Ramzan ceasefire a beginning, join talks, Mehbooba tells separatists

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said the “Ramzan ceasefire” was the beginning of engagement with all stakeholders, and asked the Hurriyat for “a positive response.”“With this [ceasefire] we have made a beginning. Now the onus lies on all other political parties to contribute positively towards this peace project. I appeal to Hurriyat to step forward and start talking if they want to save Kashmir from this morass,” said Ms. Mufti at the Peoples Democratic Party’s convention in Srinagar.Describing Kashmir “as a political problem,” Ms. Mufti said, “The solution to the problem cannot be achieved through military means. Only a peaceful engagement can usher in peace, reconciliation and resolution of issues. The whole country looks up to the leadership in Kashmir to rise to the occasion and take benefit of the opportunity offered by this historic decision of the Centre”.On the spate of grenade attacks, she said, “Gun or grenade attacks achieve nothing. Despite the unilateral ceasefire, there are grenade attacks. They do not see that civilians are getting killed, they do not see that Army or CRPF jawans have come from far-flung areas for their bread and butter, what will this achieve?”She promised to open up more historic routes of Kashmir to the outside world if “peace is maintained here.”Referring to fresh ceasefire violations on the International Border in Jammu, the Chief Minister said Indo-Pak friendship was in the best interests of the State.“Even the arch rivals North Korea and South Korea are now meeting to sort out issues, why can’t we?” she added.last_img read more

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Distant galaxy forged 315 sun-sized stars per year

first_imgDespite its small size, a galaxy 11.5 billion light-years from Earth was once a powerhouse of star formation, a new study suggests. The distant galaxy, known as SDP.81, forged the equivalent of 315 of our suns each year in an era when star formation was at its maximum in the universe. This compares with just three new sun-sized stars per year in today’s Milky Way, the diameter of which is about 15 to 20 times that of SDP.81. Researchers estimated the rate of star formation by measuring far-infrared wavelengths of light emanating from the distant galaxy. Through a process called “gravitational lensing,” the image of the distant galaxy, which appears as a smudged ring of light, is magnified about 17 times the size it would normally appear from Earth. A massive galaxy that lies in between SDP.81 and Earth is what creates the lensing effect, but it doesn’t appear in the image because it isn’t bright in far-infrared wavelengths. Researchers then used computer software to unwarp SPD.81’s smudge and, for the first time for such a distant galaxy, discern small areas of intense star formation, some less than 150 light-years across. SPD.81 contains three regions of enhanced star formation (depicted in red and orange), according to researchers, who will present their findings in an upcoming article in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. SPD.81 may be a rotating disk of stars seen edge on, the team suggests, or it could be the result of the merger of two smaller galaxies.(Credit for linked PDF: Rybak et al., MNRAS [2015])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(*)last_img read more

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AIMIM makes inroads in north Maharashtra

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena retained most of their seats in north Maharashtra, with a few notable exceptions. But the alliance’s win in 19 of the 36 seats in the region fell short of its 2014 tally by three seats. One of the biggest upsets for the BJP was in Muktainagar in Jalgaon where Rohini Khadse, daughter of veteran leader Eknath Khadse, lost to Chandrakant N. Patil, an Independent, by a margin of 1,957 votes. One of the strongest OBC leaders in the State, Mr. Khadse, who won the seat for six consecutive terms, was denied a ticket this time due to his alleged involvement in a land scam. He was the revenue minister in the Cabinet, before being forced to quit. The BJP also lost its seats in Dhule city, Malkapur and Raver. Meanwhile, in an otherwise successful election for the NCP, Nandgaon proved a sore point as two-time sitting MLA Pankaj Bhujbal lost to the Sena’s Suhas Kande by a margin of 13,889 votes. Incumbent NCP MLAs in Erandol and Baglan also lost their seats to the Sena and BJP respectively. The party however, won five seats, including Sinnar and Devlali, where it beat sitting Sena MLAs.The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) was probably the biggest gainer in the region, winning two key constituencies. Mohammad Khalique beat sitting Congress MLA Aasif Rasheed in Malegaon Central, while Faruk Shah won against Independent candidate Rajwardhan Raghujirao in Dhule City by 3,307 votes. These were also the party’s only wins. The incumbent MLA from Dhule City, Anil Gote, was fighting as an Independent and polled an impressive 42,432 votes against Mr. Shah, who won 46,679 votes.Mr. Gote had resigned as MLA protesting BJP minister Girish Mahajan’s alleged authoritarian behaviour.last_img read more

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Assam CEE 2016 results declared: Check your scores at ceemedu.org, dibru.ac.in

first_imgThe results of Assam CEE (Combine Entrance Examination) 2016 have been announced today, June 8, at 9 am by Dibrugarh University. The exam was conducted on May 14 and 15 for those who are seeking admission into engineering and medical courses of the colleges situated in the Assam state.All those candidates, who had appeared for the same, may check out their scores at the official website, ceemedu.org  . Earlier, the results were scheduled to be released around June 15, but the same have been announced earlier. Over 30,000 candidates had appeared for the paper.(Read: SBI PO 2016 Prelims admit card to be available for download from June 14 at sbi.co.in) The exam was conducted on May 14 in two shifts and on one shift on May 15. The qualified candidates will now be called for counselling. CEE for medical aspirants was cancelled and re-scheduled for July 16 and 17.Steps to download the resultLog on to the official website, ceemedu.orgEnter your roll number and courseClick on submitYour result will be displayed on the screenDownload the same and take a printout for future reference.About Dibrugarh UniversityThe university was established in 1965, under the provisions of Dibrugarh University Act, 1965 enacted by the Assam Legislative Assembly. With various teaching departments, the university is imparting higher education in the various branches of learning in arts, commerce, engineering, medical, pharmaceutical sciences, law, science & technology, computer sciences, management, sports and teacher Training. Read: UP TGT PGT Exam 2011: Download Admit cards now at www.upsessb.org Read: HTET Level 3 2014-2015 (PGT): Admit Cards released at www.bseh.org.in advertisementFor information on more upcoming exams and results, click here.last_img read more

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Mumbai City FC retain winger Sony Norde for ISL

first_imgThe Mumbai City FC franchise on Tuesday announced the retention of Haitian winger Sony Norde for the third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament.Norde recently played for his country in the Copa America Centenario tournament. Haiti were eliminated in the first round. He has represented his country 21 times.Norde was loaned to Mohun Bagan after last year’s ISL, helping the club to a Federation Cup triumph. He was also named the 2015-16 I-League season’s best player for Mohun Bagan.The 26-year-old scored three goals and created three during his debut ISL season last year.Norde said in a release, “I’m glad to have signed with Mumbai City FC again. I can’t wait to get back to training with the team and meeting the fans.”Team co-owner Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor said, “We’re delighted to have Sony back. He’s been one of our best players and is coming off a great season in the I-league as well. He was one of the first names that we wanted back and are glad to have him wearing our colours.”last_img read more

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Panathinaikos Rips Armani, 73-57

first_imgATHENS – Panathinaikos’ hoopsters, growing in confidence, have advanced into the second group stage of the Euroleague after a 73-57 home pounding of Armani Milano, setting the stage for upcoming contests that will likely prove to be tougher.Panathinaikos, coming off an improving performance in the Greek domestic league, ran away with this one from beginning to end and never trailed, delighting some 15,000 fans in the Olympic Sports Hall, a bigger turnout than in games earlier in the year as the team struggled.The Greens led 20-14 after one period and 38-31 at the half but the game wasn’t as close as the score. In the second half, strong rebounding and a tight defense choked the Italians hopes as the winners led by 20 at the end of the third, 62-42, removing any doubt about the outcome.Stephane Lasme, from Gabon, again led Panathinaikos, this time with 11 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and displaying an unrelenting passion that the team had lacked.James “Airlines” Gist, out of the University of Maryland, was the top scorer for the Greens with 12 points while Roko Ukic added 11 and Captain Dimitris Diamantidis equaled his personal record with 11 assists.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Report: Phil Jackson Will Be At Tonight’s Ohio State Game, Presumably To Scout D’Angelo Russell

first_imgThe Lakers logo on the Staples Center jumbotron.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 28: A moment of silence is observed in honor of Philip “Flip” Saunders’ passing before the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on October 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Update: Phil Jackson is in the building. In attendance tonight – One of the greatest coaches of all time…alongside Phil Jackson  #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/QfvIDzSYea— OSU BASKETBALL (@OhioStateHoops) February 26, 2015New York Knicks President Phil Jackson is at the Schottenstein Center to watch the Buckeyes and D’Angelo Russell. pic.twitter.com/CnhSXGTvhr— Lantern TV (@LanternTV) February 26, 2015Earlier: The New York Knicks have the worst record (10-46) in the NBA and are one of several franchises in tank mode as they attempt to secure the best possible odds for the 2015 NBA Draft lottery. If the Knicks do end up with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, the common opinion is that they will select Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor, but there are other possible candidates. One prospect who might be worthy of the top pick is Ohio State playmaking freshman guard D’Angelo Russell. The 6-foot-5 Russell is having a monster season in Columbus, and Knicks team president Phil Jackson is reportedly going to watch him play tonight against Nebraska. Word from the Schott that some dude named Phil Jackson will be in the house…Gee…wonder who he’s scouting?— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyWTVN) February 26, 2015 Jackson has to cover all of his bases. The Knicks need a lot of help, and can’t afford to bungle their lottery selection, no matter where they will pick. Either Russell or Okafor would be a win for a franchise in dire need of them.last_img read more

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Oklahoma Columnist Says This Is How Sooners Should Handle Next Round Of Realignment

first_imgThe Oklahoma Sooner Schooner carries the American flag on the anniversary of September 11 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 11: The Oklahoma Sooner Schooner carries the American flag on the anniversary of September 11 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Conference realignment has died down a bit… for now. There will always be hypothetical situations brought up for big schools. Recently, the Pac-12 was a main focus, after a Dennis Dodd CBS Sports piece outlined some of the league’s big issues.The conference that has seemed at the highest risk of being poached, at least over the last few years, has been the Big 12. Much of that speculation centers on Oklahoma. The Sooners are one of college football’s preeminent powers, and could probably fit into any of the other Power Five leagues.A few years back, there were rumors of OU being a candidate to break off and head to the Pac-12. There’s been a ton of speculation about the SEC as well, as you’d expect.However, nothing is imminent, as far as anyone knows. The Big 12 has a grant of rights in place until 2025, so that is probably when another round would happen, as far as teams leaving is concerned.And in seven years, there is no guarantee that leaving the Big 12 would be the right move for the Sooners anyway. For The Oklahoman‘s Barry Tramel, the reason is simple: on the athletic fields, Oklahoma teams are thriving.Earlier today, Tramel argued that Oklahoma should stick around when conference realignment rears its head once again.Football is king, and OU football has made the four-team playoff twice in the last three years, and the transition from Bob Stoops to Lincoln Riley seems to have, if anything, invigorated the Big 12’s flagship program.It’s easy to make the compelling case that OU athletics are in better shape than they’ve ever been, from on-field success to financially to elite coaches on campus to administrative know-how. Heck, the Big 12’s even climbing the food chain. The Pac-12 has replaced the Big 12 as the conference that seems most shaky.Football is doing well, basketball has been in the spotlight more in recent years with stars like Buddy Hield and Trae Young, and the non-revenue sports are all thriving. For his piece, Tramel spoke to school president David Boren, in his last few weeks before retirement,  who echoed similar sentiments.“I hope it’s going to be long-lasting,” OU President David Boren told me this week. “If I had to make an educated guess either way, I would guess it will be … financially we’re doing extremely well. We’re certainly thriving in the Big 12.”Like most things in college athletics, this will ultimately come down to economics. Right now, though, the Big 12 seems in a steadier place than it has in a while, and Oklahoma is largely to thank for that.[The Oklahoman]last_img read more

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Weihai Samjin to Build Chemical Pair for Ocean Tankers

first_imgzoom China’s Weihai Samjin shipyard has signed a contract with Singapore’s shipping company Ocean Tankers for the construction of two 11,000 dwt chemical tankers, China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI) said. As informed, the two IMO-II oil tankers were the first alternative orders for the construction of 4 + 2 + 2 + 2 ships placed by Ocean Tankers at the abovementioned shipyard last year.The exact prices of the two new ships were not announced, however, last year, Ocean Tankers’ four vessels were priced at USD 18 million each, according to CANSI.The newbuilding type is a Class II chemical tanker designed by Shanghai Oudeli Design. It has a length of 139.98 meters, a width of 20.2 meters, a depth of 10.08 meters, a draft design of 7.20 meters and a design speed of 13 knots.The vessels will be used for the transportation of refined oil and chemicals.Ocean Tankers’ ships will be classed by classification society ABS.last_img read more

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Man drunk and speeding before crash that killed BC Mountie Crown

first_imgCOLWOOD, B.C. – A man who sped his truck through a red light and rammed a RCMP cruiser, killing the officer inside, had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, the Crown said Wednesday.Crown attorney Tim Stokes told Kenneth Fenton’s sentencing hearing the man’s truck was estimated to be going as fast as 90 kilometres an hour in a 50-kilometre zone when it entered the intersection and slammed into Const. Sarah Beckett’s vehicle in April 2016.Stokes told the court, Fenton, 29, had been drinking beer and was distraught over the recent suicide of a friend. He refused to provide a breath or blood sample, but police obtained a warrant within an hour of the crash to analyze blood taken from Fenton while he was at the hospital, the court heard.Fenton’s blood-alcohol reading was .287 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, Stokes said. The legal blood-alcohol limit is .08.The Crown is seeking a sentence of between three and five years in prison. Defence lawyer Dale Marshall said an appropriate sentence would be three years in prison.Stokes said the court must consider Fenton’s level of impairment and vehicle speed in the sentence.“He was quite oblivious to the fact he was entering an intersection where the light was red,” he said.Marshall said Fenton pleaded guilty almost immediately and will address the court to express his remorse.Fenton’s sentencing hearing was expected to be completed Wednesday, but it was adjourned late Wednesday until July 6 to set another date to for the hearing to continue.At the time of the crash, Fenton’s truck was being followed by another RCMP vehicle after that officer noticed the tail lights were out, Stokes said.He described the crash as an explosion of glass and smoke to a full courtroom in Colwood, B.C., as people sitting in the gallery held tissues and wiped away tears.Stokes said the truck hit Beckett’s vehicle on the driver side and an autopsy determined Beckett’s death was caused by blunt force trauma.He said a witness at the accident scene reported hearing Fenton say “one stupid decision.”Fenton pleaded guilty last month to charges of impaired driving and dangerous driving causing the death of Beckett, a mother of two boys who had recently returned to the West Shore RCMP detachment from maternity leave.Beckett’s husband, Brad Aschenbrenner, read his victim impact statement to the court.His hands shook and his voice was low and cracked at times when he told the court about losing the love of his life and the mother of their young sons, Lucas and Emmett.The hardest thing after his wife’s death was telling six-year-old Lucas “mommy wasn’t coming home,” Aschenbrenner said.His youngest son was two years old when his mother died and “will have no memory of her at all,” he added.He said the family tries to celebrate Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving, but “there’s always the undercurrent of sadness and loss.”He has not been able to work, and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, he said.Aschenbrenner said he left his family in Idaho to come to Canada to be with Beckett. He is scheduled to get his Canadian citizenship at a ceremony on Friday.In a written victim impact statement submitted to the court, Beckett’s mother, Gurcharn Beckett said she is haunted by her daughter’s cruel and sudden death.“I wonder did she see death rushing at her? Did she have a moment?”last_img read more

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Romaine lettuce particularly susceptible to E coli outbreaks

first_imgGrocery stores have pulled romaine lettuce off their shelves and many restaurants have stopped serving caesar salads after the leafy green has been linked to an E. coli outbreak for the third time in about a year.The lettuce is more susceptible to E. coli contamination partly because of how it’s grown, experts say, and its increasingly tarnished image could shake consumer confidence into not buying the salad green even after non-contaminated produce appears on store shelves and restaurant tables again.“Romaine lettuce is particularly susceptible,” said Keith Warriner, a University of Guelph professor. “In our own research, what we found is that E. coli likes romaine lettuce out of all the other lettuces we have.”There have been 19 confirmed cases of E. coli illness investigated in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick as of Wednesday, the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a public health notice. The sick range from five to 93 years old and most reported eating romaine lettuce before experiencing symptoms.People living in those provinces should avoid eating romaine lettuce for now, the agency said.In the states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ordered retailers and restaurants to stop selling the product. The strain infected 32 people across 11 states as of Tuesday, according to the agency’s most recent update.Warriner conducted a study that showed romaine lettuce extracts prompted E. coli out of a dormant state, which it can remain in for about a year in soil, and allowed it to flourish.Romaine’s increased susceptibility comes down to several factors, he said.The crop is mostly grown in Arizona and California, Warriner said, which is also cattle country. Irrigation water used on romaine fields can become tainted with bacteria from the animals. It doesn’t help that both states are quite hot and romaine lettuce already requires an abundance of water, he said.Certainly, other crops like spinach and kale are also grown in those areas under similar conditions, however those leaves are “tough as nails,” he said and can better withstand damage.The centralized production also means if an outbreak occurs, it becomes widespread as the product is sent all over Canada and the U.S., he said.Finally, washing lettuce at home doesn’t do anything, said Warriner, and “more likely re-contaminates than de-contaminates it.” Not to mention, the product is consumed raw, meaning cooking can’t kill off any bacteria.Recalls cause a lot of mistrust in consumer confidence in the food chain, said Katy Jones, chief marketing officer at North Carolina-based FoodLogiQ. The company offers technology that helps companies in the food industry track their supply chain and respond to recalls effectively.Some consumers complained on Twitter about consistently being told to throw out pricey packages of products containing romaine. Others said they’ve long since stopped buying the lettuce variety.It’s reminiscent of a 2006 E. coli outbreak linked to spinach, Jones said. In the U.S., 199 people were infected and three died, according to the CDC. Canada had at least one confirmed case.Some have speculated that incident led consumers to shun spinach in favour of kale, she said. The so-called superfood saw a meteoric rise with kale-devoted cookbooks containing recipes of chips and caesar salads made with kale bringing the food into the mainstream.But consumers tend to continue buying from companies that handle such recalls well, Jones said, meaning honestly and responsibly.“As opposed to some of these other types of recalls that we see where they drag on for weeks,” she said. “That’s what’s going to increase consumer confidence is if companies get ahead of the curve.” Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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WWE Teams Up With Drew Brees And Boys Girls Clubs For Kids

first_imgWWE will join forces with celebrities and professional athletes to launch Superstars for Kids, a global online auction benefiting New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees’ non-profit organization, The Brees Dream Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Clubs.Superstars for Kids is a part of WWE’s pro-social initiatives celebrating WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans.Beginning today, through a partnership with Charitybuzz.com, the online auction will feature unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with WWE Superstars, top athletes and Hollywood celebrities. Fans can visit www.Charitybuzz.com/WWE now through Tuesday, April 8 at 12:00 noon ET to bid on items. Current auction items include experiences with WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels, WWE Superstars Triple H and Daniel Bryan, Drew Brees, Michael Strahan, Anger Management’s Charlie Sheen, Jimmy Kimmel, Tyler Perry, Maria Menounos and many more.In addition to the auction, producer and star of the upcoming comedy A Haunted Mansion 2, Marlon Wayans, will join Drew Brees as one of the special guests at the Superstars for Kids red carpet party to help kick-off WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans. Wayans will lead a live auction at the party where additional once-in-a-lifetime experiences will be made available for bidding.“I can’t thank WWE enough for their support of The Brees Dream Foundation,” said Drew Brees, Quarterback, New Orleans Saints. “The funds raised will be used to support our ongoing global efforts to help improve the quality of life for Cancer patients and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.”“Boys & Girls Clubs is honored that WWE recognizes the value of our work, not only in New Orleans but on the Westbank and Northshore, and the deep need of our club kids and the tremendous impact membership has on their lives,” said Frank Sanchez, National Vice President, Sports, Entertainment & Alumni Development. “We are thrilled that Boys & Girls Clubs has been chosen as one of the beneficiaries for this year’s WrestleMania philanthropic activities and look forward to a long lasting relationship between WWE and our organization.”“WWE is committed to using the power of our brand to help improve the lives of children around the world,” said Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE. “We are proud to support two very worthy organizations that make such a significant impact on so many people.”Online auction highlights include: • Lunch with Charlie Sheen on the set of Anger Management • A chance to be in a Tyler Perry Studios Movie or TV Show • A Bullet Stratosphere Guitar Signed by Maroon 5 • Meet Jimmy Kimmel with 2 tickets and green room access to a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in LA • Meet & Greet with Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart at Hogan’s Beach in Tampa, FL • Lunch with Shawn Michaels and a backstage tour of Monday Night Raw • Meet WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin and be a part of his podcast • NXT Full Sail Experience with Triple H that includes lunch, behind the scenes tour and all access to NXT • Be a part of the “Yes Movement” and join Daniel Bryan during his entrance to the ring at a WWE Live Event • The Ultimate Drew Brees Experience including a meet & greet with the New Orleans Saints quarterback • Take over the court at The World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden!Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

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Education Minister English Will Not Replace French

Rabat – “French will remain the second language (after Arabic) in Moroccan public schools, at least throughout the next ten years,” said the country’s minister of education, Said Amzazi.During a press conference on Thursday in Rabat, Amzazi ruled out the possibility that English may soon replace French in schools. He said: “Everyone knows that science books are currently available in English more than French, and in French more than Arabic. But we teach in the French language.”Amzazi argued that if Morocco decides to embrace English textbooks while the country “possesses a human capital of teachers competent in French, it will face a shortage in qualified human capital that could not be alleviated for at least ten years from now.” Read Also: Low Standards in Moroccan Schools Puts Children’s Education at RiskInevitably, criticism followed Amzazi’s statements, as Moroccans took to social media to argue that English should be integrated into school curricula as the first foreign language because it is viewed as the “language of globalization.”French remains the dominant foreign language, owing to 44 years of French rule from 1912 to 1956. Many Moroccans believe that the dominance of the French language in Morocco is an unwanted leftover from French colonization, demanding a change.The two official languages in Morocco are Arabic and Tamazight (Berber).More Moroccan university students want to major in EnglishThe new generation of Moroccan youth, however, are showing more interest in English than French, evident by the number of students enrolling in the English department at Moroccan universities.The former head of the English Department at Mohammed V University of Literature and Human Sciences in Rabat, Hassan Belhiah, told Morocco World News that more students seek English degrees than any other at the humanities faculty. “We are the number one sought major. Because of that, we hold one or more diagnostic tests to select a reasonable number of students taking into consideration faculty-student ratio, class size, and available human resources,” he said.Belhiah said that in 2017, the faculty “administered two diagnostic tests to more than 1,000 students and selected 420.” Those not selected could choose another major.Read Also: Morocco’s Education Ministry Denies Neglecting Palestine in SchoolbookOn the other hand, Belhiah believes that the new students’ mastery of English is not as adequate as that of students from previous generations.“I believe that the new students are not as qualified compared to previous cohorts. Although most of them seem to speak English fluently and to be digitally literate, they have severe deficiencies in academic skills, especially in reading, writing, analyzing, and synthesizing,” he explained.Belhiah’s statements reflect a study by Education First’s (EF) 2018 English Proficiency Index, which indicated that Morocco’s proficiency is considered “very low.” The country ranked 60th out of 88 countries with a score of 48.10.‘Free education’ in Morocco equates feesIn regards to free education, Amzazi explained that the government guarantees “free education throughout compulsory school years.” However, the draft law only refers to  “free registration,” for primary, secondary, and high school. “Tuition fees” for university are not included.“Our goal is to help families with limited income with the registration fees which costs MAD 100 at the beginning of the school year.”Read Also: ONDH: Rural Moroccan Adults Have 2.2 Years of Education on Average“Inscription fees will be instilled in some majors of higher public education institutions,” an official at the Ministry of Education told Morocco World News.The payment may also include other costs in universities  and other establishments of higher education, as well as “qualifying teaching” in high schools.Amzazi revealed that the government’s new “emergency program” has improved the situation in some Moroccan universities by “enabling the expansion of university spaces to alleviate crowdedness.” read more

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UNbacked summit urges ceasefire in DR Congo access for aid workers

Fighting in the eastern province of North Kivu between Government forces (FARDC) and the National Congress in Defence of the People (known as the CNDP), a militia led by former general Laurent Nkunda, has displaced as many as 252,000 Congolese in recent months. Today’s summit, hosted by the African Union (AU), brought together DRC President Joseph Kabila and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, which borders North Kivu, as well as the leaders of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and South Africa. In a joint statement issued after the meeting, the heads of State called for “an immediate ceasefire by all the armed men and militia in North Kivu.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – who attended the summit along with his newly-appointed Special Envoy Olusegun Obasanjo and his Special Representative in the DRC, Alan Doss – made a similar call, urging all the militias to stop the fighting and resolve their issues through dialogue. “They must think about the future of their own country and people in the region,” he told reporters after the meeting. He also highlighted the need to deal with the “armed group challenge” in order to end the crisis in the DRC, in his address to the summit earlier today. “For far too long, peace and security in your region has been threatened by armed groups, domestic and foreign, present on the soil of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They have been operating from there with impunity, aggravating strains between your countries and between your peoples,” he told the gathering. In their joint statement, the heads of State also called for setting up a humanitarian corridor throughout North Kivu so that the “humanitarian crisis and tragedy” can be addressed. They also called on the UN and all humanitarian agencies assisting those affected to “continue to sustain and increase their support.” The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that the total number of displaced in North Kivu since September is estimated to be 252,000 people, on top of the existing 800,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from previous hostilities. Today’s meeting also called on Mr. Ban to strengthen the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in the DRC, known as MONUC, and provide adequate resources to address the volatile situation. The 17,000-strong MONUC has been stretched to the limit in recent weeks trying to carry out its mandate to protect civilians amid the violence. Mr. Ban has requested the Security Council to authorize another 3,000 troops to boost the mission’s strength on the ground. Even as the summit was taking place, there were reports of heavy clashes between FARDC and CNDP in Kibati, which is about nine kilometres north of the North Kivu capital of Goma, leading to further displacements. Meanwhile, a preliminary fact-finding mission from MONUC visited Kiwanja, which is north of the town of Rutshuru, after receiving reports that several civilians were killed there during and after fighting between CNDP and PARECO/Mayi Mayi militia earlier this week. “It is clear that serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law were committed in Kiwanja between 4 and 6 November,” the mission said in a news release, adding that a more thorough investigation is required. 7 November 2008African leaders meeting at a United Nations-backed summit in Nairobi have urged an immediate ceasefire in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the establishment of a humanitarian corridor to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the recent crisis can get the assistance they need. read more

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UN helps train antiriot police officers ahead of Sudanese referendum

6 July 2010The United Nations has helped train some 200 anti-riot police officers in southern Sudan, which is preparing for next year’s referendum on whether it should secede from the country. During the three-day course late last month in Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile state, the officers – including 50 women – were trained in crowd control during riots and during peaceful demonstrations taking place before, during and after the plebiscite.The planned referendum on self-determination in the south is meant to be the final phase of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended a two-decade north-south civil war in the African country.The training was carried out by instructors from the UN Police (UNPOL) and Major General James Biel, Commander of Upper Nile state for the Southern Sudan Police Service (SSPS).The course “really boosted the morale of the participants,” said UNPOL Sector Commander Borys Yaschuk.For his part, Mr. Biel voiced optimism that the anti-riot officers will put what they learned into practice. “I hope they will do their duty in a good manner.”An additional 400 SSPS officers are set to receive referendum security training.In a related development, dozens of female police officers from both northern and southern Sudanese forces, as well as UNPOL, graduated from a 10-day course on sexual- and gender-based violence at the headquarters of the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) in the capital, Khartoum.Using role-playing activities and other interactive tools, the training aimed to help officers prevent and respond to reports of violence. It sought to enhance skills such as report-writing, community policing and problem-solving.“Now I will be able to conduct interviews related to rape cases,” said Martha Boyoy, a six-year SSPS veteran.“The course was an eye-opener,” said Cecilia Nzozo, a police officer serving with the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force in Darfur, known as UNAMID. “Now it’s our duty to deliver.” read more

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Turkish Foreign Minister in Colombo for talks next week

During the visit, the Foreign Minister will meet President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.Mevlut Cavusoglu will also have talks with International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema. (Colombo Gazette) Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is to visit Sri Lanka next week for talks with the Government, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said today.Mevlut Cavusoglu will be in Sri Lanka on June 14 and 15 on his first official visit to the country.

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NDP demands more details on Vales 1M plea bargain in deaths of

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s New Democrats demanded to know Wednesday why six of nine charges were dropped against mining giant Vale Canada Ltd. in connection with the deaths of two workers in a Sudbury mine.An inquest into the deaths of Jordan Fram and Jason Chenier at Vale’s Stobie Mine in June 2011, which was set to begin next month, was called off after the company agreed to pay a $1-million fine in exchange for reduced charges.The community waited a full year before the Ministry of Labour laid charges, only to see two thirds of them dropped just before the inquest, where people would have heard just what went wrong, said Sudbury New Democrat France Gelinas.“It was to be our day in court. That process had been expected by my community for a long time, and then a couple weeks before they come out with a fine,” said Gelinas.“We will never know exactly what was found, why were those charges laid in the first place, but the question that everybody has is who agreed to this plea bargain and who agreed to withdraw those charges.”Premier Kathleen Wynne told the legislature she didn’t have all the details of the plea bargain, but said more details of what caused the accident will come out in coroner’s inquests.“What I do know is that coroner’s inquests are automatic for all mining and construction fatalities, so there will also be a coroner’s inquest into these fatalities so that more answers will be available,” said Wynne. “I think those are the kinds of reviews that need to happen.”But Gelinas said there had been “hundreds” of coroner’s inquests over the past 30 years into fatal industrial accidents, but miners continue to die on the job in Ontario.“There are issues with safety in our mines that must be addressed,” she said.The $1-million fine against Vale is the highest ever levied in Ontario for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, added Wynne.The nickel mining giant pleaded guilty to three charges related to mine safety and was fined $350,000 for each count for a total fine of more than $1 million, plus a 25 per cent victim surcharge.The two men died from “massive crushing injuries and multiple blunt force trauma” from an uncontrolled run of muck, a combination of broken rock and ore, 900 metres underground.The Ministry of Labour said its investigation revealed that Vale Canada Ltd. — a wholly owned subsidiary of the Brazilian mining company Vale — failed to deal with water issues, leading to the deadly accumulation of wet muck clogging the mine.The United Steelworkers International union said the deaths of Chenier and Fram could have been avoided if Vale had not ignored ongoing problems with flooding in the mine.Gelinas said people in the northern community need more answers about the tragedy and the plea deal to drop most of the charges against Vale.“The plea bargain, maybe it was the right thing, maybe it isn’t, but it was all done behind closed doors,” she said. “So for a community that has been waiting to gain closure, we know those men, we know those families, people are grieving. People are suspicious and they think the worst.” by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 18, 2013 4:15 pm MDT NDP demands more details on Vale’s $1M plea bargain in deaths of two miners read more

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QuickList March inflation rate for selected Canadian cities

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 21, 2017 6:41 am MDT Last Updated Apr 21, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email QuickList: March inflation rate for selected Canadian cities Various vegetables are on display for sale at the Jean Talon Market in Montreal on January 11, 2016. The country’s annual inflation rate slowed to an unexpectedly weak 1.6 per cent last month as the continued decline in food prices played a big role in offsetting the higher cost of gasoline. The latest reading from Statistics Canada shows the pace of inflation decelerated from February’s year-over-year reading of two per cent, which was right on the Bank of Canada’s ideal target. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson OTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.6 per cent in March, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L.: 4.0 per cent (4.2)— Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.5 (1.3)— Halifax: 1.3 (1.5)— Saint John, N.B.: 2.8 (2.9)— Quebec: 1.0 (1.2)— Montreal: 1.0 (1.0)— Ottawa: 1.6 (2.0)— Toronto: 2.1 (2.4)— Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1.5 (1.8)— Winnipeg: 1.6 (2.3)— Regina: 0.6 (1.6)— Saskatoon: 0.6 (1.4)— Edmonton: 1.5 (2.5)— Calgary: 1.3 (2.1)— Vancouver: 1.7 (2.2)— Victoria: 2.2 (2.4) read more

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Syria UN official urges protection of children following reports of surge in

“The bloodshed in Syria continues and children pay a very high price in the ongoing fighting,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui. “All parties must immediately refrain from targeting civilian areas and take all necessary precautions to protect girls and boys.” Her office stated in a news release that more than 20 children were killed and numerous more injured in the past days due to airstrikes and other indiscriminate attacks on populated areas. Ms. Zerrougui expressed her concern about today’s explosions at the University of Aleppo, which, according to media reports, claimed the lives of some 80 civilians, and reminded all parties that the disproportionate and indiscriminate killing of children in the course of military operations can amount to war crimes.In a trip to Syria last month, Ms. Zerrougui engaged with State authorities and the armed opposition to better protect children. During her visit, the Syrian Government committed to cooperate with the UN in the monitoring of violations against children. More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which is now in its 23rd month and has left more than 2.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. read more

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Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 1 August 2014

DOWNLOAD1. UK government announces measures on driverless cars2. London Mayor calls for improvement on air quality3. All-Party Parliamentary Motor Group launches annual report4. London safer lorries consultation published5. Car clubs receive cash funding6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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