Under Modi, the Goods Services Tax (GST) and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) stand out as two outstanding reforms; the smaller reforms or initiatives relate to cleaning up the mess left behind by UPA and decent execution of the reforms half begun. With the Supreme Court annulling the arbitrary grant of coal blocks and spectrum licences to private parties, the Modi government has done the cleanup act by amending the Mines Minerals and Coal Mines Nationalisation Acts to allow for legal auctions to private parties. Spectrum has been sold to the highest bidders transparently, though the process started under UPA 2 reluctantly.
Cinematographer Edward Lachman and production designer Akin McKenzie create a coolly artificial palette, settings from which nature and personality have been purged. But Solondz doesn’t show the same arch contempt for materialism he did in his earlier films. It’s obvious that he feels the pain of people for whom there’s little possibility of transcendence, unless, of course, they get a dog..
Is up with the whining and crying lately? Someone please clue me in! It like he a girl going through puberty! Every time I delay a request, or deny it, he bursts into tears, like I shattered his entire world. Puh leez, like it going to kill you to wait for breakfast for chocolate milk. As if the fate of the world rests on you being able to watch cartoons after dinner (an absolute, unbreakable no no in our house).
Once they’ve been convicted because of expert testimony of dubious scientific validity, defendants are usually on their own to find an attorney to challenge that evidence after the fact. And they face daunting procedural barriers. Where science questions the wisdom of the past, the legal system tends to rely on it.
Later in the trip we went on a walking tour in the middle of the Sierra Maestra mountain range to a hamlet of farms. Roberto, an 85 year old farmer with milky eyes and a shuffle proudly showed us his home. The living area was decorated with tiny china ornaments, and behind a curtain were two double beds and a single.
Until now, only about 3,000 refugees reached Finland most years in the orderly processes established by the United Nations, the European Union and Finland itself after World War II. Finnish officials estimate that 30,000 people will arrive by the end of the year, or perhaps it will be 50,000. The number keeps changing, even as a frantic improvisation is underway to send refugees to cities and towns across the country including, soon, Siilinjarvi, whose population includes exactly two refugees, a Somali man and his wife who arrived in 1992..