Man who oversaw Saddam hanging recalls dictator’s end

first_imgBaghdad- Mowaffak al-Rubaie sits in his office with a statue of Saddam Hussein behind him, the rope used to hang the dictator around its neck, recalling his final minutes.The former national security advisor, who oversaw Saddam’s 2006 execution, said he remained strong until the end, and never expressed any regret.“A criminal? True. A killer? True. A butcher? True. But he was strong until the end. “I received him (Saddam) at the door. No one entered with us — no foreigners, and no Americans,” Rubaie said in an interview with AFP at his office in the Kadhimiyah area of north Baghdad, near the prison where the execution took place seven years ago.“He was wearing a jacket and a white shirt, normal and relaxed, and I didn’t see any signs of fear.“Of course, some people want me to say that he collapsed or that he was drugged, but these facts are for history,” Rubaie said.“I didn’t hear any regret from him, I didn’t hear any request for mercy from God from him, or request for pardon.“A person who is about to die usually says, ‘God, forgive my sins — I am coming to you.’ But he never said any of that,” Rubaie told AFP.Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq for more than two decades marked by brutal repression, disastrous wars and punishing international sanctions, was hanged after being found guilty of crimes against humanity for the 1982 killing of 148 Shiite villagers in Dujail.He was president from July 1979 until the March 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, and was found by American forces hiding in a hole on a farm in December of that year.Saddam was executed three years later on December 30, 2006 after a summary trial.Some Iraqis, particularly Sunni Arabs, look back fondly on the time of Saddam’s rule, especially the periods of internal stability that stand in stark contrast to the brutal violence that has plagued the country since his overthrow.Saddam is also held in high regard by some Arabs for his 1980-88 war with Iran, his confrontations with the United States, his strikes against Israel, and his composure during his execution, which was recorded on mobile phone videos.‘This is for men’“When I brought him, he was handcuffed and holding a Koran,” said Rubaie, ignoring the statue of Saddam behind him, which depicts the dictator dressed in a uniform bearing the insignia of his exclusive military rank.“I took him to the judge’s room, where he read the list of indictments, as Saddam repeated: ‘Death to America! Death to Israel! Long live Palestine! Death to the Persian magi!”Rubaie then took Saddam to the room in which he was to die.“He stopped, looked at the gallows, then he looked me up and down… and said: ‘Doctor, this is for men’.”When it was time for Saddam to mount the gallows, his legs were still bound, so Rubaie and others had to drag him up the steps.Just before he was hanged, witnesses taunted him with shouts of “Long live Imam Mohammed Baqr al-Sadr!” and “Moqtada! Moqtada!” — references to an opponent of Saddam who was killed during his rule, and the dead man’s relative, who rose to command a powerful militia after 2003.Saddam replied: “Is this manhood?”Rubaie said he pulled the lever to hang Saddam, but it did not work. Another person he did not name then pulled it a second time, killing him.Just before he was hanged, Saddam began to recite the Muslim testament of faith.“I testify that there is no god but God, and Mohammed…,” he began, but he was hanged before he could say the final words, “is the messenger of God.”Rubaie went under the gallows to retrieve the body, which he said was put in a white bag and placed on a stretcher.The body was then transported in an American helicopter from the prison where he was hanged to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s residence in the heavily-fortified Green Zone.The helicopter was crowded with people, Rubaie said, so the body had to be put on the floor, and the doors of the helicopter were left open during the flight, as the stretcher was too long to fit otherwise.“I remember clearly that the sun was starting to rise” as the helicopter flew over Baghdad, Rubaie said.‘The room was full of death’At his residence, “the prime minister took our hands and said: ‘God bless you.’ I told him, ‘Go ahead and look at him.’ So he uncovered his face, and saw Saddam Hussein,” said Rubaie, who is still a close ally of the premier.“I have never had such a very strange feeling,” Rubaie, who was thrice imprisoned during Saddam’s rule, said of participating in the execution.“He committed countless crimes, and he deserved to be hanged a thousand times, live again, and be hanged again. But the feeling, that feeling is a strange feeling,” he said. “The room was full of death.”Rubaie said Saddam’s execution was set in motion after a video conference between Maliki and then US president George Bush, who asked the Iraqi prime minister: “What are you going to do with this criminal?”Maliki replied: “We hang him.”Bush gave him a thumbs up, signalling his approvallast_img read more

Algerian Man Arrested in Northern Morocco with 558 Psychotropic Pills

Rabat – Moroccan police arrested, Saturday in the northern city of Nador, an Algerian man in possession of 558 psychotropic pills of different types, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said.The 44-year-old man, in an irregular situation in Morocco, was arrested in a rented apartment with a Moroccan accomplice, DGSN pointed out in a statement.Both defendants are remanded in custody to complete the investigation.With MAP

Auto parts company Magna International reports $456M Q4 profit, ups dividend

Companies in this story: (TSX:MG)The Canadian Press AURORA, Ont. — Magna International Inc. raised its dividend as it reported its fourth-quarter profit fell from the same period a year earlier.The Ontario-based auto parts maker, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 36.5 cents per share, up from 33 cents per share.The increased payment to shareholders came as Magna says it earned $456 million or $1.37 per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31. That compared with a profit of $559 million or $1.54 per share in the same quarter a year earlier.Sales totalled $10.14 billion, up from $9.68 billion.On an adjusted basis, Magna says it earned $1.63 per share for the quarter, up from $1.58 per share a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.59 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.

Billionaire list shows $1T hit from ’18 market meltdown

BANGKOK — A rich list by wealth compiler Hurun Report shows the market meltdowns in 2018 obliterated $1 trillion in wealth, with more than 212 of China’s richest individuals losing their dollar billionaire status.The report, China’s version of the Forbes rich list, showed Chinese billionaires still outnumbered those from any other country as of Jan. 31, at 658. Several newly minted ones amassed wealth through big share offerings.Amazon founder Jeff Bezos led the world’s wealthiest for the second year running, estimated by the Hurun Global rich list at $147 billion.Overall, it says there are 2,470 billionaires in the world by its reckoning, down 224 from last year.The Hurun Report, founded by CEO Rupert Hoogewerf, released the report in partnership with a Chinese luxury property developer, Loong Palace.The Associated Press

Scheme for safe disposal of old computers launched at UN meeting

Old computer equipment can now be disposed in a way that is safe to both human health and the environment thanks to a new initiative launched today at a United Nations meeting on hazardous waste that wrapped up in Bali, Indonesia. The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) will provide a forum for governments, industry leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academia to tackle the disposal of old computer equipment, including through global recycling schemes. Its launch comes at the end of the ninth meeting of parties to the 1989 Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, which met to consider new guidelines for getting rid of old computer equipment, mobile phones and other “e-waste” in an environmentally sound manner. Among other things, PACE will develop technical guidelines for proper repair, refurbishing and recycling of old computer equipment, including criteria for testing, labelling of refurbished equipment and certification of environmentally sound repair, refurbishment and recycling facilities. “All stakeholders, including original equipment manufacturers, consumers and recyclers, have a role in promoting environmentally sound management of used and end-of-life equipment,” according to a news release about the initiative, which said that 100 tons of used computers could generate up to 39 tons of steel and 21 tons of other metals such as copper, aluminium and gold. “The technology and skills are available to promote proper repair and refurbishment that can extend use, provide employment, and make valuable equipment available to the poor,” it added. Participants at the five-day meeting also looked at guidelines proposed by the Basel Convention Mobile Phone Partnership Initiative, which was launched in 2002 and brings mobile phone manufacturers and service providers together with the Basel Convention, which is administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).The Bali meeting concluded with the adoption of the Declaration on Waste Management for Human Health and Livelihood, which calls on the UN World Health Organization (WHO) to consider a resolution on the improvement of health through safe and environmentally sound waste management. 27 June 2008Old computer equipment can now be disposed in a way that is safe to both human health and the environment thanks to a new initiative launched today at a United Nations meeting on hazardous waste that wrapped up in Bali, Indonesia. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,143.99, down 5.15 points):Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up eight cents, or 6.20 per cent, to $1.37 on 8.3 million shares.IC Potash Corp. (TSX:ICP). Agriculture. Down half-a-cent, or 14.29 per cent, to three cents on 6.8 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 17 cents, or 1.48 per cent, to $11.65 on 6.2 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 1.52 per cent, to $3.33 on 4.9 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.22 per cent, to $9.22 on 4.7 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 2.77 per cent, to $2.97 on 4.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B). Convenience stores. Up $2.25, or 3.74 per cent, to $62.40 on 1.5 million shares. The Quebec-based convenience store operator capped its fiscal year with a strong fourth quarter as its Canadian operations got a boost from the full impact of its acquisition of Esso convenience stores. For the full year, the company earned US$1.21 billion on US$37.9 billion of revenues, compared to US$1.19 billion on US$34.1 billion a year earlier.Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Down 20 cents, or 1.37 per cent, to $14.39 on 853,485 shares. A veteran of the Canadian financial services and mortgage industry has been appointed the next CEO of the Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender, which is working to restore investor and customer confidence after it appeared to be on the brink of collapse earlier this year. Yousry Bissada, 57, will join Home Capital on Aug. 3, replacing interim CEO Bonita Then.Vermilion Energy Inc. (TSX:VET). Oil and gas. Up 81 cents, or 2.09 per cent, to $39.55 on 591,161 shares. The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board will pay nearly C$1.4 billion to become the largest partner in the Corrib offshore natural gas field, 83 kilometres off the coast of Ireland. After that deal closes, CPPIB plans to transfer a 1.5 per cent interest in the project to Vermilion for C$32.2 million and the Calgary-based company will have a 20 per cent interest in Corrib and be its operator. read more

Driver conductor sentenced to death

According to eyewitnesses, when the bus reached the level crossing, the gate had been closed. But the bus conductor alighted and signalled the driver to drive the bus in a zigzag manner across the rail track to avoid the gate, despite the warnings of the gate operator. As the train approached, the rear half of the bus was still on the track.It was later revealed that the bus crew took the risk to gain an advantage over another passenger bus following the same route. (Colombo Gazette) Both convicts had 100 other charges against their name in relation to the case. The privately owned Colombo-bound passenger bus from Galkiriyagama collided with an inter-city express train running from Colombo to Kandy in April 2005. The bus was pulled by the train nearly 75 metres before bursting into flames. It was reported at the time that about 120 passengers were aboard the bus, which had seats for only 55 passengers. The driver and conductor of the passenger bus which met with an accident at Yangalmodara in 2005 after colliding with a train killing over 40 people, were sentenced to death by the Kurunegala  High Court today.The High Court judge ruled that the driver and conductor were responsible for the death of 41 passengers and creating bodily harm to around 30 others. read more

St Catharines drivers urged not to park on streets ahead of

Residents in St. Catharines are being asked not to park on city streets for the next three days in anticipation of the winter storm.The city says as of 4:30 p.m. Monday, S’no Parking— a call to residents not to park vehicles on the street during and following a significant snow event — will be in effect.There are no fines, tickets or penalties if you do park on the street but the city warns it may slow down the snow removal process.Trucks have already been deployed to spray main roads, hills and bridges with brine, a salt solution used for de-icing.Free overnight parking is being offered at the Ontario Street and Carlisle Street/Garden Park parking garages but vehicles must exit the garages by 8 a.m.In a news release, the city said it will “continue to monitor the storm as it passes through the area and take the appropriate actions as required.”

Full business investment rebound unlikely in advanced economies Bank of Canada

Full business investment rebound unlikely in advanced economies: Bank of Canada by The Canadian Press Posted May 11, 2017 9:45 am MDT Last Updated May 11, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – A new Bank of Canada analysis says it has doubts business investment in advanced economies will accelerate back to its level before the 2007-09 global financial crisis.The discussion paper says it expects investment spending to see somewhat of a pickup from its lacklustre, post-2014 pace, which has been slowed by low commodity prices and heightened economic uncertainty.But even as current headwinds fade, the authors predict structural factors such as slowing population growth rates in advanced economies will keep business investment from returning to levels seen before financial crisis a decade ago.They write that commodity-producing economies enjoyed a brief investment-spending boom between 2010 and 2014 as the demand for resources rebounded and prices climbed.But since then, the paper says business-investment projections have been consistently over-optimistic and have become a leading source of error in the Bank of Canada’s output forecasts for the United States and Canada.Last month, the Bank of Canada pointed to the widespread uncertainty about the direction of U.S. trade policy as it downgraded its 2017 business-investment outlook. read more

TOP 20 articles on HandballPlanetcom in 2017

Over 350.000 handball fans visited in 2017. Here are the articles which have been most interesting to our readers all around the globe.Enjoy another reading…TOP 20 articles in 2017:TOP 100 handball transfers – season 2017/2018 TOP 20 handball articles in 2017 ← Previous Story Serbian NT without five players at the start of EHF EURO 2018 campaign Next Story → VIDEO: Danke Petar, fogadtatás Nenadic! /macedonia-on-fire-crazy-celebration-around-country/ read more

Firmino determined to end goal drought

first_imgLiverpool striker Roberto Firmino is keen to end his goal drought when they face Leicester City this weekend in the Premier League.The Brazil international will seek to end a rare goal drought when Liverpool take on Leicester although his manager Jurgen Klopp has no concerns about a drop-off in productivity.The versatile frontman has formed one of the most feared forward lines in European football over the past 12 months with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. And the 26-year-old, signed for £29 from Hoffenheim three years ago, has been impressive in Liverpool’s 100 percent start to the new Premier League campaign three victories and three clean sheetsYet despite scoring 27 times for last season, Firmino is still looking for his first goal of the new campaign even though Liverpool are the early Premier League pacesetters.The striker has not scored in eight games for Klopp’s side and in the Premier League has one goal in his past 10 appearances, a run that dates back to March.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But Firmino’s selfless running and ability to create spaces behind defences has been singled out as one of the reasons Salah looks capable of continuing the prodigious production of last season, when he scored 44 times for Klopp in all competitions.The Liverpool boss says there is no sense of a World Cup hangover for Firmino, whose Brazil side exited the tournament at the quarter-final stage.“He had two weeks pre-season, which is quite short for a player who needs his physical fitness as much as Roberto does but I’m completely happy,” said Klopp, according to AFP.“After two weeks’ preparation and a Brazilian holiday he is much sharper and fitter than I would have expected. It is exactly how it should be in this moment and he can improve, like we all can improve.”last_img read more

Condé Nast Partners with AdMeld in Private Digital Ad Exchange

first_imgIn a major magazine publisher first, Condé Nast launched a private advertising exchange for select digital clientele. Partnering with service provider AdMeld, inventory from Condé’s entire digital portfolio was available at the time of the exchange’s launch. Retailers eBay and Macy’s were confirmed as ad exchange partners at time of launch (which grants the companies ongoing automated access to the platform), with Armani and an auto company completing the debut group. In January 2012, select advertisers who commit to an increased digital spend with the publisher will be invited to participate in the exchange. Drew Schutte, EVP/CIO of Condé Nast Media Group, tells Folio:, “Clients can buy audience, but they can’t buy brand or content.” The ad exchange is “blind”, with clients entering target audience demographics into AdMeld’s dashboard. The system then offers the best match, without brand identification.A Condé Nast rep maintains this exchange is for digital advertising only, “It would never be used for print.” “The range and control on advertisers that come through is a benefit,” says Schutte. “But it’s still an environment  in which we get direct responses, and we offer rates that go along with that.”Publishers continue to adapt advertising business models to encourage spend among clients. This summer, Meredith launched its Engagement Dividend program, a guaranteed ROI partnership for 10 clients. Like Condé, Meredith chose partners based on their commitment to up advertising dollars with the publisher. Time Inc. launched its PinPoint program, a partnership with Nielsen Catalina Solutions. Through PinPoint, the publisher is able to quantify campaign impact among consumers to advertisers through single source data. At Condé, the private ad exchange is another way to vet quality of advertisers. “What’s important is that we’ve always valued our inventory, the context and the brands the advertiser message gets to stand next to,” says Schutte. “It’s important that if we’re part of an exchange, where rates are generally lower, that it’s only for premium partners.”last_img read more

Kotzebue Prepares for President Obamas Visit

first_imgPhoto of Kotzebue. (Photo by Neal Herbert/National Park Service, Alaska Region)As President Barack Obama plans to shift his focus to western Alaska by midweek, residents of Kotzebue — the northwest Arctic hub of about 4,000 people — are making final preparations for the president’s historic visit above the Arctic Circle.Everyone from fishermen to local leaders are getting ready for the president’s visit — and have their own hopes for what he takes away.On Monday, all of Kotzebue was put the finishing touches on cleanup efforts and last-minute planning for President Obama’s visit. More than ten derelict houses had been knocked down as part of a community-wide cleanup that saw rusty cars, broken-down snowmachines, and more hauled away. But on Monday afternoon, Nelson Griest Junior was untangling his salmon net.“From the last storm, it was pretty high — the water came up and washed my net out, and that’s where I’m at,” he said.Nelson said he had a good summer netting chum salmon in Kotzebue’s small commercial fishery. He was working out of Kotzebue’s North Tent City — a city-built campground along a sliver of beach, offering fish racks and campsites for rent from May through September. It’s how Nelson’s spent his springs and summers since he can remember.“It’s where I was born,” he said. “Lived down here over 15 years. My parents used to come here ever since the 70’s. Every summer, they pretty much came down here. Springtime, they’d go out hunting ugurk and seal.”This summer, his camp in the tent city fell into the water — and it wasn’t the first time.“It’s eroding,” he said. “It got my fish rack down here — dropped it down, fell one time. We put it back up. It’s really eroding down the coast, and every time the sand or rocks go down, there’s always ice in the bottom, on the tundra. So there is lots that’s melting, and I’m happy the president is coming. I’m excited.”Nelson isn’t the only one talking about climate change in the lead up to Obama’s visit.“It’s such an honor for him to come to our village — to see first-hand our concerns as a native community here,” said Nicole Stoops, the executive director of the Kotzebue IRA. She said the concerns go beyond impacts to seal hunting and salmon fishing — it’s a connection to the land that goes back generations.“It’s not such a simple thing to move a community as there are a lot of cultural ties to where they are now,” she said. “Just to understand the cultural ties the people have to the land, as well as finding something that would be logical and reasonable for the community members to feel comfortable on a move to relocate somewhere.”Some of Kotzebue’s erosion issues — mainly along Shore Avenue, also known as Front Street — have been dealt with, at least for now, according to city manager Derek Martin. After 50 years of half-measures, Martin said it was a tremendous effort to finally get it right.“The permanent fix to this erosion problem along Shore Avenue [was] to install a series of sheet-pile bulkheads along 75 percent of Shore Avenue there,” he said. “That provided the necessary infrastructure to prevent further erosion and to protect the roadway. But this was a fix that worked for this community as part of our erosion problem, as part of our climate change problem here in Kotzebue.”It’s a solution Martin said he hopes to showcase during the president’s visit — one that demonstrates the resilience of rural communities. It’s the kind of resilience Kotzebue Mayor Maija Lukin had to call on when her appendix burst this weekend.What started off with nausea on Saturday turned into an emergency medevac to Anchorage and the quick removal of a dangerously inflamed appendix. Mayor Lukin was out of the hospital by Sunday, but she was only able to book a flight back home Monday night. It’s just one of the challenges about living in rural Alaska she puts up with to continue with her family’s traditions.“I know the time that he’s here is very short, and we’re showing him the best of everything we have. But it’s a very hard life that people don’t quite understand,” she said. “We choose to live in Kotzebue because it’s a beautiful place — it’s above the Arctic Circle. It’s a place where you can raise your children to hunt, fish, live off the land, and do what we were taught from our parents and grandparents.”But while many prepare to press the president on climate change, many in Kotzebue just as quickly bring up the elephant in the room — or, in this case, the oil rig in the sea. Shell Oil is pursuing exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer and staging ships, tugs, crews, and more in Kotzebue.Some residents say they’re opposed to the drilling outright. Others say they’re more open to the idea. But on the eve of Obama’s visit focused on climate change, many in Kotzebue are quick to point out the incongruity: The president they’re eager to welcome and talk openly with about their needs when it comes to climate change … is the same president who authorized Shell’s Arctic drilling.For Nelson — still tending his fishnets — it’s straightforward.“It’s not a good place to drill, I guess,” he said. “Because in fall time, when the ice is coming and the waves are getting bigger — I’m not sure about the cleanup. I think it’s going to be pretty hard in the Arctic.”Oil and erosion, subsistence and climate change solutions — all topics on the minds of Kotzebue residents on the eve of the president’s visit to the Alaska Arctic.last_img read more

Allies join PM Hasinas tea party

first_img.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday hosted a tea party for the leaders of political alliances and organisations who joined the prime minister’s dialogue before the last general election.Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, hosted the tea party for them at the South Lawn of Ganabhaban, the official residence of the prime minister, here this afternoon.Front ranking leaders of different political parties including Awami League, Jatiya Party, Workers Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JASOD-Inu), JAPA (Monju), JASOD (Ambia), Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD), Ganotantri Party, Samyabadi Dal, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, Islami Oikya Jote, Tariqat Federation, Bangladesh Nationalist Front attended the tea party.The prime minister arrived at the venue at 4:10 pm and exchanged pleasantries with the leaders.She went round different tables set for the guests, talked to them and enquired about their well-being.Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, senior AL leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Begum Matia Chowdhury, Mosharraf Hossain, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Nurul Islam Nahid, Obaidul Quader, Faruk Khan, Abdul Matin Khashru, Abdur Razzak, Hasan Mahmud, industries minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, housing and public works minister SM Rezaul Karim, education minister Dipu Moni, Jatiya Party senior leader and former opposition leader Begum Raushan Ershad, Jatiya Party co-chairman GM Quader, secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga, Ruhul Amin Hawlader, Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu, Anisul Islam Mahmud, Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Sunil Shubho Roy, JP (Manju) President Anwar Hossain Manju, JASOD president Hasanul Haque Inu and general secretary Shirin Akhtar, JASOD (Ambia) leaders Moinuddin Khan Badal and Nazmul Haque Prodhan, Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon and general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha joined the tea party.Besides, Bikalpa Dhara president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, general secretary MA Mannan, Mahi B Chowdhury, Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Islami Oikya Jote president Alhaz Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury, Tariqat Federation president Nojibul Bashar Maizbhandari, Samyabadi Dal president Dilip Barua, BNF president Nazmul Huda and other leaders of Awami League, 14-party combine, the prime minister’s advisers and secretaries concerned to the prime minister were present on the occasion.The lush green south lawn of Ganabhaban was tastefully decorated with kure ghar, mat, mora and earthen pots, while patriotic songs were played on the occasion.The guests were entertained with traditional foods and cakes of Bangladesh including chatpati, fuchka, muri, chanachur, and bhapa, chitai, patisapta and puli pitha, zilapi, kebab, nan ruti.AL general secretary Obaidul Quader, on behalf of the prime minister, later thanked the leaders of the political alliances and organisations who joined the premier’s tea party.“You joined today’s function spontaneously and your presence is very encouraging,” he said.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said: “We didn’t only exchange pleasantries, we also shared views on different issues including political ones alongside having winter cakes.”Regarding the prime minister’s invitation to the tea party, the AL general secretary said: “I hope that you felt well at the good initiative of the prime minister.”Quader said the political leaders joined the prime minister’s dialogue at Ganabhaban before the December 30 polls and held open discussions with the premier.“At the end of the election, we seek your cooperation and the prime minister wants to fulfill her electoral pledges that she made before the nation word by word,” he said.The AL general secretary said: “On behalf of our leader, I sought your active cooperation in this regard.”According to a source at the prime minister’s office, the premier invited leaders of 54 political parties to her tea party. The leaders of all political parties except BNP-led Jatiya Oikyafront attended the tea party, the source added.The prime minister held dialogues with the political parties at her official Ganabhaban residence from 1-7 November ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections held on 30 December.last_img read more

Alita Battle Angel Again Tops Studios TV Ad Spending

first_img$3.28M – The Kid Who Would Be King Impressions: 345,846,776Attention Score: 92.45Attention Index: 98National Airings: 1,122Networks: 30Most Spend On: NBC, NickCreative Versions: 34Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $25.17MStudio: Twentieth Century FoxStarted Airing: 12/22/18 Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by $3.33M – What Men Want $2.93M – The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Popular on Variety 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 01/21/2019 and 01/27/2019.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention analytics from more than eight million smart TVs, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the platform and methodology. Impressions: 203,761,720Attention Score: 90.70Attention Index: 79National Airings: 680Networks: 30Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 18Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $10.04MStudio: Paramount PicturesStarted Airing: 08/14/18 $5.63M – Alita: Battle Angelcenter_img TV ad placements for Paramount Pictures’ “What Men Want” (EMV: $3.33 million), Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Kid Who Would Be King” ($3.28 million) and Warner Bros. Animation’s “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” ($2.93 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Miss Bala” has the best iSpot Attention Index (109) in the ranking, getting 9% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). Impressions: 212,512,867Attention Score: 91.96Attention Index: 92National Airings: 749Networks: 50Most Spend On: ABC, FOXCreative Versions: 32Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $17.21MStudio: Warner Bros. AnimationStarted Airing: 06/05/18 In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Alita: Battle Angel.”Ads placed for the sci-fi thriller had an estimated media value of $5.63 million through Sunday for 1,120 national ad airings on 35 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Jan 21-27. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Twentieth Century Fox prioritized spend across networks including ESPN, Adult Swim and Fox, and during programming such as NBA Basketball, College Basketball and “Steven Universe.”Just behind “Alita” in second place: Columbia Pictures’ “Miss Bala,” which saw 811 national ad airings across 31 networks, with an estimated media value of $3.42 million. Impressions: 206,677,322Attention Score: 93.23Attention Index: 109National Airings: 811Networks: 31Most Spend On: NBC, BravoCreative Versions: 15Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $8.91MStudio: Columbia PicturesStarted Airing: 11/04/18 $3.42M – Miss Bala Impressions: 326,716,323Attention Score: 90.87Attention Index: 81National Airings: 1,120Networks: 35Most Spend On: ESPN, Adult SwimCreative Versions: 14Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $17.69MStudio: Twentieth Century FoxStarted Airing: 12/24/18 ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Your Guide to 2016 Labor Day Deals

first_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Labor Day is a great weekend to get deals, however there are a surprisingly large number of deals you won’t find in-store–particularly on electronics and savings coupons unless you look online. The team at TechBargains is here to help you get the best deals and avoid sales that you can find better pricing at other times of the year.TP-Link WiFi Smart Plug for $24.99 (Orig $29.95)Control and schedule lights or electronics that you plug in with this WiFi Smart plug, all from the ease of your smartphone. You can connect any electronics item to the Amazon Echo and control specific electronics to turn off or on. There is an “Away” mode that will turn devices on or off at different times. This is a great upgrade over your traditional timers and gives you a control at the touch of your smartphone when you are home. 55″ Vizio E-Series 1080p 120Hz LED Smart HDTV + $200 Dell Gift Card for $499.99 (Orig $569.99)TVs are regularly are a little know discounted purchase during Labor Day. It’s a brief window of down time before football or basketball start up. This particular deal at Dell is steal with a $200 gift card included which effectively drops the price down to $300 after you use the gift card on a gaming console, computer, monitor or any other electronics Dell sells. This is big screen TV with a full HD 1080p resolution and even 120hz refresh rate which is great for sports and gaming.Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Intel Core i7-6500U SKYLAKE 15.6″ Laptop (8GB/1TB) for $549 (Orig $752.99)Use Code: DELL549LT. If you need power and higher build quality this Dell Inspiron 15 5000 fits the bill. It has a powerful i7 processor at only $550 which is a steal of a deal and a price we would expect to see over $600 from Dell. It even has some higher end features such as a AMD Radeon R5 video card for light CAD or graphics work and Intel’s 3D Sense camera.Amazon Labor Day Kitchen Sale: $10 Food Scales, Instant Read Thermometers and moreAmazon is having a kitchen sale that runs through Labor Day to fulfill a lot of your grilling and cooking needs over the holiday. You can get an instant read thermometer to check meat temperatures in a matter of seconds, food scales to precisely scale out portions, steak knives, $18 bamboo cutting boards and many other kitchen tools and gadgets on sale. Dell Latitude 13 7000 Intel Core M 1080p 2-in-1 Touch Laptop w/ Detachable Keyboard for $499 (Orig. $999)Use code: EXTRA$100OFF. This is the lowest price we’ve seen and a PCMag’s Editor’s Choice for a premium detachable hybrid tablet. It weighs in at only 3.67 pounds and can be used either as a tablet or dock into a keyboard base to do some real typing. It has an all day 10-hour battery life making it perfect for all-day meetings or travel. Lastly as a business class laptop it includes a better than normal 3-year warranty with in-home or on-site service. This is an incredible price for a business class 2-in-1 laptop at 50% off.iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for $524.98 (Orig. $600)Spending $500 on a vacuum cleaner seems like a lot but if you never have to spend time on vacuuming again then we consider it money well spent. This higher end Roomba has multi-room navigation and more powerful 3-stage AeroForce cleaning compared to the Roombas in the $300 price range. Contigo Autoseal Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 16oz Mug for $12.19 (Orig. $16+)Stop spilling coffee or tea on yourself. This stainless steel mug auto seals and keeps drinks warm for up to five hours and cold drinks cool for up to 12 hours. These get fantastic reviews and are sort of a must if you have a daily commute.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. August 31, 2016last_img read more

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South African secures ties with China

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P South African Airways launches new non-stop Johannesburg – beijing flights In an effort to strengthen its ties with China, South African Airways has this week launched non-stop flights to Beijing.According to the airline the 15 hour flight, operated by an Airbus A340-600 would make three round trips a week on the Johannesburg – Beijing route, AFP reported.South African Airways Chief Siza Mzimela said the new service will increase trade and tourism within the 15-nation Southern African Development Community.Mr Mzimela said the new route will also boost relationships between the BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.“We believe the route will play a strategic role in the growing economic relationships and dependencies between the continents,” Mr Mzimela said.“Commercially, SAA is able to deliver seamless travel from Sao Paolo via Johannesburg to Beijing, servicing all three continents.”Additionally, the airline last month strengthened its position into Central Africa by introducing flights into Pointe Noire in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The airline will operate two flights a week to Pointe Noire with a narrow body airbus A319, which offers a total of 120 seats.“SAA is committed to delivering its strategic objectives for the state, including objectives for the state including facilitating trade and economic development in an environmentally and socially responsible manner,” Mr Mzimela said.last_img read more

Temples Haason Reddick reacts after being selecte

first_imgTemple’s Haason Reddick reacts after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) “I don’t want to say that it’s not a projection because they’re all projections, but I felt like it was a pretty easy pick,” Keim said.Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 16 Comments   Share   “Two for one is a big thing in our room,” Arians said. “When we get a guy who can play two positions equally great, that’s huge for us.“He is a dynamic player. When you put a high motor with a 4.46 [40-yard dash] guy at that size … inside rush, outside rush, he destroyed those guys at the Senior Bowl in the one-on-one pass rushes, but what impressed me more was he’d never done it, but he went and covered the backs one-on-one and nobody caught a pass on him.”The fact that Reddick could play inside doesn’t help Daryl Washington’s case as he looks to make a comeback after his three-year suspension ended with reinstatement this week. Keim was quick to quell any talk of Washington’s future when asked about it on Thursday.“For the last 72 hours I’ve done nothing but stare at college tape and that draft board,” Keim said. “At the appropriate time we’ll address that, but I’ll be honest with you. I haven’t put a lot of thought into it.”Keim said that time to ponder Washington would come after the draft. More immediately, Keim insisted that the Cardinals got as sure of a thing as you could find in the NFL Draft. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Did that factor into the Cardinals’ decision?You’d probably have to watch a second season of “All or Nothing” to answer that question. General manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians weren’t offering up that information.“They left the guy that we wanted on the board,” Keim said. “He was one of our top-five highest graded players in this whole draft. Going into this thing this weekend, coach and I talked about it over and over, no way did I anticipate that he would be there at 13. I thought that probably nine, 10 or 11, he’d be off the board.”Regardless of whether the Cardinals are able to land that elusive quarterback of the future this year — and Arians believes there are a couple more good arms still left in this draft — the first round played out nicely if you like picking from an elite crop of defensive players. Eight of the 12 players selecting ahead of Arizona chose offensive players, so Reddick was the fifth defensive player selected in the draft.Keim and Arians raved about his ability to overcome long odds in a powerful backstory. They love his speed, Arians loves the fact that he’s a Temple guy since Arians coached there from 1983-88, and both GM and coach love Reddick’s versatility, with Arians hesitating but still comparing him to Broncos linebacker Von Miller. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — The best-player-on-the-board philosophy won out for the Arizona Cardinals on Day 1 of the NFL Draft when they selected Temple linebacker Haason Reddick at No. 13. Then again, that may not have been the plan.Three spots ahead of Arizona, Kansas City traded up with Buffalo to select Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. One spot ahead of Arizona, Houston traded up to select Clemson quarterback and national champion Deshaun Watson, meaning three QBs went in the first 12 picks after the Bears traded up to pick Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2.last_img read more

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