Somalia UN envoy urges government to expand its rule prevent return of

18 January 2007The top United Nations envoy for Somalia travelled to Mogadishu, the capital, today for high-level talks with the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), urging it to seize this “rare opportunity” to expand its authority after the recent ouster of Islamic groups and prevent a resurgence of the warlords who tore the country apart for the past 16 years. The top United Nations envoy for Somalia travelled to Mogadishu, the capital, today for high-level talks with the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), urging it to seize this “rare opportunity” to expand its authority after the recent ouster of Islamic groups and prevent a resurgence of the warlords who tore the country apart for the past 16 years. “The TFG should work to establish an effective administration at district and regional levels,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative François Lonsény Fall after meeting with President Abdullahi Yusuf at Villa Somalia and later with civil society leaders.Until Ethiopian-backed government forces pushed the Union of the Islamic Courts (UIC) out of Mogadishu and much of the rest of the country last month, the TGF had been isolated in the provincial town of Baidoa in a country that has had no functioning central government since the regime of Muhammad Siad Barre was toppled in 1991.Mr. Fall urged the TFG to avoid a power vacuum in the areas it holds. “In the process, it should avoid the reinstallation of former warlords who have lost credibility nationally and within the international community,” he said.He stressed that the dialogue for peace and reconciliation should embrace all national stakeholders. “These must include clan and religious leaders, the business community, women’s groups and other representatives of civil society – everyone who has expressed their commitment to peace and reconciliation in keeping with the principles of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Charter,” he said.Since the ouster of the UIC, which seized control of Mogadishu in June and progressively extended its control, UN officials from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon down underscored the historic opportunity the country now has to restore peace and stability. Mr. Fall noted that Ethiopia had recently repeated its desire to withdraw troops quickly and that Kenya, as Chair of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east African group, this week reported that several African countries had expressed their intention to join Uganda in providing forces for a peace support and training mission.“I hope this will happen quickly and that an African Union and IGAD force can take on the role of protecting the TFG and training its army,” he said. “I am hopeful that the international community will also come in behind these efforts with the necessary funding and technical support for the operation.”He encouraged representatives of civil society to help build a conducive atmosphere for an inclusive dialogue towards reconciliation. “Civil society has an especially important role to play in Somalia’s revival today,” he said. “Its actions can reach beyond clan and personal interests and promote the well-being of all Somalis.”Mr. Fall appealed to all parties to recognize that the current conflict had imposed an additional humanitarian burden on the civilian population. “Many thousands of people are in desperate circumstances, including some 440,000 people displaced by flooding in the south,” he said. “The United Nations needs secure access to meet their needs. These people need our help and they need it now.”Yesterday the UN humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, Eric Laroche, urged the international aid community to set up substantial operations in Mogadishu, and UN agencies are already providing food and other aid to tens of thousands of flood victims and others who have fled the fighting in the south and north of the country. read more

Sirisena and Ranil telephone reelected Bangladesh PM

Wishing the prime minister-elect future successes, the Sri Lankan president and PM hoped that the bilateral relations between the countries will strengthen further in coming days. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have congratulated Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her party’s emphatic victory in the 11th parliamentary polls, Bangla Tribune reported.Sirisena called the ruling Awami League chief Hasina around 12:45pm Tuesday (Jan 1) while Wickremesinghe called around 01:00pm to congratulate the premier on retaining office with a landslide win in the polls. read more

Crude oil slips back below US94 a barrel after Wednesdays big runup

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2014 2:49 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil edged lower Thursday, a day after recording its biggest gain of the new year.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude oil for February delivery slipped 21 cents to close at US$93.96 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after having surged $1.58 to settle at $94.17 in New York on Wednesday.Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, fell 52 cents to $105.75.The market was buoyed Wednesday by a report from the U.S. Energy Department that showed oil supplies fell by 7.7 million barrels last week, the seventh straight weekly decline. Analysts expected a more modest drop of 1.6 million barrels.On Thursday, OPEC said in a report that it expects global demand for oil to increase by around one million barrels a day, up from an increase of 900,000 barrels a day in 2013.But supply is also on the rise and OPEC revised up slightly its estimates for oil supplies from non-OPEC countries for both 2013 and 2014.In other energy futures trading in New York, wholesale gasoline fell three cents to US$2.60 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), hating oil was flat at US$2.98 a gallon and natural gas rose six cents to US$4.38 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) The oil pipeline and tank storage facilities at the Husky Energy oil terminal in Hardisty, Alta., June 20, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESSL/arry MacDougal Crude oil slips back below US$94 a barrel after Wednesday’s big run-up AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

IBC and NioCorp successfully cast aluminiumscandium alloys

first_imgIBC Advanced Alloys and NioCorp Developments Ltd have announced the successful manufacture of several aluminium-scandium alloy ingots.  These test pours occurred at IBC’s Wilmington, Massachusetts Engineered Materials facility using scandium purchased commercially by NioCorp.The ingots, representing a range of scandium content, will now undergo chemical analysis and other metallurgical testing to confirm the microstructure and performance of the alloys. This testing is the basis for commercializing aluminium-scandium alloys.“I am very pleased with the successful execution by Chris Huskamp and his team of this initial production campaign, and we look forward to reviewing the results of follow-on testing to confirm material specifications,” said Major General Duncan (David) Heinz (USMC, ret.), IBC’s President and CEO.  “This is a significant milestone in our joint development effort with NioCorp to seed the market in order to unlock the enormous value of scandium in a wide range of high-performance applications across multiple markets.”“This is an exciting launch of what could be a new phase of commercial operations for both IBC and for NioCorp,” said Mark A. Smith, who serves as Chair of IBC’s Board and is Executive Chair and CEO of NioCorp.  “Developing high-performance alloys and processes that incorporate metals such as scandium requires significant expertise and know-how.  The Board and I look forward to Chris’ team continuing to advance this effort toward a potential launch of new commercial operations.”Alloys that incorporate scandium have been produced for more than 50 years for a wide variety of applications in the defense and civilian sectors. When combined with aluminum and other metals, for example, scandium helps to make a very strong and lightweight alloy material that can deliver significant performance enhancements, weight savings, fuel efficiency, and air emissions reductions in transportation systems.  The former Soviet Union reportedly used scandium-bearing alloys in high-performance jet fighters and in other military aerospace systems.However, despite the many well-understood benefits of scandium, widespread use of the metal has been limited by severely constrained global supply chains. No single dedicated mine in the world today currently produces scandium, and only 10-15 t of scandium oxide material is estimated to be produced globally.  OnG Commodities has estimated latent demand for scandium at several hundred tonnes per year in the aerospace sector alone.1Huskamp, who leads IBC’s team of metallurgists and alloy production specialists, is President of IBC’s Engineered Materials Division, which currently manufactures high-performance beryllium-aluminum alloy parts for a number of systems in both the defense and civilian sectors. He is a former Boeing Associate Technical Fellow in advanced metallic processes, and is credited as a named co-inventor of two patents regarding scandium-bearing aluminium alloys.NioCorp is currently developing the Elk Creek Superalloy Materials Project, an advanced materials processing facility planned for southeast Nebraska that expects to produce just over 100 t/y of scandium trioxide, as well as niobium and titanium products. Such large-scale production of scandium in Nebraska would establish the USA as a global superpower of scandium.last_img read more

Michael Kraus with light injuries after car accident

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Ebola outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it

first_imgWEST AFRICA’S EBOLA-HIT nations have agreed to impose a cross-border isolation zone at the epicentre of the world’s worst-ever outbreak, amid warnings that the deadly epidemic is spiralling out of control.The announcement came at an emergency summit in the Guinean capital on Friday to discuss the outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people, with the World Health Organization warning Ebola could cause “catastrophic” loss of life and severe economic disruption if it continued to spread.“We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter-country level to focus on cross-border regions that have more than 70 percent of the epidemic,” said Hadja Saran Darab, the secretary-general of the Mano River Union bloc grouping the nations.“These areas will be isolated by police and military. The people in these areas being isolated will be provided with material support,” she said at the meeting in Conakry.Opening the summit, WHO chief Margaret Chan told leaders that the response of the three countries to the epidemic had been “woefully inadequate”, revealing that the outbreak was “moving faster than our efforts to control it”. “If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socio-economic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries,” Chan said.She described the outbreak as “by far the largest ever in the nearly four-decade history of this disease”.“It is taking place in areas with fluid population movements over porous borders, and it has demonstrated its ability to spread via air travel, contrary to what has been seen in past outbreaks,” she told the summit.“Cases are occurring in rural areas which are difficult to access, but also in densely populated capital cities. This meeting must mark a turning point in the outbreak response.”$100 million action planThe leaders of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea used the summit to launch a €75 million action plan that will see several hundred more medical staff deployed to battle the epidemic.The three countries will also bolster efforts to prevent and detect suspected cases, urge better border surveillance, and reinforce the WHO’s sub-regional outbreak coordination centre in Guinea. Liberian soldiers walk through streets. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesDarab did not outline the exact area to be part of the isolation zone, but the epicentre of the outbreak has a diameter of almost 300km, spreading from Kenema in eastern Sierra Leone to Macenta in southern Guinea, and taking in most of Liberia’s extreme northern forests.“The healthcare services in these zones will be strengthened for treatment, testing and contact tracing to be carried out effectively,” she said.The meeting came after Dubai’s Emirates became the first global airline to announce it was suspending flights to the stricken area, while the United States, Germany, France and Italy have issued warnings against travel to the three African countries.US President Barack Obama announced on Friday that the United States would screen delegates travelling from Ebola-hit countries to Washington for a three-day Africa summit next week.Two Americans infected with Ebola in West Africa will be evacuated back to the United States in the coming days to be cared for in strict isolation, US officials said.Kent Brantly, a doctor who was treating Ebola patients in Liberia, and Christian missionary worker Nancy Writebol, were being flown home, but it was not immediately clear when they would arrive back in the US.Meanwhile Nigeria quarantined two people who had “primary contact” with a man who died of Ebola in Lagos last week.The WHO raised the death toll by 57 to 729 on Thursday, announcing that 122 new cases had been detected between Thursday and Sunday last week, bringing the total to more than 1,300.“Current numbers of national and international response staff are woefully inadequate,” Chan said, revealing that 60 health workers had died treating patients in the outbreak.State of emergency Sierra Leone’s leader Ernest Bai Koroma has announced a state of emergency, quarantining Ebola-hit areas and cancelling foreign trips by ministers, while Liberia has closed all of its schools and put government workers on leave.Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf warned ahead of the summit that the crisis was “nearing a catastrophe” and appealed for more doctors and supplies. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesEbola, which has no vaccine, causes severe muscular pain, fever, headaches and, in the worst cases, unstoppable bleeding.It has killed around two-thirds of those it has infected since its emergence in 1976, with two outbreaks registering fatality rates approaching 90 percent.The death rate in the current outbreak is a lower-than-average 55 percent.Fears that it could spread to other continents through air travel have been growing, with European and Asian countries on alert alongside African countries outside the Ebola crisis zone.In Britain, Sierra Leone cyclist Moses Sesay was quarantined and tested for Ebola at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, before being given the all-clear, the athlete told a British newspaper.Kenya, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Benin said they had enhanced screening at border points and airports.Pan-African airlines Arik and ASKY have halted flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone, while Asia-Pacific nations from Hong Kong to Australia have announced tighter security measures at airports, some warning against travel to the Ebola-hit countries.© – AFP 2014Read: Two Americans infected with Ebola being evacuated back to US >Read: World Health Organisation launches €75 million ebola plan >last_img read more

AIConnected Ara Electric Toothbrush Makes Oral Hygiene Fun

first_img What do you get the person who has everything—except good dental hygiene?The AI-powered Ara electric toothbrush claims to help keep your teeth on the nice list this holiday season.Following a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2014, smart oral care company Kolibree launched its first artificially intelligent toothbrush in January.Complete with 3D motion sensors, accelerometers, a gyroscope, and a magnetometer, the Bluetooth-enabled device knows precisely which areas of your mouth you are (and aren’t) brushing.My fancy electric toothbrush vibrates desperately every 30 seconds, advising me it’s time to move on to the next segment of teeth; after the recommended two minutes of cleaning, it gives a hearty buzz and I rinse.It doesn’t, however, email weekly reports highlighting how well I’ve taken care of my pearly whites.“The AI capabilities of Ara to gather and provide personalized data even when the user brushes ‘offline’ is what sets Ara apart from any other toothbrush on the market,” Kolibree founder and CEO Thomas Serval said in a statement.For the full experience, download Kolibree’s free companion app (for iOS or Android) and follow the prompts. You’ll be asked to brush your teeth “as if nobody is watching.”Nobody but the embedded AI system, which records your natural pattern and measures personal progress. The app automatically syncs with Ara to highlight missed spots and provide recommendations for improvement.See what you’ve missed (via Kolibree)“Adults are not going to stare at a mobile app every time they brush their teeth,” Kolibree founder and CEO Thomas Serval said in a statement. “At the same time, people want the data that shows if they are really brushing as well as they think they are.”Kids, on the other hand, can easily be tricked into better hygiene by cartoon characters.“The company has learned that children are motivated to brush their teeth, and have learned to brush better, when enticed by a mobile game,” like Kolibree’s in-app title Go Pirate.Snag your own AI-connected toothbrush, or gift one to a friend in need, for $129; Ara comes with one brush head and an induction charger. Stuff a pack of three additional heads into someone’s stocking for $19. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

Revenue Control Unit and Treasury Department Reopens

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Sept 2015 – Almost two weeks after being shut down due mold and other sanitary reasons the Treasury Department and Revenue Control Unit has officially reopened as of 8am, today, Wednesday, September 9th.Persons can now return to the location at Town Centre Mall, Downtown, Providenciales to conduct government related transactions and business. Related Items:reopens, revenue control, treasury department Recommended for you A Pearl wins Graceway Supermarkets prize car Eliza Simons Primary reopens today Front Street Grand Turk re-openslast_img read more

Ashley Monroe Talks Sparrow Eminem Pistol Annies More

first_img Twitter From writing songs about her dog to showing a sexier side in her music, the East Tennessee singer/songwriter blazes a new trail on her fourth LPNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 22, 2018 – 12:28 pm You might not recognize Ashley Monroe’s new album, Sparrow, right away — at least not until her unmistakable voice delivers the first few words 12 seconds into the opening track, “Orphan.” Monroe made a sharp left turn on her fourth full-length album, honing in on total honesty and sensuality in her songs and teaming up with GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Cobb to add an extra layer of gorgeous strings, roomy glue and heart-worn grit to her unmistakably East Tennessee style.While the album has a different feel from her earlier work, it also feels undeniably authentic. The album’s focus flows from Monroe’s family relationships to her most personal fantasies and desires. Perhaps Sparrow steps out of country’s shadow and leans toward Americana, but it still all starts with the song.”I just love writing about and singing about what I’m feeling right then. If it’s sexy and sensual, I’ll write something like ‘Hands On You’ or ‘Wild Love,'” says Monroe. “I really had never written songs like that until this album.”The first single, “Hands On You,” offers a particularly candid, lucid and daring moment on the album. The song presents a sexy side of Monroe and uses sultry imagery devices she channeled from one of her songwriting heroes, Aimee Mann.”Well, I had that [she sings] ‘I wish I lay my hands on you.’ I had that started and the melody started when I went in with [the song’s co-writer] Jon Randall,” she says. “He and I both love Aimee Mann. … We were just talking about, let’s make it great. Let’s make some ‘innuendos indiscreet,’ you know? That was like, ‘What would Aimee Mann say?’ Let’s just not make it boring; let’s keep it real. ‘Bathroom stall,’ all that stuff. We wanted to have those gritty lyrics in it.””I’m all about putting an image to a song. I actually think of an image a lot when I sing. I’ll associate an image with that song.”From Sparrow’s honest writing process to its organic recording process, Monroe set out to make an album with nothing to hide, and it worked. A key decision toward that end was working with Cobb, who has experienced unmatched success in recent years with acts such as Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson. The key to Cobb’s sound, and to Monroe’s transformation, lies in the vibe.”Dave is actually super laid back in the studio,” says Monroe. “It seems like a simple thing but he didn’t try to fight me or, ‘Because I’m the producer I have this idea.’ He lets things breathe until it becomes perfect. It’s really a beautiful way of approaching it.”The ease in the process can be heard on the aforementioned album opener, “Orphan.” Monroe lists “She Wakes Me Up” as another one of her favorites from the album.”That started about my dog, Betty,” she says. “I would sing ‘Oh, my Betty, she’s the light of the world. She wakes me up with the sun in her eyes,’ every morning when she would come to me. And then I started thinking, ‘I like this song. This is more than a Betty song.’ Then, at the time, I was trying to get pregnant and thinking, ‘We’re having a kid,’ and in my mind, I’m thinking, ‘It’s gonna be a girl, so I’m just gonna finish this song for my future child that will be a girl.’ But it wasn’t. I kept it she. Betty still loves when I sing that to her.”Where many artists find themselves slowing down as life changes under their feet — Monroe gave birth to her first child, Dalton, Aug. 4, 2017 — Sparrow is only the beginning of a wealth of new material the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter says is inspired in part by these major milestones. Ashley Monroe Talks ‘Sparrow,’ Eminem, Pistol Annies & More News Facebook Email Ashley Monroe On ‘Sparrow,’ Pistol Annies & More ashley-monroe-talks-sparrow-eminem-pistol-annies-more “I’ve written a lot more since I’ve had my son. I just feel more confident, you know? I always want to keep music pure,” says Monroe. “The world is so complicated, and everything is complicated, but when the music’s pure, I feel like people can escape it for a little bit. I always want to keep it honest. I want to keep it true. Not to say everything I write has to be about my life, but I just want to keep it true and real.”Monroe’s prolific writing period has also spilled into the other project she’s become famous for, her collaboration with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley as Pistol Annies. The country supergroup are heading into the studio next month to resume working on their third full-length album.”Angaleena, Miranda and I are the most real and honest versions of ourselves as human beings when we’re around each other,” says Monroe. “It’s crazy how fast the walls fall. That’s why I think that we can write from our true selves. We all have that input in every single song. I feel like this album will be definitely a more grown-up version, cause we’ve grown up a lot since our last one. That’s [not] to say there’s not still humor and all that stuff. There’s heavy topics too, but these are hands-down the favorite songs we’ve ever written.” Visibly excited about all the new music she’s working on, Monroe also teases more solo material in the works. With essentially two main musical projects going at once, a long list of collaborations and live appearances, plus a busy family life with an infant (and don’t forget Betty), she has come to cherish the few quiet moments her life has to offer.”Yesterday, I flew here [to New York] from Nashville. It was very hectic at home, lots going on. Dalton’s sick. This morning I woke up and I had coffee while reading the E.B. White ‘[Here Is] New York’ book in complete silence,” she says, smiling wide. “I had the most amazing morning just doing that.”Monroe is wise to take any opportunity she can to unwind, as her whirlwind year seems to only be getting started. And considering how far she’s come, musically and personally in the first decade of her career — from a budding country talent drawing big-time Nashville buzz and comparisons to Dolly Parton, to a family woman and an artist all her own with a bona fide Americana authenticity. Anything seems possible from here.When asked who she still dreams of collaborating with, Monroe presented a formidable wish list, including Ray LaMontange, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Ryan Adams, David Gray, and even Bobbie Gentry. But Monroe’s scope is even wider when it comes to the possibilities, as the success and transformation she has seen in her life and career have removed any musical barricades.”I just like so many different kinds of music. Eminem, he’s an amazing writer. I would really like to write a beautiful hook, [like] Dido. … I love those samples,” says Monroe. “I love Lil Wayne. He’s an amazing writer. I really don’t see any boundaries anymore. I feel like everything can fit in anywhere.”Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead morelast_img read more

Man found dead on trail outside Aniak

first_imgAniak. (Google Maps screenshot)An investigation into a death in Aniak has taken an odd turn, with someone else connected to the situation found dead yesterday.Alaska State Troopers earlier in the week put out a missing person alert for Aniak resident Thomas “Tommy” Tom, after a yet-to-be-identified man was found dead in his house on Sunday.Now Tommy Tom has been found dead, along a trail outside of Aniak.Troopers report that the body of Tom was found in the woods. He was not wearing adequate winter clothing, and had apparently tried to start a camp fire.There were no signs of foul play, but the body is being sent to the state medical examiners’ for an autopsy.Thomas Tom was 57-years-old.Troopers are still investigating the first Aniak death this week.last_img read more

Dengue outbreak 2 children die 2176 more hospitalised

first_imgTwo people, including a child, have died of dengue and 2,176 new patients have been hospitalised across the country as the number of dengue infections has marked a rise again after a fall for two consecutive days, reports UNB.The new deaths were recorded in Dinajpur and Barishal on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning while the new infections in 24 hours till Saturday morning.A teenage girl, hailing from Thakurgaon, succumbed to the mosquito-borne fever at Dinajpur General Hospital on Friday afternoon.The deceased is Opi Rani Saha, 17, daughter of Anukul Chandra Roy of Lehemba village in Ranishankail upazila of Thakurgaon.AH Anwarul Islam, civil surgeon of Thakurgaon, said Opi was admitted to Thakurgaon Modern Hospital on 5 August after being diagnosed with dengue after her return from Dhaka on 4 August.She was referred to M Abdur Rahim Medical College Hospital in Dinajpur on Friday following deterioration of her condition.However, she was taken to Dinajpur General Hospital as she fell unconscious on the way. Physicians declared her dead when she was brought to the hospital, the civil surgeon said.Family sources said Opi enrolled in a coaching centre in the capital for university admission after passing the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination from Rangpur Cantonment Public School and College.In Barishal, Rusha, 10, hailing from Jhalakati district, died at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital on Saturday morning, said Bakir Hossain, director of the hospital.Rusha was admitted to the hospital around 8:30pm on Friday with dengue and breathed her last around 9am.The new dengue infections saw a rise by 174 than Friday’s 2,002. Of these, 1,065 cases were reported from Dhaka alone.The number of dengue patients came down to 2,002 on Friday from Thursday’s 2,326 and Wednesday’s 2,428.The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) prepared the data based on reports sent to it by 40 hospitals, including 30 private ones.Since January, 38,844 patients were admitted to hospitals with dengue and 29,395 recovered, the government said.Currently, 9,420 patients, including children, are undergoing treatment at hospitals.Official data show the death toll as 29 but unofficial estimates suggest the number much higher.last_img read more

Florida Republican Leader Posts Support for Roseannes Racist Tweet

first_imgThe Associated PressA Republican leader in Florida has said he doesn’t understand the anger generated by Roseanne Barr’s tweet comparing a former adviser to President Barack Obama to an ape.Lake County Republican Committeeman Ralph Smith posted an image of Valerie Jarrett and a character from “Planet of the Apes” on Facebook with the caption, “And the issue with Roseanne is?” Barr’s tweet likening Jarrett to a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and a “Planet of the Apes” actor sparked nationwide criticism and prompted ABC to cancel its reboot of the comedy show “Roseanne.”The Daily Commercial in Leesburg, Fla., published a story May 30 quoting Smith as saying that he thought the comparison was “funny.”No one answered the phone at Smith’s home and business May 31. The chairman of the Lake County Republicans didn’t respond to e-mail and phone messages.Smith deleted his post Wednesday. On a radio show he hosts, he said he doesn’t care about a person’s color, only their values.Separately, a Republican campaign operative in Georgia was criticized for tweeting a photo of Jarrett with the caption, “FYI, this is the ‘African-American’ that @therealroseanne offended. Questions?”Weathers told The Associated Press his tweet was in fact making fun of Barr for claiming she didn’t know Jarrett was Black.Weathers headed Trump’s state campaign in Georgia for a short time and he most recently managed the campaign of state Sen. Michael Williams in his failed run to be the GOP nominee for governor.last_img read more

Graphene on Toast Paves Way for Edible Electronics

first_img Silkworms Engineered to Produce Spider SilkNanotube “Rebar” Makes Graphene Even Stronger Stay on target Graphene: It’s what’s for dinner.Scientists at Rice University are testing new ways to embed graphene patterns onto food, fabric, wood, and other objects.Famed for its toughness and conductivity, the basic structural element has been touted as a “miracle material,” ideal for use in fast-charging batteries and edible electronics.AdChoices广告It’s the latter that most interests Rice chemist James Tour, who is leading an investigation into ways to embed conductive identification tags and sensors directly into products.Rice University chemist James Tour shows a potato enhanced with a conductive pattern of laser-induced graphene (via Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The process is an extension of the Tour lab’s ongoing experimentation with laser-induced graphene (LIG).Most recently, researchers developed a method for making graphene foam—a two-dimensional form of carbon—that can be written into materials and used in various applications (like heat-activated clothing or RFID food tags).“This is not ink,” Tour said in a statement. “This is taking the material itself and converting it into graphene.”Multiple laser passes with a defocused beam allow scientists to write LIG patterns (in this case, the Rice “R” and own logos) into cloth, paper, potatoes, coconut shells, cork, and toast.“Very often, we don’t see the advantage of something until we make it available,” Tour said. “Perhaps all food will have a tiny RFID tag that gives you information about where it’s been, how long it’s been stored, its country and city of origin, and the path it took to get to your table.”LIG tags could also help detect E. coli or other harmful microorganisms.“They could light up and give you a signal that you don’t want to eat this,” Tour suggested. “All that could be placed not on a separate tag … but on the food itself.”Rice scientists used a laser to burn graphene in the form of a Rice Owl into a piece of cloth (via Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Read more about the procedure and its potential functions in a paper published last week in the journal ACS Nano.Tour co-authored the study with Rice graduate students Yieu Chyan and Yilun Li, alumnus Ruquan Ye, and postdoctoral fellow Swatantra Pratap Singh and Christopher Arnus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.last_img read more

When art heals reforms

first_imgIn order to ensure the rehabilitation of the adolescent inmates of Tihar Jail, the Legends of India have brought in Ratno Rudro, the leading Art Director of the national Capital to train the young inmates in visual art. Ratno Rudro is an external faculty, who is assisted by eight artists to guide the inmates in this art project. The endeavor began on June 24. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Alok Kumar Verma, the Director General of Delhi Prison (Tihar) played a pivotal role in organizing the visual art classes and said that “the training sessions shall be held every fortnight for the adolescents, as their rehabilitation is a major concern. The aim is to bring in positivity into their lives by providing them a path to settle in today’s competitive world.”He added that the art classes will also bring out the creative side of the inmates and help jail authorities to have an insight into their thinking. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMore than 100 inmates were present for the art session. In the session, they were taught to creatively use their hand and foot prints to paint small leaves, bushes and birds. Dipayan Mazumdar, the Chairman, Legends of India said, “Some of their art work was so encouraging that we hope to hold an exhibition of their works by the end of this year for the world to see. A Facebook page for the inmates shall soon be created to present the work online. It would reflect the creative and aesthetic side of the Tihar inmates. Many of these inmates have a great artistic sense.” At the end of the session, he announced that 20 adolescent inmates shall be handpicked based on their existing skills for a short course in graphic design. This will help the inmates to become eligible for self-employment and it will also help them to find a job in the competitive market.  While concluding the session, he also appreciated the efforts made by the Tihar inmates and has many plans for them in the future. He added that they reflected upon ideas and stories that they were trying to tell via their respective paintings.“This exercise will enable them to raise above the root cause of crime, violence and addiction and also provide them an outlet to their emotions, enabling emotional growth,” He further added.last_img read more

Porter back to Stephenville for the holidays

first_img Share Posted by Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Porter back to Stephenville for the holidays Tags: Newfoundland, Porter Airlinescenter_img TORONTO — Porter Airlines is returning to Stephenville, Newfoundland, this holiday season.The holiday schedule offers roundtrip service on Wednesdays on Dec. 20, 27 and Jan. 3. Service is also available to Ottawa International Airport and to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on the same aircraft.“Porter recognizes these flights are an important connection for the community and we’re happy to be a part of bringing families together, especially around the holidays,” said Robert Deluce, President and CEO, Porter Airlines.“As we celebrate Porter Airlines’ fourth summer of success in Stephenville, today’s announcement carries a very special significance for families in western Newfoundland,” said Brenda Martin, CEO of Stephenville Airport. “Our customers have asked for more Porter flights to Stephenville, and by adding three flights for the holidays we are thrilled to make the region more accessible than ever for our customers coming home for Christmas.” Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Servicers Report Q4 Consumer Relief To Settlement Monitor Investigation of Ocwen Continues

first_img Share In an update on consumer relief activities from SunTrust Mortgage and Ocwen Financial, two parties to the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement (NMS), independent settlement monitor Joseph A. Smith, Jr., said he will continue to investigate Ocwen over the possibility of noncompliance with terms of the NMS.In what was Ocwen’s second report on consumer relief under the NMS, the Atlanta-based servicer reported that through the end of the fourth quarter in 2014, 21,257 borrowers had completed first-lien modifications and benefited from $1.9 billion in consumer relief. That figure computes to approximately $91,000 per borrower. Ocwen also reported that an additional 284,089 borrowers had either started a trial modification or were offered or approved for a trial modification by the end of Q4. These were Ocwen’s self-reported numbers and they have not been credited by the monitor as of yet.Smith, who is overseeing Ocwen’s compliance with the terms of the NMS, said his team launched an investigation in May 2014 after hearing from an employee about “serious deficiencies in Ocwen’s internal review group process” and issues relating to erroneously dated foreclosure notices to about 7,000 borrowers. The latter issue resulted in Ocwen reaching a $150 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services in December. In the latest update on the NMS, Smith his investigation of Ocwen’s compliance with the standards of the NMS continues. Ocwen falls under Smith’s supervision due to Ocwen’s acquisition of mortgage servicing rights from a unit of Ally Financial, one of the original banks included in the settlement.“I am encouraged by Ocwen’s consumer relief progress, but I continue to investigate issues of potential noncompliance with the NMS servicing standards,” Smith said. “My team and I take this matter seriously, and this investigation is ongoing. I will report my findings later this spring.”Regarding the investigation, Ocwen released a statement saying, “Ocwen is continuing to fully cooperate with the National Mortgage Settlement Monitor. We are committed to full compliance with all regulatory requirements.”In what was SunTrust’s first report to the monitor on progress toward fulfilling consumer relief obligations under the NMS, the Atlanta-based financial services company said that 6,139 borrowers have benefited from some type of consumer relief offered by SunTrust. More than 3,000 borrowers who are either first-time homebuyers, live in hardest-hit areas, or have lost a home to foreclosure or short sale received new loans, according to SunTrust, and the company offered first-lien modification forgiveness totaling $6 million to 49 borrowers – approximately $123,602 per borrower. These numbers, like Ocwen’s, are self-reported by SunTrust and are awaiting review from the monitor before they are officially credited toward SunTrust’s obligation under the terms of the NMS.”This is SunTrust’s first report on its progress toward fulfilling its $500 million obligation under the National Mortgage Settlement,” Smith said. “This data is gross and self-reported, and my team and I are in the process of crediting SunTrust’s consumer relief progress.”The NMS was originally finalized in April 2012 between 49 states and the District of Columbia, the federal government, and five banks and/or mortgage servicers (Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, ResCap Parties, and Wells Fargo), creating new servicing standards and providing relief to distressed homeowners as well as funding for state and federal governments. As part of the agreement, the five servicers were required to provide $20 billion in consumer relief and $5 billion in other payments. The settlement is considered landmark because it established the first-ever nationwide reforms to mortgage servicing that include better communication between servicers and borrowers as well as a single point of contact and appropriate standards servicers for executing documents in foreclosure cases.Ocwen entered into a new consent judgment with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in February 2014 that requires Ocwen to provide $2.1 billion in consumer relief and to comply with the servicing standards set forth by the NMS. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing Servicers Report Q4 Consumer Relief To Settlement Monitor; Investigation of Ocwen Continuescenter_img Consumer Relief National Mortgage Settlement Ocwen Settlements SunTrust 2015-04-08 Seth Welborn April 8, 2015 557 Views last_img read more

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