Television stand – Access 21 http://access-21.net/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 16:41:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://access-21.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Television stand – Access 21 http://access-21.net/ 32 32 Michael Leppert: Indiana AG Rokita could use a friend to back him up https://access-21.net/michael-leppert-indiana-ag-rokita-could-use-a-friend-to-back-him-up/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 16:41:55 +0000 https://access-21.net/michael-leppert-indiana-ag-rokita-could-use-a-friend-to-back-him-up/ Stephen King’s 1982 novel, “The Body,” was adapted into the award-winning 1986 film, “Stand by Me.” There are significant differences between the two versions of the story, but both are mostly about friendship. This is the story of Gordie LaChance, his friend Chris Chambers and two other 12-year-old friends, who go on a journey to […]]]>

Stephen King’s 1982 novel, “The Body,” was adapted into the award-winning 1986 film, “Stand by Me.” There are significant differences between the two versions of the story, but both are mostly about friendship. This is the story of Gordie LaChance, his friend Chris Chambers and two other 12-year-old friends, who go on a journey to find the body of a missing boy near Castle Rock, Oregon, on Christmas weekend. Labor Day, 1959. .

Think about times in your life when a friend helped you choose to do the right thing when your instinct was to do something else. Those friends might have been a sibling, a coach, or a teacher, or maybe just another 12-year-old growing up with you. Perhaps you have experienced them all. If you live well, there will be more.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita could use a good friend. He seems to be on a series of bad decisions where a trusted and caring advisor could have made the difference. I asked around a bit, and I don’t know if he has such a person in his life right now. If he does, that person needs to step it up a bit.

First and foremost, the desire to serve as an attorney general must be rooted in the desire to serve the people of Indiana. Public service is tough enough when a person has the best intentions. But when the servant’s intentions seem to be built on a foundation of wickedness, grievance, and self-glorification, bad things happen. Rokita, as Attorney General, personifies these reprehensible traits and apparently doesn’t have that good friend he and Indiana need.

Last week, it issued an advisory opinion that Indiana and its investment managers may not make investments in the government employee retirement system based on environmental, social or governance, or ESG criteria. . Rokita says state law only allows for consideration of the financial interests of state employees and retirees. The opinion he issued, and more importantly, the press event announcing the opinion are primarily fabricated to allow Rokita to attack “woke big business” who “are working with their leftist allies to overthrow the will of the people”.

The opinion is difficult to take seriously, mainly because of its premise that using ESG criteria for investment decisions also means that investments are neither profitable nor sustainable. The Attorney General should be able to give an example of an investment that the Public Employees Retirement Fund has made that scores high on ESG criteria but is neither profitable nor sustainable. However, he declined to give the Indiana Capital Chronicle’s Leslie Bonilla Muniz an example of a case last week when he posted the notice.

If there is, Rokita should have led with it. If there isn’t one, a good friend of Rokita’s should have told her to find one before making her pseudo-heroic announcement. News flash, the market is reacting to the financial reality of climate change, not clinging to the unsustainable political ideology of the GOP. A friend reportedly told Rokita that the financial markets never need or want his advice.

A friend also might have given Rokita “stop and think” advice before attacking an Indiana doctor earlier this summer on Fox News without doing her homework. When news broke that a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio was due to travel to Indiana for an abortion in July, Rokita jumped at the chance to take issue with it on national television. He threatened to investigate and that he would “fight this all the way, including reviewing (the doctor’s) licensure”. He has since been sued by the doctor.

I expect this “investigation” will only result in Rokita settling a lawsuit with the doctor he wrongfully defamed.

At the end of “Stand by Me”, Gordie and Chris agree that the right thing to do is to anonymously report the whereabouts of the missing boy’s body without trying to clinch the reward money offered. They lost the fanfare, the celebration for completing the journey, and all other ego-related accolades. These are the things that 12 year olds were originally looking for. Their friendship brought them up to date.

The longer we watch Rokita search for the body, the more obvious he really needs a friend.

Michael Leppert is an author, educator, and communications consultant in Indianapolis. He writes about government, politics and culture at MichaelLeppert.com. This commentary originally appeared on indianacapitalchronicle.com. Send feedback to [email protected]

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When Nia Sharma Used to ‘Stand Outside the Studio’ Due to Producers Not Paying: ‘Treated Like a Mule’ https://access-21.net/when-nia-sharma-used-to-stand-outside-the-studio-due-to-producers-not-paying-treated-like-a-mule/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 15:52:01 +0000 https://access-21.net/when-nia-sharma-used-to-stand-outside-the-studio-due-to-producers-not-paying-treated-like-a-mule/ Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, the popular dance reality show from Colors, is back with a bang with its 10th season. Many celebrities are participating in this season, and Nia Sharma is one of them. Nia hasn’t appeared on TV for a while before Jhalak, since 2021, when she entered the reality competition leader. In the same […]]]>
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, the popular dance reality show from Colors, is back with a bang with its 10th season. Many celebrities are participating in this season, and Nia Sharma is one of them.
Nia hasn’t appeared on TV for a while before Jhalak, since 2021, when she entered the reality competition leader. In the same year, his online series Jamaica 2.0 debuted on ZEE5. Nia is well known for her high profile acting skills. She is also the winner of Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2020.

Once, in an interview with Bollywood Bubble, Nia has spoken of having to fight with producers to get paid for her work early in her career. She also said it shouldn’t come as a shock that many TV actresses who tour frequently are seen as tuned out by channels and producers.

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She said: “You’re on a TV set, you work every day. Of course, you’re taken for granted. You’re treated like a mule, not an actor. There’s no other way to say it. Bad treatment, bad behavior, they think you’re their worker. You come at 9 in the morning and you work until 9 p.m. But if you haven’t finished your shoot, we call you” Not professional”.

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She added: “I’ve been there and fought some nasty fights. I used to stay out of the studio. Until my payment came through, I wouldn’t work. Yes , I gave ultimatums because there was no other way for me the payment was going to be made.”

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Nia rose to prominence after appearing on soap operas such as Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai and Naagin 4: Bhagya Ka Zehreela Khel. She was one of the first people to confidently sport the bald look on television. For her role as Manvi, a cancer patient in Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Haithe actress appeared completely bald.

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Atlanta lawyer takes a stand to defend against murder charges – WSB-TV Channel 2 https://access-21.net/atlanta-lawyer-takes-a-stand-to-defend-against-murder-charges-wsb-tv-channel-2/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 02:55:00 +0000 https://access-21.net/atlanta-lawyer-takes-a-stand-to-defend-against-murder-charges-wsb-tv-channel-2/ SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — The murder trial of Atlanta attorney Bryan Schmitt continued Thursday with Schmitt taking the stand to defend himself. Schmitt is charged with running down and killing real estate investor Hamid Jahangard in what prosecutors are calling a road rage incident. Channel 2’s Michael Seiden has been following this case since it […]]]>

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — The murder trial of Atlanta attorney Bryan Schmitt continued Thursday with Schmitt taking the stand to defend himself.

Schmitt is charged with running down and killing real estate investor Hamid Jahangard in what prosecutors are calling a road rage incident.

Channel 2’s Michael Seiden has been following this case since it began in July 2019 and has been the only TV in the courtroom since the trial began on Monday.

The trial passed through the hands of the defense on Wednesday afternoon, but on Thursday they began calling more of his witnesses.

By taking the stand, Schmitt gave prosecutors a chance to cross-examine him under oath.

He testified before a full courtroom that what happened was a tragic mistake he says he has struggled with since it happened.

“I cut the wheel to the right and ended up always hitting the trash cans and… and tragically hit him with the front left of my car,” Schmitt said as he began to get emotional. “In my mind, I can’t stop him from playing.”

Schmitt went on to testify that he had no intention of hitting Jahangard with his car, just turning into the driveway.

Surveillance video shown in court shows Jahangard bouncing a golf ball while walking and talking on his cellphone outside one of his investment properties on River Valley Road in Sandy Springs.

Moments later, Schmitt can be seen driving past in his Mercedes. It was then that he says he felt Jahangard hit his car with the golf ball.

“Either he had bounced the ball and he took a weird bounce and hit my car or he could have kicked the ball,” Schmitt said.

He testified that the noise startled him, so he turned into a neighbor’s driveway and walked over to where Jahangard was standing to confront him.

“We were in two lanes of traffic and there were cars around us, so he spoke in a loud voice and he shouted across the road, ‘Hey get the [expletive] out of here!'”

Prosecutors questioned his motive during cross-examination.

“I thought I could defuse the situation if we could talk face to face,” Schmitt explained.

Jurors are expected to return Friday morning where they will hear oral arguments before returning a verdict.

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The Bachelorettes finalists seem to be taking a stand against hasty engagement, and fans are loving it https://access-21.net/the-bachelorettes-finalists-seem-to-be-taking-a-stand-against-hasty-engagement-and-fans-are-loving-it/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 04:08:44 +0000 https://access-21.net/the-bachelorettes-finalists-seem-to-be-taking-a-stand-against-hasty-engagement-and-fans-are-loving-it/ We can all agree that the premise of The single person and the bachelorette is kinda ridiculous, right? A track (or two, if you’re Gabby Windey or Rachel Recchia) is dating dozens of people simultaneously, hoping to develop a relationship with their “person” within weeks. This franchise is built around the idea of ​​fast lanes […]]]>

We can all agree that the premise of The single person and the bachelorette is kinda ridiculous, right? A track (or two, if you’re Gabby Windey or Rachel Recchia) is dating dozens of people simultaneously, hoping to develop a relationship with their “person” within weeks. This franchise is built around the idea of ​​fast lanes to engagement, so what happens when competitors stop playing by those rules? Four of the final six Season 19 hopefuls have said they will NOT be ready to propose by the end of the season, and while it’s been devastating for the singles, fans on social media actually seem to be getting together. side with the men.

In part 1 of “the most emotional finale in Bachelorette history(according to host Jesse Palmer that is), Rachel Recchia eliminated Aven Jones after being unable to commit to an impending proposal, despite repeatedly saying he wanted to be with her after the show to eventually get engaged. Gabby Windey, for her part, was caught off guard when her last remaining suitor, Erich Schwer, said he wanted to “date” her in the real world and not “rush anything.” Surely that wasn’t what Windey wanted to hear, and who can blame him? As some Twitter users have pointed out, isn’t engagement what the show is all about?

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Remembering 9/11 and where we are today as a country https://access-21.net/remembering-9-11-and-where-we-are-today-as-a-country/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 11:34:16 +0000 https://access-21.net/remembering-9-11-and-where-we-are-today-as-a-country/ Sunday was the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks. President Joe Biden spoke from the Pentagon saying, “I hope we will remember that in the midst of those dark days, we dug deep. We found the light by reaching out and finding something all too rare, a true sense of national unity. A sense […]]]>

Sunday was the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks. President Joe Biden spoke from the Pentagon saying, “I hope we will remember that in the midst of those dark days, we dug deep. We found the light by reaching out and finding something all too rare, a true sense of national unity.

A sense of national unity seems like an impossible dream in 2022. Much of this bulletin will mention interviews from Sunday news programs that amplify the division and threats this country currently faces just months away from an election. mid-term. More on that later. But, first, here’s more about Sunday’s remembrance of one of the darkest days in our nation’s history.

In his speech, Biden said, “I know for all of you who have lost someone, 21 is both a lifetime and no time at all. It’s good to remember. These memories help us heal. But they can also open up the pain and take us back to when the grief was so raw.

First Lady Jill Biden was in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, telling the crowd, “As we stand on this hallowed, scarred ground — a record of our collective grief and a monument to the memories that live within each of us — it is the legacy we must pursue: the hope that defies hate. The love that defies loss. And the ties that bind us through it all.

Here are some notable pieces on the 9/11 anniversary:

NBC News’ Chuck Todd interviews Vice President Kamala Harris for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” show. (Courtesy of NBC News)

Vice President Kamala Harris was Chuck Todd’s special guest on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” show. The two discussed various topics. Perhaps most notable was Harris says domestic threats hurt America. Harris pointed the finger at elected leaders who question the integrity of the election and will not condemn the Jan. 6 insurgency.

“It’s very dangerous, and I think very harmful. And it makes us weaker,” Harris said. does she still like what they talk about?’ I think through the process we’ve been through, we’re starting to allow people to question our commitment to those principles. And that’s a shame.”

Harris also spoke about President Joe Biden’s recent speech condemning the actions of MAGA extremists, who notably called them “semi-fascists.”

Harris told Todd, “Joe Biden has spent his entire career … working across the aisle, his entire career. At times he was criticized for believing in bipartisanship, for believing in compromise, for believing in working across the aisle, finding common ground. But there are times when we also have to agree, all good people who care about our country, that there are those who right now are clearly not standing up for our democracy. And I think we want our Commander-in-Chief, the President of the United States, to speak up and sound the alarm about what that means for our strength and our future, let alone our integrity.

Speaking of Biden, Harris spoke about the 2024 presidential election saying, “Listen, the president has been very clear about his intention to run again. And if he does, I’ll proudly run with him.

Here is the full transcript of Todd’s conversation with Harris.

As I mentioned above, Harris spoke about the domestic terrorist threat in this country. It’s the same message former US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart on “The Sunday Show.”

Johnson joined Capehart on the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Johnson said, “In the first 10 or so years after 9/11, our government, multiple administrations, Bush, Obama, focused on what we call foreign-led terrorist attacks. In other words, a foreign terrorist organization is directing a full-scale attack on the homeland; 9/11, of course, the attempted underwear bombing in Detroit in 2009, the so-called shoe bombing. These are all attacks directed by al-Qaeda. It evolved into – in the period 2014-2015, when I was secretary – it evolved into what we call foreign-inspired attacks, where a foreign terrorist organization on the Internet tries to inspire an attack here in the homeland . And we’ve seen a series of these small-scale attacks, these shootings. Today, the primary terrorist threat to our homeland is homegrown violent extremism. And homeland security, the FBI has to focus on that primarily as a terrorist threat to our homeland.

Johnson added: “We are more politically divided today than 21 years ago in the aftermath of 9/11. In the aftermath of 9/11, this nation came together in a way we haven’t seen in years. I’m afraid that if there was another crisis, another large-scale attack of some kind, we would quickly, politically, fall into different different camps. There may even be a dispute over who did it. There might be someone who will say, it wasn’t that group, it was that group, the fake news.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a guest on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday and touched on several topics, including memories of 9/11 and Queen Elizabeth II, as well as the latest involving Donald Trump and the FBI.

Host Dana Bash also asked who Clinton thinks is the “braveest person” in American politics today. Clinton said Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, adding, “because she’s shown through all kinds of turmoil and challenged what it means to kinda love the Queen to make an analogy here, getting up every day, putting on those high heels that she’s wearing, dressing up fighting for the values ​​and ideals that she strongly believes in. And of course, Vice President Kamala Harris is someone who’s totally innovative, and I know that’s not is not easy.

Bash asked Clinton about Recent comments by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in GQ that Americans “hate women” and women of color, in particular, and that she wonders if the United States will ever have a female president.

“Well, I think it’s sad that we have so many people who seem to either resent or oppose women in the public arena, whether it’s politics and government or the media or whatever. else,” Clinton said. “It is something that we must continue to fight and denounce. And I think a woman will become our president at some point. I certainly understand all the hurdles you have to overcome to get there. But I continue to tell young women and girls that if they feel motivated to take up political office, they should do so with their eyes wide open to the challenge. And sadly, social media, with all its misogyny, has made it harder, but we can’t be silenced into giving up on our dreams. We must continue to pursue them and encourage others to do the same.

“Monday Night Football” announcers Troy Aikman, left, and Joe Buck. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Another chapter in the special “Monday Night Football” story begins tonight with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman taking over broadcast duties. Buck and Aikman were longtime Fox Sports’ No. 1 announce team, but jumped to ESPN in the offseason when ESPN threw a pile of cash at them.

Reports state that Aikman signed a five-year deal worth $90 million and Buck signed a five-year deal worth $75 million.

In a recent conference call, Aikman said, “(I) grew up watching ‘Monday Night Football’ and Don Meredith and Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell, hearing their voices every Monday night. It is an iconic property. It is a historic stand. To be part of this legacy, I can’t even express exactly what it means.

Buck said: “I come to ‘Monday Night Football’ a little different in that I’m 53 so I’m well aware of this stand which has really changed the way we watch football on television with appointments. you on Monday night, but I saw this cabin two cabins away.

Buck was referring to following his father – famed announcer Jack Buck, who called Monday night games for the radio.

Today is the day of the big move. After 57 years on the air, the soap opera “Des jours et des vies” goes to Peacock. In its place was an hour-long news program called “NBC News Daily.” The show airs at 1 p.m. ET on numerous NBC affiliates, and presenters include Kate Snow and Aaron Gilchrist, as well as Vicky Nguyen and Morgan Radford.

“NBC News Daily” will also air simultaneously on NBC News NOW and Peacock.

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Take a stand against the habit of spitting https://access-21.net/take-a-stand-against-the-habit-of-spitting/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://access-21.net/take-a-stand-against-the-habit-of-spitting/ Rawalpindi: Spitting in a public place indicates both a lack of civic sense and a lack of knowledge of hygiene practices. Of course, a lot has changed in the past 10 to 20 years, but people in Rawalpindi town still spit in public. “People should feel like spitting doesn’t make them feel good. From a […]]]>

Rawalpindi: Spitting in a public place indicates both a lack of civic sense and a lack of knowledge of hygiene practices. Of course, a lot has changed in the past 10 to 20 years, but people in Rawalpindi town still spit in public.

“People should feel like spitting doesn’t make them feel good. From a health perspective, spitting can spread infectious agents to others,” says Saad Rizvi, chief medical officer at Benazir Hospital.

“Educating, raising awareness and spreading information about the need to stop spitting are essential steps in getting rid of the mess. Maybe we should set aside time on prime-time TV for health spots that educate people about personal hygiene and good habits,” Saad adds.

“If we want to live in a clean and healthy environment, it depends on how we act. Citizenship must be taught to children at the age of formation. Apart from this, children should also be taught cleanliness and hygiene as they are the best teachers of any social initiative,” says Rada-e-Zahra.

“The government should also engage the services of NGOs and students to educate people about the dangers of spitting. Like coughs and sneezes, droplets of an infected person’s saliva can transmit infections to others, especially under favorable conditions,” says Dr Zaidi from a private hospital.

“Social organizations should initiate an awareness campaign in collaboration with several associations to inform citizens about the harmful effects of spitting in public places. Citizens should stop spitting in public places in the city. Careless spitting leads to the spread of coronavirus, tuberculosis among other diseases,” says Ambar Ali, a doctor.

“Spitting on footpaths, bus stops, traffic lights and other places ruins the beauty and cleanliness of the city. Keeping the city clean is a collective responsibility. If the city stays clean, it’s good for all of us and it requires the cooperation of all citizens,” says Ghazala Hussain from a social welfare organization.

“For many, seeing someone spitting in the street is unpleasant. He is considered by many to be ugly, antisocial and a potential carrier of disease. People who have a bite of phlegm regularly break this social taboo,” says Seemen Ali.

“While spitting at people is clearly unacceptable, just spitting on the pavement is the worst. It is not socially acceptable; it is a horrible act of antisocial behavior. I believe most people find spitting to be a totally unpleasant and dirty habit that can spread germs and cause health problems, so spitting is unhealthy,” says Najmul Hasan.

Batool Welfare Trust has launched an awareness campaign with the help of more than 20 associations dedicated to raising awareness on this subject, but most of the inhabitants of the city have not changed their habit of spitting”, laments Zafar Mehdi.

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The position of countries in the face of the energy emergency – POLITICO https://access-21.net/the-position-of-countries-in-the-face-of-the-energy-emergency-politico/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 02:37:30 +0000 https://access-21.net/the-position-of-countries-in-the-face-of-the-energy-emergency-politico/ EU energy ministers traveled to Brussels on Friday to discuss their options as Europe faces a catastrophic energy crisis. They will consider five proposals put forward on Wednesday by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, as well as other ideas suggested by member countries. Ministers are expected to agree on at least a few […]]]>

EU energy ministers traveled to Brussels on Friday to discuss their options as Europe faces a catastrophic energy crisis.

They will consider five proposals put forward on Wednesday by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, as well as other ideas suggested by member countries.

Ministers are expected to agree on at least a few areas, including limiting revenues for power companies that do not produce electricity with expensive natural gas and financial support for struggling utilities.

But other ideas, including capping the price of Russian natural gas and imposing mandatory energy savings, are highly controversial.

Ministers are unlikely to formally adopt any of these proposals, EU diplomats tell POLITICO; instead, the Commission will formally present its proposal next week – with a final decision likely to be taken by national leaders next month.

The aim of the summit is to advise the Commission on its proposal, calm highly volatile energy markets and give Europeans confidence that everything is under control, diplomats said.

Here’s what to expect at the high-stakes meeting, according to nine national and European diplomats.

1. Capping the profits of electricity producers

The central element of the Commission’s proposal is to limit the income generated by companies using non-gas technologies such as wind and nuclear to produce electricity – called “inframarginal” in Brussels – but which now carry out massive windfall profits because the price of electricity is being set by very expensive natural gas. This recouped money is supposed to help consumers deal with higher energy bills.

This proposal has been widely endorsed by countries such as Germany, Greece, Belgium, France, Slovakia, Poland, Italy and the Netherlands, either showing openness or fully supporting the proposals, European and national diplomats said.

But there are complications. Countries have very different energy mixes, and those dependent on gas, such as Italy, could receive much less money since gas generator revenues would not be included in this scheme.

The Commission has proposed setting a threshold of €200 per megawatt-hour for the scheme to come into effect, but France argues that different energy producers should be subject to different tariffs, according to an energy ministry official.

2. Energy saving

Von der Leyen also called on countries to reduce electricity demand through mandatory “smart savings” of electricity during peak hours.

Countries such as the Netherlands, Greece, Slovakia and Germany are in principle open to such a policy – ​​although some want the cuts to be voluntary and not compulsory.

“We are not planning to put in place any mandatory restrictions,” Polish Environment Minister Anna Moskwa said. Told Polish television Polsat, claiming that the Commission had no right to make such requests. “I understand that the President of the EC wants us to save energy, and she can appeal, she can encourage, she can show good examples, but she has no authority to force a country to do so. “

3. Gas price cap

Setting a price cap on gas imports is the thorniest issue.

On Wednesday, von der Leyen suggested capping the price paid for Russian gas, saying it was intended to both protect vulnerable consumers and reduce Kremlin revenue.

But some countries, especially in central Europe, fear being completely cut off from the little Russian gas that continues to flow into the continent.

France, Estonia, the Netherlands and at least three other countries are said to be willing to limit the cap to Russian gas. But others – including Poland, Greece, Slovakia, Belgium and Italy – want the Commission to go further and cap the price of all imported gas. Some warn that they will refuse a price cap that only targets Russia.

“A cap on Russian gas only is a purely political objective,” Belgian Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten said. “I don’t see the added value in that. We will not accept this.

Belgium and Greece have circulated their own proposals for capping all imports.

But Germany is skeptical about the feasibility of such a system, an official said.

“Germany expresses a lot of concerns,” Van der Straeten said. “We don’t feel strong support from Germany.”

4. Help utilities

With many public services facing bankruptcy and seeking bailouts, von der Leyen also said the Commission could “help…facilitate liquidity support” by EU countries to struggling businesses.

This could mean government lines of credit for companies that need to trade on stock exchanges, with EU state aid rules banning such subsidies being temporarily lifted.

Countries like Germany, Belgium and Poland have expressed openness to this, although others like Slovakia have expressed doubts.

5. Squeeze the fossil fuel giants

The Commission has also called for taxing the profits made by fossil fuel companies, with those funds also redistributed to consumers.

“Oil and gas companies have also made huge profits. We will therefore offer a solidarity contribution for fossil fuel companies,” said von der Leyen.

But at least three national diplomats said they had not had enough time to prepare a position on the idea. A senior national diplomat called the wording of the Commission’s proposal “vague” and said further discussion was needed.

America Hernandez, Hans Joachim von der Burchard, Barbara Moens, Camille Gijs, Giorgio Leali and Jacopo Barigazzi contributed reporting.

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Here’s where Guillermo and Nandor are at after season 4 of “WWDITS” https://access-21.net/heres-where-guillermo-and-nandor-are-at-after-season-4-of-wwdits/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 18:06:57 +0000 https://access-21.net/heres-where-guillermo-and-nandor-are-at-after-season-4-of-wwdits/ Season four of What we do in the shadows just went out with a fang. Last night was the season finale of the FX comedy What we do in the shadowsand there’s a whole new status quo for Nandermo, our favorite gay vessel on TV. Throughout the season, the relationship between Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) and […]]]>

Season four of What we do in the shadows just went out with a fang.

Last night was the season finale of the FX comedy What we do in the shadowsand there’s a whole new status quo for Nandermo, our favorite gay vessel on TV.

Throughout the season, the relationship between Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) and Nandor (Kayvan Novak) has been strained, with Nandor using a Djinn to resurrect all of his dead wives (girls and men) and choose his favorite.

We also knew that Guillermo had his own boyfriend, Freddie, a man he met while in England. So, their relationship status has never been electric.

Then last week, it all came to a head when Nandor used another wish to turn Marwa into an exact copy of Freddie, which ultimately led to the real Freddie breaking up with Guillermo to go with his clone.

Now that Marwa is gone and Guillermo and Freddie are separated, Guillermo was trying to spend time with Nandor again and rekindle their friendship. But Nandor is in the mood to read and decides he wants to spend the “next 15-20 years” quietly reading books instead of talking to Guillermo. It’s back to square one.

In the final scene, we see a frustrated Guillermo saying that nothing changes in the house and nothing ever will – unless he does. So he takes the duffel bag of money he “earned” being the accountant at the vampire nightclub and goes to his friend Derek, the vampire who works at a convenience store, and hands him the money. .

“You’re going to make me a vampire,” he told Derek.

So where does that put our favorite couple? This could finally put them on an equal footing. If Derek really goes all the way and turns Guillermo around, it completely changes the dynamic of the show — and the relationship.

You can be sure that as soon as Guillermo becomes a vampire, he will be a thousand times better than Nandor, and Nandor will be forced to realize that he is far from deserving Guillermo.

Overall, this was the show’s best season. WWDITS continues to make more and more surprising decisions that take the show in wonderful new directions and keep us guessing.

We really don’t know when, or if, Guillermo and Nandor will reunite. But we do know that they’re both gay and they both have feelings for each other, which makes for absolutely great TV.

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South Africa is a failed state, now let’s all stand up… https://access-21.net/south-africa-is-a-failed-state-now-lets-all-stand-up/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 18:55:51 +0000 https://access-21.net/south-africa-is-a-failed-state-now-lets-all-stand-up/ To say that South Africa is on the edge of the abyss is an understatement; the state collapsed. Ours has all the hallmarks of a “failed state”. However, the patient is not yet at the cemetery. She is in the intensive care unit and can still be rescued. So the public discourse must now be […]]]>

To say that South Africa is on the edge of the abyss is an understatement; the state collapsed. Ours has all the hallmarks of a “failed state”.

However, the patient is not yet at the cemetery. She is in the intensive care unit and can still be rescued. So the public discourse must now be about how to fix South Africa.

But first we need to diagnose the disease and its causes in order to find an appropriate remedy. We also need to understand how we got here so we never repeat the same mistakes.

In their volume, Why Nations Fail, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson present compelling theories and explanations of failed states. Their treatise is that “countries become failed states not because of their geography or culture, but because of the legacy of extractive institutions, which concentrate power and wealth in the hands of those who control the state. state, paving the way for unrest, conflict and civil strife”. war.”

This is exactly the source of South Africa’s collapse. Instead of building an inclusive economy, we have developed an exclusive one that benefits a few while leaving millions destitute. Thus, we continue to suffer the ignominy of the most unequal society in the world despite our abundant mineral resources.

We have thrown merit out the window and allowed mediocrity to fester in all state institutions. Individual effort, expertise or talent no longer guarantees success. Our economy is in which it is who you know that guarantees success rather than what you know.

The rot sets in

The majority of New Rich who ostentatiously flaunt their wealth are recipients of patronage, not success stories of hard work and effort. Crony capitalism flourished instead of large-scale empowerment. The so-called BEE was a story; the cadres have enriched each other through the BEE agreements while leaving the masses in misery and poverty.

An incorrigible and corrupt demagogue has been catapulted into the Union Buildings and sold the state to the highest bidder. The capture of the state by the Guptas was the last straw that broke the camel’s back for the South African economy.

We are now in an unfortunate position where Nigeria was in 1977 when Chinua Achebe decried the consequences of a cult of mediocrity that has plunged this country into a failed state.

Lamenting in his essay on The problem with Nigeria, Achebe said, “Look at our collapsing public services, our inefficient and wasteful parastatals and public corporations. If you want electricity, you buy your own generator, if you want water, you dig your own borehole; if you want to travel, you create your own airline. One day soon… you will have to build your own post office to send your letters!

We are already there. Rolling blackouts – “shedding” – have become the norm and those who can afford it are disconnecting from the grid. Towns and villages ration water. Trains come off the tracks. The post office is unreliable. Civil servants in public enterprises are lucky if they are paid on time. These are the characteristics of a failed state.

But we also got here because we decimated crucial accountability mechanisms like Parliament. We sent a group of praise singers to parliament instead of credible representatives of the people.

So when they were called upon to hold the executive to account and stop Jacob Zuma’s looting, they failed. Instead, they sang, “Hail Thief! There could never have been real accountability where elected officials fear party leaders more than the people who elected them.

Institutional foundations

In The social contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau observes that “The legislative power is the heart of the State, the executive is its brain, which sets all the parties in motion. The brain can become paralyzed and the individual still lives. A man can be a fool and survive, but as soon as his heart stops working, the creature is dead.

In South Africa, the legislature and the executive have been paralyzed, leaving the country in the intensive care unit.

Meanwhile, a country like Italy survived the imbecility of Silvio Berlusconi because it has solid institutional foundations. On the contrary, Jacob Zuma had carte blanche because the legislature, too, was in a coma.

Cyril Ramaphosa and his cronies have not only been part of the cause of our relapse, they have benefited greatly from the extractive economic system ‘that concentrates power and wealth in the hands’ of a few who ‘control the state’ , creating the perfect environment for unrest, conflict and chaos that we witnessed in July 2021.


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It is precisely for these reasons that they are neither the right team nor the political will to rebuild our country. A new team of reformers must take over and rebuild South Africa anew.

However, you should never have any illusions that it will be easy and quick to rebuild. The task of fixing South Africa will be long and arduous. As daunting as it may be, it can and should be done.

The beginning of this rebuilding process is to learn from others. There are models we can adapt to rebuild our country. One of them is Singapore. According to Kishore Mabhubani, former dean of the Lew Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Singapore’s secret to success was based on three pillars, namely meritocracy, pragmatism and honesty. i.e. “mph”.

Under Lew Kuan Yew, Singapore never compromised on meritocracy. They selected the best of them to lead state institutions. Excellence prevailed over mediocrity. Yew was a pragmatist, not an ideologue. He implemented policies that worked regardless of ideology. Like his neighbor Deng Xiaoping from China, he said, “it doesn’t matter if the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice”.

Yew promoted honesty among public figures and officials; and harshly punish corrupt individuals. For example, when a deputy minister went on a trip sponsored by a businessman, he was arrested upon arrival at the airport and sent to jail.

South Africa could be better if we applied Lew Kuan Yew’s ‘mph’ formula. The starting point is to elect and promote ethical leadership. We need servant leaders – leaders who are not in politics for themselves but who are in politics to serve.

Part of the reforms to our democratic system must be the introduction of a vetting system that would require leaders to pass a corruption test before being eligible for election. An institution such as the Financial Intelligence Center should be mandated to publish a report on all candidates before they are elected and no one should be allowed to go through the proverbial “needle hole”.

However, we also need to pay attention to specific areas of the economy in order to rebuild a prosperous society. Education and factories should be at the top of our priority list. We need a new curriculum and pedagogy that will equip young people with a relevant set of skills, whet their appetite for knowledge, inject a healthy dose of self-confidence and instill a spirit of independence and ‘autonomy.

Education reform

The reform of our public education must begin with the appointment of suitably qualified and experienced education reformers to lead education authorities. From the minister, to the provincial members of the executive councils, to the directors general responsible for education, no one should be appointed without at least a master’s degree in education. The time for big mouths is over.

We must ensure that our schools are places where teachers go to teach and where learners learn. Trade unionism should not thrive at the expense of learners. Learners must, in addition to disciplinary knowledge, leave the school system having learned ethical values, responsibility, discipline and respect.

We must also compel all public officials (ministers, deputies, members of provincial legislatures and municipal councillors), civil servants employed in public educational institutions (general directors of education, school principals and teachers, including cleaning women) to enroll their children in public schools. schools.

The same must be done for public health. The time for people to legislate and run facilities they have no trust in must be coming to an end.

Economic reconstruction

Meanwhile, our economy needs a complete overhaul. You only have to look at the toys our children play with, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, the phones we use, the computers in our offices, the television screens in our homes, etc., to realize that we are a country that consumes the products of others.

In his book, The rise and fall of nations, Ruchir Sharma implores those who want to rebuild their nations to build “factories” first. Lessons learned from prosperous nations, especially the Asian Tigers, are that investing in factories helps create jobs, spur economic growth and build sustainable export bases.

Instead of building factories first, we have seen shopping malls spring up everywhere. And we didn’t care where the goods came from. The truth is that it is impossible to reduce our 39% unemployment rate without factories employing people en masse.

South Africa should reindustrialise, increase investment in research and innovation, and significantly requalify its people to participate as producers rather than mere consumers of other people’s goods. Hence the proposal to revive old abandoned industrial areas in our neighborhoods should be welcomed.

When someone is in intensive care, it’s too risky to let fake doctors and interns meddle with the patient. Likewise, doctors who failed until the patient deteriorated in the ICU must make room for the experts to come to the rescue.

It is time for mediocrity to step aside for experts, experienced professionals with track records and credibility to come and fix South Africa. Professionals in the private sector and non-governmental organizations need to realize that there is no messiah out there who is going to fix AS for them. They must heed the national call and use their expertise to rebuild South Africa.

In our corners, in our communities, villages and townships, let’s do our part and contribute. Let’s all stand up and fix South Africa. DM

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Getting the Stand By Me cast to fear a fake train took an aggressive direction https://access-21.net/getting-the-stand-by-me-cast-to-fear-a-fake-train-took-an-aggressive-direction/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 02:00:00 +0000 https://access-21.net/getting-the-stand-by-me-cast-to-fear-a-fake-train-took-an-aggressive-direction/ The group of friends is played by Corey Feldman (Teddy), Jerry O’Connell (Vern), River Phoenix (Chris) and Wil Wheaton (Gordie). Stacked with talent, the boys breathed new life into what a coming-of-age story sounds like, but struggled to convey the amount of fear Reiner was looking for in a scene where the boys had to […]]]>

The group of friends is played by Corey Feldman (Teddy), Jerry O’Connell (Vern), River Phoenix (Chris) and Wil Wheaton (Gordie). Stacked with talent, the boys breathed new life into what a coming-of-age story sounds like, but struggled to convey the amount of fear Reiner was looking for in a scene where the boys had to pass a train on a bridge. Carefully stepping across the bridge (with Vern crawling on all fours for some reason), Wil decides to check the leads. He turns around and sees smoke rising from the treeline and shouts “train!” as the boys carry the ass to the other side, barely escaping their demise. However, the children and the train were never on the tracks at the same time. Talk with VarietyReiner mentioned that he “lost it” but “did it as some kind of act” while filming this scene.

“[I] used such a long lens, and so the boys had jumped off the tracks before the train even entered the trestle. It was so far from them that they weren’t afraid. It was very hot, 90 degrees outside, and the guys were pushing this cart down the track to follow these running boys and they were supposed to be hysterical and crying and freaking out. We’ve done it several times and they haven’t stopped getting upset. Eventually I start shouting, ‘those guys, the crew, are exhausted because you keep messing around and if you’re not afraid the train will kill you, I’ll kill you.’ They started crying and we started rolling, and then they ran off the track and gave me a hug and said, “We did it. We did Rob.'”

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