New Delhi, May 11 (PTI) The Special Protection Group (SPG) guarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi should show courtesy to Members of Parliament, Congress members demanded in Rajya Sabha today.Raising the issue T Subbarami Reddy (Cong) said he has given a breach of privilege notice under rule 188 against the SPG for being “rude” and “discourteous” to MPs.At a recent function of Modi at Vishakapatnam, “they were rude to me,” he said. “We dont question their duty but… they should show courtesy to MPs.””How can they be rude to MPs,” he asked.Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said the Chairman will examine the notice Reddy has given.Anand Sharma (Cong) said when a member was narrating from personal experience, the issue should not get restricted to notices.”How can MPs be ill-treated… it is most unfortunate,” he said.Kurien said Reddy himself has said he has given a notice which will now have to be decided by the Chairman.Subramanian Swamy (BJP) said the scope of the notice should also include the SPG guarding Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi.This led to a brief retort from Congress members but order was restored soon after and the House continued with its business. PTI ANZ DV
New Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI) In a significant but surprise move, India today named senior goalkeeper PR Sreejesh as the captain of the national team for the Rio Olympics, removing long-standing skipper Sardar Singh. Sreejesh, one of the finest custodians in world hockey at the moment, was rewarded after the team, under his leadership, ended up with a silver medal at the Champions Trophy in London, their best-ever result in the 38-year-history of the blue riband six-nation tournament. The team played a brilliant final where they held eventual champions Australia to a goalless draw in the regulation time before losing in a controversial shoot-out. Playmaker SV Sunil, who is also a key component in the team, has been named vice-captain. He was Sreejeshs deputy in the Champions Trophy. While there were rumours that Sardars axing was a result of his dip in form in recent times, Indian hockey teams chief coach and High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans said the move to relieve the ace midfielder from captaincy was purely taken to free him from excess responsibilities. “The philosophy behind changing the captain is that we felt people need to take more responsibilities on the pitch and off the pitch. Sardar was taking too much responsibilities because of which he was not performing at the level that is expected of him,” Oltmans told reporters during a gliterring fucntion organised by Hockey India to announce the mens and womens teams for the Rio Games. “By changing the captain I belive Sardar will play a much better Olympic Games. Sardar took the decision (of him being removed from captaincy) very sportingly. He understands whats required from him.” Off the field too, Sardar had been going through tough times following allegations of rape after promising marriage were levelled against him by a British national. Asked if Sardars off-field controversy bogged him down, the Dutchman reacted in affirmative. “Of course those things did affect him,” he said, pertaining to the legal tangle that the former skipper finds himself pertaining to the rape allegation. “For me, it is important that we perform as a team. We tried this combination of players in Champions Trophy and it worked for us. This is the time to fine tune our processes and I have complete faith in our processes. I believe in this group of players,” Oltmans said. Oltmans also said that he believes in shared leadership. “I need shared leadership. I need players who take responsibility on and off the field and thats the reason I felt we need to change the captain. We changed the captain in the Champions Trophy and thats worked out really well.” “I believe at this moment this is the best solution for Sardar and the team. For me there is only one thing and thats the team and individuals are part of the team.” PTI SSC AH AHadvertisement
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A teammate asked Giannis Antetokounmpo how he felt after a game in which the Milwaukee Bucks star secured his 18th double-double of the season.“Good rest,” said Antetokounmpo, shrugging his shoulders as he reached his locker.Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 10 rebounds before getting a well-earned break in the fourth quarter, and the Bucks pulled away for a 122-101 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.Antetokounmpo had his way around the rim with his usual array of dunks and layups, shooting 12 of 18. He clinched his double-double with 1:01 left in the third quarter, passing an offensive rebound to Thon Maker in the corner.Maker hit an open 3-pointer to extend what had been a 10-point halftime lead to a 93-74 edge. It was one of the Bucks’ five 3s in the third to put the game out of reach.Full Highlights from The Greek Freak’s dominant performance last night:31 PTS | 10 REB | 5 AST | 2 BLK | 1 STL pic.twitter.com/QLr60Fp9HK— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 4, 2018“We are still giving up big quarters, to start the first, to start the third,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “Defensively we are in a hole, and offensively we are turning the ball over.”This was just the kind of breather the Bucks needed after losing in overtime at Toronto on New Year’s Day, with the dangerous Raptors visiting Milwaukee on Friday. Coach Jason Kidd liked the ball movement after his team had 33 assists, especially in the third quarter.Khris Middleton added 27 points, while Malcolm Brogdon added 17 off the bench for the Bucks.“We put a huge emphasis on coming out in the third quarter … and really trying to close it out early,” Brogdon said.The lead was so safe that Kidd rested Antetokounmpo for the entire fourth quarter. The 6-foot-11 star played just 29 minutes, nine fewer than his season average.Middleton, who averages 37 minutes a night, was also limited to 29 on Wednesday.“We’d all like to have a game like this when you can keep them under 30 minutes,” Kidd said.Minus leading scorer Victor Oladipo (24.9 points per game) for a fourth straight game because of a knee injury, the Pacers couldn’t keep up with Antetokounmpo’s athleticism on both ends of the floor .Domantas Sabonis had a career-high 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting for Indiana, which lost its season-high fifth straight. Darren Collison added 17 points.The Pacers shot just 20 percent (3 of 15) from 3-point range.“We are in a tough stretch now. We just got to figure it out together as a team somehow, continue to get better,” Sabonis said.Antetokounmpo had 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the first half to help the Bucks build a 62-52 halftime lead.TIP-INSPacers: The Bucks shot 58 percent overall, the fourth time in five games that Indiana allowed an opponent to make at least half its shots. … Officials whistled coach Nate McMillan for a technical with 4:57 left in the third quarter following a contested dunk by Antetokounmpo. … Sabonis led the team in the first half with 14 points after hitting 6 of 8 shots.Bucks: Alley-oop buckets were a staple of the offense early with Antetokounmpo and Bledsoe each connecting on crowd-pleasing dunks in a first quarter that ended with Milwaukee leading 34-26. The Bucks held a 16-10 edge on points in the paint after the first, before the Pacers tried to get more protective around the rim. Antetokounmpo still held a high-flying advantage because of his quickness and length.QUOTABLE“We can’t worry about that. Injuries are a part of it. We definitely miss players when they are out, but we are without Vic and we have to get it done.” — McMillan on the adjustment to playing without Oladipo.DELLY DISHESBucks guard Matthew Dellavedova had eight points and nine assists in just 17 minutes. He had his third straight game with at least nine assists, all coming off the bench.“When he’s on the floor, I think all four guys believe they have a chance to score, and that helps,” Kidd said.UP NEXTPacers: Open a four-game homestand on Saturday by hosting the Chicago Bulls.Bucks: Host the Toronto Raptors on Friday, four days after a losing in overtime at the Air Canada Centre.—GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Vijay Shankar received his maiden one-day international cap from the Indian cricket team early on Friday as he makes his ODI debut in the third and final match against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Shankar has become the 226th ODI player for India after replacing Mohammed Siraj in the playing XI.Shankar was called in to the team after the suspension of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul due to their Koffee with Karan controversy. Shankar filled in the all-rounder’s spot in the squad which was left vacant after Pandya had to return home along with Rahul following their sexist remarks on Karan Johar’s show earlier this month.Hardik’s moment of madness and irresponsible behaviour has given Shankar a big opportunity to cement his place in the ODI team even after his struggles in the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka last year.Vijay Shanker is all set to make his debut for #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/ErqruCeXBsBCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2019He played five Twenty20 Internationals during the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In the five matches, he took three wickets at an average of 51.INDIA VS AUSTRALIA 3RD ODI LIVE CRICKET SCOREWith the bat, Shankar played just one innings and that too in the final where he struggled to score runs quickly and almost took India out of the run chase of with his 19-ball 17.Chasing 167 in the title clash of the T20I tri series in Colombo, India had suffered a couple of early setbacks but stayed on course thanks to an aggressive 56 from Rohit Sharma.advertisementBut the chase got tricky again after Rohit’s departure and the team management decided to send Vijay up the order at No.6, ahead of the more experienced Dinesh Karthik.Batting for the first time in an international match, Vijay was all at sea and failed to score a single run against Mustafizur Rahman in the crucial 18th over – he ran a leg bye off the fifth ball and Manish Pandey was out slogging off the final delivery.However, Dinesh Karthik came in and smashed 22 runs off the 19th over from Rubel Hossain and India were left with 12 off the final over.Vijay was in the spotlight once again – the first ball was a wide down leg side but he failed to connect the first legitimate delivery of the 20th over. He then ran a single but found himself on strike again for the fourth ball which he placed for a boundary. However, he was dismissed in the penultimate ball, leaving Karthik to get five off the final delivery.Karthik of course smashed it for a six to seal a famous Indian win but Vijay was still shaken up even as the entire team celebrated.”When everyone was rejoicing after the final, I was feeling very disheartened at how things panned out. It was an opportunity given to me to become a hero. I should have finished the match.”It was an off-day for me but I am finding it difficult to forget. I know I need to move on. I had a good tournament until that final day,” Shankar had said after the game.But life has given him another shot at redemption all thanks to Hardik and Rahul’s brain fade moment on a TV show.What has helped Shankar to make a comeback in the side is his form in domestic cricket. In his last 10 matches — domestic cricket and India A – Shankar has taken only four wickets but scored 539 runs with the bat.The 27-year-old Tamil Nadu cricketer bats right-handed and is a medium fast bowler, who proved his prowess with the bat, finishing on top of the batting charts during the one-day series with India A in New Zealand.Shankar, after getting the opportunity to be with the team, said he just wanted to play freely and not think about selection in the upcoming ICC World Cup.”I am not thinking about World Cup and all those things. You can’t play freely if you start thinking like that. I will have to be prepared and if an opportunity comes along the way, I will have to grab it,” Shankar told PTI.”I think I have become mentally stronger now and I have full confidence that I can finish close matches. The India A tour of New Zealand has helped me understand my game much better,” Shankar said.
Transfers Klopp is in denial! Liverpool were crazy not signing a centre-half this summer Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 2 years ago 13:00 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Getty Transfers Liverpool Leicester City v Liverpool Leicester City Premier League Jürgen Klopp Opinion The German coach’s claim that he could not find a better centre-half than the ones he has at his disposal beggars belief After Belgium’s group-stage elimination at Euro 2000, coach Robert Waseige dead-panned, “We have to improve in two key areas: defence and attack.”Jurgen Klopp is presently in possession of an equally flawed side – Liverpool are as profligate as they are permeable – yet nobody is amused. Except for the Reds’ rivals.Reds v Foxes O2.5 goals by HT 9/2 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Indeed, when asked last week about the Anfield outfit’s chances of winning either the Premier League or the Champions League this season, former Manchester United captain Roy Keane scoffed: “Forget about it! Real Madrid and all the big boys in Europe, they’ll be laughing at Liverpool.”Certainly, the Reds’ rear-guard is risible.Since destroying arguably the worst Arsenal side Anfield has ever seen at the end of August, Liverpool have played four games in all competitions and failed to win one, conceding 10 times in the process.Their 5-0 loss at Manchester City was undoubtedly conditioned by the dismissal of Sadio Mane, at a time when they were still only a goal down and playing well, while they dominated for long periods against Sevilla (2-2), Burnley (1-1) and Leicester (0-2).However, the draw with Sevilla summarised Liverpool’s season so far – and the side they have become under Klopp (and nobody could argue after two years that this is not his side now).Liverpool bossed their Champions League opener almost from start to finish, played scintillating attacking football – particularly during the first half – but missed a penalty and conceded two dreadful goals.Captain Jordan Henderson lamented afterwards: “We had plenty more chances to score so we need to be more ruthless and go three or four goals up.” It was an unintentional but nonetheless damning indictment of his team.As we also saw on the opening day of the season at Watford, if Liverpool don’t score at least four times, there’s no guarantee they’ll win the game, because this is a side that concedes, on average, at least once per game.Since Klopp took charge of Liverpool in October 2015 they have played 71 games and shipped 91 goals, more than all of their top-six rivals: Arsenal (81), Manchester City (75), Chelsea (74), Manchester United (58) and Tottenham (57).Of course, it is perhaps unfair to judge Klopp on his first, truncated campaign, given he inherited a malfunctioning side from predecessor Brendan Rodgers, and it is worth acknowledging that Liverpool had the fifth best defence in the Premier League last season.However, the 2016-17 campaign also underlined that the Reds are being handicapped by their brittle back four.Klopp believes that attack is the best form of defence and his industrious, pacey forwards occupy opposition backlines for their majority of their matches. Indeed, Liverpool faced fewer shots than every other side in the top flight last season bar Manchester City – yet still conceded 42 times.When shorn of their best attacking outlets through injury – Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and, in particular, Sadio Mane – Liverpool go from title challengers to top-four hopefuls because, essentially, what little defending the Reds have to do, they do terribly.Why? Because their goalkeepers – no matter who is positioned in between the posts – are as weak as those stationed in front of them. Last season, only Swansea and Southampton had worse save percentages. So, did Liverpool buy a goalkeeper during the summer? No, they did not.Liverpool also lack any great ball-winners – no side lost more tackles than Liverpool last term, while, for all the talk of gegenpressing , they were the second worst team in the division when it came to interceptions. So, did they buy a midfield protector? No, they did not.Liverpool’s centre-halves are prone to shocking lapses in concentration and unforced errors – only West Ham made more errors leading directly to goals last season. So, did they buy a new defensive leader during the summer? No, they did not.Of course, Liverpool made signing a centre-half, Virgil van Dijk, their No.1 priority, but it is shocking that when that deal collapsed due to the Reds’ own incompetence, there was no plan B. It was Van Dijk or nobody, because Klopp felt that there were no upgrades to be found anywhere in Europe.He claimed: “We watched all of [their potential targets] 500 million times.” And yet Klopp did not feel any of them better than the centre-halves he presently has at his disposal.”They are all good out there but they are not that good that you say, ‘Yes, they help immediately.’ I had to make a decision and the decision was our boys are not worse than them.”Even more jarringly, Klopp challenged disbelieving journalists to “go out there and ask other teams whether they’d like to pick [our defenders]. You would be really surprised.”The surprise would be if any top side in Europe would want a Liverpool defender in their squad, let alone their starting line-up.Klopp seems to sincerely believe that Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly – one of those watched “500 million times” – or Roma’s Kostas Manolas, who was available for €40m, would not have represented a significant upgrade on Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan or Joe Gomez. That is a difficult concept for anyone who has seen all of those players in action to get their head around.Furthermore, his reasoning for not signing anyone other than his top target, Van Dijk, was that it would not have made sense to have spent money on a player that did not immediately improve the squad.Yet Liverpool bought Andrew Robertson for £8m, even though he was far from first choice when it came to acquiring a new left-back. Damningly, the Scotland international accounts for just under half of the sum total of the Reds’ spending on goalkeepers and defenders since Klopp’s appointment (£16.9m).That is made all the more baffling when the manager argued against spending money on a centre-half not good enough for the first team yet sanctioned the £40m acquisition of a ‘midfielder’ not good enough for the first team, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.The latest summer of recruitment was contradictory and confusing yet Klopp insists otherwise, meaning he is either in denial or delusional.Either way, he has no defence. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
zoom Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik held a launching ceremony for a 50,000 dwt oil and chemical tanker being built for the Spanish shipping company Marflet Marine at 3. MAJ Shipyard on October 7, 2016.The vessel, to be named Santiago, features a length of 182.9 meters and a width of 32.2 meters.Together with another 50,000 dwt tanker, the vessel was ordered in January 2014.The first ship under the contract, Panagia Thalassini, was launched in January this year.Market value of each of the two newbuildings is USD 33.01 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Apart from the tanker duo, Marflet Marine’s fleet is currently comprised of four 43,600 dwt tankers built between 2004 and 2006 by Uljanik.World Maritime News Staff
By Constance RentonToronto – In the early morning hours of January 28, firefighters were called to a fire at a mosque in Victoria, Texas.Just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump signed his executive order, barring entry into the U.S. of anyone originating from a list of seven predominantly Muslim countries on Friday evening, the Victoria Islamic Center in Victoria Texas was burned to the ground. According to TIME magazine, the congregation’s Imam awakened in the early hours of the morning tocheck the center’s surveillance equipment and discovered that the alarm was off and the doors appeared to be unlocked. Getting into his car to investigate, he was met at the center by firetrucks and a prayer home which was completely engulfed in flames.An Exxon gas station employee had earlier witnessed the flames and dialed 911 around 2 a.m.The Associated Press (AP) has reported that the Victoria Fire Marshall, Tom Legler,requested assistance from the State Fire Marshall’s office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATFE). The Islamic Center’s director, Shahid Hashmi, has not yet been provided with any information as to the cause of the blaze. “We don’t have any lead or information as to what started the fire and what happened. So, I’m sure it’s going to be a few days, they told us, before they can come up with any answers for us.”This is the second time in three weeks that a Texas mosque has been burned. The Victoria Islamic Center was the victim of a burglary just last week.Watching the destruction of his community’s prayer home, AP quoted Hashmi as saying, “It’s sad to stand there and watch it collapse down. It looks completely destroyed.”According to TIME magazine, the center was constructed in 2000 and served a congregation numbering approximately 140 worshippers, who arrived Sunday morning for pre-dawn prayers only to find themselves without a point of worship.TIME also has reported that Hashmi has already received several offers of temporary worship sites until the centre can be rebuilt. The donation collection process has already begun.
Rabat – On a hot Friday afternoon, a dozen tour buses and vans line the long driveway of Chellah, one of Rabat’s busiest historical sites. Blue taxis make their way around the cul de sac, dropping off parents with their children before making a hasty departure. Tourists and locals alike swarm the front gate of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, navigating through the electric turnstiles being installed in preparation for Mawazine. A red carpet has been set on the floor for the music festival, and workers race to cover it with plastic tarps before Chellah’s visitors soil it with their dirty shoes. Despite the flashy decor and high-tech security measures, Chellah remains frozen in time. Throughout the stone remains of the Roman city and the old Islamic complex, storks nest atop the exposed pillars and arches of the old Quranic school. A pair have proudly claimed the peak of the tall minaret of the old mosque, while dozens more make their homes in the “stork condos” just past the lower gardens. In Chellah’s eastern quarter, the white walls of the marabout tombs with their seafoam-green accents shadow le Bassin aux Anguilles–the eel pool. Legend has it that feeding boiled egg whites to the eels will bring fertility and easy childbirth, attracting women who wish to fall pregnant.In this lush corner of the medieval necropolis, Chellah’s cats find their sanctuary.A group of kittens in Chellah, Morocco. Photo Credit: Morocco World News/ Morgan HekkingCats can be found all throughout the site, but in the area surrounding the eel pool and the tombs, several dozen are gathered at any given time to eat, drink, and rest.Read Also: Moroccans Accuse Jazz au Chellah of Killing Cats and DogsA quick Google search of “Chellah’s cats” will produce dozens of images and blog posts from travelers who were captivated by these beauties and charmed by the new varieties of life that now occupy these crumbling ancient ruins. While the historical landmark is an attractive enough destination in its own right, animal-loving tourists are undoubtedly thrilled to discover that Chellah is also a paradise for stray cats.An angel in a tan djellabaLike the perpetual ruins of Chellah, the calm atmosphere surrounding the basin and the tombs is unchanging. Although the place is packed on this particular summer day, the cats lounging by the tombs appear unbothered. Five cats are perched on the low wall facing the pool of the sacred eels, legs tucked under their bodies and eyes closed, visibly content. A litter of seven-week old kittens lay on the ground next to the pool. A lone rooster clucks his way past the sleeping kittens and settles in the bushes. Upon first glance, all seems right in the world of Chellah’s cats.A cat posing for a photo in Chellah, Morocco. Photo credit: Morocco World News/ Morgan HekkingA closer look, however, will reveal that some of the cats are actually dirty, sick, and weak. Some have severe eye infections, others are very thin, and one kitten, visibly soiled, appears to be dead–that is, until you look close enough to notice his haggard breathing. Read Also: Man in Morocco Sets Fire to Cats Shelter, Kills at Least 25 CatsWhen I first visited Chellah on a rainy April day last year, the cats seemed healthy and well taken care of. And I, like most tourists, took this for granted. I remember seeing one kitten with an eye infection, and I watched as a woman in a tan djellaba applied medicine to the kitten’s eye. After finishing with the kitten, the woman brought out dry cat food, called croquettes, and distributed it among two terracotta tajines. A dozen cats, who had been quietly resting nearby, instantly perked up and flooded the feeding area. The woman smiled as she watched over them. “She’s an angel,” I thought. The woman in the tan djellaba left an impression on me, and I’m surely not the first to be captivated by her. As an animal lover, I am always happy to see Moroccans looking out for neighborhood strays. Doing so is no easy task, especially given the risks of disease and the high costs of food and medicine for cats and dogs. To see someone taking care of cats full-time was touching, and I wanted to learn more about this generous woman. After arriving in Rabat this June, I had the privilege of meeting her and hearing her story.A family legacy Fatima* has been in this corner of Chellah for ten years, entirely of her own accord. She has followed in the footsteps of her late father, who started caring for Chellah’s cats in the 1950’s. After he passed away, Fatima’s mother took his place until she fell ill a decade ago. Since then, Fatima has been carrying on this benevolent tradition. Every day, she takes care of the cats, feeds the eels, keeps the area clean, and preserves the integrity of the basin and the tombs.Tombs in Chellah, Morocco. Photo Credit: Morocco World News/ Morgan HekkingContrary to my own assumptions, she is not employed by the site’s administrators, nor does she get paid for any of the work she does. She is there as a volunteer purely out of love for the cats, and doesn’t work anywhere else to make up for her lack of pay. All that she can offer the cats comes from the donation bowl, the few dirhams she can make selling eggs to tourists who are looking to feed the eels, and the two or three dirhams to be made from selling candles sporadically brought to the tombs. Even though the cats of Chellah are adored by so many tourists, the administrators who benefit the most from their presence are largely uninterested in their wellbeing–and that of their caretaker. Fatima had been living in the marabout tombs for almost six years, which allowed her to dedicate more attention to the cats and provide them with special care if they got sick. However, she was asked to leave by Chellah’s administration. “They told me, ‘it’s a historical site, not a living facility,’” she recalls. “The government wouldn’t approve if they found out.”Whatever it takesSince moving, her time with the cats is now limited to Chellah’s regular hours of operation, which are usually from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. Working for ten hours without pay is no easy feat, especially when your work offers a lifeline to creatures that otherwise have to fend for themselves. However, Fatima does not complain about the lack of compensation for her time, and she has never asked the administration to give her an official position. She is there as a cat-loving volunteer–nothing more, nothing less. She loves what she does, even if it is taken for granted. Of course, donations are greatly appreciated, but Fatima is not concerned with money. “I don’t know how much it costs,” she says when asked about her cat-related expenses. “I don’t count. I just do whatever I can to take care of them.”A brief asideThe donation bowl on the ground has a decent amount of coins. Mostly ones, twos, halves, and quarters. Maybe a couple fives. Just a few feet away, the mossy floor of the eel pool is littered with change. Several ten dirham coins, distinguished by their size and gold details, catch my eye.I can’t blame visitors for wanting to throw coins into the pool. No matter where you’re from, tossing a coin into some form of water is almost an instinctual urge. Who am I to tell people where they should put their money? Of course, I’m biased. Personally, I would much rather offer my spare change to the kind woman who feeds the cats that I’m posting on my Instagram.I know that for my fellow American travelers, ten dirhams is only about a dollar, which seems like a meager addition to a steep food bill. But those ten dirhams can be the difference between feeding the cats croquettes or crumbs. I must admit, it broke my heart to see those gold-lined coins at the bottom of the pool. Dozens of mouths to feedFatima keeps track of every cat living near the basin and tombs. At present, she takes care of 33 cats on a daily basis, although cats from all over Chellah visit her for food. “There used to be more than 40 here, but a lot of them died recently,” she sadly admits. She explains that when the cats get sick, she either can’t afford their medicine or doesn’t know what to do for them. Without access to a veterinarian, she can only offer them basic or substandard treatment. For almost five years, Fatima’s efforts were abetted by a woman from an animal association in France. The woman, who was living in Morocco, would bring Fatima cat food, take sick cats to the vet, and help with anything else the cats needed. Additionally, the cats were vaccinated and sterilized by a local association in Rabat. But as the association struggled with its own bills and mounting debt, they had to stop helping Fatima. As for the French woman, she returned to her home country a few years ago. Since then, Fatima hasn’t been able to provide the same care. Without any formal assistance, Fatima relies entirely on donations. However, donations will never be enough to maintain the services provided through associations: sterilization and vaccinations cost about 1200 MAD per cat. On top of that, feeding 33 cats basic dry food or a rice-based mixture likely costs around 2000 MAD a month. Medicine for infections and other illnesses is yet another cost to consider. Even on a busy day, Fatima barely earns enough in donations to feed the cats. When she is short on funds, she has to improvise with food scraps. During this visit the tajines are peppered with stale chunks of bread. Empty promisesNot once throughout the 60+ years of her family’s involvement with Chellah have any officials stepped in to improve the cats’ quality of life. “I have never heard of the government coming to check on the cats,” Fatima says. Consequently, it is up to generous visitors and animal associations to enable the proper care of these cats.Over a year ago, a member of a foreign animal association visited Fatima and promised to fund her work. But this promise was empty. “I never heard from him again,” she says. “He didn’t keep his word. ”Although Fatima is no stranger to disappointment, not all hope is lost.Once a month, a local resident brings her a large bag of croquettes and some pate, which is a type of wet food. She receives daily donations from visitors and has friends who stop by on occasion to offer their help. Perhaps as local associations get their footing, they will be able to resume sterilizing and vaccinating Chellah’s cats. Looking after these animals, especially without the financial means to fully care for them, is undoubtedly emotionally exhausting. But Fatima doesn’t dwell on what she can’t provide for them; rather, she hopes her efforts will inspire others to treat their neighborhood strays with the same kindness they see at Chellah. The future of animal welfareAlthough there have been calls to develop the kingdom’s position on animal rights, Fatima is not optimistic about the future of animal welfare in Morocco. In order to reduce the stray population and end the widespread suffering of unwanted animals, reforms are needed locally and nationwide. However, in a country that also needs better schools, hospitals, and infrastructure, stray cats and dogs don’t place very high on the official list of priorities. Fortunately, there are people like Fatima all over Morocco. Moroccans in every city are caring for strays. Whether this be putting out food and water for cats, assembling makeshift shelters for dogs, or donating time and money to local animal associations, the social aspect of animal welfare is progressing every day. But until a large-scale government effort is made to improve the living conditions faced by animals in the streets, the cats and dogs inhabiting Morocco’s bustling medinas and quiet villages will have to rely on friendly neighbors to survive. If you would like to learn more about the fight for animal rights in Morocco, check out some of these organizations: Association de Defense des Animaux et de la Nature (ADAN) – RabatLa Tribu des Quat’pattes – RabatSFT Animal Sanctuary – TangierL’association Mchichates
10 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on young people to help combat the multiple threats faced by the planet such as climate change and environmental destruction, to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. “We have only this Earth, and it is up to us to preserve it,” Mr. Ban told young people at the closing ceremony of the youth event at the Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Doha, Qatar.“Our future is at risk, yours and mine, but also more broadly the future of humankind. You know the threats as well as I: climate change, environmental destruction, growing scarcities of essential resources – water, food, energy, the clean air we breathe,” he said.Mr. Ban stressed the global nature of these problems, and their need for global solutions. “You understand that, with just one Earth, we cannot afford to fight over religion, race, or any of the other categories that separate us,” he said. “We are, indeed, all under the same roof. We live at a unique moment in human history. We recognize the fragility of our beautiful planet. We recognize our vulnerability to changes in the air and resources around us,” he added.Mr. Ban underscored the importance of nations working multilaterally to tackle global issues and said events like the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) in Brazil next year are crucial instruments for international cooperation and progress.“In Rio, we hope to chart a new path for development – sustainable development, which means growth consistent with the limitations and opportunities of our natural world.”Mr. Ban made invited young people to join the UN and its campaigns for peace, human rights and environmental sustainability.“Let us, together, create a movement – a movement for change, a movement of all nations and all people, united, to advance the great causes of our day,” he said.The fourth annual forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations will start tomorrow and will count with more than 2,000 participants, including political and corporate leaders, civil society activists and faith communities who will meet to discuss joint actions to improve relations across cultures, combat prejudice and build lasting peace.
“The Prime Minister told the GMOA not to attack any Minister personally. He told the GMOA all decisions taken on SAITM are with the backing of the Government,” Senaratne said.Senaratne said that at the meeting with the Prime Minister, the GMOA also put forward two names for Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to replace Professor Carlo Fonseka. He said that the GMOA had sought the meeting with the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister agreed to meet only with the blessings of the Health Minister. The Government does not expect more strikes by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) following talks held with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told reporters today that the talks between the Prime Minister and GMOA held last night on the SAITM issue were successful. Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said the talks took place with his blessings and participation. Professor Carlo Fonseka’s term as chairman of the SLMC ended recently. (Colombo Gazette)
Hundreds gathered in cities across Northern Ireland on Friday to hold vigils for McKee, who was also known as an activist for lesbian and gay rights.Politicians around the world condemned the attack, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton saying he was “heartbroken.””We cannot let go of the last 21 years of hard-won peace and progress,” Clinton, a key player in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement peace accord, said on Twitter. Two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Londonderry on Thursday, police said, as politicians in the divided region united to condemn the attack.McKee, an award-winning 29-year-old journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence in Northern Ireland, was shot dead as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid.”Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement.Northern Ireland’s political parties, which are broadly split between Irish nationalists aspiring to unite the British region with Ireland and unionists who want it to remain British, united to condemn the attack.In a joint statement, six parties said they were “united in rejecting those responsible for this heinous crime.” Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in the Creggan area of Derry on Thursday, 18th April. They have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite.— PSNI DC&S District (@PSNIDCSDistrict) April 20, 2019 Police said they believed the shooting was likely carried out by the small New IRA group of “dissident” Irish nationalist militants opposed to the Good Friday deal. The group was blamed by police for planting a car bomb outside a courthouse in Londonderry in January.Politicians in Northern Ireland have also warned that Britain’s plans to leave the European Union could also undermine the peace deal and that any return of restrictive infrastructure along the Irish-Northern Irish border would become targets for militants.Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, said the peace accord had to be preserved.”The tragic murder of Lyra McKee is a reminder of how fragile peace still is in Northern Ireland,” he said.”SENSELESS”Police said Thursday’s rioting began after a raid aimed at preventing attacks during Easter weekend.Saoradh, a political party with links to dissident militants, said in a statement on Friday that it understood McKee was killed accidentally by a “Republican volunteer.”McKee was watching with a crowd of bystanders as local youths attacked police with petrol bombs and set cars on fire, video footage showed. Police said McKee was hit when a gunman opened fire in the direction of police. British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday described the attack as “shocking and truly senseless.” The 1998 deal largely ended three decades of violence in the region, in which over 3,600 died, but several smaller militant groups remain active and launch occasional attacks. 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.
Moves are apace to bolster regional development service in Mahdia, Region Eight.Deputy Regional Executive Officer, Gavin GungaAccording to Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO), Gavin Gunga a plot of land has been identified along Brian Sucre’s Junction in Mahdia to house several government offices including the Guyana Revenue Authority, Guyana Lands and Survey and Guyana Forestry Commission.This new compound will complement the two others in Mahdia which houses the Regional Administration and the fire station which is currently being constructed.The almost completed fire stationThe compound will also facilitate the building of a town hall, a Magistrates Court along with new apartments.According to the REO, the Guyana Water Incorporated had already indicated their need for a space in the compound to build their office.“Other agencies are expected to come on board, so we can have all the services provided in the town for the people of Mahdia and other parts of Region Eight,” Gunga added.It is expected with the new government compound coming on stream, 180 house lots in the vicinity of the compound, will finally be occupied.The bolstering of the government services, is part of upgrading of the Region Eight community to township status. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFire ravages government building in Region 8April 27, 2015In “Crime”Consultations begin to transform Mahdia into a townSeptember 7, 2015In “Business”G$700M Mahdia internal road work to begin shortlyMay 3, 2016In “latest news”
This morning we posted a marketing video Google had released to promote Chrome OS and the Cr-48 netbook. What we didn’t spot at the time was that Google has been sneaky and hid an equation in plain sight. Of course, one geek did, and set about solving it.A software engineer named Sylvain Zimmer, working at Jamendo, noticed the equation while watching the video. He freeze-framed the video and noted down the whole thing even though some of the characters are quite fuzzy. Then he set about trying to figure it out with fellow geeks at Jamendo.AdChoices广告This was a tough equation, and their first attempt at solving just returned:X = 90091/191605050401140404051920181525 ~= 4.7*10^-27 After spending a full day on the puzzle, and having a few “aha!” moments, Sylvain finally figured it out while travelling home. We’ll let him explain as it’s a bit complicated:I tried to convert the 30 numbers into 4 characters, like all goo.gl URLs. Didn’t have much luck, I was trying to prepend “00″ at the beginning to have 32 characters, but couldn’t make sense of the resulting sequence “00191605 05040114 04040519 20181525″.That was when I noticed there were far too many zeroes in that sequence, even without the ones I added So I tried different splits, and ended up with “19 16 05 05 04 01 14 04 04 05 19 20 18 15 25″. There, any geek would have known what to do I translated it to letters and got “s p e e d a n d d e s t r o y”. Obviously, at this point my fingers were very shaky but I managed to type goo.gl/speedanddestroy in my browser and got to a form telling me that I was the “first to figure out our MENSA-certified puzzle” and would receive a Cr-48. WIN ! Here’s the original video with the equation clear to see (2:24 mark) now you know what to look for:Congratulations to Sylvain, he clearly deserves that Cr-48.Read more at Sylvain Zimmer’s website (Google cache version), via HN
It was a sad weekend for sci-fi enthusiasts. Ralph McQuarrie, the legendary concept artist behind Darth Vader, passed away Saturday, March 3th. He was 82 years old. McQuarrie was most well-known for designing the art for the original Star Wars Trilogy, Battlestar Galactica 1978 television show, Back to the Future, Star Trek, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and a number of other sci-fi classics. McQuarrie was the first person George Lucas hired to help create his vision for the Star Wars universe (when the movie was still titled the Adventures of Luke Starkiller), after having worked with McQuarrie on Lucas’ lesser-known feature film THX-1138. The director reminisced about McQuarrie’s contributions to the movie, explaining Ralph’s illustrations conveyed his ideas perfectly and were regularly better than words.He was responsible for creating the paintings of C-3PO, which you can see from the image below shows some influences from Metropolis, light sabers, and even the Death Star. These pre-production images were a crucial element in getting 20th Century Fox to back Star Wars—to show that the project was something more than “trashy science fiction.” It makes you wonder if the Adventures of Luke Starkiller stood a chance without him? It’s amazing to think that one man created some of the most iconic images that ignited my generation’s imagination, images that continue to define our visions of the future, as well as the future of sci-fi cinema. He will be missed. via Tor
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 4, 2017 – Providenciales -After a six-day trial, Jamal Thompson Missick and his younger brother Paul Missick were found guilty of entering a hotel room at Ocean Club East Hotel in Grace Bay in July 2016 where they attempted to rob the tourist occupants of their money, credits cards, jewelry and other expensive items. Jamal Missick managed to escape but left his brother behind. Paul Missick was then beaten and subdued by one of the guests and handed over to the police. A jury of seven members in the Providenciales Supreme Court gave the verdicts of guilty on the charge of burglary for both brothers. Sentencing for the brothers is on May 30th . #MagneticMediaNews#Missickbrothersguilty#robberyatOceanClubEastHotel Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Missickbrothersguilty, #robberyatOceanClubEastHotel
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 9, 2017 – Kingston – The Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) has entered into an agreement with Timeless Herbal Care, an international nutraceutical and pharmaceutical company, for the growing of medicinal plants on mined-out bauxite lands.Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on Tuesday (September 5), the JBI will provide technical training for farmers in the growing of the crops. The farmers will sell the yield at market value to Timeless Herbal Care, which will extract the medicinal contents for the various markets that they serve. The plants to be cultivated are guinea hen weed, moringa, black castor bean, and medical cannabis.At the signing ceremony held at the Ministry of Transport and Mining’s Maxfield Avenue offices, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, welcomed the partnership, which, he said, will offer major economic benefits for the farmers.He noted that the crops targeted under the initiative are in high demand world-wide because the “nutraceutical value is immense”.“We must now move with urgency to capitalize on what is truly ours,” he said.Minister Henry noted that the farmers will be taught new skills, so that they can produce the plants to internationally accepted standards.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, who attended the signing ceremony, said that the project will create a new source of revenue and jobs from the growing, reaping, and export of nutraceuticals. She said that there are buyers in Canada who are waiting for products from Timeless Herbal Care.Meanwhile, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Courtney Betty, said the initiative is about working with communities, establishing international partnerships and “developing Jamaica’s natural plants, which are so valuable”.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
In April2010 — 4422009 — 4862008 — 3042007 — 902006 — 150SOURCE: RealtyTrac. Irvine, Calif.Clark County foreclosure filings retreated a bit in April, but still represented the highest rate of foreclosure out of Washington’s 39 counties, California database company RealtyTrac reported on Wednesday. Some credit the Obama administration’s beefed-up foreclosure prevention plan for pushing rates down across the nation, including Clark County, which reported filings on 442 properties in April. That was down 9.1 percent from 486 foreclosures filed in April 2009, a sign that mortgage lenders are more willing to negotiate with underwater homeowners.Nevertheless, the county’s overall foreclosure rate remained the state’s highest for the second month in a row, with one out of every 368 households in some stage of foreclosure. And when compared month to month, Clark County’s total foreclosure filings — which includes default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions — increased by 32.3 percent compared with the 334 foreclosures filed in March, “For us, it has not slowed down a bit,” said Teri Duffy, executive director of the Community Housing Resource Center in Vancouver, which provides free mortgage default counseling and helps struggling homeowners with loan modification.
Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 Saipan’s casino law requires IPI, which recently acquired a 50% stake in American Sinopan, to develop a 2,000-room integrated resort, however in May the Lottery Commission granted an IPI request to credit the company with rooms built by partners or investors in the future.According to Marianas Variety, IPI Chairman Mark Brown said the Imperial Casha development meant that it was “building on an unbelievably beautiful site with over a thousand rooms,” adding the development “creates excitement and investments for Saipan.”Lt. Governor Arnold I. Palacios said the groundbreaking was “another promising sign of economic recovery for our islands. This groundbreaking ceremony will unveil one of the core projects of IPI that will build upon quality visitor infrastructure on our island,” he said. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Imperial Pacific International is planning to include up to 1,700 hotel rooms being developed in Saipan by American Sinopan LLC under its room count requirement.Chairman of the Commonwealth Casino Commission, Juan M. Sablan, hinted that IPI would be legally allowed to incorporate the new rooms under its count during a ground-breaking ceremony for American Sinopan’s Imperial Casha hotel over the weekend. Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose US$375,000 fine for late license fee payment RelatedPosts Load More
Tags Mobile Roadshow Don’t think I’ll be going on a @lyft @baywheels any time soon. Yikes. pic.twitter.com/MOU9wIjgII— Zach Rutta (@zrutta44) July 27, 2019 0 Share your voice The San Francisco Fire Department told the Examiner that the fire wasn’t suspicious and it classified the incident as a “battery pack issue” and a “fire from battery pack.”Lyft immediately said it was pulling its e-bikes from the city, adding that it wanted to be proactive and put rider safety first. Lyft said it’s had no reports of injuries.”Out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily making the e-bike fleet unavailable to riders while we investigate and update our battery technology,” a Lyft spokeswoman said in an email. “Thanks to our riders for their patience and we look forward to making e-bikes available again soon.” After acquiring bike rental startup Motivate last year, Lyft became the largest bike operator in the US, with rentals in cities across the country. In the Bay Area, Lyft has roughly 1,000 e-bikes out on city streets. It operates those bicycles under the name Bay Wheels.Though the electric bikes are still on city streets, the Lyft spokeswoman said they’ve been disabled and no one can use them. Lyft will be collecting the e-bikes over the next few days.This isn’t the first time Lyft has experienced issues with its bikes. The company had to pull an earlier model of its e-bikes from New York and San Francisco in April after overly responsive brakes sent riders flying over the handlebars. Electric scooter and e-bike fires have also been reported in other cities over the past few months. One of Lyft’s bikes reportedly caught fire in New York City in March, according to the New York Daily News. And according to TechCrunch, scooter companies Lime and Skip have also dealt with exploding battery issues. Originally published July 31, 5:15 p.m. PT. Update, Aug. 1: Adds information on the e-bikes being disabled and collected. Lyft rolled out its new e-bike model to the Bay Area in June. Lyft Lyft debuted its new electric bike model just last month, and it’s already having issues with the vehicle. One of its e-bike’s battery packs, which are connected to the bike frame, appears to have exploded in San Francisco on Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Examiner. This is the second time this has reportedly happened in the past week. Another e-bike appeared to have caught fire in the city on Saturday. The aftermath of what happened was captured by Twitter user Zach Rutta. “Don’t think I’ll be going on a @lyft @baywheels any time soon. Yikes,” he tweeted. Post a comment Lyft
A disproportionately high number of Alaska Natives are incarcerated in the state of Alaska. In 2014, nearly 32 percent of the prosecuted criminal offenders in Alaska were Alaska Natives; they only constitute less than 20 percent of the population. Recidivism rates are higher for that group as well. Now, the state is working on new ways to partner with tribes to help solve both problems.Download AudioFor the first time in Alaska, there will be a joint tribal-state court. A Kenaitze tribal judge will sit side-by-side with a state judge and have equal say in decisions. It will be a wellness court that hears criminal cases involving substance abuse, and will start taking up to 20 participants in March. Currently, tribal courts only have jurisdiction over civil matters, like adoptions, divorces, domestic violence petitions, and child protection cases.Kenaitze Chief Judge Kimberly Sweet, who will be one of the two judges who preside over the court, says it will be run like most tribal courts. Everyone will sit together around a large conference table to talk about the problems.“Parties are allowed to seek legal counsel,” she explains. “They can bring their legal counsel to court with them. Legal counsel are allowed to advise them, but we don’t speak to their legal counsel, we hear directly from the parties themselves.”Sweet says the process helps get to and treat the root of the problem. Program developers are currently working on a handbook of procedures so the model can be repeated throughout the state.“It’s not just based on personalities of people who have big hearts that are driving this,” she says. “(We’re writing the manual) so that it actually becomes institutionalized, so it can be picked up and taken by anybody.”Sweet says having the tribes involved in substance-related criminal charges will also help them when working on child protection cases. The majority of those involve substance abuse and sometimes criminal charges which aren’t known to the tribal courts. The joint court can help solve some of those disconnects.“So being able to collaborate and cooperate and work in the best interest of these families will do nothing but create a healthier community.”Similar joint courts already exist in Minnesota and California.A 2014 change in court rules also allows the state’s court system to use collaborative methods for sentencing adults, like circle sentencing. The Kenaitze tribe and others are already using the method with juvenile offenders. Sweet explains that circle sentencing brings the offender, community members, family members, and sometimes the victim into the same room to discuss the issue and the solution.“Nobody is an authority in the circle. The circle collaborates and works together as a little mini-community to come up with a plan to put that youth or the adult on the right path with as much input from the youth and the adult as possible.”For adult cases, the state judge would make the final sentencing decision.The state is also working on a plan to improve the outcomes for Alaska Natives who end up incarcerated. The Department of Corrections is convening an Alaska Native Focus Group for reducing recidivism.Alaska’s recidivism rate is 63 percent for everyone leaving the prison system. For Alaska Natives, it’s 74 percent. DOC Commissioner Ron Taylor discussed the formation of the group during AFN.“We’re concerned about the higher rates of recidivism among that group and looking for ways to improve those outcomes. How do we do a better job of providing programming and resources? Of linking them to services once they get released? And how do we do a better job of ensuring they go back to their communities if they chose to do so.”The group will be chaired by Lt. Gov. Bryon Mallott and meet for the first time next week in Anchorage. It’s unclear why recidivism rates are higher for Alaska Natives, Taylor said. It could be linked to cultural and language barriers with the department’s reentry and treatment programming.