BONDS ELECTORAL BONDS

first_img‘Sir, look at this. Someone in Uttar Pradesh got lynched by a mob…’ Srikar barely looked up while scribbling frantically on a document. ‘Not now, Raghav. Focus on this bill, please.’Raghav kept the newspaper down and stared at the document on his laptop. Srikar had been assigned another bill and Raghav had drafted a speech for him. The legislation, related to the general budget, was titled ‘Finance Bill, 2015’. It was a super complex and technical bill which Raghav lost interest in the moment he started leafing through it. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalAccording to him, the speech he had written was wishywashy. Full of random demands from the state government he had found online, some issues about pending payments and a few projects in Nagpur which had been stalled because of funding issues. Srikar had glanced through it, looked up and asked, ‘Did you even read the bill?’ ‘Umm … yes sir, I did,’ replied Raghav. ‘Nonsense, boy. If you would have, you’d know that this government is doing a shitty thing to hide political funding from sources. Did you read that clause?’ Also Read – Educational model of coexistence’No sir.’ ‘What is this, boy? Go get me Dushyant. Right away,’ hollered Srikar before tossing the speech away. Now they were just sitting around waiting for Dushyant to arrive while Raghav was trying his best to take a stab at the bill again. But every time he read a line, he lost interest. How in the world is anyone supposed to read this crap? I’m no lawyer. I don’t know this lawyerspeak. He reminded himself about how he had read a few opinion pieces about the NJAC the first time round when he had done that speech for Srikar. Then he had sat down and painstakingly identified clauses which spoke about the issues with the bill. A speech which turned out to be an absolute disaster. For this finance bill, zero people had written anything about it. No one was discussing it. Nobody seemed to have even noticed this clause that Srikar was talking about. What in the world?! The doorbell rang and Jeetu came in, ushering Dushyant inside while asking him if he wanted chai. Dushyant ignored him and extended his hand to shake Srikar’s. Srikar got up with a smile and shook his. Both of them had good-natured friendly smiles on their faces, as if they were both aware of something epic they were about to pull off together. ‘I hope you had a chance to look at that clause, sir?’ said Dushyant, sitting down across from Srikar. ‘Was I correct?’ ‘Yes, yes. This is most interesting. It’s strange that this government is trying to make political funding non-transparent,’ said Srikar. He looked at Raghav. ‘My useless staff wasn’t able to notice it. But thank you for being proactive, Dushyant!’ Raghav tried to shrink in size and become a peanut. Sadly, he failed. ‘Okay Dushyant, so I have decided to base my complete speech on this point. It’s preposterous. It’s something we should focus on. I need a favour from you,’ said Srikar. ‘Sure, sir. How can I help?’ ‘Sit here with Raghav and help him draft the speech, please? I only ask you to give half an hour of your time. That’s all.’ ‘Sure. You go do your other work while I deal with this.’ Dushyant looked at Raghav and gave him a friendly smile. Raghav wasn’t feeling particularly friendly at that point, so he just looked away. Srikar got up, stretched and announced that he was off to do some shopping for his wife. Jeetu was summoned and both of them rushed off to Khan Market. Dushyant opened his laptop and started typing furiously, without a word. ‘Soooo … can you tell me about this … thing?’ said Raghav timidly. Dushyant paused, looked at him, nodded and went back to typing. After what seemed like an eternity, he looked up from his laptop and said, ‘Right. So all you have to do is put what I have written into his speech. Got it? Raghav glared at him. ‘No, I don’t get it. Please explain it to me so that I can write it myself.’ ‘Why? Why do you want to waste time? It’s written here, just read it and give it to him.’ ‘Srikarji might not like my ability to read bills but he does like my use of language. The only reason why he let me work on this is because I can think in his words and spew out stuff which he is comfortable reading out. So please, just explain it and I’ll write,’ responded Raghav rather defensively. He did not appreciate this Dushyant sweeping into the room and taking away all the glory just by showing up. He might be an expert and all, but he was no speech writer. Raghav was proud of his ability to write and he wasn’t willing to give it up for any so-called expert. Besides, Dushyant is such an arrogant prick. The lawyer sighed and said, ‘Okay, so in Section 234 of the bill they are making changes to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, and they’re creating electoral bonds which…’ ‘Wait wait wait. Hold up. Talk to me as a voter. Who knows nothing about political funding. At all.’ Dushyant looked genuinely confused. ‘Okay. Let me ask you this: how do parties get funds?’ ‘Are you serious? You don’t know?’ ‘No, I don’t. Now tell me.’ Dushyant sighed and closed his laptop. ‘According to the Representation of People’s Act, people are allowed to donate `20,000 or less anonymously…’ ‘Nope nope. Simpler. I ask again, how do parties get funds?’ Dushyant was getting visibly irritated now. ‘Fine. People give money to political parties in cash or cheque. If the cash amount is more than `20,000, who has given the money has to be disclosed. If it’s a cheque, it has to be declared by default.’ Raghav started typing furiously on his laptop. ‘Declared where?’ ‘In the annual accounts of the political party. There has to be a proper list of donors to ensure transparency. The Election Commission asks political parties to make it public.’ Raghav nodded. ‘So this bill is changing a lot of that.’ ‘How?’ ‘One, they’re reducing the cash donation limit to `2,000 and two, they’re introducing a new instrument called electoral bonds which can be used to give donations to political parties. These bonds can only be bought using white money, meaning cheque, demand draft or bank transfer.’ ‘Okay. That doesn’t sound so bad. Is that bad?’ ‘On the surface it looks legitimate, but electoral bonds are actually going to ensure that the names of the donors remain hidden from the public. Nobody will know who donated to which party.’ Raghav reflected on this for a bit. ‘So if I want to donate using electoral bonds, what do I need to do?’ Dushyant opened his laptop and checked something. Raghav had thrown him a question he did not have a solid answer to. ‘That is unclear from the proposed law. But it says that electoral bonds will have to be bought from a registered government bank and given to the political party.’ (Excerpted with permission from Parliamental; written by Meghnad S; published by Harper Collins. The excerpt here is a part of the chapter titled ‘Bonds Electoral Bonds’.) Price: Rs.299last_img

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for May by Canadian city

first_imgOTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 6.6 per cent in May. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 8.5 per cent (8.3)— Halifax 7.0 (6.8)— Moncton, N.B. 6.1 (6.9)— Saint John, N.B. 5.6 (6.2)— Saguenay, Que. 6.8 (6.5)— Quebec 4.6 (4.2)— Sherbrooke, Que. 6.2 (6.2)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 6.5 (6.5)— Montreal 6.6 (6.7)— Gatineau, Que. 5.6 (5.7)— Ottawa 5.8 (5.1)— Kingston, Ont. 5.5 (5.8)— Peterborough, Ont. 6.7 (5.2)— Oshawa, Ont. 5.9 (6.1)— Toronto 6.9 (6.9)— Hamilton, Ont. 5.2 (5.4)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 6.9 (6.8)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.3 (5.2)— Brantford, Ont. 5.1 (4.7)— Guelph, Ont. 3.9 (4.6)— London, Ont. 6.2 (5.7)— Windsor, Ont. 5.0 (4.9)— Barrie, Ont. 5.4 (5.8)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.6 (6.7)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.5 (5.7)— Winnipeg 5.9 (6.3)— Regina 4.7 (4.6)— Saskatoon 8.3 (7.8)— Calgary 9.3 (9.3)— Edmonton 7.9 (8.1)— Kelowna, B.C. 4.0 (4.8)— Abbotsford, B.C. 5.6 (5.7)— Vancouver 5.2 (4.8)— Victoria 3.9 (3.7)last_img read more

Morocco Caucus At US Congress Strongly Supports Moroccos Autonomy Plan For

first_imgWashington-  The “Morocco caucus” at the US Congress reiterated firm support to the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara and recalls the US administration “unchanged position” on the issue.In a letter to US president Barak Obama on the eve of a working visit to Washington by HM King Mohammed VI (Nov.22), the caucus stresses the utmost importance that this issue has for Morocco, calling the US chief executive to seize the “opportunity” of the Moroccan king’s visit to “reaffirm the US unchanged policy of support to a settlement based on large autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty.The Moroccan autonomy initiative put forward by Morocco in 2007 remains “the best framework for a negotiated political solution,” says the letter which also insists “it is one of the few issues enjoying wide consensus both at the House of Representatives and the Senate”. Of Morocco-US relations, the congress members recall that Morocco, the first nation to recognize the United States of America, is “a friend country and a solid partner in North Africa”, sharing “our values and aspirations for the region. As such, the letter goes on, “given the current juncture at the regional level”, relations with Morocco have “a capital and strategic importance”.The Morocco caucus also urges for seizing the opportunity of HM the King’s trip to Washington to consolidate “strategic relations” with Morocco to face “common challenges in North Africa and the Sahel region”.last_img read more

Colombo Uni student serious

The student of the Colombo University who fell from the third floor of the University this morning is in serious condition, the Colombo National Hospital said.The student, identified as Randima, is a Science Faculty student and a resident of Lunugamwehera. The student is 23 year old girl. She is to undergo an operation, the hospital said. (Colombo Gazette)

UN officials stress need to eliminate violence against women

“Violence against women is global in reach, and takes place in all societies and cultures,” he said in a statement marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. “It affects women no matter what their race, ethnicity, social origin, birth or other status may be.”Noting that gender-based violence is particularly pervasive in situation of armed conflicts, when women and girls become victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence, the Secretary-General said ending the impunity for such crimes is an important step.Referring to the Special Court for Sierra Leone, he said for the first time forced marriage would be prosecuted as a crime against humanity.Describing violence against women as “a challenge in itself,” since it could cause HIV infection, the Secretary-General observed that sexual violence increases women’s vulnerability to the virus.“All too frequently, the threat to violence forces women to have unprotected sex,” he said. “Violence can also make it impossible for women to seek information, follow treatment or even raise the subject for discussion.”He said the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women continued to play a dynamic role in ensuring that the issue was a high priority for the international community, noting that the Optional Protocol to the Convention “gives women the right to petition, and has the potential to become a highly effective tool for addressing gender-based violence.”Meanwhile, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also pointed out that systematic use of rape as a weapon of war was a violation of human rights that demands urgent attention and an end to impunity.“The prevalence of rape and sexual violence during armed conflict is not a new problem, but it is as serious as it has even been,” said Executive Director Carol Bellamy. “Perpetrators of sexual violence during armed conflict are violating international law. States must hold them accountable, and there must be resources for victims to seek justice.”She saw the use of rape in wars as “one of the most disturbing phenomena” of the past two decades. “In situations of armed conflicts, girls and women are routinely targeted in campaigns of gender-based violence, including rape, mutilation, prostitution, and sexual slavery,” she said.Referring to conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan, the UNICEF chief observed that militias had routinely engaged in rape of young girls and women of all ages. “That conflict has forced more than a million people to leave their homes and seek refuge in makeshift camps,” she said. “But even there, women and girls are in grave danger of being sexually assaulted, particularly when they go beyond the camp for firewood.” read more

Varadkar wants your views on the future of Irish tourism

first_imgREADY TO ANSWER some challenging questions about the future of the Irish tourist industry?That’s what Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring are looking for members of the public, the tourism industry and tourists to do.People are being invited to contribute their ideas on future plans for Ireland’s tourism industry in a new Government initiative launched today.This is the first time this has been done since New Horizons back in 2003, and this time around it involves a consultation and question paper.This paper asks people to answer “challenging questions about the future of Irish tourism”.The consultation document has 20 topics on which views and submissions are invited. These include:Where our priority country markets should beWhat should the balance of spending be among marketing, events and attractionsHow we can build on the success of the GatheringHow can be best harness local authorities, communities, business to support tourismHow should we measure success, visits or revenue.Minister Varadkar said that tourism has moved “from crisis mode two years ago, firmly into recovery mode now”.He added: “With the success of The Gathering, a significant increase in overseas visits for three years in a row and a good summer for domestic tourism behind us, we now must ask ourselves, what next?”Varadkar said he wants this “to be the most far-reaching review of Irish tourism policy review in years”. Minister Ring said that they “want to hear from everybody on this”.Copies of the document will be available on the website of the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and submissions can be emailed to tourismpolicy@dttas.ie or sent by post to: Tourism Policy, Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, 44 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Submissions should be sent by 1 November 2013.Read: German tourists boost passenger numbers at Knock Airport>Read: ‘Hipsters’ are the target of new Irish tourism campaign>last_img read more

Un astéroïde a frôlé la Terre ce weekend

first_imgUn astéroïde a frôlé la Terre ce week-endVendredi, dans l’après-midi, un astéroïde de la taille d’un bus s’est approché à 60.000 kilomètres de la Terre. D’après les experts du Minor Planet Center, la collision a été “évitée de peu”.Jeudi, sur Twitter, l’agence spatiale américaine a annoncé qu’un astéroïde “passerait sans problème à côté de la Terre le 27 janvier”. Et l’approche a bien eu lieu. Les experts du Minor Planet Center, un organisme qui traque ces objets dans le système solaire, ont en effet confirmé que le corps céleste avait “frôlé” notre planète aux alentours de 15H00 GMT.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreL’astéroïde, baptisé 2012 BX34, mesurait entre six et 19 mètres de diamètre, a indiqué Gareth Williams, directeur associé de cet organisme dont le siège se trouve aux Etats-Unis. Il “s’est approché à 60.000 kilomètres de la Terre vendredi vers 15H00 GMT”, a précisé à l’AFP le spécialiste assurant qu’une collision avait “été évitée de peu”.L’objet n’avait été détecté que tard : il était soudainement apparu mercredi dans le champ de vision d’un télescope situé dans l’Arizona. Un repérage tardif alors que l’astéroïde était déjà près de la Terre qui s’expliquerait par la petite taille de l’objet d’après Gareth Williams. Le directeur a cependant estimé que bien que le fait qu’il eut frôlé la notre planète eut été une surprise, cela n’était pas totalement inhabituel. “L’année dernière nous avons observé environ 30 objets qui sont passés dans l’orbite de la Lune”, a t-il ajouté.Le 30 janvier 2012 à 10:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Five adults, five youths Marshall Awards finalists

first_imgFive residents and five high school seniors from Clark County are finalists for General George C. Marshall Public and Youth Leadership Awards.The award ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. March 21 at Providence Academy, 400 E. Evergreen Blvd.Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman will be keynote speaker, with special guest Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, last year’s speaker.Adult finalists: Cadie Dye, Partners in Careers; Narek Daniyelyan, Clark College; Amy Lodholz, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity; Jamie Spinelli, Community Services Northwest; and Jenny Thompson, Police Activities League of Vancouver.The recipient will participate in the Leadership Clark County program, tour the Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Va., and visit Washington, D.C.Youth finalists and high school: Kiara Fehrs, Heritage; Brianna Knode, Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience; Bridgette McCarthy, Washougal; Cornelius Vandermaas, Hockinson; and Hannah Wistrand, Skyview.The youth award includes a $2,500 college scholarship and a $500 summer internship in the Trust’s Celebrate Freedom office.Tickets are available at thehistorictrust.org/marshall-awards.last_img read more

Lukaku hints at Serie A move

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has suggested that a move to the Serie A may be a part of his future plansThe 25-year-old striker has spent the last eight seasons at the Premier League following stints with Chelsea, West Brom, Everton and now Manchester United.In that time, Lukaku has notched 105 goals and 41 assists in 228 appearances in the English top-flight.Yet Lukaku indicated that following his brother, Jordan, to the Serie A could be on the agenda.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Why not? I hope so,” replied Lukaku, when asked by La Gazzetta dello Sport.Jordan is a left-back who has spent the last two seasons at Serie A club Lazio and has made 63 appearances across all competitions in the process.Lukaku also praised Italian champions Juventus, who United will face on October 23 in the Champions League at Old Trafford.The striker scored both goals in Belgium’s 2-1 Nations League win over Switzerland on Friday and will likely start again in their clash with the Netherlands on Tuesday.last_img read more

Great Grand Masti Masti 3 Will leaked movie dampen hopes of a

first_img“Great Grand Masti” (“Masti 3″) is one of the five Hindi films that earned huge revenues for Balaji Telefilms in broadcasting and music deals, hence it will be interesting to see the Riteish Deshmukh-Urvashi Rautela starrer’s box office collection when it releases this Friday (July 15).This is so because the film was leaked online and High Definition (HD) prints were available for download, much to the detriment of the producer Balaji Telefilms, the film and television content company listed on Indian stock exchanges.”Great Grand Masti”, “Udta Punjab”, “Azhar”, “Flying Jat”, “Half Girlfriend” and “XXX” were listed as films by the company that had contributed substantially to its revenues.”Successfully closed revenue deals on 5 movies with key broadcasters, overseas and music deals for upcoming movies at Rs. 682.5 million,” the company said in its presentation posted on BSE website on May 18. It had listed “Azhar” as a co-produced movie, so it is presumed that the Rs. 682 million deal excludes the biopic.The makers of the adult comedy “Great Grand Masti” were forced to advance the release date by a week to July 15 after the print of the film — starring Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani and Urvashi Rautela in key roles — were leaked online. The leaked print had the water mark “censor copy” and could hit big box office collection prospects on release. The leak evoked outrage on Twitter, with several Bollywood celebs expressing annoyance at repeated instances of films being leaked online before their official release. The police have taken cognizance of the offence, with the crime branch of Mumbai police arresting nine persons under the Copyright Act. However, some people, after watching the leaked version are not impressed; while one had tweeted that the film is “disasppointing with its plot”, another comment described it as “pathetic & worthless”. #GreatGrandMasti to now release on 15th July.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 6, 2016Shares of Balaji Telefims closed at Rs. 100.75 apiece on the BSE on Tuesday, almost flat from their Monday close.Hindi films are big money spinners, as is evident from two recent blockbusters — “Sultan” featuring Salman Khan and the multi-starrer “Housefull 3”.last_img read more

Elon Musk People Dont Understand How Hard it Is to Manufacture Something

first_img 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. After Tesla reported earnings on Wednesday, beating Wall Street expectations with a modest $0.02 profit, CEO Elon Musk took questions from analysts.In the wake of a debate about whether Tesla will be able to meet 2014 sales targets, Musk was clearly irritated.Tesla reported on Wednesday that it will sell a total of 33,000 Model S sedans, its only vehicle, versus an earlier expectation of 35,000.Analysts and media outlets have begun to address a possible decline in demand for the Model S.Musk tried to further clarify a point that he made on Tesla’s second quarter earnings call, when he insisted that Tesla doesn’t have a demand problem. “It’s not a question of demand,” he said. “Demand is not our issue, production is our issue. We have more demand than we can address and levers we can pull to increase demand, and we’re not doing it.”Musk’s point was that if Tesla engaged in conventional advertising strategies — the company currently does almost no advertising — it could increase demand, but its more pressing issue now is being able to simply built its cars, and build them well.”It’s worth saying that making one of something is quite easy,” Musk said. “Making lots of something consistently that’s going to last a long time is extremely hard. In fact, it is way harder to make the machine that makes the machine that it is to make the machine in the first place.”Musk is also ticked off that the battery industry doesn’t hold itself to a high standard of truthfulness (Tesla is preparing to construct a massive $5-billion battery factory in Nevada).”The battery industry has to have more B.S. in it than any industry I’ve ever seen,” he said. “We’re not worried about blindsided on a technology.”Musk is usually very forthcoming about Tesla’s business on earnings calls, and Wednesday’s call was no exception, but throughout he seemed annoyed and at times confrontational that the market and the media have fixated on speculation that Tesla is running out of customers.Again and again, he insisted that Tesla could stoke demand if it wanted to — but isn’t. His testiness clearly stemmed from the same group of analysts he told this to last quarter revisiting the issue again.From his perspective, the bottom line is that Tesla has people lining up to buy its existing cars and expects to have people lining up to buy its new cars and is far more worried about being able to build the vehicles and properly support them than it is about seeing demand drop off.He also anticipated production growth rates of 50% from 2014 to 2015 and admitted that Tesla could “do better” on being less perfectionistic with future cars.  Register Now » This story originally appeared on Business Insider November 6, 2014last_img read more

Israels Beresheet spacecraft is lost during historic lunar landing attempt

first_imgIsrael’s SpaceIL almost made history today as its Beresheet spacecraft came within an ace of landing on the surface of the Moon, but suffered a last-minute failure during descent. Israel missed out on the chance to be the fourth country to make a controlled lunar landing, but getting 99 percent of the way there is still an extraordinary achievement for private spaceflight.Beresheet (“Genesis”) launched in February as secondary payload aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and after a month and a half spiraling outward, entered lunar orbit a week ago. Today’s final maneuver was an engine burn meant to bring down its relative velocity to the Moon, then brake to a soft landing in the Mare Serenitatis, or Sea of Serenity.Everything was working fine up until the final moments, as is often the case in space. The craft, having made it perfectly to its intended point of descent, determined that all systems were ready and the landing process would go ahead as planned.They lost telemetry for a bit, and had to reset the craft to get the main engine back online… and then communication dropped while only a handful of kilometers from the surface. The “selfie” image above was taken from 22 km above the surface, just a few minutes before that. The spacecraft was announced as lost shortly afterwards.Clearly disappointed but also exhilarated, the team quickly recovered its composure, saying “the achievement of getting to where we got is tremendous and we can be proud,” and of course, “if at first you don’t succeed… try, try again.”The project began as an attempt to claim the Google Lunar Xprize, announced more than a decade ago, but which proved too difficult for teams to attempt in the time frame specified. Although the challenge and its prize money lapsed, Israel’s SpaceIL team continued its work, bolstered by the support of Israel Aerospace Industries, the state-owned aviation concern there.It’s worth noting that although Beresheet did enjoy considerable government support in this way, it’s a far cry from any other large-scale government-run mission, and can safely be considered “private” for all intents and purposes. The ~50-person team and $200 million budget are laughably small compared to practically any serious mission, let alone a lunar landing.I spoke with Xprize’s founder and CEO, Peter Diamandis and Anousheh Ansari, respectively, just before the landing attempt. Both were extremely excited and made it clear that the mission was already considered a huge success.“What I’m seeing here is an incredible ‘Who’s Who’ from science, education and government who have gathered to watch this miracle take place,” Diamandis said. “We launched this competition now 11 years ago to inspire and educate engineers, and despite the fact that it ran out of time it has achieved 100 percent of its goal. Even if it doesn’t make it onto the ground fully intact it has ignited a level of electricity and excitement that reminds me of the Ansari Xprize 15 years ago.”He’s not the only one. Ansari, who funded the famous spaceflight Xprize that bore her name, and who has herself visited space as one of the first tourist-astronauts above the International Space Station, felt a similar vibe.“It’s an amazing moment, bringing so many great memories up,” she told me. “It reminds me of when we were all out in the Mojave waiting for the launch of Spaceship One.”Ansari emphasized the feeling the landing evoked of moving forward as a people.“Imagine, over the last 50 years only 500 people out of seven billion have been to space — that number will be thousands soon,” she said. “We believe there’s so much more that can be done in this area of technology, a lot of real business opportunities that benefit civilization but also humanity.”Congratulations to the SpaceIL team for their achievement, and here’s hoping the next attempt makes it all the way down.last_img read more

4 aid workers taken in Kenya rescued by militia

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Elisabeth Rasmusson, the aid group’s secretary general, told a news conference in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, that she was relieved the four had been released. “What we know right now is that they have been released and are in good condition.”Abdinasir Serar, a representative with the Ras Kamboni militia in Somalia, said his group heard of Friday’s kidnapping in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp and pursued the kidnappers. Ras Kamboni fighters caught up with the kidnappers Monday morning about 60 kilometers (35 miles) inside Somalia.Ras Kamboni’s leader, Ahmed Madobe, said his men killed one of the kidnappers but that the other three escaped. The rescue happened in the village of Alu Gulay.The four rescued workers were taken to the Somali town of Dhobley and were then flown to Nairobi. Ras Kamboni works alongside Somali government and Kenyan military forces. Kenya sent troops to Somalia last October to hunt al-Shabab militants.Four gunmen attacked a two-vehicle convoy from the Norwegian Refugee Council on Friday, killing one Kenyan driver and wounding two other Kenyans. The gunmen took one of the two vehicles and the four workers. The group later abandoned the vehicle and began walking toward the Somali border. How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daycenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family ErrorOK ErrorOK Sponsored Stories The Norwegian Refugee Council said the four released hostages were: Astrid Sehl of Norway, 33; Glenn Costes of Philippines, 40; Steven Dennis of Canada, 37; and Canadian citizen Qurat-Ul-Ain Sadazai, 38, who is of Pakistani origin.Rasmusson was present during Friday’s attack but was not harmed or taken. She said Friday that the attack happened on a main road toward the city of Dadaab in “what is recognized as the safe part of the camp.”A Kenyan police commander said the aid group originally arranged to have armed security travel with it but that the group canceled the security arrangements at the last minute.After an attack on a Doctors Without Borders convoy last year in which two Spanish women were abducted, some aid groups began using security escorts in Dadaab, a series of sprawling camps connected by sandy roads.___Associated Press reporter Abdi Guled in Mogadishu, Somalia, Khaled Kazziha in Nairobi and Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Four aid workers kidnapped at gunpoint from Kenya’s largest refugee camp arrived back in Kenya’s capital aboard a military helicopter on Monday after a pro-government Somali militia group rescued the four inside Somalia.The four workers from the Norwegian Refugee Council smiled and waved after landing in Nairobi.“We are happy. We are back. We are alive and we are happy this has ended,” said Qurat-Ul-Ain Sadazai, one of the four workers.last_img read more

Carrington Mortgage Services Builds on Leadership Team

first_img May 20, 2013 622 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing The lending division of “”Carrington Mortgage Services””:http://www.carringtonhomeloans.com/ announced the addition of industry vet Jeff Gillis as SVP of operations.[IMAGE]A 20-year professional with a reputation for consistently innovating and implementing business strategies to drive positive results, Gillis’ experience in mortgage lending is complemented by a diverse background across multiple disciplines. As SVP of operations at Carrington, his first order of business is to complete the company’s conversion to Ellie Mae’s Encompass360 origination software.In addition, Carrington announced the promotion of Mariano Demarin to national sales director for the firm’s retail lending division.In his new position, Demarin assumes responsibility for all sales and branch operations within Carrington’s retail channel. A real estate lending professional with more than 20 years’ experience under his belt, he joined the company in 2010 as regional VP, a role in which he successfully expanded Carrington’s network of retail lending locations and was directly responsible for establishing its East Coast presence.””I’m pleased to welcome Jeff Gillis as Senior Vice President of Operations and to congratulate Mariano Demarin on his well-deserved promotion to National Sales Director for retail lending. With leaders such as these gentlemen in place, I’m confident in our ability to effectively meet the increasing demands of the market and provide enhanced service to our growing customer base,”” said Ray Brousseau, EVP of Carrington Mortgage Services’ Mortgage Lending Division. New,Carrington Mortgage Services Builds on Leadership Teamcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Carrington Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-05-20 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

loanDepot Introduces New Digital Home Loan Solution

first_img in Headlines, News loanDepot Introduces New Digital Home Loan Solution February 20, 2019 775 Views Sharecenter_img Anthony Hsieh Digital Mortgage loanDepot mello smartloan™ Tammy Richards 2019-02-20 Donna Joseph California-based loanDepot announced that it aims to radically change mortgage lending with the debut of the mello smartloan™. The mello smartloan is an end-to-end digital mortgage which accommodates today’s online-savvy consumer, reducing the stress and frustration that can come with buying or refinancing a home. loanDepot combines its proprietary mello loan origination technology with expanded, intelligent data sources to create a ‘smartloan.’ mello smartloan, when placed in the hands of the company’s 2,000+ loan officers enables the company to merge technology with counsel—reducing time and cost for across the loan process.The end-to-end digital loan also provides increased surety, security, and reliability when compared to that of traditional mortgage products and processes. For customers, mello smartloan offers optimal convenience with full digital documentation capabilities; for loan officers, the data derived from loanDepot’s proprietary loan engines enables them to deliver the ultimate in mortgage confidence. And, with mello smartloan, customers can learn if they have the potential to close their mortgage as soon as eight days from the date of application, a mark that far surpasses industry norms.“We designed the mello smartloan to mirror the digital experience that today’s consumer wants,” said Anthony Hsieh, Founder and CEO of loanDepot. “The mello smartloan leapfrogs decades of traditional industry reliance on paper documentation and physical files. Our unmatched technology accelerates beyond current front-end data validation techniques to eliminate homebuyers’ biggest stressors: voluminous documentation requirements and extended loan processing and cycle times. The mello smartloan™ eliminates the paperwork and the guesswork while delivering a great product at a great value.”loanDepot stated that it has invested more than $80 million in the proprietary technology that powers the mello smartloan™. The company projects that up to 55 percent of new loanDepot applicants will ultimately be eligible for this innovative digital home mortgage experience, and many of those same customers will also enjoy more favorable loan pricing due to the lower overhead costs.The mello smartloan™ converts every step in the loan’s origination from paper to digital, intelligently interconnecting them in real time:income, asset, and employment verificationcredit checksappraisal, title, and Flood ValidationclosingBy taking advantage of this loan application and processing approach, and the intelligent, digitized validation it brings, the mortgage transaction is expected to become more secure and hassle-free, and the time to close is reduced up to 75 percent.“We built the mello smartloan with one goal in mind–the customer experience, where obtaining a loan complemented our customers’ digital lifestyles,” said Tammy Richards, COO of loanDepot. “We are committed to making the entire end-to-end loan process easier, faster, stress-free and a natural extension of our customers’ lives.”last_img read more

Why Jim Caldwell opens his practices to college and high school

first_imgCaldwell does it, he says, as a way of paying it forward to repay Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis’s kindness to him back when he was a young college assistant in the early 1980’s.“We’d walk over there with drill work, go through it, and at night time he’d come back in at night and he and I would watch film from 10 o’clock at night until the wee hours of the morning,” Caldwell said. “Three days in a row, and this was a guy who was running the whole operation. So, from that experience I really believe in allowing guys to come in and see what we do. I think that’s the way it should be. It helped me out tremendously in my career.”Read the full story here. MLive.comPlenty of college coaches open their practices to high school coaches, and the reason is obvious. Sure, they want to share ideas to foster a sense of brotherhood among colleagues. That’s all well and good. But they mainly do it for recruiting. It’s a quid pro quo exchange. High school coaches gain access and knowledge, college coaches gain a leg up on the competition for the next generation of talent. Both sides win.The relationship is different in the NFL, though. The highway of players from college to the pros is much less direct, and as such NFL staffs aren’t typically as inviting as their college counterparts.Except for Jim Caldwell. The Detroit Lions head coach opens his practices to college and high school coaches, and in his situation it truly is a philanthropic effort. Urban Meyer can’t help Caldwell convince Joey Bosa to become a Lion even if he wanted to.“Often times you find that different teams do it different ways,” Caldwell said. “I, on one hand, believe in it because of the fact that these men, whatever level — obviously there are no pro coaches here, but colleges, high schools — I think it’s incumbent upon us to give these guys an opportunity to come in and kind of see how we do it, what we do.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

Terms Conditions Apply 15 Discount is applied

first_img*Terms & Conditions Apply: 15% Discount is applied in the basket process. Bookings must be made on www.executivelounges.com. Discount will only be applied by clicking on the relevant link in this article. To ensure the correct discount is applied, please ensure that you start a new browser session and/or clear your cache before clicking on the link. Discount only applicable on Swissport owned and operated lounges in the UK and includes Aspire, AspirePlus and Swissport Lounges at the following locations: Belfast City (BHD); Birmingham (BHX); Bristol (BRS); Durham Tees Valley (MME); Edinburgh (EDI); Humberside (HUY;) Inverness (INV); Liverpool (LPL); London Gatwick (North Terminal) (LGW); London Heathrow (T3 and T5) (LHR); London Luton (LTN); Manchester (T1 and T2) (MAN); Newcastle (NCL). Discount excludes all 3rd party lounges and lounges that are not located in the UK. Bookings must be made by 23:59 19th January 2018 but can be for any future travel date. Discount will only be applied to lounge places and excludes extra items including, but not limited to, Champagne, Prosecco, Cocktails, Spa Treatments. Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer is subject to availability. RelatedAspire airport lounge giveaway terms and conditionsTo enter share a screenshot of a great flight deal from the UK with us using the hashtag #BlackFridayFlights and you could be in with the chance of winning x2 airport lounge passes for UK Aspire lounges. All the important bits for our Black Friday giveaway competition.Pay less when you fly – by using the UK’s best-value airportsDon’t you just love the feeling of bagging yourself a bargain flight? And don’t you just hate the charges you have to pay at the airport in order to catch it?Eight clever ways to make your airport time luxuriousDon’t let your departure become a chore. These airport treats are inexpensive and easy to organise: and they’ll get your holiday started long before you board your flight. Booking directly with Aspire Lounges also has its advantages that are not available through any other website such as a discounted rate for over 65’s and Guaranteed Delay Cover, meaning that if your flight is delayed, you are welcome to stay in the lounge past your 3-hour booking slot until your flight is ready to board. Now is the time to book as Aspire Lounges are having a winter sale with 15% off all UK Aspire Lounge* bookings. Simply link on the link below and treat yourself the next time that you fly.Save 15% off UK Aspire Lounges last_img read more

Russia following developments in Cyprus EEZ with concern

first_imgRussia said Monday it was following the developments in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone with concern.“We believe that any violation of Cyprus’s sovereignty can only hinder conditions for a durable, viable and fair resolution of the Cyprus issue”, the Russian foreign ministry noted.“We urge all countries to refrain from steps leading to the build-up of a crisis potential in the Eastern Mediterranean, to display restraint and political wisdom, and to strive to resolve any dispute through dialogue and respect for each other’s interests.”“There is an obvious need to relaunch the intercommunal negotiating process on a settlement in Cyprus as soon as possible with a view to finding solutions based on relevant UN resolutions. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, we are ready to support such efforts,” it concluded.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityWe protect our home with earthquake insuranceCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more