. I knew I had to tell the story, so I set aside the other book and “Boo Boo Bear’s Mission” was born.What message(s) do you hope that children and families receive as a result of reading your book?First, my hope is that children and their families would enjoy, and identify with the story. I want readers to realize that learning how to name and express feelings, keeping family connections strong and practicing healthy coping strategies will help them meet the challenges of deployment—as well as the challenges in general that all families face. Finally, I hope that readers will recognize the power of love to hold families together.Have you received any feedback from military families after they read your book, and if so, what have they said?One of my greatest joys in sharing Boo Boo Bear’s Mission is the wonderfully affirming feedback I get from those who hear the story. Everywhere I go to share Boo’s story, there are individuals who can relate to the story either because of their military connections or because they have experienced another kind of separation and understand the feelings that can arise from any separation. I am delighted that every group of children I work with can identify with the message of the book—that Boo Bear’s mission is to carry a family’s love until they can be together again.Since much of the feedback I receive is in the form of notes from kids, I have included samples below and edited their spelling for clarity.First Grader: “I really liked Boo Boo Bear. It was a good book because kids did the illustrations. The cover was good too. One thing that I loved was details.”First Grader: “I really enjoyed this. If you ever need a volunteer for when you come again, I’d be it”Fourth Grader: “That book is for all ages. It’s small enough [short enough] for little kids to read and it would make grownups happy.”Child of deployed parent: “I’m going to send my bear to my mom.”Library Media Specialist with military connections: “You’ve touched a lot of lives today.”MN National Guard 148th FW Airman and Family Readiness Program Manager: “This is absolutely the best kids’ deployment book I’ve read. It identified and validates the emotions of so many children in Air National Guard families.”Former First Lady of Minnesota and creator of the Military Family Initiative: “Your story is absolutely delightful. . . I am certain the tale will be endearing to many children. Your story also underscores many deeper, important messages. . . “Do you have plans to write another book that focuses on the military? If so, what is the focus of that book and when might we expect to see it?Though the kids I meet often suggest ideas for sequels to Boo Boo Bear’s Mission, at this time I have no plans to write another book for military-connected children and their families.Are there any other books for military children that you would suggest for young children?Some of my favorites are:A Paper Hug by Stephanie SkolmoskiLily Hates Goodbyes by Jerilyn MarlerMy Father Is in the Navy by Robin McKinleyMy Red Balloon by Eve BuntingNight Catch by Brenda EhrmantrautPilot Mom by Kathleen Benner DubleSometimes We Were Brave by Pat BrissonStars Above Us by Geoffrey NormanThe Invisible String by Patrice Karst (This one deals with separation that includes death, so may not be appropriate for all families)The Kissing Hand by Audrey PennThe Wishing Tree by Mary RedmanWhen Dad’s At Sea by Mindy PeltonThis post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, onTwitter, and YouTube.
You can’t “be successful.” You can only do the things that produce success.Hustlers are successful because they do certain things of which success is a byproduct.Future-OrientationHustler’s are future-oriented. They don’t allow their past to define their future. For a hustler, their past is just an origin story. Hustlers trade time and energy now for the future they want.Success is what happens when you take the actions that build a better future.Go All InHustlers succeed because they don’t take half measures. They’re all in. If they are going to do something, they become obsessed with that thing. They allow their vision to consume them.Success is what happens when you take massive action in pursuit of some goal or ambition.Grind It OutHustlers love the grind. A non-hustler hates Mondays and can’t wait for Friday. They call driving to the office and doing their job “the grind.” But hustlers define “grind” very differently. To a hustler, grinding means relentlessly doing the work that most needs to be done, and that which leads to the best results.Success is the by-product of hard work. It’s also the result of working smarter.Grow Big EnoughHustlers are growth-oriented, personally and professionally. Hustlers work on developing the only real asset they have for producing the results they want: themselves. Hustlers don’t allow failure or setbacks to dissuade them. Instead, they use it to make adjustments.Success often follows failure. Failure is your teacher, giving you the feedback on what you need to learn before your next attempt.Do What Is UncomfortableHustlers don’t avoid the things that cause non-hustlers to run for the doors. Hustlers are comfortable with conflict, engaging in the difficult conversations that are necessary to getting things done. Hustlers are also comfortable selling themselves and their ideas, in part because they’re obsession is the passion that infects others.Success is what happens when you do the things that make you uncomfortable until they no longer make you uncomfortable.Outcomes Are the By-ProductWhat about the money? Hustlers do make money, even if their real goal is something greater, like freedom. But money is only a by-product of creating value for other people. Unless you inherit money, the money you make has to come from someone else who is willing to exchange it for something you have.Success is a naturally occurring outcome of a set of beliefs and actions. The beliefs and actions that hustlers consistently take are what produces the success. Don’t confuse the by-product with the hard work and sacrifice it takes to produce it. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday flagged off a bike rally from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi. Mr. Adityanath and his Cabinet colleagues participated in the “Kamal Sandesh bike rally” organised by the BJP across the State. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya was seen riding a motorcycle in Allahabad. “Took part in the Kamal Sandesh bike rally. The only message being disseminated by this rally is to ensure a comprehensive win for the BJP under leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Mr. Maurya said in a tweet.Union Minister in rallyUnion Minister Manoj Sinha participated in the rally from Ghazipur. “Despite efforts made by ‘siddhaant-viheen rajnaitik dal’ (political parties deprived of principles), they will not be able to reach a consensus on Prime Ministerial candidate,” he said. In Lucknow, party workers gathered at Jhulelal Vatika for the bike rally. Ministers Brijesh Pathak, Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Ashutosh Tandon along with Lucknow mayor Sanyukta Bhatia and several other BJP MLAs participated in the bike rally. U.P. BJP general secretary Pankaj Singh, who took part in the rally from Gorakhpur, said, “The BJP government is working on its agenda of development and the benefits of welfare schemes are reaching to the actual beneficiaries. I am sure that the BJP will win the 2019 parliamentary elections.”
Biju Janata Dal president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday undertook a 7-hour-long roadshow in the Aska parliamentary constituency in his home district of Ganjam .The Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Congress too organised joint public meetings in Sanakhemundi and Polasara Assembly constituencies of the Aska Lok Sabha seat. The meetings were addressed by national secretary of the CPI Amarjeet Kaur and Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Niranjan Patnaik. The CPI, which is contesting the election with Congress support, has fielded Ramkrushna Panda for the Aska seat. During his 60-km roadshow in a specially built bus, Mr Patnaik traversed through Sanakhemundi, Hinjli and Aska assembly constituencies to meet voters. He has won from Hinjli four times in a row. But this time, he is also contesting from the Bijepur Assembly seat in Bargarh district of western Odisha.The Aska Lok Sabha seat has a special importance for Mr Patnaik as he had started his political career from here in 1997 with a win in the by-election held after the death of his father Biju Patnaik, who represented the constituency. Women’s emancipation Reiterating its commitment to women’s emancipation, the BJD has fielded Pramila Bisoi, a 68-year-old Women Self Help Group (WSHG) leader from a peasant’s family with no political background, for the Aska Lok Sabha seat.Ms. Bisoi accompanied Mr. Patnaik throughout the roadshow. The Chief Minister reached Mohanala in the Sanakhemundi block in a helicopter and boarded the campaign bus to start his long journey. Braving the scorching sun, hundreds of supporters, including women, stood on both sides of road to greet Mr Patnaik.At several places, Mr Patnaik came to the top of the bus by a hydraulic lift to speak to the crowd. Everywhere, he said the 4.5 crore Odias were his family and he will work for them till his last breath. He did not hold any public meeting. According to BJD workers, his presence was sufficient to boost the morale of party workers and motivate the voters. In the campaign meetings at Dengaosta under the Sanakhemundi block and Polasara, CPI and Congress leaders called upon voters to defeat both the BJP and the BJD. Ms. Kaur said the Congress and the CPI had joined hands to protect the Constitution and democracy. According to her, both the BJP-led Central government and BJD government in Odisha had to be changed.Odisha PCC chief alleged that electoral promises of the BJP and the BJD were nothing but lies.
SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—–When the Philippines and Vietnam, which are miles away from each other in the FIVB standings, it was the smallest Filipino on the court who made one of the biggest impacts.Dawn Macandili, a reserve player for the Philippines’ Southeast Asian Games squad, pestered the region’s reigning silver medalists and helped the Philippines upset Vietnam, 27-25. 26-24, 17-25, 25-23 in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball ChampionshipADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ The 5-foot libero was aware of how ahead the Vietnamese are in the rankings but she knew that momentum can change easily by just a few plays on the floor.READ: Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I thought at first that ‘oh no we’re facing one of the top teams in the world,’” said Macandili in Filipino. “But when we started playing, I said to myself ‘wait this is volleyball we’re talking about,’ this is anybody’s game.”And even though Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago brought the offensive pain with 20 and 19 points, respectively, it was Macandili who frustrated the 44th-ranked team in the world in the defensive end. Macandili registered 19 excellent digs, 13 more than Vietnam’s Dinh Thi Thuy, and 12 excellent receptions to help the Philippines, 79th-ranked team in the world.READ: Valdez, Santiago praise Maraño in PH win over Vietnam And there were plays that weren’t recorded in the stat sheet, for instance Macandili’s several heart-stopping receptions on Tran Thi Thanh Thuy’s booming spikes.“For the past two games, I was still finding my groove,” said Macandili who shares libero duties with Denden Lazaro. “So I think I finally got my rhythm against Vietnam.”ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Read Next Canete makes good on promise to help save PH polo
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer forced to delete Twitter accountby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deleted his Twitter account.Solskjaer has left Twitter after being targeted by vicious trolls in the aftermath of Thursday’s dire goalless draw at AZ Alkmaar.According to reports the abuse forced the Norwegian, who used to manager Molde in his native Norway, to close his account, @olegs26_ole.Although it was not verified with a tick it had had a total of 124,000 followers, including a number of players including club captain Ashley Young.The biog read: “Dad of 3 fantastic kids, married to a wonderful wife and Manager of Molde FK, ex footballer.” This was accompanied by an image of him with Ryan Giggs.
Story Highlights Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has hailed the Organization of American States (OAS) for its role in aiding Jamaica’s social development and that of other nations in the Caribbean region.Speaking at the opening of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the OAS, at the Regional Headquarters of the Mona Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI), on March 5, Mrs. Johnson Smith informed that Jamaica and its people have had multiple “high impact” benefits from the organisation, which has been in existence in Jamaica since 1969.“At the community level, the Peckham Bamboo Pre-Processing Project, for example, has assisted in capacity building in the area of agro-processing and has generated significant employment opportunities,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith added that the OAS has also been responsible for “providing institutional strengthening for courts for drug-related offences, the Project for Rapid Situation Assessment on Drug and Alcohol Use in Jamaica and other projects on security, corruption prevention and money laundering investigations.”“Our juvenile offenders have also benefitted significantly from meaningful rehabilitation programmes, such as the New Path Project as well as the Democratizing Innovation in the Americas (DIA) Lab Project,” she informed.The DIA Lab Project equips urban youth to be innovators by training them in cutting-edge technologies and giving them the tools necessary to transform their communities.On a broader level, Mrs. Johnson Smith noted that the OAS has been responsible for establishing “effective regional and international partnerships.”“The General Assembly represents a major multilateral forum for political dialogue that has assisted in finding solutions to various regional issues; for example the mediation role played by the OAS in facilitating dialogue on border conflicts between Belize and Guatemala, Guyana and Venezuela and Belize and Honduras, among others,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith used the opportunity to affirm Jamaica’s appreciation of the work of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), one of the most well-known institutions of the OAS.Meanwhile, in his remarks, Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Nestor Mendez, charted the role and critical areas of involvement of the OAS within the region.Among them is the work to strengthen democracy among governments, political parties, as well as academic institutions.In Guatemala, the OAS and the United States Department of State have been working to train all judges, magistrates and prosecutors of Mexico, Dominican Republic and other Central American countries in fighting cybercrimes and strengthening cyber- security.Charting the way forward for the OAS, Mr. Mendez noted that the organisation’s future will rely on the optimisation of technology to meet its operational needs to the benefit of its member states and towards cost efficiencies, procedural expediency and the management of resources.“There will also be an increased focus on the empowerment of youth of the Americas and women of our continent towards a transformative agenda for balance and equity,” he said.In the commemorative booklet to celebrate the OAS’ 70th anniversary, OAS Representative in Jamaica, Jeanelle van Glaanen Weygel, affirmed her organisation’s continued support to Jamaica and its people.The opening ceremony was followed by a panel discussion on: ‘The Contribution of the OAS to the hemisphere and the OAS’ impact on the Peoples of the Americas’. Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has hailed the Organization of American States (OAS) for its role in aiding Jamaica’s social development and that of other nations in the Caribbean region. “Our juvenile offenders have also benefitted significantly from meaningful rehabilitation programmes, such as the New Path Project as well as the Democratizing Innovation in the Americas (DIA) Lab Project,” she informed. “At the community level, the Peckham Bamboo Pre-Processing Project, for example, has assisted in capacity building in the area of agro-processing and has generated significant employment opportunities,” she said.
Senior Vice President and Athletic Director Gene Smith sits down with The Lantern on Jan. 24. Screenshot by Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorOhio State’s 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl came as a shock to many. What happened after the Fiesta Bowl wasn’t surprising to anyone.Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson were hired to co-coordinate the offense while former coordinators Ed Warinner and Tim Beck took on other opportunities. Day will coach the quarterbacks and Wilson will coach tight ends on top of their duties as offensive coordinators. Warinner was named Minnesota’s offensive line coach and Beck will coordinate Texas’ offense.OSU Senior Vice President and Athletic Director Gene Smith told The Lantern in an exclusive interview that those discussions of revamping the coaching staff happened immediately after the game in Glendale, Arizona.Smith said Meyer approached him to talk about staffing after the conclusion of the Fiesta Bowl. Meyer and Smith worked out a schedule over days of meetings, pinpointing selective dates when Meyer wanted to have matters concerning his staff completed.“(Urban Meyer) began to talk about people and who he wanted to get, and so we went through that process and he kind of had a vision of what he thought he needed to do,” Smith said.One of those people was Wilson, whom Meyer has known for a long time. Wilson resigned from his head-coaching position at Indiana University on Dec. 1 during his sixth season with the Hoosiers amid “philosophical differences” with Indiana Athletic Director Fred Glass. Multiple reports cited Wilson’s treatment of players, including one player who told the Indianapolis Star that Wilson forced him back during an injury.Smith said the first thing discussed regarding Wilson was the terms of which he left Indiana.“We talked about that from the beginning before (Meyer) even made the call (to Wilson),” he said.Meyer and Smith discussed, at length, how they would vet Wilson before offering him the position. The two assembled lists of people who could talk about Wilson as a coach and as a person. The first name on Smith’s call list was Glass, who Smith said is a good friend of his.“(Glass and I) kind of went through the details of what happened there and I felt comfortable at the end,” Smith said.“Urban and I came together and we talked about what we found out and we felt comfortable. Kevin sat at this table and we had a good conversation on what happened there, and how it’s going to work here. He was thoroughly vetted and we had a good, candid conversation. He’ll fit our culture fine.”Smith declined to share details on the conversations he had with Glass or Wilson to respect their privacy.Smith said he also reached out to people who were at the University of Oklahoma when Wilson was the Sooners’ offensive coordinator from 2002 to 2010. Smith added that his one-on-one, sit-down conversation with Wilson was “phenomenal” and Meyer’s familiarity with Wilson’s career helped him decide that the former Indiana coach was ethically suited for the job.Regarding the other hired coaches, Smith expressed his excitement for Day and new linebackers coach Bill Davis, who replaced former co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell.“Ryan Day is, like, off the chain and Kevin Wilson is like a mad scientist. They’re really, really good people and they fit our culture,” Smith said. “We had Bill Davis in mind and he was already here (as a defensive analyst). And so that was a benefit for us.”Editor’s Note: This is Part 1 of The Lantern’s conversation with OSU Senior Vice President and Athletic Director Gene Smith. Part 2 will print in Thursday’s paper.
#MagneticMediaNews#TCIGeneralElections Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 14, 2016 – Hours before the 2016 General Election polls open, the PDM Party and Butch Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resort International label a report charging that the two have struck some underhanded deal as ‘bogus.’Among other things, the piece which has been circulating on social media says millions are owed in gratuities for hotel workers, that the lionshare is owed by Beaches Resort, that the SRI Chairman and PDM Leaders have agreed on floating work permits and that a group of other Provo hotel owners are caught up in the alleged arrangement.The report suspiciously glorifies the PNP Administration which actually did not support Clarence Selver’s bill to pay gratuities; it exonerates Michael Misick and Oswald Skippings as resisting SRI Boss, Butch Stewert and says the PDM received a plane load of money from Stewart. Magnetic Media contacted Beaches today, the Resort denied the allegations and promised a formal refute.The PDM tonight issued a statement…The PNP in its last desperate attempt to salvage a dying lackluster campaign, has launched its party’s propaganda machine on the eve of elections. We expected nothing less from this Progressive National Party that will go down in history as the most uncaring, out of touch, and ineffective Government our islands has ever experienced.In April 2016, the Peoples Democratic Movement successfully brought a Private Members Motion to the House of Assembly asking for the reinstatement of 100% gratuity which was amended by the PNP Government in 2004 that allowed 40% of the gratuity paid by guest to be retained by the Hotel Resort. Members of this Rufus Ewing led PNP Government gave reason after reason why gratuity could not be reinstated. All Government Ministers abstained from voting for this motion and this included Hon. Rufus Ewing, Akierra Misick, Washington Missick, Portia Stubbs Smith, Norman Saunders, Ruth Blackman, and Hon. Donhue Gardiner. This is a matter of public record. All 8 members of the opposition voted yes and the motion was carried. The PNP Government refused to implement the motion.According to PNP estimates, Beaches and other hospitality groups will have to pay over 43.7 million in undistributed gratuities to every employee over the last five years. If this is true, Voters must ask themselves, why has the PNP Government allowed this amount to increase to such high levels these last four years? Voters must also ask themselves why did every PNP Government Minister abstaine from voting for the PDM’s Private Members Motion which purpose was to reinstate 100% gratuity?As persons in the hospitality industry live paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet, this Rufus Ewing led PNP Government ignored the issue of 100% gratuity while simultaneously increasing taxes to generate revenue on the backs of our people. This PNP Government has failed the hospitality workers and voters on a whole these past four years.We would like to remind voters that it is always the PNP Government that is known for selling out our people, and our Country to developers. This is the legacy of the PNP.The PDM categorically denies receiving $350,000 from any developer. The PDM also categorically denies making any agreements to issue any floating work permits. If any political party or independent candidate has any evidence of any of the 52 candidates receiving funds outside the guidelines stipulated by the Integrity Commission, they should report these activities to the Integrity Commission immediately.We are focused on becoming your next Government and bringing about the positive change our Country so desperately needs. We will not allow the slanderous attacks by our political opponents to distract us from this goal.We encourage all our supporters to go to the polls early and vote PDM Straight Down. Vote for Change. Election Observer Mission reports to Press Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcigeneralelections Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Final seat goes to new opposition party PNP Change for Turks and Caicos, PDM is New Government