Bridge Collapses on a Car on A3 Highway in Casablanca

Rabat – A part of a bridge has collapsed on a car killing a woman and badly injuring her daughter.The bridge collapsed on the A3 highway in Casablanca near the Derb Sultan neighborhood on the way to Rabat, on Friday, October 19.The daughter, who was driving, was transported, in a state of shock, to Ibn Rochd Hospital while the mother was transported to the morgue. The most recent rain in Casablanca may have detached a large stone section of the bridge.Police in Casablanca have launched an investigation to determine the responsible persons for the bridge’s failure.Since Friday, drivers on the A3 in Casablanca have expressed their anger over the traffic jam caused by the repair of the bridge.Drivers have complained that there are no signs to inform them of the work in progress.“We don’t know what’s going on, there are no signs, there is nothing,” stated a motorist to 2M television channel. read more

European Powers Urge USIran Talks on Nuclear Deal

Rabat – The European signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers warned that the landmark pact could collapse amid the US Iranian tensions. The group of states also called for the reopening of dialogue between Washington and Tehran in a joint statement released on Sunday, July 14.Britain, Germany, and France, who signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) four years ago in Vienna, stated that it could fall apart after the renewed sanctions on Iran by the United States. “The risks are such that it is necessary for all stakeholders to pause, and consider the possible consequences of their actions,” the joint statement released by the French president’s office said. “We believe that the time has come to act responsibly and to look for ways to stop the escalation of tension and resume dialogue.”The 2015 accord promised sanctions relief, economic benefits, and an end to the international isolation of the Islamic Republic in return for restrictions on its nuclear programme. But after the US withdrawal, the deal became fragile and the parties’ commitment uncertainTensions rose between Washington and Iran when the US President Donald Trump pulled out from the nuclear deal and imposed sanctions on Iran’s crucial banking and oil sectors, that had been previously lifted under the pact, causing the country’s economy to freefall.In response, Tehran announced in May 2019 that it would curtail its commitments to the deal, despite calls from the European parties to continue its full compliance. Since then, the Gulf country has increased its stockpile of low-enriched uranium above the agreed limit, and has begun to enrich uranium above the 3.67% permitted under the deal’s obligations.At a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, July 15, the European actors will seek to defuse tensions in the volatile region.“The deal is on the brink; the message on Monday will be to show EU unity but make it clear to Iran that it needs to come back into line,” a European diplomat was said to Reuters news agency. “For now, nothing is reversible, so we have more room for diplomacy.”Speaking before the Brussels meeting, France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Europe has to remain united in its attempts to preserve the deal and convince Tehran to shift its decision not to comply with parts of the accord.“The Europeans have to stay united on this issue,” Le Drian told reporters.Iran’s decision to reduce compliance with the deal that the United States abandoned last year was “a bad response to a bad decision,” he said.In the meantime, Iranian foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hinted at the Europeans’ reluctance to protect Tehran from the US sanctions.“There is a serious difference between doing something and announcing your willingness,” Iranian state TV quoted Zarif saying.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, July 14, 2019 that Tehran is open for dialogue if the sanctions are lifted and the US returns to the nuclear deal’s pact.“We have always believed in talks; if they lift sanctions, end the imposed economic pressure and return to the deal, we are ready to hold talks with America today, right now and anywhere,” Rouhani said in a televised speech.Matters were further complicated by Iran when it made any talks conditional on being allowed to export the same amount of oil as it did before the US withdrawal from the nuclear pact.Trump has shown no sign of backing down and said he would put yet more pressure on the Gulf country with more sanctions.“We’re putting additional sanctions on; some of them are already in place,” said US President Donald Trump in June 2019. “The sanctions have hit them hard.” read more

UN environment team completes study of Gaza conflict damages

21 May 2009Experts from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have completed field work on a study of the environmental impact of the recent heavy fighting on Gaza, the agency announced today. Experts from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have completed field work on a study of the environmental impact of the recent heavy fighting on Gaza, the agency announced today. The team of eight UNEP experts spent 10 days in Gaza studying waste and waste water systems, the coastal and marine environment, and solid and hazardous waste management, including asbestos, and will make recommendations for rehabilitation this in the coming months. In the coming months, it will make recommendations which “will inform local planning and assist the planned reconstruction by the international community,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said last month when he announced he was dispatching the team to Gaza. The experts inspected 32 sites to assess environmental impacts and collect samples for laboratory analysis and also collected data for an economic evaluation of the cost of rehabilitation and restoration of the environmental damage in Gaza.Sites visited included residential areas, schools, industrial areas, sewage facilities, landfills and the coastline, where detailed sampling of water and sediments, bio-indicators, asbestos and waste water was conducted.Samples collected on the ground will be sent to an independent international laboratory and analysed in the coming weeks. The three-week Israeli offensive which began on 27 December, with the stated aim of ending rocket attacks by Hamas and other groups, killed at least 1,300 Palestinians and wounded some 5,300. The heavy bombardment and fighting also reduced buildings and other infrastructure to rubble.Shortly after the conflict ended, UNEP sent a senior staff member to Gaza in late January as part of the UN Early Recovery Needs Assessment mission, which found that the fighting had created large quantities of building demolition waste, which is often contaminated with hazardous materials such as asbestos.Even prior to this most recent conflict, Gaza did not have an appropriate system for waste segregation and disposal. Consequently, the creation of such large quantities of solid waste, within such a short time, has overloaded the already inadequate infrastructure.During the May field mission, UNEP also ran two training workshops on handling asbestos and other hazardous substances in rubble management, and on health and safety practices for demolition and disposal of damaged buildings. The team members have extensive experience in assessing the environmental impact of conflict in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Sudan and the Middle East, and in making recommendations for action, according to the agency. They also have expertise in water and waste water management, asbestos and hazardous wastes monitoring, and coastal and marine issues, it added. read more

Refugee return figures decline in first half

“It is difficult to determine why the numbers of refugees returning to Sri Lanka have fallen,” says UNHCR Representative in Sri Lanka Michael Zwack. “It is an individual decision to return home based on individual considerations,” he added. According to UNHCR’s statistics at end- 2011, there were 68,152 Sri Lankan refugees living in 112 camps in Tamil Nadu and another 32,467 living outside the camps. Worldwide there are more than 136,000 Sri Lankan refugees living in 65 countries. The overwhelming majority of refugees are returning from Indian government-run refugee camps in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu with a handful returning from Malaysia, Georgia and Hong Kong.The refugees are mainly returning to Trincomalee, Mannar, Vavuniya and Jaffna districts with smaller numbers returning to Kilinochchi, Batticaloa, Colombo, Mullaitivu, Puttalam and Kandy. The number of Sri Lankan refugees returning home with UNHCR’s help declined during the first half of 2012 compared with the same period last year.The latest statistics show that 662 individuals voluntarily returned to Sri Lanka with UNHCR’s help during the first six months of this year to end-June, nearly a third less than the same period in 2011 when 962 refugees returned. A total of 1,728 Sri Lankan refugees returned under UNHCR’s facilitated voluntary repatriation programme in 2011. read more

TULF chief tells TNA head to control Federal Party members

Anandasangaree appealed to everybody in Sri Lanka not to make statements to hurt the feelings of the people who take a lot of risk and come all the way from various places to help Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) He told Sampanthan it is regrettable to note that with so much of experience he has in politics and also as the head of the team, he has failed in his duty to promote goodwill and friendship with India, which is now fast declining. “First of all you must realize that as our immediate neighbor, whenever we are in distress it is India that always rushed in first with our urgent needs such as medical teams, food etc. For example during the last Tsunami even before clearing the areas in their own country, the Indian teams rushed in here with urgent requirements that reached all parts of the country, irrespective of any ethnic, religious or regional differences. A new tradition has been established that in the event of a national disaster, India comes first to help us. Please don’t forget that after the end of the war, a lot of families received aids not only to build houses but also in a small way, individuals received some aid that enabled them to earn a living,” Anandasangaree said. Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Secretary General V Anandasangaree has written to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan, urging him to keep Federal Party members of the TNA under his strict control.“They can’t make statements as they like, to wound the feelings of not only a country but its people as well. I do not know whether you are aware of the immense damage caused to the friendship and goodwill of India, by the thoughtless acts and utterances, more by the Federal Party members of your alliance, than by the others who only share the blame by remaining silent, ignoring the conduct of such members. Perhaps they are helpless. Due to certain reasons, which I do not want to mention openly, there is conflict of interest between two countries in Sri Lanka that may explode one day to the detriment of both sides. It is our innocent people who will ultimately get badly affected. By our foolish utterances let us not provoke a situation for that to happen,” Anandasangaree said. read more

Senior US diplomat named as Annans next envoy for Western Sahara

Ambassador William Lacy Swing will succeed William Eagleton as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) effective 1 December.”The Secretary-General expresses his deep appreciation for Mr. Eagleton’s contribution to the efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement in Western Sahara and wishes him well in his future endeavours,” spokesman Manoel Almeida said.Ambassador Swing has served in various posts in several African countries for the United States Government, most recently as the US representative to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Peacekeeping mission in Burundi extended until December 2006

Citing “factors of instability” that remain in Burundi despite democratization and ongoing negotiations with the last major rebel group outside the country’s peace process, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there for six months until 31 December 2006.Through a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body also welcomed the stated intention of Secretary-General Kofi Annan to establish a UN office to replace the mission by the end of the six-month period.By the same action, the Council also extended until 30 September Mr. Annan’s authority to temporarily redeploy a maximum of one infantry battalion, a military hospital and 50 military observers from ONUB to the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).In a December resolution extending ONUB’s mandate, the Council had first authorized redeployment of personnel between the two missions to bolster MONUC during the DRC election process and as a step toward draw-down of the Burundi force after last year’s successful elections, as the small African country emerges from its 12-year civil war. read more

UNESCO to award Arab culture prize to Bulgarian and Jordanian professors

A Jordanian who has championed intercultural dialogue and a Bulgarian who has contributed to a better understanding of today’s Arab thought and culture, will both be awarded the Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture this year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today.University of Sofia professor Yordan Peev’s life-long dedication to understanding the contemporary Muslim world has contributed to a better understanding of today’s Arab thought and culture through teachings and lectures in Europe and several Arab states, UNESCO said. From his comparative analysis of Muslim and Christian religious systems to his studies ranging from Bulgarian Muslims to the medieval Muslim historian Ibn Khaldun, Dr. Peev has treated with discernment current principal problems of intercultural communication.Jordan’s Jamal Al-Shalabi, a professor at Hashemite University, has been strongly committed to promoting intercultural dialogue through his academic work, which focuses on the evolution of policies of the Arab states in relation to Europe, UNESCO said. Dr. Al-Shalabi has also contributed to a greater mutual understanding between Arab and Christian worlds in his books, articles and meetings, raising issues pertaining to Muslim-Christian relations.A monetary prize of $25,000 each and the awards will be given on 9 November by UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in a ceremony in Paris.The Sharjah award was created by the Executive Board of UNESCO with funds provided by the Sharjah Government in the United Arab Emirates in 1998 to honour individuals or groups that have contributed in a significant way to the development, dissemination and promotion of Arab culture in the world, as well as to the preservation of Arab cultural heritage. read more

Human rights gains in Afghanistan remain fragile – UN top official

“Afghanistan is clearly at a critical juncture with the ongoing political, security and economic transition concluding in 2014 – all of which will have an impact on the human rights of its citizens,” the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said at a press conference in the capital, Kabul.“There have been some distinct human rights achievements during the past 12 years, but they are fragile, and many Afghans are expressing fears that the overall human rights situation is deteriorating on several fronts.”Ms. Pillay said that during her visit, she focused on ensuring that gains on human rights are consolidated and not undermined. She stressed that his will require determination and courage on the part of the Government as well as civil society and the media. “They will need to stand firm, not only against rising political pressures as the election approaches, but also against the ominous background of a sharp climb in the number of civilian casualties during the first six months of 2013.”According to a report released by the by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the number of civilians killed or injured in the first half of 2013 rose by 23 per cent compared to the same period last year, owing mainly to the increased use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by insurgents. The report documented 1,319 civilian deaths and 2,533 injuries – a total of 3,852 civilian casualties – in the first half of the year. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay visited Afghanistan in September 2013. The purpose of the trip was to meet with senior Afghan officials, and representatives from civil society and the international community, in order to review progress and challenges in the area of human rights. Photo: UNAMA ‹ › Ms. Pillay said that although the vast majority of civilian casualties are caused by anti-Government forces, the number of civilian casualties caused by actions of various Afghan security forces including police has also risen, and she stressed the need to try to reduce the numbers of civilians killed and injured during military and police operations. Violence against women is another pressing issue in the country, Ms. Pillay said, noting that while the passing of the law on the Elimination of Violence against Women was a very significant achievement, its implementation has been slow, especially in rural areas, with police, prosecutors and courts being reluctant to enforce it.“Violence against women remains endemic, and I have urged the relevant authorities to do their utmost to speed up and improve the implementation of this important law, which President Karzai passed by decree in 2009,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that she was encouraged by the commitment shown by senior Government officials to advance women’s rights and improve the implementation of the law.During her visit, Ms. Pillay met with senior Afghan officials including President Hamid Karzai. She also held talks with the Chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, members of civil society and the diplomatic community. Ms. Pillay expressed concern to Government officials over the future of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), which could potentially lose its ‘A’ Status under the Paris Principles after the appointment of five human rights commissioners.“There are real concerns – which I share – that the recent process leading up to the appointment of five new members of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission was sufficiently flawed for it to lose its “A” Status,” she said. “This would be a very serious and regrettable setback for one of the current Afghan Government’s most notable achievements in the area of human rights.”Ms. Pillay said she made a strong plea to Mr. Karzai to do his utmost to strengthen the position of the AIHRC before it comes up for review in two months’ time.“I urge an extra effort by the President and his Government to ensure that the human rights gains of the past 12 years are not sacrificed to political expediency during these last few months before the election,” Ms. Pillay said.Afghanistan is scheduled to hold presidential and provincial council elections in April next year, and preparations are underway to ensure a smooth transition. Today, UNAMA acknowledged the appointments of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), stressing it plays an important role as an impartial dispute resolution mechanism. “These appointments represent an important next step in ensuring the preparations for the presidential and provincial council elections on 5 April 2014,” UNAMA said in a news release. “Rapid establishment of the IECC’s operational structure is now required as it prepares to adjudicate objections to candidate eligibility.”UNAMA added that donors and the international community stand ready to provide, at the IECC’s request, technical and financial assistance to support the complaints commission. read more

Despite looting of aid agencies in Central African Republic UN pledges continued

“We must continue with the emergency response,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR Aurélien A. Agbénonci said. “Access to displaced populations is crucial. The needs of displaced persons are increasing every day and our main aim is to provide assistance to those in need, regardless of their political affiliation, race or ethnicity in compliance with the humanitarian principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality.” The offices and residences of national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were looted during the sudden outbreak of violence that began on 26 September in Bangui, the capital, leaving 42 people dead and 414 injured and driving more than 37,000 people from their homes to seek refuge with host families and in 32 displacement sites in the city. Some 200 humanitarian workers were temporarily relocated out of CAR and about 100 other non-essential staff were relocated to the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The security situation has deteriorated, impeding the freedom of movement of humanitarian workers since the beginning of the crisis.“Despite the security constraints, humanitarian actors continue to provide assistance to the affected population,” Mr. Agbénonci said. “We remain firmly committed to maintaining our presence in the country and to providing the necessary assistance to the population in areas where humanitarian access is possible.” Following the recent violence there are over 417,000 displaced people in CAR and about 2.7 million people, over half the population, are in urgent need of assistance.The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), set up in April 2014 to help bring peace after a breakdown of governmental authority and vicious intercommunal fighting between mainly the Muslim Séléka group and the mainly Christian anti-Balaka movement, currently maintains nearly 11,000 uniformed personnel in the country, one of the world’s poorest. read more

Report Ohio State football player Jamel Dean to leave the program

Ohio State football early-enrollee Jamel Dean is leaving the program after not being cleared to practice by the medical staff, according to reports.Dean, a defensive back from Cocoa, Fla., was “presented an opportunity for a medical hardship so he could remain on academic scholarship at Ohio State, but he opted for a release from his scholarship in an attempt to get cleared medically elsewhere,” according to Eleven Warriors, who first reported Dean’s departure.Dean’s high school coach John Wilkinson told Northeast Ohio Media Group that he is not pleased with how his former player is being treated at OSU.“It’s ridiculous,” Wilkinson told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Wednesday. “It’s totally wrong to do this to an 18-year-old kid who should be in high school, who you talked into coming up there early.”The freshman defensive back enrolled early at OSU in January and is listed at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds on the Buckeyes’ spring roster.Dean was rated as the No. 128 high school prospect in the class of 2015 by ESPN.com and was a four-star recruit. read more

We are ready for battle – Coach Johnson says ahead of

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedConcacaf Gold Cup: Golden Jags drawn with T&T, USA and PanamaApril 11, 2019In “latest news”GFF selects Guyana-based Golden Jags …following Talent IDJanuary 25, 2019In “latest news”Golden Jags gear up for practice match against SurinameMarch 13, 2019In “latest news” FILE: The Golden Jags going through some light paces.Guyana’s Senior Men’s football team will play their most important game yet when they meet with Belize in their last CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifier match on March 23. When the Golden Jags take to the field in March, they will be under the instruction of Head Coach Michael Johnson, who is positive about the team’s chances of qualifying.Johnson is currently in Guyana, with a packed itinerary which is focused on getting a batch of local players in shape for the national team selection. Building on the work that is being done by Assistant Coach Charles Pollard, not only did the Head Coach have praises for his second-in-command but also for the promising“It’s an excellent facility to work on, the players have been brilliant so far. The idea is actually to come in, support, nurture and get the players ready for what is a massive game coming up in March,” Johnson stated.Coach Michael JohnsonShifting his focus to the national team selection, Johnson noted that there were a host of players who can cop a spot in the team. And the foreign players who have participated in previous matches are not to be forgotten.“So, of course, you’d expect the players overseas to be at a really good place,” Johnson said, citing the advantage that the overseas players might have.In spite of this, he is cognisant of the talent that the local players are bringing to the table.“Everybody is in contention; I wouldn’t rule out anybody, even players [who] have not been involved. I’m looking at this group of players with a fresh eye. Everybody’s in contention; this is why the camp is here, so we can see which players are outperforming. It’s open for everybody to come and compete. It would be remiss of me to rule out anybody at this stage.”Speaking about the mindset of the players, Johnson explained that the onus was upon him to make sure that the players were mentally ready.“That’s what my job is to do, to make sure that everybody is really tuned in to what we want them to do, so they can give a hundred per cent and leave nothing to doubt. Individual performances and as a team, my job is to make sure that happens,” Johnson stated.Furthermore, he explained that everyone involved was aware of the possibilities and opportunities that can come from a win and qualification, stating, “It’s massive, we all know what’s at stake here; we all know the opportunities that it would give for the players; we all know that it would put Guyana on the footballing map and on the international stage. So, we understand the ramifications of the game. And we will be trying one hundred per cent to make sure we deliver on it.”As such, the Head Coach also stressed on the importance of having a venue that is accessible to the largest number of excited and supportive patrons, which is integral to the team’s performance.“What I think is if we start saying this is where we’re going to play, it’s a good opportunity for the Federation to start marketing the game to the fans in that way. So as soon as we can confirm we can use the stadium, which will be great, obviously there’s more supporters and I think it’ll be a benefit for not only the team but the nation,” he explained.The Head Coach also shared that he has been keen on examining Guyana’s opponents, Belize. Noting that Belize are a strong team, Johnson boldly promised that the Golden Jaguars will be ready for battle come March 23.“Very, very good in transition. Very good at defending and breaking at quick speed, so we got to be ready for it. Analytically we’re preparing for it now, we are making sure we leave no stone unturned. And we will be ready for the game.” (Jemima Holmes) read more

Columbia River fishing report 323

first_imgGiven that the lower Columbia River is at minor flood stage and has about a foot of visibility, it’s amazing that more than 2,000 anglers went out last week in pursuit of spring chinook.Granted, that’s a piddly number compared to normal in mid-March, but river conditions are awful and bordering on unsafe.Washington and Oregon officials estimate there were 2,258 trips last week with a catch of 11 spring chinook.For March, through Sunday, overall numbers are 6,210 trips with 25 lower Columbia spring chinook and 16 upper Columbia-Snake spring chinook kept plus six chinook released. The key number is the 16 upper Columbia-Snake fish caught. That’s 16 against an early-season allocation of 6,905 fish.The National Weather Service is forecasting the Columbia River will be close to 17 feet on the gauge through Monday, so the water is not dropping.The cumulative spring chinook count at Bonneville Dam was 12 through Monday.• Ironically, the high muddy water is not bothering the walleye in the upper end of The Dalles pool, where boaters averaged 4.4 fish per rod last week.last_img read more

Redknapp insists Lampard should be proud

first_imgFormer Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp insists Derby County manager Frank Lampard should be proud of his team’s display against Chelsea.The Rams put in an excellent display, coming back from a goal down on two separate occasions during their 3-2 loss to the blues in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.Defenders Fikayo Tomori and then Richard Keogh both scored own goals, but Derby twice bounced back with goals from Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn, and they even had good chances late in the game, to extend the tie to penalties.“There were a couple of big moments at the end when Richard Keogh and David Nugent nearly scored, but he will be so proud of his team with the way they played and the way they passed the ball,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.Frank Lampard, Chelsea, Premier LeagueFrank Lampard admits Chelsea may struggle for top-six spot Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard couldn’t offer any guarantees on a top-six finish this season due to the strong competition.“He would have learned a lot about them today and they have come so far in a short spell under him. I thought they played really well today.”“They have got players who showed they will be more than capable of holding their own if they come up to the Premier League. But now they have gone out and they can concentrate on the Championship, which is what is so important now.”“Frank will be devastated that they have lost the game but now they can have a rest and go again in the league. The aim is to come up and play in the Premier League.”last_img read more

Weather Eye In the aftermath of the windstorm a look ahead to

first_imgPatrick Timm I got an early start on my column in case we lost power in Saturday’s windstorm. Winds were expected to gust to maybe 50-60 mph. With the ground saturated and all the leaves on the trees, not good.The annual winter-weather meeting was Saturday. KGW meteorologist Rod Hill of Vancouver predicts temperatures normal to above normal, and precipitation iffy. Could go either way, wetter or drier, but end up within 4 inches of average. Snow? Maybe a trace to 4 inches. One 8-inch snowfall is possible. He believes Mount Hood will have an average snow season with 500 inches of snowfall. For details go to: http://tinyurl.com/pu72r2tPete Parsons forecasts below-average temperatures and above-average precipitation. Look for an early start to lower-elevation snowpack sometime in November.The National Weather Service predicts a dry, mild winter. Former Oregon State climatologist George Taylor follows with above-average temperatures, above-average precipitation and hardly any snow chances in the lowlands.Kyle Dittmer, hydrologist and meteorologist, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, calls for slightly above-average temperatures and somewhat drier, getting wetter as winter progresses. A weak or moderate El Niño will be a wild card. We tend to be drier than average and milder, with most storms going south of us, but we have had surprises with El Niño years.So, forecasters present a mixed bag, and so did the woolly bear caterpillars this year. They also were split about 50-50. I say flip a coin.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.comlast_img read more

Malaysia womens march meets disapproval from religious political authorities

first_img Marchers carry signs at the International Women’s Day march in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 9, 2019. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu FriendlyGoat says: Spuddie says: Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts FriendlyGoat says: Tons? How about hundreds?Stick to the facts as written in the article…Oh wait…. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email The march is an annual event organized by several Malaysian nongovernmental organizations and community groups. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Organizers of the march called for “reason, restraint, openness and respect by all parties who are currently launching a campaign of hate and aggression,” in a statement released to the press.  “A healthy democracy relies on full and equal participation by all levels of society. 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You can begin to get paid from the first day as soon as you explore our web site. >>>>> https://reurl.cc/Eo49n March 13, 2019 at 7:52 pm Many of the women’s issues raised by participants in the International Women’s Day march in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were overshadowed by the fallout over LGBT marchers’ involvement at the rally. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Tagshomepage featured human rights International Women’s Day Kuala Lumpur LGBTQ Malaysia Women’s March,You may also like Brian Curtis says: Shika, a transgender musician and graphic artist, performs at the women’s march in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 9, 2019. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu The independent-minded women are in systemic trouble in Malaysia and they know it. That’s why only a brave few come out for demonstrations and even then find themselves opposed by “something systemic”. We know what that something is. Its groups issued statements. Share This! On which you’re an expert. March 13, 2019 at 2:32 pm A guitar at the women’s march bore a handwritten legend, “Death to Patriarchy!” RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Parker12 says: March 13, 2019 at 4:35 pm Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (RNS) — In solidarity with women around the world, several hundred people marched in Malaysia’s capital on Saturday (March 9) to mark International Women’s Day. The march, organized by activist groups and local nongovernmental organizations, demanded greater women’s rights and called for a ban on child marriage, an end to gender discrimination and a monthly minimum wage of 1800 RM ($650).The women and men who marched in Kuala Lumpur on March 9, 2019, brought up various issues women face in Malaysia today, from sexual abuse and child marriage to poor pay. RNS photo by Alexandra RaduThe crowd supported activists’ speeches at the women’s march in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 9, 2019. RNS photo by Alexandra RaduBut the focus on women’s issues was often overshadowed by a backlash against LGBT activists who marched for an end to gender-based violence and discrimination against LGBT in Malaysia, where same-sex relationships are outlawed both by civil and Islamic law. Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 By: Alexandra Radu March 14, 2019 at 8:12 am Mark Connelly says: Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. News Jim says: Zora says: Spuddie says: But wait!!According to some posters here, Muslims don’t support democracy and women’s rights. /s By: Alexandra Radu Mammoth statue of Jesus planned for Russian site once set aside for Lenin March 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm March 13, 2019 at 8:24 pm Yet another reminder of why it’s so important to keep religion out of government. Mark Connelly says: March 13, 2019 at 3:33 pm That’s true. Parker12 says: Mujahid Yusof Rawa, the Malaysian Islamic affairs minister, deemed the event “a misuse of democratic space.” “I am shocked by the actions of a handful of people today who abuse the democratic space to defend practices that are against Islamic teachings,” the minister wrote in a Facebook post after the rally.Many of the female-specific issues raised by participants in the International Women’s Day march in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were overshadowed by the fallout over LGBT issues and involvement. RNS photo by Alexandra RaduThe minister’s comment was backed by similar comments from representatives of PAS, a conservative Islamic political party in Malaysia, and United Malays National Organization, the party that ruled Malaysia for six decades until last year. Several Islamic NGOs and student groups also filed a police report against the march organizers. If they were winning, they wouldn’t be marching by the mere hundreds in a city of 1.76 million. Spuddie says: By: Alexandra Radu Alexandra Radu,16 Comments Click here to post a comment Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email March 13, 2019 at 4:57 pm And why is that? Typical exaggeration on your part.Next you’ll be saying they are being s1utshamed. March 13, 2019 at 11:42 pm March 13, 2019 at 5:55 pm March 14, 2019 at 11:57 am Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 March 13, 2019 at 2:36 pm They don’t. “Mujahid Yusof Rawa, the Malaysian Islamic affairs minister, deemed the event “a misuse of democratic space.” “I am shocked by the actions of a handful of people today who abuse the democratic space to defend practices that are against Islamic teachings,” the minister wrote in a Facebook post after the rally. FriendlyGoat says: When you are in a country without adequate democratic institutions, any form of protest is troublesome. Spuddie says: Actually, tons is correct. If there were only 100 women and estimating a minimum of 100 lbs. each, that’s 10,000 lbs. which is 5 US tons. So for every 100 women there would be 5 US tons of women. Even at the minimum tons is right.,Pundits repent of Twitter sins, apply faith to social media As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Its not a matter of winning. Its a matter of stereotypes used to describe people. March 14, 2019 at 7:42 am If you ignore the tons of women marching in the streets. Who also happen to be Muslim. 🙂 Members of a Malaysian anarchist feminist group display their flags at the women’s march. The group promotes ending patriarchy and gender-based roles. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu March 13, 2019 at 3:32 pm 😀 Too silly to respond to. FriendlyGoat says: Share This! This group listed its demands on its banner: End violence based on gender and sexual orientation; ban all child marriages; ensure women’s right to make choices over their bodies and lives; pass a dignified minimum wage; destroy patriarchy; and build genuine democracy. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Participants rally during the women’s march in central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 9, 2019. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Share This! March 13, 2019 at 4:57 pm Catholicism Spuddie says: Cat Brogan, right, a 34-year-old poet, held a sign refuting the Malaysian tourism minister’s contention that LGBT people do not exist in Malaysia. “Marginalized groups, be they women, disabled, indigenous, economic or LGBT, need to work together to ensure fairness for all,” Brogan said. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Alexandra Radu March 14, 2019 at 8:15 am Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Retailers cut PS Vita 3G price by 20 percent in Japan

first_imgSales of the PS Vita following a healthy launch week have been worrying for Sony and retailers alike. Week one, Sony shifted 324,859 units. Week two, that dropped to just 72,479 units, which is actually less than the PSP sold during the same period.As you’d expect, sales of the more expensive 3G edition of the Vita have been significantly lower than the cheaper Wi-Fi-only model. But because the Vita isn’t flying off the shelves, several Japanese retailers are already starting to discount the price of the 3G model. It’s no small discount, either. Where as the official price of the PS Vita 3G is 29,980 yen, you can now pick one up for just 24,999 yen as the advert below shows. That’s 17% knocked off the price after just three weeks on sale, and apparently the discounts go as high as 20% if you shop around. It also means the 3G model is only an extra 1,000 yen ($13) or so more than the Wi-Fi model.Although a 20% discount may make the Vita 3G tempting, there’s another charge you need to consider as a data plan will be required. If you can afford that, or at least see the discounted hardware as a way of making a data plan affordable, it’s worth the investment.It’s unlikely lower pricing in Japan will have any impact on the launch price of the Vita in Western markets. We should still expect to pay $249.99 for the Wi-Fi model and $299.99 for the 3G. Saying that, Sony may need to have a rethink considering a 3DS now costs $180 and an iPod touch can be picked up for $199.More at Play Front (translated) and Gamesradarlast_img read more

NYC is now the sleeping giant

first_imgNY airports remain dormant (Image: Paul Courson/CNN) Tropical Storm Sandy has devastated the east coast of the United States, claiming lives, destroying infrastructure and wreaking havoc on one of the world’s most visited cities, New York.With thousands of vacationers and business travelers still stranded in the city – thanks to a storm that has claimed over 50 lives, caused over US$20 billion worth of damage and triggered widespread flooding, fires and blackouts – the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has estimated the catastrophe would end up costing the city millions of dollars in corporate travel spending.“New York is a critical economic centre and global travel hub, and we are extremely concerned about the ramifications of the city being essentially shut down for business travel,” GBTA spokesperson Meghan Henning said. In an update on the city’s response to Sandy, New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg said that even though Hurricane Sandy had officially left the New York area, the path of destruction she has left in her wake will be felt for quite some time.“MTA CEO Joe Lhota has described this as the worst disaster the agency has seen in the 108 years the subways have been running and Con Ed has described the damage done to its power systems as unprecedented in scope,” he said.JFK and Newark airports have reopened with delays while LaGuardia airport remains closed.The New York Stock Exchange resumed business business on Wednesday, while no firm timeline for the reactivation of train services has been announced.The majority of hospitals and schools have been closed and will remain so until further notice.“New York City’s resiliency in difficult times has been proven again and again, and thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our emergency services personnel we are diligently working to resolve all issues and expect to be fully operational again in the coming days,” NYC & Company chief executive George Fertitta said.Although Sandy has passed through New York, US President Barack Obama has warned that the Superstorm is far from over, as the cyclone moves northwards towards Canada. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tcenter_img Abandoned NYC taxi cabs (Image: Barcroft Media)last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Sedona Hotel Yangon op

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSedona Hotel Yangon opened its doors 20 years ago as Yangon’s first five-star hotel and, this week, it welcomes guests to celebrate with special 20th anniversary room and dining promotions for August and September. A beacon of elegance for two decades, Sedona Hotel Yangon has recently completed extensive renovations and a major expansion, making it Yangon’s premier destination hotel and a superb base from which to enjoy the history and beauty of the region.The 20th anniversary room promotions include:Your next visit is USD $20 – book the Irrawaddy or Shin Sawbu suites at the best available rate and pay only USD $20 for the same room on your next visit (minimum two night stay; next visit voucher valid for three months from date of stay).Receive a second night for USD $20 – stay one night in a Premier Deluxe Room on the weekend and pay only USD $20 for the second night.Receive a third night for USD $20 – stay two nights during the week in a Premier Deluxe Room and receive a third night for only USD $20.Room promotions are valid in August and September and must be booked through hotel’s website or through a third party.D’Cuisine Birthday Celebration:Celebrate your birthday or anniversary at D’Cuisine Restaurant, Sedona Hotel Yangon’s newest restaurant. Located in the light-filled arcade of the new Inya Wing, D’Cuisine is an all-day buffet restaurant that offers Asian, Southeast Asian and Western cuisine. Guests are invited to enjoy the buffet at D’Cuisine for just USD $20 nett, along with a complimentary slice of birthday/anniversary cake (applicable in August and September).Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Apostolides killer tried to kill himself reports say

first_imgA Turkish national who confessed to killing a Greek Cypriot in the breakaway state in the north of Cyprus tried to hang himself in his cell in Turkey, reports said Thursday.Other inmates alerted the guards who intervened and saved 22-year-old Erdinc Senturk’s life. The suspect was rushed to hospital where he is said to be in good condition. He will, however, be put in the care of a psychiatrist, Turkish Cypriot media reported.The 22-year-old is held in the city of Yalova, near the eastern coast of the Sea of Marmara, after admitting to killing Solomos Apostolides, 65, at the end of last month.Apostolides’ body had been found days later in a forest area near the Kyrenia to Kythrea road. A port-mortem determined he had died from heavy trauma to the head that caused cerebral haemorrhage.Apostolides, a frequent visitor of the north, was last seen leaving a casino in the north with Senturk.Senturk reportedly departed for Turkey the next day.He later surrendered to police in Yalova saying he had beaten Apostolides after he tried to molest him but was unaware he had died.You May LikeOpoopa6 Harmful Effects of Using Too Much Headphones You Never Knew! | my.opoopa.comOpoopaUndoBuzznFun20 Awesome Furniture Ideas for Small ApartmentsBuzznFunUndoNutrition ExpertEat Celery Every Day And This Can Happen to Your BodyNutrition ExpertUndo Bale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more