Imagine

first_imgImagine.You are giving up your overseas residence and pass along your cell phone’s SIM card with some unused minutes to a friend, possibly a cousin, to save some money on early disconnection penalties. A year later, your friend is charged with plotting a failed terrorist attempt. In the fog of early panic, police believe the SIM card was found on a vehicle used in the attack. They learn also that you had once roomed with the suspect. Two days later they discover that you hold a one-way ticket to India and are preparing to depart. They move quickly to make an arrest.Perfectly rational defensive actions on the part of a vigilant police department.Within hours, and certainly days, the police learn, however, that the SIM card you had loaned was not found in the attack vehicle, but rather hundreds of miles away at the home of a brother of the principal suspect. They discover also that their earlier information that you had roomed with the suspects was false; you had never lived with them. During your interrogation you explain to them that the one-way ticket had been bought by your father-in-law to visit your wife in India, who had given birth to your child a week earlier. Your story checks out.So you are promptly released, right?No.Instead, you are charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization on the basis of nothing more than the fact that you innocently passed along your unused cell phone minutes to a friend. Law enforcement officials vociferously assert that you had been unable to offer any plausible explanation for the one way travel and persist with the public canard that the SIM card was found at the scene of the crime and that you had roomed with the plotters. They even plant newspaper stories suggesting that you might be implicated in a separate plot to blow up a skyscraper.For weeks on end you are the public face of international terrorism.Wonderful plot, don’t you think, for a nail-biting, fictional thriller *The Terrorist*?Only this is not your imagination at work.You are Dr Mohamed Haneef, a 27-year-old Indian physician working in Australia, caught up in the investigation of a foiled 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack in England on June 30.Haneef has since been released and the Australian government has dropped all charges against him. Indeed, charges have been dropped against five of the eight original suspects detained for the botched Glasgow bombing.The rare public skepticism and international scrutiny that Haneef’s case received resulted in his relatively quick exoneration and freedom. He returned to India to a hero’s welcome and the Indian government is protesting the revocation of his visa by the Australian government. Inside Australia there is a rising clamor for the police to come clean about their botched investigation.Hopefully, the growing criticism of the Bush administration’s mishandling of the war on terror will result in heightened scrutiny of similar cases in the United States. One has no idea how many scores, possibly hundreds, of innocent people languish in secret U.S. prisons for years on end. Whatever justifications might exist for short-term preventive or secretive detention, there is absolutely no plausible rationale to indefinitely detain an individual for years without charges or judicial oversight. A system that lacks accountability, transparency and a measure of checks and balances will inevitably ensnare innocent people. A secretive process also undermines the pursuit of real terrorists, because it prevents the public exposure of the executive’s incompetence.As Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis once warned: “The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning, but without understanding.”Think George W Bush and Dick Cheney.Then, if you are an immigrant, imagine you are Mohamed Haneef. Related Itemslast_img read more

Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers to handle personal matter

first_imgDerrick Rose #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on November 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — Derrick Rose’s injuries may have pushed him to a breaking point.The former league MVP, who has been trying to revive his career with the Cavaliers, left the team earlier this week to handle a personal matter. A team spokesman said Friday that Rose has been excused since Wednesday and there is no timetable for his return.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “We want him to take his time — just know the team, the coaches, the organization, we all have his back and wish him well,” Lue said before the Cavs, who have won six straight, hosted the Charlotte Hornets. “We expect to have him back. I reached out to him and texted him and told him that we support him. We know he’s going through a tough time right now.”Rose has played in just seven of Cleveland’s 18 games this season because of a left ankle injury the point guard sustained while driving to the basket on Oct. 20 in Milwaukee. He’s averaging 14.3 points per game in his first season with Cleveland.Rose’s career has been slowed by knee injuries, which have required surgeries. He sat out the entire 2012-13 season in Chicago and played only 10 games the following year due to injury.The medical issues have taken an understandable toll on Rose.“He has been through injury after injury for the last few years,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “When you’ve played at an MVP level like he has, I’m sure that’s hard to take. Listen, he’s still playing at a high level. I think he averaged 18 points last year with New York and was playing well when he got hurt this month. They always say the toughest thing for the great ones is when you lose a step.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next The team did not offer any other details about Rose’s absence.ESPN reported that Rose is taking personal time “to evaluate his future in the NBA.” A team source told ESPN that Rose’s numerous injuries are “taking a toll on him mentally.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRose’s agent, B.J. Armstrong, did not immediately return messages from the AP seeking comment.Cavs coach Tyronn Lue expects Rose to return to the team. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ The 29-year-old Rose had been excited about a new start with Cleveland after spending last season with the New York Knicks. He signed a one-year, $2.1 million free agent contract this summer with the Cavs and was expected to be the team’s backup point guard behind Isaiah Thomas.However, Thomas is still recovering from a hip injury sustained last season with Boston, and Rose was thrust into a starting role.Rose dropped some weight to pressure off his knee joints, and showed flashes of his former self before getting hurt. The ankle had been bothering him for nearly a month when Cavs coach Tyronn Lue announced last week that Rose would be sidelined for “at least” two more weeks.Rose had been wearing a walking boot and undergoing treatment on his ankle. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Rivals kick off title clash View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:04Hazing is a matter of perception, PNP chief Albayalde says01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Lou Williams leads Clippers’ rally from 25 down to beat Pistons

first_imgWilliams finished with 39 points. Detroit’s Blake Griffin had 24 points and 11 rebounds against his former team, and Reggie Jackson added 29 points for the Pistons.“Devastating is the word for that game. I thought we played some of our best basketball all season in the first half. We were engaged and we were moving the ball,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. “In the second half, we didn’t send Lou Williams the right way all half. Everyone in the league knows which way Lou wants to go with the ball, and we let him do it every time.”The Pistons led 40-22 after a first quarter in which they made eight 3-pointers. Los Angeles took three timeouts in the game’s first 5:25, but that didn’t do much to stem the tide.ADVERTISEMENT DETROIT, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 02: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers celebrates a second half basket with Mike Scott #30 while playing the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on February 02, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Los Angeles won the game 111-101. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPDETROIT — The Los Angeles Clippers wiped out a 23-point deficit in less than nine minutes.Then Lou Williams took over.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The rally from 25 down was the largest regular-season comeback in Clippers history. They rallied from 24 down against Chicago in 2004. Detroit led 65-47 at halftime. It was still a comfortable margin until the very end of the third, when the Clippers — who were starting a six-game road trip — began to make a game of it.Williams made a pair of 3-pointers during his 16-point tear in the fourth. Los Angeles outscored the Pistons 35-14 in the final period.TIP-INSClippers: Montrezl Harrell scored 16 points and Mike Scott added 15. Only one starter was in double figures, and that was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored 14. … Los Angeles has had a bigger comeback than this in the postseason. The Clippers rallied from 27 down against Memphis in 2012.Pistons: Detroit finished 17 of 42 from 3-point range, going 6 of 22 in the second half.FAMILIAR FACESThe Pistons gave up Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic in the deal for Griffin. Those three combined for 23 points Saturday.Griffin outscored them by one, but didn’t get the win.“We just did a poor job picking it up on defense,” Griffin said. “Down the stretch in the third quarter, we had some turnovers — I had a turnover — and we missed some shots. When that happens, you have to sit down and play defense, and we didn’t do that.”IN RELIEF LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes UP NEXTClippers: Visit Toronto on Sunday.Pistons: Host Denver on Monday night. The Clippers’ reserves came in averaging a league-best 51.3 points per game, and they outscored Detroit’s bench 80-17. The Pistons’ starters outscored their Los Angeles counterparts 84-31, but it wasn’t enough.It was a 3-pointer by Scott that tied the game at 89.“Lou was the star, but if you had a second star it was Mike, and it was on both ends,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought Mike became extremely physical defensively on Blake, and I thought that made a big difference.” View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Zion Williamson’s 29 leads No. 2 Duke to rout of St. John’s US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Williams scored 16 Los Angeles points in a row during a torrid fourth-quarter stretch, and the Clippers dominated the final period of a 111-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.The Clippers trailed by 25 in the second quarter and were down 83-60 in the third before storming back to tie the game at 89 in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt was 91-all before Williams scored every Los Angeles point during a decisive run that put the Clippers up 107-96.“When you’re down big like that, you try to get it to 12. Then you try to get it to eight at a certain point, try to get it to six and give yourself an opportunity to win the game,” Williams said. “Like clockwork, we were hitting all of those spots, and we gave ourselves an opportunity to go win the game at about the eight-minute mark.”last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton still has ‘utmost respect’ for Sebastian Vettel

first_imgTriple world champion Lewis Hamilton said he still had “the utmost respect” for Formula One title rival Sebastian Vettel after accepting a public apology from the Ferrari driver on Thursday.Speaking to reporters at a crowded Austrian Grand Prix news conference, the two men addressed a “road rage” controversy that has dominated the headlines since the June 25 race in Azerbaijan.”I still have the utmost respect for him as a driver and will continue to race him hard through the rest of the season,” declared Hamilton, who said at the time that Vettel had “disgraced himself” by driving into him in Baku.He said Vettel called him on the Monday after the race and then texted an apology, which he accepted.The championship leader had driven into the back of Hamilton’s Mercedes while both were following the safety car in first and second places, waiting for it to return to the pits.Vettel then pulled alongside, gesticulating angrily, before banging wheels.The German, a four times world champion, later accused Hamilton of “brake-testing” him by slowing suddenly.The car’s telemetry subsequently showed that was not the case and Hamilton said the accusation was one he particularly wanted correcting.Vettel was handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty, and finished fourth. He was then summoned to a hearing in Paris last Monday where the governing body declared the matter closed.Initially reluctant to dwell on the matter, saying he did not want to “pump this up more than it is already”, the Ferrari driver on Thursday repeated the written apology.advertisement”It was the wrong move to drive alongside him and hit his tyres,” he said.”I don’t think there was any bad intention (by Hamilton). I don’t think he actually brake-tested me. I was upset and over-reacted. I am not proud of the moment.”Hamilton, 14 points behind Vettel after eight races, missed out on victory in Baku after a headrest worked loose and he had to pit. He finished fifth.Before Baku, the two world champions had made much of their mutual respect and the budding “bromance” seemed to be back on.”It’s nice to hear that we are able to move forward,” Vettel said. “I think the respect we have for each other on and off track helps us in this regard.”last_img read more

Huawei Mate 20 Pro major specs leaked ahead of Oct 16 launch

first_imgHuawei is gearing up for the launch of Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro smartphones at an event in London on October 16. However, a new leak from Germany may have given out the entire specs of the Mate 20 Pro. Not just the official images, but the leaks also reveal the UK pricing of the phone.For starters, the base model of the phone that will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will cost 899 Euros which is roughly Rs 87,585. The price of the other variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage has not been revealed yet. If the leaked figure is to be believed then Huawei has upped the price of its flagship phones this year and could increase further in the future.Notably, this is not the first price speculation for the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. Only few days ago we, there was a report from Phonearena that said the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro could cost between $50 and $100 extra.As per that report, the Mate 20 128GB storage variant could be priced at CHF 799 (roughly Rs 59,217) while the 128GB storage model of the flagship Mate 20 Pro is touted to cost CHF 999 (roughly Rs 74,048). The pricing reveals that both the phones will be premium devices.Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro rumoured specs Both the phones will be powered by Kirin 980 chipset. But Mate 20 Pro will pack in additional features because its Pro. The phone will have three cameras at the back- 40 MP(primary sensor) + 20 MP(telephoto sensor) + 8 MP(ultra wide angle ). It will have a 24MP selfie camera. Further the phone will come with an IR laser for face unlocking.advertisementThe phone will have full screen display with curved edges. The rumoured display size is 6.3-inch AMOLED QHD+. It will sport glass back design on the back. The phone will run Android 9 Pie out of the box. The device is said to come with a 4200mAh battery with support for SuperCharge 2.0 technology.Mate 20 is rumoured to come with small water drop notch and nearly bezeless screen. Reportedly, the Pro will have a bigger notch.ALSO READ: Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro price leaked ahead of October 16 launchlast_img read more

Mike Gundy says he’s more likely to go to the NFL than another college

first_imgMike Gundy sat down with Seth Davis recently to talk about his gig and what it would be like to coach in the NFL.I thought a couple of his quotes were pretty interesting.“The one thing about the NFL is it’s intriguing because completely different than what we do in college,” said Gundy. “You’re managing grown men that are making millions of dollars.”Has the NFL ever been alluring to him in general, though?“I’ve had some talk with a couple of organizations. It was interesting listening and learning from them what it takes at that level.”“There could be a point in my career that if I ever decided to try something different (because that can happen) it would be more towards the NFL than it would be another college just from the loyalties I have to Oklahoma State.”He certainly made it sound like he’s more likely to be the next coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars than he is the Florida Gators.We’ll talk more about this after the season is over but I don’t think Gundy is going anywhere — I don’t think he gains anything by going anywhere (in college anyway). He’s not going to leave for the NFL, either. Look, I love Gundy, but he struggles to manage starting QBs at the college level much less a complex roster full of egos much bigger than his at the next level.That’s a recipe for disaster and I’m pretty sure he knows it. His destiny has always been this job and despite the overtures sent towards the east coast of late he’s self-aware enough (I think) to know that this is a once-in-a-lifetime marriage.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Names His Top 3 NFL Draft “Steals”

first_imgespn's kirk herbstreit catches a pass on the fieldSTATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Kirk Herbstreit plays catch before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Right now, the main stories revolving around the NFL Draft are focused on the top prospects that will hear their names called early on Thursday. Well, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit wanted to go a different route this morning on SportsCenter by revealing his top steals for this draft.Herbstreit went with players he believes will be around in the second round. The first prospect on his list is Deebo Samuel out of South Carolina.Samuel is one of the most intriguing wide receivers in his class. Although he doesn’t have the physical intangibles that other prospects have like D.K. Metcalf, his toughness separates himself from the group.Next up on Herbstreit’s list is TCU edge rusher L.J. Collier, who had 42 tackles and six sacks this past season. The belief is that he could become a three-down player in the NFL.The final potential steal that Herbstreit mentioned is Miles Sanders from Penn State. Despite having large shoes to fill in Happy Valley, the versatile tailback clearly impressed college football experts this past season.From 247Sports:“People say he was contained in some cases,” Kiper said. “You can’t run against a brick wall. That was a case where that Penn State offensive line didn’t always do their job moving defenders off the line. If you give this guy a little crack he can go the distance. Miles Sanders is a really good running back, who will be I think a second-round draft choice.”Regardless of where these steals land in the draft, Herbstreit thinks they’ll find a way to succeed.The NFL Draft officially begins on Thursday. Herbstreit will be part of ABC’s coverage on Thursday night.last_img read more

Two exILFS executives sent to ED custody till June 25

first_imgMumbai: Two former IL&FS executives arrested by the Enforcement Directorate for their alleged roles money laundering for the crisis-hit lending firm, were Thursday remanded to six-day custody of the central agency.IL&FS former joint managing director Arun K Saha and its transportation network MD K Ramchand were remanded in ED’s custody by a special PMLA court till June 25. The two were arrested late Wednesday and produced before Judge P P Rajvaidya of the special court set up under Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The duo’s were the first arrests in the case of financial irregularity by IL&FS. The central agency had lodged a money laundering case against the firm in February this year and had raided homes and offices of a number of its former executives twice to gather additional evidence.last_img read more

NFL products now available in NorthEast

first_imgNew Delhi: National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) has spread its wings in North-Eastern states after making successful foray in Southern India. The company has tied up with Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL), an Assam based PSU for marketing 40,000 MT Kisan Urea in North-Eastern states of the country. In this context, NFL’s first rake of Kisan Urea reached Tinsukhia station in Assam on 15th July, 2019. With this initiative, NFL has truly expanded its business pan India. Commenting on the development, Manoj Mishra, C&MD said, “NFL has collaborated with BVFCL to utilize its strategic advantage and well established marketing network to deliver Kisan Urea to farmers in Northeast.” With this progressive move, NFL aims to tap the market of North-Eastern states for distributing its products. It will give further impetus to company’s sale.last_img read more

Man charged with killing 12 year old Monica Jack in 1978 found

first_imgThe Canadian PressFamily members of 12-year-old Monica Jack who was murdered in British Columbia in 1978 cried, hugged and thanked jurors who found a man guilty of first-degree murder Thursday.Garry Handlen, 71, told undercover police during a sting in Minden, Ont., that he abducted Monica Jack while she was riding her bike, sexually assaulted and strangled her, but his defence team said the confession was coerced.As sheriffs led him out of B.C. Supreme Court, Handlen turned to face a woman who yelled: “And that goes for … trying to kill me!”The woman, whose name is under a publication ban following a trial in 1979 where Handlen was convicted of sexually assaulting her, wept too as she supported Jack’s family.Jack’s mother, Madeline Lanaro, said she would not immediately comment on the verdict. The family will return to court for a sentencing hearing on Jan. 28 and provide victim impact statements.Jurors began deliberating Handlen’s fate on Tuesday after an 11-week trial that heard tearful testimony from Lanaro, who last saw her daughter riding her new bike on May 6, 1978.The trial heard Handlen confessed during a so-called Mr. Big operation, saying he’d grabbed Jack from a highway pullout in Merritt.A first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.In a hidden-camera video shown in court, Handlen told the crime boss of the fictitious Mr. Big operation that he grabbed Jack, threw her bike in a lake, forced the girl into the bathroom of his camper and drove up a rough hill where he killed her.Jack’s skull and some bones were found in the area 17 years later.Her mother told the trial she was driving her old Mustang home with her other children when she saw her daughter on the highway and that the girl waved at them.“I honked and the kids yelled out, ‘Do you want a ride? And she said ‘No.’ ”The woman who Handlen sexually assaulted said outside court that police called her in December 2014 to say he’d been charged with the first-degree murder of Jack.“Then everything came back,” she said. “The last four years have been hell, very difficult. I haven’t been able to hold down a job.”Handlen was arrested and charged after a nine-month undercover operation involving a fictitious crime group that hired Handlen to do legal and illegal jobs such as loan sharking, the trial heard.Handlen was paid almost $12,000 by the gang that promised him a middle-management job as he was gaining favour with the boss, who told him in the video that police had DNA linking him to Jack’s murder but the crime could be pinned on someone else if he provided enough details.“The bottom line is, they got people that saw you and they got your DNA. That’s not good, Garry,” the crime boss tells him in a hotel room, in video shown to the jury.Handlen was also told he would have to travel to British Columbia’s Interior with other members of the group to point out the spot where he said he’d abducted Jack so an ailing man taking the fall for him would have that information.Handlen told the supposed crime boss that he picked up an Indigenous girl and sexually assaulted her, then repeated at least half a dozen separate times that he strangled her before tossing her body behind a log and leaving the area.“It’s a weight off my shoulder now, I’ve told you. So I’m not the only one that knows now,” he tells the crime boss in the video.The boss tells him he could continue working for the group to repay the debt.“I’m indebted for life now,” Handlen says, before repeatedly thanking him.Handlen’s defence lawyers told the jury their client was set up by the RCMP with inducements that had him believing he’d get his dream of a new truck and continue being part of a group he called a band of brothers.However, the Crown said Handlen had no motivation to confess to a crime he didn’t commit and felt relief at having unburdened himself from a secret he’d carried for 36 years.Outside court, Crown spokeswoman Alisha Adams praised the three prosecutors who worked on the case for four years, adding they showed great perseverance through a difficult case.last_img read more

Moroccan Contractual Teachers Strike for 4th Week for Equality

Rabat – More than 10,000 of young Moroccans made their voices heard internationally as they flocked to Rabat to protest the government’s alternative decision regarding their status as contractual teachers throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning.The teachers, who describe themselves as “forcibly contracted educators,” decided to camp out in front of Parliament on Saturday night to show their determination.Anti-riot police used water cannons and police motorcycles to disperse the protests.Some teachers also said there was “violence” during the protests. Some video clips and pictures showed faces covered in blood.The government has hired teachers under annually renewable contracts every year since 2016.To fill the need for more teachers while managing heavy public debts, the government hired the teachers through regional academies.Read Also: Morocco’s Police Use Water Cannon at Contractual Teachers’ ProtestThe contractual teachers, who are not officially part of the public sector, receive the same salary, starting at MAD 5,000 ($520) monthly, as teachers who are permanently on the government payroll but have reduced pensions.Teachers have not held up their end of the contracts they signed, the government said.Minister of Education Said Amzazi issued a statement earlier this month, explaining that teachers were informed of the contracts’ conditions before signing them.But contractual teachers are demanding equal treatment to their public sector counterparts.Oussama Hamdouch, a 27-year-old member of the National Coordination of “the Forcibly Contracted Teachers,” spoke to Morocco World News about their demands and loopholes in the contracts.Hamdouch said that the situation of the teachers has reached a critical and decisive moment.“We are in a battle”Hamdouch, who became a teacher when he signed a contract in 2018, said that the government has offered to change 14 articles of the contracts as a compromise.Read Also: Amzazi: Contractual Teachers Knew They Could Not Join Public ServiceHe said that the Ministry of Education offered to change the teachers from “contractual teachers” hired under fixed terms to full employees of the regional academies of education.The offer was unacceptable, teachers said.Regional academies do not have the ability to adopt all teachers, Hamdouch said.“They lack the human and financial resources teachers need.”Morocco’s regional academies are not autonomous institutions and receive funding from the Education Ministry.“The academies will be able to fire teachers if they don’t have financial resources whenever they want to. School principals will also have a certain authority over us. We want to work with dignity like the other teachers in the public sector,” Hamdouch told MWN.Contractual teachers. Photo Credit: Morocco World NewsAmong the working conditions the contractual teachers are complaining about is the pension system.Teachers working under contracts will only receive 40 percent of their monthly salary after retirement. If they receive MAD 10,000 while working, the teachers will receive MAD 4,000 monthly after retiring.Debts, politics drive the issueHamdouch said that contractual teachers signed the contracts because they were not offered better job opportunities. “We had no choice. The job market is disappointing.”Explaining why the group representing teachers calls themselves “forcibly contracted teachers,” Hammouch said, “If the government wants to increase the prices on gas cylinders, there will be protests, but people will buy anyways because of their need and lack of options.”Read Also: Contractual and Cell 9 Teachers: We Will Continue Our ProtestsIn 2016, the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance announced a joint decision to recruit teachers through contracts  to offer job opportunities, to meet a need for teachers, and to improve human resources in education.Children supporting contractual teachers in protests. Photo Credit: Morocco World NewsThe Ministry did not respond to our calls for comment.The unemployment rate in Morocco remains high, despite the slight year-on-year decrease from 10.2 percent to 9.8 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to the Moroccan High Commission for Planning (HCP).Morocco continues to borrow from international firms to complete socio-economic and infrastructure projects and cover its budget deficit.HCP estimated that the overall public debt of the economy will increase to 82.5 percent of GDP in 2019.Several senior officials have warned that rising external debt could negatively impact Morocco’s economy.In 2018, the governor of the central bank, Bank Al Maghrib, Abdellatif  Jouahri, said he expected external debt to rise to 16.6 percent of GDP in 2019, up from 13.8 percent of GDP in 2018.Contractual teachers. Photo Credit: Morocco World News.He added that he refused to apply in 2016 when the government was looking for 10,000 candidates.“I did not have a choice in 2018; I applied because there are no other options.”One condition of the contract specifies that the teachers cannot seek to become public sector employees in the education sector for the duration of the contract, a key demand of the protesting teachers.Good health coverage, bad payAccording to the contracts, teachers’ salaries can increase depending on the employee’s pay grade.But the ministry did not respect some of the conditions in the contracts, teachers say.The government should increase the salary for the contractual teachers by MAD 100 annually.Read Also: Former Head of Government Benkirane Criticizes Protesting Contractual Teachers, Citing IslamEvery two years, the ministry should offer qualifying exams to evaluate the performance of teachers which could allow them to move to a higher pay grade.Another teacher speaking on condition of anonymity, however, acknowledged that the teachers are offered good health coverage.“The government introduced employment under fixed term contracts because of pressure from the World Bank,” Hamdouch said.To handle mounting debts, the government has reduced its payroll obligations.“The contracts make teachers feel unstable, disappointed, and deceived, he said. read more

Iraqs anticorruption efforts receive boost from UN partners

29 September 2008The United Nations today launched a five-year plan to help Iraq prevent and combat corruption, a key element in the Government’s efforts to rebuild the fledgling democracy after years of strife and misrule. “In the past, Iraq’s national wealth was stolen, its public assets were squandered, and its common wealth was dished out to cronies of the regime. The anti-corruption system needs a complete overhaul,” said Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC). “By ratifying the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) last March, the Government of Iraq demonstrated its commitment to fight corruption. The UN is providing the tools to do the job,” he added. The new initiative, which will be carried out jointly by UNODC and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is designed to strengthen Iraq’s main anti-corruption bodies, as well as promote greater cooperation among them through the Joint Anti-Corruption Council. A national anti-corruption law is currently being drafted.Projects will focus on strengthening prevention, transparency, accountability and integrity in the private and public sectors, in line with the UN anti-corruption treaty.“The aim is to put in place the legal framework and build capacity to deter corruption at all levels of government, improve internal and external oversight, and strengthen anti-corruption law enforcement,” said UNDP Country Director Paolo Lembo.The programme, which will be partly funded with resources from the UN Iraqi Trust Fund, will also strengthen the capacity of Iraqi anti-corruption officials to prevent, detect and investigate money-laundering, and enable asset recovery. “Under the old regime, billions of dollars were stolen from the Iraqi people. As a party to the UN anti-corruption Convention, it will be easier for the new Government of Iraq to recover those assets,” said Mr. Costa. Tackling corruption is one of several commitments undertaken by the Government under the UN-backed International Compact for Iraq, launched in May 2007.The Compact, a five-year national development plan, includes benchmarks and mutual commitments from both Iraq and the international community, all with the aim of helping the country on the path towards peace, sound governance and economic reconstruction. read more

Chinese envoy assures Lanka on economic stability

In the first half of year 2015, the Chinese Embassy said, more than 1,000 Sri Lankans were granted opportunity for training or study in China under the sponsorship of the Chinese government. (Colombo Gazette) He recalled that China achieved 7% of growth of its economy and contributed about 30% for growth of the world economy.The Ambassador also noted that last month, tourist arrivals from China to Sri Lanka reach 24,734 with an increase of 73.3%, which is an example that Chinese people are optimistic about Chinese economic development. The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang has assured Sri Lanka that China’s economy remains stable and still has a huge potential.He said that despite the economy facing a downward trend it is still within the required range and management and that the driving force for the downward trend is the global economy. “Sri Lankan friends also questioned, has Chinese economy faced crisis? Will it head for a hard landing? Responsibly speaking, Yi stressed that the fundamentals of the Chinese economy remain stable with huge potential,” the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said. “The debt of Chinese central government takes only 20% of its GDP while the number reaches 88% for Sri Lanka and 103% for US, showing that Chinese economy is healthy and sustainable,” he said.Ambassador Yi said that China would like to assist and cooperate with Sri Lanka in economic development including maritime economy of which there should be great potential.In the past 10 years, China has trained over 10,000 Sri Lankans in the fields of science, management, culture and technology. The Embassy quoted the Ambassador as saying that that China’s economic opportunities outweigh its challenges. read more

NCAA Michigan football out of compliance

The NCAA has determined that the Michigan football program was out of compliance with practice time rules under coach Rich Rodriguez, who incoming athletic director David Brandon declared would remain the school’s coach.Brandon announced the NCAA’s findings Tuesday, but stated that there were “no surprises,” despite the fact that the report stated that the Michigan athletic department failed to ensure that the program was complying with NCAA regulations.The university has 90 days to respond to the results and will appear at an NCAA hearing in August.The NCAA has been investigating allegations that Michigan players exceeded NCAA limits with practice time or other football-related activities.The allegations came about after the Detroit Free Press reported the claims of a handful of Michigan players who said the players exceeded the limits during practices and workouts in 2008 and 2009.The university conducted an internal investigation and is looking into self-imposed sanctions. The internal audit revealed that Rodriguez and his staff failed to file forms that kept logs on the amount of time players spent on football.Michigan’s report did not find issues of noncompliance. Brandon attributed the dicey situation to a “breakdown of communication.”Michigan has finished 3-9 and 5-7 in Rodriguez’s two seasons at the helm. read more

Ohio State baseball takes 2 of 3 in weekend series against Penn

Redshirt-junior 1st baseman Josh Dezse celebrates with teammates after scoring a run during a game against Penn State April 12 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 7-0. Credit: Lauren Weitz / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State baseball team (21-15, 4-8) got back on track with a weekend series victory at home against Penn State.The bats woke up in a big way for the final two games of the three-game series — both victories for OSU — and coach Greg Beals credited the lineup change and the wind for helping out the offense.“When the wind is blowing, it really helps the mentality of the hitters,” Beals said. “And we’ve been talking mentality and maybe it took the wind blowing to get them going a little bit and get that mentality at game time to attack.”Sunday’s game began with the Buckeyes jumping all over the Nittany Lions’ sophomore pitcher Nick Hedge.After scoring a run in the first on an RBI single from sophomore second baseman Troy Kuhn, redshirt-junior first baseman Josh Dezse led off the second with a deep home run to straightaway center to put the Buckeyes up two.Sophomore third baseman Jacob Bosiokovic followed with a single and junior catcher Connor Sabanosh brought him home with a stand-up triple to center.With no outs in the inning and Sabanosh on third, the Nittany Lion coaching staff had seen enough and pulled Hedge in favor of senior Ian Parvin before Hedge could allow any more damage.The pitching change didn’t stop redshirt-sophomore shortstop Nick Sergakis from scoring Sabanosh with a sacrifice fly to center.Dezse continued his onslaught on the Nittany Lion pitching staff with another bomb to center in the third to put the Buckeyes up by five.“I’ve always thought I’ve had a good swing. I just think that circumstances are starting to line up. Couple sliders, wind was blowing out and was just able to square a couple up,” Dezse said Sunday. “I’ve always known that I got a decent swing if I make contact. I’m just not really thinking too much. Just going up and see ball, hit ball.”The Nittany Lions began mounting a comeback and tied things up by scoring two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.The Buckeyes took the lead right back in the bottom half of the fifth, though, on a bases-loaded ground ball from Bosiokovic.They broke it open again in the seventh with four runs, including RBIs from Sergakis and Dezse, giving them a total of five and seven, respectively, for the weekend.“It’s really been the same approach that I’ve had all year. It’s just falling in my favor lately,” Sergakis said. “Every at-bat I go up there and I try and fight the pitcher. I don’t want him to beat me on a pitch and I want to put my best swing on it.”The Nittany Lions got one run back in the eighth, but the Buckeyes got two more in the bottom half to end the scoring and give them the series-clinching 12-6 win.Sophomore pitcher Jake Post earned the win and redshirt-senior reliever Tyler Giannonatti came on in the sixth to allow only the one run in the eighth before freshman Travis Lakins came in to close it out.Saturday’s tilt was all Buckeyes as senior pitcher Greg Greve threw a complete game shutout, allowing only four hits and walking just two.Despite his strong performance, Greve said it was just another game for him.“I try to approach the game the same each way. I want to go out there and give my team a chance to win,” Greve said afterward. “You try to do too much as an individual player, that’s when you start getting in trouble. Win as a team, lose as a team. Defense made some great plays for me and the offense really came alive, so that made my job easier.”Offensively, home runs by Dezse and Sergakis and three errors by the Nittany Lions gave the Buckeyes a much-needed 7-0 win.“This was very important for us after losing seven straight conference games,” Beals said. “We need to get back in good ways and Greve, our senior co-captain, grabbed the bull by the horns and shut them out today.”Friday night, the Nittany Lions took the lead early and pulled out a 5-4 win.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to play on the road against West Virginia in Morgantown, W. Va., Tuesday at 6 p.m. read more

Macedonian Hellenes story unveiled

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Fittingly, it was Greek National Day that saw over 500 people join community leaders at the Nick Andrianakos Cultural Centre, Melbourne, to take part in the much-anticipated launch of Professor Anastasios Tamis’ latest publication Macedonian Hellenes in Oceania.The book, which details the story of migration from Macedonia to Australia in the 20th century, has been six years in the making, and is the result of the author’s intensive research into family records and the archives of Macedonian Hellenic diaspora organisations.Joining Professor Tamis at the event, dignitaries included Speaker of the Victorian Parliament Telmo Languiller, GOCMV’s president Bill Papastergiadis, Dimitris Minas, president of the Pan Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, and arguably the state’s pre-eminent Philhellene – former state premier Jeff Kennett – who as guest of honour, formally launched the publication.Mr Kennett, who as premier in the early 1990s was a staunch advocate for Greece’s position on the FYROM naming issue, said that Professor Tamis’ book was a vital reference point for future generations.“This is an investment not in the past, but in the future,” he said. “This book is about each of us in society understanding each other. It’s about having a level of tolerance, which is as good here in Victoria as it is anywhere else in the world.”Mr Kennett said that the book’s publication in English was very significant, enabling those beyond the Greek community to understand the history of the Macedonian Hellenic diaspora in Australia.“This is not just a book of record, this is a book of hope. I see it as a moment when there is a new line in the sand.”In his speech, Professor Tamis said his motivation to write the book had come from “the necessity to honour pioneer Macedonian Greek immigrants and their children”.In great detail, the 592-page book charts the personal stories of scores of Macedonian Hellene families – the challenges they faced, the contributions they made to their adopted country, and the social and economic context in which they lived. The author’s research for the book also delves into the causes and continuation of inter-ethnic conflict thrown up by ‘the Macedonian dilemma’.Professor Tamis said the issue at stake was not one of “an imagined and/or invented ethnicity” but an “aggressive nationalism”.“To dare naming your airports and enriching your capital with shrines and monuments belonging to another nation constitutes a fallacious defilement,” he said, before adding that to maintain “exclusively for your own group the shared geographical term of Macedonia is incompatibly artificial and irrationally pseudonymous”.Published and printed in Thessaloniki by Tziolas Publishing, Macedonian Hellenes in Oceania is available from the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, which funded the publication’s three-year research phase. The book’s sponsors include the Benevolent Brotherhood of Men of Thessaloniki, the Australian Institute for Macedonian Studies, A. and M. Efkarpidis, G. Kitharidis, A. and C. Tsoulias, the Bank of Cyprus, the Philanthropic Association of Kastorians O Grammos, the Philanthropic Association of Chalkidians Aristotelis O Stagitrtis, Serraion Society, Pempieriki Broththerhood O Olympos and the Philanthropic Association of Kozani O Lassanis.last_img read more

Internet 477 millions de Chinois connectés à la fin mars

first_imgInternet : 477 millions de Chinois connectés à la fin marsLe nombre est pharaonique ! D’après des chiffres relayés par un responsable du ministère de l’Industrie et des Technologies de l’Information, le nombre d’internautes chinois aurait augmenté de 20 millions de personnes en seulement trois mois ! Soit un total de 477 millions de Chinois connectés à la fin du mois de mars. Internet apparaît de plus en plus pour les Chinois comme une fenêtre vers le monde, mais également vers une certaine forme de liberté dans un pays où la censure est fortement présente.  À lire aussiLe secret de mystérieuses pyramides chinoises enfin percé ?La Toile apparaît alors comme un espace incontournable pour dénoncer les injustices et porter sa voix au-delà des frontières en pointant du doigt certaines pratiques de corruption. Et  même si Pékin se donne du mal pour contrôler au maximum les flux d’information sur Internet et éviter tout débordement ou organisation parallèle au régime, il semblerait que de plus en plus de réseaux, de sites et d’internautes envahissent le Net, sans que le gouvernement ne puisse réellement gérer les flux url. Pour preuve, le nombre de sites Internet qui a atteint 3,82 millions dernièrement et qui fait état d’une forte activité 2.0. Par ailleurs, un récent rapport a fait état d’un nombre incroyable d’internautes chinois. En effet, ils seraient à présent plus de 447 millions en Chine à disposer d’une connexion pour surfer sur la Toile. Un nombre qui ne va pas cesser d’augmenter, surtout avec tous les nouveaux appareils de communication qui envahissent la planète.Le 17 mai 2011 à 10:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

EtatsUnis les jumeaux bien plus fréquents que dans les années 1980

first_imgEtats-Unis : les jumeaux bien plus fréquents que dans les années 1980Selon un rapport publié cette semaine par le gouvernement américain, un bébé sur trois né aux Etats-Unis serait un jumeau. Un taux qui aurait fortement augmenté au cours des trente dernières années. “Lorsque les gens disent avoir l’impression de voir davantage de jumeaux de nos jours, ils ont raison”, observe Joyce Martin, épidémiologiste pour les Centres de contrôle et de prévention des maladies (CDC). En effet, en 1980, aux Etats-Unis, seul un bébé sur 53 avait un jumeau. Mais selon un rapport publié cette semaine par le gouvernement américain, ce taux aurait considérablement augmenté pour passer aujourd’hui à un bébé sur trois. D’après le document, entre 1980 et 2004, le taux de naissances gémellaires a ainsi augmenté de plus de 2% par an. Cette progression s’est ensuite ralentie à moins de 1% par an, malgré une nouvelle hausse de près de 2% entre 2008 et 2009. Au niveau national, 3,3% de l’ensemble des naissances concernaient des jumeaux en 2009, en hausse de 2% par rapport à 1980. Mais cette augmentation n’a pas surpris les chercheurs qui en connaissent même les raisons : des grossesses plus tardives et le recours aux traitements contre la stérilité.Comme l’explique le rapport, de plus en plus de femmes ont désormais des enfants après la trentaine : ces dernières années, plus d’un tiers de la totalité des naissances sont survenues chez des femmes âgées de plus de 30 ans, contre un cinquième en 1980. Or, pour une raison qui reste floue, la probabilité pour qu’une trentenaire tombe enceinte de jumeaux est plus élevée que chez une femme plus jeune ou plus âgée. Ainsi, “un tiers de la hausse des naissances gémellaires peut être attribué à ce phénomène”, selon Joyce Martin citée par l’AFP.Une assistance à la procréation qui favorise la gémellité  À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?Un grand nombre de ces naissances peuvent toutefois être attribuées au second phénomène : le recours de plus en plus important à la stimulation ovarienne. Depuis le début des années 1980, les couples qui rencontrent des difficultés pour concevoir un enfant peuvent bénéficier d’avancées médicales, comme les traitements stimulateurs d’ovulation, les inséminations artificielles ou les fécondations in vitro. Des protocoles qui se sont répandus dans les années 1990 : “il y a davantage de mères plus âgées et un recours plus répandu aux thérapies pour accroître la fertilité”, souligne ainsi l’épidémiologiste.Il n’est donc pas étonnant que la plus forte hausse touche les femmes de plus de 40 ans, celles-ci ayant plus fréquemment recours à l’assistance médicale à la procréation (AMP) et à l’implantation de deux embryons pendant une fécondation in vitro. Selon le rapport, environ 7% des naissances sont des jumeaux chez les plus de 40 ans, contre 5% chez les femmes se rapprochant de la quarantaine et 2% pour celles qui ont moins de 24 ans.Si les causes de la hausse sont bien identifiées, cette tendance suscite tout de même de l’inquiétude auprès de certains médecins, expliquant que les grossesses multiples peuvent être dangereuses pour la mère et ses enfants.   Le 6 janvier 2012 à 16:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

No new measles cases exposure sites reported Sunday

first_imgClark County Public Health reported no new confirmed or suspected measles cases Sunday, marking eight days since the last fresh case was revealed.The county also hasn’t found any new exposure locations, according to a Sunday news release. For a complete list of exposure sites, visit our measles exposure site webpage.Of the 70 confirmed cases since Jan. 1, 51 involve children younger than 11. There are 15 cases between the ages of 11 and 18, one between the ages of 19 and 29, and three between the ages of 30 and 39.In 61 cases, patients were not immunized; seven others have an unverified vaccination status. In two cases, patients had received one of the two recommended doses of the vaccine.For more information on the outbreak, visit Clark County Public Health’s measles investigation webpage.What to do if you might be infectedThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed to the measles virus come down with the disease. The virus lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person, and can survive for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.last_img read more