Nitish’s new team in the saddle in Bihar

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday inducted his new 27-member Cabinet. The team has 14 Ministers from the Janata Dal(U), 12 from the BJP and one from the Lok Jan Shakti Party.Most of the former JD(U) Ministers, including one from the minority community and a woman, are in the new team. The two new faces from the party are Dinesh Chandra Yadav and Ramesh Rishideo. Khurshid, aka Firoz Ahmad, who was Sugar Cane Industry Minister in the previous government, is the lone representative of the minority community, while Manju Verma, former Social Welfare Minister, is the lone woman in the new Cabinet.Among the 12 BJP Ministers sworn in are senior party leaders who had been members of the erstwhile NDA government before Mr. Kumar broke away in 2013.The new BJP faces are Rana Randhir Singh, Braj Kishore Bind, Krishna Kumar Rishi, Vinod Narayan Jha, Binod Singh, Vijay Kumar Sinha and Suresh Kumar Sharma. Mangal Pandey could not take oath as he was away in Himachal Pradesh, having recently been appointed BJP State in-charge.From the LJP, Pashupati Kumar Paras, younger brother of party chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, found a place in the Cabinet. However, Mr. Paras is not a member of either House of the legislature.The Union Minister and his family were present in the swearing-in ceremony. “It is the discretion of the Chief Minister to include anyone in the Cabinet … earlier, my name was decided by the party to become the Minister,” he said.The Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular), led by the former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, and the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, led by Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha, did not find representation in the Cabinet.The name of RLSP leader Sudhanshu Shekhar was deleted from the list of Ministers at the eleventh hour “for reasons not known”.Critic sidelinedHowever, party sources told The Hindu that Mr. Kumar was not in favour of including anyone from the RLSP as Mr. Kushwaha, a friend-turned-foe of his, has been bitterly attacking him on every issue. Someone from the HAM(S) could be included later, said a BJP leader.“From the NDA, 16 Ministers will be in the Cabinet … with Sushil Kumar Modi as Deputy Chief Minister. We can still accommodate two more,” senior State BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav told presspersons.Between the BJP and JD(U) members, the Cabinet has a fair representation across castes and regions, though there is a pr edominance of leaders from Mithilanchal and Champaran.last_img read more

Standhardinger on his one-handed freethrows: ‘I’m not very conventional’

first_imgHere’s something you don’t see everyday. @CStandhardinger shooting one-handed free throws.— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017 ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:07No. 1 pick Standhardinger’s monster game further fuels SMB debut hype00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games READ: Standhardinger ‘very excited’ to play with Fajardo at SMBIn Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club’s 98-85 tuneup victory against NLEX on Thursday, the Fil-German forward unveiled a new weapon in his arsenal – a one-handed free throw.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017It may look unconventional, but that’s exactly what 28-year-old bruiser is going for.“If you watch me play, I’m not very conventional you know. I’m just efficient. That’s the same thing with the free throw. It has not been working for me so good in the last two years, so I’m figuring out something unconventional,” he said.“I hope that it works better for me and I have a good feeling with it.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I’m working on some stuff, trying to figure some stuff out, but I’m pretty confident that I’m going in the right direction,” he said in a short chat after the game at FCL Center Gym.Standhardinger, who is set to play in the ASEAN Basketball League this month before suiting up for San Miguel in the PBA, said that he’s sticking with his unique free throw shooting style because it works for him.“It feels good and I like it,” he said. “I’m sure that I’m gonna be ready with it. Worst case scenario, I’ll be ready with it when the PBA starts, but I think I will be ready with the free throws when the ABL starts.”Here’s some proof that @CStandhardinger can make those one-handed FTs! Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Court acquits Taulava of P9.5-M tax evasion charges Christian Stanhardinger during the tune up game between Hong Kong Lions and NLEX Road Warriors. Photo by Randolph LeongsonChristian Standhardinger has been playing basketball for quite sometime, but he’s not afraid to try something new.Six months away from his PBA debut, the no. 1 overall pick is working to develop his game into something unconventional.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


first_imgAsked if he had followed Olympics as a kid, Srikanth Asked if he had followed Olympics as a kid, Srikanth said: “I never watched or followed Olympics as a child. My first memory of Olympics was watching Saina Nehwal play at the Beijing Games quarterfinals. “It was that moment when I sort of thought that what if I could play at the Olympics someday. Ever since it has been a dream of playing there, every time you see someone play at the Olympics, you want to be there,” he added. Talking about the preparation for Olympics, he said: “It has been a good one and a half month for me. After a long time I could get a necessary break and I really could work on overall aspects of the game. Also Mridu helped us with our mental aspect.” Asked if he feels the pressure, Srikanth said: “I really cant do anything about the expectations. People and well-wishers will always have expectations from you and the only way is to take it positively and not think about it. “It is only when the media ask me about it, I feel the pressure. I cant complain about it. I have to play there and perform to the best of my ability.” Ahead of the Olympics, many athletes across the globe have pulled out citing Zika virus as the reason. Asked if he has any similar concern, Srikanth said: “No, it is not a concern. We are following the guidelines that have been issued by the Ministry and I am sure the government is taking all the necessary steps regarding that.” PTI ATK PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 to win Singapore Grand Prix

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man It was Vettel’s fifth victory under the lights in Singapore.With six races remaining, Hamilton holds a 64-point lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who finished fifth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix, at the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapore, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)SINGAPORE — Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel took advantage of an early pit stop to win the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday and end a 13-month winless streak in Formula One.Vettel, who started third on the grid, crossed the finish line at the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) Marina Bay street circuit 2.641 seconds ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc.ADVERTISEMENT It was the four-time F1 champion’s first win since the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third while championship leader Lewis Hamilton was fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Leclerc started from pole and held the lead until he pitted on the 21st lap. When Leclerc rejoined, he was behind Vettel, who had pitted a lap earlier.Leclerc made it clear over the team radio that he was not happy that Vettel pitted first and got the lead. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Ginebra shakes off slow start to steamroll Alaska Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Nokia 8.1 launched in India at Rs 26,999, brings Zeiss cameras, 6.18-inch PureDisplay and Android Pie

first_imgHMD Global launched the Nokia 8.1 in India on Monday, December 10 after announcing the device globally in Dubai last week. The Nokia 8.1 is a direct successor to the Nokia 7 Plus as per the company. It brings a premium design language along with a PureDisplay screen, Zeiss cameras, Snapdragon 710 chipset and Android 9 Pie.The Nokia 8.1 India price has been set at Rs 26,999 for the base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. While globally this is the only variant available, HMD is launching a 6GB + 128GB variant in India as well at a later date. The phone will be available starting December 21 and pre-orders are open from today on Nokia Mobile Store. You can also get notified about the sale on Amazon India.Nokia 8.1 specificationsThe Nokia 8.1 is similar in design and hardware to the China-only Nokia X7. It gets a wide notch on the top of the display and a chin. It also gets a 2.5D Gorilla Glass protection on the front and back. HMD has also included silver accents around the frame, rear camera and fingerprint sensor much like the Nokia 7 Plus. It brings a 6.18-inch display with a FHD+ (2246×1080) resolution and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It also gets the PureDisplay screen technology that was first introduced with the Nokia 7.1. PureDisplay essentially means to offer higher contrast (1:1500) and a sharper display along with HDR10 support. The phone is also capable of upscaling SDR content to HDR as well. The Nokia 8.1 is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset coupled with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The former variant gets 64GB of internal storage while the latter comes with 128GB of inbuilt storage. Both variants support storage expandability up to 400GB via microSD card. The Nokia 8.1 packs a 3,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. The Nokia 8.1 is an Android One device much like every other Nokia phone this year and this one ships with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. This makes it the fifth Nokia phone to run Pie after the Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 7.1 got updated.advertisementHMD and Zeiss have teamed up again to offer the cameras on the Nokia 8.1. The phone sports a dual rear cameras with a 12MP + 13MP configuration. The primary sensor gets a 1.4 micron pixel, OIS, EIS and 2PD support. The secondary sensor will offer depth sensing. The device also comes with a 20MP front-facing camera. Connectivity options on board include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, among other things. The handset measures 154.8×75.76×7.97mm and weighs 180 grams.<br />last_img read more

Will make sure Modi does not become PM again: Congress MP Sushmita Dev at Mind Rocks

first_imgLeaders of the BJP, Congress and the BJD predicted the results of the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha election results strictly on party lines.Speaking at India Today’s Mind Rocks event at Odisha’s capital Bhubaneshwar today, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey claimed that the party will win more than 400 of the 543 seats in this year’s Lok Sabha election.On the other hand, Congress MP Sushmita Dev said she was convinced that Narendra Modi will not be the prime minister of the country after the election while Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo of the BJD predicted that non-NDA and non-UPA parties will form the government.Nishikant Dubey, Lok Sabha MP from Godda in Jharkhand, felt that the Modi government will come back to power and continue the development works.However, Sushmita Dubey, Lok Sabha MP from Silchar in Assam, said, “It is my great conviction that Narendra Modi will not be the PM of India after election. We will make sure that we save country from Modi.”Taking a middle stand, Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo, MP rom Bolangir in Odisha, predicted a hung Parliament. He said the NDA will win 160 seats while the UPA will garner 140 seats. “The non-NDA, non-UPA parties will bag 247 seats and form the government,” he said.The debate took place amidst chanting of slogans by young audience, most of whom are millennial children and would vote for the first time in the forthcoming Lok Sabha election. Most of them chanted “Modi, Modi” and even whistled and responded in an electrifying atmosphere.advertisementThe three panellists were asked questions on different topics and this is how they responded.Big issue this country facesSushmita Dev: What has emerged from elections in the five states is agricultural distress, dismal condition of farmers and joblessness besides state specific issues. People thought industry will grow but Make in India has been a great flop.Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo: It is the future of the youths that I am concerned about. The biggest challenge is of job creation and equal opportunities. Livelihood is our biggest challenge.Nishikant Dubey: For the millennium voters born after 2000, corruption is the biggest issue. They have seen how the corruption during the UPA regime was dominant. However, in the last five years, we have given a corruption-free India and have done on ensuring jobs for the youth, cheap fertiliser for the farmers and simplifying tax payment for the traders. Anti-corruption initiatives of the Modi government will be one the main planks of the BJP.10 pc quota to poor upper castesKalikesh Narayan Singh Deo: The role of affirmative action is necessary. After the SCs, STs and OBCs, the economically backwards in the general category have been made the beneficiaries. Everybody should be judged on the basis of merits. But I also believe that everybody does not get equal opportunities. There needs to be a balance. The country needs to move towards a 100 pc merit-based society and equal opportunities. There is an urgent need to increase the number of jobs and improve the quality of education.Nishikant Dubey: Jab jago, tab savera (It is morning whenever you wake up). BJP does not do any work keeping elections in mind. We felt that it there were less opportunities for the poor people in the general category. This is an opportunity for us to do something for them.Sushmita Dev: We supported the quota bill because the issue was present in the Congress manifesto too. However, we should have got more time to debate it. This government has consistently brought laws to fire fight. If they were truly concerned, they would have brought it two years ago. This is the biggest indication that Narendra Modi is panicking about zero job creation.The UPA brought many laws but not any which was on the basis of caste or religion. Why did the Modi government pass the women’s reservation bill?Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo: What has been done for jobs?Audience: The youths, when asked whether they needed reservation, there was a resounding “no” from them.Ram temple in AyodhyaNishikant Dubey: Ram mandir is in the BJP’s agenda. We are sure that the young will get jobs and the temple will be built at Ayodhya.Sushmita Dev: The matter is pending in the court. The Congress shall abide by its ruling.Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo: For us Jagannath Mandir is important. Jai Jagannaath.Advice to respective party leaders for 2019Sushmita Dev: My advice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi is that the most important quality for a leader is to listen to everyone. He or he should not think that they know everything. They should be open-minded and reflect aspirations of the people and not of some ideologues. We have to move away arrogance, caste and communal politics.advertisementKalikesh Narayan Dev Singh: My advice to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is that we (BJD) need to evolve. The evolution should be about moving towards the young. The success of any party will depend on how it connects with the youth. We need to spend Rs 500 crore on sports infrastructure and on the quality of life in urban areas.Nishikant Dubey: My advice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be that the good work such as reforms, GST, demonetisation, actions against black money, corruption, and the mission to catch the thieves should carry on. Uniform civil code should be implemented so that there is no appeasement of Muslims and no witch-hunting of the Hindus and Sikhs. Finally, education should be uniform and should be governed by one board or maximum two boards such as the CBSE and the ICSE.last_img read more

Messi still a doubt for Sevilla trip

first_imgLionel Messi Messi still a doubt for Sevilla trip, says Valverde Jamie Smith 00:26 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Lionel Messi Barcelona Sevilla Sevilla v Barcelona Primera División Ernesto Valverde Roma UEFA Champions League The attacker missed both of Argentina’s recent games and could be forced to sit out as Barcelona look to maintain their lead at the top of La Liga Lionel Messi remains a doubt for Barcelona’s trip to Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday, coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed.A hamstring injury kept Messi out of both Argentina matches during the international break, including a 6-1 thumping in Madrid at the hands of Spain.Messi took part in some of Thursday’s session, but with a Champions League quarter-final against Roma coming next week Valverde is prepared to give the forward time to prove his fitness. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We have to wait, we are taking care of him, like Argentina did,” Valverde told a media conference on Friday. “Football players are used to having these little niggles during parts of the season, they’re used to putting up with it.”Players can control it but you have to try not to go over the limit. We’d love to have all the players at 100 per cent but we know someone will have a knock or a twinge after the game. At the moment we need to see how we get on in training today.”It makes it difficult in one way. But it happened in the last game away at Malaga, Messi was missing at the last minute, we played with 11 men in a slightly different way [Barca won 2-0]. But when you don’t have a player like Leo we have alternatives, but it is different.”He seems relaxed, we’ve been talking about how things are with Andres [Iniesta] and the other players. Every player likes to win. I’m not going to go into criticism, we are all used to that so it’s nothing. There is nothing unusual in terms of his morale.”Valverde accepts he is taking Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Roma into account when considering his team to face Sevilla, especially as Barca face seven fixtures in a 22-day period.”We’re looking at the game tomorrow and trying to separate it from Wednesday’s game,” Valverde said. “Obviously you have to have a medium-term plan for a week or two and it’s true the accumulation of games goes against you risking players.Ernesto Valverde: “Tomorrow we have to compete, we will have to work as we have done throughout the season to get the three points” #SevillaBarça — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 30, 2018 “Tomorrow is important but so is the next one and the one after that. I want to try and separate them but you’re always looking at the next game out of the corner of your eye.”Sergio Busquets will miss the trip to Seville with a toe injury, but Valverde is hopeful the midfielder will be available to face Roma.”It’s true he hasn’t trained with the rest of the squad,” Valverde added.”We don’t know if he can train today, he might come back next week but it’s not definite yet.”last_img read more

Ships Sabotaged in UAE Waters Identified

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Saudi Arabia-flagged tankers involved in the sabotage incident off UAE earlier this week have been identified as the 300,000 dwt Amjad and the 105,200 dwt Al Marzoqah.According to data provided by VesselsValue, the VLCC and the LR2 tanker significant hull damage close to the water line after being fired upon in a suspected sabotage attack off Fujairah.The incident occurred in the Gulf of Oman on May 12. There were no reports of injuries to the vessels’ crews.The ships were on their way to cross into the Arabian Gulf. One of the two tankers was to be loaded with Saudi crude oil from the port of Ras Tanura, to be delivered to Saudi Aramco’s customers in the United States.Besides the two Saudi tankers, the incident involved the Norway-flagged crude oil tanker Andrea Victory and the UAE-flagged tanker A Michel, both of which suffered significant hull damage close to the water line at its stern. A Michel began to list due to water ingress, and booms were deployed as a precaution against potential pollution, VesselsValue added.Khalid Al-Falih, UAE’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, earlier denounced the attack adding that it had an aim “to undermine the freedom of maritime navigation, and the security of oil supplies to consumers all over the world.”World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Kat Graham Exposes Death And Suffering On Egg Farms In New Video

first_imgActor Kat Graham has teamed up with PETA to reveal the neglect and filthy conditions that hens face on egg farms in a breaking new video exposé.The footage, which was captured by eyewitnesses on three egg farms near Vancouver, shows hens stuck in mounds of feces teeming with maggots and left for dead; others suffering from extensive feather loss, injuries, and illness; and birds forced to live inside cramped cages next to the rotting corpses of their deceased cagemates.“When PETA showed me this video of these poor abused hens, I was so heartbroken,” says The Vampire Diaries star and singer Graham. “And then, I got mad. This cruelty and neglect are commonplace on egg farms all over the world. Please, please help these gentle birds and millions like them — it’s easy. Don’t eat eggs. They’re a product of intense suffering. You can help stop the abuse by going vegan like me.”PETA notes that more than 320 million hens are held on egg farms in the U.S., with an additional 20 million being held in Canada. This video footage was captured in April at Abbotsford facilities that on-site documents identified as Cloverhill Farms, Jaedel Enterprises, and Sonmark Enterprises.last_img read more

5 Proud Boys suspended from duties and face investigation says chief of

first_imgAPTN National NewsCanada’s military’s chief of defence staff says the five members of the “proud boys” group that interfered with a Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax have been suspended from their duties and face an internal investigation that could see their career in the military end.“What happened in Halifax over the weekend is deplorable, and Canadians should rest assured my senior leadership is seized of the matter,” said General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff in a statement released Tuesday. “The members involved will be removed from training and duties while we conduct an investigation and review the circumstances.“Their future in the military is certainly in doubt.”On Canada Day, five members of the military, including members of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian army interrupted a Mi’kmaw ceremony at a statue of controversial Nova Scotia governor Edward Cornwallis.A video of the incident shows five men interacting with spectators at the ceremony.“This is a British colony,” one of the men says in the video. “You’re recognizing the heritage and so are we.”In the video, one of the spectators appears to hold an upside-down Canadian flag, which someone implies has been marked with the word “decolonize.”A voice is heard on the video saying that “this was Mi’kmaq territory – it is now Canada.”Asked if the group is associated with an organization, one of the men in the video says, “The Proud Boys, Maritime chapter.”The Proud Boys Canadian Chapters Facebook page says they are “a fraternal organization of Western Chauvinists who will no longer apologize for creating the modern world” and do not discriminate on the basis of race or sexuality.A witness to the interaction says the men kept their voices down as the ceremony continued and left after about 10 minutes.A person close to one of the individuals involved in the incident, who agreed to speak to The Canadian Press on the condition that their identity not be revealed, said the men were on a pub crawl on Saturday.“I detest any action by a Canadian Armed Forces member that is intended to show disrespect towards the very people and cultures we value in Canada,” said Vance. “We are the nation’s protectors, and any member of the Canadian Armed Forces who is not prepared to be the defender we need them to be will face severe consequences, including release from the forces.”– with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

New Heat Wave to Hit Morocco in Ramadan

Rabat – A new heat wave is expected to hit several regions of Morocco from Saturday July 4th to Thursday July 9th, the national weather service has announced in a special bulletin.The regions concerned by this heat wave are Zagora, Tata, Assa-Zag, Aousserd, Oued Eddahab, Kasba Tadla, Beni-Mellal, Fquih Ben Saleh and Taroudant, where temperatures could vary from 40 to 44 degrees Celsius.From Sunday July 5th to Monday July 6th, temperatures are expected to reach between 44 and 48 degrees Celsius inAssa-Zag, Es-Smara, Laayoune, Boujdour, Oued Eddahab and Aousserd. During the same period, temperatures will vary between 40 and 44 degrees Celsius in Sidi Ifni, Guelmim, West of Laayoune, Boujdour, Oued Eddahab, Aousserd, Tata, Zagora, Taroudant, Agadir, Inezgane, Agadir Ait Melloul, Chichaoua, Benguerir, Marrakech, Essaouira, Beni Mellal, Tadla, Kelaât Sraghna, Sidi Slimane, Moulay Yaacoub, Meknes, Fez, Sidi Kacem and Taounate.The hot weather coincides with Islam’s holiest month of Ramadan. Moroccans observing the month of Ramadan are being urged to take extra care during the heat wave.It is important for Ramadan observers to stay well hydrated as being directly exposed to the sun may have negative side effects, namely dehydration and other serious health complications. read more

Brazil New Destinations for Moroccans Looking for New Opportunities

Miami – Moroccan nationals who choose to live abroad are making Brazil their new destination. The South American country is attracting the Moroccan diaspora due to its multicultural approach and economic opportunities.Brazil has become a top economic power in Latin America and its benefits are being recognized by Moroccans who immigrate to cities like “Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Recife and Porto Alegre”.Since 2013, Brazil-Moroccan relations have been growing such as the Rabat-Rio economic axis. Moroccan nationals do not require a visa to enter Brazil, although there is a lengthy legal process to establish residence in the nation. A report by Yabiladi said that several trade and industrial agreements have been signed between the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM) and the Association of Brazilian Employers (LIDE). Also, the creation in 2014 of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Brazil-Morocco (BCCM) has reinforced the economic ties between both countries.According to the same source, the Moroccan Embassy in Brazil estimates over 3,000 Moroccan nationals live in Brazil. They have preferred the Portuguese-speaking nation over other countries in Europe and North America.In late August 2015, the “Brazilian Senate approved the creation of a Parliamentary Group Brazil-Morocco in the Brazilian Parliament” which will examine both countries’ “political, legal, social, technological, environmental, cultural, economic, and financial” sectors, the report notes.Moroccan French journalist, Wafaa Essalhi, visited Brazil and produced a video interview in which Moroccan nationals express their satisfaction living and working in the South American country.In the video, one of the Moroccans who works at a restaurant says that the majority of Moroccans have a job in Brazil. He reiterates that the situation is better than in Europe and he foresees great development in the next 5 years. The young Moroccan also feels safe in the South American nation and attempts to clarify the negative image of violence associated with the country.Another advantage according to MRE in Brazil is the ease of learning Portuguese. Essalhi interviews another Moroccan immigrant who raves about Brazil’s weather, its beauty, moral values, and how he has been treated with respect and not felt discriminated. In his opinion, secondary education in Brazil is still lacking strength and foreign immigration aids its development. He also indicates the interest in Moroccan cuisine at Brazilian hotels, which becomes a source of employment.As far as social adaptation, Moroccans feel welcome in Brazil despite the differences in religion. According to those interviewed, even though they live comfortably in Brazil and are grateful for their success, they miss Morocco, their homes and traditions.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Case against Basil on misappropriating funds fixed for June

A case filed against former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa over the alleged misappropriation of funds has been set for June.Accordingly the the case where Rajapaksa and the former Director General of the Divi Neguma Department Kithsiri Ranawaka were accused of misappropriating Rs.35.5 million of funds belonging to the Divi Neguma Department, has been fixed for 04 June 2018. The alleged misappropriation of funds had taken place when Mahinda Rajapaksa was President and Basil Rajapaksa was a cabinet Minister. (Colombo Gazette)

NFL Week 12 guide to fantasy football

Play ‘Em Matt Cassel (Kansas City): One quarterback not getting the respect he deserves is Cassel, who has thrown for 18 touchdowns versus four interceptions. Much of that production is because of Dwayne Bowe’s emergence as a solid wide receiver. Either way, Cassel has a nice matchup against Seattle, which ranks in the top 10 in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Mark Sanchez (New York): Last week, Sanchez, battling a calf injury, threw for 315 yards with three touchdowns and one interception against Houston. That performance gives Sanchez three straight weeks with at least 27 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. Consider Sanchez a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback against a Bengals defense that got torched by the Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick to the tune of 316 yards and four touchdowns last week. Mike Tolbert (San Diego): Tolbert continued his breakout 2010 season with an impressive performance Monday night against Denver, with 111 rushing yards with a touchdown. Look for similar numbers against a Colts run defense that allows the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Darren McFadden (Oakland): McFadden has been quiet the last two weeks, totaling 103 rushing yards with zero touchdowns. Granted, Week 11 was against Pittsburgh. McFadden should return to form against a Dolphins’ defense that allows 113 rushing yards per game. Based on the matchup, McFadden is a low-end No. 1 running back. Steve Johnson (Buffalo): Like Tolbert, Johnson is having a breakout 2010 season, with 728 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Although Johnson faces the Steelers, he is a must-start from now on. The Steelers rank 22nd in pass defense and have allowed five passing touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in their past five games. So, Steve Johnson, “Why So Serious?” Vincent Jackson (San Diego): Jackson is back after serving a three-game suspension and signing his contract late. This is great timing because Patrick Crayton (wrist) is out, Antonio Gates is still battling a foot injury, and Malcom Floyd tweaked his hamstring. Jackson will benefit by having the league’s leading passer in Philip Rivers and going against a Colts defense allowing 208 passing yards per game. Bench ‘Em David Garrard (Jacksonville): Garrard looked terrible last week, with 254 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. The Jaguars’ offense will stall a little with Mike Sims-Walker out. This week, Garrard faces a Giants defense that allowing 14 fantasy points per week. Fred Jackson (Buffalo): Jackson has been solid in his past three games, with four touchdowns and back-to-back 100-yard games. This week, he faces a Steelers defense allowing 63 rushing yards per game and a total of four touchdowns on the ground. Only the Patriots’ BenJarvus Green-Ellis has managed to go over 50 rushing yards against the Steelers. Look for other options at the running back position this week. Beanie Wells (Arizona): Wells had eight carries for 39 yards last week against Kansas City. Wells’ knee continues to be a burden and the Cardinals continue to use a two-back system. In Week 12, Wells faces a Niners defense that ranks ninth in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Brandon Marshall (Miami): It’s unclear if Marshall will play this week against Oakland (top five pass defense) because of a hamstring injury. Marshall hasn’t recorded double-digit fantasy points in standard leagues since Week 6. The Dolphins’ offense is a mess, led by quarterback Tyler Thigpen. Keep Marshall on your bench and hope he’s ready for the playoffs. Johnny Knox (Chicago): Knox continues to be Cutler’s favorite target, with five catches for 55 yards on eight targets last week. But the attention hasn’t translated to fantasy production. The yards are there but the touchdowns are not (one for the year). Expect corner Asante Samuel, who leads the NFL with seven interceptions, to be defending Knox, who is more of a flex option against the Eagles. read more

Maptek showcasing Sentry LIDAR mine slope stability monitoring system at Seville event

first_imgThis week, specialists in mining, civil engineering, geomechanics, geology, hydrogeology and geophysics will come together in Seville, at Slope Stability 2018, to explore new techniques for improving open pit mine stability. Maptek has shipped the latest mobile monitoring system some 17,000 km from its Adelaide manufacturing base to showcase at Slope Stability from 10-12 April.James Howarth, Maptek Mine Measurement Product Manager, stated: “We’re really excited to be taking part in Slope Stability. At its heart, the conference is tackling an issue, slope stability, which has a real impact on risk and hence safety in open pit mines. The better our understanding of slope stability, the better placed we are to improve safety to mining personnel, the environment and mining equipment. Mine safety is hugely important to Maptek. It’s an area where we invest significant R&D, specifically on our range of 3D laser scanners, our geotechnical analysis  software and in recent years, Sentry surface monitoring system. We’re really keen to be a part of the conversation on slope stability, or ground movement monitoring, helping attendees grasp how effective our technology is and how it can help them to monitor, analyse and keep ahead of geotechnical risk.”He adds: “Sentry is different from many other monitoring systems in that it uses LIDAR data. And we’re receiving great feedback from our customers. Their geotech and survey teams are telling us that Sentry gives them a level of flexibility they simply haven’t had before, along with rapid and simple access to in-depth geotechnical insights. Many monitoring systems are fixed or simply not inherently mobile”, added Howarth. “The beauty of Sentry is that yes, it is fully designed for permanent monitoring, but it can also be moved around the mine with ease. Which means you can react to changes in your mine and quickly begin monitoring them.”“Equally, if you’re performing weekly, or monthly monitoring, the laser scanner can be detached between monitoring sessions to perform routine survey tasks, such as volumetrics or reconciliation. It’s such a versatile system and we think a lot of mining companies will be pretty excited to learn more about it at Slope Stability ” A group of survey and monitoring SMEs from Maptek global regions will be on hand at Slope Stability.“We’ll be joined by Bruce Hutchinson, Senior Geotechnical Engineer from Hillgrove Resources who has been a valued industry expert in testing and helping refine Sentry since before we launched it in 2013. Bruce has performed geotechnical mapping and ground movement monitoring using Sentry and our laser scanners at the Kanmantoo Copper Mine during that time. He’ll be delivering a workshop and a talk on his experiences, including results during particular failures, during the conference.”last_img read more

How much weight have the Operation Transformation leaders collectively lost Its the

first_imgHow much weight have the Operation Transformation leaders collectively lost? It’s the week in numbers Plus: how many crimes were committed by people out on bail last year? Share Tweet Email Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 6:30 PM Image: Andres Poveda Photography Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 8 Comments Short URL Feb 25th 2017, 6:30 PM Image: Andres Poveda Photography EVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.2,000: The number of Tesco workers on strike as industrial action continues.7,129: The number of people who died in Ireland in the third quarter of 2016.2: The number of Brit awards David Bowie posthumously won this year.56,000: The number of people who were left without power after Storm Doris blew through the country on Thursday.110: The number of jobs global tech from Rioch said it is bringing to Swords.18,926: The number of crimes people who were out on bail committed last year.10: The number of stones in weight lost by the five leaders of Operation Transformation.25%: The percentage of staff that Digicel plans to cut from its global operations.71: The number of homes Irish construction company Cairn Homes is building off the Malahide Road in Balgriffin, most of which have been snapped up already.14: The number of Australian football fans banned after they displayed a lewd banner during a match.140: the number of miles out to sea a joint rescue operation by the Irish Navy and Coast Guard took place.Read: Like our weekly numerical breakdown? Check out more > By Cormac Fitzgerald 16,716 Views last_img read more

Fessenheim Français Allemands et Suisses manifestent pour la fermeture de la centrale

first_imgFessenheim : Français, Allemands et Suisses manifestent pour la fermeture de la centrale4.000 personnes venues de France, d’Allemagne et de Suisse, se sont réunies dimanche près de la centrale nucléaire de Fessenheim, en Alsace, pour réclamer sa fermeture. Cette installation nucléaire est la plus ancienne de France, et elle inquiète d’autant plus les riverains qu’elle est située sur une faille sismique.Un mois après qu’un violent séisme et un tsunami ont engendré l’accident de Fukushima, au Japon, des milliers de personnes se sont réunies au bord su Rhin pour réclamer la fermeture de la centrale de Fessenheim, rapporte le site de France Soir. Français, Allemands et Suisses, les 4.000 manifestants présents craignent la vétusté de ce site, le plus ancien du parc nucléaire français, mis en service en 1978. Outre son ancienneté, les anti-nucléaire s’inquiètent de la situation de la centrale. Fessenheim se trouve en effet à quinzaine de kilomètres de Mulhouse, dans une zone à risques sismiques. Sa proximité avec le Rhin laisse également craindre la possibilité d’importantes inondations.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylLes associations françaises, suisses et allemandes qui ont organisé la manifestation ont appelé à une nouvelle journée de protestation le 25 avril prochain. Pour Jacques Fernique, conseiller régional Europe Ecologie en Alsace, “le rassemblement (de dimanche) n’est qu’une répétition” avant celui du 25 avril. “Dans deux semaines, il devrait y avoir beaucoup de monde” estime-t-il.Depuis un mois, les demandes de fermeture de la centrale se succèdent. La Franche-Comté et plusieurs cantons suisses, notamment, réclament à l’instar des élus écologistes européens (voir notre article), le démantèlement du site.Le 11 avril 2011 à 14:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Premier gives update following damage assessment tour

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Oct 2015 – The Premier gave a report on the state of the country following dangerous Category four Hurricane Joaquin, who in his trailing winds and rains delivered a debilitating blow to the Turks and Caicos from Wednesday to Friday. Hon Rufus Ewing said damage in Middle Caicos was nil, but the temporary road of the causeway was underwater while the construction at the site remained generally intact. Two boats overturned in North Caicos, the farms were bruised by the gale force winds and in Grand Turk there was beach erosion, damage to the seawall and on Saturday, due to tidal surges TCIG was forced to close a large area of Front Street in the capital from both motoring and pedestrian traffic.“The DEMA Team will continue to do a more detailed assessment of some of these areas to further estimate the extent and cost in damages to these islands.” The Premier says it is too early to say what the damages and loss of economic activity cost the country, but confirmed that the Provo International Airport reopened on Saturday morning and did see part of its new runway damaged. Related Items:assessment, causeway, dema, hurricane joaquin, premier rufus ewing, storm damage Big audience expected for Causeway ceremony Tuesday in North & Middle Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Recommended for you PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tributelast_img read more

Miniearthquake swarm continues near Mount St Helens

first_imgThree earthquakes rattled an area northwest of Mount St. Helens on Friday, continuing what geologists say is a mini-swarm of earthquakes not related to the nearby volcano.The latest quakes, on Friday, were a 3.7-magnitude quake at 2:38 p.m. Friday, followed by a 3.4 at 6:08 and a 3.1 at 6:12 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.A report from the USGS on Friday said the quakes have been centered about 13 miles northwest of Mount St. Helens at a depth of about 8 miles. They were described as tectonic in origin and not directly related to the volcano.The report said such earthquakes are common in areas around Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood. It said another mini-swarm of earthquakes also occurred about six miles southwest of Mount Hood.Volcano-related seismic activity at the two volcanoes themselves were at normal background levels, the USGS said.last_img read more