Afcon spectacle just days away

first_imgSouth African fan spirit is on a high as they prepare to host the 2013 Afcon.(Image: Formore free images, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• South African Football Association+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 494 3522Ray MaotaThe Orange Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) is only days away, and the South African national team Bafana Bafana as well as the Ministry of Sport are urging fans to don their yellow jerseys and get behind the team and the event.Bafana are playing their last warm-up match against Algeria at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on 12 January – fresh from a 0 – 1 defeat by Norway on 8 January in Cape Town, where they displayed a lot of goal poaching character, although they couldn’t rattle the net.Bafana plays Cape Verde in the opening match on 19 January at the National Stadium at Nasrec, in the south of Johannesburg.Norway is ranked 24 in the Fifa World Rankings, while Algeria and South Africa rank 19 and 87 respectively. Ace up the sleeveBafana’s head coach Gordon Igesund heaped praise on Platinum Stars midfielder Thuso Phala after the Norway match, saying he was an “ace up his sleeve”.Igesund said: “Just because he plays for a smaller team like Platinum Stars, and a lot of people don’t get to see him, doesn’t mean he is not a good player. He is quick and he is an out-and-out winger.”Bongani Khumalo, Bafana’s captain, said: “We will have to keep working hard, but there were lots of positives in this game (against Norway), like the way we moved the ball. We played a good brand of football, but maybe at times we should get uglier in the box and gamble. But these are the things we will work on.” Fans showing African spiritHundreds of fans gathered in Sandton on 9 January outside the Nelson Mandela Square in true African spirit, for the official 10-day countdown till the start of the tournament.“Go and do us proud. We release you to go and compete with the best in the world,” said Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula, who asked South Africans to show the spirit of ubuntu to other soccer-lovers who will be visiting during Afcon.When South Africa last hosted the tournament in 1996 they triumphed, beating Tunisia 2-0 in the final at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Their supporters are hoping for more of the same in 2013. Afcon groupsThere are four groups in the 22-day sporting event that will also see two South African referees – Daniel Bennett and Zakhele Siwela – officiating at some of the matches.The groups are:· Group A: South Africa; Cape Verde; Angola; Morocco.· Group B: Ghana; Mali; Niger; Democratic Republic of Congo.· Group C: Zambia; Nigeria; Burkina Faso; Ethiopia.· Group D: Tunisia; Algeria; Togo; Côte d’Ivoire.The National Stadium will host the opening and final matches, while the other matches will be played at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit; Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth; Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg; and Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.The Bafana squad is made up of:· Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune; Senzo Meyiwa; Wayne Sandilands.· Defenders: Bongani Khumalo; Siyabonga Sangweni; Thabo Nthethe; Anele Ngcongca; Siboniso Gaxa; Tshepo Masilela; Thabo Matlaba.· Midfielders: Kagisho Dikgacoi; Dean Furman; Reneilwe Letsholonyane; Oupa Manyisa; May Mahlangu; Thulani Serero; Lerato Chabangu; Thuso Phala; Siphiwe Tshabalala.· Strikers: Bernard Parker; Katlego Mphela; Tokelo Rantie; Lehlohonolo Majoro.After choosing the squad, Igesund said: “It’s very unfortunate that I could not have all the players in the squad as the Confederation of African Football rules stipulate that only 23 will be needed for the tournament.“No matter how much we try, we can’t please all the people in the selection process, but I believe we have chosen the best that will represent this country well in Afcon 2013.” Public viewing placesThe Gauteng provincial government has earmarked seven public viewing areas for fans to enjoy the tournament spectacle from.These are in Orange Farm in the south of Johannesburg; the informal settlement of Diepsloot near Fourways, north of the city; Ivory Park in Tembisa on the East Rand; Diepkloof in Soweto; Sedibeng in the Vaal, Tshwane and Merafong in the Carltonville area.MEC for sport, arts, culture and recreation Lebogang Maile told Sowetan: “The public viewing areas were a resounding success during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which is why we have decided to bring them back for Afcon.”last_img read more

The Domestication of Buyers and Sellers

first_imgTens of thousands of years ago, in Southeast Asia, humans developed a relationship with wolves. You might imagine that as humans hunted for food that all kinds of scavengers might have followed behind them, stealing what they could and cleaning up any remains. At some point, as a predator or a group of rival humans approached, the wolves may have alerted the humans, providing a warning that benefited the humans.No doubt, the wolves that were friendlier and less skittish might receive additional rewards, the positive reinforcement causing the quickest learning wolves how to elicit that reaction—and on command. And then, there are wolf pups. It is possible that tens of thousands of years in the past, humans still found puppies to be irresistibly cute.And in this way, wolves domesticated the human, training them to take care of their every need, including food, shelter, grooming, and love. Wait. You thought we domesticated the wolf? To believe this, you must not own a dog.Who Made Who?This same relationship exists between the salesperson and their client. When one approaches a client in a self-oriented way, the response is negative, all but the most conflict averse prospects easily resisting anything that feels like high pressure. An approach that is other-oriented is rewarded with additional meetings and, eventually, new business.When you start a conversation with an approach that doesn’t interest or engage your prospect, you lose their attention. If you start a dialogue around ideas and insights that are relevant and interesting, you gain your dream client’s attention and interest. When you work to help your prospective client produce better strategic outcomes, they tend to buy from you.There is a lot of talk about how much faster buyers evolve than sellers, hyperbole from those who make a living by selling salespeople the idea that have been disempowered, disintermediated, and will soon disappear. The truth is that buyers and sellers, much like humans and dogs, have evolved together. When buyers need something different, salespeople adjust their approach until something works. When sellers adjust what they are doing, like starting a conversation around something that creates greater value for their client, buyers respond positively, even when they had no idea what they needed from a salesperson.The idea that buyers no longer need salespeople is incorrect. And we will continue to evolve together for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

Andros drug bust 3M in marijuana seized

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 9, 2017 – Andros – Nearly $3M in marijuana was uncovered by Bahamian Police in Fresh Creek, Andros after a search of bushes led to the discovery of 78 large packages containing the illegal drug.Senior Superintendent Stephen Dean called it a “a significant blow to the operations of drug traffickers” after the North Andros Division on August Monday holiday met a go fast boat, apparently run aground and then searched nearby bushes where they found the marijuana.   Three men were arrested and investigations continue.#MagneticMediaNews#Androsdrugbust#3millioninmarijuanaseizedinAndros Related Items:#3millioninmarijuanaseizedinAndros, #Androsdrugbust, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

FSC confirms staff changes at ScotiaBank TCI Emergency executives brought in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – March 1, 2018 – The Financial Services Commission is aware of the reports which have residents and depositors of ScotiaBank Turks and Caicos concerned.  Managing Director of the FSC, Niguel Streete told Magnetic Media, the situation is being closely monitored.“The Commission is aware of changes at the senior management level of the bank and is closely monitoring these developments to ensure a smooth and controlled transfer of responsibilities.”   For days now, there have been murmurings about staff problems at popular ScotiaBank and the accusations have been wide ranging and potentially damaging for those involved.The FSC is legally tasked with protecting the public’s interest on behalf of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, this includes depositors.  The shocking collapse of TCI Bank in 2009 has left the market leery of troubling news emanating from the banking sector.While many of the claims by public pundits have not been substantiated, Magnetic Media was able to confirm that there is an emergency team in country, reportedly from Canada, to help during this staff crisis.A customer of the bank shared, on Tuesday, that the Providenciales Leeward Highway branch and the Grand Turk branch of ScotiaBank, has been for weeks now, sharing staff.The FSC did not expound on any rumors in the public domain but Mr. Streete did say, “The Commission’s oversight and risk monitoring/supervision framework extends to working closely with the bank’s parent company and its regulator on effective supervision of the bank’s operations in the TCI.”Magnetic Media has reached out to ScotiaBank for comment on what is going on, but up to publication time, there had been no reply. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks & Caicos: FSC: Over 1000 companies unregistered, first deadline two weeks away Related Items:fsc, Scotiabank ScotiaBank Grace Bay closed today, nationwide downsize begins ScotiaBank TCI to become one location, Grace Bay to close July, Grand Turk to close Septemberlast_img read more

Teslas Chinesebuilt Model 3 could cost almost 10000 less than imported versions

first_img Tesla,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Car Industry 50 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Five real reasons people are buying Teslas Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 49 Photos 68 Photos Comments 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 71 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 5 General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Tags More From Roadshow 26 Photos 81 Photos 18 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 10 Photos Tesla 3:32 Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Enlarge ImageChinese-produced Model 3s could be significantly cheaper to buy in that country than their California tent-built siblings. Elon Musk via Twitter In the past, Teslas that have been imported into China for sale there have been expensive. Like, shockingly expensive — pardon the terrible pun — relative to their prices in the US, thanks to various import tariffs and taxes. That has affected sales for the brand in the world’s largest car market.Now though, Tesla is getting closer than ever to having its Chinese Gigafactory up and running, and once Model 3s start rolling off the line there, the pricing game could change dramatically, as could the brand’s sales. But how much will a Chinese-built Model 3 cost if you live in the Middle Kingdom?According to a report published on Monday by Bloomberg, we might be close to having a definitive answer to that question. Estimates currently put the base price for a Chinese-built Tesla at 300,000 Yuan, or around $43,400 before EV subsidies, and that’s pretty damned reasonable, considering that the current cheapest imported Model 3 is listed at 377,000 Yuan (or $54,555).Tesla is planning on making an announcement about its future Chinese-produced cars on May 31, though it’s unclear if the pricing of those cars will be among the items discussed.Tesla didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment. Share your voice 69 Photos 12 Photos Tags GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 52 Photos Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 3 Comments 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Car Industry Electric Cars Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois.last_img read more

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal angry with Novak Djokovic Serb tries to calm

first_imgNovak Djokovic made light of a reported rift with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on March 20 saying that he welcomes the decision taken by the two tennis legends regarding the ouster of ATP chairman Chris Kermode.Djokovic is the current president of the ATP player’s council and he was elected to the position ahead of the 2018 edition of the US Open. The Serb was one of those vociferously pushing for the ouster of Kermode who has been voted out of his role as chairman of the ATP and will leave chair at the end of this year. This move was supposedly made without consulting either Federer or Nadal and the Swiss was not too pleased about the situation.Federer had said that he was not “chasing” Djokovic for an explanation but at Indian Wells made no bones about how it was “hard to understand” why Djokovic turned down a request to discuss the situation. The world number 1, on his part, says that he welcomes the input of the Spaniard and Swiss legends. Nadal and Federer during Laver Cup Day 1 actionMICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images”We welcome them as well as anyone else who wants to join the political discussions,” Djokovic said ahead of the ATP Miami Open. “The player council is only part of the structure. We are not part of the board or deciding anything. We are in consultation and collaboration with player board representatives.”The Serb said that Nadal and Federer have long been icons of their sport and their opinions are of utmost importance to anyone related to tennis. “Federer and Nadal have been icons of our sport for so many years and their opinions are extremely important to everyone. If they want to be active and part of it, either officially or unofficially, I think it’s only positive for us.””I saw Roger today. We were cutting the ribbon at the opening of the center court. We had a small chat but there was no time to talk about the political stuff. Hopefully we will have time in the next few days to go through some things.”Nadal had earlier stated that a decision as big as the removal of the chairman should have been taken after consulting everyone. The Spaniard was obviously displeased that he was not contacted and could not voice his opinion on the matter. But Djokovic maintained that he has seen no change in the attitude towards him.”I have not noticed anything from their side or from mine,” Djokovic said. “It’s not necessary for people to create any tensions or divisions between us. On the contrary, I have a good relationship with both of them. We always respected each other. We are rivals of course so it’s hard to be friends. We need an open dialogue and for people to have different opinions. That’s what a democratic society is. We all try and be part of that.” Novak Djokovic felt let down by the ATP.Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesThe Serb said that he, along with certain other players, had grown frustrated with the system which was constantly failing them and that prompted the change.”It’s frustrating for me personally and other players who have been part of the structure because it has failed us many times,” he said. “And many times when top players wanted to be involved and be heard they felt like everything they have said was not really followed through in a way it was supposed to be.” Close Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic Wins Final Over Rafael Nadallast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra replies to Hina Khan Thank you proud of what you

first_imgPriyanka Chopra reacts to Hina Khan’s post praising her at Cannes 2019.InstagramTelevision star and former Bigg Boss contestant Hina Khan was at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival for the promotion of her film Lines. This was the first time Hina Khan was at the Cannes Film Festival. She also marked her debut red carpet appearance at the prestigious event.Hina Khan not only looked pretty on the red carpet, but also hobnobbed with the biggies at Cannes 2019, courtesy actress Priyanka Chopra, who also made her Cannes debut this year. Priyanka Chopra not only invited Hina Khan for a special do at Cannes 2019, she also introduced her to the guests there.Hina Khan thanked Priyanka Chopra profusely on Instagram for her gesture, praising her efforts to help others and calling her a walking inspiration. Seeing her long post on Instagram in her praise, Priyanka Chopra replied to Hina Khan in the comments.Priyanka Chopra said, “Thank you for the kind words Hina. Was so good to meet you and spend time with you. Proud of what you have achieved and it was my pleasure to highlight the talent the Indian industry possesses in any way that I could. Wishing you all the luck in the world, onward and upwards! Xoxo #GirlsForGirls.”After Hina Khan walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, Filmfare Editor Jitesh Pillai had trolled her in his Instagram story, saying: “Cannes has suddenly become Chandivali Studios kya?” (Has Cannes suddenly become Chandivali Studios?) The studio in Mumbai is where a lot of television shows, especially daily soaps, are shot.This post by the editor was seen as demeaning by the television fraternity in Mumbai, who stood in support of Hina Khan. Pillai apologised to Hina Khan and she accepted his apology. Soon after, we saw her with Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas at Cannes 2019, and it is clear that Hina Khan has made a place in people’s hearts.Read Hina Khan’s full post thanking Priyanka Chopra:last_img read more

Hasina slams Khaleda for Padma Bridge remarks

first_imgSheikh Hasina, Khaleda ZiaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday ridiculed Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Khaleda Zia for her remarks on Padma Bridge saying that she would not have uttered those words had she been in her senses, reports UNB.  “Any person who has a little bit of sense, who has some knowledge, or who is in his or her senses must not have uttered those words,” she said. The prime minister was speaking at a function at her official residence Ganabhaban when the leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) came to meet her marking the founding anniversary of the organisation. Khaleda Zia on Tuesday said the Padma Bridge will be risky to use as it is being constructed with patchworks, and urged people not to use it. She was speaking at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) arranged by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD). The PM said if Khaleda Zia had brains in her head she would have had an idea how a bridge is constructed. “She (Khaleda) has brains in her head but that are used for making money through embezzlement, stealing orphans’ funds, burn people, killing people. She [Khaleda] can only do these things,” Hasina said. Hasina, also the chief of the ruling Awami League, said by uttering these rubbish words Khaleda has made it clear that she has no capability to construct a bridge. Asking BCL leaders and activists to pay attention to study, she said all subjects, including science, technology, culture and literature have to be taught. “You always keep in mind that education is most important to lead the country in the future. It’s not possible to build yourselves without education. This is also applicable for advancing the country,” she said. Hasina asked the BCL activists to march forward nurturing its three principles — education, peace and prosperity. “You have to advance the country and this is the biggest thing for you,” she said. The PM said BNP and its allies had established an anarchic situation in the country through their misdeeds like arson attacks, burning people to death, as well as through looting and money laundering.  “They had only made their own fortunes when they were in power,” said Hasina questioning how can they advance the country when they are unable to do anything for the welfare of people?  On the other hand, she said, her present government has created a congenial atmosphere in all educational institutions by handing over books to students instead of arms and money.  Referring to inhuman torture on and killing of the leaders of Awami League and Chhatra League by BNP in the past, the PM said they had also brought in power war criminals, rapists, killers and those who had handed over mothers and sisters to the Pakistani forces. Hasina also mentioned UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s historic7th March speech and said it has brightened Bangladesh’s image before the international community. She regretted that generation after generation could not play this historic speech due prohibition though it was the number one speech among the most-inspiring 41 speeches in the world as well as one of the best in two thousand and five hundred years.  Hasina called upon the leaders and workers of Chhatra League to work together to uphold the international recognition as well as to go to their own villages to educate people, if anyone is left behind. BCL president Saifur Rahman Sohag and general secretary Zakir Hossain also spoke at the programme. AL general secretary Obaidul Quader was present at the podium.last_img read more