A woman in matrilineal Meghalaya filed an FIR against her village elders on Friday for burning her house as a punishment for remarrying.The woman, a 36-year-old mother of four, had been a widow before she married a 40-year-old man from the same village – Warmawsaw, about 50 km from Nongpoh, headquarters of Ri-Bhoi district – a fortnight ago.The Warmawsaw Dorbar (traditional village council) did not approve of this marriage and asked her to pay a fine of ₹32,000 if she wanted to stay in the village. The village elders did not explain how they arrived at the amount.The woman could not pay, and representatives of almost 300 families in the village burnt her house down on April 26 after she left for Nongpoh to visit her daughter. Her husband, a daily-wager, had also gone to a nearby village that day in search of work. “The villagers threw away part of her belongings in a river while the rest is being kept at the village Dorbar hall. We advised her not to return to her village and lodge a complaint,” rights activist Agnes Kharshiing said.Probe launched “The in-charge of Patharkhmah police outpost (Warmawsaw is under its jurisdiction) has been asked to investigate and submit a report by Monday. The State Women’s Commission is also looking into the case and members of the panel will go with the police to the village tomorrow (Saturday),” Spill Thamar, Superintendent of Police, Ri-Bhoi district, told The Hindu.Crime against womenMeghalaya-based women’s rights activists said the Warmawsaw incident highlights the rise in atrocities against women in the State. Crime against women in the State came into focus after V. Shanmuganathan had to resign as Governor following a complaint of alleged sexual impropriety in 2017. Around the same time, Independent MLA Julius Kitbok Dorphang, an ex-militant, was arrested for raping a 14-year-old. That year, the police recorded 238 cases of rapes, including two gang rapes. There were 137 other cases too, including assault on women with intent to outrage their modesty and cruelty by husbands or relatives. 2017 also saw 298 cases registered under POCSO.Police officers said the graph of crimes against women has been increasing. The number of rape cases increased from 82 in 2007 to 190 in 2016. Similarly, the number of cases of assault on women and insult to their modesty increased from 46 to 85 during this period.
MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Mocon fired 14 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists to help the Red Lions’ cause, but he’s especially glad with how his other teammates stepped up despite the loss.“On the bright side, we had lots of players who stepped up for us,” he said, giving special mentions to Donald Tankoua, Clint Doliguez, and Franz Abuda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTankoua fired a career-best 34 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks, Doliguez had 13 markers and five boards, while Abuda got eight points and six rebounds as all three saw significant minutes in the clutch.Despite losing the twice-to-beat advantage as they figure in the stepladder semis, the Red Lions are using the setback as a fuel to make it to the Finals and meet the Pirates again. Read Next View comments San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJavee Mocon is sticking to the positives in the aftermath of San Beda’s 107-105 double overtime defeat to Lyceum on Thursday.“We’ve proven that we could win against them. We had so many chances but we also had so many turnovers and we just couldn’t grab the opportunity,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Westbrook has triple-double, new-look Thunder rout Knicks Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Every time we lose, we’re so sad in our locker room. We rarely lose and that’s the reason we feel bad. We’re just going to improve and get back to work especially on our defense. We follow the game plan of coach Boyet regardless of who out opponent is,” he said. “Everybody wants to get back on track and everybody now has the motivation to beat LPU.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.
“i think we need to give credit to NU. They really outworked us today,” Varilla, who is in his first year as shot-caller, admitted.“It was obvious the number of times they got the rebounds and 50-50 balls. We played solid defense but we couldn’t close it out with a defensive rebound,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDespite Ateneo’s glaring size advantage in the frontcourt with 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto and 6-foot-7 Geo Chiu patrolling the paint, the Blue Eaglets still couldn’t dominate the rebounding department.In fact, NU feasted on the offensive glass with 21 boards, which is usually a result of the Bullpups putting more effort. The Bullpups’ frontcourt tandem of Carl Tamayo and Kevin Quiambao combined for 29 points and 25 rebounds. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sotto said that though Ateneo’s effort was there, he admitted that it wasn’t always present in every play.“There effort was there but not all the time. It was inconsistent,” Sotto, who led his team with 16 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, said in Filipino.It was evident in the second half where the Bullpups took control after trailing by five at the break.“They hit some big shots and suddenly we were down by nine. From that point one, I think the players got confused but it’s part of the learning experience,” Varilla said.Ateneo has yet to beat NU in three tries this season, giving the Bullpups somewhat of a psychological edge heading into Game 2 on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s nothing technical about why Ateneo lost to National University in Game 1 of their best-of-three title series on Monday.Blue Eaglets head coach Reggie Varilla said his team was simply “outworked” by the Bullpups, who gained an all-important 1-0 edge in the UAAP Season 81 juniors basketball finals.ADVERTISEMENT Varilla though, said that the 0-3 record against NU this season is the least of his worries.“Not really worried about that. We need two more wins to be champions. They’re just ahead, 1-0,” he said. “My trust and confidence with my boys are still the same.” Serena Williams back in top 10 after giving birth LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations
Indian long-distance runner Kavita Raut on Friday qualified for the Rio Olympics in women’s marathon after winning the event in the 12th South Asian Games, a perfect end to the country’s memorable athletics campaign in the event.O P Jaisha, Lalita Babbar and Sudha Singh have already qualified for women’s marathon in Rio Olympics.Sri Lankans N G Rajasekara (2:50:47.00) and B Anuradhi (2:52:15.00) took the silver and bronze respectively.Nashik girl Raut is the lone athlete to have qualified for the Olympics from the 12th SAG.Another Rio Olympics-bound Nitender Singh Rawat took the men’s marathon gold in 2:15:18 seconds in a close finish in a star-studded field. He won the race by being merely a second ahead of Indrajith Cooray of Sri Lanka who has also qualified for Rio Games.The men’s race had a dramatic ending and there was apparently some confusion over the finishing line inside the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium.”Both Rawat and Cooray were not sure of the finishing line and they thought they would finish after running a lap inside the stadium. That was why there was a difference of just one second in the timings of gold and silver winner,” a technical committee member told PTI.Cooray took the silver in 2:15:19 seconds while another Indian Kheta Ram, the third competitor to have booked a Rio Games berth, got the bronze in 2 hours 21 minutes and 14 seconds.With today’s two gold and one bronze, India ended the athletics competition with 28 gold, 22 silver and 9 bronze, medals thereby establishing their unrivalled superiority in the South Asian region.advertisement
“He is important to us and I could have taken him to Leicester in midweek but I can only select 11 players and Daniel would not have started. So we took a responsible decision. Rather than take him for 10 or maybe 20 minutes from the bench, we thought it was better to leave him behind so he could train twice and get better physically. We had Dom Solanke and Danny Ings for the bench and the more Daniel trains the better he gets, so that was the only reason for it.”Sturridge is making his way back to full fitness after injury, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appears to be struggling to adapt to Liverpool’s demands following his move from Arsenal and was unconvincing in his first start for his new club at Leicester, whereas Mohamed Salah has slotted straight in and has scored three league goals already. According to Klopp there is no big secret: the Egyptian was able to hit the ground running thanks to arriving so early in the transfer window.“You should never take things like this for granted but I’m not surprised by how quickly he has adapted,” Klopp said. “He had a whole pre-season, so it is not as if he has had to settle in in a minute, which is what people are now expecting of Ox. He has been working with us for many weeks, so it’s no problem for him.“You cannot say he was cheap at £38m but he’s a very good player, one we were always convinced about. You could see his potential in his first game at Watford. It was really physical and maybe a few people had doubts but he played better than anyone could have imagined. He was a kid when he was at Chelsea. Now he is more mature and everything is better.” Jürgen Klopp news Share via Email Topics Share on Twitter Daniel Sturridge could feature for Liverpool at Leicester City on Saturday despite not being selected for the trip to the King Power Stadium in the Carabao Cup.Jürgen Klopp insists the striker is still an important part of his plans and that a pre-season chat between the pair centred only on Sturridge’s role at the club and not his desire to play elsewhere. “We had a good talk and it was not a case of him asking when or where he could go. It was about what we planned for this season,” Klopp said. Jürgen Klopp backs Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain despite dismal display Share on Messenger Daniel Sturridge Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Read more Share on WhatsApp Liverpool Share on Facebook
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: I’d be Fraudiola without my players!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he’d be nothing without his players.Guardiola was speaking in defence of his squad after Saturday’s shock loss to Norwich City.”They gave me all the prestige I have in England, when the first season when it was Fraud Guardiola, Fraudiola,” he said.”This kind of game here in England – it’s not possible to play because you need to have tackles and you have to play like that – these players gave me the prestige that I have.”And now all around the world people say how good a manager I am – it’s for them, not for me.”
ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:33Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen William Grant and Sons Launches New Single Malt Whisky Brand What started as a dream by Tom Bulleit back in the 1980s—to make bourbon from a recipe that’s been in his family for over a century—is now a reality, as Bulleit Distilling recently opened its own distillery.Located in Shelbyville, Kentucky, the new facility sits on a 300-acre campus and includes four barrel houses (each having a max capacity of 55,000 barrels), a 52-foot Vendome copper and brass still, and the first industrial solar array in Shelby County, which is projected to collect all of the energy needed to run every piece of on-site mobile equipment. At max capacity, the distillery will eventually be able to produce 1.8 million proof gallons of the good stuff. Though this seems like a good goal to shoot for, the distillery was also designed to be modular, meaning they can grow and expand if the need arises. More Whiskey is Always Good News: Bulleit Distilling Opens New Distillery Close The distillery has wider-ranging effects than just the ability to make more whiskey, though. Economically, Bulleit has contributed over $130 million to Kentucky’s economy between the initial $115 million investment for the site made by Diageo, the company that owns Bulleit, and another $18 million that was used to open the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller in nearby Louisville.Currently, Bulleit’s core lineup consists of three whiskies—Bulleit Bourbon (based on the Bulleit family recipe), Bulleit Rye, which was introduced in 2011, and Bulleit Bourbon 10-Year-Old, which was added to the family in 2013. Bulleit also recently released a barrel strength expression, which we reviewed here. While not every expression is currently being made at the new facility, the distillery team is hard at work producing Bulleit Bourbon.While you can’t visit the distillery (yet, hopefully), you can still learn about Bulleit at the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience, which is part of the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail.Media Courtesy of Brian Bohannon/AP Images for Bulleit Distilling Co. All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Editors’ Recommendations Rabbit Hole Rebrands and Launches New Whiskey Dictador 2 Masters Takes Luxury Rum to a New Level The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries
zoom Qatar-based Aamal Company Q.S.C. is venturing into vessel ownership and has set up a new subsidiary named Aamal for Maritime Transportation Services (AMTS) to pursue opportunities in this business sector.As informed, AMTS will take ownership of vessels initially to transport aggregates from Al Fujairah in the UAE to Mesaieed Industrial City in Qatar.By adding its own vessels AMTS aims to ensure security of supply for Aamal’s subsidiary Gulf Rocks, importer and provider of high quality gabbro aggregates, which are widely used in concrete products essential to Qatar’s infrastructure development program as part of its National Vision 2030.In addition to meeting Aamal’s transportation requirements, AMTS will make capacity available to third party operators to optimise the vessels’ utilisation rates and profitability.Commercial operations will start immediately as the acquisition of the first vessel, a bulk carrier with a capacity of 56,726 tonnes, has been completed.Operational management of AMTS’s vessels will be undertaken by Peter Döhle Group under a fixed term rolling service agreement. “Owning our own vessels will give us greater control over security of supply of the raw materials that we need to import, whilst operational risk is minimised through partnering with Peter Döhle Group, a leading and highly respected global provider of shipping services, to manage this subsidiary,” said Sheikh Mohamed Bin Faisal Al Thani, Vice Chairman of Aamal.Tarek M. El Sayed, Managing Director of Aamal, added: “We expect at first to be limiting ourselves to importing aggregates from the UAE, essential for manufacturing concrete to meet Qatar’s growing infrastructure requirements, but this type of vessel has the capability to transport other commodities too, both industrial and non-industrial. This versatility, along with the opportunities to charter out capacity to third party operators when not required by Aamal, greatly enhances the profit potential.”AMTS will have an initial share capital of QAR 200,000, which will be internally funded through cash, and without any debt financing. Aamal will hold 1% of the shares directly, with the remaining 99% held by Gulf Rocks. Aamal will have an overall effective interest of 74.75% in AMTS.
If you have ever been curious about what happens in an emergency operations centre when a disaster strikes, you can see first-hand next week. Nova Scotia’s high-tech emergency operations centre is open to the public for tours on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson said it is a great opportunity for Nova Scotians to see how the province and its partners are moving into the digital age to support public safety. “We have a strong reputation across Canada for our emergency 911 system,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “Other jurisdictions also look to our success in running a joint-operations centre with our municipal and federal partners.” Emergency Management Office staff will be available to answer questions about using technology in emergencies, the 911 system, emergency-management training, business-continuity management and public alerting. Outside, in the parking lot, partner agencies will have an impressive display of command and response vehicles. Participating agencies include the RCMP, Department of National Defence, Nova Scotia Ground Search and Rescue Association, Canadian Red Cross, Halifax Regional Municipality Fire Service, Emergency Health Services and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The province will also display its new field satellite system that can send video and audio from an emergency site back to the joint emergency operations centre. Visitors can also pick up a free copy of the 72 Hours brochure, which includes useful tips for preparing emergency kits for homes and vehicles. The Emergency Management Office is located in the Eric Spicer Municipal Building, 21 Mount Hope Ave., Dartmouth.
OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says Canadian spending on cannabis increased 1.2 per cent to $5.7 billion on an annualized basis in the second quarter.Nearly 85 per cent of purchases were illegal, down from 98 per cent in mid-2014 as consumption for medical use has increased.About 4.9 million Canadians between 15 and 64 years old spent the equivalent of about $1,200 per cannabis consumer.The growth follows a 1.4 per cent increase in spending in the first quarter, rising at an average rate of one per cent quarterly since the beginning of 2015.The average combined medical and non-medical price for cannabis was $6.74 per gram in the second quarter, with cannabis for medical use fetching a slightly higher price.Prices of both substances have fallen by 10.6 per cent since the first quarter of 2016.The agency says household spending on marijuana has increased 72 per cent since the first quarter of 2001, when the federal government passed legislation legalizing the use of cannabis for medical purposes.Cannabis consumption for medical use has more than tripled since the second quarter of 2016.Spending on illegal cannabis is expected to decrease substantially once use of the drug is legalized on Oct. 17.Statistics Canada says $784 million was spent on medical marijuana in the quarter, including $52 million of personal production.Cannabis spending has surpassed the $5.3 billion spent on spirits last year.Canadians spent $22.5 billion on alcohol overall, including $9.1 billion on beer, $7.2 billion on wine and $900 million on cider. They also consumed $16 billion of tobacco.
David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and Rachel Zoe have all enacted policies against the use of ostrich skin in their collections.The news follows the launch of PETA’s ostrich campaign targeting Prada and Hermès.And since about 85 percent of ostrich skin comes from South Africa, PETA has also recruited South African model David Miller to narrate a short video revealing that the pockmarks unique to ostrich-skin bags and accessories are the result of violently plucking out ostriches’ feathers. PETA’s video exposé — which also shows that workers flip the large, intelligent birds upside down in stun machines and slit their throats — can be viewed here.Miller, who has appeared in ad campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Valentino, and Tommy Hilfiger, says, “It’s a myth that ostriches bury their heads in the sand. But as consumers, we often do.”Source:PETA
Shimla: The Bharatiya Janata Party has picked-up two Parliamentary constituencies – Mandi and Shimla (Reserve) to give a boost to the election campaign, currently handled by party ‘s star campaigner Jai Ram Thakur, a first-time Chief Minister.Himachal Pradesh has four constituencies going to the poll on May 19 in the last phase. Modi will address a poll rally at Mandi on May 10 where the party has retained its incumbent MP Ram Swaroop Sharma. Mandi is very crucial for the BJP as being a native district of the Chief Minister. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Till now, Thakur was first a second line leader in the state’s party hierarchy but after former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal missed his Chief Ministerial chance in 2017, even the BJP fought poll under his leadership. It’s Jai Ram Thakur who is leading the poll show for the party. The contest in Mandi, a constituency earlier also represented by Congress stalwarts like Virbhadra Singh and Sukh Ram, has a young dynastic Ashray Sharma, a grandson of Sukh Ram contesting on the Congress ticket after he had lobbied in the BJP. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIt’s due to Ashary and turncoat Sukh Ram, Anil Sharma, Ashray’s father had to lose his cabinet post in the state government. Modi had campaigned in Mandi during the state assembly polls in 2017 as thereafter Congress President Rahul Gandhi had also addressed a poll rally wherein he had declared Virbhadra Singh as party’s Chief Ministerial face. Why BJP selected Mandi for Modi rally clearly shows that the party doesn’t want to take any chance as it’s basically prestige of Chief Minister than Ram Swaroop Sharma, which is at stake. Mandi parliamentary also includes districts of Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti and one assembly seat of Bharmaur in Chamba district. In 2017, the BJP had won nine out of 10 assembly seats in Mandi district. One Independent elected from Jogindernagar defeating BJP senior and former minister Gulab Singh Thakur also backed the BJP. “The BJP is comfortably placed in Mandi but it’s all about ensuring a connect of the voters with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and give the Congress a befitting answer,” said Praveen Sharma, BJP spokesman. Besides Mandi, another rally which Modi will address in Shimla Parliamentary constituency is at Solan on May 13. During 2014 poll, Modi had addressed a rally at Solan, which many BJP leaders believed proved lucky for the party to win all four seats in Himachal Pradesh. BJP general secretary Chander Mohan said party national president Amit Shah will also campaign in the state on May 12. He will address three rallies at Chamba, Bilaspur and Nahan in the parliamentary constituencies of Kangra, Hamirpur and Shimla respectively.
Rabat – The Moroccan and Malagasy foreign ministries have signed a cooperation agreement to enhance gender equality and an agreement on youth and sports cooperation.Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and Malagasy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andriantsitohaina Franck Michel Naina signed nine agreements in total on Tuesday, March 26, during the first session of the Morocco-Madagascar Joint Cooperation Committee in Marrakech.Bourita and Naina signed agreements on the promotion of gender equality, combating sexual discrimination in education and the job market, and preventing violence against women. Madagascar may have useful experience to share with Morocco regarding gender equality. In the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap Report, Madagascar ranked 84th out of 149 countries, whereas Morocco ranked 137th. The report focuses on the gender gap between men and women across four key areas: Health, education, economy, and politics.According to the the OECD Development Centre’s Social Institutions and Gender Index, Madagascar enshrined equality between the sexes in its constitution and amended its family code to raise the age of marriage from 14 for women and 17 for men to 18 for both sexes in 2007. In a 2019 World Bank analysis, however, Morocco scored slightly better (73.13) than Madagascar (71.88). The analysis studied women’s freedom of movement, laws affecting women’s decisions to enter the labor market, laws affecting occupational segregation and the gender wage gap, and protection from sexual harassment.In September 2018, Morocco implemented Law 103-13, which criminalizes violence and sexual discrimination against women and can bring up to one year imprisonment, for example, in cases of street harassment of forced underage marriage.The two countries also signed action programs on youth and sports for the next two years, allowing people to take part in artistic and cultural events. It will also facilitate access for Malagasy students and teaching staff to use sports training institutes in Morocco.The committee’s first session also saw the signing of cooperation agreements and MOUs on diplomat training, scientific research, scholarships, internships, urban planning and housing policy, and decentralization.
The UN mission, known by its acronym UNTAET, reported that Partido do Povo de Timor – People’s Party of Timor – was the first party to submit a complete application. The other two parties making their submissions to the Independent Electoral Commission — FRETILIN and the Christian Democratic Party (PDC) – had left out some minor information, which they would have to present in the coming days, the mission said. According to the Chief Electoral Officer, the fact that these three parties had handed in their applications in accordance to the Electoral Commission’s procedures in the first day of the registration period was “very encouraging” and “a sign that political parties are very serious about the electoral process.” The registration process for the 30 August election ends on 24 June.In New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report released today that East Timor was making progress on the path to independence but cautioned that “a great deal remains to be done until that objective is reached and more will need to be accomplished thereafter to ensure that the new State can exist on its own.” In his interim report to the Security Council, Mr Annan said that since it was difficult to forecast political developments, he favoured “a prudent approach” that would safeguard the international community’s considerable investment in East Timor’s future. The Secretary-General will report to the Council again in July.
Sino Gold and Gold Fields have formed a strategic alliance, combining Sino Gold’s proven and recognised operational, development and business capabilities in China with the global technical, financial and human resources expertise of Gold Fields, the world’s fourth largest gold company. As part of this, Gold Fields’ equity in Sino Gold will rise to 17.4%, the largest shareholder in Sino Gold. With a ‘first mover’ advantage, Sino Gold holds a strong competitive position in China. China will be one of the topics we examine in International Mining’s February issue, along with the central African Copperbelt, Toronto and comminution. The new 50:50 jointly owned and funded group to target and explore China for projects meets Gold Fields’ benchmark ‘rule of fives’ criteria: resources of at least 5 Moz of gold and production capacity of approximately 500,000 oz/y of gold. The group will integrate Gold Fields’ existing exploration assets and personnel in China into Sino Gold which, in terms of the strategic alliance, will in future conduct all of Gold Fields’ exploration activity in China.Ian Cockerill, CEO of Gold Fields: “This strategic alliance represents the next logical step in the developing relationship between Gold Fields and Sino Gold, our long standing partner in China. It provides Gold Fields with the ability to strengthen and accelerate its exploration efforts for large, high quality, long life assets in a highly prospective region of the world. China is a key strategic region for Gold Fields and combining our technical, financial and human resources expertise with Sino Gold’s proven commercial and operational track record in China will create a stronger partnership to deliver on our mutual exploration and development objectives.The strategic alliance will explore primarily for porphyry, high-sulphidation epithermal or sediment-hosted disseminated orogenic style gold mineralization. These styles of mineralisation are not currently the focus of Sino Gold’s exploration programme in China. Jake Klein, CEO of Sino Gold: “The exploration focus introduced through this alliance is a significant addition to, and separate from, Sino Gold’s current exploration programme.” A new entity is being formed which will be equally funded by both parties. This is to be a wholly separate entity from Sino Gold’s other business development teams in China. All of China is included, except for Sino Gold’s projects around the Laizhishan Dome area near Jinfeng and White Mountain.The exploration undertaken by the new entity will be managed by Sino Gold. Gold Fields will manage the development and operation of any new projects resulting from the alliance that meet the agreed Gold Fields benchmark criteria. Sino Gold has the right to properties which do not meet the criteria referred to above.As one of the world’s largest unhedged gold producers, Gold Fields has annual gold production of some 4.1 Moz from mines in South Africa, Ghana, Australia and Venezuela, as well as a developing mine at Cerro Corona in Peru. The company has ore reserves of 65 Moz and mineral resources of 179 Moz. www.goldfields.co.za Sino Gold has been active in China since 1996. Its Jianchaling mine produced about 450,000 oz of gold from 1998 to 2006. The company is now developing the Jinfeng mine in Guizhou Province that is expected to commence commercial gold production in the March 2007 quarter. With resources of 4.0 Moz and reserves of 2.9 Moz, Jinfeng will be a major, long-life operation. Sino Gold has demonstrated capability to gain approvals for, and to successfully develop, gold projects in China. www.sinogold.com.au
If you thought that Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson’s fledgling space tourism company, was a tenuous idea, you won’t be any more impressed by Branson’s newest venture: Virgin Oceanic. Make no mistake, the project is very real: Branson and fellow explorer Chris Welsh both plan to pilot solo submarines to the deepest parts of the world’s largest oceans, including the Mariana Trench and the Puerto Rico Trench. Branson has even partnered with Google to assist with the charting and mapping of the sea floor during this and other missions planned by the initiative. There were no indications in the announcement that it would go commercial in the near future or that future submarines would offer to take wealthy passengers the same way Virgin Galactic has promised to book sub-orbital space flights. According to a post at BoingBoing, Branson says his real passion is to address the fact that human beings have yet to see the world’s deepest places, and have mapped a paltry 3 percent of the ocean floor with unmanned craft. As usual, the submarines to be used in the initiative spare no expense when it comes to technology: they use carbon fiber and composite materials for the hull, and even feature a winged design to glide through the water. Click the jump to see the teaser trailer for the project.