THREE VICTORIES It is true that Jamaica recorded three victories, but two of those victories, thanks to the leg-spinners of Jacobs, and a maiden century from McCarthy, came when they dismissed the weak ICC Americas for 76 runs in the first match before narrowly squeezing home in the second match in the last over and by one wicket. The standard of the tournament was best defined by the difference of the batting of Darren Bravo and the rest, including Guyana’s feeble offering when they crawled to 42 for three after 20 overs against Trinidad and Tobago in one semi-final, the Windward Islands 175 against Barbados in the other semi-final, and the batting of Barbados in the final. It was as if the batsmen of Barbados Pride, all of them and every one of them, were playing against a turning ball for the first time in their lives. DISAPPOINTING BATTING Against this, none of the other teams looked good in a tournament during which the batting was disappointing, the bowling was embarrassingly wayward, and the fielding was atrocious. The batting, with the exception of Darren Bravo, was poor, with the likes of the since-retired Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Assad Fudadin, Nkrumah Bonner, Shai Hope, AndrÈ McCarthy, Chadwick Walton, and Carlos Brathwaite of Australia fame getting only one good score in six or seven innings each. Bravo was good, stroking 82, 95, and 97 for 274 runs in three innings at a good clip of average of 91.33. That was a far cry from the 259 runs in seven innings for an average of 51.80 by Fudadin in second place and from the 251 at 41.83 in third place by McCarthy. In fact, after a tournament of eight teams playing in two groups of return matches and before empty stands but for one semi-final and the final, with the top two teams in each group meeting in the semi-finals and final, only seven teams scored more than 200 runs in a match, only three batsmen scored more than 100 runs in an innings, only two batsmen averaged over 50, and regardless of the state of the pitches, that was bad, especially with the low standard of fielding throughout. It was even worse when one considered the standard of the bowling. Only one bowler, pacer Delorn Johnson of the Windward Islands, took six wickets in an innings, and despite the poor bowling and ragged fielding, only three bowlers, including Jamaica’s Damion Jacobs, took five wickets in an innings. In fact, only Richards, Johnson, Emrit, Jaggesar, and Hosein impressed as bowlers, or looked promising as bowlers. While the tournament was a success for the Red Force, the one-eyed man in a blind man’s games, it was poor for the other teams, and particularly so for Guyana and for Jamaica, who went into it with much hope. With Trinidad and Tobago playing like champions throughout, especially in the semi-finals and final, knocking off Guyana by 54 runs after posting 259 for 9 and limiting the Guyana to 205 after the Jaguars were reeling at 42 for three after 20 overs, and Barbados by 72 after dashing to 270 for seven and brushing the Pride aside for 198 after the ninth wicket had fallen at 149 with 15.4 overs to go. Jamaica’s feeble attempt included a winning 139 for 8 against Barbados, a losing 139 against Trinidad and Tobago, a losing 176 versus Trinidad and Tobago, and a losing 173 against Barbados. The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, short of some of their better players, by birth, including Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, and Samuel Badree, walked away with the Nagico Super50 Trophy a week ago, and easily and comprehensively at that. Led by batsmen Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin towards the end, left-handed opening batsman Ervin Lewis, who dazzled for a while, all-rounder Narsingh Deonarine, and medium-pacer Rayad Emrit, as well as opening batsman Kyle Ottley, pacer Marlon Richards, off-spinner John Russ Jaggesar, and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, Trinidad and Tobago were in control from start to finish. Considered not good enough to win the tournament at the start, the team began well, playing confidently and attractively before they were joined by their two big guns. From there on, there was no doubt, or hardly any doubt, as to who the winners would be. The Red Force of Trinidad and Tobago rolled past the toothless Guyana Jaguars in the semi-finals by 54 runs, and past the humiliated Barbados Pride by 72 in the final. In losing one match, to Barbados, when it did not matter, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force were streets and lanes above the others. Barbados, Guyana, the Windward Islands, and Jamaica were no match for the Red Force, and much better than the International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas, who failed to win a game, and the Leeward Islands, who won one. Trinidad and Tobago’s Lewis, who cracked 74 off 74 deliveries and 102 not out off 100 deliveries against Jamaica, and Kyle Hope and Kjorn Ottley looked good at the start, Richards bowled well, Emrit also bowled well, and Jaggesar, Deonarine, and Hosein all bowled well – all three spin bowlers mixing good line, good length, and teasing flight to stifle the opposing batsmen.
(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If Pluto and Enceladus have oceans under the crust, why are they still liquid after billions of years?You can’t see them, but they must be there. Oceans under the crusts of planets and icy moons, inferred from orbital mechanics and geology, serve as working hypotheses to explain anomalies found by space probes. They were not predicted before the spacecraft sent back photos of weird surfaces. Enceladus and Pluto are recent candidates for oceanic worlds.Scientists on the New Horizons team have started considering an underground ocean at Pluto. In “Present-day subsurface ocean on Pluto?” Science Daily infers hidden sloshing seas from surface features that would have been different without a global ocean under the crust. Conor Gearin writes on New Scientist, “Pluto must have liquid ocean or it’d look like an overripe peach.” Telltale wrinkles of a shrunken, dry crust are not apparent. According to Astrobiology Magazine, this was not exactly a ho-hum expectation of planetary science:“That’s amazing to me,” Hammond said. “The possibility that you could have vast liquid water ocean habitats so far from the sun on Pluto — and that the same could also be possible on other Kuiper belt objects as well — is absolutely incredible.”Science Daily doesn’t answer how such an ocean could survive for billions of years, but New Scientist takes a stab at that problem, saying that Francis Nimmo pondered the possibility back in 2011. He “argued that the dwarf planet’s icy shell could insulate an ocean,” and now feels vindicated by Pluto’s findings. Astrobiology Magazine suggests that “exotic ices” might be good insulators, provided the crust is 260 km thick or more.Planetary scientists have been toying with subsurface oceans at Enceladus for the last decade since Cassini found geysers erupting (see Space.com review of Saturn’s 2nd moon). “An ocean lies a few kilometers beneath Saturn’s moon Enceladus’s icy surface,” Science Daily announced from indirect indications and physical models. The new estimate is much thinner (5 km) than initially modeled (30-60 km). Ideas about whatever Enceladus has under its crust are evolving faster than the crust itself.Back at Pluto another astonishing discovery has been refined: a super-canyon on the moon Charon that is longer and deeper than the Grand Canyon. It’s five times as deep as Arizona’s, Astrobiology Magazine says, and 150 miles longer – remarkable for a world much smaller than Earth. Another record may be set: “There appear to be locations along the canyon’s length where sheer cliffs reaching several miles high occur, and which could potentially rival Verona Rupes on Uranus’ moon Miranda (which is at least 3 miles, or 5 kilometers, high) for the title of tallest known cliff face in the solar system.”Geologists and mineralogists should take a look at Space.com‘s article about graphite. Apparently several solar system worlds have generated this pencil-lead form of carbon, including Mercury, asteroid Ceres, and Pluto’s moon Charon. “Graphitized carbon forms when carbon is heated to high temperatures in the absence of oxygen,” the article explains. Therein lies a puzzle: carbon was found on Charon, but not on Pluto. Cassini scientist Amanda Hendrix can’t explain it; it blows away her theory about how graphite forms from the solar wind.Hendrix called these results surprising. Radiation from the solar wind should be significantly weaker at Charon than it is at Ceres, because Charon lies, on average, about 10 times farther from the sun than Ceres does. If the moon’s surface is covered with graphite, she said, “it likely formed a different way.“With all the talk of water, water everywhere, hydrobioscopy can’t be far behind. New Scientist remarks, “Pluto probably has a rocky seabed, which could provide the chemicals needed for life.” And Science Daily, less concerned about keeping water liquid for billions of years, comments, “This suggests that there is a strong heat source in the interior of Enceladus, an additional factor supporting the possible emergence of life in its ocean.” The focus should be on what kind of heat source could last for billions of years.These findings should represent severe problems for old-agers. Oceans on tiny icy worlds or dwarf planets should not last for billions of years, to say nothing of geysers. Nor should deep, sharp-sided canyons. So instead of looking clueless, planetary scientists change the subject to talk about how life might have ’emerged’ out there. This is like a fast-talking athlete distracting attention by committing a foul while he tells a funny joke to the referee.
Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative was one of 34 Gold award winners at the Loeries this year. Here’s more on the award-winning radio ad and the current campaigns of Play Your Part.Sithembile Ntombela (right), Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing, is pleased with the Loerie Gold award won for the Play Your Part radio ad. Here she is with Thobile Mushwana, a Play Your Part ambassador. (Images: Mathiba Molefe)Melissa JavanBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part won a Gold award at the Loeries this year, held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. The Loeries awards ceremonies were held on 19 and 20 August 2017 during Loeries Creative Week Durban.The Loeries are the marketing and advertising industry’s awards. They are an opportunity for brands and marketers to view the very best work coming out of the region. All countries from Africa and the Middle East may enter all the categories, but entries from outside South Africa are judged separately.The Media Update reported that more than 3,000 entries were received, with 20% of them from outside South Africa. A total of 800 brands were represented by 400 agencies from 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East.The awardsThere were more than 240 Loeries awarded in 22 categories, including five Grand Prix, 34 Golds, 24 CraftGolds, 73 Silvers, and 102 Bronzes.The special awards included Nathan Reddy of Grid Worldwide, who was inducted into the Loeries Hall of Fame. He is the first designer to receive this honour.Brand South Africa was entered in the Radio Communication: South African Non-English Radio Station Commercials category. Its agency, The Odd Number, won the Gold for the After Tears radio ad for Play Your Part.Listen to the advert (or read the subtitles) here:In the same category, The Odd Number won a Silver for its BBC Lifestyle campaign, Hell’s Kitchen – Mama, Mfundisi, for the Hell’s Kitchen initiative.Joe Public won a Silver award for its Back to School campaign for Jet, called Hand-me-downs – Is’khaftini, Is’cathulo, Isokisi.Runners-up in the category were DDB, which won a Bronze for the Medal Paints Inkanyamba campaign, as did I See A Different You for the self-promotion campaign, Wa hamba Nathi.Communication for niche audiencesLoeries CEO Andrew Human told Campaign Middle East that the Loeries focused on being a regional specialist show. “In our judging, our judges are guided to look for regional excellence, to look for regional relevance.“Often you might find that niche work that may be overlooked in a global show, is what really comes out here and might get a strong award… We are looking for work in local languages that has a small cultural significance to the niche audience,” he said.“It doesn’t have to be a global campaign. It doesn’t have to make sense in London and in New York City. It can make sense in one city, in one country and region and we want to see how communication is being targeted to niche regional audiences.”The Q&APlay Your Part is a movement not a campaign, explained Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing. She was speaking at the media launch of the Play Your Part television series on 24 August 2017. “A campaign ends.“It is imperative to get South Africans to rally behind the Nation’s Brand. There are endless opportunities of getting involved and that is Play Your Part is a call to action programme that challenges every South African to play their part in their communities and contribute towards a positive social change.Sithembile NtombelaJournalist Melissa Javan spoke to Ntombela following the Gold Loerie win; she talked about what Play Your Part was currently doing:Melissa Javan: Congratulations on the Loerie win. How do you feel about it?Sithembile Ntombela: Ecstatic! Play Your Part was launched in 2011 with an objective of promoting active citizenship among citizens with a view that when we as a collective play our part, we will achieve what is set out in the country’s vision.After six years of hard work, receiving a gold award is a huge success and a key milestone for the organisation. This is also indicative of a hard working organisation, an organisation that continues to create a Nation Brand that inspires its people and is admired globally. Play Your Part affords us with a platform of bringing inspiration to life.MJ: What was the idea behind the radio ad?SN: The big idea was to show the reality of the consequences of driving after drinking alcohol. We believe that the number of road accidents continue to be on the rise and the campaign objective was really to activate the “rude awakening” of this reality.That is why the set of the ad is in heaven. If all citizens can play their part and promote responsible driving, the number of accidents can be reduced.MJ: Why was it specifically targeted at non-English speakers?SN: My view is that due to the lingo used, the ad lands itself naturally to a vernacular station. The plan is to get stakeholders to promote the ad and flight it on various platforms, including social media.MJ: Was it part of a campaign?SN: It was a tactical advert in support of the Arrive Alive campaign, which is often championed by the Department of Transport.MJ: How often does Brand South Africa do campaigns like these?SN: Brand South Africa works with and through various stakeholders and there are different collaborations that often take place. For example, there are the South African Premier Business Awards in collaboration with Proudly SA and the Department of Trade and Industry.However, this advert will be aired on different radio channels during the holiday season, with the objective of issuing a strong call to action.MJ: Can you name a few campaigns you are busy with now?SN: We are working with the Department of Trade and Industry on the South African Premier Business Awards. We are also busy with the Play Your Part TV series, which will start airing on 26 August 2017 on SABC 2, at 18h00.In addition, we are promoting the nation brand on international platforms through a partnership with CNN. We have an on-going media engagement to strengthen our relations with the media and get them to understand the nation brand performance.MJ: How important are the Loeries for South Africa?SN: Very important. They enhance the nation brand’s reputation and hopefully this can help in promoting the visibility of Brand South Africa. For me, the Loeries are a platform of celebrating creativity, talent and innovation. If a brand gets recognition at the Loeries, it enhances that brand’s reputation.MJ: Any final thoughts?SN: We will continue to work hard to ensure that the nation brand is recognised and that many South Africans can rally behind the brand and support Brand South Africa in advancing the long-term reputation and competitiveness of South Africa.Watch this year’s Loeries and the winners on its official site.Sources: Loeries, Campaign Middle East and Campaign Middle East, YouTube.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The GH5 has a problematic autofocus. Or does it? We examine the problem and some solutions.The video autofocus for Panasonic’s GH4 wasn’t great. It was slow, and it would quickly lose focus. Many users of Lumix’s DC-GH series were looking forward to the GH5 to see how the autofocus would perform with updated hardware. Well, it’s turned out to be one of the most controversial features of the camera.Image via B&H.Using auto-focus for narrative work isn’t the norm, and likely won’t be for quite some time — if at all. While the technology is there for pre-programmed sequences like Psyop’s Emerald Paint commercial, ultimately the instinct and experience of a 1st AC will reign supreme. If autofocus isn’t a feature that cinematographers crave, why so much noise about video autofocus in DSLRs and mirrorless cameras?The answer is lone wolf operators, vloggers, and YouTube reviewers. The ability to shoot with a wide aperture in a self-filmed video without the worry of dropping out of focus certainly appeals to a wide range of videographers.The ProblemsThere have been numerous complaints about the GH5’s AF, to the extent that Panasonic, through PhotoJoseph, issued a statement regarding the problem.The autofocus, to put it simply, is temperamental. After hitting record, you’ll find yourself with a camera that auto focuses astronomically, or you’ll have a two-minute video with only a few seconds of focused footage. It entirely depends on your autofocus settings and the camera’s recording settings — and the settings often contradict each other.For example, in the video below from Max Yuryev, based on his extensive testing, it would appear that the best autofocus settings at 1080p for capturing movement would be the following:AF Mode at Custom Multi or 225 pointAF sensitivity at responsive +3Record at 60fps instead of 24fps.For even better AF results, you should record at 4k instead of 1080p. However, when doing so, the AF sensitivity at responsive +3 no longer performs as well as it did at 1080p, and instead, the AF works better at the default sensitivity setting. As you can see, it can quickly become confusing to determine which setting you should work with.Another videographer, Tommy Callaway, has put together a video test of the autofocus, and, well, from his results, it performs pretty well.To get the best results from the GH5 AF, you need to understand that there isn’t one setting for all purposes — as frustrating as that is. The AF type and AF video settings need adjustment for the subject in question.The SettingsFor AF to work properly in video mode, you need to make sure that Continuous AF is switched on, and you can do that by going to Menu > Motion Picture > Continous AF > On.The GH5 has six autofocus modes that you can use.Face/Eye DetectionTracking225-AreaCustom Multi1-AreaPinpointThe Face/Eye Detection mode speaks for itself. However, this does seem to be the mode that GH5 users are most frustrated with. It appears to lose focus more than any other setting. In Tracking mode, you specify the subject to track and keep in focus. In 225-Area, there is a grid of 15×15 focus points that will latch onto moving subjects that take up a large proportion of those points. Custom Multi is similar in that there are 225-Area points, but you select a specific portion of those points as the primary focus point. 1-Area will focus solely on one particular area of the image, and Pinpoint is similar, in that it will concentrate on a very small area.For video, you also have an AF Custom Setting menu. Here, you can adjust the AF Speed, which will dictate how fast your focus moves, and AF Sensitivity, which sets how responsive your AF is. If at -3 Locked On, the AF tries to retain focus on a single subject and will change focus a few seconds after a new object has appeared in the focus window. +3 Responsive will immediately change the focus when the subject moves.Ultimately, the settings are going to depend on what you are filming. From the range of discussion on the web, there doesn’t seem to be a set standard for vlogs or product reviews — or anything for that matter. Even the four videos above all suggest different settings, and for a consumer, that’s just not a great sign. It is going to come down to testing out the AF to see what works well with your filming resolution and frame rate. (Although, I would suggest using the settings from the examples above as a starting point.)As a GH5 owner, even though it has an amazing video mode, I think it’s important to realize that this is a still camera first and foremost, and with that, comes limitations.What are your thoughts on the GH5’s autofocus? Let us know in the comments.
Karachi, Apr 13 (PTI) Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has accused India of destabilising his country and attempting to “subvert” its crucial USD 46 billion economic corridor project with China.Speaking at a seminar on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the coastal town of Gwadar, he said the significance of a China Pakistan economic cooperation had “raised eyebrows” in the region and India had openly opposed the project.”The CPEC is a deep manifestation of the time-tested relations between China and Pakistan. But there are foreign forces who, realising the potential of CPEC and wanting an influential role in the region, are working to destabilise Pakistan and the project,” Raheel said yesterday.”Hostile intelligence agencies were averse to this grand project (CPEC), especially Indian intelligence agency RAW, which is blatantly involved in destabilising Pakistan,” the Pakistan Army Chief claimed.But “we will not allow anyone to create impediments and turbulence in any part of Pakistan”, he added.Describing the project as “a corridor of peace and prosperity”, Raheel said that CPEC is a lifetime opportunity for Pakistan to improve the socio-economic equation of its underprivileged areas and populace.However, there were “external intelligence agencies who are involved in facilitating terrorists, their abettors and financiers in Pakistan in a bid to subvert the economic corridor project,” he said.”As COAS, I assure you security of CPEC which is our national undertaking. We won?t leave any stone unturned and continue to close watch at every step,” the General said.He said work on the CPEC was progressing at a fast pace and already 675 kilometres of roads had been completed in just two years time.advertisement”Transparency and good management is important for sustainability of the CPEC which will eventually benefit the people of Balochistan and Pakistan,” he said.Other speakers said on the occasion that Gwadar port will be fully operative by the end of 2016 ans will slowly become hub of international trade. PTI CORR/SH ZH AKJ ZH
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 17, 2017 – Nassau – Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, large teams of police officers conducted intensified anti-crime operations in several Policing Divisions across New Providence on Tuesday 16th May 2017.Yesterday’s operations was designed to disrupt crime groups and to target persons involved in criminal activities, such as Drugs and Firearms, Persons wanted for various criminal offences, Prolific Offenders, Persons wanted for Outstanding Court Warrants and motorists operating in Breach of the Traffic Laws.The operations resulted in 19 persons arrested for a number of Criminal offences, and Traffic offences; and outstanding Court WarrantsAdditionally, 254 drivers were cited for various traffic violations.#magneticmedianews#19arrestsmadeinbahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#19arrestsmadeinbahamas, #magneticmedianews
The Norfolk (Va.) City Council is having second thoughts about its vote last month to allow a business located under the takeoff path of Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field to open after the decision was harshly criticized by John Harvey Jr., Virginia’s secretary of veterans and defense affairs. Dan Cohen AUTHOR “The last thing that needs to happen now is for any city or county in the commonwealth of Virginia to signal publicly, ‘OK, we’re just not going to play by the rules here that we agreed to,’” said Harvey, a retired four-star admiral. The commander of Naval Station Norfolk had voiced opposition to the business application prior to the city council’s vote. The city manager told the paper that staff have spoken to the owner, who is “open to a dialogue with us that results in a win-win for both her and the city.” In a March 10 letter to Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, Harvey said the city’s decision jeopardizes the future of the airfield, formerly known as Norfolk Naval Air Station, reported the Virginian-Pilot. He warned DOD could view the vote as an indication the city does not support the naval station, which possibly could lead to a recommendation to close the airfield. In response to Harvey’s criticism, the city council agreed to see whether the business owner will agree to move to a new location, with city assistance. The council cannot legally undo its approval, the city attorney ruled. “We have no ability to do anything other than to ask or to try,” Fraim said. The council made an exception to a city policy limiting the use of property in the accident potential zones surrounding military airfields because city officials failed to inform the prospective owner of the banquet hall about the policy for more than two months after she applied for permits. The site of the banquet hall is about one-and-a-half miles from the east end of the runway at Chambers Field, putting it in Accident Potential Zone 2.
NASA/JPL-CaltechNASA, the United States space agency, using its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has spotted an exoplanet with three suns. Considering its close proximity to the earth and its potential for future observation, experts believe that planets like these could the key to unveiling mysteries surrounding alien life.NASA scientists have named this exoplanet ‘LTT 1445Ab’, and it lies just 22.5 light-years away from the earth. Interestingly, this newly found planet orbits just one of its three red dwarf stars, and a complete orbit takes five days to complete. This exoplanet is speculated to be a third bigger than Earth, and it holds a temperature of about 320 degrees Fahrenheit.”If you’re standing on the surface of that planet, there are three suns in the sky, but two of them are pretty far away and small-looking. They’re like two red, ominous eyes in the sky,” Jennifer Winters, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and co-author of the study told New Scientist.Scientists believe that this new exoplanet could be a future candidate to search for extraterrestrial life. As per experts, this planet could hold an atmosphere, and in the future, using advanced equipment, scientists can look for traces of gases like carbon dioxide in this exoplanet. It should be also noted that ‘LTT 1445Ab’ offers plenty of observation opportunities to scientists due to its speedy orbit around the sun.A few months back, a research report prepared by an MIT student had suggested a new method to contact alien life that may be living in the deep nooks of the space. James Clarke, the researcher who conducted the study, revealed that beaming hot and bright lasers at exoplanets will attract the attention of advanced alien civilizations, and this method could bring alien life to the earth one day or the other.
Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, on 27 September 2018. Photo: ReutersPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has demanded immediate and effective implementation of the agreement signed between Myanmar and the UN on the solution of the ongoing Rohingya crisis.She made the call as the crisis has been putting immense socioeconomic pressure on Bangladesh as some 1.10 million Rohingya have taken shelter in the country.“We also wish to see immediate and effective implementation of the agreement concluded between Myanmar and the UN,” she said while delivering her speech, delivered in Bangla, in the 73rd UN General Assembly on Thursday, reports UNB.Mentioning that the Rohingya crisis has its origin in Myanmar, Hasina said its solution also needs to be found there. “We want an early, peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis.”The prime minister said Bangladesh was appalled by what it has seen in UN reports about atrocities against the Rohingyas who have now taken shelter in Bangladesh, which are tantamount to genocide and crimes against humanity.“We expect the international community, particularly the UN, to give due importance to the atrocities and injustice suffered by the Rohingya population in Myanmar,” she said.The premier said as a ‘fellow human’, Bangladesh can neither ignore nor remain silent about the plight of the Rohingya.“I, therefore, presented a five-point proposal at the UN General Assembly last year with a view to finding a durable and peaceful solution to the sufferings of the forcibly displaced and hapless Rohingya. We’re disappointed that despite our earnest efforts, we haven’t been able to begin Rohingya repatriation in a permanent and sustainable manner,” she said.Mentioning that Myanmar is one of Bangladesh’s neighbours, she said from the outset, it has been trying to find a peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis through bilateral consultations. “So far, three bilateral arrangements have been concluded between Bangladesh and Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation,” she said, adding that despite their verbal commitment to take back the Rohingya, in reality, the Myanmar authorities are yet to accept them back.Hasina said the 1.10 million Rohingyas living in Bangladesh in an uncertain situation. To the best of its ability, Bangladesh has made arrangements for their food, clothing, healthcare, child-care and security, she said.She said many countries and organisations, including the UN, the Commonwealth, and the OIC, have shown solidarity with the Rohingyas and extended support and assistance for them.The prime minister said Bangladesh has started working on a new housing facility with all arrangements for their education, healthcare and other needs so that they are able to live in a good and healthy condition.She called upon international organisations to join hands with Bangladesh in this initiative.Mentioning that she could feel the pain and sufferings of countless people around the world, persecuted and expelled from their homes like the Rohingyas, Sheikh Hasina said it is impossible to build peaceful, just and sustainable societies by ignoring such situations.She said the Myanmar situation repeatedly reminds her of the genocide committed by the Pakistan occupation forces against Bangalees in 1971.Describing Bangladesh as a major contributor to world peace, the prime minister said it expects to see a more robust and human rights centric Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration.Talking about terrorism, she said Bangladesh stands firm against terrorism and all organised crimes. “We shall not allow our territory to be used for any terrorist acts against or any activity detrimental to the interest of our neighbours. Our ‘zero tolerance’ policy in countering terrorism will continue undiminished,” she said.She mentioned that Bangladesh’s ‘whole of society’ approach has served well in preventing violent extremism, human trafficking and flow of illicit drugs.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has commenced its journey from being an LDC (least developed country) to the status of a developing one.In the backdrop of Bangladesh’s current economic growth, she said, there are now immense and large-scale business opportunities in Bangladesh.Foreign investors are being offered various financial incentives like tax holiday, avoidance of double taxation and exemption of duties, she said. “We’re setting up 100 Special Economic Zones that would help create 10 million job opportunities in Bangladesh,” she added.Terming Bangladesh as one of the 10 countries which are most vulnerable to climate change, Sheikh Hasina said its topography coupled with high density of population has made the country particularly exposed to climate change risks.She said Bangladesh remains committed to implementing the Paris Agreement and is spending over 1 per cent of its GDP in addressing climate change impacts.“We’re also promoting climate-resilient agriculture. Initiatives have been taken to increase tree coverage from 22 per cent to 24 per cent in the next five years,” she said.The prime minister said Bangladesh has integrated its development programmes and its efforts to build capacity for combating climate change into a mega project titled Delta Plan 2100. “Bangladesh is the only country in the world that has adopted such a long-term development plan spanning 82 years,” she added.She said Bangladesh was shocked by the continued violation of the rights of the brotherly people of Palestine. “This must come to an end. As the Chair of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, we shall continue to work with the international community for resolution of the Palestine question.”Sheikh Hasina said there are three elements that play the most critical part in advancing human civilisation—peace, humanity and development. “For the well-being of human societies, we must continue to strive for humanity. Our main objective must be to serve people and ensure their well-being. It is humanity and goodwill that would take us forward on the pathway to sustainable development.”Noting that Bangladesh once was known to the world as the land plagued by disasters, floods, droughts and hunger, she said it has done wonders in maintaining international peace, managing disasters, empowering women and consolidating development gains. “Bangladesh has now surpassed its neighbours in South Asia on a number of indicators.”“But, our journey has not reached its end. Our journey will continue till the day we can build a Bangladesh free of hunger, poverty, illiteracy and exploitation – the Sonar Bangladesh as dreamt by our father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she said.
Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival, the oldest music festival in the country has very successfully carried forward the tradition of incorporating a noteworthy synergy of the skills – of the country’s eminent maestros, with the vibrancy of exceptional young talent, without alienating the intrinsic heritage. Founded in 1947, the Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra propagates Indian classical performing arts, mythological, contemporary and folk productions of epics. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival is back to enthrall the Delhiites. Commencing on February 19, the festival presents Shehnai by Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwani Shankar and vocal by Pandit Jasraj on the opening day. Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwani Shankar were born in a family of musicians of Banaras gharana in which shehnai and flute have been played for the last 450 years and over, after formal training in pursuit of proficiency of the highest order in raga, taaland laya.Pandit Jasraj, the Mewati maestro, endowed with a rich, soulful and sonorous voice which traverses effortlessly over all three and a half octaves. He has won several prestigious awards and honours, including the Padma Vibhushan, Sangeet Kala Ratna, Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award, Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar, Marwar Sangeet Ratna Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe second day of the festival will witness vocal by Raghunandan Panshikar and santoor rendition by Shiv Kumar Sharma. Raghunandan Panshikar commands in semi-classical genres (thumri, ghazal, bhajan, abhang, etc.) accounts for his versatility and singularity among Hindustani vocalists. Awards. Shiv Kumar Sharma has started a new genre of instrumental music. Through his performance career of over half a century, he has created millions of new listeners and ardent fans of Indian classical music. His performances are a brilliant combination of rich knowledge, perfect skill and abundant, spontaneous creativity an adherent of the Banaras gharana, Shiv Kumar Sharma has a long list of national and international awards.Third day of the festival will bring to you vocal by Manjiri Asanare and flute by Hari Prasad Chaurasia. Born in a family of musicians, Manjiri’s interest in music developed under the guidance of Pt. C T Mhaiskar of Sangli. She has now been performing at prestigious music festivals, and has gained recognition as a fine upcoming musician of the Jaipur gharana.Natural talent, deep dedication, fine training and years of rigorous riyaz have made Chaurasia one of the top flutists in India today. Hariprasad Chaurasia has been honoured with several prestigious awards including the Padma Vibhushan.Day four will see vocal by Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra and sarod rendition by Tejendra Majumdar, dhrupad rendition by Uday Bhawalkar followed by vocal by Ajoy Chakrabarty . Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra have been learning music since their birth with sounds of tanpura, sarangi, tabla and voices of forefathers vibrating in their home and surroundings. Tejendra Majumdar was awarded the President’s gold medal and the Pandit D V Paluskar award. Uday has also collaborated with artists from other disciplines and cultures, including the contemporary dancer Astad Deboo, Ensemble Modern in Germany and musicians from Spain, Georgia and USA. Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty became a disciple of Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, the son of the great Patiala Maestro Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan. He is the first recipient of the Kumar Gandharva award.When: February 19 – 22 Where: Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg