Italy reverses course saying it will continue with bid for the Olympics

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – After saying they would be leaving the Olympic bidding process, Italy will now be moving forward with its bid.The country will be changing it’s plan though, instead of a three city bid only Milan and Cortina will be involved and Turin will be left out.Calgary, Stockholm, Sweden and a Turkish city are also still vying for the games.The IOC is scheduled next month to name which will be moving ahead to the next phase.Sweden has already hinted that it will be exiting the race.The winning city will be announced next year in Milan.The Calgary plebiscite to continue with the bidding process will be held on November 13th.last_img read more

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George Harrison Encouraged The Search For Bliss

first_imgDespite his stardom with the Beatles, or maybe because of it, George Harrison had an ongoing search for meaning – the meaning of life and of death, and he yearned for a long time for an encounter with someone with the answers.“I get confused when I look around at the world,” said Harrison during his last public performance before he died in 2001, “and I see everybody is running around and, as Bob Dylan said, ‘He not busy being born is busy dying’, and yet nobody is trying to figure out what’s the cause of death and what happens when you die. That to me is the only thing really that’s of any importance. The rest is all secondary.”Harrison thought that perhaps no one wanted to talk about what happens after death because no one understood it, but he believed in a ‘knock and the door will be opened’ philosophy. If you want to know anything in this life, he said, you just have to knock on the door.He acknowledged, however, that getting to the truth was no easy task, and that there is a lot of noise one must get past to find answers. “We’re being barraged by bullshit,” said Harrison. “The answer is how to get peace of mind and how to be happy. That’s really what we’re supposed to be here for. The difficult thing is that we all go through our lives and through our days and we don’t experience bliss. It’s a very subtle thing to experience that and to be able to know how to do that. It’s something you don’t just stumble across; you’ve got to search for it.”Performance with the Beatles was happy at times, Harrison acknowledges, but that’s not the kind of bliss he was talking about: “where every atom of your body is just buzzing because it’s beyond the mind. [Bliss is experienced] when there’s no thought involved. It’s a really tricky thing to try to get to that stage because it means controlling the mind and being able to transcend the relative states of consciousness.”See George Harrison’s last, and unexpected performance, here.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Credibility of key UN disarmament forum at risk if deadlock persists Ban

“The world’s multilateral disarmament machinery should deliver more and more quickly,” Mr. Ban said in his address to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. “I call on you to become a first harbinger of hope for 2011 in the field of disarmament… “The next few years will be critical,” he continued, stressing the need to build on the hard-won momentum of recent years. “We can push forward on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, or risk sliding back.” The Conference on Disarmament, Mr. Ban noted, is the “undisputed home of international arms control efforts,” and has had a unique role since its inception, including by producing landmark treaties to promote international security while demonstrating that multilateral collaboration can serve the global and national interest alike.“However, the Conference’s record of achievement has been overshadowed by inertia that has now lasted for more than a decade. The very credibility of this body is at risk. Continued inaction will only endanger its future as a multilateral negotiating forum,” Mr. Ban warned.“Indeed, there appears to be a disconnect between the Conference on Disarmament and the recent positive developments in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation,” he added, referring to the new nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia and the successful review held in 2010 by the parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). “This should not be another year of business-as-usual,” he told delegates, urging them to overcome their differences and start substantive work in 2011. “The continued deadlock has ominous implications for international security,” warned the Secretary-General. “The longer it persists, the graver the nuclear threat – from existing arsenals, from the proliferation of such weapons, and from their possible acquisition by terrorists.” Established in 1979 as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community, the CD – as the Conference is known – primarily focuses on cessation of the nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament, prevention of nuclear war, and prevention of an arms race in outer space, among other things. 26 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the world’s sole multilateral disarmament negotiating forum to overcome its decade-long deadlock and begin substantive work, warning that the very credibility of the United Nations body is at stake. read more

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Poson to be celebrated on a grand scale

The Poson festival will be celebrated on a grand scale, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.He told a group of monks and Ministers at a discussion that elaborate security arrangements will be in place for the Buddhist festival. The Prime Minister also said that pandols which could not be erected during Vesak owing to the security situation in the country following the Easter Sunday attacks, will be erected for Poson.The main Poson events will be held in Anuradhapura with the participation of hundreds of devotees. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Presenting UN budget to finance committee Annan urges maximizing resources

The Secretary-General submitted the $2,519 million, two-year budget to the Administrative and Budgetary Committee, pointing out that over the past six years, the UN had had absolutely no budgetary growth, despite increasing demands. “With various reforms, efficiency measures and new technologies, we have managed, to a large extent, to do more with less,” he said. “Despite our difficulties in coping with stagnant budgets and late-payment of dues, we have carried on serving you, the Member States, and the peoples of the world.” While noting that the UN could do more with less, Mr. Annan warned that “sooner or later, the quality of our work must suffer.” Further budgetary constraints “would seriously compromise our ability to deliver the services expected from us, particularly when Member States impose new mandates on us without adding new resources.” Calling for a careful review of the UN’s work programme, the Secretary-General asked the Member States to reflect on whether their meetings were really indispensable, whether some reports that were requested duplicated others, and whether resources were allocated in the most productive way. “Please ask yourselves whether all the mandates that you entrust to us are really important,” he said. The new budget calls for “small but important” proposed increases in certain priority areas, Mr. Annan said. He appealed to the Committee to support requests for reforming the UN’s work in the area of peacekeeping, upgrading security measures to protect the Organization’s staff, and modernizing UN Headquarters to bring it in line with security standards “whose urgency has of course been cruelly emphasized by the events of 11 September.” Reflecting the Secretary-General’s ongoing effort to reform the UN, the new budget contains indicators of expected achievements, so that Member States can measure the Organization’s success in delivering on its promises. The budget also contains proposed time limits, known as “sunset provisions” for certain new initiatives. read more

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UN counterterror panel to examine links with regional organizations

“The whole approach of the CTC is to try to create a global approach to counter-terrorism,” the Committee Chairman, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, told UN Radio ahead of Thursday’s meeting at UN Headquarters in New York. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is scheduled to speak, along with Ambassador Greenstock, at the open portion of the meeting, after which the CTC’s discussions will be closed to the public.Organizations invited to attend include the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the League of Arab States, the European Union (EU), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Interpol.Calling the CTC a hub for action by UN Member States, Ambassador Greenstock said: “We thought we needed a meeting so everyone can talk to everyone else and devise an action plan to sort out what everybody did best in their own area so that voluntarily, with each organization following its own mandate, of course, we have a global effort.”He cited the OAS as a role model since it set up an Inter-American Committee against Terrorism before the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States. “I’m hoping that other regional organizations, political groups of member states will soon be catching up with the OAS to do the kind of operational and coordination things that the OAS have started and which are very useful in each region,” he said.The Chairman also defined the UN role as that of an enabler. Referring to the recent capture in Pakistan of a top member of the Al-Qaida organization blamed for the attacks on the US, he said: “The UN is not an operational agency, so the hard security operations have got to be done by the states with hard security abilities, and this clearly was a very good piece of coordination between Pakistan and the US and all of that is going on all the time.”Ambassador Greenstock explained that the UN “is doing what I call channel 2 of the response to 9/11. Channel 1 is the operational pursuit of those who did it and everybody connected with them. Channel 2 is raising everybody’s capability to deal with counter-terrorism everywhere. All the places that the arm of the US and Europe cannot reach – that’s what the CTC is all about.”The CTC, entrusted with monitoring all areas covered by the Council’s counter-terrorism resolution 1373 adopted in the wake of the 11 September attacks, has divided the day-long programme into three sessions: on global standards on counter-terrorism, the role of regional and sub-regional organizations in strengthening global counter-terrorism capacity, and the role of international and regional organizations on assistance. read more

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AIDS malaria and TB greatest threats to human security official says at

Speaking at a briefing in conjunction with the UN’s annual conference for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Kingsley Moghalu, Director of Resource Mobilization and Global Partnership for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said the Fund is the world’s best hope to fight those diseases.He said although medicines were available to prevent HIV/AIDS, “the greatest human catastrophe,” from becoming an immediate death sentence as well as to cure tuberculosis and malaria, people in the developing world could not afford these life saving drugs. That was why civil society and the UN established the Fund in 2001 to raise money in the fight against the three pandemics.But so far, the Fund had attracted pledges of $4.7 billion – nowhere near the projected $15 billion needed annually to fight the diseases effectively.Joining Mr. Moghalu was renowned actor and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover, who expressed his hope that the conference would provide a new direction and new partnerships between the UN family and civil society. Those partnerships had to be based on recognition of the importance NGOs played in society, he said.The NGO community, which plays a typical role in directing resources to those most in need, had come to the conference with questions not only about human security and dignity but also about sustaining their own operations and sustaining some level of health for those in need, Mr. Glover added.The three-day conference, held under the theme “Human Security and Dignity,” brings together about 2,000 organizations from civil society that work with the UN. Listen to UN Radio report read more

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Security Council calls for ceasefire and end to violence in Somali capital

In a press statement read out by the Council president for May, Ambassador Basile Ikouébé of the Republic of the Congo, the 15-member body also urged all parties in the Horn of Africa country “to allow for the resumption of humanitarian activities, the rescue of survivors and the recovery of the deceased.”Mr. Ikouébé noted that the Council was briefed on recent Somali developments yesterday by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tuliameni Kalomoh.In its statement, the Council reiterated its full support for the Transitional Federal Institutions as they try to implement the Transitional Federal Charter of the Somali Republic. It urged all parties to return to the path of dialogue and reconciliation and work within the framework of the Transitional Federal Institutions.The Transitional Federal Institutions have been working with East Africa’s Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the African Union (AU) and the international community in an effort to develop a National Security and Stabilization Plan to bring peace to the impoverished country.The Security Council members firmly underscored their united support for the IGAD-sponsored reconciliation process in Somalia and appealed to all Somali leaders of factions to fully cooperate with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, François Lonsény Fall, the Contact Group and IGAD leaders in their endeavours to secure a ceasefire and a negotiated settlement by all the parties concerned.Members of the Security Council also reminded all 191 UN Member States of their obligation to implement and enforce the arms embargo imposed by the Security Council in 1992 and expressed their intention to consider urgently how to strengthen the effectiveness of the ban.Earlier this month, the Council re-established for six months the mandate of the Monitoring Group on Somalia, set up to investigate any embargo violations. A report to the Council from the Monitoring Group said then, in part: “Arms, military materiel and financial support continue to flow like a river to various actors.” read more

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Ministerial address bolsters confidence for an exportled recovery

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Mark Prisk MP, Minister for Business and Enterprise, made a keynote speech today at SMMT’s parliamentary reception in Westminster that identified overseas investment and UK manufacturing as key drivers behind the UK’s economic recovery.In his address to over 100 delegates from across industry, Mark Prisk, detailed government plans to support entrepreneurial growth through decreased regulatory burden and a more supportive fiscal framework for UK businesses.Hosted by the SMMT and sponsored by Richard Burden MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Motor Group, the reception offered delegates from automotive, financial, political and environmental sectors the opportunity to hear from senior MPs on the importance of increasing overseas trade and on driving forward a sustainable low carbon agenda.In May, SMMT submitted its trade position paper, outlining recommendations to government that support UK manufacturing as part of an export-led trade strategy.To find out how UK automotive is supporting employment and growth in the UK click here. read more

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Rammers biggest hydraulic hammer just got better

first_imgWorld-leading hydraulic hammer and attachment brand Rammer has used the current CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibition in Las Vegas as the international launch pad for the latest incarnation of its largest breaker.Called the Rammer 9033, the new model replaces the highly successful Rammer 7013 and benefits from a number of key changes and improvements, many of which have been proven in smaller Rammer hammers.   These improvements include:A 20% wider carrier weight range than the Rammer 7013A 22% higher input power which significantly increases impact rate and productivity compared to its predecessor.These customer-friendly improvements have been achieved by equipping the new Rammer 9033 with many of the key features recently applied to other models in the Rammer Large and Medium ranges. “Our engineers have applied lessons learned on other hammer models to place this Rammer hammer at the very top of its class,” says Rammer Product line General Manager Rafa López. “The Rammer 9033 completes the successful Rammer Large hammers family by replacing the aged 7013 with a modern design that extends some of the specifications such as carrier range allowed and tool diameter.”Weighing in at 7,000 kg, the new Rammer 9033 is suitable for carriers in the 60 to 120 t operating weight range. Impact rate on the long stroke setting rises from a maximum of 450 blows/min to 520, while maximum oil flow rises to 460 litres/min against the 400 litres/min on the Rammer 7013. Input power is up from 113 to 138 kW, a rise of 22%.Stroke length and Idle Blow Protection can be easily adjusted to allow the Rammer 9033 to be purpose-matched to individual applications. The long stroke setting uses a lower blow frequency for optimum breaking in hard materials, such as granite and reinforced concrete foundations, while the short stroke setting delivers higher blow frequency which is ideal for softer materials, such as limestone. The Idle Blow Protector on/off selector allows the operator to easily adjust the working mode to protect against idle strokes.Like the other models in Rammer’s Large Range of hydraulic hammers, the new 9033 is designed for a long, trouble-free life. The new model uses long-life, high-tension VIDAT tie rods for improved reliability and lower operating costs. The tool-retaining pins are locked by simple, reliable rubber rings, while the surface of the lower tool bushing has been specifically designed to provide longer tool life.The Rammer 9033 also becomes the latest (and final) model in the Rammer Large Range to benefit from the addition of the Ramvalve overflow protection system.The Ramvalve monitors the oil flow through the hammer. If the oil flow exceeds the pre-defined setting, the valve adjusts the flow to a very low level and drops the hammer’s impact rate. The Ramvalve resets after the hammer re-starts with a correct oil flow. This highly effective system provides excellent protection against accidental overflowing and overpressure, enhances hammer’s reliability, and offers improved protection against oil spills.To further extend the working life of the Rammer 9033 it is offered with three greasing options: a centralized manual option; carrier-mounted Ramlube I automatic greasing; or Ramlube II, which utilizes a cartridge mounted on the hammer to automatically deliver optimum levels of lubrication for greater wear protection and a longer service life. The new model also comes equipped with Rammer’s Ramdata II service indicator that allows operators and service personnel to monitor and log vital service and maintenance information to further minimize downtime.All these key features are backed by long-life, wear resistant, genuine Rammer parts that are readily available for the company’s global dealer network.last_img read more

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Heroic spidernaut dies in captivity after returning from space

first_imgJust after it was brought back from the International Space Station, the first jumping spider (Phidippus johnsoni) ever to have survived space has died. Named after Egyptian queen Nefertiti, the heroic little arachnid was put on display in the Natural History Museum on November 29, as part of the museum’s Insect Zoo gallery. Unfortunately, the spidernaut, who had survived the harshness of space for 100 days, died just five days later.Nefertiti docked at the ISS in July as the result of a video contest called YouTube Space Lab, where 18-year-old Amr Mohamed submitted the idea. Ever the pioneer, Nefertiti showed that, in space, her species could adapt to the effects of weightlessness and was able to both catch prey and continue regular feeding habits. Then, when returning to regular Earth gravity, the spider was able to re-adapt to full-gravity conditions.Nefertiti, whose species has an average lifespan of around a year, died of natural causes. The Smithsonian, feeling the loss of the spidernaut, said Nefertiti was “a special animal that inspired so many imaginations.” In the museum equivalent of a hero’s burial the Smithsonian will include Nefertiti in the museum’s specimen collection.Nefertiti wasn’t the first arachnid to make spider space history, and wasn’t the first to be entered into the collection after a tragic death. The first spiders to spin webs in space, Arabella and Anita, died on Skylab in 1973, and were donated to the Smithsonian a year later.Thanks to Nefertiti’s sacrifice we now know that spiders can still kill and eat things should they happen to find themselves in microgravity.via Space.comlast_img read more

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Cretans reunite in Ohio

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Over 400 Cretans from the USA, from more than 88 Cretan Associations – members of The Pancretan Association of America (PAA) – were welcomed at the 43rd National Convention in Greater Akron, Ohio, from 29 June to 5 July. Cretans of Australia and the world Cretan community had their representative as well, with the president of the World Council of Cretans, Antonis Tsourdalakis, honouring the PAA National Convention with his presence. The convention included official business meetings and social and networking activities throughout the community. The national convention concluded with the election of the new president of the PAA board, Mr Yiannis Sarzetakis from California. At the 43rd National Convention in Ohio, the 100 year anniversary of the formal union between the island of Crete and the country of Greece was also commemorated. This year’s biennial convention marked the first PAA national convention to be held in Akron since 1938. Several local chapter members who attended the 1938 convention were present to celebrate their Cretan heritage. The convention was hosted by The Cretan Association of Akron, Ohio. The Pancretan Association of America was founded in the 1920s and is the second largest Greek ethnic organisation in the United States after the Greek Orthodox Church.last_img read more

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Shahs push for digital membership made BJP worlds largest

first_imgVaranasi: BJP Working President JP Nadda on Saturday commended the digital push given by party president Amit Shah for making BJP the world’s largest party. “Amit Shah had launched the membership drive through digital medium around five years back in August 2014. BJP became the biggest party in the world by adding several members to its ranks in the preceding years. The party has become stronger in 8, 63, 971 booths in the country after the digital membership drive was given a push five years back,” Nadda said while addressing a gathering here. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Nadda further affirmed that it is the party’s good fortune that the membership drive is kickstarting from Varanasi which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency. “This is a matter of joy for us that the BJP membership drive will start from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘karmabhoomi’ which is Varanasi in some time from now. This is a matter of fortune that one of the world’s most popular leaders is going to kickstart this campaign,” said Nadda. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “The organisation is at the root of Prime Minister Modi’s conscience. People who have been associated with BJP from before the year 2000, have in some way or the other worked in tandem with the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Modi. He has moulded many workers of the party,” he added. Nadda said that Prime Minister Modi has always been associated with organisational work in the grassroots level. Advertise With Us “When Prime Minister Modi was offered the chief ministerial berth in Gujarat, at that time also he was working in the Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh for mobilising the party,” Nadda said. “We will employ both online and offline ways to add more members to our party. The Prime Minister has asked all BJP members to start afforestation drive. We affirm that we will be committed to pushing forward this agenda of our leader,” he added.last_img read more

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Sonakshi Sinha opens up about cheating case Event organizer maligning my crystal

first_imgpic.twitter.com/Pw5tqbDyHN— Baby Bedi (@sonakshisinha) July 12, 2019 Since last evening, there have been reports of Moradabad police visiting Sonakshi Sinha for inquiry around a case filed by a UP based event manager. The said individual has levied allegations that the actress had taken 24 lakhs from him to perform at an event in Delhi, but did not attend the program.Moradabad police approached Juhu police station regarding the case, and the team visited Sonakshi’s residence to record her statement. However, the actress wasn’t at home and could not speak to the police.Since there is a lot of unverified information doing rounds, Sonakshi took to twitter to share what exactly happened and requested the media not to pay heed to such unwarranted claims.”An event organizer who couldn’t live up to his commitment obviously thinks he can make a fast buck by maligning my crystal clear image in the press. There is full cooperation with the authorities from my end for the investigation to be conducted. Would request the media not to fan these bizarre claims of an unscrupulous man,” Sonakshi Sinha posted on Twitter. Sonakshi SinhaInstagram RelatedSonakshi Sinha flashes her innerwear and gets trolled by Disha Patani fansSonakshi Sinha birthday: 10 hot looks of the actress and style diva! [Photos]Dabangg 3: Fan frenzy as Salman Khan releases poster saying ‘Chulbul is back’Kalank failure won’t affect Varun or Alia but might badly hit Sonakshi and AdityaKalank box office collection: These are the 2 reasons for this multi-starrer multi-crore disaster The actress is currently busy with promotions of her upcoming film Khandaani Shafakhana and Mission Mangal, and is also shooting for Dabangg 3 and Bhuj – The Pride of India.last_img read more

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Angola plane crash kills all 7

first_imgAll seven passengers and crew were killed when a plane bound for the Angolan capital Luanda crashed in a remote corner of the country, emergency services said Friday.The Brazilian-built Embraer aircraft operated by Air Guicango crashed on Thursday after taking off from Dundo in the northeast near the Congolese border, said fire brigade chief Felismino Ndumba.“The aircraft left Dundo at 4:58pm (1558 GMT) for Luanda. We lost contact shortly after take off,” Ndumba told AFP by phone.“Despite our efforts we haven’t had any contact with the aircraft since then. There were seven people aboard including a Portuguese national and a South African.”A government source told the Lisbon-based news agency Lusa that the Portuguese victim was a 39-year-old firefighter.The flight is thought to have crashed into a lake just south of Cuilo municipality, according to Ndumba.“It is impossible that there were any survivors,” he said.The cause of the crash is still unknown but the fire chief said that the aircraft had recently suffered “malfunctions”.Two military helicopters were dispatched to the region to locate the wreckage and the victims’ bodies, according to air force spokesman Francisco Waianga.Angola has a poor air safety record and all of the oil-rich African country’s airlines are banned from operating within the European Union except for the flag-carrier TAAG.last_img read more

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Rugby star offered to give up lucrative contract after antigay comments

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Israel Folau offered to leave the Australian rugby union team, the Wallabies, after he came under fire for anti-gay comments. Israel Folau. | Photo: Players Voice eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Earlier this month Folau made headlines for replying to an Instagram comment saying ‘God’s Plan’ for gay people was ‘HELL’.The comments created a furore internationally and Folau was dragged into a meeting with the code’s authorities. Folau managed to escape punishment, telling rugby leaders he should’ve ‘put a positive spin on that same message and done it in a more respectful way’.‘People’s lives are not for me to judge’But now Folau has penned a piece called ‘I’m a Sinner Too’. The pieced reflects on the recent controversy saying he offered to walk away from his lucrative contract with Rugby Australia.Folau – who openly voted ‘no’ in Australia’s public vote on marriage equality – said it was not his up to him to judge other people’s lives.‘Only God can do that,’ he wrote on Players Voice.The 29-year-old said he first posted on Instagram about ‘God’s Plan’ after he tore his hamstring during a game.He explained how finding Jesus after many years of sinning was very important to him.‘I would sooner lose everything – friends, family, possessions, my football career, the lot – and still stand with Jesus, than have all of those things and not stand beside Him,’ he wrote.center_img Folau explained that he would stand by his beliefs but also believed in inclusion.He addressed the seeming contradiction of appearing on the front of Australia’s oldest LGBTI magazine, Star Observer, in 2014. Folau graced the front page to promote the Bingham Cup – the international gay rugby competition.‘Since my social media posts were publicised, it has been suggested that I am homophobic and bigoted and that I have a problem with gay people,’ he wrote.‘This could not be further from the truth.‘I fronted the cover of the Star Observer magazine to show my support for the Bingham Cup, which is an international gay rugby competition for both men and women. ‘I believe in inclusion. In my heart, I know I do not have any phobia towards anyone’During the furore, Folau compared himself to a persecuted prophet. In the letter he maintained he will hold onto his beliefs no matter what.‘As testing as it can be standing up for what you believe in, the Bible tells us it will be worth it in the end,’ he wrote.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Rugby player Israel Folau’s car has been confiscated after anti-gay commentsRugby star dodges punishment for saying God’s plan for gays is ‘HELL’Rugby player posts anti-gay video and warns: ‘Jesus coming back soon’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/rugby-star-offered-leave-national-side-anti-gay-comments/last_img read more

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5 Reasons You Need Tech in Your Real Estate Business

first_img Berkery Noyes Investment Bankers Housing Industry Mortgage Technology 2015-12-17 Staff Writer Share December 17, 2015 795 Views Technology is becoming one of the single most important aspects and drivers of growth in the housing industry. Originators, servicers, investors, and others in real estate need to ensure that they are implementing different technologies within their businesses.A whitepaper released by Berkery Noyes Investment Bankers shows the impact that technology has on the mortgage sector.In the past, the housing industry has been slow to innovate, but recent years and additional regulation has brought about the need to streamline business operations, the report said.John Guzzo, author of the paper, stated that there are five key trends that are currently impacting both the real estate and mortgage sectors:1. Additional compliance expense for vendors2. A constricted mortgage market3. The convergence of real estate and mortgage technology4. Acquisition or creation of products5. Acquisition or organic growth of customersGuzzo points out that regulations like the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule and Title XIV of the Dodd-Frank Act requires lenders to meet extra minimum standards before issuing residential mortgage loans and to  make a “reasonable and good faith determination” that the borrower will be able to repay the loan.”This could play a role in originators seeking more integrated end-to-end offerings from technology vendors in order to help ensure compliance and streamline the originations process,” Guzzo wrote.He also says that the mortgage market is constricted due to rising demand and limited supply in many areas, and “mortgage originators are looking for tools to shorten processing times, better manage sales leads, and bolster customer retention rates when dealing with repeat homeowners.”According to the whitepaper, mortgage technology vendors and outsourcers that provide “better quality control, promote process efficiencies, facilitate borrower communication, and improve regulatory compliance” are most sought after by investors and acquirers.”There are several significant drivers impacting the evolution of mortgage technology. This includes restoring consumer confidence, decreasing the volume of delinquent loans, stabilizing the debt markets and adhering to new regulatory guidelines,” Guzzo noted.The report also outlined some of the new technology options available to those within the mortgage industry. Debt servicers are able to put together different pieces of information about consumers through new database technology.  Servicers can streamline their communications to borrowers through the use of mediums like email, text, and complex print/mail options.  Lenders and debt servicers have the capabilities to obtain, store, and transfer data about consumer debts. Outsourcing has also become a popular option in the housing sector.”Each of the trends discussed above are leading to both innovation and consolidation in the market. The real estate and mortgage sectors are still highly fragmented, and further consolidation over the next several years is inevitable,” Guzzo concludedHe continued, “Many industry participants will seek economies of scale, critical mass and need to have additional product offerings to enhance their competitive advantage. Lenders, vendors, and servicers will continue to embrace tactical acquisitions to shore up product lines, capture customers, increase market share, and ensure they are prepared for the next wave of mortgage originations.”Click here to read the complete whitepaper.center_img 5 Reasons You Need Tech in Your Real Estate Business in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more

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Centara Ras Fushi Resort Spa MaldivesGo back to

first_imgCentara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa MaldivesGo back to the e-newsletterThe Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives and Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives allow for a stress-free vacation, which has become even better with upgrades to their All-Inclusive programmes. With the new Ultimate All-Inclusive programme guests can enjoy more of the underwater activities that they want.There are many more options for guests to indulge in with a diverse grouping of benefits. Some of these benefits include meet and greet at the Male airport, a sparkling welcome with a refreshing towel and glass of bubbly, mini bar replenishment daily that includes snacks, soft drinks, fruit juice, beers and two bottles of wine, and not to forget champagne breakfast served daily at The Reef.  Guests can also enjoy selected beverages daily from 10:00am until midnight.  The wine selection now includes over 50 different bottles. Meals are covered with a variety of options for lunch at Azzuri Mare or signature Thai at Suan Bua Restaurant.  Dinner can be enjoyed at a choice of three different venues, with Teppanyaki and full buffet at The Reef, authentic Thai at Suan Bua and Italian at Azzuri Mare.Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa also provides an All-Inclusive option that has everything a guest could want, and more.  The upgraded Gold All-Inclusive package has dining, leisure, health and well-being covered.  Now also with the option for a daily dive in exchange for daily spa credit. The daily spa credit may be accumulated to be used towards spa treatments at SPA Cenvaree.  With Giraavaru Cave, Kuda Haa, Kuda Faru, Lion’s Head, Shark Point and Kikki Reef, not to mention the splendid house reef, divers will have plenty of encounters with the various kinds of marine life and see the enchanting, colourful coral formations.With non-restrictive dining, guests can dine a la carte at any of the resorts restaurants, with the choice of Middle Eastern in an authentic Bedouin tent at Al Khaimah, take in the great views and indulge in Italian delicacies at La Brezza, enjoy Centara’s signature Thai restaurant Suan Bua, or take a culinary tour with the international and Asian themed buffet at Oceans.  There are also many picturesque places to sip a drink and watch the colours of the sea and sky change whether from one of the catamaran nets at Viu Bar, floating in the water at Waves Pool Bar, or while enjoying the sweeping views from the Girravaru Lobby Bar.For those looking to get their feet wet, both properties offer a variety of exciting excursions such as a whale shark tour, guided snorkel tour, night fishing, sunset cruise, local island tour and more.  Learn how to windsurf, try stand up paddle boarding, go banana boating or take a ride on a catamaran are activities available to guests.  A variety of land activities are covered with yoga, access to the fitness programmes designed by our personal trainer and a variety of other activities.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Baby exhumed after parents claim negligence by private doctor

first_imgThe body of a newborn baby was exhumed on Tuesday in Limassol after the parents reported a doctor to the police claiming medical negligence.Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades said police were investigating the claims but declined to provide details due to the sensitivity of the case.Soteriades said the authorities had secured an exhumation order from the coroner as they sought to determine the cause of death of the baby, who was delivered stillborn on September 14 by C-section.However, the post mortem failed to shed any light into the cause of death and the pathologist was unable to collect tissue for further tests because of advanced decomposition.Reports said the mother experienced problems during pregnancy after developing gestational diabetes, usually a temporary condition.Following the diagnosis, reports said, the woman had to have daily insulin shots and once a week she visited her gynecologist for another shot to protect the baby’s lungs.The family claimed that the doctor had told the mother she would be giving birth at seven months and not nine.At eight months the woman still had not given birth and one day she visited her doctor with strong pains. Initially he allegedly gave her a painkiller injection to delay the birth until October 3. But the pains continued and she was rushed to the private clinic where the doctor works.She was admitted at 1pm but the doctor, who had referred her there, arrived late. He carried out the procedure and handed the newborn to the paediatrician.The paediatrician said he tried to resuscitate the child for 40 minutes but to no avail.The gynaecologist claims he had no responsibility after delivering the baby.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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DAILY POST brings to you the list of the defected senators who anchored their reason on the current crisis and faction in the ruling party.8 billion for payment of salaries of all local government workers in the state. Justice Akapo ordered that the accused persons be remanded in EFCC custody and adjourned the matter to June 30, which it described as an intermediate-range missile. it would be the first time the country has managed to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), “I urge Nigerians to be on the alert to fake news circulated by desperadoes via WhatsApp and other social media platforms and intended to malign the good name of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan." Macintyre said. removing dead tissue and applying ointments. we offer a wide variety of sports.

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