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  • Renault chief confident partnership with Nissan on track

    BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, France — Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard has expressed confidence that the French automaker’s alliance with Nissan remains on track following the appointment of a new board at the Japanese firm in the wake of the scandal involving Carlos Ghosn, who chaired both companies.Senard also told reporters Thursday that there has been no effort to renew merger talks with Fiat-Chrysler, which halted discussions last month despite making the initial approach.He also said that during regular discussions with Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa, Ghosn’s name has not been mentioned recently.Nissan’s profits have tumbled since the November arrest of Ghosn on financial misconduct charges. He denies all charges against him.Senard said that for Nissan to fix its problems, a “sense of urgency must be shared” by the new board.The Associated Press read more

  • Ecuador month after quake humanitarian needs acute many without roof over heads

    Rubbing salt into the wound, two aftershocks of 6.7 and 6.8 magnitude, which occurred on Wednesday, caused one death and injured some 90 people, spreading damage across the provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas, said spokesperson William Spindler of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).According to official figures, some 73,000 people have been displaced as a result of the earthquake and are now living in organized shelters and camps, with host families, or in spontaneous sites. Over 30,000 people are currently staying in collective centres, where protection mechanisms and community-based strategies need to be strengthened to minimize risks of violence and abuse, especially for women, girls and boys, and reduce increasing anxiety among the displaced.Thousands of people are also being hosted by vulnerable families whose resources are already overstretched, thereby increasing the risk of tensions among the population. In addition, around 15,000 people have lost their identity documents, making it difficult for them to access basic services and social programs, Mr. Spindler said.Over the past month, UNHCR chartered two airlifts to provide immediate assistance to the most affected communities, including 900 tents, 50,000 sleeping mats, 7,000 kitchen sets and 18,000 mosquito nets.“We are also supporting the Government’s efforts to reissue documents to those who have lost their identification, asylum and refugee documents, as well as property and land titles,” the spokesperson said.UNHCR is also leading the protection response in Quito, the capital, and in Manta, Pedernales and Muisne, and working closely with local authorities to coordinate activities relating to child protection and fighting sexual and gender-based violence.The disaster has added challenges to the local integration process for some 17,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, mostly from Colombia, who lived in the quake-hit areas.UNHCR called on donors to urgently fund the Flash Appeal of US$73 million, which was launched on 20 April, to respond to the life-saving, protection and self-reliance needs of 350,000 people. The appeal is currently funded at only 15 per cent, he said. read more

  • Des bananes vendues sous emballage plastique

    first_imgDes bananes vendues sous emballage plastiqueAux Etats-Unis, le producteur Del Monte commercialise depuis peu des bananes emballées sous plastique. Une initiative qui fait polémique alors que l’on tente de limiter le suremballage.L’enveloppe naturelle des bananes ne semble plus suffire à Del Monte, l’un des plus grands producteurs au monde de fruits et légumes. Depuis quelques temps, celui-ci a décidé de commercialiser des bananes à l’unité et emballées sous plastique. Pour l’instant, ceci ne concerne que les Etats-Unis mais la société s’apprête à faire de même en Angleterre.À lire aussiNéandertal, plastique et trésor, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 2 juinAlors que les fabricants tentent de plus en plus de lutter contre le suremballage, l’initiative parait très surprenante. Mais Del Monte a multiplié les arguments pour affirmer que son choix était bien écologique. Le but des sachets plastiques serait en fait d’augmenter la durée de vie des fruits. Emballées encore vertes, les bananes mettraient alors jusqu’à 6 jours pour mûrir, autorisant ainsi le producteur à espacer les livraisons. “Ce nouvel emballage, qui est de plus recyclable, a été conçu pour fournir des économies significatives d’empreinte carbone, en réduisant la fréquence des livraisons et la quantité de déchets qui finissent à la décharge”, a indiqué au Fresh Produce Journal, James Harvey, directeur général de la filière britannique de Del Monte.Pourtant aux yeux des associations, cette mesure jugée inutile est tout sauf écologique. “Les distributeurs et les fabricants doivent réduire l’emballage, non en créer. La nature a fait en sorte que les bananes n’aient pas besoin d’un emballage supplémentaire. C’est leur enveloppe jaune qui les protège sur l’étagère du supermarché”, a expliqué Gary Porter de l’Environment Board of the Local Government Association. Les bananes emballées constitueraient ainsi un “véritable pas en arrière” contribuant à l’abondance des déchets. Néanmoins, il semblerait qu’elles rencontrent déjà un certain succès dans les commerces américains et ce, malgré un prix plus élevé que celui des bananes “en vrac”.Le 12 mars 2011 à 12:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • Licences 4G un syndicat conteste lappel à candidatures

    first_imgLicences 4G : un syndicat conteste l’appel à candidaturesQuelques jours après que le gouvernement a donné son feu vert à l’appel d’offres sur les licences de téléphonie mobile 4G, le syndicat CFE-CGC/Unsa a décidé de le contester devant le Conseil d’État.Il y a un peu plus d’une semaine, le ministre de l’Industrie et de l’Economie numérique, Eric Besson, a signé le décret d’appel à candidatures pour l’attribution des licences de téléphonie mobile de quatrième génération (voir notre article). Mais le syndicat CFE-CGC/Unsa rejette cet appel et a décidé de le contester devant le Conseil d’Etat, rapporte Le Figaro. Le syndicat de salariés reproche au texte de ne pas prendre en compte les impacts de l’attribution de ces licences sur l’emploi en France.À lire aussiL’iPhone 5 serait compatible avec la 4G françaiseDans l’appel rédigé par l’Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (Arcep), trois critères sont considérés comme prioritaires : le prix que les opérateurs seront prêts à payer, la promesse de partenariats avec les opérateurs virtuels (MVNO), et celle de renforcer la couverture du territoire. Mais pour Sébastien Crozier, délégué CFE-CGC/Unsa au Comité central d’entreprise de France Télécom, “l’Arcep doit se préoccuper de l’emploi”. Et de rappeler : “C’est inscrit dans le code des postes et télécommunications. C’est aussi une question de constitutionnalité”.Le syndicat réclame alors la mise en place d’une clause qui imposerait aux futurs propriétaires des licences 4G de relocaliser leurs centres d’appel en France. Une mesure qui engendrerait la création de quelque 25.000 emplois, affirme le CFE-CGC/Unsa. “Certes, cela augmenterait les charges pour les opérateurs, soit 1 milliard d’euros au lieu de 650 à 700 millions pour les mêmes emplois en délocalisé, mais cela générera des recettes importantes pour la collectivité”, assure Sébastien Crozier.En outre, le syndicat reproche à l’appel à candidatures l’exclusion des départements d’outre-mer du périmètre des licences. “Le cahier des charges établi par l’Arcep oblige à couvrir 99,6% de la population française d’ici quinze ans. Or les DOM ne sont pas concernés. Nous contestons ce point au nom de la continuité du territoire. Il faut arrêter l’aberration du roaming dans les DOM”, s’insurge Sébastien Crozier. Le 10 juin 2011 à 19:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • Le Système solaire compte une nouvelle planète naine

    first_imgLe Système solaire compte une nouvelle planète naineAvec 2012 VP113, le système solaire à un nouvel objet à l’orbite la plus lointaine. Au plus près, cette planète naine se situe à 80 fois la distance Terre-Soleil de notre étoile. Les chercheurs l’étudient pour mieux cerner le mystérieux nuage d’Oort.Malgré la rétrogradation de Pluton au rang de planète naine, le système solaire reste une grande famille et vient de se découvrir un nouveau membre très éloigné. Sobrement appelée 2012 VP113, cette planète naine est l’objet le plus distant jamais observé à graviter autour du Soleil. Elle se situe au plus près de son orbite à une distance de 80 unités astronomiques du Soleil, soit 80 fois la distance Terre-Soleil. Cela équivaut à près de douze milliards de kilomètres. Ces travaux ont été publiés le 27 mars dans la revue Nature par des chercheurs issus de l’Institut pour la science Carnegie à Washington et de la NASA. Pour eux, 2012 VP113 fait partie du mystérieux nuage d’Oort qui représente l’ultime limite gravitationnelle du Système solaire. Le premier objet transneptunien de ce type a été découvert en 2003. Baptisé Sedna, son orbite s’approche du Soleil à un maximum de 76 unités astronomiques.Le système solaire est composé de trois parties connues : les planètes rocheuses, les planètes gazeuses et la ceinture de Kuiper où gravitent des corps gelés. C’est encore au-delà que se situe, en théorie, le nuage d’Oort dont Sedna était le premier indice concret.Des objets parfois indétectablesÀ lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreSedna et 2012 VP113 ont des orbites particulièrement excentriques qui les amènent à plusieurs centaines d’unités astronomiques du Soleil. Une telle distance les rendrait indétectables à l’heure actuelle. Les chercheurs pensent que ces orbites pourraient être dues à des perturbations de la part d’un corps céleste aussi massif qu’inconnu. Un tel astre pourrait être jusqu’à dix fois plus massif que la Terre.Les auteurs principaux de l’étude, Scott Sheppard et Chadwick Trujillo, estiment qu’il pourrait y avoir jusqu’à 900 objets tels que Sedna et 2012 VP113, avec une taille de plus de 100 kilomètres de diamètre. Au total, le nuage d’Oort serait bien sûr plus peuplé que cela en comptant les corps plus petits.”Certains de ces objets de la partie la plus proche du nuage d’Oort pourraient avoir une taille avoisinant celle de Mars ou même de la Terre, explique Scott Sheppard. Beaucoup d’entre eux sont si distants que, même pour les plus gros, il n’est pas possible de les détecter avec la technologie actuelle”.Le 27 mars 2014 à 09:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • Razer is Developing a Portable Gaming Device to Compete With Switch

    first_imgStay on target These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingFinally, Razer Is Making a Gamer Toaster There’s no denying the Switch is a successful gaming device. A huge reason for that is its portability. There’s little doubt others are thinking about trying to replicate what Nintendo is doing. One manufacturer is Razer, who is apparently going to release a portable gaming device of its own.“One of the most hotly rumored things about Razer is that we’re coming up with a mobile device. And I can say that we are coming up with a mobile device specifically geared toward gamers and entertainment,” said CEO and co-founder of Razer, Min-Liang Tan to CNBC. “We’re hoping to have it come by the end of the year, so that’s something we’re working on.”Razer is best known for producing gaming PCs and peripherals. As noted by Gizmodo, Razer is also known for wild concepts like the triple screen Project Valerie laptop, the modular Project Christine PC, and the Project Fiona gaming tablet — all products that never saw the light of day. Because of that, recent rumors of Razer creating its own portable gaming device weren’t taken very seriously. But it appears Razer is going to move forward with this venture.“The mobile market is one of those that we’ve taken a long-term view to look at. We realized that a lot of our gamers are also passionate about the mobile gaming market, so we’ve done a couple of moves,” said Tan.How will Razer fare in the portable/handheld market? If we go by history, it’ll be a challenge. Many companies have tried to compete with Nintendo in this field only to meet with defeat. Only Sony’s handhelds managed to stay afloat, and even those weren’t exactly successful outside of Japan (especially the PS Vita). Razer has a tough battle in front of it. Still, it will be interesting to see how its portable gaming system will differ from Switch and what (potential) innovations it will bring to the portable gaming space.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

  • Occupy protests Shop momandpop on Black Friday

    first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Occupy protesters want shoppers to occupy something besides door-buster sales and crowded mall parking lots on Black Friday.Some don’t want people to shop at all. Others just want to divert shoppers from big chains and giant shopping malls to local mom-and-pops. And while the actions don’t appear coordinated, they have similar themes: supporting small businesses while criticizing the day’s dedication to conspicuous consumption and the shopping frenzy that fuels big corporations.Nearly each one promises some kind of surprise action on the day after Thanksgiving, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.In Seattle, protesters are carpooling to Wal-Mart stores to protest with other Occupy groups from around Washington state. Washington, D.C., is offering a “really, really free market,” where people can donate items they don’t want so others can go gift shopping for free.Others plan to hit the mall, but not for shopping. The 75-person encampment in Boise, Idaho, will send “consumer zombies” to wander around in silent protest of what they view as unnecessary spending. In Chicago, protesters will serenade shoppers with revamped Christmas carols about buying local. The Des Moines, Iowa, group plans flash mobs at three malls in an attempt to get people to think about what they’re buying.“We didn’t want to guilt-trip people at a mall,” said Occupy Des Moines organizer Ed Fallon. “We wanted to get at them in a playful, friendly way, to support local businesses.”Protesters say the movement shouldn’t take away money and seasonal jobs from the working-class majority it purports to represent. The corporations, not the shoppers, are the focus of any protests, they say. But organizers do hope their actions drive people to reconsider shopping at national chains and direct their attention to small, locally owned stores.last_img read more

  • SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonights Meeting October 24

    first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will receive presentations on pilot programs for elementary science.The School Committee will receive a presentation from Boutwell, Wildwood, Shawsheen, Woburn Street, North and West officials on their schools’ improvement plans.The School Committee will approve a $1,000 donation from Union Office.Superintendent Glenn Brand will update the Committee on Special Education IEP Procedures and the district’s Coordinated Program Review.The School Committee will finish voting on resolutions associated with the Massachusetts Association of School Committee’s Annual Meeting.The School Committee will receive and discuss the final FY18 financial report.The School Committee will receive subcommittee reports and any public comments.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-G — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon.  The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends on reporting on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At May 8 MeetingIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”last_img read more

  • Low clouds a possible factor in WrangellAngoon plane crash

    first_imgWeather may have been a factor in April 8th’s plane crash on Admiralty Island. The crash killed the pilot and two passengers and badly injured another person on board.Download AudioA photo of a Cessna 206 from Sunrise Aviation’s website.The Sunrise Aviation flight began in Wrangell and was headed to Angoon, about 110 miles to the northwest.A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report says pilot David Galla had changed course due to low clouds and reduced visibility.Shaun Williams is a safety board investigator.“From what we’ve been told when he spoke with the director of operations at Sunrise (Aviation), he did turn around because he could not get through Pybus Bay,” Williams said. “So now we just want to verify everything and verify how the weather was at the time.”Pybus Bay is on the south end of Admiralty Island, about four-fifths of the way from Wrangell to Angoon.Williams said information from the plane’s GPS unit and a weather study could provide more details of the conditions and route change.Pieces of the Cessna 206 were helicoptered to Juneau for examination. Williams said no obvious problems were found.“The engine and propeller have both been retained for shipment down to Mobile, Alabama, for further examination and testing at a later date,” said Williams.In addition to the pilot, the crash killed Greg Scheff and Thomas Siekawitch of Wrangell.The injured passenger, Morgan Enright of Ketchikan, remains at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.A website post from her mother Friday says Enright is improving. She is breathing on her own and recognizing family members.Medical center staff could not be immediately reached for an update of her status. As of Thursday, she remained in critical condition.last_img read more

  • In Iliamna EPA hears mixed reactions to its new course on Pebble

    first_imgEPA officials traveled from Washington, D.C. to Iliamna to hear local input on EPA’s recent settlement with Pebble (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The Environmental Protection Agency was in the remote community of Iliamna on Thursday for the second of two public hearings on whether the agency should roll back its Obama-era proposal to impose restrictions on the Pebble Mine.Listen nowDespite pouring rain, over 50 Alaskans from across the region filled seats in the Old Crowley Hangar at the Iliamna Airport and spoke directly to EPA officials.Unlike the hearing the day before in Dillingham — where public input was unanimously against the proposed Pebble Mine and EPA’s new course — the reaction in Iliamna was more mixed.Representatives from Pebble Limited Partnership and the Alaska Miners Association spoke in favor of pulling back from imposing Clean Water Act restrictions on the mine. Several local residents also spoke in support of EPA’s new course, saying they hope for more job opportunities in the region.That included Iliamna resident Margie Olympic, who has been employed by Pebble for 11 years.“I take pride from where I come from and what I was taught growing up,” Olympic said. “But I also know the value of having a job and supporting my family at this age. Fishing does not and could not support me and my family 12 months out of the year.”Olympic and others urged EPA to allow the project to begin the normal permitting process.But many speakers criticized EPA for considering rolling back the restrictions, voicing fears about the mine’s potential impact on the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.“The only true economy with longevity is a renewable economy, and we have that,” Everett Thompson, a commercial fisherman from Naknek, told EPA officials. “It is scary to keep investing into the fishery with an ever-looming threat of Pebble Mine. Please do what is right, do not withdraw your Clean Water Act proposed determination.”Several speakers also criticized EPA administrator Scott Pruitt for making the decision to settle with the Pebble Limited Partnership this spring without public input from local communities.“I’ve been involved in the Pebble debate since longer than I care to remember,” Nanci Morris-Lyon said. She owns a sport fishing business near King Salmon. “Since the debate began, I have raised a daughter. She became a full-time fly-fishing guide this summer….These things take a very long time. Much longer than it took Director Pruitt to decide that all the time we committed to scientific study proving why Pebble Mine should not happen in Bristol Bay was not worth reviewing.”EPA will take comment on its proposal until October 17.last_img read more

  • 30 dead as Sudanese military breaks up protest

    first_imgA Sudanese protester walks past a burning tyre near Khartoum`s army headquarters on 3 June after security forces broke up a weeks-long sit-in. Photo: AFPSudan’s military forcefully broke up a weeks-long sit-in outside Khartoum’s army headquarters on Monday, leaving more than 30 dead and hundreds wounded in a crackdown met with sharp international condemnation.Heavily armed members of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces were deployed around the capital, guarding entrances to the bridges that cross the Nile, and moved in convoys around the city.The United States called it a “brutal” crackdown on protesters, who want the generals behind the overthrow of veteran president Omar al-Bashir to hand over to civilian rule.UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres condemned the use of excessive force by the security forces against protesters and called for an independent investigation.The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss Sudan, after Britain and Germany requested the talks, diplomats said.The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, which is close to the protesters, said the “massacre” toll had “risen to more than 30,” with “hundreds of wounded”.An eight-year-old child was among those killed, it said, and called for “urgent support” from humanitarian organisations to help the wounded.Footage from the Royal Care hospital earlier in the day near the site of the sit-in showed people on the floors of the wards receiving treatment as men in uniforms sitting in pickup trucks gathered outside.An AFP correspondent said the streets of the capital were largely empty Monday night, a time the city is usually busy.Bloody massacreSome streets were blocked off by demonstrators who had erected barricades made from stones, tree trunks and burning tyres earlier in the day.Many shops and businesses were shuttered around the city.The military council denied its forces violently dispersed the sit-in in front of army headquarters, as demonstrators took to the streets in towns elsewhere in the country.But protest leaders said the main site in Khartoum had been cleared.”The Rapid Support Forces and the army and police and militia battalions dispersed the peaceful sit-in,” said the Alliance for Freedom and Change.Outside the army headquarters “there is no one, but the pure bodies of our martyrs that it has not been possible to evacuate from the site”.The Sudanese Professionals Association, which spearheaded nationwide protests that started in December, said Monday’s crackdown amounted to a “bloody massacre”.It called on Sudanese to take part in “total civil disobedience” to topple the military council.It also asked people to go out on Tuesday to hold Eid prayers to mark the end of Ramadan, “pray for the martyrs” and then “demonstrate peacefully”.The official date of Eid al-Fitr in Sudan has been fixed for Wednesday, official news agency SUNA said.The doctors’ committee said forces had opened fire inside the city’s East Nile Hospital and had chased “peaceful protesters”.Rallies against Bashir’s authoritarian, three-decade rule led to his ouster in April, but protesters had remained outside the army headquarters calling on the generals to cede power to a transitional authority.Heavy gunfireBritain’s ambassador to Khartoum, Irfan Siddiq, said he had heard “heavy gunfire” from his residence.The US embassy in Khartoum said “security forces’ attacks against protesters and other civilians is wrong and must stop.””Responsibility falls on the TMC. The TMC cannot responsibly lead the people of Sudan,” it added, referring to the transitional military council.Tibor Nagy, the assistant secretary of state for Africa, tweeted that it was a “brutal and coordinated attack, led by the Rapid Support Forces militia, that mirrors some of the worst offences of the Bashir regime”.Moussa Faki, the head of the African Union Commission, urged “an immediate and transparent investigation in order to hold all those responsible accountable”.Amnesty International urged the international community to consider “all forms of peaceful pressure, including targeted sanctions on those members of the Sudanese transitional authorities responsible for this morning’s violent attack on sleeping protesters.”The Alliance for Freedom and Change announced “the end of all political contact and negotiations with the putschist Council” following the deaths, even as the United Arab Emirates and Egypt appealed for the two sides to talk.last_img

  • State has seen less hike in power tariff in last 7 yrs

    first_imgKolkata: The state has witnessed significantly lesser increase in power tariff in the past seven years, compared to the period between 2008 and 2011, during the erstwhile Left Front government’s regime.Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, the state Power minister, informed the state Assembly in reply to a question that there was an increase in power tariff by 269 paise per unit between 2008 to 2011, while the same between the 2011-12 and 2017-18 fiscals has been 107 paise per unit. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe state Power minister also maintained that the power tariff in the state is much lower compared to most other states. It is also lower in Kolkata than other cities in the country. He stated that in the past seven years, the number of power consumers in the state has doubled and the number of industrial consumers has been 1.27 lakh and 97,407 in 2018 and 2017 respectively. The number was 78,074 in 2011. Chattopadhyay said that all steps have been taken to ensure power supply in every nook and cranny of the state and at the same time, the number of consumers has also increased. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCiting the reasons behind the minimum increase in power tariff, the minister said it is the West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission that regulates it and there are certain factors that led to the minimum increase in power tariff. He said: “Coal price has gone up by 77.10 percent, while clean energy cess has increased by 800 percent, between 2011 and 2018.” In reply to a question related to introduction of the monthly billing system, Chattopadhyay said that the matter would be discussed. But it might lead to an increase in power tariff, as there would be necessity for more manpower.last_img read more

  • Egypts justice minister resigns after comments raise uproar

    first_img Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Saber’s comments were particularly embarrassing since they ran contrary to the image that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has sought to promote of himself as a leader championing the poor and marginalized.One of the main objectives of the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak was social justice. But little has been done to realize change in what many Egyptians see as an entrenched classist system in a country where nearly half the population of 90 million lives near or below the poverty line.It was Egypt’s 1952 “revolution” — a coup by young army officers that toppled Egypt’s Turkish monarchy — that first tried to bring a more egalitarian society. The coup ended a centuries-old feudal system and introduced socialist policies. Egypt’s subsequent presidents came from relatively humble origins — for example, the father of Gamal Abdel-Nasser, who was in office in the 1950s and 1960s, was a postman.But it never came close to achieving equality or a meritocracy in the country. To this day, the judiciary, the diplomatic service and the officer classes of the armed forces and police are mostly off-limits to the poor. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s justice minister resigned on Monday after raising a public uproar by saying in a TV interview that the children of sanitation workers are too lowly to become judges.The Sunday night comments by the minister, Mahfouz Saber, brought a heavy backlash on social media from Egyptians denouncing elitism and what some saw as the arrogance of Egypt’s judiciary, already under criticism for harsh sentences against government opponents. FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2014 file photo, Egyptian garbage collectors carry paper on a truck as they sift through garbage in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s justice minister, Mahfouz Saber, raised an uproar after he said in a Sunday, May 10, 2015, television interview that the children of sanitation workers are too lowly to become judges, saying those who join the judiciary must hail from “appropriate” backgrounds. The comments brought a heavy backlash on social media from Egyptians denouncing elitism — and what some saw as the arrogance of Egypt’s judiciary. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober During Mubarak’s 29 years in power, inequality spiraled, with senior government officials and wealthy businessmen forging an alliance that ignored the needs of the country’s poor.“The fault is not with the sanitary worker, but with our classist society,” Radwa Aboul-Azm, content manager at a large media company and a popular blogger, wrote on Facebook. “The minister did no wrong. He made realistic comments that hit us hard over the head. It’s like he slapped us.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said in a statement that Saber resigned out of “respect for public opinion.”In an interview late Sunday with the private TV channel 10, Saber was asked about charges of favoritism in the appointment of judges. When he said appointments are made according to objective standards, the interviewer said, “So the son of a sanitation worker could be made a judge?”“Let’s not go too far,” Saber replied. “With all due respect to cleaners and those above or beneath them, a judge must hail from an appropriate environment … Thanks are due to a cleaner who raises and educates his children, but there are other jobs that they can take.”He said if the children of sanitation workers became judges they would face problems and eventually suffer from depression and leave.On Monday, the head of Cairo’s garbage collectors, Shahata Muqdis, shot back, telling the Youm Al-Sabea newspaper, “The son of a garbage man can be smarter than your son. And the son of a garbage man won’t be ashamed of his father.”There were multiple calls for Saber’s resignation. A group of activist lawyers, called Haqaniyah, demanded prosecutors investigate Saber on criminal charges of inciting hatred and violating the constitution. 0 Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

  • Relatives of Americans in Iran press for their release

    first_imgSarah Hekmati, right, whose brother Amir Hekmati has been detained in Iran, is overcome as she speaks about her brother and the recent illness of her father, accompanied by Naghmeh Abedini, left, wife of U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini, who is also being held in Iran, listens during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing with families of U.S. citizens detained in Iran, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) “If top Iranian officials cannot be counted on to assist these wrongfully jailed Americans, can they be counted on to honor the commitments they make at the negotiating table?” asked Republican Rep. Ed Royce of California, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “Call me a skeptic.”After the testimony, the committee passed a bipartisan measure introduced by Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., which states that Iran should immediately release the three Americans it holds and provide all known information on any U.S. citizens who have disappeared within its borders.Daniel Levinson — son of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who has been gone for more than eight years — said his father has missed the births of three grandchildren, two weddings and numerous high school and college graduations.“To say these past eight years and three months have been a nightmare would be an understatement,” Daniel Levinson said. “I am one of my parents’ seven children and my mother just marked their 41st wedding anniversary last month. … He has missed too much of our lives.”He said U.S. officials need to step up their engagement with Iran on freeing the Americans as they meet in coming weeks to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. “We need — in fact, we implore — negotiators to take a more aggressive approach than merely asking for Iran’s help in locating him,” he said. Comments   Share   Also testifying was Sarah Hekmati, sister of Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine who was sentenced to death for alleged espionage. His sentence was later reduced to 10 years.She broke down in tears as she testified how their father, a former college professor with a doctorate in microbiology, is suffering from terminal brain cancer and has recently suffered several strokes.“My hope, as the mother of two young children, was always to one day take my children to visit Iran to meet family and learn about their heritage,” she said. “It breaks my heart that my children’s only frame of reference for Iran is that the Iranians hurt the uncle they love.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Parents, stop beating yourself up He called the charges against his brother “absurd” and said he is worried about his health.“While in prison, Jason has suffered painful and debilitating infections and he has lost more than 40 pounds. He also has chronic high blood pressure and a respiratory condition that is exacerbated during the hot summer months in Tehran,” he said.Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said he is “infuriated” and outraged that Iran, while sitting at the negotiation table, could “spit in our faces” by putting Rezaian on trial. He said he would wait to see the details of any nuclear deal, but thinks it’s “ludicrous” for the United States to sign a deal and act as if it’s business as usual with Iran when Americans are being held there.Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Saeed Abedini, a pastor arrested in September 2012 and later sentenced for holding a Bible study session, said she is faced with the choice of staying with their two children, ages 8 and 7, or leaving them to travel and advocate for his release. To testify, she wore a necklace with a photo of her husband.“Every day I wake up with excruciating pain … I wake up to the reality of our life,” said Naghmeh Abedini, who claimed her husband has been tortured and suffers internal bleeding. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories The FBI has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the return of Robert Levinson, 67, who went missing March 9, 2007 from the Iranian resort of Kish Island. The Iranian government has never acknowledged arresting him.An Associated Press investigation published in 2013 revealed that Levinson vanished while working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission. He retired from the FBI in 1998.Ali Rezaian, brother of Jason Rezaian, a reporter from The Washington Post who has been held for more than 300 days for alleged spying, also testified. His trial began a week ago on allegations of “espionage for the hostile government of the United States” and propaganda against the Islamic republic — charges that could send him to jail for up to six years.Rezaian, his wife Yeganeh Salehi and two photojournalists were detained on July 22 in Tehran. All were later released except Rezaian, who grew up in Marin County, California, spent most of his life in the United States and holds both American and Iranian citizenship.“Jason became a husband two years ago when he married Yeganeh Salehi,” Ali Rezaian said. “Sadly, Jason has spent nearly half of their young marriage in a Tehran prison.” WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of four Americans missing or detained in Iran told Congress on Tuesday of milestones missed — weddings, graduations, birth of grandchildren — and asked U.S. officials to push harder for their release in negotiations with Tehran on a nuclear deal.Lawmakers from both parties said that if Tehran doesn’t release them immediately, they would find it difficult to trust the Iranian government to adhere to terms of the deal international negotiators are rushing to finalize before the end of the month. 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  • Europes largest Jewish sporting event opens in Germany

    first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s president welcomed Jewish athletes on Tuesday to the first European Maccabi Games to be held in the country, at a site built by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympics.About 2,300 athletes from 38 countries are expected to compete in 19 events at the games. President Joachim Gauck stressed the symbolism of holding a Jewish sporting event at a site built under the Nazis, and in a year when Germany and Israel are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The European Maccabi Games, which take place every four years and were last held in Vienna, feature traditional sports like basketball, football, field hockey, and swimming, but also chess and bridge.Though only Jewish athletes can compete, “let’s play together” matches are also being staged with non-Jewish professional and celebrity teams. The Berlin games are the event’s 14th edition.Training events and some competitions began before the opening ceremony.About 600 police officers are providing security. The games run through Aug. 5.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories “I’m glad and I think it is significant that you chose this place, and I am very moved that this country and this city will now see the Jewish games,” he said at the opening ceremony.Organizers have said it was a difficult decision to host the games in Berlin, but that it should be seen as a sign of reconciliation seven decades after the end of World War II. A Holocaust memorial event was held ahead of the opening ceremony.“I would like to ask you to take part … in memory of my brother and all other athletes who did not survive,” said Holocaust survivor Margot Friedlander, whose brother, Ralph, was killed at the Auschwitz death camp.The spirit of the games “stands for tolerance, being open to the world, and for a peaceful living together, and there is no better place to send this message into the world than here, 70 years after the war,” said Friedlander, 93.The World Jewish Congress’ president, Ronald Lauder, said that holding the games at the Nazi-built venue “represents a triumph of good over evil.”In a note of greeting, Chancellor Angela Merkel wrote that “in view of the past, Germany may truly be thankful for the restored diversity of Jewish life in our country and for the renewed trust of the guests from abroad.”center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories From left, Israel’s Arman Vanaian, Larry Sherman, Greg Meyers and Victor Hugo Carmona try to block the ball during the Open men hockey match between Israel and Germany at the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. More than 2,000 Jewish athletes are gathering in Berlin for the European Maccabi Games, being held for the first time in Germany, and at sites constructed by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympics. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer) The vital role family plays in society 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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