OTTAWA — Canada says it is imposing sanctions against key members of the Nicaraguan government for what it calls gross and systematic human rights violations.Global Affairs Canada says the sanctions are in response to a systematic campaign of repression and state-sponsored violence against public protests and the activities of opposition groups.The measures include asset freezes and dealings prohibitions with nine members of the Nicaraguan government, including Gustavo Eduardo Porras Cortes, president of the Nicaraguan National Assembly.Global Affairs says the human rights violations include violating the right to life, security, free speech and free assembly.It says there have also been well-documented reports of extrajudicial killings, torture and abuse of protesters.Global Affairs says it is taking the action in co-ordination with the United States.“The Government of Nicaragua must be held accountable for its action and must bring an end to the current crisis through real dialogue with opposition groups,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday in a release.“Canada will continue to stand with the people of Nicaragua and their legitimate demands for democracy and accountability.”In Washington, the U.S. government said it was taking action against Nicaraguan government officials who persecute Nicaraguan citizens exercising their fundamental freedoms.“The Government of Nicaragua continues to violate the human rights of the Nicaraguan people, implementing exploitive and violent laws and holding hundreds of people as political prisoners,” said Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “The United States is sending an unequivocal message to President Ortega and his inner circle: we stand with the Nicaraguan people on their calls for reform and a return to democracy.” The Canadian Press
Brussels – The European Commission (EC) announced Thursday an additional €12.5 million in humanitarian aid to support people in Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon as they face a deteriorating humanitarian crisis.Today’s additional emergency assistance will help vulnerable populations in the Lake Chad region. €9 million will be provided to support people in Nigeria, €2 million in Cameroon and €1.5 million in Niger.The new funding comes as violence by the terrorist group Boko Haram from northern Nigeria has severely destabilised the Lake Chad region, causing the displacement of millions of people. “This additional EU funding will focus on emergency assistance, primarily in the areas of food and nutrition, water and sanitation, and health. All efforts should be made to ensure that humanitarian organisations can safely reach those who need urgent help,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.The EU aid announced today comes on top of the €58 million previously allocated to the Lake Chad Basin crisis, bringing overall EU humanitarian aid to over €70 million for the region in 2016.
The joint opposition had talks today with Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy and discussed the alleged treasury bond scam.Opposition Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena said that Coomaraswamy was told that there was an unacceptable delay in taking action against those accused in the treasury bond scam. Gunawardena also said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was being falsely accused in the whole scam through a gazette notice. “We want to tell the country there is an attempt to cover up this whole scam,” he said.The joint opposition says it also informed the Governor it was not satisfied with the progress of the internal investigations being conducted by the Central Bank on the scam. According to Gunawardena the Central Bank Governor had said there was no connection between Rajapaksa and the former President. “The Governor said he hopes to complete the investigations in one month,” Gunawardena said.Gunawardena said the joint opposition hopes to submit information it has to the Presidential commission investigating the scam. (Colombo Gazette)
by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2016 4:37 am MDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2016 at 5:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email By The Numbers: RBC’s first-quarter profit flat year-over-year; raises dividend TORONTO – Royal Bank’s first quarter profit was flat from a year ago and down six per cent from the previous quarter, as higher earnings from its wealth management and personal and commercial banking divisions were offset by weaker results in insurance and capital markets.Here are some key figures on the bank’s results:— Net income was $2.45 billion for the quarter, flat compared to the same period last year.— The earnings amounted to $1.58 per diluted share, down seven cents from $1.65 per diluted share a year ago.— Quarterly revenue was $9.36 billion, down roughly three per cent from the $9.64 billion of revenue the bank reported during the same period last year.— RBC boosted its quarterly dividend by three per cent, or two cents per share, to 81 cents per share.
“Further prolongation of this crisis will make the situation untenable for the millions of people whose daily lives have been seriously disrupted,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement from his Office on the release of the report.“For almost half a year, residents of the areas affected by the armed conflict have been deprived of their fundamental rights to education, to adequate healthcare, to housing and to opportunities to earn a living.” The 6th monthly report of the 35-strong UN human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine covers the period from 18 August to 16 September. It notes that between 24 August and 5 September, armed groups of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ and ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ were bolstered by an increasing number of foreign fighters, including citizens believed to be from Russia.The report also found that while there has been an absence of large-scale offensive actions since the ceasefire was announced on 5 September, in some areas, artillery, tank and small arms exchanges have continued on an almost daily basis. Armed groups also destroyed housing and seized property. There have also been continued allegations of human rights violations committed by some volunteer battalions under Government control. From mid-April to 6 October, at least 3,660 people were killed and 8,756 wounded in eastern Ukraine. Since the ceasefire began, between 6 September and 6 October, at least 331 fatalities were recorded, although some of the individuals may have been killed prior to the ceasefire, with the data only recorded later.Between 24 August and 5 September, there was also a sharp increase in detentions by the armed groups, and there were alarming reports of torture and ill-treatment of detainees, including mock executions and sexual violence. There were also reports of ill-treatment of those detained by Ukrainian armed forces and police. “With the shift in control of territory during the reporting period between Government forces and the armed groups, the risk of reprisals against individuals for collaborating with ‘the enemy’ or for such perceived collaboration has increased,” the report notes. High Commissioner Zeid stressed that all violations and abuses of international human rights law and violations of international humanitarian law must be scrupulously investigated and prosecuted, including the indiscriminate shelling of civilians, killings, allegations of sexual violence, the illegal seizure of property and the ill-treatment of detainees. “This is a call for justice, not retribution. All parties must ensure that there are no reprisals for perceived collaboration or affiliation with an opposing camp,” the High Commissioner said, referring to the report’s documentation of increased tensions between residents and IDPs. Meanwhile, in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the human rights situation continued to be marked by multiple and ongoing violations, the report notes, including the curtailment of the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, association, and of religion or belief, and increasing intimidation of Crimean Tatars under the pretext of combating extremism.
HBC Nantes wrote the best chapter of club’s history! The team of Thierry Anti is in Cologne for the first time as a part of “BIG 4” of European handball! The Danish Skjern Handbold had no power to make a classy performance which was necessary to beat their French rivals with more than 6 goals (first match 27:33). At the end was 27:27 (12:15) although domestic team had 22:18 20 minutes before the final buzzer.However, Macedonian superstar in Nantes’ jersey called the end of crisis of his team with two goals, which again put visitors in the balance again. Skjern had no real chance to get back into the mood necessary for historical success.Kasper Sondergaard netted eight goals for the home team, while Eduardo Gurbindo netted six for the lucky French team. ← Previous Story VIDEO: Last minute from Skopje… Next Story → THREE FRENCH TEAMS IN COLOGNE: Montpellier Handball for a new reality of European handball HBC Nantesskjern handbold
Asus unveils a smartphone that you shove into a tabletSmartphones are getting bigger, breaching the 6-inch mark, and tablets are getting smaller, shrinking down to a 7-inch size you can almost palm. If the trends continue, the two sizes will meet, and the mobile industry will be hilarious for one shining moment. Perhaps cognizant of this inevitability, Asus tried to alter the industry’s destiny, and created a tablet into which you dock a smartphone. The Padfone Infinity combines the smartphone and tablet into one singular device, though allows you to separate the two should you realize that lugging around a 10.1-inch phone is a bit irritating. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), the Padfone Infinity isn’t Asus’ clever attempt at social commentary on the tech scene, but is an actual product you can go out and purchase.Canonical unleashes Ubuntu Touch for smartphones and tabletsThough Ubuntu is the most prevalent and user-friendly Linux distribution, it’s still Linux, and not the most carefree walk in the park. Rather than spruce up the desktop operating system to give it a better chance against Windows and Mac, Canonical announced it would be launching Ubuntu into the mobile space with Ubuntu Touch. On top of that, the OS would morph into whichever type of device on which it is currently running; on a phone, it would tailor itself to a phone, but on a desktop it would become a fully-fledged desktop OS.If that seemed like wishful thinking for an operating system in which you had to spend a large amount of time mucking about in the terminal, Ubuntu Touch will also allow users to, for example, plug Ubuntu’s phone OS into a TV, then the TV would display Ubuntu’s TV OS. Basically, you’ll be carrying around a little operating system in your pocket that can morph into whatever kind of OS you want, provided you have the proper hardware. No, this isn’t some kind of science fiction future or an educated joke, this is a real thing that’s happening.There are certainly more instances of actual news seeming like well-informed, precisely planned April Fools’ jokes — they happen all the time — but it’s more fun to let everyone figure it out for themselves. April Fools’ 2013 has come and gone, and though the prestigious day was once something the internet handled with aplomb and hilarity, it has now turned into a day of exceedingly ludicrous jokes that you wouldn’t ever believe. What we found more amusing, though, was revisiting news that seemed like it was a joke at the time, but ended up being real. So, instead of recapping April Fools’ jokes, we felt it’d be fun reminding you just how ludicrous real news can be.Marissa Mayer leaves Google vice presidency to become Yahoo! CEOMarissa Mayer, Google employee extraordinaire, started off with the company way back in 1999 as Google’s 20th employee. She made her internet bones climbing the ranks of the tech giant, having a hand in the design of Google’s iconic search page, and ultimately rising up to become Vice President Search Products and User Experience, as well as VP of Maps, Local, and Location Services. Perhaps bored with helping to propel Google to the big shot status it has today, Mayer left in July of 2012 to assume the rule of President and CEO of Yahoo!, which seems crazy when you say it out loud.BlackBerry rises from near-ashes, relaunching smartphone without keyboardNot content with losing the market that it once pioneered, RIM made some radical changes a few months ago. First, it shed its venerable moniker, RIM — the butt of many hilarious jokes and not-so-hilarious jokes — and assumed the name of its flailing smartphone brand, BlackBerry. If that weren’t enough the newly-named BlackBerry launched a new touchscreen BlackBerry, finally shedding the brand’s iconic tactile keyboard and weird little trackball thing. Not only did RIM rename itself BlackBerry, and not only did the company do this long after opening a “RIM jobs” (haha) section on its website years ago, but they launched a new BlackBerry in 2013. Strange times.Blizzard announces digital CCG based on WoW IPLong before PAX East 2013, Blizzard announced that they’d be showing off a new IP at the con, and that it wasn’t the oft-rumored Project Titan. You might’ve expected some kind of MOBA, as Blizzard was indirectly responsible for the genre, which has since taken off with the help of League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth. You saw the subtitle, Heroes of Warcraft, and you immediately assumed that, yep, it’s a MOBA.A little disappointed that something based on Warcraft wasn’t really a new IP to begin with, you still gave Blizzard the benefit of the doubt because MOBAs are the cool new thing, and Blizzard has some rich lore to infuse into the genre. Then you checked out the gameplay and it turns out it’s a digital card game, based on Warcraft, and you remembered that they already have a real-life card game based on Warcraft. Oddly, Hearthstone isn’t the digital version of that card game, but a new card battler based on the same IP. So, Blizzard’s new IP is based on an old IP and, on top of that, is a digital Warcraft card battler that runs parallel to the company’s tangible Warcraft card battler. Huh?
Les caractéristiques du smartphone Samsung SCH-I200 en partie dévoiléesLes caractéristiques techniques d’un nouveau smartphone Samsung ont fuité en ligne. Non, il ne s’agit pas (encore) du Galaxy SIII !Alors que toutes les attentes semblent focalisées sur l’arrivée prochaine du smartphone Samsung Galaxy S3, quelques informations ont filtré sur la Toile au sujet d’un autre smartphone de la marque : le Samsung SCH-i200, jusqu’ici appelé également Jasper.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ? Selon le site Pocketnow, ce smartphone devrait être propulsé par un processeur Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 autrement dit un processeur 1.5GHz double-coeur. Ce terminal fonctionnera sous Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Son écran, dont on ne connaît pas encore les dimensions, pourrait afficher en résolution 800 x 400 WVGA. Ce téléphone devrait être proposé à un tarif abordable chez l’opérateur Verizon, aux Etats-Unis. Mais il est encore trop tôt pour savoir si cet appareil sera vendu en Europe par la suite…Le 19 avril 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambert
Hyderabad: In a tragic incident, a young doctor from Hyderabad died in Kulu, after the parachute he was gliding failed on Saturday afternoon. Doctor Chandrashekar Reddy, who went for a vacation to Kulu along with three friends on August 7 visited a paragliding centre at Kulu, where the tragedy occurred. The parachute wires were cut off in-between gliding and as a result Chandrashekar fell on ground and died on the spot due to heavy injuries. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us According to the sources, Chandrashekar is a native of Kothapalli village in Nandyal town in Kurnool district. He has been staying with his family in Mohan Nagar of Nagole area, Hyderabad in a rented apartment. He is working as a physiotherapist at Srikara Hospital at ECIL. On Wednesday night, Chandrashekar and his friends, including his house owner’s son Vishal, went to Kulu-Manali on a four-day holiday trip. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us There the trio as part of their trip visited a paragliding centre and Chandrashekar along with a paragliding pilot started flying in the air. All of a sudden wires were cut off and they fell on the ground. Immediately his friends and locals rushed them to a nearby hospital, where doctors examined and declared Chandrashekar was brought dead, while the pilot sustained leg fracture and other injuries.
Salespersons of Mohammadi Silk House sit idly as there are no customers in the shop at Benarasi Palli, Mirpur, Dhaka on 1 June afternoon. Photo: Shameem RezaMM Alam, an employer at Mohammadi Silk House at the well-known Benarasi Palli in the capital, was aimlessly chatting with other salespersons of the shop. Any other year around this time they would hardly have time to breathe, facing an onrush of customers before the Eid-ul-Fitr.“You can see the situation for yourself,” he told this correspondent on 1 June. “There are no customers.”Forkan Ahmed Pappu, salesman of Roop Mohini, said, “We sold saris and other apparels of Tk 300,000 on an average every day around this time in 2017 but this year it is around Tk 100,000.”Alam blamed exodus of shoppers from Bangladesh, thanks to easy tourist visa for neighbouring India, issued one or two months ahead of the Eid, for this dearth of customers at local shops.“We’ve heard the hotels in Kolkata in India are overflowing with Bangladeshis,” MM Alam said adding that nowadays it has become easy to get an Indian visa with at least one-year validity. More people now go to India ahead of Eid, he observed. The number of Bangladeshis travelling to India ahead of Eid may exceed 100,000, he said.Salespersons of a number of shops of the Benarasi Palli like Roop Mohini, Mohammadi Silk House-2, and Borobazar said the same when this correspondent went to visit this popular hub of local brands of katan, benarasi, chiffon and other finer types of saris.The businessmen alleged that many Bangladeshis go to visit India as tourists bring back much more saris and other clothes than they are legally allowed, without paying duty, thanks to a section of corrupt officials.Salespersons of Roop Mohini in the Benarasi Palli, Mirpur, Dhaka have nothing to do on 1 June afternoon when business should be buzzing. Photo: Shameem Reza“The government must take measures to save local businesses. We are paying duty, doing business legally but if this happens, what can we do?” Alam asked anxiously.The businessmen said the shop owners will pay them their salaries and Eid bonuses only after selling saris.“They [shop owners] will not pay our salaries and bonuses from their own pockets. The government must take measures to save us. Its responsibility is not to public service holders alone,” Borobazar salesperson Md Abdur Rahim pointed out.Benarasi Palli is not the only market in this condition. It is the same in Gausia and other markets in the city, Md Abdur Rahim said.The shopkeepers also blamed local authorities for plunging Benarasi Pall in dire straits.“The City Corporation is not allowing us to place signboards along the three roads leading to the Benarasi Palli. They said hanging such boards will hamper the construction work of Metrorail project,” a shopkeeper said wishing not to disclose his name.“How will the people know the area if they don’t see any signboards?” he asked.
In this picture taken on 19 August 2019 Kashmiri father Mohammad Saleem speaks with AFP as his son Shayan (R) looks on during an interview in their home in Srinagar. Photo: AFPIn a tiny building in a cramped narrow lane in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, Mohammad Saleem and his family feel cut off from the world and trapped in their home as an Indian military lockdown enters its third week.New Delhi imposed the strict movement and communications clampdown hours before stripping the restive Himalayan region of its autonomy on 5 August, in a bid to quell any unrest triggered by the controversial move.The security measures have exacted a toll on the valley’s children, who are going stir-crazy from the isolation and lack of communication with friends.”I can’t study, connect with any of my friends and can’t even go out because of all these restrictions,” Saleem’s 13-year-old son Shayan told AFP.”I really miss going to school. We used to play a lot there. We have been sitting at one place now, what do we do here?”Father-of-three Saleem said his younger daughter moved to live with her grandmother as she was “feeling caged”, pointing to a small hall in the first floor of his home where the family have spent most of their time.Indian authorities re-opened schools in some parts of Kashmir on Monday, but classrooms were largely empty with parents keeping their children at home.With mobile phone networks still down and only some landlines in operation, families don’t want to be separated from their offspring without being able to check on them.One parent fretting about his children’s studies is local businessman Showkat Shafi, who has decided not to send his two daughters, aged eight and 13, back to school until tensions ease.In this picture taken on 19 August 2019 13-year-old Habila (R) speaks with AFP during an interview in her home in Srinagar, where her father Showkat Shafi says she must stay instead of going to school until tensions in the region subside. Photo: AFPThere have been regular bouts of demonstrations in some parts of Kashmir despite the lockdown, with security personnel firing tear gas and pellet guns.”It has become really difficult to live like this,” Showkat, whose dyeing factory has been shut amid the lockdown, told AFP in the residential district of Nowshera.”I don’t know how much longer this will continue. What else can we do now but ask them (children) to not leave their home and just study or keep themselves busy.”- ‘Young live in fear’ –For Saleem, the outbreaks of violence also trigger another fear — that he’ll be mistaken as a protester and locked up by the authorities amid a sweeping crackdown.His home is next to Srinagar’s main mosque Jama Masjid, where protests regularly break out. While authorities have kept the mosque shut since the start of August, they also view this old part of the city as a hotbed of dissent.At least 4,000 people have been detained over the past two weeks under the Public Safety Act (PSA), which allows imprisonment for up to two years without charge or trial, government sources said.Meanwhile the family’s food rations are almost depleted and Saleem, a door-to-door women’s clothing salesman who lives almost hand-to-mouth, hopes to feed his family by borrowing money.His daughter Iram is in her first year of college and has dreams of becoming a teacher.With no sign from Indian authorities on when they will lift the curfew and restore communications services, despair rather than hope now fills her thoughts.”I can’t study because the internet is down… I can’t go anywhere. Where do I go? What do I do now?,” Iram told AFP: “Everyone’s future is getting destroyed. The young here live in fear.”The moment you go out — you have stone pelting, tear gas, curfew… there is everything. I feel that there isn’t as much injustice anywhere in the world than there is for the children in Kashmir.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had extended her support to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal days before the poll date, congratulated him for the unprecedented victory. Hailing the victory, Banerjee tweeted, “My congratulations to all the Delhi voters, AAP workers and leaders for big victory. Well done to you. All my best wishes. We are very happy.”While taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Banerjee tweeted, “This is a victory for the people and a big defeat for the arrogant and those who are doing political vendetta & spreading hate among people.” The West Bengal CM, in her tweet, also said, “Delhi elex is turning point of present political situation. Shows political vendetta has no place in a democracy. Country needed this change.” Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJINotably, a few days ahead of Delhi polls, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) president had issued a statement asking her supporters and voters to support Kejriwal for the development of Delhi. Banerjee had tweeted, “My request to all of you in Delhi is to please vote for AAP… for the greater need of the country and development in Delhi.” The TMC chief’s call for support to AAP is in the line with her policy for a “federal front” comprising of regional parties, including JD(U), BJD, SP, JD(S), CPI, etc. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindFormer Bihar CM and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, who had also extended his support to AAP, congratulated Kejriwal for registering a landslide victory in Delhi. On AAP victory, Kumar said, “People want development with justice. They never accept arrogance. This is reflected in AAP’s victory in Delhi.”Other leaders who had supported AAP in Delhi polls include national Conference leader Omar Abdullah, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat. JD(S) leader Gowda, a probable constituent of Mamata’s Federal Front, had asked their activists and supporters to back AAP wherever its candidates were not in the running.
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Celebrity Big Brother: Courtney Act becomes the first star nominated for eviction this weekCelebrity Big Brother: Andrew Brady was saved from eviction and fans were delightedCourtney Act won Celebrity Big Brother and fans are so happy about itPINK NEWS- Controversial former Celebrity Big Brother contestant India Willoughby has claimed that she was ‘played’ during her time on the show.Taking to Twitter on Saturday evening, the trans broadcaster said that after watching the episodes, part of the story of her time in the house was missing. In the tweet, India alleged that she had been manipulated and plans to discuss the show and ‘name names’ on Monday.This tweet contradicts her original stance after becoming the first celebrity evicted from the Big Brother house.Reflecting on her performance in her first interview after her eviction Friday, India said that she caused issues for herself during her time in the house.She said: “I was fatally wounded in terms of the game of Big Brother. I don’t really feel I did myself justice. Did I give my best show? No.“I should have come in and kept my gob shut, but it’s pointless, I got it wrong and I know that.”However, with this new tweet and the claims of a ‘master manipulator,’ many viewers of the show are now speculating about who India will name and shame on Monday. Viewers also had mixed reactions to India’s claim that she was ‘played’ during her time in the house.One CBB viewer wrote: “You admitted you played it wrong. If you’re after raising your profile have a bit of grace.”However, other viewers were more supportive of the broadcaster, with another viewer tweeting: “I can’t wait India.”India caused significant controversy during her time in the CBB house, including saying that genderfluid people ‘cheapen’ transgender struggle and comparing drag to blackface.During her first interviews, the self-titled Big Brother ‘superfan’ said that her tactics for the show had failed her early on.“I think I peeved them off on the night they came in with the question about gender and love. My tactics were all over the place,” she said.“I was psyched up to mix it a little bit. Cause confrontations. I wanted to have fun and cause a bit of mischief. It just didn’t go down very well.”India became known to TV viewers as a presenter of Loose Women, where she shot to fame with her opinionated commentary on the show.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
Big Jesus at Manchester Pride eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Christians are organizing a special weekend to fight back against anti-LGBTI preacher Franklin Graham – but have faced horrible abuse. GAYSTARNEWS- Tracy Charnock, vicar at Holy Trinity South Shore, added: ‘I would like to make known my deep disappointment in local Christians and senior leaders of the Church, who have shown support (often through their silence) towards a man who has, on many occasions, preached hate’It’s not just these religious leaders against Graham. A petition to deny the preacher’s visa reached 8405 signatures. A rainbow will illuminate Blackpool Tower during the festival. Also, a bus company recently removed the Festival of Hope’s advertisements after discovering the keynote speaker was Graham.Gay Star News has reached out to the Festival of Hope’s organizers for comment.Franklin Graham, sin, and the LGBTI communityFranklin Graham, son of preacher Billy Graham, has a long history of making anti LGBTI-remarks.To former President Jimmy Carter’s assertion that Jesus would approve of gay marriage, Graham warns of the ‘serious consequences of sin.’He notes on a post on his Facebook page: ‘The Bible is very clear. God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality.’On his father’s website, he claimed that Putin ‘is right’ for his treatment of LGBTI people. He then praises Putin for taking ‘a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda’.More from Gay Star News: Donald Trump invites Franklin Graham and other anti-gay religious leaders to speak at inaugurationIn freakout over trans rights, Franklin Graham asks followers: ‘What are you willing to take a bullet for?’Anti-gay Franklin Graham blasts PayPal for pulling out of North CarolinaGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The American evangelist is set to be the principle speaker at the Festival of Hope in Blackpool, England. Franklin is well known for his views against same-sex relationships, Islam, and women’s rights.So in order to stick up for Blackpool’s LGBTI community, faith leaders are hosting a series of inclusive services. The event is called Rainbow Weekend and is in collaboration with local churches and the Open Table – a network of LGBTI-friendly churches. They’ll also be parading ‘Big Jesus’, a representation of Jesus wearing a rainbow sash, through the town center.Despite the message of hope and inclusiveness, the local faith leaders have faced horrific abuse from Graham supporters.Vile wordsGay Star News spoke to Vicar Andrew Sage, who heads the Saint Stephen on the Cliffs Church. He detailed some of the horrific things said to him.‘My congregation is almost unanimously opposed [to the visit]. [They] have been very supportive of my stance against the visit, especially during the period of personal abuse I have been subjected to,’ he told us.‘[There was] a lot on social media, but some in person too. Everything from me being a closet peadophile to subverting the Christian Gospel. There has even been a proposed “prayer walk” to “pray the darkness out of my church”.‘I did receive one particularly nasty anonymous letter through my door. I have handed this to the police. Not much they can do though.’While the abuse is bad, the Rainbow Weekend has support from lots of local sources.Other Christians’ supportNina Parker is a pastor of Blackpool’s Liberty Church and she wants to remind everyone that LGBTI people are welcome.She said: ‘As a Christian and as a leader of a church that particularly welcomes LGBTI people, I’m horrified that other local churches are inviting someone with this record of hate speech.’ Blackpool Tower lit up in rainbow colors to greet anti-LGBTI preacher Franklin GrahamAnti-LGBTI Christian author claims all oral sex is ‘homosexual’Parking lot dispute with Texas church leads to gay conversion therapy signsRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/blackpool-christians-rainbow-weekend-franklin-graham/
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Share Travelweek Group Ensemble’s DestinationVows conference has fun with fake wedding << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by TORONTO — Love was in the air at Ensemble Travel Group’s annual DestinationVows conference last week, as 20 members of the consortium’s romance travel specialist program from Canada and the U.S. gathered in the D.R. for a series of wedding-themed site tours and workshops.The week-long event, which began in Punta Cana and ended in Cap Cana, was designed to both inform and inspire Ensemble members working in destination wedding tourism – a flourishing market that holds endless possibilities for business-savvy travel advisors.“The goal of the program is to provide our members with the tools and ingenuity to thrive in this unique sector, where one well-executed wedding can lead to countless other booking opportunities, as well as lifelong clients,” said Ensemble’s Co-President Lindsay Pearlman. “Couples’ getaways can lead to proposal trips, stag and doe weekends, group weddings, honeymoons, babymoons, family vacations, and so much more.”The conference kicked off at CHIC Punta Cana resort with several days of interactive training sessions covering 2018 wedding trends, product familiarization, social media marketing, and strategic business planning. Attendees were also given the opportunity to tour an expansive collection of all-inclusive luxury properties throughout the week, while benefiting from the event planning expertise of more than 12 resorts, including the recently-opened Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAt one point Ensemble’s romance travel specialists became guests of the bride and groom while visiting Majestic Mirage Punta Cana, where the events team threw an ‘extravagantly fictitious’ wedding that started with a heartfelt beachfront ceremony and ended with a rooftop reception of dinner, dancing and a classically contentious bouquet toss.“Before this conference, a lot of our destination wedding specialists said they came close to selling some of these brands to their clients, but held back because they didn’t know the properties well enough,” said Liz Scull, DestinationVows program manager. “Being able to visit these places in person and really get a sense of how the resort teams organize and execute these lucrative and large-scale events is, we believe, invaluable to our members’ success moving forward.”The educational event was sponsored by Air Canada Vacations, Blue Diamond Resorts and Hotels, AmStar, Hola Tours and AlSol Hotels and Resorts, which hosted the DestinationVows specialists for the final three nights at Sanctuary Cap Cana.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksFor many of the attendees, the annual conference provides an opportunity to focus on emerging wedding trends, get a refresher on property products and exchange ideas with like-minded peers. “To be able to meet with other destination wedding specialists from all over North America was fantastic,” said Hayley Hutchinson, Ensemble member and owner of Wanderlust & Weddings. “Not only did I make strong business contacts, but also started friendships, which I believe in this industry is a gift in itself.” Tags: Ensemble Travel Group, Romance & Weddings Friday, August 25, 2017
Morningstar Ocwen 2015-02-09 Seth Welborn February 9, 2015 494 Views Ongoing regulatory scrutiny along with allegations of servicing violations have resulted in the removal of Ocwen Financial from Morningstar Credit Ratings’ Alert and the lowering of the Atlanta-based servicer’s operational risk assessment rankings, according to an announcement from Morningstar on Friday.New York-based Morningstar’s announcement came just one day after Ocwen CEO Ron Faris told his company’s stakeholders that he expected Ocwen’s earnings in Q4 to take a hit based on mounting regulatory pressures, expenses, and a ratings downgrade by Fitch Ratings earlier in the week.Ocwen’s four operational risk assessment rankings as determined by Morningstar were all lowered: Ocwen Loan Servicing’s residential non-prime servicer, residential prime servicer, and residential special servicer rankings were all lowered from “MOR RS3″ don to MOR RS2” while Ocwen Financial Solutions Pvt. Ltd.’s residential vendor ranking was dropped from “MOR RV3” down to “MOR RV2.””The forecast for all four rankings is Negative,” Morningstar said in the announcement. “Morningstar believes continuing regulatory scrutiny, litigation by mortgage bond investors, the increasing cost and associated liquidity pressures of servicing loans amid several regulatory settlements, and management and staff departures could have further negative consequences to OFC’s residential mortgage servicing business. Morningstar will continue to monitor developments as they occur.”The rankings were originally placed on Alert in December 2014 after the announcement that Ocwen had reached a $150 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services to settle claims of mortgage servicing violations and issues related to corporate governance. The settlement was announced following a two-year investigation by the New York DFS and the terms also included the departure of Ocwen’s Chairman Bill Erbey in January. Erbey founded Ocwen in the mid-1980s.On January 23, 2015, Ocwen settled with the California Department of Business Oversight for $2.5 million to resolve claims of non-compliance with regards to mortgage servicing practices. As part of that settlement, Ocwen will be subject to third-party compliance review and will require regulatory approval for acquisition of any additional loan servicing rights in California. The same day that settlement was announced, a group of major investors issued a note accusing Ocwen of failing to collect payments on $82 billion worth of home loans. Ocwen fired back at the investors, calling the claims “baseless” and accusing the investors of pushing homeowners into foreclosure.According to Morningstar’s announcement, Ocwen serviced a portfolio of more than 972,000 non-prime residential loans with an aggregate unpaid balance (UPB) of about $167 billion, as of June 30, 2014. Ocwen’s residential mortgage special servicing portfolio consisted of 4,613 loans with an aggregate UPB of about $1.1 billion, and the company’s prime residential mortgage servicing portfolio was made up of approximately 1.1 billion loans with about $191 billion in aggregate UPB. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing Ocwen’s Rating Knocked Down Again Share
The Cardinals are currently looking through the injuries to see a bright future for Cooper.“We are in it for the long haul with (Cooper), and I have no doubts in my mind that he’s going to end up being a great player for us down the road.” Jonathan Cooper has seemingly been on the road to recovery since he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2013.The Cardinals guard enters his second year having missed all of 2013 with a broken leg and has been struggling with significant turf toe since early in training camp. Despite the injuries, the team remains confident their former first-round pick will grow from his injuries and be a great player in Arizona. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories LISTEN: Steve Keim – Arizona Cardinals GM Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Some guys have to go through this, and at the end of the day, this might make Jonathan Cooper a better player down the road,” said Cardinals GM Steve Keim in an interview with Doug and Wolf Tuesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.Keim acknowledged that Cooper’s injuries may provide some needed experience to teach the young player how to play through adversity.“(Cooper) never had major injuries at North Carolina,” Keim said. “He came out relatively unscathed throughout his career there. So now you look at a guy who’s had to face two pretty significant injuries and now he’s got to learn as a young player, as they all do, how to play with some discomfort.”The Cardinals are also afforded some leeway with Cooper’s recovery, as other players proved their ability to contribute right now on the offensive line.“The fact that we don’t have to throw him out there every snap right now and reaggravate that injury is a bonus. I think we can take our time with him,” he said. “Ted Larsen’s playing good football, so that gives us some flexibity,” Keim said, referring to the Cardinals veteran guard who was signed in March. Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact