Be more humane, Minister urges J&K police

first_imgLauding the role of the Jammu and Kashmir police in meeting various challenges, Revenue and Relief Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri on Saturday asked the force to adopt a more humanitarian approach while dealing with people.Addressing the Police Commemoration Day Parade function here, Mr. Veeri said the police force was “one of the best” in the country. “You have taken on many roles successfully and people have a lot of expectation from you. You should adopt a [more] humanitarian approach when dealing with common people,” he said at the function skipped by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.Mr. Veeri, chief guest at the parade, said Ms. Mufti could not attend as she was not well. Deputy Speaker of Legislative Assembly Nazir Ahmad Gurezi, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Minister of State Mir Zahoor, civil administration and police officers attended the parade.Mr. Veeri recalled the role of the police in disaster management, saying their rescue operations during the 2014 floods were “appreciated by one and all”.DGP S.P. Vaid said the police force was always ready to meet any challenge. Later, they paid floral tributes to the fallen personnel at the police martyrs’ memorial.last_img read more

Manchester United to continue without De Gea: Van Gaal

first_imgGoalkeeper David de Gea still “has the same problem” of not being in the right frame of mind and is out of the squad for Manchester United’s second Premier League fixture of the season against Aston Villa, manager Louis van Gaal said on Thursday.The Spaniard missed last weekend’s season-opening 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur after Van Gaal felt the 24-year-old might not be focused amid persistent media reports linking the goalkeeper with a move to Real Madrid.”There’s no difference. The transfer period is still open and he (De Gea) has still the same problem,” Van Gaal told a news conference.Also read: Kaka recalled for Brazil friendlies Sergio Romero, who signed for United last month on a free transfer from Sampdoria, is expected to continue in goal when Van Gaal’s side travel to Villa Park on Friday.Van Gaal also responded to comments from Hristo Stoichkov, who played under the Dutchman at Barcelona, after the former Bulgaria international said the United boss “destroys” clubs and urged Barcelona’s Pedro not to move to Old Trafford.Also read: I’m not back, was always there, says Yaya Toure “I always want to consider who is saying such things and then I know already why,” Van Gaal said.”It is not bothering me. He (Stoichkov) is one of the players I sent away (from Barcelona) and that is why he is doing that. I’m used to that.”Van Gaal endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford last season as United claimed 13 points from 10 league matches.advertisementUnited signed a host of players ahead of the current campaign and the Dutchman hopes the integration of his new recruits does not have a similar impact on early season results.”You have to survive the start. You have new players, a new team, a new team process, the team dynamics are different, so every team has to sustain this period because nobody is 100 percent fit and they have to play,” he said.”I think that we have to pay attention to it and develop, but it cannot cost as many points as last year.”Despite signing expensive recruits like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, Van Gaal is still looking to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes.”Our aim is to improve our squad and when it is possible we shall do it,” he said. “I have said more than once that we only buy when we think it is a contribution for our squad.”last_img read more

LeBron and Cavs Owner to Meet?

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — For LeBron James to return to Cleveland, he would have to forgive the man who attacked him harder than anyone else four years ago.Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert took his shots as James left home to chase NBA championships in Miami.As James considers his next move in free agency and an entire region breathlessly awaits a homecoming it couldn’t imagine in its wildest dreams, it’s not clear if James and Gilbert have had a face-to-face meeting. In his infamous letter to Cleveland fans on July 8, 2010, Gilbert referred to James as “our former hero” and called his departure “cowardly.”But James’ interest in meeting with the Cavaliers to see what they can offer him indicates a level of willingness to reunite with Gilbert.TOM WITHERS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Proposed rules update

first_imgDuring 2018, Touch Football Australia (TFA) undertook a review of the 7th Edition Playing Rules. This process engaged a number of stakeholders including current administrators, coaches, referees, referee coaches and players, who provided advice and expertise in the development of the next edition of our playing rules.The outcome is a proposed version of the 8th Edition TFA Playing Rules that reflects today’s trends of the game.View the Proposed 8th Edition Rules. View a short animation explaining the rule changes.Most changes simply align the rule book to what is being interpreted at all levels of our game, where other changes may have a more noticeable impact on the way the game is played. For this reason, TFA has determined that the proposed rules will be tested at the 2019 National Touch League (NTL), along with other events should it be deemed appropriate to do so, before the 8th Edition is ratified and released to the community for its use.It is proposed that the 8th Edition will be in use in competitions across the country from 1 July 2019. Below are the major features of the 8th Edition TFA Playing Rules:• The terminology used throughout the rules has realigned our sport to its roots and the terminology used throughout most of our community. ‘Touchdowns’ are now ‘tries’, the ‘score zone’ is now the ‘in-goal area’, the ‘score line’ is the ‘tryline’ and ‘a period of time’ is ‘the sin-bin’.• Defenders will be required to retire a set distance of 7 metres from the ruck as opposed to the current ‘not less than 5 metres’ rule. This will improve consistency in its application and is more in line with what is currently being applied across our sport.• The change to the 7 metres will see the introduction of a 7-metre zone rather than the current 5 metre zone at either end of the field. Players will be required to move forward once a defender enters that zone as is the current rule but will be required to now do so at a ‘reasonable pace’. What is deemed ‘reasonable pace’ will be well-defined throughout all education to aid consistent application.• The defender will be required to retire to an onside position without interfering or impeding the attacking team. This rule will replace the requirement to return to an onside position without changing direction. A player may now choose any direction and change that direction, as long as their actions do not interfere with the attacking team.• Any three consecutive infringements in the one possession by the defending team in their 7-metre zone will result in the last player to infringe being placed in the nearest sin-bin area until their team regains possession of the ball.• Any touch made following an intercept or following a ball being touched in flight will be zero touch.• Any player sent to the sin-bin will remain in the sin-bin for a compulsory two completed sets of possession by both teams. This will no longer be at the discretion of the referee and will provide greater consistency in its application.• Any incorrect restart, i.e. a tap, is taken off the mark or taken instead of a Rollball will no longer result in a change of possession. The player will be simply required to return to the correct mark and perform the correct restart.• Interchanges during a breakaway situation will be prohibited. Any player who enters the field from the interchange area during a breakaway, regardless of whether a try is scored or not, will be sent to the sin-bin.• The drop-off procedure will be consistent with the international game and consistent across all major TFA events.The above list covers the most prominent changes; there are additional and more subtle changes that have been adopted to ensure the rules reflect current game trends.The 7th Edition has been in place for almost two decades and with shifting game trends over that time came a change to the way the rules were interpreted. It is TFA’s intention to monitor these trends more closely in the future and adjust the rules on a more regular basis. In order to do that, a National Game Committee will be created to monitor the trends of the game at all levels and make recommendations on future rule changes.Once the new edition is ratified, TFA will roll out educational resources.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Is Rooting For Ohio State This Saturday

first_imgJim Harbaugh talks about Rutgers trash talk during halftime of their game during a press conference.jim harbaugh rutgers trash talkGiven Michigan’s last-second loss to Michigan State earlier this year, the Wolverines will need to finish with fewer losses in-conference than the Spartans to claim the Big Ten East crown. That means that for Michigan to have a shot, Michigan State needs to lose either at Ohio State this Saturday or at home against Penn State in two weeks. UM head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked earlier this week if he’ll be rooting for the Buckeyes against the Spartans on Saturday. He basically ignored the question. Thursday morning, he was asked again, this time on Detroit radio show Stoney & Bill. This time around, he made it clear that he’d be rooting for whatever is “best” for Michigan – which, clearly, means he’s rooting for his program’s arch-rival.Harbaugh asked if Bo Schembechler would root for Ohio State or Michigan State on Saturday: “He’d root what’s best for Michigan.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 19, 2015Harbaugh on @StoneyandBill about OSU : “What’s best for Michigan” is what he wants— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) November 19, 2015Harbaugh scolds @stoney16 for saying he can’t root for OSU because of hate: “why would you associate the word hate with collegiate sports?!”— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015Harbaugh won’t say ‘go Bucks” on @StoneyandBill :” What’s best for Michigan. I’d say it but I won’t because you’re telling me to say it.”— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015Harbaugh: “What’s best for Michigan is what (I’ll be rooting for).”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 19, 2015Obviously, Michigan fans are in a bind here. If Ohio State can knock off Michigan State Saturday, Michigan needs to just win out to claim the Big Ten East. That being said, it involves rooting for the team they hate.Is Harbaugh breaking an unwritten rule by rooting for Ohio State? Or is this acceptable given the circumstances?last_img read more

Morata jets off to undergo Atletico Madrid medical

first_imgChelsea striker Alvaro Morata will undergo a medical in Spain on Thursday as he closes in on completing his move to Atletico Madrid.Goal understands the Spain international will depart Stamford Bridge on an initial six-month loan deal, with the Liga outfit having the option to buy Morata for £43.7m ($57m) at the end of the season. There is understood to be a further £4.4m ($5.7m) in loan fees.His departure from west London has been signed off following the confirmation of Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival on a loan deal from Juventus, with the Argentina international reuniting with his former boss at Napoli, Maurizio Sarri. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Sarri confirmed his happiness at having finally landed Higuain’s signature after Morata made it clear that he wanted to leave the club during the January transfer window“I think that Morata is a very good player,” he told reporters ahead of Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham. “I think that Morata has the characteristics for playing in my team”But Morata, one month ago, said he wanted to play in another team.”So it was really very difficult for him to give us the 100 per cent for his mental situation. But I think that Morata is potentially a very important player. From the physical and technical point of view, he is a very good player and suitable for my football.”The situation changed in the last month. So we needed to change. I don’t know [about the transfer market]. As you know very well, I don’t want to follow the market day by day. I don’t know the actual situation.”Morata told me 10 days ago that there was an opportunity in Spain, but I don’t know where.”We have some problems in scoring. Higuain usually is able to score 25 or 30 goals every season. But, as I told you before, in the market in January it’s very difficult to secure a very important striker.”Gonzalo was in a situation that we could try to buy him, and so we decided to try for Higuain.”Higuain was not registered in time to be eligible for the meeting with Mauricio Pochettino’s side as the Blues look to overturn a 1-0 deficit following the first leg at Wembley.Chelsea do have the option to make the deal permanent either this summer or at the end of the 2019-20 campaign should they extend the current loan move – a signal that the club’s normal policy of not offering long-term contracts to players over the age of 30 might be changing.And Sarri believes that 31-year-old Higuain is not too old to have a long term future in the English capital“Thirty-one and 32 is not really very old. I think that, for a striker, it’s very difficult to score with continuity when they are 22 or 23. So the best is from 27 to 32 or 33.”I don’t know exactly the details of the contract, though, so it’s very difficult for me to answer.”Maurizio Sarri quote GFX“It’s up to him. He has to score, first of all. I think that, for a long-term contract, he has to do very well. He has to play. He has to score. He has to be useful for the team.”Away from the transfer market, Chelsea have been in declining form over the winter period, leading to increased focus on their new manager and his players.Chelsea’s most recent match saw them well beaten at the Emirates Stadium in a 2-0 Premier League defeat to Arsenal. and Sarri caused a stir post-match by claiming that his players were “extremely difficult to motivate”.The Italian, though, does not believe that his words should be construed as a warning to his players.“I didn’t attack my players,” he continued. “I told only my opinion about our problems. But I wanted them to realise the problem – I think it’s my job.”Of course, I have the responsibility also of the mental point of view, so the performance was my fault, of course.”But I said I am in trouble because it’s very difficult to motivate them, but I didn’t want to attack them. I didn’t attack my players. I only texplained to the journalists my problem.”They are very good boys. With this little problem that I think I can help them (with).Maurizio Sarri quote GFX“But I didn’t want to attack them. If we have a problem, I think we have to discuss the problem. We have to try and find the reason for the problem. We have to try and do something to improve. I cannot see a big problem with this. Why? Why would I keep it a secret?“I don’t know why, otherwise it would have been easy for me. I don’t know exactly the reason, or maybe there are 100 reasons. It’s difficult, but we have to try something to improve in this. We are changing something in training, something in pre-match.”We are trying to do our best, of course. But, for us, it’s a problem – not always, but even in some very important matches. So it’s really very strange.”When you play against Arsenal or Tottenham, you usually arrive at the match with a very high level of motivation and determination, but we made mistakes in this kind of match.”So it’s very strange and we need to improve. But they agree with me. I discussed it with the players after the match, and I said to them the same things as in the press conference. It’s not a big problem. I want to be direct with them in private and in public.”I said that, for me, it was very difficult to motivate them. Not impossible, but it’s very difficult.”last_img read more

Channel your inner British gentleman by dressing in Drake’s

first_img 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Ready and Rare-ing to Go: How to Make Steak Tartare 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Esteemed menswear brand Drake’s has come a long way since Michael Drake founded it in East London in 1977 as a line of “Scarves, Shawls and Plaids.” Initially known for its fine furnishings, neckties and pocket squares and now run by creative director Michael Hill, the label today offers a complete collection of dapper menswear that ranges from socks ($35) to shirting (starting at $175) tailored sportcoats ($1295), outerwear ($645 and up), accessories, and footwear all made from the highest quality fabrics and materials. Sold at its two stores in England and a pop-up shop in New York, the line is also available directly online and at such well respected retailers as Harrods, Selfridges, Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman, to name just a few.Michael Hill recently gave The Manual an update on the latest offerings of this winning British brand and explained why it continues to bait sartorially superior chaps nearly 40 years later.What is Drake’s best known for?Hand printed design and men’s furnishings. And hand-making on Haberdasher Street, London.What is the overall aesthetic of the line?Sartorially rooted in great, timeless men’s clothes, yet with a soft, comfortable refinement for today.Who is the Drake’s customer?A guy that’s looking for quality and style. We find he tends to be between his mid twenties and mid sixties.How has the line evolved over the years?From furnishings into shirts – we’re proud to now be making in our own factory in Somerset, England – knitwear and tailoring. It’s never a question of brand extensions, rather making great products that we believe in and would like to wear ourselves.Tell me about the new denim collection you’ve just launched for fall 2016.The jeans have a decent rise (higher than average) with room on the seat and thigh, with a slight taper. So of course they work casually but they also work with a tailored jacket. Made from 14.5 oz selvage denim, they’re made down the road from our Haberdasher Street factory by our friends in Walthamstow.What are some of your favorite pieces in the current collection?This season I love our reversible navy to Blackwatch tartan overcoat, our Donegal knitwear and the waxed bucket hat. They all look great, but it’s the quality of the raw ingredients and craftsmanship involved in making them that sets them apart.What else sets Drake’s apart from other brands?The fact that we’re not only designers and merchants but also manufacturers. Design and make are interconnected and we’re dedicated to both.What are the plans for the future?The plan is to continue our slow evolution. We have a shop-in-shop in the pipeline for spring next year in Tokyo and we’d love to take our offer to a wider audience by eventually opening more retail. Thankfully we’re a small enough team to be fairly nimble in our approach to this. And we’ll also add another product category, if it feels right – in fact we can announce that swimwear is in the design stage for summer ’17. Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Pornlast_img read more

Supramax RSA Welcomes dAmico

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license d’Amico Dry Cargo, part of the Italian d’Amico Group, has become the latest member to join C Transport Maritime’s (CTM) Supramax Revenue Sharing Agreement (RSA).As informed, the first of d’Amico’s Supramax bulkers to join the RSA fleet will be M/V Medi Bangkok and M/V Medi Paestum.The 68,927 cbm Medi Bangkok and the 70,700 cbm Medi Paestum were built in Japan in 2006 and 2009, respectively. The vessel pair is part of d’Amico Group’s fleet which comprises around 120 vessels.According to CTM, the Supramax RSA is currently the largest Supramax pool on the market. In the RSA, all of the vessels are run together and the incomes generated are distributed to the members according to the revenue earning capabilities of their vessels within the agreement.Operations of the pool commenced in 2013, with five members and thirteen vessels increasing to over 60 ships today. The average age of the ships in the fleet is four years, with sizes of vessels ranging from 45,000 to 64,000 dwt.In 2018, tonnage carried by vessels in the RSA fleet amounted to a total of 21.961,031 tons.last_img read more

Tughlakabad to get water from taps in a week CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: The water woes of the residents of Tughlakabad will go promised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday. Delhi Chief Minister held a review padyatra at Tughlakabad area on Sunday to talk to the people about the development works and progress. The residents complained about the unavailability of tap water and the CM promised to deal the matter within a week. “Pipelines have been laid. You will get water in your taps within a week. There’s no need for water tankers now”, he said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarKejriwal Saturday kicked off a public outreach campaign, under which he will take out foot marches in all 70 Assembly constituencies in the national capital. The residents of Tughlakabad told the chief minister that though Delhi Jal Board water tankers reach them regularly, they would like to get water directly in their taps. The CM said that they will no more need to take water from the tankers as in a week’s time they will start getting water at their homes through the pipeline. He apprised the residents that the order for the same has already been given to the Delhi Jal Board. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceChief Minister undertook a padyatra in the Deoli assembly constituency on Saturday morning. He received complaints of unavailability of DJB tankers, private tankers mafia and theft of water through private bores during his interaction with the local residents. He took immediate action and directed the DJB officials to lodge FIR against the private tanker mafia and private borewell operators. He also ordered the DJB to start laying of pipeline in Deoli area and start the supply of Sonia Vihar water in Deoli within four months. On Saturday, CM Kejriwal told the residents of Deoli that they will get steady water supply through DJB pipelines in four months. “Once the pipelines are laid, you will start getting water from Sonia Vihar… I have got to know that DJB tankers don’t come here regularly and you have been buying water from private tankers,” the chief minister, who is also the utility’s head, had said. In the recent Lok Sabha poll, the Aam Aadmi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal witnessed an enormous defeat. Party sources said that after rigorous meetings with the top leaders and workers the party learned that to win the coming Vidhan Sabha poll in 2020 the party should reach out to the public in the older fashion which would be door-to-door with the presence of Arvind Kejriwal. According to the senior leaders, Delhi CM would continue such small padyatras what he used to do before the AAP came to power in Delhi.last_img read more

British Columbia bearing brunt of impact from Huawei arrest Horgan

first_imgVANCOUVER — Premier John Horgan says British Columbia, as the country’s gateway to Asia, is bearing the brunt of the impact of Canada’s tense relationship with China over the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.Speaking at the Council of Forest Industries convention in Vancouver Friday, Horgan described Meng’s arrest as “profoundly regrettable,” but adds “extradition treaties are extradition treaties” and he doesn’t think the federal government had any other option.Meng was arrested in Vancouver in December on a request from the United States, which wants her extradiated to face charges including conspiracy, fraud and obstruction.Horgan says the province does have an option, and that’s to continue to be aggressive and forward-looking when it comes to trade with Asia.He says it’s a critically important market and boosting innovation in export products will be a ticket to success, adding that the province has an opportunity to grow the market for engineered wood products. B.C. does billions in trade with China and Horgan says he’s confident that relationship remains in good shape.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Love can cure all addictions Mimi Chakraborty

first_imgTollywood actor Mimi Chakraborty who cut her teeth in acting in the television serial ‘Gaaner Opaare’ many years ago has recently completed playing the role of a hapless drug addict in the Shagufta Rafique film, Mon Jaane Na. Having studied the role in all its depth, Mimi found herself preparing hard for her part and is now looking at innovative promotions for the film.Excerpts from an interview: Tell us about your role in the film, Mon Jaane na… Also Read – An income drop can harm brainI play the character of Pari who is a shy orphaned girl married off to a taxi driver named Amir (Yash ) by the local maulvi. Soon she discovers some secrets of Amir’s life and decides to leave home. For two years she goes missing and Amir frantically looks for her everywhere and when she is finally found, she has transformed into a reckless drug addict and gone into prostitution. The story is how the couple battles this situation and overcome it. In the end, it is love which wins the day. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardTell us how you prepared for this role: Playing a drug addict was difficult. I read a lot about addiction on the internet. I talked to people who had undergone the ordeal. I have a friend who has recovered now, so I spoke to him. Shagufta gave me some clips so I looked at them but there were no acting workshops since Shagufta did not want anything to come between me and my natural self. Tell us about the director of this film? This happens to be Shagufta’s first directorial venture. One reason why I chose this film is because of it has strong content. These days, people do get into drugs and then a whole lot of problems get unleashed. These people suffer, they become social outcasts. Rehab is also not the only solution in this situation. The film rightly depicts that love and care can heal the victim permanently. You decided to do playack also in this film… There was nothing planned about it and I’m totally nervous about how the audience will respond to it. In fact, I’m more nervous about it than I was about my first film. But, of course, I love singing… Your fitness plan since you have lost weight? I had to lose weight for this film. There is no diet as such that I follow. I don’t eat anything after 8.30 pm at night, and in the morning I don’t wake up to tea or coffee, I eat fruit instead. I work out for about two hours at the gym every day but on a Sunday, I break all rules and have sweets. Your next project? I’m doing a film with Birsa Dasgupta next. It’s a rom-com.last_img read more

The Complex Lives of SubSaharan Migrants in Morocco

Rabat – As migration continues to gather international fervor three weeks after world governments met in Marrakech to sign the Global Compact on Migration, Morocco’s thousands of sub-Saharan migrants continue to wait in line to reach their “European dream.”Graffiti in the park of Qamra in Rabat. Photo by François Koundouno/MWNBraving Rabat’s capricious weather and the gazes of onlookers, a number of sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco’s capital have found themselves a sort of refuge in Qamra, a popular neighborhood that houses the city’s bus station.While Morocco takes pride in a “responsible” and “Africa-centered” migration policy, Qamra shows a much blurrier picture. It is unclear at first sight whether the migrants in Qamra are facing a reluctant world that only perceives them in terms of cost and benefit analysis; whether their lives are eclipsed behind Morocco’s policy priorities, or whether their presence is no issue to locals, many of whom donate food and clothing to the migrants.Despite some degree of friendliness and tolerance, the complete picture of the increasing visibility of sub-Saharans in Morocco offers reasons for caution. Qamra calls for perspective and nuance, a number of migrants told Morocco World News.Moroccans are ‘better racists’Under the bridge linking Qamra to the chic neighborhood of Al Irfane, seven Guinean migrants have established what they call “home.” They eat and sleep there, armed with a buoyant hope of fulfilling their “Boza” dream and royally oblivious to stares and prejudice.Negotiating the condescension, the indifference, and the generosity of onlookers, but also a number of racist observations on their “black bodies,” they continue to live and think of a day when they will live the “European dream.”Alpha Omar, the apparent leader of the group living under the bridge, spoke to Morocco World News about his daily hardships. As forthcoming as a Catholic unburdening himself to a priest during a confession ritual, the Guinean migrant spoke of his long itinerary through West African countries to reach Algeria before being expelled to the Morocco-Algeria border.“We left Guinea because there was no hope,” he says, laughing, his face wearing that unmistakable marker of gravity. His voice grave and sour, as if signifying that he was not exaggerating his story, Omar spoke of the “hell” he and some others went through in Algeria.“Work is abundant there. We could work there, but at the expense of our lives and security.” He suggests that it was impossible to survive Algeria’s daily patrols and security checks.What does that make of Morocco? A better and friendlier place for migrants; a racism-free environment?Read Also: Paul Kagame: Europe is Responsible for Migration CrisisIt depends on what meaning one ascribes to “better,” Omar’s friends jumped in the discussion. There is racism in Morocco, they conceded, but not as harsh as in other Arab countries.“In Algeria, you can make money but you’re never safe. Here, jobs are scarce, almost non-existent. But you feel relatively safe, generally free of harm from authorities and Moroccans. Moroccans are better racists,” Omar explained.When asked about Morocco’s recent crackdown on irregular migrants in provinces whose proximity to Europe brought droves of migrants to Morocco in the first place, the Guinean seems conciliatory, saying that Morocco is acting in “defense of its interests.” But, he regrets, “they have made it hard, impossible for people to try ‘Boza.’”The unfading appeal of hopeThe “stubbornness of hope,” Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote in her celebrated “Americanah,” is that it makes you believe that you’re exceptional. The “being exceptional” part was particularly striking in how Omar and his friends approached their Moroccan “stay.”For all of them, Morocco is a necessary scene in a longer play: life in Europe. As they spoke, their voices, words, and elisions were rife with that gleeful aura of someone who not only hoped to make it to the end but was, in fact, convinced that the end will be happy, and worthy of the efforts and struggles.Graffiti in the park of Qamra in Rabat. Photo by François Koundouno/MWN“Migration is the only hope left,” Souleymane, the youngest of the crew living under the bridge, said as he chimed in for the first time.Guinea’s political failures and deepening poverty, he elaborated, herald no prospects of success for “people like us, with no connections in high places in the country.” To leave the country then becomes the only way of helping families to emerge from the deep structural and institutionalized poverty befalling many postcolonial societies.But how can you even have the time to hope, to imagine a happy ending, when you barely have time to live, to reflect; when your surroundings, the squalor you call “home” elicit only a permanent urge to go, no matter where?Those questions were left unanswered, but the evasions were evocative, pregnant with meaning: to hope, it is enough to be alive; no luxury is required.“I have a BA in economics,” said Mamadou. “But in Guinea, there is no job. So the only hope resides in going, taking with you the prayers and good wishes of those you leave behind. To go is like sacrificing your own life and wellbeing so that others in the family can hope of a life without the same difficulties.”Mamadou, like the others living under the bridge, is from Guinea.But he doesn’t live with Omar’s group. “Who told you everyone has a home here?” he asked. “People here sleep wherever they can, wherever they find space they deem appropriate for the night.” He points at a number of people lying on the ground, sleeping on generous grass that has become a mattress for many.Morocco World News met Mamadou in what used to be Qamra’s park. Now occupied by hordes of migrants who sleep on the grass, play and cook in the vicinity, the once-park has become the closest thing to “home” or “our place” for Qamra’s pack of migrants. They call it “la foret” (the forest), perhaps a veiled reference to the migrants’ forest in Tangier.But while Tangier’s “forest” is actually a forest, with all the dangers that life in such a place entails, Qamra’s “forest” is mostly made up of grass, wooden benches, and a number of lone and small trees, visibly stubborn enough to convince their occupants that they are indeed in a forest, cut from the outside world.“You can’t bear all these tribulations and ordeal,” Mamadou continued, as he recalled his failed attempts—he didn’t say an exact number—to cross to Spain. “You can’t bear all of this is you’re not driven by something, some sort of positive feeling that you’ll make it, that somehow God has not allowed all this suffering for no reasons.”This romanticization of immigration, the deliberate choice to ignore the ordeal of irregular migration and focus rather on the financial returns and the possibility of social mobility is reminiscent of sociologist Abdelmalek Sayad’s interpretation of his Algerian informants’ quite naïve and emphatic idealization of reaching France.Omar and Mamadou are in some sense a perfect embodiment of neoliberalism’ gospel of the self-made man, the much-circulated belief that success can become a reality through resilience and a persevering spirit. “Just as some dream to succeed in life with their good education,” Omar said, “mine is to become rich by traveling, migrating to places that offer opportunities.”The teaching of this success gospel can be liberating. It may even be well-meaning to Qamra’s migrants and other disenfranchised groups in some other parts of the world, but it is willfully and blatantly oblivious to the effects of class and structural mechanisms of disenfranchisement. It whitewashes the significant extent to which seemingly impartial institutional and structural dispositions have great bearing on people’s economic outcomes.Ansoumane Mara drinking tea offered by Omar and his friends. Photo by François Koundouno/ MWNPerhaps that is the whole intended point, to take society out of the picture and put the entire burden on the individual. Qamra’s migrants, or the vast majority of them, seem to have bought into the idea: Hope and hard work, despite the uncertainty and the crushing precariousness of life as a migrant, will prevail.Does it not sound unnecessarily romantic and unrealistic to associate migrants’ lives with agency and responsibility when they are clearly acting within boundaries and rules that operate beyond their control, and do not take their lives into consideration?But Omar has no ears for such intellectual mumbo-jumbo. To him, his daily life is proof that he is “a man,” a conscious agent of his choices; and a “fighter.” “God willing,” he says, seeming to have been taken aback by the seriousness of his own words, “like my other friends who have already crossed to Spain, I, too, will one day make it.”Between victimhood and agencyBut that does not mean that Omar and his pack are complacent optimists.Ingrained in the belief that success can in some way right their countries’ failures to grant them decent living conditions, their present life is a constant game of fantasizing about a better future; they dream of changing their circumstances. They hate being called “illegal migrants.”Torn between sub-Saharan Africa, Morocco, and Europe, they have developed complex personal stories, convincing themselves that salvation will come from “Boza,” even if that means challenging the jaws of the Atlantic or Mediterranean, and sometimes dying in the process.What, then, can one say to adequately capture Omar and his friends’ lives? Where does one even draw the lines? Are they victims of neoliberal globalization or conscious agents of a battle for a better future? Are they innocent collateral damages of their origin countries’ political failures? Do they feel victims of marginalization and discrimination in their host society or rather beneficiaries (actual or imagined) of the many opportunities associated with migration?Omar and his friends seem to be many of these at the same time. Sometimes, they are even all of these. Migration is a universe of contradictions.For all that it is worth, Souleymane, the economics graduate, is adamant about his status. He is no victim, he continuously proclaimed, repeating words like “dignity,” “respect,” and “humanity” like a broken faucet.Their lives, he suggested, is a walking confusion, a sum of battling, scattered, and confounding selves. He argued that the narrative of victimhood takes away the complexities of migrants’ stories. Instead of passive victims ensnared in the grip of lives they did not choose, he urged others to think of him as someone trying his best to escape from the unintended consequences of a conscious choice.Ansoumane Mara, a sub-Saharan rights activist and blogger residing in Marrakech, agrees with Souleymane. Migration, Mara explained, is more complicated than people may think. Driven by the urge for nuanced analysis, Mara is more interested in “exposing the root causes” of migration.Omar and friends have made thmeslves a home under the bridgeIt doesn’t help to unendingly debate whether or not migrants are victims or have agency, or which Western country is pro or anti-migration. “Until we address the causal factors, we will keep on having the same debate,” he said.But who, then, is responsible? How does one even measure responsibility in such a multi-layered and multi-faceted phenomenon?“It is true that the West, especially France, has a lot to be blamed for. But while neocolonialism can help explain the lot of many African countries, I think African leaders are the primary culprit. African countries’ failure to devise working policies and their leaders’ lack of concern and love for the youth seem to me to be the prime factors. Did you listen to Macron’s speech in Burkina Faso? He clearly suggested that France does what it does in Africa thanks to its loyal and Francophile vassals who are leading Francophone Africa.”It is doubtful whether Omar and his bridge friends were listening to Mara, even though they may have agreed with him.As Mara bombarded them with questions about how they survive in Morocco (How long have they been in Morocco? What do they eat? How do they make money? Are they in touch with their parents? Do they need some clothes?), Omar replied, “We speak with our parents every now and then.”Sensing Mara’s next question, perhaps the point of their conversation, Omar hammered home: “When conditions are ripe for ‘Boza,’ we will try again. That is what we are here for.” read more

China contributed almost USD 10 billion to Lanka

“By last year trade with China have almost doubled from 2009 volumes. Also in 2014, our exports to China almost tripled from 2009 levels. According to the Department of Commerce under me, latest  statistics  show  that  China  has  come within the first  20  export   destinations  of Sri Lankan  products  in 2014,” Minister Bathiudeen said.He said that exports to China in the first half of this year has increased by a strong 20 percent in comparison to entire exports to China in 2014 which was only $173 million.He said that Sri Lanka is not only a South Asian market for China but is a great off-shore assembly hub for Chinese and Far Eastern manufacturers. The Ambassador said that Chinese financial contributions to Sri Lanka is important as it has a positive impact on the development of the country. Ambassador Xianliang was addressing the inauguration event of the first China Product Expo in Colombo. China has contributed almost USD 10 billion to Sri Lanka so far, China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang said today.“Sri Lanka being located in the middle of Indian Ocean does not mean there is (special) investment advantage. There are other coastal countries in this region at the same time having same advantages as Sri Lanka. But China still attaches importance on the China-Sri Lanka cooperation,” he said. China became the topmost global investor in Sri Lanka by Y2013 and according to BoI data, in 2013 China had 24 investment projects valued at $239 Mn as cumulative ‘realized’ investment.Sri Lanka’s Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said that China is Sri Lanka’s second largest product supplier and bilateral trade between China and Sri Lanka has also been growing steadily. The Minister also invited Chinese manufacturers and industries to invest and partner with Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

China involved in almost 40 of Sri Lankan construction projects

Dr. Karunarathna was speaking at the opening of the seventh construction industry exhibition titled “Construction Expo 2018” at the BMICH in Colombo today. “In the next three years CHINCA wants to increase their stake in the Sri Lankan construction industry to 70% of total projects. This can be detrimental to our local firms. As a result, the Construction Chamber of Sri Lanka has signed an MoU with CHINCA to share all their projects here with Lankan construction firms so that the risk is mitigated. We have also moved a cabinet paper-all such projects by foreign firms from any country should have a Sri Lankan partner from now on,” he said. Chinese firms are involved in almost 40% of construction projects in Sri Lanka, the Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIoB) said today.President of the Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIoB) Dr. Rohan Karunarathna said that China International Contractors Association (CHINCA) has a stake in 40% of construction projects in Sri Lanka. Over 240 local and international vendors, including 20 Indian companies and 30 Chinese firms are displaying a wide spectrum of construction products, services and information for the local construction sector.A China Liaoning –Sri Lanka Business Forum was also held on the sidelines of the expo opening. Liaoning Province Commerce Department Section Chief Qyu Wanliang addressing the Forum said that Sri Lanka is an important partner in China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) and an important trade partner of China.“Liaoning-Sri Lanka total trade in the first five months of this year was US $51 Million. Liaoning Province believes it has opportunities to partner with Sri Lanka’s economy which is growing steadily,” he said.Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen declared open the exhibition. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Talking to kids about money early helps build good habits for life

Talking to kids about money early helps build good habits for life, experts say by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 28, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 28, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Talking about money might not be considered the polite thing to do, but experts say when it comes to talking about money with children, the earlier the better.Gary Rabbior, president and chief executive of the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, suggests children as young as three or four can start learning some of the basics about money.One of the earliest and most important lessons children can learn is that every decision you make with money involves a trade-off.“Part of the parenting dilemma which starts at a very young age is, ‘How do you tell a kid they can’t have everything they want?’” Rabbior says.“When you buy something or make a decision about one thing, you’re giving up the opportunity for something else and we really advocate that as one of the most early learning experiences because that concept of trade-offs helps kids understand they can’t have everything they want.”Learning to distinguish the difference between needs and wants is a key lesson for children and even parents who may be struggling to stick to a household budget.Natasha Nystrom of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada says once children start counting, it may be time to begin introducing some of the concepts about money, including the different coins and bills and what it means to spend them.“If you’re making your grocery list, you can involve them in that,” says Nystrom, a spokeswoman for the agency.“If you’re looking at flyers to save money on some of the items on your grocery list, you can involve them so that they can help you cut out some of the coupons that might help you save some money.”Nystrom says an allowance can help kids learn how to save for a toy they want.Rabbior urges parents to involve their children by making it hands on and interactive instead of trying to tell them something.“Kids learn and retain information much more effectively by being active and a participant,” he says.“Actually go out into a store, go and do some comparison shopping. Let them see how prices differ from one place to another.”When it comes to an allowance, Rabbior says parents need to do what works for their family and their values about money.Questions about how much it might be, whether it is given as payment for doing chores or just doled out for children to decide what to do with, are things to consider.“Allowances is the one thing where there is no prescription that we lay down or anything we recommend because there are so many variables at play,” Rabbior says.“Ultimately, parents should read, reflect on what people say, but in the end make their own decision.”But he says teaching children about money isn’t about stopping them from making mistakes because they can be powerful learning experiences.“If they want something and you know you’ve taken them through and guided them on the decision, but they really want to spend their money on this thing even though you don’t think they’ll want it next Thursday, go ahead and let them to it,” he said.“The consequence of that is much better than later on when they are spending much more money on a much more significant decision.” read more

Rain helps Windies edge out Scotland for World Cup place

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWorld Cup: Players gave their all for Caribbean fans, says Windies coachMarch 22, 2018In “Sports”Holder named captain of WC Qualifiers squadMarch 27, 2018In “Sports”Windies arrive in Zimbabwe to kickstart qualification bidFebruary 19, 2018In “Sports” Jason Holder celebrates a wicket (Getty Images)HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — The West Indies snatched a spot at next year’s World Cup by edging to a five-run victory over Scotland on DLS method in Harare on Wednesday.The two-time World Cup winners were bowled out for just 198 batting first, but rain forced an early finish with the game in the balance and Scotland on 125-5 with 14.4 overs remaining.Jason Holder’s Windies claimed the penultimate place for the tournament in England and Wales, with Scotland knocked out of contention. read more

YouTube streaming Bonnaroo music festival all weekend

first_imgIn the mood for some live tunes but don’t particularly want to venture out of your cave? Well, you’re in luck! Google is enabling your sedentary lifestyle by streaming the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in its entirety this weekend on YouTube. Also, it’s free.For those unaware, Bonnaroo is recognized as one of the great annual indie music festivals. Bonnaroo comes to you from Great Stage Park, a 700 square-mile park in Manchester, Tennessee. It’s an entire weekend of music and art with some well known bands including Radiohead, Ben Folds Five, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Phish. The kids still listen to this stuff, right?If that does not strike your fancy, there are nearly 50 acts performing at the show from a variety of genres. It’s not just indie rock; the festival stream will bring you some hip-hop, folk, and collaborative world music as well. Something for everyone. Just check out the YouTube page for the schedule.The stream will get underway today, Friday June 8 at 1PM CT, or 11AM PT and will continue all weekend long. The stream will be on the Bonnaroo YouTube page and there is already some preview content for you to get warmed up. YouTube is also celebrating the collaboration with Bonnaroo by posting playlists from some of the artists at the show, including Soja, the Punch Brothers, and Debo Band.Is it true altruism from Google? Well, there is going to be a Dell sponsorship tie-in, and I would not be surprised if there were some conveniently placed Google Play Music links floating around during the show. Still, free music is still free, and it’s the next best thing to braving the outdoors for a weekend.via Googlelast_img read more

Réchauffement climatique un impact sur notre santé mentale

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : un impact sur notre santé mentale ?Les dommages sanitaires engendrés par le changement climatique ne sont pas uniquement physiques, révèle une récente étude publiée par l’Institut du climat australien. D’après ces travaux, les événements climatiques extrêmes encouragés par le réchauffement global représentent aussi un danger pour la santé mentale, des adultes comme des enfants. L’Institut du climat, un organisme australien, vient de publier une inquiétante étude sur l’impact des changements climatiques sur notre santé mentale. Baptisé Un climat de souffrance : le coût réel de la vie et l’inaction sur le changement climatique, le rapport cité par l’AFP se base sur le passé récent pour parvenir à ces conclusions. Les chercheurs révèlent ainsi que les conditions climatiques extrêmes qui ont touché l’Australie ces dernières années, notamment des ouragans, des sécheresses et des inondations, ont engendré une augmentation des dépressions, de l’anxiété, du stress post-traumatique, mais aussi de l’abus de substances nocives comme l’alcool. Certaines études tendent également à prouver que des vagues de chaleur ou de sécheresse entraînent une augmentation des taux de suicide.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Parmi les populations touchées par de tels phénomènes climatiques, jusqu’à une personne sur cinq souffrira de stress, de blessure émotionnelle, voire de désespoir, affirme l’Institut du climat. Les enfants souffrent eux aussi de ces événements, lorsqu’ils doivent faire face à l’anxiété et l’insécurité engendrées par l’impuissance des adultes devant le changement climatique. “Nombre d’études existent sur les conséquences attendues du changement climatique en termes économiques, mais il y a une lacune sur les conséquences du changement climatique pour le bien-être et la santé humaine” déplore Le Pr Tony McMichael, professeur à l’Australian National University ayant participé à ces travaux.La publication du rapport de l’Institut du climat australien intervient au moment où les débats se font de plus en plus houleux au sujet de l’instauration d’une taxe carbone dans le pays. Le gouvernement entend mettre en place cette contribution destinée aux plus gros pollueurs dès 2012.Le 30 août 2011 à 16:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE RAW Preview: Crown Jewel fallout, Rousey to respond to Lynch, Evolution rematch

first_img Videos Articles Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Google+ Why Is Becky Lynch Is Calling Out Ronda Rousey Ahead Of Wrestlemania 35? Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms Becky Lynch’s Removal From Survivor Series Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE RawVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:51/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:51 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Facebook Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next WWE announces new matches for RAW this Monday live at Madison Square Garden Pinterest Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WWE RAW will be taped today from Manchester, England.Scheduled for the show is the fallout from Friday’s Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia, including Brock Lesnar becoming the new WWE Universal Champion. Lesnar is not advertised to make an appearance at the taping.WWE is also advertising a rematch from the Evolution PPV featuring Sasha Banks, Bayley and Natalya vs. The Riott Squad in a six woman tag team match.RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey will also be responding to Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch before their Champion vs. Champion match at Survivor Series.WWE is teasing the latest between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as they remain RAW Tag Team Champions, along with tensions between Nia Jax and Tamina will have a live ongoing RAW recap tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 CT. We will have a full spoiler report up later today as well.Be sure to joins Mike and Victoria Tedesco live on YouTube after RAW! Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApplast_img read more