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.
FLYGTA Airlines says it will soon fly daily to three new Ontario destinations out of Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport, including an 18-minute flight to technology hub Kitchener-Waterloo.The Canadian airline says travellers will be able to fly with them from Toronto to Barrie’s Lake Simcoe Regional Airport and Region of Waterloo International Airport in Kitchener-Waterloo starting Nov. 6.The company says flights to London International Airport in London, Ont., will commence in December.FLYGTA has been offering eight daily flights to Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Niagara District Airport since Sept. 2016.Flights to Kitchener-Waterloo and Barrie will cost $129 each, including taxes and fees, and seat eight passengers, according to the company’s website.The company also operates charter flights, aerial tours of Toronto and getaways to Niagara wineries.
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop scores a layup against Miami on Dec. 30, 2017. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentBacked by double-digit point totals from all five starters, Ohio State (12-4, 3-0 Big Ten) held off a second-half comeback effort from Iowa (9-8, 0-4 Big Ten) to beat the Hawkeyes 92-81 and maintain an undefeated Big Ten record in its return to its conference schedule Thursday in Iowa City, Iowa.The Buckeyes were led by redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who led all players with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Redshirt senior guard Kam Williams, senior forward Jae’Sean Tate and redshirt junior guard C.J. Jackson finished with 13, 18 and 12 points, respectively. Freshman center Kaleb Wesson had 10 points before fouling out with 40 seconds left in the game.The Hawkeyes also received double-digit point totals from forwards Luka Garza (15), Tyler Cook (21) and Nicholas Baer (10), as well as sophomore guard Jordan Bohannon (15).Iowa came out of halftime on a hot streak, scoring nine unanswered points before Tate knocked down a layup with 16:44 left to end the Buckeyes’ scoring drought. After a jumper by Iowa redshirt sophomore guard Isaiah Moss, Bates-Diop scored eight straight points and another make by Williams pushed Ohio State up 58-43.The Buckeyes fell behind early 12-9 with 16:02 left in the first half, but a 16-1 run fueled by five points from Bates-Diop pushed Ohio State out to a 25-13 lead. Ohio State shot 54 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range compared to 43 percent from the field and 41 percent beyond the arc from the Hawkeyes. Despite being outrebounded 39-38 by Iowa, Ohio State outscored Iowa in the paint 42-26. Up NextOhio State returns to Columbus Sunday to host No. 1 Michigan State (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) at 4:30 p.m. in the Schottenstein Center. The last time the two teams squared off in Columbus on Jan. 15, the Buckeyes upset the Spartans 72-67.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Stephen Fry began his comedy career in the Cambridge Footlights in 1981Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA While Ms Keane recommended that democratic elections were introduced to appoint such a body, others argued that there was not sufficient time to organise the elections and change the society’s constitution.The bitter row has prompted what is thought to be the first reorganisation of the society in many years.In an internal email, seen by The Daily Telegraph, remaining committee members announced the introduction of “general accessibility discussion groups”, intended to address gender and class imbalances in the society. While new committee members will still be directly appointed, elections are expected to be held next year. In minutes from a subsequent “open discussion group”, Cambridge students expressed concerns that “the comedy that the Footlights committee are interested in tends to not be done by BME people”.Plans were drawn up to turn the committee – who are currently the only official ‘Footlights’ and the only members who can perform at events without auditioning – into an administrative body. A feud has broken out at prestigious Cambridge University comedy society the Footlights, leading the president to quit claiming her committee refused to hold democratic elections to increase diversity.Ruby Keane said that she “cannot criticise the Footlights while [she] is still its President”, and so left the group to raise her concerns about the lack of BME representation on the club’s committee.The move follows a protracted debate over elitism within the Footlights, which counts Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson among its alumni.The row began when Ms Keane criticising the gender balance of a student comedy night on Facebook. Her comments were met with counter-accusations that the Footlights had no ethnic minority students on its ten-strong committee.One student, Hasan Al-Habib, said that the society’s annual comedy event for ethnic minority performers was “the metaphorical equivalent of Footlights’ ‘black best friend’”, Varsity reported last month.
Nestled in a quiet corner of the North York Moors, just off the A169 south of Whitby, sits one of Britain’s more peculiar conservation areas. Strange, neither for the great crested newts it protects, nor the grass snakes, ready to bite any over-inquisitive labrador, but for the large slabs of stone contained within, protruding 100 feet above the scrubby grass. Welcome to RAF Fylingdales, home to Britain’s ballistic missile early warning system; a three-sided, eight-storey monolith capable of tracking 800 space-based objects at a time. Radars at the site have been staring, unblinking, into the skies since the first ‘golf balls’ were installed in 1963, watching for incoming nuclear missiles from…
Minister of Communities, Ronald BulkanThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Wednesday asserted that it’s support lies with the recent act by the PPP’s GECOM Commissioner, Bibi Shadick to take Government to court over what they termed “a vulgar conspiracy to gerrymander” the upcoming Local Government Elections.“As part of its continued struggle to secure the democratic gains won in 1992, with the restoration of democracy to this land after decades of rigged elections under the PNC, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) supports legal proceedings to be filed to protect the democratic rights of electors voting at the November 12, Local Government Elections (LGE),” the Party said in a press statement on Wednesday.According to the PPP, Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan and the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield failed to observe a number of legal procedures laid down in the law and did not hold consultations with communities, nor any major political party before they “clandestinely created a number of new Neighborhood Democratic Councils (NDC) and the Municipality of Mahdia.”“…they unlawfully demarcated new boundaries and established seats in these new Local Democratic Organs, without providing any reasons or stating the principles or criteria, upon which they did so. Additionally, they unlawfully altered the number of seats and internal boundaries within existing Local Democratic Organs, again, without following the requisite statutory procedure, without any consultation whatsoever with the electors and the major political parties, likely to contest the November 12 LGE.”PPP GECOM Commissioner Bibi ShaddickIn addition, the PPP noted that when these changes are closely examined, it is easy to arrive at the conclusion that the Government’s actions are aimed a creating an electoral advantage in favour of the coalition Administration.“Our public pleas for these violations of the law and unfair manipulation of the Local Government Organs and boundaries to be corrected, both to the Minister and to the Chief Elections Officer, at various platforms, have been ignored. In the circumstances, we have been forced to resort to legal proceedings,” the PPP maintains.As such, they have expressed their dismissal of Bulkan’s response that he acted lawfully and legally.“We further reject his outrageous contention that the Government is interested in involving and empowering the people in the management and development of their communities. Indeed, were this so, then Bulkan would have ensured that the people had an opportunity to participate meaningfully in the process by which new Local Democratic Organs were created, their memberships altered, and boundaries modified and would have also complied with the legal procedures laid down for so doing. Instead, these decisions were made and executed surreptitiously and the people in the communities and their political parties were deliberately excluded from this process, hence, the legal proceedings.”To this end, Bulkan is being called upon to concede to the legal proceedings and swiftly correct the legal deficiencies.“…If they fail to do so and proceed to those elections under the current legally fraud arrangements, they expose those elections to the risk of being declared legally flawed, null and void, which would require fresh elections at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars to the taxpayers. It is our sincere hope that good sense prevails.”Earlier this week, PPP Member and GECOM Commissioner, Shadick filed a legal challenge in the High Court to halt the Minister’s move even as Bulkan maintained that everything he did was above board.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall filed the Fixed Date Application (FDA) on her behalf.Nandlall told reporters on Monday that the PPP’s action is not geared at delaying the entire Local Government Elections set for November 12 but rather; elections in the contested Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) could be rescheduled until the outcome of the court case. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP mounts legal challenge over alterations to Local Authority AreasSeptember 11, 2018In “Court”Delay in setting up LGC leading to continued abuse of Executive power -PPPDecember 22, 2016In “latest news”High drama unfolds as Gov’t passes Local Government BillDecember 18, 2015In “Politics”
Volvo Group said recently that it has entered into an agreement to divest a Chinese subsidiary, which is holding 25.2% of the shares in the Chinese mining truck major Inner Mongolia North Hauler Joint Stock Co Ltd (NHL) for approximately SEK0.9 billion.The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and could be terminated by either party if regulatory procedures or changes in regulatory rules or laws preclude the parties from completing the transaction. The divestment is expected to generate a capital gain of approximately SEK0.7 billion, which will affect the Volvo Group’s operating income when the transaction is closed. Closing of the transaction is expected within six months.“The divestment will impact the Group’s cash flow and net financial position positively with an amount of approximately SEK0.9 billion at closing. NHL, which is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, produces and sells among other things rigid haulers to the mining industry. Volvo Construction Equipment will continue to sell components for rigid hauler production to NHL also after the divestment.”
BugojnoHandball is my future Fantastic Croatian generation 1998 won the fourth youth international tournament “Handball is my future” in Bugojno. The team who will host the first European Championship , beat Poland 31:28 (13:13), with PSG Handball signing Halil Jaganjac in the main role with nine goals.The bronze medal won Slovenia by beating Serbia 35:31 (17:16).The fifth place won Macedonia after victory against Austria 29:28.Qatari team avoid last place in Bugojno with the last match win over host team Bosnia and Herzegovina 28:23. ← Previous Story ITALY: Serie A: Bozen, Romagna and Fasano qualified for the Semi-Finals Next Story → EUPHORIA IN ZAGREB: Sold out Arena ready for PSG Handball
These are social norms that blood services must use to enlist and retain young donors. An interactive website for donors with discussion boards, online appointment booking, and news sections could increase donor loyalty.With further development, this approach could also allow donors to complete health-check questionnaires online at home, avoiding a wasted journey if they are ineligible to donate. NEW RESEARCH HAS found that due to an ageing population, more blood donations will be needed in the future to meet the ten per cent projected increase in the demand for blood.The Lancet reports that due to people getting older, there will be more complex surgical procedures such as joint replacements and cancer therapy. It describes this problem as “one of the most critical challenges facing transfusion medicine”.In the next ten years, demand will increaseLorna Williamson from the UK’s NHS Blood and Transplant and Dana Devine from Canadian Blood Services, who conducted the research said that during the next five to ten years, blood availability in developed countries will need to increase: Health-care systems will be managing the so-called grey tsunami of ageing populations for decades to come. As a result of medical progress during the past decade, major surgery can be done without donor transfusion… However, ageing populations lead to increases in complex surgical procedures for which transfusions are still necessary.They have looked into some alternative ways of attracting the blood donors needed.They suggest that social media should be harnessed to bring awareness about blood donation. They suggest Facebook, Twitter and Spotify will play a key role in enlisting new donors, stating: It is important to ensure that “every transfusion is necessary and appropriate, and that wastage is minimised,” they added.Read: Heart transplant gives mother a new life>Read: Bikers give up free time to help cut HSE’s €28m taxi bill>
Stay on target I’ve had plenty of discussions about Selina Kyle. I’m the biggest Batman nerd. To this day, I try my hardest to absorb some of the history of the DC legend. Also to this day, I love the history of the many weird and unusual villains of Gotham City. Back in Batman 101, one of the first villains you learn of is the Joker. The second is always Selina Kyle aka Catwoman. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Selina Kyle has always been the opposite to Batman. But… not in an opposing way that Joker is to Batman. She’s the thief in the night. The ying to his yang. Let’s put it like this. If Batman were in Black Panther, Shuri would laugh at him uncontrollably for freezing.Selina’s comic life origins have been retconned a couple of times, but something that sticks with every story is her early life. Selina started off a life of complete ups and down but more down and out. It’s incredible how opposite she lived from Batman (or Bruce’s) lavish lifestyle and how they found true love in a hopeless place like Gotham. Selina’s home life was brutal. She survived a father who drank, a separation from Maggie, her sister and a mother who died tragically from suicide. She’s also been to juvie. After she left, she was offered a job at a carnival after pickpocketing one of the guests. She would go on developed more of her skills before a tragedy at the carnival forced her to head back to Gotham and start thieving for life.We can go into more of her tragedy, but let’s get into some good stuff, shall we? Her first appearance came in 1986, Detective Comics #569. Batman and Robin take down some criminals with the help of Catwoman, but Joker in the worst criminal decline he can go through decides it would be good to catnap Catwoman after seeing Batman almost happy for once. He hires Doctor Moon, an evil scientist to mindwipe Catwoman. There honestly seemed to be no actual motives behind this besides boredom form the Joker, which just makes so much sense.Besides being mindwipes in her first issue, Selina has long since developed a long list of skills. Both from her life at the carnival, but also from living on the streets of Gotham for so long. She’s mastered acrobatics, martial arts, boxing. She’s long since become a master of disguise with stealth. Between the tragedy that comes to her, Selina has always remained strong and dominated figure in the Batverse. She’s not afraid to tell her what on her mind. She’s seductive, stunning and complex. She may come off cold on the surface. However, she carries one of the biggest hearts on her shoulders. This is shown by her relationship with Holly “Go-Nightly” Robinson, a close friend and second Catwoman and with Batman, Bruce Wayne, who she’s destined to marry!If there’s a comic I’d love to suggest from her multi-fantastical run, I’d highly to recommend both Hush and Gotham City Sirens. Hush, written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Jim Lee, has to be the most prominent and epically satisfying (if not heartbreaking and somewhat frustrating) run that includes Batman and Catwoman on a level where she’s used as leverage. Please follow this up with Heart of Hush where that leverage because tenfold. (Also, Hush is the BEST villain, don’t you @ me.)After reading Hush, follow it up with Gotham City Sirens. GCS, written by Paul Dini with art by Guillem March, is everything that is delightful about being a female villain in the time of free for all. Selina combines forces Harley Quinn and Pamela Isley (Poison Ivy). They take justice into their own hands, but things don’t turn out like they’re supposed to. Think of Friends, but with cool lady villains going off to vigilante at night. Yeah, it’s that cool!Selina Kyle is also portrayed by some supremely gorgeous actresses over the years. Julie Newmar (1966) and Earth Kitt (1968) for the Batman: TV Show. Lee Meriwether (Batman, 1966), Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman, 1992), Halle Berry (Catwoman, we don’t speak of this) and Anne Hathaway (Dark Knight Rises, we speak of this a little), Camren Bicondova (Gotham) for movies, TV shows and spin-offs inside Batman universes. We haven’t touched the surface of voice acting for the gorgeous cat with talents like Zoe Kravitz, Eliza Dushku, and Tress MacNeille to name a few.I think it’s safe to say that this cats future has been steadily securing her future, both in the comics, film, tv and in our hearts. She’s come a long way from a tragic history to being a woman that is independently slaying every single day but also winning the hearts of billionaires as a side gig.Happy Birthday, Selina Kyle, you are truly one of the coolest and most beautiful cats around. We ten-thousand meow salute you!View as: One Page Slides1. Faith BerlinSee It Here2. Jason OakesSee It Here3. Tom HallSee It Here4. Meghan O’ConnellSee It Here5. Princess Luna StudioSee It Here6. Lainey RamirezSee It Here7. Ron JensenSee It Here8. Steve BaierSee It Here9. Algirdas PadleckisSee It Here10. NkanjoeSee It Here11. Iren HorrorsSee It Here12. Rachel EleseSee It Here13. Mro16See It Here14. Diego SouzaSee It Here15. Stupid KrapSee It Here This Anime-Centric Star Wars, Predator, Terminator, and Other Classic Sci-FPotter Birthday Magic! Here’s to Harry’s 38th Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
More than two thirds (70%) of employee respondents would like access to their employee benefits from a mobile device, but only 51% are currently able to do so, according to research by Thomsons Online Benefits.Its Global employee benefits watch 2016-17 report, which surveyed 448 global HR and reward professionals and 1,120 employees globally, also found that 70% of employee respondents in global organisations want to hear about benefits around key life stages, such as marriage or home purchase, however, only 46% of employers are utilising these opportunities to engage staff.The research also found:18% of employee respondents are unhappy with how they have to interact with benefits.17% of employee respondents are unhappy with the way benefits are communicated to them.43% of employer respondents cite difficulty in scaling local benefits solutions for multiple markets as the main challenge facing global organisations, 43% cite a lack of employee understanding about the value of total reward, and 37% name difficulty reporting globally on total reward costs as their top challenge.27% of employer respondents are unable to report on their global benefits costs.37% of employer respondents use benefits analytics to control costs, and 28% use analytics to increase benefits take up.65% of employer respondents cite talent attraction and retention as the main objective of their global benefits strategy, followed by maintaining a competitive employee proposition (47%), and enhancing employee engagement (38%).Matthew Gregson (pictured), consulting director at Thomsons Online Benefits, said: “Global employers spend a significant amount on benefits, on average 31% of employee salary, but there’s a real risk that they won’t see the full return on this investment. HR professionals understand the link between benefits engagement and broader workplace engagement, but they’re stumbling at the first hurdle; engaging employees in their reward schemes.“Organisations with the highest performing benefits schemes have shown that overcoming this obstacle isn’t impossible, but depends on unlocking the power of data to take a more personal approach to benefits. Using data analytics, employers can create a global benefits strategy based on quantifiable insights into how employees are interacting with their schemes and the benefits they really want.”
Post a comment Uber’s Campus Safety Initiative reminds users to check their driver’s ID and car license plate against info in the app’s ride information. Uber Uber has launched an initiative to increase customer safety on college campuses in the wake of the murder last month of a student waiting for a ride.The ride-hailing service said Thursday it’s partnering with the University of South Carolina on its Campus Safety Initiative, a national effort to educate students on how to avoid fake rideshare drivers. Uber said it was heartbroken by the murder of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson, who was found dead March 31 after she mistakenly got into a car she thought was her Uber ride.”While no words can alleviate the loss felt by the Josephson family, we are committed to continuing to take action to make our communities safer,” Andrew Macdonald, Uber’s vice president of operations for the Americas, said in a statement. “We want every rider to be safe when using Uber.”Getting into a car with a stranger would’ve been unheard of just five years ago, but it’s become the norm as ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft have gained popularity. But predators have taken advantage of this situation. A woman flung herself from a moving car in Las Vegas last year after being abducted by a fake Uber driver, according to ABC.Uber’s initiative aims to increase awareness of its Check Your Ride steps, a program Uber launched in 2017 to avoid rideshare scams by reminding users to double-check the identity of their driver and license plate of the Uber vehicle hired, which is sent to customers through the app. Support for campus rides programs at universities across the country is also part of the plan.The partnership intends to increase safety awareness through emails to customers, college campus newspaper ads and social media posts. It also bundles in #Don’tStandBy, a bystander intervention initiative launched in 2018 that encourages members of the nightlife community to keep an eye on each other.The program’s campus-based initiatives include creating dedicated pickup zones that are well-lit and have law enforcement close at hand. Uber also plans to create a tool that helps universities provide students with after-hours rides.”Our goal is to make checking your ride before you get in the car synonymous with using Uber,” Macdonald said. 0 Share your voice Uber Tech Industry Tags
Passengers on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will be in for a pleasant surprise from Aug. 14 when air hostesses (flight stewardesses) sporting a new look will welcome them. The new look is part of an initiative by the national carrier’s image makeover exercise.The new uniform, designed by Nomi Ansari, will be worn by the air hostesses on the carrier’s new service, PIA Premier, from Sunday, coinciding with the Islamic nation’s independence day celebrations. PIA was in news in February when its staff went on strike protesting against the proposed privatisation of the carrier, which was founded in October 1946.The uniform will be complemented by a scarf designed by Sania Maskatiya.The new uniform is the culmination of a process that began in the form of a fashion show last year during which 16 designers presented their creations for PIA’s flight crew uniforms. “There are three color-ways; mushroom-green, navy and maroon. Different hues are going to be worn by the lower ground staff, the cabin crew and the pursers,” the Dawn quoted Ansari as saying.”The shirt has a straight princess-cut and it’s paired with a tailored jacket that can be taken off. The straight pant that we showcased in the fashion show has been replaced by a narrow tailored shalwar. I have also devised the draping and pleating of the head-scarf so that it can be worn under the airhostess-cap, covering the head, and can also be wound round the neck,” he added. The three colours indicate the staff hierarchy at the PIA. The information was shared on Twitter by Ansari and PIA spokesperson Danyal Gilani.PIA goes glamorous: Absolutely loving the new look of PIA cabin crew by @nomiansari pic.twitter.com/pEAH6ipXtIâ€” NOMI ANSARI (@NOMIANSARI) August 10, 2016 #PIAPremier in 4 photos: New livery, Awesome IFE, Elegant Business class Better trained crew with new uniforms pic.twitter.com/tKJpzWeuLtâ€” Danyal Gilani (@Danyal_Gilani) August 10, 2016It may be recalled that Indian national carrier Air India is also planning a new look for its approximately 4,000-strong cabin crew, with a distinct focus on khadi. The contemporary-cum-traditional look could see air hostesses wearing kurtis, churidars and trousers, besides the quintessential sari.
PR HandoutSince the last couple of days, news about Raj Tarun and his accident has been going viral. Media mistook Raj Tarun as Tarun and finally, Tarun gave a clarification that it is not he who met with the accident, but Raj Tarun. While Raj Tarun has accepted that it is he who met with the accident, looks like the case has taken new turns and twists.Going into the details, a guy called Karthik recorded a video of the accident. He saw Raj Tarun getting out of the car and running away from the spot of the accident to the main road. He recorded everything and followed the actor to the main road because he was running barefoot.Popular news channel TV9 telecasted a video which has been shot by Karthik in which he is seen asking Raj Tarun why he is running away after the accident and whether there was anyone with him in the car. Tarun replies, “Which car? I don’t know what you are talking about. I am just going to have a smoke and will be reaching my home soon.”New twist in actor #RajTarun accident casehttps://t.co/f4xEEw18C5— TV9 Telugu (@TV9Telugu) August 22, 2019 TwitterKarthik said, “Don’t lie to me because I have seen you coming out of the car and running. And does anyone go barefoot when they want to smoke?” Raj Tarun and Karthik reportedly also exchanged contact numbers.The twist in the case is, in a new audio clipping which emerged on Thursday, a man and woman are heard blackmailing Karthik and saying that they would kill him if he doesn’t delete the video and make sure it doesn’t reach the police.The woman in the audio clip has also reportedly promised to pay Rs 5 lakh to Karthik in case he agrees to delete the video. YouTubeThe police spoke to the media on Thursday and have said that necessary action will be taken against Raj Tarun if it is proven that he has blackmailed Karthik.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP on Thursday voiced deep concern as there has been no visible step for ensuring the proper treatment of their ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia, even after the home minister’s assurance, reports UNB.”The home minister on Tuesday announced that Khaleda Zia would be admitted to BSMMU for her better treatment. A lower court also asked the authorities concerned to ensure proper treatment to her as per the High Court’s directives,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.He further said, “Three days have elapsed, but there’s no effort in sight in this regard. Neither the minister’s assurance nor the court’s order has been implemented. We’re passing our every moment with deep worry over our leader’s (Khaleda’s) health condition.”A six-member BNP delegation, led by party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, met home minister Asaduzzaman Khan at his secretariat office on Tuesday.After the meeting, Fakhrul told reporters that the minister assured them of taking whatever steps are needed for ensuring proper treatment of the BNP chief.The home minister also told journalists that the BNP chairperson will soon be taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for medical checkup and tests.Rizvi alleged that the government is not allowing Khaleda’s family members to meet her for nearly a month. “Why are you showing such vindictive attitude towards her? We also went to jail, and our family members met us every week.”He said family members can meet a prisoner every week as per the jail code, but the government is not following any rules and regulations regarding Khaleda.Stating that Khaleda’s relatives met her last on 10 February, the BNP leader said the jail authorities did not permitted them to meet her again on 28 February and 3 March.He also said BNP senior leaders have been trying to meet their chairperson for over the last two months, but the authorities are not giving them permission.Rizvi urged prime minister Sheikh Hasina to take steps for releasing Khaleda from jail considering her age and illness.He also called upon the prime minister to allow Khaleda taking treatment at any specialised hospital.
BP MS 150The annual bike ride from Houston to Austin benefits multiple sclerosis patients.The second leg of the ride from La Grange to Austin has been closed. Organizers for the BP MS 150 Houston to Austin Bike Ride made the call on Friday. The forecast for Sunday predicts severe weather, lightning, heavy rainfall and flooding along the route. Day one will continue as planned. The finish line will be in La Grange. About 13,000 riders are expected to take part in this year’s BP MS 150. The 180-mile bike ride from Houston to Austin raises money for multiple sclerosis research and programs. The 2015 ride had a record breaking year raising $20.3 million, according to the website.Typically the BP MS 150 is a two-day fundraising bike ride, but for the past two years a day has been canceled because of severe weather. Last year, it was day one. This year it will be closed on day two. Organizers are issuing updates online, on the BP MS 150 Facebook page, and through text message alerts. Share
Stay on target What’s the cutest Sanrio character out there? When I was younger, I would have said Keroppi, even though my tastes have changed a bit since then. Keroppi is still absolutely adorable, so seeing the little frog getting his own little soiree by way of Sanrio as a special little cafe called the Kero Kero Keroppi Cafe is a nice surprise!The cafe, which is located in the city of Yokohama, opened on April 20 and welcomed hungry Keroppi fans with adorable artwork, plush Keroppi figures, and more. This is Sanrio, so you know the cuteness has to be turned up to 11. The menu included several types of food and drink based on Keroppi, as photographed by RocketNews24, much of which looked too adorable to actually eat, like the curry and omurice dish.AdChoices广告Keroppi would sit with diners who came in to eat alone, and if you came in with a big appetite, you could be treated to generous portions, such as the curry where a small Keroppi is sat atop rice with fish-shaped vegetables and parts of the curry itself. “Keroppi’s Sunday Curry” looks like a dish fit for a frog.Other plates, like the Keroppi’s Music Recital Hotcake Plate, look like a bunch of decadent sweets and hotcakes joined together in musical bliss. Custard, chocolate, fruit and cookies? Stop, I can only get so hungry. Keroppi’s Happy Tapioca Matcha Milk looks delicious as well, combining green tea, marshmallows, chocolate, and boba for a refreshing green treat. I’m ready to leave my couch now to salivate all over the kitchen.This Keroppi cafe is going on now if you’re lucky enough to be local. Otherwise, you’ll have to watch from afar like the rest of us poor schmucks. Hey, US! Let’s get some cute cafes going, what do you have to say about that? How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan
Cancun, Q.T. — Roadside breathalyzer programs have been permanently placed around the city of Cancun with police reporting nearly 100 failed tests each weekend.In a statement, the mayor of Cancun says the program has very good results, but more than numbers, he says it helps protect the citizens and visitors to the area by finding those driving in a state of intoxication.“This program is a preventive measure. What we are looking for is responsible consumption and discouraging the driving of vehicles by those in an intoxicated state,” he said.The roadside breathalyzer program Drive Without Alcohol is placed around various parts of Cancun Thursday to Saturday and reports a consistent 70 to 100 failed tests each weekend. Police say that those who fail are arrested and sent to the Retention Center for up to 36 hours.The mayor says that, “We are monitoring these points to avoid any act of corruption in the way of bribery or influence. The arrests must be applied without any distinction. If someone knows of any bribery or influence, I will personally follow up”.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — As the region heads into one of its busiest vacation periods, beach areas of Puerto Morelos will have 1,100 linear meters of marine barriers installed. In a press release, the government of Puerto Morelos reports the placement of 1,100 linear meters of new marine barriers starting at Adolfo López Mateos Street to protect the beach from sargassum. “We are placing a new type of barrier that is 10 centimeters higher, which will ensure that the macro algae overflow in our coastal strip is minimized. With these, we will have covered almost two kilometers of public beaches,” said mayor Laura Fernández. Luis Cardeña Peña, Project Director of the municipality, said that the machine has a rear bucket which is the seaweed collector with a capacity of 2.5 cubic meters and is able to deposit directly into the transport truck. Aside from new in-sea barriers, the town also has a new sargassum beach sweeper that favors the care of the sand. She says when it passes and collects the macro algae, it activates a type of screening that returns the sand to the beach. “We are saying that this device immediately returns up to 95 percent of the sand that could be collected with the sargassum. We will continue to protect our main asset as a world-class tourist destination, which is the beaches, in order to attract more tourism throughout the year,” she said. Photo: Ayuntamiento de Puerto Morelos She explained that in Puerto Morelos, the algae is collected at sea with barges and along the beaches, then taken to land for drying and compaction where they look for a final destination, since the seaweed has been shown to have different uses. “The sargassum book is not yet written, but with the actions we have undertaken as a city council, in collaboration with the private initiative, scientists, academics and citizens in general, under the guidelines of the Puerto Morelos Protocol, and with the support of the Federation and the Government of the State, we contribute so that this book continues writing day by day,” she added. “This machine operates every day and is very helpful in beach cleaning activities,” said the municipal official.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Ayuntamiento de Puerto Morelos
Go back to the e-newsletter >Australian travel specialist, Active Travel, is offering an international flight saving of A$1000 per person and a bonus 2-night stopover with an included city tour in either Buenos Aires or Santiago for early-bird bookings on 2016/17 season Antarctic cruises made by 1 December 2015.Available cruises include 10- to 19-night cruises from Ushuaia or Punta Arenas from 15 October 2016 to 27 March 2017, aboard either Akademik loffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov.Some cruise options include:10-day Antarctic Peninsula Adventure from Ushuaia18-day ‘Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic’ voyage10-night ‘Christmas in Antarctica’ cruise10-night ‘Quest for the Antarctic Circle’ cruiseFlights from Australia are extra but for Antarctica cruises booked before 1 December 2015, Active Travel will provide an A$1000 per person air credit to be used for international flights booked through Active Travel and a 2-night stopover, including 4-star accommodation, a half-day city tour and transfers.Cruise fares also include use of hi-tech polar clothing.Go back to the e-newsletter >