Sheila Dikshit six Congress candidates file nominations

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Sheila Dikshit, accompanied by Congress workers, filed her nomination papers at the DC office, Nand Nagri for the North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat on Tuesday. All seven candidates of the Congress –former Delhi minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, former Delhi Congress chief Jai Prakash Agarwal, former Union minister Ajay Maken, Delhi Congress working president Rajesh Lilothia, former Cong MP Mahabal Mishra along with Dikshit and Vijender Singh filed their papers. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderTalking to reporters, Dikshit, who has been fielded from North-East Delhi, said, “I have sentiments attached to this seat as I had fought my first election in Delhi from this seat.” When asked whom she considers a bigger challenge between Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and AAP candidate Dilip Pandey, the Congress veteran said she sees both of them as a challenge and her endeavour will be to win from this seat. “No seat is small or big and it does not belong to any individual. It belongs to the people of the constituency,” she said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDikshit had contested from East Delhi constituency in 1998, but faced defeat. The seat included parts of North-East Delhi at that time. Maken in a scathing attack said that the Modi government has withdrawn through its 7th Pay Commission, all the benefits given to government employees through the 6th Pay Commission by the UPA government. Addressing his workers, Ajay Maken informed them that Congress government had got 3,000 flats constructed for the people staying in Katputli colony at the cost of Rs 1 each. He further said that it was Congress policy that if two families were staying in one jhuggi, then each family got a separate flat. Vijender Singh, who is contesting from South Delhi, said he will focus on issues related youth and sports. “I am genuinely concerned about employment, which I think is a prominent issue for the youth. And being a sportsperson, I am also keen on working towards developing sports infrastructure. It’s about time we had good infrastructure so that budding athletes can actually flourish,” he said. Asked why he opted for the Congress, which did not win a single seat in Delhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Vijender Singh said: “I relate to the ideology and the leadership. As is propagated by our leadership, I want to be a friend of the electorate. I don’t wish to be the ‘neta’ that visits once in five years. I am not going to do rallies or road shows. I am going to connect with the voters spontaneously,” Singh said.last_img read more

Gulf States play vital role in global relief efforts says UN humanitarian

8 April 2008The top United Nations humanitarian official has lauded the contributions of Persian Gulf countries to relief efforts around the world, and called for boosting ties between them and the world body to better meet today’s growing challenges. “In many countries across the globe, the combined humanitarian efforts of Gulf countries have made a life-saving difference, reaching communities that, at times, the UN and other aid actors could not,” stated Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, who is currently on a four-nation tour of the region.In his keynote address to the fifth annual Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development (DIHAD) conference, Mr. Holmes pointed out that member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have given nearly $500 million and pledged a further $320 million in humanitarian aid over the past three years. Mr. Holmes, who is also Emergency Relief Coordinator, noted that the global demand for humanitarian assistance is likely to grow dramatically in the coming years, owing to ongoing internal and civil conflicts, more frequent and intense natural disasters and the rise in food and energy prices.“If we are to meet the growing array of humanitarian needs, we must work together more cohesively not only to respond to crises, but also to reduce their impact before they happen,” he stated, stressing the need to strengthen the partnership between the UN and Gulf nations.Doing so will not only reinforce current activities, “but also help build a more fully-representative and universally accepted humanitarian movement that is better equipped to meet the challenges of both man and nature in the 21st century,” said Mr. Holmes. “Without this balance, there is a risk that humanitarian assistance will continue to be viewed as a Western enterprise,” he added. In addition to the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Holmes – who is travelling together with UN Special Humanitarian Envoy Abdul Aziz Arrukban – is visiting Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. Also today at the DIHAD Conference, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) unveiled the Arabic version of its popular humanitarian video game that teaches children about global hunger.Some six million people around the world have already played “Food Force,” which is designed for children aged eight to 13. In a race against time, players join a virtual team of WFP experts to get food to the needy in an emergency situation. WFP’s Deputy Executive Director John Powell noted that it is fitting that the game is being launched in Dubai, “an essential logistics hub for the entire humanitarian community, and especially for WFP as one of the leaders in this field.”Launched in 2005, as the world’s first humanitarian video game, Food Force is available as a free internet download from www.food-force.com. read more

Afghanistan responding to UN appeal Japan donates additional 7 million in aid

Tokyo’s emergency assistance package came on the heels of the appeal made by Kenzo Oshima following his mid-February visit to Afghanistan, according to the UN.Last week, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) delivered the first consignment of Japanese aid, which consisted of tents, blankets and plastic sheets. The supplies were sent to Herat from Tokyo via Uzbekistan on a Japanese chartered plane which is scheduled to complete a second rotation with additional aid by the end of this week.In total, IOM will distribute 160 tents, 1,200 blankets and 1,600 plastic sheets to camps in Shaiday and Maslakh sheltering over 90,000 internally displaced persons.

Inflation remains mild as cheaper gas lowers US consumer prices 02 per

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2013 8:35 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Inflation remains mild as cheaper gas lowers US consumer prices 0.2 per cent in March WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer prices declined last month as the cost of gas fell sharply and food prices were unchanged. The tame reading is the latest evidence that the sluggish economy is keeping inflation in check.The consumer price index declined a seasonally adjusted 0.2 per cent in March, after jumping 0.7 per cent in February, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Gas prices fell 4.4 per cent, reversing part of February’s 9.1 per cent gain.The figures come a day after the prices of many commodities, including copper and oil, fell in response to a report of slower than expected growth in China. That suggests U.S. consumer prices will likely stay low in the coming months.The drop “marks the start of what will likely turn out to be a string of declines stretching into the summer,” Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients.Wholesale gas prices and crude oil have continued to fall in April. Ashworth noted that usually prices increase in the spring ahead of the summer driving season.Except for February’s large increase, consumer prices have declined or been unchanged in four of the past five months. In the past year, consumer prices have risen 1.5 per cent. That’s the smallest yearly increase in the past eight months.Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core prices rose 0.1 per cent. In the 12 months ending in March, they rose 1.9 per cent. That’s below the Federal Reserve’s inflation target of 2 per cent.That gives the Fed the leeway to continue its extraordinary efforts to stimulate the economy.Tame inflation also leaves consumers with more money to spend, which spurs more economic growth.In February, consumer prices jumped by the most in more than three years, mostly because of a big increase in energy costs. Gas prices rose by the largest amount in more than 3 1/2 years.Since then, gas has gotten cheaper. Gas prices averaged $3.53 nationwide on Monday, according to AAA. That’s 16 cents lower than a month ago.Other prices also fell last month, the department said. Clothing prices dropped 1 per cent, the most in 12 years. That likely reflected widespread discounting of spring clothes, since March was colder than usual. And furniture prices dropped 0.3 per cent.Core prices were pushed up by small increases in rent and new cars. Used cars and trucks jumped 1.2 per cent and airline fares rose 0.6 per cent.Mild inflation gives the Fed the room to keep pursing policies to spur faster economic growth. The Fed is keeping a key short-term interest rate it controls at nearly zero until unemployment falls at least to 6.5 per cent. It is also buying about $85 billion in Treasury securities and mortgage-backed bonds in an effort to keep longer-term interest rates low and spur more borrowing and spending.However, some economists have raised concerns that the policies being pushed by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke could ultimately trigger higher inflation. They also worry that the Fed’s programs could create bubbles in assets such as the price of stocks. read more

Poll Have you been shopping in the January sales

first_img Poll Results: YesNoVote Yes (363) FIGURES RELEASED YESTERDAY showed that, despite the Christmas rush, there was no change in retail sales between November and October, with business groups predicting job losses in the sector if it fails to pick up.Though figures for December have yet to be released, retailers are hoping they show an improvement, but many shoppers may have been waiting to nab the bargains in the January sales.So we want to know: Have you been shopping in the January sales? No (1888)last_img

The burning question Are Penguins chocolate bars or biscuits

first_img Poll Results: C – A perfect hybrid (1457) A – Chocolate bar (1376) B – Biscuit (2219) D – WHAT? Wednesday is National Biscuit Day? *Runs to buy biscuits* (946) WE KNOW HOW you feel. It’s Monday, you have the whole week ahead and you have a lot on your plate.So do like we do here in TheJournal.ie HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.Possibly.This week: Wednesday is National Biscuit Day and the people over at 11850 decided to find out which biscuits are the nation’s favourite. Controversially, Penguins came in sixth.It started a fierce argument at DailyEdge.ie HQ and on Twitter.One person tweeted that it must be a chocolate bar because “otherwise you’d start destroying an entire, wonderful genre including Club Milks, 54321s and Purple Snack Bars. Meanwhile, someone from TheJournal.ie went with the old Jaffa Cake argument that Penguins are kept in the biscuit aisle of supermarkets and are, therefore, biscuits.So, help us sort this one out once and for all. What, exactly, is a Penguin?A. A chocolate bar, orYouTube Screengrab from this 1970s ad. B. A biscuitDixie JulepWhich side do you fall down on? A – Chocolate barB – BiscuitC – A perfect hybridD – WHAT? Wednesday is National Biscuit Day? *Runs to buy biscuits*VoteGot a burning question that has divided your household/work colleagues/friends? Let us know in the comments section or email us at tips@thejournal.ie.See previous entries in The Burning Question*>The burning question*: Are Jaffa Cakes really biscuits or… cakes?last_img read more

Dads arent recognised in our Constitution and the Citizens Assembly denied them

first_img Share1116 Tweet Email5 By Matt O’Connor Jun 18th 2017, 9:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 791 Views http://jrnl.ie/3448055 Founder, Fathers4Justice WALK INTO ANY card retailer in the weeks ahead of Father’s Day and you’ll find a carefully constructed façade of clichéd cards peddling the myth that all dads will spend it either playing with their children, cooking on the barbecue, playing golf or fishing.The facts behind the fiction for Ireland’s forgotten fathers and broken families are very different.Despite the push for equality for all, the government and all political parties oppose parental equality for fathers, including a presumption of 50/50 shared parenting in the event parents separate.As a result, fathers are increasingly trapped in a glass cellar, marginalised and discriminated against both by the courts and the state. The outdated, default position of a dysfunctional legal system results in first-class fathers being treated like second-class parents.Unmarried dads have no rightsMany of Ireland’s 220,00 separated dads will struggle to see their children this Father’s Day. Unmarried dads have no rights and 189,000 children now live in fatherless homes according to Census 2016. But the cancer of fatherlessness and family breakdown is only just beginning.In our brutal, prehistoric, family courts, dads are routinely separated from their children without good reason by Jurassic Judges, and court orders for parenting time between dads and their kids are simply not enforced. These courts are secret and unaccountable.There isn’t even a complaints procedure to deal with judicial misconduct.According to suicide charities, separation from children is a significant factor in some dads suicides. In addition, fathers are more likely to be displaced from the family home to unstable accommodation or homelessness, itself a risk for suicide.Fathers who have been separated from their children face an elevated risk of alcoholism, depression and suicide as they are excluded from their families and homes with scandalously little, or no support, from the state or charities. They have literally been left for dead.Suicide is still a taboo subjectStatistically, 11 men will take their own lives in the week before Father’s Day.Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 35 in Ireland and ends more lives than car crashes or cancer, yet is still a taboo subject, hidden by a cultural wall of silence where families fear the shame of suicide.For children, the outcome is equally as harmful. Fatherless young people are almost 70% more likely to take drugs, and 76% more likely to get involved in crime. The cost to society from family breakdown, truancy, anti-social behaviour, teenage crime, addiction and depression is incalculable.The State has responded to this public health emergency by spending just 0.9% of the money it spends on women’s services, on men’s services and male suicide.€20.6 million spent on women’s services, just €146,000 for men’sIn a letter to Fathers4Justice on 24th February 2017, the private secretary to Minister Katherine Zappone TD said that €20.6 million was spent on women’s services, whilst just €146,000 was provided for men’s services.You might have thought that in this inhospitable climate the Catholic Church would be a place for comfort and solace for separated dads. You’d be wrong.The Church has consistently refused to support the rights of separated fathers to see their children and while Pope Francis has eulogised about the role of mothers, he has repeatedly made discriminatory comments about dads.In his 2016 papal pronouncement Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis went as far to describe fathers as “absent, missing…too controlling…they neglect families…fail to offer sure and solid guidance to their children.”In fact, not a single priest has raised his voice to express concern for the plight of fatherless children and their dads.Fathers are not recognised in the ConstitutionWorst still, fathers are not recognised in the Constitution, and they are increasingly demonised by politicians as feckless “deadbeats” for cheap political capital. Even the Citizens’ Assembly denied men and fathers a voice on the 8th Amendment and any say as to whether they too should have a choice as to whether they become parents or not.Dads have even been abandoned by human rights organisations like Amnesty International and the Irish Human Rights and Equalities Commission, whose silence is deafening loud. Pitifully little information is kept by the State about the plight of dads in Ireland.The Central Statistics Office don’t keep a record of the parental status of suicide victims and is unable to provide data about the exact number of suicides involving dads, or the death rates for separated dads, which are three times higher than mothers in the UK.The toxic truth then behind Father’s Day in Ireland is concealed behind a façade of colourful cards, papering over the cracks in Ireland’s macho veneer.Masculinity and fatherhood is in crisisThe facts behind the fiction is that masculinity and fatherhood is in crisis, exacerbated by the cultural conditioning of our local GAA that perpetuates the myth that dads are doing just grand and are mighty and strong. That’s why we are sounding the alarm.But it doesn’t need to be like this. Progressive legislators in the United States have already introduced shared parenting for dads in over 20 states, and in Sweden 40% of separated parents now share the parenting of their children. In the 1980s it was just 1%.Better still, shared parenting will lead to better outcomes for fathers and families and allow mums more time to invest in their careers and businesses as fathers and paternal grandparents are plugged back into the lives of their children and grandchildren.Parental equality isn’t only the right thing to do, but it will create stronger, healthier, happier Ireland for everyone. Its time our politicians started acting responsibly to tackle this issue and soon, before more harm is done.Fathers4Justice (F4J) was founded in 2001 by father of three boys, Matt O’Connor. In 2005 he was named GQ Magazine’s 7th Top Communicator in the UK, GQ Magazine’s 92nd Most Powerful Man in Britain, Esquire Magazine’s 35th Most Powerful Man in Britain Under 50 and one of twenty people shortlisted for the Royal Society’s Great Briton of the Year Awards. In 2007 he published his first book Fathers4Justice: The Inside Story through the Orion Publishing Group and sold the motion picture rights to his life story to Buena Vista pictures, part of the Walt Disney group. Fathers4Justice is the world’s largest shared parenting campaign group with over 80,000 registered families in the UK and Ireland. ‘Some parents have to open the coffin every two hours to put in ice-packs so remains stay cool’>Column: ‘It’s not fair to ask the public to subsidise uneconomic wind farms’> Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 9:30 AM Matt O’Connor 98 Comments ‘Dads aren’t recognised in our Constitution and the Citizen’s Assembly denied them a voice’ Parental equality isn’t only the right thing to do. It will create stronger, healthier, happier Ireland, writes Matt O’Connor.last_img read more

Milligan full of praise for Boyle

first_imgAustralia captain Mark Milligan has praised Martin Boyle following the striker’s international debut.Milligan and Boyle both play their club football with Scottish Premiership outfit Hibs and the former was impressed with the way the latter handled his first appearance in an Australian shirt.“I think Martin’s a wonderful player and I think he did show his qualities when he came on,” he said, according to official Socceroos website.“He loves getting at goal as we mentioned beforehand and he had a big hand in the equaliser in the end.”Australia’s golden generation might be coming to an end Manuel R. Medina – January 27, 2019 Mark Milligan is considering retiring and if he does, he will be the last remaining 2006 FIFA World Cup player for Australia to call…“Your debut is always a very nerve-wracking time and I think he came on and he did very well.”“I look forward to see what he does offer going forward.”Meanwhile, Milligan also revealed a mixture of the Socceroos’ fighting spirit and their new-look attacking style should really encourage Australian fans.“I think you couple that [spirit] with the things that we’ve been working on, which we’ve still got some time to fine tune and I think we’ll be very dangerous at the Asian Cup,” he added.last_img read more

Iniesta praises Kantes mastery

first_imgBarcelona great Andres Iniesta hailed N’Golo Kante as the centrepiece of the Chelsea and France squadsThe 27-year-old has established himself as one of Europe’s finest midfielders over recent seasons and had been linked with a summer move to Paris Saint-Germain.Kante is regarded as a dynamic and hard-working player, who’s energy and excellent ball-winning skills make him an excellent box-to-box midfielder.The Frenchman’s impressive performances have even left the likes of a renown midfield maestro like Iniesta wishing he could have played with him.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He’s a player I’d like to have had in my team for many years,” Iniesta told RMC Sport.“He’s not going to come to Japan, but he’s definitely a player I love because of the work he does on the field and the confidence he has in his game.“His mastery makes him the centrepiece of Chelsea and the France national team.”Iniesta now plays for J-League side Vissel Kobe.last_img read more

Banner Set Up In Discovery Green For The Public To Write Messages

first_img– / 13The Interfaith Ministries For Greater Houston and Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale of Gallery Furniture have partnered to create 50 large banners for local Houstonians to write messages of, love and support to the victims of the Santa Fe shooting.Students returned to school this week to finish out their semester, and their final day of class was on Thursday.Today is the graduation for the Santa Fe High School seniors, and a special banner has been set up at the Andrea and Bill White Promenade in Discovery Green. Sharelast_img

Brazil court upholds US pilots conviction no jail

first_img Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressSAO PAULO (AP) – The conviction of two American pilots for their role in a 2006 airline crash that killed 154 people was upheld by a Brazilian court Monday, but the three-judge panel ruled that the men do not need to spend a day in prison.The judges upheld a lower court ruling from last year that pilots Joseph Lepore of Bay Shore, New York, and Jan Paladino of Westhampton Beach, New York, were negligent for not verifying that anti-collision equipment and a device that would have alerted controllers to their location were functioning in the Embraer Legacy 600 executive jet they were flying. They have both denied that accusation. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Patients with chronic pain give advice 0 Comments   Share   Paladino also denied any responsibility for the crash.In 2010, a military court convicted air traffic controller Jomarcelo Fernandes dos Santos, an air force sergeant, to 14 months in jail for failing to take action when he saw that the Legacy’s anti-collision system had been turned off. Four other controllers were acquitted for lack of proof.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Last year, a lower court found the men guilty and sentenced them to more than four years in prison _ but that sentence was converted into community service work. Federal prosecutors and a victims’ family group appealed that ruling, arguing the men must serve time in prison because of the number of lives lost in the crash.On Monday, judges at a regional federal court in Brasilia ruled that the men do not need to perform community service. They also shortened their sentence to three years and one month _ but ruled the men could serve their sentence in an “open” regime, meaning under Brazilian law they need not step foot in prison, just occasionally check in with Brazilian authorities. The ruling can be appealed and prosecutors had earlier indicated that was likely if this ruling did not go their way.After hours calls to prosecutors’ offices were not returned. Calls to Theo Dias, a Brazilian lawyer for the American pilots, rang unanswered.The failures that led to the 2006 crash have been bitterly disputed by controllers, pilots, judges and aviation officials.The Americans’ business jet collided with a Boeing 737 operated by Gol Lineas Aereas, Intelligentes SA. The smaller plane, owned by Ronkonkoma, New York-based ExcelAire Service Inc., landed safely while the larger jet crashed into the jungle, killing all aboard.center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories It was Brazil’s worst air disaster until a jet ran off a runway less than a year later in Sao Paulo and burst into flames, killing 199 people.Lepore and Paladino faced charges in Brazil of negligence and endangering air traffic safety for allegedly flying at the wrong altitude and failing to turn on the aircraft’s anti-collision system. Last year, the judge convicted them of impeding the safe navigation of an airplane.Neither Lepore nor Paladino were in Brazil for the ruling. They have not returned to the South American nation since being allowed to leave about two months after the crash.In December 2008, a Brazilian air force report concluded that the U.S. pilots might have contributed to the crash by inadvertently turning off the plane’s transponder and collision-avoidance system. However, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board blamed the collision mostly on shortcomings in Brazil’s military-run air traffic control system.In videoconference testimony at the trial last year, the pilots denied any wrongdoing.“We knew that the TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) and the transponder were on, but we had no indication that there was anything out there, no display, no warnings, no pop-ups,” Lepore testified at last year’s trial. “All we knew is that our transponder was working. If there was another plane out there it could have been their equipment that wasn’t working.” 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Afghan court cancels death sentences in mob killing of woman

first_imgNajibullah said quashing the death sentences “is the decision of Afghanistan’s corrupt judicial system.” He said he still had faith in the government, but said that “if justice doesn’t happen then we will leave the judgment to the Afghan nation and to the whole world.”___Associated Press writer Amir Shah in Kabul, Afghanistan, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home A makeshift shrine with a green flag of martyrdom was erected at the spot on the riverbank where her body was dumped. The attack was filmed by many in the mob, and the footage widely distributed on social media.At the murder trial, the four men were found guilty and sentenced to death. Charges against 18 men were dropped for lack of evidence, and eight others were sentenced to 16 years in prison. Of 19 policemen charged with dereliction of duty, eight were acquitted due to lack of evidence, and 11 were sentenced to one year in prison. Last month, the Appeals Court upheld a decision to release 37 defendants ahead of their appeals.Human rights activist Ramin Anwari said the government had given in to conservative clerics, many of whom had said the attack would have been justified if Malikzada had desecrated a Quran.“If these people are sentenced to death in a case that appears to hinge on the burning of a Quran, then people will think twice in the future about taking such actions against people who act against religion — in which case rule of law will have won. They don’t want that,” he said.While Rula Ghani, the wife of President Ashraf Ghani, has said that the case highlights the violence at the heart of Afghan society after more than three decades of war, the government has largely remained silent. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan court has overturned the death sentences for four men convicted of taking part in the mob killing of a woman outside a Kabul shrine, a judge said Thursday.Three of the men convicted of the murder of Farkhunda Malikzada in March were instead given 20-year sentences, and the fourth was sentenced to 10 years, said Appeals Court Judge Abdul Nasir Murid.The ruling was made in a closed-door hearing on Wednesday and first reported by the independent Tolo TV. Tolo said the court acquitted the peddler at the shrine who allegedly incited the mob by falsely accusing Malikzada of burning a Quran. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Word of the court’s decision outraged her family, which has no legal representation in the case and had not been directly informed of the change in sentencing.“The verdict of 20 years means freedom, it means they will be released. We want the earlier decision for the death penalty,” Malikzada’s brother Najibullah, 37, told The Associated Press.Lawmakers and activists also criticized the decision, saying the court had bowed to the conservative religious establishment and failed to uphold the rule of law.“This is against the constitution. The courts should be open to the public, and this closed-door hearing undermines the credibility of the sentences,” said Shukria Barakzai, a lawmaker and women’s rights advocate.“Farkhunda’s case does not just belong to her family anymore, it belongs to all the people of Afghanistan who need assurance that they can have confidence in the law, in the rule of law.”The mob killing led to calls for reform of the judicial system — long plagued by corruption, partisanship and incompetence — and stronger protection for women from violence.After the peddler at the Shah-Du Shamshira shrine falsely accused Malikzada of burning a Quran, a mob attacked her as police watched. After punching, kicking and beating her with wooden planks, the crowd threw her from a roof, ran over her with a car and crushed her with a block of concrete. They then set her body alight on the bank of the Kabul River. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Holland America Lines new vice president for marketing

first_imgMark Kammerer has been named vice president, international marketing and sales for Holland America Line and Seabourn.In his new role, he will be responsible for the companies’ sales offices in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia, as well as Holland America Line and Seabourn’s growing international business.Holland America Line’s senior vice president, global marketing and sales, Joe Slattery has said that he is excited about the knowledge Mr Kammerer brings to the company.“Mark brings incredible knowledge and experience to this position, and his expertise supports the continued growth in our international presence, Mark has proven himself to be a creative thinker and inspiring leader, and I look forward to working with him,” Mr Slattery said.In his previous positions at Holland America Line, Kammerer was responsible for marketing and North American sales, as well as worldwide cruise marketing and prior to joining the cruise line, Kammerer worked at several leading travel industry organisations.Holland America Line’s fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 415 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies and include a wide variety of itineraries.The line currently has a new 2,650-guest ship, ms Koningsdam, on order for delivery in February 2016 from from Fincantieri shipyard.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Mortgage Applications Rise

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Origination, Servicing Mortgage Applications Rise MBA mortgage applications survey Mortgage Application 2018-12-12 Donna Joseph Mortgage applications increased by 1.6 percent this week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Market Composite Index—a measure of loan application volume—decreased by 1 percent compared to the previous week. Refinance Index reflected an increase of 2 percent from the past week and seasonally adjusted Purchase Index recorded an upward trend this week at 3 percent. Unadjusted Purchase Index, on the other hand, decreased by 2 percent. The volume of refinance loan applications recorded the highest level since March 2018 at 41.5 percent of total applications. The refinance share of mortgage was at 40.4 percent the previous week. An increase in adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) activities reflected at 7.6 percent of total applications.In government loan applications, the FHA share went up to 10.8 percent from 10.2 percent in the past week. The survey revealed an increase in VA share of total applications at 10.2 percent this week compared to 10.0 the week prior. The USDA share of total applications increased to 0.7 percent from 0.6 percent the week prior. Here’s how the average contract interest rates performed for various loans:For 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances decreased to 4.96 percent, the lowest level since September 2018. The rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances decreased to 4.80 percent, the lowest level since September 2018.FHA-backed 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.97 percent, the lowest level since September 2018, from 5.05 percent.The 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.41 percent, the lowest level since September 2018, from 4.50 percent.The rate for 5/1 ARMs decreased to 4.24 percent from 4.33 percent. The effective rate for all the above loan types recorded a decrease from last week.center_img December 12, 2018 579 Views Sharelast_img read more

New startup aiming to improve services in Cyprus set to launch soon

first_imgThe new website will help locals make better decisions by learning from others’ experiences and by sharing their own through online reviews.There is a new local services review platform in town. opiokalos.com which is set to launch next month is the first website in Cyprus that connects locals with the best businesses, and business owners with their communities through reviews.‘Our main advantage is fourfold: we publish reviews as written by consumers with no possibility for businesses to change, remove or re-order them, we build businesses reputation based on service quality, we offer free access to everyone and we have zero tolerance for fraud’ said Opiokalos founder Anca Rachita.While the first advantage is quite self-explanatory, Rachita further explained that even though people in Cyprus can find recommendations on social media or from relatives, most of these turn out to be biased or not based on a larger unrelated community.How does it work?As for how it will work, Opiokalos.com is creating a technology that is focused on improving user experience, thus making it easy for people searching for specific services to find them by either browsing categories or by searching for specific business names and keywords related to the needed service. Their technology will also allow users to customise and personalise their search to help them find exactly what they are looking for. In case the searched business is not yet available, Opiokalos.com will also allow users to create a listing for it and then review it.This is a win-win situationThe platform is aiming to help businesses build their online reputation and improve their services.“We want Opiokalos to be a win-win for both communities and business owners. Clients want convenience, if they can’t find a business they can’t choose it and if they find it they need to trust it first before engaging in a purchase,” said Rachita.Opiokalos already has many enquiries from Cyprus businesses that want to take part in this brand-new way of working with their customers, but at first, they will feature only the best businesses in terms of service while it will allow its database to expand slowly.The platform offers a free plan for business owners but also paid plans for more serious collaborations.Early-bird service providers know that thousands of residents and millions of yearly visitors to the island will value Opiokalos’ way of doing business.Care to join us? Please contact us on support@opiokalos.com or call us on 00357 998 45 994.You May LikeDriveZingThe Coolest Police Cars Ever MadeDriveZingUndoThrone: Free Online GamesPlay This Game For 1 Minute and See why Everyone is Addicted!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Cypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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