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Manipurs 9yrold green ambassador wants to create awareness on nature conservation

first_imgImphal: A nine-year-old girl, who has been appointed as the state’s green ambassador after a video showing her crying over felled trees won hearts on the Internet, said she wanted to be a forest officer when she grew up and generate awareness on environment conservation.The video clip, which went viral on social media, showed Valentina Elangbam, a resident of Hiyanglam Makha in Kakching district, weeping inconsolably as two Gulmohar trees that she had planted four years ago have been chopped down. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Chief Minister N Biren Singh had announced her appointment as the green ambassador last week. “She cry for felling down of 2 trees which she planted when she was only in class 1.We rushed at her place and tried to console her providing more saplings. Now, she will be the State government’s “Green Ambassador” for CM’s Green Manipur Mission, “let’s follow her, save nature (sic),” he had tweeted. The CM had also ordered the forest department to gift 20 saplings to Elangbam to compensate for her loss. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KExpressing gratitude over her appointment, the nine- year-old said she would reach out to people and explain to them the importance of conserving the environment. “I don’t understand why most people do not care about the importance of preserving our environment. I want to become a forest officer when I grow up and reach out to them and tell them it was necessary,” she said. Her father, Premkumar, said the Class 5 girl waters trees and flowering plants every day before going to school. “Valentina had been nurturing several flowering plants and trees near our place for the past few years. The two Gulmohar trees were felled due to a road widening project. We could not have stopped it,” he said. A statement issued by the state Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) said Valentina has been appointed as ‘brand ambassador’ for ‘Chief Minister’s Green Manipur Mission’ for one year “in recognition of her immense love and affection for trees and to generate mass awareness on conservation of environment”. It also said that Elangbam will be a part of the government-sponsored plantation programmes.last_img read more

In the news today March 5

first_imgThree stories in the news for Monday, March 5———‘SHAPE OF WATER’ OSCAR WINS A ‘WATERSHED MOMENT’ FOR CANADAThe Canadian talent behind the movie says “The Shape of Water”‘s Oscar wins for best picture and best production design reflect Toronto’s growth into a film and TV production powerhouse. Toronto producer J. Miles Dale, who shared the best picture Oscar with director Guillermo del Toro, called the achievement “a watershed moment” for Toronto and the Canadian film industry at large. The film was shot in Toronto and Hamilton and besides del Toro and the movie’s cinematographer, most of the crew members were Canadian.———GUIDELINE DEVELOPED FOR TREATING OPIOID ADDICTIONA network of doctors has developed a new Canadian guideline for managing opioid use disorder, including a recommendation of which replacement medication should first be used to treat those addicted to the powerful narcotics. The guideline, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, was created for a wide range of health-care providers to address the urgent need for treatment of opioid use that’s causing a national crisis of overdoses and deaths.———ROBOTIC SAILBOAT RETURNS HOME AFTER RESCUE AT SEAShe lost her sail and has a few dents, but a robotic sailboat has returned home to Vancouver in relatively good shape after spending a long time lost at sea. A team of UBC students spent years designing the 5.5-metre solar-powered, self-navigating “sailbot.” It departed for Ireland from St. John’s on what should’ve been a three-week voyage in August 2016. But it ran into trouble just days after setting out, and it wasn’t until last December that it was finally rescued off the Florida coast.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The seventh round of the NAFTA renegotiations continues in Mexico City.— Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.— Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks at the SheEO 2018 Canadian Summit in Toronto.— Municipal leaders, scientists and academics from around the world are in Edmonton for inaugural Cities and Climate Change Science Conference.— RCMP hold a town hall meeting in Biggar, Sask., where rural crime has been a major issue in recent months.— Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh continues his B.C. tour in Campbell River and Courtney.— Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney will take media questions in Vancouver regarding his trip to British Columbia.last_img read more

Trudeau to meet with Indigenous leaders in October

first_imgAPTN National NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will sit down with Indigenous leaders and premiers on Oct. 3 in Ottawa.According to a release sent by the Prime Minister’s Office, the meeting will concentrate on economic development in Indigenous communities.During the same time period, Trudeau will meet with premiers to also discuss sustainable economic growth.At some point, Trudeau, premiers and Indigenous leaders will be around the same table – but it’s not clear if the entire meeting is scheduled that way.In July, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed and Metis National Council President Clement Chartier boycotted a meeting in Edmonton because they were not invited to the main meeting with premiers.Only the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and the Native Women’s Association of Canada attended.Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

Air Canada union files human rights complaint over flight attendant treatment

first_imgTORONTO – The union representing Air Canada flight attendants says it has filed a human rights complaint alleging “systemic discrimination and harassment” of its members.The Canadian Union of Public Employees says the airline’s policies on uniforms and makeup are discriminatory towards female flight attendants on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and race.It adds the company’s new onboard service managers, who perform in-flight assessments of flight attendants, have made sexist, racist and homophobic remarks and have engaged in “inappropriate behaviour” towards flight attendants of both sexes.The union that represents 8,500 flight attendants at Air Canada and Rouge is turning to the Canadian Human Rights Commission because the employer has failed to deal with members’ complaints, says CUPE section vice-president Beth Mahan.It is asking the commission to order a review of Air Canada policies and eliminate the onboard service managers program.A spokeswoman for Air Canada says that it has policies related to grooming and presentation, which she says is the standard for major international carriers.But she says that because the matter is before the human rights tribunal, the company won’t comment further.Last month, WestJet Airlines Ltd. filed an appeal after the Supreme Court of British Columbia refused to throw out a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of fostering a corporate culture that tolerates harassment against female employees.Former flight attendant Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination, accusing her former employer of breaking its promise to provide a harassment-free workplace for women.Companies in this story include: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)last_img read more

Hate preacher Anjem Choudary to be gagged on prison release

One source said it was possible that Choudary would find it so difficult to stick to the stringent regime he would inevitably break the rules and end up back in jail. Choudary, 51, will be barred from meeting associates of al-Muhajiroun, the proscribed terrorist group he led before being jailed in September 2016, according to sources.  He will also be banned… Anjem Choudary, the notorious Islamist hate preacher, will be banned from Hyde Park and forbidden to use the internet under a strict prison release deal, The Telegraph understands. Authorities are expected to impose more than 20 conditions on Choudary before he is freed next month having served half of a five-and-a-half year prison sentence. 

Cold week ahead with severe frost snow and lows of 4 degrees

first_img Short URL Cold week ahead with severe frost, snow and lows of -4 degrees Overall it’s looking cold for most of the week, turning milder by the weekend. Image: Shutterstock/Dusan Milenkovic 19 Comments Share560 Tweet Email6 By Cliodhna Russell Mar 20th 2017, 7:28 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Dusan Milenkovic THE WEATHER IS set to take a turn this week with heavy rain, severe frost and snow forecast for the week ahead.Outbreaks of rain this morning will turn widespread by the afternoon. Met Éireann says the rain will become heavy, with some hail and thunder.Frost is expected to settle in early tonight with isolated showers turning wintry and a possibility of snow. Temperatures are set to dip to -1 degrees.Tomorrow will be a cold day with highs of just 7 degrees. While many places will start dry with some sunshine, wintry showers with snow are forecast as a possibility for western areas.Showers will then spread across the country but the strong winds will gradually ease. Tuesday night will be very cold with a severe frost and lowest temperatures of -4 degrees.Wednesday and Thursday will stay cold with frost again on both nights. Overall it’s looking cold for most of the week, turning milder by the weekend.Read: Alcohol, cannabis and cocaine found in blood of Paris airport attacker> 39,052 Views http://jrnl.ie/3296344 Monday 20 Mar 2017, 7:28 AMlast_img read more

Marée noire BP annonce le succès de lopération Static Kill

first_imgMarée noire : BP annonce le succès de l’opération Static KillÉtats-Unis – Mercredi 4 août, les représentants de BP disent avoir réussi la première étape de scellage du puits de pétrole polluant le golfe du Mexique. D’autres actions devraient suivre pour écarter définitivement tout risque.Moins d’une journée après le début de la procédure Static Kill, consistant à étouffer le puits de pétrole sous de la boue de forage et du ciment, British Petroleum crie victoire. Le travail devrait cependant durer encore plusieurs heures, voire quelques jours. Thad Allen, responsable des opérations pour le gouvernement américain, considère en outre que tout péril ne sera définitivement écarté que lorsque les deux puits de secours, en cours de forage par BP, auront été achevés.À lire aussiLe volcan de boue de Sidoarjo déclenché par un séisme ?Ces puits, destinés à absorber la pression exercée par le pétrole à l’intérieur de la poche, pourraient également servir à injecter de la boue et du ciment supplémentaires, une opération nommée “Bottom Kill”, prévue pour la mi-août. Le percement de ces deux puits annexes, interrompu durant la phase Static Kill, pourrait reprendre jeudi. Trente mètres seulement restent à creuser pour que le premier rejoigne le puits Macondo, source de la marée noire, à plus de 4.000 mètres sous le fond marin.D’après le New York Times, un rapport établi par l’agence nationale océanographique et atmosphérique américaine devrait être communiqué mercredi, indiquant que les trois quarts du brut déversé depuis le début de la catastrophe, survenue en avril, se sont évaporés, dispersés ou ont été récupérés et éliminés, le reste devant se décomposer rapidement.Une fois le réservoir d’hydrocarbures réellement “tué”, restera sans doute à évaluer le véritable bilan écologique de cette pollution sur l’écosystème de la région. Le 4 août 2010 à 11:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Adam Rose on E60 documentary character origins in NXT

first_img Pinterest Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE tag team pulled from live events, Batista and RAW tonight, Former WWE star to retire WWE releases behind the scenes documentary of Super ShowDown 2019 Sporting News has a new interview up with WWE star Adam Rose about his thoughts on the ESPN E:60 documentary that showcased him and more.Thoughts on the documentary:“I thought it was really well done. I think it was a really good look at all the different aspects of first what it takes to become a WWE superstar and secondly a personal look at what the guys go through to get there. “It makes you a little vulnerable when you see things that personal coming out. For my wife, I think it was hard because she has been with me through the entire journey. She’s been with me through all the ups and all the downs. It’s hard for her to watch me go through all of that. And then to see it all pay off at the end of the day, I think we all share in the reward of that.”Origins of the Adam Rose character:“The initial inspiration was Elton John and I wanted something where I could be really flamboyant and dress up and show a completely different look. I had always done a South African accent and I wanted to do something with more of a European accent. Then someone else said to me it was pretty much Russell Brand and then I hooked on to the Russell Brand stuff and put a lot of that into Adam Rose.”Sportingnews.com: Adam Rose reveals family life, journey to WWE superstardom in E:60 documentarycenter_img Google+ New Day show support for Kofi Kingston, Early look at new Mark Henry documentary Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Holiday Closures

first_imgWhat’s open and closed for New Years:• MAIL: Post offices closed Monday, no home delivery. The postal unit at the Shell gas station, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year.• BANKS: Many banks closed Monday; check your bank for details.• GARBAGE: Waste Connections on regular schedule next week. In Camas, garbage and recycling normally picked up on Monday will be picked up Tuesday.• BUSES: C-Tran follows regular Sunday schedule on Sunday, and regular weekday schedule on Monday. TriMet buses, Portland Streetcar and WES will operate on regular weekday service Saturday, with all service free after 8 p.m. MAX will provide extended late-night service Saturday, also free after 8 p.m. Buses and MAX will operate on Sunday schedule on Sunday and Monday.• GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Closed Monday.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed Monday.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library closed Sunday, open Monday. Camas Public Library closed Sunday and Monday.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. stock markets closed Monday.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open.• VANCOUVER MALL: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Department stores’ and restaurants’ hours may vary. The library in the mall will be closed Sunday.• THE COLUMBIAN: Offices closed through Monday. Circulation customer service phone lines, 360-694-2312, open 6 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday, and 4:30 a.m. to noon on Monday.last_img read more

Man sentenced to 2½ years in assault on infant

first_imgA Vancouver man who assaulted his 3-month-old son, causing 15 rib fractures, was sentenced Wednesday to about 2 1/2 years in prison.William Jeffrey Burleson, 37, previously pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree domestic violence assault of a child.According to an affidavit of probable cause, Julia Durr brought her 3-month-old son, identified in court records as JD, to a hospital out of concern that his ear was swelling. Clark County sheriff’s deputies responded to Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland and learned that JD had 15 rib fractures and a partial laceration on his liver.Durr told authorities that she was worried Burleson was too rough with JD, the affidavit states.In an interview, Burleson told investigators there were times he hugged JD tightly and squeezed his ear but said he did not try to intentionally hurt the boy. When the deputy pointed out that there were multiple injuries inflicted over a few weeks and that not all of them could be accidental, Burleson claimed there were times when he was “tired and half-asleep and might not realize what he is doing,” according to the court document.On Wednesday, Burleson’s attorney, David Kurtz, told the judge that his client admits to hurting the boy, but it wasn’t intentional. He said Burleson lacked parenting skills and that many of the child care duties had fallen on him.Judge Robert Lewis accepted the attorneys’ previously agreed-upon sentencing recommendation of 31 months in prison followed by 18 months of community custody. Burleson will also have to undergo a parenting class and an anger management evaluation. He is not to have contact with his son.last_img read more

Mourinho hits back at critics over Rashfords management

first_imgPortuguese manager Jose Mourinho had his latest rant against the press ahead of Manchester United’s match at Watford, this time over Marcus Rashford.Before the international break for Manchester United, Marcus Rashford was suspended for misconduct during the match at Burnley and somehow this transformed into criticism against Jose Mourinho once again. Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher wrote a column for Sky Sports in which he urged Marcus Rashford to leave Manchester United, suggesting that Jose Mourinho was the reason his career hasn’t taken off as it should have yet. This piece was also powered even further by the performances that the player gave for England during the international break, but Jose Mourinho was having none of this new reason to go after him and this Friday, the Portuguese manager hit back in his familiar style. He came out to the press conference ahead of Manchester United’s crucial match at Watford which Rashford is going to miss due to that suspension and started dropping stats about the player’s time at the Red Devils under his guidance. Mourinho does this very well, he always has a perfect comeback for when he gets unfairly criticized and this time he went after Carragher.“I’m going to do something, not for you but for the United fans, because I think I hold myself to the United fans and, for them, I am going to spend two minutes with you. On the season 16-17, Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches, 11 Europa League matches, including the final, three FA Cup matches, six League Cup matches, including the final, and the Community Shield. He had 53 appearances but if you want the minutes of play, he played 3,068 [minutes] and if you want to divide that by 90 minutes, he played 34.2 matches of 90 minutes in 16-17. In 17-18, he played 35 Premier League matches, eight in the Champions League, five in the FA Cup including the final, three League Cup matches and the European Super Cup final. He played a total of 52 matches with 2,676 minutes. If you divide that by 90, it gives 29.7 matches. So, with me, in two seasons, he had 105 appearances, 5,744 minutes, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes, including five finals, so the people speaking about these minutes, I think they are a bit confused,” said Mourinho during the press conference.?? Jose Mourinho’s press conference:? 3 minute rant about Marcus Rashford.? Read his stats & facts off a piece of paper.? Criticised a number of England’s U21 players.? Said the media are ‘Compulsive Liers’.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.? Says he ‘Feels Sorry’ for the media.? Box Office. pic.twitter.com/JnRt0Ojupt— SPORF (@Sporf) September 14, 2018To close his speech about Rashford, Jose Mourinho also pulled off a little irony by adding that: “I think I can expect that Sunday I’m going to be highly criticised for not playing him because some of the boys are obsessed with me and some of them they have, I think, a problem with some compulsive lies. So I can expect that Sunday, some of them, they will wake up and the first thing they think is Jose Mourinho, so I can imagine I am going to be criticised for not playing Marcus but it is not my fault, he’s suspended. Some of the persons, everybody knows they have double salaries, they work also for the clubs and when they work also for the clubs they are not independent and they conduct things in the direction they want, that’s obvious. That’s human, that’s natural, it’s not ethical but I accept. Since I was here, he [Rashford] was never one day out of selection because of my decision, only if he was injured or suspended. That’s why I’m going so specific about these numbers,” said the Portuguese manager as a response to the latest criticism against him.Press criticise Mourinho for not playing Rashford enough. Mourinho defends himself and points to other young English players who are struggling at other top clubs. Press criticises Mourinho for responding to them. pic.twitter.com/lXgVVo4T7a— Sam Homewood (@SamHomewood) September 14, 2018What do you think about the latest Jose Mourinho outburst against the press in regards to Marcus Rashford’s management? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

As More Minnesota Muslims Seek Office Some Face a Backlash

first_imgBy IBRAHIM HIRSI of MinnPostMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two months ago, Fardousa Jama did something no other Muslim woman in south-central Minnesota has done: She filed to run for a city council seat in Mankato.Then on the Fourth of July, Jama took to the streets with her 8-year-old niece, Mai, for a door-knocking campaign, an experience she hoped would help her better connect with area constituents and learn more about issues that are important to them.(Courtesy Photo/Forward With Fardousa Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ForwardWithFardousa)But a few minutes into the effort, one thing became apparent to Jama: going door-to-door in Mankato might be a lot more difficult for a Somali-American, hijab-wearing female candidate like her than she had imagined.—The nonprofit news outlet MinnPost provided this article to The Associated Press through a collaboration with Institute for Nonprofit News.—More than once, Jama said, people she solicited for votes responded to her with racially charged comments — “go back to where you came from” and “we don’t support a terrorist” — before slamming the door in her face. Worse yet, she added, an elderly White man even spat on her before telling her to get off his property.After the spitting incident, Jama decided she didn’t want her niece to see the mistreatment she endured. So Jama quickly returned home to rethink her campaign strategy.Jama’s experience isn’t uncommon among Muslim American candidates seeking political seats in Minnesota, home to an estimated 150,000 Muslims. What’s unusual is that it hasn’t stopped so many from jumping in to the effort anyway, vying for offices as varied as U.S. Congress, the state Legislature, city government and public school board.There are at least 15 Muslim candidates running for political positions in Minnesota this election season. And while there are no official statistics, many observers believe that is significantly more than in any previous election.Some of those candidates are familiar faces, of course. Longtime U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison is running for Minnesota attorney general, while state Rep. Ilhan Omar is seeking to take the seat Ellison currently holds in Congress.But others, including Jama, are new to the scene, though several have spent decades serving as nonprofit leaders or political aides for elected officials in the state.Nausheena Hussain, executive director of the Minneapolis-based Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment, said that these candidates not only have varied leadership experience, they represent a spectrum of racial and ethnic populations.“There are African Americans, Somalis and Asians,” she said. “The Muslim community is so diverse and it shows what Muslim diversity should look like.”Hussain also noted that Muslim candidates are running as both Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican, though most of the office seekers do align themselves with DFL’s progressive arm.“There was a time when there was only one Muslim candidate running for a seat,” she said. That meant that “all of Muslim voters would rally around that person and say, ‘Oh, this is the one.’”That’s no longer the case.“Now the Muslim candidates themselves have to work for their vote,” Hussain said.In the District 60B state House seat, three Muslim Americans are among a crowded field seeking the office: Mohamud Noor, a longtime activist in Minneapolis; Haaris Pasha, a law student at the University of Minnesota; and Fadumo Taani, a Republican activist.The current crop of candidates isn’t only diverse in their political philosophies or career backgrounds. Of the 15 Muslim candidates, seven are women, including Regina Mustafa, who’s running for mayor in Rochester; and Hodan Hassan, a candidate for a state House seat in District 62A in Minneapolis.Each of the candidates in Minnesota has a different explanation for why he or she decided to run this year.For Jama, the journey to become a City Council candidate in Mankato started a year and a half ago when President Donald Trump announced a series of policies restricting immigrant and refugee arrivals in the U.S. Jama wants to use the status of a city council member to raise awareness about the challenges that immigrants and refugees face in Mankato — while also performing the other expected duties of a council member: passing ordinances, managing city finances; and reviewing policy proposals.But Haaris Pasha, a 29-year-old Minneapolis-native and son of Pakistani immigrant parents, doesn’t want to emphasize Trump’s anti-Muslim policies or even his own Muslim identity when talking about his candidacy.That isn’t because Pasha doesn’t want others to know about his faith. It’s just that he prefers to talk about his accomplishments, his long service as an advocate for justice and equality and the changes he plans to make if he elected for the seat.“We need quality candidates,” he said. “It’s not enough to be just a Muslim. I think we really need someone who’s going to do the work of unearthing the mechanisms of law and policy and how that actually interacts with people’s lives.”Osman Ahmed, a longtime community organizer who is also running for the District 62A House seat, also doesn’t want to use the Trump administration’s immigration policy when talking to constituents. Instead, he focuses on his years-long advocacy service with immigrant, refugee and other minority groups in Minnesota and the work he plans to do if he gets elected.Like Jama, Ahmed said that he’s encountered more than a couple prejudiced comments in the course of campaigning. It happened while door-knocking and while speaking to voters on the phone. Some people even take the time to email messages about why he doesn’t belong in America.“Some people said to me, ‘Why don’t you fix the country you came from,’” he said. “Other said, ‘You guys are taking over the state.’”“The funny thing is,” he added, “a lot of people don’t really expect to get that kind of messages in our district but we still do get that.”Mustafa, the mayoral candidate in Rochester, posted on her Facebook page a note about receiving anti-Muslim threats in the mail last month. She notified the police about the incident.Not all the Muslim candidates, however, have encountered a backlash. Pasha, for example, said that he hasn’t dealt with any of the anti-Muslim, anti-immigration experiences that Jama, Osman and Mustafa have encountered while campaigning.“It’s not like I’m saying everyone is accepting,” Pasha said. “But that hasn’t been my experience as a candidate.”In Mankato, after Jama took a couple of weeks to recover from her first door-knocking campaign, she posted about the experience on Facebook, saying the incident won’t stop her from continuing her campaign. In that message, Jama also said that she didn’t want to go door-knocking alone and asked people to join. In response, a half a dozen residents from the White community in Mankato joined her last month.Among them was Tony Friesen, owner of Friesen’s Family Bakery & Soup Bar in Mankato and Dan Feehan, a DFL candidate for Congress in the 1st District. With the presence of Friesen and Feehan, Jama said she noticed that things were different than the day she was alone with her niece. If people would consider voting for her, they told her so; if they didn’t want to, they also told her so. She was, in other words, treated just like any other candidate.“It was incredible,” Jama said. “My White community showed up and showed that there are compassionate people that live here, which gives me hope that I might win.”last_img read more

Nintendo to set bubble gum record for Kirbys birthday

first_imgNo one is quite sure exactly what kind of creature Kirby is, although it is indisputable that the handheld gaming icon looks kind of like an anthropomorphic bubble gum bubble. Apparently Nintendo thinks that is enough of a reason to try to set a Guinness World Record for bubble gum bubble blowing.The company is looking to eclipse the world record for “most people blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously,” in honor of the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first Kirby game. To achieve this, it will need to have more than 304 people participate. That’s right — someone else previously had this idea and already has a spot in the Guinness archives. Back in 2010, Kirkwood Community College managed to get 304 people to blow a bubble gum at the same time.For Kirkwood, the record was achieved as part of a “Dig Pink” campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer treatment and research. But, you know, celebrating a video game franchise is cool too.Nintendo hopes to draw the large record-setting crowd at the PAX Prime convention in Seattle next week. The allure of free gum is probably enough motivation for most of the people who attend, so Nintendo probably has a pretty good shot at shattering the community college record.This is, of course, also an attempt to build hype for the newest Kirby title, Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition, which launches for the Wii on September 16. It is a celebration of the Kirby franchise, featuring six of the greatest classics from the last two decades.via Yahoo!last_img read more

The US Navy is testing the Oculus Rift

first_imgWhen the Oculus Rift debuted on Kickstarter, we all had visions of intense, fully immersive first-person shooters. While that’s a pretty cool use for the head-mounted display tech, it’s nothing compared to what the Navy is doing with it. Yes, Uncle Sam has an Oculus Rift and it’s being used to do things that are unquestionably cooler than anything you would do with it.The Oculus Rift is being analyzed by a group called Project BlueShark, which is an initiative within the Office of Naval Research. BlueShark is all about seeing where the future of communication and operational environments will go. Basically, it’s about how the Navy will control equipment and collaborate in the future. The Oculus Rift is apparently sufficiently futuristic for the military.The image above, while incredibly cool, comes with very little explanation. The Oculus is being used to project a virtual environment aboard a ship of some sort, which is being duplicated on the nearby monitor. The fellow also has motion sensing apparatuses on his hands, which are presumably tied into the simulation.The Oculus Rift is currently a $300 dev kit, and it appears this is the version the Navy has — not some special advanced prototype. The final version of the Oculus Rift is being designed to be affordable for consumers, so the Navy will surely be able to swing it too if they like this display tech. However, the military has very specific needs when it comes to security and durability — they might have to hire a contractor to make a head-mounted display that costs 10 times as much.last_img read more

Social Concierge and Chappy to launch Mr Social events for gay professionals

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Gay dating app Chappy relaunches with ‘zero tolerance for abuse’Gay dating app corrects survey after ageism complaintNew gay dating app has ‘bank-level’ security for those afraid to be outedRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/social-concierge-chappy-launch-mr-social-events-gay-professionals/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Mr. Social team uses this F. Scott Fitzgerald quote across all their social communicationsSocial Concierge founder Nana Wereko-Brobby urges her members to use dating apps to compliment the company’s offline services.‘Dating in London and New York is tough enough without people swearing off apps entirely,’ Wereko-Brobby said. ‘It’s not a case of picking one platform over another. It’s a case of changing your mindset so you weave several tactics into your life in an enjoyable way. Which is why it’s more important you pick dating companies that suit your outlook/vibe and then dive in.’‘We are really excited to partner with Social Concierge for Mr. Social,’ Chappy co-founder Ollie Locke said in a statement. ‘On Chappy, you can find your Mr Right or Mr Right Now within a swipe but we are equally as excited about you meeting a potential someone at one of our events.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . ‘Spotting an elusive gap in the market for high-end dating events for gay men, the two dating groups have joined forces to launch a chic party brand that breaks away from the usual round of LBGTQ+ events,’ the team said in a statement.The parties, called Mr. Social, will begin on Friday, 2 March. Guests must apply to be invited to the parties, which will be held at private locations. The launch party will be held at Jack Solomon’s Club, a subterranean cocktail bar on Great Windmill Street in London.Why the merging of online and offline is important‘The meeting of an offline and online brand is telling of how the dating industry is changing, with events becoming an increasingly central concern for the major players. In the last year Bumble, The League and Tinder all started hosting offline events due to user demand, as “singles parties” slowly shake off traditional cringe associations,’ the Mr. Social team said.center_img Social Concierge, a private dating events club in London and New York, has partnered with dating app Chappy to launch a new brand of parties for single professional gay men in their 20s and 30s. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Nana Wereko-Brobby, founder of Social Concierge (left) and Chappy co-founder Ollie Lockelast_img read more

JPMorgan Feds Reach Record 13B Deal on RMBS Claims

first_img November 19, 2013 561 Views in Secondary Market Share “”JPMorgan Chase””:http://www.jpmorganchase.com has struck a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve civil claims from both federal and state officials over residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) issued prior to January 1, 2009, by the bank and two financial institutions it acquired in 2008├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô-Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual.[IMAGE]The $13 billion settlement is the largest in American history between the U.S. government and a single entity.Under the agreement reached, JPMorgan will pay $9 billion in restitution and provide an additional $4 billion in relief for homeowners at risk of foreclosure and communities impacted by the housing crisis. Federal officials say the relief funding could benefit more than 100,000 borrowers. According to JPMorgan, the cash portion of the settlement payment consists of a $2 billion civil monetary penalty and $7 billion in compensatory payments, including a previously announced $4 billion payment to resolve litigation “”claims from the Federal Housing Finance Agency””:https://themreport.com/articles/jpmorgan-fhfa-settle-on-51b-deal-over-soured-loans-2013-10-28. Borrower relief will be in the form of principal reduction, forbearance, and other direct benefits from various relief programs, the bank explained. JPMorgan Chase has committed to complete delivery of the promised relief to borrowers before the end of 2017.The settlement was negotiated through the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, a joint state and federal unit formed in 2012 by President Obama to investigate wrongdoing within the mortgage-backed securities market that helped to trigger, contribute to, or exacerbate the U.S. financial crisis.[COLUMN_BREAK]””New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman””:http://www.ag.ny.gov/ co-chairs the RMBS Working Group. Tuesday’s settlement comes 13 months after Schneiderman sued JPMorgan for fraudulent RMBS packaged and sold by Bear Stearns before it was acquired by JPMorgan at the behest of government officials at the Federal Reserve, FDIC, and U.S. Treasury. In announcing the unprecedented settlement, Schneiderman said, “”Since my first day in office, I have insisted that there must be accountability for the misconduct that led to the crash of the housing market and the collapse of the American economy. This historic deal … is exactly what our working group was created to do.””He continued, “”We refused to allow systemic frauds that harmed so many New York homeowners and investors to simply be forgotten, and as a result we’ve won a major victory today in the fight to hold those who caused the financial crisis accountable.””Separately, the “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov announced Tuesday that it also reached a settlement with JPMorgan Chase and its affiliates in relation to the failure of six banks. The FDIC, acting as receiver for the failed institutions, says misrepresentations where made in the offering documents for 40 RMBS purchased by the now-defunct banks. JPMorgan agreed to pay $515.4 million, which will be distributed among the receiverships for the failed Citizens National Bank (failed May 22, 2009), Strategic Capital Bank (May 22, 2009), Colonial Bank (August 14, 2009), Guaranty Bank (August 21, 2009), Irwin Union Bank and Trust Company (September 18, 2009), and United Western Bank (January 21, 2011).From May 2012 to September 2012, the FDIC as receiver for five of the failed banks filed 10 lawsuits against JPMorgan, its affiliates, and other defendants for violations of federal and state securities laws in connection with the sale of RMBS.As part of the global settlement reached, JPMorgan acknowledged it made serious, material misrepresentations to the public–including the investing public–about numerous RMBS transactions, according to a statement on the New York attorney general’s website.JPMorgan Chase says it is fully reserved for this settlement.center_img JPMorgan, Feds Reach Record $13B Deal on RMBS Claims Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae FDIC FHFA Freddie Mac Investors JPMorgan Chase Justice Department Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities RMBS Service Providers 2013-11-19 Carrie Baylast_img read more

Existing Sales Conquer Supply Troubles

first_img Homebuyers overcame one of the housing market’s biggest obstacles—an imbalance in supply and demand— in March with a rebound in home sales.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported Wednesday that existing-home sales rose 5.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.33 million in March from a downwardly revised 5.07 million in February and 1.5 percent year-over-year.”Closings came back in force last month as a greater number of buyers – mostly in the Northeast and Midwest–overcame depressed inventory levels and steady price growth to close on a home,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist. “Buyer demand remains sturdy in most areas this spring and the mid-priced market is doing quite well. However, sales are softer both at the very low and very high ends of the market because of supply limitations and affordability pressures.”Source: National Association of Home BuildersExisting-home sales suffered in February due to the continuous imbalance of extremely low inventory levels and rapid home price appreciation. The NAR reported that existing-home sales fell in February 2016 after reaching the highest annual rate in six months last month.The report found that existing-home sales decreased 7.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.08 million in February from 5.47 million in January. However, the report noted that despite last month’s large decline, sales remain 2.2 percent higher than a year ago.”The lull in contract signings in January from the large East Coast blizzard, along with the slump in the stock market, may have played a role in February’s lack of closings,” Yun explained. “However, the main issue continues to be a supply and affordability problem. Finding the right property at an affordable price is burdening many potential buyers.”According to NAR, the median existing-home price for all housing types in March was $222,700, up 5.7 percent from $210,700 in March 2015. This marks the 49th consecutive month of year-over-year gains.Inventory rose 5.9 percent to 1.98 million existing homes available for sale in March, but is still 1.5 percent lower than a year ago when inventory stood at 2.01 million, the report showed. Unsold inventory is at a 4.5-month supply at the current sales pace, up from 4.4 months in February.”The choppiness in sales activity so far this year is directly related to the unevenness in the rate of new listings coming onto the market to replace what is, for the most part, being sold rather quickly,” Yun noted. “Additionally, a segment of would-be buyers at the upper end of the market appear to have been spooked by January’s stock market correction.”Despite the uptick in existing-home sales, the share of first-time buyers was unchanged from February and a year ago at 30 percent, according to NAR.”With rents steadily rising and average fixed rates well below 4 percent, qualified first-time buyers should be more active participants than what they are right now,” Yun stated. “Unfortunately, the same underlying deterrents impacting their ability to buy haven’t subsided so far in 2016. Affordability and the low availability of starter homes is still a major barrier for them in most markets.” April 20, 2016 603 Views Existing Sales Conquer Supply Troubles in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img Share Existing-Home Sales Inventory NAR National Association of Realtors 2016-04-20 Staff Writerlast_img read more

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