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first_imgLondon: Soaked by the rain swirling around Arsenal’s stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched helplessly as his dream Premier League start as Manchester United manager was brought to a halt. After 12 unbeaten matches across three months since Jose Mourinho’s firing, United finally lost in the league under the interim manager on Sunday. Granit Xhaka’s swerving potentially wind-assisted strike flew past goalkeeper David De Gea in the first half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a second-half penalty to give Arsenal a 2-0 victory after Alexandre Lacazette was bundled over in the penalty area by Fred. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”You have to be disappointed with the result,” said Solskjaer, who had 10 wins and two draws in the league. “But the performance, as you say, was a good one.” Arsenal and United were once slugging it out for the title in the era of Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. Now they are in a chase for fourth place. Arsenal displaced United in the final Champions League qualification spot, sitting two points in front. The title challenge is down to two teams, and Liverpool trimmed Manchester City’s lead back to a point after coming from behind to beat Burnley 4-2. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenChelsea, which won the title two years ago, remains down in sixth place after behind held 1-1 by Wolverhampton but is only one point behind United. “I don’t think nerves go into it yet. Spurs lose (at Southampton on Saturday), we lose, Chelsea draw,” Solskjaer said. “It is going to be down to the wire. Down to the last few games. Definitely. We’ve given ourselves a great chance to be in that fight.” United has displayed its perseverance already in the last week, scoring a stoppage-time goal at Paris Saint-Germain to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals. “It was maybe backlash from Wednesday night,” Solskjaer said of the loss at Arsenal. It was a day of flashpoints of fan unruliness in English soccer with two fans arrested in high-profile incidents. In the second-tier League Championship, Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was punched by a fan who ran onto the field at Birmingham City. Grealish went on to score in the 1-0 derby win for Villa. A supporter also managed to invade the Emirates Stadium pitch after Aubameyang scored, pushing United defender Chris Smalling in an attempt to join the celebrations before being stopped by stadium security.last_img read more

Rabat – Army General Stephen T. Townsend, the commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) recently met with Moroccan government and military officials to discuss ways of further deepening the evidently strong defense collaboration between the US and its North African allies.During his stay in Rabat on Thursday, August 22, General Townsend met with Abdeltif Loudyi, Delegate Minister in charge of administering national defense-related questions.In their conversation, the two officials touched upon the “diversified” and “dynamic” security connections between Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (FAR) and the Pentagon. They each praised the successful and “strategic” US-Morocco cooperation on national defense and counterterrorism, expressing confidence about what they mostly presented as encouraging prospects for the bilateral links between the two allies.General Townsend, who visited Rabat “heading an important delegation,” according to Moroccan news outlet MAP, reiterated the US’ satisfaction at Morocco’s reliability as a partner as well as the North African country’s security and stability-linked efforts in the region.The newspaper added that the AFRICOM commander’s visit and subsequent meetings with various Moroccan officials were carried out in the “friendship and privileged alliance spirit” that have been the distinct markers of the US-Morocco defense cooperation.General Townsend and Minister Loudyi both called for bolstering the “dense and multi-faceted” military cooperation.They also spoke about organizing more mixed training sessions between Moroccan and US troops to enhance interoperability and develop a closer cooperation in terms of intelligence sharing.The meeting comes weeks after Washington, through both President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, highlighted Morocco’s “strategic importance” in the US’ MENA ambitions. Both officials reiterated America’s commitment to maintaining close ties with its North African ally.Typically seen as security and stability bastion in its region, Morocco has gained a reputation over the years for its counterterrorism and de-radicalization success story.Counterterrorism is also one of the US’ most pressing concerns of both the US domestic and foreign policies, and General Townsend’s visit is seen as part of the US’ bid to further support Morocco’s efforts on that front.“We still have a lot to accomplish together, notably the continuation of our fight against extremism in all its forms, the promotion of tolerance and religious understanding, the promotion of common priorities in Africa…” President Trump said recently of the strong, diversified US-Morocco ties. read more

The CPA and its Executive Director filed the Fundamental Rights application challenging the appointment of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to fill the vacancy created by the death of Mr. M. K. A. D. S. Gunawardana, as a Member of Parliament elected in terms of Article 99A of the Constitution (the National List). A Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed against the appointment of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka as a Member of Parliament was dismissed by the Supreme Court today.The petition was filed by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a Colombo based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO). CPA’s position is that in terms of Article 99A of the Constitution, only a person whose name was included in the district nomination papers or national list submitted by the relevant political party, is entitled to be nominated to fill such a vacancy. In its Petition, CPA stated that the appointment of a person as a Member of Parliament contrary to the provisions of the Constitution violates several rights guaranteed under the Constitution and in particular the franchise which is part of the sovereignty of the people. Furthermore, CPA argues that any attempt to interpret legislation in a manner contrary to the provisions of the Constitution would imperil the supremacy of the Constitution, which is the cornerstone of constitutional democracy. (Colombo Gazette) read more

An arrest warrant has been issued on the son of Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena.The warrant was issued over the failure by Osanda Yapa to appear in court in connection to a traffic violation. (Colombo Gazette)

RCMP confirm three Saskatoon residents killed in Alberta crash Saskatchewan’s figure skating community is mourning the loss of skater Alanna Liu’s parents after they were killed in a collision in Alberta that left her injured.Ten vehicles were involved in a collision on a highway about 300 kilometre east of Calgary between Chinook and Cereal on Aug. 20 after a semi transporting fuel ignited in a construction zone. Other vehicles, including a truck carrying butane, also caught fire.Three people were killed, including Enwu Liu, 54 and his wife Yaoqin Wang, 52, both of Saskatoon, and a 69-year-old woman.Skate Canada—Saskatchewan issued a statement via Facebook on Monday, mourning Wang and Liu’s deaths. The statement said Liu remains in hospital where she is being treated for injuries sustained in the collision.The family was on its way back to Saskatchewan from a competition, the BC SummerSkate, Skate Canada—Saskatchewan wrote in the post.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Members of the local skating community have organized to help Liu as she recovers by creating a GoFundMe campaign.“Alanna is truly a special skater who brightens the lives of everyone around her on and off the ice,” wrote Stacey Patenaude and Susan Savino in the campaign’s description.“We have known Alanna since she started skating and she is truly a beautiful soul. She’s talented, kind, generous, gifted, intelligent, and has a wonderful sense of humour. We feel privileged to have watched her grow into an incredible young lady.”Related read more

“The UN has been informed that the Israeli Cabinet will take a formal decision on the matter on Sunday morning, 28 April,” said a statement released by Mr. Annan’s spokesman in the early evening. “The Foreign Minister has requested that due to the Israeli Sabbath, the team arrive on Sunday. Given these special circumstances, the Secretary-General has agreed to this request.”Saying that the discussions were held in a “cordial and constructive atmosphere,” the statement noted that the UN had provided clarifications on the upcoming mission.Meanwhile in Geneva, members of the fact-finding team continued their organizational meetings today “to assess their needs for the upcoming mission,” according to a press statement released by a spokesman travelling with the team. The statement said that it had been decided that the team’s police adviser, Thomas Peter Fitzgerald of Ireland, “would be assisted by two senior Irish police officers.” It noted that more experts would be added on as necessary, and stressed that “the team expects to be in the Middle East by this weekend.” read more

“Setting the date will pave the way to move swiftly towards the planning for the organization and conduct of the Governorate Council elections,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler, said on Wednesday, while also highlighting the importance of the participation of all Iraqis in all stages of the polls, especially women and young people, as well as civil society organizations and political parties. On Tuesday, the Government of Iraq announced that it had decided on 20 April 2013 as the date for the forthcoming Governorate Council elections, following consultations with the countrys’ Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), according to a news release issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which Mr. Kobler heads.“UNAMI remains committed to supporting IHEC and its Board of Commissioners in the preparations and conduct of elections,” Mr. Kobler added.Since 2004, the United Nations has supported seven major electoral events in Iraq. Established in 2007, the IHEC is constitutionally mandated to plan, administer and conduct elections. read more

first_imgGAF has been awarded a contract to design and establish the new automated and countrywide Mining Registry and Cadastre System for Mongolia. GAF starts work on-site this month. The project under the Governance Assistance Program (GAP) aims to improve governance in the mining sector, through the establishment of a transparent system to grant, manage and cancel permits. The efficient and reliable management of mining titles is considered as a backbone to increase investment and growth in the mining sector of Mongolia.The project’s objective is to strengthen the property rights and security of tenure within the mining sector; enhance the transparency of the mineral licensing process and government’s regulatory capacity through improved efficiency, information availability and management.A core element of the project is the supervision, development, equipping and implementation of a fully computerised mining registry and cadastre system. Existing analogue and digital data will be inventoried and re-organised. Institutional strengthening including focussed training activities and legal advice shall enhance the overall framework created by the new Mineral Law for the benefit of the administration, miners, investors as well as the public.Works will be performed for the Mineral Resources and Petroleum Authority of Mongolia, MRPAM. The project duration is 24 months, including a maintenance and support phase of 12 months. Activities are funded by the World Bank, International Development Association. The contract value amounts to €0.5 million. The activities in Mongolia follow countries like Nigeria, DRC, Madagascar and Namibia, where GAF has set-up nationwide computerised mining titling systems, some successful in operation for more than 10 years.last_img read more

first_imgApple has been trying everything it can to get rival tablets banned. Any device the company believes copies the design of the iPad in any way usually results in a lawsuit being filed. In Germany at the beginning of August, Apple took a different approach to halting sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. Instead of filing a patent lawsuit the company filed an industrial design right infringement.The so-called Community design is specific to Europe and covers the design of a device rather than specific hardware or software features. At the time, the German court accepted the complaint and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned from sale across Europe (with thee exception of the Netherlands). Later on the ban was reduced just to within Germany.Now, the ruling on the Community design infringement has been upheld meaning the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is permanently banned in Germany. That means you can’t buy one in Germany and Samsung Germany cannot sell any units in other countries. That second point is a minor issue as Samsung can use other arms of its business to continue selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 elsewhere.Samsung obviously intends to appeal the decision and points out such a ruling “restricts design innovation and progress.”The worry now for Samsung and other Apple competitors is that if this ruling does stand it sets a precedent for other cases. However, with Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola and sale of useful patents to companies such as HTC, these lawsuits may start ending up in cross-licensing agreements rather than product bans before long.More at PC Worldlast_img read more

Bobby Roode on his NXT farewell, McGregor vs Mayweather in Ireland

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Twitter Videos Articles Bobby Roode on his NXT farewellWWE has posted a clip of Bobby Roode talking about the recent NXT tour of Canada this past weekend being his farewell with the brand now that he is on Smackdown Live.You can check out a clip of Roode’s promo below courtesy of WWE.”Since I became champion… I’d claim that this is is MY #WWENXT but, from this point forward, this is YOUR @WWENXT!” – @REALBobbyRoode pic.twitter.com/ly1Z5in1Dz— WWE (@WWE) September 10, 2017McGregor vs Mayweather in IrelandI joined Darragh O’Connor on 92.5 Phoenix FM in Dublin on the latest edition of the Wrestleview International Desk to discuss the reaction in Ireland to McGregor vs Mayweather, the evolution of Impact to GFW and SummerSlam thoughts. Videos Articles Seth Rollins Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Conor McGregor teases WWE appearance; Congratulates Becky Lynch, Rousey, Flair Kurt Angle Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remission Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? RAW Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Match added to Fastlane PPV WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Ireland #2: Struggle of wrestlers signing with WWE from outside the U.S.last_img read more

first_imgTweets and texts have their place in a family’s communication network, but your grandkids are unlikely to come across them some day in the attic.That’s why a local author worries about how family stories will be shared decades from now.“I wonder about the future,” Diane Green-Hartley said. “People don’t keep journals any more. There’s no paper trail.”She was able to bring new life to her family’s role in American history through words that were set down on paper almost a century ago. Those journal entries and letters between family members resulted in her book, “Lillie’s Jasper: The 1930 Pilgrimage of a Gold Star Mother.”(Author John Graham just asked her for permission to use two of her images in an article he is writing for National Genealogical Society Magazine.)Now, with families getting together for the holidays, the topic of preserving and sharing their common heritage is timely. Gatherings are opportunities to remind siblings and cousins who has grandma’s old diary or the bundle of letters mom and dad wrote in 1944.And don’t forget oral histories.“I had an amazing story play out at a museum in Madras, Ore.,” she told The Columbian during an interview for an Nov. 24 story. The trigger was a World War II F4 Corsair fighter in the Erickson Aircraft Collection at the Madras airport.last_img read more

Review Manchester United – Tottenham

first_imgEven though Tottenham was the one that took the lead through Dele Alli, goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera gave Manchester United a 2-1 victory and a place in the FA Cup final.All the players who were rested versus Bournemouth (Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Nemanja Matic, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia) were in the starting lineup for this FA Cup semi-final. The rest of the starters for Manchester United were David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard. As for Tottenham, Dembele, Dier, Trippier, Alli and Davinson Sanchez didn’t feature in the draw at Brighton and were in the starting eleven today. They were joined by Kane, Son, Eriksen, Ben Davies and Vertonghen. Pochettino’s FA Cup goalkeeper Michel Vorm was on goal.The atmosphere at Wembley was terrific. The tempo at the beginning of the match was excellent. Tottenham had the early initiative and had two corners to show for it. Manchester responded with pressure and two corners of its own. In the 11th minute, Eriksen broke free on the right flank. Dele Alli followed his run and Eriksen found him with a great pass at the far post to give The Spurs a 1-0 lead. The game was open anyway. This just made it even more interesting. Tottenham was playing with great intensity, similar to its display in Juventus in the Champions League.Alexis Sanchez, Jose Mourinho, Manchester UnitedMourinho explains why Alexis Sanchez flopped at Man United Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes Alexis Sanchez failed miserably at Manchester United because he was a “sad man”, but hopes things will improve at Inter Milan.It took some time, but United eventually settled down after the goal. In the 24th minute, Dembele needlessly lost a ball in his third. Pogba was the one who took it away and sent a superb cross right onto the head of Alexis Sanchez, who guided the ball back across the other side of the net and the score was tied. A couple of minutes later, Valencia received the first yellow card of the game for a reckless two-footed challenge on Dele Alli. Not long after that, Son earned Tottenham’s first booking for a foul on Alexis Sanchez. In the 47th minute, Eric Dier decided to try his luck with a long-range shot. It deflected off Smalling and hit the post. We went to the locker room even at 1-1. The players barely took a breather in what was a gripping, absorbing first half.It was quiet a subdued second half, but Manchester United lit it up in the 62nd minute, when Ander Herrera flew in inside the box and fired a shot right in the middle of the goal. Vorm was caught on the wrong foot and it was 2-1 for The Red Devils. Lloris probably would’ve saved the shot. Pochettino had some problems to solve and the first attempt at a solution was sending Lucas Moura onto the pitch. Ben Davies was the player taken off. By going with a 3-man defense, Pochettino showed he wasn’t going to waste any time on tactics in the search for an equalizer.In the 75th minute, Vorm made a nice save on Pogba’s shot from the edge of Tottenham’s box. Later on, Wanyama came in for Moussa Dembele. Manchester had to withdraw its captain Antonio Valencia, who suffered from cramps. Mateo Darmian came in his stead. A few seconds later, Marcus Rashford replaced Jesse Lingard. Erik Lamela was Spurs’ last substitution. Tottenham failed to create a real chance until the end, as the match finished with a final score of 2-1. It was Hotspur’s 8th straight FA Cup semi-final defeat. Both Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba were wonderful today and that’s when Manchester United is at its best. Mourinho worked his magic once more, as The Red Devils booked their place in the final.last_img read more

Chula Vista San Diego schools honored by California Department of Education for

first_img Posted: April 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Chula Vista, San Diego schools honored by California Department of Education for improved test scores Twitter: @LomaVerdeSchoolCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — Loma Verde Elementary in Chula Vista was among nearly three dozen schools in San Diego County and 290 statewide to be honored Monday by the California Department of Education for improvement in standardized test scores for English-language learners and low-income students.A majority of the students at Loma Verde, which is located six miles from the Mexico border, come from non-English-speaking backgrounds and 77 percent of the student body is considered low-income. The school boosted standardized test scores over a two-year period by 24 percent in math and 23 percent in English for English-language learners and by 24 percent in English and 19 percent in math for low-income students by creating a curriculum that uses chants, collaborative discussions and inquiry-based learning, according to the DOE.Loma Verde was among 33 San Diego County campuses and 287 total in the state to be named a Distinguished School by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.The program, which returned this year after a three-year break, recognizes elementary schools that have made noteworthy gains in state performance standards.“These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential, and put them on the path to achieve their dreams,” Torlakson said. “Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”The other San Diego County Schools honored were:— Bostonia Language Academy Cajon Valley Union— Ada W. Harris Elementary, Cardiff Elementary School District— Aviara Oaks Elementary, Carlsbad Unified— Pacific Rim Elementary, Carlsbad Unified— Cook (Hazel Goes) Elementary, Chula Vista Elementary School District— Veterans Elementary, Chula Vista Elementary— San Onofre Elementary, Fallbrook Union Elementary School District— Monterey Ridge Elementary, Poway Unified— Park Village Elementary, Poway Unified— Willow Grove Elementary, Poway Unified— Barnard Elementary, San Diego Unified— Benchley/Weinberger Elementary, San Diego Unified— Chesterton Elementary, San Diego Unified— Edison Elementary, San Diego Unified— Elevate Elementary, San Diego Unified— Gage Elementary, San Diego Unified— Garfield Elementary, San Diego Unified— Green Elementary, San Diego Unified— Hancock Elementary, San Diego Unified— Holmes Elementary, San Diego Unified— Jerabek Elementary, San Diego Unified— La Jolla Elementary, San Diego Unified— Miller Elementary, San Diego Unified— Miramar Ranch Elementary, San Diego Unified— Sessions Elementary, San Diego Unified— Toler Elementary, San Diego Unified— Nye Elementary, San Diego Unified— San Elijo Elementary, San Marcos Unified— Ocean View Hills, San Ysidro Elementary— Skyline Elementary, Solana Beach Elementary School District— Solana Pacific Elementary, Solana Beach Elementary School District— Empresa Elementary, Vista Unified Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom April 2, 2018last_img read more

first_imgThe National Park Service is proposing a regulatory change that would allow subsistence users to collect animal parts and plants for use in arts and crafts.Download AudioUsing caribou antlers as an example, NPS Alaska spokesman John Quinley says hunting would no longer be the only way to get them.“If you found caribou antlers that had been shed or from a natural mortality, like a wolf kill, it has not been legal for them to take those antlers,” Quinley said. “And this fixes that sort of strange lineup of existing rules.”The change is among several NPS proposals out for public comment. Another would limit the types of bait used to attract and kill bears, to natural foods.“Fish or wildlife remains and it would eliminate things like dog food and stale bread,” Quinley said.Quinley says the change is aimed at decreasing likelihood of bears being attracted to human foods. Another proposed regulation would ban collection of living creatures.“And this stems from a handful of requests from the public to take falcon chicks,” Quinley said. “And that’s an action that’s, under certain circumstances, authorized by the state of Alaska and Fish & Wildlife Service.”Quinley says the regulation clarifies that although the activity is available to permitted falconers on some state and federal lands, it’s illegal in Alaska’s national parks and preserves.Public comment on all the proposals is being accepted until April 12th.last_img read more

China warns of long road ahead for deal with US
first_imgUS president Donald Trump and China`s president Xi Jinping pose for a photo ahead of their bilateral meeting during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan on 29 June. Photo: ReutersChina and the United States will face a long road before they can reach a deal to end their bitter trade war, with more fights ahead likely, Chinese state media said after the two countries’ presidents held ice-breaking talks in Japan.The world’s two largest economies are in the midst of a bitter trade war, which has seen them level increasingly severe tariffs on each other’s imports.In a sign of significant progress in relations on Saturday, Chinese president Xi Jinping and US president Donald Trump, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, agreed to a ceasefire and a return to talks.However, the official China Daily, an English-language daily often used by Beijing to put its message out to the rest of the world, warned while there was now a greater likelihood of reaching an agreement, there’s no guarantee there would be one.”Even though Washington agreed to postpone levying additional tariffs on Chinese goods to make way for negotiations, and Trump even hinted at putting off decisions on Huawei until the end of negotiations, things are still very much up in the air,” it said in an editorial late Saturday.”Agreement on 90 per cent of the issues has proved not to be enough, and with the remaining 10 per cent where their fundamental differences reside, it is not going to be easy to reach a 100-per cent consensus, since at this point, they remain widely apart even on the conceptual level.”Trump also offered an olive branch to Xi on Huawei Technologies Co, the world’s biggest telecom network equipment maker. The Trump administration has said the Chinese firm poses a national security risk given its close ties to China’s government, and has lobbied US allies to keep Huawei out of next-generation 5G telecommunications infrastructure.The Chinese government’s top diplomat, state councillor Wang Yi, in a lengthy statement about G20 released by the Foreign Ministry following the delegation’s return to Beijing, said the Xi-Trump meeting had sent a “positive signal” to the world.Though problems between the two countries remain, China is confident as long as they both follow the consensus reached by their leaders they can resolve their problems on the basis of mutual respect, Wang said in the statement released late Saturday.Trump’s comments on Huawei, made at a more than hour-long news conference in Osaka following his sit-down with Xi, generated only a cautious welcome from China. The word “Huawei” was not mentioned at all in the top diplomat’s appraisal of G20.Wang Xiaolong, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy of G20 affairs and head of the ministry’s Department of International Economic Affairs, said if the United States does what it says on Huawei then China would of course welcome it.”To put restrictions in areas that go beyond technology and economic factors will definitely lead to a lose-lose situation. So if the US side can do what it says then we will certainly welcome that,” Wang told reporters.The pause in tensions is likely to be welcomed by the business community, and markets, which have swooned on both sides of the Pacific due to the trade war.Jacob Parker, vice-president of China operations at the US-China Business Council, said returning to talks was good news for the business community and added much needed certainty to “a slowly deteriorating relationship”.”Now comes the hard work of finding consensus on the most difficult issues in the relationship, but with a commitment from the top we’re hopeful this will put the two sides on a sustained path to resolution.”China’s position as the trade war has progressed has become increasingly strident, saying it would not be bullied, would not give in to pressure, and that it would “fight to the end”.Taoran Notes, an influential WeChat account run by China’s Economic Daily, said the United States was now aware that China was not going to give in, and that tariffs on Chinese goods were increasingly unpopular back home.”We’ve said it before – communication and friction between China and the United States is a long-term, difficult and complex thing. Fighting then talking, fighting then talking, is the normal state of affairs,” it said.last_img

Photographer unveils trans portraits for Trans Day of Visibility

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Among those photographed are Lulu Love, a 23-year-old from London who began transitioning a year ago. Michaela Robertson, 54, of Essex, only came out as trans in 2016.Michaela Robertson, 54, Essex (Photo: Bex Day | Adobe Stock)Authentic representationThere has been a great increase in trans role models in the world in recent years. Figures such as Paris Lees in the UK, and Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner in the US have made front page headlines. However, stock image libraries have often been slow to catch up.Stephanie Griffiths, 57, London – ‘I live ‪24/7 as Stephanie. I am a person who fully enjoys just being.‬‬‬’ (Photo: Bex Day | Adobe Stock)Ryan Levitt, Senior Communications Manager at Adobe EMEA said in a statement; ‘Adobe is committed to expanding the range and diversity of images available in Adobe Stock, and ensuring there is a more authentic representation of the transgender community is an important part of that.Dani St James, 25, London (Photo: Bex Day: Adobe Stock)‘We are working with some truly inspirational contributors to bring this to life in Adobe Stock, with our latest focus on the Fluid Self an exciting opportunity to help challenge harmful myths and stereotypes about people from different backgrounds.‘Bex Day’s collection is a fantastic addition to the library.’Alyha Love, Berlin, 25 – came out aged 18 (Photo: Bex Day | Adobe Stock)See alsoThese beautiful people share their best moments being trans eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) These beautiful people share their best moments being transcenter_img Jude Harper (Photo: Bex Day | Adobe Stock) Coinciding with Trans Day of Visibility (31 March), a photographer has unveiled a series of portraits of trans people. Photographer Bex Day, 24, divides her time between London and Berlin. She has created the series in partnership with software giants Adobe Stock. The photos were commissioned to feature on its Adobe Stock Library as part of its Fluid Self collection of images.Amanda Belle, 45 (Photo: Bex Day | Adobe Stock)Day set out to try and include a diverse set of people in her portraits. Trans people featured come from UK towns in places such as Shropshire and Essex, as well as Germany. They represent different ages and backgrounds.‘I’m excited to get involved in this series as it is important to shine a light on Britain’s trans community,’ Day said in a statement.Name and age not specified (Photo: Bex Day | Adobe Stock)She says her subjects were excited to get involved in a project that could provoke change. Was everyone easy to work with or did any have concerns about how they would be presented?‘The majority of the models were easy to work with as we had worked together before or they really loved my work,’ she told GSN.Alexander Norton, Based in Berlin, 27 – ‘In the process of transitioning’ (Photo: Bex Day | Adobe Stock)‘Like with everyone I photograph, I did my best to make the models feel comfortable, they each had final sign off on the images and the opportunity to be photographed in spaces and clothes they felt comfortable in.’Lulu Love, 23, London – started transitioning a year and a half ago (Photo: Bex Day | Adobe Stock) Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bex-day-trans-portraits-visibility/last_img read more

FTC officials plan to impose a fine of over 225 billion on

first_imgAccording to a report by Washington Post, last week, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials are planning to impose a fine of over $22.5 billion on Facebook post a year of data breaches and revelations of illegal data sharing. Per FTC, Facebook may have violated a legally binding agreement with the government to protect the privacy of users’ personal data. Lately, Facebook has been in news for its data breaches and issues related to its users’ data. It has also been in news for its Trump campaigns and its manipulations with the voter details during the U.S. elections. According to the revelations made last year, over 87 million users’ data was given to Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, without users’ consent. Facebook was fined £500,000 as a result of Cambridge Analytica, last October. Last year, lawmakers in the U.S. Congress summoned Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO to testify for the first time where he apologized for the privacy violations. This time Facebook might have to pay more than $22.5 million, the fine which was imposed on Google for tracking users of Apple’s Safari web browser in 2012. It was the greatest fine for violating an agreement with the FTC. This might turn out to be the first major fine against Facebook in the US. The FTC agreement regarding privacy requires Facebook to seek users’ permission, before sharing the data with third parties and also inform the FTC in cases where others misuse that information. Last week, privacy advocates urged FTC to take action against Facebook. Marc Rotenberg, the executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said, “The agency now has the legal authority, the evidence, and the public support to act. There can be no excuse for further delay.” According to most Reddit users, Facebook should be strictly punished. One of the comments on Reddit reads, “It’d be better if the people responsible of doing it were sent to prison, but a big fine to their company should stop them from doing something like this again.” Read Next Facebook open sources Spectrum 1.0.0, an image processing library for better mobile image production 3 out of 4 users don’t know Facebook categorizes them for ad targeting; with political and racial affinity being some labels: Pew Research A new privacy bill was introduced for creating federal standards for privacy protection aimed at big tech firms like Facebook, Google and Amazonlast_img read more

first_imgChilean Army troops positioned on a rooftop fire on the La Moneda Palace on Sept. 11, 1973, in Santiago, during the military coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet that overthrew Chilean constitutional President Salvador Allende, who died in the attack on the palace. Lady Margaret Thatcher, right, visits Augusto Pinochet and his wife at their temporary residence, where the former dictator was under house arrest at Wentworth in Surrey, UK, on March 26, 1999. Daily Telegraph/AFP It’s 40 years since the piercing screech of the British Hunters’ devastating attack on Santiago’s presidential palace. Britain’s support for Chile’s military rides an all-time high. Since May 2010 Britain’s Conservatives have had the upper hand in a coalition government with the Liberals. Prime Minister David Cameron has been determined to keep the special relationship with Chile alive, perhaps to defend London’s claim in the ever-simmering dispute with Argentina over Las Malvinas/Falkland Islands. Britain has entered into high-level talks with Chile, either in Santiago or London, every year since 2010. In 2013, London has doggedly pursued ties with Chile’s military establishment.The democratic transition has not calmed Chile’s politics, or restored complete faith in state institutions. Films, literature, music, scholarly studies and Chile’s left-wing student protest movement all demonstrate that the country has never reconciled itself to the coup and the subsequent 17 years of authoritarianism. The country remains divided between the Right and the Left, in spite of official truth commissions that account for past excesses of torture, political imprisonment and disappearances at the hands of Pinochet’s military government. Human rights activists and observers have long criticized Chile’s judiciary for its ongoing sympathy to Pinochet-era human rights abusers.The UK Coalition Government’s present support for Chile’s military seems willfully ignorant of the history of the effects of a special relationship forged 40 years ago in the crucible of the anti-communist coup. Pinochet left office in 1990 but the wounds inflicted on Chilean society have never healed. Over the past two decades Chile has attempted to transition from dictatorship to democracy. Chile’s democratic governments have signed up to human rights treaties, but the legacy of abuses and impunity persist, creating deep divisions within Chile. The Chilean state continues to abuse human rights, as the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Counter-terrorism and Human Rights has observed – he will present a full report on Chile in 2014. Britain has ignored the consequences of its role: the United Kingdom government has never been forced to reflect on its support for Pinochet, all the while cozying up to Chile’s defense establishment.Patrick Timmons is a writer, journalist, human rights lawyer and historian of modern Latin America. He has published in CounterPunch, the Texas Observer and the Latin American Research Review. He can be contacted at: http://www.facebook.com/patricktimmonsauthor. Facebook Comments Chile is an ever-present reminder to the West of the excesses of Cold War anti-communism. Pinochet seized power for the country’s capitalist establishment and labeled his leftist antagonists violent extremists. Pinochet did not shirk from calling his opponents terrorists and subversives. The dictator governed Chile through terrifying presidential rule from 1973 until 1990. A million people went into exile, tens of thousands were tortured, and thousands died or disappeared without a trace, often in the allied causes of counterinsurgency, counterterrorism or anti-communism.In the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher and Pinochet strengthened their special relationship. Thatcher offered staunch support, staving off criticism of the general’s human rights abuses since he shared information to help defeat the Argentine generals who in 1982 attacked Las Malvinas/Falkland Islands. Thatcher had supported Pinochet when she came into office after her landslide victory against the Labour Government in 1979. Thatcher dropped the de facto arms embargo imposed by British parliamentary leftists in reaction to the human rights abuses after the 1973 coup.British support for Pinochet never waned, even with Thatcher out of office and New Labour elected to government in 1997. A year after Tony Blair’s victory, London police arrested Pinochet to face extradition to Spain. While under house arrest, the ex-prime minister, since elevated to Lady Thatcher, visited him at a rented mansion house in Surrey, a leafy west London suburb. The BBC reported that Thatcher thanked Pinochet on behalf of the British people, saying “I know how much we owed to you for your help.” Thatcher extolled the former dictator for “bringing” democracy to Chile. COLCHESTER, England – Ask anybody from Santiago about the noise heard in the Chilean capital’s skies on the morning of Sept. 11, 1973, and they will probably tell you about the screeching roar of the British Hawker Hunter jets as they bombed La Moneda. Within minutes the planes had set fire to the presidential palace. After the air attack on the president’s offices, Chile’s army, directed by Augusto Pinochet and a group of generals, stormed the building. President Salvador Allende died in the attack.Britain had been supplying all branches of the Chilean military with arms even under Allende, the democratically elected president ousted by Pinochet, who was his defense minister. In 1973, with British matériel and more than a nod and a wink from the CIA, a more than century-old Latin American democracy fell to authoritarianism. Pinochet stayed in power from 1973 to 1990 and sustained friendly, special relations with London and Washington, D.C., even as concerns about human rights abuses mounted.In 2013, the anniversary year of Pinochet’s coup, Britain is aggressively refreshing its ties to Chile’s military establishment. From May 28-30, Chile’s defense minister visited London for annual bilateral defense discussions. Earlier in May, a 15-member delegation of military and civilian security and defense officials from 11 countries came to Chile on a “study tour” organized by Britain’s Royal College of Defense Studies with the support of the UK Embassy in Santiago. Chile’s defense minister welcomed the group. In late July and early August, “academics” from the British Army’s college at Sandhurst traveled to Santiago to train students from Chile’s defense institutions in counterinsurgency techniques.There’s no secret to Britain’s current ties to Chile’s military: the British government has advertised these visits on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website, stating that counterinsurgency training “was organised as part of the ongoing efforts to reinforce and strengthen the close ties between the British and Chilean Ministries of Defence. AFP Mapuches, Chile’s largest indigenous group, participate in a protest rally in Santiago on Oct. 15, 2012. Hundreds of indigenous Chileans and members of social organizations marched to demand the restitution of their ancestral lands – just days after the 520th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in America. Martin Bernetti/AFP Britain’s current support for Chile’s military attracts attention because Santiago’s law-and-order establishment have been criticized for heavy-handed repression against student protesters, and for using anti-terror legislation to permit violence against the indigenous community of Mapuches. In Santiago on July 30, British academics from the UK’s Army Officer School presented a counterinsurgency course to participants drawn from Chile’s military. By coincidence, also on July 30 in the capital, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism expressed concern over the “confused and arbitrary … misuse” of Chile’s counter-terrorism legislation that had “resulted in real injustice” against the country’s Mapuche indigenous people. The state had met Mapuche land protesters with violent repression, some of them detained and imprisoned as terrorists.U.N. Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson, a British human rights barrister, concluded his two-week country visit to Chile in July with the statement that the Carabineros (its gendarmerie, a type of police belonging to Chile’s army) and investigative police had violently abused the Mapuche using Chile’s anti-terror legislation. The Special Rapporteur confirmed that these crimes by state agents remained unpunished. The U.N.’s counter-terrorism and human rights expert recommended a “new independent investigation body” regarding the “excessive violence” by the state under the anti-terror legislation against the Mapuche land protesters.The British counter-insurgency courses included 20 students from Chile’s military establishment. According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s press release these students came from the Chilean Ministry of Defense, the National Intelligence Agency, the Carabineros and all three branches of Chile’s military. Chile is, as one British Foreign Office minister said in March 2012, “a long-standing friend of the UK.” No related posts.last_img read more

Game changer for the hotel industry

first_imgSince January 2015, due to organic growth and partnerships the number of hotels live on RoomAuction.com website has grown from 250 to over 55,000 and the website traffic has increased more than 10 times.For many travellers RoomAution.com is a great way to save money. Using the site you can put a bid for the room of any chosen hotel with a bidding feature and travel for less. The new booking concept helps to spend less money for accommodation. The average bid is asking for 25-35% discount, but there are situations where hotels are accepting even 50% discounts.Boleslaw Drapella, as a former manager at two UK hotels and nowadays a CEO of RoomAuction.com comments: “Some people may think that RoomAuction.com is based on auction and can compare it with eBay, but at eBay you are auctioning up from a set price, you are placing bids higher and higher until the end of an auction time. At RoomAuction.com we are showing rack rates of our member hotels and potential guests are placing their independent booking offers. The hotel decides to accept or decline the offer. This is as simple as that”.How did it all start? “The inspiration to create RoomAution.com came from the need to fill rooms in my hotel, at the same time trying not to show how low we would be able to go with the room rate, so that would not undercut other well performing channels” – explains Drapella.RoomAuction.com works for both sides.Hoteliers most of all appreciate the flexibility of the system and the ease of its operation. No need for frequent updates, room allocation or closeouts. Flexibility to accept or decline each offer makes RoomAuction.com a good partner to member hotels. Hoteliers like it a lot, especially when they compare it to biggest OTA’s standards and practices. Since this is all about private negotiations, hotels can go with their rates lower than the Best Rates Guaranteed required by other OTA’s. That gives hotels a level of flexibility which is not available via other channels. And for the guests a chance to pay less by choosing their hotel and not the competitors’ one. This is a game changer for the hotel industry!Source = RoomAuction.comlast_img read more

OCC Volcker Rule Will Cost Banks 1B to Comply

first_img October 28, 2011 412 Views OCC: Volcker Rule Will Cost Banks $1B to Comply Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Dodd-Frank FDIC Federal Reserve Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers OCC Processing Proprietary Trading Service Providers Underwriting Standards Volcker Rule 2011-10-28 Ryan Schuette Sharecenter_img The recently proposed Volcker Rule will sap nearly $1 billion in revenue from the nation├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós banks as lenders spend more time, resources, and manpower complying with regulations, according to a recent government study.[IMAGE]The “”Office of the Comptroller of the Currency””:http://www.occ.treas.gov/ (OCC) estimated that the draft rule will result in expenditures totaling $100 million for state, local, and other governments.Bryan Hubbard, a spokesperson for the OCC, declined to comment for the story.The Volcker Rule ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a regulation created by the Dodd-Frank Act ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô bans proprietary trading, mandates new compliance measures for banks, and prohibits investments and relations with hedge and private equity funds.The rule ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô named after a former “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ chairman ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô continues to stir controversy following its proposal by the central bank, “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov/, and a number of other federal regulators earlier this month.Releasing its findings in a 14-page economic impact analysis, the OCC pooled information for 143 institutions with fewer than $1 billion in assets, 72 with more than $1 billion but less than $5 billion, and 50 with more than $5 billion.More than 2,000 banks covered by the Volcker Rule would need to spend upwards of $50 million on annual compliance and legal measures.[COLUMN_BREAK]In coming up with the numbers, the agency said that prohibited activities would require new compliance measures, which would demand, in turn, approximately $1,715 in expenses and 20 hours in manpower from each financial institution.Banks with less than $1 billion in total assets would need to adopt six new compliance measures relevant to written procedure, internal controls, management policies, and recordkeeping. Compliance officers with these financial institutions would need to work 800 hours each week, creating about $1.2 million in expenses as a result.Those banks with more than $1 billion but less than $5 billion in total assets would need to implement a similar compliance program but at an overall cost of $8.1 million and need for 3,650 hours each week in manpower.The rule continues to merit criticism from detractors and praise from the lawmakers who first proposed it.””Only in today’s regulatory climate could such a simple idea become so complex, generating a rule whose preamble alone is 215 pages, with 381 footnotes to boot,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø former Oklahoma Gov. “”Frank Keating””:http://www.aba.com/Press+Room/fkeating_bio.htm, now president and CEO of the “”American Bankers Association””:http://www.aba.com/default.htm, said in an “”October statement””:http://www.aba.com/Pressrss/101111VolckerRuleStatment.htm. ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£How can banks comply with a rule that complicated, and how can regulators effectively administer it in a way that doesn’t make it harder for banks to serve their customers and further weaken the broader economy?├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ØSeeming to fire back against criticism and threats to repeal the Dodd-Frank framework, former “”Sen. Chris Dodd””:http://chrisdodd.com/ (D-Connecticut) defended the law in a recent “”_Washington Post_””:http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-dodd-frank-financial-regulations/2011/10/19/gIQAtq7j4L_story_1.html column, saying, ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£Unscrupulous lenders can no longer make loans to people who they know can├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ót pay them back. Brokers can├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ót steer borrowers to higher-rate loans in exchange for compensation from lenders. And those who sell risky securities must maintain a financial stake in their success.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ØSaid Keating: “”This rule has very real potential to erode banks’ ability to serve their customers, and its hit to diversifying bank income may very well increase ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô rather than diminish ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô sources of risk.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more