Greater Noida: Gautam Buddh Nagar police, on Wednesday, arrested a 52-year-old chartered accountant (CA) who was found accused of strangling his 47-year-old wife to death in their apartment at a high rise residential society in Sector 151 of Noida.According to police, the arrested accused Jaiveer Singh killed his wife Kusum on April 15 at JP Aman society in sector 151. Victim’s brother informed police, a day after the crime, when the accused was taking the body for cremation to Bulandshahr. “Police acted upon the complaint and immediately contacted the local police, following which the cremation was stopped and the body was sent for post mortem. The accused had claimed that his wife had committed suicide by hanging with the ceiling fan inside bedroom but the autopsy reports revealed death due to strangulation. We have arrested the accused on Wednesday from Bulandshahr and he has been sent to jail after producing before the court,” Arvind Pathak, Station House officer of Knowledge Park police station in Greater Noida told Millennium Post. Meanwhile, victim’s brother Mahaveer Rausa alleged that accused Jaiveer had illicit relationship with some other woman since marriage. “Jaiveer has illicit relationship with some other woman and my sister was also aware of that. She was never happy with him but only lived for the sake of children,” said Mahaveer. Reports said that at the time of crime incident, the couple’s 24-year-old son and 20-year-old daughter were also present in the flat.
Rabat- Peaches Geldof, a TV presenter, journalist, and daughter of pop singer Bob Geldof, died on April 7, 2014 at the age of 25, leaving behind two sons and a husband. Police described her death as “unexplained and sudden.” She had been to Morocco a few years ago to work on a documentary about Islam.Geldof visited Morocco when she was 17 years old to experience life with a devout Muslim family as a teenager, which was featured in a documentary titled, “The Beginner’s Guide to Islam.” She stayed with a Moroccan girl, Nadira, and embraced a Muslim lifestyle. In a show called Richard and Judy on the British Channel 4, Peaches described her two-week experience in Marrakesh as “shocking.” She wanted to find answers to questions such as: What is Islam? Why is it misinterpreted by the media and by general people?” The host of the show, Richard, brought up the issue of the sacrifice of animals in Islam, which dates back to the time of Prophet Abraham. Peaches explained the ritual of slaughtering sheep on Eid- al-Adha as “they eat the whole of the sheep, like the brain and stuff. It is a religious thing. While here it is just a combat for survival. It is ceremonial and better than mass killings in abattoirs. It is part of their religion”.To experience the Islamic appearance for girls, Geldof accompanied Nadira to a local market in the city of Marrakesh, dressed in a white Jelaba and white headscarf. She openly expressed her feelings about being covered, “I feel a bit degraded having to cover up my hair and my whole body in a kind of a shapeless sacs and no one can see how I look, it makes me feel a little bit sad to be honest.”Richard inquired if Nadira had shared her feelings about being covered with Geldof during her stay. Gedof confirmed that when Nadira showed her some clothes from the days before she wore hijb, she felt nostalgic for those days. However, she told Geldof, “This is how I looked like, but now my life is for Allah.” Geldof added, “It is kind of oppressing but at the same time is admirable because they are doing it for themselves and in the name of God and they are not doing it for men”.Geldof’s interest in understanding Islam may have been a bit subjective considering she came from the fashion industry, where the standards of beauty are framed and limited. This shows clearly in her reaction to wearing the Jelaba as feeling “oppressed.” However, she did also point to the fact that, ““women in the West are being exploited because they have to dress in a certain way and purely to titillate men.” Edited by Saba Naseem
Rabat – Argentine forward Lionel Messi said that he wants to win major trophies with FC Barcelona this season, but admitted that he might leave the Camp Nou side in the near future.Speaking to Argentine sports paper Ole, the four-time FIFA Ballon D’Or winner said that it’s not up to him to decide whether he would continue defending the colors of the Catalan giants in the long run.“I have said it many times-if it were up to me, I would stay forever. But like I said just now, things don’t always turn out the way one wishes, especially in football, where things can change and so many things can happen,” the Argentine said. Messi has suffered over the last year from a decline in his level on the pitch due to injuries, in addition to problems with the Spanish tax authorities.The Argentine has always expressed his happiness to play in Barcelona and assured his fans many times that he would not leave Catalonia till the end of his professional career.However, the 27-year-old told Ole that nothing is taken for granted and that things can change over time. “Football has a lot of twists and turns. I always said that I’d like to stay there forever, but things don’t always work out as you want them to,” he added.
Rabat – The two Moroccan women, who were facing charges of “gross indecency” after they were accused of wearing “immoral” clothes, were acquitted on Monday.The Inezgane Court of First Instance in the suburbs of the southern city of Agadir found Sanaa and Siham, hairdressers-aged 23 and 29, not guilty of committing an act of gross indecency.The two young women were surrounded last month by merchants in the open-air market of Inezgane who accused them of dressing in a disrespectable fashion. The incident sparked an outcry in the kingdom, with Human Rights activists and politicians holding sit-ins across the country in support of the two young women and to call on authorities to ensure that personal freedoms are respected.A petition in support of the two women dubbed “Wearing a dress is not a crime” has been launched to garner support for the two women on social media platforms. It had been signed by more than 14,000 supporters.The two women were facing charges under article 483 of the Moroccan Penal Code which states that anyone found guilty of committing an act of “public obscenity” can be jailed for between a month and two years.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Warsaw – Morocco, which undertook political and social reforms, plays an important stabilizing role in the Maghreb, said Polish foreign minister Grzegorz Schetyna.Schetyna, who received on Tuesday in Warsaw Poland’s new ambassador to Morocco Marek Ziolkowski, said that his country wishes to share its experience with Morocco in the political and economic fields. “Deepening our cooperation in this area could positively impact the security situation north of Africa,” he said. During this meeting, which took place at the foreign affairs ministry in Warsaw, Ziolkowski was given his credentials to replace Witold Spirydowicz. In a recent statement to MAP, Marek Ziolkowski said that King Mohammed VI turned Morocco into a model in the southern shore of the Mediterranean, a region rocked by unrest caused by the Arab spring. Morocco did not wait for this Arab spring to implement, under the King’s leadership, an ambitious reform process in a climate of stability, he said.
Rabat – Morocco’s judicial police arrested, on Tuesday, four individuals for their alleged involvement in the traffic of 2000 psychotropic tablets. The accused were apprehended in the northern city of Tangier after investigations revealed their involvement in the trafficking of psychotropic tablets in many Moroccan cities, said a statement by the national police (DGSN).The suspects were remanded in custody for an in-depth investigation led under the supervision of the public prosecutor, added the statement. With MAP
Casablanca – Marine Le Pen, the French presidential forerunner and President of the right wing party Le Front National, has refused on Friday to be questioned by the investigators about her alleged misuse of European Parliament funds.The controversial politician Marine Le Pen was summoned on Wednesday 22 to the offices of the judicial police in Nanterre as part of the investigations into her use of 340,000 euros of European Parliament funds to pay campaign staffers.Le Pen, however, stressed a in a letter on Friday that she would not answer to any police or judicial convocation until after the parliamentary elections on June 11 and 18. Le Pen’s lawyer, Rodolphe Bosselut, pointed out to the press his client’s position that justice should not disrupt an important and fundamental democratic moment in France, alluding to the presidential election.Protected by parliamentary immunity as a Member of the European Parliament, Le Pen cannot be subjected to any coercive judicial measures.Following a raid of FN offices on Tuesday, February 21, two former parliamentary assistants of Le Pen were placed in police custody. Her bodyguard Thierry Légier was released, while her chief of staff, Catherine Griset, was charged with accusations relating to breach of trust.The only way for investigators to hear Le Pen in this current situation is to request waiver of her parliamentary immunity, after which she could be forced to submit to judicial questioning.Le Pen has vigorously denied the allegations, insisting they are simply a smear campaign intended to pollute her presidential run.
Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday six people on suspicion of belonging to the so-called Islamic State, better known as ISIS, in different cities across Morocco, including Casablanca, Tangier, Tetouan, Marrakech and Safi, the Ministry of Interior said in a communique on Wednesday.A preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects had been promoting terrorist attacks carried out by ISIS in several countries, pledging that they would carry out similar ones in Morocco.The investigation has also revealed that some of the detainees had contact with ISIS fighter in Syria and Iraq and had been learning how to manufacture explosives to carry out terrorist attacks in vital and public areas of Morocco, the communiqué added. Following the arrest, the BCIJ confiscated electronic equipment, electrical cables, gloves and protective masks that used in the manufacture of explosives, knives, as well as documents authorizing the liquidation of people who are not affiliated with ISIS and the banner of the terrorist organization, said the communiqué.The suspects will appear in court as soon as the ongoing investigation of the public prosecutor ends. According to the communiqué, the dismantling of this cell is part of a larger effort being undertaken by Moroccan security services to counter growing terrorist threats.Over the past few years, Morocco has made many efforts to eradicate terrorism and thwart any potential serious threat exposed to destabilize the country.In February, Mohamed Moufakir, Wali and Director General of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Moroccan authorities have dismantled 168 terrorist cells since the September 11 terrorist attacks. Fifty of the dismantled cells had connections to foreign hotbeds of terrorism, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, and the Sahel.
Rabat – Four female Moroccan students will participate in TechGirls 2017, an international summer exchange program encouraging girls to pursue technology-related careers, held between July 12 and August 8 in the US.The three-week technology camp is designed to empower and inspire young girls from North Africa and the Middle East to look for careers in science and technology.During their stay, the four students aged between 15 and 17 will spend a week receiving over 45 hours of “hands-on” instruction on technology-related topics, such as Java programming and mobile application development. The teenagers will also have the opportunity to visit technology companies, attend cultural events and take part in leadership clinics. They will benefit from the guidance of technology experts, who will give them advice about their future careers.Joining the four Moroccan students in the program are other young women from: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Tunsia.
Rabat – In an interview with the Daily Mail, Canadian star Pamela Anderson opens up about her life in Marseille with her companion, Moroccan-French professional footballer, Adil Rami.The Canadian actress told Daily Mail, “We have a wonderful and simple life, without stress or glitter,” knowing that the 50-year-old actress recently moved with the footballer to a luxury villa in Marseille.“He does not speak English well, I do not speak French well. But we have a common language, that is love. Our relationship goes beyond words,” said the actress. Pamela Anderson and soccer player boyfriend Adil Rami are spending their first Christmas together https://t.co/V6sRG9SB7v— Us Weekly (@usweekly) 23 décembre 2017She proceeded, “He cares a lot about me, we have a wonderful and simple life, we both have children, and we try to solve the equation as best as we can, we want to protect our love, because there is a lot of false information about us.”The actress also discussed her age in the interview. “Adil tells me that I’m an alien, he asked me to show him my license to prove my age, he told me it was impossible that I was 50, and not 30. It is incredible, he is really a good man,” she said.Rami is currently 32 years old, and he plays for the football club Olympique de Marseille and for the French national football team
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is broadening its definition of hate speech to apply to “white nationalists” and “white separatists.”The company previously allowed posts from those groups even though it has long banned “white supremacists.”In a blog post Wednesday, the social network said it previously linked expressions of white nationalism with broader concepts of nationalism and separatism — such as American pride or Basque separatism, both of which are still allowed.But civil rights groups and academics called this view “misguided” and have long pressured the company to change its stance. Facebook says it concluded after months of “conversations” with them that white nationalism and separatism cannot be meaningfully separated from white supremacy and organized hate groups.The Associated Press
Rabat’s Mawazine festival has announced that the Mohammed VI National Theatre “will again give the stage to the stars of the Arab world and international celebrities.”On Mawazine’s opening night, Friday, June 21, 2019, Andalusian Flamenco Ballet take the National Theatre’s stage. The dance company has been the Andalusian government’s official flamenco ambassador for 20 years and has brought the best of flamenco to stages across the globe.The group has also been home to some of the most influential figures in Spanish dance, including Israel Galván, Isabel Bayón, Rafael Campallo, Belén Maya, Patricia Guerrero, and Rafaela Carrasco, among others. Saturday, June 22, promises another world-class performance with Lebanese composer and pianist Ziad Rahbani on stage. Being the son of both Fairouz, one of the most iconic singers of the Arab world and famous composer Assi Rahbani, led Rahbani to begin composing music himself in 1973 at just 17 years old. Since then, he has been involved in dozens of plays and famous compositions of his own.Following Rahbani is another Lebanese act, an indie rock band called Mashrou’Leila. The five-person group mixes electro and rock sounds with traditional oriental music. Since forming in Beirut in 2008, Mashrou’Leila has sold out shows in Paris, Amsterdam, Montreal, and dozens of other music hubs. The following night, Monday, June 24, the French rapper of Congolese origins Abd Al Malik will perform. Al Malik, who also dabbles in slam poetry, pairs powerful lyrics with intense music. Al-Malik converted to Islam after marrying French Moroccan singer Wallen in 2001 and cites Moroccan spiritual leader Hamza al Qâdiri al Boutchichi as a great influence. On Tuesday, June 25, France will also be represented by singer-songwriter Julien Clerc. Since beginning his studio career in 1968, Clerc has released almost 30 albums and toured the world multiple times. The following evening, American disco group Sister Sledge will perform. The group was formed in 1971 by 4 sisters and sold more than 15 million records. Sister Sledge’s Mawazine performance is part of a worldwide comeback tour.On Thursday, June 27, the US will be represented again by Stanley Clarke. Clarke began his career in the 1970s and became one of the most famous bassists of the jazz genre.Bringing things closer to home for the closing weekend of Mawazine, Algerian singer Samir Toumi will perform, showcasing his Arab-Andalusian style. Following Toumi’s performance, Moroccan singer Sanaa Marahati will go on, representing the younger generation of “melhoun” and “gharnati” musicians. Closing the festival on Saturday, June 29, is young Egyptian singer Mohamed Mohsen. Mohsen aims to preserve Egyptian culture with his mesmerizing voice and has succeeded in doing so since releasing his debut album in 2012. That same year, Mohsen won the Al-Ahram Award in the category “Best Young Singer.” Mawazine, a festival in Rabat with six venues will take place from June 21 to June 29 and is organized by Maroc Cultures under the patronage of King Mohammed VI. Having drawn over 2.5 million attendees in recent years, Mawazine is the second largest music festival in the world, after Donauinselfest in Vienna, and the largest festival in Africa.The festival brings in artists from countries all over the world as well as highlighting local Moroccan musicians. Last year, the festival saw major international acts perform such as Martin Garrix, Bruno Mars, Luis Fonsi, and The Weeknd.The festival lists the democratization of culture in Morocco as one of its initiatives and provides free access to 90% of its shows each year.Read also: Mawazine 2019: J Balvin, Lartiste, David Guetta to Kick off Festival
As the U.S. student loan balance surpasses $1.5 trillion, a trio of contests promise a lucky few a shot at putting a dent in their debt.While most of the over 44 million people with student loan debt can’t count on winning an oversized novelty check to pay off their balance, they can turn to tried-and-true tactics like income-driven repayment plans to lower monthly payments or refinancing to pay off student loans fast .But for a select group, these games do bring relief. Here, three winners share behind-the-scenes details about what it’s like — and what it takes — to win.‘PAID OFF’ GAME SHOWTruTV’s “Paid Off With Michael Torpey” pits contestants against one another to eliminate some or all of their student debt. It returns for a second season in May.Jodeci Richards, 27, of Atlanta won almost $10,000 on the show — about enough to wipe out her remaining loans from Florida State University. She filmed the show in March 2018, but didn’t receive the payout until after the episode aired in July. In the meantime, she continued making payments.“I didn’t want to fall behind,” she says. “Navient, Sallie Mae — they get a little antsy.”BEHIND THE SCENES: The audition process was lengthy, beginning with a Google form application , then phone calls, video interviews, an in-person callback and a background check. Richards said she was a skeptic throughout.“If this is real, they’re not going to send a Google form,” she remembers thinking.“I wound up actually trying to do a background check on their background checkers, because I wanted to cover myself.”NATTY STORIES CONTESTUnder its Natural Light brand, Anheuser-Busch is giving away $1 million to help 70 people pay down college debt in 2019.To enter, student loan borrowers must post a video to social media by May 18 about why they went to college. The video must include the green dollar-sign tab found on limited-edition cans of Natural Light, and the social post must include #NattyStories and #Contest.RJ Young, 31, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, won $40,000 in the 2018 contest. His entry explains that he went to college to learn to tell compelling stories, but that he needed student loans to pay for it. Young has a bachelor’s, master’s and is pursuing a Ph.D. in English. He estimates that he owed over $100,000 before winning.BEHIND THE SCENES: Prize money is taxable income. (Richards’ winnings were also taxed.) After Young received his check, he used some of the cash to hire an accountant. The remainder stayed in his bank account for almost a year while Young sorted through how the winnings affected his 2018 income taxes.“It’s a first world-problem,” Young says. He warns future winners to “be careful who you talk to about it. Not everyone wants to help you.”GIVLING APPGivling is a trivia game and crowdfunding effort in which users play for cash prizes and $50,000 toward student loan or mortgage repayment.Players win $50,000 in loan repayment by getting to the top of Givling’s queue. They climb the queue by playing trivia, watching ads, buying merchandise, purchasing coins to play extra trivia and using Givling’s sponsors, which include SoFi and Uber Eats .The app funds the prizes — and makes money — from sponsorships, merchandise sales and in-app coin purchases. Once enough is raised, the player at the top of the queue wins $50,000 and the process repeats for the next-in-line player.Rosheeda Sylvestre, 36, of Brooklyn, New York, won in March. At that time, she had about $52,000 in student loans remaining, down from the roughly $100,000 she owed for two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s.The money is applied directly to winners’ loans in eight weekly installments; Sylvestre estimates she’ll be debt-free by May.BEHIND THE SCENES: Players get two free trivia games daily, but the most competitive players drop tens of thousands of dollars to race to the top of the queue.Sylvestre says she spent about $10,000 on coins and sponsorship offers, and $11,000 on merchandise. She used a 0% interest credit card that she plans to pay off before interest accrues. She also donated the merchandise she purchased and claimed it as a tax write-off. In total, she spent about $21,000 over nine months before winning.Givling’s loan repayment prizes aren’t taxable because they’re crowdfunded, says Givling Chief Marketing Officer Seth Beard. The trivia cash prizes are taxable.________________________________________This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Teddy Nykiel is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @teddnykiel.RELATED LINKSNerdWallet: How to pay off student loans fast http://bit.ly/nerdwallet-pay-off-student-loans-fast“Paid Off With Michael Torpey” application https://docs.google.com/forms/u/1/d/e/1FAIpQLSefUU91LExKB4gCajZA48U5ktXvowFyrEBqWmc7ra2OxZPvOg/viewformGivling https://givling.com/givling/Teddy Nykiel Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press
A group that monitors internet censorship says Sri Lankan authorities have blocked most social media services in the country following the Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 200 people.The NetBlocks observatory said it detected an intentional nationwide blackout of popular services including Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat and Viber.Sri Lankan officials said they were temporarily blocking social media to curtail the spread of false information and ease tensions. The defence ministry said the shutdown would extend until the government concludes its investigation into the bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels.NetBlocks cautioned that such post-attack blackouts are often ineffective.“What we’ve seen is that when social media is shut down, it creates a vacuum of information that’s readily exploited by other parties,” said Alp Toker, executive director of the London-based group. “It can add to the sense of fear and can cause panic.”The group said its monitoring of Sri Lankan internet connectivity found no disruptions to the fundamental infrastructure of the internet, meaning the blackout was directed at specific services. Some social media outlets, such as Twitter, appeared unaffected, but the blockage affected popular messaging services.“That’s going to be a problem for people trying to communicate with friends and family,” Toker said.This isn’t the first time Sri Lanka has blocked social media. The government imposed a weeklong ban in March 2018 because of concerns that WhatsApp and other platforms were being used to fan anti-Muslim violence in the country’s central region.Facebook, which owns WhatsApp and Instagram, has struggled in recent years to combat the use of its platforms to incite violence and spread hate messages and political propaganda in countries including India, Myanmar and the United States.The company said in a statement Sunday that it has been working to support first responders and law enforcement in Sri Lanka and identify and remove content that violates company standards.“We are aware of the government’s statement regarding the temporary blocking of social media platforms,” the company said. “People rely on our services to communicate with their loved ones and we are committed to maintaining our services and helping the community and the country during this tragic time.”Google didn’t respond to a request for comment about the disruption to its YouTube service in Sri Lanka. Requests for comment made to messaging services Snap and Viber were not immediately returned.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Press
Rabat – On Saturday, August 10, women in Casablanca took to the streets to march in shorts as an expression of solidarity with the Belgian teens who have been in the headlines recently.The initiative, dubbed #YesWeShort, has been spurred on by many internet users in response to the harsh social scrutiny and public shaming a group of young Belgian volunteers recently faced for their choice to wear shorts as they helped build a road in Taroudant, in southern Morocco.The goal of the march was to “send a message to the obscurantists who want to impose extreme thoughts and destroy the image of our country,” said the organizers of the event. The event has received praise on social media, with users commending the women for doing something tangible to show solidarity with the Belgian teens.Excellente cette intifada de la jeunesse marocaine contre le diktat des obscurantistes qui veulent faire régresser la société #yesweshort Bravo pour leur courage, pour leur créativité et pour leur esprit d’initiative— Omar Dahbi (@OmarDahbi) August 10, 2019The group of Belgian youth, from the organization Bouworde, came to Morocco to volunteer for the summer and was building a road in Taroudant. But the young volunteers unexpectedly found themselves in the center of media controversy this week.On Saturday, August 3, Moroccan news outlets shared videos and photos of the volunteers building a road in the remote village of Adar, east of Agadir. The girls were praised in the media for their initiative, but online comments soon took a turn for the worse.Some internet users were objecting to the teenage girls’ choice of attire. The girls were filmed wearing shorts and tank tops, while doing manual labor under the Moroccan sun, in the name of volunteering.One 26-year-old teacher from the north of Morocco posted on Facebook that “their heads should be cut off so that no one else dares to challenge the teachings of our religion.” He was arrested on Tuesday, August 6, by Moroccan police for inciting terrorism.As a result of the threats and the fear the controversy may have caused the students, Bouworde has offered the students the opportunity to return home early. Only 3 of the 37 volunteers accepted the offer to return home.Read also: Belgian Organization Cancels Volunteer Projects in Morocco Following Media Controversy
BRUSSELS — As British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her departure with a Brexit plan nowhere near success, European Union leaders offered kind words. But it was quite another matter during the years of negotiations with the bloc that often produced exasperation, miscommunication and even some ridicule of her.EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, whose office led the Brexit negotiations, on Friday called May “a woman of courage for whom he has great respect,” saying he watched her resignation speech “without personal joy.”And Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said: “I just want to express my full respect for Theresa May and for her determination.”But they expressed plenty of frustration during the rocky ride that May engineered over nearly three years that saw good relations go sour.After the U.K.’s 2016 referendum in which voters decided to leave the EU, officials in Europe complained that May waited almost a year to begin the negotiations and that her team was ill-prepared for the task and later turned on her after failing to make progress. They were dismayed after she called a general election in June 2017 to bolster her Conservative Party’s numbers to help the negotiations, only to lose its majority and weaken her government. That made her beholden to special Northern Ireland interests that complicated the talks.Perhaps the lowest point came in September 2018 at Salzburg Castle when EU president Donald Tusk publicly mocked her for being too greedy in the negotiations.“A piece of cake, perhaps? Sorry, no cherries,” Tusk wrote in an Instagram photo of him offering May a dessert tray. It was a withering, undiplomatic jibe that accused her of cherry-picking the best parts of EU legislation while discarding what she disliked.Two months after Salzburg, May somehow agreed to a withdrawal agreement that included enough guarantees for Ireland that all 27 member states could live with it.In December, May apparently misinterpreted a comment by Juncker at an EU summit in Brussels and tempers frayed. She confronted him, seething, “What did you call me? You called me ‘nebulous?’”Juncker was seen shaking his head, apparently replying: “No I didn’t.”But then came the shock for Europe that May could not sell the deal to her own Conservative Party, failing three times to get it through Parliament.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, while saying he respected May but not British politics, compared her to the hapless Black Knight in a Monty Python sketch. The knight has both arms and legs cut off, but still refuses to surrender and tells his opponent to call it a draw.On Friday, May announced that she will step down as Conservative Party leader June 7, which will trigger a contest to choose a successor who will try to complete Brexit as the next British prime minister.After her speech, Rutte didn’t mention the Black Knight but instead expressed his “thanks and respect for Theresa May.”He did add however that “the deal between the EU and the United Kingdom for an orderly Brexit remains on the table.”EU leaders could soon look back longingly at the May era.One possible successor, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, in 2016 compared the EU’s aims to those of Adolf Hitler, arguing the bloc was trying to create a superstate that mirrors the attempt of the Nazi leader to dominate the European continent. At the time, Tusk called the comment “absurd.”Barnier, the EU negotiator, refused to contemplate what the future would hold if Johnson or any other pro-Brexit politician became the next prime minister.“What could happen now? Let me just clearly say here in Brussels that it is for the U.K. to decide. Nobody else.” he said.If a new prime minister withdraws Britain from the EU without an orderly transition plan, there could be high economic costs for all involved.“It now means we enter a new phase when it comes to Brexit and a phase that may be a very dangerous one,” said Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.“Whatever happens, we are going to hold our nerve,” Varadkar said.___Associated Press writer Lorne Cook contributed.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitRaf Casert, The Associated Press
CLAIRTON, Pa. — The Latest on a fire at U.S. Steel coke plant (all times local):5:50 p.m.Health authorities are threatening to shut down U.S. Steel’s suburban Pittsburgh coke plant unless it comes into compliance with air emissions standards.The Allegheny County Health Department issued an emergency order Monday after a fire at the steel producer’s coke works in Clairton knocked out equipment used to remove toxic gases.Health officials say U.S. Steel must submit a plan within 24 hours and achieve compliance with emissions limits for hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide within 20 days.The health department says air monitors have not detected elevated sulfur dioxide levels from the early-morning fire. Officials say residents should be aware of the potential for elevated levels of the gas but don’t yet need to take precautions.___NoonHealth officials in western Pennsylvania say a fire at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works has shut down pollution control systems, and residents are being warned about possible elevated levels of sulfur dioxide.The Allegheny County health department says fire in an electrical breaker panel shortly after 4:30 a.m. Monday shut down three control rooms, and two still down house equipment used to operate pollution controls, including desulfurization.Officials say the elderly, parents of children and people with respiratory conditions should be aware that elevated levels of sulfur dioxide are possible.U.S. Steel says it is taking mitigation steps such as replacing coke oven gas with natural gas and flaring while the damage is being repaired.The same two control rooms were damaged in a $40 million Christmas Eve fire.The Associated Press
25 January 2007Efforts by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to feed Western Saharan refugees in Algeria are being stymied by a 30 per cent shortfall in funds which are essential to guarantee the continuation of food distribution. Efforts by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to feed Western Saharan refugees in Algeria are being stymied by a 30 per cent shortfall in funds which are essential to guarantee the continuation of food distribution.The refugees, who subsist almost entirely on assistance from the international community, fled to Algeria in 1975 to escape the fighting between Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO independence movement. They live in camps in the desert town of Tindouf which experiences harsh weather extremes and is devoid of economic opportunities.“These people risk being forgotten,” stated Marius de Gaay Fortman, WFP’s Country Director of Algeria. “WFP is committed to supporting them as long as they require assistance, but to do so we will need continued funding from the donor community.”The operation, set to last 30 months, is $13 million shy of the $43 million it needs. Lack of sufficient funding has already caused serious breaks in food supplies, and these interruptions could continue unless the necessary funds, crucial for purchasing 6,000 tons of food over the next five months, are donated.Malnutrition is a large concern among the 90,000 refugees: 39 per cent of children under the age of five are chronically malnourished while two out of every three women of childbearing age suffer from anaemia, according to the most recent nutritional study which was conducted in 2005.WFP today applauded the $1.3 million contribution from European Commission Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) to this operation.“Time and again the European Commission has shown its generosity and concern by funding WFP’s work in assisting these refugees, who remain extremely dependent on humanitarian aid,” Mr. Fortman said.Currently, a 12-day mission is underway in the area to assess the food situation. Representatives from WFP and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), along with those from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and donor countries, will meet with refugees and Algerian authorities to collect information regarding nutrition, food distribution and warehousing.
One day after the Security Council tightened the sanctions it has imposed against Iran over its uranium-enrichment activities, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the country to take steps to restore trust that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.In a statement released by his spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General noted “with satisfaction” that the Council had acted unanimously in adopting Resolution 1747, which imposed a ban on arms sales and expanded the assets freeze against Iran. He called on Iran “to fully implement the resolution’s provisions and to urgently take the necessary steps to restore the international community’s trust that its nuclear programme is peaceful in nature,” according to the statement. “The Secretary-General believes that a negotiated solution would strengthen the international non-proliferation regime and hopes that dialogue will resume on this issue of paramount importance.” Iran’s nuclear programme has been a matter of international concern ever since the discovery in 2003 that it had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the NPT. At yesterday’s Security Council meeting, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, rejected the resolution as a politically motivated scheme to deprive the country’s people of their rights. 25 March 2007One day after the Security Council tightened the sanctions it has imposed against Iran over its uranium-enrichment activities, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the country to take steps to restore trust that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.
The United Nations’ top officials today appealed to delegates from some 150 nations who are attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia to take urgent action to tackle global warming.“We simply cannot afford to fail our people by leaving this unique island without convergence of science and politics,” Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) told the six heads of State and 144 government representatives attending the meeting.“The challenge you face is to tell the world that you want to change the direction of the world’s future into a low-emissions economy,” he said. “An economics-based response to climate change will yield numerous, tangible economic gains for all.”Mr. de Boer said participants should seize the opportunity at the Conference to kick-start formal negotiations, agree on a comprehensive agenda and set 2009 as the deadline for negotiations so that a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol can enter into effect in 2013.Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, stressed that the science is unequivocal about the warming of the climate system.The IPCC has also noted that the costs necessary to meet emissions targets by 2030 equate to less than three per cent of global GDP per year.Emphasizing the crucial rule of the UN in combating climate change, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said that “the multilateral system has been at the heart of facilitating, catalyzing and enabling a global response.”“What we are actually seeing here in Bali, what we have seen throughout the year of 2007, is that pointing to each other’s differences, focusing on one another’s failures and using those to stop us from acting is leading us down a tragic path,” Achim Steiner said.Global warming poses a major risk to food security, and increased hunger and malnutrition will result if action is not taken immediately, said Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“Vulnerable people and food systems will be particularly affected,” he said, also speaking on behalf of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). “People who are already vulnerable and food insecure are likely to become even more so.”Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) warned that efforts to mitigate climate change must take the alleviation of poverty into account.“Only if industrialization is pursued in a sustained manner can we hope to address climate protection in a way that is compatible economic growth and development,” he said, urging the widespread transfer of clean energy technologies to developing nations.Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, also appealed for leaders to incorporate sustainable development into efforts to combat climate change.“Unchecked, climate change may roll back hard-won progress on sustainable development,” he said. “The poorest in all society, especially in developing countries, are most at risk.”Adaptation measures to global warming must take into account that for the first time in human history, over half the world’s population lives in cities and towns, the head of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) noted.“From time immemorial, human settlements have been determined by climate conditions,” Anna Tibaijuka said. Emphasizing the importance of the local dimension in halting global warming, she said “how we plan our cities, how we build our houses, our lifestyles in cities and towns, will come to determine the future.”Tourism is both a contributor to and a victim of global warming, Francisco Frangialli, Director-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), noted. He asked delegates to “not unfairly target tourism” for it role in climate change. “We satisfy needs that are just as essential.”Meanwhile, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) announced the creation of a new African centre for climate policy studies. The centre will be a joint collaboration between ECA and Mr. Pachauri’s The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and Ad Melkert, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) also spoke at today’s session.Also addressing delegates today, World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick said that lowering greenhouse gas emissions will have the dual effect of protecting the environment and allowing developing nations to grow their economies.Meanwhile, the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) stressed the role that information communication technologies (ICT) can play in reducing emissions, such as its use in remote monitoring and the gathering of crucial scientific data. 12 December 2007The United Nations’ top officials today appealed to delegates from some 150 nations who are attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia to take urgent action to tackle global warming.