first_imgChanges to solvency requirements under the Pension Benefits Act will help municipalities and their employees control growth of contribution requirements. “In some cases, municipalities and employees were facing significant contribution increases,” said Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent. “I believe these changes will maintain a high level of protection of pension plan benefits while enhancing affordability.” Previously, solvency deficiencies in these plans had to be fully funded within five years. Under the rule change, the plans will have five years to achieve 85 per cent solvency. Solvency is a measure of a plan’s abilities to meet its financial obligations to its members. The rule change will be in effect for 10 years, beginning Aug. 30, 2006. During this time, municipalities would be fully responsible for any funding shortfalls should a pension plan be totally, or partially, wound up. “This will protect the interest of plan members, which is paramount,” Mr. Parent said.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump appeared to threaten the former head of the FBI on Twitter on Friday, warning the just-fired James Comey not to leak to the media.The president tweeted: “Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”It’s unclear whether the president was alluding to actual secret recordings, or making a casual remark. The president’s opponents immediately found Nixonian parallels, making comparisons to the White House tapes that fuelled the Watergate scandal.The administration only fed the intrigue. Later in the day, a solemn-sounding spokesman repeatedly shrugged off questions about whether the White House does, in fact, secretly tape the president’s meetings.“I’ve talked to the president. The president has nothing further to add on that,” Sean Spicer told the daily briefing.Democrats asked to know more.A lawmaker, Raja Krishnamoorthi, sent a letter to the White House attorney with two questions:— Do secret recordings exist?— If so, could the White House please provide copies of the president’s conversations with Comey; conversations about the hiring or firing of Russia-friendly former general Michael Flynn and the meeting this week with Russia’s ambassador and foreign minister?The president’s threat came in a series of frustrated morning tweets that called the Russia investigations a witch-hunt, threatened to cancel White House press briefings, accused the media of conveying fake news and lamented that people were making a big deal out of the occasional erroneous statement from his staff.The morning rant came after media pointed out contradictions in his story of the Comey firing.A main one was the notion peddled by the White House that the firing was a response to a suggestion from the deputy attorney general — which Trump has said isn’t true. He’s said he wanted Comey gone and would have fired him regardless.Another point of contention was whether the president received an assurance from Comey he was not being investigated. Trump says so. But now stories are appearing in multiple news reports, with details of a Comey-Trump dinner that contradict that assertion.Hence the context for the president warning Comey to keep quiet.The president is entering a legally dangerous area, said Nick Ackerman, an assistant Watergate prosecutor and former assistant U.S. attorney for New York. He referred to multiple reports about the Comey-Trump dinner, purporting to reflect Comey’s version.“What we’re really talking about is the potential obstruction of justice of an ongoing investigation,” Ackerman told MSNBC.“He invites the head of the FBI over for dinner — which in itself is probably inappropriate if they’re going to be talking about the Russian investigation. Then to demand loyalty from him is completely over the top.”Another expert said the threatening tweet might be legal. That’s because the definition of blackmail in U.S. law is unclear, said Yale law professor Steven Duke.“Our extortion statutes are extremely vague, leaving room at least for an argument that almost any threat is extortion,” Duke said. “Trump could claim that he was only trying to motivate Comey to tell the truth and he was not seeking to induce Comey to do anything other than remaining silent or telling the truth.”Duke said the more interesting question is why Trump keeps piling one deception atop another: “Trump knows there are no tapes of his conversations with Comey; that’s why he can falsely claim that Comey assured him that he was not under investigation.”Meanwhile, Trump’s opponents are starting to search his money trail.Lawmakers are increasingly focusing on Trump’s business relationships. They have asked for documents from the Treasury Department’s foreign money-laundering unit. That same unit fined Trump’s Taj Mahal casino $10 million in 2015 for long-standing, repeated, violations of money-laundering reporting rules.On Friday, Trump’s lawyers announced he had only minor financial dealings with Russia over the last 10 years. Yet, just a little more than 10 years ago, as he was making his latest financial comeback, Trump did several real-estate deals with a Russian formerly convicted of money-laundering.That falls just outside the period covered by his lawyers’ statement.last_img read more

first_imgRhonda’s Kiss, an organization that helps cancer patients in need, has announced that Academy Award-nominee Johnny Depp will be presented with the first “Healing & Hope Award” at their annual concert event on Thursday, November 3 at The El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.The “Healing & Hope Award” honors an individual or group of local heroes who have a positive impact on cancer patients, survivors and those in need.As previously announced, the rock group Weezer are the headlining act for this year’s benefit concert, with musician/TV host Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray emcee-ing the evening.Proceeds from the concert event with Weezer will benefit the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and further the mission of Rhonda’s Kiss, supporting programs to assist cancer patients in need, and helping those who receive a cancer diagnosis make ends meet during treatment. Rhonda’s Kiss is a 501c3. To date, the charity has donated more than $750,000 to hospitals to support cancer programs and patients.“Cancer affects many lives and this year it was my family’s turn,” explains Johnny Depp. “The team at Cedars-Sinai works tirelessly to help people in their darkest moments. Their work is invaluable to all of us, and I will support any opportunity to help shine a light on the cause through Rhonda’s Kiss.”“The Cedars-Sinai Department of Radiation Oncology is proud to collaborate with Rhonda’s Kiss to raise awareness about the fight against cancer,” explains Amin Mirhadi M.D., Cedars-Sinai. “As a long-standing member of the faculty, I’ve been fortunate to witness the development of a world-class infrastructure for laboratory research, patient clinical trials, and cutting edge technology. With the help of organizations like Rhonda’s Kiss, we are able to develop research projects and ideas that we know will make a difference.”“Aside from regular visits with cancer patients all over the country, Johnny has been instrumental in supporting research on lung cancer in our department at Cedars-Sinai,” continues Dr. Mirhadi. “The contributions Johnny has continually made in honor of his mother have been instrumental in helping us to develop the kind of research we need to move the needle forward in the fight against lung cancer.”“Johnny lends his name, uses his time, and makes donations to causes that positively impact those in the most need, especially in the field of cancer,” adds Kyle Stefanski, executive director of Rhonda’s Kiss. “Because we want to acknowledge and support local heroes who are making a difference in the cancer community, our 2016 Rhonda’s Kiss Los Angeles ‘Healing and Hope Award’ will be presented to Johnny Depp at our annual event on November 3. Raising money for cancer is a reminder that every day, people are struggling with the disease and need the support to maintain their dignity and fight. Donating to Cedars-Sinai and their team will help give these patients the support they need.”Rhonda’s Kiss is a recognized 501c3. In 2014, Rhonda Stefanski was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. While she lost her battle, one of the greatest gifts she left was to create Rhonda’s Kiss, an event to raise money to help those in the inner city who receive a cancer diagnosis, but may be unable to make ends meet for treatment and support. Through the Rhonda’s Kiss Los Angeles event and with proceeds benefitting Cedars-Sinai, Rhonda’s Kiss events provide financial support to decrease late-stage cancer diagnosis in urban communities, and primarily for patients in financial need, by using a three-pronged approach, that integrates outreach (education, awareness and screening), navigation (medical and home) and patient services (treatment and financial assistance, and emotional support). Funds are distributed by local hospitals in areas where money is raised. For more information or to donate directly, contact: read more

Rabat – The number of reported incidents of rape across Morocco has dropped 9 percent during the first eight months of 2015, according to Charki Draiss, Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Interior.Draiss disclosed the Ministry of Interior’s most recent data on crime in Morocco during a media briefing to present the ministry’s budget on Monday.He noted that over 192,000 cases of rape were reported across Morocco during the first eight months of 2015, compared to 211,000 rape cases during the same period last year, a drop of 9 percent. The Minister Delegate went on to add that attempted rape incidents have decreased by 16.5 percent in 2015 compared to last year.On the other hand, Draiss explained that the Ministry has have mobilized 13,000 policemen to fight human trafficking and immigrant smuggling. He pointed out that Morocco also relies on international cooperation for the management of borders.Edited by Timothy Filla read more

The National Energy Board’s hearings on the controversial Enbridge pipeline proposal are underway today in Montreal. Enbridge’s plan is to ship crude oil from western Canada by pipeline to Quebec’s two refineries.Protestors held a rally at Dundurn Castle yesterday to show their anger with the proposal. They say the expansion of the pipeline flows will not only cost thousands of manufacturing jobs in Ontario and Quebec, but will also threaten drinking water.The hearings are being streamed online, and will include opening statements by Enbridge, as well as arguments from oil companies, unions, governments and citizen groups.The hearings will move to Toronto next week.

“The Pact on Security, Stability and Development that you will adopt is notable in that it not only addresses issues related to peace and security, but also gives equal importance to democracy, good governance, economic development, regional integration and humanitarian issues,” Mr. Annan said in a statement read out by his Special Adviser on Africa, Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, at the start of a two-day summit in Nairobi, Kenya.Today’s meeting, the second summit of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region, is the largest ever gathering of African leaders at the UN Office in Nairobi, and involves six Heads of State and one Head of Government, representing Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya.“Ownership of the process by the core countries themselves remains the key factor. It is you who have defined priorities… I also urge you to give equal importance to all four themes of the International Conference. Peace and security will not be consolidated unless we also address the other three major areas identified by the core countries: democracy and good governance, economic development and regional integration, and humanitarian and social issues,” Mr. Annan said. He also praised the African leaders for progress made so far, citing in particular elections in Burundi and the DRC, but noted that “many challenges lie ahead” and called for international donors to “stay engaged” in the region and for the countries themselves to quickly establish a Regional Follow-up Mechanism.“It will be vital for the people of the core countries to see the dividends of peace as soon as possible. The Pact is not just a vision; it is a programme of action. Millions of people – women, youth, refugees, displaced persons and others – are watching you and watching us, and are awaiting concrete benefits,” Mr. Annan said.The conference, which is being held under the auspices of the UN and the African Union, is chaired by Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki, who voiced optimism in his opening remarks about the region’s potential for development.“God richly endowed our region, not only with the natural resources of her hard working people, but also with the produce of our land. Carefully harnessed, prudently tapped and intelligently conserved, these resources can ensure the prosperity of our continent for generations to come.”This theme was echoed by Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete, who also stressed the importance of the pact, which is expected to be signed tomorrow, while also acknowledging that work was still needed to see the process through.“The signing of a peace Pact that is expected to crown this Summit will herald a new beginning for the Great Lakes region and indeed for the African continent in translating aspirations into actual deeds.“I believe it is very possible to bring to a close the very sad chapter in the history of our region. A chapter characterized by conflicts, insecurity, political instability and missed economic opportunities. Good things are now happening. We should seize the moment and rise to the occasion,” he said.Millions of people in the Great Lakes region have been killed over the last 20 years, through brutal conflict, hunger and disease, and millions more refugees and returnees still languish in camps needing food aid, as the impoverished region strives to rebuild.For example, the DRC with UN assistance, recently completed nationwide elections to complete its transition from the most lethal fighting in the world since World War II – a six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives from combat, hunger and disease. Factional clashes have remained a problem since the end of the war, especially in the east.Further, Rwanda is still rebuilding from the tragedy of the 1994 genocide, when Hutu extremists killed an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. read more

Canadian dollar closes lower, weighed down by anxiety over future of eurozone by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 23, 2012 4:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Wednesday as renewed worries about the future of the eurozone sent traders scurrying from riskier assets such as commodities and resource-based currencies to the perceived safe haven of the U.S. dollar.The loonie lost 0.23 of a cent to 97.64 cents US, after earlier going as low as 97.13 cents US, its lowest level since December.Leaders of the 27 European Union countries are meeting for a summit that will focus on the region’s economic woes and Greece’s political crisis.There had been hopes ahead of the meeting that the leaders would take some action to contain the eurozone’s worsening government debt crisis. But those hopes were dashed as Germany continued to refuse to back the idea of jointly issued eurobonds.Proponents of eurobonds say they could help mitigate the crisis by spreading debt risk across the single currency zone.Wednesday’s summit takes place against a background of increasing worries about Greece’s future in the eurozone.An election slated for June 17 is widely considered to be a referendum on the country’s membership in the euro. The main concern is that political parties that are against the terms of the country’s bailout package will win the election. If Europe then cuts funding to Greece, the country may face a messy exit from the euro, raising concerns that other countries might follow.The latest round of eurozone anxiety took a heavy toll on the euro, which reached a new 21-month low against the greenback of US$1.2557, its lowest level since July 2010.Meanwhile, the commodity sensitive loonie also suffered from sharp slides in prices for oil and metals because of demand concerns and the higher U.S. dollar.A stronger greenback usually helps depress prices for oil and metals, which are denominated in dollars, as it makes those commodities more expensive for holders of other currencies.The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down $1.95 to US$89.90 a barrel, its lowest close since late October, 2011.The July copper contract on the Nymex dropped nine cents to US$3.40 a pound while the flight to safety also hit gold bullion, which retreated $28.20 to US$1,548.40 an ounce.The loonie failed to find lift from a retail sales report for March that met expectations. Statistics Canada said retail sales rose 0.4 per cent to $39.1 billion in March, more than offsetting the decline in February.The agency said that warmer than usual weather, especially in Ontario, contributed to the gains. read more

The Ohio State women’s tennis team travels to Ann Arbor, Mich. on Friday to take on DePaul University after receiving its third-straight NCAA tournament bid.Posting a 19-9 record on the year, the No. 34 Buckeyes were rewarded for their season by receiving one of the tournament’s 33 at-large bids on Tuesday.Coach Chuck Merzbacher was pleased with his team’s season and said the selection didn’t come as a surprise.“We had one of the toughest schedules that we have ever had,” Merzbacher said. “We had 19 wins and I think we were rewarded for playing that tough schedule.”Coming off a strong performance in the Big East tournament, which ended with a loss in the finals, the No. 30 DePaul Blue Demons will be making their first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament.Despite DePaul’s lack of tournament experience, unanimous All-Big Ten selection Kirsten Flower believes the two teams are equally matched.“I think we match up very well. Obviously they are a great team, but so are we,” Flower said. “We had a good showing at the Big Ten tournament and I think this is just a great opportunity for us.”The Buckeyes and Blue Demons will hit the courts at the University of Michigan on Friday afternoon for the chance to advance to a second-round match with either Michigan or Illinois-Chicago on Saturday.Although OSU is happy with its berth in the tournament, Merzbacher maintains that the goal of his program is to advance.Flower reiterated her coach’s sentiment and said she believes that this team has what it takes to do just that.“We have really good depth all up and down the line,” Flower said. “We can play, so if everyone shows up, we have a great chance of doing well and our goal is set for Georgia.”If the Buckeyes are able to advance past this weekend, the team would travel to Georgia for the Sweet 16. However, both Merzbacher and Flower insist they must take it one match at a time.“We have to focus on the first match because it is really the only one that matters,” Flower said. “It’s a one-and-done tournament — you lose and you’re out, so you have to focus on the first match.”Nearly two weeks removed from its last match, Flower still has great confidence in her team.“We’re tired of practicing,” she said. “We all want to play and I think we’re ready.” read more

first_imgALTHOUGH CHRISTMAS IS usually a time of celebration, for some the festive season is not always a merry one.Bereavements, loneliness, poverty or depression can cloud the occasion, making it the busiest period for many support groups and organisations.“Christmas is a time of happiness, reunions, family time, and these celebrations can heighten feelings of loneliness and despair,” says the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s manager Shane Kelly.“Don’t bottle up these feelings, but go and talk to someone – a friend, a family member, your GP or a trained counsellor or psychotherapist. Talking and sharing these feelings is the first step to better mental health.”If you are in a tough situation and need to talk to someone about it, there are places and people to turn to.The Samaritans can be reached 24 hours a day on 1850 60 90 90 or by email at support group Aware‘s helpline number is 1890 303 302.Suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console are at 1800 201 890. It also runs a special farm and rural stress helpline at 1800 742 645.Another suicide prevention line is run by Pieta House on 01 601 0000.Are you a teenager? TeenLine Ireland are here to help 1800 833 634. Childline is also available for all those under the age of 18 at 1800 66 66 66 or by texting Talk to 50101.Parents feeling the pressure over the next few days can call Parentline on 1890 927 277.If you need to talk about sexual health or pregnancy, the Cura can be reached on 1850 622 626 or Life on 1850 281 281.The Rape Crisis Network provides services to those affected by rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse. Its trained staff are at 1800 778 888.More: Mountain rescue teams urge walkers to be safe this Christmaslast_img read more

first_imgITALY’S LEFTIST LEADER Pier Luigi Bersani has been given the go-ahead to attempt to form the country’s next government after elections which left no clear winner as the eurozone’s third largest economy struggles with a grinding recession.President Giorgio Napolitano formally asked ex-communist Bersani to try and break the political deadlock, saying he should move “as quickly as possible” to verify whether he has the support to govern, as Europe looks anxiously on.“I will start immediately. I will take the time necessary in a very difficult situation,” Bersani said, adding that he would go into talks with the other parties “with few words but precise intentions on the road of reforms”.The centre-left narrowly won the February elections but without a majority in the upper house and the stalemate has revived fears the eurozone debt crisis could return to Italy just as a bitter bailout standoff in Cyprus intensifies.“Today marks the start of a decisive phase in giving Italy a new government,” Napolitano said, warning against “sterile delays” in tackling a situation rife with difficulties.Any new government needs a majority in both houses, and if Bersani is to succeed he needs 35 senators from other parties to back him.17 seats neededThe centre-left currently holds 123 senate seats. It hopes to be able to count on the support of former premier Mario Monti’s centrist party, which holds 18 seats — but still needs another 17 to reach the senate majority of 158.Should Bersani fail, the reins may be handed to a technocratic government similar to the outgoing one led by Monti or a cabinet combining political and non-political figures but not led by Bersani.Napolitano indicated that instead of asking Bersani to form a government alone he would have favoured a “grand coalition” between the centre-left and centre-right, but he said obstacles to such a deal “appear significant”.He called for “a spirit of national cohesion”, warning: “We can no longer ignore the spread of social unease and expressions of dissatisfaction against political parties,” referring to the high number of protest votes in February’s election.Any new government will face urgent economic issues, from high unemployment among the young to a vast and growing debt mountain, as Italy struggles to pull itself out of its longest recession in two decades.Some observers say Bersani may be forced to woo members of rival Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right in a bid to prevent a rapid return to the polls.Any deal with the right and the scandal-tainted former premier would prove hugely controversial among leftists but Berlusconi’s coalition, which came a close second in the February vote, insists it is the only option.The centre-left “has to be able to show they have a stable political majority already in place”, said Renato Brunetta, lower house leader of Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party.Any attempt by Bersani to exclude the centre-right and still claim a majority “is suicidal and irresponsible”, he said.Five Star MovementThe left has so far failed to garner support from the Five Star Movement, a new protest party that gathered millions of votes at the February 24-25 ballot from Italians fed up with austerity and the perks enjoyed by politicians.The movement has refused flat out to support Bersani.Whatever government is eventually formed, analysts say it is likely the country will be forced to return to the polls within months — after the reform of an electoral law widely blamed for the deadlock.“Whatever government Bersani manages to put together — if he does manage — will have a very short life, perhaps a year to put through some of the more important reforms,” said James Walston, international relations professor at Rome’s American University.A return to the polls could delay substantial reforms to the country’s stagnant economy and financial markets are watching the situation anxiously.Italy managed to pull back from the debt crisis under Monti, who was brought in to head up a technocrat government at the end of 2011.But while his austerity reforms and tax hikes reassured European leaders, public finances are still in a dire state and ordinary Italians are suffering.“European institutions are very concerned, because if there’s no government in Italy, all the reforms which Monti put in place will stop,” Walston said.Should the political and economic crisis which in 2011 brought down the last Berlusconi government rear up again, “it would be dangerous. It was dangerous then, and with the Cyprus crisis it could be catastrophic”, Walston said.The government on Thursday slashed forecasts, saying it now expected a public deficit of 2.9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year — far higher than the 0.5 percent promised before.It also forecast the economy would shrink by 1.3 percent this year — compared with an expected contraction of 0.2 percent before.- © AFP, 2013Read: Ireland’s Italians dump Berlusconi and vote for anti-establishment comedianlast_img read more

first_imgIf you just so happen to have an old motorcycle lying around, it turns out there’s a lot you can do with it with just a bit of elbow grease and a lot of creativity. A number of designers have created a wide range of useful objects using nothing more than old bike parts.The designs include a turntable made from a cylinder head and brake parts, bowls made from wheel spokes, a brake lever corkscrew, and an iPod dock made from tail lights. The recycled creations were made as part of an exhibition put on by Triumph Motorcycles and the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Hit the jump for more images.AdChoices广告Via Design Boomlast_img

first_img File photo of a market in Casablanca. 9 Comments 13,073 Views By AFP SHANTIES HAVE MUSHROOMED on the rooftops of historic apartment buildings in Casablanca, as the Moroccan city’s once-prestigious centre crumbles below.Clotheslines, satellite dishes and tangled cables have sprouted on the deteriorating facades of the buildings, constructed nearly a century ago under French rule.What was once a feted blend of Moroccan and European architecture is falling apart under the weight of an expanding urban population and neglect.The city “was once at the forefront of world architecture,” architect Rachid Andaloussi says.But today its early 20th-century residential buildings have been “abandoned by landlords tired of seeing them deteriorate”, says Andaloussi, the head of Casamemoire, an association to protect the city’s architectural heritage.And a housing crisis in the traffic-clogged economic hub has led Moroccans with nowhere else to live to cobble together makeshift homes on rooftop terraces.“They’ve squatted in public infrastructure, factories – and now they’ve moved on to the terraces,” Andaloussi says.Building themselves shelter from corrugated iron, bits of wood and plastic bags, they have come to occupy what were once emblematic architectural spaces.Casablanca, known by the Spanish translation of its Arabic name Dar al-Bayda (“White House”), greatly expanded under the French protectorate from 1912.North Africa’s first skyscraperFrench architect and urban planner Henri Prost presented his first plan for the Moroccan city in 1915.In the 1920s and 1930s, Prost and mostly fellow French architects built the city that has become the country’s economic heart.They created the city’s unique style by blending traditional Moroccan elements like mosaics, stucco and sculpted cedar wood with the European trends of Art Deco and Art Nouveau.Their work includes the Lincoln Hotel, an Arabesque Art Deco building that was built in 1916 and used by American spies during World War II. But it closed in 1989 and today stands largely in ruins.The Liberty Building, also called “The 17th Floor”, was North Africa’s first skyscraper when it was built between 1949 and 1951.And the Wilaya, a former town hall, is an example of the mixed architecture typical of many administrative buildings under the French protectorate.Architect Driss Kettani says the Casablanca city centre was once a “feat of architecture and urban planning”, “with its wealth of neo-Moorish, Art Deco and Modernist architecture”.“What was a few decades ago the indisputable heart of the city has today suffered from a lack of maintenance,” Kettani says.‘Extraordinary potential’Tenants in these buildings often pay “ridiculously low” fixed rents, and landlords can only remove them if they pay a huge relocation fee.Neither the tenants nor the owners pay for the upkeep of the buildings.The city’s old core is also threatened by real estate speculation, as developers look to buy historic properties to tear them down and build modern apartment blocs instead.Urban planner Mostafa Kheireddine explains that Casablanca’s housing crisis stems from a booming population from successive migration flows to the city in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.“Over the years, it experienced pressure on the urban planning sector that was unprecedented in the history of Morocco’s cities,” he says.As all of Morocco’s social tensions came to the fore in 1980s Casablanca, “quality urban housing was not given priority,” Kheireddine says.But times are changing, raising hopes of an urban revival.The authorities have started upgrading the city centre after what Kettani calls “a realisation of the extraordinary potential of this part of the city”.The opening of a tram line has given the area’s buildings added value.And wealthier Moroccans are increasingly buying apartments in the Art Deco buildings, as they become fashionable and the area gentrifies.© – AFP 2017Read: Moroccan state TV broadcasts makeup advice for women for disguising evidence of domestic violenceRead: Thousands attend funeral of fishmonger whose gruesome death in a rubbish truck provoked outrage Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 9:15 AM Apr 2nd 2017, 9:15 AM center_img File photo of a market in Casablanca. Image: AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar In Casablanca, locals are building shanty towns on the rooftops of historic apartment buildings A housing crisis has led Moroccans to cobble together makeshift homes. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar Short URL Share1 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

first_imgSecond man released without charge after arrest over Vincent Parsons’ murder The father-of-two was discovered with head injuries in Tallaght last month. Sep 9th 2019, 8:25 AM Monday 9 Sep 2019, 8:25 AM THE SECOND MAN arrested in relation to the murder of Vincent Parsons in Tallaght was released without charge last night. The 26-year-old man was arrested yesterday in relation to Vincent’s fatal assault in Tallaght on 24 August. The man was detained at Tallaght Garda Station before being released without charge. A file will now be prepared for the information of the Director of Public ProsecutionsA 24-year-old man was arrested last month in connection with the killing and was released without charge.  The father-of-two was discovered in the Killinarden area of Tallaght with serious head injuries last month. He died two days later in Tallaght Hospital.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 5,586 Views By Orla Dwyercenter_img Image: Garda Press Vincent Parsons. Vincent Parsons. Image: Garda Press No Comments Share Tweet Email last_img read more

first_img Twitter Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img During a new episode of his “Talk is Jericho” podcast, Chris Jericho revealed he was in talks with WWE to be part of a backup plan to replace Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 34 to team with Daniel Bryan against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.For those who may remember, McMahon was hospitalized with diverticulitis just weeks before WrestleMania. This left his status for the biggest show of the year heavily in doubt. Jericho went into detail about his talks with WWE as a backup.Podcast excerpt courtesy of The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online:“A few weeks before WrestleMania, maybe three or four weeks, I get a call from Vince. And he’s talking about Shane and his diverticulitis and he had an infection in his hand and he had, there was one other thing as well, hernia, that was it. And he goes, ‘Listen, we don’t know if he can do ‘Mania.”Jericho noted he had a scheduling conflict for WrestleMania weekend with a Fozzy concert in Hampton Beach the day of the show and a WrestleMania watch party as well. He talked about exploring all options and how it would have been possible for him to get to the Superdome on time with the help of a police escort.Daniel Bryan, who was a featured guest on the same podcast, said WWE is in a situation where they don’t tell the wrestlers about any plans because they are afraid the news will leak. Bryan was simply told they had a good backup plan if McMahon wasn’t able to get cleared in time for the tag team match in New Orleans.Jericho recently made his return to New Japan Pro Wrestling, attacking IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito. The attack appeared to setup a forthcoming IWGP Intercontinental Championship between Naito and Jericho at either the Dominion iPPV on June 9 in Osaka or the big G-1 Special on July 8 in San Francisco. Facebook Chris Jericho to defend the AEW World Championship against Cody at Full Gear PPV Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live last_img read more

first_img 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 SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI) — Everyone knows we love our clean cars in Southern California. But Escondido could have the cleanest cars in San Diego County: 28 car washes and counting.“We just need to look at this closer. Do we really need any more car washes in town,” said Escondido City Manager Jeffery Epp.This came as a big shock to the local businessman who bought a piece of land, got most of it approved for a car wash, then the city pulled the plug.“We did the environmental studies, we did traffic studies, who did everything needed and I was waiting for final approval. Then they decided to impose a moratorium on me,” said Wash n Go owner Neil Capin.Capin invested a lot of money in the old skating rink, a place that has a lot of nostalgia, but it’s been shut down for 10 years.“If someone wanted to build a skating rink, they should have done it,” Capin said.After the city council voted in favor of the 45-days moratorium, Capin still has hope.“What I hope is that the projects that are already in the works keep moving forward. I was almost finished with the whole process, we should be able to finish the project,” Capin said.“I don’t think anyone is telling him he can’t build it, We just need a time out, take a look. Do we really need another car wash in Escondido,” Epp said.After investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the skating rink, Capin is not pleased.“Why would anyone invest in Escondido, when something like this can happen. We should be allowed to “finish” the project. It’s just not right to start a project and have them change in midstream,” Capin said.A final decision is expected within the 45-day moratorium. Updated: 10:28 PM Too much of a good thing: Car wash surplus leads to drama Dan Plante, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Dan Plante May 2, 2018 Posted: May 2, 2018last_img read more

first_imgNational City World Cup fans asked not to celebrate in streets Posted: June 26, 2018 June 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom NATIONAL CITY (KUSI) – Police are asking soccer fans to avoid celebrating in National City’s roadways ahead of Wednesday’s World Cup match between Mexico and Sweden.Fans have congregated on Highland Avenue following recent games. Most celebrated peacefully, though some left the safety of sidewalks and parking lots and went into the street.“Those types of actions are not only dangerous for fans, but motorists who may have to maneuver around fans and other vehicles,” the National City Police Department said.Mexico will face off against Sweden on Wednesday at 7 a.m. after beating South Korea 2-1 and Germany 1-0.Related: National City fans flood the streets to celebrate Mexico victory in World Cup Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgA small fire erupted Wednesday morning at the Lewis Angapak Memorial School in Tuntutuliak.According to Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Daniel Walker, a nearby transformer blew, cutting power to the town and sending sparks and flames shooting from the wires connected to the elementary wing. With power to the building shut off, the backup generator automatically kicked on, sending out more sparks.“When the school generator was turned off,” Tuntutuliak Principal Zachary Bastoky said, “the flames started to die out, but there were still sparks.”Quickly, Bastoky pulled the fire alarm and evacuated the school’s 150 students and staff.“We were able to get everybody out of the building and accounted for in, I’d say, about two, two-and-a-half minutes,” Bastoky said.Meanwhile, the school’s maintenance staff climbed to the scene with fire extinguishers and put out the flames and sparks, and Principal Bastoky notified the community of the situation over the VHF, or Very High Frequency radio.School was cancelled for the rest of the day while inspectors searched for any electrical damage and smoldering materials left by the fire. The district’s mechanic will help the school’s maintenance crew repair the site.No structural damage to the building was reported. Classes are scheduled to resume Thursday morning.last_img read more

first_imgThree projects worth a total of $109 million are wrapping up for the season on the northernmost stretch of the Dalton Highway that was badly damaged by Sagavanirktok River flooding in spring 2015. One project was completed last week; another is expected to be done next week, and the third is scheduled for completion next year. (Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)Work is wrapping on a project to rebuild the northernmost stretch of the Dalton Highway that was badly damaged two-and-a-half years ago by flooding from the overflowing Sagavanirktok River. Once that and two other road-improvement projects on that part of the Dalton are all complete, the state plans to pave the 52-mile stretch of the road.Listen nowThe contractor hired to reconstruct the 17-mile stretch of the Dalton Highway south of Deadhorse raised the level of the roadway by nearly five feet in areas damaged by flooding in the spring of 2015 by the Sagavanirktok River, also called the Sag River.“What happened was the Sag River overflowed its banks, after several days of icing. There were some very quick-warming temperatures, and some flooding that shut down the roadway,” Mike Lund, the State Department of Transportation’s construction manager, said.Lund said the project contractor, Anchorage-based Brice Incorporated, had to haul in some 2.4 million tons of gravel needed to build-up that stretch of Dalton. That’s enough to fill some 120,000 side-dumper trucks. It’s one of three projects worth a total of $109 million that are under way on the Dalton from Pump Station 2 to Deadhorse.“Eventually, over the next few years, we intend to actually pave this roadway,” Lund said in an interview this week.Lund says paving the last 52 miles of the Dalton would save the state millions of dollars that it regularly pays to resurface the roadway that’s pounded by some 200 semi-tractor trailer rigs headed to or from Prudhoe Bay every day.Sagavanirktok River flooding halted trucks en route to the North Slope oil complex several times in spring and summer 2015, creating long backups at points along the Dalton Highway. (KUAC file photo)“The biggest thing that these projects do over the short and long term is reduce maintenance and operations costs,” Lund said.Lund said the federal government pays for 91 percent of the cost of road projects like this. And he said the state tries to take advantage of that by including measures that will cut future road-maintenance costs.Lund said the gravel added to the roadbed will help insulate the permafrost on which the highway was built. The projects also call for a 4-inch layer of insulation to be buried at or near grade to further protect the permafrost from thawing.last_img read more

first_imgIll-gotten money. Illustration: Prothom Alo Experts have questioned the move by the Anti Corruption Commission not to file cases against anybody who returns ill-gotten wealth.Although there is no law or provision in the country to this end, the ACC has made this move, aiming to retrieve Tk 140 million.Experts said that such measures will encourage the corruption.According to ACC, under this process, it made a breakthrough by retrieving Tk 130 million from Hallmark group.Besides, victims have got back Tk 9.83 million in 10 different cases through the mediation of ACC. In context of corruption, though, this amount is negligible.ACC chairman Iqbal Mahmood also admits there are legal questions in this regard.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Iqbal Mahmood said, “We will take measures based on circumstances pertaining to each case. We have to analyse the cost benefits. We have to take reality into consideration, as well as consider legality and ethics.”Executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh Ifthekharuzzaman said, “It is not acceptable either from an ethical or legal point of view. During 1/11 we opposed the idea of Truth Commission. Such a measure can’t act as a prevention of corruption after the institution fails to establish justice.”Former chairman of ACC Ghulam Rahman said although not permanently, a law named ‘plea bargain’ can be formulated. But, still there will be questions of legality.Nakshi Knit of Hallmark returned money in one of its three cases. Later, it decided not to return money. Two cases of Knit are underway.On 9 November, assistant manager of Sonali Bank Subrato Kumar Das told ACC director that it had received Tk 327.50 million due such action against Nakshi Knit.ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said although the process is questioned, ACC took a decision on Tk 130 million with Hallmark. Although it is not legal, ACC and the court gave consent on the matter. If the legality is challenged at the High Court, the decision will be cancelled.Despite a verdict by the Appellate Division in March last, the government did not return Tk 12.32 billion collected by the intelligence agencies during the army backed caretaker government in 2007. Besides, Tk 340 million collected by the Truth Commission is lying in the government exchequer.On condition of anonymity, an official at Bangladesh Bank (BB) said the central bank sent a letter to the government to implement a verdict on returning Tk 6.15 billion. But the central bank did not get any reply.Speaking to Prothom Alo, lawyer of BB Ameer-ul-Islam said a review petition has been filed against the verdict on returning Tk 6.15 billion collected from 40 businessmen. Preparations are on for the hearing.According to ACC, the anti-graft body sees some sort of success in recovering money embezzled by illegal means. The lion share of Tk 40 billion of BASIC Bank and Tk 26.86 billion of Hallmark is similar to embezzlement. Although these are loans in name, everything points to forgery.The ACC chairman said they have recovered Tk 11.48 billion from Hallmark and BASIC Bank, not by assuring that cases against them would be withdrawn. But it is true Tk 130 million was collected from Nakshi Knit of Hallmark in 2014 on a condition that cases will not be filed against them.ACC helps get back moneyA terminated cashier of the Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC) returned Tk 3.3 million to the company until 6 November. He confessed his involvement in taking bribe to a director general of ACC.A person gave Tk 5 million to a ruling Awami League member of parliament for investing in a business. But the MP simply kept the money. Later, ACC helped the victim get back Tk 2 million of the amount. Subir Kanti, an employee of a private organisation, gave more than Tk 1 million to a real estate company for purchasing a flat. The company, however, deceived him and did not hand over the flat. Later, Subir got back Tk 3 million in just 24 hours with the help of ACC.The office of the assistant commissioner of land (AC-Land) in Dhanmondi returned Tk 120,000 taken as a bribe for mutation of a flat as ACC intervened.The ACC also made a private dental college in Dhaka return Tk 400,000 taken as an advance for admissions.The anti-graft watchdog received a phone call recently claiming a Banani school was charging extra fees illegally. The headmaster of the school was made to return Tk 368,000 instantly by the ACC.According to ACC officials, the victims want to get back their money taken forcefully and unethically, alongside trial of the accused. When ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmud was reminded that they are catching small fish, he told Prothom Alo, ”Commoners are affected most by small fish. But, when we’ll be capable, we’ll net the big fish too.”Sole exampleIn past 10 years, the government managed to take back a small amount of money from a public servant through the apex court. On 6 April 2016, ATM Nazim Ullah Chowdhury escaped impriosnment by submitting Tk 684,000 to the state treasury.Asked about poor state of restoring embezzled money, attorney general Mahbubey Alam told Prothom Alo that the corrupt try their utmost to delay, resist and derail the trial.A special kind of prosecution team is needed to quicken the trials, he added.Bribery in ACCThe anti-graft watchdog, ironically, had to terminate one and suspend two of its officials recently for taking bribes and indulging in corruption.The ACC suspended one of its additional directors for amassing wealth amounting to Tk 50 million beyond the known source of income.An investigation officer of ACC was fired as he lodged a case against one  person instead of 10. According to a report of Transparency International Bangladesh, the amount of bribe was Tk 54.4 billion in 2007 which rose to Tk 88.2 billion in 2015.TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, ”Today is International Anti-Corruption Day. The government has decided to observe the day nationally.””Recently ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said if politicians don’t get involved in corruption, corruption would be 50 per cent less. I can see a political will from his statement. To benefit from this, we have to avoid indulging corruption,” he added.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Imam Hossain.last_img read more

first_img( — “It’s pretty clear that the standard model of physics is not enough to explain all the phenomena in nature,” Tomasz Skwarnicki tells “Through looking at a variety of phenomena – one of them being dark matter – we know that there is a whole set of interactions beyond our standard model.” Skwarnicki’s work doesn’t deal with dark matter, but the Syracuse University physicist has been working on models of physics that go beyond the standard. Like many other scientists, Skwarnicki is interested in the Higgs boson. This is an elementary particle that, according to theory, gives mass to other particles. The Higgs boson is the only particle in the standard model that has yet to be discovered in a physical and experimental sense. Skwarnicki has been associated with the CLEO Collaboration, a group of scientists from a variety of physics programs in the U.S., Britain and Canada. CLEO is based at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, and experiments are done at the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR).Data from CLEO experiments have been analyzed on an ongoing basis, and a recent article published by the collaboration in Physical Review Letters offers some insight regarding the probability of one of the super symmetric extensions to the standard model. The article is called “Search for Very Light CP-Odd Higgs Boson in Radiative Decays of Y(1S)”, and Skwarnicki points out that it offers new constraints on parameters of Next to Minimal Super Symmetric Model (NMSSM).“Our measures restricted the range of new physics models,” Skwarnicki explains. “We closed some gaps in measurements that had existed before.”Skwarnicki says that while the standard model of physics allows for only one Higgs boson, designated CP-even, the NMSSM suggest seven total Higgs bosons, including a CP-odd boson. “The presence of this CP-odd boson would change all knowledge of all Higgs decays,” he explains. “But to make it work, this CP-odd Higgs boson would need to be very light.” The data analysis done involved looking for evidence of production and decay of this very light Higgs boson. The CLEO team looked for a decay of what is called an Upsilon state, Y(1S), which would produce a CP-odd boson, which would in turn decay to a pair of heavy electron-like particles . “Unfortunately,” Skwarnicki points out, “we did not find this. So the search for experimental evidence of the Higgs boson continues.” He did say that the new bounds established by the experiment, setting a new upper limit, do have an effect on scientific theory. “Our data analysis shows that it would be very hard to speculate with a light Higgs in the Next to Minimal Super Symmetric model. We cannot rule out this model completely, but we ruled out a great deal. Chances are that another theory will have to be used. And the bounds can be used in future ideas of what new interactions beyond the standard model are possible.”Skwarnicki is fairly optimistic that evidence for the existence (or non-existence) of the Higgs boson will be found soon. “The whole point of the Large Hadron Collider, though other experiments will be performed, is basically to create the energy needed to find the Higgs boson,” he points out. “The LHC should be fully operational next year, and then we’ll have a better idea of whether we need to throw everything out the window.”Skwarnicki himself is lined up for an experiment at the LHC. “Non-standard models, which are needed to explain some phenomena, will also be affected by this. What we find out about the Higgs boson in Geneva will apply to non-standard models as well.”Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: In search of a light Higgs boson (2008, October 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furthercenter_img ATLAS Experiment adds more pieces to the Higgs boson puzzle This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more