Temple of Justice Associate Judge Chan-Chan Paegar of the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice has been taken before the Supreme Court to review his judgment in a disputed Pop Drink trademark infringement between BAF Corporation and the Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO), Ministry of Commerce and the H.K. Enterprise, a Lebanese business owned by Housseni Kessell.The justices are yet to decide whether or not they would hear BAF Corporation’s appeal against Peagar’s ruling of 2016, in which he claimed that the Supreme Court’s opinion (Judgment) restricted him from presiding over that matter.The industrial Property Act of 2002, section 2(2), provides among others that, “There is hereby established a head of the LIPO, a Director for industrial property who shall be appointed by the president to effectively manage the affairs of the agency and enforce all the provisions of this Act. For the purpose, he is granted the police power to discharge such duties in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, Commence, Finance and relevant agencies of government.”Section 2 (4) also states that the head as in section 2(2) shall be entrusted with all functions relating to the procedure for the granting of patents and the registration of industrial design, marks, and collective marks and for the administration of granted patents and registered industrial designs, marks and collective marks as specified in this act and the regulations.”Though Paegar had entertained arguments among the parties involved with the infringement accusation, he maintained that he was not clothed with the original jurisdiction to handle the matter.Paegar quoted one of the Supreme Court’s opinions, which says: “In matters over which a government agency has been expressly given original jurisdiction, a court is prohibited from exercising original jurisdiction.“Pursuant to the Supreme Court’s opinion, this court cannot assume and exercise original jurisdiction as has been urged by BAF Corporation,” Paegar then emphasized.He explained that his judgment was in BAF’s recognition of LIPO’s original jurisdiction that caused the agency to justifiably revoke its certificate issued to BAF.Therefore, the commercial court judge said, “This court will not act to disturb the conclusion of the agency of first instance by a declaration of right.”It was that judgment BAF challenged and appealed to the Supreme Court which is yet pending.Before Paegar’s decision, BAF Corporation in 2015 filed before the Commercial Court a petition to declare their rights in the trademark Pop drink infringement against the Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO), as first defendant, the Ministry of Commerce, second defendant and the H.K. Enterprise owned by a Lebanese businessman Housseni Kessell.BAF’s complaint argued that on March 21, 2010, they applied for the registration of the trademark and having met the requirements of the LIPO Act of 2002, obtained a registration for that trademark.They further argued that section 43 (4) (a ) of the LIPO Act provides that the validity of a registered trademark is ten years. Also, there can only be one owner of a registered trademark in Liberia.In other words, two persons or entities cannot simultaneously be holders of trademark certificates for the same product under the laws of Liberia.Contrary to the LIPO Act, HK Enterprise obtained a trademark certificate for Pop drink in 2014, although their trademark certificate for Pop drink was still valid.Later in their complaint they maintained that the issuance of trademark certificate by LIPO to H.K. Enterprise for the same product for which they have had trademark certificate, had violated the industrial property act of 2003.It was based on this that they filed a complaint with the ministry as the agency of government in charge of commerce and industry to intervene and recognize the validity of their trademark certificate over LIPO’s trademark certificate and not to allow H.K. Enterprise to sell Pop drink on the Liberian market.While the matter was pending at the ministry, the acting director of LIPO wrote them informing them that its exclusive right to the Pop drink trademark had been resolved for the remainder of the ten years.Subsequently, LIPO wrote BAF Corporation stating that it had revoked its trademark certificate because the manufacturer had appointed H.K. Enterprise as its distributor in Liberia.However, the ministry in making its decision on the complaint sent a letter to BIVAC, upholding the validity of BAF’s right to the Pop drink trademark in Liberia.Upon hearing the information, the then Minister Axel M. Addy on October 31, 2014, wrote BIVAC requesting it to temporarily ban the importation of the Pop drink.Besides, Addy instructed LIPO to restore the rights of BAF Corporation effective as of January 1, 2015.Despite Addy’s letter, some senior staffers at the ministry continued to approve Input Declaration Permit (IDPs) for H.K. Enterprise and LIPO recognized that H.K. Enterprise was by contract the assignee and holder of the exclusive right to use the Pop drink trademark in the country.“They were lawfully appointed by the owner of the pop drink. HK is the only person who has the exclusive right to import and distribute the product in the country and on the market,” LIPO argued.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Hull captain Michael Dawson celebrates his winning goal against Liverpool Liverpool saw their slim Champions League hopes reduced to a flicker as Michael Dawson’s first half header handed relegation threatened Hull City a crucial 1-0 victory at the KC Stadium.With top four rivals Manchester United beaten by Everton on Sunday, a win would have seen the Reds move to within four points of their rivals.But they failed to take advantage of United’s slip, as the more determined Tigers managed to hold on to a slim win to take a big step closer to top flight survival.Brendan Rodgers’ side had a host of chances to score in the first half but none really troubled Steve Harper in the Hull net, with Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Mario Balotelli all firing straight at the veteran goalkeeper.The hosts proved a threat on the break and they took full advantage of Liverpool’s apparent lack of fire and concentration when a rapid surge up field resulted in a well taken goal from former Tottenham captain Dawson, the former Tottenham captain sending a thumping header past Simon Mignolet to leaves the Tigers four points clear of the drop zone.Liverpool, meanwhile, remain in fifth and look set for Europa League football next season.Build up to the game was dominated by reports of a mass boycott from Liverpool fans over inflated ticket prices, and the supporters who stayed at home will be glad they did, with their side looking directionless at times.The visitors were on the back foot from the start, with Hull unlucky not to take an early lead when in-form striker Dame N’Doye sent a free header straight at Mignolet after clever wing play from the lively Sone Aluko.Coutinho was again the Merseysiders’ most lively attacking outlet and the Brazilian was first to test Harper, smashing a volley straight at the shot-stopper after Jordon Ibe cleverly dummied Henderson’s corner.Having little luck through a packed midfield, most of the Reds’ best chances came from out wide where they put the pace of Raheem Sterling and Ibe to good use.Balotelli, who started for the second successive game, was quiet on the whole but did go close with an audacious backheel shot which took Harper by surprise but failed to beat the former Newcastle man.But the three-man defence of Liverpool were vulnerable on the counter and Hull went close with two chances in quick succession which forced Mignolet into a fine double save, first parrying Jake Livermore’s header before he and Glen Johnson combined to clear Sone Aluko’s follow up off the line.It was brilliant play from the Belgian, but he was soon picking the ball out of his net when Dawson took a step off his marker, the daydreaming Martin Skrtel, before heading Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross into the top corner to send the KC Stadium into raptures.Goalscoring opportunities dried up after the break until Liverpool suddenly sparked to life with 30 minutes to play.Coutinho was again the instigator as he threaded a lovely pass through to Henderson, who chested the ball down but saw his volleyed effort saved, with skipper going close moments later but again his thumping shot was well gathered by Harper.Liverpool once again suffered without the injured Daniel Sturridge and the ineffective Balotelli made way for Rickie Lambert on 65 minutes, though the former Southampton man didn’t fare much better.Hull mustered a handful of half chances in the closing stages, with Robbie Brady going close from a corner and Tom Huddlestone firing just wide, but the hosts remained fairly untroubled until the referee finally blew the final whistle.
ARCATA >> For at least one game, the Humboldt Crabs’ red-hot offense found its match.There would be no 14-run blowout going down Saturday night, and a lot of that had to do with the way Top Speed Baseball left-hander Casey Brown was pitching. In Top Speed’s 2-0 win over the Crabs, Brown pitched into the eighth inning and cooled off Humboldt’s offense in a major kind of way.“He was the best guy we’ve faced all summer,” Crabs manager Tyson Fisher said. “He knew how to pitch, he knew how to …
The original cutters of film. The 4 women who predated the term “film editor” and whose names dominated the Academy Awards for decades.Cover image “Stagecoach” from United Artists via NY TimesThe Birth of a Nation (1915), Stagecoach (1939), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), The Ten Commandments (1956), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Jaws (1975), Star Wars (1977), Apocalypse Now (1979), Raging Bull (1980), Pulp Fiction (1994), Memento (2000), The Avengers (2012), Star Wars: Episode VII (2015)Each of these films made cinematic history, but many people don’t realize one thing. All of these films were edited by women. But who are the original pioneers of film editing? Who paved the way for females in film? Before we go in depth, it should be stated that the following is a list of incredible editors. Not “female editors” or “women editors.” No. These are some of the best damn editors who have ever worked in the industry.Women working as editors dates back to the early days of cinema. In fact, the term “editor” was not even used as a job title. When working with actual film reels, editing a film required you to literally cut and splice scenes together. This gave rise to the term cutter. In the early days of film, cutting was seen as unskilled labor. Practically anyone could be hired for the job, and it actually became a common position for women. The reason most people don’t know this comes from the fact that all of those cutting positions went uncredited in the films.Margaret BoothImage from Stay for the CreditsIn 1910, actor Elmer Booth frequently starred in the early works of director D.W. Griffith. Elmer was set to have a large role in the Griffith film Intolerance, but he died in a car crash in 1915. Griffith actually gave the eulogy at the funeral. After his death, Griffith hired Booth’s sister, Margaret, as a “patcher.” This low-end editing job provided her with a living. She immediately got to work on Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation. The Orpheum Theatre in Haverhill, Massachusetts bought the exclusive rights to show The Birth of a Nation in the New England area. The owner of that theater was none other than Louis B. Mayer. In 1924, Mayer would form the Metro-Goldywn-Mayer company, widely known as MGM. Mayer hired Margaret Booth as a director’s assistant, where she would eventually rise to cut films like The Mysterious Lady and Camille, starring Greta Garbo. It was actually MGM’s head of production, Irving Thalberg, that would coin the term film editor when describing Margaret’s skill.In 1936 came the release of Mutiny on the Bounty. The film was a massive success, and Booth received an Oscar Nomination for Best Film Editing. The film had a total of 8 nominations, and won the Oscar for Best Picture. Her talents would not go unnoticed, as Booth soon became the studio’s editor-in-chief in 1939. She immediately became the supervising editor behind The Wizard of OZ, which was edited by Blanche Sewell. Booth did not receive editing credit for working on other major MGM films like The Red Badge of Courage and Ben-Hur. She remained the editor-in-chief at MGM until 1968.Throughout the 70s and 80s, Booth would supervise a variety of films. The last film she supervised was the 1982 hit Annie. She received an Honorary Oscar in 1978 for her contributions to the art of film making. She passed away in 2002 at the age of 104.Anne BauchensImage from Stay for the CreditsOne of the most notorious names associated with early directors is that of Cecil B. DeMille. One of the little known facts about DeMille is that he collaborated with the same editor for over 40 years, Anne Bauchens. Bauchens was personally trained by DeMille as an editor, receiving her first credit on the film Carmen in 1915. DeMille had directed and edited all his previous films himself, but by 1918 he had entrusted all his edits to Anne. The two worked together on nearly every project.The Oscar for Best Film Editing was first introduced in 1934. Anne Bauchens received one of the original 3 nominations for her work on Cleopatra. In the most shocking revelation, Bauchens is not even credited as the editor of the film. Neither is most of the production crew nor some of the cast. She lost the award in 1934, but would soon return. Bauchens won the Oscar for Best Film Editing in 1941 for North West Mounted Police, the first time a woman had won the award. Anne received 2 more Oscar Nominations for The Greatest Show on Earth and The Ten Commandments. (She actually edited both versions of DeMille’s Ten Commandment in 1923 and 1956.)Despite her success, Bauchens was often criticized for her technique. In 1965, Margaret Booth had this to say of Anne Bauchens.Anne Bauchens is the oldest editor in the business. She was editing for years before I came into the business. DeMille was a bad editor, I thought, and made her look like a bad editor. I think Anne really would have been a good editor, but she had to put up with him — which was something. – Editors Guild MagazineBarbara McLeanImage from wikipedia.orgIn 1924, Barbara McLean married J. Gordon McLean, a film projectionist and cameraman. Soon after, she found a job as an assistant editor in Los Angeles, California. Her talents were quickly noticed. She received her first film credit in 1933. That same year, film producer and head of production at Warner Bros., Darryl F. Zanuck, decided to leave the company following a salary dispute. Immediately after his resignation, he created 20th Century Pictures. Two years later his company merged with the Fox Film Corporation. In 1935, Zanuck became the head of 20th Century Fox and named Barbara his editor-in-chief.1935 also saw the release of Les Misérables in theaters. The film was a hit and garnered McLean her first Oscar Nomination for Best Film Editing. She lost, but was again nominated the next year for Lloyd’s of London. Once again she lost, but would soon be back. She was nominated five more times for Alexander’s Ragtime Band in 1939, The Rains Came in 1940, The Song of Bernadette in 1944, Wilson in 1945, and All About Eve in 1951. She only won the Oscar for Best Film Editing once, for Wilson.McLean remained with 20th Century Fox until her retirement in 1969. In that time, she was granted full authority over the studio’s film edits. In that era, film directors were not nearly as involved with editing, if they were involved at all. Director’s contracts had them working on their next production while editing had just started on their last project. McLean supervised all those edits. A 1940 issue of the Los Angeles Times declared,“Barbara McLean, one of Hollywood’s three women film editors, can make stars — or leave their faces on the cutting room floor.”Dorothy SpencerImage from Sheigh via FlickrDorothy Spencer began working as an assistant editor in 1924. By the late 1930s, she found herself employed at 20th Century Fox. In 1937 Spencer began co-editing with Otho Lovering. Together they collaborated on several features, most famously known for the work on John Ford‘s 1939 western Stagecoach. The film was also John Ford’s first collaboration with John Wayne. It was a massive success, garnering seven Oscar nominations, including Dorothy Spencer’s first Oscar Nomination for Best Film Editing. The film won Best Music and Best Supporting Actor. She would later collaborate with John Ford again on My Darling Clementine, which is still regarded as John Ford’s best western.In the 1940s, Spencer took on a solo editing role. It was then she first worked with director Alfred Hitchcock on Foreign Correspondent and Lifeboat. She then worked on four films with director Ernst Lubitsch, including his hit film To Be or Not to Be. In 1945 she edited A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, the feature film debut of legendary director Elia Kazan. As the 1950s rolled around, Spencer was quick to grab her second Oscar Nomination for Decision Before Dawn.By the 1960s, Spencer had already worked on 60 films. Her experience and skill would come to a test with the 1963 version of Cleopatra. The film was the most expensive movie ever made, and the director’s cut ran a whopping 320 minutes. When released in theaters, the film ran for just over 4 hours. Her work paid off, as Spencer received her third Oscar Nomination.She would continue editing an average of one film a year for the rest of her career. One of her final credits was the 1974 epic Earthquake. It was her seventh collaboration with director Mark Robson, which earned her a fourth and final Oscar Nomination. It was fitting that her last nomination reflected her first, a tremendous skill for editing action and suspense.Did you enjoy this piece? Would you like another installment on the role of women as editors? Let us know in the comments below.
No new taxes were levied in the budget for 2019-20 presented by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in the State Assembly here on Wednesday, while tax relief worth ₹301 crore was extended to people of the State through various exemptions and amnesty schemes. Mr. Gehlot termed it a “people’s budget”, which had incorporated the aspirations and suggestions of the common people.Modified budgetMr. Gehlot, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented the modified budget for the current fiscal after the Assembly passed the vote-on-account of ₹86,906 crore in February this year in view of the Lok Sabha election. The modified budget’s estimates for total expenditure were ₹2,32,944.01 crore and those for revenue receipts were ₹1,64,004.64 crore.Taking a major step for “ease of doing farming”, Mr. Gehlot proposed the establishment of a ₹1,000 crore fund for farmers’ welfare, which would be utilised for getting remunerative prices for agricultural produces. Natural farming will also be promoted to reduce input costs and encourage traditional methods with an expenditure of ₹10 crore.Various schemesThe budget proposed various schemes in irrigation, renewable energy, water, transport, animal husbandry and health sectors and gave tax relief through new provisions for exemption in stamp duty and registration fee, electricity duty, motor vehicle tax and irrigation tax and amnesty schemes in mining, commercial taxes and industry sectors.Mr. Gehlot announced a policy for new and renewable energy projects and set a target for disbursement of short-term crop loans worth ₹16,000 crore from cooperative banks. He said his government had given “complete benefit” of loan waiver to farmers by paying on its own the dues of ₹6,000 crore left over by the previous BJP regime.The Chief Minister also announced ₹927 crore for State highways, Janata Clinics on the lines of Mohalla Clinics in Delhi, new policy for electric vehicles and exemption to micro, small and medium enterprises from obtaining various permissions for the first three years of their operations.Government jobsAs many as 75,000 vacancies in various government departments will be filled to provide jobs to the youths, while 104 types of new medicines will be included in the State government’s free medicine scheme. Loans worth ₹1 lakh each will be sanctioned to youths under the Chief Minister’s Yuva Rozgar Yojana.
England Who is Wilmar Roldan, the referee in charge of the Tunisia vs England game? Goal 04:31 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty England World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia The Colombian official has a habit of making the headlines with his controversial calls, and did so again in the Three Lions’ narrow victory England got their World Cup campaign to a promising start with a 2-1 win over Tunisia, but could have won with a more comfortable lead and potentially two penalties had they been awarded by controversial referee Wilmar Roldan.The Colombian referee had an infamous reputation heading into the Russia finals following his track record officiating past matches, and a spate of curious decisions drew derision from England fans.Roldan failed to award England penalties after they felt that they should have been given at least two, having sanctioned Kyle Walker for a shove in the first half that led to Tunisia’s equaliser from the spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move So who is Roldan, and why has he been surrounded by controversy? Goal take a look.What happened in the England vs Tunisia World Cup game? In England’s opening World Cup fixture against Tunisia, Kyle Walker seemingly brought down Fakhreddine Ben Youssef inside the box which led Roldan to give a penalty.Roldan did not consult with the VAR at all before his decision to award the penalty to Tunisia – which they scored to even out the scoreline at 1-1 – and some would have argued that it was a soft one to give.Ferjani Sassi scored to level for Tunisia, and moments later, Kane was brought down in the Tunisia box in similar fashion to the way that Ben Yousseff was – if not harsher – but Roldan did not award a penalty or even check with the VAR. Kane was brought down for a second time after the break but Roldan also did not give a penalty of even consult with the VAR. England fans on social media felt that he should have at least consulted with the VAR – first before giving the decision to award Tunisia the spot-kick – and then again to consult with over Kane being brought down inside the penalty area.The main criticism that has been aimed with VAR is that though it does assist the referee in decision-making, there is still the problem of being consistent with the sort of punishment given after its consultation.Who is the referee who was in charge of England vs Tunisia? Roldan is a Colombian referee who garnered controversy after his officiating in the last few years, among which included blunders with the VAR.His most high-profile match was in the Confederations Cup in Russia in June 2017 between Cameroon and Germany. He erroneously gave Cameroon player Sebastien Siani a red card for a high reckless challenge on Emre Can.Roldan consulted with VAR after the incident, but instead of booking the correct player – which was Ernest Mabouka – he instead changed Siani’s yellow card to a red card, sending him off the pitch.Cameroon fans protested, however, and then after he reviewed the incident with the VAR for a second time he showed the red card to Mabouka, who was the correct culprit.In the Brazil 2014 World Cup, Roldan failed to award Mexico two first-half goals against Cameroon. Roldan claimed that two goals were offside when they should have stood, and Mexico should have won the game 3-0 – but instead were fortunate to win 1-0.Another notable incident that Roldan was in charge of was when he officiated Argentine sides River Plate and Lanus in October 2017. He was accused of assisting with River’s elimination in the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores after missing a blatant handball in the area, also after giving Lanus a spot-kick as they completed an amazing comeback victory from 3-0 down on aggregate.England will resume their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 24.
Morris turns sight on RaidersJosh Morris speaks about the Canterbury Bulldogs but reminisces about winning a NSWTA Junior State Cup title with the Kiama Stingrays. http://www.nrl.com/morris-turns-sight-on-raiders/tabid/10959/contentid/574984/embed/4zOWh1ZDpTiWAbmaqqo5D-KJFLNPEJbq/default.aspx#ooid=4zOWh1ZDpTiWAbmaqqo5D-KJFLNPEJbq Johnson’s amazing skillsShaun Johnson has produced some quality football in his career thus far, but it all began with a similar game, touch footy.http://www.nrl.com/johnsons-amazing-skills/tabid/10959/contentid/574542/embed/d2dTR1ZDrEJ8mJmnAg8F7XelhgNGHULv/default.aspx#ooid=d2dTR1ZDrEJ8mJmnAg8F7XelhgNGHULv NRL and Touch Football join forcesThe National Rugby League and Touch Football Australia have today launched an historic sporting partnership representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport.http://www.nrl.com/nrl-and-touch-football-join-forces/tabid/10959/contentid/575060/embed/9xNWl1ZDqlPJYckWAGQbMMDSqgykQCsR/default.aspx#ooid=9xNWl1ZDqlPJYckWAGQbMMDSqgykQCsR Touch Football has gotten many mentions in the media and enclosed are some videos of these interactions.Sydney Morning HeraldTouch and tackleSonny Bill Williams playing touch footy with singer Jessica Mauboy and other NRL stars to promote the alliance between the NRL and Touch Football Australia. http://media.smh.com.au/system/ipad/touch-and-tackle-4657926.html Canberra RaidersNRL & Touch Football Australia join forcesRaiders CEO Don Furner and ACT Touch representatives Tim Spence and Rebecca Beath discuss their excitement surrounding the announcement that the NRL and Touch Football Australia has joined forces.http://www.nrl.com/nrl-touch-football-australia-join-forces/tabid/10959/contentid/575064/embed/9rN2l1ZDo7VwNN61j189bBpyFIoN-q-5/default.aspx#ooid=9rN2l1ZDo7VwNN61j189bBpyFIoN-q-5 Smith on Touch Football and ASADANRL CEO David Smith says the alliance between NRL and Touch Football Australia is an important step in growing the game. http://www.nrl.com/smith-on-touch-football-and-asada/tabid/10959/contentid/574991/embed/1tZ2h1ZDopNEcTurdg4lY8eItXIeOU2S/default.aspx#ooid=1tZ2h1ZDopNEcTurdg4lY8eItXIeOU2S The Phil Gould ShowInjuries across the competition, the partnership with Touch Football Australia and Sam Burgess’ “squirrel griphttp://media.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-league/the-phil-gould-show-4660405.htmlNational Rugby LeagueSignificant point in history: MaguireTouch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire speaks about the alliance between the NRL and Touch Football Australia.http://www.nrl.com/significant-point-in-history-maguire/tabid/10959/contentid/574992/embed/JzaWh1ZDrPOKJxpIa5rkNEiAAamZHJJp/default.aspx#ooid=JzaWh1ZDrPOKJxpIa5rkNEiAAamZHJJp North Queensland CowboysCowboys welcome touch partnershipThe Cowboys have marked the historic sporting partnership between the National Rugby League and Touch Football Australia by inviting four of the north’s best touch players to NRL training at Cowboys HQhttp://www.cowboys.com.au/?nvId=575406Related LinksTouch in NRL Videos
DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 14: A detailed view of a helmet worn by the Florida State Seminoles during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Florida State lost a big commitment today. Isaac Nauta, a five-star tight end in the 2016 class, announced on Twitter that he has de-committed from the Seminoles’ program. FSU fans shouldn’t worry, though, according to five-star defensive back commit Levonta Taylor. Taylor, who has been committed to FSU since April, says Nauta will “be back” and tells fans “don’t worry!” He’ll be back. Don’t worry !— Levonta Taylor (@iamlevonta) July 28, 2015Well, that’s a good sign, Florida State fans. The Seminoles’ 2016 class is ranked the No. 3 class in the country by 247 Sports.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is praising the various individuals and organisations that have come forward to lend their support to this year’s Workers’ Week and Labour Day activities.Labour Day is being observed on Wednesday, May 23 under the theme ‘Ramp it up…Fix it up’.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Ms. Grange highlighted the various partners, including the National Health Fund (NHF), National Education Trust (NET), Digicel, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and Berger Paints Limited.She noted that the NHF has already committed $2.5 million towards the scope of works at the Cumberland Road Health Centre in St. Catherine, and additional funds will come from the Ministry of Health.Digicel has donated some $1 million towards the Ramps in Schools Project, which involves the construction of wheelchair ramps at public schools to facilitate greater access by persons with disabilities.“A number of companies have reached out to us, and we will be better able to say, at the end of the celebrations, the monetary contributions that we have received,” Ms. Grange indicated.At the same time, she is appealing for more companies to come on board.“We are in discussion with other public-sector entities who have indicated that they want to come on board, and as soon as we finalise those arrangements, we will be making the announcement,” she said.Meanwhile, the Minister urged Jamaicans to volunteer their time and resources towards the beautification of their communities and the national projects at the Cumberland Road Health Centre and the St Ann’s Bay Infant School in St Ann.“Labour Day and Worker’s week is about volunteerism,” she added.The Minister also thanked the many volunteers who, over the years “have put their heart and soul into making Labour Day and Workers’ Week a success”. Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is praising the various individuals and organisations that have come forward to lend their support to this year’s Workers’ Week and Labour Day activities. Labour Day is being observed on Wednesday, May 23 under the theme ‘Ramp it up…Fix it up’. Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Ms. Grange highlighted the various partners, including the National Health Fund (NHF), National Education Trust (NET), Digicel, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and Berger Paints Limited.
New Delhi: The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, which was tabled in the Lok Sabha on July 22, has been passed in the Lower House on Monday. Once the NMC Bill would get passed by the Rajya Sabha, it would replace the 63-year-old Medical Council of India (MCI) with the commission to reform the medical education sector.While moving the bill for consideration in the Lok Sabha on Monday, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, “Genuine concerns over the NMC Bill have been addressed and the legislation will be one of the biggest reforms.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The NMC Bill also seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, stating that the council that was set up was corrupt. It has been alleged that the process by which the MCI regulated medical colleges was flawed. Hailing the bill, Vardhan said, “It seeks to put in place a new structure to tackle challenges in the medical education sector. It would bring not only government seats but also 50 per cent of all private seats within the reach of meritorious students belonging to economically weaker sections.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The Bill is not anti-federal as the states will give the medical-essentiality certificates, not the Centre. The state governments will be fully involved with the running of the councils, not the Centre,” Vardhan said. “The NMC Bill is anti-vested interests. It will help us move away from inspection-raj. It will select one-time and full-time regulators,” the minister said. The Health Minister has also sought to assure that genuine concerns of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have been addressed. “When history will be written… it (bill) will go down as one of the biggest reforms,” he noted. Vardhan also thanked the House for participating in the debate on the NMC Bill Commission. In total 32 members participated in the discussion. “Basic intention of the government through this Bill is to ensure the utmost standards of medical education. Nobody should have any apprehensions about the intention,” Vardhan assures the House. Participating in the discussion, Congress member Vincent Pala, who opposed the bill, criticised the proposal to “replace elected members with nominated members” on the Medical Council Board. Pala also asked how the integrity of members of the board would be decided. “The new bill lacks vision and lacks structural integrity. You are replacing elected members with nominated members,” he said. Coming down heavily on the bill, DMK leader A Raja termed it as “anti-poor, anti-social justice, undemocratic and anti-federalism”. He said that the bill is a “joke” on the people of the country as it would encourage corruption and nepotism in the medical profession. Participating in the discussion, Trinamool Congress member Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said that the bill was against the basic principle of federalism and unacceptable as it would jeopardise the future of students. The TMC MP also slammed the move to conduct “exit examination” for medical students, saying it would put undue pressure on students. “This is unwarranted and a shame,” she said. Among others, the bill has the provision for making national standards in medical education uniform by proposing that the final year MBBS exam be treated as an entrance test for PG and a screening test for students who graduate in medicine from foreign countries.