Morocco among worlds cheapest countries

Rabat – Morocco ranked fourteenth among the world’s cheapest countries, according to a statistic comparing the cost of living at several countries to that in New York City.Morocco is preceded in the ranking by Georgia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Colombia, Syria, Macedonia, Egypt, Moldova, Algeria, Tunisia, Pakistan, Nepal and in first place India as the world’s cheapest country.The statistic shows the difference in living costs around the world using figures from the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. “The Consumer Price Index, used to determine the difference in the living costs between countries takes into account the prices of groceries, transportation, restaurants and utilities,” according to, an expat guide website.The Consumer Price Index takes into account the cost of groceries, transportation, restaurants and utilities, each containing a number of variables.The cost of groceries, for instance, is made up of the price for meat, bread, rice, eggs, fruits, vegetables and alcohol.The transportation cost includes one-way tickets, monthly passes, taxi fares, petrol prices as well as the prices of a Volkswagen Golf.The restaurant costs comprise of prices for meals in expensive, mid-range and inexpensive restaurants, as well as the prices for coffee products, alcohol and water in restaurants.The utilities costs are determined by the prices for electricity, heating, water and Internet, among the few.Switzerland is listed as the most said it relied on data provided by “Numebo, the world’s largest database of user-contributed data on costs and prices around the world. read more

Soaring Arms Budget Pushes Morocco for Defense Industry

Rabat – Morocco reportedly wants to build a home-grown defense industry in a bid to meet its military needs and reduce soaring arms budget.According to Lieutenant General Juan Manuel Garcia Montana, General Director of armament and equipment at the Spanish Army, Morocco plans to fulfill its defense requirements by establishing a local arms sector in collaboration with Spanish companies.In a statement to Info-Defensa, a Spanish website specialized in defence issues, on the sidelines of the London Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DESI 2015) carried by Moroccan French-speaking news website le360, the high-ranking Spanish military official said that “Morocco has officially requested the support of the Spanish military authorities to establish a national military industry with the assistance of Spanish companies operating in the defense industry.” According to the same source, the said cooperation would primarily focus on the transfer of Spanish technology and military know-how to Morocco. The support could also be in the form of cooperation agreements to carry out some of the programs it plans to launch.The news confirms recent US reports suggesting that the kingdom has plans to establish a military industry to reduce the increasing cost of arms acquisitions from Western military powers.According to Frost & Sullivan, Morocco is trying to develop an industrial base to bolster its local footprint and diminish reliance on foreign equipment.Morocco’s military spending is expected to increase by 3.6 percent over the next decade due to rising regional threats, according to a recent analysis by the Texas-based consulting firm.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Egyptian Authorities Ban Moroccan Filmmaker Chakir Khalifi from Entering Egypt

Rabat – On Tuesday, May 31st, Egyptian authorities banned Moroccan filmmaker Chakir Khalifi from entering Egyptian territory without telling him the reason behind this decision.The wife of this filmmaker, Egyptian national Shirin Talaat, told CNN Arabic that her husband was stopped at the Cairo airport. There, Egyptian authorities decided to deport him to his country, Morocco, despite his spending 12 years in Cairo with his family.Talaat, also a filmmaker, added that her husband came to Egypt to spend the month of Ramadan with his family before he was surprised on Tuesday morning at the Cairo airport. Authorities told him that he is a persona non grata but refused to explain the cause for this travel sanction. The Egyptian filmmaker, who has been married to Khalifi for over eight years, said that her husband was held at the airport until Wednesday, and that she was able to talk to him for only three minutes over the phone.The same source said that Khalifi told his wife over the phone that he would be deported to Morocco on Thursday, despite providing all of the required documents including a visa to enter Egypt.CNN Arabic said that Khalifi lived in Egypt for 12 years. He studied cinematography there and worked on several projects, including a documentary film for Aljazeera Documentary entitled “The Barber of the Square.” This film tells story of the bloody crackdown on the pro-Morsi protesters at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square.The same source said that an MP for the Moroccan Justice and Development Party has contacted the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar to intervene and assist Khalifi, who simply aims to reunite with his family. read more

Madras court approves Eelam war events

The Madras High Court has permitted two pro-Tamil outfits to hold meetings to commemorate those, who laid down their lives during the ‘Eelam war’ between 1989 and 2009 in Sri Lanka, at Kolathur in Salem district and at Palanisamy grounds in Alamoor today (November 27), the Press Trust of India reported.Justice M.M. Sundresh allowed two different pleas filed by C Ramamurthy, town secretary of the Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam and by P Bharathi of Sethiathope in Cuddalore district, a functionary of Naam Thamizhar Katchi, praying for direction to police to permit the meetings. The judge directed the respective police authorities to allow the petitioners to conduct the meetings. Ramamurthy submitted that he had been conducting the meeting for the past 10 years. But when he applied for permission on November 6, police refused the same and sought a direction to police to allow the meeting. Allowing Bharathi’s plea, the judge said “there is no material to come to the conclusion that the meeting will create law and order problem as the petitioner has been conducting the meeting for the past 20 years without any trouble. The permission for the meeting is sought for only one day and the authorities can very well regulate it by fixing the time and venue.”“It is now agreed that the meeting can be held at Palanisamy Grounds Situated in Alamoor. Therefore, the respondents can very well regulate the meeting by imposing the conditions including the time and manner in which the meeting has to be conducted. They can take appropriate action if any of the conditions imposed is violated.” The judge, while quoting earlier orders passed by the Madras High Court on similar petitions, based on the rulings of the Supreme Court, said “the same can be made applicable to the case on hand. Sec. 30 (2) of TN Police Act is only regulatory in nature and there cannot be a blanket prohibition on any meeting. Petitioner is proposing to hold the meeting in a private land and directed the police to grant permission with the conditions as they impose.” read more

UN human rights chief says United Nations role in Iraq in Coalitions

“If they go through the Security Council, they can then receive support not only from its members and the broader donor community, but also from international institutions such as the World Bank, and the IMF, that helped us in similar situations in the past,” UN Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello said in an interview on the Hard Talk programme of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). “So, I see every interest for the Coalition to seek the legitimacy of the Security Council for the post-war effort,” he said. Questioned about American statements that the United States would appoint the interim government and that the UN would not have a say on it, Mr. Vieira de Mello replied: “This is, I think, still being debated by several members of the Security Council. I don’t think we have reached that stage. And if I can express my opinion, to provide that interim Iraqi government with legitimacy, it had better go through the Security Council.” Asked whether the parties to the conflict had met their humanitarian obligations in light of the civilian casualties and scenes of lawlessness, he said: “I think they have certainly tried and tried hard. But I need hardly tell you that when war reaches densely populated areas such as Baghdad, it is very difficult to avoid civilian casualties.” He said the current chaos was “probably unavoidable after you’ve kept the lid on those people for so many years that in this environment of relative lawlessness that these events should take place. I mean, I think the top priority is to protect hospitals and humanitarian facilities.” He agreed that such protection was the duty of an occupying power and, asked if the Coalition was carrying out this duty, he said: “Well, I think they are attempting, but I’m not sure they have enough troops.” Pressed on whether the occupying powers had failed in their humanitarian duty and under the Geneva conventions, Mr. Vieira de Mello answered: “I think there is a temporary vacuum of law and order, particularly in Baghdad, and we are appealing to the occupying powers to assume fully those responsibilities.” He said he had been assured by the United States and the United Kingdom that their policy was to protect civilians in every possible circumstance. read more

Residents in Pomeroon River face drinking water crisis

Residents in the Pomeroon River, Region Two are now faced with a drinking water crisis after their only source of water is becoming unhealthy for consumption.According to the residents, due to the prolonged dry season, the region was forced to pump water from the already low conservancy to save the rice fields and as such, that has contributed to low water levels in the Pomeroon River.The murky water in the Pomeroon RiverAs a result, Atlantic Ocean at high tide, the murky water would make its way into the river making it impossible for residents to use.Due to this occurrence, schools, businesses and other institutions are affected.On this note, residents are appealing to the authorities to address the issue with some form of urgency.One of the recommendations made was to implement a water distribution system along the river so residents can have access to clean, healthy drinking water. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWater crisis…Pomeroon residents appeal for Govt’s helpJanuary 20, 2016In “Business”Trawler sinks in Pomeroon River, three rescuedJanuary 21, 2014In “Crime”Drought situation: Govt taking multi-stakeholder approach to support affected communitiesJanuary 23, 2016In “Business” read more

Counterfeit cigarette packs so good professionals cant tell the difference

first_imgMoran also told the hearing that “internationally and domestically the field is dominated by crime groups” and that “tackling illicit cigarette crime is a key priority for revenue”.He also noted how revenue have taken a huge cut in staff recently but that they’ve kept the numbers of those working on tackling illegal tobacco on the black market.The Revenue’s customs criminal investigation branch seized €43.3 million euros worth of illegal tobacco last year.However that was the lowest amount of illegal tobacco seized since 2007.The record for the highest amount seized was in 2009 , when €92.1 million euros worth was seized.A number of health associations met this morning to offer their support to the government’s plan to introduce plain package cigarettes.The new boxes, which are already being sold in Australia, will replace attractive branding with large graphic health warnings.Revenue seize 22,000 cigarettes hidden in steel containers>Pics: 100,000 cigarettes in unmarked boxes seized in Munster> “THE POORER YOU are the more likely you are to have your life destroyed by cigarettes.”Those were the words of Sinn Féin TD Sandra McLellan at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children this morning.The all-party group met this morning to discuss plain packaging on cigarettes and the effects it may have on children and smokers if introduced.TDs and Senators were joined by representatives from the An Garda Síochána and the Revenue Commissioners.McLellan told the hearing that there is “a definite correlation of socio-economic groups”  when it comes to smoking.Meanwhile, Labour TD Ciara Conway wanted to know if plain package cigarettes “will it make it easier to counterfeit?”Those opposed to the move have argued that only the black market will benefit with one group, Forest, claiming criminal gangs will sell cigarettes to anyone, including children.The Garda Assistant Commissioner, Derek Byrne, said that the current quality of counterfeit goods (with branded packaging) was so good that professionals struggle to identify a difference.But the Assistant Secretary of the Indirect Taxes Division Office of the Revenue Commissioners, Gerard Moran said that while packaging can be counterfeited, the tax stamp is more reliable.We rely on the tax stamp that is state of the art and highly resistant to counterfeitinglast_img read more

The worlds oldest woman has a 90yearold son

first_imgMisao with her grand-daughter and great-granddaughter Hibiki. Image: Guinness World RecordsMisao has been given the title of oldest living woman following the death of Koto Okubo on 12 January. She was 115 years and 19 days old.Japan is also home to the oldest living man, Jiroemon Kimura, who is 115 years and 314 days old. Both Misao and Jiroeman have lived across three centuries, witnessing the advent of the motor vehicle, aviation and mobile telephones.Editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records Craig Glenday described Misao as “an inspiration and a testament to the Japanese lifestyle”.Image: Guinness World Records“It’s incredible to think that she was born before the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Vladimir Nabokov, and Walt Disney… Queen Victoria was still on the throne and the Wright Brothers were still a few years from making the first heavier-than-air flight at the time of her birth.”The oldest person ever to have lived was Jeanne Calment of France. She was 122 years and 164 days when she passed away.America has the most centenarians (people aged 100 or more) but Japan follows closely behind with 51,376. Of these, a huge majority (44,842) are female. Image: Itsuo Inouye/AP/Press Association ImagesWITH HER 115TH birthday approaching on Tuesday, Misao Okawa has been confirmed as the world’s oldest living woman.Guinness World Records recognised the Japanese citizen’s long life at a special ceremony today. Also in attendance was her 90-year-old son Hiroshi Okawa.Misao was born on 5 March 1898 in Tenma, Osaka. She married in 1919 and moved to Kobe where her husband Yukio ran a business. The couple had three children – Hiroshi and two daughters.When Yukio passed away, aged just 36, she moved back to Osaka where she remains today. According to the family, she is in good health and is surrounded with her loved ones, including her children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.She has lived through 42,000 days. She has seen six Great British monarchs, four emperors of Japan and twenty US presidents.last_img read more

TJ Maxx Stores Stocking iPads

first_imgSome day soon, you’ll be able to run down to the deli on the corner and pick up an iPad along with a loaf of bread and a can of refreshing Four Loko malt beverage energy drink. We’re not quite there yet, but it seems we’re well on our way.You can already pick up the iPad at your local Apple Store, Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart. And now, a surprising new retailer has entered the fray: TJ Maxx. Yep, the place where you buy all of your off-brand irregular blouses has started stocking the popular tablet.AdChoices广告Not all of TJ Maxx’s locations are carrying the tablet–in fact, it seems to be just a few isolated incidents. One Engadget reader sent in a shot of the 16GB Wi-Fi version he picked up for a cool $399 in Vernon, NY. Other stores in Ohio and New Jersey have also confirmed that they’re stocking the device.Probably best to call ahead to a store if you’re thinking of picking one up. It’s better than digging through piles and piles of oddly-sized sweaters.last_img read more

Donald Trump gets a major boost in an election seen as a

first_img Jun 21st 2017, 6:59 AM By Associated Press Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter 59 Comments REPUBLICAN KAREN HANDEL has won a nationally watched congressional election in Georgia, and she thanked President Donald Trump after she avoided an upset that would have rocked Washington ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.Returns showed Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, winning about 52% of the vote over 30-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff, who won nearly 48% in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.“A special thanks to the President of the United States of America,” she said late last night as her supporters chanted, “Trump! Trump! Trump!”It was Handel’s most public embrace of the man whose tenuous standing in this well-educated, suburban enclave made a previously safe Republican district close to begin with. Share3 Tweet Email Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 6:59 AM Thank you @FoxNews “Huge win for President Trump and GOP in Georgia Congressional Special Election.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2017 center_img Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Donald Trump gets a major boost in an election seen as a referendum on him Over $50 million was spent on the race. 16,209 Views Handel’s margin allows Republicans a sigh of relief after what’s being recognised as the most expensive House race in US history, with a price tag that may exceed $50 million.Yet the result in a historically conservative district still offers Republicans a warning that Trump, for better or worse, will dominate the looming campaign cycle. Georgia’s outcome follows similar results in Montana, Kansas and South Carolina, where Republicans won special House races by much narrower margins than they managed as recently as November.Republicans immediately crowed over winning a seat that Democrats spent $30 million trying to flip. “Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement.Democrats still must defend their current districts and win 24 GOP-held seats to regain a House majority next November. Party leaders profess encouragement from the trends, but the latest losses mean they will have to rally donors and volunteers after a tough stretch of special elections.Handel, 55, will become the first Republican woman to represent Georgia in the US House, according to state party officials.Her win comes after losing bids for governor in 2010 and the Senate in 2014, and it builds on a business and political career she built after leaving an abusive home as a teen.Read: So, can we officially call this warm spell a ‘heat wave’? Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Maynooth University sues UCD over alleged poaching of professor

first_imgMaynooth University sues UCD over alleged ‘poaching’ of professor Maynooth University believes that UCD poached an academic. Image: Leandro Neumann Ciuffo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24,101 Views UCD is being sued by Maynooth University. Image: Leandro Neumann Ciuffo No Comments Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 3:53 PM By Ray Managhcenter_img Share5 Tweet Email6 UCD is being sued by Maynooth University. ONE OF IRELAND’S universities is suing another third-level institution over the alleged ‘poaching’ of one of its academic staff.Maynooth University has brought High Court proceedings against University College Dublin (UCD) over Professor Kath Browne’s move from the Co Kildare-based college to UCD.Browne, the court heard, is a professor of Geographies of Sexualities and Genders. She joined Maynooth University following an open competition in 2017.The university claims that last May she was approached by UCD and advised to apply for a position with the Dublin college.She tendered her resignation from Maynooth University in June 2019 and is expected to take up her new role as a full professor at UCD in September.The move has resulted in Maynooth University bringing High Court judicial review proceedings against UCD, which in correspondence has argued the claim is not judicially reviewable.Maynooth University, represented by Declan McGrath, SC, claims that it is not trying to prevent Browne from taking up the position at UCD, but is seeking various declarations from the court aimed at stopping what it alleges are unlawful.Maynooth University claims Browne was recruited under UCD’s Central Pool Academic Appointments Programme, which UCD uses to attract academics who, like Browne, hold academic research grants and are employed by other universities.In reply to a question from Mr Justice Senan Allen, counsel agreed that his client was claiming that its staff member had been “poached” by UCD.It also claims that the particular mode of the programme under which Browne was recruited involves inviting applicants to send their CV to the relevant Head of School in UCD for consideration.Such appointments were not by promotion or competition as required, Mr McGrath said. It was not an open and transparent process, nor was it consistent with international best practice, he added.McGrath said the procedure engaged by UCD that led to Browne’s appointment had also breached a 2006 staff recruitment agreement entered into by the two universities. It was also Maynooth’s contention that the position was not advertised.Maynooth seeks declarations that UCD’s appointments programme is contrary to the 1997 Universities Act and contrary to a 2006 co-operation accord signed by the then-presidents of seven Irish Universities concerning the recruiting of academic staff.Maynooth also seeks a declaration that UCD has broken the 2006 staff recruitment agreement between it and UCD which expressly provided neither institution would approach the staff of the other institution directly or indirectly, or offer employment other than within the terms of an agreed protocol. The university further seeks damages against UCD because of the Dublin college’s alleged unlawful conduct.McGrath said Maynooth was willing to go to mediation or enter into arbitration with UCD over the dispute. He said the Department of Education had expressed a desire that the matter did not go before the courts.Permission to bring the action was granted on an ex-parte basis by Mr Justice Allen who made the matter returnable to a date in October. Short URL Aug 27th 2019, 3:53 PM last_img read more

Bouygues Telecom propose des forfaits iPad

first_imgBouygues Telecom propose des forfaits iPadFrance – Ce n’est que depuis aujourd’hui que Bouygues Telecom propose des forfaits iPad. L’opérateur souffre d’un décalage avec ses concurrents.L’iPad est sorti depuis le mois de mai et Bouygues Telecom s’est décidé à lancer aujourd’hui des forfaits pour la tablette d’Apple. Après deux jours de surf offerts, l’utilisateur aura le choix entre souscrire un abonnement 3G pour une journée (6 euros et 300 Mo de téléchargement) ou un mois (29,90 euros et 1,5 Go de téléchargement), avec un débit garanti. Au-delà des 300 Mo ou 1,5 Go de données téléchargées, la connexion sera bridée. Bouygues Telecom propose son coffret 3G+ sur iPad au prix de 9,90 euros avec une possibilité de remboursement sur demande. Le prix de l’iPad nu pourrait tendre à baisser grâce au développement de la concurrence et au subventionnement de l’appareil par les opérateurs en France.Le 7 octobre 2010 à 12:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

First Commercial SpaceShipTwo Flight Is Expected to Launch This Year

first_img Virgin Galactic Gives First Look at Its Luxurious Lounge for Space TouristsVirgin Galactic Reaches Space Again, This Time With First Test Passenger Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson aims to fly to space on the first-ever commercial SpaceShipTwo flight in mid-2019.On Thursday, Branson spoke about SpaceShipTwo on the CBS This Morning TV show, and how Virgin Galactic is collaborating with Under Armour to equip future astronauts with proper space attire and footwear, reported. During the interview, Branson said Virgin Galactic is conducting additional tests for the first commercial SpaceShipTwo flight, which is expected to take place later this year. Stay on targetcenter_img How soon do you see people in space wearing an @UnderArmour outfit?“This year… I will hope to go up in the middle of this year myself” — @VirginGalactic’s @RichardBranson— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) January 24, 2019“I will hope to go up in the middle of this year myself. We’ve got another test flight in a handful of weeks taking place from Mojave, then we’ll have another one a few weeks later, [and] then another one,” Branson said in the interview. “And then, we move everything to New Mexico where we have a beautiful spaceport.”Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo testing targets are on-point as well: In December, Virgin Galactic completed its first test flight to space. The SpaceShipTwo plane, dubbed VSS Unity, successfully took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California with two pilots. During the test flight, the aircraft soared more than 50 miles above Earth.Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. (Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic)Space enthusiasts are also gearing up for the first commercial SpaceShipTwo flight. Virgin Galactic has more than 600 customers who’ve paid a deposit to fly on the SpaceShipTwo aircraft. The tickets don’t come cheap though: Each person will have to pay $250,000 to be part of the once-in-a-lifetime experience.SpaceShipTwo isn’t the only cool space flight set to take place in 2019: At the end of January, SpaceX is set to run the Dragon 2 spacecraft on its first test flight, while the Indian Chandrayaan-2 could be the first lander to survey the moon’s South Pole surface.More on Armour Will Design Space Suits and Footwear for Virgin Galactic AstronautsVirgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Reaches Space for the First TimeStellar Missions: Space Flight Events to Watch in 2019last_img read more

Cinco by the Bay presented by the Port of San Diego

first_img Posted: May 3, 2019 May 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Cinco by the Bay presented by the Port of San Diego 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCinco By The Bay, presented by the Port of San Diego, celebrates Mexican heritage and culture with a day of festivities featuring Mexican cuisine, Agave spirits, music, entertainment, arts and culture.The event is at the San Diego Bay at the Embarcadero Marina Park South on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 12 Noon to 8pm.For more information click here. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bethi Subhash Reddy takes part in Rathotsavam

first_imgRamanthapur: MLA Bethi Subhash Reddy and former MLA NVSS Prabhakar took part in Raghavendra Swamy Rathotsavam at Ganesh Nagar Colony in Ramanthapur and Teachers Colony in Uppal on Sunday. The duo performed special pooja on the occasion. Later, annadanam programme was organised followed by Aradhanotsav. Narayana Reddy, V Gopal Reddy, G Sudhakar, S Babu Yadav, N Shiva, A Narasimha Reddy, L Raghupathi Reddy and others were present.last_img

Alleged thief lynched in Noakhali

first_imgNoakhaliA suspected thief was killed in a mob attack in Char Uria village of Noakhali sadar upazila early Saturday, reports UNB.The identity of the deceased could not be known yet.Anwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Noakhali sadar police station, said a gang of thieves swooped on the house of a certain Malek of the village around 3:00am.Sensing presence of the thieves, local people encircled the house and caught one of the thieves while the others managed to flee.The local people beat up the alleged thief, leaving him critically injured.He was taken to Noakhali General Hospital where physicians declared him dead.last_img

Black Workers at UPS Hub Say They Were Targets of Racism

first_imgBy The Associated PressTOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — UPS workers at a distribution hub in Ohio sued the company Wednesday, alleging discriminatory hiring decisions and a series of racist acts, including a noose and Confederate flags in the workplace.White employees in 2016 directed racist language at Black workers, displayed a stuffed monkey wearing a UPS uniform, and put up the noose and flags, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by 19 workers against UPS and five managers.United Parcel Service (Courtesy Image/Logo)The lawsuit alleges management at the UPS distribution hub in Maumee “enabled, tolerated, and purposefully promoted and encouraged” a culture of racism at the site that led to racist acts and discriminatory employment decisions.The lawsuit also says there has been a pattern of discrimination for more than a decade at the facility in suburban Toledo.UPS said in a statement Thursday that the company responded quickly and fired two employees after the 2016 complaints, and since that time has taken remedial steps in cooperation with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, including additional training and monitoring.An attorney for the workers told The Blade in Toledo that Black employees have been passed over for promotions in favor of White employees with less training and seniority.“Uniformly they were treated as second-class employees with less opportunity, less earning opportunities, and forced to be always wondering if they would still have jobs if they had tried to do anything about it,” said attorney Fred Gittes.UPS said it would not comment further on the lawsuit, “as we are reviewing the claims relative to the original facts revealed in 2016.”The lawsuit seeks to halt the alleged discrimination, along with damages of more than $25,000.In a similar lawsuit, workers at General Motors filed a lawsuit last April after they said nooses and racist graffiti were found at a transmission plant in Toledo two years ago. GM has said it has taken several steps to address harassment there.last_img read more

Advaita works pretty much as a democratic country

first_imgChayan Adhikari – who sings for and is the lead guitarist of the Delhi based fusion band ‘Advaita’ shares his musical journey with the band, post their performance at The Gig Week recently held in the national Capital. The Gig Week – hosted by Anubhav Gupta and Jubin Jacob – a unique music festival,  showcases different genres of music and sounds from across India and beyond!How did Western music attract you?It happened organically… The environment at home is partly the reason for me choosing Western vocals. My mother used to listen to a lot of pop music of the 80s and 90s, that’s what I heard of a lot while growing up. Even though my father was more into Indian classical and folk music, at some point of time while performing at school I figured out that I’d go for Western music. I am primarily self-taught, but I do give credit to all the people I have worked with over the years, especially the vocalists. My learning has come from exchange of knowledge of singing together rather than finding a vocal teacher. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen did you perform with ‘Advaita’ for the first time?Performing with Advaita was a big thing. ‘Advaita’ had already played in 3-4 shows when I had joined the band. I was just out of school, when I got the opportunity to perform with them. I had heard about some of the members of the band and I was fairly intimidated, as they had given me a lot of homework to do to prepare. My first performance with ‘Advaita’ was at a music fest in Dhanaulti. It was a great show, but I remember being very nervous since I wanted to do a good job.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWho has been your inspiration?There have been a lot of people, at different stages of life. Most of the people I looked up to were people around me. When I had joined ‘Advaita’, I used to look up to all the band members as they were more experienced than me and all of them are very qualified. I was once a part of a very well known choir and the lady who lead the choir and is now a faculty of the Berkley school of music had been one of my inspirations. Some of my biggest learning experiences have come from working with her.  What is the secret behind the uninterrupted performance from an eight-member band for over 12 years? The music circuit in Delhi is not very big, and a lot of the members knew each other from before, even though they were playing in different setups. ‘Advaita’ came up with a few bands dissolving at that point when the members decided to make a new band with a serious intention of creating a brand of music that would sustain and last long, back in 2004. I was an audience member during their very first concert. A few months later, I auditioned for them. Keeping a band together is more work than actually making music together since there are eight distinct identities in the band for which you need to coordinate. We are all friends outside the band and we share a close relationship, which is what has kept the band together. Whenever there was any disagreement among us during work, our friendship outside the working process has helped us to stay together and work out differences. Other than having distinct identities we also are very respectful to each other. Our band works pretty much as a democratic country, where we have a system where we hear out each other and make decisions. Who are your favourite musicians?There are so many inspiring musicians that I look up to. As a solo artist I adore Shankar Mahadevan and everyone in our band admires AR Rahman, as he has set a different standard in the world of music. I also like a few bands – ‘Tank Bund,’ ‘Avail’ from Kerala, ‘Soulmate’ one of India’s leading blues band, their live concert was the first one I had attended in my life. Which of ‘Advaita’s songs are closest to your heart?It’s a difficult question, it’s like choosing the best from among my kids! Most of the songs have had some stories behind their creation. I have some sort of attachment with every song. I feel ‘Silent Sea’ came out of some intense emotions – it came up in amazing circumstances. There’s another song I personally relate with, it is called ‘Just Enough’, which is not in any of the albums. It is not possible to come with any definite song. Both these songs are incident related and are story-based. Once, while 3-4 of us were in Mumbai, sitting in a room very close to the beach, the lights went out and the weather changed drastically in the evening. We could hear the waves hitting the rocks very distinctly. We had our instruments with us and so we started to play a few notes and it seemed as if we were having a conversation with the sea. The song came up in a very eerie environment as it felt like the waves crashing onto the rocks were the sea’s response to our song. ‘Just Enough’ is about how fragile human being are. Any memorable incident during your involvement with ‘Advaita’?Our first international tour in UK was massive for us. We were really thrilled about our first international tour, organised tour by British council. We were travelling in a pink tour bus for a week – it had a lounge inside it! And we were so happy thinking ‘is it for us!’ That experience was absolutely amazing and nothing like it ever happened again. Plus playing to an international audience for the first time and being well received was great boost to our confidence.last_img read more

Khadi goes global South Africa to showcase Khadi in textile event

first_imgAimed to project Khadi in a modern and trendy style, noted fashion designer Gavin Rajah would choreograph a 20-minute textile event at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on April 30 during the concluding session of the two-day India-South Africa Business Summit under ‘The Tribute to Mahatma and Madiba’ program. Not only that, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has got its first lot of overseas order of 175 gift boxes containing silk scarves for this function from South Africa. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMoreover, the High Commissioner for India in Pretoria Ruchira Kamboj, have requested the KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena to provide different Khadi fabric, including silk and muslin – in both embroidered and printed forms. The summit, with a tagline, ‘United by legacy, unified for prosperity’ seeks to showcase ‘New India’ in South Africa, with the intent to double two-way bilateral trade and investment within a five year period.Jubilant on getting the first overseas order for the KVIC, Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that Khadi reaching South Africa means that world is moving in the direction of economic freedom now. “The monetary value of this order might not be very big, but it is a big morale gain for KVIC as it has caught the attention of a world-famous fashion designer and the organizers as well. When Gandhiji reached South Africa, a war against apartheid and British rule began. Now, Khadi is all set to bring economic freedom as the ‘Ahimsa Silk’ by showcasing its piousness and economic feasibility in the land of Madiba,” he said. Not only that, as a part of Centenary Year celebrations of Gandhiji’s Swadeshi Movement alias BUBU, the High Commission of India in Uganda, in association with the Republic of Uganda, unveiled the Gandhi Charkha – gifted by KVIC – at the Gandhi Heritage Site at Jinja in Uganda on October 2, 2017, which is also the International Day of Non-Violence. The 25-kg Charkha was made in Ahmedabad by a Khadi institution.last_img read more

The Mystery of the Lost Pyramid – Funerary Complex or Solar Temple

first_imgAbout five miles north of the Great Pyramids at Giza sits the hill of Abu Rawash. On top of the hill sit the ruins of the Pyramid of Djedefre. Djedefre was the son of the pharaoh Khufu, who built the Great Pyramid. Khufu’s pyramid rises to nearly 483 feet, which made it the tallest human-built structure in the world until the building of Lincoln Cathedral in the 14th century, according to the Archaeology News Network.View of Djedefre’s ruined pyramid.Djedefre’s pyramid is of a somewhat smaller scale, about the same size as the Pyramid of Menkaure, which is the third largest of the pyramids at Giza. He was ambitious, though. If Djedefre’s pyramid stood complete, the hill it sits on would put the pyramid’s tip at about the same level as Khufu’s. It’s not complete, though. All that remains of Djedefre’s construction today are the pyramid’s lower tiers, which extend about 30 feet high.Tomb chamber of the Pyramid of Djedefre, Abu Rawash, Egypt. Photo by Roland Unger CC BY-SA 4.0The site at Abu Rawash has been explored many times since the early-mid 19th century, but there is much about it that remains a mystery. The first, and most obvious, question is how this pyramid came to be in in its current state.There seems to be some disagreement about whether it was ever even finished. Ancient Egypt Online, for example, states that the pyramid had once been complete and attributes its current state to having been used as a quarry and military base during the Roman era.North-east corner of the Queens or Cult Pyramid, Djedefre pyramid, Abu Rawash, Egypt. Photo by Roland Unger CC BY-SA 3.0Dr. Michael Baud of the Louvre, one of the archaeologists who have worked to excavate the site, disagrees, although he did say that the sheer amount of granite still piled about suggests that the pyramid was at least half built, and maybe more, and that is after hundreds of years of stone being carried away from the site for use in other projects.There are also disagreements about whether or not Djedefre’s pyramid was a pyramid at all or whether it was a solar temple instead. In 2008, Newsweek ran a fairly scathing piece in response to “The Lost Pyramid,” a documentary the History Channel was airing on the pyramid at Abu Rawash.Isometric drawing of the pyramid complex of Djedefre taken from a 3d model. Photo by R.F.Morgan – CC BY SA 3.0One issue that the piece brought up was that Djedefre’s construction had walls with a 60-degree slope, instead of the 52-degree slope of the other pyramids, meaning that it would actually be considered a sun temple.Vassil Dobrev, of Cairo’s French Institute of Archaeology was cited in the article as saying, “It has never been lost, and it’s not even a pyramid.” Michael Baud disagrees, although he does say that there is a strong solar connection. Baud said that they have found an enormous number of statue fragments made out of quartzite and that ancient Egyptians associated quartzite with the sun.Corner of the unfinished Pyramid of Djedefre, Abu Rawash, Egypt. Photo by Roland Unger CC BY SA 4.0When Dr. Baud was asked about Dobrev’s claims, he replied that solar temples “are known monuments…there is nothing like it at Abu Rawash.” He went on to say that it was a funerary complex with a solar connection, but couldn’t accept that it was just a solar temple. The solar connection is entirely logical, considering that Djedefre was the first pharaoh to add “son of Ra” to his birth name, according to Ancient Egypt Online. Ra was the Egyptian deity of the sun.Abu Rawash Pyramid.Another of the disputes about the pyramid revolves around its location. Djedefre chose to build his pyramid five miles from Giza where the pyramids of his father and brothers lay. Some archaeologists believe this may have been due to some sort of familial dispute, according to the Archaeology Department at Michigan State University, although there is no decisive proof this is true.Michael Baud says that Djedefre’s decision to build his pyramid at a distance from his father’s was not unusual at all, but rather his brother, Khafre, was unusual in deciding to build his pyramid so close to his father’s at Giza.Read another story from us: Hidden Sphinx Found by Accident in Temple Devoted to Crocodile Fertility GodAll of this demonstrates how much of our attempts to fill in our history are basically guesswork. All archaeologists can do it look at the pieces of the puzzle and do their best to interpret what they see, but even among well-known experts, what they conclude isn’t always the same.last_img read more