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Four UN peacekeepers wounded in shooting in Sudans Abyei area

10 May 2011Unidentified assailants have shot and wounded four United Nations peacekeepers while they were on patrol in the disputed Abyei area of Sudan today. The four blue helmets, all from Zambia, were shot around 4:40 p.m. as they returned from a regular patrol to the north of the town of Abyei. The peacekeepers were evacuated to Abyei for medical treatment and one of them is reported to be in a serious condition.Kouider Zerrouk, a spokesperson for the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), said the peacekeepers had been forced by armed men to turn back at the village of Goli earlier in the day, and were returning to the town of Diffra when they came under fire from unknown attackers.“We condemn this act against peacekeepers who are discharging their duties to try to help maintain peace and security in Abyei,” he said.UNMIS has started an investigation into the shootings, which occurred on the day that the north and southern sides had agreed to start withdrawing their unauthorized forces from Abyei as part of a pact facilitated by the UN.That agreement, welcomed by UNMIS, is part of a broader effort aimed at de-escalating tensions in an area where deadly clashes have claimed dozens of lives since the start of the year, when a referendum on Abyei’s status that was supposed to have been held never took place amid disagreement on voter eligibility. Southern Sudan will secede from the rest of the country in July as a result of a separate referendum held in January and both north and south claim Abyei. read more

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Stabbing suspect arrested

The second of two men wanted in connection with a stabbing at Norfolk General Hospital was arrested In Simcoe last Thursday.Jean Pierre Auclair, 36, of Norfolk County, was taken into custody without incident at a Water Street address according to Norfolk OPP.He’s accused of being involved with the stabbing of a man at the emergency entrance to the hospital on Aug. 23.Auclair faces charges of aggravated assault, disguise with intent, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and failing to comply with a probation order.He’s been held in custody and will appear in the Ontario Court in Simcoe on a later date.Auclair’s co-accused in the matter is Derrick Anthony Adams, 38, also of Norfolk County, who was also arrested on Water Street.Adams was arrested Aug. 29 and has been charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and three counts of failing to comply with a probation order.The OPP asked for the public’s assistance in locating the two suspects but warned people not to approach them.“The OPP would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our media partners and community members that assisted in bringing this incident to a successful conclusion,” said detachment Commander, Insp. Joseph Varga in a news release.SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

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TSX surges 172 points in broadbased rally Bank of Canada keeps rates

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market registered a solid advance Tuesday as resource stocks led a rebound across all sectors after a string of losses amid global economic uncertainty.The S&P/TSX composite index jumped 171.94 points to 11,507.71 while the TSX Venture Exchange gained 7.02 points to 1,285.57.The Canadian dollar gained 0.16 of a cent to 96.34 cents US as the Bank of Canada said that it was leaving its key interest rate unchanged at one per cent because of a worsening economic environment. It also kept the door open for future rate hikes.In its accompanying statement, Canada’s central bank said “to the extent that the economic expansion continues and the current excess supply in the economy is gradually absorbed, some modest withdrawal of the present considerable monetary policy stimulus may become appropriate.”Data showing greater expansion in the U.S. service sector helped lift markets.New York’s Dow Jones industrial average was up 26.49 points to 12,127.95.The Nasdaq composite index added 18.1 points to 2,778.11 and the S&P 500 index climbed 7.32 points to 1,285.5 as the Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index came in at 53.7, up from 53.5 in April.The gain followed a slide of almost two per cent last week as the European debt crisis spread to Spain’s banking sector.“One of the real issues that investors are wrestling with is that people have lost confidence in the ability of the Europeans to deal with the problem (of recapitalizing their banking system),” said Norman Raschkowan, North American strategist for Mackenzie Financial Corp., adding the problems in the banking sector don’t end at the Spanish border.“The Italian banks are stretched and the French banks are stretched. I think unfortunately the Europeans still haven’t come to that basic appreciation of how critical the capitalization of the banks is for confidence.”The country’s banks are weighed by toxic loans following the implosion of the country’s real estate sector in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse.Spain’s most stricken lender, Bankia S.A., needs €19 billion in government aid, but Spain only has €5 billion left in a €19 billion fund that it established in 2009 to help banks.Those banks may force the country to seek a bailout. Spain, strapped for cash, might have to tap European Union rescue funds, but it is reluctant to do so because such aid would come with strict conditions.Spain has been forced to pay ever higher amounts of interest to attract buyers for its debt with the yield on the country’s 10-year bond up 0.02 of a point to 6.42 per cent before dipping back to 6.31 per cent.Spanish Treasury Minister Cristobal Montoro said Tuesday said that, given current borrowing costs, financial markets had effectively shut out the country.And he repeated the country’s calls for the European Union to move faster towards establishing a banking union that would allow ailing lenders to seek help without governments intervening.Meanwhile, finance ministers and central bank governors from seven of the world’s main economies were holding a conference call Tuesday to discuss Europe’s worsening debt crisis.Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney took part in the call.And although Flaherty’s office in Ottawa released a statement it did not provide details of any pledge from European leaders.However, Japan’s finance chief Jun Azumi reportedly said that the European members in the call pledged to “speed up their efforts” to contain the crisis.The energy sector was up almost 2.5 per cent as oil oscillated between slight gains and losses during the session before the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed up 31 cents to US$84.29 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) was ahead 59 cents to $28.30 while Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) advanced 36 cents to $30.88.The base metals sector was ahead 1.36 per cent while copper prices dipped two cents at US$3.29 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed three per cent or 92 cents to $31.41 and Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) climbed 46 cents to $10.14.The resource sectors have racked up the steepest losses on the TSX, which is down about 10 per cent from its 2012 highs from late February.The financial sector was up 1.3 per cent with TD Bank (TSX:TD) ahead $1.18 to $77.68 and Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) ran up 19 cents to $10.77.Utilities were also higher as TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) said it has been chosen by Shell Canada Ltd. to build, own and operate a $4-billion natural gas pipeline in British Columbia. The Calgary-based company said the pipeline will transport natural gas from the Montney region in eastern British Columbia to a liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat, B.C. Its shares gained 33 cents to $42.48.The gold sector was ahead about 0.75 per cent as bullion prices improved, up $3 to US$1,616.90 an ounce. Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG) gained 54 cents to $12.68 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) rose 63 cents to $41.78.In other corporate news, Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT) has teamed up with global giant Caterpillar Inc. to co-develop natural gas technology to fuel off-road heavy equipment that typically use diesel. Caterpillar will fund the development program and Westport, a Vancouver-based specialist in engine technology, expects to supply key components for products developed under the initiative. Westport shares jumped $5.02 or 21.68 per cent to $28.17.Belden Inc. (NYSE:BDC) has made a friendly takeover offer for Montreal-based Miranda Technologies Inc. (TSX:MT), which makes high-performance hardware and software for the television industry. Belden’s offer of $17 per share cash values Miranda at about $371.5 million. Miranda’s share price jumped 62 per cent to $16.87 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2012 4:49 pm MDT TSX surges 172 points in broad-based rally; Bank of Canada keeps rates unchanged read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 10, 2014 3:25 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,302.06 up 2.98 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Up 17 cents, or 4.72 per cent, to $3.77 on 8.8 million shares.Ballard Power Systems Inc. (TSX:BLD). Fuel cells. Up $1.78, or 30.43 per cent, to $7.63 on 7.1 million shares.Webtech Wireless Inc. (TSX:WEW). Communication equipment. Unchanged at 41 cents on 6.8 million shares.Carpathian Gold Inc. (TSX:CPN). Miner. Down 0.5 cents, or 8.33 per cent, to 5.5 cents on 6.5 million shares.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Up 18 cents, or 1.63 per cent, to $11.23 on 4.4 million shares.San Gold Corp. (TSX:SGR). Miner. Down 3.5 cents, or 15.56 per cent, to 19 cents on 4.1 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,042.85 down 0.16 points):Graphite One Resources Inc. (TSXV:GPH). Miner. Up two cents, or 9.52 per cent, to 23 cents on 8.4 million shares.VentriPoint Diagnostics Ltd. (TSXV:VPT). Medical instruments and equipment. Up two cents, or 20 per cent, to 12 cents on 7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Down 18 cents, or 0.43 per cent, to $41.41 on 3.1 million shares. The Calgary-based company has pulled its application to resume steaming near the site of an ongoing bitumen spill in eastern Alberta after the Alberta Energy Regulator informed the company that it was going to deny the application. The AER said it would be “inappropriate” for operations to resume while an investigation into the cause of the leak was still ongoing.Com Dev International Ltd. (TSX:CDV). Space communication equipment and data services. Up nine cents, or 2.31 per cent, at $3.99 on 80,953 shares. Com Dev predicted a rebound in its fiscal second quarter after net income dropped nearly 55 per cent to $1.8 million in the first quarter compared with $4.1 million in the same year-early period, something the company attributed largely to the negative effects of currency fluctuations.Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Retailer. Up one cent, or 0.02 per cent, to $46.35 on 366,664 shares. The grocery giant will be the first retailer in North America to sell a new type of responsibly-farmed salmon, an offering it hopes will differentiate itself amid intense competition in the grocery business.The Second Cup Ltd. (TSX:SCU). Coffee chain. Up 22 cents, or 4.58 per cent, to $5.02 on 39,562 shares. The chain of specialty coffee shops produced less revenue in the fourth quarter than a year earlier but shook off the huge loss it recorded at the end of 2012. The $1.8-million net income for the 13 weeks ended Dec. 28 marked the second consecutive quarter of improvements for Second Cup, which had posted a $10.1-million loss in the second quarter. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange read more

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Commonwealth Athletes Show Strong National Pride and Commonwealth Country Fellowship

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games held Official Opening ceremonies on July 18, 2017 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, during which the athletes representing their respective countries participated in an “Athletes’ Parade.”There was buzz of excitement as the athletes waited to parade in this historic Games, the first event of a series that will take place in the Americas.Behind the scenes all of the athletes filled the old sports centre area, waiting to parade in the stadium in their national colors with flags and other paraphernalia.  With all the countries filling the sports centre one would think that the world was so large, yet we are all connected.  Many of the athletes at the Commonwealth Youth Games already knew other athletes from different countries by competing in different events around the world or by meeting one another at boarding schools and colleges.Many more connections were made as they waited to march, as the young athletes went around trading country pins and showing respect and well wishes to their opponents. The vibe was a great balance of strong national pride and Commonwealth country fellowship.Story by: Sydnei IsaacsPress Release: BISPHOTOS: Highlights of the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 Official Opening Ceremony, Athletes’ Parade, and festivities, July 18, 2017 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.  (BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)last_img read more

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ASAWISHH Announces the Launch of a New Website

first_imgLast week, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) launched a new website—still located at the same domain, www.wishh.org. If you’ve visited the previous website, you’ll notice the new site has had some dramatic and positive changes. WISHH would like to extend a special thanks to Mauricio Flores of Mauricio J Flores Web Design & Illustrations for his time and dedication in volunteering to help launch the new site. Mauricio volunteered through www.grassroots.com, a site that provides extensive resources, specifically technology related, free of charge. Without Mauricio’s expertise and assistance, this new site would not have been possible and it is with much appreciation that we say thank you to him!Now, we have a call to action for you: go check it out! Read some of our most recent stories, news releases, and publications.last_img read more

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49 Voices Xavior Love of Anchorage

first_imgXavior Love of Anchorage (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Xavior Love in Anchorage. Love is an aspiring actor from Bartlett High school. He also works part time at a movie theater.Listen nowLOVE: “Love”. L-O-V-E. And my birthday is on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2000.Usually when I wake up at 5ish in the morning to drop my mom off, she works two jobs at both Providence and Regional Hospital, and when I go to school I just have my six-period schedule where it’s comprised of AP classes like AP Lang, AP U.S. History, AP Psychology. At the end of the day, I’ll either be on my way to work, or if it’s one of those days where I’m in a production, then I go straight to rehearsal and then work.I loved watching movies as a little kid. I’d watch them repeatedly, and to a certain extent where I could recite an entire two-hour movie by myself. And people would think that’s weird, but I thought this was pretty cool.Acting was the only thing that actually made me happy, I had true passion and guidance. I told my friends and co-workers and even my boss sometimes, I’m like, “One day, that’s gonna be me on the screen.”I think the one that really gets to me, the actor that I really enjoy and love and have always admired is Kenneth Branagh. The way he brings forth the most tragic Shakespearean characters to even the most modern people, I find really fascinating. And that just gives me some inspiration to challenge myself and to do complex pieces or monologues like Shakespeare or contemporary work.I’d love to win an Oscar or a Golden Globe or an Emmy or something like that, but I don’t need it. My true goal as an actor is to continue to learn. And the more knowledge I learn as an actor, the more I want to share it among other people. And if that means fame and money and stuff, well that’s fine by me too. Just give me the check. (laughs) That’s great. But I’m not here for the money. I’m not here for the awards. I’m here for the craft. I’m here for the love and appreciation for art.last_img read more

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CJI explains true meaning of democracy to IPS probationers

first_imgHyderabad: Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Saturday explained that the true meaning of the democratic system, which constitutes “legal equanimity”, “political freedom” and “governance by Rule of Law”. He was delivering the 33rd Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Memorial Lecture on the topic “Rule of Law in Modern Democracy” in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy here on Saturday. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us The Chief Justice of India distinguished “Rule of Law” from “Rule of Man” and asserted that the rule of law has emerged now as the soul of modern democratic nations. He also cautioned that the rule of law need not necessarily be intertwined with the policy of the Government and Judicial Review becomes the cornerstone of the rule of law. CJI Gogoi acknowledged the contributions of the Indian Police Service to the motherland as the nation builders and remarked that police casualties are not less than the casualties of conventional war. He raised the issue of fairness in discharging duties and drew the distinction between institutional fairness and fairness in the individual functioning. He expected all the Probationers to take all necessary steps to exercise their legitimate powers in a fair and reasonable manner. He concluded his address by congratulating the Probationers once again for their chosen path to dedicate their lives to serve the motherland and cautioned them that there will be testing times. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The Chief Justice addressed the Probationers as “Young Achievers”, and “Nation Builders” to whom the baton needed to be passed. At the outset, he congratulated them for choosing to dedicate their lives to serve the motherland. He recalled the contributions of Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in making the Indian Civil Services as the strong constitutional steel framework in binding independent India. Advertise With Us Earlier, SVPNPA Director Abhay, in his introduction, said that a stable political order requires three features – a strong State, Rule of Law and democratic institutions of Accountability. Hence, for these young IPS Officers on the verge of taking their careers, there cannot be a more apt topic than the one selected by the CJI. In 1983, a memorial lecture to be delivered by an eminent person in memory of the Iron man of India was instituted with the approval of Gov. of India. B.K. Nehru, the then Governor of Jammu & Kashmir delivered the inaugural lecture in 1984 on “All India Services”, and thereafter the lectures are being delivered by eminent personalities. The programme was attended by eminent personalities comprising of Justice Raghavendra Chauhan, the Chief Justice of Telangana High Court and all the Judges of Telangana High Court and all the Registrars, Home Minister Md. Mahmood Ali, Telangana DGP M. Mahendar Reddy, Andhra Pradesh DGP D. Gautam Sawang, retired IPS and former Director of the Academy Aruna M. Bahuguna and other distinguished guests from various services. The Memorial lecture was attended by 156 IPS Probationers of 2018 batch undergoing Phase-I training, including 15 Foreign Officer Trainees from Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives and also 103 Probationers of 2017 batch undergoing Phase-II training.last_img read more

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IndianAmericans up in arm against Congressman Tom Suozzi over

first_imgWASHINGTON: Indian-Americans are up in arms against Democratic Congressman Tom Suozzi who has asked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to make Kashmir a major focus of the Trump Administration. In a letter dated August 9, Suozzi alleged that the action by the Indian government ‘risks provoking mass social unrest.’ “These new restrictions on the autonomy of the state and the rights of Kashmiris could also embolden extremists and terrorists to act,” wrote Suozzi, who represents the 3rd Congressional District of New York. Indian Americans, who constitute a significant large number in the 3rd Congressional District of New York, have played an important role in the election of Suozzi (56). Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us In the previous election cycles, Indian Americans not only campaigned for him, but also voted and raised significant amount of fund for his Congressional elections. “We Indian Americans are very upset with Congressman Suozzi. We are demanding that he withdraws his letter written to Secretary Pompeo. Kashmir is an integral part of India and it is India’s internal matter. He or the US has no right to interfere in India’s internal affair,” said Jagdish Sewhani, the President of the American India Public Affairs Committee. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us In fact, after Suozzi’s letter to Pompeo became public and appeared on the social media, the Congressman’s local office was flooded with a large number of phone calls from agitated Indian Americans who not only sought an explanation but also urged him to withdraw the letter. Feeling the heat, Suozzi has scheduled a meeting with representatives of the Indian American community on Sunday. “Congressman Tom Suozzi would like to meet with his friends in the Indian American community to listen to their concerns regarding India and the region, receive your input so that he can have a balanced view of the situation. He welcomes a candid dialogue on this matter,” said a message sent to the community leaders Saturday evening. Advertise With Us Indian-American from New York Ravi Batra said that Congressman Suozzi’s letter to Pompeo is “silly pandering with a few angry constituents rather than serving ‘best interests’ of USA.” America’s best interest, Batra said, are “being friends of the sub-continent, making it terror-free and support enhanced peace and security.” In his letter, Suozzi asked Pompeo “to let me know as soon as possible what actions our government intends to take and please advise if l may be of any assistance.” The Indian government revoked Article 370 which granted special status for Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the border state into two Union Territories on Monday.last_img read more

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With its arms wide open Sharjah is set to embrace new investments

first_imgIBTBeing the largest population center in the emirate, Sharjah is home to more than 1.53 Million people. It is the third largest emirate in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) and is the only one to have access to the ocean on two sides viz. the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Speed across 2,590 square kilometers, there’s much more to Sharjah that meets the eye.It is pertinent to note, that in 1932, Sharjah housed the first ever airport in the United Arab Emirates —the RAF Sharjah. The said airport’s runway is now part of King Abdul Aziz Street in the city center. One clear pointer of how Sharjah has grown comes from them increased footfall at the Sharjah International Airport. Once a rather minuscule number of less than a million passengers in 2003 has grown leaps and bounds to over >11 million passengers in 2017 (SIA).Unexplored Tourism potentialSurprisingly, even the people living in the neighboring emirates like Dubai, Ajman, and Fujairah are somewhat unaware of the delightful attractions and opportunities Sharjah offers. “I was surprised to see how much of culture and tourism potential this city has. Plus, my entire family spent a week of our holidays here and this city just keeps giving. We are loving it,” said Adil Bhat, a real estate professional based out of Dubai.To invest in Sharjah; the time is now!The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), the agency which facilitates and promotes investment opportunities in Sharjah, describes the emirate as a ‘uniquely positioned’ investment destination. As the city continues to leverage its geographical advantages, cultural attractions and avenues of diversified growth; Sharjah is more like a hidden gem waiting to be explored.”With agencies like Shurooq, it has become all the easier to get market intelligence and guidance for investments in Sharjah,” said Omar Javed, a businessmen cum investor exploring Sharjah as his next investment destination after Jordan.Speaking about Shurooq, Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Executive Chairman, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority said, “Sharjah has embarked on a wide range of achievements and economic developments, focusing on the growth of the emirate’s four key sectors: tourism, healthcare, environment, and transportation; Sharjah has year-on-year taken advantage of its non-oil market growth and expanded on new sectors, allowing more diversified capital flow across new emerging markets such as real estate, education, SMEs, entrepreneurship and light manufacturing.””Today, Sharjah is one of the key drivers for Indian outbound investment volumes into the Gulf Region, valued at more than $137 billion, and among the key contributors for the nation’s trade volumes into the UAE, which were also valued at around $ 53 billion as of last year, with projections to hit around $ 100 billion by 2020,” he added.When asked about the ease of doing business, Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, said, “In recent months we have developed new free zones and streamlined business registration processes, encouraging the launch of new enterprises. The licensing environment for start-ups and new SMEs has changed significantly in the last few years, with the addition of three new free zones in Sharjah alone over the past 12 months. These hubs of creativity and innovation offer businesses 100 percent ownership, free business consultations and comprehensive know-how about the local business environment, office spaces equipped with latest technologies to work out of, and several other attractions.”Such step-by-step guidance is a very rare offering when it comes to investments in the UAE. And with a government-backed agency offering this, the trust factor makes it all the easier. IBTWhat are Free Zones? Can an investor really get 100% ownership? According to Shurooq, there are more than 13,000 companies in Sharjah Free Zones {Hamriyah Free Zone (HFZ) & Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF)} with investors coming from 157+ nations. The Free Zones offer 100% ownership to investors with easy access to ports and airports, thus making Sharjah an important industrial and manufacturing centers of the UAE. Besides the ownership, these free zones offer full repatriation of profits and exemption from the VAT (value added tax) provide the activity is export-oriented.The city is in the process of opening up non-industrial free zones viz. publishing, media, health, Research & Development and more. As Sharjah offers relatively easier set-up processes in its Free Zones, the fact that it is a rather lower-cost emirate, adds up to the business advantage for investors & business owners.The Ruler’s VisionSheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah and the member of UAE’s supreme council has often been quoted his vision of equitable and comprehensive development. His views on foreign investments in Sharjah are said to be beyond the material implications. “Foreign investment is not only a method of achieving personal economic goals, but it is also a partner in creating sustainable economic and social development,” the ruler of Sharjah was quoted in The Report Sharjah, 2018. IBTKeep an eye out for the second part of this series on Sharjah where we will explore the tourism potential and attractions.last_img read more

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Dozens missing in Indonesia ferry sinking

first_imgMap of Indonesia locating the area where a ferry carrying 80 people capsized, 18 June. AFPSeveral hundred rescue personnel were searching for survivors Tuesday after a boat sank in Indonesia with about 80 people aboard, the national disaster agency said.The wooden vessel was travelling on Lake Toba, a popular tourist destination on Sumatra island, when it capsized Monday afternoon.At least one person has been found dead and 18 others were rescued, authorities said.But local officials said dozens of people are likely still unaccounted for nearly a day after the sinking.“There are 65 people who say their relatives are missing. So we are now searching for them,” Riadil Lubis, head of North Sumatra disaster agency, told AFP.Authorities said they believe the ferry that sank on Lake Toba was operating illegally with no manifest or passenger tickets.It was not clear if any foreigners were on board.TV footage from Monday showed a group of passengers bobbing in the choppy water as a rescue boat approached.Grief-stricken relatives waited for news, including one survivor who lost hold of her child in the confusion.“It happened so quickly,” Juwita, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told TVOne.“I wanted to grab my child but I couldn’t. There were three people stacked on top of him.”The search was called off Monday evening due to bad weather and low visibility, but it resumed Tuesday morning with about 350 personnel involved in the rescue effort.Muslim-majority Indonesia has been celebrating the Islamic festival of Eid since Friday and millions go on holiday during the festivities, with Lake Toba a key tourist destination.The lake fills the crater of a supervolcano that is believed to have erupted tens of thousands of years ago.Maritime accidents are common in Indonesia, a 17,000 island archipelago nation where many depend on ferries and other boats to get around, despite lax safety standards.Last week, a traditional wooden boat with about 40 people capsized in the island of Sulawesi, killing more than a dozen people.In 2015, a ferry sank near Sulawesi island leaving 78 people dead.last_img read more

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Pakistan bans first class air travel for top officials

first_imgPakistan`s prime minister Imran Khan, speaks to the nation in his first televised address in Islamabad, Pakistan on 19 August 2018. Photo: ReutersThe cabinet of newly-appointed Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan has imposed a ban on first-class air travel by the president, chief justice, senate chairman and the national assembly speaker.The move comes after the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government on Friday revised working hours in government institutions, abolished discretionary funds of the Prime Minister, federal ministers and members of the National Assembly, reports Dawn news.The decisions were taken during a second meeting of the federal cabinet in a week presided over by Khan.The Cabinet rejected a proposal for declaring only one official weekly holiday on Sunday and withdrawing the second weekly holiday on Saturday.While the span of working hours will remain same – eight hours – the new office timing will be 9:00am to 5:00pm The previous timing was 8:00am to 4:00 pm.The meeting also decided to conduct audit of all mega transport projects carried out in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces during the last government.It was decided that the prime minister would use the official aircraft only for domestic tours and not for foreign visits.Another important decision taken by the cabinet was formation of task forces for upgrading shanty settlements across the country and launching tree plantation in main cities.The meeting decided to abolish the Ministry of Capital Adminis­tration and Development Division (CADD) and merge its departments into other ministries.Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had spent 51 billion Pakistani rupees ($417,825,150) government funds only in one year by exercising his “discretionary powers”, Dawn news reported.Similarly, president Mamnoon Hussain also distributed public money of 90 million Pakistani rupees on his own discretion.last_img
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Titanfall invites for prerelease access are being sent out

first_imgTitanfall is an online multiplayer FPS, meaning it’s going to rely on EA’s servers running flawlessly at launch. After the disaster that was the SimCity launch, you can understand why EA and developer Respawn Entertainment would want to be cautious.With that in mind, EA has apparently started quietly sending out invites to select gamers asking them to register their interest to play the game pre-release. The email directs you to the Titanfall website and asks you to log in using your Origin account. The registration will only work if you have received an email qualifying you to sign up. After that, EA will select players and send them codes to get the game. Testing is expected to occur on the Xbox One, although the game is also getting a release on Xbox 360 and PC.There is some suspicion over how legitimate this offer is, with the official Titanfall Twitter account claiming no official beta information has been announced. But the correspondence seems to have come from an EA domain and the link does lead to the official Titanfall website. Apparently EA did a very similar thing just before the release of the more recent Battlefield games, too. So if it isn’t legit, then it’s unclear how exactly someone benefits from a scam that only leads to the official websites.Offering pre-release access to a game is a double-edged sword. On the one hand it allows the developer to clear a number of bugs from the game through real-world testing and before the masses get their hands on it. However, if it turns out the game isn’t great or players complain about it openly, sales at launch could be impacted.If the pre-release access turns out to be legitimate, and with the game set to launch on March 11, access to the Titanfall servers will need to happen in the next couple of weeks. Otherwise there won’t be enough time to do any significant testing, fix the bugs, and roll out the inevitable day one patch the game will require.last_img read more

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Blazing sun fails to deter voters across Bengal

first_imgKolkata: A large number of people turned up at polling booths in all nine Parliamentary seats of Bengal, braving hot and humid conditions on Sunday, whereas two poll personnel fell ill due to excessive heat. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore had earlier predicted that the temperature would remain on the higher side on the day of the final phase of election. The mercury had started climbing from last Friday in the city. Along with the voters, the polling personnel also faced difficulties in conducting polls due to the high levels of humidity. The MeT office also said that the temperature may continue to go up in the city and some other South Bengal districts in the next couple of days. There is no prediction of rainfall at least in the next 24 hours, the weather office added. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPeople were seen perspiring heavily while standing in queues outside various polling stations in Kolkata North and Kolkata South constituencies, during the afternoon hours. Many polling personnel had gone to the booths on Saturday, a day before the final phase of the polls, with ORS and other necessary items to fight the heat. Voters were found standing in queues outside polling booths with umbrellas to protect themselves from the blazing sun. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMathurapur (SC) constituency recorded 78.52 percent polling till 5 pm, with 77.77 percent in Basirhat, 77.40 in Diamond Harbour, 75.81 in Joynagar, 74.41 in Barasat, 73.05 in Dum Dum, 70.97 in Jadavpur, 67.09 in Kolkata South and 61.18 in Kolkata North. Polling was conducted till 6 pm and latest data regarding the final poll percentage is yet to be compiled. The overall percentage of votes in the nine constituencies remained at 72.91 percent till 5 pm, which is expected to go up after the final tally.last_img read more

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VIDEO Two Lynx talking to each other in horrifying demonic shrieks may

first_imgA Canadian couple was out and about for a walk when they encountered two Lynx wailing at each other in some type of a showdown for dominance.The face off isn’t really the story here, it’s the horrifying noise the Lynx make that sounds like possessed evil demons trapped in mountain lion bodies. This may be the most unsettling sound currently available on the planet.  Not exactly ringtone material.VIDEO: Donnie ‘The Master of Disaster’ Long boldly predicts easy win over 19-year-old Mike Tyson before getting massacred Advertisementlast_img read more