Boxing: Joshua vs Povetkin likely to take place on 22nd September and streamed on…

first_imgAdvertisementIf Alexander Povetkin vs Anthony Joshua fight is finalized, its likely to take place on 22nd September and to be streamed exclusively on DAZN in the United States and although the venue hasn’t been decided, chances are it might take place in Wembley Stadium or Old Trafford.Promoter Eddie Hearn – whose company, Matchroom Boxing, promotes Joshua – announced his company’s streaming deal with Perform Group’s DAZN last month in New York. The agreement could extend to eight years and reach $1 billion in overall value.Ever since the fight talk between Wilder and Joshua fell through, WBA ordered Joshua to finalize a deal with Povetkin within 24 hours.“The Wilder fight may even be signed before we get in the ring with Alexander Povetkin,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “So for Joshua there is massive pressure and like I said, Povetkin has just one defeat – a points loss to Wladimir Klitschko. A very, very tough, experienced man. The important thing for us is to maintain the belts and not be disrupted by people playing games or people who want to mess us about, because we’re not going to allow that to happen to Anthony Joshua’s career.“If it is Alexander Povetkin, it will be in September, that’s for sure. And then we fight Wilder straight after, if he signs a contract. But the way they are going at the moment, I can’t tell you whether this contract gets signed in 10 days or 10 years.”Advertisementlast_img read more

School students protest outside AAP office over transfer of

first_imgprincipalNew Delhi, Aug 22 (PTI) Students of Delhi government run Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalala today staged protest outside the Aam Aadmi Party office here over “abrupt” transfer of their school principal.Students, donning school uniform, and their parents were sitting outside the party office said they were protesting because principal Rajeshwari Kapri was shunted out at a time when she was doing a good job.Altamash Khan, a student of Class XII, said ever since the principal joined the school, she brought major changes in the school, which were yielding positive results.”She encouraged us to participate in sport and cultural activities and give our best to it, but on the other hand, she also ensured that we dont let our studies hamper because of it.”We dont want her to be transferred,” added Hyder Ali, another student of the school, who was staging a dharna along with Class XII.Another student Khsitij of Class X said the student were upset because the the principal was shunted out despite her “good work”.”She had not even completed two years,” Kshitij claimed.Students also alleged that her transfer order came on August 20 and she was asked to report to her new assignment on August 22, which is today.”Girls can only study up to Class V in this (SBV, Rouse Avenue) school. The principal was also working to have girls education till Class XII,” said Rehana Khan, who claimed that she was a mother of one Mohammad Bilal, a student of Class XII.advertisementOther parents were also seen gathering outside the party office.However, when asked why were they not protesting outside the residence of Education Minister Manish Sisodia or the Directorate of Education, they were unable to given any answer.When contacted the Directorate of Education of the Delhi government refused to comment. PTI PR GJS RGlast_img read more

SPORT-SHOOT-REVIEW 2

first_imgThe committee called on Sidhu, who has been criticised The committee called on Sidhu, who has been criticised for making husband Ronak Pandit her personal coach, to take “some tough calls” on her events. “Maybe she should use the training year (2017) to judge whether the 25m sports pistol actually complements her favourite 10m air pistol. Clearly, there has been complication of matters and she essentially needs to get back to the simple aspects of shooting. There was no collaboration with the national coach Pavel Smirnov, which did not help the situation,” the committee stated. About Paul, who was found to have misled the Sports Ministry on who exactly was coaching her to garner more funds, the panel felt the rifle shooter was a classic case of a promising youngster being “ill-equipped” to chart her own path. “There were two coaches working with her, Thomas Farnik and Suma Shirur…The Committee feels that Pauls approach to the Olympics shows the flip side of allowing athletes, especially young ones, the power to chalk their own course. They are clearly not equipped or mentally ready to shoulder the responsibility. “The projection of Thomas Farnik as the coach and Suma Shirur only as a mentor, was purely for financial gains. The records and documents presented to the committee proved that Suma was the full time coach. There has to be absolute honesty of effort while preparing for the Olympics,” the report stated in its assessment. On the very promising Jitu Rai not living upto expectations, the committee said the pistol shooter did not get the right expertise and could not develop a “working relationship” with foreign coach Pavel Smirnov. Smirnov was also criticised for not being able to work out a plan for Prakash Nanjappa. “The committee feels that the foreign coach Pavel Smirnov did not have the expertise in the precision events to help Jitu Rai win an Olympic medal. Rais admission of his inability to find a working relationship with Smirnov further put the shooter in a precarious position of coming up with his own training plans. “The lack of expertise for the best shooter in India despite no dearth of support from the Army and the government further highlights the lack of proper planning. His extraordinary talent was taken for granted to deliver an Olympic medal. Any level of talent is irrelevant without correct preparation for the Olympics,” it said. PTI PM PDS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Oilers Roll Over Islanders, 5-2

first_imgEDMONTON, Alberta — Things are different around the Edmonton Oilers lately. And, in a very good way.Matt Hendricks scored a pair of goals and the Edmonton Oilers topped the New York Islanders 5-2 on Jan. 4.Jordan Eberle, Derek Roy and Matt Fraser also scored for the Oilers, who won for just the third time in their last 25 games.Edmonton, however, improved to 2-0-2 in its last four games since interim head coach Todd Nelson took sole possession of the Oilers’ bench, with General Manager Craig MacTavish moving back upstairs.“We’ve talked about our team game,” Hendricks said. “It’s been improving night in and night out. The practices have been improving. There is more energy in the room right now and you can just sense that we have been knocking on the doorstep the last few games.”Eberle agreed that the Oilers seem to be getting out from the season-long funk that had them sitting in last place in the NHL.“We’re playing a more aggressive style,” he said. “We have a bit better of an identity as to the way we want to play right now. It’s obviously turning into some wins. When you win, it gives you more confidence in playing that way.”Johnny Boychuk and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, whose three-game winning streak ended. New York is 7-2-1 in its last 10.“I thought we had some guys that were downright pretty bad,” coach Jack Capuano said. “We gave them three gifts and an empty-netter. We were physical, we did a lot of good things, but at the end of the day it’s about execution and there are some guys that need to look in the mirror.”Edmonton started the scoring with three minutes left in the first period as newly acquired Rob Klinkhammer stole the puck from Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak behind the net and got it to Hendricks, who looped in front and put it into the wide-open net. It was the first time in seven games that the Islanders allowed a first-period goal.New York had 10 shots on Ben Scrivens in the opening frame, compared to five for Edmonton against Halak.The Oilers made it 2-0 just 8 seconds into the second period when Taylor Hall made a nice cross-ice pass to Eberle, who scored his eighth of the season stick-side on Halak.The Islanders got one of those goals back on the power play four minutes into the middle frame as Boychuk’s blast from the point cleanly beat Scrivens.“We were slow coming out and we let them do some things they wanted to do,” Islanders captain John Tavares said.The shots were even at 19 apiece after 40 minutes.Edmonton took a 3-1 lead 2 1/2 minutes into the third period as the Islanders’ Lubomir Visnovsky lost control of a puck and sent it in front of his own net where Roy was able to score his first goal since being acquired from Nashville.Scrivens kept the Islanders at bay with a huge glove save in tight on Tavares midway through the third.The Oilers put the game away with 2 1/2 minutes left as Hendricks scored his second of the game and fifth of the season from his knees into an empty net.Just 17 seconds later, Edmonton made it 5-1 as Fraser’s shot from the top of the circle dribbled into the net after Halak got a piece of it with his glove.“It’s a relief,” Todd Nelson said. “It was nice to get the goal support tonight and Ben was very good in net and made some very timely saves. There were a lot of really solid efforts from a number of individuals.”The Islanders were able to make the score look a little better with a power-play goal by Nelson with 30 seconds remaining — his 15th.The Oilers play the second game of a four-game homestand on Jan. 6 against Detroit. The Islanders play the fourth game of a seven-game road trip Jan. 6 in Vancouver. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Panathinaikos Beat Olympiacos 84-80, Ties Series

first_imgATHENS – Panathinaikos Superfoods defeated Spanoulis-less Olympiacos on Thursday at OAKA (84-80) in Game 2 of the Greek Basket League finals. Nikos Pappas led the Greens attack with 16 points and Mike James added 14.Score in each period: 17-20, 41-39, 59-53, 84-80TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

After 13 years, Australia captain Tim Paine hits hundred

first_img India Today Web Desk PerthOctober 12, 2019UPDATED: October 12, 2019 17:24 IST Tim Paine scored a hundred in his side’s first Sheffield Shield match of the season. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTim Paine ended his 13-year century drought as he smashed a hundred for TasmaniaPaine’s last first-class hundred came in October 2006Paine was then 21-year-old when he smashed his maiden hundredAustralia captain Tim Paine ended his 13-year century drought as he hit his second first-class hundred at WACA Ground, Perth on Saturday.Interstingly, the last time Paine scored a first-class century, now Australia head coach Justin Langer was opening the innings under the captaincy of Ricky Ponting. Paine was then 21-year-old when he smashed 215 off 409 balls at the same venue against the same team.Batting for Tasmania in the his side’s first Sheffield Shield match of the season, the Australian skipper got to his 100-run mark as he cut Western Australian spinner Ashton Agar for a boundary.His 209-ball 121, which was laced with 13 fours and one six, came to and end after he mistimed a pull shot off Jhye Richardson to get caught off mid-wicket.Here it is, the moment Aussie Test skipper Tim Paine brought up a brilliant in an important knock for Tasmania@MarshGlobal | #SheffieldShield pic.twitter.com/VEOZQfCT9tcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 12, 2019Tim Paine was appointed Australia skipper after Steve Smith stepped down from the captaincy for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.The 34-year-old has played 26 Tests for his side but, interestingly, has not been able to score a single hundred yet. Tim Paine’s captaincy came under scanner after he failed to take a series of successful DRS in the Ashes 2019 series.Paine had an underwhelming Ashes series that was drawn 2-2. He scored just 180 runs from 10 innings at an average of 20.Also Read | India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Virat Kohli breaks Don Bradman’s recordAlso Read | Steve Smith gets a duck for the first time in three yearsadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Next After 13 years, Australia captain Tim Paine hits hundredAustralia skipper Tim Paine scored a first-class hundred after 13 years at WACA Ground. Paine scored his maiden hundred in October 2006 at the same venue and against the same team.advertisementlast_img read more

Makgeolli: Fun to Pronounce and Even More Fun to Drink

first_img 10 Fun Facts About Fourth of July You Probably Forgot Editors’ Recommendations The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without Makgeolli, pronounced “mahk-oh-lee” or “mahk-ah-lee,” should be added to the rice-based beverage category in your mind’s archives. Finally, the likes of horchata, sake, and shochu will have some company.  Like soju, this traditional Korean beverage dates back millennia, but millennials in South Korea are making it increasingly relevant and sought after. If you want to party like an ancient rice farmer, you’ve come to the right place.Makgeolli is a grain spirit that uses rice in its fermentation process. The unfiltered result? A milky rice wine with approximately 7 percent ABV. The light carbonation enhances the sweet-tart flavor profile, adding nuance to each sip.The magic starts with nuruk, a carb-laden dry cake made out of rice, wheat, barley, and a host of yeasts, bacteria, even mold. Still with us? Traditionally made in porous clay pots, makgeolli doesn’t take much more than a week to make once the nuruk sets its sights on some cooked sweet rice. That cocktail of wild activating agents create the playful flavors of makgeolli, coaxing new life out of the carbs through the fermentation process. Unpasteurized, you get all the tasting notes you want from a Korean wine influenced by a culinary scene instead of the alcohol industry.Image courtesy of Cytryna/Flickr Image courtesy of Cytryna/FlickrIf you’re lucky enough to find a bottle of makgeolli, it’s probably a pasteurized version. Trade regulations require pasteurization in order for the wine to survive the trip to the U.S. As a result, the product errs on the sweet side and has a fixed level of carbonation. If you find yourself wanting to try imported makgeolli, at least make sure it’s from Korea; Japanese versions are inauthentic, but increasingly more available than Korean competitors due to makgeolli’s popularity within Japan.The real deal needs to be sourced  locally because, ideally, makgeolli keeps fermenting until it’s no longer palatable. In this way, it earns its wine categorization by rapidly accelerating from fresh to “vintage.” Each stage dramatically changes the tasting experience and elevates the effervescence, but most makgeolli makers aren’t pushing the envelope too much. Since preservatives ruin the taste and even fermentation-friendly bottles (read: no exploding on the truck) are difficult to move, you should look to predominantly Korean neighborhoods near you for local brands and bars that serve makgeolli.If you manage to find makgeolli on a menu, here’s how you know it’s the real deal. It will likely be presented as a batch in a wooden bowl (sometimes carafes or kettles make an appearance) and poured into small bowls via a large ladle. The carbonation makes it an ideal palate cleanser while its kombucha-esque qualities will help you digest just about anything. If you snag a bottle to enjoy at home, enjoy it quickly. After a month or two, your makgeolli will become rice vinegar which, while useful, is not the best liquid to drink straight.You’ll want to ease into your makgeolli habit. Everything about it will confuse your senses. It looks like milk, but tastes like tangy citrus and fizzes like a beer. Once your taste buds figure out what’s happening, then — maybe — you can try out a cocktail or two.The Rose of Sharon(Created by Jung-Sik Yim, JUNGSIK, New York City)2 oz makgeolli1.5 oz soju.025 oz sour mix0.75 oz bokbunja (Korean fruit wine made from raspberries)Method: Combine all ingredients except bokbunja and stir with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Pour in  bokbunja last and stir after it’s all settled to the bottom.Ok Sun Fizz(Created by Maria Carlin, Big Star, Chicago)2 oz makgeolli1 oz mezcal1 oz ginger syrup0.5 oz lime juice0.5 oz lemon juice1 egg whiteOrange flower waterSoda waterCucumber sodaMethod: Add the first six ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and a couple dashes of orange flower water. Shake for two to three minutes. Pour a little soda water into a Collins glass, add the cocktail mixture, and top with cucumber soda and a couple more drops of orange flower water. Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany last_img read more

Image of the Day: SeaRoc Technicians Walk to Work with …

first_imgzoom DP GalynaWalk-to-Work Offshore Support Accommodation vessel DP Galyna sailed to Great Yarmouth to take on board the technicians of SeaRoc Group for scheduled operation and maintenance of two meteorological masts on North Sea’s Dogger Bank, located approximately 150 km off the east coast of Yorkshire. The vessel’s fixed Ampelmann walk-to-work access system allowed the technicians to board the platforms of both masts and perform their tasks.DP Galyna  was contracted by Forewind for operation and maintenance work to its masts and its instrumentation.Forewind’s two meteorological masts – Dogger Bank Met Mast East and West – provide essential wind, wave and other weather information, as well as marine traffic data for the Dogger Bank offshore wind energy development.Press Release, August 4, 2014last_img read more

Examen de la sécurité des appareils de dépoussiérage

first_imgLe gouvernement a fermé tous les appareils de dépoussiérage dans les édifices gouvernementaux et les ateliers de production du bois dans les écoles pour un examen de sécurité. Le gouvernement provincial a effectué un examen indépendant des appareils de dépoussiérage dans 15 écoles à titre de précaution après avoir découvert des anomalies dans un nouvel appareil à l’école Citadel High School d’Halifax. L’examen a permis de déceler des anomalies dans les 15 appareils, nécessitant des mises à niveau. « Les risques d’incendie ou d’explosion d’un appareil de dépoussiérage sont très faibles, mais il y a tout de même un risque qui doit être abordé, a dit Harold Pothier, commissaire des incendies par intérim. Nous procédons à l’examen et à l’inspection de tous les appareils dans les édifices du gouvernement et recommandons à tous les Néo-Écossais qui utilisent des appareils de dépoussiérage de procéder à un examen de l’installation et de l’entretien pour s’assurer de respecter le code du bâtiment, le code de prévention des incendies et les normes nationales relatives aux ateliers de production de bois. » Le ministère de l’Éducation et le ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure, en collaboration avec le Bureau du commissaire des incendies, a formé un comité qui est responsable de la situation. « Notre priorité est la santé et la sécurité des élèves et du personnel, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. Même si aucun accident ou aucune blessure n’a été signalé relativement aux appareils de dépoussiérage dans les écoles de la Nouvelle-Écosse, nous prenons toutes les précautions nécessaires pour assurer la sécurité de tous. » Environ 150 écoles de la Nouvelle-Écosse utilisent des appareils de dépoussiérage dans leurs ateliers de production technologique et de production de bois. Les examens des appareils de dépoussiérage dans les écoles seront effectués dans un délai de huit à dix semaines. Les examens des appareils de dépoussiérage dans les édifices du gouvernement seront effectués d’ici la fin septembre. Les programmes de production technologique des écoles seront modifiés et utiliseront uniquement des outils électriques qui ne sont pas reliés à l’appareil de dépoussiérage. Les ateliers de production de bois seront reportés à plus tard au cours du semestre ou utiliseront d’autres méthodes de dépoussiérage.last_img read more

Tom Hiddleston to make Broadway debut with Betrayal

first_imgNew York: Actor Tom Hiddleston is all set to make his debut on Broadway with the revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal”. The actor will star in the play alongside Daredevil” series actor Charlie Cox and Zawe Ashton, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Jamie Lloyd Company production, a partnership between Ambassador Theatre Group and artistic director Jamie Lloyd, will begin previews at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre on August 14. The story is set around the dissolution of a marriage in the wake of an extramarital affair. The play captures the events of the affair and its consequences in reverse as it probes questions of the heart, infidelity, and friendship. “Betrayal” has had a long history on Broadway. It premiered in 1980 in a Peter Hall production with Roy Scheider, Blythe Danner and Raul Julia. In 2000, David Leveaux directed its revival, featuring John Slattery, Juliette Binoche and Liev Schreiber. It once again returned to stage with 2013 production, which was directed by Mike Nichols and starred Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall.last_img read more

Indian real estate companies should partner Israeli firms PM Netanyahu

first_imgTel Aviv: Israeli Prime Minister Banjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday asked Indian real estate developers to partner with Israeli counterparts to boost productivity and profitability. Addressing the realtors’ apex body CREDAI conference through video messaging, Netanyahu said Israel and India are already collaborating in many areas like security, agriculture, cyber and IT, and now construction and real estate. The prime minister said CREDAI is holding conference in Israel is another sign of the growing ties between Israel and India. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The future belongs to those who innovate Israel is innovation nation,” he said. Stating that the world is changing rapidly because of technological advancement, Netanyahu said: “Technology is changing every industry, including the construction industry. The confluence of big data, connectivity, artificial intelligence is revolutionising the world and no area is going to be exempt”. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I recognised this and that is why we are fostering closer relations in every field from security, to cyber, IT, agriculture and now we have construction and real estate,” he added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostNetanyahu asked Indian developers to consider the possibility of partnering with Israeli counterparts. “You can increase the productivity and profitability of your own enterprises by partnering with Israelis who are eager to partner with you to seize the future together,” he added. Speaking at the event, Indian ambassador to Israel Pavan Kapoor said there is lot of scope for collaboration between India and Israel in the construction and real estate sector. Kapoor said the bilateral trade between India and Israel is $5.5 billion, of which only $102.6 million is in construction services (including equioment installation).last_img read more

Exclusive Montreal club 357c which made headlines during corruption inquiry to close

first_imgMONTREAL — A private club that catered to Montreal’s business elite and attracted scrutiny in 2012 during Quebec’s corruption inquiry says it will be closing its doors next month.Montreal’s 357c says in a message on its website that “changes in business practices” and high municipal taxes are forcing its closure.The high-end establishment located at 357 de la Commune Street in the heart of Montreal’s old city also says its location limited expansion opportunities.A favoured meeting spot of construction industry players, the members-only club had its ledgers examined during the Charbonneau inquiry into corruption.Investigators from the inquiry said they weren’t interested in the club itself, but in “a tiny portion of the membership.” Those construction bosses and engineering firm executives invited guests who included public servants and elected officials.The club opened in 2002 in a 140-year-old building that had been abandoned for many years, requiring major renovation and reconstruction work. It promised members a setting where business could be conducted “in the utmost comfort and discretion.”A staff member confirmed Monday that the club is slated to close on May 24.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Supreme Court hearing on energy projects draws large crowd

first_img(Demonstrators outside of the Supreme Court of Canada Wednesday.)APTN National NewsWhen Cedar Parker was in Seattle for Black Friday he says someone tried to rob him leaving him bruised and with cuts on his face.Parker said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is trying to do rob him, too.“The government is trying to rob me …of my future for a material object,” said Parker, a member Tsleil-Waututh Nation in B.C., of the Trudeau government’s approval of two pipelines Tuesday.The thug in Seattle may have roughed him up but Parker is more frightened by Trudeau.He was among dozens of demonstrators Wednesday at the Supreme Court of Canada rallying in support of two cases being heard at the country’s highest court.The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on a case that could lead to a major overhaul of the way the federal government consults Indigenous communities on energy projects.Two cases are to be heard together to essentially settle an argument: Does the National Energy Board (NEB) execute the Crown’s duty to consultation with Indigenous communities through its public consultation process?The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in Ontario and the Inuit community of Clyde River in Nunavut argue it doesn’t. The NEB approved both projects.The NEB is not a Crown agent, but part of the executive branch of the federal government, and makes recommendations to Ottawa on whether energy projects should proceed. The federal cabinet then gives final approval.In the case of the Chippewas, located near London, Ont., they opposed Enbridge’s interest in expanding and reversing the flow on a large portion of an existing oil pipeline that stretches approximately 830 km from Sarnia, Ont. to Montreal, Que. The section of pipeline in question is known as Line 9B, and was constructed in 1975.In Nunavut, the NEB approved Petroleum Geo-Services to conduct seismic testing in the waters of Baffin Bay and Davis Strait off the coast of Baffin Island in Nunavut.The testing would happen 24 hours a day, five months per year for five years, something the Hamlet of Clyde River and other interested parties oppose.Residents feel the testing is harmful to marine mammals, including narwhal, ringed seal and the bowhead whale – something the Inuit rely on for their food and culture.Wednesday’s rally was planned weeks in advance but was strengthened by Trudeau approving two pipeline expansion projects coming out of Alberta – Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. and Enbridge’s Line 3 from Hardisty, Alta., through Neche, ND, to Superior, Wis.Trudeau rejected Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project, which would also have moved bitumen from Alberta to the B.C. coast.Protests are already being planned by environment and climate activists, as well as First Nations and Indigenous people who oppose the expansions.Tsleil-Waututh has vowed to stop the Trans Mountain expansion.news@aptn.calast_img read more

IMF Encourages Morocco to Expand Currency Reform

Rabat – When Morocco introduced a more flexible exchange rate policy in January of 2018, it aimed to keep the county’s economy competitive and maintain the value of the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). The IMF has since reported that the transition was a success. On Tuesday, the IMF urged Morocco to expand its exchange rate flexibility by again increasing the float of the MAD. In an effort to boost resilience and increase exports, Morocco first introduced a floating exchange rate in January of 2018, increasing the rate from 0.03% to 2.5%.In a report released on Tuesday, the IMF’s Executive Directors said “they welcomed the beginning of the transition to greater exchange rate flexibility last year which will help the economy absorb potential external shocks and remain competitive. They encouraged the authorities to use the current window of opportunity to continue this reform in a carefully sequenced and well-communicated manner.” Moroccan Authorities responded to the IMF’s continued encouragement by saying reforms would continue, economic conditions in the country permitting.In a floating rate rate system, a currency’s value is typically determined by supply and demand on the open market. The value of a currency over time is an indication of the country’s relative economic strength.Read also: Strong, Flexible MAD: Successful First Year for Morocco’s IMF-Approved PLLPrior to 2018, Morocco’s currency operated on a fixed exchange rate. In a fixed exchange rate a currency is tied, or held at the same value relative to a major world currency such as the U.S. dollar or the euro.The flexibility of a floating rate offers an advantage in case of an economic shock where significant pressure is put on foreign exchange reserves. Not everyone is in favor of continued reform to the MAD.High Commissioner for Planning Ahmed al-Halimi warned that Morocco needs to focus on other reforms before pursuing reforms to the currency exchange system. In a country with a 10% unemployment rate, and where one third of college students graduate unqualified to find a job, Halimi said Morocco needed to instead focus on education and vocational training systems. “What is needed now in a country like Morocco is not a reform in the currency exchange system,” Halimi said last August. “Before we do that, “We must first carry out other reforms or finish the reforms already initiated.” read more

On International Day Ban urges greater efforts to ensure rights of older

In a message marking the International Day of Older Persons, observed annually on 1 October, Mr. Ban recalled that six years ago at the Second World Assembly on Ageing held in Madrid, Member States committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination, including based on age.“Despite this commitment, in many parts of the world, the rights of older persons are violated every day,” he stated. “Older persons often face age discrimination at a workplace. In social environments, they may experience a lack of recognition and respect. They may be deprived of full inclusion and participation in social, economic, cultural and political affairs,” said the Secretary-General. “Most disturbingly, in many countries, incidences of neglect, abuse and violence against older persons are not at all rare or isolated events.”The first review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing, held earlier this year, showed that much more needs to be done at the national level to support older persons, promote their income security and social protection, and ensure quality health care, as well as the provision of long-term care services. “To make this possible, national ageing-specific policies must be improved substantially, and the concerns of older persons mainstreamed into a wider policy framework,” stress Mr. Ban.He added that the theme of this year’s International Day, “Rights of Older Persons,” is especially apt in this year in which the United Nations marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.“This International Day is an opportunity to stimulate discussion on promoting the rights of older persons and strengthen partnerships aimed at securing their full participation in society,” the Secretary-General stated.The head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), in her message, highlighted the difficulties faced by the millions of older poor, especially women, who are struggling alone to make ends meet. “Many older persons have no social safety net to rely on – they lack access to basic social services such as health care,” said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid.“It is time to recognize the significant contributions that older persons make to our families, communities and societies. And it is time to do more to promote and protect their human rights and freedoms,” she stressed. 1 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for ensuring the dignity and well-being of older persons, noting that despite the commitment of States to eliminate discrimination against this vital segment of society, their rights are being violated every day. read more

Annan names expert group to monitor UN sanctions against Taliban

In a letter to the President of the Security Council, Mr. Annan says that the team will be headed by Michael Chandler of the United Kingdom. The other members are Philippe Graver of France, Amod Gurung of Nepal, Ashraf Mohsen Mohamed Mohsen of Egypt, and Daniel Yorks of the United States. The Secretary-General’s actions came in response to a request by the Security Council last July that he establish a mechanism – comprised of a New York-based Monitoring Group and a Sanctions Enforcement Support Team – which will offer assistance to “States bordering the territory of Afghanistan under Taliban control and other States, as appropriate.”The team will help those countries increase their capacity to implement the sanctions against the Taliban, which were imposed in 1999 and tightened the following year to compel the group to hand over indicted terrorist Usama bin Laden and to close all terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. In addition, experts are mandated to collate, assess, verify wherever possible, report and make recommendations on information regarding violations of the sanctions. read more

Annan welcomes Pakistani leaders antiterrorist pledges

In a statement released on Saturday by his spokesman, Mr. Annan welcomed a speech by President Pervez Musharraf in which the Pakistani leader emphasized tolerance, the rule of law and the need to fight terrorism and extremism.“He [the Secretary-General] regards the anti-terrorist measures announced by the President, including the banning of several armed extremist organizations, as a significant further step towards easing the dangerous situation in the region,” the statement said.Reiterating that the differences between India and Pakistan could only be resolved peacefully, the statement said the Secretary-General “was glad to note in this connection the reference in President Musharraf’s speech to the need for a solution in Kashmir through dialogue and by peaceful means.” The Secretary-General called on both sides to “do whatever is necessary to reduce tension and enable a resumption of their bilateral dialogue without further delay, with a view to resolving their differences,” according to the statement. read more

UNs top rights official urges mission to occupied Palestinian territories

“The last days have brought a frightening increase in the loss of life,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, noting that suicide bombings had killed dozens of people in Israel, while unknown numbers of Palestinians had also been killed. “There have been reports of possible extrajudicial executions by the IDF [Israeli Defence Force] and there are also reports of the killing of eight Palestinians accused of ‘collaborating’ with Israel,” she noted. “These are tragic examples of a spiral of violence and arbitrary deprivation of life that must be ended.”Mrs. Robinson pointed out that the UN Security Council sends visiting missions to areas of concern, and asked, “Would it not be right for this Commission to dispatch immediately a visiting mission that would travel to the area and return expeditiously to the Commission with their finding and recommendations?” She added that the protection of human rights would require such a step “as a very minimum.”The High Commissioner also recalled that following her visit to the region in 2000 she had asked that the feasibility of establishing an international monitoring presence be explored. “That proposal should now be implemented,” she said. “International observers on the ground can be a deterrent to the violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories and also can promote human security against suicide and other attacks on Israeli civilians.”Mrs. Robinson painted a grim picture of the deteriorating conditions in the region, noting that hundreds of Palestinians have reportedly been arrested, while movement in all the areas of military operations, including Ramallah, Beit Jala, Qalqilya, Tulkarm and Bethlehem, remained “extremely dangerous.” She also cited reports indicating that the Palestinian Red Crescent Society was unable to provide evacuation for the injured in any conflict areas, and that medical personnel were being arrested. read more

UN envoy in Somalia urges immediate halt to fighting

“Somalia is already at war with nature and poverty,” said François Lonsény Fall, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, in a statement released in Nairobi. “The last thing this country needs is for its leaders to be fighting among themselves.”Ambassador Fall said he was deeply disturbed by the fighting which has cost civilian lives and brought further insecurity to the UN humanitarian workers trying to address the serious drought situation.“This is a time for pulling together, not for pulling further apart,” he said, urging those faction leaders in Mogadishu, who are also cabinet members in transitional federal government, to put down their arms and join the political process in Baidoa.Prior to the current fighting, it appeared that Somali leaders were moving fast towards reconciliation. They had agreed on a transitional charter and members of the parliament were engaged in efforts to frame a constitution – the first signs of centralized governance in more than 15 years of civil strife.“Given Somalia’s tragic recent history, these are not small achievements,” Ambassador Fall said, adding that the UN and the international community remained fully committed to building on its longstanding support for Somalia. “However, we need a country that is universally committed to security for those efforts so that we can move ahead at maximum speed.” He said he was troubled by reports that militia of the union of the Shariah courts and the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism were deploying in and around city and supplying their lines with munitions, with external assistance in “direct breach” of the UN arms embargo.Regardless of such violations, the UN and its agencies would continue to stay the course in Somalia, Ambassador Fall said, adding that the Organization’s humanitarian workers were operating in “emergency mode” across the spectrum of human needs in Somalia.“There is no question,” he said, “that we will continue to deliver, as we have for decades, ramping up our support as needed in food and water supply, health care and shelter, both for local population and tens of thousands of Somalis who have been displaced by prolonged by prolonged conflict, droughts and floods.”The Special Representative noted, however, that the serious obstacles to the national progress would remain until those “with the guns and political influence” made a strong commitment to peace and reconciliation. “The power for peace and change for the better in Somalia is in the hands of the warlords,” he said. read more