Naomie Harris Named As Save The Children Ambassador

first_imgHollywood actress Naomie Harris has become an ambassador for women and children’s rights following a recent trip to South Africa as Save the Children claims increasing violence against women and children has been “normalised” in many societies.The actress, who plays Winnie Mandela in the new film of Nelson Mandela’s life, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom visited several Save the Children projects including a crèche and a scheme that empowers children against violence and exploitation in rural Free State.Speaking during her visit to the country, Harris said, “Nowhere has affected me quite like South Africa. I love the spirit of this country. But there are also major problems. South Africa has one of the strongest economies in Africa yet many still live in poverty – and one in five children don’t go to school. Those that do face a daily threat of violence and sexual assault – and that shocks me deeply.“Save the Children offered me the opportunity to see some of their work and that offer galvanised my wish to try and do something to help this country’s young people fulfil their potential. I look forward to raising awareness of these issues not only in South Africa, but in other countries where Save the Children fights for girls and women’s rights.”During her visit, Naomie visited the Hlayisanani Day Care Centre situated in Setswetla, in the heart of the sprawling township of Alexandra Alina where poverty and unemployment rates are rife. The crèche here provides much needed stimulation for children as well as hot meals which, for many, are the only meals they get.Here she also met three girls; 14 year old Busisiwe and Tlaleng and Kgathatso, both 15, who are all benefitting from Save the Children’s Safer South Africa for Women and Children programme. Save the Children run Children’s Committees designed to empower children, giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence to speak out against violence directed at both themselves and within the wider community.During a time when there is increasing recognition internationally that there hasn’t been enough focus on stopping the root causes of violence against women and children, the Children’s Committees are empowered to raise peer awareness, provide peer support and improve referrals made within the schools.As part of her new role for Save the Children, Harris hopes to visit more of Save the Children’s programmes which are making a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable women and young girls.Source:Save the Children UKlast_img read more

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TRS banks on good show by regional parties in LS polls

first_imgHyderabad: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi on Monday said most of the regional parties are confident of turning in a good performance in the Lok Sabha elections, giving a boost to its chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s idea of forging a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front post-poll.TRS spokesperson Abid Rasool Khan said most of the regional parties were confident of getting lot of seats, and claimed they were open to the idea of such a front proposed by the Telangana Chief Minister. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”As soon as the (Lok Sabha election) results are out, there would be parleys and formation of a (federal) front. If it has the majority, it will form the government,” Khan told PTI. If this proposed front falls short of numbers, it will decide what role it should play and “how it will have control over the government so that the states don’t suffer and policies of the states are not affected,” he said. TRS is counting on parties such as the SP, BSP, BJD and YSRCP to be on board the proposed federal front, party leaders have said earlier. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedKhan said his party was ready to support the YSRCP in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, where Assembly and Lok Sabha elections would be held simultaneously on April 11, so long as it has no truck with the BJP or Congress. In what way the TRS, the ruling party in Telangana, would back YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh is a matter of “political strategisation” between the leadership of the two outfits, he added. Khan said the AIMIM President and Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owaisi would campaign for TRS candidates in “all the districts, wherever we require his support, wherever there is sizeable population of minorities and Dalits, and we will extend our support to him in Hyderabad.” TRS deputy floor leader in the Lok Sabha and Karimnagar MP, B Vinod Kumar, claimed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is also the TDP chief, was facing “lot of anti-incumbency” and it might help the YSRCP. Kumar said Chandrasekhar Rao would kick off the party’s campaign in Telangana with a public meeting in Karimnagar in March third week. The TRS, which won 11 of the total 17 seats in the previous Lok Sabha elections in 2014, was already in campaign mode with the party last week initiating Parliamentary constituency-wise meetings chaired by its working president K T Rama Rao. The TRS has said it aims to win 16 seats in the April 11 Lok Sabha polls in Telangana, leaving the Hyderabad segment to Owaisi who would be backed by the party.last_img read more

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Real estate board says poll supports call to scrap Torontos land transfer

Real estate board says poll supports call to scrap Toronto’s land transfer tax by News Staff Posted Jun 8, 2012 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Toronto’s real-estate industry says a new poll shows overwhelming support for scrapping a land-transfer tax imposed by the city under a previous mayor.Ekos Research collected responses from 9,459 Toronto residents in the city’s 44 wards last month.The poll found that a repeal of the tax was supported by at least half of the respondents in 36 of the city’s 44 wards.Ekos was commissioned by the Toronto Real Estate Board, which has long opposed the land transfer tax brought in under Mayor David Miller.Current Toronto mayor Rob Ford has said he’d like to scrap the land transfer tax but he’s having increasing difficulty getting city council to support his proposals.The president of the Toronto Real Estate Board says the poll demonstrates there’s wide voter support for a repeal of the tax and councillors should listen to that. read more

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Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Kenya

In a press statement, the Security Council extended its condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of the Republic of Kenya. According to media reports, militants claiming to belong to the Al-Shabaab extremist group hijacked the commuter bus travelling to Nairobi, the country’s capital, in the early morning hours of 22 November, executing at least 28 of the passengers. The members of the Security Council in their statement reiterated their solidarity with the people and Government of Kenya in their fight against terrorism. The members of the Security Council paid tribute in particular to the role of Kenya in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) as part of the fight against Al Shabaab. Reaffirming that terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, the Council reiterated its determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with their responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations. The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with relevant regional authorities in this regard. Further to the statement, the Council reiterated its resolute and long-standing support to all actors working to end the threat posed by Al Shabaab in the region. read more

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Cubs agree to 1year contract with lefthander Kyle Ryan

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs and left-hander Kyle Ryan have agreed to one-year contract.Under the terms of the deal announced Wednesday, he would earn $180,000 if he spends next season in the minors. His salary would increase to $555,000 if he’s in the majors and go up to $700,000 if he spends one day on the active big league roster, not including the disabled list.The 27-year-old Ryan was 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA in eight starts and 14 relief appearances for Triple-A Iowa this year last year. He was 8-6 with a 3.87 ERA in 86 games for the Detroit Tigers from 2014-17.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Reds Indians weeks in review

Cincinnati RedsJust like that, The Reds are above .500 and second in the National League Central behind the division-leading Cardinals.The Reds began the week hosting a three-game series against the Mets in which every game was decided by one run in the ninth inning or later.The Reds won the first game thanks to Laynce Nix’s pinch-hit home run in the eleventh inning in the first game off of Manny Acosta. Francisco Cordero lost the second game for the Reds after allowing a solo shot from Rod Barajas, breaking a 4-4 tie going into the ninth inning. Orlando Cabrera helped the Reds win the series with a leadoff home run in the 10th inning, which gave the Reds their ninth win in the last at bat.The Reds had a day off Thursday before the Cubs came to town.Unlike the series with the Mets, the series with the Cubs was a lot more lopsided.The Cubs took it to the Reds in the first game behind touted-rookie Starlin Castro’s 6 RBIs in his first-ever game. The Reds returned the favor in the second game with a barrage of late-inning runs as the Reds took a seventh inning 3-2, and ended up winning the game 14-2. Mike Leake pitched a gem in the third game, recording his third win and second series win of the week for the Reds.Stud: Joey Votto. After this week Joey Votto leads the team (excluding players who have not had enough at-bats) in batting average, home runs, RBI and on-base percentage. Dud: Homer Bailey. After getting beat up in his last start against the Cubs, Bailey is 0-2 with a 7.24 ERA this season.Next Week: The Reds will begin the week trying to get their first win against the Pirates this season in a three-game series at Pittsburgh, and then will come back home to host the Cardinals in another three-game series. Cleveland IndiansDespite returning to the friendly confines of Progressive Field, the Indians struggled through the past week, winning only one game, 7-4 against the Detroit Tigers Sunday.The visiting Toronto Blue Jays won all three games against Cleveland, including Wednesday when the Blue Jays scored three runs in the ninth inning off Indians’ closer Chris Perez. The Indians are at 11-18, fourth in the American League Central, and are 8.5 games back of the division-leading Minnesota Twins.Stud: Travis Hafner. The player known as ‘Pronk’ came into the week hitting only .189 in 2010. But over the last few games, Hafner’s batting average has increased to .244, and he had an RBI in three consecutive games.Dud: Jake Westbrook. Back from Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament replacement surgery), which kept him from pitching for more than a year, Westbrook is still looking for his first win as the team’s ace. Tuesday, his tough start continued, as he didn’t get past the fourth inning in an 8-5 loss to Toronto.Up Next: The Indians begin an eight-game road trip Tuesday against Kansas City and will travel to Baltimore Friday for a three-game series with the Orioles. read more

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This 8bit computer is handmade down to the motherboard

first_imgIf you’re looking for a real DIY challenge, try building your own computer. We don’t mean price out the components and assemble it yourself when all of the parts land on your door, we mean follow the example of Jack Eisenmann, creator of the Duo Adept.The Duo Adept is a hand-built computer created from scratch using over 100 TTL chips, a good soldering iron, and lots of time and energy. It clocks in at 64KB of main system memory and a whopping 256 bytes of RAM. Consider it “Pong ready.”AdChoices广告Eisenmann is a programmer himself, so he built his own operating system for the Duo Adept, starting from binary and working his way up. Ultimately the OS is only about 263 lines of code, but that’s enough to get it to play Pong and a few other hand-crafted games. He even wrote versions of Get Muffins and Conway’s Game of Life for his creation to play.Eisenmann designed the graphics processor and the CPU himself on a breadboard with a soldering iron, and lots of wire to connect all of the points while he tested everything. Even locked down and in its Tupperware box case, you can still see masses of wire between parts of the board. Best of all, it doesn’t need any cooling or airflow, and he can always pop open the top of the Tupperware case to make modifications or changes if he has to.It’s not a marketable product, and you won’t see the Duo Adept on your local electronics store shelves anytime soon, but that was never the point. Eisenmann designed and built his own computer in a time when most PCs are off-the-shelf, snap-together affairs. The Duo Adept reminds us of the PC’s humble beginnings: a ton of wire, a power source, and instruction sets. If you’re interested in trying to build one yourself, he has the full part listing on his website.Read more at Duo Adept, via PC Prolast_img read more

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China airs documentary proving military university is hacking US targets

first_imgFor a long time now there has been suspicion that China is a hotbed of hacking activity either endorsed or ignored by the government and targeting foreign individuals, companies, and even governments.The Chinese government has always denied this, but high-profile pull outs such as that threatened by Google last year, demonstrate there is definitely something going on, and now we have proof hacking tools are being developed and attacks carried out at official institutions in the country.In July, a documentary full of military propaganda was aired on TV across China. The footage happened to contain proof that a Chinese military university is using hacking software it has developed along with compromised U.S. IP addresses to target dissident groups.The damning footage only lasts for 6 seconds, but that’s all we need to see the evidence. The screen you see above taken from the documentary shows a piece of software developed at the Electrical Engineering University of China’s People’s Liberation Army. The compromised IP being used is 138.26.72.17, which belongs to the University of Alabama in Birmingham.With the IP selected the attack target is selected from a drop-down list. In this case it is Minghui.org which belongs to the Falun Gong spiritual discipline. Due to its size and independence the communist Chinese government viewed Falun Gong as a threat and banned it in the late 90s. Now it seems, they are remotely attempting to wipe it out completely if they can.With the IP ready to use, and the target selected, the bottom left button is pressed in the video and the attack starts.By including the footage by mistake or otherwise, it forms clear proof that at least one university in China is actively developing hacking tool and targeting overseas locations. The fact that this university is directly funded by the People’s Liberation Army either means they aren’t keeping an eye on what students are doing, or this is encouraged. The fact the footage was recorded and put in an official documentary suggests the latter.Now all that remains is for China to explain these very telling 6 seconds. I can’t wait to hear the reasoning.Read more at The Epoch Timeslast_img read more

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Geek deals 50 off Nuance Dragon speech recognition software

first_imgYou have seen Android and the iPhone in action, so you know what can be done with voice recognition, right? Nope. Voice commands and Siri are impressive examples of what can be done on a smartphone, but voice recognition is a whole different game with the far more vast capabilities of a full PC.Dragon Naturally Speaking has been around for a years and Nuance has long-established themselves as a leader in speech software. While early examples of the technology tended to be more frustrating than efficient, it has come a long way and stands ready to reduce your typing and improve your efficiency.Not only does Dragon Naturally Speaking give you speech-to-text for simple activities like writing in a Word document, but it works with nearly any Windows application, will let you post to Facebook or Twitter, and manage things like email.Our friends at PCMag took a look at version 12 late last year and came away pretty impressed with it, even giving it an Editor’s Choice award. Everything worked as expected and they were especially happy about support for working with webmail like Gmail and Hotmail, but cautioned that like with most things it has a learning curve.Whether you are trying to avoid carpal tunnel, repetitive stress injury, or just trying to speed up your typing activities, you can grab this software for just $99.99, half off the MSRP and $20 less than the next best deal out there.Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 12 [download] for Windows or Mac $99.99 (reg. $200 | Mac version here) Our other deals:Samsung 840 Series 250GB SSD with upgrade Kit for $188.99 + free shipping (reg. $249.99 | use coupon 6XR$VZZ$QF35T9)Factory refurbished Apple iPad Mini starting at $279 (reg. $329)last_img read more

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Zidane taking nothing for granted

first_imgReal Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is adamant that their approach against Juventus will not change, despite their comfortable 3-0 advantageLast season’s Champions League winners defeated the Serie A leaders 3-0 at Turin for the first leg of their quarter-final clash and should they managed to score one goal in the return leg on Wednesday, then Juventus will have to score at least five goals to stand any chance of progressing.But Zidane is refusing to relax and has vowed that there will no changes in their approach with Real currently chasing an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League title.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Our approach will not change for tomorrow’s match despite the result in Turin, we need to play another great match. We are playing well right now and we have to keep this up and continue our scoring steak, but also conceding less.” said the 45 year-old, according to the Juventus website.“We have only one final coming up, tomorrow’s match. We have to get through it before thinking about any other games.”Should Real defeat Juventus on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu, then they will have reached their eighth successive semi-final in Europe’s premier club competition.last_img read more

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GDPR to be brought into UK law under new Data Protection Bill

first_imgThe European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be brought into UK law under a new bill to ensure data protection measures are maintained after the implementation of Brexit.The government has issued a statement of intent for the new Data Protection Bill, which is designed to update and strengthen current data protection laws included in the Data Protection Act 1998, in order to reflect the modern digital economy.The government first outlined its intention to implement the GDPR through a new Data Protection Bill in the Queen’s Speech in July 2017.The bill will enable individuals to ask for their personal data that is held by organisations to be erased, and it will also be simpler to withdraw consent for an individual’s personal data to be used. The definition of personal data will be expanded to include IP addresses, internet cookies, and DNA, and explicit consent will need to be gathered to process personal data, eliminating default opt-out or pre-selected tick boxes that have been used in the past to gain consent.The bill will make it easier for individuals to require organisations to disclose the personal data it holds on them, and new criminal offences will also be created to deter organisations from either intentionally or recklessly creating situations where a person could be identified from anonymised data. For example, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will be given increased powers in order to issue fines of up to £17 million or 4% of global turnover in cases of data breaches. At present, the maximum fine the ICO can issue is £0.5 million. The new maximum is in line with the GDPR, which includes fines for non-compliance of up to 4% of an organisation’s annual global turnover or €20 million, whichever is the greater amount.Under the new bill, organisations carrying out high risk data processing will also be obliged to conduct impact assessments to understand the risks involved.The EU’s GDPR is to be implemented with immediate effect in all member states on 25 May 2018. The new bill will ensure features included in GDPR are translated into UK law successfully. This includes repealing the Data Protection Act 1998 to remove inconsistencies and streamline domestic law, applying the new data protection standards to all general data and not just areas of EU competence, and exercising the exemptions in GDPR that the UK government negotiated, such as requiring social media platforms to delete personal data on request and retaining enablers of processing data that are essential to all sectors of economy.Matt Hancock, minister of state for digital, said: “Our measures are designed to support businesses in their use of data, and give consumers the confidence that their data is protected and those who misuse it will be held to account.“The new Data Protection Bill will give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, set of data laws in the world. The bill will give people more control over their data, require more consent for its use, and prepare Britain for Brexit. We have some of the best data science in the world and this new law will help it to thrive.”Read more about what the implementation of GDPR means for employers in Ruth Buchanan: The new General Data Protection is just around the corner.last_img read more

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Teacher accused of roughing up 8yearold at SW MiamiDade school

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida schoolteacher is behind bars after she allegedly roughed up a student in the school’s cafeteria, Friday.Sixty-six-year-old Toni Gillespie-Boykin has been charged with child abuse after, the victim’s father said, the teacher grabbed his daughter by the hair and dragged her.The incident happened inside the cafeteria of the Caribbean Elementary K-8 Center in Southwest Miami-Dade where, according to the parent, there was an argument among students.That’s when, the parent said, Gillespie-Boykin pushed a tray on his daughter. When she pushed back, the teacher allegedly grabbed the second-grader by her hair and dragged her.He also said his daughter had bruises on her legs and scratches on her face.Gillespie-Boykin has taught at the school for 23 years. She is being held on a $5,000 bond.Miami-Dade County Public Schools said they have already begun the process of firing Gillespie-Boykin. In a statement, a spokesperson said, “Dismissal procedures have been initiated. The alleged actions are reprehensible and unacceptable. Our decision to terminate, even as the criminal proceedings evolve, is guided by our highest priority: the protection and welfare of our students.” last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Monday Feb 19 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowMore than $6 billion gap in state pension funding draws concernAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauSome state senators are expressing concern about the projected shortfall in funding Alaska’s public employee pensions. But those who manage the pension funds say the shortfall will likely remain manageable.Cheering from Alaska: Women’s relay 5th at the OlympicsEmily Russell, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe U.S women’s cross-country ski team didn’t win their first medal but they finished 5th, their best relay result ever at the Olympics.Mumps disease hits Juneau for first time in 20 yearsAssociated PressDoctors have confirmed the presence of mumps in Juneau for the first time in more than two decades.Mining industry leads charge against salmon initiativeChristine Trudeau, KYUK – BethelMining companies are putting money into a campaign to defeat the “Stand for Salmon” fish protection initiative.Kodiak puts hold on fisheries analyst servicesKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakKodiak may be without a fisheries analyst for a while.Awards abound as Yukon Quest wraps upZoe Rom, KUAC – FairbanksThe 2018 Yukon Quest is in the record book. Quest mushers and fans gathered over the weekend in Whitehorse to remember and celebrate the 2018 race.Borough Assembly OKs Testing for promising woodstove emissions-control technologyTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksThe Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly approved a resolution that supports and authorizes testing of a type of air-pollution control technology that local advocates say will clean smoke from woodstoves and help improve the area’s air quality.Ask a Climatologist: Linking ocean conditions and the atmosphereAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageSea ice extent is near record low levels in the Arctic ocean and that has implications for weather patterns around the globe.Betties ’bout to take you outJune Leffler, KSTK – WrangellRoller Derby’s popularity continues to rise across the country, and Southeast Alaska’s small towns are no exception. In Wrangell, local women organized the Garnet Grit Betties years ago, and the team is still going strong.last_img read more

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Flash flooding in Kandahar Avenue

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Flash flooding has been reported in Kandahar Avenue, from Hotel Natalasia to ML Sultan Primary School.Due to the heavy rain experienced this afternoon, water pooled at the intersection of Madras Road and Kandahar Avenue, and also around Hotel Natalasia (corner of Kandahar and Mysore Road).Worst hit is the stretch from Sparetek to ML Sultan.On Main Road going past ABI (Coca-Cola), an Audi and a double-cab bakkie got stuck and had to be towed out of the water by Sharaj Rescue Services.Public Safety is monitoring the situation by patrolling up and down Kandahar Avenue.last_img read more

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Ecuador invites Costa Rica and other countries to discuss Venezuelan migration

first_imgFollowing in the footsteps of Ecuador, Peru will also require a passport, which is difficult to obtain in Venezuela due to the deep crisis that has led to the shortage of food, medicine, and even paper.Before the measure, the Venezuelans only had to show their ID to move among the Andean countries.“All the processes that are taking place in America are important to establish the policies that are indispensable to deal with the issue of migration of Venezuelan citizens in the best and most responsible way,” Chávez added.Colombia — where more than one million Venezuelans entered in 16 months — asked Ecuador and Peru on Tuesday to define a single policy for Venezuelans, after warning about the risk of an “irregular migration” on account of the passport requirement.Bogotá fears that this new requirement will cause migrants to block up their borders. Related posts:Colombian president to visit tense border city Venezuela’s Maduro closes more of country’s border with Colombia Venezuelan lawmaker says in Costa Rica that her people eat from garbage trucks Brazil sends troops after clashes at Venezuela border Facebook Comments The Ecuadorean Deputy Minister of Human Mobility said that with this measure his country is seeking an orderly migration.“The worst thing that can happen to the country is that there is migratory chaos and that we do not know what happens with foreign citizens who enter,” Chávez said.The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that almost 550,000 Venezuelans have entered Ecuador since the beginning of this year. Most arrive by foot and in poor condition.According to their calculations only 20 percent of those who arrive, stay on Ecuadorean ground. The others continue to Peru and Chile. Ecuador is organizing a meeting with the ministers from 13 countries in South and Central America to discuss the exceptionally high number of Venezuelans migrants escaping the economic crisis in their country, the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.The countries invited to the event, which will be held Sept. 17 and 18, include Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Venezuela.The goal is to “exchange opinions, to see what countries are doing in different aspects” in relation to the migration of Venezuelans, said Deputy Minister of Human Mobility, Santiago Chávez.Since last weekend, Ecuador requires Venezuelans entering its territory to show a passport. The measure excludes minors whose parents carry the document. Venezuelans flock to Panama to escape Maduro economy Brazil sends troops after clashes at Venezuela borderlast_img read more

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IAG chief eyes stake in American Airlines

first_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Walsh said IAG is prepared to buy a stake “if we can make the case that there is additional strategic value to be achieved.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates LONDON (AP) – The owner of British Airways and Spanish airline Iberia is considering taking a stake in American Airlines.The Financial Times on Monday quoted Willie Walsh, the chief executive of International Airline Group, as saying that a small stake in American could reinforce American’s participation in the Oneworld alliance which includes British Airways, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Qantas. British Airways has a joint venture with American on North Atlantic flights. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

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Home Prices Rising Especially on the Lower End

first_img Home prices nationally are still on the incline, most notably in more affordable homes, according to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic.The company’s latest report, released Monday, shows that nationally home prices rose more than 6 percent this year, through September. But this national average obscures notable trends in the rising prices of houses on opposite ends of the median-price scale.According to the report, properties valued at 25 percent or more higher than the median price in a given market have seen prices rise by a little less than 4 percent so far this year. But properties valued 25 percent or more below the median have seen their values increase by more than 9 percent this year.Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s chief economist, said that this trend takes a familiar path. “This pattern occurs not just during the past year but also when we compare the price appreciation relative to the trough in home prices after the Great Recession,” he wrote.One reason for the difference between the two price tiers, Nothaft said, rests on “the difference in the supply of homes coming on the market for sale within each segment.” Part of that supply comes from new construction.“And while single-family construction remains at a relatively low pace,” he wrote, “the homes that are being built tend to be larger, have more amenities, and add new supply in the higher-priced segments of a local market.”Another reason the lower-tier is seeing faster-climbing values is strong interest from investors supplementing the owner-occupant bid. “Investors have generally acquired moderately priced homes rather than million-dollar homes, thereby adding to demand for the lower-priced segment,” Nothaft wrote.Nothaft said that the coming year will likely see price appreciation moderate nationally across all price tiers, but that he does expect to keep seeing appreciation rise more slowly in higher-priced homes.“Overall, we expect the CoreLogic national Home Price Index to appreciate 5 percent during 2016,” he wrote. Affordable Homes CoreLogic Home Prices 2015-11-09 Scott_Morgan in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News November 9, 2015 472 Views center_img Home Prices Rising, Especially on the Lower End Sharelast_img read more

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F1 champ Jenson Button has temporarily swapped t

first_imgF1 champ, Jenson Button, has temporarily swapped the track for the skies, piloting a British Airways A380 flight simulator at London’s Heathrow Airport.Formula One champ Button, who recently announced his retirement from the track, spent 90 minutes perfecting take-off, cruise and landing of the world’s largest commercial aircraft.Watch Jenson try to land the world’s largest passenger aircraft – the A380.The simulator at British Airways’ state-of-the-art Flight Training Centre near London’s Heathrow Airport – where the airline’s 4,200 professional pilots are trained – uses cutting edge motion, audio and graphics technology to deliver a completely immersive experience.Jenson was coached on the flight deck by British Airways’ Head of Technical and Training, Captain Dave Thomas and Senior First Officer William Swinburn for his first ever ‘sim’ experience.The 37-year-old made three landings into Hong Kong International Airport in total and was thrilled to take control of the iconic double-decker four-engine aircraft, which forms the centrepiece of British Airways’ fleet along with the Boeing 787 Dreamliners.“It was so cool! I’ve flown all over the world but this is the first time I’ve experienced what it’s like to be at the controls and it was a pretty incredible feeling,” he said.“It’s like you’re in a real aircraft and after a while you forget it isn’t the real thing. I think I did pretty well for a first timer – though if there had been passengers in the back we might have had a few complaints about my first landing. Let’s just say it was a bit bumpy.”Captain Dave Thomas was impressed by Jenson’s handling of the aircraft. He added: “Jenson obviously has experience travelling at high speeds and he adapted well to taking control of the A380.“Being a pilot is all about calmness under pressure, preparing properly and getting from A to B with safety being the foremost priority at all times, so I think coming from a Formula 1 background Jenson definitely has some of the attributes required of a pilot.” British Airwayslast_img read more

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Accor will debut the first of its MGallery brand i

first_imgAccor will debut the first of its MGallery brand in Hong Kong when The Silveri Hong Kong – MGallery when the hotel opens towards the end of 2019. Its name references the silver mine resources in east Lantau, and the water that surrounds Lantau island, with silver used as a design element throughout the hotel. Situated next to Novotel Citygate in Tung Chung, The Silveri Hong Kong – MGallery is part of Citygate’s mixed-use extension complex. Hong Kong International Airport is a short five-minute drive away, while Central can be easily reached within 30 minutes by train. Lantau Island’s best attractions, namely The Big Buddha, Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, and Hong Kong Disneyland, are all within easy reach.The hotel has 206 guestrooms and suites, and a number of guestrooms and suites offer outdoor terraces and jacuzzis, while others are outfitted with expansive terraces and plunge pools. The Enclave is a modern bistro that doubles as the hotel’s all-day restaurant; The Pavilion is a sophisticated cocktail bar; and Fresh is a deli and café with an emphasis on light bites and fresh ingredients. There is an executive lounge on the hotel’s top floor, along with two meeting rooms. Hotel facilities also include a 25m outdoor pool and fully equipped gym. Over 40 new MGallery projects are currently in the pipeline, with half of these located in Asia Pacific. AccorasiaHong KonghotelsMGalleryThe Silveri Hong Kong – MGallerylast_img read more

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