VANCOUVER – The largest suppliers of Loblaw Companies Ltd. will have to pay a new handling fee, the company said.Suppliers using Loblaw’s distribution centres will pay 0.79 per cent on the cost of goods they sell to the company, while those shipping directly to stores will pay 0.24 per cent, said spokesman Kevin Groh in an email, adding the fee doesn’t apply to the company’s small suppliers.“We have always had handling fees,” he said. “We have simply held them flat for nearly a decade, as we’ve invested billions to create a highly efficient supply chain.”Groh could not immediately provide information on existing fee rates, however said this fee is in addition to existing ones.“In the end, our company, suppliers and customers benefit from products making it to our shelves efficiently and consistently.”Players in the Canadian grocery industry often charge suppliers various fees. Suppliers may pay listing fees, for example, to have their product stocked.Loblaw started sending letters last week informing the suppliers who will have to pay the new fee, Groh said.The move could result in about $80 million in savings for the company, wrote BMO analyst Peter Sklar in a note sent to clients on Friday.In the short-term, the program could save $160-million before taxes, he said, but that’s unlikely in the long-term as vendor co-operation will wane. Suppliers will work hard to claw back the charge in future price negotiations, he said, and slash the expected savings in half.Loblaw can’t validate estimates, Groh said.Sklar said he found the letter “strongly worded, as it discourages suppliers from discussing the new fee with Loblaw merchants.” He believes that’s an attempt to minimize suppliers’ negotiating abilities.“While these types of ‘asks’ can improve Loblaw’s earnings in the short term, our concern is that longer-term relationships with, and innovations by, suppliers could be impaired,” he said.Groh said suppliers can continue to discuss merchandising strategies with the company’s merchants.The move comes shortly after the company announced it would lay off 500 office workers, including various executives, earlier this month. At the time, Groh said the grocery industry faces a variety of pressures, but the layoffs aren’t a response to a single one, including a rising minimum wage.Grocers are grappling with rising minimum wage laws in certain provinces, and pressure from discount retailers and Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods.Loblaw has sent at least one other letter similar to this to suppliers in the past.In July 2016, the company told suppliers it will apply an automatic 1.45 per cent price deduction on all shipments it receives beginning Sept. 4. It also said the grocer would reject any future cost increases from suppliers, unless they are related to higher input costs.The Competition Bureau is investigating Loblaw programs, agreements and conduct related to pricing strategies and programs with suppliers.The investigation started with a review of Loblaw’s proposed acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart in 2014. While the bureau reached a consent agreement with Loblaw that required it to sell certain stores and imposed some restrictions, the bureau continued to investigate its supplier practices.The bureau is also separately investigating allegations of price fixing in the bread aisles of major grocer’s, including Loblaw, Sobey’s Inc., Metro Inc. and others who have said they are co-operating with the investigation.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With temperatures rising the thaw has begun to affect the roads in which heavy vehicles and commercial transport trucks travel upon, load restrictions have started and all times are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted.Load Restrictions within the Peace District, Service Area 21, South Peace, effective 11:59 PM PST Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 24 hours a day. All Provincial Numbered Routes, paved or gravel – 100% Legal Axle Loading Please Note: All side roads within the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM – Fort Nelson) are not included in the following load restriction notice. For further information regarding load restrictions within the NRRM, please contact the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality office at (250) 774-2541.All Provincial Numbered Routes, paved or gravel – 100% Legal Axle LoadingAll Provincial Side Roads, paved or gravel – 70% Legal Axle Loading except as listed below75% Legal Axle Loading; All Provincial Side Roads, paved or gravel – 70% Legal Axel Loading except as listed below75% Legal Axle Loading;Backroad Road 206M (from Pederson Road 215 east to Berry Road 213A)Berry Road 213A (from Pederson Road 206M to Road 206D)Bessbourough Road 212 (from Highway 97 west to Mason/Semple Road 237)Briar Ridge Road 4 (from Highway 2 to Highway 49)Braden Road 22 (from Highway 97S to Highway 97N)Burbee Road 12D (from Jackfish Road 12, east for 300m)Jackfish Lake Road 12 (from Woods Road to Boysen Road 69A)Old Alaska Highway Road 64 (from Highway 97N (north end) to Triangle Road 25)One Island Lake Road 18 (from Highway 52E to Km 20.8)Pederson Road 215 (from Highway 2 to Backroad Road 206M)Triangle Rd 25 (from Old Alaska Highway Road 64 to West Coast Road 235)100% Legal Axle Loading;Cosins Road 213C (from Highway 49 north for 400m)Dangerous Goods Route Road 94East Arras Road 41A (from intersection of 97S to Pumphouse Access Road 208C)Fabric 84 Road (from highway 97S to end)Hasler Road 26Imperial Access Road 210 (from Washington Road 221 east to North Rolla Road 219)Jackfish Lake Road 12 (from Highway 29N to Woods Road)Johnson Road 232C (from Highway 97 east for 1.8km)Lowe Road 200LMagusin Road 245W (from Highway 97N south to the bridge just south of Parkland Road 7)Mason/Semple Road 237McQueens Road 210 (from North Rolla Road 219 east to Rolla Road 3)Old Alaska Highway Road 64 (from intersection with 97N (South end) to km 3.7)Pumphouse Access Road 208CRanson Road 33Rolla Road 3Sweetwater Road 6 (from North Rolla Road 219 to Rolla Road 3)Upper Cutbank 13 (from Lowe 200L to Community Pasture Road 200F)Washington Road 221 (from Highway 97 to Imperial Access Road 210)West Fraser 89Load Restrictions within the Peace District, Service Area 22, North Peace are effective 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 24 hours a day. Beatton River Airport Rd, from Alaska Hwy 97N north to end of roadBeryl Prairie Road 715R from intersection with Canyon Drive to Beryl Prairie Road 118Beryl Prairie Road 118 from intersection with Beryl Prairie Road 715R to the endBuick Creek Road 154Cypress Creek Road 187Farrell Creek Road 115, from intersection with Hwy 29N to Harasymyk RoadGraham River Road 123Milligan Creek Road 137 from North Pine 259 to PeejayMontney Highway Rd 254 from Alaska Hwy 97N east to 281 RdMontney Highway Rd 281 from 254 Rd north to 256 RdMontney Highway Rd 256 from 281 Rd east to Prespatou Rd 275Road 265A (100th Stree! t) from 85th Avenue south to Mason Road 240Rose Prairie Road 101 from Road 260 north to Prespatou Road 193Siphon Creek Road 184Stoddart Creek Road from Alaska Hwy 97N to Montney Highway 254Schwalm Road 106 from intersection with Cassidy Road 238U to the endTank Farm Road 249 from Baldonnel Road to intersection with Cassidy Road 238UUpper Halfway Road 117, from km 54.1 to the end100% Legal Axle Loading;103A Airport Road from Underpass Road 255 to Swanson Lumber Road 25985th Avenue (Holloway Road # 240A) from Old Fort Road to 100th Street240 Crossover Rd from 269 to Old Fort RdBaldonnel 107 Rd from Underpass 255 Rd to Tank Farm 249 RdBeatton/ Montney Road 271, from Highway 97 north to Montney Highway 254Cecil Lake Road 103 from intersection with Rose Prairie Road 101 to Alberta borderCanyon Drive 520R, from intersection with Highway 29N to W.A.C. Bennett DamClayhurst Road 111 from Cecil Lake Road 103! south for 19.7 km to intersection with Ferry Road 110.Doig Road 188East Bypass Road 146, from the Fort St John city limits to the Rose Prairie 101 Rd.Ferry Road 110 from the intersection with Clayhurst Road 111 south 10.5 km to the Moose Mouth Bridge.Fort Nelson Airport Connector Road 504AGrandhaven Road 242, from Alaska Highway 97 to Riverview Road 269Montney Highway Rd 256 from Prespatou Rd 275 to Rose Prairie Rd 101Montney South Road 121 from Rose Prairie Road 101 west and north to Beatton/ Montney Road 271North Pine Road 259, from Road 260 to Milligan Creek Road 137Old Fort Road 148 from Alaska Highway 97 south to Howe PitPrespatou Road 193, from Montney Highway 256 north to Triad Road 169A/ Mile 30 Road 169Riverview Road 269, from Alaska Highway 97 south to end of public roadRose Prairie Road 101 from Fort St John city limits to intersection with Road 260Sikanni Chief Road 517Swanson ! Lumber Road 259, from the Fort St John city limits to the intersection with the Airport Road 103AToews Road 246Underpass Road 255, from Alaska Highway 97 to Road 103AUpper Halfway Road 117, from Alaska Highway 97 to km 54.1Wilson Road 260A, from Rose Prairie Road 101 to Road 259West Bypass Road 145, from the Fort St John city limits to Rose Prairie Road 10150% Legal Axle Loading;Mile 30 Road 169 from Kvile Rd 169C West to the Beatton River Rd 151Triad Road 169A from Reimer Rd 171 East to the end of the right of wayThe following permanent restrictions are in effect year-round;50% Legal Axle LoadingOld Fort Rd 148 from Howe Pit to the Old Fort Loop 616B
4 December 2007The situation in the Golan Heights has been “generally quiet” recently, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report, which warns that the overall region remains tense and a United Nations force observing the ceasefire between Israel and Syria should stay on for another six months. The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which has been in place since 1974, should have its mandate extended until at least 30 June next year, Mr. Ban writes in his latest report to the Security Council on the work of the Force. He notes that both Syria and Israel have already voiced their agreement.The situation in the Middle East is likely to remain tense “unless and until a comprehensive settlement covering all aspects of the Middle East problem can be reached,” he states, calling for a just and durable settlement in line with Council resolutions on the issue.During the period under review UNDOF supervised its area of operation in the Golan Heights through a mixture of patrols and fixed positions, and also carried out regular inspections of equipment and Force levels. Both sides “generally cooperated” with UNDOF as it conducted its mandated tasks, although they also denied inspection teams access to some positions and imposed restrictions on the Force’s freedom of movement.UNDOF staff also helped the International Committee of the Red Cross with the passage of people through the area of separation between Israeli and Syrian forces. In the past six months, the Force assisted in the crossing of 637 students, 500 pilgrims, five civilians and one bride, while it provided health services to 243 villagers and medical treatment to 116 civilians.At the same time, Mr. Ban’s report draws attention to the growing financial shortfall faced by UNDOF. As of the end of August, some $24 million is owed to the countries that contribute troops to the Force: Austria, Canada, India, Japan, Poland and Slovakia.
Council President- Jan Egeland After a closed-door meeting, the 15-member Council “stressed the importance of a Flash Appeal to be made on behalf of Haiti next week, both in Port-au-Prince and New York, and urged generous and timely international support,” Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, which holds the body’s monthly rotating presidency for March, said in a press statement.The Council noted updated information on the deployment of the Multinational Interim Force (MIF) in Haiti, commended the troop contributors and welcomed MIF coordination with the UN Special Adviser for Haiti, Reginald Dumas, the President added.The Council was briefed by UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland, who highlighted the need for emergency food, health care, water and sanitation, noting the critical importance of restoring security as a condition for access to vulnerable Haitians.Mr. Egeland said he had designated UN Resident Coordinator Adama Guindo the Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti.”Mr. Guindo has organized a humanitarian coordination group that includes both the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs),” he said.The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have sent in emergency staff and plan to send more when security improves, Mr. Egeland said.”A curfew remains in effect in Port-au-Prince and incidents of looting and shooting have declined. Police officers are returning to duty and they have begun joint patrolling in Port-au-Prince with the Multinational Interim Force,” he said. “However, beyond the capital, there is a security vacuum. For instance, in Fort Liberté, the recently released prisoners were said to be in charge of security.”Looking to the broader picture, the Emergency Relief Coordinator stressed the need for attention to the root causes of Haiti’s plight. “Humanitarian activities can only serve as short-term measures and must be accompanied by a broad set of long-term policies to address the problems of governance and poverty,” he said, emphasizing the need for a committed international response.”This is necessary if we are to prevent Haiti from falling further into an abyss of misery and deprivation,” he told the Council.Video of press encounters: –
Close to 370 aid workers kidnapped, wounded or killed.,And a new wave of shelling and airstrikes against hospitals, schools, markets and camps for displaced people in northwest Syria’s Idleb has killed and wounded civilians, causing widespread panic. Mr. Guterres spelled out that in all conflicts, “when explosive weapons were used in populated areas, 90 per cent of those killed and injured were civilians”. What’s more, persistent violence against humanitarian and medical workers and facilities along with widespread access constraints continue to jeopardize civilians in need. “Chief among our challenges is enhancing and ensuring respect and compliance for international humanitarian law in the conduct of hostilities” bemoaned Mr. Guterres.,“In many cases, our information suggests that respect for those bodies of law is at best questionable”, he stated, while in others “we have witnessed blatant violations”. He stressed the need for better accountability by closing the gap between serious violation allegations, their investigation and prosecution. To do this, the Secretary-General cited his own report on the issue. First, he urged that clear national policy frameworks be established to protect civilians in armed conflict; secondly, that humanitarian organizations engage with non-State armed groups to negotiate safe and timely humanitarian access; and finally, that accountability be ensured for serious violations. “We also need action at the global and multilateral levels” Mr. Guterres said, signaling that the Council must be “more consistent” and comprehensive in addressing protection concerns “within and across different conflicts”. Open debate: Protection of civilians in armed conflict, by UN Photo/Manuel EliasThe UN chief also said that Member States, UN actors and civil society must sustain implementation. “For, as bleak as the current state of protection is, there is considerable scope for improvement if we each do our utmost to promote and implement the rules that bind us to preserve humanity in war”, Mr. Guterres said. ICRC to Council: Support humanitarian law For his part, Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), acknowledged that while political consensus is difficult, “we ask you [the Council] to be clearer in your support for the respect of international humanitarian law – and in stating and following through on the simple truth that no one is above the law and no civilian can be excluded from protection”. Chairing the meeting, Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, said that the 20th anniversary commemoration should serve as a reminder not only of our political commitments, but also, of “our duties to implement those commitments”. Recalling the UN Charter’s mission to ensure the primacy of human safety and security she underscored: “We cannot afford to let our people down”. “We are rightly critical when assessing the state of the protection of civilians, for there is great cause of concern”, he said. The UN chief walked members through 20 years of progress, saying that a “culture of protection” had indeed “taken root” that encompasses a comprehensive framework based on international law, and becoming one of the peace and security body’s “core issues”. Also, in the plus column, he credited deploying specialist advisors in peace operations and reinforcing humanitarian agencies’ work to strengthen child protection and help shield all civilians from “loathsome acts of sexual violence in conflict”. Mr. Guterres added that monitoring and reporting grave violations against children in conflicts and engaging with warring parties “has led to the demobilization and reintegration of thousands of children”. Moreover, he continued, Security Council resolutions on the protection of medical care in armed conflict and on conflict and hunger “have given important focus and urgency to these issues”.,Security Council-mandated UN peace operation successes: Around 5.2 million people internally displaced. South Sudan – nearly 200,000 internally displaced people currently shelter in protection of civilians’ sites. Central African Republic – the UN mission supports local peace and ceasefire agreements that are monitored by civilian and military components. Afghanistan – recording UN civilian casualty figures has led to the adoption of measures by pro-Government forces to minimize harm. Syria – Millions of civilians receive cross-border humanitarian assistance. From Cambodia to the former Yugoslavia, war criminals have been tried and convicted.,Civilians: ‘Vast majority’ of casualties Despite these advances, grave human suffering is still being caused by armed conflicts and lack of compliance with international humanitarian law and “civilians continue to make up the vast majority of casualties”, Mr. Guterres flagged. In 2018, UN records revealed that more than 22,800 civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen were killed or injured.,2018 – another year of violence and displacement Some 1.4 million people newly displaced across international borders. 705 attacks against healthcare workers and facilities in eight conflicts, killing 451 and injuring 860, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
A vast new display to mark the end of the First World War will give families of soldiers killed at the Battle of the Somme with no known grave the chance to take home the ‘bodies’ of their loved ones.As part of the events marking the centenary of the end the conflict, a field in the Queen Elizabeth Park in east London has been transformed with the installation of 72,396 shrouded calico figures to represent the men of the British and Commonwealth forces who were killed during the Battle of the Somme in 1916, but whose bodies were never recovered.The Shrouds of Somme, which opens on Thursday and will run until 18 November, is the brainchild of artist Rob Heard, 53, and is supported by the Commonwealth War Grave Commission and military charity SAAFA.Mr Heard, who has worked 12 hour days for five years creating the 12-inch shrouded figures, told The Telegraph he started the project to try and “put stories to the names” of the Somme dead.He said: “We see the vast numbers of the dead and read the names on the memorials, but I wanted to try and make sense of the scale of these huge number. Each one represents an individual, and that’s why each shroud is different. “The medium of fabric means they are all different and represent individuals. They are all made to a name of a man who died on the Somme whose body was never recovered.” Volunteers from the Royal Anglian Regiment spent three days laying out the figures, should-to-shoulder in formation across the 4,000 sm site in the shadow of the London Stadium.After the display ends next Sunday, the shrouds will go on sale for £35 each in aid of veterans charities, but Mr Heard has called on families who lost loved ones in the battle to come forward and claim their family member. “We hope the families who loved ancestors at the Somme come forward and purchase their shrouds,” he said.“What’s extraordinary is that I have met some of these families, and the grief is still so real. They still have a a huge amount in their pride for their ancestors and want to honour them.” The family of Sidney Nicholson (right) have already purchased ‘his shroud’ from the organisers of the display. He was killed during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 but his body was never recovered Sally Nicholson, 34 from Northampton. whose great-great grandfather was Sidney’s brother and signed up alongside him, told the Daily Telegraph: “Sidney was killed by a German sniper as he was about to lead his men over the top. We are not really a military family, but we’ve always made an effort to remember him. My cousin has already purchased his shroud and it finally feels like he’s coming home to us” On such family is that of Sidney Nicholson, a lance corporal in the King’s Royal Rifles who was killed towards the end of the Battle of the Somme on 7 October 1916. His body was never recovered, but his family have now been able to purchase his shroud to “bring him home”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Shrouds of the Somme at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic ParkCredit:Geoff Pugh Small shrouded figures, representing soldiers who died and were never recovered from the Somme battlefields, have been laid out by volunteers and members of Royal Anglian RegimentCredit:Kirsty O’Connor /PA She added: “His name is engraved on the Thiepval memorial in France, but has no known grave. So this is the first time he has set on on English soil in 102 years.”Mr Heard decided to embark on the project in 2013 after a car crash when he saw the impact of conflict on veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. He only completed the last of the more than 70,000 shrouds five days ago.The Somerset artist, said: “I had a book with all the names of those soldiers with no known grave and I started by looking up each name as I start its shroud. But that way madness lies. I couldn’t take that level of intensity, thinking about each soldier as I created their shroud. In the end I had to do it the other way around and cross of the names afterward.”
We will be closing the nominations for the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in August. Do you wish to nominate someone who has contributed in an outstanding way to technology development in underground production or efficiency, safety, productivity, etc.in that discipline? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org about nominations.The chosen nominees will be inducted at the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center, Denver on February 25, 2019. The dinner is a key event in the SME Annual Conference week.The current nominations shortlist in Underground Production has the Sandvik TH551/TH663 – a new modular product range for large trucks; nominees: Project Engineer: Hannu Helen, Project Manager: Jouni Teppo, and Project Sponsor: Minna Pirkkanen. The large truck market is particularly attractive, with high margins, and Sandvik needed to develop new products in order to regain its market position. There was also a need for a new truck in the 50 t size class, so these two market needs were combined into a single product development to develop a modular truck range to meet the many requirements. Another important target was to use as many common solutions and common components as possible within the range. There was also a longer term vision that the same platform could be later used in developing even larger size haulage trucks with 80-90 t capacities, plus electric versions for trolley applications.Metso’s SmartTag is a radio frequency identification (RFID) based technology designed to allow tracking of ore from its source through blasting, run-of-mine (ROM) pads, crushers, intermediate stockpiles and finally into the concentrator. Successful applications of the SmartTag system have encouraged development to allow the system to be used in a wider variety of plants, in particular plants with finer crushing and screening stages.Readers are encouraged to vote for these or other nominations as they are reported.The last inductee was Hermann Paus, an innovator in underground mining equipment and a great ambassador between the mining industries of the West and the former Soviet Union. He founded the company Hermann Paus Maschinenfabrik in 1968. Since 1974, the company has been designing and producing machines for mining. http://www.im-halloffame.com/underground-production-2/There is a total of 12 categories and nominations are welcomed for all of them: Bulk Handling, Concentration, Comminution, Exploration, Environmental Management and Stewardship, Metallurgy, Mining Software, Safety, Surface Mining, Underground Development, Underground Production and Outstanding Innovator.www.im-halloffame.com
It sets new potentially controversial targets for BEE ownership – but past deals recognised and stability clauses proposed. “Following the recently launched draft Mining Charter, a stability clause has also been proposed and this is exactly what our country needs right now, to allay investor fears and encourage much-needed investment in a struggling sector,” says Bert Lopes, Natural Resources Head at audit firm, BDO.The new ownership clauses are controversial but free carry clauses are common in many developing countries. The question that remains to be answered is whether this will affect the economic viability of marginal projects.The new draft Mining Charter was released by the Department of Mineral Resources on June 15. Its highlights, and further BDO comment are:A new shareholding target for Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) shareholdings of 30% for new mineral rights applicationsAn increase on the former 26% BEE shareholding requirement. This new requirement does not apply immediately to existing holders of mineral rights, but the 30% level must be achieved by them within a period of five years for existing owners.Of the new 30% requirement, 16% must be allocated as follows:8% each must be given to communities and employees respectivelyIn addition, of the 8%, 5% must be free carry, meaning that there will be a minimum free carry shareholding of 10% for new applications.Another interesting aspect of the new draft was the announcement of the intention to introduce stability clauses into the minerals regulatory environment.Mosa Mabuza, former Deputy-Director of Licensing in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), said at a press conference presided over by Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe, that compliant mining companies could rely on security of tenure. In effect, the Mining Charter is offering miners a 30-year stabilisation clause.“If there are any changes in law – and the South African government must be allowed to do this – the terms and conditions of the mining license will be applied for the tenure of the right,” said Mabuza, CEO of the Council for Geoscience.Stability clauses are favoured by foreign investors because they guarantee that the term and the conditions attaching to the mineral right they sign up for will not be changed unilaterally.There is some precedent for this in fiscal legislation already in section 13 and 14 of the Mineral and Petroleum Royalty Resources Act where a mineral right holder can apply for fiscal stability in respect of the rate of royalty he has to pay on the value of his minerals extracted.In addition, there are fiscal stability clauses in the Income Tax Act relating to Oil and Gas projects as set out in paragraph 8 of the 11th Schedule whereby the Minister of Finance may enter into a binding agreement with any oil and gas company in respect of an oil and gas right held by that company, and that agreement so entered into must guarantee that the provisions of this Schedule (as at the date on which the agreement was concluded) apply in respect of that right as long as the right is held by the oil and gas company.The Charter can be viewed at http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/1/FinalCharter.pdf
Look out, the world, Netflix is coming for you. Speaking with a reporter during a recent interview, Steve Swasey, a spokesman for the video rental/streaming service announced that, after a successful launch in the great white north, the company is looking to expand its services into a number of other countries.” After a short period in Canada we’re now talking about other regions in the world, so that’s a good indicator,” Swasey said, without actually mentioning any specifics. “We’re extremely pleased with the reception in Canada and … based on the early success of Netflix.ca we’re going to continue our international expansion next year and we’re going to allocate significant dollars to it.”The company has also apparently learned something regarding its still limited selection, in light of the Canada launch. “The one lesson learned in Canada, because we’re new and because there was that one little complaint about new releases,” Swasey explained, “is we’re going to be very proactive in announcing when we have new titles … we’re going to be more focused on specific titles as we announce them in Canada.”
La Ligue 1 sera sur les terminaux OrangeSi l’opérateur téléphonique a cessé son activité dans le football à la télévision avec l’arrêt de la chaîne Orange Sport, il détient quand même les droits du championnat de France sur terminaux mobiles…La fermeture de la chaîne Orange Sport, qui diffusait un match de Ligue 1 par semaine lors des dernières saisons, ne signifie pas que l’opérateur téléphonique en a terminé avec le football. Car Orange possédait également les droits du championnat de France pour la diffusion sur les terminaux mobiles et ça, l’entreprise française n’a pas l’intention de les lâcher. Orange s’est ainsi assuré des droits “nomades” pour la Ligue 1 et la Ligue 2, et ceci jusqu’en 2016, explique Business Mobile.À lire aussiLa spectaculaire explosion d’une orange vue en slow-motionSur tablettes tactiles et smartphone, l’opérateur proposera ainsi l’intégralité des journées de Ligue 1, les meilleurs affiches de Ligue 2, ainsi que les résumés de chaque match et tous les résumés des matchs de chaque journée des deux championnats en VoD sur Dailymotion, dont le groupe est actionnaire. Ces rencontres seront accessibles en 3G et en WiFi, mais aussi en 4G à partir du début de l’année 2013. On peut d’ailleurs penser qu’Orange saura se servir de la publicité engendrée par l’acquisition de ces droits pour séduire de nouveaux clients lors de l’introduction de cette 4G.Reste un mystère, celui du montant déboursé pour obtenir ces droits de diffusion. Si Orange n’a pas officiellement communiqué la somme qu’il a donné à la LFP, la Ligue de Football Professionnel qui commercialise le foot télévisé, cette dernière a indiqué par le biais de son président, Frédéric Thiriez, que ce sont quelques 25 millions d’euros qui ont été versé. Et puisqu’on parle argent, Orange a également expliqué à l’AFP que les offres, qui devraient comprendre une formule illimitée ou une formule à la carte, et les tarifs de cette option football seront communiqués avant le 10 août, soit la veille du début du championnat de France. Le 13 juillet 2012 à 18:35 • Maxime Lambert
Microsoft really, really wants you using Windows 10, but you should fight the urge. Go back to using DOS full time, and you could find yourself $200,000 richer.It’s not some kind of demented experiment. To earn that six-figure pay day, you’ll have to track down a secret command that’s reportedly been hiding deep inside MS-DOS for decades. What command is that, you say? One that prints out a copyright notice.Not a Microsoft copyright notice, mind you. The one you need to find gives credit to computing pioneer Gary Kildall and his company, Digital Research Inc.For decades, accusations have been made that Bill Gates stole the code that MS-DOS was based upon from an operating system Kildall created in the early 80s called CP/M. That’s never been conclusively proven, though some claim that Kildall hid a secret copyright-printing command in CP/M — and that command is buried somewhere in the dark recesses of the early MS-DOS code.Who’s going to give you this money? Bob Zeidman, whose company develops software for performing forensic audits on other software. Four years ago, Zeidman decided to use that software to see if MS-DOS was indeed copied from CP/M. Ultimately he determined that there are similarities but no smoking gun.That’s where you come in. If you’re able to find definitive proof in the code, Zeidman says he’ll give you a cool $100,000. Zeidman says he has another $100,000 earmarked for anyone who can find Kildall’s hidden copyright command.Not everyone’s convinced the command exists in MS-DOS. The Register’s Andrew Orloski pointed out after Zeidman’s originally analysis that CP/M wasn’t actually copied — rather that its underlying APIs were cloned.Still, if you want to go treasure hunting from the comfort of your own home, here’s your chance.CP/M screen courtesy Wikipedia
If you have not read an issue of James Tynion IV’s The Woods from BOOM! Studios, I highly recommend you do so. The first words uttered in issue one stating, “I know what I have to do” is a premonition of the events that occur later in the series, and also a subtle subtext that came to James early on that drove him to his success with the popular comic series that won him and artist Michael Dialynas their first GLAAD Media Awards.This week BOOM! Studios and GLAAD honored James and Michael for their original comic book series THE WOODS in Los Angeles last Friday as the winners of the 2017 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book. The announcement was first made at the 28th Annual GLAAD awards in April.GLADD is a wonderful organization that honors and recognizes media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and the issues that affect their lives. It helps build support for equality and hopefully inspires many others to reach out and create who also have a voice. The Outstanding Comic Book award was officially presented to James Tynion IV, representing the series’ creative team, at the BOOM! Studios office in Los Angeles.Here is what James had to say after receiving the award.“Honestly, this award means the world. When I was reading comics in high school, it felt like I couldn’t find any stories that represented my life or my struggles. I was a young man, looking to fiction to find a path for myself and queerness was always just subtext, punchline, or fleeting. I made a promise to myself then that when I become a comic book writer, I wouldn’t do that. I would put the queer characters up front and center with the rest. Not necessarily to tell stories about their queerness, but to show that I existed as a part of the same world as my straight peers. To make sure that the high school James of today can find stories that speak to him on the comic shelf.” Stay on target Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and WildVariant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18) The Woods artist, Michael Dialynas also commented.“To win this award for the series that I believe is the purest expression of myself is one of the greatest honors of my young life. This award means everything to me, and I’m very honored to have our colorful space adventure recognized among the other amazing and high-caliber titles in the Outstanding Comic Book category.” The comic, which premiered back in 2014 follows the journey of 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI who vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.Within that short span of time, The Woods is wrapping up its ambitious three-year storyline with The Woods #36 releasing this October. The series is constantly receiving critical acclaim for its diverse representation of LGBTQ youth among its core lead characters along with its equally vibrant supporting cast.Just recently, The Woods was picked up to become an hour-long drama for the SyFy Channel with Michael Armbruster writing the pilot and Executive Producing. Brad Peyton (San Andreas) is set to direct and Executive Produce.We here at Geek.com could not be more proud of James and Michael for what they have brought to the world of comics today. We hope to see a lot more awards line their shelves and expect many more magnificent stories to collect from them in the coming years.The Woods is available now digitally at Comixology.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
2 COMMENTS Google+ Pinterest Videos Articles Videos Articles The following is set for tonight’s 3/28 TakeOver: Orlando go-home edition of WWE NXT:* Loser Leaves NXT: Kassius Ohno vs. Elias Samson* Contract signing for the Asuka vs. Ember Moon NXT Women’s Title match at TakeOver: Orlando* Johnny Gargano vs. Dash Wilder vs. NXT Tag Team Champion Akam* Andrade Cien Almas in actionWrestleview.com will have a recap of NXT on Thursday morning. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipHeres What To Expect (Spoilers) From WWEs Christmas Eve Episode of RawVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund Heres What To Expect (Spoilers) From WWEs Christmas Eve Episode of Raw Ember Moon Videos Articles Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Twitter Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next I Guarantee It Elias Samson Will Run To Shit Impact Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. Stephanie Mcmahon Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR March 29, 2017 at 10:39 am Maybe too good for him – the belief is this is a way to call him up to the main roster following Mania and if so, not a bad loss to have if you have to have a loss WhatsApp Facebook March 29, 2017 at 7:52 am Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next IKILLU WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Ric Flair Pays Tribute To Late Friend Colby Now Playing Up Next The Rock Honors Mean Gene Okerlund Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was not too disappointed about being “second-best” after fielding a relatively inexperienced side in their 2-0 defeat to FranceTwo goals from Oliver Giroud and Nabil Fekir at the Stade de France on Monday night was enough to hand Didier Deschamps’ side a 2-0 victory against an Ireland team that handed Blackburn defender Derrick Williams and substitutes Shaun Williams and Shamrock Rovers striker Graham Burke their international debuts.“We were naturally second-best this evening against a world-class team and that was possibly to be expected,” O’Neill told BT Sport.“It was a really, really tough game for us – that was also to be expected – but I am really pleased that we have taken this fixture on because if you’re trying to aspire to something, that sort of quality that the French possess is something you would want.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…West Ham defender Declan Rice made only his second appearance for Ireland in France on Monday night, yet he produced an assured display.“For one so young and not to have played that many games with that sort of opposition that he’s playing against, that can only improve his game, to see again even very much at this very young age what you have to aspire to,” said O’Neill.“I keep saying that, but that’s what it is, the benchmark, very much at World Cup level, the very, very top of the World Cup.“You’re talking about the opposition having players playing in European Champions League games, Europa League matches at the very best clubs in Europe, and Declan Rice in there in centre midfield today trying to play against that, so that’s really encouraging for him.”
The truck drove off. Witnesses told police Hoffman was struck by a green three-quarter-ton pickup. Police tracked the pickup to a home and took Ero Walli, of Homer, into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and other charges. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Valdez woman died after she was struck by a pickup as she stood outside the Boardroom Bar, in Valdez, on Sunday. Emergency medical responders attempted life-saving procedures on Hoffman and rushed her to Providence Valdez Hospital. She was pronounced dead about an hour later. Chellsie Hoffman, 31, was struck at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday as she stood outside the Boardroom Bar. Police say Walli took a breath test that showed his blood alcohol content nearly four times over the legal limit for driving.
Sophie Turner is ready to cause chaos as Jean Grey in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET In the full trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, we see the mutant superheroes face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own. The trailer, released late Thursday, shows a rescue mission in space that goes wrong and almost kills Jean Grey (Sophie Turner). A mysterious force enters the X-Men character’s body. It not only makes Jean infinitely more powerful, but also unstable. 77 Photos Post a comment Marvel X-Men Share your voice Jean unleashes her powers, and spirals out of control. She hurts those she loves and, ultimately, could be what divides the X-Men once and for all. And if that’s not enough, there are aliens who want to weaponize Jean’s power and rule the galaxy. Jessica Chastain plays a shapeshifter character named Smith, and she is shown manipulating Phoenix for her own agenda. Chastain was interviewed by late-night host Jimmy Fallon in tandem with the trailer’s release. 0 Enlarge ImageX-Men: Dark Phoenix will be the 12th movie in the series. 20th Century Fox On Tuesday, Twentieth Century Fox released a poster for the film that offers more clues to fans wondering whether their favorite Marvel mutants will get screen time in Dark Phoenix.In addition to Turner and Chastain, X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters.It’s the first installment in the newest X-Men trilogy and the 12th movie in the X-Men film series. The second in the new X-Men trilogy is The New Mutants, expected out Aug. 2.X-Men: Dark Phoenix is scheduled for release worldwide on June 7.Correction, Feb. 28 at 6:55 a.m. PT: Fixes the release date for the movie. Tags 2019 movies to geek out over TV and Movies
Google was accused of discriminating against older people. James Martin/CNET Google is shelling out $11 million to end a lawsuit that accused the search giant of discriminating against older job seekers. The Alphabet-owned company has also agreed to train managers on age bias, form a committee focused on age diversity and investigate age bias complaints. The lawsuit accused Google of engaging in a “systematic pattern or practice of discrimination” against job applicants who were age 40 and over. One of the lead plaintiffs on the case, Cheryl Fillekes, said she interviewed with Google four times but was never offered a position, despite her qualifications, because of her age. Google denied that it intentionally discriminated against the plaintiffs, or any job applicants, because of their age. The company says it works hard to build an inclusive workplace and has strong policies against discrimination on any unlawful basis, including age. The final settlement proposal was submitted to a federal judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday. After lawyer fees, the settlement reportedly works out to about $35,000 for each of the 227 people who joined the class action. The agreement is subject to court approval. “We believe that age discrimination is pervasive in the tech industry, and we hope that other companies will scrutinize their employment practices and strive to eliminate age-based bias in hiring,” said Daniel Low, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, in an emailed statement. “In addition to a monetary award … the settlement agreement also includes programmatic relief which will help prevent potential age discrimination at Google in the future.” Originally published July 23, 6:11 a.m. PT. Updates, 6:43 p.m. PT: Adds that Google has denied the allegations. 9:16 a.m. PT: Adds comment from lawyer for the plaintiffs. 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I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo $155 at Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $210 at Best Buy Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google’s bigger smart display What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 7 Read Google Home Hub review Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read the AirPods review Boost Mobile Sprint $999 $999 $6 at Tidal The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. 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See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Chris Monroe/CNET $999 6 Read DJI Osmo Action preview The Cheapskate An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. 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Prince HarryGetty ImagesMeghan Markle seems to have an uphill battle when it comes to pleasing her in-laws, especially when they are the Royal Family.Apparently, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has been banned by the Queen from wearing an array of jewellery worn by the late Princess Diana as an alleged row between the two escalates.According to The Sun, a royal insider said the Queen has been “less than impressed” with Meghan’s behaviour. But in a cruel twist, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, will be allowed to continue to wear the iconic jewellery. The decision is said to have left Prince Harry devastated, sparking further tensions between the royals.An insider said: “This is a surprising situation that has been going on behind the scenes over the past few months and has caused tension and upset, especially for Harry.””It is at the discretion of the Queen and trusted advisers which items in the Royal Collection she chooses to loan out and to whom.””Aspects of Meghan’s behaviour, including before the Royal Wedding, caused resentment with forces within Buckingham Palace.” Meghan Markle and Prince HarryGetty Images”To be perfectly honest, the Queen herself was not impressed with some of Meghan’s demands, especially as a new member of the family.”The senior source told The Sun that the Queen likes Meghan personally but her concerns were more about “the hierarchy.”Well we have to say that Meghan needs to keep her head down and not rub people the wrong way, which she has been doing a lot lately. Whether it actually is her fault or not doesn’t seem to be the issue as more and more people are speaking up against her behavior.One person could be disregarded, but a whole plethora of people, now the Queen included could not be misinterpreting Meghan’s behavior. As a new Royal Meghan needs to be diligent about her behavior and ingratiate herself to the Queen not antagonise her.
D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), D.C. Public Defender Service general counsel Laura Hankins, and anti-violence activist Ronald Moten spoke on the Youth Rehabilitation Act (YRA), which came under fire after a newspaper series highlighted significant failings of the law. The Feb. 18 meeting of the Ward 8 Democrats, at the R.I.S.E. Center, was the host of this discussion. Charles Wilson, president of the Ward 8 Democrats, noted the significance of Black History Month and the large number of Black youth in the ward. Forty-two people attended the panel discussion.Ronald Moten, an anti- gang violence activist and writer, speaks about the progress of the Youth Rehabilitation Act in keeping young people from being trapped in the criminal justice system. (Courtesy Photo)According to the Department of Planning and Economic Development, Ward 8 has the largest number of residents in the city in the between birth and age 19.In 1985, the D.C. Council enacted the YRA to “separate youth offenders from more mature, experienced offenders” and to provide an “opportunity for a deserving youth offender to start anew through expungement of his criminal record.” The law applies to all crimes except for murder and convictions for a second crime of violence while armed.One of the major benefits of YRA treatment is that it “clears” or “sets aside” the conviction from the criminal record of the person who was sentenced. However, because the records are not “obliterated” but remain available to law enforcement personnel and court officials for “legitimate purposes,” a set-aside is not the same thing as an expungement.The Washington Post published a series in 2016 that questioned the value of the YRA and its effectiveness given the number of defendants helped by the YRA that continued to commit crimes. Allen, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, received a lot of feedback as a result of the series.Allen said there was a great deal of discussion among his council colleagues after the series appeared. He said many council members wanted to sponsor legislation to fix the parts of the YRA the Washington Post criticized but he urged caution. “We have to update the YRA, there’s no question about that,” the council member said. “I told them not to introduce legislation but let’s go through a process. Let’s find out what is wrong with the YRA and let’s verify it in a way that is data-driven.”Moten takes issue with the premise of the series and said the YRA is a good law. He was a beneficiary of the YRA and managed to connect with an organization – Cease Fire . . . Don’t Smoke the Brothers – that helped turn his life around.Moten said only 3 percent of the YRA beneficiaries re-offend and if the law is changed in a way that harms youth offenders, “we will go back to mass incarcerations.” Moten said the District government should spend more money on its youth. “People will commit criminal acts if they can’t feed their families. I hear stories of boys and girls being raped and people using their food stamps to buy drugs. There is a lot of anxiety in D.C. and we don’t want to end up like Chicago.”Hankins said when a young person gets into the criminal justice [system] it is usually the U.S. Attorney’s Office that “gets first crack at them.” He said the U.S. Attorneys’ Office determines what the charge is and “they have the power to charge you as an adult at 16 or 17.”Allen said the discussion on YRA opens up a broader concern with the District’s criminal justice system.”The city hasn’t updated its criminal code since 1901,” he said, which was a surprise to many in the audience. Allen, citing the major role he will have in correcting the YRA’s deficiencies, expects and wants strong community input.“I really think the problem is the judges,” Nydria Humphreys, a resident of D.C., told the AFRO. “I don’t think they should be responsible for offender. I think there should be an oversight committee that consists of people from CSOSA [the city’s post-incarceration monitoring agency] and some volunteer groups who act like jurors. Judges should be thinking about rehabilitation, not punishment and helping ex-offenders.”
Kolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer has received the clarification from BJP leader SayantanBasu, who is also contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Basirhat, on his derogatory comments during an election rally. The CEO office will go through the clarification report submitted by Sayantan Basu. Election Commission officials may take some steps against Basu after going through the clarifications. On the basis of their observations the election commission officials may submit a report to the Election Commission of India (ECI)in Delhi in this regard. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to a senior official of the CEO office, a report would be sent to Election Commission of India as the allegation against Basu is serious. The CEO office may seek the intervention of the Election Commission in this regard. During an election rally at Bhabla in Basirhat a few days ago, Basu said he would ask the Central force personnel not to the fire in the legs but in the chest of those who are found capturing booths during elections. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHis statement triggered criticism from various quarters. The Trinamool Congress leaders from the district lodged a complaint against the BJP leader with the district election officers. The Basirhat police also started a suo motu case against Sayantan Basu. The district election officers also submitted a report to the CEO office mentioning the possible implications of his derogatory comments.