Ban Kimoon heads to Rwanda following Eastern Europe trip

28 January 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today held high-level talks in Bratislava with senior Slovakian officials before heading to Kigali for an official visit to Rwanda. Speaking to the press following his meeting with Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic, Mr. Ban said the two discussed Slovakia’s contributions to the causes of the United Nations, ranging from peace and security to development and human rights, as well as on key regional issues, especially in the Middle East and the Balkans, including Kosovo and Cyprus.“On Kosovo, we shared the concern about the uncertainty in the situation on the ground and agreed to keep in close touch on the future developments,” said the Secretary-General of the Serbian province which the UN has administered since 1999. “My first and foremost priority will be on how best to protect human lives and maintain the UN legacy there.”The Secretary-General said that in the weeks to come, he will closely “consult on the way forward with other leaders in the international community, including the Security Council, the European Union and the region.”On Friday, Mr. Ban held a press encounter with Slovenia’s Prime Minister, Janez Janša, following what he called their “constructive meeting” on key issues.“I will assure you that I will closely coordinate and cooperate with your Government and Prime Minister Janez Janša in carrying out and in addressing many important issues, including global issues like climate change and the Millennium Development Goals, and also other regional issues, just as the Prime Minister said – on the Balkans, Darfur, Lebanon, the Middle East and many other issues,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Ljubljana.He said Slovenia’s reach exceeds its size, citing the country’s contribution of peacekeepers in Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq. “Last year, more than 18 per cent of Slovenia’s armed forces took part in UN Security Council-mandated missions. And Slovenia has become a crucial partner in helping the western Balkans on their path to peace and prosperity,” he noted.Following his trip to Rwanda, the Secretary-General is expected to go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he will address the opening of the African Union summit meeting on 31 January. read more

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ONUR says Sri Lanka is still looking for answers after years of

While explaining the duties of ONUR, he pointed out that ONUR was set up with a mandate to achieve national unity and reconciliation as it was a key commitment of 2015 Presidential campaign. To give effect to this commitment, the Government of Sri Lanka established this organization. The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) says Sri Lanka is still looking for answers, even after long years of conflict.The Director General of ONUR, M. S. Jayasinghe, speaking during the International Steering Committee of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts held in Colombo said that reconciliation is also a spiritual philosophy and in a society where spiritual values are not considered, it is even more challenging to achieve the targets set in this regard. “ONUR is responsible for formulation and coordinating the implementation of the policies and programmes to build national unity and reconciliation. ONUR’s principle role is to ensure a long-lasting peace through non-recurrence of the factors which lead to an armed conflict. We all have a role to play in ensuring the prevention of armed conflict at all levels. It is not something the Government alone can do.” he added.He also stated that “We in Sri Lanka are still looking for answers. Even after long years of conflict, where everyone in our country irrespective of race, religion, and language has suffered, and we, as a nation, have all suffered collectively. But, unfortunately, some in our country still refuse to look at what unites us as human beings and work together for our common good” He said that it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to commit themselves to fulfil their duty towards achieving this target. In conclusion, it was highlighted that ONUR has been working according to a roadmap on National Unity and a multi-pronged approach to achieving national unity is important in the Sri Lankan context. In this regard, the process of building National Unity and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka is connected to many aspects affecting lives of people, whether they are from the North, South, East or West of the country. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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25 years on from genocide against the Tutsi UN Chief warns of

WFP/Jonathan Eng25 years after the Rwanda genocide, survivor Liberée Kayumba, a Monitoring Officer with WFP, is now helping refugees coming to the country.Her understanding of what refugees go through has, she says, given her a deeper understanding of their plight, and the memories of the genocide have motivated her to work for the WFP and do what she can to help people in need. Nevertheless, she says that coming back from that has not been easy, either for her or her sisters.Libérée is an example of the reconciliation that, in his message, Mr. Guterres says all societies are capable of, and urged peoples and countries to work together to build a harmonious future for all. The UN Secretary-General called on all political, religious and civil society leaders to reject hate speech and discrimination, which he described as an affront to our values, and threats to human rights, social stability and peace, and to “work vigorously to address and mitigate the root causes that undermine social cohesion, and create conditions for hatred and intolerance.”The United Nations is commemorating the  International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda with events around the world, including a memorial ceremony at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, and an event at the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, organized in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations, which can be watched live on UN Web TV. April 7 marks the start of the 1994 genocide, which saw over 800,000 Tutsis, moderate Hutu and others who opposed the genocide, systematically killed in less than three months. Mr. Guterres said that the anniversary is an opportunity to honour those who were murdered, and reflect on the suffering and resilience of those who survived.One of those survivors is Libérée Kayumba. Today, she works for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Rwanda, helping refugees from other countries to meet their basic needs and survive the challenging conditions they face in the camps. But 25 years ago she was in their shoes, one of the many Rwandans forced to flee the genocide, after seeing her parents and brothers killed before her eyes. read more

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Easing classroom crisis in Côte dIvoire brick by plastic brick

Recycle 9,600 tons of plastic waste a year. “This factory will be at the cutting edge of smart, scalable solutions for some of the major education challenges that Africa’s children and communities face,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “Its potential is threefold: more classrooms for children in Côte d’Ivoire, reduced plastic waste in the environment, and additional income avenues for the most vulnerable families.”Côte d’Ivoire needs 15,000 classrooms to provide children with a place to learn. Partnering with plastic and rubber waste recylcing  company Conceptos Plasticos, UNICEF is using recycled plastic collected from polluted areas in and around Abidjan to build 500 classrooms for more than 25,000 children over the next two years, with the potential to increase production beyond.  “One of the major challenges facing Ivorian school children is a lack of classrooms,” said UNICEF Representative Aboubacar Kampo, who has championed the project from its inception. Classrooms either don’t exist or are overcrowded, making learning a challenging and unpleasant experience.“In certain areas, for the first-time, kindergartners from poor neighborhoods would be able to attend classrooms with less than 100 other students”, he elaborated. “Children who never thought there would be a place for them at school will be able to learn and thrive in a new and clean classroom.”While more than 280 tons of plastic waste are produced every day in Abidjan alone, only about five per cent is recycled. The rest ends up mostly in low-income communities’ landfill sites in. Plastic waste pollution exacerbates existing hygiene and sanitation challengesAnd improper waste management is responsible for 60 per cent of malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia cases in children – diseases that are among the leading causes of death for Ivorian children.The bricks will be made from 100 per cent plastic and are fire resistant. They are 40 per cent cheaper, 20 per cent lighter and will last hundreds of years longer than conventional building materials. They are also waterproof, well insulated and designed to resist heavy wind.,When fully operational, the factory will: #Cotedivoire needs 15k classrooms to meet the needs of children without a place to learn. Now #recycled plastic will be used to build classrooms for more than 25k children in areas with the most urgent need. #Education #Pollution #Health— UNICEF Media (@UNICEFmedia) July 29, 2019 Become a formalized recycling market. © UNICEF/UN0309347/Frank DejoChildren and teachers in preschool are very happy with their new classes in Gonzagueville, a suburban of Abidjan, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire. Provide a source of income to women living in poverty in.,“Sometimes, embedded deep within our most pressing challenges are promising opportunities,” said Ms. Fore.To date, nine classrooms have been built in Gonzagueville, Divo and Toumodi using plastic bricks made in Colombia, demonstrating the viability of the construction methods and materials.“By turning plastic pollution into an opportunity, we want to help lift women out of poverty and leave a better world for children”, said Isabel Cristina Gamez, Co-Founder and CEO of Conceptos Plasticos.,Alongside investment to build in Côte d’Ivoire, plans are also under way to scale this project to other countries in the region, and potentially beyond. West and central Africa accounts for one-third of the world’s primary school age children and one-fifth of lower secondary age children who are out of school.“This project is more than just a waste management and education infrastructure project; it is a functioning metaphor—the growing challenge of plastic waste turned into literal building blocks for a future generation of children”, concluded the UNICEF chief. read more

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Hundreds detained in Irish prisons each year over immigration issues

first_imgSOME 780 PEOPLE were detained in Irish prisons over a two year period for immigration related issues, with the majority of them being held prior to their deportation.Figures released this week by Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter show most of these people were held at Cloverhill Remand Prison in Dublin. In 2011, 96 women were held at Mountjoy Prison and 87 were detained here in 2012.The data was released in response to a parliamentary question from Donegal TD Thomas Pringle who said the majority of these people are held for three days or less before they are deported.“Looking at the figures, it’s a surprisingly high amount of people being held and the figures are quite consistent each year,” he told figures on detention show that more men were held in prisons over immigration issues than women and most people were aged between 25 and 40. Click here if you have trouble viewing this imageThere are a number of immigration related issues that a person could be held for, including working on a student visa, or with no visa and staying longer than a visa allows.Pringle was highly critical of the immigration system here, particularly in relation to asylum seekers.While new immigration legislation, due to be introduced, may mean numbers increase as more people are deported each year, Pringle said that it would be “more humane” to do this after six months than make people wait in direct provision accommodation for years, as is the case for many.I know of people who have been in direct provision for ten years at this stage. It’s detrimental to their mental health and these are people who would be anxious to contribute to society and work here.Pringle accused Shatter’s department of “dragging their heels” on the new immigration bill which is designed to fast-track the system to prevent situations where people are living in what the TD described as “open prisons” for years without any indication of when their application will be processed.Ireland’s direct provision system has been harshly criticised by human rights groups in the country and abroad and even our own Ombudsman last year said our treatment of asylum seekers is “unacceptable”.However Minister Shatter has made it clear that he has no plans to end direct provision, though he did express concern last year at the length of time people spend in the system.“The new immigration policy would provide for people to work legally here as well – but I wouldn’t hold my breath with this government,” Pringle said.Related: Shatter: I have no plans to end direct provision>More: High Court case on whether direct provision is unconstitutional may take two weeks>last_img read more

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Parliament QA cancelled

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A question time session in the Greek Parliament in Athens was suspended on Monday when none of the ministers scheduled to respond to eight questions put to them by deputies appeared in the House.The questions were addressed to the ministers of agricultural development, infrastructure, finance and education.The session’s suspension came despite the fact that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras had recently expressed dissatisfaction with regard to certain cabinet ministers who appeared to be avoiding parliamentary scrutiny.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Scammers rip off job seekers police warn

first_imgTalk about a tempting job offer! You work at home, just receiving some bills and sending off payments for a furniture-sales company, and you make more than $200 per transaction.“As the work hours are flexible and you can decide when you wanna (sic) work, you are free to do home chores, attend to the kids, get another home-based job and others,” an e-mail sender said. A Vancouver resident received the message and forwarded it to the Vancouver Police Department.The originator of the e-mail says he owns a website that sells hand-made furniture brands worldwide.He says he’s looking for a “work-at-home company financial assistant” who will receive bills and payments from customers.“There are times when they pay in check and you have to get the check cashed at your bank,” the sender says. “After this, you send the same payment to our suppliers or vendors, subtracting your commission of 8 percent from the same amount.”That part doesn’t sound right, said Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department. She asked The Columbian to warn readers that “they should never give out their personal checking account information to anyone or utilize their personal accounts on behalf of a business they are unfamiliar with.”Bingo, says, a free e-mail blog website that’s respected by police.Early this month, scambusters warned of several “tricky new job scams,” including the “payment processing scam.”Describing a scam that fits the e-mail the Vancouver resident received to a T, scambusters says:“The job goes smoothly for weeks or months — until the police show up at your door because your fake employer’s customers have never received their orders. By using you to forward payments, the thief was able to supply a domestic address for payments, which increases buyers’ trust.”last_img read more

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Bryan Adams Billy Idol Announce CoHeadlining Tour

first_img Facebook Bryan Adams & Billy Idol Announce Joint Tour bryan-adams-billy-idol-announce-co-headlining-tour Email The tour will be the first time the rock legends will play together on the same stage, a statement on Idol’s website said. Idol fans can get presale tickets beginning May 1 at 10am ET. Tickets for the general public will be available May 3 at 10 a.m. ET. For more information, visit the Live Nation website. George Benson Talks Tribute Album To Chuck Berry & Fats Domino: “The Songs are Still Ripe” Twitter The tour will be the first time the rock legends will play together on the same stageJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 29, 2019 – 11:19 am GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter and musician Bryan Adams and GRAMMY-nominated English singer/songwriter and musician Billy Idol have announced a co-headlining rock tour that will kick off in the summer. The joint tour will be an eight-show run in the U.S. that will launch in Gilford, N.H. on Aug. 1, stop by Syracuse, N.Y., Clarkston, N.J. and other cities before its last stop in Bristow, Va. on Aug. 12. Bryan Adams & Billy Idol Announce Co-Headlining Tour News last_img read more

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Kapil Sharma Show Kiku Sharda accuses comedian of nepotism

first_imgKapil Sharma, Kiku ShardaSony TVIt wouldn’t be wrong to say that many people have now become familiar with the term ‘nepotism’ because of Kangana Ranaut who had called out Karan Johar a couple of years ago on his own chat show Koffee With Karan. The term soon reached millions thanks to social media and it is now being used every now and then. And the incident repeated itself when Kiku Sharda accused Kapil Sharma of nepotism on his own show.On Sunday’s episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, we saw a different Kiku Sharda aka Bachcha Yadav when he made an entrance when an eminent Indian Sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan along with his sons – Amaan and Ayaan – graced the show with their presence.It was pretty evident that Kapil was having a tough time dealing with Kiku Sharda’s passive-aggressive behavior on the show. Kiku as Bachcha Yadav let out a storm of subtle insults (which have been a part of the show’s script) while performing on stage and even revealed some of Kapil’s secrets.As soon as Kapil threw a punch line on him, Kiku told the audience that you might be wondering that it was so spontaneous of Kapil but in real he had practised atleast for 6 hours at home to deliver the particular line on the show.Kapil told Ustad Amjad Ali Khan that sometimes Kiku keeps talking like this because he is a friend. But Kiku shot back at him and accused him of nepotism by pointing at the orchestra band on the show.While Kapil was seen laughing incessantly at Kiku’s jibes, the latter got a standing ovation from audience for his brilliant performance on stage.last_img read more

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Cornyn Signals Opposition To Trumps Threat To Exit NAFTA

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X NicoguaroSenator John Cornyn says he can’t support President Donald Trump’s threat to pull the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The number two Senate Republican raised concerns about what a NAFTA exit would mean for Texas in an op-ed, published in Politico.Cornyn agreed that there is room for NAFTA to be improved. And he repeated his endorsement of President Trump’s plans to strengthen border security. But he also noted that trade, especially with Mexico, is a linchpin of the Texas economy. Mexico purchased more than $92 billion worth of goods from Texas in 2015, the most recent year for which the U.S. Department of Commerce has statistics.Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray has said Mexico will target Texas and other states for retaliation if the U.S. imposes new trade restrictions on the country. Cornyn addressed the prospect in a conference call.“For example, I’ve heard from some refiners that it could, in fact, raise the price of gasoline by 30 cents a gallon,” Cornyn said. “And of course, there is the business model of many of the car manufacturing companies that have the maquiladoras, the shared manufacturing experience, American content being assembled in Mexico and then reimported in the United States.” Car parts manufacturers employ more than 16,000 people in Texas.President Trump has blamed NAFTA for the loss of American manufacturing jobs, particularly across the Midwest. He has threatened to pull the U.S. out of the trade agreement, unless Mexico agrees to substantial revisions. However, many economists say that those jobs aren’t coming back, no matter what happens to NAFTA. Share 00:00 /01:16last_img read more

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AI Invents Paint Colors Dorkwood Stanky Bean

first_img There are people who get paid to invent paint color names—to make the distinction between “warm wassail” and “burled redwood”; to come up with “taffy twist” and “magic dust.”But, like many jobs, their future employment may be threatened by maturing artificial intelligence.Or maybe not, if this robot is any indication.Research scientist Janelle Shane—fresh off her AI-invented chat-up lines—trained a neural network to create new paint colors and “give them attractive names.”Based on a list of 7,700 Sherwin-Williams titles and RGB (red/green/blue) values, the machine slowly (and I mean slowly) learns basic shades.Working on the lowest-creativity setting, the network initially spits out hues like “Caae Brae” (a sort of salmon pink), “Caae Blae” (a brownish-gray), and “Saae Ble” (a muggy purple).With more practice, it grasps the concept of spelling, but still doesn’t actually know what colors are which.Oddly, the more-creative setting is actually more appalling: “Wltlttf Bzt” (dark green), “Bylfgoam Glosd” (yellow), “Woleebaph Ronder Wily” (gray), “Dondarf” (purple).“Later in the training process, the neural network is about as well-trained as it’s going to be,” Shane said, admitting that “with different parameters, it could have done a bit better.”By this point, the AI has figured out basic colors like white, red, and gray, though not always reliably: “Gray Pubic” (that’s not a typo) and “Barial Blue” are, confusingly, blue and gray, respectively.“Looking at the neural network’s output as a whole, it is evident that: 1. The neural network really likes brown, beige, and gray, [and] 2. The neural network has really really bad ideas for paint names.”How’d you like to paint your kitchen “Grass Bat” red or “Bank Butt” pink? Maybe the living room accent wall would look good in a “Stargoon” orange or “Grade Bat” green.Check out the rest of Shane’s AI-powered titles in her blog post.Admittedly “not a neural network researcher,” Shane uses her blog, Postcards from the Frontiers of Science, to experiment with the scientific computing framework on her 2010 MacBook Pro.What started with cooking recipes—a number of which she has shared online—has grown into an almost-daily task, covering topics like superhero names (Sapgirl FTW), Pokemon characters (Staroptor’s hidden ability: stick hat), Irish songs (I’d listen to “Seat of Slugs”), knock-knock jokes (Ireland who? Ireland you money, butt), types of fruit (three hencoughs, please), Dungeons & Dragons magic spells (I cast a Finger of Enftebtemang!), and Doctor Who episode titles (watch for “The Crows of Doom” in 2018). Stay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments last_img read more

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Los Angeles Clippers regroup in aftermath of NBAs decision

first_imgRelated posts:NBA bans Los Angeles Clippers owner for life over racist remarks LeBron James says he still has a lot to prove in his return to Cleveland Warriors win, ending a 40-year gap that ranks as the longest in NBA history US’ all-time top scorer Landon Donovan to retire at end of season LOS ANGELES, California – Doc Rivers’ shell-shocked team was in a film session Tuesday, trying to do the one thing that had proven so difficult in recent days: focus on basketball. Rivers, the Clippers’ fatigued but resilient head coach, decided it was time to break the news: their controversial ownerhad been banned from the NBA for the rest of his life.The room was silent, Rivers said. He said his piece and then they all returned to game-planning. But even the coach conceded later, the Clippers couldn’t return immediately to normalcy. Team owner Donald Sterling had been caught on tape making racist comments, and the Clippers’ early run in the playoffs was knocked off course, perhaps permanently.Rivers called NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s severe punishment “the sigh of relief we needed.” But before catching his breath, he seemed to acknowledge that damage had been done.“Is this over? No, it’s not over,” he said. “But it’s the start of a healing process that we need, and it’s a start for our organization to try to get through this. That’s very important.”Hours after Silver said he would encourage the league’s Board of Governors to force Sterling to sell the Clippers, the team took the court for Game 5 of its first round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors.There was a strong police and security presence both inside the arena and out, though protester turnout was relatively light. There was, however, a strong entrepreneurial presence outside of Staples Center, where vendors hawked T-shirts featuring a colorful expletive aimed at the Clippers’ embattled owner.Inside the arena, the Clippers logo adorned much of the signage usually reserved for corporate sponsors. Companies such as Virgin America and Mercedes-Benz withdrew their support of the team in recent days, while many other big-name brands suspended their relationship with the team.The team locker rooms were closed to the media, so players were unavailable to comment on Silver’s bold move until the conclusion of Tuesday night’s game. Los Angeles Clippers coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers addresses a press conference prior to Game 5 of the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, April 29, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Robyn Beck/AFPThe Clippers tried to turn the page Tuesday night, subtly at times, awkwardly at others. Sterling’s name was never mentioned — except by occasional shrieking fans — and he was nowhere to be seen. Prior to the game, as the team went through warm-ups, the video scoreboard featured fans’ signs pledging support for players. The public-address announcer hammered home the night’s theme, “We are one.”Rivers had watched in recent days the toll the owner’s recorded remarks had taken on his team. After a listless Clippers team lost, 118-97, Sunday on the road, Rivers cancelled an off-day practice, hoping his players could find some space from the controversy that came to dominate the sports world and office water coolers in recent days.“You learn over and over when something like this happens, with the burden of racism, it always falls on the person who has been offended to respond,” Rivers said. “I’ve always thought that that’s interesting. I felt the pressure on my players. Everyone was waiting for them to give a response. I kept thinking, ‘they didn’t do anything, yet they have to respond?’ ”Point guard Chris Paul issued a statement prior to tip-off Tuesday, applauding Silver’s punishment.“We appreciate the strong leadership from Commissioner Silver and he has our full support,” he said.Within minutes of the Silver’s announcement Tuesday afternoon, the Clippers’ official website re-directed to a page that had only three words on it: “We Are One.” The curious move raised the question: If Sterling is out of the picture, who’s calling the shots?There wasn’t a clear answer on Tuesday.“If you think about it, I’m coaching a team right now,” Rivers said, “and I actually don’t know who to call if I need something.”He said the next steps for the organization will be an ambiguous process with little precedent. Even Rivers isn’t sure where it will lead. While the coach is confident that Silver’s edict will stand and Sterling will forever be a pariah, he said it was too early to discuss his own future with the organization.“I think we’re just going to let this whole thing run its course, and then we’ll all have better clarity,” the coach said. “I’m not in a position nor do I want to be in position where it sounds like I’m threatening anything. I want my players to be comfortable. Honestly, that’s the most important thing.”In a news conference earlier Tuesday in New York, Silver said in addition to Rivers, he spoke with several Clippers players before rendering his decision.“My message to the Clippers fans is this league is far bigger than any one owner, any one coach, any one player,” Silver said. “This institution has been around for a long time, and it will stand for a long time, and I have complete confidence in Doc Rivers, in the basketball management of the club, and the players deserve their support. They’ve just been through an incredibly difficult incident in their lives.”© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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National Theater inaugurates nativity scene

first_imgRelated posts:PHOTOS: San José Children’s Hospital lights up its giant Christmas tree ‘The Nutcracker’ at San José’s National Theater Costa Rica’s one-stop Nativity shop WATCH: Making tamales in Costa Rica The National Theater inaugurated its traditional Nativity Scene on Tuesday evening before a large audience of curious Ticos. The activity featured a performance by the Buenaventura Corrales School children’s choir.“For the National Theater it is a big pleasure to have a choir from one of the iconic schools in San José, loved and respected by all Costa Ricans, in this important inauguration,” said theater director Fred Herrera. The nativity scene has been an important tradition for Costa Ricans since 1974, when then theater director Graciela Moreno started it.Different children’s choirs will perform Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. to continue with the inauguration. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Sandy Rains on October Income Spending

first_img Consumer spending fell $20.2 billion in October as personal income remained relatively flat, the “”Bureau of Economic Analysis””: (BEA) reported Friday. The report was weaker than the 0.3 percent growth in income and 0.1 percent growth in spending economists had expected.[IMAGE]While the report reflects a weak beginning to the fourth quarter, the disappointing growth largely comes from work interruptions brought by superstorm Sandy, which impacted 24 states, by BEA├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós estimation. BEA also suggested the income report may be revised since some data had to be estimated.””BEA cannot quantify the total impact of the storm on personal income and outlays because most of the source data used to estimate these components reflect the effects of the storm and cannot be separately identified,”” the agency said in its report. “”However, BEA did make adjustments where source data were not yet available or did not reflect the effects of Sandy. The largest of these adjustments was for work interruptions, which reduced [COLUMN_BREAK]wages and salaries by about $18 billion (at an annual rate).””The October report marked the first time since June in which income growth–however modest–exceeded spending.Still, income growth was the weakest it has been since last November, when it fell $31.1 billion in one month–a decline that was completely reversed one month later.The storm affected spending as well. Personal spending was down $20.2 billion after growing $84.0 billion one month earlier.Personal savings improved, increasing $18.8 billion in the month to $410.1 billion, or 3.4 percent of disposable (after tax) income, up from 3.3 percent in September.Beyond the drop in wages, government transfer payments fell a net $6.7 billion, led by Social Security payments, which dropped $10.3 billion. Unemployment insurance payments fell $1.8 billion in October, the 12th straight monthly decline.Consumer spending on durable goods–often a sign of confidence since they are big-ticket items paid for through borrowed funds–fell $23.2 billion, while spending on non-durable goods dropped $4.9 billion. Spending on services increased $7.9 billion.Personal interest payments (excluding mortgage interest) increased $2 billion.Inflation, as measured by personal consumption expenditures (considered the Federal Reserve’s favored gauge) was 1.7 percent, up from 1.6 percent in September. Core inflation was 1.6 percent, unchanged from September. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis Confidence Consumer spending Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-11-30 Mark Lieberman November 30, 2012 458 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Servicingcenter_img Sandy Rains on October Income, Spending Sharelast_img read more

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CFPB Corrects Clarifies Final Rule Amendments

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines CFPB Corrects, Clarifies Final Rule Amendments The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken two big steps in clarifying its amendments to the 2013 mortgage servicing rules, which were issued in August 2016. On Tuesday, the Bureau released direct-to-final technical corrections to the amendments, as well as policy guidance on the three-day early compliance period spelled out in the 2016 final rule.Regarding the corrections, the Bureau called them “non-substantive” and will publish the final rule with the Federal Register.“The corrections address two typographical errors, the authority citation for Regulation Z, and several amendatory instructions relating to certain official commentary to apply the correct effective date,” the CFPB reported.The issued final rule, with completed corrections, can be found at second release today was what the CFPB dubbed “Policy Guidance on Supervisory and Enforcement Priorities Regarding Early Compliance with the 2016 Amendments to the 2013 Mortgage Rules Under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Regulation X) and the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z).” The issue is non-binding and relates to a three-day period of early compliance on the final 2016 rule.“Some provisions in the 2016 final rule will take effect on Oct. 19, 2017; the remainder will take effect on April 19, 2018,” the CFPB reported. “This non-binding policy guidance addresses early compliance for up to three days preceding each effective date.”The guidance stems from what the CFPB calls “concerns” about the effective dates—which fall in the middle of the work week—of each provision.“The Bureau has heard concerns that these midweek effective dates for the 2016 Mortgage Servicing Final Rule could create operational challenges for servicers,” the guidance reads. “The Bureau understands that, for many servicers, the Thursday effective dates could afford less than a full day—from the close of business overnight on each of the preceding Wednesdays—to update and test systems in order to be compliant with the 2016 amendments. If servicers do not have sufficient time to complete these tasks, their systems may be more likely to produce errors, which could expose servicers and consumers to risk. Industry participants have notified the Bureau that implementing the 2016 Mortgage Servicing Final Rule during the weekend, with early compliance beginning on the Monday before each of the respective Thursday effective dates, would address these concerns.”The guidance will also be published with the Federal Register, according to the CFPB. Read the full guidance here. Sharecenter_img amendments CFPB mortgage rules Mortgage Servicing Rules 2017-06-27 Aly J. Yale June 27, 2017 662 Views last_img read more

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first_img FILE – This Feb. 19, 2014, file photo, shows WhatsApp and Facebook app icons on a smartphone in New York. Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup? Federal regulators are already investigating Facebook’s privacy practices. And the antitrust question has been rumbling in the background, with critics calling for spinning off WhatsApp and Instagram. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File) by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2019 10:30 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — The new documentary “The Great Hack” captures how Facebook’s cavalier handling of user data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal posed a threat to democracy.But it doesn’t prove the filmmakers’ claims that the ill-gotten data helped elect Donald Trump.The movie, out on Netflix and some theatres Wednesday, follows former Cambridge Analytica executive Brittany Kaiser around the world, from the Burning Man festival in Nevada to a pool at a hideout in Thailand to a flight from New York to testify in Robert Mueller’s investigation on 2016 election interference. She reveals internal emails, calendar entries and video sales pitches, although the movie doesn’t quite connect the dots on what the documents really say.Instead, the movie is mostly a recap of what’s already been reported in various news outlets. If you’ve never heard of Cambridge Analytica, or you aren’t steeped in all the details of the scandal that landed Mark Zuckerberg in front of Congress and his company under major federal investigations, “The Great Hack” provides a good overview on way companies like Facebook collect and use data to influence your thinking. It’s also worth watching for a reminder of the tremendous power and threat of Big Data.Cambridge Analytica drew data through a Facebook app that purported to be a psychological research tool. Roughly 270,000 people downloaded and shared personal details with the app. Under Facebook’s policies at the time, the app was able to draw information from those users’ friends as well, even though those friends never consented. Facebook said as many as 87 million people might have had their data accessed.The app was designed by then-Cambridge University psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan. Cambridge Analytica, whose clients included Trump’s 2016 general election campaign, paid Kogan for a copy of the data, even though the firm was not authorized to have that information. Cambridge Analytica shifted the blame to Kogan, who in turn accused Facebook of trying to deflect attention from what he called its own negligent and systematic exposure of user data. The scandal broke in March 2018 after newspapers reported that Cambridge Analytica still had data it had promised to delete after learning of its questionable origins.Listening to Kaiser, a self-described whistleblower, you might think Cambridge Analytica won the election for Trump. Kaiser, who was the firm’s business development director, explained that the data helped Cambridge Analytica identify “persuadable voters.” She said the firm targeted blogs, websites, articles, videos and ads specifically at them “until they saw the world the way we wanted them to.”David Carroll, a Parsons School of Design professor who is also heavily featured in the movie, said that given how close the election was in certain states, just turning a “tiny slice of the population” was enough.Federal election records show that the Trump campaign paid Cambridge Analytica roughly $6 million. Cambridge Analytica said it never used Kogan’s data in its work for Trump. The Trump campaign also denied using the firm’s data.Experts say Cambridge Analytica’s influence was plausible but inconclusive.“They had the data, (but) it’s not quite clear how it was fully rolled out,” Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University communications professor, told The Associated Press. “It looks like they did take some kind of action. We just don’t have enough detail to see what kind of impact it had.”But she said Cambridge Analytica’s work cannot be taken in isolation.Not until 12 minutes before the credits roll does the movie mention other factors at play, including a Russian-led misinformation campaign centred on fake posts and ads to sow discontent in the U.S. electorate. It was then that Kaiser expresses doubt: “Maybe I wanted to believe that Cambridge Analytica was just the best. It’s a convenient story to believe.”Kaiser told the U.K. Parliament last year that Cambridge had also worked with Brexit supporters. Among other things, “The Great Hack” shows footage of Kaiser on stage during the Leave.EU campaign launch. It also shows Leave.EU’s online statement on hiring the firm. But Cambridge Analytica has denied involvement in the campaign for the U.K. to leave the European Union.It’s not surprising that Cambridge Analytica’s marketing pitches, as disclosed by Kaiser and through undercover footage captured by Britain’s Channel 4, would boast of the company’s capabilities. And it’s not surprising that the company would seek to minimize its role once caught. The truth is likely somewhere in between — but just where, the movie doesn’t explore.The original Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Chris Wylie, told the U.K. Parliament that it doesn’t really matter whether the firm succeeded.“When you’re caught in the Olympics doping, there’s not a debate about how much illegal drug you took, right? Or, ‘Well, he probably would have come in first anyway,’” Wylie said in a snippet included in the movie. “If you’re caught cheating, you lose your medal.”He was discussing the potential role Cambridge Analytica played in Brexit, but his sentiment could have easily applied to Trump. In other words, it’s bad enough that this was going on, irrespective of whether it worked.The movie could have left it there. Instead, it tries to suggest a larger influence, without fully exploring those dynamics.British investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr, who broke the initial stories on the scandal for The Guardian newspaper, noted in the movie that Cambridge Analytica “actually points to this much bigger, more worrying story, which is that our personal data is out there and being used against us in ways we don’t understand.”The movie tries to illustrate that through Carroll’s quest to get information on what Cambridge Analytica had on him. His efforts were ultimately rebuffed, and the filmmakers didn’t learn more on their own. Nor did the movie explore Facebook’s own attitudes toward data or what Syracuse professor Grygiel described as a fake news environment for Cambridge Analytica to exploit.“If I were to make a movie today, it would not be about Cambridge Analytica,” Grygiel said. “It would be about Facebook Inc. and the depth of their influence.”Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Did Facebook data help Trump? ‘Great Hack’ explores scandallast_img read more

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