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Protest in Delhi Assembly over temple demolition

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Assembly monsoon session on Thursday witnessed a ruckus after ruling Aam Aadmi Party legislatures went near the Speaker’s podium shouting slogans against the BJP for demolition of Saint Ravidas Temple.The Speaker Ram Niwas Goel has to adjourned the Delhi assembly for 45 minutes after members of the ruling AAP came into well of the House shouting slogans against the BJP in connection with the recent demolition of a Ravidas temple. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Assembly session began by offering condolences to former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj, both of whom passed away recently. The APP leaders marched into the well of the House carrying posters and shouted slogans following which the session was adjourned for half an hour. “This House resolves that the Central Government has badly mishandled this issue by not supporting their cause in the Court of law which finally led to its unjustified and unfortunate demolition,” alleged by AAP legislatures. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe uproar continued when the session resumed after which the Assembly was further adjourned for 15 minutes. The Ravidas temple was demolished by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) earlier this month on the orders of the Supreme Court. Dalit protesters, who had taken to the streets to protest the demolition of the temple on Wednesday had brought traffic movement in several parts of Delhi to a standstill. The protesters asked the central government to rebuild the temple. The protest had turned violent on Wednesday night, leaving several people, including policemen, injured.last_img read more

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AAP to reach out to women

first_imgNew Delhi: The AAP has planned to reach out to the women at the ground level to gather a different support base from the women. Various surveys and internal study of the party also showed that the party has a strong voter base among the women in Delhi.Party’s women wing along with the leaders would go to the door to the women and talk to them. Here the party would focus on the issue of safety and also on education. ” Our party believes in the empowerment of women. The chief minister from him rallies also promised that after we get the full statehood he will make Delhi a safe city. We will take these messages to the women,” said a leader. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe party has also planned various door to campaign mostly by the local MLAs. ” In all these local meetings we see a huge number of women present. We believe that reaching to the women differently would help us,” the leader added. The party also launched a ‘Metro Campaign’ at the heart of the capital, Connaught Place this week. In order to speed up the full statehood movement, the women wing of the party started the campaign from the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. As a part of the campaign, a team of four women was deployed at all eight gates of the Metro station. The team was seen appealing to passersby to vote for AAP candidates. The AAP volunteers also distributed letters, detailing the full statehood issue, written by party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The letters were used to create awareness on the issue.last_img read more

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Religious Minorities Face Persecution in Morocco: US State Department

Rabat – Where does Morocco stand in terms of religious freedom? According to a report published by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DLR), the Kingdom is not faring well.More than 99% of Moroccans are SunniSunni Muslims are the majority in Morocco. The US government estimates that 99 percent of the Moroccan population follows the Sunni doctrine, while the rest of the beliefs represent less than 1 percent. This minority includes Christians, Jews, Shia, and Baha’i Muslims, the latter being a messianic sub-current of Shi’ism. According to the Jewish community leaders cited by the study, there are about 3,000 to 4,000 Jews in Morocco, about 2,500 of whom live in Casablanca. Moroccan Christian leaders estimate that there are between 2,000 and 6,000 Moroccan Christians spread throughout the country, although some say it could be up to 50,000.Shia Muslim leaders estimate that there are tens of thousands of faithful in Morocco, the majority of whom are settled in northern Morocco. Shia foreign nationals come mainly from Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. Finally, the Baha’i community is thought to have between 350 and 600 members across the country.Repressions of Religious Minorities“Some local Christians reported authorities pressured Moroccan Christian converts to renounce their faith.” This is one of the serious accusations contained in the US State Department’s report on the situation of religious freedoms in the world in 2016. The report speaks mainly of Moroccans who have a different religion from the state: Christians, Jews, Shiite Muslims, Baha’is, and other religious groups.While the 2011 Constitution guarantees freedom of worship, several religious minorities remain persecuted by society but also by the penal code in Morocco, a contradiction that the US State Department refers to on numerous occasion in its latest report.  “Fear of government harassment and reported societal, familial, and cultural pressure led some local Christians, Bahais, and Shia to refrain from public worship and instead meet discreetly in members’ homes,” stresses the report published August 15. “According to human rights organizations and local Christian leaders, the government occasionally detained and questioned Moroccan Christians about their beliefs and contacts with other Christian,” notes the DRL, which states that some Moroccan Christians have been “forced to abandon their faith.”During the arrest of a Moroccan Christian living in Salé, the police accused him of “apostasy” and wanted to “reconvert him to Islam,” says the report quoting the National Federation of Amazigh Associations (FNAA). The complaint lodged with the Ministry of Justice by the applicant in March 2016 was not followed by the initiation of an investigation, states the report. Christians are not the only religious minority persecuted in Morocco, the report adds, as “several non-Muslims were arrested and imprisoned for eating or smoking in public during Ramadan.”A Moroccan Shia leader, Abdou El Chakrani, is also cited in the report. Arrested in 2016 for “alleged financial improprieties,” El Chakrani “was targeted for his religious beliefs and his attempt to register an association affiliated with known Shia leaders,” according to Shiite officials quoted by the DRL.A confusing legal framework The US State Department point out several laws that undermine freedom of belief. Among them, “the fact that Sunni Islam and Judaism are the only religions recognized by the State for native Moroccans,” “the prohibition of criticizing Islam on public platforms,” “the criminalization of the rupture of the fasting during Ramadan for the people known to be Muslim,” or the specifications of the HACA which obliges Moroccan televisions and radios to dedicate 5 percent of their programming to Islamic content.Although the Moroccan Constitution guarantees freedom of thought, expression and assembly, Morocco is a sovereign Muslim state and Islam is the official religion. Thus, according to the report, the Constitution states that “the king holds the Islamic title of commander of the faithful, is the protector of Islam and is the guarantor of freedom of worship in the country.” The Constitution cites international conventions and insists on respect for universal principles of human rights. It stipulates, however, that this respect for international conventions must be “in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, the constants and the laws of the Kingdom.”Criminal law prohibits any attempt by non-Muslims to “shake the faith” of Sunni Muslims and punishes any Muslim who has converted to another religion with six months to three years’ imprisonment and a fine of MAD 200 to 500. Moreover, according to the Moroccan legislation in force, freedom of conscience can only be combined in one sense: the conversion of Christians or Jews to Islam. The opposite is rejected legally and condemned socially.Intolerant societyThe outlook for societal acceptance of religious minorities is not getting any brighter, according to the State Department. The US report recalls the collective attacks in June 2016 against a man in Marrakech and another in Rabat for having smoked cigarettes during Ramadan. Moroccan Christians have also denounced pressure from their relatives and friends to convert to Islam or renounce their Christian faith.Finally, members of unrecognized religious minorities, including Shias, confessed that they practiced their faith in secrecy for fear of social harassment, professional discrimination, or potential violence by “extremists.” read more

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Curfew reimposed all Kandy school matches postponed

However the Police said the curfew has been re-imposed at 6pm this evening.Meanwhile all school cricket ‘big match’ games in Kandy have been postponed owing to the prevailing security situation in Kandy. (Colombo Gazette) A curfew has been re-imposed in Kandy from 6pm today to 6am tomorrow, the Police said.The tensions in the Kandy area eased this morning resulting in the Police deciding to lift the curfew at 10 this morning.

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Tourism in Sri Lanka takes a hit following violence and attacks

Some small hotel operators said that while the Kandy violence had forced some tourists to stay away, water pollution in Nuwara Eliya also contributed in a small way. However despite the assurance given by the Sri Lanka Tourism Devolopment Authority (SLTDA) that the Kandy district has fully returned to normalcy and bans on messaging platforms (WhatsApp, Viber) and Facebook had been lifted, tourists were still skeptical about the security situation.April is considered the Nuwara Eliya season when both local and foreign tourists flock to the hills.However most hotels and lodges in Nuwara Eliya, which are usually booked the entire month, saw a drop in demand this year. However this year the numbers have seen a drastic drop with just around 50 percent occupancy recorded following the Kandy violence.Several countries issued travel advisories following the violence in Kandy and lifted it after the state of emergency was lifted last month. As the hotel industry and the Tourism Ministry looked to address the concerns related to the Kandy violence, a fresh issue arose following two incidents where foreign tourists were attacked.One incident was an attack and attempted rape of a group of Dutch tourists in the southern coastal town of Mirissa while the other was an attack on a group of tourists from Israel.Both incidents were reported in the Dutch and Israel media and now threatens to see the issuing of a travel advise by some countries. Hotels in Kandy and even in the central hills in Nuwara Eliya are suffering from the after effects of the recent violence in Kandy. Sources at the Dutch embassy in Colombo said that the Dutch tourists who were attacked had not filed a complaint with the embassy over the incident as of last Thursday.The Police had also sought the assistance of the victims to identify the suspects involved in the incident but had no contact from the Dutch tourists by Thursday.It was reported that four tourists including a Dutch male and two women were assaulted at the Surf Bar in Mirissa on 8th April when they resisted the suspects attempting to sexually harass the women.The Police had arrested several suspects over the incident and they were remanded by court.The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) had ordered the Water Creatures Beach Guest Restaurant & Surf Bar to be closed following the assault on the tourists.Last week the Minister of Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka said that all hotels operating in Mirissa had been told they must register with the SLTDA.Ratnayaka held a meeting with the Police, relevant officials and hotel operators on the incident involving the group of Dutch tourists.The Minister said that he had advised the hotel owners to strictly follow the law with regards to registering with the SLTDA and also to adhere to the law on the sale of liquor.Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said that while six individuals had been arrested soon after the Mirissa incident the Police Officer in Charge (OIC) of the area had also been transferred.He said that the SLTDA had also requested Excise Commissioner to investigate how liquor was sold at the venue without a licence.The SLTDA was carrying out separate investigations on the legality of the business while the owners and management of the venue had been summoned to Colombo for an inquiry.The SLTDA had also decided to sponsor and bring down two of the victims from overseas for the Police identification parade.The Police had also been instructed to beef up security and patrolling of the area with immediate effect.Amaratunga said that he met with the Police top brass to revamp the tourist Police and ensure a larger presence in key tourist areas.In addition to the current 11 tourist police posts, 20 new areas had been identified and posts are to be set up at those locations shortly.Pictures by Easwaran Rutnam The manager at a leading hotel in Kandy said that usually during the April holiday season they record close to 80-90 percent of occupancy. The tourism sector has taken a hit in Sri Lanka following a combination of events, including recent violence in the central town of Kandy and attacks on foreign visitors in the south.Sources at Sri Lanka’s Tourism Ministry said that urgent steps are being taken to mitigate the impact the recent incidents will have on the tourism sector, the Asia Pacific Daily reported. read more

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Grounding of Boeing jet complicates Uniteds 2020 planning

CHICAGO — The grounding of Boeing 737 Max airplanes is making it harder for United Airlines to plan for next year.United executives told analysts Wednesday they can assume that the airline won’t get all the Max jets it was expecting from Boeing through next year, and it will grow a bit slower as a result.Chicago-based United expected to have 30 Max jets in its fleet by now and planned to receive another 28 next year.Max jets around the world have been grounded since March after two deadly accidents. Boeing has suspended deliveries, and it’s unclear when the plane will be allowed to fly again.United recently agreed to buy 19 used 737s, but airline executives say that’s unrelated to the Max grounding.The Associated Press read more

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UN court rules for Cambodia in Preah Vihear temple dispute with Thailand

Following Cambodia’s independence, Thailand occupied the 900-year-old Hindu temple in 1954. The temple and its vicinity have long been a bone of contention between the neighbours and have in recent years led to deadly clashes between them.In a June 1962 judgment, the ICJ found that the temple is situated in territory under the sovereignty of Cambodia, and that Thailand is under an obligation to withdraw any military or police forces, or other guards or keepers, stationed at the Temple or in its vicinity on Cambodian territory.In April 2011, Cambodia requested the ICJ to interpret the 1962 Judgment, arguing that while Thailand recognizes Cambodia’s sovereignty over the temple itself, it does not appear to recognize the sovereignty of Cambodia over the vicinity of the temple.In its decision today, the Court declared unanimously that the 1962 Judgement decided that Cambodia had sovereignty over the whole territory of the promontory of Preah Vihear, and that Thailand is obligated to withdraw its forces from that territory.It also affirmed that the temple, which was inscribed in 2008 on the World Heritage List drawn up by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is a site of religious and cultural significance for the peoples of the region. In this respect, the Court recalled that Cambodia and Thailand – which are both parties to the World Heritage Convention – must cooperate in the protection of the site as a world heritage. In addition, each State is under an obligation not to “take any deliberate measures which might damage directly or indirectly” such heritage. Established in 1945 under the UN Charter, the ICJ – sometimes referred to as the World Court – settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by authorized UN organs or specialized agencies. read more

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Paying tribute to victims of Paris attacks UN chief says today I

Alongside the mayor of the city, Anne Hidalgo, Mr. Ban placed a bouquet of flowers in front of the Bataclan concert hall, and bowed his head. Tens of bystanders applauded the gesture, chanting “merci merci, Monsieur Ban Ki-moon.”Next, the UN chief visited “La Bonne Bière,” one of the targeted restaurants where five people lost their lives.“Today, I too am Parisian,” said the Secretary-General sitting inside the café, with Mayor Hidalgo and other top UN officials. “I am very moved. To the families and loved ones of the five people who were killed here, and to all the victims of the barbaric attacks on 13 November, I present my sincere condolences.”Drinking a coffee, he said Paris is a symbol of culture and of the “art of living,” and noted that the reopening of the café ten days ago is also symbol of resistance to terror.“In this regard, the Government of France’s decision to maintain the UN climate change conference shows its determination to uphold the values of the United Nations: liberty, peace, equality and justice,” he said.Earlier today Mr. Ban continued his work related to the UN climate change conference (COP21), meeting with African environmental ministers. He reiterated his belief that “Africa has an enormous stake in the conference’s success.”“Your personal engagement and ownership are essential to securing the ambitious agreement that Africa’s people and the entire world need,” he told them. “Already, your leadership has helped make 2015 a year of opportunity.”Meanwhile, this morning on the banks of the Seine, Mr. Ban visited the Tara, a scientific exploration research vessel which travels the world sampling water and collecting plankton, one of the planet’s major oxygen producers.“For 10 years, Tara has sailed the oceans, monitoring the marine the changes in the ocean, particularly degradation of marine environment. They have been measuring and providing data to our scientific community to that we can better address climate change,” Mr. Ban told reporters.On the Tara, the UN chief also spoke with a dozen children, who have family members working on the vessel.“It is important that we must preserve our oceans healthy so that we can have a healthy and prosperous planet. Our planet is 70 per cent oceans. It is the basis of our life,” Mr. Ban stressed.The Tara has been in Paris since November at the invitation of Mayor Hidalgo to raise awareness about COP21, and will remain on the Parisian banks through 18 December.As the second and last week of the United Nations conference begins tomorrow, the UN chief also highlighted today that he is “optimistic and confident” that the world will have a universal and ambitious agreement, while urging Member States to look beyond their national boundaries. read more

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Goodman students stock rises after acing national competition

A national finance competition has named fourth-year Goodman School of Business student Ishan Patel among its top one per cent of best performing finance portfolios.The portfolio management challenge run by Capitalize for Kids, a non-profit organization supporting children’s brain and mental health programs, saw 1,500 students from across Canada participate in a virtual trading competition from Oct. 2 to Dec. 29, 2017.In results released earlier this month, Patel’s stock portfolio was listed as 15th out of 1,500.Starting with $1-million in virtual currency, students bought and sold stock through the simulation with a goal to grow their portfolio as much as possible over 12 weeks.The top 200 performers were invited to submit a written report detailing the strategies and analysis they used.While Patel originally ranked 20th, he rose to the 15th spot after his report was evaluated.Fifty of the highest-ranking students will also benefit from industry-specific mentorship after they are paired with leaders in asset management and investment banking industry.Patel has been managing an investment portfolio on his own for the past two years and is the President of the Brock Finance and Investment Group, a Goodman School of Business student club that focuses on finance and investment education and manages a student-run portfolio.The Brampton native, who also works part time at Scotiabank and Brooks Brothers, hopes to pursue a career in wealth management where he can combine his love of investment banking and connecting with customers.Patel spends the rest of his waking hours at Goodman’s Bloomberg research lab, which is equipped with Bloomberg software to research and analyze financial information.“I’m in the Bloomberg lab every time I’m free,” he said. “It’s great to be able to rely on the financial database available to us as students and we can use that information as a reference point when making investment decisions.”Goodman School of Business Dean Andrew Gaudes said Patel’s success in the investment challenge shows students are prepared to handle the world of investment banking.“We’re very proud of Ishan’s accomplishment,” he said. “Goodman prepares students to understand environmental context and make decisions and I am confident that the experience Ishan has had at Goodman, not only in the classroom, but also with student clubs, has prepared him well for a competitive environment like this.” read more

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No 24 Drake women pull away in 4th to beat Bluejays 8569

OMAHA, Neb. — Becca Hittner scored 15 of her 23 points in the fourth quarter to help No. 24 Drake pull away for an 85-69 victory over Creighton on Wednesday.Hittner matched her season high and surpassed 1,000 points in her career for the Bulldogs (7-1). She was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers and made 10 of 12 free throws to lead Drake’s 18-for-21 shooting at the line.Drake outscored the Bluejays 13-3 to start the fourth quarter to stretch its lead to 75-62. Creighton (1-4) got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.Sara Rhine added 17 points and 13 rebounds and Sammie Bachrodt had nine rebounds for the Bulldogs. Drake shot a season-best 13 of 28 on 3-pointers.Creighton’s Temi Carda scored 18 of her career-high 20 points in the second half, and Audrey Faber and Payton Brotzki had 11 points apiece.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

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Want to age like a Hollywood actress Go to bed at 8pm

first_imgAnna Friel is the cover star of the May issue of Red Anna FrielCredit:Paul Empson/Red magazine “Before, there was an element of ‘I don’t deserve it’ or ‘I’m not good enough.’ Now I don’t waste my time on that negative energy.”An actress for 27 years, she will star in BBC One drama Broken in May.The full interview appears in the May issue of Red, on sale 4th April.For further exclusive content, please go to www.redonline.co.uk “I had to sacrifice that. It gets harder because I can’t just accept jobs that are in England.”Her ex-partner, Harry Potter actor David Thewlis, lives nearby, but pays only for school fees and a nanny, Ms Friel said. “I pay the rest. I’ve always been independent and financially supported myself since I was 16. It’s meant that I can be in relationships, or not be in them, because of love rather than need,” she said.”I’m still friends with all my exes. We don’t see each other as much but you have to be grownup about these things,” she added. Dating is something you “just get on with”, she said. “It’s not at all romantic, it’s more; ‘let’s see how this goes.'”She said ageing has made her “bit more grounded and a little wiser”.  ‘It gets harder because I can’t just accept jobs that are in England’Credit:Paul Empson/Red magazinecenter_img The secret to ageing well is going to bed at 8pm, according to Anna Friel.The 40-year-old Brookside star let slip the secret behind the lengthened youth of Hollywood actresses – they get a very early night. “I think it’s important for real women to know that there are personal trainers involved and [looking like that] probably means no carbs, or just a few in the morning, and going to bed at eight or nine,” she said. “It’s a massive discipline and you have to ask yourself; ‘Is that the life I want?’ I want a happy medium.” Ms Friel added that despite her agent’s pleas she would not return to America to work because it would mean her daughter Gracie, 11, would not be able to see her father.She said: “I just love being a mum. My agents would love me to go back there [to America] but you choose a career in America or you take your child away from their father.  The 40-year-old actress, who shot to fame in Brookside, talks frankly about self-acceptance, success and life as a single mother. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play Christmas elves for children of RAF

During the festive period there will be 11,000 sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines deployed on operations.Service personnel have been sent on 30 operations in 35 countries across the globe from Somalia and South Sudan to Kuwait and Ukraine.The Duke is Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire which is home to Typhoon squadrons which deploy to Cyprus and fly operations in support of Op Shader, the UK’s contribution to the ongoing campaign against Isis. The Duke and Duchess hosted a party at Kensington Palace He suggested making sweets was his forte at this time of year. “She does the cards and I do the chocolate,” he said, gesturing to Kate.Palace aides said the Duke and Duchess had particularly wished to deliver a message of support to deployed personnel and to acknowledge and honour the fact many are away from their families at this time of the year. In a speech to the children, parents and grandparents of those serving at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and RAF Marham in Norfolk, the Duchess said: “William and I just wanted to pass on our huge gratitude to all of you here today. “The absence of people you love must be especially hard at this time of year. William and I, however, hope that today shows, in some small way, how much you are all valued.” – The Duchess of Cambridge, at today’s Christmas Party for @RAFCGY @RAFMarhamMedia families. pic.twitter.com/vtnrMmecin— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 4, 2018 Prince William catches a fake snowball thrown by staffCredit:PA The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken up new positions as Santa’s little helpers today, as they prepare to hand deliver Christmas presents for the children of service men and women fighting ISIS overseas.The Duke and Duchess, who have three children of their own, hosted a Christmas party for RAF families at Kensington Palace, inviting their young visitors to join in activities from cracker making to snow globe decorating.Asking children to bring any presents or letters they would like to give their mothers and fathers serving overseas, the Duke and Duchess will gather them from a special post box to hand deliver tomorrow.On Wednesday morning, they will fly to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, where military personnel from RAF  Coningsby and RAF Marham are deployed to support Op Shader, the UK’s contribution to the ongoing campaign against Isis.There, they will personally hand over letters and gifts from children to their parents, delivering a message of thanks for their service throughout the Christmas period. The royal couple spent an hour and a quarter chatting to the families at the party inside the pavilion next to the orangery at Kensington Palace, as musicians from the Honourable Artillery Company played Christmas carols and children made chocolate truffles, threw fake snowballs, and played party games. The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a mock snow ball fight with childrenCredit:Richard Pohle Duke of Cambridge sits with Harry, fiveCredit:Richard Pohle The Duke and Duchess helped make the festive treats and cards and joined in one game, Santa’s Footsteps, in which they had to pretend to be reindeer seeking sweets. The Duchess also briefly joined in a snowball fight with the children before thinking better of it and handing her cotton wool snowballs over to the children. The Duchess of Cambridge meets children from RAF families The Duchess of Cambridge meets children from RAF familiesCredit:Richard Pohle The Duchess of Cambridge meets Harry and his snowman lollypopCredit:Richard Pohle As the Duke made chocolate truffles with Harry, his wife spoke to other families, including nine-year-old twins Isabelle and Elizabeth and their mother Rebecca from Marham.The twins said that their father, Marc, a corporal in RAF Supplies and Logistics is currently posted in the Falklands, prompting the Duchess to discuss penguins. “I hear penguins are very smelly,” she told the girls. The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a mock snow ball fight with children “We are really looking forward to flying to @RAFAkrotiri in Cyprus tomorrow and meeting some of the mums and dads of the little ones we have met today. I am sure they will be thrilled with all your cards and gifts, so thank you for posting them today.” – The Duchess of Cambridge pic.twitter.com/zuqksDngeb— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 4, 2018 One woman asked the Duke why he had not brought his own children to the party. As he crouched down making truffles with RAF children, he replied: “Because I can’t do this and look after the children.” Prince William catches a fake snowball thrown by staff “Not only are we grateful for you coming here to join our party, but also for the sacrifices you make on a daily basis on behalf of the nation.” Duke of Cambridge sits with Harry, five Among the families there were Barrie and Ann Macdonald from Manchester who are looking after their grandson Harry, five, in Coningsby  while his mother, Claire – their daughter – and father Paul, both wing commanders, are away in Afghanistan and Cyprus respectively.The Duchess paid tribute to the couple for moving in to look after Harry, whose father will not be home until January and mother until February. “So you are looking after Harry, are you? It’s amazing that families pull together like this,” she said.  The Duke and Duchess hosted a party at Kensington PalaceCredit:PA She recalled being left at home when the Duke was serving as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot, not least when he spent six weeks in the Falklands in February and March 2012.“As someone whose husband has served, I know how hard it feels when a loved one leaves home to do the job they’ve trained for,” she said.“When William served in the Falklands or went search and rescue, I remember how it felt. But I can’t imagine how it feels when your loved ones are away on active service over Christmas or at those special family moments. Father Christmas arrives at Kensington Palace “The absence of people you love must be especially hard at this time of year.“William and I, however, hope that today shows, in some small way, how much you are all valued.“ We should never forget our military families and all the service you do for us all.”The party was attended by around 200 guests, including one very special visitor: Father Christmas.Children, joined by the Duke and Duchess, were offered the chance to move around stalls for stocking decorating, cracker making, snow globe decorating and creating Christmas party kits. The Duchess of Cambridge meets Harry and his snowman lollypop Father Christmas arrives at Kensington PalaceCredit:PA They work alongside 31 Squadron, a Tornado GR4 unit based at Raf Marham in Norfolk, which is also involved with the campaign.RAF Akrotiri is the home of the Cyprus Operations Support Unit which provides joint support to British Forces Cyprus and operations in the region to protect the UK’s strategic interests. read more

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Babcock expands into mining and quarrying fleet management

first_imgGlobal quarrying major Lafarge has awarded Babcock International Group a £100 million, ten year contract to provide a fleet managed service for its Heavy Mobile Equipment (HME) located across its Aggregate and Cement sites in North America. The programme follows a £50m fleet management contract awarded to Babcock in July 2011, which covers Lafarge’s Aggregate and Cement sites in the UK. The company told IM that it is also actively looking at opportunities in the mining sector for the provision of similar fleet management and optimisation services.Babcock is delivering a whole lifecycle approach to managing Lafarge’s fleet of vehicles and equipment, from procuring and supporting the equipment through to arranging equipment disposal. The contract covers HME including vehicles such as loaders, heavy rigid and articulated trucks, excavators, and bulldozers. The statement said: “Through Babcock’s proven partnering approach, Lafarge will be able to focus on their core activity of delivering world class materials, whilst benefitting from the efficiencies, a multi-jurisdictional overview of its fleet operations, and the sharing of best practice that this new service will deliver.” Neal Misell, Babcock’s Managing Director, Mobile Assets added: “This contract marks a significant milestone with Lafarge. Following the successful UK roll out, our dedicated team in North America is ready to deliver the highest level of support to Lafarge’s Aggregates and Cement businesses, enabling transformation in the way the fleet is operated and managed.”last_img read more

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First half year tourism on the rise

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece depends on its picturesque islands, sunny beaches and ancient monuments for export revenue as it struggles to fix its fiscal woes and is implementing reforms prescribed by the EU and the IMF in exchange for bailouts. After two years of sharp drops, tourism industry bodies have seen a pick-up in arrivals and revenues by up to 10 per cent this year. “Data confirm our estimates for a 10 per cent rise in arrivals,” Andreas Andreadis, head of the Greek Tourism Enterprises Association (Sete) told Reuters. “We can only wait to see whether revenues also follow, as we expect.” About six million tourists travelled to Greece in the first seven months of the year, according to Sete and Athens International Airport data. Tourism receipts grew 12.6 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2011, the central bank said on Thursday. Greece has lost market share in what have traditionally been its top markets, Germany and Britain. However, due to the financial crisis, the number of visitors from Balkan countries and Russia is growing, Andreadis said. Tourism accounts for about 16 per cent of Greece’s 230 billion euro economy and employs one in five people. The industry has benefited from the political unrest in North Africa destinations but Andreadis warned sunny days would not last forever as rival countries, such as Egypt, would soon recover. “It is very important for the country that tourism maintains this growth trend in the following years,” he said, adding that the state had to push through much-needed reforms in the sector. “We have to activate the reflexes of this state, which in some cases can be very slow.” Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

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TCI National Honours published National Song writer Tourism lecturer among 37 named

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBlythe Clare#TurksandCaicos, October 18, 2017 – Providenciales – Click on the following link to see the recipients and recommended conferment in accordance with the National Honors and Awards Ordinance 2014.  The criteria for selection and recipient profiles are appended.Natl Honours & Awards list 2017http://magneticmediatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Natl-Honours-Awards-list-2017.pdf Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Ft Hunter Liggett Neighbors Explore Partnership Opportunities

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials from Fort Hunter Liggett (FHL) and neighboring communities have signed a series of partnership agreements to leverage each other’s resources and improve services at the installation and the surrounding region near the central California coast.“We already have a history of working with many of these community partners,” said FHL Commander Col. Jan Norris. “These agreements [solidify] our partnerships and give us a platform to further enhance what we can do for each other.”FHL and community partners have been meeting for the last four months to discuss potential partnerships which culminated with a signing ceremony at Hartnell College in King City, reported FHL Public Affairs. Two of the agreements address fire safety and encroachment.FHL will assist the local Fire Safe Council and County Emergency Response Team by providing personnel to conduct fuel reduction activities outside the post. Activities will include clearing existing fire breaks and constructing an escape route for residents.The installation will partner with the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo to identify parcels outside of FHL that could be protected through conservation easements under the Army’s Compatible Use Buffer Program. The two also will work with landowners to negotiate transactions.Under a partnership under discussion, Mee Memorial Hospital would provide personnel to operate the post’s medical clinic at FHL. Separately, officials have discussed collaborating with the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority to supply woody biomass for the new waste-to-energy plant the post is building, FHL spokeswoman Amy Phillips told 360.“What we’ve accomplished in just three meetings, to have almost a dozen contracts to sign, is an amazing feat,” said Charles Lubeshkoff of Marstel Day.Marstel Day’s community partnership teams have helped more than 30 installations engage local leaders to reach partnering agreements with neighboring municipalities. Over the past four years, the environmental planning firm has identified more than 350 potential partnerships and coordinated more than 90 signed agreements for installations and surrounding communities.“We do this by inviting stakeholders to workshops, identifying opportunities for partnerships, and facilitating the partners to transform the good ideas into enduring drafted agreements,” said Charles Bradshaw of Marstel Day.last_img read more

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Students take to streets for want of teachers in Mahbubnagar

first_imgMahbubnagar: Over 190 students from government primary school for Scheduled Tribes (ST) in Jadcherla on Monday took to roads demanding the school education department to provide adequate number of teachers in their school.According to sources, the Government ST school in Jadcherla mandal, which is having a total strength of 190 students at present, is run by only two teachers. Even among these two teachers, if anyone is on leave or when both of them are on leave, the entire school is closed causing great loss to students. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us “We have been facing a tough time with no proper teaching faculty in our school for many years now. Our repeated requests with the Mandal Education Officer and even the District Education Officer have fallen on deaf ears. With no teaching faculty, we are losing our precious academic year and as a last resort we have come on to roads to demand the government to immediately provide teachers to our school,” said the agitating students, led by the leaders of student organisations. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us The students, who were also accompanied by the schoolteachers and some of the leaders of the student organisations, took out a rally from the school to Ambedkar crossroads and staged a sit-in. During the protest they raised slogans demanding the government to heed to their request and provide adequate teachers to their school. Meanwhile, the police who came to know about the students protest immediately swung into action and tried to convince the teachers and students, and dispersed them to clear the traffic.last_img read more

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Microsoft Times Internet Invested in Uber Reports

first_imgOnline cab aggregator Uber Technologies is reported to have raised $1 billion in a fresh round of funding in which global technology giant Microsoft and Indian media firm Times Internet, among other investors, participated. The latest round of funding values the San Francisco-headquartered taxi aggregator at $51 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources close to the development.The investment also takes the overall funding in Uber – regarded as the world’s second most valuable start-up –  to over $5 billion, the report said.But a Bloomberg report, citing sources familiar with the matter, said that Microsoft has just finalised to invest nearly $100 million in Uber, valuing the company at $50 billion.”We filed to authorise this new funding more than two months ago,” Kristin Carvell, a spokeswoman for Uber, said in an email.”We aren’t commenting on additional speculation,” she said.In March, Uber had reportedly said that it would get a funding of “well under” Rs 100 crore ($16 million) from Times Internet. Times Internet is a subsidiary of Bennett Coleman & Co, which publishes The Times of India and The Economic Times.Google Inc and Chinese Alibaba Group have already invested in Uber, which currently has operations in 57 countries.Uber had said on Thursday that it was planning to invest $1 billion (Rs 6,400 crore) towards expanding its operations in India, its second largest market after the US.The company has come out with aggressive plans for India in the past two months.Earlier in July, the company had said that it would invest about Rs 317 crore over the coming five years to build its largest international office in Hyderabad.last_img read more

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Pokémon X and Y How to get all of the starters

first_imgPokémon X and Y, while adding a bunch of new core mechanics to the venerable series, have actually added one new mechanic that is both exciting and frustrating… and passes you by as quickly as it comes. In each iteration of the series, you begin the game with a choice of a single starter Pokémon from a set of three, and cannot obtain the other two by simply throwing a Poké Ball. They’re obtainable, sure, but only through tedious, somewhat luck-based methods. Pokémon X and Y breaks the mold of the series and offers a starter each from two different sets of three, but that leaves you with four unobtainable critters. There are multiple ways to obtain them, and X and Y makes it a little easier than past iterations.Getting your first two startersThe two starters are unmissable, and happen through standard game progression.Obviously, at the beginning of the game you can choose one of three starters, as tradition: Chespin (grass), Fennekin (fire), Froakie (water). Not too long after you receive your starter — only a few small towns away — you get to choose one of another three starters. This time, your choice of three comes from the original Red and Blue — Bulbasaur (grass), Chamander (fire), and Squirtle (water). So, though the game gives you a second starter, it doubles the amount of starters on which you’re now missing out.The breeding methodPerhaps the most popular way to obtain the other starters is through breeding Pokémon. Breeding is — and has always been — a tedious experience in the series, but is the only way to have control over Pokémon generation. Choosing which parents are involved in the breeding process allows you to choose which type of creature pops out. So, breeding your starter can generate new iterations of that starter that you can put up for trade. Trading your bred starter for someone else’s bred starter is a trade you’ll frequently find available. The problem here, though, is that you need two of the same Pokémon — one male, one female — in order to make babymon, so you still can’t use your one starter Fennekin, for example, to make a new Fennekin you can trade.The solution is to breed your starter with a Ditto, which is a Pokémon that can be found toward the end of the game (after defeating the Elite Four) in the Pokémon Village. Capture the Ditto, then send your starter and Ditto to make sweet, sweet love in the Day Care on Route 7. Eventually, they’ll pop out an egg, which requires a certain amount of in-game steps before it can hatch. This is made easier by finding a long path, and walking it over and over. You can use the Bicycle to speed up the process. The path outside the Day Care on Route 7 — that goes across the Battle Chateau and gorgeous view of the lake — is conveniently located for egg-hatching.Once your new starter pops out of the egg, head to the GTS via the start menu. Simply search for the starter Pokémon you want, then set a filter (click the magnifying glass in the lower left corner of the results screen) to only show people who are looking for creatures you own. If you can’t find what you want, simply deposit your new starter in the GTS and set the trade requirements to the other starter you’re looking for. Currently, most starters are being traded for other starters on the GTS, so it should be pretty easy to find what you’re looking for.Next page: Wonder Trades, safaris, and friends… 1 2last_img read more

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PTW to Feature New Dosimetry Technology at AAPM 2019

first_img News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Track-it 2.0 QA data management software – Versatile, web-based QA data management software that integrates QA data from different sources, devices and sites into a single platform. News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Octavius 4-D modular patient and machine QA systems – For the latest radiotherapy techniques, including Halcyon, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and MRgRT. Also introducing Octavius Detector 1600 SRS for 3-D dose verification of complex SRS/SBRT (stereotactic body radiation therapy) treatment plans; News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more microSilicon diode detector – The new silicon diode detector for small photon and all electron fields; and Ruby phantom – A new modular stereotactic verification phantom with multiple inserts for comprehensive system QA, linear accelerator (linac) QA and patient QA: The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 08, 2019 PTW to Feature New Dosimetry Technology at AAPM 2019 Offerings will include new water phantom for MR-guided radiotherapy, modular patient and machine QA systems News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Sharon Thompson, a medical physicist from the Maimonides Cancer Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., will present “Challenges of Beam Data Collection and Validation of Halcyon during Commissioning.” News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more StarCheck arrays – High-resolution ionization chamber arrays for comprehensive, TG-142-compliant linac QA, available in three models for standard (25 x 25 cm²), large (40 x 40 cm²) and magnetic fields; Beamscan 3-D water phantom – Fast to set up and easy to use for all acceptance testing and commissioning needs, now available for the Halcyon system; Related Content PTW is hosting a Lunch and Learn symposium for AAPM attendees on Monday, July 15. The event will feature the following presenters: Jochem Wolthaus, Ph.D., a medical physicist at the University Medical Center Utrecht, will present “The Development and Experience of the first MR-compatible 3-D Scanning Water Tank for Acceptance, Commissioning and QA measurements in an MRI-LINAC”;  Dan Nicewonger, a medical physicist at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in San Antonio, will present “QA Data Flow in Modern Radiotherapy Departments”; and Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more For more information: www.ptwdosimetry.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The Beamscan 3-D water phantom with the Varian Halcyon radiotherapy system. Image courtesy of PTW.July 8, 2019 — At this year’s American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) show, July 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas, PTW will exhibit its full range of dosimetry solutions for magnetic resonance-guided radiotherapy (MRgRT), beam data commissioning and stereotactic quality assurance (QA).PTW will exhibit and demonstrate its latest technology and most recent product developments including: Beamscan MR 3-D water phantom – The first 3-D water phantom for MR-guided radiotherapy, according to the company, available in two models for Elekta Unity and ViewRay MRIdian. Beamscan MR 3-D is pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance and is not available for sale in the U.S.; Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more last_img read more

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