Former Deputy House Speaker BAIC Boss in police custody

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 18th 2017: Police are currently questioning former BAIC Chairman and Former Deputy Speaker of the HOA, Dion Smith.   Reports say Smith was arrested after his return into the country.   His arrest comes after investigations commenced into alleged theft at the corporation and arrests of some nine employees earlier this week.Police say CCTV footage showed the employees removing computers and documents from BAIC offices the day after elections.  BAIC, Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, oversees business development in farming and creative industries in The Bahamas, while offering funding for projects within the sector and expertise guidance.#DionSmitharrested#BAICemployeesarrested Related Items:#BAICemployeesarrested, #DionSmitharrestedlast_img read more

Obama Reiterates Threat to Veto Defense Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR During a rare visit to the Pentagon, President Obama on Monday reiterated his threat to veto the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill because it relies on a budget framework that would shortchange the nation’s future by restraining spending on non-military aspects of national security such as education and research.“We’re not going to eat our seed corn,” Obama said, reported CQ.The military has the best troops in the world in part because “we’ve got a strong economy and we’ve got a well-educated population and we’ve got an incredible research operation and universities,” the president said. “We shortchange those, we’re going to be less secure,” he said.The defense authorization bill adopts the GOP budget framework, which adds $38 billion to DOD’s war account to sidestep the statutory spending caps. The GOP budget, however, forces non-defense spending to stick to the caps. “Part of our national security is making sure that we have a strong economy and that we continue to make investments in things we need like education and research,” Obama said.Separately, staff for the House and Senate Armed Services committees are continuing to work out differences in the two versions of the authorization bill. Committee leaders soon will tackle major areas of disagreement, including acquisition reform.  Defense budget expert Mackenzie Eaglen told the Hill that acquisition reform is the “biggest sticking point” between the two bills. One key difference is language in the Senate version shifting more decision-making authority from the defense secretary to the military services, a change opposed by the administration that could draw a veto from the president, according to Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.“This is the only provision that could sway a decision by the president to veto it if he were not planning to do so already. If it stays, it is a near certainty it will garner a veto,” she said.last_img read more

Disney Plus at 7 Just take this parents money already

first_img2:28 Every Pixar movie will be on Disney Plus, available to stream anytime. That includes all the Toy Stories, Cars, Inside Out, Monsters, Inc, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory and WALL-E. It’ll also have scads of other Disney movies, including Frozen, 101 Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp, Mary Poppins, The Parent Trap, The Little Mermaid and, yes, The Princess Diaries. Disney Plus: Every show and movie Disney confirmed What do all these titles have in common? The kids have chosen every single one for Family Movie Night, many of them more than once. A lot of The Princess Diaries went over my 3-year-old’s head, but the older girls loved it. nullNext time we watch (and rewatch) Dumbo, we’ll need Disney Plus. Disney We all watched Dumbo in the theater a couple of weeks ago — to rave kid reviews — and my girls are already talking about Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4. The oldest is begging me to let her watch Captain Marvel. All four, and more, will be available to stream (without a rental fee, four of Daddy’s favorite words) exclusively on Disney Plus. Beyond movie night there’s plenty of other kid fun in the offing. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Duck Tales and Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan are shows my kids know and love. And I’m quite confident they’ll enjoy Monsters at Work and Magic of the Animal Kingdom, two exclusive TV series coming to Disney Plus in year one. disney-plus-frozen-tv-appThe Disney Plus app looks like a one-stop shop for family movie night.  Disney Think of the children! OK, $7 every month or $70 for a yearly subscription isn’t chump change, and these things add up. I can’t see myself quitting Netflix or Hulu, for example (though the promise of a discounted Disney Plus/Hulu bundle has me very interested), and there’s only so many subscriptions I can afford. Subscription fatigue is strong in this one. If Disney had priced its service at $13 (the same as Netflix) or even $10, it might be a tougher call. But there’s something about $7 that feels just right, at least for my budget. Even if that $7 subscription saves me just one $5 rental fee, it’s totally worth it — in part because Disney Plus has a bunch of other stuff that makes my parental heart twitterpate. There’s unlimited downloads, so I can pack the iPad with movies and TV shows for long car trips, camping and plane rides.My kids already love (and spend time customizing) avatars and profiles on Netflix and the Disney Now app, so they’ll be right at home with Disney Plus’ versions.It’s just a matter of time before they’re old enough to watch Star Wars and, yes, Marvel — and paying for those individually really adds up. The National Geographic stuff is the perfect parental screen time sop. It’s educational, right? Sayonara, guilt!I can have them each kick in $1 every month from their allowances and teach them the value of money. “Clean up or I’m canceling Disney Plus.”screen-shot-2019-04-12-at-11-22-34-amMy kids love customizing profiles in Netflix. I’m betting they’ll have a field day with Disney Plus. Screenshot by David Katzmaier/Netflix Seriously, you guys, I’m getting this for my kidsAs if all that kid stuff wasn’t enough, the Disney Plus fare for grownups helps justify part of that $7. Until a couple of weeks ago I wasn’t a Marvel fan, but midway through my binge-race to watch every Marvel film before Avengers: Endgame, that’s no longer the case. Turns out a lot of these comic book movies are pretty darn good, and I can even see myself wanting to rewatch a few. I’m curious about the Disney Plus spin-off series centered around The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, as well as the one about Scarlet Witch and Vision, and the upcoming films, starting with Captain Marvel and including Endgame will also find an exclusive home on Disney Plus. Of course I love Star Wars too, and until my kids are old enough to binge those flicks with me, I’d definitely watch The Mandalorian. The same goes for the final installment, Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker. As it is for many parents, the word Disney for me is synonymous with quality family entertainment. One of our best trips was a visit to Disneyland last summer. My father grew up in Southern California, had a lifetime pass to Disneyland and loved the classic films so much he recorded a bunch to Betamax. We’d sit around watching Robin Hood and Fantasia for my own childhood family movie nights. My kids today understand my job largely with the help of an iconic Goofy short. How to Hook Up Your Home TheaterWalt, you win again. Now, about that discounted Hulu bundle… Now playing: Watch this: More on Disney Plus Tags Toy Story 4 trailer shows Woody and Bo Peep’s long-awaited… You’ve already got a friend in me, Disney Plus Disney just announced the details of Disney Plus, its new standalone streaming service. Available Nov. 12, it costs $7 per month and sounds like our inevitable new destination for Family Movie Night. Comments Media Streamers Digital Media TV and Movies Share your voice Disney Disney Plus is the exclusive streaming home of Frozen 2. I have 9- and 8-year-old daughters named Anna and Ella. Do you think I have a choice? Disney At my house, every Friday is Family Movie Night. Three kids, aged 9, 8 and 3, take turns choosing the film they want to watch. Or rewatch. Or fight over watching for the fourth time. Their negotiations often start days before and become more heated as the fateful night approaches. On hearing that the youngest wants to watch Cars again, his sisters inevitably begin their subtle tugs toward an acceptable substitute, like Coco or Moana.  Sometimes I step in and play arbiter, especially if a movie is available “for free” as part of a subscription. “Kids, Moana isn’t on Netflix anymore, so it’s $4 to rent. How about Incredibles 2?” Usually they ignore my thrifty suggestions. “Fine,” I think to myself, “it’s just $4.” A small price to pay for entertainment harmony, and Moana is really good. But I sure would love the option to watch it, and any number of other great Disney movies, as part of an affordable subscription.  9 My #8: As a parent with kids of a certain age, do I have any way whatsoever to avoid subscribing? https://t.co/ivjlW7BxET— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 11, 2019 Disney Plus will cost $7 a month and launch Nov. 12 Disney Plus will allow downloads for offline viewing In Disney Plus Frozen 2 teaser, Elsa’s not OKlast_img read more

Debates galore govt silent on 16th amendment verdict

first_imgsupreme courtDiscussions abound, but the government has maintained silence since the Supreme Court released on Tuesday, the full text of the verdict declaring the 16th amendment to the Constitution illegal.In observations on the verdict, chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been critical of issues such as the absence of democracy, military rule, the role of the election commission (EC), state of governance, corruption and interference in the independence of the judiciary.However, the government gave no formal reaction to the apex court chief’s observations although, highly placed sources there said, it is embarassed.The ministers and ruling Awami League leaders have been asked not to speak publicly about the verdict, a few of them confirmed.Seeking anonymity, some ruling party leaders said they were stunned to see the observations in the verdict, especially in the ones on politics and political personalities.These AL leaders wondered if such issues were relevant for such an important judgement.On 1 August, the Supreme Court released the full text of the verdict scrapping the power of parliament to remove the Supreme Court judges.After the verdict was delivered on 3 July, the members of parliament criticised the judiciary during the session of the Jatiya Sangsad (national legislative assembly).Now, the ruling party wants to discuss the matter once again in parliament so that there is no issue of contempt involved, said some leaders who preferred not to be named.A ruling party MP, who is one of the critics, confirmed to Prothom Alo that these issues will be discussed in the upcoming session of parliament in September.While contacted, the public relations officer of the law ministry said law minister Anisul Huq will not talk on this.The verdict of the Supreme Court was hotly discussed among the people from various classes and professions. Jurists and eminent citizens also declined to remark on it, terming it sensitive.According to Tuesday’s full verdict, the Supreme Judicial Council is set to get back power to remove judges for incapacity or misconduct. The incumbent government introduced the 16th amendment of the Constitution to empower the parliament to carry out the tasks.In his observation of 799-page verdict, chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said, we are living in “a crippled society, a society where good men do not dream of good things at all; but the bad men are all the more restless to grab more bounty.”He said there is no monitoring institution to check misuse of power and arrogance. There is no check of balance, he said adding that “In such a situation, the executive becomes arrogant and uncontrolled and the bureaucracy will never opt for efficiency.”“Now power, not merit, tends to control all public institutions of the country,” the CJ observed.Regarding the army rule, the verdict says, “After independence, those unholy alliances of power-mongers twice reduced this country to a banana republic, where people are seen as commodity which can be bluffed and compromised at any unworthy cost to legalize their illegitimate exercise of power. They did not empower the people, rather they abused their position and introduced different bluffing tools (sometimes ‘gono’ vote, sometimes rigged election and sometimes no election at all!) as means to prolong their power game. Thus as an institution, the notion of ‘politics’ has been completely destroyed. Dirty political practices of those undemocratic regimes even to a great extent infected the civil politics.”On the observation of the chief justice, former vice chancellor of Dhaka University professor Emajuddin Ahmed said, “The observation echoes my statement. So there is nothing new to pass comment on. Almost all observations are correct”.The chief justice said, “Politics is no longer free, it is now highly commercial and money is in the driving seat which controls the course of action and its destination. Now power, not merit, tends to control all public institutions of the country.”Speaking to Prothom Alo on the observation, National University Vice Chancellor Harun-or-Rashid said, “The issue of politics has been simplified too much. Politics has its own stream.”He further said, “It is true that the influence of money on politics, and participation of businessmen in politics has increased. But, two mainstreams of politicians—Awami League-led pro-liberation forces and another force led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — are doing politics.”Expressing his disappointment in the observation, the chief justice said, “Even after forty-six years of independence, we have not been able to institutionalize any public institutions. There are no checks and balances, there is no watchdog mechanism at work, thus the people in the position are being indulged into abuse of power and showing audacity of freehand exercise of power.“The state power, which is another dimension of political power, is becoming a monopoly of a few now-a-days and this suicidal tendency of concentration of power is increasing. The greed for power is a like plague, once set in motion it will try to devour everything. Needless to say, this WAS NOT at all the aims and vision of our liberation struggle. Our forefathers fought to establish a democratic state, not to produce any power-monster.”Professor Harun said, “It is not logical to think that the today’s politics will be the same as our forefathers did. If we look at the global political practices, we shall also find changes there.”In his observation on the Election Commission (EC), the chief justice said the EC has not been institutionalised. The democracy cannot flourish unless the national election is held in a free and fair manner, he observed.The chief justice also said: “In the absence of credible election, a credible parliament cannot be established.”Former election commissioner Sakhawat Hossain considered the chief justice’s observation appropriate.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Sakhawat Hossain said the EC couldn’t work independently during the tenures of successive governments, including the incumbent one.So EC has not been a sustainable institutionalised organisation, he said, adding that the governments interfered in the activities of EC instead of assisting it.Citing an example, he said a total of 153 candidates were elected uncontested in the election of 2014. “It would’ve happened never if the EC were powerful.”About Article 116The chief justice said the 4th amendment of the Constitution changed the article 116; ‘Supreme Court’ was substituted by the word ‘president’. This amendment empowered the president for appointment, promotion, leave and discipline of persons employed in the judicial service.Though there is a provision for consultation with the Supreme Court in exercising this power, practically this consultation is meaningless if the executive does not cooperate with the Supreme Court.More so, this amendment is in direct conflict with article 109, which provides that the High Court Division shall have superintendence and control over all courts and tribunals subordinate to it.Learned Attorney General fails to comprehend that even before the Fourth Amendment, the 361 superintendence and control of all courts and tribunals were under the High Court Division and this provision ensures the independence of judiciary, but by this substitution of the word ‘president’ for the words ‘Supreme Court’ in article 116, the independence of the lower judiciary has been totally impaired, curtailed and whittled down.This amendment, therefore, violates the basic structure of the constitution and therefore this substitution of the word ‘president’ is ultra vires (beyond one’s legal power or authority) the constitution.Historic verdict: BNPSpeaking to Prothom Alo, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir lauded the verdict saying, “I think full verdict on the 16th amendment of the constitution is an important verdict in the history of Bangladesh. In present context it is a historic and epoch-making verdict.”Fakhrul further said, “The verdict has proved the incumbent government is an autocratic one. It [government] destroyed all constitutional institutions, and made the parliament ineffective.“The government would have stepped down had such a verdict been pronounced by the court of any civilized country,” the BNP leader added.* This piece, originally published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza and Rabiul Islam.last_img read more