The second signing of Celtic in the winter market will be Oriol Romeu. The Catalan midfielder lived yesterday from the bench his last game as a player of the Southampton. The agreement between the English club and the olive club is only pending to define the payment method. The operation will be around ten million euros and the midfielder, 28, will sign a long-term contract that will include a clause to facilitate its exit in the event that Celta loses the category. Having belonged to Southampton for the past five seasons, Romeu returns to The league, where he has already played with him Barcelona and the Valencia. The player from Tarragona has agreed to make a remarkable economic effort to commit himself to the province of Vigo. If everything goes according to plan, Oscar Garcia I could count on the pivot to play on Thursday the sixteenth of the Copa del Rey before him Mirandés.Once this arrival is closed, Celta will turn to hire one extreme. The first option is Cristian Tello.
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Openers Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher punished Zimbabwe with exhilarating unbeaten half-centuries to life West Indies to an emphatic 10-wicket victory in their second warm-up game here yesterday.Chasing 154 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, West Indies romped to their target in the 13th over with Charles, belting 92 not out off 48 balls and Fletcher striking 56 not out off 33 deliveries.Zimbabwe had earlier tallied 152 for seven off their 20 overs, with the stylish Vusi Sibanda top-scoring with 64 and Sikandar Raza getting 23.The right-handed Sibanda, opening the batting, faced 56 balls and struck eight fours in adding 53 for the fifth wicket with Raza, who gathered a four and a six off 13 balls in his knock.Medium pacer Carlos Brathwaite was the best bowler with three for 23, while fellow seamers Dwayne Bravo (2-11) and Jerome Taylor (2-35) both finished with two wickets apiece.Charles and Fletcher then pummelled the Zimbabwe attack as West Indies cruised to their second win over the African side in three days.The right-handed Charles slammed 10 fours and six sixes while Fletcher, also a right-hander, counted five fours and three sixes.landmarkCharles reached his half-century in the eighth over off 27 balls with five fours and four sixes, while Fletcher raised his landmark off 31 deliveries in the 12th over.West Indies are preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup starting March 8 in India and will continue their preparation with another T20 warm-up against English County Warwickshire on Friday here.
GECOM Chair’s appointment–says CJ’s ruling reduces Opposition Leader’s roleThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday filed an appeal against the High Court’s recent decision to uphold President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of Justice James Patterson as head of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), saying that acting Chief Justice (CJ) Roxane George’s ruling has reduced the Opposition Leader’s role.In court documents seen by this publication, applicant Zulfikar Mustapha’s attorney, Anil Nandlall, stated that Justice Roxane George erred and misdirected herself on interpreting and ruling on Article 161 (2) of the Constitution. The documents observed further that the Chief Justice omitted to properly examine whether or not the President had exercised his power and discretion lawfully and reasonably, and not “irrationally, capriciously, whimsically, influenced by irrelevant and extraneous considerations, and not guided by relevant considerations”.“Her honour’s interpretation or misinterpretation has reduced the role of the Leader of the Opposition to being merely perfunctory,” a section of the appeal further highlighted.The applicant, in his appeal, noted that the learned judge also erred when she ruled that reasons are required to be provided by the President for the rejection of the Opposition Leader’s lists after having ruled that the President provided no such reasons.The PPP, via its applicant, pointed out its belief that Justice George acted in error when she ruled that the President had the power to reject a list of six names that the Opposition Leader presented to him. It further maintained that the trial judge failed to make pronouncement on whether the President has the power to request more than one list of six names.The applicant is also challenging whether or not the President really is empowered to reject the list as unacceptable, although one or more persons on that list was deemed acceptable. The party feels that Justice George’s ruling was “wrong, misconceived and erroneous in law; having, as it has, destroyed a delicate but fundamental balance of the Constitution, which ensures that the Chairman enjoys the confidence and acceptance of both the Leader of the Opposition and the President”.The appeal application is calling on the appellate court to reverse the trial judge’s ruling and wholly set it aside.Mustapha wants judgment to be granted in accordance with the original claim filed on October 23, 2017, which sought to have the court rescind the unilateral appointment of Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Elections Commission.The CJ last week ruled that the Opposition could produce no evidence that Patterson was unqualified for the position, while adding that even if she had agreed with the contention that the appointment was unlawful, it would not have been permissible to direct the President choose a nominee from the third or any list.The PPP, however, noted that Patterson was a religious leader, which is a clear violation of criteria set out. It maintained that he is unfit and improper for the job, since he was a pall bearer at the funeral of People’s National Congress leader Desmond Hoyte, and that he lied on his CV when he said he was the Chief Justice of Grenada, having served only in an acting capacity.The PPP last week had observed that the ruling was in violation of the letter and spirit of the Constitution, noting that it sought to legitimise a unilateral appointment of a GECOM Chairman, which “crushed” the crucial balance in the makeup of the Commission.“A unilateral appointment is contemplated by the Constitution only in the rare and exceptional circumstance where the Leader of the Opposition fails to provide a list of nominees to the President,” the party noted.According to the Party, the ruling may, or has, paved the way for more executive unilateral appointments in situations where the Constitution require agreement between the President and Leader of the Opposition.Patterson was appointed after President Granger rejected three lists of 18 names submitted by Jagdeo for the post of GECOM Chairman. He has nominated current Chancellor Yonette Cummings Edwards to serve as Chief Justice, and Caribbean-based Justice Kenneth Benjamin to serve in the position of Chancellor.
When she turned 18, Jennifer Rodriguez was given 24 hours notice to move out of her group home. With nowhere to go, she moved behind a trash bin at a local 7-Eleven and joined the ranks of about 4,000 foster youth who are emancipated from the foster care system in California each year, according to the Department of Social Services. Young men and women leave the foster care system at 18 and while some move in with relatives or friends, others struggle for years to find safe and stable places to live. A new state law this year could serve as a safety net for these young adults by extending transitional housing for emancipated foster youth up to age 24. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card But before the welcome mat is laid out, some foster youth supporters say the new law doesn’t go far enough, because it gives counties the option to create this type of housing. The housing could be available in some counties and not in others. “I think it should be required and not an option. The need is there, in every single county. There’s no question,” said Rodriguez, now a legislative and policy coordinator for California Youth Connection, a nonprofit advocacy organization of current and former foster youth. In Los Angeles County, there are an estimated 900 beds available for emancipated foster youth through private and county-run transitional housing facilities that are scattered throughout Los Angeles and a few sprinkled in the Antelope Valley, said Rhelda Shabazz, division chief of emancipation services for Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Shabazz said the new law supports what DCFS has already been doing on a case by case basis – extending housing for some youth up to their 24th birthdays. The goal with transitional housing is to help former foster youth build skills, forward their education and create savings accounts so by the time they are finished, they can live independently and have permanent housing ready for them. Most transitional housing facilities have waiting lists to get in. “It’s more than just housing. Youth who leave foster care don’t simply need a roof over their heads. They need a place to house them and also give everyday guidance that youth usually receive from their parents,” said Miriam Krinsky, executive director of the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles. An estimated 45 percent of emancipated foster youth go directly onto the streets or end up there within six weeks of their emancipation, according to the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services. Whether more transitional housing will be created remains to be seen. As it stands with this legislation, counties pay for 60 percent of the costs for housing, the state covers the rest. Some supporters are concerned that counties are burdened with too much of this ratio, and that cash-strapped areas won’t apply for financial assistance because they’re already low on resources for other services for their residents. So far about 10 counties, including Los Angeles County, have submitted transitional housing plans under this law and have asked for financial assistance from the Department of Social Services, which oversees funding for children in foster care, said Amy Freeman, executive director of Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance that sponsored the legislation. Freeman said it’s an improvement. Just three counties – Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco – offered housing plans when a previous law passed in 2001 and extended the age for emancipated foster youth to live in transitional housing from 18 to 21. Meanwhile some counties are looking for other ways to help foot the bill. Alameda County, for example, sought private funding, Freeman said. “Things are getting better,” Freeman said. “We’re also looking at legislation to change the funding ratios to make it easier on the counties.” Rodriguez said most youth at 18 have no idea how to live independently and that these facilities are tools for adulthood. She said that when many youth turn 18, they’re anxious to leave the foster care system and head out on their own. Many quickly realize, however, that they can’t make it on their own. That rents are high and wages are low. That car problems are costly and grocery bills are, too. They learn that life becomes more difficult as services for emancipated foster youth, such as Medi-Cal, are cut off when they turn 21. But extending transitional housing until age 24 provides an anchor in the lives of many emancipated foster youth for when they enter their 20s and realize they do need some help, Krinsky said. “That’s what any parent would do for their child,” she said. Rodriguez, now 29, found her way through a job training program that was structured much like transitional housing. At the time, there weren’t transitional housing facilities for emancipated foster youth around. But in the job training program, Rodriguez received vocational training, earned her GED and was provided with funds for an apartment. These are the same skills she would have learned in the transitional housing facilities of today. From there, she began community college and then transferred to a four-year college. Last year, Rodriguez graduated from law school. “Every youth deserves the same chance that I had,” she said. “If you are able to emancipate out of foster care, you have the strongest set of survival skills out there.” Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LIVING THE DREAM The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Milenkovic has impressed in Serie A targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on 1 “It’s pleasing, but I am not thinking about it,” Milenkovic told Tuttosport.“I’ve got my feet on the ground and am focused only on improving every day.“Fiorentina are the ideal club for a young player to grow up and I am very satisfied with my choice to play here.“If they were to offer me a new contract, we could talk about it.”Milenkovic’s current contract is due to expire in June 2022. IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Nikola Milenkovic has dismissed interest from Manchester United and City by revealing he would happily sign a new contract with Fiorentina.The 20-year-old has been enjoying a fine season in Italy after moving from the heart of defence to right-back. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST TRANSFER NEWS RANKED LATEST REVEALED targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The two Manchester clubs are now interested in signing the Serbian, who joined Fiorentina in 2017 for around £5m from Partizan Belgrade.Both clubs are reportedly willing to spend over £40m to sign the defender, who has scored two goals this season.However, Milenkovic has poured cold water on their interest by revealing he is so happy at Fiorentina he could sign a new contract. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer
The ducklings were successfully returned to the wild at Lough Eske.Three rescued ducks were successfully released back into the wild at a sun-kissed Lough Eske by Animals In Need volunteers on Saturday afternoon.The feathered trio were rescued several months ago when their mother was spotted leading her ducklings across an extremely busy Donegal Town road during rush hour.Noel Cunningham welcomes the ducks to their new homeSeveral ducklings had already been hit by cars before a concerned member of the public flew into action and at great risk to herself managed to save four ducklings. Attempts to reunite the ducklings with their mother were unsuccessful and so the rescued ducklings were taken into foster care by Animals In Need. Three ducklings survived and rapidly grew into healthy young ducks who were ready to return to the wild.An Animals In Need spokesperson said ‘To give the ducklings the best chance of survival we wanted to give them what’s called a soft release. Thankfully Noel Cunningham of Harvey’s Point Hotel offered to let us leave the ducks in a cage in the Hotel’s grounds for a few days to give them a chance to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings.’Noel was also there on Saturday afternoon to do the honours and release the three female ducks from the cage which had been placed near the waters edge at Lough Eske.The AIN spokesperson continued ‘The release was a great success and with a final quack goodbye the ducks headed straight out into the water, flapping their wings and diving – they looked delighted to be splashing about out there. Then they swam over to a resident duck and followed her around so she could show them the ropes.’ She added ‘We’d like to say a huge thanks to Noel and all the staff at Harvey’s Point who have been such a help with the release and also for keeping an eye on the ducks while they settle in. Thanks also, of course, to their fosterer Gitte who did a great job raising them.’Animals In Need is a voluntary organisation made up entirely of unpaid volunteers. If you would be interested in becoming involved in their animal rescue work or in adopting a rescued animal, fostering, fundraising etc, please contact the helpline on 087 1356188RESCUED DUCKS GO QUACKERS FOR LOUGH ESKE was last modified: July 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Declarations taken at the Durban Conference to end racism in all its forms, will be reviewed over five days in Geneva.(Image:Durban Review Conference)Khanyi MagubaneThe heated debate of racism, prejudice and racial discrimination once again takes the spotlight as several countries gather in Geneva, Switzerland to attend the United Nation’s Durban Review Conference.Leading the South African delegation is Foreign Affairs Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The committee is set to address their counterparts later today.South Africa’s main concern, which it hopes to express during the conference, is that whilst inroads have been made in implementing some of the outcomes of the Durban Conference, major problems still exist, both locally and internationally, in the fight against racism.Dlamini-Zuma is also expected to make a call to western countries to step-up their efforts in ensuring that race-related incidents decline.Dlamini-Zuma will present South Africa’s view that a continued multilateral system of global governance remains the most effective way in tackling challenges facing humanity.The UN Durban Review Conference is convening under the theme “United against racism, dignity and justice for all””..UN secretary-general Ban Ki Moon opened the conference on 20 April 2009, encouraging delegates to stand up for human rights, “There comes a time in the affairs of humankind when we must stand firm on the fundamental principles that bind us.”“There comes a time to re-affirm our faith in fundamental human rights and the dignity and worth of us all. A time to give the virtues of tolerance and respect for diversity their fullest due and look beyond a past that divides us toward a future that unites us. That time is now, ladies and gentlemen. That time is now,” he said.The conference is in aid of implementing the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DPPA), which was adopted at the 2001 Racism Cconference in Durban, Kwa-Zulu -Natal.Several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as representatives from civil societies are expected to participate.Race too thorny an issueThe five-day conference, taking place between 20 and -24 April, has made headlines across the world in the global media after countries including the United States, Australia, Germany, Israel and the Netherlands boycotted the event, saying it would culminate in anti- Israeli sentiments.The presence of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who is also expected to address the conference, caused great discomfort amongst Israeli and Jewish groups. The general concern was that Ahmadinejad’s presence would turn the event into an anti-Semitic gathering.The Obama administration took made the a decision not to attend the to withdraw from the conference based on its concerns over concerns about on the draft document circulated ahead of the start of the conference saying stating that the declarations taken during the Durban Conference could restrict freedom of expression.The US, along with Israel, walked out of the last conference in Durban, after it cited an unfair attack on Israel, where Zionism was equated to apartheid.However, human rights organiszations in America are urging the government to attend the conference.The Human Rights Watch’s New York branch has spoken out about the decision taken by the Obama administration to boycott the event, “It would be a grave mistake not to attend the conference, ” said Ian Levine, director of Human Rights Watch.“We feel that the document has improved considerably since negotiations first started and that we actually have a chance now to make the Durban Review Conference into a serious contribution to the international fight against racism.”Reacting to the US decision not to attend the conference, South African-born UN high commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on 19 April, a day before the start of the conference, that the decision taken by the United States is regrettable, “I am shocked and deeply disappointed by the United States’ decision not to attend a conference that aims to combat racism, xenophobia, racial discrimination and other forms of intolerance worldwide.”On the US’s concern over the proposal to reaffirm the declaration taken during the Durban Conference, Pillay said she was confident that an amicable solution could have been reached, “I believe that difficulty could have been overcome,” she said.“It would have been possible to make it clear in a footnote that the US had not affirmed the original document and therefore is not in a position to reaffirm it, which is a routine practice in multilateral negotiations to enable consensus-building while allowing for individual positions to be expressed.”Commenting on the boycotts, Ban Ki- Moon said he was deeply disappointed, “Some nations, who by right should be helping to forge a path to a better future, are not here.,”“Outside these halls, interest groups of many political and ideological stripes shout against one another in acrimony. They, too, should be with us, talking together.”While France and Britain are in attendance at the conference, both countries have sent junior diplomats.Despite the boycott of the conference by some countries, the event has continued to receive support from many foreign countries. .Speaking from the Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI praised the conference’s determination to fight racism and xenophobia.The pope urged countries to join forces in order to eliminate all forms of intolerance and discrimination in the world.He described the conference as an “important initiative” as racial discrimination and other forms of intolerance still exist, even though history has continued to teach human kind that such practices divide instead of unite.The Canadian Jewish community, have also voiced their support for the conference. A statement posted on the community’s official site states, “For us, the Holocaust legacy ‘Never Again’ means never again for all peoples.”“The Durban Review offers a fitting forum in which to honour those who died in the Holocaust. At the Durban Review, nearly all of the nations of the earth will gather to affirm their commitment to implementing the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, with its ambitious and admirable mandate to ‘end racism in all its forms.’.”Do you have any comments or queries about this artile? Email Khanyi Magubane at: Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Related articlesChanging SA one heart at a time SA judge heads racism review Fraser-Moleketi takes top UN job Useful linksDurban Review ConferenceHuman Right’s WatchFoundation for Human Rights of South AfricaCanadian Jews
Tags:#real estate#real estate technology Related Posts Adrian FisherCEO and Founder Artificial intelligence is here and shows no signs of slowing down. According to PwC, business leaders said they believe AI is going to be fundamental in the future. Most people referred to AI as a “business advantage.” The same survey reports that 63% of people agree AI will help solve complex problems that plague modern societies, and 59% agree that AI will help people live more fulfilling lives. But, where will AI take the real estate market in ten years?AI is infiltrating every industry, including the real estate sector. What was once a lagging industry, faces massive change now – and in the future. From enhancing the home search process to predicting property market values, AI will impact consumers and agents alike.Currently, AI capabilities are somewhat limited. However, the way the technology is advancing, 10 to 15 years from now, AI will significantly transform the way people buy and sell property. Here are four predictions for how AI will revolutionize the future of the real estate industry.1. Make the property search better for clients.Searching for a new home can be overwhelming. Today’s real estate portals recommend properties based on characteristics, such as the number of rooms, square footage, price, etc. They also display far more information than potential homebuyers need.In the future, AI will enable home search portals to recommend properties that align with consumers’ preferences, personality traits, and values. Much like a dating website, portals will deliver fewer, higher quality properties based on what’s important to the client. Instead of displaying more information, home search platforms will give consumers the right information.Additionally, existing chatbots can answer simple queries to help potential clients find their next home. If they’re unable to provide an answer, bots will notify human agents to take over and offer a better response. As machine learning advances, chatbots will become smarter. In the future, they’ll be able to answer complex search queries proficiently, including those through voice technology.AI will also change the way consumers receive listings. Real estate agents will no longer have to send property listings to clients manually. Instead, they’ll be able to use a tool to automatically send personalized messages in bulk based on a client’s life event like a marriage, baby, or retirement. AI will allow agents to connect with potential homebuyers in a more personal, meaningful way and help them in their home search.2. Enable property tours without an agent.In the future, agents will no longer need to accompany clients to show a home, and clients can tour a property at their leisure. Agent-less showings will become more popular as AI-powered robots will be able to show clients around properties anytime and answer questions they may have.In the future, consumers may prefer to do business with bots instead of real people. According to Salesforce, 69% of consumers prefer chatbots for quick communication with brands.Zenplace, for example, is a company that offers consumers an AI-driven home tour experience. The startup developed a bot that comes with a tablet attached to a pole on wheels. It streams a live feed of a real estate agent who conducts the tour and steers the robot. This simulated robot increases the number of showings that realtors can hold within a day.AI will enable buyers to view homes on their own, give feedback, and allow the agent to help clients decide why it may be a suitable property. Robots won’t take over, as a human touch will still be necessary. Instead, this technology will be helpful to agents that cover a lot of territory and have a busy showing schedule.3. Predict property market values.AI technology can help real estate agents better predict the future value of a property in a target market by combining CRM and marketplace data. For example, technology may link information from various sources, including area crime, schools, transportation, and marketplace activity.Skyline AI, for instance, is working on a platform that can precisely predict future rent, identify future market trends, and capture arbitrage between asking price and market price. The AI software compares as many as 10,000 property attributes and researches as far back as 50 years on every multi-family property in the US.Buying a new home is an investment for most consumers. Therefore, having a reliable forecast of its future value can make buyers more comfortable and confident about making such a significant purchase.4. Improve the buying process.Purchasing a home can be a tedious and stressful process. However, machine learning will refine the process of buying a home in the years to come.JetClosing, for instance, is a company that applies machine learning to create a user-friendly, faster, and transparent real estate closing experience for the buyer, seller, and the agent. The startup digitizes the entire closing process and allows real estate agents to provide real-time notifications and messaging to homebuyers about the progress of a close.Machine learning can help agents deliver a frictionless client experience by providing faster closing times, robust compliance checks, and auto-fillable data that cuts down on manual data entry and errors. It will also be able to offer smart reports that help agents accurately assess their performance.Bringing AI to real estate.AI is barely scratching the surface of the real estate industry. However, it will significantly impact the way people buy and sell property 10-15 years down the road.Agents who embrace AI-driven technology will have a competitive advantage compared to those who do not. As for consumers, AI will ease the challenges of finding, viewing, and buying a home. AI will help agents better serve their clients, and this technology will be a key competitive edge over other agents. Those that embrace the technology will certainly see results. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Adrian Fisher is the CEO and founder of PropertySimple, a real estate technology software that allows agents to build their personal brand online. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them
Two non-local recruits of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed in an operation in Kashmir on Thursday, and 11 people, including relatives of militants, were arrested in a major clampdown against militants’ supporters and their families in south Kashmir. Meanwhile, the family and colleagues of a youth, abducted from south Kashmir have sought his immediate release. Arms recoveredA police official said the two militants — Rizwan alias Jindaal and Ali alias Maaz from Pakistan — were killed at Parray Mohalla in Bandipora’s Hajin area after they were trapped in a residential area. “A huge quantity of arms and ammunition including rifles, magazines, pouches etc. and incriminating material was recovered from the site of encounter,” said the police.Families under scannerTwo days after Hizbul Mujahideen operational commander Reyaz Naikoo warned against participating in upcoming panchayat polls, his father was among eight persons arrested from his hometown Awantipora in Pulwama on Wednesday.“Assadullah Naikoo (father of the militant) was detained for questioning,” said Superintendent of Police, Awantipora Zahid Malik after the raid late at night.Similarly, kin of active militant Lateef Ahmad alias Tiger, said the police had arrested his father and two brothers in a raid from Pulwama’s Dogripora.In Shopian, the family members of LeT militant Shahjahan Mir alleged their house was set on fire by security forces on Wednesday night. Similar allegations were also levelled by the family members of militant Naveed Shah of Shopian’s Nazneenpora area. Independent MLA Engineer Rasheed has condemned the arrests of Naikoo’s father and son of the United Jehad Council chief Syed Salahuddin. “Arresting Salahuddin’s second son Syed Shakeel and burning houses of militants in south Kashmir is condemnable. Arresting and humiliating families of militants has neither helped in the past nor may help in the future, as political dispute needs a political resolution,” Mr. Rasheed said. Abducted sonFamily members and colleagues of Asif Rather, son of a policeman, Rafiq Ahmad Rather, have repeated their appeal to militants to release him. Asif, who is pursuing a Masters in Sericulture, was abducted by a group of masked gunmen from his residence in Pinglish village of Tral on Wednesday night. In a video appeal online, Hameeda Begum, the victim’s mother, said, “If my son is on the wrong path show him the straight path but kindly release him.”The students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir (SKUAST-K) also appealed to the gunmen to release him. “Asif has never indulged in any illegal activity. We request to his abductors to set him free as he is innocent,” said a student.MLA Rasheed also appealed to the militants to release the student. “Both the militants and security forces must respect families of each other and stop promoting infighting,” said the MLA.
The US Supreme Court has recently approved President Donald Trump’s order to ban the citizens of six Muslim-majority countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen from Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) from entering the USA.The order is considered as the first step of Trump’s one of the promises that he made during the presidential election campaign. Definitively, the ban would restrict the entry of Muslim into the US and will make an adverse impact on the flow of tourists. Beyond these six ban countries, travel ban may indirectly affect the tourists from other OIC countries.Read it at Outlook Related Items