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US Influential Congress Members Call For Consolidating MoroccoUS Exceptional Partnership

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first_imgWashington – Leading members of the US congress called in a letter addressed on Monday to President Barack Obama for consolidating the strong partnership linking the USA to Morocco, “a country deserving our support and commitment.”The letter, sent as King Mohammed VI will be paying this November 22 a working visit to the USA where the Sovereign will meet the US chief executive, expresses the US congress members’ support to efforts meant consolidate the US-Morocco strong partnership.The letter, signed by president of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East, Ilena Ros-Lehtinen, and member of the commission, Ted Deutch, notes that “thanks to the leadership of King Mohammed VI, Morocco has been spared the violence and chaos spread in the region, adding that the Kingdom “stands out today as a model of stability in a region fraught with doubts and uncertainty.” The US congress members’ letter also welcomes the multi-dimensional strategy adopted by Morocco to fight religious extremism, based on security cooperation and social values, political reforms, economic development and religious education founded on moderation virtues.They also recall the US administration’s support to the Moroccan plan to grant autonomy to the Sahara, under Moroccan sovereignty, noting that Washington’s position had been repeatedly expressed by three successive administrations, including the present one.The Moroccan autonomy plan enjoys “a strong bi-partisan support at the US congress,” write Ilena Ros-Lehtinen and Ted Deutch, who call President Obama to seize the opportunity of the King’s visit to further consolidate the strategic relationship binding the two nations and reaffirm and consolidate the bi-partisan support to the Moroccan autonomy planlast_img read more

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Qatar International Islamic Bank to Open Branch in Morocco

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Rabat – The Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB) and Moroccan lender Credit Immobilier et Hotelier S.A. (CIH Bank) have reportedly signed an agreement to set up a bank in Morocco.According to Reuters, the Qatari institution said on Thursday that the bank is expected to launch in the next few months after receiving the necessary approvals from the competent authorities“QIIB will take a 40 percent stake in the new bank,” Qatari bank officials said, according to the same source.. No further details of the venture were released. After Morocco adopted a bill to regulate Islamic banks and bonds (sukuk), several Islamic banks from Gulf countries have expressed interest in doing business in Morocco.Abdul Latif Aljwahiri, Governor of Bank-Al-Maghrib, Morocco’s central bank, announced in November that Morocco was  set to begin issuing Islamic bank licenses in 2016.In a previous statement, Aljwahiri said that Bank-Al-Maghrib had received 15 requests from foreign financial institutions and three requests from Moroccan institutions requesting bank permits.The governor added that the central bank is currently in the process of studying these requests.In order to oversee the work of Islamic banks, also called participatory banks, Morocco created the “Sharia Board” for Participatory Finance.The board is composed of ten Islamic scholars and at least five financial experts, chosen by the president of the Supreme Ulema Council in Morocco.The “Sharia Board’s” main role is to make sure all the transactions of the Islamic banks are in conformity with Sharia laws. read more

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Moroccan Convicted in 11M Terrorist Attack to Be Released from Austrian

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By Julia CabreraRabat – Hamid Ahmidan, who planted the explosives used for the terrorist attack in Spain on March 11, 2004,  will be released from prison on March 21st, ten days after the 13th anniversary of the attack.Originally the Tangier native was sentenced to 23 years in prison, but according to the Spanish news outlet, El Español, the Supreme Court later changed the sentence to 10 years. Ahmidan’s cousin, Jamal Ahmida, was the leader of the group who placed the bombs on the trains the day of the attack. Due to their trustworthy relationship, Ahmidan was a key participant in very important ventures for the largest attack in Spain’s history, according to El Español. Aside from hiding the explosives, he guarded the house where the group prepared the explosives.Judicial authorities told El Español that Ahmidan is currently serving his sentence in an Austrian prison.The administration is still deciding whether or not he will be deported to his homeland of Morocco. According to El Español, Ahmidan can be expelled under the article 57 of foreign policy, which states that, “any person who is condemned of a crime that harms Spain, outside or within the country and serves a sentence that exceeds 1 year can be expelled to their country of origin.” read more

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Alaska cannabis industry cites uncertainty with new governor

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Recent actions taken by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy have some in the legal cannabis industry confused about his intentions.Dunleavy made new appointments to the board tasked with regulating the industry even as he has eyed repealing the board. His appointment of Vivian Stiver, a marijuana critic, has riled industry members who have cast her as a prohibitionist. The board begins a three-day meeting Wednesday in Juneau.Industry leaders say language in one of Dunleavy’s crime bills would make it a felony to possess 25 or more cannabis plants, which they say could affect legal growers.However, a Department of Law spokeswoman says the provision is not directed at legal growers and the administration is open to clarifying that.Marijuana advocate Lacy Wilcox says Dunleavy should meet with the industry.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press read more

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Tango takes its turn on UN cultural bodys list of intangible heritage

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Together with dances of the Ainu in Japan, the Ashiqs in Azerbaijan and Korean and Tibetan ethnic groups in China, and others from Réunion island, India, Mexico and the Republic of Korea (ROK) it joined a host of cultural elements ranging from France’s Aubusson tapestries to Holy Week processions in Popayán, Colombia, to be added to the list.In all, 76 cultural elements were inscribed on the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, chosen by the 24 Member States of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage at its fourth session in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.The list was inaugurated last November in accordance with UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which seeks to protect the world’s oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, craftsmanship and knowledge of nature.Today’s inscriptions ranged from religious ceremonies, like the Procession of the Holy Blood in Bruges, Belgium, the Panagyr ritual on the feast days of Saints Constantine and Helena in Bulgari, Bulgaria, and religious ritual theatre in the Garhwal Himalayas, India, to lace making in Croatia, a masked end-of-winter carnival in Mohács, Hungary, and the Voladores (‘flying men’) fertility dance of ethnic groups in Mexico and Central America.The inscriptions comprise cultural elements from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the ROK, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, and Viet Nam. 30 September 2009The tango, spawned over a century ago in the lower class barrios of Buenos Aires and Montevideo before bursting on to dance floors worldwide, today danced itself on to the United Nations-endorsed list of the planet’s intangible cultural heritage. read more

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ICE Futures Canada Friday Canola prices higher barley unchanged

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WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $0.70 higher $506.90; Jan. ’18 $0.80 higher $512.00; March ’18 $0.70 higher $515.60; May ’18 $0.30 higher $517.40; July ’18 $0.70 higher $519.30; Nov. ’18 $0.70 higher $485.50; Jan. ’19 $0.70 higher $486.30; March ’19 $0.70 higher $489.00; May ’19 $0.70 higher $489.00; July ’19 $0.70 higher $489.00; Nov. ’19 $0.70 higher $489.00.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $141.00; March ’18 unchanged $141.00; May ’18 unchanged $141.00; July ’18 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $141.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $141.00; March ’19 unchanged $141.00; May ’19 unchanged $141.00; July ’19 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $141.00.Friday’s estimated volume of trade: 127,100 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 127,100. read more

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Bell Canada adding 150 jobs in New Brunswick with new national service

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FREDERICTON — Bell Canada is locating a national service centre in Fredericton that’s expected to create up to 150 jobs over the next five years.Premier Brian Gallant says it’s great news that will help strengthen New Brunswick’s information technology sector and the economy.The employees will be working with some of Bell’s largest customers across the country on technical issues and network security.Bell Canada will be eligible for up to $3.6 million from the province in the form of payroll rebates once the jobs are created and maintained for at least a year.Bell also announced it is investing $100,000 in the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at the University of New Brunswick.Bell currently employs more than 1,500 across New Brunswick.

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UN launches into World Space Week highlighting contributions of space science to

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“Effective satellite navigation benefits users worldwide. While many of us are familiar with satellite navigation systems for cars, this is just one of the many applications of this technology,” said the Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV), Yury Fedotov, at the presentation of the satellite model. “Satellite navigation-related technology supports many civil, scientific and commercial functions,” he added. “It is widely used in the areas of telecommunications, transportation, meteorology and disaster forecasting.”Thanking Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna, Ambassador Vladimir Voronkov, and along with Anatoly Shilov, the Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Space Agency – known as Roscosmos – Mr. Fedotov unveiled the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) satellite model at the permanent Space Exhibit of the UN Vienna International Centre, in Austria.Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna Yury Fedotov (right) points to the navigation satellite model donated by Russia. UN PhotoThe donation of the satellite came on the first day of World Space Week, the largest annual space event in the world. Observed during the week of 4-10 October, the General Assembly proclaimed World Space Week in 1999, to celebrate the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.The dates recall the launch, on 4 October 1957, of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, and the entry into force, on 10 October 1967, of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.“This Week has become a world-wide celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition,” said the Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Mazlan Othman.“UNOOSA, together with its partners,” she added, “has been working to bring the benefits of space to Earth, to make the seemingly remote and abstract world of outer space of concrete use to people worldwide.”In a message for the Week, the UNOOSA chief said that coupled with advances made in other fields of science and technology, space science and technology and their applications offer a wide range of specific tools and solutions that can enable and support States in overcoming obstacles to sustainable development.“To be able to benefit from all aspects of science and technology, space science and technology represent a vital component and thus it is very important to have a well-planned space and educational programme tailored to meet the requirements according to the resources available,” she said.UNOOSA, together with the International Astronomical Union, is organizing a capacity-building workshop on astronomy for secondary teachers in Ethiopia, in cooperation with the Ethiopian Space Science Society, which will be held in the African country’s capital, Addis Ababa, next week. A similar workshop was held in 2011 in Bangladesh. The aim of the workshops is to enhance capacity of secondary school teachers in their teaching of basic and modern astronomy and introducing it to the school curricula. The workshops cover basic and modern astronomy, including hands-on sessions with access to the telescope. “UNOOSA supports countries in their actions and programmes aimed at attracting young people to this field by making them aware of the importance of space science, technology and applications and, in doing so, inspire the future generations to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Ms. Othman said. In addition to the GLONASS satellite model on show at the permanent Space Exhibit in Vienna, UNOOSA is displaying, during World Space Week, a series of images taken by a fleet of Earth-observing satellites that form part of the so-called Landsat programme, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Landsat monitors changes caused by natural processes and human practices, for example marine algal blooms and desertification, and is managed jointly by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the US Geological Survey. read more

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Steve Nash Looks to Keep Family Away in Custody

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Lakers point guard Steve Nash is involved in a custody battle of an odd variety, as he fights to keep his ex-wife and three children from following him to Los Angeles. Nash separated from Alejandra Amarilla last year shortly after the birth of his son Matteo in 2010. Amarilla lived in Phoenix during the majority of Nash’s stint with the Suns following their 2005 marriage, but now she wants to bring Matteo and the twin daughters Nash fathered closer to their father’s new home.Despite Nash’s alleged legal action against the move, TMZ reports that Amarilla has retained divorce lawyer Lance Spiegel to combat the case in both Arizona and California. Nash has not given any public reason as to why he want to prevent his children from being nearby, but TMZ speculates that the two-time MVP could be required to pay more child support should the family move to Los Angeles.Nash, 38, has missed 15 of the Lakers’ 17 games this season after fracturing his left fibula early on in the team’s second game. The absence of the normally healthy veteran is a factor in the teams underwhelming 8-9 start. When he joined the team as a part of a sign and trade deal over the summer, Nash stated that he stayed on the west coast in order to be closer to his children. read more

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Credit card transactions go up 30 per cent

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram National Australia Bank said it put through 3,839,518 ATM, EFTPOS and debit and credit card transactions on Boxing Day, with a peak transaction rate of 100 per second. “That’s an increase of about 30 per cent from last year’s Boxing Day, when just under three million transactions were processed at a peak transaction rate of 80 a second,” a bank spokesman said. Last Thursday, December 20, was the busiest day on the NAB network, with the bank processing 7,728,359 transactions at a peak rate of 181.76 per second. Source: News.com.aulast_img

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Glyfada becomes destination for natural hot springs

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first_imgIf Glyfada didn’t have enough to offer locals and visitors already, now it also boasts its very own natural hot spring. The Municipality of Attica recognised the thermal hot spring in the area of Aixoni; the namesake spring has been on the list of the local council for decades. “The existence of hot springs in Glyfada had taken legendary dimensions. It has been a matter of debate for many generations, but no one has ever done anything to investigate the matter,” said local Mayor George Papanikolaou.He applauded the Ministry of Tourism’s decision, and added that it will have many benefits, among them a boost in development and the creation of jobs.The decision comes after the council of Glyfada ordered an examination of the Aixoni spring to assess and confirm its status as a genuine thermal spring.“It is a development that creates a unique growth perspective, unprecedented in the history of the city,” said the mayor.Hot spring waters are said to have healing properties, and can be effective against rheumatic diseases, which affect the joints and connective tissue, along with helping back pain and disorders affecting the nervous system.Mr Papanikolaou urged the city to act on the momentum of the announcement, by launching a development plan using both national and EU funds. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Greater Collective Purpose Needed to Leverage Contributions of Veterans Groups Report Says

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first_imgA new study points to a “lack of collaboration, coordination and collective purpose” among public, private, and nonprofit organizations serving veterans and military families as a significant factor in the nation’s failure to ensure veterans receive needed medical, social and financial assistance.“Notwithstanding the combined goodwill and determination across all sectors of our economy, collective efforts remain largely fragmented in addressing veteran and military family challenges,” states the report from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF).Researchers found that nearly 45,000 nongovernmental, nonprofit groups nationwide focus on veterans and military issues, with many “largely going it alone in their efforts” to provide services, reported Military Times.The authors make the case for a “collective impact” model — a framework for bringing diverse organizations together around complex social problems — to help communities advance the lives of veterans and military families.In late 2014, IVMF launched a pilot coordinated provider network in New York City, AmericaServes. The initiative is aimed at supporting communities committed to improving the lives of veterans and family members through the creation of comprehensive, accountable, and evidence-based service delivery networks of resources and care.“Our observations of ongoing practice in the veterans’ space are sufficient enough to understand that the single-most obvious gap in community-based services supporting America’s veterans and their families is in fact the space between providers themselves,” said Jim McDonough, IVMF’s managing director of community engagement and innovation.“Unless we address this now through these collective designs and effort, our communities will never be in a position of strength and excellence to serve the needs of veteran families,” McDonough said.The institute’s pilot will be expanded to Pittsburgh and North Carolina this summer.The report also stresses that caring for veterans is a national moral responsibility, one that extends far beyond what a single federal agency can provide.“Wellness encompasses far more than sustaining physical health and fulfilling material need,” it states. “The VA was never designed to reintegrate veterans into civilian society, repair their existing social relationships or build new ones in the communities in which they ultimately settle.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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16th amendment verdict unnerves AL govt Fakhrul

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first_img-Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that the government has got unnerved as the Supreme Court’s 16th amendment annulment verdict has exposed the ‘country’s real scenario’.”The government has started feeling the heartburn as the observations of the 16th amendment verdict have depicted the country’s real situation. Awami League general secretary yesterday (Friday) said they’re now passing through a bad time. What has put you in trouble?” he said.Speaking at a doa mahfil (prayers session), the BNP leader also alleged that the ruling party leaders are now talking about conspiracy in fear of losing power.Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal arranged the programme at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office seeking early recovery of its chairperson Khaleda Zia who underwent a surgery in her right eye in London on Tuesday.Describing the apex court’s 16th amendment verdict as historical document, Fakhrul said the Supreme Court has given some important observations in the verdict out of its sense of responsibility as the country is heading towards destruction.He claimed that the observations of the verdict have demonstrated that the government has no longer right to cling to power. “It has been now in office only by force with the power of guns and pistols. The fact is that the government won’t be able to stay in office, even for a second without guns and pistols.”The BNP leader said the country’s people have been going through immense sufferings due to the government’s failure to deliver on all fronts.He alleged that ruling party student body Chhatra League attacked Chhatra Dal leaders and forced them out of Dhaka University campus as they went there to join a discussion. “This is the type of Awami League’s democracy.”Fakhrul said the government is obstructing BNP’s political programmes and squeezing its all political spaces only to suppress the party and hang onto power by force.last_img read more

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Kamal considers attack on him disrespect to martyrs

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first_imgJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain speaks at a press conference at the Oikya Front`s Purana Paltan office on Friday, 14 December 2018. Photo: UNBJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain on Friday described the attack on his motorcade near the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in the city as a serious act of disrespect to martyred intellectuals.He made the observations while addressing a press conference held at the Oikya Front’s Purana Paltan office.Kamal also urged the government to stop abusing power.Earlier in the morning, Kamal Hossain’s motorcade came under attack near the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur while returning after paying tributes to the martyred intellectuals, leaving at least 10 people injured.Kamal, however, managed to escape the attack unhurt.Latiful Bari Hamim, media wing member of Jatiya Oikya Front, said Kamal along with Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rab, Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury, BNP chairperson’s adviser Abdus Salam, Gano Forum leaders Jaglul Haider Afrik and Reza Kibria paid homage to the martyred intellectuals at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Memorial around 9:30am, marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day.Some supporters of local Awami League candidate for Dhaka-14 constituency Aslamul Haque equipped with rods and sticks attacked Kamal Hossain’s car when he was getting in it at the main gate of the memorial on his way back home, Hamim said.He alleged the ruling party men also attacked the vehicles carrying ASM Abdur Rab, Jaglul Haider Afrik, Oikya Front’s Dhaka-14 candidate Abu Bakar Siddique Saju.The attackers beat BNP and Oikya Front leaders and activists those who tried to resist them, leaving 10-12 people, including Saju and Rab’s driver, injured.last_img
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Costa Rica calls on UN Security Council to address fighting in Gaza

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first_imgForeign Minister Manuel González repeated Costa Rica’s desire for an immediate ceasefire and urged the United Nations Security Council to take responsibility for ending the violence in the Gaza Strip, during a press conference at the Casa Amarilla Monday afternoon.The minister’s message came on the same day that Israel and Hamas announced a 72-hour truce starting Tuesday.After meeting with President Luis Guillermo Solís earlier in the day, González said he met with ambassadors from Security Council member states with diplomatic missions in Costa Rica, including permanent members the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China, and non-permanent members Argentina, Chile and South Korea.“We insisted that they take all the necessary steps so that the Security Council acts and immediately puts this topic on their agenda,” he said.The foreign minister hedged whether the statement would gain any traction with the world powers, adding that it was their turn to act.“[Costa Rica] cannot remain a silent witness to what is happening,” González said.González also used some of his strongest words to date against Hamas, which he criticized for its “extreme and fundamentalist” policies.González said that Costa Rica would not call its ambassador to Israel in Tel Aviv, Rodrigo Carreras, back to Costa Rica for consultation about the war in Gaza that has lasted more than four weeks and claimed the lives of more than 1,800 Palestinians in Gaza and more than 60 Israelis so far. Casa Amarilla released a statement last week saying that Carreras would return to Costa Rica briefly for personal reasons until Aug. 14.AFP contributed to this report. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Solís joins UN secretary-general in call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza conflict Costa Rica expresses outrage to Israeli ambassador over Gaza violence Israel launches ground operation in Gaza How to save Gazalast_img read more

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Featuring a choice of Australia New Zealand Asia

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first_imgFeaturing a choice of Australia, New Zealand, Asia and South Pacific cruises, departing from 17 September 2018 – 4 March 2019, the new Norwegian Jewel brochure is available now through Brochure Flow in Australia or Travel Marketing in New Zealand. Norwegian Jewel will be be returning to our waters for her second local season, fresh from a multi-million-dollar bow-to-stern refurbishment as part of the Norwegian Edge revitalisation program. New itineraries include a 19-day sailing from Singapore to Sydney; a seven-day sailing soaking up the sights of Tasmania and a 13-day sailing of South Pacific must-sees including ports across New Caledonia and Queensland, returning via Cairns and Airlie Beach. australiaBrochurescruiseNorwegian Cruise Linelast_img

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Top Stories

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first_img Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation There are certain happenings in the world of sports that no matter what you’re doing, you drop it and watch with great anticipation.In 2011, a Patrick Peterson punt return became one of those happenings. Peterson tied an NFL record by returning four punts for touchdowns and set a Cardinals franchise record by returning one for 99 yards and a score.But this year has been a little different for Peterson, who currently ranks 24th in the league by averaging just 7.9 yards per return. His longest effort so far is only 17 yards. Last Sunday in a win over Miami, Peterson fumbled/muffed three punts and averaged only 4.5 yards per return. He also fair caught one punt at the Cardinals’ three-yard-line, which is a no-no for even the most explosive returners.“I was pressing last week, for sure,” Peterson said Tuesday. “Being that my hometown team was coming to Arizona, I just wanted to make something happen so bad. I had a lot of family members here in town.“Not making that an excuse, but at the end of the day I have to hold onto the ball and put the ball in the offense’s hands and not put it on the ground and have an opportunity for the other team to recover the fumbles.”It’s interesting to note that two of Peterson’s four touchdown returns last season, including the 99-yarder, came against the St. Louis Rams, who play host to the Cardinals Thursday night.Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

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TEMPE Ariz — James Bettcher got his first NFL co

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first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — James Bettcher got his first NFL coaching job in 2012 with the Indianapolis Colts as a special assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano, which led to him working with Bruce Arians.He left the following season to go with Arians to Arizona, and just three years after landing that first job, Arians tabbed the 36-year-old to replace Todd Bowles as the defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals.“It’s easy to recognize shooting stars, and the time I’ve been with him,” Arians mused, “what separates him from other young coaches, I think, is his command of the room.” Top Stories “The guys that he’s sat in rooms with, John Abraham, Robert Mathis — they know he can coach. I know he can coach. There’s guys that have jobs for 40 years that shouldn’t have had them. So age has got nothing to do with it. It’s the experience, and like I said, the command of the room is what has always sold me on him.”Bettcher has helped oversee some big years from outside linebackers John Abraham, who posted 11.5 sacks in 2013, as well as Alex Okafor, who led the Cardinals with eigh in 2014. Arians also mentioned Mathis, who went to four Pro Bowls with the Colts before Bettcher arrived, as someone who credits Arizona’s new DC for helping him improve as a player. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Bettcher was promoted to the role from his spot as the team’s outside linebackers coach. He has never been a defensive coordinator at any level, and he is instantly one of the youngest coordinators in the NFL. “I turn 37 in May so I’m going to be a little bit older in May,” Bettcher joked when asked about concerns over his youth and relative inexperience. Bettcher went on to discuss how at his first coaching job, at the University of St. Francis, he worked with a coach named Kevin Donley as well as other experienced assistants.“One thing they told me, and it’s stuck with me since that point, it will never be about your years of experience; but here’s what it will be about, it will be about your experiences in those years,” he said. “Don’t shortchange yourself along the way, and I’ve been so lucky along the way to learn from some outstanding coaches.”One of the coaches Bettcher mentioned, Arians, had a different thought on how much age matters.“Age doesn’t have s*** to do with it,” he said. “If you ask that guy back there (pointing to linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who was in the room), can he coach, I think he’ll say, ‘Hell yeah.’ Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Related 10 top places to eat drink and party in G

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first_img Related10 top places to eat, drink and party in Glasgow: a local’s guideOur local’s pick of 10 of the best places to eat, drink and be merry in Glasgow – ideal for football fans.Remain in the UK: The best cities in Britain to visit in 2019Seeking a city break without spending a lot of cash? Given the current political and economic situation post-Brexit vote, you might want to consider a staycation if you’re looking to get the best value from your hard-earned ££. Yes there’s London and Edinburgh, but what about Nottingham or Liverpool? There…5 surprising twin cities you’ll want to visitWithout us even realising it, our UK cities have made some unlikely friendships around the world. These sister cities don’t look or feel identical to their ‘twin’, instead we’re talking about partnerships and agreements between two places and their blossoming relationships may surprise you. Stuck with ideas for your next… 7. Have a drink on Ashton LaneThis pretty cobbled backstreet in Glasgow’s West End has some of the best bars in Glasgow. The street is illuminated by fairy lights and is always bustling with students and locals enjoying a quiet pint or fancy cocktail. Check out The Lane Vinyl Bar, next to the Grosvenor Cafe and Cinema for all your evening needs, be they cocktails, buying records, watching a film or simply watching the world go by. Read about more incredible watering holes in our article on the world’s sexiest bars 4. Relax (or party) in Kelvingrove ParkDespite being known as an industrial centre, Glasgow has a huge number of green spaces. Kelvingrove Park offers spectacular views of the University and since having its bandstand and amphitheatre renovated, it has hosted all manner of concerts and festivals throughout the year. For a more relaxing stroll, visit the Botanic Gardens (nearest underground stop: Hillhead) and walk the heritage trails or warm up in the glasshouses at this fantastic free attraction. Book flights to Glasgow nowSee more of Scotland this year, with our tips on the most beautiful scenery and cities this side of the border:Best of Edinburgh: 10 beauty spots around the cityWhether it be capturing the excitement of the summer festivals or finding that perfect vantage point to see the sunset – there are plenty of beautiful places around Edinburgh. Here are 10 to start you off…Famous Scottish landmarks: top places to visit from the moviesScotland really loves the camera. And it’s safe to say that the camera loves Scotland – the jaw-dropping scenery features in dozens of iconic and cult films.Scotland’s most beautiful beachesScotland is where you’ll find more than 800 islands and some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, and the great news is that you’ll often have the place to yourself – bar the odd seal, seabird or even dolphin.*Published October 2016. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. Go on a shopping spreeBeing the second largest retail centre in the UK outside London, one of the most fun things to do in Glasgow is a spending spree. The main shopping street – Buchanan Street – runs between two large shopping centres and is home to many of the biggest high-street and designer shops. However if you prefer a more unique shopping experience, head to Glasgow’s West End and potter around the numerous thrift, charity and vintage shops. Local favourites include Starry Starry Night,Retro, Handbags and Gladrags and Vintage Guru. 6. Go to a Play, a Pie and a PintThis is a Glasgow institution. A Play, a Pie and a Pint is a lunchtime theatre programme that takes place Mon to Sat in the Òran Mór, a renovated church that is now a thriving bar and events venue. It has been running since 2004 and commissions and produces 38 new plays a year. The programme works with some of Scotland’s best writers as well as presenting shows from all over the world. Tickets (including the eponymous pie and pint) cost £10 on Wednesdays, £12.50 Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri, and £14.50 on Saturdays. 10. Do a Sub-crawlGlasgow’s rickety underground is the third oldest metro system in the world and is considerably smaller than the likes of London with only 15 stops. The sub-crawl challenge has become a popular initiation for Glasgow’s students and visitors alike. The premise is simple, get an all-day rail-pass (£4*) and work your way around all the stops, stopping in the nearest pub to have a beer. If you can make it to all 15 stops you’ll be a fully-fledged ‘Weegie’.11. Take a trip to Loch LomondTake a 30 minute drive from the city centre and you’ll find yourself at the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Loch Lomond itself is the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area, but you won’t be thinking about the stats when you’re looking over the gorgeous scenery, the sloping peaks of the munros (mountains that are above 3000ft) in the background. Pick one of the surrounding villages like Drymen as your base for the day, or stay overnight close to the shore at Sunnyside B&B in Balloch.center_img 8. Go to a gigIf you’re not sure what to do in Glasgow of an evening, going to a gig here is a must; Glaswegian audiences are famed as being the best in the world. Catch one of your favourite bands in the newly built SSE Hydro that holds up to 13,000 people, or the legendary Barrowlands Ballroom. If you’d prefer to discover some new talent, get a pint in one of Glasgow’s many smaller venues such as Bloc or Mono that have gigs going on throughout the week. 3. Admire some artGlasgow has some of the country’s best artistic heritage. Admire Salvador Dali’s work in Kelvingrove Museum, or visit an exhibition in the Gallery of Modern Art, a beautiful Neoclassical building in Glasgow’s city centre. Glasgow is also dotted with reminders of its most famous artistic resident – Charles Rennie Macintosh. Though the Glasgow School of Art is still being restored after a tragic fire a few years ago, his other buildings are open to visitors and among the most attractive places to visit in Glasgow, from the Willow Tea Rooms to the Lighthouse, a quirky looking tower that from the top has unrivalled views of the city centre. 1. Wander along the River ClydeThe River Clyde’s importance in the early twentieth century made Glasgow the ‘Second City of the British Empire’. After years of decline, a regeneration project has brought this area back to its original glory and made the river one of Glasgow’s best attractions. The Riverside Museum – winner of European Museum of the Year 2013 – takes a look back at life over the past century in Glasgow and is located on the site of a former shipyard. In front you’ll find the Tall Ship, a preserved Clyde-built boat that you can explore. 5. Visit the University of GlasgowEver wanted to visit Hogwarts? Glasgow University is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and its Gothic architecture, tall towers and turrets make it feel as if you actually are in the Harry Potter film set. As well as being an impressive building, the University hosts several interesting museums including Scotland’s oldest public museum – The Hunterian – which was founded in 1807 and, with its pickled body parts and gory dissections, is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It’s free to visit the museum and Hunterian Art Gallery, aside from special exhibitions. 9. Explore the Necropolis and CathedralGlasgow Cathedral is the only medieval church in the Scottish mainland to have survived the reformation, complete with twelfth century Gothic vaults and slightly newer but no less glorious post-war stained glass. To the east you’ll find the Glasgow Necropolis, a Victorian graveyard that winds up the side of a hill and is bursting with ornate, crumbling gravestones and eerie tombs.last_img read more

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Saloon registrations up 15 in July

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first_imgThe number of saloon registrations in July rose an annual 15 per cent to 3,515 mainly on an increase in the imports of second-hand cars, the statistical service said on Wednesday.The number of brand-new saloons registered in July rose 20 per cent to 2,331 compared to the same month of 2017 while that of new cars rose 6.6 per cent to 1,184, Cystat said in a statement.In January to July, the total number of saloon registrations rose an annual 18 per cent to 25,157, broken down to 8.910 new and 16,247 used cars which increased 2.7 per cent and 28 per cent respectively, Cystat said. You May LikeOceandrawEver Notice How Dolly Parton Always Wears Long Sleeves? Here’s WhyOceandrawUndoLuxury LevelsThe World’s Most Comfortable and Luxurious Airports [Photos]Luxury LevelsUndoMonagiza29 Adorable Cats Sleeping In Funny PositionsMonagizaUndo Films and food at RialtoUndo‘Ordinary hero’ says EU cooperation succeeded in combating human traffickingUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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