No YoYo test for CSK players

first_imgNew Delhi: The Yo-Yo test might be considered a must under the leadership of India skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, but MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings will not be performing the fitness test as they gear up for the rigours of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Former India trainer Ramji Srinivasan, who is associated with the franchise till the first game of this season, has picked the 2 km or 2.4 km run and the Sprint Repeat test as the measuring scale to gauge the fitness of the players. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenRamji explained how he prefers smart training and designs tests keeping in mind the specific requirements of individual players rather than carrying a common testing parametre like the Yo-Yo test. “I have picked the 2 km or 2.4 km run to check the fitness standards of the players as also the Sprint Repeat test. Just because the national team does the Yo-Yo test doesn’t mean I need to follow the process. “I believe in the need to prepare challenges for players keeping their specific requirements in mind. For example, even when I was with the Indian team, the training regime I prepared for Dhoni wasn’t the same as the one for Sachin Tendulkar. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”Similarly, if Virat Kohli is keen to do deadlifts and his body reacts positively to it, doesn’t mean that MS must also do them. The Yo-Yo is more suited to aerobic sports like football and that is how it started. “Also, fitness is a wide spectrum and it is important to keep a comprehensive approach to overall fitness and not just on endurance level. Overall tabulation is very important to look into the various factors like strength, power, agility, endurance, flexibility etc,” he said. Asked to explain Dhoni’s workout regime, Ramji said: “MS is in a different zone altogether. He likes to keep things very simple. He doesn’t do clean-and-jerk and other forms of power lifting. He likes to do his strength work and boxing work. Basically he is a smart trainer and works on a set of exercises that is simple and helps sharpen his skills.”last_img read more

To new beginnings

first_imgIndia’s visage, steeped in tradition, designate the multi-coloured cultural hues of the land, more on the lines of social bonding and comprehensiveness that gives way to each ritual being pulled out of its spiritual context and getting transformed into a celebration. Holi has a very contemporary metaphor in today’s India. One of this country’s favourite festivals, it is celebrated to mark the beginning of spring, ushering in the spirit of freshness and shedding the mundane. More importantly, it invokes inclusivity and hence, people from all faiths can be a part of it. There are a number of myths associated with this extant ritual of smearing colour on friends and family but what stands out is the fact that it is one of the greatest testaments to Hinduism’s absorptive capacity. From far and wide, people visit their families and close ones. The schools, colleges and universities across India celebrate Holi with great enthusiasm. Foreign students, who visit India to obtain academic degrees, participate in great numbers. Tourists from all over the world visit India to witness Lathmar Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan, where Krishna was born. In Punjab, people engage in Hola Mohalla, a yearly fair that was first organised by Sikh Guru Gobind Singh to celebrate Holi. Special demonstrations of physical agility, wrestling, martial arts, sword fights, military exercises and turban tying are part of the celebration. Vasant Utsav in Santiniketan is inspired by Nobel-laureate Rabindranath Tagore who introduced this festival at Viswa Bharati. Students, dressed up in bright-coloured attires, celebrate Holi through cultural programmes. They play ‘Dol’ with abir and flowers. Hundreds of foreigners take part in this event every year. In north India, various theme parties are held across the region. People set up bonfires, offer prayers and toss coconuts in the flames to signify the death of negativity and sorrow. In the present context, with the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections just round-the-corner, the politicisation of this festival may not be a fitting pivot. However, there have been earlier instances when such festivals have witnessed throngs of men carrying out victory marches amid packed street corners, shimmying wildly, smeared in colours. And in Indian politics, as it is in this country’s character, every new beginning (including the spring season) witnesses a ‘colourful’ welcome. From parties that have won recent elections to those celebrating Holi, gulal is a recurrent requisite. But it is important to understand that incendiary rhetorics and religion-baiting communal politics are no longer the order of the day. For this new India, as vintage veneration evokes reverence for the archaic, it also brings with it an essential change — the only constant in this country. Happy Holi!last_img read more

Omar condemns selective outrage in Kashmir

first_imgSrinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday hoped that there was equal condemnation against rights violations by militants in the state as when the security forces are accused of it. His remark comes a day after a 12-year-old boy, who was taken hostage, was killed in a gunfight in Bandipora district’s Mir Mohalla area along with two other militants. The police however, accused the militants of shooting the boy dead. Taking to Twitter, Omar said: “I wish there was as much outrage in Kashmir against militants when they take a young boy hostage as there is when security forces are accused of human rights violations. “Selective outrage is cowardly and hypocritical.”last_img

Two dreaded criminals held

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Tuesday said that they have averted a gang war between various gangs in Najafgarh area with the arrest of two criminals. One of the accused also supplied illegal weapons to the gang.Police identified the accused as Suraj (23) and Roop Ram (26). “Accused Roop Ram (weapon supplier)was arrested from his house in Mathura. The other accused was nabbed from Chawla area in Dwarka,” police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said that Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSuraj is a sharpshooter of Nandu gang. He is involved in an attempt to murder case last year wherein he had allegedly shot a man. He was arrested in the case and was lodged in Tihar jail. After releasing on bail, he procured illegal firearms/ammunition and resumed criminal activities. He was tasked to eliminate a rival gang member for which he was planning and coordinating with other gang members but was arrested by the police. Accused Roop Ram procures illegal weapons at low prices from illegal units from Western UP and sells them at higher profits to criminals in Delhi/NCR. Most of the people in his village are indulge in criminal activities and although he has been in the trade of illegal arms for quite some time he was never arrested earlier.last_img read more

Antibiotics may up stroke risk

first_imgWomen who take antibiotics over a long period of time are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, a study claims. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, found that women aged 60 or older who took antibiotics for two months or more had the greatest risk of cardiovascular disease, but long duration of antibiotic use was also associated with an increased risk if taken during middle age (aged 40-59). The researchers could find no increased risk from antibiotic use by younger adults aged between 20-39. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe possible reason why antibiotic use is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease is because antibiotics alter the balance of the micro-environment in the gut, researchers said. “Antibiotic use is the most critical factor in altering the balance of microorganisms in the gut. Previous studies have shown a link between alterations in the microbiotic environment of the gut and inflammation and narrowing of the blood vessels, stroke and heart disease,” said Lu Qi, director of the Tulane University in the US. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFor the study, the team of researchers studied 36,429 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study, which has been running in the USA since 1976. The current study looked at data from 2004 to June 2012. In 2004 the women were aged 60 or older, and they were asked about their use of antibiotics when they were young (20-39), middle-aged (40-59) or older (60 and older). The researchers categorised them into four groups: those who had never taken antibiotics, those who had taken them for time periods of less than 15 days, 15 days to two months, or for two months or longer. During an average follow-up period of nearly eight years, during which time the women continued to complete questionnaires every two years, 1,056 participants developed cardiovascular disease. The researchers also found that women who used antibiotics for periods of two months or longer in late adulthood were 32 per cent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women who did not use antibiotics. Women who took antibiotics for longer than two months in middle age had a 28 per cent increased risk compared to women who did not. These results which were found in the research mean that among women who take antibiotics for two months or more in late adulthood, six women per 1,000 would develop a cardiovascular disease, compared to three per 1,000 among women who had not taken antibiotics. “By investigating the duration of antibiotic use in various stages of adulthood we have found an association between long-term use in middle age and later life and an increased risk of stroke and heart disease during the following eight years,” said Yoriko Heianza, a research fellow at Tulane University “This is an observational study and so it cannot show that antibiotics cause heart disease and stroke, only that there is a link between them,” Qi said. “It’s possible that women who reported more antibiotic use might be sicker in other ways that we were unable to measure, or there may be other factors that could affect the results that we have not been able take account of,” he said. “Our study suggests that antibiotics should be used only when they are absolutely needed. Considering the potentially cumulative adverse effects, the shorter time of antibiotic use the better,” he further added.last_img read more

Never saw a more coward weak PM than Modi Priyanka

first_imgPratapgarh (UP): Stepping up attack on Narendra Modi, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday said that she has never seen “a more coward and weak” prime minister than him.”Insey bada kayar, insey kamjor Pradhan Mantri main jeevan me nahi dekha, (I haven’t seen a more coward and weaker PM than him in my life)”, she said at an election meeting here, a day after Modi fired yet another salvo targeting her father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi accusing him of using warship INS Viraat as a “personal taxi” for a family holiday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe Congress leader claimed that Modi has failed to answer people’s questions on “unfulfilled” promises about providing two crore jobs and doubling the income of farmers. “The power of politics does not come from big campaigns and TV shows. People are the biggest in democracy. One should have power to listen and redress people’s problems. He should have the power to listen to the opposition. Leave aside listening to you, this PM does know how to reply to you,” she said. “You have been cheated. He (PM) had promised to check corruption but now who has been exposed as corrupt…He hides the reality with his campaigns. If Modiji comes to you, then you should tell him that in Amethi without power connection a lady showed Rs 35,000 electricity bill, another person showed a bill for Rs 50,000.last_img read more

Police seize cash from BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh

first_imgKolkata: More than Rs 1 lakh has been seized from former IPS officer and BJP candidate for West Bengal’s Ghatal Lok Sabha constituency Bharati Ghosh, police said on Friday. “Bharati Ghosh was travelling in her car on Thursday night when we seized Rs 113,895 from her bag. The amount has been sent to the Treasury,” a police officer said. Asked if there were more people with her, the officer said that there were other people but they were travelling in a different car. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Ghosh said she was not carrying the money illegally. “It cannot be a crime when I am lawfully using my election fund after withdrawing it from the bank. How can they seize the money that belongs to me?” Ghosh said she was shocked when only she was asked to sign in the seizure list whereas there were other party colleagues with her. “Are they trying to say that I will not carry any money? Where is the Election Commission? I have been approaching them with various complaints but they are not taking any action,” the BJP candidate pointed out. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “I have completely lost faith in the agency.” According to a Trinamool Congress leader, they had prior information that in different areas voters had been promised a sum of Rs 500-1,000. “We knew that Ghosh would bring money, so we informed the police. We demand her immediate arrest,” Trinamool’s Sheikh Sabirati said. “If the police have seized the money, there will be a case. The law will take its course,” BJP state President Dilip Ghosh said. In the Ghatal Lok Sabha constituency which votes on May 12, Ghosh is up against Trinamool’s celebrity candidate Deepak Adhikary alias Dev.last_img read more

Pakistans fielding a real worry for me Mickey Arthur

first_imgLeeds: After conceding a 0-4 series defeat against England, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur admitted that his side did not perform well in the bowling and fielding departments which led to their loss in the five-match rubber. On Sunday, hosts England comfortably defeated Pakistan by 54 runs in the final ODI of the series and made sure that their World Cup preparations were on track and they remain the hot favourites for the showpiece event. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuPakistan, who are usually termed as a very good bowling side, lacked bite and conceded totals in excess of 300 in the four completed matches. And towards the end of the series, their poor fielding, which saw regulation catches being put down and a slew of misfields, also raised questions over their World Cup chances with less than two weeks to go. “Our fielding has been very disappointing. That has been a massive difference between the two sides,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Arthur as saying after the loss at Leeds. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters “At Southampton and Nottingham, it was anybody’s game going into the last five overs. We competed really well. The one difference has been our fielding and that’s a real worry for me,” he added. The Pakistan head coach was, however, happy with the way the batters performed against the number one ranked ODI side. “We sit here and take a hell lot of the positives out of this series. Our batting has gone to another level and we have batted extremely well. That’s given our dressing room a massive amount of confidence. When we were coming to England, people were saying we were a 280 team. I am taking a fair amount of positives certainly in that department out of this series,” said the South African. “Our bowling and fielding has been average at best. Another thing is that we played against a team which is number one in their own conditions. I don’t think there are too many other teams around in England as prepared as we are in terms of the competition we played against and match fitness, which is something very important,” he added. Despite the humiliating series loss, the 51-year-old insisted that he was confident that his side will perform well in the World Cup. “We’ve got a couple of days now to regroup, two warm-up games and then we’ll go. I’m very, very confident with the players we’ve got. We need to sharpen up on a couple of disciplines but we’ll certainly get there. We’ll be good,” he said. Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against West Indies on May 31.last_img read more

Syrian rebels overrun jihadist HQ in Aleppo

first_imgDamascus – Syria rebels overran the Aleppo headquarters of the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Wednesday, as clashes between opposition forces raged into a sixth day. The loss in Syria’s northern second city came a day after ISIL’s spokesman threatened to “crush” opposition fighters who have attacked the group in multiple provinces.Elsewhere, a diplomat announced that two Swedish reporters missing in Syria since November had been freed. And the fractious Syrian opposition National Coalition said it was postponing until January 17 a final decision on whether to attend peace talks in Switzerland.On the ground, ISIL battled moderate and Islamist rebels in clashes that erupted on Friday and have killed at least 385 people since then.Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced the new toll in the clashes on Wednesday, saying it included 56 civilians.ISIL’s headquarters in a hospital in the Qadi Askar neighbourhood of Aleppo city was overrun by opposition fighters, who reportedly freed dozens of prisoners held there.An opposition fighter sits on the back of an armed pick-up truck in the northern Syrian city of Alep …The setback for ISIL came after its spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani issued a defiant message late Tuesday.He urged ISIL forces to “crush them (the rebels) totally and kill the conspiracy at birth”.“None of you will remain, and we will make of you an example to all those who think of following the same path,” he added.Adnani also warned that ISIL had “declared and begun a war” against the National Coalition and the military command of the opposition Free Syrian Army.“Everyone who belongs to this entity is a legitimate target for us, in all places, unless he publicly declares his rejection of that group and of fighting the mujahideen (jihadist fighters).”His message came hours after the head of Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, the Al-Nusra Front, released his own audio message, urging an end to the fighting.Abu Mohamed al-Jolani warned that the fighting “risks costing us dearly on the ground if it continues”.“The regime will gain new life when it was close to collapse,” he added, calling for a ceasefire, exchange of prisoners and the establishment of an Islamic committee to mediate disputes.Priority is ‘fighting the regime’He urged all fighters “to give priority to the fight against the regime”.The Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, was established in mid-2011 with help from ISIL’s Iraqi precursor.The Iraqi group’s chief later sought to merge his group with Al-Nusra, but they rejected the alliance and pledged allegiance directly to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.A combo made on January 8, 2014 shows a portrait of Magnus Falkehed (L) taken in Paris on December 9 …Since then, the two groups have functioned separately, though Al-Nusra has remained largely neutral in the latest fighting.Syrian regime operations continued on Wednesday, with the Observatory reporting at least eight people killed in air raids on the town of Tal Rifaat in Aleppo province.A security source in Damascus told AFP that the ISIL-rebel fighting benefited the Syrian regime.“We are the beneficiaries in this situation,” he said, describing the fighting as a way for nations backing different rebel groups to “settle scores”.Elsewhere, Sweden’s ambassador to Lebanon and Syria confirmed that two journalists missing in Syria since November had been freed.The two had been named in the Swedish media as Niclas Hammarstroem and Magnus Falkehed.A spokeswoman for the ICRC in Lebanon said one of the men had been transferred from the Lebanese border town of Arsal to Beirut on Wednesday.Diplomatic sources said the other was freed on Saturday.At least 25 journalists have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, and more than 30 are thought to be missing.Both regime supporters and opponents have been accused of abducting and killing journalists.In Istanbul, a meeting of opposition National Coalition ended without a decision on attending peace talks in the Swiss town of Montreux on January 22.Amid fierce debate, the coalition’s general assembly decided to delay making a decision on opposition participation until January 17, just five days before the conference.A key Coalition member has said it will boycott the talks, and Damascus has said President Bashar al-Assad’s departure from power will not be up for discussion..last_img read more

Morocco Minister Discloses His Assets

first_imgRabat- Minister of General Affairs and Governance Mohamed El Ouafa has released his income history since he was a student, as a response to the member of opposing party Istiqlal and the editor-in-chief of the daily Al Alam, who had challenged him to make a public declaration of his salary.Mohamed El Ouafa, former member of the Istiqlal party and the current Minister of General Affairs and Governance, presented a press release to many Moroccan news websites on Monday, in which he announced his monthly income since he was a student.Hespress, a news website which received a copy of the press release, reported that El Ouafa announced his salary in the context of a controversy which broke out between him and the parliamentary member for the Istiqlal Party, Abdullah Bakkali. Mohamed El Ouafa declared his income in response to Abdallah Bakkali, who “challenged the Minister to make a public declaration of his assets,” reported Hespress.On Monday afternoon, Mohamed El Ouafa responded to the request of Mr. Bakkali by publishing a list of his assets since he was a student at the Mohammed V University School of Law in 1968, up to today.According to the press release presented by El Ouafa, as a student he lived on the university’s Agdal campus, and “was receiving a monthly scholarship of MAD 200 ($24 US)”In 1967, El Ouafa became a university professor. This position allowed him to earn a “salary of MAD 3,000 ($360 US),” according to the press release. Between 1977 and 1997, El Ouafa worked in parliament, where “he was earning monthly salaries franging rom MAD 10,000 ($1,228 US) to MAD 30,000 ($3,685 US).”According to the same source, the minister owns two apartments, the first located near the Hotel El Mouahidine in Casablanca; the second was acquired as part of a real estate program called Jardins Dar Es Salam, which will be signed over to him in 2015. “El Ouafa‘s family has two cars, and they currently live in an apartment owned by his wife, in Hay Tayyarat, Youssoufia district in Rabat,” said the press release.Mohamed El Ouafa reported his current salary as a minister, stating that he earns “MAD 56,000 ($6,879 US) since he was appointed a minister in the second Abdelilah Benkirane Government.”Edited by Jessica Rohanlast_img read more

Algerians Moroccans to Play Volleyball Using International Border Fence as

Rabat – Moroccan and Algerian citizens are to face off in a volleyball game over the international border fence that separates the two countries on October 31.Fed up with the closed borders, despite the deeply rooted ties in the common Moroccan-Algerian history, Moroccan and Algerian youngsters have decided to take action, through sports.Moroccan and Algerian activists have created an event on FaceBook, calling on Moroccan and Algerian citizens to take part in a volleyball game across the Morocco-Algeria international border, using the fence that separates the two states as a net. Entitled “Volleyball Game Over the Algeria-Morocco Borders,” the event went viral. It has already received over 15,200 RSVPs, while more than 2,700 people have said they are going.The event is the brainchild of Morocco’s Tarik Nesh-Nash, director of a Moroccan IT development company. He told an Algerian media outlet that the event “aims to jump barriers and build bridges for harmonious dialogue.”“The volleyball match is another way to express the alliance between two peoples who share the same concerns and a common destiny,” he added.The Algerian-Moroccan border has remained closed since 1994, after Algeria was accused of involvement in a bombing that occurred in Marrakech in 1994. Since then, Morocco has imposed a visa requirement on Algerian citizens, and Algeria has retaliated by closing the border with its western neighbor.However, sports may get things back on track. Modern history is the greatest witness of this.  In 1971, two table tennis teams were behind the opening of a new page in the history of Sino-American relations.Named “ping-pong diplomacy’’ by international media, that event marked a thaw in U.S.–China relations. Hopefully, volleyball will dissipate the uncertainty around the diplomatic relations between Morocco and Algeria as well. read more

5 Hours Walking in Milan as a Muslim Imam

Rabat – A Muslim student -wearing a traditional white robe and a hat while holding a Quran- faced a barrage of abuse and offensive insults as he walks for five hours around the streets of Milan, Italy.The reactions of the pedestrians were discomforting and show that Islamophobia is rampant in Milan, one of Europe’s largest cities.As part of a “social experiment”, the Muslim man walked in silence through streets of Milan, but he was subject to offensive remarks by passersby. “Look at this Taliban,” a woman shouted.“S***, have you seen the ISIS,” another person said, in reference to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which has committed horrendous crimes in the name of Islam.“Look, he has a Quran. Do you think he got a gun under his tunic?” a man said.” An Imam of shit,” another person said. read more

70 of Moroccans Satisfied With Train Services ONCF Director

Rabat – ONCF director says customer satisfaction with Moroccan train services exceeds 70 percent.Following recent complaints against the Moroccan train services in the past few months, Head of the ONCF Rabie Khlie was summoned to the House of Representatives on Wednesday to answer MPs’ questions regarding the national train operator’s quality of services.Echoing users’ most common complaints, members of the House of Representatives said that Moroccan trains lack air conditioning, an adequate number of seats, and always come late. Some MPs from the opposition said that they have received complaints concerning hygiene problems and maintenance of train wagons. Khlie, however, insisted that most passengers are pleased with services on the Moroccan trains.Referring to a recent survey conducted by the ONCF itself, Khlie said that over 70 percent of the ONCF’s customers were satisfied.Rabie Khlie also unveiled the ONCF’s plan to extend its current lines and launch a new line from Marrakesh to Agadir. The project will cost the Moroccan railway operator more than MAD 24 million.Rabie further stated that new lines toward Beni Mellal and Safi would be launched in the coming years.Najib Boulif, who was also summoned to the parliament, seemed to have doubts regarding the statistics presented by Rabie Khlie. He said he hoped the “ONCF will give more realistic statistics in the future.”As for the projects to extend railway lines, Najib Boulif confirmed that 85 percent of Moroccan cities with populations exceeding 50,000 will be linked to the national transport network, particularly via railways or air transport, by the years 2035-2054.Edited by Timothy Filla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

PSG Offered EUR 150 million for Cristiano Ronaldo

Rabat – French football (soccer) club, Paris Saint-German, is determined to sign Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo at any cost.Based on previous bids, PSG has offered EUR 150 million for the football superstar, although without any luck.According to Globoesporte, PSG attempted to sign Ronaldo during the last summer transfer window offering EUR 150 million, but Real Madrid denied the offer. PSG is not expected to give up and they will allegedly persevere in trying to get the Portuguese sports celebrity.PSG is not the only club who wants Ronaldo. Manchester United has also expressed its interest in signing the three-time and reigning FIFA best player in the world.Yet, according to Globoesporte, the French club is the only club that put in a real offer. PSG’s likelihood of signing Ronaldo could be a possibility, since the athlete has spoken positively about Paris Saint-German, saying “they are a great club”.Besides being an exceptionally skilled soccer player, he Ronaldo has become a worldwide superstar. Landing the #3 spot in Forbes 2015 list of world’s highest paid athletes, Ronaldo at 30 years of age, makes US $52.6 million a year in salary and US $27 million in endorsements.The world’s most popular athlete with his good looks is making football clubs bid real high to attain him.Edited by Karla Dieseldorff read more

Saudi Arabia Cuts Diplomatic Ties With Iran

Rabat – Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had cut ties with Iran over the storming of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, following the execution of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday.Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir announced that the kingdom is severing its diplomatic ties with Iran.Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Al-Jubeir ordered the Iranian diplomatic mission and its related entities to leave the country within 48 hours. The Foreign Minister said Saudi Arabia would not allow the Islamic Republic to undermine the Sunni kingdom’s security.After the execution of the Shia cleric on Saturday morning, Iran summoned the Saudi ambassador, and hours later, angry mob attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran, chanting “Death to Al Saud!” the ruling family of Saudi Arabia.Late night on Saturday, a group of angry Iranian protesters broke into the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran, destroyed its interior and torched it with Molotov cocktails.Another group of protesters set fire to the Saudi Consulate in Mashad, northern Iran and seized the Saudi flag.Iran has condemned Saudi Arabia’s execution of Nimr al-Nimr, a fervent outspoken critic of the Saudi government. read more

Alaska ferry system halts fall sales amid uncertain future

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska state ferry system has stopped selling tickets past September amid uncertainty over its future.CoastAlaska reports Gov. Mike Dunleavy is proposing a budget cut that would effectively shut down the system.Joshua Bowen is mayor of the southeast Alaska community of Angoon and says everyone there relies on the ferry.Angoon has no airport or barge service, and its passengers and goods come in by a twice-weekly ferry or by floatplane.Dunleavy is trying to eliminate a projected $1.6 billion state budget deficit without new taxes and without reducing the annual check Alaskans receive from the state’s oil-wealth fund.He is proposing that a consultant look at privatization.Legislators have raised concerns with ending service.The Associated Press

Booker other Democrats target biased tech tools

Congress is starting to show interest in prying open the “black box” of tech companies’ artificial intelligence with oversight that parallels how the federal government checks under car hoods and audits banks.One proposal introduced Wednesday and co-sponsored by a Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Cory Booker, would require big companies to test the “algorithmic accountability” of their AI systems that are helping make important criminal-justice decisions and affecting people’s access to housing, credit and jobs.Companies would have to look for and correct any discrimination in high-risk automated systems.The Democrats’ proposal is the first of its kind and may face an uphill battle in the Republican-led Senate.But it reflects growing and bipartisan scrutiny into tech company tools that have a major societal impact.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Press read more

Moroccan Branch of Thyssenkrupp Aerospace Fully Operational

Rabat – The Moroccan branch of Thyssenkrupp Aerospace has delivered its first major order for processed aluminum plates. The order signifies that the new site in Casablanca is now fully operational.Thyssenkrupp is a German producer of steel, machines, and industrial services, such as high-speed trains, elevators, and shipbuilding.From its bases in Duisburg and Essen, the company has spread to over 480 locations worldwide. The branch near Casablanca is Thyssenkrupp’s second in North Africa. Egypt was its first on the continent. The Moroccan branch is located on around 3,500 square meter in the Ouled Salah area, between the city center of Casablanca and the airport industrial area.In addition to producing and storing metals (such as aluminum, steel, and copper), the company also uses state-of-the-art machines to cut the material exactly to customer specifications.Even before the official opening of the Thyssenkrupp’s aerospace facility, two supply agreements were signed with aircraft parts Figeac Aero Maroc and ARM Group.Why CasablancaThe Casablanca location provides better proximity to local partners. Being closer to clients is particularly important for short-term delivery requests. In addition to this benefit, customers no longer have to operate their own warehouses. Instead, they can have the required materials delivered as needed.“Our new materials processing and logistics center in Casablanca serves precisely [the] needs and ensures just-in-time supply to our customers,” Eric Cornilleau, managing director at Thyssenkrupp Aerospace France said.Cornilleau elaborated on the company’s plan which highlights customer satisfaction, “we have shortened the distances to our local customers, which benefit our partners and allow developing our relationships with additional volumes to be supplied to the Moroccan companies.”Read also: Canadian Aerospace Firm Bombardier to Sell Plant in MoroccoJoachim Limberg, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Materials Services, stated that the new site underlines Thyssenkrupp’s ambition to be a reliable and strong partner alongside their customers, highlighting “With our broad and deep experience as a system partner, we ensure that our customers can focus even more on their core business by taking on the complete management of logistics, warehousing, and supply chains.”Cornilleau said, “The aerospace industry has been growing rapidly over the last years, which is why reliable, timely supply and sustainable quality via a local presence is very important to our customers.” read more

Moroccan National Team Wins The Arab Junior Athletics Championship

Morocco’s national junior athletics team won the 7th edition of the Arab Junior Athletics Championships, held in Tunisia from July 4- 7 at the Radès athletics stadium.Tunisia hosted the Arab Junior Athletics Championship in2015 and 2017, making this years’ championship the third in five years at the Rades Stadium.The Moroccan Royal Athletics Federation competed in 8 matches, while 10 male and 8 female runners represented Morocco in various sports. The Moroccan athletes won 23 medals, 10 gold,  8 silver, and 5 bronze.Mehdi Sefrani won the 800 meter male race, Nouhaila Rabii won the 800 meter race in the female category, while Imane Mekrazi won the 400 meter female race.The Moroccan team competed against approximately 350 athletes representing 13 countries: Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, Qatar, Algeria, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Libya and the UAE. read more

Health care debate hobbles stock in drugmakers insurers

While much of the stock market sprints ahead powered by economic gains and investor confidence, the health care sector is limping behind.Drugmakers and health insurers have been on the defensive most of the year as politicians criticize the high cost of prescription drugs and medical care. The issue is acting like an anchor for their share prices, especially heading into an election cycle where health care costs will be a key topic.“The market right now is trying to be a little bit safe rather than sorry,” said Scott Wren, senior global equity strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Group.The sector is down 2.7% for the year while the broader S&P 500 index has gained 15%. Technology stocks are the clear leaders, with a 23% gain. Even the lagging materials sector is far outpacing health care at 8.4%.During testimony to the Senate Finance Committee in April, executives from the nation’s biggest pharmacy benefit managers were accused of “gouging” customers by charging more than the prices negotiated with drugmakers. In February, senators chastised drug company executives over drug prices.UnitedHealth Group CEO David Scott Wichmann has warned investors that proposals to rein in drug prices “would surely jeopardize the relationship people have with their doctors” and “destabilize the nation’s health system.”The beginning of the 2020 election cycle has added to calls for changes in the health insurance industry, including proposals for universal coverage that would undercut private insurers. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a “Medicare for All” plan.Although analysts don’t expect any drastic changes soon, the image of Congress grilling health care executives has raised uncertainty around the sector. And, the issue of the high cost of health care isn’t going away.Despite the weak stock performance so far this year, the health care sector had a solid first quarter. Earnings growth is projected to finish off at about 9%, while the broader S&P is expected to contract slightly.The S&P 500 earnings are expected to contract again in the second quarter, while health care is expected to post 2.7% growth, with health insurers topping the list of gainers.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more