DMA opposes Niti Aayogs notice of allowing modern medicine practice to BDS

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) has opposed the recently issued meeting notice by the Niti Ayog that talks about allowing dentists to practice modern medicine by doing a bridge course.The doctors said that government should provide more job opportunities to the dentists in dental care rather than allowing them to practice modern medicine. The doctors were speaking to the media at the DMA office in Delhi over the a recent notice by the Health and Family Welfare Division of Niti Aayog that talks of exploring the option of allowing dentists to practice family medicine/mainstream medicine following a bridge course to tackle the shortage of doctors across the country. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe meeting notice was issued by Jyoti Khattar, Senior Research Officer, Health of Health and Family Welfare Division of Niti Aayog, on April 18, 2019. Dr Girish Tyagi, President, DMA said: “We oppose government’s any attempt that allows dentists to practice medicine. Government is not creating enough job opportunities for doctors. Doctors are recruited on contract basis and they are exploited. If government comes up with any such notice or ordinance, we will strongly oppose it.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarDr Tyagi added that every allied profession to medicine has a unique identity and serves a specific purpose. “Dentists, nurses, optometrists and pharmacists have a role and should contribute their services in the respective field. To baptize them as mid-level medical practitioners through a six month bridge course is being indifferent to the need for patient safety and patient care,” explained Dr Tyagi. The DMA will also urge local medical associations of other states to oppose the government’s proposed move.last_img read more

Youre still the sexiest woman ever

first_imgMumbai: On Sunny Leone’s 38th birthday on May 13, her husband Daniel Weber penned a special message for his wife and said the actor is still the “sexiest woman” ever. Daniel posted a photograph of himself along with his wife Sunny and captioned: “Sunny – So many things to write and so much that comes to mind that it’s impossible to express in a post!!! You are the greatest, warmest, kindest human I have ever met.” He added: “I have watched you do more for others than yourself over and over in life. I have been by your side through every crazy journey and road we choose to travel on. Happy Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day to the greatest women on earth. I love you forever. You are still the sexiest woman ever.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerSunny married Daniel in 2011. The two have three children. The former adult film star and her husband adopted a girl child, Nisha, in 2017 from Latur and announced the birth of her twins Noah and Asher via surrogacy last year. Daniel then took to Twitter and wrote: “Happy Birthday baby. I love you!” On the acting front, Sunny will be seen in the Tamil language historical period drama and war film Veeramadevi directed by Vadivudaiyan. The film marks Sunny’s Tamil debut as the eponymous character. She will also be seen in a horror-comedy titled Coca Cola.last_img read more

MoroccoGCC Countries Trade Exchange up 11 in 2014 report

Rabat – Trade exchange between Morocco and countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) rose by an annual average of 11% to reach 28.6 billion dirhams in 2014, representing 4.9% of Morocco’s total exchanges against 3.6% in 2000, said the 2016 economic and financial report accompanying the 2016 appropriation draft bill.Imports from GCC countries marked an average yearly growth of 11% to stand at MAD 26.8 billion, that is 6.9% of Morocco’s total imports against 5.3% in 2000, said the report, adding that exports towards these countries, at MAD 1.8 billion in 2014, remain weak, fluctuating and not very diversified.The KSA is Morocco’s top client in the Gulf region with around MAD 920 million of exports, that is 52.4% of the regional total, followed by the UAE with MAD 589 million and a share of 33.5%. According to the report, trade balance remains in deficit, with MAD 25 million in 2014 and a coverage rate at 6.6% in 2014 against 12% in 2000. read more

EU regulators fine Mastercard more than half a billion euros

BRUSSELS — The European Commission has fined Mastercard 570 million euros ($648 million) for stopping retailers from looking for better card payment terms at banks around Europe.The Commission, which polices competition, said Tuesday that Mastercard’s rules prior to 2015 forced retailers to pay certain bank fees in the country they are located rather than let them shop around.EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said that “Mastercard’s rules artificially raised the costs of card payments, harming consumers and retailers in the EU.”Mastercard, which also controls the Maestro brand, is the second-largest card program in Europe.The Commission says the size of the fine was based on factors like the value of sales relating to the infringement and its gravity.Mastercard was granted a 10 per cent reduction for co-operating with investigators.The Associated Press read more

Health Minister 14 Percent of Moroccans Under Age of 15 are

Rabat – Approximately 1.4 percent of young Moroccans under the age of 15 are alcoholics, according to the results of a recent study conducted by the ministry of health. While addressing the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Minister Houcine El Ouardi said the consumption of drugs and alcohol among those under the age of 18 years is becoming more widespread in Morocco.“The results of this study revealed an explosion of the drug consumption phenomenon in the youth,” the minister said according to Telquel. El Ouardi said the study showed that the first dose of drugs or alcohol happens early on, commonly at the age of 10. He explained that “2% of young people under 15 consume alcohol and 1.4% of young people are alcoholics.”The minister also noted a growing trend of the abuse of prescription drugs by minors.“3.3% of young people are abusing antidepressants,” he said.The presence of only “eight [drug and alcohol] rehabilitation centers” says Morocco “lacks the means” to effectively combat addiction, El Ouardi said.A 1967 royal decree strictly forbids the sale or gift of alcoholic beverages to Muslims, who make up 98 percent of the North African country’s population. Offenders could face a prison for up to six months and a fine of 150 to 500 dirhams if they are convicted.Most supermarkets and other vendors sell alcohol to all customers, however. read more

Morocco Aims High With Aspirations for Rural Development

Rabat – The Standing Committee on Advanced Regionalization and Rural and Territorial Development, working under the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (EESC), presented a draft report titled “Rural Development: Challenges and Prospects” in Rabat on Thursday.The methodology adopted for the preparation of this report consists of an analysis of the current state of rural development.The EESC recommended the formulation of a new national vision for the development of rural and mountain areas. The vision would call for the collaborative efforts of various agencies and involve the  incorporation of  human, economic, social, environmental and cultural concerns into a plan of action.   According to the report presented by the Council, this 2030-2050 vision should guide all the development processes of the territory, namely for the region, the province and the rural communities.In the same context, the EESC proposed setting up an administrative body dedicated to the development of rural and mountain areas. This body would be tasked with the following responsibilities: coordinating and integrating sector related measures, while strengthening decentralized governance and ensuring the integration of information systems and evaluation actions and the dynamics of rural development on a regional scale.The body would also define each region’s essential vocations and mark their identities and production potential.In addition, the Council emphasized the importance of information and communication technologies as one of the main tools of rural development, proposing to strengthen and accelerate their use. This would be sensible now that mobile and internet networks are reaching even remote areas.On the human front, the EESC called for the implementation of gender equality in rural development policy and the implementation of positive measures for the empowerment of rural women. This approach would help eliminate structural and cultural obstacles. It would also eradicate discriminatory practices women experience in the family and in society, increase women’s participation in decision-making, access to land and material assets. The issues of marriage of minor rural girls, child labour and the exploitation of women in the workforce would also benefit.At the operational level, the report recommended ensuring that rural populations receive better access to social services and infrastructure, strengthening the rural economy and protecting and enhancing the value of natural resources.It also proposed the promotion of cultural and sports activities in rural areas, to ensure close support to local providers and rural populations. A recommendation was also made for strengthening the financing of rural development actions and directing it toward the welfare of the rural population.The objective of this draft report was to analyse every aspect of the problems of rural development in Morocco and to provide answers to the questions that would inevitably arise.The methodology adopted for its elaboration was based on an analysis of the current state of rural development and the identification of factors that have hindered the improvement of the rural population’s living environment. read more

Over 150 Mosques Open Their Doors to NonMuslims in the UK

Casablanca – Over 150 mosques across the UK held an open day for non-Muslims in the UK on Sunday to explain the basic pillars of Islam and showcase social projects that include charity.After several mosques in Canada organized an open-day for Canadians, following the deadly shooting that targeted the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec, mosques across the UK opened their doors to the British public on Sunday. The initiative, dubbed Visit My Mosque Day 2017, was part of an initiative of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to bring members of different faiths together and this year’s edition is the third.According to the MCB, the initiative makes an attempt at “transcending the negative news in the media (about Muslims), and provide access to the citizens of Britain, in order to explain the Islamic belief to them and introduce them to Muslims.” 150 mosques took part from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, including cities with large Muslim populations as well as small mosques in areas populated by few Muslims.During this open day, the mosques exhibited boards explaining the basic concepts of Islam. As well, they distributed leaflets with information about Islam. Social action projects were showcased, involving food distribution, homelessness and other social issues.This year’s edition coincides with the rising sentiment of Islamophobia in the world, nurtured by Donald Trump’s “irresponsible” statement against the Muslim community in the US during the previous US election campaign, and exacerbated by his executive order banning Muslims from 7 countries to enter the US.Speaking about this, Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain in charge of the Visit My Mosque Day event, said: “As the world recoils at President Trump’s so called ‘Muslim Ban’ and the mass killing at a mosque in Canada, [Visit My Mosque day] is a much-needed antidote to the poisonous atmosphere we find ourselves in.”Khan added that the event represented an opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims in the UK “to come together and renew bonds of friendship.”Marking this year’s edition was the presence of Jeremy Corbyn. The prominent British politician and current Leader of the Labour Party visited the Finsbury Park Mosque. On the occasion, he told the Telegraph that “It is very important to show that we are a multi-faith society.”Corbyn said that he had been visiting the same mosque for decades and praised its organizers for the social causes they promote in the area, such as helping the homeless. read more

Morocco Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attacks against Churches in Egypt

Rabat – Morocco strongly condemns the abject terrorist attacks that targeted Sunday morning two churches in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria, causing several victims.Morocco also denounces all attacks against places of worship and vigorously rejects any attack on their sanctity, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement.By targeting the places of worship, the abject terrorism reveals once again its atrocious and criminal face rejected by all heavenly religions, the statement said, noting that the perpetrators of these despicable acts are infidels who have no relation with the holy Islamic religion and its tolerant principles. The Kingdom, which expresses its condolences and sympathy to the grieving families and the brotherly Egyptian people, reiterates its total solidarity with the Arab Republic of Egypt in confronting the abject terrorism aimed at undermining the stability of this great Arab country and the cohesion of its components. read more

With 11 Agreements in One Day RussiaMorocco Cooperation Is Blooming

Rabat – Only one day after the Russian prime minister and minister of agriculture arrived in Morocco, the two states have established 11 alliances in energy, military affairs and agriculture.During Russian Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev’s meeting with the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, Tkachev welcomed the Moroccan-Russian partnership in the field of agriculture and energy.Agriculture and Energy Cooperation Tkachev expressed his country’s willingness to further increase exports to the kingdom, including wheat, vegetable oil, and sugar. “Moroccan exports, particularly in terms of citrus fruits and vegetables, have been present in Russia for a long time. Russia aims to develop their agro-food supply to the country.”The minister also highlighted Russia’s willingness to extend Morocco’s exports to Russia in terms of agricultural vehicles and equipment.The discussions also focused on ways to boost Russian-Moroccan cooperation in the field of energy.“Russian companies are ready to contribute to the construction of thermal power plants in Morocco and are also willing to deliver liquefied natural gas,” he said.This commitment was repeated by Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who said that Russia will help build the gas terminal at Jorf Lasfar, 130 kilometers south of El Jadida, with a budget of USD 2 billion.Military and Security Morocco and Russia have also signed an “important agreement” on military cooperation and security, said El Othmani at the opening of the High Joint Cooperation Committee in the presence of Medvedev.The Russian prime minister said during a press briefing that the agreement consists of “deliveries of Russian military products to Morocco.”Morocco and Russia have also signed an agreement on nuclear cooperation, at the meeting of the Moroccan-Russian High Commission, in the presence of officials of the Moroccan Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security Agency.Strong TiesAfter signing a total of 11 agreements on Wednesday, both officials highlighted the excellence of the “strategic partnership” between the two countries.“Morocco is a strategic partner in Africa and the Arab world,” said Dmitry Medvedev.El Othmani, for his part, underlined that Morocco is the “top trading partner of Russia in Africa,” with nearly EUR 3 billion of trade in 2016, adding that in the same year, Morocco ranked the ninth supplier and 22nd client of Russia.Last July, Moscow hosted the 6th session of the Moroccan-Russian Joint Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.This session provided an opportunity for businessmen from both countries to explore ways of further developing economic relations, promoting mutual investment and diversifying areas of cooperation. read more

Palestines Mahmoud Abbas Calls on EU to Recognize Palestine

Rabat – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the European Union to recognize the Palestinian state during his official visit to Brussels, Belgium.In Brussels, the Palestinian President met with EU foreign ministers and Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.According to Reuters, Mogherini urged officials engaged in negotiations regarding Donald Trump’s Jerusalem decision to act “wisely.” Speaking of the Palestinian President, Mogherini said, “I want to reassure President Abbas of the firm commitment of the EU to the two-state solution with Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two states.”Many global officials and Arab leaders, including Abbas, believe that Trump’s move has made future peace talks between Palestine and Israel “impossible.”After hearing of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital during a visit to Paris, Abbas announced on December 22 that Palestine will no longer accept “any plan” for peace proposed by the United States.“The United States are no longer an honest mediator in the peace process. We will not accept any plan put from the United States,” Abbas said at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.His statement came just hours after 128 members of the United Nations General Assembly adopted by an overwhelming majority a resolution that rejects Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.France, having previously condemned Washington’s decision on Jerusalem, also voted in favor of the resolution.Prior to the vote, which took place in December, Trump had threatened to cut aid to UN members who would vote against his decision.On January 17, the US administration voiced its willingness to cut more than half of the financial aid that the US normally provides to the United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the US State Department said on Tuesday that the Trump administration will provide only USD 60 million to thUNRWA. She added that the country will withhold another 65 million USD “for future consideration,” reported American news outlet the New York Times.Nauert went on to explain that the US’ move is aimed at encouraging other countries to increase their funding for the UN agency. Nauert also insisted that this latest move by the administration was not linked to the threats voiced by Donald Trump after the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn his recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as its capital and to relocate the US embassy. read more

Deaf couple allege discrimination by Delta Air Lines agent

ROMULUS, Mich. — A deaf couple from California who are activists for the hearing impaired allege that a gate agent for Delta Air Lines discriminated against them at Detroit Metro Airport.Socorro Garcia and Melissa Yingst are co-founders of Alma de Muxeristas, a group of Hispanic feminist activists with hearing issues. They said they tried to communicate with an agent Sunday about getting seats next to each other on a flight to Los Angeles, but the agent threw away the paper they were writing on and rolled her eyes.The airline said there were conflicting views of the incident but that it was investigating.Garcia said in a Facebook video that he tried to retrieve the paper but that the agent called police and alleged Garcia assaulted her.“Loss for words,” Garcia said in sign language on the video. “What did we do wrong?”The couple was ultimately denied boarding and booked another return flight through a separate airline.“This really isn’t about us not being able to sit together but how they handled communication and refused to provide us access to the needs we asked for,” Yingst said in sign language, according to a transcript of her remarks posted on Facebook.The agent discarded the paper because she thought the conversation was over, according to Michael Thomas, a spokesman for Delta. The agent felt threatened because Garcia knocked into the agent’s leg when he aggressively went behind the ticket counter, which isn’t permitted, Thomas said.“To be completely candid, there are very conflicting versions of events based on initial reports from both sides,” he said.Delta said it’s reviewing the issue and will work with the passengers to learn more about what happened.“As always, we take situations like these seriously and we are using this as an opportunity to learn and improve,” Thomas said.The Associated Press read more

Millennial Money Student loan default can gut your paycheque

There’s a dirty little secret of the student debt crisis. One that affects millions of borrowers, but isn’t talked about at dinner tables, on social media or in think pieces about student loans.The taboo topic is wage garnishment and it works like this: Default on your federal student loans and the government can take up to 15 per cent of each paycheque to satisfy your debt. That amounts to $300 per month for someone who normally takes home $2,000 per month. The Education Department can also withhold federal benefits like tax returns and Social Security payments.Garnishment is an effective tool to recoup unpaid loans — private collection agencies enlisted by the Education Department took in over $841.6 million via wage garnishment in the 2018 fiscal year — but it inflicts serious financial strain on borrowers who are already struggling.“It’s a very powerful collection tactic that can really devastate the financial lives of the people subjected to it,” says Joanna Darcus, a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center who works with low-income student loan borrowers. “They can’t afford to pay their rent, buy their medicine, buy clothes for their kids and also pay a large percentage of their wages toward their student loan.”If you received notice of garnishment or are already in the thick of it, don’t panic; you have options that are far less painful than a 15 per cent hit to your paycheque.STOP GARNISHMENT BEFORE IT STARTSThe ideal time to take action is when you begin struggling to make payments. At that point, your loan servicer can help you explore other repayment options , including income-based plans that cap your monthly payment.Once your loans are in default — nearly nine months past due for most federal loans — those options are off the table until your loan is in good standing. You can rehabilitate your loans to move out of default (more on that below). You also have a brief window to consolidate your federal loans (combining them into a single loan with its own interest rate) before the Education Department, via a private collection agency, moves to garnish your wages.The collection agency handling your federal loans will notify you by mail before it starts garnishing your wages. The notice serves as your 30-day warning. During this time, you can stop the process by negotiating payment arrangements with the agency. The key: It must receive your first payment in that 30-day window.If you can’t make a payment within that window, request a hearing to appeal the garnishment. To prevent garnishment from starting, you must request the hearing in writing within 30 days of the date on your collection notice. You can still file an appeal after garnishment starts, but the collection agency will continue to take up to 15 per cent of your take-home pay while the case is reviewed, which can take two to three months .A hearing sounds intimidating but it’s no more than a long form detailing your income, debt and expenses. The goal is to stop or reduce garnishment.“You hear the word ‘hearing’ and think, ‘Oh my god, I need an attorney!’ But it’s just a basic exchange of information,” says Betsy Mayotte, founder of The Institute of Student Loan Advisors.Contact the collection agency handling your loan to talk about payment arrangements or get details on a hearing request. Not sure whom to call? Check the National Student Loan Data System to find out who is managing your loan and how to reach them.REHABILITATE YOUR LOANLoan rehabilitation is a one-time “Get out of default” card. Here’s how it works:The collection agency sets a monthly payment based on your income, minus any reasonable monthly expenses. The amount could be as low as $5 a month.You’ll need to provide documentation, like copies of pay stubs and bills, and complete a detailed form to help determine the amount. Any wages garnished due to defaulted student loans will be considered among your expenses.Make nine payments of the agreed-upon amount within 10 months and your loans move out of default. Any wage garnishment will stop. And you’re once again able to choose a repayment plan that works for you, including several income-based options that could drop your monthly payment to $0.Once out of default, take care to stay out. Make your payments each month. Recertify your income every year if you’re on an income-based plan. And call your loan servicer if you run into trouble. If you default a second time, you’ll have fewer options.______________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Kelsey Sheehy is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: ksheehy@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @kelseylsheehy.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: How to avoid and recover from student loan default https://nerd.me/student-loan-defaultFederal Student Aid: Choose the federal student loan repayment plan that’s best for you https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/understand/plansKelsey Sheehy, The Associated Press read more

Lilly to sell cheaper version of topselling insulin Humalog

Eli Lilly is offering a half-price version of its top-selling insulin Humalog as drugmakers face growing pressure to control prices.The drugmaker says it will introduce a version of the diabetes treatment called Insulin Lispro with a list price 50 per cent lower than its current rate, about $275 per vial.List prices are initial figures drugmakers attach to a product and are typically knocked down by rebates.Lilly Chairman and CEO David Ricks said in a statement Monday that the company pays “significant” rebates off the list price, but those discounts do not directly benefit all patients.U.S. senators grilled the leaders of several major companies last week in a hearing about drug prices.Humalog brought in $1.8 billion in U.S. sales last year for Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co.The Associated Press read more

Nuclear industry pushing for fewer inspections at plants

WASHINGTON — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering requests from the nuclear power industry for fewer inspections at its plants.NRC staffers currently are conducting a sweeping review of how the agency carries out its oversight of the country’s 98 commercially operating nuclear plants.The industry is asking the commission to ease inspections for radiation protection and emergency preparedness at plants. The industry also wants the commission to throttle back on what it tells the public about non-emergency problems at nuclear plants.Trump administration appointees to the NRC panel say they are open to some of the requested changes. The NRC review is expected to be finished in June.Outside watchdog groups and some NRC officials have questioned the industry’s push to do more self-inspections and reporting.Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press read more

King Mohammed VI Sends Condolences to Sri Lankan President

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has sent a message of condolence and compassion to the president of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, following Sunday’s terror attacks on churches and hotels, which left as many as 290 dead and 500 wounded.In the message, the King said that he had learned with deep sorrow the news of the terrorist attacks that targeted churches on Easter Sunday and hotels in parts of Sri Lanka.In this painful circumstance, the sovereign expressed to the president of Sri Lanka, the victims’ families, and the Sri Lankan people, his deep condolences and compassion, imploring God to give them patience and comfort and fast recovery to the wounded. King Mohammed VI also expressed Morocco’s firm condemnation of the terrorist attacks as rejected by all religions and universal humanist values. read more

Scotiabank is downturn ready with large buffer in mortgage portfolio CEO

Companies in this story: (TSX:BNS)The Canadian Press TORONTO — The Bank of Nova Scotia’s chief executive officer pushed back at renewed bets against Canada’s banking sector and the risk posed by the housing market, saying that the lender has “a lot of buffer” in the event of a significant downturn.Brian Porter added during its annual meeting of shareholders in Toronto today that the bank stress tests its $205 billion-mortgage portfolio on a regular basis against some “very harsh metrics” such as a 600-basis point increase in interest rates and a huge jump in unemployment.His comments come after a Veritas analyst recently urged investors to reduce exposure to the Canadian banks ahead of an “acceleration of credit losses” and prominent portfolio manager Steve Eisman reiterated his bet against the country’s biggest lenders, pointing to weakness in the real estate sector.Porter says its mortgage portfolio, which is the largest asset class on Scotiabank’s balance sheet, is 42 per cent insured and the loan-to-value ratio on the remainder is approximately 54 per cent, providing a large “buffer.”He told reporters that while it is not predicting a recession, the Toronto-based bank is “downturn ready” and the lender is “comfortable” with its capital and liquidity levels.Porter added that while there will always be opposing views, Scotiabank will “prove them wrong in the long term.” read more

Treatment of Prisoners in Edhibia Prison in Tindouf Camps Violates International

Rabat – The release of a condemnatory report on the inhumane conditions in the Edhibia prison in the Tindouf camps reflects the growing concern from Sahwaris about the situation in the camps and the failures of the Polisario leadership.On September 3, pro-Polisario news outlet Futuro Sahara published a “special investigation, ” criticizing serious human rights violations in the Edhibia prison.The report, entitled , “has the al-Edhibia prison become one of the worst prisons in North Africa?” narrowed its focus to condemning the situation of Sahrawi detainees in the prison. Currently, 58 Sahrawi detainees are being held in the Edhibia prison. The prison has only seven cells and so the 58 prisoners currently incarcerated far exceed its capacity. The report explained that the overpopulation of the jail is in direct contravention of the international standards that Polisario pledged to respect.“The institution belonging to the ‘Sahrawi state’  for many years has been out of the spotlight,” the report said.The seven cells, according to Futuro Sahara, have become overcrowded as some of them cannot accommodate more than six people.“It is one of the dirtiest and ugliest prisons in the region compared to prisons in Mauritania and Algeria, without comparison with Moroccan prisons,” said the condemnatory report.The publication added that the Polisario leadership has forgotten that Edhibia jail is a “prison institution that is supposed to comply with international standards that respect the freedom of prisoners and provide them with some basic rights.”Read Also: Western Sahara and Alhurra TV’s Affront to the Moroccan PeopleThe investigation also condemns the sudden searches that prisoners are subject to three times a week.Isolation and tortureThe report also drew attention to the use of torture and solitary confinement. “A minor mistake can lead a prisoner to an isolated cell, abuse, physical torture from the gendarmerie. If ever one dies in the prison [ due to torture] there is nothing easier than making it seem like a suicide.”Prisoners are “prevented from going out to the prison recreation space to enjoy the sun. They are also prevented from having sports activities,” reported Futuro Sahara.Prisoners are forbidden from talking to each other, according to the investigative report. They are also kept from contact with the outside world and current affairs.“It is strange to find an educated young man not aware of the word ‘Khashoggi,’” referring to the case of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.“For example, one of them [prisoners] still believes that the Mauritanian president is still Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.”“The isolation of inmates in Edhabia prison contravenes international laws.”The investigation warned that oppression might have negative effects on the mental health of prisoners.“The aim of the world’s prison institutions is to reform rather than increasing the number of mentally disturbed people in society.”Silencing protestersPolisario ‘authorities’ are currently holding three Sahwari activists who have no been in prison for more than 74 days. The activists were arrested for taking part in peaceful protests to condemn inhumane conditions and human rights violations in the Tindouf camps.The families of the activists have been protesting the arbitrary arrest of the three activists and have called on Polisario leader, Ibrahim Ghali, to release the activists and explain the charges against them. This is not the first time that the Polisario Front faces accusations for violations in the camps. Throughout the year, the family of Ahmed El Khalil has been condemning the Polisario Front for its silence on the forced disappearance of their relative who has now been missing for more than 10 years. read more

Mt Gox head Karpeles plans new Japan bitcoin tech business

TOKYO — Mark Karpeles, arrested in Japan after his bitcoin exchange collapsed from massive hacking, is starting a new business around the same computer technology that led to his legal troubles.Karpeles told reporters Wednesday he wants to make Japan a global leader in blockchain, the technology behind virtual money like bitcoin. The 34-year-old Frenchman was cleared of embezzlement and fraud allegations in March, but is appealing a conviction for manipulating electronic data.Karpeles was arrested in 2015, and spent 11 months in detention. Karpeles received a suspended sentence, meaning he is not serving jail time. Prosecutors had demanded 10 years in prison.His lawyer Nobuyasu Ogata said the verdict highlights legal uncertainties in the new area of cryptocurrency crime.The Associated Press read more

Plantbased burger maker Beyond Meat beats forecasts in 1Q

Plant-based meat maker Beyond Meat beat Wall Street’s expectations in its first earnings report since its IPO last month.The El Segundo, California-based company lost $6.6 million, or 95 cents per share, in the first quarter, up slightly from a 98-cent loss in the same period a year ago.Adjusted for compensation costs and other items, the company lost 14 cents per share. That was better than the 15-cent loss analysts had forecast, according to FactSet.Beyond Meat reported revenue of $40.2 million, more than triple the prior year. That also beat Wall Street’s forecast of $39 million.The company was the first pure-play vegan meat maker to go public. Its $25 opening share price jumped 163% in the first day of trading.Beyond Meat’s shares were flat at $99.85 in after-hours trading.The Associated Press read more

Tech on trial House panel begins review of market power

WASHINGTON — Big Tech is about to become big politics in Washington.The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday will launch its investigation into the market dominance of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, including Facebook, Google and Amazon. The hearing will look at the impact of the tech giants’ platforms on news content, the media and the spread of misinformation online.In a Capitol steeped in partisanship, the committee’s investigation of tech market power stands out. Not only is it bipartisan, but it’s also the first such review by Congress of a sector that for more than a decade has enjoyed favoured status and a light touch from federal regulators.Some lawmakers warn that the technology companies have become monopolies, and several Democratic presidential candidates say they should be broken up on antitrust grounds.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press read more