first_imgOn March 4, 2009, Azad Khan, a 12-year-old Class VI student in Thoubal district, was reading a newspaper at his home with a friend when police commandos surrounded them. One commando beat up the friend asking him why he was getting mixed up with a “militant.”Then he whipped out a handgun which he claimed to have recovered from Azad. The police beat Azad, frogmarched him to a nearby paddy field even as his mother and some other villagers were held back at gunpoint. Then Azad was shot right in front of his stunned mother and several villagers.His mother, Garamjan Bibi, said: “When I lodged a complaint with the police, I was warned to withdraw it if I wanted to save my life.” Despite the threat, she went ahead with it.No closureShe later gave a graphic account of the killing to human rights groups, which took up the case. Director of Human Rights Law Network Manipur Meihoubam Rakesh said: “It was one of the six stray cases the Supreme Court examined out of 1,528 victims of fake encounters in Manipur, victims whose relatives are waiting for closure. Most of the victims were breadwinners. Their family members are fending for themselves by earning daily wages.”Some families were given solatium by courts as interim relief. But the final verdict is still awaited. Family members of “missing persons” and victims of fake encounters want to see justice delivered.Former Supreme court judge N. Santosh Hegde, who was a member of the three-member committee set up by the Supreme Court, said: “How can a 12-year-old boy be a terrorist?” The report was submitted to the Supreme Court on July 8, 2016, which said there was no encounter with Azad Khan and he was not an extremist and had no criminal record.Taking note of the results of judicial inquiries and the findings of the Gauhati High Court, the Supreme Court Bench has posted the Manipur encounters PIL for hearing on May 11. It also wanted the names of officers and personnel involved to be included in the FIRs.In another case, Ravina, who was at an advanced stage of pregnancy, was walking on B.T. Road in Imphal on July 23, 2009, with her three-year-old son for a medical checkup when a bullet hit her in the forehead and she slumped to the ground. A few minutes later, Chungkham Sanjit, a former insurgent who came to buy medicines for an ailing member of his family, was accosted by some police commandos, pushed inside a pharmacy nearby, and then after a few minutes his lifeless body was dragged out. The police claimed that it was a “militant” who killed Ravina, and he was killed in police action. Sanjit had been staying home and he was unarmed, according to witnesses.Commando’s confessionThe saga of ‘encounters’ took a decisive turn with head constable T. Herojit, a police commando, turning whistle blower and confessing two years ago to the media that he had killed Sanjit inside the pharmacy “on the orders of higher-ups”.What was unknown to the police at that time was that a lensman had been secretly taking photos of the killing. These tell-tale photographs were published in the magazine Tehelka, and established that Sanjit was unarmed and killed in cold blood. The photos showed a smiling, unarmed Sanjit being surrounded by policemen and then being pushed inside the pharmacy and later his body dragged out and taken away together with that of Ravina in a station wagon to the mortuary.Herojit, under suspension, had publicly confessed to having killed several people “on the orders of the higher-ups”. He confirmed there had been no exchange of fire when Sanjit was killed. As he was denied a judicial confession in a court — judges had second thoughts due to legal tangles since it is the first of its kind in India — Herojit submitted an affidavit to the Supreme Court in January 2018, saying that he could assist in a probe into the fake encounter killings since he was present in most of the incidents.Human rights activists are of the view that Herojit was at hand when over 100 persons were similarly killed over 15 years, and he had urged the apex court to recover his four diaries from the CBI, in which he claims to have recorded the chilling details of the “executions”. He said the CBI sleuths seem to be “completely disinterested in the matter”.On January 16, 2018, the SC reprimanded the CBI for not registering all cases and directed it to register 30 more cases by January 31, which the CBI did. Earlier on July 14, 2017, the SC directed the CBI to set up a SIT (Special Investigation Team) comprising five officers to probe the allegations of fake encounters, by December 31. The SIT should investigate the 98 cases of alleged fake encounters, a Division Bench of the SC comprising Justices Madan Lokur and Uday Umesh Lalit said.Advocate Bashantakumar Wareppam, counsel for Human Rights Alert and Extra Judicial Execution Victim Families Association, which had filed the PIL plea, told The Hindu that though the number of victims is 98, there were 42 cases in the period 1984 to 2012. There was more than one victim in several cases.The first case was the massacre of 13 civilians and injury to 65 others on March 11, 1984 at Heirangoithong in Imphal west district by CRPF personnel.A game and a massacreAn absorbing volleyball match was in progress near a bridge and patrolling CRPF personnel were also watching it. Insurgents killed three personnel, injured some others and fled. With reinforcements from the nearby camp, the CRPF personnel retaliated by allegedly mowing down helpless spectators.Under public pressure, a judicial inquiry commission was set up. During the hearings, the CRPF counsel maintained that there was an exchange of fire with the militants and the civilians were caught in the crossfire. On the prayer of the victims, the Commission visited the spot. Later, A. Nilamani, counsel for the victims asked the commission why there was not a single bullet mark on the bridge in general and baluster in particular if there was an exchange of fire between CRPF and militants. The CRPF counsel was speechless. There was no further hearing by the Commission, which was later wrapped up.On March 12 this year, the SC provided a four-point blueprint to the CBI’s SIT and directed it to expedite the probe into the alleged extra judicial killings and fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and police in Manipur which had come under the scanner of the National Human Rights Commission, Guwahati High Court and some Commissions of Inquiry.The directive was given by a division bench comprising Justices Madan B. Lokur and U.U. Lalit. The SIT was directed to first complete the ongoing probe in 13 cases of the NHRC followed by matters relating to judicial inquiries, and those on which the High Court had given findings.last_img read more

first_imgPBA IMAGESGinebra and TNT engaged in a tension-filled battle in the semifinals, but the intense competition still couldn’t take away the respect Japeth Aguilar has for veteran TNT forwards Danny Seigle and Kelly Williams.After the Gin Kings’ tough 115-105 Game 4 win to eliminate the KaTropa, the reedy forward went to as far as asking veteran Danny Seigle for his jersey.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ “Can I have one of your jerseys please? You are my childhood idol. Forgot to ask you a while ago,” Aguilar wrote on his Twitter account (@japethaguilar35) late Sunday night.Luckily for him, the 41-year-old Seigle was quick to respond and “Of course! Thank you & I’m flattered you asked. So nice to see you develop into one of the Superstars of PBA and Gilas. Good luck in the finals!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “You are an inspiration, man,” he tweeted.You are an inspiration, man @KelWilliams21 https://t.co/9bBoiRJdjR— Japeth Aguilar (@japethaguilar35) October 8, 2017Aguilar’s comments weren’t reserved on Seigle alone, as he also praised TNT forward and former PBA MVP Williams.“You are an inspiration, man,” he tweeted.Aguilar averaged 9.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in the semis series. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president No surprise as Mbala leads UAAP MVP race Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wow that’s awesome! I really never opened up to you about it but since I was a kid, I’d try to copy your game.🙈 Thanks, man!✔ https://t.co/DgDCp7glOI— Japeth Aguilar (@japethaguilar35) October 8, 2017Aguilar’s comments weren’t reserved on Seigle alone, as he also praised former PBA MVP Kelly Williams for the tremendous battle they had in the series.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Of course! thank you & im flattered you asked. So nice to see you develop into one of the Superstars of PBA & Gilas.Good luck in the finals!— Danny Seigle (@dannyseigle42) October 8, 2017 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group D soccer match against Bayer Leverkusen at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 2019. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)TURIN, Italy — Gonzalo Higuain scored one goal and set up another, with Cristiano Ronaldo also getting on the scoresheet as Juventus beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.It was an encouraging performance for the Bianconeri after squandering a two-goal lead in a draw at Atletico Madrid to open the group phase.ADVERTISEMENT “It was an important game after our draw in Madrid,” Higuain said, “so we knew we needed the victory to get closer to qualification.”When Jonathan Tah failed to clear a long ball from Juan Cuadrado, Higuain was waiting and used two touches to find the target with an angled shot from the edge of the area 17 minutes in.Ronaldo was off target for much of the night and failed to take advantage of an enticing setup from Cuadrado near the hour mark as goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky stopped his low shot.Minutes later, however, Ronaldo started the action that led to Juve’s second goal with a through ball for Higuain, who pulled it back from the endline toward the Portugal star. Ronaldo couldn’t connect and Higuain’s ball reached Bernardeschi, who fired in from the center of the area.Miralem Pjanic nearly made it 3-0 with a corner that hit the post before Higuain set up Ronaldo for another excellent chance wasted by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Higuain scored early on and then set up Federico Bernardeschi’s goal after the break before Ronaldo added the third in the 89th.Higuain was loaned away to AC Milan and Chelsea last season but is back with Juventus under new coach Maurizio Sarri, who also coached “Pipita” at Napoli.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“I came here with great determination,” Higuain said. “I wanted to prove I could stay here.”With Atletico beating Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 in the other Group D game, Atletico and Juventus moved atop the standings with four points each. Lokomotiv is next with three and Leverkusen has zero. Real Madrid salvages 2-2 home draw against Club Brugge Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201301:31Got robbed? Manila South Cemetery’s website helps track down perpetrators00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan 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 Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man Higuain had already exited to a standing ovation when Ronaldo finally found the target after taking a through ball from substitute Paulo Dybala and scoring with a precise, angled drive.It was Ronaldo’s 127th goal in 164 Champions League matches.Eight-time defending Serie A champion Juventus visits Italian league leader Inter Milan and former coach Antonio Conte on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPolish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski has put up for sale the Silver medal he won at the Rio Olympics to help raise funds for a boy with a rare cancer, the athlete said on Friday.”In Rio I fought for gold,” Malachowski said on his Facebook profile. “Today I call on all people – let us fight together for something that is even more valuable. For the health of this fantastic boy.”Reigning world champion Malachowski said all the money raised from the auction would be spent on treating 3-year old Polish boy Olek Szymanski, who has suffered for nearly two years from retinoblastoma, an eye cancer affecting young children.”There is no chance of saving Olek’s eyes in Poland. The only chance is therapy in New York,” Malachowski said. (Also read: Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino joins the rich list of Pierre de Coubertin medal winners)A Polish foundation called Siepomaga has already gathered about a third of the roughly 480,000 zlotys ($126,000) it said was needed to finance the boy’s treatment at ophthalmic oncologist David Abramson’s clinic in New York.The highest bid in the auction for Malachowski’s Silver medal on Poland’s Allegro website had reached about $6,000 by 1610 GMT on Friday. The auction ends on Aug. 26.”I invite everybody to join the bidding. If you help me, my silver medal may be more valuable for Olek than Gold,” Malachowski said.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey and the Giants already know how to win in October — even without all this help from the St. Louis Cardinals.Strange as it might look sometimes, San Francisco finds a way to score just enough.Posey drove in three runs and capped another unusual rally as the Giants took advantage of some clunky defense by first baseman Matt Adams in beating the Cardinals 6-4 on Oct. 15 to move within one victory of the World Series.“We might find some weird ways to score runs, but we’re getting people on base first. That’s the main thing,” Brandon Belt said.Chasing their third title in five years, the Giants lead the best-of-seven NL Championship Series 3-1 after poor throws cost the Cardinals yet again.October ace Madison Bumgarner can pitch San Francisco to another pennant Oct. 16 at home in Game 5. Struggling All-Star Adam Wainwright starts for St. Louis, now facing the same daunting deficit the Giants overcame to beat the Cardinals in the 2012 NLCS.Kansas City awaits the winner after completing its ALCS sweep of Baltimore earlier in the day. The wild-card Royals will host Game 1 of the World Series on Oct. 21.San Francisco climbed out of an early three-run hole, and back-to-back bad throws by Adams in the sixth inning helped the Giants rally — one night after a wild toss by St. Louis reliever Randy Choate allowed the winning run to score in the 10th inning.“I think any time you can put pressure on the defense, you’ve got the opportunity for good things to happen,” Posey said. “We’re able to come up with some big two-out RBIs to get back in the game.”Minus injured catcher Yadier Molina again, the Cardinals were clinging to a 4-3 lead when San Francisco put runners at second and third in the sixth. Playing in with one out, the lumbering Adams backhanded Gregor Blanco’s bouncer and stumbled as he tried to set himself to throw home.Adams had trouble with the transfer, and his toss short-hopped catcher Tony Cruz as Juan Perez slid across with the tying run.Joe Panik then hit a grounder right to Adams, who stepped on first base before firing wildly to second in trying for a double play. Brandon Crawford stopped between third and home, yet was able to score easily when Adams threw wide of the bag.“That’s kind of fitting of how our postseason’s been,” Panik said. “It might not be the prettiest way of scoring runs.”Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta came way off the base to catch the ball, but had no play at the plate.“The play at home, there’s a fast runner at third and I was going in on the ball and threw on the run,” Adams said. “Just should’ve made the throw, though. The second one, I should’ve just touched first and checked home.”Posey added an RBI single off Seth Maness to make it 6-4. The star catcher also had a sacrifice fly in the first and a run-scoring single in the third.These wild-card Giants joke about not needing hits and home runs to win, and they’re showing that with timely bunts, small ball and a few miscues from the opponent. The tying and go-ahead runs came home on balls that didn’t leave the infield.The Giants have scored 12 of their 22 runs over their past six postseason games without the batter getting a hit.“If you’re not hitting the long ball, you have to find ways to manufacture runs,” Manager Bruce Bochy said.Yusmeiro Petit pitched three scoreless innings to win in relief of an ineffective Ryan Vogelsong. Petit has been a valuable long man — he delivered six shutout innings in an 18-inning NLDS victory at Washington.“He’s been really good for us for a long time and he’s finally getting some recognition. What a weapon to have,” Posey said.Sergio Romo worked the eighth and Santiago Casilla finished for his second save of the series. A total of six Giants relievers held St. Louis scoreless over the final six innings.Marco Gonzales took the loss after issuing a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Perez in the sixth and giving up a single to Crawford.The Giants haven’t homered in six games since Belt connected in the 18th inning at Washington, but it hasn’t mattered much.“A lot of these innings are set up with good at-bats early in innings,” said Hunter Pence, who had an RBI single in the third.Cardinals rookie Kolten Wong showed off more postseason power, but his solo homer was wasted.Vogelsong was the only pitcher in major league history to yield no more than one run in his first five postseason starts, but his streak ended when he gave up four in three innings. San Francisco has still won all six of the postseason games he has started.(JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgGermany midfielder Sami Khedira has urged his teammates to make a complete transformation for their next World Cup match against Sweden after they lost the campaign opener against Mexico.The 1-0 loss against the North American side has put France’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage in balance.Khedira said Germany will need to transform from a “schoolboy” team to a fighting unit if they hope to progress to the last 16 of the tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThey must now beat the Swedes, who have three points, on Saturday as any other result could potentially see them eliminated. Germany play South Korea in their last group game.”Even if we change the complete team now, if we play with the same attitude and the same intensity then we will have problems,” Khedira told reporters.”We have to be more compact in every part of our team. We have to play smarter.”The Germans, far too passive, were caught napping by the quick Mexicans, who scored a first-half winner after a fine counter-attack and whose coach Juan Carlos Osorio had outlined this exact strategy to the media a day before the game.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”We played like schoolboys,” Khedira said. “We were caught out. This is something that can be changed.”Several team discussions have taken place since but Khedira said they were not playing the blame game.”The atmosphere was tense but not bad (in those discussions),” he said. “We did not blame each other. We tried to analyse things together and what we need to improve. We did not point any fingers. We need to be 11 warriors on the pitch.”advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_img​Man Utd hero Ince: Solskjaer has nobody that excitesby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United and Liverpool player Paul Ince believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not have enough exciting players in his squad.Ince, who has often served as a vocal critic of Solskjaer and the club’s management structure, believes the team does not have a squad good enough to challenge at the top end.United are struggling at the start of the season, losing their most recent Premier League game to West Ham United.”I said last year – and got ridiculed for it – that Ole shouldn’t have got the Manchester United job at the stage he did. I stand totally by that comment,” Ince told Paddy Power.”Everyone got sucked into the start he’d made, without looking at the fixtures they had. It’s a result-based business, and that’s fine, but you can’t ignore performances.”Now, though, having decided he’s the man, giving him a long-term project and buying into his vision, they have to stick with him.”Irrespective of whether they win or lose at the weekend, he’s their man. There are no two ways about it, they’ve made their bed, and right now they’re lying in it.”They can’t be sacking their manager and abandoning the strategy, based on a few results. United will win games, people will get excited again, then they’ll lose and it’ll be back to crisis mode.”They’re the biggest team in the world, they’ll be on the back pages no matter what. That’s what comes with being a Manchester United player or manager.”But they no longer have that presence in terms of intimidating opponents. Teams know they can get something from them now, even at Old Trafford. Right now, United are vulnerable.”Chelsea already have a clearer vision. I think of Ole in the same way as I do Frank Lampard. Two young managers lacking experience, who have been thrown into two massive clubs.”But, if you gave me the choice of who I’d rather be watching this season, it’d be Chelsea all day long – and that hurts me as a former United captain.”Can anybody tell me what United are trying to do? Because I have no idea”They’re so reliant on the young lad Daniel James – who is brilliant, but was in the Championship with Swansea last season – it’s crazy.”There’s nobody there that excites me.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgzoom GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) has disclosed the order of nine Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGC) which will be built by the Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). Six new ships will be owned jointly by TEEKAY & CLNG and the three others will be owned jointly by MOL & CSLNG.These large vessels are expected to be delivered between 2017 and 2019.They will be built with the NO 96 membrane technology, which is well suited for these ice-breaking LNGCs and allows for an optimized daily boil-off rate of cargo LNG.These nine Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers follow one identical Sovcomflot order of an LNGC, dated March 2014, also being built with NO 96 Technology.These are the world’s first ice-breaking LNGCs ever ordered.Yamal LNG Project Trading RoutesThey will create the link between the liquefaction production plant at Yamal, located in the North West part of Russia, and numerous customers in North East Asia, travelling via the Arctic Ocean.Commenting on this latest order, Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT said: “We are very proud of having succeeded in convincing the various partners in this project that the GTT technology is perfectly adapted to this type of difficult environment.”Press Release, July 28, 2014 ; Image: MOLlast_img read more

first_imgThe Emergency Management Office is advising people to be cautious for the next few days as a variety of stormy weather is expected to hit the province. According to Environment Canada a mix of snow, possible freezing rain and heavy rainfall will affect much of Nova Scotia tonight, Dec. 26, and on Monday, Dec. 27 and Tuesday, Dec. 28. “This could be our first real taste of winter this year,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister for the Emergency Management Office. “We’ve had plenty of rough weather this fall. But winter is different and brings its own challenges. The smart thing to do get ready. Follow all of the practical safety tips from EMO and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, so you can enjoy winter rather than fear it.” The weather forecast tonight and into Monday includes snowfall, rainfall and freezing drizzle warnings for much of Nova Scotia with rainfall up to 40 millimetres and snow up to 20 centimetres. Heavy wind will be a threat everywhere, with gusts to 70 and 80 kilometres an hour from northeast to northwest depending on time and location. There also could be higher than normal coastal waters and pounding surf. People are advised to monitor local weather forecasts for road conditions and make sure they have emergency supplies in their vehicles. Drivers are also reminded to exercise caution, particularly if they have not yet installed snow tires. The Emergency Management Office recommends a home emergency kit prepared for all seasons so that families can be self-sufficient for up to 72-hours after a storm. Emergency kits should include: a battery-operated or crank radio; flashlight; spare batteries; non-perishable food; manual can-opener; drinking water; adequate supply of medication; first-aid kit; blankets or sleeping bags; and extra clothing and footwear. Similar items are recommended for vehicle kits, along with jumper cables, warning flares, shovel, traction sand or road salt and tow rope. It is always a good idea to have a flashlight, lantern or safety light sticks, and a crank or battery-powered radio and spare batteries on hand during storms. More information on preparing an emergency kit for your home or vehicle is available on the Emergency Management Office website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo . Information on road conditions is available by dialing 511 for provincial highway conditions, or 1-888-432-3233 for local road information. EMO is continuing to work with Environment Canada to closely monitor the storm. Emergency management officials at the provincial and municipal levels have been alerted and are prepared to issue additional warnings or act as needed.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Mental Health and Addiction Advisory Committee is sponsoring the ‘Walk for Mental Health’, today, Tuesday, May 7th, 2019.The walk takes place on the Northern Vac Track, located on the 3rd floor of the Pomeroy Sports Centre from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.All donations being raised go towards the North Peace Mental Health Society. Donations are being accepted at the walk. For more information on the walk, call Cynthia; 250-793-0178last_img

New York – Morocco’s Minister of Tourism Lahcen Haddad, along with a delegation of Moroccan tourism operators are set to attend the 36th “International Tourism Trade Fair” (FITUR) to be held in Madrid from January 20 to 24.Minister Haddad and Morocco’s tourism professionals will have the opportunity to network among thousands of tourism experts,generate leads, strengthen business relations, as well as organize meetings and conferences with potential providers, according to an official press release sent to Morocco World News.Among the ministry’s visit top priorities will be to present Morocco as world tourism leader,confirm its position as a “strong and preferred destination,” and acquire product distribution agreements.According to the same source, Minister Haddad will meet with Spanish media and public opinion leaders to present the strengths and diversity of Morocco, with the aim of consolidating its image as a safe destination. Morocco’s tourism boss will do what he does best – display Morocco’s worldwide competitiveness and its emergence as a destination that meets the requirements of tourists seeking “discovery, quality and novelty.”The tourism delegation will hold meetings with Spanish operators to explore avenues for new partnerships to consolidate ties between both countries.“Spain is our second market after France due to its geographical proximity and our shared historical and cultural backgrounds. This is definitely an advantage,” Minister Haddad said in a statement to Morocco World News.“We are strong in regions like Madrid, Catalonia and Andalusia,” Haddad said, adding “We would like to explore other regions such as Galicia, Aragon, Castile, and the Basque regions.”The communiqué revealed that Minister Haddad will participate in a Ministerial Roundtable on tourism development policies in the MENA region, scheduled for January 21.The meeting, organized by Casa Arabe and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), will discuss tourism trends in the region, measures to improve safety, the strengthening of the sector, growth and competitiveness, as well as new investments.The minister will also attend a ‘top-level’ meeting on tourism and safety organized by UNWTO on January 22.Last year, over 1.9 million Spanish tourists visited Morocco. The goal is to increase the figure to 2.3 million by 2017, meaning a 7 percent annual growth.Minister Haddad told Morocco World News that Morocco plans to boost these tourism figures “not only by airlift, but also by road and maritime routes.”Tourism trends revealed that nearly 43 percent of Spanish tourists return to Morocco following a previous visit, mostly based on its proximity and desirable climate.Spaniard’s most popular activities to do in Morocco include historical monuments and museums, as well as visiting for their health care needs.FITUR opens an important door for trade in Ibero American markets and provides a communication platform for tourism professionals to develop future strategies.FITUR 2016 will host more than 9,400 exhibitors from 165 countries, around 125,000 trade participantswho will be able to attend over 600 conferences and events, as well as 97,000 guests from the general public.In addition, more than 7,300 journalists from 60 countries will bring the most up-to-date information on the four-day event to international media outlets. read more

A World Health Organization (WHO) team of five international experts, which arrived in China over the weekend, reviewed the definition used to identify cases of atypical pneumonia and the agency’s own criteria for identifying probable cases of SARS, and concluded that the two definitions were compatible.The WHO experts said the similarity in symptoms and details of several clusters of cases suggest that the atypical pneumonia that began in Guangdong Province on 16 November and SARS that began appearing in other Asian countries on 26 February are the same disease.Chinese authorities today officially reported that a total of 792 cases and 31 deaths had occurred between the start of the outbreak through 28 February – a significant increase from the 305 cases and five deaths that had been previously reported for the period covering the outbreak until 9 February. To minimize further transmission of the disease, China is following procedures in line with WHO recommendations. Local authorities also told the WHO team of a new reporting system that will rely on regular provincial updates. China is also beginning a collaborative programme in which samples from infected local patients will be exchanged with the WHO network of collaborating laboratories working to identify the SARS causative agent.The new data from China bring the total number of probable cases worldwide to 1,323 with 49 deaths. read more

first_imgNe dites plus “pad” mais “tablette”La Commission générale de terminologie et de néologie a demandé à franciser les termes ayant trait aux tablettes tactiles. Depuis dimanche, on ne parle plus de “pad”, “tablet” ou de “touch screen tablet”. Dans le dernier Journal officiel, la Commission générale de terminologie et de néologie a en effet livré le bon vocabulaire à utiliser lorsqu’on souhaite désigner les tablettes tactiles. Evidemment, les termes anglophones sont bannis et il faudra privilégier leurs équivalents français, “tablette” et “ardoise”. Une tablette comme l’iPad, ou plutôt “iArdoise”, est ainsi désignée par la Commission comme un “ordinateur portable et ultraplat, qui se présente comme un écran tactile et qui permet notamment d’accéder à des contenus multimédias. Les noms de marque tels que iPad ou iSlate ne doivent pas être utilisés pour désigner de façon générale ces ordinateurs”. Le 22 février 2011 à 11:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Logan Byrnes KUSI Newsroom, Logan Byrnes, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 22, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The number of homes owned by millennials  is down from previous generations.Are high prices and a tough job market causing the American dream to slip away?CEO of Real Wealth Network, Kathy Fettke, was in studio with tips on how you can get into and make money in the real estate market. August 22, 2018 Millennials are lagging in homeownership and financial educationlast_img read more

first_imgAlaska Airlines has won a coveted slot in the crowded air travel queue to serve Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and will soon be providing daily nonstop service to Washington from Portland International Airport.U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Monday his approval for the new service, and for new nonstop service to Reagan National from San Francisco, Austin, Texas, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Securing the flight was the Port of Portland’s highest domestic service priority, said Bill Wyatt, the Port of Portland’s executive director. Portland had been the largest U.S. market without existing or planned nonstop service to Reagan National, Wyatt said in a statement. Some 13,000 people submitted letters to the Department of Transportation in support of the carrier’s application, Alaska Airlines said.Reagan National is the closest airport to the heart of the nation’s capital. Dulles International Airport in Washington’s Virginia suburbs is about 25 miles from the heart of the city.In Washington state, political leaders from both parties joined economic development and tourism leaders in declaring the new service a potential economic boon for the Portland metropolitan region. “It says the region is important,” Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., told The Columbian. “It will help attract businesses to the region and will help keep them there.”last_img read more

first_imgMancherial: Stating that Moharram and Ganesh Chaturthi festivals will be celebrated on September 1 and 2 respectively, Mancherial ACP Ghouse Baba asked the members of Peace Committee to cooperate with each other during the festivals.Speaking at a peace committee meeting at FCP function hall in Mancherial on Wednesday, the ACP said Hindus and Muslims will greet each other on Ramzan, Bakrid, Dasera, Diwali and other festivals, which indicates the communal harmony between these religions. CI Tirupathi ReddyTraffic CI Praveen Kumar, Peace committee leaders Goli Ramu, Sattar, Manohar, Nizamuddin and others were present.last_img

first_img“Winterfell is yours, Your Grace.” — Sansa with the greatest side eye EVER. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/X7GaMSlpNB— Joreen Belocura (@AgeofIrony) January 7, 2019 Game of Thrones’ final season won’t premiere until April 2019, but HBO just revealed a key character alliance ahead of the White Walker invasion.On Sunday, HBO aired a first look trailer for upcoming shows, including Game of Thrones, during the 2019 Golden Globes ceremony. The trailer, which is now posted on YouTube, showed Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen meeting for the first time.“Winterfell is yours, your grace,” Stark tells Targaryen in the brief clip. This short meeting highlights a new alliance between the two characters, as Winterfell prepares for the White Walker army’s arrival.HBO didn’t reveal any other Game of Thrones details in the trailer, however, most fans were excited about Stark and Targaryen’s allegiance. Some fans pointed out Stark’s body language, indicating that the first meeting wasn’t warm, but polite.GAME OF THRONES FEELINGS! CAN’T WAIT TO SEE SEASON 8! IT’S GOING TO BE SO F*CKING AMAZING!#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/V7ZTF1Kwz9— king of the seven seas (@TheGreenFlash01) January 7, 2019 ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Stay on target Sansa handing Winterfell over to the Mother of Dragons. All of the chills. pic.twitter.com/a13daI7yg7— Jamie O’Grady (@JamieOGrady) January 7, 2019Fans will have to wait until Season 8 to witness Stark and Targaryen’s alliance plans. For more details on Game of Thrones Season 8, visit the show’s website here.More on Geek.com:New ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Teaser Will Chill You to the Bone‘Game of Thrones’ Is Coming Back to HBO in April 2019New Beetle Species Named After ‘Game of Thrones’ Dragonslast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Hoping for a safe haven in Costa Rica Nicaragua police arrest 20, use stun grenades to end protest U.S. government restricts visas for Nicaragua officials over unrest Nicaragua’s Ortega defends parapolice violence as US steps up warning Nicaragua’s primal scream MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Students marched through Nicaragua’s capital Monday, chanting “GET OUT” to demand that President Daniel Ortega and his wife Vice President Rosario Murillo resign after a deadly weekend of clashes.At least 10 people died on Sunday, a human rights group said, after pro-government forces launched an operation in the south to clear opposition barricades mounted in various towns to prevent police and armed forces from entering.“We won’t stop struggling until these criminals resign,” the students chanted on Monday.United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who was visiting Costa Rica for a meeting with President Carlos Alvarado, urged an end to the violence and a resumption of the stalled dialogue with the opposition.“It’s absolutely essential that the violence ceases immediately and that the national dialogue is revitalized, because the only acceptable solution in Nicaragua is a political one,” Guterres said on Monday at Casa Presidencial alongside Alvarado.Costa Rica was one of 13 Latin American countries that signed a declaration Monday calling for the Nicaraguan government to cease all “acts of violence and intimidation” and dismantle all paramilitary groups. Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado (L) and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (R) shake hands during the welcoming ceremony at Casa Presidencial as Gutierres visits Costa Rica on July 16. AFP Photo / Ezequiel BecerraOn Saturday, some 200 students were holed up in a parish church next to the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua in the capital, Managua, besieged by pro-government militias.The ordeal, which saw students and journalists cowering on the floor of the church as bullets flew overhead, lasted 20 hours and left two people dead and 14 injured before the students were allowed to leave following the intercession of Catholic bishops. A Washington Post reporter who was trapped inside with the students detailed the siege.https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/students-in-nicaragua-trapped-in-church-amid-gunfire-by-pro-government-militias/2018/07/14/c7f04512-86e3-11e8-9e06-4db52ac42e05_story.html?utm_term=.e90286a3b4fb“Even if they kill us and suppress us, we’re going to keep struggling until they go,” chanted students at Monday’s march, in which they also demanded justice for those killed on Saturday.“I’m grieving for the death of my brothers. I couldn’t do anything for them – they had us surrounded,” a crying student, his face covered with a shirt and who survived Saturday’s attack, told AFP. “We won’t take even one step back. Their deaths won’t be in vain!”‘No going back’Some 280 Nicaraguans have been killed in clashes since protests – led mostly by students and young people – against Ortega and his government erupted on April 18, initially in opposition to a pension reform before mushrooming into wider civic discontent.“There will be no going back; the struggle will go on. This government has to leave for there to be a better future,” 22-year-old marketing student Harry Centeno told AFP.Opposition protesters are demanding that former left-wing guerrilla leader Ortega and his wife resign, accusing the pair of establishing a repressive, despotic and nepotic regime.Ortega, 72, was once the heroes of the Sandinista rebels fighting against the US-backed Somoza family dictatorship that ruled Nicaragua for 43 years. Monday’s march ended in front of the El Chipote prison, where hundreds of young people have been detained since the protests began in April.“No to repression. Murderer Ortega, you must go,” read one sign held aloft while students chanted: “Justice! Freedom!”Ortega’s government has accused opposition protesters of being “criminals” and “putschists.” The president has rejected an opposition call to have elections brought forward from 2021 to next year. Facebook Commentscenter_img Fed up: Nicaragua’s uprising Once Anastasio Somoza was toppled in 1979, Ortega assumed power until losing elections in 1990.Since his reelection in 2007, Ortega has become increasingly unpopular amongst many of his former left-wing allies – now his staunchest critics.Sunday’s violence took place in and around the opposition stronghold of Masaya, where once Ortega himself was based while fighting against the Somoza dictatorship.‘Violent repression’Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) chief Paulo Abrao on Sunday denounced on Twitter “the violent repression of towns in Masaya,” accusing the government of “ignoring the dialogue” with the opposition.The United States on Monday reiterated calls for an end to repression, and for early elections to be held.“The Nicaraguan government must heed the Nicaraguan people’s call for democratic reforms immediately,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.Students have taken on the protest baton following three days of anti-government action, including a strike last Friday, led by the opposition.last_img read more

first_img Australian Travel Agent Barometerlearn more about ATAB hereSource = Australian Travel Agent Barometer – ATAB Australian Travel Agent BarometerResults in for the Australian Travel Agent Barometer 2015/16The Australian Travel Agent Barometer (ATAB) for 2015/16 results have been released. The survey attracted over 150 responses from both Australian Travel Agents and consultants nationally from all buying groups and both leisure and corporate businesses took part.The key Issues this year were:Australian Travel Agents are generally positive about the industryIndustry confusion over the role of ATAS accreditationMost consultants (88%) were either unsure or said ATAS offered consumer protection.37% of owner managers were either unsure or thought ATAS offered consumer protection to their customers.Many travel advertisers did not promote ATAS membership or logo and some were still using old travel agent license numbers.On a typical Sunday, out of 41 advertisements only 11 advertisers referred to ATAS in any form (3 used the ATAS logo and 8 mentioned)Most agents acknowledged there was little unprompted consumer awareness of ATASScarcity of well trained staff in the industry and strategies to keep existing good staffStaff costs were a hurdle for some to grow their businessA general scarcity of staff is a major issueOnline competitive pressureShrinking marginsAttracting new customersConsumer marketing and attracting new customers was a significant issue with many agents joining buying groups with the hope of marketing support but few groups are delivering on the expectationThe ATAB survey is produced independently by Simon Bernardi and a full copy of the study is available from www.ATAB.net.au or by calling 0418 111 484last_img read more

first_imgPolice on Tuesday arrested a 30-year-old man when they found he was in the possession of drugs.Officers who searched the man’s house in Nicosia on Tuesday afternoon found 450 grammes of cannabis and 0.3 grammes of cocaine which they seized.The suspect is being detained pending further investigations.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more