Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Jimmy Kimmel’s satirical campaign to be mayor of Dildo, NL, has generated a lot of free advertising for the small community and the province, almost equal to what the government spends on marketing in an entire year.The late-night TV host made light of the Avalon Peninsula community for almost three weeks in August, riffing on its amusing name and even sending Guillermo Rodriguez, his sidekick on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, to stay there for a week.The hundreds of segments, jokes and other references to Dildo reached some 45.1 million people, equal to an estimated advertising value of over $11.7 million, according to analysis by the provincial ministry of tourism. Facebook Twitter Jimmy Kimmel has plenty of marketing ideas for Dildo if he becomes mayor, including T-shirts, books and baked goods. (Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube)
Warren Buffett has a great investment track record. So perhaps it’s no accident that he declined to offer $1 billion for correctly predicting the outcome of all World Cup knockout stage games, as he did for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament games.The odds of winning Buffett’s NCAA challenge were about one in 7.4 billion, assuming you chose the favorite in each game as selected by FiveThirtyEight’s NCAA model. But the odds of correctly filling out a 16-team knockout tournament such as the World Cup are much shorter.In fact, though there have been some thrilling matches in the knockout stage so far — six of 12 have gone to extra time and only two were decided by more than one goal — the favorite has advanced every time (at least as according to the FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions).Here is the breakdown so far. The following table lists the win probability for the FiveThirtyEight favorite as of the day of the match, along with the cumulative probability of the model having called all knockout stages correctly up to that point in time.For instance, the probability of correctly identifying the winners in each of the first four knockout matches — Brazil over Chile, Colombia over Uruguay, the Netherlands over Mexico and Costa Rica over Greece — was about 23 percent, or one chance in 4.3. And the chance of going 12 for 12, as the FiveThirtyEight favorites have done so far, is just one in 75.It’s an upset, in other words, when all the favorites prevail. On average, we’d have expected three or four upsets through this point in the knockout round.Of course, there are four matches left — counting the World Cup’s third-place playoff between the two semifinal losers. According to the FiveThirtyEight forecasts, Brazil is favored over Germany on Tuesday (even after accounting for Neymar’s injury) and Argentina is slightly favored over the Netherlands on Wednesday. To complete a perfect knockout bracket, Germany would then need to beat the Netherlands in the consolation game while Brazil prevailed over Argentina in the final.All of the remaining matches look pretty close, so the FiveThirtyEight forecasts are likely to fail at some stage. If the model gets the matches right, however, it will have made good on a 1-in-553 chance of calling all 16 knockout stage winners correctly.Incidentally, this isn’t the huge success for the FiveThirtyEight model that it might seem. The FiveThirtyEight forecasts are probabilistic. Teams listed as 75 percent favorites are supposed to win about 75 percent of the time over the long run — not much less than that but also not any more often. There are supposed to be some upsets. If 75 percent favorites are winning 100 percent of the time over the long run instead, that means the forecasts are miscalibrated and overestimating the chances for the underdogs.In this case, the success of the favorites does seem to be mostly a matter of luck. Three games have gone to a penalty shootout so far — pre-match favorites might have a slight edge in those but not much of one. Mexico, meanwhile, was a few minutes away from defeating the Netherlands, and the U.S. was a few inches away from beating Belgium.The best way to test probabilistic forecasts is to check their calibration and to compare them against alternative probabilistic estimates. For example, if your model says that the U.S. has a 40 percent chance of beating Belgium and the consensus betting line gives the U.S. just a 25 percent chance instead, you should bet on the Americans — even though you expect Belgium to win most of the time. So far, the FiveThirtyEight forecasts have done well against consensus betting lines when used in this fashion — although that could reflect good luck, too.
FRANCHISESEASONSPLAYERS W/ RET. JERSEYSCAREERWITH FRANCHISE Celtics6720521.8491.7 Jazz437277.6232.0 Spurs508254.4250.7 1951 to present. Includes franchise lineages as defined by Basketball-Reference.com (e.g., the Oklahoma City Thunder entry also includes players whose numbers were retired by the Seattle SuperSonics)Source: Basketball-Reference.com Magic2800.00.0 76ers6710502.2295.2 Timberwolves2812.21.4 Pistons679252.2206.6 Pelicans29113.34.9 Before Duncan’s number was retired, the Spurs’ retired-jersey crew ranked ninth all-time; now it’s in fourth place, behind the Boston Celtics and the Lakers — no shock there — as well as the Philadelphia 76ers, who’ve had a surprising number of truly great players contribute for them over the years. But if San Antonio eventually retires the numbers of current Spurs Manu Ginobili (38.1 VAR with the club) and Tony Parker (37.0), the Spurs could pass the 76ers for third, particularly because the closest Philadelphia has to a jersey-retirement candidate is ex-Sixer (and current Warrior) Andre Iguodala (17.5) — and because Iggy was no fan favorite, I doubt he’ll even be considered for the honor.Duncan also gives the Spurs an average of 31.3 VAR per honored player, which ranks fourth among all franchises — and is higher than that of both Boston (24.6) and Philly (29.5). The gold standard in this department belongs to the Chicago Bulls (36.0), who’ve retired only four players’ numbers — Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and multi-time All-Stars Bob Love and Jerry Sloan. (Artis Gilmore and Chet Walker must be wondering what they have to do for their numbers to be taken out of circulation.) But the Spurs’ retired-jersey strategy has struck a nice balance between upholding quality and not being overly picky; San Antonio has discontinued a player’s number every 6.3 years, more than twice as frequently as Chicago’s 12.8-years-per-player ratio. (Duncan’s No. 21 became the eighth number the Spurs have retired.3At least, according to Basketball-Reference.com. Technically, Bruce Bowen allowed San Antonio to unretire his No. 12 for LaMarcus Aldridge to wear, although I still included Bowen in the Spurs’ VAR total.)Other teams have less lofty standards of inclusion. As part of their apparent plan to commemorate every single member of their Bill Russell-era teams, the Celtics honored “Jungle” Jim Loscutoff despite his career average of 6.2 points per game, to go with a miniscule 8.3 lifetime Player Efficiency Rating (15.0 is league-average) and .017 Win Shares per 48 minutes (average is around .100). (In fairness, Loscutoff’s number was later kept active for Dave Cowens, a much better player.) Utah enshrined Darrell Griffith, whose nickname (“Dr. Dunkenstein”) was far superior to his stats (14.6 PER, .049 WS/48), and Portland honored Lionel Hollins (13.0 PER, .059 WS/48) even without a cool moniker to point to. Nate Thurmond became a Hall of Famer because of his performance as a Warrior, but his number was retired by Cleveland even though he played fewer than 12 percent of his career games as a Cav.Of course, winning titles like the Spurs have (five since 1999) is a surefire way to grease the wheels of jersey-retirement. It’s no coincidence that the bottom seven teams in the list above have won zero combined championships, and they’ve only retired three jerseys in total: One for a beloved local legend who played for a different franchise in the same city, and two for players who died during their careers. (Meanwhile, take the Knicks as a counterexample: They’ve won only two titles, and seven of their nine retired jerseys honor a player or coach4Yes, 12 coaches have had their “jerseys” retired, with the number often taking the form of their coaching victory total with the franchise (i.e., the number 832 is “retired” for Phoenix in honor of Cotton Fitzsimmons’s 832 career coaching wins). from those championship squads.)San Antonio wasn’t scrounging for numbers to retire before Duncan came along — it had already raised George Gervin’s iconic No. 44, and David Robinson’s No. 50 was well on its way, to go with some of their less-heralded teammates. But like he did for the Spurs as a franchise, Duncan has now elevated their honorees to the upper echelon of the NBA.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Knicks678198.5162.9 Bucks498313.6150.7 Thunder506145.8100.8 COMBINED VALUE ABOVE REPLACEMENT OF RETIRED JERSEY PLAYERS Nets507163.874.9 With Duncan, the Spurs have elite laundry hanging in the rafters Grizzlies2200.00.0 Cavaliers477139.099.2 Bulls514153.2143.8 Pacers504126.3111.0 Lakers6714672.8471.7 Wizards564103.379.4 Nuggets505165.8111.5 Heat293149.139.4 Mavericks37234.132.7 Suns499266.1173.5 Trail Blazers4710181.0135.5 Hornets1315.81.4 Warriors676210.4133.7 Rockets505224.7144.8 Raptors2200.00.0 Clippers4700.00.0 Hawks675157.3131.8 While he was playing, Tim Duncan lifted the San Antonio Spurs up the list of the most successful teams in NBA history. Now that he has retired, Duncan — thanks to his recently retired jersey — has also made the AT&T Center rafters among the most talent-filled in the league.To rank every team’s group of retired numbers, I grabbed data from Basketball-Reference.com’s franchise pages and then filtered out honored non-players — like longtime Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn (who has a microphone-themed banner hanging alongside the jerseys of Magic Johnson and company) or the No. 6 in Orlando, which is retired “in honor of the fans.” (Because they’re the “sixth man.” Get it?) For each team, I added up the total amount of value above replacement (VAR)1A cumulative value statistic based on a combination of Player Efficiency Rating and Win Shares per 48 minutes. generated by those players, both over their entire pro careers (across all franchises)2For my purposes, ABA statistics were given the same weight as NBA ones, because most former ABA teams that joined the NBA have retired the numbers of their ABA-era stars. and during their time with the specific franchise in question. Here’s the list, ranked by the latter category, to avoid ridiculous situations like the Miami Heat’s getting credit for Michael Jordan, whose jersey the team retired even though he never played for it. Kings679229.6173.4
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 14, 2017 – Providenciales – It is incumbent upon me to warn the government members of Parliament to abstain from voting yes to giving the Governor one of primary powers that an elected government has, which is the power to appoint members to the various statutory boards in our country. All over the world, appointment to Statutory Boards are not a bi-partisan act, is simply a government’s appointment of its supporters who campaigned passionately about a certain ministry and how they can bring about improvements to that ministry.The Bill which is set to be debated before the House of Assembly on the 1 year anniversary of the election of the new Government, will deliver a fatal blow to the legacy of JAGS and what he as a person, his Party and his Government stood for. The Bill will give the Governor the power to do as he likes and act as he pleases without any reference to the Minister with the authority for that particular statutory Board. The Boards’ membership will immediately be reduced which means staunch supporters of the present Government who have been recently appointed to these Boards will very likely see their appointments rescinded and may no longer be able to serve on a board nor make a contribution to their country via their Board Appointment.What is most troubling to us the electorate, is this – to what end is this measure being taken? Why is it that the overseas Colonial powers want this power and authority removed from the hands of the elected officials and put in the Governor’s Hands? Is it because the country is broke and cannot afford to pay the measly sums to Board members monthly? No! because the Premier indicated we have 101 Million in surplus. Is it because the Board members are incompetent? No, it is not, as many of these Board members have degrees, life or work experience in the industry related to the Boards upon which they sit .Then what is it? From the pattern of the British’s’ behavior over the last 9 years, one can only conclude it is because they are of the view that the Board Members and the Country as whole cannot self-govern and this view though it pains me to say in this day and age may be directly due to certain historical, abhorrent racial ideologies. It is because the Board Members are Turks and Caicos Islanders. It is because the British do not trust the Board members. It is because it is in line with the FCO policy of having a “greater British presence” in TCI.How is it, that this JAGS’ ideal based Government can sit in silence and light the fire that will burn us all to ashes by abdicating and transferring its power to the Governor? Is it because the Premier is drawing on her experience as a former “YES SIR”, Consultative Forum member and simply giving in to every whim of the British and has put the fear of God in her elected colleagues by firing Josephine?If the Premier is the “best man for the job” of championing the cause of her fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders who voted for her resoundingly one year ago, then she should truly stand up and withdraw this bill from the house – after all the opposition only have a say but her government has the numbers to have their way!MARK A FULFORD Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Tags Now playing: Watch this: See All More from MWC 2019 May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 35 Photos The device is almost certainly a revival of the Razr brand, which The Wall Street Journal reported would be coming back with a $1,500 price tag. Engadget on Wednesday confirmed that the phone was coming.The summer launch puts it squarely in between the launch of the Galaxy Fold, slated for April 26, and the Mate X, which will launch around the middle of the year, and further highlights the burgeoning trend of foldable phones. The devices garnered tons of buzz and were the talk of a reinvigorated MWC at a time when interest in phones were starting to mature.Unlike the Galaxy Fold or Mate X, which fold out into larger displays, the Razr’s design, based on schematics from a patent filing discovered by blog 91Mobiles, flips down into a smaller device like the original Razr. News • Forget the Galaxy Fold and Mate X, the Motorola Razr is the foldable phone to beat Phones The design has some advantages, including protection of the display once it’s folded down. If it mimics the original phone, it’ll be much more compact too. But it’s unclear if consumers want to fold away their display. Samsung and Huawei are banking on people preferring the option of the larger display. The original Razr was one of the most recognizable brands and helped drive Motorola’s success for years during the flip phone era. The ultra-thin phone first started off at the then-outrageous price of $500 as an exclusive phone for Cingular Wireless (now AT&T.) It was one of the most successful phones in history, selling more than 50 million units within two years of its debut.Motorola, however, couldn’t capitalize on the success of the Razr, and fell further behind as the industry moved on to more sophisticated phones. Google purchased Motorola in 2012, and then resold it two years later to Lenovo. Motorola has made its mark largely on well-outfitted budget phones like the Moto G franchise and its Moto Z franchise, which is upgradable to 5G via a Moto Mod attachment.Now, Lenovo has a chance to reinvigorate the Motorola brand with the Razr once more.The story originally published on Feb. 27 at 5:25 p.m. PT. Update, Feb. 28 at 4 a.m. PT: To include additional details on prior phones. Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X: CNET editors react $146 Review • Motorola Razr V3xx Share your voice • Mentioned Above Motorola Special Edition Black Razr V3 (AT&T) See it Mobile World Congress 2019 Huawei Mate X triple threat: Foldable phone with 5G, lots of cameras Motorola Razr Mobile World Congress 2019 Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 9:54 Comments Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X: Battle of the foldable phones Galaxy S10 Plus ongoing review Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 feels like practical magic Mobile World Congress 2019 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Preview • Motorola Razr Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone 8 reading • Motorola will sell its first foldable phone, likely the Razr, this summer Images from a design patent filed by Motorola in 2017. The filing went public in December. Motorola – Photo illustration by Ian Knighton/CNET Motorola is jumping into foldable phones. And it’s likely doing it with one of the most iconic names in the business. Motorola, a unit of Chinese consumer electronics giant Lenovo, plans to sell its foldable smartphone in the summer, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans. The person said the design would be unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which debuted last week, or the Huawei Mate X, which was shown off at the MWC Barcelona show on Sunday. Lenovo Motorola Samsung
Originally published May 19. Now that the Game of Thrones is finally played out, how will you fill your time? You could watch some of the best fantasy and action TV shows already available, or you could go back to George R.R. Martin’s novels when he gets round to completing the Song of Ice and Fire series that inspired HBO’s smash hit. But then what?Luckily there’s no shortage of epic fantasy, sci-fi and thriller books being adapted into movies and TV shows in the coming months and years. From beloved classics to contemporary best-sellers, these are some of the adaptations that will challenge Game of Thrones’ crown to become your new obsession.Dune Call Me By Your Name star Timothy Chalamet leads the glittering cast in a new version of Dune. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images The cult 1984 movie and 2000 miniseries have their fans, but in November 2020 we’re being treated to a new big-screen version of Frank Herbert’s classic novel. In the far future of humanity, Duke Leto Atreides and his son Paul battle over life-giving spice with the venal Baron Harkonnen on the desert world of Arrakis. After reimagining Blade Runner 2049, acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve takes on another sci-fi classic with the help of a galaxy of stars: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem are among those involved. Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over Post a comment FoundationIsaac Asimov’s seminal Foundation series is coming to Apple’s streaming service, Apple TV Plus. Beginning as a series of short stories in 1942, the Foundation books make up a vast, dense sci-fi saga about scientists trying to stave off an oncoming dark age. The 10-episode series is being developed by Josh Friedman, the man behind the Terminator TV series, and David Goyer, co-writer of the Dark Knight movies.Who Fears DeathGame of Thrones fans will be interested to know George R.R. Martin is an executive producer on HBO’s show based on the 2015 novel by Nnedi Okorafor. The post-apocalyptic afrofuturist story follows young Onyesonwu on a quest to find her father — a sorceror who raped her mother. It’s being adapted by Twilight Zone writer Selwn Seyfu Hinds. Good OmensMichael Sheen and David Tennant enjoy Good Omens. Chris Raphael David Tennant and Michael Sheen are perfectly cast as a demon and an angel throwing a wrench in the works of the apocalypse in Good Omens on Amazon. The miniseries is based on the devilishly funny 1990 novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman about the delightful shenanigans that ensue when the antichrist accidentally grows up with the wrong family. While many others on this list are still in development, Good Omens premieres soon, on May 31.Lord of the Rings Amazon paid a quarter of a billion dollars for the rights to a new TV show based on JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings stories, because who hasn’t looked at Peter Jackson’s movie series and thought, yeah it’s OK but it could be longer. Rumors suggest Amazon Video’s series could be set in the distant history of Middle-earth, years before the events of The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. We’ll find out in 2021.The RookYoung Myfanwy Thomas can’t remember why she’s woken up surrounded by dead bodies. But it’s probably got something to do with a secret service for humans with weird abilities in this supernatural spy thriller based on the novel by Daniel O’Malley. Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson and Olivia Munn star in this TV show premiering on Starz June 30.ArmadaThe runaway success of Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One guaranteed his next book, Armada, was bought by Universal Pictures before it was even published. The book follows high school student Zack Lightman as he suspects his favorite online game is a sophisticated simulator training him to face a very real alien invasion.GormenghastIt was adapted by the BBC in 2000, but this time Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman are involved in a new adaptation of the baroque novels by Mervyn Peake. Murder and betrayal ensue as the rightful heir Titus Groan to Castle Gormenghast challenges the scheming Steerpike.His Dark MaterialsForget the underwhelming 2007 movie version of The Golden Compass. This planned BBC adaptation is a TV show, which should give the space and depth for a satisfying take on Philip Pullman’s novels Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. Steered by some of the producers behind Doctor Who, the story follows young Lyra in an adventure spanning twisted parallel versions of our reality. Logan’s Dafne Keen stars as Lyra with James McAvoy and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Now playing: Watch this: 77 Photos 0 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Tags The Kingkiller Chronicle Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and cult director Sam Raimi are reportedly overseeing TV and movie adaptations of this recent series by author Patrick Rothfuss. First released in 2007, The Name of the Wind and sequel The Wise Man’s Fear recount the memoirs of musician and magician Kvothe. Like Game of Thrones, the final book, called The Doors of Stone, has yet to be published.Consider Phlebas Amazon boss Jeff Bezos gave a personal stamp of approval to the announcement that Amazon’s streaming service is adapting Iain M. Banks’ 1987 novel, the first in the Culture series. These weighty space opera stories are set in a utopian society in which civilizations awkwardly co-exist with each other and with artificial intelligence, while spaceships have names like “Prosthetic Conscience” and “No More Mr Nice Guy.”Game of Thrones prequelOK, so maybe nothing can replace Game of Thrones. If only Westeros will do, HBO has you covered with a planned Game of Thrones prequel series set centuries before the hit show. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts 6:20 50 Photos TV and Movies Game of Thrones
Scientists working at Biocon, Bengaluru.Reuters fileUpdate at 3.06 pm: Biocon shares were trading 1.85 percent lower at Rs 1,099 on the BSE on Friday, in response to the quarterly and full-year results. The BSE Sensex was down 112 points to 29,918.Original story:Biocon, the Bengaluru-based biotech company, reported 75 percent increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 135.4 crore (excluding Syngene fire losses) for the March 2017 quarter (Q4) as against Rs 77 crore (ignoring exceptional items) in the corresponding period last year. Revenues came in at Rs 974.3 crore in comparison to Rs 972.7 crore in the year-ago period.Shareholders had something to cheer about as the company declared a bonus of 2:1 (two bonus shares for every share held) and a final dividend of Rs 3 per share. The bonus shares will be credited to shareholders within two months (by June 26). The share price of Biocon closed at Rs 1,119.60 on the BSE on Thursday.”Our Q4 revenue at Rs 974 crore reported a muted growth due to elongated approval timelines in some emerging markets, discontinuance of some in-licensed products and impact of the fire at Syngene,” the company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday.The full year (2016-17) consolidated net profit rose 11.2 percent to Rs 612.1 crore from Rs 550.4 crore (including deferred revenue of Rs 268.4 crore and impairment in Biocon SA assets of Rs 107.80 crore).Full year consolidated revenues increased 18 percent to Rs 4,078.7 crore on all-round improvement in sales in comparison to Rs 3,460.2 crore in the preceding fiscal.”We have closed the year FY 17 with a strong revenue growth of 18% led by a sturdy performance of our Biologics as well as Small Molecules businesses. “FY17 was a landmark year wherein we established our credibility as a global biosimilars player with the launch of Biocon’s Insulin Glargine pen in Japan and submission of five regulatory filings of our biosimilars in the developed markets of US and EU. Our Malaysia facility became operational with the Malaysian government’s exclusive contract for Biocon’s insulins, which expanded our footprint in emerging markets,” Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson and managing director, said in the regulatory filing.The company’s research services business through Syngene contributed sales of Rs 1,138 crore.
Law minister Anisul Huq.The government has rejected the rationales cited in the Supreme Court’s verdict on 16th constitutional amendment, says law minister Anisul Huq.In his formal reaction to the SC judgement at a media briefing at Bangladesh Secretariat on Thursday, he said that a decision on whether the government will legally challenge the verdict would be taken after thorough scrutiny of the verdict text.Read more:CJ’s political remarks in 16th amendment verdict hurt, grieve, damage AL: Khasru“We’re still considering whether a judicial review [petition] should be filed,” he said.The law minister alleged that the arguments and observations made by the chief justice in the verdict were not based on “fact in issues”.“[Some of the] observations of the chief justice are simply not logical; they are emotionally charged and reflect a vindictive attitude,” said the law minister.Read more:‘No scope for debate on SC verdict in parliament’He added that the government would take initiative to expunge the ‘objectionable matters’ in the judgement.The minister, in response to a query, however, said the government would not use politics to counter the court verdict.He rejected the court’s arguments that the 16th amendment, which gave parliament the power to remove judges for any misconduct and incompetence, had in any way hampered the independence of the judiciary.Read more: AL in discomfort over court verdict, latest dev“Parliament was not in a power contest with the judiciary by making provision for the parliament to remove judges. Rather independence of the judiciary was strengthened,” the minister claimed.Anisul Huq also expressed reservations about chief justice SK Sinha’s observation that “no nation – no country is made of, or by one person”.“Although Bangabandhu was in the Pakistan jail, the war of liberation was fought under his leadership and thus the country became independent,” the law minister said.Read more:Not falling into govt or opposition trap: CJThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on 3 July this year scrapped the 16th amendment and restored the Supreme Judicial Council and the full text of the verdict was released 1 August, stirring a huge debate over which of the state organ is sovereign – is it the legislature or the judiciary.The AL-led 10th parliament on 17 September 2014 unanimously passed the Constitution (Sixteenth Amendment) Bill restoring its power to remove Supreme Court judges on the grounds of misconduct or incapacity, scrapping the existing constitutional provisions for the Supreme Judicial Council inquiry into such allegations.Read more: Judiciary’s arm can’t reach parliament: ALThe country’s main opposition political party – Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – has hailed the court verdict and is accusing the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) of standing against the judiciary.Earlier on Wednesday, the Law Commission chairman and former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque observed that the 16th amendment verdict has effectively removed the judges’ accountability to the people.Following the Supreme Court verdict that stripped off parliament’s power to remove judges, he said, it ‘seems to me that Bangladesh is no longer a People’s Republic’; rather it becomes a ‘Judges’ Republic of Bangladesh’.Read more:As if it’s judges’ Republic, says ex-CJ Khairul Haque
21 august grenade attack. File PhotoA Dhaka court is scheduled to start hearing the closing arguments on 23 October in a case lodged over grenade attack at the rally of the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, now prime minister, in capital’s Bangabandhu Avenue on 21 August 2004, reports state-run BSS news agency.BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, Jamaat-e-Islami’s executed secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, former state minister for home affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar were among others charge-sheeted in 2012 following a fresh investigation into the matter after Awami League (AL) government came to power in 2009.”Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 is set to hear the arguments on 23, 24 and 25 October, to complete the trial over one of the most brutal and heinous attacks on political leaders and activists,” Syed Rezaur Rahman, chief prosecutor in the sensational case, told BSS.A total of 225 prosecution witnesses testified in the case, while 20 witnesses were produced by the defence.A total of 24 AL leaders and workers including the then Mahila Awami League president and wife of late president Zillur Rahman, Ivy Rahman, were killed and 500 others were injured in the attack. Sheikh Hasina and the front ranking leaders escaped the carnage narrowly.According to the case documents, then sub-inspector Faruk Hossain of Motijheel police station filed the case on 22 August 2004.Criminal Investigation Department (CID) senior ASP Fazlul Kabir on 11 June 2008, filed the charge sheet in the case against 22 people including chief of Bangladesh chapter of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) Mufti Abdul Hannan.Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 on 3 August 2009, ordered further investigation, accepting a plea of the prosecution.New investigation officer and superintendant of police of CID Abdul Kahar Akand on 3 July 2011, filed two separate charge sheets, one for murder and another under explosive substances act, against total 52, including BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.”Of the total 52 accused, 18 are yet to be arrested, eight are on bail and the rest are behind the bars. Former Jamaat secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid has been hanged in crimes against humanity case, while Mufti Hannan and his associate Shahidul Alam Bipul have been executed for 2004 grenade attack at Shah Jalal shrine in Sylhet and their names have been dropped from the case,” advocate Mosharraf Hossain Kajal, special public prosecutor, told BSS.Of the high profile accused in the case, former state minister for home affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar, former deputy minister for information Abdus Salam Pintu are in jail.Former top officials of police Ashraful Huda, Shahudul Haque, Khoda Boksh Chowdhury, SP Ruhul Amin, ASP Atikur Rahman and Abdur Rashid are on bail in the case.According to the intelligence sources, of the fugitives, Tarique Rahman is in London, Shah Mofazzal Hossain Kaikobad in the Middle East, Mohammad Hanif of Hanif Enterprise is in Kolkata, retired major general ATM Amin in the USA, retired lieutenant colonel Saiful Islam Joardar in Canada, Ratul Babu in India, Anisul Morsalin and Mohibul Mottakin are in Indian jail and Mawala Tazuddin is in South Africa.
Anup Kumar Saha claims to have a full-fledged PhD degree, when in actuality he is still a PhD student yet to finish his course, studying at a university in UK. A teacher of Dhaka University’s accounting and information department, Anup has used his ‘degree’ for a promotion and an appointment in two different institutions.Anup lied about his PhD degree during his appointment at Dhaka University (DU) and has been working as an assistant professor there for the last two and a half months.Anup had denied the accusation and claimed that he had submitted all required documents for his appointment and promotion.Prothom Alo found that Anup Kumar had identified himself as a PhD holder while working in Jagannath University as well. He was promoted as an associate professor there earlier this year. He was then appointed as an assistant professor in DU on 8 October.Anup claimed to be a PhD holder to put himself at an advantage during recruitment and promotion. The role of other persons involved in the recruitment and promotion is also dubious. Anup enrolled into the accounting department of UK’s Durham University in 2013. His name was in the 15th position on the student list of the university website.In the section titled ‘the award of degree’ of Durham’s website, it is said “students must upload the e-copy of their PhD thesis on the website and thus they will be eligible to participate in the congregation process”. The website further clarifies, despite submitting the thesis and other documents, students will not be considered as PhD holder without congregation. The congregation is held twice a year, on 8 June and 15 December.When asked, Anup told Prothom Alo that he took part in the congregation ceremony in June and obtained his PhD certificate. When it was pointed out that the website showed him as a student, Anup said “I have noticed that too. I will send an e-mail to the authorities to update the information.”Prothom Alo found Anup’s claim to be false as the authorities updated the website on 14 December. Furthermore, he uploaded the synopsis of his thesis on 6 October. According to that, his congregation is still under process. There were six teachers on the committee for promoting Anup in at Jagannath University and five teachers on the recruiting committee of DU. The committees were supposed to verify his documents.Mohammed Ali Noor, the chairman of Jagannath University’s accounting and information systems department, told Prothom Alo, Anup had submitted his PhD certificate.But Prothom Alo found that Anup Kumar had not submitted any such document.Mamtaz Uddin Ahmad was one of the members of the recruitment board in DU. He told Prothom Alo, “Anup profiled himself as a PhD holder in his application.”Mamtaz Uddin said, he could not remember whether Anup had submitted the certificate or not. This could be checked at the university’s administration building.However, Prothom Alo found that Anup did not submit any certificate. He submitted a photocopy with Durham’s logo and dated 6 October, written on it “this candidate satisfies the examiners and will be selected for congregation”.Anup was promoted in Jagannath University in April and later appointed in DU on 28 October. Deputy registrar of DU, Golam Sarwar Bhuiyan, told Prothom Alo that they had contacted the Jagannath University authorities in this regard. It was discovered he hadn’t submitted any certificate there either.When asked how Anup got appointment as a PhD holder, Golam Sarwar replied, “That is the responsibility of the recruiting board, not ours.”Nine candidates had applied for the post of assistant professor earlier. A circular was then published mentioning that PhD holders would be prioritised for the post. Anup was the only candidate reportedly having these credentials and therefore was directly appointed for the post.Abdul Hakim of the accounting department said the department’s disciplinary committee had taken up the issue.”We are investigating the matter” he added.