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From Dakar King Mohammed VI Answers Mauritanias Diplomatic Provocation

Washington D.C.- At the end of the day, King Mohammed VI chose the right time and the right place to answer Mauritania’s diplomatic provocation. In delivering a speech from the Senegalese capital, where he is celebrating Morocco’s 41st anniversary of the liberation of the Western Sahara, the Monarch is sending a strong message of displeasure to Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.The Monarch decision to speak from Dakar is a strong indication of underlying disagreements between Rabat and Nouakchott over Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz chummy relations with the Polisario separatist movement and Mauritania’s adherence to the Algerian agenda in Africa.Mauritania’s’ unfriendly and sometime hostile acts toward Morocco in the Western Sahara conflict have exacerbated regional conflict in North Africa pushing the region close to a war. Nouakchott hosting of high-ranking Polisario leaders and the close relations between the ruling party and the Polisario leadership have undermined Mauritania’s “positive neutrality”. King Mohammed VI choice of location will likely add more strains in the relations between the two capitals. After years of Mauritanian provocations, Rabat needs a more assertive posture to counter President Ould Abdel Aziz aggravations.Senegal, Morocco strongest African ally next to Gabon, has been advocating for the return of the Kingdom to the African Union. It is a staging point for Moroccan business ventures in Sub-Saharan Africa and a hub for Moroccan religious and cultural activities in the continent. It is a natural stop for the Monarch in any African visit.Nonetheless, the fact that relations between Senegal and Mauritania have been deteriorating lately over economic and administrative disagreements may add to Nouakchott’s mistrust of Morocco’s “grand plan” in the region.Then again, after repeated provocations, Moroccan officials cannot help but view Mauritania as ostensibly on the side of their archrival Algeria. It has been evident from the high-level visits and exchanges between the Polisario and emissaries of Ould Abdel Aziz that the Islamic Republic is supporting elements hostile to the Kingdom.If the Western Sahara conflict has been a source of contention, Mauritania’s suspicion of the Kingdom’s intention in the region remains the true motivator in Nouakchott unsympathetic postures.Some Mauritanian analysts view the shift in their country’s foreign policy as a reaction to King Mohammed VI repeated snubbing of their President. Several officials have complained that the Moroccan King, who enjoys visiting African countries and believe in South-South cooperation, has never put a foot in their country.Since its independence, Mauritania has tried to keep balanced diplomatic and military relations with its bigger neighbors Morocco and Algeria. However, as the conflict continues in the Western Sahara and Rabat and Algiers remain deadlocked, the role of Nouakchott becomes more important. This fact is not lost on President Ould Abdel Aziz who continues to play regional powers against each other.President Ould Abdel Aziz   obsession with the so-called Dakar-Rabat-Paris axis’s efforts to destabilize his government is pushing the region toward more instability. Rabat disillusioned with his neighbors double game is not attempting to destabilize Mauritania, it is simply looking to rebalance its African foreign policy.American and French officials wish to see Mauritania maintaining close ties to Morocco in order to deal with its security concerns particularly in confronting terror groups active in Mali, not far from its borders, which has been recently attacked. However, President Ould Abdel Aziz grandiose feelings and disillusion about his nations’ regional role could spell more security and economic problem for his people.Observers in Rabat see the two countries share more common interests than divergences. In fact, an independent Sahrawi entity in the Western Sahara with tribal ties to Mauritanian poses a bigger danger for Nouakchott. Yet for General Ould Abdel Aziz, appeasing Algeria comes before the stability if his nation.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Sri Lankan in Canada found guilty of seconddegree murder

During his trial, Thandapanithesigar admitted he stabbed Jeyarasan Manikarajah on June 23, 2014. But, he testified, he stabbed the victim in a fit of anger after the victim called him several names during an argument, including a vulgar term for vagina in their shared Sri Lankan language. At that point, defence lawyer Elise Pinsonneault asked that the jury be asked individually if they all agreed with the second-degree verdict.“At least two of the jurors won’t stop crying,” Pinsonneault said. “They keep looking me in the face, with a look of distress.”When each juror was asked individually they all said they agree with the verdict. However, juror number 12, the same man who recommended Thandapanithesigar serve the maximum 25 years before he is eligible for full parole, hesitated a long time before he uttered “agree.” It was a sign that the juror was a holdout and was initially convinced Thandapanithesigar was guilty of first-degree murder. Jury deliberations are secret in Canada so it is impossible to know how the decision was reached. A Canadian jury that had been deliberating since last week found Sri Lankan Amalan Thandapanithesigar guilty of second-degree murder for having stabbed his neighbour in Côte-des-Neiges.Thandapanithesigar was originally charged with first-degree murder, but the jury found him guilty of the lesser charge late Monday afternoon, the Montreal Gazette reported. The presiding judge in the trial, Jean-François Buffoni, asked the seven men and five women if they could reach a unanimous decision on a sentence recommendation.While Thandapanithesigar automatically received a life sentence with the murder conviction his parole eligibility can be set at anywhere between 10 and 25 years. The jury foreman told Buffoni that the majority of the jurors recommended the parole eligibility be set at the 10-year minimum but that a few disagreed. One juror felt Thandapanithesigar’s eligibility should be set at the maximum, 25 years. It meant the jury was probably not convinced he planned the murder even though they heard evidence that, a week before the murder was carried out, the victim had made unwelcome advances on Thandapanithesigar’s wife. Buffoni will hear arguments on Thandapanithesigar’s parole eligibility on May 29. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Small arms forum to focus on illegal trade not domestic gun control

At a press briefing in New York, Jayantha Dhanapala, the Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament, said the UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons and all Its Aspects, to be held in New York from 9 to 20 July, would offer the UN the opportunity to “demonstrate practical action on this very important issue.”Mr. Dhanapala also sought to correct misconceptions about the Conference which had been expressed in communications to the UN mainly from gun advocates in the host country. “Fundamentally, the Conference that we will hold next week is looking at the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in an international context, which has helped to exacerbate conflict,” he said. “We are not looking at the question of domestic gun control as far as crime prevention is concerned, and the legal ownership of guns is not being interfered with.” Marking and tracing small arms and light weapons will be one of the issues expected to dominate the discussions, along with brokering activities, export controls, links between the licit and illicit trade, civilian possession of small arms and light weapons, and the transfer of those arms to non-State actors, said Mr. Dhanapala. He expressed confidence that compromises would be reached “so that we will have a successful adoption of a programme of action at the end of the Conference.” “I am confident that what will emerge finally as a programme of action will be sufficiently strong as to embody a number of effective measures for the control of this problem,” he said, noting that the Conference – the first held by the UN on the small arms issue – is “the beginning of a process.” Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who was asked about the Conference as he arrived this morning at UN Headquarters, said its “main goal is going to be to try and ensure that we control illicit arms trade, to ensure that guns do not get into the wrong hands.” He noted that the history of the last 20 years or so showed that most of the killing in the world, apart from the AIDS epidemic, was being done by small arms. “These arms are doing incredible damage in cities, in war-torn areas, and I hope we can get the manufacturers and governments to work with us in controlling the flow of these illicit arms,” Mr. Annan said read more

Business Report Gas prices continue to rise

by News Staff Posted Apr 24, 2014 7:10 am MDT business report|gas prices Gas prices are continuing to rise but we likely won’t hit a record high, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. Business Report: Gas prices continue to rise AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

Jaguar announces allnew UKbuilt sports car

Today, Jaguar announced that it will build an all-new sports car at its Castle Bromwich facility in the West Midlands. Based on the C-X16 concept shown in September 2011, the new car will be called the F-TYPE, and will be unveiled in production form later this year, before going on sale in 2013.Utilising Jaguar’s detailed knowledge of all-aluminium construction, the F-TYPE will launch as a convertible, and a strict two-seater with the focus on delivering driver reward. A range of petrol engines will be available – including a new powerplant family.Ian Hoban, Jaguar’s Vehicle Line Director said, “The engineering development of the F-TYPE has focused on delivering a heightened level of dynamic driving reward. We are excited about our progress to date and are looking forward to soon being able to demonstrate what we have achieved”.Ian Callum, Director of Design, said, “A true sports car needs to be pure in both its purpose and its form; to have the opportunity to produce such a car for Jaguar has been a privilege both for myself and for my team. The C-type, D-type and E-type Jaguars were all sports cars that held true to this principle in their era, and the F-TYPE will hold true to that same principle in its time, a time that is soon to arrive”.The F-TYPE will join Jaguar’s existing range of cars – the XF saloon and Sportbrake, XJ saloon and XK coupe/convertible. Full F-TYPE technical and range details will be announced later in 2012. It will go on sale in mid-2013.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Teenage boy forced by barrister to join in cult beating of friends

first_imgThe report, written by Canon Mark Ruston, a close friend of the Most Rev Justin Welby, said that the teenage boy, identified only as “S”, was “brought into sharing the ‘ministry’ in the summer of 1980”.He wrote in the 1982 report: “There was considerable persuasion for anyone who held back. It had almost become a cult, with a powerful group dynamic. “S, wanting to ‘be the best for God’, beat as hard as he could. “Immediately after the beating, the man lay on the bed, while [Mr Smyth] and/or S would kneel and pray, linking arms with him and kissing him on the shoulder and back.“[Mr Smyth] and S saw this as a ‘ministry’ from God. But the ‘ministry’ of discipline in this sense was secret, self-appointed and never approved by other Christian leaders.”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Smyth as a younger man Smyth as a younger man Smyth is being investigated by police A barrister accused of subjecting teenage boys to savage sadomasochistic beatings forced one of his victims to join in with the attacks, it has emerged.John Smyth QC, a friend of the Archbishop of Canterbury, is being investigated by police over claims that he beat 22 teenagers in his garden shed in the late Seventies.A report by the Iwerne Trust, the charity that ran the Christian camps at which Mr Smyth met many of the victims, documents how he persuaded one of the boys to assist with the attacks.center_img The psychological impact on the teenage boys only came to light when one, then a 21-year-old Cambridge student, attempted suicide after being summoned to receive a “special beating”.Mr Ruston wrote that while some of the victims “seem amazingly resilient … the rehabilitation of S … is a cause of concern”.Mr Ruston’s report says the young men were “conned” by the barrister into taking part in the naked beatings. A number of victims are understood to have come forward and talked to Hampshire Police. The force has passed the investigation on to their specialist child sexual exploitation unit. There were claims yesterday that “S” would be reported to the police, although the boys he beat are said to regard him as a victim of Mr Smyth, rather than an accomplice.Mr Smyth moved to Zimbabwe after the allegations came to light, where he also faces abuse allegations. He now lives in South Africa. Smyth is being investigated by police The pastor at the barrister’s Cape Town church, where he is said to still offer guidance to young men, on Sunday called on him to return to Britain to answer the allegations.In a statement read to the congregation at the Church-on-Main, in the Wynberg district of the city, pastor Andrew Thomson also called on Mr Smyth to “admit – if necessary – to any accusation that holds substance”.A statement from Mr Smyth’s son, P J, also a pastor, was read out. In it, he said: “These are horrific allegations, and if proven true, it is right that my father faces justice.”last_img read more

Sedgman Civmec joint venture contracted for major works at BHPB Jimblebar

first_imgLeading resource sector services company Sedgman Ltd has announced that the Sedgman Civmec joint venture (SCJV) has been awarded a contract with BHP Billiton Iron Ore for civil, structural, mechanical, piping, electrical and commissioning works at the Jimblebar iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of the northwest of Western Australia.The Engineering Procurement Construction and Commissioning contract is valued at approximately A$145 million, which comprises the installation of a new primary crusher and additional conveyor capacity. Sedgman Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Peter Watson said the contract was further demonstration of the success of Sedgman’s focused Global Minerals strategy.“Sedgman and Civmec have an established track record in Western Australia of delivering metals process and materials handling projects in partnership over the last three years and we are excited to be able to broaden this relationship to the iron ore sector. The award of this contract followed a competitive tender process and is testament to the design and safe delivery capability that SCJV was able to demonstrate to BHPBIO. We look forward to delivering a successful outcome for the project and further strengthening our relationship with BHPBIO.”The SCJV is an unincorporated 50:50 joint venture between Sedgman and Civmec Construction & Engineering Pty Ltd (Civmec) targeting mineral processing and materials handling project opportunities in Western Australia.last_img read more

ARM Chromebooks get Native Client full Netflix support coming soon

first_imgChrome OS 25 is currently evolving in the Developer Channel, and it’s bringing one very welcome under-the-hood change: Native Client will finally run on ARM devices, like Samsung’s $249 Exynos-powered Chromebook. That may not seem like a big deal, but it’s an important addition.Without Native Client, the ARM Chromebook doesn’t offer the same level of functionality that its Intel-based counterparts do. To consumers, the most obvious evidence of this lack of parity is the fact that Netflix doesn’t run on Samsung’s Chromebook. While die-hard Google enthusiasts might not be too concerned, the $249 laptop loses a good deal of its appeal if potential buyers find out it can’t run the immensely popular streaming service. NaCl is also an important part of the gaming experience on Chrome OS, providing hardware accelerated 3D graphics.When a Windows 8 laptop that runs iTunes, Netflix, and and a boatload of games shoppers already know and love can be had for $50 more, Chrome hardware is a tough sell.The more of these hurdles Google can remove, the more appealing Chrome OS devices become to consumers. The price point is obviously not an issue and Google couldn’t ask for a better hardware partner than Samsung. The electronics giant has loads of street cred and seems to be getting more popular by the day. Lenovo has announced that it’s building Chrome OS laptops, too, and there have been rumblings about Sony getting in on the action for quite some time.With ARM support for Native Client in the Dev Channel, it should be about twelve weeks before the code makes its way to the Stable Channel. That would conveniently land just ahead of Google I/O, so don’t be surprised if Google has some sort of reveal planned that shows off what Native Client can do on an ARM-based Chrome OS system — possibly one we don’t even know about yet.last_img read more

You can now take a walk around Dublin and see how the

first_imgYou can now take a walk around Dublin and see how the streets looked 100 years ago A new app uses 200 photographs of Dublin to allow users to time travel through their screens. By Cliodhna Russell Share382 Tweet Email7 Ceresa said his next step is to develop a web platform so locals can upload their old photos and share them. The company also intends to extend to all areas in Ireland over the next year.The Fuora app is available to download from the app store. Read: Irish students’ mental health video seen by over four million people in America> Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 22 Comments “The app is free with ads and if you want to skip them you just have to log in with your name and email.”So you can use it to orient in Dublin, the map is old styled but it’s perfect, and then you use it to travel in time. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Oct 31st 2016, 12:30 PM Image: Fuora via Twittercenter_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Short URL Image: Fuora via Twitter 26,718 Views IT’S NOW POSSIBLE to take a stroll around Dublin and see how it looked 200 years ago.The free app, Fuora, which launched on 30 September, uses 200 photographs of Dublin to allow users to time travel through their screens.The director of the company, Stefano Ceresa, told how he and his wife started to image walking around a city and seeing it in the past after his wife came across photographs of London streets with an overlay of old photos.He described how as ‘kids from the ’70s’ with the blockbuster movie Back to the Future this was “pretty amazing”.Ceresa is a marketing consultant in the publishing industry in Italy but decided to try out his idea in Dublin, which he describes as “my place during all my summers in the ’90s”.Ceresa got the right of photographs from the National Library of Ireland and incorporated the company, Fuora Project Limited, this May. He said:So basically the map has 200 photos of old Dublin and when you walk through Dublin it geolocates you and gives you, with push notifications, the idea to travel in time in those places. Monday 31 Oct 2016, 12:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Latest Alec Baldwin parody takes aim squarely at Trumps dodgy dossier

first_img Short URL If precedent is anything to go by, expect a caps-locked rebuttal from Trump himself as soon as he wakes up. Any moment now.DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! Who’s with me? You’re in? You’re in? You’re in? (say it quickly) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 80 Comments Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 1:00 PM Add us: dailyedge Jan 15th 2017, 1:00 PM center_img Source: Saturday Night Live/YouTubeALEC BALDWIN IS now renowned for his Donald Trump impression.In carrying out the parody over the last four months, Baldwin has never shied away from the seedier elements of allegations surrounding the US President-Elect.Last night was no exception.In reprising what seems to have become his signature role, Baldwin took on Trump’s notorious press conference from last week, #PeeGate, and his inauguration, among other things.Journalists just can’t help but ask about it.There were A LOT of punsI am going to bring back a thick stream of jobs back to this country. This country will be literally showered with jobs, because I am a major whizz with jobs. By Share Tweet Email3 Written by Nicola Byrne and posted on DailyEdge.ieObama presenting Joe Biden with his medal has become the loveliest memeKerry’s Eye has outdone itself with the ultimate ‘only in Ireland’ headline Latest Alec Baldwin parody takes aim squarely at Trump’s ‘dodgy dossier’ The long-running Saturday night comedy staple began its new season much as it ended its last – with a skewering of the President Elect. 42,464 Views last_img read more

Thirteen people arrested after cocaine and cannabis seized in Clare

first_img 19,740 Views Jun 20th 2017, 7:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 7:15 PM Images of drugs seized, checkpoints & Gardaí involved in ‘Project Banner’ a two day initiative targeting criminal activity in Co. Clare— Garda Info (@gardainfo) June 20, 2017 24 Comments Share9 Tweet Email1 center_img By Cliodhna Russell Thirteen people arrested after cocaine and cannabis seized in Clare The two day initiative was part of Operation Thor. Source: Garda Info/Twitter A man in his 30s was arrested when cocaine and cannabis was seized during a search of a house in Ennis. He was later released without charge and a file will be prepared for the DPP.Six people were arrested under warrant made in respect of outstanding penal and bench warrants. A further six arrests were made under the public order following an incident in Ennis.Cordon checkpoints aimed at intercepting and disrupting travelling criminal groups were also carried out.The operation was conducted by garda units based in the Clare Division assisted by a team of 24 trainee gardaí from the Garda College Templemore.Read: Gardaí responding to house fire uncover cannabis worth €500,000> Short URL THIRTEEN PEOPLE HAVE been arrested in Clare after five premises were searched at locations in Ennis and Shannon in ‘Project Banner’.Gardaí seized cocaine, herbal cannabis and cannabis resin worth over €32,000.The two day initiative was part of Operation Thor, it was aimed at preventing crime, disrupting criminal activity and apprehending those wanted on warrant.last_img read more

Alatsas named deputy chair of VMC

first_imgSpiro Alatsas has been named deputy chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, as announced by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Nicholas Kotsiras. It is a four year term. Alatsas has a life-time of experience in multicultural affairs through his media work including 3XY Greek radio, Ta Nea newspaper and TV Hellas, broadcast by Channel 31. In addition to the deputy chair position, Altatsas will serve on the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) – as part of the new Multicultural Victoria Act 2011 coming into operation on 1 September. This will enable the VMC to have a chairperson, a youth commissioner, a representative of a community organisation and eight other members. The 12 appointments were made following a selection process conducted by a panel who considered over 200 expressions of interest. “The new appointees, together with two re-appointees will collectively serve multicultural Victoria very well; with expertise in areas such as community service, legal, health, management, finance, education, aged care, youth affairs, media, science and public service,” Kotsiras said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Défibrillateur automatique des formations pour le grand public

first_imgDéfibrillateur automatique : des formations pour le grand publicFrance – Par un arrêté publié au Journal Officiel le 4 août dernier, le ministère de l’Intérieur a décidé de mettre en œuvre pour tous les Français une initiation à la prise en charge de l’arrêt cardiaque.Entre 50 et 60.000 personnes meurent chaque année de crise cardiaque dans notre pays. Pourtant, depuis 3 ans, l’utilisation du défibrillateur est autorisée pour le grand public et plusieurs milliers d’appareils ont été installés dans les lieux publics les plus fréquentés : installations sportives, aéroports, centres commerciaux, parcs… Mais faute de formation, les passants qui assistent à un arrêt cardiaque n’osent pas toujours s’en servir.À lire aussiDes défibrillateurs partout mais encore faut-il savoir s’en servirLe ministère de l’Intérieur entend remédier à cette situation avec des formations destinées “à l’acquisition par la population des connaissances nécessaires à identifier les signes permettant de reconnaître un arrêt cardiaque et à réaliser, auprès d’une victime d’un arrêt cardiaque, les gestes permettant d’augmenter ses chances de survie”.Cette formation, dispensée par des secouristes, sera non obligatoire et gratuite.Le 6 août 2010 à 11:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

For Zabaleta it would be special to return to Manchester City

first_imgThe former Citizens’ defender and club legend is keen to return to his former team, but he might also want to explore other world leaguesFormer Manchester City footballer Pablo Zabaleta talked to The Sun to explain how would it feel to return to his club.He also talked about how he could go play in other leagues in the world.“My heart tells me I would like to play forever but I will be 34 in January and I need to listen to my body at that time,” Zabaleta told the newspaper.“At 34 I think it might be the right time to try something different, have a new experience.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“If I carry on playing in Europe, Italy is one of those leagues I haven’t played, but I have always been thinking about the Middle East,” he added.“I know Pep did this and went to Qatar after playing for Barcelona and then moved into coaching. It would be nice to do that.”“I have done my B Licence, next is the A Licence. In football, you never know but I’d like to keep involved, whether as a manager or off the field,” he commented about new opportunities.“I want to prepare myself by having those badges.”last_img read more

Ki Sungyueng announces retirement from international football

first_imgNewcastle United midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has announced in an official letter sent to the South Korean FA that he will be retiring from international football.Ki who is also the captain of the South Korean National team has been in the international football scene for 11 years.He made the announcement after he sustained injury while on international duty even though he had earlier planned to retire after the 2018 World Cup but South Korea convinced him to play one more tournament.“With the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup being my last event, I’m laying down the big honor and responsibility of the national team,” Ki said, in a letter sent to Korean Football Association and obtained by The Korea Herald.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“In my football career, the national team was more valuable than anything else. I want to thank fans who have loved and supported me for all this time.“The national team is having a difficult time after we failed to meet fans’ expectations at the Asian Cup, but I believe our players will overcome the difficulties under Bento’s guidance,“Now, I will be one of the football fans who support the national team and will wish the best for South Korean football.last_img read more

New Florida law will prevent teens from buying cough medicine

first_img(WSVN) – Starting Jan. 1, a new law in Florida will prevent teens from buying cough medicine.“Senate Bill 939 is aimed at preventing kids from using over-the-counter cough suppressants to get a cheap high.The bill will apply to medicines containing the ingredient dextromethorphan, which in high doses can produce similar effects to alcohol, with hallucinations and dizziness.“It’s a step in the right direction,” said owner of Family Choice Pharmacy Audrey Robinson. “It’s something that can be done here, where they can’t get access to it, but parents still need to play a role at home to make sure it’s secured.”Pharmacies and stores will now be required to check IDs when cough medications are purchased.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Developer Unveils Plans for Lifestyle Center at Ft Monmouth

first_imgThe developer of a proposed mixed-use lifestyle center at the former Fort Monmouth unveiled its plans to turn 89 acres near the post’s main gate into 302 townhomes, 350,000-square feet of retail space and over 40,000 square feet of office space.Freedom Pointe will attract high-end retailers, destination restaurants, an upscale dine-in theater, and a hotel to the reuse project near the New Jersey Shore, according to Lakewood, N.J.-based Paramount Realty.“Our focus is to make this development the main hub for the community year-round,” said President Maurice Zekaria.Technology will be a driving force at Freedom Pointe, which will feature a variety of amenities, including:a virtual concierge service that will allow bag-free shopping for patrons;a partnership with an Uber-type service allowing same-day delivery of purchases;heated outdoor spaces to melt snow and allow customers to eat outdoors throughout the year; andtall glass storefronts for each tenant that will provide sightlines into shops, restaurants and lobbies during the day and especially at night.“With the emergence of e-commerce, people today expect, require, and deserve more,” Zekaria said, reported Word on the Shore.Zekaria compared Freedom Pointe to other mixed-use projects across the country such as Crocker Park in Cleveland; Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio; MarketPlace at Lynnfield in Massachusetts; the Point in El Segundo, Calif.; and the Village at Topanga in Woodland Hills, Calif.The developer plans to demolish the 13 Army buildings on its parcel. “We’re hoping to break ground within a year,” Zekaria said.The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority chose to enter into exclusive negotiations with Paramount Realty in February after soliciting bids from developers. The two parties still are negotiating a purchase and sale agreement, reported the Asbury Park Press. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Special session nears end without public progress on oil taxes

first_imgRep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, speaks during a House Floor session in April. Tarr and the House majority haven’t agreed on an oil and gas tax bill with the Senate majority. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)As of late afternoon Thursday, the Alaska Senate and House hadn’t made any public progress on oil and gas tax legislation. They met Wednesday, but they still can’t agree on how to replace the state system allowing companies to receive tax credits. Lawmakers only have two more days in the special session.Listen nowWhen oil companies that aren’t major producers spend money to develop new fields, they get tax credits from the state they can trade for cash. It’s an incentive for companies that are smaller or newer to the state to do business here.Both House and Senate members want to get rid of these cash credits. But House members want to delay replacing these credits. Senators want to allow companies to use the losses to reduce the taxes they’ll have to pay in the future.Sitka Republican Sen. Bert Stedman said companies need to know what will happen when they spend in Alaska. He said that won’t happen under the House’s revisions to the oil and gas tax bill, known as Version X.“If you want to put the industry in the freezer in Alaska – literally, shut it down – for expansion into these new, fairly colossal fields that have been targeted, this is how to do it,” Stedman said. “We need to take this Version X and quite frankly put it into the shredder.”Anchorage Democratic Rep. Geran Tarr said the state can’t afford to give up a similar amount in future taxes than it currently hands out in cash credits. She said the money is needed to fill in the gap between what the state spends and what it raises in taxes, fees and oil royalties. Without any changes, she said Permanent Fund dividends could be cut further.“Every dollar not earned through a reasonable oil tax puts more pressure on the use of the PFD for state government,” Tarr said.Senators said the Legislature should make progress with what both sides can agree on: getting rid of cash credits.Anchorage Republican Sen. Cathy Giessel said the state would be in worse shape financially if uncertainty leads to less oil production. That would mean fewer royalties flowing to the state.“We are focused on making sure that we continue production on the North Slope, because this royalty value is significant,” Giessel said.Rep. Andy Josephson, an Anchorage Democrat, raised the possibility of putting setting an end date on when companies can use – or carry forward — their losses from spending on oil-field development or leases to lower future taxes. He said that would put pressure on lawmakers to make more changes to the tax system.“We don’t know how we can have that serious discussion without further discussion to carry-forward lease expenses,” Josephson said.State Tax Division Director Ken Alper agreed with senators who expressed concern about the uncertainty potentially caused by the House bill.“It does create an uncertainty to not know what sort of value you’re going to get for your spending,” Alper said. “And so I understand why there is some consternation from the Senate side and from some in industry as to why this House compromise bill might not be a completely viable solution.”But Alper said there’s still room for compromise between the two chambers.“I encourage the two sides to continue to talk to find some sort of middle ground on the valuation of losses on what some will call cost recovery, so that we can all complete this project for 2017 and move on to what’s next in passing a fiscal plan,” Alper said.The special session must end by Saturday.Alaska’s Energy Desk’s Rashah McChesney contributed to this report.last_img read more

Drugmaker Ipca Halts Exports to US from Ratlam Plant after FDA Finds

first_imgIpca Laboratories informed on Thursday that it has stopped exports to USA from its Ratlam drug manufacturing plant, after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressed concerns regarding it.The Ratlam unit in Madhya Pradesh manufactures tablets, liquids, injectables and ointments. The unit has received approvals from Medicines Control Council (MCC), South Africa.Ipca said that the FDA issued a ‘Form 483’, a letter which reports the violation of the guidelines of drug manufacturing plants.Form 483 is used by the FDA to document and communicate concerns discovered during inspections. In the past, other Indian drug makers such as Ranbaxy Laboratories and Wockhardt have been hit by bans, due to violation of manufacturing guidelines.Ipca Laboratories has manufacturing units in Silvassa, Ratlam, Gujarat, Uttaranchal, Indore and Sikkim. The halt to shipments from the Ratlam plant would also affect the production at Silvassa and Indore facilities. Silvassa and Indore are Mumbai-based Ipca’s only two FDA-approved units for making drugs for the US now.”The shipment halt will shave off about 1.5 billion rupees ($24.98 million) in sales over the next six months,” Ajit Kumar Jain, Ipca’s joint managing director, stated on a call to brokerage analysts.Ipca is “fully committed in resolving this issue at the earliest,” and will look to restart exports after it has addressed all FDA concerns.”The key issue is with data integrity, which is taken very seriously by the FDA, so I would not rule out the possibility of the company taking much longer than six months to resolve the issue,” Reuters quoted Arvind Bothra, an analyst from Religare Capital Markets.Ipca Laboratories shares declined by Rs.111 or 13.25 percent at Rs.726.80 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalisation of $1.8 billion.Ipca has hired US-based Lachman Consultants for $1 million to work on automation of its laboratories, minimising manual intervention.Ipca exports products to various global markets like USA, Canada, Europe and Australia. Exports made up about 63 percent of the company’s sales in the financial year which ended on 31 March, according to information on its website.India is second after Canada as drug exporter to the US, where it supplies about 40 percent of generic and over-the-counter drugs.last_img read more

Cardi B confesses to have committed adultery shocking crimes in past as

first_imgCardi B shows off post baby body.Cardi B iamcardib/InstagramOne of the most outspoken performers of this generation, Cardi B recently took to Instagram and revealed the dark side of her past as a stripper and the length she had to go when it came to surviving on a day-to-day basis.The 26-year-old rapper’s response comes as a video that has recently resurfaced in which she discussed the years in which she worked at strip clubs. Recalling the difficult situations that she found herself Cardi says, “I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to **** me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go back to this hotel,’ and I drugged ****** up, and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do.”Now, the rapper has taken to Twitter to share with her 42 million followers about what went on during those years, as she addresses the rumours that had been circulating since the video resurfaced.”So I’m seeing on social media a live I did 3 years ago has popped back up. A live where I talked about things I had to do in my past right or wrong that I felt I needed to go to make a living,” she started her post.All I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future.— iamcardib (@iamcardib) March 26, 2019″I never claim to be perfect to come from a perfect world with a perfect past I always speak my truth I always own my s***. “I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talking about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are. There are rappers that glorify murder, violence, drugs and robbing. Crimes they feel they had to do to survive,” she further stated.She said she was blessed to have been able to rise from that but many women have not, though they were poor choices but did them to survive. “I never glorified the things I brought up in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it. … I have a past that I can’t change. We all do,” she said.last_img read more