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The creative and cultural sectors can and must give a stronger impetus to tourism

first_imgWhile 40% of tourist arrivals in Western Europe and America are motivated by culture, in Croatia the percentage is much lower, only 10% at the state level, and 26% in Dubrovnik – Neretva County, according to a panel discussion Greetings from Croatia – cultural heritage as tourist product held as part of the International Tourism Fair Place2go, which took place this weekend in Arena Zagreb.The discussion was attended by experts from culture, cultural tourism and the creative industry, Dr. sc. Daniela Angelina Jelinčić from the Institute for Development and International Relations, M.Sc. sc. Vlasta Klarić, lecturer at Libertas International University, Ph.D. Sofija Klarin Zadravec from the National and University Library in Zagreb, Dragana Lucija Ratković Aydemir from the company Muze za upravljanje u kulturi i turizmu, Ivana Nikolić Popović from the Croatian Cluster of Competitiveness of Creative and Cultural Industries and dr. Sc. Andrea Writer, anthropologist and blogger. The panel discussion was moderated by mr. sc. Davorka Pšenica from the National and University Library in Zagreb.Vlasta Klarić pointed out that the archeological heritage in Turkey alone attracts ten million tourists a year, and the cultural contents of Italy 35 million. The most developed cultural and tourist country, Great Britain annually attracts as many as 80 million tourists whose arrival is motivated by culture. “The British are experts at being frivolous with high culture and serious with popular culture. They make a good story out of any topic, so they turned the story of Jack the Ripper into an extremely popular tourist route.”Said anthropologist Andrea Pisac, who spent many years in London and today promotes Croatian heritage in her blogs.As a key skill for the creation of cultural and tourist products, the interpretation of heritage was emphasized, in which, as Ratković Aydemir emphasized, heritage institutions such as museums, libraries and archives should play a major role. “Instead of investing in the opening of interpretation centers, small museums throughout Croatia should become interpretation centers”Said Ratković Aydemir, adding that she hopes that the Croatian literary heritage will gain a stronger interpretive momentum.The potential in the interpretation of heritage was recognized in the National and University Library in Zagreb, which presented its mobile application Greetings from Zagreb. “This app is a prototype that should encourage creatives to come to us”Said Klarin Zadravec, adding that NSK opens itself to the wider community with various digital services, including tourists, and that the material it preserves and which is part of the Croatian national identity has the potential to tell a wonderful story about the Croatian language and literacy.In Croatia, the potential of the cultural and creative industry in tourism is still insufficiently recognized, said Ivana Nikolić Popović from the Croatian Cluster of Creative and Cultural Industries. “We still have the impression that athletes are our main ambassadors, and it is unknown to the public that Croatia is more recognizable in the world for its artists. ” said Nikolić Popović, adding that we do not nurture the creative and cultural industry and we lack a strategic approach to this industry, which, as she said, in many countries includes tourism, and which employs more than 124 thousand people in Croatia.The creative and cultural sector can give a stronger impetus to tourism through, as the panelist Klarić pointed out, the economy of experience. “We did not deal with the user in time. Creative tourism requires interaction with content “, said Klarić, adding that Croatia needs a new Cultural Tourism Strategy because, she noted, all the goals of the existing strategy have been met and achieved. Examples of good practice in cultural tourism are the city of Šibenik and the fortress of Sv. Mihovila, multimedia center Ivana’s fairytale house, Museum Night event and mobile application Greetings from Zagreb.The application was presented at the Place2go tourism fair by one of its authors, Dragana Koljenik from the National and University Library in Zagreb, who announced that these days the application received an award from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions – IFLA, as one of the best marketing campaigns for libraries. . This first NSK mobile app that combines heritage and new technologies has stood alongside the world’s largest libraries such as the one in New York and New Zealand.Related news:ZAGREB GETS A NEW MOBILE APPLICATION THAT COMBINES CULTURE AND TOURISM – GREETINGS FROM ZAGREBlast_img read more

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Argentine ‘on Chelsea’s hit list’

first_imgFormer Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa is the shock name on Chelsea’s hit list if they replace Andre Villas-Boas, according to the Daily Mirror.AVB’s position is under scrutiny.Bielsa, who manages Atletico Bilbao, is believed to be one of a number of possible appointments considered by Chelsea as pressure grows on AVB.The Daily Mail claim former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is high on the list of candidates to take over at Stamford Bridge for the rest of the season if a change is made following tonight’s vital Champions League match against Napoli.The Mail also say Blues owner Roman Abramovich has considered Fabio Capello but was told the ex-England manager would not be interested in a short-term positionAnd The Sun say AVB, who insists he will not be sacked, would like Abramovich to publicly declare his support for him.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Play Your Part: a TV series to inspire

first_img10 July 2012 Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part television series, featuring stories of ordinary people working to improve their communities, aims to inspire South Africans to start making those “small actions that make a big difference in the lives of others”. “Enhancing national pride, patriotism and social cohesion requires a collective effort from all South Africans, not only business and government,” says Miller Matola, Brand South Africa’s chief executive officer. “We want to encourage South Africans to play their part in community building and development, with small actions that make a big difference in the lives of others.” The second season of Play Your Part returns to the small screen on Mondays at 7pm on SABC1 from 9 July. The 24-minute weekly programme traverses the country in search of 33 individuals from all spheres of life who are doing their bit for the good of the country. Presented by Katleho Sinizasan and Mmabatho Montsho, the show gets to know these people, looking at where they work and live, and what they do. The featured folk inhabit all worlds, from high-end fashion and art to corporate success stories, inventors and athletes.Young scientist at work In the first episode, we are introduced to Palesa Masuku from North West, who won the Eskom 2011 Young Scientist award for her discovery of an alternative energy source, creating charcoal from marula nuts. When she entered her project in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, her ground- breaking research secured a science laboratory worth R25 000 for her school, JM Ntsime High. In addition, Masuku has been invited to the London International Youth Science Fair in August 2012, a gathering of more than 300 students from 60 countries. Charles Tau, a boxing trainer and manager from Lwandle in Western Cape, is also featured in the first episode. A former professional boxer, Tau has been running the Amandla Boxing Association from his gym for 15 years. Here he trains young boys from the age of seven at no cost as he believes he is doing his part to combat crime in his community. People such as these two are featured in each issue of Play Your Part. You will meet Tabo Mkandiwire, an acrobatic gymnast who coaches other aspiring athletes; and Claire Reid, a green inventor and the brains behind pre-fertilised seed strips that help reduce water wastage by 80% and who has created jobs for previously unemployed women. Other individuals highlighted in the season include Sifiso Dlamini, who is a self-taught takkie maker with five staff members; Tshepo Phakathi, who started a recycling business with a friend at the tender age of six; Benny Masekwameng, a celebrity chef who was inspired by his mother providing meals to construction workers; Kagiso Legobe, an adventure entrepreneur who offers learnerships to tourism graduates; and DJ Zinhle, one of the hottest female DJs in the country, who plays an active role in Fuse, South Africa’s first DJ academy.Inspiring New Ways Brand South Africa launched its new slogan, Inspiring New Ways, on 4 July in Midrand. A new television ad featuring some of the country’s most influential and inspiring people across all fields is promoting the new pay-off line. The organisation’s mandate is “to build South Africa’s nation brand reputation in order to improve South Africa’s global competitiveness”. Matola explains: “This is often about explaining and bolstering our international reputation in the world media and at various international events to drive international investment and trade.” He adds: “Firstly, let us admit that long before the theorising starts and long after it ends, already there are people who are building just such an inspiring and cohesive society, people who are playing their part to improve our communities, who reach out to fellow South Africans, and who inspire us by overcoming the odds.” One place the nation can start is by telling these stories and showing that achieving a better tomorrow and a better country is indeed possible. The people who appear in the second season give true accounts of how South Africans inspire new ways in their lives for those around them, he says. “To us at Brand South Africa, our positioning is not simply a slogan. It is an expression of our present-day reality and our future intent. It also reflects the reputation we seek to forge as citizens of a global village, as a nation that is constantly ‘inspiring new ways’ to create the society we want to live in by playing our part.”Social media tools This television series is one of many tools Brand South Africa employs to inspire and mobilise South Africans to contribute. Other tools include a mobi-site to ensure that positive stories can reach wider audiences. “Play Your Part has also developed Facebook and Twitter profiles to interact with South Africans, urging them to share their positive stories. In addition, Play Your Part clips and stories are uploaded on YouTube so that we not only engage locals, but an international audience,” says Matola. Alternatively, individuals who are willing to contribute their time, services and resources can log on to the Play Your Part website to find community projects near them. “Often people want to help, they want to give, but they don’t know where or how to do this. “Our website as well as the Facebook platform exposes South Africans to an array of opportunities to play their part in building pride and patriotism … contributing to social cohesion and living the spirit of ubuntu,” says Matola. Acting programmes manager at SABC 1 Sam Mpherwane says: “SABC 1 Mzansi Fo Sho prides itself on scheduling and producing programmes that tell local stories that resonate with our audiences. “Play Your Part is such a programme that looks at ordinary South Africans, people who have made a difference in the lives of their communities and the country as a whole . We encourage our viewers to watch Play Your Part and be inspired to do the same in making South Africa a better place.” Matola says Brand South Africa looks forward to growing Play Your Part across a number of other media channels in future and encourages businesses, organisations and individuals to take up the challenge. “We believe that as each one takes deliberate positive action to help, to teach, to grow, we are truly making ours a better country to live in.” And since July is Nelson Mandela Month, South Africans should ask themselves how they are going to contribute to their communities in honour of Madiba. Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

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Ottawa worried about fallout from jailing of farmer in Beirut documents show

first_imgFREDERICTON — Documents filed with the Federal Court show the former Harper government was concerned about the legal and political fallout from how it dealt with a New Brunswick potato farmer jailed for more than a year in Lebanon.Henk Tepper languished in a Beirut jail cell in 2011 and 2012 on allegations he tried to export diseased potatoes to Algeria.In 2013 he launched a lawsuit against the Canadian government, saying the government didn’t do enough to try to secure his freedom, and therefore his right to life, liberty and security of person were violated.The lawsuit, which seeks $16.5 million in damages, also says the RCMP provided private information including the annual sales of Tepper’s farm and value of his home to Algerian authorities in contravention of the Privacy Act.In a 13-page statement of defence, the government said it provided Tepper with diplomatic help and made “numerous and frequent diplomatic interventions” on his behalf.It states there were about 10 meetings between Tepper and representatives of the Canadian government to monitor his well-being, 40 phone conversations with Tepper’s family members and 50 interactions with his lawyers.The case has yet to make it to trial, although a pre-trial conference is set for Monday in Ottawa.Documents — including government emails — disclosed by the defence and filed with the court last week show that, during his incarceration, officials cautioned each other about saying anything publicly that could help in a Tepper lawsuit.Tepper had already filed a civil suit against the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for negligence concerning inspections and documents for the potato shipment to Algeria in 2007.Someone had doctored one of the inspection reports to say the shipment was all approved, when in fact a portion of the shipment — from Quebec — had tested positive for Bacterial Ring Rot which is a quarantine pest in Algeria.Tepper was unaware that Algeria had been granted an Interpol Red Notice for his arrest, until he was stopped by authorities in Lebanon when he arrived for an agricultural trade mission.Tepper’s detention and possible extradiction to Algeria generated a lot of public and media attention, and according to the documents filed with the court — a lot of discussion among government and consular officials.Notes from one meeting of consular staff read “given Tepper’s role, the commercial world of the Maritimes, there is a lot of interest at the political level. The family is extremely litigious.”Another email, dated April 11, 2011, reads “MSFA (Minister of State Foreign Affairs) has instructed us to meet Thursday with Mr. Tepper’s wife and sister. There will have to be solid preparation for this. Otherwise – add another $100 million to the legal liability fund.”By July 5, 2011, the-then minister of state for foreign affairs, Diane Ablonczy, wrote an email saying “I foresee another Tepper lawsuit against GoC for business/monetary losses relating to our ‘failure’ to have him released. Points up importance of better communication with Canadians about what we can and cannot do, especially with regards to the legal process in other countries.”At the time, one of the people exerting pressure on the government to secure Tepper’s release was Senator Pierrette Ringuette of New Brunswick, and it appears government officials were not happy about it, often complaining in emails that the senator was misrepresenting the facts.During one string of emails, staff of the ministry of state foreign affairs complained about the senator and raised concerns about a planned meeting between her and officials of the RCMP.“The more we cater to this woman the longer the story lives on. There is no good that can come of this meeting,” one person wrote.The response was “Ok. I did want to throat punch her though…,” with a subsequent reply alluding to a profane sexist smear.By November 2011, John Baird, the-then foreign affairs minister, was considering a call to the Lebanese justice minister requesting that Tepper be expelled back to Canada.However in an email to Ablonczy, staff advised “we have no reason to put all our eggs in one basket for this guy and not some of our other cases where there is more humanitarian reasons to do so.”And: “In addition, Mr. Tepper is currently suing the GoC… seems odd why we would do something out of the ordinary for him and not others.”Tepper was held in a basement cell that measured about five metres by 10 metres. It was dark and infested with cockroaches and spiders.He eventually returned to Canada on March 31, 2012, after his lawyers obtained a Lebanese presidential decree.Following his return to Canada, Tepper said he felt let down by his own government.Although Tepper is free and back in New Brunswick, the Interpol Red Notice remains in place, keeping him from travelling outside of the country.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Final rally and signature drive for Gas Tax Repeal Initiative

first_imgFinal rally and signature drive for Gas Tax Repeal Initiative 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA final rally was held Tuesday to get signatures for the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative.The rally also gave people an opportunity to get gas for $1.99 per gallon.KUSI’s Lauren Phinney was LIVE with the story. Lauren Phinney Posted: April 3, 2018 Lauren Phinney, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 3, 2018last_img read more

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Fourfifths state that feeling appreciated is important for workplace happiness

first_imgFour-fifths (80%) of respondents state that feeling appreciated is important for their happiness at work, according to research by workplace consultants Peldon Rose.Its Happy office survey, which polled 1,800 UK office staff in February 2019, also found that 58% believe salary is important for their happiness at work, compared to 55% who say feeling trusted makes them happy.Around two-thirds (67%) of UK office-based employees believe they are happy at work, despite the fact that only 45% feel appreciated and 22% think they have a good organisational culture.The research found that construction and manufacturing sector employees are the happiest, as 78% state they are happy at work, compared to 72% of media and communications staff and a further 72% who work in hospitality and leisure.Retail employees have been found to be the least happy, with 54% of respondents working in this sector saying they are happy at work, below IT and telecoms staff (66%) and those in education (67%).Nearly two-thirds (59%) of respondents believe that full kitchen facilities are important, while other factors that improve the working experience include training and development opportunities (80%), tools and technology to perform work efficiently (79%) and quiet zones to aid concentration (59%).Although being provided with the right tools and technology is important for respondents, only 55% state that they currently receive this.Friendships at work are considered a positive at work by 63% of UK-based office staff, while 43% who list flexible working and 36% who value rewarding work. Furthermore, 67% think that communal social spaces are important in building workplace friendships, while 64% say informal breakout areas aid this.Jitesh Patel (pictured), chief executive officer at Peldon Rose, said: “Happiness is not only crucial to the mental wellbeing of employees, it is also good for business. Happy [employees] will be more productive and creative and more likely to be loyal to their employees.“To improve happiness levels, it is vital that employers demonstrate their appreciation to their employees by investing in training and development, tools and technology and the right office environment.”last_img read more

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Democrats hit the gas on Net neutrality bill

first_imgDemocratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania heads the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on communications and technology.   Tom Williams/Getty Images Rep. Mike Doyle, who’s shepherding the Democrats’ bill in the House of Representatives to restore the Obama-era net neutrality protections, says he’s not waiting for Republican support before bringing the proposed legislation to a vote. In an interview with CNET, the Democrat from Pennsylvania, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on communications and technology, criticized his colleagues on the other side of the aisle for not making a good faith effort to work across party lines to put net neutrality protections in place. He said he’d like to get bipartisan support for the Save the Internet Act, but that even without it his bill, supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, will get a vote in April. Last week Doyle’s subcommittee held a hearing on the bill, which reinstates Federal Communications Commission rules repealed in December 2017 by the Republican-led FCC. As part of this repeal, the FCC abdicated its authority to protect consumers online to the Federal Trade Commission. The problem with net neutrality is this is an issue that’s been bouncing around for 15 years in the courts, because there hasn’t been a legislative solution. Once we fix this in statute, that all ends.” Rep. Mike Doyle Tags Net neutrality FCC 70 Net Fix • Jun 11 • Net neutrality has been dead for a year: What you need to know Net Fix Apr 9 • Mitch McConnell: Democrats’ net neutrality bill is ‘dead on arrival’ in Senate What parts of Title II did you leave in?Doyle: The elements of Title II that we put into this new statute are very, very narrow. We’ve taken certain sections that set up a general conduct standard which says ISPs cannot have any unjust or unreasonable behavior. It also makes the FCC and not the Federal Trade Commission the agency to police that. This couldn’t be properly policed in the FTC. All the expertise, such as the technicians and engineers, are in the FCC. This is where it belongs. We’ve also kept sections that restore the legal underpinnings for the Lifeline and Connect America programs [which provide funding for service for low-income and rural customers]. The rest of the 27 chapters and over 700 regulations of Title II that are either not applicable or things that the telcos were concerned the FCC could do to them, we took out. Do you think the debate really comes down to the fact that Republicans and the ISPs don’t want the FCC to have authority over broadband?Doyle: I think that’s pretty clear. What unjust or unreasonable behavior do they think we should allow? There has to be a cop on the beat. As we all know, the three bright line rules that we’ve all agreed to — no blocking, no throttling, no paid prioritization — that doesn’t cover all the bad behavior. We see that with zero-rated data caps; we’ve seen it with the California firefighters; we’ve seen it in other instances. This needs to be a law for the future, too. As new technology emerges, there may be different ways for people to game the system. If the FCC doesn’t have some flexibility under the general conduct standard, then all we’ve done is created three rules that are for the past and not for the future. What’s going to happen next?Doyle: We’re going to mark up my bill. We’re doing it in regular order. We had a hearing. We are going to have a subcommittee markup, a full committee markup. Everyone’s going to have a chance to have their say. When will it go to a vote?Doyle: It could be as early as right before the Easter break, or it could be as late as right after the Easter break. But I think sometime in April is when we could have a vote on the floor. There’s also a case pending in the Federal Appeals Court for the DC Circuit challenging the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. Could that affect what happens on the legislative side?Doyle: I don’t think one affects the other. The courts are going to do what the courts are going to do. But the issue doesn’t go away unless we do something legislatively. The problem with net neutrality is this is an issue that’s been bouncing around for 15 years in the courts, because there hasn’t been a legislative solution. Once we fix this in statute, that all ends. We are finally going to give some certainty to this issue and resolve it once and for all. That is an issue for the Congress. Let’s say you’re able to get your bill through the House and Senate, how likely is it that President Trump will veto it?Doyle: I don’t see any reason he’d veto it. This is not a partisan issue. I don’t know the president’s personal views on net neutrality, I would assume that like most Americans he’s for it. The only place this bill is controversial is in Washington, DC. It’s not controversial out in America. Democrats, Republicans and independents by over 80 percent are for this bill. So this isn’t an issue that they’re having a raging debate about out in the hinterlands. I’m the last person to try to get inside Donald Trump’s head, but I think if it passes the House and the Senate, the president would sign it. But we’ll see what happens.  center_img reading • Democrats hit the gas on Net neutrality bill Aug 26 • Activists challenge 2020 candidates to sign net neutrality pledge Comments Share your voice Apr 10 • Democrats’ net neutrality bill passes House The bill introduced by Democrats is an attempt to end a nearly two decades old fight to codify rules that prevent broadband companies from abusing their power as gatekeepers to the internet. Specifically, it prevents broadband providers from blocking, slowing down or charging for faster access to the internet. But it also restores the FCC’s authority as the “cop on the beat” when it comes to policing potential broadband abuses. Republicans have criticized the legislation, because they say it gives the FCC too much authority to regulate ISPs. Three bills from Republicans were introduced in February that would put the FCC’s three so-called bright line rules of no-blocking, no-throttling and no-paid prioritization into law. But the bills would still strip the FCC of oversight.  Doyle says those efforts don’t go far enough in protecting consumers. Below is an edited transcript of our conversation. Q: Several Republicans at the hearing Tuesday said they were disappointed that you and your fellow Democrats haven’t taken a bipartisan approach in crafting this bill. What do you say to that?Doyle: Republicans made no effort to come to me to say let’s sit down and work together on a net neutrality bill. They just introduced three bills on us without ever calling us in advance and without ever saying we want to work with you. What did they think I was going to do? Put them on the schedule and mark them up? Maybe because they’ve been in the majority for the last eight years they forgot that they aren’t in the majority anymore. But I know when I was in the minority if I wanted to work with the side that could get a bill on the floor, I’d go to the chairman and express my willingness to work with him. So it kind of rang hollow to me when they said we are the ones not being bipartisan. I don’t know what they expected us to do. You led the effort in the last Congress to pass a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution in the House to roll back the net neutrality repeal. But not every Democrat in the House supported the petition, and it never came to a floor vote. Do you have enough votes now?Doyle: This is a different Congress, there’s a lot more of us here than were there last year. And I feel confident we have the support we need. We are going to pass this bill in the House. During the last Congress, we had the vast majority of our members — 180 some members — on the discharge petition. Now we also have 61 new members. So I’d say that the vast majority, if not all of those 61 members, are going to vote for this bill. What about on the Senate side? Many of your colleagues say it’s dead in the Republican-controlled Senate.Doyle: I look at it this way: There were 52 votes for this in the Senate when the CRA passed (in that chamber). There were some Republicans who voted for the CRA. So we know there is Republican support there. Secondly, I think our job is that we are going to send the strongest bill we can over to the Senate. The Senate doesn’t have a long history of just taking House bills and passing them. I’m sure they are going to put it through their process. But our job is to pass the strongest bill we can that protects consumers. We want to start at our goal line and not the 50 yard line. The main argument from Republicans during the hearing was that your bill includes elements of Title II regulation, the section of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that they say gives the FCC too much authority. Is that what’s at the heart of the disagreement between Republicans and Democrats?Doyle: Here’s the thing: Two FCC commissioners have tried to do net neutrality under Title I [of the Telecom Act] and they lost those cases twice in court. So when [FCC Chairman] Tom Wheeler did the 2015 Open Internet Order under Title II it was taken to court and the courts upheld it. I think it’s pretty clear what the courts have been saying. This can only be done in Title II. But we aren’t even doing it in Title II, because we’re putting elements of Title II into law. Republicans say the Democrats’ bill still gives too much authority to the FCC.Doyle: Look, this is a compromise bill. We are taking very little of Title II. This is a bill that puts into statute all the forbearance that Tom Wheeler did in the 2015 FCC order. The concern always was that a future FCC chairman could reinstate the 27 sections and over 700 regulations that the previous FCC forebore. That included the two big ones that the telcos were concerned about: rate regulation and unbundling. But this legislation puts all the sections and regulations that were forborne into statute so that no new FCC chairman can undo it. It would take an act of Congress for someone to do rate regulation or network unbundling. This was a major step toward the Republicans and the ISPs, which the Republicans chose not to recognize. The only place this bill is controversial is in Washington, DC. It’s not controversial out in America. Democrats, Republicans and independents by over 80 percent are for this bill.” Internet See Alllast_img read more

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BJPbacked goons rough up TMC workers at Nandagram

first_imgKolkata: Many Trinamool Congress activists received injuries after they were attacked allegedly by a group of BJP-backed miscreants. Some of the injured persons have been undergoing treatment in a nearby hospital.The incident, which took place at Nandagram village of East Burdwan district on Monday morning, has triggered tension among the local residents. Incidentally, it may be mentioned that elections were conducted at Burdwan East Lok Sabha constituency on the same day. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that some BJP-backed goons tried to influence the voters at Nandagram village on Monday morning, when the Trinamool Congress workers intervened. As they tried to dissuade the miscreants, it led to a heated altercation between the TMC workers and the BJP assisted goons. The miscreants soon overpowered the Trinamool Congress workers and beat them up. They fled immediately after the incident, before the local residents could reach the spot. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe injured victims were rescued and rushed to a nearby hospital by the local people. Senior TMC leaders later visited the hospital to see the injured workers, who are stated to be in a stable condition now. In another incident, a party office of Trinamool Congress at Joynagar in South 24-Parganas was set on fire by some miscreants. The district party leaders of TMC have accused BJP of setting the party office on fire, which was badly damaged in the incident. The BJP leaders from the district have, however, denied the allegations.last_img read more

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