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Morocco saw more tourists less money in 2013

first_imgRABAT – Morocco welcomed 10.5 million tourists last year, a gain of seven percent, but the money they spent in a country whose cash-strapped government relies on them actually dipped.“The number of tourists who went to Morocco in 2013 reached 10,046,000,” Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad told the official MAP news agency Friday.But ministry figures showed that revenues from non-resident tourists eased 0.5 percent to 57.5 billion dirhams (5.1 billion euros/$6.9 billion). The North African kingdom was badly affected by the financial crisis in Europe, its top trade partner, aggravating the economic challenges facing the government of Islamist premier Abdelilah Benkirane.The rise in arrivals last year was due, notably, to an influx of tourists from Italy, Germany and England, with the number of holidaymakers from those countries rising by between 12 and 15 percent.By contrast, tourist arrivals from France and Spain grew by just four percent.Marrakesh and the coastal city of Agadir were the most popular destinations, receiving two-thirds of the visitors.Tourism is the second-largest economic sector in Morocco. It accounts for around eight percent of GDP, employing some 500,000 people, and the government hopes to see the number of visitors rise to 20 million by 2022.Haddad said in November that the government planned to levy a small tax on all flights out of the country, which he said would be used to promote it as a holiday destination.last_img read more

French President to Award Moroccos Intelligence Chief Legion of Honor

Rabat – French President François Hollande will honor Head of Morocco’s Domestic Intelligence Agency DGST Abdellatif Hammouchi with the country’s highest award, the Légion d’honneur (Legion of Honor), in a ceremony this September.Le360 quoted diplomatic sources as saying that François Hollande will award Morocco’s spy chief Abdellatif Hammouchi Les Insignes d’Officier de la Légion d’honneur as part of Hollande’s upcoming visit to Morocco, scheduled between late September and early October 2015.Hamouchi will receive France’s highest distinction for a foreign personality after being the victim of a judicial mishap on French soil in February 2014. Last year, French judicial authorities questioned Hammouchi about the allegations of torture while he was visiting Paris, prompting Morocco to suspend corporation agreements with France in protest.Relations between Morocco and France have been tense since then.In February 2015, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazaneuve said France would  show its respect for Hammouchi by awarding him Les Insignes d’Officier de la Légion d’honneur.The two countries resumed corporation in February following fruitful discussions at the Elysee Palace between President Francois Hollande and King Mohamed VI.President Holland is due to hold new talks with King Mohamed VI next September in Morocco, regarding a set of issues of common interest, such as enhancing security coordination and economic cooperation between the two countries.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Political solution the only answer to Middle East conflict Ban Kimoon stresses

5 June 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked today’s 40th anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War with a reminder to all sides that Palestinian statehood, security for Israelis and peace in the region cannot be achieved by force. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said “an end to the occupation and a political solution to the conflict is the only way forward – for Israelis, Palestinians, Syrians, Lebanese and the wider region.“This will only be achieved through negotiations to bring about an end to the occupation, on the basis of the principle of land for peace, as envisaged in Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973).”The statement stressed that the UN remains committed to working tirelessly “for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the region” in line with those Council resolutions and international law.“The Secretary-General remembers the men, women and children who have been killed or had their lives shattered by the tragedies of conflict in the Middle East, particularly the Palestinians who continue to live under an occupation that has lasted 40 years.”UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour also issued a statement to mark the anniversary, calling for human rights to be given a more prominent role in the search for a solution to the Middle East conflict.Ms. Arbour said the Israeli occupation since 1967 was “a regime which has led to wide-ranging and serious violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people, first and foremost among them the right to self-determination.”She said “the occupation must give way to a lasting political solution allowing both the Palestinian and Israeli peoples to live in peace within secure and internationally recognized borders.”Saying “human rights have for too long taken a back seat” in the search for a solution, Ms. Arbour said both crises that flare up and the longer-term resolution of the conflict should be dealt with according to international human rights and humanitarian law.“This includes the relevant obligations as reaffirmed in July 2004 in the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”The High Commissioner observed that the right to life “continues to be violated within a general climate of impunity in the region,” whether through the Israeli Defence Forces’ (IDF) extrajudicial executions or artillery attacks, internal Palestinian violence or Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.Greater efforts should be made to counter the growing sense of disempowerment that so many Palestinians feel in the occupied territory, she said, calling for immediate steps towards removing settlements and lifting obstacles to Palestinians’ freedom of movement.The right of Palestinians to travel, particularly between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, “is seriously compromised and has severely curtailed Palestinians’ exercise of a wide range of other human rights, including health, education, work and family life.” read more

Roulstons to build new medical centre in Port Dover

Roulston’s Pharmacy has announced plans to build a new medical centre in Port Dover.Roulston’s owners Blair Snow, Mark Stephens, and Steve Flexman said this week they have received approvals for the renovation and expansion of their current location at 414 Main Street. The project is expected to break ground this spring and be completed in October.“We at Roulston’s Pharmacy are committed to meeting the need for a new medical centre in Port Dover,” Flexman said in a news release. “For several years, the residents and physicians of Port Dover have expressed that they would like to see a health centre that is well equipped, and centrally located. Blair, Mark and I feel that we can make this happen.”Roulston’s has three other locations in Norfolk County – one in Delhi and two in Simcoe, including the Wellness Centre on Donly Drive that includes a pharmacy and medical offices.The expanded Port Dover location will house the office of Dr. Harold Hynscht and also provide space for up to six physicians and other health care services.Physicians now practising as the Port Dover Family Health Organization Association will move to the Roulston’s Health Centre, said the release. They are currently housed in the Norfolk County Medical Centre on St. George Street.Association members are “excited to make a move to a modern office, which will improve accessibility and comfort for patients visiting their health professional,” Dr. Alison Malo said in the release.The building will not be at full capacity when it first opens but the leaders of the project don’t anticipate that will be the case for long.“Our experience with the Roulston’s Wellness Centre shows that physicians are willing to relocate to Norfolk County if provided with contemporary facilities, and a collaborative environment,” Stephens said.The new health centre’s expanded parking lot will occupy the southeast side of the Roulston’s property and the vacant lots of 400 and 404 Main St. – formerly Burchams’ Service station.“We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Burcham family,” said Snow. “Being aware of parking shortfalls in Port Dover, we felt it was important to ensure our development increased the number of parking spaces available on site.”The current pharmacy and Hynscht’s medical office are expected to remain open during the construction. read more

Binding UNbacked treaty against doping in sport to come into force on

The International Convention Against Doping in Sport, which promotes no-advance- notice, out-of-competition and in-competition testing, was adopted unanimously by the General Conference of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in October 2005.“No other international standard-setting instrument elaborated by UNESCO has been ratified so rapidly,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said yesterday after the treaty’s ratification by Luxembourg.“This much awaited Convention will enter into force in little over a month. This is good news for all and a clear signal to youth and the sporting world, both amateur and professional, that we take this question very seriously,” he added.“The struggle against doping is a choice of education, an ethical combat for human rights, and a wager on life. Thanks to this Convention, the anti-doping struggle is brought for the first time into the realm of international law. Governments, sporting federations, the Olympic movement and civil society now have a veritable, legally-binding international instrument.” Mr. Matsuura will convene the first session of the Conference of States Parties from 5-7 February at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. States Parties will elect a Bureau, adopt rules of procedure and create a Voluntary Contribution Fund for the elimination of doping in sport. The treaty commits States Parties to adopt steps in line with the principles stated in the World Anti-Doping Code of the World Anti-Doping Agency, adopted during the World Conference on Doping in Sport held in Copenhagen in 2003. But because the Agency is a Swiss private law foundation, the Code is not legally binding according to public law. read more

FROM THE FIELD Survival in Yemen against all odds

After almost four years of brutal conflict, the health care system in the country has been decimated: doctors struggle to get paid, medicines are extremely rare, inflation has rendered the most basic commodities prohibitively expensive.For Fawaz and his parents who were watching him waste away helplessly, this could have meant the end, but against all odds, he was able to access the right treatment.Here’s his extraordinary story, from our colleagues at the UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA), and the camera lens of photographer, Giles Clarke.

Is a ghost ship full of cannibal rats REALLY headed for Ireland

first_imgThe Lyubov Orlova, before becoming a ghost ship crewed by cannibal rats Source: WikipediaYESTERDAY, SOCIAL MEDIA lost its collective head at the story of a ghost ship full of cannibal rats headed for Ireland.Understandable enough, really.It was all started by this headline in the Irish Mirror:So is this actually true? Here’s everything you need to know:What is this ship and where did it come from?The Lyubov Orlova was a cruise ship designed to take tourists around the Canadian Arctic. It’s about 100m long and weighs just over 4,000 tonnes.It sat idle moored in St John’s harbour, Canada, for two years because of a row over unpaid bills. Finally it was decided to tow it away for scrap early last year.However, the tow line broke in bad conditions. Canadian authorities decided it would be too dangerous to try and reattach the line, so they installed a tracking device and let it go. Since then, the tracking device has failed and the ship is assumed to have been drifting unmanned around the North Atlantic – a ‘ghost ship’.Is it really infested with rats?Well, very possibly. It’s assumed that during its period of dereliction, rats around the port would have colonised the ship as they would any other left unmanned in a harbour. “That’s not unusual,” Ireland’s head Coast Guard Chris Reynolds told Today FM’s Ray D’Arcy show.Are the rats really cannibals?Well, very possibly. Chris Reynolds dismissed this as an urban myth: that ‘rats left without food eat each other and then the last one eats itself’. However, there is evidence that some rats turn to cannibalism when food is lacking.In this 1968 paper given to the Royal Society of Medicine, Dr W Lane-Petter observes that malnutrition in laboratory rats and mice can lead grown rats “to devour carcasses, and even to attack and kill the young in order to eat them.”Cannibalism can even develop as a “vice”, he writes:Whisker eating in mice is not uncommon; it can go on to ear or toe chewing, and from there to total cannibalism.In 2008, the New Scientist noted that rats in cleaner cages are more likely to cannibalise their young. The Lyubov Orlova, derelict in St John’s harbour Source: WikipediaIs the ship really headed for Ireland?Nobody actually knows. Since the tracking beacon went out, there have been concerted efforts to find the Lyubov Orlova – its 4,000 tonnes are worth an estimated €1million in scrap. Even the Irish Coast Guard spent two months looking for it, Chris Reynolds told Today FM, but were unsuccessful.Reynolds believes the probability is that, unmanned, the ship has sunk in one of the serious storms to hit the Atlantic over the last year. “She probably didn’t survive,” he said, but added: “We can’t prove that.”Are we actually in any danger?On land, almost certainly not. Reynolds has previously told the Daily Mail: “We don’t want rats from foreign ships coming onto Irish soil.” However, he says the rat issue is “a little bit overstated.” Asked what would *actually* happen if the Lyubov Orlova ran aground on the Irish coast, he said:It’ll go on the rocks and lie there.Grand. However, there may be issues for fishermen and other sailors, as well as those on oil rigs or any offshore installations. If the Lyubov Orlova IS still afloat, it’s a 100-metre-long piece of metal just waiting to hit something.Our issue is that it’s a blacked-out piece of metal. That’s our main concern, that it’s a hazard to navigation.So there you go: you probably don’t need to worry about the ghost ship crewed by rats hitting Ireland. BUT rats are potentially cannibals. Ew. Source: Jeff Moore/EMPICS Entertainmentlast_img read more

Donegal decide to play a bit in the second half do enough

first_imgDerry 0-11Donegal 1-11DONEGAL DELIVERED A second-half blitz to topple Derry and clinch a place in the Ulster SFC semi-finals.In a dour and defensive game that will quickly be forgotten, Leo McLoone’s goal four minutes after the restart tipped the balance in favour of Jim McGuinness’s men.His fine finish sparked a game-changing run which saw Donegal put up 1-5 without reply by the time Derry got their first score of the second half in the 50th minute.By that stage the two-point lead which Derry held at the break, 0-6 to 0-4, had quickly been wiped and Donegal were on their way to a meeting against either Fermanagh or Antrim on 22 June.For Derry, it’s another year in which they have failed to carry their promising league form over to the Championship.After a dull first half dominated by handpassing, blanket defence and wasteful shooting, this game became a little bit more lively in the second.Donegal captain Michael Murphy, who played most of the opening period in a deeper midfield role, reverted to the full-forwards where he was far more effective. He had an important hand in McLoone’s goal and finished with four points (three frees).A free from Mark Lynch, and points from Benny Heron and Emmett Bradley brought Derry back to within a goal as the game entered the final 10 minutes.But they could never close the gap and points from sub Martin McElhinney and McLoone secured Donegal’s progress, showing the Oak Leaf towards the back door.Scorers for Derry: Lynch 0-4 (3f), E Bradley 0-3 (2f), Herron 0-2 (1 45′), Holly, McFaul 0-1 each.Scorers for Donegal: McLoone 1-1, Murphy 0-4 (3f), O’Connor, Toye, Lacey, Thompson, McBrearty, McElhinney 0-1 eachDerry1. Thomas Mallon2. Dermot McBride3. Gareth McKinless4. Chrissy McKaigue5. Kevin Johnson6. Mark Lynch (capt)7. Gerard O’Kane8. Fergal Doherty9. Patsy Bradley10. Ciarán McFaul11. Sean Leo McGoldrick12. Enda Lynn14. Emmett McGuckin15. Cailean O’Boyle24. Emmett BradleySubstitutes: Ryan Bell for O’Boyle (43), Benny Heron for Holly (48), Oisin Duffy for Johnson (58), James Kielt for E McGuckin (60), Ciaran McGoldrick for E Bradley (67).Donegal1. Paul Durcan2. Éamonn Mc Gee3. Neil McGee4. Karl Lacey5. Frank McGlynn6. Leo McLoone7. Anthony Thompson10. Christy Toye11. Ryan McHugh12. Odhrán Mac Niallais13 Patrick McBrearty14. Michael Murphy15. Colm McFadden19. Paddy McGrath23. Darach O’ConnorSubstitutes: Martin McElhinney for Toye (HT), Neil Gallagher for O’Connor (43),Luke Keaney for McBrearty (65), Dermot Molloy for McFadden (67).Donegal minors see off Derry to reach semi-finallast_img read more

Tough Enough to have daily coverage via Periscope

first_img WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Twitter Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Syracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube Star YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids WWE sent out the following:USA NETWORK REALITY SERIES WWE® TOUGH ENOUGH® TO FEATURE DAILY PERISCOPE COVERAGESTAMFORD, CONN – June 19, 2015 – WWE will turn to Periscope, a new live streaming app, to give fans a look through the eyes of the competitors as the drama unfolds each week during training and competitions leading up to the weekly premieres of the new hard hitting reality series to air on USA Network, WWE Tough Enough. The @WWEToughEnough account on Periscope will also include guest appearances from the show’s host WWE Superstar Chris Jericho®, Tough Enough judges WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan®, WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan® and WWE Diva Paige™, as well as various other WWE Superstars and Divas.Starting June 23, WWE Tough Enough will air weekly on Tuesdays at 8/7C on USA Network. Outside of the U.S., WWE Tough Enough airs live on OSN Sports 2 HD across the Middle East and North Africa, Ten Sports in the Indian subcontinent, Cielo in Italy and on YouTube around the rest of the world.“WWE is already best in class when it comes to utilizing Twitter to engage with their massive global fan base,” said Danny Keens, Head of North American Sports Partnerships at Twitter. “Periscope allows anyone in the world to share and experience live video and now fans of WWE’s Tough Enough can further engage with talent from the show live in real-time. WWE is removing another barrier and allowing fans to have a deeper connection with their favorite WWE stars.”“This new innovative partnership with Periscope will ensure that WWE Tough Enough never goes off the air,” said Lisa Fox, WWE Executive Vice President, Content. “This daily all-access content will bring our fans closer to the competitors, the action and the drama than in any other reality show.”WWE Tough Enough combines the can’t-miss excitement of live television with reality-show drama, as WWE hopefuls vie for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the next WWE Superstar or Diva. Unlike anything on television today, the lightning-fast hour of entertainment and competition will include live results every week, giving fans worldwide the power to decide who stays and who goes the very same night.Every week, the three judges will each nominate one competitor they believe should be cut, and it will be up to the WWE Universe to vote and determine who they feel is “Tough Enough,” to remain in the competition. The competitor with the least number of votes will be eliminated. Throughout the season, each judge will have the ability to save one competitor from being sent home. Ultimately, one man and one woman will be considered “Tough Enough,” with each earning a one-year, $250,000 WWE contract.The revolutionary WWE Tough Enough App is now available for download. This app will provide an unprecedented fan experience before, during and after the show by enabling fans to vote for who stays and who goes with results calculated in real-time during the final minutes of each episode. The app will also include competitor bios and video and social updates as the competition unfolds throughout the week.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSyracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube StarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img system.scripts.YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Now Playing Up Next Google+ Ring of Honor announces Pacific Northwest debut with two events this June Facebook Matches advertised for WWE UK King of the Ring Special and upcoming WWE tour of Japan in Junelast_img read more

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Klopp knows that this opportunity is a rare one

first_imgJürgen Klopp knows that opportunity like this comes just rarely in life and he wants to take the most out of it as his Liverpool are on the edge of reaching the Champions League final game in Kyiv.The Reds managed to beat Roma 5-2 at home and it is a great result for the second-leg match which is about to be played tomorrow – and the coach claimed that it is a wonderful opportunity to play the big final game.The former BVB coach spoke about his side’s success as he said, according to Sky Sports:“We are here to fight for our dreams – that’s how it is – and we want to go to the final as you can imagine.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We were very positive at Anfield, we were 5-0 up and then we conceded two and then after the game a few people had the feeling that we lost, but we didn’t.”“We are still 5-2 up, meanwhile, people think Roma only need to win 3-0 but that’s quite a result [to pull off].”“But that means there is a football game to play tomorrow and I am really looking forward to it because that’s what you want. You want to play when it is big stakes for the big things and that is why we are here. It is a great opportunity.”last_img read more

Gays divorce rate may hew close to heterosexuals

first_imgSame-sex marriage nears legalizationWashington dissolutionsWashington state domestic partnership dissolutions from 2007 to 2010.2007: 2172008 : 1122009 : 312010 : 15Clark County dissolutionsDomestic partnership dissolutions in Clark County, 2007-2010Amboy: 0Camas: 1Vancouver: 5Washougal: 1Battle Ground: 0La Center: 0Yacolt: 0Source: Washington Secretary of StateAs heterosexual couples prepare to share state marriage rights with gays and lesbians, they also offer a dismal legacy of divorce.Nationwide, about 43 percent of first marriages, 60 percent of second marriages and 75 percent of third marriages end in divorce, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.So what is the divorce outlook for the state’s future same-sex marriages?“The rates are likely similar because the same-sex couples entering those other legal statuses are as committed to their relationships as married different-sex couples,” said Lee Badget, research director of Williams Institute on SexualOrientation Law & Public Policy at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law. Badget, also an economics professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst, is co-author of a November 2011 study that examined same-sex relationship recognition patterns across the nation.One indicator of a future same-sex divorce rate is to look at the number of the state’s domestic partnerships that have been dissolved, Badget said.In Washington, about 4 percent of the 9,282 domestic partnerships formed between July 1, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2010, have been dissolved, according to an analysis by The Columbian. (That number includes opposite-sex couples 62 and older). To draw a comparison, out of 147,250 Washington marriages during that same time period, 9,782 of those couples, or 6.6 percent, are now divorced, according to epidemiologist Staci Hoff at the state Department of Health’s Marriage and Divorce Vital Statistics division.last_img read more

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Man charged with murder in Miami Gardens gas station shooting

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man is behind bars after, police said, he shot and killed a customer at a Miami Gardens gas station, early Saturday.Twenty-three-year-old Emanuel Hilton has been charged with second-degree murder. Investigators said he shot a man in the head after a physical altercation at the Exxon station near 169th Street and Northwest 27th Avenue, at around 12:45 a.m.Responding officers found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue pronounced him dead.The victim’s family told 7News they are in shock. “He was a young man that, like any other young man, wasn’t perfect, but he didn’t bother nobody, and he wasn’t a violent person,” said Stephanie Daniels, his cousin.The suspect later surrendered at the Miami Gardens Police Department and confessed to the murder. He is being held without bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Woman peppersprays Forever 21 guard flees with merchandise

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a shoplifter who, they said, targeted a clothing store in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police released surveillance video, Saturday, showing the subject pepper-spraying a security guard at the Forever 21 located at The Palms at Town and Country, June 17.The woman then took off with a bag full of items from the retailer, located along Southwest 88th Street, near the Florida Turnpike.If you have any information on this woman or her whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sidharth Malhotra Cant be solely blamed for a films poor collections

first_imgSidharth MalhotraTwitterFrom Student of the Year to Jabariya Jodi, Sidharth Malhotra has had quite a journey in the industry. While his films like Ek Villain and Hasee Toh Phasee won him incredible applause, films like Baar Baar Dekho and A Gentleman, raised questions on his bankability as an actor. Now, geared up with his next release with Parineeti Chopra – Jabariya Jodi – Sidharth Malhotra says he can’t be solely blamed for his films failing at the box-office.In an interview with Bombay Times, Sidharth said, “Unfortunately, it all becomes about the actor, but there’s a team behind every film. I can’t be solely blamed for a film’s poor collections, and I also can’t be the only reason for a film to work.”Talking about his role in Jabariya Jodi, Sidharth said, “People just assumed that I may not be very convincing as a Bihari boy in Jabariya Jodi because I’ve never done something like this before. What they don’t realise is that I come from Delhi and I know people who speak in that lehza, and so, it couldn’t have been so difficult for me to speak like that.”The song launch of Ekta Kapoor’s Judgemental Hai Kya, starring Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao, took an ugly turn when the actress and a journalist began a war-of-words. Talking about the same, Sidharth had recently said, “We should not take it personally. We are here for work and you all (journalists) are here for work. We didn’t call you all here to make a mockery of things. I also have friends in the media and we are respectful towards each other. I think this was a personal matter but on a professional level.”Jabariya Jodi is based on the practice of groom kidnapping that still happens in Bihar.last_img read more

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45 Natore villages submerged afresh

first_imgAman paddy has been submerged as Atrai river dam breaks thanks to unusual rise of the river’s water level. The photo was taken from a track of Aman paddy field in Kalam union of Natore district on Sunday morning. Photo: Muktar HossainSome 45 villages in Singra and Naldanga upazilas were submerged by the floodwater on Sunday due to unusual rise of water levels of Atrai and Barnoi rivers, reports UNB.At least 15 villages were flooded as Singra-Atrai regional flood control dam went under water last night.The Atrai river was flowing 83cm above the danger mark, said sources at Water Development Board in Natore.On the other hand, some 20,000 people of 30 villages under four unions in Naldanga upazila were marooned by floodwater following abnormal rise of water level of the Barnoi river.Aman paddy, vegetables and other crops in the upazilas have been damaged by the floodwater.last_img read more

Another award sets TAFE as tourism training destination

first_imgTravel 21fiftythree, the tourism and events training section of TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute’s The Hills College, has received more proof of its excellence, winning the Greater Sydney Tourism Award for Tourism Education and Training. Presented on Thursday July 28 at the Greater Sydney Tourism Awards dinner, the award commends the efforts of the organisation in raising professional standards within the tourism industry. Located at the Baulkham Hills campus, Travel 21fiftythree also won the award in 2010.According to Head Teacher Tony Clarke, Travel 21fiftythree’s strong industry links contributed to the achievement of this year’s award.”To have received this award at last year’s inaugural event was rewarding. To receive this award for the second year running is amazing and can only be seen as an endorsement of our vision of an inclusive partnership between industry and the tourism education sector,” Mr Clarke said.”The result also stems from the positive culture that exists within the Travel 21fiftythree team.” Institute Director Francesca Saccaro said that the award demonstrated the common vision held by the Travel 21fiftythree staff.”The staff at Travel 21fiftythree are collectively achieving the goal of imparting skills that make their students job-ready for the tourism and events industry,” Ms Saccaro said.”This award is a tribute to the dedication and innovation of the staff as they explore new opportunities for their students,” Ms Saccaro said.Qualifications obtainable at Travel 21fiftythree include the Certificate III, Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Events and the Certificates II, III and IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Tourism including specialist areas such as tour guiding, retail travel sales and tour wholesaling.As the 2010 Australian Large Training Provider of the Year, TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute provides a high quality and flexible training experience across more than 1,000 qualifications. Source = TAFElast_img read more

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Top Stories

first_img Top Stories If Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles accepts one of the numerous head coaching positions he’s likely to be offered, most fans wouldn’t mind seeing former Pittsburgh Steelers DC Dick LeBeau take his place.In Monday’s Sanderson Ford Poll Question of the Day, we asked: If Todd Bowles leaves, would you like to see Dick LeBeau as the Cardinals’ next DC?The response was overwhelming: Over 70 percent of the 500-plus voters said they’d welcome the 77-year-old LeBeau into the fold. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LeBeau, who announced Sunday he had resigned as the Steelers’ DC, has reportedly talked with Cardinals coach Bruce Arians about signing on with Arizona. LeBeau would bring over 40 years of NFL coaching experience to the desert.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterPreferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, has launched a new loyalty platform for members called the “I Prefer Alliance”.Featuring a straightforward points exchange structure, I Prefer Alliance allows partner hotels to incentivise their respective loyalty members by extending access to more than 650 additional destinations across 85 countries where they can earn and redeem points, while receiving other valuable benefits during every eligible stay.Preferred Hotels & Resorts debuts I Prefer Alliance with Tokyu Hotels – one of Japan’s leading hotel groups, with 44 properties across the country and more than 700,000 Tokyu Comfort Members – as its inaugural partner.Jeri Salazar, VP of Loyalty, Preferred Hotels & Resorts“As Preferred Hotels & Resorts entered its 51st year of championing the independent hotel experience, we identified an opportunity to further support our hotel partners’ individual goals related to fostering more impactful guest loyalty,” said Jeri Salazar, Vice President of Loyalty, Preferred Hotels & Resorts.“I Prefer Alliance was created to provide independent hotels with the flexibility to personalise their own programs in a way that would help drive more loyalty from their current members, while creating more visibility for partner properties and all hotels that participate in I Prefer among a growing and highly engaged travel community who prefer authentic, inspiring travel experiences.”Other hotel partners will be integrated into the I Prefer Alliance in the future.Introduced as a points-based model by Preferred Hotels & Resorts in August 2013, I Prefer is the world’s largest global points-based loyalty program for independent hotels. As of January 2019, more than three million members have enrolled in I Prefer to take advantage of its benefits. Benefits include points that can be exchanged for cash-value I Prefer Reward Certificates, elite status, priority early check-in/late check-out, room upgrade based on availability and complimentary internet upon every eligible stay at more than 650 participating properties worldwide.Through I Prefer Alliance, partners can extend the full benefits of I Prefer Hotel Rewards to members of their respective programs upon every eligible stay. The points exchange structure for each I Prefer Alliance partnership will be unique to the structure of each individual partner’s program.Effective immediately through Tokyu Hotels’ affiliation with I Prefer Alliance, all Tokyu Comfort Members will receive two Comfort Points for every US$1 spent on net room reservations when they book any hotel outside Japan through a dedicated offer page on PreferredHotels.com or voice reservations line. In addition, I Prefer members visiting Japan will now be able to earn 25 I Prefer points per US$1 spent on net room reservations, as well as redeem I Prefer Reward Certificates.See www.iPrefer.com.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgThe former director of compliance at now-defunct Laiki Bank stated in court on Tuesday that they had flagged an account held by the former son-in-law of ex-Central Bank governor Christodoulos Christodoulou due to a suspicious transfer to the account of some €1.06m.Testifying for the state prosecution, Era Michaelidou said that in 2009, €1,060,085 was wired to the Laiki bank account of Andreas Kizourides, Christodoulou’s former son-in-law.The money was transferred from an account held by AC Christodoulou Consultants with Marfin Egnatia bank in Greece. The consultancy firm was nominally run by Christodoulou’s daughter Athina.At the time, the verbal justification given for the transfer was that the money was for the sale of two plots of land in Strovolos.Michaelidou further said that in 2012 the bank reported the potentially suspect transaction to Mokas, the police unit dealing with money laundering activities.The information was eventually relayed to Mokas in May 2012 because by that time the bank had yet to receive from the beneficiary – Kizourides – the required documentation for the wire transfer, nor a bill of sale proving the alleged land transaction.In the interim, the bank monitored Kizourides’ account, she said.But during a previous hearing in the same trial, it emerged that despite misgivings, the money in question was in fact subsequently released to Kizourides.The cash was initially paid to the consultancy firm on July 27, 2007 by Focus Maritime Corp, which belonged to Michalis Zolotas. That payment had been justified as “consultancy services” without any accompanying documentation.At the previous hearing, another former Laiki officer had stated that Michaelidou herself had made the decision to accept the cash and release it to Kizourides without the necessary documentation.Under cross-examination on Tuesday, Michaelidou was asked why they waited until 2012 to report the transfer to authorities.Responding, the witness said it was at that time that it came to their attention that Andreas Vgenopoulos – the former Laiki strongman – had a relationship with Zolotas.Michaelidou said Kizourides personally called to tell her that the €1.06m was related to the sale of land. Later, she also received a call from Panayiotis Kounnis, the bank’s deputy managing director at the time, who likewise gave her the same verbal assurances.Kounnis told Michaelidou that he had received a call from Christodoulou himself, who confirmed the land sale was real and legit.Going on these assurances, the bank therefore decided to release the money – which it had earlier put on hold, preventing withdrawals – but flagged Kizourides’ account for suspicious activity.Asked on what basis did she think that Zolotas and Vgenopoulos had a relationship, Michaelidou said she and others at the bank inferred it from the “excessive loans” granted to Zolotas’ company Focus by Marfin Egnatia, a bank also controlled by Vgenopoulos.These loans were granted without collateral, she added.The trial continues.The case centres on the allegation that the former governor of the Central Bank was bribed to the tune of €1m to look the other way while Greek financier Vgenopoulos – now deceased – took control of Laiki Bank in 2006.Apart from Christodoulou, Zolotas and Kizourides, the charge sheet includes former Laiki official Michalis Fole, Christodoulou’s daughter Athina and companies AC Christodoulou Consultants Ltd, Marfin Investment Group (MIG) and Focus Maritime Corp.The defendants face a total of 24 charges including corruption, bribery, abuse of authority, abuse of trust, and money laundering.Zolotas faces a single count relating to money laundering.You May LikeSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoLocksmith of HeartsPhil Collins’s Daughter Is Probably The Most Pretty Woman Ever Existed.Locksmith of HeartsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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