VP Taylor (4th from right with hands crossed) poses with local officialsCitizens demand that she apologize and desistSeveral Bong County citizens have blamed Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor for the confusion in the county because of statements attributed to her. The citizens condemned the Vice President’s statements and called on her to return home to make an open apology to the people.Some of the citizens, who spoke on the community radio station’s Saturday morning phone-in program on June 2, claimed that the VP’s recent statement threatening the dismissal of local officials who will not join the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has the propensity to further divide the locals and stir up confusion in the minds of their leadership.The citizens made the statements on several radio talk shows like the Kwatekeh, “Open Platform, which is Radio Gbarnga Rendezvous and the Super Bongese Morning Show.Recently, VP Taylor, who served as Senator for 12 years, while installing local officials into their respective offices in Gbarnga, said it is impossible for the government to work with people with whom she does not share the same political ideology.“The Bible says how can two walk together if they don’t agree. For us to agree, we must be on the same side, so if you think you can’t make it, tell us and we’ll find somebody else,” the VP warned the local leadership. “If any chief wants to see me, you have to get to Representative Marvin Cole and the Superintendent of Bong County, Madam Esther Walker. If you don’t get to them and approve your problem, please don’t come to me,” the Vice President told the inducted officials.“I am not scared of anybody, only God and the President of Liberia, so if you feel you will not work with us, you’ll be replaced,” Madam Taylor informed the local officials. The Vice President, who is known for making controversial statements, said similar actions were taken during the Unity Party regime when people were made to join the ruling establishment at the time.Barely a week following the VP’s threat, some of the citizens have raised objections to her statements which they said were causing further confusion in the county, adding, “the Vice President is the highest government official there, and should therefore be the one to take the lead to reconcile, but not to make these kinds of declarations. It scares us as citizens,” each of the callers emphasized.The citizens said it was unfortunate that anyone in the county who holds a contrary position to the ruling Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC) were being subjected to intimidation and harassment with the use of the coercive apparatus of the state.“Most of the people who worked with the local government have been removed from their posts by Electoral District #3 Representative Josiah Marvin Cole, and replaced by CDC partisans, a situation that is creating bad blood among the citizens” the talk show callers stated.Jackson Quianbian, a supporter of the former ruling Unity Party, who opposed Rep. Cole’s election in 2017, was replaced by the secretary-general of the CDC in Bong, Sayblee Weyea as Labor Commissioner, while Quianbian’s Deputy, William Summorward, chairman of the People’s Unification Party (PUP), was replaced by C. Tarwoe Walonfa, a fanatic of Rep. Cole.A week ago, on the recommendation of Rep. Cole, the County Education Officer, Samuel Koenig, was replaced by James Zuannah, a staunch supporter of the CDC in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ruhul Kabir RizviBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has alleged the court verdict that sentenced the party chairperson to five years in jail is the result of prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s vengeance.“This verdict is a result of the vengeance of prime minister Sheikh Hasina. This verdict is aimed at annihilating the opposition in a bid to establish one-party rule in the country,” Rizvi told a media briefing, in an instant reaction to the verdict.He claimed that the people of Bangladesh have rejected the “anti-people” verdict. “Justice has not been ensured in the judgement. This verdict goes against the desires and aspirations of the people.”He also claimed that the judge gave such a verdict only to save his job and to satisfy a certain person [prime minister].He said the party rejected and condemned the verdict.
Police officers use pepper spray on a lone protestor near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on 12 June 2019. Large crowds of protesters gathered in central Hong Kong as the city braced for another mass rally in a show of strength against the government over a divisive plan to allow extraditions to China. Photo: AFPHong Kong protesters marched to major consulates on Wednesday as they called on G20 nations to confront fellow member China at an upcoming summit in Japan over sliding freedoms in the financial hub.The semi-autonomous city has been shaken by huge demonstrations this month with protesters demanding the withdrawal of a bill that would allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland.The massive rallies are the latest manifestation of growing fears that China is stamping down on the city’s unique freedoms and culture.China has said it will not allow discussion of the protests in Hong Kong at the G20 summit in Osaka later this week — although US President Donald Trump has said he plans to raise the issue during a planned meeting with president Xi Jinping.”China will never agree to the G20 discussing the Hong Kong issue, this is completely China’s internal affairs,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters on Wednesday.Nonetheless Hong Kong protesters have seized on the impending gathering of the world leaders to raise awareness of their movement and pile pressure on both Xi and the city’s pro-Beijing leader, Carrie Lam.Throughout Wednesday, around 1,000 demonstrators — many holding “Please liberate Hong Kong” placards or chanting “Help Hong Kong” — shuttled between the city’s G20 consulates to hand-in petitions and plead with envoys to lobby their governments back home.One protester, who gave his surname as Lau, said the international community had a right to talk about Hong Kong’s future because of its role as a major global trading hub.”We need to keep our uniqueness so that we can serve the international economy,” he told AFP.Protesters have also launched a crowd funding campaign to take out adverts in major financial newspapers, hoping they may come across G20 leaders’ desks during the summit.Organisers said they were overwhelmed by the response with some 20,000 people donating HK$5.48 million ($700,000) by the time the crowdfunding was halted on Tuesday.- Tightening grip -Although Hong Kong was returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997, it is still administered separately under an arrangement known as “one country, two systems”.The city enjoys freedoms unseen on the mainland but many residents have been alarmed in recent years by what they feel is a tighter grip by Beijing.Hong Kong’s leaders are not elected and calls for universal suffrage have fallen on deaf ears.Protesters are planning a series of smaller demonstrations in the run-up to Friday and Saturday’s G20 meetings as well as a mass annual democracy rally on 1 July where a large turnout is expected.Lam has postponed the extradition bill because of the huge backlash but has resisted protester demands to shelve it permanently.She has also refused calls to drop charges against arrested demonstrators and hold an independent inquiry into the police’s use of tear gas and rubber bullets earlier in the month.Lam, who is appointed by a pro-Beijing committee, has stayed out of the public eye for more than a week.A regular poll published by Hong Kong University released on Tuesday showed her approval ratings were now at a record low for any chief executive since the handover to China.On Tuesday Britain urged Hong Kong to conduct an independent investigation into clashes between police and protesters — and suspended export licences for crowd control equipment.China’s Geng hit out at that announcement on Wednesday.”The British side has frequently interfered and made irresponsible remarks about Hong Kong’s affairs,” he said.
Kolkata: Bengal government has brought about significant improvement in sectors like agriculture and aqua culture in the state. For the first time, the concept of aqua retailing has also been introduced in the state.Subrata Mondal, chief general manager of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) said one of the biggest problems the government has been facing is the fragmented land. The density of population in the state also affects the agricultural sector. Despite the challenges, the Bengal government has gone through significant improvement in the sector. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNABARD extends financial assistance to the state government for its various rural projects. It has 31 regional offices and 2,000 consultancy centres for the better implementation of rural projects. It also provides funds for construction of rural roads and bridges in the state. NABARD plays a strong role in the rural and farming economy of the state. There are approximately more than 71 lakh families under the agriculture sector in the state. Bengal records the highest amount of paddy production and comes second highest in potato production. Emphasis is being laid on the development of sustainable aqua culture in order to prevent death Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedof fishes. “The population density and fragmented land are the major challenges for the state. Hence, we are advising banks for group mode finance for Bengal. It is the only state which has 100 percent financial support from NABARD in the cooperative sector. Agriculture can move forward by merging production and marketing together. To combat various issues related to climate change, four different funds have been generated in the country by NABARD out of which two projects are operational in Bengal,” Mondal said. What is most important here is that the average annual income of farmers in the state has gone up threefold in 2017-18 financial year than what it was seven years ago. According to Agriculture department sources, the average annual income of a farmer now stands at Rs 2,91,000 in 2017-18 financial year, while it stood at Rs 2,39,123 in 2016-17. During 2010-11, the average annual income of a farmer remained Rs 91,000. This has become possible due to various social schemes introduced by the Mamata Banerjee government to improve the socio-economic conditions of the farmers across the state. While the Centre aims at doubling the farmers’ income by 2022, the Bengal government has already increased the income level of farmers three times in the state. The present government has started distributing certified seeds to the farmers at 50 percent subsidised rates and also giving a platform to sell off their produce directly at various state government-managed outlets. No wonder that the food production in the state has gone up by a huge margin.
This story originally appeared on PCMag January 12, 2017 Google has suspended research on its solar-powered drone, the company confirmed on Wednesday, less than three years after inheriting the project through its acquisition of Titan Aerospace.First reported by 9to5Google on Wednesday, the drone cancellation took place early in 2016, according to a representative from the X subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. The representative told PCMag that X plans to refocus its efforts on development of a high-altitude balloon called Loon that can deliver internet access to remote areas, as well as the Project Wing drone delivery service. “The team from Titan was brought into X in late 2015,” X Communications Manager Jacquelyn Miller wrote in an email to PCMag. “We ended our exploration of high altitude UAVs for internet access shortly after.”Miller explained that the decision to stop drone research was one of several reorganizations that occurred after Alphabet was established, but that X’s overall mission to expiriment with alternative ways of delivering Internet access hadn’t changed.”By comparison, at this stage the economics and technical feasibility of Project Loon present a much more promising way to connect rural and remote parts of the world,” she wrote. “Many people from the Titan team are now using their expertise as part of other high flying projects at X, including Loon and Project Wing.”The challenges of delivering Internet access via solar-powered drones have not deterred Facebook, which performed a test flight of its own Aquila drone last year. That flight ended in disaster, however, when the prototype crashed due to a structural failure.Facebook was also rumored to be interested in Titan Aerospace before Google acquired it in 2014. The company instead picked up UK-based Ascenta, which had also been working on solar-powered drones. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Enroll Now for Free
Advertisement UTL’s Business Solutions Unit in KampalaUganda telecom, a partially state owned telecommunication service provider, has signaled it will embark on upgrading its mobile money banking platform, M-Sente, in the next two weeks to enable their customers enjoy the service flawlessly.Over the years, telecom customers have embraced the use of the handset to do business because of the convenience it offers them compared to other traditional ways of handling and accessing money.However it has not been a glowing journey as technological hiccups continue to challenge the industry necessitating that service providers keep on upgrading to newer technology to meet the demands of the market. – Advertisement – Uganda telecom despite being the oldest telecom company has not been performing well on all fronts with dwindling customer base, financial constraints brought about by a number of problems including political factors.The M-Sente upgrade is part of other upgrades, renovations, innovations and changes the firm’s new management led by LAP Green of Libya who took over in 2011 after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi are undertaking.“The brand is changing and the way we serve our customer is also changing, within the next two and there after we will be upgrading our M-Sente service to a more competitive platform to give our customers leverage,” Peter Kakaire, the head of M-sente at Uganda telecom said in an interview.[related-posts]The firm last week rewarded its loyal M-Sente customers with cash prizes, phones and digital television decoders at a function where it launched deposit and win with M-Sente promotion that will see more customers win weekly prizes for the next ten weeks.Uganda Telecom customers can also access the promotion on social networks Twitter and Facebook where they can win airtime and mobile money.Mobile money has deeply entrenched into the lives of Ugandans with some of the people using it as a saving tool since going to the banking halls takes time and resources.Samuel Mulondo, a Uganda telecom customer, uses M-Sente to save part of his income. He prefers M-Sente because it has few withdraw points and this helps him to keep his money away from his overspending hands.However with the upgrade coming, Mulondo’s privilege will cease to be as the service provider intends to increase the number of withdraw and deposit points or agents.In March 2007, LAP Greencom, a subsidiary of Libya African Investment Portfolio (LAP), a company owned by the Government of Libya, bought into Ucom, while Detecon sold their interest in the consortium to Telecel International. The new shareholding structure in UTL, left the Ugandan government with a 31% ownership, while Ucom’s shareholding increased to 69%.In recent years, the Uganda telecom industry has been undergoing some upheaval as companies either consolidate or bail out. Last year, Warid sold out to India-based Airtel Bharti and not long ago, Orange Uganda announced an interest in sharing their operations.Source: East African Business Week