JERUSALEM– Scores of Jewish settlers on Thursday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in the city of Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), a Palestinian official told Anadolu Agency.Backed by Israeli forces, about 32 settlers stormed the compound from the Al-Magharba Gate, provoking Muslim worshippers, said one Islamic Endowment Authority official.According to the official, Israeli forces expelled three worshippers and questioned three students “as part of Israel’s policy of harassing worshippers.”Israeli officials, meanwhile, were not available for comment. In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have stepped up their attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex. The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.Jews refer to the area as the “Temple Mount,” claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state.
By Margot Eliason & Kawtar EnnajiRabat – The Moroccan parliamentary commission for teaching, culture, and communication has approved a new framework law for education. The framework law allows for technical subjects to be taught in foreign languages, and require Tamazight to be taught to all Moroccans.The parliamentary commission approved the framework law by a vast majority. 25 voted in favour of the new law, while two voted against the framework. There were also three abstentions. The commission was, however, divided on two controversial provisions. A number of members of parliament abstained from voting for Article 2 and Article 31, which were only approved by 12 and 11 votes respectively.Article 2 specifies that scientific and technical subjects can now be taught in foreign languages through a pedagogy called “Linguistic Alternation” (the equivalent of Content Language Integrated Learning).The article defines the “Linguistic Alternation” method as a “progressive educational choice used in multilingual education, in an aim to diversify the teaching of languages.” However, the framework stresses that this new method should be followed “while prioritizing Morocco’s two official languages [Arabic and Tamazight (Berber)].”Read also: Minister of Education Launches National Platform “Morocco Digital University”Article 2 adds that this reform “will be carried out through teaching some subjects, in particular scientific or technical subjects, or chapters of certain subjects in one or more foreign languages.” Article 31 relates to teaching Tamazight in school. It states that “upon completing high school, students should have mastered both Arabic and Tamazight in addition to two foreign languages.”The law also states that, “all foreign schools based in Morocco are required to teach Arabic and Tamazight to the Moroccan children enrolled in classes.” The framework does not appear to apply to foreign students. Choice of language in schoolsThe new framework law promotes multilingual education. The choice of foreign language, and its integration into the curriculum will then be a matter of choice for the school. Teaching in languages other than Arabic has raised controversy. Some schools already teach scientific subjects in French. Some say this entrenches disadvantage when it comes to accessing higher education which is delivered in French.In January 2015, the Higher Council of Education discussed prioritizing teaching English over French as a foreign language.For some, English is an “international” language which will provide students with a competitive advantage.“English is becoming more and more essential in higher education schools and universities,” Samir Benmakhlouf, CEO of London Academy Casablanca, told Moroccan newsource Le Matin in February.“The mastery of this language is crucial as the majority of international conferences and scientific journals are in English,” he added. “In the job market, it is the linguistic dimension that makes the difference between two otherwise equal candidates,” he explained.The Minister for Education Said Amzazi stated that the approval of the legal framework today was a “historical moment.”It is the first time that the education sector will have its own legal framework, which is a first step towards the Moroccan education system “taking off,” Amzazi told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The legal framework aims to promote access to equal education for all Moroccan children.
India has also been concerned over Chinese presence at the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka.Hambantota, a town on the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka, is being turned into a major port and Colombo had an agreement with Beijing for Chinese companies’ involvement in developing facilities at the port. The port, like Gwadar in Pakistan and Sittwe in Myanmar, is perceived to be part of the “string of pearls,” the strategic assets China has been developing in the Indian Ocean region, purportedly to encircle India.Rajapaksa’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing in the last week of May saw the two countries upgrading the bilateral ties to a “strategic cooperation partnership.” Sources told Deccan Herald that the agreement, to be signed during the NSA’s visit to Sri Lanka, will seek to set up a mechanism for trilateral cooperation in maritime security, information sharing, cooperation on search and rescue in the Indian Ocean region, surveillance of the Exclusive Economic Zones, collective response to marine oil pollution and capacity building through training and exercises. New Delhi’s move to sign a trilateral maritime cooperation agreement with Colombo and Male comes in the backdrop of China’s growing influence over Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Negotiation for the MoU started in 2011, but gained momentum only towards the end of 2012 and early this year.China set up its embassy in Maldives in 2011 and has since been lobbying hard to get involved in the development of infrastructure in some of the strategically located islands of the archipelagic nation. New Delhi has of late been finding it a bit difficult to maintain its traditional influence on political and economic affairs of Maldives. New Delhi has been repeatedly asking the Sri Lankan government to ensure equal political, social and economic rights for the Tamils of the island nation. Ever since the Sri Lankan Army defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam guerrillas in 2009, New Delhi has been prodding Colombo to move towards a national reconciliation and prove alleged human rights violation by its soldiers during the crackdown on rebels.China’s $ 1.05 billion aid commitment to Sri Lanka was the largest in 2012, while India ranked second with $ 700 million. A release by the Sri Lankan government quoted Xi telling Rajapaksa that China was “strongly opposed to foreign countries interfering in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs.” India will sign a trilateral maritime cooperation agreement with Sri Lanka and the Maldives, in a move to counter China’s bid to spread its strategic footprint in the Indian Ocean region, the Deccan Herald reported.National Security Advisor (NSA) Shiv Shankar Menon will visit Colombo this week to hold talks with his Sri Lankan and Maldivian counterparts for finalising a framework agreement for maritime cooperation among the three nations. Menon will also call President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa during his visit to Colombo.
The OHCHR delegation which attended the meeting included Georgette Gagnon, Director of Field Operations and Technical Cooperation for the UN Human Rights Office, and Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch at the UN Human Rights Office. Officials from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) had talks with the Prime Minister’s office on the progress made by Sri Lanka in meeting its commitments made in the UN Human Rights Council resolution.The meeting was held with Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka in his capacity as the Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Government information department said. The OHCHR delegation is also expected to meet several senior members of the Government and seek their views on Sri Lanka’s current position with regards to the UNHRC resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) At the meeting, the two parties focused on UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet’s report on Sri Lanka which will be presented to the March session of the UN Human Rights Council, where Sri Lanka’s progress on the UNHRC resolutions would be discussed by its member-nations.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The pace of housing starts in Canada defied expectations and picked up in June to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 198,185 in June, compared with 196,993 in May.Economists had expected the rate to come in at about 190,000 for the month.However, a jump in rural starts and a slight increase in urban starts pushed the total higher for the month.CIBC economist Nick Exarhos said the increase goes against the conventional reasoning that this year would bring an expected slowdown to the market.“Today’s report also gives us more confidence that the weakness seen in April GDP due to a drop in construction was indeed transitory, and that for the second quarter as a whole, the building sector-along with other economic activity,will show signs of heating up,” Exarhos wrote in a note Wednesday.CMHC said the overall increase came as the pace of urban starts increased to 181,979 units in June, compared with 181,359 in May.The tick higher came as the pace of multiple urban starts edged higher to 118,815, compared with 118,750 in May. The rate of detached homes increased to 63,164 last month from 62,609.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 16,206 compared with 15,634 in May.BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic noted that Alberta increased to 53,700 starts on an annual basis, up from 33,600 in May, a pace topped only in the pre-recession housing boom in 2006-07.“Like almost everything else we’re seeing these days, upward momentum is largely concentrated in Alberta — but that’s okay, they need the houses,” Kavcic wrote.The CMHC report came as real estate company Royal LePage said big cities Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary are driving increases in national average home prices, while smaller cities had more moderate gains.Royal LePage said the average price of a home in Canada increased between 3.9 per cent and 5.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2014 and prices are expected to go up steadily for the rest of the year. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 9, 2014 8:02 am MDT CMHC says housing starts up slightly in June; trend stable since March
“Famine is declared when there is evidence of extreme conditions regarding food access, child malnutrition and an increase in the death rate,” stated the UN World Food Programme (WFP), while launching in Spain a global Fighting Famine campaign in Spain to warn about this unprecedented food crisis. Commending “the intense response mounted by the humanitarian community,” WFP said the famine declared in two counties of South Sudan in February had been overcome and, to date, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria have averted it. “Nonetheless,” the agency cautioned, “the situation is still critical.” WFP pointed out that apart from Yemen, the other three countries are entering the lean season – the time of year when the previous season’s harvest has run out and food stocks are at their lowest. Also, the rains are making access by land difficult, and even impossible. While air transportation may sometimes be possible, it costs up to seven times more. The severe food crisis in Yemen is caused by the consequences of armed conflict devastating the country, according to the UN agency. WFP has implemented emergency response mechanisms that include food airdrops in remote areas in South Sudan and trucking in supplies to areas where people have fled from Boko Haram in Nigeria. In June, agency assisted 11.8 million people in the four famine-facing countries, underscoring that “almost half of them are in Yemen, where lack of funding has meant that WFP has been forced to make the difficult decision to reduce the amount of food each person in order to stretch resources further.” To shine a spotlight on the unprecedented food crisis, WFP is taking part in a worldwide #FightingFamine campaign. The UN agency noted that in Spain, Mastercard and MediaCom have donated resources and advertising space so that the initiative is channeled through press, online media, digital screens and street furniture. WFP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions, and with this campaign, it urges “the private sector and individuals to take action to help prevent a looming humanitarian disaster.” As WFP depends on the generosity of donor governments, supporters and partners to quickly deliver food to affected people in these four countries, it urgently needs $900 million to meet immediate needs and avoid the spread of famine for the period of August to January 2018.
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers fired general manager Ron Hextall because — to swipe a page from their glory days — he was Broad Street Bullheaded.Hextall preached patience.The Flyers want to win now.That clash of ideology turned toxic in Philadelphia’s front office, and it cost Hextall his job in his fifth season as GM. Paul Holmgren, the Flyers’ loyalist and team president, had few solid answers Tuesday as to why he made the move, other than to repeatedly call Hextall “unyielding.”Hextall’s arrival signalled a new era in Flyers history, one where short-term fixes, big-budget spending and mortgaging the farm system were no longer in vogue. He gamely tried to restock the farm system and refused to make a major trade for a star that could instantly inch the Flyers closer toward contention.And when all that got the Flyers were a pair of first-round playoff exits and a 10-11-2 record this season, Hextall got the boot.“He was unyielding in his plan and remained that way,” Holmgren said. “Good for him. He’s a well-thought out, deep-thinking guy.”The deep thoughts included packaging draft picks and prospects for All-Stars capable of carrying Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Jake Vorcek and James van Riemsdyk at least into May.The Flyers expect to hire a GM in weeks and he’ll have to make an urgent decision: keep or fire coach Dave Hakstol.“I hate to say Dave Hakstol’s fate is in the next GM’s hands but it is,” Holmgren said. “I’m not going to make that decision.”Hakstol, 132-97-40 in three–plus seasons, was set to coach the Flyers on Tuesday night against Ottawa.Holmgren said he never asked Hextall to fire the coach he hired with no NHL experience out of North Dakota. But Holmgren said Hextall had told him “of course, I’m thinking about it.”But, Holmgren added, “he never did it.”The Flyers did at least discuss the potential of adding Joel Quenneville after the Chicago Blackhawks fired the three-time Stanley Cup champion coach.“I can tell you his name came up right away when he was let go,” Comcast Spectacor CEO Dave Scott said. “I think Ron was set on, stay the course.”With his biggest backer gone, and the Flyers wallowing, Hakstol’s job is in serious danger.“I like Hak. I think he’s done a decent job under the circumstances he’s coached under,” Holmgren said.“Decent” isn’t exactly an encouraging vote of confidence. Hakstol has had his issues — the Flyers are last in the NHL in the penalty kill (69.7 per cent) — but Hextall’s decision to enter the season with two oft-injured goalies haunted the team. The Flyers have matched a franchise-high with five goalies this season while prized prospect Carter Hart lingers in the minors.“Is he our long-term solution? I don’t know that,” Holmgren said. “I’m not prepared to answer that. That’s another topic for the next GM.”Holmgren punted about every major issue facing the Flyers to the next GM, and there are plenty of top candidates. The Flyers have about $7 million in salary cap space, and enough talent that should entice some heavy hitters for the job. Former Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi, who won two Cups and now works for the Flyers, told Holmgren he wasn’t interested. But Chuck Fletcher, Ron Francis, Sean Burke and Brian Burke are sure to pique the interest of a team eyeing its first Stanley Cup since the back-to-back titles in 1974 and 1975.“What can we do now, today, to make the team better now? Not two years or three years from now,” Scott said.Hextall was criticized for refusing to listen to scouts and advisers and had been accused of cutting off alumni from access to the team. Hextall, a star goalie and one of the franchise’s more popular players, had wanted his own process on his terms.“His plan was his plan and we’re really hoping for a little more openness going forward,” Scott said.Asked when the Flyers decided to shift from long-term rebuild to legitimate contention, Holmgren was blunt.“We’re in the fifth year,” Holmgren said. “That’s a long time in hockey years.”The Flyers haven’t made the Cup finals since 2010 and haven’t won a playoff round since 2012.“It’s a long time,” Scott said. “We’re gonna go for it.”The decision to dump Hextall was about dollars and cents as much as it was the state of the roster. Fan apathy is at a low, attendance is down and tickets are steeply discounted on StubHub. There is little buzz apart from the new googly-eyed mascot.What’s more, the 76ers, their fellow Wells Fargo Center tenant, have overtaken the city in popularity, with big stars and packed houses.“They were having some challenges and then (Jimmy) Butler coming certainly helps things,” Scott said.So the Flyers need their own Butler?“Couldn’t hurt, that’s for sure,” he said, laughing.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDan Gelston, The Associated Press
A trademark dispute between two Greek restaurants in Brisbane recently reached the Federal Court of Australia resulting in a name change for one of the eateries. Little Greek Taverna, obtained an interlocutory injunction issued on September 5 against Little Greek Cuzina, another restaurant in the same city.The injunction, prevents Cuzina from using the word “little” in their description.Taverna filed a complaint against Cuzina, as “their name was confusing customers and as a result was damaging our business,” resulting in a decline in revenue.Taverna co-owner Elli Parmaklis told the Federal Court that she had been contacted “countless times with complaints that ‘our’ Graceville or Bulimba restaurants weren’t at the same standard as the original Little Greek Taverna in West End”.The little Greek cuzina in Bulimba. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
VANCOUVER – The Forest Service and Friends of Fort Vancouver will hold a birthday party for Smokey Bear on Aug. 12, as the fire safety icon turns 73.The free event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., where the Gifford Pinchot National Forest shares an information desk with the National Park Service.A short film about the return of life to Mount St. Helens, a part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, will be shown in the Visitor Center theater. Smokey Bear-themed items will also be for sale in the Friends of Fort Vancouver bookstore. The Friends will provide cake and lemonade as part of the celebration. Smokey Bear will also be take part.The real Smokey was saved in a wildfire in New Mexico and was first called “Hotfoot Teddy,” according to a news release. His paws were badly burned when he clung to a smoking, burned-out tree. Since then, Smokey has been promoting fire safety in our public lands for decades.“We love these public interactions with the community, especially young people, as they represent our future,” said Zach Teel, Gifford Pinchot visitors service information assistant. “It’s important to promote fire safety as well as a general forest ethic in kids, and especially to make it fun and engaging.”
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews have shut down several roads in Miami Beach as they work to cap a gas leak.The leak happened near 10th Street and Meridian Avenue, Monday afternoon.No injuries have been reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The South Korean company’s overall revenue dropped 10 percent from the previous year to 59.3 trillion won ($53.4 billion), while its operating profit tumbled 29 percent to 10.8 trillion won ($9.7 billion). The figures were in line with its projection from early January, when Samsung warned it would report a dramatic decline in its fourth-quarter financial results. Samsung’s smartphone shipments and prices fell in the fourth quarter “in a stagnant but highly competitive market, despite strong seasonal demand.” Revenue in its mobile operations dropped 11 percent from the previous year to 22.2 trillion won ($20 billion).The company’s results are the latest confirmation of a slowdown in the smartphone market. It’s become harder for handset vendors to make huge changes in their devices and differentiate from one another. Prices for the latest and greatest phones have actually increased at the same time US carriers have gotten rid of subsidies. All of that has meant people are waiting longer to upgrade. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice Apple Apple in early January issued a rare warning — its first in 16 years — that it would fall short of its financial projections in the December quarter. Tuesday, it said its sales in the March quarter also would be lower than analysts expected. It pointed to an economic slowdown in China and the country’s “rising trade tensions with the United States” as the main culprits. For Samsung, demand was seasonally strong in December. Its earnings press release never mentioned China or other factors listed by Apple. Instead, it blamed its weakness on tougher competition and a “sluggish smartphone market overall.”That sluggishness should continue. Samsung expects demand for smartphones and tablets to drop in the first quarter because of a seasonal slowdown. It confirmed it will unveil the Galaxy S10 next month during an event in San Francisco and said “its new flagship model smartphones are expected to prop up sales and business performance in the coming months.” Overall smartphone shipments are likely to be about the same as the fourth quarter, though, because sales of Samsung’s “mass-market models have temporarily declined due to a lineup reorganization.” It said the move is necessary to help it “better promptly respond to rapid changing market trends and the needs of target customers.”Ripple effectsAlong with smartphone sales themselves slowing, Samsung suffered as companies bought fewer memory chips for smartphones and data centers. Its overall chip business and operations building processors for other companies declined because of “weak seasonality.” Sales in the memory business dropped 14 percent from the previous year, while the overall semiconductor business slid 11 percent. Even Samsung’s display panel business was hurt by smartphones. Revenue in the business declined 18 percent because of “growing competition between mobile display makers.” reading • Samsung sees slow phone sales too, but has hopes for Galaxy S10 debut Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 1:28 Phones Components • Sarah Tew/CNET Apple’s not the only tech giant being hurt by a slowdown in the smartphone market.Samsung on Wednesday reported a steep drop in revenue and profits, just as it had warned earlier this month. Most of its businesses, from chips to displays, felt the effects of stronger competition and weaker demand in the handset sector. Its smartphone sales declined, memory chips destined for handsets didn’t sell as well, and its mobile displays suffered. “Unfavorable business and macroeconomic factors led to slower performance in the final quarter,” Samsung said in a press release about its earnings. 5G Samsung Apple Galaxy Note 9: 16 hidden features on Samsung’s best phone See also Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Comments 4 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors and facts Apple’s iPhones hit a wall. Now we know how bad it is Samsung expects sharp drop in fourth-quarter profit See All What we know about Samsung’s foldable phone One bright spot was Samsung’s networks business, which has seen strong results selling equipment for upcoming 5G networks and the expansion of 4G LTE networks. But the only segment that actually increased revenue from the previous year was the Harman business that Samsung bought in late 2016. Harman makes speakers and other consumer products but also has a big business selling technology to automakers. Its revenue climbed 10 percent year-over-year to 2.55 trillion won ($2.3 billion).A tough year aheadEven though Samsung’s earnings dropped in the fourth quarter, it managed to report record revenue and profits for the full year. 2019 will be more difficult, however. Samsung’s overall earnings should decline, largely because of its memory business, the company said.For 2019, Samsung expects smartphone demand to be the same as in 2018. But the average selling price of phones should rise “due to a trend toward adopting high-end features such as large screens, higher memory capacity, and multi-cameras,” Samsung said. “The environment overall will remain challenging due to the sluggish growth of the global smartphone market and material cost burden.”Samsung plans to boost smartphone sales this year by launching products that are different from those offered by rivals and by getting better at targeting marketing. It will launch foldable and 5G phones this year to woo buyers, and it plans to expand its Bixby digital assistant to more devices and connected services, while improving its AI capabilities. “User retention will be increased by strengthening connectivity between devices,” Samsung said Wednesday.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. 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Anchorage Fire Chief Jodie Hettrick (Photo courtesy Municipality of Anchorage)Anchorage has a new fire chief, and for the first time in the history of Alaska’s largest city, it’s a woman.Listen nowJodie Hettrick has been appointed to lead the Anchorage Fire Department, according to an announcement Wednesday from the mayor’s office.Hettrick joined the department in 2012. She has served as acting chief since the previous chief, Denis LeBlanc, retired in May.Now that her position is official, Hettrick says there are some internal initiatives that can go forward. That includes expanding the management of their emergency medical services.“Not that we were struggling there, it’s just that as we do more and more emergency medical service response, we should have more assets in place to manage that operation,” Hettrick said. “And it’s just a leap that we haven’t taken, and we’ve needed to take that for a very long time.”The department has good staffing levels for its first responders but needs to build up other staff, Hettrick said. That might mean adding mechanics, inspectors and others, as well as promoting personnel into some command positions, she said.As for her promotion, Hettrick said she’s proud and thankful to be the city’s first female fire chief. She said she wants to encourage more women to get into emergency services, and she hopes to offer guidance as a female colleague with more than 30 years of experience.“Most of my mentors throughout the entire time I’ve been in the service have been men, because there weren’t any other women in these positions to be mentored by,” Hettrick said. “So I think that that’s why it’s a big deal. There should be more women in the fire service, so that more of them move up through the ranks and are given these types of opportunities.”Hettrick was an assistant chief at the Anchorage Fire Department, then deputy chief in charge of day-to-day operations. Her past employers include the state Division of Fire and Life Safety, the Valdez Fire Department and the Central Mat-Su Fire Department, where she got her start in emergency services.
Infosys shares hit a new 52-week low of Rs. 1,009.20 on Monday on the Bombay Stock Exchange even as reports surfaced that the company sacked about 500 employees at its Bengaluru and Hyderabad centres over “performance” issues. The company denied the number, but said “few” were asked to leave.The Infosys stock closed at Rs. 1,015.40, down 0.56 percent. Shares of the company have been on a downhill ever since it declared its June quarter results and lowered its revenue guidance for the current financial year. The stock pulled the BSE Information Technology down 1.07 percent; Wipro closed 1.02 percent lower at Rs. 515.30, while TCS lost 2.02 percent and ended at Rs. 2,551.45.The Sensex lost 91 points to close at 27,985, while the NSE Nifty edged 37 points lower to end at 8,629. Top Sensex losers included Lupin, TCS, NTPC and Sun Pharma. On the NSE, stocks that pulled the equity benchmark down included Grasim, Aurobindo Pharma, Ambuja Cements and ACC.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs. 300 crore, according to provisional data published by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).NTPC posted a net profit of Rs. 2,369 crore for the first quarter (Q1) ended June 30, 2016, up 4 percent from Rs. 2,276 crore in the corresponding period last year. Total income rose 11 percent to Rs. 19,062 crore from Rs. 17,093 crore in the year-ago period.The NTPC stock closed 1.92 percent lower at Rs. 163.55 on Monday.The rupee closed at Rs. 67.19 to the US dollar.The 10-year bond yield was 7.16 percent; a note by India Ratings suggested the yield would remain around that level. “Bond gains are likely to halt and the currency will continue to face global risk shifts. The 10-year yield is likely to trade at 7.08 to 7.18 percent (7.10 percent at close on 19 August),” the agency said in a note.
Khaleda Zia. File PhotoThe High Court on Wednesday adjourned until 8 August the hearing of a petition filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia against her sentence in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, news agency UNB reports.A High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order as Khaleda’s lawyers were absent at the court.On 8 February, Dhaka’s Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.On 19 February, Khaleda filed an appeal with the HC against her sentence.The hearing on the petition started at the High Court on 12 July.
Android Studio 3.3 has been released, earlier this week with official support for Navigation Editor, Project Marble, improved incremental Java compilation when using annotation processors, C++ code lint inspections etc. Other features include an updated new project wizard and usability fixes for each of the performance profilers. Overall, this release addresses over 200 users reported bugs. This release includes support for navigation editor, a visual editor for constructing XML resources using the Jetpack Navigation Component. Developers can build predictable interactions between the screens and content areas of an app with the Navigation Editor and the Navigation Component. The Network profiler in Android Studio 3.3 now formats common text types found in network payloads by default, including HTML, XML and JSON. New Project Wizard for Android Studio has been updated to support the range of device types, programming languages, and new frameworks in a streamlined manner. Android Studio 3.3 includes Intellij 2018.2.2 and also bundles Kotlin 1.3.11. It also supports Clang-Tidy for C++ static code analysis. Android Studio 3.3 decreases build time by improving support for incremental Java compilation when using annotation processors. This release comes with a new feature to help clean up unused settings & cache directories. For better user feedback, it includes in-product sentiment buttons for quick feedback. The plugin uses Gradle’s new task creation API to avoid initializing and configuring tasks that are not required to complete the current build. Android Studio 3.3 supports Android app bundle to build and deploy Google Play Instant experiences from a single Android Studio project. Android Emulator 28.0 now supports the ability to launch multiple instances of the same Android Virtual Device (AVD). The default Memory Profiler capture mode on Android 8.0 Oreo (API level 26) and higher devices are changed to sample for allocations periodically. You may check out the Android Studio release notes, Android Gradle plugin release notes, and the Android Emulator release notes for more details. Read Next Android Studio 3.2 releases with Android App Bundle, Energy Profiler, and more! Android Studio 3.2 Beta 5 out, with updated Protobuf Gradle plugin What is Android Studio and how does it differ from other IDEs?
Related posts:Santa Teresa Deep Dive: Surfing in one of Costa Rica’s best beaches Santa Teresa Deep Dive: How to Surf in Santa Teresa Santa Teresa Deep Dive: The Bakery Surfing one of the world’s best waves in Pavones Even Costa Ricans fawn over the idea of visiting Santa Teresa.When you step on the beach you’re surrounded by a colorful assortment of nature. The sky and ocean blend together in the horizon and turn into a mosaic of deep purple and vibrant orange at sunset. The beach itself is surrounded by deep green vegetation on either side and there’s often a light mist, making this picturesque town seem even more like a dream.The beach is often dotted with tanned travelers speaking an assortment of languages. A lot of them will have big old surfboards, perfect for learning. You’ll see a few shortboard-riding locals tearing up waves, too.The waves range from beginner to world class and the tourists range from tent-dwelling backpackers selling handmade goods to some of the world’s biggest celebrities. Leonardo DiCaprio has been spotted at local bars. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are basically part-time residents, and Zac Efron was recently seen climbing waterfalls and riding horses in the area.There’s still no celebrity enclave in Santa Teresa, but there are large communities of Argentinians, Israelis, and restaurateurs that have set up strong roots in this beach town. Places like The Bakery have brought fresh baked goods to a community that was only accessible by horse a few decades ago. Product C offers seafood so fresh it’s almost still breathing, and if you’re on a budget, The Taco Corner offers amazing burritos and tacos at a decent price.Compare prices on flights with SkyscannerAll this growth also comes at a cost. While Santa Teresa does seem like a sandy utopia, there are some gritty truths laying behind the mist – primarily because the local government hasn’t been able to keep with the town’s exploding growth. During a recent weeklong visit to take a deep dive into this beloved destination, The Tico Times’ editorial team explored some of the challenges facing this community, and how local leaders are working to solve them.Throughout the month of December, you’ll be able to read about Santa Teresa’s struggles with sewage management as tourism has boomed; Waterkeepers, a nonprofit organization formed by local residents to act as a watchdog for clean water in the area; and foreigners’ campaign to ban the use of a herbicide that local farmers call their only option.We’ll also explore how the community is working to respond to increased drug use and crime in the area, particularly following the murder of a Mexican tourist, Maria Mathus Tenorio, on the beach at night in late August; one such initiative, “Ride para las Sirenas,” offers women free rides back to their hotels.You’ll also meet some of the area’s best surfers, learn exactly how to get to and from this out-of-the-way spot, and unwind alongside our team through our videos, photos and insights into some of the town’s best views, eats and drinks.Upcoming storiesVideo: How to surf in Santa Teresa Surfing in Santa TeresaThe Bakery Keeping an eye on wastewater Cultures collide over herbicide A murder shatters the illusion of safetyThanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico TimesA murder shatters the illusion of safety Facebook Comments
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