PM encourages PPP implementation under G2G partnership

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina speaking at the meeting of the board of governors of PPP authority on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday encouraged implementation of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects on the basis of the government-to-government (G2G) partnership with different countries, reports UNB.She also gave directives to the authorities concerned to undertake such more projects.The directives came at the second meeting of the board of governors of PPP authority, held at the prime minister’s office with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.The prime minister said it will have to set example of success stories by implementing the project through PPP, said the PM’s press wing sources after the meeting.At the meeting, it said a total of 48 projects were undertaken to implement on the PPP policy. Of the projects, agreements were signed with private partners to implement 10 projects, while agreements will be signed with private partners soon to implement two other projects.If the 48 PPP projects are implemented, the amount of investment will stand at some US$ 12.6 billion.Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, railways minister Mazibul Hoque, posts, telecommunications and information technology minister Mustafa Jabbar, textiles and jute minister Emaz Uddin Pramanik, principal secretary Nojibur Rahman, chief coordinator (SDG Affairs) at the PM office Abul Kalam Azad, the CEO of the PPP authority, secretaries concerned were present at the meeting.The PPP Authority in June 2017 took a ‘Policy for Implementing PPP Projects through Government to Government (G2G) Partnership, 2017’ (the G2G Partnership Policy) to build on strong bi-lateral relationships with other governments to develop and upgrade large public infrastructure assets in partnership with other countries and deliver essential public services.Following the policy, Bangladesh signed agreements with Japan in June 2017 and Singapore in March 2018 over implementation of the PPP projects through G2G partnership.The meeting discussed on Japan’s willingness to join in the implementation of eight projects of different ministries under G2G partnership policy.It also discussed the interest of Singapore to get involved in the PPP projects regarding housing, water supply and sewerage and development of river ports.The UK-based PPP Bulletin at a ceremony held in Australia awarded the government of Bangladesh as ‘Government PPP Promoter of the Year’ in 2017.last_img read more


Shanghai Motion Seeks Investors to Help Indie Streaming Beat Piracy

first_img“The plug-in is a tool which can go with any platform or streaming site. Users can choose their favorite P2P sites and stream however they want, from wherever they have the films or the user experience they prefer. The plug-in sorts out the rest.” Motion uses Ethereum blockchain-enabled technology for micro-payments.Anne-Spohie Lehec, former head of sales for Hong Kong-based Asian Shadows and previously head of festivals partnerships at MUBI.com, will be in Shanghai representing the company.In Cannes, co-founder Florian Glatz presented the technology from a legal perspective, illustrating how IP rights can be better protected and exploited via blockchain. The company contends that many people who use piracy services to view content are simply frustrated fans without a legal means to pay.But Motion also positions itself and the peer to peer streaming market as a rival to the world’s global streaming giants. China has three of the largest streaming platforms, accounting for 60% of global streaming subscribers according to a recent study, as well as a host of fast-growing specialty streamers that are emerging in specific areas such as games streaming, short-form video, and which cross-over into social media.“Peer-to-peer is a potential 10x larger market than Netflix – and it will be in the hands of content creators, not Silicon Valley,” said co-CEO and film producer Alan R. Milligan. “Tech companies have taken advantage of our content and put themselves in a dominant position for digital distribution and recently, production. It’s time the film industry owns the tech, and ensures that its used to our advantage, rather than being subject to tech companies pushing the film industry aside. Not only will the film industry become shareholders, they will also be actively taking part in our development and on our board.” Motion says it is significantly different from the rights trading platforms and streaming services, such as TRX, BidSlate and FilmHub that have emerged in the past couple of years to address the independent film sector. “We are not another platform, but rather a tool, a browser plug-in. The user only needs to install the Motion plug-in. Then when users stream peer-to-peer content, we facilitate a direct payment from them to the rights holders in under three seconds,” the company said. It is also available as an app that can be downloaded to a user’s smartphone. Related European movie technology company Motion will be in Shanghai from this week seeking investors and content partners for its online distribution tool.The company positions itself as enabling paid-for peer-to-peer streaming, by connecting movie producers and sales agents directly with their audience.Backed by a trio of companies — Cinemarket, White Rabbit and LeapDAO – it launched in Cannes last month.The company is currently attempting to raise EUR1 million in a funding round that will close at the end of June. It says it has over EUR500,000 of financial commitments.French production companies Haut et Court, Elzevir and Le Bureau “have invested their library and have committed to investing cash,” Motion told Variety. “It’s important for us that the film industry owns the technology and is represented on the board of Motion.” Shanghai Film Review: ‘Vortex’ Shanghai Film Review: ‘The Wolf Hour’center_img Popular on Variety Berlin-based Motion is currently developing the Beta version of its ecosystem, with plans to launch it in test markets in January 2020. Results are planned to be presented at the next Cannes film festival, May 2020 and in Shanghai in June 2020.Founded by Milligan, White Rabbit is a company seeking to professionalize the peer-to-peer market, collect data and revenue for rights holders. Cinemarket is a services company specializing in copyright management and licensing for the consolidation of film and video catalogs. It was created by French film writer and director Adrian Lugol and German lawyer Glatz. LeapDAO (formerly PARSEC Labs), was created by Johann Barbie and pitches itself as “the first ever decentralized adaptive organization.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more


Tagore in Shorthand A tribute to the Kobi Guru

first_imgArtist Indrajit Nattoji presented a unique collection of paintings, that delves into Kobi Guru’s literary works through handwriting his poems and songs in his image. Titled “Tagore in shorthand”, the collection which was displayed at ICCR, was created using ink and paint on paper. Each art-work showcases one of Tagore’s literary works written in his image. Portraits range from Tagore as a young man to his later years. Talking about his inspiration, Nattoji said, “I have been drawing and painting from the time I recall my earliest childhood memories. When I was studying at the National Institute of Design, long before the digital renaissance, we used to take notes, write scripts, stories and with pen, pencil and paper. Computers were a distant concept at that time and nor were we allowed near one. Recently, I started using handwritten words and sentences to create forms while drawing over words when I made mistakes. As I was drawing while writing, the lines took on a life of their own. I started writing while creating an image and I created images while writing. I then added some paint and colour. Shorthand art anyone?” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA student of NID, Ahmedabad, Nattoji has won the Singapore Promax BDA Asia Awards, Razorfish Rocket Award for Rising Talent and Best Station ID. Currently, he is writing his next feature film, while conceptualizing, directing and producing three film installations for India’s first Museum on Indian Music in Bangalore and continuing to make Ad-Films.When asked why he chose Tagore, the artist said, “The Bengali ‘force’ in me has always been strong. I have been brought up with the mandatory staple of Tagore songs, poems and stories. Recently I was in the middle of an animation project where I had taken on a part of the animation where one had to do hands-on drawings digitally. My mother had organized a small function and get together for Robindro Jayanti and had asked me to draw a portrait of Tagore and add a quote from his works. I was already drawing frames for my animation with my newly acquired Ipad and Apple pencil. I quickly combined the words ‘Pochishe Boishak’ into an image of Tagore. It was spontaneous and intuitive. It turned out quite interesting and was much appreciated by everyone. That’s how this project took birth.” What asked about the plans with this journey of painting, he said,”I hope to take this further with interpretations of more of his works in handwritten drawing style with larger formats of drawing, painting, screen prints, woodcuts, digital art and large-scale animation and film installations.”last_img read more


You can now send SMS through Facebook Messenger for Android

first_imgAdvertisement Starting today, users in most countries can now use Messenger for Android as the default SMS App.To turn the feature on, go to their settings, select “SMS” and turn on “Default SMS App.”This will make all your SMS conversations to appear in Messenger as purple threads, alongside your blue Facebook chats. The good thing is that you will still be able to receive and read SMS in other apps, including the standard Android system. – Advertisement – However, do not expect the feature to show up in Messenger for iOS since iOS does not have an option for changing your SMS client.Using Messenger to send SMS enables you to send Facebook Stickers as well as images, videos and audio as text messages.last_img read more


MBAs Profit As Paid Consultants through TCU Neeley Associates

first_img regions: Dallas Last Updated Dec 14, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail At the Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business’ Neeley & Associates, MBAs have the chance to gain more than just hands-on business experience as paid consultants for major companies.The Neeley & Associates are a group of MBA student consultants who can earn both business experience and a paycheck by offering insights and strategies for major companies facing business challenges. The students act as principle consultants, but are are provided with ample resources and guidance in the form faculty, staff, and professional consultants.The program benefits both students looking to gain experience and the companies, who are able to find affordable and innovative solutions to their challenges. Past clients have ranged from PepsiCo. to Nike to GM Financial, and all of the consulting is paid work. Many students have since been hired or offered internships at the companies for which they served as consultants. Others simply found that the consulting experience on their resume gave them a competitive edge on the job market. “Few candidates have ever done a consulting project. It gave me examples of how I creatively overcame a difficult challenge for a major company,” Greg Goolsby said of his Neeley & Associates experience. Graduating with his MBA in 2008, Goolsby currently serves as the senior licensing and acquisition manager at FUNimation.Ed Riefenstahl, Director of Experiential Learning at Neeley, also commented on the many benefits the program has for students. “In addition to applying new knowledge from the classroom, Neeley & Associates MBAs get to experience and develop skills that are applicable and beneficial to the rest of their careers.” About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer center_img RelatedTCU Neeley Hosts PepsiCo MBA Case CompetitionThe Texas Christian University—Neeley School of Business recently hosted the 2016 PepsiCo MBA Invitational Business Case Competition, featuring MBA students from 14 universities, including Neeley. On Friday evening, Oct. 28th, MBA students from 14 universities around the country arrived to participate in the competition. They were assigned to eight teams,…November 2, 2016In “Featured Region”The Five Biggest Texas Internship Destinations for MBAsWhether an internship is optional or required for your MBA program, interning at top companies in your metro can not only offer hands-on work experience, but the chance to develop professional relationships that can shape the rest of your career. Major Texas metros like Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth area…August 8, 2018In “Accenture”Neeley Discusses International Opportunities for StudentsThe Spring/Summer 2015 edition of Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business features a piece on the international opportunities available to Neeley undergraduate and graduate students.  Students in TCU’s traditional MBA program can travel to China, Costa Rica, Italy, Panama, and South Africa for immersive study experiences on a variety of…July 16, 2015In “Featured Region” MBAs Profit As Paid Consultants through TCU Neeley & Associateslast_img read more