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5 days ago

Creative industry has potential to boost economy, says minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged stakeholders in the culture sector to use the creativity in the industry to boost the countrys economy.

Mohammed gave the advice at the opening of the Boat regatta display as part of activities marking the ongoing Abuja National Carnival.

While the country needs a lot of money and infrastructure to diversify other areas of the economy, we do not need so much in the creative industry to achieve that diversification.

The contents and infrastructure we need are in the heads of the individuals working in the sector.

The participants in the regatta do not need government to teach them. Its like a tradition that is inherent and if properly tapped, can turn the economic situation of a person, state and the country at large, Mohammed said.

He also said culture and tourism were not all about singing and dancing, but the peace and unity that would always come with them could not be over emphasised.

Culture is not about song or dance, but the peace and unity it brings should be of a great importance to us.

Today we are here to witness the boat regatta; all the participants are socialising with each other, and no one will like to offend anyone. That is what festivals like this bring joyful atmosphere.

Nigeria has a population of about 180, and only two world recognised tourism sites, while Italy that their population is not up to half has 50 sites.

We need to make up with other cultural activities that exist in different zones of the country to attract tourists and increase our foreign exchange.

Sen. Matthew Urhoghide, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, said the sector was of huge importance to the nations economy.

Culture and tourism is one sector that we need not play with because of its potential to boost the economy.

I and my colleagues in the lower house are ready to do whatever possible to push the sector and make it realise its mission and vision.

Tourism sector is a latent area that we believe that the country will derive a lot of revenue from.

There is the need to put in place the necessary legislative framework to adequately harness culture and tourism into a viable economy, Urhoghide said.

Mr Bayo Ononuga , the Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who was represented by a Special Assistant, Mr Victor Idem, thanked those who made efforts to make the event a success.

We thank God for the success of the Abuja Carnival boat regatta. On behalf of all the participants, I thank the Minister for bringing so much vibrancy and vision to the culture sector.

You have opened another vista to help us appreciate our vast potentials inherent in our culture.

I thank the participating states; their enthusiasm and dexterity in boat sailing and rowing demonstration was very entertaining.

We pledge our support and commitment to the sector so it grows to its full potentials, Ononuga said.

The regatta display featured only four states Delta, Kogi, Ogun and Bayelsa.

3 months ago

Hillary Clinton Proposes 65% Top Rate for Estate Tax

By Richard Rubin Updated Sept. 22, 2016 4:08 p.m. ET

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would levy a 65% tax on the largest estates and make it harder for wealthy people to pass appreciated assets to their heirs without paying taxes, expanding the list of tax increases she would impose on the top sliver of Americas affluent.

The estate-tax increase and other new proposals that Mrs. Clinton detailed on Thursday would generate $260 billion over the next decade, enough to pay for her plans to simplify small business taxes and expand the child tax credit, according to the nonpartisan Comm

5 months ago

Clinton leads Trump, pair of polls show - CNN

Story highlightsTwo polls show Clinton leading TrumpBut her leads vary A Washington Post/ABC News survey shows Clinton ahead by 12 points, 51% to 39%. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, meanwhile, pegs Clinton's lead at 5 points, 46% to 41%. Trump is emerging from a difficult phase in his campaign, including the firing of campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, anemic fundraising and widespread blowback from his party over his labeling of an Indiana-born federal judge as "Mexican" and therefore biased in his Trump University legal proceedings. The 12-point Clinton advantage would suggest those controversies have badly damaged Trump -- but the 5-point lead would indicate he'd survived the last month largely unscathed. Another example of the widely differing results: When third-party choices like Libertarian Gary Johnson are factored in, the Washington Post/ABC News poll showed Clinton still ahead by 10 points, while her lead shrank to 1 point in the Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey. Tweeted Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort: "I prefer NBC/WSJ poll."The Washington Post/ABC News poll found a number of troubling signs for Trump. Of those polled, 61% said Clinton is qualified to be president, while 64% said Trump is not qualified. By a better than two-to-one margin, voters said Clinton, not Trump, has a better personality and temperament to serve as president. While 50% said the idea of Clinton as president makes them anxious, 70% said the same of Trump. And while Clinton's use of a private email server is damaging -- 56% said they disapprove of how she's handling questions about it -- Trump has been more severely damaged by controversies surrounding him: 66% say they think he's unfairly biased against minorities; 68% said his attacks on the judge were racist; and 59% disapprove of the way he has handled questions about Trump University. The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found Clinton with huge leads among minorities -- besting Trump 87% to 5% among African-Americans and 69% to 22% with Latinos. She leads with women, 52% to 35%, while Trump holds the edge among white voters at 49% to 37%; men, 48% to 38%; and independents, 40% to 30%."The fact that Donald Trump had a really bad period and he went down just a few points indicates that it will be difficult for either candidate to break out given the hard-set division in the electorate," Fred Yang, a Democratic pollster who conducted the poll with Republican pollster Bill McInturff, told The Wall Street Journal. The Washington Post/ABC News poll surveyed 1,001 adults between June 20-23 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.The Wall Street Journal/NBC poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters between June 19-23 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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8 months ago

Raw: Ecuadorian Man Rescued Alive From Rubble

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Raw: Ecuadorian Man Rescued Alive From RubbleDramatic video showed rescuers on Monday pulling a man out alive from the rubble of a collapsed hotel following a devastating earthquake that hit the country on Saturday. (April 19)

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1 year ago

Day 2: More Prospective Jurors Questioned For Freddie Gray Trial - CBS Local

BALTIMORE (WJZ) Jury selection resumes. The high-profile trial for Officer William Porter moves into its second day as another group of potential jurors is downtown right now. Officer Porter is the first officer to be tried in the Freddie Gray case.

Investigator Mike Hellgren has more on whats going on inside the courthouse.

Officer William Porter will face another panel of prospective jurors Tuesday morning. Monday, he sat in court as lawyers sifted through the first panel of roughly 70 as protesters chants could be heard inside the courtroom.

Most of the day, the potential jurors were questioned privately but before that, the judge did ask them to indicate their answers to several key questions. We learned all of the first panel of prospective jurors were aware of the case, the unrest that followed and aware of the multi-million dollar settlement the city reached with Grays family.

All of Tuesdays jurors have heard of the case and all but one had heard of the settlement with Grays family. Twenty-two of the prospective jurors have strong feelings on misconduct and manslaughter. Eleven give more or less weight to testimony of a police officer. One juror has strong feelings on race; 14 have law enforcement in their family. Forty-six prospective jurors were convicted of or victims of crime. Two of them say they knew Freddie Gray. Twelve prospective jurors say they cant serve and three have medical issues.

The question is not going to be just are you aware of the riots, are you aware of the aftermath? said legal analyst Warren Alperstein. Being aware of this, can you still sit as a fair and impartial juror?

Jury selection is key for Officer Porters defense. The officer is also expected to testify.

Like Gray, he grew up in west Baltimore. Earlier this year, he told the Washington Post in an interview, If I had made different choices, I would have been Freddie Gray. If he had made different choices, he could have been an Officer Porter.

But their lives collided on April 12 after Gray was arrested and then placed in a police van.

Prosecutors say Porter refused to get Gray medical help for severe spinal injuries. He died a week later.

Trials for the other five officers charged in the case are scheduled into March.

Its unclear whether Grays family will attend any of them.

They may attend opening statements. That hasnt been decided, said their lawyer, Billy Murphy.

Stay with WJZ for complete coverage as jury selection resumes in the first trial in the Freddie Gray case. Well bring you every development from the courtroom.

1 year ago

Dodgers expected to hire Dave Roberts as manager - Los Angeles Times

Dave Roberts is expected to be named manager of the Dodgers on Monday, according to multiple people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the hiring hasnt been announced.

A former Dodgers outfielder, the 43-year-old Roberts will be the first minority manager in the franchise's history. His father is African American and his mother is Japanese.

Roberts was most recently the bench coach of the San Diego Padres.

Once a swift-footed outfielder, Roberts played in the major leagues for 10 seasons. He became an established player with the Dodgers, who acquired him before the 2002 season.

Roberts was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 2004. He is probably best-known for his steal for them in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series that year. With the Red Sox trailing the series, three games to zero, and the game, 4-3, Roberts pinch ran in the ninth inning and stole second base. He later scored a run that sent the game into extra innings. The Red Sox went on to win the game, the series and, eventually, the World Series, their first championship since 1918.

Roberts joined the Padres staff in 2011 as first base coach.

He is the first Dodgers manager hired by Andrew Friedman, who became the teams president of baseball operations last year.

Friedman worked last season with the manager he inherited, Don Mattingly.

The 2015 season was Mattinglys fifth, and last, as Dodgers manager. When the season ended, Mattingly and the team parted ways. Both parties described the split as a mutual decision, but refused to offer any details.

A week later, Mattingly signed a four-year contract to manage the Miami Marlins.

While Mattingly was completing his deal with the Marlins, Friedman and the Dodgers started searching for his replacement.

The early favorite was Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers' farm director. A former major league outfielder, Kapler played two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays when Friedman was their general manager. When Kapler retired, Friedman hired him to work in the Rays front office. When Friedman moved to the Dodgers, he brought in Kapler to run the minor league system.

Two other in-house candidates were interviewed: bench coach Tim Wallach and third base coach Ron Roenicke.

Mattingly has said Wallach would join him on the new Marlins staff.

Several outside candidates were also considered, including former Dodgers World Series hero Kirk Gibson, former Angels outfielder and University of Nebraska head Coach Darin Erstad, former Padres manager Bud Black and Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez.

Like Mattingly before him, the new manager probably will receive guidance from the front office on everything from lineup to bullpen decisions.

Many of the problems Mattingly encountered also remain, including expectations of a World Series championship. Only now, the team might not have the same resources that existed when Mattingly managed it.

Starting pitcher Zack Greinke voided the final three years of his contract, became a free agent and is expected to sign elsewhere. Second baseman Howie Kendrick also is a free agent.

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1 year ago

Law Firm Labeled Hate Group Leading Kim Davis' Crusade

Kim Davis' lawyer stood onstage in a Washington D.C. hotel and pointed to a photo on the screen. It showed 100,000 people packed into a Peruvian soccer stadium, Mat Staver told the crowd, all there to pray for the Kentucky clerk battling against gay marriage.

The crowd erupted.

It wasn't true.

Staver's firm, the Liberty Counsel, which revealed Davis' secret meeting with Pope Francis, has been accused by advocacy groups of peddling misrepresentations in the past. Yet it has become the main source of details about the controversial pope meeting.

Online sleuths quickly debunked the Peru story Staver told at the Values Voter Summit, a conference for the conservative F