Unrest escalates in Kashmir local imam fears it could worsen

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The political crisis over the disputed territory of Kashmir escalated Wednesday when Pakistan said it would downgrade its diplomatic ties with India, expel the Indian ambassador and suspend bilateral trade with its regional rival.Indian authorities have clamped a complete shutdown on Muslim-majority Kashmir as the Hindu-led nationalist government in New Delhi scrapped the region’s statehood and special status, including the right to its own constitution.As the security lockdown by Indian troops continued in Kashmir for a third day, hundreds of migrant workers began the long trek back to their villages in northern and eastern India.The Kashmir region is divided between India and Pakistan, and is claimed by both. The two nuclear-armed neighbours have fought three wars, two of them over control of the mountainous region since they won independence from the British in 1947.Kashmir is India’s only Muslim-majority state and most people there oppose Indian rule. Insurgent groups have been fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India or its merger with Pakistan since 1989.The Indian government has shut off most communications, including internet, cellphone and landline networks, with Kashmir. Thousands of additional troops were sent to the already heavily militarized region out of fear the government’s steps could spark unrest.In response to India’s action, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told parliament that it will expel the Indian ambassador, and the Foreign Ministry later said India has been informed to withdraw the envoy.The decision came at a meeting of Pakistan’s National Security Committee led by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by the heads of the armed forces and senior government officials.Khan told the meeting that his government will use all diplomatic channels “to expose the brutal Indian racist regime” and human rights violations in Kashmir, the government statement said.Khan also directed Pakistan’s armed forces to remain on maximum alert.Islamabad also said it will review other aspects of its relations with India. It said it will ask the U.N. to pressure India to reverse its decision to downgrade Kashmir from a state to two separate territories. The region also lost its right to fly its own flag and make many of its own decisions.Pakistan said it would continue extending diplomatic, political and moral support for people living in Kashmir and their “right of self-determination.” Pakistan has long called for people in the Indian-controlled part to be allowed to vote on whether they want to sever ties with India.Local Imam Syed Soharwardy said the Indian army has taken drastic action in Kashmir and it could get worse.“This is going to be another Rwanda or another Bosnia in Kashmir if we do not stop the Indian aggression in Kashmir,” Soharwardy said.Those in the Muslim community is expressing fear for loved ones still in the region.Sohowardy said these events are personal to him.“There are still relatives from my father’s side in Kashmir who are facing those atrocities.”He adds that he is extremely disturbed right now and his whole family is disturbed by what is happening in the region.Sohardy said have been killed and houses have been destroyed since the lockdown began earlier this week.“We are asking the United Nations, the US Government and the Canadian government to stand up and have those who are doing these acts tried for crimes against humanity.”Soharwardy is also calling for India’s Prime Minister to back out of the region.India has accused Pakistan of arming and training insurgents fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India or its merger with Pakistan. For its part, Pakistan denies the charge, saying it offers only diplomatic and moral support to the rebels.Every year, tens of thousands of people travel to Kashmir from various Indian states seeking work, mainly in masonry, carpentry and agriculture. Whenever the security situation deteriorates, they return home. Protests over the Indian government’s actions broke out in Kargil, a Muslim-majority border city in Ladakh that identifies culturally with Kashmir. India and Pakistan fought a war there in 1999.– With files from the Associated Presslast_img read more

Come From Away creators turning musical into a movie

first_img Twitter The show is set in Gander, N.L., in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.The remote town provided refuge to 6,579 passengers and crew from 38 planes that were diverted when U.S. air space was closed. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement After being staged in several cities, including Toronto, the show began performances on Broadway in February.READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Irene Sankoff and David Hein, creators of Come From Away, at a Toronto event last spring to announce that the hit musical will be returning to town this season. The pair are also developing a screenplay based on the show. (RENE JOHNSTON / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO) LOS ANGELES—The hit homegrown musical Come From Awayis getting the big-screen treatment.The Mark Gordon Company says it will produce and finance a feature film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning show.Canadian husband-and-wife writing duo Irene Sankoff and David Hein — who penned the book, music and lyrics — will also adapt the feature screenplay.last_img read more

5 Questions With Dave Rose cofounder of Deep South The Bar

first_imgAfter 11 years, Deep South the Bar is closing its doors. Co-founder Dave Rose hopes to give back to the community in the form of a charity auction beginning today through March 7. All proceeds from the auction, with items like autographed photography and bar decor and memorabilia, will benefit local charities with a connection to music. We talked with Rose to see what he’ll miss most about the bar, as well as what’s next for Deep South Entertainment, the bar’s parent company. The closing of Deep South the Bar is the end of an era. How do you feel? What are you going to miss the most?It’s a mixture of emotions. That venue was a stage to over 40,000 musicians in its 11 years. That’s a lot of great memories. What I’ll miss most is the sense of community that place had—a home for all walks of life and all genres of music.  All that said, it’s a new chapter in my life with a second baby on the way for my wife and me. Bar ownership is a 24/7 job. While I’m thankful to the opportunities Deep South The Bar provided me and others, I’m also looking forward to having the extra time for my family. So, what’s next for you? The Bar’s parent company, Deep South Entertainment, is as strong as ever, with offices in Raleigh and Nashville. “What’s next” is to keep doing what we’ve always done as a company, but with growth. We will continue managing national recording artists and talent-buying for some of North Carolina’s most notable events. The bar was a very enjoyable part of our company for 11 years, but it has always been just a portion of our company. How’d you get the idea for the charity auction? When we announced we were closing, I started receiving messages from customers and friends asking if they could buy certain items that had hung on the walls all these years. There was a real interest from folks in the community to preserve these items. So it just felt right to allow those items to stay right here in Raleigh, with people who would care about them, all while raising money for local charities. What are some highlights of the auction? What do you think will be the coveted item? There’s almost 100 items available so it’s hard to say what might have significant sentimental value to someone. Maybe someone was at the Widespread Panic show in 2011 when they played across the street at Red Hat, so the poster commemorating that night might be important to them.  Or maybe someone grew up listening to The Connells, so the framed photo of their singer signing our walls would be meaningful. Or the setlist from when Aerosmith played Walnut Creek in the 90s. For me, there’s a framed Velvet Elvis that’s pretty cool. It’s an item that actually hung in one of the bars I used to frequent when I was at N.C. State back in the 90s, the 5-0 Cafe on Hillsborough Street. So to someone else, that may look like junk, but to me that one has pretty solid historical significance—particularly as it relates to the dive bar scene in Raleigh. center_img Deep South the Bar gives back to charity in the midst of closingAs told to Catherine Currin Why did you select these charities as recipients? What does it mean to you to give back to the community in this way?Band Together, the LGBT Center, and KidzNotes have always been active in the local music community. It just felt right to give back to those who have supported the Raleigh-area music community over the years.    Deep South the Bar in many ways has always been about the community, and of course about music. Keeping that music community vibrant is very important to me.    As for me personally—I’m looking forward to going to local shows and just enjoying the music. Strangely it was sometimes difficult to really enjoy the show at my own place because my mind would shift into business-owner mode pretty quickly. I would notice a light bulb that’s out, for example, or a paper towel dispenser that needed a refill, or whatever small stuff creeps its way in to daily operations that can take your mind off the music if you’re not careful. I’m looking forward to focusing again on the music. And I’m really looking forward to more family time.last_img read more

Millie Bobby Brown Leads Cast of Stars in New UNICEF Video

first_imgActress Millie Bobby Brown has teamed up with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson and Lilly Singh; singer-songwriter Dua Lipa and performance artists Blue Man Group, in a new video released by UNICEF ahead of World Children’s Day, celebrated on 20 November.Video: Millie Bobby Brown: Go Blue on World Children’s Day | UNICEFThe short video shows the 14-year-old star – who has symbolically changed her name to Millie Bobby ‘Blue’ to mark the occasion – overseeing a global ‘go blue’ operation. Alongside her team of young helpers, Millie calls on fellow UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors and supporters to join her in going blue – by wearing or displaying the colour blue – in support of children’s rights.“World Children’s Day is a fun day with a serious message,” said Millie Bobby Brown. “It is a day where all children are encouraged to speak out about what matters to them, like education, safe spaces to learn and play, and positive environments. By going blue for UNICEF on this day, we are demanding the world provide a brighter future for kids.”As the story unfolds, viewers see the stars responding to Millie’s call while going about their daily lives. Liam Neeson bakes blue cupcakes while reenacting a famous scene from his cult-hit Taken, Dua Lipa is in the studio re-recording the lyrics of her global hit Be The One from red to blue, Orlando Bloom is on a film set working under his new name – Orlando ‘Bluem’ – and Lilly Singh is at home making ‘blunicorn’ smoothies.UNICEF’s annual World Children’s Day is commemorated each year on 20 November and marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The global day raises awareness and vital funds for the millions of children who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted. This year, UNICEF is inviting the public to go online and sign its global petition asking for leaders to commit to fulfilling the rights of every child now and for future generations, and to Go Blue for every child by doing or wearing something blue on 20 November.“We want as many people as possible to go blue on November 20th, whether it’s wearing blue or incorporating blue into your day,” said Brown. “World Children’s Day is the one day a year when feeling blue means feeling – and doing – good.”For more information, click here.last_img read more

North Shore Animal League Americas Get Your Rescue On Gala Rocks New

first_imgNorth Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, celebrated another year of animal rescue work at its annual Get Your Rescue On Gala on Friday, November 30th at Pier 60 At Chelsea Piers.Howard Stern, Beth Stern, Joan Jett, Elvis Duran, and Joe GattoThis year’s evening was the coolest party in town, drawing attendees from all sectors of New York’s animal-loving community and beyond. Impractical Jokers star Joe Gatto served as host for the evening’s festivities where iHeart radio legend Elvis Duran received the Crystal Collar Award and Corporate Honoree Tito’s Handmade Vodka was recognized. The gala’s grand finale was a phenomenal live performance by rock ‘n’ roll icon Joan Jett And The Blackhearts.The next generation of heroes was represented by McKinney “Mac” Meek, the Ashland, KY high school junior and Mutt-i-Grees Curriculum National Student Ambassador who received North Shore Animal League America’s first-ever “Mutt-i-Grees Humane Leadership Award.”Among the “bold face names” to grace the red carpet, in addition to Beth and Howard Stern, were Radio Legend and Crystal Collar Honoree Elvis Duran; Impractical Jokers’ star and Event Host Joe Gatto; Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Joan Jett And The Blackhearts; The Howard Stern Show’s Robin Quivers and Gary Dell’Abate; Impractical Jokers’ Brian “Q” Quinn; Stage, Film and TV actress, Kathryn Erbe; President & CEO, The Hallmark Channel, Bill Abbott; TV producer, entertainer and comedian, Brian Balthazar; WPIX-11 Anchor, Tamsen Fadal; iHeart Radio Personality Maria Milito; Comedian Lisa Lampanelli; iHeart Radio Personality Mo Bounce; Good Morning America Producers Tony Morrison and Danielle Librizzo; Good Morning America Correspondent Will Ganss; NY Yankees Play-By-Play Broadcaster Michael Kay and Broadcast Journalist Jodi Applegate; New York Live host Lauren Scala; Journalist/Author Carole Radziwill; Fashion Designer Mark Bouwer; Actor Branden Wellington; Jersey Shore Vacation’s Vinny Guadagnino; WPIX-11 Anchor Dan Mannarino; among others.The yearly Gala supports North Shore Animal League America’s ever-expanding no-kill mission with all proceeds from the event dedicated to the ongoing capital campaign for Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center located on the Port Washington, NY campus. This 14,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will enable Animal League America to rescue many more animals by adding a second floor to the existing shelter that will host a cage-free, natural living environment for felines. Overall, this project will enable us to provide the best quality of life for all the animals in our care while they await adoption into loving homes.last_img read more

Ed Sheeran Launches Limited Edition ChukuaSelfie Apparel For Charity

first_imgEd Sheeran has teamed up with Represent to create a limited edition #ChukuaSelfie line of apparel.Ed Sheeran #ChukuaSelfie TeeThe singer has designed a line of tees and hoodies for the campaign.100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and will be used to promote HIV self-testing among young men in Kenya.These are only available for a limited time.To find out more, click here.last_img

Comedy Show with AllStar LineUp Hosted by Sherri Shepherd to Benefit Summit

first_imgThere’s a comedy show that is headed to the legendary El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood on Sunday, March 31, 2019 that is not your typical comedy show.Conveniently called The Comedy Show, the event is a fundraiser for Summit View School, which is dedicated to educating young people with learning differences who possess average to superior intellectual capabilities. Spearheaded by Sherri Shepherd, Summit View parent and Emmy Award-winning former co-host of ABC’s The View, the comedy show will feature an all-star line-up of comedians, including George Lopez, Louie Anderson, Wanda Sykes, Tammy Pescatelli, Billy Gardell, and Kevin Nealon. Sherri Shepherd will emcee the night’s festivities, which also includes a happy hour and silent auction.Here’s The Comedy Show line-up:Louie Anderson – Star and Emmy-Award winner for best supporting actor in the hit FX TV show, BasketsBilly Gardell – Star of the CBS hit television show, Mike & MollyGeorge Lopez – Star of The George Lopez ShowKevin Nealon – Best known as one of the longest-running cast members on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (1986-1995) and current cast member of Man with a Plan, airing Monday nights on CBS.Tammy Pescatelli – Winner of Comedy Central’s Stand-up Showdown and star of the Netflix special Finding the Funny.Wanda Sykes – Emmy-Award winning writer on The Chris Rock Show and co-star of The New Adventures of Old Christine.Sherri Shepherd, Emmy-Award winning, former co-host of ABC’s The ViewFor more information and to purchase tickets (first come, first serve!), please visit: 2019summitviewcomedyshow.eventbrite.com.last_img read more

China demands US withdraw request for Canada to extradite Huawei executive

BEIJING — China is issuing fresh demands that the U.S. abandon its request that Canada extradite a senior telecom executive who was detained in Vancouver last month.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in Beijing today that Meng Wanzhou’s case was out of the ordinary and Canada’s extradition treaty with the U.S. infringed on the “safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.”Hua says China wants the U.S. to withdraw the arrest warrant against the Huawei Technologies executive and “not make a formal extradition request to the Canadian side.”The demand comes a day after 140 international China experts — including five former Canadian ambassadors — urged President Xi Jinping to free two Canadians detained in apparent retaliation for Meng’s arrest.The letter praises former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor as bridge-builders between China and the world, and said their detentions will make its authors “more cautious” about travelling to China.Meng’s arrest has infuriated China, which also sentenced Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death last week for a previous drug-smuggling conviction.— With files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Press read more

Full Text of King Mohammed VI Speech on the Throne Day

Tetouan – King Mohammed VI addressed, on Saturday, a speech to the nation on the occasion of the eighteenth anniversary of Throne Day.The speech is as follows:“Praise be to God,May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin Dear Citizens,Today, we are celebrating the eighteenth anniversary of my accession to the throne, in a national environment characterized by achievements as well as challenges.This yearly celebration is an opportunity to renew the mutual bonds of the Bei’a uniting us and to take stock, together, of the state of the nation.The development projects and the political and institutional reforms carried out target a single goal: to serve citizens, wherever they may be. There is no difference between north and south, east and west, urban and rural areas.It is true that Morocco’s resources are limited. It is also a fact that many regions need more basic social services.However, Morocco has been constantly developing, by the grace of the Almighty. Progress is clear and real; it is recognized across the board and in all sectors.Today, however, we are witnessing glaring paradoxes that are hard to understand or accept.On the one hand, Morocco enjoys indisputable credibility at continental and international levels, the esteem and consideration of our partners and the confidence of major investors, such as the Boeing, Renault and Peugeot groups. But on the other hand, we are shocked by the end results, the facts on the ground and the modest achievements made in certain social sectors, so much so that it is shameful to admit we are actually talking about present-day Morocco.While it is true that our action, through a number of sectoral plans – like those relating to agriculture, industry and renewable energy – has been successful, human and local development programs, which have a positive impact on citizens’ living conditions, do us no credit, nor do they match our ambitions.In many sectors, this is mostly due to the inadequacy of joint action, the lack of a national, strategic dimension, inconsistency instead of harmony, disparagement and procrastination instead of entrepreneurship and concrete action.These paradoxes are even more acute when we compare the private sector – which is efficient and competitive, and which is built on a governance model that has incentives, as well as follow-up and monitoring mechanisms – to the public sector, particularly our civil service, which is suffering from poor governance and weak performance.The private sector is attracting the best human resources that are trained in our country. They are involved in the management of major international groups in Morocco as well as small and medium-sized Moroccan enterprises.As for civil servants, many of them do not have the skills, qualifications or ambition required; moreover, they are not always guided by a sense of responsibility.Some of them report to work for only short periods of time, preferring to settle for modest – but guaranteed – pay, instead of working hard to improve their social conditions.One of the problems which impede Morocco’s progress is the weakness of the civil service, be it in terms of governance, efficiency or the quality of the services provided to citizens.For instance, the regional investment centers – with the exception of one or two – are a problem. They impede the act of investing instead of serving as a mechanism that provides incentives and resolves the problems of investors at the regional level, without their having to go to central government departments.This has an adverse impact on regions that are suffering from insufficient – sometimes inexistent – private investment and from the public sector’s weak performance. This, in turn, affects citizens’ living conditions.The challenge is even more daunting in regions with the biggest shortage of health, education and cultural services, not to mention the lack of jobs. Greater cooperative efforts are required to close gaps and help these regions catch up with the others.Conversely, regions with a vibrant private sector, like Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech and Tangier, are enjoying strong economic dynamism which creates wealth as well as jobs.To put an end to this situation, governors, caids, directors, staff members, local officials, etc. should work hard, just like staff in the private sector – or even harder. They should show a sense of responsibility that does credit to the civil service and yields concrete results since these officials are entrusted with serving citizens’ interests.Dear Citizens,All in all, our development policy choices remain sound. The problem lies with mentalities that have not evolved as well as with the inability to implement projects and to innovate.The evolution witnessed in Morocco in the political domain and in the area of development has not led to the kind of positive reaction you would expect from political parties, leaders and government officials when dealing with the real aspirations and concerns of Moroccans.When results are positive, political parties, politicians and officials vie for the spotlight to derive benefits from the achievements made, both politically and in terms of media exposure.However, when matters do not turn out the way they should, they hide behind the Royal Palace and ascribe everything to it.As a result, citizens complain to the King about government services or officials that take too long to respond to their queries or process their cases, asking him to intercede on their behalf.Citizens are entitled to convincing answers – within reasonable timeframes – to their queries and complaints, including the explanation or justification of negative decisions. Requests and queries should not be turned down without a valid legal reason; they should be rejected only when they are inconsistent with the law, or when the citizen concerned has not completed the relevant procedures or met the requirements.Given this situation, citizens are entitled to ask themselves: What is the use of having institutions, holding elections, forming governments and appointing ministers, walis, governors, ambassadors and consuls if they live on one planet, and the people and their concerns are on another one?The practices of some elected officials induce a number of citizens, especially young people, to shun political life and take no part in elections.Put simply, they do not trust politicians; indeed, some stakeholders have perverted politics, diverting it away from its lofty objectives.If the King of Morocco is not convinced of the way political activity is conducted and if he does not trust a number of politicians, what are the citizens left with?To all those concerned I say: ‘Enough is enough!’ Fear God in what you are perpetrating against your homeland. Either discharge your obligations fully or withdraw from public life. There are plenty of honest men and women in Morocco.This situation can no longer be tolerated because the homeland’s interests and those of the citizens are at stake. I am choosing my words carefully here, and I know what I am saying because it comes after deep reflection.Dear Citizens,The responsibility and the privilege of serving citizens call for action that goes from responding to their basic demands to implementing projects – big and small.As I always point out, there is no difference between small and large projects. All projects are meant to meet people’s needs.Whether a project concerns a district, a hamlet, a city, a region or the entire country, it still has the same objective, which is to serve citizens. In the eyes of citizens, digging a well or building a dam, for instance, are equally important.What is the meaning of responsibility if the official concerned loses sight of one of the most basic requirements of that responsibility, which is to listen to citizens’ concerns?I fail to understand how officials who do not fulfill their duties can leave home, drive their cars, stop at traffic lights and brazenly and shamelessly look people in the face, knowing that they are aware of their unscrupulous conduct.Are these people who took the oath before God, the homeland and the King, and who fail to perform their duties, not ashamed of themselves? Should not any official who is guilty of dereliction of duty be held to account and dismissed?I must insist, in this respect, on the need to apply rigorously the provisions of the second paragraph of Article 1 of the Constitution, which links public office with accountability.It is high time this principle were implemented in full. Just as the law applies equally to all citizens, it must be applied, first and foremost, to all officials, without distinction or discrimination, and in all of the Kingdom’s regions.This is the dawn of a new era in which there is no difference between officials and citizens as far as civic rights and obligations are concerned; nor is there room for shirking responsibility or avoiding sanctions.Dear Citizens,I insist on the need to implement the provisions of the Constitution fully and rigorously. This is a collective responsibility which lies with all stakeholders, each in their respective area of competence – the government, parliament, political parties and all the institutions concerned.When an official obstructs or delays the implementation of a development project or a social program, this is not simply a case of dereliction of duty; it amounts to treason because that official is harming the interests of citizens and preventing them from enjoying their legitimate rights.Strangely enough, there are some officials who fail in their duty and still consider that they deserve a higher position.It is attitudes and inconsistencies such as these that give substance to the widely-held belief among most Moroccans that the reason behind vying for positions is to benefit from rent-seeking and to wield power and influence to serve one’s own interests.And since examples of such practices exist in everyday life, people unfortunately tend to give credence to this belief.But, thank God, not all politicians and senior civil servants are like that. There are trustworthy people who genuinely love their homeland and who are known for their integrity, uprightness and commitment to serving the public good.Dear Citizens,The events taking place in some parts of the country have regrettably revealed an unprecedented lack of the sense of responsibility.Instead of each party fulfilling its national and professional obligations; instead of resorting to cooperation and collaborative efforts to resolve citizens’ problems, the parties concerned have been laying the blame at one another’s door, and narrow politicking has been allowed to take precedence over the homeland. As a result, citizens’ interests have been ignored.Some political parties believe that all they have to do is hold their general meetings, those of their political and executive committees and get involved in election campaigns.But when it comes to engaging the citizens and solving their problems, they do nothing and are non-existent. This is unacceptable on the part of institutions whose role is to guide and represent the citizens and to serve their interests.I never expected partisan bickering and political score-settling to go as far as to jeopardize the interests of citizens.Running public affairs should have nothing to do with personal or partisan interests, populist discourse, or the use of strange expressions that undermine political action.I have noted that most stakeholders have opted for a win-lose rationale to preserve or expand their political capital at the expense of the homeland, even if that means making the situation worse.The fact that political parties and their representatives refrain from performing their mission – sometimes deliberately, and sometimes out of a lack of credibility or patriotism – has further compounded the situation.Given this regrettable and dangerous vacuum, law enforcement services have found themselves face to face with the citizens. They have bravely and patiently fulfilled their duty, showing restraint and commitment to the rule of law as they maintained security and stability.I am referring to Al Hoceima, but what happened there could actually occur in any other region.This refutes what some have referred to as the ‘security approach’, as if Morocco were sitting on top of a volcano, or as if each household and each citizen were being watched over by a policeman.Some even say there is a radical wing and a moderate one, adding that they disagree on how to tackle these events. Nothing could be further from the truth!In reality, there is only one policy and a single, unwavering commitment, which is to enforce the law, respect the institutions, ensure the security of citizens and safeguard their property.Moroccans know that the people behind the afore-mentioned anachronous theory are using it as a business undertaking; they also realize that what these people say is not credible.They act as if law-enforcement services are the ones who run the country and control the government and senior officials. It is probably these services that set prices, etc.By contrast, law enforcement officers are making major sacrifices, working day and night in difficult conditions to fulfil their duty, maintain the internal and external security and stability of the homeland, and safeguard the security, serenity and tranquility of citizens.Moroccans have every right and ought, in fact, to be proud of their law-enforcement authorities. I say this loud and clear, without any inferiority complex: if certain nihilists do not want to admit this, or refuse to tell the truth, it is their problem – and theirs alone.Dear Citizens,The Moroccan institutional model is an advanced political system.Nevertheless, for the most part, it is not properly applied. The problem concerns actual implementation on the ground. Having said that, I am particularly keen to respect the prerogatives of institutions as well as the separation of powers.However, if officials fail to discharge their duties, and the interests of the homeland and of citizens are jeopardized, it is incumbent upon me, as per the Constitution, to ensure the country’s security and stability and to safeguard people’s interests as well as their rights and freedoms.At the same time, I will not accept any backtracking on democratic achievements, nor will I tolerate any obstruction as far as the work of institutions is concerned. Both the Constitution and the law are quite clear, and powers need no explanation.Officials must exercise their prerogatives without waiting for someone’s permission. And instead of repeating the same excuse – namely ‘I am being prevented from doing my job’ – it is better for them to offer their resignation, which nobody would reject.Morocco must come first: before political parties, before elections and before senior positions.Dear Citizens,Until my very last breath, I will always take pride in serving you, for I was brought up to love our motherland and to serve its sons and daughters.I solemnly promise, before God, to keep up my earnest endeavors and seek to meet your expectations so that your aspirations may be fulfilled.Allow me, Dear citizens, to speak my mind and tell you exactly how I feel, eighteen years after assuming the sacred mission of leading the nation.I cannot hide certain matters from you. You know them quite well. It is my duty to tell you the truth. Otherwise, I will let you down.You will notice, Dear Citizens, that I have not talked about our territorial integrity, Africa, or any other foreign policy issue.Needless to say, the question of the Moroccan Sahara is not open for discussion, and, of course, it remains a top priority.What I am seeking to achieve today, in all regions of the Kingdom, is a new massîra, or march – a march for the achievement of human and social development; a march for equality and social justice for all Moroccans, because such a major endeavor cannot be carried out in one region and not in the others.One may come up with the most efficient development model and the best plans and strategies but:– without a change in mentality;– without having the best civil servants;– without the political parties choosing the best elites that are qualified to run public affairs;– without a sense of responsibility and national commitment; one would not be able to offer all Moroccans the free, dignified life one wants them to have.I do not want you, Dear Citizens, to think, after listening to this address, that I am being pessimistic.Far from it! You know that I am a realist. I tell the truth, painful though it may be.Pessimism is the lack of will, the absence of a forward-looking vision and the inability to see things as they are.Thank God, our resolve is both firm and sincere, and we also have a clear, long-term vision. We know who we are and where we are heading.Throughout the centuries, and by the Grace of the Almighty, Morocco has managed to survive countless hardships, thanks to the close, symbiotic relationship between the Throne and the people.And here we are today, forging ahead and making progress, together, in various sectors. We confidently and resolutely look forward to making more achievements.Almighty God says:‘Allah does command you to render back your Trusts to those to whom they are due; and when you judge between man and man, that you judge with justice’.True is the Word of God.Wassalmu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.” read more

Grenade attacks against Burundian lawmakers alarm SecretaryGeneral

11 March 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern at the simultaneous grenade attacks at the weekend in Bujumbura, the Burundian capital, on the homes of four parliamentarians. Mr. Ban “calls on national authorities to continue to give this serious incident the attention it deserves and to bring the perpetrators to justice without delay,” his spokesperson said in a statement released today. “The Secretary-General urges the Government of Burundi and all political leaders to work together through the national democratic institutions to ease the current tensions,” the statement added. “He will continue to monitor the situation in Burundi very closely.” The grenades were launched against the homes of Alice Nzomukunda, the former vice-president of the National Assembly, and the lawmakers Mathias Barabose, Zaituni Radjabu and Pasteur Mpawenayo. The three lawmakers are among a group of 46 parliamentarians who have written to Mr. Ban and the United Nations Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB) asking for protection after death threats were made against them. BINUB has been in place in the Great Lakes country since the start of last year to help implement the previous year’s comprehensive ceasefire agreement between the Government and the rebel group known as Palipehutu-FNL. In a press statement yesterday, BINUB also condemned the grenade attack, and noted with concern that it was similar to recent attacks against parliamentarians involved in the current tensions within the National Assembly. They urged the Government, the lawmakers and the leaders of Burundi’s political parties to pursue dialogue to resolve their differences. read more

Technology stocks drag the market lower in early trading

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved broadly lower in early trading Tuesday as investors again back away from technology companies.Technology stocks led the losses in the S&P 500 for a second straight day. Microsoft fell 1.8% and PayPal shed 2.7%. The shift contrasts with the last few weeks, when the sector was the key to much of the market gains.Health care stocks were also among the biggest losers. Merck shed 5% and Abbott fell 3.1%. Merck and other pharmaceutical companies have been updating investors with the latest data on developing lung cancer treatments at a medical conference in Spain.A mix of consumer product makers and consumer-focused stocks also fell. McDonalds shed 3.5% and Colgate-Palmolive fell 2.2%.Rising bond yields pushed bank stocks higher and placed financial holdings among the few sectors to notch gains in the early going. JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America rose 1.3%. Banks rely on higher yields to set more lucrative interest rates on loans.The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.65% from 1.62% late Monday.Energy companies also eked out gains.The broader market has generally been gaining ground for two weeks as investors remain confident in the strength of the economy, despite the lingering trade war between the U.S. and China. The feud between the world’s two largest economies has been injecting doses of volatility into the market as both sides escalate and then pull back. Recent plans for trade talks to resume in October raised some hope on Wall Street for a resolution.Meanwhile, investors continue to watch the steady flow of economic data for a clearer picture of the U.S. economy’s health. Recent reports have been a mixed bag.The Labor Department will report the latest consumer price index figures on Wednesday and the Commerce Department will report August retail sales data on Friday. Economists continue to expect the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates at its meeting next week to help maintain U.S. economic growth.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 0.6% as of 10:03 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 71 points, or 0.3%, to 26,760. The Nasdaq fell 0.9%.OVERSEAS: Stocks in Europe moved lower. Britain’s planned Oct. 31 exit from the European Union remains a key concern for investors. Britain could face economic and trade chaos if it exits the group of nations without some kind of deal to regulate trade and other issues with members of the EU. Investors are also concerned that the departure could worsen a slowdown in growth throughout the continent and they expect the European Central Bank to unveil new monetary stimulus measures on Thursday to help shore up the region’s economy.Markets in Asia were mixed.BREAKFAST MONEY: Wendy’s fell 9.6% after the fast-food chain cut its profit growth forecast because of plans to expand its breakfast options nationwide. It plans to invest $20 million this year in the expansion and expects up to 6.5% profit growth instead of 7% growth. Wendy’s also told investors that it will update its goals for 2020.ENGINE TROUBLE: Ford fell 3.5% after credit rating service Moody’s cut the automaker’s credit rating to junk status. Moody’s is concerned that the company will be weighed down by weak earnings and cash generation as it restructures. The move by Moody’s makes it more costly for Ford to borrow money because it is considered a high credit risk.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Taro Hall to be closed Saturday

Taro Hall will be closed Saturday, Nov. 18 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. while electrical upgrades are completed.All entrances and exits on all levels will be closed while the work is being done as part of the ongoing Goodman School of Business expansion project.Anyone with questions or concerns regarding this work can contact project manager Janet Muenzberger at x5017 or jmuenzberger@brocku.ca, or Lesley Owen at x5949 or lowen@brocku.ca.Alternate pedestrian routes are outlined in the above map.

Major glass sand processing order from Tunisia for CDE

first_imgThis year will see CDE complete a multi-million materials washing project in Tunisia for the glass industry with new client SMETRAM. A subsidiary of giant Sebri Group, SMETRAM has been exploiting sand quarries in Tunisia since 2001 to serve the national market, and typically the concrete and ceramic industries.Innovative and visionary, SMETRAM decided the time had come in 2017 to strategically invest in the production of industrial sands adapted to the specifications of the glass market in Algeria, Germany, Italy and France, focusing on the exploitation of silica sand in the region of Oueslatia.To manage the extraction of 3,000 t of sand per day, the company was looking for high tech materials washing equipment that could stand the test of time.Habib Sebri, CEO of SMETRAM, explains his choice: “SMETRAM is a dynamic company with 15 years’ experience in the treatment of sand and aggregates. Recently SMETRAM has reached the level of success and maturity that has enabled us to make the decision to develop outwards and into specialised international markets by adding high quality glass sand to our offering.”He added: “However, we knew that in order to succeed, the choice of our materials washing equipment would be crucial. After thoroughly researching all the options available on the materials washing market, we opted for a CDE washing plant. Reasons for our decision were based on the professionalism of the CDE commercial team, the manufacturer’s commitment and investment in innovation and new technologies and its use of high quality materials.”To guarantee a consistent and precise cut as well as the required production level, SMETRAM chose a complete turnkey washing solution including the powerful and compact M4500 sand washing plant (with high frequency Infinity Screens, ShearClean dynamic attrition scrubber and Spiral Separators) which takes care of screening, washing, attrition, classification and recycles up to 90% of waste water. The M4500 will be fed 200 tonnes per hour of raw materials for a production of 100 tonnes per hour of high quality fine sand for the glass industry. A second installation will be commissioned at the start of 2018 on a different site, which will double SMETRAM’s production.Aymen Bennour, Business Development Executive for CDE in Tunisia, concludes: “The SMETRAM project is a major landmark in the development of CDE, both in North Africa and in the industry of industrial sands in Tunisia. We are delighted to have been chosen for this project and to work with SMETRAM. The CDE M4500 materials washing plant has become a staple in the global washing industry since its launch in 2014 and one of our most popular products.”He added: “This high tech installation is compact, powerful, user-friendly and economical. Investing in a plant that guarantees extremely precise cut points and consistency in production levels gives an advantage to companies wishing to develop their operations or, as in SMETRAM’s case, to engage with new dynamic and innovative markets.”last_img read more

Netflix to get firstrun films from FilmDistrict for streaming

first_imgIt is clear that Netflix believes that its future is not in renting DVDs through the mail, but rather in their instant video streaming service. That belief drove the company to expand into Canada with a streaming-only service which was later followed up by a streaming-only option for U.S. subscribers. Demonstrating even more commitment is the possible $2 billion that Netflix could be spending on content costs before the end of next year. Now, it seems the latest check Netflix will be writing will be to FilmDistrict.Under a new agreement between the two companies, Netflix will stream first-run theatrical films distributed by the company. This is another coup for Netflix, because normally movies from FilmDistrict would be licensed to premium cable channels. Now those same movies will be going to Netflix and will be available to subscribers beginning in 2011.AdChoices广告FilmDistrict is not only a production and distribution company, but an acquisition and financing company as well. It was formed earlier this year by Oscar-winning producer Graham King, Tim Headington, and the company’s current CEO Peter Schlessel. Bob Berney and Adrian Alperovich later joined that company as president of film distribution and president of acquisitions and operations.Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, responded to the deal by saying:Netflix has a long and successful history working with Peter Schlessel and Bob Berney, and I have long admired Graham King’s amazing production success with movies like ‘The Departed’ and ‘Blood Diamond,’ which are among the most watched and highly rated movies of all time by Netflix members. We are thrilled to be in business with these proven tastemakers and entertainment business leaders.Two of the first films under the new deal include the crime tale Drive starring Academy Award-nominated duo Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan and the science fiction film Lockout starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace.Read more at Netflix.last_img read more

The Greatest Show on Earth to wind up after 146 years

first_img By AFP A major moment as big brands that harm animals fade away and more humane businesses emerge I applaud @RinglingBros announcement.— Wayne Pacelle (@waynepacelle) January 15, 2017 “The Greatest Show on Earth” to wind up after 146 years Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus is one of the world’s best known circuses. Jan 15th 2017, 3:09 PM 25,897 Views 45 Comments “A major moment as big brands that harm animals fade away and more humane businesses emerge I applaud @RinglingBros announcement,” he tweeted.In May 2015, the circus retired its performing elephants after major criticism from animal rights groups, including widely circulated videos from PETA that showed a male handler hitting elephants with an ankus, or pointed stick.The Ringling Brothers herd was the largest in the Western hemisphere for Asian elephants, listed as an endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which says 40,000 to 50,000 exist in the world in highly fragmented populations.“It is sad. You feel it is the end of an era,” long-time trainer Trudy Williams told AFP at the time.Ringling Brothers was also embroiled in a 14-year lawsuit in which animal rights groups alleged the circus was mistreating its herd.The case was eventually thrown out after a lead witness was found to have been paid for his testimony by animal rights groups.By 2014, the plaintiffs, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society, had been ordered to pay the circus $25 million (€23.5 million) to reimburse its legal fees.© – AFP, 2017Read: Latest Alec Baldwin parody takes aim squarely at Trump’s ‘dodgy dossier’Read: Meal deal: Vatican McDonald’s row ends with hamburgers for homeless Share Tweet Email center_img http://jrnl.ie/3188152 Source: Wayne Pacelle/Twitter Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 3:09 PM Source: Ringling BrosRINGLING BROS AND Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced it will host its final show in May, ending “The Greatest Show on Earth” after 146 years.Company executives cited high operating costs and declining ticket sales after the traveling American circus retired its popular elephants as reasons for drawing the curtain on a celebrated spectacle that traces its origins to politician and showman PT Barnum’s first show in 1871.Animal rights groups cheered the move as a success story following decades of activism against the use of animals in the circus.Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of show producer Feld Entertainment, said he and his family came to the “difficult” decision to end the circus “after much evaluation and deliberation”.“Nearly 50 years ago, my father founded our company with the acquisition of Ringling Bros,” he said in a statement on the group’s website.The circus and its people have continually been a source of inspiration and joy to my family and me, which is why this was such a tough business decision to make.The group has a total of 30 stops scheduled on its 2017 tour.The final “Circus XTREME” show will take place at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island on 7 May, while the group’s “Out Of This World” tour will take place on 21 May at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.Freak show originsAlthough Barnum’s first show took place decades before, it was not until 1919 that a group started by five Wisconsin brothers, Ringling Bros World’s Greatest Shows, merged with Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth.While the Ringling brothers had been better known for traditional circus fare, Barnum was dubbed the “Prince of Humbugs”, known as a shameless promoter of incredible hoaxes, freak shows and zoological curiosities. Ringling Brothers elephants pictured on Coney Island, New York, 2009 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOne such object was the Fiji mermaid, or Feejee mermaid, which was in fact no less than the head and torso of a monkey sewn to the body and tail of a fish.Barnum launched his travelling circus after fires destroyed his Barnum’s American Museum. Two whales were boiled alive in their tanks during one of the fires.In 1881, Barnum teamed up with James Bailey to run their “Greatest Show on Earth”, making a fortune along the way.Animal rights controversiesPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) cheered Ringling’s latest decision as the end of an era, and called for other circuses to follow their lead.“After 36 years of PETA protests, which have awoken the world to the plight of animals in captivity, PETA heralds the end of what has been the saddest show on Earth for wild animals, and asks all other animal circuses to follow suit, as this is a sign of changing times,” the group’s president Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, joined in. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Busards à ailes rouges un mauvais canular

first_imgBusards à ailes rouges : un mauvais canular En Nouvelle-Zélande, la justice aurait condamné mardi 31 janvier un homme qui avait capturé des busards puis les avait relâchés… après leur avoir peint les ailes en rouge, dans le but de mystifier les ornithologues. 5.000 dollars néo-zélandais d’amende, plus 15.000 de dédommagement à une ONG environnementale : c’est ce que devra payer ce fermier de 39 ans, condamné cette semaine pour un bien étrange délit. Il avait ‘mis en circulation’, en 2009, des busards dont il avait préalablement peint les ailes en rouge, après les avoir attrapés. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une supercherie qui avaient pris au piège les ornithologues de Nouvelle-Zélande. En effet, ceux-ci avaient un moment été bluffés d’apercevoir plusieurs de ces oiseaux près de Dannevirk, dans l’île du nord : s’agissait-il d’une nouvelle espèce ? D’une étrange mutation ?Malheureusement pour Grant Michael Teahan, l’auteur de cette mauvaise plaisanterie, un des volatiles ainsi transformé, percuté par une voiture, a pu être examiné, ce qui a permis de découvrir la supercherie. “Vous piégiez ces oiseaux, vous les peigniez et attendiez la publicité localement générée ainsi”, a déclaré le juge cité par l’AFP et chargé de l’affaire après qu’une association écologique ait porté plainte.Le 1 février 2012 à 19:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Shield set to kick off RAW tonight in Pittsburgh with a

first_imgRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp WWE Announces Roman Reigns’ Retirement Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WWE is advertising a big segment to kick off RAW tonight.Scheduled to being Monday Night RAW in Pittsburgh is a “farewell address” featuring The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose).The Shield picked up a win last night at Fastlane over Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley, in a match that was dubbed as “one last time” and the “end of an era” featuring the three Shield members. WWE also openly talked about Dean Ambrose’s current deal with WWE expiring next month in April as well.Be sure to join Mike and Victoria Tedesco live on YouTube immediately after RAW. WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Twitter Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Facebook Ronda Rousey Google+ Seth Rollins Videos Articles Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Pinterest Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

Icardi reveals his wife will remain his agent

first_imgInter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has revealed on Thursday that he wanted his wife Wanda Nara to continue working as his agent for the rest of his career.Icardi’s comments came after a report from Gazzetta dello Sport said that Inter want the Argentine to appoint a new agent as both sides negotiate a possible extension to the striker’s contract.Inter are yet to comment on the report by the Italian media outlet on the rumours surrounding the contract negotiations.#MI9 pic.twitter.com/VM9mvNNLDe— MauroIcardi (@MauroIcardi) January 10, 2019Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It’ll always be Wanda who takes care of my and our interests until the end of my career,” Icardi said on Twitter.The former Sampdoria striker, who has two-and-a-half years to run on his current deal with Inter, has been the club’s leading goal scorer in Serie A for the past four seasons, scoring 22, 16, 24 and 29 goals.But he often finds himself in the gossip columns rather than the sports pages due to his controversial marriage to Wanda, an Argentine media personality who was previously married to Maxi Lopez.Lopez is believed to have taken Icardi under his wing when the 25-year-old arrived at Sampdoria from Barcelona.last_img read more

Jail to aid inmates who are mentally ill

first_imgInmates who have a history of mental illness will receive additional assistance from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, which runs the county jail.The Board of Clark County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a request from Sheriff Garry Lucas to add two discharge planners, who will help inmates arrange to get help for mental illnesses and chemical dependency upon release.In 2012, Lucas said the jail has been viewed as a warehouse for the mentally ill and pledged to commissioners he would step up efforts to identify at-risk inmates, increase training for custody officers on how to best handle mentally ill inmates and make sure inmates who leave jail have a discharge plan to ease their transition back into the community.Nationwide, there are three times more seriously mentally ill people in jails and prisons than in hospitals, according to a 2010 study by the National Sheriff’s Association and the Treatment Advocacy Center. The study also found that in 1955, there was one psychiatric bed for every 300 Americans, and by 2005 there was one psychiatric bed for every 3,000 Americans.Jail Chief Ric Bishop anticipates the addition of two discharge planners will help cut down on repeated arrests for people with mental illnesses.“Community organizations have volunteered to help people released from the jail. However, we do not have professionals to screen and connect these people to mental health, addictions and other existing services. These new positions will be a big help in keeping them out of the revolving jail doors,” said Bishop, according to a county news release.last_img read more