Moroccos New Government Faces Its First Strike From Labor Union

Rabat – The newly appointed Interior Ministry is facing its very first strike from a Labor Union since the new government’s installation.The National Federation of Local Authorities, affiliated with the Moroccan Labor Union (UMT), launched a call to push the ministry to reopen dialogue on Thursday, April 13.Announced long before the appointment of the new government, this protest movement is intended to pressure the Interior Ministry to reopen the channels of dialogue in order to negotiate the demands of the Labor Union. The UMT’s demands include urging the ministry to send a circular to governors and Walis, encouraging them to organize and open dialogues at local levels.It also calls for the effective establishment of provincial and regional tripartite committees. These will be composed of trade union representatives, presidents of municipalities, presidents of provincial councils and regional authorities.According to the federation’s request, these committees would hold regular meetings to examine labor disputes at local and regional levels.The National Federation is also challenging the decrees and regulatory texts of the ministry. It describes their current content as “regressive” and explains that they must be altered to meet the needs of the public.Another key demand is a call to respect trade union freedoms, particularly the right to strike.The union also disputes “the deductions that have affected the wages of the strikers as well as the arbitrary transfers and the suppression of certain indemnities.”It is also asking for the abolition of scale 7, adding that community officials, local administrative officers and technicians should be directly promoted from scale 6 to scale 8, as has been done in the Justice Department.Finally, the UMT is calling for the rehabilitation of the public service by entrusting it, once again, to the elected councils of local and regional authorities. read more

Toyota profit plummets despite moderately solid sales

TOKYO — Toyota says its fiscal third quarter profit plunged to 180.9 billion yen ($12.6 billion), about a fifth of what the Japanese automaker earned the previous year, despite relatively solid sales.Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that its October-December profit in 2017 had totalled 941.8 billion yen, helped by perks from U.S. tax reforms.Toyota said that profit for the latest quarter was also hurt by unrealized gains and losses in equity securities.Quarterly sales totalled 7.8 trillion yen ($71 billion), up nearly 3 per cent from 7.6 trillion the previous year.Toyota lowered its profit for the fiscal year through March to 1.87 trillion yen ($17 billion), down from 2.5 trillion yen racked up the previous fiscal year, and below its earlier projection for 2.3 trillion yen ($21 billion) profit.The Associated Press read more

UK students protest lack of action on climate change

LONDON — Chanting “Save our Planet!” thousands of students around Britain are rallying to demand that Britain’s Conservative government take action on climate change.The demonstrators, many in their school uniforms, skipped class and are refusing to take exams, hoping to gain the attention of political leaders. The group, Youth Strike 4 Climate Change, says students in some 60 communities are taking part in the U.K.Similar demonstrations involving hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of student protesters, also took place outside the Swiss Parliament in Bern, the Bundestag in Berlin and other cities across Europe. Climate strikes also took place in Australia last year.Roseanne Steffen, 21, says “we need to react urgently.”British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office says while it’s important to engage, the disruption to lessons is damaging.The Associated Press read more

UN agency to construct new camp for Central African refugees in DRC

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced plans to construct a new camp for persons fleeing from the Central African Republic to the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).”UNHCR will begin airlifting shelter supplies next week from Kinshasa for the construction of shelters for refugees from the Central African Republic at a new site that it has prepared at Mole, 45 kilometres south of Zongo,” agency spokesman Kris Janowski told reporters in Geneva. The camp will initially be able to house 10,000 people.UNHCR and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working at Mole have already built a water system, health and distribution centres as well as classrooms for children, according to the agency. “With the additional supplies, transfers of refugees to the site could begin before the end of the month,” Mr. Janowski said.The agency estimates that some 23,000 Central African people crossed to Zongo and other villages along the Ubangui river following an attempted coup in the Central African Republic last May. “Despite the visit at the beginning of December of a government delegation, and calls to return from President Ange-Félix Patassé, the refugees have so far not indicated a willingness to repatriate,” the spokesman observed. read more

UN peacekeepers in eastern DR of Congo return fire kill 50 militiamen

About 240 peacekeepers from Pakistan, Nepal and South Africa in the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) were travelling near the village of Loga in Ituri district when they were fired upon. Air support was being provided by India, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the daily press briefing in New York.He said at least 50 militia members were killed and two UN peacekeepers were wounded in the ensuing firefight. The two MONUC soldiers were sent to South Africa for care.MONUC had a right to protect itself when shot at, he added, noting that the operation was part of the Mission’s more robust approach to normalize the situation and to protect the civilian population.According to MONUC’s Radio Okapi, a mission spokesman, Lt. Col. Dominique Demange, said about 30 light weapons were seized by the UN “blue helmets.”Two militia camps, one of which was believed to be the battalion headquarters of the Nationalist Integrationist Front (FNI), were destroyed in the operation designed to protect the civilian population from militias “who had been terrorizing the civilian population,” Mr. Dujarric said.MONUC has said various militias have been looting and extorting the local population.FNI is a militia dominated by the Lendu ethnic group, which has been battling against members of the Hema ethnic group seizing their land. read more

Greater Toronto Area home sales plummet last month after foreign buyer tax

A sold sign is shown in front of a west-end Toronto home, Sunday, May 14, 2017. Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area plummeted by 20.3 per cent last month compared to a year ago, Canada’s largest real estate board said Monday, a sign that recent efforts to stabilize the city’s searing housing market are having an effect. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2017 3:01 am MDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Greater Toronto Area home sales plummet last month after foreign buyer tax TORONTO – Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area plunged 20.3 per cent last month compared with a year ago, according to the latest data from the country’s largest real estate board, a sign that recent efforts to cool the searing market are having the desired effect.However, some economists and realtors say the impact of the measures, which include a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers in the rapidly growing Greater Golden Horseshoe region, could be short-lived.“Certainly there are a lot of people sitting back right now wondering what’s happening with the new housing plan and kind of taking a breather just to see how it affects the market,” said Brian Elder, a sales representative with Royal LePage Real Estate Services.“It definitely will pick up again. But to the degree it was before? I don’t know. I suspect it won’t get quite that heated.”The average selling price for all properties in May was $863,910, up from $752,100 the same month last year, the Toronto Real Estate Board said. But that was down from $919,614 in April, the first month-over-month drop this year.The move came as listings rose 42.9 per cent from a year ago, when they were at a record low, according to the real estate board.The number of detached homes sold fell by 26.3 per cent in the GTA year-over year as their average selling price rose 15.6 per cent to $1,141,041.The data captures the first full month following Ontario’s announcement of 16 measures aimed at reining in house prices, including the tax on foreign buyers, expanded rent controls and legislation that would allow Toronto and other cities to tax vacant homes.The real estate board said Monday that the effects of Ontario’s housing changes, which were retroactive to April 21, have yet to be seen, but analysts said the data suggests otherwise.“There’s little doubt the government measures to cool the housing market have had an impact, as foreign buyers have likely pulled back, while domestic buyers appear to have stepped back as well to see how the changes shake out,” BMO Capital Markets said in a note to clients.Benjamin Tal of CIBC Capital Markets said while the “trajectory is exactly what the region needs,” the trend could be short-lived.“In many ways the situation in Toronto today is similar to what we have seen in Vancouver in 2016 as the market started slowing after a strong 2015 performance, and the uncertainty related to the foreign buyers tax worked to accelerate the process,” Tal said in a note.There are signs that the Vancouver market is rebounding after a period of cooling following the introduction of a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers last August.Real estate transactions in Vancouver jumped 22.8 per cent in May compared with April, according to the city’s real estate board.Toronto and Vancouver are both being closely monitored in light of fears that the fallout from a possible crash in prices could have ramifications for the national economy.Christopher Alexander, regional director at ReMax Ontario-Atlantic Canada, said it will likely take until mid-July for the full effects of the Ontario government policies to be felt.In the meantime, many buyers are moving to the sidelines, Alexander said.“There is definitely a sense of buyers saying, ‘OK, I’m going to wait and see how this plays out,’” Alexander said.Realtors said the increase in listings has created more choice for buyers and resulted in fewer bidding wars compared with the first quarter of the year.“I think it’s a great opportunity right now for buyers that have been waiting in the wings,” Elder said.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

On Migrants Day UN remembers thousands who lost their lives this year

“On International Migrants Day, let us commit to coherent, comprehensive and human rights-based responses guided by international law and standards and a shared resolve to leave no one behind,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the Day, which falls on 18 December, the day that in 1990, the UN General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.The Secretary-General urged all countries to sign and ratify the Convention as only one-fourth of UN Member States have done so. He also appealed for the expansion of safe channels for regular migration, including for family reunification, labour mobility at all skill levels, greater resettlement opportunities, and education opportunities for children and adults.“Over the past 12 months, more than 5,000 women, men and children lost their lives in search of protection and a better life,” Mr. Ban said. In addition, “tens of thousands more have been exploited and abused by human traffickers. And millions have been made into scapegoats and become the targets of xenophobic policies and alarmist rhetoric,” he underscored.On a more positive note, Mr. Ban also drew attention to the fact that 2015 was also a year in which the global community underscored the important contribution of migrants to sustainable development. “With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, world leaders vowed to protect the labour rights of migrant workers, combat transnational criminal human trafficking networks, and promote well-regulated migration and mobility,” he said.“The world urgently needs to build upon these efforts with a new global compact on human mobility based on better cooperation among countries of origin, transit and destination, with enhanced responsibility sharing, and full respect of the human rights of migrants, regardless of their status,” the UN chief stressed.In his remarks, UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft said migration is not a new phenomenon and for centuries, migrants have made critical contributions to social and economic development in countries of origin, transit and destination.“Yet regrettably, today, we witness unprecedented levels of human suffering associated with migration, particularly due to forced displacement. Furthermore, many migrants are subject to discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance,” he said.Echoing the Secretary-General, he urged the international community, national governments and leaders from all parts of society to give effect to the commitments made in the 2030 Agenda. “They must address the root causes of forced displacement including by ending conflict. And they must speak out in support of the rights of migrants and against all forms of discrimination,” he added.“On this important day, I encourage all leaders to embrace migration as a key enabler of sustainable development and to renew their commitment to open and diverse societies,” said Mr. Lykketoft.To mark this year’s International Migrants Day, candlelight vigils were held around the world in response to a call from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to remember the refugees and migrants who have tragically lost their lives this year.“Each person has a name, a story and left their homelands seeking better opportunities and safety for themselves and in many cases for their families – aspirations that all of us strive for,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing in his message.“The candlelight vigil is a renewed opportunity to increase awareness on drivers of migration, and most importantly, shift the narrative of migration towards a positive recognition of the many ways migrants contribute to host societies,” Mr. Swing said.Ahead of the Day, a group of UN experts on the rights of migrants called on governments across the world to guarantee access to services for all migrants, regardless of their migratory status.The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, and the Chair of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, Francisco Carrión Mena, urged States to separate immigration enforcement from access to public services through the implementation of ‘firewalls,’ while stressing that large-scale migration is unavoidable and that human rights are for all. read more

Migrants A powerful driver of economic growth dynamism and understanding

Mr. Guterres stressed that the Compact “points the way toward more legal opportunities for migration and stronger action to crack down on human trafficking.” “On International Migrants Day, let us take the path provided by the Global Compact: to make migration work for all,” he concluded.Also marking the day and drawing attention to the peril that so many migrants face, the UN Migration agency, IOM, said that close to 3,400 migrants and refugees have died worldwide this year so far. In an appeal for respect and dignity for people who choose or who are forced to leave their homes, IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino said it was also time “to respect and listen” to those who are frightened of the “changes that migration brings to their lives”.On 19 September 2016, the General Assembly adopted a set of commitments during its first ever Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants for their protection. These commitments, known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, reaffirms the importance of the international protection regime and represents a commitment by Member States to strengthen and enhance mechanisms to protect people on the move and paved the way for the landmark Compact.For an explanation of how the Global migration pact, differs from the Global Compact on Refugees which was affirmed by the UN General Assembly on Monday, read out story here. The UN chief explained that migration allows millions to seek new opportunities that benefit communities of origin and destination alike.However, he pointed out “when poorly regulated, migration can intensify divisions within and between societies, expose people to exploitation and abuse, and undermine faith in government.”“This month, the world took a landmark step forward with the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration,” he continued, referring to the first-ever UN global agreement on a common approach to international migration.“Backed with overwhelming support by the membership of the United Nations, the Compact will help us to address the real challenges of migration while reaping its many benefits,” elaborated the UN chief, calling the Compact “people-centered and rooted in human rights.” read more

Britains Brexit trade deal with Beijing put at risk by South China

British Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox, left, meets Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing last monthCredit:Reuters China said the issue of independence had nothing to do with freedom of speech and was a serious violation of China’s constitution and Hong Kong law.”It fundamentally is not within the scope of freedom of expression,” the ministry said. “The central government has zero tolerance for ‘Hong Kong independence’ and will never indulge it.” Britain’s decision to send a warship into contested waters was a move to “curry favor with the United States,” said the China Daily editorial.The move “obviously runs counter to the consensus and spirit put forth by the leaders of our two countries that we are willing to join hands to build a ‘golden era’ of China-UK ties,” Hua said.Adding to the tension, China’s Foreign Ministry also said it was “ridiculous for the UK to pose as a ‘supervisor’” and that Britain should stop interfering in Hong Kong, a former British colony. China yesterday warned the UK it had jeopardised post-Brexit relations by sailing a British warship close to islands in the South China Sea claimed by Beijing last week.Britain has been working to boost trade with the world’s second-largest economy as Brexit looms, talking up a “golden era” in ties. The two nations agreed last month to look at the possibility of a post-Brexit free trade deal that, if struck, would be a key achievement for Prime Minister Theresa May.”What the British side did is wrong,” said Chinese Foreign MInistry spokeswoman Hua Chunying in a daily press briefing. “It will have a negative impact on the development of China-UK relations.”Chinese state media specifically cautioned that a post-Brexit trade deal was at stake. “China and the UK had agreed to actively explore the possibility of discussing a free trade agreement after Brexit, but any act that harms China’s core interests will only put a spanner in the works,” said an English-language editorial in state-run newspaper China Daily. “But by trying to revive the ‘special relationship’ in this way now it is no longer the gateway to continental Europe, the UK risks losing more than it can gain,” said the editorial. The Albion was on its way to Ho Chi Minh City where it docked Monday after a deployment in and around Japan. The Paracels have long been disputed and were the site of a major naval battle in the 1970s between China and Vietnam, after which Beijing claimed sovereignty.The group of more than 30 islands in the South China Sea are now occupied entirely by China though Beijing’s claims remain contested by Vietnam and Taiwan. China has laid claim to other groups of disputed islands in the South China Sea, where roughly $3 trillion in trade pass through each year. The comments came after the UK issued issued its latest biannual report on the special administrative region. In it, Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary, noted the “growing concern about the extent of freedom of speech in Hong Kong, particularly in the context of discussion of independence”, while also stating that Britain does not think independence is a realistic or desirable option. British Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox, left, meets Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing last month Warship HMS Albion, a 22,000 ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines passed by the Paracel Islands on Aug. 31, where it was confronted by the Chinese military. 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. read more

Millennials are worse at DIY than younger generation Z survey suggests

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. Millenials are even more useless at basic DIY jobs than those younger than them, a study has found.Millennials – those aged between 25-34 – came rock bottom in a test of basic DIY jobs, including changing a lightbulb, fixing wobbly furniture or stopping a door hinge from squeaking.They fared even worse than those in Generation Z, aged between 18-24, the study found.Given nine relatively simply DIY tasks, Millennials came bottom in five of them when up against four other age groups, with those from Generation Z coming bottom in just four, the poll of 2,000 Brits found.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Those over the age of 55 came top in eight of the nine tasks. Bizarrely, however, Millennials trumped all age groups when it came to being able to fix a leaky loo.A spokesman for the WRAS said that young Brits had ‘low basic home repair skills’, adding last week: “Millennials are increasingly unable to take on simple tasks.”Julie Spinks, managing director of WRAS, said last week: “There is a clear general divide when it comes to doing repairs in the home.”Generation Rent seems to have created a nation of people who aren’t confident in dealing with straight forward tasks, from changing a light to bleeding a radiator. “Knowing how to do some of these tasks can save time and money.” read more

Moshi Moshi MM03i Adds Style and Retro Flare to the iPhone

first_imgThere are a number of retro-themed Bluetooth handsets that look like the receiver of an old telephone but in reality pair with your iPhone or other Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to let you take and place calls, and none of them tend to sell very well, but the Moshi Moshi MM03i comes straight from Japan and has some stylish looks and sleek lines about it. Simply dock your iPhone at the top of the base station, pair your iPhone with the handset, and when not in use, the MM03i’s dock charges both your phone and the modern-looking black Bluetooth handset that rests next to your iPhone. When you get a call, just pickup the handset and answer it. The handset is cordless and supports MultiPoint Bluetooth, meaning you can pair it with your iPhone as well as your laptop, and if you get a Skype call, for example, you can pick it up and use it with your laptop without having to re-pair it with your iPhone. The style and elegance that the Moshi Moshi MM03i offers won’t come cheap though: it’ll set you back $129.99 list price, and it’s available now.last_img read more

Greece runs through our veins

first_imgOn Saturday 17 September, the Greek Lyceum of South Australia held its major fundraising event for the year and the highlight on the organisation’s social calendar − the annual dinner dance. The Greek Lyceum, which in 2013 celebrated 20 years of service to the community, is an incorporated, non-profit school of Greek dance and culture, whose principal role is to foster these cultural elements in South Australian children and adults. It is a non-political, non-religious organisation and its council is made up of a dedicated team of ex-students, parents and teachers. “Our mission is to present and perpetuate the rich history and traditions of the songs, dances, music and costumes of Greece to the greater public,” says Alexandra Archontis, one of the teachers and secretary of the Lyceum, in an interview with Neos Kosmos. This year’s dance was attended by 180 guests including current students and their families, friends, ex-students and committee members. All students of the school were given the chance to perform together and also in their separate classes, allowing not only parents and friends to see what they have been learning, but also the students among themselves. “Having everyone perform together allows bonding to happen between different classes and age groups and fuels the strong community spirit and family ethos that the Greek Lyceum prides itself on,” explains Archontis, who’s also an old scholar of the Lyceum. Since its inception in 1993, the school’s artistic director Vasilis Mouzakitis, together with the school council, the teaching staff and his students, focused on carrying out its mission to educate both Greek and non-Greek communities about the richness of Hellenic folk culture and heritage. “It is important for us to always present our work with the ethics and professionalism inherited from our ancestors and it makes us incredibly proud to watch our students perform with such passion, discipline and ethos. “It really is a collective effort of students, their families and the teaching staff to spread our Greek cultural heritage to Greek and non-Greek communities through a number (three to four per month) of qualitative performances,” says Archontis.At present, the school has approximately 60 students, ranging from four to 45 years old, who attend staged performances such as dance workshops, seminars, lectures, costume and folk art exhibits in South Australia and interstate.The students learn both traditional and contemporary dances from all regions of Greece, Cyprus and its diaspora, including Pontos, Macedonia and Asia Minor. “Through dance and music we discover our history and stories of our ancestors, therefore our students not only learn the dances and their names, but they explore the story behind each dance and its origin, the lifestyle in that particular region and the ways all of the above have shaped the character of the dance. “The ‘Rembetiko Era’ was a poignant time in Greece’s and Asia Minor’s history, and thus contemporary music and dance from this era is also an essential part of the curriculum.”The school has two main teachers − Marie Arvanitakis and Alexandra Archontis (nee Nikias). Marie is a qualified school teacher and has been teaching Greek dance for many years. Alexandra was initially a student of Marie and Vasilis and through their teaching, joined them after participating in all the classes at the Lyceum and travelling to Greece to attend workshops in Athens at the Dora Stratou Theatre and the Momogeroi Folk Dancers. The Greek Lyceum has in its possession an array of more than 100 traditional costumes from various regions of Greece. Contemporary outfits are also worn, depending on the theme of the performance. “Wearing them is not only a privilege but pride and joy for each of our students, as is the positive feedback we receive from parents and grandparents telling us how proud they feel to see their children dressed in traditional Greek costumes, maintaining their heritage and holding on to the traditions of their ancestors,” concludes Archontoulis.Evidently, when second and third generation Greeks have both the confidence and courage to command the stage, they invariably evoke happy childhood memories to their parents and grandparents. It’s right at that moment that strong intergenerational emotional connections of pride and cultural awareness are gently reinforced through the power of Greek music. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Landing Internationals Manila IR land lease cancelled due to licensing concerns

first_img China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Korean casino operator Landing International Development Corp has had a lease agreement to develop and operate an integrated resort in Manila’s Entertainment City precinct put on hold due to the lack of a gaming license from PAGCOR.Local media is reporting that the Philippines’ Commission on Audit (COA) has ordered Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) – a state-owned corporation under the Department of Tourism – to temporarily pause the lease agreement it had signed with Landing until relevant licenses are obtained from both PAGCOR and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). Load More RelatedPosts Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Landing had been planning to build a multi-use IR and theme park tentatively known as Nayong Pilipino Theme Park, Water Park and Movie-based Theme Park on 9.5 hectares of land located in the same entertainment precinct as Bloomberry’s Solaire Resort & Casino, Melco Resorts’ City of Dream Manila and Universal Entertainment’s Okada Manila integrated resorts. The company currently operates Jeju Shunhwa World, which includes the recently relocated Landing Casino, on Korea’s Jeju Island.The setback relates to a series of complaints filed by Maria Fema T Duterte – an NPF board member and the niece of President Rodrigo Duterte – against her fellow board members in May alleging various criminal and other indiscretions including neglect of duty and grave misconduct.Central to those complaints was Duterte’s allegation that the NPF had erroneously approved a contract allowing Landing to lease the land in question for an amount well below expectations. The COA agreed, stating in its finding this week that the NPF had approved Landing’s proposal “without conducting an independent appraisal and advertisement to the public to solicit offers from other interested parties to ensure that the proposal is the most advantageous to the government.”Duterte had previously compared the Php150 per square meter lease agreement – equating to a total of Php14.4 million per month – to similar lease agreements on nearby land that were valued at Php600 per square meter. The low lease price would cost the government Php517 million per year, Duterte said.In its ruling, the COA said that Landing must obtain approval from the NEDA and a license from PAGCOR before it can lease the land, however that could prove easier said than done given that the gaming regulator announced in January that it was placing a moratorium on the issuance of new gaming licenses.Landing International Development Limited announced in April the leasing of the Manila land block following a series of 2017 meetings between its Chairman Dr Yang Zhihui and President Duterte. The company described its planned development at the time as an “integrated leisure and entertainment resort” that would cater to visitors of all ages.“This resort will comprise Asia’s first movie-themed indoor theme park, waterpark as well as many other leisure and entertainment facilities suited for all ages and families,” Dr Yang said.“When opened, the branded theme park integrated resort will enhance Philippines’ tourism appeal, complement the existing tourists’ attractions and resorts as well as create significant employment opportunities for the locals as well as returning Filipinos who are currently working overseas.”last_img read more

State Approves Regulations For Onsite Marijuana Consumption

first_imgThe Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board first began considering onsite marijuana consumption rules in 2016, but rejected the project in 2017. Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer signed the regulations. Now, licensed retail businesses in Alaska will be able to begin applying for a “special onsite use endorsement” from the state beginning April 11. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska marijuana consumers will be able to buy their cannabis and smoke it on site. On Tuesday, Alaska became the first state to authorize on-site consumption. Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Alaska and a number of other states but illegal at the federal level. Local governments will have the option to prohibit endorsements for on-site consumption. The rules will not allow marijuana purchased outside of an endorsed retail store into that store’s consumption area.last_img read more

WATCH Is BJP MLA harassing his daughter over her marriage to a

first_imgThe daughter of a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Bareilly has uploaded videos on social media requesting her father to stop threatening and mentally harassing her for marrying a Dalit man without his approval.She is afraid that they will be killed to protect the honour of her family. Her husband’s family is also being threatened. In the video, 23-year-old Sakshi Misra, the daughter of Rajesh Kumar Misra, said that she has been living in fear for her life since she got married. Sakshi got married to Ajitesh Kumar, 28, last Thursday.BJP MLA from Bareilly, Rajesh Kumar Mishra alias Pappu Bhartaul’s daughter has married a man of her choice. The BJP MLA is now after their life, has sent goons. His daughter has released this video requesting help! @UppoliceSource: @saurabh3vedi— Gaurav Pandhi गौरव पांधी (@GauravPandhi) July 10, 2019 Addressing her father and brother with their nicknames, “Pappu Bhartaul” and “Vicky Bhartaul”, Sakshi begged them to leave her and her husband alone. She also asked her father to stop sending goons behind them. “Papa, you have sent your goons after me just like Rajiv Rana… I am tired… We are tired of hiding around and our life is in danger. Stop troubling Abhi and his relatives. I want to be happy and free,” Sakshi said. She said that they are tired of running and hiding.”Stop blaming Abhi and his family. I am responsible for this. Leave them alone,” she added.She concluded the video by saying that, if anything happens to her, her husband or any member of his family, her father and his goons will be responsible for it. “Those who are helping my father, stop helping him because our lives are in danger,” she said. In a second video, Sakshi requested the police to provide security for her and Ajitesh.However, Misra denied his daughter’s claims. He said that neither he nor his family member or his associates have threatened her.  “My daughter is an adult and has a right to make a decision,” Misra said.last_img read more

Oikya Front postpones Tuesdays protest progremme

first_imgJatiya Oikya FrontJatiya Oikya Front has postponed its Tuesday’s scheduled mass gathering programme in the city for an ‘unavoidable reason’, reports UNB.The alliance’s coordination committee took the decision at a meeting at its temporary office on Monday afternoon, said a press release.On 24 April, Oikya Front steering committee decided to hold a mass gathering at Shahbagh intersection in the city at 4pm on 30 April in protest against the killing of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, repression on women and growing rape incidents.last_img

Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Heap is the Ravens’ 2nd-leading all-time receiver with 467catches and went to two Pro Bowls while wearing the blackand purple of Baltimore.Heap has missed the Cardinals’ last two games and has beenlimited in practice this week as he nurses a hamstringinjury. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Arizona Cardinals tight end Todd Heap may not play Sundayin Baltimore, a city where he spent the first ten years ofhis career.But that fact didn’t stop Heap from delivering a heartfeltthank you to the fans that bellowed “Heeeeeeaaappp” everytime he caught a ball at M&T Bank Stadium.Heap purchased a full-page ad in The Baltimore Sun toexpress his gratitude in advance of Sunday’s game. Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   For a decade, my wife Ashley, and I took greadpride in calling Baltimore home. We greatly appreciatedthe way this city embraced our family and took us in asyour own. We wanted to publicly and emphatically thankall of you for your incredible support over the years. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals rookie Jamell Fleming did not expect to be therein the third round for the Arizona Cardinals.Figuring he’d be a late second rounder, the corner fromOklahoma didn’t think he’d end up in the Valley — until,ofcourse, he did.“They called me early on in the round, like right when thethird round started,” Fleming told Arizona Sports 620’sDougand Wolf Wednesday. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke – / 31 D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Let’s take a look at some of the numbers that defined Arizona’s game Sunday.8The Cardinals had eight takeaways in their defensive dismantling of Dallas.Five Arizona players recovered fumbles: Josh Bynes, Cap Capi, Rudy Ford, Dennis Gardeck and Trent Sherfield.Three intercepted passes: Patrick Peterson, Budda Baker and Travell Dixon.One Cowboy scored: the backup kicker, Brett Maher, with less than a minute remaining in the game.Peterson scored on his interception and Sherfield recovered a muffed punt in the endzone.The Cardinals now have 16 takeaways in three preseason games.And while it is the preseason and the starters play as limited snaps as possible, it’s heartening to see the defense of new head coach Steve Wilks and coordinator Al Holcomb working out so far.2.5Over the week, Holcomb talked about closing the gaps and limiting the opponent’s run game.After the Cardinals gave up 183 yards on the ground to the New Orleans Saints last week, it was a given.“What we have to do a better job of as a defensive front, as a defense in general, (is) in terms of being disciplined in our gaps,” Holcomb said Thursday.“That’s the biggest thing — and trusting in the system. Guys are in position and then somebody gets nosy, jumps out of their gap and all of a sudden the ball is on the second level, it’s a 15-yard gain.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But against the Cowboys on Sunday, the Cardinals only allowed 2.5 yards per carry en route to 52 total rushing yards.Dallas running backs Bo Scarbrough and Rod Smith combined for 38 yards on 14 carries.On the other side, Arizona rushed for 146 yards and averaged 5.4 per carry despite David Johnson sitting and D.J. Foster getting injured.The biggest rush came from T.J. Logan.59While the seriousness of Foster’s knee injury was unclear, the Cardinals probably breathed a sigh of relief when Logan, broke free for a 59-yard run for the only offensive touchdown of the night.If the worst-case scenario occurs, and Foster is forced to missed the season with an injury, Logan showed he can provide some relief behind Johnson and backup running back Chase Edmonds.His speed was apparent as he burst past the linebackers and into open space.Last season, Logan was thought to be a rookie who could play a big role on the Cardinals. He got injured, though, missing him to force 2017.He’s back to show that last year’s projections can still come to fruition.80 percentIn completing eight of his 10 passes while backup quarterback Josh Rosen was injured, Mike Glennon reminded the Cardinals how valuable a solid third-string quarterback performance can be. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson (21) celebrates after scoring a touchdown on an interception during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) Arizona Sports reporter Kevin Zimmerman contributed to this report. – / 28 8 Comments   Share   He spread the ball around, connecting with five different receivers and leading the team to a field goal.Sam Bradford completed one pass for six yards and Chad Kanoff, who has been creating some hype for himself with strong play this preseason, went 4-for-10.After missing last week due to a forearm injury, Glennon’s performance was solid for a player of his role.6It might have been in part due to Glennon spreading the ball, but the Cowboys defense was effective in preventing the Cardinals receivers from getting the ball.Arizona wide receivers only had six receptions on Sunday.It’s not just because Larry Fitzgerald didn’t take part in the game. In week one of preseason, the receiving core only caught three passes.J.J. Nelson couldn’t catch either of his targets, Greg Little only caught one of three and Brice Butler caught a pair of his four.Running backs and tight ends got involved in the passing game, but the No. 2 receiver is still unclear heading into the final week of the preseason.376Punter Andy Lee had a phenomenal night, punting eight times for 376 yards – an average of 47 per kick – with a long of 67 yards.He punted inside the 20 yard line four times, including one where Bené Benwikere leapt into the end zone and saved it from bouncing in for a touchback. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals came a minute short of shutting out the Dallas Cowboys in their third preseason game.Instead, they won 27-3 without star players Larry Fitzgerald or David Johnson.Despite the convincing win, the offense struggled to get going and was frequently lifted by the dominant defense that didn’t have to face Dallas stars Ezekiel Elliot or Dak Prescott.Related LinksPeterson gets pick-six, forced fumble to help Cardinals take halftime leadBradford unable to kickstart Cards offense without Fitzgerald, JohnsonCardinals QB Josh Rosen misses preseason game with thumb injuryBut the defense forced turnovers, the special teams took advantage of muffed punts and the Cardinals improved in a specific area compared to their win last week over the New Orleans Saints. Lee only had one touchback on the night.This was especially important with the inefficiency of the Arizona offense.Once they got to third down, they rarely moved the chains forward.2-for-13Arizona is still struggling to convert on third down.After only converting twice Sunday, the team is 7-for-38 over its three preseason games, including an 0-for-11 showing in week one against the Chargers.The defense and special teams bailed out the Cardinals multiple times against the Cowboys. After going three-and-out on the first drive and failing to move forward on any of the plays, Dallas muffed a punt and Arizona recovered.The Cardinals missed a field goal, and on the next drive, they punted after five plays.Didn’t matter. The Cowboys muffed another punt, which Arizona recovered in the end zone for a score.Two plays later, Peterson picked off a pass and returned it to the house.So, after the offense advanced a total of nine yards and kicker Phil Dawson missed a 55-yard field goal, Arizona led 14-0.After another five-play drive resulting in a punt later in the half, safety Budda Baker intercepted a pass in the end zone to prevent the Cowboys from scoring.Arizona won 27-3, but the offense only scored once. When they reached third down, that typically spelled the end for their drive.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Sep 7, 2018 5:55 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 7, 2018 at 6:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Latest on the third and final night of preliminary competition in the Miss America competition (all times local):9:20 p.m.Contestants from Massachusetts and Indiana have won titles in the third and final night of preliminary competition in the Miss America pageant.Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras won the onstage interview portion.Miss Indiana Lydia Tremaine won the talent portion for singing Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life.”The next Miss America will be crowned Sunday night.___8:50 p.m.A contestant in the Miss America pageant says President Donald Trump “has caused a lot of division in our country.”During her onstage interview, Miss West Virginia Madeline Collins was asked what is the most serious issue facing America.She said Trump “is the biggest issue for our country today.”The interview responses were limited to 20 seconds and she did not go into further detail.This is the first year in which the Miss America pageant has dropped swimsuit competition in favour of onstage interviews.___9:15 a.m.The third and final night of preliminary competition in the swimsuit-less Miss America pageant is set for Friday night.During the first two nights of competition, some of the onstage interview questions that are replacing swimsuits have touched on hot button issues, including NFL national anthem protests.A question on the propriety of those protests helped propel Miss Virginia Emili McPhail to a preliminary win Thursday night.She told judges players have the right to protest by kneeling, noting that the real issue is police brutality.In the talent competition, Miss Louisiana Holli’ Conway won for a vocal performance, singing “I Believe.”On Wednesday , Miss Florida Taylor Tyson won the talent competition for a piano performance, and Miss Wisconsin Tianna Vanderhei won the interview competition for her comments on education. Miss Minnesota Michaelene Karlen introduces herself at the start of the third and final night of preliminary competition at the Miss America competition in Atlantic City N.J. on Friday Sept. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) center_img The Latest: Massachusetts, Indiana win Miss America prelimslast_img read more