October 18, 2019

Over One Thousand Moroccans Applied to Study in the US in…

Rabat – Moroccan graduate and undergraduate students are keen on not missing any opportunity to pursue their studies in the United States of America, a new survey has revealed.Recently, the US Consulate General in Casablanca has released a new survey disclosing the most recent figures on applications from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to study in US.During the academic year of 2013-2014, US Consulates across the MENA region received over 92,618 applications to study abroad in America, the survey noted. The number of Moroccan students who applied were 1,379.  With this number, Morocco landed second in North Africa, followed by Tunisia that submitted over 538 applicants.Surprisingly, Libya came first with a total of 1,739 applicants. The US Consulate attributed this large number to the turbulent political and safety conditions in the Northern African country.On the other hand, Algeria whose students mostly pursue their studies in the Francophone countries, came at the bottom of the list with only 137 applicants.In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia topped the list with over 53,919 students applying for creditsto study in the US.Kuwait landed second with over 7,288 applicants, followed by Egypt with a total of 2,832.Edited by Karla Dieseldorff© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Negotiations Underway within Istiqlal Party Plan to Overthrow Chabat

Rabat – After his fiasco in Fez during last Friday’s Municipal and Regional Elections, militants of the Istiqlal Party (IP) in several cities across the Kingdom are reportedly mobilizing to end Hamid Chabat’s mandate as Secretary General of the party.Moroccan daily Al Akhbar, in its Tuesday issue, said “the departure of Hamid Chabat from the secretariat of the party is only a matter of time,” stressing that the leaders of the party in Fez and those in the southern provinces are preparing a strong mobilization to bring him down or force him to resign.The daily quoted what it described as reliable source informing that an extraordinary Congress of the Istiqlal Party will take place very soon with a single item on the agenda: — the election of a new Secretary General of the Party. According to Al Akhbar, Hamdi Ouled Rachid, the Party’s Coordinator in the southern provinces, is tipped for the position of Secretary General of the Istiqlal Party.The Istiqlal Party obtained less than 1 million votes in 2015’s Municipal and Regional Elections, while the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) obtained the highest number of votes (1.5 million), followed by the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) with over 1 million votes. read more

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Qatari Royal Family Member Slams Saudi Official over 2026 World Cup…

Rabat- Responding to a series of tweets by the head of Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority Turki Al-Sheikh, member of the Qatari royal family Maryam Al-Thani reaffirmed Qatar’s support of Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid.Recently, Al-Sheikh, who is also the advisor to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has been posting controversial tweets about his country’s position on the ongoing 2026 World Cup race between Morocco and the three-nation North American bid.Morocco’s neutrality in the Gulf crisis between the Saudi Arabia coalition and Qatar incensed the Saudi official. Morocco has been offering to mediate a solution between the Gulf countries, reaffirming its neutrality to avoid escalation between the countries. However, the Saudi official refuses to accept Morocco’s stance and has been tweeting provocative posts regarding Morocco’s World Cup Bid.In a recent tweet, Al-Sheikh wrote, “Some people went astray. If you want support, you should seek it in Riyadh. What you are doing is wasting your time. Now ask the pseudo-state to help you,” referring to Qatar.In response to Al-Sheikh’s tweets, Al-Thani wrote in a Facebook comment that Qatar will support Morocco, adding that Turki Al-Sheikh is not a prince, but rather, “he is close to the leader more than other princes.”Maryam Al-Thani, who is the half-sister of Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, added that Al-Sheikh’s comment demonstrates that Saudi Arabia’s policy is based on “extortion: meaning help us block Qatar and we will support you.”In a recent tweet Al-Sheikh wrote that none of the bidders who submitted their files to host the 2026 World Cup requested Saudi Arabia’s support, but, “If someone ever asks, we will look for Saudi Arabia’s interests first,” implying that his country might support the United bid.In response to his remarks, Maryam said that her country will support Morocco’s bid unconditionally.Last November, Qatar officially expressed its intention to support Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) of Qatar, said that“[Qatar] will support Morocco’s bid and will extend any support if needed.”Morocco submitted its bid book to FIFA on Thursday, March 15. After the submission, the bid committee said that the country will present a “record with undeniable qualities and proposes to organize a successful, responsible, and profitable World Cup with an important legacy for the country, the continent,” and for the world.The country’s bid has already received support from Qatar and several African nations, including Botswana, Algeria, Tunisia, and Nigeria. The country is determined to clinch more international votes to win the right to host the massive tournament. read more

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Hailing drive to reinvent the toilet UN expert warns technology is not

22 July 2011A United Nations human rights expert today welcomed a multimillion dollar grant offered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at “reinventing the toilet” to save water and transform human waste into energy and fertiliser, but warned it will take more than new technology to overcome the world’s sanitation problems. Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to water and sanitation, said: “New technology alone is not enough to overcome the sanitation and water crisis we face. Investments in software solutions, like awareness rising among the people on the vital importance of sanitation, are crucial to make sure the hardware solutions are actually used.” Earlier this week the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced $42 million in grants “to spur innovations in the capture and storage of waste, as well as its processing into reusable energy, fertilizer, and fresh water,” according to the foundation’s website. Ms. De Albuquerque said: “I urge all countries which face challenges in ensuring access to sanitation for the whole population, to associate the creation of hardware solutions with awareness raising and education activities, on hygiene promotion, including hand washing, as well as on the crucial importance of safe sanitation as a means to decrease child mortality and improve health conditions.” The Special Rapporteur said that even though the primary responsibility for the realization of human rights lies with States, support by other parties is always welcome.“If we combine the desperate situation the world is facing concerning sanitation with the growing water crisis, the Gates’ initiative proves to be even more valuable,” she said. “It aims at coming up with a solution for sanitation, while avoiding wasting precious water flushing toilets.” “Sanitation is a human right which has been recognized as such by the UN General Assembly precisely one year ago, and through this resolution governments have committed to adopt measures in order to ensure that this right becomes a reality for all,” Ms. de Albuquerque said. “Sanitation, as well as water, must hence be safe, culturally acceptable, affordable, accessible and available to all without discrimination.” Ms. de Albuquerque is an independent, unpaid specialist reporting to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. read more

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Morneau flooded with more than 10000 messages over controversial tax plan memo

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau was inundated with more than 10,000 missives last fall following the release of controversial tax-change proposals that infuriated the small-business community, says an internal federal document.The memo, obtained by The Canadian Press, says the flood of messages addressed directly to the minister came in addition to more than 21,000 email submissions his department received as part of a related public consultation process.The Nov. 15 briefing note to the deputy finance minister also said the department had yet to process all the tax-related responses at that time — even though more than a month had passed since the end of the consultation period.“The tax policy branch has been actively sorting through submissions in order to segregate those containing substantive policy comments for further analysis by those involved in policy development,” said the “secret” memo prepared for Paul Rochon and obtained through the Access to Information Act.“As expected, the consultations mostly attracted submissions from taxpayers that would be affected by the proposed tax changes.”Morneau’s tax-reform proposals for private corporations came under fire following their release last summer. A vocal group of opponents spent months criticizing the plan and warned it would hurt the very middle class the Trudeau government has claimed to be trying to help.Morneau insisted the proposals were designed to stop wealthy owners of private corporations from unfairly taking advantage of the system.ChangesHowever, the uproar eventually forced him to back away from some elements of his plan after the conclusion of a 75-day consultation period that ended Oct. 2. He insisted some of the changes to the original plan would mean only the top three per cent of the wealthiest owners of private corporations would pay more taxes.The memo to his deputy minister listed the most common criticisms found in the submissions.They included complaints the consultation period was too short, that the changes would have retroactive consequences on retirement plans created under the current rules and that farmers were too busy with their harvests to thoroughly examine the proposals.Other key objections said the proposals would harm small- and medium-sized businesses and unfairly compare the tax burdens of entrepreneurs to those of employees. They note that some employees receive additional non-salary benefits or enjoy greater job security than small business owners.Another frequent statement in the submissions argued that business owners should be entitled to split income with spouses because they make significant direct and indirect contributions to the operations.The government, which previously announced it had received 21,000 submissions during the consultation period, took steps to address some concerns by tweaking and removing parts of the plan.As he faced the backlash, Morneau also followed through on a 2015 campaign pledge to start lowering the small business tax rate.CriticsBut critics of the plan, including the president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said Monday that entrepreneurs still have concerns with the government’s proposal.For example, Dan Kelly said stricter rules on passive investment income will hurt some small business owners that have used the method to set up retirement plans. Details of the passive-income change, which some estimate will eventually add billions every year to government’s bottom line, will be released in the spring budget.Kelly said businesses are also trying to understand new rules that make it more difficult for small-business owners to lower their tax burden by sprinkling some of their earnings to family members.“I’m not shocked, but it is nice to see how many Canadian entrepreneurs clearly reached out and expressed their worries,” said Kelly, who has lobbied the government for decades.“It looks like a fairly truthful list of the major criticisms of the tax-reform package … Finance has summarized this correctly.”A spokeswoman for Morneau said Monday the government has taken into account the feedback it received from written submissions during the consultation process as well as face-to-face meetings.“Because of their input, we were able to strike to right balance between a fairer tax system while cutting taxes for small business,” Chloe Luciani-Girouard wrote in an email, in reference to the tax reduction for small businesses.The anger over the tax proposals also put more scrutiny on Morneau’s own substantial assets and how the former businessman arranged his affairs after entering office.Morneau battled ethics-related controversies throughout the fall and political opponents are sure to resume their attacks as MPs reconvene in the House of Commons this week for the first time since mid-December.He’s also denied conflict-of-interest accusations related to proposed pension-reform legislation, which has prompted a formal examination by the federal ethics commissioner.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

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Report to UNSC questions North Korean links with Sri Lanka

The Panel established that a representative from Angola, a diplomat from Korea named Kim Hyok Chan, and another Angola-based diplomat Mr. Jon Chol Young, travelled together to Sri Lanka three times (between 2014 and 2016) to discuss shipbuilding projects. The Panel recommends a series of designations and practical measures in order to offer the Security Council, the Committee and Member States additional tools by which to address current challenges and shortcomings. (Colombo Gazette) Described as boat-building experts, they reportedly met with the State Minister of Defence of Sri Lanka on 5 November 2015 to discuss building naval patrol vessels at a Sri Lankan shipyard prior to sale to its Navy. The Panel says in the report tabled by the Security Council on February 27, it has yet to receive a reply from Sri Lanka.The links between Sri Lanka and North Korea comes as the Panel found that North Korea has been flouting sanctions through trade in prohibited goods, with evasion techniques that are increasing in scale, scope and sophistication. The Panel investigated new interdictions, one of which highlighted the country’s ability to manufacture and trade in sophisticated and lucrative military technologies using overseas networks.The Panel’s investigations further revealed previous arms trading by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and cooperation in Africa, including hitherto unreported types of cooperation on a large scale.The Panel’s report shows that, despite the support of Member States for strengthened sanctions by the Security Council through two new resolutions adopted in 2016, this effort has not yet been matched by the requisite political will, prioritization and resource allocation to ensure effective implementation. A report submitted to the UN Security Council (UNSC) has questioned links established between Sri Lanka and North Korea, led by Kim Jong-un.The report by a Panel of Experts appointed by the UN has found that a North Korean diplomat had talks with the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry in November 2015. read more

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City of St Catharines hiring students for summer 2013

Winter hasn’t officially started but the City of St. Catharines is already thinking about summer.The city is currently hiring students to work in landscaping, aquatics, customer service and other jobs next summer.Check out the city’s website for a full list of job openings and descriptions.Applications are due by Friday, Jan. 18 and can only be submitted online through the city’s website. Interviews will be conducted in February.

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Grains livestock mixed

Wheat for Sept. fell 3.50 cents at 4.9600 a bushel; Sept. corn was off 4 cents at 4.1450 a bushel, Sept. oats lost 6 cents at $2.5750 a bushel; while Aug. soybeans rose .75 cents at $8.8325 a bushel.Beef mixed and pork higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Aug. live cattle was unchanged at $1.0865 a pound; Aug. feeder cattle rose .92 cent at $1.4372 a pound; while Aug. lean hogs gained .47 cent at $.8642 a pound.The Associated Press

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Mens Volleyball Ohio State advances to MIVA semifinals after 30 beatdown of

Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas (3) sets the ball to redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson (11) during the Buckeyes’ 3-1 win against Loyola on March 29. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 7 Ohio State men’s volleyball team will advance to the MIVA tournament semifinals after sweeping Quincy in three straight sets Saturday. The Hawks came into the match thoroughly outmatched, having lost 3-0 the two times they played the Buckeyes during the regular season and posting a 12-18 regular-season overall record and 0-14 conference record compared to the top-seeded Buckeyes.The Hawks managed to stay a few only a few steps behind the Buckeyes in the first two sets, but were left in the dust in the third when Ohio State ended the set with more than double Quincy’s points.Though Quincy kept close on Ohio State’s heels in the first set, the majority of Quincy points were a result of Ohio State miscues. Quincy senior outside hitter Anthony Winters carried his team through the first set with seven of the team’s 12 kills, but his team still fell in the set 25-22. The Buckeyes ensured the second set was not nearly as close, picking up offensive momentum and pulling away with a 25-18 win. Winters was unable to maintain the offensive pressure he showcased in the first set due in part to Ohio State’s hitting percentage reaching a match-high .476.In the third set, the Hawks lost whatever hope they had of a comeback when the Buckeyes routed Quincy for the 25-12 set win to clinch the win. The Hawks fell apart, scoring half of their points and receiving the other half from Buckeye errors.The Hawks — the No. 8 seed in the MIVA — are eliminated from the conference tournament while Ohio State will compete against the No. 4-seeded Lewis Flyers at St. John Arena Wednesday in the semifinals. read more

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Zinifex Century mine to become owneroperated

first_imgThe management of Zinifex Century mine and Downer EDI Mining have mutually agreed to dissolve the successful Century Mining Alliance. To ensure a smooth transition, both Downer EDI Mining and Zinifex have agreed to stage the transition between July 2008 and June 2009. Formed in 2004, the Century Mining Alliance was intended to build the capacity necessary to allow Zinifex to become an owner-operator of the mine. Downer EDI Mining and Zinifex Century Mine are proud of the capacity built by their people during the four years of their Alliance.In that time, Zinifex Century mine has grown to produce around 1 Mt/y of zinc and lead concentrates. It is Australia’s largest zinc mine, and one of the world’s largest zinc mines. Zinifex Century generated revenues of approximately A$1.4 billion in FY07, and employs nearly 1,000 people.Downer EDI Mining will continue to support operations during this business as usual transition phase, and has agreed that its employees on site may become employees of Zinifex Century mine. General Manager of Zinifex Century, John Lamb, said, “Zinifex Century mine values the contribution made by Downer EDI employees to the success of the mine. For that reason, Zinifex intends to offer jobs to all current Downer EDI Mining employees. They will be transferred across to Zinifex over this 12-month period and will become Zinifex employees. It is expected that some will choose to continue with Downer. ”Job losses are not expected, and very few roles will be duplicated in the transition process. Transmission of business laws commit Zinifex to offer jobs to all Downer EDI Mining employees currently working at Zinifex Century mine.last_img read more

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Leicas Jigsaw international launch at AIMEX

first_imgLeica Geosystems is set to launch the next generation of its Leica Jigsaw platform – described as “the world’s most comprehensive Fleet Management, Production Optimisation and High Precision Guidance solution” at AIMEX 2011 in Sydney, Australia in September. “As the most innovative solution provider, Leica Geosystems has solutions supporting over 100 mine sites in 16 countries around the world – with over 50 deployments occurring since Leica Geosystems’ launched the first generation Jigsaw platform at AIMEX in 2007. We are excited to launch our second-generation Jigsaw platform at AIMEX 2011. This launch represents the results of a focused effort to deliver against a product roadmap that is aligned with our client’s needs and the direction of the mining sector in general. ” stated Haydn Roberts, Chief Executive Officer.The company believes that Jigsaw goes well beyond the advanced monitoring, analysis and reporting tools which have already made Leica Geosystems “a global leader”, with Jigsaw showcasing the industry’s first fully integrated hardware and software platform. The statement said: “This second generation Jigsaw platform will seamlessly link three key levels of mining operations: fleet management and optimisation, precision guidance and the emerging autonomous solution. This all delivered on a new unified hardware platform that supports the entire range of solutions.”“We don’t build trucks. We build technology solutions that allow mines to maximise every aspect of their operations, solutions that integrate information and control across all equipment no matter what type or which manufacturer. We are the world’s leading measurement and visualisation technology company and we are focused on delivering the most innovative solutions to the mining sector.” said Mr Roberts, adding “This Leica Jigsaw launch represents a considerable period of R&D investment by the company that leverages both the Mining division and the huge technology research capabilities of the entire group.” AIMEX visitors will be among the first in the world to see this second generation of the Leica Jigsaw product suite, which will be shown with an interactive machine and system simulation in Hall 2, Stand 1307.last_img read more

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NLT showcasing its NConnex underground mining network at CIM 2018

first_imgNorthern Light Technologies (NLT) recently launched N-Connex, a new networking solution designed for harsh environments such as underground mines, tunnels, prep- plants and heavy industries. The technology is being showcased by NLT at the CIM 2018 Convention, being attended at IM.Bill Kalogerakis, Business Development Manager at NLT Canada comments: “Northern Light Technologies deploys underground networks to help digitise mines and make them safer and more productive. We design, manufacture, supply and service rugged and modular networking systems that enable productivity, tracking, communications & environmental monitoring applications. Some of these applications we can provide, others can simply be added to the network via WiFi, power over Ethernet (POE) cables or even fibre. Our network is cost effective, easily expandable and simple to install.”The N-Connex (gigabit version) uses an NLT supplied mil-spec two core pre-terminated fibre for the high speed network backbone. N-Connex can also work with other fibre combinations. Access to the network is provided by N- Connex Bolt Access Points and/or PoE ports on the core Distribution module. The system is fully 802.11 compatible, therefore any WiFi or Ethernet client can function over N- Connex.N-Connex is an IP67 rated modular solution that simplifies installation and maintenance while allowing easy expansion of the network and solutions offered. While a range of modules to suit most requirements is offered, the proprietary IP67 enclosures easily supports new functions and solutions, or new modules. The N-Connex modules are simply clipped to the customised frame and connected via a Cat5 cable to the main Distribution module, as all devices support Power over Ethernet (PoE) connectivity.N-Connex, being fully compatible with industry 802.3 and 802.11 standards supports all Ethernet and WiFi devices. NLT’s range of solutions can be used over the N-Connex network including Voice, Data and Video solutions. Some of the solutions include:• Voice – IP Radio Handsets and VoIP phones can be used for two way voice communications• Data – network connectivity allows access to Intranets and the Internet.• Video – monitor critical points through your operation• Tracking – know where your people and assets are via WiFi (or RFID) Tracking and make use of NLT’s powerful Digital Mine Software suite.• Monitoring – Ventilation, Gas levels, environmental conditions or ground strata changes can all be monitored over N-Connex.• PLC’s – Ethernet connectivity for PLC networks to remotely control and monitor electrical equipment.N-Connex has a variety of modules to meet clients differing needs. The key modules include:• Distribution – provides connectivity to a one Gigabit Fibre backbone via four fibre ports. Also includes eight managed PoE ports.• Power – this module converts 110/240 VAC to 48VDC which is used to power all other modules and remote PoE devices.• Battery – battery backup in the event of power failure.• Control – Digital and Analog Input/Output capability to control and monitor electrical equipment, eg pumps orfans.• Alarm – a module combining both a siren and strobe, as well as an initiating point for emergency evacuation• Edge – a stand-alone network Switch and Access Point that eliminates the need for fibre. The Edge can alsobe used to provide fibre free branches on the Gigabit system. Edge provides 100Mb backbone connectivity.• Bolt – IP67 Access Point to provide Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the mine, tunnel or facility. The Bolt also supports Tracking firmware which enables personnel and asset Tracking.• Frame – the customised mounting frame supports the modules and allows easy installation and removal• Custom – Electronics and harsh environments don’t mix well until now. N-Connex enclosures enable an unlimited range of hardware to be packaged to withstand the harsh conditions.last_img read more

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A breath of fresh air in seafood

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram From inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business?My father had previously been involved in the seafood industry and when I left school I asked my father if we could get back into the seafood industry so he helped me set it up and in 1995 Anassis Seafoods was born. I looked for a location away from the majority of the other seafood distributors and a position where I had easy access to freeways for the city as well as the eastern and south eastern suburbs for distribution. Blackburn seemed like the right choice. We also looked around to see what retailers were selling and saw such dramatic high prices along with some poor quality product in their windows. So we decided to sell directly to the public and offer them restaurant quality produce at wholesale prices. My father handed me the control of the business about 8 years ago, although he is still involved in the business by managing my fresh products and my processing and production room.What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?The Melbourne seafood industry is very competitive so Anassis Seafoods always strives for fresh products, premium quality to our wholesale customers, but the one thing that make us stand out from the majority is that we really put a lot of effort in trying to offer the same quality, prices and service to the general public.How is business currently?Business has been growing at a steady rate; people are starting to prefer more seafood while eating out. But they are also starting to entertain more at home by cooking up some salmon or barramundi on the BBQ as opposed to the standard choices of meat. Moreover they are trying to recreate their favourite restaurant seafood meals at home.Has your Greek Australian background played any role in your business?The seafood industry is heavily dominated by Greek Australian owner operators along with Greek Australian staff members. It’s also known throughout the restaurant and hospitality industry that if you want good quality seafood you should buy from a Greek seafood wholesaler.In your opinion, what fish should Australians eat more of?Australians should buy either fresh or frozen Australian seafood and support the local industry.They should try eating all the different types of varieties of fish we have on offer, since each fish has its distinct flavour with some best cooked fried and others grilled. Most people get bored of fish because they keep having the same thing every week and we all know how good fish is for our diet and well being and that’s why we encourage our regular customers to try something different.Australia has some of the most pristine fishing waters in the world with a huge variety of species to choose from.What is your vision for the future of your business?To continue to grow both our wholesale and retail business.last_img read more

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Lok Sabha 2019 WhatsApp opens hotline to curb fake news in India

first_img Govt’s bid to control whatsapp! Close With a few days left before the first leg of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections kicks off in India, WhatsApp in collaboration with PROTO, a local media skilling startup has opened a hotline for callers to tip off the authorities about the spread of misinformation.If anybody receives suspicious messages, rumours, false information, they can call or forward the message to Checkpoint Tipline on WhatsApp +91-9643-000-888.Once a WhatsApp user shares a suspicious message with the tipline, Proto’s verification centre will validate the information, and inform the user if the claim made in a message shared is authentic or not. WhatsApp and Proto set up special Checkpoint hotline for users to report rumours, fake news in India ahead of Lok Sabha 2019 election.WhatsApp Press Kit (screen-shot)The response will indicate if the information is classified as true, false, misleading, disputed or out of scope and include any other related information that is available. This centre is capable of reviewing rumours in the form of pictures, video links or text in four regional languages such as Hindi, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam in addition to English. PROTO is also taking the help of grassroots organizations to submit rumours circulating across different regions in India during the election period.Proto is also working with two other firms Dig Deeper Media and Meedan; the latter has developed a technology to support the verification of rumours and maintain the database of rumours that have been processed. All three in association with WhatsApp have expanded Check platform (developed for recent elections in Mexico and France) and integrated it with the WhatsApp Business API, to receive and respond to messages at a bigger scale.”The goal of this project is to study the misinformation phenomenon at scale — natively in WhatsApp. As more data flows in, we will be able to identify the most susceptible or affected issues, locations, languages, regions, and more. The verification reports we send back will encourage our grassroots-level “listening posts” to send more signals for analysis.” Following the project, PROTO plans to submit learnings to the International Center for Journalists to help other organizations learn from the design and operations of this project,” Ritvvij Parrikh and Nasr ul Hadi, Proto’s co-founders said in a statement.WhatsApp is also working with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) Foundation announced to work on improving digital literacy among youth in the country to curb the spread of the misinformation. WhatsApp sets up dedicated hotline for user to report fake news on its messenger app.pixabay.comThey have already started the first leg of the campaign in late March and will be expanding to more cities, towns and villages in coming days. In the lead up to Lok Sabha elections, they are said to host training workshops for representatives from rural and urban along with roadshows across numerous educational institution.Just a day ago, WhatsApp parent company Facebook removed 687 pages and accounts affiliated with IT cell of Indian National Congress (INC) over mispresenting facts about the ruling party.Besides Congress, Facebook removed pages affiliated to Indian IT firm Silver Touch and Pakistan-based website for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour on Facebook and Instagram in IndiaIt can be noted that the upcoming Lok Sabha election is world’s biggest democratic exercise, with more than 900 million eligible citizens are waiting to cast the vote to choose the next prime minister of the country.The general election is being conducted in seven phases, which kicks off from April 11 and continue till May 19, whereas the counting of votes will be held on May 23.last_img read more

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China Myanmar hail close ties amid Rohingya outcry

first_imgMyanmar`s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) arrives at the opening ceremony of a high-level meeting held by the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the Great Hall of the People on 1 December, 2017. Photo: AFPChinese president Xi Jinping and Aung San Suu Kyi touted their nations’ close ties on Friday as Myanmar’s civilian leader, under fire over the Rohingya refugee crisis, visited Beijing on Friday.Suu Kyi was in friendly territory in China and neither she nor Xi publicly mentioned the plight of Myanmar’s Muslim minority group as they met in the Chinese capital.”The (Communist) Party and the Chinese government will, as in the past, continue their policy of friendship towards Myanmar,” Xi told Suu Kyi during their meeting, according to the Xinhua news agency.Suu Kyi, who took office in 2015 after five decades of military dictatorship, gave a speech later during a meeting of world parties hosted by the Chinese Communist Party.”China and Myanmar are committed to creating closer ties,” she said, adding that the founding goals of the CCP — “happiness for the Chinese people and rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” — and those of her National League for Democracy party are “not that dissimilar”.The Nobel Peace Prize winner was adored by the global human rights community but has since been ostracised for failing to speak up in defence of the Rohingya in her Buddhist-majority country.The UN and US say the Rohingya are victims of an ethnic cleansing campaign by Myanmar’s military that has sent 620,000 of them fleeing into Bangladesh since late August.Rohingya refugees have recounted widespread cases of rape, murder and arson at the hands of Myanmar’s military and Buddhist mobs.Myanmar’s army insists its crackdown has been proportionate and targeted only at Rohingya rebels.”Although Myanmar is not yet among the rich and powerful nations of the world, we are ambitious,” Suu Kyi said at the CCP gathering.”Our ambition is to become a responsible member of the international community, willing and able to contribute to its peace and friendship throughout the world.”Myanmar has received unflinching support from China, which has invested billions on ports, gas and oil in Rakhine — including a $2.45 billion pipeline that opened in April.Xi met with Myanmar’s powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing in Beijing last week.Last month, strong Chinese opposition forced the UN Security Council to drop plans to adopt a resolution demanding an end to the violence.Beijing has presented its own proposal to resolve the crisis with a ceasefire, refugee repatriation and poverty alleviation.Bangladesh and Myanmar have reached a deal to begin returning refugees in two months.Arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar Thursday, Pope Francis urged the world to take “decisive measures” to resolve the crisis, though he avoided using the term “Rohingya” when he was in Myanmar.The label is seen as incendiary to some in the Buddhist-majority country who deny they are a distinct ethnic group.last_img
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US closes Mexican border crossing hurls tear gas

first_imgA migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, run away from tear gas in front of the border wall between the US and Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico on 25 November. Photo:US authorities shut the country’s busiest border crossing and fired tear gas into Mexico on Sunday to repel Central American migrants approaching the border after US president Donald Trump vowed the asylum-seekers would not easily enter the country.Traffic in both directions was suspended for several hours at the San Ysidro port of entry between San Diego and Tijuana, US officials said, disrupting trade at the most heavily trafficked land border in the Western Hemisphere. Pedestrian crossings and vehicle traffic later resumed, officials said.Tensions on the border had been rising in recent days, with thousands of Central American migrants who arrived in a caravan camped out in a sports stadium in Tijuana. On Sunday, Mexican police broke up the latest in a series of daily protests, triggering a rush toward the US border.US Customs and Border Protection officers stopped the migrants with a volley of canisters emitting large clouds of gas as US and Mexican government helicopters clattered overhead.The Mexican government said it had retaken control of the border crossing after nearly 500 migrants tried to cross the US border “in a violent manner,” and vowed to immediately deport Central Americans who attempt to enter the United States illegally.Trump has raised alarm for weeks about the caravan of Central American migrants as it approached the United States, with its members planning to apply for asylum on reaching the country.The mostly Honduran migrants are fleeing poverty and violence and have said they would wait in Tijuana until they could request asylum in the United States, despite growing US measures to tighten the border.Hundreds of caravan members including women and children protested peacefully on Sunday with chants of “We aren’t criminals! We are hard workers.” As they neared the US border, they were stopped by Mexican authorities, who told them to wait for permission.As the morning wore on, and it became clear they would not get permission, people started to express frustration.Military Police DeployedGroups of migrants, some of them bearing the Honduran flag, broke off and headed toward the border fence, where US Customs and Border Protection officers gathered on the other side, backed by US military police, San Diego police and the California Highway Patrol.The Americans responded with tear gas after the migrants hit them with projectiles, US Customs and Border Protection said on Twitter.”Border Patrol agents deployed tear gas to dispel the group because of the risk to agents’ safety,” the statement said.Protesters were caught between the Mexican and US authorities. A young woman fell to the ground unconscious, and two babies cried, tears streaming from the gas, a Reuters witness said.”They want us to wait in Mexico but I for one am desperate. My little girl is sick and I don’t even have money for milk,” said Joseph Garcia, 32, of Honduras. “I can’t stand it anymore.”Trump has deployed military forces to the border to support the Border Patrol and threatened on Saturday to close the entire southern border.Military police were sent to the border crossing and military engineers moved barricades as part of the enforcement, the US Northern Command said in a statement on Sunday.”Department of Defense military personnel will not be conducting law enforcement functions, but are authorized to provide force protection for Customs and Border Protection personnel,” the statement said.An average of 70,000 vehicles and 20,000 pedestrians cross from Mexico to the United States at San Ysidro each day, according to the US General Services Administration.Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center research group in Washington, called the closure a “drastic response” and said it would cost “many millions of dollars.”US and Mexican negotiators met on Sunday to discuss a plan to keep the Central Americans in Mexico while their asylum claims are heard. Normally, asylum-seekers announce their intention on arriving at US ports of entry or after crossing the border illegally.Trump has been pushing for a US-Mexico border wall and warned on Thursday there could be a government shutdown next month if the US Congress failed to provide funding. Sunday’s events took place at one of the stretches where there is a physical border barrier.last_img read more

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Five injured in two vehicle crash in Playa del Carmen

first_imgThe crash happened shortly after midnight on Colosio Avenue when one of the vehicles, which was allegedly speeding, hit the other. Both vehicles were heading toward the residential area of Villas del Sol. The intensity of the crash left the driver of both vehicles with injuries as well as the three van passengers. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Five were left with injuries after a Playa del Carmen roadway accident between a van and taxi. last_img read more

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Eight Amazing Hawaii Farm Tours

first_img For an archipelago that once relied almost completely on exports, Hawaii’s farms are now true treasures that abound across the islands. And doing what Hawaii does best, a plethora of its farms have melded agriculture with tourism, offering travellers farm tours on each major island. These farm tours feature a range of what are now local Hawaiian products. Here’s a list of some of the best farm tours your clients can find on Hawaii.OahuKahuku Farms has a long history on Oahu, dating back to the 1940s. Two Japanese immigrant families, who came to Hawaii to work on the sugar plantations, began separate farms which then merged to become Kahuku Farms, a company that grows and distributes Hawaii wholesale fruits and vegetables. Today travellers can tour Kahuku Farms and choose from a variety of tour options that include the Smoothie Tour — a 30-minute wagon ride tour of the Papaya, Apple and Banana Farms at Kahuku Farm, which finishes with a fresh fruit smoothie. Kahuku Farms’ Grand Tour takes visitors through the wide variety of fruits and veggies offered at the farm and teaches guests about what it takes for farmers to put fresh food on Hawaii’s supermarket shelves. For more visit kahukufarms.com.At Kualoa Ranch and Zipline there is a wide variety of tours available to travellers, from movie site tours to a secret island beach activities tour — but one not to be missed is the Taste of Kualoa Farm to Table Tour. On this tour travellers will have the opportunity to learn about the various food products grown, harvested and sold by Kualoa Private Nature Reserve — a 4,000-acre property spread across three valleys on the windward coast of Oahu. Papayas, bananas and other fruit make up one category of this tour but on this farm-to-table tasting tour guests will also visit the reserve’s shrimp and tilapia ponds as well as its fresh oyster farm. From there, it’s on to ranch lands to view the reserve’s 500+ head of grass-fed cattle. On this tour guests will also learn how to “throw net,” to catch fish like Hawaiian’s once did, as well as take a lesson on how to rope cattle. This tour is offered in an air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinter van. For more visit kualoa.com.MauiFor an exotic fruit experience on Maui, travellers can take a beautiful walking tour of West Maui’s Maui Dragon Fruit Farm. This USDA-certified organic farm specializes in growing 16 distinct varieties of dragon fruit, as well as bananas, papayas, sugarcane and pineapples. Maui Dragon Fruit Farm’s family friendly tour is about one hour in duration and features fresh picked fruit as seasonally available. Maui Dragon Fruit Farm also offers special adventure tours and activities for families, including zipline and aquaball. For more visit maudragonfruit.com.It may not be the tour travellers would expect to take on Maui but Ocean Organic Vodka features a Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm & Distillery Tour that will sure to please visitors hoping for a tour and drink along the way. Ocean Organic Vodka is a family run business, with a passion for sustainability. With a mission to create the best vodka in the world, Ocean Organic Vodka is now marketed in 36 states as well as in Canada, South America and Asia. On Ocean Organic Vodka’s farm and distillery tour guests will learn about sustainable sugar cane farming practices, visit the farm’s 6,000-square foot solar-powered warehouse and bottling centre and view the farm’s organic spirits production using 60-foot column still distillation. This tour finishes with a walk through The Martini Garden – designed with martini lovers in mind. Guests will also enjoy a sampling on this tour with a take-home Ocean organic Vodka souvenir. Visit oceanvodka.com for more.KauaiOn the North Shore of the Garden Isle travellers will find Kauai Kunana Dairy. During a guided visit of this this family run, goat dairy farm, guests will sample goat cheese while tour guides take guests through the farm’s cheese making procedures. Guests will also be able to interact with the farm’s family of goats and stroll through the organic tropical fruit orchards – with mango, avocado, lychee, citrus, breadfruit and more. Guests will also learn about Kauai Kunana Dairy’s organic vegetable and herb garden and sample some of the farm’s honey as well. Visit kauaikunanadairy.com.What trip to Kauai would be complete without a visit to the Kauai Coffee Club? Formerly McBryde Sugar, these farmlands have been active since the late 1800s with the Kauai Coffee Company planting its first coffee trees in 1987. Visitors to Kauai Coffee (just a few miles from Poipu) can partake in a free, guided walking tour to learn about the five different coffee varietals grown on the estate, as well as the entire coffee process from initial blossoming through to roasting beans. Guests on the farm can also pop into the Visitor Centre for a sample of Kauai Coffee’s entire line. Guided tours of Kauai Coffee are available everyday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Visit kauaicoffee.com for more.Hawaii IslandMauna Loa is an ideal stop in for visitors to Hawaii Island (especially those with a sweet tooth). Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation has been producing macadamia nuts and nut products for over thirty years. Stopping in at the visitor centre to grab some gifts for friends and family back home (and some for clients to take home themselves). Though Mauna Loa doesn’t offer scheduled farm tours, visitors will drive through a three-mile nut orchard to get the Visitor Center where they can then view Mauna Loa’s nut and chocolate processing plant. At the Visitor Center guests can also watch Mauna Loa’s staff create a variety of its famous macadamia nut products — including hand-dipped macadamia nut shortbread cookies. For more information visit maunaloa.com.There is a plethora of farm tours featuring a wide variety of products – from chocolate to abalone – for travellers to visit while on Hawaii Island. Another farm tour that travellers might not expect to find is with Hawaiian Vanilla Company, the first commercial growers of vanilla in the U.S. This family owned and operated business offers a Vanilla Experience Luncheon & Farm Tour at 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On this tour guests will enjoy a gourmet lunch featuring an array of vanilla-flavoured menu items, like a vanilla citrus bourbon chicken sandwich and oven-roasted potatoes finished with a Vanilla Southwest Rub. After lunch guests will take a walking tour of the farm and finish off with a scoop of Hawaiian Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. The Hawaiian Vanilla Company’s shop is also open Monday through Saturday for visitors to purchase the farm’s wide-array of homemade vanilla products. Visit the vanillachef.com for more. Tags: Hawaii Eight Amazing Hawaii Farm Tours Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Posted bycenter_img Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Global DMS LendingQB Integrate Platforms to Streamline Appraisal Management

first_imgGlobal DMS, LendingQB Integrate Platforms to Streamline Appraisal Management in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology “”Global DMS””:http://www.globaldms.com/home, a Pennsylvania based provider of Web-based compliant valuation management software, announced it has integrated its valuation management software with “”LendingQB’s””:http://www.lendingqb.com/ end-to-end, browser-based loan origination system (LOS).[IMAGE]Lenders are now able to access Global DMS’ eTrac platform to handle all of their valuation needs without having to leave LendingQB’s platform. The new interface also establishes system-to-system transaction processing that speeds up the ordering and appraisal management process for lenders by eliminating duplicate data entry, providing real-time appraisal process status updates and communication functionality between lenders and their valuation vendors.””Our interface to Global DMS’ eTrac system utilizes a three-point integration to allow our clients to easily order and manage appraisals; check real-time order status; and receive completed appraisal files back into the LendingQB LOS E-Docs Platform,”” said LendingQB president Binh Dang. “”Most LOS platforms and valuation software systems don’t integrate seamlessly with one another, which makes it difficult for lenders and their appraisal management companies (AMCs) to share crucial data and communicate effectively.””According to a release from Global DMS, the integration is part of “”a major initiative to advance valuation compliance by tightly integrating the company’s eTrac platform with LOS vendors,”” thus creating a seamless, efficient, cost-effective, and fully compliant process. “”Due to numerous new and changing government regulations, appraisal independence has obviously become a major concern for lenders to keep apace and avoid penalties,”” said Global DMS CEO Vladimir Bien-Aime. “”Our solutions are proven to keep lenders in compliance, reduce costs, increase revenue, operate more efficiently and mitigate risk. Having trusted integration partners like LendingQB only provides more value for our mutual clients.”” Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-01-28 Tory Barringercenter_img January 28, 2013 452 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Related Onboard Interview 2 a pilot on armed air

first_img RelatedOnboard Interview 2: a pilot on armed air marshals, sea landings & KylieThe second part of our insight into a Airline Pilot’s life onboard, Skyscanner’s travel man interrogates Captain Jay12 confessions of a private jet pilotOur secret pilot reveals the inside story of life jetting A-list celebs around the world. From getting amorous at altitude, to the nitty gritty of pilot training and what their salary looks like, find out what it’s like to be a private pilot.Onboard Interview: a pilot talks about cabin life and fear of flyingOnboard Interview: a pilot talks about cabin life and fear of flying After our interview with a commercial airline pilot, it seemed a good idea to get the perspective of another vital member of an aircraft’s crew. Skyscanner speaks to Richard, a former flight attendant with a major British carrier.Is it a glamorous job or not?The flying part isn’t glamorous in the slightest – it’s hard work and you have permanent jet-lag. However, on the flip-side, when you get to spend your layovers in five star hotels in interesting and exciting places all over the world, then yes, it certainly had its moments.But you get lots of time off don’t you?For safety reasons, there are strict regulations as to how many hours you can work, so I was probably flying for two weeks out of every month.You mention safety – I assume this is a key aspect of your training?Very much so. As well as the passenger comfort and promoting the airline’s reputation, our key role was keeping our passengers safe.So cabin crew will remain cool, calm and collected in an emergency then?I’d like to think I would have done, but you can never tell till it happens. I certainly know of some of my colleagues who between them were scared of going down the emergency slides, got claustrophobia in the smoke hoods and some could barely swim. On my first flight, I was sitting next to the over-wing emergency exits with a similarly inexperienced crew-member on the other side of the plane, and we both realised more or less simultaneously, that neither of us had the first clue how to the open the doors. Our training planes had been rather different but fortunately, our ignorance wasn’t tested.Did you often encounter troublesome passengers?Very infrequently. In my experience, it is alcohol which causes the most problems on planes. I did have to restrain a drunk passenger once, employing the highly technical martial art technique of sitting on him and shouting for help. Any tricks for placating the enthusiastic boozer?Putting mixers in first and floating a splash of alcohol on top so the first mouthful feels like a deceptively strong drink. To be honest, it wasn’t often an issue since the people that drink heavily tend to fall asleep after a while.Any hairy moments when flying?Not as cabin crew, no. All the oxygen masks fell out during one flight after the First Officer made a mistake, and the ground crew in Lusaka couldn’t get them back in so we had to fly for hours with these things dangling around. The only other nervy moments were when Captains forgot how many “dings” on the intercom meant what. We used to get some who would inadvertently signal that there was a major incident onboard the plane, and that would always get the heart-rate going a little.Do you get to choose which part of the plane you work in?This usually comes down to seniority – the more senior you are, the first pick you get. I assume First Class with the supermodels and A-listers is where everyone wants to be and not with us plebs at the back?Yes and no. First Class passengers were sometimes extremely demanding since they (or more likely their company) had paid a lot of money for the ticket, and they were determined to get their money’s worth. Economy class passengers on long haul flights were generally quite a cheerful bunch since they were resigned to their fate.Do cabin crew do any of the cooking onboard or is it all pre-prepared food which is reheated?Mostly it was the latter but we did make the odd thing. Scrambled eggs in First Class were made to order and I can recommend adding champagne to make them light and fluffy. It never occurred to me that some people do not drink alcohol for health or religious reason.Are there any good perks to being cabin crew?We sometimes got presents from First Class passengers – a member of the Saudi Royal Family gave us all Rolexes for example. I was provided with a chauffeur to show me around by a super-rich Ghanaian chap whilst he was busy in two days of meetings. Another time, a few of us were also invited to the estate of a Venezuelan businessman whilst we had a stop over. I also remember a member of cabin crew being given flying lessons by the Captain as they flew an empty plane back to the UK. It always fills me joy to look upwards and wonder if the plane going past is being flown by someone with a license.Skyscanner’s Top 5 Flight Attendant Videos1. Well shizzle my nizzle – in at number one it’s “MC David” from Southwest Airlines with the “safety briefing rap”. Word. 2. This hostess sees fit to announce that if you can’t do up your seatbelt – “you’re a moron”. A touch harsh, but she’s probably right.3. Everything is “awesome” with another one of the Southwest Airline’s flight attendants who gives us a little country ditty: 4. Spicing up the announcements with a bit of comedy:5. This poor female air hostess gets a mention purely for coping so professionally with the drunken idiot of a passenger who insists on shouting throughout the entire safety demonstration. Had it been me – he would have been kicked off pronto:ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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