12 Oct

April 10-16 Must See Cultural Events

Rabat – April is by far the busiest month for cultural events around the world. Read our cultural agenda as we feature concerts, theatrical performances, exhibitions, conferences and other events and discover the major cultural events taking place in Morocco this week.Exhibition “Tsawar m3aya” and Conference of Plantu in RabatUNESCO and Cartooning for Peace, in partnership with Rabat’s Institut Français, invite the public to the inauguration of an exhibition entitled “Tsawar M3aya” (Imagine with me). It will also feature a conference animated by Plantu, a cartoonist for the newspaper Le Monde and President of Cartooning for Peace. “Tsawar M3aya” is an educational project based on press design and caricature, targeted at reflecting “the context, challenges and aspirations” of Moroccan Youth.It is inspired by “Dessine-moi la Méditerranée,” an educational exhibition published by Cartooning for Peace in 2015. Through press design and caricature, it has provided an outlet to explore the major problems of the Mediterranean. The event will take place on April 11, 2017 at the BNRM.For more information, check Networks of Mediterranean Youth.La VeuveJoyeuseAre you a fan of Opera? If yes, then the Moroccan Philharmonic Orchestra invites you to “La VeuveJoyeuse,” a performance that fuses reason and emotion.The Moroccan Choir and the Milan Ballet will join the Moroccan Philharmonic Orchestra to offer the public a colorful show combining theatre, song and dance. The event will take place on April 15 at the National theater Mohammed V,in Rabat. For more information, contact 05 22 77 74 74.Hello Africa!“Hello Africa!” is a cultural day organized by a group of engineering students from the Hassania School of Public Works underthe theme “All to build the Africa of tomorrow.” It is “a colorful event” that promises to bring together Sub Saharan, Moroccan and foreign youth, as well as other high-caliber figures in a celebration of African culture.It will also highlight the cultural and artistic heritage of Africa and the role of African youth in the development of the continent. The event aims to establish a meeting point for African students and also present an occasion for a fruitful exchange of ideas on African issues. The event is set for April 16, at École Hassania des travaux publics, in Casablanca.For more information, contact Sara Qoradi.Health, Ethics and Islam by Professor Tariq RamadanCasablanca’s Rotary Club Hermitage is organizing a conference with acclaimed philosopher and writer,Tariq RAMADAN,on the issue of ” Health, Ethics and Islam.”The conference is organized for the benefit of people with cataracts (an eye condition that results in blurred vision) in the region of Imouzzer. The money raised from this conference will make it possible to organize a socio-medical caravan to treat and educate aboutcataracts in this region. The event will be held on April 15, at ESITH, in Casablanca. For more informaion, check Rotaract UM6SS.Festival of Colors ”Holi”JLM FSJES AGADIR celebrates the coming of spring by organizing the first edition of “Holi Festival of Charity” to assist the Widowed Women in Basma Association to create income-generating projects for women who have lost their spouses. Event organizers invite you to “make this Holi a great moment of happiness, colors, entertainment, and charity” The event will take place on April 16 at the Agadir Stirrup Club, Agadir.For more information, checkJLM FSJES Agadir.Khalil Nemmaoui – Solo ExhibitionLe Comptoir des Mines Galerie invites you to an exhibition of photographer, Khalil Nemmaoui, a photographer specializing in the visual portrayal of silence. Nemmaoui captures moments of contemplation and solitude. He searches for traces of man in desert landscapes, where only the realm of spirituality reigns. Attendees are guaranteed to be confronted with unusual elements, fused with a mystical, almost sacred monumentality. The exhibition will take placein April at the CM Galerie, in Marrakesh.For more information, check  CM Galerie.Concert GREY STARSBelgian band, Gray Stars,recent performers atthe Jazzablanca Festival, are holding a concert in Tangier.”The Gray Stars” represent a new wave of fusion music in the Maghreb, promoting a crossbreeding of genres where a multitude of traditional Maghreb and Western rhythms interweave. The musicians push the limits and venture into every musical corner. The concert will take place on 16 April at the Tabadoul, in Tangier.For more information, check Lfréksh.If you would like to see your event in our Cultural Agenda, feel free to email us at moroccoworldnews@gmail.com. To ensure inclusion, please include the date, time, a brief description of the event, and a link to more information.  We look forward to hearing about unique and diverse events for our weekly listing. read more

8 Oct

Vancouvers electric car owners to see fees for using cityowned charge stations

VANCOUVER — An electric vehicle pilot program set to be introduced in Vancouver could be a jolt in the wallet for drivers of battery-powered cars.Two programs will be presented to councillors Tuesday and the city says one sets fees for electric vehicle charging stations, while the second aims to create more curb-side stations for businesses and homeowners.The report calls for fees at 16 charging stations, ranging from $2 per hour plus a regular parking rate for a slower charging method, to $16 per hour plus the meter rate for a fast charge.A news release from the city says it would cost approximately twice as much to fill an efficient gasoline car of a similar size.Use of electric vehicle charging stations has more than doubled in the past two years in Vancouver and the city says the stations where fees are being introduced had over 17,000 charging sessions last year.BC Hydro expects the number of electric vehicles in B.C. to increase to about 300,000 in less than 15 years, and Vancouver alone expects to see about 30,000 of the rechargeable cars.The city says the pilot programs will continue for two years and the results will be reported back to council. read more

8 Oct

Northern Province Governor Palihakkara on the way out

The Northern Province, where Tamils constitute a predominant section of the population, may soon get a new Governor, The Hindu newspaper reported.The incumbent, H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, has conveyed to the government about his willingness to leave the post. Enquiries made in Colombo and Jaffna reveal that the government is expected to make an announcement shortly in this regard. Asked about his possible exit, the Governor, who has held the post for a year, told The Hindu that at the time of his appointment, the understanding was that he would be there for six months. Palihakkara retired as Foreign Secretary in December 2006. He assumed charge as Governor of the Northern Province in February 2015.Mr Palihakkara’s immediate predecessor as Governor was Maj. Gen. (retired) G.A. Chandrasiri, who was in office since mid-July 2009. He had earlier served as the Security Forces Commander, Jaffna. Gen. Chandrasiri’s presence in the post-conflict North, which was the centre of the 26-year-long civil war, was a subject of controversy. The Tamil National Alliance and other parties had made his ouster one of their major demands. Palihakkara replaced him immediately after Sirisena had won the 2015 presidential election. “I have completed the agreed time. In fact, I have overstayed,” he said, quipping that “there is no story [about his leaving the job].” He emphasised that he would like to “resume my retirement”. read more

3 Oct

Wheres Rey Despite Monopoly makers promise still missing

Where’s Rey? Despite Monopoly maker’s promise, still missing by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2017 10:54 am MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this January 2016 photo provided by Carrie Goldman, her daughter, Annie Rose, holds a letter in Evanston, Ill., that she wrote to Hasbro asking why the female character Rey was omitted from a Monopoly set based on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” when she is a main character and crucial to the story. Hasbro responded that they would add Rey to a Star Wars version of Monopoly by the end of the year. Eighteen months later, Annie Rose and others are still waiting. (Carrie Goldman via AP) PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Where’s the character Rey in the “Star Wars” version of Monopoly? In a land far, far away, apparently.Eighteen months after game-maker Hasbro Inc. promised to add the female character to the game by the fall of 2016, an Illinois girl who wrote to the company to say “girls matter” is still waiting.Others are, too.After inquiries from The Associated Press this week, the Pawtucket-based company said it made the Rey piece but sets with Rey weren’t available for sale in the U.S. People who bought the all-male game can request a Rey from customer service, spokeswoman Julie Duffy said Wednesday.“In early 2016, Hasbro updated the 2015 Star Wars: Monopoly game to add a Rey token,” Duffy said by email. “This product was sold to retailers in several markets around the world but is not available for sale in the U.S. due to insufficient interest.”Duffy said the company offered the updated version of the game to U.S. retailers but “retailers had ample inventory so they did not choose to sell the new version.”She said the game with a Rey piece was made available in five markets, including the United Kingdom and France, though the AP found one family that recently bought the game in the United Kingdom and no Rey was included. Duffy said the company has fulfilled 99 requests for the Rey token in the U.S. and 10 in Canada.Hasbro said it would add a Rey character in January 2016, amid an online outcry that carried the hashtag #WheresRey.“We love the passion fans have for Rey, and are happy to announce that we will be making a running change to include her in the Monopoly: Star Wars game available later this year,” Duffy told the AP by email at the time.She added that fans who had already bought the game “can obtain the Rey token by contacting Hasbro Consumer Care when the updated game becomes available later this year.”Annie Rose Goldman wrote the letter that sparked the outcry. Her mother, Carrie Goldman, of Evanston, Illinois, said Wednesday she’s happy Annie Rose will be able to get a Rey figure but it’s not how they understood Hasbro’s promise.“I would still like to see it where any girl or boy or person who goes to buy the game, Rey is in there,” Goldman said.Hasbro is sending Annie Rose a token, and the family will buy the game, but Annie Rose called it “an awful lot of trouble to go through.” She pointed out that a lot of kids won’t know to call the company and said she was disappointed.“They didn’t keep their word,” she said.Goldman posted Annie Rose’s letter on Twitter in January 2016. In it, the then-8-year-old asks why Hasbro left out Rey from the set based on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” when she’s a main character, crucial to the story.“Without her THERE IS NO FORCE AWAKENS!” wrote Annie Rose, who’s now 10. “It awakens in her! And without her, the bad guys would have won! Besides, boys and girls need to see that women can be as strong as men! Girls matter!”All four game pieces were modeled on male characters: Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Finn and Kylo Ren.One British dad who bought the set in April said he got the version with all male characters, which surprised and disappointed him.“Rey is the star of the film,” said Ian Henry, of Maidenhead, England. “You’d expect to have a female character at least.”He bought the game for his 4-year-old son from Amazon and sent a Twitter message to Hasbro complaining about the omission.Hasbro never responded.Henry said that when his 6-year-old daughter plays “Star Wars” on XBox she usually chooses a female character such as Rey or Princess Leia but she doesn’t have that choice with Monopoly: Star Wars.“She’s like, ‘Oh, OK, I have to choose from those ones,’” he said. “‘Star Wars’ may be more of a male kind of film. Monopoly is not a boy’s game. It’s anyone’s game.”___Follow Michelle R. Smith on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MRSmithAP___This story has been corrected to show the company did say in which markets the updated game was made available. read more

2 Oct

UN experts report uptick in flow of Tunisian militants to conflict zones

“Sophisticated travel networks operate to take recruits across the porous borders, and sometimes through areas where trafficking in people and illicit goods may not be effectively controlled,” Elzbieta Karska, the Working Group’s chairperson, said in a press release. “Testimony has documented that the routes taken entail travel through Libya, then Turkey and its border at Antakya, and then Syria.” The motivational factors pushing Tunisian fighters into the arms of extremist and so-called takfiri groups are as varied as they are numerous. According to the UN experts, some are prompted by religious and political ideologies while others are lured by financial gains, a sense of purpose and a sense of belonging. In addition, the majority of the Tunisians traveling abroad appear to be young and fall within the 18 to 35 demographic range but include both men and women alike. To that point, recruiters of militants are also well-compensated for their efforts. “We were told repeatedly that many foreign fighters undertake training in Libya before going to Syria, and that the instability in Libya has fuelled a lot of the support activities for the growth, training, and travel for foreign fighters,” Ms. Karska continued. “Resolution of the conflict and political impasse in that country would thus benefit Tunisia’s counter-terrorism efforts considerably.” The new information is the result of an eight-day fact-finding mission to the North African country in which Ms. Karska and her Working Group colleagues – Chile’s Patricia Arias, South Africa’s Anton Katz, the United States’ Gabor Rona, and Yemen’s Saeed Mokbil – consulted with local officials, civil society organizations and representatives from UN agencies and other international partners. During their mission, however, the Working Group was told that the Tunisian fighters are also populating a number of conflicts beyond Syria and Iraq with up to 1,500 combatants currently in Libya, 60 in Mali and 50 in Yemen. As a result, the experts suggested, the Tunisian Government should develop a national strategic plan with the aim of responding to the diverse profiles and recruitment methods. Moreover, they added, the plan should have an immediate, medium and long-term impact, balance punitive against social measures, and ensure the comprehensive adoption of international human rights standards in all its elements. The Working Group experts are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN human rights system, is the general name of the independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms of the Council that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity. read more

25 Sep

Counting on fingers is the best way to learn maths study finds

first_imgTwo other groups did both finger training and number exercises and the fifth was a control group that… It’s a tried and tested method for counting, and now research has found that using fingers can help young children with their maths. Researchers said the findings could be useful for teachers in developing children’s understanding of numbers. A new study suggests that playing finger games – such as holding up a certain number of fingers – alongside number games like dominoes boosts youngsters’ results in counting and simple arithmetic. The study, involving 137 children aged six and seven, saw pupils divided into five groups. One was given finger training exercises, the other played number games.last_img read more

25 Sep

President reiterates call for region to be zone of peace at

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident Granger calls for greater security cooperation in the RegionApril 11, 2016In “latest news”President Granger accepts invitation to visit Cuba to enhance bilateral relationsJune 13, 2018In “latest news”Key Cubana bombing suspect dies at 90May 23, 2018In “latest news” President David Granger said that the Caribbean cannot afford to be theatre of warfare and terrorism, but instead must focus on being a zone of peace. However, he noted that this can only be realised if international law and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of small Caribbean states are respected. The Head of State made these remarks, today, at a memorial ceremony in observance of the 41st anniversary of the Cubana de Aviación Terrorist Attack.The Cubana Air Disaster Monument at the University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus.“Guyana rejects, totally, the use of force to settle controversies between states. Guyana abhors the crime of international terrorism whenever and wherever it occurs. Guyana reassures the world of its commitment to making the Caribbean a zone of peace. Guyana remembers the victims of the Cubana terrorist attack. We assemble annually before this monument to memorialise the human cost of terrorism and warfare,” the Head of State told those gathered at the Cubana Air Disaster Monument at the University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus, where the ceremony was held.President David Granger laying a wreath at the Cubana Air Disaster Monument in memory of those who died aboard flight ‘CU 455’ on October 6, 1976.The Cubana de Aviación flight ‘CU 455’ had originated in Guyana. It proceeded to Trinidad and Tobago and then to Barbados and would have been en route to Jamaica before its scheduled final stop in Cuba. The President said that these four Anglophone Caribbean states had, four years earlier in December 1972, made the courageous démarche of establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and noted that bombing could not have been unrelated.Ambassador of Cuba to Guyana, Mr. Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante laying a wreath at the monument ​Meanwhile, Ambassador of Cuba to Guyana, Mr. Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante said that, “all of us and especially the new generations must know the truth about how the evils against Cuba and other nations of the hemisphere were articulated in those times.”The Ambassador said that the act of terrorism perpetrated against Cuba is responsible for the mourning and pain for numerous Cuban families as well as the destruction of property. He reminded that terror attacks in Cuba resulted in the death of 3,478 people and over 2,099 maimed and or disabled. “Cuba rejects double-standards and unilateral actions contrary to the Charter of the United Nations and to the principles and norms of international law. May it serve this commemoration, to reiterate Cuba’s unwavering will to fight against terrorism and to state its firm rejection and condemnation of all terrorist acts, methods and practices in all its forms and manifestations regardless of their motivation,” Ambassador Marchante said.In 2010, Cuba declared October 6 as ‘Day of victims of state terrorism’ in remembrance of those who died on the fateful flight on October 6, 1976, when a bomb detonated shortly after take-off from the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados. Everyone on board the flight perished, including 11 Guyanese nationals, six of whom were going to Cuba to study medicine. The names of the Guyanese who died that day were: Mr. Raymond Persaud, Mr. Rawle Thomas, Ms. Jacqueline Williams, Ms. Rita Thomas, Mr. Harold Norton, Mr. Gordon Sobha, Ms. Anne Nelson, Ms. Margaret Bradshaw, Ms. Violet Thomas, Ms. Sabrina Harrypaul and Mr. Seshnarine Kumar. (Story and photos by MOTP) read more

25 Sep

UN human rights experts urge Trump to protect the rights of

UNITED NATIONS, United States (CMC) — A group of United Nations human rights experts has urged US President Donald Trump to take urgent steps to address the situation surrounding thousands of migrants, including Caribbean nationals, who arrived in the United States as children and ensure that their rights are protected.“We are increasingly concerned about the impact that ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme could have on the young people who benefit from it,” said the rights experts in a statement issued by the UN human rights wing earlier this week.The call comes ahead of the March 5 deadline for the DACA programme, which grants work permits and renewable two-year deferments from deportation to qualifying migrants who arrived as children under 16, are pursuing or have completed a high school education or military service, and have not committed a serious crime.Often referred to as “Dreamers,” the DACA beneficiaries – estimated to number around 800,000 – will be stripped of their legal status and their protection from deportation without procedural safeguards if a solution is not reached by the deadline.The majority of Dreamers are ages 25 or below, and many are current students.“The US needs to adopt measures to address this situation as a matter of urgency. These migrants risk losing protection of their rights and being expelled from the country, where many of them have lived and developed their lives for decades,” the experts underscored, noting that of particular concern is that the majority of these migrants are young women at risk of being expelled to countries where there are high levels of violence, lawlessness and crime.The human rights experts also underscored that an abrupt end to the DACA programme will disrupt the lives of these migrants and cause “profound grief and irreparable harm by tearing their families apart” and making them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse if deported to countries where they barely have any ties.“Ending the programme without a feasible alternative would also send a wrong signal to the population, as it would reinforce harmful racial stereotypes and stigmatize hard-working, law-abiding young migrants who are an asset to the country which they consider home,” they added.The human rights experts also highlighted that the expiry of DACA offers a “unique opportunity” for regularisation of many migrants, who have strong economic, social, cultural and family links in the US, and whose contribution to society is unquestionable.The UN rights experts making the call include Felipe González Morales, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants; Elina Steinerte, Vice-Chair on Communications of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; Alda Facio, Chair of the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice; and E Tendayi Achiume, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism.The UN said Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation.The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDaca Dreamers: Trump vents anger on immigrant programmeApril 2, 2018In “World”‘Dreamers’ angry as Trump blames Democrats over immigrationMarch 24, 2018In “World”Six Dreamers sue Trump administration over DACA decisionSeptember 18, 2017In “World” read more

24 Sep

MAX makes good progress

first_imgRoca Mines has updated IM on construction and development activities for its Phase I, 500 t/d mine at the MAX molybdenum project, 60 km southeast of Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada. In underground development, Genex Mining has completed rehabilitation of rail and services in the 960-m adit and the development of refuge stations, required for underground operations, is progressing well and on schedule. A drill jumbo and LHD are also being mobilized in preparation for decline development to the planned stoping areas.Contractors have now removed all of the motors and small equipment in the mill and are ready to begin transport to MAX. Much of the mill building’s structural steel, including roof trusses and column supports are currently being dismantled and also being readied for transport. The separate crusher building, transfer tower and equipment are also being dismantled. This work is expected to be completed shortly, prior to transport to the MAX site.Final site selection for both the mill and crusher buildings has been completed. These sites have been optimized to provide bedrock foundations thereby limiting total reinforced concrete requirements for equipment and structures. Formwork for mill bases, bin supports and crusher bases will commence in August, followed by formwork for structural building components.Sacré Davey Engineering has completed an initial structural review of the mill and crusher buildings and will provide design updates and modifications required to meet code and snow loads at the MAX site. These modifications will be completed after the building is re-erected at the MAX site.JFM Pacific Engineering has been engaged to provide design of an electrical power and distribution system forthe project, including the specification and procurement of diesel generator sets for mine and mill. Test trenching at the proposed tailings facility has confirmed bedrock foundations at the proposed dam sites. This work has also provided access for detailed surveying and final dam design/alignment by BGC Engineering. BGC has also completed a borrow material investigation and concludes that materials exist within and nearby the basin for earthworks construction.Roca aims to be the first new primary molybdenum producer in Canada, with production commencing in autumn 2006. The fully permitted and fast tracked Phase I mine plan for MAX will focus on the deposit’s high-grade zone containing 280,000 t (measured and indicated) grading 1.95% MoS2. Mine expansion will be determined by prevailing prices for molybdenum in 2007 and beyond. Molybdenum currently trades in the $24 – 25/lb range.last_img read more

21 Sep

Paramount making Windows Phone 7 movies more DVDlike with Silverlight

first_imgWatching films on a smartphone isn’t exactly an ideal affair, and not a lot of people do it, but Paramount has some interesting ideas on how to change that: they want to make movies watched on smartphones interactive, thanks to Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight.They’re launching the new movie line this week, starting with the Jack Black classic School of Rock, and following with nine other movies, including Zoolander, GI JOE: The Rise of Cobra and Waiting for Superman, with the rest of the titles still unannounced.AdChoices广告These movies will be enhanced with Silverlight so that they not only come with the movie themselves, but also have an interactive range of extras including trailers, DVD-like special features, a Scene It? pop-up trivia mode and the ability to create your own custom movie clips.Pretty neat: it’s bringing the DVD experience to Windows Phone 7 devices. A good way to justify the $10 asking price they want per film: not expensive compared to a DVD, of course, but a lot to pay for a movie you can only watch on your phone.last_img read more

19 Sep


first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYWHERE IS FORMER GRTS DIRECTOR GENERAL LAMIN MANGA?Mr. Malick Jones is now the Director General of the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS). However, nothing is said about the status of Mr. Lamin Manga, who could now be referred to as the former Director General of GRTS.He was reported to be on diplomatic duties as the honorary consul of Russia after the announcement of the results of the 1 December presidential election.Foroyaa will find out whether Mr. Manga has returned to the country.In the meantime, GRTS should begin to re-evaluate its programmes to promote divergent views.last_img read more

9 Sep

Digging Up Augustines TopHeavy Legacy

first_imgAugustine Volcano during its 2005-2006 eruption. (Photo by Cyrus Read, Alaska Volcano Observatory/USGS)Augustine Volcano sits alone, a 4,000-foot pyramid on its own island in Cook Inlet. Like many volcanoes, it has a tendency to become top heavy. When gravity acts on Augustine’s oversteepened dome, rockslides spill into the ocean. A scientist recently found new evidence for an Augustine-generated tsunami from a time when Egyptian pharaohs built their own pyramids.Zebulon Maharrey’s record of a tsunami deposit from 4,200 years ago extends a long record of Augustine’s collapses into the sea. A graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Maharrey has spent the last four years looking at the volcano. Augustine last erupted in 2006, sending an ash cloud two miles high and oozing enough lava to create a new summit.In Nanwalek, a village on the southern flank of the Kenai Peninsula and 50 miles east of Augustine Volcano, Maharrey found small pieces of wood and other tsunami debris in an eroded face of peat, 21 feet above high-tide level today. He also discovered more than one dozen ash layers that came from Augustine and mounts Katmai and Spurr.Maharrey’s dating of tsunami deposits from more than 4,000 years ago extends the Augustine tsunami record by about 2,000 years. Maharrey’s academic advisor Jim Beget had found evidence of Augustine splashes into the sea from 1,400, 1,700 and 2,100 years ago.A peat exposure near the village of Nanwalek that holds evidence of many volcanic eruptions and a few tsunamis. (Photo by Zebulon Maharrey)Maharrey became interested in looking at Augustine’s history after Beget showed him the following account from the logbook of the Alaska Commercial Company. Someone wrote on Oct. 6, 1883:“This morning at 8:15 o’clock, 4 tidal waves flowed with a westerly current, one following the other . . . the sea rising 20 feet above the usual level. At the same time the air became black . . . and it began to thunder.”That writer indicated something happened in 1883 that didn’t in 2006: part of Augustine crumbled. Because the mountain is surrounded by wide apron, it takes a tremendous landslide to send a wave in the direction of Nanwalek, now home to 177 people.During field expeditions to the western shore of Cook Inlet, Beget found debris from the 1883 tsunami near Mount Iliamna, Nanwalek and Homer.The newfound tsunami date at Nanwalek shows that Augustine is a repeat offender at piling lava above the tipping point.“Augustine didn’t just start having debris avalanches 2,100 years ago,” Maharrey said.In 1883, the extreme tides of Cook Inlet saved the village from being swamped. Because the Augustine-induced tsunami happened at low tide, the 20-foot rise of the sea had the same effect as a random high tide. Researchers think perhaps a few kayaks were lifted away and a few shelters were destroyed, but no one was killed.Most of the village of Nanwalek is built on a high terrace above the beach, Maharrey said, but an Augustine-generated tsunami today at high tide could inundate the airstrip and low-lying areas along the beach. As the tsunami wave progressed, it would flood coastal areas all around southern Cook Inlet to several feet above the tideline. Or, if it happened at dead low tide, another Augustine tsunami might not wet anything.last_img read more

9 Sep

ConocoPhillips to begin work on 1 billion North Slope oil development this

first_imgA flow line curves above the horizon on the western North Slope. (Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)ConocoPhillips today announced the company has made the final decision to build a new, roughly $1 billion drill site on the North Slope.Listen nowThe announcement comes a week after the Trump administration handed the oil company final approvals for the project. Called Greater Mooses Tooth 2, it will be in the federally managed National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, west of Prudhoe Bay.ConocoPhillips aims to begin construction this winter. The project is expected to employ up to 700 workers. First oil is anticipated in 2021. The company says it will produce up to 40,000 barrels per day.Greater Mooses Tooth 2 is one of a string of projects oil companies are pursuing in the region. Another ConocoPhillips drill site, Greater Mooses Tooth 1, started producing oil for the first time earlier this month. In a recent interview, ConocoPhillips Alaska president Joe Marushack noted Alaska Native corporations will financially benefit from the company’s new projects in NPR-A; they own a significant portion of the subsurface rights in the area.“ASRC — Arctic Slope Regional Corporation — has a piece of the royalty, which is very important to those communities up there in terms of the dividends they can provide,”  Marushack said.Environmental groups have raised concerns about the pace of oil development happening in the Reserve, arguing the federal government isn’t doing enough to offset impacts.“Development in the NPR-A is advancing quickly and is compromising irreplaceable subsistence use areas and habitat,”  Nicole Whittington-Evans, Alaska regional director for the Wilderness Society, said in a statement after federal regulators approved the project.last_img read more

31 Aug

Woman dragged by hair molested in Ballygunge on New years day 6

first_imgKolkata: A young woman and her family members were harassed late on Monday night while they were waiting for the woman’s fiance in front of a sweet shop in Ballygunge.The woman was dragged by hair out the car and molested. She ran all the way to the police station to seek help. Later, police initiated a case and arrested two persons. According to the complaint, around 2 am on Monday night, she, along with her uncle and sister, was waiting for the woman’s fiance. Meanwhile, two young man saw them standing while they were passing by on a bike. It is alleged that the duo hurled lewd and abusive comments toward the women and left. On seeing them leaving, the woman ignored. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBut within a few minutes, around 8-9 men arrived at the spot and started hurling expletives at the woman and her family members. The woman and her family members tried to leave the place but could not as their car was surrounded by the miscreants and their bikes. Almost at the same time, her fiance arrived and protested. As a result, the accused persons got furious and started beating him up using bricks and bamboo sticks. When the woman protested and screamed for help, some men pulled her by hair and dragged her out of the car. She also alleged that the miscreants tried to remove her cloths and molested her. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn seeing the woman getting harassed, her sister and uncle tried to resist but were also beaten up badly. All them sustained multiple bleeding injuries. The woman alleged that several security guards working at different housing complexes located there just watched the incident. None came to their rescue. Meanwhile, the woman started running towards the police station along with others. They were allegedly being chased by the miscreants. According to the woman, the miscreants also mentioned of killing her and others there. The car’s glass was broken. Later, the victims managed to reach Ballygunge police station and narrated the whole incident. Immediately, police rushed them to a hospital and another team went to the spot but found none. Later, the sleuths monitored CCTV footages and identified the miscreants. Following which two arrests were made. The two persons are identified as Sumit Poddar and Rohit Paswan. They were remanded to police custody till Thursday, when they will be produced before the court. Later, police arrested four more persons identified as Indrajit Haldar, alias Habla, Santu Mondal, alias Bhagna, Somenath Patra, alias Putli and Biswanath Patra, alias Lalu.last_img read more

31 Aug

Avoid comfort food during stress

first_imgIndulging in high-calorie ‘comfort’ foods when you are stressed can lead to more weight gain than usual, scientists say. Researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia discovered a molecular pathway in the brain, controlled by insulin, which drives the additional weight gain. Using an animal model, the team showed that a high-calorie diet when combined with stress resulted in more weight gain than the same diet caused in a stress-free environment. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This study indicates that we have to be much more conscious about what we’re eating when we’re stressed, to avoid a faster development of obesity,” said Herbert Herzog, who led the study. Some individuals eat less when they’re stressed, but most will increase their food intake – and crucially, the intake of calorie-dense food high in sugar and fat. To understand what controls this ‘stress eating’, the team investigated different areas of the brain in mice. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile food intake is mainly controlled by a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, another part of the brain – the amygdala – processes emotional responses, including anxiety. “Our study showed that when stressed over an extended period and high calorie food was available, mice became obese more quickly than those that consumed the same high fat food in a stress-free environment,” said Kenny Chi Kin Ip, lead author of the study published in the journal Cell Metabolism. At the centre of this weight gain, the scientists discovered, was a molecule called NPY, which the brain produces naturally in response to stress to stimulate eating in humans as well as mice. “We discovered that when we switched off the production of NPY in the amygdala weight gain was reduced. Without NPY, the weight gain on a high-fat diet with stress was the same as weight gain in the stress-free environment,” said Ip. “This shows a clear link between stress, obesity and NPY,” he said. To understand what might control the NPY boost under stress, the scientists analysed the nerve cells that produced NPY in the amygdala and found they had receptors, or ‘docking stations’, for insulin – one of the hormones which control our food intake. Under normal conditions, the body produces insulin just after a meal, which helps cells absorb glucose from the blood and sends a ‘stop eating’ signal to the hypothalamus feeding centre of the brain. In the study, the scientists discovered that chronic stress alone raised the blood insulin levels only slightly, but in combination with a high-calorie diet, the insulin levels were 10 times higher than mice that were stress-free and received a normal diet. The study showed that these prolonged, high levels of insulin in the amygdala caused the nerve cells to become desensitised to insulin, which stopped them from detecting insulin altogether. In turn, these desensitised nerve cells boosted their NPY levels, which both promoted eating and reduced the bodies’ normal response to burn energy through heat, the study showed. “Our findings revealed a vicious cycle, where chronic, high insulin levels driven by stress and a high-calorie diet promoted more and more eating.”last_img read more

16 Aug

Indian Ministry of Tourism to set up offices abroad

first_imgThe Indian Ministry of Tourism is considering to set up government-run offices in key markets such as the U.S., the UK and Russia to attract more visitors to India. Tourism Secretary Rashmi Verma also said that it is planning to set up facilitation centres to address queries of tourists at airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru. With Incredible India 2.0 campaign, the ministry will run market-specific campaigns on it in different countries through local and electronic channels. “A synergy between Incredible India campaign and overseas markets will get us better results. Our offices in different countries would work on a hub and spoke model which will be in sync with our PR agency,” she said. This time the states are also corresponding to the plans and are vying to increase more footfall in international and domestic tourists in the country.last_img read more

15 Aug

Ocwens Fraud Lawsuits Dismissed by Federal Judge

first_imgOcwen’s Fraud Lawsuits Dismissed by Federal Judge A federal judge in Florida has dismissed two class action lawsuits against non-bank mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial, according to court filings.U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, dismissed lawsuits filed by Ocwen Financial shareholders and Altisource Portfolio Solutions shareholders accusing the Atlanta-based servicer of fraud.”We are pleased that the Court has dismissed these two separate actions against the Company,” Ocwen spokesman Jon Lovallo said in an email to DS News. “We agree with the Court’s rulings, and will continue to vigorously defend ourselves as necessary.”According to the court filings, Ocwen is the fourth largest mortgage servicer and the largest non-bank servicer in the United States.Beginning in 2010, Ocwen’s portfolio of mortgage servicing rights grew rapidly, which resulted in heightened regulatory scrutiny. In 2011, Ocwen was required by the New York Department of Financial Services to enter into an Agreement on Mortgage Servicing Practices in which Ocwen promised to comply with national mortgage standards.Shareholders of Altisource, which spun off from Ocwen in 2009, sued Ocwen over alleged losses of $1 billion incurred when the price of Altisource stock plummeted (by 76 percent, from $170 per share to $31 per share) in response to a lengthy investigation of Ocwen’s mortgage servicing practices by the New York DFS. The regulator suspended Ocwen’s mortgage servicing rights from Wells Fargo in February 2014 due to “concerns about Ocwen’s servicing portfolio growth” and subsequently issued a series of letters regarding Ocwen’s regulatory compliance. Ocwen eventually settled with the New York DFS for $150 million in December 2014 with an agreement that Ocwen founder and chairman Bill Erbey would resign.”We agree with the Court’s rulings, and will continue to vigorously defend ourselves as necessary.”Ocwen countered in that case that “Plaintiffs cannot assert a federal securities fraud claim against Ocwen when their alleged losses stem solely from their purchases of stock in Altisource,” according to the Court filing. The Court ruled that the Plaintiffs lacked standing to sue Ocwen in this case.The lead plaintiffs in the Altisource case were the Pension Fund for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35 and the Annuity Fund for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35, acting on behalf of themselves and all persons and entities who purchased stock in Altisource between April 2013 and December 2014.In the case of the Ocwen shareholders, Plaintiffs sued alleging that Ocwen made fast statements and omissions regarding Ocwen’s business practices, compliance with the New York DFS, the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of Ocwen’s servicing platforms with compliance, the nature of Ocwen’s compliance controls regarding related party transactions, and Ocwen’s ability to compete for mortgage servicing rights acquisitions, according to the Court filing. Plaintiffs sought to recover losses they incurred when Ocwen’s common share price declined by 63 percent between February 2014 and December 2014 during the New York DFS’s investigation, which culminated with the $150 settlement.Ocwen responded in this case that the Plaintiffs “failed to plead a single actionable false statement of material fact.” The Plantiffs’ claims were all dismissed because “Regardless of the falsity of the alleged statements, the Complaint is deficient because Plaintiff has failed to adequately allege scienter (intent to deceive or defraud, or knowledge that the statements were false) as to any of the Defendants,” according to the Court filing.The lead plaintiff in the Ocwen shareholders case is Sjunde AP-Fonden, acting on behalf of itself and all persons and entities who purchased  Ocwen common stock from May 2013 until December 2014.Click here to see the complete court filing in the Ocwen shareholder case.Click here to see the complete court filing in the Altisource shareholder case. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Servicing Sharecenter_img Case Dismissed Florida Fraud Allegations Ocwen Financial 2015-09-07 Seth Welborn September 7, 2015 657 Views last_img read more

9 Aug

Q4 home prices up 28 yearonyear Cystat says

first_imgThe price of home prices rose in the fourth quarter of 2016 an annual 2.8 per cent and 3.1 per cent compared with July to September, the statistical service said.The home price index stood in October to December 2016 at 90.5 units which is 9.5 units below the 2010 average, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Friday.In the third quarter, home prices dropped an annual 3.3 per cent and rose 0.2 per cent compared with the quarter before, according to Cystat.Cystat’s home price index covers both new and old residential units and takes also into account the price of land, as provided the Department of Lands and Surveys.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

9 Aug

Central bank updates KYC obligations in AML directive

first_imgThe Central Bank of Cyprus said that it amended an anti-money laundering directive by clarifying and enhancing banks’ ‘Know Your Customer’ obligations, requiring them to know the identity of their customers, as well as their financial profile.The update also includes stricter requirements “concerning the handling of business relations with third parties, based on which credit institutions need to carry out customer identity checks and due diligence processes,” the central bank said in a statement on its website on Thursday.The central bank added that it adopted the new directive following consultations with banks.“On this opportunity, the Central Bank of Cyprus reminds that as it was agreed in March 2013 with the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank, (it) put an action plan in place to prevent money laundering and terror financing according to a specific timetable” that extends until 2016, the supervisory authority said.“The relevant legal and regulatory framework has been significantly updated and further action was taken by credit institutions and parties involved concerning the administrative capacity of implementation,” it said.The current amendment is part of the continuous effort to further strengthen the regulatory framework which aims at “zero tolerance” of possible shortcomings allowing loopholes for money laundering.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more