Jessie J To Perform At Delete Blood Cancer Gala

first_imgDelete Blood Cancer co-founder and board member Katharina Harf will co-host the 2014 Delete Blood Cancer Gala along with Honorary Gala Chairman Michele Scannavini CEO CotyInc on Wednesday, May 7.The evening will honor EvanSohn and The Sohn Conference Foundation and feature an unforgettable performance by Jessie J.Delete Blood Cancer started with one family’s search for a bone marrow donor and is today part of the world’s largest bone marrow donor center. They have registered more than 4.2 million potential donors and facilitated more than 41,000 life-saving transplants.Also expected to attend the event are Georgia May Jagger, Dita von Teese, Veronica Webb, Kimberly Chandler, Angela Bellotte (model), Anastasia Ganias (actress), Anne Slowey (Elle Magazine) and Michele Scannavini, among others.WHEN: Wednesday, May 7, 2014WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street55 Wall Street, New York CityFind out more here.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Pardons 292 Convicts on King and Peoples Revolution

Rabat – King Mohammed VI granted his pardon to 292 convicts to mark the 61st anniversary of the King and People’s Revolution Day, celebrated on Wednesday (August 20th), the Justice ministry said on Tuesday.The detained beneficiaries of the pardon are:– 272 prisoners had their prison terms reduced.– 2 inmates’ life sentences commuted to limited prison terms. The free beneficiaries of the pardon:– 6 convicts benefited from pardon over their imprisonment terms.– 12 had their fines annulled.The royal pardon is granted to a number of prisoners by King Mohammed VI on the occasion of religious and major national celebrations.

Ban urges restraint as Madagascar protests turn deadly

8 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties in Madagascar to resolve their differences peacefully, while condemning the violence that erupted in the island nation’s capital yesterday reportedly killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens. “He deplores the violence and lack of restraint on all sides that led to this tragedy,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “The Secretary-General calls upon all concerned parties to resolve their differences through peaceful and democratic means and through the exercise of responsible leadership,” the statement added. Prior to Saturday’s events, at least 68 people died in riots that erupted a week ago amid a dispute between the country’s President, Marc Ravalomanana, and Andry Rajoelina, the Mayor of its capital and largest city, Anatananarivo.In the wake of the crisis, Mr. Ban dispatched senior United Nations political aide Haile Menkerios to assess the situation in the country and explore what the world body could do to help avert further violence and contribute towards peace and stability.Mr. Menkerios is scheduled to meet with Government officials and others concerned during his 7 to 10 February visit.Mr. Ban urged the Malagasy authorities to urgently initiate a fair process by which those responsible for the violence will be brought to justice. “The Secretary-General stands ready to provide all the necessary support for the rapid and peaceful resolution of this crisis,” according to today’s statement. read more

Myanmar military leaders must face genocide charges – UN report

The development follows the release of a report into the circumstances surrounding the mass exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingya people from Myanmar, beginning in mid-August last year – events previously described by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.The crimes committed include murder, rape, torture, sexual slavery, persecution and enslavement, according to the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar.Speaking to journalists in Geneva, the investigators – Marzuki Darusman, Radhika Coomaraswamy and Christopher Sidoti – underlined the horrific and organized nature of the brutality meted out on civilians in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since 2011, as well as Kachin and Shan states.“The fact-finding Mission has concluded, on reasonable grounds, that the patterns of gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law that it is found, amount to the gravest crime under international law,” Mr. Sidoti said.“These have principally been committed by the military, the Tatmadaw,” he added, referring to Myanmar’s armed forces. “The Mission has concluded that criminal investigation and prosecution is warranted, focusing on the top Tatmadaw generals, in relation to the three categories of crimes under international law; genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.” Included in the list of alleged perpetrators are Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing and five other commanders.“In Myanmar, there is a very clear chain of command,” Mr. Sidot explained, and added: “There is no doubt in our minds whatsoever that what we saw happen in Rakhine as a whole, would not have happened without it, firstly, being within the knowledge of the senior military leadership and secondly, under their effective control. And it’s because of the clarity of the chain of command in Myanmar that we have recommended the investigation and prosecution of these six.”Of well over 800 testimonies gathered, one in particular highlighted the extent of the abuse, that of a survivor who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. “I was lucky, I was only raped by three men,” she is quoted as saying.Such was the extent of the horrific violations that Ms. Coomaraswamy – a former UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict – said she was shocked by what she had found.“The scale, brutality, and systematic nature of rape and violence indicate that they are part of a deliberate strategy to intimidate, terrorize, or punish the civilian population,” she said. “They’re used as a tactic of war that we found include rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, forced nudity and mutilations.” UN Photo/Violaine MartinMarzuki Darusman, Chair of the Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar (centre), flanked by Mission members Christopher Sidoti (l) and Radhika Coomaraswamy (r), briefs the press on their report, UN Office at Geneva, 27 August 2018.Before the fact-finding Mission delivers its findings to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in September, Chairperson Marzuki Darusman highlighted that one of the panel’s key recommendations required the attention of the UN Security Council:“The Mission called for the situation in Myanmar to be referred to the international criminal court and that, of course, is the task of the Security Council to undertake. And so, the message to the Security Council is of course, ‘Refer Myanmar to the [International Criminal Court].’” read more

Syrian crisis is clearest example of foreign investment in terrorism Deputy Prime

Mr. Al-Moualem said terrorists have plagued Syria for more than eight years, causing death, destruction and a humanitarian crisis.  “The case of Syria has been the clearest example of such foreign investment in terrorism,” he said.   “Tens of thousands of foreign terrorist fighters have been brought to Syria from more than a hundred countries, with the support and cover of States that are known to all. Even more, these same States deny us the right to defend our people against terrorists, which they consider ‘freedom fighters’ or ‘Syrian armed opposition’, as some like to call them.” Mr. Al-Moualem called Idlib the most recent example of this situation, stating that the north-western city hosts the largest gathering of foreign terrorist fighters in the world. Their crimes include continued rocket and mortar attacks against nearby civilian areas, using civilians as human shields, and preventing people from leaving via a humanitarian corridor established by the Government, he stated. “Would one of your governments stand and watch if faced with a similar situation?” he asked.  “Would you ever forfeit your right and duty to defend your people and liberate your country from terrorists and foreigners?” The Foreign Minister added that this Government has engaged in international political initiatives on Idlib, including an agreement by Russia and Turkey on the creation of de-escalation zones.   “Meanwhile, in the interim, the Turkish regime has failed to fulfill its commitments under these agreements. Instead, it has provided terrorists with all forms of support, including weapons that are more sophisticated,” he stated. “The Turkish regime is now rushing, with the support of some Western countries, to protect Al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups there just as they have done before.” The Foreign Minister reported on his administration’s recent political efforts, such as agreement on the terms of reference for a Constitutional Committee.   In this regard, he affirmed the Government’s readiness to work with the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, and “friendly countries”, though stressing that the process must be Syrian owned and led. Mr. Al-Moualem said the Government also is making “tremendous efforts” to improve the humanitarian situation. The UN estimates that more than 11.5 million people across Syria require humanitarian assistance.  He urged “peace-loving countries that uphold international law” to counter what he called an “illegal and inhumane blockade” which has restricted access to medicine, oil for electricity, and other needed items. read more

Teams needed for Brock soccer tournament

As soccer fever continues to captivate audiences around the globe, Brock International Services is preparing to host a tournament of its own.Held in celebration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a public outdoor co-ed soccer tournament will take over Brock’s Alumni Field Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.The knockout-style (single elimination) tournament is open to anyone aged 12 and older.While entry is free, donations of non-perishable food items are encouraged for the Brock University Students’ Union Food First program, which reopens in September. The intramural rules tournament will consist of a maximum of eight teams, who can expect to play on a half field for 20 minutes per half with a five-minute intermission. Prizes and commemorative medals will be awarded to the first-place team.Food will be available to purchase.Interested participants can sign-up individually or as a team by Wednesday, July 11 at noon.For more information or to register for the events, visit Brock International’s website. read more

Commentary Lance Armstrongs impact away from cycling will live on

After years of adamantly denying doping allegations, Lance Armstrong has finally decided to come clean: He used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. The admission came during a 2 1/2-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey that was taped Monday and will air over the course of Thursday and Friday night. The confession was a shocking turnaround, considering the multiple statements and interviews in recent years in which Armstrong vehemently denied his use of performance-enhancing drugs – allegations that he has been hit with since his first Tour de France victory in 1999. But does this in itself make him a bad person?  There’s no denying the fact that Armstrong, whose seven Tour de France titles and bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics were stripped from him, has faced stiff opposition – from officials and the public alike – and many are quick to condemn him for his dishonesty. But let’s look at Armstrong as a duality: There is Armstrong the athlete, and then there’s Armstrong the philanthropist. As a kid, I often heard an adage to the effect of this: “It’s not what you do on the field but what you do off the field that makes you who you are.” Viewing Armstrong with this mindset, we can see that he wasn’t so bad. In 1997 Armstrong founded the Livestrong Foundation, formerly known as the Lance Armstrong Foundation, an organization with the goal of supporting people who have been affected by cancer. Since its inception, it has raised more than $470 million, with 81 cents of every dollar going toward programs and services for cancer survivors, according to  Armstrong, much like his Major League Baseball counterparts – Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa – who were all denied entrance into the Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this month because they were linked to using performance-enhancing drugs, might have tarnished his reputation, but his legacy as a proponent of helping those affected by cancer will live on. I’d say that’s a pretty good trade-off. read more

Softball Ohio State prepares for slugging fest against Northwestern

Emily Clark follows through on her swing, hitting a double against Wright State on Sep.24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe No. 22 Ohio State softball team begins its road series with Northwestern fresh off sweeping a doubleheader against Penn State Wednesday. Junior second baseman Emily Clark, as well as Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly, said that the Buckeyes (26-8, 7-4 Big Ten) can move into the Northwestern (23-13, 6-5 Big Ten) series confident in their ability to beat up on solid pitching given what they did against the Nittany Lions.“It’s good that we faced pretty decent pitching,” Clark said. “We did well and we succeeded on that, so I think that will give us confidence as this weekend approaches.”Northwestern will enter the series with a pair of starting pitchers who maintain ERAs below 4.00 in Kenna Wilkey and Morgan Newport. Overall, the team has found success in the circle, recording a 3.99 team ERA in 235.1 innings of work.Kovach Schoenly said Northwestern brings more to the table than just its pitching staff, however. She said Northwestern is a team more than capable of scoring runs in bulk and that the two high-powered offenses could be in for a back-and-forth battle.But again reflecting upon the Penn State series, Kovach Schoenly believes her team has what it takes to come out on top against the Wildcats.“The way we battled back when Penn State scored every time and then we would score, and we knew that we just had to keep scoring,” Kovach Schoenly said. “I feel like it’s going to be those types of games.”Clark also agreed saying the series will be “a slugging fest.”Though Ohio State brings an impressive offense to the matchup, Northwestern has the Buckeyes beat soundly in total offensive production. Northwestern has scored 271 runs compared to Ohio State’s 188. But the Buckeyes aren’t looking at the numbers feeling too anxious about their chances.“They run a lot so that plays into our game,” Kovach Schoenly said. “Becca [Gavin] is a really strong catcher so we’ll be up for that challenge.” Kovach Schoenly said that although she would love to have her shutout this juggernaut offense, she anticipates Northwestern’s ability to put the ball into play will force her team to make some big plays for any shutout to be possible. “They may score a run,” Kovach Schoenly said, “It’s kind of one of those concepts of, we’ll bend but don’t break, like giving one run, not four, so keeping it small each inning.”Kovach Schoenly said Northwestern has an offense similar to Ohio State, given the comparable ability to hit the long ball.“I just know that they can hit,” Kovach Schoenly said. “They’re kind of similar to our offense in that they have some kids that can hit the long ball.”Ohio State currently has 45 home runs so far this season, led by junior shortstop Lilli Piper with 16, while Northwestern has 30, led by freshman utility player Rachel Lewis’ 12.The two teams will battle it out starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field in Evanston, Illinois. read more

6 things we learned from Luke Ming Flanagans Cannabis Regulation Bill

first_imgA person shall not drive or attempt to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle in a public place while there is present in his or her body a quantity of cannabis such that, within 3 hours after so driving or attempting to drive, the concentration of cannabis in his or her blood will exceed a concentration of -(a) Five nanograms of cannabis per one millilitre of blood, or(b) in case the person is a specified person, three nanograms of cannabis per one millilitre of blood. (Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive)Flanagan said the provisions for advertising were not designed to encourage more people to take up using the drug.People make a decision on what they take based on whether or not it’s legal. We give people at the age of 18 a choice to use alcohol, which is more harmful than cannabis. If they have the choice to use cannabis by legalising it, they’ll be less likely to drink alcohol, giving people an option to use a safer drug. If people end up using cannabis instead of alcohol, that would obviously be a good thing.While sponsorship would be allowed, this would not be the case at sporting events and no advertising of cannabis or cannabis-infused products would be allowed at these events either.There’d be a big demand for gardenersThe bill states that commercial cultivation licences would only be granted to a person of good standing in the law who also holds a qualification in horticulture or significant practical experience in cultivating plants.We’d get to have some of those trendy cannabis coffee shops they have in Amsterdam (Image: Shutterstock)Home cultivation would be permitted if this bill became law, though there would be a limit of six plants.In the case of a residential premises where a child or vulnerable person is living, the person growing the plants would be required to have a self-contained, lockable space fit for cultivation.It would be legal to drive after using the drug and the workplace smoking ban would be extendedAn amendment to the Road Traffic Act 2010 would mean that a person would not be allowed to legally drive while under the influence of the drug “to such an extent to be incapable of having proper control of the vehicle”.However there would not be a zero tolerance regime in place and a person would be allowed to drive after using the drug, so long as they have just a small amount of it in their blood.Under the bill: When questioned on this point, the indepdendent TD said that having a limit of zero would be “highly impractical”.“In the same way as it’s impractical with alcohol – sure you could eat a freshly baked loaf of bread and end up over the limit,” he said. The limit in the bill is the limit in Colorado and after looking at the issue they’ve found it to be safe.”In the workplace, the smoking ban would be extended to include a ban on smoking cannabis products. However, the new ‘Cannabis Research Institute’ would work on encouraging employers to review their drug-free policies, “including elements of such policies concerning hiring, sanctioning, termination and drug testing”.Advertising would be allowed, but not at sporting eventsProducers and retailers would be allowed to advertise online and in adult oriented magazines but not in newspapers or using any model aimed at children.center_img INDEPENDENT TD LUKE ‘Ming’ Flanagan today launched his Cannabis Regulation Bill 2013, which would legalise cannabis use and allow for the cultivation of plants for both personal and commercial purposes.Speaking ahead of the launch, the TD, who has been a strong advocate of legalisation, said it is “an exciting time for anyone involved in attempting to repeal prohibition in relation to cannabis anywhere in world”.“This bill comes at a time when legalisation of cannabis is being looked at in new light all around the planet,” he said referring developments in America in recent years that have seen a number of states legalising the drug.Flanagan said the bill would provide a “practical way to regulate the scale and use of the drug and “minimalise harm to minors and harm to adults”.We’ve had a look through the bill in full, which you can read yourself here, and here are some of the main points:Children would not be allowed to use the drugThere is an age limit of 18 for possession and use of cannabis. The bill also sets out criminal sanctions against minors who are found in possession of the drug.On the first occassion they are found with it, they would have to attend a ‘cannabis education course’. After the second, or subsequent times, they could face up to three months detention at a prescribed juvenile detention facility.Anyone found to be selling cannabis to a child would also face sanctions.It would be legal to carry it for personal use and grow it at homeThere would be a limit of one ounce for personal possession and anyone found carrying more than that could face jail time. A person found with a quantity of cannabis greater than 20 ounces would be liable on conviction to a fine of up to €500,000 or imprisonment for as many as ten years. (Image: budget travel accommodation/Flickr)Deputy Flanagan’s bill would allow for businesses to obtain ‘Cannabis Coffee Shop Licences’ for the sale of cannabis-infused products, like the traditional hash brownie, for example.Sale of any products containing addictive substances like nicotine, caffeine or alcohol as well as cannabis would not be allowed.These coffee shops would be subject to regulation and it would be an offence to sell any of these products to a child.If you’d like to read the full bill, you’ll find it here.What’s your take on the topic? Tell us in the comments below.Related: Cannabis legalisation: Where do the parties stand?>Poll: Should we legalise cannabis?>Column: If we care about our society, we should legalise cannabis>last_img read more

Two more men and a woman arrested by armed gardaí in investigation

first_img 8 Comments Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 2:24 PM Two more men and a woman arrested by armed gardaí in investigation into Lucan park murder The arrests took place in Clondalkin. GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED another two men in connection with the execution of suspected ‘serial killer’ Mark Desmond.The men were arrested in west Dublin this morning by gardaí from the the local Detective Unit, Regional Armed Support Unit and other local units. A 42-year-old woman was arrested this afternoon.The arrests took place in Clondalkin.They are being detained in a station in west Dublin.Two other men were arrested yesterday.Desmond was murdered in a park in Lucan, west Dublin in December last year. He was shot at least three times with a revolver handgun – once to the head, once to the body and at least one shot into his groin.Desmond was aged in his 30s and has been known to gardaí since his teens.Gardaí have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed anything in around the Griffeen Valley Park area on the evening of 2 December, 2016 to contact Lucan Garda Station on 01- 6667300, The Garda Confidential Telephone line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Read: Armed gardaí arrest two men in investigation into murder of well-known criminal Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Share1 Tweet Email1 Short URL Image: Eamonn Farrell/ By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 14th 2017, 2:24 PM 18,291 Views last_img read more

Jim Parish named to college foundation

first_imgVancouver – The Clark College Foundation named Jim Parish, owner of Parish Partners Inc., to its board of directors.The Foundation touted Parish’s experience at his company, an investment and consulting firm for restaurants, as well as his board experience for public and private companies among his qualifications.The Clark College Foundation is the nonprofit arm of Clark College and raises funds for the school.last_img

61 cite reputational risk as a key concern around gender pay reporting

first_imgMore than half (61%) of employer respondents cite reputational risk as one of their top three concerns around gender pay reporting, according to research by Mercer.Its Gender pay reporting survey, which surveyed 114 public and private organisations, also found that 41% name equal pay cases as a top three concern, and 39% are worried about publication in gender pay gap league tables.The research also found:51% of respondents anticipate the new gender pay reporting measures to be difficult or very difficult.75% of respondents feel they are ready or somewhat ready for the reporting regulations.46% of respondents believe that the mandatory gender pay reporting regulations will make some difference, 27% feel they will make little difference, and 22% are unsure.74% of respondents agree or strongly agree with the concept of gender pay reporting.41% of respondents have conducted some analysis around gender pay bias in the last three years, including examining pay differentials by grade or level (36%).Only 3% of respondents have considered post maternity analysis in the past three years, and 11% have carried out analysis of starting salaries for men and women performing the same work.83% of respondents plan on analysing their pay gap in the next 18 months.40% of respondents describe the government’s definition of pay as complex, 31% as illogical, and 31% as burdensome.Chris Charman, principle in talent business at Mercer, said: “The unclear way that pay is defined in the proposed regulations is not appreciated by businesses as it not only differs from existing equal pay legislation, but is quite alien to how [organisations] actually manage and define pay, bonus, shift pay and other reward programmes.”last_img read more

Borough Approved Intervenor Status In Alaska LNG Project

first_imgJohn Quick, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor’s chief of staff, told the Kenai Borough’s public advisory committee on the project August 6: “Right now we have Valdez and Mat-Su hemming and hawing for this project, and they’re intervenors. If we’re not at the table, we’re not at the table. So I think this will put us in a better position to have a bigger voice from the borough, and do everything we can to make sure this project lands in Nikiski.” FERC is scheduled to release its draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project in February of 2019. Intervenor status will allow parties the right to request a rehearing of a FERC order and to challenge a final commission order in federal court. The borough is now the third municipality in the state to be granted intervenor status on the project, the other two being Valdez and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s late motion to intervene in the proceedings for the proposed Alaska LNG project. Regardless of any intervenor status and filings in support of specific communities, federal law requires the FERC-led environmental impact statement to consider alternatives for the LNG plant site.last_img read more

Vodafone Tax Case Centre Not to Appeal Against Bombay High Court Order

first_imgThe Narendra Modi government on Wednesday chose not to appeal against the Bombay High Court Order ruling that Vodafone is not liable to be taxed in India in a transfer pricing dispute with the tax authorities.The decision sends out a strong message to international investors on taxes being rationalised in line with stated principles. In October 2014, the Bombay High Court squashed an Income Tax claim of ₹3,200 crore claim in taxes and interest on Vodafone’s Pune outsourcing unit for the year 2008-09. VodafoneWikiCommonsThe mobile service provider is also involved in yet another tax-related case, concerning its purchase of 67% in Hutchison Essar in 2007, with the tax claim touching ₹11,120 crore. The Supreme Court of India heard the case and decided it in favour of Vodafone, prompting the erstwhile UPA government led by Manmohan Singh to promulgate an ordinance on retrospective taxation and staked a claim with Vodafone. The case is currently under arbitration, read Business Standard.IBM and Nokia are also contesting tax related issues in respective courts and Wednesday’s move will allow early closure of the pending cases.Earlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised investors that the government aimed for non-adversarial tax regime and stood for rationalising taxation.last_img read more

World can sleep well after N Korea summit Trump

first_imgUS president Donald Trump. AFP file photoA jubilant-sounding president Donald Trump declared Wednesday that his “deal” with Kim Jong Un has ended the North Korean nuclear threat, as his top diplomat said he hoped to see “major disarmament” of the country by 2020.Despite the lack of detail, or binding terms in the joint statement agreed with Kim-which has alarmed a majority of observers of the nuclear standoff-Trump struck a resolutely bullish tone.“There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea,” he tweeted in one of a series of early morning pronouncements.Trump added that everybody “can now feel much safer than the day I took office” and people could “sleep well tonight!”Critics said the unprecedented encounter between Kim and Trump was more style than substance, producing a document short on specifics about the key issue of Pyongyang’s atomic weapons.But the US president trumpeted the outcome as a “deal” with North Korea and vowed there would be “no more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research!”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking to reporters in Seoul, said the United States hoped for “major disarmament” of North Korea by the end of 2020.In the summit statement, Kim pledged to “work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”-a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of longstanding US demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a “verifiable” and “irreversible” way.When questioned on the wording, Pompeo said Trump’s intention was to allow the US the opportunity to pursue further productive conversations on the issue with Pyongyang.“Let me assure you that ‘complete’ encompasses verifiable in the minds of everyone concerned,” Pompeo said.“One can’t completely denuclearize without validating, authenticating.”Pompeo said he expects the US would next speak to North Korean officials “fairly quickly after we return to our home countries,” adding he was “very confident” that some form of engagement would occur in the next week.‘Meeting of the century’In North Korea, state media praised Kim for “opening a new chapter” in relations with the United States, and said Trump had accepted an invitation to visit the North.Just months ago, Kim and Trump were trading threats and personal insults as the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.Adam Schiff, a top US Democrat and staunch Trump critic, warned the standoff was far from resolved.“North Korea still has all its nuclear missiles, and we only got a vague promise of future denuclearization from a regime that can’t be trusted. North Korea is a real and present threat.“So is a dangerously naive president,” Schiff said.But Victor Cha, a former US pointman on North Korea, gave Trump more credit, writing in The New York Times: “Despite its many flaws, the Singapore summit represents the start of a diplomatic process that takes us away from the brink of war.”Pyongyang has reason to feel confident after the meeting, where Kim stood as an equal with Trump in front of their nations’ flags.In North Korea, the official KCNA news agency described the summit as an “epoch-making meeting” that would help foster “a radical switchover in the most hostile (North Korea)-US relations.”KCNA also asserted Trump had “expressed his intention” to lift sanctions against the North-something the US president had said would happen “when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor.”With the headline: “Meeting of the century opens new history in DPRK-US relations,” the North’s ruling Workers Party official daily Rodong Sinmun splashed no fewer than 33 pictures across four of its usual six pages.In Pyongyang, commuters crowded round the spread of images.U Sung Tak, 79, said the future was looking “bright” because Kim was “leading the world’s political trend on the Korean peninsula, steering the wheel of history.”Ordinary North Koreans consistently voice unequivocal support for the leadership when speaking to foreign media.‘War games’The Singapore summit was a major coup for an isolated and heavily sanctioned regime that has long craved international legitimacy, and whose autocratic leader stands accused of murdering opponents and members of his own family.“Kim Jong Un got what he wanted at the Singapore Summit: the international prestige and respect of a one-on-one meeting with the American president, the legitimacy of North Korean flags hanging next to American flags in the background,” said Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center.In his post-summit press conference, Trump made the surprise announcement that the US would halt joint military exercises with its security ally Seoul-something long sought by Pyongyang, which claims the drills are a rehearsal for invasion.He defended that decision Wednesday, tweeting: “We save a fortune by not doing war games, as long as we are negotiating in good faith – which both sides are!”The Pentagon could not immediately provide an estimate of how much the drills cost.Both Seoul and US military officials have said they had no idea the announcement was coming, while Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera warned the drills played a “vital role in East Asia’s security.”Still, Japan joined fellow world powers from China to the European Union and Russia in welcoming the summit-while cautioning it was only a first step towards resolving the stand-off with Pyongyang.Echoing that stance, Akira Kawasaki of the ICAN anti-nuclear group said the summit was “a great photo-op,” but that “the substance needs to be followed up.”last_img read more

Buy This Comic CLUE 1

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 The game of Clue is a classic for many and has been around since the early 1940’s. The popular board game of “who done it” has never slowed down in sales and has franchised out many popular adaptations including novels, VHS game, short-lived television series. But most fans remember the 1985 cult film starring Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd and Madeline Kahn that broke the third wall and left audiences in stitches. Now the world’s most famous murder mystery game is headed to comic store shelves this Wednesday and is my pick of the week!CLUE #1(W) Paul Allor (A) Nelson DanielIt is simply a fantastic idea that Hasbro and IDW Publishing are working together to bring this classic murder mystery to new audiences. Heading up this series is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles writer Paul Allor, with art by Judge Dredd’s Nelson Daniel.One thing that drastically stands out in this new adaptation is that all your favorite characters have been brought into the twenty-first century. For instance, Mister Green is a young hedge fund manager turned pharmaceutical jerk, and Miss Scarlett is an Australian hip-hop artist. With that said, Allor makes it really easy for you to want some of these characters to die. Even though this is just the first issue, death most certainly occurs.One thing the adaptations do well is break the third wall. Expect them to crumble down with a little help from the gracious butler of the seventy-two roomed mansion, Upton. His dialogue is easily my favorite part of this book. He’ll help you along this murder mystery and push you to look in places you’d quickly pass.The dinner table is set, and the bickering begins. None of the guests want to be out on a stormy night like tonight. But their high-class egos know no bounds, and they are without cellular reception. As always, once the first murder goes down, everyone is a suspect. This issue closes with three multiple endings, each edition different lending the reader unique clues.This edition of Clue is an absolute delight and will have you turning back pages to find things you may have missed, almost as if you were reading a “choose your own adventure mystery comic.” I implore you to add a little murder mystery to your pull list this week. I’m sure you are already dying to find out if Professor Plum did it with a candlestick in the library, or if Mrs. Peacock committed the heinous acts with the wrench in the library. Only way you’ll find out is you pick up Clue #1 in print or online at Comixology today!6/28/17 Releases – In addition to CLUE #1, here is a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should also be reading, if you are not already.Beautiful Canvas #1  by writer Ryan K Lindsay, artist Sami Kivela, and Black Mask Studios.Blood Brothers #1  by writer Fabian Rangel Jr., artist Javier Caba, and Dynamite Comics.Jughead #16  by writers Ian Flynn & Mark Waid, artists Derek Charm, Matt Herms, & Jack Morelli and Archie Comics. In this issue, you get Sabrina, Josie, and  ZOMBIES!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Two new nextgeneration ships confirmed for NCL fleet

first_img Friday, July 13, 2018 Two new next-generation ships confirmed for NCL fleet Share Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line, Project Leonardo << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has confirmed orders for its fifth and sixth Project Leonardo Class ships, set for delivery in 2026 and 2027.Set to join Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet, the new ships will accommodate approximately 3,300 guests and will be energy efficient, with the aim of optimizing fuel consumption and reducing impact on the environment. The smaller footprint of both vessels will also broaden deployment opportunities around the world.According to Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., these orders will help continue the company on its strong growth trajectory. “Our six ship Leonard Class fleet will allow us to broaden our deployment into strong performing and mature unserved and underserved markets and offer new experiences to our guests,” he said.With these latest additions, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has seven ships on order for Norwegian Cruise Line, and one for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, for a total of eight vessels for delivery through 2027. The company will take delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in fall 2019.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsAndy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, added: “Following the Breakaway Plus Class, the most successful class in our company’s history, the highly anticipated Leonardo Class will fuel future growth with exciting and innovative offerings that will meaningfully drive demand from new and loyal returning guests alike.”The effectiveness of the new ship orders is contingent on the company’s entry into omitted financing arrangements. Further details about the ships will be announced at a later date. Posted by Alex Keerma About Latest Posts Alex Keerma Latest posts by Alex Keerma (see all) WestJet adds to network, nonstop flights between Austin and Calgary – May 3, 2019 Senior Travel Advisor – Peterborough Office – April 12, 2019 “I didn’t know she was married”: Kimpton’s social experiment inspires new themed rooms – March 6, 2019last_img read more

The Power of the Underwriter

first_img Underwriting 2017-10-08 Paul Gomez Paul Gomez is Senior Vice President & Chief Operations Officer for Genworth’s U.S. Mortgage Insurance business, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. October 8, 2017 661 Views In industries where price competition is fierce, finding other ways to bolster a company’s brand is vital for success and survival. In the mortgage industry, one proven way to do this is by making the underwriting experience as productive and efficient as possible.A Need for SpeedIn today’s market, speed is paramount. Not surprisingly, this holds true in underwriting as well. Loan officers and loan processors want an underwrite as quickly as one can be completed. Research* shows that across underwriting service providers, turn time (or speed of the underwrite) is one of the most important characteristics associated with a best-in-class underwriter.As such, the ultimate responsibility of every underwriter then becomes the completion of an underwrite as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality. Many underwriting companies turn to technology solutions for the assist in reaching this goal. Integrated capabilities such as intelligent document ingestion, workflow and automated loan routing, predictive analytics, and rules-based programming are becoming more common. These capabilities also enable enhanced data collection, which can provide further insight into loans underwritten, identify opportunities for innovation, and support predictive analytics.Approvals with Pricing That’s Just RightExpectation of an approval and competitive pricing are both significant factors in deciding which underwriter/underwriting service provider to work with. Pricing, of course, cannot be ignored for all the obvious reasons. However, pricing and underwriting speed are essentially irrelevant when a loan does not receive an approval.This does not mean that pricing is not still an important component. Even premier customer service has its limits in mitigating the effects of higher pricing. In order to steadily drive more business, underwriting service providers must ensure that they remain competitive in pricing without losing focus on other key customer service attributes.Customer Service You Can Rely OnRegardless of how much emphasis is seemingly placed on pricing as a highly valued attribute, studies show that this is not as singular of a focus as one might think. In fact, attributes such as turn time, ease of submission, expertise, customer service, and responsiveness often trump pricing and fees.All of these can be characterized as traits of good customer service, which illustrates a significant dynamic: price is not everything when generating new business.Regardless of why customer service may rank higher than pricing, the importance of customer service can be used to an underwriter’s benefit. Underwriters can directly affect the customer service they offer within their normal course of business, thus helping their companies grow business. And, good customer service has a compounding effect on new business generation. Each positive experience encourages customers to provide repeat business, and over time this can lead to a significant positive brand association and customer loyalty. The impact of good customer service cannot be overrated.ConclusionPrice is not everything when it comes to the decision of where to do business. Good customer service encompasses higher-priority attributes than other decision factors, leading to better referral rates than simply having the best price. Could your company’s customer service plan be better focused? Sharecenter_img *Research derived from 2016 and 2017 Genworth administered blind surveys to underwriting decision makers. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News The Power of the Underwriterlast_img read more

Contiki is offering youth travellers a choice of t

first_imgContiki is offering youth travellers a choice of three air deals on select 2018 USA & Canada trips –where they can choose to Fly Free, for $599 or for $899 return, valid on select 2018 trips. Fly free is valid on Contiki’s 55-day Epic Adventure and 25-day The Big West, whilst the High-Energy trips; Wild Western, LA to the Bay, Eastern Discovery and Grand Southern (start LA or NYC) can be combined with return flights for just $599. Travellers can also choose to combine flights for only $899 on 8 trips, including the new Munch USA Limited Edition itinerary that takes Contiki guests through the food scenes of Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville. This mouth-watering trip includes everything from food truck experiences to cooking school delights.Valid until 28 February 2018, the deals are offered via Contiki’s preferred airline partners, Virgin Australia and Delta Airlines, across 15 bestselling trips. As an alternative to these airfare savings, agents can also help their clients secure trips that are ultimately Better Together in the USA and Canada with the 10% Early Payment Discount valid on 35 select 2018 trips, when booked before 14 March 2018. *T&Cs apply CanadaContikiUSAyouth travellast_img read more