Benkirane Says Marriage of Two Ministers Tarnishes Image of his Party

Rabat – Chief of government Abdelilah Benkirane recently expressed his discontent with the romance between Habib Choubani, Minister Delegate in charge of Relations between Parliament and Civil Society and Soumia Benkhaldoun, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executive training.According to the daily newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, Abdelilah Benkirane said in a meeting of his party’s executive committee on Monday that the relationship between the two PJD ministers has tarnished the image of the Islamist party.While he acknowledged that he has no right in intervening in the personal lives of others, Abdelilah Benkirane did not hide his displeasure with the ministerial couple, saying that everyone must be responsible for the consequences of their decisions. Benkirane said the ministers’ alleged engagement and the controversy that surrounded it have only caused damage to the party’s political image. Akhbar Al Yaoum added the PJD is moving towards the establishment of a committee whose mission will be to minimize the impact of the issue on the party’s image. read more

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Fishermen released by Sri Lanka reach India

A group of fishermen who were released by the Sri Lankan government were brought to India by a Coast Guard vessel on Friday evening, The Hindu newspaper reported.Forty-nine among them were from Nagapattinam district; 13 from Ramanathapuram and 16 from Pudukottai district. They were all arrested by Sri Lankan Navy in the mid-sea since September. Fisheries Minister K.A. Jayapal, Commissioner of Fisheries Beela Rajesh, Nagapattinam District Collector S. Palanisamy and Fisheries Department officials were present at the Karaikal port. At a Rameswaram jetty, 48 fishermen, including seven from Tuticorin, arrived carrying tales of woes.Earlier, ICG vessel Rajkamal received the fishermen from the Lankan Navy at the International Maritime Border Line (IMBL). Braving heavy rains, family members of the fishermen thronged the fishing jetty to receive them. The Tuticorin fishermen were taken in a van soon after. Police sources said the fishermen were brought by the Coast Guard vessel ‘Sagar’. Upon arrival at Karaikal port, the Coast Guard personnel handed over the fishermen to the Fisheries Department. The Rameswaram fishermen who had been languishing in Anurathapuram prison complained that they were treated in inhuman manner in the prison.On many days they could not eat as the food smelt bad. Paul (20) a fisherman from Thangachimadam said he suffered from food poisoning and was treated in the jail hospital.Before repatriation, the Lankan Navy warned them they would be detained in prison for a minimum of two years if they were found poaching again, a fisherman said. Meanwhile, U Arulanandham and P Sesu Raja, fishermen leaders, urged the Centre to secure the release of the boats before they suffered damage due to the vagaries of weather. read more

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Talks advance on UN treaty for disabled persons chief negotiator says

“We need to change the current attitudes, environment and economic realities experienced by individuals with disabilities,” said Luis Gallegos Chiriboga of Ecuador, the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities. “In truth we need to change society.”The UN World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 600 million people with disabilities. “The experts consider that 30 to 40 per cent of the households of the world have members with disabilities,” the Chairman said, pointing out that this figure was expected to rise in the future as the global population as a whole ages.A holistic international convention on the rights of persons with disabilities must encompass not only traditional human rights concerns but other issues emerging in today’s rapidly changing world, he said. These ranged from technological advances to epidemics and poverty.”What we’re looking for is integrating disabilities in a worldwide covenant that would protect those rights, but that will also give [disabled persons] opportunities, with new technologies, of integrating into society,” he said. read more

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Ban condemns deadly attack on Shia mosque in Pakistan during Friday prayers

The attack comes just two weeks after nearly 60 people were killed in another assault on a Shia mosque in southern Pakistan, which the UN chief also condemned.“There is no justification for such crimes,” Mr. Ban stressed in a statement issued today by his spokesperson in New York.According to the statement, the Secretary-General is deeply dismayed the repeated targeting of innocent people based on their religious beliefs and places of worship.Mr. Ban called on Pakistani authorities to bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice. He also urges them to redouble their efforts “to protect religious and ethnic minorities and to combat terrorism in all its forms.”The Secretary-General in the statement extends his heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families, the Government and the people of Pakistan. read more

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LDCs Behind the scenes – gearing up for a UN conference on

This week alone, two summits in Turkey have been organized with the support of the Turkish Government; first the World Humanitarian Summit which ended on Tuesday, and starting tomorrow, in the coastal city of Antalya, the Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPOA).The 10-year plan was developed to give impetus to economic and social development in some of the world’s most vulnerable States. The category of least developed countries (LDCs) was officially established in 1971 by the UN General Assembly to attract special international support to disadvantages members of the UN family. The current list includes 34 in Africa, 13 in Asia and the Pacific, and one in Latin America. The newest to have joined is South Sudan. Today in Antalya, the technical arrangements for ensuring that the global IPOA conference can be followed by millions of viewers were being tweaked. Crucial services include interpretation in the six official languages of the Organization.Sophie Louyot, the UN chief interpreter, is leading a team of 49 language experts. She started in 1982 as an interpreter herself and has been on many missions to major UN conferences. The UN News Centre asked her to explain the difference between covering an international meeting at the world body’s New York Headquarters, as opposed to one in a remote location. “First of all, we are in a hotel, so there are no [interpreters’] booths in the rooms,” Ms. Louyot noted. “So they put in chairs and brought mobile booths from outside. They’re not the perfect size, they’re not isolated correctly, they’re not ventilated correctly, but the sound is good, which is the main priority.” Mobile interpretation booths at the Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action. 26 May 2016. UN Photo: Stéphanie Coutrix The voices of all these women and men can be heard in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabic anywhere in the world on UN Web TV. The broadcast service is also on demand for those in different time zones. Andreas Damianou, the Chief of that unit, welcomed the UN News Centre into their makeshift space. In less than one day, he has transformed the hotel bar into a broadcast studio. “We are in one of the main parts of the hotel,” he said. “Actually, it used to be a disco, and we’re turning it into a UN webcast room. We set up encoders where we can stream live, simultaneously three meeting or events.”Four computers are required for each event; two are used for the live stream – one for English and the other for the original language – while the others serve to archive the footage for the on demand service. Mr. Damianou is working with eight local volunteers who were selected by a Turkish event planning company. They all have very different backgrounds, as the only requirement was to speak English. The rest they learned during a four day training, which was organized in Istanbul prior to the World Humanitarian Summit. “The hardest part is that we need to be very quick,” said 22-year-old Selin Pars, who recently completed her undergraduate studies in genetics, but was eager to gain a different kind of experience before starting a Master’s degree. She said she is learning the lingo of the broadcast world, and how to work under the pressure of live demands. “I also get to hear all the speeches, and that’s why I’m learning. For example, from the people who govern the countries, like the important people,” she chuckled. “I’m also learning about the current issues in the world and how people are trying to find a solution. It is quite interesting.”As the day winds down in Antalya, with last minute tweaks to speeches, colorful signs being propped up and security scanners placed at the head of long hotel corridors, those working behind the scenes can now get just a few hours shut eye before the opening drum roll of a crucial conference that will discuss issues of direct concern to more than 880 million people living in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries. Despite these challenges, she said her dedicated and professional crew of linguists is adapting well because the change of scenery helps break their usual routine. “Because they’re in Antalya, because the surroundings are different, because it’s beautiful outside, everything is easier in a way to accept the conditions they’re working under,” she assured, speaking from one of the hotel rooms redesigned as an “interpreter lounge” through Sunday. The headquarters of UN Web TV at the Istanbul Programme of Action. 26 May 2016. UN Photo: Stéphanie Coutrix read more

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Attacks on hospitals and medical staff symptoms of grave disregard for international

“Despite our efforts, civilians continue to bear the brunt of conflict around the world,” Mr. Guterres told the 15-member body, stressing that attacks on medical staff and facilities continue in conflict zones. Alongside him were Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy of Human Rights Watch. The UN chief recalled that last year, the Council took specific action to improve the protection of medical care during conflict, by adopting Resolution 2286, which, among others, urged ‘States and all parties to armed conflict to develop effective measures to prevent and address acts of violence, attacks and threats against medical personnel and humanitarian personnel exclusively engaged in medical duties.In August, his predecessor submitted recommendations for the swift implementation of this resolution.“But on the ground, little has changed,” Mr. Guterres warned, citing statistics from the World Health Organization showing that attacks on medical care took place in at least 20 countries affected by conflict in 2016.Attacks on hospitals and medical staff, and the removal of medical supplies from humanitarian convoys, are symptoms of a continued grave disregard for international law and the protection of civiliansIn Syria, Physicians for Human Rights has documented more than 400 attacks on medical facilities since the conflict began. More than 800 medical staff have been killed, and more than half of all medical facilities are closed or are only partially functioning, with two-thirds of specialized medical personnel having fled the country.In Yemen, just a few months after the adoption of resolution 2286, 15 people including three medical staff were reported killed when a hospital was hit in an airstrike.In Afghanistan, the number of reported attacks against health facilities and personnel almost doubled in 2016 compared with 2015.In South Sudan, after years of attacks, less than 50 per cent of medical facilities are functional in areas affected by conflict. Some 17,000 people who fled to a UN Protection of Civilians site in Wau, South Sudan, following violence, have access to water, and are putting up basic structures to shield from the hot sun. Photo: UNMISS/Nektarios Markogiannis (file) “These attacks are evidence of a broader trend: parties to conflict are treating hospitals and health clinics as targets, rather than respecting them as sanctuaries,” Mr. Guterres said.He went on to highlight the three main protection priorities; ensure greater respect for international humanitarian and human rights law; stepping up the protection of humanitarian and medical missions, by implementing his predecessor’s recommendations on Security Council resolution 2286 (2016); and preventing forced displacement and finding durable solutions for refugees and internally displaced people.On the third point, he stressed the need to address the root causes of conflicts that are driving displacement, by investing in inclusive and sustainable development, promoting all human rights and the rule of law, strengthening governance and institutions, and enhancing mediation capacity, from communities to national governments.“Preventing and ending conflict is my first priority,” he declared. “I call on you all to make it yours, for the sake of the millions of civilians who are suffering around the world.” According to a concept note circulated by Uruguay, which holds the Council presidency for May, Member States are invited to place the issue of the protection of healthcare in a broader context, connecting it to overarching ‘protection of civilian’ issues. read more

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Preserving biodiversity vital to reverse tide of climate change UN stresses on International Day

Biodiversity in plant and animal life in the world – in terms of species, habitats and genetics – leads to ecosystems that are healthier, more productive and better able to adapt to challenges like climate change, says the UN, and human activity is threatening the fate of species around the world like never before, according to an alarming new UN report earlier this month. The theme “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health” aims to leverage knowledge and spread awareness of how much all life depends on biodiversity.  In his message to mark the day, celebrated every 22 May, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, notes that “the quality of the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe all depend on keeping the natural world in good health”, also underlining that biodiversity was essential to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and to address climate change.  Healthy ecosystems can “provide 37 per cent of the mitigation needed to limit global temperature rise”, he said, warning that the “current negative trends in biodiversity and ecosystems are projected to undermine progress towards 80 per cent of the targets for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We cannot allow this to happen.” What is #biodiversity? It’s the existence of many different types of plants and animals that makes the 🌍 a healthier and more productive place.We wouldn’t be able to survive without it! Learn more 👉https://t.co/rr3tq8anVk#BiodiversityDay #IDB2019 #ZeroHunger pic.twitter.com/dDJvJ7AnL0— FAO (@FAO) May 22, 2019 “The world’s current food system is increasingly broken.  Billions of people lack access to proper nutrition”, said the UN chief. “Approximately one third of what is produced is lost or wasted.  The ways in which we grow, process, transport, consume and waste food are leading causes of biodiversity loss, while also contributing to climate change.” Addressing the issue of deforestation, Mr. Guterres said it had caused the “loss of more than 290 million hectares of forests that help to absorb harmful carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere”.  Mr. Guterres urged all governments, businesses and civil society to “take urgent action to protect and sustainably manage the fragile and vital web of life on our one and only planet”.  Highlighting the galvanizing effect of biodiversity for human health and well-being, the Secretary-General stressed that “solutions exist”.  “By halting environmentally harmful practices, diversifying our food systems and promoting more sustainable production and consumption patterns, we can improve global health, increase food security and strengthen resilience to climate change”, he concluded.  How can you help? By choosing to eat only seasonal and local produce, we can ensure that the demand for the right foods is high in the right season.  According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), more than 90 per cent of traditional crops have disappeared from farmers’ fields, while half of the animals bred by humans have been lost. All of the world’s 17 main fishing grounds are being fished at or above their sustainable limits. FAO also underlines that agricultural biodiversity is fundamental for coping with a changing climate, and helping to remove carbon from the atmosphere, and securing the future of diverse sources of healthy and nutritious food. read more

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Whats best and who in underground mine development

first_imgWe will be closing the nominations for the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in August. Do you wish to nominate someone who has contributed in an outstanding way to technology in underground mine development or efficiency, safety, productivity, etc.in that discipline? Contact john@im-mining.com about nominations.The chosen nominees will be inducted at the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center, Denver on February 25, 2019. The dinner is a key event in the SME Annual Conference week.The current nominations shortlist in the Underground Surface Mining has just two men, J.H. Fletcher. He began his company intent on developing technology that would greatly improve mine productivity and reduce personnel risk by using rubber-tyre, non-track-mounted vehicles in underground applications. In 1938, the company showed its first products at a coal show in Cincinnati; a rubber-tyre tractor and drop-bottom conveyor. Since that time, J.H. Fletcher & Co has operated with a singular vision: to work with a vigilant focus on finding ways to improve mining processes and reducing risk for the people who work there.Craig Stewart developed new software for Microsoft Windows called ‘Ventsim’. During the late 1990s and early 2000s new graphical features were added to the software incorporating true 3D representation and graphical rotation of mine ventilation models, as well as new simulation features such as contaminant simulation. Ventsim Classic (version 3.9) was released in 2007, by which time the majority of Australian mines and universities had adopted it. Today Ventsim is up to V5. A key point in the software’s success is that for every algorithm and ventilation simulation method developed into the software, a proportionally much greater time is spent making the software interface easier and more enjoyable to use, ensuring end users can readily access and use the available features.The last inductee was Morris Medd has an extensive background spanning over 45 years of mine contracting and development. Most recently he was the President of the Redpath Group of Companies, a world leader in shaft sinking, underground mine development and contract mining. He has been credited with the establishment of a number of new and innovative mine development techniques and was considered to be an expert in the field of shaft sinking. http://www.im-halloffame.com/underground-development-3/There is a total of 12 categories and nominations are welcomed for all of them: Bulk Handling, Concentration, Comminution, Exploration, Environmental Management and Stewardship, Metallurgy, Mining Software, Safety (sponsored by FLSmidth), Surface Mining, Underground Development, Underground Production and Outstanding Innovator.www.im-halloffame.comlast_img read more

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IHF Super Globe 2013 New Barca – HSV final

Al Rayyan handballEl Jaish handballFC Barcelona handballHSV HandballIHF Super Globe 2013Taubate handball IHF Super Globe 2013 semi-finals will be played on Thursday in Doha, Qatar with possible EHF CL final replay between European teams, FC Barcelona and HSV Handball. Both teams have won the groups and avoid the clash in the semi-final. Barca beat very good Tunisian Sahel 34:27 (STATISTICS). The next rival is domestic El Jaish, team who easily beat Sydney 38:14 after two tough matches.In the second semi-final will play German HSV who beat Al Sadd 30:29, against Tunisian Sahel.In the match without competitive importance, Brazilian Taubate beat Al Rayyan 27:26. ← Previous Story Handball-Planet.com list of TOP 15 women’s transfers for season 2013/2014 Next Story → BREAKING NEWS: Inaki Malumbres to Vardar Skopje? read more

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Sixgoal Chelsea ruin Arsene Wengers big day

first_imgLiverpool can move to within four points of Chelsea with victory at second-bottom Cardiff City later on Saturday, while fourth-place Manchester City will climb above Arsenal, with two games in hand, if they beat bottom club Fulham.Arsenal were the first team to threaten at a sun-soaked Stamford Bridge, with Olivier Giroud forcing Petr Cech to make a smart save in the fourth minute, but from then on it was one-way traffic.Eto’o opened the scoring a minute later, cutting inside Oxlade-Chamberlain and curling home, before Schurrle made it 2-0 two minutes later with a drilled shot into the bottom-left corner.Eto’o was then forced off due to an apparent hamstring injury, with Fernando Torres entering the fray, but Chelsea continued to attack.- ‘Ref, it was me!’ -The 15th minute witnessed the game’s most peculiar incident, as a diving Oxlade-Chamberlain used his left hand to block a shot from Hazard that was drifting narrowly wide of the Arsenal goal.Referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot, but sent off Gibbs, rather than Oxlade-Chamberlain, who could be seen on television vainly telling the official: “Ref, it was me!”Hazard coolly lifted his spot-kick down the centre of the goal and there was even more misery to come for Wenger before half-time as Oscar tapped in Torres’s low cross to further swell Chelsea’s lead.It was the second time this season that Arsenal had gone 4-0 down in the first half, after their 5-1 loss at Liverpool last month, and the second period brought yet more misery for Wenger’s beleaguered side.Oscar beat goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with a shot from outside the box before Salah ran through and slotted home his first goal since his January move from Basel.Elsewhere on Saturday, seventh-place Manchester United will hope to harness the momentum from their 3-0 victory over Olympiakos in the Champions League in mid-week when they visit West Ham United.Third-from-bottom Sunderland visit Norwich City and fourth-bottom Crystal Palace travel to Newcastle United, while Hull City host West Bromwich Albion and Everton tackle Swansea City at Goodison Park.- © AFP, 2014Drama at Stamford Bridge as referee sends off wrong player>‘United can reach Champions League final without RVP’ – Paul Scholes> CHELSEA SPOILT ARSENE Wenger’s 1,000th match as Arsenal manager by humiliating their London rivals 6-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to pull seven points clear in the Premier League.Wenger was hoping to celebrate his milestone by cutting Chelsea’s lead to a point, but instead his side were blown away by a flurry of first-half goals from Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard and Oscar.Hazard’s goal came from the penalty spot after Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had handled the ball on the line, but a bizarre case of mistaken identity meant that his team-mate Kieran Gibbs was sent off instead.Oscar completed his brace in the 66th minute before substitute Mohamed Salah scored to seal the club’s biggest-ever win over Arsenal and give manager Jose Mourinho his most emphatic Chelsea success.Arsenal retain a game in hand on Chelsea and have the consolation of an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to, but they are now at risk of being left behind in the title race.last_img read more

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Watch Californias Only Known Wolf Pack Has Three New Pups

first_img The only known wolf pack in California has welcomed at least three new pups, according to wildlife officials.The new additions bring the number of gray wolves in the state to at least seven, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) said in a report.The pups were born to a mother in the Lassen Pack ― which lives in an area spanning Lassen and Plumas counties ― in April. Trail cameras in Lassen County recorded the pups, as well as two or three adult wolves, in June.Video footage released by the CDFW show the pups yipping and howling as they travel on a trail in a wooded area, roughly 100 miles south of the Oregon border, with adult wolves of the pack.“This pack has been on the landscape in California since 2016,” Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Kent Laudon told The Mercury News. “They had their first litter in 2017. Generally you would expect pups every year, so long as the adults stay healthy. They are acting like regular wolves.”The exact total number of gray wolves — which are protected as endangered under both California and federal Endangered Species Acts — in the state are difficult to come by because the animals roam hundreds of miles into other states, including Oregon and Nevada. Only two wolves in California have been radio-collared.A species native to California, the gray wolf roamed much of the West before they were driven to the point of extinction in the state during the 1920s, according to the CDFW.But in 2011, a radio-collared wolf that biologists called OR-7 wandered from Oregon into California, starting the new era of wolf recovery in the state.“Having wolves return to California is one of the most significant environmental developments in conservation in this state,” said Amaroq Weiss, an advocate for West Coast wolves with the Center for Biological Diversity, told KQED.However, in March, KQED reported that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would seek to delist grey wolves as an endangered species in most of the lower 48 states. The proposal drew opposition from scientists and members of Congress.Weiss said maintaining federal endangered status is crucial, since many of California’s wolves come from other states that might not have similar protection at the state level.More on Geek.com:‘Perfectly Preserved’ Head of 40,000-Year-Old Ice Age Wolf Found in Siberia‘Dog’ Rescued From Frozen River Turns Out to Be a Wild WolfWhy Four Canadian Wolves Were Airlifted to a US National Park Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

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Seyii Tolof – Part 99 EPISODE 9 Difficult Marriages Forced and

first_imgBy Amie SillahA peasant family of two girls and a son, they occupy a family farm and a village house neither rich nor poor but have enough to eat when their field is harvested. Pa Bangaly has an industrious wife Naa Jumpfolo and their three children the first daughter, Jaha, first child (taw) 19, Jonsaba, second 13 and only surviving son, Jewru, 10 years, after they lost 4 boys in infancy. He is a jewel in the eyes of his parents who spoil him ‘pata-pata’ especially his father. He works less but is given more and the best chunk of the food ration. “I want the best for my son who will continue my lineage,” Pa Bangaly posited. “What about our daughters? Are they not precious?” “Yes they are only precious when we fatten them and sold to best suitors who will pay money to educate my son, these girls are being prepared for men to take them home to build their families and I’ll never marry my girls to poor suitors,” Pa Bangaly posited.Jaha She is easy going and calm very submissive and not an academic stuff. Naa Jonsi is preparing her for marriage. As a ‘taaw’ she takes responsibility of her siblings when Naa is away.Jonsaba She is the tigress of the family a right fighter and very academic; “I want to be a pediatrician to save the life of children. Naa Jumpfi lost 4 sons, how is that possible? No wonder Jewru becomes the family eye and precious stone, do I blame them?”Pa Bangaly He is a hard working peasant living under harsh backward conditions. The family has no help from any quarters working with crude back breaking tools, cannot afford  expensive fertilizer therefore can only apply it scantly. The family struggle with herbs when they are sick because they cannot afford expensive drugs, the nearest health facility can only afford pain killers and that is when you are lucky to find any. Life is very difficult in the countryside. But his small size and hardworking family is an asset and sometimes he enjoys bumper harvest and he plants water melon which fetch him cash to pay his children fees. Jewru is special. “Everything for my son whom I’ll educate and spend my last butut I want him to pull the family out of poverty,” he soliloquised.Naa Jumpfolo She is an African woman par excellence all encompassing, everyone is her child and she feeds them when they come to her abode. She is energetic and hardworking never tired as she is always bogged by the household drudgery; every household chore is manually done assisted by the girls. Jewru is exempted from any chores but she insisted that he fetches firewood which he does reluctantly.Jewru The only surviving male child, he is spoilt ‘pata-pata’, lazy and always dodging household work when he is able to but Naa Jumpfi insists for Jews to do household chores to the displeasure of Baa Bangaly. “You hope to travel how will you cope if none of us are around?” “I’ll hire house help.” “With which money? What are you going to save even if the money is available? Wake up boy and smell the coffee. Your father is deceiving you.”At the Farm The kids are happy working at the farm especially when it is time to return back to the village which means going back to school and meeting old friends.Baa Bangaly He assembled his household and announced to them; “We are returning back to our village, we all missed our old dry season house; harvest time we will come back and harvest our crops. Good bye farm house we will be back!” The kids are very excited jumping and singing.Naa Jumpfi She stayed and prepared a delicious chicken findi and ‘domoda’ (groundnut soup) for the family. The family came back to the farm house and enjoyed their meal. “Naa prepared the meal to treat all of us for a work well done. Eat and enjoy yourself.” Baa posited. He later called his son and gave him more meat and soup. “But the girls work harder why did you give him more meat and soup?” “He is a boy with huge appetite; it is fine the one to continue my lineage.”Long walk to the village The farm hut is a bit far from the village and the family has to trek it; the kids are very tired, Baa carry Jewru all the way through. Jonsi protested; “I am very tired I cannot walk again.” Naa slowed down and carried her.At the Village The family arrived tired the parents asked for water as they drank Jonsi left them and headed to an old text book scattered on the ground. She held it and kissed the book all eyes focused at her. Parents shook their head and Jonsi fixed her eyes on them.Jonsaba She is nostalgic and very sad as she protested and confronted her mom as she refused to eat her food. “I want to go back to school I am not going back to that god forsaken farm house, I want to stay in the village and go back to school.” She sobbed. She is 15 years and in secondary school. “Eat your food are you going to starve yourself? I’ll talk to your dad, just eat your food.” She urged.Jumpfolo She spoke to her husband and tried to reason with him. “Baa! Jonsi said she wants to go back to school and I support her. We can support all our children to school.” Baa rebuked her; “Naa! What are you saying? You know we cannot afford to send all our children and I cannot compromise on my son’s education, the girls will marry and Jonsi’ rich husband will send her to school I hope.” Naa wanted to speak further but he shut her up. “Do you want me to eat your food or do you want me to go on fasting?” “I’m sorry eat your food.” Jonsi heard them arguing and she rushed out into the dark. “Go after your naughty child before wild animals eat her up!” Naa ran after her and calling her to come back.To be Cont.last_img read more

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1 taken to hospital after rollover crash on I95 in North Miami

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – One person has been taken to the hospital after a rollover collision on Interstate 95.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the crash in the northbound lanes of I-95 at Northwest 125th Street, early Tuesday.Two vehicles appeared to be involved, with one vehicle rolling over onto its side and the other left with major damage.One victim was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in unknown condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Cooper Landing Property Inventory Signs

first_imgCooper Landing remains in a SET status due to fire activity. All residents should be SET to evacuate if the situation warrants. If you feel uncomfortable or need additional time, consider leaving before an evacuation notice. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Cooper Landing residents may notice new signs and flagging up around the community. The Incident Command Team has been placing paper plate signs around some properties in the community. All firefighters in Cooper Landing are working to bolster defensible space around structures, to set up water sprinklers, and to improve contingency lines along the power line corridor. Prioritization of the properties arrange them in order of importance relative to each other based on how at risk they are to the fire.center_img Matt Bowers with the Incident Command Team: “They are numbering all of the houses. That numbering system is to help identify houses on map so that as resources go around they’ve got specific locations. So, if you paper plates hanging up that’s what it’s for, it’s an identification of locations.”  The plates are the structure protection crew’s method of identifying specific locations on their maps and not a prioritization of properties. They are asking residents to leave the signs in place to assist crews with their work.last_img read more

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Shanahan Issues Directive for Ending of Military Sexual Assaults Gillibrand Expresses Frustration

first_imgActing Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan issued a sharp memo to top Pentagon commanders Wednesday calling for an end to sexual assault and harassment in the military, Politico reported.“To put it bluntly, we are not performing to the standards and expectations we have for ourselves or for each other,” Shanahan wrote. “This is unacceptable.”The memo included a call to make sexual harassment a stand-alone military crime.A biennial survey of military personnel issued Thursday documented 20,500 incidents of unwanted sexual contact in 2018, an increase over 2016. Enlisted female troops aged 17-24 were at the highest risk of assault, according to a USA Today report.The problem has been a focus for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a presidential contender, and Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), who announced this spring she had been raped in the Air Force.During a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Army Chief of Staff Nominee Gen. James McConville, Gillebrand bristled about the new survey results, The Hill reported.“I am tired of excuses,” Gillibrand said. “I am tired of statements from commanders that say, ‘zero tolerance.’ I am tired of the statement I get over and over from the chain of command: ‘We got this, ma’am. We got this.’ You don’t have it. You’re failing us.”Army photo by Senior Airman Christopher Muncy ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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PUBG Mobile ban extends to two more Indian cities Top facts

first_img What is Nillu Nillu challenge trending in Kerala? Close Earlier in the month, two Indian cities—Rajkot and Surat—announced a temporary ban on PUBG Mobile, as the battle royale game incited anger and violent behaviour among youth and young students get distracted and lose focus studies ahead of board exams. Now, two more cities Gir Somnath and Bhavnagar from same state Gujarat have followed to prohibit people from playing the PUBG Mobile.The ban on PUBG Mobile is already in place and will continue till March 30 and if anybody found playing it on mobile, legal action will be enforced under the Section 188 of IPC (Indian Penal Code), which is disobedience to an order lawfully promulgated by a public servant. Rajkot City Police of Gujarat has enforced total ban of PUBG Mobile in the city for two months.Rajkot City Police/Twitter (screen-shot)The Police circular is very subjective and is open to many interpretations, as the people will won’t be arrested just for playing the PUBG Mobile, but if found guilty of showing violent behaviour causing physical hurt or threat to human life, will be prosecuted under Section 188.After reading several reports, what I could interpret from it is that public is advised if the police find you playing the PUBG Mobile and ask you to stop the game and turn off the phone, do it, as they say, don’t argue or else risk ending up in the jail.Though there is no proper scientific study on serious ill effects of PUBG Mobile or any battle royale game, there are actually several cases of violence and suicidal behaviour shown by school kids and also adults, particularly in India. PUBG Mobile ban is now under effect in four cities of Gujarat, India.Kumar Manish(@kumarmanish9) via TwitterA few weeks ago, a student killed himself as his parents denied to buy a phone to play PUBG game. In a related development, a bridegroom attacked his fiancée’s brother, as the latter could find the charger, as the former drained out hit phone battery while playing PUBG Mobile.Last week, a 10th-grade kid stole Rs 50,000 from his father’s bank account to make in-app purchases on PUBG Mobile and also bought a gaming controller-pad.In China, Tencent Games has made it mandatory for the user to be aged 13 to be eligible to play the PUBG Mobile or else you have to take permission from elders to play it.It will be better if the company brings similar initiatives in India and also tone down (wishful thinking) the violence in the PUBG Mobile.In a related development, Tik Tok is also facing a similar threat from public representatives in India, as it is accused of threatening Indian culture and inciting perversion among youth.Last week, Tik Tok added new safety feature– Comments Filter–that will allow the user to block self-defined words being used on comments section by the viewers to avoid cyberbullying on the video sharing platform.last_img read more

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Verizon Says It Isnt To Blame For How Much Pokémon Go Fest

first_imgStay on target Pokemon Go happened over the weekend, but it wasn’t exactly the “fest” any fan wanted to hang out at. Not only did people have to pay exorbitant prices from scalpers to get last-minute tickets but they also just ended up hanging out in an open field where they couldn’t even play the game. And to top it off there were network issues, long lines, and plenty of other frustrating issues that not even the most hardcore of Pokemon Go fans wanted to wade through. Now, Verizon is blaming Pokemon Go developer for the problems plaguing the fans at the event.Niantic had previously accepted responsibility for the event, which was a letdown for many, offering up free coins and refunds for tickets because of the frustrations caused during the festival. But a video from a Niantic-sponsored Pokemon Go YouTube channel seemed to point the finger at cell phone providers who weren’t offering enough bandwidth to keep things going. One of the said providers is Verizon Wireless, who isn’t exactly happy about being thrown under the bus.When speaking to Business Insider, a spokesperson for Verizon Wireless claimed that they were not to be blamed for the problems. They stated the company went ahead and “boosted” capacity for the event and even pointed out that anyone at the event could get on social media sites and other internet-based destinations, which they state demonstrates that the issues were out of their control and might have even been caused by the game’s servers.It’s not known for sure of course what happened with the poor reception, errors and terrible coverage players experienced from the fest. But one thing is for certain, the next time you’re asked to pay for admission to an outside event where you’re just going to sit on your phone or look at screens to catch imaginary things, you might just want to wait outside the vicinity of said event and see what happens first. It was super hot that day anyway, wasn’t it?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Battle Team Rocket in New ‘Pokemon Go’ Update‘Pokemon Sleep’ Puts Pocket Monsters in Your Dreams last_img read more

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Duped In The Deli Aisle No Nitrates Add

first_img Foodcollection by NPR News Allison Aubrey 8.29.19 8:15am Packing a turkey sandwich in your kid’s lunch box? Or serving up bacon or hot dogs?When shopping for processed meats, many health-conscious consumers look for products labeled as “no nitrates added” or “uncured.” But we may have been misled, experts say.A new report finds that deli meats labeled as “uncured’ or “no nitrates added” actually contain similar levels of nitrates as those found in meats that don’t carry these labels. Part of the explanation lies in federal labeling rules for processed meats. When hot dog or bacon manufacturers use natural curing agents, such as celery powder, in lieu of synthetic sodium nitrite, they can be required to use terms such as “No nitrates added” and”Uncured.” In other cases, food manufacturers may add these claims voluntarily, perhaps for marketing reasons.The “labels could make people think these meats are healthier,” says Charlotte Vallaeys, senior policy analyst at Consumer Reports. “But our tests show they are not.”Consumer Reports tested 31 deli meat products including roast beef, salami, turkey and ham. The products included both name brands and store brands.”Deli meats carrying these [‘No nitrates added’ or “Uncured’] labels pose the same health risks as traditionally cured meats, because the nitrate and nitrite levels are essentially the same,” Vallaeys says.Consumer Reports and the Center for Science in the Public Interest submitted a petition Thursday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, urging the agency to revise its labeling rules.”These claims are absolutely misleading for consumers,” says Sarah Sorscher of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.”The label says the product has no nitrite or nitrate added,” Sorscher says. But the reality is that “they’ve simply switched to a different source.”The USDA told NPR that the agency will review the petition and make a decision based upon its analysis.”There is little evidence that preserving meats using celery … is any healthier than other added nitrites,” says Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.A body of evidence suggests that processed meats are linked to elevated cancer risk. Experts think that part of the problem is the nitrites used to cure them. “All nitrites can be converted in the food, during cooking, or in the body to nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic,” Mozaffarian explains.”Until industry provides strong evidence that nitrites in celery juice have different biologic effects than nitrites from other sources, it’s very misleading to label these as nitrite free,” he says.A study published earlier this year estimates that about 40 percent of colorectal cancer cases in the U.S. are linked to diet-related factors, including excessive consumption of red and processed meats.”This suggests that we’re eating a lot more processed meat than is healthy,” the author of the study, Fang Fang Zhang, a nutrition and cancer epidemiologist at Tufts University, said in an email.So, is it possible to find a deli meat or hot dog that’s truly nitrate-free? “We have heard that these products do exist,” CSPI’s Sarah Sorscher told us. “We are told they look gray instead of pink, and may have an ‘off’ flavor, which may explain why they’re not so popular.”So, here’s a consumer tip: When you see a “No nitrate added” label, look for an asterisk pointing to fine print that may say something like “no nitrates except those naturally occurring in celery powder.” That asterisk basically contradicts the nitrate-free claim.If you don’t see an asterisk, the product might indeed be nitrate-free. “But if you are looking to avoid these chemicals because [you] want to eat healthier, your best bet is to skip processed meat altogether,” Sorscher says. Healthier options, she says, include unprocessed chicken, fish and, of course, veggies.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Duped In The Deli Aisle? ‘No Nitrates Added’… last_img read more

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SwissBelhotel Brisbane has partnered with the Roa

first_imgSwiss-Belhotel Brisbane has partnered with the Roam Group to lure more of the corporate, government and organisational MICE market to Brisbane, using the hotel’s ideal South Bank location to promote its in-house and extra curricular appeal!South Bank is renowned as Brisbane’s cultural, educational and recreational hub and the hotel is situated within walking distance of the Southbank Parklands, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, the QLD Performing Arts Complex, Gallery of Modern Art and The Gabba Cricket Ground.Roam has assigned a team of dedicated corporate sales professionals to work with the hotel, and will also help generate wholesale business, brand awareness and drive social media engagement.Greg Parkes, director of Roam said “I am delighted to be teaming up with a new and progressive hospitality brand in the Australian market and we look forward to securing a significant MICE market share for Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane.” BrisbaneMICERoam GroupSouth BankSwiss-Belhotellast_img read more

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CLIAcruiseCruise360TravelManagers

first_imgCLIAcruiseCruise360TravelManagers Eighteen of TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (PTMs) and four members from the national partnership office were among the 600 plus industry delegates who attended the CLIA Cruise360 conference in Sydney last week. Demonstrating the commitment of individual TravelManagers’ PTMs to grow their cruise businesses, Karen Raeburn, representative for Aitkenvale in Queensland, made the trip interstate for the opportunity to meet with cruise line reps under one roof.“I simply love that Cruise360 is all about cruise – everybody attending from suppliers to cruise agents are passionate about the cruise industry. Hearing from industry experts about future trends and developments and being able to meet cruise suppliers face to face to further build relationships is simply invaluable for my business. It was a fantastic day.”New for 2017, Cruise360 delegates were invited to experience a ship inspection of the Pacific Explorer the day following the conference, and the chance to participate in a famil experience onboard. Seven PTMs enjoyed the ship inspection, including Kathy Millett who travelled from Claremont in Western Australia. “I really enjoyed the interactive panel sessions, breakout sessions and presentations from leading cruise experts. Experiencing a cruise just like my clients would was truly the icing on the cake. It’s having access to this type of up-to-date knowledge and insights that gives me a competitive edge and there is nothing like having first hand and personal experience to show my expertise and knowledge to my clients,” said Millett. IMAGE:L-R back row: Louise McCarthy, Lisa Metzl, Julie Anderson (NPO), Carolyn Pitt, Lyn Tyson, Suzanne Laister (NPO), Kathy Millet, Neil SaundersL-R second row: Lois Marshall, Julia Mclean (NPO), Debra Dean, Sue Kuti, Maria Furnari, Michelle Michael-Pecora, Karen Raeburn, Annalize Troost, Jane FowlerL-R front row: Pamela Baas, Chantel Addison-Matthews, Julianne Gazal-Rizk, Karryn Bartlett, Aaron Loss (NPO)last_img read more

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