first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Emre Can will not be available for the squad in their trip to Crystal Palace in SaturdayThe midfielder was withdraw from international duty, earlier this week, after struggling with a back problem that he sustained during Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Watford.While ruling out a long absence from the squad for Can, Klopp did admit that his compatriot will be unavailable for his side against the struggling Palace.“Emre is out for the weekend.” said  Klopp, according to club website.“[He is] getting better and better and better, much better. Hopefully he can have a normal session with us on Sunday morning and then should be fine again.”Joe Gomez will also be out with an ankle problem, while Nathaniel Clyne is now ready to return to the senior side for the first time since pre-season.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Clyney is back. He played last week for the U23s. One or two games more would be nice but the situation is like it is. We have Clyney.” said the German.“I said yesterday to the boys that we lost Joe but finally we got Clyney back. He has been back for a few weeks already but he has come closer and closer. He is a very good option.”The other good news for Klopp is that both Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson are expected to be available for Liverpool on Saturday, as well.“He is fine and will be fine today, I hope. After training I’ll know more about that.” Klopp said on Solanke.And of Robertson, he added: “It was a dead leg, no problem.”last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 31, 2017 – Nassau – The Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes along with members of the newly-appointed Price Commission have vowed to protect the rights  of consumers throughout The Bahamas. Members of the Price Commission convened their first board meeting recently at the Ministry of Labour.Minister Foulkes was joined by Synida Dorsett, Chairperson of the Price Commission; Earl Godet, Deputy Chairman; Freddie Munnings, Member; Eulamae Gordon, Chief Price Inspector & Consumer Welfare Unit; and Morgan Graham, Assistant Director of Labour.“We have a very seasoned and experienced board,” stated Minister Foulkes.   “We have Mrs. Synida Dorsett as Chairperson, who was once a Supervisor at the Consumer Unit and she also served as Secretary General of the Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) and the Deputy Chair, Mr. Earl Godet, a Businessman from Grand Bahama.   I am very happy that both of them, along with the other board members, some who hail from the Family Islands have accepted the appointment.”Minister Foulkes said there are some serious issues concerning consumer affairs in the country and that the Price Commission and the Consumer Protection Commission must readily address them.    Among these concerns he noted were the newly introduced charges by some banks on various banking transactions along with other vexing consumer issues.The Labour Minister said that he would like to see some synergy between all three of the consumer groups which fall under his portfolio so that they can be more effective.   In addition to the Price Commission, these groups include the Consumer Protection Commission and the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality Services.Press Release: BISPictured L–R: Shavonne Symonette, Administration Officer Ministry of Labour; Fred Munnings, Price Commission Member; Earl Godet, Deputy Chairman, Price Commission; Minister Foulkes; Synida Dorsett, Chairman of the Price Commission; Eulamae Gordon, Chief Price Inspector & Consumer Welfare Representative and Morgan Graham, Assistant Director of Labour, Ministry of Labour.   Board members missing are: Belinda Wilson, Dennis Williams, and Huel Robins.(Photo/Courtesy MOL) Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgNote, we weren’t looking for page views, necessarily, but we got them. Who knew FOLIO:’s Web site would become a forum for debating abortion rights issues? Since posting this story Monday (“Pro-Life Groups Outraged Over Vogue Photo Spread”) about how a photoshoot for a Vogue column on partial-birth abortions has angered religious and pro-life groups—who say it makes the controversial procedure appear fashionable—thousands of people have stopped by to read it, and many have posted passionate comments rationalizing all sides of the issue.Our story was even picked up by Page Six today, which may or may not be a first for FOLIO:. last_img

first_imgCredit Union Times expects to generate just over $6 million in revenue in 2009. “We’re conservative on projections for print but we’re a little fortunate because vendors who have been focused on banking are now looking at us because we’re in better financial position that many of the banks,” says Greve. “We have given our reps a much higher bogey on digital than print. If I would had thrown them a 10 percent or 20 percent increase on print, they would have looked at me like I was a nut.”The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, which publishes Signal, has used outside reps, including R.W. Walker, since 1987. In the U.S., the association works with three different rep companies. “They handle our print, our Web site and our e-newsletter,” says director of advertising Marsha Carpenter. Reps also handle collections. “With collections, we only ask them to make an attempt for late payment at 90 days,” says Carpenter. “After that, the magazine takes over that responsibility.” Managing Rep ContractsAccording to the National Association of Publishers Representatives, total compensation for an advertising sales team usually amounts to about 25 percent of advertising sales revenues, including their base salaries and expenses. Commissions vary depending on the base salary. Some plans pay a big base while the commission is in the 3 percent to 6 percent range. The alternative is a smaller base and commissions of 10 percent or more. Outside sales rep firms generally charge 20 percent commissions plus expenses.The time a sales rep devotes to the publishing client can be a major bone of contention. Signal is looking to grow internationally (currently about 6 percent of its total revenue comes from international advertisers) and also uses some foreign rep firms, with mixed results. “With some of our foreign reps, we’ve now gone to a zero-day cancellation policy—I can fire them that day, no questions asked,” says Carpenter. “We went to that because having a sales rep who’s not fully representing you is worse than no sales rep at all.“Still, McNeill advises publishers to have realistic expectations, particularly when it comes to balancing the selling and administrative parts of the job. “A lot of times publishers are not used to working with an outside agency,” he says. “And sometimes that means the reporting is over the top. To produce those sales reports means less selling time. You’ve taken that sales person and made them an administrative junkie. It’s a control thing. You want to use an outside rep but you still want the benefits of inside control.”Prospecting new territories may be another sore spot. “We have a lot of publishers who come to us and say, ‘We have all these other markets we want to develop, would you like to come in and develop on a commission basis?’” says McNeill. “The answer is no because there was no revenue to begin with and nothing to sustain it. We’re only getting paid on business you wouldn’t have had.” New Realities for Revenue StreamsThe mission for sales reps is changing. Many rep firms are now moving beyond display and classifieds to sell digital media and event sponsorships. Some, like The McNeill Group, are even moving into custom publishing and magazine production.  “The pressure filters down—when they’re not doing well, you’re not doing well,” says president Ed McNeill. “We’ve been at this for 20 years and today you’re working twice as hard to make less. For firms like ours, we’re really moving toward niche markets where we can offer custom publishing and fee-based business without relying on advertising commission. Twenty years ago, if you sold $2 million in advertising, you might have made $200,000 from it. Today you might be making $75,000 from the same sale. Whereas with custom publishing, on a million dollar account, you might be making $250,000. Like any business, you have to adjust.”For 20 years, the American Bus Association published Destinations internally. Within the last four years, the magazine has farmed out not just sales but also editorial—including its magazine and directory—to The McNeill Group. “The sales commissions for an in-house staff versus outside sales reps were about the same,” says  ABA president and chief executive officer Peter Pantuso. “The major difference was all the rest—by outsourcing it was so much more efficient. In the years we had it, it was a financial loser. In the last two years, we’ve seen a swing of about $300,000.” When the American Translators Association found it couldn’t grow its magazine on its own, they outsourced to  The McNeill Group. “They do all of our sales, both classified and display for the magazine, and also sponsorship sales for our conferences,” says executive director Walter Bacak. “With sales, the commission is so important and we didn’t have ability to do that in-house. If we did, we would have been concerned about morale with compensation for the other employees.” McNeill handles much of the advertising invoicing for the American Translators Association, including collection of conference sponsorships before the event takes place.  “On exhibit sales, they need to sell up front but we have the reps have to ask our approval for that,” says Bacak.  The 360-Degree SaleRep firm R.W. Walker originally focused on selling for b-to-b and association publishers but in recent years has taken on consumer publications such as in-flight magazines and wedding titles (the firm also works with mass titles such as Success and Fortune). “The qualifier for anyone who works here is to understand each of those product lines—print, online or events—and how they fit with the market they represent,” says president Michael Walker. “If you can’t speak to all those items, if an advertiser has to speak to someone else about online, you lose the connection.”While Walker is prepared to sell online and events, he says the majority of revenue remains print-driven. “A lot of publishers are demanding online but advertisers are not really stepping up to plate,” he adds. “On any given day, if I pull a sales report, more than 90 percent of the revenue is coming from print.” Still, Walker says he expects a nice uptick in Webinar revenue in 2009. “For publishers that can provide Webinars properly, there is a lot of potential,” he says. “Advertisers are basing results on cost-per-lead generation. Once you have a rolling idea of what your attendee levels will be, you can promise what you’ll deliver. We haven’t met an advertiser yet who’s been disappointed with results of a Webinar.”Credit Union Times has used R.W. Walker for 15 years (and also uses other rep firms today). “What I need is a company that can sell everything for us,” says publisher Tom Greve. “Don’t break it into different sales channels.” From 2005 to 2007, advertising expenses were the second largest cost (after editorial) for the average b-to-b publication, averaging about $4.1 million per magazine, according to American Business Media’s recently released Financial Trend Report. But while the report says publishers were able to reduce advertising expenses primarily by dropping their reliance on outside reps (by almost 25 percent), the use of reps seems to be exploding among other publishers, particularly associations, many of whom say they can leverage an entire rep firm for the cost of one in-house sales person. ABA Journal tapped rep firm James G. Elliott, which specializes in taking over a publisher’s sales function completely. “Our expenses are significantly lower than when we had ad sales and marketing staffs,” ABA Journal editor and publisher Edward Adams told FOLIO: recently. Meanwhile, American School Board Journal has tapped rep firm Fox Associates. “We’re estimating that outsourcing this function will give us a full, nationwide sales force at about the same cost as salary, overhead and expenses for one high-level, full time staff salesperson,” says associate executive director and publisher Marilee C. Rist. last_img read more

first_imgMcGuirl, who has overseen the production launch of O, The Oprah Magazine, and the print processes and quality control of all Hearst titles including Food Network Magazine, has been integral in further testing for fully compliant PDFX4 files, which improves system and process times. Another initiative he finds important is to ”raise the awareness among the ad community about the importance of including the ISO 12647-7 Digital Control Strip on their supplied proofs for better print predictability.”VITAL STATS: Hearst Magazines’ manufacturing and production efficiencies have seen $1 million in realized savings from 2005-2006; since then, McGuirl says they have continued to see “significant savings” in their advancement of workflow technologies. In the early part of the decade, Hearst Magazines recognized the necessity of rebuilding its workflow.These new workflow implementations included assigning each magazine a digital imaging specialist, creating a color-managed environment, providing basic color-theory training for all of its art and production departments and analyzing each department’s workflow, along with other changes.William McGuirl, who has been with Hearst Magazines for more than 15 years, was key in implementing these upgrades, which ultimately resulted in a realized savings of $1 million within a year from when the 2005 efficiencies were put in place. When in 2006 McGuirl took over the role as director of quality assurance, he cites continued “significant savings” from these processes.Hearst Magazines was one of the forerunners to use a completely virtual K4 workflow for all of its titles to create post-production, press-ready digital files, has eliminated pre-media proofing. “Hearst is currently involved with virtual proofing and we are testing the waters with three printers: Quebecor World, Brown and Quad,” says McGuirl. The publisher hasn’t incurred huge costs by implementing the technology, he says.last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Virginia’s public schools have a reputation for high standards, an attribute that historically has made serving at a Virginia military installation a favorable assignment for military families.Recently, however, an independent education organization found a significant gap between students’ proficiency scores on the state’s Standards of Learning assessments with their scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests. The discrepancy of about 35 percentage points indicates the Virginia Department of Education has lowered its learning standards to improve students’ proficiency scores, writes Sandy Law, a military wife and mother of three sons, in a commentary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.“This may make parents feel good for a while. But if it keeps up, it will ultimately hurt Virginia’s reputation and desirability as a duty station,” writes Law, a member of Military Families for High Standards.The issue already has become apparent for military families moving to Virginia. “Whereas many military families used to worry that their students would be behind once they got here, I am not alone in finding that students are actually more proficient than their Virginia peers,” she says.Law urges the state Department of Education to address its “honesty gap” now, given DOD’s interest in shedding some of its excess infrastructure, which stands at an estimated 22 percent. She notes that military leaders previously have cited the quality of local schools as a factor in the services’ basing decisions.“[Virginia] must take the necessary steps to hold students to high levels of proficiency on the Standards of Learning assessments. Military families, and indeed all families who care about strong public schools, are looking to the commonwealth for leadership,” Law concludes.last_img read more

first_imgWith a ballooning national debt and the threat of a future BRAC round, Virginia’s Hampton Roads region should seek to expand its cluster of defense missions. “This [defense] is an asset,” said Old Dominion University economist Vinod Agarwal. “We should not ignore the assets we have,” said Agarwal, who spoke to the Virginian-Pilot following the release of ODU’s 2018 State of the Region report. At the same time, the region should strive to lower its reliance on defense spending. Craig Quigley, executive director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, told WVEC that local leaders have “done everything possible” to strengthen the region’s installations ahead of a possible round of base closures. “The public school system, the surface transportation system, collaborative efforts to mitigate sea level rise,” Quigley said. “There are more efforts going on that I can point to, to make sure that we show that we value these installations, and they are a part of who we are as Hampton Roads.”Photo by Steve Earley Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Early Education & Child Care Teacher at Little SproutsFull-Time National Accounts Ecommerce Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time/Part-Time Cashier at Panera BreadFull-Time/Part-Time Food Services Associate at Panera BreadFull-Time Comfort Advisor at Super Service Today, Inc.Temporary Full-TIme Nanny For 2 Wilmington ChildrenFull-Time Order Checker at Arrow Paper Co.Part-Time Package Handler at FedEx GroundFull-Time Realtor at ERA Key Realty ServicesFull-Time Director of Quality Engineering at MKS Instruments(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

first_imgRajasekhar in KalkiTwitterJeevitha has revealed that director Prashanth Varma’s upcoming Telugu film Kalki, which is slated for release on June 28, is a different mass entertainer which suits the image of her husband Rajasekhar.Kalki is produced by C Kalyan under his banner Happy Movies and presented by Shivani and Shivatmika. The maker, who recently completed its shoot, held a press meet on Monday to announce its release date. Addressing the media, Kalyan said, “Kalki is an out and out commercial potboiler. The trailer has received a tremendous response and the same will happen with the film once it releases.”Producer C Kalyan added, “Very soon, we will release the songs and also announce the pre-release event’s date. Music Director Shravan Bhardwaj has given good tunes and is composing a terrific background score. The post-production is on in full swing and Kalki will release on June 28.” Jeevitha with C Kalyan and Prashanth VarmaPR HandoutTalking about it, Jeevitha said, “Kalki is a different mass entertainer which suits the image of Rajasekhar perfectly. The film has created a superb buzz in social media and the trailer is already trending on YouTube. Director Prashanth Varma has showcased the film and Rajasekhar in a new style which all the fans and audience will love. Prashanth Varma’s stylish narration will be the highlight of the film.”Prashanth Varma is confident about its success. The director of Awe fame said, “Kalki is a superb thriller. The audience will love the film and enjoy it like an India-Pakistan cricket match. The thrills are an edge of the seat and C Kalyan has given me free hand on the budget which will show on the screen in a grand manner. The song “Horn Ok Please” sung by Lalitha Kavya will be out on Wednesday.” Kalki song Ok horn please posterPR HandoutBesides Dr Rajasekhar, Kalki features Adah Sharma, Nadhitha Shwetha, Poojita Ponnada, Scarlet Wilson, Rahul Ramakrishna, Nasser, Ashutosh Rana, Shiddu Jonnalagadda, Charan Deep in the important roles. The film has Dasaradhi Sivendra’s camera, Shravan Bhardwaj’s music, Nagendra’s art, Gautam Berusu’s editing and Naga Venkat and Robin-Subbu’s fights.last_img read more

first_imgSonakshi Sinha in Khandaani ShafakhanaPR HandoutBollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha bid an emotional farewell to the team of Khandaani Shafakhana after wrapping up its shoot and the latest video is now creating a lot of buzz on social media.Sonakshi Sinha has never shied away from playing diverse roles. From adorable Rajjo in Dabangg to kicking ass in Akira, she has done it all. In her next film Khandaani Shafakhana, she will be playing the role of a young girl from Amritsar. It is about how she inherits her uncle’s sex clinic and tries to break the taboos around the topic. The film, which is directed by Shilpi Dasgupta also stars Varun Sharma and Badshah.Sonakshi Sinha shared a video on her Instagram page and captioned it with, “And in बेबी Bedi’s style, bada changa experience thaa ji! Thank you @shilpidasgupta @mriglamba @fukravarun @badboyshah @priyanshjora @dprishi @gautam.m1 and the entire team for making @khandaanishafakhana one of my most cherished films!!! ❤See you at #KhandaaniShafakhana on 2nd August at your nearest cinema. #BaatTohKaro.”The video shows the making of some scenes. Sonakshi Sinha is also seen speaking about how Khandaani Shafakhana and the team are extremely special for her. Despite being her 23rd film, she knew everyone from the cast and crew, how the vibe on the sets was extremely warm, and this will be a special film for her.Sonakshi Sinha is the first female actor to headline a film which deals with the subject of sex, and she has been getting a lot of praise for how she is trying to encourage people to approach the subject openly. Apart from that, she has also received a positive response on how she has gotten into the skin of the character of Baby Bedi with such ease.Khandaani Shafakhana is scheduled to release on August 2. Two weeks later, Sonakshi Sinha will be seen playing the role of a scientist in Mission Mangal, which hits the screens on August 15.last_img read more

first_imgThe country’s development prospects will be bleak if the projected growth of population is not controlled immediately, a Prothom Alo roundtable was told on Monday.Already, experts said, Bangladesh is facing a variety of challenges, including employment and shortage of land due to the huge size of population on a small landmass.They added, Bangladesh’s earlier success in population growth control has been stagnated in recent times, and emphasised the urgent need for revitalising the past family planning programmes, resuming visits to door to door by field workers.”Our dream to become a middle income country will be jeoparadised if the population is not managed,” Hossain Zullur, executive chairman of Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), said presenting the keynote at the workshop.”The success we have achieved has become stagnant as we have relaxed our past strategy to visit door to door for campaign to create awareness about the family planning,” added the economist, also a former caretaker government adviser.The roundtable titled ‘family planning: empowerment of people and development of nation’, was organised at the Prothom Alo office with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The discussion was moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Qayyum.According to the 2011 population census, the country’s recent population is more than 160.30 million and it is projected to be 280 million by 2061, it was mentioned in the keynote. Technical officer of family planning of UNFPA Abu Sayed Hasan authored it.On the current situation, Hossain Zillur Rahman said the country is facing the crisis of employment opportunity.Around 2.2 million people are adding to the workforce, but 700,000 people are being provided with jobs domestically and another 500,000 people abroad, he pointed out.Hossain Zillur said the land cannot be found for implementing the projects.In 20 years between 1994 and 2014, the proportion of women visited by family planning field workers has been almost halved.However, director general of family planning Kazi Mustafa Sarwar said over 400 physicians have been appointed to strengthen the family planning activities in the field level.Speaking as the chief guest, health minister Mohammad Naism said the population growth in Sylhet and Chittagong is very high as being conservative, the people there do not want to receive family planning methods.He urged Prothom Alo authorities to arrange seminars and discussions at slum and rural areas and he will attend those, rather arranging it in drawing rooms and conference halls.Law maker Fazilatunnesa Bappy said family planning activities are very urgently needed to implement sustainable development goals (SDG).She said men also have to be included in the programmes.Chairman of Population Science Department at Dhaka University professor Aminul Haque said the family planning is not possible only by controlling birth. Overall matters including health and education have to be included in the planning.Actress Peya Jannatul said the people have to be made aware through drama.Youth representative Tasneem Jara said women have to be empowered by providing them with knowledge about contraception.Youths have to be utilised as they want to work on population issues, she added.While moderating, Abdul Qayyum said the additional population is number one problem.”We have not achieved progress to our desired level. We have to increase investment,” he said.Line director at the directorate of family planning Moinuddin Ahmed, chief of party USAID-DFID NGO Health Service Delivery Project Halida Hanum Akhtar, Associate of Population Council Sharif Mohammed Ismail Hossain, Ipas country manager Sayed Rubayet, Islamic Foundation Director Khijir Hayat Khan and genereral manager of SMC Toslim Uddin Khan, among others, also spoke.last_img read more

first_imgWorld-Tourism-DayThe World Tourism Day is being observed in the country on Wednesday as elsewhere across the globe with the theme ‘Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development’.A daylong colourful festival and musical show are set to be held at Rabindra Sarabor, one of the capital’s popular cultural hubs, to mark the day.Aviation and Tourism Journalists’ Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB), a platform of journalists covering aviation and tourism affairs, with the support from Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) is organising the festival titled ‘Tourism Fest 2017’.Different organisations are expected to showcase various tourism-related products and activities at the venue from morning while a discussion on this year’s theme of sustainable tourism will be held at 3:30 pm.Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon, information minister Hasanul Haq Inu and home affairs minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal are expected to attend the discussion.In the afternoon, a live musical show is scheduled to be staged where popular folk band Joler Gaan along with other traditional solo singers will perform.Besides, tribal and traditional dance performances are also included in the festival itinerary.In Chittagong, a rally was held in the port city this morning to mark the World Tourism Day.Addressing a press conference, H M Hakim Ali, CEO Hotel Agrabad and president of Bangladesh International Hotel Association (BIHA), on Tuesday said proper planning needed to develop tourism in Chittagong as it was blessed with a huge potential for tourism.The present government has given emphasis on the tourism industry and allocated a considerable amount for the development of the sector, said Ali adding that the tourism sector could play a vital role through promoting brotherhood among the people in this strife-torn world.Apart from bringing out the rally, Hotel Agrabad is set to arrange an art competition for children and Bangla & Sri Lankan Food Festival from 27 to 28 September marking the day.last_img read more

first_imgA sign that reads `Warning – Route for Wild Elephants` is pictured near Bangladesh`s Balukhali camp for Rohingya refugees on 14 October 2017. Wild elephants killed four Rohingya refugees including three children on 14 October as they were building a shack in Bangladesh`s southeast, police said. The incident occurred at Balukhali camp in Cox`s Bazar district, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have set up makeshift shelters since fleeing violence across the border in Myanmar.Wild elephants killed four Rohingya refugees including three children as they were building a shack on forest land in southern Bangladesh Saturday, police said.The incident occurred at Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar district, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have set up makeshift shelters since fleeing violence across the border in Myanmar.”They were trampled to death by seven or eight wild elephants. They include a woman and three children,” Afrozul Haq Tutul, deputy police chief of Cox’s Bazar, told AFP.Two people were also injured, he said, adding all the victims were Rohingya who were building a shack on in a part of the forest where wild elephants frequently search for food and shelter. This is the second time Rohingya refugees have been attacked by wild elephants in the area. Earlier two Rohingya — an elderly person and a child — were killed by elephants as they were sleeping in a makeshift shelter. An estimated 536,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a fresh outbreak of violence erupted on 25 August in Myanmar’s westernmost Rakhine state.Space at established refugee camps in Bangladesh has been all but exhausted, with new arrivals hacking away trees and other vegetation anywhere they can to erect shelters from the monsoon rain.Many newly arrived refugees are camping in the open or along roadsides, where they rush aid trucks for food and other desperately needed supplies.The Bangladesh government has allocated 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) of forest land to build proper shelters for the refugees but many have already set up shacks before the actual construction begins. A Cox’s Bazar district forest official told AFP that clashes between animals and refugees were “inevitable” as the camp areas have been a roaming ground for elephants for centuries.”This is a reserve forest land, frequented by wild Asian elephants all the time,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.  The authorities want to extend the existing camps around Kutupalong and Balukhali into a refugee city for 800,000 Rohingya, but the United Nations has warned such a settlement would be dangerously overcrowded.The latest violence erupted after Rohingya militant raids on 30 police posts in Rakhine triggered a military crackdown.The UN calls the army fightback a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” with villages set ablaze to drive Rohingya civilians out.last_img

first_imgRajshahi district unit BNP general secretary Motiur Rahman Montu. Photo: CollectedA Rajshahi court on Tuesday placed Motiur Rahman Montu, general secretary of district unit BNP, on a five-day remand in a case filed over the crude bomb attack on a rally of the party’s mayoral candidate Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul, reports UNB.Rajshahi metropolitan magistrate Zahidul Islam passed the order when sub-inspector of Boalia police station and also the investigation officer of the case Golam Mostafa produced him before the court with seven-day remand prayer.Earlier on 22 July, police in a drive arrested Motiur Rahman Montu from his house in the city’s Ramchandrapur area around 2:30am following the leak of an audio clip over alleged conversation between Montu and another BNP leader regarding bomb attack on the rally.On 17 July, the rally of BNP candidate came under crude bomb attack in Sagorpara Bottolar Mor area around 11:00am.Later, sub-inspector Shamim Hossain of Boalia police station filed a case accusing eight unnamed people.last_img read more

first_imgMaldives` former president Mohamed Nasheed speaks during a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 22 January, 2018. Photo: ReutersThe declaration of a state of emergency in the Maldives and arrest of two senior judges prompted an exiled former president to ask India on Tuesday to send an envoy backed by military to free political prisoners on the tiny Indian Ocean archipelago. Following is background to the crisis engulfing the overwhelmingly Muslim nation of 400,000 people, whose faraway islands are best known as a luxury holiday destination.KEY FIGURESPresident Abdulla Yameen declared the state of emergency on 5 Feb, having defied a shock ruling from the Supreme Court that quashed convictions ranging from terrorism to corruption and ordered the release of nine leading opposition figures, on grounds that the cases against them were politically tainted.Yameen came to power in 2013 after winning an election the opposition said was rigged. Critics accuse his government of imprisoning opponents, curbing free speech and exerting pressure on the judiciary.His rival Mohamed Nasheed, became the Maldives’ first democratically elected president in 2009, but he was forced to resign amid a mutiny by police in 2012. After losing the election to Yameen the following year, Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2015 on charges that he said were concocted by Yameen’s government.Allowed to leave jail to seek medical treatment abroad, Nasheed was granted asylum by Britain in 2016. He has said he wants to contest a presidential election due later this year, and was in Colombo when Supreme Court decision precipitated the crisis. After Yameen declared a 15-day emergency on Tuesday, Nasheed called on India, the main regional power, to intervene.Nasheed, a graduate of Britain’s Liverpool University, is well connected in the West and has been able to bring pressure against Yameen’s administration.During his imprisonment, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, the wife of Hollywood actor George Clooney, championed his cause and helped expose alleged human rights violations by Yameen’s administration.Back during his presidency, Nasheed had drawn world attention to the Maldives by conducting an underwater cabinet meeting, with the ministers wearing scuba diving suits, to highlight the dangers posed by global warming to low-lying island nations like his own.SUPREME COURT RULINGWhile quashing the convictions against Nasheed and eight other opposition leaders, and ordering the release of those in detention, the court said that they should be re-tried.It also ordered the reinstatement of 12 lawmakers who had been stripped of their parliamentary seats by Yameen’s party for defecting last year, saying their removal was unconstitutional.The reinstatement of the dozen legislators, who now belong to opposition parties, would cause Yameen’s party to lose its majority in the 85-member assembly.Should the opposition reach a majority, they would be able to unseat the speaker, who is a member of the ruling party, and pass no confidence motions against government officials.YAMEEN’S RESPONSEDeclaring the emergency, Yameen’s office issued a statement saying the court order had disrupted functions of the executive and infringed national security and public interest. It also said the constitution could eventually be undermined if the court order was implemented. ( president’s office said some rights have been restricted under the emergency and some laws suspended, though no curfew has been ordered. It gave assurances for the safety of Maldivians and foreigners.Having imposed the state of emergency, Yameen ordered the arrest of the country’s chief justice and another top judge, and security forces seized control of the Supreme Court.In a televised address to the nation, Yameen said he had acted to prevent a coup and implied the judges had sided with his enemies as they were under investigation for corruption.The president had earlier fired two police chiefs who said they would uphold the court order to release Yameen’s opponents.The army appears to be supporting Yameen. On Sunday, state television showed several police and soldiers saying they were ready to sacrifice their lives “in the defence of the lawful government”.Yameen’s supporters have shut down an independent television station.NASHEED’S REACTIONIn a Twitter post, Nasheed requested India to send an envoy, backed by its military, to release the judges and political detainees. He also urged the United States to block financial transactions of Yameen’s government.New Delhi sent troops to the Maldives in 1988 to foil a coup, purportedly involving foreign mercenaries.INTERNATIONAL REACTIONThe United States and India have urged Yameen to heed the court decision, but he has disregarded international calls to solve the crisis through dialogue.China, which has boosted its investments in the Maldives, said the crisis should be settled internally.The Maldives withdrew from the Commonwealth, the association of former British colonies and dominions, in 2016 after being threatened with suspension for failing to show progress on democracy.last_img

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROThe fallout from the disgraced Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), broadened this week after a Baltimore County police officer whose name surfaced during the trial of two of the accused city cops, resigned.Baltimore County Officer Michael Woodlon left the agency voluntarily Aug. 20, the department told the AFRO.  Baltimore County police spokesman Cpl. Shawn Vinson declined to elaborate further on the circumstances leading to his departure or if any allegations against Woodlon were sustained.Momodu Gondo, one of the disgraced ex-members of the disbanded Gun Trace Task Force, implicated Baltimore County Police Officer Michael Woodlon for crimes connected to the GTTF scandal. This week Woodlon resigned from the Baltimore County Police Department. (Photos: Momodu Gondo/Twitter and Baltimore County Police Vehicle: Courtesy)During the trial of two of the eight members of the disbanded elite gun unit, one of the former detectives, Momodu Gondo, testified that Woodlon had participated in several robberies with him.  The former member of the GTTF testified that he had split cash proceeds with Woodlon.Woodlon was suspended by county police on July 18 during an internal investigation after the allegations surfaced. But county police would not comment on the outcome of the investigation.  Sources told the AFRO Woodlon denied any wrongdoing.Attempts to reach Woodlon for comment were unsuccessful.Woodlon was hired by the county in 2012 and was assigned to the Woodlawn precinct.  Previously he worked as a Baltimore City police officer.The GTTF is a group of eight former Baltimore City officers who were either convicted or pleaded guilty to robbing residents, stealing and dealing drugs and filing fake overtime slips.The specialized unit wreaked havoc on the city for years, committing robberies and dealing drugs while earning overtime pay on vacation.The original charges against the officers stemmed from a series of federal wiretaps collected on former Det. Gondo in 2016.But the mysterious death of Detective Sean Suiter, who was found shot in the head in a West Baltimore alley in November, expanded the scope of the scandal when police officials revealed Suiter was set to testify in a 2010 robbery involving the ringleader of the unit, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins.Allegedly, Suiter and Jenkins, along with another officer, tried to rob Baltimore resident Umar Burley by boxing in his car in 2010.  But Burley managed to evade them, which lead to a car chase and an accident that killed the 84-year old father of a Baltimore city police officer. Jenkins later admitted another officer planted drugs after the crash to implicate Burley.Burley was recently released from prison and cleared of federal charges after serving seven years. Jenkins said that Suiter was unaware that drugs were planted.The latest chapter of the GTTF scandal has embroiled the beleaguered agency in an ongoing series of damaging revelations about the BPD.The department is currently under federal consent decree after a scathing report by the Department of Justice found the department engaged in unconstitutional and racist policing over a period of 20 years.Six of the eight members of the GTTF have been sentenced to federal prison, including the ring leader, former Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, who received 25 years.Two of the remaining members, Gondo and Jemell Rayam, have not been sentenced yet.  Gondo’s lawyer has said publicly his client is continuing to cooperate with federal prosecutors.last_img read more

first_img“Nothing shows the power of VR than trying it for the first time and falling out of the chair,” Macaroni told Variety, adding that he was encouraging for viewers to send in videos of their own VR fails. “We’d love more clips, and I know they are out there,” he said. “We had a lot of fun,” Steve-O added.However, “Headset Hotshots” isn’t just in it for the laughs. Macaroni said that he also wanted to find a way to highlight VR projects worth trying, which is why Steve-O is playing with Mindshow in one episode. “I’m trying to make VR cool and fun,” Macaroni said, adding that he’d ultimately like to turn the show into something like “The Tonight Show” of VR.Steve-O actually hadn’t tried much VR at all before starring in the show, but he said that he was up for the show regardless of the technology. “I’m an attention whore no matter what,” he joked, adding that he wouldn’t mind helping to attract new audiences to the medium. “If I can help make that happen, I’d love that too.”Macaroni didn’t receive any outside financing for “Headset Hotshots, but he said that he is looking for ways to keep the show going on a weekly basis. “I have 4 and I’d love to do more.” Steve-O recording a stunt while wearing a VR headset.With each episode lasting 4 minutes, “Headset Hotshots” features home videos of VR fails — players losing their balance and stumbling into their TV set, or being so scared by immersive VR that they literally fall off their seat. Steve-O then takes some of those fails and aims to reenact them while wearing a headset. Ever wondered what “Jackass” would have looked like in VR? Wonder no more: “Headset Hotshots,” a new show that combines VR demos with home videos and mindless stunts, is heading to YouTube next week. Viewers will be able to enjoy the show either in VR, or as 360-degree videos on their desktop or phone.The show is being made by VR producer and filmmaker Sam Macaroni and his production company Thundership. Macaroni won over longtime friend and partner Steve-O to be the host on 2 of the initial 4 episodes. New episodes are scheduled to be published weekly on YouTube. CREDIT: Courtesy of Thundershipcenter_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgUnivision terminated its foray into the pureplay digital-media realm with the sale of Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion earlier this month — for a fire-sale price significantly less than $135 million the broadcaster paid for only the former Gawker Media properties two and half years ago.The new owners of the suite of websites are private-equity firm Great Hill Partners and Jim Spanfeller, a longtime media executive, who serves as CEO of the newly formed G/O Media and owns a minority stake in the company.Spanfeller, in an interview with Variety, said he remains very bullish on G/O Media’s ability to build a thriving digital venture. And, he said, there are no plans currently to make significant layoffs at the company, which has just over 400 employees, as it separates from Univision. “We don’t plan to cut our way to growth,” Spanfeller said.That said, Spanfeller said G/O Media will be “looking to run things more efficiently” and improve the company’s cost structure by providing “more direction that has been lacking” — referring to Gizmodo Media Group’s ownership under Univision. Related Twitter Expands Live-Streaming Video Lineup, Sets Content Deals With Viacom, ESPN, Live Nation, Univision, and More YouTube’s ACE Family Signs With Univision Creator Network (EXCLUSIVE) ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img “We are confident we can make this a profitable, fast-growing business,” he said.For now, G/O Media isn’t planning to shut down any of the properties it acquired. Those are Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Kotaku, Splinter and The Root; and The Onion, which includes its flagship satire publication, entertainment outlet A.V. Club, ClickHole and The Takeout.Worth noting is that according to the Writers Guild of America East, which represents 233 employees at the former Gizmodo Media Group and Onion, its members will continue to work under union-negotiated terms and conditions with Great Hill’s acquisition.In splitting from Univision, G/O Media is planning to move into new New York offices on May 4 — at 1540 Broadway in Times Square, in space sublet from Viacom — and is looking for an office in L.A.Spanfeller declined to comment on reports that the price tag on the Gizmodo Media Group/Onion sale was under $50 million, saying only, “We feel we got a very good deal.”In aggregate, the collection of properties reaches about 100 million unique monthly visitors, although that’s 70 million-80 million backing out third-party sites that are part of the G/O Media group ad network.“The more time we spent with the data the more excited we got,” Spanfeller said. Besides comprising a large audience, it also skews younger to provide better reach among consumers 18-34 than Vice, Vox, BuzzFeed or Group Nine, according to Spanfeller. “Then what was really interesting was how engaged they are with their audience — they’re not dependent on social media.”Spanfeller, former CEO of, most recently built Spanfeller Media Group, whose properties included The Daily Meal and The Active Times; in December 2016, he sold the company to Tribune Publishing Co. (then called Tronc).As part of standing up G/O Media as an independent entity, Spanfeller recently hired a chief technology officer and CFO (as the execs providing those functions for Univision’s Gizmodo Media Group are remaining with the Hispanic broadcaster). Spanfeller said G/O Media is currently looking to hire a chief talent officer to run HR. The company’s new CTO is Jesse Knight, who was CTO/CIO of Vice Media from 2012-17. He started his career at Solid Sender, a development and consulting practice he founded and ran after graduating from McGill University. Filling in the CFO spot is Tom Callahan, who most recently was CFO of BandLab Technologies (where he helped support media operations and manage its investment in Rolling Stone, now owned by Penske Media Corp., the parent company of Variety). He previously worked with Spanfeller at Forbes Media.Given the challenges for digital media players across the spectrum, can G/O Media make a go of it? The company’s websites have been running in the red: Gizmodo Media Group’s properties generated over $80 million in revenue in 2017 but lost $20 million, the Wall Street Journal reported.Spanfeller declined to discuss specifics of the company’s financials. But he insisted G/O Media can become a viable business on its own, without needing to engage in any M&A. “We are open to incremental things we can add to the company,” he said. “But I don’t think it’s a situation where you do bolt-ons or die – you do bolt-ons and then you can be more efficient on the back-office side.”Univision bought the Gawker assets in a bankruptcy auction (which didn’t include, after Gawker Media was sued into bankruptcy by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel. Univision acquired a 40% stake in The Onion in January 2017 for an undisclosed amount.Separately, Gawker is slated to relaunch this year under Bustle Digital Group, after CEO Bryan Goldberg paid $1.35 million for the media gossip blog. Popular on Variety last_img read more

first_imgUrban reflections, is a collection of realistic and surreal images of Bombay (Mumbai, India), as seen by me, over the last seven years. These images capture the rapidly changing life in Mumbai, which has adopted the path of vertical growth during the last decade.The exhibition being held on March 13 to 23 at Arpana Caur Gallery at Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, Sri Fort Institutional Area, marks a significant departure in the professional career of well-known photojournalist Chandu Mhatre. After shooting all major news events unfolding in India in the past four decades, he has lately been focusing on what can be characterized as fine art photography.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Although the pictures that form Urban Reflections are primarily motivated by artistic considerations, they also tell the urban story of Mumbai’s soul. Urban Reflections is a result of Mhatre’s many journeys through Mumbai to chronicle how the city has changed under the impact of globalization and economic liberalization. The aim has been to capture the city far from its stereotypical images and give the city a touch of fine art photography.This ‘makeover’ in the name of ‘development’ is changing the city’s skyline rapidly; in their quest for materialism, people are uprooted from their cultural moorings thereby resulting in urban chaos. Sea links, highways and flyovers inundated with vehicles have added to the frantic pace of life. The resulting images are seen reflected, on mirrored walls, windows and doors. Contemporary life in Mumbai is a vibrant kaleidoscope of colours and images. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe continuous flow of migrants to Mumbai makes it a melting pot of cultures and traditions. People from all levels of society come with hope, intellectual inputs, traditional values, religious beliefs and cultural nuances. They provide manpower needed to keep the city running. This in turn has an impact on urban life, creating opportunities as well as tensions due to conflicts of interest, beliefs, values and their survival instinct.Based in New Delhi and Mumbai, India, Mhatre has worked for a wide variety of international media groups and global organizations.  Apart from all the leading publications, leading international and Indian magazines and newspapers as well as a variety of global organizations has published his works.  Chandu’s pictures have been extensively used by UNICEF, UNDP, United Press International, Associated Press, Reuters News Agency, Fortune, Forbes, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Washington Post, Geo, The Times London, The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Marg Publications, CBS 60 Minutes, Debonair, India Today, Bombay Magazine, The Illustrated Weekly of India, Onlooker, Mirror, Imprint, The Times of India and The Indian Express.Additionally, Chandu documented Portuguese history in Goa for the Institute of Cultural affairs in Macau, Government of Portugal. He photographed a book on The Warli for Lalit Kala Akadami. He has also researched and worked with CBS 60 Minutes for their program in India, 50 years of IIT, AIDS, Medical Tourism, Most beautiful woman in world, Aishwarya Rai and Bikram Yoga. He photo documented 1st Jazz Yatra, which was organized by The Bombay group in Mumbai in 1978.He also specializes in fine art photography and archive exhibition photo printing for which he has set up his own printing unit. At present he is working on photo features and projects in India on human, social and environmental issues.When: March 13 to 23Where: Arpana Caur Gallery at Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, 4/6 Sri Fort Institutional Arealast_img read more