India Curbs Power of Amazon and Walmart to Sell Products Online

first_imgThe Indian government dealt a surprise blow Wednesday to the e-commerce ambitions of Amazon and Walmart, effectively barring the American companies from selling products supplied by affiliated companies on their Indian shopping sites and from offering their customers special discounts or exclusive products.If strictly interpreted, the new policies could force significant changes in India strategies for the retail giants. Amazon might have to stop competing with independent sellers and end its offerings of proprietary products like its Echo smart speakers in India, its top emerging market.For Walmart, which spent $16 billion this year to buy 77 percent of Flipkart, India’s leading online retailer, the new rules could hamper its strategy of selling clothing and other products under its own private brands and prevent it from using its supply-chain expertise and clout with retailers to drive down prices for Indian consumers.Representatives for Amazon and Flipkart in India declined to comment on the new rules, saying the companies were still assessing them. The government posted the changes, which go into effect Feb. 1, without warning Wednesday evening in New Delhi, while much of the business world in both countries was on vacation.“Ultimately, the customer is going to suffer because Indian sellers are not at the scale where they can provide a good experience to customers,” said Satish Meena, a senior forecaster in New Delhi for Forrester, a global technology research firm. “This is a very regressive strategy by the government.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India initially courted foreign companies to invest more in the country after his 2014 election victory, but his administration has turned protectionist as his party’s re-election prospects have dimmed in recent months. Modi has increasingly sought to bolster Indian firms and curb foreign ones through new policies.The new e-commerce rules seemed to be an attempt by Modi to placate small traders, who have been hurt by his tax and financial policies, before national elections in May, analysts said. The changes would also help Paytm, a local payments company that operates a digital mall, and Reliance Industries, an Indian conglomerate with online retail ambitions that is controlled by Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man and a political patron of Modi.c.2018 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

Barcelona says Neymar wants to leave club amid PSG rumors

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ PSG is rumored to be ready to pay his release clause of 222 million euros ($262 million). That would dwarf the 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid for France midfielder Paul Pogba last year.Barcelona said Neymar did not specify where he wants to play next, but the only club speculated to be after him — and one of few which could handle the cost of the transfer — is the Qatari-owned PSG.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPSG did not answer messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.Barcelona said Neymar left the training ground 30 minutes after arriving on Wednesday. He had arrived to Spain on Tuesday night after holding publicity events for both his personal brand and Barcelona in China. Last year, Neymar signed a new contract with Barcelona that tied him to the Catalan club through 2021.Both Barcelona club president Josep Bartomeu and Spanish league president Javier Tebas have said they will consider filing a complaint to UEFA if they think the PSG transfer violates financial fair play rules.With his lightning-quick feet, creative instincts and scoring touch, Neymar helped maintain Barcelona as one of the top clubs in Europe for the past four seasons as he blossomed into a worldwide star.He teamed up with Lionel Messi and Luis Saurez to make an almost unstoppable attack. Neymar scored 105 goals — some of them true gems — and was a key playmaker for Barcelona as it won a Champions League, two Spanish leagues, three Copa del Reys, one Club World Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and two Spanish Super Cups.Yet, even before this drawn-out saga, Neymar also provided more than one headache for his club.ADVERTISEMENT FC Barcelona’s Neymar arrives at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. Neymar has arrived at Barcelona’s training grounds amid widespread rumors that the Brazil striker could make a record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)SANT JOAN DESPI, Spain — Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent.The club said Wednesday that the Brazil striker told his teammates “that he had the intention of leaving the club and seeking his future elsewhere, and the coach has given him permission to leave training.”ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img His transfer from Brazilian club Santos in 2013 became the source of a legal dispute that has dogged Barcelona even since. Barcelona said at the time that his transfer cost 57 million euros, while an investigative judge says that the real cost was at least 83.3 million euros.Now Bartomeu and predecessor Sandro Rosell, who resigned as president of the club amid the transfer scandal, are facing trial on charges of fraudulent administration.Neymar has also mixed his flair for fancy goals with bouts of immaturity on the field, often needlessly taunting defenders and trying to upstage them with his dribbling skills.But nobody doubts Neymar is one of the greatest talents of his generation.PSG saw it first-hand in last season’s Champions League. In his most memorable performance at Camp Nou, Neymar scored two goals and set up two more to lead Barcelona to a 6-1 rout to overturn PSG’s 4-0 first-leg win in the last 16.Unless PSG gets last-second jitters, Neymar will take over a team that is searching for a leader who can achieve elusive Champions League success.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant #MambaThick: Kobe posts ‘dad-bod’ pic, deletes it soon after Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

In the air

first_imgA friend in needThe cult of E.T has spawned an entire universe of products inspired by the extra-terrestrial with the large head and a heart to match. Here is a bright little addition to the brigade-Tom the friendly light. Conceptualised by South Korean creator Kwan Hoo Lee for Hoos Design,A friend in needThe cult of E.T has spawned an entire universe of products inspired by the extra-terrestrial with the large head and a heart to match. Here is a bright little addition to the brigade-Tom the friendly light. Conceptualised by South Korean creator Kwan Hoo Lee for Hoos Design as a comforting presence rather than just a source of illumination, it is a quirky contraption made out of birch plywood and pelt fabric. The user’s guide to this one reads “Do not pull the power cord with force. Tom will suffer. Please treat him carefully when adjusting the angle of his neck. He is made of wood, so don’t let him be exposed to fire or curious children.” The handmade ware which costs $250 (Rs 13,817) is available in a bright colour palette of green, orange, purple and blue to go with its cheerful personality. For more, log on to origami orderIt is not often that one comes across shape-shifting tableware, but Poly by Czech designer Martin Zampach fills that void with panache. These lightweight hexagonal bowls are made of a specially developed material that consists of cork sandwiched between layers of veneer. They fit together in several ways to form illusional 2D/3D ornaments. The product was unveiled at the DMY Berlin in June this year where the designer exhibited the same concept in rusted steel and anodised aluminium. They cost between Euro 60 (Rs 4,076) and Euro 100 (Rs 6,796). Log on to for details.Physics at workWhen Vienna-based Philipp Aduatz debuted this seating arrangement, most onlookers saw a resemblance to spoons and the name stuck. Despite the simplistic nomenclature, the futuristic Spoon chair is the result of a gruelling scientific process. It plays with the principle of the cantilever and extends upward and then loops back towards the centre to support its own and the persons weight. Check to know more about this carbon creation.French connectionThe French courts of the 17th century were the epitome of ostentatious grandeur. The essence of their pageantry has now been captured by Italian label Boca do Lobo in their limited edition sofa, Versailles. The name conjures up images of both beauty and cruelty as the palace was at the centre of the carnage that came with the French Revolution. Mixing the classic with au courant style, the furniture piece offers a fresh take on the signature opulence of the olden times. Visit to know more about the seat.State of stoppersThe debate about corks and caps may be a neverending one but these silver bottle stoppers are in a league of their own. With various members of the animal kingdom perched atop, the line from luxury silver label Episode is a quirky addition to your collection of spirits. These stoppers will add an aesthetic edge to dinner parties while keeping your expensive wines fresh between pourings. These fancy fittings will cost you between Rs 2,720 and Rs 4,520.Time of your lifeA Fornasetti calendar plate is as much a slice of history as it is a piece of art. What other platter can boast of being a collector’s item for the past half century. Piero Fornasetti’s son Barnaba is now at the helm of the heirloom company and busy reviving motifs from the Italian brand’s exhaustive design archives. The 2012 calendar plate sports a black and white palette and a cherub face. Portraits are a speciality of the atelier and each piece is handcrafted. The porcelain creation costs Euro 240 (Rs 16,309). Place your order at the tablesHere is modular furniture at its organic best. Leaves, a flower like coffee table which can be divided into three leaf-shaped side tables. The table top which is made of oiled American walnut wood is anchored by a pedestal made of steel in an earthy anthracite colour. This table by the German design studio Draenert can be arranged in a round formation, or as a flower, making it a good fit for varied interiors. For more, log on to read more

UDP slams Cong-led government on MLAs dual post issue

first_imgShillong, Feb 27 (PTI) Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) today slammed the Congress-led state government for its alleged “inconsistent stand” on the issue related to holding of dual posts by MLAs and MDCs.”We regret the inconsistent stand of the government on the holding of dual posts by MLAs and MDCs,” UDP senior working president Bindo M Lanong told reporters while spelling out the resolutions adopted by general council meeting held here.According to UDP, if a post of MDC is declared as “not an office of profit”, this will surely tantamount to misleading the state assembly and the people of the state by the present government.Earlier, as many as seven legislators had resigned as MDCs of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) in view of the passing of the Prevention of Disqualification (Members of Legislative Assembly, Meghalaya) (Amendment) Act, 2015 last year.However, KHADC chief Pynshngainlang Syiem is the lone legislator who refused to relinquish his dual posts as a mark of protest against the state government.Lanong said, “Now the question is what will happen in the case of KHADC chief P N Syiem because in his case, the state government had clarified that he can continue with the two offices at the same time.”According to him, if this is the case what will be the fate of the members who have relinquished their posts as MDC?”Will the state government revoke its earlier order because at the behest of the Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, these MLAs have resigned as MDCs,” he asked. PTI JOP SUS SMN PSadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2017 Live Streaming, RPS vs SRH: Where and when to watch

first_imgA confident Sunrisers Hyderabad, on a two-match winning run, will face a rejuvenated Rising Pune Supergiant in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday.Earlier this week, Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils at home and now they play their third away match. They had lost their earlier two away matches.And come Saturday, they will be keen to win the Pune clash so that they can take the confidence to their coming away games at Bengaluru and Mohali.Australian Steven Smith-led Pune, who defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match to end a three-match losing streak on Sunday, will be fresh and raring to go after a five-day break. Pune team, which has won two matches from five games, must have utilised the five-day break as a period to recharge their batteries and retrospect themselves with the middle campaign of the IPL about to reach.To overcome a strong team like Hyderabad, Pune will have to put up a strong show with both the bat and the ball. Pune will be expecting Smith, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary and Ben Stokes to fire in order to post a good total.Pune’s bowling, always the weak link, must be confident after restricting a powerful RCB batting line-up to 134/9 in pursuit of 162. A lot will depend on how veteran South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir performs.Medium pacers Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Stokes and Daniel Christian will again need to raise the bar as they will be up against the likes of a top-heavy Hyderabad batting line-up, which features David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson. Australian left-handed opener Warner has been leading the way for them, having notched 239 run in six innings so far.advertisementWilliamson in the last match plundered 89 off 51 against Delhi Daredevils in his opening match of this edition. He was included because of the off-colour performances of Yuvraj Singh (96 runs) and Deepak Hooda (59 runs).Where to watch online?The match will be streamed online on Hotstar.Which channel has the TV rights in India?The match will be broadcast live on TV by Sony Pictures Network (Sony Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD).Where to follow match updates online?For best and timely updates follow match coverage begins at 15.00 IST.last_img read more


first_imgVice Prez to take part in Yoga Day event in Mumbai tomorrowMumbai, Jun 20 (PTI) Vice President Venkaiah Naiduwill lead the Yoga Day programme at Bandra Reclamation SealinkPromenade in the city tomorrow morning, an official saidtoday.The event is being organised by Spandan Art, an NGOrun by BJP’s city unit chief Ashish Shelar.Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar will also takepart in similar events at two places in the city.”The vice president has decided to lead the Yoga Daycelebrations at the event being organised by BJP MLA AshishShelar,” a government official said.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will alsobe present on the occasion, a statement issued by Shelar’soffice said.Union minister Babul Supriyo, BJP MP Poonam Mahajan,Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar, civic chief AjoyMehta and a number of state officials will also take part inthe event, it added.Javadekar will first attend the Yoga Day celebrations,jointly organised by NGOs “I Love Mumbai” and “Giants WelfareFoundation”, at Marine Drive. Thereafter, he will take part ina similar event at the Sports Complex situated in MumbaiUniversity, an official said.Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde will attenda yoga event at the Gateway of India.Meanwhile, the Department of Post (Maharashtra and Goacircle) has also decided to celebrate the day by releasing 12picture post cards on the 12 postures of Surya Namaskar at anevent to be held at the General Post Office here.”Besides releasing the post cards, we will also usespecial cancellation seal to mark the International Yoga Daytomorrow,” Chief Post Master General of the circle H C Agrawalsaid.advertisementThe Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) hasdecided to celebrate the day by organising yoga events inwhich 1.25 lakh students from civic schools will participate.”The civic body has planned to hold yoga sessions at44 places, in which 1.25 lakh students studying in BMC schoolswill take part under the guidance of 15,000 teachers. Theevents will last for 45 minutes,” a statement issued by theBMC said. PTI APMNP NP NPlast_img read more


first_imgThe two men charged with murder in the 2017 death of a Bancroft, Nebraska man have each been sentenced to up to 60 years in prison.A Cuming County Judge sentenced Derek Olson to 40-60 years for 2nd degree murder and 2-4 years for arson 2nd degree in the March 11th, 2017 death of 64-year-old Ernest Warnock.Warnock’s body was found in the burned rubble of his home.Investigators say Warnock had been fatally stabbed.Olson’s father, 49-year-old Jody Olson, was also sentenced to 40-60 yrs for second degree murder.Derek Olson must serve 19 years and Jody Olson 22 years before becoming eligible for parole.They were each credited with over 830 days of time served in jail to date.Photos courtesy KMEGlast_img

Klopp: Carragher needs to lose weight!

first_imgLiverpool ‘Jamie needs to lose a little bit of weight!’ – Klopp hits back at Carragher for Van Dijk comments Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 03:36 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Liverpool Premier League Videos The Liverpool boss disagreed with the former Reds defender’s assessment that the record signing should lose a little weight Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit back at former Reds defender Jamie Carragher over comments about the weight of centre-back Virgil van Dijk.The record signing from Southampton enjoyed a dream debut for Liverpool, scoring the winning goal in an FA Cup match against Merseyside rivals Everton.Van Dijk has arguably failed to impress since, however, starting in the Reds’ subsequent 3-2 FA Cup defeat to West Brom and then sitting out a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And while Carragher said on Sky Sports he believes Van Dijk will prove good business for Liverpool, he doesn’t believe the defender is at top fitness levels.”I think it will prove to be a great signing,” Carragher said on  Sky Sports . “But he hasn’t hit the ground running.”I think he needs to get fit and lose a bit of weight. He actually looks too big.”Maybe that’s to do with not having a pre-season, not playing too many games for Southampton.”When asked his thoughts about Carragher’s remarks, Klopp replied: “Nothing. Wow.”The Liverpool boss then hit back with a jab of his own before justifying Van Dijk’s size.”I’m sure Jamie needs to lose a little bit of weight,” Klopp said.”I know it’s not the case for Virgil. He’s a big tall lad — that’s how it is. We have the best nutrition department — no one has come to me and said that.”Being fit means having more muscle than anything else. It’s not an issue.”Klopp also reiterated his belief Van Dijk’s best football is to come after a summer with the team, and made light of the difficulties of a mid-season switch.”There’s a few ups and downs, but we will see Van Dijk at his best after the summer,” he said.”We don’t have to wait until then, so we got him in. The defending style of our defending is different to Southampton, that’s why it makes sense that you get used to it.”Despite Van Dijk not being at his best, Klopp has no issues with the defender and believes that, with the exception of the West Brom match, he has made a fine start to life at Anfield.”For example, Everton was outstandingly good. Swansea was good, defensively, and he was involved in the two biggest chances we had,” Klopp said.”West Brom was a bad game for the whole team and then we thought it makes sense to rotate.”It’s expected to be honest, completely normal. There’s a lot to do, a lot to work on, but the start is absolutely good.”last_img read more

Video: While You Were Sleeping, Alabama RB Derrick Henry Was Up Working Out At 4:08 A.M.

first_imgDerrick Henry shedding a tackle.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 21: Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks a tackle by Zane Cruz #43 of the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama back Derrick Henry is a physical specimen, and thanks to a recent Instagram post, we might have a clue as to how that happened. While most of us were sleeping (or stumbling back home after a late night out) at 4:08 in the morning, Henry was busy getting after it in the gym. The season is still just under four months away, but Henry looks like he’s ready to take a few hand-offs to the house. He’ll get his first chance on September 5 in Dallas, when the Crimson Tide take on Wisconsin.last_img

Small Island States Must Address Climate Change Mitigation

first_imgChief Technical Director in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Lt. Col. Oral Khan, says that while Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as Jamaica, are not the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, they must play a part in the mitigation agenda.He said that as Jamaica works towards Vision 2030, “we recognise that we not only have to adapt to the impacts of climate change, but also support appropriate mitigation policies and actions, if we are to achieve this goal”.Lt. Col. Khan was bringing greetings at the opening ceremony for the Analysis and Investigation for Low Emission Growth (AILEG) project symposium on Tuesday, July 9, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.The AILEG project, which is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), helps to build the capacity of the Government and key stakeholders to analyze low emission development strategies (LEDS), and integrate them into economic development, strategic planning, and implementation.LEDS accelerate sustainable economic growth and investments while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilience. Through AILEG, the government can find cost-effective, sustainable options in climate policy planning, economic modeling, and impact analysis.The Chief Technical Director said that as developing countries such as Jamaica try to find solutions that will enable growth, interventions such as AILEG will “put us in an informed position to enable us to attract investments in low emission technologies and projects”.He pointed out that under the AILEG project, “we have an opportunity to balance our efforts and concentrate on mitigation efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emission and play our part. Such action must lead to win-win mitigation solutions aimed not only at reducing emissions, but also reducing cost and pollution”.Adding that the Ministry stands to benefit significantly from this project, he said it is anticipated that the outcomes of the initiative will help to build capacity in a number of critical areas, especially those units that will have the responsibility to coordinate and drive all activities relating to climate change across government.In her remarks, Mission Director, USAID, Denise Herbol said “you all are doing it right…getting the policy right first before seeking to invest resource and programming, to ensure that you do smart investment of those resources.”Issues being explored during the two-day symposium include: low emission growth for development; analysis and investment for low emission growth; LED development strategy in the Jamaican context; requirements for low emission considerations in national planning; and the status and way forward for policy, programming, planning and financing for climate change.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

ACCC Nods to Shell’s BG Takeover

first_imgzoom The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced that it will not oppose the proposed USD 70 billion acquisition of BG Group by Royal Dutch Shell.The ACCC considered whether the proposed acquisition would reduce the supply of gas or reduce competition to supply gas, to domestic customers by aligning Shell’s interest in Arrow Energy with BG’s LNG facilities in Queensland.“The ACCC’s view is that the proposed acquisition would be unlikely to substantially lessen competition in the wholesale natural gas market, in either Queensland or eastern Australia more broadly,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.During its review, the ACCC received a large number of submissions from market participants concerned about the competition effects of the proposed acquisition and the current state of the east Australian gas market.Some urged the ACCC to approve the acquisition, but only with undertakings from the merger parties to make gas available domestically. These market participants considered that the proposed acquisition may provide a ‘route to market’ that allows Arrow’s gas to be developed more quickly.“In the course of its review, the ACCC considered potential undertakings suggested by interested parties.”“The ACCC can, however, only accept undertakings where competition concerns arise from the acquisition and it finds that certain undertakings can effectively address those concerns. In this case, the ACCC did not find merger-specific competition concerns that required an undertaking to remedy,” Sims said.The East Coast Gas Inquiry is a separate 12 month review being conducted by the ACCC into the competitiveness and structure of the east Australian gas industry. It is scheduled to be finalised with a report to the Minister in April 2016.last_img read more

Moroccan Government Unveils Final List of Banned Dog Breeds

Rabat – The Staffordshire bull terrier, the American Staffordshire bull terrier, the pit bull, the mastiff, the boerboel, and the tosa inu are no longer welcome. The ministries of the interior and of agriculture finalized the law prohibiting the dangerous dog breeds from being imported, trained, possessed, adopted, or exported, as announced in the official government gazette on August 6. The text came into force following its publication. To implement the law, the government has defined a dangerous dog as “any dog that by its race or morphology is characterized by dangerous ferocity to humans.” Any offender is liable to pay a fine of up to MAD 20,000 and serve a six-month prison sentence. Previously, the acquisition, importation, and breeding of some mastiffs and dogs was not regulated. What does the law say?The breed-specific legislation, passed in August 2013, seeks to “protect people against the danger of dogs” and clamp down on the owners of aggressive dog breeds. However, the law does not apply to “dogs used by members of the police force when carrying out their missions.”The law was Morocco’s first legislation seeking to tackle the problem of people being bitten by dogs.If a dog belonging to a dangerous breed is found, the police can seize and euthanize it.The owners of banned dogs without record of biting are required to present their dogs to veterinary services by September 6. Criminal purposes More than 10,000 cases of people being bitten by dogs are registered each year, as well as deaths, especially by dogs used for criminal purposes. These dogs are supposedly used by criminals for illegal purposes such as assault, robbery, rape, and fighting, and by drug dealers seeking to protect themselves or repel inspectors of the narcotics brigade.In the late 1990s and early 2000s, large numbers of the dogs were imported from Europe on the black market. Many came from France, especially after France introduced a law on dangerous dogs in 1999.In reality, the acquisition of a “dangerous” dog is not affordable for many. For example, a pit bull can cost between MAD 2,000 and MAD 5,000. A rottweiler can cost between MAD 5,000 and MAD 10,000.What about the non-dangerous dogs? For other dogs not on the banned list, the owner should declare them to the competent authority and make sure they hold a health record and rabies vaccination. It is preferable for owners to keep their dogs on a leash, muzzle them in public, and prevent them from rummaging through garbage cans. Trade in livestock is subject to authorization. Dogs must be in good condition, maintain certain breed characteristics, and receive veterinarian approval. read more

Lahcen Daoudi: ‘Europe Lucky to Have Morocco as a Neighbor’

Daoudi, a senior figure in Morocco’s ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD), made his remarks on Monday at the third EU-Arab World summit in Athens, Greece.The Greek government launched the summit in 2016 to provide “the necessary platforms of cooperation for a more efficient future.”Speaking to journalists at the Athens summit, Daoudi drew attention to the cultural and historical ties between Europe and the Arab world. As a bridging country between Europe and the Arab world, Morocco has repeatedly proven an invaluable partner for the EU, the PJD official argued. Explaining that strategic alliance with Rabat is vital for Europe, he added, “Europe is lucky to have Morocco as neighbor.”While European leaders search for ways to limit the wave of immigrants from Africa and the Middle East to European countries, the Moroccan official suggested that Europe change its perception of the non-Western world.Global solutions to global crisesRather than singly focusing on how threatening and chaotic the outside world can be to so-called European norms and values, European leaders and citizens should shift their focus from security to common values and crises with the non-European world.“The Mediterranean sea should unite us,” he said, adding that Europe cannot on its own meet the ever-growing challenges of contemporary life. Be it on climate change, intercontinental mobility, or the fight against global terrorism, “We need to act together for global peace and stability,” Daoudi noted.The Moroccan’s ideas chimed with the guiding principles of the summit he was attending. Themed “Shared Horizons,” the annual EU-Arab World summit prides itself as a venue for academics, media personalities, and policy makers to devise ways of living in harmony.Described as “a unique bridge of communication between two rapidly changing worlds,” the summit discussed topics as wide-ranging as cultural cooperation between Europe and the Arab world, cooperative architecture to face transnational terrorism, and an array of other global crises.When dealing with geopolitical challenges in this globalized and interconnected world, the Moroccan official argued, Europe should opt for an intercultural perspective that fosters genuine dialogue, rather than flaunting its cultural exceptionalism.More than an interest-focused choice, “Relations between Europe and the Arab world constitute a necessity of our times,” he said. “We need to face common problems together.” Both Europe and the Arab world face a new political landscape of crises and geopolitical perturbations, and “it is now imperative to cooperate.” read more

UN to provide food for tens of thousands hit by floods in

2 August 2007The United Nations is helping to provide emergency food to nearly 100,000 people after the worst floods in decades in Colombia and the coldest weather in 30 years in Peru brought even more misery to over 1 million of Latin America’s most impoverished inhabitants. “In these types of emergencies, it is the very poor that are always the most affected,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Latin America Regional Director Pedro Medrano said today. “In both these disasters, thousands of families have lost their crops and their livestock. WFP’s food assistance will allow those affected to concentrate on rebuilding their lives and their communities.” In Colombia, where an unusually intense rainy season has claimed at least 57 lives, with 100 people missing, and left 443,000 people homeless, with their crops and animals washed away, WFP is boosting the Government’s relief effort and drawing up plans to distribute food rations for an initial three months to 50,000 to 60,000 beneficiaries. “The Colombian Government responded in a timely and efficient manner and gave the victims adequate attention, but the number of people together with the prolonged rains has gone beyond everybody’s predictions,” WFP Country Director Praveen Agrawal said. In Peru, where sub-freezing temperatures averaging minus 27 have caused an epidemic of pneumonia and other respiratory diseases, killing at least 70 children under five and sickening 600,000 other people, the agency is going to provide food to more than 34,000 beneficiaries. Emergency food distributions started over the weekend in the Department of Vilcashuaman, and are expected to continue during August in the Departments of Ayacucho and Huancavelica. Despite a recent improvement in temperatures, the Peruvian National Weather Service (SENAMHI) is warning that a new cold wave is expected to arrive as soon as this week. In the lower parts of the affected areas up to 4,000 metres above sea level, the whole harvest has been lost to frost and hailstones. In the highest areas, where the only economic activity is raising llamas and alpacas, all the animals have died of the cold. “We are very concerned about the increasing number of people affected by the biting cold temperatures,” Mr. Medrano said. “This WFP emergency operation will complement similar government operations being carried in the affected areas.” read more

Cyprus gas drilling to proceed despite Turkeys threats

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ president says more offshore drilling in search for gas deposits will carry on as planned despite Turkey’s “threats and unlawful actions” inside waters where the east Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights.President Nicos Anastasiades said in an address on the occasion of Cyprus’ 59th independence anniversary on Tuesday that he remains committed to reaching a peace deal with breakaway Turkish Cypriots to reunify the ethnically divided country.Energy companies Total of France and Italy’s Eni last month teamed up to expand their gas search off Cyprus’ southern coast.Turkey doesn’t’ recognize Cyprus as a state and strongly opposes its gas search. It has dispatched vessels to drill for hydrocarbons inside Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone. Turkey says it’s protecting its own interests and those of Turkish Cypriots.The Associated Press

UN to order Iraq to destroy banned missiles

Ewen Buchanan, a spokesman for Mr. Blix, said he hoped a letter would be sent to the Iraqi authorities on Friday saying that the UN has “found this missile to be banned and therefore it must now be destroyed.””We would have to oversee the destruction of these missiles,” he told UN Radio.Mr. Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), reported to the Security Council on 14 February that a group of missile experts he had convened concluded unanimously that, based on the data provided by Iraq, the two declared variants of the Al Samoud 2 missile could exceed the proscribed range.Mr. Blix also plans to deliver a list of 30 unresolved disarmament issues to UNMOVIC’s’ College of Commissioners on Monday, including the question of how much banned anthrax and VX nerve gas Iraq made and what happened to it, Mr. Buchanan said.Meanwhile in Iraq, UN inspectors continued their search for evidence of banned weapons of mass destruction. An UNMOVIC missile team visited the Musaayib Power Station to check for possible storage of missile-related items, and a biological team carried out an aerial inspection of two sites to the west and northwest of Baghdad.A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) interviewed two members of Iraq’s former gas centrifuge programme. One was an engineer, the other a magnet specialist. read more

UN bird flu experts arrive in South Korea to assess risk following

A nine-person team from the Crisis Management Centre (CMC), an initiative between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), will conduct a 10-day mission collecting epidemiological data at the invitation of the Government, the agency said. “The… team includes international and Korean veterinary epidemiologists, wildlife veterinarians, biologists and poultry specialists who will pay particular attention to the relationships between poultry production, marketing and wildlife sectors to… better understand potential disease movement among chickens and risks to or from wild birds,” FAO said.“The team will be looking at any wild bird deaths on infected farms or adjacent wetlands, as well as collecting environmental samples that may lead to a better understanding of disease emergence in the area… Besides the wild bird angle, the CMC experts hope to investigate many other potential risk factors, such as the handling of sick and dead birds.”By the end of the mission, the first full-scale multidisciplinary deployment by the CMC since it was established in October, the team hopes to be able to provide answers to some of the questions surrounding the mechanisms of disease introduction and its spread.Although well over 200 million birds have died worldwide from either the H5N1 flu virus or preventive culling, there have so far been only 258 human cases, 154 of them fatal, since the current outbreak started in South-East Asia in December 2003, and these have been ascribed to contact with infected birds. But experts fear the virus could mutate, gaining the ability to pass from person to person and, in a worst case scenario, unleash a deadly human pandemic. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic that broke out in 1918 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people by the time it had run its course two years later. FAO says winning the battle against the virus demands a long-term vision with more surveillance as well as stronger emphasis on hygiene and movement control throughout the animal production and marketing chain. read more

Brock research shows poor diet contributes to Alzheimers development

New research from Brock University has shown the food decisions you make today could contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease later in life.Brock research published recently in the journal Physiological Reports says a diet high in saturated fats and sucrose can lead to Alzheimer’s disease when paired with the normal aging process.Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behaviour, with symptoms worsening over time. Associated with aging, previous research has also linked the development of Alzheimer’s disease to diet-related obesity.Brock Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Rebecca MacPherson says her team’s latest research shows the impact that such a diet has on the “signaling pathways process” in which molecules in a cell work together to control one or more cell functions.“In this study we’re looking at the middle-aged group,” she says. “We’re examining how diet can alter signalling pathways in the brain at that point in time, early on before you’d see any symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.”The research team, which includes PhD student Kirsten Bott and master’s student Bradley Baranowski, also looked at how the high-fat, high-sucrose diet can bring about inflammation and changes to molecules in the brain, referred to as cellular stress.The team worked with two groups of middle-aged mice, feeding one group a high-fat, high-sugar diet and the other group, a normal diet.After 13 weeks, the researchers examined two areas of the mice brains: the hippocampus, responsible for long-term memory; and the prefrontal cortex, which regulates thinking, emotion and behaviour.The team compared the brains of the two groups of mice, as well as the middle-aged mice brains against those of the younger mice.The older mice brains showed more deterioration than the younger brains, suggesting that the normal aging process plays a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.But there was a big difference between the brains of mice fed the high-fat, high-sugar diet compared to those eating a more well-balanced diet.“When we gave mice this high-fat, high-sugar diet, we saw exacerbated effects of aging on the different markers of inflammation, insulin signalling and cellular stress,” says Baranowski, the study’s lead author.He explains that the Western diet — typically low in fibre, fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains and high in red meat, dairy products and processed and artificially sweetened foods —  causes chronic, low-grade inflammation throughout the body.This results in the release of cytokines, small proteins that are important in cell signalling, but in this case act as markers for inflammation.These cytokines induced by low-grade inflammation “are able to pass the blood-brain barrier,” says Baranowski. These, in turn, activate other cells leading to more inflammation and insulin resistance in the brain.“The neuroinflammation and brain insulin resistance contribute to the increased activity of key enzymes responsible for producing the plaques you commonly see with Alzheimer’s disease,” he says.The research adds to basic understanding of the signalling pathways involved in Alzheimer’s, MacPherson says. Future work will examine what can impact these pathways.“People often view Alzheimer’s disease as a genetic disease when in fact, genetic mutations leading to Alzheimer’s accounts for less than five per cent of cases,” says Baranowski.“This study highlights that our lifestyle choices matter and can potentially be putting us at risk of developing or progressing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.”The team’s findings are outlined in their study, “Evaluation of neuropathological effects of a high?fat high?sucrose diet in middle?aged male C57BL6/J mice,” published in the journal Physiological Reports. read more

Replacement for Tvedten in BM Valladolid – Ivan Nikcevic

One of the best scorer of the last edition of ASOBAL, Serbian left wing, Ivan Nikcevic (30) signed two years contract with one of the best Spanish teams, BM Valladolid.  Nikcevic will be substitute for Norwegian, Havard Tvedten, who left the club and move to the Danish Aalborg. This will be Nikcevic’s fifth team at the start of his seventh season in Spain. Before that, he played for Crvena zvezda Beograd.He is first choice for the left wing position in the Serbian national team, preparing for the EHF EURO 2012, which is Serbia host.BM Valladolid won fifth place in ASOBAL 2010/2011. Team will compete at the “Wild Card” Tournament for the EHF Champions League with Rhein Neckar Lowen, Dunkerque and Vive Targi Kielce. BM ValladolidHavard TvedtenIvan Nikcevic ← Previous Story Wenta’s wife – new fitness coach of Kielce? Next Story → EHF published seeding lists for Men’s Eurocups 2011/2012