Morocco Rejects Amnesty International’s ‘Biased, Inaccurate’ Reports

Rabat – Moroccan authorities mentioned Amnesty International annual report, “The State of the World’s Human Rights 2017/2018,” saying that the organization “ignores” the country’s positive developments. Amnesty International, say Moroccan authorities, brings forth false information and makes it appear as facts.The NGO mentioned in its analysis Morocco’s bleak record on freedom of expression represented in the arrest and sentencing of journalists and people who express their opinions on social media. In response, the Moroccan authorities stressed that they do not arbitrarily arrest people like the organization seemed to imply. Instead, they argued, individuals have been arrested for offences such as “incitement of terrorism, rape and other crimes.”Amnesty’s report also claimed that Moroccans are not free enough to be founders or members of civil society associations. Moroccan authorities criticized the statement for being “inaccurate.” They pointed out  that the report failed to mention that there are 140,000 active associations in the country.In terms of authorities’ crackdown on freedom of assembly, Amnesty International found only two cases.  Bu tit described the two cases as illustrations of excessive or unnecessary use of force. The two cases were only an exception and not the rule against which to measure the level of freedom of assembly in Morocco, according to Moroccan authorities.The fact is that no prison sentences have been imposed on peaceful demonstrators, as indicated in the report, but rather on practices and acts against the law.As for allegations of unfair trials and of torture, the report claimed the courts continue to convict activists after heavy trials, relying heavily on forced confessions. It did not, however, provide any basis or evidence to reach this conclusion.Read Also: Morocco Rejects Amnesty’s Report on Hirak Activists’ SentencesThe trials referred to in the report were not directly witnessed by the organization. The cases in question are still before the judiciary, which remains the only competent authority to do justice and provide reparation to litigants.Morocco is making efforts to regularize and integrate migrants by defining a legal framework for migration and asylum.  While a number of international human rights groups have applauded Morocco’s humanitarian efforts in the MENA region,, Amnesty International went the other way, according to the Moroccan government. Amnesty claimed that the authorities had launched a major campaign of discriminatory repression targeting thousands of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.It added that they raided random neighbourhoods and houses occupied by refugees and migrants, and illegally arrested thousands of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, including children and pregnant women.Moroccan authorities retorted that this reflected the fact that the organization was not following the country’s actual efforts in this area, including the settlement of the administrative status of migrants and refugees in Morocco since 2013. Morocco’s response noted that Amnesty did not pay attention to the adequate and qualitative data presented by Morocco in response to the organization’s 2017 annual report.With regard to abortion and violence against women, the organization should greatly appreciate the adoption of the law on combating violence against women, instead of highlighting cases such as marital rape. For such cases, Morocco has taken the legislative decision to criminalize all forms of violence against women.As for the report’s comments on abortion, Amnesty did not take into account the evolution of national laws. It failed to mention the draft criminal law regulating the issue of abortion in a way that takes into account all cases adopted in advanced international comparative legislation.On consensual sex and homosexuality, the Moroccan authorities considered that equality and non-discrimination had constitutional status.To protect the psychological and physical well-being of all persons, national laws criminalize all forms of discrimination as well as acts of violence based on sexual orientation and identity.The authorities also said that protection from violence does not prevent the criminalization of sexual relations outside marriage, which is still socially unacceptable.Finally, the Moroccan authorities expressed their regret at the double standards when the report dealt with the human rights situation of Moroccan detainees in Tindouf.Read Also: Communications Ministry: Freedom House’s Net Freedom Report is BiasedAmnesty simply referred to the failure of Polisario to hold to account those responsible for human rights violations committed in the camps in the 1970s and 1980s. This constitutes blatant ignorance of the daily human rights violations and the tragic and inhuman reality that the inhabitants of the camps are currently facing. Amnesty’s report’s Algeria section was supposed to put its fingers on serious human rights and international law violations in these camps. Unfortunately, Amnesty chose to fire the bulk of its “biased” denunciations on Morocco alone. read more

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Human rights defenders in Mexico paying with their lives warn UN experts

12 May 2010Human rights defenders in Mexico are under increasing threat, a group of independent United Nations experts cautioned today, speaking out against the recent killings of two defenders in the country’s southeast. Human rights defenders in Mexico are under increasing threat, a group of independent United Nations experts cautioned today, speaking out against the recent killings of two defenders in the country’s southeast.Rights defender Beatriz Alberta Cariño Trujillo and international observer Tyri Antero Jaakkola, who were on a monitoring mission in Oaxaca, were killed on 27 April when ambushed by paramilitaries. Several others, including journalists, were killed in the attack, and four members of the mission were rescued by the police after being stranded in the forest following the incident.UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston, who focuses on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, acknowledged the complexity of the situation in Mexico and the challenges the country’s Government faces in fight against drug cartels.“But there is no justification for failing to take strong steps when human rights defenders, journalists and others are killed,” he emphasized.“Human rights must not be permitted to be a casualty in the fight against drugs and crime.”For his part, Special Rapporteur on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, James Anaya, voiced concern over the impact of the violence on San Juan Copala, where the recent attack took place, as well as on armed groups and the area’s population, mostly women and children belonging to the Triqui indigenous community.Fellow Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue, who focuses on freedom of expression and opinion, urged Mexican authorities to protect the right to life and to guarantee the rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). “The role of journalists is crucial in reinforcing human rights as well as the enjoyment of all rights and freedoms of all persons,” he stressed.Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, praised Ms. Cariño, who she met earlier this year at a gathering in Dublin, Ireland, of activists from around the world.Ms. Cariño, the expert said, worked tirelessly to campaign on indigenous, environmental and women’s rights.The four Special Rapporteurs called on the Mexican Government “to take all necessary steps to protect the right to life and security of human rights defenders in the country against any violence and other arbitrary action which may be a consequence of the legitimate exercise of their activities.”They called for a prompt and impartial investigation into the 27April attack, noting that the international community will follow Mexico’s response to such events very closely. read more

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Teacher layoffs loom

More than 135 local teachers could lose their jobs under the province’s plan to increase secondary school class sizes.Larger class sizes and mandatory online courses for high school students are among the many education changes announced by the Ontario government.The average class size for high schools will increase to 28 from 22 starting in the new school year in September.The province is also making it mandatory for high school students to take at least four online courses out of the 30 they need to graduate starting in the 2020-21 school year.In a statement, Greg Anderson, chair of the Grand Erie District School Board, said moving to an average class size of 28 students will mean the loss of about 94 teaching positions and eight additional jobs related to secondary school programming.“Understandably, this will create a challenging situation for our board,” said Anderson. “As we are developing our staffing plans moving forward, we will exercise extreme restraint in hiring to replace retiring teachers or those who leave the board for other opportunities.“We will also look for ways to offset the impact of this change over time, as was outlined by the education minister.”Although representatives from the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board wouldn’t speculate on how many jobs could be lost under the provincial plan, the union representing its high school teachers said it could be up to 60, including 40 teachers.“That is a third of our secondary staff,” said Carlo Fortino, acting president of the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Unit of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association. “Many of our young, enthusiastic teachers would lose their jobs.“Many classes could have up to 40 students. It is a recipe for chaos. It’s going to have a dramatic impact. It’s very distressing.”In a statement released by the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, chair Rick Petrella said the board is in the process of finalizing enrolment statistics and staffing projections.“When we receive more information from the Ministry of Education about the proposed changes, we will be in a position to share the impact on our staffing complement,” said Petrella. “Our stable financial position matched with clarification from the ministry will assist us with this process.”Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation president Harvey Bischof said: “The government has declared war on Ontario’s public education system.”He said the increased class sizes, phased in over four years, will result in a cut of 3,630 teachers —  “a loss that cannot possibly be absorbed without a significant impact on student learning and success.”Bischof said other changes announced by the province, including a reduction of 12.91 per cent of the Pupil Foundation grant over four years and a reduction of 5.88 per cent to the overall Grants for Student Needs over the same period, will remove  $1.4 billion from Ontario’s public education system.He said the moves amount to “an appalling betrayal of the public trust.”“Not only do they make a mockery of the claim that there is fat to cut in Ontario’s public education system, but given the premier’s repeated election promises that no jobs will be lost, the government quite simply has no mandate to make the changes.”Fortino said OECTA is looking at several ways to combat the changes, including putting public pressure on the government through protests and letter campaigns. He said they are also considering court options.“Some of these things, including class sizes, are supposed to be collective bargaining items,” he said.Anderson said slightly larger class sizes proposed for Grades 4 to 8 are still being assessed by the Grand Erie board.He added that the board is “pleased” to see the ministry’s focus on increasing exposure to skilled trades, technology and apprenticeship training.“We hope this will help boost Grand Erie’s already strong Specialist High Skills Major programs in construction, manufacturing and transportation.”Anderson said the board is “cautiously optimistic” about the government’s commitment to increasing learning about Indigenous perspectives, cultures, contributions and histories, a “key priority for the board.”He  said Grand Erie also is encouraged that the ministry is seeking input on hiring practices. read more

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Amnesty wants refugee returns curbed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece does not have the adequate infrastructure and procedures to handle hundreds of asylum seekers being returned from other European countries in accordance with an EU directive, the head of Amnesty International’s Greek section Georgia Trismpioti said last week.A total of 995 would-be asylum seekers were sent back to Greece by countries such as the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and Belgium in the first 10 months of 2009, according to a report by AI’s Greek section.Their return was dictated by the EU’s Dublin II Regulation which stipulates that refugees should apply for asylum in the first EU country they enter. However Greece has neither adequate reception centres nor sufficiently efficient administration to be able to deal with the increasing level of returns, according to Georgia Trismpioti. “We are asking European countries to stop returning asylum seekers to Greece until improvements have been made to the Greek system and until the Dublin Regulation has been revised so that the responsibility of providing asylum to migrants is more fairly distributed,” Trismpioti said.The head of AI’s Greek office said she welcomed plans to open new, modern migrant reception centres on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos by summer and in Evros, near the land border with Turkey, by next year though it remains to be seen how these centres will respond to a relentless influx of would-be migrants into Greece.At present, many of the migrants arriving in Greece, and most of those being returned, have nowhere to go. “A lot of them are probably on the streets, some of them staying with compatriots, others find a place in hostels,” Trismpioti said.Commenting on the report, Nicolas Berger, the director of AI’s European Union office in Brussels, called on other EU countries to stop “turning a blind eye” to the inadequate asylum system in Greece. “It is clear that Greece is not fulfilling the basic need for protection and the fundamental rights of asylum seekers, and yet countries… keep sending back extremely vulnerable people,” he said.last_img read more

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Court hears of govt bribes

first_imgFormer Defense Ministry official provides damning evidence on bribesEx-Defense Ministry official Antonis Kantas completed his marathon testimony on Monday, giving investigators a wealth of information about alleged kickbacks paid to secure procurement contracts as well as the names of several more suspects, some of whom could be called to give depositions before the end of the year.Court sources told Kathimerini that Kantas gave anti-corruption magistrates Gavriil Mallis and Yiannis Stavropoulos specific information relating to the role of two businessmen in the alleged payment of bribes to Greek officials.Kantas explained how under-the-table payments were made to secure the purchase of German-made Leopard tanks and Type 214 submarines. He also gave background to the deals to buy the German and Swedish-made ASRAD vehicle-mounted short-range air defense system, as well as the Russian-made Kornet missiles and launchers.He gave details on how money ended up in accounts he had opened after being transferred from Swiss and German bank accounts. Sources said the retired official also described how a middleman left a suitcase containing 600,000 euros in cash in his office on one occasion. Magistrates already knew about one of the men alleged to be involved as he was a representative for German companies Rheinmetall and Atlas Elektronik.Kathimerini believes that the man in question is likely to be called to answer questions in the next few days.Kantas was the deputy head of procurements at the ministry between 1996 and 2002. He has admitted that he received around 16 million dollars that had been stashed away in Singapore and Switzerland in return for helping to agree at least 10 arms deals. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Nikes first real selflacing shoes hit stores November 28

first_imgThey’re only a year late by Emmett Brown’s calendar and they’re not the sleek, gray high tops that Marty strapped on, but Nike’s first real self-lacing shoes will soon be on store shelves.On November 28th, just after Thanksgiving weekend, the Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 will be on display in Nike stores. Select Nike stores, anyway. And you won’t just be able to stroll in the front door and ask a clerk for a pair of size elevens to try on. You’ll need to make an appointment first.You can’t really blame Nike for giving the Hyperadapt 1.0 the velvet rope treatment. This is the most high-tech pair of shoes they (or any other sportswear company, for that matter) has ever developed. Not many shoes require a power source. Well, other than those blinky LED things little kids wear so proudly.Nike no doubt hopes the Hyperadapt isn’t seen as that sort of gimmick, obviously. They’re seriously advanced athletic technology, and they’re paving the way for future models that will take the Hyperadapt label to another level.Down the road, Nike wants to sell Hyperadapt shoes that can automatically adjust to your feet while you’re using them. They’ll be able to tighten or loosen in just the right places to provide optimal fit while you conquer a trail in the woods or battle your friends in a game of 21 on the court.Just make sure you remember to plug them in when you’re done. If you think finding your smartphone or watch is dead just as you’re heading out the door, imagine how much it’ll suck if your shoes can’t tie themselves. You’ll have to revert to those luddite kicks you have to (ugh) tie by hand.last_img read more

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15 returnees not Mediterranean capsize survivors Official

first_img15 returnees not Mediterranean capsize survivors: OfficialFifteen Bangladesh nationals, who returned home on Tuesday, are not the ones who survived the boat capsize in Mediterranean Sea on 9 May, an official confirmed on Wednesday, reports UNB.”They’re not the survivors of the boat capsize in the Mediterranean…I can confirm you,” ASM Ashraful Islam, labour counsellor of Bangladesh embassy in Libya, told UNB.He said the 15 returnees are a different group of Bangladeshis, who were rescued by the Tunisian coastguard around the same time – between 10 and 12 May.Ashraful said they were on another boat and stranded on sea as the boat went out of fuel. Later, Tunisian authorities rescued them.Tunisian authorities handed over these rescued people to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), he said.During his recent visit to Tunisia, these 15 Bangladeshis, having no passports, had been issued with travel passes.A Turkish Airlines flight carrying them landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 5:30am Tuesday, Tanvir Hossain, assistant director of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training and in-charge of Expatriates’ Welfare Desk at the airport, told UNB over phone.As many as 39 Bangladeshis went missing after the boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off Tunisia coast while attempting to reach Europe from Libya.Besides, 15 Bangladesh nationals were rescued alive from the capsized boat and the body of another was recovered from the sea.Two boats — one carrying around 150 people — set out from Libya at the same time on 9 May (night).Around 130 of them were Bangladeshis and one of the boats reached Italy safely and another carrying 70-80 people sank in the sea.last_img read more

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UPDATE Abbott Says National Guard Impact Meaningful On Immigration And Crime

first_img Share APArizona National Guard soldiers receive their reporting paperwork prior to deployment to the Mexico border at the Papago Park Military Reservation, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said sending National Guard members to the border “has proven to have a meaningful impact” on immigration and crime.The Republican on Tuesday reiterated plans to put more than 1,000 National Guard members into action.That comes after President Donald Trump said last week he wants 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard members stationed along the entire 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) U.S.-Mexico Border.Trump said the Guard is needed to combat what he has called a crisis of migrant crossings and crime.Texas had already kept a presence of about 100 Guard members on the border for several years.The number of migrants apprehended at the southwest border plunged at the start of Trump’s presidency but have started to rise in line with historical trends.___Some National Guard members have started arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border with more expected as federal government officials continue to discuss what they’ll do about illegal immigration.The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico on Monday committed 1,600 Guard members to the border, giving President Donald Trump many of the troops he requested to fight what he’s called a crisis of migrant crossings and crime.The only holdout border state was California, led by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not announced whether troops from his state’s National Guard will participate and has repeatedly fought with Trump over immigration policy..@GregAbbott_TX says Texas will send up to 1,000 National guard troops to the Mexico border. Here he is speaking on KTSA Radio today. pic.twitter.com/UJAD6toG31— Matt Largey (@mattlargey) April 9, 2018Under the federal law Trump invoked in his proclamation calling for National Guard troops, governors who send troops retain command and control over their state’s Guard members and the U.S. government picks up the cost.Brown’s spokesman, Evan Westrup, said California officials still are reviewing Trump’s troop request.Trump said last week he wants to send 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard members to the border, issuing a proclamation citing “the lawlessness that continues at our southern border.”Trump administration officials have said that rising numbers of people being caught at the southern border, while in line with seasonal trends in recent years, require an immediate response.Apprehensions are still well below their historical trends during the terms of former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both of whom also deployed the Guard to the border.APThis April 6, 2018 photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows a new type of bollard wall that will replace existing wire mesh and vehicle barriers near the Santa Teresa, N.M., port of entry. The new wall being constructed along a 20-mile (32-kilometer) stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico as part of President Donald Trump’s fight against drug trafficking and illegal immigration is being advertised as a “very serious structure” made of metal and concrete. Officials gathered Monday, April 9, 2018 to mark the groundbreaking of the $73 million project at Santa Teresa. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)In Mexico City, a caravan of Central American migrants that had been heading north stopped in the Mexican capital. The caravan had sparked furious criticism from Trump, followed days later by his National Guard border protection deployment plan. Organizers said they never intended to go to the U.S. border.Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey told a group of soldiers preparing to deploy from a Phoenix military base that their “mission is about providing manpower and resources” to support agencies on the border and denied that there was a political motive.“I don’t think this is a partisan issue or an identity issue,” he said. “You show me somebody who is for drug cartels or human trafficking or this ammunition that’s coming over a wide-open and unprotected border here.”Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told San Antonio radio station KTSA that he would add about 300 troops a week until the total number reaches at least 1,000 troops.Some Guard members will be armed if they are placed in potential danger, Abbott said, adding he wanted to downplay speculation that “our National Guard is showing up with military bayonets trying to take on anybody that’s coming across the border, because that is not their role.”There is no end date for the deployment, Abbott said: “We may be in this for the long haul.”New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s office said that more than 80 troops would deploy later this week. They will be the first of an expected 250 Guard members from New Mexico to serve on the border.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, offered to send members of his state’s Guard as well. South Carolina sent troops to the border during Operation Jump Start, the border deployment ordered by Bush in 2006.Trump has said he wants to use the military at the border until progress is made on his proposed border wall, which has mostly stalled in Congress. Defense Secretary James Mattis last Friday approved paying for up to 4,000 National Guard personnel from the Pentagon budget through the end of September.Mexico’s foreign relations secretary said his government is evaluating its cooperation with the United States.Luis Videgaray said in a Monday interview with local media that he will give results of the analysis to President Enrique Pena Nieto in coming weeks.The country’s Senate passed a resolution last week saying Mexico should suspend cooperation with the U.S. on illegal immigration and drug trafficking in retaliation for Trump’s move.But Videgaray said “no decision has been taken to reduce or suspend any mechanism or cooperation.”Joel Villarreal, the mayor of Rio Grande City in Texas, said he did not agree with what he characterized as “the militarization of the border.”“It’s not good for business, to be frank with you,” Villarreal said.last_img read more

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Cardinals Add Jolene Ballard to the 2019 Roster

first_imgStory Links “We are very excited to add Jolene to our team this fall,” said Ferguson-Dayes.  “She has had great high school and club experiences which will be helpful as she prepares for the demands at the college level.  She is a versatile player that could see playing time in numerous positions.”Ballard joins a freshman class that includes Canadian forward Jessica DeFilippo, Connecticut forward Corinne Dente, and Louisville native Mikayla Miller at goalkeeper.  High School Accomplishments:Finished her senior season with a record of 17-6-1… Scored 25 goals and had 23 assists during that campaign… Named to the All-State team junior and senior seasons… All-Area team selection junior and senior season… Named Offensive Player of the Season junior and senior year… Captain junior and senior year.  Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. —   University of Louisville head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes announced the addition of Louisville native Jolene Ballard to the 2019 roster. center_img Jolene BallardMidfielder | 5-4Hometown: Louisville, KentuckyHigh School: duPont Manual High School “Jo is a hard working player. She is a great asset to any team. We were always stronger with her on the field. Jo is a leader and does what it takes to get the job done. She is a versatile player who played each game like it was her last.” — Sheri Kiser, duPont  Manual head coach Academic Accomplishments: 1st team Academic All-State honoree all four years of high school… Louisville Women’s Leadership Youth Character Award Recipient 2018… Ron Brown Guided Pathway scholar.last_img read more

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Banglar Mukh to celebrate International Mother Language Day

first_imgNoted singer of Pancha Kobir Gaan fame Riddhi Bandyopadhyay, Shyam Sarkar and the cultural organisation Carpe Diem will jointly present ‘Banglar Mukh’ – a unique cultural evening to celebrate the International Mother Language day on February 20, 2019, at Carpe Diem (Chinu Lipi Apartments, 1/230 Naktala, Kol- 47), 4 pm onwards.The event will showcase various performing art forms of Bengal related to our roots, like Pater gaan, Bahurupir Gaan, Baul Gaan, Chhau Dance, old theatre songs and Pancha Kobir Gaan. Interestingly the city will witness performing artists, ranging from National award-winning Kalpana Chitrakar and Nooruddin Chitrakar (Pater Gaan, Purulia) Bhaskar Mahato, Phatikchandra Mahato (Chhau dance, Medinipur), Subol Das Bairagya and Dhaneshwar Bairagya (Bahurupi, Bhirbhum), Gaur Das Baul (Baul songs, Bhirbhum), to Devajit Bandyopadhyay in old theatre songs, and Riddhi Bandyopadhyay in Pancha Kobir Gaan. The extravaganza is directed by Riddhi Bandyopadhyay and conceptualised by Sudipta Chanda. It’s an homage to those unsung heroes who are working to keep various performing art forms alive despite facing hassles in their daily life. They are the face of Bengal’s cultural scene- the ‘Banglar Mukh’.last_img read more

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Education ETextbooks Market Projected to Discern Stable Expansion During 2019 to

first_imgThe Education E-Textbooks Market has witnessed growth from USD XX million to USD XX million from 2014 to 2019. With the CAGR of X.X%, this market is estimated to reach USD XX million in 2026.The report mainly studies the size, recent trends and development status of the Education E-Textbooks market, as well as investment opportunities, government policy, market dynamics (drivers, restraints, opportunities), supply chain and competitive landscape. Technological innovation and advancement will further optimize the performance of the product, making it more widely used in downstream applications. Moreover, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis (potential entrants, suppliers, substitutes, buyers, industry competitors) provides crucial information for knowing the Education E-Textbooks market.Download Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3214499?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NSMajor players in the global Education E-Textbooks market include:• Company 1• Company 2• Company 3• Company 4• Company 5• Company 6• Company 7• Company 8• Company 9• Company 10• Company 11• Company 12• Company 13• Company 14• Company 15On the basis of types, the Education E-Textbooks market is primarily split into:• Type 1• Type 2• Type 3On the basis of applications, the market covers:• Application 1• Application 2• Application 3Geographically, the report includes the research on production, consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate, and forecast (2014-2026) of the following regions:• United States• Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland)• China• Japan• India• Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam)• Central and South America (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia)• Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria)• Other RegionsTable of Contents:• Education E-Textbooks Market Overview• Global Education E-Textbooks Market Landscape by Player• Players Profiles• Global Education E-Textbooks Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Type• Global Education E-Textbooks Market Analysis by Application• Global Education E-Textbooks Production, Consumption, Export, Import by Region (2014-2019)• Global Education E-Textbooks Production, Revenue (Value) by Region (2014-2019)• Education E-Textbooks Manufacturing Analysis• Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers• Market Dynamics• Global Education E-Textbooks Market Forecast (2019-2026)• Research Findings and Conclusion• AppendixAcquire Discount on this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3214499?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NSAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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A comparison of GPT and MBR partition structures

first_imgA comparison of GPT and MBR partition structures by Melanie Gross on April 27, 2017 in Tutorials – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 25 commentsHave you ever wondered how a computer boots up? Regardless of hardware or operating system, all computers start up using either the traditional BIOS-MBR or the more recent UEFI-GPT method employed by the latest versions of Operating Systems available.In this article, we will compare GPT and MBR partition structures; GPT stands for GUID Partition Table, while MBR stands for Master Boot Record. First, we start by understanding the boot process.The following chapters highlight differences between GPT and MBR partition styles, include instructions on how to convert between the two styles, and offer advice on what to choose.Understanding a computer boot up processWhen you hit the power button of your PC, an execution begins that will eventually load the Operating System into memory. This first execution depends on the partition structure of your hard disk. We have two types of partition structures: MBR and GPT. The partition structure on a drive defines three things:The structure of data on the drive.The code used during startup if a partition is bootable.Where a partition begins and ends.The MBR boot processBack to our boot process. So if your system is using the MBR partition structure, the first execution process will load the BIOS. Now, BIOS – Basic Input/Output System comprises the bootloader firmware. The bootloader firmware contains low-level functions such as reading from the keyboard, accessing video display, performing disk I/O and the code to load a first stage bootloader. Before the BIOS can detect the boot device, it goes through a sequence of system configuration functions starting with:Power-on-self-test.Detecting and initializing the video card.Displaying the BIOS start-up screen.Performing a brief memory (RAM) test.Configuring plug and play devicesIdentifying the boot device.Once BIOS has detected the boot device, it reads the first disk block of that device into memory. The first disk block is the MBR, and it has a size of 512 bytes. It contains three items that have to fit into this space:Stage one bootloader (440 bytes)Disk partition table (16 bytes per partition X 4 partitions) – MBR supports only 4 partitions, more information on this later.Disk signatures (4 bytes)At this stage, the MBR scans the partition table and loads the Volume Boot Record (VBR) into RAM.The VBR usually contains an Initial Program Loader (IPL) which is the code that initiates the boot process. The Initial Program Loader comprises the second stage bootloader which then loads the operating. On Windows-NT derived systems such as Windows XP, the IPL first loads another program called NT Loader (abbreviated as NTLDR) which then loads the operating system.For Linux based Operating Systems, a bootloader called GRUB is used. The boot process is just similar to the one described above, the only difference being at the naming of stage 1 and stage 2 bootloaders.Under GRUB, the stage one bootloader is called GRUB stage 1. GRUB Stage 1 loads second stage bootloader known as GRUB Stage 2. The second stage bootloader loads operating systems on the hard drive and presents the user with the list of operating systems to boot.GPT boot processStill on the boot process; with a GPT partition structure, the following happens. GPT uses UEFI which avoids the MBR process of storing stage one bootloader which then loads stage 2 bootloader. UEFI – Unified Extensible Firmware Interface is more advanced than BIOS and can parse a file system and even load files on its own.So, on powering on your computer, UEFI first performs the system configuration functions such as power management, setting dates and other system management components just as in BIOS.UEFI then reads the GPT – GUID Partition Table. GUID stands for Globally Unique IDentifier. GPT is located on a drive’s first blocks, just after block 0 which still holds MBR for Legacy BIOS.GPT defines the partition table on a disk from which the EFI bootloader identifies the EFI system partition. The system partition contains bootloaders for all Operating Systems installed on other partitions on the hard drive. A bootloader initializes a windows boot manager which then loads the Operating System.For Linux based Operating Systems, there’s an EFI aware version of GRUB (Grand Unified Bootloader) that loads a file such as grub.efi or the EFI loader that loads a file such as elilo.efi. You may have noticed that both UEFI-GPT and BIOS-MBR loads a bootloader without loading the operating system directly. However, in UEFI, there’s no going through multiple bootloaders as seen in BIOS. The boot process happens very first depending on your hardware capabilities.Differences Between GPT and MBR Partition StructuresIf you have ever tried installing a Windows 8 or 10 operating system on a new computer, chances are you have been asked whether you want to use MBR or GPT partition structure.If you are interested in knowing more or are planning to setup your computer with a new operating system, then keep on reading. We have already looked at the differences in the boot processes which you should keep in mind when partitioning a drive or deciding a partition structure.GPT is a newer and more advanced partitioning structure, and comes with many advantages as I will list below. MBR has been in use for a long time, it’s stable and still the most compatible. Although GPT may be gradually replacing MBR because GPT has more advanced features, MBR is still necessary in some cases.Master Boot RecordMBR is the traditional partitioning structure for managing a drive’s partition. Since it is compatible with most systems, it still being used widely by most people. The MBR resides at the very first block of a hard drive, or in simpler terms, at the beginning of a hard drive. It holds the partition table – the information on the organization of logical partitions in the hard drive.The MBR also contains executable code that scans through the partitions for an active OS and initializes the bootup procedure for the OS.An MBR disk only allows four primary partitions. IF you would like more partitions, you can set the fourth partition as an extended partition, and it will let you create more sub-partitions or logical drives within it.MBR uses 32-bit to record the partition, so each partition is restricted to a maximum of 2TB in size.AdvantagesIt’s compatible with most systems.DisadvantagesIt allows only 4 partitions, with the option of having more sub-partitions on the 4th partition.It limits its partition size to a maximum of 2TB.Partition information stored in only one place – the MBR. If it gets corrupted, the entire hard drive becomes unreadable.GUID Partition Table (GPT)GPT is the newer standard for defining the partition structure of a hard disk. It uses GUID (Globally Unique Identifiers) to define the partition structure.It is part of the UEFI standard, meaning a UEFI based system can only install on drive that uses GPT, for example, Windows 8 Secure Boot feature.GPT allows for the creation of unlimited partitions even though some Operating Systems may restrict to 128 partitions. Also, GPT does not have a limit on the size of a partition.AdvantagesIt allows for unlimited number of partitions- the limit being the operating system, for example, Windows allows up to 128 partitions.It does not limit the size of a partition – the size limit is dependent on the operating system. It’s limit is larger than any disk made as of today. For disks with 512-byte sectors, a maximum size of 9.4 ZB (a Zettabyte is 1,099,511,627,776  Terabytes)  is supported GPT stores a copy of the partition and boot data and can recover if data is corrupted in the primary GPT header.It stores cyclic redundancy check values to check the integrity of its data (used to verify the integrity of the GPT header). In the case of corruption, GPT can notice the problem and attempt to recover the damaged data from another location on the drive.DisadvantagesIt may not be compatible with older systems.GPT vs MBRGPT allows for unlimited number of partitions while MBR allows for only 4 partitionsGPT allows for unlimited size on a partition while MBR allows for only 2TB.GPT stores a copy of the partition data allowing for recovery in case of corruption in the primary GPT header; MBR only stores one copy of the partition data in the first block of the hard drive, hence rendering the drive unusable in case of damage to the partition data.GPT stores cyclic redundancy check values to keep checking if the data on the drive is still intact and can do the necessary repairs from other sections of the disk in case of damage; MBR has no way of knowing if the data on the disk is still intact, you can only find out when the computer fails to boot or when partitions disappear.Operating System CompatibilityThe first block (block 0) of a GPT drive contains a protective MBR which has information showing the drive has a single partition extending across the entire drive. In case you use an old tool that can only read MBR disks, it will identify one partition extending across the entire hard drive. By doing so, it ensures the old tool won’t mistake the GPT drive for being empty and end up overwriting its GPT data with a new MBR.This MBR protects the GPT data from being overwritten.Intel Mac Books use GPT by default, and it’s not possible to install Mac OS X on an MBR system. Even though Mac OS X might run on MBR disk, installing on it is what is not possible. I have literally tried this without success.Most Linux Operating Systems are compatible with GPT. On setting up a Linux OS on a disk, GRUB 2 will be installed as the bootloader.For Windows Operating Systems, booting from GPT is only possible on UEFI-based computers running 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10 and corresponding server versions. If you purchased a laptop that came preinstalled with Windows 8 64-bit version, chances are it’s using GPT.The default configuration for Windows 7 and earlier versions is MBR, but you can still convert to GPT as I will explain in this article.All versions of Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10 can read and use GPT for data – but they can’t boot from GPT drives without UEFI.So GPT or MBR?You can be comfortable with either MBR or GPT. But given the advantages, GPT has over MBR as listed earlier, and the fact that modern computers are migrating towards it, you may probably consider using GPT. If your goal is to support older systems or want to boot a computer that uses the traditional BIOS, then you will have to stick to MBR.Check the Partition Type of a hard driveYou can check the partition type of any hard drive connected to a Windows PC using Disk Management. To start Disk Management, do the following:Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-R to open the run box.Type diskmgmt.msc, and hit the Enter-key.Windows scans the hard drives, and displays a representation after a short moment. To check the partition type of any hard drive, start by right-clicking on the Disk tiles in the lower half of the interface. It is important that you right-click on Disk 1, Disk 2 and so on, and not on the partitions.Select the properties option from the context menu that opens. This opens the properties window of the selected disk. Switch to the Volumes tab, and look at the Partition style value under disk information on the page that opens. It highlights the partition type.If you prefer to use the command line, you may do the following instead. The advantage of the method is that it is a bit faster, as it lists all disks and the partition style directly.Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, hold down the Ctrl-key and the Shift-key, and hit the Enter-key.Confirm the UAC prompt that opens, This opens an elevated command prompt window.Type diskpart and hit Enter.Type list disk and hit Enter again. All disks are listed now. Check the Gpt column to find out whether a particular disk is MBR or GPT. If you see a * in the column, it means that a disk is using GPT, if you don’t, it uses MBR.Converting Between MBR and GPT During Windows InstallationThere are two common error messages you are likely to get when installing windows on a hard drive:Error #1: “Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is not of the GPT partition style.”Error #2: “Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style.”When either of these error messages shows up, you may not be able to choose a partition to proceed with the installation. But this does not mean your computer has a problem.As you already know, MBR and GPT are two entirely different partition structures of a hard disk. MBR being the traditional partitioning structure and GPT being the newer standard.Error #1 shows up when you try to install Windows on a UEFI-based PC yet the hard drive partition is not configured for UEFI mode or legacy BIOS-compatibility. There are two options from Microsoft TechNet to help you get around this error.Reboot your computer in Legacy BIOS-compatibility mode. This option lets you keep the existing partition style.Reformat the drive for UEFI by using the GPT partition style. This option lets you use the PC’s UEFI firmware features. You can do this yourself by reformatting the drive using the instructions provided below. Always backup your data first before following through this step.Of course there are third-party utility software to help convert the disk to GPT format and still preserve the data, but it’s always safe to backup the data just in case the utility fails to complete the conversionInstructions for converting a hard drive from MBR to GPTUsing Windows SetupTurn Off your computer and insert the Windows installation media (could be a USB flash drive or DVD)Boot the computer to the DVD or USB flash drive in UEFI mode.Select Custom when choosing an installation type.A screen shows with the message: “Where do you want to install Windows?” Select all the partitions on the drive, and then select Delete. After Deleting is successful, the drive will show a single area of unallocated space.Select the unallocated space and Click Next. Windows detects the computer was booted into UEFI mode, and automatically reformats the drive using GPT disk format hence converting it. The installation begins after that.Using manual conversionTurn off your computer and insert the Windows installation DVD or USB flash drive.Boot the computer to the DVD or USB flash drive in UEFI mode.From inside Windows setup, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt. Remember to hit Enter after typing the following commands.Open the diskpart tool by typing: diskpartTo identify the drive to be converted type list disk and you should see the following: list diskSelect the drive from the disk list using the disk number in the previous step by typing select disk as shown in the example: select disk #Clean the drive by typing: cleanConvert to GPT by typing: convert gptType exit and then hit Enter to close diskpart. Close the command prompt to go back to windows installation. When choosing an installation type, select Custom. The drive will appear as a single partition of unallocated space.Select this unallocated space and click Next. Windows begins the installation.Instructions for converting a hard drive from GPT to MBRSometimes it may be necessary to convert to MBR partition structure, for instance when you see the error message below while trying to install windows to disk.”Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style.”Booting from GPT is only supported on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10 and corresponding server versions on UEFI-based systems. The above error message shows that your computer does not support UEFI and hence you can only use BIOS which works with MBR partition structure.To go around this error message, Microsoft TechNet suggests the following options:Reboot the PC in legacy BIOS-compatibility mode. This option lets you keep the existing partition style.Reformat the drive to MBR so as to be supported by the computer’s firmware features. This step will wipe all your data, so before proceeding, remember to do a backup. Of course there are third-party utility software help convert the drive to MBR format and still preserve the data, but it’s always safe to backup the data just in case the utility fails to complete the conversion.If you choose option two of converting to MBR follow these steps:Using Windows SetupTurn Off your computer and insert the Windows installation media (could be a USB flash drive or DVD)Boot the computer to the DVD or USB flash drive in BIOS mode.Select Custom when choosing an installation type.A screen shows with the message: “Where do you want to install Windows?” Select all the partitions on the drive, and then select Delete.After Deleting is successful, the drive will show a single area of unallocated space. Select the unallocated space and Click Next. Windows detects the computer was booted into BIOS mode, and automatically reformats the drive using MBR disk format hence converting it. The installation begins after that.Using manual conversionTurn off your computer and insert the Windows installation DVD or USB flash drive.Boot the computer to the DVD or USB flash drive in BIOS mode.From inside Windows setup, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt. Remember to hit Enter after typing the following commands.Open the diskpart tool by typing: diskpartTo identify the drive to be converted type and you should see the following: list diskSelect the drive from the disk list using the disk number in the previous step by typing select disk as shown in the example: select disk #Clean the drive by typing: clean8. Convert to MBR by typing: convert mbrType exit and hit Enter to close diskpart. Close the command prompt to go back to windows installation. When choosing an installation type, select Custom. The drive will appear as a single partition of unallocated space.Select this unallocated space and click Next. Windows begins the installation.Educational VideosWhat are Drive Partitions?Differences between BIOS and UEFIMBR and GPT Partition TablesResourcesThe following resources offer further reading on MBR or GPT partition styles:Boot to UEFI Mode or Legacy BIOS mode (Microsoft Technet)Booting from GPT (Rod Smith)Change a Master Boot Record Disk into a GUID Partition Table Disk (Microsoft Technet)Difference between GPT and MBR (HowToGeek)GUID Partition Table (Wikipedia)Legacy Bios Issues with GPT (Rod Smith)Master Boot Record (Microsoft Technet)Windows and GPT FAQ (Microsoft Hardware Dev Center)Windows Setup: Installing using the MBR or GPT partition style (Microsoft Technet)SummaryArticle NameA comparison of GPT and MBR partition structuresDescriptionIn this article, we will compare GPT and MBR partition structures; GPT stands for GUID Partition Table, while MBR stands for Master Boot RecordAuthor Melanie GrossPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Eight out of 10 passengers work with travel agents to book their

first_imgEight out of 10 passengers work with travel agents to book their cruises: CLIA Travelweek Group Friday, January 27, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Travel agents play a vital role in cruise vacation planning with 82% of cruisers stating they tend to work with a travel agent when booking a cruise, compared to 40% of non-cruisers.CLIA’s 2017 Cruise Travel Report, released this week, looks at the attitudes, behaviours and travel preferences of cruisers and non-cruisers. Another finding shows a new ‘Cruise Generation’ made up largely of Millennials and Generation Y vacationers who rate cruise travel as the best type of vacation compared to land-based vacations and all-inclusive resorts.“The cruise industry is growing at an incredible pace and on a global scale. For that reason, it is critical to continue to conduct research to gain the best understanding of the attitudes and behaviors around travel as a whole and particularly around cruise travel,” said Cindy D’Aoust, President and CEO, CLIA. “While there is a wealth of findings in the 2017 Cruise Travel Report, one that stands out is that cruise industry has been successful in engaging younger generations.”Additional findings from the report include:A New World – Four out of 10 (42%) of both cruisers and non-cruisers alike seem to agree that they go on vacation to see or do new things, while many other travelers (33%) look to relax and disconnect from their daily stressors. Nearly all (88%) of cruisers say cruises are better for total relaxation over land-based vacations.Diversity at Sea – Contrary to common perceptions, according to the study sample, people who take cruises are younger than those who take land-based vacations. The Cruise Generation is also more diverse than the Non-Cruisers. Three-quarters of Cruisers are White/Caucasian compared to 84% of people who take land-based vacations. African Americans represent 11% of Cruisers, versus 6% of Non-CruisersProper Planning – The vast majority of cruisers plan a trip between four and 18 months prior to departure, as opposed to half of non-cruisers who book land-based vacations less than three months before. Cruisers also dive deep into planning relying on numerous sources of information, including travel agents, multiple websites, word of mouth, travel guides and magazines, social media and various travel apps.Kid-Friendly Cruising – Families looking to travel together often look to the water for a vacation with 46% bringing children along, compared to 29% of land-based travellers. The typical cruise travel group has an average of more than two children and almost half (42%) of cruise parties have children under the age of 18.Destined for Destinations – In terms of vacation choices, the vast majority of cruisers (68%) and non-cruisers (56%) alike identify the vacation destination as the most important factor. This is followed closely by cost and value, with more non-cruisers (37%) citing it as the second most important factor versus cruisers (24%).A Party of Planners – When it comes to planning vacations, most report the planning is typically left to themselves and their spouses/partners. When children, other family members, and/or travel agents participate in the vacation planning process, the likeliness to take a cruise over a land-based getaway increases. When parents include children over the age of 18 in travel decisions, travellers report it has a positive impact on overall cruise enjoyment.Agent Allegiance – Travel agents play a important role in cruise vacation planning, with 82% of cruisers saying they tend to work with a travel agent when booking a cruise, compared to 40% of non-cruisers.Cruise Loyalty – Across all generations an overwhelming number of those who cruise are loyal to cruise travel. More than six out of 10 (63%) of Generation Y/Millennial cruisers will definitely take another cruise, almost seven out of 10 (69%) of Generation X cruisers will take a repeat cruise, and half of Boomers will go on to take another cruise trip.A Matter of Time – It may only be a matter of time before non-cruisers try out a cruise. When asked about the best type of vacation a substantial number (13%) of non-cruisers named an ocean cruise as their vacation of choice. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Share Tags: CLIA Posted bylast_img read more

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Mexico drug lord El Chapo Guzmán back in jail betrayed by biopic

first_imgRelated posts:Solís put on the defensive as joint US-Costa Rican patrols come up for renewal Mexico wants to question Sean Penn over meeting with ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Sinaloa drug cartel lives on despite ‘CEO’ El Chapo’s capture New Generation cartel is Mexico’s latest menace MEXICO CITY – Betrayed by his desire to make a biopic, Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was back Saturday in the prison he escaped from six months ago, amid calls to extradite him to the United States.The world’s most wanted drug baron was arrested in a military raid early Friday that left five suspects dead in Los Mochis, a coastal city in his native northwestern state of Sinaloa.Hours later, the Sinaloa cartel kingpin was flown in a military helicopter from Mexico City to the Altiplano maximum-security prison, the scene of his daring July 11, 2015 escape some 90 kilometers (55 miles) west of the capital.On July 11, after just 17 months at Altiplano, Guzmán slipped through a hole in his prison cell’s shower, climbed on a motorcycle mounted on rails, and traveled 1.5 kilometers (one mile) through a tunnel to freedom.But six months later, Guzmán was back in the prison after authorities located him, in part because the kingpin wanted to make a biographical film about himself, according to Attorney General Arely Gómez.Gómez said an “important aspect that allowed us to locate him was that we discovered Guzmán’s intention to make a biographical film, for which he established contact with actresses and producers.”“The follow-up work allowed us to document meetings between attorneys of the now-detainee and these people,” she said, adding that the matter was under investigation. A photo released by the Mexican website Plaza de Armas of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, captured in a hotel in the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, in northwestern Mexico, on Jan. 8, 2016. AFP/Plaza de Armas/HOAnother tunnel escapeThe manhunt led to his recapture, which featured one last underground escape for the man who became known as “The Lord of Tunnels” for his ability to ship drugs to the U.S. under the border and dig his way out of trouble.Guzmán was nearly captured in the mountain region in October, but marines chasing him in a helicopter decided not to shoot because he was accompanied by two women and a girl, Gómez said.The months-long investigation culminated in a house in Los Mochis, which authorities began to stake out in December.Marines were met by gunfire when they swooped in on Friday, leaving five suspects dead and one marine wounded. Six others were detained in the operation.Guzmán and his security chief fled through the city’s drainage system, repeating a tactic the drug kingpin successfully used in escaping authorities in 2014 in the nearby city of Culiacán. This time however the marines expected such a move, Gómez said.The wanted men came out of a manhole and stole a car, but they were captured on a road and taken to a motel, where Guzmán was seated on a bed, wearing a dirty sleeveless shirt — an ignominious end for a kingpin whose billionaire drug business reaches as far as Asia and Europe. A photo released by Mexican website Plaza de Armas of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in a vehicle after he was recaptured in the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, on Jan. 8, 2016. AFP/Plaza de Armas/HOExtradition callsThe 58-year-old’s arrest provided a major sigh of relief for President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose administration was humiliated when Guzmán broke out of prison.“Mission accomplished: We got him,” Peña Nieto wrote on Twitter.But calls quickly mounted among U.S. politicians for Mexico to ship Guzmán to the United States, where he also faces charges in half a dozen U.S. states. The U.S. had sent an extradition request two weeks before his July escape.Some questioned Mexico’s ability to hold Guzmán, who previously escaped from another maximum-security prison in 2001 by hiding in a laundry cart with inside help. Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto, right, congratulates Interior Secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong after a speech about the capture of drug baron Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, in Mexico City, on Jan. 8, 2016. Omar Torres/AFPMore than a dozen prison and federal police officials have been arrested on charges of helping Guzmán flee again last year, along with several associates of the drug lord who worked from the outside on building the tunnel.“Given that ‘El Chapo’ has already escaped from Mexican prison twice, this third opportunity to bring him to justice cannot be squandered,” said U.S. Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio.Senator John McCain congratulated Mexico’s navy for the capture, but he added: “Now let’s extradite him to the U.S.”U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration did not indicate whether it would press Peña Nieto to send Guzmán across the border.U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Guzmán will “now have to answer for his alleged crimes,” without indicating where.The Mexican attorney general’s office secured an extradition warrant in September, but Guzmán’s attorneys sought an injunction that could delay the process.But a leading Mexican politician, Senator Miguel Barbosa of the leftist opposition Democratic Revolution Party, is already opposing an extradition.“The easiest thing would be to swiftly extradite ‘Chapo’ Guzmán and, once again, the Mexican state shows that it doesn’t have the strength to punish those who commit crimes in our territory,” Barbosa said. Drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is escorted to a helicopter at Mexico City’s airport on Jan. 8, 2016 following his capture during an intense military operation in Los Mochis, in Sinaloa State, Mexico. Alfredo Estrella/AFP Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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New rules mean greater transparency on citizenship for investment

first_imgIn future the names of legal and auditing companies that arrange citizenship for foreign investors will be made known to the interior committee.However, MP Pavlos Mylonas has added a further request that the committee should make it clear if anyone involved in politics owns such companies.The subject of granting citizenships was brought up by Greens MP Giorgos Perdikis, who said that more than 1,600 people have been naturalised since 2011 under the plan to attract investors, but that there is a lack of transparency.“From January to date alone, there have been 36 naturalisations, from different countries”, Perdikis said, expressing concern that the plasns are not approved by parliament, information is not shared with MPs, some of the documents are not filed with the House, while at the same time the public is only informed about certain statistics.“The bill we have submitted aims to fully inform the House, but also to make public what is permitted. We believe that transparency is the best tool to credit the democratic legitimacy of an administrative practice,” he said.Perdikis added that information about people who have been granted citizenship will be discussed at the next meeting, which the commissioner for personal data will attend as some elements regarding the investors’ names may be confidential.“The intention of the committee is to discuss and conclude the debate, given that Cyprus has been accused of trading in naturalisation. We must, therefore, take effective steps to fortify and protect this instrument of attracting investment, shielding democracy with transparent procedures,” he said.Cyprus has in the past been accused of dodgy deals regarding citizenships. Last September an article in the Guardian newspaper slammed the Cypriot government for granting citizenship to billionaire Russian oligarchs and members of the Ukrainian elite. It referred to the scheme as ‘golden visas’.The finance ministry and the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency have dismissed claims that Cypriot passports are for sale and said the programme is simply an investment scheme.Officials have also pointed out that the level of investment required to acquire citizenship is far higher than other European countries offering similar schemes. In Malta, €350,000 must be spent on a residence, and it need only be held for five years. In Cyprus, at least €500,000 of an applicant’s overall investment must be spent on a permanent residence.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Company registrations up 25 in February

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe number of company registrations, an indicator of the performance of the business services sector, rose in February 25 per cent to 1,207 compared to the respective month of 2017, the Department of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver said.In the first two months of the year, the number of company registrations went up 19 per cent to 2,405 compared to the respective period last year, the department said.Applications for company names went up an annual 33 per cent last month to 2,720 and 26 per cent to 5,312 in January to February, it said. The submission of other documents rose 11 per cent to 11,273 and 23 per cent to 26,197 respectively.Lastly, the number of certified copies issued rose an annual 8.7 per cent to 26,834 last month and 8.1 per cent to 54,930 in the first two months of the year, the department said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Canfield announces October office hours

first_img13Oct Rep. Canfield announces October office hours State Rep. Edward ‘Ned’ Canfield invites residents of the 84th House District to attend his October office hours.The office hours will be on Monday, Oct. 19 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Millington Township Hall, located at 8553 State Road in Millington.“These office hours are vital in ensuring that I am on the same page as my constituents,” said Rep. Canfield, R-Sebewaing. “Each and every comment, suggestion, and question that I receive helps me represent the 84th District to the best of my ability.”No appointment is necessary. Residents who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Canfield by phone at (517) 373-0476, or by email at EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov. Categories: Canfield Newslast_img read more

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Rep Heise announces June office hour event in Plymouth

first_img Categories: News State Rep. Kurt Heise invites residents to meet with him during his June 17 in-district office hour event to share updates and views on state government.“I want to help the 20th District residents in any way I can,” said Rep. Heise, R-Plymouth Township. “So much has happened in Lansing during this legislative session and I hope I can share some details about what the state government has done for our district so far in 2016.”Rep. Heise’s in-district office hours will be 7:30-9 a.m. at Panera Bread, located at 400 S. Main St. in PlymouthRep. Heise is also available to meet with constituents by appointment either in the district or at his Lansing office. Residents are invited to call toll free 1-855-REPKURT or e-mail KurtHeise@house.mi.gov to schedule an appointment. 08Jun Rep. Heise announces June office hour event in Plymouthlast_img read more

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Chatfield to chair new top House committee

first_img Categories: Chatfield News 27Jan Chatfield to chair new top House committee State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, was appointed chair of the newly-created Michigan Competitiveness Committee by House Speaker Tom Leonard.“Making sure Michigan is well-positioned to compete and win is a top priority,” Chatfield said. “We will chart the best way forward that creates opportunities and attracts people back to our state to live and work, as well as bring in employers to provide better-paying jobs.”Speaker Leonard also named Chatfield chair of the Government Operations Committee which guides House discussions on a wide-range of policy proposals.Chatfield also leads House session as Speaker Pro Tempore, the second in command among 110 representatives.People can contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629; via email at leechatfield@house.mi.gov; or through his website at www.RepChatfield.com.###last_img read more

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Rep Allor stands up for Michigans natural resources

first_img14Dec Rep. Allor stands up for Michigan’s natural resources Categories: Allor News Allor: Line 5, ‘No Greater than Federal’ bills too risky for Northern MichiganState Rep. Sue Allor this week voted against two pieces of legislation she believes put the purity of Northern Michigan natural resources at risk.Allor, of Wolverine, said she voted against Senate Bill 1197, which allows for the creation of a new authority to oversee the proposed Line 5 tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac, and House Bill 4205, which prevents state agencies from adopting rules stricter than federal benchmarks.“I stand by the decision I made earlier this year to call for an immediate shutdown of Line 5,” Allor said. “Line 5 poses too great of a threat to our Great Lakes to allow its continued operation while Enbridge spends the next 10 years constructing a tunnel.”Allor, who oversees the House’s natural resources budget subcommittee, expressed concerns that House Bill 4205 would hinder efforts to protect Michigan families from chemical water contamination, specifically per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).“There are serious questions as to whether the federal government’s PFAS threshold of 70 parts per trillion is low enough. Some experts believe it should be much lower,” Allor said. “This legislation could seriously hinder our ability to establish safer drinking water standards in Michigan.”Residents may contact Allor’s Lansing office at (517) 373-0833 or SueAllor@house.mi.gov.###last_img read more

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