Probe was a game of wits: ex-CBI official on Ram Rahim case

first_imgWith a senior directing them to close the case and the woman who alleged sexual abuse getting married, it was a “game of wits” for the CBI team that probed the rape case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim, recalled a retired officer on Friday.As a special CBI court in Panchkula convicted the Dera Sacha Sauda chief of rape, it was flashback time for former CBI joint director Mulinja Narayanan, who headed the investigation. “It was a game of wits. Sometimes we won and sometimes we lost but, at the end, today’s verdict showed that no one can escape the law of the land,” he said.Hurdles during probeMr. Narayanan was posted as Deputy Inspector General of Police (Special Crimes) in Delhi when the Punjab and Haryana High Court handed the case to the CBI in September 2002.He also spoke about the difficulties in investigating the case.last_img read more

New Pups Bring Hope for Isle Royale’s Wolves

first_imgThe population of wolves on Isle Royale, Michigan, may be down, but they are not out—yet. The site of the world’s longest running predator-prey study, Isle Royale hosts at least two new wolf pups born this season, the National Park Service announced today. Wolf numbers plummeted to an all-time low of eight last year, as the consequences of inbreeding took an increasing toll, and last year there were no pups. But on 3 July, the welcome yips of two or three pups were heard by Rolf Peterson, the Michigan Technological University wildlife ecologist who has been studying the wolves for 40 years, and his wife Candy Peterson. The pups were part of a group howl that included perhaps three adults, at the west end of the Lake Superior island. Researchers on the island for this summer’s field season did not detect any sign of reproduction in the remnant pack at the island’s east end. The researchers listen for howls as the first evidence of the wolves but give them wide berth in summer and don’t expect to spot the animals until the winter field season.With the addition of the new bundles of fur, the population ticks up to at least 10, although the pups must survive until January before they are included in the official census, adding to the iconic population graph of the long-studied population. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)This year’s pups don’t necessarily mean that the inbred wolves are out of the woods, so to speak. Michigan Tech population biologist John Vucetich says that it’s “very good news” to know that the wolves are still capable of reproducing, but “it doesn’t really change our overall concern” about the population’s long-term prospects. The National Park Service continues “the process of evaluating options on how to deal with the population in the future,” Isle Royale National Park Superintendent Phyllis Green commented in a press release.last_img read more

Sanjay Dutt opens up on kids Iqra-Shahraan: Missed watching them grow up

first_imgSanjay Dutt is a doting dad. But all those years in prison have been too tough on him. Dutt says he missed watching his twins grow up, and is now making up for the lost time by spending as much time with them as possible.Sanjay and Maanayata are parents to twins, daughter Iqra and son Shahraan.Dutt even keeps a track of all that keep going on at his twins’ school.In fact, the actor attends all the parent teacher meetings that take place at Shahraan and Iqra’s school. Even amidst his busy schedule, Sanjay and Maanayata make it a point to be present at all such meetings.And that’s not all.Dutt, who is currently shooting, makes sure he attends all important competitions that his children take part in and cheers them.The Khalnayak star says, “I have missed watching my kids grow up and so now all three of us don’t seem to get enough of each other. I forget the world when I am with them. I want to involve myself more in their day-to-day lives. They are both my strength and weakness.”Dutt and son Shahraan have frequent discussions on football. From the rules and regulations of the game to suggesting to each other how to score a goal, the father-son duo loves discussing the sport.On the other hand, whenever daughter Iqra paints something, father Sanjay is the first one to see the drawing.On the work front, Sanjay will soon be seen in director Omung Kumar’s Bhoomi.advertisementALSO READ: Sanjay and Maanayata Dutt leave Agra in aweALSO SEE: Trishala and Maanayata bond while Sanjay Dutt is awayALSO WATCH: Feeling of freedom yet to sink in, says Sanjay Dutt at India Today Conclave 2016last_img read more

SPORT-RESULTS-6

first_img6th Race: The J Thomas Cup – Div 2 1100 M6th Race: The J Thomas Cup – Div 2 1100 MExcelerate, Manjiri Horse Breeders Farm Pvt.Ltd, 60.5 P.Travor, First.Countrys King 52 C.Umesh, Second.Mantra, 55 R.Vaibhav, Third.Glorious Hope 56 C.A.Brisson, Fourth. All ranWon by: 2L, 3/4L, 1L.Time : One min 5.13 secsTote : Rs.7 for win and Rs.5 Rs.5 and Rs.6 forplacesWinner trained by: Craig MarshallFavourite: ExceleraterSHP: Rs. 18Quinella: Rs.12Forecast: Rs.17Tanala: Rs. 385 on 54 tickets.MORE-PTI COR VS RBSlast_img

Delhi pollution not affecting Team India? Maybe we are used to it, says Mohammed Shami

first_imgIndia pacer Mohammed Shami on Monday said the pollution level was not as high as was made out by Sri Lanka.The visitors were seen wearing masks to avoid pollution during play on the second day of the third Test.”The pollution is not that much as shown, or maybe we are habituated to it,” the Bengal bowler told reporters at the end of the day press conference.”We should reduce the things that creates pollution,” Shami added.The 27-year-old who picked up two wickets in the first innings against Sri Lanka said the fast bowlers could bowl long spells in the third Test and the team’s fitness was tested.BCCI Photo “Talking about the wicket, we didn’t get the one we wanted but we got to practice well there,” the pacer said.”We could bowl long spell, our fitness was tested. As a fast bowler, we get to bowl less in India, in the last few years we are bowling more. The more we bowl, the more we improve,” Shami added.Talking about the catches dropped by the Indian team on the second and third day of the final Test, Shami said: “It is a part of the game. We do get angry. We should ignore it and move on.”last_img read more

Chris Woakes marks his return to Test cricket with maiden century at Lord’s

first_imgChris Woakes marked his return to Test cricket in style as he slammed a 129-ball century on the third day of the second Test against India at Lord’s.Woakes, who replaced Ben Stokes in the England squad for the second Test, took three runs of the bowling off Hardik Pandya in the 71st over of England’s first innings to bring up his maiden Test century on Saturday.Woakes, whose injury forced him to surrender his spot in whites for England, had a tough task ahead of him when he came in to bat. Add to that the pressure of replacing a successful Stokes in the side, his performance would have been closely scrutinised and he did himself no harm with an important century at the home of cricket.Woakes came in to bat at a tricky situation, with England’s score on 131/5, with a slender lead of 24 on the board. The all-rounder first took his time and once he settled in, his showed his full array of shots against an Indian team, which was definitely missing a third full-time pacer. He kept the scoreboard ticking and supported Jonny Bairstow perfectly. The likes of Pandya and Kuldeep tried to get his wicket but Woakes defied them and took them for easy runs and was later joined by Bairstow as well. In doing so, Bairstow brought up his 19th Test half-century off 76 balls while Woakes reached his fifth Test half-century off 71 balls.The pair then led England into a strong position at tea as England managed a significant lead of 123 runs. Bairstow played confidently and was unbeaten on 62 at the interval while Woakes was unbeaten on 55 as the hosts reached 230/5.advertisementIn the last session, Woakes came out attacking and played the aggressor’s role as England looked to get quick runs. He attacked the likes of Kuldeep, Hardik and raced ahead of Bairstow and finally completed his hundred in the 71st over while Bairstow was batting on 91 off 138 balls. Bairstow eventually fell for 93 off 144 balls to Pandya.YESSSSS!!! Maiden Test century for @chriswoakes!!Socrecard/Videos: https://t.co/3OFryOi7dc#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/pKVKTiX3rlEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) August 11, 2018Also read – Ben Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawlWoakes hit 15 fours in his innings as England continued to dominate the second Test.Earlier, with the ball, Woakes picked up 2/19 from six overs as India were bowled out for 107 on day two of the Test match.And, Woakes’ innings now, will give Joe Root a problem of plenty when Stokes is again available for selection. Stokes, who starred in the first match, picked up four wickets in the second innings to guide England to a win on the fourth day of the Edgbaston Test by 31 runs.Also read – Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: ProsecutorStokes is currently undergoing trial in Bristol for his involvement in a brawl earlier in the year. Prosecutors say Stokes was the “main aggressor” in a fight that broke out outside the nightclub. Stokes had gone out with teammate Alex Hales after England’s win over West Indies in an ODI in Bristol.But in a statement provided to police and heard in court Wednesday, Stokes said he only stepped in after hearing two men being homophobic toward two other men.Stokes said “matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene.”Also read – Ben Stokes, amid legal battle, sends out emotional message for EnglandStokes himself is accused of earlier mocking the gay men outside the club and flicking a cigarette butt at them. Stokes denies taunting them, telling police they “thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up.”Questions on his availability remains as the trial is still on and the judgement will decide if he is again able to play for England in the upcoming Test matches or not.last_img read more

Umesh Yadav deserves what he has achieved in Hyderabad Test: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli was all smiles after yet another ruthless performance at home as India thrashed West Indies by 10 wickets in the Hyderabad Test to sweep the two-match series on Sunday.Chasing a paltry 72 to win, openers Prithvi Shaw and Lokesh Rahul reached their target in the 17th over to seal India’s second successive victory inside three days.The hosts had won the first Test in Rajkot by an innings and 272 runs, their biggest Test victory.”We didn’t expect it to finish in three days in the morning to be honest. WI played really well to put us in a tough situation and getting 56 runs was a bonus after the situation we got ourselves into. We would have liked a much bigger lead, but again with the ball we were clinical and we needed to step up. At home where we understand the conditions very well, we know how to put the opposition under pressure and how to create that pressure. We thought the game could go onto the fifth day if the teams kept playing the way they did. We were really good today and deserved to win,” Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.Hyderabad Test: Match Report | Highlights | ScorecardKohli also praised the youngsters in the team for gabbing the opportunities but singled out Umesh Yadav, who bagged 10 wickets in the match, as the “standout performer”.”If you look at the three guys who’ve come in they’ve grabbed their opportunities really well – Vihari in England, Rishabh has been doing the job wonderfully for us in the middle and Prithvi getting the man-of-the-series award in his first series was outstanding.”advertisement”But I would like to single out Umesh. Shardul broke down in the first spell and Umesh deserves what he’s achieved in this game. I am pleased to see how he’s stepped up for us in the absence of Shami and after Shardul got injured. He keeps giving more than 100 per cent every time in the field. We all are happy for him, he’s worked really hard and has waited for his chance to step up for us. He is the standout performer for me in this game as far as I am concerned,” he said.INDIA WIN!! pic.twitter.com/lTgNnJPjv3 BCCI (@BCCI) October 14, 2018Kohli further said he was happy to have the luxury of having a pool of pace bowlers.”We have a problem of plenty now, Umesh here, the three bowlers who played in England and it is a pleasant headache we have. But that is a better situation to be in rather than having to find bowlers who would do the job for you. Bowling was never the question overseas and I have always maintained that if we could bat better we could win overseas. I am pleased to see these guys taking twenty wickets,” he said.A clinical performance by #TeamIndia as they beat the Windies by 10 wickets to clinch the series 2-0. This is their 10 consecutive victory at home @Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/Mr0Qv7hEWF BCCI (@BCCI) October 14, 2018Kohli was also all praise for Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant, who had stitched together a massive partnership to bail India out.”I am sure we’ve learnt from the last series, we applied ourselves better in India with the bat much better and we’d like to take that ahead as well. This game was tougher, because to be honest the bowlers didn’t get very favourable conditions to bowl in the last game, the batters got runs and the wicket was very flat. Obviously Jason coming in with more experience knows how to get wickets and he was very consistent. Jinks batted beautifully here, he got a great innings in Nottingham and he was a big positive for us. Rishabh batted well with him and it is something we want to see a lot more of when the team is in trouble. I want to thank the crowd as well, they were outstanding and they supported us really well,” he said.India and West Indies will now play a five-match one day international series starting October 21 in Guwahati.CHAMPIONS #TeamIndia @Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/oUlwtb9ZX3 BCCI (@BCCI) October 14, 2018last_img read more

FIRE DAMAGES NORTHSIDE HOME AND GARAGE

first_imgA Sioux City home and garage were damaged by fire Thursday evening on the northside of town.Firefighters responded to the structure fire at 3247 Grandview Blvd. and found a working fire in the attached garage of the home.An occupant inside the home discovered the fire and called it in.He escaped safely without injury.One of the family’s three dogs in the home did not survive.Investigators determined the fire to be accidental caused by sparks from welding equipment.The home sustained fire damage and was “red-tagged” by Sioux City Inspection Services.Photo by George Lindbladelast_img

Aboriginal literacy project beginning to see results in Ontario

first_imgAPTN National NewsA four-year Aboriginal literacy project started by former prime minister Paul Martin is beginning to see results.The project focused on two First Nation schools in southern Ontario.And the test scores are in.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.last_img

Only equal on the battlefield Efforts underway to honour Indigenous veterans

first_imgThe Canadian PressFrancis Pegahmagabow went to a recruitment office almost immediately after war was declared in 1914.The Ojibwa sniper from Wasauksing First Nation of Parry Island would serve with the 1st Infantry Battalion and went on to become one of the most decorated soldiers in the First World War.When he returned to Canada, his reputation as a brave soldier counted for very little and he didn’t receive the same rights or benefits as his white comrades.“They’d gone from being a soldier to just an Indian again,” said Scott Sheffield, associate professor at the University of Fraser Valley and author of a report on First Nations veterans that prompted a federal government apology in 2003.Indigenous people were part of every 20th-century conflict Canada was involved in and served in the Canadian military at a higher per-capita rate than any other group.About 4,000 First Nations men served in the First World War. After the armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, they returned to Canada still unable to vote and largely shut out of the meagre benefits on offer.Although veterans were eligible to borrow money through the government for farm land, it was almost impossible for First Nations veterans to qualify.“Worse than that, around 80,000 acres of reserve land that was good for farming was actually taken away from reserves, mostly in the Prairies, and largely given to white settler veterans,” Sheffield said.That didn’t stop Indigenous people from taking up the call again when Canada joined the Second World War – about 4,300 enlisted.Thomas (Tommy) Prince, a member of the Brokenhead Ojibwa Nation in Manitoba, enlisted in 1940 and eventually was assigned to the Canadian-American First Special Service Force, known as the Devil’s Brigade. He became a legendary sniper, was awarded multiple medals and also served in the Korean War.Back in Canada, Prince ended up living in shelters and on the streets of Winnipeg until his death in 1977.After the Second World War, Indigenous veterans couldn’t get information from trained veterans affairs counsellors, and had to go through their Indian agent. It was difficult for them to connect with non-Indigenous comrades because they weren’t allowed in legion halls.They were also unable to get a loan-grant combination that helped veterans set up careers and businesses.But Indigenous men and women continued to enlist and serve in the military, from NATO duties during the Cold War to more recent tours in Afghanistan.Now an effort is underway to honour their sacrifice.Randi Gage, a Saginaw Chippewa from Michigan and a United States army veteran, organized the first Aboriginal Veterans Day in Manitoba in 1993. She wanted a day to honour them in their own communities but still allowed them to gather for Remembrance Day ceremonies.Nov. 8 was chosen because the number turned sideways is the Metis infinity symbol and it’s connected to some First Nations teachings, Gage said. She wrote letters to communities and veterans organizations to spread the word about the event.“Most of the letters came back the most racist, disgusting: ‘What the hell do you think you are doing?’, ‘What makes you so special?”’ she said.But the event went ahead with a handful of veterans.The next year, National Aboriginal Veterans Day was inaugurated by Winnipeg’s city council. Gage said thousands of people attended to honour Indigenous veterans.“To see the pride in those guys, it still gets me today,” she said, starting to cry. “It started the discussion. It started people talking.”The 25th Aboriginal Veterans Day is being celebrated Thursday but Gage said there is still more work to do.The federal Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs has launched a study of benefits for Indigenous veterans.Veterans Affairs said in an emailed statement it is committed meeting the needs of Indigenous veterans and is talking to Aboriginal groups to determine the way forward.Meanwhile, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa is holding a photographic exhibition, presented by the Embassy of Belgium, to celebrate the diversity of those who fought for the Allied effort.It includes images of Maori soldiers from New Zealand, Sikhs from the Indian Army Corps, and a photo of Indigenous recruits and elders from File Hills, Sask.A photo of Inuk sniper John Shiwak, who died on the battlefield in 1917, also hangs on the wall.Peter MacLeod, the museum’s director of research, said he hopes it changes the perspective of people who fought in the First World War.“There is a huge story there about the diversity of the Canadian corps and the war effort in general,” he said. “This exhibition … makes Canadians a bit more aware of the diversity in our country’s history and the contribution that all groups have made to Canada.”news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Judge schedules hearing on whether to release report on Wynn

first_imgLAS VEGAS — A judge in Nevada has temporarily blocked the planned release of a Massachusetts Gaming Commission report about allegations of sexual misconduct against former casino mogul Steve Wynn.A court aide says Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez decided Monday she’ll hear arguments about whether the report contains confidential information and documents that Wynn attorneys say should be protected by attorney-client privilege.Wynn sued Nov. 7 to stop next month’s planned release of commission findings about whether Wynn engaged in sexual misconduct with female employees while he headed Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts.Wynn resigned as company chief executive and chairman in February after misconduct claims were made against him.He denies the allegations.Wynn’s name has been removed from the company’s Massachusetts casino, now called Encore Boston Harbor.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Mamata releases TMC list for all 42 WB seats alleges attempt to

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday announced a list of TMC candidates for all the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state, dropping 10 sitting MPs. She also attacked the BJP and the Modi government, claiming she had information that “VVIPs” were using helicopters and chartered flights to transport money to bribe voters. Releasing the list, the West Bengal leader assailed the Centre over a host of issues including the Rafale deal,farm distress and shrinking employment opportunities. Banerjee, also the TMC supremo, said the outgoing TMC lawmakers whose names do not figure in the list will be drafted for party work. She said 41 per cent of the nominees in the list are women. The TMC, she said, will also contest some seats in Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar and the Andamans.last_img read more

Ahmed Matout or the Success Story of Exceptional Moroccan Man

first_imgFez – No matter how hard we try to get it, success can, sometimes, be elusive and unattainable, yet it is the ultimate dream of every rational human being. However, we all have to go through failure in our journey to success because failure breeds success.Undoubtedly, the most inspiring success stories throughout history are those of people from zero to heroes! Ahmed Matout is a self-made man who slowly but steadily climbed the ladder of success and gave a fine image of Morocco and Moroccans abroad.Many Moroccan nationals have achieved outstanding recognition abroad for their achievements, excellence and professional success. Dr. Kamal Oudrhiri, a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was the first to tell the world that Curiosity Space Probe had landed on Mars successfully on Aug. 6, 2012 because he was the head of Radio Science team that detected signals from the robot. Kaoutar Abou Cherif is another success story in Indiana State, USA.The 26 years old Moroccan researcher was recently granted the Excellence Award by a famous American association for her researches in Chemical Engineering. Rachid Amrous’ star twinkled in Japan where he works as a Research and Development Engineer at the Japanese aerospace agency ‘JAXA’. These people and many others like them represent Morocco and give a very positive image about it.Born in Marrakech in 1975 to a middle class family, Ahmed Matout’s parents may have never thought that their son would go that far and become a success story on newspapers and online news outlets in Morocco and abroad. He obtained his baccalaureate in 1994 and later on his undergraduate diploma in geography from the University of Kadi Ayyad. Ahmed chose the sector of tourism as the future of his career.Believing that success in this sector entails technical and theoretical knowledge as well as a good command of languages, Ahmed sought to develop his linguistic skills by studying German in Goethe institute in Rabat, then he obtained his diploma in social enterprise management from a private institute in Marrakech. Aware of the importance of English, Ahmed continued his quest for languages by studying English at the American Language Centre and obtained an advanced certificate in 1998.Ahmed Matout started his career in the sector of tourism by working as a receptionist in a number of hotels in Marrakech. In 2000, Ahmed received an employment contract to work in Dubai, UAE, as a receptionist. In parallel with his work, Ahmed attended several tourism institutes and got more diplomas and certificates in Dubai; which qualified him in 2002 to a more prestigious position as Duty Manager. Thus, he worked with many international hotels in Dubai. Ahmed was later selected to work in VIP services as a Public Relations Manager; a position that enabled him to come in contact with a number of VIPs, presidents, ambassadors, and stars, as he told MWN.Despite his success in Dubai, Ahmed decided to move to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur in 2005 and work there with one of the largest tourist resorts in the position of Director of the Office of Public Relations.  Ahmed’s work in Malaysia added a great deal to his experience and his name became more famous in Asia. Kuala Lumpur was not the last stage in the course of Ahmed’s quest for professional success. He looked farther and zoomed in on Japan; his “dream place” as he told Morocco World News.In 2008 his dream would come true after he traveled to Japan where he worked, at the beginning, in a small hotel which mismatched his big ambitions and previous great experiences. After gaining command of the Japanese language, Ahmed got the awaited chance to work as the Public Relations Manager in one of the best tourist resorts in the world in Nagasaki. There, Ahmed asserted himself again and proved that he is head and shoulders over all other workers. His success and excellence would be recognized in 2012 in the annual award distribution ceremony by awarding him the Best Employee Award, the Best Seller and Promoter Award, and the Best Performance Award. Following his success, Japanese, Asian and even Australian media hailed this Moroccan man who came from afar to excel over the Japanese and ‘harvest’ all the awards!“It’s not an easy thing to assert yourself and succeed in an environment where most people (if not all) are naturally diligent, serious and hardworking. It was a challenge for me when I came here but thank God I won this challenge. I’m so happy and proud to represent Morocco in Japan and Asia,” Ahmed tells MWN.Ahmed is a polyglot, for he speaks Arabic, French, English, German and Japanese. His ambitions are unflagging and his tenacity and determination are the secrets behind his success. His success overseas would never stop his love for his country as he says.“I will open a travel agency that would bring tourists from Asia and Australia to Morocco, because our country has much to offer in this regard. I would so much love to do more for my lovely country and my dream will remain to serve my country and people.”Ahmed doesn’t claim his success for himself. While talking to MWN he insisted on expressing his indebtedness to his late father, his mother, brothers and sisters and to his country.I admit that Ahmed taught me a great lesson: people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.  And because the worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you, as Bette Midler said, this article is to tell Ahmed we are happy for you and your country and fellow compatriots are proud of you.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Underwater homeowners group promotes climate change action

PINECREST, Fla. — The “Underwater Homeowners Association” sounds like a sad joke about the future of real estate in flood-prone Miami.It’s actually an earnest, block-by-block effort to turn neighbours into climate-change advocates.Starting in his affluent suburb of Pinecrest, artist Xavier Cortada hopes his concept will spread, helping people nationwide understand that melting polar ice is no abstract threat.Cortada repurposes “for sale” signs, painting partially-submerged numbers that announce exactly how many feet above sea level each property is, for people to plant in their front yards. A growing number of members have signed on at underwaterhoa.org since Cortada launched the idea in December.Cortada’s signs show his home is on relatively high ground: 6 feet (2 metres) above sea level. His studio is at 8 feet (2.5 metres).Rising seas will spare no one concerned about quality of life in Pinecrest, a village of 19,000 not far from Biscayne Bay. Like the rest of South Florida, it’s trapped between the ocean and the swampy Everglades, which act as a western coastline. Water also rises through Florida’s porous bedrock, making seawalls and levees less effective.“If your neighbour sees a number 6 in front of your house, your neighbour knows that you, too, are a number 6,” Cortada said. “So you are no longer a Democrat or a Republican, or an anti-science or pro-science person. You’re both literally standing at the same elevation.”Cortada’s signs feature his swirling paintings of melting Antarctic glaciers. Other neighbours have made their own. Students also painted the elevations of four intersections — 6, 7, 9, 11 feet (2, 2.1, 2.75, 3 metres) — along the city’s two-lane main road, which Cortada dubs “Elevation Drive.” It runs along what constitutes high ground in South Florida — a narrow coral ridge that appears to stay dry when models of sea level rise show much of the region inundated.Some residents aren’t happy about these art installations, warning on a community newspaper’s website that the painted signs and pavement could devastate property values.“Does anyone seriously want this in front of the expensive homes in Pinecrest? Maybe they won’t be so expensive once they convince the world they will be underwater in a few years,” one wrote.Whether people like their neighbours’ politics, global warming is already affecting homebuyers here, where average seas could rise 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 centimetres) by 2030, and 14 to 26 inches (35 to 66 centimetres) by 2060, compared with 1992 levels, according to the most recent data from the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact.Other projections show saltwater rising another foot (30 centimetres) by the time a new 30-year-mortgage is paid off, and 2 feet (60 centimetres) by the time today’s schoolchildren retire. Long before then, intruding seawater could wash away infrastructure, submerge public spaces and make even a trip to the grocery store difficult to navigate.Cortada worked with Florida International University to create Eyes on the Rise , a website that shows the elevation of any address. Then he partnered with the Florida Conservation Voters Education Fund to help people understand how they might get involved.Renters as well as homeowners are welcome in the Underwater HOA. There are no dues or other requirements. The main idea is to encourage neighbours to discuss climate change among themselves. What happens next is up to each group. Actions could include creating plans for individual households, doing climate education outreach, attending government meetings or lobbying elected officials.That kind of hyperlocal advocacy is already having an effect: Miami Mayor Francis Suarez applauded neighbourhood groups last month while showing off the city’s response to rising sea levels to former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Suarez said local activism was key to persuading voters to approve a $400 million bond initiative to strengthen Miami’s infrastructure against climate-change effects. They’ve also persuaded the city to study what they call climate gentrification: As property values rise along higher elevations, low-income people who remain above water fear they’ll be priced out of their homes by wealthier people fleeing once-desirable coastal neighbourhoods.Cortada’s inaugural Pinecrest group has met twice so far, led by Brian Haus, an ocean-sciences expert at the University of Miami. Their February meeting stuck to local water issues: the number of city residents still using well water, the lack of fire hydrants in some areas, whether sewer lines could extend to residents using septic tanks.Saltwater intrusion already threatens that infrastructure, but the dozen or so residents had broader worries, too.They don’t want to leave Miami — hurricanes are easier to endure than wildfires or ice storms, they said — but some caution against sinking too much time, energy and money into shoring up what could become a waterlogged burden. “Sell the house when I’m gone and get out,” some said they told their children.Holly Zickler is enthusiastic: She hosted a picnic in a park in neighbouring South Miami, encouraging neighbours to paint their own signs and launch their own chapter.“I like that the Underwater HOA is flipping the script on what a traditional HOA actually stands for, which is mostly people standing around with pitchforks at the ready,” said Zickler, who lives at 9 feet (2.75 metres).“I would love to see this go all the way up the East Coast, to go nationally,” she said. “We all need to lurch forward with this, and lurch forward thinking consciously about this.”As Zickler’s neighbours checked their addresses in the Eyes on the Rise app, reactions ranged from mock panic to envy.“Look at that show-off at 12.8 (4 metres)! You’re kind of like gloating there,” joked Mari Chael, an architect who lives at 6.5 feet (2 metres). “I think I want to buy your house!”Chael says this is one fight no property owner can escape.“We’re all South Floridians,” Chael said. “We live in the same kind of spongy lime rock that sort of unites us all in our misery.”Jennifer Kay, The Associated Press read more

Cenovus Energy posts 267million loss in second quarter says costreductions on track

Cenovus Energy Inc. posted a $267-million loss in the second quarter but says it’s on track to cut its costs by about half a billion dollars this year, compared with the original 2016 budget.The Calgary-based oil producer and refiner says its per-barrel operating costs have been reduced by 24 per cent at its oilsands operations and by nine per cent at is conventional crude operations.The company’s net loss for the quarter was equal to 32 cents per share and compared with a year-earlier profit of $126 million or 15 cents per share.Read all the second-quarter earnings announced to dateA large part of the loss was related to Cenovus’s risk-management strategies, currency fluctuation and an operating loss of $39 million or five cents per share, compared with $151 million or 18 cents per share of operating earnings last year.Cenovus also completed a workforce reduction program in the second quarter, and recorded $19 million in severance costs. Since the end of 2014, when oil prices began to tumble, Cenovus has cut about 31 per cent of its workforce.The Canadian Press read more

Sudan gravely alarmed at clashes in Darfur Annan calls on parties to

UNMIS has reported “banditry, looting, inter-tribal fighting, clashes allegedly between Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) rebels and tribes, attacks on civilians – destroying wells, which are essential to their livelihood, and forcing thousands more people to leave their homes in addition to the 2 million already displaced – and a further increase in the number of attacks and robberies committed against humanitarian workers,” Mr. Annan said through his spokesman.The Secretary-General called on all parties once more to respect their agreements and the provisions of international humanitarian law.The Government of Sudan and two rebel groups – the SLM and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) – signed a humanitarian ceasefire agreement in April of last year.Mr. Annan urged them to make serious efforts to reach a political settlement in the peace talks taking place in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, before the end of the year.Noting that the government delegation to the talks included members of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), a former rebel group from the south, he expressed hope that the Government would apply to Darfur the same principles that made the Comprehensive Peace Agreement with the south possible.He also urged the Security Council and the donor community to pay close attention to Darfur and to do everything possible to assist and strengthen the African Union’s Mission in Sudan (AMIS) deployed there. read more

End the ongoing atrocities against people with albinism in Malawi say UN

“We urge the authorities to step up their investigations into these incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice,” the experts said in a statement on Friday.People with albinism are born with lighter than normal skin, hair and eye colour, making them sensitive to the sun and bright light.  In some communities they are attacked or even killed for their body parts which are erroneously believed to possess magical powers.Since 2014, 150 cases of killings, attacks and other human rights violations against persons with albinism have been reported in the southeast African nation.Ritual killings and egregious human rights violations of the worst kind are instigated specifically against persons with albinism ­– UN experts Despite various moves to support people with albinism, “the recent attacks demonstrate that the Government needs to redouble its efforts to end the ongoing atrocities,” according to the experts.“We call on the Government to urgently address the root causes of these attacks and to strengthen nationwide campaigns to raise awareness, conduct robust investigations and prosecutions in all cases, increase protection for victims, and finance and implement all necessary measures,” stressed the experts.UN experts fear that presidential and legislative elections due to take place in late May, could further aggravate the situation for persons with albinism. Killings and attacks often spike during election periods “because of false beliefs that their body parts can bring good luck and political power when used in witchcraft-related rituals,” the UN human rights experts said.Some witchcraft practices result in “serious human rights violations”, such as torture, murder, discrimination and exclusion, including banishment from communities, they added.“These two incidents are part of a larger disturbing pattern in Malawi where ritual killings and egregious human rights violations of the worst kind are instigated specifically against persons with albinism,” they underscored. “The attacks and violations are astonishing in their brutality.”“We call on the authorities to ensure the deployment of adequate police and law enforcement personnel to protect persons with albinism where they live,” the experts concluded.The pattern of attacks prompted the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, to reiterate the need to follow the concrete recommendations she made, following her 2016 visit to the country.The experts also expressed concern at the reported backlog of cases of human rights violations and crimes against persons with albinism, noting that to date, there have been very few prosecutions, giving the impression of impunity.The statement was issued by Ms. Ero; Catalina Devandas, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities; Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; and  Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. read more

United against all terror Finsbury Park vigil sees hundreds gather in wake

first_imgVigil Following a meeting with the chairman of the mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, Ms Dick stood with him to observe a short silence, and as he addressed the large crowd which had gathered, he praised the “great response” from the community.”Yesterday we all experienced a horrific attack on our families, on our freedom, on our dignity. A man, a father of six children, being killed in cold blood and many injured by an extremist, by a terrorist,” Mr Kozbar said.He said the attack was one of terror and that it was “similar” to those which have recently happened in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge. Representatives of multiple faiths met in Finsbury ParkCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Finsbury Park vigil People hold up signs saying 'united against terror' as they attend a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque “These people, these extremists, their aim is to divide our communities, is to spread hatred, fear and division among our communities,” he said.”We all have harmony in this area, and these people try to divide us, but we tell them that we will not let you do that.” Attendees hold posters saying ‘love will win, terror will lose’Credit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Attendees hold posters saying 'love will win, terror will lose' A man stands in front of messages and tributes left near to where a van was driven at Muslims in Finsbury Parkcenter_img A man stands in front of messages and tributes left near to where a van was driven at Muslims in Finsbury ParkCredit:MARKO DJURICA/Reuters A woman fights back tears at the vigilCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has joined a vigil held in the wake of a suspected terror attack which saw Muslim pedestrians mown down with a van.The latest incident to hit the capital saw vehicle used by a man to deliberately target an area busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at a nearby mosque on Monday. One man was pronounced dead at the scene on Seven Sisters Road, north London, and nine others were taken to hospital.A vigil held outside Finsbury Park Mosque, just a stone’s throw from the place where the incident unfolded at around 12.20am, saw the surrounding streets on Monday evening engulfed by people wishing to show their support. As Mr Kozbar finished speaking there were cheers and shouts of Allahu Akbar from the throng of people, with many holding signs which said “united against all terror”.Other faith leaders from the community also spoke at the vigil, including the Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Rev Adrian Newman, who told the crowd “an attack on one faith is an attack on us all”. People hold up signs saying ‘united against terror’ as they attend a vigil outside Finsbury Park MosqueCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Rabbi Herschel Gluck said the incident hurt and was an attack on “every single Muslim in the UK and beyond”.”But really an attack on the Muslim community is an attack on every single citizen in Great Britain, because we are one nation, under one God, living together, working together, co-operating together in this country,” he added.Ms Dick said earlier on Monday that the incident was quite clearly an attack on Muslims, but she did not address the crowds that had gathered.Scotland Yard said extra police patrols will be deployed to reassure the public and those observing Ramadan. 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