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Washington, D.C.- Key leaders from the Delegation from Morocco to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit spoke to business leaders at a forum sponsored by the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce in Washington on Tuesday. The delegates emphasized their desire to hear from business leaders and encouraged them to voice their concerns and raise issues regarding doing business in and with Morocco and the continent of Africa.Her Excellency Amina Benkhadra, former Minister of Energy and now Director General of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), touted Morocco as “an ideal partner for US companies in the areas of energy, water, and agriculture.” Morocco’s electrification program, for example, is ambitious. With demand for electricity increasing at a rate of 8% a year, Morocco’s goal is to ensure its supply of energy based on a diversity of supply, with the target of 42% of its electricity produced from renewable energy sources by 2030.In response to a question about the abundance of U.S. natural gas and the potential of it being exported in liquified form to Morocco through a Moroccan LNG import terminal, she said that liquified natural gas (LNG) “has a place in the energy mix” in Morocco and that she “hope[s] there will be an announcement soon” with respect to LNG. His Excellency Mamoune Bouhdoud, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, noted that under Morocco’s seven-year industrial plan, $2.5 billion will be spent on reshaping the economy and investing in training the anticipated one million new workers. He stressed the importance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurship. “SMEs are the most important. All we have is human capital, and job creation is with SMEs. They will create the jobs of tomorrow.”Both delegates stressed the importance of Morocco’s historic and cultural ties to other African countries as a gateway to the rest of the continent. “Morocco is an African country that knows the culture of those countries,” said Ms. Benkhadra. “Cooperation between the U.S., Morocco, and sub-Saharan African countries is a win-win situation. Africa is a land of opportunity.”In response to a question about fair competition in Morocco and the potential for “leveling the playing field” for SMEs, both delegates noted that Morocco has reformed its laws and business practices to increase transparency. Mr. Bouhdoud said that the rules of business in Morocco have been “completely liberalized” to encourage foreign investment. “You can be a foreigner and own 100% of a company and/or sell it” without restriction or requirements of having a Moroccan co-owner. “Successes are the best advertising for Morocco.”Getting the last word, Mr. Nabigha Hajji, Economic Counselor to the Moroccan Embassy, announced that the next U.S.-Morocco Business Conference would take place on October 16, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.After the conference, Ms. Vranae Pavlich, Vice President of the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, told MWN that, “the Bilateral Chamber was honored to be able to host the esteemed Moroccan delegates.”  Differentiating the Bilateral Chamber from other organizations in D.C. that focus on policy and politics, she said “our ability to leverage our international network of business leadership, allows us to deliver programs like this that provide substantive interactive dialogue and serve as a platform to initiate and enhance tangible relationships and positive results.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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Rabat – Hamza Derhem is a free man. Better known as “Moul LFerrari” (owner of the Ferrari), the young boy was released on Tuesday, June 5, after spending a year and 14 days in the local jail of Sale.Derhem was acquitted by The Rabat court. At first instance, the court sentenced him to two years in prison.The court also acquitted all those prosecuted in the wake of this case, including his brother, and two police officers. The five suspects were charged with attempting to manipulate the accident scene, giving fraudulent statements, and removing seized physical evidence related to the investigation. The Ferrari owner was arrested in April 2017 after uploading a video of himself driving under the influence of alcohol, taking selfies near his smashed Ferrari after crashing into three cars, while singing and making fun of police officers and other officials.His reckless behavior was condemned by Moroccan social media users, who called for a fair enforcement of the law to all citizens regardless of their wealth or social status.The intense public reaction prompted the General Directorate for National Security to arrest two police officers, the driver and two of his companions.Derham, a member of one of Morocco’s richest families, was found guilty by a Rabat court for falsifying an accident report, manipulating and fleeing an accident scene, and public intoxication. In addition to a two years jail sentence, Derham was fined MAD 20,000. read more

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5 December 2008Nearly 180 business schools from around the world have now signed up to a United Nations-backed initiative aimed at steering tomorrow’s captains of commerce into conducting more ethical and inclusive business practices. The Principles for Responsible Management Education, established by the UN Global Compact last year, commits the business schools to including values of corporate responsibility in such fields as human rights, fighting corruption and the environment in their curricula.Speaking today to the conclusion of a forum in New York on the initiative, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed what he described as the “significant progress” over the past year and a half towards increasing business’ schools participation.He said all the participating schools “can shape generations of business leaders and help bring to life our shared vision of a sustainable and inclusive globalization that benefits the greatest number of people, including the poor.”He added: “As teachers, you can ensure that tomorrow’s leaders understand that the long-term growth of a business is tied to its environmental and social impact.“As scholars, you can produce research that drives innovation and helps management to recognize the benefits of being a responsible business. And as thought leaders and advocates in your communities, you help advance awareness of broader challenges, opportunities and responsibilities.” The Global Compact, set up in 2000, is a UN-created alliance in which participating businesses pledge to align their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas ranging from human rights and labour to the environment and anti-corruption practices. Close to 5,000 companies in 130 countries belong to the Compact, which aims to ensure that business helps markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere. The Secretary-General told participants that the educational training they deliver, which advocates corporate responsibility in finding solutions to urgent environmental and social challenges, support the broader goals of the UN. read more

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Accordingly, the proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to continue the operations of the Anti-corruption Committee Secretariat which was established in 2015 until such a Serious Fraud Office is introduced, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. (Colombo Gazette) The Anti-corruption Committee Secretariat is to continue operations, the Government informaton department said.The Government said it has paid its attention on restructuring the anti-corruption institutional structure and it has been proposed to establish a fully powered Serious Fraud Office in Sri Lanka which is similar to the Serious Frauds Office in United Kingdom.

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Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton (13) looks for an open receiver downfield during a game against California Sept. 14, at California Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 52-34.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorWhether it is redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton or junior Braxton Miller playing, the sky seems to be the limit for what is becoming a high-powered offensive attack for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.Making his first career start against California (1-2) Saturday, Guiton led the offense to a season-high 608 total yards while tossing four touchdown passes. With Miller looking on from the sideline, unable to play due to a sprained MCL in his left knee, it was as if Guiton had been the starter all along.“That was fun to watch,” coach Urban Meyer said. “When you’re balanced, 332 (yards) rushing, 276 (yards) passing… of course that’s what you hope it (the offense) looks like.”The bulk of those rushing yards came from the legs of redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall, who finished the game with career-highs in yards (168) and carries (30) while visiting the end zone three times himself. Hall said he was enjoying himself so much, he wished the game clock hadn’t run out.“That was real fun. I wish we had another quarter,” Hall said. “Like big Marc (redshirt-senior offensive lineman Marcus Hall) said earlier, I wish we had five quarters… I loved being out there.”The Buckeyes (3-0) and Golden Bears combined for more than 1,100 yards of total offense in the high tempo contest, but in the end it was “the old right-hander” Guiton and company who came out on top to extend the nation’s current longest winning streak to 15 games.In what has become his standard protocol, Guiton was quick to pass along the credit to anyone but himself.“Jordan Hall and that offensive line, they’re doing a job that I can’t even explain how good they’re doing,” Guiton said. “They’re helping me out so much with the running game, and they’re opening up running lanes for me and play action is opening up deep.”Those running lanes allowed for Guiton to gash the Golden Bear defense for 92 rushing yards of his own, giving him a total of 368 yards from scrimmage on the day.Junior wide receiver Devin Smith was Guiton’s favorite target in the game, as the duo connected three times for 149 yards and two scores, one of which was an OSU school record 90-yard pass on the first drive of the game.Asked if he knew the deep pass put him in the records book, Guiton smiled and said “Oh, yeah” before again praising his teammate.“Devin has world-class speed,” Guiton said. “Sending him on deep routes in man coverage, we’re going to try and exploit that and I saw him beat his man, I threw it up and he ran under it and he can do the rest.”Guiton said he is excited to be in the OSU record books.“Oh man, that’s pretty cool,” Guiton said. “I’m in my fifth year, getting my first start and it’s a blessing man, it’s a blessing. And I can’t thank no one but God.”Senior wide receiver Chris Fields was on the receiving end of Guiton’s third touchdown of the opening quarter, hauling in a one-yard strike on fourth and goal. With Miller’s probable return to the lineup next week, Fields never hesitated in saying OSU will find a way for the backup QB to get on the field.“You find packages and ways to put him in,” Fields said. “It’s just like the situation now with (senior running back Carlos Hyde) and Jordan (Hall), you find ways to put your playmakers in the game. Kenny prepared all week like he was the starter, and we were watching film, and the hard work paid off for him.”That work left Guiton unsurprised with he or his team’s success against Cal.“I prepared hard, I prepared hard. I watched so much film,” Guiton said. “Man, I killed myself with that film.”Meyer, however, was a bit more reserved when discussing Guiton’s playing time once Miller is back and said the redshirt-senior’s recent play will make it tough to sit him out.“I don’t know (how to approach it),” Meyer said. “I think Kenny will get in the game a little bit. Kenny’s throwing the ball better than he has. He’s throwing the ball downfield. That’s something I’ve gotta think about.”Regardless if he gets the start next week against Florida A&M University (1-2), or at any time down the road, “Kenny G” said he knows he will be the same guy he was Saturday.“I’ll just be the guy I’ve been for forever,” Guiton said. “I’ll be there, I’ll be a leader. I’ll be helping Braxton no matter what goes on, and if my number’s called, I’ll do the job that I can do.”OSU is scheduled to take on Florida A&M at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

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A house party in San Jose turned chaotic over the weekend and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was stabbed multiple times in the mayhem.His injuries are considered minor, according The Associated Press.“(We) are aware that Aldon Smith incurred minor injuries during an incident last night,” the 49ers said in a statement. “We are in contact with Aldon and thankful that his injuries were not more serious and that he is recovering comfortably. The 49ers are also in communication with local authorities as they gather information regarding the incident, and will reserve further comment at this time.”According to The Sacramento Bee, deputies from the Santa Clara County sheriff’s office were called to a house party at about 2 a.m. on Saturday after receiving reports of gunshots. When police arrived, they found two people shot and another stabbed.The Bee reported that all three were taken to the hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.A source told the Bee the stabbing victim was Smith. A spokesman for the Santa Clara County sheriff’s department, meanwhile, would not comment on the identity of the victims.The party was so large — more than 100 people were estimated to be there — that deputies called for backup from the San Jose police and the California Highway Patrol, Sgt. Jose Cardoza told the Bee.“It was a chaotic scene,” Cardoza said. “There was a lot of commotion, and no one knows where the gunshots came from.” read more

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first_imgNitharsan have driven the group down to the East Sussex beach in his silver VW Golf GTI, which was later found by police parked where they had left it.Police visited the family on Wednesday evening and asked the family to identify the vehicle.At the family home in south-east London a group of friends and family gathered to commemorate the Brighton University student who was studying aeronautic engineering.  Ajithan said: “My brother was very talented and he was a fantastic sportsman. He excelled in everything he did and was very clever for his age.”We are really upset. Devastated. He was always trying to better himself and educate himself. “He had this magical magnetic aurora, he was so helpful and selfless.”  The Nathan brothers were from the Slades Green area of south-east London and studied at Bexleyheath Academy.Ajirthan explained: “The five of them went in the car yesterday to Camber Sands on a day trip because they knew it was supposed to be one of the hottest days of the year.”They hadn’t been before. “My brother could swim just like the rest of them could but because of the strong tide it wore them off easily.”They drowned because of a lack of stamina from the tidal effect.” He added: “The boys all knew each other since the age of five when they all met playing tabla drums together.”A five minutes delay caused this death toll. I recommend there to be a reliable lifeguard. A lifeguard could have saved their lives.” Nitharsan Ravi was among the group who died, according to his brotherCredit:Steve Finn Police officers among beachgoers on Camber Sands after the tragedy Kobi Nathan also died in the tragedyCredit:SWNS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. This has been an incredibly tragic incident and we are offering their next of kin support at this difficult timeSupt Di Roskilly Paramedics and police were called to Camber Sands following reports of one man in the sea. Within 20 minutes, they had discovered another two men in difficulty. Despite successfully retrieving the men from the water, all three died later.Two more bodies were discovered by a member of the public on the beach after the tide receded at around 8pm. An emergency helicopter attends the scene of the tragedy Nitharsan’s younger brother Ajithan Ravi, said: “Ken and Inthushan got stuck under the water in the mud and sand and their three friends went under the water to try and save them. But all five of them got into difficulty and sadly died.”He added: “My brother could swim just like the rest of them could but because of the strong tide it wore them off easily. A lifeguard could have saved their lives.” It is the second tragedy to take place recently at Camber Sands An emergency helicopter attends the scene of the tragedy as beachgoers watch in horrorCredit:Tashka4/PA Rudy Bruynius, who died after being swept out to sea at Fistral Beach, with his two-year-old daughter Mckayla Bruynius, who later died in hospitalCredit:PA The first three men died despite efforts by medics to save them after being pulled from the sea at about 2.15pm.Later in the evening, a beach-goer found two bodies and reported another in the water off the beach with no permanent lifeguards on the hottest day of the year. Rudy Bruynius, who died after being swept out to sea at Fistral Beach, with his two-year-old daughter Mckayla Bruynius, who later died in hospital His uncle, Kugan Gianarathinam also questioned the lack of safety provisions in the area.He said: “There needs to be more lifeguards at Camber Sands. They say it’s one of the safest beaches in Britain but it’s a lie, Nitharsan and his friends are dead.“They also need to put up more signs warning of the dangers. It is not safe for anybody.” Inthusan Sriskantharasa was also among those who died Credit:Facebook/SWNS Police officers among beachgoers on Camber Sands after the tragedyCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Beachgoers were urged to stay out of the sea while investigations were carried out. It came as temperatures hit 90F (32C) in some parts of the country. Witness Charlotte Frederick, 25, told The Telegraph that there were no flags up on the beach suggesting it was unsafe to swim, and added that the water was calm. “We got here just before 2pm and after we had set up we noticed two people on the beach receiving CPR, then about 10 minutes later we saw another person receiving CPR,” the media executive, from London, said. “They were just unconscious, the people were doing CPR on them for ages. One was taken away on a rescue truck and then the others were left there and they were still doing CPR on them.”The water didn’t seem rough at all, it seemed calm. The sea is so shallow there.”  The tragedy means at least 12 people have died in just six days in what is thought to be one of the deadliest periods to have hit Britain’s coastline in recent years.The deaths come after a Change petition was set up in June by Josie Holloway, a resident from Greatstone, a coastal town around 10 miles away, calling for permanent lifeguards to be placed on Camber Sands.The petition, which has received more than 4,500 signatures since it was started, said: “Camber Sands gets unbelievably busy during summer time. They have beach patrol but no lifeguards… I feel it could save lives.”Witnesses claimed there were patrols on the beach before the tragedy, but no permanent officials.  It is thought they may have fallen into deep channels, known as sandbars, which had been made even more treacherous by the weekend storms.Despite being able to swim, they were unable to reach safety and were overcome by the rising tide.Their deaths come just weeks after a 19-year-old Brazilian, Gustavo Silva Da Cruz, died in the same area and Nitharsan’s family said there should have been more warnings for bathers, with lifeguards on duty to help those who got into trouble. Inthusan Sriskantharasa was also among those who died  Police used loudhailers to urge people to stay out of the sea Tara Lopez, who was also on the beach, said the tide was going out when tragedy struck.  She added: “I have only been to the beach once before and have noticed the lack of flags but didn’t notice the absence of lifeguards until today. A beach patrol, however, was present and became more present after the incident.” Another witness, Natalja Taylor, 30, who was on a day trip with her husband, said police were driving up the beach with a loudspeaker urging people to stay out of the sea.”We were sat on a hill a bit further away and we saw three people being pulled out of the water,” she said. “I think the people who rescued them were regular people, not emergency personnel.”Police drove on to the beach with a loudspeaker, telling people not to go into the water until further notice. They also taped off a huge chunk of the beach so no one could get near it.”It’s pretty scary. I’m not sure how it happened. It wasn’t particularly windy down there, it was just a hot, sunny beach day.” Police used loudhailers to urge people to stay out of the sea at Camber SandsCredit:Tashka4/PA Kurushanth Srithavarajah was among those who died in the Camber Sands tragedy Emergency services at the scene of the tragedy at Camber SandsCredit:Peter O Uwaibi/PA Online petition calling for permanent lifeguards on Camber SandsCredit:Change.org Last month 19-year-old Brazilian Gustavo Silva Da Cruz died after getting into difficulty while swimming in the sea at Camber Sands.Da Cruz, who was visiting family in Croydon, south London, was one of three men who got into trouble. The two others, who were not connected to him, included a man aged 35 and his son aged 17.It also comes after a string of sea tragedies last weekend, which saw seven people, including a father-of-three and a mother and her son killed.Rudy Bruynius, 33, died after he was washed off rocks into water just off South Fistral Beach near Newquay alongside his wife and daughter last Friday. His wife, Lisinda, survived, but his daughter McKayla, two, later died in hospital. Kurushanth Srithavarajah was among those who died in the Camber Sands tragedyCredit:Facebook/SWNS Kobi Nathan also died in the tragedy An RNLI spokesman confirmed it did not have any lifeguards on the beach. Although they said it was too early to say if this would change, they added: “The location of our lifeguards is under constant review and this latest incident will factor into our planning.”A Rother District Council spokesman said: “While it’s very upsetting to see two similar, tragic incidents this summer, over the years these kind of incidents are extremely rare and on a fine day around 25,000 people use the beach safely,” he said.”Although it’s too early to draw any conclusions from this latest incident, in recent years we have seen a change in the make-up of visitors to Camber, including more people from outside the area who are not familiar with the sea and the dangers it can pose.” He and his friends, Kurushanth Srithavarajah, 27, brothers, Kenigan and Kobi Nathan, aged 19 and 22 and Inthushan Sriskantharasa, 23, who are all of Sri Lankan origin, had driven to Camber Sands from their homes in south-east London on Wednesday afternoon to take advantage of the fine weather.But within minutes of entering the water two of the men got into difficulties and the other three went to try to help them. Online petition calling for permanent lifeguards on Camber Sands Nitharsan Ravi was among the group who died, according to his brother The grief-stricken family of one of the victims of the Camber Sands tragedy has said they would not have died if lifeguards had been on duty at the time.Nitharsan Ravi, 22, a former aeronautical engineering student, died alongside four of his childhood friends, while swimming in the sea at the popular Sussex resort on the hottest day of the year. Kenigan Nathan died alongside his older brother On Saturday, Julie Walker, 37, and her son Lucas, six, were killed after getting into difficulty in “choppy” water off Aberdeen beach.  A 50-year-old swimmer, who has not been named, also died after getting into difficulty just off Sandbanks, a popular beauty spot at the mouth of Poole Harbour.Windsurfer David Baker, 67, died after being rescued by lifeboats off the coast of West Mersea, Essex, and Joy Godfray, who was in her 30s and got into difficulties while swimming with a man near Green Island in Jersey, took the death toll to seven. Kenigan Nathan died alongside his older brotherCredit:SWNSlast_img read more

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A Muslim convert known as Jihadi Jack taught children about terror and created propaganda videos, he has admitted in an interview before his parents were convicted of funding terrorism.Jack Letts, 23, said he left the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) after fearing for his life when 20 of his friends were killed.In an interview with the BBC, Letts admitted that he taught recruits under the age of 15, referred to as “cubs”, about Isil ideology.After almost losing his arm in battle he became a contributor to Dabiq, an online recruitment magazine, before making Isil videos.It allegedly took Letts three months to get to Syria after travelling through Kuwait, Jordan and Turkey before crossing into Syria at Al Raj. Jack Letts in Raqqa, SyriaCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He claimed to have been radicalised in part by a British Isil cell from Portsmouth, Hampshire, most of whom are reportedly dead.In the interview at a Kurdish prison camp, Letts said: “The so-called Islamic State. If it was an Islamic state, I wouldn’t have left.”The main reasons I left the so-called Islamic State is because they started to kill people I know them personally that are Muslims.”I had a group of about 20 friends that all left the so-called Islamic State. They all left at one time. One by one, they started to kill them.” Jack Letts talks from Kurdish jailCredit:@sommervilletv “There’s a feeling of stress and there’s a feeling of regret. Regret without result. … we’re just being left like dogs”.  Jack Letts talks from Kurdish jail Letts said that he was caught as he tried to escape the border into Turkey after expecting safe passage through Al Nusra-Front territory. Jack Letts in Kurdish jail Speaking about his time in solitary confinement, he said: “You wouldn’t be able to sit with me like this. You’d say I’m insane.”  Letts faces being barred from returning to the UK under rules that allow Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, to strip him of his citizenship provided it would not make him stateless.   “I’ve repented from what I did, and it’s not important in a sort of legal sense, but that’s why I left. I realized what I did was wrong, religiously and also in a moral sense,” he added. Jack Letts in Kurdish jailCredit:@sommervilletv  He said: “They would help us leave. They would get us a smuggler. Nusra Front not great guys, but they’re a lot more trustworthy than the Free Syrian Army”.Letts’ commented on his mental heath, claiming that he was diagnosed with Tourette’s and severe obsessive compulsive disorder.The convert left his middle-class home in Oxford to become one of IS’ most notorious recruits before his eventual capture.Now, after languishing in prison for two years, Letts said that he regretted becoming the “poster boy” for Islamic extremism.He said: “That’s one of the things that I regret I realised that me coming had a lot more meaning than a Syrian becoming ISIS.” Jack Letts in Raqqa, Syria read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFITUG says many of Govt’s promises remain unfulfilledMarch 27, 2018In “latest news”‘EMPTY POCKETS, HUNGRY STOMACHS, EMPTY PROMISES’August 19, 2016In “latest news”Carvil Duncan slams employers for not remitting workers dues, taxesFebruary 26, 2015In “Politics” -Say workers with lower wages have greater needsDescribing Government’s recent imposition of a pay rise for public servants as a high-handed approach, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions (FITUG) on Monday criticised the move, stating that it is illegal, immoral and not in keeping with the good faith of wage negotiations.FITUG President Carvil DuncanFITUG noted that even though both major parties in the Government –the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Alliance for Change (AFC) had made a commitment in its elections manifestos to adhere to the collective bargaining process when arriving at a wage increase, they have moved to impose a pay rise for the third consecutive year.In addressing the media, President of FITUG Carvil Duncan said it was also a sentiment expressed on several occasions by officials in the current administration. He said it is therefore disconcerting that the Government has again employed such an approach and in that process undermined the credibility of its commitments.“This imposition approach runs contrary to our Trade Union Recognition Act, the Constitution of Guyana and International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions. It also does not send a positive message to other employers in our nation,” Duncan told the media.The trade unionist also expressed concerns over the quantum of the pay rises that were approved by Government. He noted that those at the bottom end, their salaries will rise by $4,445 from $55,555 to $60,000 per month, having benefited from an 8 percent rise. However, those benefiting from high salaries and receive $80,000 per month for instance, will see their salary going up by $40,000 arising from their 0.5 percent pay hike.“Though we accept that all workers deserve higher wages/salaries, it is those at the lower end who are in greater need. It is low-earning workers that find it difficult to find difficulties to put meals on the table, to send their children to school, to pay their bills, to afford medical care and medication, to have adequate shelter and the basic comforts of life, and to meet life’s basic necessities.”One of the main members of the umbrella trade union body, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has also taken note of the recent announcement and said it was an insincere move taken by Government. The GAWU said it strongly contends that the workers, especially those at the lower end, are deserving of much more substantial pay hikes.“Now-a-days they must contend with less disposable income and heavier burdens arising from the series of tax measures which have negatively impacted their and their family’s standard-of-living.”GAWU views the engagement with the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) as mere theatrics, meant to convey an impression of engagement. “The Administration’s advisors need to tell those in charge that there is a Grievance Procedure which clearly sets out the modus operandi in cases of breakdown and deadlock at the bilateral level,” the union said.In announcing this imposed increase, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency, Reginald Brotherson, indicated that the increases are expected to pile on an additional $3.6B to the national wages bill.Brotherson said that the final offer made to Union was not countered since the GPSU was still of the view that the talks over the 2016 increases were not completed. He said, however, all negotiations for wages and salaries for 2016 have been completed.While in Opposition, both the APNU and AFC had condemned the previous Government for arbitrarily increasing wages and salaries for public servants. It had also demanded that the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Administration to respect the collective bargaining agreement with the GPSU and enter into sincere and serious negotiations with the Union aimed at paying reasonable increases to public servants.In 2014, the APNU had said in a statement that public servants are frequently unable to afford to meet some basic household expenses and further stated that the administration must adhere to the ILO conventions ratified by the Assembly. read more

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first_imgFLSmidth Minerals has received orders worth $41 million from India’s Utkal Alumina International for a bauxite grinding and a mud washing plant. The contracts include design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning. The bauxite grinding package includes three 300 t/h rod mills, bauxite storage silos, handling equipment and pumps. The mud washing package includes nine settler/washer tanks in washing circuit along with flocculant dosing systems, holding tanks, pumps/valves and piping. The decantation circuit is an integral part of all alumina plants, with FLSmidth being the market leader worldwide in designing these systems. Utkal Alumina has been offered deep cone technology to reduce the footprint of the plant as well as to ensure improved soda recovery and reduced mud volume disposals. In May 2008, FLSmidth also received contracts from Utkal Alumina for a gas suspension calciner and a coal handling system for the same plant. “These multiple contracts from a single customer re-affirm FLSmidth’s leading competence in the supply of major product packages and being a ‘One Source – One Partner’ for the alumina refinery industry,” Group CEO JÝrgen Huno Rasmussen comments.The company says: “This order for bauxite mills confirms FLSmidth’s leadership in the alumina market in India having secured the last three successive contracts from different customers.”last_img read more

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first_imgIn the last few days we’ve heard rumors about both small and large iPhones, with the rumored iPhone nano creating the most buzz. A smaller, more affordable iPhone would make the handset available to untapped parts of the mobile phone market and greatly expand the potential footprint of iOS. Now the NY Times has weighed in with their findings stating that Apple is considering a cheaper iPhone but not a smaller one.The article notes that Apple is not developing a smaller phone as a smaller device won’t necessarily be cheaper to produce, plus it would potentially be more difficult to control via touchscreen. Finally, as noted with every possible iPhone change, any split from the primary model would mean developers have to program their apps to be compatible with an additional size.From the article:Apple is also considering changing internal components of the device to bring costs down. “Although the innards of the phone, including memory size or camera quality, could change to offer a less expensive model, the size of the device would not vary,” said the person, who has worked on multiple versions of the device. A consistent size means the 3.5-inch display will remain, but costs will have to be cut from components. This means, compared to the iPhone 4, display quality (including resolution) could drop, a slower processor could be used, or storage amounts could decrease. There are only a limited number of changes that can be made without fragmenting the platform, so those would presumably be the focus. Other possible options would be the build materials and graphics processing, but regardless of what happens monthly carriers fees will be the most expensive part of any package.The article went on to mention that Apple is working on a free variant of MobileMe that allows for cloud storage and easy syncing of files across multiple Apple devices. Flash storage, being one of the most expensive components in a phone (aside from the display), could be decreased if a phone was to use more online storage, though transfer speeds become that much more important. We have no proposed timeline for this, but once the phones go 4G transfer speeds might not be a factor. The article says the cheaper iPhone won’t be arriving “any time soon” so don’t rule this out just yet.Read more at the NYT.last_img read more

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first_imgSmartphones are teetering on the edge of becoming truly ubiquitous. While we carry them everywhere and their uses are myriad, we don’t use them for everything. A recently funded Indiegogo campaign for a mobile medical Tricorder, however, is aiming to add another important use to our smartphones.The Tricorder, known as the Scanadu Scout, looked to raise $100,000 in funding, but managed a little over $1.6 million when the funding round closed. That figure set an Indiegogo record at the time, but Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge recently quickly surpassed it — even though the funding goal of that project is a seemingly ridiculous $32 million. The Scout is a little puck-shaped objected that fits in your palm and can measure an array of things going on in your body, such as your heart and respiratory rates, your blood pressure, and even your level of emotional stress. Place the Scout on your forehead for a 10-second scan, and the results will be sent to your phone thanks to a companion iOS or Android app.The Scout’s battery is said to last for around a week when the scanner is used a few times a day on average, and connects via microUSB to fully charge, which takes less than an hour.This Indiegogo version of the Scout will essentially be used as a beta test, and users will help improve the device, and the hope is that the successful testing will lead to an FDA approval. Sending the statistics off will require an opt-in, so luckily you won’t be spied on too much. Aside from not being FDA-approved as a medical device, this version of the Scout won’t diagnose you, but will at least provide various scans of the current state of your body, which would alert you to something being wrong, or simply alert you that tonight isn’t the best night for the gym.The target release date for Indiegogo backers is March 2014, while the commercial product is estimated to release sometime in early 2015. So, we have some time before an Indiegogo project makes doctors really annoyed with us because we won’t stop frantically waving a little white puck in their face while telling them that they’re wrong.last_img read more

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first_imgSpace X : la capsule Dragon ne décollera pas le 7 févrierMardi, la société américaine Space X a annoncé le report du lancement de sa capsule Dragon prévu pour le 7 février. L’engin doit s’amarrer à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).Si l’évènement était très attendu, il faudra attendre encore un peu avant d’y assister. En effet, la capsule Dragon conçue par Space X ne prendra pas son envol le 7 février prochain comme il était prévu. C’est ce qu’a annoncé mardi la société américaine sans pour autant indiquer une date de report. “Nous pensons qu’un petit nombre de choses nécessitent davantage de travail pour optimiser la sûreté et le succès de la mission”, a indiqué dans un communiqué la porte-parole de SpaceX, Kirtsin Brost Grantham.”Nous travaillons actuellement avec la NASA pour déterminer une nouvelle date pour une tentative de lancement mais nous allons continuer à tester et à vérifier les données”, a t-elle également précisé cité par les Echos. En effet, la capsule Dragon a été développée dans le cadre de la compétition à laquelle participent actuellement plusieurs groupes privés comme Boeing et Sierra Nevada afin de proposer un engin spatial de transport susceptible de remplacer les navettes américaines qui ont pris leur retraite cette année. Le lancement reporté doit ainsi permettre à la Dragon de s’amarrer à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).Une manoeuvre qui se fera en plusieurs étapes. Tout d’abord, la capsule s’approchera de l’ISS puis l’équipage de la station devra utiliser un bras robot pour lui permettre de s’amarrer à l’avant-poste orbital de la station. Ce sera alors la première fois qu’un vaisseau spatial privé réalisera un tel rendez-vous avec l’ISS. L’engin reviendra ensuite sur Terre avec un plongeon prévu dans le Pacifique au large de la Californie.”Une nouvelle ère dans le transport” spatial À lire aussiL’étrange comportement d’une flamme dans l’espaceDébut décembre, Bill Gerstenmaier, le patron des opérations spatiales de la NASA s’était enthousiasmé de l’avancement du projet : “SpaceX a fait des progrès incroyables au cours des derniers mois pour préparer Dragon à sa mission”. Toutefois, il avait également souligné que beaucoup de travail restait à faire pour un lancement en février, évoquant un report probable. L’annulation du lancement du 7 février n’a donc pas vraiment surpris, davantage encore au vu de l’enjeu. Cette mission peut ouvrir “une nouvelle ère dans le transport commercial à destination” de l’ISS, avait ajouté le responsable de l’Agence spatiale américaine. En cas d’échec, Space X prévoit néanmoins de refaire une nouvelle tentative. Le 18 janvier 2012 à 13:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgFaire de la sobriété énergétique une grande cause nationale, oui mais comment ?Le rapport des experts qui a été rendu plaide pour le nucléaire mais ne donne aucune solution pour moins consommer. Pourtant, le Japon, qui cherche à sortir du nucléaire après Fukushima, a réussi à diminuer sa consommation nationale d’électricité de 15% en un an à peine.Commandités par le gouvernement, les experts de la commission “Energies 2050” ont révélé cette semaine leur rapport dans lequel ils font figurer huit recommandations parmi lesquels : “Faire de la sobriété et de l’efficacité énergétique une grande cause nationale”. Malheureusement, aucune solution n’est proposée en ce sens. Le rapport rappelle simplement que la France a adopté une trentaine de mesures d’économies d’énergie fin décembre et pourrait en consommer jusqu’à 21,4% de moins à l’horizon 2020.”Mais on se débarrasse du problème en disant que c’est essentiel, et on ne fait aucune analyse sérieuse des possibilités de réduction”, déplore Thierry Salomon, président de négaWatt, une association de spécialistes de l’énergie dont le souci premier est de consommer moins d’énergie électrique. “Avoir une vraie transition énergétique, c’est intéresser à l’ensemble des évolutions de la société. Là, nous n’avons aucune vision globale, c’est un rapport de myopes”, ajoute-t-il au sujet du travail de la commission.Comme le rappelle l’AFP, négaWatt avait présenté en septembre un scénario énergétique 2011-2050 qui faisait part de la possibilité d’économiser 60% d’énergie grâce à une “sobriété” des usages et une meilleur rendement des appareils. Le simple fait de réduire la demande permettrait, selon l’ONG, de se passer de nucléaire d’ici 2033 pour n’utiliser que des sources d’énergies renouvelables ou presque.La seule énergie propre, c’est celle qu’on ne consomme pasÀ lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéNéanmoins, cette baisse de consommation est jugée comme “pas forcément très réaliste” par les experts de la commission “Energies 2050”. Pour eux, négaWatt “met en oeuvre une véritable révolution sociétale” alors que eux-mêmes prévoient “une évolution de la consommation d’électricité relativement similaire, mais majoritairement en hausse”. Pour la commission, “la réduction de la demande est une variable à mieux documenter dans le futur”.Toutefois, négawatt n’est pas la seule à remettre en cause le rapport de la commission. Ainsi, l’économiste Benjamin Dessus, spécialiste des questions d’énergie, voit dans les conclusions de la commission une “manipulation” visant notamment à éluder la question des économies d’énergie, alors qu’il s’agit “d’une composante majeure des stratégies alternatives à la stratégie de poursuite du nucléaire”.”Si vous décidez par avance que l’offre et la demande ne peuvent qu’augmenter, le nucléaire est effectivement bien placé, mais ce n’est plus vrai si vous commencez à faire des économies”, souligne également le président de Global Chance, en citant notamment les efforts d’économies réalisés en Allemagne. On pourrait également citer les efforts réalisés au Japon qui, en moins d’un an, avec un effort national, a fait chuter sa consommation électrique de 15% malgré le froid. Il convient également de rappeler que “la seule énergie propre, c’est celle qu’on ne consomme pas”. A bon entendeur…Le 14 février 2012 à 12:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgRep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, was one of 227 votes Tuesday to approve the House’s final version of the GOP tax-cut bill.And she will likely vote in favor of the bill again when it returns to the House on Wednesday. The bill required amendments because a few provisions violated Senate rules, meaning the House will have to once again vote on the bill after Senate approval.“The bill we passed (Tuesday) improves on the earlier version I voted for in several measurable ways for folks in all phases of life — from those preparing to begin their careers to those in retirement,” Herrera Beutler said in a press release.The bill is a revised version of the original tax plan proposed by the Senate and House. The chambers convened a conference committee to work out the differences in the proposal.Key points of interest include the keeping the tax deductions for mortgage interest and state and local taxes for those who itemize. Those deductions have been reduced, however. Mortgage interest is reduced from $1 million to $750,000 and SALT deductions now have a $10,000 cap, where there was none before.The standard deduction will still increase to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for married couples, and tax rates will be lowered. The cuts for individuals sunset in 2025. The corporate tax rate reduction from 35 percent to 21 percent is permanent.last_img read more

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first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 14, 2018 City announces the annual closure of Children’s Pool Beach in La Jolla December 14, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter LA JOLLA (CNS) – The city of San Diego will close Children’s Pool beach Saturday in preparation of harbor seal pupping season, city officials announced today. The city began closing the beach in 2014, spurred by environmental activists concerned that beachgoers were disturbing the young pinnipeds.The city has been tied up in litigation for most of the time since then, dealing with suits from a group called Friends of the Children’s Pool and other beach access advocates who claimed the closures violated the state Coastal Act and the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.In June of this year, a state appeals court ruled in favor of the city, allowing the closures to continue.At the time, beach access advocates threatened to take the complaint to the state Supreme Court, but the matter hasn’t moved that far yet.The city opened the beach in 1932 as a refuge for inexperienced swimmers due to a seawall that keeps out oncoming ocean waves. Harbor seals began convening on the beach in the 1990s and have since used the relatively calm beach area to birth and raise seal pups.California Coastal Commission officials have also suggested that the water is unsafe due to the seals and their excrement, offering another reason for residents to stay away from the beach for the next several months.The beach will be closed through May 15, 2019 to accommodate the seals and their pups. City park rangers and lifeguards will monitor the beach throughout the rest of winter and the duration of spring to keep both members of the public and local wildlife safe. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Passengers were forced to evacuate after a plane in West Palm Beach experienced a fuel leak as the plane was taxiing.Passengers reported a loud noise and harsh fumes before being calmly evacuated from the aircraft.“It was very professional,” said one person. “They knew there was a problem, and they shut the engines down, and they said emergency evacuate. The doors came open, the slides went out, and we were out of the plane.”Passengers exited the aircraft in an orderly fashion. No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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first_img Share your voice Laptops Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it The 2017 MacBook has never been cheaper. Sarah Tew/CNET This won’t last long, so I’ll make it quick. This is one of the best MacBook deals I’ve ever seen.Today only, and while supplies last, B&H has the 2017 Apple MacBook MNYK2LL/A in gold for $799 shipped. It originally sold for $1,299, and the best price I’ve seen elsewhere is over $1,000.See it at B&HThis model features an Intel Core m3 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and Apple’s coveted high-resolution Retina display.I’ve never been a Mac user, but Dan Ackerman’s MacBook 2017 review declared that “Apple’s mini MacBook gets it right.” Remember: While a new, 2019 12-inch MacBook could theoretically drop at any time, this is the current version of Apple’s 12-incher — one that currently sells at Apple’s own store for $1,299.Deals like this (current model, non-refurbished, big price drop) are rare, so I expect this to sell out quickly. Hope you have the chance to grab one! reading • This 2017 MacBook is an insanely good deal at $799 (Update: sold out) $1,299 See It See it Best Buy News • In defense of the Apple MacBook keyboard Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $849 • Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple See It $869 8 Mentioned Above Apple MacBook (12-inch, space gray, 2017)center_img Walmart $1,099 Apple MacBook CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Apple’s 12-inch MacBook grows up Apple 1:15 The Cheapskate Review • MacBook review: Apple’s 12-inch mini laptop gets it right See All Preview • The new 12-inch MacBook has 3 stealth upgrades Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Comments Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Applelast_img read more

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first_imgA flood advisory in in effect for the south fork of the Kuskokwim River near Nikolai until 12:45 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016. (Image via Google Maps)The flood advisory along the Kuskokwim River near Nikolai has been extended through early Thursday afternoon.The National Weather Service says several inches of rain in the Alaska Range earlier this week has caused the south fork of the Kuskokwim to rise over the bank at Nikolai.The river is expected to gradually fall throughout the day Thursday.The Weather Service says flooding of low lying areas around Nikolai is occurring, and some debris is floating down the river.The Flood advisory expires at 12:45 p.m. Thursday.last_img

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first_imgGay porn star Tyler White dead at 25Gay porn star claims he had sex with Patrick SwayzeIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-porn-star-dave-slick-dead-at-just-26-years-old/ Gay porn star Dave Slick has diedPolice found him unconscious in the Qdoba restaurant bathroom on the 100 block of West Jackson on Friday morning (8 June).He was transported to Rush University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead 15 minutes later.The Chicago Sun said an autopsy done on Saturday was ‘inconclusive’, with results pending further studies.Friends had said he was due to appear at the convention on Saturday, and reported him missing to police in the afternoon.Investigators had learned he died a day earlier.Rosemont police have said Slick was last seen with a friend in Chicago at 1am in the early hours of Friday morning. He contacted someone using his phone about 7 hours late.CPD is conducting a death investigation.Slick was identified by other stars of the porn industry, and his name was later confirmed by porn blogs.The cause of his death has not been confirmed.Performers and directors pay tribute to the young starPerformers, directors and other leaders of the gay porn industry have given their tributes to the young actor.Chi Chi LaRue said they were ‘devastated’ to hear of the news.Tony DiMarco, director for Falcon, said: ‘It’s heartbreaking to hear the news of the passing of Dave Slick. It’s really hard to process it all.‘He was a super sweet guy and kind soul. My deepest sympathy’s go out to all his friends and family. ‘Gone too soon, you will be greatly missed.’Tegan Zayne said: ‘It’s a tough world out there, we all gotta stick together one way or the other. Drama or no drama, we’re all connected to each other..’Michael Roman said: ‘Dave you are without a doubt one of the most generous, kind-hearted, and all around incredible people I have ever met!‘Wherever you are just know you are so loved by so many people and will be so greatly missed!’‘I am completely speechless and saddened,’ performer Pierce Paris said.‘I didn’t know him well but I still feel like I lost a friend. We’re one big family in this industry. We must care for everyone in it. Let’s keep each other close and share love.’ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gay porn star Dave Slick has died at just 26 years old after an annual sex-themed expo.He had attended the Exxotica Expo, an annual adult convention, in Chicago.last_img read more

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