UN development agency teams up with Arab foundation to boost knowledge

8 November 2007The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, the largest private foundation in the Arab world, have signed an agreement paving the way for activities aimed at promoting knowledge in the region. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, the largest private foundation in the Arab world, have signed an agreement paving the way for activities aimed at promoting knowledge in the region.The $20 million agreement signed last month will span five years and includes support for “quality assessment of higher education in the Arab World,” UNDP said in a news release. It will also fund publication of the Arab Knowledge Report, which the agency called “a policy and advocacy tool examining the state of knowledge in the Arab Region.”“The Arab world is in dire need to revisit the ‘knowledge’ concept, and to embrace the knowledge economy as the only path to success through the challenges of the third millennium,” said Amat Al Alim Alsoswa, Regional Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States.The Arab Knowledge Report will follow the publication of UNDP’s Arab Human Development Report 2003: Building a Knowledge Society, which stressed the need for Arab governments to “close a growing knowledge gap by enabling innovation and investing heavily in education,” the agency said.The agreement is the first partnership between UNDP and a private foundation in the region. read more

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Algiers attacks spark outrage from Security Council General Assembly President

Echoing the condemnation by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the twin blasts, which struck UN offices and a Government building in Algiers – causing dozens of deaths, including those of at least 11 UN staff, and numerous injuries – the Council underlined the need to bring those responsible to justice. No one has so far claimed responsibility for the bombings, which destroyed the office of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) that also housed staff from a number of other UN agencies, and damaged the building used by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The 15-member body “expresses its deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of this heinous act of terrorism and their families, and to the people and the Government of Algeria,” it said through a statement read out by Ambassador Marcello Spatafora of Italy, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month.Also speaking out, Assembly President Srgjan Kerim expressed his grave concern that UN offices and staff were once again the deliberate targets of terror attacks. A bomb destroyed the world body’s Baghdad headquarters in August 2003, killing 22 people, including top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.Today’s attack “clearly demonstrates that terrorism is a continuous and global challenge that knows no boundaries,” Mr. Kerim said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.He added that the attacks “clearly demonstrate that terrorism is not only a threat to the values and principles of the United Nations, but a very concrete threat to its physical existence and actual work on the ground.”Mr. Ban’s senior advisers have been dispatched to Algiers to investigate the bombing and determine how best to assist those affected. 11 December 2007Today’s deadly bombings in the Algerian capital have been strongly condemned by the Security Council and the President of the General Assembly, who said the bombings showed that terrorism is not only a threat to the values of the United Nations but to the actual work it carries out on the ground. read more

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Liberia UN agencies open registration centres to help with spontaneous returns

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), in cooperation with the Liberia Refugee, Repatriation, and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), have already opened the first centre in Bo Water Side for returnees from Sierra Leone, with six more points soon to follow, all close to the borders with Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire.Once a returnee arrives, the registration process is quite easy: the returnee or head of family presents a Voluntary Repatriation Form or other registration documents from the country of asylum to the UNHCR reception team. The documents are then verified, the returnee is deregistered and receives a new WFP assistance card.Water and dry feeding is provided. After that, food rations for two months and non-food items are provided. Returnees are also provided with transportation or an allowance to continue towards their home.The centres will be operated in conjunction with UNHCR’s national and non-governmental partners. read more

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NY attorney general initiates probe into daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and

Len Don Diego, marketing manager for content at DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports company, works at his station at the company’s offices in Boston on Sept. 9, 2015. The state’s attorney general on Tuesday sent letters to daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel demanding they turn over details of any investigations into their employees, saying they “may have gained an unfair, financial advantage in a contest known as Daily Fantasy Football. “The letters were prompted by media reports a DraftKings employee may have had access to valuable company data before winning second place in a FanDuel contest. The incident has been likened to insider trading. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Stephan Savoia NEW YORK, N.Y. – The state’s attorney general on Tuesday sent letters to daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel demanding they turn over details of any investigations into their employees, saying they “may have gained an unfair, financial advantage in a contest known as Daily Fantasy Football.”The letters were prompted by media reports a DraftKings employee may have had access to valuable company data before winning second place in a FanDuel contest. The incident has been likened to insider trading.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in opening his investigation, said DraftKings and FanDuel employees may have exploited their access to nonpublic data.“These allegations, and your company’s subsequent statement, raise legal questions relating to the fairness, transparency, and security of FanDuel and the reliability of representations your company has made to customers,” Schneiderman wrote to FanDuel.He sent a nearly identical letter to DraftKings.There’s no evidence that the information led to the DraftKings employee’s win, and a FanDuel spokeswoman said she did not believe there was an attempt to manipulate the contest.Schneiderman wants the companies to explain their policies or practices prohibiting employees from playing daily fantasy sports, whose participants put together virtual teams based on real players and compete for points based on the players’ statistics.In the letters, Schneiderman asked for the names, job titles and descriptions of employees who compile and aggregate data including pricing algorithms and athletes’ ownership percentages for past contests.On Monday, DraftKings and FanDuel posted identical joint statements on their websites saying nothing is more important to them than “the integrity of the games we offer to our customers.”“Both companies have strong policies in place to ensure that employees do not misuse any information at their disposal and strictly limit access to company data to only those employees who require it to do their jobs,” they said.As the controversy reverberated Tuesday, ESPN said it was cutting sponsored DraftKings elements from within its shows. It called the removal a standard procedure when “covering significant news, to avoid any suggestion of influence on our coverage.” It said it was not cutting DraftKings commercials. NY attorney general initiates probe into daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel by Tom McElroy, The Associated Press Posted Oct 6, 2015 11:11 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 7, 2015 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Orders to US factories declined in November for the third time in

WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories declined in November for the third time in the past four months. A key category that tracks business investment fell as well.Factory orders dipped 0.2 per cent in November after a 1.3 per cent increase in October, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. A closely watched category that serves as a proxy for business investment plans fell 0.3 per cent.American manufacturers have struggled this year with a strong dollar, which has made their products pricier and less competitive overseas. In addition, economic weakness in many major export markets, from Europe to China, has hurt U.S. sales abroad.For November, orders for long-lasting durable goods — everything from airplanes to refrigerators — were flat after a 2.8 per cent increase in October. Demand for nondurable goods, such as paper, chemicals and food, fell 0.4 per cent in November after dropping 0.2 per cent in October.The decline of 0.3 per cent in the investment category followed a 0.6 per cent increase in October.Demand for commercial aircraft, a volatile category, fell 22.2 per cent in November after posting a 78.8 per cent increase in October.Orders for machinery dropped 1.4 per cent in November. Demand for primary metals such as steel fell 2.9 per cent. But orders for computers rose 3.9 per cent.The dollar has appreciated more than 11 per cent in the past 12 months against a basket of foreign currencies, according to the Federal Reserve. As the dollar strengthens, American-made goods become more expensive for foreigners, and sales suffer.The Institute for Supply Management reported that its index of factory activity fell below 50 in December and November. Any reading below 50 signals contraction in the manufacturing index.Still, the broader U.S. economy has withstood the challenges confronting factories. Orders for motor vehicles and electronics have been solid, in large part because of steady demand from domestic consumers. Unemployment has dipped to 5 per cent — a rate associated with normal economies — and Americans have bought more cars and restaurant meals. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2016 8:07 am MDT Last Updated Jan 6, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Orders to US factories declined in November for the third time in the past 4 months read more

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Racing greats Alonso and Johnson drive together in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso drove for fun together around the Abu Dhabi F1 track on a blazing hot Saturday afternoon.Alonso took the wheel of the McLaren 570S car, with Johnson for once in the passenger seat, as they completed a few laps around Yas Marina circuit.“Fernando was very, very upset he couldn’t turn off the (stability) assistance from the car and the traction control,” Johnson joked afterward at the McLaren motorhome. “So we spent two laps trying to figure out how to push the buttons to turn that off. As soon as we got that off, we spun out.”On Monday, they will swap race cars in Bahrain for an event they have been teasing about on their social media accounts in recent weeks.The 43-year-old Johnson arrived in Abu Dhabi from the McLaren headquarters in Woking, England, where he got a seat fitting and time in the McLaren simulator.“It was so impressive, the architecture and the landscaping. I was there on a cool morning with the fog off the lake, the modernism of the building and the cars sitting there in the lobby,” Johnson said. “Simulators are very good for the flow of the race track and (knowing) where the pit lane is. I was able to get that out of the way.”After the last race of Alonso’s long F1 career on Sunday, he will try his hand at what Johnson does so well.A Hendrick Motorsports stock car was shipped last month to Bahrain in a container that included tires and equipment for a full day run. Hendrick Motorsports is also providing a crew to work with Alonso when he drives the Chevrolet.“Our car (is from 2018) yes. Sadly, the restrictions for Formula One (means) it is a five-year-old car, but I hear it’s a V8 (engine),” Johnson said, comparing the two cars being used. “I miss that sound, which I know everybody does. So I’m excited about that.”The race swap idea was formed during a chance January meeting in a waiting area at the Charlotte Convention Center. Johnson was at NASCAR’s preseason media availability, and Alonso was brought to the event by IMSA to promote the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.“His presence in America has a huge effect on American racing, on Formula One racing, and on motorsports in general,” Johnson said of Alonso. “Just the excitement value he brings to racing and the way he’s portrayed in the U.S.”Alonso won F1 in 2005 and ’06, and his 32nd and last GP win was in 2013 while with Ferrari.The 37-year-old Spaniard has grown more interested in pursuing other racing interests and is aiming to win motorsport’s Triple Crown of the 24 Hours Le Mans, the Indianapolis 500, and the Monaco GP.Last year, Alonso skipped the Monaco GP, which he has won twice, to compete at the Indy 500. He led for 27 laps before his engine blew. In June, Alonso won Le Mans at the first attempt.“Anybody in motorsports appreciates other forms of racing. It’s maybe not in your backyard … but we all watch and enjoy it,” Johnson said. “Fernando’s put on many great battles over the years.”Johnson said he would take the opportunity of racing in F1 “in a heartbeat” but knows that’s far from realistic.“The last single-seater I drove was probably in 1996, maybe ’95 even,” he said. “So it would be crazy to think I could come in and just immediately be there.”His more realistic goal is attempting to win an eighth NASCAR title. He is tied for the record with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.“The competitor in me wants to do it. I want to be the best,” Johnson said. “But I can’t believe I’m sitting here with seven as it is. It’s been a pretty crazy ride.”___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJerome Pugmire, The Associated Press read more

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Top 100 world universities 201617 – THE rankings

first_imgPhil Baty, editor of the rankings, said: “It is fantastic news that the University of Oxford has topped the World University Rankings for the first time. It is a great result for the UK higher education sector and cements its position as one of the greatest university nations in the world.  “However, the UK will have to watch out for Asia’s continuing ascent. Although the notion of Asia as the ‘next higher education superpower’ has become something of a cliché in recent years, the continent’s rise in the rankings is real and growing.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Rankings have been produced by the Times Higher Education The University of Cambridge and Imperial College London, also feature in the top 10, while University College London (UCL) slipped from 14th place last year, to 15th this year.Overall, the UK takes 91 of the top 980 places in the 13th annual Times Higher Education rankings; 88 of these make the top 800 compared with 78 last year.It is second only to the US for the number of world-class universities featured in the top 800. Within the top 200, the UK has 32 representatives – two less than last year.center_img The University of Oxford has knocked the California Institute of Technology off the top spot in annual league tables, becoming the first UK institution to lead the rankings.The five-time champion, Caltech, dropped to second place, swapping places with the elite UK university, while the rest of the top 10 positions remained unchanged from last year. He continued: “[In the UK, Brexit] is already causing uncertainty for the sector. As well as some top academics reporting they have been frozen out of collaborative research projects with EU colleagues, many are admitting that they might look to relocate to a university outside the country.“The UK must ensure that it limits the damage to academics, students, universities and science during its Brexit negotiations, to ensure that the UK remains one of the world leaders in higher education.”Use our searchable table last_img read more

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Huge rise in sextortion by crime gangs using social media to entrap

first_imgStill from National Crime Agency film warning of sextortion gangs blackmailing social media users Organised criminal gangs are blackmailing growing numbers of young men after using social media to entice them into performing sex acts on screen.Police have revealed an unprecedented rise in the new crime of webcam blackmail – known as ‘sextortion’ – with more than 900 cases reported so far this year.That is already more than double the total for the whole of 2015.But senior officers at the National Crime Agency fear the true scale of the problem is far bigger, with many victims too ashamed to report their involvement to police.Among recent victims were four young men who became so desperate at the thought of being publicly humiliated that they took their own lives.Police are now launching a campaign to raise awareness of the problem, including an hard-hitting film to be shown on Facebook, Youtube and other social media platforms to warn of the dangers of entrapment. The phenomenon has mushroomed alongside the use of social media by growing numbers of people, particularly in their teens and twenties.Some of the victims are as young as 14. While the majority are in the 18 to 24 age bracket, there are also some in their 50s to 80s. More than 90 per cent of victims are male.Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for adult sexual offences, said: “This is a really worrying, emerging new threat. As a result to this crime we’ve already had four young men in the UK kill themselves because they saw no way out of the situation they had got themselves into.”Roy Sinclair, head of operations at the NCA’s anti-kidnap and extortion unit, added: “There is huge under-reporting of these kinds of offences, often because victims feel ashamed or embarrassed, but of course criminals are relying on that reaction in order to succeed. This kind of offence is being perpetrated by organised crime and we will take it seriouslyAssistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, the National Police Chiefs’ Council Still from National Crime Agency film warning of sextortion gangs enticing social media usersCredit:National Crime Agencycenter_img “This is still a relatively new and emerging type of crime. However the trend is clear. Cases of webcam blackmail – or sextortion – are going up dramatically. As recently as 2012 we were only getting a handful of reports, now we’re getting hundreds.”The crime is deceptively simple, typically involving the intended victim being approached through social media by an ostensibly attractive young woman who entices into engaging in explicit conversation culminating in a sex act.As soon as the act has been caught on camera the victim receives a demand for cash, ranging typically from £50 to £500, with the treat the recorded film will be sent to all their friends and contacts – downloaded while the victim was online – and broadcast across the internet.Behind the young woman used to enticing the victim on-screen will lie an organised crime gang, sometimes operating in the UK but frequently based overseas, targeting hundreds of other victims at a time.British police have traced a number of the gangs to Morocco, the Philippines and the Ivory coast, where officers are working with the local authorities to help smash their operations and bring the perpetrators to justice.Forty men were arrested in the Philippines after two raids in June following intelligence supplied to local police by British officers.One of the cases being brought to trial involves one of the four suicide victims, though police would not reveal further details because of the extreme sensitivity of the case.Among the other victims this year was a man in his 20s from Northern Ireland who was blackmailed after being approached on through a dating app by a young woman. After sharing explicit photographs of himself the woman threatened to send them to his family and Facebook friends and demanded payment.The young man, known only as Jimmy to protect his identity, sent her £150 via PayPal  before going to the police.He said: “I was so worried about what my friends and family would think. I’ve spoken to my mum about it, that was tough enough, but I still can’t talk to anyone else. I’m OK now but at the time it was so hard.”The NCA film, featuring a young blackmailer called ‘Jess’, is to be broadcast on Facebook, Youtube and other social media platforms to warn of the dangers of sextortion.Police advice social media users never to do anything compromising online with someone they don’t know or trust; cease all contact immediately if they receive a blackmail demand; never under any circumstance pay the blackmailer; and immediately report the matter to the police.Assistant Commissioner Hewitt said: “This kind of offence is being perpetrated by organised crime and we will take it seriously.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Smajlagic to coach Zamet Rijeka club taken by Italian billionaire

dzombagabriele volpimatosevicMirza Dzombanacinovicsmajlagicvolpi ← Previous Story Krasnicki re-elected as President of Polish Handball Federation Next Story → Anita Bulat from Podravka moves to Viborg An Italian billionaire, Gabriele Volpi, who already financially helps NK Rijeka and VK Primorje decided to invest in the handball club from these areas, RK Zamet. The first step is engaging Irfan Smajlagic – Pipe to coach the new Zamet, and will be assisted by Valter Matosevic (Goalkeeper’s coach), former Croatian national team player Alvaro Nacinovic (team manager) and Mirza Dzomba (team director).source: sportsport.ba

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Microsoft confirms Mango will be Windows Phone 75

first_imgA few weeks ago Microsoft previewed what Windows Phone 7 users and developers could expect when they release the next major update to the platform, codenamed “Mango.” Today, Microsoft confirmed that Mango will actually be renamed and re-branded as Windows Phone 7.5. The change indicates that Microsoft is taking a more aggressive approach to its Windows Phone update release schedule, and possibly that users won’t be on Windows Phone 7 for long before there’s a Windows Phone 8 or 9.However, just because Microsoft is openly talking about Mango doesn’t mean that it’s coming soon. Some analysts have said that we likely won’t see the update until 2012 at the earliest, even though Microsoft said at Mix 11 that it would be available at least to developers before the end of the year. It’s also important to note that now that Microsoft and Nokia have inked their partnership, Nokia has said you can expect to see new Windows Phone 7 devices from them around October. That could imply that Nokia’s line of WP7 phones will run Windows Phone 7.5.AdChoices广告Among some of the major features Windows Phone 7.5 will bring include full multitasking, which will allow apps to run, download files, and stream music in the background. The update will also support raw access to the camera and other hardware, which gives developers more flexibility over how users interact with their apps.Microsoft has said the changes in Mango were significant enough to warrant a point increase in the mobile OS’s version, but going all the way to 7.5 is an indication that Microsoft may be changing its approach to how it handles its mobile OS. Going from 7 to 7.5 in one update both raises hopes that Microsoft won’t be stingy when it comes to feature releases. It also implies that the company won’t be afraid to push major ones even if it means new versions of the Windows Phone platform.At the same time, many users have already complained that it’s taken Microsoft a long time to finally push NoDo to users, and saving several desirable features for a major point update instead of releasing smaller updates as those features become available isn’t the way to keep momentum. Either way, we’ll see later this year whether the fall will bring Windows Phone 7.5 along with it.Winrumors via SlashGearlast_img read more

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A film about the Irish famine premiered this week and the reviews

first_img Feb 24th 2018, 6:31 PM A scene from Black 47. Image: Fastnet Films. By Ceimin Burke 94 Comments 55,379 Views Source: Moviex & Trailer_Official/YouTubeThe film has garnered high praise but also cutting criticism. The positive reviews were led by Jessica Kiang in Variety who said that Daly has delivered “a resonant, beautifully performed Irish Western that benefits from the exotic sound of Irish Gaelic spoken as a living language, and the brackish majesty of cinematographer Declan Quinn’s wide vistas.”David Ehrlich in IndieWire  said the script is “far too spotty and unfocused for the film to be anything more than the sum of its parts,” however he conceded that “the setting — and the set-pieces that Daly creates from it — is enough to prevent this unlikely genre mash from being a blight of its own.”Stephen Dalton of the Hollywood Reporter had a much more jaundiced of the film which he described as a “dour, sluggish, cliché-choked thriller”.It is hard to trust a film which presents the rugged widescreen majesty of western Ireland as a big slab of drab, joylessly painted in 50 shades of desaturated gray. For all its noble intentions, Black 47 is not so much Unforgiven as unforgiveable.The film landed in Ireland on Wednesday when it opened this year’s Audi Dublin International Film Festival. READ: Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend?>READ: Hot Press writer takes leave from magazine after denying allegations> Image: Fastnet Films. Short URL A film about the Irish famine premiered this week and the reviews are… mixed Lance Daly’s film has been described as a “beautifully performed Irish Western” and a “cliché-choked thriller”. http://jrnl.ie/3869014 Share458 Tweet Email7 THE FIRST IRISH film to tackle one of the darkest periods in Irish history has received mixed reviews following its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this week.Written and directed by Lance Daly Black 47 features an impressive cast including Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea and Moe Dunford.Set in 1847, the nadir of the famine, the film follows the story of an Irish soldier called Feeney, played by Frecheville, who abandons his post in the British Army to return to the west of Ireland only to discover that most of his family are dead or starving.As he embarks on a campaign of revenge a savagely cruel British soldier, played by Weaving, is sent to track him down. Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 6:30 PM A scene from Black 47. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Yellow Brick Road leads to Glenroy

first_imgMark Bouris was in Melbourne for the opening of the Glenroy branch of Yellow Brick Road Wealth Management, on Thursday 24 February.Yellow Brick Road Glenroy Branch Principal John Condo is a Glenroy suburbs local who has lived and worked in the area for over 18 years. “I have had the privilege of putting many Northern suburbs residents into their first homes, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Yellow Brick Road family with my branch in Glenroy,” said Mr Condo. Talking to Neos Kosmos Mr Condo underscored that he, “built his reputation in Glenroy thanks to the immigrants in the area”.“As with anyone who moves from another country, there is a transition period where the most important thing is customer service, even more so than price,” Mr Condo added.“People want to sit down with someone who is going to listen to their needs and walk knowing that we’re working for them,” he said highlighting Yellow Brick Road’s tailored services.“It is the service, extra time and consideration that makes Yellow Brick Road different from anyone else. Everyone deserves a fair go, and I’ve built my business around giving people the confidence they need to seek the financial services they deserve,” he added. Yellow Brick Road Glenroy offers a full array of financial advice including: home loans; financial planning; insurance; term deposits; accounting and tax. Specialist advice will also be made available to small-to-medium sized business owners. Founder and Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road Wealth Management, Mark Bouris called the Yellow Brick Road Glenroy branch opening, “a testament to community spirit”.“We had 50 local business owners from the area who came to celebrate the opening of our branch, which just goes to show how supportive people are of John Condo and the team at Yellow Brick Road Glenroy,” Mr Bouris told Neos Kosmos.When asked by Neos Kosmos why he chose the Melbourne’s Northern suburbs Mr Bouris said: “Every Australian deserves access to quality financial advice and now the residents of the Northern Suburbs can walk into their local Yellow Brick Road and find it.” “I look forward to watching this branch show the Northern suburbs the road to their financial future.Yellow Brick Road Wealth Management has over 50 branches open in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, with 50 more to open in 2011. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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NAD to close LPIA on Friday

first_img Related Items:#LyndenPindlingInternationalAirport, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 5, 2017 – Nassau – Airport operations in New Providence may cease by Friday but it is hard to give a definitive time explained Nassau Airport Development company officials today.    The NAD hurricane plan is activated as the facility also watches the motion of Hurricane Irma, this was revealed today in a meeting held by NAD with community stakeholders.This timeline is for the #LyndenPindlingInternationalAirport only, though as the country’s main gateway the cessation of operations means airports around the country will be impacted.    NAD said they expected the suspension of service to last only to Saturday evening if Irma continued on its current path at its current strength.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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Wilmington Social Worker Jennifer Baima Recognized By Care Dimensions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Care Dimensions joined with the National Association of Social Workers to celebrate National Social Work Month in March.Among those recognized was Wilmington resident and Care Dimensions social worker Jennifer Baima.“Working within an interdisciplinary team, our social workers provide assistance to patients and families as they grapple with the emotional and practical issues that invariably arise from living with an advanced illness,” said Sandra Yudilevich Espinoza, director of Psycho-Social Support Services for the nonprofit organization.All of the social workers at Care Dimensions have earned a master’s degree in social work and have achieved one or two levels of licensure: LCSW or LICSW. And over half of these social workers have earned an advanced certification in hospice and palliative care through the NASW. The major goals of these hospice and palliative care social workers include encouraging expression of feelings, enhancing family communication, supporting the family in their coping, connecting families with community resources and education, and being a supportive presence to the patient and family throughout the journey at end of life.Care Dimensions is largest hospice provider to adults and children with advanced illness in Massachusetts. As a nonprofit, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, grief support and teaching programs in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts. Founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, Care Dimensions cares for patients — in their homes, in long-term care and assisted living communities, in hospitals, at its Kaplan Family Hospice House and, coming in the winter of 2017, at its new Greater Boston Hospice House in MetroWest.(NOTE: The above press release is from Care Dimensions.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Social Worker Jennifer Baima Recognized By Care DimensionsIn “Business”Wilmington Nurse Tracy Boynton Honored By Care DimensionsIn “Business”Wilmington’s Goodhue Recognized By Child Life Council & Care DimensionsIn “Business”last_img read more

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Delhis got open ear for music

DJ  Ollie Humphreys  is one of the most prominent faces of London’s VIP clubbing scene. Having played with some of house music’s biggest names like Eric Morillo, Laurent Wolf, Yves Larock, Alex Gaudino and Bob Sinclair, Ollie is now here in the Capital to play for Dilliwallahs.He grew up in UK and the south of France, amidst the party scenes of London, Cannes and St Tropez, and that’s where he got hooked to dance music. Millennium Post caught up with the man behind the console. Here are excerpts: When did you realise that you wanted to make music your profession?It’s was a combination of two things. When in France, about 13 years old, I used to listen to the radio a lot trying to learn the language, but as it turned out,  I only listened to certain stations for music. At the time, my stepfather had an old technics turntable and I ended up trying to mix the radio with some classic house records. As soon as I realised you could make three songs out of two by just mixing, I was hooked. The second factor is an accumulation of experiences over my teenage years when I understood how happy music could make people. Events such as my first concert really made me realise that I had to be involved in music because I wanted to make other people happy through the sounds of music.What kind of music do you like?I never like to be pigeon hold into any specific drama. I love all kinds of music, all genres from all over the world. It sounds stupid but I never judge a track on where it is from or who it is by or perhaps more importantly, where I would like it to come from or who I would like it to be by. If I like it then that’s it. However, two worlds dominate my passion — Latin America and Africa. I am really a sucker for rhythm and bounce. How would you define your kind of music?I play a variety of house music — infusing both the old and new. I’m often playing a Frank Sinatra vocal with an uplifting house beat. I always try to be as original as I can whilst keeping the crowd energised. Sandwiching the house tracks which the crowd knows between the ones which they should know. My music is heavily based on percussion, there is always a rolling high hat through my set. In a bubble, energetic bubbly house with lots of percussion.What do you think of the Delhi crowd so far?It has truly been an experience I will never forget. Everyone has been so welcoming and I’m loving every minute. There is everything you could possibly want here — good people, weather and food. The crowds where I have been playing, were engaging and energising but most importantly, what I liked about the crowd here is they have an open ear.  They are prepared to occasionally hear something new and different.As a musician, who do you idolise?For the music, it’s Miles Davis. He singlehandedly opened up my mind to the potential of music. For the character, Frank Sinatra, there hasn’t been a cooler cat since him.If not a musician, what would you be?Probably a chef.  Any job which has the potential for me to make other people happy with my craft and being able to see the expression on their face.What do you expect from your next gig?Energy, energy, energy and lots of atmosphere and a packed dance floor.How do you think of the present music industry in India?It’s at such a crucial stage. Electronic music is exploding here. So far, from what I can see the pioneers of music here are steering the ship in the right direction. Playing music which is both original, true to its culture and at the same time innovative. There are just so many people here with such a passion for music. It’s in a great place at the moment, more people will be exposed to it within the near future… watch this space.Do you have plans to stay on in Delhi after the session gets over this month?I have to fly back to London on 1 October as I have commitments in both Ibiza and Shanghai but I should be returning at the end of October to play at a couple of gigs for the F1 race.Message for your fans? Try to develop your own sound. Don’t try and replicate someone else.DETAILAt: Shroom 3 Floor, The Cresent Mall, Lado Sarai, MehrauliWhen: 22 September to 29 SeptemberPhone: 29523737 read more

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CFPB Postpones TRID Effective Date to October 1

first_img June 17, 2015 663 Views A proposal to delay the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule was announced on Wednesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The proposal is requesting that the TRID rule be postponed until October 1, 2015 due to an administrative error. The TRID rule was originally set to go into effect on August 1, 2015.“We made this decision to correct an administrative error that we just discovered in meeting the requirements under federal law, which would have delayed the effective date of the rule by two weeks,” said Richard Cordray, CFPB director. “We further believe that the additional time included in the proposed effective date would better accommodate the interests of the many consumers and providers whose families will be busy with the transition to the new school year at that time.”This announcement comes just two weeks after the CFPB announced that a grace period will be in effect for those servicers attempting to comply in good faith with the TRID requirements that are now proposed to go into effect October 1. This grace period was announced as an attempt to ease some of the many concerns regarding TRID by saying it would take into account a company’s good faith effort to comply with the rule after it goes into effect.Both mortgage industry stakeholders (servicers in particular) and lawmakers have been asking the CFPB to delay the implementation of TRID for many months. In a letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray dated May 20, a bipartisan coalition in Congress asked for a grace period, expressing concerns that “this complicated and extensive rule is likely to cause challenges during implementation” that could “negatively impact consumers.”The National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) and other housing associations requested in a letter last week that the CFPB implement a hold-harmless period on TRID enforcement.Upon today’s announcement of a proposal to delay TRID, John Councilman, president of NAMB, expressed his support. “This delay in the implementation of the TILA/REPSA is the equivalent of dodging a bullet as far as consumers are concerned,” said Councilman.U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri), Chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee, said that while the extension will be helpful, it is still not enough.“This afternoon, Director Cordray called to inform me that the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule effective date has been pushed to October 1, 2015,” Luetkemeyer said. “This extension comes as a result of an administrative error on the part of the CFPB. The extension will undoubtedly be helpful for consumers and businesses as it allows more time for enhanced collaboration and proper implementation by the CFPB; however, today’s announcement falls short of instituting the formal hold harmless period sought by nearly 300 Members of the House and Senators. The need for this extension is a reminder to all of us that we are human beings and mistakes are made, and I appreciate Director Cordray’s actions to remedy the situation. It is my sincere hope that CFPB is as understanding of any errors made at the closing table in the months following final TRID implementation.”CFPB Director Cordray also mentioned that the public will be given an opportunity to comment on this new proposal to postpone TRID regulation and a final decision will be made shortly after.Click here to read CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s official statement. Share CFPB Postpones TRID Effective Date to October 1center_img Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Good Faith Compliance TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure 2015-06-17 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more

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