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first_imgExperts can’t agree just when the world’s production of precious oil will stop growing, but the authoritative International Energy Agency (IEA) based in Paris has made an ominous forecast. Those countries outside the well-endowed Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will never produce more oil than they are producing right now. Alternatives for continuing the rise in the world’s oil supply are out there, IEA says in a report released last week, but not all experts agree that countries like Iraq, Kazakhstan, and Venezuela will be up to the task. For years, non-OPEC producers have been doing nothing to increase world oil production. Even with oil prices soaring over the past decade and drillers in a frenzy to cash in, non-OPEC production staggered through the past 5 years without an increase. In the IEA’s “New Policies Scenario,” the focus of this year’s outlook, countries cautiously implement announced policies for reducing fossil fuel usage. Even so, the stable trend of non-OPEC production continues. “Total non-OPEC oil production is broadly constant [in the scenario] to around 2025 … thereafter, production starts to drop,” the report says. The IEA makes “a good argument” for a 20-year-long, flat-topped production peak or plateau for non-OPEC countries, says energy analyst Richard Nehring of Nehring Associates in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Such a plateau, all agree, would lead to an “increased dependence on a small number of [OPEC] producing countries,” a dependence that “would intensify concerns about their influence over prices,” as the report puts it. 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The IEA scenario has the world increasing total production for the next 25 years in the face of the non-OPEC plateau and decline. To do that, three kinds of oil will have to perform well during the next quarter century, Nehring notes. Production of conventional crude oil—the kind that flows out of a well pretty much on its own—will have to remain constant. The IEA report says that big increases will make that possible—coming from places like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Brazil, and Kazakhstan. Nehring questions the size of the projected Saudi increase and notes the difficulties major oil companies have doing business in Kazakhstan. Production of natural gas liquids, the hydrocarbons that condense from natural gas, will have to expand, too. Nehring sees no innate obstacle there, as natural gas use is widely expected to increase. And unconventional oil production—mainly from Venezuela’s heavy oil deposits and Canada’s oil sands—will have to expand considerably. Developing Canada’s oil sands is an environmentally touchy operation, and Venezuela has been unfriendly of late to the foreign oil companies that are needed to increase production, Nehring notes. All in all, nothing in the IEA outlook dissuades Nehring from his middle-of-the-road view that it will be hard to avoid a peak in world oil production by 2030 or so, just 20 years from now. But whatever the fate of world production, OPEC and especially Middle East producers are quickly taking the driver’s seat.last_img read more

first_imgAnna Hazare is on a fast for a “strong” Lokpal, but elaborate arrangements have been made to feed his supporters during the three-day protest.’Poha’ for snacks and ‘puri-sabji’ for lunch and dinner are some of the items being dished out by some organisations who have set up base at the sprawling MMRDA ground here, the venue of the fast.”We have made arrangements to provide snacks, tea and food to 10,000 people,” said Sumit Gupta from Giriraj Seva Samiti, who has set up ‘Anna ki Rasoi along’ with Janseva Sansthan, an NGO from Rohtak.Swami Chaityna Maharaj from Janseva Sansthan said that 60 people will be working round-the-clock to prepare the food.”Tea and ‘poha’ is being prepared for snacks and ‘puri-sabji’ for lunch and dinner,” said Maharaj, who will fast with Hazare on all three days.”Anna says he will fast and others should support him. So they need to eat, to be here for three days,” he said.”Main hoon Anna (I am Anna)” caps and badges are also being sold for Rs 10 each. Raja, a young boy from Sadar Bazar in Delhi has come down to the metropolis to sell the merchandise. “In Delhi, I sold about 1000 caps every day,” he said.Theatre personality Bharat Dabholkar was the first celebrity to be seen on Tuesday morning sporting the Anna cap.Since early hours, over 2000 people from the media descended on the MMRDA ground for live coverage of the three-day event.Media and police contingents heavily outnumbered Anna supporters at the venue.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement American footballBadmintonBasketball (LEB Oro)BoxingCanoeingFutsal (LNFS)GymnasticsHandball (Liga ASOBAL)HockeyLaLiga Santander (summaries and reports)LaLiga 1l2l3 TVLiga Iberdrola women’s football (summaries and reports)Motor racingSnookerSuperbikeTable tennisTriathlonVirtual LaLiga eSportsWater poloWeightliftingBasque pelota (available in the coming days)Cycling (available in the coming days)Fencing (available from early May)Mountain climbing (available from the first week of April)Pétanque (available from the first week of April)Sailing (available from the first week of April)The remaining sports that do not have a dedicated channel will be offered coverage via a general channel called LaLigaSports.What features does LaLigaSportsTV offer?In the design of the LaLigaSportsTV product particular attention was paid to usability and the user experience with a view to facilitating navigation and access to user content.The homepage is the main search tool. Access to all of the product content is available via the homepage, which is divided into three main sections (displayed in content rows):Live content: This represents the main and most prominent content available via the OTT service. It takes centre stage on the homepage and the various live broadcasts are listed in chronological order, with the most imminent listed first.Recommended for you: in this section LaLigaSportsTV offers users video content suggestions based on their preferences.The recommendation is currently based on the sports and favourite teams selected by the user.In the near future, the idea is for the algorithm to identify user tastes and preferences in order to be able to offer the content which is of greatest interest at all times. Business intelligence and analytics are key elements within this project, given the huge amount of content and the great number of user typologies and tastes. Helping our users to find and consume content in a quick, easy and successful manner at all times is central to the LaLigaSportsTV experience.Sport-specific channels: through a cascading menu and by using the infinite scrolling technique, a series of sport-specific rows appear as users move the cursor down with their remote control. Once again, in the future, the order in which the sports appear will be based on individual user preferences. Special features: using the platform control tool, the LaLigaSportsTV administrators will be able to create and remove feature sections. For example, they will be able to create a section featuring the week’s most-watched videos or a section devoted to a particular tournament.Channels: this section allows users to gain easy access to the various sport-specific channels.Search tool: enables users to find content related to their favourite teams and sports by using keywords.Other features: the platform also contains other features, such as the option to save videos in favourites, share content with friends via social media or messaging services, configure push notifications so that the platform notifies the user whenever a particular live broadcast is set to begin. AdvertisementLaLiga has officially unveiled its OTT (over-the-top) service, LaLigaSportsTV, which offers fans free coverage of live Spanish sporting competitions via mobile and connected devices. This service, designed by LaLiga, will boost the visibility and exposure of all Spanish sport, with matches also to be made available internationally via a catch-up service.Through this platform LaLiga aims to support the development of audio-visual offerings for sports that do not receive coverage through traditional media channels and whose content distribution has been limited for fans.LaLigaSportsTV was created with the sports fan experience in mind. This has resulted in a simple and accessible interface, featuring native applications, cloud-based HD content and the ability to customise content for both live and on-demand services.Fans of Spanish sport living outside of Spain will be able to watch matches on demand after the live broadcast has ended, pending local rights restrictions. The LaLigaSportsTV app is available in eight languages (English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russia and Indonesian) for smartphone and tablet, while the smart TV service can be accessed in English and Spanish.This service sees LaLiga strengthen its commitment to the sporting federations as a part of the LaLigaSports project, which was created to offer sporting federations in Spain enhanced exposure, help with their development and boost their motivation to compete.Federations will also be able establish a new framework through which to reach their fans through the service. LaLiga is keen to assist the federations in gaining a better understanding of user consumption habits with a view to developing improved commercialisation strategies as far as audio-visual content and sponsorship are concerned.LaLigaSportsTV is a central part of the league’s commitment to innovation and to be at the forefront of technological advances, particularly in the audio-visual field. LaLiga is the first major European league to roll out its own OTT service and offer fans a platform for niche sports. This product is the only one of its kind globally and demonstrates the leading role played by the LaLiga clubs.The launch event for LaLigaSportsTV was attended by LaLiga President, Javier Tebas; the President of the Spanish Sports Association (ADESP), Jose Hidalgo; the Corporate Vice-President of Samsung Electronics Iberia, Celestino Garcia; the Captain of the Spanish rugby sevens team, Paco Hernandez; as well as several elite athletes from Spain including Carolina Marin, David Cal, Joana Pastrana, Jeronimo Garcia, Jose Javier Hombrados and the full Spanish rugby sevens team.LaLigaSportsTV will now be promoted through an advertising campaign with the message ‘Cuando te miran, lo das todo’ (When you’re being watched, you give your all), conveying that greater numbers of spectators have a direct impact on an athlete’s performance levels.At the beginning of the event a minute’s silence was observed for Marcos Garrido Beltrán, a motorcyclist who died yesterday in an accident in the Andalusia Supersport 300 championship race at the Circuito de Jerez track. LaLiga sends its deepest condolences to Marcos’ family and friends.Media quotes:Javier Tebas, President of LaLiga:“The aim is to offer less high-profile sports greater and improved visibility via a platform where content is quickly and easily accessible, allowing fans to enjoy their favourite sport wherever, whenever and however they want.”Jose Hidalgo, President of the Spanish Sports Association (ADESP): “LaLigaSportsTV is a platform that will bring about a digital transformation and will offer exposure to the work carried out by each of the Spanish sporting federations.”Paco Hernandez, Captain of the Spanish rugby sevens team:“It makes us proud to sport the logo of a brand as prestigious and representative of Spain as LaLigaSports. Now with LaLiga’s new OTT we’re convinced that rugby and the rest of the sports will enjoy greater visibility, which will also help our federations when it comes to securing new sponsors.”Celestino Garcia, Corporate Vice-President of Samsung Electronics Iberia: “Samsung is the world’s leading technology company and one which always seeks to link up with the best partners. Technology and content are increasingly related and that’s why we were keen to be a part of the LaLigaSports project. It will allow our clients to access the very best in sporting content via their television sets, smartphones and tablets. We’re delighted to continue to offer innovative solutions to a partner of LaLiga’s standing.”Practical information:Through which devices can LaLigaSportsTV be viewed?iOS and Android apps for mobiles and tabletsSamsung Smart TVScreen mirroring (Chromecast, Apple TV, Samsung)Other devices to be launched in the near future (web)What does LaLigaSportsTV cost?All LaLigaSportsTV content can be accessed for free, apart from the LaLiga 1|2|3 content, which involves a subscription only available for Spain.Are LaLiga Santander and LaLiga 1|2|3 match broadcasts available via LaLigaSportsTV?LaLiga Santander matches are not broadcast via LaLigaSports TV, whilst other content, including the highlights of every fixture and the pre- and post-match interviews, is available. Live LaLiga 1|2|3 match broadcasts are available through a subscription.Which sports will LaLigaSportsTV users have access to?LaLigaSportsTV will broadcast content relating to virtually all sports represented by the Spanish sporting federations.The following dedicated channels will be available:last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 25 (PTI) Rejecting the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill 2016 in its present form, Opposition Congress today said it will move amendments to the Bill to ensure that it recognises the safeguards guaranteed to forest dwellers under the Forest Rights Act of 2006.Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said four parties — JD-U, CPI, CPI-M and DMK — are at present in support of amendments being planned.The Compensatory Afforestation Bill 2016 has been passed by the Lok Sabha and was listed for passage in Rajya Sabha today. It could not be taken up due to Congresss disruptions of the House over non passage of a private members bill demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh for five years.Detailing Congresss concerns on the bill, Ramesh said, “The bill, which has come to be called the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) Bill, is opposed to the interest of tribals.””If this Bill is passed as it is, the provisions of Forest Rights Act 2006 will not be implemented because in the present form the Bill does not have provisions to implement the FRA Act. The bill provides for states to get the money but they will use this money to crush the tribals,” he said.”We will move the amendments and press for them in Rajya Sabha,” he said, adding the governments suggestion of including their suggestions in the rules were not acceptable to them.Ramesh said the Congress wants the bill to explicitly state that CAMPA funds will only be used when “individual and collective rights of traditional forest dwellers are protected” and “approval of gram sabhas taken for use of funds”.advertisementHe also said Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will launch from August 17 his nationwide campaign for the protection of Forest Rights Act.The first such programme is being held at Chittapalli in Vishakapatnam which Rahul will attend. Similar programmes are later planned in Odisha, Jharkhand, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh.Congress hes decided to move its amendments to the CAMPA Bill after a recent meeting of its leaders Ramesh and Digvijay Singh with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Environment Minister Anil Dave.”The government spoke of reflecting our amendments in rules and not in the Act. We said that is not satisfactory,” a Congress leader said. PTI SKC ZMNlast_img read more

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first_imgALL THE PM’S MEN The buzz in North Block is about how the finance ministry was caught napping over the implications of the currency demonetisation. It seems the bureaucrats failed to communicate the possible banking glitches and the RBI’s limitations in currency printing to the PMO. This may explain why,ALL THE PM’S MENThe buzz in North Block is about how the finance ministry was caught napping over the implications of the currency demonetisation. It seems the bureaucrats failed to communicate the possible banking glitches and the RBI’s limitations in currency printing to the PMO. This may explain why after FM Arun Jaitley defended the move for two days, economic affairs secretary Shaktikant Das, a key demonetisation advocate, was left to face the heat in subsequent briefings.’AWAARA’ RETURNSRaj Kapoor’s Awaara is the most popular foreign film ever shown in China, with the title song still sung by older Chinese. Now, India and China are to do a joint stage reproduction, set in modern times, says an MoU signed by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Shanghai International Arts Festival. Awaara, the play, will debut in 2017.SONI IS BACKRSS joint general secretary Suresh Soni has resurfaced in public after a two-year exile. The occasion-a function organised by the MP government and an RSS-linked think-tank in Bhopal. Soni lost the RSS-BJP pointsman post after his name surfaced in the Vyapam scam. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has had a few run-ins with Soni, will be watching the developments closely.A RURAL PITCHLegendary cricketer-turned- Rajya Sabha member Sachin Tendulkar has made good on his 2014 promise of adopting a village under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. On November 16, he did a tour of his adopted village, Puttamrajuvarika Kandrika in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district, which has been transformed since the little maestro’s announcement. Tendulkar inaugurated a community hall and distributed sports kits to children. He also assured villagers of funds and help in augmenting facilities.advertisementOLD BILLS TO THE FORECandidates in the upcoming assembly elections in UP have begun handing out ‘note packets’ of Rs 2 lakh to their core campaigners. The money, in old 1,000 and 500 rupee notes, is being touted as an advance for election expenditure.HOME IS NO HAVENWhen Rajasthan home minister G.C. Kataria got to know that a directorate of revenue intelligence raid in his hometown Udaipur had recovered Mandrax worth Rs 3,000 crore earlier this month, he admitted it was an embarrassing failure. Worse, the state is for the first time in NCRB’s list for worse performers in all sorts of crimes.DRUMP WHO?”I congratulate Drump for winning the election” was Republican Party of India (RPI) president and Union MoS for social justice Ramdas Athawale’s comment in Mumbai, after he was told of the US Republican party candidate’s victory.  THE MILK MAN IS HEREBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar feels the state’s alcoholics have reformed, and have even turned to drinking milk. The architect of the country’s toughest prohibition drive was launching his ‘Nishchay Yatra’ on November 9 in West Champaran district when he made this claim, pointing to milk sales registering an 11 per cent upswing since the state’s alcohol ban.  SAIT AIN’T SORRYKarnataka education minister Tanveer Sait, caught on camera watching porn on his phone at the Tipu Jayanti celebrations in Raichur on November 10, has decided to brazen it out. He’s refused to resign and has even sued the TV channel crew who filmed him.last_img read more

first_imgWhat’s the difference between the following?I want my hat.I want my hat back.The first is a sentence, the second is a story. (Or at least, the start of one.) It brings stakes to the protagonist’s desires.Storytelling is the crux of what we do as communicators, marketers and fundraisers, and I’m always looking for inspiration to sharpen my storytelling skills. Mark Rovner recently introduced me to the exceptional Wired for Story blog by Lisa Cron, which is full of fine writing and sound advice. She provides this example – the hat vs. the hat back – as an example of how critical it is to not only have a desire – but also a problem for the protagonist to solve – to power a story. A sought-after hat is less interesting than one that has gone missing.She writes, “[There is] something we learned back in kindergarten, from books just like I Want My Hat Back, but it’s something that’s shockingly easy to overlook when we write stories of our own. To wit: it’s the very concreteness of the protagonist’s desire that allows us to delve into decidedly deeper matters.”This gets me thinking about the stories we tell. I think we often talk of desire – a person needs food, a natural space needs to be preserved, a girl needs an education. But are we digging into the reason those desires exist? Did that person walk ten miles to a refugee camp to get food for a child? Is that park about to be bulldozed? What has given that girl her desire to learn?We owe it to those who are part of our cause to honor the stakes of their stories. Show why the desire not only exists – but matters.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan: There were Bayern Munich talksby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has confirmed he was close to leaving for Bayern Munich over the summer.Gundogan was considering his options at the time as new contract talks dragged on.”Let’s say this – my sources would confirm it, today I can say that there were negotiations with Bayern Munich. “But we did not agree for various reasons,” Gündogan told SZ.”And now I am very happy in Man City, I do not think there is a better club for me right now and not a better coach either.” last_img read more

first_img These include the organisation’s annual Independence Awards Banquet Jamaica Independence activities in the United States have moved into high gear Jamaica Independence activities in the United States have moved into high gear, with nationals in Rochester, New York staging a number of events over the weekend to mark the 51st anniversary of the country’s nationhood.Jamaican Ambassador, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, took part in the activities held from July 26 to 28, which were organised by the Rochester Jamaica Organization Inc.These include the organisation’s annual Independence Awards Banquet held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, downtown Rochester, on July 26, where he highlighted the strides made by the country to improve the conditions for nationals.On Saturday (July 27), Ambassador Vasciannie also took part in a Town Hall meeting at City Hall, Rochester, as a guest of the City Council President, Lovely Warren and of President of the Rochester Jamaica Organization, Dr. Joel Frater.Among the issues discussed were: the Logistics Hub Initiative, the performance of Jamaican children in school, deportation, and methods of facilitating contributions from the Diaspora to Jamaica.This was followed on Sunday (July 28) by a special ‘Jamaica Day’ Independence Service at the Genesee Baptist Church.The church, which has a substantial number of Jamaican members, received a Jamaican Independence message from Ambassador Vasciannie, while Rev. Pastor Allan Grant, a Jamaican national, delivered the sermon, which was based on the National Anthem. Jamaican Ambassador, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, took part in the activities Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_img The statue will be erected close to that of Usain Bolt in Statue Park. The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport announced today that the statue to be erected in honour of Jamaica’s leading female sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, is now in the island.Minister Grange made the announcement at the launch function for the 2018 National Junior and Senior Championships scheduled for the National Stadium from June 21 to 24.“The statue will be unveiled at the end of this track and field season but in the meantime the maquette will be unveiled by the end of this month. Shelly-Ann has seen the maquette and is quite pleased with it,” Miss Grange told her audience at the Pegasus where the launch function took place.The statue will be erected close to that of Usain Bolt in Statue Park.Saying that she brought even more “goodies”, the Sport Minister announced also that she had received approval from Cabinet for the installation of a new running track at Stadium East. The installation of the new track will also be at the end of the season.Another announcement today by Miss Grange was that under the Technical Cooperation Agreement on Sport between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China, 137 athletes would be leaving for China for two months at the end of June.“Athletes in seven sporting disciplines – swimming; artistic swimming, football for females; volleyball for females; basketball for females; gymnastics and badminton. Each team will have a coach and a sports officer and they will return to Jamaica with equipment for their sports, donated by China.”Minister Grange said the National Junior and Senior Championships represent perhaps the most important event for local track and field athletes because it isREPLY OR SUBSEQUENT REFERENCE TO THIS COMMUNICATION SHOULD BE MADE TO THE PERMANENT SECRETARY AND THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE QUOTED:No.performance at these Championships that determine who is selected to represent the country on the big stage such as the Olympics and the World Championships.“We know that this time round, the National Junior and Senior Championships, popularly called the “Trials” are being held to choose the senior and junior teams that will represent Jamaica at the newly-minted Athletics World Cup in Britain and the NACAC Senior Champs in Toronto, Canada. Both of these meets will take place next month. For the Juniors it will be the IAAF World Junior Championships in Finland also in July.“I find it particularly pleasing also that the seniors and juniors will be performing together at this year’s Trials. We get to see the young ones and the not so young ones performing in one package. It will be great.“As the Minister of Sport, I am urging us to turn out in large numbers at the National Stadium to show our support for and encouragement to our athletes. The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport announced today that the statue to be erected in honour of Jamaica’s leading female sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, is now in the island. Story Highlights “The statue will be unveiled at the end of this track and field season but in the meantime the maquette will be unveiled by the end of this month. Shelly-Ann has seen the maquette and is quite pleased with it,” Miss Grange told her audience at the Pegasus where the launch function took place.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Satellites identified 38,900 incidents of forest fires last year, information of which was shared with the state forest departments, the Department of Space has said in its annual report. The report said active forest fire monitoring was carried out using satellite data from February to June in 2018. Forest fires are a regular occurrence during the summers. “About 38,900 active forest fire locations were identified during the season,” the annual report of 2018-2019 said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The report was tabled before Parliament during the on-going Budget Session. The information on forest fires was shared with Forest Survey of India, DehraDun. Additionally, fire alert SMSes are also sent to selected state forest departments, the report said. One of the major events that was monitored using medium resolution multi spectral satellite data was the fire at Kurangani hills in Tamil Nadu in March 2018, it said. A major fire event in the vicinity of Vaishnovdevi temple was also monitored from May 22 to 26, 2018.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A youth identified as Subodh Sharma was arrested for allegedly molesting a girl on Monday night at the Survey Park area. Sharma was detained by local residents and he was reportedly beaten up by them.According to the police, on Monday, around 10:45 pm, the girl was returning home, which is close to the incident spot. While she was walking down the road, Sharma, who was riding a bike, moved towards her from the opposite direction. While passing by her Sharma allegedly stared at her. But the girl did not pay attention. However, the girl saw that Sharma took a U turn after he passed by her. This time while passing by her he pulled her clothes and tried to quickly escape from the incident site. However, the girl spontaneously got on the pillion seat of the bike while he was trying to escape and started screaming. Sharma realised that he could be caught so he bit her on the finger to set himself free. Her finger started bleeding but she kept on shouting. Hearing the girl scream, local residents came out of their homes and nabbed Sharma while he was trying to escape. He was immediately caught and the girl was rescued. Later, she was rushed to a local hospital for first-aid. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLocal residents beat up Sharma for molesting the girl. Later, Survey park police station was informed. After sleuths reached the spot, Sharma was handed over to the police. The girl along with her parents went to the police station and lodged a complaint against Sharma. Based on the complaint a FIR was initiated under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) of the IPC.last_img read more

Rabat – Although Morocco has no official diplomatic ties with Israel, the North African country traded $37 million worth of goods with Israel in 2017 according to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs published data through its Arabic Facebook page revealing data about its trade with some Arab and Islamic countries, based on CBS statistics.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Israel maintains a network of trade relations with many Arab and Islamic countries, including countries that do not have diplomatic ties with Israel, asserting that trade relations serve the interests of both countries. Morocco’s trade with Israel in 2017 dropped by $21 million compared to 2016, including imports and exports by both countries.According to CBS data, Morocco’s imports from Israel totaled $22 million compared to $41 million in 2016. Moroccan exports to Israel were valued at $15 million in 2017 against $17 million in 2016.According to CBS statistics for 2017, Morocco ranked third among Arab countries trading with Israel.Jordan ranked the first as its exports to Israel totaled $278 million and imports nearly $57 million.Israel’s imports from Egypt reached $64 million while its exports amounted to $84 million to Egypt. Based on this value, Egypt had the second highest amount of trade for an Arab country with Israel.Turkey remained the Islamic state with the most foreign trade with Israel. The value of Turkey’s total exports to Tel Aviv was $2.856 billion while its imports reached $1.410 billion.Indonesia’s imports from Israel were valued at $82 million while its exports reached $48 million.Notably, CBS data cannot be accessed from a Moroccan IP address.Israel imports by selected countries in the period 2012-2017Morocco-Israeli cooperationOverall, Moroccans object vociferously to any normalization of relations with Israel, and Morocco has no official diplomatic ties with the Jewish entity.After the US transferred its embassy to Jerusalem, many Moroccan parliamentarians asked for a vote on a draft bill to criminalize normalization with Israel.The bill states that “anyone who contributes to, participates in or attempts to commit acts of normalization with Israel shall receive a sentence ranging from 2 to 5 years in prison and shall pay a fine of between MAD 100,000 and MAD 1 million.”“The court may judge those convicted of one of the penalties provided for in Article 36 of the Criminal Code.”According to Einat Levy of Mitvim, the Israel Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, “There are many contacts [between Israel and Morocco], both open and secret, in almost every field you could think of.”In an article published by Levy on Israeli outlet Yedioth Ahronoth, the researcher praised the Morocco-Israeli cooperation and stated there are many collaborations taking place between Israel and Morocco, including agriculture.“Significant cooperation, albeit limited, can also be found in agriculture. Morocco supplies Israel with agricultural products such as sardines and olives, while Israel supplies Morocco with professional knowledge and technological equipment such as Netafim irrigation systems, which also operates a Facebook page for the Moroccan public.”El Khalfi denied trade with IsraelAccording to the World Israel News, 30,000 Israeli tourists visited Morocco in 2017. The Israeli outlet also quoted a significantly higher level of Moroccan exports to Israel than the CBS: “Moroccan exports to Israel have gone from $5 million to $25 million in the past five years.”Early last month, Morocco’s Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi asserted, “Morocco does not have any relations of any kind with Israel” after media reported a five-time increase in trade between Morocco Israel over the past five years.“With regard to what is stated in some reports on our country’s exports to Israel, I confirm that Morocco has no official relations of any kind,” he added. read more

Rabat – A children’s educational book called “L’atlas du Monde,” distributed by a Casablanca publishing house, showed a map of the Middle East with a blank space instead of the names Palestine or Israel. Only the flag of Israel is seen, which stirred uproar among Moroccans who support the Palestinian cause.The Moroccan Anti-Normalization Center shared a post about the book on its official Facebook page, pointing out the danger of “normalizing” the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The center called for the government to open an investigation into the book.The book, which teaches children about different cultures in the world, also shows a map with countries like Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Kuwait, and Jordan. Controversially, the book mentions Israel instead of Palestine. The French description next to a picture of the  Dome of the Rock reads: “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It is a sacred city for Jews.”Read Also: Israel to Seek Compensation for Lost Jewish Property in Morocco“Let’s say that a book excluded Western Sahara from the Moroccan map, would we still be silent and nonchalant?” the same post questioned. It was only in mid-December that the Moroccan transport company CTM allegedly excluded Western Sahara from the Moroccan map in an advertisement and angered Moroccans who defended the country’s territorial integrity. CTM later denied they had created the advertisement.US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6, 2017. While Trump’s move was warmly welcomed by Israel, it was strongly condemned by Arab leaders.King Mohammed VI, King Abdullah of Jordan, and King Salman of Saudi Arabia attempted to stop Trump from making the decision. read more

“There were again many reports of people being beaten to death during the crossings in 2008, but most of the deaths were due to drowning after passengers were forced overboard in treacherous waters far off the Yemen coast in a bid by the smugglers to avoid detection by Yemen authorities,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.“The increase in arrivals reflects the desperate situation in Somalia and the Horn of Africa, a region scarred by civil war, political instability, famine and poverty,” he said of the statistics, which showed arrivals in Yemen at 50,091, compared with 29,500 in 2007. By contrast the 2007 death toll was substantially higher at 1,400.UNHCR is beefing up its response in Yemen by improving reception conditions for those who manage to reach its shores and has also carried out information campaigns in the Horn of Africa warning people of the dangers of using smugglers. The agency and its partners also have programmes aimed at improving living conditions of people with protection needs on the Africa side of the Gulf so that they do not need to risk their lives by crossing to Yemen.Meanwhile, UNHCR called on European Union States, ahead of a Mediterranean ministers’ meeting next week, to ensure that people seeking asylum have access to territory and to fair procedures for examining their claims.Last year, out of a total estimated figure of more than 67,000 people crossing to Europe by sea, some 38,000 arrived in Italy and Malta alone, mostly after transiting through Libya. The vast majority applied for asylum, and more than half of those claimants were found to be in need of international protection.With few opportunities to enter the EU by regular means, thousands of people threatened by persecution and serious human rights violations in their home countries have no choice but to take the dangerous sea route. “This highlights the vital need to ensure that State agreements and measures to tighten borders do not block access to safety for those seeking protection in the EU,” Mr. Redmond said.The interior ministers of Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta are to meet in Rome on 13 January to discuss the problem of irregular migrants arriving by sea, and the issue may also be discussed at an informal meeting of EU justice and home affairs ministers in Prague on 15 January.Attention has recently focused on large numbers of people landing on the Italian island of Lampedusa.“UNHCR appreciates the efforts made by States along the Mediterranean to rescue people in distress at sea. We also recognize that boat arrivals put significant strains on the resources of those countries,” Mr. Redmond said. “People seeking asylum must nevertheless be allowed to disembark in a safe place, where they can receive information about their rights and have a genuine opportunity to file an asylum application which will be considered in a fair procedure. Sending refugees back to countries where they cannot enjoy effective protection could violate Member States’ international obligations to refrain from refoulement (return to places where they could be at risk).” 9 January 2009Over 50,000 people fleeing war and poverty made the nearly always perilous and sometimes deadly voyage in smugglers’ boats across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia last year, a 70 per cent increase over 2007, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. At least 590 drowned, often at the hands of the smugglers, and nearly 360 others went missing. read more

Nerea Pena six months out

Itxako handballNerea PenaWomen’s handball One of the best Spanish players, Nerea Pena is operated and will be out of the court for six months. Member of Spanish NT, who win the Bronze medal at the WCh 2011 in Brasil suffered injury of knee ligaments in match of her Itxako against Larvik in the Women’s EHF Champions League. It’s now clear that Pena will miss the end of the season and Olympic Games in London as well.We already wrote about Pena’s “black season” ← Previous Story IHF nominated 17 referee couples for London 2012 Next Story → IHF: Mikkel Hansen and Heidi Loke are the World’s Best Handball Player in 2011! read more

first_imgMotorola : le smartphone Atrix 3, alias Dinara, présenté devant la FCC Lancée il y a quelques jours, la rumeur d’un nouveau smartphone Motorola baptisé Dinara mais aussi connu sous le nom de Atrix 3 n’en est plus une ! Successeur du Droid Bionic, il a en effet été officiellement présenté devant la Federal Communications Commission (FCC), l’organisme américain chargé de certifier et valider les périphériques émettant des ondes électromagnétiques avant leur mise sur le marché.Motorola a déposé auprès de la FCC, l’organisme certifiant les appareils émettant des ondes électromagnétiques avant leur commercialisation aux États-Unis, un tout nouveau smartphone. La rumeur d’un téléphone baptisé Dinara, ou Atrix 3, censé succéder au Droid Bionic, a été lancée il y a quelques jours, et n’aura pas tardé à être confirmée.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Sur les documents présentés devant la FCC, et relayés par le site Engadget, le nouveau smartphone Motorola est appelé MB886. Il dispose d’une bande passante LTE, ou 3.9G, la dernière norme de téléphonie mobile bientôt remplacée par la 4G. En matière de connectivité, toujours, il prendra également en charge le WCDMA / HSPA +, le GPRS, et le EDGE et LTE. Mais aucun autre détail n’est pour l’heure révélé quant aux spécificités de ce Motorola Dinara. Si l’on en croit les rumeurs, il pourrait embarquer un processeur Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, compatible donc avec le LTE. Son écran, lui, devrait offrir un affichage des vidéos haute définition en 720p.On ignore bien sûr le prix de ce smartphone, comme sa date de sortie. Mais nous savons en revanche qu’il sera distribué par AT&T, le plus gros fournisseur de téléphonie mobile aux États-Unis.Le 17 juin 2012 à 18:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgLes scientifiques ont-ils enfin réussi à dénicher de la matière noire ?Des physiciens affirment, en s’appuyant sur les premiers résultats obtenus par une expérience menée à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS), qu’ils ont pu observer un excès d’antimatière dans le flux des rayons cosmiques.Après des années de recherches incessantes, les physiciens pourraient finalement réussir à mettre la main sur la mystérieuse matière noire invisible qui formerait près d’un quart de l’Univers (26,8% selon les données fournies par le satellite Planck). Grâce aux premiers résultats dévoilés mercredi et obtenus au cours d’une expérience de 18 mois menée à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS), les chercheurs expliquent avoir observé l’existence d’un excès d’antimatière, d’origine inconnue, dans le flux des rayons cosmiques qui pourrait avoir résulté de l’annihilation de matière noire.Publiés dans la revue Physical Review Letters, ces résultats proviennent de l’analyse des données fournies par le spectromètre magnétique Alpha (AMS) attaché à l’ISS. Les équipes scientifiques européennes et américaines ont ainsi dû étudier environ 25 milliards de particules, dont 400.000 positrons, avec des énergies variant de 0,5 à 350 Gigaelectronvolts. Or, comme le souligne un communiqué du Cern de Genève, ces “résultats sont compatibles avec des positrons [une particule d’antimatière] pouvant provenir de la destruction de particules de matière noire…”. Néanmoins, l’organisation reste prudente, indiquant que “ces observations ne sont pas encore suffisamment concluantes pour écarter d’autres explications”, notamment un pulsar (une étoile à neutron). Une hypothèse que n’exclut pas non plus le physicien américain Samuel Ting, prix Nobel et professeur au Massachusetts Institute of Technology, qui dirige cette recherche. “Nos résultats confortent l’existence de la matière noire mais nous ne pouvons pas exclure l’origine d’un pulsar”, a-t-il indiqué.D’autres expériences pour en savoir plus À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Avec davantage de données nous allons apprendre plus quant à la nature de cet excès d’antimatière et avec de la chance nous pourrons faire une découverte très excitante”, a de son côté affirmé Michael Salamon, du département américain de l’Energie. “Si nous détectons de la matière noire et apprenons quelque chose de sa nature nous aurons fait une avancée majeure dans notre compréhension de la physique”, a-t-il précisé cité par l’AFP. Les scientifiques attendent également beaucoup du Grand Collisionneur de Hadron du Cern, plus grand accélérateur de particules au monde, dont la puissance devrait permettre de briser des électrons, des quarks ou des neutrinos pour débusquer la matière noire.Le 4 avril 2013 à 12:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgSweden boss Janne Andersson insists that his side are “not satisfied” yet after qualifying for their first World Cup quarter-final appearance in 24 years following their 1-0 win over SwitzerlandAfter both sides squandered a number of good opportunities at St Petersburg on Tuesday, Emil Forsberg struck the decisive blow in the second-half after his effort deflected off Manuel Akanji and into the back of the Swiss goal.While Sweden clearly lacks any real star quality in the post-Zlatan Ibrahimovic era, their team ethics have gathered a lot of praise and the side have now overcome the odds against them to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup against more heavily fancied teams.“This team personifies the approach we all share — we work for each other on and off the pitch, and I’m incredibly happy that it’s paying off,” said Andersson, as stated on ESPN.“I think you’d have to ask everyone else that question. We know we are a good team, that we’ve earned our successes — we know how we got this far.”He added: “We’ve worked this way throughout, we’re continuing the same way, and what other teams and countries think about that is not terribly interesting.”The 55-year-old’s name was sung by the Sweden supporters following their historic achievement.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It’s a surreal feeling, to be standing in St Petersburg on the pitch afterwards and people are calling out my name,” he said.“That feels strange — during the match, I’m very much focused on the game.”But Andersson insists that Sweden are far from done yet.“Now it’s about taking the next step. We’re not satisfied with this, and nothing more,” he said.“We want to win the next match as well — if you start to lower the bar, the level of ambition, that’s not going to make for satisfaction.”Sweden will take on England in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday at Samara.last_img read more

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