India’s poorest CM is poorer than his wife

first_imgTripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who is running for the fifth consecutive term, has a total of ₹3,930 in cash and a bank account and has never filed an income-tax return, says the election affidavit submitted by him along with his nomination papers on Monday.The CPI(M) leader donates his salary to the party and gets ₹5,000 from it as subsistence allowance.The 69-year-old leader has ₹1,520 in hand and ₹2,410 in his account in a nationalised bank. He does not have any other bank deposit, the affidavit said.Also Read Manik Sarkar, the ‘poorest CM’ is really appreciative of tag  Mr. Sarkar, who is contesting from the Dhanpur constituency, has no cultivable land or homestead.The Chief Minister’s wife, Panchali Bhattacharya, a retired Central government employee, has ₹20,140 in cash and ₹1,24,101 and ₹86,473.78 in two bank accounts. She has three fixed deposits of ₹2 lakh, ₹5 lakh and ₹2.25 lakh, besides 20 grams of jewellery.Ms. Bhattacharya inherited 888.35 sq.ft of land and has invested ₹15 lakh for construction there. The current value of the land is ₹21 lakh.last_img read more

BECK REACHES FOR THE STARS

first_imgNicole Beck was an obvious choice as captain of the NSWCHS women’s team. A couple of months ago Beck got the call up to the National Women’s Open Squad and watching her play here at this tournament, it is not hard to see why. Getting the call up was something which she had dreamed of, and was not expecting it at all. Beck thought she hadn’t made the squad after missing out the initial on selection. “I was heaps shocked, but heaps happy too,” said Beck.Her talent shines here at this tournament, with skills that others are only just aiming to accomplish. But she believes that it is her commitment and determination in wanting to win that is her best attribute. “It’s my competitiveness, I hate to lose,” Beck said.Although Beck is not currently a part of the Australian Team to compete in the World Cup in South Africa next year, she is aiming to be a part of the following World Cup and will continue to strive for that goal. “I am just looking to keep learning and improving and hopefully in the future make the team,” Beck said. Beck’s message for the 750 athletes competing here this week who are looking to further their Touch career, is “keep going, set your goals high and keep your head up.”“I live by the motto: shoot for the moon because even if you miss at least you’ll land among the stars.”Influencing Beck’s Touch style is playing with and learning from players like Rachel Holden, and coaches like Tracey Bills. “I have been coached by Tracey Bills for about seven years and I have learnt a lot from her, actually almost everything,” Beck said.Beck’s NSWCHS team is now into the grand final against QSST and is hoping to repeat last year’s efforts, taking the title of under 18’s National Champions.last_img read more

Younger Brother Of Star College QB Announces His Commitment

first_imgA general view of NC State's football field.RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 31: A general view of the Clemson Tigers versus North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)While Ben Finley still has time to announce his commitment for his college football career, the impressive prospect apparently is ready for his next chapter.Finley is the younger brother of Ryan Finley, who is the quarterback of NC State. Although the senior is nearing the end of his college career, it looks like his sibling will follow in his footsteps.Just this afternoon, Ben Finley announced his commitment to NC State on Twitter.“I’m extremely pumped to announce that I will be continuing my education while playing football for North Carolina State University,” Finley said. “I want to thank all of the people involved in the process for their support and especially Coach Doeren and Coach Drinkwitz for believing in me!”Here is the tweet:COMMITTED #QBU #WPN #1Pack1Goal pic.twitter.com/hZOuvjbzNh— Ben Finley (@bfin_5) November 18, 2018It’ll be tough to match his brother’s impressive statistics, which features 3,180 passing yards and 21 touchdowns. However, he does possess elite qualities in his own right.The Paradise Valley product is considered as a pro-style quarterback, per 247Sports.Although Ryan Finley will have to say goodbye to the Wolfpack, the program will receive another talented quarterback. If Ben Finley can sustain the family’s success, NC State will continue thriving in the ACC.last_img read more

Former College Football Player Stops Armed High School Student

first_imgA general view of Oregon's football field.EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 06: A general view of the stadium during the game between of Oregon Ducks and the California Golden Bears on October 6, 2011 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)Former Oregon Ducks wide receiver and current football coach at Parkrose High School, Keanon Lowe, thwarted an alleged attack on the school this week.According to a report from Oregon Live, an armed student entered a classroom on Friday wearing a black trench coat and carrying a shotgun.The report reveals the gunman never fired the weapon before he was subdued by Lowe, who is a security guard at the school as well.As the gunman entered the doorway to a classroom, students fled to an adjoining room.Lowe then stepped in and wrestled the student to the ground. After the incident, he spoke with police before giving a brief statement to the press.“I’m just happy everyone was OK,” Lowe said as he walked out of the school about four hours after the incident, according to the report. “I’m happy I was able to be there for the kids and for the community.”A spokesperson for the police said units entered the building to find a staff member subduing the gunman. Police detained the suspect, but declined to share information about the student’s name.Lowe worked as an offensive analyst in the NFL following his collegiate football career before eventually landing at Parkrose High School.last_img read more

Spotted: Sakhalin Enters 1K Club

first_imgThe offloading of 1000th LNG cargo from Prigorodnoye portSakhalin Energy, the operator of Russia’s first LNG plant, offloaded the 1000th standard cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Prigorodnoye port on August 25, 2015.The jubilee cargo will be delivered to Japan, and the volume will be split between Tokyo Electric and Tokyo Gas, the same two companies which bought the very first LNG cargo from Sakhalin back in March 2009. The volume of a standard cargo is 145,000 cubic meters of LNG.The Asia-Pacific region is the major consumer of Sakhalin LNG, as the market is geographically close to the plant.From 2009 onward, about 72 percent of Sakhalin LNG was delivered to Japan and 22 percent to South Korea.Sakhalin-2 LNG plant was launched in February 2009, and in 2010 reached its full design output of 9.6 million tonnes of LNG per year. Since the beginning of production Sakhalin Energy has offloaded 65 million tonnes of LNG.last_img read more

Des petites entreprises sassocient avec des universités et des collèges pour innover

first_imgCinquante et une petites entreprises reçoivent de l’aide pour finaliser ou lancer sur le marché un nouveau produit ou service. Les entreprises reçoivent des bons, ou des crédits, en vue d’obtenir du soutien et des conseils professionnels auprès d’universités et de collèges de la Nouvelle-Écosse dans le cadre du Programme de bons pour la productivité et l’innovation du gouvernement provincial. « Grâce à ces bons, 51 petites entreprises de partout en Nouvelle-Écosse tireront profit du réservoir de connaissances que possèdent nos universités et nos collèges, de souligner Michel Samson, ministre du Développement économique et rural et du Tourisme. Ces entreprises sont des exemples parfaits de l’esprit d’initiative qui existe chez nous et je suis heureux que nous puissions les soutenir. » Quarante et une entreprises reçoivent pour la première fois un bon d’une valeur maximale de 15 000 $ pour des conseils et des services auprès d’experts des universités ou des collèges dans des domaines comme la recherche appliquée, les services d’ingénierie, les essais sur chantier, le prototypage, la conception de produits et les études de faisabilité, afin de contribuer à la mise en marché d’un nouveau produit ou service. SkySquirrel Technologies Inc., établie à Cap Le Moine, dans le comté d’Inverness, est l’une des entreprises choisies. Elle développe des technologies destinées aux petits aéronefs sans pilote. Elle travaillera avec l’Université Sainte-Anne à l’élaboration d’une étude de faisabilité pour cerner des marchés potentiels où vendre des drones commerciaux, par exemple pour les missions de recherche et de sauvetage et les applications agricoles. « Notre technologie d’aéronef sans pilote a des applications dans bien des secteurs du marché, et chaque secteur présente des besoins différents, de dire Richard van der Put, cofondateur et directeur de la recherche et du développement de SkySquirrel Technologies Inc. Le programme de bons est fantastique pour une jeune entreprise comme la nôtre puisqu’elle nous permet de mieux connaître nos clients futurs et de développer un produit qui convient parfaitement à une application donnée. « Travailler avec l’Université Sainte-Anne a été jusqu’à maintenant une excellente expérience et nous sommes très heureux d’étendre notre collaboration par le truchement du programme. » Dix entreprises reçoivent des bons pouvant aller jusqu’à 25 000 $ pour les aider à faire fond sur le travail entamé au moyen d’un bon précédent. Schoolhouse Gluten-Free Gourmet Ltd., de Mahone Bay, travaillera avec des experts en nutrition de l’Université Mount Saint Vincent pour élargir la gamme de ses produits en élaborant une bière artisanale sans gluten et facile à digérer. « Nous espérons changer la façon dont les gens pensent à une bière sans gluten, de dire Jennifer Laughlin, copropriétaire de Schoolhouse. L’embouteillage de notre première brassée à l’intention des consommateurs néo-écossais n’est pas pour demain, mais le bon et notre partenariat avec le professeur Bohdan Luhovvy nous rapprochent vraiment de notre but qui est de concevoir une bière délicieuse et facile à digérer. » Plus de 240 entreprises ont reçu des bons depuis le lancement du programme en 2008. « Notre université est très heureuse de travailler encore une fois cette année avec un groupe dynamique d’entrepreneurs qui ont reçu des bons, souligne Dale Keefe, Ph.D., doyen de la recherche et des études supérieures, Cape Breton University. Le programme des bons a toujours été un outil précieux qui aide nos universités à solidifier les partenariats existants et à nouer de nouvelles collaborations entre l’industrie et l’université pour permettre à notre corps professoral et à nos étudiants de fournir à l’industrie un soutien en recherche et en développement. » Au nombre des autres universités et collèges qui participent au programme, notons : Acadia; Dalhousie, y compris son campus agricole à Truro; Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; Nova Scotia Community College; Saint Mary’s; St. Francis Xavier. Pour être admissibles, les entreprises doivent être inscrites en Nouvelle-Écosse et doivent compter moins de 100 employés au moment de la demande. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le programme de bons, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/econ/pnivouchers .last_img read more

Anil Ambani to sell BIG FM to Jagran arm for Rs 1200

first_imgMumbai: Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group will sell its FM radio business by divesting its entire stake in BIG FM Radio to Jagran Prakashan-owned Music Broadcast Ltd (MBL) for an estimated value of Rs 1,200 crore, an official statement Monday said. Reliance Capital and Reliance Land (a part of Reliance Capital Group) will divest their entire equity stake in Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd (RBNL) to Music Broadcast Ltd (MBL). The move would help in reducing the loan burden of the Reliance group firms, it added. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”This transaction is part of our overall strategy to reduce exposure in non-core businesses and will reduce our debt by an estimated Rs 1,200 crore,” the statement Reliance Capital CFO Amit Bapna said in a statement. RBNL operates under the brand name BIG FM Radio network with 58 stations across the country. MBL will initially acquire a 24 per cent equity stake of RBNL by way of a preferential allotment for Rs 202 crore. Thereafter, subject to the receipt of all regulatory approvals, MBL will acquire all of the remaining equity stake held by Reliance Capital and Reliance Land in RBNL at a total enterprise value of Rs 1,050 crore. In addition, RCap will receive an around Rs 150 crore from the disposal of other assets of RBNL which do not form part of the transaction with MBL, in accordance with the regulations. In a separate release, MBL that operates Radio City said its board Monday approved the acquisition of RBNL.last_img read more

Supreme Courts 2018 verdict diluting Dalit atrocity law to be reviewed by

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday referred its March 2018 verdict banning automatic arrests in Dalit atrocity cases to a bench of three judges. The top court’s ruling comes on a review petition filed by the centre last year. The top court had last year banned automatic arrests and registration of cases under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, triggering protests in parts of the country against dilution of the law that was designed to protect marginalised communities from abuse and discrimination. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The March 2018 ruling of the court required approval of the Superintendent of Police to arrest those accused of an offence under this law. Besides, it required a deputy SP to conduct a preliminary inquiry to find out if prima facie, a case can be made under the law. The ruling BJP initially appeared to go along with the verdict but later recalibrated its stand in the face of widespread anger among Dalit groups and opposition parties targeting the ruling party as anti-Dalit. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Centre first filed a review petition in the Supreme Court but the court didn’t immediately stay its verdict. A few months later, the changes were cancelled by Parliament to restore the power of police to carry out immediate arrests in cases of atrocities and denial of anticipatory bail. The implementation of the 1989 SC/ST Act has been patchy. For instance, only 16 percent of people charged under the 1989 law were convicted in 2016. But it has been associated with the notion of power and dignity for the marginalised sections, who could file a case against members of the powerful upper caste.(Inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img read more

Lawsuit goes after BC for isolating inmates

first_imgA new class-action lawsuit wants to seek damages for inmates subjected to solitary confinement.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA class-action lawsuit is seeking damages for time spent in solitary confinement on behalf of thousands of inmates in B.C. jails.The suit, filed last week in B.C. Supreme Court, still needs to be certified by a judge.If approved, lawyer James Sayce said he will pursue compensation for “lasting and permanent harms” incurred by people subjected to isolation.“In our view there are international standards which apply to the use of solitary confinement in jails,” he said from Toronto.“Solitary confinement should be a tool of last resort.”B.C. Corrections declined to comment for this story but said it intended to file a statement of defence.“With this matter before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further,” a spokeswoman added.Sayce, of the Koskie-Minsky firm, said B.C. uses solitary confinement for two reasons – administrative or disciplinary.But, he said, there aren’t “sufficient safeguards” to protect prisoners from being subjected to an abuse of those reasons.“The prison authorities will often justify the use of solitary confinement in inappropriate means,” he said in a telephone interview.Solitary confinement, Sayce said, should be used “sparingly” and, for some inmates, not at all.And when used, “a person should be released from solitary at the earliest possible time.”Concerns about practiceThe lawsuit applies to anyone – male and female – who spent time in solitary confinement while serving a sentence of less than two years in a B.C. correctional facility, Sayce added.“The harms associated with solitary for those groups, we say, rises to the level of cruel or unusual treatment, which is unconstitutional in this country,” he said.“People suffering from serious mental illness and people that are young – under the age of 18 – are not properly equipped to deal with the stresses of solitary confinement.”A large proportion of those inmates would be Indigenous people, like his representative plaintiff Cody Cragg of Vancouver Island, because he  said Canada has an “over-representation” of Indigenous inmates at all levels of the system.Sayce said Cragg was kept in solitary for lengthy periods while serving time at the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre despite being diagnosed with mental health issues.“It’s our submission he’s a person who should never have been placed in solitary confinement,” he said.“He’s a person who should have been given treatment in a clinical setting.”Sayce said solitary confinement is used in all provincial and federal correctional institutions.He has already certified class-action lawsuits on behalf of inmates subjected to solitary in Ontario and while serving penitentiary time.In his 2017 report, Canada’s correctional investigator said Indigenous inmates were subjected to segregation more than other inmates – and, at the same time, found the use of segregation declining for non-Indigenous prisoners.Ottawa has since moved to eradicate the practice in the federal system by tabling Bill C-83.Sayce noted there is a syndrome associated with time spent in solitary confinement and damages will be higher for prisoners who spent the most time in a cell alone – sometimes up to 22 hours a day – with no human interaction.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Minister says 409 injured in gas tax protests around France

first_imgPARIS — Grassroots protests over hikes in taxes on diesel fuel and gasoline have continued in France, though on a far smaller scale than the ones that paralyzed traffic around the country.Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Sunday increased the number of people reported injured during Saturday’s protests to 409. He said 14 of them had serious injuries. Castaner told RTL radio 28 firefighters and member of police forces also were injured.A protester struck and killed by a car that accelerated in a panic at a roadblock in the Savoie region was the only death. French media reported on Sunday that the driver of the vehicle was handed preliminary manslaughter charges.Castaner said 157 people were detained for questioning — up from 73 reported Saturday night.Protests continued at 150 sites.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Canticos creators on leveraging culture for global brands

first_imgNEW YORK — In “Pass It On,” Associated Press beat reporters ask executives to share experiences and insights that will resonate with anyone managing a business.The AP interviewed Susie Jaramillo and Nuria Santamaria Wolfe, co-founders of Encantos Media Studios. It’s the family-owned company behind Canticos, a brand of bilingual books, interactives apps and videos inspired by classic Spanish-language nursery songs. Nickelodeon adapted Canticos this year to create a series for toddlers, available on its digital platforms.Santamaria Wolfe is a former head of multicultural strategy at Twitter and Jaramillo is a former co-owner of a Latino-focused ad agency.Q: Nickelodeon saw mainstream appeal in your Hispanic-inspired brand. What advice do you have for other multicultural brand developers?Jaramillo: People will find your culture appealing. When it comes to products, sometimes people get narrowed-minded, thinking, if I leverage culture I won’t appeal to my general market. My mantra is, “Yes you will, if you do it well.” If you leverage culture elegantly, you will create a product with global appeal.Q: What were the biggest hurdles in launching your company and how did you overcome it?Jaramillo: The hardest thing to do is finding partners you can trust, taking a risk and not being afraid of failure. Seek out partners that see your audience as a business imperative. And when I say partners, I mean distribution partners, clients who you go into business with. Seek out like-minded professionals who are really passionate about the same ideas you are and don’t be afraid to trust them.Q: Canticos was first released on its own YouTube channel and individual apps. How do you harness digital technology and social media to reach your target audience?Santamaria Wolfe: I understood the power of tech and digital to really enable a small brand to gain customer attention just as a bring brand would. One is having a presence. Moms are on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Two, is making sure you are connecting with the customer on an emotional level. Create little moments so that they know that you are a brand for them. We are brand by moms for moms.Alexandra Olson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Casablanca 3 Out of 5 Suspects Arrested for Robbing Bus Passengers

first_imgCasablanca – The Casablanca police arrested, three out of five suspects on Sunday who had robbed the passengers of a bus in Casablanca’s Enouassar neighborhood last Saturday.Armed with knives and swords, the five suspects allegedly stopped a bus in Casablanca’s Enouassar neighborhood and robbed all the passengers.Out of the five suspects, three were arrested on Sunday, whereas the two others are still on the run.Using the same weapons, a gang of masked hooligans broke into Benjelloun Stadium in Casablanca, where the Wydad soccer team was having a training session last week.The suspects assaulted and robbed Wydad’s members and players and vandalized their cars before leaving the stadium.Some of the players, suffering different degrees of injury, were taken to a hospital to receive treatment.Armed robbery, especially with the use of knives and swords, has become a recurrent phenomenon in Casablanca. Many residents of the economic capital have complained against insecurity and lack of police presence in the city.Edited by Liz Yaslik© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

At the Sidi Harazem Baths an Architect Revives Moroccos Modernist Past

By Alexander JusdanisRabat – Dismissed for “abandoning” traditional styles and techniques, Morocco’s modernist architecture lies in disrepair. But a new generation of architects is leading a push to renovate these forgotten sites and welcome them as  a legitimate and valuable piece of the kingdom’s heritage.The hot springs of Sidi Harazem, a town resting in the arid mountains surrounding the city of Fez, have drawn travelers as early as the Romans seeking their alleged healing powers. In 1958, to accommodate these visitors, Morocco constructed the Sidi Harazem Thermal Bath Complex, composed of gardens, walkways, open-air pavilions, accommodations, and a striking circular pool. The spa was the first large infrastructure project featuring a public space erected after independence. “The complex [was] the ambitious statement of a new nation determined to create modern and forward-thinking gathering places for its citizens,” says Fez architect Aziza Chaouni.But in the past 30 years, the site has fallen victim to neglect and poor maintenance, and its central features – a market, a central courtyard, and a set of bungalows – remain closed. Meanwhile, public interest has dwindled.This summer, Chaouni and her design practice received the Getty Foundation’s annual Keeping It Modern grant, which awarded her USD 150,000 to “preserve the complex’s architectural significance while reimagining the location as a dynamic tourist center.” Leading a team of architects, engineers, researchers, and photographers, Chaouni intends to not only return the spa to its raw concrete splendor, but also to put together an exhibition, a book, and workshops detailing its history.The architect, known for her work on Fez’s urban riverbanks and Al-Qarawiyyin library, explained to Morocco World News that the project is a personal quest. Growing up in Fez, Chaouni would frequently visit the nearby Sidi Harazem springs, saying the site’s “architectural power touched [her] even as a child.”“As I witnessed the station closing down little by little […] I felt compelled to safeguard this wonderful heritage,” said the architect.Concrete FreedomBut the Sidi Harazem spa also has a broader historical significance as a relic of the continent’s post-colonial zeitgeist. The 1950s and 1960s saw African colonial governments drop like dominoes, with 32 countries liberated from foreign rule over the course of nine years. In a fervor to establish themselves as modern nations, many of the newly-independent states embarked on ambitious public works projects, using the style of the day: Brutalism.This no-frills design philosophy fetishized function, favoring simple shapes, hard edges, and a heavy use of concrete. Drawing upon an aesthetic purposely void of historical precedent, governments across the continent started constructing universities, stadiums, state banks, and other public buildings to signal a clean break from the colonial past.“The daring and ambitious designs of new buildings […] mirrored the optimism and aspirations of the newly liberated states,” explains the New York-based Center for Architecture.Mémoires des Architectes Moderne Marocains (MAMMA), a modernist heritage advocacy group run by Casablanca architecture professors Imad Dahmani and Elmoumni Lahbib, stressed that independence represented a turning point for construction in the kingdom: “A new generation of pioneer Moroccan architects were able to work freely, in a contemporary and modern fashion, without attachment to any colonial or conformist dogma.”One of the country’s most prolific post-independence architects was Jean-Francois Zevaco. A French national born in Casablanca in 1916, Zevaco studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris before returning to Morocco, where he “established the very principle of modernity,” according to HuffPost Maghreb’s Youssef Roudaby.Through his private practice, Zevaco designed some of the kingdom’s best-known architecture during the decades following independence: the United Nations Dome in Casablanca, a housing development in post-earthquake Agadir (for which he won the Aga Khan Prize for Architecture), and the Sidi Harazem spa, among others.Financed by the state pension fund CDG, the Brutalist baths personified “the image of progress the young state wanted to project,” said Chaouni. MAMMA called them a “referential site of the era.”Leaving the Modern PastBut changing aesthetic tastes and economic policies soon killed the state’s passion for public works. Starting in the 1970s, modernism came to be felt as “reminiscent of both a repressive imperialist past and an enduring western dominion,” writes Chaouni, and subsequently fell out of fashion in Morocco and the rest of the continent.To push against modernism’s “pure aestheticism,” King Hassan II himself advocated in a 1986 speech for a revival of “Moroccan identity” in architecture, explained MAMMA. A neo-traditional style gradually emerged, embodied by what the group disparagingly called the “green tile” – referring to zellij mosaic – “a convenient rhetorical motif to express a national architecture.”At the same time, attention turned towards rehabilitating Morocco’s pre-colonial heritage, particularly its medinas. The old cities had been left crumbling after their more affluent inhabitants moved to the higher-prestige villes nouvelles, fleeing an influx of dispossessed rural migrants. As Morocco began inscribing its prominent medinas and historical sites like Volubilis as UNESCO World Heritage sites in the 1980s, preservation groups cropped up across the kingdom to lead repair efforts.While architectural aesthetics took a nationalist bent, Morocco’s economic policy went in the opposite direction. After independence, the kingdom had adopted a state-development mode, maintaining a well-funded public sector. But starting in the 1980s, facing poor agricultural returns, a hefty state budget deficit, and pressure from the IMF to enact “structural adjustment,” Morocco began privatizing its public enterprises to attract foreign investment. Thus the state largely stopped funding and maintaining ambitious public works like those designed by Zevaco.The Sidi Harazem baths subsequently fell into disrepair, compounded by a shift of the nation’s tourism industry towards its beaches. A series of poorly-executed renovations followed, which Chaouni deplored as seeking to “tame” the austere concrete with a “vernacular varnish” of traditional tiles and wood carving. Zevaco was not consulted. As a result, according to Chaouni, some of the spa’s original furniture and fixtures are now “unfortunately lost forever.”MAMMA says this could a taste of things to come for Morocco’s modernist sites. “When we’ve seen the state of [architectural] heritage built after independence, we’ve realized that in 50 years this heritage, which we are in the middle of indexing and studying, will also be partly abandoned, forsaken, or even demolished. This is already the case of many buildings, unfortunately.” The organization was founded last year for this very reason,and has since led a number of programs and exhibitions drawing attention to the sites’ plight.Photo Credit: Michael A. TolerHeretical HeritageBut Chaouni is optimistic. Asides from some irreparable damages, the majority of the site is in “excellent state.” And with the Getty Foundation grant, she sees a chance to not only revive an ignored piece of Moroccan architectural history, but to cast light on the potential of these post-independence sites as much-needed public spaces.Partially as a result of the privatization initiatives of the 1980s, Morocco’s population and urban centers have since doubled in size “without the development of sufficient public infrastructure and programs,” the architect wrote in a 2008 article. For her, time-tested modernist sites like the Sidi Harazem spa offer a workable, if concrete, cushion to urban overcrowding.“Within a developing world context of stringent economic pressures and a growing political disengagement from the urban public arena, the resilience of modern buildings allows them to become efficient means to palliate the scarcity of adequate public facilities and infrastructure,” explained Chaouni.This may be marking another turning point in Moroccan architecture. Whereas architects of the late 20th century saw themselves in conflict with modernism, something they saw as contrary to Moroccan tradition, Chaouni and her ilk take a more inclusive approach.Moroccan modernism drew upon the kingdom’s heritage as well, asserted MAMMA, which it “understood and translated through its use of space, light, and materials, not through identity-based forms or motifs.” The success of the style “was in its relationship with the past, and with the modernity of the era.” Through this, it itself has become part of Morocco’s heritage and should be respected as such.Chaouni refrained from making any such grand theory, but her plans for Sidi Harazem seem to put forth a similar message: the buildings are already here – let’s put them to use. read more

ICE Futures Canada Monday morning Canola prices mostly higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were mostly higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Monday:Canola: Nov. ’17 unchanged $507.30; Jan. ’18 $0.20 higher $511.50; March ’18 $0.30 higher $514.90; May ’18 $0.30 higher $514.70; July ’18 $0.30 lower $514.00; Nov. ’18 unchanged $480.10; Jan. ’19 unchanged $480.90; March ’19 unchanged $483.60; May ’19 unchanged $483.60; July ’19 unchanged $483.60.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00. read more

Worlds first wax figure of Meghan Markle unveiled at Madame Tussauds

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Meghan Markle wears the dress she wore for their engagement Her waxwork is wearing the green PAROSH dress she wore for their engagement announcement as well as a replica of her diamond engagement ring.Harry’s figure, originally created in 2014 to mark his 30th birthday, has been updated for the occasion.Tussauds London’s general manager Edward Fuller said: “Excitement ahead of the royal wedding is reaching fever pitch and we have been inundated with questions about when people can finally meet ‘Their Royal Likenesses’. “There is a lot of love out there for Meghan and Harry and we’re following their lead by inviting the great British public to join the couple in their wedding celebrations here at Madame Tussauds London.” Meghan Markle wears the dress she wore for their engagementCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph A replica of the ringCredit:Samir Hussein/ WireImage A replica of the ring If you didn’t manage to snag a ticket to the Royal wedding, this could be the next best thing.Fans of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can take a photograph with the uncanny waxworks of the happy couple from May 18.Madame Tussauds  in London unveiled their figurine of Meghan Markle and a revamped Prince Harry ahead of opening the exhibit to the public later this month.The likeness of the American actress, standing alongside her groom Prince Harry, has been unveiled in anticipation of the Royal Wedding.Harry’s figure, which was originally made to celebrate his 30th birthday, has been updated and both will be accessible to the public the day before their nuptials on May 19.The attraction is holding a “stag and hen do” before the Royal wedding at which over-18s can take photographs with the waxwork figures. The attraction said it will offer free entry to guests named Meghan or Harry on the day of the royal wedding.Madame Tussauds London’s sister attraction in New York will also reveal its own Meghan figure later today.The Times Square location is naming the figure an “American Princess”, and she will strike a different pose, and wear an outfit designed by British label Self-Portrait. read more

Can you make it through these hearttugging ads without crying

first_imgThis Proctor and Gamble ad from the OlympicsSome were frustrated by this ad’s failure to acknowledge fathers’ contributions to their childrens upbringing, but there’s no doubting the emotion this stirs in most.This Thai life insurance adWho knew that Thai people were so good at making us cry?The John Lewis Christmas adA modern classic.The Pantene Violinist adShe’s deaf! But she wants to play the violin!This ad for Australian organisation GetUp!This tale of two young romancers went viral in Australia, it’s easy to see why.And of course, the ultimate classicWill we ever get over this ad? Probably not.13 ads that make you want to stick knitting needles in your eyes and ears>16 of the cleverest ads from around the world> LAST WEEK, A Thai ad for a telecommunications company went viral due to its ability to get to people’s hearts and make them cry.It’s not the first to strike a tear filled chord with people though. Emotionally manipulative ads are the stuff of advertisers dreams, but hey, sometimes you need a cry.So, here are ten ads which are definitely weepers.The aforementioned Thai mobile adThis Chipotle adThis ad for Chipotle, an American chain of fast food restaurants specialising in Mexican food takes you on a journey through the world of genetically modified food and has had American weeping since it launched last week.This Budweiser adThis was one of the ads featured during the Superbowl in January, but never made it to our screens. If you’re an animal lover, prepare to weep.This Cesar adYou know this one. It’s probably made you cry before.Let’s watch it again.last_img read more

The 11 most perfect collective nouns for animals

first_imgFlickr/jronaldleeA group of cats is called a pounce. Flickr/silgeoAnd a group of rhinos is called a crash. Can’t see the photo? Try reloading this post (Imgur/Reddit)A group of giraffes is called a tower.A group of hippos is called a bloat.A group of penguins is called a huddle. A group of ferrets is called a business.A group of hedgehogs is called a prickle.A group of otters is called a romp.center_img A group of owls is called a parliament.Can’t see the photo? Try reloading this post (Imgur/Reddit)A group of lizards is called a lounge.A group of mice is called a mischief. All images: Press Association except where notedAre there any favourites we’ve missed? Add them in the comments..VIDEO: 16 cats being total arses>IN PICTURES: Beautiful terriers and hounds at Crufts 2013>last_img read more

Suspect in custody over fatal shooting of police officers in ambush attack

first_img 42 Comments Suspect in custody over fatal shooting of police officers in ambush attack in the US The shootings took place early this morning. By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3058352 21,363 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share8 Tweet Email Nov 2nd 2016, 2:53 PM Updated 2.53pm Source: Charlie NeibergallA SUSPECT IS in custody after two police officers in the US were shot dead early this morning in ambush-style attacks.The men were shot while in their patrol cars.Police had earlier said they were searching for a 46-year-old white male in the shooting death of the police officers.“It doesn’t look like there was any interaction between these officers, and whoever the coward is… shot them as they sat in their cars,” Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek said in an early morning news conference.It looks just like that, that these officers were ambushed.Authorities said a member of the Urbandale police force was found dead just after 1am (6am GMT).Twenty minutes later, a second Des Moines police officer was discovered gunned down at an intersection around two miles away. US media said the officer died after being taken to the hospital. Sergeant Paul Parizek speaking during the press conference this morning Source: APParizek told reporters police would be doubling up to patrol in pairs in the wake of the shootings.“There is a clear and present danger to police officers right now and we’ve doubled up our police officers” so that no one is working alone, he said.A series of tips and leads drew investigators to a suspect, the officers said, although they declined to comment on a motive for the killings.I think you know that oftentimes in these investigations we don’t figure out what the motive is until we get done and then there’s times we can’t make sense of what their motive is, or they don’t even share that with us.The incident marks the first time a Des Moines officer has been shot in the line of duty since two police were gunned down in 1977, The Des Moines Register said.The United States was on edge for weeks in July following the shooting in Dallas of five officers and a similar assault in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where three officers were shot dead by a former military veteran.Those killings were carried out in apparent retribution for a string of high-profile police shootings of black citizens which inflamed racial tensions in the United States.- © AFP, 2016Read: Man arrested after two police officers shot dead in domestic disturbance call> Wednesday 2 Nov 2016, 2:53 PM Short URLlast_img read more

Saunders gallery opens with Hellenic tributes

first_imgAfter a rain-soaked and Indigenous-themed Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, hundreds stayed on for the opening of the Captain Reg Saunders Gallery – the first space in the memorial ever to be named after an individual. Captain Saunders served in North Africa, Greece, Crete and New Guinea during WWII, before serving in the Korean War as a captain – the first Indigenous commissioned officer in the Australian Army. Those on the VIP guest list for the gallery-naming ceremony included top-ranking defence force chiefs and more than 60 of Reg Saunders’ extended family. Greek Australian community leaders were also much in evidence with representatives attending from the ACT, NSW and Victoria. Memorial director Brendan Nelson said the memorial’s council voted unanimously to name the space after Captain Saunders. “Only one person is going to have his name on anything inside the Australian War Memorial – that’s Reg Saunders,” Dr Nelson said, in an emotional speech that paid tribute to Saunders’ central role in the story of Aboriginal reconciliation in Australia. In her speech, Glenda Humes, Captain Saunders’ eldest surviving daughter, paid particular tribute to the Cretan people during WWII who gave her father sanctuary for almost a year after the Battle of Crete. “His experience there, as a young soldier on the run, and the courage and generosity of the Greeks he met, influenced who he became,” said Ms Humes, “and our family will always be grateful for what they did.” During the ceremony Ms Humes presented Dr Nelson with her father’s military medals, which will become part of the memorial’s collection. They include the medal bestowed on Saunders (and other Australian soldiers who fought in the Greece and Crete campaigns) by the Greek government. Reg Saunders’ daughter said she and her family were overwhelmed by the decision of the AWM to rename the gallery. “We thought, ‘what an honour’, particularly when [Dr Nelson] told us that this is the first time a room in the memorial has been named after somebody,” she said. “You think, ‘wow, that’s my dad’. You don’t always see your dad in the way other people do.” Ms Humes also donated to the memorial a collection of her father’s wartime private letters. George Katheklakis, President of the Cretan Association of Canberra and Districts, told Neos Kosmos: “The vision of the AWM is tremendous in recognising Reg Saunders’ service in this way, and in doing so, making a bold step forward in the process of reconciliation. “Glenda Humes spoke very movingly about the bonds forged between her father and Greece in the war, and it was a great privilege to be at what was a historic occasion.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Couple sacrifices themselves to Satan in Kefalonia

first_imgMore appalling details have surfaced regarding the gruesome deaths of a 30-year-old German man and his Bulgarian partner Lilia Botuseva, 23, reported missing since 8 June 2017.Their bodies were discovered in a rented room and a village hotel in Vlachata, Kefalonia where they were staying as tourists.The couple had arrived in Greece in a car with fake plates that the man had rented in Germany. According to the Greek authorities and coroner Angeliki Tsiola, the duo appear to have taken their lives during a New Year’s Eve satanic ceremony.A time-frame of 24 hours before the first full moon of the year is often associated with satanic rituals and sacrifices. As Mrs Tsiola mentioned in her report, the woman started to cut herself with a blade causing abundant bleeding from several fatal wounds. Once the man saw Botuseva die, he allegedly sat in the bathtub which he had filled with water and thrust a knife through his heart. The woman’s body had multiple scars from previous acts of self harm, possibly caused by participating in similar rituals in the past. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more