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Morocco, Mali sign action plans for economic and trade cooperation

Morocco, Mali sign action plans for economic and trade cooperation

first_imgRabat-  Action plans for economic and trade cooperation were signed by the Moroccan exports center “Maroc Export”, Casablanca fairs and exhibitions office (OFEC) and Mali’s trade and industry chamber (CCIM), following the visit by  King Mohammed VI to Mali in February 2014.  According to a joint statement, the objective of the agreement, signed by Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy minister Moulay Hafid Elalamy and the Malian trade minister, is to enable Morocco and Mali benefit from synergy of efforts made to promote exports and sectoral strategies. It also provides for strengthening institutional cooperation and developing promotional activities to boost trade relations between the Moroccan companies and their Malian counterparts, in order to facilitate the mutual development of their business, the source added.  Two follow-up meetings to give concrete substance to this agreement were held, in this regard, in Casablanca in February and March between Maroc Export, the OFEC and the CCIM to set their 2014-2016 action plan. This plan provides for the collaboration of both parties for the organization of the Bamako International Fair to be held in September 2014, where Morocco will be the guest of honor, said the same source, noting that this collaboration will also involve the organization, in 2015, of Moroccan B to B missions to Mali for the sectors of construction, ICT, and textile and leather, while the food processing and energy sectors will benefit from similar missions in 2016.last_img read more

Bank of Canada offers explanations for country’s ‘puzzling’ wage disappointment

Bank of Canada offers explanations for country’s ‘puzzling’ wage disappointment

OTTAWA — A senior Bank of Canada official offered explanations Thursday for the country’s “puzzling” and disappointing stretch of wage gains, even though job market been experiencing one of its biggest labour shortages in years.In a Toronto speech, senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said weaker wage growth in energy-producing provinces since the 2014 oil-price slump has dragged down national numbers.But she said even after accounting for these factors, wages have fallen short of where they should be in a tightened job market that has seen Canada’s unemployment rate drop to a 43-year low.“This is particularly puzzling when you consider what businesses are telling us about how hard it is to fill jobs,” Wilkins told the Toronto Region Board of Trade.“As far as I can tell, no one has found a smoking gun,” she said of the search for an explanation.“But there are at least a couple of compelling suspects.”Wilkins said wages are also likely lower than expected as employers struggle to find candidates with the right skills, cautious employees decline to trade up for higher-paying positions elsewhere and people are reluctant to move to a new city in order to land a new gig.Structural factors, she added, may also be weighing on wages — such as technological advances that have lowered demand for routine jobs, reduced competition in some industries and the emergence of the so-called gig economy that has taken away bargaining power for some workers.Wilkins offered potential areas for policy-makers and businesses to focus on to help improve the job market. They could invest in education and training, find ways to encourage labour mobility and increase the competitiveness of Canadian firms.She noted the results of the bank’s latest business outlook survey suggested labour shortages were at one of their highest levels since the Great Recession a decade ago. Job vacancies, she added, are still rising in Canada and now total about 550,000.In the months ahead, Wilkins said the central bank predicts Canada’s economic expansion to pick up its pace after a recent slow patch — and she anticipates wage growth will eventually accelerate along with it.Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press read more

Business Highlights

Business Highlights

___Huffman, 12 other parents to plead guilty in college schemeBOSTON (AP) — Actress Felicity Huffman has agreed to plead guilty in the college admissions cheating scandal. Court documents made public Monday show Huffman and 12 other prominent parents will plead guilty in the scheme. Huffman was accused of paying $15,000 to have a proctor boost her older daughter’s SAT score. Huffman was among 50 people charged in what authorities have described as the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department.___S&P 500 ekes out gain, enough to extend winning streakNEW YORK (AP) — The S&P 500 eked out a small gain after a late push in the final half hour of trading, enough to prolong its longest winning streak in a year and a half, at eight days, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended lower due to another big loss for Boeing. Most stock movements were modest, and the S&P 500 was nearly evenly split between winners and losers as investors looked ahead to a busy week for markets with updates scheduled for corporate earnings, the U.S. economy and global trade.___Facebook, Google face widening crackdown over online contentLONDON (AP) — Social media giants like Facebook and Google are coming under increasing pressure in Europe, where countries are proposing stricter rules to force them to block extreme material such as terrorist propaganda and child porn. Britain on Monday called for a first-of-its-kind watchdog for social media that could fine executives and even ban companies. And a European Union parliamentary committee approved a bill giving internet companies an hour to take down terror-related material or face fines.___Theresa May woos UK opponents and EU leaders over BrexitLONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May is wooing domestic political opponents and European leaders as she seeks to break Britain’s Brexit impasse and secure a delay to the country’s departure from the European Union. May’s Conservative government and the main opposition Labour Party are clinging to hope of finding a compromise Brexit deal, two days before EU leaders decide whether to grant an extension to the U.K.’s departure.___Big Tech feels the heat as US moves to protect consumer dataWASHINGTON (AP) — Momentum is gaining in Washington for a privacy law that could sharply rein in the ability of the largest technology companies to collect and distribute people’s personal data. A national law, the first of its kind in the U.S., could allow people to see or prohibit the use of their data. Companies would need permission to release a consumer’s private information.___Pinterest sets conservative pricing after Lyft dropNEW YORK (AP) — Pinterest wants to raise about $1.5 billion in its initial public offering of shares. Pinterest, among the gaggle of tech companies hoping to go public this year, set a conservative price range Monday for its initial public offering. That, at the higher end, could put the value of the company at around $9 billion. But it falls below the estimated $12 billion value from earlier sales of shares to private investors, according to reports two years ago.___Putin hosts Turkey’s leader to discuss weapons deal, SyriaMOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Moscow for talks focusing on the situation in Syria, the sale of advanced Russian missiles to Turkey and other economic deals. Erdogan’s visit to Russia, his third since the year’s start, underlined increasingly close ties between the two countries. It also reflected Turkey’s readiness to defy Washington’s demand to spike a deal for Turkey to purchase Russia’s S-400 air defence missile systems.___Nissan shareholders OK ouster of ex-chair Ghosn from boardTOKYO (AP) — Nissan’s shareholders have ousted the automaker’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn from its board. The decision Monday moves the company one step closer to shutting the door on an era capped by scandal. More than 4,000 people gathered at a Tokyo hotel for a three-hour extraordinary shareholders’ meeting and signalled their approval for dismissing Ghosn with applause. They also approved the appointment of French alliance partner Renault SA’s Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard to replace Ghosn.___Fed puts forward proposals to modify bank regulationsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is putting forward two proposals to modify regulations put in place after the 2008 financial crisis that the banking industry complained were too restrictive. The proposed regulatory changes were approved on a 4-1 vote with Fed board member Lael Brainard opposing the changes.___Ford workers in Russia protest planned closureST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Ford workers in Russia have started work-to-rule action over plans to close a plant. Mikhail Sergeyev, head of a trade union which represents around a third of the St. Petersburg plant’s 900-strong workforce, has told The Associated Press the work-to-rule will continue until Ford negotiates, and it’s already causing disruption.___The S&P 500 rose 3.03 points, or 0.1%, to 2,895.77. The Dow slipped 83.97, or 0.3%, to 26,341.02. The Nasdaq gained 15.19, or 0.2%, to 7,953.88. The Russell 2000 index of small-cap stocks fell 3.55, or 0.2%, to 1,579.00.The Associated Press read more

Stern action assured against unscrupulous agents

Stern action assured against unscrupulous agents

The Government today assured stern legal action against unscrupulous agents who continue to defraud innocent Sri Lankan workers by taking them abroad through illegal means.Thirty four families of deceased migrant workers in the Middle East were given compensation and salary dues by the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva today at the Foreign Ministry. A total of Sri Lankan Rupees 57 million was awarded to the family members. This was the first awarding ceremony held at the ministry this year. These payments were secured in consultation with the Sri Lanka Missions in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE,  and Jordan. Last year, the Foreign Ministry disbursed a total of Sri Lanka Rupees 210 million as compensation and salary dues to 143 families. The Acting Minister stated that Sri Lankans seek employment abroad to improve their economic circumstances. The remittances they send back to Sri Lanka immensely help the local economy.The Minister added that the Government of Sri Lanka was doing everything possible, including resorting to legal action, to ease the difficulties faced by Sri Lankan workers abroad.Dr. de Silva cited the recent change in the stoning verdict against a Sri Lankan woman in Saudi Arabia as a successful example of an intervention where the Government resorted to all possible avenues to protect the life of a citizen. Such cases were often protracted and complex as legal and regulatory systems varied from country to country. The Acting Minister observed that Sri Lanka should explore all possible avenues to increase local employment and reduce the number of Sri Lankans going abroad. (Colombo Gazette) Acting Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva addressing the families of deceased migrant workers stated that even though the lives of their family members who died were ‘priceless’, the financial compensation was being awarded with the hope that it would help the families. However, he observed that the Government is able to financially compensate only those who found employment through legal means.The Acting Minister promised stern legal action against unscrupulous agents who continue to defraud innocent Sri Lankan workers by taking them abroad through illegal means causing a number of them to face numerous difficulties, including harassment, being stranded and imprisoned. A portion of these funds were made available after litigation was filed in the relevant courts. In cases of harassment and injuries, the Missions had obtained relevant payments from the sponsors directly. The beneficiaries were from all parts of the country, mainly from rural areas. The Foreign Ministry together with Sri Lanka Missions abroad negotiated with the authorities of the countries concerned to obtain these compensation payments for the migrant workers. read more

Holidaymakers overwhelmingly support morning booze ban on flights

Holidaymakers overwhelmingly support morning booze ban on flights

first_imgAt the time a crackdown on “disruptive” passengers was announced by airports, airlines, police and airports, which would see them forced to pay for any damage caused as well as the costs of delays and diversions.Simon Press, senior director at the World Travel Market, said: “The reported increases of air rage are concerning and many do seem to be alcohol-related.“Most of us wouldn’t consider downing a pint of lager at 6.30am during our normal daily routine, yet at airports and on board aircraft, alcohol is so readily available and as a consequence many of us have experienced an intoxicated passenger on a flight. Jet2 claimed to be one of the first European airlines to introduce such an alcohol ban “Our research shows that many people are concerned about air rage and want stricter controls on pre-flight and in-flight alcohol sales.” A spokesperson for Department for Transport there was currently no review of the licensing hours in airports or on planes. Phil Ward, the managing director of Jet2, said the airline urged airports and retailers to follow its lead and “adopt the same sensible approach” and introduce “tamper-proof bags for the sale of alcohol at duty-free shops”.“We know that [banning the sale of alcohol on our pre-8am flights] has been well received by both our crew and our customers, and we are very pleased to see such a sizeable majority agreeing that this behaviour simply cannot and will not be tolerated,” he said.In August, Lord Ahmad said: “I don’t think we want to kill merriment altogether, but I think it’s important that passengers who board planes are also responsible and have a responsibility to other passengers, and that certainly should be the factor which we bear in mind.” A week later, low-cost airline Jet2 announced it was banning the sale of alcohol on its early-morning flights. World Travel Market’s respondents were asked if they supported this decision – and 73 per cent confirmed that they did.Concern over “air rage” has grown in recent years, as statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show that the number of in-flight incidents classed as “dangerous” has risen fourfold in three years. Last year UK airlines reported 386 such incidents.The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said there were 10,854 incidents worldwide, 23 per cent of which involved alcohol or drugs. Jet2 claimed to be one of the first European airlines to introduce such an alcohol ban Holidaymakers overwhelmingly support a ban on drinking alcohol on and before early morning flights, according to a new survey.Nearly three quarters of respondents to take part in research conducted by World Travel Market said such a measure was a positive move to curb “air rage”, while more than a quarter of the 1,000 surveyed said they had experienced a disruptive passenger on a flight.The discussion over whether restrictions should be placed on round-the-clock availability of alcohol in airports and on planes began in July, when aviation minister Lord Ahmad said he would “look at” the times when drinks were on sale.last_img read more

Wimpy Kid beats Guinness World Records as library most borrowed lists revealed

Wimpy Kid beats Guinness World Records as library most borrowed lists revealed

first_imgAUTHOR JEFF KINNEY may have to start considering a name change for the titular ‘wimpy kid’ in his popular children’s novel series.Books from the series dominate the public libraries’ ‘most borrowed’ list for 2012, taking up six places — including all slots in the top five.Kathryn Stockett’s ‘The Help’ – which was adapted into a movie in 2011 – fills the number six slot, followed by a perennial favourite, The Guinness Book of Records.The top ten is completed by Francesca Simon’s ‘Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter’ and Irish author Alan Early’s ‘Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent’.The annual lists are compiled from information supplied from the library system to the Public Lending Remuneration Scheme, which manages payments to authors for the loans of their books.A total of €221,482.06 was paid out to 4,685 authors in respect of their total loans last year. Nineteen authors received the maximum payment of €1,000.Top Ten Most Borrowed TitlesJeff Kinney — Diary of a Wimpy KidJeff Kinney — Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly TruthJeff Kinney — Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last StrawJeff Kinney — Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin FeverJeff Kinney — Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick rulesKathryn Stockett — The HelpGuinness World Records — Guinness World Records 2011Jeff Kinney — Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog daysFrancesca Simon:  illustrated by Tony Ross — Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitterAlan Early — Arthur Quinn and the world serpentTop Ten Adult FictionKathryn Stockett — The HelpJohn Grisham — The LitigatorsJulian Barnes — The sense of an endingMaeve Binchy — Minding FrankieJon McGregor — Even the DogsStieg Larsson — The Girls with the Dragon TattooJames Joyce — DublinersSebastian Barry — On Canaan’s sideJo Nesbo — HeadhuntersLee Child — The AffairMost Borrowed Fiction by Irish AuthorsAlan Early — Arthur Quinn and the World SerpentMarita Conlon-McKenna — Under the Hawthorn TreeMaeve Binchy — Minding FrankieNicola Pierce — Spirit of the TitanicJudi Curtin — Eva’s JourneyJudi Curtin — Alice in the middleJames Joyce — DublinersJudi Curtin — Alice  & Megan ForeverSebastian Barry — On Canaan’s SideJudi Curtin — Eva’s HolidayMost Borrowed Irish AuthorsJudi CurtinMartin WaddellMaeve BinchyMarita Conlon-McKennaEoin ColferRoddy DoyleSheila O’FlanaganMalachy DoyleBrianog Brady DawsonDerek LandyFull breakdowns of the most popular books and authors can be found on the PLR website.Read: Your weekend movies: Thor and PhilomenaRead: James Blake wins Mercury Prize with Overgrownlast_img read more

Herodotou in custody

Herodotou in custody

first_imgA man accused of killing another man in a hotel room in Melbourne’s Crown Metropol – part of the wider casino complex – appeared in court on Thursday. Elias Herodotou, 28 of Hadfield, was charged with murder after Darren John Webb was found with a fatal neck wound in the hotel room on July 4.He was arrested after police appealed to the public for information on his whereabouts. His lawyer claimed that Herodotou may be withdrawing from substances including the drug ice, but Chief Magistrate Peter Lauritsen remanded him to appear before a committal mention hearing on November 5.Source: AAP and ABC Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

New triple threat Womens championship match added for WWE TLC on December

New triple threat Womens championship match added for WWE TLC on December

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Becky Lynch Charlotte Flair Twitter Facebook WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brandscenter_img During the opening segment of Smackdown Live tonight, Paige announced that Becky Lynch would be defending her Smackdown Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair at TLC in a Tables Ladders and Chairs match.Towards the end of the segment, Paige booked a Battle Royal match in the main event. The winner of that match would be added to the championship match at TLC.Asuka won the Battle Royal main event on Tuesday night and has now been officially added to the championship match at TLC on December 16.Here is the updated card for TLC as of this week:WWE ChampionshipDaniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ StylesRAW Women’s ChampionshipRonda Rousey (c) vs Nia JaxWWE Intercontinental ChampionshipSeth Rollins vs. Dean AmbroseDespite Braun Strowman’s injury, Baron Corbin “made it clear” that his match against Strowman is still on for WWE TLC.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:32 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 Videos Articles WhatsApp Videos Articles WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Videos Articles WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WWE Smackdown Results – 9/10/19 (The Undertaker returns, Clash of Champions build) Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

The Port of San Diego celebrates modernization

The Port of San Diego celebrates modernization

first_img January 23, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Updated: 10:59 AM Posted: January 23, 2018 The Port of San Diego celebrates modernizationcenter_img Elizabeth Alvarez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Port of San Diego will host a celebration for the $24 million 10th Avenue Marine Terminal modernization project, which began last month. Rep. Scott Peters, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Councilman David Alvarez, and other officials are scheduled to attend. The event happened at 10:30 am Tuesday morning. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Kevin Faulconer FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Camp Pendleton training fire burns 325 acres

Camp Pendleton training fire burns 325 acres

first_img Posted: June 23, 2018 June 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Camp Pendleton training fire burns 325 acres CAMP PENDLETON (KUSI) – A 325-acre blaze burning at Camp Pendleton today was described as a “training fire” by a base official.It was started sometime before 1:30 p.m. in Range 600, which is near the center of the base, according to Sgt. Hector Bejesus, a spokesman at the U.S. Marine Corps base.The fire was considered under control and was “holding within parameters,” Bejesus said. There was no threat to structures or populated areas. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher sentenced for taking photo with a dead ISIS

Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher sentenced for taking photo with a dead ISIS

first_img July 3, 2019 Updated: 4:00 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Eddie Gallagher FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive in Iraq but convicted for posing with the corpse was sentenced by a military jury Wednesday after the Bronze Star recipient acknowledged making ethical and moral mistakes.Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was sentenced by a military jury to a reduction in rank and four months of confinement.A judge, however, credited the 40-year-old Gallagher with enough time already spent in custody to ensure he won’t be locked up.Gallagher turned to his wife, shook his head and pretended to unpin his “anchors” — the insignia of a chief — and fling them across the courtroom. He then smiled and hugged her.The sentence will not go into effect until it is approved by the commanding officer overseeing the court-martial.Gallagher’s lawyers said they plan to appeal the punishment that will affect his pension and benefits just as the 19-year veteran plans to retire from the service.Earlier, Gallagher addressed the jury that acquitted him Tuesday of premeditated murder in the death of the captive and attempted murder and other charges in the shootings of civilians during a 2017 deployment to Iraq. He also was cleared on charges of impeding the investigation and retaliating against the SEALs who reported him.The platoon chief told the jury he was fully responsible for his actions on the day he took photos with the body of the 17-year-old militant.“I put a black eye on the two communities that I love — the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy — specifically the SEAL community,” Gallagher said.He said he tried to lead by example but didn’t always succeed.“I’ve made mistakes throughout my 20-year career — tactical, ethical, moral — I’m not perfect but I’ve always bounced back from my mistakes. I’m ready to bounce back from this,” he said.The jury called for reducing Gallagher’s rank by one grade to petty officer 1st class and ordered his monthly pay cut by $2,697 for four months.But the judge capped the pay cut at two months and gave Gallagher 60 days’ credit for being held in overly harsh conditions before being tried and being briefly deprived of treatment for a traumatic brain injury.Gallagher also got credit for 201 days of pretrial confinement.A Navy prosecutor had asked only for a reduction in rank, not confinement. The defense recommended no punishment.The prosecutor, Lt. Brian John, said Gallagher was the platoon chief and should not have been the centerpiece of the photos in which nearly all the members posed with the body. John said Gallagher should have stopped the photos from being taken.“For that reason, he no longer deserves to wear anchors,” the prosecutor said.John also said the photos had the potential to be used as propaganda by Islamic State and be harmful to U.S. forces overseas.The photos were taken after Gallagher and other SEAL medics provided treatment for the captive who was wounded in an airstrike in 2017 and handed over by Iraqi forces.One image shows him clutching the hair of the corpse with one hand and holding a knife in another. Prosecutors used the images and text messages that included “got him with my hunting knife” to build a murder case against Gallagher.Gallagher could have faced life in prison if convicted of murder. The verdict was met with tears and hugs.President Donald Trump, who intervened earlier this year to have Gallagher moved from the brig to less restrictive confinement, tweeted congratulations to the SEAL and his family.“You have been through much together. Glad I could help!” the president wrote.The outcome delivered a major blow to one of the Navy’s most high-profile war crimes cases and exposed a generational conflict within the ranks of the elite special operations forces.Asked in an interview Wednesday on Fox & Friends what his message might be to future Navy SEALs, Gallagher said he would tell them that “loyalty is a trait that seems to be lost. … You’re there to watch your brother’s back, and he’s there to watch your back.”Speaking of his accusers, Gallagher said, “this small group of SEALs that decided to concoct this story in no way, shape or form represent the community that I love.”Seven SEALs from his platoon testified that Gallagher unexpectedly stabbed the war prisoner in the neck, and later posed with the body in photos. The defense said Gallagher was framed by junior SEALs who fabricated the allegations to oust a chief who was tough on them.They said no corpse was found and there was no physical evidence to support the allegations.The defense said the text and photos were gallows humor and pointed out that almost all platoon members who testified against him also posed with the corpse.The jury of five Marines and two sailors, including a SEAL, was comprised mostly of seasoned combat veterans who served in Iraq. Several lost friends in war.___Antczak and AP writer Brian Melley contributed to this report from Los Angeles. KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 3, 2019 BREAKING: Gallagher is sentenced to four months confinement, moot because of time served. His rank is reduced to E-6, Petty Officer First Class. Gallagher also forfeits more than $2600 a month for two months. Gallagher’s defense lawyers speak after sentencing. KUSI Newsroom, Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher sentenced for taking photo with a dead ISIS terroristlast_img read more

Wildfire holding steady near Entiat more storms expected

Wildfire holding steady near Entiat more storms expected

first_imgENTIAT (AP) — A wildfire burning on about 34 square miles of grass, brush and timber near the Columbia River in central Washington did not grow on Saturday, but officials worry that storms that were forecast to arrive Sunday evening could cause explosive growth.The Mills Canyon Fire, burning near Entiat, was 25 percent contained on Sunday, said spokesman Vladimir Steblina of the Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team.Residents of several dozen homes have been told to evacuate. People living in another 500 homes have been warned to be prepared to leave if the fire gets closer.The National Weather Service says thunderstorms with dry lightning were expected in the area around 8 p.m. Sunday.“When the winds start swirling around, you get really erratic winds,” Steblina said. “We might end up with extreme fire growth around the thunder cells.”About 781 firefighters, assisted by eight helicopters, were battling the fire on Sunday, concentrating on the north and south lines.“The day has gone as planned,” said fire spokeswoman Laurie Dowie on Sunday afternoon. Fire lines on both the south and north ends of the fire were strengthened.No people have been injured in the fire, but three small sheds or outbuildings have been burned, Steblina said.Firefighters are also battling extreme heat. “People are paying a lot of attention to being hydrated,” Steblina said, noting that the only medical issues on the fire have been a few cases of poison ivy.last_img read more

More than a third of parents take unpaid leave to care for

More than a third of parents take unpaid leave to care for

first_imgMore than a third (36%) of parents are having to take unpaid leave from work to look after sick or injured children, according to research commissioned by benefits provider MetLife UK.The survey of 1,209 working adults, carried out by Consumer Intelligence in July 2018, also found that 44% of parents used their holiday entitlement to care for children who have been involved in accidents or were ill. More than one in five (22%) claimed it caused increased costs and expenses, and 33% of self-employed parents stated it cost them work.Richard Horner, head of individual protection at MetLife UK, said: “Parents understandably need to focus on caring for children after illness or injury and the research shows that, unfortunately, it is an everyday risk with millions having to take time off work every year.“That can be tough on employers who are under financial pressure themselves but it is still worrying that so many parents are having to take unpaid leave or use holiday time. It is even worse for self-employed parents who lose work.”The survey found mothers more likely to take unpaid leave to care for ill or injured children, with 46% of women taking time off work without pay compared with 29% of men.Almost two-fifths (39%) of parents told the survey they were concerned about the financial impact of taking time off to look after injured or ill children, and nearly a third (31%) of all working adults are worried about the potential costs of time off work to look after family members.Horner said: “Everyone needs to consider how they would cope if they have to take time off work, whether it is to look after children or other family members, as the financial impact can be substantial. Strengthening your financial safety net in the event of illness or injury enables families and individuals to concentrate on recovery rather than worrying about money.”According to the survey, 63% of all workers would support changes in the law to improve rights for time off work and ease the pressure on families.last_img read more

Apex Legends solo mode is live but players arent happy with new

Apex Legends solo mode is live but players arent happy with new

first_img Tags A new ring of fire and solo mode are in the Apex Legends Iron Crown Collections Event out Tuesday.  EA Apex Legends stood apart from other battle royale games by offering only one mode. Players had to team up in groups of three and battle it out until only one group remained, winning the match. That changed on Tuesday. The Iron Crown Collection Event, a limited-time event for season 2 Battle Charge, introduced a new solo experience. However, some players aren’t happy with new “loot boxes” introduced for the event. Solo mode for Apex Legends is available for now only during the event, which runs from Aug. 13-27. Developer Respawn Entertainment said in a blog post that it’s too early to tell if the mode will be permanent, but that it will “watch and see what happens.” The Iron Crown Collection Event will also have a new town in Kings Canyon for players to battle in. The new section takes after one of the Legends, Octane. It features mega jump pads and a ring of fire.  Also included in Tuesday’s update were various character changes, weapon balancing and other bug fixes. Apex Legends is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.EA didn’t respond to a request for comment. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment I find it dumb that you can get crowns from challenges but you have to buy the event pack to get the skins come on🤦🏽‍♂️ couldn’t let us do challenges to get the skins— NTA Breezo (@BreezoNta) August 13, 2019 Xbox game pass coming to PCs, 5G heading to planes I love this game to death. However, the cost of those Iron Packs is crazy. Like I get the idea of trying to make money on your game, but you can get two packs for free and then give us your money. Kinda disgusting in my opinion, bring that price down… for real. @Respawn— LivengoodInTheNeighborhood (@LivenTheGodLife) August 13, 2019center_img The gaming experience isn’t complete without a good chair 56 Photos For sale during the event are Iron Crown Collection Packs with in-game currency at a cost of approximately $7. Each pack has a 50% chance of getting an epic and legendary item of the 24 available only during this event. Players will receive two free packs and can complete challenges to receive additional in-game currency. If they want a particular alternative outfit for a player’s character, also known as a skin, they will have to purchase multiple packs for a chance to get one, although their chances get better the more items they unlock. There’s also a special Bloodhound’s Heirloom Set available for purchase only for those who have all 24 items. Players took to both Twitter and Reddit to react to this new loot box. One of the top comments on the thread explains why some players are unhappy with the packs. “So let me get this straight,” the Reddit user said. “Only 60 120 crowns are earnable through actual gameplay, the rest need to be purchased through the packs, which are $7. So minus the two packs that you earn, you would need to spend $154 to open enough packs to unlock all of the collection items. Once you earn all of the collection items, YOU ARE THEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND $35 TO BUY THE BLOODHOUND HEIRLOOM?” 0 1:27 GG i was the gambling mechanic in the new event that killed your game. First event was 100 times better than this one lol i’m only playing because there are solo’s once that goes away its back to playing fortnite as bad as that is at least i don’t have to gamble for skins i want.— Jeremiah foster (@Jeremiah21420) August 13, 2019 Gaminglast_img read more

Remains of two people missing in Marmot Bay found and identified

Remains of two people missing in Marmot Bay found and identified

first_imgThe remains of the two people missing in Marmot Bay have been located.Listen nowThe Alaska State Troopers followed up on the incident from last Thursday where a fishing vessel, the Miss Destinee, capsized in Marmot Bay.The Coast Guard searched the area for more than 35 hours before suspending the area investigation late Friday night.According to a troopers press release, at the time of the incident that brought down the Miss Destinee, a “rogue wave” had struck the vessel on the port side and knocked it over.A Good Samaritan vessel, El Caporal, was on scene and rescued the captain and a crewman. The two had been able to reach the upper wheel house and escape by grabbing onto a skiff that had slipped into the water.However, two other individuals were still missing.Since then, according to the press release, the troopers, the Kodiak City Fire department, and Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment recovered the vessel and have located the two missing peoples’ remains inside.The troopers have identified the deceased as Joshua Osborne, 18, and Abigail Osborne, 22, both of Wasilla.last_img read more

Prince William and Kate Middleton complete THIS important milestone exciting times ahead

Prince William and Kate Middleton complete THIS important milestone exciting times ahead

first_imgPrince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall.Getty imagesThe coming few days will be bright and filled with optimism for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The coming month has been described as a special month for them as the royal couple gears up to celebrate several occasions.Firstly, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be celebrating their 8th wedding anniversary. Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot at Westminster Abbey and the huge celebrations were attended by their families and several foreign and local dignitaries. Eight years later, the couple has stuck together and they have also been blessed with three adorable children. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louishttps://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyalSecondly, the couple will also be celebrating their youngest child, Prince Louis’s birthday on April 23. Prince Louis was born at St Mary’s hospital’s Lindo Wing just like his older siblings, Prince George and Prince Charlotte. The royal siblings would also get to spend time with them next month because Prince George and Princess Charlotte will have a short Easter break. The siblings are expected to return to school on April 24, which is a day after Prince Louis celebrates his first birthday.As of late, it is still unclear how they are planning on spending their holiday next month. In the past, the family has stayed on Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham estate for their low-key outings. During school holidays, it has been common for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to take their children to different places. There was a time when all of them went to a hotel in Norfolk.”Both the children swam unaided and were super confident. They went under the quite forceful jets in the water… Kate politely asked us if it was ok for them to switch it on… They were doing little jumps off the side into her arms,” an insider from the hotel said.Seems like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a lot in their hands.last_img read more

Health of Indias corporate finances improves despite economic slowdown

Health of Indias corporate finances improves despite economic slowdown

first_imgReserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel.Reuters fileIndia’s two credit rating agencies released data on Tuesday, that pointed towards the remarkable improvement in the financial health of Indian companies that could bring cheers to policymakers and businesses too.The Gurgaon-based ICRA’s data showed a turn-around of sorts in corporate finances during the first half of the current fiscal year. Another rating agency Crisil also suggested a “massive improvement,” the Times of India reported.”The first half of FY 17 had three key features — one, the volume of the debt downgraded increased significantly compared with the previous year; two, the volume of the debt downgraded continued to be higher than the volume upgraded; and finally, the average volume of debt downgraded per entity increased,” wrote ICRA in a statement.Crisil also said that the improvement has come about mainly because of better financial indicators as corporates kept away from capital expenditure, given the output gap – or substantial headroom in capacity utilisation – in many sectors.”We expect this trend to continue till demand firms up. Lower interest costs will provide further support,” wrote Crisil in a report.The government on Monday, said that it expects a helping hand from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in the form of an interest rate cut in the next monetary policy review which falls on Wednesday, to boost growth which fell to a three-year low of 5.7 percent during the June quarter.Several experts and industry bodies too have made a strong case for lowering of the key interest rate because of low inflation and the need to push economic growth, which suffered the impact of both the GST implementation and demonetisation.The rating firms also warned that there might be pressure in the coming quarter due to a shift into the new tax regime.According to the agencies, consumption and export-driven sectors like textiles, apparel, luxury goods and auto components will continue to remain under pressure due to GST. Traders holding placards bearing anti-GST messages attend a protest against the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on textiles in Ahmedabad on July 15, 2017. REUTERS/Amit DaveHowever, the government sees the decline in growth as temporary and expects the economic growth to pick up pace in the second quarter of the fiscal year as the troubles caused by big economic reforms like the GST and demonetisation would subside in the future.”We expect things to recover quickly. There are indications of a bounce-back,” said an official.The Indian economy, besides struggling to cope up with the economic reforms, is also facing risks from growing corporate debt.Last month, a Thomson Reuters data based on the latest annual earnings reports, showed that India’s corporate debt rose to a seven-year high at the end of March. More than a fifth of large companies did not earn enough to pay interest on their loans and the pace of new loans fell to the lowest in more than six decades.last_img read more

AFRO Charities Mrs Santa Continues Tradition of Giving Aid During Holidays

AFRO Charities Mrs Santa Continues Tradition of Giving Aid During Holidays

first_imgDec. 5, from 6-9 p.m., at Colin’s Restaurant in Randallstown, hosted by the Friday Night Bunch; Dec. 12 from 6-9 p.m., again at Colin’s Restaurant, hosted by The Jugs and Baltimore City Pinochle Bugs. (Revised 12/7/2014) Mrs. Santa and the AFRO Charities have been serving those in need during the holidays for over 50 years. This important legacy continues as Mrs. Santa looks to collect toys, food, clothing and financial donations to aid the effort to make the holidays a joyful experience for all of Baltimore’s families.“We try to help the less fortunate during the holiday season by providing them with their wish,” explained “Mrs. Santa,” who bears a striking resemblance to the AFRO’s own Diane Hocker, director of community and public relations.AFRO readers can write into the newspaper with a wish – whether for food, clothes, or toys – and Mrs. Santa takes their wish list directly to her elves: the community members whose donations of food, clothing, toys or a financial contribution ensure that everyone has something to celebrate this holiday.“The community has been supporting this for over 50 years,” said Hocker. “They help us in achieving those goals of assisting so many families, whether they send checks or donate to our various toy drives.”Mrs. Santa has four toy drives planned this year. On Dec. 10, from 6-8 p.m., at Phaze 10 on Howard Street in Baltimore; Dec. 12 from 6-10 a.m. at the AFRO offices on the 2500 block of North Charles St. in Baltimore, which will be hosted by Radio-One’s Larry Young; and later that evening; and Anyone interested in making a financial contribution can make a check or money order out to AFRO Charities Inc., and send it to 2519 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Checks and non-perishable food items can also be dropped off at the same address.“I’m so blessed to be able to once again help the children in the community to put a smile on their face,” said Mrs. Santa. ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

These Character Photos for American Gods Are so Cool

These Character Photos for American Gods Are so Cool

first_img Bryan Fuller’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods is almost here. As we get closer to the series premiere, images from the show are starting to come out. Fuller tweeted out some fantastic-looking character portraits for some of the show’s main players.Given that the plot centers on a war between old gods and new ones, the phrase “OMG” is certainly appropriate. Fuller’s first batch showed off Ricky Whittle as the protagonist Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as his employer Mister Wednesday, Emily Browning as his deceased fiance Laura Moon, and Yetide Badaki as Goddess of Love Bilquis, a.k.a. the Queen of Sheba.Those who’ve read the book will remember Bilquis from an infamous scene that closes out the first chapter. It’s one of those images that stick with you, letting readers know exactly what kind of strange, possibly disturbing ride they’re in for. The scene has been called impossible to film. Early on in production, Fuller said that not only had they shot it, it will be in the first episode. Those who haven’t read the book will just have to be surprised. Like the rest of us were. Also, you can probably guess Wednesday’s true identity if you have a passing familiarity with Norse mythology. His name, along with those ravens, are a big giveaway.In the second batch, Fuller showed us Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, the trickster god. He, if the name doesn’t ring any bells, is Anansi, the cunning spider of African folklore. A few years after American Gods, Gaiman wrote a semi-sequel staring Mr. Nancy’s two sons called Anansi Boys. If this series does well, maybe that story will get an adaptation as well?Next, is Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeny, a leprechaun who gives Shadow a special coin. Coin tricks figure heavily into the plot of American Gods, so you know a leprechaun would be involved. Kristin Chenoweth plays Easter, or Eostre, the pagan Goddess of Spring and fertility. And then there’s Bruce Langley as Technical Boy. He’s one of the new gods that humanity has begun to worship, like Media and The Intangibles (personifications of the stock market). As you might guess from the name, Technical Boy is the internet given human form. It’s exactly as terrifying as you imagine it would be.Finally, we have Peter Stormare as Czernobog and Crispin Glover as Mr. World. Czernobog is one of the first gods Shadow meets after Wednesday hires him. Despite his advanced age, he can still swing that hammer harder than anyone else on the planet. When worshippers of Czernobog became less common in America, he worked at a slaughterhouse for a while. He still knows exactly how to kill an animal (that includes humans) with one blow. Mr. World is… well, let’s just say he’s the leader of the New Gods and leave it at that.American Gods is one of my favorite novels, and these photos instill nothing but confidence in the adaptation. Fuller’s surreal, experimental style is perfectly suited to a strange, dark modern fantasy like this. After the abstract nightmare that was the final season of Hannibal, I have no doubt he can pull this off.American Gods airs April 30 on Starz.View as: One Page Slides1. Peter Stormare2. Crispin Glover3. Orlando Jones4. Pablo Schreiber5. Bruce Langley6. Kristin Chenoweth7. Ricky Whittle8. Yetide Badaki9. EmilyBrowning10. Ian McShane ‘American Gods’ Season 2 Trailer: A Divine War Is ComingNYCC 2018: The American Gods Cast Gives Us a Glimpse of Season Two Stay on targetlast_img read more

Adequate arrangements in place for secure polls Dubey

Adequate arrangements in place for secure polls Dubey

first_imgJALPAIGURI: Vivek Dubey, the Special Police Observer for Bengal, said while talking to media persons in Jalpaiguri on Wednesday that adequate arrangements have been made for the second phase of polls. “I had been told that adequate arrangements had been made in Cooch Behar. Taking lessons from that, we have made foolproof arrangements for the second phase,” said Dubey. 80 percent of the booths will be manned by CAPF personnel, while the remaining 20 percent will be manned by state armed forces. However, even these booths will have web casting and mobile force patrolling for added security. The Observer said that representatives of political outfits had met him. “I have assured them that elections will be free and fair,” he stated. 61 companies of CAPF will be deputed in Jalpaiguri, whereas in the Darjeeling district, 69 companies will be deployed. 9 companies will be deployed in Kalimpong, with 64 companies in Uttar Dinajpur.last_img read more