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Canada responds to US steel aluminum tariffs with countermeasures

first_imgCanada is imposing dollar-for-dollar tariff “countermeasures” on up to $16.6 billion worth of U.S. imports in response to the American decision to make good on its threat of similar tariffs against Canadian-made steel and aluminum.The tariffs, which apply to a long list of U.S. products that includes everything from flat-rolled steel to playing cards and felt-tipped pens, will go into effect July 1, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a news conference Thursday.See the full list of products that are now subject to tariffs.The list includes items such as whiskey, orange juice, maple syrup, ketchup, pizza, playing cards, mayonnaise and sleeping bags.Freeland says the countermeasures, which apply to a long list of U.S. products from flat-rolled steel to playing cards and felt-tipped pens, will go into effect July 1. “This is $16.6 billion of retaliation,” Freeland said.“This is the strongest trade action Canada has taken in the post-war era. This is a very strong response, it is a proportionate response, it is perfectly reciprocal. This is a very strong Canadian action in response to a very bad U.S. decision.”Freeland made the announcement alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following word from the White House that the U.S. will slap tariffs on Canadian, Mexican and European Union steel and aluminium as of midnight Thursday night.She called the U.S. measures illegal and counterproductive, and both she and Trudeau expressed how hard it is to imagine how Canada could ever be a national-security threat to an ally as close and important as the United States.“That Canada could be considered a national-security threat to the United States is inconceivable,” said Trudeau, adding that the people of the U.S. are not Canada’s target , and that the federal government would far prefer that its hand not be forced.Canada, Mexico and Europe had been exempted from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum when they were first imposed in March, but those exemptions will expire as scheduled on Friday.“The government of Canada is confident that shared values, geography and common interests will ultimately overcome protectionism,” Trudeau said.“We will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests.”Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed Thursday that the United States would end the temporary exemption on Canadian, Mexican and European Union steel and aluminum as of midnight, as scheduled.That means that President Donald Trump will be face to face with a number of leaders who have taken retaliatory action against the U.S. when he makes his closely watched Canadian debut at the G7 next week in Quebec.While the tariffs have had “major, positive effects” on industry jobs and workers, “the Trump Administration’s actions underscore its commitment to good-faith negotiations with our allies to enhance our national security while supporting American workers,” the White House said in a statement.Canada, Mexico and Europe had been exempted until June 1 from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum when they were first imposed in March. Barring an 11th-hour reprieve, those exemptions will expire as scheduled.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, campaigning in advance of the June 7 provincial election, savaged the U.S. president as she called the tariff measure short-sighted and urged Trudeau “to take the strongest retaliation possible to protect our workers” and industry.“I think that we’ve all had just about enough of Donald Trump…. He doesn’t seem to get that his bluster and his bullying are costing people real jobs — in his own country, in Canada and in Ontario,” Wynne said.“I really believe that now the time for talk is done. Donald Trump is a bully and the only way to deal with a bully is to stand up and push back and we have to do that.”During a conference call early Thursday, Ross shrugged off questions about the U.S. facing possible retaliation, or whether the move would negatively affect the G7 meeting. And he said that while he was looking forward to continuing negotiations, the U.S. is making its decision on national security grounds — a justification Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has dismissed as absurd.In the case of Canada and Mexico, Ross said the decision was based on a lack of progress in the ongoing talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement.“As to Canada, Mexico, you will recall that the reason for the deferral had been pending the outcome of the NAFTA talks,” he said.“Those talks are taking longer than we had hoped. There is no longer a very precise date when they may be concluded” so they were added to the tariff list, he said.If Canada and Mexico choose to take retaliatory measures, it will not affect the ability to keep renegotiating NAFTA as a separate track, he added.“If any of these parties does retaliate, that does not mean that there cannot be continuing negotiations,” Ross said. “They’re not mutually exclusive behaviours.”The long-threatened tactic is sure to cast a pall over the G7, with some observers saying a G6-plus-one scenario is already shaping up, with Trump as the outlier.Ross played down the divisions.“There are periodic disagreements between any two countries on any given set of topics. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it derails other discussions at all,” he said.“It all depends on how the various parties react to the circumstances.”European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who will be at the G7 table with the seven other country leaders, expressed strong opposition to Thursday’s decision.“The EU believes these unilateral U.S. tariffs are unjustified and at odds with World Trade Organization rules. This is protectionism, pure and simple.”Trump had been widely expected to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum imports after failing to win concessions from the European Union. Canada and its European allies have spent recent days making a concerted effort to head off the move.Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron made their cases separately Wednesday to dissuade Trump, who is using a national-security clause in U.S. trade law to justify the move. Trudeau and Macron will meet next week in Ottawa before the G7 to talk strategy.Here are many of the other US exports facing tariffs as Canada announces countermeasures to address the US tariffs on our steel and aluminum #Cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/YSi9cRjMrN— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) May 31, 2018last_img read more

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Ottawa to release competitiveness plan but its unclear how much help is

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government will roll out an update to its fiscal plan Wednesday to help Canada compete for investment dollars following major American corporate tax reforms — but it’s up for debate whether Canada is facing a serious investment challenge.The business community has called on federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to respond to the Trump administration’s tax and regulatory overhaul with significant changes of his own in Canada —including corporate tax cuts.The government, however, has signalled it will be focused on targeted measures to attract investment, rather than broad-based corporate tax reductions that would lower federal revenues by billions of dollars per year.Morneau will lay out his plan in Wednesday’s much-anticipated fall economic statement — which will arrive after months of debate on whether Canada has lost its edge as an investment destination, and by how much.Canada has heard many warnings from the business community that American tax reforms will have a big, negative impact on investment here — but some experts insist the country has performed well even after the U.S. overhaul.Economist Randall Bartlett says investment in Canada has been pretty strong through the first part of 2018 and he believes it’s difficult to draw a direct link between the country’s performance and the U.S. tax changes.Bartlett, who works for a University of Ottawa think-tank headed by former parliamentary budget watchdog Kevin Page, says people on both sides of the debate seem to be cherry- picking data points to support their interests.Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Ariana Grande Announces StarStudded Benefit Concert In Manchester

first_imgAriana Grande is returning to Manchester to headline a special One Love Manchester benefit concert on Sunday 4 June to honour and raise vital funds for the victims and families who were tragically affected by the Manchester attack after her show last week.The concert will take place at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground. General admission and hospitality tickets will be on sale through Ticketmaster from Thursday 1 June 2017 at 10:00AM BST.The concert will feature performances by stars such as Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That, One Direction’s Niall Horan, and others. The concert will be broadcast on BBC Television, and on BBC Radio and Capital Radio Networks. The BBC will be the host broadcaster for international television networks. The show will also be streamed with a digital partner worldwide, to be announced soon.All net ticket proceeds of the show will go directly to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund which was set up by the Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross, in aid of grieving families and victims of the horrific attack.Ariana is offering fans who were at the Manchester show on Monday free tickets to this benefit concert. Customers who would like to attend will need to follow this link and register before Wednesday 31 May 2017 at 4:00PM BST. Ticketmaster will be in touch via email within 36 hours of registrations with instructions on how to process your free ticket.Ariana Grande said, in an open letter posted on her social media accounts:“My heart, prayers and condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones. There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.”She continued: “We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win… Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”“Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy. So that is what it will continue to do for us. We will continue to honour the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy. They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.”The attack – which took place after Ariana’s Dangerous Woman concert at Manchester Arena on Monday 22 May – killed 22 people, seven of whom were children, and injured hundreds of others.last_img read more

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Morocco Welcomes UNSC Resolution on Renewal of MINURSOs Mandate

Rabat – Morocco welcomed on Tuesday the unanimous adoption, by the UN Security Council, of the resolution on the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.Through this resolution, the Security Council “strongly and unambiguously confirms its recent approach vis-à-vis the issue,” said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.According to the statement, the Council members “reiterated their support for the current process which aims to reach a solution, and have clearly distanced themselves from the dangerous recommendations, provocative insinuations, biased approaches and dangerous options contained in the latest report by the Secretariat General of the United Nations.” The statement recalled that King Mohammed VI stressed at a telephone conversation with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon “the need to preserve the negotiation parameters as defined by the Security Council, and to uphold the existing framework and procedures of the UN involvement.”At the political front, the resolution of the Security Council “preserves the resolution framework and parameters led by the United Nations to put an end to this regional dispute,” the statement said.The Security Council emphasizes “the centrality of negotiation as the only way to solve this dispute,” reiterates “the preeminence of the Moroccan autonomy initiative which was hailed as “serious and credible”, and calls for negotiations on the basis of “realism and a spirit of compromise” to reach a final political solution to this regional dispute, the ministry said.The resolution of the Security Council stressed, mainly on “the regional dimension of the dispute and the called Algeria to take full responsibility on three levels: First, to invest, directly and constructively, in the process of finding a political solution,” as it urges the country, once more, “to fully cooperate with the United Nations and with the other parties, and engage more decisively to end the current impasse and achieve progress towards a political solution,” the statement said.As for Algeria’s responsibility vis-à-vis “the unprecedented human and humanitarian situation in the camps of Tindouf,” the resolution calls, once more, for “conducting a census of the refugees in the Tindouf camps and encourages making concrete efforts in this regard.”Algeria is also called upon to strengthen regional cooperation, since the Council has recognized, once again, that “a political solution to this long-standing dispute and strengthening cooperation between the member states of the Arab Maghreb Union contribute to stability and security in the Sahel region,” the same source said.The statement said the resolution highlights the actions of Morocco in the consolidation of the promotion and protection of human rights, while welcoming the  “measures and initiatives taken recently by Morocco to strengthen CNDH Commissions in Dakhla and Laayoune, and the current interaction of the Kingdom with the special procedures of the Human Rights Council.”According to the Moroccan Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Security Council “confirms the relevance of the approach pursued by the Kingdom in the framework of its national reform process throughout its territory, including in the southern provinces.” This approach, the statement added, is “based both on strengthening national human rights institutions and the positive interaction with the UN special procedures, in accordance with its obligations under international agreements which the Kingdom is a party to.”“It is in this specific context and on this basis that Morocco will continue to cooperate and engage in the UN-led process to achieve a lasting political solution to this regional dispute, within Moroccan sovereignty,” the statement said.The statement recalled that as King Mohammed VI told the Secretary General of the UN, ”any attempt to redefine the nature of this regional dispute that violates the parameters of a political solution and undermines the whole process, is unacceptable for Morocco. Any review of the mandate of the MINURSO, would seriously jeopardize the process of negotiation.” read more

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58 Percent of Moroccan Students Enrolled in Universities Do Not Graduate

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Education, Mohammed Hassad, has revealed statistics related to university dropout rate, showing that more than half of students enrolled do not graduate. Morocco’s Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research presented the statistics pertaining to university dropout, as well as the budget documents for the ministry, to the House of Representatives last week.The figures indicate that no more than 42 percent of the students enrolled in Moroccan universities graduate, whereas the majority, an eye-opening 58 percent, drops out before obtaining their bachelor degree. The normal period for obtaining the bachelor degree in Morocco is three years and requires the completion of all the units or modules for each year. In case students fail to complete some or all the units, they are obliged to complete them in the next year.The Ministry of Education’s report shows that only 13 percent of university students in Morocco complete the course in first three years. The graduation rate after four years and five years of study is 15 and 7 percent, respectively.The percentage of the students, who obtain their bachelor after 6 years and longer is 7 percent, continues the report. read more

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Homework gap shows millions of students lack home internet

HARTFORD, Conn. — With no computer or internet at home, Raegan Byrd’s homework assignments present a nightly challenge: How much can she get done using just her smartphone?On the tiny screen, she switches between web pages for research projects, losing track of tabs whenever friends send messages. She uses her thumbs to tap out school papers, but when glitches keep her from submitting assignments electronically, she writes them out by hand.“At least I have something, instead of nothing, to explain the situation,” said Raegan, a high school senior in Hartford.She is among nearly 3 million students around the country who face struggles keeping up with their studies because they must make do without home internet. In classrooms, access to laptops and the internet is nearly universal. But at home, the cost of internet service and gaps in its availability create obstacles in urban areas and rural communities alike.In what has become known as the homework gap, an estimated 17% of U.S. students do not have access to computers at home and 18% do not have home access to broadband internet, according to an Associated Press analysis of census data.Until a couple of years ago, Raegan’s school gave every student a laptop equipped with an internet hot spot. But that grant program lapsed. In the area surrounding the school in the city’s north end, less than half of households have home access.School districts, local governments and others have tried to help. Districts installed wireless internet on buses and loaned out hot spots. Many communities compiled lists of wi-fi-enabled restaurants and other businesses where children are welcome to linger and do schoolwork. Others repurposed unused television frequencies to provide connectivity, a strategy that the Hartford Public Library plans to try next year in the north end.Some students study in the parking lots of schools, libraries or restaurants — wherever they can find a signal.The consequences can be dire for children in these situations, because students with home internet consistently score higher in reading, math and science. And the homework gap in many ways mirrors broader educational barriers for poor and minority students.Students without internet at home are more likely to be students of colour, from low-income families or in households with lower parental education levels. Janice Flemming-Butler, who has researched barriers to internet access in Hartford’s largely black north end, said the disadvantage for minority students is an injustice on the same level as “when black people didn’t have books.”Raegan, who is black, is grateful for her iPhone, and the data plan paid for by her grandfather. The honours student at Hartford’s Journalism and Media Academy tries to make as much progress as possible while at school.“On a computer — click, click — it’s so much easier,” she said.Classmate Madison Elbert has access to her mother’s computer at home, but she was without home internet this spring, which added to deadline stress for a research project.“I really have to do everything on my phone because I have my data and that’s it,” she said.Administrators say they try to make the school a welcoming place, with efforts including an after-school dinner program, in part to encourage them to use the technology at the building. Some teachers offer class time for students to work on projects that require an internet connection.English teacher Susan Johnston said she also tries to stick with educational programs that offer smartphone apps. Going back to paper and chalkboards is not an option, she said.“I have kids all the time who are like, ‘Miss, can you just give me a paper copy of this?’ And I’m like, ‘Well, no, because I really need you to get familiar with technology because it’s not going away,’” she said.A third of households with school-age children that do not have home internet cite the expense as the main reason, according to federal Education Department statistics gathered in 2017 and released in May. The survey found the number of households without internet has been declining overall but was still at 14 per cent for metropolitan areas and 18 per cent in nonmetropolitan areas.A commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission, Jessica Rosenworcel, called the homework gap “the cruelest part of the digital divide.”In rural northern Mississippi, reliable home internet is not available for some at any price.On many afternoons, Sharon Stidham corrals her four boys into the school library at East Webster High School, where her husband is assistant principal, so they can use the internet for schoolwork. A cellphone tower is visible through the trees from their home on a hilltop near Maben, but the internet signal does not reach their house, even after they built a special antenna on top of a nearby family cabin.A third of the 294 households in Maben have no computer and close to half have no internet.Her 10-year-old son, Miles, who was recently diagnosed with dyslexia, plays an educational computer game that his parents hope will help improve his reading and math skills. His brother, 12-year-old Cooper, says teachers sometimes tell students to watch a YouTube video to help figure out a math problem, but that’s not an option at his house.On the outskirts of Starkville, home to Mississippi State University, Jennifer Hartness said her children often have to drive into town for a reliable internet connection. Her daughter Abigail Shaw, who does a blend of high school and college work on the campus of a community college, said most assignments have to be completed using online software, and that she relies on downloading class presentations to study.“We spend a lot of time at the coffee shops, and we went to McDonald’s parking lot before then,” Abigail said.At home, the family uses a satellite dish that costs $170 a month. It allows a certain amount of high-speed data each month and then slows to a crawl. Hartness said it’s particularly unreliable for uploading data. Abigail said she has lost work when satellites or phones have frozen.Raegan says she has learned to take responsibility for her own education.“What school does a good job with,” she said, “is making students realize that when you go out into the world, you have to do things for yourself.”___Amy reported from Maben, Mississippi, and AP data journalist Larry Fenn reported from New York.Michael Melia, Jeff Amy And Larry Fenn, The Associated Press read more

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DR Congo UN colleagues mourn slain journalist Serge Maheshe

Sebastien Lapierre, a former Radio Okapi colleague, recalled the victim as “one of the best journalists on our team” dedicated to covering breaking news events.“Given his extensive contacts in South Kivu, Serge always had his finger on the pulse of this volatile region and was often at the forefront of breaking news,” said Mr. Lapierre, who now serves as a Team Leader in the Peacekeeping Best Practices Section of the Department for Peacekeeping Operations.Mr. Maheshe contributed to both news and analysis stories, often acting as the Bukavu correspondent for Dialogue Entre Congolais, Radio Okapi’s flagship political analysis programme. “The fact that he had recently taken on additional responsibilities as the local head of the radio station is an indication of the confidence of the management in his abilities and professionalism,” Mr. Lapierre told the UN News Service.The slain journalist was remembered for his commitment to peace in the DRC, where in 2004, during a crisis in Bukavu, he helped bring threatened civilian families to the safety of the UN compound while at the same time gathering information for news coverage of the events. “Above all, Serge was a friend. He was very sociable, and loved music,” Mr. Lapierre said. “We will miss him dearly, and our thoughts are with his family in these difficult times.”The 31-year old, who had worked for Radio Okapi since 2003, was shot dead on 13 June by two men on a street in Bukavu, in eastern DRC, as he and two friends were about to enter a UN-marked vehicle. He left behind his wife and two children.Jean-Jacques Simon, who met Mr. Maheshe when he headed Radio Okapi in South Kivu, recalled how he had learned a great deal in a short period of time. Once he was hired full-time, he “instilled a completely different dynamic” in the newsroom, said Mr. Simon, “first by his good mood and then by his energy.”Mr. Maheshe’s timely reports earned him the nickname, “quick intervention journalist,” Mr. Simon, who now works as Head of Outreach & Advocacy in the Public Information Office of the UN Assistance Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), told the UN News Service.Mr. Simon also shared an enduring personal bond with Mr. Maheshe’s. “I will always have for Serge a deep friendship. His kindness, his respect for those around him, his intelligence and his expansive courage as a journalist will remain forever engraved in my memory.”At a tribute ceremony in honour of Mr. Maheshe on Monday, the senior UN envoy to the DRC, who had condemned the murder, called for strict measures to ensure the safety of journalists in the country.“It is high time, it is urgent that strict measures are taken to protect journalists and guarantee freedom of expression,” he said.Mr. Maheshe’s death also prompted a statement from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose spokesman on 15 June called it “a great loss for the United Nations and the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as they continue their efforts to build a sustainable peace in their country.”The Secretary-General said the UN “will do everything possible to support the authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to identify the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice.”Adding his voice to those of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUC) in speaking out against the murder of Mr. Maheshe, who worked at the country’s most popular radio station, Radio Okapi, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said that “a famous voice in the DRC has been silenced.” Calling on Congolese authorities to do everything possible to find and punish those responsible for the murder of the 31-year-old, Mr. Matsuura said, “it is essential that media professionals, the true pillars of democracy, are protected and that crimes against them do not go unpunished.”Radio Okapi is a partnership between MONUC and the Hirondelle Foundation, a Swiss non-governmental organization (NGO). According to UNESCO – tasked with defending press freedom worldwide – Mr. Maheshe is the third Congolese journalist to be murdered since November 2005. Bapuwa Mwamba, from daily newspaper Le Phare, was killed at his home by three armed men in July 2006. Franck Kangundu, a journalist for La Référence Plus, was killed with his wife in November 2005. 22 June 2007United Nations colleagues are mourning the death of Serge Maheshe, a journalist for Radio Okapi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who was shot last week while entering a UN car. read more

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UN advocates agree to targeted actions in support of antipoverty goals

The MDG Advocacy Group was set up last year by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to help him build political will and mobilize global action towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Meeting yesterday at UN Headquarters on the margins of the 66th General Assembly, the Group endorsed an action plan that encourages each advocate to champion at least one of the specific MDG initiatives that are grouped in two thematic clusters: food security and sustainable growth; and education and health.“Through these initiatives, the MDG Advocates aim to generate further momentum toward MDG achievement as the 2015 deadline for meeting the Goals approaches rapidly,” states a news release on the meeting, which was co-chaired by Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero of Spain.Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro welcomed “the important leadership, passion and expertise” provided by the Advocacy Group and noted that “targeted interventions” in support of individual Goals would foster real progress.During the meeting, the advocates also discussed the need to strengthen global advocacy on the MDGs in light of the current global economic climate and declining official development assistance (ODA), and to build strong political support for innovative financing mechanisms.Yesterday’s gathering, the second annual meeting since the group was set up in June 2010, also touched on a number of other issues, including the linkages between poverty, climate change and sustainable development in light of the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development to be held next June in Brazil. The eight MDGs seek to: end poverty and hunger; achieve universal education; secure gender equality; improve child health; boost maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS; ensure environmental sustainability; and attain global partnership on development.The Secretary-General’s latest report on the MDGs stated that, while many countries are making impressive strides, progress on many goals and targets in many countries continues to be slow and uneven. “The global economic slowdown, high food prices, increasingly frequent natural disasters – including those associated with climate change, and the persistent exclusion of women, minorities, and other groups make accelerated progress difficult,” noted Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Addressing an event held today on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, Miss Clark highlighted a tool that has been applied in several countries, known as the MDG Acceleration Framework, which enables actors to identify bottlenecks blocking progress on the goals and then devise ways to overcome them.“It works by breaking down silos between sectors, MDGs, and disciplines, in favour of an evidence-based, cross-sectoral, and problem-solving approach. Broad stakeholder engagement helps build national ownership and align the efforts of all partners in action plans,” said Miss Clark. So far the framework has been applied in 14 countries and in the coming year, the UN will help another 20 countries to use this tool to identify practical solutions to MDG bottlenecks, she added. 21 September 2011Eminent personalities from the private sector, academia, governments and civil society have agreed to lead a series of targeted actions to boost the achievement of the United Nations targets to slash hunger, poverty, disease and lack of access to education by 2015. read more

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Central African Republic UN refugee agency condemns attack on camp in Batangafo

“We strongly condemn these horrific acts that have cost the lives of innocent people. We call on all actors to restore calm and respect the civilian and humanitarian character of IDP [internally displaced person] camps,” said Charles Mballa, UNHCR’s Deputy Representative to CAR.According to preliminary reports from UNHCR, rebel fighters entered the camp yesterday to reportedly avenge the killing of two young Muslim men earlier that day in the same camp. The agency added that the rebels fired shots and torched huts and community shelters, triggering panic and killing five people, including an elderly woman who was burnt to death in her shelter.UNHCR said that about 5,500 people fled the camp and sought shelter in safer areas near a camp for UN peacekeepers and the compound of Médecins Sans Frontières as nearly 730 huts were destroyed in the attack along with a youth centre. The agency also reported fresh violence and forced displacements erupting in other areas, including Bambari, where this morning armed men believed to be ex-Séléka killed two students.UNHCR said that Bambari killings followed an attack last Friday on the village of Awatche, which forced some 900 people to flee to a UNHCR-run camp housing 1,850 Sudanese refugees in Pladama Ouaka. “We all have a shared responsibility to protect civilians and preserve the neutrality and security of safe havens,” said Mr. Mballa.The agency observed that any incident can trigger spiralling violence in the country and recalled that despite relative calm since January 2015, the capital Bangui has been severely affected by violence since September 26, when armed clashes left at least 90 people dead and forced more than 40,000 people to flee to safer areas following the killing of a Muslim taxi driver. UNHCR estimates indicate that CAR had an internally displaced population approximately at 399,000 (as of mid-October), while almost 460,000 had fled to neighbouring countries. read more

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3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

Redshirt senior wide receiver Corey Smith (84) goes up for a catch against Indiana on Oct. 3 in Bloomington, Indiana. OSU won 34-27. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOn Monday following Ohio State’s 34-27 win in Bloomington, Indiana, OSU coach Urban Meyer addressed the media to discuss thoughts about the Indiana game and where his team stands heading into its Week 6 matchup against Maryland.Here are three topics that were covered by the coach.InjuriesDuring the second half against Indiana, redshirt wide receiver Corey Smith was carted off the field with a leg injury suffered when a pile of players rolled up on him.It was alluded to after the game that the Akron native was out for the year. On Monday, Meyer confirmed it.“My heart bleeds for that guy, and so do the rest of our team,” Meyer said.Smith had 20 catches for 255 yards in 2014 and this year had five grabs for 62 yards. He also played a key role on the coverage side of special teams due to his downfield speed.Meyer said Smith suffered a “similar injury to Noah Brown,” who was lost for the season with a broken leg during practice before OSU’s first game.However, Meyer said it is a possibility that Smith’s time in college might not be up as a medical redshirt is a possibility to bring him back for a sixth year.“From what I understand there’s a chance we can get one more year back,” Meyer said. “We’re going to see what happens.”Meyer also said that sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel, who did not have any touches in Saturday’s game, was limited in practice all week with back spasms but is doing better, and redshirt freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell should return to action against Maryland after missing two games with a leg injury.Areas of focusWhile OSU topped the Hoosiers to stay undefeated and top-ranked in the nation, Meyer said there are two ongoing areas of concern that plague the team: red-zone offense and turnovers.Meyer called them “two areas of strength in the past” that “are not strengths right now.”The Buckeyes had three turnovers against Indiana — two fumbles lost by redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall and an interception by redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones.The Buckeyes have committed 13 turnovers so far this year: seven interceptions and six lost fumbles. Their minus-four turnover margin is 101st in the country.OSU’s red-zone scoring rate of 75 percent ranks 108th in the nation. In 16 trips to the red zone, the Buckeyes have scored six touchdowns, hit six field goals and have come up empty four times. None of the six touchdowns were of the passing variety.Meyer said a discussion has happened about using a two-quarterback system with redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett stepping in for Jones inside the 20-yard line, but no decision has been made.Assessing BraxtonRedshirt senior Braxton Miller did not factor in much on Saturday’s box score, but Meyer felt happy enough with the H-back’s performance to designate him a “champion” from the game.Miller had one run for 14 yards, and caught the first pass of the game for a large loss of nine yards. He was also flagged for a chop block that took away a touchdown.“He deserves touches,” Meyer said. “He’s an electric player with the ball in his hand. We just have not got him loose the last couple of games.”Meyer praised Miller’s perimeter blocking against Indiana, and pointed out that while Miller graded out as a champion on Saturday, he did not in the opener at Virginia Tech despite producing 140 yards of offense and two touchdowns. read more

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Max Whitlock to turn off ITV broadcasts as I Am Team GB

first_imgTeam GB hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, who steered her women’s team to gold in Rio, will also be among those cheering on sporting newcomers.The 36-year-old said: “As a group of athletes, whether medallists or not, I think Team GB have opportunity to see sports they have maybe never seen before.”There was such a breadth of of over in Rio. Our team has had so many lovely messages from people who have never watched hockey before but they watched the final, they saw the penalty shuffles and they saw how exciting a game it was and how fast it was and they have gone out to have a go. Team GB hockey heroes “That’s what we want people to do, but it doesn’t have to be hockey. Any sport would be good. Just go out there and do something. Be active.”Much of the Olympics’ success was down to the funding of athletes from more than £80million raised each year by National Lottery players.To celebrate Team GB’s record haul of 67 medals, Lotto will create an extra 67 life-changing prizes this Saturday, with 27 prizes of £1million to match our 27 gold medals.There will also be 23 prizes of £100,000, to equal tally of silver medals, extra prizes of £50,000 to 3 extra ual our and 17 to mark our bronze medals.To take part in the events across the country, visit iamteamgb.com. His double gold medal glory at Rio 2016 attracted one of the biggest audiences of the broadcasting year, yet gymnast Max Whitlock will become a TV turn off on Saturday in a bid to get people off their sofas.Whitlock, whose triumphs in Brazil were watched by more than 10 million Britons, will flick the switch off on all ITV channels for an hour as part of a nationwide sports day celebrating the UK’s biggest Olympic medal haul in 108 years.Dozens of medallists will join the public for I Am Team GB, an event which sees 2,400 venues throw open their doors to encourage the public to get more active. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Viewers tuning in to ITV from 9.30am will be greeted with the message “we’ve gone running,— why don’t you join us?” as sports clubs across the country open their doors for free tuition.Whitlock, 23, will turn off the channel after telling viewers: “Okay, to get involved today just go to iamteamgb.com to see what’s happening near you…we’ll be back in an hour.”It is hoped hundreds of thousands of Britons young and old will take part, cheered on by stars including Whitlock, gold medalist rower Helen Glover, swimming silver medalist Jazz Carlin and Charlotte Dujardin, the equestrian gold medalist.Whitlock, who is due to get married this year, said: “I first started gymnastics in Hemel Hempstead at Sapphire School of Gymnastics.Knowing how friendly and life-changing clubs like this can be, I’d urge everyone to get involved.”The event, organised by the National Lottery and ITV, will the broadcaster’s favourite soaps getting in one the act. Emmerdale will host races on its main street while Coronation Street will have games of badminton on its famous cobbles. Team GB hockey heroesCredit:Julian Simmondslast_img read more

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New ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Center for mining in Västerås Sweden

first_imgA new ABB Collaborative Operations Center in Västerås, Sweden the company says “delivers the true benefits of today’s digital technologies by providing  predictive analytics and Key Performance Indicators to improve customer processes, efficiency, safety and profitability.”The new ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations Center will connect systems, software and services used by customers with ABB personnel to leverage the industry and informational expertise of both customers and ABB for higher overall operational efficiency. This approach leverages ABB’s extensive operational technology expertise to provide data-driven improvement areas for customers through remote connectivity, secure access, and technical support. ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Centers are staffed with process experts and equipped with digital technology that serve specific customer needs. The Västerås centre will support ABB’s mining customers, and will coordinate with other ABB Collaborative Operations Centers around the world to provide expanded support and additional expertise.Sensors and operation-critical systems transmit data on the health, performance and location of plant equipment to Collaborative Operations Centers, where sophisticated software performs advanced data analytics 24/7. Insights gained allow engineers to quickly diagnose potential issues, advise on preventive maintenance, and recommend measures to improve performance. ABB experts and customers work closely together, taking data-driven decisions in real time that increase operational and business performance.The new Collaborative Operations Center will support the recently announced ABB Ability Performance Improvement for hoists service. “This remote-enabled, software-assisted service analyses mine hoist data 24/7, continuously gathering and analysing data to automatically identify, categorise and prioritise issues to address. It delivers this data via predictive notification to customer and ABB personnel, so that fast action can be taken to improve condition and performance. This service reduces unplanned hoist stoppage and increases system safety and reliability. Other ABB advanced digital services deliver proactive optimisation to ABB control systems, PID control loops, cyber security, drives and rotating machines.”“Our global network of Collaborative Operations Centers enable us to serve customers on a whole new digital level,” said Michael Ingo, Head of ABB’s Northern European Hub for Process Industries. “The cooperation between these centres in other parts of the world help us to provide an unsurpassed level of service and expertise to help customers keep operations running efficiently and safely. Collaborative Operations deliver true benefits of digitalisation, providing advanced data analytics to both operations and management, to see details such as when motors need lubrication, up to which plant in an enterprise is operating most efficiently.”ABB has a growing network of global Collaborative Operations Centers that serve customers in mining, pulp & paper, metals and other industries. Five new centres with a special focus on these process industries opened in 2017. In addition to the Västerås Center, additional centres are planned for 2018, enabling a true “follow-the-sun” approach to support customers around the world. “ABB Ability Collaborative Operations is a true Internet-of-Things application, and is part of the company’s portfolio of ABB Ability with industry-leading digital solutions. Collaborative Operations provides performance management, remote monitoring and preventive analysis technologies to ensure security, and improve efficiency and productivity in various industries. ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Centers connect people in enterprise-wide production facilities and headquarters to ABB’s technology and expertise.”last_img read more

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Best people in mineral exploration

first_imgWe will be closing the nominations for the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in August. Do you wish to nominate someone who has contributed in an outstanding way to technology development in exploration or efficiency, safety, productivity, etc.in that discipline? Contact john@im-mining.com about nominations.The chosen nominees will be inducted at the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center, Denver on February 25, 2019. The dinner is a key event in the SME Annual Conference week.There are no current nominations shortlisted in this Exploration category. However the nominations committee has suggested that the developer(s) of Leapfrog 3D, Megatem and MMI geochemistry would all be worthy of nomination. There are of course many other worthy candidates – let us hear from you.The last inductee was Duncan Crone, a pioneering Canadian mining geophysicist, explorationist and entrepreneur. He was a very innovative, practical-minded geophysicist who made numerous important contributions to the advancement of mining geophysics and to mineral exploration discoveries during his long career. http://www.im-halloffame.com/exploration-4/There is a total of 12 categories and nominations are welcomed for all of them: Bulk Handling, Concentration, Comminution, Exploration, Environmental Management and Stewardship, Metallurgy, Mining Software, Safety, Surface Mining, Underground Development, Underground Production and Outstanding Innovator.www.im-halloffame.comlast_img read more

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Well Leave It There So Sexton set to pack his bag for

first_imgJonathan Sexton will wear Ireland’s number 10 jersey for the first time since the November defeat to New Zealand when France are the visitors for Saturday’s crucial Six Nations clash.Ireland head coach Tom Tierney has made wholesale changes to the Ireland team set to face France in their Women’s Six Nations clash at Donnybrook Stadium on Sunday.Ireland hockey captain David Harte wins world Goalkeeper of the Year award for the second year running.Connacht backs coach Conor McPhillips will leave at the end of this season to link up with Pat Lam at Bristol.Joey Carbery will start his first game at fullback for Leinster tomorrow, with the starting XV for tomorrow’s Pro12 clash against Dragons named today.Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has made five changes to his team for tomorrow night’s Pro12 meeting with Scarlets2015 champions UCC today stole the Collingwood Cup from holders UCD, as they beat them 2-1 following a 94th minute winner.Away UCC were crowned Collingwood Cup champions earlier. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Jackson and Sexton at training earlier today. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“Based on how things have gone in the past, we’ll probably see both players in some positions at some stage in the game.We know it’s going to be physical. it doesn’t matter who you play, it’s going to be physical.”The Fixture ListThe League of Ireland returns tomorrow night, with Dundalk v Shamrock Rovers among the fixtures. There’s no shortage of rugby as Ireland U20s continue their Six Nations campaign as they host France, while the Pro12 returns with Munster v Scarlets and Newport v Leinster. The League of Ireland returns tomorrow night. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOThe Fitzgibbon Cup semi-finals are another two matches to keep an eye on and BAMMA/Bellator also takes place in Belfast.Showbiz, Baby!This is special. We’ll Leave It There So: Sexton set to pack his bag for Saturday, Rooney’s staying put and today’s sport Plus, that all-important fixture list for a busy Friday of sport. In the running: The 5 candidates to be the next president of the GAA‘I sent off the player… He struck me in the aftermath’ Follow us: the42.ie By Emma Duffy https://the42.ie/3255681 4 Comments Share2 Tweet Email Wayne Rooney insists he is not leaving Manchester United despite increased speculation linking him with a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.The Best Thing We SharedStephanie Roche gave us a good laugh with this tweet.Where We Were TodaySean Farrell and Murray Kinsella were at the Ireland camp in Carton House, Emma Duffy was at a media event in Croke Park ahead of the camogie club All-Ireland finals, and Ryan Bailey was at the Ireland women’s rugby press conference.On The RecordJoe Schmidt was asked about Paddy Jackson’s reaction to the news that Jonathan Sexton was starting ahead of him:He took it with a smile and said: ‘I’ll be ready when you need me off the bench”center_img France have made three changes to the side that beat Scotland last time out as they get set to take on Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.Competitive Fifa 17 matches are set to be broadcast live on BT Sport in April and May for the first time. 10,356 Views Short URL The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Feb 23rd 2017, 8:00 PM Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM Home Simon Zebo at today’s Ireland Rugby Press Conference. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Kepler découvre deux nouvelles exoplanètes

first_imgKepler découvre deux nouvelles exoplanètes Mardi, des astronomes ont annoncé la découverte des deux plus petites exoplanètes jusque-là connues. Semblables à la Terre, elles seraient d’une taille similaire à notre planète et elles tourneraient autour d’une étoile, comme nous le faisons autour du Soleil, d’après une étude de la revue scientifique Nature.Des astronomes ont découvert, grâce au satellite américain Kepler, l’existence des deux plus petites exoplanètes jusque-là répertoriées. La sonde Kepler, lancée en mars 2009 est chargée d’observer 100.000 étoiles semblables au Soleil pour découvrir des  soeurs de la Terre, susceptibles d’accueillir l‘humanité. Elle a déjà découvert 28 exoplanètes et recensé plus de 2.000 “planètes candidates” potentielles. Seulement deux exoplanètes se trouveraient dans une zone “habitable” où l’état de l’eau serait liquide : Kepler-22b et Gliese. Ce système, gravitant autour de l’étoile Kepler-20, se situe à un millier d’années-lumière. Perfectionnement des méthodes de détectionLes méthodes de détection se sont donc énormément améliorées. Cette nouvelle méthode a permis au satellite Kepler de découvrir ces petites planètes extrasolaires, Kepler-20e et Kepler-20f. Elles tournent en orbite autour d’une étoile baptisée Kepler 20. Le diamètre de Kepler-20f dépasserait de 3% celui de la Terre tandis que le rayon de Kepler-20e serait plus petit de près de 13%. Kepler-20e ressemblerait donc plus à Vénus par sa petite taille. “Auparavant l’exoplanète la moins grosse détectée était 1,4 fois plus large que la Terre”, explique François Fressin du Centre d’astrophysique Harvard Smithsonian, à Cambridge aux Etats-Unis. Il s’agit maintenant de savoir si ces exoplanètes seraient habitables. Les astronomes pencheraient pour un état rocheux de ces sphères. Le problème est que la température à leur surface demeure trop élevée pour que l’homme puisse y habiter. Les chercheurs soupçonne Kepler-20f d’être composée d’une épaisse atmosphère composée de vapeur d’eau.Le 21 décembre 2011 à 12:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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College Student Indicted for Creating Banana Plug Drug Dealing App

first_img A University of California Santa Cruz student was indicted on federal drug charges after he was accused of creating an app to sell cocaine, meth, and other illegal substances.Collin Riley Howard, an 18-year-old man from Sunnyvale, California, allegedly developed the “Banana Plug” app, which was previously available on the Apple App Store. The app reportedly, “offered for sale contraband, including cocaine, Molly, and Shrooms,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California said in a press release.UC Santa Cruz student indicted for developing ‘Banana Plug’ app to sell cocaine, ecstasy, meth, mushrooms and morehttps://t.co/hWoal9RLqW— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 20, 2019“Banana Plug,” which allegedly allowed customers to play a game and buy drugs, might have been named after the Banana Slug, UC Santa Cruz’s sports mascot, The New York Daily News noted. Howard reportedly advertised his illegal services with posters around campus, which caught the eye of local investigators.“Upon discovering the posters and the application, a UC Santa Cruz police officer, in coordination with HSI, used the application to request a purchase of marijuana and cocaine and then communicated with Howard via Snapchat to set up the purchase,” said the press statement. “An undercover HSI agent made that purchase and separately continued to communicate with Howard on Snapchat to set up three additional purchases of controlled substances.”Howard, who unknowingly sold drugs to an undercover UC Santa Cruz police officer, was eventually caught by law enforcement. The undercover officer, who went to Howard for multiple drug purchases, bought more than five grams of methamphetamine from Howard, and at a fourth meeting, UC Santa Cruz police officers arrested Howard before payment arrangements were made.On Feb. 15, Howard was arrested on federal charges and he made an initial court appearance on Feb. 19. At court, he was indicted by a federal grand jury, “with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.” On Friday, Howard will have another court appearance for a bail review hearing.More on Geek.com:NBA’s App-Controlled ‘Smart Jersey’ Can Change Your Player Name and NumberCows Now Have Their Own Tinder-Style Dating AppWarby Parker’s AR App Lets You Virtually Try on Glasses Stay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit last_img read more

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More TB suspected cases now at CH Reeves Jr High in Nassau

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 24, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Union of Teachers President says the Minister of Health and Minister of Education are communicating continually as it relates to the confirmation of Tuberculosis at RM Bailey High school in Nassau, and that is good news since there is now reason to suspect TB is cropping up at CH Reeves.Belinda Wilson has requested that the junior high teachers at CH be given the Mantoux test for TB, it is suspected there are two cases at the school, also located in Nassau.   In a Nassau Guardian interview, the BUT president said parents of CH Reeves students have been contacted already, she also said, despite a responsive and meticulous approach by education and public health officials, there is an “outbreak, and I think there is a need for concern”.Minister of Education, Jeffrey Lloyd believes otherwise, saying the matter is isolated and that there is no cause for alarm.    At last check, there were well over 200 cases of tuberculosis recorded in recent weeks in The Bahamas.#MagneticMediaNews#moreTBcasesinBahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #moreTBcasesinBahamaslast_img read more

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Group Names Digital Publishing Vendor Best Place to Work in Pennsylvania

first_imgIn an annual ranking of Pennsylvania businesses, Lancaster-based digital magazine vendor Nxtbook Media has been named the best medium-size company to work for. The awards were handed out this week at a ceremony sponsored by the Central Penn Business Journal, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation—a state economic development partnership. York-based Glatfelter Insurance Group took top honors in the large-size company category.Earlier this year, Nxtbook ranked 303 on Inc. magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.last_img read more

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Wilmington High School Wins Eastern Mass Girls Soccer Coaches Associations Program Of

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTO: Wilmington High School Girls Soccer Team Visit The SenateIn “Photo of the Day”Sue Hendee Receives WOW’s 2019 School Staff Recognition AwardIn “Community”WHS Girls Soccer Ranked As 1 Of The Top 25 Teams IN THE COUNTRYIn “Education” WILMINGTON, MA — It was announced this week Wilmington High School’s Girls Soccer team has earned the Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Association Program of Excellence.The goal of the Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Coaches Association (EMGSCA) is to recognize high school soccer excellence, on and off the field. The Eastern Massachusetts region represents over 4,000 players on 200 different teams.This year, the EMGSCA challenged high school teams to become Programs of Excellence, requiring them to show proof of commitment, player recognition, academic success, coaching education, community service, sportsmanship, and character. EMGSCA had eight teams meet those criteria. When looking at the winners, not only did they excel off the field, they also excelled on it.Wilmington was one of just eight schools to win this inaugural award, joined by Hopkinton, Hull, Mansfield, Marshfield, Medway, Needham, and Winchester.In Wilmington, coach Sue Hendee has taught in the district for 32 years and has been the head girls varsity soccer coach for 31. A member of the Massachusetts Coaches Hall of Fame and the 2018 winner of the United Soccer Coaches High School Coach of Significance Award, Coach Hendee also serves on the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association Soccer Committee and is the Vice-President of EMGSCA. Over the past eight years, Wilmington has won seven league titles, been a runner-up in the state final, and has graduated Notre Dame starter and national pool player Olivia Wingate. She is the embodiment of commitment to excellence.“In order for a program to be successful, a high level of commitment must be made by everyone involved. Players must be physically and mentally prepared and coaching staff must be willing to put in extra hours to help their players develop as individuals and a team. It is also essential that there is a balance of hard work and having fun. Several years ago, we established core values for the program which serve as reminders throughout the season as to the levels of commitment needed to be a part of a successful team,” said Coach Hendee.The inaugural EMGSCA Program of Excellence Award recipients not only found success on the field, but they led the way off the field. The attachment to their community, the leadership roles they hold in school, and the character they build in the grueling fall sports season is something difficult to replicate. With all this off the field success, the coaches and programs can also boast about their on-field success. Between the eight teams in 2018 they won one state championship, one regional championship, had two regional finalists, five league championships, four Second EMass Team All-Stars, seventeen First Team EMass All-Stars, seven All-State Players, and one All-New England Player. They also posted a combined record of 103-30-22 in the fall.When reviewing these awards, one thing became clear. Teams that find success off the field appear to find success on the field.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Association Program.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Six arrested for ATM thefts

first_imgMoinabad: The Moinabad police of Cyberabad Commissionerate on Monday arrested three persons who are indulging in ATM thefts. According to police, the accused, Mohammed Sarfaraz, Mohammed Ameer of Golconda and Mohammed Fardeen from Murtuzaguda village, have been indulging in ATM thefts since a few months. Till now, they have committed six ATM thefts, including three in Narsingi, one in Raidurgam and another in Moinabad, by targeting Axis, HDFC and SBI banks in those areas, but failed to rob money from the ATMs. By verifying the CCTV footage, police traced them and remanded them.last_img read more

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