Marrakech In Remembrance of American Philanthropist Patti Birch

Rabat – The theme of the exhibition was “Travels of Patti Birch: Passions and Collections.” The Museum displayed 200 items and works of art from Birch’s collection that varies between Islamic, Asian, Pre-Columbian, African, and Judeo-Moroccan arts. Birch worked as a curator in the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her long experience in the field had enriched the cultural scene of Morocco throughout the years. During the 1960s, she organized a campaign to restore the historical Marrakech Koutoubia minbar (pulpit in the mosque from which the imam delivers the sermon). Read Also: IBTA Award: Marrakech Best International Destination for Business TourismMehdi Qotbi, President of the FNM, told Le Matin, “this exhibition is a tribute to a lady who loved Morocco, who donated 1 million dollars to restore the Koutoubia minbar. “As lover of Morocco, in 1999, she bequeathed a huge sum of her personal collection to the government of Morocco. More than 1,000 artifacts were gifted to the country as a symbol of love and appreciation. Today, Dar El Bacha Museum of Confluences in Marrakech has a whole section dedicated to the universal collection of Patty Birch, representing four continents: Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.“Patti and I became close friends as soon as we met, and I would come to understand her passion for art in Morocco and the Islamic world,” said former Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel. The museum is located in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech. It is a testimony that demonstrates the different facets and multiple components of the Moroccan identity and culture.Dar El Bacha Museum of Confluences is a historical evidence of intercultural and interfaith Dialogue in Morocco. The objects in display tell the stories of coexistence, tolerance and unity between the three monotheistic religions throughout the years.“This is a very beautiful museum and a brilliant exhibition, which reflects the extraordinary richness of Moroccan culture,” President of Arab World Institute, Jack Lang, told Le Matin. read more

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UNbacked radio station helps Bangladeshi farmers get back on their feet

Villagers will broadcast vital information to support those working in the agriculture, fisheries and livestock sectors through a community radio show set up jointly by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Bangladeshi Ministry of Agriculture.“A strong information communication system can upgrade knowledge of rural people and improve livelihoods in rural settings,” said Ad Spijkers, FAO representative in Bangladesh.The country’s south – known as its “bread basket” – is vulnerable to climate change and recurrent hazards, having been battered by Cyclones Sidr and Aila in recent years, which together claimed thousands of lives.Mr. Spijkers noted that Bangladesh can enhance farm production despite these challenges by introducing stress-tolerant seeds and modern machines such as power tillers and irrigation pumps.Community-based radio programmes, he stressed, can help to disseminate this kind of information.The radio project is part of a larger initiative of the FAO, along with the World Bank and the European Union (EU), to help Bangladesh weather high food prices and bolster food security. 8 June 2010A United Nations-backed radio station run by and for people living in remote parts of Bangladesh has a new programme that aims to assist farmers and fishers whose livelihoods are regularly upset by cyclones. read more

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FEATURE The UN General Assemblys Fifth Committee – administrative and budgetary issues

The Assembly makes a big splash every year in late September when world leaders come to UN Headquarters in New York City to present their views about pressing world issues over a number of days, in what is known as the General Debate.However, the issues and themes under discussion by the General Assembly lend themselves to more effective discussion in smaller settings covering different topics. So, once the Debate is over, the General Assembly’s six Main Committees select their officers and get down to dealing with the items on the Assembly’s agenda – in 2012, the Assembly had nearly 170 items on it, most of which were carried over from previous years.All Member States take part in each of the Committees’ discussions and the agenda is divided up thematically. The issues are debated, corresponding resolutions are voted on and then forwarded to all UN Member States – in the so-called General Assembly Plenary – for a final decision.Here, in the fifth of a series providing a snapshot of the Main Committees, the UN News Centre takes a look at the Fifth Committee.*****Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre left, in pink tie) is shown in conversation with participants of a meeting of the Fifth Committee. During the meeting Mr. Ban presented the UN proposed programme budget for 2012-2013. (October 2011) UN Photo/Rick BajornasEvery year, like clockwork, United Nations Headquarters in New York observes a number of rituals.Among them is the General Debate in September with its caravans of diplomats winding their way through the traffic-clogged streets of Manhattan to the UN complex where they hear keynote – and sometimes controversial – addresses by their Heads of State or other senior representatives in the General Assembly. But, away from these limelight events tied to the Assembly are the lower-level debates at that body’s Main Committees – one of which is the relatively anonymous and yet vital Fifth Committee, which focuses on administrative and budgetary issues and which meets multiple times a year and often late into the night, as the diplomatic negotiations continue amidst intense and sometimes difficult exchanges. It was two o’clock in the morning one December day when a German delegate, Deputy Ambassador Miguel Berger of Germany, found himself at precisely one of these extended sessions, amid sleep-deprived diplomats seeking an ever-elusive consensus. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presents the UN 2012-2013 proposed programme budget to the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee. (October 2011) UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “Some of them fell asleep, probably aided by the food and drink, and that made the consensus finding much easier because the number of delegates was reduced towards three, four, or five o’clock in the morning,” he said in an interview with the UN News Centre. The Fifth Committee is an exception among the Assembly’s six Main Committees. Unlike its counterparts, where consensus is not required on any resolutions, the Fifth Committee’s members are required to agree as a whole in order to pass the UN’s biennial budget. “It’s a bit like the negotiations that you have with trade unions. You need at least one night session where you negotiate to the point of exhaustion so everybody can sell the result as the best result possible,” said Mr. Berger, who is serving as the Fifth Committee’s Chair this year. “If you achieve a result at three in the afternoon, everyone would say: ‘You could have done better.’ If you do it at six o’clock in the morning, then everyone believes that you’ve done your utmost to get it,” he added. Conference officer distributes documents to delegates during a meeting of the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee. October 2012) UN Photo/JC McIlwaineThe Fifth Committee’s work comes at the end of a long chain of bureaucratic checks and balances, kicked off, primarily, by the UN Secretariat’s own budget report containing recommendations for spending and reform. The report then trickles down to the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, also known as the ACABQ, which the UN describes as “a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly,” and consists of 16 members appointed by the Assembly in their individual capacities. This ACABQ scrutinizes the budget submitted by the Secretary-General to the General Assembly and ultimately advises the Assembly concerning any administrative and budgetary matters referred to it. Following this, the budget report arrives in the Fifth Committee’s hands where the financing minutiae are debated, dissected and, ultimately, agreed upon. “Quite often, the discussion is on how [things] can be done. We are looking to deliver on the mandates, to ensure that we do so efficiently, ensure that budget planning is financially sound, and to ensure that we introduce the necessary reforms and implement them,” Mr. Berger said. “At the end,” he continued, “it comes down to everything is taxpayers’ money, so we have to be very careful how we spend that money and make a collective effort to do that in the most economical and effective way.” The considerably more complex technical function of deciding which country pays what to the UN budget is decided by another body, the Committee on Contributions, which meets every two years to review the so-called scale of assessments. It uses a formula that factors in a country’s population, its wealth measured by gross national product and other economic considerations. No country pays more than 25 per cent of the UN budget; and, assuming there are no other factors which could affect payment, even the smallest country has to pay 0.01 per cent. Twice a year, the Secretariat details which countries have paid their assessments on time and in full – more along the lines of an honour roll, rather than a ‘name and shame’ list. A country that falls behind by two years can lose its right to vote in the General Assembly.Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan introduces his proposed $2.535 billion budget for the United Nations for the biennium 2000-2001, telling the Fifth Committee that it was virtually the same in real terms as the 1998-1999 budget. (October 1999) UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeSeparate from the main UN budget is the peacekeeping budget, which is about three times more than what is known as the ‘regular budget.’ The current peacekeeping budget is around $7.5 billion. “Overall if you compare with some national budgets, I think it’s a good situation,” Mr. Berger noted. With a broad range of issues on its plate, the Fifth Committee devotes its focus to budgeting and human resources matters in alternating years, spreading its negotiating over three separate sessions over the course of the year, with the first beginning each October. Those issues which do not require immediate consideration often remain on the agenda and are postponed to the first part of the resumed session, which is normally held for a period of three or four weeks in March, depending on the workload. The Committee then resumes its work for a period of four weeks in May to consider the administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing of peacekeeping operations and any other questions or items that the Committee needs to consider.In the 2011 session, the UN biennial budget was agreed upon, while the 2012 discussion was centred on human resources issues. “UN staff is key for the Organization’s work, for the implementation of the mandates,” Mr. Berger confirmed, noting that 75 per cent of the UN budget is, in fact, committed to staffing-related expenditures. “So everything that has to do with staff and human resources is of the highest importance for the Fifth Committee.”However, amid continuing international financial insecurity and growing calls for austerity in many Member States’ national assemblies, the buzzword for the Fifth Committee’s 2012 discussions on human resources was ‘reform.’The Fifth Committee begin its first reading of the budget estimates for 1972, approving sums for hospitality, the International Court of Justice, and estimates of revenue and other sources of income. George H. Bush of the United States, later to serve as US President, addresses the meeting. (October 1971) UN Photo/Yutaka NagataMr. Berger noted that the Secretariat, in particular, was driving the reform initiatives on many important issues, including the concept of staff mobility which, he said, was a “very important” topic of concern for the UN’s overall functioning. “The basic idea is that the staff have a kind of rotation, like diplomats do, every three, four, five years, and so that as part of your career development, you get new experiences, you learn new things,” he said.But he conceded that the process involved in moving away from the current mobility set-up was a slow and convoluted one and that Member States were still studying the particulars. Questions over the specific details of the new plan have been proliferating: Would UN staff be required to rotate from duty station to duty station – New York to Bangkok, Geneva to Nairobi? How long would rotations last? How long would staff be required to stay in so-called hardship locations?While the matter of streamlining the UN’s sometimes clunky administrative apparatus into a more well-oiled one remains at the top of this year’s agenda, the issue of budgeting, particularly at a time of global austerity, inevitably remains at the back of everyone’s minds. “I think there are very important initiatives that the Secretariat is undergoing which will allow this Organization to be more transparent and more modern and will also put the UN in a position to deliver more. And that, I think, is what we want to see.” read more

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Amid hate speech negative media spin real stories of refugees and migrants

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). Photo: UNAOC “2016 has been an elections year in many countries. Media, for better or for worse, was used as a tool shaping people’s perceptions around issues and swaying their votes accordingly,” Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the High Representative for the UNAOC, said in his remarks at the symposium.Noting that the refugees and migrants crisis featured prominently in the campaigns and public discussions, he added: “[While] we noted solidarity towards refugees, we also witnessed a surge of xenophobic hate speech.”Further, noting that mass exodus of refugees and migrants fleeing conflict and poverty in Syria, Iraq, Libya and other countries into Europe resulted in “fuelling fears, prejudices and even hatred against those who are perceived as ‘the other’ by local populations,” he expressed that such distorted perceptions have also led to violent reactions within host societies on some occasions.With this is mind, he noted that the UN global campaign against racism and xenophobia, ‘Together: respect, safety and dignity for all,’ aims to change negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants, and to strengthen the social contract between these populations and host communities. Amid media distortion, ‘we will do our utmost to tell the real stories of refugees’ Speaking to UN News ahead of the symposium, Mr. Al-Nasser expressed concern that migrants and refugees are inaccurately portrayed as an economic drain or a strain on public benefits, even though UN Member States have recognized the positive contribution of migrants to inclusive growth and sustainable development, for example through the 2030 Agenda and the New York Declaration on refugees and migrants adopted at a UN summit last year.He, however, added that “migrants’ positive contribution to societies is not acknowledged and rarely understood by host communities.”Underlining the importance of media, and in particular social media, which can influence perceptions either way, Mr. Al-Nasser said that despite progressive policies defended by some European leaders, refugees continue to be portrayed by some in the media as “potential terrorists” and “threats to national security”.“Social media provides a wide and open platform for hate speech, facilitating the rapid spread of negative narratives and ideas online,” he added, noting that this environment has created a heightened sense of fear and mistrust in host communities towards migrants and refugees around the world, resulting in adverse impact on their rights and freedoms.“But we will do our utmost to tell the real stories of refugees, in order to protect communities’ interests and safeguard the rights of each individual. I think a balance must be found that protects the freedom of expression as well as the rights of migrants as human beings with human rights,” the High Representative stated.Turning to civil society, Mr. Al-Nasser called on the international community to acknowledge the role of civic actors and groups in formulating public policies aimed at curbing the spread of hate speech, and influencing public attitudes towards restricting the use of hate speech in media, including through policy recommendations.The symposium was organized jointly by UNAOC and the EU in the Belgian capital, Brussels, under the UNAOC’s #SpreadNoHate initiative.The Alliance was established in 2005 to work towards a more peaceful, more socially inclusive world, by building mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities, and highlighting the will of the world’s majority to reject extremism and embrace diversity.AUDIO: UNAOC High Representative Abdulaziz Al-Nasser on the significance of the symposium read more

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Force used against protestors in Gaza wholly disproportionate says UN human rights

The draft text called for the Council to “investigate all alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law” in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and particularly the occupied Gaza Strip, since 30 March; the date when demonstrations along the border with Israel began, dubbed the Great March of Return.The resolution was adopted by 29 votes in favour, with two against and 14 abstentions.They are, in essence, caged in a toxic slum from birth to death; deprived of dignity – High Commissioner Zeid The development follows a request on Tuesday by Palestine and the Arab Group of States.A day earlier, 60 demonstrators in Gaza were killed by Israeli forces, marking the highest one-day death toll in the territory since the 2014 hostilities. According to UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who addressed the council, 87 Palestinians have been killed during the protests, including 12 children, and more than 12,000 injured; 3,500 of them by live ammunition fire. “Palestinians have exactly the same human rights as Israelis do. They have the same rights to live safely in their homes, in freedom, with adequate and essential services and opportunities” said the High Commissioner for Human Rights.“And of this essential core of entitlements due to every human being, they are systematically deprived”, he continued, adding: “They are, in essence, caged in a toxic slum from birth to death; deprived of dignity; de-humanised by the Israeli authorities to such a point it appears officials do not even consider that these men and women have a right, as well as every reason, to protest.” Mr. Zeid said that some demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and used sling-shots to throw stones at Israeli soldiers.But this did not justify the use of lethal force and may be a breach of international law, he added.Israel responded to the special session at the Human Rights Council saying that convening the meeting was evidence of its politically-motivated “anti-Israeli obsession”.Ambassador Aviva Raz Shechter, Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN, said that the militant group Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, had incited people to violence, by placing “as many civilians as possible – including women, children and journalists – in the line of fire”.Under the rules of the Human Rights Council, an extraordinary session can only be called by the body’s 47 Member States; it must also have the support of at least one-third of the membership. Friday marked the 28th time that there has been a special session of the Council. read more

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Program will help student researchers commercialize their ideas

Gary Goodyear, right, shakes hands with graduate student Ellen Robb as graduate students give him a tour of a Brock lab.Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, was at Brock today to announce a new program that will strengthen the skills of up-and-coming entrepreneurs in southern Ontario.The Scientists and Engineers in Business initiative will provide up to $50 million to not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions to help graduates with innovative, market-driven ideas commercialize their work.“Our government recognizes the importance of investing in the ideas of recent graduates and graduate students and providing them with the skills and services necessary to become successful entrepreneurs,” Goodyear said. “By providing the necessary tools, we will create jobs and fuel business innovation and growth in southern Ontario.”The funding will help Brock develop the business skills of graduate students working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.The program complements other initiatives aimed at accelerating a knowledge-based economy in central Canada, President Jack Lightstone said.“By helping recent graduates overcome economic barriers, more competitive products, processes and services will make it onto the market,” he said.The program will support graduate students like Ellen Robb, a PhD student in Biology and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipient, who also spoke at today’s announcement.The program “will help to overcome and demystify the obstacles that stand in the way of commercializing innovative research,” she said.Her work, which looks at the positive health effects of resveratrol, an active ingredient in red wine, is an example of the type of research that stands to benefit from the initiative.Under the program, Brock can access funds to support up to 50 per cent of the cost of commercialization fellowships valued up to $30,000 per fellowship. Applications are being accepted and assessed on an ongoing basis.Gary Goodyear makes the announcement in Pond Inlet. read more

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Hatsune Miku hologram performs to live audiences

first_imgGood thing Hannah Montana is bringing things to an end. Another fictional teenager is making waves in Japan and is beginning to have a following internationally as well. The difference is there is no human behind this character.A fictional 16-year old anime character by the name of Hatsune Miku has had chart topping hits and has been featured in online videos receiving millions of views. This has subsequently been followed by live performances in which the character is displayed as a hologram in front of a live band to the throngs of cheering fans. If that wasn’t surprising enough the character’s voice is not even human. It is synthetic and completely produced by a computer.AdChoices广告Hatsune Miku is the brainchild of Crypton Future Media who developed the female character to put a face on its singing synthesizer application referred to as a vocaloid, a Yamaha created technology, which it first released on August 31, 2007 as part of the company’s “Character Vocal Series.” A vocaloid gives music composers the ability to synthesize singing by simply typing in lyrics and melody. Hatsune Miku’s voice, which is used in Crypton’s vocaloid, is actually based on samples from voice actress Saki Fujita.On May 31, 2010, Exit Tunes Presents Vocalogenesis feat. Hatsune Miku marked the first time a vocaloid album topped the Japanese weekly Oricon album charts. This spurred live performances of the Hatsune Miku character beginning with the first performance on August 22, 2009 as part of Animelo Summer Live at the Saitama Super Arena. The first overseas live concert for the holographic character occurred on November 21, 2009 in Singapore as part of Anime Festival Asia.In addition to spawning multiple albums in which music composers have used the Hastune Miku software, the technology has created a community of original content thanks to individuals uploading songs created using the vocaloid. Uploaded songs have been matched with stunning visuals which have also led to freeware software being developed called MikuMiku Dance which allows users to program dance moves for the character for use in videos. The software was even used to create the popular Hastune Miku video Silence.Hatsune Miku’s popularity has reached diva status with her appearance in video games and other forms of media. In fact, Japanese fans are so crazy about her they successfully petitioned for the creation of three plates depicting the computer generated singer to be used as a balancing weight for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Akatsuki spacecraft which was launched on May 21st of this year to explore Venus.Read more at WikipediaBrian’s OpinionWhy is it that Japan does everything cool first? When I first read about Hatsune Miku it sounded like something out of science fiction. Yet, there she is, a completely synthetic musical artist ready to dance and sing at the stroke of a key with fans who only wish she was flesh and blood so that they might get her autograph.You have to believe the music industry is taking notice of Hatsune Miku and the vocaloid technology in general. Honestly, the technology makes me think of the 1981 movie Looker in which a company figures out a way to scan and sample humans in order to turn them into virtual actors and actresses for use in commercials and other types of video media. While making a virtual human which is indistinguishable from the real thing is still far from reality, it seems the replacement of a human singer isn’t. Think about how attractive that would be for a record company.A purely synthetic singer capable of performing thanks to holograms and vocaloid software doesn’t need royalties, doesn’t get tired, and most important doesn’t leave the tour midway through to check into Betty Ford due to a drug problem. If Hatsune Miku begins to take off in the States as much as it has in Japan we will surely see her followed by other fictional characters based on additional vocaloids funded by American-based record companies.last_img read more

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Motorola says no way to Windows Phone 7

first_imgNokia may have been hooked line and sinker by Windows Phone 7 under new CEO Stephen Elop, but Nokia’s number one competitor in last decade’s feature phone wars is wholly unimpressed.“I don’t envision us using Microsoft. I would never say never but it’s not something we’re entertaining now,” said Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president of software and services product management for Motorola. Why not? After all, Motorola has had a rich history with Windows Phone 7’s predecessor operating system, Windows Mobile. However, in the post-iPhone age, Motorola seems concerned about adopting an operating system like Windows Phone that is not open source.“We would like an opportunity to create unique value and we don’t feel we could with a closed platform,” Wyatt said. Additionally, even if that wasn’t a concern, Microsoft simply delivered Windows Phone 7 too late and too under-featured to be considered, according to Wyatt. “[T]here were a bunch of things that we believed about Microsoft that ended up not being true, mostly about what functionality it would have in what period of time,” she said.It’s interesting hearing Motorola speak so bluntly about why they abandoned Windows Phone 7. It certainly puts Nokia’s decision to adopt the operating system in perspective: Nokia — long behind the times when it comes to the state of the mobile industry, post-iPhone — is trying to catch up by picking the most under-featured and behind-the-times smartphone operating system. Meanwhile, Motorola’s wised up and are embracing Android, while publicly talking about how they’re doing their best to speed up the Android upgrade cycle for end users. Seems like one of these companies has realized that times have changed, and the other still hasn’t.Read more at PC Worldlast_img read more

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Fire destroys migrant camp on Lesvos

first_imgA refugee and migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesvos has been evacuated, following a large fire that swept through the camp on Monday night. Tents and prefabricated homes were destroyed, resulting in the evacuation of some 4,000 residents with nobody injured, reports Kathimerini. While the cause is yet unknown, authorities have ruled out that it was started by frustrated migrants.The blaze commenced soon after a large group of residents were escorted back to the camp by police following a rally calling on government officials to reduce the number of migrants and refugees staying there.Organised by locals, the rally was attended by around 500 residents, including ultra-nationalists part of the Patriotic Movement of Lesvos, to protest the presence of migrants on the island. According to local media reports, tensions ran high, with a group of some 15 men, who were chanting anti-migrant slogans, assaulting three female university students, one of which is a volunteer working with migrants.Lesvos Mayor Spyros Galinos also came under attack. In her attempt to address protesters chanting “throw them in the sea”, the negative attention was then directed at the mayor personally. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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La firme Gibson accusée dimportation illégale de bois précieux

first_imgLa firme Gibson accusée d’importation illégale de bois précieuxEn août dernier, des stocks de bois illégalement importés d’Inde ont été saisis dans les ateliers du Tennessee du célèbre fabricant de guitares Gibson. Accusée d’avoir enfreint une loi américaine interdisant l’importation de bois issu d’arbres menacés, la firme se défend vivement. Le 24 août dernier, les services américains de protection de la nature ont saisi d’importants stocks de bois précieux, de rose et d’ébène, dans les ateliers de Memphis et Nashville du célèbre luthier Gibson. Le fabricant de guitares, dont certaines furent utilisées par Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, U2, Bob Marley ou encore John Lennon, est soupçonnée d’avoir violé une loi américaine interdisant l’importation de bois lui-même exporté en violation de lois étrangères, explique l’AFP.Mais Gibson se défend fermement d’avoir jamais fait “de contrebande” a déclaré sur CNN le directeur général de la firme, Henry Juszkiewicz. “Nous importons du bois pour faire les manches (de guitare) régulièrement d’Inde depuis 17 ans” a-t-il souligné. “C’était un cauchemar. Il y avait des gens assis là qui fabriquaient des guitares. Nous n’avons pas d’armes”, a raconté M. Juszkiewicz en évoquant la perquisition. Selon lui, le bois et les documents saisis le 24 août représentent près de 700.000 euros.Aujourd’hui, Gibson craint de voir les musiciens privés de leurs instruments par les douanes lors de leurs concerts à travers le monde. “La loi dit que si une guitare ou tout instrument passe une frontière, vous devez connaître le bois dont il est fait et d’où il vient”, souligne en effet le directeur général de la firme américaine. Le 5 septembre 2011 à 20:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Public Transit VancouverPortland ranks No 12

first_imgA national study of how effectively public transit works for commuters in metropolitan areas ranks the Vancouver-Portland-Hillsboro area 12th out of 100.The study was released Thursday by the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program in Washington, D.C.“People take transit for any number of reasons, but one of the most common is to get to work,” according to the report titled “Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America.”“However, when it comes to the question of how effectively transit connects people and jobs within and across these metropolitan areas, strikingly little is known. With governments at all levels considering deep budget cuts, it is increasingly important to understand not just the location and frequency of transit service, but ultimately how well transit aligns with where people work and live.”Honolulu ranked first; Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, N.Y. ranked 100th.Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue ranked 18th.The analysis found that transit coverage is highest in the West and lowest in the South and “regardless of region, residents of cities and lower-income neighborhoods have better access to transit than residents of suburbs and middle/higher-income neighborhoods.”Scott Patterson, C-Tran’s public affairs director, said while the study shows C-Tran does a good job of providing urban services, the high ranking can be credited to south of the Columbia River.“You can see the region is very well served, but I don’t think we would compete on the same level as Tri-Met,” Patterson said.last_img read more

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VIDEO Wilmingtons Substance Abuse Program Coordinator Samantha Reif Discusses Towns National Recovery

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — On the latest episode of Wilmington Community Television’s “Town Topics,” host and WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville sat down with Wilmington’s Substance Abuse Program Coordinator Samantha Reif to discuss the Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition’s Candlelight Vigil on Monday, September 17 at 7pm on the Wilmington Town Common.The interview also touches upon Reif’s role in town, plus another events planned for National Recovery Month, including a donation drive for kids in DCF custody, a presentation on anxiety in youth for parents, and a presentation on how to recognize warning signs of mental health or substance abuse issues in the workplace with the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about the events from the Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition’s Facebook page.Watch the 9-minute interview, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/7/0/1/b/6/2/701b627b-4e5d-442b-a9e2-3badcc5371b11536153254.653%2B40935953.696%40castus4-wilmington%2B15361537211536153411819966.vod.720p.180905%20Town%20Topics%20Substance%20Abuse.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Substance Abuse Coalition To Hold Candlelight Vigil On September 29In “Community”VIDEO: Watch Interview with Wilmington’s New Substance Abuse Program CoordinatorIn “Videos”News & Notes From WCTV: Did You Know WCTV Has A Podcast Studio That YOU Can Use?In “Community”last_img read more

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Staying safe in bear country

first_imgEverywhere is bear country in Alaska, even the urban areas. From encounters on the trails and along fishing streams, to bears raiding trash cans and chicken coops, it’s spring and bears are awake and on the move. How do we keep ourselves and them safe?Download AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Sean Farley, biologist, ADFGElizabeth Manning, education specialist, ADFGCallers statewideLINKS:Fish and Game: interactive map of bear activity in and around AnchoragePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

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Former Minister Pasupuleti Brahmaiah passes away

first_imgKadapa: The TDP senior leader and former Minister Pasupuleti Brahmaiah died of a heart attack in the early hours on Wednesday. He won as TDP MLA from Rajampeta in 1994 and 1999 and worked as the Minister for Small Scale Industries. Over the death news, the TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu has expressed deep condolence to the family members of Brahmaiah. Rajampeta TDP in-charge and former MLC Chengal Rayudu, RTC former chairman Yeddula Subbarayudu, YCP leader Akapati Srinivasulu Reddy and others expressed their condolences.last_img

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OC Moazzem must be punished Home minister

first_imgHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal. File PhotoHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan said former officer-in-charge of Sonagazi police station Moazzem Hossain must be punished for his role in connection with murder of madrasa student Nusrat.He said this while talking to reporters at his office at the secretariat after the Eid vacation on Sunday.The home minister said it may take time to trace him but he must face trial.After a week of dilly-dallying, the police now say that former officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonagazi police station in Feni, Moazzem Hossain, has fled, with a warrant of arrest issued in his name.Police of both Feni and Rangpur have confirmed that the arrest warrant had been received.Speaking to Prothom Alo on Saturday, deputy inspector of police of the Rangpur range, Debdas Bhattacharya, said that the arrest warrant had reached Rangpur, but Moazzem was absent from his post, without prior permission. The warrant was then sent on to the OC of Sonagazi police station. The rules hadn’t been followed in sending the warrant to Rangpur and he will ask the Feni police to adhere to the rules, Debdas Bhattacharya said.The cyber tribunal in Dhaka issued a warrant against former OC Moazzem Hossain on 27 May under the Digital Security Act. On 31 May the warrant reached the office of the police super in Feni. However, the police super Kazi Munir-uz-Zaman repeatedly denied the matter. Finally on 3 June he admitted that he had received the warrant. Two days after that the warrant was sent by special courier to the Rangpur range. Now the Rangpur range says that this was not in accordance to the rules.Moazzem Hossain took full advantage of these delays and has fled. His mobile phone had been in operation all these days, but was shut off from yesterday, Saturday.A case against Moazzem Hossain was filed by Supreme Court lawyer Syed Sayedul Huq in connection to the murder of Sonagazi madrasa student Nusrat Jahan.UNB adds: Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday said steps will be taken to overhaul the immigration system at all airports of the country, including Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.”There are allegations of harassment at the immigration. We take steps immediately if we get any complaint. Now the immigration system will be overhauled,” said the minister.Special Branch members have been carrying out duties at the immigration department, but the government has a plan to operate it with only immigration police, he said adding, “The decision in this regard will be taken soon after discussions.”Asked about the Biman pilot who faced trouble abroad for not carrying passport, Asaduzzaman said: “No seal is stamped on the passport of pilots and they have to submit a declaration slip at the immigration but they must carry their passports with them.”Pilot Fazal Mahmud had completed all the necessary formalities but he forgot to carry the passport, the minister said adding that a sub-inspector of immigration has been suspended while another removed from its post.Talking about the harassment of expatriates at the immigration point, Asaduzzaman, said, “Sometimes the expatriates from different countries, including Syria and Bagdad, came with travel visas, and verification takes time. This is not harassment.”Speaking about the arrest of a Bangladeshi by American police for militant links, the minister said, “The man who was arrested by US police apprehending his link to possible militant attack is not a Bangladeshi. He is an American citizen.”Regarding this year’s Eid journeys, he said except for a few road accidents, Eid travel was comfortable as people did not face any trouble during their journeys.last_img read more

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Prithvi in Delhi

first_imgAll lovers of theatre brace up and keep the weekend free, for you don’t wanna miss out on this lovely thing coming up. The Pad- starring Kitu Gidwani, Capt. Sanjay Nath, Daniel D’ Souza and Saattvic, and is produced by Nishna Mehta – young powerhouse and one of the most sought after stage managers in Mumbai theatre. It explores relationships in contemporary India  among people belonging to communities that most people know very little of and are subject to quick stereotyping. The play looks beyond these biases of stereotype and assumption and looks at the characters for who they really are as people.The play raises questions about the nature of love and its limitations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ About the play A house in Bandra, Mumbai is witness to two inextricably intertwined relationships between successive pairs of occupants. Pulkit, a banker, has rented a quirky flat in Bandra for the sole purpose of hooking up. One night he meets Sahil, a young PhD student, for sex. Sahil is researching interior design, and is taken by the interiors of the house. He wants to use it for his research, but has to deal with a bitter, cynical and brusque Pulkit. The one night stand turns into something more, as they get to know each other… and uncover the lives of the previous occupants, Jennifer and Fabian. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The Theatre gropup Frontier Theatre is a new Mumbai based theatre group that aims to create original and relevant theatre that pushes boundaries. Central to our philosophy is the belief that the content and form of our work should reflect and document the exciting and dynamic society we live in – a society that is trying to develop while keeping its roots intact, a society that is struggling to reconcile Eastern and Western values and ways of life, a society that throws up mind boggling inequalities, a society that is on the cusp of becoming a major global power. So get it booked and get going! When – June 7,2014 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm Where – Alliance Francaise de Delhilast_img read more

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Street kids exploited due to nonimplementation of laws

first_imgAnju Talukdar from Multiple Action Research Group (MARG), which works with women and children and unorganised labour, said there has been no realisaton of the existing child-sensitive laws, leaving the lives of street children unchanged.Talukdar was part of a discussion titled, “The Invisibles– A dialogue” organised by Youth ki Awaz and Save the Children.The session aimed at speaking up for child rights and “fight for the rights of India’s most vulnerable citizens,” by discussing the issue from various angles and suggesting feasible solutions. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“We have a special law for children on sexual act with special measures for children, child friendly measures – police procedures to medical procedures all focussed on children. But, the gap is in the implementation. There is a big problem of street children in all smart cities,” Talukdar said.Two youth advocates, who used to live on the streets before being rescued, also shared their stories.15-year-old Salmaan, who was rescued by one of Save the Children India’s partner NGOs, aspires to become an actor, besides a powerful advocate for children’s rights. His short play is scheduled to be staged soon. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“I lived on the streets before. I was not doing anything at that time. We were not given any importance by others, they didn’t even bother if we passed out in front of them,” Salman said. Often spotted cleaning tables or getting chai at dhabas, street children are not just subjected to exploitation but are also stripped off any identity of their own, with every child being addressed as either a “Raju”, “Chotu” or a “Kalu”.“I don’t know whether you have noticed, boys who are employed at the dhabas and other shops are often called ‘Raju’, Kalu’ or ‘Chotu’, we don’t have a particular name. There are thousands of children like us in the country. We also dream to study,” he said. Nisha, now a class IX student, used to work as a domestic help to support her family. After being rescued, she was enrolled in an English medium school, where she not only excels in studies but also aims to become a doctor someday. “I had to do the job of ‘dusting’ when I was nine. But I wanted to study and I got the opportunity to get it”.Besides living a difficult life on the streets, Nisha also faced the challenges of being a girl, particularly in a poor family. “For you, it was very easy to reach 8th standard. But for me, it was a difficult task. I had to work for my family from the age of nine because in our society, people think, what is the need for a girl to study? I know that I have to work hard to become a doctor. But, whenever I hear that girls can’t do anything, I get angry because I am also a girl!” she said.The discussion also saw experts detailing the legal framework safeguards and enforcements.“According to Right to Education Act, for a street child, he can go to a government school and get the right to education. In case of private schools, 25 per cent seats are reserved for disadvantaged students which also include street children (in some states only),” Anju said.“The poorer we are, the weaker we see the government machinery against us. According to the Juvenile Justice Act, if a child does not have a place to stay, take the child to the child welfare committee and the committee will take him/ her to a home or a place of safety,” she said. Kalikesh Singh Deo, MP from Odisha who also attended the session, asked the youth to be aware of the problems faced by street children. “Use the voice for the children, start a campaign from your college itself. Use your power to make a change,” he said.last_img read more

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Otto Porter should thank Steph Curry for his huge new contract

first_imgNow Danny Ainge needs to stop hoarding “assets” like a doomsday survivorGordon Hayward is headed to the Celtics, and is easily the most significant personnel upgrade for Boston of this offseason. Colin likes the move, but he doesn’t view Hayward as a legitimate franchise player that’s going to unseat the Cavs in the East while LeBron is still in Cleveland.To take the next step and seriously challenge the Cavs, Ainge needs to package some of his massive stockpile of assets and pull the trigger on some deals. There’s no reason why Ainge can’t rekindle the Kristaps Porzingis negotiations, which would secure another difference maker. It remains to be seen if Ainge will actually part with his beloved future draft picks to make that happen.“Gordon Hayward is Jude Law. He’s not Denzel. He’s not Tom Hanks.”Guests: Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss how the Gordon Hayward signing impacts the balance of power in the East; why Otto Porter getting a max contract is ridiculous;Charlie Weis – Fox Sports Football Analyst is in-studio to explain what characteristics are most important for college QB’s; what it was like coaching a young Tom Brady; and if Notre Dame can still be a powerhouse.Eric Dickerson – NFL Hall of Famer is in-studio to talk about how NFL players view NBA contracts; if quarterbacks should hold out for more money; when it’s fair to render the final verdict on Jared Goff; and why he doesn’t want his son to play football. Otto Porter should thank Steph Curry for his huge new contractOtto Porter Jr., of all people, is in the middle of a free agent bidding war between the Wizards and the Nets. He’s agreed to a four-year $106 million max offer sheet with the Nets, but the Wizards have the opportunity to match. Multiple reports say they will. Either way, Porter is going to get paid.Colin thinks Porter should thank Steph Curry for his imminent payday. Curry has so drastically transformed the NBA into a three-ball league in the last several years, that a previously marginal player like Porter is now too valuable for teams to pass up.Timing is everything in life, and Porter’s timing is impeccable. Mostly because he is playing in the era of Steph Curry.“Send a Christmas card to Steph Curry.”last_img read more

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Once beautiful town now in a sorry state

first_imgTo many businessmen and residents, Bergville was once a beautiful town which has now in a sorry stateYes, that is the reality of how many people living in Bergville feel. Businessmen and residents are fed up with the condition of the town. From burst water pipes to blocked drainage and damaged pavements, the problems are never-ending.Phone calls and visits have been made to both Okhahlamba and Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality, as well as uThukela District Municipality, but nothing has been done to resolve the situation.Driving along West Street, you will see an open manhole from which the cover has been removed.This is dangerous because it is one of the main streets in Bergville.A child could easily fall in and be seriously hurt. “Why can’t the municipality fix it?” question businessmen who have to watch their every step as they walk to town.Pavements are damaged in almost every street in Bergville, which makes it difficult for pedestrians.Blocked drainage and flowing sewage is another problem, as raw effluent runs from the streets into premises.Not to mention the huge potholes that gape dangerously as if waiting for an unsuspecting passerby to trip up. When it rains, it looks like ponds are everywhere. Not only an unpleasant sight, but dangerous as well.“We just want something to be done. We are ratepayers and we demand good service,” says another businessman.With regards to the above, Okhahlamba Local Municipality commented as follows:Okhahlamba Local Municipality, with the help of uThukela District Municipality, has embarked on a complete revamp of the sewer system in the Bergville CBD and within residential areas of the town. uThukela District Municipality have appointed contractors to replace the open manhole covers.With regards to the pavements, as a municipality, we are in the process of installing proper pavements throughout the CBD. As a result, there is ongoing construction. We are unaware of any other broken or damaged pavements.We would like to place on record that we have not received any written formal complaint from any of our residents or businesses with regards to these issues. However, we are committed to improving the condition of the town, particularly within the CBD. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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PHOTO REPORT Marching on May 1 in Costa Rica

first_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Related posts:No clear path forward, opposition lawmakers lament after Solís’ 100-day report Costa Rica’s struggle with fiscal reform highlights its governance problems President Solís meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at UN Quick Venezuela facts on Election Day Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Thousands of Costa Rican workers on Friday participated in the annual May 1 march in the nation’s capital, San José.Union members from various public institutions, political parties, environmentalists, musical bands and a group of self-described anarchists marched to demand better conditions for workers, a more just society, and better policies to help protect the environment.The march began at 9 a.m. in Parque La Merced and continued along Avenida Segunda to the Legislative Assembly. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Alberto Font/The Tico Timeslast_img read more

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