first_imgThe man accused of murdering childcare assistant Elaine O’Hara worked at Letterkenny hospital throughout 2012.Murder accused Graham Dwyer.Graham Dwyer, 42, is accused of murdering the 36 year old woman for his own sexual gratification.A court heard yesterday how architect O’Dwyer worked at the Letterkenny hospital in 2012 but gave no details of his role or where he stayed during his period in Co Donegal. Evidence revealed how Dwyer has a son who now lives in Ballyshannon and how the pair met in Bundoran while he was working here.Mr Dwyer (42), of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, is pleading not guilty to the murder of Ms O’Hara (36) at Killakee, Rathfarnham on August 22, 2012.Ms O’Hara, from Killiney, was last seen alive near Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill that day.Her remains were found by a dog walker in undergrowth in the Dublin mountains on September 13, 2013. The prosecution maintains Mr Dwyer killed her for his own sexual gratification.The trial has been ongoing for a number of weeks and is expected to last some considerable time. MURDER ACCUSED DWYER WORKED AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL, COURT HEARS was last modified: February 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalElaine O’HaraGarham Dwyermurder accusedlast_img read more

India invests in Africa development

first_imgIndia plans to invest R4.7-billion into theestablishment of new educationinstitutions and training programmes inAfrica. (Image: MEDIA CONTACTS • Rahel Akelwold African Union Commission +00 251 11 551 7700 RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s BRIC membership to boost country • India and SA: 150 years of history • Trade show to boost India-SA ties • India South Africa trade boomingNosimilo RamelaIndia has revealed plans to invest R39-billion (US$5.7-billion) in education and development in Africa as part of the Africa-India framework for enhanced cooperation. The country made the announcement at the second India-Africa Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in May 2011.According to the declaration: “India is committed to substantially contribute to building African capacities through supporting education and capacity building institutions and in enhancing value addition and processing of raw materials in Africa.”The country outlined plans to invest R4.7-billion ($700-million) in the establishment of new education institutions and training programmes. This will be done in consultation with the African Union. Another R34-billion ($5-billion) will be invested over three years towards supporting the continent in achieving its development goals.Speaking at the summit, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said his country was considering establishing an India-Africa virtual university to help meet some of the demand for higher education in Africa. “Under the proposed university, 10 000 new scholarships would be available for African students,” he said.The prime minister added that his country would also be setting up other initiatives to enhance higher education and research partnerships with Africa. He said this would increase the number of graduate and postgraduate scholarships to be offered to African students.“We would like to make education in India an enriching experience for each student who comes from Africa. Our total commitment for the next three years by way of scholarships to African students will stand at more than 22 000.”Indian universities currently receive the largest number of African students than any other continent outside Asia. Thousands of students are enrolled in the country’s institutions annually.The Indian government said: “This is part of a larger plan to gain goodwill by selling one of India’s strongest points in Africa – our education – which will in turn help Indian firms that invest in Africa.”Answering the callDuring bilateral and multilateral interactions, African countries have continually been calling for greater participation by India in helping improve education in Africa.Outlining the various initiatives, the declaration reveals that India’s human resource development ministry will set up an Africa Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (Aiepa) in Burundi and an Africa Institute of Information Technology in Ghana.The Indian government’s chief higher education policy planning university, the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (Nuepa), will help set up the institute in Burundi.Aiepa will be modelled on Nuepa and is set to lead education policy and administration across African countries.The Indian prime minister also suggested setting up an India-Africa centre for medium-range weather forecasting to harness satellite technology for the agriculture and fisheries sectors, and an India-Africa institute of agriculture and rural development.He said the country would be willing to support the establishment of an India-Africa University for Life and Earth Sciences.“As part of our new initiatives in the social and economic sectors, we will establish rural technology parks, food-testing laboratories, food-processing business incubation centres and centres on geo-informatics applications and rural development.”Initiatives to improve relationships between scientific institutions in Africa and India would be developed as part of the agreement. Training on health-related issues such as HIV, TB and malaria would also be explored, he added.last_img read more

South Africa comes together to discuss the nation’s Competitiveness

first_imgJOHANNESBURG, October 30 2013 – South Africa will on Tuesday 5 November 2013 come together to discuss the nation’s competitiveness when Brand South Africa hosts the inaugural Competitiveness Forum at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Gauteng.Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will deliver a keynote address to over 200 representatives who will represent a cross section of stakeholders to deliberate on what competitiveness is and why South Africa needs to be competitive.  A critical element of this discussion will be how does being competitive as a nation contribute to the implementation of the National Development Plan.  Also referred to as Vision 2030 this plan will drive our national economic and social development and growth.The discussion around competitiveness is one that many developing countries have had and international best practice has shown that national growth and development can only be achieved when all citizens participate in driving this agenda.  South Africa needs all our people to be committed to Vision 2030.South Africa has already made strides in its international competitiveness.  A range of international indices observe that although there are challenges in the country, there are many positive developments particularly in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation.  The 2013 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Index ranked South Africa very strongly in this pillar.  This has also been shown the world over as a critical driver of national competitiveness.Latest reports also show that the country’s domestic situation is also improving with unemployment decreasing to levels last seen in 2008.  National pride has also been shown to contribute decisively to a country’s reputation and competitiveness.  The Forum aims to create the impetus of this national positivity while indicating how we can all join hands to work together for South Africa’s development.As part of the national commitment to the National Development Plan and South Africa’s competitiveness, the Forum will also be addressed by Ministers in the Presidency Collins Chabane and Trevor Manuel.Other notable speakers at the Competitiveness Forum will include Brand South Africa Chairperson Chichi Maponya, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola and a senior representative from the business sector.Following a high level opening plenary session, delegates will breakaway into sessions to discuss areas that decisively contribute to a nation’s competitiveness: Education, Skills & Labour; Infrastructure; FDI Competitiveness; Governance & leadership; Manufacturing & related services.A detailed programme follows hereunder.Limited seats are still available and stakeholders are invited to register as delegates to be part of this historic conversation at: or South African Competitiveness ForumProgrammeTuesday 5 November 2013Gallagher Estate TimeActivityPerson responsible 08.30 – 09.00Arrival & RegistrationBrand South Africa09.00 – 09.05OpeningMs Chichi Maponya – Brand SA Chair09.05 – 09.15Welcome & setting the contextMinister Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency: Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation09.15 – 09.45Key Note AddressDeputy President Kgalema Motlanthe09.50 – 10.20The National Development Plan and enhanced national competitivenessMinister Trevor Manuel – Minister in the Presidency10.20 – 10.40NDP & national competitiveness – a view from BusinessSenior representative from the business industry10.40 – 11.00Coffee Break – delegates  Parallel Press Briefing Minister Manuel; Minister Chabane; Brand SA Chair; Mr. Mabuza; Brand SA CEO 11.00 – 11.20 Introduction of SA Competitiveness Forum Concept & ObjectivesMr. Miller Matola – CEO, Brand South Africa11.20 – 11.40Content Briefing & Setting the scene for Breakaway working sessionsDr. Petrus de Kock – Research Manager, Brand South Africa11.40 – 13:00Breakaway working sessions commence I – Education, Skills & LabourModerator: Prof Adam Gordon – Wits Business School Panellists*Black Business Council – TBA*Annsilla Nyar – Higher Education South Africa*Gerhard Papenfus – National Employers Assoc/SA*Andrew Levy – Labour analyst*Totsi Memela-Khambule – IWF SA II – InfrastructureModerator:        Dr Thokozane Simelane – Africa Institute of South Africa Panellists             *Vivian Reddy – Edison Corp*Stanley Subramoney – PWC/Nepad Foundation*Monhla Hlahla – IWF SA*Ebrima Faal – African Development Bank III – FDI Competitiveness Moderator:Dr. Rene Horne – Wits Business School Panellists:*Dolly Mogoatle – IWF SA*Dr Lesley Sedibe – Proudly SA*Simon Freemantle – Standard Bank*Cas Coovadia – Banking Association of SA*Siobhan Cleary – Johannesburg Stock Exchange IV – Governance & leadershipModerator: Mr. Trevor Ndlazi – Reputation Institute (SA Country Director)  Panellists:*Dr Vuyo Mahlati – IWF/ NPC*Prof Anthoni van Nieuwkerk – Wits Business School*Nomaxabiso Majokweni – BUSA*Trevor Ndlazi – Reputation Institute*Prof Dirk Kotze – UNISA V – Manufacturing & related services Moderator:Mr. Karthi Pillay – Deloitte Panellists:*Sello Maisa – Productivity SA*Nalini Naicker – Gauteng Planning Commission*Tina Eboka – IWF SA*Coenraad Bezuidenhout – Manufacturing Circle 13.00 – 14.00Lunch14.00 – 15.00Delegates return to breakaway sessions for workshop discussion of issues raised in pre-lunch session15.00 – 15.15 Leg stretch and breakaway session switch opportunity Delegates can choose to join other sessions to contribute to discussions on other themes 15.15 – 16.00 Finalisation of breakaway session report backs16.00 – 16.45 * Delegates return to main plenary for breakaway session report backs * Breakaway session Moderators report back to plenary * Facilitated by Brand SA Chair & CEO + Research Manager for support 16.45 – 17.00ClosureMs. Maponya, Brand SA Chair17.15 Cocktail function The story of the Brand called South Africa Ms. Wendy Tlou, Director, Strategic Marketing & Communications     Note to Editors:Brand South Africa’s partners in this event include:International Women’s Forum (SA)The International Women’s Forum (IWF) is a global organisation of preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement who come together across national and international boundaries to share knowledge and ideas, enrich lives, provide a network of support and exert influence. Through its Leadership Foundation, the IWF helps prepare future generations of women leaders. With forums throughout North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the IWF facilitates networking among women of achievement and promotes opportunities for women in leadership. Founded in 1982 in the United States, the IWF has grown across five continents into 26 nations and 60 affiliated forum locations and currently has a membership of over 5 000 women leaders.  The International Women’s Forum of South Africa (IWFSA) was established in 2000. IWFSA currently has some 70 members drawn from government, business, the sciences, the arts and numerous other areas.Reputation InstituteReputation Institute is a leading reputation-based advisory firm, founded in 1997.  The most prominent management tool is the RepTrak model for analysing the reputations of companies and institutions – best known via the Forbes-published Global RepTrak 100, the world’s largest study of corporate reputations.DeloitteUnder the Deloitte brand, around 200,000 professionals in independent firms globally, collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management and tax services to selected clients. Deloitte is one of Africa’s leading professional services firms. It provides these services through nearly 3,800 people in 9 offices in South Africa and 17 cities in Southern Africa. Deloitte is the South African member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte aims to drive economic growth, capitalise on business opportunities and respond productively to challenges. Through its business, it supports the creation of a sustainable and prosperous society.Manufacturing CircleThe Manufacturing Circle was formed in 2008. It interacts with government and other stakeholders in order to review, debate and help formulate policies which will have a positive impact on South Africa’s manufacturing base. The Manufacturing Circle is made up of a number of South Africa’s leading medium to large manufacturing companies from a wide range of industries. Some of the members are leading South African exporters of manufactured goods to markets around the globe, others are locally based and locally focused companies competing with the best in the world. There is one common denominator among them and that is a passion for manufacturing, coupled with a fervent belief that for South Africa to be economically strong, its manufacturing sector must be strong. A strong and developing manufacturing sector will drive the creation of skilled and semi-skilled jobs in the South African economy.Department of Trade and IndustryThe Department of Trade and Industry is headed by Minister Rob Davies. The Department aims to facilitate transformation of the economy to promote industrial development, investment, competitiveness and employment creation.Proudly South AfricanFirst conceived at the Presidential Job Summit in 1998, the Proudly South African Campaign was born out of socio-economic necessity to create jobs, under the leadership of the former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Through the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), the Proudly South African Campaign was launched in 2001 and supported by Government, Organised Business (BUSA), Organised Labour and Organised Community.The Proudly South African “buy local” campaign encourages the nation to buy local products and make use of local services, in an effort to stimulate the local economy and help create jobs. Proudly SA also promotes national pride, patriotism and social cohesion. When consumers buy locally produced products and support local service providers, the local economy is stimulated and sustainable job opportunities are created. By supporting local producers and manufacturers (by buying goods which carry the Proudly South African logo or a ‘Made in South Africa’ label) each and every South African can contribute towards creating a bigger demand for home grown products and services; stimulating South Africa’s economic growth; helping to prevent job losses and helping to create job opportunities.National Planning CommissionThe National Planning Commission is chaired by the Minister in the Presidency for National Planning, Trevor Manuel. The NPC is responsible for developing a long-term vision and strategic plan for South Africa. It will also advise on cross-cutting issues that impact on South Africa’s long-term development. The NPC’s mandate is to take a broad, cross-cutting, independent and critical view of SA, to help define the country we seek to achieve by 2030 and to map out a path to achieve those objectives. The Commission has produced the National Development Plan, which is the blueprint for a successful South Africa. The establishment of the NPC is government’s promise to its citizens that it is building a state that will grow the economy, reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of all citizens.PMR AfricaPMR Africa offers consulting, research and risk management services. The PMR Africa national survey measures ‘excellence’ according to eleven attributes, which include customer service, BEE, social responsibility and sustainable development. Its questionnaires are developed with the input of key role-players in the specific industries. PMR also generates country profiles, with information on nations’ economic and social standing and puts together community profiles. These community surveys and the collection of data on local dynamics constitute a vital source of information. The purpose of this survey is to strengthen the strategies of communities, as well as to empower communities.Wits Business SchoolThe Wits Business School mission is to establish and maintain excellence in scholarship in business and management education, through the promotion of research and teaching in the various business and management disciplines. WBS has a strong reputation as a leading business school provider of MBA and other Masters business degree courses, and an extensive range of short-course executive education, leadership development, and corporate learning options. As one of the leading business schools in South Africa, its terrain of knowledge and activity is local, African, and international. WBS academic faculty is drawn from a number of nationalities including Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Ireland, USA and Madagascar. Approximately half of its academic fulltime staff is non-South African. The visiting faculty is primarily based in the United States, and it has representation from several other countries.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-Jacobs Public Relations Domestic Tel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399 Email:  Endslast_img read more

Assam school makes students block road demanding repairs to it

first_imgThe administration of southern Assam’s Hailakandi district has served a show-cause notice to a private English medium school for letting its students take part in a road blockade.The students of Blue Flowers English Medium Higher Secondary School blocked the road at Hailakandi town’s Rabindra Sarani on Tuesday morning demanding repairs to the road on which the school is situated.The chairperson of the district’s Child Welfare Committee on Wednesday filed an FIR against the principal of the school for violation of children rights and the Juvenile Justice Act. This was after Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli late on Tuesday evening served the show-cause notice asking why “stern action should not be initiated for allowing a large number of minor school students in uniform to resort to road blockade.”The school authorities have been given a 48-hour deadline to show cause, failing which the permission to run the school could be cancelled.The blockadehad led to traffic snarls, causing inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians alike. Officials said the demonstration was uncalled for, since the Public Works Department had given a written assurance to the school that the road would be repaired by July 31.In April, the Hailakandi district administration asked the Assam Board of Secondary Education to take appropriate action against Oxford School for sending its students in uniform to a political rally at Panchgram.Four other schools in the district – Adarsha Vidyalaya, Panchgram Quomi Madrassa, Maulana Abdul Ali Jaliliya Madrassa and Cambridge High School – were also issued show-cause notices for making their students attend the rally.last_img read more

West Bengal: Rivalry between Buddhadeb and Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal has had its fair share of political mud-slinging, thanks to the stalwarts of the state’s two largest parties – the Trinamool Congress and the CPM. On several occasions, the war of words between former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee of the CPM and Trinamool’s Mamata Banerjee touched nasty heights, as personal attacks overshadowed political jibes.Mamata, for instance, offered the ageing Bhattacharjee a new pair of spectacles when the latter questioned the work done by her as the railway minister.Bhattacharjee had last year taken a dig at Mamata for introducing several new trains at frequent intervals instead improving the efficiency of the existing ones and then splashing her achievements as railway minister in newspaper advertisements.”Mamata claims she is doing things for the Railways. But her ministry works only in newspaper advertisements. It’s a tamasha . Every day, we see advertisements announcing new trains. But no one knows where these trains are going. Lies every day, every day newspaper ads worth lakhs,” Bhattacharjee had said.A stung Mamata had retorted within hours. ” Can’t you see the development work my ministry has done? Do you suffer from some sort of an eye disease? If you wish, I can get you a pair of spectacles.” On another occasion, when Bhattacharjee dubbed Trinamool Congress workers as ” violent anti- socials”, Didi asked the then chief minister to tape his mouth shut and ” go to a political vanavas ( exile)” for a few days.The verbal volleys touched a new low with the erstwhile chief minister calling Mamata a “liar” and the Trinamool Congress leader retaliating with claims that Bhattacharjee was directly responsible for the spurt in Maoist activities in the tribal belt of Jungle Mahal.advertisementTalking about Mamata’s promise to solve the state’s two major problems – Maoist violence in western districts and the Gorkhaland agitation in the Hills – Bhattacharjee had said: ” She is waving hands in Jungle Mahal as well as the Hills. I wonder to whom she is waving.” After the embarrassing rout in the recent assembly elections, Bhattacharjee has been keeping low. But with the Singur Bill passed on Tuesday despite a walkout by the Opposition Left Front lawmakers, perhaps his CPM will find fresh fodder to attack Mamata. Another round of verbal volleys could be in the pipeline. For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Marketability of Indian players drive boom in cricket economy

first_imgClick here to EnlargeThree times Adam Gilchrist equals Rahul Dravid. Sourav Ganguly divided by 10 is Brian Lara. And Sachin Tendulkar stands for infinity, where numbers stretch endlessly into the future. It’s like mathematics coming through a black hole, but then this is cricket’s weird and warped universe.On the field,,Click here to EnlargeThree times Adam Gilchrist equals Rahul Dravid. Sourav Ganguly divided by 10 is Brian Lara. And Sachin Tendulkar stands for infinity, where numbers stretch endlessly into the future. It’s like mathematics coming through a black hole, but then this is cricket’s weird and warped universe.On the field, equations balance out a little dif ferently as the Indians remain a middling XI struggling up team rating ladders. But off it, its stars are the undisputed market leaders, its movers and shakers.They are seen as possessing the power to drive youngsters to colas, mothers to toothpaste, young men to motorbikes and young women to er … distraction. Nowhere else in the world are cricketers pop idols, nowhere else does cricket pull in the numbers it does in India.The “why” of the phenomenon is hardly rocket science: as India’s No. 1 sport, cricket reaches millions through TV, leaping over barriers of region and language that even the other great Indian obsession, Bollywood, can’t.It’s the “how” that tells the tale. Of the remaking of the Indian cricketer from an exponent of arcane arts into a popular brand, first created and then sold. “Indian players are the most expensive in the world. No foreigner can match the kind of monetary draw that these players have today” says Arun Mahajan, branch manager of advertising firm Mudra in Delhi.Which is where the utterly mental maths comes in: industry estimates put Tendulkar’s bat contract with MRF to be worth a basic Rs 3 crore a year; Steve Waugh’s similar deal with the same company sources say is worth Rs 65 lakh.advertisementClick here to EnlargeTo get Australian one-day captain Ricky Ponting to turn up at a coaching clinic could cost a promoter $2,500 (Rs 1.2 lakh) a day; the Indian captain won’t turn up at clinics on a per diem fee, but it comes as part of a pack-age that’s reckoned to cost between Rs 60 lakh and Rs 80 lakh per endorsement per year.An industry source says Australian vice-captain Gilchrist will “happily” endorse a product for Rs 20-. 25 lakh, a fee now commanded by tyro Mohammed Kaif.It also explains why recently in the West Indies, Lara, 90 Tests and 7,500-plus Test runs, turned to Virender Sehwag, nine Tests and 546. Test runs, and asked if the Indian’s “people” could find him a nice bat contract.Sehwag’s “people” have enough on their hands. Collage Sports Management (CSM), the latest entrant in the rarefied business of sports management in India, handles business for the big hitter from Najafgarh, as well as his less luminous colleagues -Dinesh Mongia and Sanjay’ Bangar.Sehwag was csm’s first signing in June 2001, the company a spin-off of Collage Cricket Club, run by businessman Sumit Khaneja, whom Sehwag turned to every time he received a legal document.Market watchers say that Sehwag, a sellable mix of brutal bat and homespun charm, can command Rs 30 lakh per endorsement these days. Khaneja’s wife and csm Director Latika, an IIM-Kolkata graduate, smiles. “It’s a premium you get for being famous.”Sehwag is in the group of four Indians, all batsmen, who command high fees, with Tendulkar at the very top. The rest of the industry piggybacks on this popularity Without them, the circus of sponsors and TV could well find that no one wants to crowd their tent.During a two-month long stand-off over the controversial ICC contracts, for the first time the players made their marketability count for something other than cheesy campaigns.The prospect of an India-B team competing in the Champions Trophy brought about a hurried teleconference of inter-national officials who then agreed on an amendment to the contracts. “There are very few celebrities of that nature, it’s a tight market,” says Sanjay Lal, chief executive of Percept D’Mark (PDM), an aggressive player in the celebrity management business which represents Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan.Five agencies-21st Century Media (Dravid and Kaif), CSM, PDM, Sporting Frontiers (Harbhajan Singh and V.V.S. Laxman), and WorldTel (Tendulkar and Ajit Agarkar) handle the entire business. But everyone bristles at being called an “agent”.Managers or business partners is the preferred term, but really, it’s still hardsell and hustle. Every deal takes six months from conception to signing, with the intermediary picking up a commission between 10 and 15 per cent.The quirkiness of cricketers can always produce a slip: a current India batsman landed up at the crease in a Test match in the West Indies this year without his batsticker he’d changed his mind overnight because the Rs 1,000-a-run rate offered by the sponsor made him jittery India’s cricket market is strictly oddball: CSM clients address Latika as “Bhabhi”, a sign of sentimental hearts perhaps, but no one underestimates the Indian cricketer’s hard nose: when IMG, pioneer of sports marketing worldwide and manager to John McEnroe among others, first carne to India in the mid-1990s, it had to break away from established practice and offer a minimum guarantee (mg) fee to cricketers.advertisementIn 1995-96, IMG insiders say, it offered a group of four teenagers, including Kaif and Yuvraj, an MG of Rs 10 lakh each, but were turned down because the sum wasn’t deemed enough.This was, after all, the year Tendulkar was first signed by the late Mark Mascarenhas and WorldTel for an mg of Rs 30 crore over five years, a figure that popped eyeballs.”Mark’s deal brought a big change to cricket marketing. It was like he was doing the bidding on behalf of everybody” says Lokesh Sharma of 21st Century Media, a former athletics journalist, whose stars, astrological and cricketing, are the envy of his rivals these days.Form in cricket is an intangible and its management is as secure as skating on thin ice. The major players in the business choose to multi-task: Sporting Frontiers India manages Harbhajan and Laxman.But that, says Chief Executive Steve Smith, “is a small part of our business. Instadia rights is a huge area of interest for us.” Similarly celebrity manager PDM constitutes only 5-6 per cent of media giant Percept IMC’s total business. Ganguly and PDM have set up Sourav Ganguly Percept D’Mark (SGPDM).Percept IMC Joint Managing Director Shailen-dra Singh says SGPDM is free of any conflict of interest for the Indian captain. “SGPDM will only be involved in institutional stuff-clinics and camps. It’s got nothing to do with personal endorsements. We would never get a cricketer into things like that.”Mascarenhas’ deals usually mea-sured the temperature of the business; At WorldTel, Tendulkar’s account of an estimated mg of Rs 100 crore over five years beginning 2001 is now handled by Samir Singh.The contracts crisis has, he says, affected the market. “Sachin’s current sponsors have been more than supportive. But people are very wary It’s wait and watch.”An old truth is now self-evident and will dictate the future of the contracts issue, when it’s time to draw up World Cup player terms. No sponsor wants to be remembered as the brand that tried to cut in on the country’s foremost sporting heroes. Never mind sharing a piece of the pie, Indian cricket’s poster boys could end up having their cake and eating it too. – with bureau reportslast_img read more

Mertens grateful to Napoli fans for their support

first_imgDries Mertens has expressed gratitude to Napoli fans after cheering them on in their 3-0 victory over Udinese.Carlo Ancelotti’s men took advantage of Juve’s slip to close the gap to four points after a 3-0 victory at the Dacia Arena.“We were playing in Udine today, but you couldn’t tell with the number of Napoli fans there. It seems Napoli supporters are everywhere!” the Belgian told Football Italia.“It’s not easy to wait five minutes before taking a penalty, but the fans really helped me this evening.”Dries MertensMertens doesn’t rule out moving away from Napoli Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 The Partenopei footballer hasn’t forgotten the defeat against Juventus as he is entering the final year of his Napoli contract.The delay was due to VAR checks for a potential offside position in the build-up.“We are changing a lot this season and everyone is contributing really well, for example, Kevin Malcuit today, because waiting for your turn is tough.“It’s important to improve, though, because we had the chances to kill the game off much earlier and we should’ve taken them. We gave our all today and continue to believe in ourselves.”last_img read more

Law enforcement to determine accuracy of news

first_imgLaw enforcement to step up control of mediaLaw minister Anisul Huq and telecommunications minister Mustafa Jabbar on 19 April said, the Digital Security Act was not made to target the media. It would not affect freedom of expression or freedom of press either. The ministers said this at a meeting with cabinet members at the time.Legal experts, however, say if the bill is passed, the government law enforcement agencies like RAB, police, BGB and Ansar will eventually emerge as the ultimate ‘editors’ or ‘super editors’.“Which news content is right and which one is harmful- all of this will depend on their own logic and whims,” they said.According to the experts, the law enforcers will be able to use this act to request BTRC to block any digital media at any time.Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is an autonomous organisation. To be a member of BTRC, one has to have the criteria of a judge of the Supreme Court. Still, if they receive any ‘request’ from RAB, police or any other law enforcement agencies, they will ‘immediately’ respond.The law enforcement agencies were not even given such power in the IT Act of 2006. Law enforcers had to seek court permission to seize computers used to commit any alleged crime under that act.Under sub-section- 1 of section-8 in the current proposed act, it is possible to remove any news content published in digital media if it seems to be a threat to digital security.Sumon Ahmed, a member of the advisory committee of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, told Prothom Alo, BTRC can block any newspaper’s webpage containing standard Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (http), if they cannot remove contents of the page. BTRC, however, will not be able to remove or block the webpage where ‘s’ (secured) is added to the http.Apart from that, BTRC can block the newspapers’ webpage only in Bangladesh.Law enforcers to be more powerfulUnder section-43 of the act, if a police officer suspects any crime or evidence, he can register the incident in his office and conduct a search into any media office, seize computers, search and arrest anybody, without arrest warrant.In sub-section-2 of section-8, the law enforcement agencies can request BTRC to remove news contents that violate the country’s solidarity, affect economic activities, defence and security, religious values or public order and spread communal hatred among people.In sub-section 3, it is said that the contents will be removed or blocked by BTRC immediately upon receiving such request.Acknowledging these concerns, media experts said such rules would certainly violate the freedom of expression and instigate a hostile reaction towards media persons.Shahdeen Malik, a Supreme Court lawyer told Prothom Alo, “It seems we are going back to the Special Powers Act of 1974.”Another lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan thinks the definition of law enforcement agencies should be clarified, as the army also falls under the definition of law enforcement agencies.Under the act, a digital security agency is said to be created under a director general. An emergency response team will be formed for constant monitoring. Their work will be determined by a policy.So this bill is not the final word. There is scope to make the rules even more difficult.Digital act includes 8 ‘crimes’ from 1974 actThe eight definitions of the relevant 1974 act interpreted by justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman and Anisuzzaman in ‘Ain Shabdokosh’ (dictionary of legal terms), bears resemblance to the the law related to blocking websites.Also, the current digital act contains almost all the eight crimes mentioned in the 1974 act. The similarities in the digital act include, three in section 8 (defence, security, ethnic hatred), one in section 25 (intimidation), two in section 27 (foreign states and public order), and two in section 31 (related to security and community).Muhammad Habibur Rahman and Anisuzzaman recorded in eight points the reasons why newspapers were confiscated. This indicates that the special power of the law enforcing agencies to block online newspapers given in digital act is akin to the confiscation of newspapers in the 1974 act.The eight points are: 1. Sovereignty or defence of Bangladesh; 2. Having friendly relations with foreign countries; 3. Threat to the country’s security or public security or public order; 4. Instigating hatred or hostility among different communities and classes; 5. Intervention or incitement in law enforcement; 6. Obstructing supply of essential goods; 7. Creating panic or anarchy in society; 8. Causing or intending to cause financial and social damage of the state. No safeguard for editorsIn some of the instances, the terms used to define punishable crimes for online publication are severer than those in the much debated sections annulled in 2006.Many legal experts are surprised at the free access given to the law enforcement that will enable indiscriminate abuse of the law. They observe, it will add to the spree of arrests, filing of cases and harassment.The editors and journalists have to depend on the police for their online publications. But in the 1973 printing presses and publications act under CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) section 108, safeguards were provided for editors, publishers and presses. The 108 section still has the provision.It says, any charges could be filed against the owner, editor, publisher or printer of any newspaper registered under the 1973 presses and publications act alleging instigation of sedition, hatred, fear, if the concerned government authorities or officials issue an order in this regard.Though safeguards remain in place for the press for the same crimes, they are not ensured for online publications.The digital security act vests the power to determine objectionable content, with the police and Ansar, BGB and RAB. Such free license for the law enforcement is unprecedented in the country. This development implies that BTRC will become paper tiger.Deviation from 1974 actIn the 1974 act there were remedies for banning or forfeiture of newspapers. The digital act does not address this. This act does not specify any authority to approach for or record any appeal. The span of time for a website to remain blocked is not specified either. There was no provision to confiscate any newspaper on grounds of hurting religious sentiment in the 1974 special powers act nor in section 99 of the 1991 CrPC enacted by the BNP government.In the much-debated Act 57, there was provision for action against crimes of hurting ‘religious sentiment’. But Awami League has made the matter ambiguous by defining ‘hurting religious values’ as a crime under which online media can be blocked.Now police, Ansar, coast guard, BGB and RAB will determine the degree of religious values being offended and will search, arrest without any warrant, and block online publications without any trial.Section 17 of 1974 said, the government will inform the publisher, editor as soon as possible of the confiscation and will issue written orders to submit the printed copies, stop distribution, and file the writer’s name. The act also says that the government must state reasonable grounds in the order and let the accused editor and journalist to present an answer in response to the order. The government must also mention that the accused has the right to self defence.The government has not expressed any intention of adding such provisions in the new digital act. The law minister Anisul Huq and the information technology minister Mustafa Jabbar have said they would take all the concerns of the editors’ council into consideration.The 1974 act stated that a police official, not below the rank of sub-inspector, with a warrant and with the magistrate’s approval, can search a newspaper office. Any search was forbidden after sunset and before sunrise. But the digital security act lacks such safeguards.Notably, in the abolished section 18 under the 1974 act there was provision for any report on security, friendly relations with foreign states, public order to be cleared for publication within 72 hours of submission to the government.There was even provision for appeal to be filed within seven days of a certain report being banned. Another provision stated that the appeal should be disposed after hearing by a district judge. In the proposed digital act, the stated crimes are the same as in the 1974 act, but with no scope for seeking remedy. *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat and Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

Baltimores Clergy Response to Denigrating Remarks About Baltimore City

first_imgDr. Kevin Daniels, Special to the AfroIn light of the recent comments made about our great city, the Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity (MCBV) will continue to coalition build with its communities, faith-based institutions, developers, investors, as well as local and state elected officials, to make improvement in such areas as economic, education, public safety, in particular police and community engagement.  While others have chosen to speak ill of our city, for the past year MCBV has engaged the above mentioned stakeholders in a city and statewide process to develop a holistic approach and grassroots strategic action plan and movement to address Baltimore’s issues. Given that these issues did not develop overnight, we understand neither will its resolve and we intend to remain focused on building a better Baltimore, while understanding such criticism is par for the course. MCBV celebrates all citizenry and stakeholders of our great city and state that have participated in this process and would like to continue to extend an open invitation to those who would like to join us.  Dr. James L. Carter, and Dr. Kevin Daniels (Courtesy Photos)In this hour of our city’s social need and redevelopment, we are clear on the importance of the church leading and fully intend to continue leading this effort until we achieve our goals of making Baltimore a greater place to live, work, worship, and raise strong families in safe communities. To that end, MCBV looks forward to sharing more about this initiative in the near future. Dr. James L. Carter, President of Minister’s Conference (Baltimore & Vicinity), Pastor of The Ark Church.Dr. Kevin Daniels, Chair of the Civic Action Committee (Minister’s Conference Baltimore/Vicinity).*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“Baltimore is a great city with a rich history. Many Baltimoreans, such as Rep. Cummings, have devoted their lives to making Baltimore the greatest city that it can be. Instead of casting aspersions and using our city as a scapegoat, the president could leverage his authority to help Baltimore improve infrastructure, education, and public health. Instead we, Baltimoreans, will continue to work together, will continue to fight, and will continue to rise.”Danielle McCray, Baltimore City Councilwoman. (Courtesy Photo)Baltimore City Councilwoman Danielle McCray – District 2*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“Once again, Mr. Trump reminds us of the embarrassment that he continues to be to the citizens of this proud nation. While challenged, Baltimore is a great American City whose contributions to our country both past and present are noteworthy and well documented. The challenges that Baltimore faces are consistent with those being confronted daily by major cities across the nation. These are real national concerns like unemployment, affordable housing, public education and the opioid crisis, all of which warrant the sober and committed attention of the nation’s Chief Executive. Baltimore City Councilman Leon Pinkett, III, District 7I wonder how far we could go to address those issues if we had leadership in the White House that was more invested in building up the infrastructure of our cities rather than hanging a “curtain” across our southern border. I wonder how better off our families would be if there was leadership in the Oval Office that saw black and brown people as significant contributors to the vibrancy of our country rather than just potential employees at Mar-a-Lago.Congressman Elijah Cumming’s record of public service is beyond reproach and not even worth comparing to the undistinguished career of private frivolity exhibited by Mr. Trump. It’s worth noting that since the America that Mr. Trump wants to make great again doesn’t include the majority of black and brown U.S. citizens that call Rep. Cumming’s district home, we’ll do fine making Baltimore great again without this president’s help.”Baltimore City Councilman Leon Pinkett, III – District 7*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“President Trump’s comments and tweets reinforce what we already knew—his administration has no concern for urban cities like Baltimore. As one of the six State Senators for Baltimore City, I recognize that the real work to rebuild our cities will fall to State and Local governments. Those of us in these roles must resist the temptation to become distracted by the negative and offensive rhetoric of the Trump administration. “I am proud of the work we have already done to raise the minimum wage, restore voting rights to those who are disenfranchised, and to direct capital dollars to neglected neighborhoods. But our work is far from finished. Cory McCray is a member of the Maryland State Senate, representing the 45th District, which encompasses Northeast and East Baltimore City.(Courtesy Photo)“Our next priority is to focus on the $245 million in the state budget that Governor Hogan has refused to release. This money will provide an immediate impact to eliminate food deserts, increase green space in Baltimore, and provide more jobs for our city’s young people. “If we channel this energy and remain focused on moving our city forward, we can build on the great work that is happening in Baltimore and change the trajectory for our youth, seniors, and struggling neighborhoods.”Sen. Cory McCray – District 45*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***You are evidently Clueless about Baltimore!It is a miserable day in history when you can daily depend on the President to divide the States of America instead of Uniting the “State” of America.How can we articulate to our kids to dream big, when they wake up every morning to a nightmare produced by ego and political gamesmanship, one who cares more about Political points than Progress for the people?Tiffany Majors, President & Chief Executive Officer Greater Baltimore Urban LeagueAs a leader, I rise to add my voice to those who are proud to live in and honor Baltimore, those from Baltimore and those who credit Baltimore for assisting them to be who they are today. Mr. Trump, if you’d like to make a statement, let’s talk about strengthening the middle-class in Baltimore, merely acknowledging the lower-class in Baltimore, let’s talk about supporting those who work tirelessly on the frontlines to make our city great, let’s talk about ways the federal government can better incentivize minority owned businesses and entrepreneurs to innovate and open businesses in Baltimore. If we are going to talk about Baltimore, let’s do more than just TALK. Let’s ensure that the children have increased opportunities, mere equity in opportunities to become productive citizens, as other Baltimoreans who have changed the globe utilizing what they have cultured in “Charm City.” Charm City has ultimately made America a better and more inclusive place. Make PEOPLE the POINT not politics!Tiffany Majors, President & Chief Executive Officer Greater Baltimore Urban League*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“I have never been more shocked or disappointed that a president representing these UnitedHouse Majority Whip Talmadge Branch (D-45), (Courtesy photo)States would say such horrible things about a District and area that he is supposed to be representing. His comments are unacceptable as a president and a citizen on this country I am devastated.”Del. Talmadge Branch – District 45last_img read more