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MSC Macoisiere Offer New Cruises from Morocco to Brazil

By Shaquile GoffRabat- Beginning November 20, Moroccans will be able to book a cruise to Brazil. Macroisiere, a Moroccan online cruise reservation business, reached a deal with MSC cruises, the largest privately owned cruise service in the world. The cruise service agreed to add Casablanca as a stop on one of its itineraries to meet the growing demand of wealthier Moroccans for luxury vacations. Moroccans will be able to sail on a 12-day cruise from Casablanca to the cities of Santa Cruz and Tenerife in the Canary islands, before crossing the Atlantic and stopping in the Brazilian cities of Salvador, Ilheus, and Rio de Janeiro. Moroccans also receive a complimentary return ticket from Brazil to Morocco courtesy of Royal Air Maroc.   Read Also: Morocco, France Forge More Cooperation on Security, MigrationThe MSC Poesia is making the inaugural trip. It set sail from Marseille, France, on November 12, and will conclude its journey on December 2.Casablanca has previously been a popular sightseeing destination for European cruises,  but this is the first time Moroccans will have an opportunity to join the journey from Casablanca and travel via cruise ship from Morocco to Latin America.The decision comes as Morocco attempts to modernize its business and entertainment industry through foreign investment.The companies also predict Moroccans will receive the new route well because Brazil does not require Moroccan citizens to get a visa before entry, according to Moroccan business magnate Ismael Belkhayat. read more

Alberta Securities Commission levies 54million in fines in massive fraud

CALGARY — The Alberta Securities Commission has slapped fines totalling nearly $54-million on two companies and three men.The watchdog says Dennis Morice, Milowe Brost, Gary Sorenson, The Institute for Higher Learning and Merendon Mining perpetrated a systemic massive fraud.Merendon Mining must pay $38.6-million to the ASC and pay $70,000 in costs, while IFFL faces $10 million in penalties and must pay $85,000 in costs.Morice has been ordered to pay a total of $200,000, Bross nearly $3.09-million and Sorenson $2.07-million.In addition to the financial penalties, all involved also face a variety of bans.The ASC says investment fraud is reprehensible and completely unacceptable and undermines public confidence in the whole capital market.

Wall backs new oilsands foreign investment rules wants potash uranium included

by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 11, 2012 5:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wall backs new oilsands foreign investment rules; wants potash, uranium included REGINA – The man who led the fight against a foreign takeover of PotashCorp. is supporting the federal government’s new rules that restrict state-owned enterprises in the oilsands.“I think it’s just a clear signal to send out that foreign investment is welcomed here, but it’s different if it’s a government-owned enterprise, without distinguishing countries,” Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said Tuesday.In fact, Wall said, Ottawa should go farther.“We think if it makes sense for the federal government to restrict state-owned enterprises from other countries in terms of these takeovers in the oilsands, that it would make sense just to be explicit about that restriction extending to potash — where we actually have a greater proportion of the worldwide reserves than we do in oil — and in uranium,” he said.Prime Minister Stephen Harper ended months of uncertainty on Friday by approving a $15.1-billion foreign takeover bid of Calgary-based Nexen (TXS:NXY) by the China National Offshore Oil Co., or CNOOC. Industry Minister Christian Paradis said he was satisfied that the deal would be a net benefit to Canada.The Alberta government’s reaction to the Nexen deal has been somewhat more tempered than Wall’s. Although happy about its approval, the province has indicated it will seek greater clarity around the updated rules and what they mean to future transactions. Concerns and questions have also been raised in the Alberta oilpatch.The net benefit test was an argument Saskatchewan used in 2010 when it opposed Anglo-Australian miner BHP Billiton’s (NYSE:BHP) US$40-billion proposed takeover of Saskatoon-based PotashCorp. (TSX:POT), the world’s leading potash producer.Wall vehemently opposed the deal on the grounds Saskatchewan could lose billions in revenue from taxes and royalties. The premier painted the proposed takeover as anti-Canadian and said the country’s strategic interests would be at risk if the province sold most of its potash industry to an international company.Ottawa rejected the takeover after concluding it failed to benefit Canada.Wall said Tuesday that the Nexen deal was different.“Because of the size of the takeover here, it wasn’t strategic. It didn’t warrant that estimation,” he said.“You know we went through three filters to come to our conclusion on potash. If we were analyzing it as we did the potash deal — mind you, it was more cursory than say Alberta would have done it — we just didn’t see it meeting that same test.“And there weren’t state-owned enterprise rules going into it, so this company acted in good faith.”But Wall also said a case could be made for loosening rules for private firms as long as there are limits on takeovers where the Canadian company involved controls a strategic asset, such as potash.The premier also said the federal government should relax non-resident ownership restrictions on the uranium industry. Current regulations cap foreign ownership of uranium mines at 49 per cent.Saskatchewan is the largest uranium-producing region in the world, accounting for about 30 per cent of annual world production.“We have companies like Rio Tinto that are not state-owned enterprises that wish to build uranium mines in the province, so we think if the federal government replaced the provision with this policy restricting state-owned enterprises from takeovers of uranium investment, we could solve both problems.” read more

Journalist who helped reveal Panama Papers is writing a book

Journalist who helped reveal Panama Papers is writing a book by The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2016 2:02 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2016 at 3:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who helped bring the Panama Papers to light is working on a book about his findings.Henry Holt and Company told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Jake Bernstein’s “Secrecy World” will come out in 2017. According to Holt, Bernstein will offer “the first full picture” behind the millions of leaked records that show how the world’s richest use shell companies and other tactics to avoid tax obligations.Bernstein was a key part of the team assembled by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which led the yearlong probe into the documents.In a statement issued through Holt, Bernstein said, “The Panama Papers herald a new dawn of collaborative journalism whose impact is only beginning.” read more

Field hockey Ohio States Maddy Humphrey hoping to end career on a

Senior forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey (23) leads the Ohio State field hockey team in goals, points, and shot percentage. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsOhio State senior forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey never intended to play field hockey. But she decided to give it a shot in seventh grade since her best friend’s family was greatly involved in the sport.Humphrey, now one of the most decorated players to come through the Buckeyes’ field hockey program, had participated in other sports, including soccer. But the thought of playing field hockey had never entered Humphrey’s mind. The moment she picked up her stick, though, everything changed.“I just really enjoyed field hockey when I first started,” Humphrey said. “I continued through high school and played travel ball, and that’s what got me here.”Of all the sports the Virginia native played, soccer best prepared her for her career in field hockey — perhaps a little too well. “Playing soccer is the first and foremost thing that got me ahead of the people I was playing with,” Humphrey said. “It’s such a similar game. When I started field hockey, I didn’t have to learn about the game because it’s so similar to the way soccer is played. I just had to learn how to play with my stick and not my feet.”When she stepped on campus in 2014, it was clear Humphrey could be a star for the Ohio State coaching staff. Humphrey was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times and led the Buckeyes with 32 points (12 goals, eight assists) her freshman season.It was a clear sign of things to come for Humphrey, who said she has tried to involve her teammates in the offense.“Throughout the years, I’ve tried to bring people with me instead of just me being the attacking force,” Humphrey said. “When I get all my teammates on board, it excels my skills even more because I have all that support behind me.”With much of her final season left to go, Humphrey has already compiled many accolades.She’s been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s second team All-West Region (2014), first team All-West Region (2016), and the second team All-Big Ten (2015, 2016).While those honors are nice, being selected three times to USA Field Hockey’s Young Women’s National Championship, the most exclusive tournament in the United States for high-level field hockey athletes, will always stand out in Humphrey’s mind.“Getting the elite training was big,” Humphrey said. “That pool of girls are the most skilled and competitive in the country. Having that experience, learning from each other, learning from coaches, it’s all really shaped the way I play. Learning from all the different coaches and having such great diversity all come together at this one elite event really broadens all those athletes’ skill levels.”This year, Humphrey has continued her trend of leading the team offensively.Humphrey leads Ohio State in goals, points and shot percentage. At times, she’s been the lone source of offense, which was the case when her two-goal effort wasn’t enough in a 3-2 overtime loss to Northwestern Friday.Jarred Martin might’ve just been named head coach at the end of the 2016 season, but he understands how much Humphrey has meant to Ohio State field hockey.“Maddy is an elite player,” Martin said. “She will go down as one of the best OSU field hockey players to ever put a jersey on. What she does on the field, what she does at practice — he intensity and speed she plays with, it’s special. When she gets on the field, she’s a game-changer.”Although Ohio State has yet to finish with more wins than losses in a season since she arrived, it has not been the result of a lack of effort from Humphrey through the past three seasons. There’s been no shortage of effort left on Buckeye Varsity Field.Sitting with a 4-3 record with four games remaining before the Buckeye Invitational, Humphrey hopes that when her days at Ohio State are over, she is remembered as someone who was there for her teammates rather than just a great player.“I would say an elite team player because I want to set that standard for my teammates to rise with me,” Humphrey said. “Being an elite person and a team player is the best way to be an athlete on the field because you bring everyone into the same goal. That’s what I want to be remembered as, just someone who was there for their teammates and tried to bring them up to be elite.” read more

Football Ohio State falls to No 13 in College Football Playoff poll

Urban Meyer prepares to lead the buckeyes out on to the field prior to the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 55-24. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorJust like last week’s College Football Playoff rankings, Ohio State finds itself on the outside looking in. The distance from the top four, though, has grown considerably. The Buckeyes (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) checked in at No. 13 in Tuesday’s playoff rankings, tumbling seven spots after their 55-24 loss to Iowa Saturday. Georgia (9-0), Alabama (9-0), Notre Dame (8-1) and Clemson (8-1) continued to occupy the top four spots, while Oklahoma (8-1), which beat Ohio State in Week 2, remains at No. 5. Of the six Big Ten teams in the top 25, undefeated Wisconsin is the highest ranked at No. 8. Penn State, which followed its loss to the Buckeyes with a loss to Michigan State, fell seven spots to No. 14. One of the conference’s biggest surprises, the Spartans (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) rose from No. 24 to No. 12.After their upset of the Buckeyes, the Hawkeyes entered the rankings at No. 20.Here are the rest of the College Football Playoff rankings.GeorgiaAlabamaNotre DameClemsonOklahomaTCUMiamiWisconsinWashingtonAuburnSouthern CalMichigan StateOhio StatePenn StateOklahoma StateMississippi StateVirginia TechCentral FloridaWashington StateIowaIowa StateMemphisNorth Carolina StateLSUNorthwestern read more

Sydney Uniare Australian handball champions

← Previous Story Tatran Presov wins regular part of SEHA GAZPROM SSL Next Story → NICE HANDBALL STORY: Wisla fans with Hungarian flag for Veszprem… Sydney Uni HC has edged one step closer to qualifying for the IHF Super Globe, the club world championships in Qatar. The team of German coach Philipp Enders beat club St Kilda HC in the final of the Australian club championships 34:28. With this title, Sydney Uni qualifies for the Oceania Club Championships in June, where the continental representative for the IHF Super Globe will be determined.Over the last weekend Sydney Olympic park was host to the Australian Handball Club Championships, in which the four best club teams met to crown the national champion, but also determine Australia’s representative at the Oceania Club Championsships which will be held in New Caledonia in June. As the defending Oceania club champions, Sydney Uni certainly started as favourites into the tournament – not least because of the international experience the club has gained over the last two years.Coach Philipp Ender’s team absolutely fulfilled expectations in the group phase of the tournament – having unmatched depth to its squad and playing fast, direct handball. All three opponents were beaten relatively clearly – St Kilda 30:22, Hills HC was only able to keep up for one half before going down 32:21, and Logan Wizards were disposed of 30:16. There was no indication that Sydney Uni would be seriously challenged when meeting St Kilda again in the final. But the reality was very different.The team from Melbourne had done their homework and offered much more resistance than in the earlier encounter, drawing from the tactical maturity of their experienced players. Lead by former National team player VeliborVujaklija and Serbian BratislavStankovic, a formerly player of Nis, Bologna and Partizan Belgrade in the ECL, they played very cleverly and to their strengths. With an aggressive defence on Sydney Uni’s left they successfully stopped the flow in Enders’ team, and forced Sydney Uni into unprepared shots. Sydney was somewhat unlucky with several hits to the post too – and whatever was on target was taken care of by former Sydney Uni goalkeeper Thomas Gerstch. The result was a 5 goal deficit just before half time – not what anyone had anticipated.The boys in blue and gold picked themselves up in the second half though, putting their game plan to practice – hard defence, good rotation and flow in attack, plus fast starts. 15 minutes from the end, Sydney Uni had overcome the deficit and one could sense that St Kilda was strugglingto keep up with the pace and intensity. Just as the game was about to tip though, Sydney Uni missed their ‘big points’ again – which left the game in open right up to the wire. Sydney Uni was eventually even lucky to save a draw into overtime when St Kilda missed a fast break just 15 seconds from the end.Sydney Uni’s superiority in terms of fitness, pace and agility finally came to fruition in overtime, during which Enders’ boys created a margin of six goals and were finally able to celebrate their title.Coach Philipp Enders stated after the final: “All in all we were certainly the best team of the tournament, but boy the final was hard work. After being unlucky with many of our shots, fate was on our side in the dying seconds of regular time.” He asked to consider the youth of his team though, saying that “Llorente, Aubard, Gavidia, Matic, Lennstrom und Szklarski are all just 21 to 24 years old – they have certainly learned a lot today!” He attributed the victory to the fantastic team spirit, adding with a smile: “If your team consists of such a diversity of players – Australians, French, Spanish, Germans, Poles, Swedish, Iranians and Argentinians – you can’t necessarily expect that they get themselves out of such a pickle. But we have a really good bunch of guys here, and they dig deep for oneanother.”As a result, Enders is quite confident for the Oceania Club Championships in New Caledonia in June, where Sydney Uni will be contesting the continental ticket for the IHF Super Globe. “We have good depth in our squad, particularly since there’s 2 or 3 more signings we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks. The only question mark is our right back, where we’re still looking for a strong left handed shooter.”Additionally, the club wants to step up its marketing in order to create an even more professional environment for handball in Sydney. “We’re getting so much attention now in Europe and the Middle East” he says, “we’re really hoping we can get a sponsor on board who’d like to benefit from the broad media exposure internationally – and who’s keen to be part of our exciting endeavour.”Sydney Uni can be contacted via australia handballsydney handball read more

CLUB NOT GIVEN LICENCE Veselin Vujovic wont be coaching Qatar Foundation

One of the best handball players of all times, Veselin Vujovic, won’t be working in Qatar in the upcoming season, as was previously reported. The reason is that the newly formed club “Qatar Foundation” did not get licence for the upcoming season, thus not competing at all, leaving Vujovic without job for the moment. He worked last season in UAE and won the Macedonian league in 2012/2013 with HC Vardar. handballqatar foundationrakometrukometVeselin Vujović ← Previous Story Kadetten Schaffhausen with test win over Japan Next Story → BREAKING: Niklas Landin to THW Kiel!

Canadian judge resigns over keep your knees together comment in sexual assault

first_imgCanadian judge resigns over ‘keep your knees together’ comment in sexual assault trial Judge Camp had said in a 2014 trial that “pain and sex sometimes go together”. Image: Shutterstock/sebra Short URL Mar 10th 2017, 3:54 PM Image: Shutterstock/sebra A CANADIAN FEDERAL judge has announced his resignation over a controversy sparked when he asked a woman in a sexual assault case why she couldn’t keep her “knees together.”The Canadian Judicial Council had earlier asked the Minister of Justice to dismiss Judge Robin Camp, who then issued a statement declaring his resignation.Camp oversaw a 2014 trial in which he told the woman that “pain and sex sometimes go together.”He also asked the 19-year-old “why couldn’t you just keep your knees together” to defend herself against her alleged attacker.“I would like to express my sincere apology to everyone who was hurt by my comments,” Camp said in his resignation statement.In its recommendation the council said Camp’s conduct “seriously undermines public confidence in the judiciary.”By his statements, the Judge clearly failed to meet high standards Canadians rightfully expect of their judges.Since the 1971 creation of the Canadian Judicial Council, just three judges have been forced to resign following the committee’s recommendation.- © AFP 2017Read: Blogger awarded £24k in damages after suing Katie Hopkins for defamationRead: Department destroyed report on National Museum management, Dáil hears Friday 10 Mar 2017, 3:54 PM Share Tweet Email1 By AFP 17 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18,861 Views last_img read more

UFC Que Choisir pourrait porter plainte contre Free Mobile

first_imgUFC Que Choisir pourrait porter plainte contre Free MobileEdouard Barreiro, répresentant d’UFC-Que Choisir, a relevé sur le plateau de l’émission Arrêt sur images un abus de langage dans les conditions générales de l’offre d’abonnement à Free Mobile. L’association de consommateurs UFC-Que Choisir envisage de s’en prendre à Free Mobile si une clause n’est pas retirée du contrat par l’opérateur de téléphonie. Edouard Barreiro, répresentant d’UFC-Que Choisir pointe du doigt l’article 4.3 des Conditions Générales d’Abonnement (CGA) qui contient la mention : “le service est conditionné à une utilisation non abusive, en bon père de famille”. M. Barreiro note sur le plateau d’Arrêt sur images que “cette expression est dans le code civil pour d’autres pratiques. Et là, les opérateurs téléphoniques se l’accaparent mais des huissiers ont démontré que cela ne voulait strictement rien dire pour cette activité là”. L’UFC-Que Choisir souhaite qu’à la place Free précise que l’offre est illimitée mais que l’utilisateur “n’a pas droit à plus de 199 opérateurs dans le monde”. Le répresentant d’UFC-Que Choisir ajoute “je ne sais pas si on va ré-attaquer ou si on va d’abord discuter (…) On a envoyé un petit mail à Free d’abord pour poser les questions. Je n’ai pas de réponse d’ailleurs. Je lance un appel.” Edouard Barreiro a tout de même admis que l’offre de Free Mobile est “canon”. Le 16 janvier 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clark County seeks applications for homeless, anti-poverty programs

first_imgClark County Community Services is accepting funding applications for 2019 services addressing homelessness and anti-poverty programs that help people become self-sufficient.About $1.5 million is available for Homeless Crisis Response System services dealing with permanent supportive housing, rapid rehousing, targeted prevention assistance, interim housing, and outreach and engagement, as well as the established Rent Well and SOAR programs.Another $390,000 can go toward Community Action anti-poverty programs addressing health, behavioral and social health, income and asset building, employment, education and support services.Contracts will begin July 1, 2019.Pre-applications are online at For assistance or more information, contact Rebecca Royce at applicants are encouraged to attend a pre-submittal meeting, which will be held Monday at the Public Service Center, room 679, at 1300 Franklin St. The meeting for Homeless Crisis Response is 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday and the Community Action meeting will follow from 11 to 11:30 a.m.Pre-applications are due by Oct. 31 and full applications are due Dec. 7.last_img read more

What Weve Learned Since Going 20

first_imgThe balancing act between horizontally-oriented public conversation and top-down editorial control has already proven to be the primary editorial challenge at our new site. At times the flow of good user content is so fast that our staff’s best stuff gets lost in the shuffle. Yet shutting off the UGC spigot would kill what’s best about the site and lessen the importance of the community. The perfect balance is elusive, and how well any site handles these conflicting impulses will be the measure of its success.Make Contributions Fine Grained, Non-OverlappingWhile we love the diehard fans who upload five-minute, edited videos, the vast majority of our readers still spend just a few minutes on the site. We knew that had to accommodate the needs of every potential community member, whether he has one minute or one hour to participate. So we’ve created options ranging from simple social editing functions like voting on stories and commenting, to mid-range efforts like posting photos, to very large time commitments, like posting edited videos.So far, our audience posts photos over videos at a ratio of more than 10-to-1, and most readers still come to view one piece of content, rank it with a thumbs up or down, post and comment and leave. User contributions at are fine grained, and no one’s contribution depends on another user’s efforts. This combination keeps a broad swath of readers involved.Niches Can SucceedOur readers will continue to spend time at MySpace and Facebook, and we will continue to integrate our site with the social-networking giants. At the same time, the Freeskier community is a place where our readers can be big players in a small group. Facebook may be a digital global metropolis, but we’re striving to make a tight-knit ski town where everyone knows each other. Patrick Crawford is VP of editorial and online at Storm Mountain Publishing – publishers of Freeskier Magazine,, Snowboard Magazine, and He holds an M.A. in Mass Communication Research from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a youth-driven, niche title for skiing enthusiasts, Freeskier Magazine was uniquely positioned to experiment with blending online community orientation with traditional media production. Our readers (and staffers) are mostly men in their 20s, tech-savvy computer owners, a generation all but born with cell phones and video cameras in their hands. They’re so comfortable with forward-looking technologies that when we launched a video podcast last fall, we logged over a million downloads in the first year. So this fall we upped the ante with a relaunch of in an attempt to fuse the community features of Facebook, the social editing of, the video-sharing of YouTube and traditional content production. A little over a month after launch, the preliminary results are coming in, and we can begin to assess the lessons learned. Balance Your Community’s Voice and Your ContentOne of the primary challenges in opening to readers was to maintain a spotlight on our own stories and video without relegating user generated (UCG) content to some obscure corner of the site. Social editing sites like succeed precisely because they allow content from the smallest bloggers and the biggest news outlets to compete for attention on a level playing field. In order to replicate some of social editing’s egalitarian vibe without losing our own voice, we opted to sort most content on the site by type (video, stories, photos), rather than by author. Most pages of display content from readers and editors side-by-side, signaling to readers that their best efforts will be treated equally with our best work, and hopefully motivating them to contribute high-quality material. At the same time, only content “promoted” by our edit staff appears on our homepage, which gives us the opportunity to highlight good UGC when appropriate, and to ensure that prominent positioning is allocated to specific stories and projects when needed. last_img read more

Feds to drop new habitat rules ending states legal challenge

first_imgThe polar bear is deemed a threatened species in Alaska. The Fish & Wildlife Service lists eight Alaska species as threatened or endangered. Photo: USFWSThe Trump administration has agreed to rewrite rules that would have made it easier for the government to designate areas as “critical habitat” for endangered species.Listen nowThe move is another step toward eroding the Obama administration’s environmental legacy. It comes after Alaska joined other states in a lawsuit challenging habitat rules for the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The states claim a 2016 update to the rules goes far beyond the Endangered Species Act.Maria Bahr is an assistant attorney general for the state.“Alaska hasn’t had any critical habitat designations based on the 2016 rules,” Bahr said. “However, we would be concerned about designations of critical habitat being over-broad for those designations currently being considered or those that would be prospectively considered.”Once an area is declared “critical habitat,” federal agencies have to consult with each other more before they can permit or fund projects there. The 2016 rules allowed agencies to deem an area “critical” even if a species was not using it. The lawsuit claimed the new regulations are so vague that a desert might be considered critical habitat for fish.Alaska and 19 other states dropped their legal challenge after the Trump administration agreed to reconsider the rules.The Center for Biological Diversity says the rules provided strong, reasonable protection and claims the Trump administration has shown “hostility” toward endangered species.last_img read more

Ceremonial parade marks IDay fete at ENC

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Marking the 73rd Independence Day, a ceremonial parade was held at the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) comprising platoons of naval personnel drawn from various ships and establishments, Defence Security Corps and Sea Cadet Corps at INS Circars Parade Ground on Thursday. Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain inspected a 50-men Armed Guard. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us Chief of Staff, ENC Vice Admiral SN Ghormade was the Conducting Officer of the parade which was attended by all Flag Officers, Commanding Officers of various ships and establishments. The parade concluded with the singing of the National Anthem. The Commander-in-Chief conveyed wishes and greetings to all the personnel on parade and their families on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day and reiterated the need to remember the sacrifices of martyrs who fought for the freedom and those who laid down their lives in service of the motherland. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us He added the Indian Navy will be hosting the ‘MILAN’, a Multilateral Naval Exercise at Visakhapatnam in March 2020, wherein apart from a large number of ships, senior dignitaries are expected to partake in various functions and visit naval facilities. In a parallel event at the “Victory at Sea” War Memorial on the Beach Road this morning, Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, Director General Naval Projects, Visakhapatnam, paid tributes to martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in defence.last_img read more

Britains answer to King Tuts tomb found on roadside

first_imgAn undated handout picture released by the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) in London on 9 May, 2019, shows an archaeolgist excaating princely burial chamber discovered in Prittlewell, near Southend, southeast England. Photo: AFPExcited archeologists on Thursday hailed an ancient burial site found on the side of a road near a pub and a budget supermarket as Britain’s answer to the tomb of Egypt’s King Tutankhamun.The small bump on a patch of grass in the county of Essex just northeast of London did not look like much when UK researchers first spotted it in 2003.”The thing that’s so strange about it is that it was such an unpromising-looking site,” Museum of London Archaeology’s (MOLA) director of research Sophie Jackson said.But a team of 40 MOLA archeologists still decided to give it a shot.Years of meticulous digging and carbon dating have now led them to conclude that they have stumbled onto an Anglo-Saxon burial chamber of a prince whose likes have never before been found in Britain.The 1,400-year-old tomb is believed to be the oldest example of a Christian Anglo-Saxon royal burial.It includes carefully arranged gold coins and vibrantly-coloured glass and wooden drinking vessels believed to have come from what is now modern-day Syria.Some of the decorations still hang on the site’s original walls.The entire structure would have formed a 13-foot (four-metre) square and been buried five feet below ground.It includes fragments of a lyre — a type of harp popularised in European folklore — and what may be Britain’s oldest example of painted Anglo-Saxon woodwork.”I think it’s our equivalent of Tutankhamun’s tomb,” Jackson said.Tutankhamun is the formal name of the mummified pharaoh most tourists visiting Egypt’s Valley of the Kings know as King Tut.”It’s a really interesting time,” the researcher explained.”Christianity is sort of creeping (into Britain). They would have been just on the transition between having pagan burials with all your gear but also having these crosses.”- Warrior prince or king’s brother? -King Tutankhamun’s tomb is globally renowned for its phenomenally preserved golden death mask dating back more than 3,300 years.The British find is less than half as old and includes the belongings and remains of a far less distinguished man whose precise identity remains shrouded in a degree of mystery.But his 5 foot 8 inch (1.72-metre) frame was exceptionally large for its time.Some suspect that he may have been a warrior prince. Jackson said her best guess was that he was King Saebert’s brother Seaxa.Saebert died in 616 after ruling Essex for 12 years. Historians think he was the region’s first Christian king.Research and scientific dating suggest the man in the tomb probably died between 575 and 605.MOLA intends to put some of its discoveries on display at a local museum this week.It is especially proud of the lyre.”This is the first time the complete form of an Anglo-Saxon lyre has been recorded,” the museum said in its research notes.last_img read more

Drug peddlers arrested with heroin worth Rs 4 lakh

first_imgKolkata: The narcotics cell of detective department has arrested two persons, including a woman, and seized heroin worth Rs 4 lakh from them at Pragati Maidan area on Friday.Officials claimed that the arrested persons had planned to sell the drug to students from various educational institutions in the city. On Monday, a woman was arrested near a renowned school on AJC Bose Road with 3 kg ganja. According to a source, sleuths of detective department recently got a tip-off that some drug dealers were targeting students of various schools and colleges. Working on the information, they identified Munni Das, who had come to AJC Bose road, to sell ganja to some students on Monday afternoon. She was arrested immediately and sleuths seized 3 kg ganja from her possession. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAfter Das was questioned, sleuths used their sources to search for some more drug dealers who were a part of this racket. On Thursday, police got a tip-off that some drug dealers were going to meet at a place in Pragati Maidan area. Based on the information, members of the narcotics cell of the detective department kept an eye in the area. In the evening, some sleuths spotted a woman. One of them identified the woman as Sabina Bibi a known drug peddler. The other person was identified as Bapi Molla who had come to meet Bibi. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBoth of them were arrested by the police. They were taken to the detective department office at Lalbazar. During search, sleuths found about 4,300 multi-coloured small packets of heroin. About 460 grams of heroin worth more than Rs 4 lakh was seized by the police. During interrogation, the police found that Bibi was the supplier of the drug. Molla used to get commission from her to sell the drug to students of several schools and colleges in Sealdah, Entally and Anandapur areas.last_img read more

Sabre joins distinguished list of NTIA Sponsors

first_imgSabre joins distinguished list of NTIA SponsorsThe Australian Federation of Travel welcomes Sabre as a 2016 NTIA Sponsor. Sabre once again illustrates its commitment to the travel industry through the Sponsorship of Category 9, Best Business Events Travel Agency.“Best Business Events Travel Agencies are an important cornerstone to our industry. This award recognises those businesses who demonstrate best practice in conference, event and incentive travel management and service delivery,” said Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.The 2016 Category 9 Nominees are; All Occasions Travel, American Express Global Business Travel, cievents, Event Travel Management and Platinum Event Solutions.“We are extremely pleased to have the support of Sabre once again for the NTIA. Sabre as one of the leading technology companies across the globe continues to show its support for the travel agency community and this sponsorship is yet another outstanding contribution by Sabre,” said Westbury.Commenting on the sponsorship Richard Morgan, regional director, Sabre said: “As the leading technology solutions provider to the global travel industry we are focused on helping our customers succeed. We are therefore proud to show our support to the Australian travel industry through the NTIA awards and we wish all nominees the very best.”The NTIA voting process has now closed.Finalists will be announced on Wednesday 27 April and a special webinar will be held on Wednesday 5 May to help finalists in judged categories with presentation preparation. More information hereSource = National Travel Industry Awardslast_img read more

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