Ducks increase oxygen in water, says Tripura CM

first_imgTripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday said ducks help recycle water and increase oxygen levels in water bodies besides boosting the rural economy.Addressing an inaugural event of a traditional boat race at Rudrasagar, an artificial lake about 50 km from State capital Agartala, he announced that he would distribute 50,000 ducklings of local species to fishermen who live nearby and other villagers across Tripura.“When 50,000 white ducks swim in water, they will look beautiful and increase oxygen levels in the water bodies,” Mr. Deb said. This, he added, will help the fish get more oxygen. He also said droppings of the ducks would make the fish grow faster organically.However experts in Tripura said there is no scientific evidence to attribute the aeration job to swimming ducks, although they agree that movement does aerate water bodies.Mr. Deb also criticised the previous Left Front government for damaging old village culture of rearing ducks and poultry. The CPI(M) quickly reacted and commented that it was expected of Mr. Deb to make outlandish observations. Mr. Deb has been stirring controversies since he became the Chief Minister of the first BJP-led government in Tripura in March. He had a couple of months ago said Indians had access to the internet and artificial satellites during the time of Mahabharata. He had also claimed the Buddha walked over the sea to Japan and Diana Hayden did not deserve her Miss World crown.last_img read more


first_imgAt 10 pm local time, June 28, 2008 my parents boarded a Jet Airways aircraft at Bahrain International Airport for what would be their final journey back to India. After 37 years of expatriate living, they were finally returning home.In the preceding weeks, I had sunken deeper and deeper into a nostalgic melancholia as I contemplated this momentous change. I felt guilty and helpless as I could offer little assistance from afar. And I was amazed that, through all my personal turmoil concerning their Big Move, my parents seemed to be exceptionally well adjusted.But when I talked with my Mum a few hours before their flight, she related how she had awoken suddenly at night feeling a deep queasiness, and had vomited. It had finally hit her – she was leaving the place she had called home for most of her adult life. My parents had made a good life for themselves in the Middle East. Lured by an easy tax-free life, they had arrived there at the height of the oil boom. My Mum embarked on a teaching career that would earn her the respect and adulation of thousands of students. My Dad would arise to the post of Chief of Communicable Diseases in the Public Health Division of the Ministry of Health.  Over the years, they had developed a network of friends, as well as connections in high places. My Mum related how, on the eve of their departure, the sister of the late Emir had called them personally to wish them well. Thanks to my Dad’s prior job as Port Health Officer, my parents would pay economy and often get upgraded to business. “You don’t realize what you have till you are about to lose it,” my Mum said in a moment of post-emetic clarity.But their decision to leave India in the early 1970s had unforeseen consequences for all of us. As a result of that decision, I would be separated from them and head back to India at age 12 to pursue a better education. It was because of that decision that my sister would never ever live in India (she left the Middle East at age 16 for the UK, US and Canada). It was because my Dad lived and worked away from India that he would persuade me to do the same. I left India at age 26 after completing medical school, to complete my Residency and Fellowship in the United States.And now, at almost 60 and almost 70 respectively, my Mum and Dad would return to a City that was not Bombay, but Mumbai, hoping to reconnect with old friends and family. Soon, they would have to travel again to visit their two children in San Francisco and Vancouver.I wonder about the sense of displacement they must feel in the context of my own sense of rootless-ness. I hated Bombay initially, but over the years it would endear itself to me. However, as an Indian Christian minority who grew up in the Middle East, I never really felt like I fit in. After 10 years of living in the U.S., I don’t identify as American either and simultaneously feel distanced from the culture I left behindThe notion of the global nomad is often romanticized, but the reality of a peripatetic existence carries its share of angst along with the enrichment it affords. I wonder what it must be like for my parents to consider setting up roots in a completely alien culture with no social network (my sister and I hope that they will eventually settle in North America). I wonder if things would be different if my parents never left India to begin with. Perhaps my sister and I would not have had the multicultural exposure that has made us into tolerant, world-wise, artsy intellectuals, but would we have a stronger sense of belonging? Would things have been easier for my parents without the need to relocate after their retirement?In June 1971, a skinny newly-wed boarded a plane for the first time along with her physician husband. They would make a short flight across the Arabian Sea to the island State of Bahrain. It was a small step for that couple, but it would forever change history as I know it. Related Itemslast_img read more

IBM Employs More People in India than in the U.S.

first_imgIBM employs about 130,000 people in India, which is about one third of its total workforce, thus proving to be an example of the globalization trend that the Donald Trump administration has come down heavily upon. Since 2007, IBM’s employment in India has nearly doubled. Its American workforce is well under 100,000.“IBM India, in the truest sense, is a microcosm of the IBM company,” Vanitha Narayanan, the chairman of the company’s Indian operations, said in an interview to The New York Times.This has not gone unnoticed by the U.S. president, who singled the company out in a campaign rally at Minnesota, where he accused the firm of laying off 500 Minnesotans and moving their jobs to India and other countries. IBM denied the charge. However, after Trump won the election, IBM’s chief executive Ginni Rometty promised to create 25,000 new American jobs. The company has committed $1 billion to training programs and opening new offices, according to the New York Times.Trump signed an executive order, which puts more restrictions on granting of H-1B visa for tech workers — most of whom are Indians. According to federal data, IBM was the sixth largest recipient of these visas in 2016.The firm’s India division has helped the company operate in a cost effective manner. Indian employees get paid one one-half or one-fifth of their American counterparts, according to data posted by recruitment research firm Glassdoor.IBM opened its first offices in India in Mumbai and Delhi in 1951. The company left the country in 1978 over a tiff with the Indian government about foreign ownership rules. Through a joint venture with Tata in 1993, it reentered India and eventually took full control of the venture. As of today, the company has offices in Bengaluru, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai as well.Indian employees are engaged in IBM’s core business: helping companies like AT&T and Airbus manage the technical sides of their operations, consulting services, write software, monitor cloud-based computer systems for many of the world’s banks, phone companies and governments. Related ItemsDonald Trump IBMGina RomettyH-1B visaIBM employeesIBM IndiaIBM USLittle IndiaVanitha Narayananlast_img read more

Roberts nets brace as Global Cebu earns draw vs Hougang United

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But Global hit back five minutes later with Roberts latching onto a through ball from Paolo Salenga before firing home at Khairulhin Khalid’s near post.Global spurned the last chance of the match when Dennis Villanueva fired off target after a fine ball from Paul Mulders in stoppage time. Team Philippines takes home tale of triumph from Turkmenistan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img But Global conceded five minutes from time as Fabian Kwok beat Patrick Deyto with a well-struck shot from just outside the box, leaving it all to play for heading into the second leg on Saturday at Hougang Stadium.“I’m not happy with the result,” said Global coach Akbar Nawas, who missed injured stars Misagh Bahadoran and Amani Aguinaldo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We had the chances to bring a better lead into the second leg, but we didn’t. We only had 13 players available, but I didn’t want to make excuses.”The S-League side took the lead in the 28th minute when Delwinder Singh headed home a corner at the far post. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Daryl Roberts scored twice as Philippines Football League side Global Cebu earned a 2-2 draw against Hougang United in the first leg of the RHB Singapore Cup semifinals on Wednesday night at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.Looking to become the first Filipino club to reach the finals of the tournament, Global took a 2-1 lead in the 68th minute when Roberts, a former Trinidad and Tobago international, grabbed his second from close range.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Wimbledon: Tomas Berdych beats Lucas Pouille to advance into semi-finals

first_imgCzech 10th seed Tomas Berdych ended Frenchman’s Lucas Pouille’s unexpected love-affair with Wimbledon on Wednesday, grinding out a 7-6(4) 6-3 6-2 win to reach his sixth grand slam semi-final.Carrying more court time than any other quarter-finalist, Berdych started slowly against the 22-year-old Pouille, the 32nd and lowest seed in the draw and a man who had never won a match on grass before this year’s eye-opening run at the All England Club. (Also read: Wimbledon: Roger Federer fights his way to record Wimbledon semis)Seeming out of sorts early on, the Czech broke serve in the third game when Pouille hit a forehand long, but handed the advantage back in the next with a double fault.Berdych, whose slow start suggested he was feeling the effects of close to 11 and a half hours on court in his four previous matches, then threatened to fritter away a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak before a deep approach shot set him up for a clean forehand winner.That was as good as it got for Pouille, who had lost in the first round in seven of his previous nine grand slam appearances, as Berdych cruised through the second and third sets for the loss of only five games.last_img read more

24 days agoEngland FC – Shaping up for Euro 2020

first_imgEngland FC – Shaping up for Euro 2020by Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the love- the following is a sponsored articleEngland has loads of exciting football action coming up with the Euro 2020 qualifiers around the corner!Gareth Southgate is leading the team through an important year of Euro 2020 qualifiers. Thanks to a string of positive results, the nation believes ‘it’s coming home’ once again. The Three Lions enjoyed great success in 2018. They outplayed almost all of their opponents and reached the World Cup semi-finals.England have made it four wins from four in the European Qualifiers so far. But has Gareth Southgate really identified his best team? The answer might be yes following their latest results. But he still needs to solve the selection dilemmas before next summer’s tournament.The coach has labelled England’s free-scoring frontline as one of the most exciting in world football. However, their struggles in defence lately have shown there are still questions to answer elsewhere in the side.Jordan Pickford undoubtedly has the number 1 spot in the team. With a wealth of full-back options, the centre-back remains a headache for the coach. Michael Keane and Harry Maguire were largely untroubled in England’s last game against Bulgaria. But Southgate will be concerned that Kosovo, a team that is not too strong, was able to cause them so many problems at St Mary’s.Kosovo scored the first goal due to Keane’s misplaced pass. As for Maguire, he was guilty for their third goal, kicking Vedat Muriqi in the box after he failed to clear the ball. The return of John Stones might give Southgate some reassurance about the backline.The Three Lions used the same midfield three against both Bulgaria and Kosovo. Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice started both games and proved that they are up for the task. But there are many debates over England’s best midfield.Rice is having a great season so far with West Ham. The player has shown similar promise in many of his early appearances for England. But he tends to lose many balls in build-up play. Southgate does not have many replacements for the holding role either. Harry Winks can possibly count himself unlucky not to have even made it off for the last two games.The passing ability of Harry Winks can give England the kind of control they so often lack against top flight teams. Barkley and Henderson’s places are also the subject of scrutiny, especially with creative players such as James Maddison and Mason Mount.England has an all-star attack! Yes, they really do! They are currently well-stocked in attack with talents, such as Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. In the last two games, England were deadly in the final third. When Jadon Sancho came on to replace Rashford, he scored his first two international goals. Kane and Sterling’s places are surely guaranteed. But Sancho and Rashford have provided serious competition and make it hard for Southgate to make his team selection.Who would make your best England side for the opener at Euro 2020? Until then, why not practice your footballing skills with The site brings to you the likes of Supreme Football, Football Star and Football Scratch to name a few. Ready to kick off for some real entertainment? TagsSponsoredAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Paul Finebaum Reveals How Much Money Nick Saban Really Deserves Per Year

first_imgHead Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama announced both a contract extension and a raise for Nick Saban last week – increasing his salary to $7.5 million this season, with further increases of $400,000  per year until 2025. If Saban were to stick around for the length of the contract, he’d make approximately $75 million.Saban, now the sport’s highest-paid coach, is clearly a rich man. But ESPN’s Paul Finebaum doesn’t think he’s rich enough – at least when it comes to what he generates for the school.Finebaum joined Get Up on Monday morning to talk about the new Saban deal – suggesting that he should be paid way more money than he currently makes.Finebaum says that Saban should be making more like $50 million per year – comparing him to a Fortune 500 CEO. Brad Crawford of 247 Sports transcribed Finebaum’s bit on the network:“I think it’s outrageous he’s making only $75 million,” Finebaum said during Monday’s appearance on Get Up!, ESPN’s new morning show. “Nick Saban is worth more than that. What he has done at the University of Alabama in transforming a once great program that was dormant when he took over to the singular best program in the country … If you put Nick Saban down the street on Wall Street and he was leading a Fortune 500 company with the same success on the New York Stock Exchange, he would be making over $50 million a year.“Look around at what corporate executives are making. He’s better than those people and there are no scandals associated with him. I don’t think it’s outrageous at all to say he should be making more than $50 million a year. Would that set a bad example in college athletics? What difference does it make. He’s worth more than that.”Finebaum is going a little overboard, but his point is well taken. Alabama’s football program posted a profit of $45.96 million last year – but the athletic department’s overall profit was just $15.7 million.So yes, Saban could be paid a lot more, but $50 million is a stretch.Regardless, Saban doesn’t appear to be letting up any time soon. Alabama won last year’s national title in dramatic fashion over Georgia and they’re a lock to be the No. 1 ranked team in the country heading into this coming season.last_img read more

JioFiber plans launched officially, basic Bronze plan starts at Rs 699 per month: Check details of all six plans

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 6, 2019 11:01 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe basic JioFiber plan starts from Rs 699 per month and offer 100Mbps speed.Jio will offer the Set Top Box and the Home gateway device for free with the subscription.JioFiber annual plans start from Rs 8,499 for a three months.After waiting for nearly a month, Jio has finally revealed the plans for its JioFiber broadband service. There are a total of six monthly plans offering different levels of data and network speeds. And as promised, the JioFiber plans will start from Rs 699 per month and go all the way up to Rs 8,499 per month. Not all of the multimedia services will be available at launch but they will come out eventually.JioFiber has primarily two kind of plans – annual and monthly. There are a total of six monthly JioFiber plans and three annual plans. The prices of the annual plans have also been revealed and Jio says that customers can avail special EMI offers with select banks to enjoy its services. Jio is also giving the Set Top Box and the router as complimentary with all the JioFiber plans.Here’s a brief explanation of all the plans in detail.JioFiber monthly prepaid plans:Bronze plan for Rs 699:The first JioFiber monthly plan will cost Rs 699 month and in terms of benefits, it will offer a total of 100GB data with an option for 50GB extension in the form of vouchers. The Rs 699 plan will offer network speeds of 100Mbps as standard. After the data limit is exhausted, the speed will be reduced to 1Mbps. Subscribers will also get free voice calls along with free TV video calling, zero-latency gaming subscription, home networking to share content at home as well as outside – all for free. This plan will also offer Norton Device Security for up to five devices.advertisementUnder the JioFiber Welcome Offer, subscribers will get three months of JioSaavn and JioCinema premium subscription for free.Silver plan for Rs 849:The Silver plan will cost Rs 849 per month and it will also offer network speeds of 100Mbps as standard. However, subscribers will get up to 200GB data per month and will be able to expand up to additional 200GB via coupons. Rest of the benefits remains same such as voice calling, video calling, gaming, home networking and device security with five members.Under the JioFiber Welcome Offer, subscribers will get three months of free access to all the OTT apps available on Jio Set Top Box.Gold plan for Rs 1,299 per month:With the Gold plan, you will get network speeds of up to 250Mbps as standard. Subscribers will enjoy 500GB data per month and will be able to get an additional 250GB data. Rest of the benefits remains same such as voice calling, video calling, gaming, home networking and device security with five members.However, with this plan under the JioFiber Welcome Offer, you will get free annual subscription to all the OTT apps.Diamond Plan for Rs 2,499 per monthThe Diamond plan will bump up the speeds to 500Mbps for the validity duration and subscribers will get 1250GB data with an additional 250GB data in the form of coupons. Rest of the benefits remains same such as voice calling, video calling, gaming, home networking and device security with five members. However, subscribers will also get platform access to the VR experience and premium content (First Day-First Show movies, special sports content pack).Under the JioFiber Welcome Offer, you will get free annual subscription to all the OTT apps.Platinum Plan for Rs 3,999 per monthWith this plan, subscribers will get speeds of up to 1Gbps and unlimited data quota of 2500GB. After this, the speeds will drop to 1Mbps. Rest of the benefits remains same such as voice calling, video calling, gaming, home networking and device security with five members. However, subscribers will also get platform access to the VR experience and premium content (First Day-First Show movies, special sports content pack).Under the JioFiber Welcome Offer, you will get free annual subscription to all the OTT apps.Titanium Plan for Rs 8,499 per monthThe Titanium plan will cost Rs 8,499 pe rmonth and it will offer 1Gbps network speed. However, the subscriber will get up to 5000GB data quota in a month. Rest of the benefits remains same such as voice calling, video calling, gaming, home networking and device security with five members. However, subscribers will also get platform access to the VR experience and premium content (First Day-First Show movies, special sports content pack).Under the JioFiber Welcome Offer, you will get free annual subscription to all the OTT apps.JioFiber Forever annual plans:Bronze plan for Rs 8,388 Bronze plan for Rs 8,388 Under the Bronze plan, there are three variations available. For 12 months, you will get a total of 1200GB (2400GB data with Welcome offer) and save Rs 1,398. For the six months plan, you will get a total of 900GB data and save Rs 699. For the three months plan, you will get 375GB data.advertisementThis plan will offer speeds of up to 100Mbps. With this plan, subscribers will get a Jio Home gateway and the 4K Set Top Box as complimentary. Under the Welcome Offer, subscribers will get a Muse 2 6W Bluetooth speaker worth Rs 2,999 for free.Silver plan for Rs 10,188 Under the Silver plan, there are three variations available. For 12 months, you will get a total of 2,400GB (4800GB with Welcome Offer) data and save Rs 1,698. For the six months plan, you will get a total of 1,800GB data and save Rs 849. For the three months plan, you will get 750GB data.This plan will offer speeds of up to 100Mbps. With this plan, subscribers will get a Jio Home gateway and the 4K Set Top Box as complimentary. Under the Welcome Offer, subscribers will get a Thump 2 12W Bluetooth speaker worth Rs 3,999 for free.Gold plan for Rs 31,176 Under the Gold plan, there are three variations available. For 12 months, you will get a total of 12,000GB data and save Rs 2,598. For the six months plan, you will get a total of 4,500GB data and save Rs 1,299. For the three months plan, you will get 1,875GB data.This plan will offer speeds of up to 250Mbps. With this plan, subscribers will get a Jio Home gateway and the 4K Set Top Box as complimentary. Under the Welcome Offer, subscribers will get a 24-inch HD Tv worth Rs 12,990 if they opt for the 2-year plan.Diamond plan for Rs 29,988Under the Diamond plan, there are three variations available. For 12 months, you will get a total of 15,000GB data (30,000GB with Welcome Offer) and save Rs 2,598. For the six months plan, you will get a total of 11,250GB data and save Rs 1,299. For the three months plan, you will get 4,687GB data.This plan will offer speeds of up to 500Mbps. With this plan, subscribers will get a Jio Home gateway and the 4K Set Top Box as complimentary. Under the Welcome Offer, subscribers will get a 24-inch HD Tv worth Rs 12,990.Platinum plan for Rs 47,988Under the Diamond plan, there are three variations available. For 12 months, you will get a total of 30,000GB data (60,000GB with Welcome Offer) and save Rs 7,998. For the six months plan, you will get a total of 22,500GB data and save Rs 3,999. For the three months plan, you will get 9,375GB data.This plan will offer speeds of up to 1Gbps. With this plan, subscribers will get a Jio Home gateway and the 4K Set Top Box as complimentary. Under the Welcome Offer, subscribers will get a 32-inch HD TV worth Rs 22,990.Titanium plan for Rs 101,988Under the Titanium plan, there are three variations available. For 12 months, you will get a total of 60,000GB data (120,000GB with Welcome Offer) and save Rs 16,998. For the six months plan, you will get a total of 45,000GB data and save Rs 8,499. For the three months plan, you will get 18,750GB data.advertisementThis plan will offer speeds of up to 1Gbps. With this plan, subscribers will get a Jio Home gateway and the 4K Set Top Box as complimentary. Under the Welcome Offer, subscribers will get a 43-inch 4K Tv worth Rs 44,990.What will you get with every JioFiber subscriptionWith every JioFiber monthly or annual subscription plan, this is what you will get as complimentary initially.–Jio Home Gateway (router) worth Rs 5,000 for free–Jio 4K Set Top Box worth Rs 6,400What you will have to buy separatelyYou will need to buy the additional accessories if you want to;–Gaming–Device Security–Home Networking–VR Experience–Video content services–TV Video callingWhat will be installation chargesIf you are getting a JioFiber subscription now, you will have to pay:–Security deposit of Rs 1,500– Non-refundable installation charge of Rs 1,000.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow Jio JioFiber plans launched officially, basic Bronze plan starts at Rs 699 per month: Check details of all six plansJio has released the prices of the plans officially. JioFiber monthly plans will start from Rs 699 and offer the Jio Home Gateway as well as the Jio 4K set Top Box for free.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Emmanuel Macron Receives Nawal El Moutawakel in the Elysée

Rabat – French President, Emmanuel Macron, received the Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee, Nawal El Moutawakel, and other members of IOC Evaluation Commission, to boost France’s chances to host the 2024 Olympic Games. The newly elected President of France, Emmanuel Macron, continued pushing for France’s candidacy to host the 2024 Olympics, after he expressed full support for the candidacy while acting as Minister of Economy.To that end, the newly inaugurated president received members of the IOC Evaluation Commission, which included former Moroccan Athlete, Nawal El Moutawakel, who serves as Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee. “The marriage between Paris and the Games is absolutely obvious,” said Patrick Baumann, President of the committee, in a press conference following the meeting with Macron. Baumann added that members of the IOC were satisfied with Paris’ project to host the Olympics.After London beat out Paris for the 2012 games, France now seems capable of winning a chance at hosting the event. The involvement of the political landscape, especially at the top hierarchy level, may turn out to be very rewarding.Regarding this point, Co-President of Paris 2024 said “We are working on unity and having the President of the Republic proves that this unity is not just a word, it is a reality that is expressed up to the highest level of the State.” read more

Polisario Condemns Opening of McDonalds in Laayoune

Rabat – The Polisario Front doesn’t seem to be enthusiastic about the opening of a new McDonald’s restaurant in Laayoune. The font appealed to the “separatists of the interior” to boycott the products of McDonald’s, as it threatens their political agenda.Polisario announced that McDonalds restaurant should be boycotted since “it serves non-halal meat to Muslim customers,” reported news website They have also laid out a health sheet  arguing that overconsumption of fast food products has negative impact of on healthHowever, behind these arguments, Polisario believes that the opening of this new restaurant as a threat to its separatist agenda, as other foreign investors could follow the trend. This would put Polisario’s separatist vision at risk, as the countries of these investors could recognize Moroccan territorial sovereignty in the Sahara.A separatist NGO based in Laayoune had sent a letter last year to the American chain to cancel the launch of this new restaurant in Laayoune, which was rejected by the company.McDonald’s has rejected speculation on any political dimension that could be inferred from the inauguration of its restaurant in the southern provinces of Morocco, said Spanish news agency EFE, adding that the opening of this new restaurant is a purely commercial decision for the brand.The project formed a part of the initiative to mobilize investment and create employment opportunities in the southern provinces, according to the General Confederation for Moroccan Enterprises.The franchise was one of the projects announced at the Investment Forum organized in Laayoune in 2015 by the CGEM.The American fast-food chain’s new location in Laayoune will provide more than 200 job opportunities for the benefit of the city’s youths.The restaurant occupies an area of 1.137 square meters. It includes a birthday room, a gym, and a free parking lot. read more

Bali to host UN meeting on stamping out corruption

The five-day meeting of the Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption will be opened on 28 January by the country’s President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which is the custodian of the Convention, noted that “since corruption hurts us all, we have a shared responsibility to stop it.”Antonio Maria Costa added that the Bali meeting “provides a chance to replace a culture of corruption with an environment of integrity.” The first and only legally binding anti-corruption treaty, the Convention came into force on 14 December 2005, and thus far has been signed by 140 States and ratified by 107.Among other things, it requires States to prevent corruption, make it a criminal offence, cooperate in stamping it out and return stolen assets.A key item on the meeting’s agenda will be to create a means to review the treaty’s implementation.“The UN anti-corruption Convention provides benchmarks to plug holes in domestic legislation and strengthen national capacity to fight corruption,” Mr. Costa said. “An effective review mechanism will ensure that this powerful piece of international law lives up to its potential.” 16 January 2008Over 1,000 people from more than 100 nations – including Government officials, business leaders, law enforcement personnel, journalists, entertainers and civil society representatives – will convene in Bali, Indonesia, later this month for a United Nations conference on curbing corruption. read more

Hailing aid effort in Malawi UN envoy calls for further international support

“I’ve been greatly heartened by the clear commitment and relentless efforts of relief workers and Malawian communities to meet the tremendous challenges they face,” the Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the humanitarian crisis in southern Africa, James Morris, said in Malawi, where he is continuing his two-week tour of the six most-affected countries. “But while major steps have already been made, the magnitude of this crisis demands an even greater response over the coming months.”The number of people at risk of famine in Malawi soared this month to 2.1 million from 500,000, while resources pledged so far stand at just 57 per cent of the $144 million needed for food and other supplies. The number of people in need will jump again to 3.2 people million in December, when the crisis is expected to peak.As part of its assistance to the country, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is participating in a newly approved special operation to repair the Nacala railway line, the only direct rail link between Mozambique and land-locked Malawi.Built in 1970, sections of the track have fallen into major disrepair, which worsens during the rainy season, forcing the trains to move at a 10-kilometre-per-hour crawl and creating a two-month backlog in freight, according to WFP. Urgent repairs are needed along a 77-kilometre stretch of the rail line, close to the border with Malawi.The Canadian Government has already pledged over $250,000 and there are promising signs that the United Kingdom will come forward soon with a significant contribution, the agency said.Eight locomotives will also be leased in order to improve the capacity of the railway. The Governments of Malawi and Mozambique have agreed to contribute to the maintenance of the track and the locomotives. read more

Mens Hockey No 7 Ohio State sweeps Colgate on the road

Ohio State then-sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski (9) scores a goal in front of the net against Wisconsin senior goalie Kyle Hayton (33) in the third period on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won the game 6-2. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Lantern ReporterWith strong goaltending and good production on offense, the No. 7 Ohio State men’s hockey team took both games against Colgate for its second sweep of the season.Ohio State (6-3-1, 1-1 B1G) shutout the Colgate Raiders (2-6-1, 0-1-1 ECAC) in its game Friday night 3-0, keeping the scoreless streak going Saturday with a 1-0 win.Game 1After missing both games against Notre Dame, junior forward Tanner Laczynski returned to the lineup for the Buckeyes against Colgate on the third line and scored two goals to help lead Ohio State to victory.The Buckeyes survived an early Colgate power play before junior forward Ronnie Hein scored the team’s first goal. He was assisted by freshman forward Gustaf Westlund, his fourth assist of the season. In the second period, Ohio State failed to convert on both of its power play opportunities. Overall, Ohio State was 0-4 with the man advantage and Colgate didn’t score on its only power play of the night. Laczynski scored the next goal for Ohio State, his third of the season, with less than 20 seconds remaining in the second period.The third period was scoreless until Laczynski added the third Ohio State goal,his fourth of the season, in the empty net with less than 20 seconds remaining in the game.Redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo stopped every one of the 19 shots sent his way in his second straight shutout, the fourth of his career. Romeo hasn’t allowed a goal in his last two games where he has faced 42 combined shots. The Buckeyes outshot Colgate 44-19, their most shots on goal this season.Game 2Ohio State’s offense was balanced in its win against Colgate on Friday, scoring once in each period. While the Buckeyes weren’t scoring as often Saturday night, a late goal still allowed Ohio State to come away with the series sweep.The nets were untouched through the first two periods of the game, with Ohio State outshooting Colgate 23-18 through the first 40 minutes. In the third period, however, the Buckeyes ramped up their shooting as time ticked away, outshooting the Raiders 13-6 in the final period and 36-24 overall.Senior forward Dakota Joshua scored the only goal of the game with less than 10 minutes remaining in the third period and was assisted by senior forwards John Wiitala and Brendon Kearney. The power play was a struggle for both teams on Saturday, as neither team could convert on any of the four power play attempts they were given. Though Ohio State has struggled offensively on the power play, the penalty kill has slowly improved. The Buckeyes are now killing 80 percent of the penalties they are facing, only allowing eight all season, and they haven’t given one up since their 2-2 tie at Bowling Green in October.Sophomore goaltender Tommy Nappier provided the second shutout of the series and his second of the season, saving all 24 shots he faced.This is the first series that Ohio State has shutout its opponent in both games since they played UAH in Nov. 2011.No. 7 Ohio State will return to Columbus next weekend to take on the No. 20 Wisconsin Badgers. read more

Joan Burton In everybodys interest that we get a public sector pay

first_imgSOCIAL PROTECTION MINISTER Joan Burton has said that it is in everybody in the country’s interest that the government and public sector unions agree a deal on pay and conditions.She was speaking ahead of tomorrow’s deadline for the chairman of the Labour Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey, to report to government on whether or not it will be possible to reach a deal that saves €300 million in the public sector pay bill this year.Burton told RTÉ’s The Week in Politics this afternoon: “I think it’s in everybody’s interest in the country that we get a deal.”She said that it was important that government was conscious about “protecting the maximum number of jobs” within the context of exiting the Troika bailout later this year and said she remains “hopeful” that a deal will be reached.Unions have been at odds with government over reforms to public sector pay which are aimed at saving €1 billion over the next three years having voted against proposals to cut premium pay, extend working hours, and cut pay for higher earners.Some trade unions have already begun balloting for industrial action with the government indicating that if it cannot reach a deal with workers it will legislate for pay cuts.Earlier this week, Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin told that sector-specific deals were a possibility as an alternative to an overarching agreement as had originally been proposed and voted down by unions.Burton insisted this afternoon that the government proposals had been made in a “balanced way” and that Howlin had sought to confine reductions in pay to those earning over €65,000.“We want to maintain employment and we want to do that in the best way possible,” she said.Asked about the prospect of a deal being reached she added: “What I am is hopeful, because I think it’s in the best interests of the country as a whole [that a deal is reached].”Speaking on the same programme, the Sinn Féin TD Peadar Toibin said the “workers had nothing left to give” while the Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness said the whole process of social partnership isn’t working.“The civil service looks in the mirror and negotiates with itself, it’s wrong,” he said.Watch: Sector-specific talks on table as Howlin prepares for defeat on pay dealRead: New deadline to reach deal on public sector pay cutslast_img read more

Xbox Exclusive Scalebound Officially Cancelled by Microsoft

first_img 2017 is barely two weeks old, but we have our first tragic celebrity death of the year… sort of.Microsoft has announced that it has canceled Scalebound. Rumors about Scalebound’s cancellation began making the rounds early last week among some independent gaming sites and YouTube channels. Earlier today, reputable sources such as Kotaku, Eurogamer, and IGN began to report on this rumors, thus giving it an air of legitimacy. It wasn’t long before Microsoft made the news official.“After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound,” read a press statement from the Redmond-based tech giant.Announced during E3 2014, Scalebound was being developed by Hideki Kamiya and Platinum Games as an Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive title. It was set to be an ambitious action RPG where players could control both a human protagonist and his giant, fire-breathing dragon companion. Given its pedigree, Scalebound made it to the top of many site’s “most anticipated” games lists (including ours… twice!).According to Eurogamer, relations between Platinum Games and Microsoft “dramatically soured” since Scalebound was last seen during Gamescom 2016. Last Fall, senior members of the development staff were forced to take a month off from working on the title to get them “away from the pressure of the project’s heavy workload.” After the devs had returned, Scalebound was behind schedule, and there were problems with the game’s engine. Because of these factors as well as overdue deadlines, the decision was made to pull the plug on the whole thing.Though Scalebound has been canceled, fans of Xbox still have a number of exclusive games to look forward to in 2017. In today’s press release, Microsoft stated that it is “working hard to deliver an amazing lineup of games to our fans this year, including Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves” and other great experiences.”It is unclear whether or not Platinum Games can or will resume work on Scalebound on another platform in the future. But for now, the game is, for all intents and purposes, dead. As dead as that Halo Mega Bloks game. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHands-On: ‘Sparklite’ Is a Fun Zelda-Inspired Roguelike Stay on targetlast_img read more

Vancouver man arrested on drug weapons allegations

first_imgA Vancouver man allegedly in possession of 23 ounces of marijuana and four weapons, two of which were allegedly stolen, was pulled over and arrested Sunday near Cottage Grove, Ore.Michael N. Brachais, 34, was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 when he was pulled over by an Oregon State Police trooper for an unspecified traffic violation.Lieutenant Rob Edwards discovered 14 glass jars filled with marijuana concealed inside a duffel bag in the 2000 Plymouth van. Also in the duffel bag were two pistols, including one police allege was stolen.Under the bag, rolled inside a blanket, Edwards found a 12-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle. The rifle had also been reported stolen.Brachais was arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree theft, four counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession, unlawful distribution and unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance — marijuana.He was being held without bail Monday in the Lane County Jail.last_img read more

Seattles KPLU meets 7M fundraising goal avoiding sale

first_imgImage courtesy of KPLU.A public radio station based in Seattle and serving the Puget Sound Region announced Thursday it has raised enough money to stay on air.Download AudioIn November, Pacific Lutheran University announced it would sell the licence for KPLU 88.5 FM to another public radio station in the area owned by the University of Washington. But as the station’s General Manager Joey Cohn told listeners, donations from 24,103 individuals and businesses raised enough money to buy the licence instead.“I am very excited to announce today that we reached our goal of $7 million dollars,” Cohn said to raucous applause.Supporters formed the Friends of 88.5 FM group which is negotiating the terms of the sale. A final purchase still has to be worked out with PLU and receive FCC approval. Cohn estimates it will be September or October before KPLU becomes its own independent, community licensed radio station.Several KPLU staff are former members of the Alaska Public Radio Network–reporters Gabriel Spitzer and Ashley Gross, as well as producer Ariel Van Cleave and afternoon host Ed Ronco.last_img read more

Anchorage earthquake put new mapping tool to the test

first_imgA new USGS tool modeled potential liquefaction sites after the Nov. 30 Anchorage earthquake (Courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey).The 7.0 Anchorage earthquake last month caused several landslides and other dramatic ground movements. It was one of the first big tests of a new computer model aimed at quickly estimating how significant those ground failures will be following an earthquake.The model is from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). After a big earthquake, it generates a map almost instantly indicating where major landslides and ground sinking or shifting are likely to take place. It also estimates how many people may be affected.Kate Allstadt is a researcher with USGS in Colorado and helped develop the model. She says it’s intended to help first responders understand where the hardest hit areas may be in the minutes and hours after an earthquake.“It can help decision makers figure out what areas should be a priority,” she said. “[And] if roads are blocked, which is often something that happens by landslides triggered by earthquakes, what areas might be cut off.”Researchers have been testing the model for a few years and the public version was released in August. Allstadt says the Nov. 30 earthquake was the first chance for scientists to see for themselves on the ground how well the maps worked after a major event.For the Anchorage earthquake, the model estimated significant landslides and other ground failures would affect about 4,400 people.Allstadt was in Anchorage for a week of field research in early December to see if the model got it right.“A lot of the work we did when we were in the field is taking the maps produced by these models and going to the places where they predicted higher probability of landslides and liquefaction and seeing what actually happened,” she said.Allstadt says overall, the maps were pretty accurate. But she says they tended to overestimate where soil sinking and liquefaction might occur. And, she says, the maps are missing some important details: while they may accurately predict a large landslide that blocks a major road, they could miss a smaller slide that impacts just one house.“Something that we’ve already been planning to do is to go to higher resolution to capture the areas that are maybe not going to produce dramatic rock avalanches, but they can be really impactful, because they’re often closer to where people live,” she said.The model generates ground failure maps for any earthquake greater than magnitude 5.0 in the U.S and 6.0 around the world.last_img read more

Is Sara Ali Khan uncomfortable in presence of exboyfriend Veer Pahariya

first_imgSara Ali Khan, Veer PahariyaTwitterSara Ali Khan reportedly faced an awkward situation recently when she came across her ex-boyfriend Veer Pahariya.According to SpotboyE, Sara and Veer, who is grandson of former union minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, found each other under the same roof on Thursday during a special screening of Student of the Year 2.The two former lovers were invited by Ananya Panday. The entertainment portal stated that Veer saw Sara while searching for his seat, and the actress too noticed him. But the two completely ignored each other.The report further added that while Veer was having a good time with the star kids after the show, Sara chose to make a quick exit as soon as the movie ended. Looks like the young former couple does not intend to be friends even now.Sara and Veer were in news a few years ago when their cozy pictures had gone viral on social media. Although their relationship did not last long, the star kid had later confirmed that she had dated Veer.”He is (Veer) the only one I have dated. I have had no other boyfriends in my life,” she had said in an interview.On the work front, after two back to back successful films – Kedarnath and Simmba, Sara has been shooting with Kartik Aaryan for Love Aaj Kal 2. While she will soon be seen romancing the young actor, rumours were rife of Sara dating Kartik.Although Sara and Kartik have often been spotted together, there has not been any confirmation on their dating rumours.last_img read more