Congress leaders visited Lalu Prasad to express their solidarity on Saturday, a day after the ten-hour-long CBI raid at 10 Circular Road, where the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief lives with his wife and two Minister sons. The Congress party is RJD’s alliance partner.But RJD’s bigger partner, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), maintained its distance, with party chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar continuing to remain at Rajgir in Nalanda district, for rest. Party sources said the CM visited Ghorakatora to enjoy its natural beauty. After seeing off presidential nominee Meira Kumar, whose three-day Bihar visit ended on Sunday, State Congress chief and Education Minister Ashok Choudhary, accompanied by legislature party leader Sadanand Singh and ministerial colleagues Awadhesh Kumar Singh and Madan Mohan Jha, visited Mr. Lalu Prasad at his residence. Mr. Choudhary slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the CBI raid at Mr. Prasad’s residence and other places, saying, “Since they [the BJP] have failed to defeat us [the Grand Alliance] through the people’s mandate, they are now misusing the government machinery to target us.” He also alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah were behind the CBI raid to browbeat their opponents like Lalu Prasad.The state BJP leaders have been continuously appealing to Mr Kumar to break his silence and take action against Mr. Prasad’s sons. “He always has been talking of zero tolerance of his government on the issue of corruption and, earlier, has sacked some of his ministerial colleagues like Jitan Ram Manjhi on the corruption issue…we’re hoping that Mr Kumar will not compromise with corruption this time,” said state BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.
There are opportunities for businesses to expand and figures indicate that a number of operations in Western Jamaica are growing. The Expo, for the first time, will be free to the public over all three days. Business operators urged to focus on employing strategies for growth. Story Highlights President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nathan Robb, has made a call for business operators to focus on employing strategies for growth.He noted that despite challenges in the economy, there are opportunities for businesses to expand and figures indicate that a number of operations in Western Jamaica are growing.“While we might not have…the larger industries such as manufacturing, we do have several business process outsourcing (BPO) companies based here,” he said, noting that the BPO sector is a mass employer in the region.Mr. Robb was speaking at a Think Tank on Thursday, September 26, at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Montego Bay Regional Office, ahead of the chamber’s annual Expo slated for the Montego Bay Convention Centre from October 11 to 13.“We must begin to see growth as an incremental step in expanding our businesses, our services, our products…if you are able to employ two more persons, you have grown, and that is what we say, do more, be more,” he said.“If you are able to employ four more persons, the spin-off effects directly to the individuals and the economy is far great,” he added.The Expo, which for the first time, will be free to the public over all three days, is being held under the theme: ‘Services Globalization…Enabling Business Development.’ It will serve as an avenue to showcase products and services that are offered by business persons from Western Jamaica, and other parts of the island.Focus will be placed on logistics, food processing, hospitality, education and training, and the financial services sectors.Mr. Robb said that there will be opportunity for business-to-business interactions and there will be a wide array of exhibitions from local and overseas businesses.He said that the Expo has been successful over the years, as “we have helped to assist businesses to expand their markets, to access necessary goods and services.”“Jamaica, having celebrated 50 years of Independence, stands on the threshold of modernity, and the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry is positioned to assist in Jamaica achieving this modernity, so Expo 2013 is an opportunity to showcase goods, services, and all that we would need to ensure that growth is achieved, and the modernity is achieved,” Mr. Robb stated. read more
zoom European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has invited the European policy makers and all stakeholders to join industry in “seizing the momentum” to make the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) greenhouse gas emissions roadmap work.The move was made on the back of IMO’s latest decisions regarding global regulation of greenhouse gas emissions of shipping, agreed in late October.The roadmap foresees the adoption of an initial strategy in 2018 to meet the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, which has just entered into force.The initial strategy will be validated by actual emission figures gathered through the IMO’s data collection system as of 2019, which will then lead to a final agreement on targets and measures, including an implementation plan, in 2023.ECSA said that the 2018 and 2023 deadlines are fully consistent with the process agreed in Paris.European policy makers and stakeholders were also invited to join the industry in “showing leadership to make the IMO roadmap work,” Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General, said.He added that, “on the other hand, pursuing regional measures such as an EU ETS or climate fund will seriously endanger international progress, in addition to having negative effects on trade and jobs. The EU should also build trust by aligning its MRV Regulation on the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions to the global data collection system agreed in IMO.” read more
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement When the Hungarian Quartet disbanded in 1972, the Banff Centre offered Székely and his wife the chance to live at the centre for the rest of their lives. Until his death in 2001 at the age of 97, Székely taught countless musicians, but he was no easy touch.In 1992, it was a compliment—perhaps the first they’d ever received from Székely—that gave Shiffman and his colleagues in the St. Lawrence String Quartet the first intimation that they would go on to win the competition. “He kind of hobbled over to us backstage after the final round,” Shiffman says. “I remember it quite vividly because he was dabbing his nose—it was bleeding, as it often did because of the high altitude—and said, ‘very good job.’” Barry Shiffman remembers it well. “You went to Lloyd Hall and you knocked quietly on Zoltán’s door. He opened it and welcomed you into his world—he had his Stradivarius and his old LP player—and he would coach you on music.”Shiffman is the executive director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, but some 25 years ago he was a young musician studying at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (as it is now known). His memories remain vivid in large part because “Zoltán” was Zoltán Székely, a “Yoda-like figure—he even looked like Yoda” who had been first violinist of the Hungarian Quartet, as well as Béla Bartók’s friend and recital partner. “If you played Bartók quartets, it was like Bartók was living at the Banff Centre,” Shiffman says.Shiffman cites Székely and Tom and Isobel Rolston as proof that chamber music has long been a part of the Banff Centre, a fact that made it only natural that the place would play host to a major string-quartet competition. He calls Tom Rolston “the father of music in this country” (he prefaces the comment with an apology to Shauna Rolston, the famed cellist who counts Tom as her actual father). Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter read more
A senior executive at Mediaset has said that the TV advertising market shows no signs of improving this year or next and that the Italian media giant faces renewed competition from Internet-focused rivals. Reuters reports Marco Paolini, strategic marketing director for Mediaset as saying: “We expect the advertising market will be very bad in 2012 and will remain as such in 2013, at the best.”The Mediaset executive also voiced concern about new competitors in its sector. He said: “Five years ago Mediaset was concerned about the arrival of the Murdoch group, today it fears Google, Apple and Facebook. I think the real problems will come from there in the next three years.” read more