King Mohammed VI Pardons 1012 Convicts on Throne Day

Rabat – On the occasion of Throne Day, King Mohammed VI granted his pardon to 1,012 people sentenced by the different Moroccan courts, said a statement by the Justice and Liberties ministry. The detained beneficiaries of the royal pardon are 725 and are divided into:– 719 prisoners who had their prison terms reduced. – 6 inmates who had their prison sentences commuted from life imprisonment to fixed prison terms.  The free beneficiaries of the pardon are 287 and are divided into:– 45 prisoners who benefited from pardon over their prison sentences or remaining prison terms. – 9 inmates who benefited from pardon over their imprisonment terms while their fines were maintained. – 2 inmates who benefited from pardon over their prison terms and fines as well. – 231 prisoners had their fines annulled.  Royal pardon is customary in the North African Kingdom to mark national and religious holidays. read more

American University of Leadership to Host International Education Conference in June

Rabat – The American University of Leadership (AUL) and the Association of Moroccan Professionals in America (AMPA) are co-sponsoring an International Education Conference on  June 3-4, 2016, at AUL’s corporate headquarters at the Zenith Center, in Hay Riad, Rabat, the capital of Morocco.  The conference, entitled “Education for a Better Morocco,” will address important issues in education within the broader context of business, entrepreneurship, and the future economic growth of Morocco.  The conference will gather experts and decision makers to reflect on the crucial role of education in the economic and social development of Morocco, by creating a practical dialogue platform for the development of recommendations to strengthen and enhance Morocco’s educational system as a catalyst of sustainable, positive change.  The conference will also celebrate the official launch of AUL’s new American University of Leadership Morocco Foundation.The main conference on Friday, June 3 will include presentations, panel discussions, and keynote speeches by prominent government leaders and specialists.  Dr. Lahcen Daoudi, Morocco’s Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Training will offer keynote remarks and participate on the panel addressing the macro-economic educational issues. The second day is a closed working group session, by invitation only, made up of experts in the field to begin developing specific proposals and recommendations as part of the ongoing dialogue.Supported by strategic partners and sponsors, including the Washington-based Middle East and North Africa Consultants Association and media partner Morocco World News, the conference is a follow-on from AMPA’s Moroccan American Bridges 2015 conference held December 2015 in Washington, D.C., and is part of a continuing dialogue on education in Morocco, initiated by AMPA, among many of the participants and attendees.Approximately 500 attendees are anticipated to attend, including Moroccan and U.S. government officials, Moroccan and American business leaders, and a diverse array of academics, educators, and other leaders in relevant fields.The American University of Leadership Morocco Foundation (AULMF) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization created by American University of Leadership (AUL) to enable private-public partnerships, enhance learning, entrepreneurship, research, and educational programs, and serve as the financial portal for philanthropic giving to AUL.AMPA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization designed to develop and maintain a strong network of Moroccan professionals in the U.S., and to develop strategic trans-Atlantic alliances in Morocco and the U.S. to promote bilateral commercial exchanges between the two countries.For more information and to register for the conference, visit read more

AsiaPacific needs to tap financial systems to benefit regions poor UN says

“In the Asia-Pacific region, the economic integration process has been mainly driven by market forces. This has accelerated the integration of the region into the global economy, but many countries are unable to reach their potential,” Executive Secretary Kim Hak-Su told the 60th session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Shanghai, China. With the Asia-Pacific area now standing as “a newly emerging brain centre of the world,” tapping the region’s sound financial systems would help bring benefits to 800 million people of the region now living on less than a dollar per day, he said.The Commission is scheduled to meet from 22 to 28 April. After Mr. Kim opened the deliberations, senior officials from many member countries discussed poverty reduction, managing globalization and social issues. The Ministerial segment begins on Monday. In 1947, Shanghai became the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East, the organization which evolved into UNESCAP. read more

Annan urges individual citizens to work for environmental change

Although Governments and businesses are coming to understand that the prevailing model of energy use in the world is unsustainable, and that conservation is a necessity for economic growth, constant pressure from individual citizens is needed for real change to occur, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a global environmental forum today.“As citizens, you do have power,” Mr. Annan said by video link to participants of the Tällberg Forum, a yearly convocation of individuals from all sectors of society to discuss environmental issues in the village of Tällberg, Sweden. ”You have power through your vote. And as consumers, you have power through your purchasing decisions. “So use that power to effective change,” he continued. “That is what I have tried to do throughout my tenure, and what I hope my successor will do as well, since when it comes to the environment, the next few years could well be crucial.”A great step forward in changing the mind-set of Government and business leaders, Mr. Annan said, was their recognition that human security is threatened by environmental degradation, along with poverty and infectious diseases. “[That] vision of security is helping the world address threats in a holistic manner, and is I believe, beginning to bring environmental threats the high-level political attention they have long merited,” he said. read more

USU Eastern Blue Bikes Come to Price Campus

USU in Logan served as a model for the new USU Eastern Blue Bikes program in Price, which was debuted on Tuesday afternoon. The campus welcomed its newest addition in conjunction with the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce during a ribbon cutting ceremony on the campus.In October, the work to implement the program began. Spearheaded by Gary Straquadine, Associate Vice President for Career and Technical Education/Vice Provost (CTE) at USUE, the work began to bring this opportunity to USU Eastern students.Blue Bikes is a free bike share program where students can check out a bike and use it for transportation. The bicycles can be rented for an extended period of time as the students use them to travel to classes, work, stores and more. For long-term bike use, students must provide their own bike lock and helmet, and they are responsible for keeping the bike safe, but the use of the bike is free.“The students can come in here, they can check out a bike for free. It will be linked to their student ID and their account so that they can rent and use it for whatever they need,” said Kirt Jensen, one member of team that brought the program to life.As part of the program, USU Eastern is also offering bikes for more rugged adventures, such as riding trails on Wood Hill. These bikes are rented for a shorter duration, generally two to three days, and come with a lock. A helmet remains the responsibility of the renter for the mountain cycles.The program was made possible by USU Eastern, Peczuh Printing, Emery Telcom, Market Express and Gagon Family Medicine. Community donations totaled more than $7,000 in just a few short weeks.“They stepped up within a couple weeks of being asked and it was amazing,” Jensen said of the businesses.The bikes were purchased locally from Bicyclewerks in Price. Employees from the local business also provided assistance for assembling the bicycles and training on maintenance. In addition, the university’s student organization donated the funds for the tools that will be used to maintain the bikes.“It doesn’t look like very many tools but they are kind of pricey so I wanted to thank the student organization for doing that,” said Jensen during the ribbon cutting ceremony.In addition to the sharing program for students, USU Eastern Blue Bikes is accepting donations of used bicycles from community members. Donated adult bikes will be revamped and enter the fleet for local students while children’s bikes will be tuned up and then donated to those in need.For more information on the program or to make a donation, please call Jensen at (435) 650-5227. read more

David Bowie statue vandalised within 24 hours of unveiling

first_imgThe newly unveiled statue of David Bowie being cleaned after being sprayed with paintCredit:Paul Grover The newly unveiled statue of David Bowie being cleaned after being sprayed with paint Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A statue of singer David Bowie was vandalised only 24 hours after it went on show.Hundreds of people were at the unveiling of the bronze sculpture in Market Square in Aylesbury, Bucks on Sunday.However, overnight vandals had sprayed it with graffiti.On the pavement in front of the statue, someone has sprayed the words “Feed the homeless first”.Groups of volunteers turned up on Tuesday with buckets of soapy water to clean the statue.The word-renowned singer, who died in January 2016, made his debut as Ziggy Stardust at Friars music club in the Buckinghamshire town. Money for the £100,000 sculpture was raised by crowdfunding organised by music promoter David Stopps.last_img read more

Stephen Lawrence murder suspect pleads guilty over £4m drugsmuggling plot

Jamie Acourt has previous convictions for possession of cannabis and theft, and has spent time in a young offenders institute, but this is the first time he is set to face a custodial sentence.Following the Lawrence murder and before he fled to Spain, he lived a life of outward respectability at a smart terraced home with his partner in Sidcup.He drove a smart black Mercedes and his girlfriend is a director of a successful children’s clothing company affording them all the trappings of a well-heeled middle class lifestyle. It followed a delinquent childhood that saw him excluded from schools following violent incidents.He will be sentenced for the drugs charge on Friday. His brother had been sentenced to six years and three months’ imprisonment in February last year over the same conspiracy.Jailing him, judge Recorder Paul Clements  said the plot would “have kept the people of the Newcastle area in spliffs for many a long day”.It involved dozens of 600-mile round trips from London to South Shields, driving drugs up and bringing back cash. Knight was arrested in 1993 but charges were later dropped and a bid to prosecute him privately in 1996 failed. He denies any involvement. Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted of murder in 2012 and jailed for life. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Stephen Lawrence who was murdered in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in Eltham in 1993 Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bedford of the Met’s Organised Crime Command, said the  conviction “is the culmination of several years’ of complex investigation by Met detectives”.He said: “Diligent policing work has enabled the team to build a case which has disbanded a drugs network valued around £4 million.Their tenacity has ensured that six members of the drugs network have now faced justice.”A total of seven men have now been convicted or found guilty over the conspiracy.They include the stepfather of Acourt’s partner, Lee Birks, 57, of Orpington, south-east London, and Neil Acourt’s 65-year-old father-in-law Jack Vose, of Bexley, south-east London.In 2012, Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted at the Old Bailey of murdering Mr Lawrence and jailed for life.Both Acourts were arrested shortly after the murder but neither were convicted. Twenty-five years after he was named as a suspect in the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, Jamie Acourt is a lengthy facing jail term.Acourt, 42, from Eltham, south-east London, pleaded guilty to drug offences at Kingston Crown Court on Thursday after admitting his role as a kingpin in a two-year conspiracy to sell £4m of cannabis.His 43-year-old brother Neil Acourt has already been jailed for more than six years over the hashish scheme.But, Jamie Acourt had spent more than two years on the run until his arrest in May, during which he lived in Spain under the alias “Simon Alfonzo”.Prosecutors believe both were ringleaders and that they enlisted family members to the scheme that saw drugs transported between London and South Shields, Tyne and Wear.Both men were arrested after the racist stabbing of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence by a gang of five white men in Eltham in 1993, but have always denied involvement.Those who knew Jamie Acourt at the time of the murder remember a violent and aggressive racist who had earned a fearsome reputation by his mid teens.Jamie Acourt’s conviction for drug offences means that Luke Knight is the only one of the original five suspects in the Lawrence murder who is not behind bars. Gary Dobson (left) and David Norris who were convicted under joint enterprise in 2012 for the 1993 murder of Stephen Lawrence, who was stabbed to death by a gang in a racially motivated murder in Eltham, south-east London, when he was 18 Gary Dobson (left) and David Norris who were convicted under joint enterprise in 2012 for the 1993 murder of Stephen Lawrence, who was stabbed to death by a gang in a racially motivated murder in Eltham, south-east London, when he was 18Credit:PA Jurors were earlier told of Jamie Acourt’s historic allegation and warned they should consider him solely on the trial’s evidence.If the judge found they would be unable to do so, or they if they were serving or retired Metropolitan Police officers, they would have been excluded from the jury.Jamie Acourt, appearing in court wearing a man bun and a beard, previously denied the conspiracy to supply a Class B drug between January 2014 and February 2016, but changed his plea following the end of the prosecution’s case opening.The basis of his plea was that it was agreed with the prosecution he was involved in the conspiracy to supply between January 1 2014 and May 2 2015 only.Acourt fled the country after police raided a home he lived in with his partner and their two children in Bexley, south-east London, in February 2016.He was arrested by armed officers as he left a gym in Barcelona on May 4 2018 and extradited back to Britain. Stephen Lawrence who was murdered in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in Eltham in 1993Credit:PA read more

Pains in the bum and enormous courage The week in quotes

first_imgIT WAS A week when the Seanad was recalled to discuss the crisis in Gaza.Awful weather hit some parts of the country, and former Fianna Fáil minister Ivor Calley was sentenced.All that, and more, it’s the week in quotes: Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland I can’t think of very many positions where one can simply request, on the back of such a devastatingly incisive report, that one can simply request to be moved to somewhere else.Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald wasn’t sure if her former secretary general Brian Purcell will be reassigned to in the civil service, following a damning report by an independent review group which found the department had a “closed, secretive and silo driven culture”. Source: Youtube ScreengrabWell, I’d prefer if the United Nations started shelling Israel.A Sinn Féin councillor, John Hearne, said he believed the United Nations should start shelling Israel in order to persuade its government to return to the talks table. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandThe tat is a bit smaller than the tit.Senator David Norris’ response to Fine Gael’s Paul Coghlan calling the Israel-Gaza conflict “tit-for-tat”. Source: Channel 4 News/YouTubeWhat I never knew, is what I know that, which is that those people who live in Gaza are mainly the unbelievably young.Jon Snow spoke of the ‘images etched’ in his mind after his visit to Gaza. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandThis conduct is never acceptable, it is never acceptable. People who indulge in this conduct should be dealt with by the law.Fianna Fail’s Willie O’Dea said he can’t imagine that Ivor Calley, jailed earlier this week, will ever be readmitted to the party. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandWe want to live in a country that treats everyone with respect… the way we treat asylum seekers and people in the system says a lot about us as a country.Junior Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin spoke of the need to reform Ireland’s system of direct provision. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandI hate missing these things, but it’s a right pain in the bum, and it’s an awful day for it.One Senator was willing to come back to Dublin for the recall, but wasn’t too happy with the date. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandShe has shown enormous courage in staying the course of the criminal justice system. She had to wait 4 years for this day. She had to endure a full court case as Anthony Lyons pleaded not guilty and mounted a defence for the crime he committed against herEllen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive of the DRCC, said the re-sentencing of Anthony Lyons (pictured) for a 2010 sexual assault is a “significant societal marker”, and praised the bravery of the victim.last_img read more

Munsters medical team cleared following investigation into Conor Murray head injury

first_img Murray is treated on the pitch against Glasgow. By Steve O’Rourke Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 11:40 AM Mar 8th 2017, 11:40 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article iTunes Murray is treated on the pitch against Glasgow. Image: Inpho/Billy Stickland Share1 Tweet Email Android EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL CLUB Rugby has stated Munster correctly followed the World Rugby Head Injury Assessment (HIA) protocol following an incident involving Conor Murry during their Champions Cup clash with Glasgow Warriors in January.In the 62nd minute of the match, the Ireland scrum-half went to the ground following a tackle and was attended to by the Munster medical team. Following their on-pitch assessment, Murray returned to action.The EPCR report found that the Munster medical team then used the MyPlayXPlay real-time video system to examine the incident, after which Murray was temporarily removed from the field of play.After undergoing further a further HIA, Murray was cleared to return to play.In a statement today, the EPCR said:“After studying footage and documents submitted by Munster Rugby, the Review Group was satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that Murray did not meet the criteria for immediate and permanent removal from the field of play.”– First published 10.51, 8 MarchSubscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: Short URL Senior presence Henshaw ready to ‘man up’ and make the hits against WalesGlimpse of England whiteboard heightens speculation of Billy Vunipola return Munster’s medical team cleared following investigation into Conor Murray head injury World Rugby Head Injury Assessment protocol was correctly followed in Glasgow game, says EPCR. 2 Comments 10,694 Views Image: Inpho/Billy Sticklandlast_img read more

2017 National Bursary Scholarship Award Winners Thankful for Their Opportunity

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 18, 2017 – Nassau –  “Your country has invested in you.  You now invest in your country,” Minister of Education the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd told nearly 400 scholarship winners of the National Bursary Scholarship to the University of The Bahamas (UB) at a ceremony on Wednesday, evening, August 16, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Church Hall, Boyd Road.The National Bursary Scholarship to the University of The Bahamas is awarded for receiving either five or more Bahamas General Certificates of Secondary Education (BGCSE) inclusive of Mathematics and English Language, or maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for a minimum of one year at UB.Among them, 288 Scholars received the National Bursary Award which covers tuition and fees up to a maximum of $2,500, and 101 scholars received a limited scholarship in the amount of $1,875 per semester for one year.    A total of 27 high school seniors who had taken BGCSE’s in grade 10 and 11 and had obtained the necessary passes also prequalified.   To maintain the scholarship, students must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible to keep the award.The Minister indicated that the Ministry of Education has afforded over 1,000 grants and scholarships to students this year of which 60 percent was afforded to students from government schools.An atmosphere of immense gratitude was created when 2017 Bursary Scholar from St. Augustine’s College, Ariel Kirlew humbly expressed, “I may not be as rich as my friends, classmates, or neighbors but I do believe that I deserve the same opportunities….  I am truly grateful for this Bursary Award.”    She will be pursuing a Bachelor’s in Accounting.A 2017 Outstanding Bursary Scholar from Nassau Christian Academy, Christina Small also expressed how necessary the Bursary Scholarship is to her, saying “The word scholarship was slipped into almost every conversation involving college.”   She will be pursuing a career in Medicine.   Both scholars thanked the Ministry of Education and their parents for such great support and the opportunity afforded for their hard work.Representing the parents, who were also very grateful for the assistance of the Bursary Scholarship, Cedric Moss, father of Bursary Scholar Abigail Moss, thanked the Ministry of Education and UB for their “wise investment” and reminded the scholars that “It is easy to fall behind but hard to catch up” in regards to maintaining their scholarships.Dr. Rodney Smith, President of UB, contributed many wise words of encouragement to the audience.   He connected with the “First Fall class admitted to UB” in letting them know he was also a recipient of the Bursary Scholarship.   His father had passed away when he was six years old and he was raised by a single mother of four who worked as a waitress to support them all.   The scholarship allowed him to be the first in his family to attend college and allowed him to become what he is today.   He said this to show the scholars how important it is to “work hard because you don’t know what you are destined to be… you are the future builders and owners of the UB.”The President also gave wonderful insight into what UB has to offer in its upcoming semester, such as new 2-5 bedroom suites along University Commons in Nassau and Grand Bahama, along with many other improvements that he hopes will make UB “the most beautiful campus in the entire world.”   This concept is especially significant because UB is said to be “the only university that considers the entire country to be its campus.”The University is also working on study abroad programs so that “By the end of their Junior year, all students will be afforded the opportunity to study abroad.”   He also announced his “Thursday open-door policy from 3-5 p.m. for both students and parents.”The award ceremony was moderated by Bursary Scholar Graduates Kendra Ingraham and John Darville.Story by: Sydnei IsaacsPHOTOS CAPTIONPictured at the National Bursary Scholarship ceremony at St. Joseph’s Hall, August 16, 2017 are Minister of Education the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd speaking at the podium (seated in background is UB President Dr. Rodney Smith); young scholarship recipients; and also senior Ministry of Education officials.  (BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) Related Items:last_img read more

Latorre criticizes Simeones attitude after Atleticos defeat

first_imgAfter Atletico Madrid’s unexpected defeat against Girona, pundit Diego Latorre came after Diego Simeone’s defensive style of play again.Despite having the results that tend to be acceptable for any Atletico Madrid fan, manager Diego Simeone still has a fair share of critics such as Diego Latorre who really hate his tactics and come after him every chance they get.The former Boca Juniors player and now a pundit at Fox Sports, has always been very vocal when he talks about Simeone’s determination to play in a certain way and doesn’t seem to understand why he wastes all that talent of players by asking them to play defensively.Latorre is one of Argentina’s authorized voices in regards to all the people who represent their football abroad, he doesn’t think that Diego Simeone’s philosophy is in line with the way that most of the people from their country understand football.It’s okay when Simeone has already won important titles with Atletico Madrid while playing defensive football, but Latorre loves talking trash against ‘Cholo’ whenever he is down after getting eliminated from a competition of loses an important match with the same tactics.The pundit took his rage to Twitter once again after Simeone responded to critics for the way his squad played against Girona on Wednesday.Simeone es un buen entrenador, lástima su discurso, podría colaborar con sus opiniones para aceptar que todos ganan y pierden y alejarse de la pose de ganador (también en la derrota) que tanto mal nos ha hecho.— Diego Latorre (@dflatorre) January 16, 2019“If Diego Simeone prefers to play poorly and qualify to the next round, they we would have to ask why his team didn’t go through to the next round,” Tweeted Latorre as quoted by Marca.“Nobody picks the result in matches like this, it is a wish that one has. The trickery has worked very well in people’s psyche, that’s exactly why the empty preach remains with the fans. Nobody ever responds against them.”“But of course, first you have to think in order to respond properly to any of his speeches.”“Simeone is a good manager, but his message is a real pity. He could also help the cause by staying away from the illusion of making everybody think he is a winner even in defeat, a message that has hurt us so much as a country.”“‘Cholo’, who is a very good manager, has been losing against Madrid and Barça for years but people sell you the winning formula whenever he wins (with one of the most expensive clubs in the world).”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“They don’t sell you the same formula when he loses a final or gets eliminated by Qarabag in the Champions League. Anywho…” He concluded.Si prefiere jugar mal y pasar habría que preguntar por qué no pasó a la siguiente instancia. El resultado no se elige, es un deseo. Los engaños han funcionado bien en psiquis de la gente, por eso se mantienen los discursos vacías. Nadie los interpela. Claro, para eso hay q pensar— Diego Latorre (@dflatorre) January 16, 2019Even though Latorre does seem like he has a personal issue against ‘Cholo’, one has to look at the real meaning of his words and understand that the former player only wants the best for the Argentina National Team.Diego Simeone has been repeatedly mentioned amongst the managers who could take the position sometime in the future, a proposal that Latorre obviously rejects because of this defensive style of football that ‘Cholo’ won’t stop preaching.The Fox Sports pundit is a romantic, his style of play actually betrays him because we are talking about one of the most artistic players who ever wore a jersey for either Boca Juniors or the Argentina National Team.It’s clear that his philosophy doesn’t align with Simeone’s and that’s the real reason he will always go after ‘Cholo’, even in the times he wins a title.Simeone’s latest Copa del Rey elimination doesn’t mean that everything is lost for Atletico Madrid, it actually means they will have more time to prepare for the other two competitions.Hace 30 años, Diego Latorre debutaba con la camiseta de Boca Juniors. En toda su carrera convirtió 116 goles en 425 partidos.— El fútbol va con vos (@Relatoresconvos) October 18, 2017Do you agree with Latorre’s criticism of Simeone, or do you like the manager’s defensive style? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Crews work to fix downed power lines after dump truck crashes into

first_imgIt is unclear if the driver was injured in the crash.East and westbound lanes of Cypress Creek Road remain closed hours later. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #FLPD Temp Road Closure- 1200 block of West Cypress Creek Road eastbound & westbound lanes are CLOSED due to downed wires in the roadway. Motorist can utilize NW 12 Ave / NW 15 Ave as Detour. @FTLCityNews @FLFR411— Fort Lauderdale PD (@FLPD411) August 14, 2019center_img FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews are working to repair some downed power lines after a dump truck crashed into a pole in Fort Lauderdale.Fort Lauderdale Police and Florida Power and Light crews responded to the scene along the 1200 block of West Cypress Creed Road at approximately 1:30 p.m., Wednesday.Power lines and other electrical cables were left on the ground after the truck slammed into the pole.last_img read more

Inside the Pentagon Restructuring ahead of Schedule Democrats Criticize Use of DOD

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Many of the organizational changes within DOD stemming from the Feb. 1 split of the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics office into two smaller organizations should be in place by the end of the first quarter of 2019, one year ahead of schedule, Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, told Defense News. “I believe those last critical slots — a lot of [deputy assistant secretary of defense] slots, a few director slots — will all be filled by March of ’19. We’re excited to get going on the work,” Lord said. Under the restructuring, the individual components that now make up the office of the assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for energy, installations and environment will be shifted to a newly created ASD for sustainment. … A group of senior Democrats have asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to reject a request from the Department of Homeland Security to allocate $450 million in military construction funds to construct a new border barrier system along a 31-mile section of the Barry M. Goldwater Range in southwest Arizona. “It is utterly irresponsible and appalling that President Trump wants to take away funding for military readiness and infrastructure in order to spend it on his border wall,” Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.), ranking member on House Armed Services, said Thursday in a statement. DOD intends to reinforce an estimated 31 miles of fencing “with an additional 30-foot barrier that includes an all-weather patrol road, and vehicle and pedestrian access gates, enhancements which have proven successful along other parts of the southern border,” a Pentagon spokesman said, reported Stars and Stripes.DoD photo by EJ Hersomlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 10 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At URI

first_imgKINGSTON, RI — The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce that more than 5,500 undergraduates have qualified for the fall 2018 Dean’s List. The students represent nearly all of Rhode Island’s cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, and many other states and nations.To be included on the Dean’s List, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 credits with a 3.30 quality point average. The list includes students who have not yet declared their majors as well as those from all of the University’s undergraduate academic colleges.The following students from Wilmington have been named to URI’s fall 2018 Dean’s List:Amanda BoyleJack BoyleAlanna CoughlinQuinton FoleyNat LafleurAnna PietropaoloStacy RobichaudSiobhan ScanlonRyan WalshAshley WeadickAbout University of Rhode IslandThe University of Rhode Island’s pioneering research extends the University’s influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,637 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment. In May 2018, more than 3,300 undergraduate and about 750 graduate degrees were awarded. The University now has more than 120,000 alumni worldwide.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of Rhode Island via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 7 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University Of Rhode IslandIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 7 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At URIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 12 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University of Rhode IslandIn “Education”last_img read more

Excursion Inlet cannery ramps up frozen fish production

first_imgOcean Beauty’s fish processing plant at Excursion Inlet. (Henry Leasia /KHNS)Excursion Inlet’s fish-processing plant is gearing up for another season. Recently, seafood processor and distributor Ocean Beauty has been reducing its canning operations while ramping up frozen fish production. This new direction has brought in more business for the Excursion Inlet plant.Listen nowWhen Ocean Beauty’s Southeast Operations Manager Mike Forbush started coming up to Excursion Inlet about 30 years ago, the cannery mostly employed college students. That is not the case anymore.“I would be very young on this crew, and I’m almost 50,” Forbush said. “I would say the average age is almost 50, 55.”The vast majority of the staff are from the lower 48. Employees have been spreading the word about the plant to family and friends from New Mexico, Yakima and Stockton.Forbush said that there is about a 95 percent return rate for maintenance workers, which has all but eliminated the need for outreach.“I think the last time we recruited in Juneau, we picked up one person,” Forbush said.By now, multiple generations have worked at this plant. Some are part of families that have been coming since the 1940s.There is a lot of work to be done on the canning machines. The plant relies on models from the 1960s, and there are no companies that produce salmon canning machines anymore.“Because there’s just not enough canneries. You know, there’s a lot of soup canneries and things like that, but not a lot of salmon canneries.” Forbush said.Maintaining this equipment requires skilled machinists who can make parts on the spot. But for all of the work that goes into this assembly line, a small fraction of the product will end up in a can.An Excursion Inlet salmon canning machine built in 1969. (Henry Leasia / KHNS)For the last two years, Ocean Beauty has been placing more emphasis on freezing fish in Southeast Alaska. Forbush estimates that 85 percent of the fish processed by the plant this year will be frozen. There are a few reasons for this.The majority of Ocean Beauty’s canning in Southeast Alaska revolves around pink salmon. Other species of salmon are not as cost-effective for canning. But the pink run is looking weaker this year, especially for the northern part of the region.In addition, the market for frozen fish is much more lucrative right now. Forbush said a lot of Excursion Inlet’s frozen fish is being sold to other processors in countries like Germany and France. Some of the fish will be sent to Ocean Beauty’s plants in Washington.“We have quite a big smoking operation down South. We do all our cold smoke in Monroe and our hot smoke in Renton,” Forbush said.Ocean Beauty’s Petersberg plant did not operate last year due to a lack of freezer facilities. This resulted in Excursion Inlet processing around 26 million pounds of fish in 2017. That’s three times as much fish as it processed the previous year, which is good news for the Haines Borough. The plant brought in over $300,000 in raw fish tax revenue.Recently, the Borough helped pay to replace a failing bridge that supports a waterline for the Ocean Beauty Plant. At a recent dedication for the new bridge, Forbush said that the repair ensured that the plant would keep running.“There would be no way the cannery would operate. We have no source down below with enough gravity feed to get to the cannery. It would have been disastrous for us,” Forbush said.The Petersberg cannery will remain closed again this year, and the Excursion Inlet plant is preparing for more frozen fish production. In April, they bought a new compressor for the refrigeration system. The last time they had updated the refrigerator was in 1979. Now the plant will be able to freeze fish 24 hours a day over a three week period.Excursion Inlet’s plant superintendent Tom Marshall says they aim to process around 20 million pounds of fish this season.last_img read more

Judiciary has totally collapsed in Bangladesh Fakhrul

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday alleged that the date for delivering verdict in Zia Charitable Trust graft case against the party’s chairperson Khaleda Zia and others was fixed “illegally at the behest of the government”.”The date of the verdict was announced absolutely on the government’s instructions. They’ve been trying from the very beginning to convict our leader [Khaleda] without any trial and justice,” he said, reports UNB.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader also alleged that the government is trying to deprive Khaleda of justice through the court.”It’s exposed that the judiciary has totally collapsed in Bangladesh as the government has established its control over it.”Fakhrul said this while talking to newsmen after the maiden meeting of the Jatiya Oikya Front (National Unity Front) at JSD president ASM Abdur Rob’s Uttara residence in the capital.He said holding the trial in Zia Charitable Trust case in absence of Khaleda Zia is illegal. “Announcing the verdict date in her (Khaleda’s) absence is also totally illegal.”The trial process in the cases was not completed as the accused could not give self-defence statements and lawyers could not end their arguments. “We think it’s contrary to justice. We protest it.”Earlier in the day, judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 in Dhaka fixed 29 October for pronouncing verdict in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.On 8 February, Khaleda was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case by the same court. Since then, the BNP chairperson has been kept at the abandoned central jail in Old Dhaka’s Nazimuddin Road area.last_img read more

Mineral in lunar meteorite suggests water was once on the moon

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Water on the moon, some have suggested, would be valuable, because it could support a colony—or perhaps be used for other purposes, such as powering spacecraft. But thus far, efforts to find any below the surface in the more temperate regions have come up empty-handed. In this new effort, the researchers were studying one of the lunar meteorites found on the surface of the Earth. Such meteorites are pieces of the moon blasted into space by an impact. The fragment studied by the team in Japan turned out to be unique—it held some amount of moganite, a mineral that only forms in the presence of water.Prior research had shown that the meteorite, named NWA 272, crashed into a northern part of Africa approximately 17,000 years ago. Comparison with other moon surface material confirmed it came from the lunar surface, as well. After finding it contained moganite, the team ran more tests to show that it had not formed after landing on Earth. © 2018 Study suggests Earth’s water was present before impact that caused creation of the moon (A) Lunar moganite, (B) red and blue denote the high and low relative abundances. Credit: Masahiro Kayama and M. Sasaoka (SASAMI-GEO-SCIENCE) Schematic of the history of precipitation of moganite and subsurface H2O ice in the Moon. Credit: Masahiro Kayama and M. Sasaoka (SASAMI-GEO-SCIENCE) Journal information: Science Advances To explain the presence of the mineral, the team suggests the moon was struck by a comet or other water-bearing object. Some of the water likely evaporated, but some would also have seeped into the lunar surface. As the water sat below the surface, moganite eventually formed. Sometime thereafter, the same area was once again impacted—this time by an object that flung bits of the lunar surface containing the moganite into space. After that, it made its way to Earth.The researchers suggest their finding is exciting because logic suggests if water were under the surface at one time, more could be there now. It would just be a matter of making the effort to find it. More information: Masahiro Kayama et al. Discovery of moganite in a lunar meteorite as a trace of H 2 O ice in the Moon’s regolith, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar4378AbstractMoganite, a monoclinic SiO2 phase, has been discovered in a lunar meteorite. Silica micrograins occur as nanocrystalline aggregates of mostly moganite and occasionally coesite and stishovite in the KREEP (high potassium, rare-earth element, and phosphorus)–like gabbroic-basaltic breccia NWA 2727, although these grains are seemingly absent in other lunar meteorites. We interpret the origin of these grains as follows: alkaline water delivery to the Moon via carbonaceous chondrite collisions, fluid capture during impact-induced brecciation, moganite precipitation from the captured H2O at pH 9.5 to 10.5 and 363 to 399 K on the sunlit surface, and meteorite launch from the Moon caused by an impact at 8 to 22 GPa and >673 K. On the subsurface, this captured H2O may still remain as ice at estimated bulk content of >0.6 weight %. This indicates the possibility of the presence of abundant available water resources underneath local sites of the host bodies within the Procellarum KREEP and South Pole Aitken terranes. Photograph of lunar meteorite NWA 2727. Credit: Masahiro Kayama and M. Sasaoka (SASAMI-GEO-SCIENCE) Explore further A team of researchers led by Masahiro Kayama of Tohoku University has found evidence in a lunar meteorite that water once existed on the moon. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the team describes their study of the meteorite and why they believe it offers evidence of water on the moon. Citation: Mineral in lunar meteorite suggests water was once on the moon (2018, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Four Seasons Resort to mark its entry in Puerto Rico by 2018

first_imgFour Seasons chain is gearing up towards the launch of its most recent Puerto Rico project. The Four Seasons Cayo Largo officially launched work in the area of Fajardo. Puerto Rico’s government is supporting the project through tax credits from the Department of Finance and the Hotel Development Corporation.The $230 million hotel project is slated for a debut at the end of 2018. It will have 140 rooms and will generate 400 permanent jobs (along with 400 construction jobs).The hotel will be Four Seasons’ third property in the region, along with Anguilla resort (which was formerly a Viceroy) and its flagship resort in Nevis. The formerly stalled project will reportedly include a hotel and an 18-hole golf course and a residential real estate component.last_img

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first_imgJuly 25, 2014Concrete for the new step had to be carried up a very long staircase. We can see the form on the top of the stair case. The drawing of Paolo Soleri on the steps was done by planning coordinator Rawaf and AIS coordinator Travis.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]The concrete pour of this step was a first project for the June 22. 2014 workshop. Here is  workshop participants Lorenzo Mastino smoothing the surface of the step.A protective cloth has been spread over the new foam insulation.Here is workshop participant Lucas Klein spreading fine gravel that will be under a new layer of pavers.last_img

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