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Arsonists Set Indian Man’s House on Fire in UK, Police Probe Hate Crime Angle
Unidentified arsonists set the house and car of an Indian digital consultant on fire shortly after midnight at Orpington, Kent, in the United Kingdom on Sept. 15 in what police say may be a hate crime. No one was hurt in the attack, but the house and car were damaged, police said.Mayur Karlekar, 43, who has lived in the United Kingdom for 19 years, was awoken by his neighbors after they noticed the fire.The local police said a group of four young arsonists was involved in setting the house and car on fire. No arrests have been made so far, the Times of India reported.Karlekar moved to the United Kingdom from Mumbai in 1999 after receiving a work permit for Tech Mahindra and continued to live in the country, where he has worked at various Indian companies, including TCS and HCL. Shortly after midnight on Sept. 15, he heard a knock on the door and the doorbell, and when he opened the door, he saw his property in flames.“My neighbor came round half dressed. He was asleep but his dog had smelt the fire and started barking, waking him up. I thought it was just some random people knocking but when I got out of bed I could see huge flames outside the window next to my son’s bedroom. The flames were 15 feet high,” the publication quoted him as saying.“I don’t feel safe at all and we are worried, if these people are not caught, they will damage other houses and families with kids who may not be as lucky as us to escape,” he said, adding that he now wished to move out of the neighborhood if such occurrences happen again.Karlekar, a father of two, said that the fire department responded 25 minutes after being called and that the police took the report 32 hours and seven calls later, according to the report. As no person was injured, the incident got “deprioritized,” he added. Arsonists used flammable liquid like petrol to start the fire. “The fire has been caused by petrol or something to create those flames as a matchstick alone would not cause that,” he said.Speaking to the publication, the local police confirmed that the case is being investigated as a hate crime. A CCTV footage shows four young people lighting up the shrubbery of Karlekar’s property along with the red Toyota car to set them all on fire together. The footage showed they succeeded in their fourth try.Karlekar said this was “targeted attack.’’ The total loss would be between £15,000 and £20,000, including complete destruction of his two cars, roof, gate, a window, and all the shrubs in his property, he added.The next morning, a bunch of young people were spotted laughing and taking pictures and videos of the damages which were later believed to be posted on the social media by them.“We have not caused any trouble to anyone and have only helped others. My wife is a physiotherapist and I was special constable doing voluntary unpaid work. We support multiple UK charities. This act happening to us was a complete shock,” Karlekar was quoted as saying in the report.Last month, the Edinburgh Police arrested a man after a gurdwara was targeted in a suspected arson attack in Leith city. Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sahib was targeted with a petrol bomb at 5.05 am on Aug. 28. Detectives said the Sikh temple was deliberately targeted, BBC had reported at the time. No one was injured but the building suffered damages. In a similar incident that took place on June 6 this year, a gurdwara and a mosque were set ablaze in Leeds, United Kingdom, in the wee hours. The police arrested a 42-year-old man during the investigation, treating them as hate crime incidents. Related Itemshate crimekentUnited Kingdom
PH’s Dumaan treks rough road to gold in pencak silat
Dumaan, 21, needed to run off his excess weight for the tanding Class A 45-50 kilogram division but still had enough strength to defeat Indonesia’s Firman, 4-1, in the Southeast Asian Games final held at Bukit Kiara here.READ: Lesser-known sport gives life to struggling PH SEA Games bidFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingA newcomer in the SEA Games, the Roxas City-native was overweight by 4.4 pounds prior to the start of competition Sunday, according to pencak silat chief Princess Jacel Kiram.“He’s a very hardworking athlete with a lot of promise,” said Kiram of Dumaan, who won a bronze during the Asian Beach Games last year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports science boosts pencak silat team Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Dumaan was discovered from the national games, according to Kiram.“But he worked his way up the national team after impressive sparring with national team members,” she added.Mastafa Fitri Masjuri of Malaysia and Muhammad Ridhwan Selamat of Singapore took the bronze medals in the division.It was the first pencak silat gold medal scored by the Philippines in the SEA Games since 2005.Before Dumaan hit paydirt, Princesslyn Enopia, Rickrod Ortega and Jefferson Rhey Loon copped the bronzes in the women’s tanking Class A, men’s tanding Class C and Class D, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Dines Dumaan of the Philippines after winning the gold medal in the men’s tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games pencak silat competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR —Dines Dumaan went through the wringer to give the Philippines a coveted gold in pencak silat Tuesday.And while it wasn’t enough to avert yet another failed bid by the country in the biennial meet, the gold was worth a celebration.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Almohaidib Abad and Cherry May Regalado were still in contention for golds in the men’s and women’s artistic divisions late Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments
INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Ateneo-San Beda dominance
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ravena was named back-to-back Finals MVP after nearly posting a triple-double in Game 1 with 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine rebounds with two steals and two blocks to boot and erupting for a career-high 38 points on 13-of-18 shooting from the field that went with six rebounds, six assists and three steals in the title-clincher.Ravena put on his cape but he couldn’t have taken Ateneo to the top alone with the likes of Matt Nieto and Angelo Kouame and the rest of the gutsy Blue Eagles making significant contributions as well.San Beda also had its heroes in Javee Mocon, Robert Bolick and Donald Tankoua.Mocon went on to win Finals MVP after casting his imposing presence on both ends of the floor. He averaged 15 points, 10.5 rebounds and three blocks in the title round.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Sure, there were adversities along the way but they were merely bumps rather than stumbling blocks that hardly had any effect on the outcome as Ateneo and San Beda remained kings of their respective leagues.The Blue Eagles repeated as UAAP champions for the second straight year while the Red Lions completed another 3-peat and won their 11th NCAA title in 13 seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefAteneo and San Beda’s title runs narrate stories of dominance and will to sustain greatness.University of the Philippine may have stolen the UAAP limelight with its Cinderella run to the championship round, but not the crown with Thirdy Ravena unleashing a finals performance for the ages. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Zubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget01:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Neil Etheridge left out of Azkals’ AFC Asian Cup team BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ There was no stopping the inevitable.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
After a stream of victories, Arsenal ramp up transfer window plans for Emery
So, the 19 year old Bayer Leverkusen’s midfielder Kai Havertz can be a really good backup option for the Gunners in the next season. Kai Havertz prefers to play as an attacking midfielder and he can be used just behind the centre forward in Unai Emery’s 4-2-3-1 system. On the other hand, Ismaila Sarr will also be a good addition in the squad of the Gunners. The 20 year old Senegalese wide midfielder has already scored 2 goals for Stade Rennais in his nine appearances so far in Ligue 1. The young midfielder can play in his natural role as a wide midfielder in Unai Emery’s system. The club management of Arsenal will wish to add two youngsters in the squad of the Gunners in the upcoming winter transfer window. According to Mirror Sport, the Gunners are eyeing to make a move for two youngsters Kai Havertz and Ismaila Sarr. According to several reports in England, the club management of Arsenal are not interested to extend the contract of Aaron Ramsey after the end of this season. Unai Emery Is Eyeing To Finish In The Top Four In This Season. AdvertisementThe Gunners are now going through a winning streak for the last nine games in all competitions after losing against Manchester City and Chelsea in first two matches in the Premier League this season. Arsenal have collected 18 points from their 8 matches so far in the Premier League and now they are at fourth position in the League. Unai Emery Is Eyeing To Finish In The Top Four In This Season. If the Gunners can add these two players in the upcoming winter transfer window, they will surely be a strong contender to finish in the top four in the Premier League this season. Advertisement
Were helpless, Indian football is deprived: Ahmed
Kolkata, Jun 23 (PTI) Indian Super League might become countrys premier tournament from next season but Mohammedan Sporting president Sultan Ahmed today said the fans will be deprived if they do not include the century old clubs of Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and them. The Big Three heritage clubs of India are not part of the ISL as they have been adamant on their three-point demand including the waiver of franchise fees and the Trinamool Congress MP sounded helpless. “By not including century-old clubs Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting, ISL is depriving the Indian fans. We have millions of fans all over India,” Ahmed said on the sidelines of their Iftar where they conferred their biggest honour, Shan-e-Mohammedan, to former India International Latifuddin Najam. “Its difficult to fight against the Ambanis (the organisers of ISL). We are helpless and will protest silently,” he said. Talking about ISL, he said: “It has helped in many areas. It has given a lot of young players an opportunity to play against or with some of the top foreign players. “It is a good innovation for Indian football because not only it bring new players in but it also bringing people back to Indian football but its high time that they involve the top clubs of India.” PTI TAP ATK ATK
New Zealand vs West Indies, 2nd T20: Rain ruins 2018’s first international cricket match
The New Year 2018 was marked by the second T20 international between New Zealand and West Indies but the match was forced to be abandoned at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Monday.Rain played the spoilsport as just nine overs of play, the second T20 was called off.With no result in the second of the threeT20 series, New Zealand lead the series 1-0.New Zealand, who won the first match by 47 runs, were 102-4 when rain got heavy and forced the players out of the field. Play was eventually abandoned at 10 pm.Opener Colin Munro smashed 66 from 23 balls and reached a half century from 18 balls, which would have equalled his own New Zealand record if the match had been completed. Munro hit 11 fours and three sixes, falling after hitting four consecutive boundaries from Kesrick Williams.The third match is at the same venue on Wednesday when rain is forecasted again.In the first T20 on Friday, the West Indies’ long, dry summer in New Zealand continued when they were beaten by 47 runs in the first of three Twenty20 internationals.After losing the two-Test series 2-0 and the three-match one-day series 3-0, there was hope the West Indies would show some form in the shortest format in which they are the current world champions.But after a new-look and largely inexperienced New Zealand team made 187-7, batting first after losing the toss, the West Indies batted lethargically and were all out for 140 in 19 overs.The last over of the New Zealand innings, bowled by Kesrick Williams, cost 25 runs and made a substantial difference between the teams, giving New Zealand a more than competitive total on a slow wicket at Saxton Oval which made hard-hitting difficult.advertisementWicketkeeper Glenn Phillips, in only his fourth one-day international for New Zealand, made 56, took three catches and had two stumpings in a man-of-the-match performance which was hugely influential in New Zealand’s victory.(Courtesy: AP)
Xiaomi Mi A3 to be much improved than Mi A2, expected India launch in few months
Couple of weeks ago Xiaomi India Managing Director and Global VP Manu Jain confirmed that a new Mi smartphone with a new Snapdragon 700 series chipset is coming to India soon. We at India Today Tech believe that it could be the Mi A3 – that will succeed the last year’s Mi A2. Xiaomi India is yet to confirm the name of the phone though. Now some more details about the upcoming Mi A3, Mi A3 Lite have leaked. According to a new leak coming from folks at XDA Developers the Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite will have “bamboo_sprout” and “cosmos_sprout” codenames respectively.The report reveals that Xiaomi is currently working on three smartphones that are expected to launch very soon. The first one is said to be bamboo_sprout (Mi A3), second is cosmos_sprout (Mi A3 Lite), and the third will be a phone with codename “pyxis” (Mi 9X). All these three upcoming Xiaomi phones are expected to come with Snapdragon 700 series chipset and almost the same specs.Weeks ago Jain’s tweet hinted that the Mi A3 may be powered by Snapdragon 730 chipset. However, the new report suggests that the Mi A3 series may actually sport either Snapdragon 710 like the Realme 3 Pro or Snapdragon 712. As of now, there’s no confirmation on which of the three chipsets will we see powering the Mi A3 series.To recall, the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite is powered by Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 625 chipset, respectively. This suggests that the Mi A3 series that’s coming very soon will be much powerful compared to the predecessor. On the software front the Mi A3 and the Mi A3 Lite are tipped to run stock version of Android 9 Pie OS. The Mi A3 series of phones are expected to come with 32MP selfie camera, in-screen fingerprint sensor, among other things.advertisementAlongside the Mi A3 series, Xiaomi is said to be working on another phone under its Mi branding. It could be the successor to the Mi 6X. Reports suggest the Mi 6X successor may launch as Mi 9X. It is said that the Mi 9X will also come with the same specs as the Mi A3 series. But the Mi 9X, unlike the Mi A3, will feature MIUI skin over the Android 9 Pie OS.As Jain hinted the Mi A3 is coming to India soon, possibly in the months to come.ALSO READ | Asus teases OnePlus 7 Pro rival for May 16 launch, ZenFone 6 to get no-notch displayALSO READ | Realme X spotted in YouTube video ahead of May 15 launchALSO READ | Redmi Y3 review: Great selfies and long battery life
Reliance Foundation honoured by Govt. of India
Indian Super League Reliance Foundation awarded Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar Goal Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FSDL Indian Super League The prestigious award was presented by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind… In what will be yet another feather in their cap, Reliance Foundation has been awarded the Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind at a function in New Delhi. Mrs Nita Ambani, founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation, was present to collect the award which comes under the ‘Sports for Development’ category.The Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs awards the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar in order to encourage the involvement of corporates and sports promotion boards in the development of sports in the country. The Reliance Foundation has helped forge an interest towards sports among the youth of the country. Formed in 2010, it has enabled the youth to take up leadership roles in the community to become mentors to the rural kids in our country. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Foundation uses the vehicle of sports in the rural regions to promote education and leadership. It has also helped in bringing people together from the rural areas for sports.Their work in promoting football in the country has seen Mrs.Ambani-led Reliance Foundation win the award in the ‘Sports for Development’ category.Others who recieved the Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar this year are Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) for ‘Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young Talent’, Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) for ‘Encouraging sports through corporate social responsibility’ and The Golf Foundation in the ‘Sports for Development’ category.
Carriers Not Cashing In on IntraAsia Container Trade Surge
zoom Container traffic within Asia is flying according to trade statistics, but carriers are yet to feel the benefit, shipping analysts at Drewry say.As reported last week, container traffic surged ahead in the first quarter of 2017 by an estimated 10% thanks in large part to a rapid escalation in intra-regional volumes, particularly within Asia.The provisional first quarter trade lane data from Drewry’s Container Trades Statistics (CTS) indicates that container trade within Asia, encompassing Greater China, North Asia and Southeast Asia, jumped by 23.5% year-on-year to reach 10.8 million TEU.This is all the more remarkable as the same data source suggests that this follows on from zero growth in 2016 when Intra-Asia box volumes closed on 39.2m TEU, Drewry said.The busiest and fastest growing lane within Intra-Asia in the quarter is Greater China to/from Southeast Asia, which grew by 36% to 3.4 million TEU.Conditions look set for the two-way trade between Greater China and Southeast Asia to continue to take a bigger slice of the container pie, even if the rapid growth rates settle down, according to Drewry. The IMF’s World Economic Outlook report, updated in April, predicts that the economies of China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia will all consistently see GDP growth in the region of 6% per annum over the next five years.Surely, with such incredible demand growth Intra-Asia carriers are seeing the financial rewards? Not so, according to Drewry’s Intra-Asia Freight Rate index.Average Intra-Asia spot rates are just starting to show the faintest of upwards inflection, but for about 18 months have stubbornly refused to shift much above USD 750 per 40ft container, Drewry said. At the same time, Intra-Asia specialist carriers Wan Hai and Regional Container Lines both reported operating losses for the first quarter of 2017. For Wan Hai, which previously was outperforming its more global rivals in the operating margin stakes, this was only the third quarterly operating loss in five years.The weakness in Intra-Asia spot rates and disappointing carrier results do not necessarily debunk the demand high-growth story, but they could merely reflect that as volumes have risen, so too have the number and size of container ships being deployed within the trade, leaving the supply-demand balance as it was, Drewry said.There is strong evidence that ships have followed the demand with Drewry’s research counting at least eight new Intra-Asia services being launched so far this year with newcomer SM Line at the forefront, while the shrinking idle fleet and resurgence of the charter market is also a sign of renewed demand for ships within Asia.The close proximity, fast-growing economies and manufacturing bases makes the outlook for container volumes within Asia far rosier than it is to some other regions, some of which are sending mixed-signals about their commitment to trade, Drewry said.
MHI to Join the Charter of Trust for Cybersecurity
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has signed a letter of intent to join the Charter of Trust for Cybersecurity in Tokyo, expanding the Charter’s reach into Asia. The membership is expected to be concluded by the end of September, 2019. As the 17th Charter partner, MHI will be the first Asian company to become a member of the global cybersecurity initiative.“Cybersecurity is the key enabler for a successful implementation of the Internet of Things, as well as protecting critical infrastructure,” said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens.“And cybersecurity also knowns no boundries. That’s why we highly appreciate Mitsubishi Heavy Industries joining us as the first big Asian company, making the digital world more trustworthy and secure. This will make our joint initiative even more global.”“Cybersecurity is a focal area for MHI, and we continue to place importance on developing next-generation solutions in this area. We hope to contribute to making this effort more global,” Shunichi Miyanaga, President & CEO of MHI, said.The Charter of Trust was initially announced at the Munich Security Conference in 2018. Initiated by Siemens, it calls for binding rules and standards to build trust in cybersecurity and further advance digitalization.Charter of Trust member companies have also worked out baseline requirements to make digital supply chains more secure. The partners recently announced to implement these requirements in their own supply chains.According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, threats to cybersecurity in 2018 caused EUR 500 billion in losses worldwide. And threats to cybersecurity are constantly on the rise as the world digitalizes further.
20 years of Op Vijay Army holds Kargil Victory Run in Delhi
New Delhi: Commemorating 20 years of ‘Operation Vijay’, thousands of people Sunday participated in a ‘victory run’ on Rajpath here to pay homage to the heroes of Kargil war.Adjutant General Lt Gen Ashwini Kumar flagged off the ‘Kargil Victory Run’ from Vijay Chowk.”The run was organised to celebrate the nation’s victory in Kargil in 1999 and pay homage to our bravehearts who took part in the conflict,” a senior official said.More than 6,000 people, including various dignitaries and children, participated in the event, the Army tweeted.’Operation Vijay’ was the name given to India’s limited war against Pakistan after the neighbouring country infiltrated in 1999.A number of events have been organised by the Army to commemorate 20 years of Kargil war, and a few major ones are lined up later this week.
Ryan Reynolds is totally cool with being photoshopped over this girls ex
Reynolds’ response?“We should photoshop me over his yearbook picture next,” he tweeted a day later, adding the hashtag #DontMessWithGabi.READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A London, Ontario girl is mending a broken heart — and making good use of her prom photos — with the help of Ryan Reynolds’ image, and she caught the attention of the Hollywood hunk in the process!18-year-old Gabi Dunn of London, Ont. found herself single just days after prom. But instead of letting her glammed up photos go to waste, she simply photoshopped the Deadpool star over top of her ex.“My boyfriend and I broke up a few days after prom, so I decided to ‘edit’ the photos a little,” she tweeted Tuesday. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebook
Morocco, Third Buyer of French Arms
Marrakech – French arms sales grew 30 percent worldwide in 2013 to net 6.3 billion euros, according to a report by RFI. With 585 million euros worth of purchases, Morocco was the third largest purchaser of French arms, after Saudi Arabia with 1.9 million euros, Singapore 651 million euros. This is welcome news to the French arms industry, which lost a bid to sell the French Rafale fighter for Morocco to the US, who supplied Morocco with 24 Block 52 F16s C in 2012 for $2.4 billion.The French arms industry compensated for the loss of the Rafale sale when Morocco purchased the aFrench and Italian joint mission Fremm Frigate. Named the Mohammed VI, the frigate is 142 meters long and weighs about 6,000 tons, according to Defense Industry Daily. They put the cost at about $710 million. The Mohammed VI was built by DCNS in the West of France, starting in 2008 and delivered to Morocco in January 2014. It is manned by 108 crew and officers. The Fremm class frigate has multi-role capabilities, including anti-ship and anti-air missiles and anti submarine warfare with torpedoes.According to the DCNS website, the Fremm frigate can take on several different types of missions, from escort duties to naval gunfire support. As part of a joint task force, a Fremm can accommodate a fleet operations staff and, with an excellent C4ISR capability, can direct warfare in one or several spheres.The Royal Moroccan Navy has also purchased three 98-meter SIGMA class frigates, which were constructed at the Damen yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The frigates are now in service with the Moroccan navy.Given Morocco’s 3,500 km coastline on the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean and increasing security challenges, the development of state-of-the-art naval forces is a priority. Morocco has maintained close links with France and the US for defense purchases.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Government Deliberation: A New Round Begins
Rabat – Since it has become obvious that the Istiqlal Party (IP) will potentially be excluded from the coalition government, Secretary General of the National Rally of Independents Party (RNI), Aziz Akhannouch has been quoted by Moroccan journalist saying that “Benkirane presented a proposal for [the RNI] to discuss it with its partners.”Following his meeting with Morocco’s appointed Head of Government on Wednesday morning, Akhannouch said, “It was an important meeting with Benkirane. There is an offer, which I will discuss with our partners, including the Popular Movement (MP) and the Constitutional Union Party.”Regarding the nature of the offer, Akhannouch declined to reveal any details saying instead, “I will disclose it within two days.” The meeting was part of Benkirane’s ongoing mission to form a coalition government and find a solution to resolve what has become commonly known to Moroccans as the “Government Blockage.”The Secretariat General of the Justice and Development party issued a “vague communiqué” Tuesday without revealing anything new regarding formation pertaining to the new government. Scores of Moroccan journalists gathered in front of the headquarters of the PJD, waiting for Benkirane to formally announce whether or not the Istiqlal Party (IP) will participate in the government along with other parties.Last Saturday, at the conclusion of the December 31st council meeting, Benkirane said that he was “waiting for the release of the official statement from the IP before announcing his final decision on the participation of this party in the coalition government.”He also refuted the statement of Akhannouch, saying that he is “the only one who sets a deadline for the announcement of the parties that will participate in the new government, not Akhannouch,”This declaration followed Benkirane’s latest meeting with Akhannouch on December 29th, after which Akhannouch told journalists, “Laenser and I tried to persuade Benkirane to change his opinion about including the IP in the government. Akhannouch continued, “Benkirane now has a deadline to think about whether or not to exclude the IP.”
Ohio State womens hockey looking to make up points in standings at
OSU sophomore forward Lauren Spring (27) controls the puck during a game against Minnesota on Oct. 16 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost 7-2.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team continues its road stand over the weekend, as it is set to travel to the University of Minnesota Duluth to take on the Bulldogs on Friday and Saturday.Over the last few weeks the Buckeyes (8-17-1, 4-15-1) have focused on getting goals off rebounds. That led to 11 goals last weekend in two games at Minnesota State.“I think we just implemented what we had been practicing all week (by) taking pucks to the net,” assistant coach Carson Duggan said. “When we did that we either ended up scoring or drawing a penalty or we got a great scoring chance. So (it’s) a pretty simple concept, but sometimes you just have to reiterate.”Junior forward Claudia Kepler said that the offense ignited because of the players’ determination.“We talked as a team and we decided we needed to move the puck a little faster and pick our head up and be confident with the puck,” Kepler said. “I think when we did those little things goals started coming.”Duggan thinks the team needs to carry this improved mindset into the weekend series against the Bulldogs.“I hope some of the girls are a little bit confident going into this weekend and translate what they did,” Duggan said. “Just taking it to the net and not giving up a good shooting opportunity and getting those second and third chances.”The team also cites its focus on small details as a reason for its improved offensive play.“For the most part it was doing the little things and moving the puck well as a line and as a team in general,” Kepler said. “We need to continue to do those little things and win our battles.”The Buckeyes believe that their offense starts with stout defensive play in front of sophomore goaltender Alex LaMere.“If we can take care of our own end then the offensive zone will hopefully just come,” Duggan said. “So we can pick up where we left off against Mankato with getting pucks to the net and scoring some goals.”Knowing the opponentMinnesota Duluth (9-16-1, 6-13-1) currently sits five points ahead of the Buckeyes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings heading into this weekend’s series. The Buckeyes expect to have a pair of close contests, but they’re looking to take their momentum from last weekend’s sweep to Duluth.“It’s a lot of the same stuff,” Duggan said. “Duluth is a great team and we always play them really tight. They’re always really good games between the two programs.”Minnesota Duluth, OSU coach Jenny Potter’s alma mater, is currently in the midst of a six-game losing streak. Its last win came against the Buckeyes on Dec. 12. The two teams know each other well, and the Buckeyes are expecting two hard-fought contests.“Duluth is a tough team to play against, especially in the corners,” Kepler said. “They like to battle, so if we win our battles and we do the little things like we did this past weekend, I think we’ll have a good couple games up there.”The games are set to begin this weekend in Duluth, Minnesota, at 8:07 p.m. on Friday and 5:07 p.m. on Saturday.Beyond the Bulldogs After squaring off with Minnesota Duluth, OSU is slated to take on a team that is on a different path than the Bulldogs, in No. 2 Wisconsin. The Badgers boast a seven-game unbeaten streak and a 24-1-1 record overall. The two-game series is scheduled to be in Columbus with games on Feb. 5 and Feb. 6.
Microsoft spots University of Nebraska 250000 to move to Office 365
Microsoft’s cloud productivity suite, Office 365, recently launched out of beta. The suite provides a lot of the same functionality Google Apps customers have been enjoying for quite some time, but with one obvious difference: it’s made by Microsoft, and that means delicious first-party compatibility with its desktop and server software like Exchange and Office.It’s a very attractive platform that offers plenty of cloud-powered advantages for administrators. Still, making the jump from an existing client-server setup can be an expensive process — and extra expense is frequently a major roadblock in the IT purchasing process. That may be a big reason Microsoft offers incentives to potential customers from time to time. It’s similar to the way your cellular carrier subsidizes your shiny, new smartphone: agree to come on board for an extended stay, and we’ll save you a bit of cash.AdChoices广告For the University of Nebraska, the $250,000 carrot Microsoft dangled was enough to seal the deal and move the majority of its users from Lotus Notes to Office 365.The bulk of that funding will actually be pumped back into the transition process, covering additional costs like consulting fees, license requirements, and a premier support agreement — which is always a nice safety net for administrators when switching services.Being able to dip into Microsoft’s Business Incentive Funds wasn’t the only factor that convinced the Huskers to make the move to Office 365. University officials cited operational cost savings, increased flexibility, and access to more up-to-date technology as motivating factors. Over the next year and a half, nearly all of UNL will be transitioned to Office 365. The one exception is the University’s Medical Center, as its officials remain unconvinced that the cloud’s security and privacy features are up to snuff.More at Infoworld
Portland police arrest suspected driver in hitrun crash that killed Vancouver man
Portland police on Thursday arrested a 53-year-old man who reportedly turned himself in as the driver in a Jan. 28 hit-and-run that killed a Vancouver pedestrian, Jason Lee Grant.The Traffic Division of the Portland Police Bureau took Jim Dean Patterson of Portland to the Multnomah County Detention Center on suspicion of two counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver, according to a bulletin issued about 5 p.m. Thursday. Patterson is being held on $500,000 bail.He may face additional charges after a grand jury is convened, according to updated information provided Friday by police.Police said Patterson appeared at the Eastport Plaza East Precinct Office about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and turned himself in.Traffic Unit investigators also released more information about the crash Thursday, saying that Grant, 26, had been walking across Southeast Foster Road from north to south near 70th Avenue, about 7 p.m., and was not in a crosswalk, when he was hit by an eastbound vehicle whose driver fled the scene, leaving Grant to die.It’s unclear why Patterson allegedly failed to stop and help Grant, Portland police Lt. Robert King said Thursday night.Investigators also discovered in Patterson’s garage a green 2000 Toyota Tacoma pickup with front-end damage that matched the description police had released before Patterson’s arrest, the bulletin said. Police earlier had told news reporters the pickup’s radiator might have been damaged in the crash, adding that they found a large amount of radiator fluid at the crash scene.As officers took Patterson into custody on Thursday, other investigators were heading for Patterson’s home to check out a tip given to the Crime Stoppers program.
Thousands gather at Marlins Park to celebrate Israels 70th birthday
MIAMI (WSVN) – Thousands of members of the Jewish community gathered at Marlins Park, Thursday, to celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday.Children, teachers and members of the Jewish community met and celebrated the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence.Students enjoyed a parade and got to see Israel’s Army Band.Lior Haiat, the Consulate General of Israel said the anniversary is important for the world.“We are so happy to be here in Miami to celebrate with 4,000 students from Jewish schools, but not only Jewish schools that celebrate Israel independence with us, because it is not only our celebration,” Haiat said. “I think the independence of Israel is a celebration for the entire world.”Skyforce HD also captured a banner plane with the message “Happy 70th Birthday Israel” near North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Road crash kills another school student
A schoolgirl was crushed under the wheels of a truck at Hajipur intersection in Ashashuni upazila on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Priti Swarnaker, 13, daughter of Parimal Swarnakar of Katakhali village and a class VII student of a local high school.The accident took place as a cement-laden truck ran over Priti while she was going to school on foot, leaving her dead on the spot, said Biplab Kumar Debnath, officer-in-charge of Ashashuni police station.The angry mob vandalised the truck and beat the driver and helper of the truck. Later, they were handed over to the police.Locals also locked into a clash with the police when they were trying to bring the situation under control, claimed the OC.The clash left an assistant sub-inspector injured.Additional police forces have been deployed in the area to avoid any unwanted situation.