Chad reassures UN on protection of civilians after peacekeepers withdraw

26 May 2010Chadian President Idriss Déby today reiterated assurances that his Government will take responsibility to protect civilians, including the humanitarian community, as the United Nations prepares to end its peacekeeping mission there by the end of the year. In a meeting with Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes in N’Djamena a day after the Security Council voted to end the UN mission in Chad and the Central African Republic (MINURCAT) in line with his request, Mr. Déby emphasized the need for support from the international community as the Government assumes this responsibility.During a four-day visit, Mr. Holmes visited a region of eastern Chad where tens of thousands of people have been displaced by inter-communal fighting and a spill-over of the conflict from the Darfur region of neighbouring Sudan, and another in western Chad where he saw the impact of food insecurity and malnutrition first hand.Today Mr. Holmes and Mr. Déby stressed that more needs to be done in the west to put into place a better response despite initial efforts by the Government and the humanitarian community. In a unanimously adopted resolution yesterday, the Council ordered that the military component of MINURCAT be reduced from its current 3,300 troops to 2,200 military personnel – 1,900 in Chad and 300 in the CAR – by 15 July. Withdrawal of the remaining troops will begin on 15 October, and all military and civilian personnel are to be withdrawn by 31 December.The mission was set up over two years ago amid increasing unrest in eastern Chad, which hosts at least 250,000 refugees from Darfur and 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) driven from their homes by inter-communal unrest. But with new agreements on border security between Chad and Sudan, and with the Chadian Government stating that MINURCAT was not strong enough to provide complete security, the Government said in February it felt it was better for Chadian forces to take over.Earlier this month Mr. Holmes said he was “extremely worried” about the potential impact of a withdrawal on the civilians that the UN has been trying to help in eastern Chad but added “We will have to deal with the situation as we find it.”Today Mr. Holmes and Mr. Déby agreed that people cannot return to their homes unless the situation is secure, with the President highlighting the need to de-mine areas of potential return. They also agreed on the need to tackle structural problems such as basic services, including the provision of potable water, and to ensure an appropriate return package for potential returnees.Mr. Holmes later today left Chad for Sudan, his fifth official visit to Africa’s largest country, to assess conditions in the south, which is scheduled to hold a referendum on independence early next year as part of a 2005 peace accord that ended 20 years of civil war with the northern-based national Government. He will also visit war-torn Darfur and confer with the Government in Khartoum, the capital. read more

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Fishermen in Tamil Nadu withdraw strike on Sri Lanka

The fishermen from nine districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry including Nagapattinam Ramanathapuram, Karaikal and Pudukottai were to resume fishing from today. The fishermen are urging the Government to secure the release of twenty seven Indian fishermen still languishing in Sri Lankan jails after they were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy. Fishermen in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have withdrawn their strike against Sri Lanka, All India Radio reported.The fishermen were on strike for four days demanding the immediate release of fellow fishermen lodged in Sri Lankan jails. The fishermen were also urging the Government to secure the release of fishing boats detained by Sri Lanka. The fishermen also want the Government to take steps to secure the release of 71 fishing boats detained by Sri Lanka. The fishermen’s association said that they are not able to sustain the strike as their livelihood is badly affected. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Court appearance for Wexford drug accused

first_imgA MAN IN his 50s, arrested on Friday in connection with a €700,000 cannabis seizure, will appear in court this morning.The man was one of two men arrested in the seizure of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €700,000 (pending analysis) at Ballymurn, in Co Wexford.As part the investigation gardaí seized further quantities of Cannabis when they carried out a search operation yesterday. Cannabis herb and resin with an estimated street value of €300,000 (pending analysis) was discovered during a search of land near Enniscorthy.A second man, in his 30s, has been released without charge pending a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.last_img read more

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Opinion The undocumented Irish in the US need and deserve our help

first_imgTHIS WEEK, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore, has been in Washington, DC. He’s met with congressional leaders and advocates for immigration reform in the interests of regularising the situation of 50,000 Irish citizens in the US without legal status and creating a pathway to living and working there for future generations of Irish men and women. A picture of the Tánaiste walking the famed corridors of Capitol Hill with the Republican congressional leader and 2012 vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, even appeared on Twitter.The picture, as the old maxim goes, says a thousand words. It is further proof positive of the extraordinary access that this small and strategically unimportant country enjoys in the US.Indeed, Congressman Ryan, whose positions on economic and social issues place him firmly on his party’s right wing, was moved by the persistent entreaties of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform. He is now a firm supporter of immigration reform legislation – passed by the US Senate and stalled in the US House of Representatives – which would benefit the undocumented Irish. Congressman Ryan, who is proud of his Kilkenny ancestry, has affirmed that the efforts of Irish people based in the US, such as Billy Lawless and Ciaran Staunton, and Irish politicians, like Senator Mark Daly, played a significant part in persuading him.Assertions about the undocumented IrishWhat’s so disappointing to next consider are the assertions made by some on both sides of the Atlantic about the undocumented Irish. In the past, these commentators have opined both that the undocumented are not worthy of the assistance of the Irish Government or of Irish-American politicians and that a “special deal” benefiting solely the Irish is an impossibility because of the changing demographics in the US and the allegedly declining power of Irish America.Most recently, Colm Quinn, an Irishman living in Washington, DC, wrote in an Irish Times opinion piece earlier this month that what the Tánaiste has been doing this week and similar exercises “are at best missed opportunities and at worst a waste of time”. This and other pronouncements in Quinn’s piece angered me and many others I know on both sides of the Atlantic. To us, it’s profoundly sad that so many Irish people, whose forebears helped make America what it is, now live in limbo, in fear and in the shadows.How is it a missed opportunity or a waste of time to press the case for fellow Irish people mired in the most unenviable of circumstances? Did they cease to be Irish when they left these shores? The answers to these questions are, in my view, self-evident. Irish political leaders don’t just have the option to bring up the undocumented at every opportunity; they have a moral duty to do so. Yet there remains a vocal minority who at times sneeringly disagree and for whom the undocumented Irish in the US are not a priority at any level.Their sentiments are very difficult for me to accept when I encounter them either in person or in the media. They have equally enraged and surprised me since I moved here more than a decade ago.A special kinshipAnyone who grew up in the Boston area in the 1980s and early 1990s could be forgiven for thinking that all Irish people want to move to America. From our own ethnic backgrounds and families to incessant interaction with young Irish people on the streets, in the pubs, on the building sites and on the playing fields, every corner of Ireland was in every corner of Boston. I got to know some Irish who had overstayed their visas back then through my family’s political work on their behalf; I came to know more later as my own social circle grew; and there are countless others I don’t know who have arrived in the years since I’ve been away.To me, those I know, those I know to see and those I don’t know at all are not just a number – 10,000 or whatever the most recent estimate of undocumented Irish living in Boston and its environs might be. They are people with whom I share a special kinship. They have settled in my native county as I have settled in theirs. This is not to lionise them; they did break the law and many are far from saints. But every time I hear dispatches from Boston about someone having to miss either a sorrowful or joyous event over here, my heart sinks.A setback or the death knell?Their hearts, too, have sunk on past occasions when immigration reform looked as if it would finally happen, only to be forestalled as a consequence of some unexpected event. It is with them in mind that I read in the middle of one night last week of another unexpected event: Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s defeat by a Tea Party primary challenger who attacked Cantor’s position on granting “amnesty for illegals.”My immediate reaction, echoed by prominent observers, was that this outcome would frighten incumbent Republicans and effectively keep House Speaker John Boehner from allowing there to be a vote on immigration reform legislation before this year’s mid-term elections and even thereafter. On the other hand, since then, measured analysis of Cantor’s defeat suggests that immigration was not the decisive factor. As the Tánaiste has noted, it’s more likely a setback than the death knell.Additionally, the long-term demographic shifts in the US and resulting harsh political realities for the Republican Party haven’t changed. Its leaders recognise that they must change the perception that they’re anti-immigrant – and fast. Paul Ryan’s embrace of a pro-reform stance demonstrates the unique role Ireland can play on this front. Accordingly, it is to be welcomed that the Tánaiste has been on Capitol Hill at this critical juncture.And as for those who take issue with how he’s used his time there this week or with the Irish government’s advocacy for its undocumented in the US? I think I’ll fall back on some sound motherly advice: if you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.Larry Donnelly is a Boston attorney, Law Lecturer at NUI Galway and columnist with TheJournal.ie and IrishCentral.com.Read: Gilmore in Washington to ‘highlight plight’ of undocumented Irishlast_img read more

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The real people of Ireland care The week in quotes

first_imgHistorian Catherine Corless on how she believes more remains are buried under a playground adjacent to the Tuam mother and baby home mass grave. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieAge should not diminish responsibility.Junior Minister John Halligan, who called for gardaí to speak to Bon Secour nuns over Tuam burial site. Source: Brian Lawless/PA WireI find this hugely disappointing and massively frustrating, that the organisations responsible for protecting children and managing the institutions in which these horrendous acts took place would apparently place so little value on that responsibilityMinister for Education Richard Bruton condemned religious organisations for failing to help meet the costs of residential institutional child abuse. Source: Screenshot via Max Arnita/YouTubeThe claim to unite Ireland is tenuous since Ireland itself has a tenuous claim to nationhood.Comments by Melanie Phillips in the Times of London were condemned by the Irish ambassador to the United Kingdom. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandI am republican, but Beyoncé is the only queen I have time for. Of course I like Beyoncé. If I had to pick just one (which is unfair) it would be “Irreplaceable.” Apart from the general good advice from Beyoncé that we should move “to the left, to the left,” it would behove us all as elected members of the Dáil that we should never for a second get to thinking we’re irreplaceable. That said, I always felt “Bills, Bills, Bills” from Beyoncé’s days in Destiny’s Child was a good allegory for what has faced the Irish working class. Enda Kenny really is a good for nothin’ type of brother.Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien’s response to a DailyEdge.ie survey of politicians on their views of Beyoncé. 9,064 Views Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 7:30 PM Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeWe’re going to keep escalating our tactics until we get a date for the referendum.Strike4Repeal organiser Aoife Frances on how the movement, who is calling for the Eighth Amendment to be repealed, isn’t going away anytime soon. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeThe real people of Ireland care.Vera Twomey, who walked from Cork to Dublin in a battle to access a cannabis-based oil that could help alleviate her daughter’s debilitating seizures. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesJustice for Daniel.There were shouts of this in court this week as Richard Dekker was found guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie. Source: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA ImagesI really believe they have to be under that as well. There are bodies there, in coffins, from what I gather from the research I’ve done. Short URL Mar 12th 2017, 7:30 PM ‘The real people of Ireland care’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this week.center_img No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3280703 By Nicky Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email last_img read more

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Des perruches qui apprennent à picorer en rythme

first_imgDes perruches qui apprennent à picorer en rythmeDes chercheurs japonais ont montré expérimentalement que des perruches, après apprentissage, sont capables d’actionner un poussoir à des rythmes rapides imposés par un métronome. Une capacité qui intéresse les neuroscientifiques pour l’étude de l’apprentissage vocal chez les animaux et l’homme.La ‘synchronisation rythmique’ – capacité à bouger selon un rythme ‘musical’ – est-elle un trait uniquement humain ? Cette faculté de synchroniser les mouvements de son corps en réponse à des stimuli auditifs est probablement d’une grande importance dans l’apprentissage vocal, chez l’homme mais aussi chez certains animaux sociaux, capables de modifier les sons qu’ils émettent en fonction de ceux émis par leurs congénères. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour en savoir plus, des chercheurs de l’Institut des sciences du cerveau Riken, à Wako (Japon), ont entraîné 8 perruches à ‘picorer’ un bouton en réponse à un métronome externe, au rythme modifiable. Si, au cours des 46 expériences, un seul des 8 oiseaux est parvenu à se synchroniser sur des battements émis à des intervalles de 450 millisecondes, tous ont quand même réussi à suivre un rythme de 1.500 à 1.800 millisecondes.”Le contrôle moteur des organes vocaux est naturellement important dans l’apprentissage vocal. Une fois la coordination auditivo-motrice ‘mise en place’ dans le système de contrôle vocal, un système de transformation similaire pour d’autres parties du corps peut en dériver. Nos résultats ont montré que les perruches peuvent montrer des mouvements rythmiques synchronisés avec des stimuli externes, ce qui signifie qu’en tant qu’espèce, elles pourraient avoir cette capacité d’entraînement”, a expliqué Yoshimasa Seki, de l’équipe de recherche dont les travaux sont publiés dans Scientific Reports.Cité par Science Daily, celui-ci a poursuivi : “De telles études devraient contribuer aux discussions sur les caractéristiques spécifiques du système de la parole humaine et sa similarité avec les systèmes d’apprentissage vocal d’autres espèces animales”.Le 3 mars 2012 à 19:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Save Up to 66 on This Hypoallergenic DownAlternative Comforter

first_img This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Stay on target There’s no denying the comfort of down bedding. But, when you consider how expensive it is, down becomes a less than ideal choice. Want to enjoy that same luxurious feeling without the drawbacks? Then try the iEnjoy Home down alternative comforter.Comforters made from goose or duck down feathers have long been considered the most comfortable option in bedding. But that’s just no longer the case. That’s because a growing number of people suffer allergic reactions to all the dust that settles with the material which — unsurprisingly — contributes to poor sleep. And the cost of purchasing and cleaning down bedding can be prohibitive too.The iEnjoy Home down alternative comforter feels similar to traditional material but is hypoallergenic and costs just a fraction of the price. That makes this comforter better than down in practically every respect. Filled with microfiber material, you’ll enjoy the same comfort that down provides and, since it’s antimicrobial, you won’t suffer reactions to it.And now is the perfect time to get one. That’s because we’ve dropped the price of these iEnjoy Home down alternative comforters, available in Twin, Queen, or King sizes, by up to 66 percent so they’re even easier to afford. Purchase a queen size — in your choice of chocolate, navy, or sage — for just $39.99 for a limited time at the Geek Shop.center_img Like this deal? Check out Vault — you’ll get four premium tools, including NordVPN and Dashlane, to supercharge your online security. Try it free for 14 days now!Prices subject to change.last_img read more

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Best possible Premier League destinations for Carvajal

first_imgWe take a look at the best possible Premier League destinations for Real Madrid right-back Daniel Carvajal after playing in Spanish football.Real Madrid right-back Daniel Carvajal can easily be considered one of the best players in the world on his position, he recently revealed that he will play in the Premier League some day.During an interview for Libero magazine, Carvajal dropped this bomb: “I would love to play in the Premier League. It’s an experience that I would like to have and I don’t want to regret turning down a possible opportunity.”Now that we know for sure that Dani will come to play in England someday, it’s not a bad idea to imagine which clubs will be best-suited for his talents if he decided to leave next season and started playing in the Premier League.We obviously took the liberty of selecting three clubs that we believe would be a great fit for Daniel Carvajal if he decided to make his career move soon, the man has already won everything at Real Madrid and a change of scenery wouldn’t be that bad.PEP: We controlled them in terms of their counter attacks, our back four was so good.We had good build-up with patience, but the problem after that was we didn’t create too much. pic.twitter.com/Ir6sflVNxi— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 7, 2018Manchester CityConsidering his present and love for Real Madrid, it would be difficult to imagine Daniel Carvajal playing under Pep Guardiola but anything can happen in football.The Catalan manager would certainly welcome a talented player like him, one who can compete against the likes of Kyle Walker and Danilo for a position as the team’s right-back.Carvajal has all the qualities that Pep Guardiola looks for in this position, a player with impressive defensive capabilities but also with a keen sense of going on the attack with creativity and someone who can create a special bond with the wingers on his side of the field.There are not many right-backs who have the quality that Daniel Carvajal have with the ball at their feet, he already dominated both La Liga and the Bundesliga, there is nothing that can stop him from doing the same in English football.We are United, and this is Inside Old Trafford on another memorable matchday!Watch the full version now: https://t.co/UJPORywwDI pic.twitter.com/38RaW9CzZs— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 8, 2018Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Manchester UnitedEven if we still don’t know if Jose Mourinho will remain in the club or not for the upcoming years, there is no question that Daniel Carvajal would want to play in a historic club like Manchester United where he would take full control of the right-back position.But assuming that the Portuguese manager stays in the Red Devils until his contract comes to an end in 2020 and Dani comes before that, Mourinho would rejoice of having such a versatile player at his disposal.There is no question that the boss would reposition the Spaniard as a central defender and transform him in the same vein that Sergio Ramos evolved from a right-back, to the outstanding player that we know and love today.Carvajal has enough range and versatility to become a full-time center-back if the managers needed it.One, two, three! ⚽️⚽️⚽️Job done! 👍 #SOUCHE pic.twitter.com/UJHkR4mm5a— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 7, 2018Chelsea FCConsidering that Maurizio Sarri will most likely need a replacement for Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, there is no doubt that he would completely love the idea of bringing Dani Carvajal as the most suitable replacement for the Blues.In fact, getting the Real Madrid player for Chelsea would be an upgrade to what Chelsea has to offer right now in the position and it wouldn’t take him that much to completely own the spot inside Maurizio Sarri’s starting eleven.But in the end, Carvajal’s options are way more than just three squads. Other clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool, and even Tottenham would kill to have a world-class right-back like Daniel Carvajal.Us Premier League lovers can only dream that he will make the decision to come to England sooner, rather than later.“I would love to play in the Premier League. It is an experience that I would like to have – I won’t retire without having it.”– Dani Carvajal pic.twitter.com/IYK0x1mP6f— Transfer News (@TransferChecker) October 9, 2018Which other clubs would you like Carvajal to represent when he decides to chance La Liga for the Premier League? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Oceanside man hospitalized with burn injuries after aerosol can explosion

first_img KUSI Newsroom Oceanside man hospitalized with burn injuries after aerosol can explosion Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter June 9, 2018 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — A man in an Oceanside home accidentally ignited an aerosol can in his kitchen and had to be taken to a hospital with burn injuries Saturday, police said.It happened around 8:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Garfield Street, Oceanside police Sgt. Marco Mendoza said.The man had been trying to cook and blew up the aerosol can, which, had been on top of his stove, according to Mendoza. The man sustained burns and was taken to a hospital by paramedics.The flash explosion failed to cause any significant damage to the home, and no one else was injured, Mendoza said.There was no immediate word on the man’s condition. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 9, 2018last_img read more

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Police Thief set off firework at Sawgrass Mills Mall to steal watch

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A New Year’s Eve scare that sent shoppers running out of Sawgrass Mills Mall was all a distraction so a thief could steal a watch, police said.Reports of gunfire at the Sunrise shopping center triggered panic among shoppers on Sunday. Officers quickly determined that someone had set off a firework.Investigators said the firework was actually a diversion, and the thief ran off with a watch in the ensuing chaos.“That is just the way South Florida is,” said one shopper. “What are gonna do? It’s total craziness.”The mall was evacuated but later reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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People On The Move 52313

first_imgCharles Paikert has joined Financial Planning as a senior editor. Paikert was recently contributing to such publications as The New York Times and Family Wealth Report.The National Journal has named Tim Grieve as editor of NationalJournal.com. Grieve joins the company from POLITCO, where he was managing editor.Andrew Leisner has is now vice president and group publisher of the motorcycle group at The Bonnier Corporation. Leisner was previously publisher at Cycle World.Men’s Health has promoted Brian Boye to executive fashion director. Boye was serving as fashion director. Sandra Nygaard will take over the role of fashion director. Nygaard was fashion editor at the magazine.More on this topic People on the Move 7.2.09 People On The Move | 12.13.12 People on the Move | 02.25.10 People On The Move | 10.11.12 People On The Move | 8.30.12 People on the Move | 04.22.10Just In Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered by Mashable has hired Megan Hess as an associate editor. Hess was previously a social media editor at Scholastic. Lindsay Talbot has been named senior features editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Talbot was formerly an assistant features editor at Vogue. Also, Mallory Schlau has been promoted to fashion market editor. Schlau was serving as associate fashion market editor.Will Kahn has joined Town & Country as an associate editor. Kahn was previously an associate editor at W.The Economist has named Robert Guest as US editor. Guest was previously a business editor at the publication.last_img read more

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Maren Morris Little Big Town Ricky Martin Added To 2019 GRAMMYs Performer

first_img Twitter Maren Morris, Little Big Town & Ricky Martin Added To 2019 GRAMMYs Performer Lineup Maren Morris & More To Perform At 2019 GRAMMYs maren-morris-little-big-town-ricky-martin-added-2019-grammys-performer-lineup News Facebook Hosted by Alicia Keys, the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10Rachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Feb 3, 2019 – 4:09 pm CBS unveiled three new 2019 GRAMMYs performers in an on-air promo during Super Bowl Iiii. The just-announced artists include Maren Morris, Little Big Town and Ricky Martin.Morris, who won her first GRAMMY in 2017 for Best Country Solo Performance (“My Church”), is up for five awards at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. LBT is also up for a golden gramophone this year for Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“When Someone Stops Loving You”). Martin, meanwhile, is a two-time GRAMMY winner and has earned seven nominations in total.Previously announced 61st GRAMMY Awards performers include GRAMMY winners Red Hot Chili Peppers and Post Malone, plus multi-GRAMMY nominee Brandi Carlile, past GRAMMY nominee Miley Cyrus, and current multi-GRAMMY nominee H.E.R. You can also expect performances from current nominees Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, and Kacey Musgraves.Hosted by Alicia Keys, the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Post Malone, Janelle Monáe & More To Perform At The 2019 GRAMMYs Email last_img read more

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Obamas Supreme Court nomination draws criticism and praise

first_imgPresident Obama Wednesday nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Both of Alaska’s U.S. senators issued written statements reaffirming their support for the Senate’s Republican leaders, who are refusing to hold a hearing or a vote on the nominee.Download AudioPresident Obama (Photo courtesy of the White House)Sen. Dan Sullivan says blocking the nominee’s advance is about principle, not the individual. Sullivan says Alaskans deserve to have a say in who is selected, through their vote for president in November.Murkowski says, with a divisive election season underway, any nominee is likely to become a “political football.”Democrats counter that, until the next executive is sworn in, President Obama is the person voters chose to fill Supreme Court vacancies.last_img read more

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IdeaVodafone to sell tower business to ATC for Rs 7850 crore

first_imgReutersThe joint venture of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India has decided to sell the tower business in India to ATC Telecom Infrastructure for Rs 7,850 crore.Both the companies have about 20,000 towers in India. By selling the respective tower businesses, Idea Cellular would get Rs 4,000 crore, while Vodafone would get around Rs 3,850 crore, Business Standard reported.The telcos had announced their merger in March and post-merger, it will be the largest mobile operator in the country in terms of user base.According to the merger proposal, Vodafone India will own 45.1 percent of the merged entity after it transfers about 4.9 percent to promoters of Idea Celluar and/or their affiliates for Rs 3,874 crore.”The standalone tower businesses of Vodafone India and Idea are pan-Indian passive telecommunication infrastructure businesses, comprising a combined portfolio of approximately 20,000 towers with a combined tenancy ratio of 1.65x as at June 30, 2017,” Idea and Vodafone said in a joint statement.With this deal, ATC will get additional 20,000 towers in a country, which globally operates almost 1.50 lakh communications sites.”Both Vodafone India and Idea as customers, and ATC as a mobile network infrastructure provider have agreed to treat each other as long-term preferred partners, subject to existing arrangements. The parties will work together to further the expansion of high-speed mobile networks in India,” the statement added.Idea has reported a consolidated net loss of Rs 1,106.8 crore for the second quarter of the current financial year, according to the exchange filing.Currently, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular are ranked number two and three, respectively, in India and after the merger, it aims to take on India’s largest telecom operator — Bharti Airtel. And also counter the bruising price war triggered by Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocomm.The agreement is expected to be completed during the first half of 2018.last_img read more

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Grindr makes history and launches the first HIV test locator in India

first_imgGay dating app, Grindr, has launched a unique health and legal services locator for LGBTI people in India.Grindr worked on the locator with LGBTI organization, Varta Trust and the  Chennai-based not-for-profit Solidarity and Action Against the HIV Infection in India (SAATHII). GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Information for all LGBTI peopleThe Grindr for Equality program focuses on promoting justice, health, and safety for Grindr’s 3.6 million global daily users.The database took a year to develop and lists LGBTQ+ friendly providers in 30 towns and cities in 16 states.Grindr said that number would increase as the database would constantly be updated. The resource would be updated based on fresh data collection, validation and feedback from users.Individuals can also submit information about service providers currently not included in the database. A team will then review and validate the information to see if the provider meets the database’s queer-friendly criteria.The emphasis on inclusiveness means that the database attempts to provide information for LGBTQ+ people. It will provide information on a wide range of health and legal aid concerns. Those will include issues specific to youth, women, transgender people, people with disabilities, people living with HIV and other queer individuals.More from Gay Star NewsTeens use Grindr to find a sense of community, shows the need for more LGBTI youth spacesMan who used Grindr to drug and rape victims gets 23 years in prison‘You should be publicly executed’: HIV positive man shares vile Grindr messages he receivesGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . ‘It may come as a surprise to some, but queer people in India still find it difficult to quickly locate health and legal services, including online,’  said Pawan Dhall, Varta Trust founder.‘Added to that is the question of the service provider being queer sensitive.’‘So, even now, if you’re queer and you want a reliable HIV test in India, you’d have to ask a doctor, someone in the know, or know what to search for online. This locator can help reduce these obstacles significantly.’Dhall came up with the idea for the locator. He believes it could have an immediate impact on the sexual health of many people in India.How does it workGrindr for Equality aims to remove much of the stigma or fear around getting an HIV test. The database aims to address the numerous queries on health concerns and complaints of rights violations by LGBTI people.The resource database is accessible to LGBTQ+ identifying individuals via the Grindr app, but also anyone regardless of sexual or gender identity seeking legal aid or health service providers across India via both the Varta Trust and Grindr websites.‘This is a historic partnership that will greatly enable and empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community in India to identify queer-friendly providers and receive the care and support they deserve,’ said Jack Harrison-Quintana, VP of social impact and executive director of Grindr for Equality. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/grindr-makes-history-and-launches-the-first-hiv-test-locator-in-india/last_img read more

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Chimu Adventures celebrates one MAD decade

first_imgLatin America and Antarctica specialists, Chimu Adventures, celebrated a successful ten years last week at Sydney’s spectacular Aqua Dining venue in Milson’s Point, with a fun filled night of Latin American inspired canapés, Chilean wine and piñatas.Starting in 2004, during a time when the travel industry, and global economy in general, was experiencing significant challenges, Chimu Adventures founders Greg Carter and Chad Carey knew that setting up a travel business would be no easy feat.Despite the challenges of the DIY internet era, their determination and passion for introducing a new model to the industry, one that was driven by knowledgeable, expert staff in offering travellers a truly connective and authentic experience with the cultures and communities they visited, prevailed against all odds.“You can spend a week on the internet researching what our consultant can tell you in ten minutes, they know because they have spent years researching the same, experiencing it firsthand, living there and trying and testing all avenues of approach to each location,” Chimu Adventures co-director and founder, Chad Carey said.“On this time poor planet, we know that this is a service that will always be in demand no matter what technology is available.”Moreover, their dedication to customer needs while at the same time encouraging travellers to expand their horizons further afield coupled with giving back to the communities they visited, quickly proved to be a winning formula, rising to be a model of sustainability and enjoyment.“Our model morphed seamlessly into tailoring the output of our services to benefit not only those who were travelling with us, but the local communities who were welcoming our travellers and we thrive on making a difference to everyone we connect with and for this reason we choose to work with locally owned hotels and operators, therefore directly benefiting the communities they reside in,” Chimu Adventures co-director and founder, Greg Carter said.Since those early days of running an office out of a lounge room in London, Chimu Adventures has steadily and successfully grown to seven offices in five countries, operating more than 350 tours in 17 countries, and more recently, opening its first hotel in Cusco, Peru.Living by its simple philosophy to “use specialised knowledge to work with clients, accommodating their individual needs, at reasonable prices,” has seen Chimu Adventures take more than 15,000 travellers to Latin America and Antarctica, make 568 projects possible through micro-financing, support a number of charities and communities and become a finalist in several business awards.“Its no ordinary birthday celebration when you look back and realise that not only has your company survived, but thrived through the global financial crisis, growing on average 40 – 100 percent per year, through an era that saw many travel companies shrink or crumble under the weight of fiscal pressure, and we’re incredibly proud that we have been able to give back to the greater community at the same time,” Mr Carter said. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

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Judges Grant a Stay to PHH Corp for Paying CFPBs Penalty

first_img in Government, Headlines, News Judges Grant a Stay to PHH Corp. for Paying CFPB’s Penalty A trio of federal judges this week granted a stay to PHH Corp. regarding the company’s $109 million penalty for allegedly accepting kickbacks from mortgage insurers, a decision that calls into question the very constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.On Monday, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Karen Henderson, Patricia Millett, and Robert Wilkins stayed the August 5 deadline, by which the New Jersey-based mortgage services provider was supposed to pay a fine levied by CFPB director Richard Cordray. In June, Cordray, in agreement with a November 2014 recommended decision by Administrative Law Judge Cameron Eliot, decided that PHH had accepted kickbacks for illegally referring consumers to mortgage insurers as far back as 1995.Almost immediately, PHH and its lawyers, Los Angeles-based Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, petitioned the District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to “modify or set aside civil investigative demand” while the company made its case against what it called an abuse of power by the CFPB. The petition also called the bureau‘s constitutionality into question, saying that the director has sole power to fund his agency without having to answer to the president or Congress.“Never before has so much authority been consolidated in the hands of one individual shielded from the president’s control and Congress’s power of the purse,” the petition stated. This, it claims, puts the CFPB director’s power and tenure at odds with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board decision from 2010.On Monday, the federal motions panel issued an order stating that PHH had “satisfied the stringent requirements for a stay pending appeal.” PHH spokesman Dico Akseraylian told DS News that the company was gratified by the unanimous decision based on those requirements, which he said  “include a likelihood of success on the merits.”Despite the relief for PHH, it has been a rough second quarter. According to the company’s Q2 statement, PHH suffered a $62 million net loss last quarter and spent $34 million on legal and regulatory expenses.Something to note, however, is that the panel’s stay order was a mere paragraph and did not specify whether the judges’ decision was related to PHH’s constitutional arguments. Still, the stay issued in the wake of such a strongly argued petition is hard to ignore and it puts the structure of CFPB under scrutiny for the first time. If the constitutionality of the bureau was a factor in the panel’s decision, it lines up the case for review by a federal court of appeals. August 8, 2015 575 Views center_img CFPB Mortgage Services Providers Penalties PHH Corp. 2015-08-08 Scott_Morgan Sharelast_img read more

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first_img by Elaine Ganley, The Associated Press Posted May 25, 2018 10:04 am PDT Last Updated May 25, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alleged Weinstein victim: Tough part ahead with his defence PARIS – A woman who claims she was a victim of Harvey Weinstein in two incidents in the 1990s said alleged survivors she’s in touch with feel “elated” at his surrender and arrest Friday, but predicted he’ll now “play hard and dirty.”Louise Godbold, a British woman living in Los Angeles, said the phenomenon of global support that has sprung up with allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein and others “was the honeymoon.”“Now, I think the attack is going to begin,” she said in an interview with the Associated Press.Weinstein was charged in New York on Friday with rape and a criminal sex act in attacks on 2 women.More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing around the globe. Weinstein denies ever engaging in non-consensual sex.Godbold, 55, who runs a trauma-training NGO in Los Angeles, recalled two confrontations in 1991 with Weinstein, in New York and Los Angeles, where he allegedly exposed himself to her. At the time, she was in the film industry in Europe and trying to break into Hollywood. She had known Weinstein since the late 1980s through a friend, and went to him seeking an internship.In his New York offices, Weinstein “put my hand on his crotch,” then chased her to the elevator and kissed her in front of his staff, she claimed. At the Beverly Hills Hotel, Godbold claimed that Weinstein “asked me for a massage and presented himself naked and then tried to massage me.”Godbold went public with a partial account of her encounters with Weinstein when allegations were first published in the New York Times in October. Currently in France visiting family, she said she felt uncomfortable giving a full account of her Los Angeles encounter with Weinstein.Godbold, now 55, said her cellphone lit up with messages from other alleged victims with Friday’s developments, and “We’re all elated.”She echoed numerous other women to explain why she did not press charges. “Unfortunately, I had been conditioned and socialized to believe that it was a horribly embarrassing gaffe. I wasn’t raped.” And, in the early 1990s, would police even take her seriously, she asked herself.Despite the years, Godbold hasn’t shaken what she describes as the traumatic recollections of a powerful man allegedly assaulting her, and she marveled at Friday’s developments.“Just the idea of him getting out of a police car with handcuffs is very satisfying because it makes it concrete,” she said.Now comes the tough part, Godbold said.“We know that he has high-powered lawyers, that he’s not above employing very dubious methods to extract information ,” she said. “I think it’s going to get dirty.”But the movement, #Metoo, that has grown out of women’s pain is a “long overdue … turning point” — and goes beyond sexual misconduct, Godbold said.“It has given … any victim the power to stand up and say ‘No,’” she said. “We can’t go back.”last_img read more

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