A wedding gift to reform alcoholic husbands

first_imgWhat would you gift a newly-married couple? Several options immediately come to mind. A Madhya Pradesh Minister, however, settled on an unusual present for nearly 700 brides on Saturday — a mogri or a wooden bat.The mogri is traditionally used to wash clothes. The Minister has advised the brides to use it on their husbands if they turn alcoholic or harass them. The mogri even bears the legend sharabiyon ke sutara hetu bhent; police nahi bolegi (gift for beating drunkards; police will not intervene).Gopal Bhargava, State Minister of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, gifted the bats during a mass marriage ceremony solemnised on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya in his hometown Garhakota in Sagar district. The Minister said he believed it was an apt present. “Whenever I visit rural or urban areas in my constituency, women complain about their husband’s drinking habit. They inform me that whatever little they earn is snatched away by their husband for alcohol. They are also subjected to physical violence,” he told PTI on Sunday.last_img read more

Expat wives: An opportunity to learn

first_imgMany of the expats in Pune are families or couples where the men moved for work and the wives and family came with them. Often, this means that the wives needed to leave their jobs because they don’t have Indian companies to sponsor them or to work for. For some women, this means a rare opportunity to enjoy themselves without the daily demands of their careers. For many others, it means boredom or a loss of a sense of accomplishment. As I’ve written before, many of us seek volunteer work, finding places where we can give our time to help others in need. Still others see this time as an opportunity to learn something new or perhaps pursue a degree.Read it at Pune Mirror Related Itemslast_img

Author Speak

first_imgWith disarming candor, Shobha Narayan says she doesn’t think of herself as a born writer. “Oh I wrote the odd poem as a school girl and published a few “middles” in the Madras edition of the Indian Express when I was in college,” she reveals.” But I honestly did not think of myself as a writer.” Author of the engaging and colorful food memoir, “Monsoon Diary,” Narayan discovered the world of writing when she enrolled in the graduate program at the Columbia School of Journalism. “I actually wanted a degree in acupuncture, “Narayan recollects. “But my husband wanted me to joinº Columbia. So I sent an application out to study acupuncture and my husband sent out an application to Columbia. The acupuncture application was rejected but I got accepted into the Columbia program, and that became my springboard into the world of writing.”The one-year intensive program not only honed her writing skills, it also opened up a world of contacts in the publishing world. After getting her master’s degree, Narayan had plans to become a hardworking reporter in a New York paper but the prospect of motherhood put paid to that plan. “My pregnancy was the reason why I decided to become a freelance writer,” she declares. “In fact, I’ve never held a full time job.” With two daughters, Ranjini, 6, and Malini, 18 months, Narayan is a full time mother with a flourishing freelance writing career in New York city. Her articles have been published in mainstream magazines such as, Gourmet, Saveur, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, and The New York Times. In 1999, Narayan sent in a 150-word essay to a competition in the food section of The New York Times. The topic of the essay was to describe an occasion when the author cooked a memorable meal. Narayan’s essay on how she made a typical South Indian vegetarian meal to convince her family to allow her to go to the US and study, was chosen by the then editor Ruth Reichl as the winner. When Reichl went on to become the editor of Gourmet magazine, she asked Narayan to convert that essay into a 2,500 word article and that article then went on to win the 2001 M.F.K. Fisher Award for Distinguished writing.“When I went to the awards ceremony, I was expecting my second daughter, “Narayan remembers. “I felt like a monk in the middle of an orgy. There was wine and lots of wonderful creations by the top chefs in the country but I couldn’t eat a thing.” That same month Narayan’s agent informed her that Random house had accepted her proposal to write a food memoir. It was not her first choice for a book. “I had been working on a novel for five years,” Narayan admits. “But it never took off and I finally had to accept that that was not where my strength lay.”Writing “Monsoon Diary,” took Narayan a year to finish. “I handed in my manuscript and delivered my baby last year.” she laughs. The title was suggested by her editor and Narayan says she fell in love with it. She visited India four times during the course of writing the book to conduct her research. “Although one does remember things from childhood, to actually revisit those old spots awakens all sorts of forgotten memories,” she says. Writing the book was a good discipline for her, Narayan states, because it gave her stamina and discipline to sit and write every day, “even on the days when there is no inspiration.”Working on the book also helped Narayan ‘s parenting skills. “My husband and I have a rule never to argue in front of our children. We don’t want them to be left with unpleasant memories. But what I learnt from writing this book was that children remember only the pleasant times. My family has had its share of disagreements but when I sat down to write about my childhood, what came back was all the laughter and the joyful times we shared as a family.”Her favourite Indian snack is samosa and when she is not in the kitchen concoting rasam which she admits “to making very often,” Narayan works on her next project, a first person account of the eternal immigrant dilemma of leaving one’s homeland andº yet being unable to leave it on an emotional level.Narayan says the Indian couples in her group invariably bring up the old debate about should one go back and live in India.º “Raising kids in America is tough,” Narayan points out. “For instance, if I have to go out somewhere, I have to first find a babysitter. In India, I would have just dropped my children with a relative. ” She strives to keep the idea of India alive in her home by the using sights, sounds and scents. “Iº surrounded them with silks and sandalwood and take them once a month to meet with friends where we listen and sing Carnatic music.” Nevertheless, eldest daughter Ranjini prefers pasta to Indian food but does love Maggi noodles. Other parents among her circle of Indian friends also face similar issues and listening to their discussions sparked Narayan to think about writing about their doubts and opinions. “This is my mileu. This is what I want to write about,” she adds.As her essays and food memoir has proved, writing about what one knows is the surest way to succeed.Shanti’s OlanAuthentic olan uses milk squeezed out of fresh, grated coconut. Powdered spices are not used in making olan – it relies only on green chilies for heat and curry leaves for piquancy – and so it contrasts with some of the other curries. Serves 21 cup white pumpkin, cubed; 1 cup orange pumpkin, cubed; 1 teaspoon salt; 2 green chilies, Thai or serrano, slit in half lengthwise; 1 cup cooked clack-eyed peas; 1 teaspoon coconut or other oil; 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk; 10 curry leaves.Simmer the pumpkin, salt, chilies, and 1/2 cup water in a 2-quart saucepan for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pumpkin is tender. Add the black-eyed peas, coconut oil, coconut milk, and curry leaves. Heat for a minutes and remove from the heat. Serve with ric  Related Itemslast_img read more

Sliding to fifth, Teng grateful to get picked by Alaska

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA And how fitting is it that the La Salle stalwart will start his professional career with the same franchise his dad Alvin last played for in 2002.“Everyone told me that in Alaska, they treat every one like family. So I’m happy that I’ll be part of the Alaska family here in the PBA,” the younger Teng said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, the 6-foot-2 swingman knows being in the top five also comes with its own sets of responsibilities, one of which is to fill the void left by the departure of gunslinger Dondon Hontiveros.“I’m up for the challenge. But I know that I have to start from zero and I have to work for my minutes. If I have to, then I’ll do it, I’ll work hard even more. I want to prove myself here in the PBA and that’s what I’ll do. I’ll put more work into it,” he said. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jeron Teng was picked fifth by Alaska in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJeron Teng falling to fifth in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft may have come as a surprise to some, but that’s the least of the 23-year-old’s concerns.“For me, it doesn’t matter when I was picked because I’m just happy making my dream to be a PBA player come true,” Teng, who was selected by Alaska, said. “Ever since I was young, I was looking to follow the footsteps of my dad. I’m happy that my name was called and went to a team that has a good reputation in Alaska.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Kershaw buries head in hands as Astros dump Dodgers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Teng is also excited to play with Calvin Abueva.“We know the kind of player he is, and if you see your star player giving that much energy, it’s going to be infectious. I’m very excited to play for him.”One thing’s for sure, Teng won’t have much adjustments to make in learning the Aces’ defensive schemes especially its full-court press having played for Aldin Ayo, who is also known for his relentless ball pressure, at La Salle.“We’re also pressing hard in La Salle, so I think if we do that here in Alaska, it won’t be new to me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Bihar road rage: JDU leader’s son Rocky Yadav arrested from Bodh Gaya

first_imgSon of JD-U MLC Manorama Devi, Rocky Yadav, who is the main accused in the Gaya road rage case was arrested from his father’s hot mix plant early Tuesday morning. Rocky had been on the run since Saturday. The police has now also recovered the murder weapon.What we know so far”After raiding many places, we got a lead that Rocky was in Bodh Gaya,” Gaya’s Senior Superintendent of Police Garima Mallik said. She said,”He has not surrendered, but has been arrested.”According to police Rocky has confessed to his crime.The arrest came after vigorous questioning of Manorama Devi on Monday night during which she maintained that her son was not in Bihar. However, police had this clue that Rocky was in touch with his mother.Gaya Police had arrested Rocky’s father Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav, aka Bindi Yadav, and Rajesh Kumar, the bodyguard of his legislator mother who was with him when the incident took place on Sunday.The incident took place in Gaya district on Saturday night while Aditya Kumar Sachdeva, son of a local businessman, was returning home from a birthday party along with his teenage friends. He succumbed when a bullet hit him following a scuffle with Rocky Yadav, son of JD-U MLC Manorama Devi, who was driving a sports utility vehicle (SUV) through the same route.Also ReadBihar teen shot dead by JD-U leader’s son for overtaking in Gayalast_img read more

Shuttler Kashyap loses passport in Amsterdam, seeks external affairs minister’s help

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 13 (PTI) Indian men’s singles shuttler Parupalli Kashyap has sought External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s help after he lost his passport in Amsterdam while travelling to Odense for the Denmark Open. The 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallist lost his passport in Amsterdam last night and is now stranded there. He is supposed to leave for Odense Sunday for the Denmark Open. He sought Swaraj’s intervention and also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. “Good Morning Ma’am, I’ve lost my passport at Amsterdam last night . I have to travel to Denmark Open, French Open and Saarloux Open,Germany . My ticket for Denmark is on Sunday, 14th October .I request help in this matter . @SushmaSwaraj @Ra_THORe @himantabiswa @narendramodi,” tweeted Kashyap. PTI SSC AHlast_img read more

Premier League: Manchester City thrash Burnley 5-0, Tottenham edge past West Ham

first_imgManchester City capitalised on Chelsea’s slip earlier in the day and went on top of the Premier League table with an easy 5-0 win over Burnley at the Etihad on Saturday.City, who are yet to be beaten in the league so far, took the lead in the 17th minute, when Sergio Aguero scored from close range after some clever pass from Leroy Sane and David Silva. The goal was Aguero’s seventh goal in as many matches against Burnley.City could have doubled their lead just before the half-time mark but City discard Joe Hart, produced a superb one-handed save to deny David Silva and Aguero missed the follow-up from point blank range.Burnley looked solid until the 54th minute, when they gifted City a second goal. Sane went down in the box and his appeal for a penalty was turned down but the Clarets stopped thinking that the spot-kick was given and David Silva passed to an unmarked Bernardo Silva, who scored an easy goal to give City a 2-0 lead.Two minutes later City put the game beyond Burnley when the visitors’ attempt to clear a corner fell to the Brazilian and he thumped the ball home from outside the box.City manager Pep Guardiola responded by bringing on Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who hasn’t played since the opening game of the season due to a knee injury, much to the delight of the home crowd.A superb curling shot from Riyad Mahrez into the top corner made it 4-0 seven minutes from the end and Sane turned in a late fifth.advertisementWEST HAM UNITED 0 – 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPURFULL-TIME West Ham 0-1 SpursErik Lamela’s third goal of the season is the difference in a tight contest at London Stadium and bumps Spurs up to third in the #PL table#WHUTOT pic.twitter.com/4fcapPj8rKPremier League (@premierleague) October 20, 2018Tottenham Hotspur secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over lowly London rivals West Ham United thanks to a deft first-half finish from Erik Lamela in their Premier League derby.Spurs took the lead just before the break with a glancing header from Argentine Lamela into the far corner of the net after a dribble and cross by Moussa Sissoko from the right.Tottenham had another chance before the break at a packed London Stadium but central defender Davinson Sanchez’s low shot was well blocked by West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.The home side almost equalised three minutes into the second period but Marko Arnautovic’s fine header from Aaron Cresswell’s cross was tipped over the bar by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.West Ham kept pressing and their lively Austria forward Arnautovic again tested Lloris on the hour with a rasping low drive but they could not find a way through the Spurs defence.The win takes Tottenham up to provisional third place with 21 points from nine games before Saturday’s late match, while struggling West Ham remain in 15th spot on seven pointsCARDIFF CITY 4 – FULHAM 2FULL-TIME Cardiff 4-2 FulhamCardiff fight back to claim their first #PL win of the season in a dramatic contest #CARFUL pic.twitter.com/gZ7F3VFPbJPremier League (@premierleague) October 20, 2018Promoted Cardiff City celebrated their first Premier League win of the season after coming from behind to beat Fulham 4-2 at home in a rip-roaring clash.The result enabled Cardiff to climb out of the relegation zone into 17th position on five points from nine games, leaping over Fulham on goal difference as the Cottagers dropped to 18th after their worst start to a top-flight season.Second-half goals from Callum Paterson and Kadeem Harris clinched it for Cardiff after Josh Murphy and Bobby Reid had overturned Andre Schurrle’s early opener for Fulham and Ryan Sessegnon had levelled for Fulham in a frantic opening period.Former Germany striker Schurrle fired the west London side in front with a superb individual goal before clinical finishing by Murphy and Reid turned the match on its head inside the opening 20 minutes.Sessegnon equalised with a composed finish before missing a pair of chances either side of halftime which ultimately proved costly for Fulham, the only Premier League side yet to keep a clean sheet this season.Paterson pounced on a half-cleared cross to put Cardiff back in front before late substitute Harris sealed the contest in the 88th minute, sliding in at the far post to tuck the ball past goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0 – 2 WATFORDFULL-TIME Wolves 0-2 WatfordTwo goals inside a minute in the first half from Capoue and Pereyra are enough to give the Hornets victory #WOLWAT pic.twitter.com/MyXDZWrxY5advertisementPremier League (@premierleague) October 20, 2018Wolverhampton Wanderers’ impressive campaign as Premier League newcomers hit a roadblock at Molineux when two goals in the space of 58 first-half seconds set Watford on the way to a deserved 2-0 victory.Wolves, fielding an unchanged side for a record ninth consecutive game as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side sought to improve the best start to a top-flight English season by any side for 10 years, once again began in assured fashion.Yet after 20 minutes the visitors, with effectively their first attack of the game, took the lead with a 30-metre Etienne Capoue strike.A side that had conceded one goal in seven previous league games suddenly let in two in the space of a minute when Roberto Pereyra, with the outside of his left foot, flicked the ball over Wolves keeper Rui Patricio from a narrow angle.With Wolves’ six-match unbeaten record in the league under threat – they had been looking to go seven games without defeat in the top flight for the first time in 44 years – the home side rallied after the break but rarely threatened Watford.It was a welcome tonic for Javi Gracia’s team who, after a bright start to the season, had not won any of their previous five league and Cup matches but now leapfrogged Wolves into seventh place in the table.NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 – 1 BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBIONFULL-TIME Newcastle 0-1 BrightonBrighton withstand some heavy second-half pressure from the hosts to take home all three points, with a deflection off Beram Kayal the only goal in the game#NEWBHA pic.twitter.com/KF22wIBrUfPremier League (@premierleague) October 20, 2018Newcastle United were left to rue a host of missed chances as a deflected goal from Beram Kayal gave Brighton and Hove Albion a 1-0 Premier League win at St. James’s Park.The defeat, Newcastle’s seventh in nine league games this season, left them bottom of the standings with two points. Brighton are 12th with 11 points.Brighton lost Glenn Murray early on after he appeared to be knocked unconscious in a nasty clash of heads with Newcastle defender Federico Fernandez. The striker had to be carried off on a stretcher and was replaced by Jurgen Locadia.Play resumed after a lengthy stoppage and the visitors took the lead in the 29th minute when Shane Duffy headed a corner back to Jose Izquierdo, and his shot from the edge of the box was deflected into the net by Beram Kayal.Newcastle should drawn level at the break but Yoshinori Muto sent his header over the bar from point-blank range after Jonjo Shelvey’s shot was parried into his path.Newcastle desperately searched for a second-half equaliser but their efforts were in vain and they slumped to a third league defeat in a row.BOURNEMOUTH 0 – 0 SOUTHAMPTONFULL-TIME AFC Bournemouth 0-0 SouthamptonA shut-out on the south coast as Bournemouth are held to a goalless draw by Southampton#PL #BOUSOU pic.twitter.com/J8VbrEMmQnadvertisementPremier League (@premierleague) October 20, 2018Bournemouth were held 0-0 by Southampton in the Premier League, with the stalemate maintaining their unbeaten record at home in all competitions this season.The Cherries started the game with more intensity than their opponents, but were unable to break down a staunch Southampton defence. Mark Hughes’ struggling side then grew into the contest.Saints’ Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg found striker Charlie Austin behind the Bournemouth defenders halfway through the opening period, but his touch let him down for what would have been a rare clear-cut chance.Hojbjerg then made an opening for himself after the hour mark by chesting the ball down and hitting a fierce volley. However, it was palmed away by goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.Shortly after, Nathan Ake had one of the best opportunities for the hosts but his header from a Ryan Fraser corner went straight at Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy.Both sides threatened in the closing stages but could not be separated at the final whistle to leave Bournemouth still flying high in sixth in the Premier League standings.Southampton, now without a win in five league matches, remain 16th and face Newcastle United at home next Saturday. Eddie Howe’s side travel to Fulham.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

10 months agoNottingham Forest boss Karanka: Mourinho’s greatest strength is…

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nottingham Forest boss Karanka: Mourinho’s greatest strength is…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka is full of praise for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.The pair worked together at Real Madrid.”His honesty,” Karanka told Mundo Deportivo.“With him, I clearly saw that it’s better to face a player, to say things as you see them. Other coaches promise things that they then don’t fulfil or create expectations that never come to pass.“It’s better to say things to a player as you see them and Jose always did it that way with them, looking for the best for the group, which maybe was not the best for the individual as a footballer, but it was the best for the group. He used to look to be fair.” last_img read more

Wastewater Request Approved

first_imgGovernment has authorized a request from Atlantic Industrial Services to dispose of another five million litres of treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater. The water will be used as a coolant in a kiln at the Lafarge cement plant in Brookfield and evaporated at 700 C. Like the pilot project approved last April, the wastewater will be treated for naturally occurring radioactive materials and put through reverse-osmosis. The treated wastewater meets Canadian Council of Environment Ministers and Health Canada guidelines for release into fresh water. Environment Minister Randy Delorey is pleased the pilot showed evaporation is a viable disposal solution for the province’s existing hydraulic fracturing wastewater. Atlantic Industrial Services will begin transporting the water, moving three to five truckloads of water per day, from the Debert holding ponds to the Lafarge cement plant this week. About 167 truckloads of water will be needed to complete the transfer. There are 10 million litres of wastewater remaining in two ponds at the Atlantic Industrial Services site. Triangle Petroleum has 20 million litres of wastewater remaining in two holdings ponds in Kennetcook, Hants Co. The wastewater in both areas is from high-pressure hydraulic fracturing that took place in 2007 and 2008. Results from the pilot are available at http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/pollutionprevention/pubs.asp .last_img read more

CBI repatriates officer probing Asthana case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation late on Wednesday night removed DIG Tarun Gauba from his post at the agency and repatriated him to his state cadre in Uttar Pradesh. Gauba was in charge of probing the corruption allegations levelled against former CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana. CBI Spokesperson Nitin Wakankar said that Gauba’s tenure of seven years at the central probe agency would have ended in October this year. The maximum deputation at the CBI is for seven years (five years plus up to two years of extension). “As per tenure policy, he could not have remained here for more than seven years”, he said. Wakankar added that Gauba had been selected for the coveted Fulbright Scholarship in the United States of America, which he has to attend from August 1, this year. Further, the CBI Spokesperson said that the repatriation comes on a personal request from Gauba himself. “He has been repatriated to his parent cadre, from where he will proceed to the scholarship programme,” Wakankar said.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,317.13, down 200.27points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 51 cents, or 3.88 per cent, to $12.62 on 25.7 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down 36 cents, or 1.79 per cent, to $19.70 on 18.1 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down 13 cents, or 3.29 per cent, to $3.82 on 17 million shares.iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF. (TSX:XIU). Financials. Down 34 cents, or 1.47 per cent, to $22.84 on 11.3 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Down three cents, or 4.05 per cent, to 71 cents on 10.7 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Gold. Up $1.43, or 9.53 per cent, to $16.44 on 9.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Discount Car & Truck Rentals Ltd. The car rental company is paying a $700,000 penalty after reaching an agreement with the Competition Bureau over misleading advertising about its prices. Following an investigation, the federal agency found that Discount advertised rental prices that were unattainable due to mandatory fees that were added during the purchasing process. Discount is the fourth vehicle rental company to conclude agreements to address so-call drip pricing, which has resulted in a total of almost $6 million in penalties.Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). Down $3.27 or 1.9 per cent to $166.72. The company opened its first brick-and-mortar space for the public Thursday. The Los Angeles location will showcase a small selection of merchandise that will only be available for purchase online. The Ottawa-based firm will use the spot to focus on building a community and helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.Foodora and 7-Eleven have partnered to offer delivery of the convenience store chain’s products in four major Canadian cities. Berlin-based Foodora says starting today customers in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton can order everything from Slurpees to condoms to medicine through its app and have them delivered. Milk, bread, fresh fruit and orange juice will also be on offer alongside treats like pizza, taquitos, chips, chocolate and ice cream.last_img read more

Morocco Portugal Sign 11 Agreements During 12th High Level Meeting

Lisbon – Eleven cooperation agreements were inked during the 12th session of the Morocco-Portugal High Level Meeting, held on Monday in Lisbon under the theme “Over 20 years of broad and ambitious partnership”.The signing ceremony was co-chaired by the Moroccan and Portuguese heads of governments Abdelilah Benkirane and Pedro Passos Coelho.A cooperation agreement on domestic security was signed by minister delegate for the interior Cherki Drais and Portuguese Interior ministry Anabela Rodrigues. A draft agreement was inked by tourism minister Lahcen Haddad and Portugal’s economy minister Antonio Pires de Lima to foster tourism cooperation, investment and tourist inflows.Another draft agreement between the Moroccan academy for diplomatic studies and Portugal’s diplomatic institute was signed by minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida and state secretary for Portuguese communities José Casario.The fourth agreement touches on youth and sports and was signed by urbanism minister Mohand Laenser and José Casario.Two memorandums of understanding related to transportation and sea routes were inked by equipment minister Aziz Rabbah and Antonio Pires de Lima.Another memorandum of understanding concerning the creation of a Portuguese Investment Observatory in Morocco and a similar one for Moroccan investments in Portugal was signed by industry minister Moulay Hafid El Alamy and Antonio Pires de Lima.A framework agreement on energy was signed by energy minister Abdelkader Amara and his Portuguese peer José Moreira Da Silva.The 12th High Level Meeting was also marked by the signing of three other agreements: a scientific cooperation agreement, a partnership agreement between the higher institute for maritime studies and the Escola superior Nautica and a cooperation agreement between Morocco’s Ports National agency and the Portuguese administration of ports of Dourou and Leixoes. read more

Young people present proposals to G8 leaders with UNICEFs help

7 July 2008Young people holding their own parallel summit to the current Group of Eight (G-8) meeting in Japan today presented their proposals for global development to the leaders of the world’s most industrialized nations, in an initiative led by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Nine young people – eight representing G-8 countries and one from the developing world – met face-to-face with leaders gathered for the annual high-level summit, which is being held in the Japanese mountain resort of Toyako, and presented recommendations revolving around three topics: climate change, poverty and development, and global health.The nine young people represented 39 participants in the J-8, or “Junior 8,” summit being held this week in Chitose City in Hokkaido, Japan, where they issued a statement called the “Chitose Declaration” after several months of preparatory work.“The J8 delegates… believe that it is imperative for G8 leaders to listen to the voices of young people,” the Chitose Declaration states. “Together let’s turn young people’s ideas into actions, and not just words.”The young people’s recommendations include establishing an international organization to evaluate products based on “Green Indexes” such as energy efficiency, waste management, packaging, and product composition, as well as having G-8 leaders sign a declaration prohibiting the provision of aid that is motivated toward political gain rather than the common good.In addition, they proposed supporting educational programmes on disease prevention, nutrition, sanitation and worldwide sexual education, while preventing governments from restricting access to contraceptives and health education. read more

Air Canada files challenge with federal regulator over Onexs WestJet takeover

MONTREAL — Air Canada has filed a challenge with the country’s transport regulator over WestJet Airlines Ltd.’s acquisition by Onex Corp.Canada’s biggest airline argues the $3.5-billion takeover would breach federal rules that limit foreign ownership of carriers.Toronto-based Onex entered into an agreement in May to pay $31 per share for WestJet, which would operate as a private company.Air Canada says in a letter to the Canadian Transportation Agency that co-investors in Onex — a private equity firm whose funds include cash from foreign investors — may come from outside the country. Federal legislation limits foreign ownership of a Canadian airline to 49 per cent, with a maximum of 25 per cent for any one foreign investor.Onex says it is pleased the deal has received approval from federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and the Competition Bureau.WestJet shareholders approved the proposed acquisition in July, with 92.5 per cent voting in favour. The same month, an Alberta court approved the deal, which Onex and WestJet expect to complete following further regulatory green lights later this year.Companies in this story (TSX:WJA, TSX:AC)The Canadian Press read more

UN refugee agency concerned at worsening security on SudaneseChadian border

Over a three-week period, the militia launched six raids on various refugee and Chadian communities close to the volatile frontier, stealing hundreds of head of cattle, some of them belonging to refugees, and killing a Chadian villager, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.Meanwhile, ongoing violence across the border in Sudan continues to drive Sudanese refugees into eastern Chad, the agency added. Chadian local authorities said that in one attack, Sudanese Arab militia torched six Sudanese villages just over the border from Borota. UNHCR staff in eastern Chad later witnessed thick smoke billowing from the burning homes, and interviewed 10 new refugee families who said they had fled the militia attack in which they had lost their homes.The cross-border incursions come amid escalating violence in Sudan’s Darfur region that has displaced nearly half a million people by some estimates. More than 65,000 others have fled over the border into eastern Chad.Hobbled by the prevailing insecurity and lack of travel permits from the Sudanese government, aid agencies have recently been unable to deliver urgently-needed supplies to the strife-torn region, raising fears that more people may decide to go to Chad in search of relative safety and assistance.For the past few years, the Darfur region in western Sudan has been the scene of a conflict pitting nomadic groups against sedentary agricultural people such as the Fur, Zaghawa and Masalit.Early this year, the Sudan Liberation Army – the military wing of the autonomist Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) – took up arms to protest against the perceived lack of government protection for the farming communities in Darfur. The government responded militarily. The conflict has heightened ethnic tensions between Sudanese of Arab origin and those of African origin in western Sudan. read more

Bank of Canada chief absolutely open to idea of woman on currency

Bank of Canada chief ‘absolutely open’ to idea of woman on currency next time by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2013 11:48 am MDT OTTAWA – Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says he is “absolutely open” to the idea of putting an identifiable woman back on Canada’s currency, but that will have to wait until the next roll-out of bills.The central bank has taken heat from women’s groups for removing the so-called Famous Five, relating to the Supreme Court case that recognized women as persons, from the $50 note in the most recent roll-out of polymer bills.Poloz acknowledges he had a weighty petition with 22,000 signatures plunked on his desk recently drawing his attention to the omission.The petition, organized by author and historian Merna Forster, has been signed by a number of luminaries, including author Margaret Atwood and actors Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Dale.“I really appreciate having the petition …. It’s impressive but we’re not going to change the notes tomorrow. But that will be a nice input to have in the next series,” Poloz said in an interview, adding that he found the arguments well-reasoned.“I’m absolutely open to the idea” for the future, he said.Canadian women may have to wait a few years, however, possibly as much as a decade. And there are no guarantees.Poloz says the process takes years and includes public consultations and focus-group testing to settle on a theme and the images to display the theme.In the current series, which cost $20 million to develop, the chosen theme was “frontiers” dealing with Canadian breakthroughs. He notes there are no images of recognizable men on the notes either, except for a few prime ministers. An image of the Queen, of course, is on the bills.It falls on Poloz to defend the new bills, even though their design was chosen under his predecessor Mark Carney, who has since received praise by announcing he intends to place a portrait of Jane Austen on the new British 10-pound note.“Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes,” Carney, now the Bank of England governor, said in a news release over the summer.Poloz unveils the last of the series — the $5 and $10 notes — on Thursday, with the lower denomination note bearing his signature.They feature former prime ministers Wilfrid Laurier and John A. Macdonald on the front, and the Canadarm and a train rolling through the Rockies on the back, respectively.“We’re pretty proud of them and actually the images are beautiful,” he said. “They really do represent things that Canada achieved.”“I know people may find (the lack of women) disappointing … but let’s think of that as the next big idea that’s landed on my desk for the next series.”The new $100 polymer note features an image of a female medical researcher peering into a microscope.Note to readers: This is a corrected story, a previous version wrong said a female researcher was peering into a telescope AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Sega first to get Adults Only Kinect game rating

first_imgSega has just been awarded a first in the UK where one of its games has been stamped with an Adults Only 18 rating by the British Board of Film Classification. Why is it a first? Because the game is exclusive to Kinect, making this the first hands-free adults only game for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 motion controller.The game in question is Rise of Nightmares, and from watching the trailer above you can see why it’s just for adults from the sound effects alone. The BBFC says the game has 45 minutes of cutscenes which are sure to be pretty gruesome if they awarded it the highest possible age rating.AdChoices广告In the game you will view things from a first-person perspective and use weapons including brass knuckles, knives, hatchets, and even chainsaws to keep zombies and monsters at bay. You play as an American tourist facing off against a mad scientist to get your wife back. Of course being a scientists he experiments a lot giving Sega freedom to throw all kinds of enemies at you. We’re thinking House of the Dead without the lightguns and a lot more movement on the player’s part.It all sounds thoroughly entertaining and makes me thankful for my over-18 status so I can play it.Let’s also hope this is just the first of many adult-themed games that push Kinect beyond fitness and family games. If that happens you may get some of the more hardcore gamers out there considering picking one up.Read more at CVGlast_img read more

Call of Duty Black Ops Annihilation DLC available now on Xbox Live

first_imgThe third map pack for Call of Dity: Black Ops, called “Annihilation,” is out now for the Xbox 360, and is available to download via Xbox Live. The same as with the previous two map packs, PS3 and PC gamers will have to wait a few weeks before they can get in on the action. The DLC includes four new maps and a zombie-themed level, just as the leak earlier this month implied.The Hangar 18 map takes place inside Area 51, where players will fight while pushing through the secret military installation toward experimental weapons labs, the famous “Skunk Works” hangar where the SR-71 Blackbird was tested, and ultimately through a medical facility that looks strangely like an autopsy room.The Drive-In map recreates a 1950s-style Drive-In movie theater, with open space near the screen and corner-cover combat around the refreshment stand and projector booth. Silo, predictably, puts players in an old Soviet-era nuclear missile facility that’s still armed, and Hazard takes place on a lush Cuban golf course with plenty of open spaces to snipe or be sniped and little cover.As with the other map packs for Call of Duty: Black Ops, there’s a zombie-themed level. This one is called Shangri-La, and drops players into a beautiful rainforest setting complete with ancient ruins, all of which are crawling with zombies. To boot, you’ll encounter different types of zombies: not just the slow, shambling types. You and your teammates will have to work together to survive and find your way out.Activision hasn’t said whether or not Annihilation will be the final DLC for Black Ops before the launch of Modern Warfare 3 this fall, but it’s very likely. The game will set you back 1200 Microsoft Points, or the equivalent of $15 USD. If you’re thinking of buying it, pick it up now, since July 1 will be the start of a double XP weekend on XBox Live, so all of your kills will be worth twice as much.last_img read more

Heres how the race for the 8 Champions Cup quarterfinal berths stands

first_imgAs it stands, Connacht, who are top of Pool 2, are in fifth but Pat Lam’s men face a trip to Toulouse next weekend, who are still harbouring hopes of qualification themselves.We can assume Wasps will pick up a bonus point win against Zebre, so the western province will need two points to keep Toulouse behind them.To advance to the quarter-finals, the Pro12 champions need to: Share12 Tweet Email1 By Ryan Bailey Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Monday 16 Jan 2017, 10:19 AM Follow us: the42.ie More to come from Munster but Erasmus proud they keep showing gritLam demands defensive solidity as Connacht go in search of more history in Toulouse As we know, Leinster and Munster both secured a place in the quarter-finals with victories over Montpellier and Glasgow respectively at the weekend.Leo Cullen’s side are currently the leading qualifiers, and top seeds, with 21 points but are the only team inside the top four to have an away game in the final round of fixtures. The eastern province travel to Castres on Friday night.Munster, meanwhile, welcome Racing 92 to Thomond Park and five points from that game would assure Rassie Erasmus’s men of a much-coveted home quarter-final.That would bring them to 25 points while defending champions Saracens could also reach that tally with a bonus point win over Toulon. Short URL Jan 16th 2017, 10:19 AM THE RACE TO qualify for the knock-out stages of the Champions Cup will come to a head next weekend when the group campaign concludes.There is still a lot of rugby to be played before we can pencil in the eight quarter-finalists but the picture is beginning to look somewhat clearer.The five pool winners will automatically take a berth, leaving three spots open for the best-performing runners-up. Win – and a victory with a bonus point would secure top spot in the pool.Draw.Deny Toulouse a try bonus and claim a losing bonus point.Claim both a losing bonus point and a try bonus.If the teams were to finish level on points in the pool, it would mean Toulouse have won more match points from the head-to-head encounters between the teams (Connacht claimed four points, and Toulouse a losing bonus in Galway in round one) and so the Top 14 side would advance on that basis.Ulster aren’t mathematically out of the running to progress either, but they’ll need something close to a miracle if they’re to extend their European campaign into spring.After yesterday’s defeat to Exeter, Les Kiss’s men must beat Bordeaux in Belfast with a bonus point to bring them to 14 points. It realistically won’t be enough with the northern province requiring a string of other results to go in their favour — but whilst there’s life, there’s hope (and that’s being extremely optimistic).Round 6 fixtures: https://the42.ie/3188870 Here’s how the race for the 8 Champions Cup quarter-final berths stands Leinster and Munster have already booked their places in the knock-out stages, but there’s still work to do for Connacht. 48 Comments 34,875 Views last_img read more

Augmented Reality Angry Birds and Apples Other iPhone Gaming Plans

first_img I’ve been messing around with an iPhone XS Max for a few weeks and it really is a premium device. Despite my issues with modern iPhones (pointless removals of buttons and jacks, no more smaller options) they truly do feel like what you’d hope a thousand dollar phone would feel like. And it’s not just aesthetics. The continued speed and slickness of iOS along with increasingly powerful chips are getting us to the point where these are the only computers we need, mobile or otherwise.But to me it also feels like all this power in phones is becoming increasingly superfluous to most users. How many non-professionals need the A12 Bionic chip for heavy duty mobile video editing? 5G gets here when the carriers say it gets here, not the phone manufacturers. My photographer girlfriend appreciates the impressive camera on the XS Max along with Animoji shenanigans, but nearly any phone could easily display the static art of her gaming guilty pleasure Choices.So that’s why I was fascinated by the chance to go to a recent Apple briefing (where I picked up this loaner phone) to see how the tech giant is bragging about how video games specifically can benefit from their new devices. But while the games are cool, I’m not sure that more power is the solution to all of their problems.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>It bears repeating though, the new iPhones are powerful. Using Apple’s most recent Metal API developers are able to create some stunning looking games for the high-res display. Like with any other gaming platform, I saw a racing game to see the tech in action, the blisteringly fast Asphalt 9. And since Fortnite is available on every current platform imaginable, seeing its 60 FPS performance on iPhone (superior to the Nintendo Switch albeit with worse touch controls) was even more impressive. I already shared my thoughts on the upcoming The Elder Scrolls: Blades but that was another showpiece.I also saw a game that takes advantage of different new iPhone powers. Angry Birds has been a mega-hit on the App Store for about as long as the decade-old service has been around. They even got two movies out of this thing. So at this point Rovio can be a little more experimental. That’s why it’s cool to see them partner with Resolution Games for Angry Birds: Isle of Pigs, an augmented reality game and the first traditional 3D mobile Angry Birds game available now for preload.With Apple’s ARKit API, Isle of Pigs plops down a 3D version of a classic Angry Birds pig block fortress on whatever flat surface you choose. Your phone then becomes your first-person slingshot and you physically walk around to find the perfect angle for your shot. Like any time a 2D franchise leaps to 3D, this extra axis dramatically expands your creative options. You can get closer or further away, shoot from above or below, and even use AR to get cheesy with the size of the target itself. It’s fun and the way the AR makes use of real ambient lighting gives the game a tactile, virtual toy box feel, just without the cleanup.Angry Birds and Elder Scrolls were the only unreleased games I played, but Apple also wanted to show off a recent critical iOS darling, the bittersweet romance adventure Florence. And that is a great game. But playing it again made me sad, and not just because the story is all about folks falling in and then out of love. No, I was sad because a premium game like Florence, the gaming equivalent of a boutique indie arthouse film, seems like it’s becoming increasingly rare on iOS regardless of the iPhone’s console-caliber horsepower.The App Store is the largest video game store in the world in terms of revenue, and yet the vast majority of that revenue comes from games that are initially free but then try to get money from you later. Every other game I’ve mentioned so far besides Florence follows that free-to-play, in-app purchase-laden model. Apple can hire all sorts of former games journalists to recommend cool premium games in the redesigned App Store interface. Current games journalists like me can continue to beg for folks to please pay for mobile games. But ultimately the audience and publishers have decided that this inherently exploitative model is the future, and that’s a shame for game design and players alike.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Still, it’s not all bad news. Even if Apple itself still weirdly shies away from making gaming hardware, I used third-party accessories like Gamevice MFi controllers and Audeze positional audio headphones that do provide a higher-quality gaming experience to those that want it.Even beyond this event recent news stories like Nintendo explicitly demanding their mobile partners to ease up on micro-transactions or the GameClub startup trying to preserve old mobile games give me hope for the future of the App Store. And ironically enough, the work needed to make games that take advantage of modern iPhone specs is apparently encouraging some developers to get back into making AAA console games that require basically the same amount of effort.But if you’re one of the millions of players who like games on the App Store just the way they are, Apple wants you to know they are going to look and run even better on your new iPhone. For more on gaming from companies you wouldn’t expect it from, here’s why Google is probably making a video game console. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on targetlast_img read more