After Extradition Chaou will Be Prosecuted for Crimes He Committed FM

Rabat – In the nick of time, just as he was about to strain diplomatic relations between Morocco and the Netherlands, detained Moroccan drug trafficker, Said Chaou, will be prosecuted for the crimes he committed, including international drug trafficking and money laundering. As soon as the coalition government’s weekly meeting ended on Thursday afternoon, government spokesperson, Mustapha El Khalfi, stated that Chaou would be “extradited to Morocco,” adding that Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, confirmed Chaou’s arrest during the meeting.Bourita, “informed the government’s Council of the trafficker’s arrest in the Netherlands” and said he would be prosecuted for his crimes, relayed Khalfi, who is also the Delegate Minister to the Head of Government for Relations with Parliament and Civil Society. The spokesman added that Morocco had previously issued an arrest warrant of the notorious trafficker.A former Member of Parliament, Chaou was arrested by Dutch authorities on Thursday morning.A source at the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Morocco World News Thursday afternoon that consultations between Morocco and the Netherlands had increased over recent weeks to enable joint judicial procedures.Dutch authorities acceded to the request of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who issued a communiqué last week urgently recalling the Moroccan ambassador to The Hague for consultation. Without citing the name of the Moroccan in question, the press release noted that the ministry had “found information revealing the involvement of a drug dealer in fueling protests in the north of the Kingdom of Morocco.”The international drug trafficker was the subject of two international arrest warrants issued by Moroccan judicial authorities for his “association with criminals” since 2010, and his involvement in “international narcotics trafficking” since 2015, said the ministry in a communiqué. read more

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King Mohammed VI Calls For Climate Change Action at UN Framework

By Trista Youssef Rabat – Morocco continues to be an international leader in climate change and has shown its commitment to sustainable development by adopting environmental policies and successfully implementing them in recent years. Under King Mohammed VI, Morocco has implemented a national policy for environmental protection to combat the effects of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 32 percent by 2030. Morocco has launched a series of initiatives aiming to promote a green economy, including the adoption of the National Environment Charter and Efficiency Strategy, as well as the liberalization of the renewable energy sector.Read Also: ‘Women are Heart of Actions on Climate Change’: Lalla HasnaaThe country remains an active member of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, hosting the organization’s 24th conference in Marrakech. King Mohammed VI’s royal message was delivered Monday to the COP24 in Katowice, Poland, by Prince Moulay Rachid. The message reiterated Morocco’s support for the African continent in efforts toward environmental protection, saying that “Driven by its commitment to African causes, the Kingdom of Morocco continues to support the implementation process of the three Climate Commissions, resulting from the Summit of African Heads of State and Government, held in the margins of COP 22: on the Congo Basin, the Sahel Region, and the island states.”The King criticized the international community for its lack of support offered to African states regarding climate change: “The African continent is hit hard by the negative impacts of climate change, even though it is not responsible for this unfair situation…Africa is not supported by partners and international donors.” read more

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UNbacked peace talks seek to end violent ethnic clashes in South Sudan

According to a news release issued yesterday by the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the two-day peace building and reconciliation effort, which concluded earlier this week, aimed to establish a dialogue between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities and boost security in the region.Hilde F. Johnson, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNMISS, who has been supporting authorities in preventing a further escalation of communal violence, met with Government officials and local chiefs and stressed the need to hear from both communities and ensure the continuation of the reconciliation process.“We have air surveillance over the territory daily to monitor the situation on the ground [and] we have deployed a team to engage with the communities,” Ms. Johnson said. “We managed collectively… to hold back retaliation. Now we have to make sure that the peace and reconciliation process we supported comes to a successful completion.”The reconciliation efforts are led by the South Sudan Council of Churches and began earlier this month after a consultative workshop between the council, the UN and Government officials in the state capital, Bor.Ms. Johnson met with the state Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk, who promised that his administration would support the peace building process.After reports of the first attacks in the region, UNMISS responded by deploying troops to the two counties to deter a counter-attack and has been working with local police forces and the military to strengthen security in the area. 21 October 2011Two ethnic communities that had previously engaged in violent attacks in South Sudan took part in a series of United Nations-backed peace talks which seek to put an end to conflict in the country’s Jonglei state that has resulted in more than 600 casualties this year. read more

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Business Highlights

___Dow slumps 800 points after bonds flash recession warningNEW YORK (AP) — The threat of a recession doesn’t seem so remote anymore. The yield on the closely watched 10-year Treasury fell so low Wednesday that it briefly crossed a threshold for the first time since 2007 that has correctly predicted many past recessions. That spooked investors, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average into an 800-point skid. The S&P 500 index dropped nearly 3% as the market erased all of its gains from a rally the day before.___The bond market smells recession as global stress risesNEW YORK (AP) — An economic alarm bell is sounding in the U.S. and sending warnings of an economic slowdown. The inversion of the yield on the 10-year Treasury with that of the 2-year Treasury has been a solid indicator of a coming recession for decades. The good news for investors: If it does arrive, the recession likely isn’t imminent.___WeWork reveals rapid growth and massive losses ahead of IPONEW YORK (AP) — WeWork’s parent company is giving investors the most detailed look yet at its finances ahead of its anticipated stock market debut. The office-sharing company revealed breakneck growth on the back of massive losses Wednesday in regulatory filing. Investors are looking for a clearer picture of how the venture capital darling plans to chart a path toward profitability, and whether its business model can withstand an economic downturn.___Privacy questions as humans reviewed user audio at FacebookNEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has paid contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its Messenger service, raising privacy concerns for a company with a history of privacy lapses. The practice was, until recently, common in the tech industry. Companies say the practice helps improve their services. But users aren’t typically aware that humans and not just computers are reviewing audio. Facebook says it stopped the practice a week ago.___Macy’s sends ominous signal for retailers in 2QNEW YORK (AP) — Macy’s is lowering its annual earnings guidance after the department store struggled through the second quarter and was forced to mark down prices. The company said Wednesday a combination of factors including a fashion miss, slow sell-through of warm weather fashions and the accelerated decline in tourism caused rising inventory levels.___German economy shrinks, casting shadow over European growthFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The German economy shrank by 0.1 per cent in the second quarter as global trade conflicts and troubles in the auto industry weighed on Europe’s largest economy. The state statistics agency Destatis said Wednesday that falling exports had weighed on output while demand from consumers and government spending at home had supported the economy.___Flights resume at Hong Kong airport as protesters apologizeHONG KONG (AP) — Flights have resumed at Hong Kong’s airport after two days of disruptions that descended into clashes with police, highlighting the hardening positions of pro-democracy protesters and the authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. After nightfall, a new protest outside a police station in the city was dispersed as officers fired tear gas. About three dozen protesters remain camped at the airport, and they apologized to travellers for their blockade that turned chaotic and violent.___Vaping companies sue to delay US e-cigarette reviewWASHINGTON (AP) — A vaping industry group is suing the U.S. government to delay a review of electronic cigarettes. The lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Vapor Technology Association says the upcoming review could wipe out smaller companies. The legal challenge is the latest hurdle against the Food and Drug Administration’s effort to regulate e-cigarettes that have come to market over the last decade.___Feds: Capital One suspect may have hacked 30-plus companiesSEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a woman charged in a massive data breach at Capital One appears to have hacked more than 30 other organizations. Paige A. Thompson, of Seattle, was arrested late last month after the FBI said she obtained personal information from more than 100 million Capital One credit applications. Prosecutors said servers found in Thompson’s bedroom contained data stolen from more than 30 other companies, educational institutions and other entities.___Chastened Argentine leader offers help for workers, the poorBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A walloping at the polls has led President Mauricio Macri to decree economic relief for poor and working-class Argentines. The measures include an increased minimum wage, reduced payroll taxes, a bonus for informal workers and a freeze in gasoline prices — at least temporarily.___American Airlines seeks flight-cancellation cash from unionsFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines wants labour unions to pay damages over an alleged work slowdown by mechanics that led to hundreds of cancelled flights. American isn’t putting a dollar figure on its request, but it says cancellations caused “enormous financial losses.” Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled in American’s favour on the airline’s lawsuit against two unions that together represent the airline’s aircraft mechanics.___The S&P 500 fell 85.72 points, or 2.9%, to 2,840.60. The Dow sank 800.49 points, or 3%, to 25,479.42. The Nasdaq composite lost 242.42 points, or 3%, to 7,773.94. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks slid 43.05 points, or 2.8%, to 1,467.52.The Associated Press read more

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Ohio State mens gymnastics dominates at Big Ten championships

The OSU men’s gymnastics team poses for a photo after winning the 2016 Big Ten championship. Credit: Luke Swartz | Lantern reporterSt. John Arena played host to the Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships over the weekend, and the hosting team stole the show, grabbing the team title among a trove of other accolades.  The No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team capped off a thrilling Friday night with a team championship, while also boasting two of the events’ top all-around scorers from a pair of Olympic hopefuls, redshirt sophomore Sean Melton and freshman Alec Yoder. Then, the following night, the Buckeyes collected all three of the major end-of-the-year awards and multiple event titles. “I’m glad (the guys) have stuck with the process of what we’re trying to implement, and I think it’s very sweet to get these results,” said OSU coach Rustam Sharipov. “I think it’s a great reward to see them happy and, of course, they make me happy.”OSU, which now owns 13 Big Ten championships, last won the conference title in 2007.  Coincidentally, this marks the first time since that year that the event was hosted by the Buckeyes. A fitting coda to the big weekend came when the Scarlet and Gray had multiple individuals recognized for their successful seasons, including Sharipov, who won the Big Ten Coach of the Year award. Melton received the conference’s gymnast of the year award, while Yoder earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The All-Big Ten teams were also announced. Melton and Yoder took home first-team honors, while sophomore Seth Delbridge and senior Alex Johnson received spots on the second team. Johnson was also recognized with the Sportsmanship Award.Melton finished first in three separate events on Friday night, including rings (15.850), floor exercise (15.400) and parallel bars (15.500).  Yoder also put up impressive numbers on the night, finishing second on the pommel horse (15.250), fourth on rings (15.150) and fifth on high bar (14.100).Melton, who is a member of the U.S. Senior National Team, earned the gold medal for his all-around performance, scoring a six-event high score of 89.75 en route to his first Big Ten all-around win. He is the first OSU men’s gymnast to win the all-around title since 2004.  Yoder, meanwhile, finished in second place, putting up a six-event score of 87.55.Despite being recognized for his solo performance, Melton remains focused on the success of the team. “Anything individual is just another plus, but my main goal is the team title,” Melton said. “I’m going to enjoy it and I’m excited about it, but the team title is my No. 1 priority.” In the individual championships, which were held on Saturday, the Buckeyes grabbed three event titles. Melton won the parallel bars (16.175), which is a new school record, and the floor exercise (15.450), while Yoder won on the pommel horse (15.225). OSU also had three second-place finishes, with Melton on the rings (15.100), Delbridge in the vault (13.325) and Johnson on the high bar (14.550).Yoder said he finds pride in the team success and individual accolades while also taking in the emotion of the big stage.“This is surreal, this is something that I’ve been dreaming about for a long time,” Yoder said. “I’m just so proud of this team and (I’m) just amazed with this whole experience.”The Buckeyes are next set to have the benefit of competing on their home floor once again as they host the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships. OSU looks poised for a successful showing after dominating the conference championships, as six of the Big Ten teams it defeated ranked in the top 10 nationally. The event is scheduled to be held April 15 and 16 at St. John Arena. read more

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Here is why your veins look blue

first_imgA Pittsburgh doctor says Antonio Brown once repeatedly farted in his face during a consultation, and that he owes him $11,500 in unpaid bills BLOOD IS NEVER blue — it’s always some shade of red. However, veins carrying red blood may appear bluish because of how human tissue and blood reflect and absorb light.When light enters human tissue, it is scattered in all directions (or bounced around) by cells and other structures. That light is either absorbed into the tissue, or it escapes from the skin’s surface. It is the escaped, or reflected, light that we see with our eyes.Blood usually looks red because haemoglobin, an oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells, absorbs lots of blue light and reflects lots of red light. (Think of someone turning “blue in the face” — it means they’re not getting enough oxygen.)But veins — unlike arteries — carry deoxygenated blood, which absorbs more red light than the oxygen-rich blood in the tissue around the vein. The more red light that’s absorbed, the less of it we see.When red light is absorbed into veins but reflected off the tissue around veins, what we see on the surface of the skin is that it’s less reddish above the vein than directly around them.“When we compare the light reaching the surface above the vessel to the light reaching the surface nearby, the amount of blue light is the same, but the amount of red light is less,” explains Michael Patterson, a professor of medical physics at McMaster University in Ontario and co-author of a 1996 paper that investigated why veins appear blue.This creates somewhat of an optical illusion. A vein looks blue not because more blue light is being reflected, but because less red light is being reflected from the vein than from the tissue around it.Deep veins will appear bluer because the deoxygenated blood they contain reflects less red light than the surrounding tissues. Image: Dina Spector/Business Insider.Because blue light waves are shorter than red light waves, veins that are deep below the surface of the skin will look the bluest. This seems counterintuitive, but it means they’ll absorb the (long) red light, but the (short) blue light will hit the space above the vessel and bounce back to our eyes before it’s ever absorbed. [See diagram at right.]In short, veins look blue because they carry deoxygenated blood, which means they reflect less red light than the surrounding tissues. And the deeper the vein, the bluer it will seem.- Dina Spector‘I nearly fell out of my chair’: Irish scientists uncover Einstein’s lost theory> Saudi Arabia says the oil facility hit by drones and missiles will be fully functional again in 12 days Trump might lose a crucial ally in the Middle East if Netanyahu is unseated as Israel’s prime minister for the first time in a decade Australians could be given free movement to the UK after Brexit last_img read more

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Each iOS user generates 150 a year for Apple

first_imgApple is in a very happy place at the moment as a company. It has billions in the bank, its iPad tablet computers dominate the market, the iPhone and iPod touch continue to sell well, iTunes and its two App Stores just seem to print money, and Steve Jobs has recently wowed everyone with a spaceship-like new campus planned for Cupertino.This success has come about through great design and services that people for the most part both want and enjoy using. And while we know roughly how many devices Apple has sold over the past few years, we don’t know how much each Apple product user is worth to the company in terms of spending power. In other words, how much does an average Apple-owning user spend after buying a device?Market intelligence company Asymco has decided to have a stab at figuring out the answer to just that question. The best guess comes out at $150 per year for each iOS user regardless of device owned. So if you currently own a gadget that runs iOS, chances are you are spending around the $150 mark every year on apps, music, accessories etc. Does that sound about right?Asymco worked out that $150 figure by taking the revenue generated from sales on 200 million iOS devices, and then splitting it between the 180 million users. For good measure it also assumed on average an iOS device has a lifespan of about 3.5 years.This is a very general calculation, but then I bet Apple doesn’t even know how much each user spends every year without doing some major data crunching. Still, I’d say that’s a pretty good average to have across all devices. Just consider how much you spend on subscriptions each year and I’d say Apple is doing very well out of its users.The figure looks even better if you only consider the Mac-owning user bade. Asymco avergaed that spend out too and came up with $250 a head.Read more at Asymcolast_img read more

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ATTs first LTE smartphones set to launch Nov 6

first_imgIt looks like Verizon’s solo moment in the LTE spotlight is about to end. AT&T, who has had several LTE tethering devices on the market since this summer, is set to launch their first smartphones on the speedy 4G network. The HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket are lined up to kick things off on November 6.The Galaxy S II Skyrocket is a variation of Galaxy S II that has been rolling out on various worldwide networks since May. In addition to running on the LTE network, the Skyrocket differs from AT&T’s standard Galaxy S II in that it has a larger 4.5 inch display and a faster 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. It will run on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (with TouchWiz UI), and sports an 8MP rear camera that shoots 1080p video.The HTC Vivid also has a 4.5 inch qHD (960 x 540) display, along with a 1.2GHz dual-core chip. It too has an 8MP rear shooter, but with an f/2.2 28mm wide angle lens that should let in ample light. Its camera also shoot 1080p at 60 frames per second. It will run Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, with HTC Sense pasted on top.AT&T is keeping their standard (3G and HSPA+) data plans intact for these first LTE phones. That means you can pay $15 for a light 200MB of data, $25 for 2GB, or crank it up to $45 for 4GB including tethering. Though many of us long for the days when data was unlimited, at least we aren’t seeing the prices continue to skyrocket while the caps get lower. Aside from power users who are constantly streaming Netflix or trying to replace their home internet, these plans should offer plenty for most.If you’ve managed to miss Verizon’s promotional blitz over the last eight months, LTE is the fastest of the current technologies described as 4G. It is set to become the standard, based on its data speeds that can rival (or trump) many home DSL and cable connections. Verizon’s first LTE smartphone, the HTC Thunderbolt, launched in March, and was followed with a quickly-expanding line of other devices, including the Droid Bionic, Droid Charge, and the upcoming Droid Razr.AT&T’s LTE is currently only available in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. However, when these two phones go on sale, that will have expanded to include Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Athens, GA. AT&T says that their LTE network will reach at least six more markets by the end of the year. If you don’t live in any of these areas, it might be wise to hold off on snatching one of these up.Both handsets will be available this Sunday, Nov. 6. The Skyrocket will ring up at $250, with the Vivid costing $200. Both prices, as always, are with a new two-year contract for new or upgrading customers.More at AT&Tlast_img read more

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Handcrafted Overwatch Figure is a Work of Art

first_img ‘Overwatch’ Coming to Nintendo Switch… In Case FormLego Adds Two More ‘Overwatch’ Sets: Wrecking Ball and Junke… Stay on target Even if you’re like me and aren’t exactly into Overwatch, you have to admit that the game’s characters feature some of the coolest designs out there. Each of the characters would make for great action figures, but for whatever reason, Blizzard Entertainment hasn’t commissioned any toy company to make official figures based on the game. This didn’t stop one person from taking the initiative and creating his own Overwatch figure completely by hand.Korean craftsman Truxton made a 100% wood figure of the Bastion character. What’s great about this figure is that it transforms exactly like it does in the game. Blizzard has released detailed sketches of both of Bastion’s modes and Truxton used these to create this highly detailed little masterpiece. In the video below, you can see for yourself how the figure was created and how it transforms. This is like watching an episode of The Joy of Painting only with an awesome action figure.It’s always fun to see folks go out of their way to create things like this. Hopefully, Blizzard has taken note and will eventually have a toy company release Overwatch figures as incredible as this one. The toys themselves could certainly serve as a nice gateway to get people who may not have heard of Overwatch to play the game. Then of course, there are guys like me who would buy these figures just because they look cool. Blizzard, if you’re seeing this video I believe you know what you have to do now.For more of Truxton’s work, make sure to hit up his Facebook page.last_img read more

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Adam Cole to defend North American Title in EVOLVE WWE UK Tournament

first_img WWE NXT Results – 9/4/19 (Adam Cole defends the NXT Championship against Jordan Myles) WhatsApp Adam Cole to defend North American Title in EVOLVEWWE announced on Friday that Adam Cole would be defending the NXT North American Championship at the upcoming EVOLVE event on June 24 in Melrose, Massachuetts.Cole’s opponent will be announced this Monday.NXT #NorthAmericanChampion @AdamColePro will be coming to EVOLVE on June 24th in Melrose, MA for a title defense. Opponent will be announced this Monday. Tix & info at: https://t.co/5xJjIQc26h pic.twitter.com/b7XX4ZOiil— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 8, 2018WWE UK Tournament BracketologyWWE has released a video featuring Nigel McGuinness, Charly Caruso and Triple H examining the brackets for the upcoming WWE United Kingdom Tournament. Pinterest WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Twittercenter_img Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory part of new Performance Center class, new PC coachlast_img read more

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City of Chula Vista holds grand reopening for Len Moore Skate Park

first_img Elizabeth Alvarez, Posted: May 5, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Updated: 1:45 PM City of Chula Vista holds grand re-opening for Len Moore Skate Park May 5, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The city of Chula Vista celebrated the reopening of Len Moore Skate Park Saturday with professional skate demonstrations, free raffles and local vendor giveways as well as live music.The Chula Vista Boys & Girls Club originally opened the park in 2003, but was forced to close operations in August due to costly maintenance and repair issues.Park ownership was transferred to the city, which cleaned up vandalism and graffiti then reopened the facility in late February after holding a series of community meetings to gauge stakeholder priorities.“Kids in the community really wanted a place to skate,” said Shaun Ellis, city principal recreation manager. “So rather than them breaking in, we want it to be more of a positive thing — a place where adults can skate or where parents can go with their kids.”The park now offers free admission for skateboarding, BMX biking and roller-skating from 8 a.m. to dusk. City officials also expect to hold skate classes, day camps and birthday party rentals at the facility. Elizabeth Alvarez Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Bethel Democrat to Lead PNWER Arctic Caucus

first_imgRepresentative Bob Herron, a Democrat from Bethel was elected the chairman of the Arctic Caucus during the 25th summer summit of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, or PNWER.Download AudioThe organization gathered in Big Sky, Montana this week. PNWER is a partnership comprised of industry and five U.S. states, three Canadian provinces and the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. As chairman, Herron will help educate policy makers in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa on arctic issues.David Ramsay is the Minister of Justice and Industry for the Northwest Territories and the current President of PNWER. He says the Arctic Caucus is an important body for raising the economic profile of the north.“Market access, infrastructure, energy cost, especially in rural and remote communities. The Northwest Territories is no different and faces similar challenges as Alaska so we’re going to continue to work on ways to try to find investment into the Arctic and that includes Alaska, the NWT and the Yukon.”Ramsay says their November meeting in Yellow Knife will focus on the needs of the arctic as development ramps up. The PNWER meetings wrapped up Thursday.last_img read more

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Bombay High Court to pronounce judgement on Maratha reservation

first_imgMumbai: The Bombay High Court will decide on all pleas on Maratha reservation on Thursday (June 27). A division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Bharti Dangre will pronounce the judgement on all petitions challenging Maratha reservation. After a detailed hearing, an order was reserved on March 26 on these petitions. The Legislative Council of the state on June 21 passed an amendment in the Socially Economically Backward Class (SEBC) Act 2018, providing 16 per cent reservation to the students of Maratha community in admissions to the post-graduate (PG) courses in medical colleges. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us The state Assembly on June 20 had passed the amendment in this regard. The state government had earlier promulgated an ordinance for extending quota benefit to the Maratha students. The Maharashtra Assembly on November 29 last year had passed a bill proposing 16 per cent reservation in educational institutions and government jobs for the Maratha community, declared as socially and educationally backward class (SEBC) by the government. The Nagpur bench of the high court had earlier this month declined to entertain a plea against an Ordinance issued by the state government providing 16 per cent reservation for Marathas under the socially and economically backward classes category in admission to postgraduate medical and dental courses.last_img read more

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Country incurs wrath of God Ershad

first_imgHM ErshadFormer military ruler, special emissary of the prime minister HM Ershad on Friday explained the recent calamities such as flooding and landslide in the country, as the wrath of God.”The country has incurred the wrath of Allah. That’s why there are incidents like flooding and landslide, many people are dying,” he told a public meeting at Osmani Nagar after visiting the flood situation in Sylhet.The Jatiya Party chairman expressed his concern at the ‘alarming rise’ in enforced disappearances, and missing and killing of people.”The people are not doing well. There are rampant disappearances and killings. We start every day with news of killing,” he regretted.He mentioned that the people are now living in panic of disappearances and killings and there was no ‘good news’ for them.Ershad, who took over power by a coup in 1982 and ruled the country for nine years, called on the people to bring back his Jatiya Party to power.He said: “Nothing bothers others — if there is a flood or suffering of the people. But I cannot stay at home, I feel sorry for the people who suffer because of the floods and other calamities.”He mentioned that the people are suffering nowadays as the ‘wrath of Allah’ visited the country.Ershad was accompanied by party secretary general Ruhul Amin Hawlader, former secretary general Ziauddin Bablu, party presidium member Kazi Feroz Rashid, MP, and a few other central and local leaders.last_img read more

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Malnutrition increases though number of poor decreases

first_imgTalking about nutrition only is not enough to ensure nutrition of adolescent girls and women in Bangladesh. Empowerment of women and change in attitudes of males are also very important, said experts at a roundtable in Dhaka.Investment of not only money, but giving time and attention is important to dispel the persisting problem of malnutrition among women and adolescent girls in the country, they added.The roundtable was jointly organised by Prothom Alo and Nutritional International – Bangladesh, at the Prothom Alo office in the capital on Monday. Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Qayyum moderated the roundtable.Chief guest at the roundtable, health minister Mohammad Nasim, said most of the adolescent girls and women, including the readymade garments workers, have been suffering from acute malnutrition.Acknowledging the high rate of child marriage in villages, the minister said, “An adolescent girl, who is yet to be grown fully, can never give birth to fully healthy children. Many such girls cannot breastfeed their children properly. This is why children of child marriages suffer from severe malnutrition.”Nasim said, “Instead of providing local fruits, modern mothers of the cities tend to give their children fast food. This is damaging for their health.”He also revealed that about 45 per cent of Bangladeshi mothers do not breastfeed. “The government is endeavouring to scale up the rate of breastfeeding, a major source of nutrition for children.”The minister also acknowledged that there was an increase in malnutrition, though the number of poor was decreasing.Nasim requested the journalists to write about inadequate allocations for the health sector in the national budget. “How long will we depend on foreign donations?”Special guest Simin Hossain Rimi MP, said, “Child marriage is closely connected with the nutrition problem. Besides, scenarios are different in towns and villages. There is a gender-based difference in cases of investment in nutrition sector. Male children get more nutritious food than the female ones.Speaking at the occasion, Alive and Thrive’s Bangladesh country manager Zeba Mahmud said, “According to our culture, good women always try to sacrifice for their family members. But, women need to focus on themselves as well. Family members also need to change their attitude towards women.”Nutrition International’s regional director for Asia Andrew O’Connell said, “Wise investment is more necessary than more investment. We are not asking for new or huge investment, rather $1 per annum per capita. This is affordable. According to Copenhagen Consensus, every dollar invested will bring results worth of $19.”Among others, Nutrition International president and CEO Joel Spicer, nutrition International – Bangladesh country director Zaki Hasan, director of institute of public health nutrition and line director of MCRAH ABM Muzharul Islam, ICDDRB’s associate scientist Sabrina Rasheed, chief nutrition officer of BIRDEM Hospital Khaleda Khatun, Dhaka University’s nutrition and food science institute director professor Nazma Shaheen, DGFP director general Kazi Mustafa Sarwar, and BRAC’s head of health, nutrition and population programme Mahfuza Rifat also addressed the roundtable.last_img read more

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Two teens killed in US school shooting

first_imgTwo teens were killed in a shooting at their high school in the southwestern US state of New Mexico on Thursday, police said, adding that the assailant was dead.The attack took place at Aztec High School, New Mexico State Police said on Twitter. The school is located in the small town of Aztec some 180 miles (300 kilometers) northwest of Albuquerque in an area close to Navajo tribal lands.Initial reports of other people being wounded are wrong, San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told a press conference.The identities of the shooter and those killed were not released.Garrett Parker, a student at the school in the town of 7,000, told the local TV station KOAT that he was stunned.“Out of any state, out of all the states in America, you don’t think it would happen here,” he said.Parker said he was in history class when the shooting started.“At first it sounded like kids were just banging on the lockers. But it started getting closer and louder and it was obvious it was gunshots. We could hear gunshots from right outside our door,” he said.The teacher had locked the door as he normally does and the students hid in a corner of the room.“Right after we got outside the door, right outside the door, there was someone lying dead. But I don’t know who it was,” Parker added.Aztec High School was locked down and evacuated, while nearby schools were placed on lockdown.Police set up an area in a park for parents to pick up their children, the San Juan County Sheriff’s office said on its Facebook page.“It’s tragic when our children are harmed in violent ways especially on school campuses. We express our condolences to those families who have been harmed,” Navajo President Russell Begaye said in a statement.Gunfire caused the deaths or injuries of 3,700 children and teenagers this year in the United States, according to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive organization.There were approximately 328 mass shootings, defined as involving more than two people.More than 33,000 people in the US die each year from guns, including more than 22,000 suicides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.last_img read more

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Strike on Syria air base kills 14 including Iranian forces

first_imgMap of Syria locating a deadly missile strike and suspected chemical attack. AFPAn early-morning strike on a Syrian government air base in the country’s centre killed 14 fighters, including Iranian forces allied to the regime, a monitoring group said on Monday.”At least 14 fighters were killed in the strike on the T-4 airport, among them Iranian forces,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor.Syrian state media had earlier reported dead and wounded in the strike, without giving casualty figures.The T-4 base lies in Syria’s central Homs province and is also known as the Tiyas airport.Forces from regime allies Russia and Iran, as well as fighters from the Tehran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militia, are known to have a presence there, said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman.The Observatory, which has a wide network of sources across war-ravaged Syria, said it could not confirm who carried out the attack on the T-4 baseIsrael carried out strikes against a Syrian government base in the country’s centre in February, with the Observatory identifying it at the time as T-4.Israel has struck targets inside Syria on multiple occasions throughout the country’s seven-year war, including those linked to Iran and Hezbollah or to Assad’s chemical weapons programme.An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment.The raid came as worldwide outrage mounted over a reported chemical weapons attack on a rebel-controlled town outside the Syrian capital.last_img read more

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Jamaat leader Abdur Razzaq resigns

first_imgAbdur RazzaqBangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdur Razzaq has resigned from his position citing his party’s failure to apologise to the people of Bangladesh for its anti-independence role in 1971.“Yet, in 1971, our predecessors opposed the independence of Bangladesh and failed to publicly protest against the atrocities committed by the Pakistan Army,” Razzaq said in a press statement, obtained by Prothom Alo on Friday morning.In a letter sent from the United Kingdom, he tendered his resignation to Maqbul Ahmed, the Ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat.In his resignation letter, Razzaq observed that ‘over the last three decades he has been trying relentlessly to persuade Jamaat to have a frank discussion of the events of 1971, Jamaat’s role in those events and why it decided to support Pakistan and apologise for that decision.’Razzaq further said all his efforts were unsuccessful and that as a result, those who were born after 1971 and even the many unborn generations who may be associated with Jamaat in future will have to bear this burden.Razzaq also stated that after joining Jamaat, one of his objectives was to reform the party from within.He also said he advocated structural reform, fundamental changes in Jamaat’s objectives and effective participation of women.In the letter Razzaq recognised the immense potential of the young generation of Bangladeshis who are patriotic and are capable of playing an active role in changing the face of Bangladesh.last_img read more

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Microsoft demos three new whizbang technologies its working on w video

first_img The first is a see-through interactive 3D desktop display which doesn’t appear to have a name as yet, but is truly one of the coolest displays to come along in quite a while. The reason its transparent is because the users hands and keyboard go behind the display so that both can be used to manipulate 3D images that appear to hover in space between the real objects and those displayed on the OLED screen. To move a cube for example, a user simply reaches back and grabs or pushes it (hand and head movements are tracked by a Kinect device). But that’s not all, the display is 3D from virtually any angle it’s looked at, within reason of course. This means if a user moves to one side, more of the three dimensionality of the object displayed on screen can be seen, just as would happen were a person to be looking at a true three dimensional object. Citation: Microsoft demos three new whiz-bang technologies it’s working on (w/ video) (2012, February 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-microsoft-demos-whiz-bang-technologies-video.html Next up is something called a Holoflector, which is of course a combination of Hologram and Reflector, which in this case is a slightly see-through mirror. The whole thing works by projecting holographic images generated by a very large LCD screen onto the back of an equally large semi-transparent mirror. The result is a blending of real world reflected objects (including the user of the system) with holographic images. And as if that isn’t enough, the system also employs a Kinect to allow it to monitor and track gestures. Then, all of that is combined with a Windows phone with orientation data that allows the system to know where the phone is, which allows the user to use it as a virtual device, similar to a Wii wand. The net result is a system that is not just eerie, but borders on bubbling over into excitement as it’s very clearly a stepping stone to a HoloDeck. As these demonstrations clearly show, Microsoft is not content to simply sit back and collect checks from Windows and its Office Suite of products, the company most definitely intends to play a big role in how users interact with their computing devices in the foreseeable future, which based on these demos, appears to be a very good thing. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Mercedes demos DICE — Interactive dashboard and Heads-Up display (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft isn’t really known for giving the world at large much of a clue regarding what it’s working on regarding future products (other than Windows) thus it came as rather a surprise when the head of its research and strategy group, Craig Mundie, gave a presentation at TechForum recently, showing off three new technology products the company has in the works. © 2011 PhysOrg.com The third technology is something called IllumiShare, which is a little less high tech than the other two, but is perhaps more likely to show up as a product for sale sooner rather than later. It’s a technology that allows people to share imagery pertaining to their physical desktop, i.e. the one they use to set papers on, or write with a pen. What Microsoft has done is affix a camera/projector device above the desks of two users in two different locations. The images collected from one are projected down onto the desktop of the other and vice-versa. In this way, both users can view a shared physical workspace. The device on each desk looks a lot like an overhead desk lamp. More information: Microsoft blogs:blogs.technet.com/b/next/archi … -reality-mirror.aspxblogs.technet.com/b/next/archi … ough-3d-desktop.aspxblogs.technet.com/b/next/archi … d-blows-my-mind.aspxlast_img read more

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Poor hygiene among contact lens wearers causes infection

first_imgLondon: Owing to poor hygiene, contact lens wearers in the UK are more at risk of developing a rare but preventable eye infection that can cause blindness, researchers have warned.The team from the University College London (UCL) found that the risk of developing the disease – Acanthamoeba keratitis – was more than three times greater amongst people with poor contact lens hygiene, people who did not always wash and dry their hands before handling their lenses. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShowering and face washing while wearing contact lenses are also likely to be risk factors.The eye disease causes the front surface of the eye, the cornea, to become painful and inflamed, due to infection by Acanthamoeba – a cyst-forming micro-organism, found more in the UK than in other countries.The study showed a threefold increase in Acanthamoeba keratitis since 2011 in South-East England.”This increase in cases highlights the need for contact lens users to be aware of the risks,” said lead author John Dart, Professor at the UCL. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It is absolutely imperative that regulators and those working in the optical sector take the findings seriously, and use the recommendations to take immediate and urgent action on prevention.”Contact lenses are medical devices and should be supplied with warnings regarding safe use,” he added.People who used a lens disinfectant product containing Oxipol (now phased out by the manufacturer), and those who wore their contacts while in swimming pools or hot tubs were also found to be at high risk. “People who wear reusable contact lenses need to make sure they thoroughly wash and dry their hands before handling contact lenses, and avoid wearing them while swimming, face washing or bathing. “Daily disposable lenses, which eliminate the need for contact lens cases or solutions, may be safer and we are currently analysing our data to establish the risk factors for these,” Dart said.For the study, published in the British Journal of Opthalmology, the team collected incidence data from 1985 to 2016 in the country.They found an increase dating from 2000-2003, when there were eight to 10 cases per year, to between 36-65 annual cases in the past few years.last_img read more

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