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Motta new Genoa favourite?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Former Genoa midfielder Thiago Motta is emerging as the favourite to replace Aurelio Andreazzoli as the club’s Coach. Genoa seemed to be warming to ex-Juventus assistant Massimo Carrera after they were again rejected by Gennaro Gattuso. However, Gianluca Di Marzio’s website reports owner Enrico Preziosi is “intrigued” by the idea of bringing in Motta. The 37-year-old relaunched his playing career with the Rossoblu during the 2008-09 campaign as he went on to join Inter and Paris Saint-Germain. He moved into coaching with PSG’s Under-19 team last season but vacated the role over the summer. The former Italy international is also currently enrolled on an FIGC coaching course at Coverciano.last_img read more

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Children’s Film Society and its long history of corruption, nepotism and governmental neglect

first_imgThe Children’s Film Society has a notorious record of corruption and bureaucratic back-stabbing. Unimaginative and unproductive, it is becoming sterile once again. Vir Sanghvi exposes a new scandal in the ill-fated organization.’Uranchoo’, a Children’s Film Society film being directed by Shivendra SinhaThe recent statement by the Information and Broadcasting Minister,,The Children’s Film Society has a notorious record of corruption andbureaucratic back-stabbing. Unimaginative and unproductive, it isbecoming sterile once again. Vir Sanghvi exposes a new scandal in theill-fated organization.’Uranchoo’, a Children’s Film Society film being directed by Shivendra SinhaThe recent statement by the Information and Broadcasting Minister, L.K. Advani, that the government is determined to revitalize the Children’s Film Society of India has drawn attention to the one area of film-making that successive I&B ministers have routinely ignored.The making of films, specially for children, has never been seriously considered by the Bombay film industry which has been content to churn out one pot-boiler after another. The Children’s Film Society, set up in 1955 with the intention of filling this void, has been a case of chronic mismanagement; it has a long history of corruption, nepotism and governmental neglect.Although at least two attempts have been made to rejuvenate the society, both have ultimately failed because the government has never cared enough to interfere when things have started to go wrong. A study team appointed in 1967 to examine the society’s workings made several constructive suggestions and the resulting publicity succeeded in securing the resignation of Mahendranath, the society’s secretary since its inception.Despite the departure of Mahendranath amidst allegations of mismanagement and CBI inquiries, no follow-up action was taken. A civil servant from the ministry of agriculture was transferred to take over and the wasteful extravagance that has characterized the society, continued.A second attempt was made by Inder Gujral and Jamal Kidwai when they were minister and secretary respectively at the I & B ministry. Half the society’s staff were sacked during 1974-75, the old order eased out (including the ubiquitous Jagat Murari, now of Film Institute fame), a new executive council consisting of people such as Arunditi Devi and Girish Karnad appointed, and film-makers such as Shyam Benegal and B.V. Karanth contracted to make children’s films.advertisementIt was during this time that films were imported from England (with the intention of dubbing them into Hindi) and sponsored film shows in co-operation with Britannia and other well-known firms began. Unfortunately, this attempt failed as well, largely because Gujral and Kidwai left the ministry during the Emergency and were replaced by V.C. Shukla and his strong-arm men.Kaushal – the son reaps the benefitsThe ministry became more interested in censorship and propaganda and the society was ignored and belittled. Shanta Gidwani, secretary of the society during this period, said: “We were pushed around and not listened to. They refused to pay for the films we had imported with the result that nobody abroad would do business with us. I was frustrated enough to resign.” Kamini Kaushal, a film star of the 1950s was appointed “acting chairman” and Shukla even considered bringing Mahendranath back. Once again, the initiative had been lost and the society arrived at its present demoralized and directionless state.For Advani’s ministry to revive the society’s fortunes, it will have to give it a certain amount of direction. When the society was conceived, it was intended that it should provide an alternative to commercial Hindi cinema and its unrealistic portrayal of life.Later, Mrs Gandhi said, “I have always appreciated the importance of special films for children … since their minds are in the formative state.” Partly as a result, children’s films tended to be unduly conscious of a message or purpose. This led to didactic and stilted films such as Jawab Ayega, the society’s best known film of the the 1960s.It was only in the 1970s with the influence of film-makers such as Rathod, Shivendra Sinha and Benegal, that it was realized that the films needed to entertain as well. Now, it appears that the society has gone to the other extreme. The present chairperson, Kamini Kaushal, is planning to invite her contacts in the film-world to make films for the society.To an extent, her arguments are compelling. “They have the studios, the spare capacity, the know-how and can make the films on the cheap,” she told India Today. But, as her critics point out, if the society is to merge with Bombay’s film world, then it has negated the very reason for its existence – that of providing an alternative. Ms Kaushal does not agree. “I have spoken to Manoj and Sanjay,” she claimed, “and both of them love children. If we give them no fixed time limit and let them work at their own pace, then they will make good films for us.”advertisementThose who harbour visions of the values of Bombay pot-boilers taking over children’s films in India are also concerned about the lack of attention the society pays to the relevance of the priorities to its films exhibit.The plot of a proposed film called Football Match as outlined by Kamini Kaushal goes something like this: “There is a good boy who plays the sport and has fun. Then there is a naughty boy who plays no sport and is a bully. So the good boy makes him play sport and the naughty boy-who is really, you know a good boy-then becomes a good boy.”Football Match has created another controversy as well: it is being made by Kamini Kaushal’s son. This has naturally led to allegations of nepotism. Kamini Kaushal’s defence is that the executive council approved the script independently (but not the director) and that, in any case, her son is very talented.”He has an American degree and has made films for SITE,” she claimed. “He came to me with a good idea and how could I say ‘no’ to him. The society is meant to encourage talented young people. Jealous people want to attack me.” This defence, reminiscent of Sanjay Gandhi and his mother, is rejected by her critics who argue that talented or not, such apparent nepotism does the society’s image no good.To this, Ms Kaushal reported, “Who cares what people say about us,” adding somewhat irrelevantly, “if I had listened to what people have said about me, I would be ashamed to show my face on the street.”Kamini Kaushal’s term and that of the entire executive council expires this month. The two films the society has under production, Rathod’s Zangbo and Zingzing and Poo Sayani’s Hungama-Bombay Style are nearing completion. Whatever decision the I & B ministry makes regarding the future of the society is going to be vital.It is to be hoped that with his determination to revitalize the society, Advani will succeed in giving it a new purpose and direction and put an end to the petty squabbling India Today encountered in its investigation of the society’s affairs.last_img read more

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IPL 2018: RCB replace injured Nathan Coulter-Nile with Corey Anderson

first_imgNew Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson has been roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.Anderson will replace Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has been ruled out with an injury.Bangalore has roped the Black Caps all-rounder at his base price of Rs 2 crore.”The Royal Challengers Bangalore subsequently picked New Zealand’s Corey Anderson for his base price of INR 2 crore,” said a press release.”The IPL Technical Committee has approved a replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile – fast bowler from Australia – in the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad. Mr. Coulter-Nile has been ruled out of the VIVO IPL 2018 owing to an injury.”In accordance with the Player Regulations, the Royal Challengers Bangalore were allowed to choose a replacement from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP),” it added.Coulter-Nile was in great form for Kolkata Knight Riders last season and was expected to spearhead RCB’s bowling attack. The Aussie grabbed 15 wickets from 8 games at an average of 19.97. He also played an important role in KKR’s demolition of RCB, when the Virat Kohli-led side was bowled out for 48 at the Eden Gardens in 2017.However, in Anderson, the team from Bengaluru has an able replacement. The New Zealander, who went unsold at the auction, has a fair bit of IPL experience and will look to capitalise on this opportunity.Last year, he represented the Delhi Daredevils and smashed 142 runs from 11 matches and picked up three wickets.Anderson will provide Kohli balance in the middle and he is also someone who can tonk the ball when required and chip in with four overs as well.advertisementlast_img read more

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Mike Hesson quits as KXIP coach after reports of India job

first_imgMike Hesson, head coach of Kings XI Punjab, has announced that he has parted ways with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise after one season at helm with them.”I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Kings XI franchise and wish to thank them for the season I had in charge,” Hesson tweeted on Thursday.”Whilst disappointed not to be able to build on the work we did this year, I’m sure success isn’t too far away for them. I wish them all the best for the future,” he added.A message from me regarding @lionsdenkxip pic.twitter.com/xOGfEw4LBqMike Hesson (@CoachHesson) August 7, 2019This development comes amid a stuff.co.nz report that Hesson is down to the final three in the Indian coaching race and is being lined up by Pakistan as Mickey Arthur’s potential replacement for the role of head coach.The former New Zealand coach took over from Brad Hodge in October last year after Kings XI failed to enter the playoffs of 2018 IPL edition.Even though he had signed a two-year contract, the 44-year-old will leave the role midway with the Punjab-based franchise, who finished sixth in this year’s edition.Also Read | Ravi Shastri all but through as CAC not keen on foreign coach for Team IndiaAlso Read | BCCI CoA clears Kapil Dev and team to pick next India head coachAlso Seelast_img read more

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Clemson Football Star Addresses His Failed Drug Test

first_imgClemson superstar Dexter Lawrence.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 01: Dexter Lawrence #90 of the Clemson Tigers reacts against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)With the College Football Playoff almost here, the Clemson Tigers are waiting for the second test results involving the three players that were suspended a week ago. Out of those players that are currently in jeopardy of missing the Cotton Bowl, the biggest name is Dexter Lawrence, who is an All-ACC defensive tackle.It turns out that drug tests found traces of ostarine in Lawrence’s system, which would make him ineligible of playing on Saturday. However, the star defender will take a B sample in hope that it clears him from all this trouble.Lawrence has made it known that he’s not sure of how the substance appeared in his system.From The Greenville News: “I know that I have no control on what the B sample result will be. I’m just here to support my teammates and try to be a leader,” Lawrence said. “I’m not the type of guy to do a selfish act like that. I have too much pride. I love this team and my family too much to even think about putting substance like that in my body. I don’t know where it came from. I don’t know how it got there.His ability to halt any rushing attack but also generate pressure from the inside of the defensive line is quite impressive. If Clemson doesn’t have him in its semifinal matchup it would be a significant loss.Notre Dame and Clemson will kick off at 4:00 p.m. E.T. from AT&T Stadium.The clock is ticking for Lawrence’s eligibility, and the final results could become public later today. It’s safe to say that fans and players everywhere will be monitoring his status.last_img read more

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JCA Clamps Down On Illicit Merchandise

first_img The agency has ramped up its activities in seizing illicit merchandise Hong Kong Customs successfully interdicted an illicit container of cigarettes destined for Jamaica Importers and distributors are being cautioned against marketing counterfeit products Story Highlights Importers and distributors are being cautioned against marketing counterfeit products by the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), as it moves to clamp down on Intellectual Property rights infringements.In recent months, the agency has ramped up its activities in seizing illicit merchandise, which include clothing, cigarettes, pharmaceuticals as well as appliances. This has been done in collaboration with Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Speaking at a media briefing on September 19 at the JCA headquarters in Kingston, Commissioner of Customs, Major (ret’d) Richard Reese, warned importers and distributors that should they engage in this practice, it will result in the seizure and destruction of the products and also penalties and fines.“A number of these products are seasonal and cyclical, for instance school bags, so we will be conducting targeted operations for these types of products which come on the market at a particular time and we will be more proactive in our interdiction and detection,” he said.Commissioner Reese informed that the competence of the Jamaica Customs staff in detecting counterfeit products has improved through a series of training seminars with various rights holders and the World Customs Organization, which has resulted in the increased number of successful seizures to date.He noted that Hong Kong Customs successfully interdicted an  illicit container of cigarettes destined for Jamaica. In addition, Jamaica Customs was successful in seizing a 40-foot container of cigarettes bearing the ‘Craven A’ mark.“These represent significant achievements because had these items been released into the market, we would not have had the desired levels of duties and taxes and in addition, it would have had an adverse effect on the legal right holders,” he said.Commissioner Reese further informed that Jamaica Customs was also successful in seizing counterfeit Jansport bags. He noted of the 2,700 bags seized, approximately 50 per cent were counterfeit.He pointed out that although duties were paid on some of these illicit items, “the fact is that they are counterfeit, so they are still illegal and the end result will be destruction of them, because we couldn’t resell them in the market. ”“This operation may appear very straightforward to the public, but in order for us to engage in these operations, it also requires us to have arrangements with the rights holders…So, it is not just a matter of taking action where we determine that these counterfeit goods exist, but we also have to have these arrangements with the trademark holders, because they have to be prepared to go to court to verify that the item is in fact counterfeit and also to give technical evidence,” he informed.The Commissioner  encouraged local manufacturers to register their products to ensure that if there are any breaches, “they can have the same arrangements in place in order for us to ensure the necessary protection.”Anyone having information on counterfeit goods can call Crime Stop at 311 or 1-888-991-4000 or email Jamaica Customs at: quick.response@jacustoms.gov.jm.last_img read more

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Premier Declares British Home Child Day

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter proclaimed today, Sept. 28, British Home Child Day in Nova Scotia, honouring the tens of thousands of orphaned, impoverished and abandoned British children who journeyed alone in the late 19th century to start a new life here in Canada. “There is a long legacy of British home children who came to Nova Scotia in the late 1800s and early 1900s,” said Premier Dexter. “While many of these children were welcomed into homes and families across the province, others lived through great hardship, ostracization and uncertainty. “Some of these people are still living in our province today. I believe those people, and the families of those no longer with us, deserve to be recognized for their strength, courage and perseverance in the face of such adversity.” In 2009, Nova Scotia marked the 140th anniversary of the British Home Child movement with reunions and events across the province.last_img read more

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Govt may further ease FDI norms to bridge current account deficit

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is expected to further ease the foreign direct investment (FDI) norms with a view to bridge the widening current account deficit (CAD), according to the Economic Survey 2018-19. “Government policies are expected to further lift restrictions on FDI inflows, which will continue to increase the stability of sources funding the current account deficit,” the survey, tabled in the parliament Thursday. It said that from a macro-economic perspective, the deterioration of CAD may be contained if consumption slows in the economy while increase in investment and exports become the new drivers of the Indian economy. The deficit increased to $57.2 billion or 2.1 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018-19 as against 1.8 per cent in the previous year. The CAD, which is the net of foreign exchange inflows and outflows, had stood at $48.7 billion in 2017-18. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt said the widening of CAD has been driven by a deterioration of trade deficit from 6 per cent of GDP to 6.7 per cent across the two years. Rise in crude prices in the fourth quarter of 2018-19 and a decline in the growth of merchandise exports have led to the deterioration of trade deficit, it added. FDI inflows into India have dipped marginally by one per cent to $44.37 billion in 2018-19. The survey stated that among the major economies running current account deficit, India is the largest foreign exchange reserve holder and eighth-largest among all countries of the world. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”India’s external debt was $521.1 billion at end-December 2018, 1.6 per cent lower than its level at end-March 2018. The key external debt indicators reflect that India’s external debt is not unsustainable,” it added. Further, talking about India’s exports, it said the composition of exports and import basket has almost remained unchanged in 2018-19 over 2017-18. Petroleum products, precious stones, drug formulations, gold and other precious metals continue to be top export items. Crude petroleum, pearl, precious, semi-precious stones and gold remain as top import items.last_img read more

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Legal experts weigh in on Ottawas settlement with Omar Khadr

first_imgTORONTO – The federal government has reached a settlement with Omar Khadr for violations of his constitutional rights. The government also apologized for the treatment he received outside Canada, including a decade spent in the U.S.-operated prison at Guantanamo Bay. But legal questions still swirl around the settlement, which sources say includes a $10.5-million payment. Some lawyers weigh in to answer them:— Why did the government give Khadr money in the first place?Khadr launched a civil suit against the government in 2004 — amended in 2013 — seeking $20 million. In a statement Friday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale described settling the case as the “only sensible course” and added that a trial on the matter likely would have cost millions of dollars more. The government said it would not disclose terms of the settlement, but sources confirm the $10.5-million payment has been made.—— Was seeking a settlement really the most sensible approach?Legal experts think so. Cases concerning Khadr have come before the Supreme Court three times. The court found that Canada breached Khadr’s constitutional rights. Carmen Cheung, executive director of the Global Justice Lab at University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, says the breach pertained largely to Khadr’s interrogation by Canadian officials while incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay. “The remedy for that breach has been quite limited,” she said. As a result, Cheung said the government probably felt Khadr’s civil suit was likely to succeed and opted to resolve matters out of court for less money.—-—Is Khadr finished with legal matters?No. In 2015, a court in Utah ordered Khadr to pay US$134.1 million to people impacted by his alleged actions during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan, the details of which have long been murky. The claim was awarded to Tabitha Speer, whose husband, special forces soldier Chris Speer, died during the attack, and to another American soldier, Layne Morris, who was blinded in one eye during the same battle. Khadr is accused of throwing the grenade that killed Speer.—— Does the Canadian settlement mean Khadr will have to comply with the American court decision?Lawyers monitoring the case say the prospect of recovering money to pay the U.S. court-ordered damages is dubious. Lorne Sossin, dean of York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, says Khadr’s legal team will likely rely on elements from Ontario’s Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments Act. A section of the act lays out several criteria that would bar courts from enforcing an American ruling, and Sossin said several of them apply to Khadr. “That suit was conducted in Mr. Khadr’s absence and is based on evidence and information obtained at Guantanamo using interrogation techniques found to violate international and Canadian law,” he said in an email.—— If Khadr transferred the money out of the country, would that make a difference?According to Sossin, such a move would only make it that much more difficult to recover the damages sought by U.S. courts. “If the money is not in Mr. Khadr’s possession or control, it is hard to see how it could be recovered from him to satisfy the American judgment.”last_img read more

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Glad that I don’t have to bowl to Russell: Ferguson

first_imgKolkata: Watching teammate Andre Russell bulldozing Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers was a breathtaking experience for KKR pace spearhead Lockie Ferguson, who is happy that he does not have to bowl to the West Indian this IPL. The Jamaican single-handedly won the match for Kolkata Knight Riders with his unbeaten 49 off 19 balls in their opening match. “It’s one of those I’ve never seen anything like that personally. That was unbelievable. I’m pretty excited he’s not on my side, I don’t have to bowl to him,” the New Zealand quick told reporters on the eve of their match against Kings XI Punjab. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe Punjab outfit has explosive Chris Gayle in its ranks but Ferguson said they are prepared to tackle the Jamaican. “Chris (Gayle) is in some pretty fine touch at the moment. He really batted well last night. It’s nice to watch him. Perhaps there are some areas we can look at attacking him,” he said of Gayle who starred with a 47-ball 79 to fashion Kings XI Punjab’s 14-run win against Rajasthan Royals. “It’s important to stick to your plan and back yourself because in T20, if you keep working on your strengths then definitely it will come off better.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKKR have the reputation of being a spin-oriented attack as Ferguson said it’s exciting time to be part of the bowling unit. “To have the spin attack we have, and with PK (Prasidh Krishna) swinging the ball and being very good at the death, so by no means I think I’m leading. We all do our part. Andre Russell also got the wickets.” Having added some more pace to his bowling, Ferguson is hoping to make the most of the IPL experience, ahead of the World Cup. “It’s high pressure in IPL. It’s one of the biggest competitions in the world, playing in front of big crowds, against the best players in the world. Of course all these experiences you’re gaining, playing in the IPL is going to help you going forward.last_img read more

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Federal information watchdog to study policies that muzzle government science

OTTAWA — The federal information commissioner has agreed to launch an investigation into policies and practices that appear to be muzzling government scientists.The office of Suzanne Legault is responding to a detailed complaint lodged by the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria and the ethics advocacy group Democracy Watch.Their lengthy report filed last month laid out repeated examples of taxpayer-funded science being suppressed or limited to pre-packaged media lines across six different government departments and agencies.In a letter to the complainants, the commissioner concluded she has the mandate to investigate government policies, practices or guidelines that impede access to information.Legault says that includes government practices that restrict or prohibit government scientists from speaking with the media and the Canadian public.The government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been accused of silencing scientists on number of subjects, particularly environmental science, since the Conservatives came to power in 2006. read more

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TSX loonie kick off week in the red as commodities weaken

TORONTO — Volatility in oil and metal prices continued to put pressure on the Toronto stock market and the Canadian dollar, with both finishing in the red to start the trading week.The S&P/TSX composite index retreated 137.63 points to 13,563.84, following a 250-point loss last week, with gold, metals and energy the heaviest weights.The June contract for North American benchmark crude oil fell $1.22 to US$43.44 a barrel amid growing signs of an economic slowdown in China and news that Saudi Arabia had replaced its longtime oil minister.June gold bullion plunged $27.40 to US$1,266.60 a troy ounce, while July copper shed five cents to US$2.11 a pound. June natural gas was unchanged at US$2.10 per mmBtu.The decline in commodities also weakened the Canadian dollar, as the currency fell 0.27 of a U.S. cent to 77.14 cents US.Meanwhile, New York markets were mixed, with the Dow Jones industrials down 34.72 points at 17,705.91, while the S&P 500 added 1.55 points to 2,058.69 and the Nasdaq rose 14.05 points to 4,750.21. read more

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Kosovo Security Council calls on all voters to take part in tomorrows

“The Council expresses its firm belief that wide participation in the voting is essential to provide the best opportunity for future progress towards the building of a multi-ethnic and tolerant society,” the Council President, Ambassador Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon, said in a statement during a formal meeting of the 15-member body. The statement also called on the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government, local leaders and all others concerned to cooperate fully with Michael Steiner, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Kosovo, as well as the commander of the international security force (KFOR) towards the full implementation of the Council resolution that authorized the UN presence in the province. read more

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Security Council urges DR of Congo to prepare peacefully for elections

In a presidential statement read in a formal meeting by Ambassador Michel Duclos of France, the country presiding over the Council in June, the Council, noting Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s recommendation in his 26 May report, “urged the candidates and political parties to refrain from any action that might disrupt” the electoral process. Welcoming the promulgation of the referendum law, it said all parties and Transitional institutions should make every effort to respect the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) timetable and, in particular, prepare to hold the referendum on the draft Constitution as soon as possible.It urged the Transitional Government to speed up the reforms remaining to be dealt with, especially drafting the electoral law and integrating the security forces.In addition, “the Council called on the Congolese authorities to exercise efficient, transparent and comprehensive control over state finances, ensuring that there is no impunity for those responsible for acts of embezzlement or corruption.” read more

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Kazzinc commits to RungePincockMinarcos RPMs Enterprise Planning Platform

first_imgKazzinc, a Glencore majority owned company, one of the largest zinc miners in the world, and the largest gold miner in Kazakhstan, have chosen RungePincockMinarco (RPM) to help it continue to be one of the world’s most cost efficient zinc producers. Kazzinc have selected RPM and their Enterprise Planning Platform, which will be implemented in conjunction with SAP.“This enterprise approach not only complements their planned investment in SAP but will also deliver the operational planning behaviours that mining companies need to adopt in order to be world-class mining enterprises that deliver the value expected by both the market and shareholders.”Richard Mathews, CEO of RPM, commented “Over the last six months Kazzinc management have provided us with the opportunity to really understand their mining environment and we thank them for that. We are absolutely committed to ensuring that our software supports the productivity improvements they are striving to achieve. I firmly believe that continuous data interchange between the mining industries’ two major software providers will drive operational and financial benefits right across Kazzinc’s business.”Data will be exchanged seamlessly between the systems using RPM’s SAP certified integration. Kazzinc will use the strength of SAP’s Hana platform combined with RPM’s budgeting and forecasting system to deliver Operational, Plant and Maintenance budgets and life of mine forecasts. Kazzinc will also implement RPM scheduling and simulation applications in their open pit and underground operations which will seamlessly link into the budgeting solutions.“Adoption of these digital tools and capabilities from RPM will deliver Kazzinc improved operating efficiency as well as the capability to develop and deliver more accurate and agile planning in real-time thereby assisting to maximise profit and performance across their mining value chain.”Nick Popovic, Chairman of Kazzinc Holdings, said “While we have been impressed with RPM’s knowledge of mining, what has impressed us most is the commitment they have shown to understanding our business and the innovative approach they have taken to developing software that is extremely user focused. They clearly see Kazzinc (along with the other Glencore operations they are working with) as a Partner, rather than a customer, and we look forward to this successful collaboration.”The project will be rolled out across the Kazzinc operations which includes four underground mines, two open pit mines, a concentrator plant as well as their central planning office.last_img read more

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Razzies 2019 Donald Trump Holmes Watson dominate badfilm awards

first_imgAs Hollywood preps for Sunday’s Academy Awards honoring the best in film, Saturday’s Golden Raspberry Awards recognized the industry’s worst — and even the president of the United States claimed awards. Post a comment Oscars 2019: How to write the perfect best picture speech… 77 Photos 4:15 Share your voice President Donald Trump won the best-screen-combo award, presented to “Donald J. Trump and his self-perpetuating pettiness,” for appearances in both Death of a Nation, a documentary comparing Trump with Abraham Lincoln, and Fahrenheit 11/9, a Michael Moore-directed documentary that compares Trump with Adolf Hitler. The president also won the award for worst actor in a leading role for the same films.”(Trump) has said of himself, ‘My whole life is about winning,'” the Razzies video announces. “‘I don’t lose often. I almost never lose. I don’t like losers.’ So not surprisingly, he’s won. Again.” 2019 movies to geek out over 0 Star Wars: Episode 9 filming wraps, but where’s that title? Bruno Ganz, whose Hitler scene from Downfall took over YouTube, dies at 77 RIP Oreo, who inspired Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket: ‘He was perfect’ Another big winner was the Sherlock Holmes parody film Holmes & Watson, with four awards. That film won worst picture; worst remake, rip-off or sequel; worst director for Etan Cohen; and worst supporting actor for John C. Reilly as Doctor Watson.Melissa McCarthy won both the only “good” Razzie, the Razzie Redeemer Award for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and a more traditional lampooning award, worst actress, for Happytime Murders and Life of the Party.And the Trump administration made one more appearance in the list, when presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway was named worst supporting actress for appearing as herself in Fahrenheit 11/9. Now playing: Watch this: Tags More on movies TV and Movieslast_img read more

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Saraswati Puja being celebrated in country

first_imgSaraswati Puja being celebrated in country. Prothom Alo File PhotoSaraswati Puja, one of the main religious festivals of the Hindu community worshiping the goddess of knowledge, wisdom and music, is being celebrated across the country on Sunday amid much enthusiasm, festivity and religious fervour, reports UNB.The puja is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Magh, as Goddess Saraswati is believed to have born on this day.The day is called ‘Vasant Panchami’.As Saraswati is considered as the Goddess of wisdom and knowledge, Hindu devotees, especially students, celebrate the puja in different educational institutions and temples.In the capital, the puja will be arranged at different places, including Jagannath Hall on the Dhaka University campus and Ramakrishna Mission, Siddheswari temple, Shakhari Bazar, Tanti Bazar, Banani, Dhaka College, Eden Girls College, BUET, Ramna Kali Mandir and others.last_img read more

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Dramatic Increase Of Improper StudentTeacher Relationships In Texas

first_img “We’re meeting some road blocks in getting cooperation from some of the school districts.”  Phillips says the TEA Investigation unit is hampered in pursuing educators who sexually victimize students. He says school district reporting requirements are too lax and many times a school district tries to cover up inappropriate relationships. 00:00 /01:41 Listen X  The TEA opened investigations into the activities of 222 teachers in the last fiscal year. Phillips said many involve sexual contact. But he says that contact might have been prevented – if investigators could have acted sooner.“We know that educators are having multiple texting situations with a student – we see that those texts are being exchanged at all hours of the day and the night – but we have no idea what the content is. Nobody will tell us what the content is.” Pexels.comSocial media and the use of electronic devices at school have contributed to the increase of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students, according to experts.The number of inappropriate teacher-student relationships in Texas has exploded.  According to the Texas Education Agency the incidents have increased 80 percent since 2008. But state investigators say their hands are often tied in dealing with this massive problem.The rise of social media and constant communication is a big part of the problem -that’s according to Doug Phillips director of investigation for the Texas Education Agency, TEA.“It’s my view that electronic media – social media – being able to text – everybody has their own phone – I think that’s contributing to the growth in a substantial way.” If the protection of youth isn’t incentive enough, there have been large civil awards to victims who successfully made the case that the district didn’t do enough. South San Antonio ISD recently had a jury award $4.5 million to a former student. Ric Garcia continues the lawsuit which was appealed to the Fifth Circuit court of Appeals.“It takes it toll not only on the victim but also on the educator – like the one in Harlingen ISD – the educator committed suicide, Garcia says. It also has an effect on the district. Hopefully it is a positive one.” Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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Houston Judge Tosses SameSex Marriage Benefits Challenge Ft Bend ISD Halts Litigation

first_img Share Friday, February 22, 2019Top afternoon stories:Pixabay.Houston Judge Tosses Same-Sex Marriage Benefits ChallengeA Houston judge has thrown out the six-year-old lawsuit a pair of Houston taxpayers filed to keep the city from paying spousal benefits to the same-sex spouses of municipal employees.The lawsuit dates back to 2013, when pastor Jack Pidgeon and accountant Larry Hicks sued the city to end the policy. In 2015, after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the landmark Obergefell ruling that opened up marriage rights to same-sex couples in all states, Pidgeon and Hicks continued to pursue the lawsuit, arguing that the decision didn’t extend the right to city spousal benefits.In June 2017, the Texas Supreme Court agreed, ruling unanimously that while same-sex marriage had been made legal, there is still room for state courts to explore the “reach and ramifications” of the landmark Obergefell ruling. The all-Republican high court sent the case back to a Houston trial court for further consideration.Nearly two years later, Judge Sonya Heath on Monday threw out the case, ruling for Houston in what the city has touted as a major win.Still, that win won’t go unchallenged. Jared Woodfill, the lawyer who represents Pidgeon and Hicks, said Thursday night that his clients will appeal the ruling — and that he expects the case to land again before the Texas Supreme Court and that it could eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaArchaeologists work at the Fort Bend County site where the unmarked graves were found.Fort Bend ISD Halts Litigation Over Sugar Land 95The Fort Bend Independent School District is halting legal actions regarding the final destination for the remains of 95 individuals that were discovered a year ago, and that experts have determined were likely African-American convicts leased by the State of Texas to provide labor to a local plantation in the 19th century.A contractor discovered the remains in February of 2018 while working on the initial phase to build the school district’s career and technical center.Between November and December of 2018, after Fort Bend ISD reached an agreement with the City of Sugar Land to rebury the remains at the Old Imperial Prison Farm Cemetery, the school district asked Shoemake for permission for the reburial, but he delayed the decision and appointed a Master in Chancery to oversee the case.At that point, Fort Bend ISD filed a motion to object to the appointment of a Master in Chancery and an appeals court granted a stay of the appointment, pending further review.The school district announced on Thursday that it will halt further legal actions.Wikimedia CommonsHouston Holocaust Museum.Holocaust Museum Houston Seeks Artifact DonationsThe Holocaust Museum Houston is seeking to expand its collection of nearly 6,000 items before it reopens its permanent space to the public in June.The museum will hold an artifact collection day on Sunday, Feb. 24, during which potential donors can meet with the museum’s curators.The museum is specifically seeking documents, photographs or personal items that “educate visitors on the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy,” according to a press release. The items can represent Jewish life before, during and after WWII or the Holocaust and its aftermath.Those that wish to schedule an appointment with a curator on Feb. 24 can do so via this link. The event will be held at the museum’s temporary location at 9220 Kirby Drive, Suite 100. Potential donors who aren’t able to attend can email library@hmh.org. More details are available here.Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneTexas Secretary of State David Whitley.Whitley’s Confirmation As Texas Secretary Of State In DangerAll 12 Democrats in the Texas Senate have publicly confirmed they are opposed to confirming embattled Secretary of State David Whitley, giving them more than enough votes to block his nomination if they’re all in the chamber when the vote comes up. To be confirmed, Whitley needs a two-thirds vote in the 31-member chamber.Whitley has been scrutinized by Democratic senators for his controversial voter citizenship review, which was based on deeply flawed data and seemingly pulled in tens of thousands of registered voters for review because they were naturalized citizens.Whitley was appointed to the post by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in December, who said through a spokesman Friday that he continues to back his nominee “100 percent” despite the opposition of the full Senate Democratic Caucus. Whitley was not confirmed last fall because the Legislature was not yet in session.The state is now facing three federal lawsuits over the secretary of state’s botched attempt to review the rolls.last_img read more

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We Knew Things Would Come to This on Better Call Saul

first_imgStay on target Jimmy’s Fall Is All About Chuck on Better Call SaulThis Time, It’s Kim Who Slips on Better Call Saul We’ve reached the penultimate episode of Season Four of Better Call Saul, and it really feels like it. Last night, we were treated to an extended episode where everything begins to fall apart. We knew Better Call Saul wouldn’t be a happy story. You don’t turn into Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad because something good happened. And very few good things happen for anyone in this episode, which set us up for what I can only guess will be a heartbreaking finale.There is one moment of pure scam partner fun that opens the episode. It’s everything you wanted after Kim came up to Jimmy and said, “let’s do it again.” Well, almost everything. Apparently, what Kim had in mind was a scam to help out Mesa Verde. Getting one over on a regulatory body in favor of a bank seems somehow sleazier than scamming rich dudes out of expensive tequila or committing mail fraud to help Huell avoid jail time. That doesn’t make it any less fun though, and Kim and Jimmy are completely in sync on this one. Kim plays up the tragedy as a single mom with a sprained ankle, desperately hoping she didn’t make a costly mistake at work. And if there’s any part we know Jimmy can play, it’s the unreliable screw-up. The kind of person who would leave a baby in a car and a leaking bag of milk on some blueprints.Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) and Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) Photo by Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionThe scam works, Kim sneaks Mesa Verde’s preferred design into the system, and she and Jimmy are soon feeling the high of a good con well pulled. Now Jimmy wants to do it again, especially once he gets his law license back. He wants to open Wexler and McGill back up and use they’re powers in the legal world. Especially now that many of his burner phone customers are going to need lawyers. Kim then says she thinks they should use they’re powers for good. There’s a bit of hypocrisy there, as she did just run a scam to benefit a bank, but Jimmy lets it go. It still bothers him though, all the way through to the end of the episode. Every time he mentions becoming partners again, Kim has some reason for why it shouldn’t happen.It doesn’t come out until the very end, after Jimmy is denied reinstatement. He does such a good job selling himself to the panel, it’s mesmerizing to watch. He talks about why he wants to practice again, his experience in the cell phone store, even gets a little bit into the weeds talking about constitutional law. It’s an impressive show of just how good a lawyer he’ll be. Then, right at the end, they ask him about his influences. What inspired him to become so passionate about the law? It’s clear to any viewer who’s even been paying half-attention that they’re asking about Chuck. They want him to mention his brother. Even after they turn him down for being “insincere,” the thought never enters his head. When he’s ranting at Kim (who was boxing up her congratulations gift when he called), she asks if he mentioned Chuck. His response? “Why would I?”Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) and Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) Photo by Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionIronically, that’s the most sincere thing he’s said all day. Why would he mention Chuck? Though his entire career is driven by spite and a desperate need to prove that Chuck’s wrong about him, he doesn’t even let his brother enter his mind. Jimmy has so suppressed all his feelings about Chuck that it doesn’t even occur to him to mention his name. As it becomes clear though, Chuck is entirely responsible for how Jimmy views himself. This is where everything that’s been bubbling under the surface of the last few episodes explodes. All of the problems Jimmy and Kim have been ignoring come pouring out. Jimmy accuses Kim of using him to feel better about herself. Chuck’s dismissal of Jimmy made him suspicious of everyone. He’s convinced that Kim looks down on him just like Chuck did. That she keeps him around so she can play for a bit on Slippin’ Jimmy’s level before climbing back on her high horse. Kim angrily reminds him that she’s constantly cleaning up his messes. Whenever he calls, she drops everything and comes to his rescue.The thing is, though Kim is clearly right here, Jimmy isn’t entirely wrong. Kim does use him to dabble in con artistry before returning to her respectable career. She does, in a sense, look down on Jimmy for associating with known criminals, but that’s because she knows he can be so much better. That’s the real tragedy of this falling out. Because we knew something like this was coming. We knew their relationship wasn’t going to last, and it’s especially heartbreaking to see that it happens because Kim thinks more highly of Jimmy than he does. And there’s still one more episode of the season, so at least Kim ends it by trying to rebuild. As Jimmy angrily packs up his stuff, Kim stares at him in the mirror. Until this point, the shot has been on Kim sitting on the couch, while we watch Jimmy’s actions in that mirror, creating a brilliant split screen effect. It’s only after she goes to him that they’re united in the same frame again. She asks if he still wants to be a lawyer. That’s what drew them together in the first place. The question nest week’s finale has to answer is, will it be enough now?Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) Photo by Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionIt was an episode filled with falling outs, other than the big Jimmy and Kim argument. As soon as Mike told Gus he’d straightened Werner out, we knew something was going to go wrong. Looking back on this season, the use of Kai was brilliant. He’s been causing trouble the whole time, making you think if there was going to be a major screw-up on this project, it was going to be his doing. All the while, we and Mike ignored that Werner was growing more unstable. It came to a head here with Werner having a panic attack while fixing some faulty explosives wiring. He asks Mike for a weekend trip to Germany to see his wife, but Mike denies him. All he gets is an extra, extended phone call. It seems innocuous, but soon things start to go wrong. Mike notices dead pixels showing up on cameras and strange voltage spikes. Werner has been planning an escape. And now it’s too late. He’s gone, and Mike has a major problem. He’s going to have to face Gus, and then Werner is going to have to face Mike. That’s one serious confrontation to send off a season with.The final falling out was more of an escalation of hostilities. While Mike is dealing with Werner, Gus has his own issues to handle. Eduardo Salamanca drags Nacho to Los Pollos Hermanos to meet the owner. For one brief moment, he acts like he’s just there to thank Gus. He did save Hector’s life, after all. But we know, and so does Gus, that this meeting isn’t a courtesy call. Eduardo is there to determine loyalty. From his perspective, Don Eladio has been pitting the two against each other, so he can reap the benefits. Together, Eduardo posits, Fring’s gang and the Salamancas could overpower Eladio and take over the entire business. Gus politely, but firmly refuses. He’s happy with the current arrangement, he says. To Eduardo though, refusing to join the Salamancas is an act against them. This sets up a storyline that will probably carry into the next season. There will be a war between Gus Fring and the Salamancas. Somehow, I don’t see it turning out well for the Salamancas. Oh, and Hector gets his bell, so yay Breaking Bad reference!Hector “Tio” Salamanca (Mark Margolis) and Lalo (Tony Dalton) Photo by Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionThe penultimate episode of the fourth season was a high point of tension for Better Call Saul. The show, as it always does, spends an entire season just letting things stew. We watch these characters get drawn into destructive cycles, only for it to all spin out of control That’s what started to happen right at the end. This show’s masterful use of slowness and silence that the build up is almost more fun than the payoff. The bang is fun, but nothing’s quite as exciting as the anticipation of the bang. And Better Call Saul has that part on lock.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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