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first_imgAuthorities at the famous Bowring Institute, an elite club in Bengaluru, were in for a shock on Thursday: In three lockers, they found huge amounts of cash, gold, diamonds, expensive watches and documents in six heavy bags.Since there was a demand for sports lockers in the club, the authorities issued notices to members from February 2018, through e-mail and SMS, and also posted notices on the institute premises.While many came forward to register their lockers, there were 126 lockers for which nobody had come forward to register. Hence, the process of breaking open the lockers began on Thursday. That’s when they found the stash.HS Srikanth, the honorary secretary of the Bowring Institute, told India Today that the entire process was video-recorded, and that when the bags were found, they had no clue to whom these lockers belonged.The club authorities then immediately informed the local police and officials from the Income Tax (I-T) and Directorate of Enforcement (ED) departments, who began their investigation.The bags had cash worth Rs 3.90 crore, 650 grams of gold, diamonds worth Rs 7.8 crore, property documents worth hundreds of crores, 1 Rolex watch and other watches valued at Rs 40 lakh, signed blank cheques for Rs 50 crore, Rs 30 crore and Rs 5 crore.Srikanth says it was during the investigation that an individual named Avinash Anarkali Kukreja, 48, who is a real estate businessman claimed ownership of the contents.”His mother was a regular visitor. Avinash wasn’t an active member of the club,” Srikanth added.On Sunday, IT and ED department officials visited Bowring institute to continue their investigation.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPremier League Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs West Brom Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:10 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Luiz Getty Images Premier League Chelsea West Bromwich Albion David Luiz Michy Batshuayi Antonio Conte The Blues looking to keep pace in their efforts to defend the Premier League title as they travel to the Midlands to face the Baggies Chelsea travel to face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday as they aim to build on their 1-0 win over Jose’s Mourinho’s Manchester United before the international break. Antonio Conte’s side trail Manchester City by nine points, but ended their recent run of fixtures with a positive result to keep in touch of Pep Guardiola’s league leaders. Blues 8/5 to beat WBA & O2.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Tony Pulis has come under pressure for the first time as West Brom manager, with his side sitting only one point above the relegation zone after 11 games. West Brom have lost their last three games and they are without a win since August in the Premier League. CHELSEA INJURIES Antonio Conte has confirmed that the majority of Chelsea’s players have recovered from knocks over the international break. Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill were left out of their national teams but they are back fit to face West Brom. Danny Drinkwater skipped England duty after getting a knock against Manchester United but he is ready to come back on Saturday. N’Golo Kante is fit after making his triumphant return in that same match as Chelsea beat Man United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko are both fit and have trained at Chelsea despite reportedly suffering injuries in training around a week ago. However, Michy Batshuayi is out with an ankle injury and Charly Musonda has a knee problem that he sustained in training. Victor Moses is out for at least another week but he told Goal about his fitness status in an exclusive interview, as he was shortlisted for the BBC African Footballer of the Year. “The rehab has been going very well and hopefully I can just take my time to get myself as fit as possible to go back out there and enjoy my football again,” Moses told Goal. “It is always frustrating when you watch the lads and you want to go in there yourself to try to help, to do the best you can to help the lads.”Apart from that, it is always frustrating to watch from the sidelines when you just want to go out there and play football. You have to be disciplined, you don’t get to spend much time with the players. I am always by myself with the physio, trying to concentrate on my rehab to get back as quickly as possible.”Victor Moses of ChelseaCHELSEA SUSPENSIONS Chelsea have no suspensions for the upcoming match against West Bromwich Albion. Antonio Rudiger is only one caution away from earning a one-match suspension for receiving five domestic yellow cards. The cut-off this season is after 19 league games, so to escape bans then all Chelsea players need to avoid accumulating five bookings until they play Everton on 23 December. POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Should Chelsea recall David Luiz or continue playing Andreas Christensen? That is the biggest question that Conte faces after the youngster impressed versus Manchester United as Luiz was left out. Chelsea have Antonio Rudiger vying for a place against Gary Cahill, while Davide Zappacosta may continue at right wing back in Moses’ absence. Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Pedro have emerged as first choice front three but they will only line up together if Conte chooses to play in a 3-4-3 system.Conte may also look at using the 3-5-2 formation that most recently saw the Blues beat Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Cesc Fabregas joined Kante and Bakayoko in a three man midfield. Kante will undoubtedly continue his recovery from injury against West Brom. Chelsea Team News predicted GFX Man UnitedWEST BROM TEAM NEWS Craig Dawson has a knee injury and he is expected to be out for most of December. James Morrison has an achilles injury and he is facing a race to be fit in time to face Chelsea. Pulis will be happy that he has only two players out with the rest of his side expecting to be fit to face the champions on Saturday. HD James Morrison West BromBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS After failing to win in four visits to the Hawthorns between 2012-2015 (W0 D1 L3), Chelsea have since won back to back games there, including last May when Michy Batshuayi scored to seal the title in a 1-0 victory. This will be Antonio Conte’s 50th Premier League game in charge of Chelsea, with the reigning champions winning more points (115) than any other side since the start of last season. Conte has the best win percentage of any permanent Chelsea manager in league history (75.5%). Alvaro Morata has been directly involved in 10 goals in his first 10 Premier League games for Chelsea (seven goals, three assists) – only Diego Costa (11) had more goal involvements in his first 10 for the club. Morata has won more points with his goals and assists in the Premier League this season than any other player (8). TV CHANNEL & KICK OFF TIME The match is not being televised in the United Kingdom and it will be first shown on Saturday evening on BBC One’s Match of the Day.   Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent: Napoli like Fiorentina midfielder Veretoutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Jordan Veretout expects him to stay with Fiorentina this month.The former Aston Villa midfielder has been superb for the Viola this season.“[Napoli sporting director Cristiano] Giuntoli likes Veretout, I’ve spoken about that several times,” Mario Giuffredi reiterated on Radio Marte.“January isn’t his market though, because Fiorentina are aiming for Europe so he’ll stay with the Viola until June.“He’s a great player who costs a lot, and clubs can’t always make those kind of investments in January. €30-35m is not a figure to spend in January.” last_img read more

first_imgThe incident took place at about 1:19 a.m. Sunday in the block of 10. S. Dubuque St. and is reported as a separate incident to the strong-arm robbery that took place at a similar time and place in downtown Iowa City.Police found Ellis standing over a male that was knocked out and on the ground. When police made contact with Ellis, he started to run away. Police chased him and finally caught him.When the police tried to take Ellis into custody, he then allegedly pushed an officer to the ground, injuring the officer’s knee and tearing the officer’s pants. According to the police complaint, Ellis refereed to the push as a “football move.”Ellis is a redshirt freshman linebacker.Full details can be found here. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A Division 2 college football player was reportedly arrested for allegedly using a “football move” on a police officer. Turner Joseph Ellis, 19, plays college football for Upper Iowa University. He was reportedly arrested in Iowa City early Sunday morning.The football player was reportedly arrested for assault.The Iowa City Press Citizen has the details:last_img read more

first_imgtom herman and mike gundy joke around during a gameSTILLWATER, OK – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns greets head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys before their game on October 27, 2018 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas football has certainly been tested already early this season. Between relatively easy games against Louisiana Tech and Rice, Tom Herman’s Longhorns fell to LSU at home in a highly entertaining game.Things are ready to ramp back up for Texas in Week 4. On Saturday, the Longhorns welcome in the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Mike Gundy’s team may not always be a national contender, but they are generally a bear to deal with on offense.Oklahoma State is 3-0 to start the year. The Cowboys have scored at least 40 points in each of their game.Gundy’s team has bona fide stars in the backfield and out wide. Running back Chuba Hubbard has 521 yards and seven touchdowns already on the year, while receiver Tylan Wallace has been incredibly explosive, with 15 receptions for 390 yards and six touchdowns. Perhaps most importantly, quarterback Spencer Sanders has been very good in his first three starts. The freshman has completed over 67-percent of his passes, throwing for 622 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception.Entering Okie State week, Tom Herman channeled Owen Wilson in the 1998 blockbuster Armageddon to describe what it feels like to prepare for the Pokes.Via KVUE:“I’ve used the phrase before, it’s a scene from Armageddon, right? It’s the scariest environment imaginable — that’s all you had to say. You know, they have the nation’s leading rusher. They’ve got an All-American wide receiver. They have a quarterback that can not only throw it to that receiver, but is a threat with his running ability, too. It’s going to be a challenge, for sure, but you can’t sell your soul I guess to stop one because they’re so proficient in the other (areas). You just have to be sound.”Oklahoma State wasn’t expected to be a major challenger to Oklahoma and Texas at the top of the Big 12 in preseason, but they’re often a factor, and have looked very strong so far.Gundy’s team has four-straight wins in this Big 12 series. That is the longest streak in rivalry history for the program. Texas has a pretty one-sided all-time edge, 24 games to nine.[KVUE]last_img read more

first_imgActivities under the Water Sector Policy and Rural Master Plan project, is expected to be bolstered by the provision of $16.8 million in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.It is being implemented by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change through funding by the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The project, which began in April 2011, is intended to provide access by some 85 per cent of rural households to safe potable water. This, through development of a Rural Water Master Plan, which will provide the foundation for an integrated, strategic, comprehensive and systematic approach to addressing the planning and implementation of projects.Additionally, through the establishment of a Water Sector Policy, and Strategy and Action Plan, realistic timeframes will be established for the provision of full access to safe potable water, while the role of the private sector in water management will be reviewed.The money for this fiscal year will be spent on:preparing Draft Water Sector Policy Document and a Draft Rural Master Plan.Achievements up to February 2013 include: completion of the terms of reference for a steering committee, and consultant, with the steering committee established, and meetings held according to terms of reference.The project is expected to be completed in December 2014.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgGovernment is taking another step toward mental health reformthrough new legislation introduced today, Sept. 29, by HealthMinister Angus MacIsaac. The new Mental Health Act updates 30-year-old legislation,reflects current practices and is consistent with other mentalhealth legislation across the country. “This is another building block in improving the mental health ofNova Scotians,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “Most people have the abilityto make their own treatment decisions, however, this act speaksfor those who cannot.” The proposed act will provide the legal framework for mentalhealth professionals to intervene on behalf of individuals wholack the capacity to determine their need for treatment. It willensure that this is done without unduly interfering with civilrights and liberties. The bill introduces substitute decision-makers who will beinvolved in all treatment decisions when necessary. In addition,leave certificates are being introduced. These certificates allowpatients to be gradually reintroduced into the community, helpingthem reintegrate in a planned way. Also included in the act are community treatment orders (CTOs),for those who have a history of repeated involuntary admissions.CTOs will be available where assertive treatment teams are inplace. The CTOs will help people maintain wellness and stabilityand assist in early detection of recurring illness, therebyresulting in shorter hospital stays. “The Schizophrenia Society applauds government for includingcommunity treatment orders in the new legislation. Takingleadership on this is not easy, but through partnership,government and community organizations can work toward the goalof early detection and treatment,” said Hugh Bennett, executivedirector of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia. “This willhelp people, particularly those persons with schizophrenia, toget the support they need within their community, while, at thesame time, expanding community education and awareness.” Capital Health has also expressed support for the newlegislation. “It is good to see legislation dealing specifically with mentalhealth issues. Previously, mental health was addressed underlegislation embedded in the Hospitals Act,” said Louise Bradley,director, mental health and forensic services, Capital Health.”We provided input and are glad that the province is addressingthe issue of CTOs as other provinces have.” The bill will serve all Nova Scotians with mental disorders,including children, youth and adults, who are temporarily unableto make their own treatment decisions. “The new Mental Health Act, along with Department of Health’smental health standards, will allow us to better meet the needsof children and youth,” said Susan Mercer, interim vicepresident, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program, IWK HealthCentre. “This is another step that will improve how we worktogether with families toward better mental health care in thecommunity.” In addition, the bill introduces independent rights advisors whowill operate at arm’s length from government and the districthealth authorities/IWK Health Centre to advise people who areinvoluntarily admitted, placed on a leave certificate or acommunity treatment order. The bill was created after careful review of the currentprovincial legislation, legislation in other provinces, and in-depth consultation with legal experts, and mental healthprofessionals, advocates and consumers. The first step in mentalhealth reform was the development of comprehensive mental healthstandards, announced in 2003.last_img read more

first_imgSix stories in the news for Wednesday, Nov. 7———FEDS TO APOLOGIZE FOR HOLOCAUST INCIDENTPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will issue an official government apology today for what he will call the country’s moral failure when Canada closed its doors to Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. The apology is months in the making and will focus on the decision by the government of William Lyon Mackenzie King in 1939 to reject an asylum request from more than 900 German Jews aboard an ocean liner that was nearing Halifax. Instead, the MS St. Louis returned to Germany and the passengers scattered in Europe. More than 250 of them died in the Holocaust.———CLEMENT QUITS SHADOW CABINET AFTER SHARING EXPLICIT IMAGESLongtime MP Tony Clement has resigned from the Conservative shadow cabinet after he shared explicit sexual images and a video of himself electronically. Clement says the images were sent in the last three weeks and he believed they were going to a “consenting female.” However, he now says the person was trying to extort him and he has asked the RCMP to investigate. “I recognize now that I have gone down a wrong path and have exercised very poor judgment,” Clement said in a statement Tuesday.———PLAQUE SALUTES MP AND VET WHO DIED BY SUICIDEA First-World War veteran who also sat as an MP will be remembered in the foyer outside the House of Commons. A bronze plaque bearing Lt.-Col. Samuel Sharpe’s likeness is to be unveiled during a ceremony on Parliament Hill today, the latest sign of the country’s changing attitude toward the psychological harm that Canadian soldiers have suffered from war for generations. Sharpe took his own life after returning from the war. The Royal Canadian Legion last week took the unprecedented step of naming the mother of the first soldier to die by suicide after serving in Afghanistan as this year’s Silver Cross Mother.———SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT EXPECTED ON HALIFAX CFL BIDThe group aiming to bring a Canadian Football League team to Halifax is expected to make a “special announcement” today. A media advisory says Maritime Football Limited Partnership and CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie will make the announcement at Saint Mary’s University at 1 p.m. The group, made up of former Arizona Coyotes co-owners Anthony LeBlanc and Gary Drummond and AMJ Campbell Van Lines president Bruce Bowser, is looking to secure a conditional expansion franchise to begin play in Halifax in 2021.———PAROLE HEARING TODAY FOR DRUNK DRIVER WHO KILLED 4A parole hearing is scheduled today for a drunk driver who killed three young children and their grandfather in crash north of Toronto three years ago. Marco Muzzo was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2016 after pleading guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death and two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm. The September 2015 crash in Vaughan, Ont., claimed the lives of nine-year-old Daniel Neville-Lake, his five-year-old brother Harrison, their two-year-old sister Milly and the children’s 65-year-old grandfather, Gary Neville.———SICK INMATES CALL FOR INTERCOMS IN JAIL CELLSInmates with chronic health issues at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility are raising concerns about the lack of intercom systems to alert correctional officers if they face a life-threatening situation in their cells. David Wade Smith, 43, and Chase Marinoff, 20, are inmates at the Halifax facility who have chronic health conditions and say they should have access to an emergency system if they fall ill. The issue of a lack of intercoms has come up in connection with the 2014 death of Clayton Cromwell, a 23-year-old inmate who died in his cell of a methadone overdose.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Matthew Vincent Raymond, accused of killing four people including two Fredericton police officers, is due back in court. The judge is to decide whether to appoint a new defence lawyer.— The RCMP is holding an on-the-record technical briefing regarding CRA phone scams and call centres in India.— The BC Coroners Service will hold a public inquest into the death of 26-year-old Abdi Gani Mahamud Hirsi, who died after a police-involved shooting in Vancouver in 2015.— The Edmonton Police Commission is scheduled to announce the city’s next police chief.last_img read more

first_imgThe Children’s Health Fund will hold its annual benefit on June 1, hosted by CHF co-founder Irwin Redlener, MD.Fellow co-founder Paul Simon will be unable to attend this year, but the event will feature a special appearance by Julianne Moore, and a performance by Moe.The event will take place at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Cocktails and dinner at 6pm, awards presentation and performance at 8pm. A Dessert Reception will follow the performance.Find out more here.Editor: This article was updated on 8th May to reflect Paul Simon’s non-attendance. It previously stated that he would co-host the event.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Canadian journalists and free speech advocates are calling on the Trudeau government to take steps to protect press freedom in Canada.The call follows recent revelations that ten Québec journalists were under police surveillance in order to ascertain their sources, and the ongoing case of VICE News journalist Ben Makuch, who in 2014 was served with an RCMP production order to obtain his KiK messenger chat logs with a suspected ISIS member. The case is up for appeal in February of 2017.“Source protection is crucial to our ability to do our jobs as journalists. It’s a fundamental tool of the trade that allows us to dig deep and hold the powerful accountable,” said Makuch. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Mine is just one of many recent cases of the growing erosion of press freedom here in Canada.  I’ve covered oppressive regimes across the world and the last opposition I thought I’d face in my ability to do my job would be here at home in Canada.”Makuch was joined by journalist and press freedom advocate Mohamed Fahmy who appealed directly to Prime Minister Trudeau to take action on this important issue.“A report issued in September 2016 by Reporters Without Borders states that Canada dropped 10 spots on 2016 world press freedom index after the “dark age for journalism” during Mr. Stephen Harper’s tenure,” said Fahmy.“Prime Minister Trudeau you stood beside me during my wrongful imprisonment and championed the cause of press freedom. I have faith that you will do the same for fellow journalists facing similar threats to press freedom in Canada.  The world views Canada as the pillar of democracy so let’s keep it this way.”La Presse Journalist Patrick Lagacé, who it was recently revealed was one of the ten Québec journalists under surveillance, made a similar appeal to the government.“It was a shock for me to find out a couple of weeks ago that my phone was being surveilled by the Montreal police all in an effort to find out who my sources are”, said Lagacé.“My Province seems to be taking this issue seriously, I hope the Federal government will also take a leading role. Our Prime minister has famously said during the last election campaign that journalists are to be respected in this country: now is the time to go beyond words and take action.”Tom Henheffer of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression laid out his organization’s specific legislative asks of the government.“This is a watershed moment, and one where Canada has the potential to be a global leader, or to further cripple the free press in our country,” said Henheffer.“We call on the government to make several changes to protect press freedom and free expression in Canada. They include, passing press shield laws, repealing the dangerous surveillance provisions contained in bill C-13 and ensuring that Federal and Provincial governments require any warrant for surveillance of journalists be requested by prosecutors, as opposed to police, and approved by judges, as opposed to justices of the peace”.The group also revealed two hard-hitting television and social media promos supporting the http://protectpressfreedom.ca campaign launched in October of this year.The promos, which feature Mohamed Fahmy and Patrick Lagacé, will run on VICE Canada’s digital and Television platforms in the coming days.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin says it will not sell its newly rolled out F-21 fighter jet to any other country if India places an order for 114 planes, a move aimed at pitching itself ahead of its US, European and Russian competitors for the mega deal. Vivek Lall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin, says if F-21 wins the contract, then India will also be integrated into the company’s global fighter ecosystem, which is a USD 165 billion dollar market. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework In an interview with PTI, Lall said the new combat jet is designed to operate across over 60 air force stations in India, and its key aspects include superior engine matrix, electronic warfare system and weapons carrying capacity. “We will not sell this platform and the configuration to anyone in the world. It is a significant commitment by Lockheed Martin and it shows importance of India and importance of unique requirement India has,” he said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Last month, the Indian Air Force issued an RFI (Request for Information) or initial tender to acquire 114 jets at a cost of around USD 18 billion, which is billed as one of the world’s biggest military procurement in recent years. The top contenders for the deal include Lockheed’s F-21, Boeing’s F/A-18, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Russian aircraft MiG 35 and Saab’s Gripen. Lall said if Lockheed wins the contract, it will not only set up a state-of-the-art F-21 manufacturing facility along with the Tata Group, but will also help India create an ecosystem for overall growth of the country’s defence manufacturing. On observation that the F-21 is similar to Lockheed’s F 16 Block 70 combat jet, he said such a view is unfair as there have been significantly differences between the two platforms. F-21 is different in terms of various aspects including its air frame, weapons capability, engine matrix and availability of engine options. “As for example, you are now looking at 12,000 hours of service life air frame in F-21 versus 8,000 hours previously (F 16 Block 70). The additional 40 per cent weapons carrying capability is new in F-21 which was not there in F 16 Block 70. The electronic warfare system is uniquely developed for India,” he added. “Looking from a distance may make it look similar to F 16 Block 70, but it is different,” he added. Besides having a traditional boom-delivered refuelling facility, the F-21 also has a extendable hose-and-drogue refuelling probe. “This is only fighter in the world which has both the capability,” said Lall, adding the cockpit has a new large area display. “It is a modern cockpit and has a significant piece of ability to synthesise information. These are unique capabilities that we are not offering to other countries in the world,” said the Lockheed executive. The jet has a Long-Range Infrared Search and Track (IRST), enabling pilots to detect threats with precision and Triple Missile Launcher Adapters (TMLAs) allowing it to carry 40 per cent more air-to-air weapons. Without giving any approximate price of each bare-bone aircraft, he pitched it as the most cost effective compared to the competitors in terms of life-cycle and operational costs. “If you look at the US government data, the advantage is 30-40 per cent in terms of cost effectiveness. This is lower compared to the comparable competitors. If you aggregate with years and years of operations in the life cycle, it is a huge amount of saving for India if it goes ahead with F-21,” said Lall. Lockheed, which has a longstanding relationship of 25 years with India, unveiled the F-21 during the Aero India show in Bengaluru in February, saying it will address the Indian Air Force’s unique requirements.last_img read more

Benguerir – King Mohammed VI inaugurated, on Thursday in Benguerir Green City, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, a hub for research, training and innovation, and a real bridgehead between Morocco, Africa and the world.This world-class university is the core of the Mohammed VI green city of Benguerir, first city of its kind in the African continent to offer adapted infrastructure, an ecological zone, an organized social life and a lifestyle that promotes its inhabitants’ well-being, diversity and social and cultural blossoming.The next generation university has five founding principles: applied research, innovation and entrepreneurship, addressing Africa’s socio-economic development challenges, adopting a partnership approach, openness on the world with national focus, social equity and merit. The university seeks, through well-targeted research programs (water, agriculture and environment, natural resources and food security, biotechnology and biomedical engineering, architecture, urbanism and territory development, industrial and chemical engineering and renewable energy), to bring answers to the main challenges facing the African continent as food security, economic development, sustainable industrialization and public policy.The establishment, which adopts a teaching and research model based on innovation and experiments, hosts several facilities notably a school for industrial management, a research center, university residences, and a sports complex. All of them designed according to modern architecture in conformity with the concepts of sustainability and energy-saving and offering all conveniences necessary for students.It includes also experimentation sites which are open to the scientific community and enable student-researchers from partner universities to test solutions at the real scale in key areas.The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University offers its academic model regionally by gaining a foothold in several sites as in Casablanca through the Africa Business School, and in El Jadida and Safi as well as Laayoune via the Foum El Oued Technology Park.The city of Rabat is hosting the faculty of governance and social and economic sciences which is aimed at training top executives on the management of public policies.The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, which will contribute to the training of Moroccan and foreign researchers and entrepreneurs, intends to promote higher education and applied research in Africa through partnerships with the African university fabric mainly in doctoral training.The university possesses innovative education methods as online courses and contents using high-tech digital technologies and employs eminent Moroccan and foreign professors and researchers.The institution, which is based on citizenship and responsibility, practices in its student admission process a policy of scholarships for academic excellence and social equality. It also offers grants of applied research projects for candidates bearing projects in the service of community.The university gets its revenues from research products, schooling fees and land-grant. In line with the spirit of Smart City of the green city, the university’s building was awarded the international label of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a first in Morocco. read more

Rabat – The United Nations General Assembly adopted by overwhelming majority a resolution that rejects Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Ahead of the vote, which took place Thursday, Trump had threatened to cut aid to UN members who would vote against his decision.“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.” His threats fell short of deterring the overwhelming majority of member states from voting for the resolution and calling on the U.S. to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, including 28 countries from the EU.Germany, which had previously refrained from taking positions related to Israel, also voted for the resolution.Only nine countries voted against, including the United States and Israel, Micronesia, Togo, Palau, Marshall Islands, Honduras, Nauru and Guatemala.Five EU states and Canada were among the 35 countries to abstain from voting.In his speech following the vote, Israel’s UN ambassador Danny Danon said UN members who backed the resolution were being manipulated. “You are like puppets pulled by your Palestinian masters.”Meanwhile U.S ambassador to the UN indicated that the vote disrespects her country.“I must also say today: When we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have expectation that we will be respected. “What’s more, we are being asked to pay for the dubious privileges of being disrespected.”“If our investment fails, we have an obligation to spend our investment in other ways. The United States will remember this day,” she added Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas described the result as a “victory for Palestine.” read more

TORONTO — A northern Ontario Indigenous community is suing CN Rail for alleged environmental and cultural damage caused by two 2015 derailments that led to significant oil spills.The Mattagami First Nation alleges in its statement of claim that the spills near Gogama, Ont., damaged the local environment and surrounding waterways.The $30 million suit alleges that the damage, in turn, has created health risks for the population and crippled community members’ ability to observe their Indigenous traditions including fishing, hunting and gathering.It says the two oil spills, which took place in February and March 2015, collectively poured millions of litres of oil into the area around Gogama, which is about 200 kilometres north of Sudbury, Ont.CN declined to comment on the filing, adding it is committed to cleaning up environmental damage caused by the derailments.Mattagami’s allegations have not been proven in court.The First Nation claimed the 2015 spills impacted many facets of life for community members.“Mattagami First Nation members have suffered stress, distress, anxiety and worry as a result of the contamination of the land, waters, plants and animals on which they rely,” reads the First Nation’s statement of claim, which was filed in March but served to CN on Monday.The suit alleges negligence from CN and claims the rail company breached its standard of care when conducting operations ranging from track maintenance to staff training. It also alleges CN has created a corporate culture that valued speed over safety.The lawsuit alleges that problems began for the Mattagami First Nation late on Feb. 14, 2015, when 29 cars carrying crude oil derailed near Gogama.It said the derailment took place alongside a wetlands area and a stream, resulting in the spilled oil entering the environment almost immediately. Oil eventually migrated into nearby Kazaway Lake, the statement of claim said.The derailment also caused a fire that burned for five days, the suit contends.Scarcely three weeks later, the suit said 39 oil-bearing cars derailed just west of Gogama on March 7, 2015, destroying a rail bridge in the process. Some of the cars were submerged in the Makami River, the suit said, adding the spilled oil then travelled into at least five connected waterways.The Transportation Safety Board, which reviewed that incident, estimated the derailment dumped 2.6 million litres of oil into the local ecosystem.There were no injuries reported, but Mattagami residents were advised to stay indoors during the cleanup due to possible smoke inhalation and told not to consume water from the community source.The lawsuit alleges the effects of the spills continue to be felt more than two years after the derailments and are seeking compensation based on the impact the incidents had on traditional way of life.“The relationship Mattagami First Nation has to the land in its traditional territory is profound and interconnected with all things,” the statement of claim reads. “The land is the source of life, spirituality, teaching and everything in between. The importance of the land, in its unaltered form, for Mattagami First Nation cannot be overstated.”In its review of the March derailment, released earlier this month, the Transportation Safety Board found CN bore some responsibility for the incident.The board found the crash was caused by a broken rail that an employee failed to detect three days before the crash. The review found that a test that would have identified the problem was not conducted even though it was “required by CN standards.”The board also criticized the company for not highlighting the importance of the test in its staff training and for not providing opportunities for “practical, hands-on training.”As a result of its investigation into the incident, the board recommended Transport Canada consistently collect data on general rail surface conditions — and not just previously recorded defects — to better focus its track inspections and help predict future rail failures.In response to the board review, CN said it has taken action to increase safety measures following the 2015 derailments, from improving training for all track workers to implementing stronger engineering standards for its rail repairs and inspections. read more

Speaking to the press, Council President James Cunningham of the United States said Council members were “seriously concerned” that UNMEE did not have full freedom of movement in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ), and particularly in the adjacent 15-kilometre areas north and south of the zone. “Council members were also very concerned by information on Eritrea’s stationing of a large number of militiamen in the zone, which should be patrolled by a small appropriate number of civilian personnel and police,” Ambassador Cunningham said, adding that Council members made it clear that they expect both parties to demonstrate their commitment to the peace process by taking steps to “build upon previous success rather than undermine it.”The Council members asked Ambassador Cunningham, in his capacity as Council President, to meet with the permanent representatives of Eritrea and Ethiopia to express the Council’s concerns. The members also congratulated both countries and Secretary-General Kofi Annan, for reaching agreement on the composition of the Boundary Commission, which Ambassador Cunningham called “something that is central for the process to move forward.” That Commission will decide the delimitation and demarcation of the border between the two countries. Mr. Cunningham’s comments followed a briefing today to the Council by UNMEE chief Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, who said that the peace process between Eritrea and Ethiopia was going “very well,” but that Asmara’s denial of freedom of movement for UN troops represented an obstacle to the peacekeepers’ work. The UNMEE chief told the press that diplomatic efforts by the UN mission to solve the matter were ongoing, both at the Security Council level and in East Africa. “To deny UNMEE freedom of movement is simply to say, ‘Go home’ because there is no way we can do our job unless we are able to move around freely,” Mr. Legwaila said. “That is what I have said to the Security Council and that is what we have said to the parties.”According to Security Council resolutions, UNMEE is to be granted freedom of movement within TSZ – which is 25 kilometres wide and 900 kilometres long – as well as in what is called “adjacent areas” 15 kilometres north and south of the zone. read more

UNHCR officials have registered 478 arrivals at the Chadian border crossing near Guereda already this week and expect to register another 50 people today, agency spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told reporters in Geneva.The refugees, who join an estimated 200,000 Sudanese already living in Chad because of Janjaweed militia attacks and fighting between Government forces and rebel groups in Darfur, told officials they were only crossing over now because Khartoum had previously assured them of their safety from the Janjaweed and of access to food supplies.Ms. Pagonis said the new refugees also reported that the Janjaweed, who stand accused of deadly and brutal attacks against civilians across Darfur, had blocked people who had large herds of cattle from leaving.Most of the refugees have been arriving in small groups since early August because the Janjaweed also prevented people leaving in large groups, Ms. Pagonis said.UNHCR officials are monitoring the long and desolate Chad-Sudan border to determine whether the recent arrivals are the start of a new wave or an exception to a two-month trend of almost no new refugees in Chad.About 1.2 million people are also estimated to be living as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur, a remote, impoverished region in Sudan’s west.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, has dispatched one of his deputies, Manuel Aranda da Silva, to Darfur to inspect IDP camps.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters today that Mr. da Silva visited the Kalma camp in South Darfur, where humanitarian staff have resumed work after being banned from the camp for three days.In a separate development, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of hepatitis E cases in West Darfur has risen to 1,006 from 620 in the past week, with 27 recorded deaths. read more

“I envy the mountains and the trees and the rocks because they will be able to breathe Daraa’s air and I won’t.” Those were the thoughts going through Doaa Al Zamel, when she and her family reached the Jordanian border. It was November 2012, one year and eight months since the violence in Syria first began. Doaa is a refugee from Syria who now lives in Sweden. She survived one of the worst refugee shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea. In August 2014, aboard an overloaded ship carrying more than 500 refugees, Doaa became an unlikely hero.“Doaa’s story is particularly remarkable; the resilience and the strength of the human spirit is so evident through her story that it is one that people are really not just moved by but also inspired by,” Ms. Fleming told UN News following a recent event at the UN Bookshop in New York. War and persecution have driven more people from their homes than at any time since records began, with over 65 million men, women and children now displaced worldwide. According to the latest Global Trends report issued by the UN refugee agency, known as UNHCR, one in every 113 people on earth is either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee.In order to get away from the idea of refugees as statistics, Ms. Fleming believes in a communication strategy of telling individual human stories. That is why she would “love to tell all 65 million stories of all the forced displaced people in the world.”But it was the powerful story of Doaa that inspired her to write “A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea,” which gives a human face to the sheer number of human beings trying to escape to seek better lives. “Refugees are becoming statistics and throughout the world they are being used to fuel xenophobia because of the large numbers and because of their desperation,” Ms. Fleming said.With the book, she hopes to build “a bridge of empathy” to people, “so they’ll start caring and understanding why refugees like Doaa take this kind of risk to come to their countries, why refugees like Doaa deserve our compassion and our help.” Refugees arrive on the island of Lesvos, Greece. (2015) Photo: UNHCR/Giles Duley Refugees arrive on the island of Lesvos, Greece. (2015) Photo: UNHCR/Giles Duley VIDEO: ‘Doaa’s story is particularly remarkable,’ says UN refugee agency spokesperson and author Melissa Fleming, as she talks to UN News about her book ‘A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea.’Doaa comes from Daraa, in Syria. After war engulfed her city, tanks rolled in and bombs started falling, she and her family became terrified for their lives and left to Jordan and then to Egypt. Through her story, Ms. Fleming also describes the situation in the neighboring countries which are hosting the majority of refugees, some five million. “Egypt was one of these countries; when Doaa first arrived with her family, Egypt was a very welcoming place, but then the government changed and it became less so. Like in all the countries that host so many refugees, the refugees struggle because those countries themselves are having their own difficulties. UNHCR is always underfunded and can only provide pretty much the basics. So all the dreams of studying and making a good living, they are not just completely destroyed by the war, but also by the fact of being a refugee in a situation like that,” Ms. Fleming explained. Without a work permit in Egypt, Doaa struggled through day shifts for low wages. The war in Syria that drove her family away was in its fourth year. And the people who once welcomed them in Egypt had become weary of them.It is also in Egypt that Doaa meets and falls in love with Bassem, a fellow Syrian refugee who convinces her to leave and make the perilous journey across the sea to Europe. “They’d heard from their friends who had already made the journey to Europe that there they could not just be safe, but also she could study and he could find a job,” said Ms. Fleming. “And so he convinced her – even thought she was terrified of the water, because she had a near drowning experience when she was a young girl – to take this journey. They sold everything and paid the smugglers $2,500 each, which was a fortune for them, and ended up boarding not a luxury liner as the smugglers promised but a really decrepit, rusty, rundown boat packed with 500 refugees, among them 100 children.”After two days at sea she started to get worried, and on the third day she told Bassem: “We will never reach the shore. We will all sink.” The boat sank near Greece; only 11 people survived, enduring four horrible days floating in the sea. One of them was Doaa. ‹ › When Ms. Fleming first read about Doaa and baby Masa – who survived four days and nights on a child’s floating ring in the middle of the sea with no food and no water and everyone dying around her – she flew to Crete, Greece, to meet her. At the time Doaa was deeply traumatized. “She lived a nightmare beyond what anyone could possibly imagine. She witnessed the drowning of 500 people, just one after the other before her eyes, including Bassem, who after two days of treading water next to her, slipped from her hands and gave up his struggle.” The fact that 19-year-old Doaa and 18-month-old Masa survived is actually “almost miraculous.”Through UNHCR’s resettlement programme, which helps resettle refugees in a third country, Doaa was reunited with her family. “We were able to connect them with the Swedish Government and facilitate the move,” said Ms. Fleming. “The Swedish Government settled them in a small snowy village where they are now learning Swedish, she is healing from her trauma and now again thinking of her brighter future.”As she says in the book, Doaa still feels the same longing she felt in 2012. “One day, I hope to return to Syria so I can breathe again. Even if just for one day. That would be enough. ” A young boy surrounded by adults after being rescued in June 2014 from a boat on the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: UNHCR/A. D’Amato Volunteers help newly-arrived refugees on 28 September 2015, as they disembark from a large rubber boat, on the shores near the town of Mithymna, on the Greek island of Lesvos, in the North Aegean region. Photo: UNICEF/Ashley Gilbertson VII Doaa al Zamel was a refugee in Egypt before she embarked on a deadly boat journey and saw her fiancé and hundreds of passengers die at sea. Photo: Elena Dorfman Refugees arrive on the island of Lesvos, Greece. (2015) Photo: UNHCR/Giles Duley AUDIO: Melissa Fleming talks to UN News about her book ‘A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea.’Ms. Fleming said she never met a single refugee who does not want to go back. “All refugees want to go home someday. Some of them may never go home and live there again… they were forced to flee. It’s one of the worst things that can happen to you, everything that you treasure and it’s not just things, it’s community, it’s friends, it’s atmosphere, it’s the type of food, it’s memories, it’s all been forcibly left behind. “All refugees long for the chance to be able to go home. I hope one day Doaa will be able to go home and not just go home, but go home to a peaceful Syria, the Syria that has been reconstructed and a Syria that is reconciled with the evils that have happened in the past six years.”The book is set to reach an even wider audience given that Hollywood directors Steven Spielberg and J. J. Abrams plan to turn it into a film. “That means that the telling of this single human story, a remarkable human story… it’s something that resonates,” Ms. Fleming noted. read more

first_imgPlunging temperatures could cause mobile phones to cut out in a cold snap that will bring widespread snow and ice over the coming days.The Met Office warned that heavy hail and snow showers could cause severe disruption on Monday morning as the half-term holiday gets off to a shivery start, with widespread sub-zero temperatures.Mobile reception could be lost if icy winds dry air moisture on power cables and cause them to break, forecasters said.Two yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place for large swathes of the south west, north west, Wales, northern Ireland and Scotland from midnight until Monday lunchtime.It comes after a lost walker with badly frozen feet was rescued in blizzard conditions in a nine-hour operation in the Cairngorms on Sunday morning.The foreign 56-year-old was found by the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team suffering from hypothermia. He was taken to the rescue base but required no further treatment. There could be a some respite, however, with milder temperatures set to return mid-week. A view across Lough Ross in Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, on Sunday Speaking on Sunday, Met Office forecaster Rachael Adshead said winds would ease across the south of England and Wales, while at the same time showers would die out across central and eastern parts.”So what we’re left with is a good amount of clear skies and relatively light winds, particularly across southern parts of the UK and that will lead to a cold night,” she said.”We could see temperatures fall down as low as about minus 1C (30.2F) to minus 3C (26.6F) quite widely across the UK tonight,” she said.Parts of Scotland could see temperatures as low as minus 6C (21.2F), the forecaster added. The new week starts on a very cold note, with #ice and #snow, so allow some extra time for those Monday morning journeys #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/xcwJ4Tcqt9— Met Office (@metoffice) February 11, 2018 “Longer journey times by road, bus and train services are likely while some vehicles could become stranded.“Ice is likely to form on untreated pavements, cycle paths and roads leading to some injuries from slips and falls. Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”center_img A view across Lough Ross in Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, on SundayCredit:Brian Lawless/PA Ms Adshead said Monday might feel slightly less cold than Sunday, with wintry showers expected in the north and west.Scotland, Northern Ireland and north-west England will see snow showers, while further south is more likely to see a mixture of rain, sleet and hail. The mercury is predicted to dip below freezing for many parts on Monday, with possible lows of minus 5C (23F) in Scotland and a widespread frost.More snow is also expected in western parts during the day.The Met Office said: “Heavy hail and snow showers will lead to ice and snow accumulating on many surfaces. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgLes logements français bien plus énergivores que prévu80% des logements français sont classés dans les catégories D à F en matière de performance énergétique, la catégorie G étant la plus basse. C’est le bilan inquiétant que dresse le réseau Ex’im dans une étude publiée mardi.Le réseau Ex’im, qui regroupe plus de 70 cabinets, a mené une étude portant sur 10.000 appartements et maisons en France. Jusqu’alors, les estimations indiquaient que la moitié des logements français étaient classés dans les catégories A à D. Mais selon les travaux publiés mardi et rapportés par 20 minutes, 80% des logements figurent en réalité dans trois des catégories les plus énergivores.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéSelon l’étude d’Ex’im, la performance énergétique moyenne du parc immobilier français tourne autour de 240 kilowattheures par mètre carré et par an. Un niveau qui correspond à la catégorie E de l’étiquette énergétique imposée depuis le 1er janvier dernier dans toutes les annonces immobilières. Les catégories A et B font quant à elles figures d’exception, “puisqu’il s’agit le plus souvent de bâtiments très récents équipés de dispositifs utilisant des énergies renouvelables (panneaux solaires, géothermie…)”, souligne Ex’im. Ainsi ces logements aux excellentes performances énergétiques ne représentent que 1,48 % du parc immobilier.Devant ce bilan bien loin des premières et très optimistes estimations, la Fédération du diagnostic du bâti propose “la constitution d’un groupe de travail dans le cadre du Plan Bâtiment Grenelle dont la mission sera de revisiter l’ensemble du dispositif et (proposer) les mesures concrètes pour l’améliorer.”Le 18 mai 2011 à 20:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jeep collides with dirt bike in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A car collided with a dirt bike in Northwest Miami-Dade, Thursday.7Skyforce hovered over the scene along Northwest 119th Street and 27th Avenue where officials say the Jeep collided with the dirt bike.The driver of the Jeep remained at the scene.Police have yet to confirm the dirt bike rider’s condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img