Rafael Nadal to participate in Tie Break Tens to prepare for Australian Open

first_imgWorld No. 1 Rafael Nadal will play an exhibition event in Melbourne Park to get some much needed match practice ahead of the Australian Open.The Spaniard has not played since he withdrew from the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London in November with a knee injury.The 31-year-old has already withdrawn from an exhibition tournaments in Abu Dhabi, Sydney and also from this week’s Brisbane International, citing lack of time to properly prepare.Therefore, he decided to take part in the winner-takes all Tie Break Tens event at Melbourne Park on January 10, five days before the Australian Open begins.”Tie Break Tens is a great concept and we will see and play some exciting matches,” Nadal said in a statement.”The field is fantastic and I expect some tough competition which will be great for the Aussie fans.”The eight-man field includes Novak Djokovic, three-time grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, and former world number one Lleyton Hewitt.Each match is comprised solely of super tie breaks to 10 points. The knockout tournament provides a winner take-all purse of $250,000.”It really will be an intriguing contest,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.”These guys are all coming in at different stages of their preparation, but once their competitive instincts kick in, which will be almost instant in this format, there will be some absorbing contests.”Remember, there is not much room for error. You lose the tie break and you are out.” (With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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BIZ-MERCER-COST OF LIVING (BCM6)

first_img‘Mumbai more expensive for expats than Melbourne, Frankfurt’Mumbai, Jun 26 (PTI) Cost of living for expatriates inMumbai is the highest in the country, and more expensive thanits global peers like Melbourne and Frankfurt, said a survey.The financial capital of the country is ranked at the55th spot in terms of cost of living globally, higher thancities like Melbourne (58), Frankfurt (68), Buenos Aires (76),Stockholm (89) and Atlanta (95), according the 2018 cost ofliving survey by global consulting firm Mercer.Other Indian cities featuring in the survey includeDelhi (103), Chennai (144), Bengaluru (170), with Kolkata(182) being the least expensive Indian city.”While cities such as Melbourne and Buenos Aires havefallen in their rankings, Mumbai’s jump in ranking is alsoattributable to continued surge in prices of food, alcohol anddomestic supplies,” the survey noted.Hong Kong is ranked as the world’s costliest city tolive in for expatriates.Inflation, among the highest in Indian citiessurveyed, remained at 5.57 per cent for the surveyed set ofexpatriate goods, during the survey period.This is especially true for prices of expatriate fooditems such as, butter, meat and poultry as well premium farmproduce which have increased significantly, along with pricesof alcohol, according to the report.Costs of sporting, leisure related activities havealso played a role to rising prices, followed in part bytransportation costs, which includes taxi fares and cost ofregistration and road taxes, it noted.The survey is designed to help multinational companiesand governments determine compensation strategies for theirexpatriate employees.advertisementAccording to Mercer’s International Policies andPractices Report on India, 93 per cent of companies docompensate through a cost of living allowance for theirexpatriate assignee.”This increase in prices of goods in our cities,viewed along with currency exchange rate, has a direct impacton the Indian assignee compensation when using a balance sheetapproach, making overseas assignment costs sometimes greaterand sometimes smaller,” said Padma Ramanathan, India practiceleader, global mobility, Mercer.In this scenario, companies are reconsidering howfrequently expatriate salaries are reviewed, she said, addingin balancing assignee cost with assignee satisfaction, somecompanies prefer to let the assignee retain the benefit ofwindfall if applicable.This year’s rankings in the survey, which uses NewYork City as the base city for all comparisons, includes 209cities across five continents and measures the comparativecost of more than 200 items in each location. PTI DSK SSSS SS SSRDS RDS RDSlast_img read more

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Sports Highlights

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 27 (PTI) Following are the top/expected stories at 1730 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *1st Twenty20 International between India and Ireland in Dublin. *Report of the Champions Trophy hockey match between India and Australia. *Report of the FIFA World Cup match between Mexico and Sweden. *Report of the FIFA World Cup match between Germany and South Korea. *Report of the FIFA World Cup match between Switzerland and Costa Rica. *Report of the FIFA World Cup match between Serbia and Brazil. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-WC-ARGENTINA Messi delivers as Argentina scrape through to World Cup’s last 16Saint Petersburg, Jun 27 (AFP) Diego Maradona crossed his arms over his chest and pointed to the sky. Lionel Messi had needed just three touches to score but Argentina still took 86 minutes to defeat Nigeria. SPO-IND-CHAHAL I have two variations of googly up my sleeve, claims Chahal By Chetan Narula Malahide (Dublin), Jun 27 (PTI) Now a vital cog in India’s limited overs bowling set-up, young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal says he has developed two variations of googly, which will benefit him in the long run. SPO-BAD-IND Sindhu makes positive start at Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Jun 27 (PTI) Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu made a positive start, staving off a stiff challenge from Japan’s Aya Ohori in the women’s singles opening round at the USD 700,000 Malaysia Open World Tour super 750 tournament, here today. SPO-GOLF-WOM Gaurika lead by three in 8th leg of Hero WPGT Hosur, Jun 27 (PTI) Gaurika Bishnoi fired a near-perfect round to open up a handy three-shot lead in the eighth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here today.advertisement SPO-WI Sri Lanka beat West Indies to draw Test series Bridgetown, June 27 (AFP) Kusal Perera battled through the considerable discomfort of a painful chest injury in partnership with namesake Dilruwan Perera to guide Sri Lanka to an historic series-levelling four-wicket victory over the West Indies in the third and final Test at Kensington Oval. PTI SSC SSCSSClast_img read more

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Panasonic Eluga X1, Eluga X1 Pro with dual rear cameras launched in India, price starts from Rs 22,990

first_imgPanasonic on Thursday announced two new Eluga series smartphones for the Indian market. They are the Eluga X1 and Eluga X1 Pro. Both the Eluga X1 and Eluga X1 Pro will be available in India starting October 10 on Flipkart for Rs 22,990 and Rs 26,990 respectively. The Pro version of the Eluga X1 comes with wireless charging and 3D face unlock support, now that’s something to boast about and Panasonic is doing exactly the same.The Eluga X1 and the Eluga X1 Pro are the first ever phones from Panasonic to come with iPhone X-style notched display and aspect ratio of 19:9. Both the Panasonic Eluga X1 and X1 Pro come with almost the same specifications. The only difference that the two Panasonic phones have are in the storage and RAM department. The Panasonic Eluga X1 comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage while the Pro version sports a 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.Both the Eluga X1 and the Eluga X1 Pro come with a massive 6.18-inch full HD+ display with a resolution of 2246 x 1080 pixels. The screen of both the Panasonic phones is protected with a layer of Corning Gorilla glass on top. The smartphones are powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 processor clocked at 2.0GHz and paired with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.The new Panasonic Eluga smartphones come with a dual camera setup on the rear panel and single on the front. On the back panel, the consists of a primary sensor of 16-megapixel and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel. The camera app comes packed with several features like mode, Backlight, Slow-mo and Portrait, among others. On the front, both the Eluga X1 and the Eluga X1 Pro include 16-megapixel selfie snappers.advertisementBesides the wireless charging support, another highlight of the new Panasonic Eluga X1 Pro is the 3D facial recognition support which the company claims can unlock the phone in a blink of an eye. Meanwhile, the Eluga X1 comes with an infra-red face unlock support. Both the smartphones come with rear-mounted fingerprint sensor placed right below the dual rear camera setup.ALSO READ: Vivo Y81 4GB RAM, 32GB storage variant launched in India for Rs 13,490The smartphones come with a 3,000mAh battery and run on Android 8.1 Oreo. Interestingly, Panasonic has ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack and both the phones come bundled with USB Type-C port.last_img read more

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‘I just can’t do it’: Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle declines White House invite

first_img Twitter Megan Rapinoe: ‘We’re everything Trump loves – except that we’re powerful women’ Reuse this content Arwa Mahdawi and Lloyd Green Share on LinkedIn Read more On Saturday the Lincoln biographer, Clinton adviser, Guardian contributor, baseball fan and stringent Trump critic Sidney Blumenthal wrote in an email: “The Red Sox had the curse of the Bambino. The Cubs had the curse of the billy goat. The Nationals had the curse of Trump.“From the moment he announced he would attend a game they lost three straight World Series games in their own park. Then, they removed themselves from the scene of the curse and won two straight in Houston. About Trump ever entering Nationals Park: Never Again!”No team based in Washington had won the World Series since 1924. In a euphoric tweet after the team’s victory, Doolittle said the trophy was “v shiny, hard to drink from (we tried), impossible to eat cereal out of, heavier than it looks, can be worn like a hat, still in one piece (barely), says 2019 World Champions on it, IS BACK IN DC AND WE CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE IT WITH YOU.”The champions paraded through the city on Saturday, to a rally near Capitol Hill. Tens of thousands of fans attended. Doolittle told the Post he did not want to distract from teammates who did want to meet the president but said he felt “very strongly about his issues on race relations” and wanted to make a stand for LGBTQ rights. His wife Eireann Dolan – with whom he said he had done “work with refugees”, making Trump’s infamous “shithole countries” remark particularly painful – has two mothers, he said.“I want to show support for them,” Doolittle said. “I think that’s an important part of ally-ship, and I don’t want to turn my back on them.“I have a brother-in-law who has autism, and [Trump] is a guy that mocked a disabled reporter. How would I explain that to him that I hung out with somebody who mocked the way that he talked, or the way that he moves his hands? I can’t get past that stuff.” Since you’re here… Washington Nationals Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle will not go to the White House when the World Series champions meet Donald Trump on Monday. People say it’s about respecting the office of the president. He’s done things that maybe don’t respect the officeSean Doolittle Share on Facebook US sports Topics Was it wrong for baseball fans to chant ‘lock him up’ at Trump? A head-to-head debate Trump infamously mocked Serge Kovaleski in 2015, over the New York Times reporter’s work on the billionaire’s dubious claims about his experiences on 9/11. Kovaleski has a condition, arthrogryposis, which affects the movement of his arms. The Times called Trump’s mockery “outrageous”.Doolittle said he had studied how other champions handled their decisions not to visit the White House. Winners from the NBA, NHL and NFL have refused to go. Trump has clashed personally with many, notably last summer with Megan Rapinoe, the star player on the US team which won the Women’s World Cup.Doolittle indicated that if the president comes out swinging – and tweeting – he will not be tempted to throw any beanballs back.“I don’t want to get mad online,” he said. “I want people to know that I put thought into this and, at the end of the day, I just can’t go.”He added: “People say you should go because it’s about respecting the office of the president. And I think over the course of his time in office he’s done a lot of things that maybe don’t respect the office.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Baseball World Series “At the end of the day,” the 33-year-old told the Washington Post, “as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it.”Doolittle said his opposition to the president was based on “a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country”.The Nationals clinched their first World Series title in Game 7 in Houston on Wednesday against the Astros, after blowing a two-games-to-none lead with three home losses then coming back from 3-2 down. Doolittle, a closer, took care of business in Game 6, relieving series MVP Stephen Strasburg in a 7-2 victory in Texas.Trump attended Game 5 in Washington, only to be booed and subjected to chants of “Lock him up”, triggering national debate about the need or otherwise for civility in a polarised society. 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Report: Real Madrid 7 Deportivo 1

first_imgReal Madrid 7 Deportivo La Coruna 1: Seven-up for Zidane’s men as Bale shines Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 01:08 1/22/18 GarethBaleNacho - cropped Getty Images Braces from Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nacho saw Real Madrid emphatically back to winning ways in LaLiga against Deportivo. Gareth Bale dragged Real Madrid away from the ignominy of a third straight home defeat in LaLiga by netting a match-turning brace before Deportivo La Coruna collapsed to a 7-1 defeat.Cristiano Ronaldo and, in a more unlikely turn of events, Nacho, also notched doubles to boost under-fire boss Zinedine Zidane.Loses to Barcelona and Villarreal either side of the mid-season break contributed to leaving Madrid fourth and 19 points off the pace in the title race, and further woes awaited when Adrian Lopez capitalised on slack defending to net a 23rd-minute opener. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Amid palpable unrest from the stands, Madrid steadied themselves and centre-back Nacho levelled, before Bale took centre stage.The Wales star finished exquisitely to give Zidane’s men the lead at the break and he converted Toni Kroos’ corner before the hour to make the points safe.That Bale is now Madrid’s joint-top scorer in LaLiga with six this season owes much to Ronaldo’s trials in front of goal.Those were again gruesomely evident until the five-time Ballon d’Or winner followed Luka Modric onto the scoresheet 12 minutes from time and his brave diving header preceded Nacho completing a rout that leaves Deportivo slumped in the relegation zone.FT: #RealMadrid 7-1 @RCDeportivo (@nachofi1990 32′, 88′, @GarethBale11 42′, 58′, @lm19official 68, @Cristiano 78′, 84′; Adrián 23′). #RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Ui6GZlv51f— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) January 21, 2018Borja Mayoral was preferred in attack alongside Ronaldo and Bale by Zidane and the 20-year-old forward turned Modric’s cross goalwards to draw a fifth-minute stop from Ruben Martinez in the Deportivo goal.Madrid largely ambled through the opening exchanges, with nothing to show for their meagre efforts, and the Bernabeu faithful whistled their side when they fell behind.Florin Andone’s clever flick on caught out Dani Carvajal and Lucas Perez scooted past a napping Raphael Varane for Adrian to slide home.Marcelo was the closest player to the Deportivo goalscorer and, seemingly stung, the left-back drove an impressive response from the hosts.He saw an angled volley flash wide before Ruben brilliantly saved a Ronaldo header from the Brazil international’s 28th-minute cross.Ruben then fortuitously turned a Marcelo drive on to the base of his post and it was no surprise to see him turn provider as Nacho steered home in assured fashion.Madrid kept their momentum rumbling on and were rewarded three minutes before half-time.Ronaldo went to ground under minimal encouragement from Depor defender Fabian Schar and, as he berated the referee, Bale collected the loose ball from Marcelo’s cross and curled a sumptuous strike into the top corner.5 – Gareth Bale has scored five goals in 2018, more than any other La Liga player in all competitions. Express. pic.twitter.com/JpF08WuzJy— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 21, 2018Five minutes into the second half, Ronaldo contrived to foul Schar as Carvajal’s low ball across the box suggested a tap-in.A sliding Mayoral was unable to provide the decisive touch at the end of Marcelo’s latest raid and, in another recurring theme of the match, Ruben showed lightning reactions in the 58th minute to deny Casemiro from Kroos’ cross.Kroos trotted over to the left flank to take the resulting corner when Bale rose unchallenged to muscularly power home the header.Mayoral headed a Bale cross off target from four yards and that miss heralded the introduction of Karim Benzema, a substitution that was whistled by a section of supporters apparently underwhelmed by the long-awaited reunion of the BBC.Ronaldo had a contribution to enjoy as his 68th-minute backheel teed up Modric to crisply net his first league goal of the season from the edge of the box.Andone should have pulled one back from close range for Deportivo before Ronaldo controlled brilliantly with his chest, only to finish with all the poise of a rank amateur.There was relief and a notable lack of his trademark celebration when Ronaldo finished Casemiro’s cross from close range.He joined Bale with a double but paid a painful price in the 84th minute, bloodied by Schar’s boot as he bravely converted a centre from substitute Lucas Vazquez.Nacho suffered far less for his own satisfaction, converting a set-piece against opponents who appeared to have clocked off before the final whistle.Key Opta stats:- This is the second time under Zidane that Madrid have scored seven goals in a single LaLiga match, the other also a 7-1 victory against Celta Vigo in March 2016.- Adrian scored his second LaLiga goal at the Santiago Bernabeu, having also scored for Atletico Madrid against Real in 2011.- After 16 matches, Nacho has already matched his best scoring record in a single LaLiga season (3).- Bale has scored eight goals in six league appearances against Deportivo.- Only Lionel Messi (17) has provided more LaLiga assists than Toni Kroos in the last two seasons – the German level with Luis Suarez on 15. read morelast_img read more

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BPA Ports to Reflect a No Deal Brexit Scenario

first_imgzoom The British Ports Association has published a new strategic report, which calls on the UK Government to deliver on the Prime Minister’s pledge of ‘frictionless’ trade after Brexit.Following an agreement between UK and EU negotiators on the terms of a transition deal and ahead of the EU Council meeting later this week, the ports are calling for a pragmatic deal with the EU on both customs and regulatory recognition that allows both British and European businesses to get their goods across borders as quickly as possible.Although the report, titled ‘A Brexit Dividend’, outlines the potential opportunities for ports, the Association has warned that the direction of travel is increasingly heading towards a situation where border arrangements at ports will reflect a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario.“A potential Brexit free trade deal will be welcomed by many in the sector but this is unlikely to cover border processes. In terms of border operations the impact of leaving the Customs Union and Single Market is now fast becoming a ‘no deal’ scenario for ports. Indeed this means that new border controls on UK-EU trade are likely to be unavoidable and that delays at certain ports and important trade gateways are a distinct possibility,” Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association, said.The report sets out potential opportunities for ports post-Brexit on free ports, port connectivity, planning, the regulatory regime, and fisheries. The report sets out the industry’s position on other potential opportunities in a number of areas such as free ports, port connectivity, planning, the regulatory regime, and fisheries.“This report shows that there are substantial potential benefits to leaving the EU for our ports and wider maritime sector. However, in order to realise these benefits, we first need to get a deal that prevents delays and disruption at our ports,” David Dingle CBE, Maritime UK Chairman, said.“It is in both the UK and EU’s interest to get that deal. Failure to get that frictionless deal will not only see delays and disruption at ports like Dover, Holyhead and Portsmouth, but also in the EU at ports like Zeebrugge, Calais and Dublin.”last_img read more

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Bengal man lynched on suspicion of childlifting 7 held

first_imgKolkata: In yet another incident of mob lynching in West Bengal’s Alipurduar district, seven people have been arrested for killing a man on suspicion of being a child-lifter, police said on Monday. “A man, nearly 35-years-old, was beaten to death on Sunday night near Tasati tea-estate. Seven people have been arrested and we are trying to find out the person’s identity,” said a senior officer of Alipurduar Police. The officer said that they had also nabbed two people for posting rumours on social media. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja On Saturday, a youth was severely beaten up by a mob in Majher-dabri tea estate in Alipurduar on similar suspicions of child-kidnapping. He was later rescued by some locals and kept locked inside a primary school building. Rumours of another child-kidnapper being spotted were spread on Saturday night in the district’s Lichutala area. On July 24, six youths selling cookware from a van in Alipurduar district’s Madarihat became the victim of mob violence as some locals suddenly attacked them on suspicion of being child-kidnappers. Three of the youths managed to flee but the rest were caught by the mob and beaten up badly before being rescued by police. On July 22, a middle-aged man was stoned to death by locals in Jalpaiguri district’s Nagrakata on suspicion of being a child-kidnapper. Six persons have been arrested in connection with the incident.last_img read more

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Date not yet set for Napoleon murder trial

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – No date has yet been set for the trial of Leon Wokeley, who is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Pamela Napoleon nearly four years ago.Wokeley, who is also charged with arson and indecency to human remains in connection with Napoleon’s death, appeared in court on Monday, June 11th for a hearing that would set a date for his trial. He entered a plea of not guilty to all three charges he’s facing at an arraignment hearing in Fort St. John on May 23rd.Wokeley’s lawyer Georges Rivard said that no date was set at Monday’s hearing because more steps need to be taken before the trial begins, though he did not elaborate on what those steps were. Wokeley is next scheduled to appear in court in Fort St. John on Tuesday, July 3rd at 10:00 a.m.last_img read more

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Morocco to Play a Friendly Against Brazil in March

Rabat – The Moroccan national team will play an international friendly match against Brazil next march, said Faouzi Lakjaa, President of the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF).Speaking to Radio Mars on Monday, Lakjaa said the friendly match against Brazil will take place in the Grand Stadium of Agadir in March.He also said that the Brazilian national team will participate with all its key players, adding that the friendly is part of the preparations of the Moroccan national team for the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. read more

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Wind project partners with environmentalists on rare whales

BOSTON — The developer of an offshore wind energy project is partnering with environmental groups on a plan to try to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale.The whale is one of the rarest marine mammals. It’s thought to number only 411 individuals . The animals travel through New England waters every year.Vineyard Wind, the Natural Resources Defence Council, the National Wildlife Federation and the Conservation Law Foundation announced an agreement designed to protect the whales on Wednesday.Vineyard Wind’s piece of the agreement involves instituting protective measures while installing and operating turbines as part of a proposed 84-turbine project off Massachusetts.The developer and the groups say construction will be curtailed in the winter and early spring, which is when the whales tend to visit New England waters.The Associated Press read more

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Moroccos Construction Sector is Moderately Underperforming

Rabat- Contrary to reports on the supposed uncertainty and instability of Morocco’s construction industry, L’Economiste reported on April 10 that the country’s real estate sector is in fact experiencing a period of thrill and boom, especially given the increasing number of construction projects around the country.Despite some hints of harsh working conditions and delayed payments, the industry as a whole is not seeing/experiencing the bleak and uncertain times observers had projected for its 2018 performances. For L’Economiste, construction projects are booming across the country, which is a signal that there is more room for hope than there is for alarm.While some of these observations are correct, existing data nonetheless cast doubt on an over-optimistic reading of the country’s construction sector, say sources with a good knowledge of Morocco’s real estate market. For example, they pointed out that important shareholders in many ongoing projects of constructing industrial sites are still waiting for the MAD 42 billion that the government promised to inject in those projects. “The government tops the list of worst payers, which sometimes puts the sector in a bad situation, as 80 percent of the sector’s turnover come from public projects,” L’Economiste acknowledged.In addition to delayed payments, some have also pointed to huge delays in the signing contracts or agreements between the government and investors. In 2017, for example, there were genuine prospects of signing and implementing an extensive “contract-program” to overhaul the entire construction sector and rejuvenate its productivity by 2022.If signed, the program would accelerate the sector’s competitiveness by injecting an additional MAD 81 billion in the industry and creating 1.2 million jobs in the long run. The contract remains to be signed, however, and such lapses and protracted delays “impede investments and job security,” the outlet wrote. read more

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Green March 43 years Later Morocco Still Attached to Its Land

Rabat – Since Spain occupied Western Sahara in 1884, Morocco had severely resisted it to end the occupation and retake the southern provinces.In the 1970s, King Hassan II decided to adopt a new peaceful strategy that would put pressure on Spain, especially since General Franco, Spain’s leader at the time, was sick.On October 16, 1975, King Hassan II called upon his people to stage a peaceful march towards the southern provinces in Western Sahara and to gather in the Moroccan town of Tarfaya, 100 kilometers north of Laayoune. Read also: Swiss Radio and Television Documentary: The Green March is Sacred Hassan II’s speech launching the Green March came on the date when the International Court of Justice ruled that the Western Sahara was a no-man’s land prior to Spanish occupation. The court also acknowledged the existence of legal ties of allegiance between the sultan of Morocco and the resident Sahrawi tribes.“We have to do one thing dear people and that is to undertake a peaceful march from the north, the east, the west to the south. It behooves us to act as one man in order to join the Sahara,” King Hassan II said.The purpose was to free the southern provinces from the remaining Spanish occupation.Read also:  Facts about Western Sahara Conflict that You Should Know What does the Green March mean for Moroccans?On November 6, 1975, more than 350,000 unarmed Moroccan men and women rallied in Tarfaya to cross the border into Western Sahara.Marchers carried Moroccan flags, green banners, Qur’ans, and pictures of King Hassan II throughout the march. Hundreds of trucks and buses transported people from different cities in Morocco to Western Sahara.In a statement on the occasion of the Green March, Morocco’s High Commission for Former Resistance Fighters and Members of the Army of Liberation (HCAR) said the Green March showed the world King Hassan II’s brilliance and the determination of Moroccan people from the north to the south to achieve complete independence and territorial integrity.Read also: Retired International Footballers to Play in Laayoune Green March Gala Moroccans had sacrificed their lives to end colonialism for almost fifty years, HCAR added.For King Mohammed VI, the Green March showed Moroccans’ true patriotism and a sacrificial spirit that should be remembered by the generations to come.“As we commemorate the anniversary of the Green March and reminisce on the M’hamid al-Ghizlan Speech, we should draw inspiration from the ideals of true patriotism, from the spirit of loyalty to the nation’s sacred values and from sacrifice for the homeland,” King Mohammed VI said in his Green March speech last year.“We need to remember those values today and to embody them everywhere—at school, in families and in society—in order to rise to the internal and external challenges our country is faced with,” the King added.Colonization divided the country between the French protectorate in central Morocco and the Spanish protectorate in northern and southern Morocco, while Tangier was an international zone. This made the task of liberating the national territory difficult.Read also: Timeline: Western Sahara Dispute from 1859 to 2018 Green March completed resistance of Spanish occupationAfter Morocco gained its independence in 1956, the liberation army was mobilized in the south of Morocco to complete the independence of the entire national territory.Morocco then retook the province of Tarfaya and Tan-Tan in 1958 after Morocco and Spain signed the Treaty of Angra de Cintra in the same year. Spain was forced to sign the treaty because it faced strong resistance from the Moroccan Army of Liberation.In 1965, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 2072, urging Spain to negotiate with Morocco to liberate Sidi Ifni.On June 30, 1969, Spain and Morocco signed the Treaty of Fez amid international pressure, allowing Morocco to regain Sidi Ifni.The historic Green March crowned the Moroccan resistance on November 6, 1975.The march succeeded in recovering the southern provinces peacefully and civilly. On February 28, 1976, the Moroccan national flag was hoisted in Laayoune. On August 14, 1979, Morocco regained the province of Oued Eddahab.The Green March Day is a significant event in Morocco’s history. It is an occasion to remember the struggle of Moroccan people and King Hassan II against French and Spanish occupation and to pay tribute to Moroccans who devoted their lives to liberate the kingdom from colonization.Western Sahara conflict not finished yetOne year after the Green March, the Polisario Front declared war against Morocco, after Spain’s withdrawal. The war continued until a ceasefire in 1991. Since then, the conflict over Western Sahara between Morocco and the Polisario Front, backed by Algeria, has not yet ended.The UN Security Council has adopted many resolutions but without realistic effect on the ground to end the long-lasting conflict.Read also: Making Sense of Security Council Resolution 2440 on Western Sahara However, the most recent Resolution 2440 that the Security Council adopted on October 31 included some slight change regarding Algeria.Algeria, which the resolution mentioned three times on semi-equal footing with Morocco and Polisario, will participate in the Geneva round-table on December 5 and 6. As for Morocco, the only way to resolve the Western Sahara conflict is the adoption of the autonomy plan under Moroccan sovereignty. read more

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Unreleased sections of bond report handed over to Speaker

Some sections of the Central Bank treasury bond report which were not released earlier, were handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today.The Speaker’s office said that sections C 350 to C 360 of the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the Central Bank bond scam were handed over to the Speaker by the Presidential Secretariat today. He said that he will table everything in Parliament once he receives all the sections of the report. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament today that he had received a few sections of the unreleased parts of the report and more remained to be released. read more

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Motorists should be forced to prepay for petrol so police can focus

Simon Cole, the National Police Chiefs Council’s lead on local policing, criticised petrol giants for putting profits before crime reduction with a business model aimed at encouraging drivers into forecourt shops to boost sales. Motorists should pre-pay for their petrol to wipe out tens of thousands of drive-off thefts so police can focus on violent crime and burglaries, says one of Britain’s top police chiefs. He said the companies could end “bilking” – where people drive off without paying – at a stroke by making motorists pay in advance as they did in many other countries. “The petroleum industry could design out bilking in 30 seconds by making people pay up front which is what they do in… read more

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Hyundai unveils new 120 t mining excavator at Intermat

first_imgIM was present at the first day of Intermat in Paris to see the official launch of Hyundai’s new mining class excavator, the 120 t R1200-9. The company said it had sold the first machine to a mine in Russia, with others having been delivered to mining operations in Myanmar, New Zealand, Indonesia and South Africa. the company states: “Underlining its intention of competing on a broad front in all sectors of the construction and mining equipment business, Hyundai’s introduction of a new top end excavator in the 100 t plus sector endorses the company’s commitment to large scale investment in developing new products and new market opportunities. Building on Hyundai’s experience with the successful 50 t and 80 t high capacity models, the all-new 120 t  R1200-9 has been conceived with an eye on the expanding worldwide mining and quarrying sector, where the demand for efficient, large-scale mass excavation in minerals extraction and overburden removal has fuelled an increase in sales of large mining trucks and the equipment to load them.”The R1200-9 is powered by the high-performance 23 litre, 6-cylinder Cummins QSK23-C engine, rated at 567 kW. Particular attention has been paid to the insulation to achieve low internal and external noise levels. This first version of the new 120 t machine is equipped with a heavy-duty, 7.55 m back-acter boom, 3.4 m dipper-arm, and 6.7 m³ bucket – a combination which gives a maximum digging depth of nearly 8 m, an outreach of 13.76 m, and a load-over height of 7.8 m. Maximum breakout force at the bucket is 64.9 t. The company adds: “With three selectable power modes (power, speed and economy), this is clearly a machine designed for extra-heavy digging duties and loading of large capacity dump trucks.” The 120 t weight puts the machine up against the likes of the Hitachi EX1200-6, the Komatsu PC1250, the Caterpillar 6015 and the Liebherr R9100 or R984C.last_img read more

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Cementation mobilising for underground bulk sample mining at Anaconda Goldboro

first_imgAnaconda Mining Inc announces that the site set-up phase for the 10,000 t, underground bulk sample is nearing completion at its Goldboro Gold Project in Nova Scotia, Canada. Anaconda commenced site preparation towards the end of July and to date has achieved the following milestones:Hired local engineering and support staff to execute the Goldboro Bulk Sample;Completed a nesting bird survey prior to the start of clearing;Implemented the Anaconda Health and Safety Program;Established a water monitoring program;Completed site clearing and surface preparation work, and continues to prepare the stockpile area;Established pumping set-up at the Boston–Richardson shaft;Started the dewatering of the existing Boston–Richardson shaft;Established survey control around the mine portal;Initiated ground control inspections (around portal excavation);“We are extremely pleased with the progress that has been made thus far for the Goldboro Bulk Sample. We are very grateful for the support of our stakeholders including the local community, regulators, First Nations, and all service providers and suppliers that have helped us launch the Project. With the set-up and site preparation nearly complete, we are ready to begin decline dewatering and mine rehabilitation. We are looking forward to using the technical information collected during the Bulk Sample program including geological, operational and metallurgical data in designing and optimising the Project during the feasibility study stage which is anticipated to start in September,” said Dustin Angelo, President and CEO, Anaconda Mining Inc.Anaconda’s mining contractor, Cementation Canada Inc has been sourcing people, equipment and materials for the Bulk Sample since required permits were received in July. Cementation is committed to hiring a qualified local workforce and sourcing materials and supplies from within the Province when possible. Delivery of the contractor’s materials and equipment began on August 30. Once power to the site has been commissioned, Cementation will begin the mine rehabilitation and decline dewatering phase of the Bulk Sample.Mining activity is expected to begin in mid-October 2019 following the completion of decline dewatering and rehabilitation. The mining phase is anticipated to take up to two months to complete, with final processing results expected early in 2019. Demobilisation and Bulk Sample closure activities are scheduled to be completed by late December.last_img read more

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JulianCuyamaca Fire Protection District votes to disband volunteer fire department

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 13, 2018 Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District votes to disband volunteer fire department Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, March 13, 2018 JULIAN (KUSI) — The future of Julian’s Volunteer Fire Department remains unknown.Board members of the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District voted Tuesday to accept the conditions of a potential takeover by CalFire.They’re set to hold another vote in April on whether to finalize the decision to disband their current volunteer department.Dozens of residents had hoped to keep the department the way it was.The Julian Fire Department is the last volunteer fire department in the county. last_img read more

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LG confirms full HDMI 21 support in 2019 TVs

first_img But for the ultimate in futureproofing — or for people who buy an 8K TV — the full version of HDMI 2.1 is worth considering. It allows that HDMI connection (which looks and functions the same in both versions) to carry up to 48 Gbps (gigabits per second) of data, roughly 2.6 times the capacity of the current HDMI 2.0. That extra bandwidth opens the floodgates for higher frame rates and resolutions, like 4K at 120 frames per second or 8K at 60 frames per second. The downside? To pass those higher-bandwidth sources, you’ll finally need to buy new HDMI 2.1 cables. HDMI 2.1 also appeals to high-end gamers and people who want to pass Dolby Atmos audio more easily to AV receivers and sound bars. It offers variable refresh rate (VRR) and automatic low latency mode (ALLM, or auto game mode) for the former as well as enhanced audio return channel (eARC) for the latter. Check out HDMI 2.1: What you need to know for details. Some of those features have been available before. Samsung’s 2018 TVs support VRR and ALLM, for example.I expect more TV makers to announce HDMI 2.1 support at CES 2019. Stay tuned. Crazy eights: LG Display’s 88-inch 8K OLED TV Geoffrey Morrison/CNET The current version of the ubiquitous HDMI audio video connection can handle pretty much every video format available today, but with 8K on the horizon, TV and other hardware makers could hit its limits in the next few years.  That’s where HDMI 2.1 comes in. LG confirmed to CNET that its 2019 OLED and high-end LCD models will include full-spec HDMI 2.1 ports. That’s the first such confirmation by a major TV maker.For its part LG’s rival Samsung told CNET it would also support HDMI 2.1 in its 2019 TVs, but wouldn’t provide further details — such as whether it would support the full spec, as LG claims, or just certain parts of it — by press time. For current and even near-future 4K TVs, HDMI 2.1 isn’t a big deal, and the current HDMI 2.0 connections are plenty. They handle 4K resolution at frame rates up to 60 per second, and even some varieties of 8K (24 and 30 fps). They also don’t require new HDMI cables. Now playing: Watch this: 11 Share your voice TVs of CES 2018 50 Photoscenter_img TVs CES 2019 Comments CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Tags 1:14last_img read more

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Vox Media Punches Up Podcast Ads With Silicon Valley Interview

first_img Popular on Variety Vox Media publishes many articles that get people talking. But now the company is doing something it hopes will get its consumers to listen – even when its journalism and analysis aren’t at the center of the conversation.Listeners to Recode’s “Recode/Decode” podcast this week may have been surprised to hear host Kara Swisher take a break from the program and start to interview Russ Hanneman, the erratic technology investor from HBO’s comedy “Silicon Valley.” In the exchange – laden with profanity – Swisher quizzes the fictional character (played by actor Chris Diamantopoulos) on his efforts to launch cryptocurrencies, which is one of the current plotlines of the program. The interview will also be heard on The Verge’s “Vergecast” and Recode’s “Recode Media.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 A continuing series about branded entertainment “As advertisers, we’re attracted to podcasting due to the undivided attention of its consumers,” says Dana Flax, director of digital and social media at HBO, in responses that were sent via email. “As storytellers, we love the ability to extend the ‘Silicon Valley’ narratives into the real world and surprise and delight our fans.” The podcast segment is bookended by language that says it’s sponsored by HBO. Columncenter_img Marketers are starting to turn up the volume when it comes to podcasts. New availability of content in so-called “connected cars” is turning a format that was once something akin to a ham radio operator shouting into the wind into a media venue that is gaining more scale and distribution.  “While it only commands a tiny chunk of the overall marketing pie, podcast advertising is growing at an exponential rate, in large part due to its effectiveness,” notes Matthew Stefl, a marketing professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. “You can’t find an episode of ‘Radio Lab’, ‘Stuff You Should Know,’ ‘Criminal’ or ‘99% Invisible’ without the show host giving the brand a friendly, and enthusiastic plug for Blue Apron, Mailchimp, Drop Box or Purple Mattress.”No one will confuse a single podcast for the next “Sunday Night Football,” mind you, but Edison Research earlier this year found weekly podcast listeners typically listen to seven of the programs each week, compared with five in 2017. The market-research firm also found that 26% of people aged 12 and older listened to a podcast in the last month.Vox Media, like many other media outlets, has long run commercials in its podcasts. In recent months, however, it has tried to bust old models, like having the podcaster offer a personal endorsement or naming the sponsor at the end of the program. Some advertisers have even launched their own full-length podcasts, setting up promotional programs against ones whose aim isn’t necessarily to sell recipes on demand or assistance with email distribution.“The idea of short-form customized audio content that lives within the show is new and novel,” says Evan Lang, vice president of revenue and partnerships for Vox Media’s audio division. READ MORE Some podcasters – particularly “micro-producers” who aren’t part of an established media brand –  may be tempted to blur the lines between the program and the clever advertising, suggests Anthony Miyazaki, executive director of marketing and analytics at the Florida International University College of Business. They “sometimes don’t know the rules, and also don’t think that the rules apply to them,” he says.People who hear the HBO ad during the Vox podcast should catch on very quickly. The loose language sort of gives things away, as do the character’s rants provided in response to Swisher’s questions. “Kara, this town is filled with a—holes getting rich off crypto by doing jack,” says Hanneman. “The Winklevoss twins put in loose change five years ago. Now they are bitcoin billionaires. So yeah, I’ll put in some loose change to take that f—–g ride.”HBO recently sparked attention by setting up a facsimile of the fictional town that is the center of its drama “Westworld” outside the South by Southwest Festival in Austin Texas. Vox Media executives noticed that, and set about pitching the Time Warner premium programmer on the idea of “custom segments” in its podcasts, says Lang. “They came to the table with the idea of bringing talent and really tying it to a specific episode. It’ not just this disparate piece of advertising.”Vox Media already had a loose affiliation with the program. Swisher, the larger-than-life technology journalist, has appeared as herself on the series a handful of times. COMMERCIAL BREAKlast_img read more

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