Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome target Tour de France in 2019

first_imgBREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ONE Championship lines up 45 events for 2019 Both British riders have said they want to deliver success on the road in order to help Team Sky secure new sponsorship, with its future uncertain following the decision of broadcaster Sky to end its investment in the sport after 2019.The 33-year-old Froome said it was a difficult decision not to defend his Giro title after becoming the first British winner of the race last May.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“I’m getting to the point in my career now where I’m starting to think about what kind of legacy I want to leave behind,” he said, “and if I am able to win the Tour de France for a fifth time and join that very elite group of bike riders — only four other people have ever done that — it would just be incredible.”Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain are the other five-time winners. MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, of Britain, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, passes the Arc de Triomphe on July 29, 2018, during the twenty-first stage of the 116-kilometer (72.1-mile) Tour de France cycling race from Houilles to the Champs-Elysees in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)MANCHESTER, England — Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, the current and former Tour de France champions, are planning to compete in the 2019 edition of the race in what could be Team Sky’s final bid for cycling’s biggest prize.Froome will not defend his Giro d’Italia title as targets a record-tying fifth win in the Tour, while Thomas is bidding for back-to-back victories.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Moto G4 spotted in 2GB/3GB RAM variants, Laser autofocus confirmed

first_imgThe fourth-generation Moto G will officially launch on May 17. The Moto G4 will most definitely have two variants, one a regular Moto G4 and another plus-sized variant or the Moto G4 Plus. Rumours about the said devices keep trickling in each day, as we approach the launch. The new set of leaks come directly from Indian import/export website Zauba highlighting what could be hardware specifics of the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus.According to the Zauba listing, while the Moto G4 will cram 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, the Moto G4 Plus will have 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. The regular Moto G, which is expected to have a 5-inch screen as per previous reports will sport a 13-megapixel camera on the rear. The Moto G4 Plus — with a reported 5.5-inch screen — will on the other hand come with a 16-megapxiel rear camera. Both the phones will come with laser autofocus.Also Read: Moto G4 is coming: Launch date, price, top features and everything else you should knowBoth the Moto G4 variants will sport a 5-megapixel front-facing — an OmniVision sensor — camera and support NFC connectivity. It’s no surprise that the new Moto G phones will ship with Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box.The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus will have FullHD screen and an octa-core processor (possibly Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615) under the hood. Expect at least a 3,000mAh battery with Turbo Charging in either model. Moreover, the new Moto G phones will also sport a fingerprint scanner, a first for these phones.advertisementThe Moto G4 will boast of a plastic body and will most likely be water-proof. It will support dualSIM connectivity as well.last_img read more

After Asiad low, Indian women’s boxing on a high at world c’ships

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) The number of medals assured is half of what they managed in their best ever performance but Indian women’s boxing regained some of the ground lost by a barren Asian Games campaign with four semifinalists in the world championships here. The celebrated M C Mary Kom (48kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Sonia Chahal (57kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64kg) have assured themselves of at least a bronze by reaching the semifinals. “The performance has exceeded expectations and we could have won more medals but for a couple of results. Mary Kom is of course the star but it’s nice to see other girls also stepping up,” Indian boxing’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva told PTI. “Looking at this performance, we are doing fine in the sport,” he added. Out of the 40 semifinalists in 10 weight categories, five are from China, while North Korea, Turkey, United States have three boxers each. Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Chinese Taipei and Ukraine have two boxers each in the semifinals to be held on Thursday and Friday. Australia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Colombia, Ireland, South Korea, Mongolia, Russia, Thailand and Wales still have one participant each in the last-four stage. Altogether 21 countries will win at least a medal in New Delhi, which is higher than the Astana 2016 edition where 19 countries were in the medal rankings. Asia continued its domination of world boxing with 21 medals set to be won by boxers from this continent, five more than in 2016. Europe will get 14 medals while the Americas and Oceania will pocket four and one medal respectively. No boxer from the African continent is left in the fray at the semifinal stage.advertisement For India, this edition at home will be the best in the last five editions of the biennial marquee event. India’s best performance ever was the eight medals, including four gold, in 2006, an event held at home. After that, India won four medals in 2008, two in 2010, one in 2012, two in 2014 and one in 2016. India have not won a gold since 2010 when Mary Kom won her last medal. The 35-year-old Mary Kom, a mother of three, has become the most successful pugilist in the women’s world championships history by assuring herself a seventh medal. Her previous six medals include a five gold and a silver. If the dimunitive Manipuri, also called ‘Magnificent Mary’, wins a gold on Saturday, she can match Cuban men’s legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful pugilist in the World Championships history. Savon, who also won three Olympic gold medals during his illustrious career, won six gold and one silver in heavyweight in the World Championships between 1986 and 1989. Mary Kom has enjoyed a stellar year so far, claiming gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the inaugural India Open and an international tournament in Poland. “The country and the fans want a gold and I am also trying a gold. But anything can happen in a boxing bout,” she had said after her first bout of the tournament. The three other Indian semifinalists are among the young brigade in the 10-member Indian team. All the three are in their early 20s and are competing in their debut championships. PTI PDS PM PMlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Only a fool would be tempted to bat like Rohit Sharma, says KL Rahul

first_imgOn his day, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma makes batting look easier than a walk in the park and with four centuries to his name, the 2019 edition of the World Cup has seen him in fine flow. But his opening partner K.L. Rahul says that looking to emulate the stylish batsman would be nothing short of being foolish.”You would be a fool to be tempted to bat like Rohit because he is in a different class. He is on a different planet altogether when he gets going. He made it look really easy (against Bangladesh) when really it wasn’t anything of the kind. The pitch was two-paced, up and down, not coming on to the bat, but from the way he played, you would not have known.”We expect it from him and he is delivering every time. To bat with him is really easy because he takes the pressure off you. He keeps getting the boundaries and the scoreboard keeps ticking, I just have to keep there with him. It is great fun.”He has scored the most runs for the team, but everyone else has chipped in and we have talked about that as a team, to keep the contributions coming from the middle order and at the death,” Rahul explained.Commenting on his own form, Rahul said: “Personally, I feel I have been going well, but am not fully satisfied as I haven’t carried on after some of the starts. When I say ‘convert’, I mean getting to, say, 35 or 45 overs as often as I can because in these conditions it is the set batsmen who can do the most damage.”advertisementThe Men in Blue have now qualified for the semis and Rahul said that the boys did enjoy a bit of a party in the dressing room after the win over Bangladesh at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.”We did enjoy a bit of a celebration after the game,” he said. “We are two steps away from winning the trophy and that has been a dream we have worked towards for the past four years.”We put in a clinical performance, we batted and bowled well, and we have this winning momentum. Now we have to make sure we keep our heads up and our eyes on what is happening.”Also Read | India vs Bangladesh: MS Dhoni did what was right for the team, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: This is the best I have seen Bangladesh play, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Seelast_img read more

‘Nuttall should not return to Hearts’

first_imgPremier League Polo’s advice to Nuttall: Don’t return to Hearts Prince Narkortu Teye Last updated 1 year ago 00:51 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Coach Frank Nuttall reacts as Gor Mahia beat KMKM of Zanzibar in Tanzania Stafford Ondego/Goal Kenya. Premier League Hearts of Oak The ex-coach of the Phobians talks about the Scotsman’s recent predicament Former Hearts of Oak coach Mohammed Polo has advised current boss Frank Nuttall to quit the job following the Scotsman’s indefinite suspension by management.The former Gor Mahia coach, who was appointed in February last year, has been asked to step aside temporarily, pending further investigations into his “unsporting and unethical behaviour”.“It’s problematic. What has happened has tarnished his [Nuttall] image, especially with his job,” Polo said on Onua FM. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I don’t know how a foreign coach will want to damage his image and the image of his club.“Coach Frank Elliot Nuttall should not accept to come to join the team, even if he is found not guilty.“The mere fact that there is such a huge allegation against him is dumbfounding.“Whether the allegation is true or false, the mere fact you are suspended tarnishes your image.“This is different from sack. Sacking is normal with coaches, even Kenichi [Yatsuhashi] was sacked.”Hearts assistant coach Henry Lamptey Wellington has been asked to take over the club ‘until further notice’.Polo coached Hearts between 2013 and 2014 before he was sacked after a run of poor results.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

HC grants anticipatory bail to teacher after 5-year-old child drowns in pool

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 17:57 IST The boy was a student of Asha School, run by the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) under the aegis of the Army’s Eastern Command. (Photo: PTI)The Calcutta High Court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to the class teacher of a 5-year-old student with special needs, who drowned in the hydrotherapy pool of his school, in connection with a complaint of negligence by his father.A division bench comprising Justices Jaymalya Bagchi and M Mandal observed that the act of the petitioner cannot be the sole reason for the unfortunate death of the child, and granted pre-arrest bail to Kakoli Chowdhury on a bail bond of two sureties of Rs 10,000 each.The bench directed her to assist the investigation and appear before the court to take regular bail.It observed that it was to be decided at an appropriate stage whether collective acts of negligence contributed to the death of the child.The boy drowned after he fell in the hydrotherapy pool of his school after the Sports Day event on February 20.Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, is the use of water – hot, cold, steam, or ice – to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being.The boy was a student of Asha School, run by the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) under the aegis of the Army’s Eastern Command.The school, located inside the Command Hospital here, provides education, care and rehabilitation to differently abled children of defence personnel and civilians.The father of the boy, a civilian, filed a complaint with the police against the school authorities alleging negligence, naming the class teacher, principal, vice-principal and staff of the institution.Opposing the anticipatory bail prayer of Chowdhury, the public prosecutor claimed that it was a case of gross negligence on her part that caused the boy to drown since the father had handed over the child to her custody at the school on that day.advertisementChowdhury’s lawyer Asish Bhattacharya said the class teacher conducted herself in a responsible manner.He said Chowdhury had been called by the vice principal for some official work, following which she had handed over the child to an attendant.The attendant had reportedly gone to the toilet when the incident occurred, it was submitted.The lawyer of the child’s father submitted that the door to the pool room was kept open by a sweeper and that it was filled with water though it was not supposed to be so.Hearing all the parties, the bench said it completely empathised with the father, but it cannot be said that one particular person was responsible for the incident.The Army has said that it has constituted a Fact Finding Board to look into the death of the boy.The Board would give its recommendations about putting in place effective measures to obviate recurrence of such incidents.Also Read | Student drowns while trying to complete college projectAlso Watch | 2 college students drown in sea while taking bath in PuriFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow BailFollow drownedFollow Teacher HC grants anticipatory bail to teacher after 5-year-old child drowns in poolA division bench comprising Justices Jaymalya Bagchi and M Mandal observed that the act of the petitioner cannot be the sole reason for the unfortunate death of the child, and granted pre-arrest bail to Kakoli Chowdhury on a bail bond of two sureties of Rs 10,000 each.advertisementlast_img read more

My job is to act not be famous

first_imgTokyo: Teen stardom can be a difficult beast to handle but not for Millie Bobby Brown as she finds comfort in the company of her ‘Stranger Things’ co-stars, who are going through a similar experience and are her best friends. Brown, 15, says it helps that she is surrounded by fellow teenagers Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin on the show. “Fame is not really something I live by. I have one job which is to act. My job isn’t to be famous. Fortunately or unfortunately, fame comes with acting, and acting is my favourite thing on earth. I love to portray characters that I feel are powerful and strong,” Brown said. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyThe show also features Winona Ryder and Brown says she found the senior actor to be a “relatable” figure on the show’s set as she has also gone through a similar phase early in her career. “There’s not much advice she gives us but she definitely has experienced what we are (experiencing). She was a child actor so she definitely helped us in that respect. She was very relatable because she literally went through the same thing.” Brown, who has garnered over 19 million followers on Instagram post her breakout role, believes her popularity can be mined to spread positive messages like becoming the youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF last year. “Fame has a lot of negative and positive aspects. One of the positive aspects of my fame was becoming UNICEF goodwill ambassador and so now I have my platform.” ‘Stranger Things’ season three will start streaming on Netflix from July 4.last_img read more

JIAN GHOMESHIS ESSAY IN THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS DRAWS FIRE

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Disgraced former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi penned a personal essay in The New York Review of Books that drew swift backlash on Friday, with many social media users questioning why he was given such a prestigious platform to detail his life post-trial.Ghomeshi was acquitted in March 2016 of four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking involving three complainants. In May 2016, he apologized to a fourth complainant and signed a peace bond that saw another count of sexual assault withdrawn.I was the guy everyone hated first.– Jian GhomeshiIn the piece, titled “Reflections from a Hashtag” and published online Friday, Ghomeshi reveals that he had suicidal thoughts in the aftermath of the allegations and reflects on his trajectory from a high-profile Canadian personality to a self-described “outcast.” Login/Register With: Advertisement Twittercenter_img He also expresses “deep remorse” for the way he treated some people, admitting he was “demanding on dates” and “emotionally thoughtless.” Jian Ghomeshi has written an essay for The New York Review of Books about his trial. (Chris Young/Canadian Press) Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

First Nation hosts womens empowerment workshop to honour MMIWG educate on violence

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsAlexander First Nation hosted its first Women’s Empowerment Workshop to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and to share knowledge about how best to stay safe.Elders, councillors, police officers and families of victims came together for the event.“The prophesy is that the women are the healers,” said Rita Arcand, an Alexander First Nation councillor, who is also a social worker and elder. “Women gotta heal themselves first, and then we can help our men and children in our communities.”RCMP Constable Kristin Grabowski, an expert in human trafficking, said the police are “trying to build trust so [individuals] can come forward if they are being exploited.“But also, it’s really important for the public to educate themselves about sexual exploitation, because it’s happening in our communities.”Cheryl Savoie, another band councillor, said having dialogue is important.“[It’s] overdue and necessary because we need to bring the issues to the table and hear from the people,” she said, adding “the women need to be heard and certainly need that understanding that leadership is listening.”Arcand said the event was “powerful” and “empowering for the soul.”cstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchrislast_img read more

Guj Cong MLA resigns 3rd to quit party in 4 days

first_imgAhmedabad: A day ahead of the Congress Working Committee meeting here, Jamnagar (Rural) MLA Vallabh Dharaviya quit the party and tendered his resignation from the Assembly to Speaker Rajendra Trivedi Monday afternoon.Dharaviya’s is the third resignation of a Congress MLA in the past four days. “Dharaviya has resigned as Jamnagar (Rural) MLA. He told me he is resigning voluntarily,” Speaker Trivedi confirmed. A little while before Dharaviya quit, his former party colleague Parsotam Sabariya, who had resigned as Dhrangadhra MLA on March 8, joined the ruling BJP in the presence of its senior leaders I K Jadeja and K C Patel. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Sabariya was arrested in October last year in connection with an irrigation scam and was granted bail by the Gujarat High Court in February. Sabariya said he was not under pressure to join the BJP and claimed he was making the switch to develop his constituency. “I am joining the BJP to develop my constituency. I was not under any pressure and have resigned from the Congress voluntarily. As far as the FIR is concerned, the law will take its own course. The BJP has to do nothing about it. I am not joining BJP to get any post or for other benefits,” he told reporters. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedOn March 8, Jawahar Chavda, Congress MLA from Manavadar, too had resigned from the Assembly and was promptly inducted into the BJP. He was made a cabinet minister in the Vijay Rupani government on March 9. The total number of desertions of MLAs from Gujarat Congress ranks in the past few months now stands at five. Apart from these five, the Congress lost another MLA when Bhagvan Barad was disqualified from the membership of the House on March 5 following his conviction and two year jail sentence in an illegal mining case. In July last year, senior Congress MLA Kunvarji Bavalia had resigned as legislator and was later made a cabinet minister in the state government. He then won the bypoll on a BJP ticket. Last month, first-time MLA from Unjha seat in Mehsana, Asha Patel, had resigned from the House and the Congress, and joined the ruling BJP.last_img read more

Hospital opens dental clinic offers free implant surgeries

first_imgKolkata: Dental patients, who need implants, will now get free of cost treatment at Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital as a new dental implant clinic has started functioning on the hospital campus.Doctors from the department of Prosthodontia, department of oral and maxillofacial surgery and the department of Periodontia will treat the patients at the new dental clinic at the hospital. Since March 2, when the clinic was officially inaugurated, senior doctors from all the three departments conducted dental implant surgeries on 12 patients. Artificial teeth would be implanted replacing those which have been damaged owing to various causes. There may be a single implant or multiple implants as determined by the expert doctors of the hospital. Dr Tirthankar Debnath, assistant professor, department of Periodontia and Public Health dentistry said the whole process of dental implant might take about four months and the process would be conducted in various phases. According to Dr Debnath, there are two aspects of dental implant — mechanical and biological. A titanium base would be implanted as a root on jawbone and an artificial teeth made of ceramic would be fitted on the titanium base. “The teeth would be implanted a couple of months after the titanium base is fitted on the patients’ jaw so that the base becomes a permanent part of the jaw through Osseointegration. It is a process that allows dental implants to become a permanent part of the jaw. I t maintains the structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of a load-bearing artificial implant. When the titanium base is cemented with the jaw, it is desirable to implant the metal ceramic teeth,” Dr Debnath said. Using dental implant the patients will be able to use the teeth almost like an original one. The patients can make the use implanted teeth up to 95 per cent naturally, an expert said. According to sources, a patient would have to pay anything between Rs 20,000 and Rs 50,000 for a single implant at private establishments depending on the quality of the implants. While Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital is conducting the surgeries free of cost. The Mamata Banerjee government has carried out major infrastructure reforms in the state-run hospitals where the patients are availing best treatment free of cost. Dr Raju Biswas, a member of Dental council of India, said: “We are thankful to the Chief Minister for her support and motivation towards the newly inaugurated implant clinic at the hospital. In an era of scientific advancement, implants are essentials for all the patients undergoing dental extraction.”last_img read more

Double delight Kohli Mandhana win top prizes

first_imgLondon: It was double delight for India as it swept the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack Wednesday with Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana clinching the ‘Leading Cricketer of Year’ honours, continuing their award-winning spree. Kohli and Mandhana had won big in the last ICC Awards night too. Mandhana was adjudged ‘Women’s Cricketer of the Year’ as well as the ‘Women’s ODI Player of the Year’ by the ICC in December, while the talismanic Kohli won the Cricketer of the Year award besides finishing as the top batsman in Tests. Indian captain Kohli was named the Wisden Leading Cricketer of the year for the third successive time, having amassed 2735 runs across the three formats in 2018. The India skipper is only the third cricketer ever to have won the award more than three times after Don Bradman (10 times) and Jack Hobbs (8 times).last_img read more

Moulay Idriss Zerhoun A Piece of Largely Untouched Moroccan History

By Vera SordiniRabat – Just around 60 kilometers west of Fez and 5 kilometers away from the Amazigh (Berber) and Roman remains of Volubilis, embedded in green hills and surrounded by olive groves and cacti, lies the town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, Morocco’s spiritual capital.  But it’s remarkable history and significance within Moroccan culture is just the beginning of what makes Moulay Idriss a highly interesting tourist destination. Founded by Moulay Idriss I in the late 8th century, this inconspicuous village of 12,000 souls is still highly sacred to Muslims. In fact, thousands of Moroccans pilgrimage to Moulay Idriss each year commemorating its founder and his piety.Interestingly, until 2005 non-Muslims were not allowed to stay overnight in Moulay Idriss. The unwritten rule manifested in the lack of public lodging. In recent years, the town’s residents have made efforts to attract more tourists into their town, such as opening several hotels and guesthouses. Despite the measures and the convenient option of connecting a visit to the town with one to the nearby ruins of Volubilis, Moulay Idriss cannot boast large numbers of visitors. Nevertheless, in recent years tourists seem to have discovered the qualities the town has to offer.Moulay Idriss el Akbar: The spiritual leaderSituated on Mount Zerhoun, Moulay Idriss Zerhoun owes its name both to the mountain and to its founder, Moulay Idriss el Akbar, a sixth-generation descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. Today, he enjoys the status as Morocco’s most revered wali (spiritual guide/ protector).  In the late 8th century Moulay Idriss left the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to escape the Baghdad-based Abbasid caliphate. He fled all the way to Volubilis in Morocco, where he settled down and spread the religion of Islam by converting the local population. He is now considered to be the founder and leader of Morocco’s first Islamic dynasty, called the Idrisid dynasty, which he ruled from 788 to 791. After Nekor, Barghawata, and Midrar, it was the fourth Muslim state in Morocco. Morocco’s MeccaSome Moroccans say that poor believers can refrain from undertaking the Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, by making a pilgrimage (or five or six pilgrimages—it depends on who you ask) to Moulay Idriss. In the Arabic Maghreb, these are regarded as a favorable alternative. However, the pilgrimages should take place during the annual festival dedicated to the wali.Each year in August, Morocco witnesses its largest “Moussem,” a religiously-motivated pilgrimage common in the Maghreb and undertaken in honor of a wali. Thousands of faithful Moroccans make the spiritual expedition to Moulay Idriss every year.The pilgrim’s specific destination is Moulay Idriss’ tomb, the town’s core. As the mausoleum is a sacred place, non-Muslims are not granted access.From a strictly Muslim to a more liberal townFor centuries, Moulay Idriss has succeeded in secluding itself from the outer, non-Muslim world. The ban on non-Muslim tourists staying overnight, which lasted until 2005, surely contributed.King Mohammed VI loosened the ban by decreeing that all visitors could enter the holy town. The move came within the scope of the King’s Western-Moroccan friendship plan and aimed to make Moulay Idriss better known in the Western world.Considering the popularity the town enjoys among Moroccans, it is curious that Moulay Idriss has remained largely isolated for so long and that a more liberal approach towards tourism did not happen earlier. Authentic aura attracts touristsThe fact that non-Muslim tourists were only allowed so recently helped to preserve the town’s charm. This is one of the advantages Moulay Idriss now offers to tourists. Although the town is currently witnessing an increase of foreign visitors, who often also stay overnight at one of the many newly founded accommodations, the number of visitors is nonetheless still not overwhelming.Its remote position away from the major tourist hubs allows visitors to see Moroccan life undistorted by Western or other foreign influences. But one must walk through the streets of this small and yet so graceful Moroccan town in order to understand what makes Moulay Idriss so special. read more

EU asks Italy to explain failure to reduce debt

MILAN — The European Commission has sent the Italian government a letter asking it to clarify why the eurozone’s third-largest economy has not made sufficient progress in reducing debt.A European Commission spokesperson confirmed that Wednesday’s letter from EU Finance Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis and EU Economic Commissioner Pierre Moscovici asks for a response by the close of business Friday.Italy’s public debt is over 132% of GDP, far above the EU’s 60% limit.The country won EU approval for its 2019 budget only after reducing the deficit to acceptable levels. But public finances are back in the spotlight since right-wing populist leader Matteo Salvini’s strong European parliamentary election victory emboldened him to announce new measures that will increase next year’s budget deficit on top of his ongoing challenge of fiscal rules.The Associated Press read more

Cambodia UN envoy calls sentences for labour leaders murder grave injustice

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court in 2005 sentenced Born Samnang and Sok Sam Ouen to 20 years imprisonment for the murder of trade union leader Chea Vichea, but Special Representative of the Secretary-General for human rights in Cambodia Yash Gai said the prosecution had failed to present credible evidence linking the two men to the murder, adding also that the trial had violated international human rights standards.“The upholding of the conviction against Born Samnang and Sok Sam Ouen, despite fresh witness statements and other strong exculpatory evidence, along with the failure to observe minimum guarantees for fair trial throughout the process, is a grave injustice and underlines already existing concerns about judicial independence, the rule of law and continuing impunity in Cambodia,” Mr. Gai said in a statement on ThursdayHe also reiterated his calls for a thorough, impartial and credible investigation into the murder and for the prosecution of those responsible. 13 April 2007The United Nations human rights envoy for Cambodia has expressed deep regret over yesterday’s decision by an Appeal Court to uphold the conviction of two men for the murder of a union leader, describing it as a “grave injustice” that underlines “continuing impunity” in the country. read more

Animal research critic will speak at Brock

Ray GreekA medical doctor and anti-vivisection activist will speak at Brock on Sept. 17.Ray Greek, a critic of animal research who used to experiment on animals, will speak about animal research at Pond Inlet from 7 to 9 p.m. Greek is president of the California-based not-for-profit Americans for Medical Advancement.Greek has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and the Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.He and his wife Jean Swingle Greek have written three science books on the topic of attempting to extrapolate the results of animal experiments to humans. Those books are Sacred Cows and Golden Geese, Specious Science and What Will We Do If We Don’t Experiment on Animals?His most recent books include Animal Models in Light of Evolution, which is written for people with scientific backgrounds, and FAQs About the Use of Animals in Science, which is written for non-scientists.The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Department of Sociology. read more

Afghanistan UN food agency presses on with deliveries to prevent hunger in

“Within the first six days of November, WFP has been able to send more than 15,000 tonnes of food into Afghanistan,” spokesman Khaled Mansour told reporters in Islamabad. “We are more hopeful every day that we can reach our target of bringing in 52,000 tonnes per month into this country.”He said that last month, the agency had delivered over 3,000 tonnes of food for some 300,000 internally displaced persons living in camps in the drought-plagued western region of Afghanistan. Since the beginning of November, WFP has sent about 6,000 tonnes of food to the western province of Herat from Quetta, Pakistan. “This is a third of the monthly needs of the western region,” Mr. Mansour explained. While expressing optimism that WFP would reach its food delivery goals in the western region, the spokesman said numerous difficulties persisted. “Up until 11 September, WFP staff would travel in double convoys with constant radio communication to reduce the risk of attack, but now that radio communication is restricted and some vehicles have been commandeered, it is impossible to operate in these insecure areas,” he said. read more

UN and World Bank to issue two reports on bleak state of

Exploring the devastation in the West Bank’s productive sectors, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, will discuss results from a report entitled: “The Impact of Closure and other Mobility Restrictions on Palestinian Productive Activities.” It includes micro-economic analysis and numerous case studies about the impact of the crisis on firms and families.The World Bank study, “Two Years of Intifada, Closures and Palestinian Economic Crisis,” complements the UN report by providing a major macro-economic analysis of the conflict. The Bank’s Director for the West Bank and Gaza, Nigel Roberts will present it.

Twitter follows up IPO tweet with a treatise that reveals companys opportunities

Twitter follows up IPO tweet with a treatise that reveals company’s opportunities, challenges SAN FRANCISCO – Twitter, a privately held company built on blurbs, has finally laid itself bare in documents that read more like a treatise than a tweet.The roughly 800-page filing Twitter Inc. released late Thursday on its way to an eagerly anticipated IPO contains tantalizing tidbits about its growth and its attempts to make money from its influential short messaging service.The suspense surrounding Twitter’s IPO was heightened by the company’s decision to take advantage of a law passed last year that allows companies with less than $1 billion in annual revenue to keep their IPO documents under seal until management is ready to make formal presentations to investors.With Thursday’s lifting of the veil, Twitter can start pitching investors during a so-called “road show” as early as Oct. 24. The San Francisco company’s stock could begin trading under the ticker symbol “TWTR” before Thanksgiving.Here are five key details revealed in Twitter’s tome:—TWITTER’S GOT GROWTH TO GET EXCITED ABOUTAfter Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in March 2006, the company didn’t even try to make money for its few years. Instead, management focused on attracting more users and making the service more reliable.Twitter’s patient approach is paying off. Since former Google executive Dick Costolo became Twitter’s CEO in 2010, the company’s annual revenue has soared from $28 million to $317 million last year. Through the first half of this year, Twitter’s revenue totalled $254 million, more than doubling from last year. If Twitter maintains that growth pace through the second half, the company’s revenue will surpass $656 million this year.Twitter gets 87 per cent of its revenue from advertising. The rest comes from licensing agreements that give other companies better access to the flow of activity on its service.Meanwhile, Twitter ended June with 218 million users, up from 30 million in early 2010. More than three-quarters of those users, or 169 million people, are located outside the U.S. Twitter is growing fastest in Argentina, France, Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.—BUT THE COMPANY ISN’T PROFITABLEIt takes more than cultural heft to build a business, as Twitter is learning. The company has suffered uninterrupted losses of $419 million since its inception. Twitter can afford the losses because it has raised $759 million from investors. The company still had $375 million in the bank at the end of June and hopes to raise at least $1 billion more in its IPO.But Wall Street won’t tolerate losses for long, and it may be a while before Twitter turns a profit.Twitter’s losses widened during the first half of this year to $69 million, up from $49 million in the same period last year. In contrast, both Facebook and LinkedIn were profitable when they went public.—COMING UP… MORE ADSTo make money, Twitter will likely get more aggressive about showing ads. In the three months ending in June, Twitter generated revenue of $139 million, or an average of just 64 cents per user. In contrast, Facebook generated second-quarter revenue of nearly $1.2 billion, or an average of $1.58 per user, while LinkedIn posted revenue of $364 million, or an average of $1.53 per user.As Twitter cranks up its marketing machine, it runs the risk of alienating an audience accustomed to seeing relatively few ads in their news feeds. Beyond the U.S., Twitter is gearing to expand its advertising efforts in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.—TWITTER’S MORE “MOBILE” THAN FACEBOOKTwitter appears tailor-made for an age of increasing reliance on smartphones and tablet computers. Three-fourths of Twitter’s users already use the service on mobile gadgets. Perhaps more important to investors, the company sells 65 per cent of its ads on smartphones and tablets. Facebook gets 41 per cent of its ad revenue from mobile devices.—ITS MARKET VALUE COULD BE AS HIGH AS $20 BILLIONTwitter hasn’t set a price target for its IPO yet, but its documents contain some clues about its recent market value. The company’s stock last sold in a privately arranged swap nine months ago at $17 per share. That deal implied Twitter had a market value of $10 billion to $11 billion at the time. Last month, Twitter priced some of its employee stock options at $20.62, based on a third-party appraisal of the company’s value.Some analysts predict Twitter will seek $28 to $30 per share in its IPO. If those projections pan out, Twitter will have a market value of $17 billion to $20 billion, including stock options and restricted stock likely to be converted into common shares after the IPO. Facebook made its stock market debut with a market value of more than $100 billion, but its stock plummeted before making resounding comeback this year. by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Oct 4, 2013 11:39 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more