Arab and Muslim figures on Friday mourned the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, noting his cause as an example for the world to follow.Egypt’s presidency released an official obituary statement, reflecting on Mandela’s fight for justice and the struggle to end apartheid.“Egypt had a leading role in supporting the resistance of African countries to reach their freedom and independence. Because of its hard stance against racial discrimination in South Africa, Egypt did not hesitate to cut diplomatic relations with South Africa’s former racist government.” al-Masry al-Youm website quoted the statement as saying. “Leaders like Nelson Mandela, Gamal Abdul Nasser, and the African forefathers who struggled for freedom and independence will forever be a source of inspiration to people, and an example to lead by.“He will remain in the hearts and mind of Egyptians as one of the most prominent symbols of national struggle in the modern world,” added the statement.Ahmad al-Muslimani, presidential advisor to Adly Mansour, publicly commented on Mandela’s death, saying that Egypt and the African continent will always remember him as a lieutenant of pride and glory, reported al-Fagr news website.Cairo feels deep sorrow for the departure of an iconic figure of national freedom and independence, and his cause will always inspire those seeking justice, said the Egyptian official.Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani tweeted: “With a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Nelson Mandela. Surely, his legacy will remain a source of #inspiration and courage for all people.”Pakistan’s former Interior Minister Rehman Malik, like a number of Pakistani figures, also took to Twitter to mourn the Mendela’s loss.“The world has lost Nelson Mandela a great leader and symbol of struggle. May God bless his soul in peace,” Malik tweeted.Solid standPalestinian president Mahmoud Abbas also commented on Mandela‘s death, highlighting the former South African leader‘s stand with the Palestinian cause.“The Palestinian people will never forget his historic statement that the South African revolution will not have achieved its goals as long as the Palestinians are not free,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was quoted by AFP as saying.Influential Palestinian Islamist group Hamas called Mandela “one of the biggest supporters of our cause,” according to Reuters.“Today a great freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela has died, one of the world’s most important symbols of freedom,” Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas official, was quoted by Reuters as saying.In the United States, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization in the United States, released a statement to pay tribute to Mandela’s death.“Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela served as an example of strength in adversity to all those fighting for freedom and justice. His legacy of uncompromising perseverance in the face of bigotry and injustice will live on for generations to come,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad in the statement.CAIR‘s statement on the occasion quoted a saying by the Prophet Mohammad: “For every day on which the sun rises, there is a [reward] for the one who establishes justice among people.”Silent prayerSouth African political party group al-Jama’ah called on Muslims to perform a silent prayer for former president Nelson Mandela, reported South African-based news website Independent Online.The pro-Muslim group, founded in 2007, also released a statement reacting to the death of the popular leader.“The greatest gift one can give to a human being is freedom and that is what Mandela did for all South Africans,” The Independent Online quoted al-Jama’ah party leader Ganief Hendricks as saying in the statement.“The party has asked all Muslims to observe all protocols as Muslim leaders from every Arab and Muslim country visit South Africa over the next two weeks to pay their respects to the country and comfort South Africans,” he added.According to Hendricks, the party will be paying tribute to Mandela by feeding the poor and participating in goodwill programs over the next two weeks, reported the news website.Source: Al Arabiya
By Hajare EL KhaldiRabat – Morocco will participate as a guest of honor, at the 2018 International Book Fair of Quebec (SILQ), held between April 11-15Moroccan writers, from Morocco and in Canada, and Canadian writers will collectively launch an intellectual and artistic dialogue between the two cultures, announced the Ministry of Culture and Communication. This intellectual gathering will introduce the Canadian public to almost 2000 titles, by Moroccan writers and creators.The book fair will provide a total number of 3500 copies of these books, published by various sources, including nine publishing houses, namely, Afrique Orient, Attaouhidi, Bouregreg, Chaaraoui, En Toutes Lettres, La Croisée des Chemins, Les Frères Slaiki, Marsam, and Tarik Editions, in addition to 14 educational, academic, and governmental institutions. In collaboration with the Council of the Moroccan Community Residing Abroad, the Moroccan Cultural Center in Montreal “Dar Al Maghrib”, the Ministry of Guardianship will also organize a series of cultural activities.Read Also: 25 Books Banned at the 24th International Book Fair in CasablancaThis event will offer a series of roundtables, creative readings, musical poetic performances, and author presentations of recent publications. The Moroccan participants include Abdellah Boussouf, historian and general secretary of the Council of the Moroccan Community Residing Abroad; Asma Lamrabet, Islamic feminist and author of Women and Men in the Qur’an; Fatiha Morchid, poet; Kamal Benkirane, editor, poet, and author of J’ai tué l’hiver; Mahi Binebine, painter and author of Le Fou du Roi; Maria Guessous, winner of the Moroccan women’s literature prize in 2015 for Nous N’irons Pas Tous au Paradis; Moha Ennaji, linguist, writer, and political critic; Mohamed Nedali, author of Triste Jeunesse; Rachid Khaless, author of Cantiques du désert; Soumaya Naamane-Guessous, sociologist and women’s rights activist; and Moroccan-born historian Yolande Cohen.Read Also:Casablanca’s International Book Fair Attended by 520,000 Visitors, Up by 50.72%The program’s sequences dedicated to Moroccan writing and creativity revolve around the themes, “Quebec the Muse, Jazz and Poetry,” “The Position of Literature and Writers in Morocco,” “The Utility of Francophonie for Writers,” “Plural Morocco,” “Women and Islam,” and “Women’s Word, Too.”. A collection of books exhibited by governmental and academic institutions will be donated to the library of the Moroccan Cultural Center in Montreal.
6 November 2007The United Nations and the Government of the Dominican Republic today appealed for almost $14 million to aid those affected by Tropical Storm Noel and the ensuing floods which affected 80 per cent of the Central American nation’s territory. The United Nations and the Government of the Dominican Republic today appealed for almost $14 million to aid those affected by Tropical Storm Noel and the ensuing floods which affected 80 per cent of the Central American nation’s territory. A state of emergency was declared on 31 October, two days after Noel hit the Dominican Republic, causing major flooding, landslides and the destruction of infrastructure. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that 85 people are confirmed dead and at least 48 are still missing. As many as 28 out of the 32 provinces, including the capital region, have been affected. Of the more than 66,600 people who were displaced, over 23,000 are in official temporary shelters, while the remainder are staying with relatives or friends. Almost 16,700 homes have been partially destroyed and 46 bridges and highways have been affected. “I hope donors will respond with generous humanitarian aid to help the survivors of this devastating storm, which has affected such a broad swathe of the country and its population,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes. “As the longer-term economic impact is also bound to be grave, their assistance will prove crucial in the recovery effort that follows,” he added. Priority needs include water and basic sanitation, especially hygiene, as well as food aid and assistance in restoring livelihoods. In addition, assistance in other areas, including housing and shelter, health, agriculture, protection, and education, is also needed. A portion of the requested amount will be met by a grant from the UN’s own Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which was set up to close the resource gap that can hamper emergency relief efforts in their early stages. Meanwhile, OCHA is sending a Disaster Assessment and Coordination team to the Mexican state of Tabasco, roughly 80 per cent of which was under water in recent days. Authorities there said that 350,000 people are trapped in their homes and estimate that flooding has affected half the state’s 2.1 million residents and inundated about 700,000 homes. Electricity is out for 90 per cent of the residents of the capital, Villahermosa. In addition, crops have been destroyed, livestock have been killed and most of the state’s businesses have been affected. Rains have also caused landslides that damaged the road network. The flooding in Mexico is the worst in more than 50 years, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which estimates that some one third of those affected are children. The agency has appealed for $3.26 million to respond to the immediate needs of children, adolescents and women affected by flooding in Mexico, as well as in Central America and the Caribbean.
Metso’s valves business area has joined forces with Hexagon PPM as the Finland-based company looks to ramp up its quotation efficiency for engineering firms.The agreement complements Metso’s digital quotation tools and will enhance the “efficient exchange of enquiry, quotation and project execution data between Metso and its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) customers who use Hexagon PPM’s SmartPlant and Smart software suites”, according to Metso.Oscar Bronsveld, responsible for Global Project Sales at Metso’s Valves business area, said the majority of the company’s EPC customers in the oil and gas, and petrochemical industries use the Smart Instrumentation software suite.“Our target is to improve our responsiveness and bring value to them by saving them precious engineering hours in data processing,” he said.Hexagon’s PPM division is a leading provider of asset life cycle solutions for design, construction, and operation of industrial facilities. It transforms unstructured information into a smart digital asset, allowing clients to visualise, build, and manage structures and facilities of all complexities, ensuring safe and efficient operation throughout the entire life cycle, according to Metso.Back in July, Ausenco, a global consulting, engineering, project delivery, operations and asset management company, selected the suite of engineering design tools, information management solutions and cloud services from Hexagon’s PPM division to execute global projects, including in the mining and oil and gas sectors.Metso’s existing digital valve project quotation tool will be integrated with Hexagon’s Smart Instrumentation tool, which offers a “single engineering environment to create and manage instrumentation data, as well as create and manage change consistently across required deliverables”, according to Hexagon.Metso said: “This integration will provide a bi-directional data exchange capability with the EPCs, allowing a reduction in the quotation processing time and an increase in accuracy when configuring and documenting projects in the quotation phases.”Rashmi Kasat, VP, Head of Digital Business Development at Metso, said: “Our vision is to provide our clients with a seamless customer experience by combining the power of Metso’s digital tools, knowledge of the end customers’ technical needs and process requirements together with Hexagon’s solid experience in engineering and information software development.”
RK Vardar Skopje suspended two players after incident during the “night life” in Skopje last Tuesday. Dejan Manaskov and Stojanče Stoilov has been a part of the fight in which Stoilov suffered light injuries. Everything happened at 4.15 in the morning. Players came into the verbal conflict with uknown group of guys, which was only a “warm-up” for something even worse.Dejan Manaskov suffered damage on his car.RK Vardar decided to suspend both players on two weeks according the club’s discipline rules.Both players have been important part of Macedonian squad at EHF EURO 2016 in Poland. dejan manaskovRK Vardar SkopjeStojance Stoilov ← Previous Story Herrem and Lacabrere to join ŽRK Vardar Next Story → EHF EURO 2016: Mizuno Handball is European champion
Steaks hachés : trois enfants hospitalisés dont un porteur de E.coliLe quotidien régional Sud Ouest a annoncé que trois enfants étaient actuellement hospitalisés à Bordeaux après avoir consommé des steaks hachés vendus sous les marques Jean Rozé, Netto et Top Budget. La bactérie E.coli a été détectée chez l’un des enfants.L’alerte sanitaire a été déclenchée dans seize départements du sud-ouest de la France. En effet, trois nouveaux cas de contamination par des steaks cachés ont été recensés dans la région de Bordeaux. D’après les informations communiquées par l’Agence régionale de santé (ARS), il s’agirait de trois enfants hospitalisés à l’hôpital Pellegrin de la ville. “Une fillette actuellement en service de réanimation pédiatrique, à l’état stable mais sévère, un enfant de quatorze ans et une petite de deux ans et demi dont l’état s’améliore mais qui restent sous surveillance”, a indiqué une porte-parole de l’ARS, selon un bilan de santé effectué dimanche.À lire aussiLyon : deux ingénieurs de l’IRSN contaminés par un gaz radioactif ?Les jeunes patients auraient tous trois consommé des steaks hachés achetés dans deux magasins différents Intermarché et Netto, et vendus sous les marques Jean Rozé, Netto et Top Budget. Or, les analyses effectuées à l’hôpital ont confirmé “la présence de la bactérie E. coli de type O157 dans le cas le plus sévère”. Concernant le garçon de quatorze ans et la fillette de deux ans et demi, les résultats sont encore attendus et devraient être connus mardi. Néanmoins, au vu des circonstances, l’ARS a décidé de déclencher l’alerte sanitaire pour prévenir de nouveaux cas. Ainsi, les deux enseignes Intermarché et Netto ont demandé samedi aux acheteurs de steaks hachés dans seize départements de rester vigilant avec les produits. Selon les informations données, les steaks hachés consommés présentaient une date de péremption fixée au 15 juin. Néanmoins, certains consommateurs pourraient les avoir congelés. Si tel est le cas, il leur est donc demandé de les rapporter et évidemment de signaler tout problème. Les bactéries Escherichia coli peuvent entraîner des diarrhées parfois sanglantes, des douleurs abdominales et des vomissements, accompagnés ou non de fièvre. Dans 5 à 8% des cas, ces symptômes peuvent être suivis de complications rénales sévères, principalement chez les enfants et les personnes âgées de plus de 65 ans. La contamination bactérienne peut alors se faire par ingestion d’aliments crus ou peu cuits tels que de la viande, du lait, des produits laitiers ou encore des légumes crus.Le 25 juin 2012 à 12:53 • Maxime Lambert
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has refused to be drawn on speculation that the title race between City and Liverpool could be decided by games against Manchester United.United may be out of contention for the Premier League title this season but they could still have a big say in the outcome of this season’s race between rivals, City and Liverpool.The Red Devils will host league leaders Liverpool on February 24 while Guardiola’s men are scheduled to visit Old Trafford on March 16.Asked at a press conference if he would like a favour from his cross-town neighbours when they host Liverpool, the former Barcelona boss was coy.Guardiola said, according to BT Sport: “If Liverpool are in front two or three points going to Old Trafford and United are 10 or 12 points behind us, what do you think I am going to think the day before that game?”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But I don’t know. We have to go to Old Trafford too and try to win there. If United beat Liverpool – perfect – but if United beat us the situation is the same.”“We can do what we can do against United (but) Liverpool – zero, nothing. I don’t have the telephone number for Solskjaer!”“What we can do is beat United when we go there. It is a big mistake to think about that when you want to compete in all the competitions and focus on what we have to do.”“Before United-Liverpool I’ll tell you more clearly but there are many games for both sides before those games.”
Forest fires ravaging southern Chile have now killed 11 people, President Michelle Bachelet said Saturday, as firefighters waged an all-out battle to extinguish the raging infernos.Bachelet told reporters that more than 9,000 firefighters and other responders have been enlisted to battle the fires, which have destroyed almost 1.2 million acres (480,000 hectares) in seven regions of the South American nation.”We are fighting the fire without pause and without precedent,” Bachelet declared.More than 4,500 volunteer firefighters and members of the country’s national forest brigades plus some 4,600 police officers and other public officials are battling the blaze.The fires have forced more than two thousand people into shelters, and have damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 dwellings.Among the countries that have dispatched aid to help put out the infernos are Argentina, Spain, France, Portugal and Mexico.A Russian aircraft with a 42-ton water-carrying capacity is due to arrive on Sunday, while Brazil and Peru were also expected to send firefighting aircraft.According to the latest report by Chile’s national forest service, Conaf, there are a total of 110 separate fires, 50 of which are under control, while 60 are still being fought.Fires are common in Chile’s parched forests during the southern hemisphere’s summer. Most are caused by human activity. More than 35 people have been arrested and accused of playing a role in starting or propagation the fires.Fire activity this year was worse than usual because of a drought attributed by environmentalists to climate change.
Kolkata: Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) has chalked out an elaborate plan, mainly for desiltation of major drainage channels to keep the city free from waterlogging during monsoon.With a couple of months left for the monsoon season to set in, the corporation has started taking all necessary initiatives to ensure that waterlogging in the city becomes a matter of the past.The civic body has already taken steps in this regard and the work of desilting all major drainage channels in the city has already started. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTop brass of the civic body held a high-level meeting, so that the work can be undertaken in time, ensuring that people do not face any inconvenience during monsoon. Additional manpower has been deputed to carry out the desiltation work and at the same time, officials are constantly monitoring the work to ensure its timely completion. Senior officials of the civic body have also visited the places that have been plagued by waterlogging in the past years. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBesides taking steps to ensure that the logged water recedes fast from those areas, the officials have also identified the other infrastructural developments that need to be carried out for a permanent solution to the problem of waterlogging.Realising that besides desilting the drainage channels there is also a need to carry out the same in waterbodies under the jurisdiction of other agencies, senior officials of the department held meetings with the agencies and urged them to carry out the work. A senior official of the civic body said that water from North Howrah mainly recedes into Ranijhil, which falls under the jurisdiction of the railways. The civic body has written to the railway authorities, requesting them to desilt the lake. Senior officials of the civic body have also held a meeting with top brass of the railways in this connection.The civic authorities have also held meetings with Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authorities (KMDA) and the state Irrigation department. They held a discussion with KMDA authorities on necessary steps to be taken, to ensure that pumping stations function in full capacity during monsoon. At the same time, there was a discussion with Irrigation department officials as well, over desiltation of canals, including one in Nazirganj. Mayor Rathin Chakraborty said: “We carry out necessary work to check waterlogging every year. But this time, we have prepared a plan of action and initiated the work a bit early. Officials of all ranks are monitoring the work to ensure it gets executed properly in the grassroot level.” Bijin Krishna, commissioner of Howrah Municipal Corporation, said: “It is expected that the situation would be better this time, with necessary steps being taken to avoid waterlogging.”
BALURGHAT: Makhan Jha, a resident of Balurghat’s Mangalpur, has lodged a complaint on Monday claiming that he had been duped of Rs 50,000 after he shared his bank details with a person who introduced himself as a bank manager.Jha, a permanent resident of Bihar, has been staying in Balurghat for over a couple of years. Receiving complaint from him, police have started an investigation. None has been arrested so far. According to him, he has a savings account in a nationalised bank at its Balurghat branch. He used to keep cash there. A few days ago, a man introducing himself as the manager of that branch asked Jha about his bank account details or said his account would be closed. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe man asked for the OTP (One Time Password) set on his phone. Being convinced and without suspecting anything, Jha gave him all the details including the OTP. Last week, when Jha had gone to the branch for transaction details, he learnt that the said amount had been withdrawn from his account three consecutive times by some unknown hackers. He informed the bank manager about the incident of cheating. The bank manager advised Jha to lodge a police complaint. Later, he went and lodged a written complaint at Balurghat police station. Police said they are trying to solve the matter as soon as possible.
In its 97-year history, the Miss America Pageant has seen its share of bold moves. Jacque Mercer, who won the crown in 1949, was not only married, but divorced, during her reign. In 1985, Alecia Rae Masalkoski a contestant from Michigan, who happened to be a black belt in karate, walked on broken glass for the talent part of the competition.And in 2014, Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas and a National Guard soldier, showed off some serious tattoos (the insignia of the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her shoulder and the Serenity Prayer on her ribs) during the swimsuit portion of the show.Margaret Gorman, the First Miss America, 1921.But when it comes to being unconventional, you’d be hard-pressed to top Yolande Betbeze, Miss America 1951.The Alabama-born beauty, with her dark, exotic good looks, was hardly typical of the corn-fed types who paraded down the runway in years past. (Catty competitors scribbled Hairy Sits Here on Betbeze’s makeup mirror backstage.)Miss America pageant contestant Yolande Betbeze.No matter. Betbeze had charisma in spades, not to mention a beautiful operatic voice. In fact, the only reason she entered the Miss Alabama competition, a precursor to Miss America, was to win a scholarship to study singing in New York.“I was very naïve when I arrived in Atlantic City,” said Betbeze. “I mean coming from a small town in Alabama borrowing … high heels and taking the braces off my teeth. I had a ball.”The 1951 Miss America, Yolande Betbeze, with U.S. Navy sailors aboard the light aircraft carrier USS Monterey (CVL-26).The minute Betbeze stepped off the train, Lenora Slaughter, the pageant’s director, knew she was looking at the one to beat. “Yolande was the sexiest, most glamorous thing I had ever laid eyes on,” she would later recall.Betbeze herself wasn’t quite as confident. “I thought I was a little bit plain to be Miss America,” she said, “but I knew that I would do well in talent as an operatic coloratura, and indeed I did.” (For the first and possibly only time in the pageant’s history, a performer was called back for two curtain calls.)Yolande Betbeze wearing swimsuitBetbeze would become Miss America, but, as she recalled years later, “There was nothing but trouble from the minute that crown touched my head.” For one thing, she refused to sign the standard contract that required winners to take part in promotional appearances.Then, a real jaw-dropper: Betbeze flat-out refused to pose in a swimsuit ever again, stating, “I’m an opera singer, not a pinup.” That was problematic, because Catalina, the swimwear manufacturer, was a pageant sponsor.Miss America of 1952, Colleen Kay Hutchins, is crowned by Yolande Betbeze, Miss America 1951.Ticked off, the company withdrew its support and started two beauty pageants of their own: Miss USA and Miss Universe.When Betbeze’s reign mercifully came to a close, she moved to Manhattan and enrolled in the New School of Social Research. In the years that followed, she dabbled in modeling, became an off-Broadway producer, and even traveled to Cuba with a rodeo.She would also embrace social activism — participating in a 1953 vigil at Sing Sing prison to protest the execution of accused spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and joining civil rights protesters at Woolworth’s in Times Square to support black sit-ins at the store’s lunch counters in the South, during the turbulent 1960s. (“I’m a Southern girl,” declared Betbeze, “but I’m a thinking girl.”)Years later, Betbeze, feisty as ever, would attack the Miss America pageant for its lack of diversity. “‘How could we say it’s Miss America,’ I asked, ‘if it’s not open to all Americans?’” she was quoted saying in Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations, a 2011 book by Roy Hoffman. In 1954, Betbeze married Matthew Fox, a businessman and movie producer.When he died ten years later, Betbeze moved to Washington D.C., settling in the former Georgetown home of Jacqueline Kennedy, purchased in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination.Read another story from us: Clinched at the Ankles – The Hobble Skirt Rocked Fashion in the Early 1910sBetbeze was active in the town’s social scene until her death in 2016, at age 87. Though she avoided the ballyhoo of her reign as Miss America, it’s interesting — and kind of sweet — to note that in the years afterward, she held onto her crown.
Since no formal complaints were filed against the three, they were released from police custody. The three were accused of robberies, in particular, home robberies and an assault that took place at the Cancun Costco when a person was robbed of their cash. Cancún, Quintana Roo — Two Colombians released from police custody in Cancun have been found dead in Mexico City. On Sunday, a man and a woman of Colombian nationality were found shot to death in colonia Obrera de la Alcaldía Cuauhtémoc in Mexico City. The pair were part of a trio of Colombian nationals picked up by Cancun police in February for petty theft. Two of the three were discovered deceased around 11:00 a.m. Sunday along Isabel la Católica and Juan A. Mateos streets in CDMX next to the red car they allegedly traveled in. Police in Mexico City are using public surveillance cameras in their investigation. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
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SANTIAGO, Chile – Two men and a woman were arrested early Thursday on suspicion of involvement in a recent bombing in a subway station in the Chilean capital, police said.Fourteen people were injured when a homemade bomb rocked an area with food stalls inside the packed Escuela Militar station in Santiago at lunchtime on September 8.The government has deemed the unclaimed attack, the worst to hit Chile in 24 years, a “terrorist act” in what is considered by many to be the safest capital in Latin America.Prosecutors accused the three suspects of planting the bomb.Investigators also linked the three to another subway explosion that occurred in July but did not cause any injuries.“We welcome this morning’s news of the arrests of three suspects involved in terrorist acts we have seen over recent months,” Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo told reporters.President Michele Bachelet said the arrests were “an important step” toward solving the case and punishing those responsible.The three were arrested at a house in the densely populated La Pintana neighborhood early Thursday and taken to a police station in eastern Santiago, a police spokesman told AFP.Local media said police who searched the house found clothing with traces of gunpowder and tools that could be used to make bombs.So far, an investigation has found that those detained are part of a “fairly compact and tight cell,” said Raul Guzman, an official with the prosecutor’s office.He said there was still much to be done in the case.Last Friday, authorities in the northern city of Antofagasta arrested three men carrying dynamite and other ingredients that could be used for a bomb, but “terrorism” was ruled out as a motive in that case.The September 8 attack was the most destructive of some 200 unsolved bombings that have targeted banks, gyms, embassies and restaurants in the South American country over the past five years.Recommended: Chile bombings shake Latin America’s model nation Facebook Comments Related posts:Bomb rocks packed Chile metro station, 10 injured Chile bombings shake Latin America’s model nation Islamic State terrorists talked of entering U.S. through Mexico France, allies signal major response after Paris attacks leave at least 127 dead
Ed note: Heading out to this year’s 55th annual Fourth of July Celebration Saturday at the Cervecería Costa Rica? Check out our digital flipbook event program here. –The new U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica, S. Fitzgerald Haney, made his first public appearance Thursday during an Independence Day celebration at the ambassador’s residence in Escazú, southwest of the capital.Costa Rican Vice President Helio Fallas and acting Foreign Minster Alejandro Solano represented the Costa Rican government at the event celebrating the United States’ 239th Independence Day.“Over time our nation has extended equal rights and opportunities for all U.S. citizens. Our diversity is a strength and something personal for me,” Haney said as he recounted his ancestors’ participation in the American Revolution and his mother’s march for civil rights.“Beyond our own inheritance, as citizens of the world we celebrate democracy. Costa Rican democracy is a … reflection of a nation deeply committed to peace, faith, equality and respect for human rights. We are proud to be your neighbors and friends,” Haney told the crowd of Costa Rican guests and U.S. citizens.“The ties that bind our two countries, common ideals and future goals, have never been stronger,” he said.Haney’s mention of President Barack Obama’s move to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba won applause from the crowd, as did the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision granting citizens the constitutional right to same-sex marriage.Acting Foreign Minister Alejandro Solano said that the American Revolution was an inspirational example for Latin Americans who waged their own wars of independence against the Spanish Crown in the decades after U.S. independence.The United States and Costa Rica established formal diplomatic ties on July 10, 1851.Recommended: A look back at a different world: Remembering the Fourth of July Picnic, 1965 Facebook Comments Related posts:Obama lauds ‘shared democratic values’ in statement marking Costa Rica’s independence US Ambassador to Costa Rica: Embassy will remain at forefront of LGBT issues US ambassador to Costa Rica talks marijuana legalization, trade New ambassadors from Canada, EU, UK arrive in Costa Rica
Global hospitality management chain, Swiss-Belhotel International, has added even more luxury to The York by Swiss-Belhotel in Sydney with the introduction of stunning new suites.The Swiss-SuperSuites range from studios to a three-bedroom penthouse and have been designed with the hotel’s special guests in mind, giving the upscale property greater appeal to leisure or business travellers. Swiss-Belhotel International chairman and president Gavin Faull, said the new suites will add a lot of appeal to the property. “From the busy senior executive to the guest looking for an inner city oasis of relaxation, the Swiss-SuperSuites are a luxury experience to remember,” Mr Faull said.The York by Swiss-Belhotel is a serviced residence with 150 suites, with spacious rooms ranging from 60 square metres to 165 square metres.It offers studios, one, two and three-bedroom suites, with some boasting stunning Sydney Harbour views.Swiss-Belhotel International currently has more than 125 hotels, resort and projects in its global portfolio.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
GAO Analyzes Risk-Retention Rule On Tuesday the “”Government Accountability Office””:http://www.gao.gov/ (GAO) added to fears over rising mortgage rates by releasing a new report that casts concern on the role risk retention will play in the markets.[IMAGE]A provision in the Dodd-Frank Act obligates the “”GAO””:http://www.gao.gov/ to perform an economic impact analysis, making the report a timely one since it arrives on the heels of outcry from trade and industry associations. The report examined data from several mortgage servicers and analytics companies, including “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/kb/index?page=home, “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, and “”CoreLogic””:http://www.corelogic.com/.””A key challenge in implementing the Dodd-Frank Act’s provisions is balancing the goal of protecting borrowers from unsustainable mortgage products with the goal of maintaining broad access to mortgage credit,”” the report says. [COLUMN_BREAK]It added that mortgage-related provisions in Dodd-Frank would prescribe “”tradeoffs”” between additional consumer financial protection and a needed expansion in credit supply.The “”GAO””:http://www.gao.gov/ said that mortgage industry representatives reported that the approval of the risk-retention rule “”could disproportionately affect populations that tend to take out smaller mortgages such as lower-income, first-time, rural, and minority borrowers.””The risk-retention rule continues to create controversy in the mortgage lending and servicing industries. Much like the report, critics charge that the rule will stress banks, crimping the already-tight credit supply and offloading costs onto consumers.””If you end up with an overly restrictive-risk retention requirement, and if by a number of measures the risk-retention requirement is proposed, it will eliminate about 50 percent to 70 percent that GSEs are buying,”” says Bob Davis, EVP for mortgage markets and public policy at the “”American Bankers Association””:http://www.aba.com/default.htm.Asked how the risk-retention rule would impact banks, Davis said that “”these institutions [are] facing a very uncertain environment for multiple reasons as to their capital requirement. They’re building up capital for contingent liabilities├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª so they can remain in business if this new capital requirement is going to be imposed on them.”” July 20, 2011 509 Views Agents & Brokers GAO Lenders & Servicers QRM Service Providers 2011-07-20 Ryan Schuette in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Share
By Stelios OrphanidesIn May, non-performing loans in the Cypriot banking system fell by €127.2m in a month to €23bn or 46.2 per cent of the total mainly on a drop in corporate loans, the Central Bank of Cyprus said.Corporate non-performing loans decreased in May by €106.1m to below €10.6bn mainly on a reduction of delinquent loans extended to small and medium size enterprises by €83.5m to €9.2bn, the central bank said in a statement on its website on Friday. Household non-performing loans fell by €26.8m to below €12bn.In May, 90 days past due loans rose by €3.6m to €17.8bn mainly on a €75.5m increase in household loans in arrears and together with a €10.5m increase in the case of other financial corporations to €391.44m, the offset a €82.4m reduction to €88bn in the case of corporations, the central bank said.The overall amount of restructured facilities in May fell by €52.3m to €12.9m mainly on a €25.5m reduction in the case of households followed by €15.1m drop in the case of companies, the bank supervisor said. The amount of restructured loans being serviced fell by €54.5m to €9.1bn mainly on a €35.8m drop in the case of non-financial corporations and €13.2m in the case of households.The overall cure ratio of restructured loans was 70 per cent in May, the central bank said. In the case of companies, it was also 70 per cent and in the case of households 72 per cent.Total provisions fell by €58.9m to €9.8bn, in the fifth month of the year, the central bank said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
06Jan Rep. Lucido schedules office hours for 36th District Categories: Lucido News,News State Rep. Peter J. Lucido, R-Shelby Township, will host six in-district office hours over the next three months to meet with residents of the 36th House District.“My primary responsibility is representing the residents of my home district in Lansing,” said Rep. Lucido. “These in-district hours at the Shelby Township and Washington Township senior centers allows me the opportunity to properly do that, providing an open venue to hear concerns and ideas from constituents that I will take with me to the Capitol.”Residents can meet with Rep. Lucido at the following dates and times:Shelby Township Senior Center, located at 51670 Van Dyke RoadMonday, Jan. 30, at 9-10:30 a.m.Monday, Feb. 27, at 6:30-8 p.m.Monday, March 20, at 6:30-8 p.m.Washington Township Senior Center, located at 57880 Van Dyke RoadMonday, Jan. 23, at 6:30-8 p.m.Monday, Feb. 13, at 9-10:30 a.m.Monday, Mar. 13, at 9-10:30 a.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Residents unable to meet during the scheduled office hours are encouraged to contact Rep. Lucido’s office by phone at (888) MICH-REP, or by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov.###
Share18TweetShareEmail18 Sharesphoto.ua / Shutterstock.comAugust 31st, 2015; Denver PostThe battle over cultural funding in the Denver area continues. As reported by NPQ, a taskforce has made recommendations about how to allocate funds generated for the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The problem? Many of Denver and the surrounding area’s arts, cultural, and scientific organizations are unhappy with those recommendations, which are criticized for being inequitable and irrelevant.The SCFD fund is predicted to reach $87 million in 2016 and will be split among three tiers. The taskforce endorsed a plan that would see Denver’s five largest cultural institutions, which make up Tier I, receive 57 percent of SCDF funding. Tier II, which is made up of 27 organizations, would receive 26 percent, and the remaining 17 percent would be given to the nearly 300 organizations classified as Tier III. The taskforce, made up of 11 members, took nearly four years to develop this proposal, making use of a volunteer base of 350 people who donated “more than 2,500 hours to identify and evaluate options,” according to Denver Post Fine Arts Critic Ray Mark Rinaldi.However, many stakeholders from Tier II and III organizations say that they were not consulted and that the whole process was biased towards Denver’s largest cultural institutions. These individuals have now banded together to form the Friends of Arts & Culture Equity, or FACE, with the goal of reopening the discussion with the SCFD board and taskforce. A lobbyist has been hired to ensure that elected officials are aware of the implications of the SCFD proposed funding model.FACE has strong allies in their quest for economic justice. Mayor Christine Berg of Lafayette, Colorado, asked all other Boulder County mayors to oppose the SCFD’s proposal. It is important to note that although Boulder contributes $4.5 million annually to the SCFD, Boulder’s cultural organizations only see $995,000 in SCFD funding. Berg says the proposed funding model will “exacerbate the imbalanced SCFD funding as growth occurs.”Echoing previous critics of the plan, Tier III member Stella Yu, executive director of Arts Street, noted that “only…Tier IIIs have organizations owned and operated by minorities…taking risks in programs that increase diversity.” Indeed, while the SCFD was lauded as innovative when the program began in the 1980s, many detractors are now characterizing it as outdated. As in NPQ’s previous newswire on the subject, questions of accessibility are being raised. While the SCFD may have been a fitting solution in 1988, the cultural landscape has since shifted; organizations are popping up in suburbs throughout the region, rather than in Denver, and the Denver area now boasts a much more ethnically diverse population.If there’s one thing that SCFD and FACE can agree on, it’s that neither wants to alienate voters, who will go to the polls in 2016. Because voters must approve the SCFD funding, both sides are interested in dealing with this dispute as quietly as possible. However, if the escalating use of lobbyists, news stories, and media releases is any indication, this conversation will be anything but quiet.—Maggie Hodge KwanShare18TweetShareEmail18 Shares