Rabat – The Moroccan government has signed a tripartite agreement with the United Nations and the General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco (CGEM) to support refugees’ economic integration in Morocco.A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs outlined the agreement, signed May 18, in which CGEM will work with refugees to develop their professional skills and increase employability in the private sector. As the enterprise leaders’ union in Morocco, CGEM is committed to promoting economic autonomy for all vulnerable populations through workshops and skills development.As the CGEM develops refugees’ professional skills, the UNHCR, also known as the UN Refugee Agency, will bolster training and employment to raise awareness and open employment opportunities within Moroccan businesses. The agreement falls under Morocco’s National Strategy for Migration and Asylum, initiated in 2013, and the broader UN Global Compact for Migration. Morocco’s migrant regularization strategy and socio-economic integration policies constitute key aspects of the national migration strategy. At the international level, the Global Compact aims to foster greater international cooperation and create a multifaceted and coordinated international response response to human migration.The signing of the tripartite agreement was attended by Mr. Ahmed Eskim, Director of Immigration Affairs of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Affairs; Mr. Salah Eddine Qademiri, Deputy General of the General Federation of Moroccan Contractors, and Ms. Bettina Gambirt, Deputy Representative of the UNHCR in Morocco.Migrants in Morocco primarily emigrate from 38 countries, including Senegal, Mali, Cameroon, and Nigeria. The press release noted the extensive knowledge and skills of many refugees and positive impact that their skills could create in the Moroccan private sector.
The Group of Friends – comprising Australia, China, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam and Slovenia (as holder of the European Union presidency) – met today for the second time following their first gathering last December.Mr. Ban’s Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari plans to travel to the region shortly, and will visit Beijing from 18-19 February, followed by stops in Jakarta and Singapore.Earlier this week, the Secretary-General called on Myanmar to ensure that the constitutional referendum scheduled to be held in May represents the views of all of the South-East Asian nation’s people.He “renews his call to the Myanmar authorities to make the constitution-making process inclusive, participatory and transparent in order to ensure that any draft constitution is broadly representative of the views of all the people of Myanmar,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. 13 February 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today convened a meeting of the 14 Member States known as the “Group of Friends” to review developments in Myanmar, where the Government forcefully cracked down on peaceful protesters last year.
Speaking at a press briefing at UN Headquarters, Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway said all 15 members of the Council would take part in the visit, which in itself was testimony to the importance the Council attached to the mission. According to Ambassador Kolby, the purpose of the trip was to address the peace process between the two nations on the eve of the official border delimitation, scheduled to be delivered by the end of March by the Boundary Commission established under the 2000 Algiers Peace Agreement signed by Ethiopia and Eritrea. Since the signing of the Agreement, there had been considerable progress in the peace process, as the situation in the temporary security zone had remained calm. “This very moment is a key stage in the peace process between the two countries because the upcoming determination by the Boundary Commission and its implementation are favourable steps towards building a comprehensive and lasting peace,” he stressed. While in the region, the mission will underline the international community’s commitment to contribute to the completion of the peace process and will address the implementation of the Boundary Commission’s decision, Ambassador Kolby added. The issue of mine clearance, in preparation of the physical demarcation of the border, would be taken up with both sides, as well as confidence building measures such as the release of all remaining prisoners of war and civilian internees. After arriving tomorrow in Addis Ababa, the mission will spend all of Friday in meetings. On Saturday, the members are scheduled to travel to the border to participate in a ceremony on the Mereb River Bridge between Ethiopia and Eritrea, and afterwards will visit various points along the temporary security zone established by the UN. The party will then head to Asmara, where it will hold a full day of meetings on Sunday before returning to New York on 25 February.
The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a news release drawing attention to recent statements by its Director-General, Mohamed ElBaradei, dealing with the problem, including additional information that has come from the agency’s ongoing verification of nuclear programmes in Iran and Libya. Mr. ElBaradei raised the issue during his participation in sessions on global and regional security at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and in press interviews last month, stressing the mounting challenges facing the world’s regime to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the urgent need for a stronger security framework, the release noted. “What we are seeing is a very sophisticated and complex underground network of black market operators not that much different from organized crime cartels,” he said. “We are very much into the process of investigating key pieces of this complex picture, with assistance from a number of countries. “It’s vital that we keep making progress in combined efforts against illicit trafficking, and to keep upgrading security to effectively prevent sensitive nuclear material and technology from falling into wrong hands,” he added. He stressed that the emerging picture so far has not indicated governments are involved, but rather points to individuals engaged in illicit trafficking of material and equipment. Over the coming weeks, the IAEA Board of Governors is set to receive reports from Mr. ElBaradei on the IAEA’s verification of nuclear programmes in Iran and in Libya. The Board meets in Vienna on 8 March.
Going into Week 9, the No. 1 slot in our Elo ratings had been the exclusive province all season long of last year’s Super Bowl participants, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. In fact, the last time a team other than Denver or Seattle ranked first in Elo was Week 19 of last season, when the San Francisco 49ers owned first place after beating the Carolina Panthers on the road in the NFC divisional playoffs. (They would cede that ranking to Seattle the very next week.)This week, though, the New England Patriots have finally broken the Denver-Seattle duopoly on No. 1 after the Patriots crushed the Broncos 43-21 Sunday afternoon. How unusual was the Seahawks’ and Broncos’ long stranglehold on the top slot? Going back to the advent of the 16-game schedule in 1978, it’s the eighth-longest span into a season it’s taken for a third No. 1-ranked team to emerge. Last season, it took seven weeks for Seattle to wrest No. 1 away from a Denver/New England duumvirate.For the Patriots, it’s a long-awaited return to a familiar spot. New England occupied No. 1 in 27 (!) consecutive editions of the Elo rankings between Week 19 of the 2011 season and Week 2 of the 2013 season. And since 2000, they’ve spent more weeks at No. 1 (102) than the next three most frequently top-ranked teams (the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams) combined.But of all teams, the Patriots should know that a No. 1 Elo ranking midway through the season is no Super Bowl guarantee. They sat atop the league through the first nine weeks of both the 2012 and 2007 seasons but failed to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy either season. (Since 1978, the top-ranked team through Week 9 has gone on to win the Super Bowl at a 41.7 percent clip.)New England also faces a difficult schedule. It has a bye this week, but after the break it will have to travel to Indianapolis to face the fifth-ranked Colts. Then, following a home date against the 17th-ranked Detroit Lions, the Patriots must go on the road against the No. 12 Packers and the No. 14 San Diego Chargers in back-to-back weeks, with the surging No. 16 Miami Dolphins waiting in the wings after that. An average (1500 Elo rating) NFL team would be expected to win only 46.6 percent of the Patriots’ remaining games, which means they have the seventh-hardest remaining schedule of any team in the league.Our Elo-based simulations give the Patriots just a 16 percent probability of winning the Super Bowl, which is well below the aforementioned historical average for top-ranked teams through nine weeks. Part of that is simply an artifact of league and playoff expansion. Since the NFL adopted its current size and divisional format in 2002, the top-ranked team through Week 9 has won the Super Bowl 25 percent of the time, a rate more in line with New England’s simulated odds. But 2014 has also been a strange year in terms of the distribution of ratings across the league’s 32 teams. The Patriots’ 1677 Elo rating at No. 1 is 21 points below the average for that slot through Week 9 from 2002 to 2013, while 18 of the next 22 highest-rated teams have better Elo ratings than the average for their ranking from the previous 12 NFL seasons.In other words, New England isn’t as strong as the typical No. 1, and there is an unusual number of solid teams out there for the Pats to tangle with en route to the Super Bowl. That lends credence to the growing talk of 2014 being a banner season for parity in the NFL.Meanwhile, the league’s nine worst teams by Elo are far worse than usual, culminating with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders each falling more than 50 points behind the typical ratings of the NFL’s two worst teams through nine weeks. It will be worth monitoring whether this year’s atypical dispersion of Elo ratings is a one-year quirk or part of a larger trend.Here are the current playoff and Super Bowl odds for all teams:I mentioned that San Francisco had defeated Carolina (who ranked fifth in Elo at the time) to briefly claim the No. 1 ranking during last season’s playoffs. This year, however, neither team has enjoyed the same kind of success, going a combined 7-9-1. And there’s a 55 percent chance that both will be shut out of a return trip to the postseason.After starting the season 1-2, the 49ers had regained some measure of playoff probability with three straight wins over the Philadelphia Eagles, Chiefs and Rams in Weeks 4 through 6. Going into Week 7, they even had an NFC West-leading 65 percent probability of making the playoffs, as well as the division’s best projected end-of-season win total in our Elo simulations. But a pair of losses sandwiched around a bye week have left San Francisco on the verge of missing the playoffs entirely. Its current playoff probability stands at 32 percent after taking into account their mediocre record (4-4), the difficulty of their remaining schedule (ninth-hardest), and the strength of the teams they’d have to beat out for a wild card (as their hopes of winning the NFC West have been all but extinguished).Carolina’s chances of returning to the playoffs look even worse. Despite failing to win five of its previous six games (it lost four and tied one), Carolina still had a 44 percent probability of qualifying for the postseason before its game against the New Orleans Saints — but our weekly playoff implications article also identified Panthers-Saints as one of the most crucial matchups of Week 9. Sure enough, New Orleans’ 28-10 victory dropped Carolina’s playoff probability by 25 percentage points, leaving it with less than a 1-in-5 chance of making the playoffs.In addition to the Panthers and 49ers, the other teams who lost the most from their playoff odds in Week 9 were the Baltimore Ravens and the Chargers in the AFC.The cause for Baltimore’s decline was all about the division odds — predictably, its head-to-head loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night had huge ramifications for the AFC North race. Going into the game, the Ravens had a 33 percent chance of winning the division, with the Steelers sitting at 28 percent; after the game, Pittsburgh’s chances had increased to 45 percent and Baltimore’s had dropped to 13 percent. (Neither team’s wild card odds really budged at all.)San Diego’s dip, on the other hand, had little to do with a division race. The Broncos are rated so much higher than their AFC West competitors that our simulations see little chance they don’t win the division. That leaves the wild card as the only real viable path to the playoffs for the Chargers and Chiefs, both of whom are in a dogfight with each other — as well as the losers of the AFC East and North — for one of those two slots. (The AFC South loser is unlikely to make much of a wild card push.) Miami’s 37-0 pasting of San Diego on Sunday had direct consequences in that regard, boosting the Dolphins’ wild card probability by 17 percentage points as the Chargers’ chances dropped by 19 (with scarcely a change to either team’s division odds).Elo point spreadsRecord against point spread: 64-62-3 (7-5 in Week 9)Straight-up record: 94-39-1 (9-4 in Week 9)Although the Elo ratings are performing better against the spread in recent weeks, we still would strongly advise you not to take them to Vegas as a betting tool. Even so, it is always interesting to see how they differ from the spreads offered by the major sportsbooks.This week’s biggest disparity is in the Dallas Cowboys-Jaguars game, which is not only taking place in London, but adds the wrinkle of Dallas quarterback Tony Romo’s availability being in question. With the possibility that the Cowboys will once again have to start backup QB Brandon Weeden, who oversaw the team’s Week 9 defeat to the Cardinals, the oddsmakers have dropped Dallas to a mere 6-point favorite against the lowly Jaguars, rather than the 10.5-point favorite the Elo ratings would suggest.Aside from that change, the other big discrepancies against Vegas this week involve the Cardinals and Rams (the books have been comparatively down on Arizona all season, relative to Elo) and the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns (Elo rates Cincinnati slightly higher — and Cleveland slightly lower — than Vegas’s power ratings would value the two teams). But in the Detroit-Miami tilt, which may go down as the biggest game of the week from a playoff-implications perspective, both Vegas and Elo agree: The hosting Lions should be favored by about a field goal.CORRECTION (Nov. 6, 11:56 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said that Elo is 62-44-3 against the point spread. It is 64-62-3.(Nov. 6, 2:04 p.m.): A previous version of this article said the Dallas Cowboys had a 75 percent chance of defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Dallas should have an 82 percent win probability, because it has an Elo difference of +259 and there is no home-field effect in either direction.
Call of Duty: Black Ops TV Commercial: “There’s A Soldier In All Of Us” It’s no surprise that this newly released commercial for the just-released Call of Duty: Black Ops (or CODBLOPS, as many gamers have taken to calling it) game has pulled down close to 2 million views. The new game is smashing sales records, and to drive the point home this new commercial reveals that behind each avatar in the game is an actual human being with a day job and a life – you know, normal people. Normal people with guns. And grenades. Blowing things up and shooting each other. It’s all in good fun, and there are more than a few celebrity cameos in the commercial as well. With over 8 million views at YouTube since it was uploaded on the 7th of November, the kids on the Driscoll Middle School football team must be pretty proud of themselves, not just for the incredible touchdown they scored in the video by fooling the opposing team into thinking the ball hadn’t just been snapped, but also for the impromptu fame the recording of the play earned them. Admittedly it’s kind of a one-shot thing; none of their opponents will ever fall for that again, and you bet the other team won’t, either. ALERT: Mystery Missile Launch Seen off Calif. Coast 11/09/2010 The “Mystery Missile” was probably this week’s biggest buzz on the Internet. Blogs were chattering about it, and this YouTube video was embedded on countless sites, with readers everywhere begging or an explanation. Even the Pentagon had to get involved to first say that there was no missile launch in that area, and finally to reassure the public that the so-called “missile” was actually a plane in flight. AdChoices广告Granted, none of that did anything to assure conspiracy theorists, who are still buzzing over what the cloud formation really was, where the so-called “missile” went, and – yes, I’m not making this up – whether the government is secretly using the missile to spray mind-controlling chemicals over the west coast of the United States. Seriously, speculation is still running rampant in the YouTube comments as you read this. Driscoll Middle School Trick Play Andy Irons – I Surf Because Short Film I don’t follow surfing, but even I knew who Andy Irons was, and this week he passed away. Andy Irons was one of the world’s greatest surfers, with a host of championships and awards to his credit. After he passed, this old short film that includes an interview with Irons where he explains why he surfs, mixed with footage of him on his board out on the water, started trending again on YouTube. To date, it’s close to a million views. If you’ve ever wanted to know what good surfing looks like, this is the video to watch. YouTube was buzzing this week over made-up conspiracy theories, cloud formations over the California coast, the launch of Kinect for the XBox 360, and the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops for PCs and consoles. Some of those things made for great videos, others really didn’t. Regardless, we sifted through some of the trending videos at YouTube again this week to bring you some predictably awesome Kinect-related moments, a eulogy for an incredible athlete, and some young athletes with a few tricks up their sleeves. Kinect Fail Kinect for the XBox 360 launched this week, and sure enough people everywhere started clearing out their living rooms to make way to play the new games available for it. The trouble is, when people start getting off of their couches and getting active, one thing inevitably happens: people get injured. In this video, which has already racked up over 250,000 views, two family members try out the Kinect, with interesting results.
In April last year Adobe introduced a big change to the way in which you could purchase and use its popular tools. Instead of spending thousands of dollars to purchase editions outright, you could instead pay a monthly subscription for access to different versions of Creative Suite 5.5.Today, Adobe has unveiled the next stage of its subscription model timed to coincide with the launch of Creative Suite 6. The multiple subscription versions from last year have been replaced by just one under the new name of Creative Cloud Membership.Creative Cloud gains you access to everything Adobe has to offer as parts of the Creative Suite experience. It costs $74.99 per month, or drops to $49.99 if you sign up for an annual membership. That’s going to be tempting to those who only want to use tools for a short period of time. However, when compared to the standard version pricing, which ranges from $1,299 to $2,599, it’s clear Adobe is encouraging everyone to switch to a subscription model.The news is even better for existing users who can get the first year of subscription for $29.99 per month. A Student and Teacher Edition is also being made available for the same $29.99 per month.The Creative Cloud offers a few advantages over opting to buy a CS6 products outright. First of all, you are going to gain access to more tools as part of your subscription, including the final version of Adobe Edge for HTML5 development, and Photoshop Lightroom 4 when it ships. Add to that 20GB of cloud storage and sharing facilities allowing you to edit wherever you happen to be and on a range of devices including tablets. Adobe will also support publishing, website creation, and offers access to Typekit for 700 typefaces.Ultimately a subscription ends up costing more than buying a suite of tools in the long run. However, if you opted for the top package at a cost of $2,599, you could instead subscribe and get 52 months of access before spending the equivalent. By that point Adobe may have the next version available to buy/subscribe too. Therefore the subscription is going to be a very tempting proposition even for regular users of Adobe applications.Check out the table below (click to view full size) for a comparison of the different CS6 products and Creative Cloud:Read more at Adobe and TechCrunch
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Most of us have focused on the cash rate cycle in recent times, but there’s another cycle I’m interested in: property. Australian property prices were inflated leading up to the GFC, and then they started falling. Property prices fell more drastically in some of the major cities than in others. However, investment property was hit hard. Many investment apartments were liquidated, as households switched their outlook from debt to savings. But it could be time to look again. There are a few observations behind this: firstly, interest rates are near 50-year lows, so debt is cheap. Secondly, rental vacancies in capital cities are low, meaning strong demand for rental properties. Thirdly, although house prices are now moving upwards in some cities, it’s a slow recovery nationally, meaning there is value for smart buyers. Lastly, employment is still strong in Australia meaning you can find a lender for an investment property. Where would you start? Personally, I would rather make a profit on my property and pay the tax than be negatively geared, which entails booking a loss. Going for ‘yield’ means buying well and having good equity in the property, so the costs don’t overcome the revenues. However, if you want to negatively gear a property you must ensure you have an adviser because the ATO does not accept mistakes in your calculations. But for the basics of what to look for in an investment property, I really like the check list used by RUN Property: Location: buy close to shops, train stations and schools; Scarcity: art deco and scarce architecture increases demand; Features: properties with views, outdoor living spaces or units with off-street parking; Demand: which can be seen in median valued properties, low rental vacancy rates and infrastructure which can support employment; and, don’t forget capital growth and rental yield. Now what about the ‘where?’ Tim Lawless, RP Data National Research Director, has some great property figures via the RP Data Home Value Index. His research shows that, for the quarter, across the major cities, Darwin is the stand-out for rental yields: Darwin houses yielded (5.9 per cent) and units (6 per cent), while Melbourne houses (3.6 per cent) and units (4.5 per cent) were the worst performing rental yielders in the eight major cities. Most investors also look for capital gain in the property and the RP Data figures are interesting for different reasons. In the year to October, only three cities’ dwellings have risen in value: Darwin (8.6 per cent), Perth (3.5 per cent) and Sydney (0.6 per cent). It’s worth looking also at supply. In Melbourne the supply question is still sorting itself out with apartments, which in the 12 months to October went backwards by 6 per cent. Regionally, it’s the mining areas where rental yields are strongest: the Bowen Basin and Port Hedland provide high gross rental yields. When it comes to owning rental property, always do you homework, talk to experts and be realistic (not greedy). And good luck. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.
A group of South Mississippi leaders has started making the case for the area’s military installations, ahead of a possible BRAC round.During a meeting last week of the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Harrison County Military Team highlighted the importance of installations in the region, including Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport, Trent Lott Training Complex in Gulfport and Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg.The group’s Mike Peterson stressed the value of having bases with diverse facilities and training opportunities located in close proximity, reported the Sun Herald.“It’s a fantastic joint training opportunity,” Peterson said, “and you don’t have to bring everything with you. Think of it as a complex where you can get all your training done.”He also urged the region to improve the installations’ military value. One critical need is moving the gate at Keesler because it does not meet Air Force security requirements.“We’ve got some work to do,” Peterson told the chamber. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Chennai: In a bid to accelerate innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in India, scientists from IIT-Madras on Wednesday launched a platform called ‘AI4Bharat’ that would help build AI solutions to address local problems in agriculture, health care and other sectors. Founded by Dr Mitesh M Khapra and Dr Pratyush Kumar, assistant professors in the department of computer science and engineering, the platform is open to students who would be mentored to solve real-world problems and accelerate AI innovation. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “AI is one of the defining technologies of this age. However, much of the research in AI today is driven by the problems of the West. For instance, building autonomous cars takes priority over building systems that can monitor the condition of rural roads,” said Kumar. “We need to change this by shifting the focus to India. This is where domain experts and the government would play an important role — identify problems that are unique to India and can benefit from AI,” he added. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Khapra and Kumar have also co-founded “One-Fourth Labs” (incubated at the IIT Madras Research Park) with a mission to design and deliver affordable hands-on courses on AI and related topics. “To solve such problems, it is important to move AI research and development out of silos and create a platform where AI professionals can come together to design and build impactful solutions. With this in mind, our immediate goal is to create a community of 100 selected AI experts and 50 domain experts,” Khapra noted. The “One-Fourth Labs” start-up would work closely with AI4Bharat and offer basic and advanced courses in AI at affordable prices – as low as Rs 1,000 for a five-month online course.
State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam Foreign, secretary M Shahidul Haque and professor Imtiaz Ahmed at BIISS auditorium. Photo: Prothom AloSince Bangladesh’s bilateral efforts with Myanmar would not be enough for sending back the Rohingyas, professor Imtiaz Ahmed, director of Centre for Genocide Studies of Dhaka University, on Sunday suggested bilateralism might be backed by internationalism in a big wayHe came up with the view while speaking at a seminar organised by the Diplomatic Correspondent Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) in the capital’s BIISS auditorium.The Bangladesh government and the international community should engage the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice for ensuring accountability on crimes against humanity by the Myanmar authorities that led to Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh, an expert on genocide said in Dhaka on Sunday.UNHCR country representative Steven Corliss said conditions on the ground [in Rakhine of Myanmar] ‘are becoming difficult’ for return of Rohingya people due to armed conflict between Myanmar military and Arakan Army, a non-state armed group.Mentioning about the signing of agreements between the Myanmar government and the UN authorities, the progress of implementation of the agreements ‘has been slow.’On the question of relocation of Rohingya people to Bhashan Char, an island, the UN official said relocation to the Bhashan Char should be on the grounds that it would help improve the life of Rohingya people.Return in safety and security ‘is the [ultimate] solution’ to the Rohingya crisis with implementing the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission report, Corliss added.State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam said the countries which had helped Myanmar for democratisation should work with the country for ensuring repatriation of Rohingya people.State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam Foreign, secretary M Shahidul Haque and professor Imtiaz Ahmed, among others, at BIISS auditorium. Photo: Prothom AloThe government would carry on efforts to engage with China and Russia, two out of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, to get their active support for Rohingya return, he said adding that former foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali visited China and Russia in the past, while incumbent foreign AK Abdul Mamun was on the way to Moscow [on Sunday].Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque also attended the seminar.DCAB president Raheed Ejaz moderated the seminar while its general secretary Nurul Islam Hasib delivered welcome speech.
A Boeing 737 is seen in the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, US on 3 May 2019 in this picture obtained from social media. ReutersA Boeing jetliner with 143 people aboard from the US outpost at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, slid off a runway into a shallow river in Jacksonville, Florida, on Friday while attempting to land at a military base there during a thunderstorm, injuring 21 people.There were no reports of fatalities or critical injuries. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that all 21 of the injured were taken to a hospital, where they were listed in good condition.The plane, a chartered Boeing 737-800 arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba with 136 passengers and seven crew members, crashed into the St. Johns river at the end of the runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville at about 9:40pm local time, a spokesman for the Florida air base said.”The plane was not submerged. Every person is alive and accounted for,” the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.The sheriff’s tweet was accompanied by two photographs showing the plane, bearing the logo of Miami Air International, resting in shallow water and fully intact.The mayor of Jacksonville, Lenny Curry, said on Twitter that US president Donald Trump had called him to offer help.”No fatalities reported. We are all in this together,” Curry said in a separate tweet.A passenger on board the plane, attorney Cheryl Bormann, told CNN in an interview that the flight, which had been four hours late in departing, made a “really hard landing” in Jacksonville amid thunder and lightning.”We came down, the plane literally hit the ground and bounced. It was clear the pilot did not have total control of the plane. It bounced again,” she said, adding that the experience was “terrifying.”Bormann said she hit her head on a plastic tray on the seat in front of her as the plane veered sideways and off the runway. “We were in the water, we couldn’t tell where we were, whether it was a river or an ocean.”The military base is situated on the western bank of the St. Johns River about 8 miles south of central Jacksonville, in the northeastern corner of Florida about 350 miles north of Miami.Bormann described emerging from the plane onto the wing as oxygen masks deployed and smelling the jet fuel that she said was apparently leaking into the water.Bormann, from Chicago, said that most of the passengers were connected to the military and helped each other out of their seats and onto a wing, where they were assisted after some time into a raft.Miami Air International is a charter airline operating a fleet of the Boeing 737-800, different from the 737 MAX 8 aircraft that has been grounded following two fatal crashes involving that plane. Representatives for the airline could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters on Friday evening.The charter company is contracted by the military for its twice-weekly “rotator” roundtrip service between the US mainland and Guantanamo Bay, said Bill Dougherty, a spokesman for the Jacksonville base.It flies every Tuesday and Friday from the Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia to the Jacksonville air station and on to Cuba. It then flies back to Virginia with a stop again at Jacksonville, he said.The rotator service typically flies military personnel, family members, contractors and other civilians travelling from the United States to Guantanamo Bay. But officials said the mix of civilians and military personnel on the plane that crash-landed was not immediately known.A Boeing spokesman said that the company was aware of the incident and was gathering information.
‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…Casio G-SHOCK Unveils ‘Akira’-Inspired ‘Neo Tokyo̵… Stay on target There isn’t one way to describe anime makeup. There’s so much room for creativity and the beauty of it is that people can be whoever they want to be, whether it’s a Disney princess, Erza Scarlet, or Sailor Moon.Over the past few years, anime makeup has grown in popularity, as major culture conventions, including Anime Expo and New York Comic Con, attract attendees that take the cosplay look to the next level. According to Cosplay Calamity statistics, almost 67 percent of cosplayers prefer to dress up as anime characters. Plus, 50.7 percent of respondents said an anime character was their first cosplay costume.With the anime makeup boom, there are so many ways to rock a favorite character. A good introduction to anime makeup might be a subtle gorgeous eye or lightly highlighted skin, For the ultimate fantasy complexion, there are creepy-colored contacts, hair extensions, and special effects (FX) products.AdChoices广告But, where do you find beauty inspiration for all things anime? YouTube could be a good starting point. The digital platform is home to thousands of anime makeup tutorials for all ages and levels. From Diabolik Lovers to Hatsune Miku, you’ll find step-by-step guides on how to transform yourself into these cool characters.To get you started, we’ve rounded up the most extreme anime makeup tutorials on YouTube. Spoiler alert: You’ll witness unbelievable before and after photos for each video.Female Kaneki Cosplay Makeup TutorialTake the creep factor up to the next level with this Tokyo Ghoul makeup tutorial.Chibiusa/Chibi Moon Anime Makeup TutorialRemember Chibiusa from the Sailor Moon magna series? You can now get your pink on in less than 15 minutes.Ayato Sakamaki (Diabolik Lovers) Makeup TutorialTwins? We think so. We can’t tell the difference between the cartoon and this YouTuber.Ichigo Vasto Lorde – Bleach – Anime Makeup TutorialIchigo Vasto Lorde is here to haunt your dreams. We’ll just admire the face paint and horns for our cosplay dreams.Cotton Candy Princess Makeup TutorialThis YouTuber gives major Candyland vibes with her Cotton Candy Princess tutorial.Hatsune Miku MakeupMichelle Phan, an American makeup artist, transforms herself into the coolest J-pop singer in this easy step-by-step video.Beauty and the Beast – Belle Anime Makeup TutorialBelle, is that you? This Disney-inspired makeup tutorial comes with fun props too.Yuno Gasai Makeup TutorialPink contacts and hair complete this ultimate Yuno Gasai-inspired anime look.More on Geek.com: The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Horror Anime Available for StreamingThe Best Dubbed Anime Available
Last week, Analogue revealed the Super Nt. Engineered with a field-programmable gate array (FGPA), the Super Nt is essentially a replica of a Super Nintendo console. It can play both Super Nintendo and Super Famicom cartridges and features a wide variety of resolutions (including 1080p). The Super Nt is not only as good as the original Super Nintendo, but it is arguably better. This console certainly gives the SNES Classic Edition some stiff competition. The Super Nt alone is worth the $189.99 asking price, but it also comes bundled with something truly special.Every Super Nt console has a digital version of Super Turrican: Directors Cut. Super Turrican was released on the SNES in 1993. The original version of the game was 6Mbits, but was cut down by 33% to 4Mbits by the publisher before it was released on Nintendo’s system. The director’s cut restores the title to what it was originally intended to be. Today’s press releases says that this edition features “a new level with new music, more enemies, better sound effects and graphics, and even a new way to use the beam weapon.”In addition to Super Turrican: Directors Cut, the Super Nt also comes with a digital version of Super Turrican 2. Also included is a SNES-style cartridge box for Super Turrican: Directors Cut. The box doesn’t have a physical game inside of it, but it’s nice to have regardless.AdChoices广告Like we said in our previous report about the Super Nt, this looks like it will be the ultimate clone console. In fact, calling it a “clone console” isn’t exactly doing it justice given all it has to offer. If you’re really into retro gaming, then you owe it to yourself to grab a Super Nt.You can pre-order the Super Nt for $189.99 from Analogue‘s website. There is no set release date, so stay tuned for more information on that when it becomes available.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Share Air China removes mag with racist article about London By: Louise WattSource: The Associated Press BEIJING — Chinese flag-carrier Air China said Thursday that it had removed copies of its inflight magazine containing an article criticized as racist for telling visitors to take precautions when visiting areas of London with large ethnic-minority populations.The state-owned airline said in an email to The Associated Press that the September issue of “Wings of China” used “inappropriate” language and that the article didn’t represent the airline’s views.“After discovering this problem, Air China immediately removed this magazine from all flights and demanded that the publishers of ‘Wings of China’ seriously learn from this lesson, strengthen their content review and avoid making similar mistakes,” the airline said.It also forwarded an email from the magazine’s publisher apologizing to Air China and saying the fault lay with an “editing mistake.”The original article in English read: “London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people.” It also advised tourists not to go out alone at night, and for women not to travel alone.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsBritish lawmaker Vivendra Sharma, who represents a diverse London district, said Wednesday that he had written to China’s ambassador to Britain to demand an apology for the “blatantly untrue and racist statements.”In the apology to Air China, China Aviation Media Co. Ltd. said the article ran “counter to our original intention to promote the beautiful scenes of London.”“It has brought about misunderstanding from some media outlets and readers and also a huge negative impact on your company’s business operations and image. We deeply apologize for that,” its statement read.It’s not the first time Chinese businesses have been criticized for being tone-deaf over issues of race and ethnicity.Earlier this year, a Chinese laundry detergent maker apologized “for the harm caused to the African people” over its TV advertisement that showed a black man being stuffed into a washing machine and coming out a fair-skinned Asian man.Shanghai Leishang Cosmetics Ltd. Co. said it strongly condemned racial discrimination but blamed foreign media for playing up the controversy.More news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThe examples highlight how companies and much of the population in China remain somewhat oblivious to racial sensitivities, partly a result of China’s overwhelming ethnic homogeneity and a relative lack of contact with foreigners until recent years that has allowed stereotypes to persist.Asked about the magazine’s London travel advice, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying responded that the government only issues tourist alerts to people “travelling to high risk areas like war zones.”The Chinese government “resolutely opposes all forms of racial discrimination,” she said. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air China Thursday, September 8, 2016
Go back to the e-newsletterSilversea Cruises has unveiled its latest collection, The Rarest Pearls, an exclusive series of 9 expedition voyages, sailing aboard Silver Discoverer. These voyages have been curated by Silversea’s Expedition Team, providing itineraries that are far beyond a typical cruise, with increasingly remote, immersive, awe-inspiring and adventurous experiences.This collection of voyages includes: free economy-class air or upgrade to business class air roundtrip for AU$1999; AU$1500 non-use air credit per guest; transfers between the airport, hotel and ship; and one-night pre-cruise hotel accommodation, where applicable.Conrad Combrink, senior vice president of expedition & experience product development, Silversea said: “It’s often our most well-travelled guests who really understand how rewarding it can be to discover a new part of the world or to have an experience completely beyond all expectations. My team and I have researched the most authentic cultural experiences and fascinating historical sites. We have sought the wonders of man and nature and scouted the most idyllic, unspoilt beauty spots. Leaving the tourist trail far behind, these 9 unique voyages have been carefully curated to provide our guests with the rarest pearls the world has to offer.”Featured voyages:V9802 – Maldives & Southern IndiaDeparting the Maldives on 24 January 2018, guests will venture far beyond the ordinary on this 11-night voyage, which culminates in Colombo. Guests will visit the untouched tranquillity of the Lakshadweep islands, a stunning archipelago of 36 isolated islands. Guests will experience white sands and clear seas, as well as encounter uninhabited islands and villages, plus wildlife including frigatebirds, red-billed tropic birds, fish schooling by the reefs and nesting turtles.V9804 – Ancient Siam & IndochinaSetting sail from Phuket on 16 February 2018, this is a journey rich with encounters. Guests will cross ancient empires as they travel to Ho Chi Minh City on a 14-night voyage. Eleven destinations will enable guests to discover pre-Akorian ruins, barter at Phsar Leu Market and cruise the Tian River by Zodiac. The itinerary includes a journey up the Tien River to Cai Be, immersing in the wonderful sights of local life. In Sumatra, guests will have the captivating experience of seeing orangutans in their natural habitat.V9805 – Vietnam & Hidden ChinaGuests will depart Ho Chi Minh City on 2 March 2018 on a 13-night voyage to Hong Kong. Even the most seasoned traveller will experience moments of wonder on this journey through Vietnam and into China, culminating in an inland trip to Guìlín. The experiences include a visit to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Ho Chi Minh City, guests enjoy a morning Tai Chi class.V9806 – Japan Southwest Island & The PhilippinesDeparting Hong Kong on 15 March 2018 on a 10-night voyage to Nagasaki, guests will enjoy a colourful voyage of ancient tradition combined with modern bustle. Guests will discover the colonial past of the Philippines at Vigan, a rare example of a Spanish colonial town in Asia; the delicate scent of cherry blossom in Okinawa; the UNESCO World Heritage cedars of Yakusugi Land; and the startling red of the Torii Gate.V9809 – Japan & The PhilippinesDeparting from Kobe on 17 April 2018 on a 13-night voyage to Manila, guests will be transported through a fascinating world of history, wildlife and seasonal beauty. Arrival in Kobe is timed to coincide with the moment the lanterns are hung and the pale cherry blossoms transform the city. Guests will discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites and national parks, sandy beaches and fishing villages, Spanish churches and limestone houses.V9810 – The PhilippinesDeparting Manila on 30 April 2018 on a 13-night voyage, guests will sail through sun-drenched islands of the Philippines. Guests will discover a landscape of pristine beaches, peaceful lagoons and mango forests teeming with birdlife. Not only will guests swim with whale sharks at Donsol; they will also be thrilled by the second-largest connecting coral reef in the world at the Apo Reef National Park. The Palau Rock Islands offer a unique landscape made up of hundreds of limestone islands.V9811 – Papua New GuineaCommencing in Koror on 13 May 2018, guests will set sail on a 15-night voyage to Honiara. This itinerary is an adventure to set fire to the imagination, it will transport guests through the remote islands of Papua New Guinea and on to the secluded beauty of the Solomon Islands. Guests can expect picturesque villages, clear lagoons, coral reefs, a colourful patchwork of tropical landscapes, rich with culture and character.V9812 – Solomon Islands and VanuatuDeparting Honiara, Guadalcanal on 28 May, guests will set sail on a 10-night voyage to Port Vila. With over 1000 islands in the Solomon Sea, guests will have the opportunity to explore lagoons and hundreds of uninhabited islands by Zodiac®, witness the land diving ceremonies of Pentecost Island and stand on the rim of an active volcano.V9813 – The Coral SeaSetting sail on a 15-night voyage from Port Vila to Cairns on 7 June 2018, guests will encounter uninhabited atolls and the incredible reef system in the Coral Sea as they journey through 10 new destinations.Silversea’s guests can also indulge in: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet menus with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, champagne and spirits served throughout the ships; and all onboard gratuities.Go back to the e-newsletter
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Industrial unrest has been brewing in the north as unions enforced a work-to-rule in response to the Turkish Cypriot’s administration decision to stop paying public workers overtime.On Tuesday evening, flights were disrupted at Tympou (Ercan) airport after flight controllers joined other unions and refused to work overtime.The action affected 18 arrivals and 16 departures, causing chaos.Daily Kibris said the chaos lasted for five hours, from 7pm until midnight, ending after consultations between the two sides.The decision to stop paying overtime work was made as Turkish Cypriots seek to buffer the effects of the plunge in the Turkish lira.According to Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi, unions had asked the administration to withdraw its decision but the request was rejected. In response, unions decided to apply a work-to-rule and seek legal recourse.Meanwhile, trade unions such as KAMU-SEN and KTAMS (civil servants), TIP-Is (doctors), GUC-Sen (customs) and Turk-Sen announced that their members will not work overtime.The secondary school teacher union, KTOS, held a protest on Wednesday outside the Turkish Cypriot assembly saying that the economic crisis was being shouldered only by workers.Sener Elcil, general secretary of KTOS, said campaigns and sacrifices would be meaningful only with an equal and fair adjustment and added that according to the statistics, the purchasing power of a civil servant fell by 61 per cent and the purchasing power of people on the minimum wage by 56 per cent.He noted that the salary of a teacher who had started working in 2011 was €780 and dropped to €482 in 2018.Elcil said the minimum wage which was €558 in 2011 is now just €314.In the last six months, the value of the dollar against the Turkish lira has increased by 31 per cent, the euro by 26 per cent, and sterling by 21 per cent, accompanied by corresponding rise in the price of nearly all imported goods.With the increase in the value of foreign currency against the lira, the price of household electricity has also increased as diesel for the main power plant in the north is paid for in US dollars.The rise in prices has forced consumers to cut spending except for food items, leaving shop owners from Nicosia, Kyrenia, Famagusta, and Rizokarpaso unable to pay the rent, which is charged in British pounds due a lack of confidence in the Turkish lira. You May LikeAnswer Mind10 Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease You Shouldn’t Ignore!Answer MindUndoAfriZapThe 20 Most Generous Billionaires In The WorldAfriZapUndoezzin.com20 Beautiful Places to Visit Before You Dieezzin.comUndo Korkolis brings magic to the stageUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The split at the top of Turkish Cypriot politics deepened this week as new moves by Kudret Ozersay, who is the deputy head of the new ruling coalition, further isolated Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and challenged his authority.Observers say the passiveness of the pro-solution powers like Akinci has left a vacuumThe storm caused by the revelation of a secret dinner held on June 4 between Ozersay and Nicos Anastasiades cascaded when Ozersay, on the same day announced the ruling coalition’s decisions to establish a team of experts to carry out an inventory study in the fenced-off town of Varosha as well as initiating the process of allowing Maronites to return to their villages in the northern part of Cyprus.“I will not accept certain people being patted on the back and placed on stage with a totally different agenda,” wrote a furious Akinci, who had been kept in the dark about all these developments on his social media account. “Turkish Cypriot people are proud of their democratic, secular, tolerant character and do not have a culture of submissiveness.”On Friday, in a 1.5-hour long press conference Akinci said the Turkish Cypriot people, who gave him the authority to handle the Cyprus problem, would never accept moves to “by-pass” him. As the only internationally recognised official, Turkish Cypriot leader is traditionally responsible for handling Cyprus negotiations and all issues related to the Cyprus problem.He was referring to the widespread conviction that Ozersay is supported and promoted by Ankara, which is openly critical of Akinci’s handling of the Cyprus problem. With the collapse of the former four-party coalition and the establishment of a new two-party, right-wing National Unity Party UBP – People’s Party HP coalition earlier this month, Akinci is now the only Turkish Cypriot politician in power, who still supports a bi-zonal bi-communal federal solution. Many argue that the collapse of the four-party coalition was orchestrated by Turkey in a bid to see in power parties aligned with her policies on the Cyprus problem and other issues.UBP and HP, in their coalition manifesto, have openly excluded a federal solution.“The negotiation processes that have been going on for more than half a century have essentially shown that the federal partnership model, which is based on sharing power and wealth, has been exhausted and that under the current circumstances federation is not a realistic solution model,” reads the manifesto.“New and much more realistic and feasible ideas including two states within the EU, should come to the table.”At a time when Anastasiades too is alleged to be exploring the idea of a two-state solution, the two men have not been able to convince Cypriots on either side of the divide that the dinner was of purely social nature and there was no substantial discussion. Ozersay’s comment that unofficial and secret “dialogues are often more constructive than official meetings” as well as the statement of the dinner’s host Yiannakis Moussas that he takes such initiatives when he knows “people, acquaintances and friends who can affect the course of things in the country” added to speculation.“The fact that this dinner was not publicised for two weeks means that there was a decision to keep it secret,” said Akinci during the press conference. “Informal dialogue should not be secret and it should only serve to take us closer to sustainable peace. Otherwise, it would only serve to entrench separation and division.”The passiveness of the left, pro-solution political powers, their failure to think out of the box, be creative and do anything substantial with regard to reconciliation and reunification of Cyprus, as well as their lack of dialogue with relevant circles have created a gap, which is now being filled by a proactive, ambitious Ozersay, according to some political commentators.“Akinci and political parties who should have been active in the Cyprus peace process have lately been inert,” wrote journalist Cenk Mutluyakali in the daily Yeniduzen. “They froze with the negotiations… You cannot pursue an active policy on peace by blaming the Greek Cypriot leadership every once in a while and…touring festivals. There is need for creativity and dynamic, persistent, diligent efforts. You cannot build peace by taking the easy way out and pursuing the blame game. Nature doesn’t allow for vacuums. A day will come when the vacuum you create is filled by those, who are padded on the back for different agendas. And all you are left to do is to cry out.”On Varosha, which was one of Akinci’s main election promises in 2015, the coalition has decided to form team of experts to conduct a scientific inventory to study its land registry records, the condition of its movable and immovable properties, the identification properties and environmental risks. After much speculation about how and when Varosha would be opened, Ozersay clarified on Friday that there is not yet a decision on what the next steps would be. On the issue of the return of Maronites to their villages in the northern part of Cyprus – also originally Akinci’s project – the coalition is moving to remove current residents living in the village of Karpasia to allow the Maronites to return.Some analysts suggest that the Varosha and the Maronites moves, as well as the recent exchange of suspects between the two sides in which Ozersay played a role, could have been timed to overcome widespread criticism he has received for partnering up with UBP, which has come to symbolize the corrupt system in the northern part of Cyprus. Many analysts believe that Ozersay’s main objective is to challenge Akinci in the April 2020 elections and become the next Turkish Cypriot leader.“Ozersay is not concerned with a federal or comprehensive solution,” said political scientist Bilge Azgin. “He is trying to show Turkish Cypriots that things can be done in the absence of a comprehensive solution. He is trying to show that he can do things that Akinci cannot do. Regardless of what the calculation or agenda behind his moves are, these initiatives will have his name next to them. He wants to be the leader, who offers solutions to Turkish Cypriots in the absence of a solution… At a time when Akinci is on bad terms with Turkey and with the Greek Cypriot leadership, Ozersay is engaging with everyone, being proactive, utilising his good relations with Turkey, and getting things done.”“Akinci on the other hand will probably build his election campaign on defending the modern, secular, democratic Turkish Cypriot society against Ankara. 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