JetBoatersnet Bimini Fling doubles in size

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 3, 2017 – Bimini – This July more than 180 Americans and Canadians will bring 19 to 24 foot boats to Bimini to enjoy the natural beauty and abundant wildlife.South Bimini Island, June 12th, 2017: In less than a month a fleet of small vessels will depart Fort Lauderdale to spend five days in the beautiful water of Bimini, Bahamas. This group organized through JetBoaters.net has made an annual Bimini Fling since 2010. They began as a group of six boats that crossed with the official fling led by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Since then it has become a tradition to bring dozens of boats each year.The group stretches far beyond the typical Floridian and East Coast visitors to Bimini. More than half of the group will tow their boats over 1,000 miles to cross to Bimini. Two of the boats will be towed over 3,000 miles from Oregon and Alberta, Canada.The group chooses Bimini specifically for the pristine natural beaches, beautiful water and abundant wildlife. Highlights of their trip will include swimming with dolphins, snorkeling and diving local reefs and ship wrecks, visits to the remote beaches and the sand bar found in East Wells as well as tours of the mangroves and healing hole.   The group is expected to bring more than $250,000 to the local economy during their visit.Furthermore, the group publishes extensive information both in writing and video documenting the process of traveling to Bimini and demonstrating the benefits of traveling to this paradise.In 2016 the group was privileged to participate in the Bimini Christmas Toy Drive which they plan to continue in the future. They enjoy the opportunity to bring joy to the Children of Bimini and appreciate seeing the pictures of this successful event operated by the Vander Werf Family Foundation.The group would like to stress the importance of preserving the reefs around Bimini and Bimini’s Mangroves that serve as a nursery for many species. Members of the group will collect trash during their visit to leave the area better than they found it.Press Release: DPA News Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more



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Grindrs Chinese ownership a national security risk US government reportedly says

first_img1:54 Share your voice 0 Following its sale to Kunlun last year, Grindr released a public statement preempting user distrust of the app’s new owners. “Nothing changes with how we will protect your personal information,” the company noted.”CNIUS’s action shows a commendable awareness of the fact that big data is not just a matter of privacy, but also a matter of antitrust,” Guido Noto La Diega, senior lecturer in cyber law at Northumbria University, said to CNET in an email. ” I agree that Grindr’s acquisition from a Chinese tech group exposes the LGBTQ dating app’s users to some privacy and security risks, in light of Chinese laws on security, cybersecurity, and audio-visual content.”This said, however, one could argue that the move to force Grindr’s sale is not necessarily motivated by actual security and privacy concerns, since Trump has been pushing to strengthen intelligence programs that allow surveillance of targets abroad.”The reported move follows the US’ systematic blockading of Huawei over similar national security firms. Huawei is known to most for its dazzling phones, but it’s also in the telecommunications business. The US fears that Huawei, if commissioned to build internet infrastructure in the US, could purposefully create security flaws which the Chinese government could at some point take advantage of.Originally published March 27.Update, March 28: Adds comment from Guido Noto La Diega.  Border security: Tech options that could replace a wall Leon Neal/Getty Images LGBTQ dating app Grindr was bought last year by a Chinese gaming company called Beijing Kunlun. The US government considers the deal a national security risk and is pressuring Kunlun to sell, according to a Reuters report.Kunlun fully acquired the California-based Grindr app in January of last year for an estimated $152 million after buying an initial $93 million stake in 2016, reported TechCrunch. However, neither of these transactions was cleared with the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS), according to Reuters.CFIUS has told Kunlun that its ownership of Grindr equates to a US national security risk, the report adds. CFIUS did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment. Grindr declined to comment. The specific manner in which Kunlun’s ownership constitutes a national security threat wasn’t explained in the report. However, Grindr said last year it had 3.8 million daily users from “every country in the world,” presumably excluding countries it’s banned in, and 27 million users in total. Those users’ data could be seen as a honeypot for unsavoury actors.center_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Post a comment Mobile Tech Industrylast_img read more



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India invites bids for small oil gas fields after 6 years

first_imgAfter a hiatus of six years, the Indian government has sought bids for 67 of its small oil and gas fields for commercial productions, reported the Mint. The companies participating will be offered a liberal and simple revenue sharing agreement as against the prevailing cumbersome profit sharing model.A bouquet of incentives such as freedom on pricing and marketing of oil and gas, waiving off a 20 percent cess on crude oil production and zero customs duty on capital goods imported for developing the fields are on the offer too.Reuters reported that most of these fields were returned back by its earlier owners, the state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd (OIL), for its small size yet high cost of development. It is to bridge this concern that the new auction terms have been kept liberal.Sixty seven of these fields to be offered in 46 contracts hold in-place reserves of 85 million metric tonnes of oil and the fields are spread across nine sedimentary basins on land, and in shallow water and deep water areas.”These fields have been discovered by India’s national oil companies and are now being offered under exclusive policy which is designed to be investor-friendly and is based on easy-to-administer revenue sharing contract model, in tune with the policy of ‘ease of doing business’ in India,” the Mint reported, citing a government statement.In an effort to attract well-funded companies and individual investors outside the hydrocarbon business, the government has even done away with an earlier mandatory joint venture operation with domestic firms. These companies will also not operate under the obligation to drill specified number of wells. The bidders are also not required to have prior technical experience.Noting the opportunity to enter into India’s upstream market under relaxed terms, Anish De, partner and head of the oil and gas practice at KPMG, told the Mint: “This will provide operational autonomy and flexibility to contractors and incentivise investments in the oil and gas sector.”Successful auctioning of these small blocks will herald India’s new national hydrocarbon policy (HELP). The policy hinges on the hope that India can unlock energy resources worth $40 billion across its landscapes by offering price incentives as well as simplifying rules, said Reuters.The last date for submitting the bids is Oct. 31.last_img read more



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