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LS polls Two govt employees on poll duty die in MP

LS polls Two govt employees on poll duty die in MP

first_imgBhopal: Two government employees engaged in election duty died in separate incidents in Madhya Pradesh, an official said on Sunday. Garu Singh Chogad, who was deployed at the Jalwat polling booth in Dhar Lok Sabha constituency, died after suffering a heart failure on Sunday morning, state’s Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao told reporters here. In another incident, a presiding officer, Anil Nema, in Dewas Lok Sabha seat died of cardiac arrest on Saturday night, he said. Polling was underway peacefully on Sunday in eight Lok Sabha seats – Dewas, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Dhar, Indore, Khargone and Khandwa – in the fourth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state, he added.last_img read more

Video US Ambassador Bush Wishes all Moroccans Happy Holidays

Video US Ambassador Bush Wishes all Moroccans Happy Holidays

Rabat – US Ambassador to Morocco, Dwight Bush, released a new video in which he wishes Happy Holidays to Moroccans.While noting that Americans celebrate many of “our beloved holidays,” such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Hanukah, he pointed that this year’s celebrations are very special, as the holiday season coincides with the birthday of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), known in Morocco as Eid Al Mouloud.“This year is interesting because Eid Al Mouloud coincides with Christmas, a very rare occurrence over the centuries,” Ambassador Bush said. The US diplomat pointed out that while Muslims, Jews and Christians observe their holidays in different ways, they do many things in common, such as visiting family and eating special food.“Our holidays are observed in different ways. Yet the way we celebrate share many things in come, like visiting family and eating foods,” Bush said.While pointing out that many Americans volunteer their time during holidays to help people in need, he noted that he had the opportunity to work alongside many Moroccans in volunteering “our time, energy and support to projects that improve our shared world.”The US diplomat highlights the efforts made by the USAID to offer “its expertise” to complement the “good work the Moroccan government, civil society groups and citizens are doing.”He said that in keeping with the US tradition to make new resolutions and set new goals for the upcoming year, his resolution for 2016 is to “assist Morocco to develop its capacity and meet its potential.”He said that his second resolution is to visit other areas of Morocco he has never visited before.“I am eager to get out of the big cities, go to the country and meet with more people in rural communities,” the US Ambassador said. read more

Truce and transitional pact key to ending Libyan crisis – UN official

Truce and transitional pact key to ending Libyan crisis – UN official

28 July 2011A ceasefire and the establishment of an agreement on transitional arrangements that fulfil the aspirations of the Libyan people remain the only sustainable options for a political solution to the crisis in the North African country, the United Nations political chief told the Security Council today. “As we have said many times, a ceasefire tied to transitional arrangements which address the aspirations of the Libyan people is the only sustainable political solution to the crisis in Libya,” said B. Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, when he briefed the Council.He said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Libya, Abdel-Elah Al-Khatib, have been making that point in all their discussions with key interlocutors around the world.“It remains critical that the international community speak with one voice through the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy in order to bring about a political solution,” said Mr. Pascoe.He said that opposition forces had made some marginal gains in the battlefield, but there had been no dramatic changes in the overall situation. “The frontlines remain in flux as opposition forces attempt to advance towards Tripoli, while Government forces target strategic cities and areas under opposition control. NATO operations continue, primarily against sites in and around Tripoli.”Mr. Pascoe told the Council that both the National Transitional Council (NTC) and the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi had consistently maintained their stands during meetings with Mr. Khatib.“Both sides are willing to talk, but they are still emphasizing maximum demands at this point and patience is clearly required before detailed discussion can begin,” said Mr. Pascoe.On the humanitarian situation, Mr. Pascoe told the Council that the number of people who have fled Libya and remain outside the country since the beginning of the conflict in February is now estimated at 630,000, including some 100,000 Libyans. Another 200,000 Libyans have been internally displaced.The number of those stranded at border points in Egypt, Tunisia and Niger had fallen to about 2,600 people, most of them third-country nationals, some of whom are asylum-seekers who cannot return to their homes. Additionally, an estimated 22,000 people, mostly African migrants, have arrived by boat in Italy and Malta. At least 1,400 died at sea while attempting to reach Europe.The Tunisian Government has sought external assistance for Libyan refugees and local families hosting some of them, Mr. Pascoe told the Council, while the authorities in Libya had repeatedly complained about the shortages of medical supplies, including vaccines and equipment. Fuel shortages have hit Tripoli, he added.“The approach of the holy month of Ramadan has added greater urgency to the provision of supplies and meeting of humanitarian needs. Both the Libyan Government and the National Transitional Council have requested the use of frozen assets to meet humanitarian needs,” said Mr. Pascoe, adding that the requests had been forwarded to the Council’s Sanctions Committee for consideration.On post-conflict planning, Mr. Pascoe said that the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the issue, Ian Martin, is continuing preparatory work within the UN and with key partners.“The UN system-wide pre-assessment process to develop possible scenarios and areas where United Nations or other international support may be appropriate, if requested, is nearing completion.“As we have told the Council, early contingency planning is being undertaken by the [UN] Department of Peacekeeping Operations [DPKO] for military and police roles which the United Nations may be asked to perform following a ceasefire,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Khatib today in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, met with President Mohammad Ould Abdel Aziz, who chairs the African Union’s (AU) Ad-Hoc High Level Committee on the situation in Libya, and briefed him on his efforts to find a political settlement.Mr. Khatib said that the Mauritanian leader had stressed the same desire for a solution that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Libyan people, as expressed by AU’s Ad-Hoc High Level Committee. The special envoy said that he and Mr. Abdel Aziz emphasized the need for continued consultations between the UN and the AU in their efforts to resolve the crisis through a political process.Mr. Khatib also met with the Foreign Ministers of Mauritania and Mali to discuss cooperation between the UN and the AU. read more

Closing Bell Gold sector boosts TSX BlackBerry falls 26 on Q1 earnings

Closing Bell Gold sector boosts TSX BlackBerry falls 26 on Q1 earnings

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market moved sharply higher Friday, as gains in the gold sector were more than enough to offset a 26% decline in BlackBerry stock after the smartphone maker surprised traders with a quarterly loss and disappointing revenue.The S&P/TSX composite index ran up 123.33 points to 12,129.11.BlackBerry shares (TSX:BB) tumbled $3.97 to $11.08 after saying that it lost US$84 million in the first quarter when the smartphone maker launched its latest Z10 touchscreen model.On an adjusted basis, BlackBerry had a loss of $67 million or 13 cents per share. Analysts had expected an adjusted profit of six cents per share.Besides the unexpected loss and disappointing revenue, analysts were uphappy with a lack of specific sales figures for BlackBerry’s new smartphones.“They’re still not telling people how well they’re doing,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.“We had seen a lot of negativity on BlackBerry before they initially announced the new product and the product itself is actually pretty good. (But) I think people are nervous because obviously BlackBerry has not done well on the execution side and so now they’re back to that stage of, ’I don’t trust them.”’The Canadian dollar fell 0.39 of a cent to 95.08 cents US even as Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product grew by 0.1%, which was in line with expectations.U.S. indexes largely turned lower late in the session after three days of strong gains that reflected an atmosphere of calm that seemed to have settled on markets during this week.The Dow Jones industrials moved 114.89 points lower to 14,909.6, the Nasdaq gained 1.39 points to 3,403.25 and the S&P 500 index ticked 6.92 points lower to 1,606.28.There was positive consumer news as the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment dipped to 84.1 in June from 84.5 the previous month. But that was still relatively high as May’s reading was the highest since July 2007.Meanwhile, the Chicago Business Barometer sank to 51.6 from a 14-month high of 58.7 in May. That was well below the level of 55 that economists were expecting.Markets sold off after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke had indicated last week that the central bank could start winding up one of its signature stimulus programs, the purchase of US$85 billion worth of bonds every month with the aim of keeping long-term rates low.Spooking traders was a spike in bond yields with the benchmark 10-year Treasury surging from 2.25% before Bernanke’s comments to as high as around 2.6%. But yields backed off Thursday after three Fed officials said markets are unrealistic in their anticipation of rate hikes down the road.On Friday afternoon, the 10-year bond yielded 2.5%, up from 2.47% Thursday.The TSX managed a gain of 133 points or 1.11% this week but the main Toronto index is still down 2.45% year to date. The Dow industrials rose 110 points or 0.74% this week and is still ahead 13.77% for the year.Commodity prices were mixed and the beaten up gold sector was the biggest percentage advancer, up about 8% while the August bullion contract on the Nymex erased early losses to move up $12.10 to US$1,223.70 an ounce. Continued speculation about when the Federal Reserve may ease up on its monthly bond purchases has pushed bullion prices to three-year lows.Gold prices have deteriorated steadily this year as the precious metal loses its appeal as a hedge against inflation and deteriorating currencies. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) was ahead $1.03 to C$16.60 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) ran up $2.27 to $26.12. The TSX gold sector is down almost 50% so far this year and over 17% this month alone.The telecom sector was up two% with BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) up $1.16 to $43.12 after the federal broadcast regulator approved bid by its Bell subsidiary to acquire Astral Media (TSX:ACM.A) and its suite of TV speciality channels and radio stations in a deal worth $3.4 billion.September copper was unchanged at US$3.06 a pound and the base metals sector also moved up 2%. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gained 35 cents to $15.60.The consumer discretionary sector rose 1.5% as Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) said its overall quarterly net income edged up to $250 million from $248 million a year ago, although earnings per share dropped a penny to 52 cents. Revenue was up 4% to $1.33 billion. Shaw also said it has been able to minimize flood-related disruptions to its infrastructure in Alberta and is on track to generate more free cash than previously expected in the current financial year. Its shares jumped $1.30 or 5.43% to $25.24.The energy sector was up 0.4% with the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 49 cents to US$96.56 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) climbed 16 cents to $31. The Canadian Press read more

Gifted Lankan elephant dies

Gifted Lankan elephant dies

Rock music legend, Morrissey last week appealed to Philippines President Benigno Aquino and said that Mali, 37, deserved a reprieve from a lifetime of confinement. Animal rights group PETA said that Mali, born in Sri Lanka in 1974, was only 3 years old when she was ripped from her home and family and shipped to the zoo.A report on Mali released by PETA said that in the wild, elephants like Mali live and travel in close-knit family herds and roam up to 80 kilometers a day – activity that is essential to their well-being.“Mali would browse and graze, pluck fruit and leaves from trees, take mud baths, and spend hours a day swimming and playing in the water,” the report says. An elephant gifted to Pakistan by Sri Lanka has died after officials at an Islamabad Zoo drank the wine that was meant to be given to the animal, Pakistan media reports said.According to zookeeper Muhammad Bilal, who was sacked after the death of a female elephant “Saheli” on May 1, liquor is given to elephants in order to tame them. The 22-year-old female elephant Saheli, gifted by the government of Sri Lanka in 1991, died at the Islamabad Zoo on May 1. However, the Director and Deputy Director and their staff would drink all the wine brought in. He said the lack of wine resulted in the death of Saheli, the Pakistan media reported last week. The report explains, “At the Manila Zoo, Mali spends her days alone in a barren enclosure, which provides her with no opportunity to engage in any of the activities that elephants need for their physical, mental, and emotional health.” Thus Mali is said to be in a state of profound depression. (Colombo Gazette) The average age of an elephant ranges from 60 to 70 years and sometimes it can even go up to 90 to 100 years.Meanwhile, in the Philippines an appeal has been made to release an elephant gifted by Sri Lanka. read more

UNP warns will not remain silent if pushed to the limit

UNP warns will not remain silent if pushed to the limit

He warned that the UNP will confront anyone who makes an attempt to derail the development program of the UNP led Government. The United National Party (UNP) warned that it will not remain silent if it is pushed to the limit when carrying out work for the public.UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said that some elements are testing the patience of the UNP and attempting to confront the ‘elephant’. Hashim also said that the UNP and Sri Lanka Freedom party and working together in the best interest of the Nation and it will not allow anyone to overthrow the coalition Government. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN announces roadmap to Climate Summit in 2019 a critical year for

UN announces roadmap to Climate Summit in 2019 a critical year for

Ms. Espinosa was speaking alongside the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on the Climate Summit, Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba of Mexico, at UN Headquarters in New York.Ms. Espinosa said that, with the deadline for achieving the first targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development fast approaching, described by Secretary-General António Guterres as “the UN’s blueprint for peace, justice and prosperity on a healthy planet”, the world stood at a crossroads.Two-thirds of these targets, she said, depend on climate and environment goals, and a five-fold increase in commitments from their current levels is needed in order to meet the targets set at the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement on dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance, due to come into force in 2020.The General Assembly President walked the representatives of Member States through some of the key events of 2019, leading up to, and following, the Climate Summit. All of the events, she said, share two goals: a doubling of commitments and ambition at a national level, and ensuring the inclusion of diverse groups in the process of climate action. March will see the General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Climate and Sustainable Development for All, which is intended to build on the success of COP24, the 2018 climate conference in Katowice, Poland, which led to the establishment of a “rulebook” for the reporting of emissions and the progress made in cutting them, every year from 2024.The March meeting will welcome representatives of the private sector, civil society and young people, and look to harness the enthusiasm of the latter group, who, said Ms. Espinosa, will be most affected by a warming world.On the 30th of June, in the build up to the Climate Summit, a “stocktaking” event will take place in Abu Dhabi, followed by a High Level Political Forum under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council in July, which will see a review of the progress made in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 13 (“urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”).The Climate Summit will be followed by the first-ever High Level Political Forum on Climate Action, sponsored by the General Assembly on September 24. The year will be rounded off by the 2019 Climate Conference COP25, which will take place in Chile.Multilateralism, said Ms. Espinosa, is the only effective to combat climate change, which is one of the main challenges facing the world and can only be overcome with constructive input from all. She concluded with a proverb: “’If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you wish to go far, go together.’ Let’s travel this road together.”Ambassador de Alba, following Ms. Espinosa, confirmed that the world is falling well behind targets for combating climate change, with only around a third of the necessary work currently completed. He reminded delegates that there are only between 10 and 12 years left to achieve the goals, and called for a ramping up of ambition.The Special Envoy added that, despite the challenges, an optimistic signal must be given: that it is possible to counter climate change, enjoy economic growth and eradicate poverty. “We can also meet social needs, healthcare needs and human rights needs,” he said, and bring about a “win-win situation to answer the doubters.”2019 needs to see action, continued Ambassador de Alba, including partnerships with the private sector and civil society, and a huge mobilization of resources ( a target of 1 trillion dollars per year to support developing countries has been set), to invest “in our future, for jobs in a green future.” read more

Voith offers independent and highly dynamic linear axis

Voith offers independent and highly dynamic linear axis

first_imgWith the hydraulic CLDP (Closed Loop Differential Pump) linear axis, hydraulics specialist Voith Turbo H + L Hydraulic is setting new standards: the linear drive is compact, highly dynamic and precise. Additionally, it offers customers the full range of benefits offered by a hydraulic systems solution. These include overload protection, high power density and virtually wear-free operation. Thanks to an integrated servo pump, energy efficiency is significantly higher than that of conventional solutions.The design of the linear drive is fairly simple. At its heart is an integrated servo pump, consisting of servo motor and internal gear pump. Its displacement is optimally adapted to the surfaces of a differential cylinder. This is added by an intelligent control system with field bus connection, pressure protection and a small compensation tank. Other components, for example complex valve technology or a hydraulic unit with associated pipes, are no longer necessary.The compact design and the closed oil circuit allow easy systems integration. The onboard intelligence ensures high flexibility during operation. Possible applications are the quick handling of work pieces or machines for bending, separating and forming processes. In general, the Voith CLDP can be used for all direct linear movements – especially when the application calls for dynamics, reproducibility, overload protection and reliability.The CLDP can be easily integrated into new or existing plants, Voith says. “All that is required is a power connection for the servo motor. Costs for commissioning, training and maintenance are very low. Attractive aspects for plant operators are increases in productivity due to the speed of the drive, as well as higher operating safety thanks to the automatic overload protection.”last_img read more

Publicprivate partnership to open geodata access for African resource development

Publicprivate partnership to open geodata access for African resource development

first_imgGeosoft is participating in a pilot project aimed at improving the availability, accessibility and usability of geoscientific data (geodata) to guide resource investment in the East African region. The pilot project, and launch of a geodata portal hosted by Uganda, will be conducted under the auspices of African Union Commission (AUC), and is a collaborative partnership between the British Geological Survey (BGS), Geosoft, IGS (International Geoscience Services), the Uganda Geological Survey and the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum.The regional pilot project is the outcome of a workshop A New Beginning: A collaborative partnering approach towards African Geodata held March 22-24 in Uganda, which sought innovative solutions to Africa’s geodata shortfalls and drew expert participants from member states and institutions across Africa, Britain and Canada. Workshop discussions centered on: data requirements, data management and technology innovation. A business case was presented for a public-private partnership (PPP) model and capacity building.“It was very rewarding to share our insights on geodata with government and industry representatives at the workshop, and contribute to a positive outcome that supports fulfillment of Africa’s vision and potential for resource development,” said Tim Dobush, President and CEO of Geosoft. “Activation of Africa’s vast geodata resources, through multi-stakeholder collaboration, is key to unlocking its value for downstream economic and social benefit within the respective countries.”Geosoft will collaborate with organizing committee members, including the BGS and IGS, to implement the Uganda geodata portal.“We are very encouraged by this pilot initiative and the wide spectrum of geoscience data that will be made available,” said John Ludden, Executive Director of BGS. “Additionally, it will provide an opportunity to examine how the usage of geoscience data can support broader applications including environmental, infrastructure, and water management.”“IGS was honoured to have been involved in developing the workshop agenda, and we’re pleased to be part of the committee implementing the pilot geodata project for Uganda,” said Dr Peter K. Zawada, Managing Director of IGS, “Public-private partnerships are a vitally important way of ensuring the availability and accessibility of geodata, and creating added value to that data, to attract inward investment in the mineral exploration sector for Africa. Exciting time lies ahead where geodata is used to create wealth and to improve the quality of life of Africa’s people.”The workshop and pilot project are guided by the aspirations and principles of the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) and Agenda 2063, which recognizes geodata as an imperative for future development of Africa’s extractives, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, infrastructure and tourism sectors.The initiative will be based on a public-private partnership business model for the generation, management and ownership of geodata by participating countries and it is expected to be piloted in other African countries.The picture shows the AUC Uganda workshop group.last_img read more

Commemorating the 196th anniversary of the Greek Revolution

Commemorating the 196th anniversary of the Greek Revolution

first_imgSaturday marks the 196th anniversary of the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire, and will see thousands of Greeks across Australian gather to commemorate the day of independence that continues to hold great meaning for the community. Official celebrations across the nation’s cities will take place on Sunday 26 March, however a number of smaller gatherings will be taking place on Saturday. St Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church in South Melbourne will host a service at 9.30 am, followed by a ceremony at the Australian Hellenic Memorial at 12 noon and the Shrine of Remembrance at 1.00 pm. Those in attendance are welcome to enjoy a light lunch at the premises of the Returned & Services League of Australia Hellenic Sub Branch in South Melbourne.The City of Darebin will also honour the day with its own local gathering at the Preston Town Hall at 11.00 am. Local politicians, religious and community leaders, along with members of the community will come together to enjoy a light lunch. On Sunday, St Eustathios will host a service at 10.30 am that will be officiated by Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis.The annual parade will follow, with those marching expected to assemble at Service Lane off St Kilda Road at 11.00 am, and will kick-off at 12.30 pm. A memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony will then take place at the Australian Hellenic Memorial at 1.30 pm and will conclude at the Shrine of Remembrance at 2.00 pm.Honouring Greece’s national day with their presence from the Greek Australia community will be Bishop Iakovos of Militoupolis, Consul General of Greece to Melbourne Christina Simantiraki, and Greek Community President Bill Papastergiadis. Liberal Member for Chisholm Julia Banks MP will be in attendance, representing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, as will Federal Labor Member for Isaacs Mark Dreyfus on behalf of Opposition leader Bill Shorten, along with various MPs, among them Federal member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou.In Sydney commemorations commenced on Friday, with the opening of the exhibition ‘Escape From Pompeii – the Untold Roman Rescue’ at the Australian National Wartime Museum. As part of the exhibition and to help mark the day, the Hellenic Maritime Museum has loaned a life-size replica of the Athenian Trireme, Olympias.On Saturday, a lunch has been organised as part of the 35th Greek Festival of Sydney at the restaurant aptly named 1821, where guests will enjoy dishes prepared by chefs David Tsirekas and Janni Kyritsis. In the evening, various Greek institutions across the state will mark the special occasion with their own events ahead of the official ceremony.On Sunday, the Archdiocese and Greek Orthodox Community of NSW will come together for a service at the Cathedral of The Annunciation of Our Lady in Surry Hills and to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph in Martin Place. A parade will ensue, featuring students from various Greek schools and other representative bodies, and will conclude at the Sydney Opera House where official guests will give speeches, with an appearance also expected by the Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Watch Man Finds Abandoned 3Foot Alligator in Woods Near His Home

Watch Man Finds Abandoned 3Foot Alligator in Woods Near His Home

first_imgStay on target Georgia Man Catches Gigantic 14-Foot AlligatorHunters Catch ‘Monster’ 13-Foot Alligator in Mississippi River Once the alligator’s mouth was carefully taped shut, Walters called 311, however, they reportedly “didn’t know what to do with it,” so the he called 911 and authorities quickly arrived at the scene. Police officers secured the reptile with their hands and put it in their patrol car.No one knows where Charlie came from, but authorities believe he could have been someone’s pet. According to officials, Charlie will be transported to a Brooklyn-based animal care facility for treatment.Alligators are making random appearances across the U.S. lately: Last weekend, a family came across a baby alligator trying to “beat the heat” in their backyard pool in Bayport, New York. Earlier this month, “Chance the Snapper,” a random alligator that was on the loose in Chicago, was eventually caught by a reptile expert after a nearly week-long search operation.More on Geek.com:Watch: Family Finds Baby Alligator ‘Cooling Off’ in Their Backyard Pool Alabaster, Albino Alligator at SC Aquarium, Dies After Battling Infection‘Chance the Snapper’ Alligator Is Captured in Chicago Park Lagooncenter_img A man recently spotted an abandoned 3-foot alligator near his property on Staten Island, New York, and managed to capture the small reptile before police officers arrived.On Tuesday, Don Walters, a 49-year-old resident of Staten Island’s Richmond Town neighborhood, was looking for fishing bait in ponded rain water in the woods when he came across the alligator, CBS New York reported.Walters, who previously lived in Florida, immediately ran home to get the proper equipment to catch the creature, who he named Charlie, and tried to get his attention with some bait, The New York Post noted.“I started throwing blood bait at it and it was eating it and eating it,” Walters told The New York Post. “I just dragged him up on land, got on top of him, held his head, and my wife taped his mouth shut and that was it.”last_img read more

EU and ITC to launch the Gambia Youth Empowerment Project

EU and ITC to launch the Gambia Youth Empowerment Project

first_imgThe Gambia Youth Empowerment Project  will officially be launched in Banjul on 9 February at the Kairaba Beach Hotel. This activity is a joint initiative of the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the European Union in partnership with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Employment. The goal of the project is to support employment creation and entrepreneurship opportunities for Gambian youth.The four-year Youth Empowerment Project sets out to improve employment prospects for youth between the age of 15 and 35, increase income opportunities and help young entrepreneurs to tap into trade opportunities. Priority sectors include agriculture, tourism and the digital economy. A key aim of the project is to stem the current migration flow from the Gambia and contribute to the building of long-term growth and boost economic competitiveness.The launch of the four-year project will be attended by senior officials from the Government of the Gambia, the European Commission and ITC. The project is funded by the European Union’s Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and has a total budget of €11 million.In addition to ITC, the European Union and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Employment, key partners of the YEP include the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Youth Council, the Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency, and the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.last_img read more

San Diego to Recognize Young Heroine from Rancho Peñasquitos

San Diego to Recognize Young Heroine from Rancho Peñasquitos

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego, CA (KUSI): On Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., Councilmember Chris Cate will declare the day as “Sophia M. Righthouse Day” in the City of San Diego. Two months ago, Sophia M. Righthouse, a Park Village resident, personally assisted with the evacuation of a condominium complex in Rancho Peñasquitos that was engulfed in flames. At only 14 years of age, Sophia conducted the evacuations in a calm professional manner, attributing her training with the Young Marines.A 4.0 student at Westview High School, Sophia, a freshman, has a long-term goal of attending the Naval Academy or participating in College ROTC and embarking on a military career. Sophia is a Master Sergeant in the Young Marines serving with the Miramar Unit based out of MCAS Miramar. Sophia founded the Young Marines “Valuing our Veterans” flagpole program, where she gathers funding to purchase and install flagpoles for local military veterans in recognition of their service.In addition to the Young Marines, Sophia M. Righthouse has volunteered more than 600 hours serving her community as a Cadet Seaman in the Naval JROTC unit at Westview High School and is a Senior Girl Scout with Troop 8716. Sophia has earned the prestigious Girl Scouts USA Bronze and Silver Awards.“Sophia Righthouse is an outstanding example of a youth that embodies patriotism, volunteerism, civic responsibility, leadership, and a passion to help others. Individuals like Sophia, make our community better,” stated Councilmember Chris Cate.“The Young Marines have impacted how I think and how I act.  They have allowed me to believe in myself and learn about the core values of honor, courage, and commitment,” said Sophia M. Righthouse. Updated: 6:18 PM San Diego to Recognize Young Heroine from Rancho Peñasquitos January 23, 2018center_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Chris Cate FacebookTwitter WHAT:Sophia M. Righthouse Day WHO:Sergeant Bret Righthouse, San Diego Police Department (Sophia’s father)Detective Susan Righthouse, San Diego Police Department (Sophia’s mother)Righthouse family membersSan Diego Police Department officers WHEN:Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. WHERE:City Hall, 202 C Street, 12th Floor (Council Chambers), San Diego, CA 92101last_img read more

Murals focus of Destination Downtown tour

Murals focus of Destination Downtown tour

first_imgTry describing the who, when, where and why of Vancouver’s Destination Downtown and run the risk of falling into a pot of bureaucratic alphabet soup: In 2006, state lawmakers passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act, under which local jurisdictions had to develop CTR plans. Cities could designate a Growth and Transportation Efficiency Center (GTEC) and implement policies aimed at reducing drive-alone trips. The money for Destination Downtown, Vancouver’s GTEC, comes from a $100,000 annual Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).Whew.On Tuesday, it was simpler to just focus on the what: A 30-minute lunchtime walking tour of downtown murals. For more information about Destination Downtown or to order your free commute kit, go to the Destination Downtown website.The free event was led by Derek Hofbauer, Destination Downtown’s employer outreach coordinator who works for Alta Planning + Design, a Portland company that Vancouver contracts with to manage the program. Last year Hofbauer led a tour of Uptown Village, which has been added to the Destination Downtown project boundary, but Tuesday was the first tour he’d given of downtown murals. His tour attracted about three dozen people, who were interested in hearing about the murals and exploring downtown, but they were mostly retired people who don’t work downtown and therefore don’t seem to fit the target audience for Destination Downtown. But they were given a book with coupons for more than 70 downtown businesses. While walking to mural sites, Hofbauer not only explained the work being done by the Clark County Mural Society to help make downtown a more vibrant place. He also pointed out restaurants, bars, coffee shops and retail stores.last_img read more

2 hospitalized after Miami duplex fire

2 hospitalized after Miami duplex fire

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Two men were rushed to the hospital overnight, after a South Florida duplex went up in flames.Miami Fire Rescue responded to a code one fire at 6301 N.E. 5th Ave. Upon their arrival, firefighters said they found intense flames.Two men were found inside the duplex, according to officials. They were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital in serious condition.One of the victims, Adlet Geneve, said he almost lost his life. “I just came from work, and when I undress to go to sleep, I heard the person say inside the room, ‘Fire, fire, fire,’ and I opened my door and get out,” said Geneve.His room was left a complete ruin, and he saw the two people transported to the hospital.“I see the man laid down,” added Geneve. “I see his eyes closed. The old man, I see someone take him and after he stand up and come inside the ambulance.”The building has been deemed unsafe, due to heavy damage inside. Nearly everything inside was deemed a total loss. “I feel sad because they are my neighbors,” said Geneve. “I feel sad for them.” The American Red Cross has since arrived to help affected residents in the area.Fire investigators are now working on determining the cause of the fire.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Overnight fire engulfs Deerfield Beach warehouse

Overnight fire engulfs Deerfield Beach warehouse

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue units responded to an overnight warehouse fire in Deerfield Beach.Crews responded to the three-alarm fire around 3 a.m., Monday, near 40th Street and Powerline Road.Firefighters rushed to put out the flames. The fire has since been extinguished.An investigation into what caused the fire remains ongoing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 trailer Cersei Lannister strikes back

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 trailer Cersei Lannister strikes back

first_imgAfter the Battle of Winterfell, the longest (and darkest!) battle in TV history, our heroes and their enemies are in the Game of Thrones: Endgame now. Some characters disappeared in less than 16 seconds of screen time and others were brutal with their dragonglass, but now we lick our wounds — and we move south for another war. You can read our full recap of all the season 3, episode 8 chaos here, and if you’re keen to quickly remember who died and who survived, head here.Now… what’s next? Now playing: Watch this: 187 Photos TV and Movies How Game of Thrones language High Valyrian comes to life Originally published April 28.  The best Game of Thrones cosplay in all the seven kingdoms 6:04 8:25 “We have won the great war, now we will win the last war,” says the Queen of Dragons with a smile on her face. Not sure how anyone is smiling after the Battle of Winterfell, but sure. It looks like the action is headed south, for more fighting, more ships and … maybe more deaths? Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Comments 45 Photos Game of Thrones In the preview for episode 4, we see Cersei and Euron readying her troops from King’s Landing as Dany addresses what’s left of their own troops at Winterfell.  2 Game of Thrones Battle of Winterfell: We’re still shaking Tags See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos “We’ll rip her out, root and stone,” Dany declares menacingly at the trailer’s end. Sounds like bad news.Game of Thrones’ fourth (and third last!) episode of the final season airs on Sunday, May 5 on HBO. Pray to the Old Gods and the New that it’s a little cheerier than episode 3. last_img read more

Sanya Malhotra bears stark resemblance to reellife Agent M Tessa Thompson

Sanya Malhotra bears stark resemblance to reellife Agent M Tessa Thompson

first_imgSanya Malhotra and Tessa ThompsonPR HandoutDangal girl, Sanya Malhotra has taken a massive step into the international arena and as a new venture, the actress will be lending her voice to Tessa Thompson as Agent M in the classic ‘Men in Black’ International.Even though Sanya is lending her voice to the reel character of Tessa Thompson, the actress has made sure she gets into the skin of her character, to the best. Sanya was quite successful in doing that as she started bearing resemblance to the character because of her hair-do, dressing style and her starking personality she has imbibed to get into Tessa’s character.Known as a director’s actor, Sanya has put in a lot of effort and practice as she is lending her voice for the first time and this is a new experience for her. With this dedication and hardwork, the movie is set to do wonders all across the globe.This young actress is well-known for doing her best to deliver the performance which is expected from her, proven by the roles she has essayed in her career. From the very beginning, she has hand-picked roles that are challenging and with MIB International as well she is testing herself.Sanya is receiving appreciation from all quarters as she has delivered work which has been critically acclaimed.After giving her best in the blockbuster hit sports drama Dangal, her next project was Badhaai Ho and it broke all records and gained a lot of commercial success. She also signed a very unique film Patakha which was a genre she had never tried and later on she tried the romance genre and did ‘ Photograph’ with Nawazuddin.She has treated her fans time and again with dance videos and they totally adore her for that.Sanya’s presence across social media is immense and she continues to win over hearts with her dancing, selfies and fashion goals.In the forthcoming time, we will witness the actress in Anurag Basu’s next alongside Aditya Roy Kapur and Fatima Shaikh. Apart from movies and this action-adventure Men In Black: International will be released by Sony Pictures Entertainment on June 14th in Hindi, English, and Tamil.last_img read more