APTN NewsSen. Lynn Beyak remains defiant in keeping ‘racist’ letters about residential schools up on her Senate website and says she was never told to take them down by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.“Contrary to his statement, that he asked me to remove content and I refused, neither I nor my staff ever spoke with Andrew Scheer or anyone from his office, at any time,” said Beyak in a statement Monday.Scheer said last week he demanded Beyak to remove about 100 “support letters” of her drive to show the good Indian residential schools did and other Indigenous issues.When she refused, he kicked her out of the Conservative caucus, making her an independent senator.“I demanded Senator Beyak remove this content from her website. She refused,” Scheer said.Scheer mentioned one comment in a letter was particularly offensive.“To suggest that indigenous Canadians are lazy compared to other Canadians, is simply racist,” he said.Beyak said the letters posted are not racist.“Talking points from his office also declared: ‘Senator Beyak admitted that she intentionally posted racist correspondence about Indigenous Canadians to her Parliamentary website,’ said Beyak. “That statement is completely false. I would never say or do such a thing.”She added she learned she was getting booted from caucus through a media release from Scheer’s office.That aside, Beyak believes her website, and the letters, provide a platform for free speech.“Canadians can read and decide for themselves what is relevant and helpful for a fresh start for those Indigenous people who still suffer, and who live in hopelessness and poverty with inadequate housing and dirty water,” she said.“Discerning citizens don’t need government to tell them what is allegedly racist.”Fellow senator Lillian Dyck said last week the letters could lead to criminal charged for hate speech.“I looked it up,” Dyck told APTN News Friday. “Hate speech is communicating statements in public that incite hatred against any identifiable group.“Someone could look into this…Check all the letters and make a determination as to whether it met the high standard for hate speech. She could be charged.”Dyck is from the Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan and chair of the Aboriginal Peoples committee. Beyak was removed from that committee last year when she expressed support for the schools.Scheer also said last week he first learned of the letters Jan. 2 but they had been on Beyak’s website for several months.An email dated September 15 from a residential school survivor provided to APTN News, indicates that Scheer’s office was tipped off then about the “support letters.”Sen. Larry Smith, the Conservative leader in the Senate was also sent the email.“I am disappointed that my email back in September was ignored,” said Garnet Angeconeb. “They knew all along she had those ‘support letters’ on her Parliamentary website.”Angeconeb is just one of many who believe Beyak’s letters and stance on residential schools are racist.A spokesman for Scheer said his office gets 1,000 to 2,500 “pieces of correspondence” a week and it usually takes four to six months for people to get a response.“We have about four or five staff members who are tasked with strictly doing that,” said Jake Enwright. “They work very, very hard to answer these inquiries as quickly as possible.”Enwright maintained Scheer learned of the letters Jan. 2 and that Angeconeb’s email was in the que to receive a response. firstname.lastname@example.org
Meknes- King Mohammed VI launched Saturday in Meknes, the 16th National Solidarity Campaign, a royal initiative that illustrates the commitment of the Sovereign to the promotion of the noble humanitarian, civilizational and religious values of the Kingdom.Under the chairmanship of the King who established, since his accession to the throne, social work as a national priority, this campaign has become an annual event meant to strengthen the Moroccan social fabric. The campaign, held on November 9- 17 by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, under the motto “United to help the poor,” also stems from the will of HM the King to foster the culture of solidarity among all Moroccans, offering them the opportunity to renew their attachment to their civic values by contributing for the benefit of millions of poor people across the Kingdom. The solidarity campaign is designed to raise funds to finance social projects and implement action plans that have steadily evolved over the years to meet the needs of the target populations.On this occasion, the King inaugurated a building trades training center, a project that meets the qualification requirements of youth in the region of Meknes-Tafilalet, and which is in line with the Action Plan of the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, which places a special interest in youth training as a the best tool for youth social and professional integration.The Training Centre of Meknes aims to promote youth employability through providing training in building trades and public works, and will be an engine for development and promotion of the construction sector in the region.The center provides training to 1,000 students in the field of electricity, construction, aluminum, plumbing, painting, glazing, facades coating. The center also includes a laboratory of civil engineering, and drawing, computer rooms, as well as workshops for practical masonry, a learning resources area, a trainers’ lounge, and a store.Worth around 19.5 million dirhams, the new facility is jointly funded by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity (5 MDH), the Office of Vocational Training and Job Promotion (8 MDH), the Meknes City Council (2.5 MDH), the National Initiative for Human Development (2.5 MDH), and the Provincial Council (1.5 MDH).After visiting different areas in the new facility, the King handed over support checks of 3,240 million dirhams to 25 associations and co-ops, mainly in the region of Meknes –Tafilalet.
“It is accountability above all that is called for in the aftermath of the regrettable violence that has caused so much misery for so many,” Justice Richard Goldstone said as he presented the mission’s report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, which mandated the probe.Following its three-month investigation, the mission concluded that serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law were committed by Israel in the context of its military operations in Gaza from December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009, and that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity. The four-member team, whose 575-page report was released earlier this month, also found that Palestinian armed groups had committed war crimes, as well as possibly crimes against humanity. Justice Goldstone urged the 47-member Council to implement a number of measures, including referral of the mission’s report to the Security Council, since neither the Government of Israel nor the responsible Palestinian authorities have so far carried out any credible investigations into alleged violations. “The lack of accountability for war crimes and possible crimes against humanity has reached a crisis point; the ongoing lack of justice is undermining any hope for a successful peace process and reinforcing an environment that fosters violence,” he stated. The report recommends that the Security Council require Israel and the authorities in Gaza to report to it, within six months, on investigations and prosecutions it should carry out with regard to the violations identified by the mission. It also recommends that the Security Council set up a body of independent experts to report to it on the progress of the Israeli and Palestinian investigations and prosecutions. If the experts’ reports do not indicate within six months that independent proceedings are taking place, the mission says the Security Council should refer the situation in Gaza to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) – the independent, permanent court that investigates and prosecutes people accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.“Now is the time for action,” said Justice Goldstone, a former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. “A culture of impunity in the region has existed for too long.” The other members of the team are Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science at the University of London; Hina Jilani, Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and former Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights Defenders; and retired Colonel Desmond Travers, member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI).Also briefing today was High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who presented her first periodic report, as requested by the Council, on key concerns and observations regarding the occupied Palestinian territory, including during the period of the Gaza conflict.She said her report notes significant prima facie evidence of gross violations of international human rights law and serious breaches of international humanitarian law by both Israel and Hamas during the military operations. It recommends that all allegations of breaches – whether through attacks on civilians and civilian objects in Gaza or indiscriminate rocket attacks into Israel – be thoroughly investigated by credible, independent and transparent accountability mechanisms. The High Commissioner added that conditions on the ground in Gaza continue to deteriorate. “With very few exceptions, Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants are trapped. They cannot exit the 45-kilometre long strip.” Specifically, she referred to “the almost unbearable curtailment of Gazans’ right to work, their right to access to water, food, adequate housing and education, and their entitlement to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. These conditions impair the life and dignity of the people of Gaza.” 29 September 2009The head of the United Nations fact finding mission into the Gaza conflict today urged an end to impunity for human rights violations committed there earlier this year, given evidence that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants are guilty of serious war crimes and breaches of humanitarian law, which may amount to crimes against humanity.
THERE WILL BE fewer bangers going off in the Co Clare town of Shannon tonight after gardai seized a large quantity of fireworks there.Gardai from the Shannon Detective Unit found €2,000 worth of fireworks in a house in the Rossbracken estate in the town during a planned search yesterday evening.The fireworks seizure was part of Operation Tombola, aimed at clamping down on the illegal sale of fireworks ahead of Halloween tonight.Some of the fireworks seized:Images: Garda press officeBobbing for apples: the silent danger this Halloween>Warning over fireworks danger – and €10,000 fine for using them illegally>Meet the reverend who participated in the 1949 exorcism that inspired The Exorcist>
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Declan Rooney David Burke – ‘They still fear us in a way, I think anyway. They still fear playing Galway’ The reigning All-Ireland champions are in Leinster final action on Sunday against Kilkenny. Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 8:00 AM 21,846 Views KILKENNY NOW FEAR playing Galway according to the All-Ireland champions’ captain David Burke.Brian Cody’s side may have won four of the last five meetings between the sides, but most recently Galway outclassed the 36-time Liam MacCarthy winners in an eight-point waltz to victory at Pearse Stadium.Kilkenny only scored two points from play that day, and as Galway seek back-to-back Leinster titles for the first time in their history, confidence is soaring out west.The sides face off in the final for the third time in four years in Croke Park this Sunday (4pm), but Galway have only beaten Kilkenny in one Leinster final: their first win in the province, back in 2012.And the St Thomas’s midfielder thinks Galway’s unbroken recent run of nine championship games unbeaten has cultivated a fear in the opposition.“I think they [Kilkenny] were a monkey on the back for every team in the country. I think they drove everyone in the country mad really for a while – they were kind of this unbeatable team,” said Burke (28), who is in his second season as Galway captain.“But I think we changed that in ’12 and made them look like their good team was coming to a bit of an end. Galway players celebrate their 2012 Leinster hurling final victory. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“They still fear us in a way, I think anyway. They still fear playing Galway. Obviously, we played them since … we’ve pushed them a lot along the way. A lot of their motivation was probably to try and stop us, really. If you look at it from that point of view, you can take a lot of positives out of it.”While Galway’s unbeaten championship run continues, they did lose to Limerick and Wexford in this year’s national league. Without a Walsh Cup to wind up his team’s preparation, it was inevitable that Donoghue’s Galway would struggle to hit the heights of 2017 in the spring.But despite those losses Burke says the side have been filled with confidence after their victories to date in the championship, and that having Liam MacCarthy in the county has also added a layer of armour to their self belief. 18 Comments Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO Short URL ‘It would be good for Dublin and Jim Gavin’s legacy to just say, ‘We don’t want to play in Croke Park”McGrath open to returning as Déise hurling boss Follow us: the42.ie http://the42.ie/4094705 David Burke captained Galway to win the All-Ireland last year. Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO Share40 Tweet Email Jun 28th 2018, 6:31 AM David Burke captained Galway to win the All-Ireland last year. David Burke lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup last September. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO“It gives you more confidence. It gives all the players more confidence, definitely. You can see lads are playing probably better than they were last year – some players, and some players aren’t.“You’ll have that all the time. There’s pressures on players, no matter what. There’s pressure on a team, it doesn’t matter if they’re All-Ireland champions or the worst team in it. There’s pressure on them to deliver, and that comes from within the county itself.“Look, we’re a hurling stronghold so there’s going to be pressure all the time. So we just have to believe that we’re good enough to be at the top table all the time.”Despite being crowned league champions with victory over Tipperary, Kilkenny are still being regarded as a team in transition. Cody has introduced new faces in the last two seasons and he will be delighted with the impact of his recent U21 graduates. Burke, too, has been impressed with Kilkenny’s next generation, and warned against expecting another facile victory. Richie Leahy has been one of Kilkenny’s impressive performers this season. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“Look, to be honest, everyone was kind of writing Kilkenny off last year, because they’d young lads coming through. But I knew those lads very well and I was saying they’re very good hurlers and when they get going they’ll be a serious team – and they are a serious team now.“They’ve won the league against the odds, and only for a blip or two in the championship and everyone is hammering them. So, look, they’ll have their homework done, they’ll have time to recover, so I think they’ll be a different, formidable opposition again the next day. So we just have to be ready for that.“I think we were always able to beat them on a given day. I think it’s just belief and mindset really, to be honest.“That’s what probably (made the difference), they had greater belief and mindset over any other team. I think that’s what they’ve instilled into themselves, more than skill or anything itself. They’ve massive belief in winning games and getting over the line.“I think it comes down to the last 10-15 minutes; I think it will come down to that again the next day against them.“It’s a Leinster final, there’s a trophy on offer and we’re looking to win it, simple as that.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!
Un hacker français de 15 ans interpellé Un adolescent de 15 ans, résidant en France, aurait mené depuis le domicile familial une attaque mondiale contre plusieurs sites Internet, selon Le Parisien. Le mois dernier, les gendarmes ont placé le jeune homme en garde à vue. L’affaire était restée discrète. Il visait Mastercard, Paypal et même le site de l’ancienne candidate républicaine à la présidence des Etats-Unis, Sarah Palin. Un féru d’informatique de 15 ans gérait depuis sa chambre plusieurs serveurs, dont certains étaient hébergés aux Etats-Unis et aux Pays-Bas. Selon Le Parisien, l’ado avait participé à “l’opération riposte” (voir notre article) pour défendre le site WikiLeaks de Julian Assange, spécialisé dans la fuite d’informations diplomatiques confidentielles. Les internautes qui participaient à cette riposte avaient coordonné en décembre une série de cyberattaques qui avaient bloqué plusieurs gros sites. C’est à ce moment-là que les experts de la division cybercriminalité du Service technique de recherches judiciaires et de documentation ont remonté plusieurs pistes, dont l’une menait à ce jeune Français. L’adolescent a été auditionné quelques heures avant d’être remis en liberté. Les enquêtes se poursuivent néanmoins dans l’Hexagone pour retrouver d’autres pirates. Le 27 janvier 2011 à 18:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A grill fire broke out overnight at a Pollo Tropical in Hallandale Beach.Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue crews arrived to find smoke coming from inside the fast food restaurant near Federal Highway and Hallandale Beach Boulevard, early Sunday morning.Officials said a grease buildup under the hood of the grill started the blaze.No one was inside the building when the fire started.A Pollo Tropical spokesperson released a statement that reads in part, “No one was injured and we are expecting to resume regular operations later today.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dusek: “Hopefully kids and parents will be safe, and get that tape and those reflective hats on.” Teachers are already filling the halls, and the students have initiated the final countdown for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 21. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek: “We’ve been working for a couple of days on opening up school, and making sure everyone is ready to go. We are taking care of some of the nuts and bolts, but also really exploring great instructional practices, and we are really excited about this year for the things we are going to try and accomplish in the classroom.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Summer vacation for students around the Kenai Peninsula is drawing to a close as local schools prepare to open their doors for the new school year. Teachers, district representatives and local safety officials highlight the importance for students to dress in high visibility gear as they get ready to start commuting to school. For a comprehensive rundown of back to school information, including bus times, school locations, and healthcare records, click here: Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
News Maná Named 2018 Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year Twitter Facebook “It is a grand and unexpected recognition to an extensive career, a beautiful and passionate one that we continue to enjoy as if it were the first day.” said Fher on behalf of the band. “We are flattered that the most prestigious Latin music organization is recognizing us. Undoubtedly, it will be moving to hear our songs performed by talented colleagues and friends. We hope to continue using our voices and this honor to raise awareness about environmental concerns and human rights issues around the world.”Maná has won awards at the 38th GRAMMY Awards, 41st GRAMMY Awards, 42nd GRAMMY Awards, 45th GRAMMY Awards, 49th GRAMMY Awards and 54th GRAMMY Awards.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email Maná Is Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year man%C3%A1-named-2018-latin-recording-academy-person-year The iconic GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-winning band will be honored for their artistic achievement and humanitarian contributions a day before the Latin GRAMMYs in Las Vegas Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Sep 6, 2018 – 2:41 pm The Latin Recording Academy has announced Maná, the iconic Latin GRAMMY-winning pop-rock band, as the 2018 Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year. The group is the first band to ever receive the honor. Maná, made up of Fher Olvera, Alex González, Sergio Vallín and Juan Calleros, is a six-time Latin GRAMMY and four-time GRAMMY winner. They will be recognized at a gala that will feature a tribute concert performed by their friends and other artists on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas, a day before the 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards on Nov. 15.The band were essential in formulating Mexico’s ’90s rock scene and have become influential globally in Latin America and beyond for their fusion of pop, rock, bolero and other genres that continue to shape their sound. The band have also been advocates for social justice, global equality and environmental protection—they launched their philanthropic entity, Fundación Ecológica Selva Negra, which protects and preserves endangered species, has an educational component and helps develop community projects.”Maná (Fher, Alex, Sergio and Juan) is an iconic band with a profound social and environmental consciousness that has created captivating and vibrant music for over three decades,” said President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy Gabriel Abaroa Jr.The Person Of The Year award honors musicians with an Ibero-American background for their musical achievements and humanitarian work.
Sembcorp Industries, one of Southeast Asia’s biggest utilities companies, plans to roughly triple its renewable energy portfolio over the next five years, targetting India and China for growth, a senior company official said.Industrial conglomerate Sembcorp, whose utilities arm forms one of its three main divisions, expects renewable energy to account for 20 percent of its total power capacity in five years, up from 13 percent at present, executive vice president Tan Cheng Guan told the Reuters Summit.”Over the last three years, we have grown renewables quite significantly,” Tan said. “We have been able to accelerate because the cost of renewables has been coming down quite quickly because of technology and scale.”Sembcorp, which plans to focus on wind and solar energy, where costs are expected to drop further by 2020, has total power capacity of about 8,800 megawatts (MW).India and China make up the bulk of its renewables capacity, with wind power assets in China of about 450 MW.In India, it jointly owns and operates wind and solar power assets with a total power capacity of 750 MW after buying a majority stake in Indian renewable energy firm Green Infra in February, this year.”India is under served at the moment and their (power) capacity is maybe one quarter of China’s, even with about the same population,” Tan said. “So, if India’s economy grows by 7 to 8 percent in the next decade, we see that India will grow the fastest.”A boom in clean energy projects is expected in India after it hiked its solar energy target to 100 gigawatts by 2022, a 33-fold rise from current levels.In China, Sembcorp is also jointly building a coal-fired power plant near coal mines in Chongqing.Tan said the plant’s newer and more efficient technology would help in China’s push to reduce its carbon footprint.Sembcorp is also looking towards Bangladesh and Myanmar where it is developing gas-fired power plants.He declined to comment on Sembcorp’s credit exposure to Jurong Aromatics Corp (JAC), which went into receivership last month due to debt problems.Sembcorp has a 20-year agreement with JAC for the supply of steam and other water and wastewater treatment services.
(Credit: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock)If you’re over 60 and, by BMI standards, overweight, it might not be such a bad thing. But there’s a catch. If you also have a fat belly, you’re at risk for not only metabolic health issues, but also cognitive problems.That’s the conclusion of a study published this month in The British Journal of Nutrition.For years, scientists have seen a correlation between children who are overweight or obese and their performance on cognitive tests. In a study published in Obesity in 2008, more than 2,500 children ages 8 to 16 underwent a neuropsychological test, and those who were overweight or obese generally performed worse than those children who were normal weight.“On average, kids who are obese are at a disadvantage when it comes to school performance,” says Mark Mattson, a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute on Aging, and who was not involved in the study.But when it comes to adults, studies measuring cognitive skills in those who are normal weight and those who are obese have been mixed. Some studies find impairments in learning and memory in the overweight and obese; other studies do not. The British Journal of Nutrition paper tackles the issue, and finds some surprising results.No Fat Rugby PlayersResearchers at hospitals and colleges in Northern Ireland examined data from an aging cohort study called the Trinity Ulster Department of Agriculture, which offers data including cognitive scores on tests between 2008 and 2012 of over 5,100 Northern Ireland people over age 60.The study found that older people who have an overweight BMI did better than normal weight people on cognitive tests. But Eamon Laird, a study co-author, says the results are misleading because BMI is not a good measure for determining muscle and fat ratio. The older overweight folks who were healthy were muscular, not fat. And that’s a health advantage.“A good example is to visualize an Irish rugby player,” Laird says. “By BMI (standards), most of them would be obese, but they are mostly muscle and not fat. The opposite extreme would be, say, Santa Claus, who would have the same BMI as the rugby player, but is obviously mostly fat with a big waist belly.”Those who carried some fat, especially around their stomachs, fared worse, however. Researchers found that people with a higher WHR, or waist-hip ratio (see info box to measure your WHR), tended to perform worse on cognitive tests.By contrast, Laird says people over age 60 with muscle and low fat may have both cognitive and metabolic advantages over someone of similar age who has belly fat or is even of normal weight.The Price of Belly FatThe study suggests that belly fat releases pro-inflammatory cytokines that can cause inflammation in vital organs, including the brain. This can eventually cause tissue damage in the brain and may impair cognitive abilities.Another cognitive price for belly fat is indirect, Laird says. “Obese people can be malnourished,” he says. “They have an energy-rich diet but could lack a number of vitamins and minerals, which long-term could cause tissue damage,” including in the brain.“Belly fat could affect far more than heart health,” Laird continues, “and it’s up to everyone themselves to take personal responsibility to eat healthy and to do some exercise.”
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Human Rights Camapign, Lambda Legal, and other organizations are running it on news programs like CNN and, yes, even Fox News.The 30-second ad refers to Trump as an ‘impulsive president’ and asks people to to demand the Trump administration ‘put troops ahead of your politics’.[embedded content]Titled Patriots, the ad begins with Trump’s initial tweet announcing the ban last July.It then focuses on other high-ranking officials in the military countering Trump’s stance.What will happen?The issue of transgender troops in the military — and whether they’ll be banned or allowed to join — has been dragged out since Trump’s tweet.First numerous courts began looking into the matter and declaring Trump’s ban didn’t hold. Eventually, a judge ruled the military must allow trans troops to enlist again starting this year.The first enlistee joined earlier this month. However, a recent court order revealed the White House administration had plans to release a new military policy. The Pentagon made recommendations and Trump is expected to announce the new policy by 23 March.Today, @HRC @LambdaLegal @OutserveSLDN @LGBTMilPartners & @GenderJusticeWA unveiled a new television ad featuring military, national security, & bipartisan officials voicing opposition to the Trump-Pence #transgender #military ban. #ProtectTransTroops pic.twitter.com/XzoikBfVRf— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 1, 2018For now, there is no sure vision of what the future looks like for transgender troops.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- The ad in question. | Photo: YouTube/Human Rights Campaign eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Numerous LGBTQ advocacy groups launched a new television ad across the United States on Friday (2 March). It targets and criticizes Donald Trump’s desire to ban transgender personnel from the military. Celebrities, politicians, and more respond to Trump’s transgender military banPentagon temporarily allows trans troops to re-enlist in Military45 senators urge block of Trump’s trans military banRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/tv-ad-donald-trump-trans-military-ban/
Puerto Aventuras, Q.R. — The municipality of Solidaridad says more than 43 million peso has been invested into improvements for the town of Puerto Aventuras.The Government of Solidarity has invested more than 43 million peso of municipal resources for public work in Puerto Aventuras with the construction of roads, lighting, public buildings, parks and sport areas.Work began on the paving, construction of sidewalks, garrisons and placement of street lights in Guayas Street, in which more than 4.1 million peso was invested.The offices of Commerce, Inspection, Municipal Public Services and Civil Protection were remodeled where necessary to avoid relocation expenses and instead, improve the existing spaces for efficiency.“We have done the work in Puerto Aventuras that you requested and deserve, and we will continue to strengthen this place so that you feel proud to live here,” said mayor, Cristina Torres Gómez.She explained that this work is above and beyond other projects such as the new Puerto Aventuras library, the Ecumenical Chapel, Municipal Pantheon, the Sala de Vigil and improvements of parks and other recreational areas.Rocío Santos Castro of Puerto Aventuras said, “We had insistently requested the placement of street lights, the paving of streets and the construction of decent public spaces for our children. Today we recognize that they have been fulfilled.”On March 25, the first stones were laid in the construction of a new music school. The School of Music of Puerto Aventuras is an investment of 4.9 million peso.“Music allows us as human beings to develop our virtues, so it is for this reason we trust that children and seniors will be integrated into this school since there is no age to learn to make music or practice it when spaces are offered for its use,” said the mayor.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Related posts:Johnny Rockets opens third location in Costa Rica Local franchises look for investors at open house in San José Crate & Barrel to invest $4 million in its first Costa Rica store IHOP looking for investors to open in Costa Rica Ten Costa Rican small- and medium-sized businesses will have the opportunity to become national and international franchises if selected for a program hosted by the National Franchise Center (CENAF), part of Costa Rica’s Chamber of Commerce.The aid program was facilitated by an agreement between the Chamber of Commerce and the state-owned Bank of Costa Rica, responsible for managing funds for a national program called Banking for Development System.“The program aims to build 10 Costa Rican franchises by granting them funds of up to ₡12.5 million ($23,000) and expert advice for their businesses,” CENAF Director Karol Fallas said.The program is intended only for small- and medium-sized Costa Rican businesses that are able to demonstrate financial stability. Businesses must provide at least $5,000 for the franchising process.“They also must demonstrate they have standardized production or service processes,” Fallas added.Other requirements include demonstrating that companies fully comply with the country’s legal system, and brands must be legally registrated with the National Registry. Participants also must provide documentation of current legal and tax statuses, Chamber of Commerce President Francisco Llobet said.Business owners interested in registering their companies for the selection process must contact CENAF before March 28 by phone at 2221-0005 or by email at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. English-speaking staff is available.The 10 selected businesses will be announced at the end of April, Fallas said.“We hope to have new franchises ready for promotion at EXPOFRANQUICIA 2014, a regional fair to be held in Panama in September,” Fallas said.According to the Chamber of Commerce, Costa Rica’s franchise sector currently counts 233 brands, of which 44 are national and 189 are from other countries, mostly from the U.S. The sector in 2013 grew by 5.4 percent compared to 2012 figures. Facebook Comments
Qantas Airways has recorded the best on-time performance of any Australian domestic airline.According to data from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), 2014 is the fifth successive year that Qantas has beaten its rivals for arrival and departure on-time performance.The airline’s on-time performance was 4.7 per cent higher than Virgin Australia and its key east-west routes (Sydney-Perth, Melbourne-Perth and Brisbane-Perth routes), made an average of 84 per cent on time performance for arrivals and also for departures.Qantas Domestic chief executive officer Lyell Strambi said that punctuality is a key strength of the airline it can leverage to attract customers. “We celebrate results like this not because it looks great on paper and we’re ticking boxes but because it means we’re delivering a premium reliable service for our customers,” Ms Strambi said.“A record like this comes from the efforts of so many people right around Qantas from baggage handlers, catering, engineers, pilots, cabin crew and more,“It is their determination to deliver a service customers can rely on that makes Qantas the number one choice.”Source = ETB News: Tom Neale
NAFCU Requests That FHFA Leave Conforming Loan Limit at Current Level In a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) is urging the FHFA to keep the conforming loan limit at its current baseline rate of $417,000 and not let the limit drop any lower.”While the agency considers implementing this minor economic adjustment to the HPI, NAFCU urges the FHFA to not decrease the conforming loan limit below the current baseline rate of $417,000,” Kavitha Subramanian, regulatory affairs counsel for the NAFCU wrote.The NAFCU also noted that this change could interrupt a still-recovering housing market.”NAFCU believes the current 2015 limits should be kept in effect in order to avoid a disruption to the national housing market that is still recovering,” Subramanian said. “NAFCU’s economic research team has concluded that while home sales are widely expected to improve in 2015 as the labor market improves, the exit of many investors from the market and the lack of first-time homebuyers represent two issues of concern for the coming year. Sudden or drastic changes to the conforming loan limit rate for the Enterprises could hamper this recovery.Under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA), the FHFA is required to “establish and maintain” a house price index (HPI) for adjusting the conforming loan limits of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”Currently, in 2015 the conforming loan limit is set at $417,000 for one-unit properties throughout most of the nation,” Subramanian noted. “The FHFA intends to use the “expanded-data” HPI—an index the agency publishes quarterly—to adjust the conforming loan limits for the Enterprises in the future.”The NAFCU and its members also requested that the FHFA consider how using the “expanded-data” HPI will affect “high-cost” loan areas where the local median home value is above the baseline loan limit.”In considering this proposal, the FHFA must ensure that credit unions are able to provide mortgages to members in communities where home prices are above the national average by protecting the credit union’s access to the secondary mortgage market with reasonable conforming loan limits in effect,” the letter stated.Subramanian concludes that the NAFCU stands firm that market stability preservation among the Enterprises is necessary for a healthy secondary mortgage market for credit unions.”Our nation’s credit unions need safe, affordable and fair access to the secondary mortgage market in order to effectively meet the lending needs of their 100 million members in communities across the country,” Subramanian said. “Although the housing market continues to heal as a result of current job growth, wage gains and low-interest rates, NAFCU and our members caution the FHFA to remain cognizant that the U.S. housing market is still vulnerable to any drastic market changes. NAFCU hopes that FHFA will to continue to closely monitor economic indicators in the housing markets prior to enacting any additional changes to conforming loan limits for the Enterprises.”Click here to view the NAFCU’s letter to the FHFA. July 27, 2015 637 Views Conforming Loan Limit Federal Housing and Finance Agency Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 National Association of Federal Credit Unions 2015-07-27 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Share
September 25, 2015 472 Views *It should be noted that the total servicing portfolio for each of these banks is larger than the figures seen here, as each of them also services the mortgages they originate and retain. (Photo Courtesy of TREFIS)Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp are known to steer toward mortgage lending and experienced the smallest reduction in their third-party mortgage servicing portfolios in recent years. However, banks that are cutting their mortgage business display huge declines in their portfolio size, the report stated.”It should be noted that the decline over recent quarters is not just because of a more risk-averse stand taken by banks towards third-party mortgages,” TREFIS explained. “Although most of these banks have continued to add to their mortgage servicing portfolios, these acquisitions have been unable to match the exceptionally high repayment rates seen in the last few quarters.”Click here to read the full article. Bank of America1,3131,2241,1421,045949759616550527505491474459409 Major Banks’ Third-Party Mortgage Servicing Portfolios Continue to Decline Major banks across the U.S. are being cautious about adding mortgages that they did not originate to their balance sheets, and in turn, have recorded drastic declines in their third-party mortgage servicing portfolios since early 2009, shortly after the economic downturn in 2008.JPMorgan, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and U.S. Bancorp all experienced yet another decrease in their third-party mortgage servicing portfolios in the second quarter of 2015, according to an article on TREFIS.”The mortgage serving business fell out of favor with most banks in the aftermath of the economic downturn of 2008, and the three largest banks have reported a notable decline in the size of their mortgage servicing portfolios since early 2009,” the TREFIS team said. “Although Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp capitalized on the reduced competition and the sharp increase in mortgage activity over 2011-2012 to bulk up their mortgage servicing operations, even these banks have reported a reduction in their third-party mortgage servicing portfolio over recent quarters.”TREFIS also noted that the five aforementioned banks “still retain a strong grip on the industry–taking up five of the top six positions in the mortgage servicing industry.”Although it is a rare that banks buy servicing right for portfolios of student loans, auto loans, or commercial loans from originators, this is a very common practice for banks to purchase home loans, the report explained. When this occurs, banks assume all risk for the portfolio and expect payments from the borrowers within that portfolio.Major Banks Third-Party Mortgage Servicing Portfolios U.S. Bancorp200207211216220224227227227225225225225225 in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Servicing Citigroup379359340320305295287281267246229219212204 JPMorgan884860811859849832831816803786766752724723 (in $ billions)Q1’12Q2’12Q3’12Q4’12Q1’13Q2’13Q3’13Q4’13Q1’14Q2’14Q3’14Q4’14Q1’15Q2’15 Wells Fargo1,8901,9051,9131,9061,8901,8961,9101,9041,8941,8801,8701,8611,8351,809 Major Banks Third-Party Mortgage Servicing Portfolios TREFIS 2015-09-25 Staff Writer Share
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