Casablanca – Custom officers in Casablanca’s Mohammed V Airport have recently averted an attempt to smuggle $160,000 in two separate operations.Sources from Mohammed V Airport said that two citizens from Hong Kong had attempted to smuggle $78,000 in the first operation that was averted by Custom officers on Thursday. The arrested smugglers were reportedly heading to Guinea.On Friday, a German citizen, custom officers arrested a German citizen who was trying to smuggle $82,000 as he was preparing to board a Paris-bound flight. According to the same sources, the individuals were immediately inspected thoroughly as soon as the airport’s custom officers suspected their behavior.The sums of money they were trying to smuggle were carefully hidden in their travel luggage.
Rabat – The New York Times included Morocco’s capital Rabat in its annual list of Places to Go 2015.Rabat, a Unesco World Heritage site since 2012, is ranked 31st out of 52 global destinations recommended by the newspaper to tourists as potential places to visit in the summer of 2015.“Long overshadowed by the Hollywood luster of Casablanca and the storybook Moorish cities Fez and Marrakech, this seaside metropolis is finally in the limelight,” said the prestigious American newspaper in its description of the Moroccan capital. The paper’s travel section cites the opening of the Mohammed VI Museum, the nation’s first art museum, the recently expanded airport and modern tram system as reasons to visit Rabat and experience its “Roman ruins, labyrinthine medieval districts and European-style boulevards.”The New York Times also mentions that the opening of the much-anticipated Ritz-Carlton Resort which is due to open in late 2015, “so Rabat is set for a style infusion, as well.”Milan topped the New York Times 2015 Places to Go list followed by Cuba, Philadelphia, Yellowstone National Park, Elqui Valley, Chile, Singapore, Durban, South Africa, Bolivia, Faroe Islands and Macedonia.
Marrakech – King Mohammed VI visited, on Wednesday, several historical sites which were revamped as part of the first phase of the El Mellah Neighborhood Urban Upgrading Project, renamed “Hay Essalam,” of the old medina in Marrakech.King Mohammed VI’s visit shows the monarch’s unwavering will to preserve the architectural aspect of the Marrakech old medina, and promotes the historical city’s influence, one of the highly-coveted tourist destinations of Morocco.It is in line with the approach advocated by the sovereign seeking to enhance the intangible heritage, one of the Nation’s main wealth criteria.King Mohammed VI visited the public squares of Sidi Ahmed El Kamel, Lakzadriya (ironmongers), Souikat (market), and Moulay Mustapha and Touma Foundouks (inns), as well as El Mellah Souikat.These historical sites were restored under the global program for El Mellah neighborhood urban upgrading totaling the sum of MAD 194 million.Meant for rehabilitating the El Mellah neighborhood, improving the living conditions of its inhabitants and reinforcing basic infrastructure, this leading program, which is nearing completion by up to 65%, provides in its second phase for the revamping of the Al Miaarra public square, the Borj (grain silo) and the Tazi and Souloubane Foundouks, in addition to the construction of four community facilities for the neighborhood’s old people, women, youth and children.The said project is part of preserving the Jewish component of the Moroccan identity and testifies to the values of tolerance and openness which have always characterized the Kingdom.The global program for El Mellah neighborhood urban upgrading consists of refurbishing run-down buildings, pulling down buildings falling into ruin and impossible to repair, redeveloping public squares, rehabilitating alleys, Foundouks and shops, rebuilding some commercial premises, renewing roofs using wood, fostering tourist routs and restoring facades. Fruit of a partnership between the housing ministry, the Marrakech-Safi region’s wilaya, the Marrakesh commune and the Al Omrane group, the program is aimed at embellishing the urban landscape, improving working conditions for shopkeepers, and eradicating ruinous buildings.It also seeks to preserve some traditional crafts, promote local handicraft products and bolster the sector’s organization.
Rabat – The Saudi Ministry of Tourism has announced that women tourists no longer need to follow a dress code while visiting Saudi Arabia.Traditionally, Saudi and foreign women must wear a long black robe, known as an abaya, when they go out in public.Saudi Minister of Tourism Ahmed al-Khateeb told Reuters that women tourists will not be obliged to stick to abayas. The announcement comes as the country is also starting a new visa program to attract foreign companies to invest in the tourism sector.Al Jazeera said that Saudi Arabia’s goal is to increase tourism earnings to 10% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030.The visa programs, Al Jazeera added, stipulate that tourists can get visas for a fee of $80 (MAD 800) “with no restriction for unaccompanied women as in the past.”“Access to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina is restricted,” according to Al Jazeera.Read also: European Countries Condemn Torture, Lack of Human Rights in Saudi ArabiaThe tourism chief will provide more details on which countries can get the visas later on Friday, but he emphasized that Saudi Arabia is targeting Japan, Europe, the US, and China.Under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has enacted several reforms. The reforms encouraged some Saudi women to defy the dress code.Earlier this month, Saudi Mashael Al Jaoud made news headlines for posing in an orange top and white with high heels, without covering up with an abaya.Al Jaoud was not the only Saudi woman to defy the dress code, as other women launched a campaign to encourage others to go out wearing “Western clothes.”Manahel Al Otaibi, a Saudi activist, said in an online post recently that she has been living in Riyadh for four months without wearing an abaya.The crown prince had previously hinted about a change in the dress code from during an interview broadcast in March 2018 by CBS TV. Mohammed bin Salman had said hinted his country might relax the dress code for women.However, he said, “The laws are very clear and stipulated in the laws of Sharia [Islamic law]: that women wear decent, respectful clothing, like men.”
30 August 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing life-saving assistance to thousands of victims of a cholera outbreak in northern Iraq, as local authorities and their partners try to limit the spread of the infectious and often fatal water-borne disease. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing life-saving assistance to thousands of victims of a cholera outbreak in northern Iraq, as local authorities and their partners try to limit the spread of the infectious and often fatal water-borne disease. Yesterday the World Health Organization (WHO), which is leading the UN response to the outbreak, reported that Sulemaniyah governorate experienced close to 5,000 cases since 10 August, with 10 deaths reported and 51 confirmed cases in Kirkuk. Two hospitals in the stricken governorate also reported treating 2,000 diarrhoea cases. To help area hospitals treat the overwhelming number of victims, UNICEF has delivered medical supplies including 15,000 sachets of oral rehydration salts, which are critical to prevent death from the dehydration caused by severe diarrhoea. In addition, 4,000 safe water kits are being delivered today to families in Sulemaniyah, where significant numbers of displaced people are also at risk. UNICEF’s team is also helping to run a comprehensive monitoring and community awareness programme to better detect cases and help families stay away from contaminated water, the likely source of the outbreak. The agency is appealing to families in the affected areas to ensure that children are kept away from areas contaminated with raw sewage, always wash their hands with soap and only drink water that has been purified or boiled. Serious problems with water quality and sewage treatment are being blamed for the outbreak. Local reports indicate that only 30 per cent of the population in Sulemaniyah has an adequate water supply. If the epidemic spreads, there will be an urgent need for additional support including delivery of additional oral rehydration salts, water purification tablets, short-term water tankering and hygiene promotion campaigns.
BURNABY, B.C. — Solar power company Day4 Energy Inc. announced a plan Monday that will see its senior management acquire the company’s assets in exchange for $500,000 and assumption of its liabilities.The company will also delist itself from the Toronto Stock Exchange.Day4 has struggled with a difficult market in recent months, hurt by oversupply, falling prices and uncertainty regarding the future of government subsidies.[np-related]Under the deal announced Monday, a company indirectly owned by Day4 chief executive George Rubin and chief financial officer Douglas Keast will acquired the assets and liabilities.Day4 will have no assets or liabilities other than $500,000 cash once the deal is closed.The plan requires the approval by at least two-thirds of the votes cast by Day4 shareholders and must also be approved by the holders of Day4’s shares other than those shares held by George Rubin and Douglas Keast.Day4 produces solar panels for residential, commercial and utility scale installations.
“We don’t need any more arms or any instigation in the situation and we will have to take measures to dissuade people who are sending in weapons,” Mr. Annan said in response to questions from the press outside the Security Council.“As to measures or initiatives, there are no specific initiatives but we have made appeals, and it may well be that down the line some specific measures will have to be taken by the Council.”Mr. Annan also confirmed that Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa had assured him that his Government is going to cooperate fully with the new head of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC), Serge Brammertz, who had just arrived in Beirut.Assuming charge of the investigation today in Lebanon, Mr. Brammertz paid tribute to his predecessor and expressed gratitude for the Secretary-General’s confidence.“My priority will remain to assist the Lebanese authorities in their investigation,” Mr. Brammertz said, noting that the Commission would also provide technical assistance in the Lebanese investigations into terrorist attacks perpetrated in Lebanon since 1 October 2004.“I am acutely aware of the expectations on the part of the families of the victims, the people of Lebanon, and the international community, and I will do my utmost to meet these expectations,” he added.Last month, the Security Council extended UNIIIC’s mandate for at least another six months and authorized it to give technical assistance to investigations into those terrorist attacks.The Council took that action by a unanimously adopted resolution which followed on the Commission’s latest report offering new evidence pointing to Syria’s involvement in Mr. Hariri’s murder and Syrian procrastination and efforts to hinder the probe.
US service firms expand at a slower pace in September as sales plunge, new orders slow AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2013 8:35 am MDT WASHINGTON – Growth at U.S. service companies slowed in September from an eight-year high in August, as sales fell sharply, new orders dipped and hiring weakened.The Institute of Supply Management said Thursday that its service-sector index fell to 54.4 in September, down from 58.6 in August. August’s reading was the highest since December 2005. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.The sharp drop in sales suggests consumers and businesses pulled back on spending last month, which should keep growth weak. And the decline comes at a critical time when the government shutdown threatens to weigh on growth in the October-December quarter, if it goes beyond a week.The services report measures growth in service industries, which cover 90 per cent of the workforce, including retail, construction, health care and financial services.The “index still points to moderate growth in the fourth quarter,” said Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics.Ashworth forecasts growth in the October-December quarter at an annual rate of 2 per cent to 2.5 per cent. That would be only slightly better than the 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent growth rate economists predict for the July-September quarter.But Ashworth said the fourth-quarter growth rate assumes the shutdown lasts no more than two weeks. If it persists, the shutdown could shave about 0.15 percentage points from the fourth-quarter figure for each week it lasts, according to estimates from a number of economists.In the ISM survey, a measure of sales fell seven points to 55.1. And a gauge of hiring dropped sharply to 52.7 from 57 in August. New orders also dipped, but remained just below 60, suggesting there is plenty of demand in the pipeline.Five industries, including hotels and restaurants, arts and entertainment, and health care reported lower business activity. Twelve reported growth, though report doesn’t specify on the industry level if growth was slower than the previous month.The survey’s jump in August was an encouraging sign that growth may be picking up. But other data point to an economy that remains sluggish.Consumers boosted their spending in August only slightly. On Wednesday, private payroll provider ADP said that hiring by service firms dipped in September from the previous month. The ADP figures usually diverge from the government’s more comprehensive employment report. But that report, scheduled to be released Friday, will be delayed because of the partial shutdown.The government closure may depress consumer confidence, particularly if it lasts for more than a week. That could cause Americans to cut back on their spending at service firms such as restaurants, retailers and hotels. Consumer spending drives roughly 70 per cent of economic activity.
“I am deeply concerned in the way that sanctions are being implemented,” Idriss Jazairy, the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, said on Thursday.At the invitation of the Government, Mr. Jazairy visited Syria from 13 to 17 May, witnessing first-hand how the crisis, among other things, has severely affected the economy.The gross domestic product has fallen by two thirds, half of working-age Syrians are unemployed and the currency value is one-tenth of what it was in 2010.To make matters worse, the cost of food has increased eight-fold since the crisis began in 2011, leaving about one-third of the population food-insecure.Sanctions on the Government and its members include a European Union arms embargo; a ban on dealing with the Syrian central bank; travel bans and asset freezes affecting military personnel, business people and scientists accused of developing chemical weapons, according to media reports.“I do not wish to diminish the role of the conflict in creating this terrible situation,” Mr. Jazairy said, “but I emphasize that restrictive measures are only making the situation worse.” “The Syrian people should not have to suffer for what has become an international conflict of unbelievable complexity. All those seeking to meet basic human rights require our help, not our red tape,” he concluded.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not paid for their work.
The 64 large willow trees in Isaac Brock Circle had been a part of Brock University for half a century, but Grounds Services Manager John Dick knew the time had come for them to come down.“They’ve been in decline for a number of years. Willows have a lifespan of about 40 or 50 years and they’ve reached the end of their lives,” he said, pointing out that the original willows were planted 54 years ago.Over the past few years, a significant number of the dying willows were taken down, and this spring the remaining trees will also be felled and their stumps removed.The good news is that replanting of 64 new willow trees will happen this year. The new trees will be around six to eight feet tall when planted.“We have two good windows of opportunity — in the spring or in the fall. If it gets too late into the spring we’ll wait until the fall, but they will be planted by the end of this year,” Dick said.The original willows were planted in eight groups of eight trees. Dick believes the number 64 was not an accident and reflects Brock’s founding year of 1964. That pattern will be repeated, but the locations of the groupings will be shifted slightly to create more open vistas looking north to Schmon Tower and east/west toward the main entrance to campus.“That space is always going to be retained as part of the campus landscape. It’s a huge backbone of the original landscape and road system anchoring the campus mall north and south,” said Dick. “Now that there are more buildings on campus, the core is becoming more congested. This new configuration will really open up the views.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMaking hay…December 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Playing around…February 15, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Call in the police…September 30, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …police failureIt says a lot about the status of the Guyana Police Force when the “Best Cop Award” was snagged by a member of the Police band! And to rub salt into THAT particular wound, it’s not as if OUR Police band gets hired by anyone to play on festive public occasions, like the foreign ones do. Much less than being like the English pop group Police that produced Sting!Now your Eyewitness has nothing against marching bands and such like. It’s just that when, out of the THREE THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED or so members of our Police Force who’re supposed to “Serve and Protect” us, we can’t find even ONE that did some ‘serving and protecting”, you know something stinks to high heavens. It’s like you’re supposed to be honouring the cricketer of the year and you hand the trophy over to the water boy!! Hey!! Water’s critical and all that… but it ain’t what cricket’s all about, is it??But seriously, folks, in the case of the Police, when you think about Guyana’s murder rate being at least FIVE TIMES THAT OF NY CITY; robberies being rampant; car-jackings taking off as a new cottage (body-shop?) industry; woman-hacking becoming a tag-team sport, it does tell you something about what our REAL cops are doing. And it has very little to do with going after criminals!!Some say it’s because the police are underpaid. Really? Remember that just last week, SIXTY-FIVE CARS OWNED BY POLICEMEN had to be stripped of tint?? And that’s only the tip of that dark iceberg! Can you image how many of them didn’t tint their cars? If the Police are making such lousy salaries, hasn’t it crossed the mind of any of their superior officers to at least ask the police-owners of their illegally tinted cars how they were able to purchase them?And have the bosses checked out how many policemen own minibuses — that just so incidentally can do whatever they want on the roads? But hold it!! Word is that the bosses themselves are the biggest owners of buses!But shakedowns aren’t the only source of low performance of policemen. Have you noticed how many serving and ex-policemen are involved in crimes? How can you solve crimes if you’re busy planning and executing them??But the rot starts at the very top…the VERY top. Based on the game of musical chairs the President just played with the top brass of the GPF, every cop knows that efficiency in solving crimes ain’t the criteria by which they’re being evaluated. It’s loyalty to the layer above you – and closing your eyes to their transgressions.The Police Band probably plays the tune to which the police have to dance!!…to pedophiliaOne convicted child rapist was just given a life sentence. He was a “devout” member of a Church in which that nasty crime reached such epidemic proportions it became a world scandal. But pedophilia is rampant in all levels and sections of society — as the news reminds us, ever so often. And one of our challenges is that we as a society don’t take it as seriously as we ought to.Even those whose children have been violated. Can any of us imagine what happens to these children for the rest of their lives? They become damaged, that’s what. Damaged physically, mentally and emotionally. Very few of them can have stable relationships later…trust issues abound, since invariably their trust was violated. The men (and pedophiles are generally men) who sexually abuse children are not only sick to want to inflict violence on a helpless child — and it’s the violence more than anything — They’re psychopaths who have deeply imbedded impulses.They must be chemically castrated.…control uber allesThe President’s bypassing of the JSC to recruit a Chancellor or CJ is another signal — in case anyone needed it — of his Burnhamite drive to become paramount over the state.That person, after all, will be called to pronounce on elections rigging!!
Even as Microsoft does their damnedest to kill IE6 off once and for all, they’re also preparing to give a modern, standards-compliant version of Internet Explorer to the world… and now they’ve announced when we can all expect to download it. The official release of Internet Explorer 9 will drop on March 14th, bringing along with it a massive overhaul that imbues IE with some desperately needed standards support, as well as a healthy speed boost and the benefit of hardware acceleration.AdChoices广告It’s been a fairly long time coming. The first Platform Preview of IE9 dropped almost a year ago, and Microsoft has been consistently updating the previews and betas since then, fleshing out its HTML5 and CSS 3 compliance, along with improving its feature set. HTML5 and CSS 3 compliance are particularly nice to get, since IE8 doesn’t support HTML5 at all, and is at least part of the reason why the web has been slow to adopt the latest iteration of the standard.This is all very good news. It’s true that the likes of Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome are all pretty far along in Safari compliance, but Internet Explorer — sad though it may be — is still the de facto standard when it comes to the web, if only by dint of its huge market position. IE9’s official release is potentially the first step to an even more amazing internet… provided both users and web developers upgrade.Whether people will upgrade, though, is a big question. After all, Microsoft’s had a hard enough time killing off IE6, which still has a 12% share of the browser market after ten years. IE9 doesn’t even run on Windows XP, which is still one of the biggest operating systems in the world. IE9 is a great effort on Microsoft’s part, but whether or not it will be a game changer is very much in the air.Read more at Windows Team Blog
For Enrico Preziosi, the team’s superstar Krzysztof Piatek will not be moving to a new team even after all the rumors about it.The great season Polish footballer Krzysztof Piatek is having with Genoa has attracted lots of attention.And there are many rumors that he will move soon from the team.But today Genoa president Enrico Preziosi has put a stop to these rumors.“Transfer market? No one will be moving in January. Maybe we will let some players go next June but it won’t be before this,” he told Calcio Mercato.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We need to hold on to players like Kouame, Ramirez, and Piatek since they have been doing great for us. There is always a lot of talk but we did not receive any offers.”“We are happy to hold on to our best players since we have objectives to reach. Players coming in? We need a few quality players in the midfield that’s for sure.”“Krunic from Empoli? Yes, we like him and we made an offer for him. Sturaro? Yes, this is another good idea. He won’t come cheap but we do like him a lot,” he commented.“He might not be ready yet but he would like to get back into things with us. Let’s see how it goes as the next few weeks will be intense.”
The Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins AFB, Ga., will be hiring 1,200 personnel by the end of 2019 after the depot experienced its “most consequential year for new workload growth in over a decade,” Brig. Gen. John Kubinec, the complex’s commander, said Wednesday. “Just over a year ago they rolled out the very first Global Hawk we did here,” Kubinec said. “We have inducted our very first J-STARS aircraft for [programmed depot maintenance]. We have brought in our first Marine Corps C-130 for overhaul.”The Air Logistics Complex, which now employs 7,200 people, will need to hire engineers, mechanics and computer scientists, reports the Telegraph. Kubinec praised Congress for providing direct hire authority, which will allow base officials to hire candidates on the spot following a job interview. The additional workforce will generate an annual economic impact of $69 million, according to statement from the base located in Middle Georgia. About 24,000 people work at Robins now.Telegraph photo by Jason Vorhees Dan Cohen AUTHOR
A “hoop house” green house on Sunday, May 20, where Judy Hamilton is growing greens to sell at the Kodiak Farmers Market. (Photo by Daysha Eaton)After allegations that farmers market vendors were selling food that violated state food safety laws, the biggest farmers market in Kodiak is moving. And a new market is springing up where the old one used to be, bringing the number of markets in town to three.Listen nowIt’s 40 degrees and pouring rain in Kodiak, but inside Judy Hamilton’s greenhouse, it’s downright balmy and rows of vegetables are growing.“We have Chinese cabbage and bok choy, lettuce , arugula, kale, Brussels sprouts,” Hamilton said.For years, Hamilton has sold her produce at the Kodiak Farmers Market at the local fairgrounds. But this year the market is moving after a controversy erupted about who should run it.Deplazes has organized the market since it came together organically about eight years ago.“Well it kind of all began when a friend of mine and I were talking about our gardens and how we were gettin’ a little tired of having to chase people down the road with bags of Swiss chard and kale and my friend said, ‘We should have a farmers market’. And I said, ‘Wouldn’t that be nice’,” Desplazes said.The market flourished at the fairgrounds and expanded to include 20 to 30 vendors selling vegetables, fruit, arts, crafts and more.But recently, Deplazes says, members of the Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair Board, which runs the fairgrounds, began approaching her about taking over the market.“I think it may have begun last summer,” Desplazes said. “I believe that one of the members of fair board approached me at one of the later markets in the summer and said something to the effect of, ‘We’d like to take over management of the market’. At which point I said, ‘Oh you guys have plenty on your plates, you don’t need that too’ and left it at that.”And Desplazes says it didn’t stop there.“And then at one point, I talked to the president of the fair board and she flat said, ‘We’re taking over management of the farmer’s market.’ And I was kind of speechless,” Desplazes said.“There was items being sold that were against state law,” Sadie McCusker, president of the fair board said.McCusker alleges the main reason they stepped in was food safety and liability concerns.“There was items being fried on scene in open flame. There was meat products being sold, there was dairy products being sold that were not, not legal,” McCusker said. “We tried to address this concern multiple times in different ways and they were not being recognised.”State law allows vendors to sell “cottage foods,” like jams breads and pastries, without a permit. Food not allowed includes meat and fish products, baked goods that require refrigeration and cheeses – basically anything that requires temperature control to insure food safety. Packaged foods must be labeled.The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation handles food safety and sanitation for farmers markets around the state. Because of state budget cuts the DEC closed their office in Kodiak 2016. DEC representatives visited Kodiak four times in 2017 for inspections, but they did not inspect farmers markets. They have not yet visited in 2018.“We are the managers of the fairgrounds,” McCusker said. “We lease the property from the borough, so if state law is not being followed we are liable and so is the borough.”As a result of the allegations, Deplazes recently moved the venue for the farmers market from the fairgrounds, across town to the Kodiak Baptist Mission. Then, McCusker announced that the fair board will host a new farmers market at the fairgrounds.Farmers market vendor, Judy Hamilton says she has never seen problems with Deplazes’ management.“She’s always addressed concerns about things and i really think — her management style is loose, but she also makes sure that everyone that comes in, alright you’re going to sign this, here’s the cottage rules, if you have a question you need to talk to DEC,” Hamilton said.And Hamilton adds that there is such a demand for fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables in Kodiak, that perhaps another farmer’s market isn’t such a bad idea.“There is a tremendous market for all those things, so we can just hope that Kodiak growers can expand to fill it,” Hamilton said, adding that she plans to be at the new Kodiak Farmers Market location at the Baptist Mission on Saturdays.
Globant SA, CEO Martin Migoya (C) and company officials ring the opening bell to celebrate the company’s IPO at the New York Stock ExchangeReutersAfter the wave of gloom that recently hit the Indian IT sector, thanks to the reported mass layoffs, things finally seem to be looking up. Buenos Aires-based IT giant Globant has said that it plans to increase its presence in India and hire more people globally.Globant is Argentina’s largest IT brand and has been in India since 2016 when it acquired Clarice Technologies in a deal valued at about Rs 120 crore ($20 million). In the months that Globant has been in India, it has increased its workforce to about 500 and intends to add about 700 more people.Speaking about the firm’s decision to set foot in India, Martin Migoya, CEO, told the Economic Times: “When we saw Indian IT firms doing well, we said there was no reason this couldn’t be done out of Latin America.”Migoya also opened up about increasing its presence in India and said: “India is important for us. Once this expansion is complete, it would form about 20% of our total employee base. Our leaders here will help propel global growth,”Globant hiring techies comes at a time when the word automation is giving jitters to the Indian IT sector. The IT firm is one of the first ones to provide digital services to its clients.”We operate in a segment where demand is growing at 25-30% unlike traditional IT, which is growing at 2-3%; the market is growing at five times the pace of traditional IT, which is why we still continue to grow,” ET quoted Guibert Englebienne, CTO of Globant.Englebienne also explained that Globant works in a different way as it does not believe in cutting costs but works towards increasing revenue.Founded in 2003, Globant currently operates in 11 countries – Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, Brazil, the United States, Peru, India, Mexico, Chile and Spain – through 35 development centres with 6,000 employees.Meanwhile, the Indian IT sector is slowly moving towards automation and this has created ripples in the industry. It has also been said that the industry is likely to hire lesser number of people over the years. Workers are pictured beneath clocks displays time zones in various parts of the world at an outsourcing centre in Bangalore, February 29, 2012.Reuters file”With automation, the number of people we are hiring in the past will not be the same. It will slow down a little bit. We are also looking at hiring very differential kind of people,” Indian Express had earlier quoted Krishnamurthy Shankar, executive vice-president, group head, human resource development, Infosys, as saying.Pankaj Bansal, co-founder and chief executive officer of PeopleStrong, noted that the job cuts due to automation may not show a drastic impact right away, but it will be visible by around 2020. “The change has started, with companies introducing bots for customer service, managing warehouses, etc.,” he told LiveMint.
Share Associated PressConservative MP Tobias Ellwood, left, stands amongst the emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain’s Parliament “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.” The Metropolitan Police says in a statement that the incident is ongoing. It is urging people to stay away from the area. Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers. Nearby, witnesses say a vehicle struck several people on the Westminster Bridge. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP).The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on one of London’s famous bridges and then stabbed a police officer to death at Britain’s Parliament. In a somber but defiant statement, Britain’s prime minister declared that “we are not afraid.” The man who killed three people Wednesday and was shot to death by police was born in Britain and once came under investigation for links to religious extremism, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday in a sweeping speech before the House of Commons. British officials named the attacker as Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old with criminal convictions who was living in the West Midlands, which includes the central city of Birmingham. Police raided properties in London and Birmingham, and made eight arrests. An Utah man visiting London with his wife for their 25th anniversary and a British woman who was a school administrator were killed by the SUV attack on Westminster Bridge and at least 29 others were hospitalized, seven critically. May set an unyielding tone Thursday, saluting the heroism of police as well as the ordinary actions of everyone who went about their lives in the aftermath. “As I speak millions will be boarding trains and airplanes to travel to London, and to see for themselves the greatest city on Earth,” she told the House of Commons. “It is in these actions – millions of acts of normality – that we find the best response to terrorism —a response that denies our enemies their victory, that refuses to let them win, that shows we will never give in.” Parliament began its moment of silence at 9:33 a.m., honoring the shoulder number of the slain officer, Keith Palmer, a 15-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police and a former soldier. Then Parliament, which was locked down after the attack, returned to business — a counter to those who had attacked British democracy. In 1,000-year-old Westminster Hall, the oldest part of Parliament’s buildings, politicians, journalists and parliamentary staff lined up to sign a book of condolences for the victims. Among them was a uniformed policeman, who wrote: “Keith, my friend, will miss you.” The rampage was the first deadly incident at Parliament since 1979, when Conservative lawmaker Airey Neave was killed in a car bombing by Irish militants. Some parliamentarians said they were shaken, and all were somber. But they were also determined. “There is no such thing as 100 percent security,” said Menzies Campbell, a member of the House of Lords. “We have to learn to live with that.” The London attack echoed deadly vehicle rampages in Nice, France, and Berlin last year that IS has claimed. The Islamic State group said through its Aamaq News Agency that the London attacker was a soldier of the Islamic State who “carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting citizens of the coalition” of countries fighting IS in Syria and Iraq. The IS group has been responsible for numerous bloody attacks around the globe and has specifically called for Western followers to carry out this kind of attack in their own countries, though the group has also claimed events later found to have no clear links to it. Police believe the attacker acted alone and there is no reason to believe “imminent further attacks” are planned, May said. He had been investigated before but police believed he was a peripheral figure, May said. Labour Party lawmaker Khalid Mahmood, who represents part of Birmingham, condemned the “barbaric attack” and urged his fellow Muslims to report concerns about radicalization to the police. “We have to condemn this outright,” he said. “There are no ifs or buts. This is a hugely tragic incident. These people do not belong to any faith. They certainly don’t belong to my faith of Islam.” Mahmood said the attacker and those like him “should be condemned by everybody and this shouldn’t serve as a tool for division within our community.” Many suspects in British terror attacks and plots have roots in the city, which has been described in a recent terror analysis by the Henry Jackson Society conservative think tank as a center for Islamist extremism. Several local mosques have also been linked to extremist clerics. British security forces have foiled 13 plots in the past four years. There are currently thousands of extremists in the U.K. who are known to officials but only a fraction of whom are under surveillance, according to a security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about ongoing security operations. It takes dozens of officers to watch just one terror suspect. Witnesses said the attacker went straight after the police officer after ramming into the pedestrians. “This man got out of the car with two knives in his hands and while he was running he was stabbing people. He arrived in front of the entrance to the parliament and he started to stab a policeman,” said Vincenzo Mangiacarpe, an Italian boxer who was visiting Parliament. “You can imagine if someone was playing a drum on your back with 2 knives – he gave him around 10 stabs in the back, then he left the policeman and he came toward us.” Metropolitan Police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley revised the death toll from five to four, including the attacker. He said 29 people required hospitalization and seven of them were in critical condition. He also said that authorities were still working out the number of “walking wounded.” Police had previously given the total number of wounded in Wednesday’s attack as around 40. May said people from 11 countries were among the victims. They included 12 Britons, three French, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one German, one Pole, two Irish, one Chinese, one Italian, one American and two Greeks required hospital treatment. Kurt Cochran, a Utah man visiting London with his wife Melissa for their 25th anniversary, was named as among the dead by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was seriously injured in the attack as is still hospitalized. President Donald Trump was among the world leaders offering their condolences. London has been a target for terrorism many times over past decades and the threat level for the British capital was already listed at severe, meaning an attack was “highly likely.” Just this weekend, hundreds of armed police took part in an exercise simulating a “marauding” terror attack on a tourist boat on the River Thames. May said the attack in London targeted “free people everywhere,” and she said she had a response for those behind it: “You will not defeat us.”
Share Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeHarris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced a program to store the firearms of individuals against whom a protective order has been granted. Protective orders are common in domestic violence cases.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is launching a program to store firearms that belong to people involved in protective orders.Protective orders are commonly granted to victims of domestic violence, as well as in cases of dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking.Federal and state laws prohibit that abusers have firearms.The way the program is designed, judges will give respondents of protective orders the option of surrendering their firearms. Subsequently, the person who has committed the offense will meet with a designated Sheriff’s deputy and surrender the firearm for temporary storage.Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said a press conference the goal is having “a process in place where we could diminish some of the volatile nature of some of these relationships” because sometimes “things can start spiraling out of control and then the access to weapons, to firearms, you know, can become very deadly.”Gonzalez noted that more than 40 percent of homicides committed in Harris County have some connection to domestic violence.Harris County District Judge Judy Warne has been involved in creating a program of this kind for years. She said that, because respondents of protective orders didn’t have an option like this up until now, “they were then faced with either having to sell their weapon or transfer it to someone else, or be in violation of the order.”“To take a gun and ask a respondent to voluntarily surrender it during a time when their relationship is so volatile,” Warne emphasized, “is a huge step in the right direction to protect the victims of domestic violence.”Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg also attended the press conference and praised the initiative. State District Judge Angelina Gooden, Judge-Elect Barbara Stalder, and Barbie Brashear, executive director of the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council –which, along with Judge Warne, has been a driving force for the initiative– were also at the press conference.The firearms will be returned if a judge instructs the Sheriff’s Office to do so.You can watch the press conference on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Stay on target Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter One astronaut’s waste is another astronaut’s 3D-printed tool.Scientists have discovered a way to turn urine and exhaled carbon dioxide (CO2) into plastic and food for use in long-distance space travel.Spaceships don’t have much room for carry-on luggage; every extra ounce adds to the cost of fuel required to escape Earth’s gravity. So those hoping to boldly go where no man has gone before better pack light.“If astronauts are going to make journeys that span several years, we’ll need to find a way to reuse and recycle everything they bring with them,” Clemson University professor and study lead Mark Blenner said in a statement. “Atom economy will become really important.”The solution, if you think about it, is actually quite simple: Astronauts constantly cultivate waste from breathing, eating, and using materials.But unlike us Earthlings, rocketeers can’t just nip to the corner shop or apply for two-day Amazon delivery. So, in an effort to help mankind go farther for longer, Blenner and his team developed ways to recycle molecules and convert them into vital products, like polyesters and nutrients.“Having a biological system that astronauts can awaken from a dormant state to start producing what they need, when they need it, is the motivation for our project,” Blenner said.Yeast Yarrowia lipolytica requires nitrogen and carbon—abundant in urine (via American Chemical Society)That system includes various strains of the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica, which require nitrogen and carbon to grow, and can produce omega-3 fatty acids (good for heart, eye, and brain health) and generate polyester polymers (for use in a 3D printer).While current yeast strains spawn only small amounts of the necessary stocks, scientists are working to boost output. There is no word on when this system may be put into place. But fingers crossed it’s ready before we up and move to Mars.Blenner’s work was presented Tuesday during the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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