Birthday Wishes for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

first_imgOn behalf of all Nova Scotians, Lt.-Gov. Myra Freeman extends birthday greetings to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her 80th birthday. The lieutenant-governor has sent a letter of congratulations to Her Majesty. “Nova Scotians remember with great fondness and pleasure your visits to our province, and the warmth and kindness that you so graciously displayed during your time in Nova Scotia, “said the lieutenant-governor in her letter. “May you continue to enjoy good health and happiness, and to grace us with your courage and dignity for many years to come.” The public is invited to sign a congratulatory greeting book at Government House from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, as of today, April 21, until June 1, at which time these greetings will be forwarded to Her Majesty. On Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m., Lt.-Gov. Myra Freeman and Lawrence Freeman invite all Nova Scotians to afternoon tea at Government House to coincide with the Queen’s official birthday celebration in Britain. Government House is located at 1451 Barrington St., Halifax. -30-last_img read more

Report: Morocco is Stable, Faces Persistent, Fundamental Challenges

Rabat – Despite an overall stable economy and positive scores in a number of international reports on economic performance, Morocco is still in need of “more decisive structural reforms” to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth.The lukewarm assessment comes from a recent Global Risk Insights report. Compiling a number of recent reports—including from the World Bank—the Global Risk Insights article considered Morocco as taking considerable steps in the right direction but in need of internal reforms to avoid derailing. From pioneering a more inclusive education system to investing more in improving the lot of scores of unemployed young Moroccans, the North African kingdom “will need to grapple with some deeply rooted challenges before reaching its full potential as a regional powerhouse and premiere African hub for international investment,” according to the report.Read Also: Fitch Ratings: Despite Challenges, Moroccan Economy Stays StableMorocco’s strengths include its robust presence in international affairs, especially its assertive and growing presence in African affairs, its trade and security partnerships with Europe, its new but promising partnership with China, and its longstanding alliance with the US. While indispensable for the EU (on migration, for example) and strategic for the US (on counterterrorism efforts), Rabat is “becoming a media darling in China,” enticing Chinese investors and tourists. Continuing setbacks include poor public investment management, corruption, human and minority rights, poor record on tax payments, and economic dependence on the external world.  Flashy infrastructure can’t replace real reforms“Despite spending on flashy infrastructure projects, like deals on bullet trains and founding new cities, many basic infrastructure and development needs around the country are not being met,” the report said. The suggestion, as many critics of Morocco’s new high speed train have recently pointed out, is that the majority of the country’s high scale investments have been aimed at collecting “national prestige” or pride rather than practically impacting the socio-economic outcomes of millions of poor and low-income Moroccan families.While foreign investments fly into the country and infrastructure projects proliferate, sizable local needs remain unmet, keeping internal economic dynamics in a “fragile” and “vulnerable” state.As Morocco improves its global outreach and diversifies its trade and strategic partnerships, the report suggested, “certain key social and economic issues, including treatment of vulnerable populations, will present an important test as to whether Morocco will emerge in the future as a strong, inclusive economy.” It concluded, “In order to secure its place as a regional hub for growth and progress, internal reforms will be absolutely critical.” read more

Andre Russell banned for one year

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRussell anti-doping hearing pushed to September 28September 20, 2016In “latest news”Anti-doping tribunal’s verdict on Russell expected on January 31January 24, 2017In “latest news”Russell’s disciplinary hearing resumesOctober 6, 2016In “latest news” West Indies allrounder Andre Russell has been banned for one year from cricket for a whereabouts clause violation by an independent anti-doping panel in Kingston. The ban is effective from January 31, 2017 and will last until January 30, 2018.A three-member tribunal comprising Hugh Faulkner, Dr Marjorie Vassell and Dixeth Palmer, a former Jamaica cricketer, found Russell guilty of being negligent in filing his whereabouts on three separate occasions within a 12-month period in 2015. That – under the World Anti-Doping Agency rules – amounted to a failed dope test.Patrick Foster, Russell’s lawyer, confirmed the verdict and said he would discuss all options with his client including appealing the ban.In March 2016, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission pressed charges of negligence against Russell for not filing his whereabouts on January 1, July 1 and July 25 in 2015 despite several reminders through calls, e-mails and written letters.In his defense, Russell had told the tribunal that he had not been negligent. Considering his cricketing commitments around the world, and his own lack of training in filing the required paperwork, he said he had authorised his agent Will Quinn and Tajae Smith, one of the JADCO officials, to take care of the process.However, JADCO legal counsel Lackston Robinson disagreed saying the players had been offered education programmes on anti-doping which also involved filing procedure. Robinson accused Russell of “gross negligence” during the hearings.On November 17 last year, while summing up his arguments during the final hearing before the tribunal retired to decide on the verdict, Foster told the tribunal that if firm evidence of negligence was indeed established and Russell was found guilty then, keeping in mind his history of complying with testing protocols in the past, he ought to be banned for not more than one year.At the moment, it is unclear whether Russell will appeal against the verdict, but even if he were to do so, a quick solution to his problem does not seem possible. Depending on where he files his claim and how long it takes to examine the evidence, he might have to deal with another long and difficult legal battle.That means it is highly likely that Russell will miss his next assignment, the Pakistan Super League which starts on February 9. In any case, his team, Islamabad United, have already named England fast bowler Steven Finn as a replacement. Kolkata Knight Riders, the franchise Russell plays for in the IPL, might also think of investing in a replacement at the player auction in February.Later in 2017, if the ban stays, Russell will miss out on playing for Nottinghamshire in the NatWest T20 Blast and for defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League. (ESPNCricinfo) Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo read more