By Carolina McCabeRabat – The Heritage Foundation’s World Index of Economic Freedom for 2019 scored Morocco’s level of economic freedom at 62.9, classifying the country as “moderately free.” With a one point increase between 2018 and 2019, Morocco moved up 11 places in the worldwide ranking. The research demonstrates Morocco’s progress in economic freedom, while also highlighting remaining challenges. Morocco has shown growth in the fields of fiscal health, property rights, and judicialeffectiveness. The research attributes Morocco’s successes to “low labor costs and proximity to Europe” which have allowed Morocco “to build a diversified and market-oriented economy.” The study demonstrates a six point increase in fiscal health over the one year period as well as a three point increase in property rights and judicial effectiveness. In areas of financial and investment freedom, the values did not change.Read Also: Fitch Solutions: Morocco’s Fiscal Deficit to Shrink over 2019, 2020The research found Morocco to decline in the areas of government integrity, laborfreedom, and trade freedom. The low scores in labor freedom and government integrity fell below regional and global averages and were attributed to inflexible labor laws and unequally implemented rule of law.With regards to government integrity, Morocco’s points decreased between 2018 to 2019 from 41.2 to 39.1. This ranking leaves Morocco in the ‘repressed’ category for government integrity. For labor freedom, Morocco was given a score of 33.1 compared to its score of 36.0 in 2018. The regional average for labor freedom is 59.4.Morocco’s overall level of economic freedom has slowly been increasing since 2014.2019 Index of Economic Freedom MoroccoOverall, the Heritage Foundation ranked Hong Kong to have the most economic freedom, followed by Singapore and New Zealand. France ranked at 71st, in the same category as Morocco. The most repressed countries were North Korea, Venezuela, and Cuba.The Heritage Foundation’s Economic Index has been tracking economic freedom for 25 years to demonstrate changes in economic freedom, prosperity, and opportunity. According to the foundation, “In economically free societies, governments allow labor, capital, and goods to move freely, and refrain from coercion or constraint of liberty beyond the extent necessary to protect and maintain liberty itself.”The data used to calculate the 2019 index values was collected over the second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018. The information was accurate as of June 30, 2018.Index of Economic freedom read more
DALLAS — A federal judge is ordering unions that represent American Airlines mechanics not to interfere in the airline’s operations.The judge’s order Friday came after American asked for a temporary restraining order to end what it considers an illegal work slowdown by mechanics that is causing delayed and cancelled flights.Judge John McBryde in Fort Worth, Texas, says a temporary restraining order is warranted because American is likely to win on its claim that the Transport Workers Union and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers are violating federal labour law.The dispute at American is similar to a recent fight at Southwest Airlines, which also went to court against its own workers before both sides agreed on a new contract earlier this year.The Associated Press read more
16 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today challenged representatives from over 150 governments to halve the number of lives lost due to disasters by 2015. “I challenge you to set a target,” Mr. Ban said in a video message to some 1,500 delegates attending a disaster risk reduction conference in Geneva. In addition to reducing the loss of life from disasters by half by 2015, the Secretary-General also challenged those gathered to work to significantly reduce economic losses resulting from earthquakes, floods, storms, landslides and other destructive events. Also speaking at the opening of the three-day UN-backed Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, who said “the time is long overdue to move disaster risk reduction to the centre of the development agenda.”According to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), one of the meeting’s sponsors, some 236,000 people lost their lives last year in 300 disasters, while damages exceeded $180 billion. “Risks are growing, especially in poor countries,” noted the Secretary-General. “In many parts of the world, we are losing ground. Moreover, it is clear that climate change is making things worse.”He said the UN climate change conference, set for Copenhagen in December, must also look at steps to reduce disasters. Coupling a successful Copenhagen meeting with the already completed Hyogo Framework for Action, the 10-year programme adopted in 2005 which calls for investing heavily in disaster preparedness, “We can achieve a triple win – against poverty, against disasters and against climate change.” Mr. Ban also spoke about the Copenhagen conference in a video message to today’s high-level dialogue in Manila on the issue of climate change in the Asia-Pacific region. He noted that the December meeting must address Asia’s shrinking glaciers that threaten water supplies and food security for hundreds of millions of people, and rising sea levels that could inundate many Asian islands and cities.“As we look forward to Copenhagen, I have a simple message for the countries of Asia and the Pacific,” he said. “You must be part of the long-term solution.“You must help us seal a deal that addresses mitigation, adaptation, financing and governance,” he said, “a deal that is ambitious, comprehensive and fair.” read more
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed modestly lower Tuesday, led by resource stocks that fell alongside prices for oil and copper.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,326.04 -32.35 -0.24%S&P 500 — 1,767.69 -4.20 -0.24%Dow — 15,750.67 -32.43 -0.21%Nasdaq — 3,919.92 +0.13 0.00%The S&P/TSX composite index was down 32.35 points at 13,326.04, while the Canadian dollar was off 0.14 of a cent to 95.3 cents US even as the Harper government said it will have a bigger than expected surplus in two years despite weak economic performance.U.S. indexes were also lacklustre amid a reminder to investors to accept the idea that the U.S. Federal Reserve will be putting the brakes on its asset purchase program.The Dow Jones industrial average was 32.43 points lower to 15,750.67, the Nasdaq inched up 0.13 of a point to 3,919.92 while the S&P 500 index slipped 4.20 points to 1,767.69.North American markets racked up solid gains throughout October but they have stalled somewhat amid increasing uncertainty about when the Fed might start tapering its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases, particularly after strong employment and economic growth reports released last week.Dallas Federal Reserve president Richard Fisher made it clear Tuesday that that level of asset purchases won’t continue, saying “this program cannot go on forever.”“Our balance sheet has become bloated and, at some point, we will have to taper back on the pace of purchases, but that doesn’t mean we’ll stop,” he told CNBC.Also, analysts say that U.S. markets could be in for some kind of retracement with the Dow industrials up more than 20% year to date.Traders also looked ahead to Thursday when the U.S. Senate banking committee will quiz Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s candidate to become the next chair of the central bank.Yellen has a reputation for being a dove as far as stimulus is concerned and traders will be listening for any hints as to whether she thinks the economy is strong enough to start tapering those purchases that have supported a strong rally on many stock markets.“Personally, I don’t expect the Fed to do anything different than they have,” said John Stephenson, vice-president and portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc.“The reality is, they’re going to be accommodative. I think that most people think (tapering will start) at the earliest, at the end of the first quarter. I think it could easily be the end of the second quarter or later.”The gold sector led decliners, down about 1.8% as December bullion edged $9.90 lower to US$1,271.20 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) faded 51 cents to C$25.15.Losses for oil and copper picked up after the comments by the Fed’s Fisher.Also, China’s leaders finished a closely watched policy meeting with a promise to give market forces a bigger role in the country’s state-dominated economy. But they failed to produce dramatic reforms.And traders also expected another increase in U.S. crude inventories. Data is expected to show an increase of 1.8 million barrels in crude oil stocks, which would mark the eighth straight weekly increase.The base metals sector fell 1.08% while December copper slipped three cents to US$3.23 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) lost 73 cents to C$27.34.December crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped $2.10 to US$93.04 a barrel and the energy sector lost almost 1%.Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back 38 cents to C$32.13.The tech sector led advancers, up 0.79% as CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) rose 97 cents to $37.11.The consumer staples sector was also higher.Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. (TSX:SC) says its third-quarter net profit was $166 million, down from $168 million a year earlier as it included pre-tax expenses related to a friendly takeover by Loblaw Co. (TSX:L). Ex-items, earnings per share were 88 cents, up from 85 Canadian cents a year earlier and seven cents better than analysts expected and its shares gained 33 cents to $61.05.Home renovation retailer Rona Inc. posted quarterly earnings of $30 million or 25 cents per share, up from $5.5 million or five cents a year earlier, but down from $33.5 million or 28 cents per share in 2012 when excluding one-time items. Revenues decreased 4.3% to $1.17 billion amid weaker housing construction starts, particularly in Quebec.Rona was expected to earn $39.2 million or 30 cents per share in adjusted profits on $1.25 billion of revenues and its shares advanced 44 cents to $12.45, matching its existing 52-week high. TOP STORIESCanada faces ‘economic crisis’ if no action taken to improve pensions, warns Ontario premierWhy Jim Flaherty’s budget news today means it’s time to go long on Canadian bondsAir Canada shares flying high for fourth-straight day on record third-quarter resultsU.S. to become world’s top oil producer by 2015 on shale boom, IEA saysChina puts markets in the driver’s seat in ‘revolutionary’ reformWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES2 p.m.Treasury Budget (Oct) CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESCisco Systems Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 51¢ a share Macy’s, Inc. 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Addressing a working dinner of the G-8 summit – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States – and presidents of members of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Mr. Annan also appealed for more resources for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.“The time for additional funding has arrived, and I hope that you, the Group of Eight leaders, who played such an important role in getting the Fund up and running, will now endow it with the further resources it needs to achieve our shared goals,” he told the dinner in Evian, France.Acknowledging recent dramatic increases in AIDS funding from United States President George W. Bush, French President Jacques Chirac and others, he said: “Those efforts are at last putting some real resources behind the comprehensive global strategy, which puts equal emphasis on prevention and treatment.”On food he noted that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) was doing all it could to address the immediate needs of the region. “But if we don’t want food shortages and famines to recur, we must have a long-term strategy that emphasizes investments in rural infrastructure and agricultural research to increase productivity, and efforts to improve soil and water management, and to develop disease-resistant crops,” he said.“I hope that you, the Group of Eight leaders, who have been generous in responding to Africa’s food security challenges, and you, the leaders of NEPAD, will address this situation with the long term in view,” he added. read more
“The refugees and migrants that come to Europe, they do not bring any exotic diseases with them – any exotic communicable diseases,” said Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.“The diseases that they might have there are all well-established diseases in Europe, and also we have very good prevention and control programmes for these diseases,” she added. “This applies both for tuberculosis but also HIV/AIDS.”Among other myths exposed as false by the report was the belief that more vulnerable people were arriving in Europe than was the case.“International migrants make up about 10 per cent of the population in the European Region, that is about 90 million,” Dr. Jakab noted. “Out of this, less than 7.4 per cent are refugees and in some of the European countries, citizens estimate that there are three or four times more migrants than there are in reality.”Based on a review of more than 13,000 documents on the health of refugees and migrants in the WHO European Region – one of six regions globally – the organization’s report provides a snapshot of their situation, at a time of rising global migration.It shows that they are at higher risk of developing ill-health than host populations.Citing UN migration agency (IOM) data indicating that more than 50,000 migrants and refugees have died in the Mediterranean area since the year 2000, the WHO report notes how women, young men, adolescents and unaccompanied minors are often “victims of deceptive recruitment and modern slavery”.This has a grave physical and mental impact on the victims, it warns, adding that these this has “health repercussions” on their families and communities.10 Things to Know About the Health of Refugees and Migrants.By way of an example, although displaced populations are at lower risk for all forms of cancer, except cervical cancer, the disease is “more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage”, the report says, putting them at greater risk of “considerably worse health outcomes than those of the host population”.Diabetes also affects refugees and migrants more than host communities, the WHO report continues, with “higher incidence, prevalence and mortality rate”, especially among women.Other illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, tend to affect refugees and migrants more than European host communities, the WHO study continues, noting that this applies particularly to unaccompanied minors, who also suffer higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder.Migrants and refugees are also at a greater risk from developing infectious diseases because of lack of access to health care, interrupted care and poor living conditions while on the move, according to the WHO report.“I don’t think that in most of the countries the illegal migrants have access to the health system services,” Dr. Jakab said. “So that is an area where we have to do substantial additional work and conviction of the countries, because, the best way to protect their own population and the refugees is to give them access.”WHO’s European Region covers 53 countries and has a combined population of almost 920 million people; the proportion of international migrants varies from more than 50 per cent in Andorra and Monaco, to less than two per cent in Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Poland and Romania.Providing rights-based healthcare systems that are sensitive to the needs of migrants and refugees is included in the 2030 Agenda, which covers 17 Sustainable Development Goals, known as the ‘SDGs’ and targets including universal health coverage.Of 40 European States that responded to a WHO survey on the progress they are making towards healthcare systems that take into account the needs of refugees and migrants, only one in two said that they had conducted at least one assessment of the needs of migrants and refugees.“The illegal migrants are not ‘visible’ to the authorities, so to say,” Dr. Jakab said. “They are there in the country but formally and officially the countries are not aware that they are present in the country.”Globally, there are an estimated 258 million migrants, according to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. read more
Robert HilsonBrock’s new director of Athletics will be Robert Hilson, a manager and administrator who has worked extensively in the Canadian amateur sport and recreation sectors, including at the university level.Currently the communications manager in the University of Western Ontario’s Department of Sport and Recreation Services, Hilson will start his new position on May 30. He takes over from Chris Critelli, who stepped in as acting director of Athletics last summer when Lorne Adams left the office to return to teaching.Hilson brings nearly 20 years of experience in amateur sport, much of it in post-secondary education. Before joining Western in 2010, he spent 12 years in various roles at McMaster University’s Department of Athletics and Recreation, including as manager of Marketing and Media Relations and also as manager of Marketing and Alumni Advancement.Prior to that he worked as a communications co-ordinator for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and as manager of provincial competitions for Basketball Ontario.“I am extremely happy to be joining the Brock team,” said Hilson. “They have some great individuals who have given Brock a national reputation in university athletics, and I look forward to working alongside them to keep making that reputation even stronger.”In making the announcement, Steven Pillar, Brock’s Vice-President of Finance and Administration, also expressed the University’s appreciation to Critelli, who will return to her position as assistant director of Athletics after overseeing Brock Athletics for most of the past year.“It has been Chris’s ability to keep the team on course that gave us time to conduct a national search for a permanent candidate,” said Pillar, “and for that dedicated help, we are indeed grateful.”Hilson can be reached immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org read more
Around 5.8 million properties are at risk of flooding in England, according to EA figures –approximately one in six homes and businesses.The agency’s website allows users to check the flood risk for English postcodes.Soldiers from the 5th Bn The Rifles and King’s Royal Hussars as well as logistics specialists and engineers have had four weeks of training to put up nearly 30 miles of new flood protection barriers.Col James Coote, commander of the Army’s South West headquarters, said the troops had been put on standby as a “sensible precaution”.He said: “The Government has directed the Army to provide this support. We are here to support the civilian authorities.” Members of Cleveland Mountain Rescue and soldiers from 2 Battalion The Duke of Lancasters Regiment assist members of the public as they are evacuated from the Queens Hotel in York city centreCredit:Ian Forsyth/Getty Images “There will be rain at times, but we are unlikely to see anything like as much rainfall as last year,” said Mark Wilson.Next week will be “quite changeable”, he said, with “a band of rain pushing from west to east, but nothing too severe.”Last year saw the wettest December on record, and the Government is trying to prevent a repeat of accusations it has been unprepared for devastating flooding.Three battalions of troops have for the first time been formally placed on alert to help the Environment Agency put up barriers and man pumps in the event of heavy flooding.The agency said it was unable to predict precisely when and where flooding might strike, but areas such as the North-West, which receive more rainfall than the rest of the country, tend to be the most at risk. More than 1,200 soldiers have been put on round-the-clock standby for helping flood rescue efforts as forecasters predict storms this month.There is currently high pressure across Europe and low pressure moving in from the Atlantic, and a Met Office meteorologist said the UK will be the battleground when the two fronts meet over the festive period. In January this year, the chairman of the Environment Agency, Sir Phillip Dilley, resigned after coming under fire for taking a holiday in Barbados as devastating floods hit northern England.MPs on the Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs Committee last month warned flood prevention work in Britain was ‘fragmented, inefficient and ineffective’ and ‘repeatedly let people down.’A damning report said: “In recent years, floods have wrecked properties, and destroyed livelihoods from Somerset to North Yorkshire, the Thames Valley to the Midlands.“Many communities will be going into this winter fearing that disaster could be just a downpour away.”Soldiers have been on hand to help flooding in previous years, but defence sources said this was the first year they had formally been put on advance warning to help the Environment Agency.The plan will see them operate more closely with the civil authorities and be on 24 hours notice, ready to move equipment and manpower into place. Chinook helicopters will also be on standby.Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency, said: “Since January we’ve completed over 130 new flood defence schemes around the country to better protect 55,000 homes.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Show more read more
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGreen State Development Strategy is more than just another document, says HarmonMarch 16, 2018In “latest news”Guyana/Venezuela controversy top of the agenda at Commonwealth ConferenceNovember 27, 2015In “Politics”Brazilian investors meet with State Minister on Oil and Gas, Public Infrastructure sectorsJuly 12, 2018In “Business” Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Thursday met with a delegation from the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, education and research complex to hold discussions on Guyana’s future in terms of sustainable development.The institution, which for the past 30 years have been conducting several studies in Guyana is hoping to expand their collaboration with the Government in a number of area including marine and biodiversity studies.According head of the delegation, Research Scientist, Micheal Braun the institution is looking to invest in long term research and exploration in Guyana.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and the delegation from the Smithsonian Institution in discussions“Our goal with this particular meeting is to explore with the Government, the opportunities for using those long-term resources and data and information to help inform policy making for the future of Guyana in terms of sustainable development, conservation, sustainable livelihoods for both the people in the hinterland and the coastland” Braun noted.Minister Harmon in welcoming the collaboration invited the institution to place its focus on the Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development (IICRCD), where the Government foresees an international biodiversity centre being constructed.“The Centre itself was meant to have two layers of development. One is tourism but it’s the biodiversity aspect that needs that filling. The Centre was meant to be a centre of international research and for students to come and study in an environment that is still pristine. Iwokrama is an area in which your entity can have a great impact in whatever you plan to do going forward. We continue to cherish the support that we have always gotten from you” Harmon noted.Previously, the Smithsonian Institution assisted with work on the Stabroek Market clock along with research on the rare Red Siskin bird in Guyana for the University of Guyana. read more
OceansAlaska, a Ketchikan-based shellfish seed producer, is in a financial mess. Officials with the nonprofit admitted as much during Monday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting. They asked the Assembly for more time to reconcile their accounts related to a borough grant, along with enough borough funding to keep the doors open through the end of July.Last year, Ketchikan’s Borough Assembly approved a two-year grant to OceansAlaska, totaling $338,000. That’s $144,000 per year that was to be used for operational expenses.Oyster spat grows at OceansAlaska.In addition, the Assembly approved a $50,000 grant, to be used specifically for a business plan and a schematic design for the facility’s future operations. How that money actually was spent remains in question – at least partly.Here is OceansAlaska’s new facility manager, Steven Lacroix, explaining that only $6,000 of that $50,000 grant was spent on its stated purpose.“As near as we can determine, and we’re fairly confident of it, and we have the bookkeeper here to verify it, it was spent on operational costs, instead of on what it was designed to be spent ,” he said.Local bookkeeper MJ Cadle was brought in recently by OceansAlaska to figure out how much was spent, on what and when. She’s gone through a lot so far, but, she said, the filing system was inadequate and it’s been challenging to find all the receipts to show where the money went.“Every day I come upon new receipts,” she explained. “Where I don’t have receipts, I have vendor names and I’ll be contacting vendors if that’s the shortest way to get to those receipts. What I’m attempting to do is make sure that the receipts that were given were correct. To be quite honest with you, checks were written and appear to have not been sent so I can’t find those checks. Not huge checks, but checks were written to pay bills, which made them reimbursable, but the checks were not mailed.”So, Cadle said, it’s going to take a little time.Assembly Member Glen Thompson asked whether Cadle has seen evidence of malfeasance. She said it doesn’t look that way to her.“My initial review was that somebody was operating way above their skill level. And stuff happens,” she said.Cadle added her opinion that the new board and staff at OceansAlaska want to move forward with the mission, which is to enhance and improve the shellfish industry in Alaska.One of those new board members is Eric Riemer, a commercial diver who also works with the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association. He said that shellfish farming is important to the future of the shellfish industry, and a source of shellfish seed is a key part of the process.“You look at the salmon industry here in Southeast, and the only reason we have a sustainable salmon fishery is because of the hatcheries,” he said. “As far as shellfish goes, there’s farms out there … and there’s going to be a lot more of them coming online, especially after OceansAlaska gets up and running.”Assembly Member Mike Painter noted that the state’s salmon hatcheries are paid for at least in part by a tax that commercial fishermen imposed on themselves. He said shellfish farmers and divers should contribute to OceansAlaska in a similar way.Reimer agreed, adding that some kind of industry funding is likely in the future.Following the presentation by OceansAlaska, Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst asked whether the Assembly wanted him to approve invoices from OceansAlaska for the $20,000 left in this year’s grant.Assembly members were concerned about providing more money to a potentially failing enterprise. But they also worried about not giving the organization the chance it needs to succeed.Here is Assembly Member Bill Rotecki, who has been a supporter of OceansAlaska: “You can imagine I have a lot of egg on my face. I’ve been trying to push this, and the discovery of mismanaged funds is not very easy for me to accept. But reality is reality.”Rotecki added that he wanted to continue funding for this year, in hopes of seeing a good plan that would justify future support.Assembly Member Alan Bailey then asked Cadle whether the doors would close if the $20,000 were not appropriated.“At this point, I’m still operating with somewhat incomplete information, but basically, yes,” she said.With Bailey, Rotecki, Phillips and Jim Van Horne raising their hands, the Assembly agreed to continue this year’s grant funding. But each member warned that they would want answers, a good plan for the future and a lot of checks and balances installed before they would consider approving funds for next fiscal year. read more
Ashok Leyland, Chennai-based heavy vehicle maker, is expected to post 60 percent growth in net profit and 15 percent rise in revenues for the first quarter ended June 2016, according to a note by brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Limited (MOSL).The company is expected to report net operating revenues of Rs. 4,430 crore for the June 2016 quarter, according to the brokerage.”We expect realization to improve 2.3% YoY (decline 5% QoQ) on price increase and higher contribution from defence business…lower interest and higher other income would boost adjusted PAT growth to 60% YoY (24% QoQ) to Rs. 2.5b (Rs. 254.9 crore),” MOSL said in a note.Key estimates according to MOSL:Net profit: Rs. 254.9 crore (up 60 percent, YoY)Net operating revenues: Rs. 4,430 crore (up 15.3 percent, YoY)EBITA Margin: 10.9 percent The company said on Monday that it has won orders to supply 3,600 buses to various state transport corporations for delivery in the current financial year.Ashok Leyland had a market share of 35.9 percent in the June 2016 quarter, marking an increase over 33.2 percent in the corresponding period last year, Ashok Leyland said in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday.”We continue to maintain growth in the domestic M&HCV market and believe the industry should post 15% to 20% percent growth in the current financial year. Ashok Leyland will continue to expand its network, launch new products and introduce customer-centric initiatives which would help to maintain its lead,” Vinod K Dasari, MD of Ashok Leyland, said in the BSE filing. The company sold 11,108 vehicles in June this year, an increase of 7 percent over 10,429 units sold in June last year. For the quarter ended June 2016, the company sold 31,165 units, 11 percent more than 28,154 vehicles it sold in the corresponding quarter last year, according to another filing by Ashok Leyland.The company will be declaring its June 2016 quarter results on July 21. read more
Interglobe Aviation, which owns budget carrier IndiGo, gained more than 4 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Wednesday in response to an analyst upgrading the stock, indicating high upside from its current price.Interglobe Aviation opened higher at Rs. 844 from its Tuesday closing of Rs. 828 and reached an intraday high of Rs. 868, or 4.22 percent, before losing partially to trade at Rs. 859.25 (up 3.66 percent) at around 12.20 p.m.Citi had upgraded the Interglobe Aviation stock price to Rs. 1,100, translating into a potential for significant gains from its prevailing price, according to a report on news channel CNBC-TV18.The channel quoted the brokerage as saying that concerns over the delay in getting delivery of A320neos were “unwarranted”.Interglobe Aviation had reported a 7.4 percent fall in net profit for the June quarter (Q1) to Rs. 591.77 crore from Rs. 638.89 crore in the corresponding period last year. Total income rose 9.7 percent to Rs. 4,741.5 crore on the back of a 47 percent rise in other income during Q1.”We have posted yet another profitable quarter. However, profitability was lower than last year, primarily because of competitive fare pressures,” Aditya Ghosh, president and whole-time director, said in a statement on Aug. 1.The company had a fleet of 109 aircraft as on June 30, 2016, with the average fleet age being 4.8 years.With a market share of about 38 percent, Indigo Airlines is the largest player in the civil aviation space in terms of passengers carried. During the June quarter, the company flew 94.27 lakh passengers within India, according to statistics provided by the regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).India is the fastest-growing civil aviation market in the world. Other carriers operating in India include listed entities Jet Airways and SpiceJet, and unlisted firms Go Air, AirAsia India, Vistara, and state-run Air India, besides other smaller carriers.Share prices of SpiceJet were trading almost flat at Rs. 61.10 and those of Jet Airways at Rs. 547.55, up 1.40 percent.The Sensex was marginally up at 28,082. Top gainers were Coal India, Hero Motocorp and Tata Steel. read more
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Wednesday alleged party chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia is kept in an insect infested uninhabitable room in the abandoned central jail.Addressing a press conference at the party’s central office at Naya Paltan, the BNP leader also said the former prime minister has fallen ill due to insect bites.“Living in the uninhabitable room infested with numerous insects is like living in hell. The BNP chairperson has fallen seriously ill due to the insect bites,” said Rizvi He said Khaleda is suffering from severe neck ache and her left hand has stiffened due to chronic pain.“Khaleda has undergone an eye surgery recently. Dust from the old walls of the old building is affecting her eyes,” he added.He also said the damp floor has caused her severe cough.Rizvi criticised the government for not taking proper measures to provide medical treatment to Khaleda Zia. read more
By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, email@example.comOn May 21, Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio was doing her job when she confronted a male in a Jeep suspected of being part of a burglary in the Perry Hall community of Baltimore County.Caprio ordered the driver of the car, 16-year old Dawnta Harris to exit the Jeep. He didn’t; instead, Harris allegedly hit the accelerator and ran over Caprio where she stood, according to police. Officer Caprio, who would have celebrated four years in the department in July, died of her injuries at the Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center. The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide by multiple trauma to the head and torso.The death of Officer Caprio is a horrible tragedy; her family is never going to see her again and who knows what great things this young woman could have accomplished in her life.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)But, that’s not where the tragedy ends in this case. Harris, if convicted will most likely take his last breath behind the walls of a correctional facility. Many believe that if that is Harris’ fate, then justice will be served. Others believe Harris deserves the death penalty and if Maryland still had the capital punishment statute still on the books, that should be his fate.All of the above may be true, but ultimately, Harris did what many 16-year olds do; he made a horrible choice, one that had catastrophic consequences.The three teen boys, ages 15, 16 and 17, that were allegedly robbing that house in Perry Hall, while Harris waited in the getaway vehicle, also made horrible choices and all three are also being charged as adults with felony murder and burglary, according to WBAL-TV investigative reporter Jayne Miller. I realize that charging all of these boys as adults with murder, although only one is really guilty of running over Officer Caprio is legally tenable, but is it right?Veteran Baltimore defense attorney A. Dwight Pettit says he saw a similar story play out almost 20 years ago.“In 2001, I had one of the biggest cases in Baltimore and the state of Maryland at the time,” Pettit told me over the phone.“Eric Stennett was allegedly shooting at somebody in West Baltimore…he fled police…he was doing 104 miles an hour in a Ford Bronco, he hits the officer, runs over the cop and kills him,” Pettit explained.Specifically, the police officer, 27-year old Kevon Gavin was killed when he pulled his police cruiser in front of Stennett driving the much larger vehicle at over 100 miles per hour.“They charged him (Stennett) with first degree murder, second degree murder and everything else,” recalled Pettit. “There was no place for the vehicle to go traveling at 104 miles an hour, there was no intent no pre meditation.”The point Pettit is making is that police and prosecutors in all their zeal to throw the book at Stennett and get a conviction for killing a cop, made several mistakes in the investigation and the trial and overcharged Stennett. Ultimately, the jury acquitted Stennett, who was 18 at the time of the accident that killed Officer Gavin.“The jury…they just believed in their (police, prosecutors) haste, and emotional outcry didn’t present a case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Pettit said.Stennett did have another run in with the law according to Pettit after the incident where Officer Gavin was killed, but he appears to have steered clear of trouble ever since.“He’s grown up to be a very productive young man, who got a break because the jury acquitted him and changed his life,” Pettit said.The four teens charged as adults with murder in the killing of Officer Caprio more than likely won’t get the chance Stennett got.“I think they are talking about felony murder and in Baltimore County that is not unreasonable, because it will be a conservative jury,” Pettit said. “They look at it as a political football and don’t think of the evidence and they dramatically over charge. It’s a political statement on behalf of police…crying out for blood and in Baltimore County they are going to have a very emotional judge and jury behind them.”Sean Yoes is the Baltimore AFRO Editor and host and executive producer of the AFRO First Edition video podcast, which airs Monday and Friday at 5:00 p.m. on the AFRO’s Facebook page. read more
Containers with Transitions makes Firefox Containers more useful by Martin Brinkmann on January 02, 2019 in Firefox – 14 commentsContainers with Transitions is a brand new Firefox extension that improves the functionality of Mozilla’s own Multi-Account Containers extension for Firefox.Mozilla launched Containers as a Firefox Test Pilot project in 2017; the organization did not integrate Containers natively after the Test Pilot project ran its course but released the Multi-Account Containers extension instead. Firefox users who wanted to make use of Container functionality in the browser could install the extension to add support for it to the browser.Third-party developers created specialized Container extensions, e.g. to restrict Facebook, Google, or YouTube to a container to limit tracking. Temporary Containers on the other hand creates self-deleting containers.Containers with TransitionsContainers with Transitions is a fork of Mozilla’s Multi-Account Containers extension that takes Mozilla’s extension and improves it. The extension supports all features of Multi-Account Containers; you may use it to maintain a set of containers, and load sites into containers to separate their data from others.What Containers with Transitions adds is the following: the ability to create rules to define in which container links are opened that are activated from specific domains that are open in containers.Here is an example: say you open Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit in a container. You could create a new container, e.g. Clickbait or NSFW, and specify that any link opened on the original site in the source container is loaded in the new container.Another example: open any link opened on Google or another search engine in a “Search” container instead of the current container to limit tracking.Basically, what Containers with Transitions does is automate the process of opening links from specific domains in specific containers. While you can right-click on any link to open it in a specific container, using automation speeds up that process significantly especially if that is the desired action all the time.Creating rulesThe rules creation process is slightly complicated; the extension adds two rule option named default and domain.Default rules open any external link that is activated in a container in a selected container, e.g. any link in the Search container is opened in the Temp container.Domain rules supersede default rules. You may use them to specify a container that you want to open a domain in when a link that points to it is activated.Default rulesFirst thing you need to do is open the source page, e.g. facebook.com, in a Container after installation of the extension. One option to do so is to open the page, activate the Containers with Transitions icon, and select one of the available containers.Tip: check the “always open” box to always open the domain in the selected container.Activate the Containers with Transition icon again while the source page is active in the browser (and loaded in a container).Select “Edit Default Rules”.Select the Source container.Select the desired container for external links opened from that container.Domain rulesOpen the source domain in a container, e.g. images.google.com in any container.Select the extension icon and when it opens “Edit Domain Rules”.Select the “>>” icon and select the “Google” container as the target.The rule opens any link pointing to images.google.com in the Google container.Closing WordsContainers with Transitions adds new options to the Containers functionality of the Firefox browser. Firefox users may use it for two purposes: always open links from a specific domain in another container or always open a specific domain in a specific container.Now You: Do you use Containers?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 3 votes Software Name Containers with TransitionsSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/containers-with-transitions/ Advertisement read more
Cancun, Q.R. — A man found murdered in his home Monday is said to be that of a well-known Cancun school teacher.On Monday morning, a man was discovered murdered in his home in Region 91. The body was found by his brother. An emergency call for help was made at 9:30 a.m. When police arrived, they found an adult male bound at hands and feet in a bedroom of the home.The Attorney General’s Office says the body was found bound with severe blows to the face allegedly caused by a metallic hammer-like tool.The man, who has been identified only as W.R.C.N., is reported to have been a primary school supervisor in school zone 25 of Cancun. Neighbors say he was referred to as El Maestro.A cause or possible suspects has not been released.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) read more
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