11 arrested in Morocco over suspected illegal migration organization

first_imgMorocco nabs Malian citizen for suspected mediation of illegal immigration BENYOUNECH, MOROCCO: African immigrants are guarded by Moroccan army after they were caught in the forest of Benyounch, on the Moussa mountain, near a border-crossing between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta, 29 September 2005. Five people died and more than 90 were injured when hundreds of would-be immigrants tried to storm a border-crossing between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta early 29 September, as the countries’ prime ministers held a summit on illegal immigration. AFP/PHOTO/ ABDELHAK SENNA. (Photo credit should read ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP via Getty Images) FILE PHOTO: African immigrants are guarded by Moroccan army after they were caught in the forest of Benyounch, on the Moussa mountain, near a border-crossing between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta. (Photo credit ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)The Moroccan authorities on Friday arrested 11 sub-Saharan Africans over their suspected involvement in organizing illegal migration operations in the eastern city of Oujda, Moroccan police said in a statement.The security services raided five houses as part of the fight against illegal migration, and found 75 migrants from different African nationalities, including 15 women, the statement added.Investigations have shown that five of the arrested people were active in illegal migration and were preparing to transfer migrants to Europe for sums of money, the statement added.Six other people were involved in the smuggling of alcohol and cannabis, it added.The 75 migrants were illegally residing in Morocco and were candidates for illegal migration, said the statement, adding that they were subjected to the regulatory measures relating to the residence of foreigners in Morocco.Morocco has become a hub for African migrants who seek to reach Europe for a better life. Thousands of migrants try to flee poverty and unrest in Africa each year via Morocco to Europe, either by land or by sea.Related Morocco, Spain to boost cooperation to curb illegal migrationcenter_img Morocco thwarts illegal immigration attemptlast_img read more

Samoa quintet to face Germany in World Cup play-off

first_img Jack Lam switches to openside for Germany clash (JMP UK). Jack Lam, Tusi Pisi, Alapati Leiua and Jordan Lay – who is among the replacements – are all included, as coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua makes seven changes to his starting side with Logovii Mulipola, Motu Matu’u and Paul Alo-Emile forming a completely new front row from the one that lost to Tonga 28-18 in the Pacific Nations Cup.Lock Josh Tyrell has also been brought in to partner captain Chris Vui in the locking positions.Ofisa Treviranus will be the third different player to wear the number eight jersey in successive tests with Jack Lam shifting to the openside.There are two changes in the backline with Otago-based Melani Matavao coming in at halfback and former sevens star Ed Fidow slotting into the right-wing position, pushing vice-captain Paul Perez into the midfield. Saturday’s match is the first leg of the home and away playoff with Samoa set to travel to Germany in two weeks.The two sides only previous encounter was in 1989 which was won by Samoa in Bonn, Germany, 54-9.Samoa: 1. Logovii Mulipola, 2. Motu Matu’u, 3. Paul Alo-Emile, 4. Josh Tyrell, 5. Chris Vui (c), 6. Piula Fa’asalele, 7. Jack Lam, 8. Ofisa Treviranus; 9. Melani Matavao, 10. Tusi Pisi, 11. Sinoti Sinoti, 12. Alapati Leiua, 13. Paul Perez, 14. Ed Fidow, 15. Ah See Tuala.Replacements: 16. Seilala Lam, 17. Jordan Lay, 18. Viliamu Afatia, 19. Joe Tekori, 20. TJ Ioane, 21. Dwayne Polataivao, 22. Patrick Fa’apale, 23. Alofa Alofa.last_img read more

Atlanta Hawks to Debut ‘Harry’s Love Nest’ at ‘Swipe Right 2.0’

first_imgATLANTA – The Atlanta Hawks today revealed plans to install a custom-made, larger-than-life bird’s nest in Philips Arena as part of its Tinder-themed “Swipe Right 2.0” on March 19. Commissioned by the basketball club’s popular mascot Harry the Hawk, the seven-and-a-half-foot-wide creation will allow for a bird’s eye view of the 7:30 p.m. matchup against the Houston Rockets. The seating will also serve as an exclusive meeting spot during the second incarnation of the social app-driven night that caused a sensation with both fans and media last January.Harry’s first guests in “The Nest” will include Power 96.1 FM radio personality Riley Couture, who will host a speed dating session with a hand-selected listener of the station. Couture and the winner of the promotion will occupy “The Nest” during the game’s second half, cycling through possible matches, chosen while in the arena.“I’m so excited to participate in ‘Swipe Right 2.0’ and be one of the first people to spend time in ‘The Nest,’” said Couture. “Last season’s ‘Swipe Right Night’ set social media on fire. I can’t wait to see first-hand how many connections are made this year.”The unique perch was created by Georgia-based fabricators, ReadySet Atlanta. The company has crafted a wide variety of set and production pieces used in photo shoots, events, retail and TV/Video for clients including Google, Coca-Cola, Gossip Girl, Victoria’s Secret and MTV. “Harry’s Love Nest” is sure to offer a distinctive viewing experience complete with cushioned banquettes to accommodate as many as four fans. Expect the new roost to be prominently located just behind the goal near the bottom of section 108.RileySpecial “prep-and-primp” beauty stations in Philips Experience are also a new addition to “Swipe Right 2.0.” Here, men and women can take advantage of complimentary cosmetic touch-ups and hairstyling before hopefully making “new friends, dates, relationships and everything in between.” The “Swipe Right” and “Super Like” lounges on the arena’s club side will serve as the official meeting places for Tinder users to connect in person.Fans at Saturday’s game wanting to use Tinder to make in-arena introductions need to set their “search distance” on the app’s Discovery Settings to one mile. Tinder is compatible with Android and Apple devices and is available for download from the iTunes or Google Play stores.A special “Swipe Right” ticket package is now available at Hawks.com/swiperight, starting at $70 for two seats.last_img read more

Interest gathers for loan scheme

first_imgStaff, volunteers, partners and other supporters of the Cockatoo and Hills No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) gathered on Wednesday 15…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Woods scored twice to lead Rebels past Leafs 5-3

first_imgThe Castlegar Rebels scored three first period goals en route to a 5-3 victory over the Nelson Leafs in a penalty-filled Kootenay International Junior Hockey League contest Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Tayden Woods, Ed Lindsey and Christ Breese scored in the opening frame to give the visitors the insurmountable lead.Nelson cut the lead to 3-1 in the second period on power play goal by Max Daerendinger, taking advantage of a five-minute penalty to Mike Bhatoa for cross checking.Then with four minutes and change remaining in the second frame, the teams took a break from hockey as a handful of players were ejected for fighting.The teams traded goals in the third period as Woods, with his second of the game, and Nick Headrick scored for the Rebels. Woods finished the game with three points while Breese had a four-point night.Eamonn Miller and Andy Fitzpatrick replied for the Leafs.Nelson out shot the Rebels 39-28 in the contest, but could not get any timely goals on winning netminder Logan Sawka of the Rebels.Patrick Ostermann was in goal for Nelson, which has lost four straight games.Nelson, falling to 17-24-0-0-2, finished the month of January with a 2-4-0-0-1 record.Both teams do it all over against Friday when Nelson hosts Castlegar at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

Connacht lose narrowly to Montpellier in pre-season game

first_imgMONTPELLIER 21-19 CONNACHT Montpellier secured a narrow two-point win over Connacht in Saint-Affrique, France last night. It was an impressive display from Pat Lam’s men in their first run out of the season. With the integration of the summer signings and Academy players, 32 members of the squad were given a run out. Tries were scored by new fullback Cian Kelleher and Academy wing Cormac Brennan, each making their Connacht debut. Nepia Fox-Matamua also got on the score sheet on his return from a long-term knee injury. Outhalves Jack Carty and Shane O’Leary kiced a conversion each. Connacht start the Pro12 season with a home game against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday September 3rd (kick off 5:15pm). Connacht team v Montpellier:15. Cian Kelleher14. Niyi Adeolokun13. Eoin Griffin12. Bundee Aki11. Cormac Brennan10. Jack Carty9. Caolin Blade1. Denis Buckley2. Dave Heffernan3. Dominic Robertson-McCoy4. Sean O’Brien5. Danny Qualter6. Eoin McKeon7. Jake Heenan8. John Muldoon (captain)Replacements: Shane Delahunt, Tom McCartney, Ivan Soroka, Ronan Loughney, Saba Meunargia, JP Cooney, Cian Romaine, Lewis Stevenson, James Connolly, Nepia Fox-Matamua, Conor McKeon, Conor Lowndes, Shane O’Leary, Ed O’Keeffe, Peter Robb, Rory Parata, Josh Rowland.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Dumas teen painting up for auction

first_imgMarlene Dumas is one of the world’s top female artists, and her talent was evident even in her earliest work.(Image: Bonhams) A fun birthday greeting painted by a teenager nearly 40 years ago for a friend is expected to fetch between US$11 100 (R79 000) and $15 900 (R113 100) when it goes under the hammer as part of a London sale of South African art in two months’ time. According to Bonhams auction house, which will handle the sale on 23 March, the work “would be of no great significance were it not for the fact that the then budding schoolgirl artist, Marlene Dumas, now has an international reputation that assures her work of six-figure sums at auction”.Dumas – renowned as one of the world’s leading female artists – painted the “charming picture of a girl” way back in 1971 while still a schoolgirl, as a 16th birthday present for a friend, Alida Louw, the auction house said in a media release on the sale.At the time, the teens attended the Afrikaans-medium Bloemhof high school for girls in the picturesque town of Stellenbosch, in South Africa’s Western Cape winelands region. The town is South Africa’s second-oldest after Cape Town, and was named in 1679 by the then Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, in honour of himself after he fell in love with the beautiful surroundings while on a visit to the early victualling station outpost.The historic Bloemhof was founded in 1874, as an English school, switched to Afrikaans in 1925, and moved to new buildings in 1960.Earliest known workThe humble painting, on which the year is indicated along with the words “Happy birthday” and “Baie geluk, met liefde Marlene” (Afrikaans for “Congratulations, with love Marlene“) is now the earliest known work by the ex-patriate Dumas.Nearly 40 years after its creation, its owner told Bonhams that when it was painted it seemed like a light-hearted work that took a few moments “but now Marlene Dumas is a major figure in the art world and I am still greatly flattered she took the trouble to capture this image for me”.“I would like to see this picture find a loving place between other Dumas works in the home of a passionate collector, rather than remaining in obscurity,” she said of her decision to part with the gift she has kept all these years.Its personal message and the motivation of friendship behind its creation will add to its interest and value, says Bonhams. However, the amount it is expected to reach is a far cry from the $3.34-million (now calculated at R24-million) ) paid in 2005 for a Dumas artwork on a Christie‘s sale after a surprising bidding war between two dealers – a price that made her the highest-paid living female artist in the world. Dumas had completed the work, a 160cm x 200cm oil on canvas titled The Teacher, in 1987.Another of her works, titled The Benefit of the Doubt, can be seen in South Africa’s Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. The giant three-piece tapestry was donated to the country’s new court, which opened in 2004, by the Dutch government and is a replica of a Dumas work that graces the Dutch Court of Justice in Den Bosch.Top South African artistDumas was born in South Africa in 1953 and grew up on a wine farm in the Kuils River area, near Cape Town. After school she studied at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art before leaving her home country in 1976 on a scholarship for further studies at Haarlem’s Atelier 63. Now a resident of Amsterdam, she has lived in the Netherlands ever since.Dumas was in South Africa last month to open an exhibition titled Mother Nature: Art and Psychology in Conversation, at the Sasol Art Museum in Stellenbosch. Located in a beautiful neo-classical building that was once home to her alma mater Bloemhof, the museum houses a permanent collection of more than 3 000 artworks belonging to the University of Stellenbosch. The collection features pieces relating to South Africa’s history, as well as works by foreign artists who resided in the country. Many of South Africa’s top artists are represented.Along with Dumas, the current exhibition features works by, among many others, photographer Jodi Bieber, sculptor Claudette Schreuders, visual artist Lyn Smuts, video artist Sonya Rademeyer, and Benedicte Kurzen, a French photographer living and working in Johannesburg. It may be viewed until 14 February 2011.The University of Stellenbosch also recently conferred an honorary doctorate on Dumas. This was for “her commitment to interrogating representational tropes of gender and socio-political identity“, according to information from the university. Known particularly for her depictions of the human form, Dumas’s works have been seen in some of the world’s top art museums including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, and London’s Tate Modern.Local art in international demandAs the country’s artists continue to make their creative mark around the globe, Bonhams says the success of previous sales indicates clearly that South African art is no longer only of domestic interest. “Record-breaking prices and worldwide bidding have propelled modern South African art into the frontlines of the global art market,” it says.Proof of this is the record-breaking $3.7-million (R26.4-million) fetched by Irma Stern’s 1945 painting Bahora Girl after brisk bidding at a Bonhams auction of South African art in London in October last year.Before the sale Bonhams had said it believed the painting, painted during Stern’s sojourn in Zanzibar, could set a new record for South African art sold at auction if current trends continued. The painting far surpassed expectations of $930 000 (R6.6-million) to $1.39-million (R9.9-million) and indeed made history for South African art, which according to Bonhams “can be said to have truly come of age in London”.The October auction of 151 pictures and sculptures realised a total of $9.29-million (R66-million).After the sale, Bonhams said the unprecedented price fetched for Bahora Girl would cause the art world to take a fresh look at art out of Africa and that it “marked a massive milestone in the journey of recognition for South African art”.Entries are currently being accepted for the sale in March 2011, which already includes pieces by Stern, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, William Kentridge, Cecil Skotnes and other South African masters.Founded in 1793, Bonhams is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The firm is based in London but has offices in countries around the globe.last_img read more

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What Banana Republic’s “Startup Guy” Collection Gets All Wrong

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Images courtesy of Banana Republic, illustration by Nigel Sussman and Madeleine Weiss  12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Bravo, Banana Republic! We hail your valiant effort to inject some fashion sense into Silicon Valley. And purely from a fashion perspective, your new collection The Startup Guy is pretty on point; the clothes are unquestionably nice.But we have to talk. It’s kind of tone deaf to try to “disrupt” Silicon Valley fashion without first understanding the culture and style that already permeates techland. Free startup-branded t-shirts, messenger bags, and hoodies are more on par for the real-life “startup guy.”There’s also your approach to diversity in tech. With two white guys and one Asian male as models, The Startup Guy collection helps perpetuate the notion that there aren’t any women or many minorities beyond Asians in startups. (Neither is true.)Still, I respect your desire to up SV’s male fashion game. I scrolled through The Startup Guy collection on my daily ride into the city, and took a moment to close my eyes and imagine what a Caltrain car full of Banana Republic startup guys would look like. In my mind, there were jeans rolled up to the ankles, chunky wool sweaters, and all the loafers filling the seats. It felt a little “finance fratty,” if you get my meaning.The fact is, people don’t look like this in Silicon Valley. I opened my eyes back into the real world, and it was peppered with backpacks, plaid shirts, and scooters. Your man-purses, salmon shorts, and earth tones would be more at home on a yacht off the Hamptons than they would be on Muni. The straight-out-of-university style rules in San Francisco startup land, and that doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon. But the biggest problem here might just be the simple idea that you went and named this collection The Startup Guy. That pretty much guarantees that no actual person from a startup will forgo all self-awareness and buy these clothes. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts Tags:#banana republic#cable television#clothes#collection#digital media#fashion#hoodies#shorts#Silicon Valley#Silicon Valley Street Style#suits#t-shirts stephanie ellen chanlast_img read more