Moroccan Singer Cancels Participation in Festival to Avoid Dirtying Passport With

Rabat – Moroccan Rai singer Hafid Douzi has canceled his participation in the 16th annual International Festival for Palestine in Ramallah, to avoid “dirtying” his passport with an Israeli stamp.Hafid Douzi made the decision after he learned from the Festival administration that he and his band would have to enter Ramallah via the Tel Aviv airport.Speaking to Daily Alquds, Douzi said he was very delighted when he received the invitation to perform for the Palestinian people in Ramallah. He added that initially the agreement was to enter the Palestinian city via Jordan’s capital of Amman. “However, recently the organizers contacted us saying the entry should be via TelAviv airport.”Douzi negotiated with the organizers in an attempt to avoid getting Israeli stamps on the band members’ passports.After long negotiations with the organizers, the festival director promised his manager, Kader Douzi, who is also his brother, that none of the passports of the band’s members will have the Israeli stamp.“Yet, three days before the date of our flights, we received notice from the director that Israeli authorities insist on stamping our passports,” Hafid Douzi said.Douzi stressed that he firmly refused “dirtying” his passport with the stamp of an occupying country, adding that accepting such stamp “is just like accepting normalization with Israeli.”“And I announce that I am against normalization with Israel,” he concluded.Some Arab countries refuse entry to travelers with any Israeli stamp in their passport. The stamp may be a visa stamp, or a stamp on entry or departure. Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, and Lebanon will refuse entry.Last June, Adham Nabulsi, a Jordanian singer of Palestinian origin, was barred from entering Lebanon because he visited the Occupied Territories.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Final Four bound womens soccer shuts out Georgetown

Ohio State defender Lauren Beachy’s first collegiate goal was a historic one for the Buckeyes. Beachy connected on a penalty shot in the 21st minute of play for a game-winning shot that sent the OSU women’s soccer team to its first Final Four appearance in program history after a 2-0 victory against Georgetown at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “I knew that it was my role to step up and do what I had to do,” Beachy said. “I knew it was my time.” Tiffany Cameron tacked on an insurance goal in the 53rd minute of play when she sprinted down the left side of the field and floated a long ball over Georgetown goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin. Forwards Lauren Granberg and Paige Maxwell both assisted on the goal, which was Cameron’s seventh of the season. “Georgetown was a tough team to prepare for,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “They didn’t get here by accident. It was amazing to kind of watch as that second goal went in, you could see kind of a change.” The No. 3-seeded Buckeyes held on to their 2-0 lead for the final 37 minutes of action by dominating the ball throughout the second half, out-shooting the No. 4-seeded Hoyas 17-8. OSU goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner and the Buckeye defense recorded their third NCAA Tournament shutout. “Our defense comes to play every game,” Beachy said. “It’s a team concept. There’s not one of us who is an all-star. We all work together and we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.” The Buckeyes will head to Cary, N.C., to play Notre Dame on Friday, with the winner advancing to the national championship game against the winner of Stanford and Boston College. Walker, who won a national championship as North Carolina’s starting goalkeeper in 1989, will focus on preparing her team to play on the biggest stage in collegiate women’s soccer. “I’m not going to lie. I mean, to go back to Cary and to be the first Tar Heel alum to make the Final Four is pretty special,” Walker said. “We’re going to do exactly what we’ve been doing. It really is just about being in the moment, and all we’ve got to do is be one goal better than the team we play on Friday night.” read more

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SILENCE IN FLENS ARENA MT Melsungen beat Flensburg

MT Melsungen are the new DKB Bundesliga leader! Team from Kassel beat SG Flensburg 33:32 in great away match in front of FLENS Arena and overtook the position No. 1 in German handball.SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Eggert 8/5, Mogensen 8, Glandorf 5, Radivojevic 5, Djordjic 2, Jakobsson 2, Gottfridsson 1, Toft Hansen 1MT Melsungen: Maric 9, Rnic 5/1, Sellin 5, Boomhouwer 4, Michael Müller 4, Schneider 3, Forstbauer 2, Philipp Müller 1Results:TVB Stuttgart 28 – 26 LeipzigGoppingen 31 – 19 BergischerEisenach 28 – 40 Fuchse BerlinLemgo 23 – 23 HSG WetzlarFlensburg-H. 32 – 33 MT MelsungenSTANDING:1. MT Melsungen 5 5 0 0 148:126 102. Rhein-Neckar 4 4 0 0 120:88 83. Flensburg-H. 5 4 0 1 145:123 84. Fuchse Berlin 4 3 0 1 127:105 65. Goppingen 5 3 0 2 127:113 66. Kiel 4 3 0 1 120:108 67. HSG Wetzlar 5 2 1 2 133:140 58. Hamburg 4 2 0 2 116:108 49. Gummersbach 3 2 0 1 86:81 410. SC Magdeburg 4 2 0 2 105:103 411. Hannover-Burgdorf 4 2 0 2 112:111 412. Leipzig 5 2 0 3 131:146 413. Lemgo 5 1 1 3 130:152 314. TVB Stuttgart 4 1 0 3 108:115 215. HBW Balingen 4 1 0 3 109:118 216. Bergischer 5 1 0 4 120:139 217. Eisenach 6 1 0 5 154:200 218. N-Lübbecke 4 0 0 4 105:120 0 ← Previous Story LNH 2015/2016 begins good for PSG and Montpellier Next Story → Gyor and Baia Mare join Women’s EHF Champions League read more

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Teenage girl allegedly sexually assaulted at disco in Limerick

first_imgTeenage girl allegedly sexually assaulted at disco in Limerick The alleged attack is said to have taken place at a disco for secondary school students. 27,667 Views File photo of a Garda File photo of a Garda Image: Leah Farrell By David Raleigh Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3117385 18 Comments center_img Image: Leah Farrell Friday 2 Dec 2016, 10:15 PM Share53 Tweet Email Dec 2nd 2016, 10:15 PM GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an alleged sexual assault on a teenage girl at a disco in Limerick which was billed as “Munster’s biggest disco for third year and transition year students”.Gardaí confirmed they are looking into an allegation of an assault on a 17-year old.The alleged attack is said to have taken place at Limerick Racecourse last Friday night.A spokesperson said: “No arrests have been made.”The source added: “We have spoken to the girl. The incident is alleged to have occurred in the premises of the racecourse on Friday night.The disco took place between 9pm and midnight and there would have been up to 1,500 young people in attendance.A poster advertising the Sinbin Teen Events disco offers attendees “three floors and six massive parties”. Alcohol is not served at the event.Gardaí did not disclose details of the alleged assault. Detectives at Roxboro Road garda station Limerick have appealed for people with information to contact them on 061 214 340.Read: Europe raises concerns about lack of housing in IrelandRead: Man shot dead in west Dublin gun attack Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Gregoire considers new options for state budget process

first_imgOLYMPIA – Privatizing the state’s ferry system and selling naming rights to highways or rest stops are among the ideas Gov. Chris Gregoire is considering as she prepares the next state budget.The state is looking at another budget cycle of major deficits, as tax collections continue to drag following the Great Recession.Gregoire and Democratic legislative leaders cut about $12 billion from the current two-year budget to balance the books. But the next two-year budget is already facing a projected shortfall of about $3 billion.Gregoire says it’s time to rethink the way government operates, because it could be a long time before tax streams rebound to pre-recession levels. She’s also convening a big panel of expert advisers to help work out budget problems.last_img

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Coop launches resilience programme for 300 staff

first_imgRetailer and funeral home operator Co-op has launched a resilience programme for 300 staff employed in its customer service centre, to support employees who converse with bereaved customers of its Co-op Funeralcare business.The Heart programme, provided by Let’s Get Healthy, launched for customer service centre staff in April 2019 after a successful six-week pilot in November 2018. The programme aims to support employees who speak to vulnerable and bereaved customers on a daily basis, which could lead to personal stress and anxiety. Co-op implement the resilience programme in order to attract and retain talent as well as support staff wellbeing.Claire Carroll, head of member and customer services at Co-op, said: “Investing in our people is critical to ensuring we retain and attract great talent and provide the very best service possible to our customers. Heart has helped my team be brave hearted and resilient when coping with the pressure of this critical role.”Heart uses evidence-based techniques to improve employees’ resilience through education on the stages of grief and how to be sensitive when speaking to bereaved customers. The programme includes briefing sessions with senior managers, a one-day face-to-face course and a seven-week activity plan to further embed learnings; this will be led by team leaders and operations managers.Both new and existing employees will be able to participate in the programme, and it will also form part of leadership development moving forwards.Carroll added: “We want to make sure that [employees] are not only skilled at their job, but that they can go home, switch off and have brilliant times with their friends and family.“We know providing a campaign that improves resilience is what both new and existing [employees] demand. We are asked in interviews what provisions we make for health and wellbeing, and Heart demonstrates we can increase skill levels and resilience at the same time.”last_img read more

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VIDEO WCTV Spotlights Nearly 20 Community Groups In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Community Television held an “Organization Night” last Wednesday, November 28, 2018, highlighting nearly 20 community organizations that serve the residents of Wilmington. Learn about the good these groups are doing in town and how you can lend a hand.Participating organizations who sent a reprsesentative to be interviewed includes:WCTVWilmington Rotary ClubFriends of the Wilmington LibraryBookstore Next DoorWilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of CommerceWilmington Recreation DepartmentWilmington DonatesBuzzell Senior CenterWilmington Educational FoundationWilmington Knights of ColumbusWilmington Community FundWilmington Relay for LifeWilmington Farmer’s MarketWOW (We’re One Wilmington)Wilmington Cultural Council (Art Center)Brady’s FoundationTown MuseumSCOREMasons / Friendship Lodge—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/7/e/a/9/d/2/7ea9d216-bcec-4f92-a373-01c8df0648761543514568.306%2B48297267.349%40castus4-wilmington%2B15435190811543515360548440.vod.720p.20181128_Organization_Night_2018.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/7/e/a/9/d/2/7ea9d216-bcec-4f92-a373-01c8df0648761543514568.306%2B48297267.349%40castus4-wilmington%2B15435190811543515360548440.vod.720p.20181128_Organization_Night_2018.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: WCTV Releases “Wilmington Remembers”: A Documentary About Mid-20th Century WilmingtonIn “Videos”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”VIDEO: Wilmington Residents Share Their Memories Of The Moon LandingIn “Videos”last_img read more

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Protesters in Canada demand Pakistan to stop forced conversion

first_imgMISSISSAUGA (Canada): Scores of protesters, mostly Hindus from Sindh who have made Canada their home, on Saturday gathered at the Mississauga Celebration Square here, demanding Pakistan to stop forced religious conversion of minor Hindu girls and justice for those who have been forcibly converted. The protests were held to pressurise the Pakistani government to take action against criminals who are using religion as a tool to kidnap and rape innocent girls, according to the organisers. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “As you know Sindhi Hindus are in pain because many cases of forced conversions of girls are happening in Pakistan nowadays,” an official release calling for the protest stated. The agitators could be seen holding placards which read, “stop forced conversion of minor Hindu girls in Pakistan,” “Stop persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan,” “Pakistan stop kidnapping of Hindu girls, stop forced conversion of Hindu girls,” amongst others. They also chanted slogans like “we need justice.”last_img read more

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Kerala health minister Shailaja praised for helping newborn girl with heart defect

first_imgIn his post, Jiyas asked the health minister to intervene in the matter and help them. “We have shifted the baby from Edakkara village of Malappuram district to KIMS Al Shifa Hospital in Perinthalmanna. After conducting a series of tests the doctors have asked us to take the baby to Amrita Institue of Medical Sciences in Kochi or Sree Chithira Thirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology in Thiruvananthapuram. But when contacted, the hospital authorities said that there are no beds available. If not shifted to the mentioned hospitals the baby’s life will be in danger. I request you to kindly intervene in this matter and help us find a solution for this,” read the post.Shailaja responded to the post within two hours and said that she has taken all the necessary steps to help the baby. She said that the baby’s treatment will be taken care of by the government under its ‘Hridyam’ programme, an initiative to support children with congenital heart disease.”After seeing your comment, Health Department director and coordinator of Hridayam project were asked to submit a report. Hridyam project will cover the child’s medical expenses. Arrangements have been made for her surgery at Lisie Hospital, Ernakulam. An ambulance has left from Edappal to Perinthalmanna hospital. We will shift the child to the hospital tonight itself,” read the comment by Shailaja. KK ShailajaTwitter [Representational Image]Kerala’s Health Minister KK Shailaja is being showered with praises after she helped save the life of a newborn baby who suffered heart problems. The minister came to know about the baby’s condition after her uncle Jiyas Madasseri took to Facebook to seek help.”Dear Teacher, I am writing this because I am unable to find another option. My younger sister delivered a baby girl this morning, but unfortunately, the baby has some problems with her heart valves,” said Jiyas Madasseri’s post made at 7.40 pm.last_img read more

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SBI Buddy vs Paytm SBIs desi Buddy takes on somewhat Chinese Paytm

first_imgState Bank of India (SBI) is taking on mobile wallet Paytm with its own app Buddy, and the competition is set to heat up with India’s largest lender putting up banners in several places across the country on how its own app is better than the rival. And patriotism seems to play a big part in the strategy.Paytm has been in news ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on November 8 that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in circulation at the time would no longer be considered legal tender from midnight that day. The very next day, mobile wallet Paytm put out front-page advertisements on newspapers about how it could be of help.Since then, the app has seen much wider acceptance among users, as compared to rivals such as Freecharge. During this time, it has also seen outages and experienced growth pangs that seem to have disenchanted some of its users.What the banners sayNow, SBI has promised its own Buddy — described on its website as a semi-closed prepaid wallet which can be used to transfer money to other wallet users and bank accounts, anytime, anywhere — will not be anything like Paytm. What is more, the lender is banking on patriotism, among other things, to push the app, which is available in 13 languages: Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.In banners that are popping up at some SBI branches and subsequently their images on social media, SBI compares its Buddy app to Paytm and highlights the fact that Paytm is partly owned by Chinese company Alibaba, which has Jack Ma at its helm. It also claims on people’s scepticism, saying that while Paytm is not secure, Buddy is “fully secure as owned by State Bank of India.”The banners also compare the amount the two apps charge for transfers. They say while Paytm charges 4 percent of the transfer amount for transactions below Rs 10,000, SBI Buddy charges only Rs 2.SBI Buddy is available for Android in the Google Play Store as well as for iOS in the Apple App Store.last_img read more

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Functional hard drive built in unmodded Minecraft

first_imgEver wonder how your friends can kill hours on end playing Minecraft? Well, it turns out they’re not just roaming around sniping skeletons and trying to find one more block of diamond ore. Sometimes they’re building incredibly complex contraptions like this functional hard drive.Yes, it really is an actual working hard drive created in an unmodified Minecraft world. It was created by Imgur user smellytring, and it’s an absolute marvel of virtual construction.The hard drive is powered by redstone, just like the basic sliding doors and traps most Minecraft players eventually get around to tinkering with. It really can store data, too, and it does so in binary just like a real hard drive. The drive mechanism pushes opaque blocks in front of the redstone circuitry when it needs to transmit a 1 and slides a clear block back into place to transmit a 0 (redstone signals don’t pass through clear blocks in Minecraft).To read or write data, a player just has to stroll over to the correct wall-mounted controls. You’ll have to first toggle a series of ten switches to specify the address you want to read from or write to. To write data, toggle a second set of switches — again, this is all done in binary by turning blocks on and off.Deep within the drive’s complex pathways is a section that checks to see what state the control blocks are in. It then records those values into non-volatile storage. Close down your Minecraft session, open it up three days later, and you’ll still be able to recall the bits that you stored.The drive’s total capacity is an impressive 1KB and throughput is rated at 1 byte per 8 redstone ticks. That’s .8 of a second, so you could fill the entire drive in around 13 minutes. That is, of course, not counting the time it takes to convert your data to binary and walk around setting all the switches.Have you seen (or built!) another crazy Minecraft creation like this? Share it with us in the comments. We’d love to see it!last_img read more

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A Smarter Way to Grow Graphene

first_img Producing graphene from carbon dioxide The current methods of isolating graphene each have problems. The most common, known as micromechanical cleavage, in which sheets are sheared off of a larger crystal, doesn’t reliably produce graphene samples that are large enough for applications.Another method, in which the atomic structure of a substrate is used to seed the growth of the graphene, known as epitaxial growth, doesn’t yield a sample with a uniform thickness of graphene layers, and bonding between the bottom graphene layer and the substrate may affect the properties of the carbon layers.The Brookhaven group based their technique on this second method, except that they were able to grow the graphene in a controlled, layer-by-layer manner. The substrate they chose is the rare metal ruthenium, and while the bottom graphene layer does interact strongly with it, the next layer up is almost completely detached, only weakly electrically coupled to it, and behaves much like free-standing graphene.“This second layer retains the inherent electronic structure of graphene,” Brookhaven physicist Peter Sutter, who led the work, told PhysOrg.com. “Thus, our findings may represent a long-sought route toward rational graphene synthesis and the creation of high-quality graphene for applications in electronic devices and sensors.”Graphene has several properties that make it desirable for electronics, including its very high carrier mobility—that is, electrons in graphene can roam rather freely. Graphene can respond to a single gas molecule, making it very attractive as a detector material for sensors.The Brookaven group’s growth process takes place at high temperatures. To start, the researchers caused carbon atoms to become absorbed within the ruthenium by heating the entire sample to 1150 degrees Celsius (ºC). The sample was then cooled to about 850 ºC, which caused large amounts of the absorbed carbon to rise to the surface of the ruthenium. The carbon formed single-layer lens-shaped islands about 100 micrometers (millionths of a meter) in width, dotting the entire substrate surface.Eventually, the islands grew into a complete first graphene layer. And at about 80 percent coverage, the growth of the second layer began.Sutter and his group observed the growth and studied the graphene’s properties using various instruments, including a scanning electron microscope and a low-energy electron microscope.Citation: Peter W. Sutter, Jan-Ingo Flege and Eli A. Sutter Nature Physics advance online publication, 6 April 2008 (DOI:10.1038/nmat2166)Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: A Smarter Way to Grow Graphene (2008, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-05-smarter-graphene.html Graphene, a sheet of carbon just one atom thick, has many potential uses in the electronics industry, but producing these ideal two-dimensional carbon sheets is very difficult and, as a result, their use has been stifled so far. But scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory may have finally found a way around the issue, devising a method to yield high-quality graphene sheets. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further A schematic rendering of the first graphene layer (G) grown on the ruthenium substrate (Ru). Image courtesy Peter Sutter, Brookhaven National Laboratorylast_img read more

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Indias High Commissioner to Canada visits COL

first_img“The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) meets a very important lacuna in India and it’s work impacts people on the ground.” This was the message that the India High Commissioner to Canada, Vikas Swarup shared with COL staff at his recent visit to COL. Vikas Swarup stated that his visit was to familiarise himself with COL’s work. He appreciated COL’s work in supporting skills development in India, especially among women and girls. He said that COL’s massive open online courses (MOOCs) for development has increased access to learning and has the capacity to provide the required skills for employability among Indians and other citizens of the Commonwealth. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCOL President and CEO Professor Asha Kanwar briefed the High Commissioner on COL’s work in Member States, particularly India. She said that COL supports governments, institutions and organisations to expand the scale, efficiency and quality of learning by leveraging open, distance and technology-based approaches. Professor Kanwar highlighted COL’s belief that learning must lead to economic growth, social inclusion and environmental conservation.last_img read more

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Sophia Hutchins responds to Caitlyn Jenner engagement rumors

first_imgCaitlyn Jenner’s rumored girlfriend Sophia Hutchins has spoken out about engagement rumors. Sophia and Caitlyn | Photo: Instagram/hutchins_sophia Caitlyn, 68, of course revealed her trans identity on the cover of Vanity Fair in 2015.The I Am Cait star was previously married to Chrystie Jenner from 1972-1981, Linda Thompson from 1981-1986 and Kris Jenner from 1991-2015.In other Caitlyn-related news, her daughter Kylie was recently placed on the cover of Forbes, which said she is on course to become the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.Commenting on Insta, Caitlyn said: ‘So proud of my little girl.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The 22-year-old trans model addressed her relationship with the Olympian on Instagram yesterday.Sophia was doing a Q&A with her followers, and responded to three questions which touched on her reported relationship with Jenner.‘I’ll show you the ring when I am’ The first question was ‘Are you and Caitlyn dating?’ To this, she responded with an eye roll emoji.The second was ‘Are you engaged?’ To this, Sophia teasingly replied: ‘I’ll show you the ring when I am.’Then, when asked if she was in a relationship, she said: ‘Oh yes!’ with heart eye emojis. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- What has led Caitlyn Jenner down the path from icon to outcast?Caitlyn Jenner: ‘Trump has set the trans community back 20 years’Caitlyn Jenner says it’s ‘devastating’ Kim Kardashian refuses to speak to herRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sophia-hutchins-responds-caitlyn-jenner-engagement-rumors/last_img read more

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American woman remains missing from Isla Mujeres hotel

first_imgIsla Mujeres, Q.R. — An American woman remains unaccounted for on Isla Mujeres after she was reported missing by a friend Tuesday.The Attorney General confirmed that they have received reports of a woman seen entering the sea on the east seawall near Hotel Rocamar.An intense search during the early morning hours of Tuesday by Public Safety, Civil Protection and members of the fire department along with a boat from the Fifth Region Naval, came up empty handed.Director General of Public Safety, Jaime Ongay Ortiz, explained that around 2:00 a.m. a call was received at Public Safety by someone who reported that while walking along the seawall, noticed the reflection of a person who fell into the sea at the height of Hotel Rocamar. A search team was immediately deployed.Cristian Montenegro Aragón, Coordinator of the Prosecutor’s Office in Isla Mujeres confirmed the missing person’s report and stressed that they are still investigating the whereabouts of the woman. He says that to date, they have been presented with several versions but have been told that she was seen in an Isla Mujeres bar.The woman, who has been identified as 38-year-old Caley Roberta Manning from Pennsylvania, was reported missing by a friend she was staying with at Mia Reef hotel. Authorities say they have met with managers of the hotel where they found her passport.Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating the missing woman. A missing person’s alert has been issued by the state.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Asia Pacific one of the fastest growing online travel markets in 2017

first_imgAsia Pacific one of the fastest growing online travel markets in 2017Asia Pacific (APAC) is expected to be one of the fastest growth markets for online travel this year, with China a significant growth contributor particularly on mobile, according to Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) and Phocuswright’s ‘2017 Phocus Forward: The Year Ahead in Digital Travel’, a key insights travel report.Based on report findings, global online travel bookings this year (2017) should reach USD$567B (versus USD$513bn in 2016). By 2020 APAC is likely to be the largest travel – and online travel – market globally, predicted to represent:42% of total travel demand (vs 34% in the US and 24% in Europe) by 2020; and37% of online travel demand by 2020.The report predicts much of APAC’s online travel growth will be led by mobile bookings, particularly in China. China is already the second-largest individual travel market in the world and will become APAC’s most highly penetrated online market this year (2017). Based on 2016 data, more than half (53%) of online travel bookings in China are already made on mobiles (versus 21% in the US and 25% in the UK).In the most mature online travel markets, including Europe and the US, travellers are searching and shopping on mobile but many are holding onto entrenched desktop habits. In places like India, Indonesia and Brazil where there are less-entrenched desktop habits, the research predicts it’s likely mobile will overtake desktop bookings more quickly there than in the US and Europe.Ariane Gorin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EAN brand, says: “For travel providers, this research underlines that it’s crucial to be present on mobile Asia Pacific, and particularly in China, from the early stages of the booking process– this is where young travellers will be inspired, do their research and most likely plan and book their trips. China continues to lead the world’s mobile travel market and EAN is uniquely placed there. EAN provides our affiliate partners access to Expedia’s vast range of global travel choices and a smart and fast way to tap into this growth opportunity on mobile and desktop.“At EAN, we’ve invested significantly in research and development (R&D) to develop a seamless, end-to-end mobile-ready booking experience to keep our affiliate partners ahead of the curve. Messaging, voice search and artificial intelligence (AI) will drive a new wave of mobile innovation which could result in big mobile gains for those businesses which can tap into traveller mobile trends.”Other key findings presented by Phocuswright and Expedia Affiliate Network in ‘2017 Phocus Forward: The Year Ahead in Digital Travel’ include:A hypercompetitive online travel agent (OTA) environment with steep discounts for app-based hotel bookings helped spur the surge in China mobile demand.China has become a startup hotbed second only to the US, but slowing economic growth and the dominance of individual players threatens to make funding harder to come by.Noting both Brand Expedia and Hotels.com have desktop and mobile sites in mainland China as well as in Taiwan and Hong Kong.Airlines are showing renewed focus on online distribution and digital retailing for business and leisure travellers; the world’s fastest-growing travel – and online travel – region Asia Pacific remains underpenetrated for online bookings but they are gaining fast: half of air bookings are projected to be online by 2020 in Asia Pacific.Younger travellers show a preference for booking Hotel & Lodging with OTAs, contributing to OTA performance in countries in the Middle East and Asia Pacific with high shares of young travellers.In 2017, online travel will likely see the fastest growth in emerging markets: the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Global online travel bookings in 2017 are predicted to be USD$567bn versus USD$513bn in 2016.Chat and Voice are the new traveller medium, but book-by-chat is in its infancy; chat-powered customer service will become integral to travel planning in the future.In-destination activities are a huge untapped opportunity; the long-tail of providers is finding its way into the global digital travel ecosystem and becoming a priority for travel’s biggest players. The value of travel activities in 2016 was USD$46 billion in Asia Pacific.Source = Expedialast_img read more

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Man remanded over car complaint injury

first_imgA 35-year-old man from Polis Chrysochous was remanded on Wednesday for three days for allegedly setting on fire the car of a 27-year-old mechanic, following a scuffle that landed the two and the 27-year-old’s brother in hospital, one of them in serious condition.The suspect is also being investigated for causing severe bodily harm to the 27-year-old and his 20-year-old bother.According to the police, the 35-year-old is believed to have set on fire the car of the 27-year-old on Tuesday, following a scuffle between the mechanic and his brother – also a mechanic – over the 35-year-old’s complaint that mechanical damage to his vehicle was not repaired properly.The three men, following the scuffle, were taken to the Polis Chrysochous hospital and then to that Paphos. The 35-year-old and 27-year-old were discharged after they were treated for their injuries, but the 20-year-old, who suffered serious head injuries, was transferred to the Nicosia general hospital.His condition is serious but stable.The car of the 27-year-old was destroyed.  You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Health ministers bigger budget fails to impress

first_imgBy Elias HazouLawmakers on Monday were singularly unimpressed with health minister Constantinos Ioannou’s boast that the ministry’s budget for 2019 was the largest in a decade.Briefing the House finance committee, which needs to sign off on the funds earmarked for next year, Ioannou said the government would be spending €621.9m, a 6.1 per cent rise on the current year.Of the extra €36m compared to 2018, €27m related to increasing the payroll and covering overtime.Revenues meanwhile were projected at €59.8m, compared to €61.6m in 2018.For 2019, planned expenditures on research and development would come to €35.9m, with €586.1 m earmarked for recurring expenditures.The minister said funds for the purchase of medicines and vaccines would be €14m less compared to 2018. He explained that, as part of the first phase of the National Health Scheme (Gesy), prescription drugs and non-prescription outpatient drugs would be exempted.Ioannou said his ministry is also considering topping off the current year’s budget with another €50m, as part of a supplementary budget for 2018 to be submitted.The minister played up the doubling of spending on medical equipment. This was made possible, he said, by tapping funds that were slated for projects which did not materialise in 2018, such as the construction of a new state lab.Those funds were pulled and redistributed to the purchase of equipment and consumables.But the reaction from opposition MPs was a jaded one.Akel’s Giorgos Georgiou dismissed the 2019 budget as conservative.“The so-called economic success story of the Anastasiades administration is turning into a nightmare for public healthcare and for patients.“They somehow found all that money to bail out the cooperatives, but when it comes to healthcare it’s drip, drip, drip.”Georgiou said that despite the minister’s assertions, public spending on the health sector is actually declining.The 2019 budget of €621m, he said, is lower than that of 2010 (€644m) and even of 2012 (€636m) when cutbacks began to be introduced.“It’s clear that the Anastasiades-Disy government does not regard health as a public good. Sadly, over the past years the logic of smaller government, austerity policies and cuts has deprived public healthcare of much needed funds.”The health minister was quizzed about Gesy, and specifically on the status of ‘personal physicians’ once the scheme goes live.Ioannou declined to give details, saying only that he would be submitting the relevant regulations to the cabinet on Tuesday.He said he hoped parliament would swiftly approve the regulations, by mid-December.Once the regulations are passed, the Health Insurance Organisation would begin the process of interviewing doctors as to whether they want to join Gesy as personal physicians.Under Gesy, all members of the public will contribute to the scheme and will have their personal physician. A personal physician then refers a patient to a specialist, if need be.General practitioners in the private sector would be able to enter into a contract to provide services to Gesy. If they do so, they would be classed as personal physicians. Regulations will place a cap on the number of patients per year on doctors’ lists.Under the government roadmap, contributions for Gesy will begin being collected as of March 2019.The first phase of the scheme is to be rolled out on June 1 of the same year. This concerns outpatient care provided by personal physicians, specialists, pharmacies and labs.Gesy will come into full swing as of June 1, 2020 with inpatient care.You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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In October 2014, "For the sake of the country … we will contest the upcoming election, to talk about opposition to the pipeline which has become an international news storyLast fall Archambault addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Switzerland to rouse international opposition to the project its progress frozen by the lack of a permit to cross beneath the Missouri River just upstream of Standing RockIt’s a surprising twist of fate for a man who once in his words "bombed out" of Bismarck State College and owns the Pit Stop convenience store in Cannon Ball Then again say those close to him it’s not surprising at all given Archambault’s dedication to helping others and serving his community"It’s in his blood it’s in his nature to help others" said Leigh Jeanotte Archambault’s uncle "He just has a huge heart If there’s a tragedy he’s always there to help"Cannon Ball a village of 875 people located at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers has become the epicenter of opposition to the 1172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline which would cross upstream nearby threatening Standing Rock’s drinking water supplyAlthough the pipeline’s route would cross the river outside the reservation boundary as established in 1889 the path lies within ancestral territory once promised to the Standing Rock Sioux under treatiesTreaty rights and tribal sovereignty have been at the core of Archambault’s argument against the legality and legitimacy of the pipeline a point he made clear at the start of a meeting in 2014 with representatives of Energy Transfer Partners the company building the Dakota Access"And just before you get started on the project I want you to know and understand we recognize our treaty boundaries our Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 and 1868 which encampasses North Dakota Montana Wyoming South Dakota" Archambault said according to a transcript of the meeting from a recording that has been made public Archambault went on to say the tribe had been on record opposing any pipeline within the treaty boundaries "This is something the tribe does not wish" But the pipeline company went ahead with its plans having earlier rerouted its path to avoid crossing upstream of Bismarck-Mandan Energy Transfer Partners readily won regulatory permits for the project in North Dakota — except for an easement to cross the river which President Barack Obama’s administration has refused to grantThe company was so confident that it went ahead and built the pipeline along its intended route stopping on both sides of the Missouri a gap in the $38 billion project it has been unable to closeSo far at least Little Dave and his legion of followers have beaten Big Oil’True to himself’Dave Archambault’s path to Cannon Ball followed a winding road He was born in Denver and spent his early childhood living on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian ReservationThere he spent a lot of time with a grandfather and spent his free time learning to hunt and fish He cut wood helped tend the family garden and accompanied his grandfather to scrounge for copper and aluminum from dumps He grew up in a family of eight childrenHis life changed when Big Dave moved the family to Bismarck where his father took a position with United Tribes Technical College Archambault found adjusting to junior high in a small city outside a reservation difficultWith a friend he took off headed for Pine Ridge but didn’t get far before they were picked up by a state patrol officer and brought home During 7th and 8th grade he attended the Circle of Nations School in Wahpeton an off-reservation boarding school for American Indian children and completed his secondary education in Fort Yates NDAfter two years Archambault left Bismarck State College where he played basketball and took a job driving a school bus at Standing Rock while he contemplated his futureAt his father’s suggestion he studied business earning a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University and a master’s degree in management from the University of Mary Archambault has an "entrepreneurial spirit" Jeanotte said For instance he has built a prototype "minihome" scarcely more than a one-room dwelling to provide an affordable housing option He saw running the convenience store as a way to provide access to food gas and convenience items for his remote community he addedArchambault whose Lakota name is Tokala Ohitika Brave Fox has embraced traditional Lakota culture and spirituality In his talks against the pipeline he often talks about the importance of prayer "The only thing that keeps me going is prayer and I have to have faith that my prayers are being heard" Archambault said in a video released by the tribeDuring the panel discussion in West Hollywood which was streamed online he said he at first felt daunted taking on a corporation worth billions of dollars "We don’t have a fighting chance" Archambault said recalling a conversation with a tribal elder "There’s no way we can defeat this"But the elder told Archambault not to underestimate the power of prayer "With prayer we can accomplish a lot" he told the panel discussion audience "With unity we can accomplish a lot"Scott Davis executive director of the North Dakota Commission on Indian Affairs the state’s liaison with the tribes is a Standing Rock member who grew up with ArchambaultArchambault’s embrace of traditional faith is integral to his leadership Davis said "It’s led him to be the leader he is for our tribe He really highly values his traditional ways He values that more than anything in my opinion"In meetings with officials from Morton County and the state Archambault asks to start with a prayer offered by a spiritual adviser in Lakota and EnglishIn those meetings Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said Archambault is polite but rigid in his assertion of treaty rights and opposition to the pipeline’s route across the Missouri"That cannot be resolved by the county" the sheriff said referring to the tribe’s treaty grievances "That’s a federal government issue"Although the meetings so far have made little headway the parties are building a relationship Kirchmeier said "It’s a professional and cordial relationship and we can definitely sit down and talk about the ongoing issues" he added "We both want to see that resolved He’s very soft-spoken and to the point"Archambault who was not available for an interview for this story has described himself as "just a common person" Friends describe him as personable and easygoing but purposeful Both Davis and Jeanotte said he is devoted to his family including his wife and two children He has a passion for horses which he raises on family land near Cannon Ball including Nokota horses a mustang breed from the North Dakota Badlands with ancestry includes ponies surrendered by Sitting Bull and his followers"I’ll say this he’s true to himself" said Davis a friend since boyhood "He believes what he believes in"’We’ve already won’Dave Archambault and those opposing Dakota Access Pipeline have succeeded in controlling the storyline since the start of the protests in the view of Mark Trahant a journalism professor at the University of North Dakota and a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock TribeIn August as the camp’s numbers mushroomed and tensions escalated Archambault was arrested for disorderly conduct in a confrontation with police Archambault’s arrest displayed his dedication and helped propel the story Trahant said"It set the tone for the whole narrative" he added "His leadership has just been exceptional"But then Archambault stepped back and let others occupy the spotlight focusing on organizational matters said Trahant who blogs about Native American issues and has visited the camp where he briefly met Archambault"His patience I think is extraordinary" he added "He really stepped up as a leader that is equivalent to any governor"One of Archambault’s greatest strengths Trahant said has been his effectiveness as a spokesman for his cause "I think he’s become media savvy He really learned to hone his message and stick to it"Winona LaDuke an Ojibwe activist from Minnesota’s White Earth Reservation is a longtime environmental activist and a veteran pipeline protester She has participated in the protests against Dakota Access and has met Archambault and seen him on the front lines"He’s a very remarkable man" she said "It’s a very difficult time for him" Standing Rock faces many challenges apart from the pipeline threat including chronic high poverty and unemploymentYet the tribe has hosted protesters as guests stepping in after the state withdrew portable bathrooms and drinking water last summer LaDuke said "Chairman Archambault had to take care of us and he had to take care of his people"Trahant predicts the next stage of the opposition to the pipeline will play out largely in courtrooms The tribe is waging a legal challenge to try to block the pipeline’s river crossingDonald Trump who becomes president Jan 20 has said he supports the Dakota Access Pipeline which could lead to a reversal of the Obama administration’s easement denial Archambault who met with Obama when he visited Standing Rock several years ago has asked to meet with Trump Since the Dec 5 federal decision to deny the easement he has also asked protesters who are still camping near the proposed river crossing site to leave Despite his urging hundreds of protesters remain"The way I look at it we’ve already won" Archambault told the West Hollywood audience last weekThe fierce opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline led by an unprecedented coalition of more than 300 tribes has put energy companies on notice that their infrastructure projects will face intense opposition if they threaten ancestral or tribal lands he saidStill as long as society remains addicted to fossil fuels there will be more pipelines the chairman said And they now will face Native American nations that are newly emboldened and determined to be heard"They’re going to have to think twice" he added "because of what’s happened"Human parts found in Sapele community in Delta State on Thursday unsettled its residents who have raised the alarm over fear of the unknown It was gathered that the human parts were dumped at every nooks and cranny in Sapele especially along new Ogoride road and Ogbimi drive in the town; a situation the residents called on the security agents to investigate Mr Mohammed Mustafa the Delta State Police Commissioner who confirmed the discovery of the human parts to DAILY POST said; “We got report from the Sapele Police Division of the human parts discovered in some parts of the town we have ordered security beef up and a full scale investigation into the incident in order to bring those behind the acts to book” Reports said that the human parts were also discovered in a Makeshift building wrapped into different cellophane(s) woods and raffia palm But a resident Omonigho Mabel who spoke to DAILY POST said; “The makeshift had been an abode of some madmen and unknown residents in fact ritualists too use the abode we went to the police to investigate the acts we are afraid in the situation” Meanwhile the police Image Maker in the state DSP Andrew Aniamaka has said that one person has been arrested adding that the suspect was currently being detained at the Sapele Police Division for further investigation DSP Aniamaka said; “It was Okada riders who discovered the makeshift building where their remained parts were also discovered they smell offensive odor emitting and they move into the building only for them to discover human parts put into cellophane they alerted the police who then swing into action” Sources said on the discovery to the makeshift building two mad men jumped out and took to their heels but the police went after them and they were apprehendedJust last week and lowers depressionresults that we can all use at this time of year. 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