The north-eastern States shut down on Tuesday against the “anti-indigenous people” Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that the Union Cabinet cleared on Monday for approval by Parliament.The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) had first announced a 11-hour shutdown against the Bill, its first such call in more than a decade. The North East Students’ Organisation and State-based students’ bodies in the other north-eastern States joined in while political parties such as Congress and All India United Democratic Front supported the call.The shutdown that began at 5 a.m. was total across much of the region with vehicles, both private and commercial being off the roads. A few that defied the call were damaged by protesters in Guwahati and elsewhere in the region. Except for essential services and engineering aspirants appearing for Joint Entrance Examination, all educational institutions, business and commercial establishments remained closed.“The Bill is contrary to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s avowed objective to save race, land and hearth. The Assamese and other indigenous peoples feel betrayed by the Narendra Modi government, which seems hell bent upon making Assam a dumping ground for foreigners thereby threatening our existence,” AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattarcharya said.Streets and commercial areas in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland wore a deserted look. But the shutdown had hardly any impact in Tripura, where the BJP came to power in March last. It also had no impact in southern Assam’s Barak Valley, which has been supporting the Citizenship Bill since the inception.AGP to quit alliance on WednesdayAll ministers and heads of corporations of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which announced on Monday that it was ending its two-year-old alliance with the BJP, would be quitting formally on Wednesday. The party had been under pressure from political and social organisations to quit because of ideological differences with the BJP over the Bill.“We tried our best to convince the Modi government not to pursue the Bill that goes against the constitutional provisions, besides being potentially dangerous for the indigenous people of Assam. The State has since India’s independence absorbed waves of migrants from present day Bangladesh and can no longer do so,” AGP president Atul Bora said after returning from New Delhi on Tuesday morning.Also Read After ‘Jinnah’ comment, Himanta says Hindus will be minority in Assam if Citizenship Bill not passed Mr. Bora said he would quit as Agriculture Minister on Wednesday along with Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta and Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury. They were part of the 18-member Sarbananda Sonowal government.The severance of alliance with the BJP, however, would not make the government fall in Assam. Minus the 14 AGP legislators, the Sonowal government would be left with 73 MLAs, nine more than the majority mark of 64 in the 126-member Assembly. The BJP has 61 MLAs and its other regional ally, the Bodoland People’s Front, which has assured its continuous support, has 13.Nagaland questions BillThe Nagaland Cabinet, on Monday evening, resolved to request the Centre to re-examine and review the Citizenship Bill to ensure it is “in consonance with the provisions of the Constitution and the existing practices of the Nagas”.The BJP has 12 legislators in the Neiphiu Rio-headed government in alliance with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party.The Conrad Sangma-led coalition government in Meghalaya too had opposed the Bill but desisted from calling off its ties with the BJP, which is a minor player with two MLAs.The BJP office in Meghalaya capital Shillong was partly damaged when miscreants threw petrol bombs at it on Monday. It was not clear if the attack was to protest the Bill.
“Over the past months, I have been observing public discourse on this matter. It is an emerging view that now is the time that the Government should take firm and resolute measures within the context of the law, the preservation of human rights and the dignity of life. We have reached the point where we are now prepared to take those firm and resolute measures,” Mr. Holness emphasised. Mr. Holness said the resolute measures are to ensure that the “crime monster” does not destabilise the promising future that is in store for Jamaica. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says laws will be put in place to deal with the one per cent of Jamaicans who are seeking to destabilise the country “once and for all”.Speaking at the launch of Fontana Pharmacy’s 50th anniversary celebrations, in Mandeville, on January 17, the Prime Minister pointed out that “99 per cent of Jamaicans are decent, law-abiding, upstanding people who want to see this country grow and prosper”.“Over the past months, I have been observing public discourse on this matter. It is an emerging view that now is the time that the Government should take firm and resolute measures within the context of the law, the preservation of human rights and the dignity of life. We have reached the point where we are now prepared to take those firm and resolute measures,” Mr. Holness emphasised.Later in the evening, the Prime Minister declared State of Emergency in the parish of St. James.Mr. Holness said the resolute measures are to ensure that the “crime monster” does not destabilise the promising future that is in store for Jamaica.“The measures would take great understanding and tolerance from the people, because the fight against crime is not just the business of the police or Government; it takes everyone to reach the point of understanding that the Government must act in a resolute manner, but with respect for the rights and dignity of the people,” he said.The Prime Minister noted that gangs, rather than more desirable forms of engagement in the formal system, which creates opportunities in which to work, are pulling the youth, thereby creating disorder.“That is something we have to look at in a serious way, how we provide these kinds of structures, outlets and opportunities for our young men, in particular, to express themselves and to feel a sense of purpose, of being wanted and a sense of accomplishment,” he said.He congratulated the Chang family for their decision to start Fontana, describing this as representing “forethought and commitment to filling a marketplace gap”.“It took ingenuity, focus and hard work, discipline and optimism to accomplish what is now an exemplary model of how dreams become flourishing reality,” he said.Fontana Pharmacy was founded by Angela and Bobby Chang in 1968, and has since expanded to Savanna-la-Mar, Kingston, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says laws will be put in place to deal with the one per cent of Jamaicans who are seeking to destabilise the country “once and for all”.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) have arrested the captain of the bulk carrier China Steel Developer for failing to take on a pilot prior to navigating the Great Barrier Reef.It was alleged in court that on January 1, the 66-year-old Taiwanese ship’s master attempted to depart Australian waters through Hydrographers Passage, a compulsory pilotage area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, without a pilot on board.On February 14, AFP officers and investigators from GBRMPA met the 154,191 dwt China Steel Developer soon after it docked in the Port of Newcastle.”For certain sections of the Great Barrier Reef and for particular types of vessels, the use of pilots is mandatory because they greatly enhance protection of animals, habitats and sensitive areas of the Marine Park, including coral reefs,” GBRMPA General Manager Andrew Skeat said.The Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Vessel Traffic (REEFVTS) in Townsville detected the Taiwanese-flag ship in the compulsory pilotage area and took action to stop the ship travelling further.The 1998-built China Steel Developer returned to the pilot boarding area before leaving Australian waters via Hydrographers Passage, with a pilot onboard.The matter was heard in the Newcastle local court today (February 16) and will be back in court tomorrow for sentencing. The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of AUD 85,000 (USD 66,000).
Thanks in large part to The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon, the last of 17 bears scheduled to be relocated from virtually barren concrete pits at a Georgia roadside zoo arrived this week at their new home at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado.The bears — including two who have since given birth — finally have the freedom to explore, roam, and nest in acres of natural habitat as well as the opportunity to enjoy nutritious food, including fresh fruits and vegetables. The move was a result of a collaborative effort among PETA, Simon (after whom PETA’s Virginia headquarters is named), and the Atlanta Humane Society.At Black Forest Bear Park in Helen, Ga., the bears showed signs of severe stress such as pacing, had little protection from the elements, and were forced to beg tourists for rotten pieces of apples, a federal law violation for which the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cited the facility. The government also cited Black Forest — which, with the departure of the bears, has now closed for good — for housing the bears in unsafe and decrepit enclosures that contained rust, jagged edges, and protruding bolts.“Thanks to Sam Simon, these bears went from the miserable existence that they endured for years to the freedom and joy that they’re experiencing today,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “Bears don’t belong in roadside zoos, deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them, including being able to feel the earth beneath their feet.”Black Forest was one of a number of substandard facilities featured in a formal petition that PETA submitted to the USDA for bear-specific welfare standards. After more than a year of inaction on the petition, PETA sued the agency, which weeks later published it in the Federal Register and is seeking public comments.For more information, please visit PETA.org or click here.Source:PETA
February 5 was Darren Criss’ birthday, and to celebrate, he has asked his fans to help him fulfill his birthday wish – to raise vital funds for Musicians on Call (MOC).MOC’s mission is to share the healing power of music in hospitals across the US by bringing volunteers to perform for patients bedside, and providing comprehensive CD libraries and individual players to patients.For a small donation, fans can enter to win a trip to LA to hang out with Darren. They will plan the day together – he could show them around the city, take them out for a meal, etc. Flights and accommodations will be included for a winner + a guest.Fans can also receive guaranteed rewards for various donation amounts – an exclusive campaign t-shirt, a signed photo, a private Skype session with Darren, and even a signed guitar.To find out more, visit Prizeo.com.
TORONTO — Photography chain Blacks is shuttering all of its 59 stores in Canada after nearly 70 years of selling pictures, albums and frames to capture treasured family moments.Parent company Telus said the closures will take effect Aug. 8 and affect about 485 employees, most of whom work in Ontario.Technological innovations have changed the way Canadians take and share photographs“Technological innovations have changed the way Canadians take and share photographs, with fewer of us using retail photo outlets,” company spokeswoman Luiza Staniec said in a statement.“Despite the positive momentum and financial improvements our Blacks team has delivered over the last year, we have been unable to realize profitable growth and it would take considerable investment to adapt Blacks to ongoing change.”Staniec said an unspecified number of the laid-of employees will be offered jobs at Telus or Koodo head offices, as well as at retail outlets or call centres, while others would be offered a “transition package.”Telus Corp profit jumps 10% on higher wireless and wireline revenuesRogers, Telus and BCE’s bid to delay wireless code of conduct rejected by federal courtHeadquartered in Toronto, Blacks was founded in 1930 and sold appliances. Its first speciality camera store opened in 1948.Since then, it has changed hands several times.Telus Corp. bought Blacks in September 2009 for $28 million from ReichmannHauer Capital Partners, which had purchased the chain two years earlier for an undisclosed price.In July 1993, Fuji Photo Film Canada purchased Blacks and its 210 stores for $65 million from Scott’s Hospitality, which was primarily a food business.
In a letter to the President of the Security Council, the Secretary-General notes that the UN “has been requested to monitor the arrangements of arms and armed personnel by providing qualified monitors supported by appropriate technical capacity,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York.Assistance is also being sought in a variety of areas in the peace process with a view to creating an atmosphere conducive to free and fair elections for the Constituent Assembly, the spokesman quoted the letter as saying.Mr. Annan voiced his “strong belief that the UN should respond positively, and outlines three immediate steps with which he intends to proceed,” Mr. Dujarric said.
EDMONTON — Cory Greenwood wasn’t sure if his pro football career was over.The veteran linebacker missed all of last season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of the Edmonton Eskimos’ training camp. To add insult to injury, the CFL team released the six-foot-two, 235-pound Kingston, Ont., native on March 14, 2018.It was an uncertain time for the 33-year-old Greenwood. Not only was he unsure if he’d be able to successfully come back from the injury, there was no certainty a team would be interested in signing him.But in September, he touched base with Rene Paredes, a former university teammate at Concordia and an all-star kicker with the Calgary Stampeders. Less than a week later, Greenwood joined the CFL club as a special-teams player.On Sunday night, Greenwood got the chance to celebrate his first career football championship following Calgary’s 27-16 Grey Cup win over the Ottawa Redblacks. It was the Stampeders’ first title since 2014 and followed consecutive heart-breaking losses in the CFL’s marquee contest.“You can never imagine it (what winning a first championship would be like),” Greenwood said. “If you’ve never tasted it before, you don’t know what to expect, what kind of feelings are going to come with it.“You never know how you’re coming to come back from an ACL. It was probably the longest year of my life, it definitely tested me mentally, obviously physically. I just grinded it every day. I’ve waited so long for this … This is my ninth year of pro, there are no words.”Greenwood captured the Presidents’ Trophy as Canadian university football’s top defensive player in 2009 and was a 2010 first-round pick of the Toronto Argonauts. But Greenwood signed as a free agent with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, playing 48 games over three seasons, registering 34 tackles and one forced fumble on special teams.After being released in May 2013 by the Chiefs, Greenwood joined the Detroit Lions. After spending that season on injured reserve, Green was let go by Detroit on Aug. 8, 2014.Greenwood eventually joined the Argos two months later. He registered 103 tackles, seven special-teams tackles and a forced fumble in 22 games over three seasons (22 regular-season games) before signing with Edmonton as a free agent.Greenwood said recovering from the torn ACL was the hardest experience of his life.“With my age and stuff, I didn’t know what was going to happen,” he said. “It definitely tested me mentally, obviously physically.“It’s tough but that’s pro football. It’s a business, coaches change and so you’ve kind of got to go where you’re wanted. They wanted me here and I’m so grateful.”After starting with Toronto, Greenwood said it wasn’t difficult to settle into a special-teams role with Calgary. After all, he began his pro career with Kansas City covering punts and kicks.“I don’t have a huge ego,” Greenwood said. “To come in here and play special teams, it’s just do you want to play football or not?“I love the game, I love the grind, I love everything that goes into it. If injuries happened and I had to play, I could step in and play. If not, I’m going to dominate my duties on special teams. I’m a team guy, it really didn’t matter to me.”Greenwood had two tackles and five special-teams tackles in six regular-season games with Calgary. He added two special-teams tackles in the Stampeders’ 22-14 West Division final win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.But Greenwood’s first Grey Cup championship didn’t come without a challenge. The Commonwealth Stadium turf became hard Sunday, making traction very difficult.“It (the turf) was terrible,” Greenwood said. “I started off in turf shoes and in the first three plays I hit somebody and fell on my (butt), so I had to switch immediately to cleats.“The field was frozen inside the numbers, within the logos. They painted them and it was like an ice rink but, I mean, both teams had to play on it and you have to make due.”The field conditions forced players to adjust. The slick turf meant special-teams players had to run downfield under control when covering punts and kickoffs.“You’ve got to … make sure you’ve got your feet beneath you,” Greenwood said. “It’s tough, man, but like I said both teams had to deal with it so I feel like it levelled the playing field a lot.”Greenwood is scheduled to become a free agent in February, but said he’s not thinking about the future just yet.“We’ll leave that up to the business side,” he said. “I’m just trying to enjoy this moment.” Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press
Show more Thousands of pregnancy testing kits are being recalled after women were wrongly informed they were expecting.About 60,000 of the potentially faulty Clear & Simple digital pregnancy tests have been distributed in the UK and an unknown number have been found to give a false positive result.China-based manufacturer Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech announced the recall following an investigation, admitting that a production error had led to its results “misleading consumers”.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has urged women who might have bought the test to check the lot number and expiry date to determine if it is among those affected.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Dr Duncan McPherson, director of clinical devices at the MHRA, said: “If you have any questions about using digital pregnancy tests, please speak to your healthcare professional. Patient safety is our highest priority. We strongly encourage anyone to report any issues with this product.”The batch was manufactured last July and has been available in the UK since last November. The test’s packaging claims that it is “over 99 per cent accurate”, with a “clear digital reading” and results in five minutes.Several customers raised concerns about the reliability of the product earlier this year. One, writing on an online parents forum, said she was feeling “confused” after a Clear & Simple test came back positive while another brand gave a negative result. Several others said they had received false positive results from the brand. Healthpoint, the UK distributor of the test, said affected stocks had been removed from shops and chemists and would be destroyed. Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech said it had decided not to take further action beyond the recall as the information leaflets that accompany the tests advise customers to talk to a doctor who will tell them what to do next in the event of a positive result.The NHS states that a positive test result is “almost certainly correct”, while “a negative result is less reliable”.In July, Asda apologised after four of its pregnancy tests returned false results, leading a woman to wrongly believe she was expecting her first child.The 25-year-old, from Plymouth, told her partner and wider family that she was pregnant only to discover the tests, which claim to be 99 per cent accurate, were all wrong.Several other customers left similar reviews on the company’s website claiming that they too had been given false positive results. Asda insisted that its two-pack of digital tests was quality tested and a spokesman said it would continue to sell the product.The Clear and Simple product recall applies to single, digital tests with a batch number of DM10220170710E and expiry date of January 2020. One customer even suggested there might be a faulty batch and another woman stated in August that the company had responded to her complaint, admitting that it was “aware of false positives happening”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
THE HOUSE OF Representatives in Cyprus is to vote on nine pieces of legislation prepared to protect the country’s financial services system and avoid a run on banks when they open next week.According to official news agency CNA, parliament asked for more time to study the lengthy bills and will meet at 8am (Irish time). The proposals include the creation of a investment solidarity fund which would bundle state assets, including gas reserves. The country’s second-largest bank Laiki is also to be restructured as part of the so-called ‘Plan B’.The crisis discussions come after lawmakers rejected an EU/IMF rescue package, worth €10 billion, which included a controversial levy on bank savings.As the session gets underway in Nicosia, Finance Minister Michalis Sarris has been told by Moscow that the only assistance available to Cyprus is the possible extension of an existing loan of €2.5 billion.Sarris held meetings with Russian officials over the past 48 hours but he has now returned to Cyprus. His counterpart in the Kremlin, Anton Siluavnov, told local news agencies that the country’s investors “showed no interest” in Sarris’s proposals.Late last night, credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating for the nation from CCC+ to CCC with a negative outlook.In a statement it said that it believes the risks of default are rising. It explained: “the Cypriot parliament has rejected a proposed financial stability levy, a key financing item upon which EU-International Monetary Fund economic assistance was predicated.”The European Central Bank has set a Monday deadline for parliament to secure a plan before it pulls emergency liquidity assistance, which would likely cause a default and bank collapse.Anti-bailout protests took place outside government buildings last night. There were some clashes with police reported. Anger among citizens is rising as the banking crisis impacts their daily lives. Queues for bank machines grew and grew yesterday as financial institutions imposed a €260 limit on ATM withdrawals in order to cope with high demand. Shops and other retail outlets are refusing cheques and credit cards.-Additional reporting by AFPThursday: Eurogroup ready to discuss new Cyprus proposal
Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Yves Saint Laurent/Instagram 36,533 Views Mar 7th 2017, 12:06 PM Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 12:06 PM http://jrnl.ie/3274753 The French advertising authority said most of the complaints it received were from people who saw the images as an “incitement to rape”.Its director Stephane Martin told AFP the brand appeared to have “uncontestably breached” the rules.“I am not sure that (Saint Laurent’s) female clients would like to be associated with these images,” he said.“We had a similar type of porno chic (in fashion advertising) a decade ago, and here we have it coming back again which isn’t acceptable,” Martin added.He said they would decide on what action to take after meeting the label on Friday.The authority bars all “degrading and humiliating representations of people”, and can demand that advertisers withdraw or change their campaigns.France’s leading women’s group, Osez le feminisme (“Dare to be Feminist”), called for the campaign to be pulled, saying this was not the first time Saint Laurent has crossed the line.‘Objectified and submissive’It had previously raised hackles with another campaign that used “a very young hypersexualised woman”, said spokeswoman Raphaelle Remy-Leleu.But she said this time the subtext of the images was “extremely violent”.“It ticks all the sexist boxes. The women are objectified, hypersexualised and put in submissive positions,” she told AFP.“How do they think they will sell anything today (to women) with that? Fury in France over ‘degrading’ Saint Laurent ad campaign The French advertising authority said most of the complaints it received were from people who saw the images as an “incitement to rape”. Share47 Tweet Email A NEW PUBLICITY campaign featuring thin models in “degrading” poses for the French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent has sparked outrage, with calls for it to be banned.The poster campaign across Paris of a reclining woman in a fur coat and fishnet tights opening her legs, and another of a model in a leotard and roller skate stilettos bending over a stool, caused fury on social media. Image: Yves Saint Laurent/Instagram “But you have to ask if that wasn’t intentional, that this was all about creating a scandal so we would talk about them,” Remy-Leleu added.Saint Laurent was not available for comment. Ironically, the label made its name by putting women in men’s tuxedos, a gesture that chimed with the rising feminist wave of the 1970s.Britain’s advertising watchdog banned a Saint Laurent advert two years ago that featured an overly thin model whose ribcage was showing.Martin said the latest campaign had been created by Saint Laurent’s in-house team, and questioned if its new young designer Anthony Vaccarello had not gone too far.The Belgian creator has flirted with bad taste in his first two shows for the brand in which he radically ramped up the sex factor.He marked his arrival at the label last year with a raunchy ad campaign, with one model wearing nothing but Saint Laurent earrings and another shot from behind with her legs spread and leaning over slightly.For his Paris fashion week show on Tuesday, Vaccarello gift-wrapped his models in tight shiny leather mini-dresses while his debut collection featured a dress that exposed one breast.“We have a rather young designer known for his rather ‘specific’ looks,” Martin said.It is possible that “in this rather closed world, with its specific codes, that they did not realise” the effect the adverts would have, the regulator added.- © AFP, 2017Read: No victims after avalanche hits French Alps resort By AFP 73 Comments
US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is stepping down This follows more than two turbulent years as the second highest-ranking official in the Department of Justice. US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Share8 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4611846 9 Comments Tuesday 30 Apr 2019, 7:09 AM 10,279 Views Apr 30th 2019, 7:09 AM By Hayley Halpin US DEPUTY ATTORNEY General Rod Rosenstein has announced he is stepping down.It was Rosenstein who chose Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the Russia interference probe.In a letter to US President Donald Trump, Rosenstein (54) said he would leave on 11 May.This follows more than two turbulent years as the second highest-ranking official in the Department of Justice.In May 2017, Rosenstein named an independent lawyer to take on the Russia probe after Trump fired FBI director James Comey.Then-attorney general Jeff Sessions had already recused himself from overseeing the investigation, leaving Rosenstein in charge.That made Rosenstein effectively the one buffer between Mueller and the White House.This was a position that became even more crucial when the investigation began examining whether Trump himself had obstructed justice by firing Comey and then trying to have Mueller ousted.In his final report released on 18 April, Mueller concluded that no one on Trump’s campaign conspired to collude with Russians.However, he reached no conclusion on obstruction, detailing the evidence he had accumulated and leaving it to Congress to act.Ahead of the release of the report, Rosenstein stood silently next to Attorney General Bill Barr as Barr asserted that there was not enough evidence in Mueller’s report to charge Trump with obstruction – a claim that many lawyers said was false.Rosenstein had made clear last year that he would step down after Mueller’s report was released.He had reportedly drafted his resignation, but stayed on after a meeting with Trump, saying he would see the Mueller investigation through.Served both Republicans and DemocratsBorn in Philadelphia in 1965, Rosenstein studied economics at Trump’s alma mater, Wharton University, before attending Harvard Law School.He joined the Justice Department in 1990 and participated in the independent counsel investigation into Bill Clinton, which eventually morphed into the sex scandal that saw Clinton impeached in Congress.He was appointed US Attorney for Maryland by president George W Bush in 2005 and enhanced his reputation with the corruption conviction of a senior state official.He was one of only three Bush-era federal district attorneys to be kept on by the Obama administration in 2009.Includes reporting by – © AFP 2019 US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Image: Michael Brochstein via PA Images Image: Michael Brochstein via PA Images
Amaravati: The TDP national president and Opposition leader Nara Chandrababu Naidu have made the satirical comments on Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday. Naidu said that CM YS Jagan is trying to do the Pulivendula politics, but there are not possible here in Amaravati. During a chit-chat with the media persons, Chandrababu has made these comments on the Chief Minister. Speaking on the occasion, Naidu said they had filed a petition over the power purchase agreements under the TDP regime. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said that they had filed the petition to reduce the wind power tariffs in 2018 and at that time 82 companies have gone to the court. Chandrababu said that the government is speaking as if they had done something wrong. He commented that CM YS Jagan is thinking to do Pulivendula panchayat by threatening. These type of panchayats may happen in Pulivendula but not in Amaravati. He alleged that even the Speaker also unable to speak anything out of fear in the Assembly. Chandrababu said that there is about Rs 2 lakh crore worth land within the capital city region. He said earlier the real estate sector has picked up here but now its collapsed like the stock market. The TDP supremo said the entire systems around the capital region have declined, and the workers can’t find the jobs.
Khaleda ZiaBangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia will sit in a meeting with members of party standing committee tonight, Saturday night, to finalise BNP’s candidate for the by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation mayoral post, reports UNB.The meeting will be held at the BNP chief’s Gulshan office around 8:30pm, said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.A party standing committee member, wishing anonymity, said the meeting has been convened mainly to finalise the party’s mayoral candidate for the DNCC by-polls.He said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir may formally announce the name of the BNP mayoral candidate after the meeting.The BNP chief also had a meeting with the top leaders of her party-led 20-party alliance last week over the issue.At the meeting, the alliance leaders assured Khaleda of extending their support to the BNP candidate she will nominate to contest the by-election.As per the schedule declared by the Election Commission, the by-polls to the DNCC mayoral post will be held on 26 February.
Last week, Darryl De Sousa former deputy commissioner and command staff veteran of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), replaced Kevin Davis, who was fired by Mayor Catherine Pugh, as BPD Commissioner.After more than 1,000 homicides in the last three years, with Davis officially at the helm for the vast majority of that time, perhaps the move was inevitable.“I’m impatient, we need violence reduction, we need the numbers to go down faster than they are,” Mayor Catherine Pugh said during last week’s press conference announcing De Sousa’s ascension to the commissioner’s chair.Notwithstanding Mayor Pugh’s seemingly callous reference to “numbers,” all of us want to see violence, homicides and crime in general reduced dramatically in Baltimore.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)However, De Sousa is Baltimore’s eighth police commissioner in 18 years; he will preside over a department reeling from scandal, seemingly rife with corruption and decidedly demoralized after suffering a series of catastrophic blows. Despite De Sousa’s sterling reputation, should we expect a holistic transformation of the BPD because of a change at the top?Perhaps, an even more cogent question is, should we continue to sink nearly a half billion dollars of the city’s treasure into a department many believe to be broken?A radical solution has been bandied about more frequently over the last few years in the midst of historic levels of murder and mayhem; a total reconstruction of the Baltimore Police Department. It is a remedy I suspect will never be realized for a myriad of reasons, most of them political. However, in New Jersey the radical became reality in 2013, and the results are eye-popping.That’s when the Camden, New Jersey Police Department disbanded; the police union was broken, fewer officers were hired at lower wages to fill the ranks of the new department, which focused on a community policing strategy. (In 2013, the City of Camden agreed to pay $3.5 million in damages to 88 people whose convictions were overturned because of pervasive corruption within the Camden Police Department, including cases of evidence planting, false police reports and perjury, similar to the current climate of corruption within the BPD).Camden is significantly smaller than Baltimore in area and population (about 77, 000 people compared to roughly 600,000), still, many of that city’s ills mirror our own; rampant poverty, drug addiction, high unemployment in communities of color and substandard public school education, among them.And despite the disparity in size between Baltimore and Camden, Camden’s turnaround is more than noteworthy. There were 22 homicides in Camden in 2017, half of 2016’s total of 44, and less than one third of the 2012 total of 67. Robberies, aggravated assaults, violent crimes, property crimes, and non-fatal shootings are also all down significantly since the restructuring of the department.“The old police mantra was make it home safely. Now we’re being taught not only should we make it home safely, but so should the victim and suspect,” said Camden police officer Tyrell Bagby to the New York Times, last April, discussing Camden’s emphasis on community policing.Reconstruction is working in Camden. But, it will most likely never happen in Baltimore because of Baltimore’s Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and a seminal moment in the city’s history.In July 1974 the Baltimore City Police Department went on strike for less than one week, from July 11, 1974 to July 17, 1974. And when I say the police went on strike, I mean officers literally stopped their cars in the middle of the street, got out and left them there. It scared the hell out of Baltimore from top to bottom. That same year the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBOR), the first and strongest set of legal protections for law enforcement officers in the nation was forged in Maryland.The specter of the summer of 1974 probably haunts many of the city’s more venerable power brokers to this day (at least the ones who are still around), giving the Baltimore FOP perhaps unprecedented power.Imagine Baltimore police getting out of their cars en masse and leaving them in the middle of the streets of the city in 2018. Scary thought. And that fear has permeated politicians (and most residents) since that strike in 1974 and probably made radical law enforcement reform in Baltimore impossible.Sean Yoes is Baltimore editor of the AFRO and host and executive producer of the AFRO First Edition video podcast, which airs Monday and Friday on the AFRO’s Facebook page.
Fashion designers work hard to bring out new offerings. They hire several people, keep track of fashion trends and aim at creating something new to attract buyers – only to see their designs being copied and sold across the country. “These creatures are completely despicable thick skin rhinos, completely shameless. Unfortunately, the way the patenting laws work in the country, they are not very favourable. It’s long and tedious (fight),” said Designer Rohit Bal talking about his run-in with rip-off artists. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Recently, Rohit Bal took on designer Seema Mehta for one of her creations which he said had a resemblance to his Summer/Resort 2016 collection. Bal also targeted Chandni Chowk boutique Asiana Couture for “blatant plagiarism” when he realised the store was selling ‘copies’ of his work for a while.The copycats, though, point fingers back at the designers, suggesting their high-priced designs lead to plagiarism. “You tell me one designer who is selling bridal line at Rs 20,000 or Rs 30,000?” said a Chandni Chowk shopkeeper who got over his hesitancy to talk after being assured anonymity.His justification: “In India, wedding is a big market but the entire population is not born rich to afford wedding lehengas worth lakhs or more. Keeping that gap in mind, we fulfil the dreams of those people who want to look beautiful at an affordable price. What’s the harm?” “You please ask the designers to make affordable clothes, keeping low-income people in mind, and I can guarantee you that nobody will come to us for buying cheap replicas. Any market grows when there is a need. After all, it’s about demand and supply,” said a bridal store owner asserting that copying of such designs was “ethical”.Although copying by small boutiques may anger some designers, there are those who say the problem is deeper. “Plagiarism is an open secret and something every designer has had to deal with,” said ace designers Abu Jani who has served the best of Bollywood celebrities, including megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his family.His contention is that something worse is going on within the fashion industry. “We need to be far more vigilant when it comes to plagiarism within the high fashion industry. If known names can rip off our work, it’s only obvious that fly by night operators will,” Abu Jani said.”What is particularly disturbing is the number of ‘designers’ who copy other designers and don’t get called out by either the media or the fashion bodies. Instead, they are celebrated and allowed to ride on the talent and hard work of others,” says Jani. He may have a point there as, earlier this year, textile revivalist Gaurang Shah had accused newcomer Shailesh Singhania of showcasing “exact replicas” of his 2012 creations.The market for replicas won’t vanish anytime soon, according to Sandeep Khosla who partners Jani. “There will always be enough people who have no qualms about wearing and carrying fakes”. Khosla says “it’s the nature of the beast. Fortunately, there will also always be people who want the finest quality and original design and are prepared to pay for that. Couture cannot be affordable. It is a luxury, limited edition product.”About the mass market needs, Khosla says there are plenty of prêt-a-porter labels out there which are stylish, affordable and made by talented designers who cater to such a market. Designer Suneet Varma, who once blamed designer Aki Narula for copying his designs and using them in the film Bunty Aur Babli, agreed that “the mass markets all over the world look at high-end fashion for trends to make cheaper versions.”He said there would always be copying of international brands. “But that does not mean you can make identical clothes and sell them at a cheaper price. That’s not following trends. It’s cheating,” Verma added. Designer Wendell Rodricks says he is tired of all the talk around on design violation. It’s pointless talking about till “legal issues are bucked up”. He and others say design protection laws have to be stronger – and implemented strictly. Without that, the widespread copying – in industry and mass market – would go on unabated.
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