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Rabat to Host Picasso Exhibition Starting in April

Rabat – The Mohammed VI Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art in Rabat will host an exhibition of the works of Picasso as of the month of April, 2017, president of the Picasso National Museum Laurent Le Bon said Thursday in Rabat.On this occasion, a hundred of paintings by the famous Spanish artist will be lent to Morocco, he added.Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, is known for co-founding the Cubist movement. The total number of artworks he produced has been estimated at 50,000, comprising 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 2,880 ceramics, roughly 12,000 drawings, many thousands of prints, and numerous tapestries and rugs.

RIM cash balance subscribers to be under close watch in Q3 results

WATERLOO, Ont. — Today is the last peek the market will have into RIM’s financials before it releases its much anticipated new line of smartphones in the new year.Research In Motion posts its third-quarter after markets close.Shares of the company were ahead 1.9%, or 25 cents, to $13.74 on the Toronto Stock Exchange in afternoon trading.Analysts will closely be watching the company’s cash volume and subscriber numbers after the BlackBerry-maker surprised in the last quarter with better-than-expected numbers on both fronts.[np_storybar title=”Leaked photos and video of RIM’s new BlackBerry” link=””%5DVietnamese site Tinh Te got its hands on what appears to be RIM’s next-generation BlackBerry phone.Engadget first spotted the leak. Continue reading. [/np_storybar]“We want to see their cash balance more or less unchanged quarter over quarter. They’re going to need all that ammunition to promote the BlackBerry 10 globally when they launch it,” said National Bank analyst Kris Thompson.On Jan. 30, the company will unveil a new line of smartphones running its latest operating system as it enters the most important months of its history, ones that will likely determine whether RIM survives in its existing form.RIM has already said it expects to report an operating loss in the third quarter as it works through the transition to its next generation of BlackBerry smartphones and completes its cost reduction plan.They’re going to need all that ammunition to promote the BlackBerry 10 globally when they launch itAnalysts are expecting a quarterly loss of 32 cents per adjusted share and on revenue of $2.6-billion.Thompson said he expects to see subscribers fall by about a million, but noted a surprise in that area could happen again.In the second quarter, RIM said it had 80 million subscribers at the end of the quarter, an increase of about 2 million from the previous three months.“I modelled down a million last quarter too and (I was) wrong. They’re discounting the units aggressively, they’re blowing out their inventory, so I wouldn’t be too surprised to actually see them grow that subscriber base again. If they can do that and maintain their cash, the stock is going higher,” Thompson said.With the company heading into uncertain territory in the new year, RIM’s stock price has traded erratically.Since falling to its lowest level in about a decade in September, the company’s shares have surged about 125%, helped by a number of analyst upgrades.Some analysts have noted that even though RIM has added new customers, many of them have been in emerging markets where lower priced phones are the norm. Cheaper phones don’t add as much to the bottom line.Also in its second quarter results, RIM said its cash reserves grew by $100-million to $2.3-billion as of Sept. 1. Analysts had been concerned that the company would have to dip into its savings to survive during this period before its new product launch.Technology analyst Bill Kreher at Edward Jones said it’s hard to forecast quarterly results going forward because although the launch date for the phones is set, customers do not yet know when they will be available. He is hoping the company will shed some light on that question and also reveal a price point.“Any incremental information would be helpful,” he said.Richard Tse, an analyst at Cormark Securities, said the key thing he’ll be focusing on is the company’s outlook.“I’m sure a lot of questions will be around the timing of BB10 and the extent that they can talk about that and give specifics.”Any incremental information would be helpfulThis year, RIM has watched its market share in North America dramatically fall to about 4% as the BlackBerry became an afterthought in the face of Apple’s iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S3.And while other companies debuted new devices, RIM was forced to push the launch of its BlackBerry 10 operating system and new phones into next year, missing the crucial back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons.The company has also made significant reductions across its operations, closing facilities, severing ties with certain manufacturers and announcing plans to lay off 5,000 workers across its global operations in an effort to save $1-billion by the end of its fiscal year.The Canadian Press read more

Katy Perry releases Rise first new song since 2013

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2016 9:50 am MDT Last Updated Jul 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Katy Perry has released a new single that marks her first new music since her smash 2013 album, “Prism.”Perry delivers soaring vocals on the song, “Rise,” to match inspirational lyrics, which include the line, “Victory is in your veins.”The song is being released ahead of next month’s Olympics and Perry says NBC has chosen to use it as an anthem for the Rio Games. Perry has also put out a video for the song featuring Olympic athletes, including Gabrielle Douglas, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt.Perry explains in a statement that she released the song now instead of waiting for her next album because there’s “a need for the world to unite.” She says she can’t think of a better example of coming together than the Olympic athletes. FILE – In this April 3, 2016, file photo, Katy Perry arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Perry released “Rise” on July 14, 2016. The single marks her first new music since her 2013 album, “Prism.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Katy Perry releases ‘Rise,’ first new song since 2013 read more

Ban UNICEF condemn deadly suicide bombing at Nigerian school

In a statement issued today by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban reiterated his conviction that “no objective justifies wanton violence against civilians,” and called for the perpetrators to be “swiftly brought to justice through a process respectful of Nigeria’s human rights obligations and for adequate security measures to be provided for the protection of civilians.“The Secretary-General is outraged by the frequency and brutality of attacks against educational institutions in the north of the country and reiterates his demand for an immediate cessation to these abominable crimes,” the statement said.The attack took place earlier today at the Government Science Technical School Potiskum in Yobe State.The Secretary-General also extended his sincere condolences to the families of those who were killed, and to the Government and people of Nigeria.In related news, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also condemned the attack on the school.“These repeated and relentless attacks on children and schools are attacks on the future of Nigeria, a country that already has the largest number of children out of school in the world,” UNICEF said in a statement.“We call on those with the responsibility and power to bring the perpetrators of this cruel act to justice, and to uphold their responsibilities to protect children,” the statement also said. Nigeria has witnessed numerous attacks in recent years, many of them carried out by the militant group known as Boko Haram. read more

Egyptian death sentences a gross miscarriage of justice UN human rights chief

Ms. Bachelet expressed her extreme concern at the decision which, if carried out, would amount to “a gross and irreversible miscarriage of justice”.The trial is one outcome of the military crackdown on Muslim-Brotherhood led protests in the Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda squares in Cairo on 14 August 2013.It is alleged that up to 900 mostly unarmed protesters were killed by members of the Egyptian security forces.The Government later claimed that many protesters had been armed, and that a number of police were killed.Subsequently, charges were brought against a total of 739 people during a mass trial at the Cairo Criminal Court.These charges included murder and incitement to violence, membership of an illegal group, participation in an illegal gathering, and other crimes.In addition to the death sentences, 47 people were sentenced to life imprisonment, while the remainder were handed jail terms of varying length.There have been several mass trials in Egypt, involving hundreds of cases being heard at the same time, and raising many of the same issues about due process and fair trial standards.“The conduct of the trial in the Cairo Criminal Court has been widely criticised,” Bachelet said. “And rightly so. The 739 people were tried en masse, and were not permitted individual legal representation before the court. In addition, the accused were not given the right to present evidence in their defence, and the prosecution did not provide sufficient evidence to prove individual guilt. The evident disregard of basic rights of the accused places the guilt of all those convicted in serious doubt. I hope that the Egyptian Court of Appeal will review this verdict and ensure that international standards of justice are respected by setting it aside,”.Ms. Bachelet also pointed to the stark contrast between Egypt’s mass trials and a recent law that effectively grants members of the security forces complete immunity for crimes they may have committed.In July this year, the Egyptian Parliament approved a law that will effectively bestow immunity from prosecution on security force personnel for any offences committed in the course of duty between 3 July 2013 – the date the military overthrew the Government of President Morsi – and 10 January 2016.“Justice must apply to all – no one should be immune,” the High Commissioner said. “Attempts to bestow immunity from prosecution for crimes allegedly committed by members of the security forces merely promotes impunity, and undermines the faith of the Egyptian people in the Government’s capacity to deliver justice for all. I urge the Government of Egypt to ensure that justice will be done, according to law, in relation to any individuals – including members of the State security forces – who are suspected of committing a crime.”To date, no State security personnel have been charged in relation to the so-called “Rabaa massacre” read more

National Aboriginal Day celebrated on campus

As National Aboriginal Day arrives on June 21, the Brock community can take time to reflect on the meaning of the day, and learn more about the contributions of indigenous people to Canada.This year marks the first time Brock has designated June as Aboriginal Month, a recognition that culminates this week with eye-catching displays inside and outside of the James A. Gibson Library, as well as online education promoted through Brock’s website.Held on the summer solstice, the Aboriginal Day is meant to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.For Gary Parker, Cultural Advisor to the Tecumseh Centre and a member of Brock’s Aboriginal Education Council, National Aboriginal Day comes with many meanings.It’s a time for recognition, celebration, remembrance and acknowledgement, said Parker, but also an opportunity to begin reconciliation and renewal.“It’s a day for indigenous people to celebrate,” he said, “but also for everyone to acknowledge the history, the dark times, including the taking of our land, assimilation of our people, colonization and residential schools.”Parker called it “monumental” that Brock has taken the step to celebrate Aboriginal Month in hopes of raising awareness and educating people on the history of indigenous peoples.“The University is taking some steps to move forward — every step forward is positive,” he said, while adding Brock’s Aboriginal Student Services, Aboriginal Education Council and recently formed Two Row Council, as well as the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education, each play a role in the University’s progression.Parker is hopeful Canadians will begin to better acknowledge and recognize the role of indigenous peoples in the country’s history. For instance, while much is said about Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock and his part in the War of 1812, less acknowledged is the role played by Tecumseh in bringing the war to an end.“Often times it’s forgotten,” he said, “and not even told or talked about.”Parker said it’s important for those critical moments in history to be recognized, and encourages Canadians to educate themselves about the country’s indigenous communities, whether through online resources, visiting community groups or reaching out and connecting with people directly.“Getting out and talking to people would likely be the biggest benefit. It will help reduce a lot of the stereotypes by educating the broader community.”Aboriginal Day is a good time to take that important step, he said.“Many positives can come from the day — education, communication, partnerships, friendships, understanding, peace.”Parker often accepts public speaking engagements regarding reconciliation, breaking down stereotypes and educating people on the history of indigenous culture from an indigenous perspective.While it is critical that recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada be implemented, action must be taken in partnership with the indigenous community, he said.“We need to start making those changes now, and I think the first component of that is education.”Brock Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo said the University is “at the beginning stages toward truth and reconciliation, but strides have been made.” There have been “a lot of conversations, and some courses and some acknowledgements,” but the award-winning aboriginal-Canadian actress and filmmaker still wonders “how that translates into action.”Cheechoo feels “any progress is good,” but there are more steps needed moving forward before Brock is where it needs to be.Sakoieta Widrick, a lecturer with the Tecumseh Centre who also sits on Brock’s Senate, said Aboriginal Day is about “celebrating to let people know we’re still here.“We’re trying to revive our culture, bring it into prominence again to where the world understands,” he said.As he does each morning, Widrick will offer a thanksgiving address on Aboriginal Day to show gratitude to the Earth for providing life. It’s a tradition he hopes to share with others on the holiday, to help them understand its meaning.“We were taught that when the sun starts to rise in the morning, birds start to sing, we need to return thanks to the natural world for the trees, grass and plants for giving us pure, clean oxygen to breathe so we are awake here this morning,” he said.“There is an understanding that we give thanks for all things in creation that help give us life. We give thanks for gifts given to us.”In Niagara, the public is welcomed to attend an Aboriginal Day celebration June 21 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, 796 Buffalo Rd. in Fort Erie. There will be a picnic, a variety of speakers and activities for people of all ages.For more information, visit information is also available online about Brock’s Aboriginal Student Services, Tecumseh Centre and the Aboriginal Education Council. read more

CPL 2017 Thomas Sangakkara secure Tallawahs playoffs berth

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018 playoff: Tallawahs, Patriots battle tonight, loser goes homeSeptember 12, 2018In “latest news”Early wickets fail to stop Jamaica Tallawahs romping home against St Kitts PatriotsJuly 17, 2016In “Sports”CPL 2017: Walton, Ronchi ensure Amazon Warriors all but qualifySeptember 2, 2017In “latest news” By Peter Della PennaJamaica Tallawahs 157 for 5 (Sangakkara 69, Powell 43) beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 116 (Lewis 40, Santokie 3-10, Oshane 3-31) by 41 runsKumar Sangakkara lifts one towards wide long-on Randy Brooks – CPL T20 / Getty(ESPNcricinfo) Chris Gayle’s return to Sabina Park was spoiled by Man of the Match Oshane Thomas, whose searing pace dismantled St Kitts & Nevis Patriots’ chase, as a spirited effort from Jamaica Tallawahs in the field resulted in a 41-run win. The defending CPL champions clinched their fifth straight playoff berth and moved one point ahead of Patriots to second on the CPL points table. Thomas took 3 for 31, including the wicket of Gayle for a three-ball duck.Another Tallawahs win in their final match against Guyana Amazon Warriors would put them into the opening playoff match against the Trinbago Knight Riders for a chance to gain direct entry into the tournament final.Tallawahs’ inauspicious startVictory was the furthest thing from the minds of Tallawahs supporters after Lendl Simmons was bowled off the first ball of the game. Pace bowlers have been sensational in the final week of the season and that trend continued on Wednesday night as Sheldon Cottrell swung one full and straight to castle the right-hander before halting his follow-through to stand at attention for his patented military salute send-off. It was the first of two wickets on the night for Cottrell.Sangakkara’s streak continuesWhile Sri Lanka’s fortunes continue to wane post Kumar Sangakkara’s international retirement, his form has been waxing lyrical all summer, whether in England with Surrey or in the Caribbean with the Tallawahs. Arriving in the middle for the second ball of the match, Sangakkara settled early nerves by forging an 81-run stand with Glenn Phillips.Sangakkara kickstarted the innings in the fifth over against Ben Hilfenhaus, riding a pair of streaky shots that fell safely as he carted the Australian for three fours and two sixes in a 24-run over. He routinely used his feet to combat the Patriots’ spin trio of Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nabi and Tabraiz Shamsi. When he wasn’t charging forward, he got creative within the crease, shuffling back and across to disrupt their lines with a series of flicks and scoops. By the end of his innings, he’d racked up his third consecutive half-century.Powell’s prodigious powerWhile Sangakkara drove most of the Tallawahs innings, runs were trickling through at the other end. By the time he got out with eight balls left in the innings at 135 for 4, Patriots were looking at chasing an under-par total. That’s when Rovman Powell stomped down hard on the accelerator for a furious finish to the innings.Having smashed a free hit off Shamsi over midwicket a few overs earlier for six in search of his timing, Powell chopped an edge for four to fine leg to end the 19th. After nearly being run-out off the first ball of the 20th, he found his radar once more against Cottrell, creaming him over midwicket and long-off for consecutive sixes to take Tallawahs past 150 before falling on the final ball of the innings.Lightning strikes twice Just as Simmons fell at the start of the match without scoring, so too did Gayle. The Universe Boss fell in somewhat more shocking fashion though. One of the most fearsome six-hitters in world cricket padded up to an inswinger from an amped-up Oshane Thomas. Gayle appeared to motion after the ball struck him as if he had failed to pick it up or something distracted him. The umpire disregarded the gesture and simply raised his finger to send Gayle on his way.Wonderboy tees off, then strikes outEvin Lewis shook off Gayle’s abrupt departure by scorching 40 of the next 43 runs in partnership with Mohammad Hafeez. Returning to the same ground he blitzed a T20I century against India earlier in the summer, Lewis targeted the leg-side boundary early and often with six fours and two sixes.He began the fifth over by smacking three consecutive boundaries off Mohammad Sami, then drove a moon shot over long-on for six off the fifth ball. That shot resulted in a broken bat. Just like Roy Hobbs in Bernard Malamud’s The Natural, Lewis was sapped of his powers without his go-to bat and promptly popped a tame return catch to Sami off the final ball of the over. Only two more batsmen reached double-figures in the Patriots innings as Thomas and Krishmar Santokie took three wickets each to bowl out Patriots for 116 inside of 18 overs. read more

NDMA conducting needs assessment for internet connectivity in Region 9

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes and a team comprising officials from her ministry and the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) are in Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine) meeting with residents and regional executives to address concerns relating to internet connectivity.Minister Hughes hands over 5 laptop computers to students of St. Ignatius Secondary SchoolMinister Hughes, during her first engagement on Thursday February 15, with officials from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the Regional Executive Officer Kerwin Warde and other sector representatives at Lethem, informed that the team will be conducting a needs assessment there, in an effort to determine what is required to strengthen the e-Government service.She explained that the administration ‘s overall thrust is to create access to more online government services in the Hinterland and to ensure that educational facilities and other agencies are equipped with Wi-Fi.The meeting, the minister said, offers an opportunity for the representatives to interface and discuss ways in which the residents of the region can capitalise on internet connectivity for enhancing their lives.Similar sentiments were echoed by Chairman of the NDMA, Floyd Levi who said this visit is the first for 2018 in the region and marks the beginning of the initiative to extend e-Government services to remote communities.He disclosed that the NDMA will soon be establishing an office in the town with at least one administrative staff to assist the region with technical issues that may arise.Levi said the vision is to foster a close relationship with the regional administration to ensure the efficient execution of the Authority’s mandate.Later in the day, Minister Hughes and team along with Region Nine Mayor Carlton Beckles held a Town Hall style meeting where residents, teachers, and students of St. Ignatius Secondary School and other representatives were able to raise concerns and offer suggestions for the improvement of Internet access.The minister handed over five computers to the students of St. Ignatius and committed to having an assessment of the other computers in the science laboratory that have software and other technical issues.According to a release from DPI, a smart classroom equipped with teleconferencing facilities is soon to be launched as well. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedE-Gov site at Guyana/Brazil crossing to be resuscitated – NDMA ChairmanFebruary 19, 2018In “latest news”Improved internet, telecommunications services under US$17M GRIF projectFebruary 19, 2018In “latest news”Regions 1, 7 and 8 to get internet access before the end of 2018- HughesJanuary 4, 2018In “Internet” read more

Diamond gas eruption Possible sanctions for homeowner who dug well CDC

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSafe zone established, power restored to DiamondJune 16, 2018In “Crime”Diamond gas well: Site unsafe for human habitation, GGMC should take over- ReportAugust 28, 2018In “Business”Natural gas eruption in Region 1June 4, 2019In “Environment” …as assessment report to be submitted to State Minister The capped pipe at Diamond eruption siteThe well at Sixth Street, Diamond, East Bank of Demerara, which erupted again on Wednesday spewing debris up to 50ft in the air, consisting of mud, water, gas and small boulders on nearby houses is currently under control and is continuously being monitored.Director General (ag) of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Lt. Col. Kester Craig said the eruption of the well occurred around 01:30h and immediately following the 24-hour National Emergency Operation Centre was contacted and a team dispatched to the location.Officials from the CDC, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) were on the ground monitoring the situation.Lt. Col. Craig explained that about two weeks ago engineers from the GGMC completed the initial capping.This process entails what is known as “reverse welling” and involves the use of two sets of pipes, which are placed about 25 feet below the ground to trap the gas at the surface, “it involves using cement to seal around the pipes and the affected areas,” Craig noted.The process takes 21 days to “cure.”From the assessment conducted yesterday by Senior Petroleum Technologist, GGMC Mitchell Prince, it was determined that an apparatus would have to be set up to capture the combination of gas, mud and water and then separate the gas from the mixture.Prince, who performed the initial capping of the well, said this occurrence is normal and indicates that the well is clear. However, according to the Craig “we have to be careful with the size of the boulders coming out because the surface at the top has to be adequate for the release of the boulder from the well.”An assessment was also conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Massy, which ruled out the presence of excess amounts of methane gas in the atmosphere.A sample of the methane gas was sent overseas to determine the quantity and potential, which initial tests reveal is in significant amounts.Lt. Col. Craig said several recommendations were received including the placement of a gas generator to provide electricity to the community or having a private investor collect the gas for commercial distribution.According to a DPI release, following a complete assessment, a report will be submitted to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon for an executive decision to be made in this regard.Director General (ag) of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Lt. Col. Kester Craig and Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) official assessing the situation at the eruption siteCraig is also urging citizens to refrain from drilling wells without permission from the Hydromet Office to avoid a similar situation, which has resulted in significant losses.He disclosed that authorities are currently reviewing the laws to ascertain possible sanctions for the homeowner responsible for the eruption in June after he claimed to have been digging a domestic water well.Nearby residents were assured that the situation is under control and a solution forthcoming following assessment. read more

ClevelandCliffs applauds the Trump Administration for taking action on steel imports

first_imgCleveland-Cliffs Inc, the largest merchant supplier of iron ore pellets to the US industry, issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement of tariffs of 25% on steel imported to the USA.Lourenco Goncalves, Cliffs’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, ”We applaud and thank President Trump for taking real action under Section 232 to punish thea perpetrators and enablers of unfairly traded steel. The 25% tariffs to be imposed next week will support our ability to continue to produce iron ore pellets and steel in our country, enhancing a vibrant manufacturing economy and our national security. Artificially cheap steel boosted by subsidies, dumping and circumvention are not signs of competitiveness; these are just signs of blatant disregard to real free trade and to our trade laws. Once free from these unfair practices, we will finally have a level playing field for steel in the US. Going forward, we expect that the Administration will fully enforce the announced actions, making sure that the offenders, particularly the enablers within our borders, will be treated as seriously as they deserve.”Aboulast_img read more

Greek Foreign Minister meets with US ambassador ahead of talks with Hillary

first_imgGreek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis met with the US ambassador in Athens Daniel Speckhard last week.Speckhard told reporters afterwards that the meeting was in preparation for Bakoyannis’ upcoming talks with her US counterpart, secretary of state Hillary Clinton, both of whom will be in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.Bakoyannis’ meeting with the US envoy, held at the latter’s request, also focused on the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) summit at foreign ministers’ level, which will be held towards the end of the year, marking the end of the Greek chairmanship of the OSCE.The two sides also discussed economic issues, ahead of the convening in autumn of the Greece-US bilateral economic cooperation committee aimed at enhancing bilateral economic relations.Speckhard said his meeting with Bakoyannis had been a routine diplomatic meeting, for the purpose of enhancing economic and diplomatic relations between the two countries.Bakoyannis is due to arrive in New York on Sunday September 27, for the annual UN General Assembly, and will address the plenary the following morning.On the afternoon of her arrival, Bakoyannis will meet with UN special mediator on the FYROM name issue, Matthew Nimetz.After addressing the General Assembly plenary on Monday, Bakoyannis will have separate talks with her US and Russian counterparts, secretary of state Hillary Clinton and foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, respectively, and with UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Klawock Couple Plans Halftime Wedding

first_imgA couple in Klawock has been engaged since 2001, but they couldn’t quite come to agreement about what kind of wedding ceremony to have. They finally settled on a unique venue: Center court at halftime during Friday’s home basketball game.Download AudioLisa George definitely didn’t want a traditional wedding, with the church or the dress or any of that frilly stuff. Jared Barlow definitely didn’t want to go to the courthouse, with just a judge, a couple of witnesses and no fanfare.How to get married then, has been a topic of discussion for the couple for quite some time. Last fall, they finally made a decision.“ Lisa said:’We’ll have it at the first basketball game. There’s your time and place. You set it up.’” Said Barlow.That’s another thing. The bride wants nothing to do with planning.“So, I’ve been putting all the plans together and arranging everything, and all she’s got to do is walk in and show up,” he said.It’s a bit of a role reversal. Traditionally, women tend to be more excited about planning weddings. But George said their relationship is not traditional.“I’m more into the typical male role, if you want to put it that way,” she said. “And he’s more of the female that likes the lovey dovey, frilly things. It works for us.”George has had minimal responsibilities. She had to say yes or no to a few things, but that’s pretty much it. There’s no wedding dress, either, although there are rumors that a veil might end up pinned to her Klawock Chieftains jersey.“I don’t know,” she said. “I just planned on being in my Chieftains gear, and whatever my cousins and aunties and relatives figure out, we’ll go from there.”While George has stayed out of it, Barlow wasn’t completely on his own when planning the wedding. Other residents of the tight-knit community of Klawock have rallied to help.“It really hasn’t been too much,” he said. “The biggest issue that I’ve had was trying to make sure my family from out of town could come up.”That includes Barlow’s father, who is performing the ceremony and had a long four-day trip from a village in Peru where he’s now living.Barlow said he met George online, as he was planning to move to Klawock. He had started his Alaska residency in Sitka, drawn there by his sister, who was attended Sheldon Jackson College.“She sent me a bunch of pictures of the water and the hillsides, and so I said that’s where I’ve got to go and I moved to Sitka in June of 1999,” he said.But, the tourism in Sitka was too much for him, so about a year later, Barlow moved to Prince of Wales Island. He wanted to find out more about Klawock before moving, so he did a search on Yahoo Messenger. That’s how he met George.“I’ve tried to duplicate that search since then, and have never been able to duplicate a search to find her anywhere,” he said. “That one search was what did it for me in order to find her.”Now, about 15 years later, wedding bells will ring – or half-time buzzers will sound — as the couple finally ties the knot.Friday’s ceremony will take place after the boys’ team plays – which includes George’s 18-year-old son — and before the girls’ game. The visiting team is the Kake Thunderbirds.last_img read more

EU to impose retaliatory tariffs on US imports from July

first_imgEuropean Union flag Credit: EU websiteThe European Union on Wednesday announced it will start imposing duties from July on a list of US products in response to president Donald Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe.”The new duties start applying in July,” European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic told reporters. “It is a measured and proportionate response to the unilateral and illegal decision taken by the United States.”Sefcovic said that formalities in finalizing the list should be completed this month. The EU says it will introduce “rebalancing” tariffs on about 2.8 billion euros’ ($3.4 billion) worth of US steel, agricultural and other products, including bourbon, peanut butter, cranberries and orange juice.Trump imposed tariffs of 25 per cent on steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum from the EU on 1 June. He said the move is meant to protect US national security interests, but the Europeans claim it is simply protectionism and breaks global trade rules.The EU exported some 5.5 million tons of steel to the US last year. European steel producers are concerned about a loss of market access but also that steel from elsewhere will flood in.The EU – the world’s biggest trading bloc – has also taken its case to the World Trade Organization. If the WTO rules in its favor, or after three years if the case is still going on, the EU plans to impose further tariffs of 3.6 billion euros on US products.”The EU’s reaction is fully in line with international trade law. We regret that the United States left us with no other option than to safeguard EU interests,” trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said in a statement.last_img read more

Free Thanksgiving Dinners for Central Maryland Families

first_imgThe United Way of Central Maryland is aiming to distribute 4,000 Thanksgiving dinners to low-income central Maryland families as part of the organization’s 23rd annual Harvest of Plenty. The Thanksgiving meals will be distributed to pre-registered families until Nov. 24 at 22 locations throughout central Maryland including social service agencies, faith-based providers, food banks, community action agencies and partner outreach programs. Dinner packages will feed a family of six and include traditional Thanksgiving meal items like a 10-12 pound turkey, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, green beans, collard greens, cranberry sauce and biscuit mix.Individuals interested in providing a Thanksgiving dinner for a family can do so at For more information about the program call 410-547-8000.last_img read more

Garmins New Golf GPS Allows You to Play in Virtual Tournaments

first_img Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 Stay on target If you need to step up your golf game, Garmin has your back: The company just unveiled the Approach G80, a new GPS golf device that calculates advanced swing metrics and enables you to compete in virtual tournaments.On Tuesday, Garmin introduced the Approach G80 in a press release, which helps golfers elevate their performance by tracking their ball speed, club head speed, smash factor, swing tempo, and approximate distance. Golfers can also test their skills in virtual rounds on more than 41,000 pre-loaded courses. The device, which costs $499.99, is available on Garmin’s website.“With the Approach G80, golfers are finally able to take advantage of a golf GPS that integrates launch monitor capabilities,” Dan Bartel, Garmin worldwide vice president of consumer sales, said in the press release. “The device serves as an all-in-one tutor that introduces advanced radar capabilities that are easy to use, and entertaining game modes that allow golfers to compete with friends on the driving range or even at home using a golf net.”AdChoices广告The Approach G80, which has a 3.5-inch color touchscreen and a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 15 hours, is like having a high-tech golf instructor. It comes with game and practice modes, including Warm Up, Tempo Training, Target Practice, and Virtual Round. A built-in launch monitor notes ball speed, club head speed, smash factor, approximate distance, and backswing and downswing time to provide golfers with the correct tempo.Photo Credit: Garmin/YouTubeOn golf courses, the Approach G80 provides Touch Targeting for precise yardage information and Green View to adjust the day’s pin location and shift the flag to a viewable position. Plus, the PlaysLike Distance feature can help golfers automatically adjust yardages, so they can hit a specific target and use the device’s PinPointer feature to guide their movements on green areas.Playing virtual tournaments is also easy: Golfers can download the Garmin Golf app on their smartphones, select which virtual tournament they would like to join, and they can compete with other golfers worldwide. The device’s Target Practice feature also gives golfers the opportunity to hone in on their drives and receive points for hitting specific targets in a two-player challenge mode. Golfers can also connect with other players by reviewing their stats, saving scorecards, and taking part in weekly leaderboards.Visit Garmin’s website for more specs and details on the Approach G80.More on Limits Message Forwarding to 5 Individuals, GroupsSpotify Is Testing a New Feature That Will Let You Block Music ArtistsThis Rechargeable Cap Uses UV Rays to Kill Germs in Your Water Bottlelast_img read more

Vintage santana at his best

Even at the age of 65 Carlos Santana can rock and play his uniquely soulful guitar as enigmatically and with as much fervor as he did in Woodstock of 1969. With his tight band comprising of a strong rhythm and horn section, the 10 Grammy winner was a treat for all the rock fans at the F1 Rocks concert at Galgotia University grounds last Sunday. The concert was presented by Vladivar and produced by DNA Networks.The repertoire was a collection of his greatest hits but the fascinating quality Santana has that he can get together a completely new line up of backing musicians that deliver.  And deliver they did with powerhouse support. His current touring line-up includes Tony Lindsay on Vocals, Raul Rekow on Congas, Dennis Chambers on Drums, Karl Perrazzo on Percussions, Benjamin Rietveld on Bass and David Mathews on Keyboards. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Although this was Santana’s first outing in India he is no stranger to the country as he has been inspired by Indian spirituality in the past and even temporarily adopted the middle name of ‘Devadip’. In a press conference the previous evening he said that he used music to spread world peace and heal the planet and to come to India was to connect with spiritual principles whose awareness he imbibed in the sixties. He said they do what religion and politicians have failed to do and at the concert too he again reiterated that he brings the message of One Light, One Love and Peace. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA high point in the concert was with his wife Cindy Blackman on the drums. She is also an acclaimed jazz and rock drummer having toured with Lenny Kravitz and other jazz greats. She backed Santana playing his ever spiritually uplifting classic ‘Europa’ culminating in a dexterous drum solo. Santana was in his electrifying best in a mesmerizing lead solo in ‘Jingo’. Other memorable compositions rendered were ‘Evil Ways’, ‘Black Magic Woman’, ‘Oye Como Va’, ‘Smooth’ and the ever popular ‘Soul Sacrifice’ which included a medleys of his favourite riffs and even the James Bond Theme! The only composition that failed to inspire initially was ‘Game of Love’ as Tipriti of Soulmate who was invited on stage was not familiar with the song but Santana deserves praise for his magnanimity to encourage her. She however excelled in ‘Smooth’ as well as ‘Make Somebody Happy’ along with vocalist Tony Lindsay who himself is an 11 Grammy winner and has spent 20 years with Santana as a frontman.Soulmate were the opening act and set the mood with their great blues originals with Tipriti and her powerful vocals and Rudy on lead guitar. Rudy also presented his track ‘Moon Flower’ inspired by Santana’s ‘Europa’. read more

Yemeni politicians say UN peace talks indefinitely postponed

first_img SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A United Nations-sponsored Yemeni peace conference that was to start Thursday in Geneva has been indefinitely postponed, officials said, as battles raged across the country.The talks were meant to end weeks of heavy fighting and Saudi-led airstrikes against an Iran-backed rebel group amid a humanitarian crisis that has left millions in the Arab world’s poorest country short of food and fuel. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The U.N. had urged all parties to attend the talks, announced last week, without preconditions. But the exiled government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi reiterated its demand that the Houthis first pull out of cities and towns seized in recent months, including the capital, Sanaa.The Houthis backed the talks and said they would participate. Houthi rebel leader Abdul-Malek al-Houthi had described talks as the only solution to the war. He boycotted an earlier conference hosted by Saudi Arabia, demanding that peace negotiations be held in a neutral country.The talks were the first major initiative of the new U.N. special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who this month held meetings in Yemen with rival political players. Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, told reporters Thursday that Ahmed “believes he has the assurances he has to proceed” with the talks.Saudi-led airstrikes began March 26. Fighting on the ground has pitted Hadi’s forces against the Houthis and military units loyal to Saleh.The Saudi-led coalition has portrayed the Houthis as a proxy for an expansionist Shiite Iran. Iran supports the Houthis but denies arming them. Smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike targeted a military base in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Fighting raged on in Yemen on Sunday, with airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition hitting rebel targets in multiple cities, including the capital, while street battles in the city of Taiz killed several civilians. (Photo/Shohdi Alsofi) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Warplanes had fired missiles overnight at several army camps and weapon depots in Sanaa, in the northern Houthi stronghold of Saada and in the southern city of Aden. The airstrikes came a day after some of the heaviest bombardment carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa.The U.N. estimates that at least 1,037 civilians, including 130 women and 234 children, have been killed between March 26 and May 20. The cities of Saada and Aden have endured the most extensive damage to their infrastructure.Humanitarian groups have said a five-day truce that ended last week was hardly enough to get aid in. The cease-fire was breached several times.___Associated Press writer Cara Anna in New York contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Three officials from the Houthi, socialist and unionist parties said late Sunday they were notified the talks had been postponed and that no new date had been set. All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.A U.N. official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and therefore also spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the talks would be postponed.The setback came as Saudi-led warplanes on Monday pounded Shiite Houthi rebel positions in the capital and across the country.Heavy fighting continued in the city of Dhale, where witnesses and military officials said that fighters loyal to the exiled president managed to seize several military sites from the rebels, surrounding them in some areas and demanding they surrender. The officials, along with hospital workers, said that dozens were killed and some 70 were wounded.In the city of Taiz, the officials said 13 civilians died and some 200 others were wounded after a truck carrying oil was hit by crossfire and caused a raging fire.They added that in the capital, Sanaa, warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition struck a house owned by Ahmed Saleh, son of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is allied with the Houthi rebels, leaving it destroyed and in flames. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief journalists. Comments   Share   last_img read more

Excite Holidays honoured for contribution to US Travel Industry

first_imgExcite Holidays honoured for contribution to U.S. Travel IndustryOn Saturday 3 June 2017, the U.S. Travel Association and Brand USA honoured representatives from the world’s highest-volume tour operators and buyers of U.S. travel and hospitality services, at its annual Chairman’s Circle Honors (CCH) event in Washington.Held at the breathtaking Washington National Cathedral during the annual IPW conference, this elite awards event was co-hosted by Brand USA, and honoured international travel buyers for their outstanding efforts and passion in bringing the world to America. International honourees were nominated by the U.S. Travel Association’s Chairman’s Circle-level members, including top U.S. travel businesses and destinations.Representing Excite Holidays was Matt Owers, Product Contracting Manager and Vanessa Richards, Head of Marketing, who were thrilled to accept the award as a 2017 Chairman’s Circle honouree for outstanding contribution to the U.S. travel industry.“IPW’s mission is to bring the world to America, and this year’s Chairman’s Circle honourees have excelled in bringing international visitors here to experience all our country has to offer,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow.The 2017 Chairman’s Circle Honors awards hosted a record number of attendees for the event, including 97 representatives from 61 winning organisations, along with leaders from some of America’s top travel companies and destinations.“The winners of this year’s Chairman’s Circle Honors awards have amplified Brand USA’s efforts to welcome the world to America,” said Chris Thompson, President and CEO of Brand USA. “For that, they deserve profound thanks from our country’s destinations and travel industry workers, who depend on robust international visitation for economic growth. We are pleased to honour a truly exemplary group here in Washington, D.C.” Excite HolidaysSource = Excite Holidayslast_img read more

Healthcare tourism increases in the Caribbean

first_imgAccording to an article outlining ‘13 Opportunities for the New Caribbean’, healthcare tourism is listed as an opportunity for the Caribbean region. Healthcare tourism is a great opportunity and new hospitals could be built with two audiences in mind i.e. locals and health tourists – meaning a better quality of care at home and additional revenue.Shomari Scott, Health City’s Marketing Director said, “These are two areas that we have fully embraced at Health City. Given that there is only one incinerator on the island, this will not only provide a second incineration option but it will also reduce transport of potentially harmful waste.”The Health City executive also reported that salt water air conditioning, “an extremely efficient, cutting edge, zero emission technology will be introduced at Health City and will reduce our power demand by approximately 50%.”last_img read more

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