Morocco Former ISIS Member and His Son Jailed

Salé – The investigating magistrate in charge of terrorism affairs at the Appeals Court of Salé on Friday ordered the detention, in Salé prison, of a former member of the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and his son, judicial sources said.The man, called “Abu Hamza,” and his son are sued for forming a criminal gang to prepare and carry out terrorist attacks within the framework of a collective plot to seriously undermine public order by intimidation, violence and terror, belonging to a banned religious group, and holding unauthorized public meetings.The National Brigade of the Judicial Police had previously referred the two men, from the northern city of Tangier, before the public prosecutor at the Rabat appeals court.

26 Percent of Moroccans Suffer from Depression

Rabat – Minister of Health Anas Doukkali has introduced an action plan to promote mental health in Morocco. At the House of Representatives, Doukkali declared that mental health is a priority and presented the ministry’s plan at the House of Representatives, according to state-owned media outlet Maghreb Arab Press.Doukkali revealed to Parliament some alarming statistics about mental health in Morocco. According to his report, 40 percent of Moroccans suffer from mental disorders, 26 percent from depression, and 1 percent from schizophrenia. The minister also emphasized the lack of structure and human capital as Morocco only has 0.67 beds allocated for mental health per 1,000 inhabitants. According to the minister, Morocco has in total only 290 psychiatrists, 5 pedopsychiatrists, and 1,069 nurses trained in psychiatry.Read also: Public Doctors Condemn Health Sector Problems, Threaten to EmigrateThe Ministry of Health, according to Doukkali, seeks to increase and broaden mental health care by creating new specialized departments in public hospitals and using therapeutic alternatives outside of hospitals. Doukkali’s action plan consists of improving psychiatry and psychology services, enlarging mental healthcare coverage, and offering less costly services. The ministry has begun building psychiatric hospitals in Agadir; Kenitra, a city near Rabat; and Beni Mellal, a city near Casablanca. The hospitals will each contain specialized departments for children, teenagers, and individuals fighting addictions. Doukkali also said he would focus on trainings in the mental health sector to train 30 psychiatrists and 10 child mental health psychiatrists per year. The ministry has opened new departments in Marrakech University Hospital specialized in children’s health care. The minister declared that he would work towards mental illness prevention as well by investigating the causes of violence in schools, workplaces, and in the family. A bombshell reportThe need for improvements to Morocco’s mental health facilities hit home last year.In 2017, the Ministry of Health issued a shocking report that 50 percent of Moroccans suffer from mental or psychological disorders. The report led many to question how the country is still standing.Morocco, in 2017, had only 197 psychiatrists for a population of over 35.28 million. On average, only 0.63 psychiatrists are available per 100,000 people. Although the number of psychiatrists increased this year by 100 according to Doukkali, the impact is not significant on the population.Read also: Morocco Seeks Foreign Doctors to Operate in Rural AreasHassan Kisra, director of Errazi Mental Health Hospital in Sale, told Morocco World News in an interview last year that his hospital is not equipped for the high demand. Doctors must waitlist patients who cannot be hospitalized immediately because there are not enough beds.Patients coming to the hospital from other regions are hard hit by the need to wait, due to the lack of mental health hospitals across the country.Causes of mental health problemsWith 41.3 percent of the population living in rural areas with unstable income and no mental health facilities around, the situation is only expected to worsen if the ministry does not take urgent measures. Indeed, a 2017 report from the World Health Organization, found that cases of depression increased by 18.4 percent and cases of anxiety by 14.9 percent in only 10 years.Psychiatric doctor Mohamed El Baroudi told Morocco World News last year that the increasing pressure of modern life might very well be a factor in rise of mental health issues. He also stated that untreated childhood traumas play a big role.Dr. El Baroudi confessed that he has seen a dramatic increase in instances of pedophilia. Last year, he was receiving approximately five victims of pedophilia per day at the Souissi Children’s Hospital in Rabat.Another reason for the increase might also be the alarming rates of drug addiction in Morocco.In 2017, over 600,000 Moroccans were addicted to substances. As many as 16,000 were addicted to hard drugs, such as heroin and cocaine according to study conducted by the Biochemistry, Nutrition, and Cellular Biology group in affiliation with Casablanca’s Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy. Over 70 percent of those addicted to hard drugs are young people aged 18 to 28.Read also: Alcohol 3rd Most Widely Used Drug in Morocco: ONDAAccording to Hassan Kisra, the most common cases he treats at the mental health hospital are children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and phobias.Looking at the chaotic state of the Moroccan mental health sector, the Ministry of Health’s measures, if implemented, will be welcomed by the Moroccan public.Doukkali’s action plan and promises are a step in the right direction, but it remains to be seen whether it will significantly impact the sector. read more

Spanish Police Dismantle Cybercrime Network Moroccan Police Arrest Suspects

Rabat – Spanish police dismantled on Friday, July 12, a new network specialized in cyber fraud. During the police operation 24 people were arrested. The network is made up of 47 people in total, among them Moroccan nationals.According to the Spanish news outlet El Comercio, Moroccan authorities have arrested the 23 remaining individuals in Morocco. The network carried out their criminal activities in multiple countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands, and Morocco.According to an investigation of the Spanish police, the cybercriminals have scammed more than 300 people across Spain and were able to embezzle more than € 1 million a year, which was laundered through the purchase of cryptocurrencies.The investigation first began in April 2018, when victims filed complaints including  fraudulent online purchases and money withdrawal from ATMs. Police found out first the method by which scammers fool their victims.To leave no trace, the cybercriminals used open WIFI networks or hotel or commercial establishments to send their fraudulent emails, telling victims to enter their personal and credit card details.Once obtained, the criminals link the victims’ cards details to a mobile application called “wallet,” which requires the availability of Near Field Communication (NFC) feature on the phone. This allows the scammers to carry out online purchases, contactless payments, and withdraw money from ATMs. Scammers enter the credit card details in the NFC feature, which allows wireless interactions between a phone and another device. Latest payments method adopted the use of NFC allowing the transmission of a credit card details without having the card to hand or needing to access a card terminal. read more

OPP help with attempted murder probe

An attempted murder investigation has been launched into a Jan. 12 shooting that sent a man to hospital with head injuries.The Haldimand OPP major crime unit, under the direction of Det. Insp. Randy Gaynor, is helping Six Nations police with the investigation, the OPP announced Wednesday.The investigation began when Six Nations police were called at about 4:15 a.m.. on Jan. 12 and told a 22-year-old man who had been dropped off at a Sixth Line Road home was bleeding and was being driven to hospital.Police later stopped a vehicle carrying the man, who appeared to have slash wounds to his head. He was conscious but appeared intoxicated and confused, Six Nations police said in a Jan. 14 news release.The man was taken by ambulance to Hamilton General Hospital, where he regained consciousness and was listed in stable condition.Doctors determined the man had been shot in the head, police said.At that time, investigators believed the victim had been involved in an altercation outside of Brando’s Bar in Brantford.OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said the man had been seen in multiple locations in the Brantford prior to the incident.“We believe someone knows something that could help our investigation and we’re hoping that they’ll come forward.”Anyone with information is asked to call Six Nations police at 519-445-2811 or OPP at 1-888-310-1122.To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more

Billions globally lack water sanitation and hygiene new UN report spells out

“Mere access is not enough” said UNICEF’s Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). “If the water isn’t clean, isn’t safe to drink or is far away, and if toilet access is unsafe or limited, then we’re not delivering for the world’s children”. The Joint Monitoring Programme report, “Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2000-2017: Special focus on inequalities”, finds that while significant progress has been made toward achieving universal access to WASH, there are huge gaps in the quality of services provided. “Children and their families in poor and rural communities are most at risk of being left behind”, Ms. Naylor said, urging Governments to “invest in their communities if we are going to bridge these economic and geographic divides and deliver this essential human right”.The report reveals that since the turn of the century, 1.8 billion people have gained access to basic drinking water services, but vast inequalities in accessibility, availability and quality prevail. Estimates show that 1-in-10 people still lack basic services, including 144 million individuals who drink untreated surface water. And the data illustrates that 8-in-10 people in rural areas lack access to these services.“Countries must double their efforts on sanitation or we will not reach universal access by 2030,” said Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. “If countries fail to step up efforts on sanitation, safe water and hygiene, we will continue to live with diseases that should have been long ago consigned to the history books”, she spelled out. “Investing in water, sanitation and hygiene is cost-effective and good for society in so many ways”. While open defecation has been halved since 2000, from 21 per cent to 9 per cent, 673 million people continue this practice in ‘high burden’ countries. Moreover, in 39 countries, the majority of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, the number of people openly defecating has increased.The report also highlights new data showing that in 2017, three billion people lacked basic soap and water handwashing facilities at home, including nearly three quarters of those in the Least Developed Countries category. Every year, 297,000 under-age-five children die from diarrhea linked to inadequate WASH. Poor sanitation and contaminated water also help transmit diseases, such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid.“Closing inequality gaps in the accessibility, quality and availability of water, sanitation and hygiene should be at the heart of government funding and planning strategies”, Ms. Naylor stressed. “To relent on investment plans for universal coverage is to undermine decades worth of progress at the expense of coming generations”. read more

New van market declines in September as business confidence dented

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Demand for new vans declines -4.2% in September to 57,368 units.Pickups and heavier van demand broadly stable, rising 0.4% and 0.1% respectively.Year-to-date registrations drop -3.1% overall, as business confidence dented.SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLEThe new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined in September, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 57,368 new LCVs were driven off forecourts, a -4.2% fall compared with the same month last year.Demand for pickups and heavier vans was broadly stable, both experiencing rises of 0.4% and 0.1% respectively. Elsewhere, demand for smaller vans fell, with those weighing 2.0-2.5T down -10.7%. The market for vans under 2.0 tonnes also waned, down -25.5%. Year-to-date, figures show a -3.1% fall overall, with demand for popular heavier vans and those weighing less than 2.0 tonnes playing their part, declining -3.2% and -20.2% respectively.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Business confidence has taken a hit recently as economic and political uncertainty continues, so fluctuations in purchasing patterns are to be expected. We must remember that the van market remains at a historically high level but growth will depend on better economic conditions and business confidence, something government must prioritise. read more

Rwanda and the world marks 25 years since a genocide that saw

first_img Apr 7th 2019, 8:46 AM Share5 Tweet Email Short URL RWANDA TODAY BEGINS one hundred days of mourning for over 800,000 people slaughtered in a genocide that shocked the world, a quarter of a century on from the day it began.President Paul Kagame will start a week of commemoration activities by lighting a remembrance flame at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where more than 250,000 victims are believed to be buried, mainly from the Tutsi people.They are only some of those killed by the genocidal Hutu forces, members of the old army and militia forces called the “Interahamwe”, that began their bloody campaign of death on 7 April, 1994, the day after the assassination of President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu.Some were shot; most were beaten or hacked by machetes.The killings lasted until Kagame, then 36, led the mainly Tutsi Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) into Kigali on 4 July, ending the slaughter and taking control of the devastated country.Kagame, now 61 and who has been in power ever since, will lead the memorial to the dead.After lighting the flame, Kagame is expected to make a key speech at the Kigali Convention Centre, a dome-shaped auditorium in the centre of the capital, a modern building emblematic of the regeneration of Rwanda since the dark days of 1994.Kagame will then preside over a vigil at the country’s main football ground. The Amahoro National Stadium — whose name means “peace” in Rwanda’s Kinyarwanda language — was used by the UN during the genocide to protect thousands of people of the Tutsi minority from being massacred on the streets outside.Deep traumaIn past years, ceremonies have triggered painful flashbacks for some in the audience, with crying, shaking, screaming and fainting amid otherwise quiet vigils.For many survivors, forgiveness remains difficult when the bodies of their loved ones have not been found and many killers are still free.A quarter of a century on, the east African nation has recovered economically, but the trauma still casts a dark shadow.Kagame has kept an authoritarian hold as he steers the small, landlocked East African nation through economic recovery. Growth in 2018 was a heady 7.2%, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB).Some 10 leaders are expected to pay their respects, mostly from nations across the continent.Former colonial ruler Belgium is sending Prime Minister Charles Michel.But French President Emmanuel Macron is not attending, with France represented by Herve Berville, a 29-year old Rwandan-born member of parliament in Paris.Rwanda has accused France of being complicit in the genocide through its support for the Hutu-led government and of helping perpetrators escape. Skulls of some of those who were slaughtered as they sought refuge. Source: Ben Curtis/PA ImagesParis has consistently denied complicity in the bloodshed, though former president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2010 acknowledged France had made “serious errors of judgement”.On Friday, Macron appointed an expert panel to investigate France’s actions at the time.Macron is not the only notable absence; former ally Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is also not attending, amid accusations by Kigali that Uganda is supporting Rwandan rebels.Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said that Ireland will be marking the commemoration today.“I wish to express solidarity with the people and government of Rwanda. We remember the more than 800,000 women, men and children who lost their lives in the most horrific circumstances. Today, Ireland joins with Rwanda to honour the memory of the victims and express solidarity with the survivors of the Rwanda genocide, their children and all Rwandans,” Coveney said.“On this solemn occasion, #Kwibuka25 reminds us of the consequences of hate speech and division based on ethnicity. It is a reminder of the responsibility of the international community to protect all peoples from genocide and crimes against humanity.”© – AFP 2019 with reporting Rónán Duffy Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 8:46 AM 49 Comments Rwanda and the world marks 25 years since a genocide that saw more than 800,000 people slaughtered The killing lasted for almost three months. center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Family photographs of some of the infants and children who died. By AFP Image: Ben Curtis/PA Images 10,870 Views Family photographs of some of the infants and children who died. Image: Ben Curtis/PA Imageslast_img read more

Ecoli la souche découverte en Gironde serait apparentée à celle dAllemagne

first_imgE.coli : la souche découverte en Gironde serait apparentée à celle d’AllemagneLa souche de la bactérie E. Coli O104:H4 isolée en Gironde “est génétiquement apparentée” à la souche allemande, selon les résultats d’analyse mis en ligne vendredi par l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS).Les résultats d’analyses ont confirmé ce que les médecins craignaient : la souche de la bactérie E. Coli O104:H4 isolée en Gironde “est génétiquement apparentée” à la souche qui a fait 48 morts en Allemagne. C’est ce qu’a révélé aujourd’hui l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) relayé par l’AFP.  À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?En effet, les souche de la bactérie E.Coli qui ont affecté trois patients à Bordeaux ont été isolées justement afin d’être comparées aux souches d’ E.Coli provenant des deux cas liés à l’épidémie allemande. Ainsi, les analyses moléculaires de la bactérie “ont montré un lien génétique entre les souches épidémiques retrouvées en France et en Allemagne”. Plus inquiétant : les chercheurs indiquent également la présence “des mêmes caractéristiques de virulence et de résistance aux antibiotiques”. Le dernier bilan de la situation de l’épidémie dans cette région et daté du 19 juillet, fait état d’une personne toujours hospitalisée et de 15 cas signalés de diarrhée sanglante, qui seraient liés à une fête à Bègles où des graines germées ont été consommées. Parmi ces personnes, 12 ont été comme porteuse de la E.Coli O104:H4 alors que 10 d’entre eux ont développé un syndrome hémolytique et urémique (SHU).Si l’origine de la contamination des aliments reste toujours inconnue, les autorités sanitaires recommandent d’éviter de cultiver des graines germées pour sa propre consommation et de bien les faire cuire avant de les consommer.Le 22 juillet 2011 à 17:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lake Once Filled With Millions of Jellyfish ReOpens to Public

first_img Noodle-Fingered Robot Helps Study Marine AnimalsWatch: Playful Dolphin ‘Juggles’ Jellyfish in Denmark Stay on target Adventurous travelers and brave swimmers can put Palau’s famous Jellyfish Lake back on their 2019 bucket list. The lake, which has been closed for two years due to the diminishing golden jellyfish population, has re-opened.According to marine officials, around 600,000 new golden jellyfish have appeared in the lake.“Ongoing monitoring conducted by the Coral Reef Research Foundation (CRRF) indicated that the jellyfish populations were now rebounding after the declines that were a result of the drought conditions experienced throughout Palau in 2016,” said a government statement issued by Palau’s Koror State announcing the lake’s reopening.Snorkeling in Jellyfish Lake, located in Palau. (Photo Credit: Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)Government officials announced the reopening of the Ongeim’l Tketau Jellyfish Lake in December, paving the way for tourists to swim and snorkel among jellyfish again.The lake was once home to 10 million to 20 million non-stinging golden jellyfish, according to CNN.But experts said El Niño caused the jellyfish population to shrink from 2006, as the rise in water temperature led to a decrease in algae growth, a major food source for jellyfish.The lake was once home to 10 to 20 million non-stinging golden jellyfish, hitting 30 million at its peak in 2005. (Photo Credit: Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)The lake was officially shut in May 2017, though tour operators and local villagers took the initiative to close it in 2016, Channel News Asia reported.According to a survey taken in December 2018, there are now around 630,000 golden jellyfish in the lake. While the number is not anywhere near the lake’s prime years, scientists are optimistic.“Based on the number from December 2018, the population has not fully recovered yet; however, with this good windy and rainy weather, we should expect to see changes in the population and decrease in the water temperature,” Gerda Ucharm, research biologist with the CRRF, told CNN. “If the weather conditions continue to be normal, then we are optimistic that the number should keep going up.”Jellyfish Lake is 1,312 feet long and 98 feet deep. Both golden jellyfish and moon jellyfish live here, and both are safe to swim with which has made the lake a popular tourist destination over the past decade.Though swimming and snorkeling is permitted, scuba diving is prohibited as the bottom water layer is filled with poisonous dissolved hydrogen sulfide gas, according to CRRF.Aerial view of Palau’s Rock Islands, where Jellyfish Lake is located. (Photo Credit: Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images)While Palau is home to over 50 different marine lakes, Jellyfish Lake is the only one that is currently open to visitors, with all other lakes preserved to ensure conservation.The lake is now officially open, but officials will be monitoring the area to ensure its protection. Those wishing to visit the lake will need to go through a certified tour guide and sign an eco-pledge.The Pledge comes with a mandatory viewing of an in-flight video that educates all incoming visitors about their responsibility to be environmentally responsible, along with a checklist of dos and don’ts that is distributed upon arrival.More on Treated for Bluebottle Stings in AustraliaThis $800 Robot Suitcase Will Follow You Around in AirportsNew Carnival Cruise Ship Will Have ‘First Roller Coaster at Sea’last_img read more

Sergio Agüero feels invincible after his knee surgery

first_imgManchester City’s Sergio Agüero, feels like nothing can defeat him now that he has completely recovered from his knee surgery.Even Pep Guardiola said it at the start of the season for Manchester City, Sergio Agüero os a whole new man after going through the knee surgery by the end of last season.During the current Premier League season, the Argentine striker is the main goal-scorer for Manchester City despite being one of the veterans.It’s almost as if he had just arrived at the club, the man is proving that he is just as hungry for success as he’s ever been because coming back from a knee problem of that magnitude has motivated him immensely.With 11 goals in all competitions for Manchester City, ‘Kun’ is even thinking about possibly having the most prolific season of his career as he no longer feels the discomfort he felt for some years prior to the surgery.For Pep Guardiola, having one of the best goal-scorers in Premier League history at the top of his game is vital for his squad’s aspirations to compete for all the trophies.Even if they don’t get to win all the titles this season, the Catalan manager knows that ‘Kun’ is one of the few people who can help make it happen.EXCLUSIVE“I had been suffering for a long time… since then, I feel great.”Sergio Aguero opens up on his new lease of life at Manchester City👉👉— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 22, 2018“It all comes from my discomfort in my knee. I had been suffering for a long time and had a lot of medical treatment with the physio here at the club,” Aguero told Sky Sports.“I had some discomfort, and then at the end of last season I decided to go for surgery before the World Cup. Since then, I feel great, I don’t feel pain at all, and that’s probably why I’m enjoying it more and feeling fitter.”“Luckily I am doing well and Pep is happy. I try to do the things he wants and help the team. I’m obviously the first guy who starts the pressing and [the knee surgery] is why I can do it more often.”“It’s not easy to win the Premier League again, to do it back to back, but in the dressing room I see the same energy, the same attitude as last season in my team-mates, and that makes me feel confident,” he added.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“So, if we keep doing the same things, keeping focus, I think we have a big chance to win it back-to-back.”“We know our style of play, how to press, the build-up and all of the movements because we have been playing together for a long time, and we have almost the same players as last season.”“It’s going to depend on us and, if we manage to keep our focus on the goal, we can make it happen,” he concluded.It fills us with pride to win the derby with team work and our supporters crowding the stadium. Let’s celebrate! 🤟🏽 (And while my hair may be gray now, Manchester is blue 😉) C’mon City!— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) November 11, 2018This season will be key for Sergio Agüero’s chances of reaching an even higher position as one of the Premier League’s all-time top scorers, he is still a long way from Alan Shearer’s 260 goals.However, the 151 goals that ‘Kun’ has already scored for Manchester City are not too far away from even the podium this season.Ahead of him are still players like Jermain Defoe (162 goals), Robbie Fowler (163), Thierry Henry (175), Frank Lampard (177), and even Andy Cole (187).Wayne Rooney stayed on the second position of the list after he scored 208 Premier League goals between the ones he got for Everton and Manchester United, Agüero knows that he can reach those heights now that his knee is responding perfectly and we can tell from the great performances he is giving us this season with the Citizens.Sergio Aguero. One of a kind.— Superbia Proelia (@SuperbiaProeIia) November 12, 2018How long do you think it will take Sergio Agüero to reach the Premier League’s all-time top-scorer podium? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

LT wins orders worth Rs 2161 crore

first_imgIndia’s multinational conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) on Monday announced its construction division had won a contract worth Rs. 2,161 crore across various business verticals. Following the news, the Larsen & Toubro Ltd. stock closed at Rs. 1,470 on Monday, up 0.62 percent from its previous close.In a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, L&T said “the construction arm of L&T has won orders worth Rs. 2,161 crore across various business segments.”Its transportation infrastructure business won a design and build order worth Rs. 847 crore from Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India. In addition, its power transmission and distribution business bagged EPC order of Rs. 403 crore from Power Grid Corporation and Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation.The order of Rs. 709 crore was received from Gujarat Water Infrastructure and Rajasthan Urban Drinking Water Sewerage and Infrastructure Corporation.L&T’s metallurgical and material handling business also won an order worth Rs. 202 crore, the company said in its regulatory filing. The company’s net profit increased 18.6 percent to Rs. 2,453 crore in the March quarter of financial year 2015-16, Business Standard reported.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Trump Blames Both Sides For Charlottesville

first_imgAPPresident Donald Trump talks about North Korea during a briefing on the opioid crisis, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The Latest on President Trump and the Charlottesville, Virginia violence (all times EDT):4:15 p.m.President Donald Trump says the groups protesting against white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, were “also very violent.”Trump is calling those protesters the “alt-left.” He says there is “blame on both sides” after the deadly violence over the weekend.After his initial statement on the Charlottesville violence, Trump was criticized for appearing to condemn both the white nationalists and those who were protesting them. He tried to clean up his remarks Monday.Trump says some of the facts about the deadly violence in Charlottesville still aren’t known.___12:15 p.m.President Donald Trump is blasting the CEOs who resigned from his manufacturing jobs council in the wake of the violence stemming from a white supremacist rally this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to the death of one counter-protester.The president says on Twitter, “For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!”Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, announced his resignation Tuesday, a day after a raft of departures by CEOs heading large U.S. corporations.The heads of pharmaceutical giant Merck, the sports gear company Under Armour and the tech firm Intel decided to leave the advisory council. Trump initially criticized the violence on many sides, rather than singling out the white supremacists. The president on Monday later said condemned groups tied to racism.Trump has not said if who will join his council as replacements.___6:00 a.m.The leaders of four minority House caucus groups have written a letter to President Donald Trump calling for the removal of White House staff aides Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka.The heads of the black, Hispanic, Asian and progressive caucuses are calling in the letter for the firings of the Trump administration officials in the wake of a violent, racist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The letter asserts their continuing presence in the White House is emboldening a resurgent white supremacist movement in America.“Americans deserve to know that white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis are not in a position to influence U.S. policy,” says the letter dated Monday. “In this time of tumult in our country, Americans deserve a leader that will bring us all together and denounce those who seek to tear us apart.”By Errin Haines Whack___3:35 a.m.President Donald Trump is back in the New York skyscraper that bears his name as the furor over his reaction to race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend shows few signs of dying down.Protesters on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue tried to spoil Trump’s homecoming Monday night with signs bearing messages like “stop the hate, stop the lies” and chanting “shame, shame, shame” and “not my president!”After two days of public equivocation and internal White House debate, the president condemned white supremacist groups by name on Monday, declaring “racism is evil”.In a hastily arranged statement at the White House, Trump branded members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who take part in violence as “criminals and thugs.”The groups are “repugnant to everything that we hold dear as Americans,” he said. Sharelast_img read more

Why Steam might be a big part of the next PlayStation

first_imgWhen Gabe Newell took the stage at Sony’s E3 press conference in 2010, it was a huge shock. The managing director at Valve had been a vocal critic of the PlayStation 3, calling it a “disaster on many levels” and “a waste of everybody’s time,” so his very appearance at Sony’s biggest gaming event of the year was enough to send confused murmurs through the crowd. But things got even stranger; Gabe wasn’t just at the event to announce that Portal 2 would be coming to the PS3, but also that his company’s Steam distribution platform would be a part of the experience. Newell praising a console he’d so openly bashed was odd enough by itself, but Sony allowing Valve’s environment to live on top of their own was unbelievable.Steam’s presence in the PS3 version of Portal 2 turned out to be remarkably robust. Players could chat and play with all their Steam friends. Trophies unlocked on the PS3 version of the game opened up the corresponding Steam achievements. Even Steamworks, Valve’s cloud storage solution for syncing game saves and settings, was a part of Steam on the PS3. And remember, Sony announced the Playstation Plus cloud storage solution that same year, so they essentially let Portal 2 circumvent their own premium feature. But the truly amazing detail was that owners of the PS3 game also got it on Steam — as long as they linked their PSN and Steam accounts. That’s not just support for Valve’s system, that’s integration. How could two companies that were so at odds suddenly be working together this closely? I think it’s because Sony and Valve are planning something bigger for the next console generation.Sony has said almost nothing about a follow up to the PS3, so we can only speculate on its future. But looking at how suddenly those two companies put their differences aside, I suspect that Sony and Valve are working to fold Steam’s best features into the next PlayStation. Friend lists and game matching have never been the PS3’s strong suits, and the Xbox 360 is widely regarded as the better console for multiplayer gaming. Outsourcing those elements to Valve’s developers, who have years of experience building them into Steam, sounds like a logical move. Sony tapped Q-Games to help them develop the PS3’s XMB, so it wouldn’t be unheard of for them to reach outside the company for help.If Sony and Valve were looking to integrate Steam into the next PlayStation console, Portal 2 was the perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork. By giving away a free digital copy of the game, Valve gave PS3 players a powerful incentive to link their accounts while also extending an olive branch to anyone feeling burned by Gabe’s negative comments. On the technical side, the PS3 release was a great way to test out Steam’s features on the big screen. And as we know from Valve’s recent work, the big screen is definitely a something they’re interested in.Valve’s “Big Picture” mode is designed with the living room in mind, which is an odd direction for a company that sells PC games. There are certainly gamers who hook their computers up to their TVs, but that seems like an awfully niche market for the amount of work Steam is putting into the project. Some have taken Big Picture as an indication that Valve is looking to get into the hardware business themselves, but given what we saw in the PS3 version of Portal 2 I think it’s more likely they have a Sony console in mind.But what would Valve have to gain from working on the next PlayStation? Certainly not a new place to sell games. Sony might have let Steam’s social features run alongside their own in Portal 2, but the idea that they’d let another store compete with PSN is highly unlikely. On a basic level, I’m sure Valve sees an inherent benefit to getting all those console gamers plugged into their ecosystem. But if a Sony console collaboration also meant more cross-play compatible games like Portal 2, Steam would be able to boast an incredibly large number of players. Other distribution channels like Games for Windows Live and EA’s Origin, already in Steam’s shadow, would have a tough time competing against a combined Steam/PSN userbase.Will gamers one day start up their PlayStation 4 and see the Big Picture interface or something like it? Will the PS button bring up Steam’s familiar overlay, complete with a list of both PSN and Steam friends? It will be awhile before we know for sure, but it’s certainly an interesting idea.Sony has a long history of making consoles. Valve knows how to build friend and matchmaking features that work across an entire system. If the two companies are working together closely, it could mean very good things for the next Playstation and for gamers.last_img read more

CIL Railways rush coal to Dadri Badarpur power plants

first_imgKolkata: With coal stock of some power stations in the national capital region falling to an alarming level, Coal India and Railways are rushing coal supplies to Dadri and Badarpur power plants of the NTPC. A Coal India statement issued tonight said against the linked requirement of seven rakes to these plants, movement of at least 10 rakes are planned to avert the crisis. The problem started as the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) was forced to commence generation from these two plants all of a sudden with rise in power demand due to heat wave conditions in the country. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe government has also instructed the CIL, Singareni Collieries Co Ltd and Railway to attach top most priority in allocation of rakes for coal movement to power plants till such time the demand from coal-based thermal power plants gets stabilised with the onset of monsoon and increase in hydel and wind power.These two power stations cater to major share of the power demands of Delhi and NCR. Based on the demand for power projected by the Delhi government, NTPC had shut the units of Badarpur TPS for long, it said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOne of the unit of the Dadri TPS was also taken up for maintenance. Therefore, coal against the linkage of the shut down generation units of Badarpur and Dadri TPS were supplied to other plants of the NTPC, the statement said.”The crisis could have been averted had Delhi government placed a proper power demand with NTPC with sufficient advance notice,” the CIL release said. Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain had yesterday said that the coal stock at some power stations in the national capital region has dipped to an “alarming” level and if it is not replenished at the earliest, Delhi could be staring at “black-out” situations.Jain had said that he has already written to Coal and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal apprising him about the situation and sought his intervention into the matter.last_img read more

Weapons and drugs seized as police stop car on A34

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice have seized weapons and drugs after stopping a car on the A34 this afternoon. Acting on intelligence, officers stopped a white Seat Leon on the busy Red Hill stretch of the road between Stafford and Stone. A package was thrown from the vehicle during the incident – with the carriageway closed while police searched for it at around 2.15pm today. Two teenagers were arrested as part of the county-wide drugs operation. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “A suspected drugs package was eventually located and knuckle dusters and machetes were also seized from the vehicle. “A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy from Oldbury in the West Midlands were arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply (unknown) and possession of offensive weapons. “The suspects remain in police custody and enquiries are on-going.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group, who patrol the M6 and A500 in North Staffordshire, helped to stop the vehicle. A spokesman said: “A stolen vehicle was located on the A34 in Staffordshire Police area. Tactics put in place to prevent a pursuit and vehicle stopped. “Two arrested.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.last_img read more

Beware of hoax news sites

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite In an age where the Internet is our main source of information, more and more sites have developed, punting news content.Some, however, are blatantly hoax/fake news sites which mislead readers into thinking they are real and the news they publish is real news.They label their news content as “news satire” or “news fauxtire”, but still attempt to imitate the format of a typical mainstream news site written by a credible journalist.They rely on being protected when producing false stories by labelling the content as satire.Readers need to always check the reliability of a site, check the source, scrutinize other content, trace the original source and most importantly, seek confirmation before spreading a false story.This is obviously a hard ask for the average reader, which is why these fake news sites have become so popular in SA. The sad truth is that unless you read the story on a credible news site in SA, chances are the story is fake. If no other news outlet is running a similar story, you can be almost 100% sure it is fake news.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Costa Rica to get its own Dancing With the Stars

first_imgRelated posts:Panama’s former dictator Noriega sues creators of popular video game franchise ‘Call of Duty’ Panama Canal expansion dredges up historical treasures Spik Up! Say What? From Ambassador to the dance floor: Haney’s star turn begins tonight “Dancing With the Stars” is coming to Costa Rica, BBC Worldwide announced today.Based off the original British show “Strictly Come Dancing,” “Dancing With the Stars” has paired B-list stars with professional dancers for the U.S. competition since 2005. Versions of the show have now popped up in 43 other countries. Teletica will produce and air the Costa Rican version.Costa Rican dancer and actor David Martínez, formerly a judge on Panama’s “Dancing With the Stars,” will serve as the presenter for the show. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Hurricane Rina causes more cruise diversions

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A Image courtesy of the National Hurricane CentreHurricane Rina, the sixth hurricane of the season, is currently located approximately 180 miles south-southeast of Cozumel causing further disruptions to cruise itineraries in the Western Caribbean. With a 10 per cent chance of becoming a tropical cycle during the next 48 hours, more cruise lines are taking the safe route and diverting their ships accordingly. Norwegian StarCancelling her call to Belize City on 26 October, she will instead visit the port on 27 October. Costa Maya is replacing her Cozumel call on 28 November. Norwegian SpiritCancelling her call to Cozumel on 28 October Spirit will spend an additional day at sea. Norwegian PearlCalls to George Town on 27 October and Cozumel on 28 October have been cancelled with a visit to Nassau on 28 October instead. Island PrincessOcho Rios will be visited instead of Grand Cayman on 28 October. Allure of the SeasThe largest ship in the world will visit Nassau on 28 October instead of Cozumel.last_img read more

Romney VS Obama who would you want flying your plane

first_imgPresidential elections may be over, but Americans are still pinning Mitt Romney and Barack Obama up against each other, debating which politician they would choose to “fly their plane”.According to a survey of 19 past and current president and presidential candidates, Obama was selected as the preferred pilot, however, he was also the top choice that respondents would most like to “throw off” the aircraft.Following Obama, Ronald Reagan was selected as second best presidential pilot, winning 12 percent of the votes, followed by Mitt Romney in third place with 10.9 percent.When it came time to select which candidate respondents would ‘most like to toss off a plane’, Obama received 22 percent of the votes, while Romney swooped up 16.66 percent.Sarah Palin also made the top five of politicians people would most like to see falling from a plane, receiving 15.7 percent of the votes, followed by George W. Bush, with 9.6 percent. Of the president and presidential candidates, respondents said they’d most like to sit next to Obama, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. Fly, fall, or sit with. Which president or presidential candidate would you most like to have fly your plane? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more