Moroccan Public Hospitals to Face Crippling New Strikes

Rabat – A union of public sector doctors plans to launch “Doctors’ Week of Anger” October 15-20, calling for strikes October 11 and 26.The secretary general of the Independent Union for Public Sector Doctors, Almountadar Alalaoui, told a local newspaper,  “The public health sector in Morocco is witnessing a structural crisis … leading to the deterioration of health services.” Alalaoui said the union will strike Thursday, October 11, and Friday, October 26. Only intensive care units and emergencies will be excluded from the strike. The union will also refuse to do school health campaigns and autopsies. Alalaoui indicated that the “Week of Anger” is a reaction to the ministry’s lack of response to the demands of doctors from a series of protests in the summer. General physicians are protesting for the government to give employees at all pay grades the reference number 509, which enables them to advance to higher grades. Doctors also want the government to create two new pay grades above the current highest grade.The doctors also seek more resources, asking for more internship and residence posts, for adequate medical and lab equipment. They also complain of two many doctors resigning and the closure of some health services.Doctors plan to refuse to update periodic reports, patients’ records, and statistical data. They will also boycott administrative meetings and trainings. Doctors have agreed, however, to sign birth and death certificates.General physicians, early last September, began rounds of protests calling for a quick response to their demands. read more

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand a roof too

PARIS — Dozens of public housing advocates are protesting outside the gutted Notre Dame in Paris to demand that France’s poorest be remembered after donors pledged $1 billion to rebuild the cathedral and its destroyed roof.Around 50 people from a French homeless association gathered Monday with placards reading “1 billion in 24 hours.” They chanted slogans directed at Bernard Arnault, the CEO of luxury group LVMH, who last week pledged 200 million euros ($226 million). Some chanted “Notre Dame needs a roof, we need a roof too!”Paris police monitored the peaceful protest but didn’t intervene.In addition to Arnault’s pledge, another billionaire, Francois Pinault, and his son pledged 100 million euros for the reconstruction effort from their company, which owns the Christie’s auction house and is the main shareholder for Gucci.The Associated Press read more

BMW profit hit by antitrust case spending on technology

FRANKFURT — German automaker BMW says its profits fell 74 per cent in the first quarter as earnings were hit by a 1.4 billion-euro ($1.6 billion) set-aside for an expected anti-trust penalty from the European Commission and by higher up-front costs for new technology and factories.Net profit fell to 588 million euros from 2.28 billion euros in the same quarter a year earlier. Revenue fell 0.9 per cent to 22.46 billion euros.The Munich-based company was able to slightly increase the number of vehicles sold to 605,333 and said Tuesday it expected “tailwinds” in the second half as more new models hit the market.The European Commission is investigating automakers on suspicion they colluded to restrict competition in the development of emissions-reduction technology. BMW disputes the allegations but says a fine is likely.The Associated Press read more

Hamilton police investigating damages to Enbridge pipeline projects

Hamilton police are investigating after multiple Enbridge pipeline projects were tampered with.Investigators found damages at the project site throughout the week.They say perpetrators trespassed the grounds, and drilled holes into the pipelines.A 35-kilometre stretch of the Line 10 pipeline has been under construction, and could have something to do with the tampering.Enbridge has been working on replacing a steel pipe that was installed in 1962 with a newer variety.

Haiti UN chief calls for delayed elections to be resolved as soon

Jovenel Moise from the governing party and former government executive Jude Celestin, the two top vote getters in the first round of presidential elections on 25 October, were set to face each other in a run-off on 27 December but that was postponed until further notice, according to media reports. “The Secretary-General recalls that Parliament has not functioned since January 2015,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said today. “He underlines the importance of inaugurating the new legislature within the constitutional time frame to ensure the renewal of democratic institutions and consolidate political stability in Haiti.” He called for the electoral process to be “concluded as soon as possible in a transparent, inclusive and credible manner.”Mr. Ban’s Special representative in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, and the so-called “Core Group” – Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, the United States, the European Union as well as the Organization of American States – yesterday called on State institutions and political actors to ensure a peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected president by the constitutionally mandated date of 7 February.In his earlier statement, Mr. Ban took note of efforts by all stakeholders, including the establishment of an electoral evaluation commission to address the concerns of opposition parties and ensure the successful and timely conclusion of the presidential elections and stressed “the responsibility of all political actors to discourage violence and encourage a spirit of unity throughout the country.”He reaffirmed the commitment of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the entire UN system to continue supporting the Haitian people in the fulfilment of their democratic aspirations.The Mission, set up in 2004, has more than 4,500 troops and police deployed in Haiti with a mandate that has evolved over the years from supporting a transitional government to embracing earthquake recovery and facilitating the political process. read more

Noting upcoming polls in Mali Ban urges Government to engage with all

According to a statement issued by his office, Mr. Ban took note of the Malian Government’s decision to hold local elections tomorrow (20 November) and acknowledged that the country’s Constitution precludes any further postponement of the polls.The elections have already been rescheduled three times.In the statement, the UN chief also noted that important delays in the implementation of key provisions of the peace agreement in Mali, relating to the establishment of interim administrations, as well as the security situation in the north and certain parts of the centre of the country, may compromise the organization of the poll.He also noted the reservations expressed by the democratic opposition and some of the signatory armed groups to the peace agreement regarding the holding of the local polls on the date envisioned.“The Secretary-General calls on the Malian Government, the democratic opposition and the signatory parties to the peace agreement to ensure the conduct without incident of the elections in the localities where political and security conditions allow their organization,” read the statement.The statement further said that United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) would support the conduct of the polls within its resources and in its areas of deployment where it will be possible to conduct the elections by providing logistical and security assistance as provided for by its mandate. read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 18 March 2016

DOWNLOAD1.     Passenger car registrations: +14.3% in February2.     Semi-automated trucks trial on EU roads3.     British business backs EU: CBI survey4.     EU/Japan Cooperation Agreement5.     Mercosur ready to exchange trade offers with the EU in April6.     Commission to publish EU road safety statistics for 20157.     Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Poll Are you concerned about plans to build more electricity pylons

first_img I’m not sure (614) Yes (1344) PLANS FOR THE construction of huge electricity pylons across the country are coming under increased criticism with opposition groups planning a number of protests this year.It has been argued that the pylons – to be built as part of three projects  – are needed to service the grid and for the creation of jobs and infrastructure. However those living in affected areas have voiced concern about potential impacts on the environment, their health and property prices.We want to know: Are you concerned about plans to build more electricity pylons? Poll Results:center_img No (1669) YesNoI’m not sureVotelast_img

Geekout 25 CyanogenMod Installer live demo Valves Steam Machine more

first_imgWhat started out as a casual conversation about CyanogenMod wound up being a full live demo of the new CM installer. Check it out on this week’s Geekout.Valve has turned what would ordinarily be a simple press release into a week long event with small nuggets of information dropping about their new living room initiative. Is the SteamBox as pictured it — as a singular console-killing device — dead? We don’t know for sure, but what we do have instead is the new Steam OS for many different kinds of computers to become the fabled Steam console. On top of this, Valve has plans to partner with hardware manufacturers in order to release Steam Machines, which will bring Steam OS to the TV in many different shapes and sizes. There’s one more announcement left for the gaming company this week, and it’s anyone’s guess as to what it could be. We’ll know for sure what it is at 1PM (ET) tomorrow.You may not have ever used CyanogenMod on your phone, but the company has been getting a lot of attention since forming Cyanogen Inc. This week they announced a partnership with Oppo that will create limited editions of the Oppo N1 smartphone pre-loaded with CyanogenMod’s version of the Android OS. This will make Oppo the very first company to release a commercial CM phone.If you’re not interested in this somewhat odd, non-LTE smartphone, you may prefer simply installing CM on whatever you have handy. The CyanogenMod Installer was a promise made during their big official corporate announcement, and we were able to test it live during the Geekout today.The app from the Play Store works with a desktop app that you install to take care of all the heavy lifting that happens when you install CM. Ordinarily, this process would take even a skilled person half an hour to complete. During the demo we installed CM on a completely stock Nexus 7 within a couple of minutes, with plenty of visual cues along the way to explain what was going on to the user. Based on this demonstration, it’s not hard to see this being a very successful method of introducing users to CM. The team hasn’t announced a supported device list or a date where this will be available to the public, but it is clear they are working hard on this being a great experience.Our App of the Week was Kingdom Rush: Frontiers for Android. This game may not be new to the iOS fans among us, but the sequel to the incredibly popular Kingdom Rush is sure to fill a couple of hours with the vastly improved tower defense experience in the sequel.If you’ve got a topic you’d like us to talk about on our Geekouts, or questions for us during a live broadcast, leave us a message here or on our Google+ page.last_img read more

Mac OS X Lion se met à jour

first_imgMac OS X Lion se met à jourApple a offert une nouvelle mise à jour de son système d’exploitation, idéal en attendant la sortie du prochain OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion”.Après iOS, passé en version 5.1.1, Apple s’est penché sur le cas de son système d’exploitation pour Mac, OS X Lion. Désormais, explique Gizmodo, il passe en version 10.7.4, ce qui pourrait être sa dernière mise à jour en attendant le futur OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion” qui est attendu à l’été 2012. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les principales modifications par rapport à la version précédente sont les suivantes : la résolution de l’activation permanente de “Rouvrir toutes les fenêtres à la réouverture de la session”, l’amélioration de la compatibilité avec certains claviers USB britanniques de tierce partie, la résolution d’un problème empêchant probablement les fichiers d’être enregistrés sur un serveur et l’amélioration de la copie des fichiers sur un serveur SMB.Pour disposer d’OS X Lion 10.7.4, il suffit de se rendre sur le menu Pomme de son ordinateur Mac, et de cliquer sur la rubrique “Mise à jour de logiciels”. Le reste s’effectuera de manière automatique. Le 10 mai 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ASA State Staff Discuss Strengthening the Soybean Industry through Collaboration

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and state soybean association staff met in St. Louis this week for discussion on the implementation of ASA’s strategic plan, member engagement, policy issues and communications.The annual State Staff meeting kicked off with ASA CEO Steve Censky leading discussion on how ASA and state affiliates can work together to be more effective in policy, training and communications.ASA staff provided an overview of the new Fiscal Year 2017 communications and marketing plans, including presentations on new tools implemented this year to help ensure state staff and growers have what they need to effectively communicate the importance and value of the soybean industry.Several states were recognized for meeting their membership goals for 2016, including Alabama; Arkansas; Kentucky; Minnesota; North Dakota; South Dakota; and Tennessee.During the meeting, staff shared best practices and discussed ways to work together at the national and state level as changes are made to align with the new strategic plan.While ASA’s mission remains the same, advocating for U.S. soy farmers on policy and trade, the new strategic plan in effect as of Oct. 1, allows states more flexibility in membership and ASA more resources to devote to policy work.Sponsoring the annual meeting this year was FMC and Monsanto.  Both Rick Kesler, from FMC, and Mindy Whittle, from Monsanto, updated the crowd on what’s new at their companies and gave time for questions.last_img read more

Huzurabad Work hard for party candidates success in municipal

first_imgHuzurabad: The TRS leaders and activists must work hard to get the party candidates elected in the coming Municipal elections, appealed party Karimnagar district in-charge Baswaraj Saraiah.He attended as a chief guest at o the membership programme in ward no: 11 in Huzurabad town on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, Baswaraj Saraiah said Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is striving hard for all-round development of Telangana and introduced several schemes for the welfare of all sections of the people. Each and every family is benefiting from the schemes introduced by the TRS party, he stated. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Health Minister and Huzurabad MLA Eatala Rajender did a lot to the constituency in terms of development. It is the responsibility of the party leaders to give a gift to him by winning all the 30 wards under Huzurabad municipality. The TRS must register massive win in the municipal elections, he stated. Sariah appreciated former councillor of ward no: 11 Kasireddy Lavanya for enrolling as many as 250 members into the party along with handling over Rs 13,000 to the party. TRS leaders Srinivas, T Rajanna, Chanda Gandhi, T Rajendra Prasad, Dr Krishna Murthy, advocate P Vasudeva Reddy, V Rajesham, P Ram Reddy, Rama Swamy, Dhoni, B Lalitha, Renuka, Purna Chandar and Govardhan were present along with others.last_img read more

CM to take decision on awarding contract P Anil Kumar Yadav

first_imgVijayawada: Minister for Water Resources P Anil Kumar Yadav said that the High Court gave verdict on Hydropower project of the Polavaram Project. Speaking to the mediapersons here on Saturday, he said that the government would take decision by taking into consideration the opinion of the Centre. The contract company Navayuga took mobilisation advance for hydropower project and it approached the court for it. He said that the Chief Minister would take a decision on the Polavaram Project contract issue. He alleged that former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu utilised the project as ATM. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us He took strong objection to the comments made by Opposition Leader N Chandrababu Naidu on conspiracy behind the flood regulation. Nearly 46 tmcft water was released for Rayalaseema districts through Pothireddypadu, he said. It could not be a possibility if the flood was shifted to Nagarjuna Sagar as per the allegations of Chandrababu Naidu, he said. The Water Resources Minister said that Naidu went to Hyderabad for some days before the flood by getting prior information on the severity of the floodwater. He said that Chandrababu Naidu was concerned over the inundation threat to his residence. The farmers were happy with full water storage in reservoirs, he said.last_img read more

Top stocks picked by brokerages for 2018

first_imgRepresentational image.Pixabay2017 had been a phenomenal year for the Indian capital market as benchmark Nifty 50 climbed around 2,500 points or 31.2 percent since the start of the year, which is the highest in three years. Shares of 33 of the 50 Nifty companies beat analyst forecasts made at the start of the year, the highest since 2014.Many market analysts hope that 2018 too will witness a bull run while some are sceptic about market future amid uncertainties in India’s micro-economic conditions. The question remains unanswered.Below are some of the brokerages’ picks for 2018:Credit SuisseThe brokerage house put much emphasis on state polls of 2018 and elections will bring in market volatility. The brokerage’s top picks for 2018 are State Bank of India (SBI) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).The firm picked the stocks of India’s largest bank as it feels that bank merger with associate banks will increase its loan growth and it also expects lower slippages from the bank which will normalise credit cost.Credit Suisse believes OGNC will be benefitted from the increase in oil prices and expect earnings to grow at an annualised rate of 12 percent in the financial years through March 2020.Karvy InvestmentsDespite events like demonetisation and GST, India ranks among the top three indices and the brokerage is bullish on Indian market even in 2018. It further said that structural reforms during the year would propel the growth momentum next year. The firm picked Yes Bank, ICICI Bank and Visaka Industries as its top bets for 2018.The firm expects Yes Bank’s net interest margin to improve to 3.6 percent in the next two years from 3.2 percent in March 2017, hence it picked the stock. For picking ICICI Bank, the rationales are a strong retail franchise, a diversified loan portfolio with stable net interest margins.And for the Visaka Industries, the brokerage believes that a strong presence in building products and yarn will drive growth and it expects sales to grow at an annualised rate of 7.9 percent over the next three years.Axis DirectThis brokerage is betting on InterGlobe Aviation, SBI Life Insurance and Endurance Technologies for the year 2018. For InterGlobe Aviation, the parent company for IndiGo airways, it believes the firm has healthy utilisation levels. It further believes that large aircraft order, asset-light strategy of sale and lease-back helps to maintain a healthy balance sheet.SBI Life being the largest private life insurer by a new business premium for past seven years and hence the brokerage house believes it will fetch good return for the investors.Lastly, for Endurance Technologies, the brokerage expects a return on capital employed to improve to 34 percent in three years from 21 percent. The brokerage banks on growth driven by high economies of scale, as the firm is the largest two-wheeler auto parts maker in the country.last_img read more

Gauhar Khan has a sweet tooth

first_imgEvents like weddings, house warming, inaugurations, receptions are just a few among  the many functions that we north Indians celebrate unmatched enthusiasm. We invite family, friends, relatives, acquaintance, everyone! And then there is an inflow of gifts! Lots of them! Among the variety, there is one that stands common, Sweets! From kuch meetha ho jaye to ‘try this lovely shondesh’, we love sweets! We were a part of one such wedding like inaugural ceremony of a sweet shop, Kesar. Wondering how can Dilli walas celebrate without some glamour? It was Gauhar Khan who added the tadka. At the launch of Kesar, she cut a fabulous cake and congratulated the whole team of the Kesar’s for creating an unprecedented concept in India. In her address to the audience, Gauhar said, ‘I used to feel nostalgic about Dubai; my hometown, just for my cravings toward Arabic sweets and Turkish delights. With the launch of Kesar’s these nostalgic feelings come to an end and I am more than cherished to find these zero calories sweets here in Delhi’.Kesar’s sweets baskets comprises 250 varieties of designer sweets, 120 types of Arabic sweets, more than 50 types of Turkish delights and around 70 types of imported Swiss and Italian chocolates. Located right next to the most loved Gulaab store in Pitampura, we still need to see how the store does!last_img read more

Ladysmith FCS spends 67 minutes at school

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Ladysmith Family Violence, Child Protection & Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit spent 67 minutes at Enjabulweni Primary School this morning (Monday) as part of Mandela Day celebrations.The school has 800 learners and is located in the Roosboom area of Ladysmith.The pupils were educated on topics such as children’s rights, reporting of cases, education, drug abuse and the benefits of sport, all issues that were close to the late Mr Mandela’s heart.The children were treated to confectionery items and cool drinks sponsored by local business Boxer Stores.Items were also rendered by the learners.last_img read more

In vitro case goes to trial

first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionCosta Rica will have to defend its 11-year ban on in vitro fertilization before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in San José, the daily El País reported. The court set a tentative hearing for early September. The case stems from a 2001 suit filed against Costa Rica with the Washington, D.C.-based Inter-American Human Rights Commission by 10 couples after Costa Rica’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) banned the practice in 2000. Costa Rica is the only country in the Western Hemisphere to ban the technique, which the Sala IV ruled violates the rights of unborn children.In 2011, Laura Chinchilla’s government tried to pass several bills that would allow the practice in Costa Rica, but each died in the Legislative Assembly.Ombudswoman Ofelia Taitelbaum has said she will file an amicus brief in the case explaining the necessity of allowing in vitro fertilization in the country, El País reported. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Viking has released a brandnew Danube River cruis

first_imgViking has released a brand-new Danube River cruise/tour, Oberammergau with Salzburg, departing from Munich and disembarking in Budapest.On board this new 12-day cruise/tour, guests will explore the historic German state of Bavaria including one night in its biggest city Munich, known for its beautiful architecture, cultural scene and annual Oktoberfest beer celebration, and two nights in Austria’s stunning city of Salzburg – the birthplace of Mozart and the filming location for The Sound of Music.In Germany’s charming town of Oberammergau, guests will enjoy a powerful performance of Passionsspiele, The Passion Play – an opportunity that only comes along once a decade. The play’s origins date back to 1633 when the Great Plague descended upon the village and many lives were lost. The villagers made a promise to God that they would tell the story of Christ every tenth year if they were spared from the Plague, and the tradition still continues today.This new itinerary is based on Viking’s popular Danube Waltz cruise and operates only in one direction. It includes one night in a Munich hotel, one night in a hotel near Oberammergau and two nights in Salzburg.There are 11 departure dates for Oberammergau with Salzburg between May and September 2020. Priced from $6,995 per person, guests can save $1,000 per couple and fly to Europe for $995 per person if they book before 30 November, 2018 (unless sold out prior).For additional information, visit vikingcruises.com.aulast_img read more