Rabat – Al Hoceima protest leading activist Nasser Zefzafi was arrested on charges of “undermining interior state security,” the public prosecutor of Al Hoceima’s Court of Appeal has announced.In a communiqué released Monday, the prosecutor confirmed the arrest of Zefzafi along with several others on Monday morning, adding that the activist was arrested on suspicion of “obstructing freedom of worship.”Zefzafi interrupted Friday’s prayer sermon in Mohammed V mosque in Al Hoceima in protest of the sermon’s content, which he said was critical of the protests movement. The communiqué stated that Zefzafi and the others arrested with him were transferred to the Judicial Police in Casablanca to be interrogated over the previously mentioned charges.The 39-year-old unemployed activist has been the protests’ most prominent figure since the beginning of demonstrations in October over the death of the local fish seller, Mohsine Fikri, who was crushed by a garbage truck during an attempt to retrieve his confiscated merchandise.The activist has been given speeches at protests rallies and posting videos criticizing the government’s reluctance to meet the social and economic demands of the population of Al Hoceima. read more

Rabat – Hakim Benchamas, speaker of Morocco’s House of Councilors sued four journalists and a member of the parliament after they “leaked classified information” to the media on the work of a fact-finding committee regarding the Moroccan pension fund.The public prosecutor of Rabat’s Court of First Instance has summoned Abdelhak Belashkar, director of Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, Mohammed Ahddad, a journalist in Al Massae daily, and Kaoutar Zaki and Mohammed Sakhir, journalists at Al Jarida 24’s news website.  The journalist will attend the first hearing session on January 25, according to Moroccan daily Akhbar Al Yaoum. The court has also summoned parliamentary Abdelhak Hissan, a member of the House of Councilors for “disclosing secret information” and his involvement in “leaking information related to the work of the committee.”Benchamas sued the journalists and the MP for leaking confidential information about the findings of the ongoing investigation on alleged cases of corruption at the Moroccan Pension Fund (CMR).The proceedings were issued based on Article 14 of the 085.13 Organic Law. This law charges any person who is involved in leaking information on the fact-finding committee to MAD 1000 to MAD 10.000 fines as well as prison terms of one to five years.The complaint is also based on articles 446 and 129 of the Penal Code, which denounce complicity in cases of an offense classified as a crime and the disclosure of secret respectively. This is not the first time Benchamas files a complaint against journalists. Last summer, the judicial police summoned Sakhir and Zaki after a complaint filed by Benchamass for leaking information on the “imbalances in Morocco’s pension fund during the work of the parliamentary fact-finding commission,” according to Moroccan daily Akhbar Al Yaoum.Morocco’s House of Councillors (upper house of the Moroccan parliament) created the fact-finding committee on pension fund in 2016 at the request of the Democratic Confederation of Labour to investigate the financial works of pension funds. read more

13 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged youth worldwide to become involved in efforts to foster and strengthen world peace, saying their aspirations for the future can only come to fruition in an atmosphere that is free of violence and conflict. “Expand on your work to build peace,” Mr. Ban told young people in a message marking the beginning of the 100-day count down to the International Day of Peace on 21 September, which this year focuses on youth and development under the slogan “Peace = Future.”“Share your plans and ideas, with creativity and passion. The world’s concerns will soon be in your hands,” the Secretary-General told the younger generation.Mr. Ban said this year’s International Day of Peace coincides with the United Nations summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight internationally-agreed targets which aim to reduce poverty, hunger, maternal and child deaths, disease, inadequate shelter and gender inequality by 2015.“Achieving the goals is essential for ending armed conflict and building sustainable peace. I hope the voices of young people will be heard at the summit and in the run-up to it,” Mr. Ban said.He exhorted youngsters to plan projects to help create conditions for peace for their communities, their schools and their countries. “We need your voice and commitment, and we will share your stories with the world,” the Secretary-General said. read more

Local volunteers will have to make the case later this year for feral cat control in Norfolk.Norfolk council received a report this week on the performance of the program since 2017.However, council did not restore $10,000 in funding that it cut in January. As well, council did not commit to renewing the program in 2020.The outcome was a disappointment for local cat managers. Regardless, they will attempt to sell council on the merits of trap, neuter and re-home in time for the 2020 budget deliberations.“I’m glad it’s still alive,” Sandi Fettes of Simcoe, a spokesperson for the local program, said this week. “It’s not dead in the water yet. They recognize there are a lot of benefits to the program.”Pam Duesling, Norfolk’s general manager of development and cultural services, tabled a report Tuesday on the performance of the local program.Council heard that, in 2016, the feral cat population in Norfolk was estimated at up to 30,000. There were concerns about feral cats spreading disease, as well as their impact on birds and wildlife.Norfolk devoted $50,000 to trap, neuter and re-home in 2017. This was reduced to $40,000 in 2018.During council’s budget deliberations in January, the $30,000 proposed for 2019 was reduced to $20,000.Fettes and her colleagues hoped council would reverse the $10,000 cut this week but that didn’t happen.The cat-control initiative was approved in 2017 as a three-year program. There was no commitment beyond 2019 and cat control is not a mandated municipal responsibility. Volunteers will learn in January whether council is prepared to renew it.The contract this year is held by Purrfect Companions of Delhi.“In the past three years, Purrfect Companions took in 1,900 cats,” founder and president Brenda Cameron said. “We saved a lot of cats. We spent $691,000 over the last three years on our entire operation.”In a recent presentation to Norfolk council, Fettes said cat-control volunteers are making progress reducing the number of feral cats.She said the spay-and-neuter program has at least slowed, if not reduced, the birth rate. Cat numbers could rebound if the county prematurely withdraws funding, she said.In her report, Duesling said nine per cent of the cats that passed through Purrfect Companions last year were returned to a managed colony. Homes were found for the rest. At a managed colony, the cats are left alone but are fed and monitored for disease.Homes were found for 800 cats last year at a cost to new owners of between $80 and $150 per animal. The shelter on the east side of Delhi is at capacity. There are 280 cats on site, while another 150 are in foster care.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

From the front line of the battle against the deadly legacy of landmines in Iraq and Sudan to command offices throughout the world, the United Nations today marked the first International Day dedicated to curbing the scourge with calls for a universal ban and pleas for greater donor support in cleaning up these remnants of war.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) noted that from 3,000 to 4,000 children alone are killed or wounded by mines every year, with the countries most affected including Angola, Cambodia, Afghanistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Decades after conflicts have receded, these invisible killers lie silently in the ground, waiting to murder and maim. Through them, 20th century battles claim 21st century victims, with new casualties added every hour,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message on International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.“The goal of a world without landmines and explosive remnants of war appears achievable in years, not decades as we used to think,” he added, stressing the vital importance of the 1997 treaty banning anti-personnel landmines, which has 150 State Parties.“But to realize this ideal, every one of us – donors, the general public and mine-affected countries – must focus our energies, and our imaginations, on the cause of mine clearance. Having been so effective in laying mines, we must now become even better at clearing them. Each mine cleared may mean a life saved,” he declared, calling on governments to ratify the treaty.“The message is clear and must be heard: landmines have no place in any civilized society,” he added.In the heart of the battle in Iraq, the UN Assistance Mission there (UNAMI) noted the special meaning the day had for the inhabitants of the war-torn country.“Not only do they face the challenge of living in a highly volatile security situation, they also live amidst one of the greatest concentrations of landmines, unexploded ordnance and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) in the world, presenting a threat to their lives and a barrier to reconstruction efforts,” it said.Moreover, decades of war and conflict have left Iraq with a serious contamination problem of ERW, some containing depleted uranium. “Not only are civilians at risk of losing their lives or a limb due to mines and ERW, but contamination also poses major challenges to the implementation of relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and development projects,” Mr. Annan’s Deputy Special representative Staffan de Mistura said. In Sudan, too, where an accord last year ended two decades of vicious civil war in the south, the UN is facing similar problems as it seeks to help some 4.5 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) return to their homes.“Without de-mining of return routes and communities, refugees and IDPs will not be able to come back or resume their life,” Mr. Annan’s Deputy Special Representative Manuel Aranda da Silva said. “Without de-mining, reconstruction of roads, schools, hospitals and any other post-war recovery and development project cannot be implemented.”More than 7,000 kilometres of roads still need to be verified and cleared. From its headquarters in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) underlined the enormous problems mines and ERW pose for its work, noting that there were 84 countries in the world affected by them, singling out South Sudan as a prime example.“UNHCR is trying to get more involved in mine action as this is key to our programme on return to south Sudan,” said Harry Leefe, Mine Action Focal Point for the agency. “South Sudan is in a way ‘competing’ with places such as Afghanistan and Cambodia where the mine problem is also huge. So donors do not necessarily see mine activities as a priority in south Sudan, but they are crucial.” read more

by News Staff Posted Sep 11, 2012 9:43 am MDT US trade deficit grew slightly in July to $42 billion, but exports to Europe drop sharply WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit grew slightly in July as exports fell at a slightly faster pace than imports.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade deficit widened to $42 billion, 0.2 per cent higher than June’s imbalance of $41.9 billion.U.S. exports fell 1 per cent to $183.3 billion, lowered by weaker sales of autos, telecommunications equipment and heavy machinery. Imports declined 0.8 per cent to $225.3 billion — oil imports fell 6.5 per cent.A wider trade deficit acts as a drag on growth because the U.S. is typically spending more on imports while taking in less from the sales of American-made goods.Weaker growth around the globe is hurting U.S. exports. Exports to Europe fell 11.7 per cent. Many European countries are recession, which has cut demand for American-made goods. The region accounts for about one-fifth of U.S. exports.The deficit with China grew 7.2 per cent in July to $29.4 billion, the largest with any single country. That reflected a 5.6 per cent jump in imports, which vastly outpaced a smaller 0.4 per cent rise in U.S. exports.China accounts for about 7 per cent of U.S. exports and has the second largest economy in the world. Still, its economy has weakened this year and may be worsening. On Monday, China reported that its imports from the rest of the world shrank in August.Exports fell in other big emerging economies. U.S. sales of goods to Brazil fell 4.4 per cent, while exports to India dropped 1.2 per cent.The overall U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.7 per cent in the April-June quarter, down from a 2 per cent rate in the January-March period and 4.1 per cent rate in the final three months of last year. Many economists believe growth will remain lacklustre for the rest of the year, partly because of diminished demand for U.S. exports.Weaker growth is hurting the U.S. job market. American employers added just 96,000 jobs last month, down from an increase of 141,000 jobs in July and well below the average 226,000 jobs a month created from January through March. Manufacturing, which has been one of the few bright spots in this recovery, lost 15,000 jobs in August.While the overall unemployment rate fell to 8.1 per cent from 8.3 per cent in July, the improvement came only because many people gave up looking for work and therefore were not counted in the government’s calculations.The weak unemployment report has lifted expectations that the Federal Reserve will approve more help for the U.S. economy at their meeting this week. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

More women serving on corporate boards, but not yet enough, says study AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 19, 2014 6:50 am MDT TORONTO – A new study suggests that while number of women on the boards of top Canadian companies is improving, there still is ”significant work to be done.”The study by the Canadian Board Diversity Council shows women held 17.1 per cent of the positions on boards on the Financial Post 500 list.The organization says that was up from 15.6 per cent in 2013 and reflects a pace of change of more than four times the average between 2001 and 2012.However, the council says visible minorities and aboriginals on boards are at their lowest level since the survey began in 2010.It says visible minorities hold only two per cent of board seats, aboriginals hold just 0.8 per cent of the seats and people with disabilities fill just 1.4 per cent.The council is calling on corporate boards to consider three board-ready diverse candidates for each open board seat. It also asks boards to replace at least one of every three retiring directors with a director of a diverse background.“We’re making progress, with more women than ever before sitting on Canada’s corporate boards, but it’s simply not enough,” said CBDC founder Pamela Jeffery.“We’re still not seeing substantial progress, particularly in other areas of diversity, including aboriginal peoples, visible minorities and people with disabilities, despite the fact that there are many highly qualified candidates out there.”The study also says while most directors feel their boards are already diverse, only 25 per cent of FP500 boards report having a formal diversity policy in place.To conduct the survey, the CBDC compiled a list of every director on an FP500 board using public data and through a survey conducted on line and by mail. read more

by Derrik J. Lang, The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2015 4:01 am MDT Last Updated Sep 3, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Playing History: Slave Trade’ video game altered after social media backlash This photo shows the educational video game, “Playing History: Slave Trade,” on a computer screen Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Los Angeles. The video game has been edited following social media backlash over a scene depicting slaves being loaded into a ship. (AP Photo) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – An educational video game has been edited following a social media backlash over a scene depicting slaves being packed into a ship.The creators of “Playing History: Slave Trade” removed a level Monday which featured black slave characters being dropped into a ship similar to the video game “Tetris.”“Apologies to people who were offended by us using game mechanics to underline the point of how inhumane slavery was,” read a statement posted on the game’s page on Steam, an online store. “The goal was to enlighten and educate people — not to get sidetracked discussing a small 15-second part of the game.”The scene was also removed from the official trailer for the title, which was originally released by Copenhagen-based developer Serious Games Interactive in 2013.“Slave Trade,” which is intended to teach children ages 11 to 14 about slavery in the 18th century, casts players for most of the game as a young slave steward named Putij, who serves on a ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean.The game captured attention last week when it went on sale on Steam and was promptly chastised on social media for trivializing slavery with the stacking segment. Serious Games founder Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen took to Twitter to defend “Slave Trade” against the controversy before deleting his account Tuesday.“Our decision to adjust a small part of the game was not because people were screaming and threatening us, which they of course still are, but because contrary to some we actually want the discussion to be about using games for learning difficult topics, and not whether we are sensationalist, inflammatory and racist,” said Egenfeldt-Nielsen in an email Thursday. “It was attempt to create a room for people to bend towards each other, and not make it about who is right or wrong.”While the “Tetris”-like slave-stacking level has been excised from the game, a talking mouse character who guides players still says at one point: “Slave traders didn’t look upon slaves as people but as a product. They therefore stacked the slaves on top of each other to get as many as possible shipped.”Other titles in the Serious Games’ “Playing History” series include “Playing History: Vikings” and “Playing History: The Plague.”___Online:http://www.playinghistory.eu___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang read more

It’s that time of year again.The fifth Festival of the Arts – Industrial Fabric, is being held in March and April of 2015, illustrating the unique talents of students enrolled in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.The two-month festival cultivates social engagement, cultural enrichment and artistic exploration as students bring their in-class, independent or studio projects to the public. We invite you to celebrate their achievements on stage, in studios and galleries, and at regional venues. For a calendar of events, click here:The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, part of the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University, is comprised of the Departments of Dramatic Arts (DART), Music (MUSI), and Visual Arts (VISA), and the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture (STAC).All are welcome, and many events are free. For a calendar of events, click here: read more

Maccabi Tel AvivNedeljko Matic ← Previous Story EHF Cup F4: Fuchse against Gorenje – Skjern VS HSV Next Story → Jakov Gojun to Fuchse Berlin Reigning Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv suffered defeat in the Play-Off semi-final which put under pressure current coach who lost his contract with the best Israeli squad. Management appointed new head-coach, Serbian Nedeljko Matic, who previously worked in domestic team Motzkin in the last three years…Contract is sign for the next season with possibility of extension for another one… read more

first_imgThe Pancretan Association of Melbourne recently held its Annual General Meeting.Members of the board and the association gathered to discuss the achievements of the past year and its future plans. The association’s new committee for 2014/2015 was also announced.President John Nikolakakis was re-elected for a second term, along with the selection of primary vice president Michael Frantzeskakis and the second vice resident Manolis Leontakis. Antonis Tsourdalakis was appointed vice secretary, along with Manolis Vandarakis.It was great to see the next generation of Cretan Greek Australians taking an interest, with five positions on the board being filled by young members. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


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first_imgSUST gateA team of researchers from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) has invented a low-cost technology to detect cancer through analysing blood samples, reports UNB.The team, led by Yasmeen Haque of SUST Physics department, invented the technology by researching nonlinear optics under the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP).Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid disclosed the invention at a press conference at the International Mother Language Institute in the city.”It’s completely a new technology and a great success of Bangladesh in the field of education research. It’ll be used for the welfare of all,” he said.The new technology will test the blood samples in a completely new method to predict the possibility of cancer in a very short time and at a very low cost, Nahid said.The ‘Detection of Biomarker Using Nonlinear’ project was launched in March 2016 under HEQEP.As part of the project, a nonlinear bio-optics research laboratory was established at the SUST Physics department.The laboratory has started the work to measure the nonlinear index through sending powerful laser rays into the blood serum of cancer patients.There is no need to use additional reagent in the new method as required in the biochemical system.The minister said once the project is implemented successfully, it will be possible to detect the nonlinear characteristics of any blood sample apart from cancer patients.Yasmeen Haque made a Power-Point presentation on the invention at the press conference.University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman Abdul Mannan, SUST vice-chancellor Farid Uddin Ahmed, World Bank chief operations officer Mokhlesur Rahman and project director Gauranga Chandra Mohanta were present.last_img read more

first_imgUS president Donald Trump gestures during a joint news conference with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland on 16 July. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump, under fire over his Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin, doubled down Thursday by saying he looks forward to meeting the Russian leader again-with talks already underway for a visit to Washington in the fall.Trump has come in for bipartisan criticism for what many saw as his unsettling embrace of the Russian strongman this week-and his seeming disavowal of his own intelligence agencies and their assessment that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election.The backlash has thrust Trump onto the defensive, leading to days of conflicting statements from both the president and the White House.But Trump has largely shrugged off the criticism and took aim at the “fake news media” Thursday for failing to recognize his achievements.“The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media,” Trump said on Twitter. “The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russia, even a confrontation that could lead to war.”Meanwhile, secretary of state Mike Pompeo said Trump’s goal was to “redirect” two countries “that’d been on a bad path.”“There’s been a lot of heat and very little light following that press conference,” he told Catholic television network EWTN.“I watched the president’s interaction with president Putin after their one-on-one meeting … The president was aiming towards creating a channel for communication and dialogue, and he achieved that,” he said, adding he would be “very surprised” if a transcript from the meeting was released.In an interview with CNBC television, Trump said “getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russia’s a positive, not a negative.“Now with that being said if it doesn’t work out I’ll be the worst enemy he’s ever had,” he said of Putin.“I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed,” Trump said.White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that meeting may come this fall.“President Trump asked (National Security Advisor John Bolton) to invite president Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway,” Sanders tweeted.The invitation came as an apparent surprise to the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats when he was told about it during a live interview at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado.“Say that again?” Coats asked the interviewer.“OK. That’s going to be special,” he said, laughing.I don’t know what happenedCoats also said that three days after Trump met with Putin he does not know what the two men discussed.“I don’t know what happened in that meeting,” he said.The two leaders held two hours of closed-door talks with no one else present but the interpreters.“If he had asked me how that ought to be conducted, I would have suggested a different way,” Coats said.Trump on Thursday listed the topics discussed as “stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more.”The top Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer, had a scathing reaction to news that Trump planned to invite Putin to Washington.“Until we know what happened at that two hour meeting in Helsinki, the president should have no more one-on-one interactions with Putin. In the United States, in Russia, or anywhere else,” he said in a statement.The US upper chamber issued a sharp rebuke to Trump earlier in the day, voting 98-0 to oppose any move by his administration to make US officials available for questioning by Russian government officials.Asked in Helsinki whether he would extradite 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted in the United States for hacking Democratic Party computers, Putin said he could meet the US government “halfway.”Putin said he would permit the 12 to be questioned inside Russia if the United States allowed Russia to question former US envoy to Russia Michael McFaul and 11 others in Moscow’s case against billionaire investor and human rights activist William Browder, the driving force behind Magnitsky Act sanctions on Russian officials passed by the US Congress.Trump initially called it an “incredible offer,” but McFaul and others expressed outrage and the White House-just minutes before the Senate vote-made clear a deal with Putin was not in the cards.“It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it,” Sanders said.Misjudging PutinThe indictments of the 12 Russians were issued by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.According to opinion polls published Thursday, a large majority of Americans disapproved of Trump’s handling of the summit-but members of his party approved by a wide margin.While just one third of Americans approved of Trump’s handling of the Putin summit, that number rose to 68 per cent among Republicans, according to a CBS poll.Among Republicans expressing concern was Senator Lindsey Graham, a prominent voice on foreign policy.Trump wasn’t “prepared as well as he should have been” for the meeting, Graham said, adding that it is “imperative that he understand that he is misjudging Putin.”In Moscow, Putin slammed Trump’s domestic opponents as “pathetic, worthless people” who were “ready to sacrifice Russian-American relations for their own ambitions.”last_img read more

first_imgFor decades, Houston has been all about growth, at times leading the nation in creating jobs and bringing in new residents.But what if in the coming years, that growth slows? Or stops?A new report commissioned by the Center for Houston’s Future raises concerns. It found three big factors that could limit growth: not enough educated workers, a region plagued by traffic and flooding, and last but certainly not least, a diminished oil industry.From 2014 to early 2017, the U.S. energy industry cut almost 60,000 oilfield jobs as oil prices tanked. That was just for extraction companies, the number doesn’t count thousands of other jobs lost in other parts of the industry and in related sectors.For Jim Honefenger, the layoffs brought back memories of the last oil bust in the 1980’s.“I knew people that were reservoir engineers that were selling cars in Denver,” he said.Honefenger is a Houston consultant who helps engineers and geologists find work in the industry. Lately, he said, that’s been hard to do.To be clear, oil has rebounded since the recent bust. The amount of oil coming out of West Texas is helping break records. But hiring hasn’t kept up. Only about 6,400 of those oilfield jobs have come back since a 10-year employment low in December of 2017.“The industry has a fear of over-hiring, they don’t want to have to lay off people again,” Honefenger said. “And they have a fear of the wrong hire. It’s a very costly thing to hire the wrong person in a team that’s stretched very, very thin.”To survive the downturn, companies have focused on more efficient drilling technology, automating the process and looking for other cost-cutting measures. Down the road, that could mean they don’t need as many people.“We don’t really see, and the research doesn’t show, that these higher-paying oil and gas jobs are coming back anytime soon,” said Brett Perlman, President and CEO of the Center for Houston’s Future.The city has fared the downturn better than some expected. Perlman’s group has found that the oil job losses were offset by gains in the healthcare, retail and service industries, among others. But Houston still depends on people getting paychecks from oil because, more so than with other industries, those workers create other jobs.“Obviously they shop in our stores, they go to restaurants, they shop for clothing,” Perlman said. “So really, these high value jobs are what drive our economic future.”Perlman warned the city can’t rely on continued growth in the oil industry like it used to, and that’s not just because of automation. The industry is also struggling to attract a new generation of college graduates.“Students are going to figure out where they’re going to get paid the most, and that’s where they’re going to go,” said Ken Medlock, head of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute. “You saw that in the early to mid 2000’s, you saw that in the 1990’s, you’re seeing that today.”Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian, one of the state’s top oil and gas regulators, recently told lawmakers he thinks young people are less interested in oil jobs because of “politically correct-driven, environmental, anti-oil and gas science.”Medlock called that rhetoric “counter-productive,” arguing that young people just want interesting challenges.“If the industry is not successful in talking about the types of issues that it is constantly grappling with, and presenting those as interesting problems to solve rather than things that can lead to the end of days, then it’s going to be difficult to attract people into that space,” he said.According to Medlock, the broader energy sector could keep Houston thriving. Local wind companies are growing, there’s a budding oil export market on the Gulf Coast, and high-tech workers could be needed to help build a “smarter” electric grid.The Center for Houston’s Future’s report says something has to break the city’s reliance on oil jobs. The group warns that Houston’s economy is already losing ground to Dallas, which has seen growth in the finance and insurance sectors, and has been attracting big retail companies. Share 00:00 /04:02 Listen center_img X eflon via Flickr/Creative Commons To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comMaryland’s National Golden Gloves boxing champions reads like a who’s who list of Hall of Fame talent that has made a significant impact on the sweet science.  From Olympic medalists to world title holders the D.M.V.’s amateur talent continues to rank elite in the sport.The future champions will begin the quest for the next generation’s glory at Rosecroft Raceway when the preliminary bouts of the Washington Golden Gloves Championship begin in southern Maryland.  These fighters, who emerge as regional champions, will have been tested through six weeks of intense bouts with a chance to earn a trip to the National Golden Gloves Tournament in Chattanooga, Tennessee May 5-12.The Russell Family: Gary Antonio, world champion Gary, Jr., and Gary Antuanne became successful boxers after winning the local Golden Gloves championships before turning pro. (Courtesy Photo)“Over the last 10 years this has probably become the tournament in the nation,” producer Bobby Magruder told the AFRO.Maryland’s impact on the National Golden Gloves dates back over 40 years where former Olympic gold medalist and world champion Sugar Ray Leonard was born before he burst on to the international scene during the 1976 Olympics.  Since then a cadre of champions have emerged from this under-appreciated cradle of excellence that has been dwarfed by athletes who compete in team sports.“Golden Gloves is similar to a Major League Baseball farm system for boxing,” Magruder said.  “All the top promoters keep an eye on this tournament because this is where most contenders are discovered.  Back in the day you would see the Don King’s and Bob Arum’s who were looking to sign champions after [the national tournament].  These days it’s the [Oscar] De La Hoya’s and [Floyd] Mayweather’s who are waiting to sign them.”Leonard probably remains the most transcendent fighter to emerge from Maryland’s Golden Gloves program.  However, he is not the only one who went from the obscurity of trying to qualify to compete in the National Golden Gloves Tournament to world champion.  Nearly every professional contender or champion from this region has made a debut that validated their credibility as elite boxers.Current world junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd and former two-time light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson are two of the D.M.V.’s title holders who have emerged from the Washington Golden Gloves Championship Tournament.  However, there’s one family who has made the biggest impact as any since emerging from the program.Team Gary Russell is the only family in history to produce four national Golden Gloves champions. The boxing family from Capital Heights introduced its family to the boxing world from this tournament and their brand has skyrocketed since.Current world featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. was the first of the quartet of Russells whose initial step to international acclaim was launched from this stage.  “Jr.” set the tone for his brothers by winning the national championship and becoming a world champion which came to fruition on March 28, 2015 with his victory over Jhonny Gonzalez to give him the World Boxing Council belt.His brothers –Gary Antuanne and Gary Antonio also became national champions.  Gary Antonio won the 2013 Golden Gloves and is an undefeated super bantamweight contender whose record is 12-0 with 10 knockouts.   Gary Autuanne won the D.C. Golden Gloves outstanding boxer award before winning the national championship in 2015.  He won the Olympic Bronze medal in 2016. Antuanne was also valedictorian of his high school graduating class which is another aspect of the Golden Gloves program.“We’re trying to keep kids off the street and give them to believe in,” McGruder said.Ten fighters will emerge from the local tournament which concludes on April 6.  The group from D.C., Delaware and Maryland will the face Virginia/North Carolina winners for the right to compete in Chattanooga.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The state government has issued an alert asking fishermen not to voyage into the sea from Tuesday as a cyclonic circulation may hit soon.The fishermen who have already set sail have been asked to return wiithin Monday. The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted that the coastal districts of Bengal may receive rainfall during the days of Durga Puja as a low pressure trough is likely to form over Bay of Bengal.According to a senior official at the Alipore Met office, a low pressure trough will be created over Bay of Bengal on October 8 that may bring rainfall mainly in the coastal districts from October 10. A strong wind may also sweep through various South Bengal districts.last_img read more

first_imgLong-term smoking cessation in women was associated with a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared to those who had recently quit, a new study has shown. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet. The study showed that the risk of seropositive RA – when patients have antibodies in their blood that help identify the disease – was reduced by 37 per cent for those who sustained smoking cessation for 30 or more years compared with those who recently quit smoking. “Our study is one of the first to show that a behaviour change of prolonged smoking cessation may actually delay or even prevent the onset of seropositive RA, suggesting lifestyle changes may modify risk for development of a systemic rheumatic disease,” said Jeffrey Sparks from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US. Patients who have seropositive RA tend to have a more severe disease course with more joint deformities, disability, and inflammation outside of the joints. According to the World Health Organisation, rheumatoid arthritis tends to strike during the most productive years of adulthood, between the ages of 20 – 40 and is more common among women.last_img read more