BNP demands EC reconstitution

first_imgLogo of BNPBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Saturday demanded reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC) with neutral persons before the announcement of the schedule for the next general election, reports UNB.The party also turned down the recent re-demarcation of 25 parliamentary constituencies by the commission for what he said doing it with a ‘motive to help’ Awami League candidates in the next polls.”We reject the re-delimitation of the 25 parliamentary seats as the Election Commission did it abusing its power,” said BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed.Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “We would like to say a fair and credible election is not possible under the current Election Commission. That’s why the current commission must be reconstituted before the announcement of the next national election.”The BNP leader said non-partisan and neutral persons must be included in the reconstituted EC for ensuring credible and inclusive polls.Nagorik Odhikar Andolon, a pro-BNP Platform, arranged the programme at the National Press Club demanding the release of ailing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, alleged that all the decisions the EC has so far taken with their only a motive to ensure the victory of the ruling party candidates.He said the constituencies of many BNP leaders, including Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and him, were redrawn in such a way so that they cannot join the election.”The commission has re-demarcated the constituencies to help the government-supported candidates and put us in trouble. It (EC) has played an utter biased role in redrawing our all senior leaders’ seats,” the BNP leader added.last_img read more

In The Trade War With China Texas Is On The Front Lines

first_img Share “There are businesses in Texas that have been quite clear that the additional costs they’re going to face from these tariffs will mean they’re going to have to curtail investment, they will have to potentially lay off workers, and ultimately, they’ll have to pass on those prices to consumers in some form or fashion,” Banning says.But the effects will be felt beyond businesses who trade with China, Banning says.“Really, no corner of Texas is going to be untouched by this,” he says “if this trade conflict lingers.”Written by Shelly Brisbin. U.S. Department of Lbor/Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)Toyota’s Texas manufacturing plant.U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods took effect at midnight, Friday. China immediately announced its own tariffs in response. As a trade war between the U.S. and China heats up, Texas meat producers and other exporters are due to take a hit.KUT-Austin’s Mose Buchele reports on how a good deal for consumers is a bad one for sellers of Texas beef and pork. He says Texas doesn’t export much beef to China, because U.S. beef was banned there until last year. But China does eat a lot of pork from the U.S. With China levying tariffs on U.S. pork, less of the meat will be exported, and its domestic price will go down. Cheaper pork means a good deal for consumers, especially in comparison to beef. If we eat more pork, we’re likely to buy less beef, and that’s bad for Texas cattle producers.Tom Benning, Washington bureau reporter for the Dallas Morning News told Texas Standard Host David Brown that it’s worth remembering China has taken actions in the past that have hurt U.S. businesses and earned enmity across the political spectrum.“In recent years, China has flooded the global market with excess steel,” Banning says “and that’s where we get these steel and aluminum tariffs that have been in effect for a few months now. And we’ve documented the impact on Texas and beyond. Second… Most everyone agrees with President Trump that China has long flouted conventions on trade practices, whether it’s with intellectual property rights or other issues.”Despite Chinese provocation, many, including Gov. Greg Abbott, oppose the new tariffs on Chinese goods. And at least one Texas company, Sim-Tex, is suing the Trump administration over the tariffs.Banning says Texas is the number one exporting state in the U.S. Harris and Tarrant counties are among the five counties nationwide with the greatest exposure to fallout from the trade war.last_img read more

DC Residents Tell New US Attorney Close Vincent Gray Case

first_imgChanning D. Phillips is set to be the District’s new U.S. Attorney. (U.S. Department of Justice)On Oct. 8, President Obama selected Channing D. Phillips, a former acting U.S. Attorney for the District and the senior counsel to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, as the city’s next top prosecutor. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) recommended Phillips to the president.While Phillips will be taking on a largely non-political job, he will be expected to make a major decision on a leading former officeholder in the city.Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has been a leading target of an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office since early 2011 for his 2010 mayoral campaign’s violation of election laws. Several of his close associates have taken pleas from the U.S. Attorney’s office but Gray hasn’t been charged with any crime.Ward 8 advisory neighborhood commissioner Mary Cuthbert, who has been involved in the city’s politics since the 1960s, didn’t mention Gray by name but said that Phillips needs to “close cases that are now open.”“Those cases have been hanging on a string and they need to be closed,” Cuthbert said.Leo Alexander, who ran against Gray in 2010 for mayor, agrees with Cuthbert. “Phillips needs to close the book on the Vince Gray investigation,” Alexander said. “The investigation is a mockery of justice and a waste of time. I am no big fan of Vince Gray but the city suffered under his leadership because of the investigation that hasn’t achieved its objective.”Gray ran for re-election in 2014 but lost in the April 1 primary that year to present D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D). One of Gray’s opponents, D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), has publicly called for the U.S. Attorney’s office’s investigation of the former mayor to wrap up.Cohen said that he wasn’t insensitive to the concerns of many District residents regarding the 2010 mayoral campaign investigation. “There are some important cases that I wish I could see through to their conclusions, but I have complete confidence in the team at the U.S. Attorney’s Office to follow through and do justice for the people of the District,” he said.Johnny Barnes, a civil rights attorney in the District and the former executive director of the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital, agrees with the sentiment in the community that the Gray matter should be closed. “The former U.S. Attorney [Machen] went beyond the role of the U.S. Attorney,” Barnes said. “I don’t think it is good to mix politics with law enforcement and the Gray matter is antiquated.”Vincent Cohen Jr., the acting U.S. Attorney, will leave office on Oct. 18. Cohen held the position for only six months and prior to that worked under U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen for five years as the principal assistant U.S. Attorney.The District’s U.S. Attorney’s office is largest in the country and deals with issues, as Cohen told the AFRO recently, from “Benghazi to Barry Farm.”Phillips, a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Howard University School of Law, will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before he permanently assumes his post. He is a 16-year veteran of the U.S. Attorney’s office, starting in 1994 as an assistant U.S. Attorney and rising in the ranks to be the principal assistant U.S. Attorney from 2004-2009 and as the acting U.S. Attorney from May 2009-Febuary 2010. He has worked with the Justice Department in senior-level positions since 2011.Phillips is a native Washingtonian and is the son of the late Rev. Channing E. Phillips, who was the first Black to have his name submitted for a major party presidential nomination in 1968 at the Democratic Party convention in Chicago.last_img read more

A Pants travel tale

first_imgStand-up comedy gets a facelift with comedian and writer Sorabh Pant showcasing an interesting piece The Travelling Pants, his travelogue, in Delhi.Giving an extensive insight into his travel experiences, Sorabh has collated this interesting act. Talking about the act, he said: ‘It is a stand-up comedy show about travelling across India and the world. It’s a lot of material that I’ve collected over the last year in Mumbai and abroad. So expect some ridiculous insights into people and travelling quirks and airport announcements and racism.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’So get ready for an 80 minute complete joyride, as Pant covers travel across India, abroad and even that in Delhi, in the process explaining why Bihar is an amusement park, why in America milk rules, why Spanish people are molesters and what lingo improves travel in north India. Asked how he came up with the idea for the show, Pant explained: ‘I’ve always been interested in travel mainly because I’m married. So any excuse to get away is welcomed by both me and my wife! I’ve been writing about travel constantly and been trying to find the humour in the ridiculous ways of people. Whether it’s the Spanish throwing tomatoes at each other for fun or Delhiites being reluctant to give directions, Bengalis obsessed with the age of their restaurants, Biharis trying to parcel their silly tourism as an amusement park or even how uncomfortable it is for Jains in a land like South Africa where fish is vegetarian.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Also, stand-up comedy has taken me to a few countries. I just toured Canada, US and Dubai and all the madness there flew into this special. I love to travel. I love to make jokes. The combination was magic!’ he added.So how many places has he covered in his ‘pants’? ‘Even before I turned nine I had been to Europe and most of India. With my family I’ve travelled to about four continents. So, The Travelling Pants is probably my whole family. In total I think I’ve been to about 23 countries and a lot of Indian states. My passport is quite travel weary, I think I should be like Dawood Ibrahim and get four extra ones for fun! We love travelling so much my wife and me decided to spend our honeymoon bumming a trip to Bhutan with the whole family. Our honeymoon was our family moon!’ said Pant.DETAILAt: Epicentre, Gurgaon When: 2 December; Tickets: Rs 400, 300, 200last_img read more

Swiss films travelling on wheels

first_imgOn the occasion of ’70 years of Swiss-Indian friendship’, the Swiss representations in India presented the event series “70 Years of Swiss Indian Friendship: Connecting Minds – Inspiring the Future” (SIF70).The event was officially launched by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Doris Leuthard, during her State visit to India on September 1, 2017. The events and activities started in April 2017 and will continue to take place in various cities across India to highlight this important landmark until the end of 2018. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs a part of the event, Swiss representations in India initiated to bring the best of children’s movies from Switzerland to various regions in India. The films ‘Heidi’ and ‘My Life as a Zucchini’ are travelling on a special bus to spread the message of friendship, understanding, respect, and inclusiveness. The ‘Swiss Films on Wheels’ has been touring India since March 6. Screening the films for school students and for communities, the bus has visited more than 30 cities so far. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn November 3, the bus arrived in Kolkata and was welcomed by Umesh Chowdhary, Honorary Consul, Consulate of Switzerland. Three NGO founded schools hosted the movies – Hamari Muskan South Kolkata, Ektara on the same day and Future Hope Foundation featured the films on November 4. Heidi directed by Alain Gsponer is a fiction film released in December 2015. The story is about Heidi, a five-year-old orphan who is taken to live with her grumpy, outcast grandfather in the Swiss mountains. Ma Vie de Courgette (My Life as Zucchini) by Claude Barras was released in 2016 and is about a little boy again. ‘Zucchini’ – an unusual nickname for a 9-year-old boy, yet his unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by the kind police officer Raymond, who accompanies Zucchini to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. With this initiative, the Swiss diplomatic network in India is connecting Swiss and Indian minds that are actively shaping the future of both countries. The focus lies on creating opportunities for innovation in business, research, and technology, but also in the fields of governance, art or social inclusion.last_img read more

Simplifying ICO Terms for the Mainstream Entrepreneur Yes It Can and Should

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 6 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Blockchain marketing — unlike hyped-up pump-and-dump initial coin offerings (ICOs) — is lucrative only if it delivers actual value for a project. And the numbers don’t lie: If you’re a blockchain marketer, any company you work with that’s launching an ICO will know exactly what results can be credited to (or blamed on) you.Related: Why Marketers Need to Pay Attention to Cryptocurrency — NowSimply put, either your campaign will be a success or a flop. So, how do you control which outcome you’ll see?Information overload: you’re doing more harm than good.The point is that, nowadays, analytics are so advanced that a company will be able to check the statistics that a marketing campaign was able to garner. A company that hires a marketing agency will be able to know exactly how many new clicks, views, interactions, etc.  the marketing company hired was able to get them.And that leads to my main point about what everyone needs to know about effective ICO marketing: We need to cool it with the technical talk; we need a time-out on all the tech buzzwords; instead, we need to ease people into this burgeoning new field. The reason is that for mainstream audiences, one of the main barriers to entry is the amount of technical knowledge required, to begin to grasp what blockchain technology is and what exactly it does.At this point, many of those reading up on blockchain and cryptocurrencies have become jaded with tech jargon like hashes, blocks, mining, smart contracts, cryptographic proof, proof-of-work, proof-of-stake — the list is mind-numbingly endless.What some observers fail to understand is that the initial information a viewer encounters about a project, usually through a website, then becomes part of the user experience. So, if all this jargon is too hard to understand and too intimidating from the beginning, there’s a good chance that our viewer will dart over to the exit button on the web page and hit “click.”Related: 5 Trends In Cryptocurrency Entrepreneurs Need to KnowExpress; don’t impress.When I was young, I had a journalism advisor tell me that my mission as a writer was to express, not impress; and this especially holds true for blockchain communications. Explaining a field that is already complex on its own is no place to be showing off your tech vocabulary.Sometimes, your audience members won’t even need to know all the technicalities of the project. They’ll just need to know the essentials. Of course, you still have to provide technical documentation for those who want to analyze it. But it’s best to save that advanced content for those who can understand it — meaning the tech crowd, software engineers, blockchain developers and analysts.One thing you as a blockchain marketer need to convey, then, and quickly, is what you do and what that means for a reader. Why should he or she care?This is why there’s something called a lite paper. A lite paper is a version of the white paper for those who don’t have the time, the patience or the technical capability to understand the full version.Substance trumps sales talk.Compelling and captivating science and tech communicators have a special place in marketing; yet they are in scarce supply. This is why blockchain marketing is an industry that PR professionals shouldn’t dismiss getting into, especially at a time when the market is busy.Why would a company want to take on risks in a relatively unknown market like blockchain and cryptocurrency when it has been servicing traditional markets it knows well? The answer is that bockchain marketing  is full of opportunities and can be quite lucrative — so PR professionals should not overlook these opportunitiesI’m not going to lie; the pressure is  high. But there’s a FOMO interest for companies here because lots of technically proficient minds have invested themselves in blockchain projects.These people include the early adopters of Bitcoin and those who “speak code.” Understandably, the expectations (and, again, the pressure) for marketing firms has been raised several notches. Because of this, sales talk alone won’t cut it; marketers need to show a deep understanding of tech concepts, too.There are a lot of challenges ahead; but if you’re a marketer, yours is not a lost cause. First, you need to understand what you’re talking about, because you can’t explain something you don’t understand.And you shouldn’t jump in head-first unless you do understand it.Cryptocurrency marketers are starting to sound generic.Apart from the tech jargon overload, I’ve noticed that marketing companies are starting to sound generic — using terms like disruptive, decentralized, distributed, immutable, global cryptocurrency and … “this will change everything.” These words and this phrase have been thrown around so many times that at this point they no longer mean anything.To the untrained ear, sure, you might get nods of approval. But when you’re talking to well-versed investors — people who have been investing in the space for a while, people whose attention and consideration are highly valuable to the project you’re working on — you aren’t adding anything new to the conversation, and your knowledge will look superficial.For a professional, there’s no more embarrassing mistake.The art of science and tech communicationJudging from a recent pool of about 600 ICOs (and counting, according to Etherscan, a search engine, like Google, but for cryptocurrency transactions), the work of PR professionals and marketers appears to be getting harder. How do you get something to stand out when everything and everyone is looking the same?Admittedly, not everything can be salvaged, even by the world’s greatest marketers. Value has to come from within the project itself. Afterward, we do the best we can to convey and exude the core values of the project to the outside world.Scientists and developers are best left to do what they do best: build things. But marketing and communications is a job that has to be done, and that’s what we’re here for. We have people who understand these things and are proficient in simplifying technological concepts and architecture into laymen’s terms.Storytelling for science and technology is an intellectual art — one that can’t be easily replaced — even by AI. Communicating complex topics to the general audience can get quite difficult, not just for blockchain tech, but for science in general.Related: 10 Companies That Are Getting Creative With CryptocurrencySomeday, we may be able to relay messages telepathically instead of verbally. At that point, information transfer and comprehension may become instantaneous. By then, storytellers like me, and maybe you, will be out of a job; but until that happens, we’re happy to do the work. August 31, 2018 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Canal Group has teamed up with video sharing site

first_imgCanal+ Group has teamed up with video sharing site Dailymotion to launch a new OTT service for Canada.The new service, Canal+ Canada, will include subscription and transactional on-demand offerings and will launch in November.Canal+ Canada, which will be part of Dailymotion’s platform in Canada, will comprise three services.The first, Le Pass Canal+, will include unlimited access to all content, including a selection of French and European films, series including Les Revenants, Maison Close and Tunnel, comedy shows including Platane and documentary shows including Les Nouveaux Explorateurs, for C$7.99 (€5.70).A second offering will offer à la carte movies on-demand from C$2.99, while a third, Le Clair, will provide free-to-view access to flagship Canal+ shows including Les Guignols, Le Petit Journal and Le Grand Journal.last_img read more