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first_imgThe movie Silas, screened already at major festivals worldwide will be shown for the first time in Liberia. It a tribute to the power of citizens and follows the work of a Liberian advocate seeking to protect the country’s resources against illegal logging.Monrovia- To coincide with Europe Day (9th May) this week, the European Union in partnership with Kriterion Monrovia and the Office of the National Authorizing Officer will launch the second film festival in Liberia supported by the EU. This year the festival celebrates human rights and cultural heritage.From 7th to 18th May 2018 the doors of multiple venues in Monrovia, Paynesville and Kakata will open to the public for free screenings in the framework of the 2018 EURO-LIBERIAN Film Festival. The first edition of the film festival organized by the EU in Liberia took place in 2017.In 2018 the European Union celebrates the year of “Cultural Heritage”. This year’s film festival will offer a rich programme of Liberian, African and European movies, short films, and documentaries showcasing the rich diversity of culture and highlighting human rights and social issues from a global to a local context such as refugees, climate change and sexual and gender-based violence.The EURO-LIBERIAN Film Festival is organized in partnership with local Liberian student organization, Kriterion Monrovia. Following each screening, the organization’s dynamic young animators will facilitate public discussions centered around the film content. In addition to film screenings the festival will include free workshops on storytelling and video production, featuring some of Liberia’s best traditional storytellers and film makers.Most movies on the festival programme will be shown in Liberia for the very first time. Among them are movies about Liberia such as Stolen Childhood. Based on the true story of a rape survivor in Liberia, this film was financed by the EU to raise awareness against violence against children. The movie Silas, screened already at major festivals worldwide but not yet “back home”, is a tribute to the power of citizens and follows the work of a Liberian advocate seeking to protect the country’s resources against illegal logging.This year the EU is taking the festival to another level with screenings taking place not just in Monrovia but also in Paynesville and Kakata. In the capital city, events will take place in New Kru Town, Sinkor and West Point. The festival is open to the general public and free of charge. No reservation is required and seats will be available on a first come first serve basis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgRelatives of the deceased react after the fire incident at Palang Bazar in Sadar upazila of Shariatpur early Friday. Photo: Prothom AloTwo workers of a sweetmeat shop were burnt to death in a fire that broke out at Palang Bazar in Sadar upazila of Shariatpur early Friday.The deceased are Palash, 25, son of Rabindranath Sarker and Biswajit Sarkar, 20, son of Rupchan Sarkar of Rajoir upazila in Madaripur district.Maniruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Palang Model police station, said the fire broke out at ‘Gopalghosh Sweetmeat’ in the bazar around 4:00am and spread soon.On information, four firefighting units from the nearest station rushed there and extinguished the blaze after four hours of frantic efforts.The firefighters later recovered the charred bodies from inside the shop.At least 16 shops including those of jewelry and hardware were gutted in the fire.The origin of the fire could not be known immediately.last_img read more

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first_imgDrugAbuse.comWhen U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutions of marijuana lawbreakers, the vast majority of U.S. states that allow some form of medical marijuana were unexpectedly placed at risk of a crackdown and are warily watching developments.Forty six states — including Sessions’ home state of Alabama — have legalized some form of medical marijuana in recent years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Eight of those states also allow recreational marijuana.Among the guidance that Sessions rescinded was the so-called Ogden Memorandum of 2009 that instructed federal prosecutors not to pursue cases against medical marijuana patients and distributors who complied with state laws.“Previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary and is rescinded, effective immediately,” Sessions told the U.S. attorneys based in all 50 states in a letter Thursday.Georgia state Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican who sponsored a bill in his state’s legislature that legalized possession of medical marijuana in 2015, denounced the move.“I’m very disappointed in Jeff Session’s actions,” Peake said Friday in a telephone interview. “He will be hurting the grandfather with Alzheimer’s, the soccer mom with breast cancer, the college student with Crohn’s disease, the young child with seizures — these are the people that will be impacted by this action by the attorney general.”The only legal protection now for medical marijuana growers, processors, sellers and users is a temporary measure sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice from using government funds to target them.Rohrabacher, in a conference call with reporters and four other members of Congress, said Sessions’ move should galvanize national support for marijuana legalization.“This is a wakeup call for American people who believe in freedom,” Rohrabacher said. “It will mobilize people throughout the country.”Many politicians, including Republicans, have cast Session’s move as an infringement on states’ rights.Only Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas do not allow any access to marijuana, said Karmen Hanson, a cannabis policy analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures.Many of the states that allow some form of medical marijuana did so in 2013 and 2014. About half of the initiatives have been passed by voters in ballot measures, and the rest by state legislatures, Hanson said.Georgia’s General Assembly passed that state’s medical marijuana law in 2015. Called Haleigh’s Hope Act, it was named for a girl who was suffering from hundreds of seizures a day.“This means the world to us,” Haleigh’s mother, Janea Cox, told reporters when Georgia’s governor signed the bill.Peake said Sessions’ move will have a chilling effect on a bill he introduced that would allow the growing, processing and distribution of cannabis oil in Georgia.“This is as bipartisan an issue as you can get,” he said. “Cancer doesn’t ask if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. There are people of all races and creeds who benefit from medical cannabis, so that’s why it’s so crucial that Congress get together and take action.”The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment that restricts U.S. attorneys from taking legal action against people who use medical marijuana or produce it was maintained in a last short-term funding bill passed by Congress. But that funding bill expires on Jan. 19.Blumenauer “is working to make sure it’s maintained again in whatever next funding bill Congress passes,” said his spokeswoman, Nicole L’Esperance.Rohrabacher said a better, more permanent solution is a bill he submitted last year that amends the Controlled Substances Act so it doesn’t apply to people who produce, possess or delivers marijuana in compliance with state laws governing recreational and medical marijuana.If it passes, Rohrabacher said he and Blumenauer would not be forced to repeatedly seek passage of their amendment annually.New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker has also introduced a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level. Sharelast_img read more

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