Casablanca Ranks First Emerging Global Financial Hub report

Rabat- Casablanca was ranked first among the places being tipped by experts and finance professionals as the emerging global financial hubs likely to become significant in the future.In a recent Global Financial Center Index (GFCI) report published earlier this year, Casablanca’s ranking was still relatively low overall (62 out of 83). Yet, asked about the cities they believed will likely become more significant in the next few years, most finance professionals ranked the Moroccan metropolitan in the first position.“They’re putting a lot of work into it there,” said Mark Yeandle, associate director of Z/Yen Group, the company who published the GFCI report. “They have a sensible budget and a good team.” Casablanca aims to reach the objective of becoming the next big thing in global financial centers through its Casablanca Finance City Authority), which according to Hicham Zegrary, director of operations and institutional affairs at the CFCA, operates as “the gateway between Europe and Africa, and aims to take advantage of its geographical position and also act as a hub for North, West and Central Africa.”“The CFCA is working hard to position Casablanca as an international financial center by building its technology infrastructure and improving the legal environment in which business is done,” Zegrary added according to CNN.CFCA says it has managed to attract business heavyweights and over 100 companies, including BNP Paribas, American International Group (AIG), Clifford Chance, Silk Invest and Boston Consulting Group to name a few.Casablanca ranked first ahead of Busan (South Korea), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Shanghai (China), Kuala Lumpur (Singapore), Dalian (China), Dubai (UAE), Qatar and Luxembourg.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

DR Congo UN envoy welcomes progress on Kivus while urging more action

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Alan Doss, speaking in Goma on Saturday, hailed the creation of a temporary ceasefire monitoring mechanism, which has as its focal point the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC).He also welcomed a recent Government order creating official follow-up bodies on the agreements, the reinforcement of MONUC blue helmets on the ground, and the transfer of the mission’s general headquarters from Kisangani to Goma. Mr. Doss called on all armed groups to respect the agreements, warning that signing alone would not automatically restore order in the Kivus. He emphasized the need to make good on all aspects of the agreement and reaffirmed MONUC’s readiness to monitor the ceasefire on the ground.The UN-backed Conference on Peace, Security and Development, held in Goma, North Kivu, ended with the signing on 22 January of ‘Actes d’engagement’ committing the Government and armed groups to end their hostilities.The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has estimated that over there are 800,000 displaced people in the North Kivu who have been uprooted either by last year’s fighting or previous conflicts. 11 February 2008The senior United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed progress in the follow-up to last month’s agreements on restoring order in the troubled Kivus, where fighting has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee in recent months. read more

Visiting UN Force in southern Lebanon Annan urges all sides to respect

Mr. Annan travelled to the south after meeting yesterday with Lebanese leaders in Beirut and on arriving at the base of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) at Naqoura, he was briefed on the latest situation by Force Commander Major-General Alain Pellegrini and other senior staff.“Both parties have to respect the ceasefire…Parties with complaints on the ground, they should come to General Pellegrini, not take matters into their own hands…It’s a bit like having a football match where one of the teams also attempts to play the referee. You cannot be a team in a football match and the referee at the same time,” he told reporters.The Secretary-General also took part in a wreath laying ceremony to honour almost 300 UNIFIL staff who have been killed since the mission was set up in 1978, after which he visited several UN positions on the so-called Blue Line that separates Lebanon and Israel.“This has been a great opportunity for me to come to Naqoura to thank the women and men of UNIFIL under the leadership of Major-General Alain Pellegrini for the wonderful work they have done,” Mr. Annan said.“Since the UN came here, we have lost almost 300 people in the service of peace. During this recent crisis, General Pellegrini and his men were remarkable. They could all have asked us to be redeployed and to get them out of harms way but they knew that the time will come when they will be needed to help the civilian population.”Mr. Annan headed next to Israel for the next stage of his shuttle diplomacy to bolster the Security Council resolution that ended the 34 days of fighting between Hizbollah and Israel on 14 August.After meeting Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora yesterday, Mr Annan urged Israel to immediately lift the blockade of Lebanon and also renewed his call for Hizbollah to free two Israeli soldiers, whose capture on 12 July triggered the fighting. read more

Big Ten play brings new challenge for Buckeyes

The Ohio State football team’s season changes Saturday as it enters Big Ten play against Illinois. “It’s going to be a battle every week,” defensive lineman Cameron Heyward said. “The Big Ten is very physical, very smash-mouth, and we have a lot we have to improve on if we want to be Big Ten champions.” If the team accomplishes that goal, it will win a record sixth-straight Big Ten crown. The significance is not lost on the players. “It’s the Big Ten,” wide receiver DeVier Posey said. “It means a lot and we take that very seriously in the locker room and very seriously around the Woody (Hayes Athletic Center).” With the start of Big Ten play also comes the first road game for OSU. “It’s exciting to go on the road,” Coach Jim Tressel said. “We lose many of the advantages we’ve had for the last four games … but our guys like challenges and I think they’re anxious to get on the road.” Some players emphasized the importance of focus in games away from the Horseshoe. “It’s just a matter of going in, knowing that things might be a little different in preparation, but when we get on the field it’s going to be the same,” kicker Devin Barclay said. Others pointed to the importance of experience and leadership. “We have a veteran group, so you know we have guys that have traveled before,” Posey said. “I feel like Coach Tressel and the coaching staff have done a great job preparing us for all types of elements.” Lack of preparation might have been a factor in the Buckeyes’ only Big Ten loss last season against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. OSU entered that game ranked No. 7 in the country and lost 26-18 to the unranked Boilermakers. “We won’t talk about Purdue,” Tressel said. “You would hope those (players) … would still have the understanding very deep in their soul that you better be prepared when you’re on the road.” Whether at home or on the road, the team knows every game in the Big Ten is important. “With the Big Ten coming, you can’t take nothing for granted,” running back Jordan Hall said. “One slip and our dreams are gone.” Coaches and players are looking forward to the challenge. “Now we’re just getting ready to start the rough period, and that will really determine if we can maintain,” Tressel said. “I feel confident we can, but we’ll have to see.” Quarterback Terrelle Pryor is excited about tackling the difficult task ahead. “The fun starts this week,” he said. read more

Mbappés injury is nothing serious

first_imgKylian Mbappé scored the only goal of his team in France’s last 1-1 draw against the USA and he picked up a knock from this game as well – but he revealed that it was nothing serious.The young French striker wasn’t happy with the latest result but he insisted that his team have a week to work on a couple of things before the World Cup will start and this match can serve as a good example.The PSG player spoke about this game and his injury as he said, according to Sports NDTV:Revealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…“Ice packs? No, it is just a knock. I hit the ball poorly and I fell — it is nothing serious. It will be treated, and it will go away,”This draw on Saturday will serve us well — it is encouraging. We wanted to win, of course, but we saw what we were missing from a match similar to a group stage encounter.”“My goal? It was decent. I think that I have moved up through the gears during these friendlies — I have more and more pace. I was decisive and did what was asked of me.”last_img read more

To Plan Ports Future City Looks to Current Users

first_imgA diagram of the proposed upgrades includes wider crane rails (black dotted line), new piling and reshaping (blue shaded area) and larger vessels that might use the facility (outlined in water). (Courtesy: City of Unalaska)Unalaska is preparing to spend tens of millions of dollars to upgrade the aging Port of Dutch Harbor. The hope is to serve bigger ships and more of them — but the companies that use the dock right now aren’t so sure that big changes are needed.Download AudioOn Wednesday night, Unalaska’s city council chambers were full of the dock workers, fuelers and cargo companies that have worked in Dutch Harbor for 25 years, exporting seafood and importing freight.They were there to weigh in as the city gets ready to remodel the port for the future. The $44 million plan involves replacing rotten pilings under the dock that serves container ships, barges and catcher-processors — and adding anything new that those companies want to see.That might include a setup for a bigger cargo crane — one to reach further across wider ships. The current crane is on 50-gauge rails, meaning spaced 50 feet apart. Some ports, including Anchorage, have upped that to 100 feet.Marion Davis is a vice president for Horizon Lines, the main domestic shipper in Dutch Harbor. They own the current crane, and Davis called into Wednesday’s meeting to say the 50-foot spacing works just fine.“A lot of ports are huge ports. So they might have six, eight, ten lanes of trucks underneath the crane. Therefore, you need the room underneath the crane. Dutch will never have that,” he said. “So a 50-gage crane should be sufficient no matter what you do.”He did suggest bringing in a new 50-gage crane built for a wider reach. But that’s not part of the city’s project — any new cranes would have to come from the users, like Horizon.They were the city’s official shipping partner when the dock was first built. But that contract fell apart a few years ago. In March, the city council voted not to seek a new one — from Horizon, or anyone else.Horizon still gets a guaranteed spot for their weekly mail and grocery delivery, according to a recent letter from the city. But otherwise, the dock space is up for grabs.That means power is an open question, too. Right now, the port runs mostly on diesel — but Doug Leggett, the president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in Unalaska, asked if the city’s electrical grid could handle more ships or cranes plugging in.“I’ve spent plenty of time watching and breathing that exhaust, and I think most of us don’t realize how much pollution they pump into town when they’re sitting there,” he said. “The wind’s blowing, and you don’t see it, but it’s a lot.”Other dock workers brought up cosmetic issues — like bad drainage, bumpy concrete and safety issues that need repairing. And they talked about the best spot for a new warehouse that barges and seafood companies could share.All that helps the companies at the dock right now — but much of the plan still centers on the idea that more, bigger traffic is on the way. Longshoremen like Jeff Hancock were skeptical.“I mean, you’ve got an outline of a gigantic, large, 1,200-foot vessel there at the dock,” he said, indicating a concept drawing showing different sizes of ships. “In what realistic thinking would we ever have a vessel of that size here, that we needed … to work the number of containers that that would be? … In what reality would we ever need that much capacity at this port?”“No ice in the Arctic,” answered Dennis Robinson, a longshoreman and former city councilor.Robinson is talking about the biggest unknown in upgrading Dutch Harbor: Will melting Arctic ice — and more Arctic infrastructure — really create that much demand from new shipping companies?If it will, they didn’t show up on Wednesday to say so. But city ports director Peggy McLaughlin says she heard enough to move the designs forward — and to keep working on a funding plan. She needs to break ground by 2017 for permitting reasons.“We’re building and replacing a deteriorating facility for the current users,” she said after Wednesday’s meeting. “And there certainly are users that are being turned away because of timing issues and dock schedules that will be able to utilize this proposed design.”For now, the port’s oldest tenants will drive that design — and McLaughlin hopes it’ll leave room for those waiting in the wings.The city and PND Engineers are taking public comment on the preliminary designs through May 29, and will hold a follow-up public meeting later this summer. You can catch a rebroadcast of Wednesday’s planning meeting on Channel 8 this Sunday, May 3 at 5 p.m.last_img read more

Official says Dallas Seavey sleddog mistreatment claims are unfounded

first_imgAn animal welfare official said claims that musher Dallas Seavey mistreats his sled-dogs are unfounded.Listen nowOn Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough said an Animal Care officer visited Seavey’s Willow kennel last weekend to investigate. According to the Borough, Officer Nick Uphus closed his investigation after failing to find any evidence of neglect or cruelty. In the release, Borough Mayor Vern Halter, himself a musher, called the claims “absolutely false.”The allegations from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, surfaced last week after an Iditarod veteran wrote on her blog that she’d heard stories of mistreatment in Seavey’s kennel. The accusations came on the heels of news that four of Seavey’s dogs had tested positive for a banned painkiller after last year’s Iditarod. PETA quickly seized on both incidents as evidence of abusive practices in mushing, which the organization has long condemned. The group requested that the Alaska Department of Public Safety look into the abuse claims. DPS spokesperson Tim Despain said the State Troopers’ case into Seavey’s kennel practices is still open, but expected to be closed in the next couple days.Seavey did not return a message left seeking comment.In a statement, a PETA executive said the organization will submit a public records request to local officials to gather more information.last_img read more

Nonprofit brings veterans with disabilities to Skagway for weekend of excursions

first_imgMission Objective Outdoors Vice President Brian Leipold. (from Mission Objective Outdoors Facebook Page)A Skagway non-profit will host a group of wounded veterans from Fairbanks this September for a weekend of nature excursions. Mission Objective Outdoors was created earlier this year to provide support for veterans with disabilities and challenge them to be active in the great outdoors.Listen nowBack in February, David Moncibaiz was talking about plans for retirement with his friend Brian Leipold. During that conversation, they came up with a plan to create a non-profit to help veterans who were wounded during their service. Moncibaiz said they got to work on the project immediately.“By the end of the day, we had a name and we had already submitted paperwork to become a non-profit and put in the 501(c)(3) paperwork,” Moncibaiz said. “Next thing you know we’re taking steps to start raising funds and the City of Skagway started backing us 100 percent.”Both Moncibaiz and Leipold are veterans themselves and were wounded in the line of duty.Life after the military can be hard for any veteran, but Moncibaiz said it can be particularly difficult to adjust to civilian life when soldiers leave the military unexpectedly due to an injury.“When you get out of the military, especially when some guys weren’t ready to get out and they got out because of an injury, life hits you and it hits you hard,” Moncibaiz said. “But in the military, you are taken into a family, and then sometimes a lot of these guys that do get hurt are separated from that family rather quickly, and that can kind of be a shock to your system.”But Moncibaiz said that Skagway has been the perfect environment to transition out of the military and into everyday life.“There’s not a lot of stress here. There’s not a lot of stuff to worry about here,” Moncibaiz said. “You can be outdoors and kind of… You know, it makes you want to be able to get out and be your better self, be able to do the stuff that you used to do when you weren’t broken. This place has just changed my life, and it’s changed Brian’s life as well, and we wanted to put that out there to other disabled veterans and let them experience it as well. Hopefully, it will help them out like it’s helped us.”For their first project, Mission Objective Outdoors is hosting the Skagway Experience 2018. The event brings six veterans from Fairbanks to Skagway for a weekend of hikes, glacier tours, zip-lining and river floats.Moncibaiz says the Skagway Elks have been instrumental in making the trip possible. The trip is funded through a grant from the Alaska State Elks Association.“We covered lodging, cover flights, food, and putting these guys on excursions, and we’re going to hang out and just treat these guys to, I’m sure, a well-needed vacation and hopefully make some lifetime brothers,” Moncibaiz said. “Everything’s coming together really great.”Moncibaiz said they will do the Skagway Experience every year, but he wants to expand Mission Objective Outdoors with trips to other areas of Alaska and even the Lower 48. He hopes this will help foster a sense of belonging for injured veterans.“We want to make sure that they know that they’re not alone. That we’re still here for them and we’re still working through our disabilities,” Moncibaiz said. “Even though we can’t be in the military, we still have to challenge ourselves. We have to get out in the great outdoors, do some hiking, do some hunting, do some fishing, and have that camaraderie and still be able to challenge ourselves and challenge each other.”The six veterans from Fairbanks will be in Skagway from September 13th to the 16th. You can visit the Mission Objective Outdoors Facebook page to learn more about the organization.last_img read more

World Airline Awards 2019 Indigo voted 8th among worlds best lowcost airlines

first_imgGurugram-based Indigo has been voted eighth among the world’s best low-cost airlines by the World Airline Awards at the 2019 Paris Air Show. Qatar Airways has been named the world’s best carrier. This is the fifth time that Qatar Airways has surpassed carriers like Emirates and Lufthansa. In addition to the title, the airline won awards for the Best Business Class, the World’s Best Business Class Seat and the Best Airline in the Middle East.Akbar Al Baker, the Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, said, “We are thrilled to be globally recognised by our customers by winning these four prestigious awards. Becoming the first airline to be named as ‘Airline of the Year’ for the fifth time is a landmark achievement.”Singapore Airlines was awarded for having the World’s Best Cabin Crew, World’s Best First Class, the Best Airline in Asia and the World’s Best First Class Seat. IANSQatar Airways was launched in 1997 and has a worldwide network of 160 destinations. It currently has a fleet size of 226 aircraft and 15 corporate jet subsidiaries. The airways have an employee strength of more than 45,000 staff worldwide.The World Airline Awards was introduced in 1990 with the aim of providing a global customer satisfaction study. The awards are otherwise known as “the Oscars of the aviation industry”. The survey attracted a footfall of about 100 nationalities with about 21.65 million eligible entries counted in the results. The survey results featured about 300 airlines in 2018-19.last_img read more

EC publishes gazette for new MPs

first_imgParliament Building. Photo: UNBThe election commission (EC) on Wednesday published the gazette listing the newly elected MPs of the 11th parliament, reports UNB.A letter was sent to the parliament secretary for taking necessary measures to organise the oath-taking ceremony, said EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed.The gazette was published with details of 298 MPs with the EC’s approval.Traditionally, the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected MPs takes place within three days after the publication of the gazette.According to the article 148 (2A) of the Constitution, the newly elected members of parliament are obliged to take oath within three days after the publication of election results through official gazette, or else their memberships will cease to exit.last_img read more

May reaches out to rivals after winning confidence vote

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May makes a statement following winning a confidence vote, after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal, outside 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, on 16 January 2019. Photo: ReutersBritish prime minister Theresa May has reached out to her opponents after narrowly surviving a confidence vote sparked by the crushing defeat in parliament of her Brexit deal.After a tumultuous 24 hours which she admitted voters might find “unsettling”, she conceded the divorce terms she struck with the EU had been roundly rejected, but vowed to work to find an alternative.”Now MPs have made clear what they don’t want, we must all work constructively together to set out what parliament does want,” May said in a televised evening address to the nation.On Tuesday, MPs dealt the prime minister the heaviest drubbing in modern British political history by rejecting the divorce agreement by a stunning 432 votes to 202.But May emerged victorious on Wednesday night in a confidence vote triggered by the opposition Labour party, the first for 26 years, winning 325 votes to 306.She set out a schedule of cross-party talks that began immediately with meetings with the Scottish nationalist, Welsh nationalist and the pro-EU Liberal Democrat leaders.”We must find solutions that are negotiable and command sufficient support in this House,” she had told earlier told parliament.Opposition leaders set out a list of demands for cooperating, including discussing delaying Brexit beyond March 29, and ruling out the possibility that Britain crashes out without any deal at all.Late-night talksThe prime minister is working to the tightest-possible deadline as Britain prepares to leave the bloc that for half a century defined its economic and political relations with the rest of the world.Her defeat sparked warnings from European leaders that the prospect of “no deal” had increased, with the potential for huge economic disruption on both sides of the Channel.May must return to parliament on Monday with a Plan B that she and her team intend to negotiate with various MPs through the weekend.But main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would only meet May if she could “remove clearly, once and for all the prospect of the catastrophe of a no-deal Brexit”.May said she was “disappointed” by Corbyn’s decision and stressed that “our door remains open”.On Wednesday evening her spokesman said the possibility of a “no deal” had not been ruled out.Ian Blackford of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said his party would only participate if she were prepared to consider delaying Brexit, ruling out “no deal” and the option of holding a second referendum.May has flatly rejected a second vote.Her offer to meet with the opposition “rings hollow without evidence of her readiness to compromise on the substance of Brexit”, the Guardian newspaper said, pushing for a “menu of options” to be presented to parliament.Meanwhile the Daily Telegraph warned that parliament “may be planning a betrayal”.”After two-and-a-half years, Plan B is to let parliament take over,” the Telegraph said. “At least it is a plan; but is parliament capable of delivering on the referendum result, or is this the start of a great betrayal of that vote?”Divorce delay? May survived Wednesday thanks to the support of members of her Conservative Party and its Northern Irish allies in the Democratic Union Party (DUP).But more than a third of the Conservatives and all 10 DUP members of parliament voted against her Brexit arrangements on Tuesday — each for their own reason.May will therefore tread carefully as she tries to win over opposition lawmakers — many of whom want to remain in the EU — while also attempting to appease more hardened Brexit-backing coalition partners.She stuck to two key principles on Wednesday: limiting EU migration and pursuing an independent trade policy.Both points rule out Labour hopes of membership of an EU customs union or its single market.Yet she also hinted at the possibility of delaying Brexit.May said the EU would allow this “if it was clear that there was a plan that was moving toward an agreed deal”.EU officials have said extending the negotiating period could be possible until the newly elected European Parliament meets in July.Blurred lines European leaders have repeatedly said they will not reopen the draft withdrawal agreement sealed at a special Brussels summit in December.French President Emmanuel Macron suggested the EU might be willing to tweak a few minor points — but only if they did not alter the bloc’s existing position on trade and borders.”We won’t, just to solve Britain’s domestic political issues, stop defending European interests,” he said.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was time for talks as long as London could present a clear and united position.”We’re now waiting on what the prime minister proposes,” she said.And Irish Prime Leo Varadkar added “that if the United Kingdom were to evolve from its red lines on the customs union and on the single market, that the European Union could evolve also”.last_img

Peace loving president clinging to power for 2 decades

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 10 April 2016 Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika meets with the French prime minister at his residence during an official visit on 10 April 2016 in Zeralda, a suburb of the capital Algiers. Photo: AFPAbdelaziz Bouteflika is Algeria’s longest-serving president and a veteran of its independence struggle, who has clung to power for two decades despite years of ill health.The 81-year-old head of state issued a decree on Friday setting 18 April as the date for the next presidential election.Rarely seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013 that impaired his speech and left him confined to a wheelchair, Bouteflika has not confirmed whether he will seek a new mandate.But many observers believe that he will seek a fifth term.Even before his stroke, a year before the last presidential poll, Bouteflika had repeatedly marked himself out as a wily political survivor.When he came to power, with the support of an army battling Islamist guerrillas, nobody expected him to stay in office for so long.But “Boutef”, as many Algerians nickname him, was instrumental in fostering peace after a decade-long civil war in the 1990s.”I am the whole of Algeria. I am the embodiment of the Algerian people,” he said in 1999, the year he became president.But he has had a long battle with illness and frequently flown to France for treatment.Known for wearing a three-piece suit even in the stifling heat, he gained respect from many for his role in ending the civil war, which official figures say killed nearly 200,000 people.But he has also faced criticism from rights groups and opponents who accuse him of being authoritarian.After his stroke, Bouteflika consolidated power in a country where the shadowy intelligence service has long been viewed as a “state within a state”.In early 2016, he dissolved the all-powerful DRS intelligence agency after dismissing its leader General Mohamed Mediene, known as “Toufik”, who had clung to the post for a quarter of a century.Architect of peaceBouteflika was born in Morocco on 2 March 1937 to a family from western Algeria.At the age of 19 he joined the National Liberation Front (FLN) in its struggle against the French colonial rulers.When independence came in 1962, he was appointed minister of sport and tourism at the age of just 25, under Algeria’s first post-independence president, Ahmed Ben Bella.The following year he became foreign minister, a post he held for more than a decade.But he was sidelined after the death of president Houari Boumediene in 1978 and went into self-imposed exile.While he was abroad, the military-backed government cancelled the 1991 elections, which an Islamist party had been poised to win.That sparked a decade of bloodletting.Bouteflika returned from Switzerland in 1999 to stand for president, with the backing of the army, which saw him as a potential figure of reconciliation.He proposed an amnesty for rebels who laid down their arms and twice secured public endorsement for “national reconciliation” through referendums.The first, in September 1999, was a major gamble — but it paid off, leading to a sharp decrease in violence that helped propel Bouteflika to a second term in 2004.A constitutional amendment was required to allow him to stand for a third term, which he won in 2009.When the Arab Spring erupted in January 2011, Bouteflika rode out the storm by lifting a 19-year state of emergency and using oil revenues to grant pay rises.His supporters argue that under his stewardship, public and private investment have created millions of jobs and dramatically lowered unemployment.But a lack of opportunities and high youth unemployment continues to drive many Algerians to seek a better life abroad.Uncertain futureIn April 2013, the president was rushed to hospital in France after his stroke, and spent three months recovering.He had already been hospitalised in Paris in 2005 because of intestinal problems, and in early 2006 spent a week undergoing post-operative medical tests at the same hospital.In 2016, he flew abroad twice, to France and to Switzerland, for medical checks.Bouteflika’s decision to seek a fourth mandate in 2014 after 15 years in power sparked both criticism and derision from opponents, who questioned his ability to rule.He did not even campaign, casting his vote from a wheelchair, but still officially won 81 per cent of the vote.There has been constant speculation over his health and his fourth mandate has been marred by falling oil prices, exposing the country’s heavy dependence on hydrocarbons.Critics argue that uncertainty over Bouteflika’s fitness for a fifth term — and speculation over possible successors — has paralysed the government.Political commentator Rashid Tlemcani argues that the president “should have left office at the end of his second term, after securing national reconciliation and conquering the hearts of a large part of the population”.last_img read more

Third Arkema Official Indicted In Connection With HarveyRelated Disaster

first_imgAndrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHarris County District Attorney Kim Ogg unveils charges against Arkema and its VP of logistics, Mike KeoughHarris County has indicted another top Arkema executive in conjunction with a fire and chemical release at the company’s Crosby plant during Harvey. The grand jury charged both Arkema and the officer with reckless assault.District Attorney Kim Ogg alleged that Mike Keough, Arkema’s vice president of logistics, deliberately endangered first responders by providing false information about the extent of the danger at the plant.“In truth, what happened is the deputies unsuspectingly drove right into the middle of toxic fumes, and when mixed with the air, those toxic fumes became a cloud that exposed not just those first responders but the residents of Crosby,” Ogg said.Defense counsel Rusty Hardin said that Keough was in Pennsylvania throughout the incident, providing all available information. He said the idea that the DA could charge Keough with a felony under the circumstances left him dumbfounded.“They somehow have figured out a way to charge somebody with a felony for having committed the impossibility [sic],” Hardin said. “And the impossibility is assaulting someone in another state, someone you’ve never met, heard from, know existed, didn’t know was a public servant, didn’t know any of that, but somehow you’ve assaulted them because they claim that you did not tell them everything that they needed to know.”Keough is the third company official indicted in connection with the industrial disaster, in which volatile chemicals ignited when the Crosby plant flooded. Arkema CEO Richard Rowe and plant manager Leslie Comardelle are set to go to trial next month for reckless emission of an air contaminant. X Listen Share 00:00 /00:49 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

SpiderMan Artist Releases Aptly Named Learn How to Draw App on Android

first_imgWe can’t all be artists, but you might be able to fake it a little bit with the help of a new app from Spider-Man 2099 artist Will Sliney and developer Aidan Sliney. Learn How to Draw takes you through drawing superheroes step-by-step, and you can download it for free. However, the app is only available on Android right now.Learn How to Draw is not actually a drawing app — you’ll need a digital sketching surface or good old-fashioned paper to create your own heroic figures. This app is just the tutorial that teaches you how to create something that doesn’t look oddly proportioned or sloppy. There are multiple “books,” each focusing on a specific form. For example, the easiest book teaches you how to draw a basic heroic male figure in three-quarter view. Some of them also drill down into the more challenging aspects like arms and faces.Some of the later books get quite elaborate with detailed musculature and action poses. You’ll probably need at least a little artistic ability to manage these drawings. This content is all free, but the more advanced content is where the up-sell happens. If you want the advanced books, they’re each $0.99, paid via in-app purchase. There’s also a subscription option for $0.99 per week. Why would you subscribe? Well, presumably you’re really into drawing, and there will be new content added to this app weekly.Upcoming books include more heroic poses, facial features, and various female heroic figures. Yes, all the current tutorials focus on the male characters. If you’re an iOS user, the app will come to your platform soon. There should be plenty of new content available when it arrives too.last_img read more

Emotions do affect brains creative network

first_imgEmotional expression affects the brain’s creativity network, says a new brain-scanning study of jazz pianists, adding that “happy” and “sad” music evoked different neural patterns in their brains.The workings of neural circuits associated with creativity are significantly altered when artists are actively attempting to express emotions, the researchers report.“The bottom line is that emotion matters. It can’t just be a binary situation in which your brain is one way when you’re being creative and another way when you’re not,” said senior author Charles Limb from University of California-San Francisco. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Instead, there are greater and lesser degrees of creative states, and different versions. And emotion plays a crucially important role in these differences,” he explained.The team focused on a brain region known as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), which is involved in planning and monitoring behaviour.The researchers found that DLPFC deactivation was significantly greater when the jazz musicians improvised melodies intended to convey the emotion expressed in a “positive” image (a photograph of a woman smiling) than a “negative” image (photo of the same woman in a mildly distressed state). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn the other hand, improvisations targeted at expressing the emotion in the negative image were associated with greater activation of the brain’s reward regions. “This indicates there may be different mechanisms for why it’s pleasurable to create happy versus sad music,” added first study author Malinda McPherson.For each musician, any brain activity data generated during these passive viewing periods, including emotional responses, were subtracted from that elicited during their musical performances.This allowed the researchers to determine which components of brain activity in emotional regions were strongly associated with creating the improvisations. Moreover, Limb said, the research team avoided biasing the musicians’ performances with words like “sad” or “happy” when instructing the musicians before the experiments. The paper appeared in the journal Scientific Reports.last_img read more

Application Defect Rate Up Amidst Sellers Market

first_imgApplication Defect Rate Up Amidst Seller’s Market defect rate First American Sellers Market 2017-04-28 Aly J. Yale The rate of defects, fraud, and misrepresentation in mortgage applications is up nearly 4 percent over February, according to the Loan Application Defect Index released by First American on Friday.The Index, which estimates the frequency of defects in information submitted in mortgage applications, shows that defects, misrepresentation, and fraudulence rose 3.9 percent from February to March, as well as over the year. This was the fourth consecutive month the Defect Index has increased.According to Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, the inventory-strapped seller’s market is likely to blame for rising defects.“We are experiencing one of the strongest sellers’ markets in recent memory,” Fleming said, “and the ‘speed-buying’ that is required for home buyers to make an offer and win a bid for homes they like may be contributing to the increase in defect, misrepresentation, and fraud risk that we are observing.”The Defect Index was up for the month on both refinance and purchase loans, rising 3.3 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively. Over the year, defects were down 4.5 percent on refinance transactions and up 3.6 percent on purchase ones.Defects varied greatly at the local level. According to the report, the markets with the highest risk of defects were in the Southern part of the U.S., with the top five including McAllen, Texas; Charleston, South Carolina; Tampa, Florida; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.“Defect, fraud and misrepresentation risk is increasingly becoming a regional phenomenon,” Fleming said. “The risk is concentrating in attractive local markets where housing demand is the strongest, primarily in the South,” said Fleming. “The South may not be so charming anymore if you manage loan fraud and misrepresentation risk.”According to Fleming, this falls in line with the “seller’s market” causation theory.“The South is also one of the strongest regions of the country for housing demand,” Fleming said. “According to the most recent National Association of Realtors’ existing-home sales release, the rate of existing-home sales increased 8.5 percent in March compared to a year ago. Additionally, the median price in the South was up 8.6 percent compared to a year ago.”Markets in the Northeastern part of the country have a much lower rate of defect. Scranton, Pennsylvania; Toledo, Ohio; Rochester, New York; Albany, New York; and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, had the lowest levels of defect and fraud in the nation. Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News April 28, 2017 653 Views last_img read more

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first_img TR4 confirmed in Colombia as country declares “nat … February 13 , 2019 Sigatoka risk greatly increased by climate change, … You might also be interested in “2018 was a complex year for Colombian agricultural exports, but the banana sector grew by 2.52% compared to 2017,” said Juan Camilo Restrepo Gómez.”The year was influenced by climatological factors like the El Niño Phenomenon and the high amount of wind in the production areas, which reduced fruit production during some months of the year.”He added in 2019 it will be fundamental to advance on the implementation of a country-wide label or a denomination of origin to help grow in markets and open new destinations.In late December Augura warned producers to prepare for a dry spell expected to last over the first few months of this year. center_img The Colombian banana industry closed 2018 with a production of a little over 100 million boxes, marking nearly 3% year-on-year growth despite some weather-related challenges.Industry association Augura, whose members represent 78% of the total volume, said the country’s crop was equivalent in value to US$859 million.Bananas remain Colombia’s third-largest agricultural export after coffee and flowers. U.S. judge denies Chiquita’s request to be let out … Australia: Queensland govt boosts TR4 funding, cal …last_img read more

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first_img by Shawn Marsh, The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2018 7:42 am PDT Last Updated Jul 9, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Actor Tab Hunter, star of ‘Damn Yankees’ movie, dies age 86 Tab Hunter, the blond actor and singer who was a heartthrob for millions of teenagers in the 1950s with such films as “Battle Cry” and “Damn Yankees” and received new attention decades later when he revealed that he was gay, has died. He was 86.Producer and spouse Allan Glaser said Hunter died Sunday of a blood clot in his leg that caused cardiac arrest. Glaser called the death “sudden and unexpected.”Hunter was a star for several years. In addition to his hit movies, his recording of “Young Love” topped the Billboard pop chart in 1957.But in his 2005 memoir, “Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star,” Hunter recounted the stresses of being a love object to millions of young women when he was, in reality, a gay man.“I believed, wholeheartedly — still do — that a person’s happiness depends on being true to themselves,” he wrote. “The dilemma, of course, that was being true to myself — and I’m talking sexually now — was impossible in 1953.”Among those stars honouring Hunter on Monday included Harvey Fierstein, who called Hunter a “gay icon” and a “true gentleman” on Twitter, adding, “We shared some good laughs back in the 80’s. I was always fond of this dear man.”Zachary Quinto on Instagram also cheered Hunter’s “vital and generous nature” and called him a “pioneer of self-acceptance” who moved through the world “with authenticity as his guide.” GLAAD tweeted “Our hearts are with Tab’s loved ones.”Born Arthur Andrew Kelm, his screen tab (slang for “name” at the time) was fabricated by Henry Willson, the same talent agent who came up with the names Rock Hudson and Rory Calhoun.The legend goes that Willson said to the young man: “We’ve got to find something to tab you with. Do you have any hobbies?” His client answered, “I ride horses. Hunters.” Agent: “That’s it! We’ll call you Tab Hunter.”With no dramatic training, Hunter was cast in a minor role in the 1950 drama, “The Lawless.” The fuss over the young actor began two years later when he appeared bare-chested opposite Linda Darnell in the British-made “Island of Desire.” Soon his handsome face and muscular build appeared on magazine covers. Warner Bros., alert to the increasingly important youth market, signed him to a contract.Hunter made a flurry of movies in the latter half of the 1950s, aimed at capitalizing on his popularity with young girls. The films included such war dramas as “Battle Cry” (with Van Heflin) and “Lafayette Escadrille” (Clint Eastwood in a small role). He made the Westerns “The Burning Hills” (Natalie Wood) and “They Came to Cordura” (Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth). And he made romantic comedies like “The Pleasure of His Company” (Fred Astaire, Debbie Reynolds.)A highlight was the 1958 “Damn Yankees,” an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical with Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston in their Tony-winning New York roles and the original director, George Abbott, sharing direction with Stanley Donen. The New York Times’ critic noted that Hunter “has the clean, naive look of a lad breaking into the big leagues and into the magical company of a first-rate star.”Besides the movies, he displayed his athletic skills — he had been a figure skater as well as horseman — in a TV special, “Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates.”As with so many pop idols, his fans grew up and a new generation sought other favourites. His slide followed the classic pattern: to a television series (“The Tab Hunter Show,” on NBC, 1960-62); European films (“The Golden Arrow”) and cheap kid flicks (“Ride the Wild Surf.”) In his memoir, he took pains to note that “Ride the Wild Surf” was his only beach-party movie; his “Operation Bikini,” despite its title, was “yet another war movie.”Over the years, he also played small roles in “The Loved One,” ”The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean” and “Grease 2.”In the 1980s, he won new fans by appearing in cult movies with Divine, the 300-pound drag performer, notably John Waters’ 1981 “Polyester” and Paul Bartel’s 1985 “Lust in the Dust,” co-produced by Hunter himself.Of “Polyester,” Hunter wrote: “Everybody got the joke. … For both John and me, our collaboration paid huge dividends: I’d helped ‘legitimize’ his brand of movie, and he made me ‘hip’ overnight.”Hunter appeared on Broadway in 1964 in Tennessee Williams’ “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore” opposite the formidable Tallulah Bankhead. The play closed within days, and he said it was “completely buried under Tallulah’s offhanded trademark campiness.”Hunter was born in 1931 in New York City, the second son of a mechanic and his German immigrant wife. His father left the family two years later and the boy took his mother’s name, Gelien. Young Arthur Gelien grew up in San Francisco and Long Beach, California, and joined the Coast Guard at 15, lying about his age.While in New York, he saw Broadway plays and became interested in acting. Back in California, Willson arranged for a two-word role in a small Western, “The Lawless.” He got $500 and a new name.In his memoir, he said that his career flourished despite some innuendo and smear articles in the scandal sheets — “clear evidence that despite its self-righteous claims, ‘Confidential’ magazine did not influence the taste and opinions of mainstream America.”Writing the book was difficult, he told The Associated Press in 2005, “because I’m a really private person. I grew up full of denial. I just didn’t like any suggestions or questioning of my sexuality.”In 1960, Hunter’s boy-next-door reputation did take a hit when he was charged with cruelty for allegedly beating his dog. (He was acquitted.) In recent years, Hunter appeared in dinner theatres and organized film projects. After living on a ranch in New Mexico for a time, he took a home in Montecito in Santa Barbara County with Glaser.He didn’t dwell on his Hollywood career or regret losing it. “I had my fling, and I was very fortunate,” he remarked. “But that’s all in my past.”___The late AP Entertainment Writer Bob Thomas contributed to this report.center_img FILE – This July 27, 1959 file photo shows actor Tab Hunter, left, with actress Tuesday Weld at a dinner reception in Los Angeles. Hunter, the blond actor and singer who was the heartthrob of millions of teenage girls in the 1950s, and received new attention decades later when he revealed that he was gay, died on Sunday, July 8, 2018. He was 86. (AP Photo/File) last_img read more

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