Economy minister presents broad lines of 2015 appropriation draft bill to

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Economy Mohammed Boussaid presented, on Monday before the two houses of parliament, the broad lines of the 2015 appropriation draft bill.The draft bill forecast for achieving in 2015 a GDP growth rate of 4.4% on the basis of a 4.3% budget deficit of GDP and a 9% rise of investment expenses to reach 54 billion dirhams.The draft bill, elaborated pursuant to Royal Instructions and government program, seeks to preserve macro-economic balances, create conditions favorable for economic takeoff by setting a balance between investment dynamic and growth, and meeting the requirements of employment, social inclusion and reduction of inequalities. The 2015 appropriation draft bill, which provides for the creation of 22,510 budget items, comes at an unstable global juncture mainly the Euro zone which is Morocco’s top economic partner. read more

UN marks 10 years of postapartheid democracy in South Africa

Video of commemorative meeting [1hr 34mins] The United Nations today marked the 10th anniversary of South Africa’s battle to make the transition from apartheid racism to democracy in what Secretary General Kofi Annan called “a struggle that galvanized the entire world community.” The fight against apartheid was “one that rallied people and Governments behind a common objective: the objective of reaffirming the basic human rights and fundamental freedoms of all peoples,” he said. The transformation was seen as little short of miracle, but “what made it possible was the South African people’s determination to work together to heal the deep scars caused by racial discrimination, oppression, humiliations, denial and exploitation and to transform their bitter experiences into the binding glue of a rainbow nation,” he said. The international community was rejoicing to see South Africans of all colours, ethnic groups and creeds, working together to forge a common future, as civil society organizations, the Government and the private sector addressed the harsh legacies of the apartheid regime – crime, poverty and HIV/AIDS, Mr. Annan said. Today South Africans have played key roles in trying to bring peace to countries in Africa, including Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and in 2001 their country became one of five countries that launched the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), he said. “They are working with their brothers and sisters in the African Union (AU), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and other organizations to advance the cause of development, justice and African unity,” he said. “Today the entire United Nations family joins with the heroic people of South Africa as they dedicate themselves to working even harder for a bright future. We pledge our support in the struggle to further consolidate democratic institutions, to promote human rights and to build an ever more successful South Africa,” he said. South African President Thabo Mbeki, in a message read by his Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, noted that a few years after South Africa took part in the 1945 founding of the UN, the General Assembly began to discuss the country’s racial discrimination policies, which violated the UN Charter.In 1973 the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid declared apartheid a crime against humanity. In 1974 South Africa was barred from participating in the General Assembly and the African National Congress and other liberation movements were invited to participate in its stead, Mr. Mbeki said. When a changed South Africa was welcomed at the UN, its delegation immediately began to work with other delegations to strengthen the multilateral system so that it could effectively deal with similar challenges in the future.The chairpersons of regional groups, the Presidents of the Security Council, the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council and high-level Secretariat staff paid tribute to the UN and South Africa, including South African leaders Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.”The people of South Africa have demonstrated an exceptional ability to forgive the architects and perpetrators of apartheid, which has earned them respect and admiration worldwide,” General Assembly President Julian Hunte of St. Lucia said. Noting that for over four decades, the United Nations gave international leadership to the anti-apartheid struggle, he said, “Notwithstanding the different perspectives some took on this issue, the organization shared the vision of the majority of South Africans for a country free from racism, racial discrimination, violence, despair and violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”A succession of Nigerian permanent representatives, including the present adviser to the Secretary-General on African Affairs, Under-Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari, chaired the UN Special Committee against Apartheid, Mr. Hunte said.The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) fought apartheid both at the United Nations and in the Commonwealth, he said. Notable contributions were made by former Prime Minister Michael Manley of Jamaica, who spearheaded the sports boycott, the late Governor-General of Barbados, Dame Nita Barrow, named to an Eminent Persons Group, and UN Assistant Secretary-General Angela King, the former head of the UN Observer Mission in South Africa (UNOMSA), Mr. Hunte said. read more

Mens volleyball French connection of Nicolas Szerszen and Maxime Hervoir crucial to

Junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir (23) serves during a match against Fort Wayne at St. John Arena on March 23. The Buckeyes won the match, 3-0. Credit: Hannah Smith | For The LanternThe top-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team will attempt to capture its third national championship in six seasons when the NCAA tournament begins in April. If the Buckeyes do manage to repeat as national champions, it’ll be due in no small part to the play of two French teammates — junior outside hitters Nicolas Szerszen and Maxime Hervoir, who have made large contributions to the team’s 23-1 record in 2017. Both Szerszen and Hervoir were born in France and even competed against each other overseas prior to their careers at OSU. They didn’t know one another very well then, but that’d soon change when Szerszen decided to take his talents to the Buckeye State in 2015. “Even though we played each other a couple times in France, we weren’t that close before Maxime came here,” Szerszen said. “Since he’s been here, we’ve obviously gotten closer. On the court, we view each other as regular teammates. Off the court, though, we understand each other better, because we understand our culture.”Then-National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen (9) hits a ball at the net during a match against George Mason on Jan. 15.Credit: Courtesy of OSUBefore Hervoir’s arrival in August 2016, Szerszen had already exceeded any and all expectations at OSU. On top of winning a national championship last year, Szerszen was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Year, the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year, and the MIVA tournament MVP.He also set all-time OSU records with 63 total service aces and 0.42 aces per set average.None of that would’ve been possible, though, without the help of his sister, Anna. “My parents always told me that I have to get my degree first, before playing volleyball,” Szerszen said. “So, I was basically looking for both, and I honestly just followed my sister’s footsteps. She played here about 10 years ago and suggested OSU to me.”While he’s been living on campus for only about eight months, Hervoir’s adjusted pretty quickly. The two-time French Cup winner has Szerszen to thank, who’s playing the same role his sister once did.“I asked him tons of questions before coming here,” Hervoir said. “We talked a lot, and he helped me a lot in deciding whether I should go to OSU or not. Living in France, you’re kind of in the dark, because I had no idea how it was at OSU.”Being from the same country, a closer connection seamlessly formed between the two in what is now their home away from home.“I think there’s a special relationship there with us being from the same country,” Hervoir said. “I try to express most things the best way I can, but it’s always great to have someone to talk to in French if I want to fully express myself. He’s here for me and helps me a lot.”Hervoir and Szerszen were a part of a historic run that recently came to an end at the hands of UC Irvine, after recording 42 straight wins, spanning 399 days.Coach Pete Hanson said the importance of the two outside hitters reaches beyond the volleyball court. “Both Nicolas and Maxime are vitally important to our team’s title chances,” Hanson said. “They’re two of our primary passers that help our offense excel. Nicolas and Max bring a level of maturity and stability to our team that will be essential to have a chance to repeat as national champions.”Szerszen said he understands that in order to bring home another national title, the team will have to balance out the lows and highs every season holds.  “We’ve started pretty well and I hope we keep going like this,” Szerszen said. “We’ll definitely face some lows, and we won’t win every game, but we know it’s not going to be easy every time. The goal is to win another national championship, so hopefully we’ll be back for the final four.”The Buckeyes will put their four-game winning streak, and No. 1 ranking, on the line at Penn State on Tuesday. read more

Gogglewearing memorial vandal left scene covered in white paint police say as

The RAF Benevolent Fund said it was the fourth time in six years that the Bomber Command Memorial had been vandalised.It was first targeted in 2013 when a man daubed the word “Islam” on it shortly after the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks.A week later, a second man wrote “Lee Rigby’s killers should hang”, “EDL” and “F*** the police” on the memorial. He was jailed for 12 weeks. Vandals defaced the memorial to RAF Bomber Command heroes and Churchill and Roosevelt statue Vandals defaced the memorial to RAF Bomber Command heroes and Churchill and Roosevelt statueCredit: Jeremy Selwyn A workman cleans paint off the RAF Bomber Command Memorial in Green Pack after it was vandalised Police are appealing for information after releasing an image of the goggle-clad vandal who is believed to have vandalised five war memorials in central London.The vandal, dressed all in black and carrying an orange plastic bag, is seen approaching a memorial which was later seen covered in white paint.The first incident, which caused widespread public anger, occurred last Sunday night when white paint was splattered over the memorial to Bomber Command in London’s Green Park.But it later emerged that three other war memorials and plaque to a murdered police officer had also been targeted at around the same time.The targets included the Allies Statue statue of Second World War prime minister Sir Winston Churchill and his US counterpart Franklin D Roosevelt in New Bond Street, the Canada Memorial in Green Park, and the Royal Marines Graspan Memorial on The Mall. Detective Inspector Dave Watkinson said: “This wanton vandalism continues to illicit a strong response from the community. We have carried out an extensive review of local CCTV and are now satisfied that the person in the images released today is responsible for the damage. We are appealing for the media and public’s help to identify this person.”While it is not possible to identify the person’s face, someone may recognise their clothing. “The route we believe they took is usually very busy – especially Trafalgar Square – and they are likely to have been seen by a number of people. Did you see this person walking between statues? Were you travelling on public transport and remember seeing someone with white paint on their clothes?”I would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak with us.” A workman cleans paint off the RAF Bomber Command Memorial in Green Pack after it was vandalisedCredit:Rob Pinney/LNP The memorial to Yvonne Fletcher, the police officer who was murdered by a gunman during the 1984 Libyan Embassy siege, in St James’s Square, was also attacked.At the moment, the incidents are all being treated by the Metropolitan Police as linked.Detectives from Central West CID are investigating and are continuing to carry out a number of enquiries including forensic examination and the ongoing review of CCTV. Police believe they have traced the vandal’s path that night, and have asked anyone who was in the area that evening whether they saw a man matching this description.Officers think they commenced their acts of criminal damage at the Bomber Command memorial before heading along the Mall towards Trafalgar Square. They would have passed Canada House in the direction of St James’s Square, before ending on Jermyn Street. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Iron ore demand heating up Ukraine wants to cash in

first_imgBy Marc Davis and Gayle Mavor, BNWnews.ca As hot as the blast furnaces required to produce steel, China’s ever-expanding economy continues to fuel a seemingly insatiable demand for one of the building blocks of the modern world: iron ore. As a result, iron ore has once again been catapulted into the spotlight with prices surging to robust levels. With China representing approximately 63% of the market, and India’s needs nipping at China’s heels, iron ore supplies can’t keep up with demand. Especially since these emerging superpowers have limited domestic supplies of iron. Rajiv Chail, a metals and mining research analyst with Toronto-based Cormark Securities, says the strong iron ore prices we’re seeing today – along with increased demand – have spurred a surge in new development projects in emerging iron ore-rich countries, including Ukraine.In a recent research report entitled Strike while the Iron is Hot, Chail forecasts a buoyant market ahead for iron ore in the medium term (next two to three years) once there is greater economic stability in Europe. This should be underpinned by a projected 6-8% growth in steel production, most of which will be made up by China.One company that is well-positioned to capitalize on all that need is Toronto-based Black Iron, an iron ore exploration and development company with projects in Ukraine. Its Shymanivske development project near the city of Krivoy Rog contains 345 Mt of Measured and Indicated resources, grading 32% Fe, and 469 Mt in the Inferred category grading 31% Fe. KrivBass is one of the largest iron ore districts in the world and is the principal centre in Ukraine for mining and metallurgy, where 42% of the country’s ore reserves are concentrated. In fact, the Shymanivske project is surrounded by seven iron ore mines, which contribute towards steel production being Ukraine’s most vibrant industry.The company’s primary focus for 2011 is to further increase its resource size and to complete a scoping study, with results expected late this year.Meanwhile, Chail says Black Iron is “an attractive takeover candidate given its strong infrastructure, large resource and potentially robust economics. The most logical buyers would be Arcelor Mittal, Metinvest or even Ferroexpo, each with commanding positions in Ukraine.”However, the Chinese are also very active in the mergers and acquisitions marketplace in order to ensure a long-term supply of iron. Since 2001, Chinese companies, including state-owned powerhouses, have directly invested in excess of $12 billion in iron ore projects and signed $82 billion in offtake agreements (deals where the Chinese invest in the development of mines in return for future long-term production contracts at discounted rates).Chail believes that Black Iron’s potential to produce 7-10 Mt/y of iron pellets (beginning in 2016), coupled with the Shymanivske project’s easy access to a nearby major railway line, makes for a prospectively cost-effective mining operation.Black Iron’s Vice President of Corporate Development, Aaron Wolfe, says that being so close to a transcontinental railway system is a major strategic and competitive advantage, which is a key reason why the investment industry is endorsing his company.  “We’re just 2 km from Ukraine’s state-owned rail system. Once on that rail, we can access four ports on the Black Sea at a distance of only 140-320 km,” he says. Another key value driver comes in the form of the Shymanivske project’s close proximity to key steel-making markets such as Russia, Turkey and West Europe (Germany, Austria, Italy etc.), according to Chail.Wolfe adds that Black Iron benefits from other key dynamics that support the prospect of the Shymanivske project becoming one of the least expensive iron ore mines in the world to operate. “For instance, we have access to a significant pool of skilled labour only 35 km from our project site,” he says. “This skilled labour force has experience in iron and steel markets and is one-tenth the hourly cost of its counterpart in Canada, but with comparable skill levels.” Maxim Sytchev, a Managing Director of research at the Alberta and Toronto based investment dealer, AltaCorp Capital, also views Black Iron as a company that offers low-cost exposure to future iron prices. “We view the implied commodity pricing in BKI shares as providing an attractive entry point for investors seeking iron ore (and hence global steel production) leverage, ” he says  in another recent research report. “Given the context, investing in BKI shares is a levered bet on China’s long-term growth profile,” he adds. It cannot be overstated that China’s emergence as the world’s biggest steel producer has impacted the iron ore market more than any other commodity. Since 2000, steel production in China has increased more than five-fold, reports Cormark Securities’ Chail.But it’s not all rosy for this commodity-hungry emerging superpower. China has a domestic disadvantage. Its supply of iron ore typically comes from underground mines which are low in grade and high in processing costs. As time goes on, the grades of iron ore being mined in China are decreasing. This results in higher costs and a heightened need to import more lower-cost iron ore. All of this is good news for producers in Ukraine, which mines some of the world’s least pricey iron ore.In addition to developing Shymanivske, Black Iron has an exploration permit for the nearby Zeleniske project. A September 8, 2011 news release indicated encouraging drill results with the intersection of thick iron bands in each hole and grades exceeding 32% Fe.Traditionally, iron ore has been a well-explored resource in Ukraine but has been under-exploited because of historic Soviet policy. Specifically, Ukraine’s mineral assets were considered strategically vulnerable due to their close proximity to NATO countries. So they were mostly left un-mined.Black Iron is aiming to change the course of that history while forging its own bright future. It’s one that hopes to capitalize on low development and production costs. Also working in the company’s favour is the assurance that the burgeoning need for steel in the emerging BRIC superpowers of Brazil, Russia, India and China will continue to burn bright for many years to come.Indeed, the investment industry seems to agree that Black Iron is primed to benefit considerably from a mining industry super cycle that is far from played out. “This trend is unstoppable (barring social unrest) and will drive commodity pricing in an upward long-term direction,” according to the AltaCorp Capital report.last_img read more

Burnley youth team sign 10 teenagers

first_imgDanny Cadamarteri’s youth team has recruited 10 teenagers who will start their two-year scholarships as part of the Burnley Under-18 squad.Cadamarteri has been looking to strengthen his youth team and bringing this 10 teenagers into the Turf Moor ranks is dream come true.Among the 10 new recruits, four of them already spent at least two years within the Clarets’ Academy set-up with a constant play for the Under-16s last season and the youth team.Mitchell George, Matthew O’Neill, Rhys Fenlon, Jon Conley have all progressed from within the Academy before joining up with the youth team.Part of them are: Harry Allen, Jaydon Major, Matty Rain, Kane Patterson, Udoka Chima and Edon Pruti and Joe Conn-Clarke.Academy Manager Jonathan Pepper said Lancashiretelegraph:Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“We are really looking forward to the new intake of scholars coming in next season.“We have a large number of exciting attacking players to add to our existing group, as well as a whole new defensive line and goalkeeper to bolster the squad.“There will be a lot of competition for places for the U18s next season.”He added: “Nicky Law, in the recruitment department, has worked tremendously hard to bring in a number of players from outside to add to the players who have progressed through our own Academy.“The rise in the profile of the club, the elite training facilities and the growing reputation of the Academy has helped us recruit players from the top clubs in the country, as well as giving opportunities for players from lower levels the chance to develop.“I am looking forward to seeing the players integrate and develop as a group, and hopefully we will see individuals progressing onto the U23 Development Squad at some stage over the course of their scholarship”last_img read more

Southeast Alaska spring troll fishery shut down for lack of king salmon

first_imgTroll caught winter king salmon (Photo courtesy of Matt Lichtenstein)The spring season for commercial salmon trolling in Southeast Alaska is shutting down Monday, May 29 except for a few areas near hatchery salmon release sites. The spring season began in May and was to run through the end of June. However, poor returns of king salmon are prompting the closure.Listen nowKing numbers are low for wild stock fish returning to the Stikine River near Wrangell and Taku River near Juneau as well as some other mainland rivers. Early catches of hatchery kings have not been strong either.Grant Hagerman, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s troll management biologist for Southeast, said region-wide the hatchery king catch has just been 14 percent of the overall harvest. That’s well below recent averages.“Hatchery fish are also down as well in addition to those wild fish and so with these fisheries designed to target those hatchery fish, without really having many of those in the catch and concerns for those wild fish at this point, we felt like it was no harvestable surplus on those wild fish and any fishery, directed Chinook fishery for troll, or incidental harvest in other salmon fisheries, basically being the chum fishery that we wanted to limit that and basically closing this fishery does that,” Hagerman explained.Fish and Game does test fishing on the Stikine and Taku rivers to determine actual numbers of kings making it back to spawn. The department said record low numbers of Chinook are showing up in the two rivers. Neither river is expected to reach an escapement goal, or the number of fish that managers want to return to the river to spawn. Typically, kings from those two rivers make up 80 percent of the wild king salmon in Southeast Alaska.The season is closed starting Monday, May 29th until further notice. Hagerman said this is a first for a region-wide closure.“This has happened in individual spring areas,” Hagerman said. “We did have an area near Ketchikan last year close for several weeks for this for conservation concerns. But a region-wide closure for a fishery like this has not happened before.”Fishing remains open in some terminal harvest areas around the region, where hatchery salmon are returning. Those are at Neets Bay north of Ketchikan, Anita Bay near Wrangell, Port Armstrong and Hidden Falls on Baranof Island and Deep Inlet near Sitka.The troll fleet’s quota, set under an international treaty with Canada, is not impacted by the closure. Pacific Salmon Treaty kings not caught in the winter and spring seasons will be carried over to the summer season in July.last_img read more

Kutubdia biodiversity in danger

first_imgHere was the embankment that had saved Kutubdia from different cyclonic stroms over the years. Photo: Jewel SheelBoth local and foreign investors are keen to set up industries in Kutubdia island while the government also has similar plans. However, environmentalists warn unplanned growth of industries may destroy the environment and biodiversity of the island.Coastal islands like Maheskhali, Kutubdia, Sonadia and St Martin’s are sanctuaries for amphibians and aquatic animals. There are four to five species of dolphins and two species of tortoise that are on the verge of extinction.Director general of the Department of Environment (DoE), AKM Rafique Ahammed, told Prothom Alo, “Those who want to set up industries in the island have to get an approval. If any of the industries poses a risk to the environment, it has to carry out Environment Impact Assessment (EIA).”According to Petrobangla, local company Beximco has sought 700 acres of land to the power, energy and mineral resources ministry. Beximco in its website said the island would be its centre of investment for the energy sector.Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) also wants to establish an economic zone in the island.Two Indian companies dealing with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) have shown their interest to set up terminals in Kutubdia as well, as did another Indonesian company.Petrobangla officials said investors in the energy sector are also showing interest in Kutubdia.The government is constructing a sea port at Matharbari. Once it is done, large vessels carrying heavy machinery will be able to berth at the Matarbari seaport and it would be a suitable place to establish an LNG terminal. Kutubdia is four kilometers away from Matarbari. This will facilitate bringing in raw materials and LNG containers.Kutubdia upazila chairman Faridul Islam Chowdhury said there is no electricity in the area and most of the embankments are damaged. After the cyclonic storm in 1991, many people left Kutubdia. Some are still leaving, too.He said the prime minister had pledged that electricity will be available by 2020.Local people get employment opportunities if industries are set up, he further said, arguing that they will not leave.Shahera Begum lives in a hut near Kutubdia island. While talking to this correspondent on 27 December 2018, she had said her house would be protected due to the embankment despite the fury of the sea.After the cyclonic storm Fani had hit the island on 4 May, a fisherman of the island said a portion of the embankment was engulfed by the sea. However, Shahera’s cottage survived. But it is now at risk of erosion.A big portion of Kutubdia island was engulfed by the Bay of Bengal and the embankments were damaged by the storms one after another. The residents of the island are leaving their ancestral houses, crop fields and fish enclosures. Where they are settling anew, they are naming the place ‘Kutubdiapara’.According to the local administration, these people are settling at Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Maheskhali, Ramu, Chakaria, Dulahazara and Kekua, Khagrachhari, Bandarban, Rangamati Sadar and Chattogram Sadar and Anwara upazila.The lighthouse which had been giving light to sailors since 1848 it broke down during the cyclone of 1991. The administration did not take any steps to this end. People have now started living in the area named ‘Lighthousepara’.Life and riskOne has to go to Kutubdia from Magnama Ghat of Pekua Upazila of Cox’s Bazar by trawler. There is a small bazaar one kilometre away from the ghat. Fish and salt are sold in the market here. One can see the towers of windmills few kilometres later.There is no boundary around the power plants set up on nearly eight acres of land. The security system is not up to the standard while electricity supply is not more than one megawatt. A total of 350 families receive electricity for seven to eight hours a day. There is also a solar and a diesel-powered power station. Only 12 per cent of the islanders get electricity.There have been bumper production of both salt and rice this year. More than 700 tonnes of salt were produced in about 7,000 acres of land. The farmers are, however, worried for its low price. Again, the paddy invented for salty lands by the scientists had a good yield. But the rice prices are also low.Four researchers from two US universities published a research report on geographical changes in Kutubdia in 2017. The study says the size of the island was 77 square kilometres in 1972, but it shrunk to 68 square kilometres in 2013.Meanwhile, a study carried out by the Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), a government agency, says the total area of Kutubdia island was about 100 square kilometres in 1840. As many as 40 square kilometres of the lands were reduced due to erosion. Upazila administration data also give similar impression.Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, executive director of Coast Trust, an organisation working on coastal development, said due to erosion and lack of damns the island and the residents’ lives are at stake.”Scattered plans will not help to protect this island. We need an inclusive plan. The problem will increase if the residents are displaced,” he added.As per the upazila administration data, there was a 40-kilometre embankment around the island. Half of the damn collapsed in the 1991 cyclone. It was reduced to eight kilometres by the onslaught of the cyclone Sidr, Aila, Roanu, Mahasen and the latest Fani. As a result, a large part of the island goes under water in regular tide.Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Dipak Kumar Roy said he has requested the Water Development Board to repair the damn as soon as possible.The water level of the sea is very high at the moment. It should be kept in mind while repairing the embankments, he added.Secretary to the Ministry of Water Resources, Kabir Bin Anwar, said the ministry had decided to repair and rebuild the damns.Also, mangrove forests will be created to protect the coast as the Ministry of Forest and Environment and the directorate will remain responsible to protect the biodiversity of the island.According to Kutubdia upazila administration, every year there is erosion in different places of the island in normal tide. Two years ago the island’s population was about 300,000. It is less than half now.Another 5,000 people have been left vulnerable due to cyclone Fani, he added.Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmed, former country director for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), stressed the need for rehabilitating the residents of the island.”Local residents must be protected before any project is implemented there and erosion must be stopped, too,” he said.”Otherwise, being one of the vital source of salt and fishes, the island, its inhabitants and the proposed investment will be in danger,” he observed.”Coastal islands like Kutubdia protect the country from the initial strike of storm surge. Before upgrading it to an industrial area, it’s overall wellbeing has to be kept in mind,” Inshtiaq further said.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo’s print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Farjana Liakat.last_img read more

Crime Continues to Soar…

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROOver the past several days Baltimore has suffered from both the chaos of unrelenting violence and the ongoing legal tribulations of the agency tasked with stopping it. On Aug. 8,  Baltimore Police Sergeant Isaac Carrington was gunned down in front of his Northeast Baltimore home by a masked assailant in broad daylight; an act that elicited both an outpouring of support from residents and anxiety  an already sky-high crime rate had risen to a new level of brazenness.  Recently, Carrington delivered an inspirational message from his hospital bed, with Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison by his side. “I’ll be back,” Carrington said as he continues to fight back from the attack, which left him on life support for a time.Meanwhile, several members of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), were sentenced or found guilty for a variety of crimes that suggested the city’s efforts to implement reform seem to be still lacking.But, the apparent lack of progress on both ends, tamping down of crime both inside and outside the department prompted frustration from community leaders and residents alike. “Crime continues to soar out of control while changes within the police department are piecemealed at a snail’s pace,” State Senator Jill P. Carter told the AFRO.  “We needed a complete overhaul from top to bottom, but we’ve only gotten more bloodshed while needed changes creep along.”Carrington’s ordeal began when the 22-year BPD veteran was standing on his front lawn on Aug. 8, around 4PM talking to a neighbor.  Witnesses say a blue Acura drove onto the block and stopped after a gunman emerged. The masked assailant demanded money. Both Carrington and a neighbor fled, but the gunman chased Carrington and shot him several times.Over the weekend police stopped a vehicle that resembled the car and detained the driver and a passenger.  However, no charges have been filed against either. Carrington is currently in stable condition.The violent shooting of Sgt. Carrington only heightened anxiety that a recently rolled-out policing strategy focused on violent “hot spots” was not working very effectively. “We have Inadequate deployment , deployment must mirror crime, violence and homicides,” former Baltimore NAACP President Marvin “Doc” Cheatham said. But, concern about crime and the levels of corruption within the BPD found equal footing among community members, particularly after a series of pending cases against BPD officers were resolved last week.“Our city is in the throes of death. Needed reforms can’t keep pace with the carnage. A sense of greater urgency is needed along with zero tolerance for the ineptitude that continues to prevail.” Carter said.Last week former Baltimore police officer Arthur Williams was sentenced to nine months in prison for beating a civilian that was captured on video in August of 2018.   The high-profile beatdown garnered national attention and prompted Judge Yolanda Tanner to scold Miller during sentencing. “A citizen does get to walk away from you, even if you’re a police officer,” The Baltimore Sun reported.  But, Miller was not the only officer to face adjudication. Earlier last week Officer Michael Gentil was found guilty of first-degree assault for pointing his gun at a man he nearly hit with his car in January of 2018.  A witness testified that Gentil jumped out of his car and pointed his gun at the victim, then proceeded to kick him in the head, which caused his chin to split open.   In a statement Gentil said the victim had thrown an unknown object at his car. However, Gentil was found guilty after a bench trial.But, even a high-profile murder case was mired in controversy over the alleged behavior of a BPD officer.The Baltimore Sun also reported Homicide Detective Kevin Brown was charged with driving under the influence in September of 2018 after getting into an accident operating a city owned vehicle.   The charges also included possessing a handgun while intoxicated. Brown was a key witness in the murder of seven-year old Taylor Hayes who was shot and killed in the back seat of a car in June of 2018.This week, Keon Gray faced murder charges for his role in her death.  But the case hit a roadblock when Brown contradicted himself on the witness stand about the make of the car that was spotted leaving the scene.last_img read more

New Ikea Video Suggests at Least Two SonosPowered Speakers Coming to Be

first_imgIkea is getting ready to unveil the smart speaker products it has been building with Sonos: The furniture giant will unveil its first smart speakers at the Milan Furniture Fair next month, it announced Thursday.And with the announcement also come a few hints of what to expect, thanks to a teaser video. The 40-second video features a stylized living room and kitchen, complete with two strategically blurred-out areas.The positioning and size of those masked spots suggests that the company may be getting ready to introduce at least two speakers with distinct form factors: A speaker shelf that would fit on a kitchen wall, and a standalone speaker that one might place on an end table.Ikea first previewed design concepts for its Sonos-powered products last year, including one that doubled as a shelf. The company specifically called out this prototype in its press release Thursday, calling it “a book-shelf speaker that will give customers a great connected speaker that enables a multi-functional usage in the home, at an affordable price.”Ikea’s smart speakers will apparently also integrate with the company’s Tradfri smart light systems. ‎”Together with Sonos we wanted to combine our home furnishing knowledge with their expertise in creating great sound experiences for every room of the home, and in Milan we want you to experience the real difference that sound and light makes in your life,” said Ikea smart home business leader Björn Block in a statement. Ikea plans to unveil the final version of its Sonos speakers on April 9 in Milan. The company previously announced that the speakers will go on sale in August.The cooperation could be a big boost for Sonos, with executives telling investors in a recent earnings release that it could “potentially introduce millions of new households to the Sonos app and experience.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

The Gifted Is Exciting Superhero Fare but Could Be More

first_img ‘The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3’The Gifted’ Season 2, Ep 5 Recap: The Reunion We’ve Waited For I love that Fox has spent this year bringing X-Men back to TV. For a lot of us who were kids in the early-to-mid ’90s, the X-Men animated series was our entry point into the world of mutants. X-Men, and a lot of other superheroes, work better on TV where shorter serialized installments can better mimic the comics they’re based on. Of course, now Charles Xavier, Wolverine, Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops are much too big for a TV show. Instead, we get Eclipse, Polaris, Blink, and Thunderbird. After watching the pilot, that proves to be a pretty good lineup for an X-Men show without the X-Men.It continues to be a real bummer for Marvel that they can’t get the X-Men rights back. Partnerships between Marvel Television and Fox like this and Legion continue to be the closest they can get to these characters. In their own cinematic universe, Marvel stuck trying to cram Inhumans into and X-Men shaped hole. It’s not going well. Meanwhile, the basic X-Men story is interesting enough that even with a B-roster of mutants and an OK pilot, The Gifted is one of the more exciting superhero shows on TV right now.The Gifted takes place in a world where the X-Men have disappeared. Local law enforcement round up mutants, and the Sentinels (this time a government agency rather than giant robots) take on the more “dangerous” cases. Mutants taken by the Sentinels are never seen again. Right away, The Gifted has a great premise. What happens to the mutants that Charles Xavier doesn’t save? Even when the X-Men were active, he couldn’t possibly rescue every mutant from persecution. In this world, Eclipse, Polaris, and Thunderbird run a mutant smuggling operation. They get mutants across the border to Mexico where it’s safer. At this point, it becomes clear exactly when in the convoluted X-Men timeline this takes place. The world of The Gifted is rapidly changing into the one we saw in Logan. As a premise for a TV series, that alone grabs my attention.Percy Hynes White and Natalie Alyn Lind (Cr: Ryan Green/FOX)The series follows two teenagers who discover they have mutant powers. Lauren Strucker found hers a few years ago. She can create a bubble shield to protect her and others. Even in the pilot, she gets creative with her power. She can use it to restrain people and push objects around. Her brother Andy is just discovering his. He’s a loner who’s constantly bullied by a group of kids at school. When they drag him into the locker room at a school dance to torment him, he screams, causing a powerful outburst. He’s an extremely powerful telekinetic, but at this point he can’t control his powers. His bullies are pushed across the room while the entire gym begins to fall apart around him. Over the course of the episode, Lauren tries to train Andy, and he grows just confident enough to help his family right at the end. The parent’s reactions to their kids becoming superheroes out of nowhere might be the best part of this whole thing.Though the story itself wasn’t anything we haven’t seen before, the pilot episode was really well-done. It moved at a thrilling pace, the action was exciting and well-directed, and the CGI effects worked. They fit the visual style of the show, they worked within the limitations of a TV budget, and they looked pretty spectacular on their own. Maybe the Inhumans pilot has given me a new appreciation for competent effects, but the mutant powers looked really cool. Particularly Lauren’s bubble shield and Blink’s portals. Even with the boilerplate X-Men story, the small twists on it are interesting enough that I want to see where it goes. As far as setting up places for the rest of the series to go, this pilot episode more than did its job.Sean Teale, Blair Redford and Emma Dumont (Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX)Still, it’s not hard to see what could have been better. I got excited when I saw that this episode was directed by Bryan Singer. He’s behind some of the best X-Men movies in the long-running series. Go back and watch X2. He knows what makes these characters interesting and how to tell a great story with them. Of course, he also directed X-Men: Apocalypse. This isn’t quite that bad, but it’s not as good as his other work in the series. Overall, it’s fine. It does just enough right to get its hooks in me for the whole season, but don’t expect anything on par with the movies that started all this. Singer directing the pilot episode of a new X-Men show should have meant something. It still resulted in an enjoyable hour of superhero television, but without much to distinguish it from the other comic book shows out there.A lot of that comes down to the dialog and characterization. I realize that pilots are hard. You have to introduce a world and its rules, you have to introduce us to all the major players, and you have to create a template for the rest of the series. Also, you have to make the episode fun and compelling in its own right. This one does most of that very well, but it comes at the expense of the writing. There is some naked exposition that characters have to awkwardly blurt out in this episode. There’s also some serious character work that remains to be done. The parents don’t have any traits other than the fact that they’re parents. They don’t have any reaction to their kids being mutants, and are instead dragged through the episode by the plot. Stephen Moyer gets it the worst. Not only do his lines not give him much to work with, but he was also apparently told to speak in a monotonous tough guy whisper at all times. It’s unbelievably corny, and not even in a fun way. Hopefully, future scripts will give him something more to do, but he needs to lose that voice fast.Jamie Chung (Cr: Ryan Green/FOX)The Gifted didn’t do much to engage with the prejudice mutants face in this world, or even address the allegorical aspects of X-Men. Marvel has used these characters as a (sometimes a little ham-fisted) metaphor for real world oppression. When the comics first came out, they were about racial prejudice. When the Singer movies came out, they were about homophobia. This is about… well, we haven’t really seen much yet. There is the vague mention of a wall at the Mexican border, so that gives us at least an idea of a place it could go. Exploring issues faced by immigrants and, well, pretty much anyone who isn’t white in 2017 wouldn’t be at all out of character for X-Men. If nothing else, the first episode of The Gifted sets up a series with a ton of potential. If they can make good on that, and keep the fantastic action sequences from the pilot, The Gifted could turn into something amazing. Until then, it’s still pretty good.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “I think you’re going to see this young player come in and, as long as he stays healthy which I think he will, I think he’ll take over the lead position at running back and he will be the starter on opening day,” he said.Woah. Comments   Share   When the Cardinals selected Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams with their second round pick, fans and analysts alike were shocked. The Cardinals, after all, seemed to be fine at running back, already having Beanie Wells, Tim Hightower and LaRod Stephens-Howling. Why draft another one when there were plenty of holes on the roster to fill? Well, according to ESPN College Football analyst Mark May, who was a guest on Sports 620 KTAR’s Gambo and Ash Monday, the other guys won’t really matter. Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWhen Inger Klein Olsen assumed command of Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria on Wednesday, 1 December 2010, she made history by becoming the venerable shipping line’s first female captain.Captain Olsen’s first task at the helm of Queen Victoria was to take the ship, without passengers, to drydock in Hamburg for its planned refit. Next Wednesday, 15 December, she will be on the bridge as the ship sets sail with a full complement of guests.Forty-three-year-old Captain Olsen was born and raised in the Faroe Islands, which accounts for her maritime abilities, and she joined Cunard in 1997 as First Officer on board Caronia. In 2001 she transferred to the Seabourn fleet, which at that time was part of Cunard. She sailed on Seabourn Sun and Seabourn Spirit before being promoted to the rank of Staff Captain on Seabourn Pride in 2003.Following some years with other companies within the Carnival Corporation group, Captain Olsen returned to Cunard in August this year as Deputy Captain of Queen Victoria.“While we are far from being the first shipping company to have a female captain, it is nonetheless noteworthy when such a long-established British institution as Cunard makes a break with its captaincy tradition,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard. “But as Mark Twain drily observed, ‘the folks at Cunard wouldn’t appoint Noah himself as captain until he had worked his way up through the ranks.’ Inger has certainly done that,” Shanks continued, “and we are delighted to welcome her as our first woman driver.”Olsen will helm Queen Victoria during the ship’s debut Americas season, commencing from New York to Los Angeles on 13 January. During the first 17-day voyage, the ship will call on Ft. Lauderdale and Bonaire, transit the Panama Canal, and visit three ports in Mexico – Huatulco, Acapulco and Manzanillo – before arriving into Los Angeles on 30 January. Captain Olsen will take her leave on 13 February.Queen Victoria’s Americas season continues until 18 March, and features several transits through the Panama Canal, four calls to Los Angeles, two roundtrip voyages from Los Angeles to Hawaii, and one Getaway voyage to Mexico.Captain Olsen lives in Denmark.www.cunard.comlast_img read more

Dherynia Lefka crossings ready to open next month

first_imgThe Greek Cypriot side will be ready to open both Dherynia and Lefka crossings early in October, according to reports.While work at Dherynia has been completed, the Lefka crossing, on the side of the Republic, will need about 10 more days to be ready.Facilities to house officers carrying out identity checks have been completed and tarmac is being laid.A source told CNA that a lot of work has been done, adding that works at the Lefka crossing are expected to be completed within 10 days. After that, the Greek Cypriot side, from a technical point of view, will be ready to open both crossings.CNA said Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis, visited the Lefka crossing on Wednesday to inspect the work, along with the co-head of the bicommunal technical committee for the opening of the crossings, Sotos Zakcheos, public works officials and the contractor.Mavroyiannis and Zakheos were expected on Thursday to discuss the practical aspects of preparations for the opening of Lefka — organisational, staffing, equipment, and other arrangements — with the various state departments such as the police, public works, and customs.As regards Dherynia, the source said that the Greek Cypriot side is ready to open it, but there is still the issue of moving a manned Turkish military post located at the other side.President Nicos Anastasiades is to inform the UN Secretary-General on progress on the two crossings during their meeting in New York on September 28.The opening of the two crossings was agreed by the two leaders as a confidence-building measure in 2015. You May LikeJournalistateParents Have Started To Put Pennies On Their Kids’ Shoes And The Reason Is GeniusJournalistateUndoTapWithUs.comThat moment your body becomes a keyboardTapWithUs.comUndoTrendy Women Articles6 Jobs That Probably Won’t Be Around in 10 YearsTrendy Women ArticlesUndo Greece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Pornographic actress A Jiao endorsement XTEP site was black

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"your client is on the Internet, where are you?" is the slogan that Cao Fanghua wrote when he went to the proposal. This sentence is right, the Internet is one of the inevitable choice for the survival of enterprises in the Internet age. Because of the development of Internet enterprises, so there are many Internet companies, because of the Internet business, only the number of domain name was registered, but also because the Internet enterprises is necessary, so many people think that the company to do a website is the Internet. read more

Wangzhuan Pioneer Taobao business promotion cheats the crown of the road

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