Rabat – Chelsea’s manager, José Mourinho, has again launched a new attack on his archrival, Arsenal’s head coach, Arsene Wenger.During a press conference before Chelsea’s match against Newcastle, the “Special One” suggested that all managers working in the Premier League are under pressure, except for one, in a tacit reference to Wenger.“In this country there is only a manager who is not under pressure. Steve is under pressure, I, Brendan, Pellegrini,” he said. Asking about his reaction regarding the sanction imposed on Diego Costa, the Portuguese preferred not to comment on it, arguing that if he does, he runs the risk of the being suspended. He went on to say that there is only manager who can talk about referees without being exposed to sanction.“I will not answer because if I answer, I will be suspended. There is an imaginary list of technicians who can criticize referees and another one that can’t. I’m on the other list.When asked what manager he was referring to, he said: “You know in this country there is only a technician can talk about referees, push in the technical area, mourn before the game, lose and still be the king.”
Rabat – Abdelhak Khiame, the head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) has spoken about his department’s counterterrorism strategy which has overthrown dozens of terror cells and investigated countless suspects since its creation in 2015.Since its creation, BCIJ has dismantled 59 terror cells, 51 of which had ties to ISIS, said El Khiame in an interview with Moroccan television channel 2M.Khiame added that since 2015, the number of terrorist cells in Morocco have decreased, owing to BCIJ’s counter-terrorism branch. Khiame said that his services dismantled 9 cells this year and 8 last year.The BCIJ chief said that 918 people were arrested for terror-related crimes, including 14 women and 29 minors. He noted that 98 percent of the people arrested in terror-related cases are Moroccans. He emphasized that very few women are involved in cases related to terrorism if “we exclude the female cell that was dismantled last year.”Read Also: BCIJ Investigates Video of Murder Suspects Pledging Allegiance to ISISSpeaking about terror suspects who fought in conflict zones, the official said that of the 183 cells dismantled since 2002, 62 terror cells have been dismantled since 2013. The 62 terror cells all had close links to terrorist groups operating in conflict zones, including ISIS.BCIJ’s head added that 1,666 Moroccan fighters joined the conflict zones in Syria and Iraq. About 929 of this number joined ISIS and about 225 others have a criminal record linked to terrorism.Khiame said that 239 have returned from conflict zones while 643 others were killed in conflict zones. The majority were killed in suicide attacks, including “ISIS wives” and children.He said that returness always impose a threat to the countries that receive them. “The Kingdom of Morocco knows that [returnees] will pose a threat to the security of citizens and its stability. That is why it put in place the counterterrorism strategy in 2015.”End of ISIS in conflict zones?Khiame said that the defeat of ISIS in the Middle East does not mean the end of the war against terrorism. He said that after the air strikes by the counterterrorism coalition in Syria and Iraq, ISIS has moved its terror projects to other places, including southern Libya, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.Khiame said that “no one should say that the ISIS threat has ended.” He argued that the war against ISIS will take a long time. He said that social media helps terrorists to spread their ideologies easily. “Many people adopted this ISIS ideology” and are waiting for an opportunity to wage terror attacks. He said that some of these people use ISIS’s lone wolf strategy, which has occured in several European countries, including Spain.ISIS started using the strategy as its territory in Iraq and Syria shrank.read Also: Official: Scandinavian Tourists’ Murder Wasn’t a Coordinated ISIS AttackIn recent years, ISIS has carried out attacks using knives and vehicle ramming—driving into people deliberately. He said that every country has terror threats, and therefore, countries should exercise heightened caution. He added that Morocco has the necessary equipment to face terror threats.BCIJ is now investigating a possible terror attack committed against two tourists, 24-year-old Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark and 28-year-old Maren Ueland from Norway. The bodies of the two tourists were found on Monday, December 17, near Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains.BCIJ has arrested 18 suspects in connection to the murders of the two Scandinavian tourists.In interview with AFP, Khiame said that the suspects did not fit the profiles of terrorists because they were living normal lives.He said that they have a low level of education and simple jobs, like informal small-business merchants.He added that people who know the suspects were shocked to discover that they were involved in the double murder. He said that the victims were stabbed, cut in throat, and decapitated.The suspects, according to Khiame, were influenced by the self-styled “emir” of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Four suspects appeared in a video posted online on Thursday pledging allegiance to al-Baghdadi. The four suspects were the first four to be arrested for the double murder. The suspects, said Khiame, did not have any specific target but were planning to attack security services or any foreign target in the area.Khiame noted that although they pledged allegiance to ISIS in the video, the four suspects committed the murder without coordination with ISIS. The suspects have no links with terrorists operating in Syria, Iraq, or Libya, he asserted.
VANCOUVER — It wasn’t that long ago that prospective homebuyers in Vancouver would line up for hours to get into condo presale events or face off in heated bidding wars for a chance to buy property in one of the country’s hottest housing markets.The heady days are gone, and buyers now have more control in the market, a shift that has some developers resorting to creative gimmicks like a year’s supply of avocado toast in an effort to appeal to buyers.“It’s a slower, more competitive market,” said Brad Jones, vice president of development at Wesgroup Properties, a Vancouver-based real estate development company.Prior to the August 2016 implementation of the foreign buyers’ tax in Vancouver, condominiums in Metro Vancouver were firmly in seller’s market territory, defined by a sales-to-active-listings ratio of more than 20 per cent for several months in a row, according to data from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.But even condos proved unable to remain impervious to multiple government intervention measures. The ratio dropped from peaks of over 80 per cent to below 22 per cent in September 2018, where it’s stayed since. If it dips below 12 per cent for several months, it becomes a buyer’s market and prices tend to come down.As the market slowed, condos began to take longer to sell, hitting 40 days or more on average between December 2018 and February 2019 — the highest since the board started releasing the figure in its monthly market report in September 2016.“The onus is on us to show we have the most attractive offering,” said Jones of the new reality.Condos at one Wesgroup’s newest developments, Mode in Vancouver’s southern Killarney neighbourhood, come with a promise of a free glass of wine a day for a year. That incentive comes as a $1,500 gift card to a neighbourhood wine and alcohol store, which equates to about $29 a week to spend on a bottle of wine.The incentive generated a “massive amount of interest,” he said, adding traffic and website clicks picked up after it released the buzzy offer.“Now is the time to be creative,” he said.It was a response to another developer’s pitch to buyers — free avocado toast for a year — that garnered a media frenzy earlier this year.Woodbridge Homes Ltd. announced it would offer anyone who purchases a unit in its West Coquitlam development, Kira, a year’s supply of avocado toast — for a limited time. That incentive amounts to a $500 gift card to a local eatery.The announcement went viral and the company has sold 60 per cent of the initial offering already, said Ryan Lalonde, president of MLA Canada, which provides real estate sales and project marketing services to developers, including Woodbridge.In the first three weeks of sales, Lalonde said nearly 85 per cent of purchasers referenced the sandwich campaign and four buyers became aware of the building solely because of the media coverage of the toast offering.“We wanted to find a way to cut through that noise (in the marketplace),” he said, adding the company was surprised by the scope of media attention it generated.Some may scoff at a $500 or $1,500 gift card to spend on non-essentials when prices remain unattainable for many buyers. The benchmark price of a condo in Metro Vancouver in May was $664,200, according to the local real estate board.But both developers paired their consumable incentives with limited-time financial ones.Kira purchasers can put down a 10 per cent deposit, as opposed to the more traditional 15 per cent or more. That will help Kira’s target demographic of 25 to 40 year olds whether they are looking to break into the housing market, purchase a larger unit for a growing family or downsize, said Lalonde.Those buying a unit at Mode can save $10,000 to $20,000 off their purchase price depending on the number of bedrooms in the condo.“In combination, it’s a pretty compelling offer,” Jones said.And while the marketing plans seem to have worked this time, Jones acknowledges the risk in continuing such incentives as potential buyers could tire of perceived gimmicks.“If it was an every week thing, it may become stale, for sure.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press
A travel ban imposed on joint opposition Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa was temporarily lifted today by the Fort Magistrate’s Court.The Magistrate granted permission for Namal Rajapaksa to travel overseas to attend a conference. A travel ban had been imposed by the court on Namal Rajapaksa earlier over an ongoing investigation. (Colombo Gazette)
TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the main cause of escalating tensions between Japan and South Korea is a loss of trust over court rulings ordering Japanese companies to compensate South Koreans for forced labour during World War II.Japan has imposed export controls on key materials for South Korea’s semiconductor industry and moved to downgrade the country’s trade status. It has insisted that the measures were related to national security concerns and were not in retaliation for the court rulings.Japan ruled the Korean Peninsula as a colony until the end of the war, and insists that all compensation issues were settled under a 1965 agreement normalizing ties.Abe, responding to a question Tuesday about the escalating tensions, urged Seoul to take appropriate actions to stop the court procedures.The Associated Press
The six-country accord between the United States, Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea aims to spread new energy technologies to reduce pollution and curb global warming without hurting economic development. The Kyoto Protocol requires 35 industrialized nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5 per cent by the year 2012.”If it leads to real and meaningful reductions in greenhouse gases and a decrease in the kinds of energy shocks which damage, in particular, the fragile economies of poor countries, then it is a welcome step forward and a clear signal that we now have a truly global consensus on the need to fight climate change,” said UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer.”Rapidly developing economies like China and India need new and more efficient energy technologies if they are to lift their populations out of poverty without compromising the environment or destabilizing the global economy,” he said, adding that countries like the United States are now equally aware that being dependent on fossil fuels is and will be an increasing burden in the future.But he stressed that the US-led initiative is not a substitute for the 152-nation Kyoto Protocol, its legally binding emission reductions and its various flexible mechanisms including emission trading and the Clean Development Mechanism.”We also urgently need more investment in climate-vulnerable developing countries to help them adapt to the climate change that is already underway,” he added.”However, all countries must look to how we tackle climate change beyond 2012. We need numerous imaginative and diverse initiatives if we are to put the planet on track for the up to 60 per cent emission reductions deemed necessary by scientists. These need to involve not only governments but industry sectors up to climate alliances between cities in the developed and developing world,” he said.
MONTREAL – Uni-Select Inc. is restructuring its U.S. operations by eliminating about 600 jobs and closing dozens of stores and more than one-third of its distribution centres.“Once it is fully implemented, we will be a stronger player in the automotive aftermarket distribution activities and generate a substantial growth in earnings,” CEO Richard Roy said during a conference call Thursday.The company said it will cut 400 more positions on top of 214 already eliminated in recent weeks.So far Uni-Select (TSX:UNS) has shut 11 of the 48 stores it plans to close overall along with one of 12 distribution centres slated for the chopping block.It plans to close an additional 30 stores and a second distribution centre in the third quarter, with the rest of the reorganization to be completed by the end of the year.The moves are a result of a slowdown in the aftermarket business that prompted a review of strategic alternatives that considered all options, including a sale of the U.S. business. The goal is to save US$30 million a year in costs.Roy declined to elaborate on the type of interest it received to purchase the U.S. operations, but said the reorganization was deemed the best course in the short- and long-term.“The revised design of our distribution network will provide improved availability of products to our customers while being more efficient cost-wise and also asset-wise,” he told analysts.The company said it remains committed to the U.S. and Canadian automotive aftermarkets and expects to grow its presence in both the mechanical and collision repair sectors.Uni-Select also said the initiatives will help to reduce its debt by $40 million this year, increase market share and make acquisitions. Roy added that he expects to announce a new president of its U.S. automotive business shortly.The changes Thursday are in addition to a network optimization plan launched last August that realized US$20 million in annual cost savings. However, those benefits were offset by lower sales.Uni-Select’s presence in the United States has grown over the past decade through more than 70 acquisitions.The company will focus on select large distribution centres by opening two regional centres as it closes 12 smaller locations. It has already moved its national distribution centre from New Jersey to Tennessee.The changes will leave the company with 21 parts distribution centres, including nine regional centres and 12 smaller centres that provide daily service to urban markets. It also has four distribution centres for its FinishMaster paint and Beck/Arnley engine and brake businesses.It will also invest US$8 million to improve the efficiency of a dozen distribution centres.About US$10 million of the annual cost savings will be realized this year, an additional US$15 million in 2014 and the remaining US$5 million in 2015.The changes are expected to reduce annual sales by US$70 million and result in US$45 million in one-time costs.Restructuring charges totalling about US$36 million will be recorded in the second quarter, with the rest being booked as they are incurred.Uni-Select is a distributor of replacement parts, equipment, tools, accessories, paint and related products for motor vehicles in North America.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Uni-Select’s shares lost 92 cents or 4.3 per cent, at C$20.48 in Thursday afternoon trading. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 11, 2013 12:35 pm MDT Uni-Select closing locations, eliminating 600 jobs in U.S. restructuring
In a press release issued today by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-wha Kang, noted that while the humanitarian community has reached more than 3.5 million people with assistance this year, the situation in South Sudan remains “bleak” and the number of people who are severely food insecure is projected to increase to 2.5 million in early 2015.“The level of violence experienced by civilians in South Sudan has been devastating,” Ms. Kang said. “I was here a year ago and I am heartbroken to see that the promising young country that I saw is suffering so greatly. The scale of the needs is great,” she added.Emphasizing that the year-long conflict has been “brutal,” she recounted that more than 1.9 million people have fled their homes and more than 100,000 have sought refuge in UN bases. In addition, civilians have been killed, raped and beaten; homes have been torched; and fighting has destroyed communities and separated families, Ms. Kang said. “However much we scale up our operations, we will never be able to do enough if the conflict continues to destroy lives and livelihoods. All parties to the conflict must show leadership and bring peace to this country,” Ms. Kang stressed.Meanwhile, aid agencies are planning for next year, and are urgently calling for $600 million by February, the humanitarian official said. “In the dry season, we need to pre-position life-saving and livelihood supplies to reach all people in need, and carry out key repairs to roads and airstrips so that we can scale up and expand the aid operation,” she noted.During her trip to South Sudan, Ms. Kang said she visited communities affected by the crisis in Juba and Jonglei State. She also met with Government representatives and humanitarian partners to discuss ways of improving access and strengthening protection of civilians. In addition, Ms. Kang noted that she had urged parties to respect international humanitarian and human rights laws that call for the protection of civilians and unhindered humanitarian access to people in need. Political in-fighting between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, started in mid-December 2013 and subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country. The crisis has uprooted some 1.5 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease.
According to media reports, Mr. Nemtsov was gunned down on 27 February in central Moscow by unknown assailants.In a statement issued earlier this afternoon, the UN spokesperson explained that the Secretary-General noted that an investigation into the murder had been announced by Russian authorities and that Mr. Ban expected the perpetrators to be brought to justice “swiftly.”In addition, continued the statement, the Secretary-General wished to express his “deepest condolences” to Mr. Nemtsov’s family, friends and supporters.
← Previous Story VIDEO: Jeffrey M’tima knocks down Dominik Klein! Next Story → Norwegian Runar Sandefjord sign Serbian left back Petar Žujović Celje Pivovarna LaškCelje Pivovarna LaskoRK Gorenje VelenjeSlovenia Slovenian champions RK Celje Pivovarna Laško remain on the winning track after 11 matches in domestic Championship after they beat the biggest rival RK Gorenje Velenje 32:31 (14:17) in derby match. Visitors from Velenje played good first half, had +5 in 36th minute (20:15), but at the end, home team, led by outstanding performance of playmaker Miha Zarabec (12 goals,) have managed to turnover the match.Celje Pivovarna Laško : Gorenje Velenje 32:31 (14:17)Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak, Skok, Blagotinšek 3, Ivić 1, Žuran 1, Janc 4, Razgor 1, Marguč, Poteko 4, Miklavčič, Slišković 1, Zarabec 12 (6), Kodrin, Kasal, Žvižej 5.Gorenje Velenje: B. Burić, Ferlin, Božović, Medved 1, S. Burić 3, Szyba 8, Skube 7 (3), Golčar, Šoštarič 3, Papež, Kleč 4, Dobelšek, Gams, Nosan 1, Dujmovič 3, Bećiri.STANDINGS:1. Celje Pivovarna Laško 11 – 222. Gorenje Velenje 11 – 203. Maribor Branik 10 – 184. Trimo Trebnje 10 – 145. Riko Ribnica 10 – 126. Jeruzalem Ormož 10 – 107. Krka 10 – 88. Urbanscape Loka 10 – 89. Slovan 10 – 810. Slovenj Gradec 2011 10 – 811. SVIŠ Ivančna Gorica 10 – 612. Istrabenz Plini Izola 10 – 413. Sevnica 10 – 214. Krško 10 – 2
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The financial stability of the Cypriot banking system is highly correlated to the real estate sector as the lending criteria that the banks applied reinforced the real estate crisis.The large credit expansion of the years 2006-2008, especially in the real estate sector, led to a real estate ‘bubble’. As a result, the real estate prices collapsed, causing a large increase in non-performing loans (NPL) that were collateralised by real estate.To date, loan origination remains at extremely low levels and consequently the ability of buyers to buy property is low and property prices remain depressed. This is what I described as the ‘cyclical’ effect of the lending criteria and policies employed by the Cypriot banks during the boom.Many times, particularly during the inexorable rise in property prices in the 2004-2008 period, the banks in Cyprus ‘underestimated’ the credit risks implicit in mortgage loans.This could be attributed to various reasons, such as the lack of sophisticated systems of risk assessment and the lack of reliable data and information.The main reason, however, is that the continuous increase in property prices created a false sense of security in Cypriot banks and led to further credit expansion.This behaviour was one of the main reasons that kept property prices increasing, and led to the subsequent deterioration of the loan portfolios of domestic banks.Currently, the sharp decline in property prices and the depreciation of mortgaged properties increases the credit risk and the bank capital requirements even further.The shortage in the supply of credit by the banks reduces the demand in properties, commercial investments etc., inevitably reinforcing the downward trend of real estate prices. The Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) and the banks themselves have to consider the consequences of the property prices decline and the restructuring of their portfolios and adapt their policies accordingly.In order to do this, collection of data for all mortgaged properties, as well as data analysis using statistical/ econometric models and chartographic tools are needed.Using such tools, they can, for example, calculate the geographical concentration of properties/mortgages, the risk assessment to the sale/ divestment of specific properties in specific areas, etc.The purchase of properties has become more vulnerable to the fluctuations of the prices because of the banking system influence.Theoretically, the decision of granting a loan must be based on long term projections regarding the future value of the financed property until the repayment of the loan.Also, the repayment ability of the borrower has to be assessed and seriously considered. The lack of adequate information on the evaluation of the prevailing market trends and the possible future prices, however, prevents a correct evaluation.The funding decisions, as a result, are primarily based on the prices of similar properties during that period.The experience from international markets indicates that property prices are subject to considerable fluctuations, which may or may not coincide with the ‘economic cycles’.Under certain circumstances, these fluctuations may be reinforced and become much more intense due to the credit policy applied by credit institutions, when this policy is of cyclical nature.In any case, monitoring the evolvement of property prices should be of direct interest to the monetary and supervisory authorities.As the recent experience from the domestic financial crisis showed, the sharp decline of property prices may have a significant impact on the banking sector and thus on the real economy of the country.It is not a big surprise that both the authorities and the banks are reviewing their credit rating systems and their methods of monitoring mortgages/ properties so as to better manage their portfolios.*Dr George Mountis is the director of business development of Emergo Wealth, a Cyprus financial services company. This article was first published in the Cyprus-Mail.
The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has a new executive director. The clinic’s board appointed Ann Wheelock — who was appointed as interim director in September — to the leadership position this week.Wheelock replaced Barbe West, who had previously served as executive director since 2009.The Free Clinic provides free health care to children and adults who would otherwise be unable to access care. The clinic provides medical, dental, vision and specialty care with the help of more than 500 volunteers.“Ann stepped in during a time of transition and has successfully navigated through quite a bit of change in that short amount of time,” Dawn Tolotti, president of the Free Clinic Board of Directors, said in a press release. “The clinic is blossoming under her leadership, and we are thrilled that she has agreed to carry on in this important leadership role.”Wheelock’s previous work includes serving as chief executive officer of Columbia United Providers and chief financial officer of Vancouver Clinic. She’s also served on the Free Clinic’s board of directors, as board treasurer and on the finance committee.“I have a much greater appreciation for how well run and efficient the clinic is after spending each day here over the last few months,” Wheelock said in a press release. “We have a wonderful group of staff and volunteers who do a lot with very limited resources. I am excited to help out.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended his U-turn over Loris Karius’ future by saying that “things in football change”The German goalkeeper has been the focal point of criticism directed at the Liverpool following his two costly errors in May’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.Klopp had initially defended Karius and backed his compatriot to recover.But, after some more errors by Karius in pre-season, Klopp went ahead and signed AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker for £67m.Now Karius is set to leave for Besiktas with the Turkish side having accidentally confirmed the move on Friday evening.“There’s nothing new about Loris’ actual situation,” said Klopp, according to Goal.“Nothing’s decided. If it happens, that’s how things go in football. That can happen.“As a manager you usually don’t need that much time between one game and the other game to get the sack. But it’s not the sack, it’s only a change if it’s like that.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“That’s football. No problem with that. Whatever. Things in football change. If they change, then we speak about that. Before that, I have nothing to say about that.”Liverpool will face Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield today.But Croatian defender Dejan Lovren will likely remain absent from the squad until after the international break while he recovers from a pelvis issue.“He’s coming closer but he’s not really around team training at the moment,” Klopp said.“I am not 100 per cent what he is doing today. He will not be involved in that [Brighton] game, and I am pretty sure he has no chance for the Leicester [City] game.“Then hopefully after the international break he will be ready to go, that would be nice.“That was the target from the first day when he was in and we knew about his problems. We always thought if we could give him that time, then that would be cool.”Liverpool have won both of their opening games of the new Premier League season.
Legal professionals that work with undocumented immigrants also worry that separating families can make it harder to make a winning case for asylum. “This will create just more challenges in a system that’s already really stressed in a lot of ways,” said Megan McKenna, a spokesperson for KIND, a group that helps provide legal representation for unaccompanied minors and refugee children in Houston and other cities nationwide. She said often times children aren’t told by their parents the exact reasons they fled their country, which can make it harder to win an asylum case. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Edgard Garrido/REUTERSA member of a migrant caravan from Central America kisses a baby as they pray in preparation for an asylum request in the U.S., in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico.A new directive that cracks down on illegal immigration could further stress immigration services and infrastructure in Houston, including detention centers, children’s shelters and access to legal aid.Immigration lawyers expect the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy to impose criminal charges on a much larger number of people crossing the border unlawfully for the first time. They could serve sentences that range from 90 days to as long as 6 months. While waiting for their parents to serve their time, children of border crossers would be placed into special shelters – many of which are located in Houston. “Houston has a large concentration of detention centers that take care of children,” said Anne Chandler, executive director of the Tahirih Justice Center in Houston, which works with women asylum seekers. Chandler said close to a dozen shelters are located in Houston. They house hundreds of immigrant children.Chandler said immigrant children who are separated from their parent can be younger than five years old and mothers, who are serving time, worry about where to find their kids. “We find women, who are just trying to track down their children, who have been rendered to be an unaccompanied child and put into by force, without any legal process or representation, who have been taken from them and put into a federal system of foster care,” said Chandler. 00:00 /00:55 Share Listen
Crime Stoppers HoustonThis photo shows the dog during the medical treatment, which was ultimately unsuccessful.Crime Stoppers of Houston and the Harris County Animal Cruelty Task Force are asking for the public’s help to identify who is responsible for recently shooting a dog with an arrow. The animal was treated at an emergency hospital, but didn’t survive.Crime Stoppers announced Wednesday an increased cash reward of up to $7,500 for any information leading to the identification and/or arrest of the suspect or suspect(s) responsible for the crime.The dog, a shepherd mix, was found Sunday by a woman in the 9800 block of Cheeves. She called police after finding the animal in her yard with an arrow protruding from its neck. X-rays showed the hunting arrow penetrated the animal’s thorax, diaphragm, abdomen and liver.The dog was transported to Texas A&M’s Animal Emergency Hospital for emergency surgery on Monday, but didn’t survive multiple surgeries.Information can be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. All tipsters remain anonymous. Share
By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, email@example.comMarking the 40th anniversary of the release of iconic rap music single “Rapper’s Delight,” the Sugar Hill Gang were among the nominees elected to the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame during an underground gala at the Hip-Hop Museum Pop Up Experience at Blind Whino in southwest D.C.“We tried to tell a hip-hop story that shows our love and appreciation of hip-hop and the history we’re trying to preserve,” said Red Summer, curator of the Museum tells the AFRO. “Its constantly growing and this is just the beginning.”Hip Hop Legend The Sugar Hill Gangs performs during the opening of the Hip Hop Museum’s Po Up Experience in southwest DC. (Courtesy Photo)The Hip-Hop Museum launched a month-long gallery show with a concert featuring The Sugarhill Gang, Trouble Funk, Melle Mel, and Grandmaster Caz to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the world’s first commercial hip-hop single and to honor pioneers and contributors to the groundbreaking industry. D.C.’s legendary go-go band Trouble Funk was one of seven contributors selected by the Museum to earn Hall of Fame status after being honored as “the most sampled group in [hip hop music] history.”That Trouble Funk was honored for its place in hip-hop’s history speaks to how the credibility of both, go-go and hip-hop have grown over the last four decades. Many extreme hip-hop purists of the late 1980s through the mid-1990s were reluctant to appreciate D.C.’s musical art form, which led to animosity between groups from New York City and the nation’s capital.However, the atmosphere of the museum and the night’s events nurtured a spirit of camaraderie amongst fans and artists from the DMV and around the world. Walls that once proved fatal, which separated regions of the nation who brought different styles to hip-hop shared in this special evening. There wasn’t any east coast versus west coast or rap versus go-go “beefs.” Instead it was an evening to honor the pioneers of the revolutionary music that has become a cultural phenomenon.“When we started it was all about having fun and telling stories that were important to us,” said DJ Melle Mell from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five who was honored by the Museum. “These days it’s all about being tough guys, beefs and disrespecting women. Its great that we can remember what hip-hop is about through places that tell the history like this.”According to the Museum’s chief historian, Jay Quan, The Sugar Hill Gang remains one of the most controversial of the early rap artists because of Big Bad Hank’s borrowed and uncredited verses. However, Master Gee & Wonder Mike began writing lyrics and performing before rap records existed. The three blended seamlessly for “Rappers Delight,” which proved to be the foundation for the lifestyle of a new generation.“The Sugar Hill Gang kicked the door down, and set the template for successful rap recordings,” said Quan.Grandmaster Caz was honored as one of Hip Hop’s first “rapping DJ’s” who spun and rhymed simultaneously. He is regarded as one of rap’s earliest and greatest storytellers.The Large Professor is one of rap music’s legendary emcee/producer tandems. His first commercial success came as part of The Main Source. He is responsible for introducing Nasty Nas (who became Nas) to the world by producing his first single. He also produced Fakin’ The Funk with Main Source and remixed songs for Eric B & Rakim, Kool G Rap, Roxanne Shante’ and Slick Rick.Busy Bee earned the title “Chief Rocker” after recording for various labels including Sugar Hill, but earned his induction because of his on stage presence. He was an original emcee, whose rhyming, scatting, crowd participation and humor were in his performance repertoire.
Kolkata: State Disaster Management minister Javed Khan on Monday questioned the intention of the Central government regarding allocation of funds for the damages caused by natural calamities.Responding to a query at the state Assembly on the losses incurred by the state due to the cyclonic storm Fani that had hit the state in the first week of May, Khan said the Centre had not sent any delegation to the state as yet . “They neither sent any team to talk to the state for having an idea of the extent of loss caused by Fani,” Khan said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe added that when there was flood like situation in the state in 2017 his department had sent an estimate of Rs 23,000 crore but the Centre dispatched only Rs 1100 crore. “They always discriminate. As many as 20 districts in the state was affected in 2017,” Khan said. He reiterated that the state government will soon sent estimates seeking funds from the Centre against the damages caused by Fani. The state has already spent Rs 14.09 crore for the destruction caused by the cyclone. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe presented before the state Assembly that 14 districts in the state has been affected due to Fani which includes Hooghly, East Burdwan, North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Birbhum, Howrah, Bankura, Jhargram, West Burdwan, Nadia, West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Purulia, Murshidabad and parts of Kolkata. “There has been no loss of human life with the state government taking preventive measures in connection with disaster management like setting up relief camps, evacuating people from the coastlines, deploying disaster management teams and several other measures. Altogether 6,383224 people have been affected and 29260 houses have been damaged. The number of municipalities and blocks that have been affected are 54 and 231, respectively,” Khan said. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had stayed at Kharagpur in West Midnapore where Fani was destined to have the maximum effect in the state and monitored the situation.
Western countries have questioned Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s right to govern the country, following a series leaked wiretaps that the opposition claims prove high level corruption and murder cover-ups. An anti-government rally has been called by the opposition on May 17.___Jovana Gec contributed from Belgrade, SerbiaCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Last weekend 14 gunmen and eight police were killed and 37 wounded in clashes in the northern Macedonian town of Kumanovo. Another 26 people, most from Kosovo, are under arrest for the clashes.Details about the fighting remain murky. Authorities claim the armed group stashed away weapons to launch attacks in a bid to unify Albanians living in Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia into one country. Some suggest authorities in Skopje sparked the clash, seeking to shift attention from corruption scandals that threaten to oust the ruling conservatives.Some gunmen are former rebels who fought against Serbia in 1999 and Macedonia in 2001.The weekend shootout has upset fragile relations in the Balkans and caught the eye of Europe’s heavyweights.Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov branded the clashes acts of terrorism and criticized the European Union’s handling of the crisis.“The EU must not take a cowardly position and pretend not to see, while trying to present this situation as an isolated episode,” Lavrov said in Belgrade after talks with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic. His comments were translated from Russian into Serbian.Lavrov even suggested that “events in Macedonia have been developing in the context” of the Macedonian government’s pro-Russian policies, including its refusal to join the EU sanctions. 0 Comments Share Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo police raided several households across the country Friday, including the families of ethnic Albanians involved in last week’s deadly clashes with police in neighboring Macedonia.Police spokesman Baki Kelani confirmed several raids were underway. The raids follow accusations from Macedonian leaders that Kosovo gunmen plotted terrorist attacks aimed at destabilizing Macedonia. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help
Go back to the enewsletterTravellers are splurging on unique experiences according to Anthony Goldman, joint managing director of The Goldman Group, with a boom in bookings for boutique experiences and cultural encounters – all for share on social media – fuelling the trend.Established over 30 years ago, The Goldman Group is a multi-award-winning travel advisory group managing travel arrangements for thousands of leisure, business and b-leisure customers every year. According to the Group’s network of advisors, luxury travel is no longer the reserve for the very wealthy; the luxe travellers of today are younger, more adventurous, travelling with family and travelling more often.Anthony Goldman, Joint MD The Goldman Group“We still service top tier clients for whom money is no object, however more and more, we are managing bookings for younger clients who are happy to invest in once-in-a-lifetime experiences before financing children or a mortgage. Families are another luxe travel group growing, especially those seeking new adventures which are both experiential as well as educational,” explained Goldman.Data from the Virtuoso travel network supports the Goldman Group experience. According to the recent survey, getting “the best” is paramount in luxury travel, with 86% saying they are willing to pay full price if it means getting the best in service, and 73% agreeing that after experiencing true luxury, it was difficult to scale back. In addition to this, 71% said they expected to spend more on luxury travel this year.So, what are the top luxury travel trend forecasts for 2019? According to Goldman, while Australian travellers are always keen to experience ‘the next big thing’, when it comes to luxury travel, big is no longer beautiful.“Small and intimate is in, and the current view among luxe travellers is ‘good things come in small packages’. This is translating into increased demand for bookings on board smaller cruise ships visiting boutique ports, customised small tours such as those delivered by Abercrombie and Kent, and bespoke experiences such as exclusive openings and private exhibitions.”Another key trend, thanks to emergence of Gen Z as part of the decision-making process, is travelling to Instagram-able destinations to document travel experiences. Coined the “iGeneration”, Gen Z is seeking unusual destinations and active experiences, with their decisions influenced by social media, online reviews, friend recommendations and shares.“We are increasingly receiving booking requests from Instagram and we sell on the social platform. We receive direct messages from customers saying, ‘I want that’. Hotels are also creating more and more Instagram-able experiences, enabling the capture of special moments to be shared with followers. Instagram as a platform has really influenced the way younger generations research and undertake travel,” says Goldman.Multi-generational travel is also trending, and families are increasingly seeking immersive cultural experiences, off the beaten path, which deliver authentic connections with locals. According to Goldman, destinations which will top the charts for families in 2019 include Iceland, Galapagos Islands, Cuba, Antarctica, Botswana and Mongolia.“We love this destination diversity at the Goldman Group,” Goldman said. “While more and more people want to explore unique and far flung places around the world, they simply don’t have the time or connections to manage the planning themselves. That’s when they come to us, and even the simplest of briefs allows our travel expert to craft a dream itinerary. From renting a traditional yurt in Mongolia, to seeing blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands, we can make it happen.”Go back to the enewsletter