Hyderabad: Pitching for labour law reforms, Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian Friday advised states to follow the Rajasthan model for better results. “I think there are four-five labour reforms what Rajasthan did. And what we are saying is that by doing the labour reforms, Rajasthan was able to increase number of firms of above 100 employees. It has increased the output of the factories and also number of workers and factories as well,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an interactive session at the Indian School of Business (ISB) here. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep In 2014, Rajasthan was the first state that introduced labour reforms in the major Acts. Thereafter, many states followed. The major reforms undertaken by Rajasthan included the amendments to the Industrial Dispute Act, 1947, the Factories Act, 1948, the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970 and the Apprentices Act, 1961. Replying to a query on the impact of the slump in the automobile industry on the economy, Subramanian said the industry is just one part of the overall manufacturing sector which is doing well. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs On doubling farmers’ income by 2022, the CEA said the committee on the issue has suggested some steps to enable the small and marginal farmers to sell their products in the market place. Subramanian said the target of a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years is achievable. “For the first trillion dollars that India created, it took 55 years, and from USD 1.7 trillion to USD 2.7 trillion happened between 2014 and 2019. So you can basically create that USD 5 trillion in (the next) five years,” he said. Speaking elsewhere in the city, former RBI governor C Rangarajan said India needs to grow at eight per cent in order to become a USD 5 trillion economy in the next few years. Subramanian said there is an opinion that the small and medium enterprises sector (firms with less than 100 employees) presents a lot of employment opportunities which is not practically true.
OTTAWA – In a May 17 story about the federal government’s proposed infrastructure bank, The Canadian Press erroneously characterized a recent auditor general’s report as saying taxpayers could be on the hook for loan commitments and loan guarantees from Export Development Canada.In fact, auditor general Michael Ferguson’s report highlighted the need for the government and Crown corporations to report on how much is set aside annually if those loans are ultimately not repaid.
BOGOTA — Colombia’s antitrust regulator is fining ride-sharing app Uber $625,000 for allegedly obstructing an investigation into its operations in the country.Three executives were also fined.The action on Monday stems from a 2017 inspection of the company’s office in Bogota. Regulators were seeking information about Uber’s corporate structure, but said executives provided evasive answers and instructed employees not to co-operate.Uber said in a statement it would evaluate its legal options once notified of the fine, which can be appealed.Since its launch in Colombia in 2013, Uber has faced stiff resistance from taxi drivers who say the company is stealing their work. The company operates in a state of legal limbo because it pays taxes but lacks approval to operate in the country.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 24, 2013 4:36 pm MDT TORONTO – A consortium led by KingSett Capital said Thursday that it hasn’t given up on buying Primaris Retail REIT (TSX:PMZ.UN) but won’t outbid a counter-offer for the national shopping mall owner because it would be “economically prohibitive.”Instead, the group, led by KingSett and also comprised of the Ontario Pension Board, RioCan REIT (TSX:REI.UN), Canada’s largest shopping mall estate owner, and others, announced it will turn its efforts to “directly or indirectly” acquiring more Primaris units on the Toronto Stock Exchange to build its holdings.In December, KingSett offered $26 per unit in a $4.4-billion cash takeover bid for Primaris, which owns 35 properties across Canada, including retail outlets in Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta.The board at Primaris rejected the deal, calling it an undervaluation of shopping centre real estate trust and began pursuing other potential buyers.Last week, H&R REIT (TSX:HR.UN) offered a friendly takeover proposal of cash and equity valued at $28 per Primaris unit, with the cash component subject to a cap of $700 million.Under the agreement, H&R would also be entitled to a $106.6-million break fee if Primaris accepts a superior proposal under certain circumstances.The break fee includes a cash payment of $70 million and an option to acquire Dufferin Mall and certain Yonge Street properties in Toronto owned by Primaris, priced at an aggregate $36.6-million discount to the properties’ appraised values.KingSett’s founder and managing partner, Jon Love, says the group has been prevented from putting in a higher offer because it does not want to risk triggering, what he called an “abusive and preclusive” break fee.“The general market reaction has been very critical of both the quantum and the structure of the (break) fee,” he said in an interview Thursday.“It is preclusive, highly unconventional and inconsistent . . . well beyond market practice and precedent transactions.”Love says Primaris unitholders should vote down the H&R deal, which would void the break fee.In the meantime, the KingSett group says it plans on purchasing up to five per cent of the Primaris units that were outstanding when it made its takeover proposal on Dec. 10, as permitted under securities laws.KingSett already holds nearly 6.9 million units, or seven per cent interest in Primaris.“Our takeover bid always contemplated that we would be permitted to make purchases in the market subject to, and in accordance with, security laws,” said Love.“We’re taking this step to potential purchases in the market as we continue to examine our options.”Primaris declined to comment on KingSett’s statement, but urged unitholders on Thursday to accept the H&R offer.For the deal to go ahead, it needs to be approved by two-thirds majority vote of Primaris unitholders and by a 50.1 per cent majority vote by H&R unitholders. The company is holding a meeting with unitholders in March.Kevin Chu, an analyst with independent equity firm Accountability Research Corp., said he thinks KingSett is trying to “make noise” to try to entice Primaris unitholders with hopes of of possibly a better deal if they reject the H&R bid.Chu said the consortium will also find themselves in a better negotiating position with other investors if it does purchase those additional units.“When it comes down to it, we don’t know if they are buying more (units) for sure. The intent is to do that,” he said. “If they can somehow convince one or two of the larger unit holders (to reject H&R)… then they’re really close.”KingSett is in a tough spot because the break fee is so “unconventional,” because it includes real estate holdings instead of just a financial penalty, he added.If it is triggered, KingSett has the potential to lose the Yonge Street properties and Dufferin Mall portfolios in Toronto, properties which are of value to its consortium partner RioCan.Although the Primaris properties currently have a 97 occupancy rate, most of them are not in major metropolitan areas, said Chu.Ten of the properties will also house U.S. retailer Target (NYSE:TGT) when the No. 2 discount retailer in the U.S. after Walmart opens its first wave of Canadian stores later this year.H&R units traded closed up 48 cents at $23.98 Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange, while Primaris units remained below H&R’s offer but hit a 52-week high of $27.31 following the KingSett announcement before closing at up 37 cents at $27.27. KingSett-led group says it will build stake in Primaris REIT if price is right
Since December 2012, violence and instability have displaced more than 700,000 people inside CAR and forced over 288,000 to flee to neighbouring Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo. The World Food Programme (WFP) warned that neighbouring countries are struggling to cope with the more than 150,000 new arrivals in urgent need of assistance.“We are facing a regional crisis that goes well beyond the borders of the Central African Republic. These people – most of them women and children – have seen their homes burned and witnessed unspeakable violence and had no choice but to leave,” said Denise Brown, WFP’s West Africa Regional Director.“They desperately need food and nutritional assistance and other support both inside CAR and in neighbouring countries. They need it now and they should not have to wait.”According to WFP, the exodus from CAR into fragile and food-insecure areas has intensified since December 2013, creating new strains on local communities. Many of the surrounding countries are already hosting large numbers of refugees from various countries and resources are stretched.WFP said it is concerned it cannot meet the needs of these extremely vulnerable people because of insufficient funding. The conflict in CAR erupted when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012 and has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) have taken up arms.Thousands of people are believed to have been killed, and 2.2 million, about half the population, need humanitarian aid.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that more than 15,000 people in 18 locations in the north-west and south-west of the country are at present surrounded and being threatened by armed groups. “These populations are at very high risk of attack and urgently need better security,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. “Although violence has hit all communities in CAR, most of the people who are trapped are Muslims under threat from anti-Balaka militiamen.”Highlighting reports of recent attacks, Mr. Edwards said UNHCR and its partners are responding to these situations through protection-by-presence, humanitarian assistance, advocacy for protection measures and in exceptional cases, through facilitating the movement of these communities to safe sites. “But humanitarian efforts alone cannot be sufficient solution to the crisis,” he stated. “We are appealing again to all armed elements to stop indiscriminate attacks against civilians. We are also calling for the deployment of more international troops as their numbers are far too low considering the size of the country and the scope of the crisis.”Last week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put forward a six-point initiative for addressing the most urgent priorities and needs in CAR, including more troops and police, increased efforts for the peace process, support for the Government, funding for humanitarian assistance and accountability.
When Kevin Garnett was traded to the Brooklyn Nets from the Boston Celtics, part of the arrangement was for him to go to Brooklyn with teammates Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. What has recently become public knowledge is: Garnett also demanded that Reggie Evans remain on the Brooklyn roster so that they would play together.“I won’t go into specific details of what I was wanting and dislikes and everything else when it came to building the business of basketball,” Garnett said before the Nets beat the 76ers, 127-97, in Monday night’s preseason game at Wachovia Center. “But I will say this: One of the key things for me was not only Paul (Pierce) and ‘Jet’ (Jason Terry) coming here with me to make it comfortable, but Reggie Evans had to be on the roster. That was a huge key for me coming here.”Garnett really respects Evans’ work ethics on the court and according to Evans the two players really hit it off.“Me and KG, we’re just clicking,” Evans said. “We are just taking advantage of this moment, and taking advantage of it is winning a championship. Sometimes you’ve got to do the little stuff, always talking to each other, communicating with each other and stuff like that. Everything is a process and we are slowly getting to know each other on the court and off the court. Dapping each other up, all that stuff is coming natural. Ain’t nothing fake about it. It’s all just natural, which is good.”Garnett and Evans formed a bond that will benefit both players, especially Evans who’s getting the opportunity to get mentored by a Championship player.
201453.312.1 201649.9%21.7% 201557.115.2 Source: Synergy Sports Given the aggressive way he challenges multiple defenders at once and the energy he expends in doing so, it’s not all that surprising that Westbrook’s turnover rate is spiking. At the same time, he’s scoring in transition just under 50 percent of the time, which is his lowest success rate on such plays since his rookie season in 2008.There’s also been a major shift in the kind of turnovers Westbrook has been committing since he took on an unprecedented share of his team’s offense in the absence of Durant. The share of his miscues that stem from losing the ball — as opposed to throwing a bad pass, for instance — has more than doubled this season, according to Basketball-Reference. (In fairness, fellow MVP candidate James Harden, who has also been asked to take on a far greater role in his team’s offense, has struggled with many of the same turnover issues.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/westbrook-vs-heat1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In Cleveland on Sunday, I asked Thunder coach Billy Donovan about Westbrook’s aggressive, coast-to-coast sprints, and Donovan said he’s careful to not try to change the player Westbrook is, especially considering how much his star is asked to facilitate on offense.“When he does make a mistake, or doesn’t make the right decision and it results in a turnover, nobody is harder on him than himself. So there’s a line for me: I don’t want to take away a guy who, in my opinion, is the best open-floor player in the world,” Donovan said before his team lost to the Cavaliers. “After he makes a mistake, he does a good job of regulating and pulling back so that he can make better decisions.”Westbrook, who’s faced questions for the majority of his career about whether he sometimes plays too fast, has said in the past that he doesn’t feel his play is out of control.“I don’t think I play reckless at all,” he said. “I just think I play at a high level that other people may not be used to seeing.” That much is almost impossible to disagree with.Kawhi Leonard’s little fundamentalsIt’s challenging to illustrate how good Kawhi Leonard is on defense with numbers alone, but one metric offers us a glimpse: How often his blocked shots end up in the Spurs’ hands as opposed to the other team’s. It happens way more often than it should.On average, defensive teams come up with the ball about 57 percent of the time after they block a shot. But San Antonio has gotten possession of the ball on 75 percent of Leonard’s blocks this season, the highest rate in the NBA among players with at least 25 swats, according to information from BigDataBall, a database that logs the league’s play-by-play data. (San Antonio is still somewhat above-average at recovering blocks if you take Leonard’s numbers out of the mix, but the Spurs’ 61 percent recovery rate without Leonard doesn’t stand out from the rest of the league nearly as much.)It’s unclear whether this speaks solely to Leonard’s ability to guide blocks with his oversized hands, or whether it’s more a function of the Spurs being in a good position to field the swats once they occur.In any case, Leonard had a great mentor for this sort of thing. Recently retired Spurs legend Tim Duncan saw his teammates recover almost 74 percent of his blocked shots last season, per BigDataBall; the highest rate of any NBA player with 70 blocks or more.Paul George, all of a sudden the NBA’s best free-throw shooterAcross the board, from his three-point stroke to his solid efficiency in the last four seconds of the shot clock, Paul George has improved considerably as a shooter this season. He has also become a surprisingly great free-throw shooter — he’s hitting almost 93 percent from the charity stripe and is leading the league in free-throw percentage.That might not seem all that surprising — after all, he shot 86 percent from the free-throw line last season. But the Pacers star was very slightly worse than league average from the line as a rookie, making 76 percent of his shots that year. If he keeps this up, George would be the first player in more than 45 years — and just the second player in NBA history after Chet Walker — to lead the NBA in free-throw percentage after shooting worse than league average from the stripe during his rookie season.The Memphis Grizzlies’ defense is just for kicksThe Grit ’n’ Grind Grizzlies have long been known for their tough, bruising style of old-school basketball. But at certain points over the years, Memphis looked like it was doing its best impression of a soccer team instead.The Grizzlies, fourth in the NBA with 35 kicked-ball violations, are on track to rank among the NBA’s top 10 in the category for the sixth time in nine seasons, according to rare-stat site NBA Miner. Leading the charge for the Grizzlies is Marc Gasol, who tops the league with 13 kicked-ball violations this season, per BigDataBall. Related: Hot Takedown 201353.315.0 201254.811.1 201054.815.1 Welcome to Four-Point Play, our weekly NBA column that pieces together four statistical trends from around the league and lays out what they tell us about where a team has been or where it’s heading. Find a stat you think should be included here? Email or tweet me at email@example.com or @Herring_NBA.Is Russell Westbrook too fast for his own good?Between his freakish athleticism and the sheer fury with which he plays, Russell Westbrook — the closest thing we have to a human cannonball in pro sports — is the most entertaining player in the game today. Unlike smoother players like LeBron James or Chris Paul, who have a signature ebb and flow to their games, the Oklahoma City star is unpredictable from one play to the next. Because of his game-changing speed — when going full bore, he’s one of the NBA’s five fastest players, according to the league’s high-level tracking data — Westbrook’s capable of making plays that most other athletes can only dream of pulling off.More often than not, though, when Westbrook’s talent backfires, it’s because he’s trying too hard to make something happen, particularly when he’s outnumbered during fast-break situations.Oklahoma City, after forcing a live-ball turnover, is finishing its possessions in just over eight seconds on average, which is by far the fastest rate in the league, according to Inpredictable, a site that specializes in calculating win probabilities and other advanced sports metrics. Westbrook, as the team’s point guard and best player, is an enormous part of that speed. But the quick trips down the court aren’t necessarily paying off: As of Wednesday afternoon, the Thunder were tied for the second-worst efficiency after live-ball turnovers. That’s a steep drop-off from last year, when Kevin Durant was still in Oklahoma City and the club had the NBA’s eighth-best offense in those scenarios.Perhaps Westbrook’s speed-demon tendencies have something to do with that inefficiency.In transition, Westbrook’s reliance on his speed means he’ll often experience the same dichotomy as Sonic the Hedgehog: He either sprints triumphantly across the finish line or crashes painfully into an obstruction, losing all his golden rings.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/westbrook-vs-clippers-clip.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Westbrook is involved in an NBA-high seven transition plays per game. And according to an analysis run at FiveThirtyEight’s request by Brittni Donaldson of SportVU, which tracks nearly everything that happens on an NBA court, there have been 413 instances1As of January 29. this season where, following a turnover or a defensive rebound in the backcourt, Westbrook took at least three dribbles and covered at least 20 feet with those dribbles. For context, John Wall, the next closest player, has done that 257 times. 200847.215.7 201154.515.5 SEASONSCORETURNOVER 200954.113.2 Outcomes of Russell Westbrook possessions when in transition Is College Basketball Broken? We Asked The Game’s Top Stats Guru Of course, there are practical reasons for a team like Memphis — which has also ranked among the top 10 on the defensive end of the floor for six of the past seven seasons — to kick the basketball. At a minimum, it forces a team to reset its offense with less time remaining on the shot clock. And at a maximum, it prevents an opposing player from catching an interior pass in a prime scoring area. (We’ve seen Tony Allen accidentally go a bit too far defending with his feet before.)That said, it’s more fun to try to connect the dots between Gasol’s kicked-ball violations and Gasol’s love for soccer. He hails from Spain, and he is an FC Barcelona fan. Plus, who could forget the time he nearly headed the basketball into the hoop during a pause in the action?Additional research assistance by Neil Paine.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
LAVA LAMPS, GLOW in the dark stars, chokers, hair mascara, oh my!Being a girl in the 90s was brilliant. Girl Power was riding high in the charts, everyone was wearing rip-away tracksuit bottoms, and all the boys were rocking Sun-In tips. Not to mention the amazing magazines on offer.We’re talking about magazines like Mizz, Bliss, Sugar, Shout, My Guy, Just Seventeen (later J17), Smash Hits, Top of the Pops and the scandalous More. Here’s our love letter to the art form that was the girly mag.1. Lyrics booksYoung ones these days don’t know they’re born. Google the lyrics to your favourite song? It was either hovering over your family stereo frantically rewinding the tape – or buying a Top of Pops magazine and getting a lyrics book. Magical. Source: eBay Source: eBay2. PostersEither purpose-designed posters from Smash Hits or carefully cut out pages from magazine interviews with your flavour of the month. Worth every painstaking effort to cut a straight line with the kitchen scissors. Source: eBay Source: eBay3. Problem pagesOh, sweet nectar. The horrifying problems of others, laid bare, to make you feel oh-so-much better about your own teenage anxieties and worries. All your fears, assuaged by the kindly voice of an agony aunt. Source: eBay4. The weird slangBecause teen magazines were an import from the UK, they contained all sorts of weird and wonderful slang that we didn’t have in Ireland. Things like “snog” and “lush”. Or even “fit”. And what about “boyf” or “preggers”? We definitely got them from Just Seventeen/J17. Source: anlimara5. Serialised booksIn the later 90s, some magazines started serialising fiction – ensuring you just HAD to buy the mag every time it came out. A cunning plan. Diary of a Crush from J17 was one we remember particularly well. Source: sheknownasjess.blogspot,com6. Cringe confessionsTeen magazines obviously realised at a certain point that people were only reading the problem pages to feel better about themselves – so they took it one stage further, giving you weekly “cringe confessions”. Embarrassing incidents were relayed in stomach-churning detail, then given a cringe rating. Glorious. Source: eBay7. True lifeNot to mention true life essays – bringing you “The Issues” in a digestible story format. So obviously made up, but so compelling. Source: Pinterest8. StickersSmash Hits were always good for the cheeky sticker sheets. Anyone remember the “The Truth Is Out There” set? One DailyEdge.ie member had that affixed to their bunkbed for quite a long time. Source: eBid9. Make-up and fashion tutorialsMizz and Sugar were the business. They showed you how to perfectly apply the pointless (but utterly 90s) cosmetic that was Natural Collection clear mascara. They had you at “10 ways to wear glitter”. Source: Painted PoutsAnd what about the dodgy 90s fashion pages? Replete with brands you had never heard of, but pined after whole-heartedly anyway. Tammy, anyone? Source: TruffleShuffle10. Free stuffGlittery nail varnish! Weird hair swirls! A free CD? Oh Bliss, oh Mizz – you are truly spoiling us. The sort of free tat you might get with your Sugar or Mizz Source: eBay Source: Pinterest11. InterviewsInterviews were just more compelling in 90s magazines, not least because they were one of the only sources of information on your idols. It really felt like you were getting some sort of juicy info, not to mention the style was a lot more casual and irreverent. Also, who can forget that Smash Hits actually NAMED the Spice Girls? Source: eBay12. Poring over them with matesOne of the best parts of magazines was reading them with friends, waiting til everyone was finished til you could turn the page, swapping around different issues during lunchbreak. Source: Who’s Dated Who?13. CollectingAnd you HAD to keep them. Who were you, really, if you didn’t have a few well-thumbed copies of Sugar, Mizz and one contraband More in your collection? Source: Pinterest14. Graduating through the titlesYou went from Mizz, to Sugar, to Bliss, to Just Seventeen. From Top of the Pops to Smash Hits – everyone had a rite of passage during puberty when they “graduated” on to the magazine for the slightly older kids. And OF COURSE you always wanted to be one step ahead, reading More magazine when you were really more in line for Shout. Source: Nigel May Source: Nigel May15. Scandalous informationSpeaking of More magazine – Position of the Fortnight? May as well have been a blue film for the palpitations it induced. Just IMAGINE if your mam had seen? Doesn’t bear thinking about. Source: pi-young.com16. How the other half liveAnd, of course, fellas. We haven’t forgotten about you. We’re well aware that girls’ magazines weren’t just read by the girls – but frequently snaffled, devoured and enjoyed just as much by the boys too. Just call it morbid curiosity. Source: eBayWhat were your favourite magazines in the 90s? Did you sneak More or were you more of a Mizz? Let us know in the comments. Read: 19 things that made 1990s pop magazines life-changing>Read: 9 reaons why teen magazines for girls ruled>
Updated 10.55pmTHE IMMIGRANT COUNCIL of Ireland (ICI) called earlier today for a review of how racist incidents are recorded by An Garda Síochána.The organisation believes ‘a lot of racism is going unreported’, noting that the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) record as many as 700 per cent more reports than Gardaí.In 2009, 1038 incidents were recorded the PSNI, compared to 128 by Gardaí.However, this is not due to a history of sectarianism in Northern Ireland, the ICI say, which are not included in these figures.“The history of sectarian incidents in Northern Ireland does not account for this disparity as such crimes are recorded separately,” Chief Executive Denise Charlton said.The figures do support previous research by the Immigrant Council of Ireland that racism in Ireland is going unreported, with victims reluctant to come forward because of fears they will be regarded as troublemakers, that their complaint will not be taken serious or because of previous experience with corrupt police forces in their country of birth.The ICI are have repeated their call for the introduction of an independent system of reporting incidents of racism.They envision that this would allow victims to come forward “with confidence and be assured that they will be offered support and advice”.The PSNI offer an online reporting system for incidents of racism.Figures for the Republic of Ireland are available on Intergration.ie, while for Northern Ireland they are available on PSNI.police.uk.- First published 8.51amRead: Social welfare garda checks must not involve racial profiling >More: 50 racist incidents reported in 10 weeks to Immigrant Council >
109,657 Views That this House declines to approve leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship on 29 March 2019; and notes that leaving without a deal remains the default in UK and EU law unless this House and the EU ratify an agreement.However, during tonight’s events, MPs also voted for a ‘no no-deal ever’ amendment as put down by Caroline Spelman. Its aim was to rule out a no-deal Brexit at any time rather than just up until 29 March, as Theresa May had proposed.A total of 312 voted for it – ie to entirely reject a no-deal at any time now or in the future – while 308 voted against the amendment. That vote was essentially repeated as May’s main motion was altered to reflect the Spelman amendment. To add to the confusion of the evening, Spelman tried to pull her amendment but other signatories to it wanted it to be pushed and voted on. She said she wanted to stop the vote after it was clear the two main parties would “put their weight behind a no to ‘no deal’ amendment – the government motion”. She told BBC News that it would send “a very strong signal of the parties coming together in the national interest to make a clear statement that we do not want to crash out without a deal”.In the end, it was voted on and MPs did completely reject a no-deal Brexit in any circumstances. It was not the way that May intended the evening to play out. Taking ‘no deal’ off the table entirely (politically, even if it can’t be take off the table in actuality) was not part of the UK’s negotiating plan. In the end, it is understood the Prime Minister voted against her own motion because of that amendment and there was some confusion over who in her party was whipped, and in what way. A number of Cabinet ministers are said to have abstained. The government had tried to whip its members but the final numbers show that a significant cohort of 17 Tory MPs would have voted against the wishes of their party. Share18 Tweet Email2 145 Comments Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesTHE HOUSE OF Commons has voted against a no-deal Brexit with 321 MPs rejecting leaving the European Union without an agreement at any time. After a chaotic evening in Westminster, 278 voted against the motion which aims to rule out a no-deal Brexit in any circumstances. The Prime Minister’s motion had an amendment attached to it because of an earlier vote in the house. The initial motion read: By Sinead O’Carroll Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 7:59 PM 321 versus 278. Parliament votes to reject No Deal by a majority of 43. Chaos. Parliament in the driving seat now. Cabinet discipline completely collapsed— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) March 13, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4540202 British MPs have voted against a no-deal Brexit. So, what now? Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier said today that one of the current risks is an ‘accidental no-deal Brexit’. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: A third voteThe so-called Malthouse B Compromise was also voted on but roundly rejected – with 164 politicians voting for it and 374 against. The motion asked for a delay until 22 May to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. The amendment detailed how the British government should ask the EU for a ‘standstill pay-as-you-go’ arrangement until end-2021 at the latest, during which a future relationship would be carved out. So what happens now?Tomorrow, the House of Commons will hold another vote. MPs will be asked whether they want to vote to request an extension to Article 50 from the European Union which would see Brexit delayed.If passed, the UK would not leave the EU on the 29 March but May said the motion will ask politicians to vote on a ‘short, limited, technical’ extension to Article 50. However, it would have to ask the EU if it could do so. The EU has said it would be amenable to such a move – but it would need to know what the UK’s plan would be. The motion proposes an extension until 30 June, a day before the new EU parliament will sit. May said that to get such an extension, there would have to be a deal in place, and that the only deal on offer is the current Withdrawal Agreement. The Prime Minister said that parliament needs to accept that the only other option open to them if that motion is rejected is to opt for a much longer extension.As noted today by chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier, one of the current risks is an ‘accidental no-deal Brexit’. Source: Beth Rigby/Twitter Short URL Mar 13th 2019, 7:59 PM
Quels sont les dangers de la bactérie Abri présente dans les hôpitaux ? Une bactérie Acinetobacter baumannii “multirésistante” aux antibiotiques, se développe de manière préoccupante depuis quelques années dans les services de réanimation et de grands brûlés. Selon une étude du Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire (BEH) publiée par l’Institut de veille sanitaire (INVS), la bactérie ABRI (pour “Acinetobacter baumannii résistante à l’imipénème”) se développe de façon préoccupante. Bien qu’elle ne soit impliquée que dans 343 cas sur les 10.288 infections nosocomiales (SIN) recensées entre août 2001 et mai 2011, elle est néanmoins “en très nette augmentation”. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Elle constituait en effet 2 à 3% de l’ensemble des SIN entre 2003 et 2008 mais 3,2% de celles-ci en 2009, 5,1% en 2010 puis 11,1% pour les cinq premiers mois de 2011. La bactérie ABRI a ainsi été retrouvée sur un total de 1.028 patients entre 2001 et 2011, dont 172 sont décédés, ce qui représente un taux de mortalité brute de 17%, précise le BEH. Elle est principalement présente dans les infections respiratoires (37 %), les septicémies (18,9 %) ou les infections urinaires (12,6 %) et touche notamment les patients en réanimation, les immunodéprimés ou les grands brûlés.”Les données [ … ] confirment l’importance et l’augmentation des infections ou colonisation à ABRI [ … ]. Elles soulignent que la résistance aux antibiotiques est un problème de santé publique qui ne se limite pas à quelques micro-organismes” relève le BEH relayé par l’AFP. Celui-ci souligne également que “l’émergence” de cette bactérie résistante a été rapportée au niveau européen. “Une vigilance renforcée sur les ABRI paraît donc nécessaire à l’avenir et doit impliquer tous les partenaires concernés”.Bien que le pouvoir pathogène d’AB soit normalement “faible”, la bactérie peut toutefois provoquer des “infections sévères” chez des “patients fragilisés”, précise l’étude de l’INVS. Mais les mesures de précaution à prendre restent classiques : lavage des mains, nettoyage soigneux des surfaces, mise en place de protocoles d’isolement, dépistage systématique des patients porteurs et signalisation lorsqu’ils sont transférés, ajoute le BEH.Le 25 juillet 2012 à 17:40 • Maxime Lambert
Mama Aiye She visited Uncle Hamadi and debriefed him about the situation of Efy’ marriage. “Ted lives at the Estate when you reach there you cannot miss his house his name is written in bold letters (Ted’ Estuary). He needs to see a fatherly figure to take us seriously.” She wanted to give him fare as town trip but Uncle Hamadi hesitated;Uncle Hamadi “You said he threatened you with gun what make you believe he’ll not do the same with me a poor wretched farmer? These heroin addicted boys have no respect or shame to embarrass anyone not to say someone below their class had Eku agreed to come with me I’ll be embolden but without his company I am helpless am sorry I cannot meet Ted.”Mama Aiye “But you did not refuse the brown envelop then what is your use of being a surrogate father you want the ‘akara’ and not the ‘kani’? I’ll handle it alone.” She left in a rage cursing Uncle Hamadi’ opportunism and cowardice.Uncle Hamadi “Do you want me to kill myself for the two of you? His father rejected the marriage who am I to risk my life for it? I don’t care you can say anything but I’ll never face that rude, ill-mannered chap after all I am just an uncle not a father and more or less my elder brother is still alive.”Bimbo She was inside and she heard everything as just human being she confronted her dad; “Excuse me dad what you have done is not right you did not reject the brown envelop you should have been honest enough to go to Ted and confront him; my Uncle Eku is principled and not an opportunist he rejected Ted as well as his money therefore you who partake in the booty should have given Efy and Mama Aiye solidarity in their time of need.”Uncle Hamadi He threw his shoes at his daughter and she dodged them; “Am I your mate? Should you disrespect me like this? I am the sole parent who brought you up when I lost your mother when you were two years I refuse to remarry until you are old enough to take care of yourself and now that you are grown up you treat me as trash? I’ll not accept any more rudeness from you my sisters are angry that you were not given to them to train you but I’ll now train you with iron fist.”Bimbo “I am very sorry dad but that is the truth and I don’t know how to say it without hurting you but that is not my intention I was just blunt calling spade a spade.” She stooped and beg for forgiveness.Uncle Hamadi When Bimbo left his conscience beat him; “Why am I angry with my daughter? She was just saying the truth from hence forth I’ll be very careful in accepting money from questionable sources.”At Home Mama Aiye She was crossed with everything swearing and cursing Ted; “Ted has made me a laughing stock where have I done wrong? I wanted good life for my only daughter and did not want her to commit the same mistake as me in marrying into poverty and forgoing my fortune from rich suitors who are now doing well in life.”Papa Eku “I am not rich but I wisely manage the resources God bless me with; I did not envy your rich suitors because I do not know how they’ve acquire their wealth I only pray not as your in-law Ted who have the world but loss his soul our daughter was hungry, thirsty, not cloth and in the process lost what is most available to a human being her pride, dignity, self-esteem and self–respect she regretted the marriage but is now trap dealing with the Law of Khmer and Nemesis the twin sisters she told Ted that her father was right to reject him and that her house never lack fish money even though Ted describe it as poverty stricken house. You are shameless but it is the ‘tainye’ that you see the ‘enn’ is on the way; I share what I have gave you my gratuity to start a village business but you squandered it and I’ve never lay a finger on you since our 30 years of marriage. You gave me one grain child, a daughter but I never question God and my family pressurized me to remarry for more children and in the process have a son but I rejected it what did they end up saying that you use black assurance on me but I don’t blame you I blame myself.” Papa went out to his village vous to play draught.Efy She is very frustrated and angry with her mother for misleading her to marry Ted she came out wearing a seductive dress just to provoke her parents with a suitcase she stood in front of her mother;Mama Aiye “Efy! Where are you going to wearing such a dress like a whore? Didn’t you realize you are still in the village where such clothes are abhor?”Efy “Yes mother I know I am in defiance I am going back to my matrimonial house and damn the consequences.”Mama Aiye “Matrimonial house! What matrimonial house? That is a dead house and I’ll be damn to allow my only daughter commit suicide. That is not a husband but a heroin junky he’ll kill you he took out a gun for me not to talk about you; Ted is not the only man on earth you are beautiful God will send another rich and responsible man just bear for a while.”Efy She ‘exploded’; “Here you talk greedy woman! Didn’t you find out who Ted was before pushing me to him? You destroy a noble relationship and destroyed my marriage to my God send husband Tunde who did everything for us as dad and Bimbo rightly said the twin sisters Law of Khmer and nemesis have finally paid us a visit I never understand until now.” To be Cont.
Inter have accepted Luka Modric is out of reach and turned their attention to Barcelona midfielder Rafinha.Rafinha spent last season as a loaned player at Inter. The Italians wanted to keep him, but were unable to collect the €40 million Barcelona requested in order to make the deal permanent. As a result, he went back to Catalonia and even started in the team’s 2-1 Spanish Super Cup victory over Sevilla last night.After much talk about a potential move for Luka Modric, Inter have finally come to terms with reality. In the search for alternatives, Rafinha is on top of the list (Football Espana). The Brazilian started 12 out of 17 games for Internazionale after coming over in January.Stay focused✔️ pic.twitter.com/T839nXhqmQ— Rafinha Alcantara (@Rafinha) July 23, 2018Barella shows patience as Inter and Cagliari bicker over deal Taimoor Khan – July 2, 2019 Inter Milan are keen on signing Nicolo Barella this summer but it appears that Cagliari are more open to doing business with Roma instead.Nicolo…The deal being discussed at the moment also involves an initial loan, with an option to make it permanent next summer. In a recent interview (Calcio Mercato), Rafinha expressed the wish to continue his career in Inter.“I spent some splendid months at Inter, and I would have liked to continue playing there, I’d like to return there but I am a Barcelona player now.” “My objective is to play, any player would want to play. I don’t know if this will be here or elsewhere but I want to play.”Rafinha Alcantara would be a great addition for Inter Milan (albeit not as good as Modric). The Nerrazzuri have Brozovic, Nainggolan, Vecino and Borja Valero in midfield, but neither of them is capable of playing in an advanced midfield role as Rafinha is.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his team’s lack of killer instinct contributed to their disappointing home loss to Chelsea.The Merseyside club were defeated 2-1 on home soil by Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup ending Liverpool’s run of eight consecutive victories across all competitions.Daniel Sturridge gave the Reds the lead with a lovely acrobatic effort but two goals in the space of 11 minutes, including a brilliant solo effort from Eden Hazard, ensured the Blues would advance to the fourth round draws which takes place on Saturday night.Despite being disappointed with the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp felt his team should have sealed the win, with Daniel Sturridge hitting the crossbar when the scores were tied at 1-1.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We had the chances to finish it,” Klopp said, according to Sky Sports, with Liverpool set to visit Stamford Bridge for a Premier League rematch on Saturday.”“We hit the crossbar and had a few interesting balls, but they scored twice and we scored only once.”“We knew how Chelsea wanted to play but we gave them too much space and weren’t compact enough. We still had the bigger chances in the first half.”“This is good preparation for Saturday but we have to defend better.”
Southwark Council has introduced a new leave policy to enable all staff who foster a child to receive an additional five days of paid annual leave in order to meet their care commitments.The new policy, launched on and immediately effective from 20 May 2019, was introduced as part of the council’s commitment to gain accreditation as a Fostering Friendly employer, delivered by charity The Fostering Network. This scheme acknowledges employers that have made steps to create a supportive environment for current and potential foster carers in the workplace.Southward Council gained the Fostering Friendly accreditation on the same day as the launch of the new leave policy.As part of the commitment, accredited organisations must implement an HR policy centred on supporting foster carers, in addition to promoting and encouraging fostering itself.The accreditation aligns with Southwark Council’s ambition to ensure that all children are looked after in a family setting. The leave policy, meanwhile, recognises that fostered children often have complex needs, and aims to provide carers with the support and flexibility to help them manage this.The new foster care leave policy was communicated to employees via the staff intranet.Councillor Peter John (pictured), leader of the council at Southwark Council, said: “I am incredibly proud that Southwark Council achieved Fostering Friendly accreditation. Our foster carers do an amazing job and we want more of our staff to consider fostering.“It is only right that we support our own staff to foster by creating a supportive atmosphere where their unique needs are recognised and supported.”
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers received two separate reports of a phone scam on January 18. According to the online Trooper dispatch, the individual called and advised they were a State Trooper and the person missed Jury Duty. The caller then proceeded to advise the individual they needed to pay fines so they won’t be arrested. The caller will ask the individual to pull cash out of their bank account and buy some type of gift card. They will ask you to read the number to them and destroy the number after you read it. If at any time the public receives a phone call and needs to verify if it’s a scam they can contact their local police department or State Troopers 24 hours a day at 907-262-4453. There are many different phone scams currently taking place, according to Troopers.
Is It Psychedelic Yet? The Wavepaths App Is Coming music-drugs-and-therapy-wavepaths-app News Twitter Email Anticipated app promises new paths of exploration as its musical algorithms keep playing fresh arrangementsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2017 – 4:11 pm New apps promise to change the way we do things, seemingly every day, for example these 11 apps for making music. Now the Wavepaths app, still under development, is coming to generate an endless stream of original music, kicked into being by what we are like and how we feel. GRAMMY winner Brian Eno was known for his ambient music long before his work producing U2 drew GRAMMY notice. Having worked on generative apps called Bloom and Reflection over the past years, Eno is now developing new soundscapes optimized for drug-enhanced music therapy with Wavepaths.Eno is working on Wavepaths with neuroscientist Mendel Kaelen of Imperial College London. Speaking about “Music in Psychedelic Therapy” on Oct. 7 at the Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference at New York’s Cooper Union, Kaelen opened up about the work put in over the last year and the two men’s hopes for wider support as Wavepaths moves ahead. An in-depth look by Rolling Stone discusses how Kaelen’s research visualizing the brain on LSD suggested that comparable effects of music on the brain could be used to enhance therapy.”When you allow yourself to be deeply touched and fully moved by music, … you can see your life from a new perspective,” Kaelen said. “What we have learned from both psychedelic therapy research, introspective music therapy formats and deep-listening practices, is the power of fully surrendering to an experience of art.” While Kaelen’s perspective comes from viewing images of the brain, Brian Eno has been composing and working with collaborators to create the right music, and hopes to attract such younger practitioners of the art as Aphex Twin and Sigur Rós.Because Wavepaths is being designed primarily as a therapeutic tool, scientific success should lead to new features and discoveries — an important reason to widen the circle of scientists, therapists and musicians collaborating on the project. “Surrendering” to this experience seems likely to lead to much more than infinite-and-automated original music.Chris Cornell: Music therapy program established in SeattleRead more Music, Drugs And Therapy: The Wavepaths App Facebook
A supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi displays a paper cap with images of Modi and Indian Parliament during an election campaign rally in Junagadh, Gujarat.ReutersThe Indian government may have to make a series of major changes at the top of the nation’s civil service if Prime Minister Narendra Modi is re-elected to a second term in May, according to multiple sources in the administration.At least eight senior bureaucrats in the prime minister’s office have either sought a transfer to other departments or plan to take premature retirement, three government officials said. The officials, from the prime minister’s office, the home (interior) ministry and the foreign ministry, declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the subject.Two of them said they too are keen to be transferred to state capitals or to other jobs. They said officials in several ministries were trying to move but did not have a number.There are about 25 senior civil servants working in the prime minister’s office, which under Modi has become the single most powerful department in government.The three officials said the reasons for wanting out are almost all the same. Many top bureaucrats complained about two aspects of the Modi administration – their inability to influence government policy as it is largely controlled and set by the prime minister and a small group of ministers and advisers, and the demanding work schedule they face.”The sense of partnership is missing, Modi and his ministers do not have an organic relationship with the bureaucrats,” said the civil servant in the home ministry.Sanjay Mayukh, a spokesman for Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), declined to comment on the grounds that governance issues were managed directly by ministers.A spokesman in the prime minister’s office did not return phone calls seeking comment.To be sure, some other major governments around the world often face a series of departures and changes, especially when the first-term morph into a second term.Also, just because an official talk about quitting doesn’t mean they will.But in India, officials in the prime minister’s office are hand-picked for loyalty and tend to stay if the administration is re-elected. Modi’s BJP-led alliance is tipped to win a slim majority in the April-May general election, pollsters say.Senior bureaucrats said Modi’s top-down approach, and his orders to work on public holidays, to demand they submit details of their assets, and to clean their own workplaces at the start of a five-year cleanliness campaign in 2014, has widened the gap between the civil servants and the nation’s leader.Amit Shah, a close aide of Modi and the head of the BJP, in a closed-door meeting attended by two ministers in February said bureaucrats continued to suffer from “communist romanticism”, a reference to the alleged influence of the left-leaning Congress opposition party on the bureaucrats. The ministers, who spoke to Reuters, declined to be identified.DISCONNECT WITH RULING PARTYFor some of the 5,000 or so mandarins who run the Indian government, its state-owned entities, as well as administration at a state government level, Modi’s style of leadership has been a jolt.Many of these top officials have received a Western-style education at India’s elite universities or schools overseas and are uncomfortable with the ruling party’s right-wing Hindu nationalism and Modi’s rough-hewn approach to governance.While getting into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), is incredibly hard – only 1 out of about 4,500 who took the civil service exam got selected in 2018 – traditionally once someone got in they had a job for life with few risks of ever getting fired.An IAS job – one of the most sought after in India – bestows huge power as well as cheap housing, a car with a driver and other perks, leave for government-paid foreign study, and often the chance for plum positions in business or government consultative work after retirement. There is also a handsome pension.But such conditions can also breed complacency and a lack of ‘can do’ behaviour, according to Indian politicians and civil servants.They say there are plenty of Sir Humphreys in New Delhi, referring to a character in the British TV comedy series “Yes Minister” about how top officials in Whitehall stall government policies they don’t agree with.In particular, there is deep resentment in the top echelons of the Indian civil service over the interference in government by the Rashtriya Swayemsevak Sangh (RSS), the Hindu right-wing umbrella group of which the BJP is a part, these officials said.RSS functionaries have had a major role in successfully lobbying for big changes at the Reserve Bank of India, for example, leading to last December’s resignation of its governor and his replacement with an official who is considered more loyal to Modi, officials said.TECHNOCRATS, NOT GENERALISTSRSS figures also criticise Modi for not having enough professionally trained experts in place to implement some of his more controversial policies.”The country needs a professional administration for economic development and can’t depend on generalists,” said Ashwani Mahajan, co-convenor of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), the economic wing of the RSS that has campaigned against some bureaucrats.Last year, Modi proposed bringing in at least ten professionals from the private sector into the civil service at the joint secretary level, but the plan has still to be implemented and is facing strong resistance from civil servants. Joint Secretaries are two rungs below full Secretaries, the top civil servant in a ministry.A senior finance ministry official said major policy decisions including demonetisation, Modi’s decision to wipe out high-denomination bank notes without warning in 2016 and to hastily launch a goods and services tax that hit millions of small businesses and jobs, were examples of political decisions that didn’t get enough airing among officials before being implemented. Both are thought to have hurt jobs growth, economists say.There is a wider concern in the civil service about India being ruled by a Hindu nationalist party that some see destroying the country’s previous tolerant and secular nature.But the hours are as much of a concern to some.”I am looking out for other opportunities and have even requested for a transfer because it is almost impossible to work for 12-13 hours every day, even during weekends,” said a senior official working with Modi since 2014.
Share Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaThis file photo shows archaeologists working at the discovered grave sites in Sugar Land in 2018.The proposed agreement in Fort Bend County for the reburial of the so-called “Sugar Land 95” is increasingly uncertain. Fort Bend County Judge KP George told News 88.7 the county and the Fort Bend Independent School District strongly disagree on how to carry out the reinterment of the remains of 95 African Americans who worked on a Sugar Land plantation under the Texas convict lease system in the late 1800s. George says the process should have court approval, while the school district contends they don’t need it.The remains were discovered in February 2018 by a contractor who was working on the construction site for Fort Bend ISD’s planned James Reese Career Center and Technical Center. The new facility opened Wednesday, the start of the school year for FBISD.The county and the school district have been negotiating an agreement for weeks by which the district would convey 10 acres of land to the county for the remains to be reburied and for a memorial site. The county would be in charge of maintaining the cemetery.On July 11, the district announced the principle terms of the agreement, which included paying the county $1 million “toward future costs associated with reinterment and memorialization.” On July 25 the district announced plans to carry out the reinterment, but that news release omitted the $1 million announced two weeks before.On Monday, FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre posted an online video statement saying “there is no longer a need for the district to pay the county” because the school district will carry out the reinterment and host a public memorial service.George told News 88.7 he is upset about the district acting “unilaterally” without consulting with the county and said the negotiation is going through “a lot of difficulty.”George said the sticking point isn’t the money, but the issue of court involvement. Attorneys advising the county say Fort Bend could be liable in potential lawsuits from descendants if the reburial is done without court approval. “It’s about the trust and also legal liability, that is the bottom-line,” George said. “There are relatives and even today we don’t know who they are.”George added he can’t support a process over which the county has no control.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/14155016/HPM-Red-2019-08-14-at-1.23pm.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The litigation regarding the reburial is at a stalemate. Since the discovery of the remains, Judge James Shoemake, of Harris County’s 434th District Court, has appointed two attorneys to oversee the reinterment process but the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas at Houston has stayed his appointments.FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre told News 88.7 the attorneys that are advising him say the district can go ahead with the reburial. Dupre said a law the Texas Legislature passed this year allowing Fort Bend County to operate the cemetery also establishes that the school district can carry out the reinterment.“It’s beginning to become undignified that this is becoming a long drawn out process,” Dupre said. “We believe the court process would make it go even longer.”In response to George’s concern about potential lawsuits, Dupre said FBISD has “multiple attorneys telling us that we are in strong legal footing.”Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/14161622/Charles-Dupre.mp400:0000:0000:44Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.As for the financial aspect of the process, Dupre said the district will pay for the reburial and a memorial service. Additionally, FBISD is considering providing money toward the cost of DNA testing of the remains.The superintendent also denied some claims that the district has built a part of the technical center over the site where the remains were originally discovered, as reported by the Houston Chronicle. “Fort Bend ISD did not build on and does not intend to build on any portion or part of the area that has been designated as a historic cemetery,” Dupre said in his online video statement. He said each individual will be reburied in the original space from where they were exhumed.In his interview with News 88.7, Dupre said the cemetery is fully fenced and “for anyone to say that they have photographic proof or any other evidence that we’ve built on the cemetery is simply false.”The FBISD school board plans to vote on the reburial plan at its September 23 meeting. If it’s approved, Dupre said the reburial could start 60 to 90 days after the approval of the contract.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public Media)This June 17, 2019, file photo shows Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds (center) during an event held in Sugar Land.The reinterment of the remains and the planned memorial site has generated strong support from community members and elected officials, including Texas State Representatives Ron Reynolds and D.F. ‘Rick’ Miller, who jointly filed the bill in the state legislature to allow the county to operate the cemetery, and U.S. Representative Al Green. District Attorney Brian Middleton, the first African American to hold that position in Fort Bend County, is also in favor of an agreement for the reinterment.In addition, the issue has gained traction on Twitter with the hashtag #SugarLand95 since the discovery in February 2018.The discovery has also had repercussions for Fort Bend ISD’s curriculum. The district will have a class about the Texas convict lease system starting this school year.
×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 Popular on Variety In 2013 DreamWorks Animation, under then-CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, bought AwesomenessTV in a deal worth at least $33 million — one of the first traditional media companies to place a sizable bet on original digital-video content. Comcast picked up Awesomeness after it completed the $3.8 billion acquisition of DWA.Two years ago, Verizon paid about $159 million to acquire its stake in AwesomenessTV, giving the digital-media outfit a $650 million valuation. That was double what Awesomeness was valued at when Hearst invested in the company in 2014.After Robbins left AwesomenessTV last year, the company hired Levin, a veteran TV exec who helped launch the WB Network. This past May, president Brett Bouttier left the company after five and a half years with AwesomenessTV. It’s official: Viacom closed a deal to acquire AwesomenessTV, a youth-oriented digital media company, as Viacom looks to expand its reach among digital-first audiences sandwiched in between its Nickelodeon and MTV brands.Terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, a source said Viacom is paying well below $300 million for the digital-media company. The final price tag is considerably less than AwesomenessTV’s $650 million valuation after the company’s latest investment in 2016. [THR reported that Viacom paid $25 million plus the assumption of AwesomenessTV debt; the actual total value of the deal is still unconfirmed.]Word that Viacom was in advanced talks with the company — majority owned by Comcast/NBCUniversal, with stakes held by Verizon and Hearst — emerged earlier this week. Awesomeness will be integrated into Viacom’s portfolio of brands and live within the Viacom Digital Studios division headed by president Kelly Day (pictured above), formerly chief business officer of Awesomeness.According to Viacom, current AwesomenessTV CEO Jordan Levin, who has been with the company since May of 2017, will be leaving following a transition period post-acquisition.Viacom sees AwesomenessTV as boosting its push to produce original premium digital programming with social-video distribution for young, mobile audiences at scale. The ATV Network reaches 158 million unique users with about 300 million monthly views. In addition, AwesomenessTV brings with it a full production studio with an existing library of more than 200 hours of long-form TV series and feature films.“Awesomeness has done an incredible job building their brand into a digital media powerhouse for today’s most sought-after and hard-to-reach youth audiences,” Day said in a statement. “The team brings strong digital expertise, deep connections with top talent and influencers, a world-class television and film studio, and a robust branded content team and creative agency that will accelerate the growth and scale of Viacom Digital Studios.”Industry sources have said AwesomenessTV was not a good fit under majority owner Comcast/NBCU, which held a 51% stake. Meanwhile, minority shareholder Verizon just shut down Go90 — its ad-supported mobile-video service — which had a big deal with Awesomeness for original shows. Verizon took a $900 million hit against Q2 earnings for various one-time charges, most of which was related to the Go90 platform and associated content.Awesomeness was co-founded in 2012 by Brian Robbins, who currently serves as president of Paramount Players at Viacom after he left ATV last year, and producer Joe Davola.Another Awesomeness alumna hired by Viacom is Paula Kaplan, executive VP of talent and development for Viacom Digital Studios, whom Day hired this spring. Prior to joining AwesomenessTV as chief talent officer in 2015, Kaplan worked at Viacom’s Nickelodeon for more than 20 years.Viacom has recently been stepping up its investment in digital-media under CEO Bob Bakish, coalescing the strategy around Viacom Digital Studios. The company acquired VidCon earlier this year and is planning to expand the video-creator conference brand to London. The media conglomerate also recently bought Whosay, a New York-based influencer-marketing firm incubated by CAA that specializes in targeting young audiences online with branded content.