SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)Michigan football star Rashan Gary has suffered an injury in the second half of the Wolverines’ game against Ohio State this afternoon.Gary, a potential high NFL Draft pick, has been dealing with an injury for much of the 2018 regular season, but he’s made his way back onto the field in recent weeks.The standout defensive lineman appeared to suffer some kind of lower-body injury in the third quarter of today’s game.Gary was helped off the field.Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary able to walk off the field, but with an arm around a trainer, after going down with an injury.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 24, 2018Gary getting helped to the sideline— angelique (@chengelis) November 24, 2018Losing Gary would be a major blow to a Michigan defense that has struggled to get pressure on Ohio State’s backfield for much of the contest.Ohio State is leading Michigan, 24-19, early in the second half. The game is on FOX.Stay tuned for more injury updates on Gary.Update: Michigan star linebacker Devin Bush has now gotten injured.Now linebacker Devin Bush is down for Michigan.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 24, 2018Update No. 2: Gary is back on the field, at least.Rashan Gary just ran onto the field and joined the defensive huddle— angelique (@chengelis) November 24, 2018
Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) Editors’ Recommendations Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs After starting with a range of natural skincare that extolled the wonders of the carrot, beyond making an excellent nose for Frosty, Yes To expanded to various other fruits and vegetables. Each piece of produce was picked based on the benefits it offered to skin, hair and body. Tomatoes happen to be high in lycopene, an antioxidant that kicks ass at battling blemishes, so it’s packed into the line for acne-prone skin. And the coconut, specifically its oil, moisturizes like a mofo.For its latest trick, the affordable naturals brand is doing something for the dudes. Sure, you can use any of the unisex collections, but Natural Man specifically focuses on the needs of man skin. For instance, guys tend to prefer bar soap over shower gel so they offered a bar that is far from the average crummy, crumbly cake. The jet-black bar is so colored because it contains deep cleaning activated charcoal, basically a detox for your skin, plus there’s aloe in there to soothe and soften everything. And not to generalize but guys aren’t the most vigilant about sun protection so the daily moisturizer has you covered with SPF 15 even if you don’t care. (But you should.) For the non-bearded types, there is a shaving cream packed with calming aloe, hydrating vitamin E and almond oil, and alcohol-free after-shave to chill your freshly sheared face with more aloe, menthol, and tea tree oil. For anyone who’s ever been to busy to bathe post workout and maybe offended anyone within 20 feet with a sense of smell, you’ll want to stock up on the Shower To-Go Cleansing Cloths, which do what the name suggests with a blend of mentha citrata leaf extract, vitamin E and caffeine. That’s not to say you shouldn’t eventually hit the shower, but these will stop the stink until you can wash up for real. The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa How to Cook Ribs in the Oven (Yes, They’ll Come Out Great) How to Shave With a Straight Razor
To be blunt: The problem with hostels is other people.You can have the nicest hostel in the world, but if you’re sharing a room with a pack of sex-obsessed bros or rowdy tourists, a budget trip to a major European, Asian, or North American city can quickly turn from money-saving savvy to an intolerable stay in a close approximation to hell. In fact, some travelers are so averse to hostels that they go out of their way to avoid the shared room concept.Thankfully, Hilton Hotels has a new brand prepped and ready to pop-up in urban centers around the world. Motto by Hilton offers a fresh approach to modern budget travel with an updated and elevated micro-hotel format. The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny These Great Micro Hotels Prove Good Things Can Come in Small Packages Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Previous Motto by Hilton also offers a new concept called “linking rooms,” wherein guests have the option of booking multiple connecting rooms in advance for their friends, relatives, or children. To make things even easier when traveling with a group, Motto by Hilton will allow for split payments so visitors can divide their final bill between each person at the time of booking.The first Motto by Hilton will be located in Marylebone, London, with construction beginning in 2019 with a target open-date of 2020. Other cities slated for Motto by Hilton development include Lima, Dublin, Savannah, San Diego, Boston, Washington D.C., and more.For more information on Motto by Hilton, check out their recent announcement here.Looking for a Hilton hotel to stay in now? Why not book a trip to Japan and spend a few days at the Hilton Odawara for Japanese luxury at its finest. Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Editors’ Recommendations “Hilton prides itself on being a leader in the hospitality industry and evolving with the needs of our guests,” Christopher J. Nassetta, the president and CEO of Hilton, said in a statement. “Innovation is in our DNA, and as we embark on our 100th year as a company, we are innovating more than ever before. With Motto by Hilton, we are bringing to market something the industry has never experienced with its flexible and affordable room product, desirable locations, and guest-empowered services.”With guest rooms that average just 163 square feet, the small rooms are efficiently designed with space-saving features like wall-beds, lofted beds, and furniture that pulls double duty, like couches that turn into queen-sized sleepers. The rooms will also be super high-tech; all guests will be able to access and control things such as temperature, lighting, and window coverings, all from the Hilton Honors mobile app. Next 1 of 5 Hilton Hotels
Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the business environment in Jamaica has improved significantly, with investors now more willing to take risks.The Prime Minister, who was addressing the grand opening of an itelbpo Smart Solutions facility in Freeport, St. James, on October 4, said he has been attending several similar opening and ground-breaking ceremonies in recent times.“I do this because it drives home the point that great things are happening in Jamaica. I am doing two or three per week.“It is amazing what is happening in Jamaica and it is showing the psychology of economics; confidence,” he said, noting that the Government is making it easier for persons to calculate “what the risk factors are, project what the future will be and where you can make wise investments”.The Prime Minister said the fact that persons are willing to take risks with their money puts the impetus on the Government to put the measures in place where they can be successful.“When the owners of capital take the risk and create employment, everyone should be appreciative and try to ensure that the capital is successful,” he stressed.The Prime Minister pointed out that the Government is working to create a sustainable cycle of economic growth and job creation.“We understand that this is the partnership that the Government must continue to nurture. We also want employees to know that they are a part of the risk and should value the fact that employment has been created to their benefit. It all works together in a nice partnership,” he said.For his part, itelbpo co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Yoni Epstein, said the company has “developed exponentially” since its inception in 2012.He informed that itelbpo has grown from a small business process outsourcing (BPO) operator with seven employees in Jamaica to a large global competitor with more than 1,000 employees in Montego Bay; Kingston; The Bahamas; and Tampa, Florida.Over the past five years, the company has serviced a range of clients across sectors such as hospitality, telecommunications, utilities, medical billing and transportation, he pointed out.Services include sales, booking, web chat, social media coordination and Google PPC management, quality assurance and payment services.Itelbpo Smart Solutions is Jamaica’s largest locally owned BPO and contact centre management firm.The function also marked the company’s fifth anniversary celebrations. He informed that itelbpo has grown from a small business process outsourcing (BPO) operator with seven employees in Jamaica to a large global competitor with more than 1,000 employees in Montego Bay; Kingston; The Bahamas; and Tampa, Florida. “It is amazing what is happening in Jamaica and it is showing the psychology of economics; confidence,” he said, noting that the Government is making it easier for persons to calculate “what the risk factors are, project what the future will be and where you can make wise investments”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the business environment in Jamaica has improved significantly, with investors now more willing to take risks.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license Crude oil products supplier Coastal Oil Singapore Pte Ltd, which has filed for liquidation in December 2018, has been linked to debt fraud.COSCO Shipping International (Hong Kong) said that it has received claims from commercial banks seeking payments of alleged debt from one of its indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries, Sinfeng Marine Services Pte.As informed, the troubled marine fuel player reportedly assigned to the banks receivables due from Sinfeng to Coastal Oil Singapore.Namely, Coastal Oil Singapore was a major supplier of Sinfeng, which is engaged in the supply and trading of marine fuel and related products to major oil ports.Specifically, Coastal Oil Singapore accounted for 94% and 93% of Singfeng’s total purchase costs for the year ended December 31, 2017 and the six months ended June 30, 2018.“Based on a preliminary assessment, the management of Sinfeng is of the view that the documents inrelation to almost all of the alleged debts are not genuine,” COSCO Shipping International said in a regulatory filing. “Sinfeng is still in the process of conducting an investigation and seeking professional advice in respect of the aforesaid matters.”Sinfeng is working on finding alternative suppliers to Coastal Oil Singapore and will conduct a review of its business operations.“The board expects that the revenue of the group will decrease significantly unless and until alternative suppliers to Coastal Oil Singapore are identified. However, in light of the insignificant profit contribution of Sinfeng, the board currently does not foresee any material adverse impact on the group as a result of the liquidation of Coastal Oil Singapore,” COSCO added.
Ahmedabad: The BJP on Tuesday retained the Junagadh Municipal Corporation (JMC) in Gujarat by securing a larger mandate of 51 seats decimating the Congress to just one seat in the 60-member body.The ruling party also won by-elections to a majority of seats in districtand taluka panchayats for which elections were held on July 21. The BJP has improved its tally by seven seats to win 51 out of 56 seats in the JMC that went to polls on July 21, results for which were announced Tuesday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has emerged as the second largest party by winning four seats. Out of total 60 seats in JMC, the election was held for 56 seats. While candidates of the BJP were declared elected unopposed on three seats, the form of a BJP nominee stood rejected in another instance. The NCP registered a surprise win on four seats. In a stinging defeat, the tally of the main opposition Congress, which had 15 corporators, has shrunken to just one seat with Manjulaben Pansara the only saving grace for the party. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KPansara won on a general seat from ward number 4. The Congress was affected by a leadership crisis after its city president Vinu Amipara resigned to join the BJP just before the election along with a large number of party workers. The BJP had wrest control of the JMC from the Congress in previous election by winning 44 seats. Tweeting in Gujarati after the results were declared, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “BJP candidates have registered grand victory in the election to the Junagadh Municipal Corporation and by-election to other district/taluka Panchayats. The people of Gujarat have always trusted politics of development”. In his tweet, Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah said, “Heartiest congratulation to the people of Gujarat for constantly reposing faith in the BJP symbolising development and trust”. Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said the results were unexpected. “It is the outcome of infighting within the Congress unit of Junagadh, and we failed in our strategy. We also could not match the level of manipulation played by the other side. We will rectify the mistake and will come back stronger,” he said. The ruling party also won the by-election held for one seat of Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation and a majority of seats of district and taluka Panchayats on which by-polls were held on July 21. The BJP won five seats of district panchayat in by-polls. The party also won 32 out of 43 seats of Taluka Panchayat, while Congress bagged eight seats and three went to Independents. The ruling party celebrated its victory by bursting fire crackers at its state headquarters, ‘Kamalam’, in Gandhinagar.
WWE Divas Alicia Fox and Natalya will visit refugee camps in Rwanda this week as part of their alliance with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to help raise awareness and funds to fight malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.WWE’s Divas will help distribute life-saving bed nets to help protect refugee families, who are fleeing conflict in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, from malaria. They will also meet with officials from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to learn about the humanitarian situation there.“Refugees already face unimaginable hardships,” said Chris Helfrich, Director of Nothing But Nets. “A simple bed net can stop mothers and children from worrying about a deadly mosquito bite. We’re proud to show the WWE Divas — and WWE fans everywhere — how malaria prevention tools like bed nets keep families safe. With more than 140 million social media fans, WWE and its Divas have an incredible opportunity to spread the buzz about stopping malaria.”Nothing But Nets has partnered with UNHCR since 2008, working together to provide vulnerable refugee families fleeing conflict or natural disasters with insecticide-treated mosquito nets that can keep them safe from malaria. The partners have provided more than 1 million bed nets to refugees living in camps across Africa; as a result, malaria dropped from the leading killer of refugees to the number five cause of death.“WWE is proud to partner with Nothing But Nets to raise awareness and funds to protect families from deadly malaria,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Executive Vice President, Creative. “Through our partnership, WWE will continue to reach out to our passionate fan base to spread the message about preventing this disease. It is our hope that when WWE fans learn that a child dies from malaria every 60 seconds, they will be inspired to send a net and save a life.” WWE aims to send 20,000 bed nets to refugees.The trip is part of Nothing But Nets’ alliance with WWE, announced at the 2012 Social Good Summit. There, UN Foundation Resident Entrepreneur Elizabeth Gore appeared with McMahon and WWE Divas Layla and Alicia Fox, who urged their fans to support Nothing But Nets online and offline.Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $45 million from hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters, and sent more than 7 million bed nets to families across Africa. Anyone — from students to CEOs — can help protect families in Africa from malaria. To learn more and to donate, visit www.NothingButNets.net.
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index soared as the loonie fell after the governor of the Bank of Canada signalled in a speech it would be taking a more cautious approach on any future rate hikes.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index climbed 135.54 points to 15,609.66 on the strength of broad-based gain that saw all major sectors, excluding gold, push ahead.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80.57 cents US, down 0.27 of a cent.Central bank governor Stephen Poloz stressed Wednesday there’s no prearranged route for further interest rate hikes after the sizzling national economy motivated him to raise the rate once in July and again earlier this month.The speech marked the first public comments by Poloz since the bank drew criticism for its communications approach ahead of the September hike, which caught many forecasters off guard.“So the major changes in his tone were that he’s going to monitor very closely movements in the long-term rates,” said Macan Nia, a senior investment strategist at Manulife Investments.“And I think the one line that really stuck out for market participants was that he said there’s no predetermined path for interest rates. As a result you saw the Canadian dollar sell off and you saw the TSX rally.”Nia said Poloz’s announcement was a primary driver for financials in particular. Also helping the TSX, he added, was the continuation of positive news about oil markets and a “bullish oil sentiment” over the past couple of weeks.The November crude contract was up 26 cents to US$52.14 per barrel.On the corporate front, Bombardier Inc.’s (TSX:BBD.B) shares lost more than seven per cent to close at $2.10 as investors weighed the prospect of a 220 per cent duty on U.S. sales of its flagship CSeries passenger jets and the European merger of two railway rivals.South of the border, New York stock indices jumped after a U.S. Labor Department report showed business investment rose in August for the second month in a row. Investors hope that means U.S. manufacturing is getting stronger as the global economy continues to improve.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 56.39 points to 22,340.71. The S&P 500 index added 10.20 points to 2,507.04 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 73.10 points to 6,453.26.Investors also eyed a proposed tax plan by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans that cuts tax rates for individuals and corporations, reduces the number of personal tax brackets, and nearly doubles the standard deduction used by most Americans. They propose to cut the top corporate tax rate to 25 per cent from its current 35 per cent.However, with months of negotiations likely ahead and many key details missing, it’s not clear what kind of plan might ultimately pass.“With the long-anticipated Trump tax reform package, you saw markets didn’t react either way immediately,” said Nia. “It’s short on details.”Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract was down $13.90 to US$1,287.80 an ounce.The November natural gas contract gained six cents to US$3.06 per mmBTU and the December copper contract edged up a penny at US$2.93 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
By Zoubida SenoussiRabat – Ouarzazate continues to attract productions all over the world, thanks to its breathtaking landscapes and booming film industry.“The Moroccan Hollywood” has welcomed the adventure TV show “Off Roads” and one of its participants, Miss Universe 2016, also crowned Miss France the same year, Iris Mittenaere, as reported by 2M. The 25-year-old model already visited other Moroccan cities, such as Essaouira and Marrakech back in 2016. This adventurous show is taking place at the Ecolodge Oued Noujoum in the Fint valley, fifteen kilometers from the windy city Essaouira. Located in the heart of a mountain circuit, the site offers unbeatable raw nature views to its guests.Ouarzazate has a long-established relationship with cinema. Many notable directors maintain an obsession with the magnificent landscapes, including Orson Welles, Ridley Scott, and David Lean.Many memorable historical movies and television shows have been filmed in the area, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Gladiator (2000), The Sheltering Sky (1990), Game of Thrones (2013) Prison Break (2015), Sherlock (2016), and The Nine (2017).
23 August 2011The United Nations has deployed an emergency team to south-eastern Ethiopia where 18,000 new refugees fleeing drought, famine and conflict in Somalia have recently poured in, compounding a situation already fraught with high mortality from malnutrition and measles. “A priority for us remains the need to save lives among this badly weakened population,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Geneva on the latest chapter in the crisis wracking the Horn of Africa, where more than 12 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and particularly Somalia are in urgent need of help and tens of thousands, many of them children, have already starved to death.“Ensuring that new arrivals get food, water and medical attention is critically important,” he said, noting that the UNHCR emergency team had been sent to the Gode area, 250 kilometres north of the refugee camps already been set up in Dollo Ado. “Our team includes experts in health, nutrition, protection, field coordination, and registration.”Last week UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake warned that some 390,000 Somali children in the region were suffering from malnutrition, with nearly 140,000 of them “facing imminent death” from severe acute malnutrition.UNHCR will airlift aid for up to 20,000 people in Gode from its stocks in Dubai, including blankets, plastic sheeting, jerry cans, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, buckets and mosquito nets. Some 3,000 tents, supplied locally, are also being rushed in. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with field presences in the area are already helping with health needs, nutrition and water, and UNHCR will provide additional support where necessary.Mr. Edwards voiced continuing concern at the persistently high mortality rate at the 25,000-strong Kobe camp in Dollo Ado, where a major cause of death is suspected measles, compounded by the high prevalence of acute malnutrition and poor hygiene practices.A mass immunization campaign was conducted last week for children between the ages of six months and 15 years, but it will take 10 to 14 days for the vaccine to be effective and for the mortality rates to become lower. Together with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UNHCR has just completed a second mass anti-measles campaign in the Melkadida camp. Polio vaccination and screening for malnutrition were carried out at the same time for children.In Somalia, shelter materials and other aid items continue to be distributed in Mogadishu, the capital, and southern areas, but these still fall short of the many needs in makeshift settlements in southern and central Somalia that accommodate many of the country’s estimated 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs). In addition to shelter, people also need food, access to clean water and medical facilities.“Displaced Somalis tell our staff that the current weather conditions of scorching sun, strong winds and intermittent heavy rains are difficult to endure, despite plastic sheets having been provided for shelter,” Mr. Edwards said, noting that a further 20,000 emergency assistance packages from Dubai are due to reach Mogadishu on 10 September for distribution across southern Somalia.In Kenya, where the Dadaab camp complex currently hosts some 440,000 refugees, 1,200 Somalis are still arriving every day and new sites are being opened up.
He said that it is still not clear if the video is authentic or staged. An individual captured the incident on video with the knowledge of the boys and the girl as well as another girl. (Colombo Gazette) The police are attempting to identify the girl in video going viral in which she is shown being assaulted by two boys.Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that for the police to investigate the incident they need to first identify the girl.
Pakistan is to deploy a team to Sri Lanka to collect evidence over the murder of a British-Pakistani politician.The Daily Times in Pakistan reported that the Director of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Akbar Hoti on Saturday allowed the investigation team to visit the United Kingdom (UK) and Sri Lanka to collect evidence in relation to the case over the murder of Imran Farooq. Three accused, including Khalid Shamim, Moazzam Ali and Kashif Khan Kamran are currently on judicial remand in Rawalpindi. According to sources, Khalid Shamim and Mohsin Ali had already recorded their confessional statements, while Moazzam Ali – who is said to be the prime suspect – was unwilling to do so. Mohsin, in his statement, stated that Moazzam had handled their travel documents to visit the UK. He said they had monitored the movements and actvities of Dr Farooq in London to know about his routine. On the day of the murder, he grabbed Dr Farooq while Kashif stabbed him and then bludgeoned him with a brick, he said. Imran Farooq, the founding member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was murdered in Edgware, northwest London in September 2010. He had claimed asylum in Britain in 1999 as he was wanted in Pakistan in many cases of torture and murder. (Colombo Gazette)
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today told Africa’s leaders gathered in Mozambique for the African Union’s annual summit that only they could end the devastating armed conflicts that were taking an unconscionable toll on their people and on the overall development of their continent.Along with working to end conflicts, African leaders must also break the deadly wall of silence that continues to surround the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and make the fight against AIDS a priority second to none, he told African heads of state in Maputo, Mozambique’s capital.“The UN and the rest of the international community can appoint envoys, urge negotiations and spend billions of dollars on peacekeeping missions, but none of this will solve conflicts, if the political will and capacity do not exist here, in Africa.”Mr. Annan pointed to Mozambique’s peaceful transition after 16 years of civil war as one of the great African success stories, but stressed that heartbreaking events in Liberia and the beleaguered northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had made it painfully evident that Africa has nowhere near the mechanisms it needs to prevent the outbreak of conflict or enforce basic international humanitarian law.“That is why this Union, and all its Members, must work for an integrated strategy of peaceful settlements” he said, adding that he hoped every one of Africa’s leaders would make it their personal mission to convince the young people of the continent that the lives and safety of their fellow Africans are sacrosanct, and that there can be no substitute for the fruits of peace.“Indeed, the birth of your Union…reflected an historic reaffirmation that Africa itself bears the primary responsibility for shaping its fate and future; and that the best way – the only way – for Africa to carry out that mission is to unite around the needs and aspirations of your people.”But lasting peace was far more than the absence of war, Mr. Annan said. “It is sustainable only if accompanied by democratic transformation and good governance… and must go hand in hand with the work for poverty reduction and development. That meant a whole-hearted investment in education and the empowerment of women, the most effective development strategies we know. It also means a focus on employment creation.At the same time, he said, an agricultural transformation is needed to break the pattern of recurring food crises. “The latest famine in Ethiopia and Eritrea is a tragic reminder of the desperate need for Africa to develop the capacity to feed itself – to bring about the kind of Green Revolution we have seen take hold elsewhere.” Achieving this would require radical approaches on multiple fronts, based on both new and existing technologies, as well as far-sighted land and water management.It would also require addressing the inextricable link between food insecurity and the biggest threat facing Africa today – the continuing spread of HIV/AIDS. “Just as Africa seeks to focus on the future, some parts of it can barely hang on to the present, Mr. Annan said, adding that “Africa’s efforts are being systematically undermined – by a virus so cruel that it strikes young adults as they are poised to enter their most productive years, and assume the mantle of leadership.”“We know from experience that the spread can be turned back. Some African countries have indeed done so. But it cannot be done piecemeal. It requires a coordinated response from all sectors of society,” he said. It requires leadership – in Governments, in schools, on the streets, in places of worship, in families, among people living with HIV/AIDS and in the most affected communities.“It requires all of you to show the way by example: by breaking the deadly wall of silence that continues to surround the pandemic, and by making the fight against AIDS a priority second to none. I have made it mine; I know several among you have made it yours,” Mr Annan said.He said the UN family will keep working in close partnership with the African Union across the full range of those challenges: from education to governance, from agricultural development to the fight against AIDS; and at the level of the African Union, by supporting the development of key Union institutions.“We will keep working with you to strengthen African peace-building and conflict resolution capacities. And we will keep working with you to help ensure that the new peace and security architecture for Africa benefits from enhanced African peacekeeping capabilities as well as active UN engagement,” he said.
A statement issued by a spokesman for Mr. Annan said the Secretary-General “remains deeply convinced that there is no military solution to this conflict.”He urged the parties to cease all forms of violence immediately, to act in strict compliance with their obligations under the Road Map peace plan and international law, and to renew their search for a peaceful solution to the conflict, the statement said.The Road Map is a plan sponsored by the United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation and United States – collectively known as the Quartet – which calls for Israel and the Palestinians to take a series of reciprocal and parallel steps leading to two States living side-by-side in peace by 2005.
TSX gains 200 points, Wall Street hits new records bolstered by Trump optimism by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 1, 2017 9:35 am MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – North American stock markets rose sharply Wednesday, driven largely by optimism from a speech by U.S. President Donald Trump in which he reaffirmed plans in front of Congress to spur economic growth and cut taxes.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index climbed 200.44 points, or 1.3 per cent, at 15,599.68 — lifted higher by gains in the metals, materials and industrials sectors. It’s the largest one-day advance registered by the commodity-heavy TSX in nearly 10 months.Steve Belisle, managing director at Manulife Asset Management, said the strength in these particular sectors has been helped by new data indicating signs of economic growth in both the U.S. and China.“What the surveys are showing is that industrial production should accelerate materially from here and that is good for all commodities and industrial companies,” he said from Montreal.The Institute for Supply Management reported Wednesday that U.S. factories grew last month at the fastest pace in more than two years.Its manufacturing index came in at 56.0 in January, up from 54.5 in December and the highest since November 2014’s 57.6. Anything above 50 signals growth.U.S. manufacturing has now grown for five straight months and for 10 of the last 11 months.On Tuesday, two surveys also showed that China’s factory activity picked up pace last month, adding to recent evidence that a key sector of the world’s No. 2 economy is stabilizing.Meanwhile, south of the border, all three major Wall Street indices finished at new record highs.The Dow Jones industrial average surpassed the 21,000 mark for the first time ever, finishing up 303.31 points at 21,115.55. The last time the blue-chip index climbed more than 300 points in one session was on Nov. 7, a day before the U.S. election.The S&P 500 advanced 32.32 points at 2,395.96 and the Nasdaq composite gained 78.59 points at 5,904.03.The rally comes as investors found solace for the markets’ recent gains in the past few months following Trump’s speech Tuesday night before U.S. Congress.In his first address before the assembly, the president repeated his pledges to reform taxes, slash red tape and ramp up spending on defence and infrastructure projects.The promises have helped send U.S. stock benchmarks to records, but Trump offered little by way of detail.Still, Belisle said it was enough to calm investors.“(Trump) sounded presidential and reassuring. I think it was more the tone overall. It’s the same things he’s been talking about since his victory speech essentially but the details are still missing,” he said.“There is what he wants to do and what he can actually do, what Congress will allow him to do in the end. Everything he says needs to be taken with a large grain of salt.”In currencies, the Canadian dollar weakened against a strengthening greenback, losing 0.31 of a U.S. cent at 74.99 cents US.The Bank of Canada held its benchmark interest rate steady at 0.05 per cent Wednesday, the same level where it’s been since July 2015.But the central bank warned that it’s keeping a watchful eye on “significant uncertainties” weighing on the outlook for the economy including the direction of U.S. economic policy under Trump.Commodities were mixed as the April crude contract lost 18 cents at US$53.83 per barrel and April natural gas was up three cents at US$2.80 per mmBTU.April gold was down $3.90 at US$1,250 an ounce and May copper gained two cents at US$2.74 a pound.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.
FLSmidth has been awarded a contract worth some $40 million by Mauritanian La Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (SNIM) for the supply of a wet concentrator package and a train load out package for their Guelb el Aouj iron ore plant, located near Zouerate in Mauritania.The wet concentrator package includes a ball mill, slurry pumps, thickeners for tailings and dust, horizontal belt filters for concentrate and tailings as well as conveyors and wet magnetic separators. The package will also include basic and detailed engineering and procurement of all equipment, instruments and auxiliaries necessary for the operation of the facility.Included in the load out package is a train load out system and conveyors together with detailed engineering and procurement of all the equipment, instruments and auxiliaries necessary for the operation of the facility as well as all the basic, electrical, instrumentation and structural engineering. SNIM is the world’s seventh largest iron ore exporter, supplying around 12 Mt/y to the world market. Prospecting and exploration started in 1967. The Mauritanian government owns 78% of SNIM. The order is based on what FLSmidth describes as the “Island concept” – a solution where it supplies entire sections of the full flow sheet, offering the customer the advantage of one source supply.
Eight years ago, when I first saw Firefox posted on a message board that I frequented, I thought it was so cool that someone was trying to make a new browser. The post was flamed to death with all sorts of negative comments about how Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was the best there was and Mozilla was never going to be able to compete with Microsoft. Fortunately, Mozilla didn’t see comments like that and decide to throw in the towel. Because of that, the Firefox team at Mozilla are able to celebrate 8 years of development today. If you take a look back, you can absolutely see how Firefox was directly responsible for some of the major changes in how we use the web today. Firefox made a name for itself by being something that was so much better than Internet Explorer at the time that the only reason IE was used was to install Firefox. The team has even gone so far recently as to poke fun back at Internet Explorer 10‘s release. The browser has grown with the intention of delivering a web experience that “put people first” as they put it. Now, 8 years later, Firefox has absolutely become a staple in the web ecosystem.Firefox now exists on Windows, it’s a default browser in many versions of Linux, OSX, and now Android as well. On each platform they support, Mozilla strives to offer the open web standards and practices that the company has dedicated themselves to from the beginning. With a global browser market share that hovers just behind Internet Explorer by a few percent, it’s not hard to imagine that Firefox will be around for a long time. Happy Birthday Firefox!Read more at the Mozilla Blog
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A major focus on climate change in the upcoming federal election has seen proposals from both parties to reduce carbon emissions and address sustainability within Australia. “You can have greater population with great sustainability it all depends on how you allocate your resources and the type of lifestyle people lead, it’s something very multidimensional and has many aspects to it”. Nick Dallas – EnvironmentalistLabor has proposed a cash for clunkers scheme, where a $2000 rebate would be given to owners of pre-1995 vehicles. The Victorian Government proposal launched earlier this week offers drivers the option of paying a voluntary fee of up to $80 to bankroll a 20 per cent cut in Victoria’s greenhouse gas emission by 2020. Environmentalist Nick Dallas, author of How to do business in China, Green business basics, Climate change basics, said the cash for clunkers scheme is a good plan and there has been similar theories implemented overseas. “It depends if it’s new money or if it’s replacing something else, there’s similar schemes in Europe to get old cars off the road and in the end it’s all a question of implementation and if the money is diverted from other sources,” he said, adding that climate change has taken a backseat from both Labor and Liberal parties. Mr Dallas said sustainability has many dimensions and is not a debate. “You can have greater population with great sustainability it all depends on how you allocate your resources and the type of lifestyle people lead, it’s something very multidimensional and has many aspects to it”. However a carbon tax would be more immediate than an emission trading scheme according to Mr Dallas. “The emission trading scheme is probably the preferred model based on what’s going on overseas but if you really want to get something up and going it’s quicker to implement a carbon tax,” Mr Dallas said. Greens member of the NSW Greens Marrickville Group and local elected counsellor for Marrickville council, Marika Kontellis, said renewable energy, water conservation, and pollution were all linked under the umbrella of climate change but ultimately are affected by the choices Australians make around sustainable living. “I think it’s incredibly important and I think we have a lot to learn from our early migrants who absolutely come from a background of real sustainable living,” Ms Kontellis told Neos Kosmos. Ms Kontellis said transferring skills from the older to younger generations has to begin early on, quoting an example of her own child’s school that has a community vegetable garden, which the grandparents are also involved in. “My Greek peers are very engaged in community life here, we have three Greeks on council, I think the message would be that Greeks are quite engaged in the political process and I’m seeing a bit of a quiet revolution.” “I’m certainly pleased and quite honoured to represent in our area in Marrickville what I call the ‘new Greeks’ who are really focused on building a sustainable Australia,” she said.
SEATTLE — The finding was hard to believe, but year after year and in state after state, the numbers kept bearing it out: Sixth-graders who missed 20 days of class had, at best, a 20 percent chance of graduating from high school on time.This was a bombshell for researcher Bob Balfanz, who’d spent most of his career trying to understand the factors driving 1 million American students to drop out each year. He’d paced school hallways and sat through hundreds of hours of classroom instruction.But in 2007, after tracking 13,000 middle-schoolers for eight years in Philadelphia, Balfanz finally isolated a red flag common to all who, years later, failed to graduate on time: a history of poor attendance.“You’d think, ‘Hey, it’s only sixth grade, you can recover and grow out of this,’” he said.Yet Balfanz, based at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, found that missing as few as 10 days a year has a cumulative impact, weakening the foundation upon which all other school achievement builds.More surprising still, school attendance averages, while widely reported, are highly misleading. A district may accurately note rates of 90 percent, but still have hundreds of students missing weeks of instruction because that number is an aggregate — concealing the fact that different students are absent on different days.
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