“Don’t count the days; make the days count.” Said by Muhammad Ali, Heavyweight Boxer, Greatest World Champion. The quotation has highly motivated Amjad Khan, International Boxing Promoter and Founder of Amjad Khan Boxing Foundation. The international sport Boxing is becoming the 2nd most popular game in India now which is the world’s richest Game. Before Super Boxing League Season I, there wasn’t any platform in India that has given an International stage to Indian Pro Boxers to showcase their skills to the world. Being associated as Talent Partners in Super Boxing League, Amjad Khan has given platform to a many talented players to prove themselves in professional boxing. UK based, World Boxing Champion and Olympic Medallist Amir Khan inspired Amjad Khan to lead boxers in India and help them in building career in professional boxing. Amjad Khan Boxing Foundation is coming up with it’s 5th AKBF Pro-Fight Event to be held at Marwah Studio on 30th March 2019 in Patronship of Mr. Sandeep Marwah (Founder, Noida Film City). The AKBF Pro-Fight Event will be supported by Indian Boxing Council which affiliates professional boxing events in India for the record fight. GUEST OF HONOURSAHIL PEERZADAOne of the biggest Entrepreneur of India. Very humble person and ground to the earth. He is very close to Amjad Khan and supporting his 5th AKBF PRO-FIGHT at Marwah studios, Noida film City on 30th March,2018. AKBTC COACHESChandan Singh Naseem Ahmed The AKBF Pro Fight Event will feature total 8 bouts including 6 Men bouts and 2 female bouts. The competition between the players will be in 6 different weight categories with bouts of 3 rounds of three minutes each. This competition amongst Pro-Boxers is an opportunity to participate and showcase their skills to the world.
Hisar (Haryana): Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday hit out at the Congress over its poll promise of reviewing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) and repealing the sedition law. The Haryana chief minister blamed the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the Kashmir problem. Calling the Congress’ poll manifesto a “Dhakosla patra” (sham manifesto), Khattar, addressing a public meeting at Kaimri in the district, questioned the opposition party’s promise of reviewing AFSPA. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He said after the Pulwama terror attack in February, which left 40 CRPF personnel dead, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a free hand to the defence forces to give a befitting reply to the militants. He said, today, anyone who looks at India with an evil eye is made to pay in the same coin. On the other hand, the Congress is promising to review AFSPA and repeal sedition law, he said. “They said they will repeal the sedition law. Those who raise slogans like ‘Bharat tere tukde tukde honge’ (India will disintegrate), will go scot-free. Can we allow this to happen?,” he said, adding many sacrifices have been made to safeguard India and such decisions could undo the armed forces’ good work. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Do you care for the human rights of those who give their lives for this nation or those who talk about its disintegration,” he asked. Blaming Nehru for the Kashmir crisis, Khattar said, “Had Sardar Vallabhai Patel been prime minister after Independence there would have been no place for terrorism in Kashmir. “These mistakes were committed by the Congress, which we have to bear today. Now if son-of-the-soil Narendra Modi has come forward to rectify these mistakes, there is talk of human rights violation. If anyone talks about the country’s division and raises slogans, is this human right? Congress has failed to understand this,” he said. “When Rahul Gandhi was asked on whose suggestion they (his party) had incorporated such things in the manifesto (review of AFSPA and repealing of sedition law), he said it was done on the suggestion of surgical strike hero Lt General D S Hooda (retd), but General Hooda has refused any knowledge on this,” Khattar claimed. The world has recognised India as an emerging superpower, he said. “Had Congress been at the helm, neither the 1998 Pokhran nuclear test would have been conducted nor the anti-satellite missile test.” On the Congress’ proposed minimum income scheme ‘NYAY’, Khattar said, “From pandit Nehru to Indira Gandhi to Rajiv Gandhi, promises to eliminate poverty were made before. Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s ‘NYAY’ is one more lie in the series.” He lauded the Modi government for introducing several schemes for the poor, weaker sections and farmers. Khattar claimed the law and order situation had improved in the state after the BJP government formed the government. The present government has given 60,000 jobs out of the 74,000 advertised earlier, all of which were given in a transparent manner on merit as against favouritism which prevailed earlier, said Khattar. Mocking the Haryana Congress’ ‘parivartan yatra’, Khattar said, “Earlier, several Congress men were fighting for the chief ministerial post. After the week-long ‘parivartan yatra’, the Congress Legislative Party leader (Kiran Choudhary) has staked claim for Leader of Opposition (LoP) post, but their party’s state unit chief is saying he will decide (on the matter). Now, they are fighting for the LoP post,” he said.
Food plays a definitive role in shaping a community’s culture and tradition and Easter is one such festival where food inspires and influences family and children, bringing back childhood memories of Easter bunnies, egg painting and egg hunting sessions.At The Imperial, New Delhi, indulge your children with yummy Easter goodies like Chocolate bunnies, Egg baskets and Easter cakes at La Baguette, for all the grown – ups, it lays out global varieties of Lamb, meats, salads and sea food featuring specialties like Roasted beer chicken, Minced lamb pie, Spinach and Salmon strudel, Fennel and orange braised pork belly, Cinnamon and honey roast pork loin and many more delectable recipes for an elaborate Easter brunch buffet, making a fun Sunday for you and your family. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Chef Prem K Pogakula, Executive Chef at The Imperial, talking about the menu says, “Part of the menu for the Easter Brunch is distinct every year but we always continue to offer traditional and the most loved specialties. The flavours are mostly classic and rustic with a twist to some dishes, for an exclusive fair. Coming to selecting the recipes, I always work towards curating an experience featuring rural traditional cuisine rather than a typical urban spread. I strongly believe that the original taste and authenticity lie in country side food.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”Also for special orders, we have some exclusive carving stations with hot roasts and grills while for children we have a variety of ice-creams and sorbets, chocolate desserts to choose from the buffet along with veg and non veg dim sums.” Easter Brunch Buffet at 1911 Restaurant on April 21, at INR4000 + taxes per person without alcohol INR 2000 + taxes per child below 12 years of age (Timings: 12:00 pm to 3:30pm) La Baguette: Easter goodies from INR 300 + taxes onwards until April 21 (Timings: 10am to 10pm)
Kolkata: The Election Commission has sought a report from the District Magistrate of Nadia, on the statements made by Trinamool Congress MLA from Chakdah Ratna Ghosh Kar.The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has asked the District Magistrate to submit a detailed report in this regard soon. The BJP leaders in the state had earlier moved to the CEO’s office, demanding action against the TMC MLA. Kar found herself embroiled in controversy after she made some objectionable remarks on the Central Forces. It was alleged that during a closed door party meeting, she had appealed the party cadres to “chase the Central Forces away.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe video of the same had gone viral on social media. In the video, she was allegedly found requesting the members of the Mahila Morcha, the women organisation of Trinamool Congress, to pick up broomsticks and ‘chase the Central Forces away’ if there is a need. She allegedly said that there is nothing fair or unfair when it comes to winning elections, instructing party cadres to win the elections by any means. She had also reminded the party workers that during the 2016 Assembly elections, Central Forces had beaten up the workers. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, another television actor from Bangladesh, Abdun Gaji Noor, triggered controversy after he allegedly took part in an election rally at Dum Dum in favour of TMC candidate Saugata Roy. The incident comes a day after Bangladeshi film actor Ferdous Ahmed was asked by the office of the Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh to leave the country and go to Bangladesh. Ahmed was dragged into controversy after he attended election rallies in Raiganj constituency areas on April 14. The actor was seen seeking votes for Trinamool Congress candidate Kanaia Lal Agarwal at campaign rallies across Hemtabad and Karandighi, near the Indo-Bangladesh border.
San Francisco: Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is testing a new feature that would let users co-watch on-platform video content with friends, while being able to see their reactions on the video via the phone cameras. The option would start with a split-screen view, where users would be able to apply face filters and other visual tools to their personal camera feeds, Social Media Today reported on Thursday. “Instagram’s co-watching media picker is essentially tabs of Explore, Saved and Liked. It’s somehow also showing me photos though. Unless Instagram designed co-watching so we can stare at an image together, it will be fixed when released,” reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong tweeted. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The feature would let users watch Instagram videos together with added interactive elements of being able to see and hear their co-viewer in a minimised window. At present, the option appears to only support two concurrent viewers, alongside the Instagram Live functionality. “That could be somewhat restrictive, but then again, previous research has shown that 85 per cent of the messages shared on Instagram are distributed to the same three friends, highlighting a desire for more intimate communication on the platform,” report added. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The photo-messaging app’s test feature is similar to Facebook’s previously launched “Watch Party” feature — that lets users watch public videos in real time with a group of friends on the app. Since launching Watch Parties in groups last July, Facebook says that it has facilitated more than 12 million “Watch Parties” within Groups alone, while “Watch Parties” also garner 8 times more comments than regular videos in Groups, the report noted. Instagram has not commented on testing or availability of the feature as yet.
New Delhi: Weight loss and a much improved body composition has played a huge part in keeping India’s in-form pacer Mohammad Shami injury-free over the past 12-18 months, says Kings XI Punjab physio Brett Harrop. Shami’s stellar performances in the overseas Test tours of South Africa, England and Australia also helped him secure an unexpected World Cup berth, considering he was not a regular in the 50-over format as recent as six months ago. He has lost a good 5-6 kgs and worked that extra hard on his fitness, making him “leaner than ever before” in the words of India captain Virat Kohli. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”The fact that he is leaner and his body composition is better, that has played a huge part in him being injury-free,” Harrop, who has worked with national teams including Bangladesh, said. “It (being injury-free) has a bit of a snowball effect. When you have less injuries, you play more and the more you play, it makes you more robust and you are less likely to get injured. So that (better body composition) is definitely the reason why he is in a better spot than in the past,” said the 39-year-old Australian, who has played one first-class game. It is a Word Cup year and that has made jobs of the respective IPL teams’ physios a tad more challenging. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersAll the World Cup-bound players has received a handout from their respective national team physios on how to go handle their fitness during the IPL. Shami and K L Rahul are the two India players in the Kings XI Punjab squad and Harrop said they are strictly following the instructions from national bodies. “The main thing (this season) has been the interest from national bodies, which have been asking about their schedule and how their travel has been, their communication with the national team’s physio.”
New Delhi: In the aftermath of the devastation caused by severe cyclone ‘Fani’, the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy has launched a massive rescue and rehabilitation effort in Odisha. Two Maritime Recce sorties were undertaken by the Dornier aircraft of the Navy revealing widespread destruction localised around the temple town of Puri.The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command personally undertook aerial survey of the cyclone affected area Saturday morning and visited INS Chilka to review the relief efforts, it said. The ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm, which made landfall at Puri on Friday, unleashed copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 200 kmph, blowing away thatched roofs of houses, swamping towns and villages, before weakening and entering West Bengal, officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe Indian Air Force sent three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Bhubaneswar from Hindan Air Base for humanitarian aid and disaster relief, an IAF spokesperson said. The aircraft are carrying approximate 45 tonnes of relief material including medicines for the locations affected by Cyclone Fani. Based on the aerial surveys, the Eastern Naval Command is undertaking a three-pronged rescue and rehabilitation effort centred around Puri and its suburbs.
Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers announced Ushoshi Sengupta as the face of ‘Adi-kriti’ – their brand of high-fashion gold jewellery, at an event in a premier city hotel, recently.Inspired by the tribal culture of India – ‘Adi-kriti’, an exclusive collection of designer handcrafted gold jewellery was launched by Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers in December 2008. The brand came into force with the support of ‘World Gold Council’, which recognised the project as a ‘Unique in the world’ project. Also Read – The Puja carnivalIn the following year itself, the brand went on to win the attention of Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), and also got a national award for its concept and design. The brand position of ‘Adi-Kriti’ is ‘tell-tale tribal jewellery, retold in gold’ and the product proposition a jewellery collection that is ‘simply beyond the wildest imagination’ Talking about the decision of the brand, Arpita Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers said, “All these years, ‘Adi-kriti’ was present in the market without a human face because we didn’t find one that would do justice to the brand. And now, with Ushoshi Sengupta, we have found a personality that really goes with the brand.” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraRupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers informed that Ushoshi had also walked the ramp for ‘Adi-kriti’ during the launch of the brand in 2008.So, it is really a homecoming for both the brand and Sengupta. Incidentally, Ushoshi Sengupta won the ‘Miss Universe India’ title in 2010 – when ‘Adi-Kriti’, was beginning to expand in the gems and jewellery trade and industry in India, after winning a national award in Mumbai. And now, the brand and Sengupta, both are ready to rule the fashion world together.
New York – Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday night that Monday is the first day of Eid El Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.Saudi Arabia said the new crescent of the month of Shawal was witnessed in several parts of the kingdom. Shawal follows Ramadan in the Muslim calendar.Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and Palestine also reported the sighting of Shawal crescent. Oman announced that Shawwal crescent has not been sighted and Eid Al Fitr will be marked on Tuesday.Moroccan have still not announced whether Eid El Fitr will be Monday or Tuesday.
Fez – During a press conference on Tuesday in the Barceló Hotel in Fez, Sonia Mbarek, director of International Festival of Carthage and a young artist of classical Arab Music, spoke about her “Wajd” project and expressed her views about the Arab Spring and the tendencies that dominate it.Prior to her performance in Sidi Mohamed Ben Youssef Cultural Complex, Sonia Mbarek entertained the journalists at the press conference with her eloquence and refined vocabulary in both French and Arabic.Photo credit: Omar ChennafiThe artist seemed to be modest, yet self-confident and willing to answer all questions gracefully and accurately as a result of 30 years of experience in the domain of art devoted to Arab Andalucían Sufi Music. She said that she has strong principles concerning music and uses them to initiate dialogue and communicate with peoples. Sonia expressed her desire to participate in work that joins Arab artists mainly from Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. She also suggested the idea of creating a great network of artists in the region that would make collaboration easy between them. She said that this could happen with the will of artists and a strong sponsor.Photo credit: Omar ChennafiWhen asked to speak about herself, Mbarek said that apart from being an artist, she is an academic researcher and a professor of human rights and copyright. She confesses that at times she swims against the current by sticking to her principles concerning her type of music.Concerning the Arab Spring, Sonia called for a Cultural Revolution and education for children to better understand each other without harming their identity as Arabs and Muslims.Sonia says that success does not simply come easily because artists are always asked for novelty and ingenuity, and must educate young artists to trust themselves, be honest with the fans, and work hard.She also considered the use of the Moroccan dialect in songs as something positive because it may reveal the true feeling of the song, be it happiness or sorrow, and promote communication between peoples.Photos Credit: Omar Chennafi© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Rabat – Germany understands Morocco’s position on the European Court’s ruling related to the Morocco-EU agriculture agreement, said here on Friday German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Muller.During talks with Government Chief Abdelilah Benkirane, the German Minister expressed his country’s willingness to support the Kingdom and overcome this situation, Government Chief’s Department said in a statement.Muller lauded the humanist approach developed by the Kingdom on migration and expressed Germany’s satisfaction over Morocco’s readiness to cooperate with German authorities for the resolution of the situation of Moroccan illegal immigrants residing in Germany. During the meeting, the two sides hailed friendly relations as well as cooperation between Morocco and Germany, which were boosted following the signing in 2013 of the Declaration of Rabat on the Moroccan-German partnership.The two sides also discussed several issues of common interest, the statement added.The German official, who is on a working visit to Morocco, also praised the political, economic and social reforms undertaken by Morocco, and hailed Morocco’s participation in Berlin’s International Green, reiterating the readiness of the German Government to strengthen partnership with the Kingdom in various fields.With MAP
Rabat – The US city of Orlando, in the southeastern state of Florida, will host the 2nd edition of the Moroccan real estate fair, the Maig Immo Expo. Organizers have announced that the event will take place on October 7-8, instead of May 6-7.According to event planners, the second edition of this show comes after the success recorded by the first edition, in terms of the number of exhibitors as well as the rate of attendance and quality of organization. It has become an annual meeting for the promotion of Moroccan real estate and an open platform for meetings between professionals in this sector.This year’s show will gather a number of property developers from the public and private sectors in Morocco, as well as several banks and insurance companies, in addition to Moroccan residents in the United States who wish to invest in this sector. The exhibition, which is expected to attract nearly 15,000 visitors, is also a space for meetings and discussions related to investment and financing, as well as new tax and organizational provisions.The exhibition will also enable visitors to discover Moroccan architecture, and highlight the facilities offered by the Moroccan government and banking institutions to facilitate bureaucratic procedures for Americans wishing to acquire housing or invest in Moroccan real estate. It will also facilitate the organization of networking meetings aimed at discussing topics related to investment, finance and new tax and regulatory requirements.The Second Edition of the Moroccan Real Estate Expo is being organized by MAIG Expo, under the patronage of the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Rural Development, in partnership with a banking and real estate group from Morocco and abroad.
Rabat – Nearly a month after publicly announcing its support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid, the South African Football Association (SAFA) has rescinded its support, claiming that it has not decided whether to support the African bid or the North American joint bid.The South African football federation denied supporting the African bid yesterday, emphasizing that the decision should be taken by SAFA’s National Executive Committee (NEC).“The decision whether to support Morocco or the USA FIFA World Cup 2026 bid is for the SAFA NEC to take,” reads a statement by the federation. SA will support Morocco’s 2026 FIFA WC bid, Jordaan. Full details here: https://t.co/zHkQbRE70g @CAF_Online @COSAFAMEDIA @FIFAcom pic.twitter.com/vtfimSQ2ZP— SAFA.net (@SAFA_net) April 16, 2018The statement added that the federation received presentations from both parties competing to host the 23rd tournament in 2026.“SAFA wants to reiterate that no decision has been taken at this stage on the matter on who to support,” said the statement, emphasizing that none of its officials announced the federation’s position on any bid.The statement contradicts an April post on the official federation page, which has since been deleted from the website. However, a tweet posted by the federation confirms that SAFA’s original support for the Moroccan bid.Morocco World News reported on South Africa’s support for the bid on April 16, quoting statements of the SAFA president, Danny Jordaan, who promised Morocco’s bid committee that he will “personally lobby” Africa’s football leaders before the vote.Jordaan also promised the Moroccan bid that he will be personally engaged in attracting support from the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA).“It is an old myth that Africa doesn’t have the capacity and naysayers should stop using the political argument. Africa hosted the best FIFA World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa,” said the SAFA president.SAFA’s change of heart follows US President Donald Trump’s recent tweet, which threatened countries supporting the Moroccan bid.“Would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the US bid,” Trump wrote, insinuating broader financial implications for nations with pro-Morocco federations.The statement comes one month ahead of the big day, when 211 international football federations will gather in Moscow to vote for the host of the tournament.
Rabat- Alisha and Katie Lax from North East England will fly with their mother Lorraine Lax to Morocco. Their mission will consist mainly of increasing charitable donations to raise money and collect clothes for orphans.The country’s strict adoption policy forces abandoned children into orphanages. The total estimated number of orphans in Morocco is 30,000 according to the High Commission for Planning.Enfance Espoir Maroc orphanage will host the 12-year-old twins, along with Miss County Durham Galaxy, Natasha Beaston and Miss County Durham Galaxy, Kayleigh Atkinson. Established in 1995, the orphanage houses abandoned newborns and needy children.“I think the girls will realize how fortunate people in this country are as there are lots of things we take for granted that people overseas simply don’t have. Katie and Alisha have done fundraising events in the past but this is on a much bigger scale,” the twin’s mother told the British Northern Echo.Following in the footsteps of an older sister, who has competed in Miss Teen Great Britain and Miss Teen International, The identical twins have competed in national and international beauty pageants and will take part in Spain and Florida in 2019.
Rabat – ONCF Director General Mohamed Rabie Khlie said that ticket prices will vary according to the ticket class, date of purchase, date and time of trips, discount cards, and whether the tickets are refundable or flexible. Tickets can be purchased up to 3 months prior to the trip.Depending on three peak periods—low, normal, or high—second-class tickets cost MAD 93-139 for Tangier-Kenitra, MAD 115-172 for Tangier-Rabat, and MAD 149-224 for Tangier-Casablanca. First-class tickets cost MAD 162-244 for Tangier-Kenitra; MAD 187-281 for Tangier-Rabat, and MAD 243-364 for Tangier-Casablanca.Passengers buying tickets on same day of the trip will have to pay 10 percent extra, and 20 percent extra for refundable tickets.Ticket Prices for Morocco’s high speed train (LGV).Read also: Morocco’s LGV High Speed Train in PhotosChildren, young people, students, and the elderly have privileged discounts.Children under 4 can travel for free, but will not automatically get a seat. Children 4-15 years old will have to pay MAD 50 for second-class and MAD 80 for first-class for any distance.Young people aged 16-26 and seniors over 60 get a 15 percent discount. Students under 26 also get a 30 percent discount for second-class tickets.A group of 19 people or more can also get a 15 percent discount.Twenty-six high speed trains are operating on the new line, but it is not clear whether the trains will serve Casablanca yet as the line does not appear to be finished.The first train from Tangier leaves at 5:55 a.m. and the last train leaves at 8:55 p.m. Time Schedule for Morocco’s high speed train (LGV)King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated Morocco’s first high speed train (LGV) Thursday, November 15, in Tangier. The LGV departed from Tangier to Rabat with King Mohammed VI and Macron taking the first ride.The high speed train will link Tangier and Casablanca in two hours and 10 minutes instead of the normal five-hour train ride. The train will also make stops in Kenitra in Rabat.Read also: King Mohammed VI, Macron Inaugurate Africa’s First LGV in TangierThe trip from Tangier to Kenitra will take 50 minutes while the trip from Tangier to Rabat will take 80 minutes. Khlie revealed that the high speed train will eventually take 1 hour between Tangier and Rabat after work is completed on the rails between the two cities, allowing the train to travel at optimal speeds. Once completed, the trip between Kenitra and Rabat will take only 10 minutes.Currently, the high speed train actually takes about 30 minutes between Kenitra and Rabat.
WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and 5G next generation mobile networks (all times local):2:45 p.m.President Donald Trump says the race to build 5G is one America must win.Trump said Friday at the White House that building high-speed networks across the United States will transform the way Americans work, learn, communicate and travel.5G will mean faster wireless speeds and has implications for technologies like self-driving cars and augmented reality.The rollout started last week in the U.S. and South Korea but will take years.Trump says, “We must not rest. The race is far from over.”The White House says that Trump understands the country must invest in visionary projects to “dominate the industries of the future and lead America into the 21st century.”___9:55 a.m.The U.S. communications regulator will hold a massive auction to bolster 5G service, the next generation of mobile networks, and will spend $20 billion for rural internet.5G will mean faster wireless speeds and has implications for technologies like self-driving cars and augmented reality. The rollout started last week in the U.S. and South Korea but will take years.The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it would hold the largest auction in U.S. history, of 3,400 megahertz, to boost wireless companies’ networks.The FCC also says it will repurpose funds from existing programs to provide $20.4 billion connecting up to 4 million rural homes and small businesses to high-speed internet. There are 24 million Americans without access to broadband, and the problem is worst in rural areas.The Associated Press
Rabat – Security services in Asilah, a city in northern Morocco seized nearly two tons of cannabis resin on Tuesday, September 17.Security services in collaboration with members of the Gendarmerie seized 68 large bundles of cannabis resin with a total weight of two tons, a statement from the General Directorate of National Security said.Police opened an investigation to identify all possible suspects involved in the drug trafficking network. The investigation seeks to also determine the possible ramifications at the national and international levels.Read Also: Moroccan Customs Incinerate Almost 2 Tons of Cannabis Resin in LaayouneThe operation is part of Morocco’s strategy to fight drug trafficking and criminal networks.In Morocco’s southern province of Laayoune, Moroccan security services also seized two tons of cannabis on Tuesday, September 17.Moroccan customs said in a report in May that they seized 19.2 tons of cannabis resin in 2018, 14.7 tons less than the number of cannabis resin seized in 2017 (33.7 tons). The customs seizures are in addition to the large quantities of cannabis that other Moroccan security services seize across Morocco.Police and customs services at the Ceuta crossing point have seized 10 kilograms of cannabis resins last weekend.A customs source told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) on Monday, September 16, that the security services seized the cannabis which was concealed inside a car. A Moroccan man living in Spain was driving the car.Last year, Morocco’s Spokesperson of the government Mustapha El Khalfi said that the country’s primary focus is to tighten security and surveillance against drug trafficking.He said that in the first nine months of 2018, security services seized 700 kilograms of hard drugs, 51 tons of cannabis resin, 90 tons of cannabis, and 600,000 psychotropic pills.He also emphasized Morocco’s strategy to put in place programs to fight drug addiction.Rehabilitation centers in Morocco increased from five centers in 2015 to 12 centers in 2018. Morocco seeks to have 20 centers dedicated to rehabilitation within two years.
MILAN — Italian vice-premier Matteo Salvini is pledging new “shock” proposals to relaunch Italy’s economy during a campaign rally for next week’s European Parliament elections with representatives of 11 like-minded populist leaders.The League leader spoke to foreign journalists in Milan on Friday, before a rally Saturday with other populist parties, some from the far-right, including France’s National Rally and Alternative for Germany.Salvini said the populist parliamentary group that he hopes to form after the May 23-26 elections aims to create a Europe “that does few things and does them well,” restoring decision-making over such sectors as trade, agriculture and banking to member states.Salvini, who is also Italy’s interior minister, said the most important issues in the EU vote next week are security and employment.The Associated Press
BALTIMORE — An official with Baltimore mayor’s office says the city’s IT team is restoring computer systems slowly to ensure their security after a crippling ransomware attack.The Baltimore Sun reports deputy chief of staff Sheryl Goldstein says the IT team has been split into two groups to help the city’s recovery. She says one group is working to find the code that allowed hackers to lock city files, while the other is working to restore affected systems.The computer servers were hit by the cyberattack May 7 and city officials quickly shut down most servers. Services like online payments and email were affected.Officials have said hackers using the ransomware variant RobbinHood demanded the city pay the equivalent of $76,000 in bitcoin, which Mayor Bernard Young says won’t happen.___Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.comThe Associated Press
Atul Khare, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, urged the candidates and parties to respect each other in the run-up to the election, the first since Timor-Leste gained independence from Indonesia in 2002. “It is important for each of the eight candidates to send strong and clear messages about their political vision for this emerging democracy,” Mr. Khare said in a statement released by the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). “But it is equally important for this emerging democracy that the campaign is conducted freely, fairly and without violence, without intimidation and without misuse of State resources.” Earlier this month all eight candidates signed a code of conduct committing themselves, and their supporters, to either accept the election results or challenge them only through competent courts and to conduct campaigns that are positive and not based on personal attacks against other candidates. Other clauses include a commitment to respect the rights of competing candidates and to refrain from exercising any illegitimate influence on voters. The code was drafted by the Technical Secretariat for the Administration of Elections, the national body which will run the election on 9 April, and was approved by the National Electoral Commission. The Commission will also supervise the campaigning, which is also being monitored by national and international election observers. Campaigning ends on 6 April, allowing for a two-day information black-out ahead of the poll. Mr. Khare added in his statement that UNMIT was willing to offer assistance to national authorities during the election period whenever needed. Eric Tan, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative, told a press conference yesterday in Dili, the Timorese capital, that nearly 1,000 UN Police (UNPOL) officers and more than 2,400 Timorese national police officers will be on duty across the country during the election campaign. The police will concentrate on protecting polling stations, securing election materials and responding to any security issues such as armed clashes, fires or roadblocks. Voter registration ended on Wednesday after being extended by five days because of disruptions, but Mr. Tan said the registration process proceeded smoothly overall. 23 March 2007Welcoming the end of voter registration and the official start of the campaigning period for next month’s presidential election in Timor-Leste, the chief United Nations envoy to the small country today reminded all eight candidates to play their part to ensure that the poll is free and fair and conducted without violence.