Former Bulandshahr legislator found dead

first_imgA former MLA was on Wednesday found dead under mysterious circumstances in his house in Bulandshahr, the police said.Haji Aleem Khan, a Bahujan Samaj Party leader, was found dead in his room, with a pistol lying next to his body, said Bulandshahr Superintendent of Police (City) Pravin Ranjan Singh.According to preliminary information, the former legislator had returned home late on Tuesday night and did not open his door till 10 a.m. the next day.”People knocked on the door and even dialled his cell phone to wake him up. When he didn’t answer the calls, a child was sent inside the room through a ladder after a grill was opened,” Mr. Singh said. It is not clear if he was shot, the police said.Khan’s body has been sent for post-mortem examination.last_img read more

Dubai Remains Most Searched Destination on Google India

first_imgHoliday-related queries increased 27 per cent in 2017 winter, with most people searching for ‘luxury’, ‘honeymoon’, and ‘safari’ destinations on Google search, the company said on Dec.27.Seychelles, Maldives and Bali were on top of the honeymooners’ international search list this season, with 40 per cent rise in these queries.According to Google India’s top travel trends observed from September to November, both international and domestic luxury searches increased by 34 per cent and the online hunts for ‘royal holidays’ spiked 12 times as compared to the same period in 2016.The quest for warmer topographies and related activities became widespread during winters, witnessing an increase of 32 per cent in safari destination explorations.Searches for Desert Safari in Dubai, Night Safari in Singapore, Bali Safari and Marine Park, as well as Safari World in Bangkok surged in 2017.The search perusal for international destinations such as The Vatican grew almost eight times, followed by Myanmar (thrice) and Hungary (double).Buzz about these locations range from “private tours of the Sistine Chapel after-hours”, “what to see at the Vatican Museum”, to “Myanmar tourism”, “Burma tourist map”, and “things to do in Budapest.”Talking about international travel trends, Dubai still continued to be the most searched destination, followed by Bangkok, Thailand and Disneyland in the United States.Apart from the search for destination activities such as safaris, international cricket as an international excursion observed a rise of 456 per cent, fueled by matches held at Melbourne in Australia, and Lords, Britain.Within India, Kerala topped the list of the most crowd-pleasing destination for domestic travelers.Weekend getaways, specifically near Delhi, became an extremely popular search term, culminating a 361 per cent increase.The trends also showed that Indians are now planning their travel in advance as last-minute bookings reduced by 17 per cent for domestic travel and 20 per cent for international trips. — (IANS) Related ItemsGoogleTourismlast_img read more

Chelsea team news & likely line up

first_imgChelsea return to action on Saturday in the weekend’s showpiece Premier League match as the Blues face fierce rivals Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.Just one point separates the two London rivals in the league as they sit third and fourth respectively, with both aiming to keep pace with leaders Manchester City – themselves four points clear of Chelsea.Maurizio Sarri’s side are unbeaten in 18 games, while Mauricio Pochettino’s side are also in good form too, having won four in a row.Chelsea Injuries Chelsea can boast a fully fit squad with the entire group having trained on Thursday and Friday ahead of one of their toughest tests of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Emerson Palmieri, N’Golo Kante, Willian and Olivier Giroud were the last to return from international duty on Thursday while injuries picked up by Ethan Ampadu and Mateo Kovacic on international duty appear not to be serious.Jorginho was also allowed to return early from international duty with Italy, after coming home tired last time around. Sarri confirmed the good news at his Friday press confernece at Cobham Training Ground.“No big problems. As usual after the national teams, there are some little problems,” Sarri said ahead of Spurs. “Some with little injuries, some a little bit tired. Fortunately, we don’t have big problems. Kovacic is doing better.”He had an ankle problem, but he is doing better yesterday in training with the team. And so I think that he will be able to play.”Saul Niguez Ethan Ampadu Spain Wales 2018Chelsea Suspensions Neither Chelsea nor Tottenham have any players out with suspensions ahead of Sunday’s clash, while there are no players in danger of bans should they pick up yellow cards.Chelsea Potential Starting Line-Up Chelsea will put out their strongest side against Spurs at Wembley, with Alvaro Morata earning himself back his starting spot before the international break as he competes with Giroud to start.Eden Hazard will start on the left wing with Willian and Pedro battling it out for the other spot. Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley will continue to try to establish themselves as the third midfielder alongside both Jorginho and Kante.The defence and goalkeeper is likely to remain unchanged from the 0-0 draw with Everton at Stamford Bridge, as the back five establish themselves as Sarri’s first choice for league matches.Chelsea XITottenham Team News Jan Vertonghen is back in training and eases a few selection issues for Pochettino ahead of Chelsea’s visit.Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier are both out with groin injuries. Mousa Dembélé has an ankle issue and Davinson Sanchez is out with a hamstring complaint. TV channel & kick-off time The match at Wembley kicks off at 17:30 GMT on Saturday and it will be shown on BT Sport in the UK.Best Opta Match Facts Tottenham have won three of their last seven Premier League games against Chelsea, as many as they’d won in their previous 49 top-flight games against the Blues (W3 D18 L28). Chelsea have won just two of their last 12 away games vs Tottenham in league competition (D5 L5), though they did win this exact fixture 2-1 last season. Tottenham are looking to win consecutive league games against Chelsea for the first time since August 1987. This will be the seventh meeting between Tottenham and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium – Chelsea have beaten Spurs four times, more than any club has beaten another at the ground. Tottenham’s Dele Alli has scored five goals in his last four games against Chelsea in all competitions.last_img read more

India has delivered a hugely successful U-17 World Cup: FIFA

first_imgFIFA on Thursday lauded India for delivering a hugely successful Under-17 World Cup, both in terms of quality of football as well as organisation, and said that the country seems capable of hosting bigger global tournaments in the future.Addressing a press conference, along with All India Football Federation President Praful Patel, FIFA Head of Competitions Jaime Yarza said the infrastructure provided for the first ever FIFA tournament was world-class and all the teams were happy with the organisation.”The figures speak of themselves, it is going to be the most attended U-17 World Cup. On the field, the matches were of high quality, played in high speed and technically also it was of high class. It has been a fantastic tournament and India has delivered it. It shows that India is a football nation in every sense,” Yarza said.”We want to commend all the six host venues for the successful hosting of the tournament. All the teams are happy and the coaches told us that training sites were of top level.”They did not expect such a good quality training pitches. All the teams are satisfied regarding accommodation, food and transportation,” he added.Asked if India can host bigger FIFA tournaments in future with the kind of infrastructure the country now has, the top FIFA official said, “All these stadia are not only of FIFA U-17 World Cup level but of (senior) FIFA World Cup level. In every aspect, India can host bigger FIFA events in future.”India should be proud of having these kind of infrastructure.”advertisementYarza said the FIFA U-17 world Cup has catapulted India to the global stage and it has shown that it’s a footballing country.”This tournament has touched so many hearts and souls like in the case of Mission XI Million Project which is a fantastic one. India is going to be a pioneer breaking new records for this approach. We will keep on working with AIFF, we will try to make this country into a football nation in many ways.”He said the Indian team had also not done badly despite crashing out of the group stage after losing all their three matches.”The Indian team had also played well, executing what the coach had asked them to. They played at high speed, they were not afraid of facing some very good teams and all the Indians should be proud of their performance. They should continue to develop and get support,” the FIFA official said.Patel, on his part, waxed eloquent on the success of the tournament and said the country should pick up from this U-17 World Cup to move ahead.”We have heard in the words of FIFA that it has been an astounding success in terms of organisation, infrastructure and conduct of the matches.”The FIFA President, in his message, has said that India has arrived in world football scene. I am sure India is ready for bigger FIFA events in future,” said Patel, who is also the chairman of the Local Organising Committee.He expressed satisfaction that the entire tournament had gone on without any hiccups and according to the schedule.”The six venues that hosted the tournament met the exact standards of FIFA. The FIFA is extremely satisfied with the facilities which is outstanding in every sense. This Salt Lake Stadium which is going to host the final match is the best in the country and I think it will also be the one of the good stadiums in the world.”Patel thanked FIFA for allotting this tournament and for its guidance throughout. He also said that this tournament would not have achieved this success but for the hard work by the LOC led by Chilean Javier Ceppi.Talking about the Indian team performance, he said, “Our boys have shown that they compete at the highest level. They played against very tough teams. But the results did not matter. The fighting spirit they showed and the way they organised themselves and executed what the coach wanted was exemplary.”Asked what will be the biggest legacy of this FIFA U-17 World Cup, he said, “A lot more corporates will come forward and invest in football. The infrastructure will keep on improving from here on. Besides the six venues we have used, there are at least six more venues which could have been used with minor modification.”He also said that India has made the bid for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup and he will present the country’s case when he addresses the FIFA Council to be held here tomorrow.advertisement”This is going to the first FIFA Council Meeting to be held outside Zurich during an Under-17 World Cup. It’s a great moment for Indian football. I have been invited to address the FIFA Council as a host country federation chief which itself is a rare honour. I will present my case for allotting the 2019 U-20 World Cup to India during my address today,” said Patel who is not a member of the FIFA Council.LOC Tournament Director Javier Ceppi said that there were challenges initially but those were overcome by the sheer desire to deliver the first FIFA event in the country.”Like any other World Cup, there were challenges initially. But the amount of energy and the desire to succeed in the first ever FIFA event did the job and we were able to deliver the event. It has been a fantastic journey of three years,” he said.last_img read more

Put your real name: Dwayne Bravo’s nickname on jersey irks Simon Doull

first_imgFormer West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who is in action for the Winnipeg Hawks in the ongoing Global T20 Canada, sported a jersey with his nickname ‘Champion’ inscribed on the back while playing against Toronto Nationals on Monday.However, Bravo’s act of using the Champion tag did not go down well with New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull. An unimpressed Doull, who was commentating during the match, said players should sport their real names on the jerseys while playing in a tournament.”I know this is going to sound a bit pedantic but I don’t like that at all. I do not like… put your real name!”, said Simon Doull said while commentating.”It’s a new tournament. You’re trying to encourage people to know who these players are. Recognize the superstars of the game. Yes, he might think it’s cool, but put your real name on your shirt so that the young kids, the older fans, the men, the women that come along to watch this game know exactly who that is. That is Dwayne Bravo. It’s not ‘Champion’! Champion of what,” Doull added.Dwayne Bravo has also sung and produced the song ‘Champion Champion’ that went viral in the aftermath of the West Indies cricket teams’ victory in the 2016 T20 World Cup.This is not the first time that a player using his nickname has irked a senior or former player. During the 2018 Asia Cup, former India player Sunil Gavaskar looked unhappy with Dinesh Karthik sporting his initials ‘DK’ on his national jersey.advertisement”Maybe that’s his nickname but since the jersey carries his number, people should identify with the name. Maybe with the name he can have his initials,” Gavaskar had said then on air.Bravo, who announced his retirement from international cricket in 2018, is currently in action at the Global T20. On Monday, the all-rounder picked 4 wickets as Hawks defeated Nationals by 3 wickets.Also Read | IPL: Mumbai Indians release Mayank Markande to Delhi Capitals, rope in Sherfane RutherfordAlso Read | Unlucky Shaw: Jofra Archer’s freakish tweet surfaces after India cricketer’s doping banAlso Seelast_img read more

Mason Rudolph Was Better Than Pat Mahomes On Saturday

first_imgRemember when all manner of college football fans were talking about Mason Rudolph as an “average” quarterback earlier this year? He fumbles too much, they said. He can’t make the intermediate throws, they said. He has no pocket presence, they said.These are fair critiques of Rudolph, of course, but what they all fail to see is the long game. The rhythm of a season and the ability of a QB1 to grow into his oversized expectations. On Saturday, Mason Rudolph stared at one of the best quarterbacks in the country on the other side of the field and said, I’m better than that guy.And he was.Patrick Mahomes threw for 344 yards on 52 passes and three scores and rushed for two more. He was magical at times and clearly playing at somewhere south of 90 percent. He was everything we were told and much more. He, at times, kept Texas Tech in the game. His final drive in the fourth quarter was a masterpiece. He leads the nation in passing yards for a reason. He was (and is) spectacular.But Rudolph went blow for blow with him. Rudolph was more efficient (20/28) for more yards (395) and even had a rushing TD himself. It was just the 10th time since 2000 that a QB has thrown for 395+ on 30 or fewer attempts and added a rushing TD. He averaged over 14 yards per attempt! It was his own personal Picasso.Mason Tebow gets one. Cowboys up two TDs. https://t.co/goPhIHUCLP— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 12, 2016Don’t look now, but that’s the third straight game in which Rudolph has hit on 71 percent or more of his passes. He now has 27 total TDs  this season and just four interceptions. He is averaging 9.5 yards per attempt which is No. 8 in the country and barely ahead of Lamar Jackson.screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-12-43-26-pmHe is fully evolved.He is [whispers] as good as Brandon Weeden in his career at home.Mason Rudolph has started 13 home games in his career.64% 4,630 yards37 total TDs4 INT— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 13, 2016 13 home starts for Weeden in his career as well …71%4,553 yards41 total TDs15 INT https://t.co/TjpOtv5lQv— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 13, 2016 And on Saturday, he was better than Mahomes.“They’re going to make some plays,” said head coach Mike Gundy of Texas Tech. “I think (Patrick) Mahomes is a first-round pick, and he showed that today in different areas. I suggested to him after the game that he comes out early, and if he’s looking for an agent, then we can find somebody. He’s a nice young man. When you play a team like that, that has a quarterback with those capabilities, then it’s going to be pretty exciting in the end.“I was really proud of our team,” Gundy added. “I thought Mason matched (Mahomes). He was really good today. He missed maybe one or two throws today, but mentally, he was really sharp.”Yes he was. He’s making all the throws. The over-the-middle slants, the fades, the screens, the outrageous sideline routes, the back-shoulder dimes and the deep bombs. The full monty. All of it.That throw. ? https://t.co/SoBlRffJBZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 12, 2016In the long run, Rudolph probably won’t be able to beat out Mahomes (or Baker Mayfield) for a spot on the All-Big 12 first or second team (a shocking reality). I get that. And I’m not saying Rudolph is objectively better right now or as a future pro prospect. Don’t mis-hear me.All I’m saying is that for one night Rudolph went toe to toe with one of the best (if not the best) in the business. He matched him dime for dime and NFL throw for NFL throw. For one night, Mason Rudolph was better than Patrick Mahomes, and it was quite a show.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

9 months agoBarcelona exploring prospect of signing Chelsea striker Morata

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona exploring prospect of signing Chelsea striker Morataby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are exploring the prospect of signing Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Sport says Barcelona are pondering a loan swoop for Morata.The out-of-favour Blues forward has just five goals in 16 Premier League games this term.Barca are undecided over whether to sign a striker in the winter window but Morata is among the names they are considering should they decide to bolster their frontline.The Catalan giants have apparently already enquired about Morata’s situation but are yet to make a formal offer to the Blues.Barcelona have allowed Munir El Haddadi to leave for Sevilla, which could open the door for them to swoop for Morata. last_img read more

Coutinho unsure of his Barca future

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho says he is unsure where he will be playing next season as speculation continues to mount over his Barcelona future.The Brazil international had an underwhelming first full campaign at Camp Nou, contributing five LaLiga goals and two assists.Coutinho acknowledged earlier this week he needs to improve to justify his hefty price tag, with Barcelona paying a fee that could rise to £142 million to sign him from Liverpool in January 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are rumoured to be interested in the 27-year-old, but he is keeping his attention on helping Brazil to Copa America glory on home soil.”I do not know. The future, nobody knows,” Coutinho told reporters when asked if he will leave Barcelona.”I am focused to play with the national team now.”Coutinho scored twice in Brazil’s 3-0 win over Bolivia in their opening Copa America match, but he could not inspire his side in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Venezuela.The midfielder has admitted that he did not play as well as expected for Barcelona in 2018-19, saying last week: “I had a tough time on the field because I have not performed as expected, but football is like that and I’m working hard to improve.”As well as links to United and PSG, there has also been talk of a potential return to Liverpool.And Reds legend Jamie Carragher believes Coutinho would be welcomed back at Anfield with open arms if he wanted to return.“I wouldn’t say I would be actively going to get him, but if there was a possibility of bringing Coutinho back for decent money, and Barca wanted to cut their losses a little bit because it hasn’t worked out, then I’d do that,” he said last month.Meanwhile, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner believes the player likely regrets leaving Anfield in the first place.“We tried to convince him that we had the club moving in the right direction and that he could experience big Champions League occasions by staying at Liverpool,” he said. “I think he probably regrets his decision.”last_img read more

Star Freshman QB Makes Decision Amid Transfer Rumors

first_imgA general view of Texas Tech's football stadium.LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The end of the college football season usually results in significant changes among coaching staffs all around the country. After the season ended, Texas Tech made a bold decision when the team cut ties with head coach Kliff Kingsbury after six seasons.It didn’t take long for the Red Raiders to find their new coach though. Former Utah State head coach Matt Wells takes over as the new head coach at Texas Tech.With a new coach comes questions about the current roster. Freshman phenom quarterback Alan Bowman, who led the Red Raiders in passing this season, shot down any chance of a transfer.Great news for Matt Wells: Texas Tech freshman QB Alan Bowman shoots down any talk of transferring. https://t.co/rbWKIe6LIT— Max Olson (@max_olson) December 1, 2018That’s huge news for Texas Tech and Red Raiders fans everywhere. Although Bowman missed time at the end of the season with injuries, the freshman quarterback completed over 69-percent of his passes and threw for over 2,600 yards in just eight games this season.It looks like the Red Raiders have their quarterback of the future.last_img read more

Changes to Deputy Minister Assignments

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald today, Nov. 27, announced changes to some deputy minister assignments. Greg Keefe, deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations will move to become deputy minister of Treasury and Policy Board, and add chief information officer to his responsibilities. Kevin Malloy, assistant deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations will be appointed to deputy minister of the department. “My congratulations to Mr. Keefe and Mr. Malloy on their appointments,” said Premier MacDonald. “They have a combined 50 plus years of experience with the province. During that time they have demonstrated leadership, skill and dedication. These traits will serve them well in their new roles.” Mr. Keefe, a certified management accountant, became the deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations in 2004 after serving as acting deputy minister. In his 32 years of service with the province, Mr. Keefe has been the executive director of program management and corporate services for Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and an auditor with the Provincial Tax Commission. He also held positions with the Nova Scotia Business Registry Project, the Registrar of Motor Vehicles and Provincial Tax Commissioner. Mr. Malloy became the assistant deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations in 2004. Over the last 24 years, he has served as the province’s controller, director of finance for the Department of Transportation and Public Works, and has held positions with the Auditor General’s Office and the Department of Education. A chartered accountant, Mr. Malloy is also president of the Institute for Citizen-Centred Service, Toronto. Robert Fowler, the current deputy minister of the Treasury and Policy Board will retain his portfolio of deputy minister to the Premier’s Office, CEO of Communications Nova Scotia, head of the Public Service, and clerk and secretary of the Executive Council. Appointments take effect Monday, Dec. 8.last_img read more

New Brunswick doctors ask government to set legal marijuana age at 21

first_imgFREDERICTON – The New Brunswick Medical Society says the legal age to buy marijuana should be 21 — and the age for tobacco should be raised to 21, too.The society has issued 14 recommendations to the provincial government, saying it wants to “to minimize the harm to the public from the coming legalization of marijuana.”It says it would prefer marijuana not be sold to anyone under the age of 25, but recognizes that’s unrealistic.It says it would accept the age of 21, and adds that should also become the legal age for buying tobacco for anyone born in the year 2000 or later.Notably, the society adds the province should speak about the economic potential of marijuana production “in a cautious manner.”Dr. Lynn Murphy-Kaulbeck, president of the medical society, said she believes marijuana is routinely underestimated as a harmful substance.“Doctors believe it should not be sold to anyone under the age of 21, as the brain is still actively developing until the age of 25, especially in men,” she said in a statement.“I see young mothers every day who seem unconcerned about using marijuana while pregnant or breastfeeding. The science is clear – there’s more to marijuana than many New Brunswickers think.”The Liberal government, led by 35-year-old Brian Gallant, sees marijuana as green gold — an important creator of revenue and jobs in a province that badly needs both.It is giving producers financial incentives, has developed a community college program for cannabis technicians, and announced March 24 that marijuana is to be a pillar of its economic strategy.The society also recommends no profit target be set if NB Liquor is chosen to be the legal supplier of marijuana.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks opening lower on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street Monday as key U.S. indexes remain on course for their worst December since the 1930s. Bank stocks are among the worst off after news of the treasury secretary’s call with CEOs of six major banks accentuated investors’ concerns.The S&P 500 is down 0.5 per cent at 2,404 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 0.6 per cent at 22,304. The Nasdaq Composite is down 0.3 per cent at 6,309.In holiday-thinned half-day trading in Europe, France’s CAC 40 is down1.5 per cent and Britain’s FTSE 100 is down 0.5 per cent.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.77 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Floods in Morocco World Bank Accuses Government of Neglect Unpreparedness

Rabat – Last week’s floods which killed 7 people in the Taroudant province and caused severe damage in several other areas in southern Morocco have turned the spotlight on the World Bank pointing fingers at the Moroccan government, and raising concerns on the country’s apparently inefficient approach to crisis management when faced with natural disasters.In a scathing report  published in April 2016, the World Bank pointed to the lack of coherent vision and continuity in Morocco’s crisis management methodologies.Recalling the three-year-old report, Arabic newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribia indicated in its September 2 issue that the unfurling of the recent, unfortunate events in southern Morocco came with a painful reminder of many of the points the World Bank raised in that appraisal of natural disaster management in Morocco. According to the Casablanca-based newspaper, the World Bank’s report pointed out that a number of recent—sometimes similar—natural disasters in various Moroccan regions have shown that the country is not sufficiently ready to face recurring patterns of critical, natural hazards.For the World Bank, according to Al Ahdath Al Maghribia, the repeated issuing of new “urgent measures” to deal with similar crises in different locations is an indication that there is no proactive, beforehand designed roadmap to immediately respond to challenges as soon as they emerge.The report describes Morocco’s approach as “reactionary” rather than “responsive,” arguing that, more often than not, Morocco’s response to natural disasters like floods bears the markers of “improvised reactions” instead of well-planned, in-advance, and carefully considered policies.Despite lambasting the Moroccan government for what it sees as irresponsible and incoherent response to recurrent crises, the report was ambivalent on some points.It acknowledged the “immense efforts” Morocco has made on the environment and climate change front and praised the country’s recent political reforms meant to further political accountability and improve government responsiveness to nationwide challenges.It maintained, however, that more collective efforts, coordinated actions are needed from the authorities to mitigate the consequences of environment-linked disasters.Without sounding alarmist, the report noted that, as the climate crisis becomes an integral reality of countries around the world, incidents similar to the Taroudant events are bound to happen.Because of the inherent, multiple risks and natural hazards associated with climate change, the report noted, the Moroccan government should show more willingness and resolve to devise more effective policies to adequately manage, respond to, or even altogether preempt such events.In its most condemnatory remarks, the World Bank consistently reproached Morocco for its apparent lack of a coherent set of policies to face natural hazards. The report referred to the responses to the Taroudant and other such events in recent years across the country as “institutionalized disorder.”The poignantly critical assessment is consistent with the reactions and comments from family of victims and eyewitnesses in Taroudant. After the floods hit the province last Thursday, many local residents fumed at the government and the local authorities for neglect.They complained about local authorities’ failure to take into account alerts to the high-risk nature of the football field where 7 people died when the floods hit, as well as serious warnings, days prior to the floods, that southern Morocco would be engulfed by heavy storms on August28-29. read more

Convoy attack will not deter UN from helping Iraqi people Ban says

19 October 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today vowed that today’s attack on a United Nations convoy in Iraq would not deter the Organization from continuing its efforts to assist the Iraqi people on their path to reconciliation and prosperity. The convoy was carrying Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for Iraq Ad Melkert, his Deputy Special Representative Jerzy Skuratowicz and the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) staff. All UN staff escaped without injury in the attack, which occurred in Najaf, but a member of the Iraqi security forces was killed and several others injured.“The Secretary-General sends his condolences to the family of the deceased and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured,” a statement issued by his spokesman said. Mr. Ban expressed his appreciation to Mr. Melkert and all UNAMI staff, “who are working under difficult circumstances to implement the mandate of the United Nations in Iraq.“This attack will not deter the UN from continuing its efforts to assist the Iraqi people on their path to reconciliation and prosperity,” the statement concluded. read more

Ashley Madison dating website for married people sues South Korea after being

TORONTO — A dating website for married people seeking affairs is suing the government of South Korea after being blocked in that country over what it says are false allegations of illegal activity.Ashley Madison filed the suit in federal court Wednesday through its Canadian parent company, Avid Life Media.In its statement of claim, the company accuses the South Korean government of engaging in “uncompetitive acts” by unfairly banning the website while allowing local businesses to operate similar ones.It alleges the effects of that decision trickle down to Canada, limiting Ashley Madison’s success among Korean-Canadians and other Asian-Canadians and reducing overall competition in the social media market.The Toronto-based company is seeking an unspecified amount for loss of revenue and lost profits, as well as general damages for uncompetitive conduct.It also wants the court to order South Korea to stop blocking the website, described in the document as “a social networking website facilitating communication between like-minded adults.”None of the claims have been proven in court and Korean authorities have yet to file a statement of defence.Ashley Madison, which uses the slogan “Life is short. Have an affair,” launched its website in South Korea on April 1, the claim says. The site has already expanded to more than 30 countries, it says.In just over two weeks, the new site drew nearly 50,500 members, the document says.Soon after, the government-run Korea Communications Standards Commission — which is also targeted by the suit — blocked the site, alleging that it “contained illegal information,” it reads.The company says it was never told what the commission’s concerns were, and that its appeal of the decision was dismissed within days “without further explanation.”Ashley Madison denies the accusations, saying the website “neither contains illegal information, nor does it aid or abet any illegal activity.”“The website is for communication purposes only, and such communication is neither illegal in South Korea nor Canada,” the company argues in the document.“No sexual interaction can take place on the plaintiff’s website any more than it can by individuals using other websites that the defendants permit to operate freely in the Republic of Korea.”The suit alleges South Korea is trying to give its own companies a leg up when it comes to breaking into the Canadian market.“The defendants’ anti-competitive practices in South Korea have a direct impact in Canada on communications and social networking businesses and websites competing for the Korean-Canadian and Asian-Canadian market for such websites,” it claims.“Given the global reach of the Internet, a social networking service that meets with success among any particular group of people in one country has or will have a significant competitive advantage among people of that same group or related groups in other countries.”Ashley Madison says it will lay out its financial losses during trial, which it suggests be held in Vancouver.The Canadian Press read more

UN humanitarian programmes continue in Liberia

The spokesperson, Marie Okabe, said in New York that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported that after an assessment of malnutrition in a displaced camp near the Côte d’Ivoire border, the World Food Programme (WFP) sent eight tons of food for some 1,800 persons there.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that it had provided almost 1,000 “school-in-a-box” kits of classroom supplies to 75,000 children in four counties today, Ms. Okabe said. Another 10,000 are scheduled to be delivered to a fifth county, “as soon as security conditions permit,” she added. read more

UN reports progress in return of some Kuwaiti goods missing since Iraqs

“This file is now closed to the satisfaction of Kuwait and in the interest in Iraq,” Mr. Annan says of the return of the airplane parts, which include an engine that had to be removed from the wing of an Iraqi Airways Corporation 747 stationed in Tozeur, Tunisia.In the case of the archives, however, Mr. Annan says he believes it required a more intensive effort “by all who are in a position to assist,” especially members of the United States-led Multinational Force in Iraq.“As it may not be possible to ascertain at this point whether they were destroyed or are still hidden at one or several locations, it is necessary to arrive at a clear idea as to what is needed to assure closure of this chapter,” he adds.In previous reports, Mr. Annan has said that Kuwait considers the return of the archives essential since they are the official records of the country. Of particular importance are documents belonging to the offices of the Amiri Diwan (Royal Court), the Council of Ministers, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.As recently as the past April, the Security Council has voiced its full support for continued efforts to find and return such property, which are under the mandate of the UN High-level Coordinator Yuli Vorontsov. read more

Nintendo Shows Off the Switch in Its First Super Bowl Commercial

first_imgStay on target The Big Game is almost here. Yes, we’re about a month away from the launch of the Nintendo Switch and its hotly anticipated launch title The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild. Oh, and I guess the Super Bowl is about to happen, too. But even if I don’t care about football, plenty of other folks do. And lots of eyeballs will be glued to TV screens this Sunday for Super Bowl LI. In-between all that ball-tossing will be the biggest commercials of the year, including this new ad for the Nintendo Switch.Check it out!This ad is actually Nintendo’s first Super Bowl ad ever. Considering most of its big product launches in the past have happened in the holiday season before the game, that’s not too surprising. Still, Nintendo’s been around for a long time, and the fact the company waited until now to debut a Super Bowl ad shows it wants to market the console/handheld hybrid to as wide an audience as possible.Super Bowl viewers will see the 30-second version of the commercial but there is also an extended, 90-second version. The first commercial only shows off Zelda but the longer spot features launch window titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, 1-2 Switch, Arms, and Ultra Street Fighter II. Here you’ll also hear an even longer version of the brand new Imagine Dragons song “Believer.”If you’re thinking Imagine Dragons and Nintendo are an odd combination, remember that the band played alongside Mario/Zelda composer Koji Kondo during the 2014 Game Awards.Considering most pre-orders have already been sold out, someone who sees the Switch for the first time during the Super Bowl might not be able to get one on launch day. They’ll just have to settle for their team winning.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories 2430 May 2018

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 24 and 30 May 2018 were:John Lewis Partnership launches housing rental benefit for 85,500 staffEXCLUSIVE: Virgin Atlantic launches online financial education programmeSalesforce UK, Hilton and The Sovini Group named 2018’s UK Best WorkplacesUber to implement paid protection benefits for 150,000 drivers59% believe flexible working is the most important benefitTGI Friday’s waiters strike in dispute over tips and minimum wage47% believe they have a good selection of employee benefitsNew Zealand government launches taskforce to review Holiday ActCountrywide and University of Lincoln shortlisted for Benefits team of the yearEleanor Tomlinson paid less than male co-star for previous series of Poldarklast_img read more

Miami Dolphins cheerleading auditions kick off in Davie

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Day one of the Miami Dolphins cheerleading auditions kicked off on Saturday.Hundreds of women showed off their best moves at the football team’s training camp in Davie.The women who make the first cut will move on to interviews on Sunday, then put on another performance at another audition the following Sunday.The final phase of the auditions will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. It will be open to the public.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more