first_imgTORONTO — There were two winning tickets for Saturday night’s nearly $30 million Lotto 649 jackpot.Both tickets were sold in the Prairies and each is worth $14.9 million.The draw’s guaranteed $1 million prize went to a lottery player in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on June 19 will be approximately $5 million.The Canadian Presslast_img

Rabat – An online petition calling on the Moroccan government to lift the ban on VoIP services receives 5,000 supporters in one day.A petition directed to President Abdelilah Benkirane, urging him to lift the recent ban on VoIP services, was posted to online petition site Avaaz.com on Wednesday. As head of the Moroccan government, Benkirane also serves as the president of the board of directors of ANRT.Ghassan Benchiheb, the social network strategist for Benkirane and the Justice and Development Party, created the petition and shared the link on his Facebook wall on Wednesday. Within 24 hours, almost 5,000 people have signed their name in support of the initiative. The petition comes in the midst of ongoing protests against the National Telecommunication Regulatory Agency’s (ANRT) ban on Wifi-enabled voice calls connected through mobile applications, such as Skype, WhatsApp, Viber and FaceTime.Written in Darija, or the Moroccan dialect of Arabic, the petition outlines the reasons why Moroccans use VoIP services in their personal and professional lives.“You are youth entrepreneur and have done an online project,” one line of the petition reads. “You have customers in the U.S., France, and Japan and you want to reach an understanding with them; you want to see them, you want them to see you. That’s why you use the [Facebook] Messenger and Skype.”In early January, ANRT had justified the ban by explaining that “the regulatory provisions governing the provision of telephone services (VoIP or other) are clear and those services can be provided only by holders of telecommunications licenses.”ANRT temporarily lifted the ban in early February after Moroccans carried out a boycott against Moroccan telecom companies on January 17th and 18th. The restrictions were reinstated on February 26th.on Wednesday, INWI Morocco’s third telecom company, announced its withdrawal as a sponsor of the Maroc Web Awards as a result of the ban, which the company said it “does not benefit from.”Morocco is said to be following the lead of the United Arab Emirates and Egypt; both Arab countries banned VoIP-enabled services over the course of last year. read more

Rabat –  Qatar will host the next two club world cups this December and December 2020, which will serve as test events for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.These tournaments will consist of only seven competing teams compared to the 32 teams attending in 2022. Despite its smaller size, the competition provides a chance for Qatar to test its facilities.Qatar’s 2022 preparations are taking place amid the Gulf crisis in which four of the nation’s neighbors – the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia – have imposed an economic and diplomatic boycott since June 2017 due to Qatar’s alleged support of terrorist organizations. The nation has assured the public that the land, air, and sea blockade has not hindered its tournament preparations – Qatar has already completed the construction of two of the eight planned stadiums for the World Cup, which is now only 3-and-a-half years away. Another is scheduled to be finished later this year.Qatar won the bid in 2010, becoming the first country in the Middle East to host the tournament and has since been working to make adequate accommodations for the anticipated crowds while improving working conditions for those building the new infrastructure.Qatar introduced a new bill in 2017 that granted minimum wage and legal protection for migrant workers who bear much of this work. The UN International Labor Organization has since dropped complaints against the nation.Preparations include creating stadiums and catering to the needs of visitors, including designating spaces to buy and consume alcohol, which is traditionally not consumed in the country, and developing ways to keep players and fans cool in the desert heat.Tournaments usually take place in June-July, but have been rescheduled for November-December due to the intense summer heat.Read also: Qatar: Where is Unity Among Gulf Countries Amid BlockadeFIFA had considered expanding the 2022 tournament from 32 to 48 teams, which would require one of Qatar’s neighbors to co-host, but this was met with a variety of complications. The organization ultimately decided to postpone the expansion until 2026.Human rights watchdogs urged FIFA not to grant neighboring countries with worse human rights abuses the privilege of hosting. This, combined with the current tense climate from the Gulf crisis and the general difficulty of neutral neighbors making sufficient accommodations so close to the event made increasing the tournament size unrealistic for 2022.Read also: FIFA Investigating Corruption, Sexual Assault Allegations against CAF President read more

TORONTO — Discount retailer Walmart says it will soon offer premium Lord & Taylor fashion brands on its American website.Walmart says the flagship Lord & Taylor online department store is expected to launch on Walmart.com in spring 2018.Spokeswoman Denise Incandela says the company’s goal is to create a premium fashion destination as the chain’s customers are searching its website for higher-end items.She says Walmart is starting with fashion as it expands its online business to include specialized and premium shopping experiences.The company says Lord & Taylor will be able to reach exponentially more shoppers through a dedicated store on Walmart’s website and app than through its own online presence.The Hudson’s Bay Co. acquired Lord & Taylor, an American department store founded in 1826 that now has 50 locations in the U.S., in 2012. read more

Freshman running back Dontre Wilson (1) fights off a defender during a game against Buffalo Aug. 31 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State freshman running back Dontre Wilson is fast. No one involved with the OSU football program has denied that, but when it comes to playing time, the coaching staff hasn’t been as quick to give Wilson the ball lately.Wilson recorded eight offensive touches in each of the back-to-back games against San Diego State and California. But in the three games since, he only had six offensive touches total and did not see the field on offense at all against then-No. 16 Northwestern.Although still seeing the field as the primary kick returner for the Buckeyes, Wilson’s offensive presence has diminished just as it seemed he was starting to make a significant impact.The return of senior Carlos Hyde from a three-game suspension, stemming from an incident at a Columbus bar in July, has influenced the usage of other running backs, with a lion’s share of the carries going to Hyde, but Wilson’s role as an H-back in coach Urban Meyer’s offense has mysteriously decreased as well.Meyer said in the Big Ten teleconference last week, though, that pairing Hyde and Wilson could be dangerous for the Buckeyes.“I do like a big back, and boy, (Hyde) ran really hard and physical. I think if you have a Dontre Wilson and a Carlos Hyde as a tag team back there, I think that’s exactly kind of what you’re looking for,” Meyer said.Following Wilson’s biggest game of the season against Cal, where he notched career-highs of 59 and 48 yards rushing and receiving, respectively, Meyer said Wilson was a “breakaway talent.”“Last year our breakaway talent was only (Braxton Miller). And now there’s some other guys that have a bit of a breakaway,” Meyer said. “(Dontre Wilson’s) a guy I have off the top of my head … To have a horizontal threat in this offense, other than your quarterback, that’s a must.”Wilson scored his only touchdown of the season against San Diego State but said after that, despite his success against the Aztecs, adapting to the college game has proven difficult.“It’s a very big difference. Everybody’s fast, even the D-lineman are fast, (everybody is) flowing to the ball. Speed option, anything like that, everybody is getting to the ball,” Wilson said.He added that the touchdown was a “feeling I’ll never get again.”“I love scoring and just for it to be my first college football touchdown, it was a blessing,” Wilson said.Although many involved in the football program feel the potential to be great is there, some OSU players and coaches have said they think Wilson needs to grow into a more complete player before he can contribute to the offense.On Sept. 30, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said Wilson is headed for a great career but needs to grow up as a player first.“Dontre is going to be a ridiculous player here at Ohio State. Obviously he has a lot of stuff to clean up and that’s why he doesn’t play as much as he should,” Brown said. “But I feel like as he matures, he can potentially be one of the best players to ever play here.”Meyer has said on multiple occasions he thinks Wilson is talented, but there are aspects of his game that are lacking.“There are some weapons that are going to develop. Dontre Wilson, that’s a guy that … once we get him stronger, he’s going to be a good player for us,” Meyer said after the game against Cal.Meyer even went as far as to call Wilson a “novelty” for the offense Wednesday.“He’s got to become a football player. Right now, he’s a novelty,” Meyer said. “That’s why he didn’t play much Saturday. So we’re working really hard over the bye week to make him a football player, not just a hood ornament.”Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said Wednesday when Wilson is on the field, it is too obvious to opposing defenses he is going to be a part of the play.“The biggest thing is he’s got to be able to go in the game and play different positions and it not be a red flag that this guy is either getting the ball or getting faked the ball,” Herman said. “He’s got to just be a regular guy, whether it be as a slot receiver or in the backfield. He’s got to be trustworthy enough to put on the field and say he’s just a guy running a route.”Wilson looks to make an impression on the coaching staff and earn back some playing time as the Buckeyes prepare for their next matchup at Ohio Stadium, scheduled for Saturday against Iowa at 3:30 p.m. read more

first_imgIRELAND DOES NOT have enough constitutional protection for local government.That is the opinion of two special rapporteurs to the Council of Europe, who called on the government to revise legislation in order to devolve more power to local authorities.The report by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities was yesterday discussed in the Council.In the report, Congress rapporteurs Andris Jaunsleinis (Latvia) and Merita Jegeni Yildiz (Turkey) welcomed the fact that Ireland has made “substantial changes” since the last monitoring report in 2001.It also stressed the commitment of the Irish authorities to move from an almost fully centralised system to a certain level of decentralisation, citing the Putting People First action plan, announced last year.The report says that the constitutional protection of local government is “rather weak”, that local governments “only manage a modest amount of public affairs”, and that the administrative supervision of their activities by the central level remains high.The report also draws attention to the limited powers of local authorities to levy taxes or to set rates within the limits of the law.Yilmiz said:It is recommended to the Irish authorities that they revise their legislation in order to ensure that the subsidiarity principle is better enshrined and protected in the lawMinister of State Fergus O’Dowd was at the session of the Congress and presented the government’s priorities for reform.“I see the congress report as providing additional underpinning to the reform agenda that we are implementing and I look forward to the continuing support of the Congress in this regard and to the Council of Europe generally,” he explained.Read: Dublin’s 53 extra councillors will cost €1.5 million every yearRead: Number of local authorities to be slashed from 114 to 31last_img read more

first_imgSO WE ALREADY know that TV3 is taking on RTÉ’s Late Late Toy Show in a battle of festive telly.But things are getting really really serious now…. a Christmas jumper war has erupted.Alan Hughes, who’ll be presenting TV3′s festive offering on 29 November, has dared to show his face in Ryan Tubridy’s 2fm studio wearing a Christmas jumper.Handbags. Christmas handbags. Source: Tubridy on 2FMHughes told Tubridy on-air that he’s actually not going head-to-head with RTÉ on 29 November, because his pre-recorded show will only be broadcast for half an hour from 8pm, while the Late Late Toy Show doesn’t begin until 9.30pm.Tubs wasn’t letting it lie though, pressing Hughes on what he’s planning on wearing.With gritted teeth he asked: What are you wearing on the night Alan?The pair might be all smiles in their jumpers today, but it remains to be seen if the Christmas wool will be flying in two weeks time.Meanwhile Tubridy has said that the Toy Show team will spend the next few days “pondering” the request of an 11-year-old boy who as asked to be allowed to co-host with Ryan on the night.Tubridy also said that he has already been trialling “outfits” for the opening sequence of the show, and that an ad featuring him as a cartoon character will be debuting on TV next week.Read: TV3 is going to take on the Toy Show>Read: Kid writes letter hoping to co-host the Late Late Toy Show>last_img read more

first_img“I just want to say maybe your choice back then was wrong,” he added.As evidence he posted the contract with a booking agency and three receipts totalling 250,000 yuan ($40,000) – in case you were wondering, his film of choice was the new Transformers movie.He called on Internet users to spread the message “until she sees it” and promised to reward reposters with free tickets. Model of Optimus Prime, part of the promotion of Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong Source: Kin Cheung/PA WireThey quickly ran out, and his message had been reposted more than 110,000 times by Friday.It seems the stunt got her attention – his old flame got in touch and the pair put the feud behind them. However he indicated that there was no hope of rekindling their relationship.“I promised her when we first met that if she left one day, I would make the whole world know I was looking for her,” he said.This musician will trade you his new album for a naked selfie>Awkward classified ad of the day> I was so poor when we were in our fourth year at college in 2007 that I could not afford just two film tickets. You said when you left for Beijing that I will always be that way. I have been working hard for the past seven years because of that sentence and today I spent half my monthly income to book all the seats in Beijing’s IMAX cinemas on June 27. Gigantic model of Transformers character Bumblebee at Qianmen Gate, Beijing Source: Andy Wong/PA WireA JILTED CHINESE man spent $40,000 to book four entire IMAX cinemas to prove his ex-girlfriend was wrong to dump him for being poor seven years ago.Yep, seven years ago. This lad doesn’t want to let it go.In a series of posts on China’s Twitter-like social network Sina Weibo, the man said:last_img read more

first_imgData centers are notorious for using a lot of power and other resources, but residents of Bluffdale, Utah are a little annoyed by the volume of water that will soon begin flowing to a new NSA facility. When it is completed in September, cooling the massive collection of servers will require as much as 1.7 million gallons of water each day. That’s no drop in the bucket when you’re in the middle of a desert like Bluffdale happens to be.NSA HeadquartersThe data center, or Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center as it’s more properly known, is a 1-1.5 million square foot facility with about 100,000 square feet devoted to data storage. What kind of data? Well, this is the NSA so the official answer is, “that’s classified.” More generally, the data center will be processing the contents of electronic communications including phone calls, emails, and internet searches. Basically, it probably has something to do with PRISM.This facility will use as much water as several thousand average homes, but roughly one third of that volume can be recycled and used for watering lawns. The city expects the data center to account for roughly 1% of all water use in the region and is currently investigating additional sources of water.The NSA facility came with $7 million in government-funded local infrastructure improvements. The city sees this as a net positive for the community, but there are still questions about the efficiency of the data center. Many companies work to reduce resource consumption in server farms, but apparently national security is serious business — no time for conservation.last_img read more

first_imgL’espérance de vie en bonne santé en léger recul en France Jeudi, l’Institut national des études démographiques (Ined) a révélé que si les Français vivaient de plus en plus âgés, l’espérance de vie en bonne santé, elle, connaissait une légère baisse depuis plusieurs années.En 2010, les Françaises avaient une espérance de vie de 85,3 ans et leurs compatriotes masculins de 78,2 ans. Des taux en hausse comparés à ceux de 2008 qui étaient respectivement de 84,8 et de 77,8. Mais si cette augmentation est une bonne nouvelle, l’Institut national des études démographiques (Ined) vient de révéler des chiffres un peu plus inquiétants. En effet, outre l’espérance de vie, les démographes étudient aussi combien de temps les populations peuvent espérer vivre en bonne santé. C’est ce qu’ils appellent “l’espérance de vie sans incapacité” (EVSI).Or, selon les derniers résultats révélés, la France connaît depuis quelques années un léger recul de l’espérance de vie en bonne santé. Celle des hommes est passée de 62,7 ans à 61,9 ans entre 2008 et 2010 et celle des femmes a baissé de 64,6 ans à 63,5 ans, relève l’Ined. Ainsi, en 2010 les hommes pouvaient espérer vivre en bonne santé 79,1% de leur espérance de vie totale contre 80,6% en 2008 et les femmes 74,4% contre 76,1%. Mais selon les chiffres de l’Insee, l’espérance de vie en bonne santé avait déjà entamé sa légère baisse en 2006. Une tendance qui n’est pas observée qu’en France, note l’Ined, qui a compilé et étudié les données des 27 pays de l’Union européenne.Ainsi, d’autres pays européens qui ont comme la France des espérances de vie élevées connaissent une baisse comparable. “Dans les pays où l’espérance de vie est déjà élevée, les gains d’années de vie se font aux âges les plus élevés, donc lorsqu’on est en moins bonne santé”, a commenté pour l’AFP l’auteur de l’étude, Jean-Marie Robine. L’ESVI la plus longue revient ainsi pour les hommes à la Suède avec 71,7 ans et pour les femmes à Malte avec 71,6 ans. L’ESVI la plus courte revient en revanche pour les deux sexes à la République Tchèque avec 52,1 pour ces dames et 52,3 pour ces messieurs.Une convergence des espérances de santé en Europe ?À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Néanmoins, si l’on prend en compte la période récente (2008-2010), les écarts se réduisent entre les pays et ce, pour toute la population. En témoignent, la Lituanie qui voit son EVSI augmenter le plus, de près de trois ans (à 57,7 ans) pour les hommes quand les Pays-Bas affichent la plus forte baisse (-1,3 an, à 61,1 ans). Du côté des femmes, c’est toujours la Lituanie qui voit son espérance de vie sans incapacité (EVSI) augmenter le plus (2,4 ans, à 62,3 ans), alors que c’est la Finlande qui cette fois connait la plus forte baisse (-1,7 année, à 57,8 ans). “Il y a donc des tendances à la convergence des espérances de santé en Europe” pour les hommes comme pour les femmes”, en conclut l’Ined.Le 19 avril 2012 à 17:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img “Everybody’s favorite X-couple is reunited! And boy, are they not happy about that… Kitty Pryde must send Rogue and Gambit on an undercover mission to find a group of kidnapped mutants. What they discover on this mission will shock them. But will it also bring them closer together…? It’s a high-stakes adventure caper that only the two hottest X-Men can deliver!”ROGUE & GAMBIT #1 (2018)(W): Kelly Thompson (A): Pere Pérez (C): Frank D’Armata (L): VC’s Joe Caramagna (CA): Kris AnkaI’ve been slowly but surely getting back into X-Men comics. I’ve started to revisit and re-adapt myself to some of my favorite X-Men from past to present. Two of those characters that I’ve wanted to revisit are Rogue and Gambit. One of the most notable romances in comics (especially in X-Men) but also the most on and off again. The two mutant share a history that’s very similar to each other and complete each other in very different and unique ways. They’re the personification of ying & yang. Throughout the comics, it shows profoundly in their arcs, and now we’re graced with a new chapter in their history, and it’s going to be something outstanding.via MarvelYou always know you’re in for a good time when Kelly Thompson is writing a comic, especially if it’s for Marvel. She has this uncanny ability to get it right. Thompson does wonders with Rogue and Gambit. She brings life into these characters with wit and charm that only she can do. She divulges just the right amount of storytelling to catch your attention, holding onto you and pushing you headfirst into whats going on and you welcome it. One thing that Thompson can do what a lot of writers can’t accurately do. She creates a dynamic between characters that you want to hold onto (*cough* bring A-Force back *cough*). She does this with exceptionally precision within Rogue and Gambit.As readers and X-Men fans who love these two characters together, we anticipate when they come together. Kelly turns that up a notch giving the fans (new and old) what they want to see and it all pays off. Thompson establishes the tension and the longing between them. The raw, yet hilarious interactions and banter between the couple is funny yet heartbreaking. You want them to get back together so badly. You’re yelling, “KISS” into your pages. Thompson hits every beat and doesn’t let you forget for a second that you’re in the story. The little moments between the pair are the most delightful and vital in the first issue as they gear to the bigger problem at hand.via MarvelPere Pérez gives readers some absolutely dynamite art. I always appreciate someone who can draw great X-Men comics, but Pérex gives this comic the epic amount of life that it deserves. He grants us with an obscenely amazing amount of detail within this issue. I admire the way he lays out his panels. I’m the biggest fan of comics that have unconventional panels. Ones where they’re not so straight-forward and entirely out of the box. Pérez also brings the emotion with facial expressions for each of the characters, especially with Remy. Every person shows their feelings on their faces, which pairs so well with Thompson’s hilariously driven and tension-filled script.As Pérez lays down marvelous (heh) artwork, Frank D’Armata gives us great colors that help set the mood and tone for the entire comic. D’Armata pays attention to his settings, giving you the lightness and darkness within the panel that’s needed to set the tonal shift of when times change. Pérez and D’Armata both work together in grand portions to pair with Thompson between these panels. Joe Caramagna keeps us in constant movement with his lettering. He nails it, giving the couple time to have their space, but also moving the couple together and apart.via MarvelRogue & Gambit #1 puts Marvel at a good starting pace in the new year. They brought a team together that can really shake thing up in the world of Rogue and Gambit and develops them for new – as well as – longtime fans. Rogue & Gambit #1 is amping up to be something that leaves readers coming back for more hilarious hijinks and banter these two are sure to deliver. Rogue & Gambit #1 is available now on Comixology and your local comic shop.1/3/18 Releases – In addition to Rogue & Gambit #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Exit Stage Left The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 by Mark Russell (W), Mike Feehan (P), Mark Morales (I), Paul Mounts (C), Dave Sharpe (L), Ben Caldwell (CA) DC ComicsPlanet of the Apes Ursus #1 by David F. Walker (W), Chris Mooneyham (A), Jason Wordie (C), Ed Dukeshire (C) BOOM! StudiosRise of the Black Panther #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Evan Narcisse (W), Paul Renaud (A) Marvel ComicsElsewhere Vol. 1 TP by Jay Faerber (W), Sumeyye Kesgin (A), Ron Riley (C), Thomas Mauer (L) Image ComicsStar Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny – Leia by Elsa Charretier & Pierrick Colinet (W), Elsa Charretier (A), Sarah Stern (C), Tom B. Long (L) IDWLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Jan 2015 – This morning, David Smith returns to court after a Friday night arrest at his home described as excruciatingly emotional. A provisional warrant was issued for his re-arrest on Friday as the United States tries to extradite Smith in connection to a sentence handed down in Orlando in 2009; a sentence of 30 years linked to a Ponzi scheme. Smith was since Friday night, held at the Chalk Sound Police Station after appearing in court that night and will this morning return to face Magistrate Clifton Warner as the former Olint owner plans to fight the extradition. Smith was on Thursday released from Grand Turk prison; the US warrant had a technicality, saying that David Smith was to be given into US custody upon completion of parole; since Smith served his entire sentence at Her Majesty’s Prison and never received parole, the United States was unable to touch him. Related Items:chalk sound police station, David smith, magistrate clifton warner, ponzi scheme Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Missick & Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Week David Smith returns to court in January; heads back to HMP in Grand Turk Police get two convictions for drug possession caseslast_img read more

first_imgGareth Bale has won the Club World Cup 2018 Golden Ball award following his impressive performances at Abu DhabiThe Welsh winger proved to be a vital member of the Real Madrid squad this week as they became the first team in history to win three Club World Cups in a row.Bale proved to be unstoppable in Los Blancos’ 3-1 win against Japanese side Kashima Antlers in the semi-finals by scoring a hat-trick.In the final itself on Saturday, Bale played the full 90 minutes and helped Real defeat local side Al Ain 4-1 – which nearly saw him repeat his overhead Champions League final goal as well.Now Bale’s exploits in Abu Dhabi have crowned him the Club World Cup 2018 Golden Ball winner.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Al Ain’s Caio won the Silver Ball with River Plate’s Santos Borre collecting the Bronze Ball.Last year’s winner for the Golden Ball was Luka Modric, who has since gone on to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.🌍🏆 @GarethBale11 🎖 Club World Cup Golden Ball winner#RMCWC | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Mn7vi4SsWE— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 22, 2018last_img read more

first_imgLeading Asian junket operator Suncity Group has confirmed it will shut down its Australian fixed VIP clubs at Crown Melbourne and The Star Sydney.The Age newspaper reported on Friday that Star Entertainment Group had reached an agreement with Suncity “in the last 10 days” to close its Sydney high-roller room with Star Managing Director and CEO Matt Bekier quoted as saying, “The fixed room of Suncity will be discontinued here. They had a small fixed room – that room is being closed.” Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts The media outlet said it had learnt via sources that Suncity would also close down its VIP Club at Crown Melbourne following recent allegations that the junket operator’s CEO, Alvin Chau, had been barred from entering Australia by the Department of Home Affairs.Speaking to Inside Asian Gaming over the weekend, a Suncity Group spokesman confirmed that the rooms would be closed but said it was “a commercial decision due to lack of demand and high operation costs in Australia.”While Suncity is reducing its Australian presence, the company has been busy elsewhere with a number of new and expanded VIP Clubs opening in recent months.They include the launch of its Resorts World Manila club last week – adding to existing operations at Solaire, Okada Manila and City of Dreams Manila – two new Cambodian VIP Clubs at at NagaWorld in Phnom Penh and in Sihanoukville, an expanded space at Macau’s StarWorld and a new Macau location at the Rio Hotel and Casino. Hong Kong Jockey Club cites “serious integrity concerns” in complaint over Crown Resorts-owned betting exchange 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Load Morelast_img read more

first_imgMap of MymensinghAt least four people were killed and 30 others injured as a bus overturned on Mymensingh-Kishoreganj highway in Char Rasulpur area of Ishwarganj upazila in Mymensingh district on Friday morning.One of deceased is Ratan Miah, reports UNB.The accident took place around 10:30am when the bus driver lost control over the steering, leaving a man dead on the spot and 33 people injured, said Ishwarganj police station officer-in-charge Badrul Alam Khan.Among the injured, two died at Ishwarganj upazila health complex and one on the way to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital.last_img

first_imgCricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), gives a speech as he declares victory in the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, in this still image from a 26 July, 2018 handout video by PTI. Photo: ReutersPakistani lawmakers elected former cricket legend Imran Khan prime minister on Friday, paving the way for him to form a coalition government whose first major task will be to avert a brewing economic crisis.Khan, 65, saw his party sweep to victory in a 25 July general election promising to fight corruption and lift millions of people out of poverty.Pakistan has been plagued by boom-and-bust cycles and military coups since independence in 1947, as well as by militant violence in more recent years.Khan, a firebrand nationalist, has promised to create millions of jobs and build world-class hospital and school systems in the mainly-Muslim country of 208 million people.Among his first challenges will be to decide whether to request an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout to ease currency pressures, or seek support from China and risk deepening Pakistan’s economic dependence on its neighbour.“Imran Khan got 176 votes,” Asad Qaiser, the parliament speaker, said in confirming Khan’s victory over rival candidate, Shehbaz Sharif of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN), who garnered 96 votes.In a sign of the bitter political divisions roiling Pakistan, opposition lawmakers surrounded Khan and shouted “thief, thief Imran Khan” after he was elected premier.Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party holds 151 seats in the 342-seat lower chamber of parliament, short of a majority, but is expected to form a coalition government with smaller parties.Khan, who will be sworn-in on Saturday, has yet to announce his cabinet.MILITARY SUPPORT?His success in the election ended decades of political dominance by two dynastic powerhouses, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of three-time premier Nawaz Sharif, and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), founded and led by the Bhutto family.But Khan will face a battle to push through his ambitious reforms and legislative agenda due to the thin majority in the National Assembly. The Senate, parliament’s upper chamber, is controlled by the opposition.“Legislative business will be difficult for him,” said Raza Ahmad Rumi, editor of the Daily Times newspaper.Opposition parties allege Khan’s path to power was made easier by tacit support of Pakistan’s powerful military, which has ruled the country for nearly half its history.The army and Khan’s PTI deny any collusion.Murtaza Abbasi, a PML-N lawmaker, said in parliament Khan was “brought here by aliens”, a euphemism for the military. Other opposition lawmakers shouted “puppet prime minister”.How Khan addresses historic civil-military tensions that have dogged successive governments could define his term, analysts say.No Pakistani premier has ever completed a five-year term in office, including three-time premier Sharif, whose most recent stint in power was ended by the Supreme Court last year.Sharif, who was jailed over corruption accusations weeks before the election, saw his second stint in power ended by a military coup in 1999.last_img read more

first_imgBaltimore suffers from a culture of violence that can only be addressed at the root, and author, educator and filmmaker Robert Douglas seeks to start a conversation about effective solutions with a new book and public forum on the issue.Author, filmmaker, and community activist Robert Douglas is looking to address the root causes of violence and other social issues in Baltimore with a new book and public forum.(photo courtesy of Robert Douglas)On April 24, Douglas will release his third book, The New Souls of Black Folk, which looks at a number of issues, including single-parent homes, the limits of prison education, and the search for identity in urban environments. For Douglas, the problems existing in urban communities like Baltimore are rooted in a fatalism that afflicts many individuals, and requires addressing conditions which produce a “darkness of soul,” the mindset where one’s horizons are informed by low expectations that become their own sort of glass ceiling.In taking this approach, Douglas wants the reader to think about blackness not in terms of a particular race, but in terms of a limited set of possible conditions or outcomes. “When you think of the color spectrum there’s so many colors, so when you’re limited to one color, when you’re limited to these few circumstances that are around you, you start to shape your mind around those circumstances which begin to govern your actions,” said Douglas.The book looks at problems from both a statistical standpoint and an anecdotal one, using stories to illustrate the issues discussed. For example, in looking at the issue of single-parent homes, Douglas says he interviewed single parents as well as persons no longer involved in their children’s lives in order to get as holistic a picture possible.The book, however, is not intended to sell solutions. “This book was written for the purpose of having discussion around these topics. It’s not a self-help book where I have all of the answers written down in the book. I want to begin having real discussions around these issues.”In pursuit of that aim, Douglas has organized a forum for April 13, titled, “Attacking the Violence,” which will take place in the Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Central Library.Violence is not an academic issue for Douglas, who grew up in Baltimore and who lost his brother and best friend to violence. “I want people from the community to come out and voice their opinions,” said Douglas, “because a lot of times what happens is there’s a lot of people who are in positions, who are in power, who are community leaders, they come out to these meetings and they share their perspectives but we don’t get the community’s real perspective. So that’s what I’m seeking to get.”Douglas says he is looking for ideas and suggestions to incorporate into a non-profit he has created, The Garden of Baltimore, which will begin operating in May. It will initially focus on helping parents that do not have a high school diploma earn their degree and gain job-readiness skills. “We want to branch out to bringing about real solutions to the violence, but we need to hear from the community first in order to know which direction we need to go in in order to bring about actual, real solutions,” said Douglas.“Attacking the Violence” will begin at 5:30 p.m. on April 13, and feature Joseph Manko, principal of Liberty Elementary School; Shannon Sneed, senior communications specialist with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development; and Samuel Johnson of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management. The Enoch Pratt Central Library is located at 400 Cathedral St. in Baltimore.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

first_img40 works of Hemant Rao, each work has an emotive presence of its own. The elements and forms from nature have got transformed in these 40 works, with intensity, and they appear to us in enchanting images. These images in turn, carry all the sensitive, perceptive nuances, related to a visual, as well as emotional experience; to be decoded by us, time and again. A bud, a flower, a leaf, a butterfly, or a bird, thus have a blossoming and a flight here, which is wondrous, and connects best to a dreamlike-state.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Works may seem a bit conventional, and a little shy of experimentations, yet a close look will reveal their refreshing quality, and the spirit in which they have been created. The creations speak volumes for artist’s exploring, and searching modes, and ways. The way the forms, or ultimate images, are placed, in a geometrical sequence and the method with which they are carried out with utmost care, and creative fervor, they brings something novel to the eyes and is to be rejoiced.last_img read more

first_imgFirst Meraviglia-Plus ship is named MSC Grandiose Samuel Aoustin (STX Worker), Mr Vago (Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises), Khadidja Bensasi (STX worker), Mr Castaing (STX General Manager)First Meraviglia-Plus ship is named MSC Grandiosa at steel cutting ceremonyMSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately owned cruise line and market leader in Europe and South America, celebrated today a further acceleration in its industry-unprecedented ten-year investment plan. Under the €9 billion plan, six of a total of 11 new ships will have come into service between June 2017 and November 2020, resulting in a doubling of the MSC Cruises fleet capacity in just three and a half years.In connection with this, today the Company held at STX France the ceremonies of the coin for MSC Bellissima as well as the cutting of the first steel for its first Meraviglia-Plus class ships, representing key building milestones for two of the four new MSC Cruises ships currently and simultaneously under construction (the other two ships, MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, are currently being built at FINCANTIERI, Italy.) MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago, commented: “Today we are celebrating a truly unique moment, as it is the first time that key shipbuilding milestones for two different ships are celebrated on the same day. This is a testimony of the strength and ambition of our investment plan.”Additionally, at the cutting of her first steel ceremony Mr Vago revealed that the first of MSC Cruises two Meraviglia-Plus ships will be named MSC Grandiosa, commenting: “The Meraviglia generation of ships is already setting a new standard for the cruise industry and is just one of the three brand new prototypes that we have designed to bring the cruise guest experience to the next level. MSC Grandiosa is named to signify magnificence and grandeur, a fitting name for this even richer, ultra-modern mega-ship.”Mr Vago continued: “Additionally, with MSC Grandiosa we also continue to innovate in product. Just as MSC Cruises “democratised” the luxury cruise experience when we were the first cruise brand to introduce a ship-in-ship luxury concept – the MSC Yacht Club, we are now doing the same for art and culture with the very first fine art museum at sea. Similarly,” he continued, “MSC Grandiosa will be the third of only four MSC Cruises ships to exclusively feature Cirque du Soleil at Sea, hosted in the uniquely complex, custom-built Carousel Lounge. ”Mr Vago concluded: “Of course, over and above everything else, these ships will be once again at the forefront of environmental technology at sea. In fact, amongst other innovations, they will feature the latest hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems, SCR-Catalysts, state-of-the-art waste management and recycling capabilities, emission-reducing energy and heat recovery systems, and highly advanced wastewater treatment.”The second part of the proceedings was the traditional coin ceremony for MSC Bellissima where two commemorative coins were placed into one of the ship’s blocks as a sign of blessing and goodfortune for the ship and her crew. The two mega-ships are due to come into service in March 2019 and November 2019, respectively.Laurent Castaing, General Manager of STX France , commented: “Today as we celebrate a cutting of the first steel and then a keel laying in the same day, we are living an unprecedented experience that marks the beginning of a new era, both for our client and for our yard. For MSC Cruises, it is the realization of an extraordinary investment plan, which will elevate the Company to become one of the three largest players in the global cruise industry; for us, it is the illustration of our very healthy order book, which leads us to deliver two ships a year until 2022. We are partners in the same virtuous circle, where boldness and the performance of each is a benefit to the other.”The Meraviglia-Plus ships are a further evolution and enrichment of the highly successful Meraviglia prototype, which includes MSC Meraviglia – in service since June of this year – as well as MSC Bellissima. They feature 181,000 GRT’s, 331 metres in length and maximum capacity of 6,334 guests. The fact that this highly successful prototype can be extended is further proof of the engineering capabilities of the partnership between STX France and MSC Cruises and will bring guests an even more connected and rich cruise experience. In fact, the Meraviglia-Plus ships will feature the very first fine art museum at sea, with a collection of classic and contemporary art, elevating the entertainment experience on board to a whole new level and giving guests access to some of the world’s most beautiful works of art.Another key highlight on board both MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa will be Cirque du Soleil at Sea. The long-term exclusive partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil is setting new standards in live entertainment at sea and will see the world’s leader in artistic entertainment create a total of eight original shows that will be exclusively available on MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus generation ships. Each of the four ships will feature two brand new contrasting shows, the first two debuted on MSC Meraviglia in June this year and creative work is underway on two more shows for MSC Bellissima.The two ships celebrated today are part of MSC Cruises’ existing investment plan, which includes the development of new prototypes for each of the three new classes of ships – the Meraviglia class, Seaside Class and World Class. This June, MSC Cruises launched the first of these new ships, MSC Meraviglia in Le Havre France and in December MSC Seaside will come into service in Miami. In June 2018 MSC Seaview will join the ultra-modern fleet. MSC Cruises is the first global cruise line brand to develop an investment plan of this length and magnitude, a testament to the Company’s ambition. Sales are already open for MSC Bellissima’s www.msccruises.com.au/en-au/Plan-Book/Find-Cruise.aspx inaugural summer season in the Mediterranean. The much-awaited opening of sales for MSC Grandiosa will be announced soon.To find out more about MSC Cruises and its fleet visit www.msccruises.com.au Source = MSC Cruiseslast_img read more

first_imgCyprus is to appoint a military attaché to the Republic’s embassy in Washington in the US as part of enhancing bilateral relations following a cabinet decision on Wednesday.According to deputy government spokesperson, Klelia Vasiliou, the appointment of a military attaché to Washington aims at “strengthening of the bilateral relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the US and exercising a balanced defence diplomacy.”The appointment is part of a 2011 cabinet decision concerning the placement of military attachés in important capitals.According to the defence ministry, seven military attachés are presently stationed in the UK, Russia, France, Austria, Israel, Egypt and at Cyprus’ permanent representation to the EU in Brussels. The one in Egypt is also accredited to Jordan and the attaché in the UK is also accredited to Ireland. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more