Rabat – Nawal El Moutawakel, Aziz Daouda and Khalid Sekkah of Morocco have been elected on Wednesday to three committees of the IAAF, the world governing body of athletics in Beijing, China. Nawal El Moutawakel, an IAAF Council member since 1995 and IOC member since 1998, was elected to the IAAF Council as the second highest vote-getter for one of six IAAF Council seats designated to be filled by women, winning 160 votes.Aziz Daouda, former Secretary General of the Royal Moroccan Athletics Federation, was elected to the IAAF’s Technical Committee at the 50th IAAF Congress held at the China National Convention Center in the Chinese capital. Daouda claimed one of 12 member seats from 34 nominees who stood for election. Sekkah, a former Olympian 10,000m champion, was elected member of the Cross Country committee.Abdesalam Ahizoune, President of the Moroccan Royal Federation of Athletics (FRMA) was the head of the Moroccan delegation to campaign for the Moroccan candidates.Speaking to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) news agency, Ahizoune said that the election of the three Moroccans is the result of efforts made by Morocco at the international sports bodies and contacts carried out by the Moroccan delegation.“This choice also reflects that the IAAF trusts the Moroccan skills and recognition of their performance in the field of athletics and restructuring programs and infrastructure development launched by Morocco under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI,” he added.Britain’s Lord Sebastian Coe, the former Olympic 1500mchampion who led the organizing committee of London’s 2012 Games, has been elected as the new president of the world governing body for athletics at the 50th IAAF Congress.Coe replaces 82-year-old Senegalese Lamine Diack who has been in charge for 16 years.
Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — The materials sector helped lift Canada’s main stock index higher in late-morning trading as the prices for gold and copper also moved up.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 70.96 points at 15,909.20.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 14.61 points at 25,868.64. The S&P 500 index was up 1.31 points at 2,776.91, while the Nasdaq composite was up 13.19 points at 7,485.60.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.44 cents US compared with an average of 75.38 cents US on Friday.The April crude contract down 14 cents at US$55.84 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was up 2.5 cents at US$2.65 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was up US$19.10 at US$1,341.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 6.7 cents at US$2.87 a pound. The Canadian Press
The average value for the Canadian dollar on Tuesday was 79.99 cents US, up 0.30 of a cent from Friday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2501, down 0.48 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.6504, up 1.21 cents, and US$1.3202, up 1.47 cents.The Euro was at C$1.4754, up 0.47 of a cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.
Flanked by two fortified towers, the single hump-backed Ottoman arch – four metres wide, 30 metres long and constructed of 456 white stone blocks between 1557 and 1566 – collapsed into the waters of the Neretva River after being hit by heavy shells during the fighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina.The bridge was destroyed for its symbolic value. For this same reason the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) pledged to rebuild it. Just four months after its collapse the agency called for its reconstruction. Today UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and the chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency, Sulejman Tihic, inaugurated the restored span in the presence of leaders from southeastern Europe and other top European political figures. “We are present in Mostar in order to breathe fresh life into an exceptional heritage which, after having been used as a target, needs to become a rallying sign, a sign of recognition, the powerful symbol of a plural identity founded on mutual trust,” Mr. Matsuura said. In 1998, UNESCO, the World Bank and municipal authorities launched a joint appeal for the reconstruction, which was answered by five donor countries – Croatia, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey – as well as the Council of Europe Development Bank. While the World Bank was responsible for the financial part of the project and the city of Mostar handled the disbursement of the funds, UNESCO’s main task was to ensure the technical and scientific coordination.
Since Vice President Isatou Njie Saïdy’s appointment in 1994, the country has added “on the basis of gender” to its anti-discrimination provisions, but only 27 percent of women are literate, compared to 54 per cent of men in its 1.3 million, 90 per cent Muslim population, the 23-member UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) concluded from the Government’s report.The CEDAW experts pointed out that although the Government acceded to the anti-discrimination Convention, it expressed reservations about the African Women’s Protocol on rights also covered by the Convention, and that the country’s legal system, lacking such laws as those prohibiting domestic violence and sexual harassment, sometimes allowed civil rights violations.On the report’s position that the extreme poverty in the country, combined with the growing tourism industry, was luring girls into prostitution and making them more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, the CEDAW experts said tourism may have increased because of the easy availability of prostitutes, especially minors.The Gambian delegation, headed by Minister for Fisheries and Water Resources Bai Mass Taal, said Gambia had tried to collaborate with the countries of origin of “sex tourists,” but those governments often aided the perpetrators by giving them new passports so that they could flee prosecution.Meanwhile, the United States and United Kingdom were assisting the Government in drafting laws to comply with the Convention, but the Government realized that it was not enough to change a law, the delegation said.Mindsets needed to be changed and the Government was engaging in a dialogue with religious and other civil society leaders to influence attitudes towards such issues as female circumcision. Recent draft legislation on children banned female circumcision, the Gambian delegates said.Human rights stood above sensitivity to cultural norms, the CEDAW experts said, and they expressed concern that religious leaders were calling the shots in a secular state.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Gun violence in PG-13 rated movies has increased considerably in recent decades, to the point that it sometimes exceeds gun violence in even R-rated films, according to a study released Monday.Ohio State University and the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania surveyed gun violence in top-grossing movies, finding that the frequency of gun violence had more than tripled in PG-13 films since 1985. The PG-13 rating was introduced in 1984.Gun violence in PG-13 movies has rivaled the frequency of gun violence in R-rated movies since 2009, and actually surpassed it in 2012, according to the study.Researchers examined a total of 945 films, drawing from the 30 top-grossing movies from 1950 through 2012. It focuses on sequences involving “the firing of hand-held guns with the intent to harm or kill a living being.”The study, which included animated films, did not judge whether the representations of gun violence were cautionary in message or not. It also analyzed only a snapshot of the most popular films at the box office, suggesting it said as much about audience tastes as Hollywood’s output.Critics of the ratings system have long held that it places too much emphasis on sexuality and too little on violence.“We treat sex as R,” said Daniel Romer, director of Annenberg’s Adolescent Communication Institute, in a statement. “We should treat extreme gun violence as R.”The study found that PG-13 films on average had one 5-minute segment with gun violence in 1985. That rate has risen to more than three such segments per movie in recent years. The trend was roughly in tandem with the rate of gun violence in R-rated films over the same time period.The Motion Picture Association of American declined to comment on the study.The MPAA’s definition of a PG-13 rated movie is that “there may be depictions of violence … but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence.”The PG-13 rating cautions parents that the movie may include material inappropriate for children under 13. The R rating restricts people under the age of 17 from attending the movie without a parent or guardian.___Online:http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org Study finds that PG-13 movies have same frequency of gun violence as R-rated films by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Nov 11, 2013 11:54 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Arch Coal has acquired a 35% equity interest in the Trailblazer Energy Center, which is being developed by Tenaska near Sweetwater, Texas. Trailblazer will rank among the world’s cleanest fossil-fuel-based power plants and act as a strategic source of carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) applications in West Texas. Moreover, Trailblazer will supply the Texas economy with an additional 600 MW of clean, secure, reliable electric generating capacity. “We are enthusiastic about partnering with Tenaska – a successful and highly respected leader in power plant development – to make the Trailblazer Energy Center a reality,” said David B. Peugh, Arch’s Vice President of Business Development. “Trailblazer will harness the most advanced coal-based technologies to supply secure, low-carbon production of electricity to the rapidly growing Texas marketplace. Furthermore, Trailblazer’s success could set the stage for a new generation of power plants fueled with America’s most abundant, reliable and cost-competitive fuel.”Tenaska Business Development President David Fiorelli said the partnership with Arch will bring a number of strategic benefits to the Trailblazer project. “The agreement is another indication of the significant progress Tenaska, as managing partner, is making in the development of the pioneering Trailblazer Energy Center,” said Fiorelli. “As one of the largest suppliers of low-sulphur Powder River Basin coal, Arch brings its 40 years of experience in the energy and coal industries. By working together, we will help lead the way to using our nation’s most abundant energy resource in an environmentally responsible manner.”In capturing 85 to 90% of the carbon dioxide emissions from the plant, Trailblazer will emit 70% less carbon dioxide than the cleanest natural gas-based power plants. Moreover, Trailblazer will ship the captured carbon dioxide to the nearby Permian Basin, where it will be used to boost oil production and extend the life of that critically important domestic energy resource.As part of the agreement, Arch will supply the plant’s fuel needs for the first 20 years of operation from its Powder River Basin operations in Wyoming.A recent Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) report projects that Texas will need to add more than 55 GW of new and replacement power-generating capacity over the next two decades to meet projected demand growth.In addition to Trailblazer, Arch’s technology portfolio includes an equity interest in DKRW Advanced Fuels, which is planning to convert coal into clean-burning transportation fuel on Arch reserves in southern Wyoming, and ADA-ES, a leading-edge emissions control company.Tenaska is one of the largest privately-owned energy companies in the US. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, it develops, constructs, owns and operates non-utility generation and cogeneration plants. The company also markets natural gas, biofuels and electric power, and provides risk management services. Tenaska is involved in asset acquisition, fuel supply, natural gas exploration, production and transportation systems, and electric transmission development. Tenaska has developed approximately 9,000 MW of electric generating capacity across the US. Tenaska’s affiliates operate and manage eight power plants in six states totaling more than 6,700 MW of generating capacity owned in partnership with other companies. In 2008, Tenaska was listed in benchmarking studies by the Natural Resources Defense Council as having the best fleet-wide record in the US for controlling emission of CO2 and as one of the top performing companies for controlling emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide. For more information about Tenaska and the Trailblazer Energy Center, visit www.tenaska.com and www.tenaskatrailblazer.com. Arch’s investment will be staged over time as the development of the project reaches key milestones.
Flickr/plong6 of the oddest things you can buy ‘for men’>The 11 people that wreck your head on social media> Flicks/stuartpilbrow2. Fridge CCTVTo find out EXACTLY who’s been eating your butter. Also, to finally discover where that weird liquid actually comes from.Flickr/Sontra3. A slide into the office Flickr/stuartpilbrowThis would improve our productivity no end. I mean, look at this guy. He’s all over his tasks.YouTube/CouchPotatoCompany6. WinesdaysInstead of Wednesdays.Forever Black and White/Tumblr7. Bathroom number-two disguiserFor those times when you really have to answer the call of nature – no, the other call of nature – and your modesty is in danger.We’re thinking of a device that would essentially bamboozle co-workers until your business is complete. Perhaps some kind of device that would play music when the bathroom is in use, while also providing wonderful odours and distracting visuals.Or just this:Flickr/sevitz8. Ball pit for important meetingsThink how much more less intimidating your manager would be if he/she was talking to you in a ball pit. Slide photo via ShutterstockNow THAT would put a smile on your face at the beginning of the day. You’d be a bit rumpled, but whatever.Also: monkey bars.4. Rage roomSomewhere you could go on THOSE days to… let off a little steam.Possibly with some padding.professional-fangirl-bitch.tumblr.com5. Free chocolate IT REALLY shouldn’t matter whether you’re private sector or public sector.These nine amenities are crucial to any reasonable life in the workplace.Are there any essentials we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments…1. Duvet at every deskNothing is more comfortable than a good duvet. Flickr/Travis HornungBOSS: “Our numbers are down this quarter.”YOU: *throwing coloured balls in air* “Hee hee hee!”9. MondaysNow this? THIS is a Monday.
8 Comments Others may have been either at work, attending classes or otherwise occupied.“He also met with a representative of the Friends of the Centre Group. He was not informed that more residents would have liked to have met with him, but would be happy to meet on any future visits.”The spokesperson added that the Reception and Integration Agency is arranging for a staff member to travel to Clonakilty to “ascertain the residents’ concerns”, noting: “RIA has not been made aware of any specific issues in relation to the accommodation centre.”In a statement, the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (Masi) said it fully supported the protest and asked people living in the area to show their “solidarity” to residents.Gardaí said they attended the scene of the protest “strictly so as to prevent any breach of the peace”, adding that no arrests were made.With reporting by Cónal Thomas Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 2:26 PM Short URL 23,222 Views RESIDENTS AT A Direct Provision centre in Co Cork staged a protest at the centre today.Asylum seekers involved in the protest said they were unhappy they did not get to meet Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration David Stanton when he visited Clonakilty Lodge yesterday.One of the residents, whose name is Evelyn, claimed that people living at the centre were not told in advance that Stanton would be visiting, describing the situation as “unfair”.“We are actually having a peaceful protest today. The residents of Clonakilty Lodge are out here today with friends from the community on a peaceful protest demanding answers,” Evelyn said. Source: The Southern Star/YouTubeShe told the Southern Star newspaper some parents at the centre kept their children home from school to show how seriously they feel about the matter. Residents had concerns they wished to raise with the minister about the centre and the DP system in general. Evelyn said people at the centre “have been waiting for the opportunity to meet [Stanton]“, adding: “We want to be respected and treated equally … it is unfair.”Residents’ concerns A spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Equality confirmed that Stanton was at Clonakilty Lodge yesterday, noting that the minister visits DP centres “to get a sense of how the centres are working”.They said “significant work has been done recently to improve the facilities” at the centre in Clonakilty and Stanton was, among other activities, there to see “the operation of the new onsite shop, which was recently opened as part of the centre’s improvements to provide independent living for all residents”.The spokesperson added that Stanton “did meet and spoke with residents who were present”. By Órla Ryan Share521 Tweet Email2 Mar 26th 2019, 2:26 PM https://jrnl.ie/4561423 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Residents stage protest at Direct Provision centre in Cork They are unhappy they did not get to meet Minister David Stanton when he visited the centre yesterday.
One of the Turkish servicemen who fled Turkey to Greece two years ago after a failed military coup, has been cleared to receive asylum by Greece’s Supreme Court.The judges rejected the challenge made by the Greek government against the decision to grant asylum, which is expected to apply to the seven others as well.The ruling, heard on Wednesday, is expected to fuel the already heightened tensions between the neighbouring countries.Despite continued requests from Turkey to release the men, all of whom have denied any ties to the coup, the Greek courts have refused, concerned they would not receive a fair trial in their own country, endangering their lives.A lawyer representing the men, Omiros Zelios said that his clients had yet to decide what their plans would be once granted asylum, but one thing is for certain; they do not wish to continue adding to tensions between the two countries.“They believe that their presence (in Greece) creates tension with Turkey, and as they do not want to be involved in political and diplomatic games, for them to go to another neutral country to rebuild their lives seems a reasonable and prudent option,” Mr Zelios told The Associated Press (AP).Nikos Alivizatos, a lawyer of one of the eight men, said that he had concerns for them no matter where they end up.“Wherever they go, I’m afraid that they will have problems, based on the warrants Turkey has issued [for their arrest],” he told the AP.Greek authorities are expected to rule on the status of the other asylum applications after summer. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
PORTLAND — A jury delivered an extraordinary blow to the government in a long-running battle over the use of public lands when it acquitted all seven defendants involved in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in rural southeastern Oregon.Tumult erupted in the courtroom Thursday after the verdicts were read when an attorney for group leader Ammon Bundy demanded his client be immediately released and repeatedly yelled at the judge. U.S. marshals tackled attorney Marcus Mumford to the ground, used a stun gun on him several times and arrested him.U.S. District Judge Anna Brown said she could not release Bundy because he still faces charges in Nevada stemming from an armed standoff at his father Cliven Bundy’s ranch two years ago.The Portland jury acquitted Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy and five others of conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 300 miles southeast of Portland. The jury could not reach a verdict on a single count of theft for Ryan Bundy.Even attorneys for the defendants were surprised by the acquittals.“It’s stunning. It’s a stunning victory for the defense,” said Robert Salisbury, attorney for defendant Jeff Banta. “I’m speechless.”The U.S Attorney in Oregon, Billy J. Williams, issued a statement defending the decision to bring charges against the seven defendants: “We strongly believe that this case needed to be brought before a Court, publicly tried, and decided by a jury.”
Mansueto Ventures’ Fast Company, the 725,000-circ. business magazine, has been nominated by the American Association of Magazine Editors for general excellence in the 500,000 to 1 million circulation category at tonight’s National Magazine Awards. (The magazine won a general excellence Ellie in 1999 and was a finalist in 2000.)Fast Company editor and managing director Robert Safian [pictured] spoke with FOLIO: about this year’s general excellence nomination.FOLIO:: How did you react when you found out Fast Company was nominated?Safian: I was very excited. I sent an email to the staff titled, “Let the celebrations begin.” I’m mindful that being nominated is a tremendous recognition. Even if we don’t come back with an Ellie, the team should feel like winners. They’ve earned it. FOLIO:: The nomination is for several issues. Why did you submit those particular issues? What was the biggest story you covered there?Safian: We chose the issues we felt were most eclectic, dynamic and accessible. The one issue we knew we had to include was June, because it features a 19,000-word, 24-page article written by Richard Behar and edited by executive editor Will Bourne titled “China Storms Africa” [which is also nominated for excellence in reporting]. It was our single biggest editorial investment of the year.FOLIO:: What was your biggest challenge in putting those issues together?Safian: We are a smaller publisher, with fewer resources than most of our competitors. Our challenge is to do more with less. Fortunately, the writers and editors on our team have an uncanny ability to mix discipline with creativity.FOLIO:: It’s a tough time for magazines and for business magazines in general. How do you keep your editors motivated and optimistic?Safian: We know that we’re lucky to be doing what we do.FOLIO:: Will Fast Company exist in print five years from now?Safian: There will be plenty of print magazines in five years. We certainly hope to be one of them.
People is the most profitable U.S. magazine and had an excellent, +5.6% ad-page advertising 2010, so it was appropriate that the magazine did very well at min’s seventh “Sales Executive of the Year” awards breakfast Thursday morning (June 2) at New York’s Grand Hyatt. Karen Kovacs, who was promoted to People publisher in December 2010, was selected “Sales Team Leader of the Year” for a single brand. Same honor went to Karin Tracy, publisher of spinoff People StyleWatch, who produced a +49.7% ad-page 2010, while Daniel Riley, group ad director for the People-flagshipped Time Inc. Style & Entertainment Group won for “Sales Team Leader”/multiple brands. Plus, People/Entertainment Weekly executive beauty director Evan Chodos was the “Salesperson of the Year”/multiple titles recipient.Also in the Time Inc. “family” was InStyle associate publisher Timothy O’Connor’s win for “Salesperson of the Year”/single title-500,000 circulation and above.For the remaining winners and the 10 executives inducted into the min Sales Executive Hall of Fame, click here.
With the recent acquisition of Pipavav Defence, Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani announced on Thursday that an additional investment of Rs.5,000 crore will be made as part of India’s emphasis on “Make in India” for military hardware and cut imports.He also underscored the need for larger public-private partnerships in the defence domain, and called for pooling of resources so that India becomes self-reliant in protecting its boundaries and cuts reduces its dependence on the global markets.Quoting extensively from the experiences he gained from his late father, the legendary industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani, the Reliance Group chairman said his father’s vision was to meet the aspirations of generations with self reliance, adding that the Make in India initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a major step towards that.”This initiative of the government redefines the defence ecosystem in India with our Navy in the lead… For a country with one of the longest coastlines in the region and vast expanse of territories over the seas, self reliance in naval capabilities is an ever challenging imperative,” he said.The Reliance Group chairman said the acquisition of the Pipavav Defence Company in Gujarat with assets worth more than Rs.10,000 crore was his company’s contribution towards self reliance.”Pipavav has the largest dry dock in the country and the second largest in the world. With more than 30 lakh sq ft of covered area for fabrication and integration alone, this is perhaps the largest single location defence manufacturing facility in India,” he said.”We will invest an additional Rs.5,000 crore over the next few years as part of our commitment towards indigenisation efforts.”He said that the Pipavav facility will be capable to deliver “all requirements of the Indian Navy from frigates to aircraft carriers to submarines”.Russia, meanwhile, has chosen Pipav as a partner to build three updated versions of Talwar-class frigates, likely to be the biggest-ever warship-building project for private sector in India worth around $3-$3.5 crore.Ambani said self reliance in defence is also needed so that India does not have to compromise on its foreign policy.”Large part of our Defence inventory have dependency on global relations. This creates limitations and sub-serves our foreign policy. Self-reliance gives us the flexibility to pursue our foreign policy objectives,” he said.He said since the sole consumer for domestic defence hardware was the government, “specific measures towards ease of doing business will encourage industry participation”. Accordingly, he suggested an advisory committee with chief executives from public and private sectors to meet regulary to “align and converge the understanding and aspirations of all stakeholders”.”There is need to institutionalise private sector participation not only for indigenisation but the entire spectrum of defence production through groups comprising Private Sector companies and PSUs at MoD to pool resources,” he said also suggesting a separate joint secretary in the defence ministry for the private sector.”Today, in the ministry of Defence we have joint secretaries responsible for different public sector undertakings. I believe there is a case for a joint secretary exclusively to engage at the business level with the private sector,” he said.Ambani also expressed hope that the updated defence procurement procedure (DPP) will help “in ease of doing business with MoD… Transparent, fair procedures and processes creates a favourable climate, encourage competitiveness and eventually deliver the best overall value for the country,” he said.Another suggestion from the industrialist was to introduce courses at IITs, IIMs and other higher learning institution related to the requirements of the defence industry.
Share Captain Kenneth Campbell, of HPD’s Traffic Enforcement Division (center), speaks at a media briefing on DWI enforcement during the 4th of July enforcement period that was held at HPD’s headquarters on July 3rd, 2018.The Houston Police Department (HPD) is urging Houstonians and visitors to have a plan to return safely to their homes or hotels after they attend Fourth of July celebrations on Wednesday.Captain Kenneth Campbell, of HPD’s Traffic Enforcement Division, noted during a media briefing held Tuesday that both taxi cabs, as well as driving services such as Uber and Lyft, are good options to make such plans. Having a designated driver is also a good alternative.“Go ahead and have that plan because we don’t want you to become a statistic and be in a fatal crash and we don’t want you to create a statistic by becoming another DWI arrested individual within our city,” emphasized Campbell, who noted that in 2017 during the Fourth of July “enforcement period”, HPD worked on more than nine fatality crashes and made more than 250 DWI arrests, 65 of which involved a crash.Sean Teare, chief of the Vehicular Crimes Division at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, underlined on his part that being involved in a DWI has serious consequences, such as having to pay thousands of dollars in fines and losing your driver’s license, as well as having a conviction on your record.At a state level, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on Tuesday stepped up patrols with troopers on the lookout for intoxicated drivers, vehicles speeding, failure to use seat belts and other violations. Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up.During the Fourth of July enforcement period in 2017, Texas troopers issued more than 98,000 tickets and warnings, including 1,658 seat belt and child safety restraint citations.HPD, @AAATexas Remind Motorists Don’t Get “Popped” on July 4th for DWI https://t.co/fvOObnz2cD— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 3, 2018