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first_imgActivities under the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) have been boosted, with the provision of motor vehicles and equipment by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The donation, inclusive of three utility vehicles and several pieces of land surveying and mapping equipment, with accompanying computers and software, form part of allocations under the Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration in Jamaica Project. Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, formally accepted the vehicles and equipment from Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Jamaica, His Excellency Kimo Lim, during the project’s launch on Friday (March 8), at the St. Mary Parish Church hall in Port Maria. Mr. Pickersgill, who represented Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who was in Venezuela for the state funeral of late President, Hugo Chavez, welcomed the donation. “The introduction of advanced land surveying technologies will improve LAMP’s capacity to deliver land titles, and we will also see the further mobilisation of legal and land surveying teams in the targeted parishes. Needless to say, our country will benefit significantly from the execution of this project,” Mr. Pickersgill stated. In his brief remarks, Ambassador Lim described the project as a “good example” of the partnership between both countries, which spans 50 years. He expressed the hope that Jamaica and Korea will seek to further strengthen their partnership through collaborations on matters of mutual interest     LAMP’s Project Director, Lisa Campbell, in expressing gratitude, stated that the donation will “enable us to move forward with our mandate, which is simply land titling.” The Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration project , for which an agreement was signed by the Ministry and KOICA last week, is an addendum to the contract for LAMP’s second phase, and will facilitate expansion of the land titling process into St. Ann, St. Mary, and Portland.   Additional benefits include the provision of skills training in the areas of land surveying, cadastral mapping, and geo informatics for LAMP’s officers.    Some 1,000 parcels of land in the targeted parishes, currently being occupied informally, are being targeted for the delivery of titles to the property holders. Korea Cadastral Survey Corporation, which has been assisting with the implementation of LAMP’s second phase, will, over the next two years, invest over US$2 million in the project, with the option to spend a further US$26 million over 10 years, thereafter. LAMP, which started in 2000, aims to formalise the holdings of land holders currently without titles for their properties, by assisting them to secure these documents. The initiative, which commenced as a pilot in St. Catherine, has since been extended to include all parishes, except Kingston and St. Andrew, and Portmore and its environs. KOICA is the agency of Korea’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry responsible for implementing grant aid and technical cooperation programmes internationally.last_img read more


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first_imgOn rend hommage à des enseignants et à des partenaires en éducation de toute la province aujourd’hui 20 avril pour leur dévouement envers leurs élèves, leurs écoles et leurs communautés. La Semaine de l’éducation, qui se déroule jusqu’au samedi 25 avril, est célébrée depuis 1935 et reconnaît le dévouement des enseignants et des partenaires en éducation envers les élèves. Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, a remis des prix de la Semaine de l’éducation à 23 enseignants et cinq partenaires en éducation, à l’École du Carrefour de Dartmouth. « Les enseignants et le personnel scolaire constituent la base de nos écoles, a dit Mme Casey. C’est grâce aux éducateurs reconnus aujourd’hui que les écoles ne sont pas seulement un édifice, mais elles font partie intégrante de la communauté. » « La collaboration avec les écoles et les communautés est une partie importante de notre plan d’action en matière d’éducation, et il convient très bien aujourd’hui de rendre hommage à d’excellents éducateurs qui font ce travail chaque jour. » Le thème de la Semaine de l’éducation cette année est « Les écoles communautaires citoyennes : ouverture de cœur, ouverture d’esprit, ouverture des portes ». Les récipiendaires sont reconnus parce qu’ils appuient le développement des élèves par l’apprentissage axé sur le service, les projets communautaires et les programmes d’alternance travail-études. Ils encouragent aussi les élèves à être actifs dans leurs écoles et leurs communautés. La Semaine de l’éducation est un travail de coopération entre le Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse, l’Association des conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse, la Fédération des associations foyer-école de la Nouvelle-Écosse, la Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse, l’Association des administrateurs de l’éducation de la Nouvelle-Écosse et le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance.last_img read more


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first_imgFans are used to watching their favorite stars every move on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Periscope. Fans leave comments on everything the star does, hoping their message somehow catches the stars attention. Well now, thanks to soon-to-be-launched app CHATTER, lucky fans will get 5 minutes of undivided attention from their favorite stars.Beginning June 4th, fans will be able to purchase a $5 raffle ticket through the Chatter App, and a random winner will win the 5-minute video chat.For fans, it’s a dream come true. And for stars, instead of flying out to attend dinner galas, they can now pick up their phone wherever they are and chat with a fan while maintaining their privacy.After securing seed funding from Innovation Factory, Chatter is gearing up for its global launch on iOS and Android on June 4. Celebrities signed up to participate include Leonardo DiCaprio, Drake, Bryshere Gray (Empire), YouTube stars Arika Soto and Tyler Oakley, Snapchat star YesJulz, and Instagram models @Chantelzales and @SophiaMiacova, and dozens of others to be announced in the coming weeks.Dinner galas filled with stars work. Look no further than The Robin Hood Foundation, whose annual dinner gala raised $60 Million on May 12th. Co-founder Pasha King notes, “Obviously the stars-charity concept works. But there needs to be a more accessible platform. Crises don’t care when your annual gala is. We should be able to quickly rally around crises that need urgent attention.”Pasha King says the Flint water crisis inspired Chatter. King says, “Certain stars were donating personally, but it was happening too slowly. There was no way to rally the community quickly. It’s not that stars don’t want to contribute – that’s not the issue. If we had this platform last year, imagine how much more we could have done to help.”Now there is. Chatter found a fun way to mix crowdfunding and stars, while letting some lucky fans have an experience of a lifetime.“Chatter is the easiest way for stars to donate to a charity of their choice,” says Teague Egan, co-founder of Chatter. “It’s a very simple concept that’s taking off because it’s easy and fun to use, and everyone comes away with positive vibes. We have a scoreboard we will be unveiling in the near future, which tracks how much stars raised for charity through Chatter. I’m excited to see stars compete to see who raises the most!”For more information on Chatter, visit www.chatterforcharity.com.last_img read more


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first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsThe Algonquin Nation testified at the Quebec inquiry that is looking into the relationship between some state-run services and Indigenous peoples in the province.What has become a growing chorus of discontent, those that testified had few good words for the hospital in Val d’Or where the inquiry is taking place.tfennario@aptn.calast_img


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12 February 2007The new commander of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon held his first meeting today with senior Lebanese and Israeli military officers focussing on steps to prevent a recurrence of last week’s exchange of fire between Lebanese and Israeli forces across the Blue Line separating the two countries. “I consider these meetings extremely important and the right mechanism to address the concerns of the parties and to avoid misunderstandings,” UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Commander Major General Claudio Graziano said after the session at UN headquarters at the border crossing at Ras Al Naqoura. On Thursday Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson Michele Montas said the exchange of fire, initiated by Lebanon after an Israeli army bulldozer crossed the technical fence in an apparent attempt to clear mines from the area between the technical fence and the Blue Line, constituted a breach of the cessation of hostilities as laid out in Security Council resolution 1701. At today’s meeting UNIFIL submitted the report and findings on the incident near Marun al-Ras, and both parties agreed with recommendations to improve the mission’s liaison and coordination with each side to prevent and mitigate such situations. Under resolution 1701 UNIFIL, first created in 1978 to confirm an Israeli withdrawal after an earlier incursion, was greatly enhanced to monitor the ceasefire after Israel’s 34-day war against Hizbollah last summer, support the Lebanese army as it deployed throughout south Lebanon, and extend assistance to help ensure humanitarian access to civilian populations and the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons. Today’s meeting also discussed the ongoing issue of the northern part of Ghajar, with a view to speeding Israel’s withdrawal from the area, the last position it still occupies in southern Lebanon. The village straddles the line separating the two sides. Maj.-Gen. Graziano of Italy took over command of UNIFIL from Maj.-Gen. Alain Pellegrini of France at the beginning of the month. The mission now has more than 12,000 troops on the ground or patrolling Lebanon’s coast out of a maximum of 15,000 permitted by resolution 1701.In a related move Mr. Ban has informed the Security Council by letter of his intention to appoint Geir Pedersen of Norway as his Special Coordinator for Lebanon. Mr. Pedersen, currently the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative for Lebanon, would be responsible in his new post for coordinating UN work in the country and representing the Secretary-General on all political aspects of UN work there. The Secretariat is awaiting the Council’s response. read more


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Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva, William Spindler, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters that an estimated 54,000 people had undertaken irregular maritime journeys in the Southeast Asian region of the Indian Ocean, including some 53,000 people leaving from the Bay of Bengal towards Thailand and Malaysia. According to UNHCR, in fact, an estimated total of 120,000 people are believed to have embarked on these clandestine journeys across the Bay of Bengal since the beginning of 2012, with payments ranging from $1,600 to $2,400 per passenger. As a result of the frequency and cost of the journey, smugglers have managed to generate nearly $250 million in revenue in the last three years alone.“The outflow from the Bay of Bengal tended to peak in October, when calmer waters followed the end of the rainy season,” Mr. Spindler explained. “Departures this October surged more than in previous years.”The spokesperson added that some 21,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshis had set sail since then – a 37 per cent increase over the same period last year. About 10 per cent were believed to be women while approximately a third of arrivals interviewed by UNHCR in Thailand and Malaysia were minors under the age of 18. Mr. Spindler suggested that the uptick in numbers were caused by current conditions in Myanmar where ethnic tensions and conflict could be driving Rohingya, an ethnic minority group, to leave the country. Meanwhile, he continued, the majority of people who made the crossings were initially charged very little by the smugglers who, upon arrival at their destination, would then hold them against their will until the families paid money for their release. In many cases, the migrants are held in dire conditions, suffering beatings, torture and rape. Once the migrants are released, they still face potential detention from the local authorities, clandestine living within the host country, or even deportation to their country of origin.“It is a very concerning situation,” Mr. Spindler said. read more


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first_img…AND ONE FROM THE ARCHIVES… Source: © Chase Rollins/AFF-USA.COMIn 2011, Tina Fey wrote about life on SNL, and how her first day was “how people feel when they really do go to school naked by accident”.(New Yorker, approx 21 minutes reading time, 4314 words)Rather than say, “I’m uncomfortable breast-feeding a grown man whom I just met today,” the actor may speak in code and say something like “I don’t think my character would do that.” Or “I’ve hurt my back and I’m not coming out of my dressing room.” You have to remember that actors are human beings. Which is hard sometimes, because they look so much better than human beings.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday >The Sports Pages – the best sports writing collected every week by TheScore.ie > IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Girls and gaming Source: Martyn LandiBrianna Wu spoke to women in the gaming industry – and found that harassment and sexism can be an everyday occurrence.(Polyglon, approx 13 minutes reading time, 2591 words) Caity Weaver was set a challenge: eat as many free mozzarella sticks as she possibly could in TGI Friday’s on one night. Here’s how she fared.(Gawker, approx 31 minutes reading time, 6218 words) They arrive in herds of six, lightly dusted with shavings of “Parmesan” and “Romano” and flakes of parsley. (Over the course of several orders, this coating will become increasingly patchy, as TGI Friday’s and I stop standing on formality.) An order normally costs $7.50, which means I will have to eat at least two in order for TGI Friday’s Endless Apps to qualify as a “good deal.” Each plate of six contains 1,100 calories.4. Kanye and Kim Source: Lionel Cironneau10 days after his marriage to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West sat down for an interview with Zach Baron from GQ. The result is… so Kanye.(GQ, approx 27 minutes reading time, 5554 words) Then they say you gave a forty-five-minute toast to yourself.And what I talked about in it was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the ’60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we’re going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life.center_img 5. Rom Com heroes Source: TheWorldofTrailers/YouTubeA team of Grantland writers pit the top romantic comedy stars against each other – if this doesn’t inspire you to watch the 25-years-old When Harry Met Sally, or maybe Annie Hall, what will?(Grantland, approx 42 minutes reading time, 8427 words) At her most dominant, Roberts cranked out a historic and unmatchable near-10-year stretch of lordship, starting with 1990’sPretty Woman and ending with 1999’s Runaway Bride, highlighted by a God Level three-movie stretch of dominance from 1997 to 1999 with My Best Friend’s Wedding, Notting Hill, and Runaway Bride that will likely never occur again. Never. Like, NEVER.6. Cheesy feet Source: Paul SeheultWould you eat cheese made from the microbes from your, er, feet? Some people in Ireland did, as Marissa Fessenden discovered…(Daily Dot, approx 16 minutes reading time, 3242 words)One molecule called isovaleric acid appears in reference to Swiss cheese and to the smell of stinky locker rooms or sweaty feet. The two collaborators kept finding more connections between bacteria that live on our bodies and on cheese. A male friend of mine that develops AAA games told me, “When a woman criticizes me, it goes to a different part of my brain than when a man on my team does. I get defensive really quickly. I’m trying to get better about it.” I don’t think his is a unique experience.2. Turning to preyKathleen Hale loved animals. But when she was subjected to a sexual assault, this turned to an obsession with dangerous creatures.(Random House, approx 30 minutes reading time, 6080 words)My obsession with animals preexisted any trauma in my life. As a five-year-old I wrote a fully illustrated book titled Tigger Maskkirabout circus animals that revolt and eat the clowns. My teachers thought I was becoming deranged but my mom explained that it had been going on since before the divorce.3. How many mozzarella sticks?last_img read more


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first_img Saturday 24 Aug 2019, 10:00 PM Aug 24th 2019, 10:01 PM https://jrnl.ie/4778785 29 Comments Short URL US President Donald Trump. Source: Ron Sachs/PA Images“THANKFULLY, THE TIME where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over. Let’s leave it there.”They were the words of Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen this week as she rejected the idea of the United States buying Greenland from Denmark. That utterly bizarre episode of international relations unfolded this week with Trump being given a firm ‘no’ to his interest in acquiring the world’s largest island for the US. The US has also shown interest in buying Greenland twice before, in the late 1860s and again in 1946, nothing ever came of the interest.But as Frederiksen alluded to, there was a time when nations did buy territory from one other nations.This is not a feature of international sovereignty anymore but it was in colonial times with the United States perhaps the most well-known proponent of the practice. Here are some examples:Louisiana PurchaseThis is perhaps the most famous example of one nation buying territory from another, in which the US almost doubled its territory in a deal with France.In the early 18th century, London and Paris were at loggerheads over control of North America, but French interest waned after it lost Quebec in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759. The huge shaded area was taken into the US under the Louisiana Purchase. Source: ShutterstockThe US agreed the Louisiana Purchase with France in 1803, in what has since been dubbed the bargain of the century.For just $15 million — or four cents an acre — France gave up 2.2 million sq km of prairie, mountain and Mississippi delta — an expanse of land that makes up almost a quarter of its modern-day territory and includes 15 states.  AlaskaAlaska was a far-flung colony of the Russian Empire exporting mainly fish and fur for most of the 19th century.By 1859 Russia had lost interest in the 1.7 million sq km chunk of land in the Arctic Circle but wanted to keep it out of the hands of the British Empire, which ruled Canada.US Secretary of State William Seward oversaw the purchase for $7.2 million in 1867.It was heavily criticised and branded “Seward’s Folly,” although Americans eventually recognised Alaska’s potential as a fertile territory for oil and gas production.The PhilippinesThe US launched itself as a colonial power on 10 December 1898 when it bought the Philippines from Spain for $20 million, installing a military government.Washington passed the Philippine Independence Act in 1934, and Manuel L. Quezon won a presidential election held in the southeast Asian archipelago in 1935.The Japanese occupied the Philippines during World War II until the United States and Philippine Commonwealth army recaptured the country in 1945.The US formally recognised its independence a year later.The US Virgin Islands THe US Virgin Islands pinned on a Caribbean map. Source: ShutterstockIn light of the furore over Greenland this week, there are precedents for Denmark trading real estate with the US.Washington bought the Danish West Indies in 1917 for $25 million and rebranded them the US Virgin Islands.These days, the luxury tourist destination is among numerous US “insular areas” that are neither part of the 50 states nor federal districts, alongside American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico.The US has also shown interest in buying Greenland twice before, in the late 1860s and again in 1946, when Harry Truman’s Secretary of State James Byrnes suggested the sale to a Danish official at a United Nations meeting in New York. Nothing ever came of the interest.Guantanamo BayGuantanamo Bay is among several US “dependent territories” in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It was leased for use as a coaling station and naval base in 1903 for $2,000 in gold per year and raised to $4,085 in 1974.The Cuban government has protested since the 1959 revolution against America’s oldest overseas naval base, alleging that it was imposed by force, against international law.Since 2002, it has been home to the internationally condemned prison camp in which the US detains without trial those it determines to be militants.© – AFP 2019 with reporting by Rónán Duffy 29,486 Views Trump’s attempt to buy Greenland follows a long history of the US buying territory with cash The idea was soundly rebuffed this week. By AFP Share1 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


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first_img Image: PSNI By Hayley Halpin Pictured is the mortar device discovered in Strabane Image: PSNI Share3 Tweet Email 13,799 Views Sep 9th 2019, 1:00 PM New IRA responsible for mortar device left outside Co Tyrone homes, PSNI claims The device was discovered outside homes in the Church View Close area in Strabane on Saturday. Pictured is the mortar device discovered in Strabane Monday 9 Sep 2019, 1:00 PM THE PSNI HAS claimed the New IRA was responsible for the mortar device that was discovered near a Co Tyrone police station on Saturday morning. The device was discovered outside homes in the Church View Close area in Strabane. A 33-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning following the discovery of the device. In a statement today, District Commander Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said it is the PSNI’s assessment that “the New IRA is responsible for the mortar device that was discovered”. “The people who left this device had every intention of killing my colleagues serving the Strabane community,” McCalmont said.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4801530 5 Comments They showed no regard for the families, elderly and vulnerable people who were forced to leave their homes and whose lives were put at risk. Following the discovery of the device, local residents were asked to evacuate their homes. McCalmont added that, as a parent himself, “it was terrifying to hear local mother Aileen Mullan recount how close her children were to this device”. New IRAMcCalmont warned that the New IRA members behind the attack “are living in the community”. “They are building bombs and storing weapons and placing the community at risk,” he said. A public safety operation took place in Creggan this morning “to further highlight the recklessness and total disregard shown by the New IRA”. The operation involved approximately 80 officers and explosive detection dogs. “Our assessment is that this group is concealing bomb making materials. We have a number of areas to focus but there is nothing definitive and no guarantees,” McCalmont said, noting that “our chances of success are vastly improved by support and information from the community”. “Our focus will remain on keeping the community safe against the threat posed by these violent groups and I would strongly urge people to report any suspicions they have about dangerous and illegal activity in our community,” he said.last_img read more


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first_imgMathurapur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally in West Bengal’s Mathurapur on May 16, 2019.IANS [Representational Image]After smashing through all bastions in the north and middle India — from Haryana, Himachal, Uttarakhand and Delhi in the north to Bengal in the east, all the way up to Assam in the northeast, Hindutva has a new sheen, hue and connotation. It is a relentless drum roll of persuasion which argues for Hindutva Plus, the dynasty is damned.Plugging and playing into the fears and aspirations on a rapidly evolving India, the politics of appeasement has given way to majoritarianism instead of greater inclusiveness. India circa 2019 stands on the cusp of a new age, discarding the age of identity politics.A fork has come on the road where miasma and prevarications have been junked, it is a strategic shift where the GOP has been blown out of the water for the second time in a row. It is time to accept what was thought to be politically incorrect, for there is a fine line between calculation and candour. The short path between the two is strewn with deceit.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unique populist development model predicated on welfare economics to connect with the poorest of the poor at the bottom of the pyramid is his other arrow in the quiver. Empowering people and reaching out to them with the fruits of economic reforms has been his version of Modinomics.A catalogue of welfare schemes targeting the poor has obviously worked on the ground. This double attack is paying enormous dividends. From forward castes to SC/ST and backwards, the Modi equity and persona is larger than life almost Gargantuan and unstoppable.By being the progenitor of the Hindu vote bank, Narendra Modi using subliminal messaging to give majoritarian forces a new identity has swept all-comers over the last five years in Indian electoral politics.The new Hindu order works on the cult of appeasement and anti-minorityism. A consolidation of the Hindu vote cutting across caste fault lines has helped Modi win repeatedly in recent memory.First when he bagged 73 out of 80 seats (including two Apna Dal victories) in the 2014 general hustings followed by a virtual rout of the opposition in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh state elections. In between there is Assam, Jammu division of Jammu and Kashmir and in totality a clear triumph for the Hindu Hriday Samrat Narendra Modi as the Hindu vote aggregated behind him.Covert messaging appealing to the subconscious against appeasement and constant pandering of Muslims has led to the spectre of anti-minortiyism making Hindus vote en bloc thrice over in Uttar Pradesh. Pertinently, this phenomenon goes beyond the temple and Ayodhya, it is about Hindu Asmita or chauvinism or even machismo which was compromised by pandering to minorities. It has struck a chord with Hindus, across all strata and states. Resulting in naked majoritarianism and even Islamophobia and Muslim bashing, an unfortunate spin-off being mob lynchings and the cow assuming a larger-than-life position in our collective national consciousness. A supporter of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party waves the party flag during an election campaign rally being addressed by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.Reuters file [Representational Image]Deep down, this grouse of appeasement has resulted in a consolidation of the Hindu vote. Modi and BJP President Amit Shah know that the rise of majoritarianism in India is peaking and is still to reach a crescendo.Increasingly, majoritarianism is equal to faux nationalism. This translates into majoritarianism nationalism as a derivative of ethnocentrism. While India, unlike its neighbours in South Asia, has been accommodative of religious and linguistic minorities all these years, the trendline is changing dramatically.The almost imperceptible shift in India of the middle ground of public opinion in favour of Hindu ultra-nationalism rather than Hindutva is clear as daylight. Hindutva has actualised into a Hindu identity shift. Hindutva may not necessarily mean Ram Temple and Ayodhya anymore, but a more aggressive mien displayed by Hindus who want to reclaim their identity and land. Aggrieved as they reckon they are after years of minority pacification. I condemn these lynchings, an offshoot of lumpenisation and mobocracy, but equally, understand the need for Hindus to reclaim their identity.The wave of majority identity politics across the world is a harsh reality.Majoritarian impulses have sparked humiliation of religious minorities and lower castes in India, driving a cleave within the fabric of India. The faultlines have become so stark that the Congress under Rahul Gandhi tried practising a similar type of soft Hindutva identity politics.Nida Kirmani, a Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences and her views published in the Dawn sometime back provide an interesting prism: The seeds of this majoritarianism were not only present in the explicitly right-wing BJP but were also present in the rhetoric of the Congress party. And alongside the bonds of cooperation and friendship between religious communities were also strands of resentment and distrust, which flared up periodically. Modi did not create Hindu majoritarianism. He only stoked the embers that had been simmering in the Indian polity for several decades. However, India is not exceptional; majoritarianism is not an exclusively Hindu malaise. Like twins separated at birth, India and Pakistan both continue to carry the same toxic ingredients within our countries’ DNA.Somewhere in these two-three lines remains buried the Modi DNA, that he is not the creator of Hindu majoritarianism, but has played on the underlying fears of the Hindu majority embedded deep in their psyche.It is very subtle at one level, but the contagion of stimulating the threshold of this particular sensation has spread far and wide. It has kick-started a consciousness that the minority has been given too much and it is constantly taking from the majority. More than that, it will become the majority in India if this process of appeasement continues — is another strand to this theme. While this may not be true, the latent and dormant intuitive mind listens to the inner voice which plays on these very underlying fears.Majoritarianism is a global phenomenon, an offshoot of terrorist attacks and the rise of Islamists and Jihadists. Kenneth Roth, writing in the World Report succinctly articulates its dangerous rise: The appeal of the populists has grown with mounting public discontent over the status quo.In the West, many people feel left behind by technological change, the global economy, and growing inequality. Horrific incidents of terrorism generate apprehension and fear. Some are uneasy with societies that have become more ethnically, religiously and racially diverse. There is an increasing sense that governments and the elite ignore public concerns. In this cauldron of discontent, certain politicians are flourishing and even gaining power by portraying rights as protecting only the terrorist suspect or the asylum seeker at the expense of the safety, economic welfare, and cultural preferences of the presumed majority. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]They scapegoat refugees, immigrant communities, and minorities. Truth is a frequent casualty. Nativism, xenophobia, racism, and Islamophobia are on the rise. The rising tide of populism in the name of a perceived majority has paralleled a new infatuation with strongman rule that was apparent particularly prominently during the US presidential election campaign. If all that matters are the declared interests of the majority, the thinking seems to go, why not embrace the autocrat who shows no qualms about asserting his “majoritarian” vision — self-serving as it may be — and subjugating those who disagree.Joshua Kurlantzick, a senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, writing for The Washington Post, said: Populism’s continuing appeal should remind long-standing, mainstream political parties worldwide that the factors behind the populist wave are, if not universal, found in many different countries now. Furious voters may turn to populist outsiders who would shock political systems but not destroy them – or who could well demolish them.Either way, 2018 and 2019 will provide more reminders that populism is here to stay.Mukul Kesavan points out, majoritarianism is not simply Islamophobia – in India or Myanmar or anywhere else — Majoritarian politics results from the patiently constructed self-image of an aggrieved, besieged majority that believes itself to be long-suffering and refuses to suffer in silence anymore.The cultivation of this sense of injury is the necessary precondition for the lynchings, pogroms, and ethnic cleansing that invariably follow. When centrists like Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron were re-elected in Europe despite strong anti-immigration rhetoric, the world breathed a sigh of relief, but with Merkel now under pressure from her own allies in the national coalition on the same prickly issue of migration, the far right is making a staunch comeback.(To be Continued)last_img read more


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first_imgIn a first-of-its-kind judgment in India, a 19-year-old boy has been sentenced to double life imprisonment by a Hyderabad court for sexual assault and murder of a 10-year-old boy. The boy was 17 years old when he was arrested in Telangana. He has been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a minor under the section 5 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act as well as murder under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.He has been sentenced to 27 years in jail – 10 years for sexual assault, 10 years for murder and seven years for destruction of evidence, IANS reported.M Mahendra Reddy, the Director-General of Telangana Police, said that this is the first judgement of its kind in the country where a juvenile in conflict with law is sentenced to two life imprisonments.The incident took place at Barkas area of old Hyderabad city on June 28, 2017, when the accused lured the minor boy under the pretext of playing and later took him to the terrace of a government school. The accused then forced himself on the minor and committed aggravated sexual assault. He also murdered the minor by hitting his head with an iron rod.The accused also kept the body hidden for eight days. The police nabbed him on the basis of preliminary evidence. The police had also awarded Rs 20,000 to the police official who cracked the case. Stop child rapeREUTERS/Amit DaveAs per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, juveniles in conflict with the law in the age group of 16–18 can be tried as adults if they are involved in heinous offences. The law came into force in January 2016.last_img read more


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first_imgIn this 23 July 2018, photo, president Donald Trump arrives for a tour during a `Made in America Product Showcase` at the White House in Washington. A new report by the Washington-based watchdog group Public Citizen found that while Trump has positioned himself as a tough, “law and order” president, he has mostly excluded one group of offenders from his sights: those of the corporate class. Photo : APUS president Donald Trump on Tuesday accused China of seeking to influence knife-edge midterm congressional elections by taking aim at his political base in the economic giants’ rapidly escalating trade war.The allegation raised the temperature in the escalating dispute after Trump pulled the trigger late Monday on 10 per cent tariffs against another $200 billion in Chinese goods from next week, with a threat of more tariffs on another $267 billion.Beijing responded by announcing new tariffs on $60 billion of US imports to take effect at the same time.In a combative series of tweets, Trump, whose Republicans fear losing control of Congress in November, accused China of targeting retaliatory trade measures for political effect.Accusations of election meddling are especially sensitive, given the political maelstrom over Russia’s alleged intervention to support Trump in the 2016 presidential vote.“China has openly stated that they are actively trying to impact and change our election by attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers because of their loyalty to me,” Trump wrote.“China has been taking advantage of the United States on Trade for many years. They also know that I am the one that knows how to stop it,” he added.“There will be great and fast economic retaliation against China if our farmers, ranchers and/or industrial workers are targeted!”It was unclear to which open statements by China-if any-Trump was referring.However, China and other US trading partners have targeted their retaliation to inflict pain in politically sensitive areas, including in areas that Democrats hope take from Republicans in November.Recent NBC News/Marist polling has also found the trade war is unpopular in six states: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.Tearing up the rulebookTrump believes that his tearing up of the international trade rulebook is long overdue. His promise to end what he says are grossly skewed Chinese trade relations was a key plank of his election.At a news conference on Monday, Trump again said the United States had been “ripped off” by China.“They rebuilt their country with tremendous amounts of money pouring out of the United States. I have changed that around,” Trump said during a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda.“Our country has been abused and taken advantage of by virtually every country that it does business with. And we’re just not letting that happen anymore.”Washington accuses China in particular of seeking global industrial dominance through industrial espionage and forced transfers of technology from foreign companies, state-sponsored corporate acquisitions, illicit market interventions, subsidies and dumping.Administration officials told reporters this week that China had been “obdurate” in refusing to address American grievances.Once the new round of tariffs takes effect on September 24, punitive duties will be in place on $250 billion in goods the US buys from China-its largest source of imports.This latest round of imports will face 10 per cent tariffs through the end of the year, when the rate jumps to 25 per cent.Trump has warned further retaliation from China will see the US put duties on all US imports from the Asian economy.Smartwatches sparedThe new taxes will hit a broad swath of products, including billions in Chinese-made voice data receivers, computer memory modules, data processors, and accessories for office equipment such as copiers and banknote dispensers-instantly making widely used goods more expensive.However, officials told reporters the initial list announced in July was reduced by 300 products following complaints from US industry.The products spared included consumer electronics like smartwatches and Bluetooth devices, child safety products such as high chairs, car seats and playpens, and certain health and safety products such as bicycle helmets.The removal of smartwatches and wireless headphones represents a win for tech giant Apple, which had warned the tariffs would hit its Apple Watch and Airpods product lines.Blow to consumersThe escalating confrontation initially shook up global stock markets, but Wall Street closed up solidly with investors relieved Trump’s measures had not been harsher.While officials say the impact on the US economy has been minimal, firms across the country have reported lost business, layoffs and possible bankruptcies as input costs rise.US officials told reporters the lower initial tariff rate would give businesses time to find new suppliers.In Brussels, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom described the new US tariffs as “very regrettable” and added that Europeans were “at odds with Washington’s methods.”“The escalation” in the US-Chinese trade dispute “is very worrying,” said Dieter Kempf, president of the German Industrial Federation (BDI), adding however that China must “take seriously the criticism of its partners.”last_img

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first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:42 Listencenter_img X On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: We learn more about Gov. Greg Abbott’s new plan to improve school safety across the state. It comes less than two weeks after a student shot and killed ten people at Santa Fe High School. Plus: News 88.7’s Davis Land reports on how a mother’s stress from a natural disaster can affect her baby.Also this hour: Our political experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas. Then, we learn about some unusual crime-solving methods being used in Texas, such as hypnosis. And we meet some seriously competitive local Scrabble players.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcast apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more


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first_img Share As part of an initiative to bring the library to more people, the Houston Public Library has launched a new way for people to check out and return books on the go: vending machines.Officially known as BookLink, the first two book vending machines were opened this week in downtown Houston — one is located in One Allen Center next to Amille’s Coffee and the other is in the food court at The Shops at Houston Center.   “We just are so excited that we’re bringing this service to Houstonians where it can be more convenient for them to interact with the library,” said Rhea Lawson, Executive Director of the Houston Public Library. “All you need is a library card.”The machines are simple to use. Users scan their library cards, enter their PIN, and open the door to select the books they want. After the door is shut, the machine runs inventory to determine what’s been checked out. Users then have the option to print a receipt showing what they’ve borrowed and when it’s due.The machines are also equipped with a Wi-Fi hotspot.Lawson says the machines are part of the library’s HPL Everywhere initiative to provide library services in locations throughout the city.“We believe that the library should be everywhere, and we’re trying to try different opportunities, or provide different opportunities, for people to interact with us,” she said.The next book vending machine will be placed at Discovery Green. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/06160023/Library_Vending-3.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more


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first_imgEver wonder what it would be like if Gandhi met up with Benjamin Franklin? Or if Galileo sat down for a chat with Queen Elizabeth? What about a dance-off between Joan of Arc and Albert Einstein?All those things and more can be found on Netflix’s new kids and family series “The Who Was? Show,” which launched on the streaming service on Friday.The sketch comedy series is based on the popular “Who Was?” children’s books published by Penguin Random House and features a who’s who of comedy producers and writers who can boast 900 Emmys between them, according to executive producer-showrunner Richard Korson (“Great Minds With Dan Harmon,” “The Daily Show”) and writer-executive producer Brian McCann (“Conan”), who recently chatted with Variety about the silly, yet slyly educational show. “The Who Was? Show” does appear to have a common theme. “Almost every single person that we featured came up against so many brick walls of people telling them that they would be failures and that what they were pursuing was a waste of time, whether it was the church or academia or because of their gender,” says Korson. “It was very interesting to me that every single one of these people went with their gut, went with what was in their heart, what they felt they had to do, and ended up changing the world. And now being featured on this crazy sketch show.” Popular on Variety The series is a show-within-a-show format about a group of kids that produce a show overseen by a clueless network executive, played by Andy Daly. Each episode, jam-packed with improv, music videos, and animation, features an array of sketches built around an unlikely pair of historical figures. The kids are played by Haley Tju, Lilla Crawford, Bentley Green, Adam Hochstetter, Zach Timson, and Kirrilee Berger, and special guests include Ellie Kemper, John Oliver, and Jane Krakowski.The sketch comedy idea came about after Penguin and Fremantle approached Korson about turning the books into a TV series. “They wanted to look outside of their regular sort of kids world,” he says. “They asked me to take a look at it, see what I thought. I saw the potential for turning it into a sketch format, and the ball started rolling. Netflix was super supportive of turning it into something with more of a late-night sensibility, with the sketches having a bit of an edge and satire baked into it.”That’s when the the writing/producing dream team started coming together. “It was fun to start scouring our writer friends to see who wanted to play with it,” Korson says. In addition to McCann, the writers are Elliott Kalan (“The Daily Show”), Eric Gilliland (“Roseanne”), Delaney Yeager (“The Daily Show”), and Brian Clark (“Mutt & Stuff”). The other executive producers are Bob Higgins (“Danger Mouse,” “The Ricky Gervais Show”) for Boat Rocker, Jay Peterson (“Lip Sync Battle”) for Matador Content, and Francesco Sedita with Penguin Workshop.The series takes inspiration from a particular classic sketch comedy series that appealed to children and adults alike. “The original ‘Muppet Show’ was structured where there’d be the behind-the-scenes sort of activity and then there’d be a show happening,” explains McCann. “Special guests would stop by, but instead of Elton John, [in ‘The Who Was? Show’], it would be Gandhi and Ben Franklin stopping by and doing some sketches, but you’d also see them backstage talking with Andy Daly and the cast.”The books are structured to focus on a single historical figure, but the “Who Was? Show” team came up with the unique conceit of pairing people in each episode that might not, on the surface, seem like a good match. “We looked at two people and then tried to figure out the best way to tell their stories through all these different formats,” says McCann. By the end of the episode, a connection between the two figures will be made. “The first episode is Gandhi and Franklin. And what you find out by the end of the show is that you can liberate yourself through the Revolutionary War, which Ben Franklin was a big part of, or a non-violent protest, which was how Gandhi was able to liberate his country,” he explains.center_img The guest stars for this first season of 13 episodes get to interact with the famous folk from the past in a number of ways. In one episode, billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban takes part in a “Shark Tank” parody. In another, Caesar takes over John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” show “because he’s a great conquerer, so he decided to conquer modern television,” says Korson. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Kemper gets to do the show’s narration instead of H. Jon Benjamin, Bob of “Bob’s Burgers,” because Amelia Earhart didn’t think Benjamin should narrate her show. All in all, the series is a place where the writers’ and producers’ friends can come and play.“We’ve figured out how to write sketches and bits so that our friends and people we love in comedy can come in and play with us,” says Korson.The writers’ room for “The Who Was? Show” is a happy room, Korson and McCann say. “The writing staff area was a really joyful place where we got to celebrate these incredible disruptors and these people that pushed up against the establishment and somehow broke through even though everything was stacked up against them,” says McCann.The show uses the books as a sturdy basis of historical fact and take off from there. “[The books] are really well-conceived in that they do a quick summary of the person so you get grounded, as a kid reader,” explains McCann. “We incorporate that into every show, where we give enough information to ground the viewer.”“Every single sketch, every single song, everything is really taken from these stories,” says Korson. “It’s pretty fun in that way. Like, we didn’t just take liberties. We didn’t just say, ‘George Washington would be funny if he was on a Ferris wheel.’”And it’s not all history. The team does build in a little modern commentary into the shows. “Like Susan B. Anthony fighting for women’s rights. We were able to tie that a little bit to what’s going on today,” explains McCann. “And Marie Curie. We sort of looked at her as like this super nerd that would be wildly popular today because she wasn’t allowed to go to school, but she ended up winning two Nobel prizes, so we elevated her to action movie hero.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more


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first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   ___Online:Journal: http://www.pnas.org___Seth Borenstein can be followed at http://twitter.com/borenbearsCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img WASHINGTON (AP) — States where the congressional delegation votes greener tend to have air that’s cleaner, spewing less heat-trapping gas, a new study finds.Researchers at Michigan State University studied decades of voting trends and greenhouse gas emissions state by state. They found a correlation between the voting records of a congressional delegation and carbon dioxide emissions, although one that’s nowhere near as big as population or a state’s economic health, according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Frank acknowledged the study doesn’t show a direct connection between voting records and emissions, but he said it makes logical sense that there would be such a connection. A state that votes greener is more likely to have business and government agencies that act accordingly, and to be more careful about how it burns fossil fuels, he said.Dana Fisher at the University of Maryland who wasn’t part of the study said the link between congressional voting record and carbon dioxide emissions in states “makes a lot of sense. It basically means that these pro-environmental elected officials are supporting state-level policies that are less greenhouse gas intensive.”However, she said in an e-mail that how congressmen and women vote is not necessarily an accurate measure of environmentalism.Philip Stark, chairman of statistics at the University of California Berkeley, was troubled by some of the calculations, the use of the League of Conservation Voters rating system and logical leaps made in the study.For Andrew Weaver, a climate scientist at the University of Victoria elected to the British Columbia parliament, the study hit home. He said, “clearly this study does suggest that it does matter who you elect.” Study authors Thomas Dietz and Kenneth Frank used computer simulations to try to explain differences in state’s carbon dioxide emissions. After taking into account the larger factors of population, employment and affluence, they charted carbon pollution against “environmentalism” and found a fairly smooth line linking the two subjects. As a state’s environmentalism grew, greenhouse gases dropped.The authors defined environmentalism as the ratings given a congressional delegation by the pro-environment advocacy group League of Conservation Voters — a definition that some outside experts didn’t think is quite proper.“For each 1 percent higher a state scored in environmentalism, it’s about half a percent lower in greenhouse gas emissions,” Dietz said. “Overall, environmentalism matters.”As an example, after controlling for population, affluence and economic factors, Utah has higher carbon dioxide emissions than Vermont, but the difference correlates with the congressional delegation voting record, said Frank. Similarly, Texas and Alabama have higher carbon pollution per person and per state domestic product than New York and California. Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more


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first_imgEmirates commits to second daily A380 service to PerthWest Australian travellers will have double the opportunity to experience the Emirates A380 from August this year, when the airline starts flying its flagship aircraft daily on the EK425 early morning Perth to Dubai flight and inbound on EK424.Emirates commenced their first A380 service to Perth last May on the EK420/EK421 between Dubai and Perth, with the other daily flight currently serviced by a Boeing 777-300ER.The second daily A380 to Perth from 1st August increases capacity on the route by almost 100,000 additional seats per year, inbound and outbound between Perth and Emirates’ hub, Dubai.“Introducing a second daily A380 aircraft provides passengers who choose our early morning Perth service the added benefit of a same-day arrival in Europe via our hub in Dubai.  Our A380 aircraft, with superior onboard service features have set the benchmark for modern air travel and remain the preferred aircraft of choice for international passengers,” said Barry Brown, Emirates’ Divisional Vice President for Australasia.“With the additional seating capacity of a second daily A380, our customers have even more opportunity to experience Emirates and enjoy seamless travel to 38 destinations in Europe. We’ve also recently upgraded our Business and First Class Lounge at Perth International Airport, further showcasing our ongoing commitment to Western Australia,” added Barry Brown.Australia is the third largest A380 destination for Emirates globally and following this aircraft up-gauge, seven of the airline’s 11 daily flights from Dubai to Australia will be serviced by an A380. This will include the addition of the daily A380 service from Melbourne in March 2015, when EK404/405 service begins using the aircraft. Emirates currently offers a double daily A380 service from Sydney, as well as daily A380 services from Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Emirates’ partner Qantas also operates two daily A380s between Dubai and Australia.“With seven daily A380 services from August, it is clear that Australia is one of Emirates’ most valuable markets. We’ve come a long way since our first flight to Australia almost 20 years ago and now when you look to the skies and see an Emirates aircraft, chances are it’ll be an A380,” concluded Barry Brown.In 2016, Emirates announced plans to deploy its popular A380 aircraft to even more destinations across its global network. There are currently 39 A380 destinations on the Emirates network, setting the industry benchmark for both A380 connectivity and customer experience.On board the Emirates A380, passengers in all three cabins can enjoy more than 2,000 channels of the latest movies, TV shows and music from around the world alongside a range of games on the award-winning ice inflight entertainment system. The latest technology allows passengers to stay connected throughout the flight with Wi-Fi access and mobile phone and data services.Emirates’ First and Business Class experience on the A380 takes luxury to another level. First Class customers can freshen up in the two onboard Shower Spas, while both First and Business Class travellers can socialise at 40,000 feet in the popular Onboard Lounge, while enjoying premium beverages, hors d’oeuvres and delicacies prepared by gourmet chefs.The Emirates’ A380 operating as EK424/EK425 is a wide-bodied double decker aircraft with a capacity of 519 passengers including 14 luxurious First Class Private Suites, 76 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 429 spacious seats in Economy Class. Fly EmiratesSource = Emirateslast_img read more


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first_img October 14, 2011 453 Views Capitol Hill is buzzing with the news of a new program that would facilitate and accelerate the redirection of private investments into the U.S. mortgage industry. The potential moves from the Obama administration and federal housing regulators represent a transition from a mortgage-backed securities market that is largely controlled by the government sponsored enterprises.[IMAGE]A pilot program is in the works, and talk in Washington, D.C., indicates that as early as 2012, “”Fannie Mae””:www.fanniemae.com/ and “”Freddie Mac””:www.freddiemac.com/ would initiate the sale of certain securities or portions of those securities to targeted investors. Specifically, the sell off would eliminate a federal guarantee while going after investors paying an elevated interest rate that falls above the current average amount incurred for mortgage-backed bonds.Seen as a way to test the private investment market for depth and interest as the government grapples with ways to reduce the role of the GSEs in the country’s housing sector, the trial program would determine the amount of risk private entities are willing to take on by sharing home loan funding with Fannie and Freddie. Anonymous sources speaking to the _Wall Street Journal_ noted that the new offerings would most likely entail selling between 5 and 10 percent of a bond issued by the GSEs without a federal guarantee.Private investors purchasing the securities would be placed in the so-called “”first loss”” ranks, meaning they would be exposed to greater risk yet receive elevated interest rates. The resuscitation of private capital for the nation’s mortgage market, which eclipsed the government’s share pre-crisis in 2005 but disappeared after the housing bubble burst, is an active step toward relieving the GSEs of their major domination of the market, which stands at nearly 70 percent to date.The Obama administration announced plans in February to begin such maneuvers, but a lack of interest from Congress stalled the legislation process, which is subject to approval from the governing body. Utilizing a pilot program would remove the need to await Congressional cooperation, since only the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:www.fhfa.gov/ would need to grant its progress.Notably, the FHFA’s acting director, Edward DeMarco, stated in a September speech that plans to launch this type of securities sale was possible; he went on to say that there are “”numerous securities structures that could be considered.”” DeMarco went on to openly comment on the lack of movement since the 2008 announcement that the FHFA would work toward drastically reducing or eliminating the GSEs position in the U.S. housing market.DeMarco itemized the FHFA’s plans for the near future, indicating that the GSEs would continue to raise guarantee fees and would likely begin applying changes such as cross subsidization, geographic pricing differentials, and pricing across lenders. Elaborating on plans encompassing the private investment sector, DeMarco said, “”A traditional way that the Enterprises shared risk with the private sector was through the use of private mortgage insurance. The law has long required that the Enterprises obtain some form of credit enhancement on mortgages with loan-to-value ratios greater than 80 percent. Most often the Enterprises meet this requirement through private mortgage insurance, and the Enterprises often require deeper mortgage insurance coverage than strictly required by law. Consideration could be given to requiring greater mortgage insurance coverage, but doing so would need to be weighed against the financial condition of individual mortgage insurers.””However, more recently, Freddie Mac’s chief executive Charles Haldeman stated that the pilot program was still in the early phases of development. Haldeman’s speech during the “”Mortgage Bankers Association’s””:www.mbaa.org/ October conference in Chicago, Illinois, created some doubt as to whether the speedy timeline for a trial run would be feasible, especially since the majority of efforts to alter the structure of the GSEs have consistently lagged behind.Should the pilot programming become successful enough to demand expansion and official legislation, those purchasing homes in the U.S. would almost definitely see a rise in mortgage rates versus the low percentages currently in place thanks to the Fed. Still, many on Capitol Hill see reducing the $10.4 trillion wrapped up in the GSE-controlled mortgage market as critical to the nation’s continued economic recovery. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Private Investment Pilot Program Gains Tractioncenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Dodd-Frank Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities Processing Service Providers 2011-10-14 Abby Gregory Sharelast_img read more


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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Trump International Hotel™ Waikiki Beach Walk® has unveiled its beautifully refreshed spa, along with a new menu featuring services exclusive to The Spa at Trump collection.“Our Spa is a private and exclusive haven where visitors and local residents alike come to treat themselves to relaxation and world-renowned treatments,” said Bridgette DeVore, Spa Director, “We are thrilled with the spa’s upgrade and look forward to having the pleasure of providing guests with an elevated experience.”The spa’s refreshed design is highlighted by upgraded furniture, carpeting, cabinetry, wall coverings, lighting, and artwork. The plush treatment rooms will also feature new bedspread designs and the retail space will emulate a boutique-style shopping experience for guests. The theme is more luxurious than ever, with soothing cool hues reminiscent of the aqua waters of the nearby ocean.Spa services making their debut on The Spa at Trump Waikiki’s menu include Body Treatments such as Diamond Rose Exfoliation Massage, which uses exquisite, tailor-made Diamond Rose Experience body scrub that is enriched with diamond dust, followed by an ultra-nourishing oil to repair skin and provide elasticity and suppleness. The Oxygen Body Perfection is a new service that renews skin with a leading-edge, polyhydroxy acid-based exfoliant before the body is wrapped in a soufflé-texture mask and finished with a revitalizing oil to leave skin luminous and glowing. The Men’s Atelier introduces a Bamboo Exfoliation Treatment that contains micro-particles from bamboo to massage and exfoliate the skin and combines essential oils to stimulate the senses.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more