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first_imgJustice Minister Michael Baker took part today, Nov. 25, in theofficial opening of the new Membertou RCMP detachment, the resultof a new policing agreement between the Mi’kmaq community ofMembertou and the RCMP. “I want to congratulate Membertou and the RCMP for their historicpartnership,” said Mr. Baker. “This stands as a model foreffective, efficient community policing. The partners are to becommended for their commitment to providing a police service thatsupports our common vision for safe, healthy communities acrossNova Scotia.” Under the agreement, Membertou becomes the first aboriginalcommunity in Canada to contribute to the funding of an RCMPdetachment. The band will pay 70 per cent of the costs for two ofthe five officers who will serve at the detachment. “Membertou’s initiative to increase the size of the police forcefrom three to five enables Membertou to implement a proactivepolicing strategy designed to foster a safe and healthycommunity,” said Chief Terrance Paul. “This approach willinclude, but not be limited to, community programs such as ayouth advisory committee, school liaison program and drug abuseresistance education.” “The partnership agreement signed today between the RCMP andMembertou demonstrates a sincere collaboration, one of which wecan be proud,” said assistant commissioner Dwight Bishop,commanding officer of the RCMP in Nova Scotia. “With the openingof the Membertou detachment, we have the opportunity to bothserve and receive guidance from the community on a variety ofprograms that will best meet the needs of the area.” The minister of Justice in Nova Scotia is responsible for theadministration of justice. Under the Police Act, this includesensuring an adequate and effective level of policing throughoutthe province.last_img read more

first_img a bill of sale for ‘Dinah’, an enslaved African Nova Scotian; — a watercolour of Rose Fortune, Black Loyalist; a land petition from Gabriel Hall, a Black refugee of the war of 1812; and a photograph of William Hall, Victoria Cross winner. The exhibit also includes photographs of some of the early Black settlements in Nova Scotia, such as Preston, Hammonds Plains and Five Mile Plains, and descendants of the early settlers from 1880-1955. The nearly 50 items on display are from a much larger online exhibit celebrating African Nova Scotian heritage, available on the website at . “The online exhibit was designed to appeal to a broad audience, including general-interest visitors, genealogists and students, but especially to those interested in African Nova Scotian history,” said Mr. Speirs. Visitors to the online African Nova Scotian exhibit can search a database of 5,000 names of African-Americans who came to Nova Scotia in 1783 and 1815-16. The exhibit will be on display at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 6016 University Ave., in Halifax until March 31. An exhibit reflecting the province’s long and significant African-Nova Scotian heritage has been mounted by the Nova Scotia Archives in honour of African Heritage Month. “We have a rich African history in Nova Scotia,” said Brian Speirs, provincial archivist, “and we hope this exhibit will encourage Nova Scotians and others to further explore our African heritage.” Among the items on display are: last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce is going to be hosting a rally in support of the region’s natural resources industry this week, with a post-rally social gathering taking place right after.The Chamber is hosting the rally on Friday, May 4th at the Pomeroy Hotel from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. Officials with the Northeast B.C. Resource Municipalities Coalition and Resource Works executive director Stewart Muir have been confirmed as the rally’s keynote speakers.Chamber of Commerce executive director Lilia Hansen explained that the Chamber has had the rally planned for some time, with the purpose of showing support for the local resource industry. Hansen explained that the Chamber is turning rally into a full evening out, with a social gathering that includes a food and wine pairing that evening. Hansen explained that the Pomeroy’s head chef is working with the General Manager of Browns Socialhouse on the wine pairing.There will only be 100 tickets given out for the event, with the food and wine pairing happening after the rally beginning at 8:30 p.m. For tickets to the rally, visit Eventbrite: read more

“Most of the other cases have recovered and been discharged. An 18-month-old boy is in stable condition at the Hagadera Hospital,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.The first case was identified on 29 January in Hagadera, the biggest of the three settlements at the Dadaab camp in north-eastern Kenya – one of the world’s largest refugee camps, hosting nearly 250,000 people. There is a high risk of the outbreak spreading given the extreme overcrowding at Hagadera, which was designed for 30,000 people but now holds some 100,000 refugees, overstretching water and sanitation services. A team of six medical specialists from the Kenya Ministry of Health, UNHCR, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies is supporting the doctors in the camp to deal with the outbreak. Mr. Redmond noted that UNHCR and its partners are finding it difficult to deliver services to refugees due to the congestion in the camp.“Water supplies are insufficient to meet the needs of the new arrivals and there is not enough space for more latrines to meet the basic health requirement that they be located at least six meters from cooking areas. “As a result of the overcrowding, some refugees are staying outside the parameters of the camp where there are no sanitation facilities at all,” he stated.UNHCR has recently received a commitment from Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga that his Government will provide land to set up a new refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya to take the pressure off the Dadaab complex. 13 February 2009Kenya’s sprawling and overcrowded Dadaab refugee complex is grappling with a cholera outbreak that has infected 14 people so far, most of them children, and already claimed the life of a three-year-old boy, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today. read more

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has returned to the practice field for the first time since injuring his right hip on Nov. 4.Having finally received medical clearance to play, Flacco threw passes and worked on handoffs with fellow quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III during an indoor practice Thursday.Jackson, a 2018 first-round pick, led Baltimore to wins in each of the past two games while filling in for the injured Flacco. Although coach John Harbaugh has not named a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game in Atlanta, it appears likely Jackson will get the call.Flacco has missed only eight games in his 11-year career and had played in 41 consecutive regular-season games before injuring his hip against Pittsburgh in Week 9.Rookie running back Gus Edwards also returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday with an ankle injury.___More AP NFL: and Associated Press read more

first_imgSimulation-based training will now be part of mining equipment operator workforce development in Saudi Arabia through what supplier Immersive Technologies states will be the largest mining simulation investment in history to date. Ma’aden, the largest mining company in Saudi Arabia, will utilise Immersive Technologies simulators to address one of the biggest challenges faced by the Kingdom – developing a skilled workforce to support the expansion of mining. Through a partnership with Immersive Technologies, Ma’aden and Missouri S&T, hundreds of mining operators will be trained annually at Saudi Arabia’s first specialist training institute for the mining industry.Missouri S&T, a long-time customer of Immersive Technologies, signed an agreement with Saudi Mining Polytechnic (SMP), originally established by Ma’aden, and the Technical Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) of Saudi Arabia, to provide mining training programs. Missouri S&T will utilise Immersive Technologies’ simulators in their training programs. Missouri S&T currently uses Immersive Technologies’ simulators in their mining equipment operator training. Dr Samuel Frimpong, Chair of Missouri S&T’s Mining and Nuclear Engineering Department said: “Simulators from Immersive Technologies will play an important role in helping Missouri S&T deliver a world class training program for the Saudi Mining Polytechnic (SMP) in Arar, Saudi Arabia. Immersive Technologies and Missouri S&T have an excellent opportunity to shape the direction of the mining industry in Saudi Arabia through this workforce development at SMP.”The investment includes seven Advanced Equipment Simulators and 18 simulator modules (Conversion Kits) for both surface and underground mining. Saudi Arabia marks the 35th country to utilise Immersive Technologies’ simulators. “Ma’aden has a solid reputation for investing in the best technology and we are honored to be part of their workforce development solution,” says Peter Salfinger, Chief Executive Officer at Immersive Technologies. “Our simulators will support Ma’aden and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in training their young people to further develop mining as a solid pillar of the Saudi economy. The Saudi Mining Polytechnic will build a foundational workforce for Saudi Arabia to become a sought after place for global miners to invest and for Ma’aden to become even more prominent on mining’s global landscape.”last_img read more

first_imgDécouverte de la plus ancienne tombe royale mayaUne équipe d’archéologues américains a présenté récemment, lors d’une réunion de la Société américaine d’archéologie à Sacramento (Californie), la découverte qu’elle a faite au Guatemala : la plus vielle tombe connue d’un souverain maya, datant de 350 avant J.-C., contenant un squelette et de la vaisselle funéraire.  C’est une véritable histoire à la Indiana Jones que raconte John Tomasic, de l’Université du Kansas, qui a mené des fouilles archéologiques sur le site maya de K’o, à Holmul, dans le nord-est du Guatemala : “Nous avons fouillé le sol de la maison, et creusé jusqu’à ce que nous ayons trouvé un couvercle… “. Sous ce couvercle, un tunnel d’une quarantaine de centimètres de largeur, “juste assez large pour un corps humain”. Au bout, une chultan, une chambre mortuaire. “Nous avons rampé à l’intérieur, allumé une lumière et vu le corps. Je pense qu’il est juste de dire que ce que nous avons trouvé est la plus ancienne sépulture connue d’un souverain maya”.À lire aussiOstéoporose : traitement, symptômes, causes, définition, de quoi s’agit-il ?Près du squelette, outre quelques jarres et assiettes en céramique, un brûleur d’encens gravé à l’effigie d’un ‘dieu farceur’, un symbole de la royauté chez les Mayas. Selon l’archéologue Michael Callaghan, de l’Université du Texas, les jarres remontent clairement à environ 350 avant J.-C., époque où la céramique maya a commencé à adopter une couleur rouge.Envoyé à un laboratoire pour une datation au radiocarbone, un échantillon d’os du squelette a permis aux scientifiques de confirmer cette date. La dépouille serait celle d’un homme d’une cinquantaine d’années, qui était en assez bonne santé au moment de sa mort. Auparavant, la plus ancienne sépulture royale connue chez les Mayas, découverte en 2005, datait de 100 ans avant notre ère.Le 10 avril 2011 à 15:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgTransition énergétique : les quatre solutions envisagées pour changer le modèle françaisHier, à deux mois de la fin du débat sur la transition énergétique, et faute de consensus, quatre scénarii ont été proposés.Depuis novembre, le débat sur la transition énergétique cherche à trouver une solution de rechange au modèle énergétique français, qui dépend essentiellement des énergies fossiles et du nucléaire. Alors que la remise des copies se fera dans moins de deux mois, le 18 juillet, les différents acteurs ne parviennent pas à s’accorder entre eux. “C’est un travail très difficile, cette discussion n’a jamais eu lieu de façon aussi ouverte et prospective”, a d’ailleurs souligné la ministre de l’Énergie, Delphine Batho.Mais les choses doivent avancer et la ministre a invité la centaine de représentants des ONG, de syndicats, d’élus et d’entreprises à accepter des compromis pour arriver à un accord commun. “Où il n’y a pas de compromis, il faudra que le gouvernement prenne des décisions avec le Parlement”, a-t-elle rappelé.Pour l’heure les sept groupes de travail ont rendus leurs conclusions préliminaires concernant le financement de cette transition énergétique, les moyens de consommer moins d’énergie, le choix des énergies renouvelables de demain, le scénario de l’énergie du futur… En réalité,  c’est ce dernier rapport qui pose le plus de problèmes. Il n’est parvenu qu’à dégager quatre grandes trajectoires censées permettre de respecter l’engagement de diviser par quatre les émissions de gaz à effet de serre d’ici 2050, rapporte 4 scenarii pour une diminution des émissions des gaz à effet de serre Ces quatre axes font le grand écart puisqu’elles vont d’un scénario de sortie du nucléaire, avec une baisse de 50 % de la demande d’énergie d’ici 2050, à une priorité donnée à l’atome pour combattre les émissions de CO2, avec une légère réduction de la consommation. Les deux autres scénarii se placent entre les deux et sont moins radicaux. L’objectif initialement poursuivi était de trouver le moyen de réduire la part du nucléaire de 75 à 50% dans la production d’électricité d’ici 2025, comme l’avait promis le président Hollande. Mais pour certains, la chose est irréaliste.Comme sur la question du gaz de schiste, le nucléaire pose problème. Tandis que le patronat continue à ne pas vouloir écarter ces solutions, les écologistes comme Nicolas Hulot font valoir les dangers de telles options. Hier, il déclarait : “Si nous gardons le nucléaire, et même comme certains le préconisent, nous augmentons le nucléaire, avec le gaz de schiste, la seule chose que je peux vous dire, c’est qu’il n’y a pas de dénouement heureux. C’est une trajectoire suicidaire”.Un débat difficile À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéDe son côté, Greenpeace boycotte le débat. Hier matin, à Paris, elle a “accueilli” les membres du parlement avec une banderole de 30 mètres affichant : “Les yeux dans les yeux, le débat est-il complet ?”. En effet l’ONG estime que le risque nucléaire et son coût réel ne sont pas clairement évoqués dans les discussions.Finalement, alors que le débat aura bien du mal à avancer désormais, la seule solution est d’entendre très vite “le gouvernement, et pas juste la ministre” sur une “orientation politique”, comme l’indique le président du groupe des experts, Alain Grandjean. “Il va en effet falloir dégager les axes incontournables, ce qu’il faut mettre dans la loi comme mesures précises pour rendre la transition crédible”, indique Laurence Tubiana qui est censée, en tant que “facilitatrice”, permettre ce débat sur la transition énergétique.Le 24 mai 2013 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:akia guerrier, cali, columbia, commonwealth youth games, edith skippings, edmonton, Pan American Junior Games, Samoa, Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletic Association, world youth champions Bahamas 15th in early Commonwealth Youth Games medal count Commonwealth Secretary General: Youth Games “returned home” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp St. Lucian sprinter makes history at Commonwealth Youth Games Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Jul 2015 – For the first time, Turks and Caicos Islands has a young woman qualifier for the World Youth Champions and the athlete to make the historic cut is Akia Guerrier. The Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletic Association (TCAAA) yesterday announce that Akia Guerrier is the first female athlete to make the qualifying standards and will be representing the Turks and Caicos this July at the Championships in Cali Columbia, the Pan American Junior Games in Edmonton, Canada and at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in September. Akia and her coach, Randy Ford and chaperon, Rosalie Ingham-Hall, General Secretary of the TCAAA left yesterday morning for the Youth Championships. On hand for their departure was TCAAA President, Edith Skippings.last_img read more

first_imgSecondary wall construction begins in San Diego KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 1:55 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter Posted: February 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img WASHINGTON 2/19/19 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will begin construction on the San Diego Secondary Wall Project with the first panels to be in place on February 18, 2019.On December 20, 2018, CBP awarded a contract to construct up to 14 miles of secondary wall in California within the U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) San Diego Sector (SDC). The contract was awarded to SLSCO Ltd. using CBP’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations.The secondary wall project includes the replacement of existing secondary barrier with a 30 ft. tall steel bollard wall.  This project is directly north to the San Diego primary fence replacement project that is currently under construction funded with FY 2017 funding. These two important barriers, in combination with a patrol road and technology, create an enforcement zone for the USBP as part of a border wall system.  Given the high-density population in the San Diego-Tijuana area, the updated border infrastructure is critically needed.Border barriers, along with appropriate technology, roads and personnel, have significantly reduced illegal entry in SDC, however more work remains to be done.  In FY 2018, there were approximately 38,000 apprehensions in the SDC by USBP.CBP continues to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13767 – also known as Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements – and continues to take steps to expeditiously  plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve operational control of the southern border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has began building a secondary wall in San Diego.The official website of the Department of Homeland Security official press release announcing the construction is below: February 19, 2019last_img read more

first_imgThe Vancouver Fire Department battled a fire Wednesday in a stairwell landing at an east Vancouver apartment complex.Several people called 911 around 2 p.m. to report the fire at The Park at Mill Plain, 12800 N.E. Fourth St. Firefighters arrived to find a small fire on a third-floor landing, said Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli. Resident Pat Lenzen said she heard someone banging on her door. “I heard the word ‘fire,’ ” she said. She got out of her apartment and alerted her next-door neighbors.There were combustibles on the landing, including some latex paint from a painting crew. The workers safely got out of the complex. Nobody was injured or displaced by the fire, which was extinguished at about 2:15 p.m. The fire sprinkler system didn’t have to activate.Damage to the landing and the exterior of two adjacent third-floor apartments is estimated at about $10,000, Scarpelli said. Her office is investigating the fire’s cause.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Several agencies are looking for a 22-year-old man who, officials said, went missing after he ended up in the waters of Biscayne Bay, Friday night.The U.S. Coast Guard said the man was on a 17-foot rental boat with his girlfriend and other people when he wound up in the water and did not resurface. Officials said it was unclear how he wound up in the water.The boater’s family identified him as Tyron Robinson. They said he was visiting South Florida from Washington, D.C. for the Labor Day holiday weekend.The boat was anchored 500 yards north of Belle Island in Miami Beach, according to the Coast Guard.Cellphone video sent by a 7News viewer captured the large scope of the search just north of the Venetian Causeway.Robinson’s family said he is the father of a 3-year-old boy. They said, while he does know how to swim, his arm was in a cast at the time of his disappearance.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, City of Miami Fire, Miami Beach Police and the Coast Guard are searching for Robinson. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgCanara Bank may look at the possibility of taking over smaller lenders Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank, even as the government has been positive about bigger banks resulting after the next wave of consolidation.”Discussions are on between the banks. There is a possibility that first Vijaya and Dena merge, before being taken over by Canara Bank,” a senior government official told financial daily Economic Times.The Bengaluru-headquartered lender is the fourth biggest bank by way of market capitalisation behind State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda and Punjab National Bank. The government is likely to push the proposal forward only after the monsoon session of Parliament is over in August, the Economic Times said.The government of India’s stake in Canara Bank was 66.3 per cent at the end of March. Life Insurance Corporation, also owned by the central government, held 13.62 per cent.The board of directors of the bank had on June 15 okayed the raising of debt capital through additional Tier I bonds of up to Rs 1,800 crore and Tier II bonds up to Rs 1,000 crore.The bank’s capital adequacy ratio improved to 12.86 percent at the end of March, from 11.08 percent a year before.For 2016-17, the bank posted a profit of Rs 1,122 crore, against a loss of Rs 2,813 crore in fiscal 2016.Economic Times said that apart from Canara Bank, banks like Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and Syndicate Bank will be looking for consolidation among themselves. Most banks have been asked to consolidate to become bigger lenders.Dena Bank is among the five public sector bank that the RBI has restricted sanction of fresh loans and dividend distribution. The other four are IDBI, Bank of Maharashtra, Central Bank of India and Uco Bank.Dena Bank posted losses of Rs 575.26 crore for the March quarter while Vijaya Bank reported a profit of Rs 204 crore for the same period. Canara Bank is among the top five banks in the country with a network of around 7,000 branches.last_img read more

first_imgIndian physicians on Tuesday angrily rejected claims that they had lied about the amount of weight an Egyptian once believed to be the world’s heaviest woman had lost following surgery.The sister of Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty alleged that her sibling, who previously weighed 500 kilogrammes (1,100 pounds), had not shed half her weight as specialists at a Mumbai hospital had claimed.“Today Eman weighs 171 kilos,” Muffazal Lakdawala, the doctor leading Abd El Aty’s treatment, told AFP, adding that the claim made by her sister Shaimaa Selim in a social media video post was “complete hogwash”.In videos provided last week by Saifee Hospital, where the 37-year-old had bariatric surgery last month, a visibly slimmer Abd El Aty could be seen sitting up and smiling while listening to music.In an accompanying statement doctors said the woman, who had not left her home in Egypt’s Mediterranean port city of Alexandria for two decades until she arrived in India’s commercial capital in February, had lost 250 kilos.But in a video posted on Facebook and reported widely by Indian media on Tuesday, Selim accuses the hospital of lying, saying her sister had not lost as much weight as doctors had claimed.“The pictures don’t lie, the pictures can’t lie,” Lakdawala said, suggesting that Selim had only raised complaints after doctors suggested that Abd El Aty could soon leave India, where she has been receiving treatment free of charge, to return to Egypt.Abd El Aty’s family say that as a child she was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition that causes the limbs and other body parts to swell, leaving her almost immobile.The Egyptian has suffered several strokes and faced a series of other serious ailments owing to her weight including diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension and sleep deprivation.She is unable to speak properly and is partially paralysed.Abd El Aty arrived in Mumbai on February 11 on a specially modified plane.Doctors put her on a special liquid diet to get her weight down to a low enough level for doctors to perform bariatric surgery, essentially a stomach-shrinking bypass procedure carried out on those wanting to lose excessive weight.Lakdawala said that Abd El Aty was due to have a CT scan on Tuesday to determine the cause of her right-sided paralysis and regular convulsions.He added that there was not much more he could do for her in terms of further weight loss and she would need to see a specialist neurologist to help with her other ailments.last_img read more

first_imgChinese president Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands during their meeting in Beijing File Photo: AFPChina’s foreign minister will visit North Korea this week, his office said Monday, becoming the highest-ranking Chinese official to travel there in years as Beijing moves to further improve ties with Pyongyang days after a landmark inter-Korean summit.The Chinese foreign ministry said in a brief statement that Wang Yi will visit North Korea on Wednesday and Thursday at the invitation of his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong Ho.The two met in Beijing in early April, days after talks between President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Chinese capital — the first meeting between the leaders since Kim inherited power from his father Kim Jong Il in 2011.Wang will be the first Chinese foreign minister to visit the North since 2007, a lapse that highlights the rough patch that relations between the Cold War-era allies have gone through in recent years.Then then-premier Wen Jiabao visited Pyongyang in 2009.China has supported a series of United Nations sanctions against the North over its nuclear weapons programme.But Beijing is likely eager to avoid being marginalised in the wave of diplomacy that led to last Friday’s historic summit between Kim and the South’s president Moon Jae-in.Kim is expected to meet US president Donald Trump in the coming weeks at a time and place that have yet to be announced.The North Korean leader has also invited Xi to visit Pyongyang but no date has been set yet.”The Chinese are undoubtedly eager to hear what Kim Jong Un’s plan is for his meeting with Donald Trump,” Bonnie Glaser, China specialist at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, told AFP.”It is also possible that Wang Yi is in Pyongyang to advance Xi’s visit to North Korea,” Glaser said, adding there were rumours this could happen before Trump’s meeting with Kim.At their summit in the Demilitarized Zone, Kim and Moon agreed to pursue the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula.They also decided to seek a peace treaty by the end of the year and hold talks with the United States, and possibly China, to achieve it.The Korean War, in which China fought on the North’s side, ended in 1953 with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.Being left out of peace talks would be unacceptable to Beijing, Glaser said.”The Chinese want to ensure that they are at the table and have a means to influence the course of events on the peninsula,” she said.Test site closingWhile China has supported punitive measures against the North, analysts say it could worry that the diplomatic thaw may lead to a deal between Pyongyang and Washington that is not in its interests.A divided Korea has played in its favour as the North serves as a buffer from the South, where US troops are stationed. Despite recent tensions, China remains the North’s sole major ally and top economic partner.In the latest major diplomatic announcements, Seoul said Sunday that Pyongyang had promised to shut its nuclear test site within weeks and invite US weapons experts to verify its closure.Kim also said Pyongyang would have no need for nuclear weapons if it were promised it would not be invaded, according to Seoul.China has repeatedly proposed that the North suspend its nuclear and missile tests in return for the United States and South Korea halting their joint military exercises.”Beijing is likely irritated that Kim has ignored China’s ‘freeze for freeze’ proposal,” Glaser said, adding that Kim offered to suspend tests without demanding that the US halt military manoeuvres.”In addition, Kim has said nothing about the eventual removal of US troops from Korea, which is almost certainly what China hopes for,” Glaser said.But Hua Po, an independent Chinese political commentator, said Wang’s visit would allow the two countries to coordinate their positions ahead of the Trump-Kim summit.”Now that North Korea has committed itself (to denuclearisation of the peninsula), China may give priority to lifting some sanctions on North Korea. Wang Yi may address this issue during his visit,” Hua said.last_img read more

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comOn Mother’s Day families typically gather and pay homage to the women who do so much for their loved ones. But, there are thousands of women across the nation who won’t be able to spend a traditional Mother’s Day with their families because they are incarcerated. Tragically, many remain locked up because they can’t afford bail.#FreeBlackMamasDMV is a coalition of grassroots organizations that bail out incarcerated Black mothers who are unable to afford their bail. “Through our work, we raise awareness about the inhumanity of the money bail and pre-trial detention and use theatre and art to engage communities in envisioning a world beyond prisons and policing to keep us safe,” the group said in a statement.Members of #FreeBlackMamasDMV (Courtesy Photo)Among the groups in the coalition is the Baltimore based, Out For Justice, which is lead by Nicole Mundell, the group’s executive director. Out For Justice is a grassroots nonprofit organization founded in 2006, by formerly incarcerated individuals. The group works zealously and effectively to bring about policy reform that ends employment barriers and inequitable treatment of formerly incarcerated citizens.In 2017, the group bailed out 15 Black mothers and caretakers from Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties and Baltimore City before Mother’s Day that year.Nicole Mundell, is the executive director of Out For Justice (OFJ), an organization that works on policy reform for citizens impacted by the criminal justice system. OFJ is one of the groups participating in the “Black Mama Bailout.” (Courtesy Photo)This year, they will endeavor to do the same for at least 16 mothers and caretakers before this weekend and Mother’s Day 2019.last_img read more

first_imgThis is a move that could alarm parents all over the country. According to Pew, 97 percent of teen boys and 83 percent of girls play games on some kind of device. And although WHO’s voice is powerful, it’s not the last word in the world of science. They are popular. They are controversial. And now, video games have just become an internationally recognized addiction. On May 25, the World Health Organization officially voted to adopt the latest edition of its International Classification of Diseases, or ICD, to include an entry on “gaming disorder” as a behavioral addiction. center_img But in order to be classified as having a disease, being a video game fan isn’t enough. According to WHO, the criteria doesn’t include a certain amount of hours spent playing. Instead, the description is of someone with an inability to stop playing even though it interferes with other areas of one’s life, such as family relationships, school, work, and sleep. And, these problems would typically continue for at least one year. “There is a fairly even split in the scientific community about whether ‘tech addiction’ is a real thing,” says Dr. Michael Bishop, who runs Summerland, which he calls “a summer camp for screen overuse” for teens. Read the whole story: NPRlast_img read more

first_img 2 min read February 1, 2019 Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. The internet is forever, so they say. It’s a line many of us were fed by our parents during the golden ages of MySpace and Facebook, usually in response to an embarrassing selfie or a cringe-worthy post about an ex that, in retrospect, should’ve never seen the light of day.It isn’t technically true, though. Sure, the data might hang around the web in an archive somewhere, but almost any content can be made publicly inaccessible by its owner with just a click or two. Just ask former Gothamist and DNAinfo reporters, some of whom briefly lost years of work when the late news site’s founder shut it down unexpectedly in late 2017.To make sure the same fate doesn’t befall your precious content, look no further than Offcloud (30GB of monthly premium bandwidth and 50GB of cloud space) for secure downloads, storage, and backups. Offcloud is a cloud-based download manager that makes it easy to store and access digital content you find on blogs, BitTorrent, and even media sites like YouTube and Soundcloud. Essentially, just about anything you want to keep forever can be kept forever with a subscription to its services.Let’s say you find a Facebook post that you want to save somewhere for future reference. With Offcloud, you can download that post without worrying about speed and bandwidth limitations, and stay anonymous throughout the entire process. Once you’ve got the file, you can automatically transfer the data straight to FTP, cloud storage platforms like Dropbox, and other remote storage spaces for anytime access. (That’s right — no need to go through the clunky process of migrating files from your desktop to the cloud.) You’ve also got the option of converting the page into a PDF document or HTML file for easy future reading.Included with every lifetime subscription to Offcloud are dozens of other storage tools, a reliable API, and access to an unrivaled customer service team. Such a service normally retails for $699.99, but for a limited time, we’re slashing that price for our readers.Head over to the Entrepreneur Store, where you can sign up for lifetime access to the Offcloud Download Manager for just $49.99 — a savings of 92 percent. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FHFA Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-12-14 Tory Barringer December 14, 2012 443 Views “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””: (FHFA) deputy director Stephen Cross will retire from his post in March 2013, according to an announcement from acting director Edward DeMarco.[IMAGE]Cross has served as FHFA’s deputy director of the Division of Federal Home Loan Bank Regulation since the agency’s creation in 2008. In addition to leading the agency’s program for regulating and supervising the Federal Home Loan Banks, he was also acting COO from September 2009 to December 2011.Cross joined the Federal Housing Finance Board–one of FHFA’s predecessors–in 2002, serving as director of the Finance Board’s Office of Supervision. Prior to that, he worked as director of the FDIC’s Division of Compliance and Consumer Affairs and as deputy comptroller for community and consumer policy with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).””Steve Cross has served a vital role at FHFA during a period of upheaval in the housing and financial markets and significant development and change at FHFA,”” DeMarco said. “”We are grateful for his oversight of many important and positive developments at the FHLBanks as they continue to strengthen their condition in the wake of the financial crisis, as well as many other contributions to this agency.””Before he departs, Cross will help the agency in searching for a new deputy director to take his role and to oversee the completion of the 2012 bank examinations.””It has been a privilege to work with a dedicated group of professionals at the FHFA,”” Cross said. “”I am humbled by the opportunities I was provided, and I am proud of the quality of our supervision of the FHLBanks during a period of challenge and change for the FHLBanks and the housing finance system as a whole.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img FHFA Deputy Director to Retire from Agency in 2013 Sharelast_img read more

first_img in Daily Dose, News, Origination November 11, 2016 546 Views Are Subprime Originations Making a Comeback? Subprime mortgage originations hit their highest level in seven years during Q2 while near prime originations reached a post-recession high, according to recently-released data from TransUnion.TransUnion’s Q3 2016 Industry Insights Report found that subprime originations (viewed in one-quarter arrears to account for reporting lag) totaled 64,000 in the second quarter, which was an over-the-year increase of nearly 11 percent and the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2009. Also in Q2, Near prime originations rose to their highest number since the Great Recession, up to 262,000 (a 5.7 percent increase).However, TransUnion said they are not concerned about another potential crash, since subprime and near prime loans represent a relatively small share of the overall originations market. Mortgage originations overall rose to 1.99 million in Q2, an increase of 3.7 percent over-the-year.“Mortgage originations have experienced steady growth across all risk tiers, and these new milestones in subprime and near prime account originations reflect growing credit access across the risk spectrum,” said Joe Mellman, vice president and mortgage business leader for TransUnion. “While access has grown, it’s important to note that the subprime share of originations was only 3.2 percent, and the near prime share was 13.2 percent of all originations. We do not see a cause for concern.”In the third quarter, total mortgage balances reached $8.25 billion, in increase of 1.7 percent over-the-year, according to TransUnion.“The increase in mortgage balances was primarily driven by continued low interest rate availability supporting origination growth and higher home values leading to higher average new loan amounts,” Mellman said.The overall quality of mortgage loans improved in Q3, as the mortgage delinquency rate declined by 8.4 percent down to 2.29 percent—the lowest level in seven years.With an over-the-year increase of $17 billion in Q3, the outstanding balance for personal loans passed $100 billion for the first time. The number of consumers with a personal loan increased by 1.5 million over-the-year in Q3, according to TransUnion.“The consumer credit market is performing well, as more consumers are gaining access to loans and paying them off in a timely fashion,” said Nidhi Verma, senior director of research and consulting in TransUnion’s financial services business unit. “We continue to see strong participation rates from the youngest consumer group, coupled with low delinquency levels—a promising sign for the industry.”Click here to view TransUnion’s complete Q3 Industry Insights report.center_img Share Near Prime Originations Subprime Originations 2016-11-11 Seth Welbornlast_img read more