13 civilians injured in Pak shelling

December 3, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThirteen civilians were injured in continuous firing and shelling along the International Border (IB) by Pakistani troops for second consecutive day on Tuesday.“Thirteen civilians were injured, in which three are serious, in Ramgarh Sector on the IB of Jammu due to Pakistan firing in Araspura, Arnia, Ramgarh, Samba, Hiranagar sectors. It’s sad incident. The police are assisting in shifting the injured to the hospitals,” said Director General of Police (DGP) S.P. Vaid.Officials in Jammu said India and Pakistan resumed firing on Tuesday around 7 a.m. “Pakistan resorted to heavy shelling on both 30 outposts of the security forces and over two dozen villages near the IB in Jammu all day,” said the officials.Indiscriminate shelling and firing spread in Arnia, R.S.Pura and Ramgarh sectors during the day, said the officials.At least two dozen villages were affected by the shelling. All schools near the International Border have been closed and the administration advised people “to remain indoors till the situation returns to normal”.Additional deputy commissioner, Jammu, Arjun Manhas, said a total 745 people have been put up in seven shelter camps in R. S. Pura and Bishnah. “The district administration in Jammu is making all possible efforts to accommodate affected persons comfortably,” said Mr. Manhas.The fresh firing comes a day after eight-year-old baby was killed and six injured in Pakistani firing along the IB on Monday.On Sunday, Pakistan had sought end to ceasefire violations by calling up counterparts in Jammu. “However, the pledge to silent the guns was not maintained,” said an official. Two BSF jawans and five civilians were killed in the past week on the IB in Jammu.Ceasefire holding in mainland Kashmir: DGPMeanwhile, DGP Vaid the Ramzan ceasefire “was successful thus far”. “The initiative of the Prime Minister has helped in general improvement in law and order. The situation especially in south Kashmir has eased and is serving as confidence building measure for families who want their boys to return back home,” said DGP Vaid.last_img read more

Militants raid houses, kidnap policemen, relatives in Kashmir

December 3, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Two non-local recruits of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed in an operation on Thursday.A top police official confirmed to The Hindu that militants later raided houses in south Kashmir’s Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama.“We are investigating these raids. Details are sketchy. Four to seven persons have been kidnapped,” said the police official.Police sources said brothers of two policemen, identified as Inspector Nazir Ahmad and Mehmad Ahmad in Anantnag’s Arwani were kidnapped from their residences in militant raids.Also Read Kashmir Valley shuts down ahead of Supreme Court hearing on special status Militants raided several houses of policemen in south Kashmir on Thursday night and kidnapped seven persons, including policemen and their relatives.The incident occurred on a day when security forces arrested 11 persons, mainly relatives of active militants in south Kashmir, including Hizbul Mujahideen ‘operational commander’ Riyaz Naikoo’s father from Awantipora. It also follows the arrest of Hizbul Mujahideen ‘supremo’ Syed Salahuddin’s elder son by the National Investigation Agency in the 2011 money laundering case.Also Read 2 Lashkar-e-Taiba men killed; crackdown on kin of militants  A pro-militant online account claimed that militants have kidnapped the son of policeman Mohammad Maqbool Bhat of Arawani, brother of SHO Nazir Ahmad Sankar of Bijbehara, policeman Bashir Ahmad Makro from Kulgam’s Kharpora and son of Abdul Salam Rather from Yamrach Yaripora of Kulgam. An unconfirmed report suggests the brother of a deputy superintendent of police was also kidnapped in south Kashmir.Militants kidnapped Asif Rather, the son of a policeman, three days ago.Meanwhile security was tightened in the Kashmir Valley amid a shutdown call, on the eve of the Supreme Court hearing petitions challenging Article 35A, which defines State subject laws.The J&K government will again seek its deferment in view of the upcoming polls.last_img read more

Pragya’s Godse remark shows BJP’s real face: NCP

December 3, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe NCP on Thursday attacked the BJP over its Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate Pragya Singh Thakur’s “Nathuram Godse was a patriot” remark, saying people can now see the “real face” of the Amit Shah-led party.The NCP also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come clear whether Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, was indeed a patriot as stated by Pragya Singh. “Nathuram Godse, who has murdered Mahatma Gandhi, is being defended by BJP’s candidate Pragya Thakur and is being called a patriot. People can now see @BJP4India’s real face through.@SadhviPragya_MP,” Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil said on Twitter. NCP general secretary Jitendra Awhad alleged that Ms. Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast case, belongs to the same fraternity as “terrorist” Godse. “Modi had bowed before Mahatma Gandhi’s statue before the entire world. Now he should tell not only the country, but the world if Godse was a patriot,” Mr. Awhad said. In an interview to a news channel in Madhya Pradesh, Ms. Thakur said Godse was a “patriot” and will always remain so. She was responding to a query on actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s comment that free India’s first extremist was a Hindu.last_img read more

PH, 11 others make round 2

November 29, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netA total of 12 teams from across the Americas, Asia and Europe have secured their passage to the second round of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Qualifiers.Australia, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Serbia and Venezuela already have their places guaranteed in the second round consisting of three windows—September and November 2018 and February 2019.ADVERTISEMENT The third window (June 25-July 3, 2018) of the first round is still crucial as results of every game carries over to the second round.Three teams from each group will advance to the next phase, all aiming to secure one of 32 berths to the 18th World Cup slated in China on Aug. 31 to Sept. 15, 2019.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe previous World Cup was held in Spain in 2014 but the next men’s edition has been reset to 2019 to avoid conflict with the Fifa World Cup.In the Americas, the Dominican Republic dominated Virgin Islands, 113-85, to stay undefeated with a 4-0 record and was joined in the second round by Brazil, also at 4-0, after its 83-58 win over Chile at its Goiânia Arena packed with 10,550 spectators.Canada and Venezuela also advanced with wins that improved their records to 3-1.In the Asian Qualifiers, Australia is the only team so far to boast a 4-0 record, but the trio of Iran, Kazakhstan and the Philippines also joined them through to the next phase with 3-1 cards. Ceres seeks payback vs Singapore Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Andray Blatche joined hands with Calvin Abueva as Gilas Pilipinas bucked Japan’s rally for an 89-84 Group B triumph at its home court Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday.France, Germany and Greece all improved to unassailable 4-0 marks in their groups in the European Qualifiers, while getting to 3-1 in Group G was enough for 2014 World Cup runner-up and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic silver medalist Serbia to lock its spot as well.United States, the defending champion, can assure its place in the second round Monday when it hosts Puerto Rico in Santa Cruz, California.No teams have clinched second round places in the African Qualifiers yet as they have so far played just three of their six first round games. —FIBA.COM, AP Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View commentslast_img read more

Manohar elected unopposed as ICCs first independent Chairman

November 26, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgDubai, May 12 (PTI) Veteran cricket administrator Shashank Manohar was today elected unopposed as ICCs first independent Chairman, two days after he stepped down from the post of BCCI President. The 58-year-old was elected to the post after the ICC Full Councils approval of constitutional amendments proposed by the Board following its April meeting. Manohar, who on Tuesday resigned as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, is the first elected independent Chairman of the games governing body and will commence his two-year term with immediate effect. According to the election process, ICC directors were each allowed to nominate one candidate, who had to be either a present or past ICC director. Nominees with the support of two or more Full Member directors would have been eligible to contest the election, which was scheduled to have been concluded by May 23. However, given that Manohar was the sole nominee for the position and the Board has now unanimously supported his appointment, the independent Audit Committee Chairman, Adnan Zaidi, who has been overseeing the election process, has declared the process complete, and Manohar the successful candidate, the ICC said in a release. Manohar is a prominent Indian lawyer who served his first stint as the BCCI President from 2008-2011. Following the passing of Jagmohan Dalmiya, Manohar was re-elected as the BCCI President in October 2015 and, by virtue of that position, has held the role of ICC Chairman since then. Commenting on his election, Manohar said: “It is an honour to be elected as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council and for that I am thankful to all the ICC directors who have put their faith and trust in my abilities. I also take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues in the BCCI who have supported me during my recent time as the BCCIs President. “These are exciting times for international cricket as we are presently carrying out a comprehensive review of the 2014 constitutional amendments which is aimed at not only improving governance structures, but cricket structures as well. The ultimate objective is to grow our sport and engage a whole new generation of fans and I look forward to working with all stakeholders to shape the future of cricket, which has a proud history and rich tradition.” In order to accommodate the new position of an “independent” ICC Chairman, on Monday the Full Council unanimously approved various amendments to the ICCs constitution. The amendments also included the abolishment of the Presidents post with effect from the 2016 ICC Annual Conference in Edinburgh, which has become redundant. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

(Reopens DEL32)

November 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAfter the talks, the two countries signed three pacts to boost cooperation in areas of sports and on standardisation cooperation between Bureau of Indian Standards and the National Standardisation Agency of Indonesia.A Joint Communique on the Voluntary International Cooperation to Combat Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) Fishing and to promote Sustainable Fisheries was also inked.Modi and Widodo also noted the successful completion of Staff Talks between the armies of the two countries in August and the navies in June last year which have resulted in enhancement of defence cooperation.The two leaders agreed that air force staff talks would be held at an early date.”Both sides agreed to increase the frequency of defence exchanges, training and joint exercises, including among special forces.”They also tasked the two defence ministers to explore collaboration between defence industries for joint production of equipment with technology transfer, technical assistance, and capacity building cooperation,” the statement said.The statement on maritime cooperation encompasses a broad range of fields, including — maritime security, maritime industry, maritime safety and navigation, and other areas of bilateral cooperation identified by both countries.Referring to cooperation in fisheries, both the leaders recognised transnational organised fisheries crime as one of the emerging crimes, which has become an ever-growing threat to the world.The maritime cooperation statement said the two sides recognised that both countries share common interests in ensuring maritime security and the safety of sea lines of communication.”Both leaders agreed to conclude an MoU on Maritime Cooperation between Indonesia and India in order to further strengthen and accelerate maritime cooperation inter alia in maritime safety and security, and promotion of maritime industries, as one of the important pillars towards enhancing the bilateral relationship,” it said. PTI MPB SCadvertisementlast_img read more

Ivanka Trump’s dress for her dinner with PM Modi was absolutely regal

November 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAdvisor and daughter to the President of the United States, Ivanka Trump, is currently in Hyderabad to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017. While her speeches and recognition of women entrepreneurs in India has been creating news since yesterday, it’s also essential to throw some light on Ivanka’s choice of attires as she went through the day, creating ripples.To start with, Ivanka was first spotted in Hyderabad wearing a black pant-suit, the jacket of which saw beautiful, pearl-white embellishments, making her first appearance a classy affair.For the actual summit on November 28, Ivanka was spotted wearing a disappointment of a green dress that looked like a modern version of a Japanese Kimono.Ivanka Trump’s third look, however–the one she sported during her royal dinner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other delegates from the Global Entrepreneurship Summit–was an absolute delight for the eyes.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ivankaloversThe Trump scion wore an exquisite Tory Burch gown to Taj Falaknuma Palace last night. Besides the royal colour of the dress, what really pleased the eye was the outfit’s regal gold print and embellishments. While the gold did not pinch the eye, the subtle pink flowers tucked in between the print gave the dress a very feminine touch.Ivanka Trump (right) with Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister of India. Picture courtesy: Instagram/for__a__changeIvanka tied her hair in a neat, centre-parted bun, and wore just a pair of simple, drop-pearl earrings to keep things classy.Picture courtesy: Twitter/@USAndIndiaHope you maintain this classy streak on Day 2 of the summit too, Ivanka!advertisementIvanka Trump with PM Modi at Taj Falaknuma Palace.last_img read more

Modern Outdoorsman: Pick The Perfect Hiking Boots

October 24, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather 8 Best Backpacking and Camping Flasks for the Trail and Beyond If you’re planning on putting in a lot of trail miles this year, you’re going to have to build out the perfect hiking gear from the ground up, literally. A good pair of hiking boots is often the difference between enjoying that day hike or summit push, and agonizing with more than your fair share of blisters. If you’ve never owned a pair of dedicated hiking boots though (or you last pair is decades old), walking into an outdoor gear shop and picking a pair out can be a daunting task. We’ve put together this guide to help you navigate the shoe section at your local REI and come out with a pair of boots that will have you knocking out the miles all summer.Related: Modern Outdoorsman: Outdoor Knots | Modern Outdoorsman: Trail First AidTypes of Trail ShoesLight Hikers: These are typically low top shoes and are great for day hikes or longer distances on mellow trails. Because of the lack of ankle support, don’t plan on carrying heavier loads unless you’ve put in the work on the trail and in the gym to strengthen your feet, ankles, and calves. Today, you will see hybrid trail runners and approach shoes with stiffer soles filling in this category.Hiking and Backpacking Boots: These high top boots offer more ankle support and overall durability. They can handle more rugged terrain and aid in carrying that pack loaded with a week’s worth of gear. The trade off is they are usually a good deal heavier and stiffer and require a longer break-in time.Mountaineering Boots: If you are in the market for a pair of serious climbing boots, you’ll be spending most of your time above the tree line in very rough terrain. These ultra stiff, crampon compatible boots are very purpose driven. If you’re heading on an expedition length excursion like the Annapurna Circuit, they’ll come in very handy. For the average day hiker though, they’ll be overkill.Anatomy of Hiking BootsNo matter what kind of hiking boot or trail shoe you choose, knowing a little about how they are constructed can help you ask the right questions while trying boots on and evaluating what works best for you. First, every boot has an outsole. Rubber compounds have come a long way since the days of all leather climbing boots. Companies like Vibram, Continental, and FiveTen have a wide variety of sticky and durable rubber that will keep your feet planted on the trail. Bonded to the outsole is a cushioning midsole. This is where the comfort and support factor come in.Common materials are EVA foam that is light and cushy, and Polyurethane that offers longer durability and support. Some boots – especially boots built for backpacking and mountaineering – will have a stiff shank inserted in between the outsole and midsole. This provides extra support and stability. Above the midsole is the insole. This is almost always removable, and one of the first things we swap out on almost every boot. It’s not that boot makers don’t provide a quality product, but if you’ve got custom orthotics or are accustomed to a premium comfort insole like Superfeet (we recommend Superfeet Green ($45), and have them in every pair of boots we own and are are testing), then the included insoles are superfluous. Finally, The upper portion of your boot is stitched or bonded to the outsole, sandwhiching the mid and insoles into the package. Hiking boot uppers can be made of a few different materials:Full Grain Leather: Full grain leather is incredibly durable when taken care of, and offers excellent support. You may sacrifice a little breathability, especially when pair with a waterproof membrane.Nubuck Leather: Nubuck is simply full grain leather that has been buffed to feel like suede. Like full grain, it is very durable and water resistant, but will also require some good break-in time before you hit the trail for longer than a couple of hours.Split Grain Leather: Split grain leather is named this because it is separation, or split, resulting in top grain and middle or inner portions being used separately. While it is lighter and cheaper, it tends to be less water and abrasion resistant. You’ll often see split grain leather on super breathable versions of boots built with mesh sections.Synthetics: Ranging from tough nylon and polyester to synthetic leather, synthetic materials tend to dry faster than leather and break in quicker. However, due to extra stitching in synthetic uppers, they may show wear sooner than comparable leather boots.Further ConsiderationsOnce you’re educated on what you’re looking for, it’s time to start narrowing down the options. These are a collection of some of the more important aspects you should consider when staring at the huge wall of boots at your local outdoor store.Fit: If you don’t know your size, it is worth it to get the right fit from a footwear expert at the store. This can save a lot of time and pain later on. You should pay special attention to the time of day as well, as your feet tend to swell throughout the day. We like to go boot shopping in the evening to take advantage of this, as you’ll never have a problem with a little wiggle room but will curse boots that are even a half size too small.Usage: Where are you planning to use your boots? If you’re a desert hiker planning long days in the Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks, you won’t be buying the same pair as the hiker looking to trek into the Alaskan wilderness. While GORETEX is a great option for some people, in other environments a waterproof boot is a surefire way to be walking around with sweaty feet all summer. Likewise, your boot should match the load you are getting ready to carry. If you’re training for that week long traverse of the Sierra Nevadas, spring for a boot with more ankle support. You’ll thank us when you’ve got twenty miles under a heavy pack.Foot Care: Think about socks too. A good pair of wool blend hiking socks (Our favorites are Farm to Feet’s Damascus Crew ($22.50)) help wick away sweat and keep your feet from feeling rubbed raw and fatigued. Bring a good pair along to try on with your boots; the shop will probably have a few tester socks lying around, but do you really want to share socks with the last fifty people who came into the store? Thickness and materials play a big role in foot comfort. In insulated mountaineering or winter boots we like to go with thin socks and for summer boots nothing more than a medium cushion. Augmented with a good aftermarket insole or footbed, and you can change the feel of a pair of boots out of the box.After Care: Learning how to care for your new boots will extend their life significantly, as well as improve waterproofing and breathability. Take the time to ask a few questions about maintaining leather or synthetic materials. We’ve had good luck with Nikwax’s DuoPack for Boots ($15+). Again, a good footwear expert at the store can point you in the right direction of the best products for the boots you pick.No matter whether you’re picking out your first pair of hiking shoes or are a seasoned backpacker, getting educated on your most essential piece of trail wear will pay dividends all year long. Stay tuned for our picks of this year best boots soon, as we’re wrapping up some intensive spring hikes in the Deserts of Southern Utah with a handful of this year’s newest and best hiking boots. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Deputy Minister of Business Named

October 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMurray Coolican has been named the new deputy minister of Business, Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Jan. 28. “Murray will provide excellent leadership to this new department focused on fostering private-sector growth,” said Premier McNeil. “We are changing the way government does business. Murray’s experience, enthusiasm and commitment to the public and private sectors will be an asset in this role.” Mr. Coolican has a unique combination of senior level experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He has served as senior vice-president at Maritime Life and vice-president at a number of companies including Nova Scotia Power, Corporate Communications Limited and National Sea Products. Additionally, he has held senior positions with the Government of Ontario and served as special assistant to the Rt. Honourable Robert Stanfield. Mr. Coolican also chaired the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Coolican will retain the energy portfolio.last_img read more

Halifaxs Neptune Theatre Benefits from Federal Support

October 15, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Quotes“Our government is proud to support arts and culture by investing in high-calibre cultural spaces such as the Neptune Theatre. Audiences can enjoy the work of professional artists in facilities that meet industry standards and also contribute to the quality of life in communities all across Canada.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“I am delighted that our government is supporting upgrades to the Neptune Theatre, which has been a significant feature of Halifax’s cultural infrastructure since the early 1960s. This well-loved theatre offers Nova Scotians and visitors a variety of professional theatre presentations, while contributing to local economic activity.”—Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament (Halifax)“Advice and investments from the Department of Canadian Heritage have helped Neptune Theatre plan and make smart decisions about its infrastructure and technology requirements. This investment will enhance the experience of visitors to the theatre and better position Neptune to respond to the needs of the community and long-term sustainability.”—Rebecca Hiltz LeBlanc, President of the Neptune Theatre FoundationQuick factsThe Neptune Theatre, which staged its first show in 1963, is the largest production theatre in Atlantic Canada.The Neptune, a registered charity, is owned and operated by the Neptune Theatre Foundation and is run as a not-for-profit society.The upgrades made possible through this funding will help fully integrate the new specialized light and sound equipment that Neptune purchased thanks to earlier support from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.Some of the main upgrades will include modernizing the stage area, upgrading the box office capacity, and installing a new heating and ventilation system.The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund plays a key role in improving physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.Associated linksCanada Cultural Spaces FundNeptune Theatre With this investment, the Neptune Theatre Foundation will carry out technical and general enhancements to Neptune’s Fountain Hall Theatre (main stage), as well as improvements in customer service.This support is being provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. In Budget 2016, the Government of Canada dedicated $168.2 million to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund over two years. Budget 2017 provided an additional $300 million for the fund over 10 years. Advertisement Twittercenter_img Facebook HALIFAX – Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament (Halifax), today announced funding of $499,978 for upgrades to the Neptune Theatre. Mr. Fillmore made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation looking to reopen June 1st

October 13, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgDr. Helm said that the Foundation has also made a request to the provincial government for emergency funding support, and is also approaching local and regional industry and service groups. He explained that the Foundation’s goal is to raise a total of $200,000, although he said that raising $150,000 would allow the museum to open until the end of September and continue raising the remainder of the required funds in the interim.“Re-opening our museum would allow us to leverage external funds: over $300,000 is anticipated, which includes the enhancement of exhibits and educational programs,” said Dr. Helm in a release. “It will also enable us to complete a major $500,000 renovation project that will enhance our facility, through external funding from Cultural Spaces and the Northern Development Initiative Trust.”Helm said that the Foundation’s long-term goal is to continue to secure stable funding, of which he said a significant portion should come from the provincial government due to the importance of the paleontological work by done at the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre, and the precedent set in other jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. — The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation is hoping it will be able to reopen its doors by June 1st after recently receiving two separate offers of $50,000 in funding.The Foundation was forced to close its doors at the end of March after it was denied an application for a $200,000 grant from the District of Tumbler Ridge earlier this year. However, a motion by Mayor Don McPherson to grant the Foundation $50,000 to open five days a week from June 1st to October 1st was approved at a District Council meeting on May 7th. Included in that motion was that District staff draw up a referendum to hear from residents about whether they would like the District to continue funding the museum going forward.Foundation spokesperson Dr. Charles Helm said that the Foundation is grateful for the funding offer from the District. He said that the Foundation recently received a $50,000 grant from a private donor challenging governments and other funding sources to contribute funds to enable the museum to reopen. last_img read more

Morce-Net And The Creation of 100 English Resource Centres: A…

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

Taroudant, Morocco – After the success of Moroccan Resource Centers of English Network (MoRCE-Net) first national conference held in Agadir, April 16-19, 2013, and the second conference in Marrakech, November 16-18, 2013 under the theme “Promoting Lifelong Learning through Enhancement Activities and Project Work”, the Network honored its commitment and promise. Its ambitious dream of creating 100 resources centers around Morocco has finally become a reality.100 resource centres across MoroccoEven though it is newly created and thanks to its thoughtful vision and the commitment of its founders, MoRCE-Net managed to create 100 resource centers in middle and high schools scattered all over the regions of the kingdom providing them with useful pedagogical resources. In collaboration with the Ministry of National Education, the British Council and the US Regional English Language Office (RELO), MoRCE-Net has succeeded since its creation in providing educational resources to many English resource centers around Morocco. Yet, the 100 resource centres’ project has been a unique one in that the following resources were donated to all the 100 centers that were set up in different middle and high schools in Morocco: 150 Readers, 10 dictionaries, 12 markers, 2 mobile loud speakers, 1 CD player, 3 packets of flipcharts, and 5 packets of paper. The British Council promised to fund all those resources.Mr Nick Cherkas, English Language Projects Manager at the British Council, showing a sample of the materials donated to English resource centres. “I would like to confirm that I have received the materials for our resource center. We are grateful to MoRCE-Net for the efforts they invest to create more resource centers around the country,” said Mr Lahsen Ahmam, a member of MoRCE-Net board and teacher of English at Ibn Elhaitam technical high school in Ouarzazate.“The initiative was warmly welcomed by all students and teachers in my school,” said Ms Mouna Marbou, teacher of English at Khadija Oum Elmouminine middle school in Casablanca.“Being a member of MoRCE-Net board makes me feel prouder and more confident that the 100 resource centres initiative is a successful project for the teaching and learning of English nationwide,” said Mr Mohamed Bakkas, teacher of English at Ibn Soulaiman Roudani high school in Taroudant. As stated in its website (www.morce.net), “MoRCE-Net is a network whose main interests revolve around implementing learner-centered activities and creating professional collaboration and development opportunities. It is a platform for joining efforts among teachers, educational professionals and institutions interested in creating resource centers and English clubs.”Mr Mohammed Loutfi, teacher of English and English resource centre coordinater at Al Mohammadia High School, Ksar El Kebir, in a meeting with students, teachers and administrators exhibiting the materials received from MoRCE-Net. “MoRCE-Net,” as explained by its president, Mr. Abdellatif Zoubair, “is a qualitative addition to the rest of the associations and centers that operate in the field of teaching and learning English in Morocco. Its main purpose is to provide spaces within educational institutions all over the kingdom to engage students in various activities and provide resources for learners in order to help them refine their talents and develop their linguistic, communicative and creative competencies.” “The resource center”, states Mr. Mohammed Hassim, MoRCE-Net secretary general, “is more than a library or collection of materials. It’s a space where students and teachers gain skills and competencies that would help them get engaged in project work and extra-curricular activities in better and more efficient ways. The role of the Network is to provide not only materials but, more importantly, a structured framework conducive to the acquisition of qualitative educational products and professional expertise.”Ibn Maja high school English Resource Centre, Agadir, Morocco, was visited on Thursday, 29 May 2014 by Mr Martin Rose and Mr John Mitchell, two British Council directors together with some English teachers, inspectors and MoRCE-Net board members. According to MoRCE-Net’s president, “in its initial phase, the 100 English Resource Centers Program will benefit about 300 teachers and over 15000 students in Moroccan public middle and high schools in urban, semi-urban and rural areas. More accurate data will be collected starting this fall to determine the potential impact of the program on the quality of English language learning and instruction in the targeted schools”. To ensure the productive and professional orientation of the resource centers’ programme, each resource center is required to prepare a Portfolio of Evidence.The Network shares through its website, a well structured and easy to use template of the portfolio that the centers have to complete and send to a MoRCE-Net committee for evaluation.The centers’ coordinators will then meet to showcase their portfolios and products in a national gathering that will be held by the end of January 2015. The centres will be classified according to the quality of their achievement and will be granted bronze, silver, or gold tags.Mr. Abdellatif Zoubair and Mr. Mohamed Hassim edited and contributed to this article© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. 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UN agency Pakistan set to continue screening programme for Afghan refugee applicants

October 6, 2019 0 Comments

“Afghans have responded favourably to the exercise, turning out in big numbers to register and provide general information on their families and places of origin,” said Millicent Mutuli, spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). During the first phase, over 21,000 families were processed at two screening centres near Peshawar city in northwest Pakistan in less than three weeks.A total of 14,564 families will go to the next phase of the screening exercise, which starts tomorrow, while 6,465 families have opted for voluntary repatriation, Ms. Mutuli said. Afghans who have registered will be called for interviews to determine their status while those who have expressed the wish to return home will receive an aid package.Fifty-five teams are on standby to begin interviewing all Afghans who have registered. Those found to be in need of protection will be granted temporary legal status in Pakistan and all those accepted will be transferred to a camp at New Shamshatoo, where they will be provided assistance by UNHCR and its partners, Ms. Mutuli said. Negotiations are continuing between UNHCR and Pakistani authorities to identify further sites.”Afghans whose cases are rejected will have the right to appeal, but once a final decision is made, they would have to return home,” Ms. Mutuli said. “Especially vulnerable people from drought-affected areas would be given a temporary humanitarian stay until conditions improve in their villages.”UNHCR estimates that overall, there are 1.2 million Afghans living in refugee villages in Pakistan. read more

Investors look to slew of economic data earnings from corporate Canada

October 4, 2019 0 Comments

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2013 4:00 am MDT Investors look to slew of economic data, earnings from corporate Canada AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Investors will focus on economic data this coming week as the third quarter earnings season starts to wind down in the U.S., and key data, including employment updates, come in from both sides of the border.There will also be plenty of marquee earnings reports from major Canadian corporations this week, including updates from big insurance companies including Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC), GreatWest Lifeco (TSX:GWO) and Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF).Stocks in many of the insurers are well off their 52-lows and close to their best levels in a year as easing by the U.S. central bank has helped boost stock markets and increased bond yields.Other big corporate names reporting this week include retailer Canadian Tire (TSX:CTA.B), coffee chain Tim Horton’s (TSX:THI) and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ).Last week, the TSX ended down 0.46 per cent as gold stocks fell further into negative territory and bullion prices continued to lose ground. Despite the dip, the market had its best month so far this year during October, running ahead 4.5 per cent, leaving the TSX up 7.26 per cent year to date.The TSX is entering the final two months of 2013 trading at its highest levels since the summer of 2013 but Andrew Pyle, portfolio manager and senior wealth adviser at ScotiaMcLeod, wonders just how sustainable the strong gains will prove to be.“The problem of course is that we have had an equity market that has just gone stellar on this relief rally post-(government) shutdown regardless of data flow, regardless of concerns over the quality of the data,” he said.“And so the market is at greater risk obviously.”Meanwhile, U.S. traders will take in a key reading on the health of the American non-manufacturing sector, growth figures for the third quarter and most importantly, the U.S. government’s employment report for October.The data will be carefully weighed for hints as to when the Federal Reserve might decide the economy can handle the central bank cutting back on a key stimulus — its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases that have kept rates low and helped lift equity markets.But there is a bit of a problem with this currency crop of U.S. reports.“The quality of this data has been impeded by or affected by the U.S. government shutdown,” said Pyle,who is based in Peterborough, Ont.“So everything and anything that impacted the ability to do a survey will show up in these numbers.”That difficulty with the crop of data makes it even more difficult for traders who want to know when the Fed is likely to start tapering those asset purchases.“And I don’t think it will be until December or maybe January when economists will say, OK, these numbers are showing a clear sign of the health of the U.S. economy or the Canadian economy and I can place real bets on that,” he said.Degraded or otherwise, the U.S. jobs data is expected to be a disappointment. Economists expect the U.S. Labor Department to report that only 125,000 jobs were created during October following as 148,000 in September. They also expect the jobless rate to rise to 7.3 per cent from 7.2 per cent.That is because the jobless rate will include workers who were temporarily laid off during the shutdown. It will also include private sector employees laid off by companies that rely on federal contracts.In Canada, economists look to Statistics Canada to report on Friday that job creation during October will likely match September, coming in at about 11,000 with the jobless rate gaining 0.1 of a point to seven per cent.Other U.S. data coming out this week will likely show the American economy expanded at an annualized rate of 1.9 per cent during the third quarter, down from 2.5 per cent in the previous quarter, dragged down by sluggish consumer spending growth of around 1.5 per cent.Economists looked for the Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing sector to show slightly lower expansion for October, coming in at 54 on top of a 54.4 reading during September.“A weaker October report would suggest that lingering political uncertainty continues to dampen business confidence,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Sal Guatieri. read more

Starbucks launching Mobile Order and Pay in Calgary

October 3, 2019 0 Comments

Imagine ordering your caramel macchiato or your green tea latte before you leave the house.Starbucks’ new Mobile Order and Pay app is promising just that.Those who use it will have their drinks and snacks ready to go when they get to the store, and be able to by-pass the line.The feature will be available to Calgary Android and iOS users starting March 15, and works with the coffee company’s existing apps.Starbucks says 18 per cent of transactions in their stores are already done on mobile phones. by Kaitlin Lee Posted Mar 8, 2016 7:29 am MDT Starbucks launching Mobile Order and Pay in Calgary AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Starbucks Mobile Order and Pay arrives in Calgary on March 15th (CNW Group/Starbucks Coffee Canada) read more

Charges dropped against Elvis impersonator in US ricin letters

September 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgSuspect arrested after ‘ricin’ poison letter sent to Obama > IN THE US, an Elvis impersonator from Mississippi accused of sending a poison-laced letter to the White House has been released and has his charges dismissed.Paul Kevin Curtis’s lawyer waved the dismissal order at a news conference held shortly after investigators in hazmat suits inspected the home of a man with whom he said he had a longstanding dispute.“The government was able to basically find another suspect who we believe is the true perpetrator of this heinous crime,” defence attorney Christi McCoy told reporters.Curtis, 45, said the week since his arrest in Mississippi had been a “nightmare for myself and my family,” adding he was anxious to “get back to normal.”“I respect President (Barack) Obama, I love my country and would never do anything to pose a threat to him or any other US official,” Curtis said.Three letters laced with ricin were discovered last week as the nation was reeling from a deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon.Human body partsThe letters were addressed to Obama, Republican Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi and a justice of the peace in the same US state, Sadie Holland.Investigators initially suspected Curtis because he had written publicly about an alleged black market for the illegal sale of human body parts that he thought was being covered up by the government.But his attorney insisted from the get-go that Curtis was framed and pointed the finger at Everett Dutschke, who reportedly also had a long-standing dispute with the Holland family. Local media published photos of investigators in white suits exiting the Dutschke’s home in Tulepo, Mississippi yesterday.Dutschke came out of the home before they arrived to tell reporters he had nothing to do with the plot and that he was being questioned by the FBI, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported.Meanwhile, a suspicious letter discovered earlier at Bolling Air Force Base outside Washington raised concerns that the ricin scare wasn’t over.While initial tests detected “possible biological toxins” during routine screening, further investigation “found no suspicious packages or letters,” said the Defense Intelligence Agency, which is headquartered at Bolling. – © AFP, 2013Read: Here’s what the poison sent to Barack Obama can do >last_img read more

18yearold driving sports car wrong direction dies kills two in I805 crash

September 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_img18-year-old driving sports car wrong direction dies, kills two in I-805 crash SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An 18-year-old driving a sports car the wrong direction on Interstate 805 died and killed two people when the car collided with an SUV, causing a fiery pileup in the Miramar area, officials said Friday.The series of collisions involving as many as five vehicles — two of which wound up ablaze — occurred on the northbound side of the freeway near Miramar Road shortly after 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.An 18-year-old man driving a 2014 McLaren sports car was traveling southbound in the northbound I-805 HOV lane at a high rate of speed when the car struck a 2010 Hyundai SUV traveling northbound on I-805 near La Jolla Village Drive, according to CHP and the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.The McLaren driver, a 43-year-old woman driving the Hyundai and 12- year-old girl riding in the Hyundai died at the scene, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. The names of the victims were held pending family notification.One person was taken to a hospital for treatment of serious but non- life-threatening trauma, CHP public affairs Officer Jake Sanchez said.Northbound traffic was diverted off I-805 at the La Jolla Village Drive exit until two right lanes were reopened around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Doerr said. All northbound lanes at La Jolla Village Drive were reopened around 2:30 a.m.The circumstances leading up to the McLaren driver traveling in the wrong direction on I-805 remain under investigation.Around 30 minutes before the crash, a motorist smashed through a gate at Ashley Falls Elementary School in the Carmel Valley area before speeding off, according to San Diego police.RELATED STORY: Wrong-way driver causes fatal crash on I-805 in University CityWitnesses reported seeing the driver of a black sports car slam through the gate, get out of the car, smash a window on a school building and speed out of the campus parking lot.CHP officers were at the school Thursday, but officials did not say whether the two incidents were connected. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: August 24, 2018 August 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Bits n Pieces Giving the gift of hearing resoundingly rewarding experience

September 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe Amazon rain forest is hot and humid and sticky and, frankly, overwhelming. And it was nothing to complain about, Katie Kelley found right away.Kelley, operations manager for Vancouver medical and audiology management company Audigy Group, was one of 11 employees who visited two Peruvian cities as part of a charitable mission in August co-sponsored by the Starkey Hearing Foundation and Rotary International. Over the course of a couple of weeks, the group fitted nearly 5,000 Peruvians with nearly 10,000 new hearing aids.“There’s no way in a million years we could complain” about the conditions they were visiting when the people living there are so joyful and appreciative, she said.They also suffer more than their fair share of hearing loss, she said; that’s due to both the natural aging process as well as simple maladies such as influenza and even the common cold — and injuries and mishaps that are relatively common in the jungle, like getting “sticks and rocks in their ears,” Kelley said. Such problems would be easily treatable, if only the people had access to care, Kelley said.Lining up at the group’s first stop, a Rotary Center in the jungle-isolated city of Iquitos, were people from ages 5 to 97, Kelley said. “So many kids,” she said. “In our first day, we fit 200 people with hearing aids.” And that was a light day; more typical was 500. “When you are there and they’re all lined up, you just keep going till the last person is taken care of,” she said.last_img read more

Then and Now Kareena Kapoor to Katrina Kaif top 2000s actresses and

September 5, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgDeepika Padukone: Deepika probably had no clue that she would turn out to be the top actress of the industry, when she had made her debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om. With films like Love Aaj Kal, Cocktail, Ram-Leela, Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat; Deepika has not only emerged as the top actress of the country but is also the highest paid actress we have in the industry today. Kareena Kapoor: Kareena made her debut with JP Dutta’s Refugee opposite Abhishek Bachchan in 2000. She had also won the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Female. Kareena continues to remain one of the most sought after and bankable actresses of the industry today. The 2000s was a decade that changed everything for Bollywood. From actresses who carried the film on their shoulders to actors accepting to play second fiddles; the entire decade brought about a massive change in the way the industry functioned and was perceived. Let’s take a look at the top actresses of the decade and how they have transformed over the years. Katrina Kaif: Katrina kick-started her career with Kaizad Gustad’s Boom which fared badly at the box-office. However, with films like Namastey London, Rajeneeti, Ek Tha Tiger and the recent one being Zero; Katrina has created a strong foothold for herself in the industry. Priyanka Chopra: Priyanka Chopra made her debut with Anil Sharma’s Hero: Love Story of a Spy opposite Sunny Deol in 2003 in a supporting role. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for Andaaz opposite Akshay Kumar, directed by Raj Kanwar.center_img Sonam Kapoor: Sonam Kapoor made her acting debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya. With films like I Hate Love Storys, Raanjhana and Neerja; Sonam has carved a niche for herself in the industry. Bipasha Basu: Bipasha made her debut with Abbas- Mustan’s suspense-thriller Ajnabee in 2001. She had also won the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Female. Though we don’t get to see her much onscreen, the fan following and acclaim Bipasha received, is difficult to match till date. Vidya Balan: Vidya Balan is another actress who made everyone sit upright and take notice of this new talent on the block. Right with her first film Parineeta, Vidya had given a taste of what she was capable of to the audience. She also won the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Female for Parineeta.last_img read more

HPD Participates In National Police Week

September 2, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgImage: Houston Police Department via FacebookThe activities pertaining to National Police Week will include placing a wreath at the Houston Police Officers Memorial Site, near downtown Houston.The Houston Police Department (HPD) is participating in National Police Week, which started on Monday and will end on Friday, May 18. As part of the event, the Department will host an awards ceremony, its Honor Guard is visiting Washington, D.C. and children will tour HPD’s Training Academy.HPD’s Honor Guard went to Washington, D.C. this past Saturday, May 12, and will be in the nation’s capital until Wednesday, May 16.As for the awards, they will be presented at a luncheon. The luncheon is by invitation only and will be held on Thursday, May 17, at 12 p.m. at the Downtown Aquarium.On Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. a public ceremony with local clergy members will be held at the Houston Police Officers’ Union (HPOU) office, located at 1600 State Street.That same day, at 7 p.m., there will be a public memorial service at the Houston Police Officers Memorial Site, which is located at 2400 Memorial Drive. The service will honor officers who have given their lives in the line of duty and will include a candlelight vigil.As for the tours at HPD’s Training Academy, which is located 17000 Aldine Westfield, they are pre-scheduled and the children who take them will meet with officers and partake in demonstrations from HPD’s Air Support Division, the K-9 Unit, SWAT, the Dive Team, the Training Division and the Community Outreach Unit.Also as part of National Police Week, all officers and citizens are encouraged to drive with their headlights on, in remembrance of the peace officers who have sacrificed their lives while protecting the cities of the United States. Sharelast_img read more