Experts meeting over the past two days at the UN World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters discussed latest developments, with 16 manufacturers from 10 countries developing prototype pandemic influenza vaccines against the H5N1 virus and five of them also focusing other bird flu strains such as H9N2, H5N2, and H5N3. “For the first time, results presented at the meeting have convincingly demonstrated that vaccination with newly developed avian influenza vaccines can bring about a potentially protective immune response against strains of H5N1 virus found in a variety of geographical locations,” WHO said in a news release. “Some of the vaccines work with low doses of antigen, which means that significantly more vaccine doses can be available in case of a pandemic,” it added. But it warned that in spite of the encouraging progress, “the world still lacks the manufacturing capacity to meet potential global pandemic influenza vaccine demand as current capacity is estimated at less than 400 million doses per year of trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine.” To counter this challenge, WHO last year launched the Global pandemic influenza action plan to increase vaccine supply, a $10-billion effort over a decade. One of its aims is to transfer technology to developing countries so they can set up their own influenza vaccine production units, providing them with the most sustainable and reliable response to the threat of pandemic influenza. WHO is currently working with several vaccine producers, mainly in developing countries affected by H5N1 to facilitate in-country influenza vaccine production. There have so far been 273 confirmed human cases worldwide, 167 of them fatal, the vast majority in South-East Asia. Indonesia has recorded the highest death toll – 63 out of 81 cases. UN health officials have been on constant alert to detect any mutation that could make the disease more easily transmissible in humans. Nearly all human cases so far have been traced to contact with infected birds. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide. More than 200 million birds have died from either the virus or preventive culling in the current outbreak. At present, more then 40 clinical vaccine trials have been completed or are ongoing. Most have focused on healthy adults. Some companies, after completing safety analyses in adults, have initiated clinical trials in the elderly and in children. All vaccines were safe and well tolerated in all age groups tested. More than 100 influenza vaccine experts – from academia, national and regional public health institutions, the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory bodies throughout the world – attended the Geneva meeting, the third that WHO has convened in just two years to review progress in developing vaccines against pandemic influenza viruses and to agree on future priority activities. 16 February 2007The United Nations health agency today reported “encouraging progress” in producing a vaccine against human bird flu, which in a worst case scenario could cause a deadly pandemic that could kill millions, but warned that the world still lacks the manufacturing capacity to meet potential global demand.
Human rights groups, have in a letter to Ambassadors of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), urged them to maintain the fullest scrutiny of Sri Lanka on questions of justice and accountability.In the letter, released by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, the human rights groups noted that although it is to be acknowledged that since January Sri Lanka’s government has induced some positive change in easing the abusive human rights climate of the previous Presidency, it must also be recognised that many challenges still remain unaddressed. In the hurry to acknowledge changes, member states of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN as a whole should not let go of the many fundamental challenges that remain. This includes ensuring that any mechanism created to address wartime abuses is defined through genuine consultations with those affected by violations; one that has their confidence and not one imposed on them from the above. To this end the government should be guided by the advice of UN experts that victims be consulted and involved, and it should announce and implement a convincing framework for such a credible process, within a clear timeframe. Given the track record of past domestic inquiries, any mechanism needs to be international, or at a minimum one with a majority of international judges and prosecutors, in order to guarantee its independence and give greater security to those who participate in it. The letter said the government must also keep its promise to the UN and fully cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and allow it full access to any new or additional information it may require.The letter was endorsed by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Conectas Direitos Humanos, Human Rights Law Centre, International Commission of Jurists, International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism, International Service for Human Rights and Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice. (Colombo Gazette) The human rights groups said the government in Sri Lanka should meet three key tests before September 2015 in demonstrating genuine willingness towards establishing a credible and transparent justice and accountability process.
A new restaurant in Simcoe has the goal of sharing the “legend” of Hungarian food.Katrina Gertner, owner of Legend of Hungary, says she opened her restaurant to introduce Canadians to Hungarian food, with it being her first restaurant in the country.“We have lots of traditional Hungarian food. I know a lot of people they know of cabbage rolls and chicken paprikash but nothing else. We have other, different food on the menu as well,” said Gertner.Gertner, who grew up in Hungary, has lived in Canada for 20 years, she is currently living in the Port Dover Area.Legend of Hungary officially opened in April in the Best Western on Queensway West, but had its grand opening on Mother’s Day, May 12.Gertner’s father, Gergely Gertner, plays the harp each night that the restaurant is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. to provide entertainment while people are dining.“More people know about us, they’re coming back and bringing more people, more friends,” said Gertner. “I’m not complaining.”“I like this area,” said Gertner.firstname.lastname@example.org
An HMV outlet is seen at the Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth, N.S. on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Sunrise Records is placing a major bet on Canadian music sales with plans to move into 70 retail spaces being vacated by HMV Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Facing the music: Sunrise Records to move into 70 closing HMV locations TORONTO – Sunrise Records is placing a major bet on Canadian music sales with plans to move into 70 retail spaces being vacated by HMV Canada.The Ontario-based music retail chain has negotiated new leases with mall landlords across the country.Sunrise’s expansion gives the company a quick foothold in the Canadian music scene just as the industry’s largest retailer closes shop. Stores will begin to open this spring after HMV liquidates and removes its signs.“It’s a good opportunity for us to get a lot more stores open,” Sunrise Records president Doug Putman told The Canadian Press in an interview.“We think there needs to be a great outlet across Canada to buy music.”The 32-year-old executive’s investment comes at a time when many are dismissing physical music sales as more listeners shift to streaming options.Compact disc sales fell 19 per cent to 12.3 million units last year, according to data compiled by Nielsen Music Canada. Meanwhile, on-demand audio streams experienced dramatic growth, rising 203 per cent to 22 billion streams, helped by services like Apple Music and Spotify.Putman isn’t convinced the data signals the end of physical media.“A lot of the younger consumers still love having something tangible,” he argued.Putman has long believed in buying merchandise you can hold in your hands. He grew up working at the family business, Everest Toys, a manufacturer and distributor based in Ancaster, Ont.He bought the Sunrise chain from Malcolm Perlman in October 2014 just as streaming was going mainstream. Perlman had spent the previous few years shutting down most of the Sunrise stores in the Toronto area, often blaming higher rent.When Putman gained control of the company, there were five Sunrise Records stores left. He’s since doubled the number by opening in Ontario cities like Ottawa and North Bay. He said all of those stores are profitable.His approach is a departure from the financials at HMV Canada.In court documents filed last month, HMV painted the image of a hemorrhaging business where sales were projected to slide to $190 million in 2016, after gradually weakening over the previous couple of years.Overall, HMV said it was losing $100,000 a day.“It’s an absolutely huge number,” Putman said.“But we’ve been able to find a way, working with landlords and our suppliers very closely, to mitigate that.”Putman said his company won’t lose $100,000 a day when the mall locations open, and he has set a goal of making all stores profitable in 2018.Former HMV locations factored into the deal represent roughly $100 million in sales, Putman said.Locations included among the new lease agreements are the two-level store in West Edmonton Mall, as well as other malls in Burnaby, B.C., Winnipeg, Hamilton, Mississauga, Ont., and Saint Bruno, Que.The company will outline a more extensive list of stores as the full leases are signed, Putman added.Sunrise Records will invite 1,340 former HMV employees to apply for 700 positions as it prepares to move into the new locations.The company was unable to reach new terms for about 30 of the closing HMV stores, Putman said, including the company’s flagship location at Yonge and Dundas streets in Toronto. Some landlords weren’t interested in a “pop culture” chain, he said.Staying ahead of trends will be one of the biggest challenges Sunrise faces as it defines itself as a hybrid music retailer and cultural merchandiser.Aside from CDs and DVDs, Sunrise will hedge its bets with board games, themed toys and a wide selection of music, film and TV apparel.HMV tried that strategy too, but Putman believes he can do it better with a broader selection. He’s also putting a major focus on growing interest in vinyl records, which will be placed at the front of stores.Vinyl sales grew 29 per cent last year to over 650,000 units, and Nielsen figures show growth this year remains steady.Sunrise will also tap into other popular slices of nostalgia, like audio cassettes. Sales of tapes jumped 79 per cent to about 7,000 copies last year.Putman said the company won’t invest much in tapes, which he considers as a “niche market,” but said Sunrise already stocks a number of cassettes and tape players.Yet not every factor will be within the new owner’s control.Record labels are making seismic shifts in their priorities with a stronger focus on how digital sales drive music charts.Some of last year’s biggest hits, including Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and Drake’s “Views,” were released under a digital-first strategy. Streaming and download services had the album weeks before record stores.Other albums, like Grammy winner Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” and Kanye West’s “Life of Pablo,” went without a physical release at all.Putman hopes those examples remain anomalies, though he said those hurdles are just part of navigating an evolving industry.“Is the business the same today as it was five years ago? Of course not,” he said.“And it’s going to be very different in three years. It’s up to us to adapt and change.”—Follow @dfriend on Twitter. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 26, 2017 2:09 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 26, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“We saw the enormity of the destruction that communities in the path of the storm endured. We also saw the great progress that has been made in providing people with food, shelter, and other critical assistance,” said Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Luiza Carvalho. “But the needs remain enormous.”Nearly five weeks after Typhoon Haiyan struck on 8 November, donors got a first-hand look at the response and progress.Ms. Carvalho, who jointly led the mission accompanied by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Soliman, surveyed the areas with representatives of the Embassies of Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, and representatives of the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation. At the Palo Central School in Tacloban, they met children signing carols at a temporary learning centre. The group also surveyed a DSWD operations centre for Eastern Visayas region, the logistics hub for aid flowing into the area and Barangay 88, a neighbourhood where a local leader said 1,000 people died in the storm.Secretary Soliman said that in Eastern Visayas region, 420,000 homes were completely destroyed and another 200,000 were damaged, leaving 280,000 families displaced. “The massive relief effort in the region has included the distribution of 3 million bags of food,” she said. “We are grateful for the solidarity and support donors have provided. We need this to continue.” In Guiuan, the delegation saw emergency shelter for families whose homes were wiped out by the storm surge. “I was encouraged to hear that just over a month after the disaster, the communities and authorities in Guiuan were engaged in searching for durable shelter solutions for the displaced families,” Ms. Carvalho said. In Ormoc, the mission saw a crew clear debris from a schoolyard, just one example of the cash-for-work opportunities that are being provided in the aftermath of the typhoon.
Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) flies to the hoop for a score during a game against Central Connecticut State Dec. 7 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternSolid defense continued to be the story for the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0, 0-0) as they defeated the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (2-6, 0-0), 74-56.Junior forward LaQuinton Ross was OSU’s leading scorer for the second straight game, after posting a career-best 23 points while shooting 9-13 from the field. Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 17 points of his own.Ross had a four-game stretch earlier in the season in which he shot 5-30 dating back to the team’s 79-69 win against Ohio Nov. 12. After the win, he said it was his perseverance that allowed him to again find his shooting stroke.“I think it was basically just me keeping my head in it and not getting down on myself too much, and finally seeing a couple go through and then just building off that,” Ross said.Buckeye coach Thad Matta said though he was disappointed in the way his team played throughout parts of the game, he was thankful to earn the win.“We have to try and keep that edge about us,” Matta said. “This is one that we got to learn from it but by the same token, you gotta wash it down the drain in the shower. We must be a better basketball team on Wednesday than we were today and for all the right reasons of us trying to be the team we want to be.”Defensive stops and a block by junior center Amir Williams helped OSU jump out to a quick 14 point lead. The lead diminished just as quickly however, as a 9-2 run by the Blue Devils made the score 24-17 with 8:07 left in the half. The Buckeyes held a 38-29 lead at the break.Ross said after the game he could tell Matta was upset at halftime.“It was a little bit of sarcasm and anger at the same, he tried to keep cool … because he feels like some of the mistakes we’re making, we shouldn’t have made,” Ross said. “I know for a fact that he was upset and I think the whole team thought we had to play our way out of it, especially with us being an older group of guys.”Up by eight with 13:46 left, OSU used a four minute 10-0 scoring run, led by Ross, to obtain an 18 point lead over the Blue Devils. CCSU was able to cut the lead to 13, but after an inbounds dunk by junior forward Sam Thompson and a 3-pointer by Smith Jr., the Buckeyes were finally able to pull away.Senior point guard Aaron Craft finished the game with seven points, two assists and one steal, while junior guard Shannon Scott finished with seven points, four assists and three steals.OSU scored 26 points off 19 Blue Devil turnovers, yet CCSU kept the game close by out-rebounding the Buckeyes 29-28.Smith Jr. said CCSU’s play wasn’t necessarily the reason the Buckeyes found it hard to pull away, but his own teams playing level.“I just feel like we didn’t do some things well that we normally do, we just didn’t play our game today and it made the game a lot harder than it should have been,” Smith Jr. said. “Just from the jump ball our minds wasn’t ready to play, guys were penetrating but not kicking out so guys trying to get shots in the lane, we gotta a lot of bad shots going up and then we allowed that to transfer over to our defense and we hang our hat on defense the whole year.”
People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Dr Bharrat JagdeoAs the days draw closer for Local Government Elections (LGE) on November 12, the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) took their campaign to Region Two (2), Pomeroon-Supenaam.Scores of residents including a large number of rice farmers came out at the Walton Hall, Essequibo Coast to listen to the message of the political Opposition.In his address to the gathering, Opposition Leader and General Secretary for the PPP/C Dr Bharrat Jagdeo called for support noting that the entire country deserves to enjoy the “Good Life” promised by the current Administration.Jagdeo pointed out that Guyana’s economy continues to be brought to its knees and noted that the time is now for Guyanese to act and vote for a change.“What we are seeing is wasteful spending, over 1.6 billion dollars more is being spent on food alone for Government officials which could have gone to the school children grants or water subsidy…I never thought that I would ever live to see hunger again in this country, but when I went to the sugar belt and saw the many workers that were fired from their jobs by Government, they are put on the bread line, I saw it” Jagdeo said.Further the Opposition Leader urged the residents to make the right choice come Monday to avoid all of the “woes” that comes with the current Administration.“ All the NDCs and Townships under their control, taxes are now up by 100 per cent…make the right choice at the polls come November 12th…prevent heavy taxation on the Guyanese Nation, residents must vote them out of office” Jagdeo urged.Addressing the plights of the rice farmers, the former president expressed his sympathy towards them revealing that his Party is currently negotiating with banks to lend assistance to them.“We will be meeting with the banks to negotiate a way forward to assist you…the 12% of the sugar workers and the 15% rice farmers who voted for the APNU/AFC at the last General Election are coming back to the PPP/C and we welcome them all” Jagdeo declared. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyanese appreciative now of PPP’s policy direction, says Jagdeo in BarticaOctober 2, 2018In “latest news”PPP LGE campaign: Concerns plaguing Essequibians addressedAugust 8, 2018In “latest news”LGE 2018: PPP says it’s contesting 8 constituencies in WakenaamOctober 6, 2018In “latest news”
Weir Minerals has launched three products from its global BDK range of industrial valves across its European region, which includes North Africa and Kazakhstan. The move sees Knife Gate, Diaphragm and Resilient-Seat Butterfly valves made available in response to demand from customers.Following the roll-out, Weir Minerals expects the products to be used in several countries in a diverse range of applications. Customers across the world use BDK valves to handle slurries in the mining and minerals industries. The BDK valve range will be supported by Weir Minerals’ established service network. Weir Minerals has more than 20 service centres across Europe, North Africa and Kazakhstan, with three openings in 2014 strengthening the on-the-ground expertise available to customers.Tony G. Locke, Managing Director of Weir Minerals Europe, said: “BDK valves have a loyal following among customers elsewhere in the world and we feel it is a natural step to respond to demand and make them available in Europe too. They are suitable for a wide range of duties, but are also compact, and because they offer low maintenance costs, the BDK valve range is an ideal choice in its field. The valves are used in a diverse range of sectors, from our core mining and minerals industries to paper, chemicals, water treatment, sugar, steel and fertiliser production”.“We have built an unrivalled network across the region to be closer to our customers and provide the advice and expertise they rightly expect. They can be assured that we will continue to invest in service offering to ensure minimum downtime and maximum efficiency from their Weir Minerals products.”Weir Minerals has planned for significant demand for BDK valves from European customers. The company’s aftermarket team has been trained in servicing the products, wherever in the region the customer is based. Weir Minerals Europe delivers end-to-end solutions for all mining, transportation, milling, processing, waste-management and comminution processes across a range of industries and in more than 30 countries.
Enteritis is usually caused by eating or drinking substances that are contaminated with bacteria or viruses. The germs settle in the small intestine and cause inflammation and swelling.The circular goes on to remind registered maternity homes that “failure or neglect to comply” with the requirement of notification under the section of the Act would render the home liable for a fine. The Act states that fine should not exceed ten pounds.Read: Here’s how to make a submission to the mother and baby homes inquiry>Read: Here’s a letter giving state approval of Tuam mother and baby home> Source: National Archives(Can’t see the document? Click here) Source: National ArchivesThe circular states: THE MINISTER FOR Local Government and Public health in 1946 warned local authorities to keep up with the administration of mother and baby homes.A circular sent on behalf of the minister at the time, Fianna Fáil’s Seán MacEntee, stated that the minister had received “representations” that many local authorities were not “paying attention” to the administration of the registration of maternity homes under the Maternity Homes Act 1934. Particular attention is drawn also to Section 11 of the Act regarding the obligation imposed on the person registered to report to the chief executive officer of the supervising authority any death which occurs in the home.This requirement is of special importance in view of the incidence of enteritis in new-born infants and because of the possibility of transmission of the disease it is most essential that the public health authority should be in a position to exercise immediate and strict controls…
20,974 Views Share91 Tweet Email Image: Evan Vucci/AP Trump’s national security adviser quits after claims he misled White House over talks with Russians Flynn – who once headed US military intelligence – insisted he was honoured to have served the American people in such a “distinguished” manner. Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 6:49 AM 60 Comments Michael Flynn Feb 14th 2017, 6:49 AM https://jrnl.ie/3238527 DONALD TRUMP’S NATIONAL security advisor Michael Flynn has resigned amid controversy over his contacts with the Russian government, a stunning first departure from the new president’s inner circle less than a month after his inauguration.The White House said Trump had accepted Flynn’s resignation amid allegations the retired three star general discussed US sanctions strategy with Russia’s ambassador Sergey Kislyak before taking office.Flynn – who once headed US military intelligence – insisted he was honoured to have served the American people in such a “distinguished” manner.But he admitted that he “inadvertently briefed” the now Vice President Mike Pence with “incomplete information” about his calls with Kislyak.Pence had publicly defended Flynn, saying he did not discuss sanctions, putting his own credibility into question.“Regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologised to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology,” read Flynn’s letter, a copy of which was released by the White House.The White House said Trump has named retired lieutenant-general Joseph Kellogg, who was serving as a director on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to be interim national security advisor.Flynn’s resignation so early in an American administration is unprecedented, and comes after details of his calls with the Russian diplomat were made public — upping the pressure on Trump to take action.Several US media outlets on Monday reported that top Trump advisors were warned about Flynn’s contacts with the Russians early this year.Questions will now be raised about who knew about the calls and why Trump did not move earlier to replace Flynn.Ahead of Flynn’s resignation White House spokesman Sean Spicer insisted Trump was not consulted about Flynn discussing sanctions, nor did he task his top national security aide to do so.Asked if Trump was aware Flynn would raise sanctions with the Russian envoy, Spicer said: “No, absolutely not. No way.”Blackmail?A former head of defence intelligence, Flynn’s encounters with Russian President Vladimir Putin had already drawn criticism.US media reported that the Justice Department had warned the White House that Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the contents of his talks with Kislyak, and that it could make him vulnerable to Russian blackmail.The message was delivered in the last days of Barack Obama’s administration by then-acting attorney general Sally Yates — who Trump sacked after she instructed Justice Department lawyers not to defend his contested travel ban.CNN said then director of national intelligence James Clapper and John Brennan, the CIA chief at the time, agreed the White House should be alerted about the concerns.In the hours before his resignation, some Trump aides suggested that Flynn had the full support of the president.Until now, Flynn had been an instrumental player in Trump’s inner circle.He was an early supporter of Trump’s improbable bid for the presidency and has encouraged tougher policies on Iran and a softer policy on Russia.That was a sharp break with the Obama administration, which introduced a wave of sanctions against Moscow over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and what US intelligence says were its attempts to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor.Washington and Moscow had also clashed over alleged war crimes in Syria, where Russia is accused of aiding the bombing of hospitals and other civilian targets. Despite this, Flynn had argued for rapprochement.A few of Trump’s fellow Republicans had joined their Democratic foes in urging Flynn to resign over a situation that had become a major embarrassment for the ruling party.“It is his duty to be fully transparent and forthright in his actions — anything less is unacceptable,” Representative Mike Coffman, a Colorado Republican, said in a statement.“If in fact he purposely misled the president, he should step down immediately.”- © AFP 2017Read: This photo of an assassination is the controversial winner of the World Press Photo award Michael Flynn Image: Evan Vucci/AP By AFP Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
WASHINGTON — Stung by revelations that his plan would cut spending less than advertised, House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday postponed a vote on a debt-ceiling measure that was already running into opposition from Tea Party conservatives. The move came just a week before an Aug. 2 deadline for staving off the potential financial chaos of the nation’s first-ever default.With time running short, the speaker promised to quickly rewrite his debt-ceiling legislation after budget officials said it would cut spending by less than $1 trillion over the coming decade instead of the promised $1.2 trillion. The vote originally scheduled for Wednesday is now set for Thursday. That may give Boehner more time to hunt for votes, but it gives Congress and the White House even less time for maneuvering.Meanwhile, public head-butting between Democratic President Barack Obama and the Republicans showed no sign of easing. The White House declared Obama would veto the Boehner bill, even if it somehow got through the House and the Democratic-controlled Senate.For all that, it was the Tea Party-backed members of Boehner’s own party who continued to vex him and heavily influence the debt and deficit negotiating terms — not to mention his chances of holding on to the speakership.Their adamant opposition to any tax increases forced Boehner to back away from a “grand bargain” with Obama that might have made dramatic cuts in government spending. Yet when Boehner turned this week to a more modest cost-cutting plan, with no tax increases, many conservatives balked again. They said the proposal lacked the more potent tools they seek, such as a constitutional mandate for balanced budgets.
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced the elevation of the Offices of International Religious Freedom and the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism within the State Department, saying that the American President Donald Trump has promoted religious freedom like never before in America’s foreign policy agenda. He said that international religious freedom is a top priority for the Trump administration. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us The Trump Administration has promoted religious freedom like never before in our foreign policy agenda. Given our own great freedoms, it’s a distinctly American responsibility to stand up for faith in every nation’s public square, Pompeo said in his remarks at the release of the 2018 annual report on International Religious Freedom. He announced the elevation of the Office of International Religious Freedom along with the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism within the State Department. Effective immediately, each of these two offices will report directly to the undersecretary for civilian security, democracy, and human rights, he said.
Kurnool: In a tragic incident, 30 people injured as a private bus overturned at Kurnool district on Thursday. Going into details, few people who belong to Mahanandi have booked a private travels bus to visit Brahmamgari Matam at Kadapa district. On their way to Brahmamgari Matam, the bus overturned near Pedda Bodhanam village in Chagalamarri Mandal of Kurnool district. With this, the 30 passengers who were traveling on the bus have sustained injuries. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital.
Men speak on their mobile phones on a seafront in Mumbai August 28, 2014.Reuters fileThe Indian telecom industry has been witnessing tectonic shifts for the past one year. In the latest development, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has cut interconnection usage charges (IUC) levied by telecom firms by 57 percent to 6 paise per minute from 14 paise.The move is going to be a big worry for companies like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone-Idea Cellular as it will render a loss of over Rs 4,000 crore annually to the two big telecom service providers, while the benefitting Reliance Jio will annually save around Rs 5,000 crore, Financial Express reported.While a cutting the IUC rate, the authority added that the termination rates will be abolished from January 1, 2020. Trai believes that the reduction of the charge, levied by a telecom operator for terminating a call from another telco will benefit consumers and boost competition.Airtel and Vodafone-Idea Cellular pocket thousands of crores of rupees from ICU and were rooting for a hike. Airtel, the country’s biggest telecom company, collected Rs 10,279 crore last year on ICU charges, which contributes about 14 percent to 18 percent of their operating profits.Former Trai chairman Rahul Khullar told FE that nowhere in the world has the termination rate been made zero by law. He said that the only country where there is a BAK (bill and keep) model is the US but there also it is not by law but due to agreements among operators since the traffic flow is near-equal.”The history of interconnect usage charge has always been contentious and ends up in courts. Such a drastic cut when there’s heavy traffic imbalance is sure to be challenged in courts, which would be bad for the sector,” Khullar added.Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal had earlier written a letter to Trai chairman RS Sharma, saying, “The current IUC regime is already well below cost,” and asked the regulator to set the rate at “costs discovered through a fair and transparent mechanism.””We are disappointed with this decision and are now considering our options in response to it. This is yet another retrograde regulatory measure that, unless mitigated, will have serious consequences for investment in rural coverage, undermining the government’s vision of Digital India,” Business Standard quoted Vodafone spokesperson as saying.Commenting on Trai’s move, Rajan Mathews, director general of lobby group Cellular Operators Association of India, told Hindustan Times: “It is disappointing for the majority of our membership.”He added that the telcos would want “details used to arrive at the 6 paise figure”. The most affected telcos would seek redressal from the courts in order to reverse the order, which would be decided on Wednesday. In picture: A man carries a cup of as he walks past a Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G mobile services logo in Mumbai on September 6, 2016. [Representational image]INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images
Paul Ladd/AP Images for ReliantTexas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at the valve turning ceremony for the Petra Nova carbon capture and enhanced oil recovery system on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston.Texas charged to the forefront of the national debate over immigration as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a so-called “sanctuary cities” ban that lets police ask during routine stops whether someone is in the U.S. legally and threatens sheriffs with jail if they don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents.The new Texas law was blasted by opponents as the nation’s toughest on immigrants since Arizona’s crackdown in 2010. Opponents vowed to challenge it in court.Abbott signed the measure on Facebook Live Sunday evening without advance notice, which critics said was to avoid protesters. Abbott spokesman John Wittman said they chose to sign the bill on social media because that’s “where most people are getting their news nowadays.”The law allows police to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they detain, a situation that can range from arrest for a crime to being stopped for a traffic violation.It also requires police chiefs and sheriffs — under the threat of jail and removal of office — to comply with federal requests to hold criminal suspects for possible deportation. Republicans have a strong majority in the Legislature and shoved aside Democratic objections, even as President Donald Trump’s efforts to withhold federal funding for sanctuary cities have hit roadblocks in federal courts.“Let’s face it, the reason why so many people come to America is because we are a nation of laws and Texas is doing its part to keep it that way,” Abbott said.Democratic state Rep. Cesar Blanco said it looked like Abbott “wanted to get ahead” of any protests by staging the signing on Facebook Live.Texas is nation’s second most populous state, and opponents say Hispanics will now be subjected to racial profiling and predicted the law will have a chilling effect on immigrant families.The bill won’t take effect until Sept. 1. Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas, said “we will fight this assault in the courts” and the ballot box. Abbott said key provisions of the bill had already been tested at the U.S. Supreme Court, which struck down several components of Arizona’s law but allowed the provision permitting police to ask about immigration status.The term “sanctuary cities” has no legal definition, but Republicans want local police to help federal immigration agents crack down on criminal suspects in the U.S. illegally. Some Democrats said the timing of the signing particularly stung after three recent federal court rulings that found intentional discrimination in Republican-passed voting laws.“They did not connect the history of our culture or how closely that it is tied to Mexico,” Democratic state. Rep. Eddie Rodriguez said. “It’s just extremely personal. There is a lot of disconnect. They don’t really see this as affecting people.”The Texas and Arizona bills are not identical. Whereas the Arizona law required police to try to determine the immigration status of people during routine stops, the Texas bill doesn’t instruct officers to ask. But it does allow Texas police to inquire whether a person is in the country legally, even if they’re not under arrest.Texas doesn’t currently have any cities which have formally declared themselves sanctuaries for immigrants.But Sally Hernandez, the sheriff of Travis County, which includes liberal Austin, has refused to honor federal requests to detain immigrants if the suspects weren’t arrested for immigration offenses or serious crimes such as murder. Hernandez softened her policy after Abbott cut funding to the county, saying decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis. She said before Abbott sign it that she would conform to the ban if it became law. Share
Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: FREE FIRE (2017) Filmmaker and animator Ben Wheatley has made a name for himself with pitch-dark films like Kill List and High-Rise. But his newest feature, Free Fire, takes things in a more just-for-fun (though no less brutal or grim) direction; depicting a weapons deal between IRA terrorists and American gun-traffickers that goes bad and turns into a vicious film-length gunfight in an abandoned factor in 1970s Boston. Unlike most Hollywood shootouts, the action here is staged on realistic terms where the violence is exacerbated by few of the characters being especially proficient with their weapons and the fact that gunshots are more likely to cripple or wound than outright kill; leading to a protracted standoff where shooters are occasionally in greater danger from their filthy surroundings or their own clumsiness than their enemies’ gunfire.I recently sat down with Wheatley for a one-on-one interview about the film, on the occasion of its Boston-area U.S. release:Why set a film like this in 1970s Boston?The history, mostly. The history of this period, the IRA coming to buy guns. We’re pretty specific not to mention Boston, though. There’s no mention of it apart from the slight worry about the death sentence in Massachusetts. I was aware of it, but I felt like a lot of crime pictures are set in Boston, and I didn’t want to be another person who just came in and did a movie about the ten where I’m obviously not an expert on it.The Boston accents were well-handled.Oh, cool! Cool. That was a big worry because I know that movies made in Boston – by people from Boston – people complained about the accents. So that’s good.I think Boston will get a kick out of it.That’s good. The last thing I wanted was, y’know, to piss up the leg of Boston.Most films that attempt to do sustained action in a single location are about showing off how many balletic gun-fighting moves can be invented or showcasing proficiency for elaborate scene-geography. This film seems to be on a different wavelength, more about characters and chaos. What were you going for?I wanted to make something that put you right in the middle of it and made you feel that you were there. But also (from what I understood about gunfights, that they hadn’t been represented realistically, not that this is a “documentary” obviously, far from that) from the stuff I’d read it’s far away from the Hollywood idea of people getting shot and dying instantly, or people being competent at all under fire. From reading up on stuff, it feels like you can go to the range and fire all you want, but it’s different when someone is down range firing back at you – unless you’ve got actual nerves of steel, or are some kind of highly-trained Navy SEAL, something like that. It’s messy and chaotic and painful.What does the United State’s “gun culture” look like from outside – from an English perspective?I don’t know… that’s a separate thing, I think, to the film. American politics looks, from and English perspective – I guess the way English politics looks from yours, kind of crazed. I’m always interested in it, and I try to read a lot about American politics (it really dominated our news cycle during your elections) so I like digging into the comments, and it’s just people tearing pieces off one another. That seems to be what the gun discussion is like as well here. It seems to go to the very heart of the country and how is was made.Could a scenario of this type really only be set in the U.S., given the prevalence of firearms here?I don’t think so. I think this is kind of a universal story, if you’re going to look at it in terms of the breakdown of society you could apply it to what’s happening between the U.S. and Syria at this moment; or what’s about to happen in the UK with this snap election that’s been called. It’s that same kind of mutualy assured destruction – hotheaded characters about to tear each other to shreds and not having any concept or understanding how to step back from it. That’s what’s terrifying, and I think any Civil War situation is exactly like this, where people are amped up to the highest level and just will not back down.There isn’t really a “steely-eyed badass” super-competent killer among the characters here, as there often are in other action films. These aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer, so to speak – is that intentional?Yeah, it’s not a black hat and white hat sort of film. It’s the rare thing of being a kind of symmetrical war film where you know both sides. Usually, it’s the good guys and the bad guys, they get attacked by the bad guys and mow them all down. That’s the heroism of it, incredible odds, which is most war films to be fair. But this one, you see the both sides, and you like the people on both sides, so it’s sadder and much more impactful when they go.What’s it like to work with Sharlto Copley?Sharlto’s great. He brings everything, so he’ll do the lines and improvisation, and he’ll keep going until he thinks he’s got it right. I really appreciate that. There’s two gamers, basically, with actors: you’ve got them on set, then you get into the edit suite and see what they’ve given you. And in the cold light of day after all the filmmaking is finished, you look at the rushes and go “Wow, they were very generous!”Did you get your first picks for the cast?There was an initial cast – there was a poster for it when we were raising the money – that had Luke Evans and Olivia Wilde on it, but there were scheduling issues, and people dropped out. But otherwise, there wasn’t a great horror. These things happen, and we’re very happy with the people we eventually got.Is it difficult to raise money for a very violent, somewhat unconventional film?It was pretty straightforward. I think the genre element of it and the fun element were enough to override the weird elements of it, in terms of financing. It felt to me like the easiest of all the films we’ve had to finance, and it sold all over the world right away. So from that side of it, we immediately made the money back, that’s a rare thing that just never happens anymore.You’re known for very dark films. Was the intent for Free Fire to be “lighter,” even as it’s still a film about criminals and senseless violence?I think it depends on the movie. I mean, Sightseers was pretty funny. But I did feel like we wanted to make something that met the audience halfway rather than being a bit come hither – which I guess some of our other movies have been. It wears it’s entertainment on the top, so you can watch this film without having to worry about subtext or anything like that. You can take it for the “ride” that it is.Is it difficult to recreate a time period like the 70s, which is so specific to aesthetic and fashion, on a smaller budget?It’s designed to be able to be made, this movie, so that’s why it’s not set in loads of diners or discos or various areas with thousands of people. What an abandoned factory looks like now is not too dissimilar to what an abandoned factory looked like in the 60s, 70s, 50s – that wasn’t by mistake. And costumes? Costumes are costumes, that’s fine.Was the location anywhere near as “distressed” as it looks in the film?That was a clean space!Really? Wow!Oh yeah. Because when you shoot in some place that’s wrecked, you’re going to be hurting the actors – getting dirt and rat piss and viral disease and such, and you wouldn’t know about it until they were suddenly swollen up! So we realized we’d have to build it, and also to make sure that where the pillars and the walls were, it just made more sense.Some of your actors here, like Brie Larson and Armie Hammer, are either cast or often rumored to be cast in big franchise movies like the Marvel and DC films. Is it difficult to cast certain actors now, in this era where people are expected to sign decade-long commitments to these big shared-universe projects?Brie had only just finished Room when she came to us, so that was all in the future for her – Captain Marvel and Kong and all that. So I have not personally been involved in anything where… oh! [laughs] no, I have, what am I talking about!? With [Tom] Hiddleston on High-Rise, there was the call of Avengers back and forth occasionally. We just reschedule it around him; he wasn’t gone for months at a time or anything. It was fine. I think it’s the same as ever, those contracts… it depends on how it works, but I don’t think those contracts exclusively book them out for years, but they have to be careful with what else they take on – they shoot those things for, I think, like five months at a clip. So they’ll disappear for that, yeah.Would you take on one of those Marvel-type projects? Disney calls up and says “We want you to direct Captain Somebody-or-other?”I dunno, it depends what it was or where I sat in it. I’ve never been asked.You’ve just recently secured funding for a “dream project” monster movie called Freakshift – did we hear correctly that you’ve compared the premise to that of [the video game] Doom?.”Yeah – not [Doom] the film, though! The video game! That’s [the film] not my exploration.Read/watch our full review here.
(Courtesy Frente Nacional de Comunidades Costeras)Second in a series. Read the first story here.For years along Costa Rica’s azure coasts, thousands of men and women have cast their nets into the ocean, which has returned to them a humble subsistence via artisanal fishing.Evangelina Aguilar and her family arrived at Costa de Pájaros, in Puntarenas, in 1973. Before that, the family traveled up and down the Pacific coast in search of sea bass and shrimp.Aguilar’s three children were born and raised in Costa de Pájaros. Now 57, Aguilar doesn’t fish anymore, but her daughters married fishermen, and the family tradition continues.“This is our little piece of home, where the sky blankets us in liberty,” she said.Aguilar belongs to the Costa de Pájaros Union of Artisanal and Aquatic Fishermen (Sindicato de Pescadores Artesanales y Acuícolas de Costa de Pájaros, in Spanish), which has 470 members. Those members have joined several other coastal communities on both sides of the country in lobbying for the passage of the Coastal Community Land Bill, known by its Spanish acronym TECOCOS.The bill, drafted by the Broad Front Party with input from coastal communities, seeks to protect the families’ ownership of land that lies within the restricted maritime zone, which extends up to 200 meters from the high-tide line on both coasts.Recent attempts to enforce a law passed in the late 1970s, known as the Maritime Zone Law, have left thousands of coastal residents in limbo. Many of them are artisanal fishermen, and they live in poverty.“The only thing these fishermen and women seek is for their situation to become legal. They want to maintain their livelihoods in the places where they have lived all their lives,” Ronal Vargas, an incoming Broad Front Party lawmaker from the northwestern province of Guanacaste, told The Tico Times.Vargas estimates that the Maritime Zone Law affects 60,000 coastal residents, but others have said that number could be higher.Within 200 metersAccording to the Maritime Zone Law, the 50 meters from a high tide mark is publicly zoned, meaning it belongs to municipalities. The remaining 150 meters is completely restricted, and any type of construction is prohibited. Families who already live within the maritime zone must abide by a municipal zoning plan, obtain a municipal concession and pay a monthly fee.Because many municipalities don’t have zoning plans, or planes reguladores, they ceased charging concession fees some 15 years ago. But now, some municipalities are beginning to implement zoning plans, and along with them, maritime zoning fees.“In the majority of communities where this fee is being charged the rate is more than ₡100,000 [$200] a month per family. That’s like paying rent, and when [families] can’t pay it, it’s almost certain they’ll be evicted,” said Wilmar Matarrita, coordinator of the National Front of Coastal Communities (Frente Nacional de Comunidades Costeras, in Spanish).In 2012, lawmakers passed a moratorium to temporarily protect residents already living within the maritime zone and to halt the demolition of their homes and businesses. But the moratorium expires in September.In many cases, coastal land has been handed down from generation to generation. But the Maritime Zone Law prevents those residents from obtaining land titles or proving ownership.TECOCOS would give these families ownership rights if they have lived in the maritime zone for more than 10 years, and if municipalities and neighbors can confirm it. Coastal residents protest outside the Legislative Assembly in San José in May 2013. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesThe government’s proposalLast year, the National Front of Coastal Communities, lawmakers and the Chinchilla administration negotiated a deal to pass TECOCOS in a first-round of discussion in the Legislative Assembly, along with two bills drafted by the government: one to regulate existing constructions and another to create “coastal cities.”Government-sponsored Bill 18,592 defines coastal cities as urban areas located on the coast that include “natural areas” in the maritime zone, as well as surrounding properties. Once an area is declared a coastal city, municipalities can more easily grant construction concessions. The bill emphasizes that concessions cannot be granted in these areas to foreigners who have not lived in Costa Rica for more than 10 years, or who live outside of Costa Rica, or to companies with more than 50 percent foreign shareholders. Yet on Feb. 17, 2014, in a special session of the Assembly, the National Liberation Party moved to vote only on the two government-sponsored bills, leaving the TECOCOS Bill out of discussion.A spokeswoman for Presidency Minister Carlos Ricardo Benavides confirmed that the TECOCOS Bill had not been called up for discussion, nor are there plans to do so. The spokeswoman referred The Tico Times to PLN lawmaker Carolina Delgado for further comments.Last Tuesday, in a legislative debate, Delgado said the TECOCOS Bill was flawed and would prevent coastal families from escaping poverty because it defines them as local communities dedicated only to artisanal fishing, the sustainable extraction of marine resources, rural and community tourism and family-run fishing companies.“It leaves the communities in poverty, and [prevents] families from advancing, from accessing development,” the lawmaker said.According to Delgado, the two bills promoted by the government seek integral solutions to the Maritime Zone Law dilemma.For Matarrita, the problem with the Assembly’s current approach is that if the two bills are passed without passage of TECOCOS, communities would be left unprotected, especially ones located in areas where some government officials want to build coastal cities, such as Costa de Pájaros and Chomes in Puntarenas, Cocorotas in the Gulf of Nicoya, and Manzanillo on the southern Caribbean coast, among others.Matarrita said the Municipality of Puntarenas already has expressed an interest in developing a coastal city, a large port and a marina in the Costa de Pájaros area.“Discussing a coastal city in a port like Costa de Pájaros, which was designed according to the coastal culture of artisanal fishing, means they’d have to demolish the entire village and change the cultural roots that form the center of life here, as well as the type of construction that already exists,” Matarrita said. “They’d practically have to annul the coastal culture of this place.”Matarrita also warned of potential environmental damage this type of development could cause in coastal areas.Timeline of events:July 2012: The Legislative Assembly passes a moratorium to temporarily protect coastal residents living in the maritime zone from eviction and demolition of their homes and businesses. The law expires in September 2014.March 2013: The Assembly’s Environmental Commission approves the TECOCOS Bill and sends it to the Assembly floor.April 2013: Lawmakers pass the TECOCOS Bill in a first-round vote. The bill is sent to the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court for review.February 2014: The National Liberation Party moves only to discuss two bills promoted by the Chinchilla administration, leaving TECOCOS off the legislative agenda.The Tico Times will continue to provide updates on this issue as it unfolds in the Assembly. Facebook Comments Related posts:Ombudsman’s Office orders investigation of anti-riot police behavior during coastal protest President voices support for extending moratorium on maritime zone evictions Pavones: Tiny surf capital up in arms about big condo project New law grants land concessions to Ostional Wildlife Refuge residents
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New Business Keeps Shrinking at Freddie Mac Delinquency Freddie Mac Mortgage-Backed Securities Refinance 2014-03-28 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Freddie Mac’s book of business declined during both of the first two months of this year with an annualized growth rate of -2.2 percent during the month of February, according to the GSE’s monthly volume summary.Year-to-date, the annualized growth rate for Freddie Mac’s portfolio is -2.0 percent, on par with the growth rate of -2.1 percent reported for the year in 2013.Purchases and issuances in February totaled $17.0 billion.Single-family refinance purchases and guarantees accounted for 53 percent of total single-family purchases and issuances in February, totaling $8.6 billion for the month. Relief refinances made up 38 percent of those refinances, based on unpaid principal volume.New multifamily business totaled $0.7 billion in February, bringing the year-to-date total to $2.0 billion.Mortgage-related securities and other guarantee commitments increased in February at an annualized rate of 1.4 percent, according to the GSE.Freddie Mac completed 6,570 loan modifications during the second month of the year.The serious delinquency rate for single-family mortgages in Freddie Mac’s portfolio declined to 2.29 percent in February, while the multifamily delinquency rate remained unchanged from January at 0.05 percent. Single-family delinquencies at the GSE have declined uninterrupted since October 2012.Unpaid principal balance on mortgage-related investments in Freddie Mac’s portfolio declined $11.8 billion in February. Share March 28, 2014 430 Views
Related’Good value’ to be found at top end of Indian travel marketBritish holidaymakers booking flights to India are discovering good value at the top end of the marketTurkey and Egypt offer ‘taste’ of Middle EastTurkey and Egypt offer ‘taste’ of Middle EastBrits cite lack of money as main reason for not travelling moreBrits cite lack of money as main reason for not travelling more Travellers need to understand what kind of behaviour is acceptable in particular countries, Lonely Planet has said.Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s travel editor, said that the travel publisher had seen examples of individuals getting into trouble for behaving in a manner that “would be acceptable in other parts of the world”.”You have to understand what’s acceptable and what’s not in the specific place that you are going to,” he said.Mr Hall went on to say that people who had booked flights to Dubai should be particularly wary because many of the emirate’s hotels are stocked with large amounts of food and drink.This can lead to people drinking more than they would at home, despite the fact that being drunk is “really frowned upon” in most Middle Eastern nations.A recent Real Holiday Reports poll revealed that Russian and German holidaymakers are the most irritating among European travellers.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map