Botswana’s Ambassador Expresses Appreciation to Jamaica

first_imgBotswana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Charles Thembani Ntwagge, has expressed “deep appreciation” to the Government and people of Jamaica for the support given to his country over the years, particularly in human development efforts. He was speaking at a luncheon held on Monday, February 4, at the Mona Visitor’s Lodge at the University of the West Indies, to officially install noted philanthropist and entrepreneur, Dr. Henley Morgan, as the Republic of Botswana’s Honorary Consul to Jamaica. Ambassador Ntwagge said that Jamaica and Botswana have had a long history of diplomatic relations, which continue to grow from strength to strength, and both countries have co-operated on a number of initiatives, particularly in the areas of health and education. “There are currently about 41 students (from Botswana) studying at the University of the West Indies,” he said. The Ambassador said his country is very proud to have a “person of (Dr. Morgan’s) credentials and standing to be our Honorary Consul”. “Dr. Morgan is a distinguished and accomplished citizen of Jamaica and we are very proud to have him in this way. He is not only an outstanding business man, but he is also an author, and a consultant,” he noted. He added that Dr. Morgan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position and expressed confidence that he will effectively and successfully carry out his duties. “But in all that, he needs the support of all of you here in Jamaica and the various stakeholders of this country,” he said. For his part, Dr. Morgan pledged to be a proud representative and to work assiduously in his new position. “This comes at a good time when Jamaica is changing the world. I am going to be doing all that I can to help Botswana see more of us and for Jamaica to see more of Botswana,” Dr. Morgan said. Botswana is a land-locked country situated in Southern Africa. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. A country of just over two million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. The country also has a strong tradition as a representative democracy.last_img read more

Milestones for the Nova Scotia Film Industry

first_imgNova Scotia filmmakers received international acclaim and charted record-high levels of domestic production in 2012-13. Year-end results for fiscal 2012-13 show the province’s audiovisual industry generated $125 million in production, up from $115 million in 2011-12. Domestic production accounted for 80 per cent of total production activity, generating approximately $100 million, an increase of $3 million over the previous year. “Our filmmakers are exporting their projects around the world,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Graham Steele. “The strength of our domestic industry is fueling growth, creating jobs and attracting both international productions and investment.” Domestic production covered the spectrum, including six feature films, 23 documentaries, 14 drama series, two lifestyle series, and five animation series. Over the past year, international audiences viewed many local productions. Blackbird, a feature film by local director Jason Buxton and producer Marc Almon, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, winning Best Canadian Feature Film. Blackbird also screened at Cannes Ecrans Juniors, a youth-focused film festival held in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury Prize. Blackbird was also the opening gala film for 2012 ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth. At the screening, one dollar from every ticket sold went to support Kids Help Phone. Halifax documentary filmmakers Edward Peill and Geoff D’Eon from Tell Tale Productions were invited by U.S. government officials to present their documentary Counterfeit Culture at an event focusing on intellectual property theft and counterfeit goods in Washington, D.C. After a screening of the documentary, the filmmakers took part in a question and answer session with employees from the U.S. State Department. The documentary has since won two awards at the US International Film and Video Festival, a Certificate for Creative Excellence, and the One World Award. The film industry in Nova Scotia is also celebrating another milestone in 2013. Canada’s first feature-length dramatic film, Evangeline, was shot in Nova Scotia 100 years ago. Directed by Edward P. Sullivan and William Cavanaugh, the silent film, based on Longfellow’s famous poem, was shot in Grand Pré, the Annapolis Valley, Cow Bay, and Eastern Passage. The film is now considered lost–no longer existing in archives or collections. “As pioneers of the Canadian film industry, Nova Scotia continues to innovate and lead,” said Cheryl Hodder, chair of the board of directors for Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. “The ingenuity of our talented crews and the body of work produced in Nova Scotia continues to raise our profile and attract attention and investment to the province.” Guest productions generated almost $25 million and included feature films, documentaries, drama series, and animation series. “It is wonderful to celebrate these two very important milestones,” said Lisa Bugden, president and CEO of Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotia is an established and competitive filming destination with a dynamic, domestic industry. This is a strong foundation to build on for the future.” Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia is the lead development agency for the creative industries in the province. Providing a variety of loans, investments, programs and services, the agency works to support the growth and development of Nova Scotia’s creative enterprises.last_img read more

Tunisia win on penalties to end 54year dominance by Ghana

first_imgCairo: Tunisia defeated Ghana 5-4 on penalties Monday with Ferjani Sassi converting the decisive spot-kick to end a 54-year Africa Cup of Nations losing streak against the Black Stars. After a 1-1 draw following extra time in Ismailia, Tunisia scored from all five penalties while Ghana substitute Caleb Ekusan had his attempt saved by Farouk Ben Mustapha, who came off the bench especially for the shootout. Victory was sweet for Tunisia as they had lost six times to Ghana in the African football showcase from 1965 after drawing the first meeting between the nations two years earlier. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherOn Thursday, the Carthage Eagles play giantkillers Madagascar in a quarter-final in Cairo with the winners meeting Senegal or Benin for a place in the July 19 final. Losing on penalties ended a Ghana run of six consecutive top-four finishes in the Cup of Nations and puts the future of coach Kwesi Appiah in doubt. Four-time former champions Ghana changed two of the team that began a 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau that enabled them to pip Cameroon for top spot in Group F on goals scored. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenBoth alterations were on the left side of a 4-3-3 formation with defender Nuhu Kasim and midfielder Afriyie Acquah replacing Joseph Aidoo and Owusu Kwabena. Tunisia coach and 1980s France star Alain Giresse reacted to an embarrassing 0-0 draw with minnows Mauritania in their previous match by dropping four of the team. – Big surprise – A big surprise was the exclusion of forward Wahbi Khazri, who had been the outstanding Tunisian attacker in the group phase and scored one of their two goals. Bassem Srarfi, Naim Sliti and Karim Aouadhi were also relegated to the bench with Ghaylen Chaalali, Ferjani Sassi, Taha Yassine Khenissi and Anice Badri promoted. After early yellow cards for Ghanaian John Boye, the first player to be red-carded in the group phase, and Tunisian Dylan Bronn, the first half became a cagey, even affair. Ghana came close to scoring on 16 minutes when a Kasim header struck the post and Andre Ayew fired the rebound straight at goalkeeper Hassen Mouez. Andre Ayew was convinced he had put the Black Stars ahead on 41 minutes when he backheeled a cross into the net, but the referee ruled that Thomas Partey handled in the build-up. Replays showed the ball touching the chin of the Atletico Madrid midfielder rather than a hand and the disallowed goal infuriated the Ghanaians. Midway through the second half Giresse had second thoughts about the composition of his attack, which was making little impression, and sent on Khazri in place of Badri.last_img read more

City museums offer Halloween scares yearround

first_imgAdvertisement Halloween is only one day a year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find something scary within the confines of three of Toronto’s best known museums all year round.Among the more popular stops at the Royal Ontario Museum is the bat cave, a wonderfully spooky exhibit based on the St. Clair Cave in Jamaica. (ROM staff have captured the essence of the cave, located 30 meters underground, in meticulous detail thanks to numerous fieldwork site visits over the years.) The cave features more than 20 actual bat specimens and more than 800 models.The study of bats — known as chiropterology — is among the museum’s research specialties, led by assistant curator of mammalogy Burton Lim, who was once bitten by a vampire bat. (He now prefers working nights. Just kidding.) Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement With a collection of more than 80,000 objets d’art, you can be sure there’s a few works at the Art Gallery of Ontario designed to unnerve as well as enlighten.Among the more hair-raising: an original lithograph print of Vampire, a.k.a. Love and Pain, one of six versions by The Scream artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1895, as well as… Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Japans Yoshinori Ohsumi Wins Nobel Prize in Medicine

Stockholm – Japanese professor Yoshinori Ohsumi has won the 2016 Nobel prize for medicine or physiology for his discovery of how cells break down and recycle their content, which could lead to a better understanding of a range of diseases, including cancer, Parkinson’s and type 2 diabetes.“Ohsumi’s discoveries led to a new paradigm in our understanding of how the cell recycles its content,” the Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute said in a statement on awarding the prize of $933,000.“His discoveries opened the path to understanding (…) many physiological processes, such as in the adaptation to starvation or response to infection,” the statement added. Ohsumi’s work on cell breakdown, a field known as autophagy, is important because it can help explain what goes wrong in an array of diseases.“Mutations in autophagy (‘self eating’) genes can cause disease, and the autophagic process is involved in several conditions including cancer and neurological disease,” the statement said.Ohsumi, born in 1945 in Fukuoka, Japan, has been a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology since 2009. He received a PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1974. read more

DR Congo Government rebels enter into UNbacked talks to end fighting

The event, being held at the UN’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, is being facilitated by Olusegun Obasanjo, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy and former Nigerian President, and Benjamin Mkapa, former Tanzanian leader who is representing the African Union (AU) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).“In their opening remarks to the talks, the two envoys urged participants to find a workable solution to the political and humanitarian crisis in eastern DRC,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York, adding that the gathering is expected to continue tomorrow.Escalating conflict between Government forces (FARDC) and the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP), led by renegade general Laurent Nkunda, has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people since late August, mainly in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda and Uganda.Other armed groups, including the Mayi Mayi, have also been involved in deadly clashes, some of which have been along ethnic lines.In a related development, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today reported that the transfer of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Kibati, on the northern outskirts of North Kivu’s capital Goma, to more secure camps is continuing.But some 9,000 people are estimated to have recently fled to Kibati, and there have been reports of lootings in several villages in the past week.OCHA said that five former IDP camps in Rutshuru, 80 kilometers north of Goma, were forcibly emptied and destroyed, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has put the total number of displaced in North Kivu who cannot be provided shelter due to lack of means at more than 50,000. 9 December 2008United Nations-backed talks between the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and a main rebel militia kicked off today, in a bid to end the upsurge in the fighting which has uprooted an additional 250,000 people in country’s far east. read more

Police South Korean man set himself ablaze to protest Japan

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Police say a 72-year-old South Korean man is in critical condition after setting himself ablaze in downtown Seoul, apparently to express his anger toward Japan amid worsening tensions between countries over trade and wartime history.An official from Seoul’s Jongno Police Station said Thursday that the man was being treated at a Seoul hospital for burns over his entire body.The official says police at the scene found a bag that likely belonged to the man and contained a memo and leaflet criticizing Japan over its decision to tighten controls on high-tech exports to South Korea and vowing to fight Tokyo until Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologizes.A 78-year-old South Korean man died earlier this month after self-immolating near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul.The Associated Press read more

Rwanda UN tribunal gives exfinance minister life sentence for role in genocide

Three judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), sitting in Arusha, Tanzania, found Emmanuel Ndindabahizi guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity, specifically extermination and murder.The case against Mr. Ndindabahizi – who served as Finance Minister in Rwanda’s Interim Government from April to June 1994 – focused on events in Kibuye Prefecture, the region where he grew up and later rose through the political ranks.In June of that year, Mr. Ndindabahizi urged bands of Hutus to attack and kill thousands of Tutsis who had taken refuge in the Gitwa Hill area. He also distributed weapons and helped transport the killers.Explaining that Mr. Ndindabahizi instigated, facilitated and assisted the attacks, the ICTR said he “was well aware that his remarks and actions were part of a wider context of ethnic violence, killing and massacres in Rwanda during this period.”Mr. Ndindabahizi, who had pleaded not guilty to the charges, was arrested in Belgium in 2001 and transferred to the UN detention centre in Arusha later that year.Estimates vary but at least 800,000 Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus are thought to have been murdered in Rwanda during a 100-day orgy of killings starting in early April 1994. read more

Since Nothing Ever Stays Dead Walking Dead Renewed for Eighth Season

first_img We haven’t even seen the results of Negan’s horrific crimes following the controversial season six finale and the creators are already looking ahead to the next, most likely super frustrating, cliffhanger.Ahead of The Walking Dead season seven premiere this Sunday at 9 p.m. EST, AMC announced that it’ll be renewing the zombie drama for an eighth season, which will premiere in late 2017 with its 100th episode.“Eeny, meeny, miny, more. What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring The Walking Dead to the fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.” AMC president Charlie Collier wrote in a statement.It’s no surprise that AMC would want to keep The Walking Dead around as long as possible. While the season six finale didn’t hit the ratings high of the last season five episode, it still wrapped up its season as the number one show on television among adults 18-49.This doesn’t take into account the popularity of The Talking Dead, the Walking Dead after-show hosted by Chris Hardwick. That has also been renewed for another season. This Sunday, following the season seven premiere, AMC will air a special 90-minute episode.The Talking Dead is the number one talk show on television. Its ratings are so high that it’s only rivaled by The Walking Dead.We don’t know much at all about this upcoming season. Because the previous season ended on such a story-changing cliffhanger, there wasn’t much the people involved could talk about. We’ll find out Sunday who Negan killed, but for now, the actors aren’t saying much.Here’s hoping at least that the story moves this season. The Walking Dead is a show that tends to stall the action, especially on the way to the Negan and Lucille cliffhanger. We would like it if Rick and the crew actually progressed somehow. Stories can only sit on building tension for so long before we want something to happen. Stay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 last_img read more

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Kuskokwim InterTribal Fish Commission Comes Together In Bethel

first_imgTribal representatives took the first steps on Wednesday towards establishing the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. The group intends to push for co-management of salmon stocks and more direct involvement for tribal fisherman.Download AudioThe river is currently split between state and federal jurisdiction. Mark Leary from Napaimute explained that when you cross a line at Aniak, the regulations significantly change.“It’s madness,” said Leary.Leary says that inconsistency is one reason for Tribes on the Kuskokwim to form the commission. Myron Naneng is the President of the Association of Village Council Presidents and says co-management is due because tribal members bear the brunt of conservation measures.“They go back to our people and say you should follow this rule and regulation and you should cooperate. No, that’s no longer the case if we’re going to come up with the rules and regulations we’re going to work on…let’s do it at an equal level with the state and federal government. So we are protecting our rights to hunt and fish,” said Naneng.Organizers envision a structure in which the commission works in tandem with federal and state agencies. Draft federal legislation would authorize agreements in which the commission formulates management plans and has a direct role in run assessments, test fishing, and sharing local knowledge. Wayne Morgan is from Aniak.“No more [being] pushed, shoved aside by state or federal managers, saying thank you for your comment AVCP, thank you for your comment, tribal council, we’ll take that into consideration,” said Morgan.A draft resolution includes accepting steep conservation measures, including a moratorium on king salmon harvest this year besides fish for traditional funeral potlatches and a small community harvest of king salmon.Another pillar of the plans calls for reducing bycatch of king salmon in Bering Sea trawl fisheries. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which regulates the fishery, meets in Nome next week.Sky Starkey, an attorney who advises AVCP, says groups will push the council to cut the season limit on king salmon bycatch from 47,500 to just above 14,000.“And we think that might be achievable. And we think if we can drive it down that low, it will be really hard for them to ever bring it back up. From there we’ll continue to try to bring it down eventually to zero,” said Starkey.They are also pushing for a tribal seat on the council and setting steep fines for bycatch.To fund the Kuskokwim River Intertribal Fish Commission, Naneng is seeking a million dollars in federal fishery disaster funds, as well as other grants. Next steps include creating a 10-person steering committee to further organize and bring together tribes to formally establish the commission.Delegates met in St. Mary’s last week to put the pieces in place for the Yukon Fish Commission.last_img read more

The weird wonderful world of Nome after Iditarod

first_imgAn MC at the Make Your Own Bikini contest at Nome’s Polar Bar, announcing the year’s winner and runner up (Photo – Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media)Nome turns into a bit of a carnival when the Iditarod winner mushes into town. For nearly a week, racers continue arriving before the banquet that officially concludes each year’s Iditarod. For some, that means days of free time. And plenty of fun, strange events to fill it.Listen nowIn the very back of a long, crowded bar, an MC auctioned off all kinds of random swag branded with booze company logos.“Alright, we have a Budweiser poker set,” he called out, opening bidding at $15 and eventually working it up to $30. There were also coolers, beach-chairs, and a Fireball cornhole set.The auction lasts nearly an hour, and the point is to raise money for an annual event inside the Polar Bar each Iditarod week: the Make Your Own Bikini Contest.To wild cheers, a handful of contestants walk out of a back room, off a small stage, and down an improvised runway past the crowd. The outfits range from haphazardly last-minute to impressively inventive.“Ace in the Hole,” the MC reads off, introducing a young woman in a dress made out of playing cards.There’s also a bra fashioned out of two red king crabs. The winning contestant, whose stage name is ‘IditaFox,’ sports a two-piece ensemble from a pelt.The contest is like a lot of Iditarod week in Nome: a mix of sordid and scandalous with crafty and community-minded. Visitors pour into the Bering Sea-side hub of 3,700 people for a kind of sub-Arctic Spring Break, a Cancun of the North. Restaurants, bars and seemingly every spare bedroom are filled. Schools across the region are on vacation, allowing for athletes and families travel in on discounted flights from surrounding communities for a huge basketball tournament.Some of the annual night-time events are known for racy debauchery — like the “wet buns” contest. Others are grittier, like the arm-wrestling tournament at Breaker’s Bar, where two years ago Aliy Zirkle broke another competitor’s limb.This year, a similar thing happened — though not with Zirkle. Tara Cicatello, a handler for Kristin Bacon who competed in the light-weight class, was watching the women’s middle-weight contest. After an elbow slipped, the two competitors re-set.“As soon as they start to wrestle again, you just here this popping noise,” Cicatello recalled two days later. “The whole room goes silent, it was like a gunshot. And then, we look, and the woman’s arm is just hanging.”Beyond the bars, beneath the season’s expanding daylight, the region’s unique culture and history is on display throughout the festive week. Snowmachines race along the sea-ice to check crab-pots. Rugged literary types listen to the poems of Robert Service, read aloud in a convention center. Musher Hugh Neff got married at an informal outdoors ceremony officiated by Nome’s mayor, Richard Beneville.This year, the new Carrie M. McClaine museum, which opened last October, gave tours to 105 people by the week’s end.“One of the favorite pieces in this case is this engraved ivory drill bow at the top,” Museum Director Amy Phillips-Chan said, standing in front of old tools collected from around the region, some etched with scenes of walrus, whale and seal harvests.“Drill bows are really fascinating objects, because Inupiaq was primarily a spoken language, so the older drill bows that were used and passed down among carvers were actually used as mnemonic devices to record and then pass on oral traditions and stories,” Phillips-Chan explained.As the museum tour wound down, a crowd filled up a library room next door to listen to a talk by Iditarod champion Martin Buser.Not far away, behind the snow-dump, unrelenting wind is whipped up a ground-storm around a bunch of trucks and sled-dogs. Even by Nome standards, it was miserable weather — especially for a sled-dog race.These aren’t Iditarod teams. The animals belong to local mushers, who are clipping three-dog teams to light sleds for the Nome Kennel Club’s Businessman’s Race. For a $150 entry-fee, amateurs hire someone else’s dog team to race a three mile loop. Ducking behind a truck for cover from the wind, race official Kirsten Bay said the 110-year-old Kennel Club aims to keep alive traditions of mushing — which, most years, includes putting on the Businessman’s Race.“It’s totally fun and sport,” Bey said. “It’s to give people the opportunity to be a dog musher, to run a little team a few miles around a course and see what it’s like.”As the tiny teams took off, they were quickly swallowed by the murky swirl of snow. Spectators and supporters huddled by trucks in the parking lot, while just a few blocks away, the back-of-the-pack Iditaroders kept arriving under Front Street’s Burled Arch.last_img read more

Soldier killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in JKs

Soldier killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in JKs

first_imgAn Army personnel was killed on Monday as Pakistani troops targeted forward posts and villages with mortar shells and small arms along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, officials said. This was the second ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu region in the last three days. A soldier, manning a forward post, was critically injured in the Pakistani firing in Sunderbani sector and was immediately rushed to the military hospital where he succumbed to injuries, the officials said. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Earlier, a defence spokesman said the Pakistani troops targeted the sector in the early hours, prompting retaliation by the Indian Army. The cross-border firing started around 6.30 am and continued intermittently for several hours, causing panic among the border residents who have been advised to take necessary precautionary measures for their safety, the officials said. On Saturday, during the visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to different parts of the state, Pakistani troops targeted Mendhar sector of Poonch district causing bullet injuries to a civilian in Balnoi village.last_img read more

Reforms in land records survey underway District Collector MV

Reforms in land records survey underway District Collector MV

first_imgNellore: District Collector MV Seshagiri Babu said that revenue services are going to be digitized and resurvey will also take place using high-end technology for accuracy. He addressed the revenue officials at the New ZP Conference Hall here on Wednesday and said officials have to focus on quick resolution of revenue related problems in the district. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is insisting for corruption-free administration and quality governance and the official machinery has to follow the guideline of the State government. He asked to take measures for flawless revenue records and web land data giving no scope for irregularities. Collector said lands to distributed to the landless poor in the district before Telugu New Year and asked the officials to find vacant lands for the activity. He also asked them to focus on applications received during Spandana programme and resolve them as quickly as possible. He said they would view mistakes by surveyors in measurements and entering records seriously. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us He warned that there were severe allegations against some Village Revenue Officers and asked them to be punctual and change their attitude otherwise they would terminate them as per provisions. He asked them to send reports thoroughly checking facts and only submit them to the senior officials with recommendation. He said web land works should not be merely entrusted to the computer operators and revenue officials have to keep an eye on any possible mistakes that would finally make them responsible. Advertise With Us Joint Collector K Vetri Selvi said that they had received 342 applications regarding 22-A in which 52 have been resolved and 233 were summarily rejected. 57 cases are in pending and asked them to resolve them fast. She also asked to clear dotted lands, sada binami lands as soon as possible. DRO Chandrasekhar Reddy, Nellore RDO Chinni Krishna, Spandana Nodal Officer M Dasu, DSO Balakrishna Rao, and others were present.last_img read more

How An American Became Santa In A Little Town In France

How An American Became Santa In A Little Town In France

first_imgEleanor Beardsley/NPRChristmas pageant in Normandy, France.Aurelie Garat still can’t get over how she found her Pere Noel this year. She’s the Christmas pageant organizer for the tiny Normandy town of Vimoutiers.“I was parking when I saw a nice young man with a beautiful beard sitting in his car on the phone,” says Garat. “So I said to him, your beard speaks to me. Would you be our Father Christmas this year?”Garat says they had been looking everywhere and had almost given up hope. She says it was as if this Pere Noel — as the French call Santa Claus — had just fallen out of the sky.That heaven-sent Santa is 66-year-old retired American photographer Tom Haley, who happens to be fixing up a house he recently bought near Vimoutiers. Haley says he wasn’t actually so surprised by Garat’s request.Eleanor Beardsley/NPRRetired American photographer Tom Haley, 66, portrays Santa during a pageant in Normandy.“For the last several years now I’ll be walking along in Paris or anywhere,” he says, “and kids will all of a sudden stop in their tracks like they see Santa Claus.”After Haley is helped into a century-old red felt hood and cape, he takes his place in a carriage pulled by a donkey. He is surrounded by lots of children dressed as elves and characters from the French fairy tales of Charles Perrault.With bells jingling, the joyous party sets off down the street. They are soon joined by an organ grinder.Excited children wave from windows. Others stop and gape from the sidewalk.Eleanor Beardsley/NPRHaley, as Pere Noel, sits with children on his lap. He says that when he walks along the streets in Paris — or anywhere, for that matter — “kids will all of a sudden stop in their tracks like they see Santa Claus.”After a stop at the retirement home to give out chocolates and sing a few songs, the little pageant arrives in the town square. There’s a Christmas market and a big comfy chair awaiting Pere Noel.With a long line in front of him, Haley begins by taking each child on his knee.Six-year-old Luna tells Haley she wants Barbie dolls.There are other, less young residents of Vimoutiers who also visit Santa for a talk.Eighty-eight-year-old Andree Boursier tells Haley she worked her whole life making cheese.She refuses to sit in his lap, but assures him that she still believes in Pere Noel.Haley has a connection to Normandy that goes back to his father, who landed here on D-Day plus two. He says in the 1990s he and his father returned and were able to find the farm where his company bivouacked.Eleanor Beardsley/NPRHaley and Andree Boursier, 88, pose for photos. She says she still believes in Pere Noel.“We knocked on the door and this older gentleman answered and I explained to him what we were doing there and that my father had landed on Omaha Beach,” Haley says. “And the guy just sort of broke down and grabbed my father in his arms and hugged him. I mean it was incredible.”Today Vimoutier has a Muslim community. Many emigrated from Morocco in the decades after World War II. Loubna Sadkaoui has her children participate in the Christmas pageant because she thinks it’s important to share in each other’s holidays and cultures.“It shows respect and tolerance,” she says. “When it’s Ramadan people also celebrate with us.”Sadkaoui says it’s wonderful to have an American Pere Noel this year. It gives them another culture to celebrate.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Despite Loss Of Returning Homeowners Houston Apartment Market Doing Just Fine 8

Despite Loss Of Returning Homeowners Houston Apartment Market Doing Just Fine 8

first_img X That changed when Harvey pushed thousands of homeowners into apartments.The expectation was that it would be temporary and that the market might slow down again once those people returned to their homes.But that hasn’t happened. The Quarter 1 report from commercial real estate firm JLL shows apartment occupancy is up and rents continue to climb. The occupancy rate for Houston area apartments is 89.7 percent and the average asking rent is $1,022.According to Todd Stewart, managing director for the multifamily market at JLL, there are two reasons for that.“The reduction of new supply is really fueling the market,” he said. “Along with the very robust job growth.”Stewart expects the trend to continue at least through next year. 00:00 /00:45 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaSince Harvey, Houston’s apartment market has been doing greatBefore Harvey hit, Houston’s apartment industry wasn’t doing so well. Rents were flat and landlords were making many concessions to new tenants.center_img Share Listenlast_img read more

Ghola factory fire Mitra visits spot no bodies found yet

Ghola factory fire Mitra visits spot no bodies found yet

first_imgKolkata: State Finance minister and Khardah MLA Amit Mitra on Tuesday visited the plastic goods factory at Jugberia near Ghola, where a devastating fire broke out on Monday and stated that the state government will take stringent action against the factory authorities for violating the fire safety and security management norms.On Tuesday, he went to check with the firefighting operations there and also interacted with the family members of the labourers who are feared to have been trapped inside the factory and are still missing. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseMitra informed that the government is with the victims and they will be compensated accordingly. Later in the afternoon, the state fire brigade lodged an FIR at New Barrackpore police station against the factory owner. “The state government is always there with the people. The concerned department will take stringent action. An FIR has been lodged by the Fire department. No one will be spared,” said Mitra. According to sources, family members of the missing labourers are still waiting Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamataoutside of the factory since Monday afternoon. It has been alleged that the factory authorities did not cooperate with either them or the firefighters. Also, due to multiple LPG cylinder blasts, several cracks have developed on the building’s structure. Thus it is being feared that the factory might collapse at any moment. Despite the critical situation, a team comprising members of Disaster Management Group (DMG), fire brigade, police and civil administration went inside the factory but no bodies could be found as burnt debris was scattered everywhere. Till Tuesday night, no bodies could be traced. According to fire officials, chances of survival for the trapped labourers are negligible. White smoke is still coming out of the factory but signs of fire could not be traced. On Tuesday evening, forensic experts visited the factory and collected necessary samples. Locals alleged that four years ago, a fire had broken out at the same factory. But the authorities had not bothered to install firefighting and safety management systems even after that. The locals were assured by the administration that the guilty party will be brought to justice.last_img read more

LGBTI people shouldnt be allowed to run preschools says Malaysian leader

LGBTI people shouldnt be allowed to run preschools says Malaysian leader

first_imgPortraits of LGBTI activists which were removed from an exhibition in Malaysia | Photo: Facebook What is happening to LGBTI rights in Malaysia?War of words over LGBTI rights in Malaysia continuesKeep LGBTI ‘practices’ behind closed doors, says Malaysia’s deputy PMRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-people-shouldnt-be-allowed-to-run-pre-schools-says-malaysian-leader/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘If you are talking about allowing transgenders to share prayer rooms or toilets with women, then that is ridiculous. Islam does not allow this and the Government must safeguard the rights of women and the majority,’ Ali said.Deteriorating circumstancesMalaysia a Muslim majority country where it is illegal to be gay or transgender.While the country has specific laws to prevent the positive portrayal of LGBTI people in media, many hoped the election of Mohatir Mohammad last month would usher in a new era of progressive politics.But the national debate has advocates concerned the attention on the LGBTI community will lead to increased persecution of the community.Advocates argued the sentencing of two women to caning over the weekend is an example of that fear.On Sunday a judge ordered the women to a punishment of six lashes after police arrested them for ‘attempted sexual relations’.‘We are also extremely concerned about the escalating attacks and repression against LGBTIQ persons in Malaysia, and the impact of such punishment in this environment. Such punishment will further fuel hatred, discrimination and violence towards LGBTIQ persons with impunity,’ a group of organizations said in an open letter after the women’s sentencing.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img GAYSTARNEWS- As the debate about the LGBTI community intensifies in Malaysia, another political leader has publicly criticized the community. Malaysians debating about the legality and role of LGBTI people in society. The debate was triggered by the removal of two portraits of LGBTI people from a photographic exhibition.Latteffah Ali is the latest politician to share their controversial issues. Ali is the leader of the Wanita Umno party in the Negeri Sembilan state.She came out saying that LGBTI people should not be allowed to run child care nurseries and pre-school centers.‘Recently, we have seen some people fighting for the so-called rights of this minority community. We hope that the Federal Government will not give in on this matter,’ she told media on Monday.Ali argued that if LGBTI people ran nurseries they could influence children with their ‘LGBTI lifestyle’.She said the LGBTI community already had the same rights as other Malaysians and not entitled to special rights.last_img read more

Malaysia waives off visa fee for Indian nationals

Malaysia waives off visa fee for Indian nationals

first_imgTourism Malaysia conducted a celebration evening in Delhi with Indian travel and trade to promote the ‘VisitASEAN@50’ campaign in India. The Malaysian delegation was led by Tourism and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz accompanied by Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) and other delegation from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Tourism Malaysia, state representatives and members of the Malaysian travel trade fraternity along with key Indian travel associations.Speaking on the occasion, the Tourism Minister stated that the sustainable tourism development has become a major contributor to a more environmentally sustainable economy. “With the right investment, tourism can be a leading agent in the move to a green economy by driving economic growth and job creation. At the same time, it will simultaneously improve resource efficiency and minimising environmental degradation and raising environmental awareness among travellers,” remarked the Minister.India has consistently been the top six tourist generating markets for tourism in Malaysia. The Minister said, “India has consistently made significant contribution in tourism receipts. It is considered as a key market for us. From January to October 2016, Malaysia received a total of 540,530 Indian tourists, adding a total of 722,141 visitors from India in comparison to the arrivals from 2015 to Malaysia. We are very hopeful that the numbers will rise higher in the subsequent months.”Tourism Malaysia intends to achieve one million Indian arrivals. “Malaysia, especially for Indian tourists has agreed upon waiving off a visa fees except for a processing charge of USD 20 for Indian nationals. This single entry visa is valid for a period of 15 days,” he informed.Tourism Malaysia will be laying a special emphasis on promoting their UNESCO heritage sites, home stay programmes, archaeological heritage sites, national theme parks and much more, aligned with the UNWTO’s vision for 2017 on sustainable tourism and development.The target of tourist arrivals can only be reached through the right marketing strategy and promotional activities. “In terms of events, we have a marathon scheduled for October 2017 along with UNWTO Summit on Urban Tourism which will be hosted by the city of Kuala Lumpur in December 2017,” informed the Director General of MTPB.As a step towards garnering support from travel trade fraternity, Tourism Malaysia and leaders like Praveen Chugh, President, Travel Agents Federation of India; Guldeep Singh Sahni, President, Outbound Tour Operators Association of India; Rajan Sehgal, President, India Golf Tourism Association and Chairman- Northern Region, Travel Agents Association of India, signed a commitment plaque fortifying each other’s commitment to promote tourism.last_img read more

The Challenges of Balancing Mortgage Risk and Access

first_img Credit Access Fannie Mae GSEs Loan Underwriting PMIs Private Mortgage Insurers Urban Wire 2018-04-10 Alison Rich Striking a balance between default risk and credit access can be an onerous, if not impossible, task to undertake, Urban Wire reports. Take some recent, well-intentioned efforts by Fannie Mae, which tweaked its underwriting criteria to loosen access to mortgage credit. That move caused several private mortgage insurers (PMIs) to stiffen their guidelines for insuring mortgages for borrowers with debt that is 45 percent or more of their income. Some will insure mortgages for these borrowers only when their credit scores are 700 or above, while others will charge steeper fees for insuring these mortgages, Urban Wire notes.First, the backstory. Effective July 29, 2017, Fannie Mae eased underwriting criteria by increasing the maximum debt-to-income ratio a borrower could have and still qualify for a Fannie-backed loan from 45 percent to 50 percent. The PMIs quickly realized that Fannie’s adjustment actually upped the risk that these mortgages would default, Urban Wire says. Beforehand, the share of the GSE’s monthly issuances with DTI ratios eclipsing 45 percent was routinely 6 or 7 percent. But by September, this share shot up to nearly 8 percent. By February, it had practically tripled to around 20 percent.“Fannie Mae’s move eased credit availability and increased the volume of high-DTI (debt-to-income) loans, many of which also had high loan-to-value (LTV) ratios,” Urban Wire reported. “This forced the PMIs to react.”In response, Fannie recalibrated the risk assessment criteria within its Desktop Underwriter to partially temper the risk of high-DTI loans (effective March 17).“We would expect PMIs to re-evaluate their overlays as the new loans roll in,” Urban Wire said. “We also expect the number of high-DTI loans to eventually settle in at a higher volume than before the change but lower than we have today.”Missteps like these are a good reminder that loosening access without tolerating more risk is an iffy proposition, Urban Wire says.“Despite widespread agreement that credit is too tight, this episode reminds policymakers how well-intentioned efforts to improve credit availability can be complicated to enact and have unintended consequences,” the company said. “As we work to reform the housing finance system, transparency and careful analysis will be critical to our success.” April 10, 2018 561 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, journal, News, Originationcenter_img The Challenges of Balancing Mortgage Risk and Access Sharelast_img read more