TORONTO — An Ontario judge is expected to deliver a sentence today for a Toronto man who tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria.Pamir Hakimzadah, 29, pleaded guilty in early February to one count of leaving Canada to participate in a terrorist activity.The prosecution is seeking a six-year sentence while the defence is asking for sentence of three years and seven months.Hakimzadah admitted to leaving Toronto for Turkey in 2014 where he tried to find a way into Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.A taxi driver who believed Hakimzadah was trying to join the terrorist group turned him in to authorities, who sent him back to Canada.A family member told police about Hakimzadah’s support for ISIL two years later.The Canadian Press
Rabat – The Moroccan Ministry of the Interior has launched a campaign to replace local authorities in various Moroccan cities and towns.According to the Ministry of the Interior, the move comes as a follow-up to King Mohammed VI’s instructions to equip Morocco with a modernized and responsive public administration.On Wednesday this week, King Mohammed VI addressed a Royal Order to the Interior Ministry urging it to devise a new system of recruitment of public officials based on “merit, competence, and equal opportunities.” Of the 1,574 people concerned with the ministry’s move to reshuffle administrative representation in cities across the country, some officials been promoted to higher offices, while others have been fired “for grave errors in the exercise of their duties.”In a recent press release, the Interior Ministry explained the reasons for the move in terms of “the necessity to reinvigorate and reorganize” the Moroccan public administration. The move mainly concerns public officials who have worked for four years or more in the same position.According to the statement, the move is a structured shift aiming to bring more dynamism by making public officials more accountable and more responsive to citizens’ demands.“This operation is a partial redeployment measure that will seek to establish a match between positions [in public offices] and skills, fill vacant positions, and meet social and health concerns.”212 officials have been promoted to high public offices, including: 22 former pashas, presidents of city councils, and chairpersons of district councils promoted to secretary-general; 163 caids promoted to pasha and city councilor; and 27 khalifs promoted to caid.Meanwhile, whereas 114 new graduates of the Royal Institute of Administration have been integrated in public offices, 110 former administrative authorities have been punished for both “disciplinary reasons and lack of respect for their mandates and duties as state representatives.” This included cases of revocation, firing, demotion, as well as written reproach and warnings.The statement also pointed out that this “vast operation of administrative reconstitution” is in line with King Mohammed VI’s plan to rebuild the Moroccan administration by promoting excellence and inclusiveness. It said that the main objective remains to ensure a culture of “responsive, accountable, and competent” public service.
Rabat -The Moroccan Karate team has won 15 medals during the ongoing African Games 2019, in Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex, in Rabat. The wins include nine gold medals, four silver, and two bronze.Sayah Aicha won the gold medal in the under 50 kg category. Nisrin Brouk (-68 kg), Abderrahmane Eddaqaq (-67 kg), Achraf Ouchene (+84 kg), Sanae Agalmam, and Mohamed El Hanni also won gold in the individual Kata competitions.The Moroccan national teams for men and women won the Kata team competitions, while the women’s team also won the Kumite team competition, earning Morocco its ninth gold medal in Karate competitions. In the men’s Kumite team competition, the national team earned a silver medal. Abdesalam Ameknassi (-60 kg), Khaoula Ouhmad (-55 kg), and Nabil Chaabi (-84 kg) also won silver medals in their respective categories. Ibtissam Sadini (-61 kg) and Yassine Sekouri (-75 kg) all placed third in their competitions, winning bronze medals.The Moroccan Royal Federation of Karate’s general secretary, Abdelhay El Kantaoui, commended “the honorable results achieved by the Moroccan Karate team during the African Games”, in a statement to the Moroccan press agency MAP.“These results are the fruit of many preparation stages that Moroccan Karate has participated in, such as the African Championship, in Botswana, where Morocco won 11 gold medal with 18 participants, or the Arab Championship, in Tunisia, where Morocco won 4 gold medals,” he added.The latest wins by Moroccan Karate team bring the total of medals earned by Moroccan athletes to 68, with 22 gold, 19 silver, and 27 bronze.Morocco remains in the 3rd spot in the medals board of the African Games in their 8th day, behind Egypt with 116 medals (37 gold) and South Africa with 56 medals (25 gold).The African Games 2019, held in Morocco, will continue until the end of August. More than 6,000 athletes, from 54 countries, in 29 different sports are participating in this year’s games. It is Morocco’s first time participating in the African Games, after its return to the African Union in 2017.Read also: Morocco Wins Gold in Equestrian Show Jumping at African Games
Training and equipment supplied by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has helped emergency workers search for sources of radioactivity during rescue work following the massive earthquake that hit China’s Sichuan province last month.In the two weeks immediately following the earthquake, a team of radioactive source search and recovery experts fanned out across all disaster-stricken areas. The teams used radiation detection equipment to pinpoint the location of 50 sources and safely recover all of them, according to China’s National Nuclear Safety Administration. Most of the sources were used in industry.Under an IAEA Technical Cooperation Project launched in early 2007, staff from Chinese national authorities were trained in how to search for radioactive sources, and to then control and dispose of them safely.A series of week-long national training workshops on recovery was attended by some 100 Chinese search team members from each of the country’s 31 provinces.“At the time of the training workshops, we had no clue that the training and equipment would be used in such a disaster,” explained Nabil Lutfi, the IAEA Programme Management Officer responsible for organizing the workshops.In addition to the training that Chinese authorities received, the IAEA made an in-kind contribution of radiation detection and search equipment.The 7.9-magnitude earthquake of 12 May devastated China’s mountainous Sichuan province, killing an estimated 69,000 people and causing extensive property damage. 12 June 2008Training and equipment supplied by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has helped emergency workers search for sources of radioactivity during rescue work following the massive earthquake that hit China’s Sichuan province last month.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has voiced its deep concern about the impact on children of the escalating violence in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, and called on all parties to protect the well-being of young people. “In the past weeks, we have witnessed a series of incidents in which Palestinian and Israeli children have lost their lives, sometimes in the most horrifying manner,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Special Representative to the occupied Palestinian territory. “Many children have also been injured and have witnessed the deaths and injuries of close relatives. We call upon all parties to do everything in their power to protect children and put an end to violence.” According to UNICEF, eight Palestinian children have died since the beginning of this year as a result of the violence, including three who were killed in the Gaza Strip two days ago. More than 60 children have been injured. On Wednesday, several Israeli children were injured by an explosive device planted near a bus stop in Jerusalem, while three Israeli children were killed in the West Bank earlier this month, including a three-month-old baby. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other UN officials have voiced their concern in recent days over the escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel, calling for an immediate cessation of violence and efforts to resume the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. 25 March 2011The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has voiced its deep concern about the impact on children of the escalating violence in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, and called on all parties to protect the well-being of young people.
A statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman late on Friday said the Secretary-General looked forward to continued implementation of the Road Map, leading to a permanent settlement of the conflict based on Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) 338 (1973) and 1397 (2002). The accord provides for withdrawal of Israeli forces from agreed positions first in the Gaza Strip and then in Bethlehem. The Palestinian Authority will resume security responsibility in the areas concerned.“The Secretary-General commends the vital role played by the United States in facilitating this critically important agreement,” the statement said.
by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2015 2:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta’s finance minister Robin Campbell is expected to deliver more bad news when he presents an update on this year’s budget. Campbell in shown in this Tuesday, April 29, 2014 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh Alberta’s current budget yo-yos from surplus to deficit back to $465M surplus EDMONTON – This year’s Alberta budget has yo-yoed from a projected surplus to a deficit and back to a surplus, showing close to a $1-billion turnaround from a little over six weeks ago.Finance Minister Robin Campbell released third-quarter numbers Tuesday that forecast a $465-million surplus for the 2014-15 fiscal year.Last month, Premier Jim Prentice announced there would be a $500-million deficit with little chance of a late rally.Campbell said the changes speak to the volatility of oil prices, which form the bedrock of Alberta’s day-to-day budget spending.“What the third-quarter results really show is how quickly and dramatically things can change,” Campbell told a news conference at the legislature.“More often the driver of many of Alberta’s challenges is oil. And our reliance on the oil and energy price roller-coaster is something we must change.”Campbell said the improved bottom line comes from increases in the corporate tax take, along with a better return on investments and money from the federal government for flood relief.Alberta forecast a $1.1-billion surplus in last March’s budget, but reduced that to $933 million in late November before Prentice announced the deficit on Jan. 8.The government says it is now on track to spend $44.3 billion on $44.7 billion worth of revenue for the year ending March 31.Non-renewable resource revenue is expected to finish down $503 million to $8.7 billion. The province originally budgeted oil to stay around US$95 a barrel. That has been downgraded to an estimated $44 per barrel for the rest of the fiscal year.The long-term Heritage Savings Trust Fund is expected to reach $19 billion, and the short-term rainy-day Contingency Fund is anticipated to rise to $6.3 billion.The province is drawing out the timelines on some capital projects to reduce costs but is not cancelling anything. Alberta is forecast to take on $12 billion in debt for capital projects.Campbell warned, however, that while the news right now is good, the forecast down the road is not, given that oil prices remain mired around the US$50-a-barrel range after spiking at US$108 last summer.He reiterated that low oil prices are predicted to take a $7-billion bite out of next year’s budget, which is to be introduced sometime in March.Campbell has already said the province is looking to cut spending by five per cent across the board.Prentice has also talked about raising personal income taxes but has said corporate taxes and oil royalties won’t be touched.“What we will do is fix the fiscal foundation of the province so future generations don’t face the same issues they do today,” said Campbell.NDP finance critic Brian Mason said the budgetary peaks and valleys are symptomatic of a Progressive Conservative government that has promised — and failed — for years to wean Alberta’s operational spending off natural resources.And by ruling out corporate tax and royalty hikes, Prentice has decided that “the burden of resolving these problems lies on people who work for the government (and) people who depend on government services,” Mason said.Liberal critic Kent Hehr agreed, saying, “This government could easily win an Oscar for how it acts surprised whenever volatile resource revenue is volatile.”Wildrose member Drew Barnes said the government’s poor management puts Alberta on track for $16.6 billion in debt by 2017.
TORONTO – A new Equifax Canada report says low interest rates and falling oil prices drove up consumer debt and delinquency rates in the third quarter.The credit reporting agency found that average debt not including mortgages increased by 3.6 per cent to $22,081 in the quarter endedSept. 30 compared to the same period last year.Equifax says the percentage of people who are 90 days or more behind paying their debt grew to 1.14 per cent from 1.05 per cent during the same year-over-year period.It says the increase in delinquency was largely driven by oil-producing provinces in Western Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador, where default rates tend to be higher.Total consumer debt remains on the rise fuelled in part by low interest rates, it said.“What we are seeing in Western Canada and Newfoundland would be of more concern if people in the two regions hit hard by the oil bust were also piling on a lot more debt and they are not, especially in Alberta and Saskatchewan,” Regina Malina, senior director of decision insights at Equifax Canada, said in a release issued Wednesday.“The majority of consumers are actually decreasing their debt, but those who are still increasing it are adding larger amounts on average and by enough to increase the total levels. The fact is people who can afford to do so are buying more cars, spending more on housing and borrowing more from financial institutions.”As of the third quarter, Canadian consumers owed $1.702 trillion, including mortgages, compared to $1.587 trillion a year earlier.Equifax said auto and instalment loan sectors showed significant increases of 7.8 per cent and 7.7 per cent in the third quarter year-over-year, respectively.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version did not specify that the average debt of $22,081 does not include mortgages, while the overall debt figure of $1.702 trillion includes mortgages. Consumer debt and delinquency rates climb in third quarter: Equifax by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 7, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The court was told Kinsella was asked by Paul Gerrard, father of the then Reds’ star, to intervene after he said his son was being terrorised by a gangster known as the “Psycho”.In a letter that was read out in court Mr Gerrard Senior told of his family’s gratitude after “threats from the Liverpool underworld” stopped. A “mob fixer” who stopped a gangster terrorising Steven Gerrard, the footballer, has been shot dead by a gunman on a bicycle.John Kinsella was shot by a cyclist who Merseyside Police believe was wearing a hi-vis jacket.The 53-year-old victim died at the scene of Saturday’s early-morning shooting at St Helens Linkway, Rainhill Stoops.Mr Kinsella, who lived locally, was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services were called at 7am to reports of a “firearms discharge”.He had served time in jail for his part in a £41,000 robbery in Grantham, Lincolnshire, in 2006.He went on the run shortly before a jury found him guilty of stealing thousands of pounds worth of detergents, crisps and Easter eggs.He was captured in Amsterdam in 2009 and began a 10-year jail term in Lincoln prison.During his trial, the jury heard how Kinsella had stopped a gangster terrorising then Liverpool football star Steven Gerrard. Kinsella stopped a gangster terrorising Steven GerrardCredit:Kirk O’Rourke/Rangers FC It said: “Steven and I have total respect for John for what he did for us.”Merseyside Police have appealed for information on Saturday’s shooting as they released a description of the suspected gunman.Detective Superintendent Lee Turner said: “The offender is reported to have been around 6ft tall, of slim build and wearing dark clothing and a hi-vis jacket.”He is also believed to have been riding a mountain bike.”Mr Turner urged anyone who used the slip road between 6.30am and 7.30am on Saturday, particularly those with dash cam footage, to get in touch with police.
Romanian left-back Dan-Emil Racotea will join Hungarian Telekom Veszprem in summer 2019 according Polish website Sportowefakty.pl. The 22-years old shooter playing at Polish vice-champions Orlen Wisla Plock since 2014, when he came from domestic CSM Bucharest after call received by Spanish coach Manolo Cadenas.Legendary Serbian left back Momir Ilic is going to retire in 2019 at the end of his current contract with Hungarian champions, so Racotea could be a good replacement for shooter, who joined Veszprem in 2013. ← Previous Story The 46th Yellow Cup in Winterthur on December 29/30 Next Story → Filip Ivic leaves Croatian preparation for Men’s EHF EURO 2018 Dan-Emil Racotea
Share131 Tweet Email1 Apr 4th 2019, 10:47 PM By Stephen McDermott Garda warning over hoax callers who threaten to deport those who pick up A number of Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service customers have received the calls. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4577665 27,127 Views Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 10:46 PM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/weedezign Image: Shutterstock/weedezign GARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED a warning after a number of Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) customers were called by a person purporting to be from the service.According to gardaí, the caller has told individuals that they are the subject of a deportation order from authorities in their home country and face being deported that day.The caller also claims they are working for the INIS on behalf of the Irish government to recoup an administration payment which will prevent the person’s deportation.Gardaí say the caller requests the payment be made to an account in their country of origin, and that the caller ID number is a real INIS number.The caller is also reported to direct people to the website address for payment, where the number appears to be legitimate.“This is an attempted fraud,” a garda statement said.“INIS does not and will not contact applicants by telephone in relation to any such payments to accounts abroad.“INIS does not under any circumstances request payment for its services over the telephone.”Gardaí added that anyone facing deportation will have been involved in a detailed process, and would be notified in writing by registered post in advance of their deportation.They reminded customers to be vigilant, not to give details of their immigration application status to callers if they did not know who they were, and to contact INIS or gardaí if someone demanded payment of money.
En images : des ossements royaux découverts dans une tombe vieille de 1.000 ansMagdebourg, Allemagne – Un peu plus de 1.000 ans après son décès, la Reine Eadgyth a été retrouvée dans une cathédrale d’Allemagne. Ses ossements ont depuis été remis à des chercheurs dans sa région natale, le Wessex, afin de confirmer son identité.Elle était la petite fille d’Alfred le Grand et la femme d’Otton Premier du Saint-Empire, l’un des hommes les plus puissants d’Europe au Xe siècle. Il était connu pour être l’empereur des Romains ainsi que pour ses victoires. Elle vécut à ses côtés jusqu’à sa mort : elle était alors âgée de seulement 36 ans. La Reine Eadgyth reste à ce jour l’un des plus vieux membres de la famille royale anglaise.Ses ossements ont été incroyablement bien conservés : ils étaient enveloppés dans un drap de soie, à l’abri d’un cercueil de plomb depuis 1510, date de la seconde rénovation du tombeau.Les scientifiques étaient convaincus que les restes de la Reine avaient été dispersés, et ceci même si sa tombe était indiquée par un monument dans la cathédrale. En effet, il était fort courant au XXe siècle que des dépouilles soient échangées à cause des longues distances qui séparaient souvent le logis de la victime et le lieu de l’enterrement.À lire aussiUne vaste nécropole découverte en Egypte révèle les sarcophages de quarante momiesEt pourtant, en 2008, ils se sont décidés à ouvrir le tombeau pour y découvrir le squelette, pratiquement entier, d’une femme dont l’âge est situé entre 30 et 40 ans. Il s’agirait très probablement de la Reine. De plus, son nom était inscrit sur le cercueil en plomb qui la contient et où une description des rénovations effectuées en 1510 était apposée.Les os vont donc être analysés à l’université de Bristol afin de déterminer s’il s’agit bien des ossements de la défunte reine.Découvrir les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/reine-eadgyth/decouverte-en-images-un-tombeau-royal-vieux-de-1-000-ans-mis-au-jour_art5416.htmlLe 21 janvier 2010 à 12:47 • Emmanuel Perrin
T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Monster Hunter ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Gundam Shirts Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail-order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: Summer is upon us and if you’re going to hit the suft, do it in these geeky beach shirts.Tropical AttackWe typically associate AT-ATs with the frosty battle on Hoth, but these Empire juggernauts are remarkably versatile weapons of war and can be deployed anywhere – even a nice beach full of palm trees. This stylish shirt by zerobriant silhouettes a trio of them against the setting sun to come ruin the Rebel barbecue or whatever. A little distressed finish completes the design.$20, buy it here.Skull BeachEverybody loves the beach, even skeletons. We dig the punk-inspired line style of this design from Controlx, depicting a boney fellow losing his head in the sand after one too many beers in the hot, hot sun. Wait, can skeletons drink beer? If they do, where does it go? So many questions, so few answers.$20, buy it here.Surf’s Up BatmanI miss the days when the Caped Crusader could throw on a pair of Bermuda shorts and hit the beach to fight crime. No diss against the dark and gritty, but what is Bruce Wayne supposed to do on those short summer nights when the sun doesn’t go down until nearly nine? Catch up on his TV shows? Artist sittinginclover does a great job with this throwback Batman tee.$20, buy it here.Bluth’s Original Frozen BananaThere’s always money in the banana stand, they say, until you accidentally burn it down. Arrested Development fans can show their love for the series, which just returned for a fifth season on Netflix, with this shirt depicting the logo of the Bluth family’s only legitimate business. OK, semi-legitimate. Props to JacobCharlesDietz for the note-perfect shirt design.$20, buy it here.Shield Surfin’OK, so Link isn’t technically at the beach in this design from prolific artish wytrab8, but shield surfing is a summer sport that you can do just about anywhere, from sandy dunes to rolling hills in Hyrule. What matters is that our little elf dude is spending his time goofing off instead of rushing to rescue Zelda, and that’s the true spirit of the season.$20, buy it here.Rad SharkIf we’re gonna talk about the beach, we need to at least pay lip service to the ocean’s most dynamic predator. Wait, do sharks even have lips? Now we’re going to be on Wikipedia for a few hours trying to figure this out. Artist vincent021 gives us a super-slick 80s take on the mighty shark, replete with neon colors, dynamic composition and a heaping helping of style. Let us know if they have lips in the comments maybe.$20, buy it here.Baywatch LogoI’ll be honest with you guys: I don’t think I can rock the one-piece made famous by Pamela Anderson on Baywatch this summer. I’m all about being body positive, but I’ve also been “pizza positive” and out of kindness to my family am going to have to opt for something a little more modest. Like this shirt from chasematt that reproduces the logo of the iconic 90s surf, sand and drama show for the modern era.$20, buy it here.SkeletoneJudging from his complexion, we don’t think that He-Man villain Skeletor hits the beach all too often. But in this ridiculous shirty by wytrab8, he’s doing just that accompanied by his feline companion Panthor, who seems to want to show all of Eternia his master’s pale beach buns. If this got out on whatever the Eternian equivalent of Instagram was it’d give Hordak material to roast him for decades.$20, buy it here.The Beach Girls And The MonsterThe mid-60s were the glory days of beach film, as moviegoers flocked to watch California cuties frolick in the sun and occasionally get murdered by hideous beasts. 1965 Frank Sinatra Jr. vehicle The Beach Girls and the Monster features a genetically mutated South American fish that comes shambling out of the sea to chow down on the titular Beach Girls. If you’re a retro horror fan, this shirt by ViolentAbduction will hit the spot.$20, buy it here.Beach ZombieContinuing on the horror tip, this shirt from Ayotaillustration mixes classic good girl cheesecake art with some grisly rotting corpses to create a scene of sun-soaked horror. Who’s to say that the walking – or in this case, crawling – dead don’t deserve some time off? Sure, they can’t swim but there’s plenty of other stuff to do at the beach. Like chow down on your fellow beachgoers.$20, buy it here.Brain On HolidayProbably the best thing about going to the beach is that it frees you up to not actually think about anything. Hell, it’s even too hot to look at your phone. We cherish those precious hours of absolute idiocy, and this shirt from Sviali memorializes them in a truly great way. So throw on your shorts, grab one of these shirts and head out to the shore for a little much-deserved R&R this weekend.$20, buy it here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Sunday Night Heat/WWE NetworkThe Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online is reporting that Sunday Night Heat looks to be the next classic content that will be featured on the WWE Network.While the number of episodes that will be uploaded right away remains to be seen, it appears the first year of the show will be uploaded when it premiered in 1998.Heat started as a one-hour series on the USA Network in August of 1998 featuring pre-taped matches and airing live once a month before Pay Per View events. It would later air on MTV, TNN/Spike TV and WWE.com before officially ending in 2008. It’s most highly touted episode took place in 1999 during the half time of Super Bowl XXXIII featuring The Rock vs. Mankind in a pre-taped empty arena match for the WWE Championship. Twitter John Cena teams with The Rock’s production companyVariety is reporting that WWE star John Cena will star in the new film “The Janson Detective” from Universal Pictures with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dany Garcia producing through their Seven Bucks Productions company.Rock issued the following tweet on Monday making the announcement:Found my star! Been a long time coming and congrats to my good bud @JohnCena on landing the lead role for our film, THE JANSON DIRECTIVE. And if you screw up, I’m layin’ the smackdown on ya Lets work hard and make a good one. @SevenBucksProd https://t.co/pfYKbBGHAa— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 30, 2018Rock also released this video on Instagram about the big news: Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tops Forbes Magazine’s Highest Paid Actors of 2019 list Pinterest WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel WhatsApp Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announces “Ballers” to end on HBO with Season Five Facebook
“A good printer is your partner, not just your supplier.”That’s what former DLG Media Holdings COO Dana Spain-Smith told FOLIO: a little more than a year ago, and it still holds true. Just as many publishers are delving into products and services beyond their core competencies, printers are keeping pace, and looking to establish themselves as one-stop shops for publishers, by bulking up on offerings beyond ink on paper. New services include everything from digital magazine production, CMS, data, ad sales and mobile platforms.“These product offerings are very different from the services printers have traditionally offered,” says Justin Kissida, senior marketing communication specialist for Brown Printing Company. “We’re breaking the barriers between the relationship of printers working solely with publishers’ production departments with innovative products that get the marketing and ad sales teams involved with things like ad sales intelligence.” Kissida says Brown is able to offer publishers the same or better pricing due to their service agreements and partnerships with service providers. But lower costs aside, it’s still a major decision whether or not to turn over tech and data to a printer.Here’s a look at a few of the new services that printers are and will be offering to publishers, and how they stack up against enterprise solutions.CMS SolutionsIn the first quarter of 2010, Publishers Press will launch a fully-hosted suite of content management services called “Tarpon.”The printer-gone-CMS provider assimilated multiple software resources and a host of services to provide clients with a “best of class” content management and distribution system, says Publishers Press executive vice president Michael Simon. They teamed up with Atex to offer its Polopoly content management system; Mark Logic to offer an XML repository; Temis for text mining; Bronto for e-mailing marketing services and Omniture for analytics.While open source CMS options are becoming increasingly attractive to publishers, an enterprise system still has some advantages, according to Simon. “You can get ‘freeware’ to do this, but the integration of freeware can lead to long-term legacy costs. All the challenges of backup and upgrades will reside on our end.”The deterrent to an enterprise solution, of course, is that it can cost thousands of dollars. That’s why the Publishers Press model will be a monthly lease program that’s dependent on seats and viewers, which Simon says should level the playing field for smaller and larger publishers when it comes to digital infrastructure. “We can make this affordable,” he adds. “What otherwise would potentially be multi-million dollar systems to an individual client, we can offer at more palatable price point.”Publishers Press is hoping to have magazine publishing clients beta testing shortly after January.Mobile OfferingsAnother way printers are shaking up their offerings is by delving into mobile. B.Mobile integrates products from Brown’s sister company Prinovis and NeoMedia Inc. to provide a total solution package.Nada Marjanovich, publisher and editor of 100,000-circ. Long Island Pulse, says her team did its due diligence to research a number of vendors before opting for Brown’s service. “Our first thought was ’Oh, we can’t go with Brown, we already use them as our printer!’” she says. But after much consideration, the title, launched in 2005, opted for the printer to incorporate this technology for the first time in their November 2009 issue.As of early December, Long Island Pulse saw 10 sign ups per day from readers using and scanning the mobile pages of the issue. In order to explain the service and get readers on the mobile bandwagon, Marjanovich says the magazine is appealing to them through a “Do You 2D?” ad campaign with call outs scattered throughout the November issue. There were six house ads and opportunities to use this technology throughout the issue. The magazine plans to use it for both editorial content, as well as with advertising initiatives.Marjanovich wouldn’t disclose specifics, but says “every deal comes with its own structure.” Kissida says B.Mobile costs around $1,000 per issue run (pricing is built on a base charge plus a per transaction fee) with Brown taking care of all barcode creation and creating mobile phone-optimized Web pages. Digital Edition ProviderPublishers have had the option of receiving digital editions through printers for a few years now. Talty O’Connor, founder and president of Gulf Shores, Alabama-based Covey Communications Corp. decided in March 2008 to use Publishers Press for its SportsEvents and ConventionSouth digital editions.When Covey’s publishing model changed significantly in 2009, putting more emphasis on its digital editions, the model slowly became a viable revenue stream. Now, the “digital editions are a substantial part of the marketing program we offer to our advertisers,” O’Connor says. They have a recently-upgraded viewer via e-PubXpress, as well.In spite of a tough year industry-wide, Covey has been able to grow digital revenue in 2009 five-fold for about 14 percent of their total ad revenue from less than 3 percent in 2008. It also has been able to reduce expenses, much of which can be attributed to its “aggressive” digital and online media programs.
Zaira Wasim quits BollywoodTwitterDangal fame Zaira Wasim has announced her disassociation from Bollywood. The actress in a long Instagram post stated that she quits the industry as she is not happy.Zaira, who became immensely popular after her performances in Dangal and Secret Superstar, says that she has been struggling to get inner peace being in Bollywood, and hence decides to end her journey here.It is shocking to see Zaira take such a big step, especially after such a successful start in the industry.Read her full post below:5 years ago I made a decision that changed my life forever. As I stepped my foot in Bollywood, it opened doors of massive popularity for me. I started to become the prime candidate of public attention, I was projected as the gospel of the idea of success and was often identified as a role model for the youth. However, that’s never something that I set out to do or become, especially with regards to my ideas of success and failure, which I had just started to explore and understand. As I complete 5 years today, I want to confess that I am not truly happy with this identity i.e my line of work. For a very long time now it has felt like I have struggled to become someone else. As I had just started to explore and make sense of the things to which I dedicated my time, efforts and emotions and tried to grab hold of a new lifestyle, it was only for me to realise that though I may fit here perfectly, I do not belong here. This field indeed brought a lot of love, support, and applaud my way, but what it also did was to lead me to a path of ignorance, as I silently and unconsciously transitioned out of imaan.While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interferes with my imaan, my relationship with my religion was threatened. As I continued to ignorantly pass through while I kept trying to convince myself that what I was doing is okay and isn’t really affecting me, I lost all the Barakah from my life. Barakat is a word whose meaning isn’t just confined to happiness, quantity or blessing, it also focuses on the idea of stability, which is something I struggled with extensively. I was constantly battling with my soul to reconcile my thoughts and instincts to fix a static picture of my iman and I failed miserably, not just once but a hundred times. No matter how hard I tried to wrestle to firm my decision, I ended up being the same person with a motive that one day I will change and I will change soon. I kept procrastinating by tricking and deluding my conscience into the idea that I know what I am doing doesn’t feel right but assumed that I will put an end to this whenever the time feels right and I continued to put myself in a vulnerable position where it was always so easy to succumb to the environment that damaged my peace, iman and my relationship with Allah.I continued to observe things and twist my perceptions as I wanted them to be, without really understanding that the key is to see them as they are. I kept trying to escape but somehow I always ended up hitting a dead end, in an endless loop with a missing element that kept torturing me with a longing I was neither able to make sense of nor satisfy. Until I decided to confront my weakness and began to strive and correct my lack of knowledge and understanding by attaching my heart with the words of Allah. In the great and divine wisdom of the Quran, I found sufficiency and peace. Indeed the hearts find peace when it acquires the knowledge of Its Creator, His Attributes, His Mercy and His commandments. I began to heavily rely upon Allah’s mercy for my help and guidance instead of valuing my own believability. I discovered my lack of knowledge of the basic fundamentals of my religion and how my inability to reinforce a change earlier was a result of confusing my heart’s contentment and well being with strengthening and satisfying my own (shallow and worldly) desires. I discovered my disease of doubt & error that my heart was afflicted with- There are 2 types of diseases that attack the heart, one; DOUBT and Error and the second; LUST and Desire. Both are mentioned in the Quran.Allah says, ” In their hearts is a disease (of doubt & hypocrisy) and Allah has increased their disease. (Quran 2:101. And I realized the remedy to this could only be attained through the guidance of Allah and indeed Allah guided my path when I lost my way.Quran and the guidance of Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) became the weighing factor in my decision making and reasoning and it has changed my approach to life and its meaning. Our desires are a reflection of our morals, our values are an externalization of our internal integrity. Similarly, our relationship with the Quran and Sunttah defines and sets the tone of our relationship with Allah and our religion, our ambitions, purpose and the meaning of life. 1 carefully questioned the deepest sources of my ideas of success, meaning and the purpose of my life. The source code that governed and impacted my perceptions evolved into a different dimension. Success isn’t correlated with our biased, delusional and conventional shallow measures of life. Success is the accomplishment of the purpose of our creation. We have forgotten the purpose we were created for as we ignorantly continue to pass through our lives; deceiving our conscience. “And That the hearts of those who don’t believe in the hereafter, may incline to it (the deception) and that they may be well pleased with it and that they may earn what they are going to earn, (and it’ll be evil). (Quran 6:1131Our purpose, our righteousness or terribleness isn’t defined by our selfish consumption, it isn’t equated by the worldly measures. Allah says, “1 swear (by Al-Aso by time (that’s running out). Verily, man is drowning in great loss, with the exception of (a few) those who believe, do good deeds and call on another to the way of truth and counsel one another to patience and perseverance. (Quran 1031This journey has been exhausting, to battle my soul for so long. Life is too short yet too long to be at war with oneself. Therefore, today 1 arrive at this well-grounded decision and I officially declare my disassociation with this field. The success of the journey is dependent on how you take the first step and the reason why I am openly doing so is not to paint a holier picture of myself but this is the least 1 can do to start afresh and this is just my first step as I have arrived at the clarity of realisation of the path I wish to be on and strive for and during this time I may have consciously or unconsciously planted a seed of temptation in the hearts of many but my sincere advice to everyone is that no amount of success, fame, authority or wealth is worth trading or losing your peace or the light of your Imaan for. Strive not to surrender to your desires for desires are infinite and always leap out ahead of whatever has just been achieved.Do not deceive yourself or become deluded and find believability in the self assured biased narratives of the principles of deen-where one conceals the truth while knowing it or where one picks and chooses to accept only what suits his situation or desires the best. Sometimes we have deep flaw in our iman and we often cover it up with words and philosophies. What we say is not in our hearts and we seek every manner of excuse for clinging to it and indeed He is aware of the contradictions, He is aware of all the thoughts unspoken for He is All-Hearing (As-Sami), the All-Seeing (Al-Baseer), and :he All-Knowing (Al-Aleem). “And Allah knows what you conceal and what you reveal’: (Quran 16:191. Instead of valuing your own deceptive conviction, make genuine efforts to strive and discover and understand the truth yourself with a heart full of faith and sincerity. “0 you who have believed, if you are conscious of Allah, He will give you the ability to distinguish right from wrong” (Quran 8:29).Don’t look for role models or measures of success in the displeasure of Allah and the transgressions of His commandments. Do not allow such people to influence your choices in life or dictate your goals or ambitions. The Prophet said, ‘A person will be (raised on the day of with whom he lows.” And do not become arrogant to seek advice from the better informed but position yourself away from your ego and arrogance and rely only on Allah’s guidance, indeed only He is the turner of the hearts and the ones He guides, none can lead astray. Not everyone has the conscience or the conscious to recognise what we need to know or change and hence, it is not for us to judge, abuse, belittle or mock such people. It is our responsibility to make a positive impact by reinforcing the correct understanding by reminding each other. And remind, for indeed the reminder benefits the believers” (Quran 51:55). And we must do so not by ramming facts down each others throats by abuse or hostile behaviour or through violent disapproval but it can only be done through kindness and mercy that we can affect the people around us. )If you see that one of you has slipped, correct him, pray for him and do not help the shaytan against him by insulting or mocking him- Uniar Ibn Al-KhattaabjBut before we do that we must remember to exemplify Islam and it’s understanding ourselves in our knowledge and in our hearts, actions, intentions and behaviour and then use it to benefit the ones lack grasp on the fundamentals of the religion in terms of understanding, beliefs and manners. And remember that when you will start your journey or to find your ground in His Commandments- you are going face hardships, •sistance, ridicule or discomfort from others and sometimes it can come from people who you love and are the closest to you. Sometimes it can be because of how you have been acting previously or have acted all your life, but do not let it discourage you or lead you to lose hope in Allah’s mercy and guidance- for He is Al-Htidiy (The Guide). Do not let your previous actions stop you from seeking repentance, know that He is Al-Ghafaar (The repeatedly forgiving).Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves. IQuran, 2:222). Do not let the judgement. ridicule, abuse, words or fear of people take you off front the path of you wish to be on or stop you from expressing yourself to the fullest, remember He is Al-Wally the helper. Do not let the worry of tomorrow get in your way to reassess your life, for he is Ar-Rahaq (The Provider). It can be a tough, complicated and sometimes an unimaginably lonely path, especially in today’s time but remember the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “There will come upon the people a time when holding onto the religion will be like holding onto hot coat” May Allah guide our boats to find its shore and help is to distinguish between truth and deception. May Allah makes is strengthen us in our Inman and make us amongst the ones who engage in His remembrance and make our hearts firm and help us to remain steadfast. May Allah give us a better understanding of His wisdom and allow us to exhibit our efforts to alleviate doubt and error at individual levels and guide each other. May Allah cleanse our hearts from hypocrisy, arrogance and ignorance and rectify our intentions and grant us sincerity in speech and in our deeds. Ameen-Zaira Wasim
Prothom Alo File PhotoAfter collecting train tickets with too much of hassles, now Eid holidaymakers have been suffering immensely following disruption in the schedules of a number of trains, particularly of those that run on northern routes.The homebound people had to wait for hours at Kamalapur Railway Station since Friday morning due to the awful delay in train schedule, reports news agency UNB.Railways minister Nurul Islam Sujan visited the station in the morning and apologised for the delay of four trains on the first day of weekend ahead of the Eid.”A total of 18 trains left Dhaka till 10:00am while the schedules of four trains were disrupted. I’m really sorry for this and it won’t happen from tomorrow,” he newsmen at the station.’Rangpur Express’ left the station seven hours behind its schedule, Rajshahi-bound ‘Dhumketu Express’ was delayed by two hours and 15 minutes, Khulna-bound ‘Sundarban Express’ by one hour and 15 minutes while Nilphamari-bound ‘Nilsagar Express’ by one hour and 40 minutes, said the minister.Around 20 million people live in Dhaka city for jobs and other purposes. They leave the capital to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones, said Nurul adding, “We’re trying to provide good services.”He also said the railway stations of the country will be upgraded to international standard using modern technologies.Advance train ticket sale for Eid began on 22 May but people suffered a lot to get tickets through mobile app due to reported technical glitches on the first day of advance ticket sales.
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, email@example.comFormer Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert that he’s seriously considering running for president in 2020- an announcement that received major cheers from the crowd. Despite the support from Colbert’s audience, in a post-Obama, “Make America Great Again” era, which many argue has divided the nation, the question becomes: is the United States ready for another Black president?In 2008 and 2012, former President Barack Obama won the nation over with hopeful rhetoric. Then in 2016 President Trump unapologetically flipped the switch from hopeful optimism and political correctness to inciting fear and sometimes awakening hate. Obama era policies like the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, which championed opportunities for young immigrants, are now being phased out by a president who advocated for a zero-tolerance immigration policy.Former Attorney General Eric Holder told Stephen Colbert he’s considering running for president in 2020. (Twitter Photo)Some of the same people who chanted “Yes We Can” are now leaving the Democratic Party for movements like “#WalkAway”, while some longtime Republicans, like political strategist Steve Schmidt, are so disgusted by Trump that they’re now backing Democrats.So in two years will America be ready for a Black president? Is a former Obama cabinet member going to be welcomed after four years of Trump and red “MAGA” hats which rapper Pusha-T compared to the hoods worn by the Ku Klux Klan? Will America embrace a president of color who looks like some of the same people that come from nations that the current Head of State once referred to as “sh*thole countries”?In the meantime, these questions don’t have to be immediately answered, as Holder hasn’t confirmed that he is indeed running for president.“Yeah, I’m thinking about it,” Holder told Colbert when asked if he was throwing his hat in the ring in 2020. “And what I’ve said is that I’ll make a determination sometime early next year,” he said.While he makes up his mind, Holder is working hard to uplift the Democratic Party.“My focus, really, now is on 2018, the midterms and trying to make sure that Democrats take back the Senate, take back the House, and that we do well, importantly, at the state level,” Holder said.
Many of the conspiracies and urban myths that we’ve discussed here have been rather grand in scope: Ancient monuments built by aliens, the assassinations of world leaders, monstrous prehistoric beasts, secret world-dominating cabals that may or may not be full of lizard people. But not all conspiracies are massive or fantastical, some of them center on exceptionally common substances, which, in all likelihood, you probably shoved into your mouth this very morning.FlourideFirst off, let’s get the simple stuff out of the way: What is flouride? Well, it’s a chemical, but don’t let that scare you. Despite fear-mongering in certain quarters, there’s nothing inherently bad about chemicals. In fact, pretty much everything you eat is a chemical, or loaded up with them. There are chemicals that do good things, chemicals that do bad things and ones that do both. The question of where flouride falls is at the heart of the debate about putting it in our water supply.Flouride’s benefits aren’t really up for discussion. Put simply, ingesting flouride prevents cavities. Full stop. In fact, even if you live in a place where your water isn’t flouridated, chances are that you’re consuming it anyway via your toothpaste, unless you’ve taken special pains to find a brand that omits this particular ingredient. And if you did? Well, you’re missing out on some valuable stuff, as, once again, flouride has been proven to strengthen tooth enamel, preventing cavities – especially in children – and in some cases, even strengthening chompers that have already begun to decay.Well…that’s the general consensus at least. As in most things in modern life, there is a vocal minority claiming that despite decades of scientific evidence, both in the laboratory as well as out in the world, flouride does not, in fact, prevent cavities. Some critics also make a softer version of this claim, stating that flouridated water is no more effective at strengthening enamel than toothpaste with flouride in it. At that point, the argument becomes one of whether cavities should be seen as a public health concern that the government treats with flouridated water or a private one that individuals handle with toothpaste. Your opinion on that is probably dictated by your political leanings.But misgivings about flouride, and flouridated water specifically, don’t just end with questions about its efficacy. There have been conspiracies about and opposition to water flouridation going all the way back to the 1940s. At the time, America was embroiled in the “Red Scare,” and some folks saw leering communist threats pretty much everywhere they looked, including the plan to flouridate water in order to prevent cavities in children.Some individuals on the far right, hearing of a plan to put chemicals into the water supply, decided that the most likely explanation was, of course, a communist plot and part of a push toward socialized medicine under President Truman. They also protested universal vaccinations and broader mental health services – initiatives that still face opposition from misinformed quarters today.But the conspiracy theories didn’t just stop there. Some flouride truthers maintained that water flouridation wasn’t just a push toward pinko socialized medicine, but part of a plot to institute mind control programs or, at the very least, to outright poison Americans. Who was behind these plots depended on who you asked, and might include a New World Order, the United Nations, the Soviet Union or perhaps, all three working in concert against good, God-fearing Americans.Despite there being no evidence of flouride’s mind control properties and the conspiracy theories about the chemical having been lambasted in films including Dr. Strangelove and In Like Flint, the rumors and misinformation persisted. Interestingly, however, many of the more bizarre claims about flouride, ones that began with the far right, have since been adopted by groups on the left, once again mirroring the strange, shifting, misinformed opposition to mass vaccinations for devastating, practically eradicated diseases like polio and smallpox.A separate, but parallel theory about flouride is that water flouridation was perpetrated as a distraction. The thinking goes that in the wake of manufacturing based flouride pollution, fat cat kings of industry hatched a plan to make the public start thinking that the chemicals they’ve been pumping into the environment are actually good for them. This line of thought is predicated upon the idea that flouride, whether beneficial to your teeth or not, is, at its root, poisonous.And this is where a lot of confusion comes in, because it’s true: flouride can kill you. There’s no way around it. In high enough quantities, flouride is lethally toxic. But do you know what else can kill you if you consume enough of it? Potassium, salt, and even water. There’s a reason people say that “the dose makes the poison,” because too much of practically anything in too short a time can end up exceeding your body’s ability to process it. But that certainly doesn’t mean that you should cut potassium, salt, water, and yes, flouride, out of your diet completely.The United States Department of Agriculture suggests a maximum daily flouride intake of about 10mg. That sounds like a very, very small amount to end up being dangerous, but there are a couple things you should keep in mind regarding that dosage. First off, in order to be lethal, flouride would need to be administered in a dose 500 to 1,000 times that daily intake. Second, in order to exceed that daily intake through flouridated water alone, you would need to consume 10 liters of agua, which is a lot, even on a hot day. So, let us do the math for you: In order to die of flouridated water consumption, you would have to drink 5,000 to 10,000 liters of it and probably pretty quickly.Of course, diehard believers in a flouride-based conspiracy will maintain that the groups giving us this information – the US Department of Agriculture, scientists, researchers, etc. – are, at best, patsies and, at worst, complicit in whatever wicked scheme lurks in the shadows. There’s no way to definitively prove that they aren’t part of some massive NWO-based conspiracy, of course, but there’s also no real reason to believe that they are.What do you think? Is flouride a healthy, valuable supplement, great for promoting dental health, especially in poor areas? Or, is it a poisonous piece of a nefarious plot? Tell us in the comments below!Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of SKALD, the ongoing sword & sorcery serial podcast, available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher & Podomatic. 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