Seasonal Employment Yatim Wants to Revise Agreement with Spain

Rabat – Months after Moroccan seasonal workers accused Spanish nationals of sexual assaults, the minister of employment has said Moroccan-Spanish cooperation on seasonal employment has “positive results.”Minister of Employment Mohamed Yatim called on Morocco and Spain to reinforce cooperation on seasonal workers in a statement Tuesday.Yatim spoke about seasonal workers with Spanish secretary of state for migration, Maria del Consuelo Rumi Ibanez, who is on an official visit to Morocco. Yatim said, “Circular migration is now a reference model at the regional and even international level.”According to the minister, the countries should revise the employment agreement to allow for “candidate selection procedures to be adapted to new situations and to open up new social rights for seasonal workers, including retirement.”Read Also: Spain to Hire 10,400 Moroccan Seasonal WorkersIbanez shared Yatim’s point of view that Morocco and Spain should consolidate their partnership for better migration management, calling for more support from the EU.Ibanez also described Morocco as Spain’s strategic partner, reiterating her country’s determination to fight undocumented migration and human trafficking.Throughout the summer, several Moroccan seasonal farmers said they were subjected to sexual harassment and assault by Spanish managers in the strawberry producing region of Huelva.Following the allegations, Morocco and Spain promised to improve protections for female seasonal workers.On October 3, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), published statements from Ibanez commending Morocco’s efforts in the fight against undocumented immigration.In an interview with MAP, the Spanish official said that Morocco’s role cannot be questioned.“Morocco honors its commitments and respects the agreements it has signed in the fight against illegal migratory flows,” she said.She also added that the North African country deserves “support and financial assistance from the European Union to address this situation.”According to the Spanish official, Spain will serve as “the voice of Morocco within Europe to ask for more support and financial aid.”Her statements follow rising tension over undocumented migration and the Moroccan Royal Navy’s firing on a boat of migrants on September 24, killing a 20-year-old woman. read more

All Afghans must have say in peace process says top UN envoy

“That must be a process which includes all parts of the Afghan society,” Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told religious leaders at the National Peace Jirga. “If we want to unite this country for peace, no part can be excluded from that process. If some are excluded, the country will remain divided.”It must respect the human rights of all of the people in Afghanistan, he added. “A process which comes at the cost of the rights of parts of the population will not lead to durable peace.”Mr. Eide emphasized the crucial role religious leaders can play in mobilizing the population in a campaign for peace. They “can and must play a prominent role in this process,” he said. “So many times over the centuries, religions have been used to justify war and suffering. But religion is and must be a powerful tool, a powerful inspiration for peace.”He stressed the UN’s impartiality in the upcoming presidential elections, scheduled to be held on 20 August, noting that peace and reconciliation must be top priorities following this summer’s polls.“Peace cannot be imposed from outside the country,” the envoy, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said. “It must be created from inside… it must be a process that takes its inspiration from your culture, your tradition and your religion. It must be an Afghan-made and an Afghan-owned process.” 18 June 2009The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today called for an inclusive and “Afghan-owned” peace process to silence weapons and allow for reconciliation and rebuilding in the South Asian nation. read more

Liberian expresident Charles Taylor should stay in exile for time being –

In an address to the General Debate of the General Assembly’s 60th session, Mr. Obasanjo said Mr. Taylor’s return from exile in Nigeria to face trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone could do more harm than good in the short-term.The peace process in Liberia “is at its most critical phase,” he said, with the first elections since the West African country’s long-running civil war ended in 2003 scheduled for next month.While the AU is optimistic that the elections will lead to a successful transition of power, Mr. Obasanjo stressed that “the diversion of attention through propaganda on issues unrelated to the conduct of the forthcoming presidential elections should be avoided and resisted.”The Special Court and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour have called for Mr. Taylor to be handed over by Nigeria to the court in the interests of justice.But Mr. Obasanjo said Mr. Taylor was encouraged to step down as president in 2003 and leave his country “to avoid bloodbath… [and] in the interest of Liberia, West Africa, Africa and world peace and security.”Therefore “the cause of peace in Liberia” will be best served if Mr. Taylor is kept away during the transitional and early nation-building phases. read more

UN health agency rushes aid to quakestruck parts of Indonesia

As rescue teams search for survivors following Saturday’s devastating earthquake on the island of Java, Indonesia, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that it is sending emergency equipment to the area and will help to support vaccination campaigns while setting up a disease surveillance system there. The latest available figures show that an estimated 5,000 people died and several thousand were injured, including some 1,500 very seriously injured patients who need urgent medical evacuation and care, the Geneva-based agency said. About 200,000 people are displaced from their homes. WHO has sent vehicles loaded with medicines and communications equipment into the area, including with emergency health kits containing drugs and medical supplies for 50,000 people for three months, along with surgical kits to support 600 operations. The agency will also help to set up a surveillance system in order to detect and control outbreaks of communicable diseases similar to that which was used to prevent outbreaks in Aceh following the tsunami. WHO will also help to organize vaccination campaigns against measles, which can be a major killer and spreads rapidly in crowded areas. Bantul District, south of Yogyakarta, with a population of about 790,000, is reported to be the worst hit with the majority of houses destroyed. At least one of the six hospitals there has been destroyed and the others are overcrowded. Prior to the earthquake there were 29,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the province who had been moved out of their communities as a precautionary measure against the possible eruption of Mt. Merapi. Clean water, safe sanitation and waste removal will rapidly be needed, WHO warned, particularly for IDPs, in order to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases. read more

Badger Pride roars on Red Day

Red Day at Brock turned out to be quite the celebration around campus, and for three of the Badgers Varsity Sports teams.Students, staff and faculty displayed what Badger Pride is truly all about packing the Bob Davis Gymnasium and leading the Badgers to victory in both women’s and men’s basketball action, and cheering on the Brock men’s hockey team to victory at the Seymour-Hannah Centre.http://instagram.com/p/y-3FcxIsWV/The Brock women used an incredible fourth quarter comeback to beat the Guelph Gryphons in overtime.The Badgers trailed by 15 points with 7:33 left in regulation only to tie the game at 72, before prevailing 78-75 in OT.Meantime, the Brock men also came up big in another must-win situation to keep its playoff hopes alive with a 62-55 victory over the Gryphons.Down the 406, the Brock men’s hockey team opened its playoffs knocking off the top-ranked Windsor Lancers 2-1.Badgers social media was abuzz after the three straight Brock victories.It’s a great day to be a badger ???????? three games and three wins #badgerpride #brocku #protecttheden— Kira Cornelissen (@kiracorn15) February 12, 2015 How many other CIS schools could fill a gym on a Wednesday night during midterm week? #ProtectTheDen #ThisIsOurHouse pic.twitter.com/UBWQQY3m0Z — Jeremy Knight (@J_Knight94) February 12, 2015“Adrian Volpe leads @BrockMensHockey to playoff win over top-ranked #Windsor http://t.co/0gmbCVTMhn #OUA #CIS Volpe is awesome!— MISE (@mise35) February 12, 2015 Kudos to Brock for bringing massive group to the game in anticipation of us showing up. Good to know the word got out quick. #GryphonCrazies — Gryphon Crazies (@GryphonCrazies) February 12, 2015“To declare Wednesday as Red Day at Brock, and just over 24 hours later to see, hear and feel what Badger Pride is all about – thank you Brock students, staff and faculty,” said Brock Vice-President of Finance and Administration Brian Hutchings. read more

Men Gymnastics No 4 Buckeyes victorious at Arnold Festival against Minnesota and

OSU redshirt junior Jake Dastrup competes on the parallel bars during the 2017 Arnold Sports Festival in the Ohio Expo Center. OSU topped both Minnesota and the Ukraine National Team. Credit: Daneyliz Rodriguez | Lantern reporterAfter a two-week hiatus, the Buckeyes faced Minnesota and the Ukraine National Team on Saturday at the Arnold Sport Festival inside the Ohio Expo Center. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes scored 415.250 points overall and won five event titles, securing a victory over No. 5 Minnesota (413.300) and the Ukraine National Team (398.400). “You know, I’m proud of the guys that kept battling even though it didn’t go as smooth as we planned,” said OSU coach Rustam Sharipov. “It was our first five up, count five meet and I think we made a few uncharacteristic mistakes, but in the end, we came away with a win.”The Buckeyes entered competition with an average of 414.238 points, the fourth highest in the nation, and a pommel horse average of 69.575, which is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA. Minnesota entered with a three-score average of 412.883, ranked sixth in the nation, and the second-best three-score average in the nation of 72.417. Gymnast Yaroslav Pochinka of Minnesota has the No. 1 vault average in the nation (15.000).Ukraine had seven athletes attend the meet. Sharipov is originally from Ukraine and won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta on the parallel bars for Ukraine.The Buckeyes began the competition on the floor achieving an overall score of 70.450, the best in the competition. OSU redshirt junior Sean Melton won an event title on floor with a score of 14.800 over Alex Wittenberg of Minnesota. Redshirt junior Jake Dastrup (14.150), sophomore Joey Bonanno (14.050), sophomore Alec Yoder (13.950) and sophomore Tristan Burke (13.500) all registered the best performance of their 2017 season.The Buckeyes then progressed onto the pommel horse, where Yoder scored a readout of 14.600 to take second place in the event behind Ukraine’s Andrii Sienichkin (15.250).Season-best performances by redshirt junior Ryan Lemezis (14.550) and sophomore Chris Coombs (14.400) on the rings helped the team score its highest point total of the season with a tally of 69.450. Lemezis’ score of 14.550 was the second event title OSU received at the Arnold Festival.Additional event titles were won by junior Seth Delbridge (vault – 14.800), Dastrup (parallel bars – 14.800) and redshirt senior Jake Martin (high bar – 14.800), who all registered the same readouts for gold. It was Dastrup’s and Martin’s third event titles of the season on their respective events. Delbridge’s vault was his first win of the season, and was the highest score on vault by a Buckeye this season by .300 points.“Overall, we got the win. It was alright. There’s still a lot of stuff to go back to the gym for and focus on,” Delbridge said. “Vault was a contrast to our earlier performances this season, but personally I did really well on vault which I was happy about because this season has definitely been a learning process on vault. Minnesota really gave us a run for our money, but we were able to really pull it out at the last two events.”Up next, the Buckeyes will head to Norman, Oklahoma, on March 11 to take on the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners at 8 p.m. read more

Baseball Ohio State routs Purdue Post hopeful on Sunday

Ohio State redshirt junior Yianni Pavlopoulos pitched five innings of shutout baseball against Purdue on March 31 against Purdue at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterStarting the season off 0-3 in conference play is always a tough hole to fall into to begin the season. And coming off a weekend where the Ohio State baseball team was dominated in nearly all facets of the game, OSU was starting to press for that elusive victory.For OSU coach Greg Beals and the rest of his team, the 13-2 win against Purdue for the Buckeyes first Big Ten win of the season was a relaxing night for the team as it was their first real commanding victory all season.“A team and a coach all need some nights like this where you can take a deep breath and relax and guys can get a chance to play and guys can play a little more relaxed,” Beals said. “Tonight was a night, and the season hasn’t been this way very often, but tonight was a night (where) it was all Buckeyes.”The win did not necessarily come easy, however, despite the one-sided score. With the temperature around 56 degrees, winds of nearly 12 mph and a steady rain coming down over the stadium in the early innings of the game, the team had to battle not only the Boilermakers, but the weather in this game.But Beals said his team was prepared for the weather and that they simply embraced the rough conditions.“When I went out to the huddle before the game starts, I said, ‘let’s embrace it tonight,’” Beals said. “There’s things you can’t control. The weather is one of them. Our opportunity to represent Ohio State is right here and we’ve got to be ready to take advantage of it.”OSU did not require much help from the wild weather to get on the scoreboard. After a pair of singles and a hit-by-pitch, a wild pitch that took a bounce off the catcher’s shin guard made it all the way up the first base line, scoring a pair of runs from second and third.Sophomore third baseman Brady Cherry followed that wild pitch with a line-drive single to left-center field, scoring the Buckeyes’ third run of the inning. The wildness continued into the next inning for the Boilermakers as their starting pitcher walked four batters in the inning and threw two wild pitches. The Buckeyes picked up a run to expand their lead to 4-0 on the second wild pitch of the inning.After a sacrifice fly early in the third inning put OSU ahead 5-0, sophomore catcher Jacob Barnwell came up to the plate with runners on first and second and two away. Barnwell lined a single up the middle, scoring the runner from second.A poor throw into the infield on the single by the center fielder got away from the middle-infielders, allowing another run to score in the inning and bring the OSU lead to 7-0.In the bottom of the fourth inning, junior left fielder Noah McGowan lifted a deep fly ball out to right field. The wind took control of the ball and it evaded the glove of the right fielder, allowing McGowan to reach third base safely for a triple.McGowan’s triple was immediately followed up by an RBI single up the middle by redshirt senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff. A wild pitch later in the inning scored Ratcliff to put OSU ahead 9-0.The team scored in each of the first four innings and was able to maintain their lead, an issue that has plagued the team this season.Beals was proud of the way his team was able to keep momentum on their side throughout the game.“We score, we put up a zero. We score, put up a zero. Score, put up a zero,” Beals said. “And that’s just deflating to a team when you don’t let them back in.”In the top of the eighth, Purdue had runners on first and second for sophomore catcher Nick Dalesandro. The Boilermakers second-year backstop grounded into a fielder’s choice and attempted double play, but a wild throw by the shortstop allowed the runner from second to score and put the Boilermakers on the scoreboard.A single from freshman center fielder Skyler Hunter followed the fielder’s choice and drove in Dalesandro from second to bring the score to 9-2.The Buckeyes got those runs back and then some when junior first baseman Bo Coolen doubled down the right field line with the bases loaded, clearing the bases and adding three to the Buckeyes’ lead. A run later scored on a groundout to bring the score to 13-2.Making a spot start for a banged-up Buckeye rotation, redshirt junior starting pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos turned in a scoreless outing. He lasted five innings, giving up only two hits and two hit-batsmen while walking none and striking out three.For a team that was missing both redshirt senior pitcher Jake Post and redshirt junior starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer for the weekend, the Buckeyes needed a solid outing out of Pavlopoulos and Beals was more than pleased by what he saw.Pavlopoulos was happy with his start, saying that he felt comfortable throwing his fastball for strikes consistently, even if his offspeed stuff wasn’t quite working in the cold, wet weather.“I mean my curveball, I just could not figure it out; I could not get on top of it. Fastball was really all I had for the first three innings,” Pavlopoulos said. “When the team gives you a four-run lead, a seven-run lead, it makes it a lot easier to just go out there and pound the zone with the fastball.”Post was unavailable to start on Friday, but Beals hopes that given time, he will be ready to go on Sunday.“He wasn’t ready. He’s got some soreness in his back that flared up on him this week,” Beals said. “We’ve been giving him treatment and we are hoping that maybe he is ready for Sunday.”The Buckeyes hope to maintain the two-game winning streak into Saturday’s game against Purdue. The official start time for the game is 6 p.m. read more

International Mining highlights coals prominence in global energy mix

first_imgThe August issue will feature International Mining’s annual review of the global coal industry. It uses figues from BP’s recently released world energy report, the BP Statistical Review of World Energy June 2010, and much more. The BP report finds that coal continues to represent 29% of global energy consumption, second only to oil, with 34.8% of the total share. World coal production reached 3,408.6 Mt of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2009, up 2.4% from 2008. Growth was driven by the Asia Pacific region’s 8.6% increase – the only region to experience production growth in 2009.The report noted that coal was displaced by hydro as the world’s fastest growing energy in 2009, with global coal consumption remaining essentially flat at 3,278.3 Mtoe. While world hydro consumption was up 1.5% at 740.3 Mtoe, hydro still constitutes less than one fifth of world coal consumption. Due to the global recession, world primary energy consumption fell 1.1% in 2009, the first decline since 1982 and the largest decline (in percentage terms) since 1980.IM’s report notes that coal markets should be strong for the mid-term and that the metallurgical coal market is particularly hot. EIA projects world coal consumption to increase from 132 quadrillion Btu in 2007 to 206 quadrillion Btu in 2035, at an average annual rate of 1.6%. China alone accounts for 78% of the total net increase in world coal use from 2007 to 2035. China and India produce some 80 and 70% of their power, respectively, from coal. China became a net importer of coal for the first time in 2009 and producers are gearing up for increased exports to India.last_img read more

Morsi trial delayed to February because of weather in Egypt

first_imgAN EGYPTIAN COURT adjourned the murder trial of deposed president Mohamed Morsi to 1 February, citing “weather conditions” that prevented the Islamist’s transport to court from prison.It had been scheduled as the second hearing in Morsi’s trial, after an initial court appearance in November in which he denounced the tribunal and insisted he was still the country’s president.Morsi, who was toppled by the military in July, is accused of inciting the killings of opposition protesters in December 2012 outside the presidential palace.“Because of the weather conditions, Mohamed Morsi could not be brought, so the trial will be adjourned to 1 February,” said presiding judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef.Morsi is held in prison some 60 kilometres from the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.He is on trial with 14 co-defendants, but only several were brought  to the makeshift court house in a police academy on Cairo’s outskirts today.Elsewhere, police fired tear gas at Morsi supporters who had rallied in protest at the trial.In Cairo’s Nasr City neighbourhood, tyres were burnt and some car windows were smashed during brief clashes.The interior ministry said 17 people had been arrested.Hunger StrikesIn the police academy, defendants were held in a room adjacent to the court room as they waited for the hearing to start.“This is a political trial,” yelled Essam al-Erian, a senior member of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement, who was among the defendants.His lawyer Bahaa el-Din Abdel Rahman told AFP his client and other defendants had embarked on a hunger strike.“All the accused who are present today are on hunger strike and reaffirm that they reject this trial,” he said.Morsi’s trial is seen as a test for Egypt’s new authorities, who have come under fire for heavy-handedness.With more than 1,000 people killed since Morsi’s overthrow and thousands of Islamists arrested, the chances of political reconciliation in the Arab world’s most populous nation are ever more remote.Morsi will also face separate trials on charges of espionage and colluding with militants to carry out attacks in Egypt.He was catapulted from the underground offices of the long-banned Muslim Brotherhood to become Egypt’s first freely elected president in June 2012 following Mubarak’s overthrow in an early 2011 uprising.But his single year in power was marred by political turmoil, deadly clashes and a crippling economic crisis.In December 2012, members of the Muslim Brotherhood attacked opposition protesters camped outside the presidential palace in protest at a decree by Morsi to grant himself extra-judicial powers.At least seven people were killed in the clashes, and dozens of opposition protesters were detained and beaten by Morsi’s supporters.The incident was a turning point in Morsi’s presidency, galvanising a disparate opposition that eventually organised mass protests in June 2013 that prompted the military to topple and detain him.Morsi’s defence says there is no proof he incited the clashes, and that most of those killed in the violence were Brotherhood members.- © AFP, 2014Yesterday: First shipment of chemical weapons leaves Syrialast_img read more

Dolan proves the matchwinner for St Brigids in club final

first_imgSt Brigid’s (Roscommon) 2-11Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin) 2-10 FRANKIE DOLAN WAS the hero for St Brigid’s as he kicked the match-winning point in injury-time of today’s AIB All-Ireland club senior football final in Croke Park.Dolan shot over off his left to cap a sensational comeback for the Roscommon club after they had trailed by 2-3 to 0-1 after ten minutes.Their All-Ireland dreams looked in ruins at that stage after Dublin champions Ballymun Kickhams had exploded from the starting blocks with early goals from Dean Rock and Philly McMahon.But St Brigid’s, who had suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the final two years ago against Crossmaglen Rangers, along with semi-final losses in 2007 and 2012 refused to wilt.Their chances were boosted when Senan Kilbride found the net in the 13th minute while midfielder Karol Mannion kicked some excellent points before the interval.St Brigid’s Senan Kilbride scores their first goal of the game despite the efforts of James Burke of Ballymun Kickhams.Pic: INPHO/Ryan Byrne Ballymun Kickhams were still in the ascendancy at the midway mark with Ted Furman, who sparkled in the opening-half, notching the final point of the opening period to see them ahead by 2-6 to 1-5 at half-time.However St Brigid’s drew level early in the second-half with Kilbride firing some classy points and then in the 39th minute Mannion did superbly to fist the ball to the net and tie the teams at 2-7 apiece.In a terrific contest, the action ebbed and flowed from there until the final whistle. James Burke and Frankie Dolan traded points before Darragh Donnelly and Dean Rock did likewise.Dolan kicked over a superb point in the 46th minute but Jason Whelan tied the match when he raised a white flag in the 55th minute. A replay looked a possibility until Dolan popped up with the point that delivered St Brigid’s first ever All-Ireland senior club title and ensured they became the first Roscommon club to claim national honours.St Brigid’s Shane Curran and Ian Kilbride celebrate after the gamePic: INPHO/Ryan Byrne St Brigid’s: Senan Kilbride 1-3, Karol Mannion 1-2, Frankie Dolan 0-4 (0-1 ’45), Darragh Donnelly, Richard Blaine 0-1 each.Ballymun Kickhams: Dean Rock 1-3 (1-0f), Philly McMahon 1-0, Ted Furman, James Burke, Jason Whelan 0-2 each, Karl Connolly 0-1.ST BRIGID’S: Shane Curran; Gearoid Cunniffe, Peter Domican, Johnny Murray; Niall Grehan, Darragh Donnelly, Ronan Stack; Karol Mannion, Ian Kilbride; Damien Kelleher, Richard Blaine, Darren Dolan; Cathal McHugh, Senan Kilbride, Frankie Dolan.Subs: Conor McHugh for Blaine, Eoin Sheehy for Cathal McHugh.BALLYMUN KICKHAMS: Sean Currie; Eoin Dolan, Sean George, Enda Dolan; Alan Hubbard, Karl Connolly, James Burke; James McCarthy, Philly McMahon; Davey Byrne, Kevin Leahy, Jason Whelan; Ted Furman, Dean Rock, Elliott Reilly.Subs: Derek Byrne for Leahy, Conor Weir for George, John Small for Reilly.Referee: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)St Thomas claim first ever All-Ireland hurling crownMy club’s greatest day…last_img read more

Explainer Is the Netherlands about to take a big jump to the

first_img Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 9:00 PM Explainer: Is the Netherlands about to take a big jump to the far-right? Everything you need to know about this week’s parliamentary election. http://jrnl.ie/3276326 Mar 11th 2017, 9:00 PM 27,358 Views 94 Comments Share Tweet Email Dutch football fans at the 2014 World Cup. Source: Nick Potts/PAINTEREST IN GLOBAL politics is at somewhat of a peak right now.In particular, right-wing populism and its impact on politics in a whole host of countries.It’s why the French presidential elections have been getting such early international attention, and it’s also why global politicos will be looking towards the Netherlands on Wednesday.The name Geert Wilders will not be new to anyone who pays even a passing interest in European politics, but the anti-Islam candidate’s message has put his Freedom Party (PVV) towards the top of polls.Paradoxically though, Donald Trump’s policies since the election may have actually hurt Wilders, with the attraction of protest votes giving way to reality.The PVV were for a brief period leading the pack but have now slipped back in the fragmented race.Ahead of the French elections, and the equally scrutinised legislative polls in Germany later this year, here’s what to know ahead of Europe’s latest big vote.How does it work?  Firebrand anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders. Source: Peter Dejong/PA ImagesThe Dutch vote has essentially come down a race between Wilders and his PVV and outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his Liberals (VVD).But there are 28 parties — a post-war record — competing for the 150 seats in the Dutch lower house of parliament. A total of 76 seats are needed for a majority.Thanks to a complex system of proportional representation, even small parties can get seats, enabling them to play an important role in shaping the make-up and viability of the next government.In fact, all governments in the post-war period have been coalition governments, supported by two or more parties.Parliamentary seats are attributed according to a complicated formula based on the number of votes cast, which determines that year’s electoral quota.What are the issues?The influence of Wilders and the wider European political climate have converged to place immigration and integration at the heart of the debate.Europe’s worst refugee crisis since the 1940s and its impact has made the issues more pressing.Wilders has a one-page party manifesto which vows to close the borders to Muslim immigrants, close mosques and ban the sale of the Koran. Source: Al Jazeera English/YouTubeIn an overt bid to win over some of Wilders’s supporters, some of the other parties are increasingly insisting on bolstering what they call “Dutch values.”Rutte told citizens with immigrant backgrounds to “act normally” and adapt to Dutch norms or “leave” the country.The Dutch economy is performing strongly, however. The Guardian points out that unemployment is at a five-year-low with economic growth at a steady but not spectacular 2.3%.So who’s running?As mentioned about there are nearly 30 parties in the running, but here are the most noteworthy.Mark Rutte’s VVDThe party of the current Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The party leans towards the right on the economy but is more progressive on social issues.Rutte is vying for a third term as premier. He has vowed not to work with Wilders but has hardened his party’s tone of late and has said migrants they should respect the country’s norms “or leave”.The party’s campaign theme is “Act. Normally.”Geert Wilders’ PVV Source: FRANCE 24 English/YouTubeThe far-right, anti-Islam and anti-EU PVV party is led by outspoken MP Geert Wilders.He has vowed to ban Muslim immigrants, close mosques, ban sales of the Koran and quit the EU. It’s been pointed out that many of the party’s policies breach international law and the Dutch constitution.Wilders was recently convicted of discrimination for insulting Dutch citizens of Moroccan origin and the court case helped raise his profile further. He also has round-the-clock police protection.The party had been leading in the polls but has since slipped back to second place. The party could take up to a third of the seats on offer but the other parties have vowed not to work with them.The PVV’s campaign slogan is “Reclaim the Netherlands for us”.Sybrand Buma’s CDAThe centrist Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) has long-held an important place in Dutch politics but as the country has become more secular, support has waned.It’s currently third in the polls so it will likely be involved in some sort of anti-Wilders coalition.GroenLinks Green Left party leader Jesse Klaver. Source: Peter Dejong/PAThe Green Left party is lying about fifth in the polls and could come out with about 16-18 seats.Its leader Jesse Klaver is the youngest of all the parties at just 30 years of age. His youth and resemblance to the Canadian Prime Minister has seen him labelled the as ‘the Dutch Justin Trudeau’.How will a government be formed?  A woman rides her bicycle across a bridge over Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam. Source: Margriet Faber/PAOnce the official results are announced on 21 March by the elections commission, the new Dutch parliament will be installed on 23 March.A point person, known as an “informateur”, investigates which parties could form a coalition, and presides over negotiations between the party leaders to draw up a programme of policies.These discussions can take weeks or even months. Dutch media has reported it takes on average three months for a new government to take office. This time, it could take even longer.Once a programme has been set out, a person known as a “formateur” begins drawing up the possible new cabinet. The reward for this arduous task is often the top job, becoming prime minister.- With reporting by © – AFP 2017Read: Measures to trap suspected paedophiles among far-reaching powers in new Dutch cybercrime bill >Read: This teddy is being reunited with its owner after being left behind at Cork Airport > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Rónán Duffylast_img read more

A History of Greece launching soon

first_imgOn Sunday 23 May Dr Nicholas Doumanis will launch his new book A History of Greece, which presents the story of the land and its people as a continuity from prehistoric times to our own day. Drawing on the latest research into ancient, medieval and modern history, Nicholas Doumanis provides fresh and challenging insights into Greek history since early antiquity.A History of Greece explores the resilience of the Greek culture and provides an insight into its interaction with other cultures throughout centuries. Taking a transnational approach, Doumanis argues that its resilience has a great deal to do with this continual interaction.For example, the Greeks of Homer’s day drew inspiration from Egypt and the Middle East, seizing upon these influences and transforming them into something unique. One such thing derived from outside influences was Greece’s prose literature, which became the medium for philosophy and history. The book also sheds light on the Roman rule over Greece, and the Byzantine Empire.Dr Doumanis is the author of the international prize-winning book, Myth and memory in the Mediterranean, on the Italian occupation of the Dodecanese, and of Italy: Inventing the nation. He is currently working on a book about the Greeks in Anatolia and a history of the Eastern Mediterranean. He is also a Senior Lecturer in World History at the University of New South Wales. The launch will take place at Barnet Long Room, Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney at 4.00pm.Stay tuned for next week’s Neos Kosmos English Edition which will provide further insight into A History of Greece. NKEE will also interview Dr Doumanis about his inspirations and concepts behind his work. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Migrants to be detained on health grounds

first_imgThe government is planning to detain undocumented immigrants on health grounds, implementing compulsory tests for Aids and other infectious diseases – in a draconian policy shift that has already drawn fire from rights groups. Under draft legislation tabled to parliament, immigrants can be held in detention until the health checks are carried out and deported if they refuse to cooperate with authorities.“The detention of non-nationals, whether they have applied for political asylum or not, is foreseen under the current amendment if they pose a risk to public health, because they suffer from an infectious disease or they belong to high-risk groups such as intravenous drug users, sex workers, or people who live in conditions that fail to meet the minimum of hygienic standards,” according to the text of the draft legislation, posted on parliament’s website. “The subjects will be submitted to … compulsory health inspections and necessary treatments,” the draft says. Amnesty critical Ahead of the announcement of the bill, Amnesty International expressed concern over remarks made at the weekend by the ministers of health and citizen protection that the police sweep operations to detain undocumented migrants in central Athens would help address a recent spike in HIV cases. In a statement issued this week, Amnesty called on the government to stop the round ups, arguing that authorities are deliberately targeting vulnerable groups while denying many asylum seekers a fair application process. “It is especially concerning that those eligible for international protection also face being detained. Migrants and asylum seekers are not criminals and should not be treated as such,” said Jezerca Tigani, an Amnesty programme director for Europe and Central Asia. “The Greek authorities must withdraw such measures immediately, which will only exacerbate the stigmatisation of migrants and asylum-seekers in the country,” Tigani said. The London-based organisation said police were using “discriminatory criteria” in street inspections of immigrants living in Athens. Police have detained hundreds of immigrants since launching the operations in Athens last week, after the government announced plans convert 30 old army bases to serve as detention centres, each housing 1,000 people. Critics of the plan believe the initiative is being used as an election tactic. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dossier médical personnel en ligne une nouvelle mesure pour fin 2010

first_imgDossier médical personnel en ligne : une nouvelle mesure pour fin 2010France – Dans le but d’aider les praticiens à mieux cerner le patient qu’ils rencontrent, le gouvernement veut mettre en place un dossier médical personnel (DMP) d’ici la fin de l’année.A partir d’un logiciel réservé aux professionnels de santé, le dossier médical de chaque patient pourra être accessible via Internet. Il donnera au praticien la possibilité de mieux évaluer l’état de santé du patient et ses habitudes médicales grâce aux informations renseignées par le médecin traitant. Il permettra ainsi d’obtenir des données importantes en cas d’urgence sur les allergies, le don d’organes, etc. À lire aussiLe dossier médical personnel est enfin sur les railsCe programme a été expérimenté avec succès dans cinq régions françaises. Il devrait être étendu aux dix-sept restantes pour la fin de l’année 2010. Pour Roselyne Bachelot, ministre de la Santé, le DMP s’inscrit clairement dans une volonté de créer un parcours de soins véritablement coordonné. Ce partage d’informations et cette coopération interprofessionnelle devraient permettre une meilleure prise en charge de la personne malade ou accidentée. Le particulier pourra lui-aussi consulter son DMP et en restreindre les accès selon ses souhaits.  Le 27 juillet 2010 à 13:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho would have sold Pogba

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho would have sold Paul Pogba in the summer if Barcelona came up with the required amount of money.The Catalan club made an offer of Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina for the French midfielder, an offer which was emphatically turned down by United, with both players moving to Everton instead.“If someone comes with money Jose would have sold,” says one United source, according to the Daily Record.Pogba now finds himself in a tough situation after sitting out the 4-1 win over Fulham on Saturday.The former Juventus star remained on the bench for the entire duration of the game and his future at United looks bleak.Mourinho has warned Pogba he faces a fight to get back into the starting lineup after revealing the Frenchman will play when he rests players on Wednesday against Valencia.“He has to play with the same mentality that the team has been playing with,” Mourinho warned.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Paul can be a fantastic player. He has the potential to be a fantastic player.”He added: “We need to rest players.”“These last two matches Arsenal and today, today was really strong.”“We go to Valencia there are some that need to rest, some need to play.”“A question of trust and a question of justice too.”“So if I saw Romero plays, or he deserves to play, if I say a kid that is working like a tiger and is not playing much like Andreas Pereira is going to have a start, I’m going to make changes in the team because we have qualified.”last_img read more

Sarah Jackson Should employers be doing more to support working parents

first_imgWe see a variety of practice from employers, and there is no doubt that support from employers is crucial to finding and maintaining a work-life balance. Working Families’ Modern families index, published in January 2016 in partnership with Bright Horizons, found that the UK’s working parents are struggling to balance their work and family life. Although younger, millennial parents want to share care more equally than previous generations, the workplace has not caught up with these new expectations.Employers need to do some future thinking if they are to accommodate the expectations of today’s millennials and tomorrow’s young workers. They need to adapt and create flexible work cultures now if they are to attract and retain the employees they want and keep them in the future. If employers get it right for these younger parents, they can future-proof their workplace.Employers need to think about how to get workplace culture right. Poor work-life balance can lead to resentment as well as decreased motivation and performance; the Index found that 42% of millennial fathers reported that they felt resentment towards their employers. Employers need to be realistic about workloads and allow all employees to feel confident enough to discuss and exercise some control over their work. Jobs should fit the hours allocated to them. But the Index revealed that many parents are putting in up to two extra hours a day, or 10 each week.We would like to see employers adopt a ‘flexible by default’ workplace culture. Flexible working needs to be available to all employees and should be aligned with choice. The Index has highlighted that flexible working is currently taken up mostly by senior high earners; 80% of those earning between £50,000-£70,000 reported that they were able to work flexibly, compared to 50% of those earning less than £30,000. More than half of millennial fathers (58%) feel uncomfortable about asking employers for working time limits.Flexible job design, flexible recruitment and hiring, and creating quality and sustainable flexibly designed jobs will go a long way to supporting working parents. Training and communication about the value of flexible working is vital. And the good news for employers? A flexible working culture will support working parents, while offering opportunities for engagement, motivation and retention, a win for employers and employees.Sarah Jackson is chief executive at Working Familieslast_img read more

Open plot turns into dump as people litter

first_imgNacharam: An open plot in Nacharam has been turned into a dump yard and is getting harmful day by day. Animals, including cows and dogs crowd the place, jostling to consumer domestic waste, which could be harmful for their health.A Santosh, a resident, said, “The garbage that is thrown in the open plot can be harmful for animals like cows, as this garbage contains even plastic waste. The cows may swallow plastic waste and it will be harmful for their health. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us The garbage is not removed from the plot and sometimes the garbage is burnt. The smoke that comes with the burning of garbage causes pollution and affects our health too.” “The GHMC workers do not clean the garbage regularly. People from the nearby areas throw their garbage here. When the workers are asked to remove the garbage from the plot, the usual response is given by them is that the GHMC van would come and remove them. Neither the workers remove the garbage nor do the GHMC vans come to remove it,” said V Kalpana, another resident.last_img read more

Google and Imaxs VR Camera Project Canceled EXCLUSIVE

first_img Popular on Variety Google and Imax won’t be building a virtual reality (VR) camera together after all: A joint camera project that the two companies embarked on in 2016 has quietly been canceled, Variety has learned.A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the partnership, but an Imax spokesperson acknowledged that work on the project has stopped, sending Variety the following statement via email.“We’ve currently paused the development of the Imax VR camera while we continue to review the viability of our pilot program,” they said.Imax launched a pilot program for location-based VR in early 2017, opening seven VR centers in big cities around the world. The company recently closed two of those centers, and plans to decide the future of the remaining five locations in the next few months, as Variety reported last week. However, the decision to discontinue the VR camera development was actually made by Google, a source close to the project told Variety. Google pulled the plug on the project late last year as part of an apparent shift of focus toward augmented reality, according to that source.Google and Imax first announced their VR camera partnership in May of 2016. At the time, the two companies said they would jointly develop a cinema-grade VR camera “to enable today’s leading filmmakers and content creators to deliver the highest-quality 3D 360-degree content experiences to audiences worldwide.”The two companies worked collaboratively on the development of the camera, with Imax bringing its experience in designing high-end cameras to the table, and Google contributing its cloud-based stitching solution for VR content dubbed Jump. A total of around 60 people, including contractors, worked on the project, according to our source.Google previously partnered with GoPro and the Chinese camera maker Yi on VR camera development. The most recent result of these collaborations was the Yi Halo, a $20,000 VR camera that captures 3D VR footage with the help of 17 individual action cameras.The Imax VR camera has been described to Variety as a lot more ambitious, capturing a more immersive 3D experience. Signs that the partnership may have ended first surfaced when Imax included a mention of a “final contractual payment owed to Imax related to the previously announced Imax VR camera” in its most recent earnings report.Google has in recent months been putting more of an emphasis on augmented reality apps and experiences available to tens of millions of Android users. However, the search giant hasn’t completely given up on next-generation filmmaking technologies. For instance, Google researchers demonstrated advanced light-field photo and video capture technologies at the Siggraph conference in Vancouver last week. Google also hired a number of staffers of the now-defunct light-field camera maker Lytro in March.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Kite string slashes throat of SSKM doctor on Maa Flyover

first_imgKolkata: A scooter rider got his throat slit by kite thread (manja) on Maa flyover on Sunday afternoon. He was rushed to SSKM hospital by the police where doctors treated and discharged the injured.On Sunday around 3:20 pm, a doctor at SSKM hospital identified as Dr Saikat Chakraborty was riding his scooter on Maa Flyover to go home in Nayabad. But near Park Circus 4 number bridge his neck and face got entangled in the kite thread. Immediately he stopped his scooter and tried to remove the thread. Meanwhile, a few drivers, who noticed the incident, informed police. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeUpon receiving the information police personnel went on Maa Flyover and rushed Chakraborty to SSKM hospital. Since last few months several such incidents occurred on Maa Flyover. During October Suresh Majumdar a resident of Bally in Howrah was injured due to kite thread. On October 21, he was riding his motorcycle on Maa flyover, near Topsia and felt something was wrong around his throat. He stopped the motorcycle and saw blood dripping from his throat. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhen he tried to understand what happened and put his hand on his throat, the victim found kite thread. Though police have asked the locals staying adjacent to Maa flyover not to fly kites near the area, no one bothers to obey the order. As a result similar accidents have taken place in the past. In last September, an Information Technology (IT) employee’s throat got slit in the same manner when he was riding his motorcycle on Maa flyover. On December, 2017, a-10-year-old girl’s throat got slit by kite thread and suffered major injuries. Though police say steps would be taken to curb such incidents but no one knows how this practice could be stopped completely.last_img read more