REGINA – Saskatchewan is proposing to set the legal age to consume cannabis at 19 but minors caught with a small amount won’t end up with a criminal record.The government tabled legislation Wednesday outlining its plans once the federal government legalizes marijuana later this year.Justice Minister Don Morgan said public health and safety was the government’s priority when it set the age at 19.“We decided this kept us in line with what the age for consumption and possession of alcohol was, and that seemed to be the direction that most of the provinces were going,” Morgan said.“It would have been a challenge to use 23 or 25 or a later age. We were afraid that it would make it easier for the black market to be established at the lower ages.”The proposed legislation bans anyone under 19 from possessing marijuana, but getting caught with less than five grams will not result in a criminal record. Rather, Morgan said, the pot would be confiscated and a fine imposed.“We have to recognize that these are young people and we didn’t want to be onerous to the point that we imposed a serious criminal record on somebody or something that was disproportionate to the responsibility that a young person should have. It was a balance.”It would be a criminal offence, however, for an older person to supply marijuana to a minor, Morgan said.Saskatchewan is also proposing a zero-tolerance policy for drug-impaired drivers and a ban on consuming cannabis in public spaces, including schools and daycares.“Treat it the same way you would open liquor,” Morgan said.The province plans to follow federal standards and limit a household to four homegrown plants.Gene Makowsky, minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, said a price for cannabis is likely to be suggested by the Crown agency from time to time. That will be a delicate balancing act, he said.“You’ll want to find that spot where you want to get rid of the black market, but you don’t want to make it so cheap as to … make it that much more available, particularly to young people,” he said. “We don’t know at this point what the exact price will be.”Makowsky has already said the sale of legal cannabis will be handled by the private sector with government oversight. Some 51 retail cannabis permits are being made available in 32 communities.Retailers will have to pass a “good character” test similar to that required for alcohol sales. Makowsky said retailers will be allowed to purchase cannabis from out-of-province suppliers.
Brazilian forward Hulk insists he still plans to make the move to Palmeiras at some point in his future, despite being content in ChinaHulk currently plays for Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League and is contracted at the club until June 2020.Since his arrival in 2016, Hulk has gone on to manage an impressive 51 goals and 43 assists in 87 appearances for Shanghai and captained the team to the CSL title this year.In regards to rumours that he will be leaving Shanghai for Brazilian Serie A champions Palmeiras next year, Hulk dismissed them all together.“There is always speculation about me and Palmeiras, precisely because of the affection I have for the team and I have made it clear I identify with Palmeiras,” said Hulk, according to Goal.Copa Libertadores: Battle for quarter final place George Patchias – July 31, 2019 The race is hotting up for a place in the last 8 of South America’s equivalent of the Champions League. With the first group…“It is a wish and desire of mine to return to play in Brazil, but it’s something that is a bit complicated to happen at the moment.“I have two more years of my contract to see out at my club and I’m happy in China.”After leaving Brazil in 2005, Hulk has since gone on to enjoy spells with the likes of Portuguese champions FC Porto and Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg.The 32-year-old has also played in Japan for Kawasaki Frontale, Consadole Sapporo and Tokyo Verdy.Aside from that, Hulk has represented Brazil at international with 11 goals in 47 appearances and featured at the 2012 Olympics, 2014 World Cup and 2016 Copa America.
Once a robust category in print, the titles serving teen girls have dwindled in recent years. Both Hachette’s ElleGirl and Time Inc.’s Teen People shuttered in 2006. Hearst’s CosmoGirl! folded last month. (Last week, Conde Nast shuttered Flip.com, its online social network and scrapbook creation site aimed at teen girls.)”During our years in print, we realized that magazine Web sites were often an afterthought, running repurposed magazine pieces, stories that were killed, or content that was deemed ‘not good enough’ for print,” Walker said.“From a user perspective, it’s nice to have your information delivered to your inbox, as opposed to having to go to the site every day,” Ichikawa told FOLIO:. “Let’s face it, we’ve all gotten a little lazy with the immediacy of the Internet and if you can even cut out 20 seconds of your surfing routine, you’ll take that option.”The pair plan to make content available on a variety of platforms, including RSS, mobile, widgets, social media syndication and a traditional Web site.Daily Candy, which launched in 2000, was acquired by Comcast for $125 million in August. A pair of former ElleGirl editors have launched an e-mail newsletter targeted at teenage girls.Anne Ichikawa and Melissa Walker say I Heart Daily, an e-newsletter and Web site modeled loosely after the older-skewing Daily Candy, will deliver entertainment, fashion, beauty and news content to the audience they used to edit for.“We’re focused on making I Heart Daily a staple in the lives of our audience,” said Walker. “As more and more content providers targeting the teen demographic have folded, we hope to fill that void in a unique way. And we’re both always up for a new adventure, so we want to grow the brand and go wherever the site takes us.”
Post a comment 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Capability and hustle combine Mercedes-Benz Review • 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Sedan: A sport sedan in search of balance Enlarge ImageThe C-Class is still mighty good, but its design and tech is now a generation behind. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Even as gas prices fluctuate, buyers continue to favor SUVs and crossovers in ever-greater numbers, pushing sedans by the wayside. It’s such a strong push that it might cause at least one automaker to move its sedan manufacturing outside US borders to make room for more utility vehicles.Despite its position as its best-selling sedan in the US, Mercedes-Benz might move C-Class production out of its Alabama plant, Automotive News reports, citing sources “familiar with the situation.” Mercedes-Benz declined to comment to AN. The C-Class came here in 2014, a five-year process that, according to the report, was met with much pearl-clutching from German unions.The reason for its departure is simple — even though it still sells well, other cars sell better. And by cars, I mean “light trucks,” which include SUVs and crossovers. According to AN’s report, Mercedes-Benz estimates that some 60 percent of its US sales next year will be high-sided vehicles. It’s also taking up space at an already busy plant: Operating at 93 percent capacity, the plant is also responsible for popular utes like the GLS-Class and GLE-Class, both of which are expected to see increased sales over the next few years. The C-Class has occupied an ever-shrinking slice of Mercedes’ US market production, so it seems like the right time to plan a move.But where will it go? AN’s report points out that Mercedes also builds the C-Class in Germany, South Africa and China. Production of US-spec C-Classes would likely move to South Africa, where there’s plenty of plant capacity. Alabama is also gearing up for a whole lot of electric vehicles. The plant is in the midst of a $1 billion upgrade that will add electric-vehicle production to the facility’s portfolio. AN’s report clams that two new EQ vehicles, positioned similarly to the GLE and GLS, will start production in Alabama in 2020 and 2022, respectively, although Mercedes-Benz has not announced those vehicles yet. Even without its bread-and-butter C-Class, the automaker’s production doesn’t sound like it’s slowing down any time soon. Tags 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 looks good, performs better 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 review: More luxurious and techy than ever 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class first drive: ‘The S-Class of SUVs’ earns its title More From Roadshow Share your voice 0 More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Sedan Mercedes-Benz Sedans Car Industry 67 Photos
Apple’s kicked off its WWDC developers conference on Monday, introducing several products and software updates including the Apple Pro Display XDR, MacOS Catalina and iOS 13, and the new Mac Pro. Though the audience sounded excited enough about the devices, it was to the collective dread of the developer community and press that the event was once again being held in San Jose, California. Yes, just like the last couple of years when the company ceased its 12-year run in San Francisco in 2017, Apple forced thousands against their will to descend upon this great giant suburb. You’re welcome!Little do people know, however, that San Jose (aka my hometown) is the best city in the world*. San Francisco natives in particular have a whole complex about hating it for some reason. Something about it being boring or being populated with too many strip malls or having a hockey team that chokes. Also it’s really expensive to live there despite its rising crime rate (who told you about that anyway? I WILL STAB THEM). But one should be so honored to visit the third-biggest city in California (and 10th in the US) because it’s really poppin’. I would know because I use words like poppin’. Silicon Valley Comic Con and Facebook’s F8 were held there; we’re home to supersexy tech companies that make headlines every day, like Cisco Systems and Western Digital; and legendary punk rock band No Use For a Name is from there (RIP, Tony Sly).So if you’re one of the lucky ones to have to visit San Jose because your job depends on it, or you didn’t realize that was where you were going before you applied for the ticket lottery, here’s CNET’s guide to WWDC 2019 as it rises again in downtown San Jose. *I’ve been told that this is “debatable.”Haters hatin’ to 2017’s WWDC announcement. Lynn La/CNET Originally published May 31, 2017.Update, June 1, 2018: Adds WWDC 2018 context and updated information about Cinebar.Update, June 3, 2019: Adds WWDC 2019 context. Places to geek outThe Tech Interactive (formerly the Tech Museum): Bright orange with a purple dome up top, you can’t miss the museum. (Visually you can’t miss it. But you can miss out on it if you want, I’m not your boss.) In addition to exhibitions about tech and robots, there’s an earthquake simulator that is so scary it can make a young child (not me) burst into tears (again, not me) during her elementary school trip (definitely not me). Fun! This is a piece of tech history. Lynn La/CNET De Anza College: Yes, De Anza is technically in Cupertino, but it’s still close enough for Apple fans to visit for its place in tech history. Steve Wozniak went here after getting kicked out of another university for hacking its computers. In 1984, Steve Jobs unveiled the original Apple Macintosh at De Anza. And I can personally attest that the school’s outdoor benches are especially comfortable for napping between classes.Lick Observatory: Located on top of Mount Hamilton, it featured the world’s largest telescope back in its heyday. Make sure you visit during operating hours though, because you will get stopped for trespassing by that one cop who’s up there on Mt. Ham. Don’t ask me how I know. Places to goWinchester Mystery House: As an SJ native, I am contractually obligated to shoehorn the Mystery House into any conversation about San Jose. It’s a Victorian mansion built for widowed gun heiress Sarah Winchester. You’ve probably heard about it because of the 2018 movie “Winchester,” which is basically a documentary that is 100 percent accurate and stars Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke and some kid that walks around with a bag over his head (I’m serious).Convinced she was being haunted by ghosts as well as low-key annoyed by bag-head walker, Sarah Winchester continuously built out the house to confuse the ghosts. Stairs that went nowhere, hidden rooms and decoy bathrooms so the ghosts didn’t know where to poop. Tours are given out daily to underwhelmed out-of-towners and local schoolkids. It’s the most historically famous thing we got, so just go so you can say you went, OK?Come to SJ and be haunted by ghosts! Richard T. Nowitz/Getty Images Santana Row: Nearby Winchester is a bougie outdoor mall. I go there to look at things I can’t afford, touch the expensive washi paper at the Japanese stationary store Maido while the cashier eyes me and sit alone outside eating overpriced yogurt from Pinkberry. San Jose Improv: During the week of WWDC, MADTV actor Amir K will perform stand-up. True story, in high school I went to see Brian Regan there and choked on my drink while laughing and coughing at the same time. I ended up throwing up my drink right there on my table. The waitstaff was nice about it though, but the Improv has this two-drink minimum and since I was a teenager, that $6 soda I threw up was, like, a lot. San Pedro is like NY’s Chelsea Market or Seattle’s Pike Place or SF’s Ferry Building. Only smaller than all those places and with less stuff. Richard Cummins/Lonely Planet Images Places to eatSan Pedro Square Market: This indoor food market is similar to San Francisco’s Ferry Building, but much smaller. It’s still cool though, and it has lots of food vendors and bars to accommodate large groups. If you plan to party through the night, know that it closes early at midnight like a loser. La Victoria Taqueria: La Vics is the closest to an SF Mission burrito™ you can get. It’s famous for its delicious orange sauce that you should drizzle on everything. There are two locations and both get sloppy after midnight. So if you still want tasty burritos but want a tad chiller ambiance, walk over to Iguana’s nearby. Any Vietnamese restaurant, anywhere: Along with LA, SJ has the best Vietnamese food in California. Not every place is spectacular, but even mediocre Viet food in SJ is better than anything you’ll find elsewhere (including SF). Go to Dac Phuc for the pho (note: It’s closed on Mondays), Vung Tau for the downtown location and Com Ga Nam An for the Hainanese chicken. Oh and yes, the service is aloof, but deal with it. Places to drinkOld Wagon Saloon: OWS’ saloon theme and beer pong tables (per request) attract a lot of bro-y clientele, but it can still be fun. It’s where I learned to play shuffleboard, and my friends and I have a tradition of eating post-Thanksgiving-Thanksgiving-dinner there to this day, so it holds a special place in my heart. Come to SJ and drink beer and be haunted by ghosts (again!) Courtesey of Victor Solanoy Cinebar: What used to be a super divey, cash-only bar that served $7 LCs with a heavy pour (don’t ask what’s in it), Cinebar has since been remodeled with some skate theme. It may not have the same charm as it used to have, but at least it’s cleaner and roomier now?Trials Pub: Though not as central in downtown, this pub is great if you’re looking for something chill. Fun fact, its basement used to be a jail, and it’s haunted by a ghost (not the Winchester ones). People can’t decide if the ghost is a warden or a prisoner, but it probably has ace taste in beers by now and is a Premiere League fan. Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now WWDC 2019 Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC Now playing: Watch this: Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Steve Wozniak iOS 13 Steve Jobs Apple • WWDC 2019 Apple Event Comments reading • WWDC is once again held in San Jose, aka the best city ever, and nobody can tell me otherwise Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now See also See All Tags Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? Apple beefs up privacy controls on iOS 13 3:34 Mobile Share your voice 30
Concerned over arrears to cane growers from sugar factories amounting to more than Rs.21,000 crore (over $3 billion) in the last season, the government on Wednesday fixed a subsidy of Rs.4.50 per quintal crushed, which will be payable directly to farmers.The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which also decided to give priority to settlments that pertain to the previous years.”To further ensure timely payment of cane dues in the current sugar season, the Government has decided to provide a production subsidy @ of Rs. 4.50 per quintal of cane crushed to offset cane cost,” said a note isued after the meeting.The dole will be paid directly on behalf of mills and adjusted against the fair and remunerative prices payable in the previous years. “Subsequent balance if any will be credited to the mills’ account. Priority will be given to settling cane dues arrears of the previous years.”Reacting to the move, the Indian Sugar Mills’ Association (ISMA) said the government’s decision will work out to a dole of around Rs.1,000 crore as per the estimated cane crushing during 2015-16 sugar season.”This decision is significant as it means the government is no longer shying away from owning up the fair and remunerative prices it fixes for sugarcane, by directly contributing for a part of the cane price, instead of continuously burdening the millers,” the association said.”It will reduce industry’s liabilities towards cane to that extent, reducing a part of its losses,” it said, adding: that at current low sugar prices, the losses will be over Rs.1,100 crore and if the situation does not improve farmers may seek further help from the Government.Wednesday’s move is among several decisions over the past year to help cane farmers in distress, including steps to improve the liquidity of sugar mills to facilitate the payment of dues, apart from increasing the export incentive on raw sugar.The mills were also extended soft loans worth Rs.4,047 crore to ensure farmers are paid the dues expeditiously. “Furthermore, the government has provided one-year moratorium on this loan, and will bear the interest cost to the extent of Rs.600 crore for the said period,” the note said.The government has has notified mill-wise export quota, laid down norms for supplying enthnol, a byproduct, to fuel retailers and extended performance subsidy to mills that exported at least 80 percent of ther targets pre-notified trgets.
Swedish defence major Saab has expressed interest to be an “Indian company” and is willing to transfer complete defence technology to the country, Jan Widerstrom, chairman and managing director of Saab India Technologies, told the Economic Times. The aerospace and defence manufacturing company, whose JAS 39 Gripen aircraft has been in the race for many of India’s defence procurement deals, was taking part in the ongoing India’s Defence Expo 2016 at Goa.”I say that I want to be Indian. I want our company to be Indian, and in the right environment, we will be Indian,” Widerstrom was quoted as saying. According to an earlier report last month, Hakan Buskhe, the company’s CEO and president, too said Saab was ready to not only set up a base in India and manufacture the Gripen aircraft, but was also ready also for “true transfer of technology.” Widerstrom added that the government was working to make the environment right by measures such as raising the FDI limit to 49 percent and unveiling a new defence procurement policy. Alongside the Gripen fighter aircraft, Saab has offered help to India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) to build the next generation version of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA). The company is aggressively promoting itself on the missile technology front as well, added the ET report. Given the array of indigenous missile technology that India already owns, Saab intends to offer niche products catering to all three services — Army, Navy and Air Force — of the defence sector. Widerstrom explained how the company wishes to have a global footprint in each of the market. India apart from being an important market also has a vast base of engineers and is a growing economy. “We definitely see big prospects for the future. We want to supply not only to the Indian market but also supply to other markets with India as the manufacturing base,” Widerstrom added. “We are offering our missile programmes and air defence programmes in line with the ‘Make in India’ concept,” he emphasised.
Wipro, the Bengaluru-based information technology services company, will be declaring its second quarter results on October 21, seven days after Infosys does.In a statement to the stock exchanges on Monday, Wipro said that its board of directors will meet on October 20 and the next day to finalise the quarterly results. The company had given a revenue guidance in the range of $1,931 million to $1,950 million for the second quarter ending September 30, 2016, up from $1,930.8 million it achieved in the June 2016 quarter.In the first quarter ended June 30, 2016, the company’s net profit declined 8 percent to Rs. 2,052 crore while revenues remained flat at Rs. 13,698 crore.While announcing the Q1 financials and giving IT revenue guidance for the second quarter, the company also said that it has called off a decision to buy securities processing and fund administration services Viteos for $130 million.The company announced two deals during the September quarter â€” a seven-year agreement with Greater Toronto Airports Authority and three-year contract from Norway’s railway company NSB.Shares of Wipro closed at Rs. 484.40 apiece, up 1.17 percent from their previous close.
An IndiGo Airlines Airbust A320 aircraft and JetKonnect Boeing 737 aircraft taxi past an Air India Airbus A321 aircraft at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport February 3, 2013.Reuters fileIndian air carriers continued to fly high in October, flying 86.72 lakh (8.67 million) passengers, marking 23.2 percent growth over 70.39 lakh (7.04 million) passengers carried in October last year. IndiGo, the low-cost carrier, increased its market share to 42.6 percent, its highest in calendar year 2016 from 40 percent in September 2016. Air India and Jet Airways saw their market share drop.National carrier Air India’s share fell to 13 percent from 14.7 percent in September, while Jet Airways saw a dip to 14.7 percent from 16.2 percent in September.Low-cost carrier SpiceJet marginally increased its market share to 12.9 percent from 12.5 percent in September. GoAir, the low-cost carrier owned by the Wadia Group, witnessed a fall in market share to 7.9 percent in October from 8.3 percent in September.AirAsia India and Vistara, the two ventures in which the Tata Group has stakes, improved their market share but still stayed at 2.7 percent.In the 10-month period ended October 2016, Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, GoAir, AirAsia India and Vistara flew 813.70 lakh (81.37 million) passengers, an increase of 23.18 percent over 660.60 lakh (66.06 million) passengers in the corresponding period last year, according to statistics released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday.From a passenger load factor (PLF) perspective, SpiceJet’s PLF dropped to 91.9 percent from 93.5 percent in September, while the fall was sharp for Air India, to 71.8 percent in October this year from 79 percent in the preceding month.While IndiGo owner Interglobe Aviation and Jet Airways have declared their September quarter results, SpiceJet will be announcing its Q2 performance on November 25. DGCA
Ruhul Kabir RizviThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday alleged that prime minister Sheikh Hasina is staying abroad on a pleasure trip to Europe when people are dying in landslides, reports UNB. “It’s regrettable that the prime minister has been on a pleasure trip to Europe when people in Rangamati are either dying or struggling to survive for lack of treatment, power and government support after the devastating landslides,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Speaking at a human chain programme, he further said, “This is possible only when an anti-people government stays in power. Had she been the prime minister of people, she (Hasina) had not been able to stay abroad.”Barkatullah Bulu Mukti Parishad arranged the programme in front of the National Press Club, demanding BNP vice chairman Bulu’s release from jail.At least 154 people, including army personnel and children, were killed in separate incidents of landslide triggered by heavy rains in Bandarban, Chittagong, Rangamati and Cox’s Bazar districts on Monday and Tuesday. Speaking at another programme at the National Press Club arranged by Democratic Movement, BNP standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said the government showed inefficiency in tackling the natural disaster in Rangamati and Bandarban.“The government should have remained alert with effective steps to face natural calamity in the hilly areas as downpour triggers landslides there during monsoon. We’ve seen the government showed poor performance in tackling the situation and standing people with necessary support,” he said.Khasru also said the country’s people are becoming victims to disasters one after another for lack of modern disaster preparedness and the government’s accountability.
Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhon Parishad joint convener Nurul Haque talks to media. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe authorities of Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall of Dhaka University are trying to create terror by throwing students out of the hall, alleged Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhon Parishad joint convener Nurul Haque on Friday.Earlier on Thursday night, hall provost Sabita Rezwana confirmed to Prothom Alo about evicting some students for spreading misleading posts on Facebook from fake accounts.Nurul Haque said, “We were informed that many students left the hall after 11:00pm. Some of them were confined in the provost’s office too.”“The authorities can take necessary action if any student does anything offensive. But they want to create terror by throwing students out of the hall in this way,” Nurul added.Parishad’s convener Hasan Al Mamun said, “Despite our full cooperation, the authorities took this decision without discussing with us. It is simply aggressive.”The authorities have expelled at least 50 students Thursday from 9:00pm, said an official of the hall.Later, Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhon Parishad (Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council) gathered outside the hall to protest and chanted slogans against the provost.The general students of the hall were alarmed by the action of the hall authorities.Read More: Several students ‘thrown out’ of DU hallThey alleged that the hall authorities were taking action selectively against the 26 students who earlier protested against the Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Iffat Jahan Isha.The provost has threatened to cancel their studentship, bring them under surveillance and file cases against them, they said.Speaking of the allegations, Sabita Rezwana said, “We have called several students to check their cell phones. Some of them were spreading rumours on Facebook through fake accounts. We are sending them away with their legal guardians after taking undertakings from them.”It was, however, not confirmed immediately how many students were evicted from the hall till 1:00am.Prothom Alo has identified at least four of the students till now.
Ramadan from tomorrow, if moon sighted this evening. Photo: CollectedThe National Moon Sighting Committee will sit in a meeting on Wednesday to decide the start of holy Ramadan, the lunar month of self-purification through fasting and abstinence.The meeting will be held at the conference room of Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office in the capital at 7:00pm, said a PID handout on Tuesday-reports UNB.Religious affairs minister and moon sighting committee chairman Matior Rahman will preside over the meeting.People have been requested to inform the committee over the following telephone numbers – 9559493, 9559643, 9555947, 9556407 and 9558337 – or fax numbers – 9563397 and 9555951 if they see the moon in Bangladesh sky.
Obaidul Quader file photoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader has said the authorities are finding drug peddlers in opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).“Search is on to find who are where… who are where in BNP even… who are big fish and who are small fry. It’s being investigated who are involved in drug trading,” said Quader while speaking at a seminar in the capital on Tuesday.AL organised the seminar marking the World Environment Day at the National Museum auditorium.Addressing opposition BNP, Quader said, “It’s being scrutinised as to whom of you are involved in the drug trading.“I saw a circular on the newspaper about BNP’s Dhaka city north unit committee. Newspaper reports say the [new] committee includes drug peddlers and criminals.“So, it’s you [BNP] who admitted that the newly formed committee includes drug addicts and drug peddlers. It’s being scrutinised who else of you are involved in the drug peddling,” claimed Quader.In reference to the call of the European Union to investigate deaths of drug suspects during the ongoing anti-narcotics campaign, Quader said, “European Union is our friend and our development partner. They can seek the investigation.“But, we ourselves are doing investigation. Sheikh Hasina’s government itself is enough for the investigation. None should pay heed to this.”The AL general secretary said investigation is underway about the killing of Ekramul Haque of Cox’s Bazar.“Sheikh Hasina doesn’t compromise with anything unjust and unfair. She [Hasina] repeated spoke of making sure that no innocent people are killed during the drive. “If any innocent people fall victim, the culprits will not go off scot-free. They will also be brought to justice. We’ve embarked on the drive after making necessary arrangement for safeguarding all sides.”Dwelling on the next general elections, the ruling party general secretary claimed that the 5-January polls were held following necessary rules and regulations.“Time and time will wait for none even if BNP doesn’t come to the elections. Constitution and democracy wait for none,” he said.
Earlier this month, Amazon, Google, SiriusXM and Spotify challenged the Copyright Royalty Board’s decision to increase the compulsory mechanical rates paid to songwriters by 44% over the next five years. The streamers have come under fierce criticism for the move, which they claim is over the complexities of the CRB’s rules but is widely assumed to be an attempt to obtain a more favorable rate. Over the weekend, news broke — via a leaked private email from Advanced Alternative Media CEO Mark Beaven — that Spotify is considering holding Town Halls for songwriters in Los Angeles and Nashville to discuss the matter. (Spotify declined comment but sources close to the situation tell Variety that such meetings are in the works.) Beaven, who called his initial email “overstated and overly dramatic” and noted that it was never intended to be seen by anyone but the addressees, has revised the letter. It appears in full below. Dear Songwriter Family and Friends,I am sure you are aware of Amazon, Google, SiriusXM/Pandora and Spotify’s legal challenging of the Copyright Royalty Board’s rate increase for songwriters, which would raise rates 44% incrementally over the next five years.Songwriters are a grassroots community and as such have little organized structure to combat bad actors and events in the community. That is why songwriters fell so far behind with streaming services: Labels, with their greater leverage, got there first in licensing their content and songwriters got squeezed. We are still fighting our way back to the balance they should enjoy.As you may know, the songwriting and publishing communities, with the adept leadership of the NMPA, achieved the CRB increase — it’s not where we wished to end up based upon where things started; but, it’s an excellent and meaningful step forward in both compensation and respect for songwriters.These four streaming services wish to challenge and take back that increase. Remember, as history, Spotify started their negotiating position with the rate court with the premise that songwriters would get less rather than more. Yet songwriters are put forth as a key feature in Spotify’s consumer-facing Secret Genius campaigns and the awards — while the company attempts to claw back significant earnings from them.For the music industry to be healthy for all, songwriting needs to be a viable business, one with a measure of middle class. Hits make money — for songwriters, nothing else really does at this moment, and only those regularly writing hits can sustain themselves. If, say, a sizable hit generates $1-2 million for its songwriters over its one-to-one-and-a-half year life, these days there is generally not just one one writer — it’s often up to eight and even more — and most successful songwriters have a publisher and team, which get a good percent. Then there are taxes to consider, along with living expenses and other basics — and songwriters are often based in Los Angeles, New York or London, some of the most expensive cities in the world. The money just doesn’t go that far — even with a smash hit. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Spotify made a lot of money with its public listing — and, well done. But, their existence is based on offering access and curation to works created by songwriters.Streaming services are not villains; they are businesses. As such, they must recognize songwriters as essential to their business and ensure they are healthy and able to create. Both parties need each other and must find a better way forward.Thank you in advance for standing up for songwriters and yourself. This isn’t the first challenge and it won’t be the last. A united front holds firm into the future, and ensures our best music.I wish you well.Mark BeavenMark Beaven is founder and Co-CEO of Advanced Alternative Media, Inc., a 37-year-old management company representing profile songwriters, producers, mixers, artists and executives. Popular on Variety And most songwriters don’t have hits, or have them infrequently at best. And, without more songwriters feeling they can at least make a living, we find ourselves with fewer songwriters coming in — and mathematically fewer good and great ones. Without a steady influx of the best possible songs, how will music fare against the many other options for spare-time engagement?Spotify is getting pushback from songwriters, publishers and their supporters — but, let me be clear: It’s not that Spotify is a not a friend, or isn’t otherwise adding value for songwriters. We just have some major issues of contention.While this dialog is in process, Spotify is campaigning to put a friendly face on things. They are exploring holding “Town Halls” for songwriters in both Los Angeles and Nashville. It is a good idea. Based upon what is found in their published writings on the matter thus far, Spotify’s press team is adept at positioning their story, and many in the songwriting community have questioned their take on the CRB appeal (see Spotify’s blog post on it, and the NMPA’s response). Discussion and debate is healthy — but if there are to be such Town Halls, there needs to be a voice in the room representing songwriters that is familiar with all the issues and their voluminous details.To that end, we suggest that NMPA CEO and chairman, David Israelite (or a designate), be involved in these Town Halls, as well — along with interested parties such as Songwriters of North America, Nashville Songwriters Association International and the press, along with any of the entities challenging the increase. If Spotify doesn’t agree to this, songwriters should strongly consider not attending and respectfully advising Spotify they will not do so until there is an open forum. If such a gathering is to be genuine, it should be truly a forum for all voices and opinions in the matter.
Facebook is giving its Portal video chat device a number of updates that turn it into more of a full-fledged smart display: Amazon’s Prime Video service is coming to Portal later this year, the social networking giant announced at its f8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Tuesday.At the conference, Facebook also announced an international expansion for the device: Portal will be available for sale in Canada in June, and in European countries this fall.Portal is also getting support for additional Alexa skills, including news briefings, and smart home support, all courtesy of Facebook’s partnership with Amazon.Facebook itself is bringing Whatsapp and encrypted video calls to Portal, and is adding support for Facebook Live broadcasting. The latter will effectively allow Portal owners to produce their own live streams, with some help from the device’s AI capabilities, which automatically track subjects and keep them in focus in its video streams. The company is also adding new ways to look at photos in Portal, and bringing Instant Games and games with augmented reality effects to the device. Facebook first launched Portal last October. The company has kept mum on the number of devices sold since, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg only saying Tuesday that Portal had done “better than we expected.” Zuckerberg had been equally muted on the device during the company’s recent Q1 earnings call, where he instead painted it as a learning lesson, saying: “Having Portal out in the market has been very valuable.”Facebook has faced criticism over introducing a smart display with a camera just as it was dealing with multiple privacy scandals. The company responded to this criticism by adding a plastic clip to each device sold, which can be used by Portal owners to physically cover the camera.The company seemed determined to further address these concerns with the announcement of end-to-end encrypted video calls. Portal calls thus far have been encrypted server-side, which means that they can’t be eavesdropped on, but that Facebook in theory could access them. End-to-end encryption will rule this out as well.However, the roll-out for this new encryption layer will be in stages: Video calls to other Whatsapp users will be encrypted right away, but calls to Messenger users and calls from one Portal device to another will only be end-to-end encrypted once the company adds end-to-end encryption to Messenger next year.Still, some of the new features announced Tuesday should make it a little easier for Facebook to position Portal in competition to other smart displays, including Amazon’s own Echo Show. Particularly the addition of smart home capabilities and news briefings should help close some of that gap. Facebook did not share availability dates for those features Tuesday.Update: 1/5: This post was updated with additional details on the way Portal encrypts calls. Eight Charged with Running Illegal TV Show and Movie Streaming Services Related Latido Acquires ‘Historias Lamentables,’ From ‘Champions’ Javier Fesser (EXCLUSIVE) 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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Pay TV operator Cosmos TV Belarus has added music channel Europe Plus TV to its line-up.The channel, a joint venture between Russia’s European Broadcasting Media Group and thematic channels distributor Red Media, airs pop and chart music videos and programming from Russian and European artists. The channel is beingadded to Cosmos TV’s basic package after 63% of subscribers said they wanted to watch the channel.
Stephan Adrian, the COO of the commercial arm of German public broadcaster ZDF, has signed a new five-year deal.Adrian, who runs ZDF Enterprises alongside CEO Alexander Coridass, joined ZDF in 1988. He said: “I am very grateful for the trust placed in me by the supervisory board, and am very confident that, together with Alexander Coridass and our team, we will continue writing the success story of ZDF Enterprises in the coming years.”
Amazon’s FreeTime service, including the Unlimited premium option, which provides a range of kids content including books, videos, YouTube videos and website, is now available on Android phones for the first time.The Amazon FreeTime service was previously available on Amazon Fire Tablets and Amazon Fire TV as well as Kindle, and Amazon said that the same parental controls would be available via the Android version, enabling parents to determine which Amazon FreeTime Unlimited content would be available to kids.The premium FreeTime Unlimited option is available for US$2.99 a month in the US, giving access to some 10,000 books and videos.Amazon FreeTime enable parents to select books, videos, apps and games to add to the app, and kids can explore what Amazon describes as over 40,000 age-appropriate YouTube videos and websites that are curated by the FreeTime team.Parents can also manage screen time limits by content type with features like Learn First, which hides all entertainment content until daily educational goals are met, and Bedtime, which automatically turns off FreeTime at night and keeps it off until the wake-up time parents set, with weekday and weekend settings.The Unlimited option gives access to books and videos from the likes of Disney, Nickelodeon, Amazon Studios, PBS Kids, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. “Over 10 million kids have enjoyed Amazon FreeTime on Fire Tablets, Kindle e-Readers, and Amazon Fire TV – we’re thrilled to bring that same award-winning experience to even more families,” said Kurt Beidler, director of kids and family, Amazon. “Now, whether it’s a Mom sharing her Android phone with her child or a child learning to use their first Android tablet, Amazon FreeTime Unlimited makes it easier for kids to have unlimited access to a broad selection of the content they love – on a wide range of phones and tablets – while giving parents peace of mind.”
SAINTS Scholarship U16s made it seven wins out of eight finishing the season off in style with a twelve try 58-0 demolition of a game Cumbrian outfit, writes Graham Henthorne.Although the result was probably never in doubt, the Saints made it hard for themselves in the first 15 minutes with a completion rate of less than 20%. This meant that for much of that time they were camped in their own 30 metre zone defending for their lives.The fact that they didn’t concede any points in this period and still scored three tries of their own speaks volumes for the Saints resilience under pressure.A great penalty kick to touch from Lewis Fairhurst gave the Saints their first opportunity of the game. Jordan Darwin opened the scoring in his first game back from many months out due to injury, taking Ben Morris’ lovely miss pass to dive over in the right corner.After another sustained period of defending a quick tap restart allowed Fairhurst to put Lewis Hatton through and he in turn put Ricky Bailey clear to sprint 50 metres to increase the lead.Fairhurst then got on the scoresheet himself but in bizarre fashion as an awful high pass bounced away from the defence giving him an easy run to the line.The Saints were finally settling into a semblance of normality allowing their forwards to get on top of the Cumbrian six.Bailey should have scored his second dropping the ball in the act of scoring, but Kieron Herbert did increase the lead further plucking the ball out of the air from a sublime cross field kick from Fairhurst.The stand-off, along with partners in crime Danny Richardson and Josh Houghton were conducting a bit of a masterclass and they combined to whip three great passes out to give Bailey a walk in for his second.On the stroke of the interval Josh Jenkins put the game beyond doubt scoring his first ever competitive try charging onto the ball and taking three over the line with him.The second half started with a flurry from the home side resulting in a try being disallowed for a double movement but the Saints had already extended the lead with a try from Liam Cooper from a great double pumped Richardson pass.That proved to be it from the Cumbrians and there then followed a steady stream of tries from the Saints.Jake Spedding emulated Herbert with an aerial take of Richardson’s cross kick to score before Chris Worrall was rewarded for another solid performance with a try from a barnstorming drive.Joey Brady showed his pace finishing Spedding’s break from his own line going the final 70 metres to score by the sticks. Jenkins got his second collecting an Aaron Smith offload to plunge over before Richardson scored a great individual try jinking his way past 6 defenders to score.Some difficult and some wayward kicking meant the score remained of the respectable side but once the Saints realised they were in a game there was only ever going to be one winner.Josh Jenkins went well, Morgan Knowles gave another gritty display to his Cumbrian counterparts but the pick of the forwards was Kieron Atherton whose drives and, in particular, his defence showed a real bite. Richardson and Houghton both directed play well but the star of the show was most definitely Lewis Fairhurst who showed a deftness of touch both in hand and with boot not seen for a while at this level.Match Summary:Cumbria U16s:Tries:Goals:St Helens U16s:Tries: Rickie Bailey 2, Jordan Darwin, Joey Brady, Kieron Herbert, Lewis Fairhurst, Danny Richardson, Jake Spedding, Liam Cooper, Chris Worrall, Josh Jenkins 2.Goals: Lewis Fairhurst 4, Danny Richardson.Half Time: 28-0Full Time: 58-0Teams:Cumbria:1. Joe Wright; 2. Liam Hunsdale, 3. Liam Armstrong, 4. Jon Cameron, 5. Kieran Mews; 6. Jordan Johnson, 7. Ross Barker; 8. Brad Bouch, 9. Luke McIntee, 10. Danny Cain, 26. Matt While, 30. Liam Kirkbride, 37. Brad Walker.Subs: 15. Kieran Haleron, 16. Liam McNicholas, 17. Ryan Smith, 18. Connor Fitzsimons, 19. Grady Slater, 38. Kieran Walker, 39. Jack Gordon.Saints:1. Rickie Bailey; 2. Jordan Darwin, 3. Ryan Lynch, 4. Joey Brady, 5. Kieron Herbert; 6. Lewis Fairhurst, 7. Josh Houghton; 8. Kieron Atherton, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. James Nicholl, 11. Ben Morris, 12. Lewis Hatton, 13. Morgan Knowles.Subs: 14. Danny Richardson, 15. Jake Spedding, 16. Jake Campbell, 17. Phil Atherton, 18. Chris Worrall, 19. Josh Jenkins, 21. Liam Cooper.Thank you to Gary Richardson @09gaz_rich for the picture.