first_img9 July 2012 Cooperation in trade and investment and the avoidance of double taxation formed part of discussions at the fourth Joint Consultative Mechanism (JCM) meeting between South Africa and Chile on Friday. The meeting was co-chaired by International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim and his Chilean counterpart, Fernando Schmidt, in Pretoria. “South Africa and Chile have agreed and finalised two instruments, namely the Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a Joint Trade and Investment Commission,” the two countries said in a joint communique following the meeting. South Africa remains one of the largest foreign investors in Chile’s mining sector. However, the trade balance between South Africa and Chile is currently in favour of Chile. The establishment of a Joint Bilateral Trade and Investment Commission would help to address this. Exports to Chile include minerals, chemical fertilisers, sulphate, insecticides and fruit. Imports from the South American country include chemicals. The meeting additionally discussed a number of other areas, including the possibility of a dialogue regarding a preferential trade agreement subject to concurrence with the Southern African Customs Union, science and technology, and academic exchanges in the tertiary education sector. It was decided to explore possibilities of further academic collaboration between Chile and South Africa. The previous JCM meeting between Chile and South Africa took place in Chile in 2008. Following the devastating earthquake in Chile in February 2010, the South African government donated R500 000 in relief aid, which was routed through the Chilean Red Cross. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Lau Tsz Lai knocked down a triple with 32 seconds left for the go-ahead basket, 88-86, and import Marcus Elliot nailed two free throws for a four-point gap for Eastern with 10 seconds remaining.Hong Kong can send Alab packing with another win in Game 2, this time at Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. A deciding game, if necessary, will be played in the Philippines on April 7.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAlab cut the deficit with a Renaldo Balkman basket and the Filipinos had one more opportunity when Hong Kong import OD Bassett committed a turnover in the next play.But a surprisingly tentative Ray Parks left his jumper short in the final play, allowing the visitors to escape with the victory. MOST READ LATEST STORIES FILE – Alab forward Ray Parks Jr. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueHong Kong Eastern put San Miguel Alab Pilipinas’ title retention campaign in peril after a thrilling 90-88 victory Friday night in Game 1 of their ABL Season 9 quarterfinal series at Hoops Dome in Mandaue City.Beaten by Alab in the semifinals last season, Hong Kong scored a vengeful win on the road, rallying from 15 points down in the second half to move on the brink of advancing to the second round of the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director North battles South in All-Star Week’s main farecenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Alab seemed to be in cruise control when it erected a 15-point advantage, 61-46, in the third period after an inside basket by PJ Ramos. But Hong Kong found its stride from beyond the arc and made a game out of it in the final period.Parks hit a jumper for an 86-85 lead, before Lau’s big shot took the energy out of the Filipino ballclub.It was Alab’s fifth straight defeat as it continued to wobble following a spate of injuries.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgAsif AkbarSinger Asif Akbar filed a bail petition with a Dhaka court on Sunday in a case filed by lyricist and composer Shafiq Tuhin on charges of music piracy and threatening him on the Facebook, reports UNB.Asif’s lawyer Omar Faruk filed the petition with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Amirul Haider Chowdhury.The hearing is likely to be held later in the day, said Asif’s lawyer.On 6 June, the court sent the singer to jail rejecting both his remand and bail petitions in the case.Earlier, CID members arrested Asif from his studio at Morning Post Tower in Panthapath area around 3:00am on 6 June.According to the case statement, Asif sold the digital copies of several songs without taking permission from the singers and also threatened Tuhin on social media Facebook.On 6 June, Tuhin filed the case with Tejgaon police station.last_img read more

first_imgIndian prime minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Bangladeshi president Mohammad Abul Hamid prior to a meeting in New Delhi on 31 May, 2019. Photo: AFPThe people of Bangladesh have been waiting for years to see the Teesta river water sharing issue settled, president Abdul Hamid told Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday.”I believe an agreement will be signed soon, which will fulfil India’s commitment in this regard,” president Hamid said.A deal on sharing the water of Teesta has remained pending since 2011 but the Indian government has been assuring Bangladesh that it is working to conclude the deal as early as possible.Prime minister Modi said that the unsettled bilateral issues “will be settled very soon” but he did not particularly mention the Teesta water sharing issue. He also stressed on strengthening and making the joint river commission effective.President Hamid went to Delhi to join the swearing-in ceremony of Modi. They met at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi and during their discussion, the Rohingya issue also came up.The president noted that the Rohingya issue has not only become a burden for Bangladesh but also a security threat for South Asia.He said India is Bangladesh’s closest friend. “India’s role in early resolution of the Rohingya issue is very crucial,” he said to Modi.”India may create pressure for ensuring a congenial environment in Rakhaine state so that Rohingyas can voluntarily return to their homeland,” the President said.Modi said that India always talks about the Rohingya issue in different international forums.”Rohingya issue is not a problem for Bangladesh alone. This is now everyone’s concern. India is always with Bangladesh in solving the issue,” the Indian prime minister said.Strengthening bilateral tiesHamid congratulated Modi on his reelection and conveyed the best regards of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.”She and the people of Bangladesh are eagerly waiting to welcome you at an early date,” the president said.He said that the Bangladesh-India bilateral ties have seen remarkable progress, virtually in all areas and noted that the neighbours amicably settled enclave and maritime boundary issues.Addressing India’s security concern, the president said: “Bangladesh doesn’t allow its territory to be used by any terrorists, groups or entity against any state or people. We’ll never allow our territory for any terror activities.”The president said he was looking forward to working closely with Modi and the Indian government in coming days to “move forward with common aspirations to further consolidate our relationships, settling all outstanding issues between the two countries”.Prime minister Modi spoke about jointly celebrating the 50th Independence Day and birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. “It’ll have a global impact,” he said.”It’ll also play a positive role in strengthening the bilateral and multilateral relationship [between Bangladesh and India],” Modi said.last_img read more

first_imgTransparency and accountability are at the heart of Baltimore’s move towards implementation of a police-worn body camera program. The policy recommendations developed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s working group are crafted to ensure the use of the cameras achieved those ends, according to David Rocah, senior staff attorney at the ACLU, Maryland and a member of the working group.The recommendations, outlined in a 42-page report, were intended to address a widespread view of policies stacked against citizens where allegations of police misconduct are concerned, said Rocah in an interview with the AFRO.“What body cameras do is give us the opportunity to have a record of what happened in all of these myriad police encounters, and the opportunity, though not the guarantee, of having a discussion about what happened or what is happening based on evidence and not preconceptions, or competing narratives, or misperceptions, faulty perceptions, or outright falsehood,” said Rocah.For body cameras to achieve this end, the policy governing use must be simple, straightforward, and clear to everybody involved. “You need clear rules that are not riddled with exceptions, and details, and fine points, and so on and so forth, so that they’re easily understood and easily followed by human beings who are fallible,” said Rocah.The working group recommends that whenever an officer is exercising her police authority (any interaction where participation for the citizen is not optional), the body camera must be turned on without exception. In interactions where the citizen is free to end the encounter at any point, officers must still have the cameras on, but the citizen can request the camera be turned off.There are some areas, however, where the working group stopped short of making a full-fledged recommendation, and one of those was how to use body cameras in hospital settings, where the privacy of many could be impacted by the presence of cameras. “I think the general rules will still apply, but I think the group recognized that there needs to be some discussion with hospitals or hospital representatives so that everyone understands, up front, what the rules are,” said Rocah. “If the officer is simply walking through the hospital, they shouldn’t be recording anything because they’re not exercising their authority over anybody. But if they’re going into the hospital because there’s an active shooter situation, then the cameras will be on.”Another sensitive area is how the cameras should be used when officers are responding to sex assaults. Rocah points out that the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) has worked heavily with advocacy groups and other experts in order to reform its handlingof such responses, and the working group was wary of making a recommendation that might interfere with those new policies and procedures.“The policy, in general terms, puts the discretion I think where it belongs, in the hands of the persons [reporting a sex assault] that the officer is interviewing because, again, [the officer] is not exercising authority or control over the person,” said Rocah. “The person is free to give a statement or not give a statement, they may leave, et cetera, and so they should also be free to decide whether or not they want the camera on or off.”The working group recommended video data produced by the cameras be kept four years. Rocah said this balanced the desire of city lawyers to preserve data as long as possible with the technical and cost limitations of holding onto video for long periods of time. Four years was chosen because of what is generally a three year statute of limitations for civil complaints by citizens against the police, guaranteeing the preservation of video for the duration of that period plus something of a buffer.The working group also recommended that BPD collect statistical data on camera documented use of force, numbers of civilian complaints, and internal disciplinary convictions of officers, and similarly that the Baltimore City Law Department collect data on the number of civil suits against BPD as well as payouts to plaintiffs in camera documented incidents.“The evidence (on body cameras) seems to suggest that when officers are wearing cameras and when everyone knows that they’re wearing a camera . . . that everybody in the encounter, in general, is more likely to behave better. . . . That can end up saving the city a lot of money, but the data about all of that is limited, and there was a recognition that the full implementation of a body-worn camera program is expensive, and we should look at the effects of the cameras as they’re being introduced and make sure that they’re having the effects that we hoped for,” said Rocah.Almost all of the working group’s recommendations were unanimous, but there was some division over whether, in the case of non-routine matters (e.g., an officer involved shooting), an officer should be required to make a statement prior to reviewing her camera’s footage of an incident. The majority view of the working group was that an officer should indeed face such a requirement, a view not shared by the working group’s Fraternal Order of Police representatives.Rocah says that the majority view was informed by a concern that allowing officers to view the footage first would raise the specter of officers simply shaping their narrative to what was on the video. “I think the public would not have faith in how the videos are being used if [officers] were given that opportunity,” said Rocah.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more