Samruddhi corridor: Maharashtra CM, others to reach out to Uddhav Thackeray

first_imgMumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and some cabinet ministers will negotiate with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in an attempt to tone down his opposition to the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway. Senior officials, part of the high power committee appointed to monitor the progress of the project, said on Friday that the negotiations will be headed by finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. “The Sena has been consistently opposing the project, earlier on the issue of farm compensation and now demanding to know why the highway must lead to Nagpur and not any other city. The committee discussed these issues at length and the government has decided to initiate informal discussions with Mr. Thackeray,” a senior official and member of the committee said. The expressway project, called Samruddhi Corridor, is estimated to cost ₹46,000 crore, of which the Asian Development Bank is expected to provide ₹13,750 crore. Close to ₹24,000 crore is needed for civil construction, while the rest is to be spent on land acquisition, development of nodes, contingencies and financial charges and utility shifting. Mr. Thackeray had announced his party will only support the project if the farmers gave up their land voluntarily and “not by force”. “We are in power but will not support the project if it hurts the interest of the farmers,” Mr. Thackeray had said last year. The Sena had, however, changed its tone earlier this year following the first round of informal talks with the government. Mr. Thackeray later said his party would talk to the farmers and convince them of the benefits of the project as the government has not been able to communicate the benefits the projects. Members said the government has already formed a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the project to construct the expressway. Formed under the Companies Act, 1956, the SPV is to be a subsidiary of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which is executing the project for the government.last_img read more

Officer dies of cardiac arrest after fan violence in Spain

first_imgEarlier Thursday, German police arrested a Russian suspected of seriously injuring a British soccer fan during the European Championship in France two years ago.“UEFA strongly condemns the violent clashes which occurred in Bilbao,” the governing body for European soccer said in a statement. “We are in contact with local authorities to obtain further information on these incidents.”The Spanish league said it “deplores and condemns the death” of the police officer, and its president said he hopes FIFA and UEFA take action to halt fan violence.“The Russian ultras shouldn’t have traveled to Bilbao because of their history,” Javier Tebas told the sports daily As.The trouble erupted ahead of the round-of-32 match in the second-tiered European club competition.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Basque riot policemen control the perimeter of the stadium close to FC Spartak Moskva’s followers before the match during the Europa League – round of 32, 2nd leg, between Athletic Bilbao and FC Spartak Moskva, at San Mames stadium, in Bilbao, northern Spain, Thursday, Feb.22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)BILBAO, Spain — A Spanish riot police officer died of cardiac arrest after clashes involving Russian soccer fans before a Europa League match on Thursday between hosts Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow, raising concerns less than four months before the World Cup in Russia.Basque Country authorities in northern Spain said the officer died in a hospital after the confrontations outside San Mames Stadium in the city of Bilbao, which will host matches in the 2020 European Championship.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Muguruza beats Garcia again to advance to Dubai semifinals Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Police also said a Russian man was injured but the extent of his injuries was not immediately disclosed. Five people were arrested — three Russian nationals and two Spaniards.The identity of the dead officer was not immediately disclosed. Local media said he was a 50-year-old man.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere were conflicting reports about what caused his death, with some saying he was taken ill during the confrontations and other reports suggesting he was hit by an object during the fighting.Spartak won the match 2-1 but Athletic advanced 4-3 on aggregate. Police were escorting some Spartak fans into the stadium but a stray group allegedly started igniting fireworks and throwing flares and objects toward Athletic supporters and police officers.The fighting spread onto the streets near the stadium and police struggled to restore order. Many fans were seen trying to run away from the trouble as fireworks exploded all around.There was concern ahead of the match because of the reported presence of ‘Ultra’ Russian fans in Bilbao, and a large police force was deployed to try to prevent fan trouble.There were reports of other minor clashes involving Russian fans in Bilbao for Thursday’s match.Six years ago a fan died in Bilbao in clashes after a match between Athletic and German club Schalke. View commentslast_img read more

Ceres opens AFC Cup bid vs Myanmar’s Shan United

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Eagles rip Titans apart SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Spanish striker Bienve Marañon, Ceres’ top scorer the past two seasons in this competition, is fit again and could start alongside the Bosnian at the tip of the attack.Still, Vidakovic believes it would take a total team effort from his squad to get a result against Shan.“We can’t just rely on an individual player to make a difference,” said the Serbian coach. “We must work together.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ceres Negros seeks redemption as it collides with Myanmar’s Shan United at the start of Group G play in the 2019 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Cup campaign on Tuesday night at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.Even after losing to Myanmar champion Yangon United in the preliminary round of the AFC Champions League, the Busmen set out as favorites against a team they beat thrice last year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants More importantly, a win in the 7:30 p.m. clash can set the tone for bigger victories for the Bacolod-based side that won the Asean zonal title in 2017 before losing in the same stage last season to Singapore’s Home United.“There’s big pressure on us because its the first game and we’re playing at home,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. “We have to stand up to that pressure and play as a team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCeres’ defensive vulnerabilities were exposed three weeks ago when they got stunned by Yangon, 2-1, also in Panaad. Needing matches to sharpen up for the AFC Cup, the Busmen flew to Singapore for a one-week camp highlighted by wins in friendly matches against Singapore League teams Home United and Geylang International.The Busmen seemed to have addressed one key concern when they signed veteran Bosnian striker Mahir Karic for the continent’s second-tier club competition. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

Alpha Boys’ School to Benefit From Sale of Posters

first_img This year’s competition received 1,100 submissions from 78 countries worldwide. Founder of the IRPC, Mr. Michael Thompson said that Alpha Boys’ School is a Jamaican success story. The Alpha Boys’ School music department will benefit from the sale of posters that were entered in the second International Reggae Poster Contest. The Alpha Boys’ School music department will benefit from the sale of posters that were entered in the second International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC).The IRPC 2013 exhibition, which will run for one week at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C., was officially opened to the public on November 14.Founder of the IRPC, Mr. Michael Thompson said that Alpha Boys’ School is a Jamaican success story which has contributed significantly to Jamaica’s musical legacy.“This academy for underprivileged youth, located in the heart of Kingston and founded in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy Order, has produced some of the most notable legends in the history of Jamaican music. Some of these legends include Don Drummond of the Skatalites, top Rocksteady singer, Desmond Dekker and Yellowman, one of dancehall’s first superstars,” he said.Mr. Thompson noted that this year’s competition received 1,100 submissions from 78 countries worldwide. He said this has exceeded expectations and shows that Reggae music has touched the hearts and minds of music lovers the world over. Poster winners were selected from among 363 finalists.The International Reggae Poster Contest was established as a global platform to shine a powerful beam on the positive impact of reggae music and to present a bold vision.Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, in declaring the exhibition open, lauded the founders of the IRPC. The competition, he said, gives participants from around the world the opportunity to infuse art with Reggae music.He said the exhibition now on display at the embassy brings to the forefront how far Reggae music has gone around the world and highlights the reason why “we are proud of our culture.”The Ambassador also commended the IRPC for dedicating proceeds from the exhibition to the Alpha Boys’ School music department, which he said, will go far to help nurture and produce more outstanding musicians. Story Highlightslast_img read more

TMC CPI NCP defend natl party status before EC

first_imgNew Delhi: The CPI, TMC and the NCP on Monday urged the Election Commission not to take away their national party status, saying they should be given a fresh opportunity to improve their electoral performance.The three told the Commission that they are old parties and have played a key role in national politics. Hence, their status should not be based on recent electoral performance only. The parties had appeared before the Commission for a personal hearing on Monday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Earlier, responding to a show cause notice, the three had told the poll panel that their national party status should not be revoked based on their performance in the Lok Sabha elections this year. The Election Commission had earlier issued them notices asking why their ‘national party’ status should not be revoked following their performance in the Lok Sabha elections. The CPI is learnt to have said that after the Congress, it is the oldest party in the country which had been the principal opposition party in Lok Sabha. The Left party said though it may not have fared well in the recent Lok Sabha elections, it has been in power in several states and has played a key role in strengthening the Constitution. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe TMC is learnt to have said that it was given national party status in 2014 and it should be allowed to continue with it at least till 2024. The CPI, BSP and the NCP were facing the prospect of losing their national party status after their dismal performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as well. However, they got a reprieve when in 2016 the EC amended its rules, whereby national and state party status of political parties are to be reviewed every 10 years instead of five. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which won 10 Lok Sabha in the last parliament polls, and some assembly seats, does not face the possibility of losing its national party status now. According to the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968, a political party can be recognised as a national party if its candidates secure at least six per cent of votes polled in four or more states in Lok Sabha or assembly elections, and, in addition, it has at least four members in Lok Sabha. As of now, the Indian National Congress (INC), BJP, BSP, CPI, Communist Party of India (Marxist), TMC, NCP and the National People’s Party of Meghalaya have national party status.last_img read more

Rightwing group confronts Muslims outside Edmonton mosque

first_imgA man off-camera says he “doesn’t speak noodle” and “piss be upon you”– a play on the Muslim saying, “peace be upon you”.Though the group claims to be seeking knowledge of Islam, they wore clothing emblazoned with words like “infidel”, or a person who does not believe in religion. Others from the group wore toques with the Arabic word “kafir” on it, a term used to describe non-believers of Islam. A screen capture shows a man wearing a jacket emblazoned with infidels on the back. Infidel is a term used to describe a non-believer of religion. (Video Ty Hunt) EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — Edmonton police have called in the hate crimes unit to investigate an incident caught on camera.A nine-minute-long video posted to Facebook by a man named Ty Hunt, shows a group of men standing on a sidewalk exchanging words with two Muslim men outside of a mosque. In the video, a man off-camera describes the group as “freedom fighters” who claim they are outside the mosque to gain knowledge of Islam.Warren Wheeler, one of the Muslim men filmed in the video, was on his way to prayer when he was approached.“People that came, if they wanted to seek knowledge, they would just come sincerely,” he said, encouraging those who want to learn to visit the mosque. “Anyone can come to the mosque and seek knowledge and no one will turn them away.”During the interaction, the group of men badgered Wheeler and another man with questions about underage marriage and violence against non-believers. At one point, a man from the group assumes Wheeler is not from Canada and is corrected by Wheeler who was born in Toronto.At several points during the video, the group of white men also hurl insults at Wheeler and another Muslim man. Warren Wheeler was one of two Muslim men approached outside the mosque by the group. (Video Ty Hunt) “When you come under the guise of gaining knowledge, but you are also throwing insults — you are basically being belligerent,” Wheeler said. “That tells me that the sincerity is not there.”The video was filmed without consent and posted to a group called Ty’s Canadian Infidels, which describes itself as “patriots under one umbrella according to the Quran” serving the people of Canada. The group has shared support for right-wing politics including anti-immigration.READ MORE: Blood-spattered Quebec mosque opens doors after weekend shootingThe video ends when Wheeler is pulled away by another Muslim man who told him prayer was about to begin.Prior to the incident, two men were caught on surveillance cameras entering the mosque. They claimed to be using the washroom, but Wheeler said it looked more like they were canvassing the area.Two suspicious men entered the Mosque today in what seemed like an attempt to scout the property and provoke our community. As Muslim Edmontonians we condemn such attempts to promote hatred and racism in our community. @GlobalEdmonton @ctvedmonton @edmontonjournal @doniveson pic.twitter.com/dGZ98K6mYs— Al Rashid Edmonton (@Alrashid_YEG) January 26, 2019Al Rashid Mosque, concerned for the safety of its members, contacted Edmonton police after the incident occurred. A spokesperson for the mosque is denouncing the group’s actions.“We would like for this situation to be resolved, and to not occur again because of the safety of our people,” Noor Al-Henedy, a spokesperson for Al Rashid said. “This is a place of worship and it’s not a place to tolerate this kind of behaviour.”Though they have safety protocols in place they “are working with local authorities and police to make sure that anyone who comes here is safe.”The incident is particularly unsettling for Muslims as the second anniversary of the Quebec Mosque shooting is just days away.For specific references to hate crimes in the Criminal Code of Canada visit the Calgary Police Service website.READ MORE: Muslim group asks for Jan. 29 day of remembrance for 2017 mosque shootinglast_img read more

Performances Announced for 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards Weekend in Ottawa

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter OTTAWA – The Canadian Folk Music Awards weekend takes place in Ottawa, Ontario on November 18 and 19, 2017 at the Bronson Centre. With a different weekend format this year, the awards weekend ensures even more music, and we are happy to unveil the line-up for each open-to-the-public evening, including some spectacular performers. Tickets and wristbands are now on sale online at folkawards.ca/tickets and can also be purchased at The Record Centre (1099 Wellington St. W, Ottawa) or Compact Music (785 & 206 Bank Street, Ottawa.).On Saturday, November 18, 2017, audiences will be treated to performances by:MAZ, Twin Flames, Beyond The Pale, BEYRIES, Kobo Town and Danny Michel.The awards for Children’s Album of the Year, Contemporary Singer of the Year, Solo Artist of the Year, Songwriters of the Year (French, English and Aboriginal), Producer of the Year, the Oliver Schroer Pushing the Boundaries Award and World Group of the Year will be presented throughout this evening. Gerry Strong, the recipient of the 2017 Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award will also be honoured this evening..On Sunday, November 19, 2017, audiences will enjoy performances by:Cassie & Maggie, Braden Gates, Coco Méliès, Scott MacMillan & Colin Grant, Oh Susanna and Stephen Fearing..The awards for Young Performer of the Year, New/Emerging Artist of the Year, Instrumental (Solo Artist and Group) of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, World Solo Album of the Year, Traditional (Album & Singer) of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Ensemble of the Year will be presented during this evening.. Login/Register With: We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.center_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Agriculture Boosted Moroccos Economic Growth Rate in 2013 HCP

Rabat  – The growth rate of the Moroccan economy reached 4.4% in 2013 against 2.7% in 2012, on the back of the development of the agricultural activity and the reduction of funding in the context of curbing inflation, according to the high planning commission (HCP).The national economic growth increased in 2013, thanks to a development by the  agricultural activity, while non-agricultural activities dropped, said the HCP which issued its national provisional accounts for 2013 which also show a decrease in the need for funding.The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 5.5% in 2013, an increase of 1.1 % in the general level of prices. Agricultural value added volume increased by 19 %, against a decline of 8.9 % in 2012, while that of non-agricultural activities posted an increase of 2% instead 4.3 % a year earlier, the same source said. read more

King Mohammed VI Speech at Fall Legislative Session October 12

Rabat- King Mohammed VI delivered a speech on Friday before the members of both Houses of Parliament on the opening of the first session of the 3rd legislative year of the 10th legislature.Here follows the full text of the royal message:“Praise be to God, May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and KinLadies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Members of Parliament,It is always a pleasure for me to meet with the representatives of the nation for this annual event provided for by the Constitution.This parliamentary year is special in that it coincides with a period for which the motto is ‘the spirit of responsibility and hard work’.The instructions I have given and the measures I have advocated, particularly through the State of the Nation Address and the 20 August Address, require comprehensive mobilization and collective action. Everyone should carry out his or her mission in full, making sure convictions and differences are respected.As parliamentarians – whether you belong to a party in power or are a member of the opposition – you have the noble, yet crucial, responsibility of contributing to the current reform dynamic in the country.Within this respected institution, you form a single, integrated family. There is no difference between you, as is symbolized by your identical Moroccan attire, regardless of your social background or political affiliation. The national interest is the same, and so are the challenges. What counts most is the outcome of your collective work.I am keen to make sure political parties and organizations are supported and incentivized so they can revisit their work methods. This should contribute to enhancing the performance of political parties and organizations in addition to improving legislation and public policies.For this reason, I recommend increasing public finance for political parties. Part of that financing should go to qualified people hired to work in fields relating to reflection, analysis and innovation.Distinguished Members of Parliament,National mobilization and teamwork require a healthy environment as well as greater solidarity between the various social strata.This is what I am seeking to achieve through reforms and the economic and social measures taken to improve the living conditions of all Moroccans and reduce social and spatial disparities.Morocco – by the Grace of God – has been and will continue to be the land of solidarity and social cohesion, be it in families, neighborhoods or society in general.In old towns, for instance, the facades and doors of houses were and still are identical. It is only once inside that one can tell the material status of families.That is because the cohesion and unity of Moroccans goes beyond mere appearance. They stem from the values of brotherhood and concord which are deeply ingrained in our hearts as well as from solidarity, in good times and bad.Consolidating these bonds, which have always brought Moroccans together, means a great deal to me. This is something I seek to achieve through the implementation of effective social policies and by facilitating and encouraging solidarity-based initiatives at various levels.To this end, I call for regulations to be simplified in order to encourage various forms of donation, volunteer work and charity, and to support social initiatives and socially responsible businesses.New mechanisms should also be put in place to engage the private sector in tackling social issues and contributing to better services to citizens, be it through social responsibility or public-private partnerships in this area.Honorable Members of Parliament,The important instructions I have given in connection with employment, education, vocational training and military service are meant to benefit citizens, especially young people, and to enable them to help serve their country.As for military service, it enhances the sense of belonging to the homeland.It also gives access to training which opens up opportunities for the professional and social integration of qualified conscripts who demonstrate a sense of responsibility and commitment.With regard to performing military service, it must be emphasized that all the Moroccan citizens concerned – without exception – are equal, regardless of social background, diploma or education.Distinguished Members of Parliament,Youth employment is one of my foremost concerns. I believe there are a number of sectors which can contribute to creating more job opportunities.Vocational training is a powerful lever for employment, provided it receives the attention it deserves and so long as it is given a new status as well as a broader scope.It is necessary to work on creating more bridges and links between vocational training programs and general education courses within a unified, integrated system. There should also be a balance between theoretical training, on the one hand, and practical, workplace training, on the other.In addition to the role played by vocational training in preparing people for the job market, the agricultural sector can constitute a more dynamic source of employment opportunities and be instrumental in improving living conditions and consolidating stability in rural areas.I therefore recommend that we build on what has been accomplished in the agricultural sector and create more employment and income-generating opportunities, especially for youths in rural areas.The aim is to establish and consolidate a rural middle class and to make sure it plays a balancing role and serves as a lever for the achievement of economic and social development, just like the middle class does in cities.I am aware of the increasing fragmentation of agricultural lands and of the adverse impact this phenomenon has on productivity. However, for young people to remain on their land, they need to be able to find jobs.I therefore urge the government to come up with innovative mechanisms in order to continue incentivizing farmers to become more actively involved in productive agricultural cooperatives and groupings, and to seek training in the agricultural field.In parallel, I call for improved access to land, making it more easily available to investors, whether they are individuals or businesses. This should increase production, boost productivity and stimulate employment. Efforts should also be made to preserve the agricultural character of the plots concerned.Thought should also been given to the best ways to do justice to smallholders, particularly with regard to the marketing of their produce, and to address rigorously the issue of speculation and the multiplicity of intermediaries.Moreover, using communal agricultural land (sulaliyat) for investment projects in farming should serve as a powerful lever for improved economic and social conditions, especially for rights holders.This should make it possible to secure at least one million additional hectares of this land.As is the case with the ownership system applied to communal land in irrigated areas, it is necessary to find appropriate legal and administrative mechanisms to facilitate rights holders’ ownership of some of the fallow land.This must be done according to specific conditions that take into account the actual implementation of projects, the need to curb the excessive fragmentation of agricultural land and the provision of the technical and financial support needed.In the same vein, to stimulate employment, we should consider the possibility of having quality initiatives and global leaders involved in some sectors and professions – such as the health care sector – which are not currently accessible to foreigners, provided the said projects contribute to the transfer of know-how and create employment opportunities for young Moroccans with the right qualifications.Indeed, growing interest is being shown by many of the world’s leading clinics and hospitals that wish to invest in our country.There are tempting incentives which induce some students to remain abroad after completing their studies. I believe, however, that the initiative we are launching will help provide the right conditions for Moroccans with skills to come back to work in their country and create healthy competition, which will ultimately improve service provision.Distinguished Members of Parliament,Last year, I called from this rostrum for our national development model to be reconsidered and for a new approach to be devised to help address the needs of citizens – a model that would enable us to reduce gaps and disparities, achieve social and spatial justice and keep up with changes at home and abroad.Accordingly, some of the institutions and agencies concerned, as well as a number of stakeholders and bodies have kindly prepared proposals and carried out studies to this effect.Through initiatives and reforms launched this year, I have sought to pave the way for future action, provide certain guidelines and create fresh momentum. Special emphasis has been laid on urgent issues on which there is a national consensus and about which we cannot afford to procrastinate, such as education and training, employment and youth issues, public support and social protection.It is quite natural for there to be ample reflection and extensive dialogue on such an issue, which is crucially important for Morocco’s future. I believe, however, that this major project is now ready and that we need to move on to making concrete proposals. This should be done within the next three months.In this respect, I have decided to set up a special committee whose mission will be to collect and sort out proposals and to draw conclusions therefrom, using a comprehensive strategic and instructive format. I expect the said committee to report to me on the proposed new development model, specifying the objectives targeted, the proposed options for change and the means for actual implementation.Honorable Members of Parliament,The stakes involved and the challenges facing our country are as diverse as they are intertwined. There can be no wait-and-see attitudes or narrow calculations about them.Morocco must be a country of opportunity, not of opportunists. All citizens, without exception, should be given the same chance to serve their country, and all citizens must benefit, on an equal footing, from the country’s resources and from opportunities for growth and advancement.More than ever, Morocco needs true patriots who have the homeland’s interests at heart, who care about the citizens and who seek to bring Moroccans together rather than divide them; it needs honest officials who shoulder their responsibility with dedication and selflessness.I therefore want you to rise to the occasion. This requires a genuine sense of patriotism, collective mobilization and a clear will to put the homeland and the citizens above all else.Almighty God says: “Our Lord, truly you know what we conceal and what we reveal: for nothing whatever is hidden from Allah, whether on earth or in heaven”. True is the Word of God.Wassalamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.” read more

Cyprus EU to take tougher stance on Turkey over drilling

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ president says he believes the European Union will take a tougher line against Turkey over its bid to drill for gas in waters where the east Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights.President Nicos Anastasiades said Tuesday he’s optimistic the 28-member bloc will send a “stronger message” to Ankara than it has up to now.Cyprus says any drilling by a Turkish drillship 40 miles off its western coastline is a flagrant violation of international law and its sovereign rights. Turkey says it’s protecting its rights and those of breakaway Turkish Cypriots to the area’s energy reserves.Last week, the leaders of southern EU states said the bloc should “consider appropriate action” against Turkey if it doesn’t stop illegal gas drilling activities off Cyprus.The Associated Press read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (11,433.22, down 176.08 points):Ithaca Energy Inc. (TSX:IAE). Oil and gas. Down 10 cents, or 5.46 per cent, at $1.73 on 8,771,079 shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down $1.04, or 3.56 per cent, at $28.15 on 5,966,071 shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Down 51 cents, or 4.47 per cent, at $10.9 on 5,428,667 shares.Eastern Platinum Ltd. (TSX:ELR). Miner. Down four cents, or 14.29 per cent, at 24 cents on 4,389,277 shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Down $2.18, or 6.81 per cent, at $29.85 on 3,929,420 shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down 15 cents, or 4.62 per cent, at $3.10 on 3,462,438 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,289.43, down 19.91points):GoldQuest Mining Corp. (TSXV:GQC). Miner. Up 8.5 cents, or 17.89 per cent, at 56 cents on 11,144,473 shares.Petro Vista Energy Corp. (TSXV:PTV). Oil and gas. Up two cents, or 30.77 per cent, at 8.5 cents on 4,749,632 shares.Companies reporting major news:Research In Motion (TSX:RIM). Consumer technology. Down 82 cents, or 7.14 per cent, at $10.66 on 3,231,077 shares. A fresh batch of takeover speculation greeted the BlackBerry-maker on Wednesday as analysts weighed in on the company’s projected operating loss in the current quarter and its prospects for survival. Today’s sell-off came after a statement from RIM late Tuesday said it hired two outside firms to advise on its troubled business and financial performance.Fibrek Inc. (TSX:FBK). Pulp and paper. Down one cent, or 1.12 per cent, at 88 cents on 65,000 shares. Five top-ranking executives from Fibrek, recently acquired by Resolute Forest Products (TSX:RFP), have departed with more $8.2 million in compensation and retirement payouts. The bulk of the payments went to the former CEO, Pierre Gabriel Cote, who received $5.1 million in various payments. by The Canadian Press Posted May 30, 2012 5:02 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets read more

Release of Maptek Vulcan 64bit version mine planning and design software

first_imgIn preparation for release of the Maptek VulcanTM 64-bit version, the company’s Forge newsletter interviewed Vulcan Product Manager, Eric Gonzalez, about upgrades and features expected in the new software. It will be available April 10, 2012 and provides 64-bit and 32-bit versions. There are improved grade shells, solid modelling from polygons, ROM composited strat models and a stripping ratio tool for strat models, along with some 100 smaller upgrades.What is the primary focus behind the new 64-bit version of Vulcan? “Our customers need to process data and models with a greater level of detail than previously possible. Current computer hardware is built with support for 64-bit, and many applications are transitioning to this standard.“We are providing a 64-bit version of Vulcan to leverage the capabilities of the latest technology. At a time when most other applications are still migrating and adapting to the new platform, Maptek’s release of Vulcan 64-bit will help us stay on top of the market.What are the benefits of Vulcan 64-bit? “Vulcan 64-bit users will be able to take advantage of modern hardware with more memory. A 32-bit operating system is limited to less than 4GB of useable memory, which is shared among all applications including the operating system itself. A 32-bit application on a 32-bit operating system actually never reaches full potential.“With enough memory in a 64-bit system, a 32-bit application can access more memory than when running on a 32-bit platform, but it is still limited to 4GB. When the application runs as a native 64-bit operating system that limit is removed. The main advantage of running Vulcan 64-bit in a 64-bit environment with enough resources, is that large amounts of data can be displayed, with enough memory for other Vulcan or non-Vulcan applications to run.What can users expect to see with the Vulcan 8.1.4 software upgrade? “Since Vulcan 8.1, our approach has been to add selected functionality with each upgrade, delivering new features to customers more frequently. Our 64-bit version has virtually the same functionality as the 32-bit version. The 64-bit support is not just for certain areas, modules or programs; our whole suite will be delivered this way.“Vulcan 8.1.4 includes new options for resource modelling, data interchange, and the short term planner. Other additions worth mentioning are composited models for stratigraphic deposits and improved grade shells.Will Vulcan 64-bit affect current users? “There will be only minor changes in user workflows. Changes in setup procedures mostly relate to third-party components like ODBC drivers. Users of high-end hardware will notice that loading large triangulations or block models works now without memory constraints.“Data is compatible between platforms, allowing users running Vulcan 8.1.4 32-bit to share data seamlessly with 64-bit users.When will Vulcan 64-bit be released, and will existing customers have to pay more? “Vulcan 8.1.4 is scheduled for release on April 10. Users will receive installation discs with the new 64-bit version and an upgraded 32-bit version. Existing customers will receive Vulcan 64-bit under their maintenance contracts.What are the plans for Vulcan 8.2? “We’ve been working on many projects for Vulcan 8.2 which is planned for release in the third quarter of 2012. Some of the upgrades are foundational for enhancements in future releases.“The Rapid Pit Design tool will allow open pit engineers to quickly create and evaluate many alternative designs, resulting in better decision making.“Enhancements in resource modelling will include new methods for working with folded deposits, ultimately offering better modelling options for this environment.We’re planning a support analysis tool for predicting and validating grade models, and general tools for mass editing the attributes of objects. Extending metadata to triangulations is another area of focus.“An advantage for users is that extra information can be stored and used through triangulation models. We will also provide a larger colour palette and more colour depth for design objects. Additionally, the Vulcan Chronos scheduling module will have enhanced performance.What is planned beyond Vulcan 8.2? Our 3D graphics environment is currently being improved to deal with entities more efficiently. We are researching the use of the processing power of graphics cards to improve the speed of massive calculations; the aim is to help in reserving large models. Customer requests for Vulcan to use corporate database infrastructure are being addressed.“Other plans range across model creation and editing for both stratigraphic and non-stratigraphic deposits, through all mine applications to scheduling. I’m sure that Vulcan users will be excited about the new tools that will be delivered in the short and long term.“Benchmarking conducted by Maptek, and supported by the global Vulcan 64-bit customer beta testing program, shows massive step-wise improvements in loading large datasets compared to Vulcan 32-bit.”last_img read more

Police seize quad bikes firearms and stolen vehicles in Northern Ireland

first_imgDETECTIVES IN NEWRY and Mourne, supported by local officers in south Armagh, have recovered a number of vehicles and suspected firearms during a planned search of premises on Mountain Road, Cloughoge.Officers recovered two vehicles, believed to be stolen, and two suspected firearms. Two quad bikes have also been seized.Today police said enquiries are ongoing and Newry and Mourne Area Commander, Chief Inspector Davy Beck, said the “hard work and commitment of local officers has resulted in dangerous weapons being taken out of circulation, making Newry and Mourne a safer place to be”.“This search and the seizure of vehicles should send a clear message that there is no hiding place for criminals in Newry and Mourne,” he said.“I would like to thank the local community for their support and patience during this operation. This again demonstrates how much more successful we are in tackling crime when we work together.”Read: Gardaí arrest two following drugs seizure>Read: Two men charged over mortars seizure>last_img read more

Community center to host Teen Takeover April 28

first_imgBrush Prairie – The Rocksolid Community Teen Center will host a “Teen Takeover” event from 7 to 10 p.m. April 28 at the center, 12919 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie. The event is open to teens in grades 5-12.Wanz, who is featured on “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, will be the emcee for the evening and sing a few songs, and the NW Rock Academy band will perform. There will also be food and drinks, door prizes and a photo booth.Prevent Together will have a booth set up with prevention information and impaired goggles for teens to learn about the dangers of being impaired. Guests are asked to bring school identification to check for age verification.The event costs $5. For more information about the center, visit www.rocksolid-teen.com.last_img

Police search for missing Margate teen

first_imgMARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – Margate Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen.Thirteen-year-old Shamaria Lewis was last seen in her Margate home, at around 5 p.m., Monday. “I know she voluntarily left the house,” said the teen’s mother, Veniese Farquharson, “but anything could have happened to her from the last time I saw her, which was around 6 p.m., yesterday, up until now.”Officials said Lewis was wearing a sleeveless white shirt with navy blue shorts and a green and yellow scarf in her hair, at the time she was last seen at her residence.“I just want her to come home,” said Farquharson. “We love her, we support her. I just want her to come home.”If you’ve seen her or know where she is, you are asked to contact the Margate Police Department at (954) 764-4347.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Thursday October 4th PFD Deposit Day

first_imgWhile Alaskans have brutally criticized Governor Bill Walker’s move to “steal” the PFD, this check is close to an average (or ‘median’) value to what Alaskans have received in previous years. The state will pay 523,012 dividends by direct deposit and 70,452 by check, according to figures finalized on September 22. The first dividend distribution of $1,000 in 1982 went to 469,741 Alaskans, a total of $469,741,000. Last year, 530,067 dividends were paid by direct deposit and 78,281 paid by check. As the state faces a budget deficit attempts to restructure the permanent fund dividend  (PFD) program to fund the government continue. This is the third year in a row, the state isn’t following the traditional distribution formula. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year’s $1,600 dividend is being direct deposited and checks are being sent out on Thursday, October 4.last_img read more

Alaska Mental Heath Trust looks to Icy Cape sands for resources

first_imgThe Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is advancing plans to mine Gulf of Alaska beach sands about 75 miles northwest of Yakutat.Listen NowThe trust’s board allocated $2 million last month to create a new entity to begin developing the project on land it owns at Icy Cape.Preliminary exploration and analysis found promising concentrations of gold, as well as garnet and other heavy minerals.Trust Land Office Executive Director John Morrison told trustees about the project’s value at a November meeting.“This has an exceptional potential for the trust to generate revenue from its land base, and in fact has one of the greatest potentials to generate revenue of any of the trust’s assets,” Morrison said.The trust land office manages its property to support mental health services for Alaskans.It usually does that by leasing property or selling resources, such as timber, for others to harvest or extract.In this case, the trust plans to take a more direct role.At the mid-November meeting, Morrison said the new entity would explore and develop the property through joint ventures.“What we are proposing here is to take what we are calling phase 3, which would be a further definition of the potential resource base and the marketing efforts involved in attracting the attention to bring this resource base to market,” Morrison said.Garnets found in the beach sands, which stretch inland, have industrial applications. They’re used as abrasives or for filtering water.If investors are found, developers would need numerous government permits before moving forward. The property is within the Yakutat Borough. Manager Jon Erickson said he had not yet been consulted about the project.last_img read more

BJP spending money to publish fake news Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Coming down heavily on the opposition, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that an unholy nexus has been formed that is misinforming people in connivance with a vernacular daily.Elaborating on the ongoing trouble and violence before the forthcoming Panchayat polls, she said problems have arisen in namely seven districts. In Mohammadbazar, the BJP had brought in people from Jharkhand. In Bankura, veteran CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharya was injured. In Sandeshkhali, a Trinamool Congress worker was killed while in Sashan in North 24-Parganas, a party leader was murdered on Wednesday evening. In Murshidabad, there were incidents of violence and in Birbhum’s Nalhati, a vernacular daily had created a hype, trying to influence people. In South Dinajpur, veteran party leader Asim Ghosh’s house was ransacked by unidentified miscreants. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”I generally do not take the name of the newspaper but it is Anandabazar that is circulating false stories. If we recall, before 2016 Assembly polls, the newspaper had written against the TMC and projected an alliance. Now, it is writing stories in such a manner as if there is violence throughout the state and such stories are being circulated to mislead the masses.”The Chief Minister said no incidents of violence were reported from East and West Burdwan, North Dinajpur, Cooch Behar, Malda and Nadia. She alleged that the BJP was trying to mislead people and are “spending money to publish false news just to create hype. I do not know whether it is BJP’s paid news or not.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedShe further added: “If any incident takes place, one vernacular television channel circulates the news throughout the day just to influence the commoners.”She also wondered that if violence had erupted in the whole of Bengal, then how could the opposition file nearly 70,000 candidates and “if you take the number of Independent candidates, it amounts to somewhere around 90,000.”Banerjee stated: “How could we forget those days when our supporters were killed by the CPI(M) cadres in Netai, Singur and Nandigram. They chopped off the hands of our supporters in Howrah. Our candidates were prevented from filing nominations in the Panchayat elections. In 2003, we had filed 30,000 candidates followed by 35,000 candidates in 2008.” Banerjee maintained that the opposition does not have the strength to file candidates in all the seats. “They fail to get candidates. It is not our fault. I cannot go to their houses to cook food,” she said.She alleged that the BJP, CPI(M) and Congress are working hand-in-glove in the Panchayat elections. She also said many CPI(M) backed goons have become candidates for the BJP. “It’s a real shame. The party has failed to strengthen its organisation and now the goons are working for a communal party like the BJP.” She said in Delhi, the Congress is against the saffron party and here in Bengal, they are working with it. We don’t believe in such a principle. We are against the communal BJP in Bengal and in Delhi as well.”Banerjee added that there will not be any bandh called by the Left Front on April 13. “It’s another gimmick. It is a six-hour bandh from 6 am to 12 noon. Most of the shops are opened after 10 am. People come to the office around 11 am.” She said the buses and vehicles will ply as usual and the offices will remain open too.Speaking on the assault of a journalist, she said no police complaint was made. “It is a tragedy that before going to the administration to register a complaint, they have lodged one with a local vernacular daily and made a huge noise to attract the attention of the people.”last_img read more

The Timberwolves spent the holiday weekend dunking all over people

first_img One night earlier, Minny guard Zach LaVine threw down in a similar fashion on Phoenix big man Alex Len. Ouch. The Timberwolves are the most intriguing 5-11 team in the NBA. Minnesota’s new head coach Tom Thibodeau has struggled during the young season to find wins, but the individual talent on his roster is flashing in Vine form on a nightly basis with some incredible highlights.Last night, the T’Wolves coughed up a heartbreaker to the Warriors,115-102, but in the process, Minnesota’s budding superstar Andrew Wiggins added JaVale McGee to the victim list with a nasty throwdown. Wiggins is a freak show. When do these young Wolves start winning some games Coach Tibs? Advertisementcenter_img Oh, and the Wolves have the best young player in the NBA in Karl-Anthony Towns, too. Don’t be shocked if they try to add some veteran experience at the trade deadline to pair with their young stars. Do they opt to trade point guard Ricky Rubio in favor of LaVine, who had 31 last night, and rookie point guard Kris Dunn, who only logged 9 minutes?Something needs to be done, and they have assets.  They need some wins to go along with their nightly highlight reel of vicious dunks. Playoff hopes die quickly in the Western Conference.last_img read more