(Prime Minister Stephen Harper and AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo inside the prime minister’s Parliament Hill office on Dec. 1 APTN/Photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsPrime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to leave by lunch time during next Tuesday’s meeting with hundreds of First Nations leaders in Ottawa, according to chiefs in Ontario and British Columbia.In interviews with APTN National News, chiefs said they have been notified that Harper may not be attending any of the post-ceremony meetings where First Nations leaders are expected to voice their concerns and priorities for changing the often desperate state of Indigenous communities across the country.Chiefs, however, said details of the gathering seem to be changing almost every hour.Harper will be present for the opening ceremonies and speeches, one of which he will deliver.Chiefs have been told that the prime minister may have to leave early to either prepare or take a flight to the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, which begins Wednesday.Harper called next Tuesday’s gathering with First Nations leaders “historic” when he announced the event in December as political fallout from the Attawapiskat housing crisis was reaching its climax.“It is something I hope to be historic,” said Harper, who announced the event in his Parliament Hill office with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo sitting next to him.Several cabinet ministers, including Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, are expected to attend. But the chance to have Harper hear directly from and respond to First Nations chiefs was the centerpiece of the event.The prime minister was personally urged Monday in a telephone conversation with Atleo to “maximize his time” with First Nations leaders on Tuesday, APTN National News has learned.Some chiefs had also suggested the prime minister meet with some First Nations leaders separately Monday evening to hear their issues, but the Prime Minister’s Office has been reluctant to agree fearing it could turn into a “media circus” once word got out, according to a source with knowledge of the file.The PMO will only say that Harper’s itinerary would be set 24 hours in advance of the meeting.“The Prime Minister looks forward to attending next week’s gathering and addressing and engaging with Chiefs from First Nations across Canada,” said a statement from the PMO. “The government, which will also be represented at the gathering by several ministers and high-level officials, welcomes the opportunity for a constructive dialogue with First Nations and to identify the ways we can make progress on key issues like economic development, education, and accountability.”Harper’s expected departure midway through the Crown-First Nations gathering has left some First Nation leaders wondering about the point of the meeting.“We are deeply disappointed to hear the prime minister will be ducking out the back door within a couple of hours after this session begins,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “I think in many ways it reflects his dismissive attitude towards the Aboriginal people in this country.”Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee said he hoped that Harper would find the time to hear directly from chiefs either on Tuesday, or at an eventual meeting between First Nations leaders, premiers and the prime minister.Madahbee said chiefs were hoping that Harper and his cabinet ministers would agree to a time-table that would see concrete changes within six to 18 months.“We need to get some traction on issues,” said Madahbee, whose organization represents 39 Ontario First Nations. “There is a young generation of people who are getting more and more impatient, that want to get results and actions. We have been telling the government to deal with the leadership or deal with what could get out of hand.”Madahbee said the preparation for the meeting has been “11th hour” and “on the fly” with uncertainty even surrounding how many actual chiefs will be in the room at Ottawa’s old city hall building for the actual meetings, or in an overflow room at the Chateau Laurier blocks away.“It is kind of unfortunate the planning process with this government,” he said.About 400 chiefs are expected to descend on Ottawa Tuesday and the AFN says they hope to get at least 200 chiefs in for the actual meetings, while the rest would watch it on video screens.There has also been disappointment among some chiefs over Harper’s plan to deliver a speech focused on his government’s commitments and plans, said Phillip.Phillip said many chiefs were hoping Harper would stay and listen to their concerns, and then respond to what he heard at the end of the gathering.“The idea was that at the end of the day, there would be an opportunity to reflect on what was said and what his government heard. That would be the high point of this historic dialogue with the prime minister,” said Phillip. “Now we find out that it is not going to happen.”Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon said he was going to take a wait and see approach to the meeting, but he hoped chiefs would find a way to stick together to force the government’s hand with Harper present or not.“We know it is going to be a challenge to deal with the Harper government. We are not sure if the chiefs will stick together,” he said. “We will probably see cracks again within the ranks of the chiefs…We are hoping the chiefs are going to see the urgency of unifying under one position and stick to that, regardless of what happens.”email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
Rabat – At a time when Africa is increasingly under the spotlight, India is eager to join the cohort of technologically-savvy countries hoping to reap the benefits of Africa’s enormous investment opportunities.Channeling India’s industrial success to AfricaFrom March 17-19, delegations from 21 African countries convened in New Delhi, India, to celebrate growing Indo-African ties at the 14th CII-Exim Bank Conclave on India.Under the theme “India and Africa: Shaping a Global Partnership for a Better World,” the event seeks to lay the ground for more Indo-African cooperation, enabling Indian industry to “play a bigger part in Africa’s manufacture renaissance.” Among the African delegates present at the conclave, there appeared to be resounding agreement on the need to channel India’s comparative advantages in the automotive, solar energy, aeronautics, and banking sectors.The hope is to stimulate inclusive growth, meet the requirements of sustainable development, and “increase the added value” of individual African countries, according to Morocco’s investment and industry minister Moulay Hafid Elalamy, who led the Moroccan delegation.In an interview with Morocco World News after his speech at the opening ceremony of the conclave, Elalamy stressed the necessity of facilitating dialogue and cooperation between Indian and African private sectors to drive investments up and achieve the expertise level required to rise up to development challenges continentally and nationally.But the event also follows in the footsteps of the October 2015 India-Africa Forum, when India laid the groundwork for its African foreign policy, setting out to consolidate its presence in African trade, manufacture, diplomatic, and financial ecosystems.Speaking in the opening ceremony of the CII-Exim Bank Conclave, India’s commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu emphasized Africa’s importance in terms of investment opportunities for Indian public and private sectors.Prabhu suggested that the Indo-African platform’s main goal is to consolidate the new India-Africa impetus by basing it on historic socio-political and historical closeness.The Indian minister’s allusion, as other African and Indian delegates went on to argue on the opening day of the conclave, is to the fundamental role India played as both a trade partner and a provider of human resource trainers in the first years of African decolonization.In the new configuration of Indo-African relations, New Delhi seeks to put economic diplomacy at the forefront of the framework for the shared future between African and Indian change makers.Morocco’s pioneering roleAs India increasingly focuses its gaze on Africa, Morocco is the necessary link between India and Africa, according to Morocco’s Elalamy.Morocco, whose financial, banking, and industrial giants are making significant forays in the African geopolitical landscape, has been recently touted as an indispensable player in the emerging African order.But more than a player confined to the riches of African markets, Rabat seeks to capitalize its growing African assertiveness to lay the foundations of its aspirations on the world stage.In his speech at the conclave, Elalamy made abundant mention of Morocco’s efforts in industrial ventures.From the aeronautics to automotive sectors, Rabat is rejuvenating its industrial sector to be a “true production and exportation platform,” in addition to the “African investment hub” it already is.With “well trained people,” Elalamy insisted, Morocco and the rest of Africa are showing their eagerness to be part of global dialogues on development. Not content with being mere markets for giants like the EU, China, and India, the continent wants to position itself as a producer.For Elalamy, the challenge lies in having as many trade partners as possible to build the bases of a future where the continent will itself produce the majority of what it consumes or needs. “We can do more in Africa if we open our ecosystems to multiple countries … to increase our added value.”What about potential conflicting interests?Elalamy’s points read like a textbook summary of Morocco’s trade and diplomatic approach in recent years.Capitalizing on its “strategic location as a bridge between different political cultures and civilizations,” Morocco has increasingly opted for a policy of outreach, partnering with any country that can help it attain its “strategic goals.”The vision is one of “multifaceted and pragmatic” foreign policy based on multiplying partnerships to materialize different ambitions, from the Green Morocco Plan to the Industrial Acceleration Plan. As far as Morocco is concerned, the answer to global crises and individual national challenges resides in the practice of diplomatic versatility.But while the approach prioritizes dialogue and soft diplomacy and is commended in many policy circles, it is far from being a bed of roses. In the India-Africa context, one challenge to Morocco’s versatile diplomacy is the subtle—but increasingly overt—rivalry between India and China.“If it weren’t for China, Africa’s largest trading partner would be India,” one observer remarked in August last year as China prepared to host its now famous China-Africa summit.For both Asian countries, the article argued, “Africa can no longer be viewed as an intermittent and peripheral interest.” Rather, with its numerous resources and green investment pastures, the continent is now part of the global scramble for geostrategic dominance.The question, for a country like Morocco, also a front-bench partner in China’s “the Belt and Road Initiative,” resides in finding a balance between two partners with competing interests.Speaking to Morocco World News, Elalamy suggested that such binary conceptions do no good for multilateral cooperation. In his reckoning, Morocco is open to any partnerships that have the potential of propelling it towards sustainable and inclusive development.“Morocco has free trade agreement with as many as sixty countries. This has allowed us to position ourselves as an indispensable African platform for investments, production, and exportation opportunities,” he told MWN.He then explained that the conclave is particularly important because “we met with high caliber Indian investors and business owners to discuss investment possibilities in Morocco.” The Moroccan minister did not overtly state what Morocco wants from its perceived trade versatility. He did not have to.But based on Morocco’s increased engagement on multiple fronts, it is obvious the North African country is navigating the complex African and global waters to assert itself as an indispensable guest at the world table.
In his opening remarks to the third meeting of the UN Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Task Force, the Secretary-General said while such technology was not “a magic formula that is going to solve all the problems,” it was a powerful tool for economic growth and poverty eradication, which could help African countries integrate into the global market.”By making the development of ICT one of the priorities of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, African leaders have shown that they are committed to seize the opportunities of the digital revolution,” he noted.The two-day meeting of the ICT Task Force at UN Headquarters in New York is to discuss the action plan for the African Digital Diaspora Network. It will also review progress made during its first year and set out its future strategy and work programme.In his remarks, the Secretary-General said there was a “vast potential” for investment growth in the developing countries, as information and communication technologies could help turn this potential into concrete opportunities that would help the poor work their way out of poverty, while at the same benefiting the world community as a whole.But bridging the digital divide, in Africa and elsewhere, was a formidable task that required not only leadership, but also a major commitment of resources. What was needed, Mr. Annan said, was the use of low-cost technologies to provide cheap, fast, and eventually free access to the Internet.”Now is the time to think of partnerships and initiatives that will make a difference on the ground,” he said.
After leading Ohio State’s lacrosse program to its first-ever national championship appearance, coach Nick Myers has signed a five-year contract extension, Ohio State announced Tuesday afternoon. Myers has been the coach at Ohio State for nine seasons and has led the program to the NCAA quarterfinals three times and final four and national championship games once, while posting a career 85-63 record.“We are excited to see Coach Myers’ contract here at Ohio State,” said Janine Oman, senior associate athletic director, student services and sport administration and senior women’s administrator, in a statement. “His focus on student athlete development in all facets of their life is an exemplar for others to follow. He has made a tremendous impact on the Ohio State lacrosse program, but, more importantly, the young men he mentors during their time at Ohio State.”Last season was Myers’ most successful as head coach of the Buckeyes as the team set a program record with 16 wins on his way to a semifinal victory against Towson and championship game loss to Maryland, the same team it lost to in the Big Ten tournament finals. Six All-Americans emerged from last season’s team, including then-junior defenseman Ben Randall, Ohio State’s first-ever first-team All-American.Under Myers, the program was accepted into the Big Ten in 2015 after spending its previous five seasons in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. While in the ECAC, Myers led the team to a conference tournament title in 2013 and a regular season title the following year. Ohio State reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 2013 for the second time in school history before Cornell upset the Buckeyes, 16-6.Myers began his coaching career at Ohio State in 2002 as a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons — including 2003 when the Buckeyes made it to their first NCAA tournament — before joining Butler’s staff in 2004. After the 2005 season, Myers returned to Columbus as the top assistant coach for the Buckeyes and helped to lead the team to its first NCAA quarterfinals appearance in 2008 when it lost to Duke. Myers was promoted to head coach in July of the same year.
But Muslim parents across the country have been told that the Fluenz spray is not permitted because it contains gelatine derived from pigs, which are considered unclean. Public health officials have raised concern over the number of Muslim children expected to be withdrawn from a major programme beginning in schools next month. In some areas the “vast majority” of Muslim parents… Muslim parents are refusing to allow their children to take part in a nationwide flu vaccine drive after the Muslim Council of Britain ruled the treatment was forbidden by Islam. For the first time, every healthy child of primary school age in England will be offered a nasal spray vaccine to protect people of all ages from the virus.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWWT20: Hayley Matthews named WINDIES women Vice CaptainNovember 8, 2018In “latest news”Sandals Int’l Home Series: Windies women to face South Africa in three ODIs and five T20IsSeptember 10, 2018In “latest news”Beaton could be an asset to WI Test squad, says Coach DanielsMarch 1, 2017In “latest news” LEICESTER, England (CMC) Teenager Qiana Joseph has described her call-up to the West Indies Women’s side for the ICC Cricket World Cup as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” and is hoping to make the most of the chance once she breaks into the starting XI.Qiana Joseph of St. Lucia was called to West Indies Women’s Cricket TeamThe 16-year-old left-arm seamer is the youngest member of the side and is one of four uncapped players in the 15-member squad for the June 24 to July 23 campaign.“It means a lot to me and my family because this opportunity comes once in a lifetime and when you get an opportunity like that you must make the best out of it,” said the St Lucian during the training camp at the Ageas Bowl which wrapped up in Southampton on Monday.“I wasn’t surprised because this year I worked very hard to be a member of the team.” Joseph managed seven wickets at an average of 15 during the Regional Super50 in the Caribbean recently, impressing selectors with her potential.She was subsequently picked for the tour of England in order to gain experience but she said once the chance presented itself, she would look to make her mark.“If I get the opportunity to play I will make the best out of it. If I get the opportunity to bowl I want to take at least three wickets in that game,” he said.“I will be working on my fitness and accuracy in my bowling.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 2015 summer season on Lesvos was one which forced holidaymakers to question their perception of reality as days spent frolicking in the beauty of the Hellenic sun and sea were paralleled with the life, and loss of life, arriving on Sappho’s shores daily. For those lucky enough to reach Lesvos, an additional 6.8km journey on foot is demanded in order to reach the island’s main city, Mytilene, for onward processing. The parallel of life is chilling and the palpable evidence of cross-sea asylum seeking lines the streets in the form of fluoro orange life vests and deflated rafts. Neos Kosmos ventured to Lesvos to discuss the reality with local islander and policeman Giorgos Zervoglou, who returned to the island from Athens in 2014 to aid the augmented influx of refugees. Giorgos Zervoglou has served the Greek public as a policeman for seven years, with majority of his career spent in Athens. However, after refugee numbers started to rise on Lesvos a year ago, Zervoglou returned to his homeland and is now an integral part of the asylum seeking process. According to Zervoglou, Lesvos has always been a destination of refugees making the sea-bound trek across the Mytilene Strait, but “the past three months have broken new statistical grounds”, with Lesvos receiving 122,400 asylum seekers in 2015 alone. Zervoglou explains the refugee receiving process of Lesvos by stating that sometimes around “2,000 refugees enter the island daily, the majority being from Syria and Afghanistan, with the rest coming from Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, other Asian countries and even as far as Latin America”. Arriving by boat, refugees then head “straight to the Port Authority, where they are given a number that pinpoints when they entered the island”. After processing at the port, around “600 people per day pass through one of the island’s refugee camps, Moria, and around 1,000 people through the second camp, Kara Tepe; a camp only for Syrians”. Asylum seekers are held at the camps for roughly a day, where those residing within the campgrounds are provided with rooms, and basic necessities like a toilet, a bed, water and food. Refugees, however, exceed the space provided by the island’s camps, with many refugees sleeping in tents outside the campgrounds, and many who have received their papers sleeping at the port, waiting in patient anticipation for the arrival of the ferry that will take them to Athens and a better life. Regulations aside, Zervoglou spends time with refugees in order to hear their stories and to engage in an important step towards humanising the struggle for survival. “Many times I strike up conversation and they tell me about the reality of war in their country. “They tell me about bombs, about losing their parents or siblings. In general, they are just looking for a safe place to live without jeopardising their lives and the lives of their families.” Amplifying the sheer reality of the refugee crisis even further, Zervoglou explains that “the saddest thing [he has] seen was in February when it was really cold and a pregnant woman and husband arrived by boat”. “The woman got hypothermia from the boat ride and lost the baby. The man collapsed at Moria upon hearing about it.” The present situation in Lesvos presents many hard-hitting statistics, facts and stories, which, with just one trip to the island, intensely humanise what it means to seek asylum. Ironically, on an island and in a nation state that has been crippled by economic defect since 2008, spirits are charitable, and many citizens are selflessly giving clothes and food to the refugee camps. According to Zervoglou, “very few people hate refugees, most citizens feel for them”.But perhaps the most ironic sentiment presented by the reality of present day Lesvos is one which arises with comparison to the Australian federal government’s most recent proclamation; that it will accept 12,000 extra refugees affected by conflict in Syria and Iraq. In a possible bid to match the humanitarian spirit showcased in countries like Greece, Italy, Germany and Austria, 12,000 displaced mothers, fathers and children will be eligible for permanent resettlement in our peaceful state.However, for a land 58.6 times the size of Greece, this number seems dismal. In fact, these statistics make Australia’s humanitarian declaration relative to only six days of life on Lesvos, almost belittling the crisis that has been labelled by Labor MP Bill Shorten as the “greatest peacetime refugee crisis since the Second World War”.
A 23-year-old Ridgefield man appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on allegations of child rape. Jeffrey Scott Boyington is accused of molesting and raping a 13-year-old boy he allegedly met in a gay networking chat room.Boyington will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Dec. 5 after Judge Robert Lewis found probable cause Wednesday for charges of second-degree child rape, communication with a minor for immoral purposes, and luring with a sexual motive.Lewis set Boyington’s bail at $10,000. Boyington indicated he would hire a private attorney for his defense.A probable cause affidavit signed by a Clark County sheriff’s deputy stated that the 13-year-old victim reported that he met Boyington on a gay networking cellphone application, similar to an Internet chat site.The suspect, who called himself “Scotty,” invited the alleged victim to meet him in person. He picked him up from his home without the consent of the boy’s parents, according to the affidavit. The suspect took the boy to his Ridgefield apartment and performed sexual acts on him, the affidavit stated.In a recorded interview with detectives, Boyington allegedly confessed to the crimes but said he thought the boy was 14, rather than 13, according to the affidavit.
The presentation will take place on January 31, from 5:30-6pm, at PCHS on Marydale Ave in Soldotna. Everyone in attendance will receive a free Narcan kit. The number of deadly opioid overdoses in Alaska has increased again, according to a report released from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. This short presentation will focus on the science of opioids and opioid addiction as well as information about the lifesaving medication, Narcan, to help prevent further overdoses. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Peninsula Community Health Services is hosting a community education series focusing on opioids and Narcan.
See it See It See all the best laptops from CES 2019 1:25 Windows 10 now leads marketshare, Apple issues rare warning Operating Systems Laptops Desktops Mentioned Above Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (OEM) Amazon Tags See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $169 $179 0 40 Photos $143 Abt Electronics Review • Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right See It Microsoft Windows 10 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice $145 Microsoft Windows 10 Post a comment Best Buy Whether you love or hate Microsoft’s automatic updates for Windows 10, it’s a given you’ll run into a snag at some point. To deal with the inevitable botched installs before you start angry-tweeting, Microsoft’s added an upcoming capability to Windows 10 that will make it automatically uninstall any update that’s preceded a failed startup. At the moment, it’s just entering Windows’ Insider Preview beta cycle.It will also delay reinstalling the updates for 30 days to give Microsoft time to diagnose the issues before trying again. The relevant updates include drivers, hotfixes, changes to system files, service packs and new features. Spotted by site Windows Latest, Microsoft on Monday issued a brief support note to address this new behavior in case you experience it. Why were recently installed updates removed? Windows automatically installs updates to keep your device secure and running at peak efficiency. Occasionally, these updates can fail due to incompatibility or issues in new software. Your device has recently recovered from a startup failure if you have received this notification: “We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure.” If Windows detects this, it will try to resolve the failure by uninstalling recently installed updates. This is only done when all other automatic recovery attempts have been unsuccessful. To ensure that your device can start up and continue running as expected, Windows will also prevent problematic updates from installing automatically for the next 30 days. This will give Microsoft and our partners the opportunity to investigate the failure and fix any issues. After 30 days, Windows will again try to install the updates. Update March 14: changed to reflect that the update isn’t available yet and added link to Windows Latest.
Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the north is the focus of meetings in Fairbanks this week. The University of Alaska Fairbanks “Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Integration” is hosting industry representatives to talk about UAV based operations in Alaska and the Arctic.Listen now“It’s everything from wildlife monitoring to looking at sea ice, infrastructure monitoring, law enforcement support, such as search and rescue, and a bunch of other Alaska focused issues,” Center Director Cathy Cahill said.Cahill said unmanned aircraft opportunities are growing as the technology is well suited to Alaska and the Arctic.“Long distances, to beyond the visual line of sight, the monitoring of wildlife. So there’s definitely been an uptick in business,” Cahill said.The UAF-based center coordinates with entities in Oregon and Hawaii to operate the Pan-Pacific Test Range Complex, one of seven sanctioned by the Federal Aviation Administration nationwide to test integration of UAV’s into conventional air space. Cahill said the Alaska administered range group recently expanded to include mid-west locations.”What we found is people don’t want to go test their unmanned aircraft more than days drive from where they’re based,” Cahill said. “So by spreading out, we can bring more people into the Pan-Pacific fold and that helps fund some of the work here in Alaska.”This week’s UAV meetings are happening at the Wedgewood Resort in Fairbanks, Wednesday through Friday.
Bengaluru: Janata Dal Secular-Congress coalition government, led by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, will face its trust vote in the state Assembly on Thursday. The discussion on the vote of confidence will start at around 11 am in the Assembly. Kumaraswamy on Wednesday issued whip to all 37 MLAs of JD(S) including three rebel legislators Narayana Gowda, Gopalaiah and H Vishwanath to be present in the Assembly at the time of trust vote. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Kumaraswamy has warned that if MLAs do not attend the House and vote against the party whip even after attending the session on the day of trust voting, action will be initiated under the rule of Anti-Defection Law and that MLA will be disqualified from his post. Meanwhile, senior Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy, who was amongst the dissident legislators, on Wednesday confirmed that he will remain in the party and vote in favour of Karnataka coalition government in the state Assembly. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Reddy, who along with nine Congress-JD(S) MLAs resigned on July 6, had said that he tendered his resignation due to party’s internal matters. Kumaraswamy had on sought permission from Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to face a floor test during the ongoing session of the Assembly. A bench of Supreme Court comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose had observed that 15 rebel MLAs cannot be forced to take part in the proceedings of the House. Advertise With Us It, however, added that Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar cannot be forced to take a decision within a time frame on the resignations of the rebel MLAs. Mukul Rohatgi, the lawyer of rebel MLAs, said: “In view of the trust vote on Thursday, the Supreme Court has said two important things — 15 MLAs will not be compelled to attend the House tomorrow. All 15 MLAs are given the liberty that may or may not go to the House tomorrow.” The plea was filed by Pratap Gouda Patil, Ramesh Jarkhiholi, Byrati Basavaraj, BC Patil, S T Somashekar, Arbail Sivaram Hebbar and Mahesh Kumathalli from the Congress and K Gopalaiah, H D Vishwanath and Narayan Gowda from the JDS. Five other rebel MLAs — K Sudhakar, Roshan Baig, MTB Nagaraj, Muniratna and Anand Singh — had approached the court on July 13 contending they had resigned “voluntarily” and that their resignation must be accepted by the Speaker. The 13-month-old Congress-JDS government had slumped into crisis after these MLAs resigned from the membership of the Assembly earlier this month. The state Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the 225-member Assembly is 113.
American Apparel, the famous hipster clothing brand, has reportedly been approached by private equity firm Irving Place Capital for a possible buyout.People familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that Irving made two offers to acquire American Apparel. The company made its first offer a week ago bidding to take over all shares of American Apparel for $1 per unit.After the board of the clothing brand rejected that bid saying the price was too low, Irving Capital made another offer in the range of $1.30 to $1.40 per share. The board is yet to comment on the offer.Shares of American Apparel jumped 45 percent on Thursday after the news of a possible buyout surfaced.Dov Charney Plotting a Return?It looks like American Apparel is headed for some major changes. News of the buyout comes just days after the company confirmed firing its controversial CEO Dov Charney. It also announced the hiring of Paula Schneider, an expert fashion executive who is poised to take over the role effective January 5, 2015.Some news reports are claiming that the acquisition bids are a “plot” to bring back Dov Charney into power. According to the New York Post, Charney is looking for a financial partner to find his way back into the board of the company he so passionately built in the past 17 years.”This whole episode has a lot less to do with pictures of naked women, and a whole lot more to do with a power struggle,” an inside source told the Post.That’s not it. Charney told Yahoo News that American Apparel had offered him a multi-million dollar package to stay!”During the last half year, I have been working for the company in a leadership role. In the recent weeks, I was offered a lucrative multi-million dollar compensation package with the company. I refused to accept the board’s offer, primarily over board composition issues, particularly the refusal of the board to immediately provide the new CEO (whom I am supportive of hiring) with a board seat,” Charney exclusively told Yahoo.Charney also added that 30 executives wrote to the board to not remove him from the post.American Apparel has been grappling with falling revenues and a tarnished reputation given Charney’s inappropriate behaviour and alleged sexual harassment controversies. Experts note that the clothing brand’s troubles extend far beyond just its “sexually charged” ex-CEO. The problem lies in the culture.”The company’s future hangs in limbo. They could well turn it all around, and start treating their models and female staff with the same respect as the people who make their clothes. But, until they finally embrace radical change, I won’t be celebrating,” Alice Nutting wrote for The Independent.
India’s travel website operator MakeMyTrip Ltd on Monday announced it will buy its rival, Ibibo Group. Once the deal is completed, this will create India’s biggest company in the online travel booking market.Although the value of the all-stock deal was not announced, sources aware of the deal told Mint that the deal value is estimated to be pegged at $720 million.The combination is expected to bring together consumer travel brands, which includes MakeMyTrip, Goibibo, RedBus, Ryde and Rightstay. Together Ibibo and MakeMyTrip processed 34.1 million transactions in the financial year 2015-16, MakeMyTrip said in a statement.The transaction is expected to close by the end of December 2016.Also read: MakeMyTrip under scanner for service tax evasion of Rs 75 croreDeep Kalra, founder of MakeMyTrip (MMT) will remain the group chief executive and chairman of MakeMyTrip Group. Rajesh Magow, co-founder of the travel portal will retain his role of chief executive of MakeMyTrip’s India business. Ashish Kashyap, founder of Ibibo Group will join MMT’s executive team as a Co-founder and President of the organisation.Ibibo owners, Naspers and Tencent hold 91 percent stake and nine percent stake in the company respectively. Once the deal is closed, MakeMyTrip will own 100 percent of Ibibo Group. Naspers and Tencent will become the single largest shareholder in MMT.”We expect this deal to create an even more scalable business with the expertise to transform the booking experience for Indian travellers,” Deep Kalra, Chairman and Group CEO of MakeMyTrip said in the statement.According to a report in Reuters, MakeMyTrip had a market capitalization of about $861.3 million as of Monday’s close.The online travel agency competes with Cox & Kings, Expedia, Thomas Cook (India) and new entrant OYO rooms in its hotels booking business.”India is a key market for Naspers, and this deal reinforces our commitment to the country,” Bob van Dijk, CEO Naspers said.Morgan Stanley is acting as exclusive financial advisor to MMT. Goldman Sachs is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Ibibo and Naspers.
Tags: Theme Parks & Attractions, Universal Studios Superheroes are among the first to ride Universal’s revamped rollercoaster Tweet Travelweek Group Posted by Tuesday, August 9, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> ORLANDO – Even superheroes need to hitch a ride on a rollercoaster every once in a while. Universal Orlando Resort recently celebrated the official reopening of its smash hit attraction, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.A bevvy of Marvel Super Heroes and a crowd of excited guests were the first official riders on the newly revamped coaster, which now features a brand new ride vehicle with a modern design, an all new onboard ride score exclusively produced by Patrick Stump, front moan for Fall Out Boy, and a completely redesigned queue that appears to guests as a high-tech, scientific facility. In addition, the revamped ride features an original storyline that places guests at the hands of General ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross.The Incredible Hulk Coaster joins the growing list of new experiences at Universal Orlando. Recently, the park celebrated the opening of Skull Island: Reign of Kong, and welcomed guests to its fifth on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsTo book a vacation package go to UniversalTravelAgents.com.
5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes LONDON (AP) — Britain’s political leaders visited factories, farms, supermarkets and schools Wednesday on the final day of campaigning before an election predicted to be excruciatingly close and frustratingly indecisive.The election race drew to a bumpy close for the U.K. Independence Party, which suspended a candidate for making remarks about shooting his Conservative opponent in the head.Robert Blay, who was running in the southern English seat of North East Hampshire, was recorded by an undercover reporter saying of Conservative candidate Ranil Jayawardena that he would “put a bullet between his eyes” if Jayawardena became prime minister. A member of the public walks past a betting shop window with a display for the General Election in Govan, Scotland, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Britain goes to the polls in a General Election Thursday. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell) Sponsored Stories The Daily Mirror ran footage of Blay making the comments and saying Jayawardena, who has Sri Lankan heritage, was “not British enough to be in our Parliament.”“We’ve suspended him immediately, which is the right thing to do, and we do have a history of getting rid of people when they do something wrong very quickly indeed,” said UKIP deputy chief Paul Nuttall.Hampshire police said they were reviewing the comments as part of “initial inquiries” but added that no one had been arrested.It is the latest in a string of embarrassing comments by members of UKIP, which has seen support grow for its anti-European Union stance and hopes to win a handful of seats on Thursday.Small parties could play a major role in determining who governs Britain after an election that polls suggest is too close to call. Neither the Conservatives nor Labour look likely to win a majority of House of Commons seats, and their poll ratings have barely shifted during the monthlong campaign, with each supported by about a third of voters.Both big parties, however, insisted they were aiming for outright victory. Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged he was “nervous” about the result, but said he hadn’t spent time planning for postelection talks with prospective coalition partners. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments Share Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona
Serbian graphic design student, TamaraMaksimovic, selected to rebrand Air Serbia’snew look.Image: Etihad Airways The rebranding of Serbia’s national airline to Air Serbia, complete with new logo and colour scheme, has given the airline not only a fresh new look, but a whole new identity as part of its 86 year history.Driving the change is Etihad Airways, who recently announced they are about to acquire 49 per cent of Air Serbia, formerly known as Jat Airways, under a five-year management contract.In announcing the change, Etihad president and chief executive officer James Hogan said the rebranding signalled the arrival of an all-new airline along with new opportunities for Serbia. The change, which is not only important for the Serbian economy but also signifies national pride, representing the Serbian people’s heritage and national identity, Mr Hogan added.“The new brand will take the Serbian name and it’s red, white and blue colour scheme from Belgrade to the world,” Air Serbia chief executive officer Dane Kondic said.The rebranding, designed by 25-year-old Serbian graphic design student, Tamara Maksimovic, will ultimately cover every part of the airline, from aircraft exteriors to cabin crew uniforms, ticket offices, boarding passes and advertising.The airline engaged Ms Maksimovic to design the new branding for Air Serbia, upon discovering her work on a graphic design website.“The Jat Airways design came from the former Yugoslavia,” Ms. Maksimovic said. “I wanted to refresh it and make it Serbian… Seeing the design now – I’m super proud of it.”Meanwhile, Etihad Airways has partnered with the Serbian Government, in a move that will enhance trade and investment relations between the United Arab Emirates and Serbia as well as boosting the tourism sector in both countries.“Etihad Airways’ reputation, financial strength and stability will be of significant benefit to Air Serbia and travellers will soon experience an incredible range of new products and services,” Serbian Government Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said.With a financial investment of USD$40 million to come from both Etihad Airways and Government of Serbia, the partnership will consolidate and aim to enhance both airlines’ market competitiveness as the relationship grows over the coming months.Source = ETB News; LB
HOUSING mortgage Natural Disasters Policies property Property Preservation trends 2018-11-06 Radhika Ojha November 6, 2018 885 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News On Tuesday, Ed Delgado, President, and CEO of the Five Star Institute led a discussion on the state of the housing industry at the 2018 National Property Preservation Conference in Baltimore.“The National Property Preservation Conference has been an important forum for the industry to discuss and build consensus over policies and services impacting the mortgage market,” Delgado said. “I attribute its continued success over the past 15 years to the tireless efforts of Robert Klein, Founder of Safeguard Properties, who passed this year, to bring the industry together for this important discussion. I am honored to participate in this conference and help carry on his legacy of industry partnership fostered by this event.”The discussion centered on an expert panel of industry thought leaders focusing on the important issues impacting the economy and the housing market today and looked at what the future may hold. After giving his own assessment on the state of the market, Delgado turned it over to the panel to hear their thoughts.Answering questions on the state of the housing market, Rick Sharga, EVP, Carrington Mortgage Holdings and Alan Jaffa, CEO, Safeguard Properties touched upon hot topics such as the rising interest rates, the return of subprime mortgages and the cooling of home value growth as well as home affordability. Giving insights into the current and future trends in property preservation, Jaffa was joined by Caroline Reaves, CEO, Mortgage Contracting Services, Jake Williamson, VP of Single Family Real Estate, Fannie Mae, and Oscar Posadas, VP, Property Management of Vendor Management, Wells Fargo as they discussed the health of the property preservation industry, the steps that the industry should be taking to combat urban blight, and the latest legislation and cases on the preservation of vacant and abandoned properties.“Fannie Mae remains committed on partnering with servicers and vendors on improving the inspection and preservation processes of vacant properties as well as eradicating community blight that could be potentially caused by vacant properties,” Williamson said. “NPPC is a great event to discuss and resolve some of these challenges and opportunities. Similar to what’s happening across the entire mortgage industry, we need to continue to push the use of technology tools such as data digitization and mobile technology to tackle this objective more efficiently and effectively.”Williamson and Sharga, along with Ivery Himes, Director, Office of Single-Family Asset Management, HUD then gave the audience an update on the government programs that are helping and impacting the housing and mortgage industry. Some of the topics included the standardization of servicing and preservation guidelines between HUD and the GSEs and the impediments to implementing these regulations.The conversation then flowed into disaster recovery and the lessons learned by the industry and how they have improved the disaster response this year. Delgado ended the session by asking the panel if they could define the single greatest challenge that faces the housing industry today. Share Where’s Property Preservation Heading?
January 4, 2019 1,575 Views The housing market might experience a downturn, but it won’t affect homeownership as much as the last housing crisis did, according to a study titled Where are We Now with Housing: A Report, by the Florida Atlantic University College of Business.The study investigated and compared the current status of U.S. housing at the national level with that of housing at the peak of the last cycle in July 2006. It revealed that while national housing prices were slightly overheated, residential real estate markets were experiencing minimal downward pressure on the demand for homeownership.”Understanding where housing stands today relative to the last cycle’s peak creates more informed real estate consumers and perhaps a less bumpy ride this time around as the nation enters another housing cycle peak,” said Ken Johnson, the author of the study and co-author of the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent Index (BH&J).To compare home prices and their impact on demand, the study investigated scores of the CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index and the BH&J. It found that housing prices were at 7.3 percent above their long-term pricing trend compared to 31 percent at the peak of the last housing cycle.In terms of downward pressure on housing demand, the study found that at the end of the last cycle the BH&J Index indicated an extreme downward pressure on homeownership with a score of 1.00. Comparatively, this time around, the index reflected a score of 0.039 suggesting only minimal pressure on homeownership demand.”It looks like we’re in for more of a very high tide, as opposed to a tsunami, as residential prices peak in this latest cycle,” Johnson said. “At a minimum, we can expect flatter housing price growth. At worst, we could experience price declines slightly below the long-term pricing trend.”Click here to read the full report. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Price Appreciation vs. Housing Demand BH&J Index Case-Shiller Demand Florida Atlantic University Home Homeownership HOUSING 2019-01-04 Radhika Ojha Share