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ASK demands probe into BCL attack on quota reformists

first_img.Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a rights body, has urged the government to investigate the attacks on the quota reformists by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists and to release Rashed Khan, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council immediately.It made the demand in a statement issued on Sunday.The statement signed by ASK executive director Sheepa Hafiza said, “On Saturday morning, at least 10 leaders of the central committee of the council were injured in an attack by some BCL men on the DU campus. Police arrested Rashed in a case filed by a BCL leader which is very regrettable.”It also criticised the silence of the Dhaka University (DU) administration over the attack and its failure to control it.Terming the BCL attack on students ‘unacceptable’, the rights body asked the government to identify the attackers immediately and mete out exemplary punishment to them.last_img read more

With no word yet from producers Tollywood imbroglio continues

first_imgKolkata: The stalemate in the shooting of television serials in Tollywood continues as the artistes and technicians are yet to arrive at a negotiation with the producers.The ceasework is the result of a demand by the Artistes’ Forum to regularise pay. The talks between it and the Welfare Association of Television Producers (WATP) are yet to yield results.In a Press release issued on Tuesday by the Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India, signed by senior artistes like Soumitra Chatterjee, its president, Prosenjit Chatterjee, its working president and Arindam Ganguly, general secretary, the artistes have agreed to join work the moment WATP agrees to implement the MoU signed between the producers and the artistes. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe future of nearly 10,000 artistes and technicians has become uncertain because of the stalemate. The artistes have also agreed to sit with the producers.Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee told newsmen that the Artistes’ Forum did not wish to disrupt shooting schedules of TV serials, but the July 8 agreement between the Television Producers’ body should be respected and artistes should be paid regularly.While the agreement between producers and the forum had stipulated that the artistes should get their salaries within the 15th day of the next month, many producers did not honour it and did not arrange the payment overdue to the artistes, Chatterjee maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said in the given situation, it is not possible to resume work unless the producers pay the arrears. Chatterjee made it clear though that he was only referring to a section of producers and not all. The ceasework has been disrupting the overall shooting schedules.Forum general secretary and actor Arindam Ganguly said the July 8 agreement had also specified that any artiste working for more than 10 hours should be paid on an hourly basis after the expiry of the scheduled time. That too had not been honoured by a section of producers.He said the state government is aware of the situation. “Minister Aroop Biswas has been updated of the developments at the meeting and he is trying to arrive at a solution,” he added. Meanwhile, there was no shooting during the day in all the eight studios located across different areas of South Kolkata, due to the ceasework.last_img read more

House bills to improve crime reporting for victims

first_img Nassar case results in legislation to eliminate barriers for reporting sexual offensesA three-bill package has been introduced to better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct-based offenses in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University.State Reps. Klint Kesto, Kim LaSata and Brandt Iden are sponsors of the legislation.“After the disgusting circumstances of the Nassar case, there’s a clear need to make sure all Michigan students have a safe educational environment,” said state Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. “We must remove any barriers that hinder the reporting this criminal behavior, to make sure the proper authorities are alerted and action to protect students, athletes, and patients is taken. Nassar victimized young girls for two decades and this legislation will prevent another monster from doing the same.”Kesto’s legislation prohibits anyone in a position of authority from preventing an individual from reporting a crime, including criminal sexual conduct.The legislative package also adds a mandatory reporting requirement for K-12 and post-secondary coaches and athletic trainers for criminal sexual conduct offenses. Sexual abuse, assault, or rape also would be added to the state of Michigan’s OK2Say program, which allows anyone to confidentially report tips or criminal activities directed at Michigan students, school employees, or taking place on school grounds.“The victims of Nassar stated over and over they felt bullied or prevented from having a voice,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “This legislation stops that from happening again, while giving multiple options to report this illegal behavior.”The Nassar case showed a legal requirement for athletic officials must be added to Michigan law.“It is completely unacceptable that our coaches and trainers are not required to report allegations of abuse,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “Our children look up to these individuals to guide and protect them, not to turn a blind eye when something is terribly wrong. Identifying athletic coaches and trainers as mandated reporters is a step in the right direction and I am proud to be a part of this change.”House Bill 5537, 5538 and 5539 have been assigned to the Law and Justice Committee.##### 08Feb House bills to improve crime reporting for victims Categories: Iden News,Newslast_img read more

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has named Martin Gilbert

first_imgUK pay TV operator BSkyB has named Martin Gilbert and Matthieu Pigasse as independent non-executive directors. The pair are expected to take up their positions on the board on November 29 following the retirement of David Evans and Allan Leighton.Gilbert is founder shareholder and CEO of fund management group Aberdeen Asset Management, while Pigasse is CEO of Lazard France and vice-chairman of Lazard Europe, as well as owner of publishing group Les Inrockuptibles and co-controlling shareholder of newspaper publisher Le Monde and the French edition of the Huffington Post.last_img

US broadcasters have come together in celebration

first_imgUS broadcasters have come together in celebration after the Supreme Court ruled OTT streaming service Aereo illegal.The Supreme Court ruled by a majority of six to three that Aereo’s strategy of charging customers a monthly fee for retransmitted streams of US broadcast channels violated copyright and should stop. The judgement has been on the cards since April, when the broadcasters’ case was heard.This comes after Aereo had won a series of judgements over the broadcasters, and rolled its US$8 a month service out in numerous cities across the US.In effect, the Court decision defines Aereo as a cable provider, meaning its retransmissions are the same as a public performance under America’s Copyright Act. The result is the broadcasters can seek an injunction.Disney/ABC Television Group, CBS Corp., 21st Century Fox and Univision Communications were among those welcoming the decision, which appears to effectively end Aereo as a functioning business.“21st Century Fox welcomes the US Supreme Court’s ruling, a decision that ultimately is a win for consumers that affirms important copyright protections and ensures that real innovation in over-the-top video will continue to support what is already a vibrant and growing television landscape,” said Fox in a statement.“We’re gratified the Court upheld important copyright principles that help ensure that the high-quality creative content consumers expect and demand is protected and incentivised,” said Disney.Univision said the decision was “a major victory to all consumers and content creators”, while CBS similarly added it was “great news for content creators and their audiences”.Though the power is now firmly in broadcaster hands, some OTT services agreed with the ruling. “The Supreme Court case could not justifiably have gone in any other way, as Aereo was circumventing the existing TV industry model, remonetising content which was not theirs, or licensed to them, and, therefore, not putting value back into the system,” said Mattias Hjelmstedt, CEO and Founder of cloud TV service Magine.“This was an unsustainable model, which would ultimately result in content makers not being paid, and therefore, potentially reducing output to the point of extinction. It would have been dangerous to have continued.”Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia has issued his own statement, claiming the verdict was a “massive setback for the American consumer” that sent a “chilling message to the technology industry”.“Free-to-air broadcast television should not be available only to those who can afford to pay for the cable or satellite bundle,” he added.Though the decision appears to make Aereo’s future as a business untenable – something its key backer, former networks boss Barry Diller, acknowledged in comments to CNBC yesterday – Kanojia said: “We are disappointed in the outcome, but our work is not done. We will continue to fight for our consumers and fight to create innovative technologies that have a meaningful and positive impact on our world.”Gordon Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, said Aereo had characterised the networks’ lawsuit as “attack on innovation”, but that the verdict showed that claim was “demonstrably false”.“Broadcasters embrace innovation every day, as evidenced by our leadership in HDTV, social media, mobile apps, user-generated content, along with network TV backed ventures like Hulu,” he added.“Television broadcasters will always welcome partnerships with companies who respect copyright law. Today’s decision sends an unmistakable message that businesses built on the theft of copyrighted material will not be tolerated.”last_img read more