Moroccans Living in USA Call for Boycotting Royal Air Maroc

Rabat – The Moroccan community living in the USA has created a Facebook group calling for boycotting the national Moroccan airline, Royal Air Maroc (RAM).A Royal Air Maroc flight, scheduled to depart New York on Thursday, July 18, was delayed for 36 hours leaving travelers who had planned to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Morocco with their families stranded and with no other choice but to spend their holiday at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The delay affected the schedules of all other flights on the Casablanca-New York route. The incident has caused a public outcry and prompted Moroccans living abroad to denounce the “unprofessionalism of the airline company.”“The way in which RAM abuses people is really sad,” quipped Adam Almaghribi, a Moroccan living in New York. In addition to denouncing the repeated delays by RAM, the group denounced its “terrible services, lost luggage, total indifference, poor service and extremely expensive prices.”For its part, the Royal Air Maroc mentioned a “technical problem,” as a cause for the Thursday incident.Speaking to Yabiladi, on condition of anonymity, an official at the company said that such problems are “very common in air transport, especially during peak periods.”The official added that “any company may be subject to such problem. When it occurred, we tried to address it. But when we saw it was going to take time, we got another plane.”The company posted a statement on Twitter apologizing “for any inconvenience suffered by the passengers,” adding that the company “had taken care of all passengers including accommodation, food and other needs.” read more

Saudi Arabia Considers Replacing MBS over Khashoggi Murder

Rabat – The heavy toll of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder on Saudi Arabia’s global image may have unprecedented repercussions for leadership: the replacement of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.According to a recent report by French outlet Le Figaro, the Saudi royal family is considering replacing MBS, as he is also known, to defuse the deepening crisis that the kingdom’s reputation has suffered since the disappearance and murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.“For several days, the ruling Saudi family’s allegiance council has been meeting in the utmost secrecy, a diplomatic source has told Le Figaro,” began the French newspaper’s bombshell report. Le Figaro, citing another “credible Saudi source” who confirmed news of MBS’s possible replacement as crown prince, said that it was highly probable that the 33-year-old crown prince would not survive the Khashoggi crisis.Jamal Khashoggi, a US resident from Saudi Arabia, was a leading journalist and vocal critic of the Saudi regime. The 60-year-old entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to do paperwork for a planned wedding with his Turkish fiancée.Khashoggi has not been seen since, and reports have indicated a 15-member hit team flew into Istanbul from Riyadh to murder and dispose of the journalist while he was inside the Saudi consulate.Le Figaro’s diplomatic sources said that the Saudi Allegiance Council, the body in charge of inheritance-related matters, is set to name Prince Khalid bin Salman, MBS’s younger and “more predictable” brother, as a replacement for the now unpopular crown prince.Khalid, who at 28 is the Saudi ambassador to the US, is said to be cut from the same cloth as his brother MBS in the latter’s early days: elegant, charismatic, dynamic, and appealing to the West.Saudi Arabia hopes that Prince Khalid’s popularity at home and in the West will help defuse the sprawling reputation crisis that the House of Sauds has found itself in since Khashoggi disappeared.Saudi Arabia recalled the young ambassador last week to attend, alongside his father King Salman and brother MBS, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s impromptu high-profile visit to discuss Khashoggi’s disappearance.The recalling of Prince Khalid to Riyadh was not a simple diplomatic reassessment of the Saudi approach to the US. And the fact that Saudi Arabia is set to replace Ambassador Khalid, who they said would not be returning to Washington, has further crystallized the belief among Saudi Arabia observers that Riyadh is “actively seeking” replacement for MBS.Taking back controlMBS, whom the Allegiance Council uncustomarily appointed as crown prince over his cousin and the most senior candidate Mohammed bin Nayef, has benefited from his father’s stamp to take the reins of the kingdom’s most crucial matters.At 82, King Salman left crucial decisions to his 33-year-old son, green-lighting almost all of his moves and only briefly interfering when necessary.When Saudi Arabia’s Western partners threatened the kingdom with economic sanctions and a boycott over allegations MBS ordered Khashoggi’s murder, MBS and his aides initially answered with swift and even more pronounced threats. They promised “greater action” in response to any hostile move towards Saudi Arabia.But the tone has changed of late, and sources at the Saudi royal palace have said that King Salman wants to grab the headlines and assert himself as the kingdom’s chief decision maker.Although MBS remains King Salman’s favorite son, the Saudi monarch felt mounting pressure to intervene and limit the damage that his increasingly criticized and now ostracized son has caused the kingdom’s reputation, well-connected Saudi businessmen and officials told Reuters.“The king is now holding the file personally … and the tone is very different,” a Saudi businessman said.Another source in the inner circle of the Saudi royal dealings, explained that the monarch’s advisors have “grown frustrated” over MBS’ use of unchecked power. “The people around [King Salman] are starting to tell him to wake up to what’s happening,” the source said.Meanwhile, Turkish media outlets keep leaking materials that appear to criminalize MBS, holding the crown prince personally responsible for ordering the murder of the dissident journalist. read more

UN to publish firstever world map of underground freshwater resources

22 October 2008The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will publish the first-ever world map of underground aquifers, which account for some 96 per cent of global freshwater resources, the agency announced in a press release today. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will publish the first-ever world map of underground aquifers, which account for some 96 per cent of global freshwater resources, the agency announced in a press release today.Despite their strategic importance, no global inventory of aquifers – most of which straddle international boundaries – had been compiled before UNESCO started work on its online map, which will be launched to coincide with the submission to the General Assembly of a draft Convention on Transboundary Aquifers next week.The UNESCO is presenting a detailed map identifying underground water resources that are shared by at least two countries, using data compiled since 2000 by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme for a groundwater database.The map will include information about the quality of water and rate of replenishment of the 273 transboundary aquifers – 68 in the American continent, 38 in Africa, 65 in Eastern Europe, 90 in Western Europe and 12 in Asia. Underground aquifers account for 70 per cent of water used in the European Union, and are often the only source of supply in arid and semi-arid areas – 100 per cent in Saudi Arabia and Malta, 95 per cent in Tunisia and 75 per cent in Morocco. Irrigation systems also depend largely on groundwater resources in many countries – 90 per cent in Libya, 89 per cent in India, 84 per cent in South Africa and 80 per cent in Spain. Aquifers, which contain 100 times the volume of freshwater than that on the Earth’s surface, in Africa are still largely under exploited. They are among the largest in the world and since they generally expand over several national boundaries, their exploitation presupposes an agreed management mechanism. Mechanisms of this kind have begun to emerge, such as the agreement in the 1990s between Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan which established a joint authority to manage the Nubian aquifer system, but such arrangements are the exception, according to the UNESCO release. The draft Convention presented to the General Assembly on 27 October is intended to facilitate the creation of such mechanisms for administering transboundary aquifer systems by calling on aquifer states not to harm existing aquifers, to cooperate, and to prevent and control their pollution. read more

Study says resourcerich Quebec should charge into lithiumion sector

MONTREAL — A new study says Quebec has all the ingredients to supply the global market with lithium-ion batteries, but lacks the kitchen to cook them up.The report, commissioned by an industry group, says the rapid growth of the electric vehicle market represents a big business opportunity for the province, predicting the number of electric vehicles sold will be as much as 26 times more by 2030.The study released today says global demand will vastly exceed lithium-ion battery production. Meanwhile, a large lithium-ion battery recycling industry is set to emerge as a source of reusable materials for new batteries.Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon says the government aims to launch a strategy this fall to develop the lithium-ion battery industry.With seven lithium mines in development as of January 2019, the study by accounting and advisory firm KPMG says a development plan should set its sights on refining ore to the quality required for lithium-ion batteries.The study makes similar recommendations for graphite, cobalt, nickel and iron, which are all components of lithium-ion batteries.The Canadian Press read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,196.31, up 77.88 points):Talon Metals Corp. (TSX:TLO). Miner. Up 0.5 of a cent, or 1.54 per cent, to 33 cents on 7.3 million shares.Carpathian Gold Inc. (TSXCPN). Miner. Down 0.5 of a cent, or 16.67 per cent, to 2.5 cents on 5.9 million shares.Mercator Minerals Ltd. (TSX:ML). Miner. Up 1.5 cents, or 30 per cent, to 6.5 cents on 5.8 million shares.Crocotta Energy Inc. (TSX:CTA). Oil and gas. Up 12 cents, or 2.71 per cent, to $4.54 on 3.5 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Unchanged at $2.93 on 3.5 million shares.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Up 35 cents, or 3.08 per cent, to $11.70 on 3.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG). Autos. Up $7.05, or 6.12 per cent, to $122.24 on 1.1 million shares. The auto parts giant says net income rose to $510 million or $2.32 a share during the quarter, up from $415 million, or $1.78 per share, a year ago. Sales increased six per cent to a record $9.46 billion. The company also boosted its sale forecast for the year.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC). Engineering. Down $1.71, or 2.92 per cent, to $56.91 on 880,674 shares. The Montreal-based engineering consulting and construction firm missed expectations, despite swinging to a $32.1 million profit on a 12.7-per-cent drop in revenues. The company said net income attributable to shareholders equalled 21 cents per share for the three months ended June 30, compared to a 25 cents per share or $37.7 million loss a year earlier.Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. (TSX:TKM). Biotechnology. Up $7.39, or 47.34 per cent, to $23.00 on 1.7 million shares. The Canadian drugmaker closed almost 50 per cent higher after U.S. health authorities eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat the deadly Ebola virus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had recently placed a hold on the drug after safety issues emerged in human testing. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 7, 2014 4:23 pm MDT read more

UN chief calls on DPR Korea to halt provocative actions following missile

“It is deeply deplorable that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has conducted a launch using ballistic missile technology in violation of relevant Security Council resolutions on 6 February 2016 despite the united plea of the international community against such an act,” indicated a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. The UN chief also reaffirmed his commitment to working with all sides in reducing tensions and achieving the verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Last Wednesday, when DPRK announced it intended to launch the satellite in the coming weeks, Mr. Ban said it was a “deeply worrying development,” that would “further aggravate the profound concerns that the international community already has in the wake of the recent nuclear test.” The UN Security Council is expected to hold emergency consultations today to address this issue. read more

Challenges to your estate plan

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Can your Will be challenged? By whom? How can you protect your Estate?The best protection is not to have any assets in your name at your death. You might gift assets during your lifetime, or put them in a trust you control until death. This can have tax consequences. There are several strategies to protect assets or deter claims, without unnecessarily paying tax.What about assets held in a trust – are they protected? Trust assets are generally protected from claims against your estate. The same applies to your superannuation, unless paid to your estate. It is important that you leave control to the right people, however. In a recent case, wealthy Italian parents left control of a trust to one son instead of to both sons equally. The son without control owed several million dollars to the trust. Although the parents wanted both sons to benefit equally from the trust, the son with control could not be stopped from making the other son repay the debt to the trust and taking the money for himself. The parents could have avoided the expense and stress of three court cases and the destruction of their sons’ relationship. They should have discussed their estate plan with their lawyers. Unfortunately there are too many families with simmering tensions between siblings, which explode after the parents’ death. The long-term emotional consequences for the family are generally irreversible once litigation starts. The lawyer needs to be aware of potential familial issues and help you plan in advance to avoid this happening. * If you have any questions or require further information please contact Harry Giannakidis on hgiannakidis@millsoakley.com.aucenter_img Anyone demonstrating some moral claim against you can challenge your Will. They may challenge: – the validity of your Will – the executors chosen to control your estate – how much they are gifted under your Will. As your estate usually pays their costs, win or lose, this encourages those aggrieved to make a claim. Claims against the validity of your Will might be that: – you were not capable of signing it – you did not know what you were signing – you were pressured to sign your Will. If your mental health is in question, have your doctor confirm your health or sign as a witness. If your lawyer prepares your Will, they should ensure you understand it and take detailed notes. If your English is not good, an interpreter should explain it to you and confirm this in writing. Also, always make your own arrangements with the lawyer rather than have someone organise this for you, to avoid the argument that you were pressured. Your chosen executors may be challenged as being: – unfit for such office – conflicted with their own personal interests, which affects the beneficiaries – grossly neglectful or negligent. There need to be strong grounds to prove the above, such as acts which endanger assets or show dishonesty or inability to carry out duties. The most common challenge is how much is left to someone. The risk is highest when there is unequal treatment of children, for example: – different amounts to children from first and second marriages – leaving the family business to those that worked in it. If your Will is challenged, the court will consider: – your relationship (e.g. child, grandchild) – their financial need – the size of your estate.last_img read more

MLS legend Schmid dies at age 65

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Galaxy manager Sigi Schmid has died at the age of 65, his family has announced.Schmid, who has the most wins as a manager in the history of the Major League Soccer, was admitted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center earlier in the month, needing a heart transplant.The cause of Schmid’s death was not disclosed, but his family released the following statement, as quoted by ProSoccerUSA:“On Tuesday, December 25, Sigi Schmid passed away at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles due to a personal health matter.”Chile, Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez rules out move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami Andrew Smyth – September 5, 2019 Alexis Sanchez reckons he’s still got another “five or six years left” of European football in him amid links of a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami.“Our family is deeply saddened by his passing and is taking this time to grieve the loss of a tremendous husband, father, leader and mentor.”“We also recognize how much Sigi meant to so many people across the U.S. Soccer landscape and around the world at different levels of the game. That community meant a great deal to him as well, and for that reason, it was important to us that we share the news of his passing.”“While we mourn his loss, we appreciate privacy during this challenging time and will not be issuing further statements. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family asks to please consider a memorial gift to support the men’s soccer program at UCLA, Sigi’s alma mater. Donations in memory of Sigi may be directed to the attention of Emily Lerner of UCLA Athletics at 310-206-3302 or elerner@athletics.ucla.edu.”last_img read more

San Diegan local celebrates 105th birthday by getting married in surprise wedding

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA San Diego local celebrated his 105th birthday Thursday by marrying his girlfriend of 45 years.Norbert Stein and Edlemira Velasquez tied the knot during a surprise wedding.The wedding began at 5:30 p.m. at the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista.Friends and family had no idea that Stein’s birthday celebration would include a marriage ceremony.Stein settled in Chula Vista in 1958 and has lived there ever since. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 8, 2018 March 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom San Diegan local celebrates 105th birthday by getting married in surprise weddinglast_img read more

3 bodies found in trunk of parked car in San Diego

first_img August 12, 2019 Posted: August 12, 2019 SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police say three bodies have been found in the trunk of a car by officers investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle.Someone called police to say that a BMW had been parked for two days on a residential street in the Bay Terraces neighborhood.Police homicide Lt. Martha Sainz says when officers opened the trunk Sunday evening they found the bodies of two females and one male. All three are believed to be in their late teens or early 20s.Sainz says the county Medical Examiner’s office will try to determine the identity of the victims and the manner and cause of death.Anyone with information was asked to call police at 619-531-2299 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477. AP AP, 3 bodies found in trunk of parked car in San Diego Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Brides Channels Influencers Reality TV to Capitalize on Interactive Programming

first_imgPart of Brides Live Wedding’s success comes from following its readers to the platforms that they are on the most, which in previous years included Facebook and Youtube. But this year, Instagram—specifically its Stories platform—has become the new home for BLW categorical voting and direct audience contact, as the pre-selected bride-to-be—Janelle Lloyd—just so happens to be an Instagram influencer with more than 65,000 followers of her own.“In this age, Instagram has become such a primary spot for us in terms of engagement and we really know our advertisers want to be a part of that,” Gooder tells Folio:. “In this case, it made sense to have someone who was a good Instagrammer.”Following Janelle to her home platform of Instagram was the most lucrative path for Brides, as in past years, when the BLW bride was YouTuber Elle Fowler and the bulk of the program took place on that platform.Voting on Instagram Stories“We’ve done this with a Youtube person, we’ve done this with an audience member that we found through Facebook, but we found that when we leverage the platform that each person comes from, it kind of takes on a life of its own,” adds Gooder.Beyond social media, however, the program uniquely integrates itself within all of Brides’ platforms (including the print magazine), fully engaging subscription readers and website visitors. And it is this well-engaged audience that appeals to the advertisers and sponsors who see value in aligning themselves with Brides‘ programs.“The advertisers are interested because the consumers are interested,” says Alison Moore, chief business officer of the Beauty Collection at Condé Nast and revenue lead for Brides. “It has that same power of reality television, and that is really alluring from a consumer perspective. That’s the kind of thing that brands want to be a part of, because it’s organic and authentic.”The ad-buy model is based around selling elements of a wedding. For instance, Sexy Hair is the sponsor for the hairstyle category and worked with the Brides editorial team to create four hairstyles, from which readers will pick one for Janelle to wear at her wedding. This partnership model extends across the other categories, including menswear from Men’s Wearhouse and a gift registry at Crate & Barrel.While the wedding comes at no cost to the couple, Brides invests heavily in the big day.“This is that kind of thing that we’ve done year after year and it’s been extremely successful for us, so there is a level of investment that we provide to kind of foundationally build on that,” says Moore. “Sponsors, of course, are helpful, certainly in the revenue portion of it—making the whole revenue experience dimensionally better.”Video is another aspect of the program, and it provides the audience with an inside look of the planning process. It’s also another opportunity for sponsorship. “Video has been a major component,” says Gooder. “For the first [BLW], we did a live stream on Facebook—this was before Facebook Live existed and Instagram live and all that—and that was amazing because we sort of had this television show that was happening, reaching our audience.” Working with Condé Nast Entertainment, the wedding video package is set to be released at some point in September, just under a month after the wedding itself in August. Gooder says that the video component provides the emotional aspect of the program that solidifies the audience’s investment and extends reader interest in the program further into the year.Additionally, an integration with print that will feature the couple’s wedding in a full spread adds the additional appeal for subscribers and newsstand readers.  As for next year’s BLW, Gooder says it’s too soon to predict how similar the interactive portion will be to this year’s, regardless of how successful the engagement has been on Instagram. “To be honest, social media moves so quickly that it’s hard to know next year what Instagram will be like. A year ago, we might have said Snapchat. We’ll have to wait and see.” Brides magazine has spent the past six years working on ways to better engage its loyal readers and integrate them into a total brand experience. The solution: the Brides Live Wedding—a successful annual experiential program that’s not only engaging its readership, but also creating nice returns for its partners.The premise is straightforward: Brides selects a soon-to-be married couple to participate in the program, and readers then join in on the planning process by voting on various aspects of the wedding itself—from decor themes and honeymoon locations to bridesmaid’s dresses and hairstyles.“This is different than seeing something on social media; you’re actually interacting with it, which I think makes it a much more valuable thing—both for [readers] and for our advertisers,” says Lisa Gooder, executive director of editorial at Brides. “They’re really weighing in and getting excited for it. We hear from our advertisers how much they want to be involved in a social experience with us and how it gives them an opportunity to become really engaged.”last_img read more

Alibaba acquires South China Morning Post in a 266 million deal

first_imgAlibaba Group Holding Ltd has agreed on a HK$2.06 billion  ($265.8 million) deal to acquire the South China Morning Post and other media assets of SCMP Group Ltd, the newspaper group said in a statement on Monday.Alibaba and SCMP Group Ltd said on Friday that the Hangzhou-based company would buy the 112-year-old English language newspaper and other media properties, but did not put a value on the deal.The all-cash purchase, which follows a string of media deals by Alibaba, is likely to raise concerns in Hong Kong where the South China Morning Post occupies an important position and is seen as a barometer for press freedom under Chinese rule.In a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange, SCMP Group cited an “uncertain” future for traditional publishing as a key reason behind the sale, adding Alibaba would likely be able to “unlock greater value” from the business.SCMP Group had a turnover of around HK$1.2 billion in 2014, up slightly from 2013, it said. Net profit for the year was HK$122.6 million.The group said it expected to record a gain of around HK$1.4 billion from the asset sale. It plans to use the proceeds for the payment of a special cash dividend.Alibaba has acquired or invested in a growing portfolio of media and content companies in recent years. In June, the company agreed to pay $194 million for an undisclosed stake in domestic financial media firm China Business News.last_img read more

India trying to fix Iran trade fearing Trump sanction

first_img.India is exploring setting up a new payments mechanism for trade with Iran, after its old sanctions workaround broke down, as state banks remain fearful of handling payments from Tehran in case the United States imposes a fresh financial embargo.US president Donald Trump has denounced an agreement between Iran and major powers on its nuclear program as a bad deal, and his administration has put Tehran “on notice” after the test-firing of a ballistic missile.Under previous Western sanctions, India had devised a barter-like scheme acceptable to Washington that allowed it to make some oil payments to Tehran in rupees through a small state bank, UCO Bank.Indian companies were then able to receive payments for goods exported to Iran using the oil money held in non-convertible rupee balances at UCO, maintaining a trade lifeline between two countries with long historical ties.But since sanctions were partly lifted early last year the rupee account has been run down by more than 90 percent to just 20 billion rupees ($305 million) because Indian refiners have resumed paying for Iranian oil in euros.Whilst the federal government and central bank have approved oil payments in euros – which Iran prefers because the currency is readily convertible – they have not given the all-clear for trade in the opposite direction to be settled in other currencies, leaving exporters stuck.”We are working on a mechanism through euros and looking for a common correspondent bank in Europe to act as an intermediary for India and Iran,” said RK Takkar, chairman of UCO Bank.”The euro payment system has not yet crystallized,” he said, adding the government was working to find a solution.For a graphic on India’s trade with Iran, click hereThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said some Iranian banks had applied to open branches in India, but gave no indication when it might approve settlement of trade with Iran in currencies other than the rupee.”Due to the geopolitical situation around Iran, and international sanctions-related measures, correspondent banking relationships are difficult,” the central bank said in a written reply to questions submitted by Reuters.”The Reserve Bank has facilitated payment for Indian exporters by permitting special arrangements for rupee-based settlements.”TENSIONS GROWAlthough European Union and United Nations sanctions against Iran have been removed some US measures remain, and that, along with the hard line promised by the new administration in Washington, has left the country still largely shut out of the global financial system as banks steer clear of its business.As tensions grow, New Delhi and Tehran are considering reverting to the old rupee mechanism that was viewed as a safe bet because UCO has no US exposure that could lead it to fall foul of any new sanctions.Iran has agreed in principle to accept some oil payments in rupees to fund imports from India worth an estimated $2.5 billion a year, a senior commerce ministry official told Reuters.No timeline has been fixed as yet to implement the new mechanism, however, as both sides await the outcome of Iran’s presidential election in May and seek clarity on the Trump administration’s approach toward Tehran, he said.The payment woes have hit the revenues of Indian exporters as they struggle to complete deals struck when the rupee account was flush with funds. Several containers from India are held up at Iranian ports, exporters said.”Our clients are threatening to cancel orders and procure from China,” said Jayanti Goela at Gas Lab Asia, a Delhi-based exporter that had won an order to supply gas storage tanks to Tehran.India’s major exports to Iran include food, chemicals, engineering products, garments and drugs.CHABAHAR PORTThe reticence of Indian banks with US exposure has also slowed work on the Iranian port of Chabahar and a $1.6 billion rail link backed by New Delhi that would bypass arch-rival Pakistan and counter China’s growing influence in the region.One official involved in the Chabahar project said contractors, concerned about getting paid, were now reluctant to supply equipment and materials for the Arabian Sea port whose completion is planned for 2018.”If Trump imposes more sanctions on Iran, we may have to wind up most of our plans,” the official said.Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj told parliament recently that Iran had yet to ratify a trilateral pact to set up the transit corridor to Afghanistan that was signed on a visit last year by prime minister Narendra Modi.”The government is still in a wait-and-watch mode and closely monitoring Trump’s approach towards Iran,” said a senior official who joined Modi on his trip to Iran. India, Iran’s top oil client after China, boosted exports to Tehran during sanctions as Western nations boycotted it.Yet India has lost out since the lifting of sanctions, with its exports to Iran declining to $2.4 billion in 2016 from $3.2 billion in the previous year.last_img read more

Pakistan says India crossborder fire kills 4 soldiers

first_imgPakistan’s military on Sunday accused India of hitting a military vehicle and killing four soldiers in cross-border firing in the disputed Kashmir region.The latest incident between the nuclear-armed neighbours took place in Athmaqam in Pakistan-administered Kashmir’s scenic Neelum Valley, where military officials said they responded to the Indian “ceasefire violation”.“The vehicle fell into the Neelum river. Four soldiers drowned. Body of one shaheed (martyr) recovered, search for remaining three in progress,” the military said in a short statement.Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the firing and “praised the prompt response by Pakistan army in thwarting the attack,” a statement by his office said.There was no immediate reaction from New Delhi.Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in full and have fought two wars over the mountainous region.The hostile neighbours regularly exchange mortar fire across the Line of Control, the de facto Kashmir border, despite signing a ceasefire in 2003.At least nine people were killed and seven others wounded last November when cross-border fire hit a passenger bus in the village of Nagdar, in same valley in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.Tensions reached dangerous levels again last September, with both sides blaming one another for cross-border raids.There have since been repeated outbreaks of firing across the frontier, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries including of civilians.last_img read more

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

first_imgCome and join the fun on December 23rd! Party starts at 6pm. Show up in the ugliest Christmas sweater to win a cash prize. Full Christmas dinner will be served with all the fixens. This is a free event. Please RSVP on eventbrite for an accurate head count at. Drinks will be served until it runs out so BYOB is highly recommended.last_img

More musicians more music and more options

first_imgIn bollywood obsessed India, it is very tough for independent artists or bands to carve their niche. But Agnee managed not only to break through the norm, but also establish themselves in the mainstream. Millennium Post caught up with the band ahead of their performance today. Here are excerpts: What kind of music do you like to explore and create?We don’t really have any specific ideas when we create music, we find it better to go with the flow. We do believe that the song is king, so whatever melody comes to us at that point, we try and just make it the best sounding that we can. In case we’re composing for films, of course, we compose to a brief. We’re inspired by a lot of great musicians like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Saa’b, Sting, David Gilmour, and so many classical musicians, but we try our best to not get influenced in our creation by what we’ve heard. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How do you go about ideating a new song? Enlighten us.We try to keep it honest and go with the flow. We’re always going to try and achieve the sublime and always not really get there, so the journey’s the most rewarding when you think you’ve gotten close. Song creation for us usually happens together, both Koco and I don’t like to see a song to the end individually. If I get a song idea, I wait for Koco to sit with me so we can take it forward, and he does the same when an idea comes to him. We’ve realised that the song typically becomes better when Koco and I sit together to compose. The composition is typically reactionary, where we just react to the other’s idea and take it forward in a natural way, and if that doesn’t work well, we try again till we think we’ve gotten the song to sound the way we want it to. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLive performance versus album recording?Live performance, any day. The feeling you get when thousands of people are singing your songs back to you and giving you their energy is without parallel.How have reality shows and the internet changed the industry?More musicians, more music, more choices. That’s what the internet and Youtube and Facebook have given the listener. The musician now has more options on how to release music. However, it is more difficult now to be able to leverage these channels as there are so many musicians out there. Now, more than ever before, a musician needs to be very good and have very good songs to be able to create an impact. It’s a double edged sword, really. We’ve had a good run thanks to reality TV. We hope there will be other artists who will use these platforms wisely. What was your best tour?This one’s very difficult to answer. Baroda, MSU in 2009 was fabulous, as this was the first place we saw 8,000 people listening to us at our show and we spent three hours in a conference room after the show just giving out autographs and posing for pictures. This was the first time we really thought we might have reached people with our music. Tips for youngsters?Always be to remain honest in what you do. Believe in your music, be honest again and again (specially when you feel you don’t know where your music is going) and do not give up halfway. And do not ever be ashamed of promoting your own music.What is in stock for Delhi?This is our first time at Gurgaon. We’ll be playing some of our popular favourites and some stuff from our upcoming Punjabi film, Sarsa.DETAILAt: Lemp Brewpub and Kitchen, DLF Star Mall, 2nd floor, NH-8, Exit 8, Sector 30, Opp. 32nd Milestone, Gurgaon  When: 2 February Timings: 9 pm onwards  Entry: Rs 1,000 per personlast_img read more

Apple Reportedly Software Locking iPhone Batteries To Prevent ThirdParty Repairs

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CHOETECHs 5Coil Wireless Charger Can Power Up 2 Phones at Once Exclusive

first_imgApple’s AirPower is nowhere to be seen, but the next best thing exists from our friends over at CHOETECH. And it so happens to be discounted today through an exclusive discount code for our readers.Rumor has it that the Apple AirPower wireless charging mat will be released soon as the hardware has finally gone into production. But of course, since it is being made by Apple therefore we can expect an unsurprisingly high price point as well. If you’re all about not breaking your wallet, then we have a product for you which will leave you in awe.Dubbed the T535, it’s a Qi wireless charger from CHOETECH that has 5 coils built right in to transfer energy to a Qi wireless compatible phone. What this means is that you have a larger surface area in terms of coils, allowing you to place your phone in the laziest way possible on the charging mat and it will still juice up.But wait, there’s more. Since there are 5 coils in here, therefore you can charge two phones at the same time. Those phones can either be iPhones, Android devices or a combination of both. What’s more exciting is that this wireless charger features a USB-C port and ships with a cable and 18W Quick Charge adapter right in the box so you’ll walk out working the moment you get this beast.Of course, this charger commands a premium price tag of $52.99. But given that you are reading this, therefore you can expect that price to drop to a far more reasonable $39.99 after applying our special discount code. So, what are you waiting for? Make use of this offer and start charging two phones at the same time on the very same charging mat.The future is now, people.Buy CHOETECH Dual Wireless Charger, 5 Coils Double Qi Fast Wireless Charging Pad – Was $52.99, Now just $39.99 using discount code WTT53525 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

TL Network conferences encourage agents to Stay in the Lead

first_img Share TORONTO — More than 450 agents and 175 supplier representatives attended the TL Network’s 19th annual Canadian Fall Regional Events, held recently in Markham, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.This year’s theme, ‘Stay in the Lead’, was part of a push to show TL Network agents how to leverage the tools and training available to help grow their business and stay in the lead. There were also networking opportunities, supplier partner roundtable discussions and a sold-out trade show. Events focused on the technology, marketing and selling tools available to members, frontline agency training, and TL Network program updates.TL Network’s Fall Regional event, Toronto“Our Canadian Fall Regional Conferences provided excellent opportunities for both our owner/managers and frontline agents to maximize each program and to learn how to tailor them to their own business needs,” said TL Network’s Vice President Christine James. “Each city’s events offered a memorable day of learning and networking that has proven both popular and successful, year after year, and will help agencies get the most out of their valuable TL Network membership.”More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsTravelPack CEO Lionel Rozario said the TL Network’s Eastern Conference “was valuable and stayed in true form to provide agencies with the tools needed to really ‘Stay in the Lead’.” Rozario added: “I found the training and trade show very important in terms of growing our business. I’m very excited to introduce my team to the new learnings from this conference so that we can continue to grow and keep one step ahead of the competition.”Led by the flagship Travel Leaders-branded Associates, the 6,800 travel agencies of TL Network combined generate more than $17 billion in annual sales volume, making it the travel industry’s largest travel agency organization. Tags: Travel Leaders Network << Previous PostNext Post >> TL Network conferences encourage agents to ‘Stay in the Lead’center_img Travelweek Group Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Posted bylast_img read more

Nicaragua demands navigation rights on Costa Rican river

first_imgNo related posts. The Nicaraguan government has petitioned the International Court of Justice in The Hague to grant the country navigation rights on Río Colorado, located entirely within Costa Rican territory.The request was presented by Nicaragua as part of its defense in a trial at the world court over an ongoing conflict with Costa Rica over Isla Calero, a small territory bordering the two countries.Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega claims the right to navigate the river by arguing that 90 percent of the river’s water comes from sources in Nicaragua, the daily La Nación reported.Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo told the daily that the petition is an example “of the expansionist intentions of the government of Daniel Ortega, … part of a hostile and aggressive policy against its southern neighbor.”“The Río Colorado is located 100 percent within Costa Rican territory. The river is completely inside the border, [and] we must not allow navigation of Nicaraguan officials or citizens, unless they have a visa,” Castillo said.The court will study Nicaragua’s request and issue one of three possible rulings: The court could fully reject it, admit it and start a new case, or include the complaint as part of the Isla Calero case, which “could delay by several years a resolution of the lawsuit filed by Costa Rica in December 2010,” Castillo said.The Colorado River crosses an important protected area in the Wildlife Refuge of Barra del Colorado. It is used for transportation and sportfishing, and could become an important tourist destination. Facebook Commentslast_img read more