Secure Technologies Group to Build Assembly Plant in Morocco

By Chase LacyRabat- Moroccan entrepreneur Adnan Ouassini has announced that Secure Technologies Group (STG) will install a phone assembly plant in Morocco to be operational 2019-2020 and establish an STG Telecom Moroccan subsidiary. The company, specializing in telecommunications, home automations, robotics and high-tech accessories, was founded by the Tangier-born Adnan Ouassini in 2008 in California’s Silicon valley through his other company Technology Capital Invest (TCI). He announced the move to Matin-Eco that “Morocco is in full industrial development, illustrated today by major projects in the automotive and and aerospace sectors, in particular. The telephone assembly plant project is part of STG’s desire to support this dynamic as a real locomotive for the telecom sector, which still has great potential in Morocco.”He said that MAD 150 million would be designated for the project’s development for 2018-2019. STG will establish a network of 12 physical stores, the first of which will come to Tangier August 2019. Ouassini said production would be for the domestic and international markets, particular for the rest of Africa, and that he is seeking to improve Moroccan access to new technologies with an affordable variety of high quality products.  He claimed that the the plant would directly create 250 jobs and indirectly 300 jobs. The company is partnered with RMA for a breakage insurance service. The company has agreed to a partnership with BMCE Bank of Africa for a 12-month credit offer for smartphone acquisition. Orange will operate as the distribution partner, and the Jumia platform will be used for its digital marketing. read more

Sri Lanka eyes Qatar LNG to fuel power plants

“We have already identified two 300MW LNG-generated power plants that we plan to rollout. We are now projecting our power requirements for the next 20 to 30 years; we need to quickly move on to some energy options, which have less impact on the environment and LNG is one of those options,” Hakeem told Gulf Times on the sidelines of an investment forum hosted by Doha Bank. Sri Lanka is keen on importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar as part of government policy to shift to clean energy, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem has said. The Gulf Times quoted Hakeem as saying LNG-generated power plants are going to be the next futuristic power generation option in Sri Lanka. As a matter of policy, Hakeem said, government is now moving away from thermal power to LNG, adding that Sri Lanka’s coal-fired power plants “have created a lot of environmental issues” for the local community.The Minister said energy would be among some of the sectors to be discussed during Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s planned state visit to Qatar in 2017 to boost trade ties. Citing the visits in the past to Sri Lanka by HH the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani as well as HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the minister said both had expressed “keen interest” in investing in Sri Lanka’s real estate, infrastructure, and tourism sectors.“There is a free trade agreement that we are finalising with Qatar and hopefully that would be signed when the president visits the country next year. The free trade agreement will further facilitate better bilateral trade ties between Qatar and Sri Lanka and give better incentives to people from both countries to trade with each other,” Hakeem noted.The Minister said yesterday’s forum revolved around investment opportunities for Qataris in Sri Lanka in the maritime, aviation, education, energy, commercial services, tourism, manufacturing, infrastructure, and agriculture sectors. “It is a matter of Qataris exploiting the opportunities available in our country. The investment climate in Sri Lanka is quite good now and we would like Qataris to try and take advantage of that.” Asked about the number of Qataris travelling to Sri Lanka, Hakeem said, “A lot of Qataris have been coming to Sri Lanka as tourists. In fact, Sri Lanka has become a preferred destination for family tourism because we are a family-friendly country.”He added that plans are underway to invite a delegation from Qatar’s public and private sectors to explore investment opportunities in the country. He also noted that Sri Lanka can help Gulf countries deal with food security issues. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Bombardier taking steps to avoid production delays due Quebec rail plant strike

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2012 4:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bombardier taking steps to avoid production delays due Quebec rail plant strike MONTREAL – Bombardier is taking steps to avoid delivery delays for a series of railway projects, including subway cars for Toronto and Montreal, after workers at its plant in La Pocatiere, Que., went on strike Thursday.“We are taking all measures to ensure that we deliver on our commitments to our customers,” Bombardier spokesman Marc Laforge said in an interview.He declined to specify how the company will avoid production delays, but said all measures will be legal.The plant northeast of Quebec City is building the sidewalls and roofs for an order from Toronto for 420 subway cars, interior finishings for 706 Chicago transit cars.Other contracts for 100 multi-level New Jersey transit cars and 54 multi-level cars for Maryland transit, along with nearly 500 Montreal Metro cars, aren’t yet in production.A spokeswoman for the Montreal transit authority said it is being updated daily by Bombardier on the state of negotiations.“Bombardier assures us that for now there is no impact on the contract to build Montreal Metro cars nor on the delivery schedule,” said Odile Paradis.The union says 332 members of the Confederation of National Trade Unions began the plant’s first strike in more than 30 years over concerns about sub-contracting, pensions and wages.“We gave negotiations a chance,” Mario Levesque, president of the Confederation of National Trade Unions manufacturing federation, said in an interview.“We negotiated intensively hoping that there would be an end to the deadlock but after a long session last night the workers decided to intensify pressure by launching an unlimited strike.”The union said a company proposal Wednesday stepped backward on key issues of sub-contracting and pensions. It said Bombardier also hasn’t responded to the union’s monetary proposals, including salaries.Levesque said workers accepted concessions in 2003 and 2007 to preserve their jobs and he thinks a protracted strike will have an impact on deliveries.“If it last two or three months there will certainly be problems with deliveries,” he added.The union has long complained that Bombardier isn’t honouring its commitment to create hundreds of jobs at the plant, saying it is “outsourcing” work to facilities in Ontario, the United States and Mexico.Levesque has said the company has failed to live up to an agreement signed in February 2010 that the union says guaranteed that Montreal Metro work would be done in La Pocatiere. He said some of the work is going to Bombardier’s plant in Mexico while other components are being shipped to outside companies in Quebec and Milwaukee, Wis.Nearly 96 per cent of union members gave the union a strike mandate last Saturday. The last contract expired Sept. 30, 2011.Bombardier also faces a strike of Learjet employees in Wichita, Kan., that’s in its fourth week.Bombardier’s shares closed at $3.76, down four cents in Thursday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Les mimiques labiales des singes à lorigine de la parole humaine

first_imgLes mimiques labiales des singes à l’origine de la parole humaine ?Publiant leurs travaux dans Current Biology, des chercheurs autrichiens et américains suggèrent que les mimiques faciales et labiales des singes, plus que leurs vocalisations, sont susceptibles d’être à l’origine du langage articulé des humains.Des scientifiques du Département de biologie cognitive de l’Université de Vienne (Autriche) et de l’Université de Princeton (New Jersey, États-Unis) ont étudié, à l’aide d’une technologie basée sur les rayons X, des vidéos montrant des macaques communiquant à l’aide de signaux faciaux – notamment des mouvements et claquements de lèvres, un comportement commun à plusieurs espèces de primates. Ce type de communication ‘amicale’, n’utilisant pas les cordes vocales ni le larynx, se produit souvent entre mère et petit, par exemple.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les chercheurs ont constaté que loin d’être une simple succession d’ouvertures et de fermetures rapides des lèvres, ce comportement est complexe, nécessitant des mouvements rapides et coordonnés des lèvres, de la mâchoire, de la langue et de l’os hyoïde (l’ossature supportant le larynx et la langue). Avec 5 cycles par seconde, ce mouvement est deux fois plus rapide que la mastication (environ 2,5 cycles par seconde).La parole humaine, en particulier l’alternance entre voyelles et consonnes, semble assez proche de ces signaux faciaux. Cependant, les chimpanzés émettent aussi des sons de communication avec leurs lèvres, en des mouvements apparemment contrôlés, volontaires, et peut être appris. Ensemble, ces données soutiennent l’idée que les origines de la parole peuvent résider dans une combinaison évolutive de la phonation “classique” (utilisant cordes vocales et larynx) et de mouvements rapides, appris, des lèvres, présentant des similitudes avec les signaux faciaux de nos cousins primates.Le 4 juin 2012 à 16:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Manuel Pellegrinis to bring trusted fitness coach to join him in

first_imgWest Ham’s new manager is yet to name his backroom staff at the moment but he is set to shape his backroom team by bringing trusted sidekicks with him, including his trusted fitness coach Jose CabelloJose Cabello has been with Pellegrini since their days at Malaga and has since been an important part of Pellegrini’s set up and that is not expected to change anytime soon because upon taking charge at Manchester City, Pellegrini immediately stressed how important fitness is, saying:“The most important thing at the moment is the fitness and they’re working very hard with Jose.”Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…The 64-year-old Iron’s boss is also expected to bring assistant manager Ruben Cousillas to join him as assistant manager at the London Stadium and others who have worked with the manager for the last 12 years are set to follow suit according to FootballLondonFitness coach, Cabello is known for his hard-working sessions where he likes to thoroughly simulate playing conditions within his fitness regime at football clubs.last_img read more

IMPRESSIVE TURN OUT FOR IMPRESSIVE NEW PRIVATE AIRPORT IN TCI

first_img Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Recommended for you Related Items:airport, blue heron aviation, louis jennings, premier rufus ewing Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jan 2015 – It was an impressive unveiling at the new FBO or private airport adjacent the Provo International Airport last night. Written on the faces of those attending the late day ribbon cutting ceremony was delight and approval which let tourism, business, police, civic and government leaders in for a tour of the fixed based operation which opened in November. The country’s leader and Tourism Minister, Hon Dr Rufus Ewing said he believes the addition of Blue Heron Aviation will help the Turks and Caicos to go from number three in the region for private air arrivals to number one. Louis Jennings, General Manager of Blue Heron and overseer of the 21 staff and 6,200 square feet of building space said the plan has always been to add to the luxury image of the TCI… his team he explained is the face of continuing that high standard. The FBO, financed by millions raised locally and which is a Signature Flight Support project, can accommodate as many as 40 medium to large corporate and private aircraft on the 12-acre tarmac. It also shows off a new side of Five Cays; taking visitors along a winding road just off South Dock road adjacent to CBMS, with a now cleaned up wetlands exposed. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Servicelast_img read more

Rebuilding Arc will host anniversary open house

first_imgWant to meet those legendary call ladies?The Arc of Southwest Washington may be best known to this community for those sweet-as-sugar volunteers who phone residents politely asking after clothing donations. The donations “are our bread and butter,” said Michael Piper, the executive director of the Arc, a homegrown agency that caters to people with disabilities of all sorts.Now, you can meet the people who butter that bread. The call ladies will be on hand — along with staff, friends and clients — for the Arc’s 77th anniversary celebration and open house, set for 5-7 p.m. July 1 at 6511 N.E. 18th St. The event is free and open to the public; there will be barbecue, tours, program descriptions — and heartfelt invitations for volunteers to get involved.Greenway tourBefore all that, you can work up some appetite by touring Burnt Bridge Creek with the Arc and the Vancouver Watersheds Alliance, which have teamed up to launch weekly explorations of the greenway from a trailhead right behind the Arc’s 18th Street home. Those tours always get under way at 4 p.m. Monday. Plenty of parking is available at the Arc and the adjacent trailhead.“It’s been a great marriage between folks with disabilities and our environmental community, who teach us how to take care of the watershed. There’s been quite a lot of turnout for that,” Piper said.Then return to the Arc for food and celebration. “We want everyone to meet our staff and the people we serve, and help us celebrate,” Piper said.last_img read more

Borough Approves Lease Of Anchor Point Parcels To Hilcorp

first_imgThe borough owns the surface and mineral estate of several parcels near Anchor Point, two of which were purchased by the borough for use by the Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area. The assembly passed the ordinance 8-1, at their meeting on Tuesday, November 20. Assemblymember Willy Dunne was the only vote in opposition. Hilcorp currently has oil and gas leaseholds of surrounding parcels and is working on production plans for the new lease area. The negotiated royalty rate with Hilcorp is 12.5 percent, with the intent that 9.75 percent of the royalties would be distributed as revenue to Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area. Assemblymember Dale Bagley: “Oil and gas is what makes the Kenai Peninsula go around, and makes Alaska do well. I am happy that there is a well down there, and I support drilling anywhere on the Kenai Peninsula.” center_img Dunne: “Considering the impacts of the oil exploration there, we heard lots of people talk against bringing an industrial exploration operation into a very quiet, residential area.” The total lease area is roughly 20 acres, and according to Marcus A. Mueller, Land Management Officer there will be no infrastructure above ground at any of the lease sites. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved an application for an underground oil and gas lease for five parcels of Kenai Peninsula Borough land in Anchor Point for Hilcorp.last_img read more

SpiceJet Jet Airways Interglobe Aviation likely to trade sideways over GST service

first_imgAn IndiGo Airlines Airbust A320 aircraft and JetKonnect Boeing 737 aircraft taxi at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport February 3, 2013.Reuters fileAviation stocks would be interesting to watch when trading begins on Monday. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council tweaked service tax rates on economy class and business class travel, which in the normal course, is not significant to spur air travel. Therefore, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and IndiGo-owner Interglobe Aviation are unlikely to respond in a big way.While the service tax on economy class has been reduced from 6 percent to 5 percent, it has been raised for business class to 12 percent from the current 9 percent. “Expect high growth rate in domestic traffic to continue in the near-term with further upside once the GST impact on the economy is visible in 1-2 years,” news agency PTI quoted aviation think tank Capa Centre of Aviation as saying.Read: Etihad Airways finds investments in Alitalia, Air Berlin, Jet Airways not paying offOn the flip side, carriers won’t be able to claim CENVAT credit on excise duty paid by them on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) purchased by them, since jet fuel, along with other petroleum products, has been kept out of the purview of GST. On Friday (May 19), SpiceJet shares closed 2.05 percent lower at Rs 109.70 apiece, Jet Airways at Rs 519.20 (down 0.56 percent) and Interglobe Aviation, at Rs 1,064.40 (down 2.97 percent). Other carriers, including state-owned Air India, Vistara, AirAsia India, Air Costa and Zoom Air are not listed.India’s 12 carriers carried 91.34 lakh (9.13 million) passengers during the month, up 15.15 percent from 79.32 lakh (7.93 million) flown in April last year and slightly higher from 9.04 million in March this year.Budget carrier IndiGo improved its market share to 41.4 percent for April from 39.9 percent in March, while rival SpiceJet fall to 12.9 percent last month from 13.2 percent in March.National carrier Air India’s market share marginally declined to 12.9 percent from 13 percent in March while full-service carrier Jet Airways (excluding Jet Lite) saw its share drop to 15.2 percent in April from 15.4 percent in the previous month. A SpiceJet Airlines aircraft at Bengaluru airport in March 2012.Reuters filelast_img read more

A Clean Notch and an Audio Jack the Beautiful OnePlus 6 Goes

first_imgOnePlus 6 It seems like someone has pushed us into a mission of hunting down all the discounts, flash sales, and coupon codes that we can on the latest Android sensation, the beautiful OnePlus 6. So far we have brought you a discount code that got you OnePlus 6 for just $470 (that was sadly live for a handful of units, though) to sales that offered it for $499 – still a good discount considering the official prices.OnePlus 6 is back on Gearbest’s promotional price of just $489.99. The “OnePlus 6 6GB RAM + 64GB Storage” international model goes for over $529 officially and over $559 through third party resellers. However, you can now get your hands on OP6 Mirror Black for just $489 through this Flash Sale period.Get OP6 64GB International (Black) for $489.99 with code IT$MPOP64 | Original Nylon CaseUnlike the last Flash Sale, this is a code-only deal exclusively for Wccftech readers. If you missed out on getting your hands on OP6 because it was offered on so few units, now is your chance to get yourself this absolute powerhouse of an Android phone.OnePlus 6 has managed to receive some amazing reviews from both the industry and end users. You can check our review of OnePlus 5T over here, which would give you a peek into how good this phone really is. Fast and smooth software, barely any bloatware, trusted camera, and an amazing hardware makes this product one of the fastest selling Android phones of the season. We will soon publish our own review of OnePlus 6 and looking at our experience with OnePlus 5T, let’s just say we have very very high hopes.Get OnePlus 6 Mirror Black 6GB + 64GB for $489.99 with code: IT$MPOP64 (Direct Link)This Flash Sale brings you OnePlus 6 featuring 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage capacity. The 16+20 megapixel camera at the back ensures great pictures every time. Some of the other specs include (as copied from GB):Display: 6.28 inch 2280 x 1080 pixels screenCPU: Qualcomm SnapDragon 845 2.8GHz Octa CoreSystem: Android 8.1Storage: 6GB RAM + 64GB ROMCamera: 16.0MP + 20.0MP rear camera + 16.0MP front cameraFingerprint Scanner3300mAh BatterySensor: Gravity-Sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, E-compass, accelerator, RGB sensor, NFC, hall sensorSIM Card: dual Nano SIM, dual standbyFeature: GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSBluetooth: 5.0Bonus: Not up for 64GB version? Get 128GB OP6 for $569.99 with code GB$MPoneplus128 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more