Local Authorities Deny Reports of Building Africas Tallest Tower in Casablanca

Rabat – Local authorities in Casablanca have reportedly denied that plans exist to build a 114-story skyscraper in Morocco’s economic capital.Two weeks ago, the Saudi Bin Laden Group, the world’s largest construction firm headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, announced that it is moving forward with plans to build the tallest skyscraper in Europe and Africa in Casablanca, Morocco.The tower was reported to be 514m tall, and the project is valued at over $1.5 Billion. However, local authorities in Casablanca, denied the report, saying that there are no plans to build the skyscraper.Hespress quoted head of the Urbanization and Development Agency of Casablanca Anfa (AUDA) Khadir Lamrini as saying that “neither his agency nor the administrative region of Greater Casablanca received any project to build Africa’s tallest tower in Casablanca.”“There is no project to build a 540-meter tall tower in Casablanca. The tallest tower in Casablanca will be built by Othman Benjelloun, and it will be comprised of 42 stories, only,” Khadir Lamrini added. read more

UN envoy voices concern over violations of line marking southern Lebanon

The latest comments by Staffan de Mistura, the Personal Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for southern Lebanon, came after an unmanned aerial vehicle was launched at approximately 10:30 a.m. yesterday from the Lebanese side of the Blue Line and into Israeli airspace. The aircraft was reported to have flown over Israeli territory before re-entering southern Lebanon and landing in the vicinity of Naqoura. Later the same day, two Israeli air violations, involving five jets, were recorded. There were no reports of anti-aircraft fire from the Lebanese side. “All air violations of the Blue Line are an issue of concern,” Mr. de Mistura said in a statement issued from Beirut. He also reiterated the UN’s position that there should be no air violations from any side of the Blue Line and called on all sides to fulfil their obligations to fully respect the marker. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Lebanese Foreign Minister Mahmoud Hammoud, Mr. de Mistura said he called on the Government to use its authority to control the territory. He added that he was waiting for a report from the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the peacekeeping force confirming Israel’s withdrawal from its northern neighbour, before commenting further on the drone’s flight. “You know our position regarding overflights and we will be reiterating it,” he said. The United Nations “has been saying constantly that overflights should not take place from any source. And we will continue working along this issue both for the sake of the Blue Line and for the sake of the sovereignty of the countries in the region.” read more

Baseball Ohio State drops second midweek game 31 to Eastern Michigan

Ohio State redshirt senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff at bat during the Scarlet and Gray World Series in October 2016. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsMidweek games are typically where Power Five teams thrive against smaller mid-major teams. But OSU has struggled to get anything going offensively across these past two midweek games, falling to Eastern Michigan 3-1 Wednesday, a day after losing to Cincinnati.A visibly frustrating loss for the Buckeyes, the team spent nearly 30 minutes in left field after the loss in the huddle with coach Greg Beals going over the game. “We’ve got to do better offensively. That’s where I’m willing to share with you,” Beals said when asked about what he discussed in the meeting.The first batter of the game reached first base on an error, setting the tone for a long inning for OSU redshirt junior Austin Woodby. The Buckeyes’ starting pitcher was able to strike out the next batter, but a double gave the Eagles a pair of runners in scoring position with only one away.Senior right fielder John Montgomery grounded a single through the right side of the infield, scoring both runners on base and capitalizing on the Buckeyes’ early mistake.OSU eventually found the scoreboard, however, in the bottom of the fourth inning. With runners on first and second and two out, junior designated hitter Conner Pohl lined a base hit over the right side of the infield, scoring the runner from second and giving OSU their first run of the evening.In the final inning, the Eagles tacked on a run off a solo home run from sophomore first baseman John Rensel Jr, bringing the score to 3-1.The team was coming off a pair of wins on Sunday against Big Ten rival Penn State, one win of the ninth-inning-comeback variety and another a blowout. Beals said he hoped his team would be able to carry that momentum through this week into their next conference matchup, but that a deflating loss like this can siphon off any energy they harvested over the weekend.“We had a comeback win and then we had an all-Buckeye win and it was a good day on Sunday,” Beals said. “I was hoping to be able to carry that momentum as opposed to build momentum, just maintain that momentum and help that confidence, that good feeling that we had on Sunday, keep that good feeling going.”The problem with the team right now is hitting, Beals said, coming off only two runs scored spread across two midweek games. And for his team to start clicking again, they will need to continue to mix some things up until they find a winning combination.“We’ve got to keep mixing up what we’re doing to find the right thing and it’s not necessarily as much from a personnel standpoint as much as it is what’s going to spark this team and sometimes there’s personnel decisions to help spark the team and other things that we do from a preparation standpoint to help spark the team,” Beals said.The Buckeyes will try and find a win against the second Michigan-based team they play this week when they travel to East Lansing, Michigan, to face Michigan State over the weekend. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. read more

67 of migrant workers live in highincome countries ILO

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHIV and AIDS cause billions of dollars in lost earnings- ILO reportMay 24, 2018In “Health”Global unemployment expected to reach 199.4 million in 2016 – ILO ReportJanuary 20, 2016In “Business”Global wage growth at lowest rate since 2008 – ILO ReportNovember 26, 2018In “Regional” ILO imageGENEVA (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 164 million people are migrant workers – a rise of 9 per cent since 2013, when they numbered 150 million.According to the 2nd edition of the ILO’s Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers , which covers the period between 2013 and 2017, the majority of migrant workers – 96 million – are men, while 68 million are women. This represents an increase in the share of men among migrant workers, from 56 per cent to 58 per cent, and a decrease by two percentage points in women’s share, from 44 per cent to 42 per cent.“While growing numbers of women have been migrating autonomously in search of employment in the past two decades, the discrimination they often face because of their gender and nationality reduces their employment opportunities in destination countries compared to their male peers,” said Manuela Tomei, Director of the ILO Conditions of Work and Equality Department.Nearly 87 per cent of migrant workers are of prime working age, between 25 and 64 years old. This suggests that some countries of origin are losing the most productive segment of their workforce. This, the report says, could have a negative impact on their economic growth.Regional trendsThe report provides a comprehensive picture of the subregions and income groups in which migrants are working.Of the 164 million migrant workers worldwide, approximately 111.2 million (67.9 per cent) live in high-income countries, 30.5 million (18.6 per cent) in upper middle-income countries, 16.6 million (10.1 per cent) in lower middle-income countries and 5.6 million (3.4 per cent) in low-income countries.Migrant workers constitute 18.5 per cent of the workforce of high-income countries, but only 1.4 to 2.2 per cent in lower-income countries. From 2013 to 2017, the concentration of migrant workers in high-income countries fell from 74.7 to 67.9 per cent, while their share in upper middle-income countries increased. This could be attributed to the economic development of the latter.Nearly 61 per cent of migrant workers are found in three subregions; 23.0 per cent in North America, 23.9 per cent in Northern, Southern and Western Europe and 13.9 per cent in the Arab countries. Other regions that host large numbers of migrant workers – above 5 per cent – include Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, South-Eastern Asia and the Pacific, and Central and Western Asia. In contrast, Northern Africa hosts less than 1 per cent of migrant workers.Need for comprehensive dataThe authors also highlight the importance of gathering more comprehensive and harmonized statistical data on migration at national, regional and global levels. The ILO is planning to produce global estimates on international migrant workers regularly, to better inform decision-making and contribute to the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.“International labour migration is a rising policy priority and there is a need to respond equitably to the interests of countries of origin and countries of destination, as well as to the interests of migrant workers,” said Rafael Diez de Medina, Chief Statistician and Director of the ILO Department of Statistics. “To be effective, and aligned with international labour standards, policies must be based on strong evidence, including the number of international migrant workers involved, their characteristics and their employment patterns. Precisely because of this urgent demand, the 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians  recently endorsed specific guidelines on how to better measure international labour migration worldwide. We are confident that through that countries will produce better data and therefore there will be increasingly accurate global estimations.” read more

Solskjaer says work starts now for Man United after humiliating defeat to

first_img Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Image: Martin Rickett Solskjaer says ‘work starts now’ for Man United after humiliating defeat to relegated Cardiff Manchester United suffered a 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City at Old Trafford on Sunday. Image: Martin Rickett David de Gea and Juan Mata greet the fans after the final whistle. Source: Tim GoodeThe Norwegian, who initially oversaw a dramatic upturn in form after he took over from Jose Mourinho in December, said: “It will take some time to close in on the top. We finished five or six points behind third, fourth, fifth and that has to be our aim.“The top two teams have set a standard higher than before and we have to take up the next challenge.”The former United striker added: “The work starts now. Everyone has the summer off but we have to come back with a different mentality and different attitude of being a Man United team.“The ones who played, did well but it was not good enough.”- © AFP, 2019Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Share5 Tweet Email https://the42.ie/4631603 78 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.center_img By AFP Sunday 12 May 2019, 8:05 PM Short URL 45,485 Views Subscribe May 12th 2019, 6:15 PM OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER said Manchester United will “take some time” to close the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool after they finished their season with a dismal 2-0 defeat at home by already-relegated Cardiff.United finished in sixth place in the Premier League, 32 points behind champions City, who edged out Liverpool by a single point.They were five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.“Today was not the problem,” said United manager Solskjaer, who previously had a brief spell in charge of Cardiff, after away fans at Old Trafford on Sunday had chanted he would be “sacked in the morning”.“You can have all the possession and chances you want but we concede easy goals and not score at the other. That is not where our challenge lies — we have a long and hard way to be where we want to be.”last_img read more

Le Sommet de Copenhague peut être considéré comme un succès majeur selon

first_imgLe Sommet de Copenhague peut être considéré comme un “succès majeur” selon Jean-Louis BorlooFrance – Mercredi, le ministre de l’Écologie Jean-Louis Borloo a estimé que le Sommet de Copenhague pouvait être, sur de nombreux points, considéré comme “un succès majeur”. Aucun accord contraignant précisant des objectifs chiffrés de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre n’a pourtant été signé.Jean-Louis Borloo refuse une lecture trop négative de l’accord signé à Copenhague, qui risquerait selon lui de “faire le lit de l’à-quoi-bonnisme”. Devant la commission du développement durable de l’Assemblée nationale, six semaines après la conférence sur le climat considérée par beaucoup comme un échec, le ministre de l’Écologie a déclaré avoir “une lecture de Copenhague qui est très différente de celle qui a été communément admise”.Jean-Louis Borloo explique en effet que le premier objectif de ce sommet, à savoir “accrocher” au mouvement de la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique les principaux pays émergents et les États-Unis, a été atteint. “De ce point de vue là, Copenhague est un succès majeur” a-t-il affirmé.Le ministre évoque également les chiffres retenus dans l’accord de Copenhague concernant l’aide financière accordée aux pays pauvres à court terme, à savoir 10 milliards de dollars par an pour 2010, 2011 et 2012, mais aussi à moyen terme : 100 milliards de dollars par an à l’horizon 2020. C’est une étape très importante qui a été franchie, souligne-t-il.”En réalité, Copenhague comme accord politique des chefs d’État c’est bien à la fois la montée de tous les pays du monde et c’est bien la mise en place d’un financement international” a insisté Jean-Louis Borloo. Selon lui, il s’agit désormais de transformer un texte imparfait mais “signe d’un engagement politique extrêmement fort des chefs d’État”, en un accord “organisé et structuré”.L’accord conclu à Copenhague le 19 décembre dernier a permis d’enrôler l’ensemble des grands pays pollueurs, mais ce sans aucun cadre contraignant ni objectif chiffré de réduction des émissions de gaz à effets de serre. Pour parvenir à un texte contraignant, les pays industrialisés doivent communiquer d’ici au 31 janvier, leurs objectifs de réduction d’émissions à l’horizon 2020 tandis que les autres sont invités à faire connaître leur plan d’action.Le 29 janvier 2010 à 11:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Video Heungmin Sons incredible nutmeg gives South Korea their revenge

first_imgHeung-min Son let his football do the talking in South Korea’s recent friendly with Chile on Tuesday with an incredible nutmegThe match itself has been at the centre of controversy of late following a “racist gesture” made by Chile’s Diego Valdes.The 24-year-old midfielder, who plays for Mexican club Morelia, was made to issue a public apology after a photo of him emerged on the internet producing a stereotypical eye signal.But Valdes was made to properly pay for his misconduct against South Korea on Tuesday when Son produced an incredible piece of skill to backheel the ball through his legs and leave him in the shadows.While the game remained goalless, Valdes will want to forget about this one as quickly as possible.Lautaro Martinez, ArgentinaLautaro Martinez talks about his time with Argentina Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez is becoming a regular at the international level, and he’s delighted for the opportunity with his national team.Meanwhile, Son will now finally return to Tottenham after helping South Korea win the Asian Games.It means that he will now be exempt from military duty and can continue with his football as he pleases.With Champions League clashes against Inter Milan and Barcelona coming up, Son can’t wait to get back to action for Spurs.“This is just the beginning,” he told Evening Standard.“I miss my team. I am happy to be back playing in the Premier League and Champions League. Over the summer, I think I’ve learned a great deal about football.”last_img read more

Target asks customers not to bring guns to its stores

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. on Wednesday took a stand against customers who bring firearms into its stores.“This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create,” John Mulligan, the company’s acting CEO, said in a statement.The matter became a surprising controversy for the Minneapolis-based retailer in recent months when activist gun owners in Texas and other states chose the company’s stores to demonstrate their belief in the right to openly bear arms.Texas and other “open carry” states allow people to carry guns unless directed by owners of private property to put them away. Many employers, retailers and other establishments post signs in those states prohibiting people from bringing guns onto their premises.While gun-rights activists chose Target as a venue to demonstrate their rights, other groups began to express concern about the presence of guns in its stores, particularly because they are frequented by families with small children. At Target’s annual meeting in Dallas, a small group of mothers staged a small demonstration asking Target executives to join other retailers in banning weapons from its stores.In his statement, posted on the company’s blog, Mulligan said, “Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target, even in communities where it is permitted by law.”last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 43 of UK managers do not have the tools to effectively

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: More than two-fifths (43%) of UK managers stated that their organisation has not provided them with the tools and understanding to recognise staff effectively, according to research by Reward Gateway.Its survey of 500 UK employees also found that 68% of UK managers agreed that their bosses could do more to regularly recognise them.Similarly, seven in 10 (70%) UK-based employees noted that their managers could do more to praise and thank them in a timely and specific way, while 76% said that motivation and morale at their organisation would improve if more managers noticed and acknowledged when employees do good work.Just over half (52%) of respondents reported that their manager unfairly rewards some staff over others; an additional 42% agreed that they have received a reward that did not reflect the work they performed.Almost a fifth (18%) of employees in the UK reported that they appreciate getting praise at a single event or function.Doug Butler (pictured), chief executive officer at Reward Gateway, said: “[Organisations] need to be investing in the right kind of recognition and reward programmes that fit both the employees’ and [organisation’s] goals. We’re focused on helping our clients to deliver recognition programmes that create an environment where their people can be motivated and engaged.”last_img read more

Broken gas line capped in Northwest MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A broken gas line in a Northwest Miami-Dade residence has been capped.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, homes located near 17811 N.W. 80th Ave. were temporarily evacuated after a gas line cracked.Florida City Gas arrived shortly after to repair the broken gas line.According to officials, a homeowner was putting up a fence in their backyard, which was not marked for a gas line, and accidentally cracked it.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Chaka Khan And Michael McDonald Announce Summer 2019 Tour

first_img Facebook Twitter https://twitter.com/ChakaKhan/status/1093223476117176320 This summer is the chance to catch the hitmakers on stage together, both with fresh material for the first time in yearsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 7, 2019 – 3:51 pm Multiple GRAMMY winners Chaka Khan and Michael McDonald announced co-headlining tour dates beginning on June 20 in Huber Heights, Ohio and wrapping up on Aug. 4 in Rohnert Park, Calif. Both artists are back with new music, after long waits, and seeing them on the same stage is bound to be memorable.McDonald’s Wide Open was released in Sept. 2017, his first album of new material since Blue Obsession in 2000. The album was co-produced with drummer Shannon Forrest and includes contributions from artists Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Branford Marsalis, and Marcus Miller. Back at the 22nd GRAMMY Awards, McDonald’s “What A Fool Believes” with the Doobie Brothers won Record Of The Year. News Chaka Khan’s Hello Happiness will be released on Feb. 15, and its title track came out on Jan. 14. Her previous solo studio album was 2007’s Funk This, winner at the 50th GRAMMY Awards for Best R&B Album.At the 27th GRAMMY Awards, the two each took home respective R&B wins. Khan won Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female for “I Feel For You,” for which Prince won Best R&B Song as its writer, the same year.  McDonald won Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for “Yah Mo B There,” his duet with co-writer James Ingram.Tickets for the summer co-headline tour go on sale on Feb. 8 at McDonald and Khan’s websites. Chaka Khan Reveals First Album In 12 Years Coming Soon, Drops Video For Title Track “Hello Happiness”Read more Email Chaka Khan And Michael McDonald Announce Summer 2019 Tour Chaka Khan And Michael McDonald Announce Tour chaka-khan-and-michael-mcdonald-announce-summer-2019-tourlast_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between May 30, 2019 and June 5, 2019.Thursday, May 30, 2019NoneFriday, May 31, 2019NoneSaturday, June 1, 2019Paul G. Godyzk II (58, Wilmington) was arrested for Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. (11:37am)Sunday, June 2, 2019NoneMonday, June 3, 2019NoneTuesday, June 4, 2019NoneWednesday, June 5, 2019None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 ArrestIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 ArrestIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Bill Ted 3 teaser reminds us to be excellent to each other

first_img pic.twitter.com/BLyTFNwasu— Bill & Ted 3 (@BillandTed3) February 18, 2019 Comments Share your voice In the new film, a visitor from the future warns Bill and Ted that only their Wyld Stallyns band can write a song to save the world. So Bill and Ted set out on another time-traveling adventure to find inspiration for the perfect song that will hopefully bring balance to the universe. Plus this time Bill and Ted’s daughters, a new bunch of historical figures and a few music legends will join them on their quest.While there’s no official word on the exact release date of Bill & Ted Face the Music, Soderbergh did hint that it could premiere around Christmas time. More movies Orion While we wait patiently for the clueless time-traveling duo Ted Logan and Bill Preston to take us on another adventure in the upcoming film Bill & Ted Face the Music, the official movie Twitter account just gave fans a teaser message.To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the premiere of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the tweet posted a simple black and white image on Sunday that said “Be excellent to each other.” This is one of Bill & Ted’s most famous quotes from the original movie. This will be the third movie in the Bill & Ted series, with the original creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon penning the script, Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) set to direct and Steven Soderbergh executive producing.The long-awaited sequel to 1989’s Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and the 1991 follow-up Bogus Journey reunites actors Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter and takes place 29 years after 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.  2 Tags In new Shazam featurette, Zachary Levi battles baddies with humor Aquaman spinoff The Trench to bring more underwater adventures The new Avengers: Endgame outfits are a little confusing TV and Movieslast_img read more

Arguments fly in landmark Ketchikan schools case

first_imgThe Alaska Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in case that could upend the way the state pays for education. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is arguing that it’s a violation of the state constitution to require local governments to chip in money to fund local schools. Particularly when there are small communities throughout rural Alaska that aren’t required to provide any local contributions. KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes was in court today, and says the legal dispute hovers over what counts as a dedicated fund.Download AudioThe Alaska Supreme Court hears arguments Sept. 16 in a case that could change how the state pays for education. Photo: Zachariah Hughes/KSKA.TOWNSEND: Zach, why does the Ketchikan Gateway Borough say that the states mandatory minimum funding requirements are unconstitutional?HUGHES: So to get what the borough is getting at, you have to go back to what dedicated funds mean in Alaska, and thats sort of a holdover from when the territorial laws crossed over into the constitution that we now have.That was in the 50s and 60s and there were these consultants brought in to kind of help design the state constitution and one of the things they were worried about were dedicated funds that states like New Jersey put towards highways and some other stuff like that and basically it ended up giving small bureaucracies a lot of control in ways that legislatures didn’t really want to have happen.So there’s this big thing in Alaska anyone who’s familiar with local government has heard complaints about (you’re) not able to dedicate funds, you’re not able to earmark funds, everything just has to go into the same general fund when it comes to state money.Now, what the borough is saying is that by asking to local governments, like the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, to fund education at a minimum level that that amounts to a dedicated fund, right, it’s an indirect dedicated fund. The argument that the borough is making is that the legislature has kind of squeaked its way in to being able to guide funds towards education in a way that’s unconstitutional.TOWNSEND: Both sides are citing different legal precedence, but the states argument to the Supreme Court says local contributions are not a dedicated fund, that in fact that they’ve long been a way to promote local buy in, what case is the state making there?HUGHES: The case that the state’s making, and you’re right to say there’s a lot of different precedence flying back, I am not a legal scholar so keeping track of all the different moving parts on this had been a challenge in its own right.If I understand the states case correctly what they’re saying is look this isn’t a dedicated fund in fact most of the boroughs and local governments, including the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, fund education above the mandatory minimums required by the state, Ketchikan’s required to pay about $4 million in their local contribution, the year under dispute in this case they paid $7 million which means they raised their own minimum numbers because they think education is that important its beyond the minimum.The State is saying not only do they feel that way, most feel that way and we have a great system in Alaska that requires local buy in right, local governments and the communities they’re in have to decide not only whats the minimum but what do we want to have? And instead of it just being just a state school, the community has some say and some leeway in determining program.An example that the states attorney Kate Vogel brought up, was the case of the North Slope Borough, where theres an Iñupiat curriculum thats taught there, that’s overseen by the state but it’s done in accordance, thats kind of one of those ways by asking a local government to be a partner to pony up funds they’re actually making sure there is some presence and some commitment from the local communities.”LORI: What’s at stake in this ruling? It could be anywhere from a few months to two years before the justices give a ruling, what are the implications of this decision?HUGHES: Lori, the short answer is we don’t really know and I hate offering that but in this case its a really, really, really good and important answer that I’ve heard from a lot of people that are watching this case really closely. Basically this is the way the state has funded its education system in one way or another with some modifications since Alaska was a state.If the Ketchikan Gateway Borough wins this case it’ll mean we have to completely redesign how the state pays for education and instead of there being any one outcome that anyone knows will happen “oh the state will just step in and fill in the gap that remains” This has such broad implications that its likely it would go before the legislature to redesign the system as it stands. For some people, particularly for those watching rural schools, that’s a dicey proposition because the state is kinda broke. But the short answer is we really don’t know, this is a huge case with some really big implications for years to come across the state.last_img read more

Theology school calls off Native art sale amid investigation

first_imgThis Tlingit halibut hook with a wolf spirit was slated for auction. (Photo courtesy of Karen Kramer/Peabody Essex Museum)A Massachusetts college that planned to liquidate its Native art collection has called it off. The pieces are from 52 tribes, including Tlingit and Haida items that might be sacred. Now the country’s oldest theology school could get dinged with penalties as feds investigate.Download AudioOver the summer, the Andover Newton Theological School, or ANTS, quietly decided it would sell 80 pieces of Native art from their collection. But their plans didn’t stay quiet for long. The museum that’s housed the collection since the 1940s alerted hundreds of tribal leaders.Sealaska Heritage Institute was one of the organizations contacted because the school intended to auction off a Tlingit halibut hook, an item that SHI President Rosita Worl says is sacred.“The halibut hook has spiritual dimensions to it and in this particular case, we have a halibut hook with a wolf,” she said.Worl believes the school also has a Southeast shamanic doll. If a college or museum receives federal funds, then federal law dictates that certain items in their collection are subject to repatriation.So, how did Andover Newton wind up with such a vast collection of Alaska Native, Native American and Hawaiian art?“It was through their own missionaries going out into the field and collecting objects. Like, I tell the story over and over again … they collected our sins,” Worl said.What those missionaries considered “sins” could fetch the college a million dollars now if the legality of the sale hadn’t come into question.Peabody Essex Museum President Dan Monroe says the school was confused from the jump. It didn’t file an inventory or summary providing tribes with information. And the college assumed the museum could cherry-pick what was subject to the law, but only tribes have say in that.“No other party can make those identifications,” Monroe said.Even so, the school claims that information came from Peabody Essex. Monroe lets out a big laugh before responding.“OK. Number one: we could never tell them what objects in their collection are subject to NAGPRA. … Because we have no standing in the law and we perfectly well understand that,” Monroe said.NAGPRA is the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.This tunic was repatriated from a museum in 2007. Although it’s of Southeast origin, the tribe is unknown. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)In 2009, Monroe says the Onondaga Nation asked the school to give back a wampum belt. The school denied the request. As a private college, it thought it wasn’t subject to the law. But here’s the problem with that: some students pay their tuition with Stafford loans, which are funded by the government.“If the institution receives federal financial assistance, whether directly or indirectly, that would be receipt of federal funds,” said David Tarler.Tarler works at the NAGPRA office in Washington, D.C. He said the school is being investigated, and in this case penalties can range from $5,000 for each failure to comply up to about $21,000, or .25 percent of the school’s annual budget — whichever is less. Then there are aggravating circumstances, like previously denying a tribe’s claim.Monroe says he’s still not sure if the college gets it.“On the plus side, they’ve made the commitment not to sell objects; they’ve made a commitment to comply with  NAGPRA and those are admirable and very positive decisions on their part,” he said. “Regardless of the means of how they arrived at them.”Martin Copenhaver, the school’s president, said he was too busy to comment but forwarded a letter that said “we will proceed to repatriate artifacts … if feasible and appropriate ways can be found to do so.”“I mean, that sent up a red flag to me,” Worl said. “When I read that, ‘if feasible and appropriate.’ What does that mean? It should be if it complies with the law. Who makes that determination? If it’s feasible?”Aside from the law, she says there’s a larger underlying issue the school doesn’t seem to understand about the collection.“They keep referring to them as artifacts and they’re not artifacts. They’re at.oow. They’re living things to us; they’re spiritual things to us,” Worl said.Andover Newton Theological School did recently reach out to the Onondaga about the wampum belt, Worl said. But Southeast tribes are still waiting.last_img read more

Sikh man stabbed to death in US homicide investigation

first_imgWASHINGTON: A 64-year-old Sikh man from India was stabbed to death by an unidentified person in the US state of California while he was on his evening walk, according to a media report. Parmjit Singh was attacked in Gretchen Talley Park in Tracy around 9 pm on Sunday. He died from his injuries, ABC News reported. Detectives say a passerby spotted the man bleeding on the ground and immediately called 911. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Police have launched a homicide investigation. Police don’t have any clear suspects just yet. On Monday, they asked for the community’s help identifying a man captured on video hopping a fence and running away from the park around the time when the incident took place, according to the report. “We just need to figure out who that is, why they were in the area, what they may have seen and potentially any of their involvement in the incident,” said Tracy Police Spokesperson Lt Trevin Freitas. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us Singh was wearing a traditional Sikh turban as he always would for his walks twice a day. Some residents are worried Singh may have been attacked because he was Sikh. Police said they cannot say if it was a hate crime. “We can’t say what it was right now. We’re keeping all possibilities open. We have no information that would lead us to the motive of this crime. It is something that we can’t disprove at this time and we’re actively investigating all possibilities,” Freitas said. Advertise With Us Harnek Singh Kang, the victim’s son-in-law, said Singh immigrated to Tracy from India three years ago and was an active member of the Sikh community. “We feel very safe in the country, so whatever happened, this is unacceptable,” he said. Singh had two kids and three grandkids. The attack has left the neighbourhood shaken. Neighbours said they are all deeply saddened by what happened. “Absolutely stunned. This is a very safe neighbourhood, very decent area of Tracy,” neighbour Dave Roychowdhury said. “Nothing has ever happened like this here,” he said. Tracy Mayor Robert Rickman in a statement said, “We take pride in our safe, close-knit community. The loss of one of our own to violence has shaken us to our core and is felt by the entire community. “On behalf of the Tracy City Council, we offer our sincerest condolences to Mr Singh’s family, friends and to the members of our Sikh community. This violence will not be tolerated and we are dedicating every available resource to ensuring that the person(s) responsible for the death of Mr Singh is brought to justice,” Rickman said. The Sikh community is in shock after the incident, CBS Local reported. In an emergency meeting on Monday, the mayor and police chief talked with the Sikh community to calm fears and answer their questions. The community is offering a USD 1000 reward for identifying the suspect. There have been a number of attacks targeting Indian-Americans and Sikhs in the US in recent years. In August last year, a Sikh man has been stabbed to death at his store in the US state of New Jersey In July last year, another Sikh man was attacked while putting up campaign signs in support of a Republican Congressman.last_img read more

Kaleidoscapes of vibrant hues

first_imgPortraying the fine blend of Indian miniatures and Chinese calligraphic art, Bikash Poddar is regarded as one of the best known landscape artists from Bengal who blends landscapes with human from in a seamless harmony. His most recent solo show of landscape paintings in water colour, ‘Kaleido-scapes: Nature in Vibrant Hues’, at Gallerie Ganehsa, Greater Kailash II, depict landscapes in miniature fromat with highly detailed architecture: ruined temples, weathered habitations and boats by the waterside. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHis landscapes reflect a translucent glow of colour (that Bengal art assimilated from Chinese and Japanese calligraphic art) blended with the detailed portrayal of monuments and human figures from miniatures. Then there are his boldly coloured works that concentrate on objects of daily use – another important trend in Bengal art that he manages to balance with large areas of formless space. His works are an important contribution to the art of Bengal, dialectical, evocative and memorable for the quality of their execution. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAn art critic Suneet Chopra says, “When I saw his earlier works, what struck me was the proportion of human figures that blended beautifully with the landscape and yet held their ground in a symbiotic relationship, evoking the relation between man and his creations together. Since then, he has blown up these miniatures in a manner that builds a harmony between froms and the formless flows of colour, inviting the eye to explore space while at the same time following the narrative of his figures set in the theatrical backdrop of architectural froms.These romantic reveries of spaces in the mind are successful largely because of his excellence as a painter of rare quality without which his landscapes would have been reduced to being mere pictures.” Born in 1954 in Kaliyaganj, North Bengal, Poddar studied at the College of Art and Craft, Kolkata and completed his five years of diploma in Applied Art with a gold medal. He turned to full time painting in the nineties, following the success of his shows of watercolours in Delhi and Mumbai. He has shown his work in nearly 25 solo and group shows in India and abroad. His works are with collectors and corporate houses in Delhi, Mumbai, USA, Hongkong, Canada, Australia and Singapore besides others.The exhibition will be open for public viewing from March 25 and will continue till April 25 from 11 am to 7 pm.last_img read more

The brandnew SWISS Bombardier CS100 HBJBB will p

first_imgThe brand-new SWISS Bombardier CS100 HB-JBB will perform its flypast over Geneva at 18:30 on Saturday 6 August. In the cockpit will be Robert Emeri, Frédéric Macheret and Markus Juchli. The 10-minute air show will also be commented on live on radio station and event partner ONE FM by SWISS Captain Zbigniew Bankowski and journalist Charles Super.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterWhen the city of Geneva holds its first-ever new-style Geneva Lake Festival next week, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) will be well to the fore. SWISS will be supporting this landmark event by offering spectators a very special treat: a Saturday flypast above the city’s lakeside promenade by HB-JBB, its second brand-new Bombardier C Series aircraft. Not only that, but SWISS will also be taking the opportunity to name its brand-new CS100 ‘Canton de Genève’.SWISS already celebrated the delivery of its first Bombardier C Series aircraft – CS100 HB-JBA, which now bears the name ‘Kanton Zürich’ – on 1 July. And on Saturday 6 August SWISS’s second new short- and medium-haul twinjet from the Canadian manufacturer will be named ‘Canton de Genève’ at Geneva Airport. The choice of name for CS100 HB-JBB reflects SWISS’s keen and continued commitment to the people of Western Switzerland, who will be reaping the full benefit of the new ‘Whisperjet’ from next year onwards. The innovative Bombardier C Series sets new industry benchmarks with its inflight comfort, its operating economics and its environmental credentials.Bombardier CS100 HB-JBB will be formally named ‘Canton de Genève’ after its first landing at Geneva Airport in a ceremony hosted by Lorenzo Stoll, SWISS’s Head of Western Switzerland. The aircraft will be jointly named by Luc Barthassat, Geneva cantonal transport, environment and agriculture minister, and by Genevan actor and comedienne Brigitte Rosset, who feels a close affinity to her home city and region. And following the ceremony the people of Geneva will experience a true world first: a flypast by the brand-new aircraft above Geneva’s lakeside promenade.last_img read more

August 4 2006 During the workshop each Friday mo

first_imgAugust 4, 2006 During the workshop, each Friday morning is devoted to a group synergy. Weekly classes are scheduled for Friday afternoons. During the workshop, each Friday morning is devoted to a group synergy. Weekly classes are scheduled for Friday afternoons. [Photo & text: sa] On this Friday, manager of construction and utilities, Scott Riley, teaches a class on the solar installation in the second part of the East Crescent. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

June 19 2007 The large open room in Unit 8 on

first_imgJune 19, 2007 The large open room in Unit 8, on the second floor of the East Crescent, is designated, and has been used as a meeting and class room. Construction crew Melissa Soluski prepares the floor for the installation of carpet tiles. Melissa applies a carpet adhesive to one quarter of the room first. [Photo & text: sa] The adhesive is left to dry to a certain tackyness after which the individual tiles are installed. Construction volunteer JiHye Son works with Melissa to finish the edges. [Photo & text: sa] The carpet gives a completely different feel to the room. Note the bank of utilities at the south-east corner of the room. A bank of solar batteries are visible in a cabinet. All utility lines have been left exposed, with laminated drawings and explanation attached, so they can be explained to workshop participants and visitors. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more