FrancoSwiss Caregivers to Organize Humanitarian Caravan in Moroccos Atlas Mountains

Rabat – Five Franco-Swiss volunteer caregivers will conduct an altruistic caravan on mules called “Amoddou” to help the population of Dades Valley, an isolated village in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.The caravan will take place from September 26 to October 9, 2016. It will be held in collaboration with a local association in the Dades Valley.The 14-day initiative will consist of a medical staff including a doctor, a pediatrician, a midwife, and two nurses. They will devote their energies to help the inhabitants of Dades Valley and the surrounding area. The medical staff will travel every day on mules to support the Dades Valley’s inhabitants through their dire daily difficulties and provide them with the necessary aid, such as medical checkups, educational presentations, and consultations.The caravan aims to help the rural area’s inhabitants by providing them with practical techniques to manage their daily lives.Jeremiah Thirion, a 30-year-old nurse and head of the caravan, noticed that the remote rural areas are in need of such a humanitarian initiative. “The inhabitants of isolated areas in Morocco struggle to access basic healthcare. For example, the closest hospital to Dades Valley is 50 kilometers, ” he said.Dr. Lara Martinez, another member of the caravan, also noticed that the meager staff could not afford to cure the inhabitants quickly, but believes that they can benefit from the caravan’s medical services. “We are aware that we have a limited scope—we cannot treat diabetes in a few days. However, we can raise awareness among them by delivering talks about hygiene, postnatal care, sexually contagious diseases, diet, etc,” she said.The staff finds that mules are the best means of transport throughout the Dades Valley’s: “We will have a ton of materials, and only the mules can carry them. As far as we see, a caravan of mules is better than a convoy of jeeps. It will be a discreet, credible, and less aggressive approach,” Martinez said.“This a human-sized project. We will not change the face of the world, but if we can improve the Dades Valley’s inhabitants, it is a start.”Meanwhile, the staff is fundraising to subsidize the cost of the caravan’s equipment and other expenses.Photo credit: Amoddou read more

DutchMoroccan Child Attempts to Deliver Bottle of Perfume to King Mohammed

Rabat – Walid Yaqub, an 11-year-old Dutch child of Moroccan descent, insisted to present King Mohammed VI a gift on Tuesday during the monarch’s ongoing stay in Amsterdam, according to Hespress.The boy’s father, Mohammad Yaqub – who lives with family in the city of Utrecht – said his son admires Mohammed VI strongly and, bought a small bottle of perfume with his own money to present to the king in person. Walid urged his family to organize a visit to the Netherlands’ capital city so that he could deliver his gift.“When we arrived we discovered we were not the only ones, as the place was filled to capacity with Moroccans – men, women and children – coming from all of the cities in the Netherlands,” Mohammad said. Walid’s father added: “After a long wait, the king came out of his residence and proceeded to greet the audience, but there was a severe stampede in the crowd led by people who wanted to touch the king’s hand.”While trying to deliver his perfume, Walid almost fell, which led him to retreat to a safe place while crying in fear, according to Mohammed. The area calmed quickly after the king left.Continuing the story of his family’s experience in Amsterdam, Mohammed said Walid decided to try again later the same day after failing once in the morning. After waiting a while for another opportunity to approach the king, Walid began speaking with the royal guards stationed at the king’s hotel to see if they could deliver the bottle, but they denied him.The Moroccan news site said that despite rain in the city last night, Walid chose to continue waiting in the city in order to meet the king.At 1 a.m., the boy – a fourth generation Dutch citizen – and his family began the journey to their home city after Walid began feeling the effects of fatigue from the day’s events. He still has his perfume bottle and hopes to present it to the king in the future, his father said. read more

CRA analyzing preconstruction condo flipping cases for tax avoidance

Canada Revenue Agency is analyzing 2,810 transactions involving cases of pre-construction condominium flipping in Toronto to determine whether audits need to be carried out to find tax evaders.In the Toronto area in particular, audit work has increased substantially on what are called “assignment sales” or “shadow flipping” in which a condo is purchased from a developer and sold to another buyer before the unit is completed, the federal government agency said Tuesday.“The profits from flipping real estate are generally considered to be fully taxable as business income,” said CRA spokesperson Zoltan Csepregi in an emailed statement. “The facts of each case determine whether such profits should be reported as business income or as a capital gain.”Real estate deals in the Greater Toronto Area and Vancouver have been the subject of greater scrutiny, including audits, the agency said.“Over the years, CRA has made significant progress in using intelligence gathered through a variety of tools at its disposal as well as using experienced audit and investigations teams,” noted Csepregi.“New technologies and faster computers are helping us to more effectively access, integrate, and analyze this data, resulting in better business intelligence.”The CRA’s interest in tax avoidance in real estate is likely related to affordability issues in Toronto and Vancouver over the last couple of years, said Tsur Somerville, a senior fellow at the UBC Centre of Urban Economics and Real Estate.The average selling price of a condo in the Toronto area in the third quarter of this year rose 22.7 per cent to $510,206 from $415,894 in the same quarter last year, according to figures released by the Toronto Real Estate Board earlier this week.Meanwhile the benchmark price of an apartment in Greater Vancouver last month was $635,800, according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, up 21.7 per cent from September 2016.Some have drawn a connection between speculation in the condo market and rising prices, Somerville said.“When you’re sort of in a situation where for a lot of people affordability is a real crisis, the notion that somebody is making money off market conditions and then not paying their taxes, I think, is particularly acidic,” Somerville said.As all levels of government face pressure to help housing affordability, Somerville said going after potential tax evaders is a political win.“The only people who lose on this are people who are evading taxes that the rest of us have to pay,” he said. “No one is going to cry a river for folks who are avoiding their taxes on large gains.”Particularly, he added, large sums of money that are seemingly easily earned. read more

Sri Lankan family in US face deportation

The children are all DREAMers, according to RAICES, who are eligible for relief under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the Supreme Court is taking up after a coalition of states — led by Texas, naturally — sued.However, they don’t want to stay in the U.S. if their parents are going to be deported, according to RAICES, which says the Randeniya family and supporters have more than 1,200 signatures petitioning the Obama administration to let them stay in San Antonio, where they’ve lived since 2011. Supporters held a rally Monday evening at the family’s place of worship, St. Brigids Church. “For my children this [America] is the only home they know. My children do not even call themselves Sri Lankan, the see themselves as Americans,” Namali says in a RAICES press release. “This is where they grew up. My oldest is attending NW Vista College and my younger two children are still attending John Marshall High school. My children would be strangers in Sri Lanka, they don’t even speak our language!” Generations ago, the Randeniya family fled Sri Lanka. They moved to the U.S. in 2005, according to RAICES, a nonprofit that provides legal services to immigrants. . “This is a case where the positive contributions of this family to the local community far out-weigh the need for them to be deported. The Obama Administration has the power to grant discretion in this case, allowing for the family to remain here in the United States,” Ingrid Bergquist, a RAICES staff attorney requesting discretion for the family says.” We are hoping the Obama Administration makes the right decision here, and grant parole for the Randeniya family.”RAICES calls the federal government’s move to deport the family alarming because the children are DREAMers — a group the Obama administration has said are no longer a priority for removal. (Colombo Gazette) A Sri Lankan family in San Antonio in the United States are facing deportation, reported.The authorities arrested Saman Randeniya during a check-in with immigration officials on December 1, who then warned his wife, Namali, that she and her three children, aged 14, 15 and 18, would be deported if they didn’t leave the country by January 7. Now, Saman is now at the Pearsall Detention Center. read more

Intact Financial Corp to buy US specialty insurer for US17 billion

Intact Financial Corp. to buy U.S. specialty insurer for US$1.7 billion by The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2017 3:20 pm MDT Last Updated May 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Intact Financial Corporation (TSX:IFC) says it has reached a US$1.7-billion deal to buy OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd., a U.S. specialty insurer.Under the terms of the all-cash deal, OneBeacon shareholders will receive US$18.10 cash per common share, a 14 per cent premium based on OneBeacon’s closing stock price on the NYSE of US$15.89 as of May 1, and a 15 per cent premium to the volume weighted average price over the last 30 days.In addition, OneBeacon debt of approximately US$275 million will remain outstanding.Pending approval by OneBeacon’s shareholders, Toronto-based Intact says the acquisition will make it a North American leader in specialty insurance with more than C$2 billion of annual premiums.Intact says the deal will bolster its Canadian business with new products and cross-border capabilities, and better positions Intact to compete with international insurers. read more

Goodman students selling doughnuts for homeless campaign

Students from Brock’s Goodman School of Business are holding a Krispy Kreme Doughnut Drive in support of the upcoming national 5 Days for the Homeless campaign, which raises awareness and funds for homelessness and at-risk youth.The Goodman Business Students’ Association is a Goodman School of Business student club that organizes the University’s involvement in the campaign led by Canadian universities.Until Thursday, March 1, anyone from the Brock community can pre-order a dozen fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts for $10. The doughnuts will be delivered to campus Monday, March 12 from noon to 3 p.m.Students will collect orders and money at a table in Mackenzie Chown A Block hallway Tuesday, Feb. 27, Wednesday, Feb. 28 and Thursday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 pm.Orders can also be placed by emailing fourth-year business student Amy Rudnicki at and staff have the option of pre-ordering and paying when the doughnuts arrive on March 1 and can sign up to have the doughnuts delivered directly to their offices.Proceeds raised through the 5 Days for the Homeless campaign support Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold.A group of student volunteers will sleep outside on campus from March 11 to 16 to raise awareness and funds for the initiative. read more

Football Ohio State defensive tackle DreMont Jones ejected from Michigan State game

Ohio State redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones patrols the sideline prior to the Buckeyes’ 62-14 win against Maryland on Oct. 7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones was ejected for targeting with three minutes remaining in the second quarter due to a helmet-to-helmet hit on quarterback Brian Lewerke of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan State Saturday afternoon.The penalty negated an interception from redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette. Jones finished the game with one solo tackle. Since he committed the penalty in the first half, Jones will miss the remainder of the game against the Spartans, but will be eligible to play the entire game next Saturday against Illinois.Jones is the second starting defensive lineman to be ejected for targeting in as many weeks. Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa was flagged for roughing the passer and ejected for targeting from last week’s game against Iowa in the second quarter. read more

Major new deal for Famur low seam shearer from KHWs MurckiStaszic

first_imgPoland’s Famur has announced the conclusion by 7 March 2012, a series of individual agreements with the Katowice Coal Holding (KHW) totaling more than €32.1 million. The majority of the amount, some €31,2 million, covers the delivery of a mining system for thin coal seams to the Murcki-Staszic coal mine near Katowice. This will be the second complete mining system for thin coal seams supplied by Famur to the same coal mine. The first mining system for thin coal seams supplied by Famur has been working for almost a year in the Murcki-Staszic coal mine. Operating in characteristic for thin coal seams – difficult mining and geological conditions, the system produces up to 6,000 t/d of pure coal per day, which is possible only because of the unique design and size of the shearer.“The agreement to provide the second mining system to the same mine confirms that the solution is fully reliable and met the expectations of our customers. It is very important to us. Famur mining systems for thin coal seams, as an alternative to the plow method, have also aroused the interest of representatives of foreign mines. We believe that this product may get score highly, not only domestically but also in the international market” said Ireneusz Tomecki, Executive Vice President Famur SA. It is the second mechanised longwall system for extraction of thin coal seams to be delivered to the mine, and is entirely designed and manufactured by Famur. Working results of the first mining system for thin coal seams, installed in spring 2011 at the Murcki-Staszic coal mine, showed that this is a solution that significantly increases the extraction efficiency and substantially contributes to improving the safety of miners, say Famur. The mining system FL12/18 allows for economically viable exploitation of thin coal seams and provides an alternative for the plow method, especially in the seams deposited in difficult mining and geological conditions. The new mining system for thin coal seams is the FL13/19, and includes first-class equipment from Famur such as the FS200 longwall shearer; 171 powered roof suports;  armoured face conveyor and beam stage loader with a lump crusher. The system will operate using Famur’s e-system, which allows full diagnostics and monitoring of all relevant parameters, and will transmit operational data to the dispatch centre of the mine and to Famur’s Diagnostic Centre.The benefits of using this innovative technology in comparison with the plow method according to Famur are: Lower purchase costs – about €24.3 million less than the purchase of plow technologyLower longwall opening costs – about €2.6 million less than the plow technology Guarantee of output – a minimum of 3,000 t/d (average system output was 3,500 t/d), with the sales price of PLN 350/t of coal, it gives a figure of PLN 1.225 million (€ 298,000)/d The effect of ‘clear working’– with varying thickness of the seam, the system does not mine the waste rock Production capacity – improvement of technological solutions and work organisation allowed the system output of up to 6000 t/d while working at a maximum of 15 hours.last_img read more

50 Cent Pumps Stock on Twitter Makes Headphone Company 50M in One

first_imgIt wasn’t just Ludacris and T-Pain at ces who were plugging their endorsed audio products, rapper 50 Cent was there promoting his new brand of headphones as well. But the TV appearances and interviews were not enough for 50 Cent, who then took to the Twitter waves to make a bigger splash for distributing company H&H Imports Inc. As exemplified in the photo above, 50 Cent plugged H&H Imports Inc., a publicly listed penny stock (HNHI), all weekend on Twitter.According to BusinessInsider, the company’s stock ended up closing up at 240 percent because of this, increasing the company’s value by $50 million in one day. But was that illegal? The Federal Trade Commission has a law that insists that celebrities must include the word “ad” or “spon” in their Tweets to indicate they’re advertising something on behalf of a sponsor. It seems that 50 Cent removed the tweets, perhaps because he got a slap on the wrist since he didn’t disclose his affiliation with the company.last_img read more

Poll Is RTÉ right to stop producing its own kids TV

first_imgPoll: Is RTÉ right to stop producing its own kids’ TV? The national broadcaster made the announcement that it is to cease internal production of children’s TV last week. By Cianan Brennan I’m not sure (603) I don’t care (1096) Poll Results: Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 9:39 AM Share9 Tweet Email Image: 14,899 Views 63 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No (5383) Yes (1748) Nov 26th 2016, 9:39 AM THIS WEEK, RTÉ announced that it is to cease production of inhouse children’s programming.The move, which the broadcaster claims will not affect its net spend on such programming, will see production outsourced to independent contractors.RTÉ says that the decision comes as a result of the current “challenging financial environment”.But the validity of the move has been called into question in the aftermath of a meeting between the broadcaster and the RTÉ Trade Union Group (TUG), after which RTÉ acknowledged that “insufficient consultation” had taken place prior to the shock announcement last week.Initially the plan had been to end all contracts in December, but it is now unclear what will happen next in the wake of that meeting.But what do you think?We’re asking: Is RTÉ right to stop producing its own kids’ TV? Image: Short URL YesNoI’m not sureI don’t careVotelast_img read more

Escondido Police Athletic League annual basketball fundraising game

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI) – The Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) is hosting its 10th annual basketball fundraising game on August 10, 2019, at Escondido’s East Valley Community Center located at 2245 E. Valley Parkway.The event kicks off at 12:00 p.m. with a display by members of the Escondido Swat Team. The game pits police officers and PAL coaches against a team of local teens who play in the PAL/ Recreation Basketball League.All proceeds support PAL, an after-school athletic and education program for Escondido children and teens. PAL benefits approximately 700 youths during the year. PAL’s mission is to work with children to build their confidence and steer them away from alcohol, drugs and gangs. KUSI Newsroom Escondido Police Athletic League annual basketball fundraising game Posted: August 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, August 5, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sullivan Alaskans Dream Big Breathe Air Bathed in Promise

first_imgIn his first Senate speech, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan today spoke in support of the Keystone Pipeline. He likened it to the tie vote in the Senate over the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in 1973.Download Audio“Then, like now, opponents howled. They said TAPS would be an environmental disaster. They said bird and caribou populations would be decimated. But none of that happened,” he said.Sullivan is the first member of Congress from Alaska to discuss that pivotal moment in state history who did not live through it, or not as an Alaskan anyway. His sweeping address went on to discuss the American dream, and what he describes as the Obama Administration’s threat to it. Sullivan says the dream is still alive in Alaska.“In Alaska, the very air you breathe is bathed in promise,” Sullivan said. “The people still speak the language of bold ideas, and rugged adventure.”He made a pitch for more access to federal land, for ending bureaucratic delay, and for curbing the growth of regulation.“According to the President’s own Small Business Administration, federal regulations impose an annual burden on our economy of close to $2 trillion dollars,” Sullivan said. “That’s roughly $15,000 dollars per year, per American family.”Other Congress members have cited that per-family figure, too. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker this month awarded the claim two Pinocchios, saying it’s misleading because it leaves out the savings. The Post cited the example of fuel-efficiency standards: They raise the cost of a car but save gas money over time.Sullivan, in his speech to the Senate, also argued for his amendment to disarm the EPA.“In a classic case of federal government power creep, 200 armed EPA, close to 200, armed EPA agents, are roaming our country,” he said.Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois soon came to the floor and argued against arming the EPA, making it Sullivan’s first official Senate clash.“Sen. Sullivan wants them to enforce the laws but he doesn’t want them to carry a firearm. That to me is ridiculous. In fact, it’s dangerous,” Durbin said, citing instances where he says EPA agents had to confront armed suspects.But Republican colleagues, from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana, publicly congratulated Sullivan after the speech. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, according to a statement issued by Sullivan’s office, particularly liked the emphasis on “Alaska-sized dreams.”last_img read more

Substance abuse programs Office of Childrens Services get boost in funding

first_imgAmong Governor Bill Walker’s list of vetoes yesterday is what looks like $6.5 million in cuts to the Department of Health and Social Services. One is slated for substance abuse treatment pilot programs. Another for children’s services. But here’s the catch — even with those cuts, the department will still be getting extra money for those services next year.Download AudioWhen setting the FY17 budget, the Legislature included some additional funds over FY16. Eleven million dollars were added to create new substance abuse treatment programs around the state, like detox centers and residential treatment programs. Division of Behavioral Health Director Randall Burns said he was still happy even when the governor cut that down to $6 million.“I think any additional funding that the legislature and the governor are willing to provide for new substance abuse services in Alaskan communities is very positive news,” Burns said in a phone interview.The Office of Children’s Services will see a positive boost as well. The legislature had given OCS an additional $2.3 million on top of their regular budget for two purposes: preventative programs that help families work through problems and stay together, and reunification programs to help restore families if kids are put into foster care. $1.7 million of that money will stay in the budget.“They’re really all funds to help supplement and enhance what the OCS caseworker is doing and oftentimes, with the high workload, isn’t able to do as much as we’d like to do,” explained OCS Director Christy Lawton. “So these services really help to accelerate services we can offer.” She said she was grateful that most of the money remained in the budget.The funding will be used to expand current programs and try innovative strategies.The $1 million cut to child care benefits is a reduction from the current budget, but the department does not see it impacting services. There is not a wait list for child care assistance.last_img read more

Shikar Dhawan Mohammad Shami to be back in Indian team for ODI

first_imgShikhar Dhawan.Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesIndian opener Shikhar Dhawan and pace bowler Mohammad Shami are likely to be back in the ODI team for the series against West Indies which starts on August 8. With the inclusion of Dhawan in the team, KL Rahul is probably going to go back to his number four spot. India will play their first ODI match after their defeat in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.The Indian opener will join Rohit Sharma to open the batting for India after he was ruled out of the World Cup with a finger injury he suffered in a group stage fixture against Australia. On the other hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is probably going to be rested with Mohammad Shami and in-form Navdeep Saini leading the Indian pace attack.Kedar Jadhav is expected to feature in the team at the number five or six spot provided Rishabh Pant bats elsewhere. Pant has shown some promise in the final T20 international of the West Indies series taking India home along with skipper Virat Kohli. It will be interesting to see who gets a chance between Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer to add stability to the middle-order. Getty Images/ICCMen in Blue skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be looking forward to continuing the form they are in. Sharma was in the form of his life in the World Cup. The 32-year-old opener scored 648 runs in the nine matches he played hitting five centuries and a half-century.West Indies have their task cut-out after their drubbing by India in the T20 series. They desperately need to bounce back and mend their ways before they face another whitewash in the ODI series. The Caribbean team will be relieved with the inclusion of big-hitter Chris Gayle back in the squad. This will be the last ODI series for Chris Gayle as the opener had mentioned hanging his boots after the India series.last_img read more

Hundreds of thousands march for unified Spain

first_imgPro-unity supporters take part in a demonstration in central Barcelona. ReutersHundreds of thousands of supporters of a unified Spain filled Barcelona’s streets on Sunday in one of the biggest shows of force yet by the so-called silent majority that has watched as regional political leaders push for Catalan independence.Political parties opposing a split by Catalonia from Spain had a small lead in an opinion poll published on Sunday, the first since Madrid called a regional election to try to resolve the country’s worst political crisis in four decades.Polls and recent elections have shown that about half the electorate in the wealthy northeastern region, which is already autonomous, oppose secession from Spain, but a vocal independence movement has brought the current crisis to a head.Spain’s central government called an election for Dec. 21 on Friday after sacking Catalonia’s president Carles Puigdemont, dissolving its parliament and dismissing its government. That followed the assembly’s unilateral declaration of independence in a vote boycotted by three national parties.The regional government claimed it had a mandate to push ahead with independence following an unofficial referendum on Oct. 1 which was ruled illegal under Spanish law and mostly boycotted by unionists.Waving thousands of Spanish flags and singing “Viva España”, protesters on Sunday turned out in the largest display of support for a united Spain since the beginning of the crisis-underlining the depth of division in Catalonia itself.“I’m here to defend Spanish unity and the law,” said Alfonso Machado, 55, a salesman standing with a little girl with Spanish flags in her hair.“Knowing that in the end there won’t be independence, I feel sorry for all the people tricked into thinking there could be and the divisions they’ve driven through Catalan society.”SLIGHT UNIONIST LEADThe poll of 1,000 people by Sigma Dos for newspaper El Mundo showed unionist parties winning 43.4 percent support and pro-independence parties 42.5 percent.The survey was taken from Monday to Thursday, just as the central government prepared to take control of Catalonia.Madrid said on Saturday that secessionist politicians, including Puigdemont, were free to take part in the election. The hardline CUP has been unclear if it would.The deposed Catalan government will soon have to make difficult decisions, Puigdemont’s former deputy Oriol Junqueras said on Sunday in an editorial in online newspaper El Punt Avui. He stopped short of saying his ERC party would take part in the election.“We need a shared strategy … it’s important to weave solid alliances with those who are willing to build a state that serves its citizens,” he said, possibly alluding to a rumoured alliance between the ERC and the Catalan arm of the anti-austerity Podemos party.Such an alliance could put the independence movement in difficult position as it would mean a main secession supporter joining forces with parties that reject Madrid’s hard line but do not support separatism.With weeks to go before the election, the poll showed the CUP, kingmaker for the pro-secessionists in the dismissed 135-seat parliament, would win seven seats, down from a current 10.The pro-independence coalition Junts pel Si, which held 62 seats previously, was split into parties PDeCat and ERC for the poll as they are unlikely to run on a single platform. The two would win between 54 and 58 seats in total, the poll showed.At Sunday’s rally, former European Parliament president Josep Borrell called for unionist voters to turn out in December to ensure independence supporters lose their stranglehold on the regional parliament.“Maybe we’re here because many of us during elections didn’t go and vote. Now we have a golden opportunity. This time, nobody should stay at home,” Borrell said to cheering crowds.DAMAGE TO CATALONIAPuigdemont called on Saturday for peaceful opposition to Madrid’s takeover. But he was vague on precisely what steps the secessionists would take as Spanish authorities move into Barcelona to enforce control.European countries, the United States and Mexico have also rejected the Catalan declaration of independence and expressed support for Spain’s unity.But emotions are running high and the next few days will be tricky for Madrid as it embarks on enforcing direct rule and putting officials in administrative roles. National police were accused of heavy-handedness during the Oct. 1 referendum.Officers of the regional police force, called the Mossos d’Esquadra in Catalan, were stationed in main public and government buildings on Sunday.But the force is believed to have divided loyalties. The central government has removed the Mossos’ chief, Josep Lluis Trapero, and said units could be replaced if warranted.In an open letter on Sunday, Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido praised the Mossos for their work and urged them to accept temporary direction from Madrid.The main secessionist group, the Catalan National Assembly, has urged civil servants not to follow orders from the central government and to mount “peaceful resistance”, while the pro-independence trade union CSC has called a strike.Puigdemont, Junqueras and their advisors left the Catalan government offices on Friday, newspaper La Vanguardia reported on Sunday, effectively handing the building over to Madrid and making a forced eviction on Monday less likely.Since the return of democracy in the late 1970s Spain has suffered several traumatic episodes, including an attempted military coup in 1981, a violent Basque separatist conflict, and more recently an economic crisis. The Catalan issue is however the biggest challenge to the territorial integrity of what is now a progressive European Union nation.The chaos has prompted an exodus of businesses from Catalonia, which contributes about a fifth of Spain’s economy, the fourth-largest in the euro zone. Tourism to Barcelona has been hit and markets have darted up and down on the fast-moving developments.European leaders have also denounced the push, fearing it could fan separatist sentiment around the continent.last_img read more

Ethnic wear trends to watch out for in 2017

first_imgSlit kurtas: capes and asymmetric hemlines will make a flattering trend in 2017, says an expert who feels that ethnic wear will get a makeover in the coming season when stylised differently.Slits: Extended slits are all set to make ethnic wear newer and modern. Adding to this, chic designs merged with the bold slits are taking fashion one step further. Slit kurta is a bold choice for women and is the right combination of modern, edgy, regal and traditional fashion. Slit Kurtis incorporating geometric patterns are much in vogue. You can give these a contemporary twist by teaming them up with bottoms such as trousers, a pair of jeans palazzos and even with churidars and leggings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCapes: This style is now making its way in Indian ethnic fashion. Easy to wear, Capes can be embraced by every body type. Opt for a simple kurti and a fancy cape to clad in an uber cool indo-ethnic look.Asymmetric hem: Asymmetric patterns with distinctive cuts have recently become a personal favourite of designers with more and more upcoming artists embracing this style in their new collections. You can team asymmetric kurtis with Patiala, leggings and palazzos for some trendy style. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHigh neck and collar: Kurtis with high neck and collar add a formal touch to the attire. You can flaunt this gorgeous style at corporate meetings, conferences as well as at casual gatherings.  If you desire for unconventional appeal you can try out high neck kurti with retro prints, hardcore geometrical influences and rough edged silhouettes and make heads turn.Light fabrics: Fabrics play a crucial role to define trends in ethnic fashion. With extensive amalgamation of modern silhouettes with the traditional handloom, feminine designs along with light fabrics will be on trend this year. You can expect cotton, chiffon and silk with captivating patterns and playful prints.last_img read more

VIDEO allegedly shows Vols 1 recruit Trey Smith ruthlessly beating up Ole

first_img Advertisement A video has surfaced of Tennessee #1 football recruit, and 2016 #1 overall national recruit, Trey Smith – allegedly – beating the holy hell out of Ole Miss recruit Tony Gray in a hotel room during Under Armour All-American Game week this past year.Whatever the fight started over, the 5-star offensive lineman, Smith, definitively finished it. He rained down a flurry of vicious punches and eventually chased Gray from the room after delivering the smack down.It’s unknown if head coach Butch Jones will take any disciplinary action over the video. Since Smith is the #1 recruit in the nation, and Jones is fighting for his job, the odds heavily lean towards no.Trey Smith delivering ass whoopings left and right.— VolBlood (@VolBlood) April 16, 2017last_img read more

Cancun businessmen hoping to unblock Malecon Tajamar projects

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — In a new attempt to unblock projects detained in Malecon Tajamar, the Real Estate Commission of the Caribbean Business Coordinating Council (CCE) ratified its full support toward businessmen.At a press conference, Miguel Angel Lemus Mateos, president of the CCE, explained that there are 30 businessmen with interest in the area and that 80 percent of them have already met with the group to define what comes next in the case that has already been tied up for two years in courts.Lemus Mateos said, “Unfortunately things have escalated. Environmental issues, as is very fashionable, creates confusing rights, which have really led some magistrates to issue sentences that are still in process. The Tajamar case is still alive. There is a review process, there is an appeal in administrative matters derived from the indirect Amparo trial.”The businessman said that although environmentalists say they have already won the legal process to prevent development in the area, it is the Supreme Court that has the final say, and until they give a final decision, there is no is project to define its path.He warned that a resolution against development would put the federal government in serious trouble, promoting development in the area through the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur), because it does not have the money to return to the affected businessmen.Lemus Mateos added that through the business group, they will request that the area be reopened since it is currently “kidnapped by radical environmentalists.”The devastation in the area of Malecón Tajamar occurred two years ago when environmentalists first placed a physical fence to prevent access to machinery, and then a legal one to prevent the development of real estate projects.The case is still in review process in the Supreme Court for an appeal that was filed in 2017. Lemus Mateos warned that halting the project threatens sources of employment and investments as well as economic loss for the destination.He anticipates that the owners of Tajamar will have another meeting with the CCE to continue working with the lawyers who await the resolution of the Supreme Court of Justice.“Before the end of the year, members of the CCE held a meeting with 80 percent of the owners. We are already working together with the respective lawyers and we have another meeting next week.“We will continue working through legal channels, waiting for the resolution of the Supreme Court of Justice who are in the process of reviewing the case,” he said.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jucy wins role in Global Tourism Australia Campaign

first_imgJucy wins role in Global Tourism Australia CampaignJucy wins role in Global Tourism Australia CampaignA leading New Zealand travel company has landed a role in a multi-million dollar, global marketing campaign to bring more youth travellers to Australia.Accommodation and vehicle rental brand Jucy will feature in Tourism Australia’s latest global youth campaign, targeting young international travellers and working holiday makers in key European markets including the UK, Italy, Germany and France.Jucy CEO Tim Alpe says the company’s experience with millennial travellers, and the similarity of target market, was a key factor in Jucy’s selection by the Australian government agency.“The Jucy brand has a high level of visibility across popular youth travel destinations throughout Australia. Around 40 percent of our campervan customers in this market come from these four European markets and almost 60 percent are aged under 30.“Our knowledge in marketing to these travellers and working with social media influencers was an essential part of securing the contract,” says Alpe.Jucy will supply campervans for Tourism Australia’s digital news anchors and European influencers who will travel the country creating content to be used in the campaign.Their experience in the campervans in destinations including the Great Ocean Road, Gold Coast, Kangaroo Island, Red Centre and Tropical North Queensland, will feature in content posted across campaign channels such as and Facebook.He says Jucy which operates a fleet of campervans in the Australian market is experiencing a growth rate of more than 100 percent in the last two years making it one of their fastest growing markets.“After 10 years of development, the Australian market is performing extremely well for us, in the past two years alone we have increased our fleet size by 60 percent and more than doubled the number of rental contracts to over 30,000 a year in the same time period,” he says.Alpe says youth is a key target group for markets like Australia and this is Tourism Australia’s first major marketing campaign to reach this group in three years.“Youth and Working Holiday Maker (WHM) travellers stay longer, spend more and disperse more widely throughout the country than most other target segments.”Alpe says the exposure from the international campaign will provide the brand with a significant lift in profile.“Jucy has grown to be a global brand with over 5,000 vehicles on the road as well as accommodation and cruise offerings. This campaign will be seen by millions of youth tourists from Western Europe which will help raise our profile internationally,” he says.Alpe says the campaign will have additional benefits for New Zealand as it will bring travellers to this part of the world.“Experience shows us that many of our Australian customers are also travelling to New Zealand, renting vehicles in both markets,” he saysSource = Jucylast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had a simple message for his team heading into Sunday’s game at the Seattle Seahawks. Although the Cardinals are in the playoff race, they hadn’t beaten either of the NFC West’s top two teams — Seattle and San Francisco — since the opening game of the 2012 season, and hadn’t beaten either on the road since Oct. 18, 2009. “Forget the playoffs, forget everything else,” Arians told Arizona Sports 620’s Bickley and Marotta Monday. “If we ever want to win this division again, we have to match their intensity. They’re both physical, bully-type football teams. The only way to handle that is to be the same thing. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   “You’re either going to kick someone’s butt or you’re going to get your butt kicked. If you’re scared, don’t get on the plane.” Consider the message received. The Cardinals’ defense physically abused Seattle en route to a 17-10 win despite four turnovers from Arizona’s offense. The Cardinals held Seattle to just 192 total yards while limiting dual-threat quarterback Russell Wilson to 32 yards on two carries and sacking him four times.Seattle gained just four total yards in the second quarter, didn’t gain a single yard on five of their 13 drives and gained less than 10 yards on four others. “You love winning at home,” Arians said. “But to go to Seattle … you go to some of the great venues that are tough on the road and win in that fashion — it’s why you play the game.”last_img read more