No restorations planned during Erika if power fails FortisTCI says after all

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Aug 2015 – One of the biggest concerns in a storm is whether or not the power will remain on; FortisTCI’s office closed early today and advised that it has completed its disaster preparedness procedures and will supply power to its customers to the extent possible during the storm.The company also reminds that once Erika has passed, that we ought to stay away from any downed power lines.Once the all clear is given, FortisTCI says the company will immediately commence restoration efforts. Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas Related Items:fortis tci, power, ready FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieveslast_img read more

Uber Says It Will No Longer Use Tech to Target Law Enforcement

first_imgMarch 9, 2017 3 min read Update, March 9, 2017Uber Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan on Tuesday addressed the use of “greyball” technology in a company blog post, and said that going forward, the tool will not be used to target local officials.Here’s the full statement:We wanted to give everyone an update on “greyballing.” This technology is used to hide the standard city app view for individual riders, enabling Uber to show that same rider a different version. It’s been used for many purposes, for example: the testing of new features by employees; marketing promotions; fraud prevention; to protect our partners from physical harm; and to deter riders using the app in violation of our terms of service.We have started a review of the different ways this technology has been used to date. In addition, we are expressly prohibiting its use to target action by local regulators going forward. Given the way our systems are configured, it will take some time to ensure this prohibition is fully enforced. We’ve had a number of organizations reach out for information and we will be working to respond to their inquiries once we have finished our review.Original story, published March 3, 2017, follows.Amid intense scrutiny of its leadership and company culture, The New York Times is now reporting that since 2014, Uber has been collecting data from its app to tag users that the company believed to be using or “targeting its service improperly.”In particular, Uber has tagged law enforcement officials who downloaded the app in areas where the embattled ride-hailing service was banned so that it would be a step ahead of those trying to catch it breaking the law.Related: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Says He Needs to ‘Grow Up’ After Video of Argument With a Driver ReleasedThe system the company uses to do this is called Greyball, and it is a part of its larger VTOS or “violation of terms of service” program. Uber’s general counsel and legal team approved the program, and according to the Times, roughly 50 people at the company knew about it.Times reporter Mike Isaac interviewed four current and former Uber employees under conditions of anonymity, who described the ways in which the company would identify a user as someone who might be a member of law enforcement. Uber would search social media profiles, determine whether a credit card was linked to a police credit union or keep a tally of the least expensive mobile device models available, based on the assumption that they could have been purchased for a sting operation.Related: In About-Face, Uber Will Apply for California Self-Driving Car Permit “When a tagged officer called a car, Uber could scramble a set of ghost cars inside a fake version of the app for that person, or show no cars available at all,” Isaac reported. “If a driver accidentally picked up an officer, Uber occasionally called the driver with instructions to end the ride.”Entrepreneur reached out to Uber for comment and the company responded with a press statement that it also gave to the New York Times.In the statement, Uber characterized the program as one that is used to protect its drivers. “This program denies ride requests to users who are violating our terms of service — whether that’s people aiming to physically harm drivers, competitors looking to disrupt our operations or opponents who collude with officials on secret ‘stings’ meant to entrap drivers.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Banner year for the Cayman Islands with 238 million arrivals

first_img Share Travelweek Group Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Tags: Cayman Islands, Statistics Banner year for the Cayman Islands with 2.38 million arrivalscenter_img GRAND CAYMAN — The Cayman Islands has maintained its market share with another year of record-breaking arrivals, including a 7% increase from Canada.At the close of 2018, total visitation surpassed all previous years of recorded visitation including 2006, which previously held the record for the highest number of total visitors in a calendar year, according to the latest figures from the Department of Tourism.Total arrivals for 2018 in both air and cruise visitation was 2,384,058, an 11.05% increase over the same period in 2017.  There were some 463,001 stayover visitors, an increase of 10.66% over 2018. This year marked the first time that the islands welcomed more than 450,000 stayover visitors.As a double accomplishment in ‘firsts’, over 50,000 stayover visitors travelled to the destination within a single month, in March 2018 and again in December 2018.The increase in visitation also positively impacted the local economy with an uptick in visitor spend, increasing by US$98.1 million versus 2017.  The estimated total visitor spend in 2018 was US$880.1 million, an increase of 12.5%.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaDeputy Premier and Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell said:  “The mandate of the Ministry and Department of Tourism is to facilitate annual growth in visitation and economic contribution; my Ministry pursues this strategically each year.  Through creative promotions, partnerships, and continued collaboration with our industry stakeholders, we have maintained the significant accomplishment of continuous record-breaking years. Our government has committed to investment in our points of entry at the Cruise Port and Airports. These much-needed upgrades will benefit of tourism operators, businesses, visitors and residents. My focus is to ensure that all subjects in my ministry portfolio operate efficiently and effectively to support the tourism sector. These results are an excellent indicator of the work accomplished in 2018.”The U.S., Canada and LATAM all had the biggest impact on arrival numbers, he adds.  The countries with the largest impact on the overall performance in 2018 were:United States:  13.01%Canada:  7.46%Jamaica:  7.63%Argentina: 17.54%Bermuda: 21.10%More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoIn December 2018 alone Canada saw a 3.3% growth making it the best December in statistical history for Canadian stayover visitation.“The Department of Tourism goal of source market diversification coupled with the ongoing development of new routes to the destination and innovative marketing plans has continued to drive the record-breaking successes for the Cayman Islands and will continue in 2019,” says Director of Tourism Rosa Harris. “I would like to express my sincere thanks to all tourism partners for participating in our destination marketing campaigns, hosting of our visitors, journalists and travel agents in order to entertain, educate and transport the Cayman Islands brand worldwide.”For more stats see Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more