Qatar’s beIN demands $1 bln compensation for Saudi ‘piracy’

first_imgDoha, Oct 1 (AFP) Qatari pay-TV provider beIN on Monday launched a USD 1-billion compensation claim against Saudi broadcasters it accuses of “flagrantly breaching international law” by illegally showing hundreds of live sports programmes.At the same time the state of Qatar also launched an action at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, accusing the kingdom of violating intellectual property rights.Both moves were announced in statements from the Doha-based sports broadcasting giant and Qatar’s ministry of economy and commerce, though it is unclear yet where the compensation claim will be heard.It is the latest escalation in a long-running dispute over illegal broadcasts fuelled by a bitter and ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.Qatar has accused pirates in Saudi Arabia of industrial-scale piracy of its sports broadcasts, including this summer’s football World Cup, through one such channel called beoutQ illegally transmitting its broadcasts.Riyadh denies the claim and says it has nothing to do with beoutQ. (AFP) MRJMRJlast_img read more

St. James Parish Council to Embark on Series of Empowerment Fora

first_imgThe St. James Parish Council is to embark on a series of community empowerment fora in the 17 Parish Council Divisions, with the first to be held on Thursday, March 28, at the John’s Hall All Age School in Springmount.Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, who made the announcement on March 27, while addressing a Social Development Commission (SDC) parish forum in Montego Bay, said the meetings are geared at informing citizens about ways to participate in the local governance process and “bringing the agencies of Government to the people”.“The people must know who are in charge of the agencies that serve their communities, they must be aware of our actions, and they must have a say in how we approach situations. We will answer to the people we serve,” he emphasized.Mr. Harris said the Parish Council has never ceased interacting with communities, and “we have always facilitated the coming together of people and those charged with delivering services to their communities.”He explained that meaningful solutions to community challenges exist, and can emanate from the SDC parish fora, as when communities share their experiences, other areas facing similar difficulties can be informed on ways to move ahead.Meanwhile, the Mayor pointed out that the Parish Council has opened another avenue for interaction and information sharing with its representatives and the citizens on the first Monday of each month at the Montego Bay Civic Centre.“We have introduced a Mayor in Parlour session, on the first Monday of each month. I sit at the Civic Centre from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., where persons can come and speak with the Mayor and other representatives of the Parish Council on whatever recommendations or problems that they might have,” Mr. Harris said.By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Richard Sherman Cites Race in DeSean Jacksons Release by

For Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman wrote about how race played a role in DeSean Jackson’s release by the Philadelphia Eagles and his relationship with his childhood friend. The Eagles cut the Pro Bowl receiver amid rumors he had connections with an L.A. gang. Jackson vehemently denied the allegations and eventually signed a three-year, $24-million contract with with the Washington Redskins.I’m not going to tell you that DeSean Jackson isn’t in a gang, because I can’t say unequivocally that he isn’t. I can’t tell you whether his friends have done the things police have accused them of doing, because I wasn’t there. I can’t tell you what DeSean does with his time, because we play football on opposite ends of the country. I can only tell you that I believe him to be a good person, and if you think, say or write otherwise without knowing the man, you’re in the wrong.And if it’s true the Eagles terminated his contract in part because they grew afraid of his alleged “gang ties,” then they did something worse. [Editor’s note: Jackson has agreed to terms with the Redskins.]I look at those words—gang ties—and I think about all the players I’ve met in the NFL and all of us who come from inner-city neighborhoods like mine in Los Angeles, and I wonder how many of us could honestly say we’re not friends with guys doing the wrong things.I can’t.I grew up in Watts, and I played baseball with DeSean in elementary school on a team coached by his father near Inglewood. His father, Bill, picked me up from elementary school 30 minutes away from his home for practice and games because my parents both worked and didn’t finish until later, and I wanted to play baseball with some childhood friends. Bill was a great coach, and a great man. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2009, the summer after his son’s rookie season. DeSean and I didn’t hang out then like we did as kids.Those men with DeSean in the social pictures and the police reports weren’t his closest friends in childhood, but when his father died and few people were there for him, they were there. When a tragic event like that happens, the people who are around are the people who are around, and they were there for him.Was DeSean supposed to then say, “Thanks guys, but now that I’m a millionaire, please leave me alone”? Even if he wanted to, he wouldn’t have. In desperate times for people who come from desperate communities, your friends become your family. I wouldn’t expect DeSean to “distance himself” from anybody, as so many people suggest pro athletes ought to do despite having no understanding of what that means. Going to college and playing in the NFL creates a natural distance, but we can’t push people away just because they’re not as successful as us. I can’t change who I grew up with, but what I can do is try to educate them on the right way of doing things, help them when they need it, and try to keep them out of trouble.There is, of course, a tipping point. There have been times when I realized that someone can’t be helped, because they continue doing the wrong things. Typically, the only time I cut someone off is when they’re in jail, because I can’t help them there.And if they’re accused of a crime, as DeSean’s friends have been, should that reflect poorly on me? Consider that for every several guys I try to help who end up dead or in jail, there’s another person I was able to rescue from a similar end. Should I give up on everybody out of fear of being dirtied by the media?Sorry, but I was born in this dirt.NFL teams understand that. The Seattle Seahawks get it. The Philadelphia Eagles apparently do not.This offseason they re-signed a player who was caught on video screaming, “I will fight every n—– here.” He was representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he said it, because, of course, everything we do is reflective of the organization. But what did they do to Riley Cooper, who, if he’s not a racist, at least has “ties” to racist activity? They fined him and sent him to counseling. No suspension necessary for Cooper and no punishment from the NFL, despite its new interest in policing our use of the N-word on the field. Riley instead got a few days off from training camp and a nice contract in the offseason, too.Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn. Look at the way many in the media wrote about Jim Irsay after his DUI arrest. Nobody suggested the Colts owner had “ties” to drug trafficking, even though he was caught driving with controlled substances (prescription pills) and $29,000 in cash to do who-knows-what with. Instead, poor millionaire Mr. Irsay needs help, some wrote.But DeSean Jackson is the menace, right? He’s just as bad as those guys he parties with because he threw up a Crip sign in a picture and he owns a gangsta rap record label. If only all record-label owners were held to this standard, somebody might realize that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg weren’t the bosses behind NWA. Jim Irsay lookalikes in suits were.But go ahead and judge DeSean for the company he keeps. While you’re at it, judge me, too, because I still live in Los Angeles, and my family does, too. We didn’t run from where we grew up. We aren’t afraid to be associated with the people who came up with us. We brought some of our money back and started charities and tried to help out a few guys who were with us when we were nobodies.I won’t apologize for that, and I suspect neither will DeSean when he’s back on the field doing what he’s always done: grinding through adversity. read more

The Governor General Attends Reception Celebrating 2018 Chinese Spring Festival

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 14, 2018 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling attended a Reception celebrating the 2018 Chinese Spring Festival at the British Colonial Hilton on Thursday evening, February 8, 2018 hosted by  Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Mr. Huang Qinguo and his wife, Madame Zheng Chuncao.Also in attendance were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel, and Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield.  Photos show officials and reception guests.(BIS Photos/Kristaan Ingraham) Related Items:last_img read more

The 35000 Tesla Model 3 is finally available to order

first_img Tesla 10:51 The long-awaited, $35,000 Tesla Model 3 is now available to order online. Tesla announced its base Model 3 variant on Thursday, which will feature a single electric motor, standard interior and an estimated range of 220 miles.But what else does $35,000 before incentives get you, exactly? To start, the “standard interior” offers heated, cloth seats with manual adjustment. You’ll also get “basic audio,” standard maps and navigation and a center console with four USB ports, according to Tesla’s order site. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode Sliding around in Teslas at the company’s Alaska proving… Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow 18 Electric Cars Car Industry 50 Photos During a conference call with media, Tesla CEO Elon Musk posited that someone ordering a $35,000 Model 3 on Thursday could expect to take delivery in June. Depending on how long it actually takes the entry-level Model 3 to come to market — Tesla has missed its goals before — it could mark a dramatic shift in the number of people who buy electric vehicles.Tesla also announced Thursday a plan to cease all retail sales of its vehicles; the company will move to an online-only platform. Musk told members of the press on a conference call that ditching its retail locations will represent a significant cost savings — and saving every penny will no doubt help as the $35,000 Model 3 comes to market. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tesla Model 3 now available from $35,000 Tesla 1:34 Originally published at 2:06 p.m. PT.Updated at 3:23 p.m. PT: Adds new details about online-only sales. Comments Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now playing: Watch this: You’ll also only be able to buy the most basic car in black, unless you upgrade to premium paint, and the cheapest color option is $1,500.For an additional $2,000 you can have the “partial premium interior,” which gets you power-adjustable, heated front seats, different upholstery, upgraded audio, LED fog lights (though those aren’t inside the car, of course) and phone docking. This also upgrades you to the “standard range plus” car, priced at $37,000 before incentives, which has an estimated range of 240 miles.The “premium interior,” a $5,000 upgrade over the standard car, gets an internet browser, in-car music streaming, satellite-view maps with traffic information, heated front and rear seats and an even more powerful audio system. This environment is available on the $40,000, 264-mile “midrange” trim and the $43,000, 325-mile “long-range” version.last_img read more

EC to meet Sunday on foreign polls observers

first_imgelection commissionThe election commission (EC) hoped that observers from different countries will arrive to oversee polls, reports UNB.The commission is scheduled to sit in a high-level meeting on Sunday to discuss security, visa processing and accommodation of foreign observers and journalists who will come to monitor the election.Joint secretary of the commission SM Asaduzzaman said the meeting will be held at Agargaon Nirbachan Bhaban with chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in the chair.Officials from home, foreign affairs ministries as well as senior officials concerned of the department of immigration and passport will attend the meeting, he said.Earlier on Monday, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Alam met the CEC to discuss issues relating to the meeting.Sources at the EC office said though the European Union sent a large number of election observers in the 2008 and 2001 elections they did not send observers for the 5 January election in 2014 due to pre-election violence across the country.The European Union has already said it will not send its observers to monitor the upcoming 11the parliamentary elections, for what it says a lengthy process.The high-level meeting will also discuss how to complete necessary formalities if foreign observers want to monitor the election.Officials at the commission said a total of 8,874 observers from 35 local organisations and only four foreign observers came to Bangladesh to monitor in the 10th parliamentary elections held on 5 January 2014.Some 159,000 local observers and 593 foreign observers monitored the 2008 national election, 218,000 local observers and 225 foreign observers watched the 2001 general election, 40,000 local observers and 265 foreign observers monitored the 1996 (7th) national election and 30,000 local observers and 59 foreign observers monitored the 1991 national parliamentary elections.The commission held meeting with 118 local observer organisations registered with the election commission last Tuesday.EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed instructed them on their duties during the election.Earlier, the election commission invited applications from both local and foreign observers to watch the upcoming national election.Foreign observers were suggested to apply through the foreign ministry as the EC has a plan to complete their appointment process by the first week of December.last_img read more

India flood victim gives birth after helicopter rescue

first_imgThis handout photograph released by the Indian Navy on 18 August 2018 shows Sajita Jabeel, 25, with her newborn boy in a hospital in Kochi, after she was rescued while heavily pregnant from a roof in a flood affected area of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala. Photo: AFPA heavily pregnant woman stranded by floods in the Indian state of Kerala gave birth just after being airlifted to safety, an Indian Navy spokesman said, as the military stepped up rescue operations on Saturday.Dozens of navy helicopters have embarked on high-risk missions to save people from rooftops and isolated land as the southern state battles a flood crisis that has left at least 324 people dead.Sajita Jabeel, 25, was winched up by Commander Vijay Verma, who has been widely praised for leading the rescue in the Aluva district of the state’s main city Kochi.”The lady was in labour, her water had broken,” Verma told News18 television.He called the relief mission “very challenging” and said his team had rushed to find the family after receiving an emergency call.”We took a doctor along, we winched her up, it took some time though because we had to winch down two people to help her.”Jabeel gave birth to a healthy baby boy after being rushed to hospital.People are airlifted by the Indian Navy soldiers during a rescue operation at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India on 17 August 2018. Photo: ReutersKerala, popular among international tourists for its tropical hills and beaches, has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year.About 60 military and coast guard helicopters and hundreds of boats are scouring the flood zones across the state for trapped victims.The military said that tens of thousands have been rescued in the past week, but thousands more are feared trapped.Another pilot winched 26 people up from a rooftop in Kochi on Friday while hovering between trees and other houses just two days after receiving a medal for saving a fisherman last year.A video of P. Rajkumar’s Sea King helicopter pulling up the victims has been widely shared on social media. He ended up with 32 people on board.”It was a life-threatening mission but it’s an unprecedented situation. We can’t leave behind our people,” Indian Navy spokesman DK Sharma told AFP.Rajkumar was given the Shaurya Chakra medal for bravery this week after lifting a fisherman from the sea when cyclone Ockhi hit India last year.last_img read more