Rabat – Morocco produced 5.5 billion eggs in 2017, generating MAD 6.5 billion in sales. The Association of Producers of Consumer Eggs (ANPO) announced the figures on October 12, World Egg Day. Morocco’s production meets its consumption needs, with consumers eating 180 eggs annually per capita.The association added that egg production has become more sophisticated in the last few years. It has received investments of MAD 3.5 billion which enabled the creation of 252 modern poultry farms in accordance with international standards. The eggs sector has created 21,500 direct job opportunities and 31,000 indirect jobs through marketing and supply.
6 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today exhorted parliamentarians from across the globe to promote the cause of a nuclear-weapon-free world, a “personal dream” of the United Nations chief. “After decades of work, it is clear that real change will come only through consistent, strong public pressure – on a global scale, and from the grassroots. That is why you are so crucial,” Mr. Ban told a joint gathering of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND).Lawmakers are experts in enacting and upholding the rule of law, he said, and their voices must stay at the heart of the debate.”“It is the world’s taxpayers who are funding the development of nuclear arms,” the Secretary-General said. “Tomorrow, they could be paying a different – and much higher – price,” he emphasized, calling for an end to this “senseless” waste of resources.Mr. Ban hails from the Republic of Korea, which he noted has witnessed the devastation wrought by nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in nearby Japan in 1945 and “has itself experienced the nuclear threat.”The weapons do not enhance global peace and security, but rather, he said today, “put them in jeopardy.”Characterizing them as a “moral dead-end,” Mr. Ban pointed out that momentum is building to rid the world of the scourge.Earlier this week, the United States revealed that it has more than 5,000 warheads in its nuclear arsenal, which he said is a “chilling figure.”But the country’s revelation is sign of its transparency, which in turn builds trust, the Secretary-General said.Today’s gathering, entitled Advancing Nuclear Disarmament: The Power of Parliaments, comes as more than 100 nations are taking part in the five-yearly review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to discuss how to further full implementation and enhance the universality of the pact.Mr. Ban told parliamentarians that he hopes negotiators at the NPT gathering will “seize the movement” and “think big” to achieve disarmament targets.
These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Tuesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 1.0005Brazil real 0.3992China renminbi 0.1872Euro 1.4606Hong Kong dollar 0.161801India rupee 0.01963Indonesia rupiah 0.0000950Japan yen 0.01128Malaysia ringgit 0.2947Mexico peso 0.07213N.Z. dollar 0.9291Norway krone 0.1565Peruvian new sol 0.3892Russia rouble 0.02134Saudi riyal 0.3367Singapore dollar 0.9242South Africa rand 0.09771South Korean won 0.001123Sweden krona 0.1525Switzerland franc 1.3240Taiwanese dollar 0.04161Thailand baht 0.03760Turkey lira 0.3582U.K. pound 1.6459U.S. dollar 1.2628Vietnam dong 0.000056
An Interpol warrant had been issued for Weeratunga’s arrest over ongoing investigations into the controversial MiG aircraft deal. The Supreme Court had in May rejected a petition filed by Weeratunga against his arrest warrant and restrictions on his bank accounts.Weeratunga was recently detained in Dubai but the authorities refused to hand him over to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga is expected to return to Sri Lanka soon.An organisation backed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to file a motion in court tomorrow seeking an order against arresting Weeratunga on his return. The authorities in Dubai had arrested Weeratunga based on investigations and submissions made by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID). (Colombo Gazette)Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Nalin Nissanka, who is part of the organisation said that lawyers who are part of the organisation will appear on behalf of Weeratunga in court.
The federal government has released its long-awaited policy on developing the Canadian Arctic.The lengthy document, released by the department of Crown-Indigenous Relations, proposes eight priorities, with health, infrastructure and economic development at the top.The policy is a departure from the tone of the previous Conservative government under Stephen Harper, which emphasized security concerns and threats to Canada’s Arctic sovereignty.The document has been expected since 2017 and is the product of extensive consultations with northern governments and First Nations.However, it comes weeks before the end of the current government’s mandate, leaving unasnswered the question of how its many goals will be reached. The Canadian Press
“The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that nine UN convoys left Beirut today and over the weekend, carrying food, water and medical supplies,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York. “Regarding mine clearance, as of today, more than 1,600 cluster bomb units and 11 other pieces of unexploded ordnance have been destroyed by UN teams.” Since 23 July, the World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered more than 4,000 tons of food to approximately 547,000 people in Lebanon, Mr. Dujarric said, adding the World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the Lebanese Ministry of Health to disinfect debris and rubble in destroyed buildings in the southern suburbs of Beirut to prevent the spread of disease. Also on the humanitarian front, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has put together a “package of quick-delivery, high-impact initiatives”, including plans for repairing key infrastructure, ahead of an international conference in Stockholm on Thursday called by the Swedish Government to support Lebanon’s recovery effort. “The livelihoods of a large part of the populace are at risk due to displacement, disruption of transport and other infrastructure, unexploded ordnance, and social problems caused by the conflict; significant environmental damage is being reported,” the UNDP said in a fact sheet. “In just one month the conflict has significantly set back 15 years of reconstruction and rehabilitation work in the country, according to Government assessments.” UNDP estimates that its initial package of initiatives will require $46.3 million in funding, but emphasized that this is start-up money only and the eventual total need “will be much greater.” It said the Lebanese Government will present its initial recovery needs at Thursday’s meeting and these will include the UNDP initiatives as well as many other requirements.
TORONTO, Cananda – Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.A) says president and CEO Nadir Mohamed has decided to retire in January 2014 but will continue to lead the company through 2013.The Rogers board of directors will appoint a search committee and select a search firm to begin an international search for a replacement.The company says Edward Rogers will not be a candidate and neither will Melinda Rogers and they will both be involved in the search process. Mohamed will also be engaged in the selection process.Mohamed began his communications career more than 30 years ago and joined Rogers in August 2000.He was president and CEO of Rogers Wireless from 2001 to 2005 and president and COO of Rogers Communications Group in 2005 before being appointed to succeed late company founder Ted Rogers in March 2009.The company says that since Mohamed became CEO in March 2009, the company has became the largest wireless carrier in Canada and significantly strengthened the balance sheet.“Nadir is a highly regarded executive who has delivered strong results and substantial value for more than a decade,” said Alan Horn, the chairman of the board of Rogers Communications Inc.“The board is grateful for his significant contributions and looks forward to working with him to ensure a seamless and orderly transition.”“The company’s in great shape and it’s time to start the transition to the next generation of leadership,” said Mohammed.“Over the next year I look forward to delivering strong results and to ensuring a seamless transition.” Rogers president and CEO Nadir Mohammed to retire in January 2014 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2013 11:37 pm MDT
Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) drives to the paint in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn its search for a signature win, Ohio State (10-4, 2-0 Big Ten) could not contain No. 5 North Carolina’s 3-point shooting, with the Buckeyes falling 86-72 Saturday. The Tar Heels (11-2) finished the game 13-for-25 from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Buckeyes 39-25. Ohio State shot just 44.1 percent (26-for-59) from the field and 31.2 percent from 3-point range (5-for-16). North Carolina’s bench, led by redshirt senior guard Cameron Johnson’s 14 points, outscored Ohio State’s bench 32-6.North Carolina’s 3-point success began early when forward Theo Pinson, guard Joel Berry II and Johnson hit three wide-open triples, the last of which put the Tar Heels ahead 11-8. Pinson and Berry each finished with 19 points. Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson tied the game up at 11 with a 3 of his own with 12:05 left. Jackson accounted for Ohio State’s first 11 points, and finished with 19 points. Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and freshman center Kaleb Wesson were the only other Buckeyes to finish with double-digit points. Bates-Diop had 26 and Wesson had 12.The Buckeyes kept the game close early, but after the under-eight media timeout, North Carolina freshman guard Jalek Felton took over, knocking down three-straight 3-pointers and dropping in a lay-up. Junior guard Kenny Williams’ 3-pointer also contributed to the Tar Heels’ 14-3 run, which propelled them to a 31-23 lead.The half ended with Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann picking up a technical foul for arguing with the referees after a blocking foul on Wesson. The Tar Heels made two of the four free throws, capping off a 10-0 run to end the half and go up 41-27. The 14-point halftime deficit was Ohio State’s largest this season.The two teams both exchanged momentum to start the second half, with Ohio State going on a 7-3 run before North Carolina responded with a 7-2 run to go up 51-36. That trend continued for the rest of the game, with North Carolina seemingly matching every Ohio State run with a run of its own. The Buckeyes never managed to trim the deficit within seven for the second half.
In the last home match of their Ohio State career, Olivia Sneed and Anna Sanford found the match coming down to the two of them with the Buckeyes down 3-2 to No. 12 Northwestern and no other Ohio State players left. Both fought to tie and take the match in a third set, but Wildcats junior Lee Or closed out the match with a 6-4 win over Sneed to give Northwestern (19-4, 11-0 Big Ten) the conference title and a 4-2 victory against the Buckeyes (13-7, 7-4 Big Ten). Sneed trailed 5-2, but won two sets in an attempt to tie the match. With Or only needing one set to take the point, Or halted Sneed’s run with a 6-4 win to secure the team victory. Both seniors were recognized prior to the match for senior day and finished their careers with three NCAA appearances and two Big Ten regular season and tournament titles.Sanford is ranked top 10 in program history in career singles and doubles combined victories. Sneed is top 10 in program history in singles winning percentage and finishes her career with 76 singles and 76 doubles wins as a Buckeye. “It’s been a great four years so it was something that was bittersweet,” Sanford said. “It is fun to play on your home court but at the same time it is sad because it is our last one.” Northwestern secured the doubles point with a 6-2 win over Ohio State, giving the team an early advantage headed into singles matches. “They are especially confident in their doubles point. I don’t think they’ve lost one yet so that’s a pretty big point for them,” Sanford said. “They’re just great competitors so we knew we were going to have a fight today.” In singles, the Wildcats won the first two matches to take a 3-0 lead against the Buckeyes. Ohio State redshirt freshman Shiori Fukuda gave the Buckeyes their first point with a 6-1, 6-3 victory against Northwestern redshirt senior Maddie Lipp. Ohio State freshman Mary Beth Hurley quickly followed up with 6-4, 6-2 win versus Wildcats freshman Inci Ogut, closing Northwestern’s lead to 3-2. Sneed and Sanford felt the pressure in front of a loud crowd, but both could not hold on and the Buckeyes ultimately fell to the Wildcats in their last regular-season match. “I think we had a lot of chances and I don’t think they ever doubted themselves,” Sneed said. “They’ve had a really good season and I think confidence comes with that and they showed a lot of confidence today.” The Buckeyes will travel to Minneapolis to compete in the Big Ten tournament Friday.
Antigua Prime Minister Gaston BrownePrime Minister Gaston Browne has disclosed that the US$44 million price Barbados was asking for its LIAT shares was too steep, insisting that while his government wanted a bigger stake in the regional airline, it had no intention of “giving away money”.Negotiating teams from both countries recently met in Barbados to begin talks on Antigua securing the majority of the 49.4 per cent shareholding that Bridgetown currently has in the carrier. Neither team made any official statement after the discussions, although media reports in Barbados indicated that talks had broken down.But speaking on his radio station, Browne disclosed that Barbados put a US$44 million price tag on the shares.“I understand mathematics and I understand percentages, and I also understand value for money. So if we were to settle at US$44 million, that would be a steal for Barbados, and we are not in the process of giving away money. We are in the process of creating value and to get fair value for the people of Antigua and Barbuda, so as far as I am concerned – and I have said this to the Prime Minister of Barbados because she knows my thinking – discussions cannot start at US$44 million. She knows my position and has since come down,” he said.Antigua had said that it would seek to acquire Barbados’ LIAT shares through a take-over of the country’s liability to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), from which monies had been borrowed to purchase planes. Browne had said the aim was to finance keeping the three planes owned by the CDB, since Barbados was prepared to sell them.The Antiguan Prime Minister therefore expressed his disappointment that the government’s negotiating team, comprised of Lennox Weston, Sir Robin Yearwood and a representative from the Ministry of Finance, had even considered accepting the Barbados US$44 million proposal.“We oppose the sale of the planes to pay off the debt so rather than selling the planes to a third party, Antigua and Barbuda said it would step in and assume Barbados’ shares associated with the acquisition of the planes. That’s a simple matter….Unfortunately, my team got involved in some kind of sophisticated negotiations which would have resulted in a settlement of US$44 million. I don’t understand that kind of maths,” he said.Antigua and Barbuda currently has 34 per cent shareholding in LIAT. The other major shareholding governments are St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and Grenada. The remaining shareholders are made up of private companies, other Caribbean governments and employees. (Caribbean360.com) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBarbados PM announces sale of LIAT sharesJune 5, 2019In “latest news”Antigua gov’t raises new concerns regarding Scotiabank saleFebruary 18, 2019In “latest news”Antigua and Barbuda vote against CCJ, PM disappointedNovember 7, 2018In “Regional”
A 35-year-old man who is accused of stealing a motorcycle was granted bail, when he made his first appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Gavin Haynes, of Lot 202 Charlotte Street, Georgetown, stood before Magistrate Faith McGusty and pleaded not guilty to a simple larceny charge when it was read to him.The charge alleged that on May 13, 2019 at Charlotte Street, Georgetown, he stole a 150 Eclipse motorcycle valued at $176,500 property of Delicia Griffin.Police Prosecutor Annalisa Brummel made no objection to bail, since no information was disclosed to the court, however, she asked that conditions be applied, should the defendant be granted bail.The Magistrate granted the accused bail in the sum of $75,000 and adjourned the matter for July 31. She also ordered the unemployed man to report to the Brickdam Police Station every Monday until the matter is concluded. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedClothes vendor accused of stealing gold band placed on $30,000 bailApril 5, 2016In “Crime”Accused firearm licence fraudster on bailJune 24, 2018In “Court”Man accused of stealing cellphone remanded to prisonAugust 11, 2017In “Court”
Akeila GrimshawFamily members have found 14-year-old Akeila Grimshaw, who was reported missing since Monday.The girl’s mother informed INews that her daughter is safe, but would not divulge any information regarding how the discovery was made.Akeila Grimshaw, West Demerara Secondary School student who resides at Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), was last seen at around 15:30hrs by her mother Marissa Grimshaw in the vicinity of Vreed-en-hoop Junction.The mother had gone to pick up her daughter from school. The woman relayed that the teen called her on her cellphone and told her that she was going to cross the road at the junction to purchase something to drink.Grimshaw told INews that while talking to the teen, she did indeed pass her at the junction as she was in search of a parking space.However, after parking, the woman exited her vehicle and walked back to the spot where she last saw her daughter but to her dismay, the young woman was nowhere to be found.Calls made to the teen’s cell phone went unanswered and her mother noted that the said cellphone has been turned off ever since. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWBD teen missing since Monday; parents asking for public’s help in locating herSeptember 4, 2019In “latest news”Body of missing 14-yr-old girl found floating in Hope canalAugust 10, 2016In “latest news”Missing Without a Trace: 16-Y-O Keisha La RoseJuly 3, 2014In “Crime”
Kalium Lakes has awarded the key contracts for the engineering, procurement, construction management and commissioning associated with the development of the Purification Plant facilities at its Beyondie sulphate of potash project (BSOPP) in Western Australia.The total value across the four key contracts awarded is in excess of A$60 million ($41 million), according to Kalium Lakes, and will see Ebtec GbR, DRA Global, Maschinenfabrik Köppern GmbH & Co and Firm Construction Pty join the project team.The Beyondie SOP project aims to commence production at 82,000 t/y of SOP in 2020, before ramping up to 164,000 t/y of SOP for domestic and international sale. An initial mine life of between 30-50 years is anticipated for a project designed to be a low cost, long life and high margin producer, it said.The contracts allow commencement of early works with the full scope subject to a final investment decision (FID), Kalium Lakes said.“Importantly, all the contracts awarded are within the budget outlined in the bankable feasibility study (BFS) and front-end engineering and design,” the company said, with the agreements confirming the 15-month construction schedule, post FID, followed by a commissioning and ramp-up period.The consortium Ebtec GbR is an arrangement between K-UTEC AG Salt Technologies and Ebner GmbR to provide engineering, procurement and supervision (EPS) services for the BSOPP, Kalium Lakes said. Kalium Lakes said both parties have worked together recently to provide similar services for a SOP plant in Austria that has been successfully running for several years. Ebtec will supply the process plant and provide equipment installation supervision, followed by the commissioning of the plant.Ebtec’s EPS contract includes performance guarantees to ensure the quality of SOP production is in line with the requirements of an offtake agreement with fertiliser producer K+S and includes liquidated damages for performance and schedule, Kalium Lakes said.An engineering, procurement and construction management contract has been executed with DRA, with that company taking the lead on overall BSOPP development and commissioning, according to Kalium Lakes. “DRA brings significant global and Western Australia specific project development experience, combined with SOP specific knowledge and experience that was developed with the involvement of DRA, since the prefeasibility study stage of the BSOPP,” the company said, adding that DRA has developed the basis for the overall project scope, budget and schedule.Köppern has been awarded the engineering and supply of key equipment associated with the compaction plant for the production of granular SOP, Kalium Lakes said. “Köppern brings SOP-specific compaction experience and have successfully delivered these plants for other SOP projects, including K+S.”A construction contract with Firm Construction has also been awarded for various construction services for the BSOPP. Firm is accredited under the WHS Scheme with the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner, a requirement of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility financing the company has agreed, Kalium Lakes said.Kalium Lakes’ Chief Development Officer, Rudolph van Niekerk, said: “Companies with SOP-specific experience and capabilities are hard to find, especially when looking for those that have taken projects from design into execution, then on to production. After years of investigation and months of negotiation, we have compiled a contracting strategy that brings a bankable solution, as well as achieving the next significant milestone to take us into the development stage of the project.”
ASX-listed lithium hopeful, Birimian, says it has selected DRA Global to provide engineering services to optimise the process flowsheet for the Goulamina lithium project in Mali.The scope of work will include the following deliverables, Birimian said:Review and interpretation of the metallurgical test work;Process design criteria;Mass and water balance;Block flow diagram;Process flow diagrams, and;Mechanical equipment list.Birimian said the work is key to developing and optimising the design of the process plant for Goulamina and to the subsequent production of a capital cost estimate to the +/-10% level of accuracy required for the definitive feasibility study (DFS). The DFS is due for completion in the March quarter of 2020.DRA has recently been involved in the execution of number of lithium studies and projects, with the key personnel assigned to Birimian having played an integral role in the design and commissioning of three lithium projects in Western Australia in the last 12 months, Birimian said.“[They] will contribute an unrivalled combination of knowledge and experience in an area which is crucial to the success of the Goulamina lithium project,” the company said.The recommended development scenario as outlined in a 2018 updated prefeasibility study showed an open-pit mining operation and a 2 Mt/y mineral concentrating plant, able to produce 362,000 t/y of 6% Li2O spodumene concentrate. The maiden ore reserve came in at 31.2 Mt at 1.56% Li2O, which was derived from an indicated mineral resource of 43.7 Mt at 1.48% Li2O, supporting a 16-year operating life at 2 Mt/y.
Fortescue Metals Group’s fleet of autonomous haul trucks has achieved a significant milestone, safely moving more than one billion tonnes of material across 33.5 million kilometres.In 2012, Fortescue was the first in the world to deploy Caterpillar’s autonomous haulage technology (AHS) on a commercial scale at the Company’s Solomon Hub operations and since then the fleet has been expanded to the Chichester Hub, with a total of 137 autonomous trucks now in operation.A total of 175 trucks will be converted to autonomous technology by mid-2020, making Fortescue the first iron ore company in the world to have a fully autonomous haulage operation.Fortescue Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Gaines said this was a significant milestone for the company.“Our autonomous fleet has not only moved more than one billion tonnes of material, it has also delivered a 30% improvement in productivity and reflects our commitment to increasing operational efficiency through industry leading technology and innovation,” Gaines said.“Importantly, the introduction of AHS technology has led to improved safety outcomes for our team members through reduced interaction between heavy equipment and people in mining areas having safely travelled over 33.5 million kilometres. As we expand our autonomous haulage fleet, our focus remains on ensuring that our workforce is prepared for the changing industry landscape through our training and redeployment program which has successfully transferred or upskilled employees to new roles across the business, resulting in no forced redundancies.”
TALK OF AMAZON releasing a streaming music service has gathered pace in recent weeks, but it plans to intentionally limit how people stream certain tracks.The measure is to encourage users to buy songs and albums they listen to in their music store by limiting how much you can listen to.It would work similarly to iTunes Radio, by serving up music based on a user’s input, while featuring ‘buy’ buttons beside the tracks.The service will be available to customers of its Amazon Prime service, but it will still limit how much a person can listen to any given song, according to The Wall Street Journal.Releasing a music service is something that Amazon has been working on for a number of years. The company was in talks with a number of record companies about it, but hit problems due to music executives wanting a substantial discount.Amazon has told record companies that it would pay them out of a fixed pool of money instead of compensating them based on how often users listen to their songs.It’s reportedly prepared to offer record companies a total of $20 million to add their music on a limited basis for Prime customers.Read: Apple puts pressure on record labels for more iTunes exclusives >Read: Flaming Lips and Bell X1 for day one of Forbidden Fruit festival >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When the Hellenic Museum embarked on the international collaboration with the Benaki Museum, it was clear that more needed to be done than just your usual tour.Australia’s only Greek Museum developed a full educational guide, so students and teachers can appreciate, engage and understand the full collection that makes up the exhibition Gods, Myths & Mortals. The education program will enable students and the public to draw links between the exhibition and their own lives. The collection can be applied to both primary and secondary school curriculums in areas of social studies, Greek language, ancient, medieval and modern history, visual arts and design.“Education is one of the Hellenic Museum’s key priorities,” says Penni Pappas, projects manager at the Hellenic Museum. The Teachers’ Guide – that are available to all schools Australia wide – aim to engage with the students prior to and throughout their visit, give them something to focus during their visit, and to create dialogue following their tour of the exhibition. “We created these guides alongside the Benaki Museum’s educational department, as well as engaging educators Australia wide,” says Ms Pappas. She adds it gives students – and teachers – a chance to participate, learn and engage with the long-term exhibition that has travelled all the way from Athens. The guides have been created to meet the needs of primary and secondary students; but also have been divided into subject areas too. For secondary students, the guides have been divided into year level as well.“We are working closely with the Benaki Museum’s education department to ensure the creation of full bilingual teachers’ guides for next year,” says Ms Pappas.The Greek and English bilingual guides will be created for primary and secondary students to compliment and enhance their studies of Modern Greek. Complimenting the guides are, QR codes which have been used to highlight significant pieces from the collection. 23 pieces have been selected including: a Cycladic female figurine dated 2700-2300 BCE; the gold kylix dated 15th -14th century BCE – which happens to be one of Angelos Delivorias’ favourite pieces – and the manuscript of Nikolaos Kasomoulis military memoirs from the Greek Revolution in 1822-1833.When Spiros Stamoulis first founded the Hellenic Museum in 2007, he wanted to enrich the cultural and artistic knowledge of all Australians, and ensure the promotion and appreciation of Greece’s cultural legacy. People wanting to engage with art, Greek culture and history have been visiting the Museum since it opened. And now, with the Benaki Museum’s collection inhouse, students from all over Australia are set to soar in their knowledge of Hellenism.*This article appears in Neos Kosmos’ Gods, Myths and Mortals supplement in the Thursday 11 September Greek Edition.
Yannis Boutaris has never shied away from controversy. This time, the mayor of Thessaloniki weighed in on the matter of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) naming issue, repeating his long-standing view that a compromise is in order. “You should have good relations with your neighbours,” he argued in a radio interview, defending his decision to invite FYROM’s moderate prime minister, Zoran Zaev to ring in the New Year in Thessaloniki. “We agreed on conducting cultural exchanges with dance and music and lectures. We also spoke about Thessaloniki establishing a scholarship,” Boutaris said. “The naming issue was derailed by the idiocy of politicians. These people [of FYROM] want to find an identity, with concessions on both sides, and the opposition is also ready for a compromise. Zaev said he would change the name of the [Alexander the Great] airport and change street signs,” he added, confirming the new FYROM leader’s moderate stance on the issue. Answering to his critics, Yannis Boutaris said: “There is no one who is more Macedonian than me. My heritage and upbringing says it all.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The cast and crew of the American Public Media program “A Prairie Home Companion” cruised to Alaska this summer.Retired ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ host Garrison Keillor, right, signs autographs for fans while visiting Kodiak on August 24, 2016. (Photo by Jay Barrett, KMXT-Kodiak)The ship they were on, the Maasdam, visited Kodiak on Wednesday.While downtown was filled with hundreds of “Prairie Home” fans, retired host Garrison Keillor apparently doesn’t often come ashore, preferring to prepare for that night’s show aboard ship.However, some locals who are ex-pat Minnesotans, eventually lured the lanky radio star from the fictional town of Lake Woebegone, Minnesota, off the ship to chat with locals.Keillor has been to Alaska a few times.“The interesting thing about Alaska is not the scenery,” he said. “You can find scenery a lot of different places in the world. The interesting thing to me is the people who are here. And that’s what’s worth coming to see, if you can possibly meet them.”“But you know, the mountains, meh. I associate mountains with motivational posters, you know, that say things like ‘Dare to Dream;’ ‘All Great Achievements Start with a Single Footstep;’ and I’m old enough to know that’s not true.”Keillor might have felt otherwise if Kodiak’s mountains weren’t obscured by a low ceiling of clouds during his visit.Nevertheless, he had quite a bit to say about mountains, almost as if he were formulating his monologue on the spot, which meant a little election-year politics.“You know, I look at mountains and I think of Henry Thoreau, and I don’t care for Thoreau. He was a great individualist, but he said, ‘Live the life you have dreamed of and you may be successful beyond your wildest hopes.’ And when I think of that, I think of Donald Trump,” Keillor said to the laughter of the crowd.“So, the mountains, you can have. I’m a flatlander, and I like flat land. Which is majestic in its own way.”Keillor spent about an hour talking with Kodiak residents who happened by City Dock, posing for pictures, answering and asking questions, and signing autographs.While Keillor stayed close to the cruise ship, the Maasdam’s passengers came ashore en masse. Many got a quick orientation at the visitor center by Discover Kodiak volunteer of the year Jan Chatto.“This is Kodiak Island. We are the second largest island in the united states. You can see from the map that Chastity is showing you, Chastity is our director, by the way. We have 112 miles of road on this island. That’s it. The rest is wilderness,” Chattow said. “We just celebrated the 75th anniversary of the refuge. FDR founded the refuge. It’s the jewel of the refuge system, we think. It was founded to protect the brown bears.”Marilyn and Lewis Tognacci from Arizona have cruised with Keillor before, but this is the first time they’ve been to Alaska.“It’s so much fun. It’s unreal,” Marilyn Tognacci said. “The man is a genius. He never stops.”She said there is plenty of opportunity to mingle with Keillor and the “Prairie Home Companion” cast and crew on-board, and there is a wide variety of passenger activities.“So much is offered, from knitting groups, dancing, history. And the music is so incredible. Opera, jazz, the singing, the picking. It’s just wonderful,” she said. “I can’t rave enough.”The Maasdam and the “Prairie Home Companion” cruisers will return to Seattle this week via Glacier Bay, Sitka and Victoria, B.C.
Students sit for a public examination. Prothom Alo File PhotoOften seen in higher level exams as well as admission and recruitment tests in recent years, examination papers of even the most junior levels in school have been leaked in the year 2017.From class I to recruitment tests — Junior School Certificate (JSC), Secondary School Certificate (SSC), Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), university admission and recruitment exams — all such exams had been plagued by question paper leaks throughout the year.Though all concerned quarters are sick of repeated question paper leaks, a remedy to the situation remains elusive till date.Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid himself apparently expressed his helplessness in checking the leaks, and he held a section of teachers responsible for this.Against this backdrop, a holistic change in the education sector including the pattern of exams and pay for teachers has been recommended.Only on 30 December, the education minister said, a question paper gets leaked on the exam day morning when it is handed over to the teachers.On 17 December, he said, “It doesn’t matter even whether we print questions half an hour early as it’s the teachers who leak the questions.”However, educationists think otherwise.’The blame game, like holding teachers responsible for question script leak, won’t work. It’s a major malady and requires a long-term medication,” said professor Syed Manzoorul Islam.“We can blame our teachers all day long for question paper leaks. But we have to remember a trained school headmaster gets only Tk 14,000 as salary,” he argued.The crisis is not created in a single day, rather it has evolved slowly in the society, in every strata of the education sector, Manzoorul Islam said adding that it requires a long-term policy to get a remedy.Allegations of question paper leak have been a common phenomenon for the past few years.Many students and guardians said the questions of public examinations including JSC, SSC, and HSC were available on Facebook and messaging applications like Viber and WhatsApp just before the exams.A former student of Holy Cross College in Dhaka city, who failed to get GPA-5 in HSC but secured a seat in Dhaka University’s management studies department, told Prothom Alo that almost all question papers of HSC were leaked this year.”I came to know some students were always busy around one hour before the exams. On several occasions, I could come across the question papers. They were mainly MCQs (multiple choice questions) and pictures of actual exam scripts, not hand-written. I understood everything later,” she added.Prothom Alo File Photo of a leaked question.The police arrested at least 71 people on charges of being involved with question paper leak this year.Of them, 36 were arrested allegedly for leaking question papers of public universities while the rest were held for job recruitment and public exams.The question papers of class-I and IV were allegedly leaked in Barguna on 12 December, prompting the authorities to postpone exams in 248 primary schools.University entry and job recruitment tests were also marred this year by question paper leak allegations.Dhaka University’s D Unit entry test was held on 20 October. But, a few hours before the test, the questions were reportedly circulated online.Similar allegations were also brought by examinees over the Jagannath University and Islamic University admission tests this year.DU authorities initially ruled out allegations of question script leak. But, law enforcers arrested 23 people, including an employee of a press that prints DU question papers, a government official and several university students in connection with the question paper leak.Meanwhile, authorities cancelled a number of recruitment tests after their question papers were leaked.On 7 October, the Public Service Commission cancelled a test a day after holding it to recruit senior staff nurse over similar allegations.Agrani Bank cancelled a test for appointing senior officers scheduled for 19 May over allegations of question leak.The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) presented a total of 40 recommendations as measures of question paper leak.Educationist Syed Manzoorul Islam, however, said organisations like ACC cannot thwart corruption or question paper leak if teachers are not paid respectable salaries.”We have to invest in the education system. At least 25 per cent of our annual budget or six per cent of GDP should be spent in education. And this should start from our primary schools where an assistant headmaster gets only Tk 11,000 as salary, equal to the salary of a car driver,” he said. The government initiated public exams like PEC and JSC to satisfy a syndicate of coaching centres and guide book businessmen, he said.“Teachers are teaching students in coaching centres or in batches. If they are paid respectable salaries and other facilities, we can expect them to teach in the classrooms. If they don’t do so, we can take action against them,’’ he said.“But banning coaching centres is not a solution. These institutions will remain in one form or another as teachers are not teaching wholeheartedly in the classrooms,” he added. Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam thinks students are now burdened with the pressure of so many exams and experiments by the education ministry.“Nowhere does the Education Policy-2010 mention the existence of PEC and JSC. These exams are creating an environment favourable for question paper leak. Besides, students are becoming victims of too many experiments by the education ministry,” he told Prothom Alo.According to professor Syed Manzoorul Islam, politicising in education sector is also linked to question paper leaks.”Politicisation in every branch of education administration including school management committees is increasing corruption, propelling the crisis of question paper leak,” he said.Asked whether he sees any sign of solution for question paper leak, educationist Syed Manzoorul Islam said the question paper leak crisis would be acute in the future as the government does not seem to have any approach to resolve this crisis holistically.Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, however, said they have brought massive changes in the BG Press so that questions cannot get leaked in any way.Read more:Govt fails to contain question paper leaks’Teachers real perpetrators of question paper leak’Tax official masterminds question paper leaks