MADRID – Spain has installed barbed wire on the triple border fence that separates its north African territory of Melilla from Morocco, a key entry point into Europe for illegal migrants.Barbed wire started being placed on the top of several sections of the seven-metre (23-foot) high fence last week to “reinforce security a bit”, a spokesman for government of Melilla said Monday.Barbed wire had been used before in Melilla but was removed from the top of the border fence in 2006 after causing injuries to migrants as they tried to illegally enter the territory. Forty-eight surveillance cameras already watch over the 11-kilometre (seven-mile) long fence which loops around the city until it reaches the Mediterranean coast.At night the fence is lit up along its entire length to help spot migrants trying to enter the Spanish territory, which has 80,000 inhabitants.The Spanish branch of Amnesty International said it was “deeply worried” over the installation of barbed wire on the border fence.“The response of the Spanish government to the migratory pressure is moving away from the respect of the rights of people who try to enter our country and is a serious step backwards,” it said in a statement.About 3,000 migrants tried to scale the border fence between January 1 and September 17, compared to 1,610 during the same period last year, according to Spanish interior ministry figures.Nearly four-fifths, 77.3 percent, were prevented from entering the territory by Spanish and Moroccan security forces.Melilla and Ceuta, another Spanish territory on the north African coast, have the European Union’s only land borders with Africa.
OTTAWA — Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz sat down for an interview Wednesday with The Canadian Press. Here are some selected excerpts of that conversation, in Poloz’s own words.—On whether the Bank of Canada has studied the potential economic impacts of legalized recreational cannabis:“We have not. I see this primarily as a job for (Statistics Canada) to tell us what the economy looks like, including or not including that industry. At first blush, you think of a largely grey market or even black-market sector becoming part of the normal system. We’ve got articles that study the underground economy and how much of a role cash plays in that economy, and presumably that kind of analysis will be disrupted by the legalization of cannabis. But I have no priors on how that’s going to look. It sounds like it would make GDP go up, but only because you’re measuring something that used to be not captured.”—On whether the bank has made changes to its communications strategy following recent criticism over its approach:“We’ve certainly evolved a fair bit in the last three, four years on the communications front, I think positively. There are several different things that we’ve done that add to the transparency around what we do. Certainly, the opening statement has evolved quite a lot. It used to be kind of reading the press release or parts of it anyway. Now, it’s giving more of what I think central bank minutes hope to give you, which is what we talked about, what we debated or deliberated. Whereas, actually, minutes usually give you thousands and thousands of words that you already know and it’s really hard to shake out the actual conversations that took place. We’ve been purposely quite honest about what things were on the table and what things we’re really trying to wrestle with or learn more about in order to make these decisions and I think that’s been a positive.”—On forward guidance about future interest-rate decisions:“Forward guidance, in its conventional this-is-what-we-commit-to-do — slightly conditional. Conditional on these outcomes is usually the form. What it does is it causes the market to kind of collapse in on that outcome. And the market no longer takes new information and processes it in its conventional way and gives you a reading on what the market thinks. So, there’s a presumption in the forward-guidance world that the central bank already knows everything that matters and so the market is just supposed to perform really tranquilly, you know, in this very orderly fashion. Whereas, in fact, there’s all kinds of valuable analysis in those reactions of the market to news, which a central bank can learn a lot from.So, what I’d rather is have the market doing exactly what we’re doing: watching new data, knowing what matters and what doesn’t matter, and sifting it. And in the market they respond by re-positioning their portfolios or laying down their positions and we can read from that what the market thinks about the new data and that really helps us. But if we’re in a world where we’re just telling them, ‘Oh by the way, next time we meet we’re just going to do this, that or the other thing,’ they don’t bother doing that. And why would they? They’re still looking for outliers, they still would do something.I’m not saying that markets are not doing anything in the U.S., for example, where there’s a fair bit of forward guidance. But they do it in a less unfettered way. So, I think that’s a big plus for us to have the independent market — two-way market. But one of the downsides is whenever you do something, a certain percentage of people will be surprised by it because they were on the other side of that two-way market. But I think from the point of view of how the economy functions, it’s very beneficial.”—
VoIP SLAs: Can You Measure How Your Carrier Is Doing? Gary Audin June 14, 2019 Startup PhoneSentry tackles complex voice monitoring and alerting I use the term “active path testing” to refer to systems that send packets into the network to measure network characteristics. A simple ping test is the most fundamental active path test, but it doesn’t scale up to large networks very well. Active path testing is valuable because it directly measures network performance instead of inferring a level of performance from network monitoring data like SNMP. The important characteristics are packet loss, latency, and jitter. When NetNORAD detects a problem, Facebook can perform further analysis with another program, fbtracert, its version of traceroute. It has the ability to diagnose problems over equal-cost multipath topologies. NetNORAD — this is Facebook’s network monitoring system. Because Facebook needed a tool that would identify network latency and packet loss problems within seconds, it wasn’t able to use SNMP-based polling systems, especially at its scale. All Facebook servers run the ping responder program while a subset of servers run the pinger application, both of which are described on Facebook’s NetNORAD webpage. The network hierarchy consists of racks, clusters, data centers, regions, and backbone. To identity network programs, it runs tests between different parts of the hierarchy. The tests use User Datagram Protocol packets with different Differentiated Services Code Point priority values, providing coverage of quality-of-service (QoS) priority levels over the test paths. It condenses and records pinger response times in a real-time database from which monitoring programs perform analysis and generate alarms. SmokePing’s advantage is that you can monitor paths and important endpoints without installing an agent — it relies on ping for its measurements. This is a Perl program that runs on Unix-compatible machines. Installation is easy, and great to load on a monitoring server in each data center and in cloud implementations. This is a great tool for organizations with smaller networks in which the installation and monitoring won’t overwhelm the network team. Slattery_SmokePing.png I’ve written about active path testing in a NetCraftsmen piece about network management architecture and in the No Jitter post, “Network Visibility: Using Active Path Testing.” I generally recommend one of the path testing tools from vendors like AppNeta and NetBeez, because most organizations find that commercial systems are better for them over the long term. Unify Square Taps Cross-Platform Collaboration Management Beth Schultz April 25, 2019 Announces plans to bring Slack, Zoom, Workplace by Facebook under management, alongside traditional Microsoft suites SmokePing — this is a nifty little tool for tracking latency, jitter, and packet loss with an integrated alerting system. The display contains all the data for a selected site/path and timeframe. As seen below, the colored line shows the median round-trip time (latency), while the color indicates packet loss. The shadow around the median round-trip time shows the variance (jitter) in ping response times. See All in Monitoring & Management » There’s a tradeoff in doing active path testing. It adds traffic to the network. If the testing generates too much traffic, it can negatively impact the end systems and potentially the applications on those end systems, either client or server. Modern networks and servers have enough capacity to handle several test probes per second, which is sufficient to detect common problems. 10 Tips for Diagnosing Slow Applications Terry Slattery November 21, 2018 This post, the first in a series, explores possible causes in client-side processing and network transport. Slattery_ActivePathTesting.png I recommend doing a proof of concept if you’re serious about using open source network monitoring tools. You should understand what it takes to install, customize, and operate it. Automating the installation and customization may be necessary. Compare that experience with that of installing and using commercial software.Tags:News & Viewsopen sourceActive Path Testingnetwork testingNetNORADPerfSONARSmokeRingMonitoring & ManagementEnterprise NetworkingNews & Views Articles You Might Like balance-2108024_774.jpg SummaryOpen source has become a viable source for network management systems, although there’s a tradeoff between using a commercial product, with purchase and annual maintenance costs, and open source, which doesn’t cost anything to acquire but requires staff time to maintain. The network staff will need someone on the team to perform customization and software upgrades, which typically take longer with open source tools than with commercial tools. PerfSONAR is great for testing multiple Internet paths that traverse multiple ISPs. A matrix providing a summary of results, as shown below, allows easy identification of systems and paths that are experiencing problems. The minimum-loss-rate threshold is at the rate that I recommend to customers: 0.0001%, because that’s the rate at which TCP begins to experience significant performance degradation. NetNORAD would be a good candidate for larger organizations that have adequate development resources for fielding and supporting the tool. The pinger application is written in C++ while fbtracert is written in Go. PerfSONAR — this is a network testing measurement toolkit consisting of several traditional network tools. The tool suite includes ping, traceroute, tracepath, iperf, nuttcp, and owamp (one-way active measurement protocol), with a control, archiving, and display system that allows use of these programs for continuous path monitoring. The toolkit is excellent for continuously performing multidomain network diagnostics over Internet paths. Tests can be run from more than 2,000 PerfSONAR installations worldwide. Network testing between endpoints offers several advantages that other monitoring methods can’t match. A benefit of full-path testing is the inclusion of the last hop on both ends of a communication path. We want the ability to detect common problems that cause packet errors, like duplex mismatch, old cabling, and bad connectors. Another benefit of testing to the endpoints is the ability to validate the TCP/IP stack and interface operation. Ideally, the active testing system generates packets that are indistinguishable from real application traffic, enabling evaluation of access-control lists and load balancers in the same way as a real application. 6 Tips for Diagnosing Slow Applications Terry Slattery December 06, 2018 This post, the second in a two-part series, delves into possible causes for poor application performance — and how to check them. Open Source Path Testing ToolsSome organizations consider open source tools because they don’t have the budget to purchase commercial tools, while other organizations need to scale up to sizes that commercial tools typically can’t handle. Regardless of the reason, starting with an existing tool is more useful than creating something from scratch. This list of tools is representative of the types of tools available. Reaping the Value of Cloud Service Management Data Gary Audin April 05, 2019 In this Q&A with a Virsae executive, learn how access to big data can be a boon for UC and contact center improvements. Log in or register to post comments
“This is a project which could be an example for other countries,” said Henry Jackelen, the Deputy Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), about the initiative, which also involves the UN Volunteers (UNV). UNV is coordinating and managing the project in cooperation with the national Communidade Solidaria council and the Committee of the Democratization of IT (CDI).”It is an investment in the future which doesn’t need much money, but which will move inestimable values over the years, especially in terms of human capital,” he added. Students will not only learn how to work with computers and access the Internet, but also how to retrieve timely and relevant information to promote development through communication.To launch the project, UNDP has already committed to donating some 50 computers scheduled for replacement at its Brasilia office, part of the 200 used Internet capable computers from the projects under the agency’s leadership in Brazil.The computers and information technology (IT) equipment will be offered to the Committee, which runs “Schools for IT and Citizenship” throughout the country, as well as numerous projects in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, home to some of the most needy in terms of computer technology and Internet connections.While the UN initiative starts in Brasilia, it is expected to draw on CDI’s network to extend the project to 19 Brazilian states. “This is a chance to bring modern technology and development to many communities where we have been working, ” said Mariza Soares, Project Director of Communidade Solidaria. “For young people this is an opportunity to get to learn our changing reality and future.”
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2016 3:58 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2016 at 6:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Viacom owner throws up hurdle to Paramount sale NORWOOD, Mass. – In a move that further undermines Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, the company’s controlling shareholder said Monday it amended Viacom’s bylaws to require unanimous board approval for any full or partial sale of movie studio Paramount Pictures.The action further consolidates control in the hands of ailing media mogul Sumner Redstone and his daughter, Shari Redstone. The elder Redstone has said he’s against the Paramount sale. Dauman said in February he was aiming to take on a strategic minority investor in Paramount by the end of June.National Amusements Inc., which controls 80 per cent of the voting stock in both Viacom and CBS Corp., announced the change. National Amusements, a theatre chain, is controlled by the Redstones.A spokesman for Viacom Inc. called Monday’s action “illegitimate” and “completely at odds with good corporate governance.”It’s the latest twist in the battle over the multibillion-dollar conglomerates and came a day before a trial gets underway in a Massachusetts probate court into whether 93-year-old Sumner Redstone is mentally competent.The trial is being brought by Dauman and lawyer George Abrams, both of whom were replaced as directors of National Amusements and trustees in the trust that will control it when Sumner Redstone dies. They contend that Redstone was not mentally capable of making the decision to remove them from the posts.Viacom shares closed up nearly 1 per cent at $45.43 on Monday before the announcement. The stock, however, has lost nearly half its value since July 2014.In a court filing, the elder Redstone said he had lost faith in Dauman’s management of Viacom, according to a statement by geriatric psychiatrist James Spar, who evaluated him in May. Spar is quoted as saying in the filing that Redstone had told Dauman has “done a bad job running Viacom.” Redstone also said of Abrams, “he’s not listening to me,” according to Spar’s report.
by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 28, 2016 12:49 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said Wednesday he has no plans to raise taxes in next year’s budget, but will listen to people who might want a tax hike.Pallister has launched pre-budget consultations that include a new website where people can build their own provincial budget by adjusting spending and tax levels.The site initially told visitors tax increases were not an option, but the wording was changed after Pallister’s announcement to tell people they can raise or lower taxes and see the effects on the deficit.Pallister was asked if he would break a campaign promise and raise taxes if that’s what many people told him.“I haven’t heard a lot of Manitobans ask me to raise taxes, so it’s a hypothetical I don’t think I yet need to answer,” he said.“But I think I’m answering it honestly by saying that we’re ready to listen to Manitobans and hear what they have to say.”The previous NDP government started running a string of deficits in 2009, culminating in a $1-billion deficit in the fiscal year that ended in March.Pallister, who was elected April 19, has promised to reduce the deficit and cut the provincial sales tax by one percentage point. Manitoba government lets residents build provincial budget – including tax hikes
Starting Saturday, only 16 of World Cup’s qualifying 32 teams will continue to play in the tournament. After just two matches, Spain — the defending champion — was the first country to be eliminated during the group stage. Notable squads like Italy, the 2006 champion, and England are also heading home.Because the World Cup is the most anticipated sporting event on the planet, many fans are unlikely to tune it out after their country is booted. But which team will they root for now?Answering this question isn’t easy. Once patriotism is out of the equation, a preference for another country’s side could be based on all sorts of factors: Do you love one team’s style of play? Are you influenced by politics, religion or race? Did you have fond memories of travel to a particular place? Perhaps the most confounding factor is whether you’re motivated by love or hate. That is, will you root for your next favorite country or against a loathsome rival?The ideal data to help answer this question would be recent, statistically-sound, cross-country polling of all 32 nations participating in the World Cup. Unfortunately, as is often the case in data analysis, our wishes have not been granted.The best polling we’ve got is the Pew Global Attitudes Survey, which provides cross-country favorability measures for nine of the countries participating in this year’s tournament: the U.S., the U.K. (which we’ll take to approximate England’s team), France, Greece, Italy, Germany, Spain, Iran and Russia. The survey tries to gauge Greeks’ opinions of Spaniards, Russians’ of Americans, and so on. The specific question that Pew poses is, “Please tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable opinion of [country name].” The acceptable responses are, “Very favorable,” “Somewhat favorable,” “Somewhat unfavorable,” “Very unfavorable” and “Don’t know/Refused.” To condense this information into one value, I’ve weighted the responses +2, +1, -1, -2 and 0, respectively.Based on the favorability polling, it appears the English might prefer Germany over France of the teams left in the World Cup. But you probably won’t catch an Italian cheering on the Greek national side. No, fans in Rome might instead be rooting for the United States. (In fact, the Italians view the U.S. more favorably than they view their own country.) The defending World Cup champions, Spain, ranked Germany in the most favorable terms, followed by England and then France. So with no more matches of their own in Brazil, the Spanish might be inclined to root for Germany.But if you look closely, yes, that’s right: The country that has the lowest opinion of Spain is … Spain. It’s worth noting that Pew conducted this survey in March and April of 2012, at the height of the European economic crisis.Greeks, for example, have an extremely unfavorable opinion of Germany. That’s no surprise given the intra-Eurozone disputes over bailouts, austerity measures and dire economic circumstances. (So, if Greece were to be eliminated in the knockout round and Germany played on, it’s a safe bet that Greek fans wouldn’t be cheering for Die Mannschaft.) But outside of Greece, Germany appears to be rather highly regarded. On the flip side, Russia is viewed unfavorably throughout Europe, except by Greece. (Russia exited the tournament after drawing with Algeria on Thursday, but the Greeks will have at least one more opportunity to cheer on their national side in the Round of 16.)Still, no matter whom the eliminated countries’ fans go on to root for — if they root for any country at all — that new team won’t match the fans’ true wish: for their original favorite to have won the Cup.CORRECTION (June 27, 10:45 a.m.): An earlier version of this post misstated the result of Thursday’s Algeria-Russia match. It ended in a draw, not a loss for Russia.
Have you been waiting patiently for your Raspberry Pi to turn up in the post? Me too. I was expecting to get it late last week, but a check on my order status shows it is on back order. But the reason for the delay isn’t just high demand anymore. The distributors of the tiny PC have thrown another problem into the mix: they are refusing to sell the device until it receives CE compliance.Both RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell have decided to hold off on fulfilling orders until the Raspberry Pi has obtained CE marking. Having CE stamped on a product means the manufacturer guarantees it conforms to European Economic Area directives and legislation. It ensures the device can move freely throughout the European Union countries having met health, safety, and environmental protection requirements.The Raspberry Pi Foundation didn’t think they required CE marking because the Raspberry Pi is an unfinished product. This is how the Beagleboard manages to bypass CE compliance. But as Raspberry Pi signed distribution contracts, they have to solve the problem or see Raspberry Pi remain unshipped to thousands of waiting geeks.It doesn’t look like those outside of the EU are any better off, either. The FCC apparently mirrors CE compliance for the most part, so the same issue would most likely occur in the US.Work is now underway to gain CE compliance, and the good news is it doesn’t look as though it will take that long. Emissions from the Raspberry Pi easily meet category A requirements, and may even achieve the tougher category B standard. Once the results of an EMC test are back both RS Components and Farnell should release updated shipping dates. That doesn’t stop this being a frustrating extension of the waiting time to get one, though.Read more at Raspberry Pi
#UPDATE a good Samaritan rescued one person from the water near Government Cut and @MiamiDadePD found the other person who was unresponsive and transferred him to local EMS after their vessel sank. pic.twitter.com/cXi4H50mGg— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) November 24, 2018Officials said the second passenger was not transported. MIAMI (WSVN) – A man has drowned after the boat he was on with another passenger sank near Government Cut in Miami.Multiple agencies, including City of Miami Fire Rescue, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Miami Beach Fire Rescue, responded to a call of two passengers in the water after their vessel began to take on water, just after 12:30 p.m., Saturday.Officials said a fireboat found the victim unresponsive and took him to a Miami Beach Fire Rescue crew that transported him to the hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after.The U.S. Coast Guard tweeted out that a good Samaritan rescued the other passenger. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Aledda was fired from the department a day after the verdict was reached.The Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association is now fighting to get him his job back in light of the sentencing.“He shouldn’t have been fired,” PBA President Steadman Stahl said. “He was doing his job. He was being what he was trained to do. It’s hindsight that we now know three years later what led up to what happened to it.”Aledda had previously rejected a one-year probation deal with no jail time, and Wednesday he asked the judge for more leniency.Cellphone video taken by a bystander at the shooting showed Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, lying on the ground with his hands in the air while his client with autism played with a silver toy truck.Kinsey could be heard in the viral video saying, “All he has is a toy truck, a toy truck. I am a behavior therapist at a group home.”“I still have metal fragments in my leg right now,” Kinsey testified. MIAMI (WSVN) – A former North Miami Police officer found guilty of culpable negligence after shooting an unarmed therapist in 2016 received no jail time at his sentencing, Wednesday.Jonathan Aledda was given one year of administrative probation, 100 community service hours and ordered that he write a 2,500-word essay on the importance of communication.Aledda stood trial in June when a jury found him guilty of culpable negligence and not guilty of two counts of attempted manslaughter.“As a result, sir, I’m asking for your understanding,” he said at the podium. “I’m not asking for pity. I’m not asking for anything of that such. I’m just asking for understanding.”During the sentencing, Aledda’s father, Mark Aledda, asked the judge to not destroy his son’s future.“I would humbly request you be lenient with him and not limit his options to find new employment so that he can begin to rebuild his life again,” he said.The June 17 decision came after a two-week-long retrial following his acquittal of a culpable negligence charge in March, during his first trial. “I feel terrible for Mr. Kinsey for the injury I caused,” Aledda said Wednesday. “That was the last intention I had that day. It was actually the opposite of what I was trying to do.”Aledda had faced up to one year in prison.“His conduct was gross and flagrant,” Hilton Napoleon, the victim’s attorney, said. “His course of conduct that day showed reckless disregard for human life.”Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle released the following statement on Wednesday afternoon:“Our office, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, made a decision to file charges against Officer Jonathan Aledda. On June 18, 2019, a jury decided that the shooting of mental health therapist Charles Kinsey was not an error or an accident but a crime, and the jury convicted Officer Aledda of Culpable Negligence. Protecting all the residents of Miami-Dade is a duty assumed by every police officer every day. Policing can be a very dangerous job. However, this case indicates our community’s belief that, on a daily basis, thought and attention should be a part of every action undertaken.”Meanwhile, Kinsey’s client and his family have settled their case with the City of North Miami.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Bangalore: House of Hiranandani, a leading real estate company, celebrated the 73rd Independence Day in a distinct and environment-friendly way. With an aim to avoid any disrespect to the national flag and protect the environment by discouraging the use of plastic flags, the organization distributed over 500 sustainable flags among its employees in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad. Also Read – Delhi court acquits former coal secretary H.C. Gupta Advertise With Us These sustainable flags are made of seed paper, a handmade bio-degradable paper that includes plant seeds like Marigold, Poppy, Balsam, Celosia, and Gaillardia. Post celebrations, the bio-degradable paper can be soaked in water and planted in soil to be grown into saplings. Mr.Mohan Monteiro, Chief Human Resources Officer, House of Hiranandani said, “We often see our national flags lying on the street after the Independence Day celebrations, and they usually take a long time to decompose. These sustainable flags allow us to safeguard the sanctity of one of our nation’s symbols. Our sensitivity towards the environment encourages us to take up sustainable initiatives that are aimed at creating and preserving the green cover around us. The plantable seeds will enable us to grow more trees. We have already educated our team on planting the seeds and have urged them to take care of the saplings.” he added.
Share Oli Scarff /AFP/Getty ImagesManchester police have arrested three men as part of the inquiry into Monday night’s terrorist attack. Here, a police officer stands on duty outside a residential property in Fallowfield, in Southern Manchester, on Wednesday, as investigations continue into the bombing at the Manchester Arena.The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local): 7:15 p.m.Ariana Grande’s management team says she has suspended her world tour through June 5 in the wake of the deadly bombing at her concert in Manchester, England.The 23-year-old pop star is on a European leg of her “Dangerous Woman Tour” and canceled shows scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the 02 Arena in London.The suspended tour means she also will miss a May 28 stop in Antwerp, Belgium, two concerts in Lodz, Poland, and shows in Frankfurt, Germany, and Zurich, Switzerland.Grande has kept a low profile since Monday’s Manchester Arena blast, which killed 22 people.She took to Twitter afterward to say she was “broken” and “i don’t have words.”___6:55 p.m.A Libyan anti-terror force that arrested the brother of the alleged Manchester bomber says he had links to the Islamic State extremist group and was aware of his brother’s plans.The Special Deterrent anti-terror force said in a statement on its Facebook page that the arrest took place in Tripoli as Hashim Abedi was receiving cash transferred from his brother, Salman.British authorities have identified 22-year-old Salman Abedi as the suspected bomber in the attack at Manchester arena on Monday night.The force’s statement says: “The brother was aware of all the details of the terrorist attack.”The Libyan security force claimed that Hashim Abedi told authorities that both he and his brother belonged to IS.The Facebook statement says Hashim left Britain for Libya in April.___6:40 p.m.The British government says a national minute of silence will be observed on Thursday to remember those who died or were affected by Monday’s bombing at a Manchester arena.The silence will take place at 11 a.m. local time on Thursday. Officials also said that flags will remain at half-mast on government buildings until Thursday evening.Britain’s political parties say they plan to resume campaigning Friday for the June 8 general election after putting campaign events on hold to show respect to bombing victims.The bombing suspect’s father and two of his brothers have been arrested in England and Libya in connection with the attack, which killed 22 and injured dozens others.No one has been charged.___6:25 p.m.The spokesman for a Libyan anti-terror force says the father of the alleged Manchester bomber has been arrested in Tripoli.Special Deterrent force spokesman Ahmed bin Salem told the Associated Press that Ramadan Abedi, the father of Salman Abedi, was detained in Tripoli on Wednesday.Bin Salem says the elder Abedi was detained for interrogations.Before his arrest, the father told the AP that his son was innocent and had been planning a trip to Saudi Arabia for a pilgrimage.Ramadan Abedi also had said he worked as the administrative manager of the Central Security force in Tripoli.He said he fled Tripoli in 1993 after Moammar Gadhafi’s security authorities issued an arrest warrant and eventually sought political asylum in Britain.Salman Abedi was born in Britain in died in Monday’s attack at Manchester Arena.Two of his brothers have been arrested along with their father.___6:15 p.m.Scores of people have gathered in a Manchester square for a multi-faith vigil for the victims of Monday night’s bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert.Leaders from Manchester’s Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities echoed the message that extremists would not drive a wedge between the city’s religious groups.Irfan Chishti, the imam of Manchester’s biggest mosque, told the crowd, “There are no divisions here tonight.”The Catholic bishop for the area, John Arnold, read a message from Pope Francis. Arnold said the pontiff offered “his assurance of his prayers for the injured and for all who have died.”A British man of Libyan descent who died in the attack has been blamed for the bombing.The brief event ended with people lifting their hands in the air during a moment of silence.___5:55 p.m.A Libyan security spokesman says another brother of the alleged Manchester bomber has been arrested, this one in Tripoli.Ahmed bin Salem, the spokesman of a Libyan anti-terror force, says a younger brother of Salman Abedi, Hashim, was detained on Tuesday.Bin Salem gave no further details.The alleged bomber’s father, Ramadan Abedi, told The Associated Press on Wednesday, that another son, Ismail, was arrested in England on Tuesday.The 22-year-old Abedi is a British citizen born to Libyan parents and grew up around Manchester. He died in the attack.The bombing killed 22 people and wounded scores at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester.___5:40 p.m.British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying.Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. The force did not immediately provide details.Officers also arrested three men earlier Wednesday in Manchester, where a bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 and injuring dozens others.Another man, the brother of alleged bomber Salman Abedi, was arrested on Tuesday.___4:35 p.m.A spokesman for the Manchester Islamic Center has denied reports that the man identified as the bomber who attacked a pop concert in the city worked at the center.Officials identified the bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, a British citizen born to Libyan parents.Islamic Center spokesman Fawzi Haffar told reporters on Wednesday: “This bomber has never worked in this center.”Haffar also told reporters he was concerned about reports of “anti-Muslim acts” the center has received since Monday’s attack.He says the reports range from verbal abuse to damage to mosques in Manchester and elsewhere.The attack at Manchester Arena killed 22 people, including children and many teenagers.___3:13 p.m.Manchester’s police chief has told reporters that it is clear “this is a network we are investigating” as he gave an update on the probe into the bomb attack at a pop concert in the city.Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said Wednesday that police are carrying out extensive searches across Manchester as part of their probe.Hopkins declined to comment on whether police have found the alleged maker of the explosive device used in Monday night’s attack.His comments followed media reports that the alleged bomber, Salman Abedi, acted as a “mule” for others.Hopkins says a serving police officer was among the 22 people confirmed killed in the attack.He confirmed that a total of four suspects have been detained so far.___3:05 p.m.Witnesses say they heard explosions as police raided a block of flats in central Manchester following Monday’s attack.Manchester Police said officers briefly closed a railway line on Wednesday to carry out a search as part of the investigation into the deadly bombing at the Ariana Grande concert Monday.Residents described how armed police and men clad in balaclavas stormed the Granby House building, an apartment block where rented apartments are popular with students and young professionals.Muye Li, a 23-year-old student who lives on the third floor, says he heard an explosion as police stormed an apartment on his floor.He says officers knocked on his door and “asked me if I had seen the lady next door,” and believed police were looking for a woman.___3:00 p.m.A former Libyan security official says the father of the alleged Manchester arena bomber was allegedly member of a former al-Qaida-backed group in Libya.Former Libyan security official Abdel-Basit Haroun said Wednesday he personally knew Ramadan Abedi, the father of Salman Abedi, and that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s. The group had links to al-Qaida.Although the LIFG disbanded, Haroun says the father belongs to the Salafi Jihadi movement, the most extreme sect of Salafism and from which al-Qaida and the Islamic State group hail.Haroun says Abedi, also known as Abu Ismail, had returned to the Libyan capital of Tripoli.Ramadan Abedi told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Tripoli that his family “aren’t the ones who blow up ourselves among innocents.”___2:35 p.m.The father of the alleged Manchester arena attacker denies his son is linked to militants or the suicide bombing that killed 22 people.Ramadan Abedi says he spoke to his 22-year-old son, Salman Abedi, five days ago and he was getting ready to visit Saudi Arabia and sounded “normal.”He said that his son visited Libya a month-and-a -half ago.The elder Abedi told The Associated Press by telephone from Tripoli: “We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us.”He said his other son, Ismail, was arrested in England on Tuesday morning.He said Salman was planning to head from Saudi Arabia to Libya to spend the holy month of Ramadan with family.Abedi fled Tripoli in 1993 after Moammar Gadhafi’s security authorities issued an arrest warrant and eventually sought political asylum in Britain.Now, he is the administrative manager of the Central Security force in Tripoli.___2:15 p.m.Manchester United fans are congregating in Stockholm’s city center, dominating bars and singing songs ahead of their team’s match against Ajax in the Europa League.A flag outside a bar in the Swedish capital displayed the words: “United against terrorism. Lest we forget 22.05.17” — the date of Monday’s suicide bombing in the English city of Manchester.The final will kick off at Friends Arena on Wednesday, less than 48 hours after a deadly bomb attack at a pop concert in Manchester killed 22 people.There will be a huge security presence at the venue. A police helicopter was flying above the city center Wednesday afternoon.___2:05 p.m.Premier League champion Chelsea has called off its victory parade because of the concert attack in Manchester.Chelsea says it would be inappropriate to hold a parade in London this weekend following Monday’s bombing at a concert in Manchester and adds “we are sure our fans will understand this decision.”The club says “given the heightened security threat announced by the government, and recognizing that this is a developing situation, we have given this careful consideration.”Chelsea also says it does not want to divert emergency services.English soccer champions traditionally celebrate by driving through the city streets on an open top bus, with players holding trophies and waving to fans.___1:05 p.m.Manchester police made an arrest early Wednesday at a house just a 10-minute walk from the home of suicide bomber Salman Abedi.Omar Alfa Khuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs. He said the man is named Adel and is in his 40s, with a wife and several children.He says “there was a policeman, armed policeman, shouting at my neighbor … and I realized there is something wrong here … they arrested the father, and I think the rest of the family kind of disappeared.”He said he immediately suspected the arrest might be linked to Monday night’s concert bombing. He said he knew the man from the neighborhood and the mosque.He says “in the last 15 years, I haven’t seen him in trouble at all. I haven’t seen police come to his house.”___12:45 p.m.British police say they are now confident they know the identities of all the people who lost their lives in Monday’s concert attack in Manchester.But Greater Manchester Police said Wednesday that it could not formally name the victims until forensic post-mortems are concluded. The force said because of the number of victims, that is likely to take four to five days.It said all the families affected have been contacted and trained officers are supporting them.Officials said 22 people were killed in the suicide bombing of an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, including teenagers and children. Some of them have been named by friends and family. The youngest victim was 8-year-old Saffie Roussos.___12:05 p.m.A school near Manchester says it is “in shock” and heartbroken as it announced that one of its students, teenager Olivia Campbell-Hardy, was killed in the Manchester concert attack.Tottington High School, in Bury near the city of Manchester, said in a statement that Olivia, reportedly 15, had been with a friend during Monday night’s attack on the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. The friend has undergone surgery to treat injuries from the bombing.Her mother, Charlotte Campbell, who had been appealing online for news of Olivia, wrote in a Facebook posting early Wednesday: “RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far too soon, go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much.”Police and health officials say 22 people were killed and 119 wounded in Monday’s attack.— This story corrects the high school’s name to Tottington.___11:40 a.m.Manchester health officials have raised the number of wounded in the concert bombing, saying 119 people sought medical treatment at the city’s hospitals after the suicide attack Monday night.The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership gave the higher figure on Wednesday.Jon Rouse of the agency said 64 people were still hospitalized. He said the number of overall wounded was raised due to the “walking wounded” who came in hours after the attack.Rouse said many of those hospitalized had serious wounds that would require “very long term care and support in terms of their recovery.”The attack after the Ariana Grande concert also killed 22 people.___11:20 a.m.Officials say no decision has been reached yet on whether to postpone planned London concerts by pop singer Ariana Grande.The American pop singer’s next two concerts are scheduled for Thursday and Friday night at London’s 02 Arena.Representatives of 02 Arena said Wednesday they are in contact with her promoters but haven’t made a final decision. They say a decision will be made shortly.Grande’s concert in Manchester on Monday night was targeted by a suicide bomber who killed 22 people and wounded 64. The singer was not injured but said later she was “broken” by the attack.___11:05 a.m.The head of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency has canceled his attendance at an international anti-terrorism meeting.MI5 chief Andrew Parker pulled out of the upcoming meeting in Berlin following the deadly attack on a pop concert in Manchester.British authorities believe a suicide bomber carried out the attack that killed 22 and wounded dozens in the city in northwest England on Monday.Germany’s domestic intelligence agency confirmed Parker’s cancellation to The Associated Press on Wednesday.The May 29 meeting in Berlin is titled “Western democracies’ responses to the threat of Islamist terrorism” and also features senior intelligence officials and experts from Europe and Israel.Parker’s attendance at the meeting would have been a rare public appearance for the MI5 chief.10:55 a.m.Britain’s defense ministry says the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace has been cancelled so that police officers can be re-deployed in the wake of the Manchester concert attack.The traditional ceremony at the palace in London is a major attraction that draws crowds of tourists.Officials also announced Wednesday that the Palace of Westminster, which houses the British Parliament in London, will be closed to all without passes. That comes after Britain’s national security threat level was raised to “critical,” the highest level, following Monday’s attack in Manchester.All tours and events at Parliament were immediately cancelled until further notice.___10:35 a.m.Police in Manchester say they have arrested three more men in connection with the suicide bombing at a pop concert that killed 22 people.They said Wednesday the arrests had been made in the south of the city, where a day earlier a 23-year-old man was also arrested and a number of homes were searched.Police are trying to establish if bomber Salman Abedi acted alone or whether there could be a risk of further attacks.___10:05 a.m.Israel’s defense minister says he doubts the devastating bombing in Manchester will have any impact on European counterterrorism tactics because of the continent’s “politically correct” character.Avigdor Lieberman says every bombing in Europe results in much talk, but little action. He told Israel’s Army Radio Wednesday the problem is extremism among Muslim youths who are not integrated into society.He said nothing will change until these residents are ready to adopt “universal, European values.”At least 22 people were killed in Monday evening’s attack at an Ariana Grande concert. The bomber, Salman Abedi, was British-born and of Libyan descent. The official threat level in Britain has since been raised to its highest point.Lieberman says Israel and Britain enjoy close intelligence cooperation and Israel offered its assistance following the attack.___9:55 a.m.Prime Minister Theresa May is chairing a meeting of her emergency security cabinet, known as Cobra.The Downing Street meeting is dealing with intelligence reports about the investigation into Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi.Police and intelligence agencies are trying to determine if he was part of a network that may be planning further attacks in the coming days.Home Secretary Amber Rudd has criticized U.S. officials for leaking information about Abedi to the press as the investigation is unfolding.___9:35 a.m.Poland’s foreign minister says that a Polish couple were killed in the concert blast in Manchester.Witold Waszczykowski said Wednesday the couple came to collect their daughters from the Ariana Grande concert Monday night. The daughters were unharmed.He did not give the couple’s names, but the daughter of Marcin and Angelika Klis has been publicly searching for them since the explosion.Waszczykowski also said that another Polish citizen was wounded and had undergone surgery in a hospital.___9:05 a.m.Germany’s interior minister has ordered that flags on federal government buildings be flown at half-staff following the attack in Manchester.Thomas de Maiziere’s ministry said Wednesday that flags will be lowered to half-staff for the day on Wednesday. It described the order as “a signal of sympathy and solidarity after the cruel attack in Manchester.”At least 22 people were killed in Monday evening’s attack at an Ariana Grande concert.___8:55 a.m.British Home Secretary Amber Rudd says Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was known “up to a point” to the British intelligence services and police.She said Wednesday the investigation is continuing and declined to provide further details about Abedi, whose improvised bomb killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester.Rudd says Britain’s increased official threat level will remain at “critical” as the investigation proceeds.___8:45 a.m.France’s interior minister says that the suicide bomber who targeted Manchester is believed to have traveled to Syria and had “proven” links with the Islamic State group.Gerard Collomb said on BFM television Wednesday that British and French intelligence have information that British-born attacker Salman Abedi had been to Syria. He did not provide details, and said it is unclear whether Abedi was part of a larger network of attackers.Collomb, who spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May after the attack at an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22, said the two countries should continue cooperating closely on counterterrorism efforts despite Britain’s pending exit from the European Union.With France still under a state of emergency after a string of IS attacks, French President Emmanuel Macron is holding a special security council meeting Wednesday.___8:30 a.m.Britons will find armed troops at vital locations after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed 22.Officials say soldiers will be deployed to places like Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and Parliament. They will replace armed police as Operation Temperer takes effect Wednesday.Officials believe this will free up police to fight the threat of further extremist action against civilian targets, amid fears that another attack may be imminentPolice are trying to determine whether suicide bomber Salman Abedi acted alone when he set off his explosives at the end of a pop concert at a Manchester arena. The government Tuesday night raised the threat to “critical”, its highest level, following an emergency Cabinet session.
AT&T along with D.C. government is scheduled to host an event at FH Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center, 4800 Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE on Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. to offer older adults the chance to learn about new technologies. Courtney Snowden, deputy mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity; Tony Dixon, president of the D.C. Chapter of The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives or NOBLE; Vanena Wilmot, executive director, Faunteroy Center and La Tara Harris, AT&T regional director for external affairs and other AT&T team members will show seniors how to use cell phones, smart phones and tablets safely.. The program is part of AT&T’s Digital You Initiative which AT&T launched to help wireless users of all ages to use their devices safely and responsibly.(Stock Photo)
Celebrating these fresh tastes, The Imperial has a lot to offer this April. Read on, pick what you want and book a table.Easter Fare at La Baguette (1 to 30 April) serves up some delectable treats to celebrate the season of rebirth. Easter creates nostalgia of enchanting childhood memories filled with Easter bunnies, egg painting and egg hunting sessions. There will be a special Easter Sunday Brunch at the sun-soaked 1911.Punjabi Tadka at Daniell’s Tavern (14 April-28 April) brings to you the Butter Chicken, Makke ki Roti, Tandoori preparations and the lip-smacking lassi. Taking you to the land of foodie’s paradise, Daniell’s Tavern this April creates a classic menu filled with the goodness of butter in delicious gravies infused with authentic spices, for a quintessential Punjabi dining experience. As the great Indian summer begins to shine, Chef Veena introduces her soup creations at The Spice Route to keep you light this April. Soups ‘n’ spices at The Spice Route (11 April – 20 April) will let you cool yourself with this special menu filled with the goodness of herbs and spices such as Mint, Cilantro, Fennel, Turmeric, Basil, Cardamom, Dill and Cumin in lots of refreshing flavours, inspired from the kitchens of South East Asia.
Close to the medieval town of Weinsberg in southern Germany stand the ruins of a medieval castle. This once-imposing fortress was the site of a lengthy siege in the 12th century, which sparked a popular local legend and gave the castle its current name. Today, the fortress at Weinsberg is also known as “Weibertreue”, or “Women’s Faith”, in tribute to the canny actions of a group of women. The women of Weinsberg are remembered today for their bravery and acumen, in saving the lives of all of the male fighters inside the castle by carrying them away on their backs at the end of the ordeal.Weinsberg. Photo by Rosenzweig CC BY-SA 3.0The legend of the loyal women of Weinsberg is recounted in the Chronica Regia Coloniensis, or the Royal Chronicle of Cologne, written sometime after 1175. The chronicler describes the siege of Weinsberg in 1140, as part of an ongoing conflict between rival German factions.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsAccording to historian Maurice Keen, the conflict had arisen in 1137, after the passing of the Holy Roman Emperor, Lothair II. Lothair was quickly succeeded by Conrad of Hohenstaufen, who was elected in December 1137 and later crowned in March 1138.Lothair IIHowever, Lothair’s son-in-law, Henry the Proud of the Welf dynasty, simultaneously pressed his own claim to the throne, sparking a bitter dispute between rival noble groups across what is now Germany.The castle at Weinsberg was loyal to the Welf faction, and Conrad proceeded to lay siege to its inhabitants in 1140. This would be the decisive battle of the war between the Welfs and the Hohenstaufens. Initially, the fighters inside the castle hoped for a relief force, but when the approaching army was defeated by Conrad, the inhabitants lost hope and negotiated a surrender.Weibertreu Castle ruin, from the west. Photo by Rosenzweig CC BY-SA 3.0Conrad was determined to make the Welf loyalists inside the castle pay for their fidelity to his rival. However, as part of the negotiations, and as a gesture of goodwill, he permitted the women of the castle to leave unhindered, together with whatever they could carry on their backs.Conrad intended for the women to leave with sufficient provisions to see them through the long journey to safe territory. However, according to the Royal Chronicle of Cologne, the clever women of Weinsberg defied him by leaving behind their provisions and instead walking from the castle with the men on their backs.An artist’s representation of the siege of Weinsberg and the loyal women 1140. Copper engraving by Zacharias Dolendo, 16th century.At this extraordinary sight, Conrad’s men, including a certain Duke Friedrich, implored the king to stop them from leaving the castle. But Conrad turned to them and said that it would be inadvisable for a king to go back on his word. He was so impressed with the clever and bold move played by the women that he allowed everyone to leave unharmed.Related Video: Exploring the Incredible Ruins of Corfe Castle, UKThe Royal Chronicle of Cologne is the principal source for this extraordinary event, and it was written less than 40 years after the siege, well within living memory.Conrad IIIHowever, there are no other corroborating sources that attest to the women’s actions, and it is therefore difficult to judge the accuracy of the account. It may be that the story was invented in order to cast a positive light on Conrad III, calling attention to his magnanimity, mercy and fidelity to his own word.Regardless of its veracity, the story of the women of Weinsberg has gone down in history as an example of strategic ingenuity and bravery even in the face of defeat.Read another story from us: This Medieval Castle Played Many Roles in Monty Python and the Holy GrailIt also serves as a timeless reminder of the importance of specifying the fine print during negotiations, even if it seems that you have the upper hand.
HOUSTON, Texas – Polls opened across the U.S. South and New England Tuesday morning, heralding the opening of a day-long contest that was widely expected to secure the frontrunner status of both Republican Donald J. Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.The day before, presidential hopefuls made frantic sprints across the country in anticipation of a massive day of voting across nearly a dozen states.In Massachusetts and Minnesota, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont continued to draw the mega-rallies of enthusiastic supporters that have become the hallmark of his campaign. Republican Ted Cruz pleaded with voters in his home state of Texas for their support — banking on a primary victory here to jump-start his sputtering candidacy and stop Trump’s march as the runaway leader for the nomination.While voting results could give Trump a critical boost against his closest rivals, Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio, Fla., a well-funded super PAC is ramping up its effort to discredit the New York businessman with a devastating new television advertisement that portrays him as a predatory huckster who scammed working- and middle-class Americans.A 60-second ad, which will begin airing Wednesday on stations across the country at the cost of more than $1 million, centers on Trump University, the billionaire mogul’s for-profit enterprise that promised to teach students the tricks of the real estate trade and is now defunct and the subject of a fraud suit.The ad, titled “Scam,” is the latest component of the stop-Trump campaign of Our Principles PAC, a conservative group funded in part by Marlene Ricketts, a major Republican donor and the wife of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts.The attack echoes themes that Rubio, who is trying to unite the GOP’s anti-Trump forces under his own banner, has made as he has addressed swelling crowds in suburban areas.Both visibly fatigued from weeks of breakneck travel, Cruz and Rubio campaigned for Super Tuesday as if they were cramming for an exam. The senators volleyed stinging character attacks at Trump, one after another, in a desperate move to halt the billionaire mogul’s momentum.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk0XZJ3hAbwBut if the polls and roaring crowds that greeted Trump in Virginia and Georgia on Monday were any indication, he is steamrolling toward a triumphant showing Tuesday. Republican primaries or caucuses will take place in 11 states — seven across the South, as well as Alaska, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Vermont — and the only one Trump is not expected to win is Texas, where Cruz appears to be the favorite.“You don’t get to abuse our immigration laws and take advantage of American workers, and suddenly call yourself a champion of working men and women,” Cruz said. He added later: “If you don’t want to see Donald Trump as the nominee, if you don’t want to see Hillary Clinton as the next president, then stand with us, tomorrow, on Super Tuesday.”At a rowdy rally at Radford University in Virginia, Trump sold himself as the polling front-runner and as a more effective leader than either of the freshman senators. He repeatedly referred to them by demeaning nicknames — “Lying Ted Cruz” and “Little Marco Rubio” — and mocked the latter for his frequent sweating and sipping of water.Protesters interrupted the rally at several points, drawing swift rebukes from Trump, who asked one woman if she was Mexican after a commotion. After a disruption by black attendees, who chanted slogans including “Black lives matter,” Trump shouted, “All lives matter.” The crowd cheered its approval of the candidate.See also: US expats in Costa Rica can vote in person for presidential primaryOn the Democratic side, Clinton was widely expected to sweep six southern states, including Virginia, where her longtime friend Terry McAuliffe is the sitting governor. Clinton’s trouncing of Sanders in South Carolina on Saturday, by nearly 50 percentage points, revealed an overwhelming advantage among African American voters that should play out in the minority-heavy South on Tuesday. Less clear is whether her winning streak will dampen Sanders’ previous advantage among the five other states at stake – Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Sanders’ home state of Vermont.Although Clinton is still waging a hard-fought nomination battle against Sanders, she also began pivoting this week to her likely general-election opponent, Trump.On Monday, Clinton lingered on what she called “scapegoating” and “finger-pointing” in the Republican race — clearly signaling her willingness to criticize Trump.“The mean-spiritedness, the hateful rhetoric, the insults — that’s not who we are,” Clinton said in Springfield, Mass., a day ahead of the Super Tuesday voting that is expected to place her firmly in the lead for the Democratic nomination. “It really undermines our fabric as a nation.”Sanders, meanwhile, speaking to reporters beside his chartered jet in Boston Monday, vowed to stay in the race until voters in all 50 states have spoken. He also took a jab at Clinton for the “substantial sums” a super PAC supporting her has collected from corporate interests.“Tomorrow, all over the country our campaign is taking on the political establishment,” the senator from Vermont said. “We’re taking on governors and senators and mayors who know how to get out the vote. They do that very well.”Sanders’ wife Jane, speaking to reporters at the back of his campaign plane Monday night as it approached Burlington, Vt., said “time is on our side now” as a growing number of voters hear the senator’s message.“The more they listen to his message, the more they know him, they more support him as a person and him as a candidate to be president,” she said, adding he had no intention of dropping out of the race. “If you’ve gone to the rallies with us, you’ve seen the hope and the expectation, the fervor and the support for the ideas. Bernie’s not going to let those people down.”More delegates are up for grabs Tuesday than on any other single day in the Democratic nominating calendar.Back on the Republican side, Trump tried to signal that he was looking toward the general election, arguing that the early primary results show there is greater voter enthusiasm for him than for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.“There is enthusiasm,” Trump said of his campaign. “Big, big, big enthusiasm.”Advisers to Rubio and Cruz hoped for a clarifying verdict Tuesday that would winnow the nominating contest to two men: Trump and one of them.But both camps saw signs of trouble. Cruz has continued to find it difficult to unite a conservative coalition of evangelicals and self-described liberty voters. Kris Kobach, the secretary of state in Kansas and a high-profile opponent of illegal immigration, announced Monday that he was endorsing Trump, joining two fellow immigration crusaders, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Ala., and former Arizona governor Jan Brewer, on the Trump bandwagon.—The Washington Post’s John Wagner reported from Minnesota and Massachusetts. Abby Phillip in Massachusetts and Virginia; Anne Gearan and Paul Kane in Washington; Robert Costa in Atlanta; Jose A. DelReal in Nashville; Fenit Nirappil in Radford, Va.; Ed O’Keefe in Alcoa, Tenn.; and David Weigel in Castleton, Vt., contributed to this report. © 2016, The Washington Post Related posts:Fall of the House of Bush: How last name and Donald Trump doomed Jeb Mexico to contact US candidates to rebut ‘disinformation’ Campaign aims to ‘defeat Trump’ by encouraging more U.S. expat votes Meet Sarai González, the inspiring Tica in Bomba Estéreo’s “Soy Yo” video Facebook Comments
in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Uncategorized Freddie Mac has added another innovation to its suite of credit risk transfer offerings. According to a recent press release, the Enterprise added its first two Agency Credit Insurance Structure (ACIS) transactions that provide coverage based on both first loss and actual losses realized on a reference pool of residential mortgages.Freddie Mac obtained insurance policies through these ACIS transactions that move much of the remaining credit risk associated with two Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR) debt notes executed earlier this year to a panel of insurers and reinsurers. The two new policies will cover a maximum limit of $223 million of losses that Freddie Mac incurs when homeowners default.”The reinsurance market’s response was very good for ACIS coverage expanding to both first loss and actual losses,” said Kevin Palmer, VP of Freddie Mac Single-Family strategic credit costing and structuring. “We continue to improve our innovative products while supporting the nation’s housing markets. We’ve increased private market participation and have further expanded our panel of both foreign and domestic investors. Combined with our previous ACIS transactions, we have now acquired more than $1.7 billion in additional insurance coverage since 2013.”According to Freddie Mac, they have led the market in introducing new risk-sharing initiatives with 14 STACR offerings, including first loss and actual loss risk transactions. They have also conducted nine ACIS transactions since mid-2013. Freddie Mac has laid off a substantial portion of credit risk on more than $313 billion of UPB in single-family mortgages through STACR and ACIS. They were also the first agency to market credit risk transfer transactions with STACR and ACIS and has grown its investor base to more than 160 unique investors, including many of the largest money managers in the U.S.In a report released on Thursday by the Urban Institute (UI), authors Laurie Goodman, director of Housing Finance Policy Center at UI and Karan Kaul, a research associate at UI determined that the two GSEs play an important, indisputable part in the U.S. mortgage market, but also pose a huge risk to taxpayers.“GSE risk-transfer has made tremendous progress during the last three years, placing private capital in the first-loss position and bolstering taxpayer protection,” the authors concluded. “Risk transfer remains in its infancy, however, so we expect to see more innovations on STACR and CAS transactions, as well as more risk sharing at the point of origination to further reduce taxpayer risk. While no one knows what the longer-term future of housing finance will look like, we expect credit-risk transfer to play a critical role.” July 9, 2015 444 Views Agency Credit Insurance Structure Credit Risk Transfer Freddie Mac Residential Mortgages 2015-07-09 Staff Writer Freddie Mac Adds New Suite to its Credit Risk Transfer Offerings Share
Gay PridehotelsLGBTQ+travel guidesW Hotels W Hotels is rolling out a series of curated travel guides with the goal of becoming the trusted travel resource for LGBTQ+ travellers around the world. In collaboration with next-generation community platform, them., the guides celebrate the unique qualities of each location and empower guests to explore the world in destinations that aren’t always the first that come to mind for queer travellers. Inspired by W Hotels’ 20 years of support of the LGBTQ+ community and the brand’s increasingly international footprint, W will also take their popular QUEER ME OUT speaker series to six global destinations in 2018, bringing real-time, real talk to new cities and audiences around the world.“Since day one, W Hotels has been dedicated to inclusivity and equality and it continues to be core to our brand experience,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “This platform is designed to connect and inspire the LGBTQ+ community in every W destination, including some not always associated with LGBTQ+ travel. With the expansion of QUEER ME OUT and new, immersive content working with our incredible creative collaborator, them., we are reimagining what a world of acceptance and support could and should be through inspiring communities and a new generation of travellers around the world.”In collaboration with Condé Nast’s them. and its acclaimed editor, Phillip Picardi, W is highlighting the LGBTQ+ experience with new online destination guides focusing on select cities through a curated, queer lens. The first of the guides was made available around the world on The Angle as of 4 June, 2018 with additional guides being released regularly throughout the year.The dynamic guides and first-hand video diaries from W and a creative cast of progressive personalities begin at W Mexico City, followed by W Istanbul, W Atlanta and the just-opened W Brisbane. Travellers can watch as Carmen Carrera discovers Mexico City, the first region in the country to legalise same-sex marriage back in 2010 and an exciting destination of vibrant culture, or tune in as Philip Picardi explores Istanbul, which is home to a resilient and welcoming LGBTQ+ community. W will then bring guests down under to Brisbane and down south to Atlanta with other bold personalities who don’t just tour a city but become a part of it. Each guide includes inspirational, educational and immersive video and editorial content, revealing a wealth of experiences alongside talented hosts who are disrupting the status quo.To view the first guide, featuring Carmen Carrera at W Mexico City or to learn more about QUEER ME OUT check out theangle.whotels.com.W Hotels is also bringing its thought leadership platform, QUEER ME OUT, to the global stage after a successful stateside debut in 2017. The series travelled across the country last year and featured speakers such as the Editors of GAYLETTER Magazine, Abiezer Benitez and Thomas Jackson; photographer Levi Jackman Foster; and Mickey Boardman, Editorial Director for PAPER Magazine, among others. The 2028 QUEER ME OUT series will launch in New York City on 18 June before traveling to four global locations. The series will host events at W Barcelona (27 June), W London – Leicester Square (6 July), W Amsterdam (2 August) and W Mexico City. Each location will offer passionate panel discussions that dive into hot button issues as well as the work and play of experts and icons.In addition to the series, W will also take their passion to the streets with floats during the London and Amsterdam Pride Parades. Marriott Rewards and SPG members will be able to join in the celebration at W Amsterdam and W London by booking exclusive packages which include overnight accommodations, access to the Pride Parade floats, a meet and greet with an on-site costume designer to get dressed in the best for the festivities, a guided Pride walking tour led by the hotel’s W Insider and more. CLICK HERE to book W Amsterdam’s Pride getaway. For updates on upcoming Pride packages around London Pride, CLICK HERE.
September 14, 2007 Construction continues at the new Visitors Center entrance [see previous reports from 7/18, 7/13, 7/11, 7/6 and 7/2/07. The crew, under Dave Tollas tutelage, prepared forms for an extension to the parking space behind the Crafts III building. This area will accommodate delivery trucks for the cafe and bakery, and two parking spaces for vehicles with handicapped visitors. [Photo & text: sa] Dave Tollas has once again resurrected the ancient concrete truck and batch plant, and the crew just hooked together the extensions for the concrete shoot. David releases the first batch and the crew distributes the concrete into the form. [Photo & text: sa] This crew consists of planning and construction interns Francesca La Malva, Alessandro Bellesia and VidhuShekhar. Landscaping coordinator Ron Chandler helps to teach concrete finishing. [Photo & text: sa]