U.P. Police arrest Assamese man on charges of being Hizbul operative

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday claimed to have arrested from Kanpur an Assamese youth on charges of being am alleged operative of the Kashmir-based militant organisation Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. The police said the suspect, who was reported missing earlier this year, was planning to carry out a terror attack in UP during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.Identified as Kamar-uz-Zama, the suspect was nabbed from the Chakeri area of Kanpur by a team of the UP Anti-Terror Squad with inputs from the NIA, said the UP ATS.The Uttar Pradesh DGP O.P Singh, who briefed media on the arrest, said the suspect had first surfaced in April this year after a photo of him flaunting an AK47 rifle with his code name was posted on social media and widely shared.Police said that in April 2017, during his stay in Kashmir, Kamar came in touch with a person named Osama and joined the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen through him and went on to get training in the forests and hills near Kishtwar. He then adopted the name Dr. Hurera as part of the HM, said the police.Mr. Singh said the suspect admitted during questioning that he was sent to UP to carry out an attack during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival and was even carrying out a recce. The ATS said they found in his phone a video in which he is conducting recce of a temple in Kanpur.“We are still to get the details and are questioning him,” said Mr. Singh.The ATS said it was finding out the duration of Kamar’s stay in UP, details of his aides, source of funding and specific targets in the state.Kamar is a resident of Jamunamukh in Hojai district of Assam.As per the police, he has a diploma in typing and computers and had failed to clear his B.A. third-year exams.Kamar has also lived abroad, in the Republic of Palau, from 2008 to 2012.last_img read more

The Talent Crunch That Just Brought Home IT’s Perils In Trump’s America

first_imgIndian IT companies and their customers are facing a dearth of mid-level talent in the US, caused by stricter interpretations of rules governing the H-1B work visa programme.The US market has always had a problem with entry-level talent but the middle layer was generally filled with Indians on H-1B visas. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Maharashtra government formation: NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena common minimum programme to strive for policy direction

first_img Need for consensusAmong the key issues to be discussed is the distribution of Cabinet and State portfolios and posts in various corporations. “The issue of who will become the Chief Minister is sorted. That post will be with the Sena. But there will be talks about appointments to corporations, the Rajya Sabha and the Legislative Council. We have to reach a broader consensus before going forward,” a senior Congress leader said.The CMP will focus on a broader strategy for the next government. “Distribution of portfolios is certainly an issue being discussed, but we have to decide on policy matters such as farm loan waiver, infrastructure projects, industrial growth and the financial condition of the State. There has to be a road map, and we will chalk out the broader picture,” the Congress leader said.The NCP MLAs held a meeting on Wednesday morning where Mr. Ajit Pawar clarified that his party and the Congress would clear certain points following which talks will be held with the Sena on the CMP.“We are not in a hurry. The Governor has given us six months time,” he said. Sena’s demands unacceptable, BJP not in favour of mid-term polls in Maharashtra: Shah A common minimum programme (CMP) being drafted by the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine and the Shiv Sena will discuss matters starting from distribution of Ministries to broader policy-based issues, sources say.The programme is, however, likely to skip controversial issues. “The CMP will be about policy direction and will not include every issue in the State today,” said a senior Congress leader working on the draft. The issues such as the Sena’s demand for Bharat Ratna to Veer Savarkar will not be in the CMP as it is the demand of a particular party.The NCP on Wednesday appointed a five-member committee including legislature party leader Ajit Pawar, State president Jayant Patil and Leader of the Opposition in Council Dhananjay Munde to hold discussions with the Congress and the Sena. Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and State president Balasaheb Thorat, met at the office of the former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to identify similarities in the manifestos of the three parties and come to common points to move forward.Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is directly monitoring the discussions along with senior party leaders.Also Readlast_img read more

Dwyane Wade, Bulls agree on buyout

first_imgLongtime friends and former teammates Dwyane Wade and LeBron James could be headed for a reunion at Cleveland after Wade and the Chicago Bulls reached a buyout agreement. The Cavaliers are reportedly among the favorites to land the three-time NBA champion. APMIAMI — Dwyane Wade signed with Chicago before last season in large part because the affinity for his hometown was still very strong.A year later, he’s about to be on the move.ADVERTISEMENT Bolts clinch No. 1 seed Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  After the Butler trade, it was evident Wade was getting a buyout. The question was when. And now the question is: What will Wade decide next?“Anything that happens from a personnel standpoint down the road, or any opportunities that are there, we’re always going to approach that,” Riley said Friday.The opportunity is coming for the Heat, and anyone else who’s interested.Wade averaged 18.3 points for Chicago and returned from injury late in the season to help the Bulls get into the playoffs. Over his 14 seasons, Wade has averaged 23.3 points, been to the playoffs 12 times, won three rings and took home the 2006 NBA Finals MVP award.Bulls President John Paxson told CSN Chicago last week that he and general manager Gar Forman sat down with Wade when the season ended, and planned to do so again when Wade went back to Chicago.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Wade and the Bulls agreed to terms on a buyout agreement Sunday, a person with direct knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press. Wade is considering several options, including a potential return to Miami or a reunion with longtime friend LeBron James in Cleveland, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the buyout has not been formally announced.Wade will have other suitors as well. ESPN reported San Antonio would be a possible landing spot and Oklahoma City — which added Paul George this summer and will formally complete the trade with New York for Carmelo Anthony on Monday — would also seem to make sense as well. Wade has kept his home in Miami, and Heat teammates have made little secret that they would welcome him back with open arms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHeat President Pat Riley said late last week that he is still in love with Wade. He could not discuss the possibility of trying to bring Wade back to the Heat because NBA tampering rules do not allow such conversations about players under contract with other clubs.That contract is about to come to a quick close. Wade was due about $24 million this season from the Bulls, who traded Jimmy Butler away this summer and are entering a rebuilding phase. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Given how quickly the buyout was agreed to, that talk apparently happened fast. View commentslast_img read more

Brownlee scores 36, Alab Pilipinas post back-to-back wins

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Renaldo Balkman gave Brownlee ample support, finishing with a double-double of 17 markers and 13 boards, while Bobby Ray Parks Jr. got 14 points, two rebounds and four assists.Josh Urbiztondo went 3-of-7 from downtown to unload 11 markers to help the Philippine side improve its record to 5-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVeteran gunslinger Dondon Hontiveros sparked a decisive 14-2 blast for Alab, which took an 87-73 lead with 2:57 left in the game.The Knights, however, refused to sink in front of their home crowd as their starters rallied the team back to within four, 90-86, after a Decorey Jones slam in the waning seconds, before Oping Sumalinog secured the victory with two free throws down the stretch. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueJustin Brownlee had his best scoring game of the season and Tanduay Alab Pilipinas beat 92-87 victory over CLS Knights Indonesia Saturday in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League at GOR CLS Kertajaya in Indonesia.Brownlee was sensational on the road as he shot 15-for-24 from the field while also collecting eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Williams paced CLS with 22 points and 14 rebounds, Sandy Kurniawan tallied 19 markers, and Mario Wuysang had 17 points and six rebounds as the Knights reeled to their seventh straight loss to fall to 1-7.The scores:ALAB PILIPINAS 92 — Brownlee 36, Balkman 17, Parks 14, Urbiztondo 11, Maierhofer 6, Hontiveros 5, Sumalinog 2, Raymundo 1, Alabanza 0, Celiz 0, Domingo 0, Javelona 0.CLS KNIGHTS 87 — Williams 22, Kurniawan 19, Wuysang 17, Jones 11, Hidayat 9, Lish 9, Nugroho 0, Saroni 0, Utomo 0, Wisnu 0.Quarters: 29-18, 48-44, 69-67, 92-87.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHcenter_img Federer not keen on his kids following in footsteps Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more

Shooting for the top

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress “We never dreamed of No. 1. But if there’s a chance, we’ll take it,” he said.NLEX has three more assignments left in the eliminations in defending champion Magnolia, which is at 4-4; undermanned NorthPort, which is hanging by a thread in the Top 8; and a struggling Alaska.The Hotshots, though, are on a tear with Romeo Travis regaining top form after an injury kept him out of a game.The Batang Pier will be without ace rookie Robert Bolick.“We’re in a position where we want to be,” Guiao said.It’s just up to the Road Warriors on how they handle it from here, and knowing that they are fragile enough to be had anytime, it could serve them in good stead.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shattered dreams MOST READ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The tough-talking mentor knows they can fall any time, his team, after all, was behind two stunning upsets in the tournament thus far: over crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra in Dubai last month, and against a streaking TNT just last week.“We know that the slightest of errors can lead to a slipup,” Guiao said. “I hope we can hold on to this for as long as we can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceNow that they are in a very good position, Guiao and the Road Warriors will be shooting for a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the playoffs, an incentive exclusive to the top four finishers of the elimination phase.While NLEX looks a well-humming machine as evidenced by their league-best averages in bench scoring (54.2) and assists (28.5), Guiao admits to having to rest much of the twice-to-beat task on their import, Manny Harris.center_img “The risk was we would look bad or we would look like geniuses,” he said of the move to tap the NBA G-League veteran to replace old reliable Olu Ashaolu, who helped NLEX to a 4-1 record, counting that win over the Gin Kings.“So far, we’re looking the latter,” he added in jest after Harris completed his first PBA triple-double in the win over Rain or Shine, which came after two high-scoring games.The Road Warriors are undefeated in three games with Harris.NLEX failed to make it past the elimination round of the first two conferences, also largely due in part to the suspension star sophomore Kiefer Ravena served.The Road Warriors are in unfamiliar terrain this conference, and Guiao would like to ride it however far this streak takes them.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Neither a victory going into a 12-day layoff nor a share of the PBA Governors’ Cup lead at 7-1 could give NLEX coach Yeng Guiao a sense of security.“We know we are very fragile,” said the Road Warriors coach, whose charges bucked a lethargic start and managed to gut out a 111-91 victory over Rain or Shine recently at Cuneta Astrodome.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

Every game is a final, says Jamshedpur coach

first_imgJamshedpur, Oct 28 (IANS) Two unbeaten sides, Jamshedpur FC and Kerala Blasters, take on each other on Monday at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in the Indian Super League (ISL) here on Monday.The teams are yet to lose a game this season but have just a win to show for their efforts. While the home team have played out three successive draws after their win over Mumbai City in the opener, the visitors have been involved in two draws after winning their opener against ATK. Jamshedpur FC, with a possession-based style of play, have dominated games but their failure to convert chances and a lack of accuracy in shooting has contributed to their plight. The fact that star striker Tim Cahill is yet to attain match fitness could be an issue for coach Cesar Ferrando. The Australian will play a part at some point against Kerala and the Men of Steel will look to him to provide some inspiration up front. Defensively, they have looked good with Tiri marshalling the backline commendably. Mario Arques and Memo will be looking to dominate Kerala in midfield and set the tempo for Ferrando’s side. Youngster Mobashir Rahman is still injured for Jamshedpur and Ferrando will have to make do without him.”In international leagues, there are 38 matches. But here (we have) 18 matches and so every game is like final. For me, tomorrow’s match is a final,” said Ferrando.Kerala Blasters have played only three games so far but have not impressed since their 2-0 win over ATK in the season opener. Like their Monday’s opponents, Kerala conceded late equalisers. While he will want the strikers to score more, maintaining the team’s concentration levels throughout the 90 minutes will be high on coach David James’ mind. The Englishman has never gone in with a full quota of foreign players this season, instead opting to give youngsters like Mohammed Rakip and Sahal Abdul Samad opportunities. They have done well so far. The former England goalkeeper will be hoping their encouraging performances continue against Jamshedpur as well.The good news for James is that Anas Edathodika is back in contention for a start after serving his three game suspension. “Anas sitting next to me is available for once and it puts a different perspective on team selection. It makes the whole group much more competitive. As a coach, what you want is everybody fighting for a place,” said James.–IANSgau/mradvertisementlast_img read more

Steve Smith disappointed as ball-tampering ban continues: Pat Cummins

first_imgAustralia pacer Pat Cummins has revealed his former skipper Steve Smith’s state of mind after an unsuccessful bid from Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) to get his ban reduced.Cummins said that Smith has steered clear of all the speculations in the lead up to the review conducted by Cricket Australia (CA) earlier this week but insisted the 29-year-old is pretty disappointed over not getting an early reprieve from the ball-tampering punishment.Smith, along with former vice-captain David Warner were handed one-year bans by CA following their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test during Australia’s tour of South Africa earlier this year.Cameron Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban and he can return to the highest level in December but the two superstar cricketers have to wait until the last week of March 2019 to start playing for their state and the international teams.Also read: Australia still a good side, says Brisbane T20 hero Marcus StoinisHowever, there was a ray of hope when ACA, which had been maintaining the punishments were swift and harsh, pushed to allow them to play first-class cricket immediately.The players’ union submission came at a time when a culture review when a culture review of Cricket Australia opined that cricket body had been arrogant and controlling.Nonetheless, the Cricket Australia, after reviewing ACA’s submission, maintained that it is not appropriate to make changes to the sanctions handed to Smith, Warner, and Bancroft.”I think he’s pretty disappointed. I think he was hopeful of that getting lifted. But to be honest I think he’s just over it all the speculation and talk. He’s just over it. He wants to play some cricket,” Cummins told cricket.com.au.advertisement”There’s some good T20 comps around the world coming up that hopefully he’ll go and play. I think he’s sick of all the talk. He said he’s in a really good place. He’s happy, he’s playing obviously he’d love to be playing the Tests and everything else coming up. But he’s just ready to get over it.”Also read: Virat Kohli not underestimating Australia without Steve Smith and David WarnerThe trio is not going to be part of the Australian squad for the upcoming four-Test series against India, who are being considered favourites following the Australian biggies’ absence.Hopeful of returning to the international fold before the Cricket World Cup and next year’s Ashes, Smith and Warner have been playing T20 tournaments across the globe and club-level cricket in Sydney.Smith had played Canada’s Global T20 and the Caribbean Premier League earlier this year. He is all set to feature in the fourth season of Pakistan Super League (PSL).Despite the controversy surrounding the former Australian captain, he was among the top two picks in the PSL draft. Smith was picked up by an unnamed sixth franchise in the Platinum category that will see him earn more than USD 160,000 in the month-long tournament which will be played between February 14 and March 17.Also Watchlast_img read more

GasLog Partners Earnings Shrink

first_imgzoom Greece-based owner and operator of LNG carriers GasLog Partners has seen its profit for the second quarter of 2017 decrease by 9 percent to USD 20.5 million from USD 22.5 million seen in the three-month period ended June 30, 2016.The decrease in profit is attributable to an increase of USD 2.3 million in net financial costs, mainly due to increased interest expense and loss on interest rate swaps in the three months ended June 30, 2017, partially offset by an increase in profit from operations of USD 0.4 million.Despite a decrease in profit, the company’s quarterly revenues witnessed a slight rise of 2 percent ending the quarter at USD 65.2 million, compared to USD 64 million reported in the same period a year earlier.Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, the company completed the acquisition of the GasLog Geneva from GasLog for USD 211 million, with attached multi-year charter to a subsidiary of Shell. Earlier in the quarter, the company also finalized the purchase of LNG tanker GasLog Greece.“Following the successful acquisition of the GasLog Greece, GasLog Partners delivered our highest-ever quarterly Partnership Performance Results for Revenues and EBITDA, among other metrics,” Andrew Orekar, Chief Executive Officer, said.The acquisitions expanded the Partnership’s fleet to 11 wholly owned LNG carriers.last_img read more

CTMA Ferry Procurement Hits Legal Hurdles

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Canadian Davie Shipbuilding has launched a legal proceeding which questions government support to the Coopérative de transport maritime et aérien’s (CTMA) procurement of a ferry to replace the CTMA Vacancier and the CTMA Voyageur.The shipbuilder believes that the former government’s support for the acquisition was tainted with serious procedural irregularities and must be suspended and, ultimately, declared invalid.The outgoing government announced last May that CTMA would be granted financial support to acquire a new ship. In parallel, the government sought to extend the CTMA’s concession to operate the ferry service to the Magdalen Islands until 2020 and then for an additional 20 years.The announcement was confirmed in a decree enacted on August 17, 2018, as informed by Davie.CTMA issued an invitation to tender for the building of the new ferry and the first phase of the tender was to be concluded on November 15.The motion for judicial review presented by Davie Shipbuilding on November 1, alleges that the process leading to the invitation to tender involved a number of “violations of laws and of public order.”The motion criticizes the government’s attempt mandate CTMA, described as a “cluster of private companies”, to organize a public tender to purchase a vessel, which will be largely paid for from public money.According to the claim, this role must be fulfilled by the government’s Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ), whose mission is to purchase vessels for this purpose in partnership with private enterprises.The motion also alleges that CTMA didn’t obtain an authorization from the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), as stipulated in the Act Respecting Contracting by Public Bodies. In addition, the claim denounces the attribution of the 20-year concession and the subsidy to CTMA for the procurement of the ferry for having been made without the budgetary appropriations required by law.The procurement process has been halted and the matter is presently before the courts.last_img read more

FPIs invest Rs 17219 cr in Apr

first_imgNew Delhi: Foreign investors were net buyers in the Indian capital markets for the third straight month in April, pouring in Rs 17,219 crore on favourable macroeconomic conditions and ample liquidity. India has been one of the top recipients of foreign fund flows among emerging markets since February 2019 on the back of positive global sentiment, improving growth outlook, supportive macros and dovish stance taken by the RBI, experts said. Overseas investors had put in a net sum of Rs 45,981 crore in March and Rs 11,182 crore in February in the capital markets (both equity and debt). Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAccording to the latest depositories data, foreign portfolio investors (FPI) pumped in a net sum of Rs 21,032.04 crore into equities but pulled out a net amount of Rs 3,812.94 crore from the debt market during April 1-26, taking the total net investment to Rs 17,219.10 crore. “Expectation of a slowdown in the global economy led several central banks to adopt a dovish stance towards interest rates in order to provide a boost to their dwindling economies. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”This augured well for the emerging markets as it improved global liquidity which has been making its way into the emerging markets and India is getting its share from that,” said Himanshu Srivastava, senior research analyst, manager research at Morningstar. Alok Agarwala, Senior VP and Head – Investment Analytics at Bajaj Capital attributed the decline of foreign flows into debt markets to “rise in crude oil prices and worries over the supply overhang” as it has diminished the hope of yields coming down further. Sustainability of economic growth, behaviour of crude oil prices and formation of a stable government at the Centre will play significant role in the continuation of FPI flows, he added.last_img read more

Moroccos House of Representatives Adopts 2015 Draft Budget Bill

Rabat  – The House of Representatives (lower house) adopted Sunday during a plenary session the 2015 draft budget bill by majority votes of its members.174 member of the lower house voted for the draft bill while 59 voted against it.The 2015 appropriation draft bill banks on a 4.4 % growth rate and seeks to bring budget deficit to 4.3 % of GDP. These objectives are set on a forecast average exchange rate of 8.6 MAD/dollar and an average oil price of 103 dollars a barrel.The Government said the draft bill seeks to preserve macro-economic balances, create conditions favorable for economic takeoff by setting a balance between investment and growth, and meeting the requirements of employment, social inclusion and reduction of inequalities.The budget draft bill, which provides for the creation of 22,510 budget items, comes at an unstable global juncture mainly in the Euro zone, Morocco’s major economic partner. read more

MAN to Hold Second International Media Forum in Washington DC in

Washington, D.C. – As both Morocco and the United States approach historical electoral crossroads, the second International Media Forum on September 27-28 will address the role of media in influencing society, leading and adapting to change, and shaping history.  From the use of media by candidates in the U.S. Presidential election and coverage of the Republican and Democratic conventions to the reportage on the Moroccan elections and use of social media during the recent coup d’état in Turkey, media is having a significant impact on people’s perceptions, decisions, and the course of events perhaps like at no other time in history.The conference follows on from the first International Media Forum hosted by the Moroccan American Network (MAN) in 2014. The forum will feature prominent members of the Moroccan and U.S. media, academics, and others to explore the role of media in today’s rapidly changing world, the importance of free speech and critical thinking in a democracy, and the potential impact of Moroccan voices in America. “Our main objective,” according to Mohamed El Hajjam, the President of the Moroccan American Network, “is to ignite and inspire Moroccan-American strategic alliances by bringing journalists from all forms of media together.”  As part of a week of associated activities, this year’s conference will provide a platform for debate, networking opportunities, and exchanges of views and best practices.Panelists will address the changing face of media in a world of rapid technological change, and the development of digital media.  They will explore the role of media in the political processes in the U.S. and Morocco, and the impact and influence of media on public opinion, society, and the development of democracy.The conference recognizes excellence in media and will celebrate the fifth anniversary of on-line news platform, Morocco World News, the only English language media outlet focused on news relating to Morocco.The conference is being presented by MAN, AV Actions Inc., and 50 Frames, with the support of other strategic partners and sponsors.The Moroccan American Business Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening economic ties between Morocco and the United States.AV Actions, Inc. is a premier communications, event staging, and AV company specializing in light and sound.50 Frames is a full-service TV production company, based in Washington, D.C., that provides news and program services to national and international broadcasters.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Forbes Moroccan Hotels and Spas Second Most Highly Rated in MENA

Rabat – In its 2018 Travel Guide, Forbes magazine listed Morocco as the country with the second largest number of most highly rated vacation properties in the MENA.Morocco has six hotels and two spas, coming in second to the United Arab Emirates, which has 33 hotels and spas combined.Formerly known as Mobil Travel Guide, Forbes Travel Guide uses a rating system  to assess over 1,600 different hotels, restaurants, and spas in 50 different countries. Forbes uses 900 objective standards to evaluate factors that come into play – Five-star ratings are only “given to only a handful of the properties that have passed the travel guide’s stringent rating standards.”The best establishments listed in the kingdom are all located in the city of Marrakech.The Royal Mansour and the Mandarin Oriental were each awarded 5 star ratings, while La Mamounia and the Four Seasons Resort each scored 4 stars.In 2015, Royal Mansour was named best hotel in Africa at the ceremonial  “Prix Villégiature 2015” awards.Meanwhile, Mandarin Oriental (which has opened its doors in 2015) was nominated as one of the hotels and resorts with the best achievement in design worldwide. This was for Virtuoso’s 10th annual “Best of the Best” hotel awards.Hotels Amanjena and Selman Marrakech were “recommended” for travelers, while Mandarin Oriental and Royal Mansour spas were classified as 4-star resorts.In its debut of its travel guide, Forbes also noted that the Middle East emerged with some big wins. United Arab Emirates hotels Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah (in Dubai), Emirates Palace (in Abu Dhabi), Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre, and Four Seasons Resort Dubai (at Jumeirah Beach) were all awarded 5 star ratings. read more

Agrium says its on track to beat previous guidance for Q4 earnings

CALGARY — Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) is raising its fourth-quarter earnings guidance, citing record-high adjusted earnings at its North American retail division and better-than-expected results at its wholesale fertilizer division.The Calgary-based fertilizer producer, which attributed the improved guidance to strong demand during a prolonged fall application season, said it earned slightly more than $2 per diluted share in the quarter, excluding certain items.Agrium’s previous guidance before Thursday’s announcement had been for between $1.50 to $1.90 per share of adjusted earnings in the fourth quarter.Its shares gained $3.64 to C$114.29 after the Toronto Stock Exchange opened. That exceeds a 52-week high of $111.48 established on Wednesday.Agrium’s revised guidance comes as New York-based fund Jana Partners LLC campaigns to win support from other shareholders for major changes at the company.Jana wants Agrium to concentrate on its wholesale fertilizer business and spin off its retail division, which operates in Canada and the United States.Agrium’s management has been resisting Jana’s move, saying the retail division is an important part of the company’s integrated strategy.“The increase in our estimated financial results is due to a very strong finish to the fall application season in our North American retail operations, supported by an extended fall season in the U.S. and continued strength in grain and oilseed prices,” said Mike Wilson, Agrium President and CEO.“Going forward, continued strength in crop prices and low global grain inventories are anticipated to support a strong spring application season in 2013,” he added.Agrium’s guidance excludes hedging gains or losses and certain other items that can have a positive or negative impact on fully reported net earnings.It said Thursday in the updated guidance that the retail business unit is expected to generate about $120 million of EBITDA in the fourth quarter, resulting in a record $950 million of EBITDA in 2012.EBITDA, a commonly used form of adjusted earnings, refers to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization — items that are included in net income under standard accounting practices.Agrium says its wholesale business had $500 million of EBITDA in the fourth quarter and $1.2 billion for 2012 as a whole — better than expected.Agrium said its finalized fourth quarter financial statements and audited annual financial results, plus a more detailed review of operations and an updated outlook, will be provided on Feb. 22.© Thomson Reuters read more

Ban urges dialogue and diplomacy by both India and Pakistan to deescalate

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban urged both sides to exercise maximum restraint and take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation. “He calls on the Governments of Pakistan and India to address their outstanding issues, including regarding Kashmir, peacefully through diplomacy and dialogue. His good offices are available, if accepted by both sides,” the statement concluded.In an earlier statement, the UN chief condmned the 18 September attack in Uri, India-administered Jammu and Kashmir, and said “the United Nations is following developments closely and shares the concerns of people living in the region for peace.” The statement added that Mr. Ban hopes that all involved would prioritize the re-establishment of stability and prevent any further loss of life.The UN has long maintained an institutional presence in the contested area between India and Pakistan. According to the Security Council mandate given in resolution 307 of 1971, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the working boundary between the South Asian neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations. UNMOGIP currently comprises 41 military observers and a number of civilian staff members. read more

QMJHL Roundup Burt scores winner Sea Dogs beat Remparts 43 in OT

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Robbie Burt scored the winner at 4:46 of overtime as the Saint John Sea Dogs beat the Quebec Remparts 4-3 on Wednesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.Mikhail Denisov made 44 saves and picked up an assist on Burt’s winner to help the Sea Dogs win for the second time in three games since Saint John halted a 17-game losing streak on Nov. 30 against Val-d’Or.Charlie DesRoches, Maxim Cajkovic and Jeremie Poirier also scored for the Sea Dogs (4-22-3).Mikael Robidoux, Philipp Kurashev and Matthew Grouchy found the back of the net for the Remparts (13-11-6), who are 3-0-3 in their last six outings. Anthony Morrone stopped 19-of-23 shots in a losing cause.Saint John went 0 for 1 on the power play while Quebec was 2 for 4 with the man advantage.—SCREAMING EAGLES 5 WILDCATS 4MONCTON, N.B. — Mitchell Balmas set up two goals before breaking a 4-4 tie at 11:22 of the third with one of his own as Cape Breton edged the Wildcats.Mathias Laferriere and Ryan Francis had a pair of goals each to round out the offence for the Screaming Eagles (17-11-2), who are 7-0-1 in their last eight. Kevin Mandolese made 24 saves for the win. Brady Pataki, Adam Capannelli, Alexander Khovanov and Mika Cyr scored for Moncton (21-8-2). Charles-Antoine Lavallee turned away 18 shots in a losing effort.—TIGRES 4 OLYMPIQUES 2VICTORIAVILLE, Que. — Simon Lafrance scored twice as the Tigres doubled up Gatineau to avoid their fourth straight loss.Dominic Cormier and Feliks Morozov also scored for Victoriaville (12-14-3) as Fabio Iacobo stopped 27 shots for the victory.Metis Roelens and Jeffrey Durocher replied for the Olympiques (10-16-3), who are on a six-game slide. Creed Jones made 27 saves in defeat.—OCEANIC 4 VOLTIGEURS 2DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. — Alexis Lafreniere had a goal and two assists as Rimouski put an end to the Voltigeurs’ six-game winning streak.Dmitry Zavgorodniy, Jimmy Huntington and Charle-Edouard D’Astous also scored for the Oceanic (17-10-2), who got 32 saves from Colten Ellis. Dawson Mercer and Joseph Veleno scored for Drummondville (20-7-1). Olivier Rodrigue turned away 26 shots in a losing cause.—PHOENIX 4 FOREURS 1VAL-D’OR, Que. — Alex-Olivier Voyer scored twice and Samuel Poulin had a goal and two helpers as Sherbrooke handed the Foreurs their fourth loss in a row.Julien Anctil also scored while Thommy Monette made 27 saves for the Phoenix (17-10-2).Emile Lauzon kept Val-d’Or (10-16-4) from being blanked. Mathieu Marquis kicked out 39 shots in defeat.—The Canadian Press read more

iRun Does Portable Livestreams Makes You Look Like a Jerk

first_imgYou’ll be able to watch it all through Tame’s site on the 27th. Video of the devices in action, after the jump. This technology will allow me to broadcast live video on two cameras (using either skype or FaceTime to a local studio for re-broadcast), send live location/pace/heart rate data via Runkeeperon the iPhone, transmit temperature, COx/humidity/noise levels via a custom-made Android app – and do all of this while looking incredibly cool. Joseph Tame will be competing in the Tokyo marathon this month, and yes, he will be dressed like that. It’s all part of the British runner’s plan to live stream the event. The bizarre getup includes four iPhones, an An Android handset, an iPad, three routers, a heart monitor, and an atmospheric mointor. Says Tame,last_img read more

Sony updating its readers for a new push against Kindle

first_imgSony’s set to re-enter the reader market as soon as one month from now, supposedly releasing revamped and updated versions of its devices even before the new S1 and S2 tablets.Sony’s had readers on the market for years now, but consumers have largely forgotten about their existence–despite the sleek look and reasonable pricing of the devices themselves. This new push comes at a time when competing readers are making the transition to full-fledged tablets, like Amazon’s Kindle. Contrary to Amazon, Sony wants to keep its readers as readers, and its tablets as tablets (but that won’t stop them from including its e-book store in the S1 and S2).AdChoices广告That reasoning makes sense, considering the fact that Sony’s new tablets are assumed to carry big price tags. One of the biggest draws of an e-reader is, after all, the fact that you can snag one for less than $300, and Sony doesn’t plan to change that for its upgraded models.The news of a revamp also answers the question of why Sony’s more advanced readers are out of stock at its own website.Previously, Sony offered three versions of its reader, ranging from “pocket” (cheap) to “daily” ($300 and full-featured). Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on how upgraded the new models will be, but with the Kindle now cruising 3G, it’s a definite possibility that at least one model will (re)launch with similar services already in play.Pushing its e-book store in other venues is nearly as important as putting new readers on the market, so it’s no surprise that they’re already talking about its use in the coming S1 and S2 tablets. What they’re not yet talking about is making the store available as an app for other Android tablets, which would only makes sense. The S1 and S2 are both running Android Honeycomb, and Amazon’s Kindle app has been available for over a month now on the Android Market.Since Sony’s already begun populating the market with apps for Experia and sub-brands like Sony Pictures, it’s probably just a matter of time before the Reader Store has an app, too.via Bloomberg.last_img read more

ExPM refuses to testify before parliamentary panel

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former Prime Minister George Papandreou turned down a second opportunity to appear before the panel of MPs investigating the handling of the Lagarde list of depositors and opted to submit written comments instead.Papandreou was invited this week for a second time to clarify his role in how his government dealt with a list of more than 2,000 Greeks with deposits in the Geneva branch of HSBC after some MPs felt the written deposition he supplied last week left some questions unanswered.However, Papandreou sent a second note to the committee, saying that he had nothing to add to his deposition, which contains “fully and clearly everything that I have to present to the committee in relation to the matter under investigation.”In his written deposition Papandreou claimed he had no detailed knowledge of the contents of the list but had instructed officials to crack down on tax evasion. Papandreou said he had been informed in mid-2010 by then Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou about “the potential for acquiring data relating to the savings of Greeks abroad.”A SYRIZA request for Papandreou to be called for a third time and a proposal from Golden Dawn and Independent Greeks for the ex-PM to be brought to the inquiry by force were rejected by the majority of MPs on the committee.A Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) official, Evangelos Karamanos, told the panel that it would be fairly straightforward for authorities to discover the people involved in an Ireland-based mutual fund that is the largest depositor on the list with 550 million dollars. Papandreou’s mother, Margarita, has denied claims she is involved with the fund.Source: Kathimerini.last_img read more