In a new multi-media campaign launched today by The ONE Campaign, more than a dozen international artists are teaming up with healthcare workers from Liberia to demand world leaders do more – and quickly – to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and strengthen health systems so that future outbreaks can be quickly contained.ONE is releasing the video alongside an interactive Ebola Response Tracker, which shows how much money countries have pledged, how much has actually been disbursed, and how many health workers and other contributions have been sent to affected countries.The video features an international array of artists, including: African musicians Fally Ipupa, Angélique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, and Ice Prince; Irish rocker and ONE co-founder Bono; American and British stars Akon, Ben Affleck, Connie Britton, Matt Damon, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Ellie Goulding, Danai Gurira, and Thandie Newton; German soccer star Per Mertesacker; French actor Vincent Cassel. Also appearing in the video are Liberian healthcare workers Dr. J Soka Moses and Louise Gaye.The world’s initial response to the Ebola outbreak was a failure — global leaders waited too long to act, and thousands have paid with their lives. The video, which is completely silent, highlights how the world waited for action to stamp out Ebola in West Africa, and how we cannot wait to invest in the health sector to prevent similar tragedies in the future.The video ends with a call to action for citizens to sign ONE’s petition demanding global leaders do what’s necessary to end the outbreak and strengthen basic health care systems in developing countries. Ebola is a global crisis and defeating it will take the combined efforts of government, business, relief groups and health care workers to bring it under control. ONE’s campaign is focused on ensuring governments do their part.Michael Elliott, President and CEO of ONE, said: “The initial response to the Ebola outbreak was too slow and too uncoordinated. Some countries have now stepped up to lead in a big way –with traditional donors like the US, UK, France and Germany all making meaningful contributions– but this is a global crisis and it demands a global response. While our first priority needs to be containing this outbreak, it is equally important that the world take steps now to invest in strengthening health systems so that future tragedies of this kind will be stopped in their tracks.”Angélique Kidjo, Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter and activist from Benin, said: “When you don’t have enough doctors, nurses or hospital beds, it’s tough to stop a crisis like this Ebola outbreak. We need our friends around the world to come forward with all the help they can right now, so patients can be treated in a dignified way, and we can end this nightmare. Then we need to work together to rebuild and strengthen West Africa’s heath care systems to stop another crisis like this from happening again.”ONE’s “Ebola Response Tracker” has four main findings: 1. There is a significant discrepancy between money pledged and money disbursed on the ground. 2. No major donors have attached timelines to their contributions. Many are also unclear whether cash for the Ebola response is new money or simply funds repurposed from other foreign aid programs. 3. Accurate data on health care workers – the most critical part of the response – is very difficult to obtain. It’s also challenging to determine what kinds of personnel (i.e. epidemiologists, first responders, nurses) are required, pledged, or deployed in the field. 4. We can’t assess countries’ contributions based only on money or personnel. Countries such as the US are also contributing to the Ebola response with significant in-kind contributions such as military field hospitals, personnel, and equipment.The devastation caused by Ebola has begun to erase much of the recent progress Liberia Sierra Leone, and Guinea have made in lifting people out of extreme poverty. Nobody wants to see the clock turned back. We need every government to deliver the funding, resources and expertise needed to bring Ebola under control.You can watch the video here.Source:One.org
Readymade garment workers are seen chanting slogans from a demonstration organised in Savar for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday demanding implementation of minimum wage structure. Photo: UNBAt least 50 people were injured in separate clashes between readymade garment (RMG) workers and police in Savar, Ashulia and parts of Gazipur district on Wednesday, reports UNB.In Savar, workers from different RMG factories in Ulail of Savar and Kathgara in Ashulia took to the streets with processions demanding their wage hike, witnesses said.At one stage, the workers hurled brickbats at police triggering a chase and counter-chase that lasted for about an hour.Police charged baton and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse them, leaving at least 30 people injured, according to the witnesses.A tense situation is prevailing in the area following the incident.Readymade garment workers hold a demonstration organised in Savar for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday demanding implementation of minimum wage structure. Photo: UNBMeanwhile, a team of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) was seen patrolling the area to fend off further troubles.Traffic movement on Baipile-Abdullahpur highway remained suspended for about an hour as the RMG workers put up barricades in Narsinghapur of Ashulia.The garment workers also blocked Dhaka-Aricha highway in Kalampur of Dhamrai in the morning, halting traffic movement for nearly an hour.However, they left the place upon request by the law enforcement.Earlier in the morning, thousands of garment workers in different parts of the industrial zone started demonstrations for the fourth consecutive day, demanding cancellation of what they called discriminatory wage board announced by the government.Officials of the Industrial police said the workers from several RMG factories in Ulail and Genda areas started gathering on the streets since morning and began demonstrations by setting tyres on fire.The agitated workers also hurled brick chips at their factories, said witnesses.On information, police went to the spots and brought the situation under control.Readymade garment workers hold a demonstration organised in Savar for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday demanding implementation of minimum wage structure. Photo: UNBThe workers of five factories put up barricades on Bishmile-Jirabo road in Kathgara of Ashulia demanding the wage hike.Production in four factories in Ulail, Hemayetpur of Savar and Charabagh of Ashulia, remained suspended since morning following the workers’ unrest.The factory authorities, meanwhile, have hung closure notices at the gates of their respective factories.Additional police have been deployed in Savar and Ashulia areas to avoid further troubles, said Shana ShaminurRahman, director of Industrial Police-1.Police were in discussions with the factory owners to find out ways to restore the working environment in the factories.According to UNB Gazipur correspondent, at least 20 people, including a journalist of Somoy Television, was injured during a clash with police on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Gazipura at noon.When workers of different RMG factories tried to stage demonstrations blocking the highway, police charged baton and lobbed tear gas shells, leaving over 20 people, including Somoy TV journalist Asad Nur, injured, witnesses said.Bashon police station officer-in-charge Mokter Hossain said RMG workers of Kashimpur Board Bazar and other adjoining areas started demonstrations in the morning demanding their wage hike.Readymade garment workers hold a demonstration organised in Savar for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday demanding implementation of minimum wage structure. Photo: UNBThey vandalised some factories and blocked Dhaka-Mymensingh and Dhaka-Tangail highways for some time.The authorities of over 100 factories in the areas declared their factories shut for today [Wednesday] fearing vandalism.Huge law enforcers have been deployed in Konabari, Chandna, Kashimpur, Tongi and other industrials areas to avert troubles, said Bashon thana officer-in-charge Mokter Hossain.Eight platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) also have been deployed in Savar, Ashulia and Gazipur industrial areas to tackle the situation, BGB public relations officer Mohsin Reza told UNB.Earlier, Sumon Mia, 22, a worker of Anlima Textile, was killed and 30 others injured in clashes with police during demonstrations in Hemayetpur on the third day of the movement on Tuesday.The authorities of Anlima Textile declared a general holiday for Wednesday following the death of its worker.
Viacom reached a distribution deal with FuboTV, which will soon add an array of the conglomerate’s networks — including Comedy Central, BET, MTV and Nickelodeon — to its live TV internet streaming service.Viacom is now on four “virtual pay-TV” platforms: Dish Network’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Philo and FuboTV. Viacom remains absent from Google’s YouTube TV, Hulu’s live TV bundle and Sony’s PlayStation Vue (which dropped the conglomerate’s lineup more than two years ago).For Viacom, there’s some urgency in getting on OTT platforms as traditional cable and TV satellite distributors have seen their subscriber losses accelerate. In 2018, the five biggest U.S. pay-TV operators collectively lost 3.2 million subs, a 4.2% decline.“FuboTV is quickly evolving as a major force in the streaming television space, and the addition of Viacom’s media networks as a cornerstone of FuboTV’s entertainment offering demonstrates the power and popularity of our global brands and programming,” Tom Gorke, Viacom’s EVP and head of distribution and business development, said in a statement. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Viacom is expanding its digital footprint on other fronts. Last month it spent $340 million to buy PlutoTV, a free TV-like streaming service, and its Viacom Digital Studios division now owns VidCon and digital network and studio Awesomeness.For now, FuboTV is relatively small in the grand scheme of things. Launched in 2015 as a sports-centric OTT TV service, the New York-based company said it had just shy of 250,000 paid subscribers at the end of September 2018. It has raised $150 million from investors including AMC Networks, 21st Century Fox and Sky (now owned by Comcast).Viacom shows that will be available to FuboTV customers include Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (pictured above), MTV’s “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” and Nickelodeon’s “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”Under the deal with FuboTV, Viacom’s nine core media networks – BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1 – will soon be included in FuboTV’s base package, priced at $45 per month.In addition, an expanded suite of Viacom channels will be available in the Fubo Extra premier package ($50 monthly). Those include BET Her, BET Jams, BET Soul, Logo, MTV2, MTV Classic, MTV Live, mtvU, Nick Music, Nicktoons and TeenNick. The deal also will bring Viacom’s Telefe and MTV Tr3s networks to FuboTV’s Spanish-language Fubo Latino package (an additional $8 per month).“We’re very excited to enter into this strategic partnership with Viacom, which continues to make prescient and aggressive moves in the digital media space,” said Joel Armijo, FuboTV’s CFO. “Fubo remains singularly focused on offering sports fans a compelling pay-TV alternative with a robust content offering able to serve the viewing needs of the entire household.” Popular on Variety
Kolkata: Chief Minister prayed for world peace while inaugurating the Rath Yatra festival organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Kolkata on Saturday.She pulled the rope and marked the beginning of the seven-day festival. “Religion is personal but people from every faith take part in the festival of peace and harmony,” she maintained.Thousands of people gathered at the Radha Govinda temple on Albert Road to pull the rope which is considered to be extremely auspicious on Rath Yatra. Indranil Sen, Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs, Rajeev Kumar, Kolkata Police Commissioner, Moon Moon Sen and Subrata Bakshi, party MPs and Debashis Kumar, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks and Squares) were present at the inaugural function. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Rath will reach maidan where a temporary mashir bari (aunt’s house) has been set up via Sarat Bose Road, Hazra Road, Asutosh Mookerjee Road and Jawaharlal Nehru Road. There will be week-long celebrations at Maidan where there will be religious discourses on Srimad Bhagavatam, kirtans and bhajans in which devotees of the ISKCON who have come from all over the world will take part.ISKCON has been celebrating the Rath Yatra in Kolkata for the past 46 years. It was started on July 12, 1972, in which Bhagavan Prabhupada was present along with his Western devotees like Jaipataha Swami and Achyutananda Swami. While Prabhupada sang Hare Krishna Mahamantra, Jaipataka Swami played the cymbals and Achyutananda Swami played the drums. It was the first time when Kolkatans saw Western devotees dancing and chanting Hare Krishna. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe Rath Yatra festival was observed with great enthusiasm at Mayapur. Lakhs of people coming from different caste, creed and religion pulled the rope and enjoyed prasadam served by the ISKCON monks.Rath Yatra festival was also observed at Mahesh in Hooghly district where thousands of devotees pulled the rope. There is a fair organised along GT Road where elaborate police arrangements have been made for smooth manoeuvre of the Rath.In Balaram mandir, a unit of Ramakrishna Mission, hundreds of devotees pulled the rope. A special puja was also observed. Swami Vagishanandaji, one of the presidents of Ramakrishna Math and Mission pulled the rope to mark the beginning of the festival. It may be recalled the Sri Ramakrishna had pulled the rope of the chariot along with his devotees over a century ago at Balaram Basu’s house which is now known as Balaram Mandir.