Actor Tom Hiddleston has just returned home from his trip with UNICEF UK to Guinea in West Africa, and has blogged about his trip.“When I started writing this blog, I talked of life in Guinea as a “jigsaw puzzle, one where the pieces keep moving or changing shape, which in turn alters the picture. You might be looking at it from a different angle, or at a different time of day”. On my first night, Julien had suggested an idea of reality in Guinea as “open to interpretation”. In so many respects, that is true of all life. The view always changes with the viewer. That’s the law of relativity.“Here’s what’s not open to interpretation. Every year in the world more than two million children die of hunger. It shouldn’t be like this. Children in Guinea start life at a severe disadvantage. Those that are malnourished may survive in the end. If they are caught in time. If their mothers respond to symptoms early enough; if they make it to the centre de santé, which is often miles away; if they respond to the therapeutic peanut paste, and special therapeutic feeding milk. If their parents are able to grow crops and feed them with enough nutritious foods so they can keep healthy. If they win the fight against malaria. If they live near a good school. If they can get work. If their parents can protect them from exploitation by the military. If they are lucky. Previously malnourished children can make it. It sounds paradoxical to say it, but they are the lucky ones.“Malnourished children grow up at a disadvantage. They will be physically smaller, possibly with diminished intellectual capacity. Their brains and bodies won’t develop in the same way. Of course, there is always a chance that through hard work, education, training, and strength of will any individual can and will progress to great achievement. But these children start so far behind. The race of life – the race for life – is infinitely longer and infinitely harder. Every day there are challenges to their survival and development. Context is important. I’ve been privileged enough to have seen that context at first hand. They live in the middle of nowhere. There is no water. There is poor sanitation. There is a shortage of food. There is lack of education. Conditions are inconceivably hard: they are incredible, until you have seen them with your own eyes, until you have lived in their midst, even for the shortest while.“What I learned in Guinea is that we are all responsible for the state of our world. The world – and the system by which we trade, share, cooperate and conflict – is clearly not working. We are only as strong as our weakest members. UNICEF is run at every level by strong, relentlessly energetic, deeply capable people who use that strength, energy and capability to help those who need it most: the weakest, most disadvantaged women and children of our world. All I can do now is help make people aware of what is happening, of what they are doing. That is all that I can do. For now.”To read the full blog post, click here.
APTN National NewsIt was federal budget day in Canada.A time when the federal government lays out its priorities and looks to the future.It’s also a time when Aboriginal People find out whether or not their issues and concerns will be addressed.
Willow FiddlerAPTN News Saturday15-year-old Ariana Chikane from North Caribou Lake enjoys the extracurricular activities at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School (DFC).“I didn’t have supplies back home like I saw an art club here and it looked fun and I joined it,” she said.“That’s how I got into it.”DFC Student Ariana Chikane from North Caribou Lake.The talent that comes from this club is on display all over DFC.It’s also hanging in the city’s airport, and in exhibitions at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.The art club is an outlet for students like Chikane who are attending high school away from home and family.North Caribou Lake where Ariana is from for instance is a fly in community located 500 km north of Thunder Bay.In fact, many of the 100 students attending DFC come from remote First Nations spread out across northern Ontario.The students have worked with well-known Anishinabe artists like Saul Williams in the past.“It’s like once a week but then I do art every day after school.”This year, they tried something new with local art educator Elizabeth Buset.“Stenciling is a medium that I work with,” said Buset. “I don’t really consider myself a graffiti artist because I don’t do like freehand spray painting but I do do stencil work.”The completed project is a spray painted wall mural.It reflects the different subjects at DFC.“They selected all the images and then from there we designed the stencils, they hand cut them all and then it came up to the actual spray painting of the mural, they chose where it would be positioned on the wall, what colors it would be, the layering, it was all collaborative from start to finish,” said Buset.Ariana and her cousin Robyn did a piece by the late Anishinabe artist Roy Thomas.“I learned about him, found out about him in art class,” said Ariana.Thomas’ wife Louise owns Ahnisnabae Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.The DFC art club presents Louise Thomas with a spray painted version of her late husband’s art. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTN She said it’s important to support the young artists at DFC.“There’s a lot of wonderful artists that are coming out of this school,” said Thomas. “When you look at these young people, our people, we have just natural talent.”Thomas said she hopes the art club can inspire youth.“We need to have these things to inspire other artists even if you’re not from this school, there’s lots of talent out there,” she said.“I always encourage artists don’t waste your talent, do something with your talent.”For Ariana, it’s all about the fun experience.“I like bringing stuff to life.”email@example.com@WillowBlasizzo
TORONTO – Canada Pension Plan Investment Board achieved an 11.6 per cent rate of return in fiscal 2018, keeping it on track to provide long-term financial support for the country’s largest retirement fund, according to figures released Thursday.The CPP Fund increased its assets by $39.4 billion over the financial year ended March 31, slightly more than the $37.8 billion increase in fiscal 2017 and much better than the $14.3 billion increase in 2016.At the end of March, the CPP Fund had net assets of $356.1 billion, up from $316.7 billion at the end of fiscal 2017 and $278.9 billion at the end of fiscal 2016, which included nine months in calendar 2015.Investment gains have offset shrinking employer and employee contributions, which fell to $2.7 billion in fiscal 2018 from $4.3 billion in fiscal 2017 and $5.2 billion in fiscal 2016.Canada’s chief actuary estimates the CPP Fund can meet its obligations with an average return of 3.9 per cent over 75 years.The investment portfolio’s 10-year real rate of return, which is comparable to the chief actuary’s benchmark estimate, was 6.2 per cent in fiscal 2018 while the five-year rate of return was 10.4 per cent.While CPPIB chief executive officer Mark Machin declined to predict Thursday how investment returns will turn out this year, he said the portfolio actually anticipates that there will be losing years from time to time.“Hopefully, it doesn’t happen this coming year but statistically that’s going to happen at least one year in 10.”Right now “the world still is in synchronized growth in most markets, so that continues to be supportive,” Machin said.Economic growth hasn’t been hurt by the Federal Reserve’s tightening of the U.S. money supply through higher interest rates and other measures, which were offset by a major drop in U.S. government tax rates.“The fiscal stimulus in the U.S. — while it’s a one-off — will have a benefit this year and next. So it’s gone from hyperstimulative conditions to just stimulative conditions in the U.S.,” Machin said in an interview.Nevertheless, Machin acknowledged that higher interest rates may be negative for some of CPPIB’s asset classes.“For example, real estate and infrastructure types of investments can be quite sensitive to rises in interest rates. As well, bonds can be sensitive to a rise in interest rates,” Machin said.He said CPPIB’s best protection against changing market conditions is its broad diversification among a wide rate of asset classes and geographic markets.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ALBANY, N.Y. – Singer Willie Nelson is taking his annual Farm Aid benefit concert to upstate New York with an all-day festival of music and locally grown food in September.The event in Saratoga Springs, 28 miles north of Albany, will feature Nelson and other Farm Aid board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, as well as other artists to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale to Farm Aid members June 18 and to the general public June 28, the Farm Aid organization announced on Friday.The concert will be Sept. 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.At a stop in Albany on Thursday, Nelson said the Northeast is fertile ground for new farmers and sustainable agriculture. Farm Aid’s mission is to keep family farmers on the land and support the movement toward healthy, locally grown food, he said.“There’s a whole lot of small family farmers in upstate New York,” Nelson told reporters on his tour bus in Albany before heading south for an appearance at a country music festival at Hunter Mountain in the Catskills. “I think this is a great place to try to reach some family farmers.”Nelson said Farm Aid exists because government agricultural policies often favour large corporate-owned farms rather than small farmers. “Small family farmers really need help; the big corporate farmers are doing OK,” he said.Nelson said he wants to encourage more young farmers to get back on the land and encourage people to feed their families wholesome food from farms closer to their homes. “More and more people are asking about where their breakfast comes from, why it comes from 1,500 miles away when there’s a farm next door,” Nelson said. “A lot of people are thinking about what we’re feeding our kids. Young people are trying to stay healthy, wondering who’s watching out for our food supply.”In New York, there’s a heated debate in farm country over shale gas development, which currently is under a moratorium while state officials complete an environmental and health review. Some farmers see gas leases as a solution to their financial struggles, while others oppose gas drilling for fear of accidents causing water and air pollution.“I’m against it,” Nelson said. “It’s bad for the land, bad for the farmers, bad for the soil. It’s just all-around a bad idea.”“If farmers could make a good enough living farming, they wouldn’t feel pressured to lease their land for drilling,” said Cara Fraver, an organic farmer from Easton in Washington County who spoke to reporters on Nelson’s bus.“We need to guarantee farmers a living wage for what they do,” Nelson said.Farm Aid, which has been held almost every year since 1985, provides concert-goers with a Homegrown Village that features local farmers and foods as well as educational activities related to the Good Food Movement, which promotes humane, organic, sustainable agriculture.The organization has raised more than $43 million since 1985 to support programs that help small family farms, expand the Good Food Movement and promote locally grown food. Farm Aid has made grants of more than $2.5 million in the Northeast during the past 28 years, according to the organization. Willie Nelson, other stars take Farm Aid benefit concert to upstate NY in September by Mary Esch, The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2013 12:27 am MDT
Crude oil rises 74 cents on durable goods report, still down 2.9% on the week by The Associated Press Posted Oct 25, 2013 3:24 pm MDT The price of oil rose Friday after a positive U.S. economic report, but finished with a loss for the week as supplies remain plentiful.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery gained 74 cents to close at US$97.85 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Still, oil ended the week down $2.96 a barrel, or 2.9 per cent, largely due to concerns among traders that the market is oversupplied.On Friday, a jump in demand for commercial airplanes boosted orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods by 3.7 per cent in September.But reports from the Energy Information Administration this week showed that U.S. oil inventories rose by 9.2 million barrels in the two weeks ended Oct. 18, a possible symptom of subdued demand and overproduction.“Demand isn’t looking great and it’s not anything to do with fuel efficiency in today’s cars. It’s the fact that there’s high unemployment, weak job creation,” said Carl Larry of Oil Outlooks and Opinions.Brent crude, a benchmark for international crude also used by U.S. refineries, fell six cents to US$106.90 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline was flat at US$2.59 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose one cent to US$2.91 a gallon and natural gas added eight cents to US$3.71 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE)Note to readers: REPEATS fixing service slug
NLT Australia, a subsidiary of NL Technologies (NLT) in Canada and known throughout the mining industry for product innovation, has received certification of Intrinsic Safety (IS) from Test Safe in Australia for its integrated Tracking Cap Lamp.NLT’s underground tracking solution uses standard wireless networking technology with WiFi and RFID tags to offer immediate and accurate tracking of personnel and equipment for improved safety and efficiency (IM, May 2006, pp40-45. NLT integrates tracking tags into its Northern Light® cap lamps to eliminate the need for tag battery replacement while reducing the number of devices workers have to carry.Location information is managed through NLT’s Tracking software. The software divides the mine into zones and allows users to search for specific workers or assets and view assets in a particular area from any Web browser in real-time.According to Tim Haight, Managing Director of NLT’s Centre of Excellence for Intrinsic Safety in Brisbane Australia, there is a huge push for IS-certified product in the coal industry. “The coal industry sees the benefits of digital communication systems and applications and is ready to move forward. Tracking offers immeasurable safety benefits- it will greatly enhance mine rescue operations by enabling visibility underground.”Tracking and other communication systems are currently available from NLT. In addition, NLT is moving quickly to secure IS approval in the USA. These approvals are expected in the third quarters of 2006. Northern Light Digital™ Mine systems will be compliant with the new rules recently established by the MINER act.NLT has been designing and manufacturing equipment for the underground mining industry for over 20 years. In 2004, NLT leveraged its expertise to launch the Northern Light Digital™ brand, which designs underground tracking and communications systems aimed at improving safety, efficiency and preventing mine emergencies. www.nltinc.com
Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin said the officials had been “happy to sign off” as “they believe we’re in a robust state; that the mistakes that were made that plunged us into the economic mess have been largely addressed”.Asked about their personal working relationships with the troika team, Noonan said that he found them to be “very effective people”.“They kind of became honourary Irish people after a while.“They were very committed to getting us out of the difficulties we were in.“It’s a bit of a cliché, but they worked well above the call of duty, late into the night and at weekends and everything — both here and in Brussels, in the interest of Ireland.”Howlin said there had been “a lot of intensive discussion” during the review process.“I suppose discordant words were exchanged, some differences of understanding happened over that period, but by-and-large all three elements of the troika became strong friends of Ireland, and within their institutions became advocates for Ireland — explaining what was happening here to people who were a little bit more distant they were”.The Minister said however he was “glad to end the business communication” and looked forward to meeting the officials in the future in “less formal” circumstances.Read: First poll finds large majority in favour of same sex marriageAlso: Buongiorno Enrico! Taoiseach meets with Italian prime minister today MICHAEL NOONAN WELCOMED the conclusion of the twelfth and final troika review of Ireland’s bailout programme this morning, saying that “enormous progress” had been made over the last three years.Describing it as a “red letter day” for the country, the Finance Minister also said that the measures taken as part of the programme had been “difficult and very hard on the Irish people at all levels of society”.Acknowledging the EU/IMF officials’ efforts on Ireland’s behalf, Noonan said today’s conclusion of their final mission here flew in the face of some of the worst predictions that were made when the bailout was first announced.“A lot of people predicted this would never happen and that we’d be mired in bailouts indefinitely,” Noonan said.The Minister said the country remained on course to exit the scheme on 15 December and make a full return to the markets.On the subject of whether he’d be making use of a further precautionary line of credit, Noonan said the Government would be moving on “to making a decision on the best methodology for exit”.“We’re fortunate that the economy is strong again and we have choices.”
Rangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard insists he and his players are not legends yet as they stand on the brink of an European record.Victory or a draw against Spartak Moscow on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League and this current team will reach 11 successive European games unbeaten in a single season, surpassing the record set by Walter Smith’s team of 1992/93 campaign.Gerrard insists his side are nowhere near the level of the great Rangers teams of the past, however, his only concern is that the team remain top of their Europa League group at the halfway point after games against Villareal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak.Speaking about the chance to make a small slice of history, Gerrard said, according to Daily Mail:‘I wasn’t aware of that stat. It’s news to me, to be honest.Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Milestones like that are always nice, but it’s not our focus.”“And listen, we’re not ready to be spoken about in the same breath as successful teams in the past.”“We are nowhere near ready to be put on a par with teams like that. We cannot be spoken about in the same breath as that. We have a long, long way to go.”“We are on the back of a nice run in Europe. We need to protect that and try and extend it for as long as possible. But in terms of putting us back alongside teams of ten years ago or 20 years ago then we’re not ready for that yet.”
(Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage)With over 97 percent of the precincts reporting in, the winner has yet to be determined in Anchorage’s mayoral race.Leading the pack of 11 candidates is Ethan Berkowitz, with 36.84 percent of the vote. Amy Demboski and Andrew Halcro trail Berkowitz with 24.31 percent and 21.60 percent, respectively.If no mayoral candidate receives over 45 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held between the two candidates who received the most votes.(Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage)Kathleen Plunkett leads the race for School Board Seat E, receiving 66.59 percent of the votes, to opponent Derrick Slaughter’s 32.12 percent.In the race for School Board Seat F, Tam Agosti-Gisler holds a 13 percent lead over David Nees.Elisa Snelling holds a 4 percent lead over Starr Marsett for School Board Seat G.
Scientists say finding toxins in seabirds is not new; they’ve been living with its presence for years, just like other marine life in Alaska, but how much they can handle before it starts to harm them is currently an unanswered question. When looking specifically at seabirds who died in 2018 in the Bering Sea and Chukchi Sea regions, though, as well as Kodiak and Cook Inlet, test results show unquantifiable levels of saxitoxin. “Some of these birds died in under 15 minutes, and the longest was about an hour, and what we found was most of the saxitoxin was sequestered to the GI tissue. There was very little found in muscles, kidney, and liver, lung tissue. The small intestine, large intestine, and GI content had high to very high values for toxin. And there was no toxin detected in the blood, or brain, or heart tissue.” Scientists don’t know why the birds are starving, and they say they don’t have enough information yet to determine a definitive link between these specific bird die-offs and toxins created by algal blooms. “And so we were able to get a sampling of fulmars, that was the largest sample size we had of 16 individuals, and then a couple of common murres, a few shearwaters, one storm kestrel, and one puffin. And what we found was that the saxitoxin was detected only in fulmars, so of those other smaller numbers of individual birds, we didn’t detect any saxitoxin. There was no domoic acid that we were able to detect in any of the individuals.” That’s Caroline Van Hemert, a research wildlife biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. She says the USGS started testing for algal toxins, specifically saxitoxin and domoic acid, in birds after the last few consecutive years featuring die-off events, going back to a 2016 common murre die-off in the Gulf of Alaska. Van Hemert mentions that saxitoxin was detected in almost 90% of the dead northern fulmars tested and has been found in other sampled birds from past die-offs. For this particular study, she says the data suggests saxitoxin could have played a role in the birds’ deaths. Van Hemert and Smith say they don’t have enough information about forage fish in this instance to determine if it was a prey-related issue that caused the birds to starve instead of toxins from algal blooms. Regardless, Smith says the USGS is unable to specifically link saxitoxin or domoic acid to these die-offs. Matthew Smith, a geneticist with USGS, says because of this variability, the agency can’t rule out other possible explanations for the starving birds, like a lack of available prey. “There hasn’t been any causative association for algal blooms to these seabird die-offs, and that’s what really sparked this research to begin with and what we’re doing. So, we don’t have direct evidence that these birds didn’t just starve to death. And there’s a lot of work going on with some other folks at the USGS who are working on the forage fish aspect. And there’s a lot of anomalies from 2015-2016 during that blob, Pacific heat/hot water event.” Smith says when the mallards’ blood didn’t contain any traces of the toxins, he was surprised. Over the course of several seasons, dead seabirds have been found on coastlines all over the Bering Strait region, most of them emaciated. So, the agency plans to continue testing to find more answers. They’ve recently used an experiment with 12 mallards to test what the lethal dose of saxitoxin in birds is, and where in the body the toxins would show up. According to Smith, after 48 hours, the toxins were not found anywhere in the surviving birds, indicating the toxins leave their bodies relatively quickly. According to Van Hemert, the USGS doesn’t yet know what the baseline level is for saxitoxins found in healthy seabirds. Therefore, it’s harder to know at what concentration the birds are negatively affected by saxitoxin. “There’s not a lot of information about direct effects of these toxins on birds. We know that they can be harmful. But as far as trying to understand exactly how they act in the body and at what levels is really challenging.” Van Hemert shared her preliminary findings during a workshop in Nome this week, from one particular die-off that affected about 1,500 birds. She says most of the dead birds were northern fulmars, shearwaters, and kittiwakes located between the Aleutians and Point Hope. It is Van Hemert and Smith’s hope that with more testing like this, and more data from dead seabirds, they can identify exactly what is causing most of these avian species to starve in Western Alaska.
File photo of a lethal injection table. Thailand has carried out its first execution since 2009 on Monday. Photo: CollectedThailand has carried out its first execution since 2009, the Department of Corrections said, killing a 26-year-old convicted murderer in a move condemned by Amnesty International as “deplorable”.Theerasak Longji was executed by lethal injection on Monday, six years after his conviction.His death came as Thailand’s coup leader-turned-premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha prepares to travel to the United Kingdom and France on a highly-publicised official visit.But the trip will now likely see the former army chief face awkward questions over the use of the death penalty as well as Thailand’s wider human rights record since he seized power in a 2014 coup.”We still have the death sentence, we have not cancelled it yet,” Tawatchai Thaikaew, deputy permanent secretary at the Justice Ministry, told AFP, adding that the execution on Monday was carried out “according to the law”.Thailand’s Department of Corrections, which oversees one of the world’s largest prison populations, said 325 convicts have been executed since 1935, the majority by firing squad.That practice ended on December 11, 2003. Between then and 2009 a further six inmates were executed by lethal injection.Monday’s execution serves as a “lesson to deter those who wanted to commit serious crime or violate the law to consider this punishment,” the department added in a statement.But rights groups hit out at the sudden resumption of the death penalty, which remains mandatory for a number of offences, including aggravated murder.”This is a deplorable violation of the right to life,” Amnesty International said, accusing the kingdom of “reneging” on commitments to move towards abolition of the death penalty.The country is “also putting itself out of step with the current global shift away from capital punishment.”Theerasak stabbed his victim 24 times before stealing their mobile phone and wallet, the department said.Figures provided to Amnesty International by the Ministry of Justice show 510 people, including 94 women, were on death row at the end of last year.Nearly 200 had exhausted all final appeals — like Theerasak.More than half are believed to have been sentenced for drug-related offences.The death penalty is still in practice in several countries in Asia, including Singapore, Indonesia and China, which remains the world’s top executioner.The International Federation of Human Rights also condemned the move, calling it a “betrayal”.It said that Thailand would have achieved the status of “de facto abolitionist” had it not carried out any executions before August 24 2019, 10 years after the last death penalties were carried out.
The national Capital is all set to attract and entertain crowds as it gears up for two major events during the month of August. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be inaugurating the 2nd edition of the India International Footwear Fair (IIFF) – the premier specialised B2B event of the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and Confederation of Indian Footwear Industries (CIFI) on August 5, 2016 at Pragati Maidan, in the national Capital.The IIFF (August 5-7) is being organised with support of apex bodies including the Council for Leather Exports (CLE), Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Indian Shoe Federation (ISF), Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) and Indian Footwear Components Manufacturers Association (IFCOMA) and Indian Finished Leather manufacturers’ Association (IFLMEA). This year, as many as 263 leading companies from India and abroad will be participating in the fair. These include over 160 Indian companies and 103 overseas from Brazil, China, Iran and Taiwan. Also Read – American Crime Story 3 to chronicle Clinton’s impeachmentThe IIFF will be showcasing a wide range of products including footwear, raw materials, finished leather- shoe components, synthetic materials, footwear machinery among others. Apart from unveiling the export potential of India in footwear and leather industry, the event aims to project India as an ideal investment destination.Shortly thereafter, the Union Minister for Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan will be inaugurating the 22nd edition of Delhi Book Fair on August 27 at Pragati Maidan. The fair is being organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP). The Book Fair will cover a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, academic books besides, children’s literature, classics and other categories of publications including digital innovations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTo make the fair more interactive for visitors, ITPO has planned to introduce book reading sessions, band performances, on- the- spot painting competitions, screening of films, G.K. quizzes, Nukkad Natak and storytelling sessions.This year, the fair aims at highlighting initiatives of the Government under ‘Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan’ for higher education and computer literacy. Besides this, the Theme Pavilion will comprise of the ‘Selfie Stations’ which focuses on the national campaigns of the Government of India. These include, ‘Make in India’, ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Skill India’, ‘Standup India’, ‘Smart Cities’, ‘Startup India and ‘Umang (Unified Mobile App for New-age Governance).ITPO’s other concurrent events, the 18th edition of Stationery and 2nd Office Automation and Corporate Gift Fair 2016 will be the added attractions for the visitors.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Everything is back to normal in Japan and at the Peninsula Tokyo with local stay and corporate sustaining business since the quake and tsunami deterred leisure arrivals earlier this year.Speaking to e-Travel Blackboard late last week, the hotel’s general manager Malcolm Thompson said the hotel’s location was key to keeping capacity up.“Because of the big population, locals enjoy using hotels for leisure, so that’s a great source for us on weekends and combined with corporate business over focus now is develop the lack of leisure business,” Mr Thompson said.He said a lot of people around the world are still “a little bit scared” of travelling into Japan but as time passes the situation become less terrifying for travellers.Among the top visitors since the devastation in March this year include strong support from the Aussie market as well as Singapore and Taiwan.Mr Thompson stressed that Australian travellers continued to show support for Japan and the hotel while people from China and Europe remained sensitive.“The strong Yen doesn’t help the leisure situation,” Mr Thompson added.“What a lot of people have been doing of course because of the disaster is offering tremendous deals that have attracted quite a bit of the budget traveller.”During the interview, The Peninsula general marketing manager Jean Forrest revealed to e-Travel Blackboard that the company was planning an in-room makeover of its Hong Kong property and taking its first step into Europe.For more information click here.
Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Citigroup JPMorgan Chase Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Wells Fargo 2012-08-09 Ryan Schuette Settlement Monitor Chooses Secondary Law Firms August 9, 2012 432 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing The “”Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/mortgageservicingsettlement recently chose five new firms to serve as its eyes and ears on the ground as the $25 servicer settlement grinds forward.[IMAGE]The new secondary professional firms ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô including BKD, LLP; Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; Crowe Horwath, LLP; Grant Thornton, LLP; and McGladrey, LLP ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô will assist settlement monitor Joseph A. Smith, Jr., over the next three and a half years.[COLUMN_BREAK]According to a release, each firm will assist BDO Consulting, a division of BDO USA, LLP, and the primary professional firm responsible for evaluating servicers Ally Financial, Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo.””Each secondary professional firm has a high level of expertise that will bring the detailed, independent attention we need to monitor this settlement,”” Smith said in the release.He said that he worked closely with BDO to select the final list of firms.””I am confident that these six accounting firms make up the blend we need to fully implement the settlement,”” he added.Appointed by state attorneys general, Smith leads the office as it oversees compliance by the servicers with terms under the historic settlement from earlier this year.He had said in past interviews with _DS News_ and _MReport_ that his office would select and appoint the primary and secondary professional firms later this year.
Share in Government, Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Disclosures Processing Service Providers 2013-01-03 Tory Barringer The “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ (CFPB) announced it has “”finalized a rule””:http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201212_CFPB_Home-Mortgage-Disclosure-Adjustment-Asset-Size-Exemption-Threshold.pdf adjusting the asset-size exemption threshold for banks, savings associations, and credit unions under Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Based on the adjustments, institutions with assets of $42 million or less (as of the end of 2012) are exempt from collecting HMDA data in 2013. That exemption does not apply to data institutions are supposed to report for 2012.The adjustment is based on the 2.23 percent increase in the average of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) for the 12-month period ending in November 2012, according to the CFPB. The previous exemption threshold was $41 million.HMDA and the CFPB’s Regulation C requires most mortgage lenders located in metro areas to collect, report, and disclose data about applications and originations for purchase loans, home improvement loans, and refinances. Data reported include the type, purpose, and amount of the loan; the race, ethnicity, sex, and income of the loan applicant; the location of the property; and loan pricing information for some loans. The collected data are used to determine if lenders are serving the needs of their communities and to assist in identifying discriminatory practices. January 3, 2013 439 Views CFPB,CFPB Raises Exemption Threshold for Disclosure Act
TORONTO — A film examining the case of a young Indigenous man who was killed on a farm in rural Saskatchewan will open this year’s Hot Docs festival in Toronto.Organizers say Tasha Hubbard’s “nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up” will make its world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, which runs April 25 to May 5.A news release says the documentary “looks at inequity and racism in the Canadian legal system” after the case of Colten Boushie.The 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering a rural farm property with his friends near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016.Last year a jury acquitted farmer Gerald Stanley of second-degree murder after he testified his gun went off accidentally when he was trying to scare off young people who drove onto his property.The verdict gained international attention and sparked rallies across the country.Hubbard’s film “weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a transformative vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands,” the National Film Board of Canada, which co-produced the doc, said in a statement.The NFB said it’s the first film by an Indigenous filmmaker to open Hot Docs, which revealed its full lineup on Tuesday.Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Documentary on Colten Boushie case to open Toronto’s Hot Docs festival AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 19, 2019 8:10 am PDT
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