A 10-Step Guide to Pitching Articles to Websites

first_img**Editor’s Note: **A great way to create buzz about your business is to publish articles as an expert in your field. But how do you gain access to the sites that your audience reads? We turned to writer Kerry Winfrey for her tips on getting your foot in the freelance writing door.When people find out I write for HelloGiggles, their first question is, “Do you know Zooey Deschanel?” The answer to that one is easy: no. The second question is, “How did you start writing for them?” That answer is a little longer, but it’s still pretty basic.I either write regularly for or have written one-off pieces on a variety of websites, and guess what? I didn’t start writing for them through magic or connections! That means this could all be yours!I thought it might be helpful if I shared the specifics of how I pitch articles/posts. And keep in mind: I’m no big shot. I write for a few websites. But, then again, I write for a few websites, and that (to me) is pretty awesome. If you want to do the same thing, here’s what I suggest.1. BLOG. I’m a broken record, I know. By now, you’re like, “I get it. Everyone should blog.” Well, everyone SHOULD. Everyone who wants to write, anyway. Write everyday and blog as often as you can. Develop your voice and your portfolio.2. Figure out what sites are a good fit. When I pitched HelloGiggles, I’d been reading the site everyday for awhile. I had a very clear idea of their tone and preferred topics, and I knew I would fit in. What sites do you like to read? Do you think you could write for them? Don’t ever pitch a site you know nothing about. Read it for awhile (at the very least, read a ton of the archives in one exhausting binge) before submitting anything. For example, I always submit to sites that focus on female-centered topics. I write for sites that are all about strong women or entertainment or both. I wouldn’t submit to Men’s Health.3. **Find the contact info and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS! **HelloGiggles has a “Contribute” tab. For most of the sites I’ve written for, I just found the contact info on the site and sent it to whoever it said. I didn’t know anyone there. Some websites want you to send the entire article, and some want you to send just a pitch. Just make sure you do exactly what they say. If you’re supposed to have a certain word in your subject line, for God’s sake, make sure that word’s in your subject line! This is not the time to be all loosey-goosey.4. Keep an eye out. When I pitched my HelloGiggles column, the site had a call for open submissions. Since I knew they were looking for columns, I knew there was actually a need for what I was pitching. Keep an eye on your favorite sites, which should be easy since you’re reading them anyway. If they say they’re looking for writers, pitch right away! HG responded to my email within the day, so don’t hesitate when it comes to stuff like this. This is where having a blog comes in handy…you have a whole backlog of writing and sample columns if you ever need to send them in.5. Keep your email short. I always start out by saying I’m a fan of the website, because I only email websites I actually read. But keep it real; don’t go overboard. Give a quick description of the article you’ve attached (or the article you want to write). Tell them, briefly, who you are and give them your blog URL and any relevant sites you’ve written for. I always explain why I think my submission would fit in with the site’s objectives/readership. I have no idea if you’re supposed to do that, but I do, and it works okay. But, seriously, keep it brief. A short paragraph or two is ideal!6. Always remember to attach your submission. Don’t, say, forget to attach your file because you’re sleep-deprived and then feel embarrassed when the website emails you the next day and says, “Is there supposed to be an attachment?” Not that I’ve done that or anything.7. Follow up! This is SUPER IMPORTANT and the thing I feel like most people don’t do. Mostly I think that because I didn’t do it. Fun fact: before I was actually published on HelloGiggles, they said they were going to publish articles I’d submitted on two separate occasions. Then, for whatever reason, I never heard from them again. At the time, I assumed they’d just changed their minds or they hated me or I was the worst writer on the face of the Earth and would never amount to anything. But now that I’m actually writing for them, I think they were just busy and let my submissions slip through the cracks. If I don’t hear about a submission in a week, I send a VERY short follow-up email. Just something like, “I’m just checking in on the submission I sent you last week, (insert awesome title here).” Add in a bit about how you’re looking forward to hearing from them and then get outta there.8. Be nice! I mean, duh. You already knew that. But I end every email with some variation of “Have a great day!” I don’t know if you’re supposed to do that. Probably you’re not. But that’s just who I am. So maybe this tip should actually be called “Be yourself!”9. Keep it up. If you get rejected, submit something else. Or submit the same thing to another site, if you still think it’s good. It is absolutely no big deal to get rejected. Just keep going! Similarly, if your submission is accepted, keep up the good work! Continue turning things in by your deadline. Keep submitting to that site.10. **There is no harm in reaching out. **Don’t think your writing isn’t good enough for whatever site you like. How do you know? Maybe it is! You’ve been practicing and developing your work on your blog. You’re probably better than you think. Just remember that you’re basically emailing someone and asking if they’d like to use your content. I mean, they’re the ones who are making out like bandits here. You truly never know if a website will like your work unless you send it in! So just do it.Guest blogger Kerry Winfrey is an office worker by day, freelance writer by night. Kind of like Flashdance, but she doesn’t have to wear a welding mask. She writes about young adult books for HelloGiggles and blogs at her website, Welcome to Ladyville.last_img read more

Read more →

IPL to allow replacement for Ben Stokes if he misses entire tournament

first_imgThere’s a question mark still hanging over Ben Stokes’ participation in IPL 2018 after he was charged with affray following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September last year. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has cleared the cricketer to play in the T20 league but in case he misses the entire 2018 tournament due to the legal proceedings, IPL will allow a franchise to seek a replacement for the all-rounder.ALSO WATCHThe franchise, however, will only not be allowed to seek a replacement in case of him missing only part of the competition, reported ESPNcricinfo. The English cricketer became the most expensive overseas player in IPL history during the 2017 auction after Rising Pune Supergiant bagged him for Rs 14.5 crore.Stokes is due to appear in Bristol Magistrates’ Court on February 13. He was charged with affray by the UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) earlier this month following an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol in September that reportedly left a man with a fractured eye socket. He was subsequently suspended by ECB from playing for England, missing the entire Ashes series against Australia.NEWS: VIVO IPL 2018 Player Auction list announced.A pool of 578 players including 360 Indians will go under the hammer in Bengaluru on Jan 27-28, 2018.More details – https://t.co/7bJOsEJbq1 #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/qQXhojm61K— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) January 20, 2018Stokes is expected to lead to a bidding war among franchises to pick him after he finished the last tournament as the Most Valuable Player. The all-rounder, who missed 2017 final due to national duty, was the major force behind RPS’ successful journey in the last edition. Stokes amassed 316 runs at a strike rate of 142.98 and took 12 wickets with an economy rate of 7.18 in 12 matches for the Pune franchise.advertisementIn an advisory to franchises, IPL said that ECB would consider any disciplinary action against Stokes once the court proceedings are over.”The ECB have confirmed they will issue an NOC for Ben Stokes and advised that the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) will wait for the conclusion of all criminal proceedings relating to the charge against Ben before it runs its independent process,” said the IPL advisory.It was also mentioned that Stokes’ legal team believes that the court proceedings will not hamper the cricketer’s participation as they do not expect it to get over before the conclusion of the 11th edition of IPL.On Saturday, IPL released a list of 578 players that will go under the hammer on January 27-28. The list includes the name of Stokes among the 16 marquee players. The players have been bracketed into eight distinct slabs as per their profiles. The slabs for internationals (Indian and foreign) are Rs 2 crore, Rs 1.5 crore, Rs 1 crore, Rs 75 lakh and Rs 50 lakh respectively while uncapped players are base-priced at Rs 40, 30 and 20 lakh respectively.last_img read more

Read more →

BIZ-VICTORIA-TOURISM(Dcm19)

first_imgVictoria eyes 10-15% growth in footfalls from India in 2018Mumbai, May 20 (PTI) Victoria, the south-eastern state of Australia, is expecting 10-15 per cent rise in Indian tourist arrivals to 1.58-1.65 lakh this year, an Australian tourism firm has said.”We continued to witness strong growth in overall tourist arrivals in 2017 with 2.9 million travellers visiting Victoria. Of this, India recorded the strongest growth with 1,44,200 tourist arrivals last year, a growth of 22.6 per cent over 2016,” Visit Victoria Head of International Markets Carmen Smith told PTI here.The recently introduced e-visa facilities for Indians have further boosted tourist arrivals from India, she added.Smith said, looking at the current trend this year since January, we expect to welcome more Indians. In the following year, there is likely to be 10-15 per cent growth in arrivals from India at 1,58,000-1,65,000 tourists visiting Victoria.There has been a 22.3 per cent growth in travel expenditure by Indians — spending USD 392 million in 2017 from USD 320 million in 2016, she added.”India is forecast to become the second largest market in overnight visitor expenditure by 2022. Indians currently spend USD 72 dollars per night and USD 2,717 per visit to Victoria,” she said.Victoria attracts visitors from across India and all age groups.”We have something for every age and taste. From adventure sports to wellness, from stunning beaches for honeymooners to childrens favourite, Phillip Island, sports to food and wine, we have a fully packed vacation for every kind of travellers. Visiting family and friends (VFR) being our strongest segment and comprises of almost 50 per cent of our Indian travellers currently.advertisement”We are also targeting matured affluent Indian travellers, HINK (high income no kids), offering them with new experiences,” Smith said.Victoria has witnessed visitors travelling from various parts of India, so keeping that in mind the promotions will be done in major cities of all regions, she added.”We plan our promotional tours across eight cities in India this year focusing on primary cities such as Mumbai and New Delhi apart from Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Pune and Hyderabad,” she said. PTI SM NP SHW BAL BAL SRE SRE SRElast_img read more

Read more →

Nothing can prepare players for the feeling of despair that follows a World Cup defeat

first_imgReuse this content Spirited Italy the protagonists in World Cup win over Australia Share via Email Share on Messenger There is no bigger game in tournament football than the first. After a four-year wait, the opener can be quite overwhelming; it’s the game everyone is talking about for weeks, even months beforehand. “Don’t look any further ahead,” they say, but even that makes it difficult not to play the game in your head before you’ve even taken to the field.Four years is a long time in football, especially so given the comparatively short history of the Women’s World Cup; this is just the eighth edition, and the most widely anticipated one to date. Hope Solo Read more Share on Twitter Topics Share on Facebook Matildas Share on Pinterestcenter_img Women’s football comment Share on LinkedIn Women’s World Cup 2019 If you’re not nervous at a World Cup, you don’t care enough to win Expectation was in the air in Paris as hosts France flew out of the blocks with a dominant display against Korea Republic on Friday, before other European teams followed suit in claiming three points; Germany, Norway, England and Spain all proclaimed Europe’s rise and, as painful it is to say, Italy joined their esteemed company with victory over Australia.The Azzurre have proven themselves as one of the waking giants of Europe over the last two years. An intense culture and obsession for the game, coupled with increased investment and respect for women’s football, is a powerful combination for future success.For the Matildas, it was as nervous a start to a tournament as was possible. Ante Milicic’s side were fortunate to be ahead at the half-time break, and simple errors in possession and a questionable defensive intent to continually push a high backline gave the Italians a growing confidence that culminated in a deserved injury-time winner.It left the Matildas in shock, even despair, in the immediate aftermath, but Sam Kerr was quick to attempt to turn the big disappointment on its head. The Matildas captain was assured in her post-game comments saying, “It’s only the first game”.That simple truth is all it takes. I remember feeling similarly after my experiences with the Matildas in 1999 and 2003. As much as you acknowledge the significance of the occasion, the match is also done and dusted. The result is not going to change.Even though there was less expectation on us back then, we still believed we could win. You don’t step out into the field unless you do. And when we didn’t win, it felt as shocking and empty as this match did. The hole feels deep and dark; it’s not the feeling you dream of when imagining playing at a World Cup. No one and nothing prepares you for that. And yet it’s also within the players to rise up and realise it’s not a hole at all. Before you know it, it’s a new day. And there are still two more group games to make a decisive impact on this tournament. The players will not only dust themselves off but have their teammates covered as well. Isn’t it through adversity that the greatest strength is found? It’s in the losses, not the wins, that the most is learnt. You pay more attention. You have to, because you do not want that feeling again. You’ll do anything to avoid it, to taste glory instead.This is what awaits the Matildas. It may have been a pre-tournament marketing hook, but following defeat to Italy the line “never say die” has perhaps become more fitting than ever. They will be expected to rise again, not just individually, but as a team too. Brazil should be warned. Share on WhatsApp Read more Australia sportlast_img read more

Read more →

The Most Prepared Coach, According To Other Coaches, Is Alabama’s Nick Saban

first_imgNick Saban considered the most prepared opposing coach in college football.nick saban most prepared opposing coachEach week, ESPN college football reporter Brett McMurphy releases a different kind of coaches poll – and it never has to do with ranking teams based on their play on the field. Last week, McMurphy’s poll dealt with the “most knowledgeable” fan bases in the country. This week? He asked college football coaches who the “most prepared” opposing coach is in the country. Alabama’s Nick Saban won.Urban Meyer, Bill Snyder, Ken Niumatalolo and Frank Beamer rounded out the top five.My weekly @espn coaches poll: most prepared opposing coach. Top 5: Saban, Meyer, Snyder, Niumatalolo & Beamer pic.twitter.com/fPRJIkvdUF— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 21, 2015It isn’t that surprising to see Saban and Meyer at the top of the list – most fans believe that they’re the two best coaches in the game, too. Still, it’s cool to see that the other coaches in the game recognize it.last_img read more

Read more →

Nokia 7.2 image reveals circular triple camera design ahead of IFA 2019 launch on September 5

first_img Next Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 20:01 IST Picture Courtesy: Joachim KussHIGHLIGHTSNokia 7.2 will launch at IFA 2019 next month.It will sport a triple camera system inside a circular module.Nokia 7.2 is rumoured to get a 48MP main camera.HMD Global will make its debut appearance at IFA 2019 in Berlin on September 5. So far, it had only been speculated that the Nokia 7.2 will be part of the event at IFA, but this has now been confirmed. Joachim Kuss who works for Zeiss posted an image of the Nokia 7.2, revealing its triple camera setup housed in a circular module. The Nokia 7.2 will come with Zeiss lenses as expected and will also feature a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.The circular camera module on the Nokia 7.2 is reminiscent of some Nokia Lumia phones of the past. HMD Global demonstrated the new Nokia 7.2 to some media and tech reporters ahead of the company’s IFA 2019 launch event next month. The image (which has now been taken down) clearly shows us three camera sensors and an LED flash housed in the circular module. Based on what we know so far, the Nokia 7.2 will come with a 48MP primary camera and a 120-degree wide-angle lens. HMD is also expected to announce the Nokia 6.2 at its September 5th event that is also said to bring a 48MP triple camera system.Both the Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 6.2 passed through the FCC recently where they were listed with 6.3-inch displays. One of the two Nokia phones may come with a Snapdragon 660 or newer mid-range processor. The Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 6.2 may sport waterdrop or punch-hole displays, but nothing is clear at the moment.HMD Global has so far launched the Nokia 2.2, Nokia 3.2, Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 9 PureView in India. The upcoming Nokia phones set to debut at IFA 2019 are also expected to come to India soon to replace last year’s Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 7.1. The Nokia 7.2’s circular camera module is an interesting design choice that will no doubt bring back memories for long-time Nokia fans who may remember the Lumia days.advertisementALSO READ | Android 10 for Nokia phones announced, Nokia 7.1, 8.1 and 9 PureView will be first to get updated in Q4 2019Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow nokiaFollow Nokia 7.2 Nokia 7.2 image reveals circular triple camera design ahead of IFA 2019 launch on September 5This is our first look at the Nokia 7.2, which will launch alongside a few more Nokia phones at IFA 2019 next month.advertisementlast_img read more

Read more →

Bath Iron Works Wins USD 21.4 Million Contract from US …

first_imgzoom The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $21.4 million contract for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. Bath Iron Works is one of three shipyards chosen from a field of eight competitors to proceed to Phase I design work on this next-generation cutter program.The Bath Iron Works team includes L-3 Communications and Navantia, S.A., a shipbuilder that Bath Iron Works has collaborated with for more than 30 years.Bath Iron Works president Fred Harris said the Coast Guard design contract was an important development as the shipyard seeks to expand its customer base and maintain its design and manufacturing workload.“Our experienced engineering and design team will now focus on developing a preliminary OPC design that meets or exceeds our customer’s requirements,” said Harris. “We will also continue our yard-wide actions to ensure we can build these ships affordably, safely and on – or ahead of – schedule.”At the end of the 18-month Phase I period, the Coast Guard will select one team to develop Phase II detail design and build the first nine to 11 ships of a planned 25-ship class.The OPC is a next-generation ship which will replace the Coast Guard’s aging fleet of Medium Endurance Cutters, complementing the current and future fleet and extending the service’s operational capabilities. The OPC will feature increased range and endurance, more powerful weapons, a larger flight deck and improved command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment.General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, February 17, 2014last_img read more

Read more →

Navios Holdings Remains in Red

first_imgzoom Greek shipping company Navios Maritime Holdings suffered a net loss of USD 37.3 million in the second quarter of this year, widened from a net loss of USD 26.4 million posted in the same period a year earlier.However, during the second quarter of this year, the company managed to cut its net loss from a loss of USD 48.7 million seen in the first quarter of 2017.Revenue for the quarter rose to USD 118.6 million from USD 105.7 million recorded in 2Q 2016. Additionally, adjusted EBITDA increased to USD 31.3 million from USD 31.1 million reported in the respective quarter of 2016.“We are delighted to report revenue and Adjusted EBITDA of USD 118.6 million and USD 31.3 million, respectively, for the second quarter of 2017. The dry bulk market continues to improve, and this improvement is being reflected in our financial performance. Compared to the second quarter of 2016, our Adjusted EBITDA from core shipping operations has increased by more than 30%. While the BDI has recovered significantly from the 2016 historical low, the BDI still must appreciate by more than 80% to reach the twenty-year average,” Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented.During the second quarter of 2017, Vale International S.A. commenced using Navios Logistics’ newly constructed iron ore terminal.In February, a New York arbitration tribunal ruled in favor of Navios regarding the dispute with Vale. The dispute was related to the termination date of a contract of affreightment. In line with the ruling, Vale has been ordered to pay Navios Logistics USD 21.5 million, compensating for all unpaid invoices, late payment of invoices, and legal fees incurred.“I am also pleased to update you on the status of the iron ore transshipment facility built by Navios Logistics. During the second quarter, Vale unloaded approximately 33 thousand metric tons of ore to create a bed for the stockpile area and transshipped about 41 thousand metric tons of iron ore, generating approximately USD 0.8 million of revenue,” Frangou said.“Vale now has a stockpile of about 160 thousand metric tons of ore, and we are expecting transshipments to continue ad hoc in the third quarter. Beginning in the fourth quarter of this year, Vale’s minimum transshipment obligation under the “take or pay” agreement commences, and as a result, we can reasonably expect revenue of about USD 10.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2017,” Frangou further said.In June, Navios Containers closed its private placement of 10,057,645 shares at a subscription price of USD 5 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of USD 50.3 million. Navios Holdings invested USD 5 million and received 9.9% of the equity of Navios Containers. It also received warrants, with a five-year term, for 1.7% of the equity.In July and June, Navios Holdings completed the sale of two Handymax vessels, the Navios Horizon and the Navios Ionian. Both the Navios Horizon and the Navios Ionian served as collateral for the company’s 7.375% First Priority Ship Mortgage Notes due in 2022 and were replaced by Navios Galileo, a 2006-built Panamax vessel.Navios Holdings controls a fleet of 64 operating vessels totaling 6.6 million dwt, of which 38 are owned and 26 are chartered-in under long-term charters.last_img read more

Read more →

ED moves HC seeking to cancel Robert Vadras bail

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has moved the Delhi High Court seeking to cancel the bail plea of Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in a money laundering case. Vadra was granted anticipatory bail by a trial court on April 1 on the condition that he must not leave the country without permission and join the investigation whenever needed. The ED, in its plea, has challenged the trial court order and said that protection would be detrimental for the purpose of carrying out the investigation in the case with a free hand by the investigating officer in the crucial aspects of the case. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The case relates to ownership of 1.9 million pounds of assets overseas by Vadra. It pertains to undisclosed foreign assets and entities meant to evade tax. “Because it is trite to say that the anticipatory bail, to some extent, intrudes in the sphere of investigation of crime and that the courts must be cautious and circumspect in exercising such powers of discriminatory nature,” the ED said in its plea. “It is for the same reason that the relevant factors for grant of anticipatory bail are materially different from the grant of regular bail. … special judge has passed the impugned order by ignoring the material on record.” Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations The ED told the High Court that Vadra’s questioning is required to unearth the entire source of credit used for the purchase of properties, ascertaining transactions and money laundering. The ED also said that Vadra’s questioning would help the agency to ascertain the role of other key accused persons involved in the commission of offence and the modus operandi. “Ascertaining the exact source of the tainted money and the end use of such funds involved in the case,” the plea read, adding “Confronting him (Vadra) with the voluminous incriminating material for bringing the investigation to a logical conclusion.” The ED also said that there are chances that Vadra may tamper with evidence and influence witnesses in the case, as he is a highly influential person. “If he is granted blanket protection of bail, there is likelihood that Vadra shall tamper with evidence and would influence witnesses,” it said. The ED said that in spite of being given several opportunities to come out clean about his alleged role in the case, Vadra has remained evasive and maliciously claimed himself to be a victim of political vendetta and that he had made all possible attempts to sensationalise the case.last_img read more

Read more →

NS PRODUCTION OF WAITING FOR GODOT SCRAPPED AFTER DISCRIMINATORY LEGAL RIDER

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The estate of Irish playwright and writer Samuel Beckett (1906 – 1989) has a licensing agreement that stipulates male roles in Beckett’s plays must be played by males and females must play female roles. (Hugo Jehle) Because the play is under copyright, Schwartz contacted that company that holds the licensing rights for Waiting For Godot. Login/Register With: A theatre director in Nova Scotia has cancelled plans to mount a production of Irish playwright Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, after Beckett’s estate insisted that only “male actors shall play male roles.”Ken Schwartz, artistic director of Two Planks and a Passion Theatre near Canning, N.S., has a knack for giving classic plays a contemporary twist and casting characters in non-traditional ways. Recently, he directed the Shakespeare classic Hamlet, casting a female actor in the lead role.Schwartz says Waiting for Godot had been on his wish list to direct for some time. The play, which was written by Beckett about 70 years ago, is considered by many to be a masterpiece of 20th-century theatre. The original features five characters, all identified as male.‘Male actors shall play male roles’center_img Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Read more →

Malaika Arjun to marry on April 19

first_imgMumbai: Actors Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora will reportedly tie the knot on April 19. According to the buzz, the rumoured couple will have a Christian wedding and the guest list include celebrities like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. Arjun and Malaika, spotted together multiple times, had kept mum on their relationship. Talking about the rumours, Arjun had earlier told: “When there is something to talk about, you will all know.” Malaika had denied the marriage rumours in one of the interviews saying it is all “media made”. She never said that she was dating Arjun, but often spoke about the concept of finding love after divorce. “Everyone wants to be in love again, to be in a relationship. Nobody wants to be alone for the rest of their life. Irrespective of what everyone said around me, I am glad that I made this choice on my own,” Malaika had said.last_img read more

Read more →

Melilia Police Arrest a Man Accused of Recruiting Women for ISIS

Rabat – Spanish and Moroccan police arrested a man in Melilia on Tuesday night who was suspected of being involved in the recruitment of Spanish and Moroccan women for the Islamic State group.The man who is from Melilia was arrested overnight in a joint effort by the Spanish police and Morocco’s General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST).A statement by the Spanish Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday that the suspect, 29, possessed “multimedia files of jihadist nature,” adding that it seized recordings of “radical sermons” in favor of the IS group. “Some of his propaganda and indoctrination material was aimed at radicalizing women,” the statement explained.The man was recruiting and sending women from Spain and Morocco to join the military ranks of the Islamic State in tension zones such as Iraq and Syria.It is not the first time the Spanish and Moroccan security join forces to crack down suspected jihadists.Earlier this year, the two security forces arrested seven members of a group for recruiting women to send to the Syria-Iraq front. read more

Read more →

Over 224K Tourists Explore Ouarzazate in 2017

Rabat – During the first eleven months of 2017, Ouarzazate’s natural beauty and environmental diversity attracted  244,201 tourists up 38 percent from 177,445 visitors during the same period in 2016.According to Maghreb Arab Press, the increase in tourism is part of a larger pattern. The number of non-resident tourists also increased in 2016 from 132,245 to 189,974. The number of arrivals jumped from 45,200 in 2016 to 54,527 in 2017, representing an increase of 20 percent.As a result, overnight stays in the province’s hotels have also increased by 36 percent, amounting to 360,607 during the first eleven months in 2017. The Provincial Council of Tourism (CPT) described tourism as a critical  sector that represents the “locomotive of socio-economic development of the region.”According to CPT statistics, French tourism marked the highest growth, representing 11.95 percent of total arrivals in Ouarzazate. French visitors from January to November reached 29,195, up from 22,220 in 2016.Spanish visitors came in second, with an increase of 52 percent:14,634 in 222,293 in 2017.The number of UK arrivals increased by 4 percent, while Italy recorded a 36 percent increase. Meanwhile, the number of tourists from the Netherlands increased by 32 percent.CPT said that “the best performances” were recorded by the Asian market. In the first eleven months of 2017, the number of Japanese tourists has increased by 70 percent from 7,887 in 2016 to 13,400 in 2017. The Chinese market was second in the Asian market ,recording ‘spectacular performances’ at 18,827 visitors.CTP believes that the removal of visa requirements for Chinese tourists was “very beneficial for the sector.” read more

Read more →

Hawaii weighs firstinnation plastic bans at restaurants

HONOLULU — Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics used at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean.Dozens of cities across the country have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii would be the first to bar them statewide.A second, more ambitious proposal would go even further and prohibit restaurants from distributing and using plastic drink bottles, utensils, stirring sticks, bags and straws.Activists believe the first measure has a better chance of passing.Some businesses say the legislation would force them to raise prices because there aren’t good alternatives to plastic.Hawaii is a liberal state with a record of environmental policies such as mandating renewable energy use and prohibiting sunscreen ingredients that harm coral.Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press read more

Read more →

Video Moroccan Youths Leave for Spain on Inflatable Boats Hide in

Rabat – A video of several Moroccan teenagers trying to reach Spain on inflatable boats has gone viral.El Faro de Ceuta posted the video of the youth taking a risk to reach Europe, in search of better opportunities.“In Morocco, there is no future for the youth, that is why they escape and that is why they risk everything they have to reach Spain,” the news outlet wrote. In the video, one of the young men said, “we are leaving for Spain. Everyone wants to go to Spain.”Filming a rocky cave at sea, the Moroccan man said that he and his colleagues will stay in the cave until the night to take the route to Spain.Both Spain and Morocco are facing irregular migration issues.In August, Malaga Hoy said that 13, 326  irregular migrants arrived in Spain, “almost 9,000 fewer than in the previous period.”European Border and Coastguard Agency Frontex said that the “number of detections of illegal border crossings on Europe’s main migratory routes rose 4% from the previous month to around 10 500.”Frontex said that the Eastern Mediterranean remained the “busiest” route in Europe with nearly 5,800 irregular migration attempts detected in July.On August 23, Spanish acting government-approved €32 million to back Morocco’s efforts to curb irregular migration. The €32 million is in addition to the €148 million aid approved by the EU.Morocco has long called for a shared responsibility to ease the flow of irregular migration on both sides.In an interview with El Diario, Director of migration and border surveillance at Morocco’s Ministry of Interior Khalid Zerouali said in August that “border security is the responsibility of all countries, all countries must contribute to make the fight against cross-border crime an effective fight.”In August, spokesperson of the Moroccan government Mustapha El Khalfi said that security services aborted 57,000 irregular migration attempts in 2019. read more

Read more →

International Year of Astronomy to reignite wonder promote peace – UN agency

The year, also known as IYA2009, was planned to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first observations of the heavens with a telescope and, under the theme ‘The Universe, Yours to Discover,’ is meant to reignite the wonder that the starry realms have always provoked in humankind, according to a UNESCO news release.“People have always looked to the sky for answers to the questions ‘How did we get here?’ and ‘Why are we here?’” Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO said at the gala opening at the agency’s headquarters, where astronauts, artists, diplomats, industrialists and astronomy undergraduates from over 100 countries have gathered.“The sky belongs to everybody,” Mr. Matsuura added, avowing that “Astronomy is an instrument to promote peace and understanding among nations and as such is at the heart of UNESCO’s mission.”The two-day launch ceremony will host presentations by Nobel prize winners Bob Wilson and Baruch Blumberg, revelations of the latest discoveries, discussions on the role of astronomy in culture and public engagement, real-time astronomical observations and a closing performance by the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet.Hundreds of events on the global, national and regional levels have also been planned for the first weeks of the Year in conjunction with the International Astronomical Union (IAU), UNESCO said. 15 January 2009A large cluster of astronomers have been sighted in Paris today at the official launch of the International Year of Astronomy, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said. read more

Read more →

Sri Lanka deputy UN humanitarian chief urges increased help for returnees

20 January 2011The deputy United Nations humanitarian chief today called for greater efforts to assist former internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka who have returned to their villages and are facing daunting challenges trying to rebuild their lives. “Significant progress has been made in meeting the needs of the displaced and promoting return processes,” said Catherine Bragg, the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, on the second day of her three-day visit to Sri Lanka.“However, those who have been released [from camps] now face a daily struggle to rebuild their lives, and have to start from scratch,” said Ms. Bragg, who is also the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator. “There is nothing left. They are going to need schools and teachers, hospitals and doctors, and basic social services,” she added.Northern Sri Lanka was ravaged by decades of conflict that ended in May 2009. The violence displaced more than 300,000 people who were accommodated in IDP camps. Only 20,000 people remain in the camps, unable to return home due to the risk of landmines and lack of basic services.Ms. Bragg travelled across the South Asian country to get a better understanding of humanitarian priorities. In the north, she went to Theravil in Mullaitivu District, which was recently cleared of landmines, enabling former residents to return and begin rebuilding their lives.Some 263 families have returned to Theravil – which was one of the last battlegrounds in the conflict – after their release from the largest camp, Menik Farm, in November last year.During Ms. Bragg’s visit, aid organizations expressed their wish to help address the range of physical, social and psychosocial needs of the returnees.“We are here to support them. It is good that the Government has invested significantly in infrastructure, but this should be combined with investing in the people as well,” said Ms. Bragg.She then travelled to Batticaloa in the flood-ravaged eastern province where she heard from local government and aid organizations about the extent of the damage, especially in the agricultural sector, which has lost an estimated 80 per cent of this season’s harvest in some areas.Ms. Bragg also launched a Flash Appeal for the flood emergency. The appeal seeks $51 million to meet the immediate needs of one million people affected by the floods for the next six months.She announced that a $6 million grant from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has been allocated to jumpstart key life-saving projects. read more

Read more →

Dior celebrates nature to kick off Paris Fashion Week

PARIS — The drizzly weather in the French capital didn’t rain on Dior’s parade as the powerhouse staged the first major show of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday.On the contrary, rain was a fitting accessory for a forest-themed show at the Longchamp Racecourse that celebrated nature and ecology. The earthy scent of wet soil from a forest nearby wafted around fashion editors and celebrities who included Julianne Moore and Jennifer Lawrence.Here are some highlights of Paris Fashion Week ready-to-wear shows for Spring-Summer 2020:CHRISTIAN DIOR’S SISTERDior’s first female designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, pulled off a clever twist for the season, when the House of Dior’s legendary founder wasn’t the usual inspiration for the designs.In Christian Dior’s place was his colorful and rebellious sister, Catherine Dior, known simply as Miss Dior.Chiuri delved into the house archives and came back channeling a photo of Catherine, who was a gardener and born in 1917, surrounded by flowers.The result was a decorative and quirky collection. It riffed on gardening and on the buttoned-up collar styles Miss Dior wore. Straw hats in natural hues or dyed black, some with contrasting trim, defined the tone of the 67-look show with a central eco-theme.The program notes said the hats were fashioned in raffia, a natural fiber made from palm leaves. Against the forest backdrop, it made quite the fashion statement.A loose striped mini-dress in the style of a gardener’s apron opened the show alongside a beautiful A-line full skirt that teemed with intricate organic embroidery.Later, the collection loosened up with as an open coat-collar silhouette and a series of fluid silk gowns in pastel shades and floral prints.But despite the fresh quirks, the collection had many designs that left an impression they have been seen before.___DIOR’S ECO TREESChiuri’s shows are all about a “message.” During previous seasons, it often was about feminism and the fight for women’s rights.For Tuesday’s display, the Italian designer turned her attention to ecology.The models, including Natalia Vodianova and Karlie Kloss, posed in a square, tawny brown annex with a forest-scape of diverse and unusual trees.The set was a collaboration with Coloco, a landscape design firm with an ecological focus that cultivates trees and plants and re-uses them in projects.Model and actress Laetitia Casta, admired Dior’s push for environmental awareness.“Fortunately, we’re being vigilant and we are conscious (of ecology) as it is the future and the next generation, even, or especially, in the world of the luxury industry,” Casta said. “With art, we can achieve great things. And we need to get the message across.”___KATE MOSS’ CHILEAN BOOK LAUNCHIn a dazzling column dress in gold leopard print, Kate Moss sipped golden champagne and stole the limelight on the first day of Paris Fashion Week at the evening launch event for a new book she edited, “Musings on Fashion and Style: Museo de la Moda.”The book of photographs centres on the eye-popping collections of Chile’s Museo de la Moda, one of the world’s biggest private fashion museums. Its archives include examples of 19th century Dolman shawls, Marilyn Monroe’s black gowns, Jimmy Hendrix’s Indian tunics and contemporary Balmain sequin dresses.The museum in Santiago, which opened in 2007, does not have the international name-recognition it deserves. The volume edited by fashion muse Moss features pieces she hand-picked.Pieces selected for the book were displayed for guests at the Paris book launch, such as 1920s opera coats and designs from swinging ’60s London.Museum director Jorge Yarur Bascunan said the collaboration with came about by chance when Moss visited Chile.“Out of the blue, I got a call one day saying Kate Moss is coming to Chile. It happened she loved the vintage feel of the archive pieces,” Bascunan said. “The book happened organically.”___RIHANNA SKIPS POP-UP STORE LAUNCHRihanna did not attend Paris Fashion Week on Monday, but the singer–designer was there in spirit when the latest pop-up store for her new style brand, Fenty, launched at the flagship of French department store Galeries Lafayette.The see-now-buy-now collection included jewelry, eyewear, shoes and clothing. Rihanna upped the sophistication for many garments this season, such as an oversized pinstriped coat with sloping shoulders and a unisex feel, and a dazzling silken tuxedo jacket with jagged double lapels.News of the singer’s groundbreaking deal with LVMH, the world’s largest luxury group, shook up the fashion industry in May. Rihanna is the first woman and the first person of colour to create a major brand for LVMH from scratch.For the launch, Galeries Lafayette’s usual light-colored mannequins were traded for dark ones, recognizing black consumers of luxury goods. Attending fashionistas praised the effort to show diversity.___MARINE SERRE’S COVERED UPThe new darling wunderkind of Paris Fashion Week, Marine Serre, sent her models outside to brave the elements on a rainy autumn day.Guests at the show clung tightly to umbrellas as they viewed designs that channeled a covered-up esthetic – thankfully for the weather-beaten models.Skintight undergarments paired with long black gloves, knee high cowboy boots and crinkled black PVC raincoats began the show of accomplished styles.Serre then moved in a more sophisticated direction with vintage-style patterned undergarments and tailored jackets in vivid red.It’s been a meteoric rise since the French designer from Correze won the coveted LVMH fashion award at age 25 in 2017.The designer has said she sees her style “combining and absorbing codes from radically different worlds” while ignoring traditional “boundaries between ready-to-wear, couture, tailoring and sportswear.”___Thomas Adamson can be followed at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamson_KThomas Adamson, The Associated Press read more

Read more →

Paraguay UN agencies muster aid for survivors of disastrous fire

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is sending support experts to train volunteers in helping both adults and youngsters overcome the emotional and psychological trauma. The agency has also provided two freezers to stock blood donations.UNICEF has also provided two computers and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is acquiring three more to support SUMA software, frequently used to manage the flood of relief supplies that often arrive in the aftermath of disasters.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has donated $20,000 and the local UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team expects to finish a damage and needs assessment by tomorrow morning.The UN is also financing the purchase of HIV/AIDS-related drugs. read more

Read more →

Top UN official returns to Myanmar this month for talks on rights

The visit by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari follows a trip he made in May, when he said the Government, after two years of isolation, seemed willing to engage in a dialogue with the international community.Secretary-General Kofi Annan has repeatedly called for the release of the country’s most prominent democracy advocate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for 10 of the past 16 years. During his May visit Mr. Gambari met with her and members of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).When he confirmed September that the Government had invited him to make a new visit, Mr. Gambari said he hoped to hold talks with all the key figures in Myanmar during his trip, including those he spoke to in May.He said Myanmar had made progress recently in some areas, including the release of a prominent political prisoner and reforms on the issue of forced labour, but added that much more was still required on various fronts, including democratization, improving humanitarian access to those in need, and agreeing to a cessation of hostilities with rebel forces in Karen state. During his May trip, he met with a number of senior government officials, including General Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council. read more

Read more →