New Vancity report reveals home buyers cant count on cheaper suburbs

first_imgVANCOUVER – A new report from a Vancouver credit union says home buyers on British Columbia’s southern coast can no longer turn to the suburbs to find more affordable housing.Vancity tracked the markets in 30 municipalities in the Lower Mainland and Greater Victoria over a 12-month period that ended on Feb. 28, calculating the median price of housing in each community and comparing that with the median income of residents.Vancouver became only marginally less affordable over the period, but Vancity says the gulf between the cost of housing and median income widened in the suburban North Vancouver District, where housing affordability tumbled almost 38 per cent.The study says the Victoria suburb of Oak Bay and the districts of Squamish and Mission, both more than 60 kilometres from Vancouver, also became significantly less affordable.The report identifies a few pockets where homes are considered affordable for buyers including Chilliwack and Sooke, where buyers must commit between 24 and 35 per cent of their monthly income to pay for a mortgage.Ryan McKinley, Vancity’s senior mortgage development manager, says the market is changing for people seeking cheaper housing.“Buyers looking for affordable housing options used to be able to look to municipalities around Vancouver to find affordable options,” he said in a news release.“While pockets of affordability still exist, they are disappearing as prices in the Fraser Valley and other parts of B.C. continue to rise.”The report recommends buyers examine the cost of ownership and consider housing co-operatives or co-ownership rather than purchasing and cutting into the money they need to pay down debt or manage other living expenses.It also calls on the provincial government to encourage every municipality to develop an affordable housing plan and suggests the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. look at doubling the density of affordable housing properties it has financed in the past.last_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER – A new report from a Vancouver credit union says home buyers on British Columbia’s southern coast can no longer turn to the suburbs to find more affordable housing.Vancity tracked the markets in 30 municipalities in the Lower Mainland and Greater Victoria over a 12-month period that ended on Feb. 28, calculating the median price of housing in each community and comparing that with the median income of residents.Vancouver became only marginally less affordable over the period, but Vancity says the gulf between the cost of housing and median income widened in the suburban North Vancouver District, where housing affordability tumbled almost 38 per cent.The study says the Victoria suburb of Oak Bay and the districts of Squamish and Mission, both more than 60 kilometres from Vancouver, also became significantly less affordable.The report identifies a few pockets where homes are considered affordable for buyers including Chilliwack and Sooke, where buyers must commit between 24 and 35 per cent of their monthly income to pay for a mortgage.Ryan McKinley, Vancity’s senior mortgage development manager, says the market is changing for people seeking cheaper housing.“Buyers looking for affordable housing options used to be able to look to municipalities around Vancouver to find affordable options,” he said in a news release.“While pockets of affordability still exist, they are disappearing as prices in the Fraser Valley and other parts of B.C. continue to rise.”The report recommends buyers examine the cost of ownership and consider housing co-operatives or co-ownership rather than purchasing and cutting into the money they need to pay down debt or manage other living expenses.It also calls on the provincial government to encourage every municipality to develop an affordable housing plan and suggests the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. look at doubling the density of affordable housing properties it has financed in the past.last_img read more

GermanRussian pipeline takes shape despite US protests

first_imgMUKRAN, Germany – Sparks fly and machines whir as workers busily prepare thousands of steel pipes that will become part of a vast undersea pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany’s northeastern Baltic coast.The Nord Stream 2 project will double the amount of natural gas Russia can funnel directly to the heart of Europe from newly tapped reserves in Siberia, intentionally skirting Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine. It also promises much-needed jobs in this poor German backwater, some three hours’ drive north of Berlin.The United States and some other German allies have bristled at the project, warning that it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe.Energy-poor Germany already relies heavily on Russian gas and so far Chancellor Angela Merkel has deftly kept the new $11 billion pipeline off the table while imposing sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine.But as plans become closer to reality, the pressure has increased on her, and last month after meetings with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko she acknowledged that Nord Stream 2 was more than just a business project, saying that “political factors have to be taken into account.”With Merkel heading to Sochi on Friday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior U.S. diplomat warned that proceeding with the project could result in sanctions for those involved.“We would be delighted if the project did not take place,” U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Sandra Oudkirk, an energy policy expert in the State Department, told reporters in Berlin on Thursday.She said Washington is concerned Nord Stream 2 could increase Russia’s “malign influence” in Europe.Oudkirk said the new pipeline would divert gas flows away from Ukraine, which depends heavily on transit fees, and could become a pathway for Russia to install surveillance equipment in the Baltic Sea, a sensitive military region.She said the U.S. is “exerting as much persuasive power” as it can to stop the project, and noted that Congress has given the U.S. administration explicit authority to impose sanctions in connection with Russian pipeline projects if necessary.“Any pipeline project — and there are many multiple pipeline projects in the world that are potentially covered by this sanctions authority — is in an elevated position of sanctions risk,” she said.Jens Mueller, a spokesman for Nord Stream 2, dismissed concerns from the U.S. and several European countries, saying the new pipeline would merely be one of many sources of natural gas for Europe.“This pipeline can’t be used to blackmail or negatively affect any country,” he told The Associated Press in an interview.Merkel’s trip to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, her first visit to Russia in a year, will be a diplomatic balancing act.While the German leader has taken a hard line on Russian actions in recent years — from the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria to the chemical attack on a former Russian spy in Britain — Germany badly needs to secure its gas supply and Berlin has calculated that Nord Stream 2 offers the best deal.Europe’s biggest economy is also the world’s biggest importer of natural gas. According to Kirsten Westphal, an energy policy expert at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, said its import needs are likely to grow.German chemical giant BASF, a major investor in Nord Stream 2, alone uses more gas than the country of Denmark.Under Merkel, Germany has also set itself an ambitious goal of switching off all nuclear plants by 2022. While renewable power is on the rise, coal forms the bedrock of Germany’s energy mix, a fact that’s not compatible with the country’s pledge to sharply reduce carbon emissions.“If you want to take climate goals seriously then gas is simply an important source of energy,” said Westphal.From the end of 2019 when it’s to go online, the twin pipes of Nord Stream 2 will pump up to 55 billion cubic meters of gas to Western Europe each year, the same as its predecessor Nord Stream 1, which runs from the Russian city of Vyborg under the Baltic to the German city of Greifswald. The additional gas is needed to fill a projected decline in supply from Norway and the Netherlands, as their reserves wane.The aging Ukrainian Gas Transmission System, meanwhile, is a Soviet-era relic in bad need of upgrading and unlikely to be competitive in the foreseeable future. Its loss would be a severe blow to Kyiv, which earns up to 2 billion euros ($2.35 billion) a year from transit fees — some 2 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product.A deal that keeps Kyiv in the mix could help normalize relations between Ukraine and Russia, Moscow and Berlin.“A compromise could be that on the one hand the pipeline project isn’t blocked any further,” said Claudia Kemfert, a senior energy expert at the German Institute for Economic Research. “On the other hand Russia would commit itself to keep using the gas route through Ukraine, so that all sides have a face-saving result.”Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert indicated that some of the gas that passed through Ukraine’s pipes last year — over 90 billion cubic meters — will keep flowing in future.“In the end, but we’re not there yet, it will also be about the volume of gas transiting (through Ukraine),” he said.“Of course it makes a difference how many billion cubic meters it is. But I can’t give you a target number. We believe it needs to be resolved in talks and we hope that, piece by piece, things will move forward.”___Jordans reported from Berlin.last_img read more

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first_imgMUKRAN, Germany – Sparks fly and machines whir as workers busily prepare thousands of steel pipes that will become part of a vast undersea pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany’s northeastern Baltic coast.The Nord Stream 2 project will double the amount of natural gas Russia can funnel directly to the heart of Europe from newly tapped reserves in Siberia, intentionally skirting Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine. It also promises much-needed jobs in this poor German backwater, some three hours’ drive north of Berlin.The United States and some other German allies have bristled at the project, warning that it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe.Energy-poor Germany already relies heavily on Russian gas and so far Chancellor Angela Merkel has deftly kept the new $11 billion pipeline off the table while imposing sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine.But as plans become closer to reality, the pressure has increased on her, and last month after meetings with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko she acknowledged that Nord Stream 2 was more than just a business project, saying that “political factors have to be taken into account.”With Merkel heading to Sochi on Friday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior U.S. diplomat warned that proceeding with the project could result in sanctions for those involved.“We would be delighted if the project did not take place,” U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Sandra Oudkirk, an energy policy expert in the State Department, told reporters in Berlin on Thursday.She said Washington is concerned Nord Stream 2 could increase Russia’s “malign influence” in Europe.Oudkirk said the new pipeline would divert gas flows away from Ukraine, which depends heavily on transit fees, and could become a pathway for Russia to install surveillance equipment in the Baltic Sea, a sensitive military region.She said the U.S. is “exerting as much persuasive power” as it can to stop the project, and noted that Congress has given the U.S. administration explicit authority to impose sanctions in connection with Russian pipeline projects if necessary.“Any pipeline project — and there are many multiple pipeline projects in the world that are potentially covered by this sanctions authority — is in an elevated position of sanctions risk,” she said.Jens Mueller, a spokesman for Nord Stream 2, dismissed concerns from the U.S. and several European countries, saying the new pipeline would merely be one of many sources of natural gas for Europe.“This pipeline can’t be used to blackmail or negatively affect any country,” he told The Associated Press in an interview.Merkel’s trip to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, her first visit to Russia in a year, will be a diplomatic balancing act.While the German leader has taken a hard line on Russian actions in recent years — from the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria to the chemical attack on a former Russian spy in Britain — Germany badly needs to secure its gas supply and Berlin has calculated that Nord Stream 2 offers the best deal.Europe’s biggest economy is also the world’s biggest importer of natural gas. According to Kirsten Westphal, an energy policy expert at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, said its import needs are likely to grow.German chemical giant BASF, a major investor in Nord Stream 2, alone uses more gas than the country of Denmark.Under Merkel, Germany has also set itself an ambitious goal of switching off all nuclear plants by 2022. While renewable power is on the rise, coal forms the bedrock of Germany’s energy mix, a fact that’s not compatible with the country’s pledge to sharply reduce carbon emissions.“If you want to take climate goals seriously then gas is simply an important source of energy,” said Westphal.From the end of 2019 when it’s to go online, the twin pipes of Nord Stream 2 will pump up to 55 billion cubic meters of gas to Western Europe each year, the same as its predecessor Nord Stream 1, which runs from the Russian city of Vyborg under the Baltic to the German city of Greifswald. The additional gas is needed to fill a projected decline in supply from Norway and the Netherlands, as their reserves wane.The aging Ukrainian Gas Transmission System, meanwhile, is a Soviet-era relic in bad need of upgrading and unlikely to be competitive in the foreseeable future. Its loss would be a severe blow to Kyiv, which earns up to 2 billion euros ($2.35 billion) a year from transit fees — some 2 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product.A deal that keeps Kyiv in the mix could help normalize relations between Ukraine and Russia, Moscow and Berlin.“A compromise could be that on the one hand the pipeline project isn’t blocked any further,” said Claudia Kemfert, a senior energy expert at the German Institute for Economic Research. “On the other hand Russia would commit itself to keep using the gas route through Ukraine, so that all sides have a face-saving result.”Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert indicated that some of the gas that passed through Ukraine’s pipes last year — over 90 billion cubic meters — will keep flowing in future.“In the end, but we’re not there yet, it will also be about the volume of gas transiting (through Ukraine),” he said.“Of course it makes a difference how many billion cubic meters it is. But I can’t give you a target number. We believe it needs to be resolved in talks and we hope that, piece by piece, things will move forward.”___Jordans reported from Berlin.last_img read more

Modi and Ranil hold key talks on IndoLanka relations

“A partnership marked by historical linkages and deep rooted friendship. Sri Lankan Prime Minister @RW_UNP arrives in New Delhi to participate in the 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space 2017,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.Meanwhile, the UNI news agency reported that while expressing India’s keenness to strengthen the economic pillar of its relationship with Sri Lanka, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said that a lot can be achieved, given the synergy and economic complementarities between the two countries.Addressing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe , who called on him at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President said, ”Development cooperation forms an important part of India-Sri Lanka bilateral engagement. India is keen to strengthen the economic pillar of its relationship with Sri Lanka. There is a lot that can be achieved, given the synergy and economic complementarities between the two countries.” Sri Lanka is already an important partner for India in the Indian Ocean region (IOR), where China is trying to increase its influence. The President iterated India’s firm commitment to partner with Sri Lanka on projects of mutual interest. (Colombo Gazette) With New Delhi expressing interest to run the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) near Hambantota port developed by the Chinese, the meeting between the two leaders assumed further significance. Wickremesinghe arrived in India on Wednesday. He arrived at the national capital from Bengaluru, which was his first destination.He was received at the New Delhi airport by Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe today took stock of the bilateral ties amid India recently showing interest to run an airport close to a port developed by China in the island nation, the Hindustan Times reported.The visiting Prime Minister, who is in India primarily to attend the 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space, also called on President Ram Nath Kovind. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> read more

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“A partnership marked by historical linkages and deep rooted friendship. Sri Lankan Prime Minister @RW_UNP arrives in New Delhi to participate in the 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space 2017,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.Meanwhile, the UNI news agency reported that while expressing India’s keenness to strengthen the economic pillar of its relationship with Sri Lanka, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said that a lot can be achieved, given the synergy and economic complementarities between the two countries.Addressing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe , who called on him at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President said, ”Development cooperation forms an important part of India-Sri Lanka bilateral engagement. India is keen to strengthen the economic pillar of its relationship with Sri Lanka. There is a lot that can be achieved, given the synergy and economic complementarities between the two countries.” Sri Lanka is already an important partner for India in the Indian Ocean region (IOR), where China is trying to increase its influence. The President iterated India’s firm commitment to partner with Sri Lanka on projects of mutual interest. (Colombo Gazette) With New Delhi expressing interest to run the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) near Hambantota port developed by the Chinese, the meeting between the two leaders assumed further significance. Wickremesinghe arrived in India on Wednesday. He arrived at the national capital from Bengaluru, which was his first destination.He was received at the New Delhi airport by Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe today took stock of the bilateral ties amid India recently showing interest to run an airport close to a port developed by China in the island nation, the Hindustan Times reported.The visiting Prime Minister, who is in India primarily to attend the 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space, also called on President Ram Nath Kovind. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> read more

Mens basketball Ohio State upsets No 16 Wisconsin 8373 in most complete

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) emphatically celebrates after junior forward Jae’Sean Tate hits a shot with the foul against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorIt had been a while since the Ohio State men’s basketball team played a game like it did on Thursday night.The Buckeyes (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten) shocked the No. 16 Wisconsin Badgers with a 83-73 upset victory at the Schottenstein Center. But it wasn’t just how they played. It was the fact that they simply played and didn’t overthink the game.From the start, OSU played arguably its most complete game all season. Ball movement was crisp, the defense was quick and physical, all of which culminated in a victory few saw coming.Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate had a double-double in the first half, and finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard C.J. Jackson had a career high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 4 for 4 from 3, also a career high. Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle had 17 points off the bench for the Buckeyes.Wisconsin senior guard Bronson Koenig led the Badgers (22-6, 11-4 Big Ten) with 27 points.“The motto for this game was just go out and play,” Jackson said. “We knew it was going to be tough. We knew they were going to hit shots and we knew they were a good team, but we figured if we just played hard, everything would take care of itself.”That it did.OSU shot 63 percent and made 10 shots from 3-point range. The Buckeyes had 32 bench points — 17 from Lyle nine from freshman center Micah Potter, six from freshman forward Andre Wesson — and outrebounded Wisconsin 38-23.The Buckeyes had their typical ugly possessions early in the first half, but the offensive execution that was absent in the final minutes of their loss to Nebraska last week was suddenly present and abundant.Jackson connected on four of his six shots in the first half, including a 3. In the second half after Wisconsin cut the OSU lead to nine, Lyle and Jackson hit back-to-back 3s to halt the Badger run.Possession after possession, the Buckeyes had an answer for the Badgers and Wisconsin couldn’t buy a stop. Jackson hit his fourth 3-pointer of the night with 5:35 to go, bringing the lead to 17 points.OSU led 44-31 at halftime and led by as much as 20 points in the second half.“From the head guy to the bottom guy, we just were all dialed in tonight,” Jackson said.Coach Thad Matta and Tate attributed much of the rebirth of attentiveness on both sides of the ball to the institution of hard double-teams whenever Wisconsin’s redshirt sophomore center Happ or senior forward Nigel Hayes had the ball in the post. Whether it be the center, forward or guard coming over to help trap on the baseline, each player was rotating on every pass and on box-outs.In turn, OSU’s offense displayed pace that led to an efficient night.Happ finished with four points in six rebounds. Hayes had seven points and four boards.“The post trap definitely put us in that position,” Matta said. “We were telling our guys the three most important guys were the guys outside of the trap. We were going to be in scramble mode. I think that definitely put a little pep in the step, if you will. It was good to see us flying around, loose balls, tipping them and that sort of thing.”Matta called Thursday night’s game the most consistent effort he has gotten from his players all season. OSU had four players in double figures and made 23 of 27 shots from the free-throw line. The 83 points was the most OSU had scored since Nov. 25 against Marshall when the Buckeyes scored 111.From the tragic loss last Saturday to Nebraska, it seemed improbable for the Buckeyes to steal a game against Wisconsin. But they didn’t steal it. They flat out dismantled an allegedly superior opponent.It had been a while since that had happened.“We just got to build off of this,” Tate said. “If we play like this the rest of the time and in the Big Ten tournament, I feel like we can win.”Next upOSU plays Tuesday at Penn State at 8:30 p.m. read more

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Ohio State redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) emphatically celebrates after junior forward Jae’Sean Tate hits a shot with the foul against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorIt had been a while since the Ohio State men’s basketball team played a game like it did on Thursday night.The Buckeyes (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten) shocked the No. 16 Wisconsin Badgers with a 83-73 upset victory at the Schottenstein Center. But it wasn’t just how they played. It was the fact that they simply played and didn’t overthink the game.From the start, OSU played arguably its most complete game all season. Ball movement was crisp, the defense was quick and physical, all of which culminated in a victory few saw coming.Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate had a double-double in the first half, and finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard C.J. Jackson had a career high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 4 for 4 from 3, also a career high. Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle had 17 points off the bench for the Buckeyes.Wisconsin senior guard Bronson Koenig led the Badgers (22-6, 11-4 Big Ten) with 27 points.“The motto for this game was just go out and play,” Jackson said. “We knew it was going to be tough. We knew they were going to hit shots and we knew they were a good team, but we figured if we just played hard, everything would take care of itself.”That it did.OSU shot 63 percent and made 10 shots from 3-point range. The Buckeyes had 32 bench points — 17 from Lyle nine from freshman center Micah Potter, six from freshman forward Andre Wesson — and outrebounded Wisconsin 38-23.The Buckeyes had their typical ugly possessions early in the first half, but the offensive execution that was absent in the final minutes of their loss to Nebraska last week was suddenly present and abundant.Jackson connected on four of his six shots in the first half, including a 3. In the second half after Wisconsin cut the OSU lead to nine, Lyle and Jackson hit back-to-back 3s to halt the Badger run.Possession after possession, the Buckeyes had an answer for the Badgers and Wisconsin couldn’t buy a stop. Jackson hit his fourth 3-pointer of the night with 5:35 to go, bringing the lead to 17 points.OSU led 44-31 at halftime and led by as much as 20 points in the second half.“From the head guy to the bottom guy, we just were all dialed in tonight,” Jackson said.Coach Thad Matta and Tate attributed much of the rebirth of attentiveness on both sides of the ball to the institution of hard double-teams whenever Wisconsin’s redshirt sophomore center Happ or senior forward Nigel Hayes had the ball in the post. Whether it be the center, forward or guard coming over to help trap on the baseline, each player was rotating on every pass and on box-outs.In turn, OSU’s offense displayed pace that led to an efficient night.Happ finished with four points in six rebounds. Hayes had seven points and four boards.“The post trap definitely put us in that position,” Matta said. “We were telling our guys the three most important guys were the guys outside of the trap. We were going to be in scramble mode. I think that definitely put a little pep in the step, if you will. It was good to see us flying around, loose balls, tipping them and that sort of thing.”Matta called Thursday night’s game the most consistent effort he has gotten from his players all season. OSU had four players in double figures and made 23 of 27 shots from the free-throw line. The 83 points was the most OSU had scored since Nov. 25 against Marshall when the Buckeyes scored 111.From the tragic loss last Saturday to Nebraska, it seemed improbable for the Buckeyes to steal a game against Wisconsin. But they didn’t steal it. They flat out dismantled an allegedly superior opponent.It had been a while since that had happened.“We just got to build off of this,” Tate said. “If we play like this the rest of the time and in the Big Ten tournament, I feel like we can win.”Next upOSU plays Tuesday at Penn State at 8:30 p.m. read more

Two people released following arrests in Sligo over illegal money lending

first_img Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 10:46 PM By Órla Ryan File photo 29,952 Views Two people released following arrests in Sligo over illegal money lending A man, woman and teenage girl were arrested today. 15 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Yulia Grigoryeva Updated Apr 2nd 2019, 10:46 PM TWO PEOPLE WHO were among three individuals arrested today as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal money lending in Sligo have been released without charge.One man and two females were arrested on suspicion of extortion contrary to Section 17 of the Criminal Justice Public Order Act 1994 earlier today.The man and one of the females, who were being detained at Ballymote Garda station and Carrick-on-Shannon Garda station respectively, were released this evening.Both were detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.A 17-year-old girl was also arrested but was released from custody earlier.A garda spokeswoman added that a file in relation to the three individuals will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.With additional reporting from Stephen McDermott.center_img Short URL File photo Image: Shutterstock/Yulia Grigoryeva https://jrnl.ie/4573115 Share102 Tweet Email1 Apr 2nd 2019, 3:07 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_img Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 10:46 PM By Órla Ryan File photo 29,952 Views Two people released following arrests in Sligo over illegal money lending A man, woman and teenage girl were arrested today. 15 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Yulia Grigoryeva Updated Apr 2nd 2019, 10:46 PM TWO PEOPLE WHO were among three individuals arrested today as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal money lending in Sligo have been released without charge.One man and two females were arrested on suspicion of extortion contrary to Section 17 of the Criminal Justice Public Order Act 1994 earlier today.The man and one of the females, who were being detained at Ballymote Garda station and Carrick-on-Shannon Garda station respectively, were released this evening.Both were detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.A 17-year-old girl was also arrested but was released from custody earlier.A garda spokeswoman added that a file in relation to the three individuals will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.With additional reporting from Stephen McDermott.center_img Short URL File photo Image: Shutterstock/Yulia Grigoryeva https://jrnl.ie/4573115 Share102 Tweet Email1 Apr 2nd 2019, 3:07 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Simmons appeal pushed to October

first_img VERDICT IN Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, cortez simmons Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI June 8, 2017 – The appeal for Cortez Simmons has been adjourned to October when the Court of Appeals returns. Simmons was convicted of murdering Keziah Burke in 2015 two years after the incident at Uncle Doe’s Bar in Providenciales. Simmons is serving a life sentence for the murder which stirred up much controversy. The jury verdict in his case was not unanimous. Simmons’ appeal was expected to go before the court today.#MagneticMediaNews#CortezSimmonsTrial Guilty Verdict for Cortez, Burke’s Family says ‘Justice Finally’ Murder Trial, Two Liquidations in Court this Weeklast_img read more

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first_img VERDICT IN Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, cortez simmons Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI June 8, 2017 – The appeal for Cortez Simmons has been adjourned to October when the Court of Appeals returns. Simmons was convicted of murdering Keziah Burke in 2015 two years after the incident at Uncle Doe’s Bar in Providenciales. Simmons is serving a life sentence for the murder which stirred up much controversy. The jury verdict in his case was not unanimous. Simmons’ appeal was expected to go before the court today.#MagneticMediaNews#CortezSimmonsTrial Guilty Verdict for Cortez, Burke’s Family says ‘Justice Finally’ Murder Trial, Two Liquidations in Court this Weeklast_img read more

Scottish FA dismayed by referee threats

first_imgThe Scottish FA has released a statement condemning the threats made against John Beaton the referee who officiated the Old Firm clash on December 30.John Beaten and his family received threats online after the referee officiated Rangers’ 1-0 win against Celtic last month, and Scottish Police have begun an investigation into the matter.Beaton will be assigned police protection during his officiating duties at Ayr vs Falkirk in the Scottish Championship on Saturday.The Scottish FA released a statement on Saturday addressing the issue, according to Sky Sports.“It is with deep dismay, that in the last 24 hours, we learned of one of our match officials having had threats made against him and his family,” said Ian Maxwell, Chief Executive of the Scottish FA.“We are in close contact with those involved and with Police Scotland to ensure that they are safe and that those responsible are identified and held accountable for their actions.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“This is not the first time in recent weeks that our match officials have been targeted. Another referee was allegedly threatened and assaulted at a lower-league game prior to Christmas. These incidents are isolated but are they are unacceptable and extremely concerning when they occur.“Our match officials make hundreds of decisions each game. They take huge pride in their work but it is inevitable and accepted that some of their decisions will be viewed differently and debated by others. When differences of opinion, however, manifest as threats to our officials or their families, a line has been crossed.“Match officials are a vital part of the game and they work exceptionally hard to maintain high standards. We all have a responsibility to support our match officials and, as previously stated, we will shortly be engaging with stakeholders to allow them to discuss issues, air concerns and propose improvements to this area of our game.“As we look forward to 2019, I call on everyone involved in Scottish football, from the public parks to the international stage, to respect our match officials.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe Scottish FA has released a statement condemning the threats made against John Beaton the referee who officiated the Old Firm clash on December 30.John Beaten and his family received threats online after the referee officiated Rangers’ 1-0 win against Celtic last month, and Scottish Police have begun an investigation into the matter.Beaton will be assigned police protection during his officiating duties at Ayr vs Falkirk in the Scottish Championship on Saturday.The Scottish FA released a statement on Saturday addressing the issue, according to Sky Sports.“It is with deep dismay, that in the last 24 hours, we learned of one of our match officials having had threats made against him and his family,” said Ian Maxwell, Chief Executive of the Scottish FA.“We are in close contact with those involved and with Police Scotland to ensure that they are safe and that those responsible are identified and held accountable for their actions.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“This is not the first time in recent weeks that our match officials have been targeted. Another referee was allegedly threatened and assaulted at a lower-league game prior to Christmas. These incidents are isolated but are they are unacceptable and extremely concerning when they occur.“Our match officials make hundreds of decisions each game. They take huge pride in their work but it is inevitable and accepted that some of their decisions will be viewed differently and debated by others. When differences of opinion, however, manifest as threats to our officials or their families, a line has been crossed.“Match officials are a vital part of the game and they work exceptionally hard to maintain high standards. We all have a responsibility to support our match officials and, as previously stated, we will shortly be engaging with stakeholders to allow them to discuss issues, air concerns and propose improvements to this area of our game.“As we look forward to 2019, I call on everyone involved in Scottish football, from the public parks to the international stage, to respect our match officials.”last_img read more

Pembroke Pines teen accused of shooting friend granted bond

first_imgThe victim has since been released from the hospital but has an extremely long road to recovery.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) – A Pembroke Pines teen accused of shooting and injuring his friend appeared in court.Nathan Walker was granted a $25,000 bond, Thursday morning.According to police, on June 1, Walker was playing with a gun inside his home when he shot his 15-year-old friend in the head, leaving him critically injured. A bullet fragment got lodged behind one of his eyes and another bullet severed an artery near his spine.Officials said the teen confessed to pulling the trigger, but he claimed he didn’t know the gun was loaded. In the 911 phone call released by officials, Walker said to the emergency dispatcher, “Hi, umm, I accidentally shot my friend.”The dispatcher then asked, “You did what?”“I accidentally shot my friend,” he repeated, adding, “Hurry, please, I can’t let him die.”Walker, who is now 17 years old, is being tried as an adult for charges including attempted manslaughter. last_img read more

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first_imgThe victim has since been released from the hospital but has an extremely long road to recovery.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) – A Pembroke Pines teen accused of shooting and injuring his friend appeared in court.Nathan Walker was granted a $25,000 bond, Thursday morning.According to police, on June 1, Walker was playing with a gun inside his home when he shot his 15-year-old friend in the head, leaving him critically injured. A bullet fragment got lodged behind one of his eyes and another bullet severed an artery near his spine.Officials said the teen confessed to pulling the trigger, but he claimed he didn’t know the gun was loaded. In the 911 phone call released by officials, Walker said to the emergency dispatcher, “Hi, umm, I accidentally shot my friend.”The dispatcher then asked, “You did what?”“I accidentally shot my friend,” he repeated, adding, “Hurry, please, I can’t let him die.”Walker, who is now 17 years old, is being tried as an adult for charges including attempted manslaughter. last_img read more

CEO Stole 7 Million from Company to Fund Luxury Lifestyle Where Did

first_imgThe former CEO of a London-based training company has been slapped with a lawsuit for embezzling more than $7 million from the firm to fund his luxury lifestyle.Aaron Thomas, 26, was sacked from Oakmont Trading Ltd earlier this year for squandering company money, and according to the New York Post, the company is seeking legal action to recover the amount.”While Thomas has made some disclosures as to the whereabouts of the misappropriated funds, a sum of around [$2.5 million] remains unaccounted for,” the suit stated, according to the New York Post.Thomas founded the company in 2010 and later sold 74 percent of the company’s stock to investors, Oakmont Trading Ltd stated in the lawsuit filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday.The company, which is suing Thomas in London, decided to file a lawsuit against him in the U.S. as well because its former CEO and fiancée are staying in Manhattan.Reportedly, Thomas spent a good amount of the company money to aid his luxury lifestyle, which included paying $14,500 a month for a Manhattan apartment and shelling out $171,000 on a Tiffany engagement ring for his Brazilian fiancée.The Australia native even used $20,000 of the company funds to get breast implants for his beloved, although it is not sure if it was for his fiancée because the lawsuit stated that Thomas has had multiple girlfriends between 2012 and 2013.In addition to that, Thomas spent $91,000 of company funds on a trip to Las Vegas in May 2013 and another $121,500 was spent on designer watches. About $2.8 million was spent to buy an Aston Martin, Porsche Cayenne, an Audi and a BMW.A number of flights taken by Thomas and his girlfriends, including fiancée Thaiana Rodrigues were also paid using the company funds.”During a Caribbean vacation in Turks & Caicos for himself, Rodrigues, and members of Rodrigues’ family, Thomas chartered a luxury yacht and private jet for his travel companions at a cost of over $30,000, both of which were paid for with Oakmont funds,” the suit stated.Thomas has vowed to file a counter lawsuit against Oakmont Trading Ltd, the New York Post reported.last_img read more

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first_imgThe former CEO of a London-based training company has been slapped with a lawsuit for embezzling more than $7 million from the firm to fund his luxury lifestyle.Aaron Thomas, 26, was sacked from Oakmont Trading Ltd earlier this year for squandering company money, and according to the New York Post, the company is seeking legal action to recover the amount.”While Thomas has made some disclosures as to the whereabouts of the misappropriated funds, a sum of around [$2.5 million] remains unaccounted for,” the suit stated, according to the New York Post.Thomas founded the company in 2010 and later sold 74 percent of the company’s stock to investors, Oakmont Trading Ltd stated in the lawsuit filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday.The company, which is suing Thomas in London, decided to file a lawsuit against him in the U.S. as well because its former CEO and fiancée are staying in Manhattan.Reportedly, Thomas spent a good amount of the company money to aid his luxury lifestyle, which included paying $14,500 a month for a Manhattan apartment and shelling out $171,000 on a Tiffany engagement ring for his Brazilian fiancée.The Australia native even used $20,000 of the company funds to get breast implants for his beloved, although it is not sure if it was for his fiancée because the lawsuit stated that Thomas has had multiple girlfriends between 2012 and 2013.In addition to that, Thomas spent $91,000 of company funds on a trip to Las Vegas in May 2013 and another $121,500 was spent on designer watches. About $2.8 million was spent to buy an Aston Martin, Porsche Cayenne, an Audi and a BMW.A number of flights taken by Thomas and his girlfriends, including fiancée Thaiana Rodrigues were also paid using the company funds.”During a Caribbean vacation in Turks & Caicos for himself, Rodrigues, and members of Rodrigues’ family, Thomas chartered a luxury yacht and private jet for his travel companions at a cost of over $30,000, both of which were paid for with Oakmont funds,” the suit stated.Thomas has vowed to file a counter lawsuit against Oakmont Trading Ltd, the New York Post reported.last_img read more

Haqqanis the most dangerous insurgents in Afghanistan

first_imgThis picture taken on April 2, 1991 shows Afghan commander Jalaluddin Haqqani (C) with two top guerilla commanders Amin Wardak and Abdul Haq at his Pakistani base in Miranshah. Photo: AFPThe Taliban announced Tuesday the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, a former CIA asset whose eponymous militant group is now considered one of the most dangerous factions fighting Afghan and US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan.The Haqqani network was founded by Jalaluddin, an Afghan mujahideen commander fighting the Soviet occupation in the 1980s with the help of the United States and Pakistan.Now a Taliban affiliate, it is blamed for some of the most shocking and brutal attacks across Afghanistan since the US invasion of 2001. Designated a terror group by Washington, targeting it is one of the top US priorities in the region.Long suspected of links to Pakistan’s shadowy military establishment, the network was described by US Admiral Mike Mullen in 2011 as a “veritable arm” of Pakistani intelligence.Who are they?Jalaluddin gained notoriety for his organisation and bravery during the Afghan conflict of the 1980s, garnering attention from the CIA and a personal visit from US congressman Charlie Wilson.A fluent Arabic speaker, Jalaluddin also fostered close ties with Arab jihadists, including Osama bin Laden, who flocked to the region during the war. Later, Jalaluddin became a minister in the Taliban regime.He is believed to have been ill for several years. The network has been led by his son Sirajuddin, who doubles as the Afghan Taliban’s deputy leader, for some time now.The Haqqanis are known for their heavy use of suicide bombers. Analysts have long suspected them of being behind some high-profile attacks in Kabul that have been claimed by the Islamic State group in recent years.Among many spectacular assaults, they were accused of killing around 150 people in the heart of Kabul with a truck bomb in May 2017 — though Sirajuddin later denied the accusation in a rare audio message.The network has also been accused of assassinating top Afghan officials and holding kidnapped Westerners for ransom.That includes Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman, and their three children, who were released last year. They also held US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was released in 2014 in exchange for five Afghan Guantanamo Bay detainees.Where are they now?Following the US invasion of Afghanistan, Taliban fighters flooded across the border into Pakistan, where they regrouped before launching an insurgency against the Americans.That included the Haqqanis, who coordinated attacks on NATO from across the border in their stronghold of Miranshah, the biggest town in North Waziristan, one of Pakistan’s loosely governed tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.The US launched repeated drone attacks against the group, while Pakistan’s military conducted successive clearing operations, though sceptical Afghan officials have noted they always seemed to miss the Haqqanis.Islamabad intensified military operations in North Waziristan in 2014, however, and now insists that there are no militant safe havens left on Pakistani soil.Some militant sources say the pressure forced many of the Haqqanis underground or over the border into their Afghan strongholds, claims that AFP could not confirm.Unverified reports have placed Jalaluddin in Pakistan in recent years. There is no confirmation yet of where he was when he died.Why are they linked to Pakistan?Pakistan sees its arch-nemesis to the east, India, as an existential threat, and has long sought influence over Kabul as a bulwark against New Delhi.The Haqqanis have frequently been accused of targeting Indian installations in Afghanistan, spurring speculation they were overseen by Pakistani intelligence.Analysts say Pakistan appears to view the Haqqanis and more broadly the Afghan Taliban as an asset holding India at bay in Afghanistan.Politicians and retired military officials in Islamabad acknowledge privately that having open channels with the Haqqanis is vital, with many insisting that maintaining contact is not the same as offering support.What happens next?With Sirajuddin firmly in charge, Jalaluddin’s death may not have much strategic impact on the network’s operations.Washington, which believes Pakistan is playing a double game, has long pressured Islamabad to crack down on militant groups, with the Haqqanis a top priority. Islamabad has repeatedly denied the claims.On Saturday, the Pentagon announced it was cancelling $300 million in aid to Pakistan over its lack of “decisive” action against militant groups.The cut, part of a broader freeze announced by the Trump administration in January, is seen as another attempt by Washington to bend Pakistan to its will.However, analysts have said the moves are too little, too late, and that until the US addresses Pakistan’s fears over India, Islamabad will not shake its support for militant proxies.At any rate, a crackdown on the Haqqanis might not be easy on either side of the border because of their strong local links in a society where tribal ties matter more than what outside powers want.last_img read more

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first_imgThis picture taken on April 2, 1991 shows Afghan commander Jalaluddin Haqqani (C) with two top guerilla commanders Amin Wardak and Abdul Haq at his Pakistani base in Miranshah. Photo: AFPThe Taliban announced Tuesday the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, a former CIA asset whose eponymous militant group is now considered one of the most dangerous factions fighting Afghan and US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan.The Haqqani network was founded by Jalaluddin, an Afghan mujahideen commander fighting the Soviet occupation in the 1980s with the help of the United States and Pakistan.Now a Taliban affiliate, it is blamed for some of the most shocking and brutal attacks across Afghanistan since the US invasion of 2001. Designated a terror group by Washington, targeting it is one of the top US priorities in the region.Long suspected of links to Pakistan’s shadowy military establishment, the network was described by US Admiral Mike Mullen in 2011 as a “veritable arm” of Pakistani intelligence.Who are they?Jalaluddin gained notoriety for his organisation and bravery during the Afghan conflict of the 1980s, garnering attention from the CIA and a personal visit from US congressman Charlie Wilson.A fluent Arabic speaker, Jalaluddin also fostered close ties with Arab jihadists, including Osama bin Laden, who flocked to the region during the war. Later, Jalaluddin became a minister in the Taliban regime.He is believed to have been ill for several years. The network has been led by his son Sirajuddin, who doubles as the Afghan Taliban’s deputy leader, for some time now.The Haqqanis are known for their heavy use of suicide bombers. Analysts have long suspected them of being behind some high-profile attacks in Kabul that have been claimed by the Islamic State group in recent years.Among many spectacular assaults, they were accused of killing around 150 people in the heart of Kabul with a truck bomb in May 2017 — though Sirajuddin later denied the accusation in a rare audio message.The network has also been accused of assassinating top Afghan officials and holding kidnapped Westerners for ransom.That includes Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman, and their three children, who were released last year. They also held US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was released in 2014 in exchange for five Afghan Guantanamo Bay detainees.Where are they now?Following the US invasion of Afghanistan, Taliban fighters flooded across the border into Pakistan, where they regrouped before launching an insurgency against the Americans.That included the Haqqanis, who coordinated attacks on NATO from across the border in their stronghold of Miranshah, the biggest town in North Waziristan, one of Pakistan’s loosely governed tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.The US launched repeated drone attacks against the group, while Pakistan’s military conducted successive clearing operations, though sceptical Afghan officials have noted they always seemed to miss the Haqqanis.Islamabad intensified military operations in North Waziristan in 2014, however, and now insists that there are no militant safe havens left on Pakistani soil.Some militant sources say the pressure forced many of the Haqqanis underground or over the border into their Afghan strongholds, claims that AFP could not confirm.Unverified reports have placed Jalaluddin in Pakistan in recent years. There is no confirmation yet of where he was when he died.Why are they linked to Pakistan?Pakistan sees its arch-nemesis to the east, India, as an existential threat, and has long sought influence over Kabul as a bulwark against New Delhi.The Haqqanis have frequently been accused of targeting Indian installations in Afghanistan, spurring speculation they were overseen by Pakistani intelligence.Analysts say Pakistan appears to view the Haqqanis and more broadly the Afghan Taliban as an asset holding India at bay in Afghanistan.Politicians and retired military officials in Islamabad acknowledge privately that having open channels with the Haqqanis is vital, with many insisting that maintaining contact is not the same as offering support.What happens next?With Sirajuddin firmly in charge, Jalaluddin’s death may not have much strategic impact on the network’s operations.Washington, which believes Pakistan is playing a double game, has long pressured Islamabad to crack down on militant groups, with the Haqqanis a top priority. Islamabad has repeatedly denied the claims.On Saturday, the Pentagon announced it was cancelling $300 million in aid to Pakistan over its lack of “decisive” action against militant groups.The cut, part of a broader freeze announced by the Trump administration in January, is seen as another attempt by Washington to bend Pakistan to its will.However, analysts have said the moves are too little, too late, and that until the US addresses Pakistan’s fears over India, Islamabad will not shake its support for militant proxies.At any rate, a crackdown on the Haqqanis might not be easy on either side of the border because of their strong local links in a society where tribal ties matter more than what outside powers want.last_img read more

Refugees are part of the fabric in hilltop French town

first_imgA general view taken on 24 April 2019 shows the village of Ferrette, eastern France. Photo: AFPIn the hilltop town of Ferrette near the border with Switzerland, few would expect to encounter Eritreans exploring the ruins of its medieval chateau or Chechens walking its steep narrow streets.But this tiny town in eastern France has opened its doors to asylum seekers who now represent some 10 percent of the population.As campaigning enters the final month before May’s European elections, the migrant question has been a central issue across a continent sharply divided over how to handle the influx of people seeking safety in Europe.Although the flows have dropped sharply since 2015 when more than a million newcomers arrived, triggering Europe’s worst migration crisis since World War II, thousands more come every week, with nearly 19,000 arrivals since the start of the year.With Europe’s governments paralysed over what to do and tensions rising on the ground, there has been a surge in support for populist and far-right parties, who have used the opportunity to further anti-immigrant agendas.But not everywhere, and certainly not in Ferrette where Mayor Francois Cohendet has overseen a successful integration and says the migrants’ presence there is “not an issue” but just a part of the community’s normal life.Which might have been quite a challenge in this town of 740 people in the southern part of Alsace, a region where the far-right has gathered a sizeable following.Since 2016, Ferrette has permanently taken in about 80 asylum seekers — half of them children — from places as far-flung as Afghanistan, Sudan and Armenia.All of them are hoping to be recognised as refugees — or at the very least, that France will grant them “subsidiary protection”, the status granted to asylum seekers who do not qualify as refugees.”They told me that Alsace was an area where there was racism but I haven’t felt it,” says a smiling Djoe Kabuka, a Congolese national.The only thing about Ferrette, he says, is the lack of public transport and the need to travel to Mulhouse, a town 30 kilometres (18 miles) away, to find the sort of foods the refugees are used to.The other thing is the weather. “It gets very cold and very hot here,” smiles Abundance, a teenager from Nigeria.Initial hostilityIt was only after a squadron of gendarmes was relocated in 2015, leaving their former barracks empty, that regional officials approached the mayor with a request to use the premises as temporary accommodation for asylum seekers.And when Cohendet accepted, he found himself on the receiving end of some stiff opposition, even from members of his staff.”The population, which was initially very resistant to the idea, has seen that everything has gone well, that these are discreet people, who keep themselves to themselves and are not aggressive,” he says.Pulling out a cardboard folder, he pulls out a pile of flyers and pamphlets. Some carry angry slogans like “Not one migrant in Ferrette” or “This is our home” while others use violent language.The first to arrive were “two Sudanese with black skin, wearing sandals in the snow,” he recalls.But while some were protesting, he also saw other residents joining together to help, with the emergence of a group called “Neighbours Around the World” that offered them French lessons, access to a games library, cooking classes and even lifts to the hospital.A volunteer (L) teaches a refugee how to sew in Ferrette, eastern France, on 24 April 2019. Photo: AFPSamir Beldi, director of accommodation at the Mulhouse/Ferrette branch of Adoma, the housing authority that lodges migrants, said things had worked out well.”The volunteers managed to repair the damage after a few initial worries. There were some pre-conceived ideas but we’ve turned the page on that,” he said.His deputy, Martine Kaufmann, concurs.”These are not ‘poor people’, they weren’t necessarily poor back home,” she explains.”Some of them have significant qualifications. There is diversity among asylum seekers.”Close tiesThe huge apartments once occupied by gendarmes each host large families.The children are taught in a specially-created class at the school in Ferrette which they walk to every day, bringing youthful voices to the village streets.Inside a split-level apartment with faded yellow walls, a newly arrived Sri Lankan family with a 14-year-old boy and three-year-old twins is sharing the kitchen with an Armenian woman and her 17-year-old son.Outside the barracks, the green spaces are full of life.An Afghan boy walks arm-in-arm with his little Nigerian friend as girls climb up the gate in the playground. Some women are leaving a sewing workshop as a volunteer helps a group of studious adults conjugate French verbs.”We involve them in local life, in people’s daily lives — in Bastille Day celebrations, in New Year festivities.. Every time we can get them together with the local population we do it,” says Elisabeth Schulthess, head of Neighbours Around the World.For the volunteers, though, the most frustrating aspect is the short duration of their stay as they built close ties with the exiles.Once their asylum demand is accepted, they have three months to leave the centre.Those who obtain the right to stay in France often move to Mulhouse, however, where the jobs pool is bigger.But Schulthess complains there is very little in the way of social support.In 2018, 54 percent of the 141 people who came won the status of refugee or subsidiary protection in France.last_img read more

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first_imgA general view taken on 24 April 2019 shows the village of Ferrette, eastern France. Photo: AFPIn the hilltop town of Ferrette near the border with Switzerland, few would expect to encounter Eritreans exploring the ruins of its medieval chateau or Chechens walking its steep narrow streets.But this tiny town in eastern France has opened its doors to asylum seekers who now represent some 10 percent of the population.As campaigning enters the final month before May’s European elections, the migrant question has been a central issue across a continent sharply divided over how to handle the influx of people seeking safety in Europe.Although the flows have dropped sharply since 2015 when more than a million newcomers arrived, triggering Europe’s worst migration crisis since World War II, thousands more come every week, with nearly 19,000 arrivals since the start of the year.With Europe’s governments paralysed over what to do and tensions rising on the ground, there has been a surge in support for populist and far-right parties, who have used the opportunity to further anti-immigrant agendas.But not everywhere, and certainly not in Ferrette where Mayor Francois Cohendet has overseen a successful integration and says the migrants’ presence there is “not an issue” but just a part of the community’s normal life.Which might have been quite a challenge in this town of 740 people in the southern part of Alsace, a region where the far-right has gathered a sizeable following.Since 2016, Ferrette has permanently taken in about 80 asylum seekers — half of them children — from places as far-flung as Afghanistan, Sudan and Armenia.All of them are hoping to be recognised as refugees — or at the very least, that France will grant them “subsidiary protection”, the status granted to asylum seekers who do not qualify as refugees.”They told me that Alsace was an area where there was racism but I haven’t felt it,” says a smiling Djoe Kabuka, a Congolese national.The only thing about Ferrette, he says, is the lack of public transport and the need to travel to Mulhouse, a town 30 kilometres (18 miles) away, to find the sort of foods the refugees are used to.The other thing is the weather. “It gets very cold and very hot here,” smiles Abundance, a teenager from Nigeria.Initial hostilityIt was only after a squadron of gendarmes was relocated in 2015, leaving their former barracks empty, that regional officials approached the mayor with a request to use the premises as temporary accommodation for asylum seekers.And when Cohendet accepted, he found himself on the receiving end of some stiff opposition, even from members of his staff.”The population, which was initially very resistant to the idea, has seen that everything has gone well, that these are discreet people, who keep themselves to themselves and are not aggressive,” he says.Pulling out a cardboard folder, he pulls out a pile of flyers and pamphlets. Some carry angry slogans like “Not one migrant in Ferrette” or “This is our home” while others use violent language.The first to arrive were “two Sudanese with black skin, wearing sandals in the snow,” he recalls.But while some were protesting, he also saw other residents joining together to help, with the emergence of a group called “Neighbours Around the World” that offered them French lessons, access to a games library, cooking classes and even lifts to the hospital.A volunteer (L) teaches a refugee how to sew in Ferrette, eastern France, on 24 April 2019. Photo: AFPSamir Beldi, director of accommodation at the Mulhouse/Ferrette branch of Adoma, the housing authority that lodges migrants, said things had worked out well.”The volunteers managed to repair the damage after a few initial worries. There were some pre-conceived ideas but we’ve turned the page on that,” he said.His deputy, Martine Kaufmann, concurs.”These are not ‘poor people’, they weren’t necessarily poor back home,” she explains.”Some of them have significant qualifications. There is diversity among asylum seekers.”Close tiesThe huge apartments once occupied by gendarmes each host large families.The children are taught in a specially-created class at the school in Ferrette which they walk to every day, bringing youthful voices to the village streets.Inside a split-level apartment with faded yellow walls, a newly arrived Sri Lankan family with a 14-year-old boy and three-year-old twins is sharing the kitchen with an Armenian woman and her 17-year-old son.Outside the barracks, the green spaces are full of life.An Afghan boy walks arm-in-arm with his little Nigerian friend as girls climb up the gate in the playground. Some women are leaving a sewing workshop as a volunteer helps a group of studious adults conjugate French verbs.”We involve them in local life, in people’s daily lives — in Bastille Day celebrations, in New Year festivities.. Every time we can get them together with the local population we do it,” says Elisabeth Schulthess, head of Neighbours Around the World.For the volunteers, though, the most frustrating aspect is the short duration of their stay as they built close ties with the exiles.Once their asylum demand is accepted, they have three months to leave the centre.Those who obtain the right to stay in France often move to Mulhouse, however, where the jobs pool is bigger.But Schulthess complains there is very little in the way of social support.In 2018, 54 percent of the 141 people who came won the status of refugee or subsidiary protection in France.last_img read more

Report Texas Bullet Train DallasArea Rail Line Among Trumps Transportation Priorities

first_imgThis article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/01/24/report-texas-bullet-train-among-new-federal-transp/. JR CentralJapan Central’s N700 high speed train, the same train that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comment from Dallas-Area Rapid Transit and Texans Against High-Speed Rail.*Correction appendedA privately funded bullet train between Dallas and Houston and a passenger rail line connecting suburban North Texas are among a litany of transportation projects considered priorities by President Donald Trump’s transition team, according to The Kansas City Star.But what that means for the projects either financially or in a regulatory sense wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday.The Star reported that the document doesn’t detail how the listed projects “would be funded, how the federal government prioritized these projects or any timeline for completion.” It is not known if the document is finalized or a draft, according to The Star.“The projects are among a total investment of $137.5 billion described in the document,” The Star report read. “Half that amount is supposed to represent private investment.”Trump earlier in the day signed an executive order that aims to expedite the environmental review process of infrastructure projects, something that can often take years and cost millions of dollars. Texas Central Partners is developing the controversial Dallas-Houston bullet train, but has said it would not take any public money to build the multi-billion dollar project. Company officials have previously spoken about applying for federal loans designed to provide low-interest financing for large infrastructure projects. That’s a system Trump pitched on the campaign trail as a way to entice private investment in American infrastructure. In a statement, Texas Central said it was “pleased” to be considered a priority. “Texans are looking for safe, reliable and productive transportation options,” the statement said. “The high-speed train answers that call for the region, state and country. We look forward to working with the new administration, moving ahead with the project’s free-market approach.”But the president of a group opposing the high-speed line called the list “preliminary” and said upon closer inspection, Trump may not support a project that uses Japanese technology.Kyle Workman of Texans Against High-Speed Rail said Trump “will not want to make Japan great again” with a project that may rely on eminent domain.“We are confident that President Trump will identify projects of worth and benefit to America and this will not be one of them,” Workman said through a spokesperson late Tuesday night.The other rail project mentioned in the documents is Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Cotton Belt rail line, which would connect Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport through suburbs and Far North Dallas to an existing line in Plano. Last year, DART included that project in its long-term planning documents. That project is seeking federal funding.DART spokesman Morgan Lyons said late Tuesday that the agency is happy the project is on the list but that officials there also don’t know what being included means for the planned line.DART is not currently planning on raising private capital for the project, and the agency doesn’t know if that would be a requirement for receiving certain federal funds.“There’s still so many unknowns,” Lyons said.Read more:Critics of Texas Central Partners’ plans to build a Dallas-Houston bullet train are hopeful Texas lawmakers will stop the project in its track during the current legislative session.Texas Central Partners’ leaders have vowed to avoid the pitfalls that killed a similar bullet train project more than 20 years ago. Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the source of a document outlining President Trump’s transportation priorities. The document came from Trump’s transition team, according to the Kansas City Star.Disclosure: Texas Central Partners has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgThis article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/01/24/report-texas-bullet-train-among-new-federal-transp/. JR CentralJapan Central’s N700 high speed train, the same train that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comment from Dallas-Area Rapid Transit and Texans Against High-Speed Rail.*Correction appendedA privately funded bullet train between Dallas and Houston and a passenger rail line connecting suburban North Texas are among a litany of transportation projects considered priorities by President Donald Trump’s transition team, according to The Kansas City Star.But what that means for the projects either financially or in a regulatory sense wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday.The Star reported that the document doesn’t detail how the listed projects “would be funded, how the federal government prioritized these projects or any timeline for completion.” It is not known if the document is finalized or a draft, according to The Star.“The projects are among a total investment of $137.5 billion described in the document,” The Star report read. “Half that amount is supposed to represent private investment.”Trump earlier in the day signed an executive order that aims to expedite the environmental review process of infrastructure projects, something that can often take years and cost millions of dollars. Texas Central Partners is developing the controversial Dallas-Houston bullet train, but has said it would not take any public money to build the multi-billion dollar project. Company officials have previously spoken about applying for federal loans designed to provide low-interest financing for large infrastructure projects. That’s a system Trump pitched on the campaign trail as a way to entice private investment in American infrastructure. In a statement, Texas Central said it was “pleased” to be considered a priority. “Texans are looking for safe, reliable and productive transportation options,” the statement said. “The high-speed train answers that call for the region, state and country. We look forward to working with the new administration, moving ahead with the project’s free-market approach.”But the president of a group opposing the high-speed line called the list “preliminary” and said upon closer inspection, Trump may not support a project that uses Japanese technology.Kyle Workman of Texans Against High-Speed Rail said Trump “will not want to make Japan great again” with a project that may rely on eminent domain.“We are confident that President Trump will identify projects of worth and benefit to America and this will not be one of them,” Workman said through a spokesperson late Tuesday night.The other rail project mentioned in the documents is Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Cotton Belt rail line, which would connect Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport through suburbs and Far North Dallas to an existing line in Plano. Last year, DART included that project in its long-term planning documents. That project is seeking federal funding.DART spokesman Morgan Lyons said late Tuesday that the agency is happy the project is on the list but that officials there also don’t know what being included means for the planned line.DART is not currently planning on raising private capital for the project, and the agency doesn’t know if that would be a requirement for receiving certain federal funds.“There’s still so many unknowns,” Lyons said.Read more:Critics of Texas Central Partners’ plans to build a Dallas-Houston bullet train are hopeful Texas lawmakers will stop the project in its track during the current legislative session.Texas Central Partners’ leaders have vowed to avoid the pitfalls that killed a similar bullet train project more than 20 years ago. Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the source of a document outlining President Trump’s transportation priorities. The document came from Trump’s transition team, according to the Kansas City Star.Disclosure: Texas Central Partners has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here. Sharelast_img read more

Poll Texas Voters Say US Is Headed In The Wrong Direction

first_imgMost important problemsPolitical corruption/leadership is the most important problem facing the country today, according to 14 percent of the state’s voters. That item topped the list, followed by five items that each were ranked most important by 7 percent of the voters: the economy, national security/terrorism, immigration, health care and moral decline.The concerns varied by party. Democrats, who are out of power in Washington, listed political corruption/leadership as the most important problem facing the country, as did 13 percent of independents and 8 percent of Republicans. Republicans, on the other hand, put moral decline at the top of their list (11 percent), a sentiment shared by 5 percent of independent voters and 2 percent of Democrats. National security/terrorism and immigration were close behind among Republican voters, ranking second and third on the list, respectively.Immigration and border security continued to be the top issue facing Texas, according to respondents, together listed by 27 percent of voters. Two other items — hurricane recovery and political corruption/leadership — were listed by at least 10 percent of voters.Those top two issues were ranked first by 44 percent of Republican voters and 30 percent of independents, but only 8 percent of Democrats had them at the top. Democratic voters’ first choice for most important problem facing the state, once again, was political corruption/leadership, followed by hurricane recovery. (Hurricane recovery ranked relatively high with other groups as well, landing in third place on both the Republican and independent voters’ rankings of top issues.)The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from Oct. 6 to Oct. 15 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100 percent because of rounding. Texas TribuneBy a two-to-one margin, Texas voters believe the country is going in the wrong direction, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.While 29 percent said the United States is on the right track, 61 percent said it’s going in the wrong direction. They took a more sanguine view of the state’s direction: 43 percent said Texas is on the right track, while 40 percent said it’s going in the wrong direction.Even so, three-quarters of voters said the U.S. economy is either better (43 percent) than it was a year ago, or as good (33 percent) as it was then. Only 22 percent said the country’s economy has worsened in the last year. The state economy also got good marks, with 76 percent saying it is better than or the same as a year ago.Almost half said their families are doing about the same economically as they were a year ago, while 31 percent said things are better now and 21 percent said they have worsened.The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. Become one. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgMost important problemsPolitical corruption/leadership is the most important problem facing the country today, according to 14 percent of the state’s voters. That item topped the list, followed by five items that each were ranked most important by 7 percent of the voters: the economy, national security/terrorism, immigration, health care and moral decline.The concerns varied by party. Democrats, who are out of power in Washington, listed political corruption/leadership as the most important problem facing the country, as did 13 percent of independents and 8 percent of Republicans. Republicans, on the other hand, put moral decline at the top of their list (11 percent), a sentiment shared by 5 percent of independent voters and 2 percent of Democrats. National security/terrorism and immigration were close behind among Republican voters, ranking second and third on the list, respectively.Immigration and border security continued to be the top issue facing Texas, according to respondents, together listed by 27 percent of voters. Two other items — hurricane recovery and political corruption/leadership — were listed by at least 10 percent of voters.Those top two issues were ranked first by 44 percent of Republican voters and 30 percent of independents, but only 8 percent of Democrats had them at the top. Democratic voters’ first choice for most important problem facing the state, once again, was political corruption/leadership, followed by hurricane recovery. (Hurricane recovery ranked relatively high with other groups as well, landing in third place on both the Republican and independent voters’ rankings of top issues.)The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from Oct. 6 to Oct. 15 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100 percent because of rounding. Texas TribuneBy a two-to-one margin, Texas voters believe the country is going in the wrong direction, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.While 29 percent said the United States is on the right track, 61 percent said it’s going in the wrong direction. They took a more sanguine view of the state’s direction: 43 percent said Texas is on the right track, while 40 percent said it’s going in the wrong direction.Even so, three-quarters of voters said the U.S. economy is either better (43 percent) than it was a year ago, or as good (33 percent) as it was then. Only 22 percent said the country’s economy has worsened in the last year. The state economy also got good marks, with 76 percent saying it is better than or the same as a year ago.Almost half said their families are doing about the same economically as they were a year ago, while 31 percent said things are better now and 21 percent said they have worsened.The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. Become one. Sharelast_img read more

Microbe processes carbon via new metabolic pathway

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: A Methylaspartate Cycle in Haloarchaea, Science 21 January 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6015 pp. 334-337. DOI:10.1126/science.1196544 © 2010 PhysOrg.com Researchers find metabolic pathway in malaria parasites; possible drug targets Citation: Microbe processes carbon via new metabolic pathway (2011, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-microbe-carbon-metabolic-pathway.htmlcenter_img Every organism known metabolizes carbon compounds to produce energy and the basic cellular building blocks. Humans and other vertebrates do this via the Krebs cycle, in which acetyl coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA) plays an important role. Vertebrates are unable to convert acetyl-CoA into malate, a precursor of other molecules such as sugars, but many plants and microorganisms can, via either the glyoxylate cycle or the ethylmalonyl-CoA pathway, which was discovered in 2007 by a team of scientists led by Dr. Ivan A. Berg of the University of Freiburg in Germany. The new microbe, a single-celled microorganism of the domain Archaea, was discovered by the same research team to use a third pathway that was previously unknown.The researchers realized the microbe could not use the glyoxylate cycle because an essential enzyme in the cycle, isocitrate lyase, was missing. It could not use the ethylmalonyl-CoA pathway either because it lacks some of the genes necessary to synthesize the enzymes used in the cycle.Over a period of two years the researchers analyzed the enzymes H. marismortui used when it was grown on a medium containing acetate and determined it was using the methylaspartate cycle (named after an intermediate in the cycle to convert acetyl-CoA to malate. This cycle is longer and more complex than the other two pathways but it does have advantages for a microbe living in such salty conditions, since one of the intermediates in the cycle limits osmosis, which would draw water out of the cell in attempt to balance the salinity across the cell membrane.Dr. Berg said the discovery of the third metabolic pathway means there could be others, and added that “the diversity of life is bigger than we know now.”The discovery also sheds some light on evolutionary processes since the enzymes in the cycle are similar to those found in ancient bacteria, but are not present in other Archaea, which suggests H. marismortui’s ancestors obtained the genes by lateral gene transfer rather than evolving through a lengthy series of random mutations. Berg said there were few such examples where it is so clear how the metabolic pathway evolved, which he said makes the pathway “a kind of a wonder.” (PhysOrg.com) — A Dead Sea microbe has been found to use a previously unknown metabolic pathway to metabolize fats as a source of carbon to synthesize carbohydrates. This suggests there may be other undiscovered pathways and more ways to live in extreme habitats than previously believed. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: A Methylaspartate Cycle in Haloarchaea, Science 21 January 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6015 pp. 334-337. DOI:10.1126/science.1196544 © 2010 PhysOrg.com Researchers find metabolic pathway in malaria parasites; possible drug targets Citation: Microbe processes carbon via new metabolic pathway (2011, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-microbe-carbon-metabolic-pathway.htmlcenter_img Every organism known metabolizes carbon compounds to produce energy and the basic cellular building blocks. Humans and other vertebrates do this via the Krebs cycle, in which acetyl coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA) plays an important role. Vertebrates are unable to convert acetyl-CoA into malate, a precursor of other molecules such as sugars, but many plants and microorganisms can, via either the glyoxylate cycle or the ethylmalonyl-CoA pathway, which was discovered in 2007 by a team of scientists led by Dr. Ivan A. Berg of the University of Freiburg in Germany. The new microbe, a single-celled microorganism of the domain Archaea, was discovered by the same research team to use a third pathway that was previously unknown.The researchers realized the microbe could not use the glyoxylate cycle because an essential enzyme in the cycle, isocitrate lyase, was missing. It could not use the ethylmalonyl-CoA pathway either because it lacks some of the genes necessary to synthesize the enzymes used in the cycle.Over a period of two years the researchers analyzed the enzymes H. marismortui used when it was grown on a medium containing acetate and determined it was using the methylaspartate cycle (named after an intermediate in the cycle to convert acetyl-CoA to malate. This cycle is longer and more complex than the other two pathways but it does have advantages for a microbe living in such salty conditions, since one of the intermediates in the cycle limits osmosis, which would draw water out of the cell in attempt to balance the salinity across the cell membrane.Dr. Berg said the discovery of the third metabolic pathway means there could be others, and added that “the diversity of life is bigger than we know now.”The discovery also sheds some light on evolutionary processes since the enzymes in the cycle are similar to those found in ancient bacteria, but are not present in other Archaea, which suggests H. marismortui’s ancestors obtained the genes by lateral gene transfer rather than evolving through a lengthy series of random mutations. Berg said there were few such examples where it is so clear how the metabolic pathway evolved, which he said makes the pathway “a kind of a wonder.” (PhysOrg.com) — A Dead Sea microbe has been found to use a previously unknown metabolic pathway to metabolize fats as a source of carbon to synthesize carbohydrates. This suggests there may be other undiscovered pathways and more ways to live in extreme habitats than previously believed. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Sabyasachi moves HC against noconfidence motion

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Sabyasachi Dutta has filed a case in the High Court, challenging the no-confidence motion brought against him. The matter will come up for hearing on Monday.35 councillors of BMC have brought a no-confidence motion against Dutta for his anti-party activities. The councillors have written a letter in this regard to Krishna Chakraborty, chairman of the civic body, who sent the letter to the joint municipal commissioner. State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said: “Anyone can go to the court. But had I been in Sabyasachi Dutta’s position, I would have resigned as 35 councillors have signed the no-confidence motion against him.”last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Sabyasachi Dutta has filed a case in the High Court, challenging the no-confidence motion brought against him. The matter will come up for hearing on Monday.35 councillors of BMC have brought a no-confidence motion against Dutta for his anti-party activities. The councillors have written a letter in this regard to Krishna Chakraborty, chairman of the civic body, who sent the letter to the joint municipal commissioner. State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said: “Anyone can go to the court. But had I been in Sabyasachi Dutta’s position, I would have resigned as 35 councillors have signed the no-confidence motion against him.”last_img read more

Why Corporate Collaboration Tools are Fundamentally Flawed

first_img 5 min read February 13, 2017 Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Facebook Workplace and other popular corporate collaboration tools, such as Yammer, Slack, Skype, WhatsApp and Salesforce Chatter, all promise a kind of magic bullet for today’s geographically diverse workplace. And, if the goal is easier communication and a more modern channel for information sharing, then these tools can achieve some measure of success.Where they miss the point, however, is in their ability to derive meaningful insights from the interactions that take place between and among employees.Related: Collaboration Tools of the Most Productive Remote Teams A recent article in CIO featured efforts by skincare company Rodan & Fields to improve internal collaboration by using Facebook Workplace. The article touted the benefit of consolidating many software platforms down to one, and creating a “commonplace and common model for people to interact.”Collaboration has become something of a buzzword lately due to an abundance of so many new collaborative technologies hitting the market. And the right collaboration tools will increase productivity by instilling positive changes in how people work and by fundamentally changing the corporate culture.But companies have to make more than halfhearted attempts at collaboration: Instead, they’re realizing only half of the value of collaboration by creating better ways to discuss ideas, but putting fewer of them in place. The great irony is that those companies that view collaboration as synonymous with IM or chat features are not properly equipping their workforces. They also risk creating a culture of employees who collaborate more without feeling more connected.Instead, the goal should be to develop new ideas that are not only hashed out, but actually heard by senior management and implemented. To be effective, collaboration platforms require a real evolution in the overall workplace culture. Management should move beyond static business silos to support the healthy sharing of new ideas across diverse project groups.Collaboration should increase workforce unity.People willingly choose to use new systems when they can achieve actual benefits from them. On the other hand, people forced to collaborate against their will often resist the process until it becomes counterproductive. For this reason, the most effective organizations measure the success of new collaboration tools based on staff adoption.Business collaboration software systems have come a long way over the past decade. The original classic collaboration programs, Lotus Notes and Microsoft Sharepoint, gave way to a new generation of tools that allow dispersed colleagues to conduct business around the clock and around the world.Popular new tools such as Slack, Hipchat and Microsoft Teams have taken a chat-based approach to collaboration. Enterprise systems, including Microsoft Yammer, Salesforce Chatter and Jive, then created Facebook-like social media platforms for business, before Facebook itself introduced its own workplace tool.Related: Email Is Not the Best Solution for Collaboration Other collaboration platforms such as Dropbox, Box.com and Google Docs allow remote teams to share the editing of online documents and files.The most effective platforms allow workgroups to propose creative project solutions and vote on shared priorities. Crowd-solving can increase the “democratization of strategy” through team brainstorming, business author Bill Donius wrote in the Huffington Post. He explained that this process “allows a team to quickly identify powerful ideas and potential strategic solutions.” In addition, he said, participants will feel more invested in the outcomes because they helped form the strategies.All these new tools remain a means to the ultimate end, which is bringing co-workers together. Of course, collaboration is not a one-off project — it requires continuous adaptation to incorporate new tools and strategies over time.Re-think workplace collaboration.Nurturing collaboration requires a positive setting that encourages people to brainstorm ideas and question decisions in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Everyone should recognize that distinct personalities take different approaches to problem-solving, so leaders should encourage colleagues to respect and encourage one another despite their differences.To keep everyone on the same page, team members should have a regularly scheduled meeting format to share their plans for daily and weekly tasks. Likewise, all successful project outcomes should be communicated to the rest of the group to improve staff morale and promote a “can do” attitude.It also makes sense for managers to carefully examine how employees pool company resources, form alliances and achieve common objectives, according to Future Think CEO Lisa Bodell, writing in PWC Strategy+Business. Bodell suggested designating some team leader to serve as a connector who can bridge divisional silos and coordinate activities among various work groups.Another strategy for collaboration involves creating peer-to-peer mentorships that pair people from different business units to share their thinking about new ideas and resources. Such mentoring programs should include written guidelines and deadlines to ensure successful results.Physical office spaces provide yet another way for bringing people together. Many companies prefer open floor plans to spark spontaneous conversations. Roughly 70 percent of all U.S. offices now feature open workspaces, according to data from the International Management Facility Association.Yet, even offices with walls, cubicles and partitions can unite colleagues through common areas and break-rooms that include comfortable seating and spaces for meals or conversations. Sometimes, locating people from different departments within the same office space stimulates fresh thinking and enhances collaboration.Related: Facebook’s WhatsApp Adds Secure Video Calling Amid Privacy Concerns Collaborative efforts can enable a business to become much more dynamic by integrating siloed work processes and broadening market opportunities. In this way, truly collaborative workers will achieve new synergies that spark innovations and allow their companies to thrive.last_img read more

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first_img 5 min read February 13, 2017 Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Facebook Workplace and other popular corporate collaboration tools, such as Yammer, Slack, Skype, WhatsApp and Salesforce Chatter, all promise a kind of magic bullet for today’s geographically diverse workplace. And, if the goal is easier communication and a more modern channel for information sharing, then these tools can achieve some measure of success.Where they miss the point, however, is in their ability to derive meaningful insights from the interactions that take place between and among employees.Related: Collaboration Tools of the Most Productive Remote Teams A recent article in CIO featured efforts by skincare company Rodan & Fields to improve internal collaboration by using Facebook Workplace. The article touted the benefit of consolidating many software platforms down to one, and creating a “commonplace and common model for people to interact.”Collaboration has become something of a buzzword lately due to an abundance of so many new collaborative technologies hitting the market. And the right collaboration tools will increase productivity by instilling positive changes in how people work and by fundamentally changing the corporate culture.But companies have to make more than halfhearted attempts at collaboration: Instead, they’re realizing only half of the value of collaboration by creating better ways to discuss ideas, but putting fewer of them in place. The great irony is that those companies that view collaboration as synonymous with IM or chat features are not properly equipping their workforces. They also risk creating a culture of employees who collaborate more without feeling more connected.Instead, the goal should be to develop new ideas that are not only hashed out, but actually heard by senior management and implemented. To be effective, collaboration platforms require a real evolution in the overall workplace culture. Management should move beyond static business silos to support the healthy sharing of new ideas across diverse project groups.Collaboration should increase workforce unity.People willingly choose to use new systems when they can achieve actual benefits from them. On the other hand, people forced to collaborate against their will often resist the process until it becomes counterproductive. For this reason, the most effective organizations measure the success of new collaboration tools based on staff adoption.Business collaboration software systems have come a long way over the past decade. The original classic collaboration programs, Lotus Notes and Microsoft Sharepoint, gave way to a new generation of tools that allow dispersed colleagues to conduct business around the clock and around the world.Popular new tools such as Slack, Hipchat and Microsoft Teams have taken a chat-based approach to collaboration. Enterprise systems, including Microsoft Yammer, Salesforce Chatter and Jive, then created Facebook-like social media platforms for business, before Facebook itself introduced its own workplace tool.Related: Email Is Not the Best Solution for Collaboration Other collaboration platforms such as Dropbox, Box.com and Google Docs allow remote teams to share the editing of online documents and files.The most effective platforms allow workgroups to propose creative project solutions and vote on shared priorities. Crowd-solving can increase the “democratization of strategy” through team brainstorming, business author Bill Donius wrote in the Huffington Post. He explained that this process “allows a team to quickly identify powerful ideas and potential strategic solutions.” In addition, he said, participants will feel more invested in the outcomes because they helped form the strategies.All these new tools remain a means to the ultimate end, which is bringing co-workers together. Of course, collaboration is not a one-off project — it requires continuous adaptation to incorporate new tools and strategies over time.Re-think workplace collaboration.Nurturing collaboration requires a positive setting that encourages people to brainstorm ideas and question decisions in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Everyone should recognize that distinct personalities take different approaches to problem-solving, so leaders should encourage colleagues to respect and encourage one another despite their differences.To keep everyone on the same page, team members should have a regularly scheduled meeting format to share their plans for daily and weekly tasks. Likewise, all successful project outcomes should be communicated to the rest of the group to improve staff morale and promote a “can do” attitude.It also makes sense for managers to carefully examine how employees pool company resources, form alliances and achieve common objectives, according to Future Think CEO Lisa Bodell, writing in PWC Strategy+Business. Bodell suggested designating some team leader to serve as a connector who can bridge divisional silos and coordinate activities among various work groups.Another strategy for collaboration involves creating peer-to-peer mentorships that pair people from different business units to share their thinking about new ideas and resources. Such mentoring programs should include written guidelines and deadlines to ensure successful results.Physical office spaces provide yet another way for bringing people together. Many companies prefer open floor plans to spark spontaneous conversations. Roughly 70 percent of all U.S. offices now feature open workspaces, according to data from the International Management Facility Association.Yet, even offices with walls, cubicles and partitions can unite colleagues through common areas and break-rooms that include comfortable seating and spaces for meals or conversations. Sometimes, locating people from different departments within the same office space stimulates fresh thinking and enhances collaboration.Related: Facebook’s WhatsApp Adds Secure Video Calling Amid Privacy Concerns Collaborative efforts can enable a business to become much more dynamic by integrating siloed work processes and broadening market opportunities. In this way, truly collaborative workers will achieve new synergies that spark innovations and allow their companies to thrive.last_img read more

Obama to Kenya Reject violence during election

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “This is a moment for the people of Kenya to come together, instead of tearing apart. If you do, you can show the world that you are not just a member of a tribe or ethnic group, but citizens of a great and proud nation,” said Obama, who has several relatives in the country, including half-siblings and a step-grandmother.Kenya goes to the polls on March 4 to vote for president and other offices. It is the first national election since the 2007 presidential vote devolved into nationwide violence that killed more than 1,000 people and displaced some 600,000.Obama’s message is likely to be well received by most Kenyans, said John Githongo, a former adviser to Kenya President Mwai Kibaki on ethics and governance who resigned and then exposed hundreds of millions of dollars in government corruption.“To many people who respect him and love him, as somebody who is the son of our soil, to say something like that is something that is much appreciated by Kenyans,” Githongo said. “Of course there are those who will call it interference.”Obama visited Kenya as a U.S senator but did not visit during his first term as president, a fact that has disappointed many Kenyans. The president said in his message that he is grateful for his connection to the country and the welcome he has received there, “from my father’s village in Alego, to bustling Nairobi.” Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Wading gently into the politics of his father’s homeland, United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Kenya to reject violence in next month’s election, adding the voice of America’s first black president to those hoping the country can avoid the descent into bloodshed that stained its last vote.Obama released the rare country-specific message in a YouTube video in which he used Swahili greetings _ the common language in Kenya _ to open and close his message. He urged Kenyans to reject intimidation and violence, to allow a free and fair vote, and to resolve any disputes “in the courts, not in the streets.” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories If Kenyatta wins this year’s presidential race, some analysts fear he could break his promise to attend the ICC trial. If he doesn’t, Kenya’s relationships with the Western world will likely change dramatically.Obama did not take sides in his message, other than to back peace.“The choice of who will lead Kenya is up to the Kenyan people. The United States does not endorse any candidate for office, but we do support an election that is peaceful and reflects the will of the people,” he said, before saying goodbye in Swahili: “Kwaheri.”___Video of Obama’s statement to the people of Kenya: http://youtu.be/kGW9mYAJ7G8 (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Obama spent less than 24 hours in sub-Saharan Africa during his first term. There are indications Obama may pay more attention to Africa in his second term, wrote J. Peter Pham, an Africa specialist at the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C. think tank, in a blog posting this month.“The sense of let-down acutely felt, both in African capitals and among the Africa constituency in Washington, over the lack of engagement during most of the administration’s first term, remains palpable,” Pham wrote, adding: “Ironically enough, one reason for the optimism is precisely the current dysfunctional state of America’s divided government. Within Washington’s insular foreign policy community, the tiny Africa constituency has long been known for bipartisan comity.”Obama said in a June 2010 interview with Kenya’s state broadcaster that he was “positive” he would visit Kenya before the end of his presidency. But that promise may be hard to keep politically if violence recurs in this year’s election. Complicating the politics of the election, one of the two major candidates for president, Uhuru Kenyatta, faces trial at the International Criminal Court related to charges he helped orchestrate the 2007-08 violence. The vital role family plays in society 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

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first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “This is a moment for the people of Kenya to come together, instead of tearing apart. If you do, you can show the world that you are not just a member of a tribe or ethnic group, but citizens of a great and proud nation,” said Obama, who has several relatives in the country, including half-siblings and a step-grandmother.Kenya goes to the polls on March 4 to vote for president and other offices. It is the first national election since the 2007 presidential vote devolved into nationwide violence that killed more than 1,000 people and displaced some 600,000.Obama’s message is likely to be well received by most Kenyans, said John Githongo, a former adviser to Kenya President Mwai Kibaki on ethics and governance who resigned and then exposed hundreds of millions of dollars in government corruption.“To many people who respect him and love him, as somebody who is the son of our soil, to say something like that is something that is much appreciated by Kenyans,” Githongo said. “Of course there are those who will call it interference.”Obama visited Kenya as a U.S senator but did not visit during his first term as president, a fact that has disappointed many Kenyans. The president said in his message that he is grateful for his connection to the country and the welcome he has received there, “from my father’s village in Alego, to bustling Nairobi.” Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Wading gently into the politics of his father’s homeland, United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Kenya to reject violence in next month’s election, adding the voice of America’s first black president to those hoping the country can avoid the descent into bloodshed that stained its last vote.Obama released the rare country-specific message in a YouTube video in which he used Swahili greetings _ the common language in Kenya _ to open and close his message. He urged Kenyans to reject intimidation and violence, to allow a free and fair vote, and to resolve any disputes “in the courts, not in the streets.” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories If Kenyatta wins this year’s presidential race, some analysts fear he could break his promise to attend the ICC trial. If he doesn’t, Kenya’s relationships with the Western world will likely change dramatically.Obama did not take sides in his message, other than to back peace.“The choice of who will lead Kenya is up to the Kenyan people. The United States does not endorse any candidate for office, but we do support an election that is peaceful and reflects the will of the people,” he said, before saying goodbye in Swahili: “Kwaheri.”___Video of Obama’s statement to the people of Kenya: http://youtu.be/kGW9mYAJ7G8 (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Obama spent less than 24 hours in sub-Saharan Africa during his first term. There are indications Obama may pay more attention to Africa in his second term, wrote J. Peter Pham, an Africa specialist at the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C. think tank, in a blog posting this month.“The sense of let-down acutely felt, both in African capitals and among the Africa constituency in Washington, over the lack of engagement during most of the administration’s first term, remains palpable,” Pham wrote, adding: “Ironically enough, one reason for the optimism is precisely the current dysfunctional state of America’s divided government. Within Washington’s insular foreign policy community, the tiny Africa constituency has long been known for bipartisan comity.”Obama said in a June 2010 interview with Kenya’s state broadcaster that he was “positive” he would visit Kenya before the end of his presidency. But that promise may be hard to keep politically if violence recurs in this year’s election. Complicating the politics of the election, one of the two major candidates for president, Uhuru Kenyatta, faces trial at the International Criminal Court related to charges he helped orchestrate the 2007-08 violence. The vital role family plays in society 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

IS offers a mix of brutality charity during Ramadan

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   In this Friday, June 19, 2015 photo provided by a website of the Islamic State group, IS members prepare foodstuff to be handed over to the poor during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Mosul, northern Iraq. The IS shows two faces to the millions who live under its rule in Iraq and Syria: handing out food and alms to the poor to tout their adherence to the month’s spirit of compassion while meting out sharp punishment to anyone caught breaking the daily fast. (Islamic State militant via AP)n BEIRUT (AP) — During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Islamic State group is showing two faces to the millions who live under its rule in Iraq and Syria — handing out food and alms to the poor to tout their adherence to the month’s spirit of compassion while meting out sharp punishment to anyone caught breaking the daily fast.The double approach reflects the policy that the extremist group has followed ever since it overran large parts of the two countries and declared a “caliphate” in its territory last year. It has sought to build public support by providing services and acting as a functioning government, even as it imposes its strict version of Islamic law through violence. Occasionally, IS authorities organize a free “Iftar,” the sunset meal, in public squares or in mosques, according to Bari Abdul-Latif, an activist from the IS-held Syrian town of al-Bab in Aleppo province. They also sell cylinders of cooking gas at one-fifth of the market price during Ramadan.“They are planting the idea in people’s minds that they are in control,” said Abdul-Latif.___Associated Press writer Sinan Salaheddin contributed to this report from Baghdad.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img “We’ve lost the beautiful Ramadan atmosphere we are accustomed to,” said Mohammed Ahmed Jassim, a 52-year old grocer and father of three in Fallujah.“Before, you could tell it is Ramadan in every corner in the city,” he said. “Now everyone is staying put at home waiting for his fate.”Many under IS rule are also enduring higher food prices, particularly for produce and bread, in part because of fighting near the Turkish border that saw farmlands burned and because of the takeover by Kurdish fighters last month of Syria’s Tal Abyad border crossing, formerly a key supply route for IS.At the same time, the extremists have unleashed some of their most horrifying brutalities during Ramadan. In the first week of the month, the group released a video purporting to show the killing of 16 men it described as spies by drowning them in a cage lowered to the bottom of a pool, decapitating them with explosives or firing a rocket-propelled grenade at a car they were forced into.Last week, it posted a video that purports to show the killings of some two dozen Syrian army soldiers by young IS fighters with a bullet to the head inside the ruins of the ancient town of Palmyra, with an audience of several hundred people. An IS call for jihad during Ramadan appears to have triggered deadly attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, Egypt and France over the past weeks. In Syria, IS fighters infiltrated the border town of Kobani, battling Kurdish forces for two days and killing some 250 civilians, including as many as 100 children, many in their homes, according to activists.The Islamic State group’s powerful media machine has also been using Ramadan to promote itself. One carefully choreographed online video depicted what was said to be the life of its fighters on the frontline during the fast, showing them firing on enemies supposedly over the horizon, and then later sitting down for a meal of rice, chicken, dates, pickles and bread to break the fast at sunset.The group also regularly posts online photos of its Ramadan charity. Activists in Iraq and Syria say the militants distribute Ramadan food baskets that include rice, crushed wheat, sugar and cooking oil. They also make dates, juice and mineral water available in mosques for those praying when the day’s fast ends.In Fallujah, IS militants slaughtered sheep and cows and distributed their meat to residents on the first day of Ramadan, according to residents there. In the Iraqi city of Mosul, the biggest city under IS rule, those who break the fast can be punished by being put in a cage in a public square for hours or for several days, said one resident, speaking on condition he be identified only by his first name, Omar, for his own security. In parts of Syria, violators are tied to a wooden cross in public, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the situation in the country. Other residents and activists reported fast-violators being flogged.Ramadan, which began in mid-June and ends next week, is a time when Muslims around the world seek to be closer to God, refraining from food, water, smoking and sex from dawn to sunset, offering extra prayers, reading the Quran, showing charity for the poor and cementing friendships and family ties. Usually, it’s festive after sunset, with families out visiting each other or gathering at street cafes, playing backgammon, cards or smoking waterpipes.In the IS-ruled city of Fallujah in western Iraq, residents have been told by the group’s authorities not to gather at coffee shops — and anyway, smoking and games are banned. IS has also ordered men to observe a modest dress code during Ramadan, meaning no sleeveless shirts or shorts, common attire for Iraqi men to cope with the unforgiving summer heat. Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

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first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   In this Friday, June 19, 2015 photo provided by a website of the Islamic State group, IS members prepare foodstuff to be handed over to the poor during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Mosul, northern Iraq. The IS shows two faces to the millions who live under its rule in Iraq and Syria: handing out food and alms to the poor to tout their adherence to the month’s spirit of compassion while meting out sharp punishment to anyone caught breaking the daily fast. (Islamic State militant via AP)n BEIRUT (AP) — During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Islamic State group is showing two faces to the millions who live under its rule in Iraq and Syria — handing out food and alms to the poor to tout their adherence to the month’s spirit of compassion while meting out sharp punishment to anyone caught breaking the daily fast.The double approach reflects the policy that the extremist group has followed ever since it overran large parts of the two countries and declared a “caliphate” in its territory last year. It has sought to build public support by providing services and acting as a functioning government, even as it imposes its strict version of Islamic law through violence. Occasionally, IS authorities organize a free “Iftar,” the sunset meal, in public squares or in mosques, according to Bari Abdul-Latif, an activist from the IS-held Syrian town of al-Bab in Aleppo province. They also sell cylinders of cooking gas at one-fifth of the market price during Ramadan.“They are planting the idea in people’s minds that they are in control,” said Abdul-Latif.___Associated Press writer Sinan Salaheddin contributed to this report from Baghdad.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img “We’ve lost the beautiful Ramadan atmosphere we are accustomed to,” said Mohammed Ahmed Jassim, a 52-year old grocer and father of three in Fallujah.“Before, you could tell it is Ramadan in every corner in the city,” he said. “Now everyone is staying put at home waiting for his fate.”Many under IS rule are also enduring higher food prices, particularly for produce and bread, in part because of fighting near the Turkish border that saw farmlands burned and because of the takeover by Kurdish fighters last month of Syria’s Tal Abyad border crossing, formerly a key supply route for IS.At the same time, the extremists have unleashed some of their most horrifying brutalities during Ramadan. In the first week of the month, the group released a video purporting to show the killing of 16 men it described as spies by drowning them in a cage lowered to the bottom of a pool, decapitating them with explosives or firing a rocket-propelled grenade at a car they were forced into.Last week, it posted a video that purports to show the killings of some two dozen Syrian army soldiers by young IS fighters with a bullet to the head inside the ruins of the ancient town of Palmyra, with an audience of several hundred people. An IS call for jihad during Ramadan appears to have triggered deadly attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, Egypt and France over the past weeks. In Syria, IS fighters infiltrated the border town of Kobani, battling Kurdish forces for two days and killing some 250 civilians, including as many as 100 children, many in their homes, according to activists.The Islamic State group’s powerful media machine has also been using Ramadan to promote itself. One carefully choreographed online video depicted what was said to be the life of its fighters on the frontline during the fast, showing them firing on enemies supposedly over the horizon, and then later sitting down for a meal of rice, chicken, dates, pickles and bread to break the fast at sunset.The group also regularly posts online photos of its Ramadan charity. Activists in Iraq and Syria say the militants distribute Ramadan food baskets that include rice, crushed wheat, sugar and cooking oil. They also make dates, juice and mineral water available in mosques for those praying when the day’s fast ends.In Fallujah, IS militants slaughtered sheep and cows and distributed their meat to residents on the first day of Ramadan, according to residents there. In the Iraqi city of Mosul, the biggest city under IS rule, those who break the fast can be punished by being put in a cage in a public square for hours or for several days, said one resident, speaking on condition he be identified only by his first name, Omar, for his own security. In parts of Syria, violators are tied to a wooden cross in public, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the situation in the country. Other residents and activists reported fast-violators being flogged.Ramadan, which began in mid-June and ends next week, is a time when Muslims around the world seek to be closer to God, refraining from food, water, smoking and sex from dawn to sunset, offering extra prayers, reading the Quran, showing charity for the poor and cementing friendships and family ties. Usually, it’s festive after sunset, with families out visiting each other or gathering at street cafes, playing backgammon, cards or smoking waterpipes.In the IS-ruled city of Fallujah in western Iraq, residents have been told by the group’s authorities not to gather at coffee shops — and anyway, smoking and games are banned. IS has also ordered men to observe a modest dress code during Ramadan, meaning no sleeveless shirts or shorts, common attire for Iraqi men to cope with the unforgiving summer heat. Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Euromic to conduct sales blitz in New Delhi and Mumbai

first_imgEuromic, a non-profit association of international DMCs, is all set to conduct a sales blitz in New Delhi and Mumbai post its participation in the SITE Global Conference 2015, scheduled for October 23-25, 2015 in the national capital. El Minabawy, President, Euromic, has confirmed stay after the conference in order to meet key incentives and luxury tour operators in both the cities, in cooperation with Venture Marketing, a representation company headquartered in New Delhi.Minabawy, however, betrayed skepticism about opening an India office. He said plans will be explored only after studying the Indian market potential. Although India is indeed emerging as a good source of incentive and high-end travel, “It is limited for most members. The prime objective is to identify the key professional players in the MICE industry and to strengthen our relationship with those agencies and further evaluate its true overall potential on our interested segments,” remarked the Euromic President.last_img read more

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first_imgEuromic, a non-profit association of international DMCs, is all set to conduct a sales blitz in New Delhi and Mumbai post its participation in the SITE Global Conference 2015, scheduled for October 23-25, 2015 in the national capital. El Minabawy, President, Euromic, has confirmed stay after the conference in order to meet key incentives and luxury tour operators in both the cities, in cooperation with Venture Marketing, a representation company headquartered in New Delhi.Minabawy, however, betrayed skepticism about opening an India office. He said plans will be explored only after studying the Indian market potential. Although India is indeed emerging as a good source of incentive and high-end travel, “It is limited for most members. The prime objective is to identify the key professional players in the MICE industry and to strengthen our relationship with those agencies and further evaluate its true overall potential on our interested segments,” remarked the Euromic President.last_img read more

Cardinals running back Ryan Williams knows how rar

first_imgCardinals running back Ryan Williams knows how rarely multiple chances come in the NFL — especially for running backs, the position that averages the shortest career in professional sports. After missing his rookie season with a torn patella in his right knee, being sidelined for 11 games in 2012 with a shoulder injury and suffering from right knee irritation through much of this year’s training camp, Williams enters Sunday’s season-opener in St. Louis as one of several options behind starter Rashard Mendenhall. And he knows his time to make an impression is running out. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Everybody who’s followed my story knows that I’ve been through a lot these past few years,” Williams said. “A lot of people don’t get as many chances as I’ve had. Obviously I’ve shown something for the coaches to believe in me and keep me on this team. I’m really excited to show what I’ve got and show that I still have it.”Williams has shown flashes of the ability that led the Cardinals to take him with the 38th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech, where he rushed for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman before racking up 477 yards in an injury-plagued sophomore season.The third-year back described his running style as a combination of the things that the Cardinals’ other running backs excel at, like Andre Ellington’s speed or Alfonso Smith’s power. But Williams said his best trait as a runner isn’t a physical one. “I really feel my biggest asset is my vision and the ability to be a big threat,” Williams said. “I can turn nothing into something.”The 5-foot-9, 207-pounder finished last season as the Cardinals’ fourth-leading rusher despite playing in only five games, highlighted by a 13-carry, 83-yard performance in a win over Philadelphia. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But while Williams performed well in his limited duty a season ago, he said lingering effects from the torn patella may have led to another injury-filled campaign.“Once you start worrying about the injuries, you play intimidated,” Williams said. “I don’t think I was ready physically to go play (in 2012). Now I have another year under my belt, and I feel very confident — even with the injuries — to go out there and play.”Williams said he doesn’t have any additional feelings about returning to St. Louis, which is where his season was ended last year, adding that “it’s just a football game for me, regardless of where it’s played or what’s happened there.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgCardinals running back Ryan Williams knows how rarely multiple chances come in the NFL — especially for running backs, the position that averages the shortest career in professional sports. After missing his rookie season with a torn patella in his right knee, being sidelined for 11 games in 2012 with a shoulder injury and suffering from right knee irritation through much of this year’s training camp, Williams enters Sunday’s season-opener in St. Louis as one of several options behind starter Rashard Mendenhall. And he knows his time to make an impression is running out. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Everybody who’s followed my story knows that I’ve been through a lot these past few years,” Williams said. “A lot of people don’t get as many chances as I’ve had. Obviously I’ve shown something for the coaches to believe in me and keep me on this team. I’m really excited to show what I’ve got and show that I still have it.”Williams has shown flashes of the ability that led the Cardinals to take him with the 38th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech, where he rushed for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman before racking up 477 yards in an injury-plagued sophomore season.The third-year back described his running style as a combination of the things that the Cardinals’ other running backs excel at, like Andre Ellington’s speed or Alfonso Smith’s power. But Williams said his best trait as a runner isn’t a physical one. “I really feel my biggest asset is my vision and the ability to be a big threat,” Williams said. “I can turn nothing into something.”The 5-foot-9, 207-pounder finished last season as the Cardinals’ fourth-leading rusher despite playing in only five games, highlighted by a 13-carry, 83-yard performance in a win over Philadelphia. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But while Williams performed well in his limited duty a season ago, he said lingering effects from the torn patella may have led to another injury-filled campaign.“Once you start worrying about the injuries, you play intimidated,” Williams said. “I don’t think I was ready physically to go play (in 2012). Now I have another year under my belt, and I feel very confident — even with the injuries — to go out there and play.”Williams said he doesn’t have any additional feelings about returning to St. Louis, which is where his season was ended last year, adding that “it’s just a football game for me, regardless of where it’s played or what’s happened there.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more