TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)The final week of the college football season is here. Championship weekend holds several significant matchups and a few that have major College Football Playoff implications.With the final few games upon us, ESPN’s Heather Dinich predicted what the possible playoff foursome would look like in different scenarios. Among the scenarios run, Dinich predicted the outcome if all of the favorites win their respective matchups this weekend.Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State are all in play for the playoff. But who makes it if all win their conference titles this weekend?According to Dinich, Oklahoma would make it in over Ohio State – unless the Buckeyes destroy Northwestern the way they did Michigan last weekend.HD’s prediction: 1. Alabama, 2. Clemson, 3. Notre Dame, 4. Oklahoma (unless Ohio State looks like the Ohio State that crushed Michigan)This is the consensus prediction at this point, though anything is possible in the final weekend of the season. The playoff committee’s decision to put Oklahoma at No. 5 and Ohio State at No. 6 suggests a win by both programs this weekend puts the Sooners in the playoff.[ESPN]
Finance and the Public Service State Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, has lauded Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) for implementing reforms that have significantly improved the agency’s operations and service delivery and taxpayers’ compliance in filing statutory returns. Meanwhile, TAJ’s Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Dave Jefferies, indicated that the agency has surpassed revenue-collection targets over the past two years, “a feat we had not achieved in the (previous) nine years”. Finance and the Public Service State Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, has lauded Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) for implementing reforms that have significantly improved the agency’s operations and service delivery and taxpayers’ compliance in filing statutory returns.Notable among these initiatives, she says, are the Revenue Administration Information System (RAiS) e-services platform; the creation of a single payment window for filing National Insurance Scheme (NIS), National Housing Trust (NHT) and Education Tax returns; and the establishment of customer care centres tailored to enhance the client experience.Mrs. Williams said consequent on these, tax compliance has improved significantly within recent years.She was speaking at the TAJ’s first ever ‘Let’s Talk Tax’ discussion forum, which was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on November 1 under the theme ‘Tax Compliance in Jamaica’.Meanwhile, TAJ’s Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Dave Jefferies, indicated that the agency has surpassed revenue-collection targets over the past two years, “a feat we had not achieved in the (previous) nine years”.“For 2016/17, our target was $266 billion (and) we collected $284 billion… and for the first two quarters of the 2017/18 fiscal year, we are already 8.9 per cent ahead of revenue collection. So, we are on a trajectory of surpassing another revenue target,” he said.Against this background, Mrs. Williams contended that there is much to celebrate regarding the efforts of TAJ and the overall compliance of citizens with the payment of taxes.She commended the TAJ on its public education programme, which, she noted, was extensive and incorporated traditional media platforms such as print, radio and television as well as social media tools.She said these have been complemented by town hall meetings, seminars and workshops, noting that TAJ has also been raising awareness about the importance of taxes, among students in school.“Representatives go in and cover topics ranging from Jamaica’s tax system, the various types of taxes, the importance of paying taxes, (to) how to start a business, and applying for a taxpayer registration number (TRN),” the State Minister said.“The thinking, according to TAJ, is that creating awareness of the tax morale and voluntary compliance from an early stage in life will eventually lead to a culture of tax compliance,” she added.The State Minister noted, however, that much work remains to be done to further increase the level of taxpayer compliance.She said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that the compliance gap for one tax type, General Consumption Tax (GCT), from 2008 to 2013, ranged between 23 and 33 per cent of potential revenues.This, Mrs. Williams explained, averaged between $20 billion and $28 billion annually, noting that this was a “large figure”.Additionally, she said the TAJ’s use of third-party information, specifically utilising audits and inspections to identify delinquent taxpayers, showed a $3.1-billion revenue shortfall for the 2015/16 fiscal year.This information, the State Minister pointed out, was obtained for 724 audits conducted during the period.The forum formed part of activities marking the TAJ’s inaugural Tax Administration Week, from October 28 to November 3, under the theme ‘Making a Difference Through Service’. Notable among these initiatives, she says, are the Revenue Administration Information System (RAiS) e-services platform; the creation of a single payment window for filing National Insurance Scheme (NIS), National Housing Trust (NHT) and Education Tax returns; and the establishment of customer care centres tailored to enhance the client experience. Story Highlights
OTTAWA – Canadian negotiators are pushing for three key changes to the original Trans-Pacific Partnership as leaders of the remaining countries interested in reviving the controversial treaty prepare to meet this week.A senior government official says Ottawa’s negotiating team is seeking modifications to the original TPP deal in many areas — but primarily in the intellectual-property provisions, its approach on cultural exemptions and Canada’s supply management system for dairy, poultry and eggs.The 11 remaining TPP economies have moved ahead with talks in recent months in an effort to resurrect the Pacific Rim deal after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew earlier this year.The pact is expected to be a central topic this week in Da Nang, Vietnam, at a meeting of leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation bloc, which will include Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the other 10 TPP leaders.During his week-long visit to Asia, Trudeau will also hold an official visit with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and travel to the Philippines to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Manila.On TPP, International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne told The Canadian Press he wants a better deal before he signs a revamped version of the deal.Negotiators, he said, will be seeking the suspension of some provisions that were part of the original agreement.Champagne also said Canada has been pursuing improvements to the TPP, which was negotiated by the previous Conservative government, through side letters and possible work programs with Japan.He did not get into specifics on which parts of the deal he would like to see changed.Champagne, who will also participate in APEC meetings this week in Vietnam, did say Canada is pushing for the revised pact to contain “progressive” chapters on the environment, labour and gender equality. He added that New Zealand’s new government is also looking at a similar approach.“We’ve been trying to stay at the table making sure that we push the progressive elements, try to get a better deal for Canadians and then bring it back home,” he said.“It’s really about making sure we understand the non-tariff trade barriers and that we address them.”The original TPP included contentious provisions that angered some sectors in Canada, including the dairy and high-tech industries.For example, Ottawa was forced to table a multibillion-dollar compensation package for farmers because the deal would have raised the amount of foreign dairy entering Canada by 3.25 per cent.Canada’s tech sector has also warned TPP’s original intellectual property rules would have favoured the more dominant U.S. and its firms, which have already amassed a far bigger portfolio of patents, copyrights and trademarks.Intellectual property is viewed by many as a crucial component of the expanding — and increasingly important — knowledge-based economy.On cultural exemptions, the government official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the meetings, said Ottawa is seeking stronger commitments.For example, the official said the original TPP’s cultural exemptions are chapter by chapter as opposed to the more-global approach in the current North American Free Trade Agreement, which is preferred by the sector.Overall, the official said Ottawa’s priority is preserving market access, but that it’s working to find ways to make it a better deal.Negotiators from the 11 TPP economies, which are all members of APEC, have already begun talks in Vietnam.There are expectations the leaders could have something to announce related to the deal later in the week.Follow @AndyBlatchford
6 October 2008The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today expressed concerns that the aquaculture industry may struggle to meet future world demand for fish as a rising global population consumes more and more fish and small farmers in poor countries face difficulties in exporting their produce. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today expressed concerns that the aquaculture industry may struggle to meet future world demand for fish as a rising global population consumes more and more fish and small farmers in poor countries face difficulties in exporting their produce.The aquaculture sector – otherwise known as fish farming – will need to produce 80.5 million tons per year just to maintain current per capita fish consumption, according to a press release issued by FAO today. In 2006, the sector produced 51.7 million tons, or nearly half of the estimated 100 million fish consumed worldwide.The need for more fish from aquaculture has been heightened, the agency noted, because so-called traditional capture fisheries from the world’s seas, lakes and rivers have reached a plateau in terms of production.“The question remains whether the aquaculture sector can grow fast enough to sustain projected demand for fish while ensuring consumer protection, maintain environmental integrity, and achieving social responsibility,” a report to be released this week by FAO states. In addition, the rapid growth of the aquaculture sector is suggested to be slowing, with previous yearly growth rates of over 10 per cent from 1985 to 1995 declining to 7 per cent in the following decade. FAO has noted a series of issues facing the future of fish farming in a report that will be presented to countries attending a meeting of its aquaculture sub-committee this week in Puerto Varas, Chile. Other challenges that will be explored in FAO’s report include the environmental impacts of fish farming, food safety and antibiotic use and the impact which climate change may have on aquaculture.
“South-South cooperation today includes the exchange of technologies, knowledge and experiences, and every country, regardless of its size or economic status, has something to offer,” Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser said in remarks to the high-level meeting on South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Rome.In the remarks, delivered by the President’s Deputy Chef de Cabinet, Tariq Al-Ansari, Mr. Al-Nasser noted that South-South and triangular cooperation has become a major subject of international development discussion. “Although the long-term prospects for continued growth of the South and expansion of South-South development cooperation remain positive, major challenges lie ahead,” he stated.“On the other hand, these challenges present opportunities to reform and introduce new approaches to dealing with common problems and promoting further regional cooperation.”The meeting aims to introduce innovative South-South and triangular solutions and explore new opportunities for effective partnership.Mr. Al-Nasser said that effective approaches to South-South and triangular cooperation can include capacity development, peer learning, and the sharing of successful practices in the field. The importance of knowledge exchange through South-South and triangular cooperation was emphasized at the High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation, held in Nairobi in December 2009. He said it is important to implement the recommendations of the Nairobi Outcome Document, which urged UN entities to take concrete measures to support South-South and triangular cooperation to help developing countries, at their request and with their ownership and leadership, to develop capacities to maximize the benefits and impact of such cooperation.The President called on Member States and partners to strengthen the role of South-South and triangular cooperation for development, and to promote new opportunities and collectively work toward sustained economic growth and development.A related initiative was the Global South-South Development Expo in Rome, which saw the participation of UN agencies such as the World Food Programme (WFP), which led a forum on nutrition, HIV/AIDS, agriculture and food security. 8 December 2011The President of the General Assembly today stressed the value of greater economic cooperation and exchange of ideas among developing countries, known as South-South cooperation, in addressing common problems and encouraged new opportunities to work together.
A grant assistance package of vehicles, equipment, machinery etc meant for the faculties of Agriculture and Engineering of Killinochchi Campus of the University of Jaffna, was handed over to the University in a ceremony held at the Killinochchi Campus, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today.Consul General of India in Jaffna A. Natarajan and D.C. Manjunath, Head of Development Cooperation Wing, High commission of India in Colombo handed over the material to the Vice Chancellor of the University R. Vigneswaran. Deans of various faculty, other faculty members, officials and students participated in the ceremony. The handed over material was of worth SLR 90 million and is part of the SLR 600 million grant project to develop both the faculties of the University. The High Commission said that the new buildings built under this project for the Agriculture and Engineering Faculties were inaugurated in a special ceremony held on June 30, 2017, by Minister of Higher Education and Highways, Lakshman Kiriella, High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Governor of Northern Province Reginald Cooray. In addition to provision of equipment, vehicles etc., the Government of India will also provide support for curriculum development, faculty exchanges, training and research. The project will benefit students pursuing professional courses in Agriculture and Engineering by providing them better facilities and improved learning environment. (Colombo Gazette)
Senior United Nations officials appealed for a free and fair presidential election in Kyrgyzstan on Sunday, saying that it would send a positive signal to the other four countries of Central Asia, a landlocked region with 60 million people in a mosaic of cultures. “A successful election in Kyrgyzstan will contribute greatly to political stability throughout the region, which is essential for Central Asia’s long-term development,” said UN Assistant Secretary General Kalman Mizsei, who is also a UN Development Programme (UNDP) official.The presidential election was organized in just three months, with help from UNDP, following the resignation of former President Askar Akaev in April. Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – has drawn international attention because of its geopolitical importance, economic potential and unsettled political situation.Recent outbreaks of violence in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan have spotlighted the danger that political instability could undermine development and poverty alleviation in the region, UNDP officials said.“Central Asia will flourish only if countries of the region cooperate with one another and encourage the free movement of people, of goods and of knowledge among themselves, with their neighbours, and with the rest of the world,” said Mr. Mizsei, who directs the UNDP’s Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). UN Resident Coordinator in Kyrgyzstan Jerzy Skuratowicz said, “Kyrgyzstan is at a turning point. There is an urgent need to bring stability to the country and to strengthen national institutions through free and fair elections.”He expressed gratification that the political campaign had been conducted peacefully and added, “We call on all candidates and parties to ensure that the election takes place in a similarly peaceful atmosphere and in strict adherence to the rule of law.”
The United Nations refugee agency and the Nepalese Government have begun taking a census of an estimated 106,000 refugees in the country’s east, most Bhutanese and living there for more than a decade, in a joint exercise to obtain better information and to streamline assistance services.Abraham Abraham, UN High Commissioner for Refugees representative in Nepal, said yesterday that the census will help the UNHCR and the Government “to provide better protection, security and support to the refugees on the basis of improved documentation on ‘who is who’ and ‘who is where’.”Mr. Abraham added: “The importance of this census is that the data collected will be used to establish individual profiles for improved planning, delivery and monitoring of assistance and also to identify and document particular needs of individual refugees.”The census will be conducted across seven camps, starting in Jhapa district’s Beldangi I camp, over the next few months, according to UNHCR.Most of the refugees are from Bhutan and arrived in eastern Nepal more than 16 years ago, lacking much formal documentation. Under the census any existing information will be validated, cross-checked, updated and recorded in a new database, and refugees will have their photographs taken for identity cards.Last month the United States announced it was willing to accept up to 60,000 of the refugees, and Canada and Australia have also shown interest. UNHCR said these offers could help to break the deadlock on finding a long-term solution for the refugees.
With Ken Hitchcock having been dispatched by the Columbus Blue Jackets, the question remains: What’s next for the Edmonton, Alberta native?The immediate answer is the Olympics. But as far as a future coaching position in the NHL, the answer isn’t so clear.“My focus right now is obviously on the Olympics,” Hitchcock said in a press conference last Thursday.Hitchcock will join Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s staff coaching the Canadian team. The Olympics in Vancouver will be Hitchcock’s third stint with the Canadian team, having coached them in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2006 and Nagano, Japan, in 2002.Following the Olympics, there’s no doubt teams will be interested in Hitchcock’s services. The stoic 58-year-old has 500 career wins as an NHL coach. Hitchcock has also led three teams to the playoffs, including a Stanley Cup Championship in 1999, when he was coaching Dallas.However, Hitchcock isn’t sure he’ll jump back into coaching, as he did after being fired twice previously.After being let go by Dallas, Hitchcock immediately joined forces with the Philadelphia Flyers. And similarly, when he was cut loose by the Flyers, he was quickly picked up by the Jackets. But this time around the veteran Hitchcock says it might be different.“I’m not going to jump at the first job opportunity,” Hitchcock said. He went on to explain that he’s been in almost every coaching situation, from Stanley Cup contenders to teams building from the ground up. This time, Hitchcock says, the scenario would have to be perfect.“I think if it’s the right situation I would like to look at it,” Hitchcock said. But he also said he’s not rushing into anything, due in part to his connection to the Blue Jackets organization.“I feel a very personal obligation to the McConnell family and [Jackets president] Mike Priest,” Hitchcock said. “I have a contractual obligation, but it goes beyond that with Mike and myself. I feel like I started something here.”Hitchcock’s contract runs through 2011-2012, during which time he is due $1.33 million per year. But as he said, his ties are deeper than that. It’s believed Blue Jackets management will look to retain Hitchcock as an adviser if he doesn’t find work elsewhere this season. While that might create an awkward situation for all involved, a management position might be appealing to Hitchcock.“The next move I’d like to make is an organizational one,” Hitchcock said. “I don’t want to just be a coach. I’d like a long-term relationship.”
Considered to be Australia’s youngest Chief Executive Officer, having successfully launched two businesses in Australia all while still attending high school, it is not surprising that Greek Australian teenager Alessandra (Ali) Kitinas has been nominated for the Young Citizen of the Year Award.“I am honoured and grateful to have been considered and nominated for such an award,” Ali told Neos Kosmos.“I am proud to be able to represent my peers and shed light on the issues affecting the youth of today while doing good for the community and helping others, especially those less fortunate than most, to shed light on the forgotten and overlooked, and raise awareness and action for the increasing number of teenagers that are becoming homeless daily,” explained the Sydney-based entrepreneur who was nominated by a member of the newly amalgamated Inner West Council in New South Wales.Traditionally one award is offered in each category, in each Council and State. The winners are announced each year on Australia Day, 26 January. Each of the awards are given in recognition of people who have provided outstanding service for the welfare of the general community. “My mission is to be the voice for those that cannot speak for themselves and raise both awareness and funding for organisations that support these initiatives and if my nomination can raise further funding and awareness, then I feel that I have served my community with dignity and compassion,” Ali said. “We are all equal. The homeless do not choose to be homeless, the youth do not choose to be victims of dysfunctional families or the loss of employment or home. Every community member has the right to be treated equally and as a valued member of society,” said the young businesswoman who last year also spoke at an International Women’s Day event as a young advocate for women’s rights. Her activism was further acknowledged following her campaign to raise funds and awareness for the homeless at last year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout.Ali, who originates from the islands of Lemnos and Kastellorizo, launched her first social media marketing agency, aptly named Outside The Square (O.T.S), at the age of 11 whilst her second business, three-year-old company Freedom Scrub Foundation, produces ethically sourced body scrubs made from recycled coffee grounds with a portion of its proceeds going towards helping impoverished and war-stricken children from Rwanda to Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) through the HOPE Foundation.“The idea of me setting up my first business was fuelled when my mother had a really bad corporate experience and I witnessed the pressure and struggles she went through during that difficult time. “At a very young age for most, I decided that I wanted to be my own boss so that I don’t have to depend on anyone and be financially secure by standing on my own two feet. Although school and work are my main priorities, at the same time I believe that our community is our extended family, therefore, we need to be consciously active and vocal to assist those that have no-one to support them or cannot speak for themselves. “I want to be there for those people in need and do what I can to give them better opportunities in life.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Climate change affects more than just the environment: A Stanford University study shows global warming has increased economic inequality.While temperature fluctuations have enriched cool countries like Norway and Sweden, warmer nations such as India and Nigeria are suffering.“Our results show that most of the poorest countries on Earth are considerably poorer than they would have been without global warming,” lead study author and climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh said in a statement. “At the same time, the majority of rich countries are richer than they would have been.”Based on 50 years of annual temperature and gross domestic product (GDP) measurements for 165 countries, researchers demonstrated that growth during warmer-than-average years has accelerated in cool nations and slowed in warm ones.Warming that has already happened has increased economic inequality around the world (via Stanford University)“The historical data clearly shows that crops are more productive, people are healthier, and we are more productive at work when temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold,” according to study co-author Marshall Burke, a Stanford assistant professor of Earth system science.“This means that in cold countries, a little bit of warming can help,” he said. “The opposite is true in places that are already hot.”Using climate models to isolate how much each country warmed due to human-induced climate change, researchers were able to estimate a range of outcomes, suggesting what each nation’s economic output might have been had temperatures not increased.“For most countries, whether global warming has helped or hurt economic growth is pretty certain,” Burke said, admitting that the data is less clear for countries in the middle latitudes, including the US, China, and Japan.“A few of the largest economies are near the perfect temperature for economic output,” he continued. “Global warming hasn’t pushed them off the top of the hill, and in many cases, it has pushed them toward it.”The gap between economic output of the world’s richest and poorest countries is 25 percent larger today than it would have been without global warming (via Stanford University)Things won’t stay this way forever, though: A large amount of warming in the future would mean a severe drop in productivity.Just ask Sudan, India, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Brazil, which saw a 25 to 36 percent decrease in per capita GDP from global warming between 1961 and 2010.“The more these countries warm up, the more drag there’s going to be on their development,” Diffenbaugh warned, emphasizing the importance of increased sustainable energy access for poorer countries.“Our finding that global warming has exacerbated economic inequality suggests that there is an added economic benefit of energy sources that don’t contribute to further warming,” he added.The full study was published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.More on Geek.com:Landmark UN Report Urges Action on Environment, ClimateClimate Change Could Melt Tons of Human Poop at Denali National ParkThis $5.5 Million ‘Livable Yacht’ Lets You Ride Out Climate Change Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel
PORTLAND — A state report says Oregon’s unemployment rate hasn’t changed.The monthly report released Tuesday by the state Employment Department said the jobless rate was at 8.4 percent in February, the same as in January. The rate has been within a range of about half a percentage point for more than a year.A year earlier the rate was 8.9 percent. The rate is based on a survey of households, and the figures are seasonally adjusted.The report said a federal government survey of employment showed the state added 6,800 jobs in February, all but 800 in the private sector. The state’s total nonfarm payroll employment is more than 1.6 million.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting a man in a South Beach alleyway, last month.According to a tweet from Miami Beach Police, 32-year-old Tyrone Jackson was taken into custody Friday in connection to the murder of 29-year-old Kamil Patel. Jackson faces a first-degree murder charge.His arrest comes two days after police arrested 31-year-old Jeremiah Dorvilus. Investigators said he drove the car used in Patel’s murder. He has also been charged with first-degree murder.Investigators said Patel was shot and killed as he and a friend walked down an alley between 14th Street and Española Way, Jan. 25.Surveillance video captured the victim and his friend leaving a bar and heading toward the alleyway.Another security camera showed a white sedan leaving the scene of the shooting. Police later found out this was the getaway car.Friends of Patel said he had recently moved to South Florida from Dallas and had accepted a position at Bal Harbour Shops’ Prada store. Loved ones said he was moving up the corporate ladder.Rodriguez said Jackson’s arrest is important for Miami Beach residents. “A tragic, senseless crime. In Miami Beach, we don’t have this type of crime often,” he said. “Crime in Miami Beach is down, actually. However, one murder is one too many. That’s what we had on the streets of Miami Beach, and that’s why 15 days later, we’re now able to bring those responsible to justice.” #Breaking: Tyrone Jackson is in custody. Located in the City of Miami and currently being transported to MBPD. https://t.co/BO27KswTPE— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) February 9, 2018Officials said Jackson was located in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, Friday afternoon. He was taken to Miami Beach Police headquarters and is currently being questioned by detectives.Police said a Crime Stoppers tip led them to Jackson.Miami Beach Police officer Ernesto Rodriguez said the suspect has a lengthy rap sheet. “[He has] an extensive criminal past, a significant indicator of who this individual was,” said Rodriguez. “He had a distinct limp because he was previously shot with an AK-47. That’s something that actually helped our detectives in locating him.” Detectives have not specified a motive for Patel’s murder.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Chandan Roy SanyalPR HandoutActor Chandan Roy Sanyal, who had featured in films like Jaazba, Chef, Jab Harry Met Sejal among many others, is now going to be seen in Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra starrer Jabariya Jodi.In an exclusive interaction with International Business Times India, Chandan spoke about his role in the film, his experience of working with the two stars, what he feels about the practice of dowry quite common in Bihar and much more. The movie Jabariya Jodi is based on the custom of dowry in Bihar. The film is slated to be released on August 9.Below are the excerpts from the interview:IBT: Tell us something about your role in Jabariya Jodi.Chandan: Jabariya Jodi is basically based on a custom in Bihar where girl’s father invite goons to kidnap groom to get them married forcefully. We are a bunch of local thugs who do this. I am a part of the gang.IBT: How was the experience working with Sidharth and Parineeti?Chandan: This is the first time I am working with Sidharth and it was amazing. He is a very nice person and I really enjoyed working with him. I don’t have many scenes with Parineeti, but we had some light conversations and those were good. Jabariya Jodi posterPR HandoutIBT: What convinced you the most to accept the film?Chadan: I think it was a new idea and I have never done a film based on Bihar. Since my father is from Bihar, and I have good connection with the place and the language, I felt authentic to play the role.IBT: The film is based on dowry system. What do you think is the best way to end this practice or should be the punishment for men who demand dowry?Chandan: I think the best way to end this practice is through education. Such boys need to be taught by their own parents that they should earn their own money. I mean it is ridiculous to be asking a girl’s family to give money to buy stuffs like scooter, fridge, TV, etc. They should be taught that they can’t be marrying someone just for money. It is a criminal offence and should be dealt with strictest of the laws.IBT: There are laws against dowry already but still this practice continues, and the girl’s family also at times accept these demands instead of complaining.Chandan: Yes, they should complain too. Like I said, education that comes from school and colleges matters. The problem is this practice is very deeply rooted and it will take a while to change. However, things are changing now. During my growing days in the 90s, I used to see dowry fights and deaths even in my own neighbourhood. But I think with time, things are changing.IBT: Tell us something about your upcoming projects.Chandan: I am doing a show on the internet called Bhram. I am doing it with Kalki Koechlin, and we are shooting for it in Shimla. I am also reading some scripts, which appear to be exciting. Hopefully I will be signing a few ones soon.
Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe © delivers a speech during an election campaign in Tokyo. Photo: AFPMillions of Japanese braved typhoon conditions Sunday for a snap election likely to hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a fresh mandate to revive the world’s third-largest economy and press his hardline stance on North Korea.If pre-election surveys prove correct, Abe’s conservative coalition will cruise to a crushing majority to win a fresh term at the helm of the key US regional ally and Asian economic powerhouse.Polling stations opened across the country at 7:00am (2200 GMT Saturday) with voters battling high winds and driving rain as an election-day typhoon barrelled towards Japan.Analysts say that if the weather affects turnout, it is likely to benefit Abe, whose conservative voters are more determined, putting the nationalist blueblood on course to become the country’s longest-serving leader.“I support Abe’s stance not to give in to North Korea’s pressure,” one voter, Yoshihisa Iemori, said as he cast his ballot in Tokyo.“I’m focusing on this point for the election,” the 50-year-old construction firm owner told AFP.The near-constant drizzle throughout the campaign has not dampened the enthusiasm of hundreds of doughty, sash-wearing parliamentary hopefuls, who have driven around in minibuses pleading for votes via loudspeaker and bowing deeply to every potential voter.But with little doubt over the eventual result, the suspense lies in whether Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner will retain its two-thirds majority in the lower house.Such a “supermajority” would allow Abe to propose changes to Japan’s US-imposed constitution that forces it to “renounce” war and effectively limits its military to a self-defence role.Ballot boxes close at 8:00 pm (1100 GMT) when broadcasters publish generally reliable exit polls.‘We must not waver’Abe shocked Japan by calling the snap election a year earlier than expected, urging voters to stick with him in the face of what he termed the dual “national crises” of an ageing population and North Korean tensions.Pyongyang has cast a menacing shadow over the short 12-day campaign, after it lobbed two missiles over the northern island of Hokkaido and threatened to “sink” Japan into the sea.Nationalist Abe has taken a hawkish line during the crisis, binding Japan to the US stance that “all options” are on the table to counter Pyongyang’s nuclear threat and urging maximum pressure via sanctions.“When North Korea is purposefully threatening us and increasing tension, we must not waver,” an animated Abe stressed at his final campaign rally.“We must not yield to the threat of North Korea.”Observers say North Korea’s sabre-rattling has helped Abe, 63, as voters tend to plump for the incumbent at times of heightened tension.Weak oppositionDespite a clear lead in the polls, Abe enjoys only lukewarm support in the country and critics say he called the election to divert attention from a series of scandals that dented his popularity.Voter Etsuko Nakajima, 84, told AFP: “I totally oppose the current government. Morals collapsed. I’m afraid this country will be broken.”“I think if the LDP takes power, Japan will be in danger. He does not do politics for the people,” added the pensioner.But Abe faces a weak and fractured opposition in the shape of two parties that have only existed for a few weeks, the Party of Hope created by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and the centre-left Constitutional Democratic Party.Koike, 65, threatened to shake up Japan’s sleepy landscape with her new party, vowing to do away with old-school politics and vested interests.But after days of wall-to-wall media coverage for the former TV presenter, the bubble burst and Koike’s popularity ratings plunged, mainly because she declined to run herself in the election.“As it turned out, the Party of Hope is hopeless,” said Michael Cucek from Temple University.Koike herself was even in Japan on election day, choosing to visit Paris for an event in her capacity as Tokyo Governor.The centre-left Constitutional Democratic Party may benefit from her decline and could become the second biggest party.Abenomics: limited impactDespite the threat from North Korea, many voters feel the economy is a more pressing issue, as the prime minister’s trademark “Abenomics” policy has had limited success in returning Japan to its former glories.While the stock market stands at a 21-year high, the benefits have been slow to trickle down to the general public.“Neither pensions nor wages are getting better… I don’t feel the economy is recovering at all,” said 67-year-old pensioner Hideki Kawasaki.Abe has vowed to use part of the proceeds from a proposed sales tax hike to provide free childcare in a bid to get more women working but Koike wants to scrap the tax hike altogether.
Also during the Ohio State game, the Orono, Ontario native recorded her 200th career point and 100th point in a Louisville uniform. Chad has scored a hat trick in seven of the Cards’ last 11 games and has 42 goals in that stretch. She has 10 hat tricks on the season. Chad set the new program record for most goals scored in a single game on March 12, 2019 at Duquesne with nine goals. Her performance also tied the NCAA record for most goals in a game this season. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced that the University of Louisville’s Tessa Chad was named All-ACC Second Team on Tuesday. On April 9, 2019 against Ohio State, Chad tied her single-game goals record while also tallying two assists for 11 points to set a new program record for most points in a game. Chad has played in 34 games with 32 starts in two seasons at Louisville. The senior started all 17 games for the Cardinals this season. Her 56 goals this season rank 13th in the nation and sixth in the ACC. Her 1.5 free position goals per game rank sixth in the country. For her career, she has 98 goals in a Louisville uniform, which ranks 10th all-time. Her 2.88 goals per game in two seasons at Louisville rank third all-time in program history. Story Links In her four years combined at Canisius and Louisville, she has played in 74 games with 189 goals and 213 points. Print Friendly Version
1 2 Though the world of video games is more prevalent than ever, there are still some older generations that never quite caught up. We all know there’s a strange market full of console knockoffs, and with holiday season in full swing, you might receive some less-than-desirable — though unintentionally hilarious — consoles from well-intentioned, though ultimately uninformed relatives.PX-3600When pictures of the PX-3600 (above) began appearing on the internet, people thought it might have been some hybrid system that was able to play both PlayStation and Xbox games. However, it turned out to be just a console knockoff that only played games built into it. A closer examination revealed that the controller ports are like the ones found in the Atari 2600. The console comes with two controllers — but for some reason, only one has a vibration feature — as well as one gun controller.The unit is made by Cheer-Tech Industries, so if you want to troll a friend for the holidays, go give the product page a visit.Super Megason IVThough the Super Megason IV looks like the original PlayStation, but the circular disc cover flips up to reveal a cartridge slot rather than an optical disc tray. Because a vertical cart slots into the unit, the disc cover doesn’t actually close all the way. The SMIV comes with two controllers, one cartridge, and a gun controller. The cartridge holds a bunch of little games rather than just one, including blatant ripoffs, such as Jewel Tetris 504 and Hurdls 202.The controller featured on the box actually isn’t the one that comes with the unit — it’s actually more reminiscent of a Sega Genesis controller with a six-button layout. Amusingly, the length of the gun controller’s cord is too short, forcing the player to sit right up in front of the screen, essentially defeating the purpose.The console was found for the low price of $6.63, but you’ll have to head to a market in Bahrain if you’re that serious about getting one.Mini Polystation 3Though it looks like a PlayStation 3, the MPS3 is actually quite small, with the controller easily fitting into the palm of your hand. Rather than a slot-loading tray for optical media, a little screen sticks out on which the games are displayed. The console has the games built in, featuring ones such as Soccer, Baseball, Submarine Invasion, and Space Guardian. The best part? The unit requires three AA batteries to operate.Check out this video review:Next page: More whacky consoles that would make for awesome trolling…
The blast followed a series of attacks in the capital Kabul which have heightened concerns that Afghanistan could tip into a spiral of violence as the US-led military presence declines.The embattled Kabul police chief who tendered his resignation on Sunday will stay on in the role, a spokesman said, as Afghanistan struggles to respond to rising militant unrest.Nato’s force in Afghanistan will change on December 31 from a combat mission to a support role, with troop numbers cut to about 12,500 — down from a peak of 130,000 in 2010. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen“A suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives among people who were attending a funeral ceremony in Burka district this morning,” Aminullah Amarkhil, police chief of Baghlan province, said.“Initial reports show nine people, including two police, were killed and around 18 wounded.”Amarkhil said the funeral was for a tribal elder in Baghlan, a province on the main road from Kabul to Mazar-e-Sharif that has suffered worsening security in recent years.Taj Mohammad Taqwa, the district chief of Burka, confirmed the death toll.“The target was probably a number of high-ranking police officials and provincial council members who were attending the ceremony,” he said. “They are unharmed.”There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
“Before the elections, Modiji went to Haryana, Punjab, and said OROP will be done immediately when they will come to power,” said Gandhi while addressing his party workers at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.“It has been one year now. The soldiers are crying and threatening to launch an agitation. They are asking the government to disclose as to when the OROP would be implemented… Modiji says I am busy doing yoga, ask me later,” he added.Earlier in May, the Congress Vice-President had said that he would ‘pressurise’ the Centre to act on the One-Rank, One-Pension issue at the earliest. Gandhi, who met a delegation from the ex-servicemen cell of the party, said the UPA regime had made provisions for the scheme and had even allocated the money but the government failed to implement it. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM), a leading association of retired military personnel, has said that they would agitate and call for a hunger strike, if their demands for one-rank, one-pension are not met. Officials of the IESM announced their plans to launch an agitation after a meeting with Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to discuss the OROP issue ended inconclusively.Major General (retired) Satbir Singh, who is the vice-chairman of IESM, said that their meeting with the Defence Minister was inconclusive. He said they will hold a rally at the Jantar Mantar from June 14 and will begin the hunger strike from June 15. “The Chief of Army Staff had told us to meet the Defence Minister before holding a meeting. We, the members of Indian Ex-servicemen movement (IESM), met the Defence Minister. He told us that the ministry is working on it.”