Chula’s fiery young activist wants to make a difference

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May 14, 2017 01:00
 LOVE him or loathe him, it has to be admitted that 21-year-old student activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal is making more waves than most people his age.


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“Euphrates Wrath” forces advance north of Raqqa

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"Euphrates Wrath" forces advance north of Raqqa

Raqqa ( Continuous clashes are still taking places between Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by US-led international coalition, and the Islamic State group, after the terrorist group’s attack on the countryside of Raqqa.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the forces from the operation codenamed “Euphrates Wrath” continue their assault, where they managed to advance toward the city.

These clashes are coincided with shelling by the SDF and bombing by the International Coalition’ warplanes on the Islamic State-held areas, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added.

Noteworthy, SDP, backed by the US-led coalition warplanes, imposed their control on al-Tabqa city and the Euphrates dam.


Source : Iraqi News

Contaminated chicken removed from UAE stores

Amira Agarib
Filed on May 13, 2017 | Last updated on May 13, 2017 at 11.26 pm
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Residents can also get a refund for the chicken they have bought already

UAE’s Union Cooperative confirmed that it has taken preventive measures and removed contaminated Sadia Chicken from all branches after receiving information from concerned authorities that it is not good for consumption.

Suhail Albastaki, Director of Happiness and Marketing called on consumers who bought the chicken to go to their nearest Union Cooperative branch to refund their money .

Source : Khaleej Times

A man has died at the Alexander Maconochie Centre prison in Canberra

MAY 14 2017 – 7:51AM

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A 29-year-old man died in Canberra’s prison, the Alexander Maconochie Centre, on Saturday evening.

Police are not revealing any information about the death or the circumstances surrounding it, other than that it happened about 8pm.

“ACT Policing Criminal Investigations is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death and a report will be prepared for the ACT Coroner,” they said in a statement.

Corrections Minister Shane Rattenbury said the man’s next of kin had been notified, but his identity would not be revealed at this stage.

“On behalf of the ACT government, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the individual. I understand this will be a difficult time for them and I ask that you respect their privacy,” he said.

“Any death in custody is a tragedy and of deepest concern.

“I am advised that ACT Corrective Services staff were notified by a detainee who was concerned about the health of the detainee. I am further advised that no disturbances were reported around the time of the incident.”

More to come


Source : The Canberra Times

Crown prince launches food baskets for martyrs’ families campaign

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JEDDAH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif said the martyrs’ sacrifices will always be appreciated, and a source of pride, for this nation, and the families of those martyred to serve the religion and the nation will constantly be at the center of care and concern for the leaders of the country.
Martyrs are the reason enemies of the nation are deterred from infringing on the country’s security, and “whatever we provide to their families will not be enough to reward them, as they deserve much more for their sacrifices,” the prince said.
His remarks came at the launch of the campaign that sees food baskets distributed in Jeddah to the families of those martyred in 2017.
This is the 10th consecutive year that charity campaigns take place in all regions of the Kingdom.
At the launch of the campaign, Prince Mohammad was briefed in detail about it by Interior Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Military Affairs and campaign’s general supervisor Maj. Gen. Ibrahim bin Mohammad, who said that 68 articulated lorries will be used to distribute assistance to the families of 278 martyrs, in the form of 20 baskets for every martyr, which brings the total to 5,560 food baskets.
The food baskets contain foodstuff consumed during the holy month of Ramadan, he said, adding that they will be distributed to those who are entitled to them through 38 points, which later will reach 428 distribution points, in various cities and rural areas of the Kingdom.
The convoy of vehicles transporting the foodstuff will travel 8,221 kilometers for the purpose, he said.
The crown prince was also shown a documentary about the campaign and the plans for the distribution of food baskets, as well as the efforts of volunteers involved in the campaign.
Prince Mohammad also examined the contents of a food basket, prayed to God to reward the martyrs, and said that full distribution should be made at the beginning of Ramadan.

Source : Arab News

Japan may become 4.5 C hotter if no anti-global warming steps taken

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Children enjoy themselves in a water fountain at a park in Tokyo last summer. Photo: Reuters

Japan’s annual average temperature would be 4.5 C higher at the end of this century than the close of the last if the world fails to tackle global warming, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Temperatures in Tokyo, whose current annual mean temperature is 15.4 C, would roughly equal those of Yakushima today, a Pacific island in Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan’s southwest whose annual mean temperature is 19.4 C, according to the simulation, which foresees temperatures on the country’s Pacific side rising 4.3 C on average.

The simulation was based on a scenario compiled by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which projects the world’s annual mean temperature to rise 3.7 C over the same period if no steps are taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase absorption of emitted gases.

The number of days during which the mercury would reach at least 35 C is expected to increase by 20 or more over a wide swath of the country, including Tokyo, while Amami-Oshima Island, an island in Okinawa Prefecture southwest of Yakushima, will see around 54 more days like that a year.

In Sapporo, the capital of Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido, the number of ice days during which highs would remain below zero is expected to decrease from the current 45 days a year to seven.

Japan is also expected to see more than 50 millimeters of heavy rainfall per hour more than twice as frequently as at present.

“We want people to be alert to the large risk of global warming that could damage agriculture, forestry and fishery industries and increase flood disasters,” said an official of the weather agency.

The international climate accord set in Paris in 2015 aims to hold the global average temperature rise to “well below” 2 C above preindustrial levels. To that end, the Japanese government has set a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.


Source : Japan Today

ABP graduates 142 students

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14 May 2017 – 0:10

ABP graduates 142 students

H E Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani at the Academic Bridge Program’s Graduation Ceremony at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) on Thursday.

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In the presence of H E Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Foundation (QF), dedicated faculty and staff, proud parents and around 142 excited graduates celebrated the Academic Bridge Program’s sixteenth Graduation Ceremony on Thursday at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC).
The Class of 2017 brings the total number of ABP graduates to over 2700. More than 80% of the graduating Class of 2017 are Qatari and the remaining 20% come from 17 different nationalities. The number of girls at the ABP this year is 75% and boys are 25%.
Around 66% of this year’s graduating class has been accepted to one of more of Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) partner universities. Some graduates will also enroll at Qatar University or one of the other colleges or universities in ?Qatar. Around 30% of the class have been or will be admitted to a university in the UK, Canada, or the US. Several others will also enroll at universities in the Gulf. Overall, more than 80% of the 2017 graduates will eventually gain admission to a university; this has been the pattern for the past several years.
After the procession of faculty and students into the theater at QNCC, the Qatari National anthem was played followed by a recitation of the Holy Quran by reciter Abdulbari Mohammad. Dr Bryan Lewallen, Director of the Academic Bridge Program welcomed Her Excellency and gave his comments on the Class of 2017. This was followed by a welcome speech on behalf of the Class of 2017 by Sara Al-Hemaidi the class salutatorian.
Khemara Chhorn, the ABP student with outstanding academic performance, who came to study at the ABP from a village in Cambodia started her “Reflections on the 2016-2017 School Year” by expressing how honoured she was to be addressing everyone “at this special occasion.”
“They say audiences like to be taken on a new journey, so now let me take you on mine,” Chhorn began and then narrated her remarkable story. “I grew up in a village, far away from the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, the only city that all universities are located in, so university is not the place where everyone can go, but it is my dream place. Since I was young, I have had a dream of working in the government system, so that I could have a voice in making decisions, to help other children and citizens in my country. Unfortunately, going to university was not in my parents’ plans, since university fees are so expensive compared to the amount of money that my parents earn per year as farmers.”
Chhorn’s hardwork and persistence earned her a full scholarship to study in the University of Cambodia in 2015. She continues “… it was a lucky moment for me when Reach Out To Asia travelled to Cambodia with a volunteer group. I had already volunteered to translate for my peers because not everyone could speak English. I started learning about Qatar and I began to appreciate its culture. As a result, ROTA decided to provide me with a full scholarship to study in an Education City university, if I could complete the university entrance requirements here.
After a year at the ABP, Chhorn succeeded in getting accepted to Georgetown University – School of Foreign Service in Qatar.
Chhorn concluded her reflections by thanking H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, for encouraging and providing her with a full sponsorship to study in Qatar, as well as her father, ABP faculty and staff, her high school principle and teacher in Cambodia and her first Qatari friend, Al Anoud, for helping her in this journey.
Mohammad Al-Otbey, who graduated from the ABP in 2008, and who now works in Occidental Qatar gave the keynote speech.
Dr Mark Newmark the Assistant Director of the Academic Affairs and Moza Al-Boainin the Assistant Director of the Student Services recognized students on special achievements, after which Dr. Bryan Lewallen gave out the graduation certificates. This year’s Valedictorian was Qatari student, Maryam Al-Badr, who was the first in the class academically.


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China to balance deleveraging, stable liquidity: central bank

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(Xinhua)    11:30, May 13, 2017

China will take steps to balance deleveraging the economy and ensuring market liquidityremains basically stable, the central bank said Friday.

China will enhance coordination in financial regulation to manage the timing and pace ofregulations to stabilize market expectations, according to a quarterly monetary policyreport released by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC).

Jitters were felt across the stock and bond markets in the past few weeks as Chinatightened financial regulation to control risks.

A more flexible approach will be taken to liquidity for reasonable credit growth whileguarding against over fast credit expansion and rising leverage ratios, the report said.

China’s banks issued a combined 1.1 trillion yuan (about 160 billion U.S. dollars) in newyuan loans in April, increasing by 542 billion yuan year on year, PBOC data showedFriday.

The PBOC mulls placing more financial market practices under macro prudentialassessment for strict control of liquidity risks and maturity mismatch risks.

Changes of the PBOC’s balance sheet are subject to more factors than many central banksof developed economies, the PBOC pointed out.

The shrinkage of the balance sheet in the first quarter is mainly influenced by seasonal andfiscal factors while the balance sheet in April turned into expansion, the PBOC added.


Source : Xinhua