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Morocco Grants Visa to Syrian Refugee Child Haider to Join His

Rabat – Following a YouTube video gone viral in which 10-year-old Syrian refugee Haider appeals to King Mohammed VI to grant him a visa to enter Morocco and join his father, the young boy will get his petition and reportedly receive his visa.According to a post on the official Twitter account of Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salaheddine Mezouar, Haider will be reunited with his family.The Tweet posted on Sept Monday, was sent in response to a question an individual by the name of Issam Eddine Abail asked the Minister if he was aware of little Haider’s case. The tweet posted in French reads: “yes SM (Salaheddine Mezouar) has given instructions to facilitate his visa and he will join his own [family] on Wednesday, God willing [inchallah].” @issamed oui SM a donné des instructions pr faciliter son visa il sera parmi les siens mercredi inchallah— Salaheddine Mezouar (@Salahmezouar) September 7, 2015The Syrian child has tried to join his father Bashar Jalabi (38) in Morocco since last June. Jalabi is married to a Moroccan woman and they live in Morocco. Haider has been held in Istanbul, Turkey ever since, for not having a Moroccan residency permit.The story has made the news all over the world. According to Yabiladi News, Dutch-Moroccan journalist Boutaina Azzabi and Haider’s supporters have created a Twitter hashtag #MoroccoLetHaiderEnter, which has had great impact among social media users.Also, Azzabi has been personally taking care of Haider since mid-July when his father had to return to Morocco.  She had previously told Middle East Eye, “I spend all my time with him because I don’t want him to feel lonely. He has no relatives in Turkey now, and I have been supporting him financially”.Haider has had his visa petition denied 3 times by Moroccan authorities.The child’s public appeal to the King and continued lobbying from his supporters have moved the hand of Moroccan officials to grant his permit. The Syrian refugee will soon join his father in the Kingdom. read more

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As Maithripala backs death penalty Pope says Catholics will oppose

As President Maithripala Sirisena stands firm to implement the death penalty on some individuals, Pope Francis today announced that the Catholic faith will officially oppose the death penalty in all circumstances.Pope Francis has changed the teachings of the Catholic faith to officially oppose the death penalty in all circumstances, the Vatican has said, according to the BBC. It now says it is “inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”. The Catechism of the Church, a codified doctrine which sums up teachings, had previously stated that the death penalty could be used in some cases. Pope Francis has spoken out against executions in the past.Last October, he had said the Church’s policy on the death penalty was one area where teaching was not static and could change with modern concerns. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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In Washington Annan discusses regional hotspots with Congressional leaders

The Balkans, the Middle East, Iraq and peacekeeping missions in Africa, topped the agenda of Mr. Annan’s morning session with Representative Richard Gephardt, the Democratic Minority leader, and three members of the House Appropriations Committee — David Obey, Nita Lowey and Nancy Pelosi.According to a UN spokesperson, that meeting also touched on the Secretary-General’s call to action against HIV/AIDS. When the issue of the UN budget came up in the discussions, the Secretary-General’s top financial official, Under-Secretary-General for Management Joseph Connor, emphasized that the world body’s cost outlays had not grown since 1994.The meeting was followed by a question-and-answer session with over 30 members of the House International Relations Committee, including Chairman Henry Hyde and ranking minority member Tom Lantos. Participants raised a broad range of issues, including the Secretary-General’s proposed Global Fund for AIDS and Health, recent elections to the UN Human Rights Commission, and political hotspots such as the Middle East and the Balkans.The UN spokesperson said that the discussions also touched on the possibility of the United States rejoining the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which the US had left in the 1980s. One participant noted that legislation to permit the country to rejoin UNESCO had been introduced last week. Following a private luncheon, Mr. Annan was scheduled to meet with the Editorial Board of The Washington Post and hold further talks with members of Congress. read more

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UN agency launches 50 million project to reverse land degradation in Africa

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched a $50 million pioneering project that would determine the key causes of land degradation in Africa and draw up plans to stop and reverse the destruction.Backed by Governments and the Global Environmental Facility, the project also involves the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in identifying a number of key dry lands in nine African countries, including Zimbabwe, Senegal, Namibia and Kenya.The project aims to offset some of the worst impacts of global warming and develop alternative livelihoods, UNEP said, citing a pilot study in Mali that has shown that planting banks of trees for fodder, close to the city, cut pressure on nearby forests while boosting incomes. “The fodder ‘banks’ are producing 4.5 tons per hectare, giving an income of $630 a year in a country where the average annual wage is $270,” the agency said.The scheme would also seek to harmonize modern land management techniques with traditional ones, which local people and tribes developed for survival in harsh, low rainfall areas and which have allowed them to grow crops and graze livestock without sacrificing the fertility and stability of the land, UNEP said. The action plans for the scheme would serve as the blueprints for land recovery and wildlife conservation projects in similar kinds of desert margin areas elsewhere in Africa.Rising populations in Africa over the past few decades and the gradual erosion of traditional values and cultivation methods in favour of Western or Northern-style systems has intensified pressure on desert-fringed lands and their biodiversity, UNEP said.UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said that 66 per cent of Africa is classified as desert or dry lands, while 46 per cent is vulnerable to desertification and more than half considered at high or very high risk. “There is no silver bullet to solve these complex problems,” he said. “But we must solve them for the sake of the people living there and for the sake of the hauntingly beautiful landscapes that play their own role in the web of life.” read more

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The Latest Lithuania says UK must say if decision is final

The Momentum campaign group holds a “Keep Corbyn” demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in London, at the same time as the Parliamentary Labour Party is due to meet inside, on Monday June 27, 2016. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE The Latest: Lithuania says UK must say if decision is final by The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2016 8:48 am MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2016 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The Latest on Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union (all times local):11:04 p.m.Lithuania’s foreign minister says the United Kingdom must clarify whether its decision to leave the European Union is “clear and final,” saying the current uncertainty is not only detrimental to financial markets but to millions of Europeans.Speaking at the United Nations in New York, Linas Linkevicius said that if the decision is final, UK-EU talks should start without any artificial delays.He said the UK could stay in the single market like Norway which pays large fees to the EU budget, it could follow Switzerland which has about 100 agreements with the EU in different fields, or it could negotiate a free trade treaty with the EU.“Whatever outcome, damage will be huge,” Linkevicius said.___9:15 p.m.Fitch Ratings has downgraded the United Kingdom’s credit rating by one notch following the vote to leave the European Union.The move to AA from AA+ follows the decision earlier Monday evening by Standard and Poor’s to drop the country’s sovereign rating by two notches to AA from AAA.“Fitch believes that uncertainty following the referendum outcome will induce an abrupt slowdown in short-term GDP growth, as businesses defer investment and consider changes to the legal and regulatory environment,” the agency said in a statement.“Medium-term growth will also likely be weaker due to less favourable terms for exports to the EU, lower immigration and a reduction in foreign direct investment. An adjustment in the value of sterling and changes in the business environment could also affect growth.”___9 p.m.Britain’s main opposition party is in turmoil as its leader resists attempts by his own lawmakers to oust him in the wake of the country’s vote to leave the EU.Labour lawmakers implored leader Jeremy Corbyn to step down during a meeting at Parliament, as hundreds of Corbyn supporters rallied outside.Corbyn emerged to address the crowd and appeal for unity, saying “Don’t let the people who wish us ill divide us.” Labour finance spokesman and Corbyn ally John McDonnell said: “Jeremy Corbyn is not resigning, he’s staying.”Some 20 members of Corbyn’s top team of lawmakers have quit since Sunday in a bid to force him to resign. He could still face a secret ballot of lawmakers to trigger a leadership contest.Opponents accuse Corbyn, who represents the socialist left wing of the party, of making little effort to persuade Labour supporters to back remaining in the EU, and they fear he cannot win a national election that could be called as early as the autumn.Corbyn says he has the support of grass roots party members, who joined in their thousands to elect him last year.___8:55 p.m.Members of a European trade alliance that Britain helped set up over a half-century ago say they’re open to letting the UK back in now it has voted to leave the European Union.Ministers from the European Free Trade Association met Monday in Bern for a previously planned gathering, but Britain’s decision last week to leave the EU loomed large.At a time when France actively blocked Britain from joining the EU’s predecessor, Britain helped create EFTA as an alternative. It left EFTA in 1972 to join the EU, but English remains the official working language of its four current members: Switzerland, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.EFTA leaders noted that Britain has many issues to work through, but Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann told reporters that its return would strengthen the association.___8:50 p.m.European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says that “probably the best word would be sadness” to describe his reaction to the British vote to leave the European Union.Draghi told participants arriving for an ECB conference in Sintra, Portugal, that he was “trying to find the right word to describe our feelings” and referred to “our British friends.”He urged conference participants at a dinner Monday to put the “extraordinary circumstances” of the past week aside and focus on the conference’s academic themes. The Sintra conference is a counterpart to one held by the U.S. Federal Reserve every year in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and U.S. Fed Chair Janet Yellen have cancelled amid concern over the impact of the British vote on the economy and markets.___8 p.m.The leaders of Germany, France and Italy want the upcoming European Union summit in Brussels to start finding answers to the challenges the bloc is facing after Britain’s vote to leave.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said in a joint statement Monday that they will propose Tuesday to fellow European leaders “to start a process based on a concrete timeframe and precise obligations.”The three leaders said after meeting in Berlin that the remaining 27 EU heads of state should come together again in September to discuss their common priorities.They also called for EU countries to agree on concrete projects focusing on growth and security that should be implemented within six months.___7:45 p.m.European Central Bank head Mario Draghi is pulling out of a panel later this week at the bank’s annual policy conference in Portugal so he can attend a meeting of EU leaders.The European Council of heads of state and government is meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Brussels for the first time since Britain voted to leave the European Union, throwing British and European politics into disarray.Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and Bank of England governor Mark Carney were to have appeared with Draghi at the panel discussion on Wednesday, but have also cancelled. The ECB’s conference in Sintra, Portugal is similar to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming — a place for heavyweight economists to confer.Draghi is still giving the keynote speech Tuesday, the ECB said___7:25 p.m.In a joint statement the leaders of Germany, France and Italy say the European Union “must dedicate itself to the worries expressed by its citizens.”In their statement Monday, the three leaders said that the EU is a success and that the bloc is indispensable in securing “the economic and social progress for our people, and to assert Europe’s role in the world.”But German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Hollande and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi acknowledged that the EU can only advance if it is supported by its people.The union and especially its policy makers in Brussels have often been criticized for being detached from ordinary people’s worries — a sentiment that has led to a strengthening of anti-EU movements in several of its member states.___7:15 p.m.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the negotiations for Britain to leave the European Union must not “cut the nose off to spite the face.”Kerry, in London to meet Prime Minister David Cameron, says the U.S.-U.K. special relationship remains undiminished despite last week’s vote.Kerry says he regrets the outcome. But he believes Britain and the EU can protect shared values and remain strong U.S. partners.Kerry arrived Monday after meeting top EU officials in Brussels. He urged the bloc’s leaders to be “responsible, sensitive, thoughtful and strategic” in upcoming talks with Britain.Appearing alongside Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Britain would still play a major role in the world. He, too , said anger would help no one. But Hammond acknowledged emotions were still “raw.”___7:05 p.m.The leaders of Germany, France and Italy say they want to send fresh impulses for the future of the European Union and come up with new measure on issues such as security, migration, economic growth and youth unemployment.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi were meeting in Berlin on Monday ahead of the upcoming EU summit in Brussels.Hollande stressed that while they respected Britain’s vote to leave the union, “we also can expect respect from them,” adding that Europe doesn’t want to lose time to get started working on these important issues with “clarity, speed and unity.”Renzi said that despite the leaders’ sadness about Britain’s decision, it was “also a convenient time to work on a new chapter for Europe.”___6:55 p.m.Standard & Poor’s has stripped the United Kingdom of its top credit grade in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union.The rating agency downgraded the country’s sovereign rating by two notches, from AAA to AA, saying the vote is a “seminal event” that “will lead to a less predictable, stable and effective policy framework in the U.K.”It is also keeping a negative outlook on the rating, which means it could downgrade the country further.It added in a report published Monday that the outlook reflects the risk to the economy and public finances, as well as the pound’s role as an international reserve currency.It also cited “risks to the constitutional and economic integrity of the U.K.” as Scotland’s strong vote to remain in the EU could raise the prospect of another referendum on Scottish independence.___5:50 p.m.The leaders of Germany, France and Italy say there can be no negotiations with Britain on the country’s depature from the European Union until London has formally declared its intention to quit.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says, “we agree there will be no formal or informal talks” with Britain until Article 50 has been invoked.Merkel spoke Monday in Berlin after meeting with French President Francois Hollande and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi.___4 p.m.Poland’s Foreign Minister says that his government wants to lead an informal group of nations within the European Union that will seek renewal of a bloc battered by the British vote to leave.Witold Waszczykowski spoke on Monday following two separate meetings with other foreign ministers, first in Prague and then Warsaw. In Prague, Waszczykowski met his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany and France. The Warsaw meeting, only hours later, brought together nine foreign ministers and the British EU minister David Lidington.Waszczykowski indicated that Poland’s efforts are a counterweight to meetings on the future after Britain’s vote that have only included some of the bloc’s founding members in Western Europe.He said the Polish prime minister, Beata Szydlo, might present Poland’s ideas to other EU leaders on Tuesday in Brussels, and said they would be “radical.”___3:40 p.m.British Prime Minister David Cameron says the UK will not trigger formal EU exit talks at this stage.He says the referendum result is “not the outcome I think is best for Britain” but says the result must be respected and implemented in the “best possible way.”The Conservative Party leader says there will be no immediate changes for EU citizens now living in the UK.He says an EU exit will be “far from plain sailing” for Britain’s economy, but adds that UK financial institutions have “robust” plans and can withstand the uncertainty of a Brexit —a British exit from the bloc.____3:05 p.m.The powerful leader of Poland’s conservative ruling party says that his countryman Donald Tusk, one of the European Union’s top leaders, is to blame for Britain’s decision to leave the bloc and should “disappear from European politics.”Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who has long been a bitter political rival of Tusk, the president of the European Council, said Tusk should have done more to ease British concerns over membership.He said Monday that “as a negotiator Donald Tusk bears direct responsibility … but that also goes for the whole European Commission in its current composition.”Kaczynski also voiced hope that Britain might hold a second referendum and choose to remain in the European Union after all.Poland considered Britain its most important ally within the 28-nation bloc. Polish and British leaders had common cause in a desire to maintain strong national sovereignty while some other members pushed for greater union.Britain has also absorbed hundreds of thousands of Poles over the past 12 years who would have struggled to find well-paid jobs in their homeland, easing some political pressure from the ruling elites.___2:55 p.m.Finland’s prime minister says Britain’s departure from the European Union should happen “as soon as possible.”Juha Sipila acknowledged Monday that Britain needed “some time to bring its own ranks into line” and that a suitable time to begin the exit process would be in early autumn.Sipila described Britain as an “exceptionally important partner both for Finland and the EU.”He told reporters after a meeting of the parliamentary grand committee that it was important for Finland that negotiations are carried out in a businesslike and pragmatic way, putting aside the emotional tumult that arose from the vote.He said: “All talk of revenge and similar (emotions) must be forgotten.”___2:25 p.m.An influential Conservative Party committee says a new leader should be in place by Sept. 2 at the latest — with nominations opening on Wednesday and closing on Thursday.The 1922 committee, which sets party policy, ruled after an emergency meeting Monday the contest should be run under the same rules as 2005. That means lawmakers will choose and then put two candidates to the wider membership.Such a process favours established candidates.Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, the primary backer of the “leave” campaign and Home Secretary Theresa May, who backed “remain,” are considered the front runners in the race to replace former Prime Minister David Cameron.___2:05 p.m.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warns the other 27 European Union nations not to be revengeful toward Britain despite last week’s referendum vote to leave the bloc.After meeting Monday with his EU counterpart Federica Mogherini, Kerry said anger would not help anyone solve the fundamental issue of the break-up. He said it’s “absolutely essential that we stay focused on how, in this transitional period, nobody loses their head, nobody goes off half-cocked, people don’t start ginning up scatterbrained or revengeful premises.”There has been growing anger in the EU that despite British decision to leave, the British government could wait for months before starting the complicated process of disentanglement.Instead, Kerry said both sides must “look for ways to maintain the strength that will serve the interests and the values that brought us together in the first place.”The United States has said it’s disappointed by Britain’s vote, but also says Britain will continue to have a special relationship with Washington.___1:55 p.m.The chiefs of the Bank of England and U.S. Federal Reserve will not appear at a high-level banking conference in Portugal that they were due to speak at this week.Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Fed chair Janet Yellen were due to speak on a panel Wednesday but were taken off the updated schedule released Monday.Though no official reason was given, the turmoil that has engulfed global financial markets since Britain voted to leave the European Union will have focused the minds of policymakers, particularly in Britain. As the British pound drops to a 31-year low, fueling inflation, and the country’s economy faces the risk of recession, the Bank of England will consider how to boost confidence.Analysts say it could cut interest rates, a sharp reverse from its earlier plans to soon raise them.___1:35 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she understands that Britain may need “a certain amount of time to analyze things” regarding its departure from the European Union but adds that a “long-term suspension” of the question wouldn’t be in either side’s economic interest.British Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated he plans to leave invoking Article 50 of the EU treaty, which would trigger negotiations on Britain’s exit, to his successor, who will be chosen in several months. Cameron resigned after his ‘remain’ side lost Thursday’s vote.Merkel said Monday she has a “certain amount of understanding” for the fact that Britain may need “a certain amount of time” to analyze what happens next. She wouldn’t comment on whether it’s acceptable for London to wait until October, as Cameron plans.She says EU leaders will discuss how much time Britain needs when they meet tomorrow in Brussels.___1:25 p.m.London Mayor Sadiq Khan has asked London police to be on heightened alert to deal with a possible increase in hate crimes as a result of the British vote to leave the European Union.Khan said Monday there would be “zero tolerance” for any attempt to divide communities. He spoke after a Polish diplomat complained about abuse directed at the Polish community since Thursday’s vote.A Polish community centre in west London was vandalized and police in Cambridgeshire are looking into reports of racist notes being given to Polish residents.Immigration was a big issue in the vote. Those wanting to take Britain out of the EU say that will make it easier for Britain to control its borders.Prime Minister David Cameron has also condemned a spate of racist attacks since the referendum, saying he would “not tolerate intolerance.”___1:10 p.m.Polish authorities are expressing concern over incidents of xenophobia directed at Poles and other foreigners in Britain following the British vote to leave the European Union.The Polish ambassador in London, Witold Sobkow, said on Monday that his embassy is in contact with British police as they investigate the incidents.In one reported case, offensive graffiti telling Poles to go home in vulgar terms was sprayed on the front of a Polish cultural centre in London.Sobkow said: “We are shocked and deeply concerned by the recent incidents of xenophobic abuse directed against the Polish community and other U.K. residents of migrant heritage.”___12:45 p.m.The number of senior leaders resigning form opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s inner circle over his lacklustre efforts to prevent a Brexit has grown ever larger.Unlike Prime Minister David Cameron of the Conservatives, leader of the failed ‘remain’ side in the British vote on EU membership, Corbyn has refused to resign. But top Labour officials are resigning in droves, fearful that the party could be seriously hurt if Corbyn leads them into an early election that may be called.Angela Eagle, the party’s spokeswoman on Business Innovation and Skills, has opted to resign from the senior party position in light of Britain’s vote to leave the EU. She is the most senior member of his team to resign.Eagle says the party needs a leader “who can unite rather than divide the Labour Party.”Over 20 members of Corbyn’s “shadow Cabinet” — experts in specific topics like health care or the economy — have resigned to protest his leadership.___12:30 p.m.French and German foreign ministers are calling for “a strong Europe,” listing ambitious long-term proposals following Britain’s decision to leave the EU.Jean-Marc Ayrault and Frank-Walter Steinmeier pointed out some priorities for Europe in a document obtained Monday by The Associated Press: a common security agenda, fighting terrorism and integrated asylum and refugee policies.They acknowledge there are “different levels of ambitions” among the European countries but say France and Germany are responsible for better cohesion and solidarity.They suggest things like creating a European prosecutor for terrorism and organized crime as well as having international coast guard and border guard units. They also propose working on a common immigration law for Europe.Ayrault stressed Monday that the British vote to leave the EU “could help Europeans become aware that Europe needs to come closer together.”___12:05 p.m.The pound has dropped to a new 31-year low, trading below $1.32 for the first time since 1985. By midday in London it was at $1.3216.The drop reflects investors’ concerns about the economic impact of Britain’s departure from the European Union. It also shows they are expecting the Bank of England to cut interest rates in coming months as the economy suffers.The Bank of England had until recent weeks been expected to consider raising interest rates this year, but analysts say it is now more likely to cut them by a quarter point before the end of the year. Lower rates tend to weaken a currency.Investors also fled to the perceived safety of bonds. The yield on the 10-year British government bond fell below 1 per cent for the first time ever to hit a record low of 0.96 per cent. The yield drops as the price of a bond rises.___12:00 p.m.The top U.S. diplomat and NATO’s boss say the military alliance is even more important now as a result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he expects “an even stronger NATO going forward” as a result. He says the alliance brings clarity at a time of uncertainty in Europe.And NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Britain’s vote to pull out of the EU makes NATO more important now for defence and security co-ordination among European allies.Meeting Monday at NATO headquarters, Kerry and Stoltenberg said NATO was on track for its July 8-9 summit in Warsaw.Kerry will later meet EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. He then travels to London to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Minister Philip Hammond.___11:45 a.m.Though Britain has voted to leave the European Union, the nearly 1,000 British nationals who work for the bloc’s executive body won’t have to quit their jobs if they don’t want to.EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wrote in an internal memo circulated to the executive’s staff that according to regulations, they are “union officials” and work for Europe.He wrote: “You left your national ‘hats’ at the door when you joined this institution and that door is not closing on you now.”The memo was distributed to Commission personnel after the results of Thursday’s British referendum on EU membership became known. It was obtained by The Associated Press on Monday.According to the British Permanent Representation to the EU, 980 British nationals work for the Commission, accounting for 4.2 per cent of the total.Britons are also employed by the EU’s External Action Service, Council and Parliament.___11:10 a.m.Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says Brussels can’t afford to spend a “year on procedures” for Britain’s exit from the European Union.Briefing the Senate Monday, Renzi noted the EU “spent a year on negotiations” aimed at satisfying Britain ahead of last week’s referendum.The premier will huddle later in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and the EU president on the crisis.The EU summit this week on Britain’s departure “won’t be the last” in Renzi’s view. But he says those meetings must concentrate on “the relaunching of Europe, not just procedures.”Renzi says “pluck, lucidity and intelligence” is needed by European leaders, adding now’s not the time for improvisation.His advice to the EU? “Deal more with social issues and less with bureaucratic issues.”___11:00 a.m.The implications of Britain’s departure from the European Union have started to bite on British businesses.Real estate agent Foxtons has issued a profit warning, expressing concern that an upturn anticipated in the second half of the year is “now unlikely to materialize.”The parent company of British Airways, IAG, warned on Friday that profits would take a hit this year. Budget airline easyJet also warned on profit, saying it anticipates economic and consumer uncertainty this summer.The profit warnings come amid fears that thousands of jobs could be lost in London’s financial heartland. JP Morgan, HSBC and Goldman Sachs all said prior to the vote that thousands of jobs could be moved to the continent in the event of a British exit from the EU, or Brexit.___10:50 a.m.Trading in shares of two big British banks has been temporarily suspended amid volatility in the markets following the country’s decision to leave the European Union.The London Stock Exchange says trading the Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays was suspended when they briefly moved out of the trading range of 8 per cent — an automatic action. RBS is down 14.6 per cent to 175.55 pence ($2.4). Barclays is down 10 per cent to 137.55 pence.Trading resumed after five minutes.Other British stocks are also experiencing sharp volatility in the aftermath of the vote. They include airline EasyJet, home builder Taylor Wimpey and insurer Legal & General.___10:45 a.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman says there can’t be informal talks on the conditions for Britain leaving the European Union before London has filed formal notice of its intention to quit the bloc.Only Britain can invoke Article 50 of the EU treaty, which triggers the formal process by which the country would leave the union. Departing Prime Minister David Cameron has signalled that that could take several months, while many European leaders want it to come immediately.Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday that “if the government needs a reasonable amount of time to do that, we respect that,” but the uncertainty cannot continue forever.Seibert said: “One thing is clear: before Great Britain has sent this notification, there will be no informal preliminary talks about the exit modalities.”___10:30 a.m.The foreign minister of the Czech Republic says that a “fast and hasty integration” of the remaining 27 members of the European Union would be a “bad response” to Britain’s decision to leave the EU.Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said Monday that doing nothing would also be bad, but that popular support was needed for further integration and new EU policies.Zaoralek spoke after a meeting in Prague with his colleagues from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany and France.Zaoralek said that “I hope we will be able to try and start persuading the people in Europe that the EU is a project that can appeal to them, that can solve the issues they are facing in a practical way.”Another meeting of foreign ministers of non-founding members of the EU is scheduled to take place in Warsaw later Monday.___10:10 a.m.Former London Mayor Boris Johnson says there is no great rush to leave the European Union as he praised Treasury chief George Osborne’s efforts to calm gyrating financial markets.Johnson, one of the most prominent campaigners behind the vote to have Britain leave the EU, also praised Osborne’s decision to forgo an emergency austerity budget.Osborne had said such budget would be necessary during the campaign, which was nicknamed “Project Fear” because of its dire predictions on the fate of the nation in the event of a British exit from the EU, or Brexit.Johnson told reporters Monday: “It’s clear now the Project Fear is over,” and that he was reassured by Osborne’s words.___9:30 a.m.Several more members of Britain’s opposition Labour Party have resigned from party posts, calling on leader Jeremy Corbyn to quit.Half a dozen lawmakers who serve as spokespeople on key issues quit Monday morning. They follow 11 members of Corbyn’s shadow cabinet — the opposition party’s mirror government — who resigned Sunday after Corbyn fired Labour foreign affairs spokesman Hilary Benn for allegedly plotting against him.Corbyn says he will not resign, and has appointed lawmakers loyal to him to fill the vacated posts. He insists he will run in any new leadership contest, and says he has the support of the party’s grassroots.Many Labour lawmakers accuse Corbyn of running a lukewarm campaign in support of remaining in the EU. They also fear the left-winger cannot win a general election, which could come well before the scheduled date of 2020.Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will step down by October, and a new prime minister may call an early election to solidify a mandate before negotiating Britain’s EU exit.___9:10 a.m.Germany’s defence minister says she doesn’t expect Britain to rejoin the European Union in her lifetime.A majority of older British voters favoured leaving the EU in Thursday’s referendum, while most younger voters wanted to stay in.Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, who is 57, told Germany’s ARD television Sunday night: “Great Britain will not re-enter the European Union in my lifetime, but perhaps our children or grandchildren will be smart enough to restore the strength of Europe.”Von der Leyen also added her voice to calls for Britain to clarify its intentions and trigger the negotiating process quickly. Departing Prime Minister David Cameron has signalled that he wants to wait several months to begin the country’s exit from the 28-nation bloc.Asked to define quickly, she said: “I can’t define that in days or weeks. That is not in my hands. But the idea of ‘months’ takes some getting used to for us — it is actually not acceptable.”___8:50 a.m.A leading business group says 20 per cent of its members plan to move some of their operations outside of the U.K. in light of the country’s decision to leave the European Union.The Institute of Directors said Monday that a survey of its 1,000 members showed that three out of four believe that Britain’s exit from the EU, or Brexit, will be bad for business.Simon Walker, the director-general of the group, says that while businesses will be busy working out how they are going to adapt, “we can’t sugar-coat this, many of our members are feeling anxious.”The group says over a third of its members say that the vote result will prompt them to cut investment in their businesses.___8:35 a.m.Germany’s EU commissioner is urging Britain to clarify its intentions after voters chose to leave the European Union, and says he can’t imagine the government backing off that decision.Departing Prime Minister David Cameron has signalled that he wants to wait several months to begin the country’s exit from the 28-nation bloc. Many European leaders want it to start immediately.Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told Deutschlandfunk radio Monday that Britain’s governing Conservative Party needs to figure out what to do. He said: “With every day of uncertainty, investors in the whole world will be discouraged from investing in Great Britain or from believing in Europe.”Oettinger said the referendum “has great authority, however much it annoys one.” He added that he “can’t imagine the British government putting that into question.”___8:30 a.m.The French finance minister is insisting that Britain pull itself out of the EU as soon as possible and is dismissing speculation that a British exit, or Brexit, may never actually come to pass.Michel Sapin said on France-2 television Monday there is “no difference” between France and Germany on the timetable for a withdrawal, though French officials appear in a particular hurry to close this difficult chapter in post-war European unity.“Should Britain go quickly? Yes. France, like Germany, thinks that Britain voted, Britain voted for Brexit, and the Brexit should be put in place starting now,” Sapin said.He said European authorities should not allow Britain to stay in an “indefinite, we’ll see later” mindset but must force the British to accept the consequences of last week’s historic vote.The British exit is priority No. 1 as French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet later Monday in Berlin with EU President Donald Tusk and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, ahead of an EU-wide summit Tuesday and Wednesday.___8:10 a.m.British and European stock markets fell again on Monday amid the uncertainty over what the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union might lead to.The FTSE 100 benchmark in London was down about 1 per cent at 6,090 while Germany’s DAX was 0.5 per cent lower at 9,509.One of the reasons the FTSE 100 has not dropped more since Friday, when it closed only 3.2 per cent lower, is that many of its listed companies earn money in foreign countries, and the pound’s sharp drop will translate into higher profits when that money is brought back to the U.K. The pound’s drop also makes those shares cheaper for investors outside Britain.The pound continued to suffer the most losses in the markets, dropping another 1.6 per cent against the dollar on Monday, to $1.3462. Since early Friday it has dropped to levels last seen in 1985.Stockholm’s stock exchange, which was closed for a holiday on Friday, when the vote’s result caused heavy losses on global markets, dropped by 6 per cent on Monday.___7:30 a.m.Treasury chief George Osborne has sought to calm nerves in the markets, as investors worry about the consequences of Britain leaving the European Union.In his first public appearance since the vote to leave the bloc Thursday, Osborne tried to reassure markets shaken by the result, saying “our economy is about as strong as it could be to face this challenge.”Yet, he acknowledged it would not be plain sailing in the days ahead.The pound fell in Asian markets amid fears of the consequences of the vote. Political turmoil has roiled the country, as the leaders grappled with the question of how precisely the country would separate Britain from the other 27 nations in the bloc.Germany, Britain and France will be meeting to discuss the decision. read more

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Bonds or GICs for your portfolio choose whats right for your needs

by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 8, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 8, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bonds or GICs for your portfolio, choose what’s right for your needs OTTAWA – The stocks held in your portfolio may get all the attention when looking at the performance of your investments, but advisers say finding the right mix in your fixed-income holdings is also important.While bonds and GICs help provide stability in a portfolio and hopefully generate future cash flow, selecting a suitable combination of these interest-paying investments will depend on your individual needs including liquidity, tax efficiency and returns.“When you compare rates today between the average GIC and Government of Canada bonds, it is much easier to find GICs that pay more than Government of Canada bonds,” says Stan Tepner, a portfolio manager at CIBC Wood Gundy.“So today, there’s something to be said for the GICs over the bonds, but then if you want to get your money out, it is not so easy.”Bonds can be sold if you find yourself with an unexpected need of cash, while the rules for GICs are more restrictive and they may not be cashable or involve paying a penalty in you need to access them before the term is up.However there’s costs related to buying or selling a bond, as mutual funds that invest in bonds or bond exchange-traded funds charge management fees. If interest rates start to rise, you may also face the possibility of losing money on a bond if you have to sell it for less than you paid.The chance of a default of a government bond is nearly zero but corporate bonds carry a measure of risk depending on the company that issues them. That often means higher returns but if something happens to the issuer you could be left with a big loss.“The guarantee that they offer is the strength of the issuer, the strength of the corporation or government issuing the bond. The stronger it is, the better the guarantee,” Tepner says.Meanwhile, Jeremy Rock, a branch manager at Alterna Savings in Ottawa, says a GIC will have a specific term and a specific interest rate.“If you’re locked in for a five-year period and you start to see interest rates rise, you’re fixed and stuck with the interest rate that you signed at the time of offering,” he says of GICs.However, he adds, if interest rates start to rise, the value of your GIC will not go down.GICs also carry a guarantee. If the original term to maturity is five years or less and they are held by a member institution of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corp. they are insured up to a maximum of $100,000, including principal and interest. The provinces also have their own deposit insurers that protect deposits at provincial credit unions.The insurance protects depositors if something goes wrong.A rush by depositors at Home Capital to withdraw their money prompted a liquidity crisis at the company. However depositors at Home Capital are protected up to the CDIC limits even if the company is forced to close its doors.Tepner says most people who hold GICs get them from their bank, but he says it pays to shop around as rates do vary from institution to institution.“I’m looking at my GIC rate sheet today from 20 different issuers and all have one- to five-year terms and I’m just shopping along to find A: who has the best rate, and B: can I keep them under the CDIC coverage for the term they need,” he says. read more

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Bucks do away with Hoosiers sit atop crowded Big Ten race

The Ohio State men’s basketball team extended its in-conference winning streak Wednesday, beating the lowly Indiana Hoosiers 69-52. The Buckeyes (19-6, 9-3) started the game on a 9-0 run, but the Hoosiers held their own for a brief period in the first half to climb within two points at 22-20. The success, however, was short lived. As junior Evan Turner sat on the bench with two early fouls, the Buckeyes ended the half on a 12-0 run. OSU led by 14 at the break and the Hoosiers were never close again.Even after playing only three minutes in the first half, Turner ended the game with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Sophomore William Buford led the way offensively for the Buckeyes, scoring 21 points on 9-17 shooting. He added seven rebounds and four assists. The story of the game, however, was the stellar play that OSU got from the center position. Junior Dallas Lauderdale matched his career high with 14 points, but more importantly, he grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a season-high seven shots. Reserve center Kyle Madsen added a career-high 11 points on 4-5 shooting.The win was the Buckeyes’ eighth in a row in Big Ten play, and with the Michigan State Spartans losing their third game in a row on Tuesday, OSU is now in a three-way tie for first in the conference.The Buckeyes are tied with the Spartans and their next opponent, Illinois. Considering their 1-3 start to conference play, it is fairly remarkable for them to be atop the league at this point in the season. If the Spartans continue to struggle, a win Sunday against the Fighting Illini could leave the Buckeyes all alone in first place. An outright regular season conference championship would be OSU’s first since the 2006-2007 season. Ohio State and Illinois square off in Champaign, Ill., Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

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Anthony Lea appointed President of the International Copper Association

first_imgThe International Copper Association (ICA) has appointed Anthony (Tony) Lea as its new President. He holds the senior management responsibility for all aspects of the organisation, overseeing the global operations of the extended Copper Alliance™ across six continents. He will continue the process of organisational, strategic and program improvement initiated by ICA’s members in 2014.He previously served for 12 years as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Planning, within the ICA, a position that provided him with a unique perspective on the challenges faced in the end-use markets for copper and a wealth of experience in conducting programs to develop and defend copper use. He holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Imperial College of Science and Technology, both in the UK.“I am confident that under Tony’s leadership ICA will continue to provide great value to the copper industry by promoting and defending copper markets and developing a positive image for copper among its wide range of stakeholder communities,” said Jean-Sebastien Jacques, Chairman of the ICA Board of Directors. “On behalf of the ICA Board, I am pleased to welcome Tony into his new position, and I am confident he will lead the ICA as a strong advocate for the copper industry.”The ICA leads the world’s copper industry on the issues critical to securing copper’s future growth. ICA’s members represent a majority of global copper production, and include many of the largest copper and copper alloy fabricators. ICA’s status as a not-for-profit trade association provides its members with a credible, independent advocate to address challenges faced by the collective industry. ICA increases awareness and use of copper by communicating the unique attributes that make this sustainable element an essential contributor to the formation of life, to advances in science and technology, and to a higher standard of living throughout the world.The Copper Alliance is a network of regional copper centre and their industry-leading members developed by ICA in 2011. The Copper Alliance is responsible for guiding policy and strategy and for funding international initiatives and promotional activities. With its headquarters in New York, the organisation has offices in four primary regions: Asia, Europe and Africa, Latin America and North America. Copper Alliance programs and initiatives are executed in more than 60 countries through its regional offices and country-level copper promotion centres.last_img read more

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Haver Boecker optimises mining operations with NIAflow software

first_imgHaver & Boecker has introduced NIAflow plant simulation software to the market, which it says helps producers optimise mine operations by diagramming plant flow, machine placement, product pre-calculations and more. Haver & Boecker will feature NIAflow during MINExpo in Las Vegas at the end of this month.Developed by Haver & Boecker engineers, NIAflow “instantly analyses existing or proposed processes, records plant statuses, and recognises potential for plant optimisation.” The software is available for download on Windows-based systems. “NIAflow supports the user in every engineering phase, from drafting flow diagrams for product pre-calculation to plant start-up and simulating parameter changes. Its intuitive menu control makes it easy for all levels of experience, and Haver & Boecker provides several levels of training, if needed. These can be group, company or even individual training sessions.”“As part of our ongoing efforts to optimise plant efficiency for our customers, we are constantly developing innovative machines, programs and software to help them be successful,” said Karen Thompson, President of Haver & Boecker Canada. “NIAflow will serve as a cornerstone in the development of process engineering projects. When paired with other Haver & Boecker technology, such as Pulse vibration analysis software, our customers will hold all of the tools they need to optimise process flow and increase productivity and profits.”NIAflow allows users to analyse more than 90 different process equipment pieces, from crushers and vibrating screens to material washers and conveyors. Beyond equipment, the system uses scientific-based methods to monitor the operation’s input, output and waste piles. The program calculates the mass and volumetric flow rates as well as the valuable content with machine-specific operating parameters to prevent plant bottlenecks before equipment is in place.“NIAflow will significantly impact the efficiency and profitability of our mineral processing customers,” said Joachim Hoppe, Haver & Boecker Mining General Manager. “The thought process behind this software development was to give our partners tools to closely monitor their plant setup as a whole, allowing them to identify problems and plant bottlenecks. NIAflow helps producers discover the most efficient set up for existing equipment as well as determine equipment needed to enhance productivity and increase production.”NIAflow is available for purchase for aggregates and mining. The NIAflow Aggregates version is the extensive, full version of the NIAflow simulation software that allows unlimited machine input. NIAflow Mining complements the Aggregates full version, but offers additional equipment options, such as classifying and sorting equipment. A basic, complementary version of NIAflow is available for download at www.niaflow.comlast_img read more

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DKB Bundesliga Kiel win over HSV – Flensburg demolish Fuchse in Berlin

17TV Grosswallstadt273222660 – 750-908 6TSV Hannover-Burgdorf271647811 – 7951636 In two derby matches of DKB Bundesliga, THW Kiel and SG Flensburg beat their rivals. THW Kiel wins over HSV Handball 30:27 in front of 10.285 fans in “Sparkasse Arena”.THW Kiel: Omeyer (16/1 saves, 1.-60.); Palicka n.e.; Jicha 8, Vujin 6, Toft Hansen 3, Zeitz 3, Ilic 2, Klein 2, Sprenger 2, Palmarsson 2, Sigurdsson 1, Narcisse 1, Ahlm, Ekberg, Wiencek n.e.HSV Handball: Bitter (17/1 saves., 1.-60.); Beutler Duvnjak 9, Lijewski 4, Vori 4, Petersen 3, Lindberg 2, Schröder 2, Hens 1, Kraus 1, Lackovic 1, Jansen, Flohr, Nilsson, Terzic n.e.Fuchse Berlin was demolished by SG Flensburg 16:27 (10:12) in Max Schmelling Arena.Füchse Berlin – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 16:27 (10:12)Füchse Berlin: Heinevetter (6 saves), Stochl (4 saves; ab 42.) – Laen, Löffler (2), Spoljaric, Jaszka, Nincevic (1), Christophersen, Iker Romero, Pevnov (2), Bult (1), Lund, Igropulo (4), Sellin (6/1)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (27/2 saves) – Karlsson, Machulla (1), Eggert (7/2), Glandorf (5), Mogensen, Svan Hansen (5), Weinhold (6), Heinl, Gustafsson (1), Kaufmann (1), Knudsen (1) 7SC Magdeburg2714211775 – 7453030 15GWD Minden275418711 – 814-10314 12TuS-N-Lubbecke2711214765 – 778-1324 11MT Melsungen2711412750 – 756-626 ← Previous Story Gorazd Skof signs for US Creteil until end of season Next Story → Marcus Ahlm to retire at the end of season 1THW Kiel272313892 – 70318947 9TBV Lemgo2713212740 – 741-128 2Rhein-Neckar-Lowen272043759 – 6798044 13Balingen-Weilsteten279315761 – 804-4321 14VfL Gummersbach276318706 – 813-10715 3SG Flensburg-Handewitt261934792 – 65913341 16TV Neuhausen275121708 – 827-11911 4Füchse Berlin271836776 – 7086839 18Tusem Essen273222687 – 846-1598 5HSV Hamburg261736788 – 7107837 10HSG Wetzlar2712312780 – 779127 dkb bundesligaHSV HandballTHW Kiel 8FA Goppingen2713212781 – 7354628 read more

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Mirabella bows out

first_imgVictorious Indi candidate Cathy McGowan was downing a cup of tea when a blocked number appeared on her mobile phone last week. It was a call that she’ll hardly forget – one that finally concluded the election arm-wrestle between the 59-year-old Independent and Indi’s incumbent Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella. Ms McGowan described her adversary as “charming” and “professional” during the brief conversation in which Mrs Mirabella conceded defeat. “She wished me well,” said Ms McGowan, who returned the compliment. So ended Sophie Mirabella’s 12-year hold on the Victorian rural seat, and with it, her parliamentary career for the foreseeable future. “This election is over and the responsibility for the outcome is mine,” she said in a statement to media – a dignified mea culpa for a politician rarely renowned for taking a step back. Reflecting on her time as Indi’s federal MP, Mrs Mirabella described it as “a high honour and a very special privilege”. In thanking her supporters over the last decade she said: “They have enriched my life and that of my family and, together, we have achieved so much for our community.” Lined up to take a place in Tony Abbott’s gender-equality challenged cabinet, Mrs Mirabella said that while the count was close, she declined a recount because she accepted “the decision of the democratic process”. Despite taking 44.72 per cent of the primary vote, ahead of Ms McGowan on 31.22 per cent, preferences pushed Ms McGowan over the winning line. Just. In the end her downfall came about by the smallest margins. The decision came as she trailed by 387 votes with some 1000 to be counted – Ms McGowan holding 50.22 per cent of the vote after preferences, compared with her own 49.78 per cent. Ultimately it was a massive two-party-preferred swing of more than 9 per cent that ousted her – all the more painful given a national average two-party swing to the Coalition of more than 3 per cent. Many suggest she had taken Indi’s voters once too often for granted, and that her electorate duties waned as she sought to impact the national stage. Magnanimous in defeat, Mrs Mirabella vowed to continue to fight the Liberals’ corner in her former electorate. “I will work with every ounce of my being to see this seat return to the Coalition but that is for another day,” she said. “I am just so grateful to everyone in the Liberal and National Parties who have supported my campaign, and to Tony Abbott, I repeat my overwhelming thanks for his selfless generosity and mentorship.” The Australian Industry Group paid tribute to the former shadow minister, saying that she had shown “consistent and strong engagement with industry”. “She demonstrated a special interest in the development of policy, particularly for the manufacturing sector, as well as policy development around anti-dumping,” AI Group Chief Executive Innes Willox told media. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Global Ballooning gets top nod

first_imgGlobal Ballooning, the hot air ballooning business run by Greek Australian Despina Karatzias, has been awarded the Business and Community Supporting Disability Award at the Victoria Disability Sector awards. The company was awarded for ensuring their services can be accessible to the disabled community. Their easy access basket has enabled a huge number of disabled children and adults to enjoy the thrill and awe of hot air ballooning. It’s something Ms Karatzias wanted to cater to, seeing the lack of options and support in travel industry for the disabled. “Living with a disability means one cannot be spontaneous in their travel arrangements and requires clear information on the type of access and facilities,” she said on her website. “Accessibility is about basic human rights. Accessibility is about inclusion.” She implored the business community to consider ways to better service the community and be much more inclusive. “Next time you get in a room with other operators or catch up with colleagues at a tourism networking function, put this question on your agenda: ‘How can we do more in the community?’” she says. Global Ballooning was nominated for the award by Scope Victoria and shared the final award with lawyers Burt and Davies. Ms Karatzias started at the hot air ballooning company 20 years ago and services the city of Melbourne and the Yarra Valley. She now networks with trade missions and export industries as well, and has released a book on her experiences called Adventures of a Ballooning Girl. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Incumbent faces newcomer in county race

first_imgWhen Julie Olson first ran for Clark County Council in 2015, she campaigned on broad issues, such as property rights, protecting taxpayer money and economic growth.When asked what’s been the most surprising thing about being on the county’s policy-making body for the last three years, Olson paused before saying how much time she spends responding to constituents who are sometimes frustrated as they attempt to navigate Clark County government.“We think of policymakers as people that are thinking at a really high level,” said Olson. “But when I go to neighborhood meetings, it’s about speed bumps, it’s about things that are on the ground, in the weeds, everyday things that they look for help on.”As Olson seeks a second term in the November general election, she faces political newcomer Elisabeth Veneman who is running a “citizens first” campaign that includes lowering property taxes and opposition to parking fees at county parks.Both candidates are Republicans. Their sources of support reveal they represent different wings of their party. Olson has emerged as the clear front-runner in the race. In Washington, the two candidates who emerge from the primary with the most votes advance to the general election, regardless of party. In the August primary, Olson won 80 percent of 22,281 votes cast. Veneman received just under 20 percent.last_img read more

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Eddie Howe Sarri is one of worlds best

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has hailed Sarri as one of the “best managers in the world” ahead of Saturday’s game at Stamford Bridge.Bournemouth will play Chelsea, who are third in the table and looking for their fourth win in four Premier League games to maintain their 100 per cent record.In the pre-match press conference, Howe said he was so impressed by Sarri’s tactics while he was in charge at Empoli that he travelled to Italy just to meet him.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I’d heard a lot about his Empoli team and how impressive they were tactically, so I was really keen to go and watch him work, so we made contact with his people and he was kind enough to allow us to come,” Howe told Sky Sports.“I actually don’t remember the year that I went, but I spent a period of time with Maurizio and he was brilliant with me and I learnt so much. It’s no surprise to see that he’s one of the best coaches in the world.“What I saw, I was hugely impressed by and learned a lot from that experience. He brought his Napoli team to play us last year as well – they trained here for a couple of days, we played them and it was great to see him again.”last_img read more

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Shakira Joins Carpool Karaoke In Barcelona Spain

first_img Facebook News Email Shakira Hops In For “Carpool Karaoke” shakira-joins-carpool-karaoke-barcelona-spain Twitter Shakira Joins “Carpool Karaoke” In Barcelona, Spain GRAMMY winner takes TV host Trevor Noah on a musically infused tour of Barcelona, SpainRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 8, 2017 – 11:01 am Shakira is getting in the car for an episode of “Carpool Karaoke,” and this time the show goes international to Barcelona, Spain.In a promo video for the episode, which will be available via Apple Music on Sept. 12, a red and yellow bedecked tourist, aka TV host Trevor Noah, enlists Shakira to join him for a tour of the city she currently calls home.The GRAMMY winner obliges, and off they go, covering some of her biggest hits along the way, including “Whenever, Wherever,” “Waka, Waka (This Time For Africa)” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” The pair also travel to Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral, getting out at one of the largest tourist attractions in the city. Shakira is recognized instantly, and cue the “selfie madness.”Noah also hilariously reveals his “sexy dance face,” saying “Nobody can resist a Shakira.” This is an episode you won’t want to miss.Watch Metallica Sing Rihanna, Disney Songs In “Carpool Karaoke”last_img read more

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Durki village to be developed as spiritual centre Speaker

first_imgBanswada: Durki village should be developed as a spiritual and tourist hub to convey the glory of Sri Somalingeshwara Swamy temple to the world, said Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy.He visited Somalingeshwara Swamy temple in Durki village of Nasrullabad mandal on Monday and offered special prayers. Later, he checked the developmental works going on in the temple. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us Speaker Srinivas Reddy directed the officials concerned not to disturb the original structure while carrying the work and also ordered them to complete the Kalyana Mandapam, being constructed at a cost of Rs 30 lakhs, at the earliest. He felt that the Kalyana Mandapam will fetch additional income to the temple. The Speaker said that other development works with an expenditure of Rs 50 lakhs were also taken up and directed the officials looking after these works to maintain quality. PACK Chairman Erwala Krishna Reddy, AMC ex-Chaiman Narulu Suresh and others accompanied the Speaker on his visit.last_img read more

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Odds Favor Texas Electing More Women To Congress In 2018

first_img LIAM JAMES DOYLE / NPRTwenty-eighteen may be the year Texas breaks its long drought of electing new women to Congress. There are only three women in the state’s congressional delegation now. The last time Texas elected a woman to a first full term was more than 20 years ago.More than 50 women have filed as candidates to run for Congress from Texas this year. That’s nearly triple the number that ran in 2016.Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, says the increase is part of a national trend, sparked in part by the backlash to the myriad sexual harassment scandals.“Many have likened it to the Anita Hill moment, where, you know, women have just gotten really angry and fed up, and there’s nothing better to mobilize people to do something in politics than anger and frustration,” says DeFrancesco Soto.Rebecca Deen, chair of the political science department at UT Arlington, says women have often declined to run because the state’s Republican tilt worked against them.“Where you have a very strong one-party state,” says Deen, “it creates fewer opportunity structures for any kind of challengers. And then you couple that with the fact that women are more likely to run as Democrats and be successful in Democratic contests.”Fifteen women are registered as candidates in seven Houston-area contests. That includes Houston’s sole female incumbent, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:06 Listen Sharelast_img read more

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Kickstarter board game raises 122874 cancels project year after money

first_imgThough Kickstarter may be all the rage these days, many people bemoan problems inherent to its crowdfunding system, which is partly why other similar sites — such as Indiegogo — came to be so popular. The story of the Kickstarted board game, The Doom That Came To Atlantic City, is one such instance of one of Kickstarter’s inherent problems.This board game is a macabre parody of the classic Monopoly, featuring everyone’s favorite tentacled monster-deity from the deep, Cthulhu. The game’s company, The Forking Path, set a funding goal of $35,000, but managed to reach $122,874 in total by the end of the funding period thanks to 1,246 backers. One year after the funding goal was met, the company updated its Kickstarter campaign page with the sad note that the game has been canceled.Erik Chevalier of The Forking Path wrote the update, stating that “every possible mistake was made” regarding the path to creating the game, blaming them not only on his own inexperience in the board game publishing world, but also on ego, and legal issues. The two designers of the game, Lee Moyer and Keith Baker, did not have any hand in the decision — nor are a part of The Forking Path — and were simply informed by Erik Chevalier of that decision.As Baker stated, both he and Moyer had faith in Chevalier and The Forking Path when the company entered into the agreement to publish the game, but the two have no idea what happened to the money and are equally outraged at the unfortunate turn of events.In the update, Chevalier stated he would attempt to refund everyone’s money, but noted there would be complications. He quit his job in order to work full-time at The Forking Path, and noted he will put the remaining funds into a bank account, and give refunds whenever there is enough to do so. For now, though, he has to look for a job. Obviously, the implication here is that he has no idea when he’ll be able to pay people back. He promised to alert backers when each and every refund is delivered, and also promised to post an in-depth postmortem regarding everything that went wrong with the project.Baker and Moyer can’t produce the game as it was presented on Kickstarter, but due to the terms of The Forking Path contract, the pair have retained the rights to the art and design of the game. They will be releasing it in a print-and-play fashion in the future to hopefully quell some of the anger.If there’s one thing you should remember when backing a Kickstarter (or any other crowdfunding platform) project, it’s that you never know what’s going to happen, since the product isn’t sitting on stores shelves and immediately obtainable. So, you should only spend the money if you’re okay with losing it if something with the campaign goes awry. After all, that risk is what being an investor is all about.last_img read more

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PS4 will easily outsell the Xbox One next year and its Microsofts

first_imgWhenever a new games console is released, there’s a huge amount of money pumped into marketing the hardware as well as a push to get it on to store shelves in as many markets as possible. There’s a good reason for that: you need as big a user base as possible, as quickly as possible, to recoup the costs of developing the new machine and start making a profit.For this new generation of hardware Sony seems to have gotten that right, where as Microsoft is in danger of getting it horribly wrong. The reason? Availability.Back in June at E3, Microsoft announced that it intended to release the Xbox One in 21 countries come launch day in November. However, by August that plan had been revised to just 13 countries. The other eight — including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland — now have to wait until 2014.That was a blow for gamers in those countries, but also for Microsoft, because the PS4 would gain an advantage simply by being available in those markets. But how long would gamers be left waiting for the Xbox One in these countries?Although not officially confirmed yet, it is thought that Microsoft has delayed the launch until the third-quarter of 2014. So, at the earliest, some or all of those countries won’t get the Xbox One until July, but it could be as late as September.When Microsoft originally announced the fact the company would only launch in 13 countries this year, the reason given was to ensure “customers get the best Xbox One experience the first day it is available.” It seems unlikely that remains the reason they would delay a launch 8-10 months.The situation looks worse if you also consider Asia. Microsoft has already confirmed it won’t be releasing the Xbox One in Hong Kong, India, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan until late 2014. Japan also doesn’t have a release date. In total, that’s 14 markets where Microsoft isn’t offering any competition for Sony for most of the next year.The Xbox One does not use any brand new tech beyond the revised Kinect hardware. In fact, the internals of the PS4 and Xbox One are very similar. There should be no issues manufacturing the Xbox, so you have to look to Microsoft’s organization to see why launches are being delayed and staggered months apart. Was this simply not planned well enough?When the sales figures roll in at the end of 2014, it seems inevitable that the PS4 will have a huge lead over the Xbox One. We could be talking millions of consoles here. And the reason is one of availability. If your competition is making its product available in 14 more markets than you are, and based on launch sales, matching you in the markets where your console is available, you simply can’t “win.”And could this situation get any worse? Quite easily, actually. A year from now Sony may be in a position to lower the price of the PS4, meaning Microsoft may be launching the Xbox One in some countries with an even greater price differential than the current $100 gap. Of course, Microsoft could also lower the price of the Xbox One, but that’s a lot of profit being thrown away, especially when you consider the additional costs of marketing surrounding a launch for each new market.last_img read more