CDN Controls bringing Canadian Forces Bold Eagle program to present at NPSS

first_img“The intent of the program is not to have people join the army after, or to go on to some sort of law enforcement career,” said Fanni. “You get light training and you get confidence, and you get all those good things. It’s like cadets.”Fanni explained that Bold Eagle doesn’t have a big presence in Northeast B.C., and that this week’s presentation at NPSS will be the first time that the program will be partnering with industry to do outreach to students.Bold Eagle’s presentation to NPSS students is taking place Thursday, March 8th. For more information about the Canadian Forces Bold Eagle program, visit: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — CDN Controls in Fort St. John are once again helping to bring opportunities to First Nations students at North Peace Secondary School, though this year’s event will be expanding on last year’s focus on trades training.CDN’s Community Relations Coordinator Alex Fanni said that last year, his company hosted a group of First Nations students from the North Peace at the Fort St. John office to learn about what it takes to embark on a career in the electrical and instrumentation trades. CDN entered into a partnership with the Halfway River First Nation to help area First Nations students in opening doors to those career paths.Fanni, who is a veteran of Afghanistan and served with the Canadian Forces for five years, said that he wanted to do something slightly different this year, and got in touch with a friend of his that runs the Forces’ Bold Eagle program. The program, which runs through the summer, is open to First Nations youth living in western Canada and combines Aboriginal culture and teachings with military training.last_img read more

FIFA to Review Possible 2030 Morocco-Europe World Cup Bid

Rabat – FIFA Chairman Gianni Infantino will visit Morocco in January to take part in the first session of FIFA’s executive committee.During the symposium, Infantino will review the possible World Cup bid of Morocco, Portugal, and Spain.Spain proposed the bid during the visit of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to Morocco in November. In a press conference with Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, Sanchez said that the bid would unite the peoples from two continents. “We are launching a joint message, which is that this will be a bid between two continents. The King of Morocco is receptive and we’re going to work on it with Portugal. We are very excited about it,” said Sanchez.Morocco, however, has not officially decided whether it will submit a solo or a joint bid with the European countries.According to Spanish sports news outlet AS, the FIFA committee will discuss the “so-called continental rotation law to boost the Ibero-Moroccan candidacy to [host] the 2030 World Cup.”The committee will also discuss the expansion of the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in Qatar.Read Also: Morocco’s Atlas Lions Climb 7 Places in November FIFA Ranking Infantino already announced that he prefers joint bids for the World Cup after the North American United 2026 World Cup bid defeated Morocco’s bid in June.While Spain is hoping for a joint bid with Morocco and its Iberian neighbor, Portugal said it has not received an official proposal from Spain.Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said that the proposal is “an uncertain idea that has never been officially put to us, and when it is we naturally have to study it.”A World Cup held on two different continents is also not a preference for the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Aleksander Ceferin.Earlier this month, Ceferin said he is not “in favor of cross-confederation bids.”“Someone should say once to the politicians it’s not up to them to speak if they will be hosts of the Euros or the World Cup or not,” said UEFA president.Numerous countries have shown an interest in bidding to host the global tournament, including four Balkan countries, England, and three South American countries: Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay, in a joint bid. read more

Former Central Bank head Arjuna Mahendran summoned

Mahendran was the Governor of the Central Bank when the alleged treasury bond scam took place. (Colombo Gazette) Former Central Bank head Arjuna Mahendran has been summoned before the Presidential Commission investigating the treasury bond scam.Mahendran has been given notice to appear before the commission on September 19.

The child whisperer nanny who kept the bridesmaids and pageboys in line

If you hadn’t been looking for her, you would have missed her entirely. Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s nanny blended expertly into the background in St George’s Chapel on Saturday, looking on from the sidelines as her little charges and their fellow bridesmaids and page boys performed their duties beautifully. Rehearsals for the big day had been shambolic, insiders say, with the children – the youngest of whom, Zalie, daughter of Prince Harry’s friend Jake Warren, was only two years old – proving impossible to keep in line. It was decided that the two eldest… But if Maria Borrallo hadn’t been present in the chapel, there is a chance the ceremony might not have gone quite so smoothly. read more

Timok coppergold in Serbia looks good to Nevsun

first_imgNevsun Resources Ltd reports promising results of a PFS for the Timok Upper Zone copper-gold project in Serbia, which it describes as “one of the world’s best development stage copper projects.” Highlights:Initial Probable Mineral Reserve of 27 Mt at 3.3% Cu and 2.1 g/t Au using a price of $3.00/lb copper and $1,300/oz goldPre-production capital cost of $574 million, excluding $114 million to be spent to reach a construction decisionAfter-tax NAV8% of $1.82 billion and IRR of 80% at $3.15/lb copper valued at start of construction (July 2020)After-tax NAV8% of $1.45 billion and IRR of 55% at $3.15/lb copper, including pre-construction capital and valued at June 30, 2018Initial production targeted for 2022Ten-year mine life producing over 1,700 Mlb of payable copper, excluding inferred resourcesLife of Mine average annual payable production of 86,000 t at an average C1 cash cost of $0.92/lb copperAverage annual payable copper production of 143,000 t at an average C1 cash cost of $0.54/lb pound over the first three full years of productionStrong front-end cash flow and quick payback period of less than 1 year supports a wide range of financing opportunities and alternativesScoping level work suggests potential to decrease initial capital by up to $100 million through a staged ramp up from 1.6 to 3.2 Mt/y while maintaining strong project economicsSignificant exploration potential exists through the future conversion of inferred resources and greenfield exploration.Nevsun CEO Peter Kukielski commented, “The PFS confirms the extraordinary value of our wholly-owned Timok Upper Zone project. This is a high-grade, high return, fully executable copper project in a supportive jurisdiction. The PFS is an important advance over our October 2017 PEA and further de-risks the project by improving confidence in the engineering details, metallurgical understanding, timeline to production and capital assumptions.“As we drive toward a feasibility study in mid-2019, I am confident that we have the right team in place to bring the Timok project into production. Between our management and the Board, we collectively have decades of development experience through the building of multiple projects and tens of billions of direct over sight of deployment of capital.”Kukielski continued, “The project lies in an established mining jurisdiction with a supportive and collaborative government. The Republic of Serbia recently granted an exploration decline permit for the project, advancing our timeline to production. The decline permit is a testament to the strong working relationship that we have built with the government of Serbia. We are grateful for their continued support as we begin initial construction of the decline in Q2 2018, advancing the Timok Upper Zone Project for the benefit of both local stakeholders and our shareholders.”Serbia’s Minister of Mining and Energy, Aleksandar Antic commented, “The Timok project is very important to Serbia. I, and my Ministry, are committed to supporting Nevsun along the journey to production.”Kukielski added, “We are very excited about the potential upside from additional high-grade Upper Zone type deposits. Based on our recently disclosed exploration results, we are confident there are more discoveries to be made, which could eventually increase the production profile and extend mine life.”Ryan MacWilliam, Nevsun CFO, said, “The Timok Upper Zone remains a low capital intensity project which the company is in a strong position to finance, considering our strong cash position, debt-free balance sheet, Bisha cash flow and the robust front-end cash flow from Timok. We have initiated discussions with several potential project finance providers, including traditional banks, development banks and precious metals streaming companies and potential strategic partners.  These discussions have confirmed that we have multiple viable options for financing the project which will now be advanced in parallel with the feasibility study. As we move to feasibility, we will closely examine further de-risking the project via a ramp-up scenario starting with initial production at 1.6 Mt/y ramping up to 3.25 Mt/y. Recent scoping level studies suggest that this approach has the potential to deliver a capital savings of up to $100 million while maintaining strong economics.”This PFS was compiled and project managed by Hatch (Toronto) with input from SRK (Vancouver), Knight Piesold (Vancouver), and Bluequest (Zug).last_img read more

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin rule out going into government with Sinn

first_img Micheál Martin: People may be cynical towards politics but they want a politics that works. #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter ‘I don’t believe it’Earlier, Varadkar launched a strong attack on Sinn Féin prior to his speech saying that the party “refuses to trust the people with the truth about its past”.Prior to his speech Varadkar told journalists he doesn’t think anyone believes Adams when he repeatedly denies he was in the IRA, saying: “I don’t think anyone believes it. I don’t believe it and I don’t think anyone else does quite frankly.“But what we’ve all decided to do is just to turn a blind eye to it for the sake of peace on the island and maybe that’s not the wrong thing to do. I understand why we’ve all decided to turn a blind eye to Sinn Féin’s past.” Varadkar said that Sinn Féin “fundamentally doesn’t trust the Irish people” citing the party’s refusal to tell the truth about its past and be consistent on its policies North and South.“I don’t really think that the public can trust Sinn Féin to be in government until Sinn Féin starts trusting the public and starts telling them the truth,” he said.‘Narrow perspective’McDonald said that Adams has dealt with the question of his alleged IRA membership “time and time again”.“The only person who can answer that question is Gerry, I can’t answer on his behalf,” she said.McDonald said that a “very narrow perspective” has been taken on Adams and claimed that the “political and democratic milestones that he pioneered” very often “gets lost in the white heat of the IRA question”.Varadkar was also critical of Fianna Fáil saying that its “great failure was that it claimed too much trust, and then betrayed it”.He said that few questioned the source of former taoiseach Charlie Haughey’s wealth in the 1980s when he was in power and said earlier that the Irish people “have to think long and hard about handing the keys back to the party that crashed the car”.Public trust Leo on Sinn Féin: Its members defiantly proclaim their President has nothing to answer for about IRA activities in the past #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Leo: Time and time again I see politicians of all hues failing to trust the people. #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twittercenter_img ‘Tweedledum Tweddledee’In her speech, McDonald said the current political system has a “perverse” instinct “to protect the state, whatever the consequences for citizens”.McDonald said the  lack of women in politics is “a significant factor in the alienation of citizens from the political process” and that the governing class remains “overwhelmingly male, white, settled, middle class and middle aged”.She concluded that it is time for the electorate to be offered a “real political alternative to the ‘Tweedledum Tweddledee’ politics that has as an article of faith that no administration is possible without Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil”. Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Updated 10.30pm LEO VARADKAR AND Micheál Martin both appeared to rule out a future coalition government with Sinn Féin at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties tonight.During a wide-ranging question and answer session, Health Minister Varadkar said he could not envisage a coalition between Fine Gael and Sinn Féin.Micheál Martin repeated comments he has made before, ruling out a coalition with the other main opposition party, saying: ”I’ve said we’re not going into power with Sinn Féin.”The two TDs were sat either side of Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald with debate moderator Seán O’Rourke earlier joking he was being joined by the next three taoisigh.McDonald suggested that the two men either side of her and their parties should “kiss and make up”. She claimed the “schism of Civil War politics” has ended. Mary Lou says the governing class is “overwhelmingly male, white, settled, middle class and middle aged” #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Leo makes a face as he reveals that the odds for Fine Gael to lead the next government are 4/5 – but that’s with Fianna Fáil #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 In the session on ‘How To Restore Trust Between Governors And Governed’, Varadkar opined that rather than people not trusting politicians, politicians don’t trust people.He cited the recent attempt to have a directly-elected mayor for Dublin which was halted by local councillors who were “afraid of losing some of their power”.Speaking to journalists earlier in the evening, he said: “If you do trust the public I think they will be more likely to trust you and that means telling them the truth about the problems the country faces and what needs to be done. That’s the approach I always try to practice.” In his speech, Martin heavily criticised the government’s unsuccessful campaign to abolish the Seanad and said it was a case study of the flaws in the current political system.He said that the government is not unpopular because it made bad decisions, but rather “because people believe it has made bad and unfair decisions – and because before the election it made promises which it knew it would not keep”.Martin also criticised Sinn Féin’s labelling of those involved in the Boston College, saying: “Sinn Féin labelling them as touts and informers – that’s not good enough anymore.”First published 9.54pm Follow @oconnellhugh for updates from the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, DonegalCommissioner: The guards are damaged and hurting – but we aren’t brokenRead: ‘We are on the cusp of a government without Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael’last_img read more

Flippy The BurgerFlipping Robot Gets A Job At 50 Fast Food Joints

first_img It’s no longer just humans that need to worry about robots taking their jobs. Spongebob could find himself standing in the unemployment line soon, too… his skinflint boss could choose to replace him with Flippy.Who’s Flippy? Why a robotic short order cook with an affinity for flipping burgers. Flippy cooks burgers perfectly every time, according to Miso Robotics… not like those annoyingly imperfect humans without AI brains that sometimes leave your patty on the grill until it’s a charcoal disc.Flippy is a single-arm robot with a task-specific hand. It’s a sort of hinged claw that claps shut around a burger. Once a slab of beef (or chicken, turkey, veggie, or anything else that will fit) has been scooped up, Flippy gives its articulated wrist a quick spin, opens the claw, and drops the burger back on the grill.AI-assisted vision ensures that Flippy always knows the status of every burger on the grill… Even that disturbingly-labeled “hand burger,” which was placed there by hand by a human employee, not made out of the hands of human employees.Miso refers to Flippy, a kitchen assistant. They’re careful to point out that humans will still play a vital role in eateries that roll out one of their bots, like the 50 Caliburger locations that have already signed on. Final assembly of the burgers, for example, is still best left up to a human.CEO David Zito also believes that “tasting food and creating recipes will always be the purview of a chef.” You know, until someone develops an AI that can create delicious recipes from scratch and a robotic tongue. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on targetlast_img read more

EWaste event planned at Cascadia Tech

first_imgVancouver – Information technology students at Cascadia Tech, formerly the Clark County Skills Center, will host an annual electronic waste recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday Feb. 24, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday Feb. 25. The recycling events will be held at Cascadia Tech’s facility at 12200 N.E. 28th St. Vancouver.All computers and cellular phones are accepted. Glass televisions, computer monitors or appliances are not accepted.The materials will either be used by students or recycled in environmentally friendly ways.For more information, contact Ray Nelson at 360-604-1050 extension 2124 or email read more

Bank of England reports a 21 mean gender pay gap

first_imgThe Bank of England has reported a mean gender pay gap of 21% and a median gender pay gap of 24.2% for the year to 30 March 2017.Its figures on mean and median salaries by gender, which compared data from March 2016 to March 2017, found that the mean gender pay gap increased from 18.7% in March 2016, with the equivalent figure for median salary dropping from 26.4% last year.The Bank of England has reported its latest gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.The Bank of England’s mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 30 March 2017 was 23.6% and the median gender pay gap for bonuses was 25.6%.Under a third (30%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at the bank are women, compared to 38% in the second quartile, 49% in the third quartile, and 57% in the lowest pay quartile.The bank has attributed its gender pay gap to an imbalance of men and women throughout its organisational hierarchy, with typically male employees in the more senior positions receiving the highest pay. It aims to have 35% female representation in senior roles by 2020.Johanna Place, chief operating officer at the Bank of England, said: “To pursue our mission of maintaining monetary and financial stability for the good of the people of the United Kingdom we must reflect the diversity of the people we serve. The data published in this report shows that there is currently a 21% mean pay gap. We have made good progress in building a more diverse and inclusive workplace since first setting targets in 2014 but we recognise we still have more to do, particularly in terms of representation of females in senior roles, which will, in turn, help address the pay gap.”Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, added: “Three years ago we made ‘Diverse and Talented’ the first pillar of our inaugural strategic plan. To support our objectives, we have introduced diversity targets, including an aim to have 35% female representation in senior roles by 2020. We have made steady progress towards that objective since it was set, moving from 20% senior female representation in 2014 to 30% in 2017.“We must also support equality through fair pay. We’re confident that men and women are paid equally for doing the same job at the bank; however, the greater proportion of men than women in senior roles creates a gender pay gap.“We are working hard to address this imbalance through inclusive and diverse recruitment, including diverse shortlists and interview panels, offering flexible working, providing continual unconscious bias training, and fostering an inclusive culture. Addressing the disparity in gender representation at senior levels will take time, but it will help close the current gender pay at the bank.”last_img read more

Police search for armed bank robber in Coral Springs

first_imgThe FBI has taken over the investigation.If you have any information on this armed bank robbery, please call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Coral Springs Police are searching for an armed subject who robbed a bank in Coral Springs, Thursday.According to police, the subject robbed the Priority One Credit Union building, located at 1700 N. University Drive, at around 11:30 a.m.Police said the subject entered the bank, displayed a weapon and demanded money from a bank employee.A police perimeter was set up in the area as officers began their search for the suspected robber. At around noon, police and K-9 officers were seen searching backyards of homes located west of the bank.According to police, the bank was filled with customers at the time of the robbery. However, there were no injuries.Police later provided a still image taken from surveillance footage of the suspected bank robber.The amount of money stolen has not been released. last_img read more

OBITUARY Robert M Ford 91

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Robert M. Ford, “Bob”, age 91, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Newton, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2019.Bob was born on December 30, 1927 in Newton, MA; he was the dear son of the late Patrick and Hannah Ford. Bob was raised and educated in Newton and was a graduate of Newton High School. Bob went on to further his education at Boston University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism.Bob married his beloved wife Alyce in 1950; the couple resided in Newton where they raised four wonderful children. Bob was a very devoted and loving husband and father; he and Alyce along with their family had many great times together before her passing in 1988.Bob was very ambitious, he was the Co-founder and editor of the Watertown Press weekly newspaper for over 37 years; retiring in 1993. Following his retirement, Bob, continued to write a weekly column for the paper for 10 more years.Bob loved politics and was very active in the political world; he was a life-long Democrat and proud of it. Bob was an elected member for 12 years for Ward 7 Democratic Committee in Newton and Vice-Chair for 4 years. He was the Co-Chair in Ward 7 for Rev. Robert F. Drinan in his elections to Congress and work diligently in the State Representative campaigns of Mayor David Cohen of Newton.Bob was also very involved in the Watertown Community for many years; he was a former member of the Board of Directors at the Watertown Boys and Girls Clubs, former member of the Watertown Rotary Club and former member of the Board of Directors for the Watertown Chamber of Commerce.Bob started dating his wife Eunice in 1992; he moved to Wilmington in 1995 and Bob quickly became involved in the community as well as its politics. For several years, Bob was a delegate from Wilmington to address Democratic Party issues at several political conventions throughout the years. He was also very active at the Wilmington Senior Citizen’s Center where he made many friends.Bob will be remembered as a “great guy” who was “well read” and up on all current events. He was very knowledgeable in Politics and enjoyed a “friendly” debate. Bob loved people and would go his way to help others. He was certainly “one of a kind” who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.Robert was the husband of Eunice Case of Wilmington and the late Alyce Ford, beloved father of Donna Murphy & husband Paul of Arlington, Kathleen Ford & husband Stephen Bashford of Reigate, England, Michael Ford & wife Pat of Knoxville, TN and Christopher Ford & wife Helen Tapping of Seattle, WA. Loving Grandfather of Alicia Murphy, Logan Bashford and Johnathan Ford. Cherished son of the late Patrick and Hannah (O’Leary) Ford, dear brother of Catherine Garoian of Natick and the late Margaret McCarthy of Newton.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Tuesday, March 5th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon followed by a Service at 12:00 noon.In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders USA, P. O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030.Robert M. Ford(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Kevin” Murphy, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

WhatsApps mostawaited feature is finally coming

first_img WhatsApp gets new India region head Close WhatsApp is finally getting the much-awaited Dark Mode soon as the feature has once again been tipped online. While many apps have already offered Dark Mode, WhatsApp users haven’t been given the option to switch the theme, forcing them to use the bright background in the app. Things could be changing soon.According to WABetaInfo, which prominently follows upcoming features in WhatsApp, reported that the Facebook-owned messaging platform recently submitted Android beta app version 2.19.133 through Google Play Beta Program. The report further adds that WhatsApp is working to make the App Bar dark in this new update.The Dark Mode feature on WhatsApp is not available even to beta testers. There seems to be a lot of pending work on the new feature, but the submission of the new beta app version is proof that WhatsApp will get Dark Mode soon. After Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp will soon get dark mode featureWABetaInfo (screen-shot)WhatsApp’s Dark Mode has long been fuelling the rumour mill, but there hasn’t been anything from the company to confirm its arrival. It is one of the most anticipated features of all time that could also benefit users in many ways, including reducing strain on eyes while using the app in the dark and extending battery life.In another beta update submitted by WhatsApp, WABetaInfo reported that users will soon start seeing Stickers in the notification area. This will let users reply to Stickers without having to open the app to see what the message is. WhatsApp is currently limited to showing text and emojis in the notification bar, but Stickers could make chatting more spontaneous and fun. WhatsApp’s new featuresKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty ImagesWhatsApp is constantly working on bringing new features to users, which only means there’s much more to expect from the world’s largest messaging application. A lot of features such as an option to block frequently forwarded messages, support for iPad and more are in the pipeline.WhatsApp recently started supporting Touch ID and Face ID authentication, adding an extra layer for protection to users on iOS-powered devices. With more than a billion users, WhatsApp needs to bring new features to enhance the overall user experience or users might start to move to other apps.last_img read more

French judges dismiss third rape allegation against Tariq

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 25 April 2010 Muslim French intellectual Tariq Ramadan participates in a conference untitled `living together` at El Arhama mosque in Nantes, western France. Photo: AFPFrench judges have dismissed a third allegation of rape against Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan who is currently detained over two other rape claims, his lawyer said Tuesday.The 55-year-old said he had a consensual relationship with Mounia Rabbouj, a French Muslim woman, who accused him of raping her nine times between 2013 and 2014, lawyer Emmanuel Marsigny said after a court hearing in Paris.”The magistrates considered, following explanations from Mr Ramadan and some documents that he was able to provide, that there was no need to investigate Mr Ramadan concerning” the third woman, he added.”He explained at length to the magistrates… that there had been sexual games, that there had been sexual relations as well, but that they were always freely consensual.”The prominent TV pundit and Oxford University professor, whose grandfather founded Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement, has been held since February on charges that he raped two women in France.A third and fourth complainant later came forward.Marsigny said the latest news marks a “turning point” in the case and that his client, who was refused bail last month, intends to make a further application to be released.Many of Ramadan’s supporters — including two million Facebook followers — insist Ramadan has been unfairly targeted because he is Muslim, while his lawyer has slammed what he describes as “lies” and inconsistencies by Ramadan’s accusers.Ramadan’s first accuser, Henda Ayari, 41, is a feminist activist who previously practised a conservative strain of Islam. She says Ramadan raped her in a Paris hotel room in 2012.A second woman, who is disabled, claims that Ramadan raped and beat her in a hotel in the southeastern city of Lyon in 2009.Rabbouj, his third accuser, filed her complaint in March.A fourth woman has filed rape charges in Geneva against Ramadan.Judges last month refused bail for Ramadan, a Swiss citizen, who is being treated behind bars for multiple sclerosis.He has denied wrongdoing and is suing one of his accusers, Ayari, for slander.last_img

Anantara Angkor Resort to offer ancient Cambodian experience to its guests

first_imgAnantara Angkor Resort reopens as Siem Reap’s premier all-suite boutique resort and gateway to the heart of Cambodia’s ancient Khmer Empire.Each of the 39 suites has recently undergone a complete upgrade and is accented with teak wood trimmings and sandstone sculptures reminiscent of the famed Apsara dancers. Guests are invited to relive traditional Cambodian (Khmer) lifestyle through ample lounging space. Lush greenery provides privacy, emulating the jungle-clad temples that still stand only a few minutes from the resort.The prestigious Anantara and Sothea Suites feature a private garden, those on the second level a large balcony perfect for in-suite al fresco dining under the stars. The most luxurious of the suites, each provide a separate living area perfect for lounging in between local exploration.Aficionados of Southeast Asia and textiles will regale in the addition of a one and two bedroom Jim Thompson Explorer Suite. Boasting 178 and 235 square meters respectively, imported Thai silk will overflow throughout each suite, draping the furniture in bold colours and lustrous appeal.Only a seven minute drive from the city centre, travellers can investigate a charming town of bustling markets, ambient riverside attractions and a French colonial quarter. Siem Reap is home to the magnificent Angkor Archaeological Park- a UNESCO World Heritage Site of ancient Khmer ruins, including the Eighth Wonder of the World, Angkor Wat.More than 100 uniquely created activities are on offer through the resort’s Discovery Guidebook, ensuring guests carry home enchanting memories of Cambodia.Dining at Anantara Angkor is also refined with a new concept at Chi Restaurant and bar, offering progressive Khmer cuisine.last_img read more

South Africa recognised as Most Popular Shooting Destination of 2017

first_imgThe International Film Business Awards in association with Indywood Film Market (IFM) honoured South Africa as the Most Popular Shooting Destination of 2017.“It is highly encouraging to know that South Africa’s scenic locales, in addition to the Indian traveller, have caught the fancy of India’s film industry as well. This one-of-its-kind award further validates South Africa’s growing popularity in India and we look forward to welcoming more film and TV crews to the destination,” said Alpa Jani, Acting Hub-Head – MEISEA, South African Tourism India.last_img read more

Jenner Block Recruits Former Acting General Counsel for HUD

first_img HUD Jenner & Block Movers & Shakers 2014-11-11 Tory Barringer Share in Government, Headlines, News Damon Smith, former acting general counsel for HUD, has joined law firm Jenner & Block as a partner in the group’s District of Columbia office, according to an announcement.Smith worked at HUD from June 2009 to January 2014, serving in that time as the agency’s principal deputy general counsel, acting associate general counsel for insured housing, and senior counsel/special assistant to the general counsel. Throughout his tenure, he set and implemented HUD’s litigation strategy and led reformation efforts for its multifamily loan closing documents as well as negotiations to resolve mortgage-related legal actions for both the primary and secondary markets.Before joining HUD, Smith was a professor of property and local government law at Rutgers University. Prior to that, he worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Arnold & Porter LLP.As a member of Jenner & Block’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation and Real Estate Practices, Smith will have a chance to leverage his extensive knowledge of housing and consumer regulations impacting the current housing finance environment as well as his experience resolving controversies between the government and private parties.”Damon’s government service and knowledge of relevant housing and consumer regulations will be extremely beneficial to our clients,” said Thomas J. Perrelli, chair of Jenner & Block’s Government and Public Policy Litigation Practice. “He offers unique insight into industry changes that have occurred over the past several years, both in the market and in government regulation.”center_img November 11, 2014 528 Views Jenner & Block Recruits Former Acting General Counsel for HUDlast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

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