Pitchin Community Clean Up Week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City staff are inviting you to show your civic pride and participate in Pitch-in Community Clean Up Week.Community registration forms will be available on May 1st, gearing up for Pitch-In Week which starts May 25th and runs till May 27th.Honorariums will be awarded on a first come first serve basis shares the City and the deadline to register is May 13, 4:30 pm. You can pick up a registration form in person at the Visitor Centre, City Hall or CLICK HERE.Completed forms can be returned back to the Visitor Centre, City Hall or emailed to the Community Development Coordinator at communitydevelopment@fortstjohn.ca.FB Event Page; CLICK HEREFor the City’s webpage; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Where To Buy Bitcoin Cash The Top 3 Cryptocurrency Exchanges

By Mary Ann CallahanNew York – Since its inception in August 2017 in the wake of the fork, Bitcoin Cash has gained momentum in popularity. With a market cap of nearly USD 17.3 billion, the cryptocurrency is rising steadily. The BCH price reached an all-time high of around USD 4,000 in December 2017 but has come down to USD 1,000 as of May 30.There are many triggers for such meteoric rises and falls of BCH. Market predictions indicate Bitcoin Cash has decent investment potential. Why, where and how can investors buy BCH safely? Bitcoin CashFormed as a spin off from the original Bitcoin (BTC) in 2017, Bitcoin Cash eliminated the drawbacks in BTC, like its scalability, which resulted in slower and more expensive transactions. Because of the decentralized format of the BTC network, the cryptocurrency faced several barriers to increasing its block size.This resulted in a historical fork in the road, leading to the launch of BCH. BCH sped up transactions by increasing the size of the blocks to 8 MB initially and 32 MB in 2018. Key differences between BCH and BTCThe key difference between BTC and BCH is the size of individual blocks.  While BTC has a block size limit of 1 MB, it first increased to 8 MB and was further extended to 32MB. The larger block leads to easier mining capability for BCH.BCH transactions are faster, cheaper, and smoother than those of BTC. Thus Bitcoin Cash is a more efficient cryptocurrency for customers who want to move, sell, or buy funds. In short, it is functional while Bitcoin is more collectible.Another important difference between the two is that the mining difficulty varies based on the number of miners mining the cryptocurrency. A large number of miners mining Bitcoin Cash will be paid a lower amount as opposed to fewer miners doing the same work who will be paid higher. This mechanism keeps inflationary forces in check and lowers transaction fees while the processing times are faster. Thus BCH has potential for scalability and adaptability, fueling interest in Bitcoin Cash and increasing its prices. Because the Bitcoin Cash community aims to make it reliable, scalable, and with minimal transaction fees through protocol upgrades, its future prospects as an investment seem bright.How to buy BCHNow that you have seen the inherent value of BCH and may wish to purchase it, below are some of the ways you can do so:Other cryptocurrenciesIf you own other cryptocurrencies or even Bitcoin, there are many services which allow you to trade BCH instantly with cryptocurrencies. Purchasing the cryptocurrencies supported by these services in fiat currency, such as USD, is also possible. Credit and debit cardsWith BCH, several exchanges permit payments via credit cards, PayPal, or debit cards. These options are possible only with a few platforms, but the entire process takes minutes.CashYou can buy Bitcoin Cash with cash via peer-to-peer marketplaces. You place an order and can even make use of escrow services. Ensure that you deal with a reputable platform and steer clear of fraudulent or scam sites. You should check certain factors before you choose this option:Make sure the rate of exchange is similar to market valueEnsure the address of the wallet is correctNever disclose the private key address you ownWire transfers or bank depositsSome exchanges allow wire transfers for depositing money to purchase Bitcoin Cash. This system is slower than the rest and might sometimes take up to several days.Top 3 Cryptocurrency Exchanges for purchasing BCHWhile deciding on cryptocurrency exchanges, make sure you use reliable sites. Below are the top 3 exchanges you should consider:CEX.IOThis reputable exchange has several years of experience in cryptocurrency and was among the first to introduce BCH. CEX.IO accepts multiple payment methods for purchasing Bitcoin Cash: cryptocurrencies, wire transfers (SEPA/SWIFT allowed), credit cards, or debit cards. The exchange supports GBP, USD, and EUR.ProsCompetitive exchange ratesAccepts multiple modes of paymentTransparent feesNo security breaches reported yetConsDelays in verificationPayments via credit cards and wire transfers restricted for some countriesCoinbaseCoinbase has over 13 million customers, so it can rightly be called one of the largest exchanges. Coinbase was not the pioneer exchange listing Bitcoin Cash after the fork, but it was added to the platform in December 2017. Users can benefit from the following payment methods: bank account, credit card, or debit card. ProsQuick transfer process via bankMultiple payment modes acceptedDeposits safeConsHigher transaction chargesLimited range of fiat currencies acceptedKrakenThis exchange has a long-standing reputation, operating since 2011. On Kraken, BCH can be traded against BTC, USD and EUR. Fiat deposits are made through bank transfers with SEPA and SWIFT enabled. Unlike CEX.IO and Coinbase, Kraken supports a large number of altcoins along with Bitcoin Cash.ProsReasonable feesPrompt BCH transaction processAdvanced security featuresDifferent verification levels availableConsOnly bank transfers acceptedExchange interface not user-friendlyLengthy verification process.ConclusionBitcoin Cash is still evolving, building on its strengths and gearing up to face new challenges put forth by other emerging altcoins. While it is comparatively advantageous over Bitcoin in terms of cheap and fast transactions, the investment potential of the cryptocurrency depends on its future performance.In general, the cryptocurrency market is a highly volatile one. With more regulation and speculation dominating the market, it is up to individual preference whether BCH is a viable alternative currency.Sponsored Content read more

Security Council calls for more progress in implementing Lebanon resolution

In a presidential statement, Council members reiterated their commitment to the implementation of the Council resolution that ended the conflict and urged all parties in the region “to intensify their efforts” to comply with the text.That resolution called for, among other issues, renewed respect for the Blue Line separating Lebanese and Israeli forces, the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling.Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo of South Africa, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, said in today’s statement that the 15-member body “emphasizes the need for greater progress on all the key issues required for a permanent ceasefire and long-term solution.”He added that the Council gives its full support to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and welcomed its recent enhanced cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). In addition, it urged all parties to abide by their obligations to respect the safety of UN personnel in the area. 15 April 2008The Security Council today called for greater progress on the outstanding issues needed to reach a permanent ceasefire between Israel and Hizbollah in southern Lebanon following their war in mid-2006. read more

Welcoming results in global AIDS fight UN urges world not to relent

1 December 2010Significant progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS has been achieved over the past three decades, but the world must not relent in its efforts to roll back the pandemic, United Nations officials said today, stressing the importance of preventing new infections and deaths. “Our common goal is clear: universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. We must also work to make the AIDS response sustainable,” Mr. Ban said in his message to mark World AIDS Day, observed annually on 1 December.“Three decades into this crisis, let us set our sights on achieving the “three zeros” – zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. On this World AIDS Day, let us pledge to work together to realize this vision for all of the world’s people,” he said.He pointed out that despite the untold suffering and death that AIDS had visited upon mankind, the global community had united with passion to take action and save lives.“Fewer people are becoming infected with HIV. Millions of people have gained access to HIV treatment. More women are now able to prevent their babies from becoming infected with HIV. Travel restrictions for people living with HIV are being lifted by many countries, as stigma gives way – still too slowly – to compassion and recognition of human rights,” the Secretary-General said.He called for stronger commitment to efforts that enabled the world to reach the first part of Millennium Development Goal 6 – halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV. “We must continue to chart a new and bold path ahead,” Mr. Ban said.The President of the General Assembly, Joseph Deiss, cautioned that gains in fighting the spread of the disease are fragile, recalling the millions of people who need anti-retroviral treatment, yet have no access to the drugs.“There is no room for complacency, and we must do more and better to ultimately reverse the epidemic,” he said. “This is a clear message for the United Nations General Assembly, when world leaders will gather in June 2011 to review progress made in fighting the epidemic and in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010.” He urged governments, civil society, people living with HIV, the private sector and the UN as a whole to engage constructively to make the 2011 high-level meeting a success. “People living with HIV and affected by the epidemic deserve no less,” Mr. Deiss said.Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), noted that the number of new HIV infections and deaths have been reduced by nearly 20 per cent, but lamented that some 30 million people had lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses over the past three decades, while an estimated 10 million people are currently awaiting treatment.“Our hard-won gains are fragile – so our commitment to the AIDS response must remain strong,” Mr. Sidibé said in his message.“With your commitment and that of UNAIDS and the UN family, we are changing the course of the AIDS epidemic. I have called for the virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission by 2015,” he added, stressing that an “AIDS-free generation is possible in our lifetime.”The latest UNAIDS report released last week shows that an estimated 2.6 million people became newly infected with HIV, nearly 20 per cent fewer than the 3.1 million people infected in 1999. In 2009, 1.8 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses, nearly one-fifth lower than the 2.1 million people who died in 2004.According to the report, from 2001 to 2009, the rate of new HIV infections stabilized or decreased by more than 25 per cent in at least 56 countries around the world, including 34 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.Of the five countries with the largest epidemics in the region, four countries – Ethiopia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe – have reduced rates of new HIV infections by more than 25 per cent, while Nigeria’s epidemic has stabilized.Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), called in her message for the protection of the human rights of those living with HIV/AIDS and urged all sectors to combat discrimination against those infected.“Working with people living with HIV is critical for an effective HIV response and Member States need to be mindful of the commitments made in the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS to promote better legal and social environments for people to access HIV testing, prevention and treatment,” Ms. Chan said.She stressed that those affected by the disease are entitled to social services, including education, housing, social security and even asylum. “Ensuring the rights of people living with HIV is good public health practice, by improving the health and well-being of those affected and by making prevention efforts more effective.“A wide range of countries have enacted legislation to prevent discrimination against people living with HIV. However, in many cases, there is poor enforcements of such laws and stigmatization of people living with HIV and most-at-risk populations persist,” she added.Meanwhile, new WHO guidelines released today show that children and adults living with HIV can be protected from tuberculosis (TB) infection with a regular, low-cost preventive medication. Of the nearly two million AIDS-related deaths each year, a quarter of them are associated with TB.Due to their weakened immune system, people living with HIV are less able to fight TB infection and are more likely to develop active TB which can be deadly and can spread to others.In some communities, up to 80 per cent of people with TB test positive for HIV. Taking medicine containing the anti-TB drug isoniazid is a simple and cost-effective measure that prevents the TB bacteria from becoming active if it is present.Known as Isoniazid Preventive Therapy (IPT), the treatment approach is not new, but has been underused. Only 85,000 people, or 0.2 per cent of all those living with HIV, received isoniazid for TB prevention in 2009.“As we commemorate World AIDS Day, it is clear that managing HIV must include addressing TB,” said Gottfried Hirnschall, the Director of WHO’s HIV/AIDS Department. “We need to fully implement the WHO Three I’s for HIV/TB strategy in collaboration with all partners. The Three I’s are Isoniazid Preventive Therapy, Intensified TB screening and Infection control for TB,” he said. read more

Could this fish defeat the Northern Gateway pipeline

[np_storybar title=”B.C.’s Clark requests pipeline meeting with Alberta’s Redford” link=”http://www.vancouversun.com/Christy+Clark+writes+Alberta+premier+Alison+Redford+over+Northern+Gateway+pipeline/7303257/story.html”%5DPremier Christy Clark has cracked the door open for talks with Alberta Premier Alison Redford over the controversial Northern Gateway oil pipeline.In a letter Wednesday, Clark told Redford she will be in Calgary next week, but stopped short of requesting a meeting.During the summer, Clark and Redford got into a war of words over the planned Northern Gateway Pipeline, with Clark saying she wanted to see B.C. get more of the economic benefits from the project.Read the full story at Vancouver Sun[/np_storybar]VANCOUVER — One of the most powerful foes of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline through northern British Columbia is not a lawyer or a conservation group or any of the many First Nations who have lined up against the project.It’s a very large, very, very old fish.The Nechako white sturgeon is listed as an endangered species under the federal Species At Risk Act, a designation which is supposed to legally protect the sturgeon’s habitat so the species can recover.The pipeline is planned to cross the Stewart and Endako rivers, where the highly imperiled species — there are estimated to be only 335 left — live.But the recovery plan for the distinct sturgeon species has languished for seven years in draft form, never officially published and, therefore, never offering that protection. That recovery plan was due on Aug. 15, 2009.[np-related]“That (plan) creates an obligation on the government to ensure that the critical habitat of the white sturgeon is legally protected,” said Susan Pinkus, a biologist for EcoJustice, one of a coalition of conservation groups who will announce today they will sue Ottawa to force it to enforce its own legislation on the proposed pipeline route.“This is a population that (the Department of Fisheries and Oceans) has assessed as being able to tolerate no additional harm, for obvious reasons. These guys are just barely hanging on.”Exposing this species on the brink to potentially catastrophic disruption puts it in jeopardy, she said.“I can see how this would be controversial and perhaps uncomfortable, but I also think that this is why the Species at Risk Act exists,” Pinkus said.The sturgeon is just one of several endangered or threatened species along the proposed route of the twin pipelines that would carry bitumen from the Alberta oilsands to tankers on the B.C. coast.The status of the sturgeon and Pacific humpback whales are mentioned repeatedly in countless documents obtained by The Canadian Press through Access to Information legislation or found among the thousands filed with the joint review panel conducting an environmental assessment of the project.“Under SARA, all harm, harassment or killing of individuals from a species listed as endangered or threatened is prohibited,” said a Fisheries and Oceans memorandum on the project.Once a species is listed, the department must develop a recovery strategy and action plan, which identifies and legally protects critical habitat from destruction, the 2011 document noted.“The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans may only enter into an agreement or issue a permit authorizing a party to engage in activities affecting a listed wildlife species under SARA section 73 if pre-conditions are met. In particular, the harm to individuals associated with the activity cannot jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species.”The document, a memorandum submitted to the regional director general, noted several species of concern along the proposed pipeline route.Various populations of eulachon, a small smelt-like fish, are considered endangered or threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada and are under consideration for listing under SARA. The same applies to quillback rockfish and yellowmouth rockfish, and northern abalone are listed as threatened under SARA.The conservation groups pursuing court action over the pipeline proposal note that the marbled murrelet, a bird listed as threatened under SARA, and the southern mountain caribou, considered threatened, also live along the route.Pinkus has particular concern for the humpback whale.“If you superimpose the draft humpback whale critical habitat that DFO has identified, and the tanker route, you’ll be horrified. It goes straight through it,” she said.Commercial whaling, overfishing of their prey, entanglement in fishing nets, noise and chemical pollution, as well as habitat destruction have led to their threatened status, says the SARA listing.“A problem that has arisen in recent years is collisions of whales with ships. As ships get bigger and faster, it becomes harder for the whales to get out of the way. Many shipping lanes cross migration and feeding areas, making the risk of collision more likely,” says the SARA listing.But like the white sturgeon, the deadline for a recovery plan has come and gone with no plan in sight. A draft plan has languished for more than two years.The Fisheries documents submitted to the environmental assessment panel note that Northern Gateway proposed a trenchless crossing as the primary construction method on the Endako River, where the white sturgeon are present, and impact would be negligible.“However, there is some risk that a trenchless crossing may not be feasible because of the site conditions,” the Fisheries documents say, adding that the contingency plan has an elevated risk of adverse impacts.“It will be important for the proponent to ensure mitigation measures are sufficient and are implemented to avoid the risk of impacts to sturgeon.”In the end, the department said the risk posed by the project to fish and fish habitat can be managed through mitigation and compensation measures.But critics say that if Ottawa hadn’t broken its own laws around species at risk already, that would not be the case.Earlier this month, Environment Minister Peter Kent told The Canadian Press that the Conservatives government is looking at an overhaul of the species at risk law enacted in 2002 by a Liberal government.Kent said he wants to make the Species At Risk Act more efficient.“There are improvements to be made,” Kent said. “Sooner rather than later we need to address changes to the Species at Risk Act to be more effective.”The Conservatives made dramatic changes earlier this year to other environmental laws and the Fisheries Act — changes decried by conservation groups for putting resource development ahead of the environment.Cory Williamson, a member of the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative, said there are only about 335 white sturgeon left.The sturgeon is just one of several endangered or threatened species along the proposed route of the twin pipelines that would carry bitumen from the Alberta oilsands to tankers on the B.C. coast.“The population is in continual decline,” he said.The remaining fish are 40 to 70 years old. They spawn but the eggs and larvae don’t survive.The prehistoric fish, which can grow up to six metres in length and weigh as much as 500 kilograms, has changed little since dinosaurs roamed the Earth but teeters on the brink of extirpation, he said.“We have a recovery plan that’s been in draft format for a number of years now,” he said. “There are, I believe, legal prohibitions on harm to individual sturgeon, but because the recovery plan hasn’t been formally published yet, there is no legal protection for habitat.”Brian Frenkel, the chairman of the community working group for the Nechako White Sturgeon recovery initiative, said there are several pipelines proposed for the area.For five years, his group has been looking for $3- to $4 million to build and operate a sturgeon hatchery.“The federal government has done a good job of creating a Species At Risk Act, and our group fought hard to put sturgeon on there,” Frenkel said.Since then, Ottawa has “fallen flat on their face on that.”“We’re so far from Ottawa,” Frenkel said. “Out of sight, out of mind.” read more

European Tour chief says some of Sergio Garcias best friends are coloured

first_img The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act A DAY AFTER Sergio Garcia’s fried chicken joke blew up, the head of the European Tour used the word “colored” on live TV in the UK.According to multiple reporters who are in England covering the BMW Championship, Euro Tour CEO George O’Grady said on Sky Sports, ”Most of Sergio’s friends are coloured athletes in the United States.” Here’s the full quote from ESPN UK:“We know the connotation [of the words ‘fried chicken’] in the United States. We accept all races on the European Tour, we take it very strongly. Most of Sergio’s friends are coloured athletes in the United States and he is absolutely abject in his apology and we accepted it.”Accidentally using a term from America’s overtly racist past probably isn’t as bad as what Sergio did. But it certainly shows a lack of racial sensitivity. Yesterday, Tiger called Sergio’s comments “wrong, hurtful, and clearly inappropriate.”McIlroy, McDowell and Clarke labour at PGA as Lowry leads Irish challengeDonald: Sergio ‘full of regret’ over Tiger fried chicken comment A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change last_img read more

Unidentified man with serious injuries discovered in underground car park

first_img By Aoife Barry AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN was found with serious injuries in the underground car park of a Dublin apartment block today.Gardaí say the man was found at the Carnegie Court apartments in Swords. They are seeking witnesses to an incident that occurred in the early hours of this morning at the apartment complex.There was no form of identification on this man and he remains unidentified. It is not known at this stage how he sustained the injury.The injured man was discovered in the underground car park at approximately 5.50am this morning. He has been removed to Beaumont Hospital and is in a serious condition.He is described as: A white maleBelieved to be in his late 30s/early 40sHas brown hairIs of medium build.He was wearing:A white Slazenger t-shirtNavy track suit bottomsBlack Sketcher runners – size 8.Gardaí are appealing for any persons who were in the area of Carnegie Court Apartments on North Street, Swords between the hours of 10pm on Monday night and 6am this morning Tuesday, 13 June, to contact them at Swords Garda Station 6664700, or the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111, or any garda station. Unidentified man with serious injuries discovered in underground car park He was found at 5.05am at Carnegie Court Apartments, in Dublin. 7 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie Jun 13th 2017, 5:31 PM Image: RollingNews.iecenter_img Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 5:31 PM Share29 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/3442444 28,146 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mediterranean approach to alcohol not enough

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Introducing drinking with food, as part of a Mediterranean family culture, doesn’t actually protect teenagers from the harmful effects of alcohol, according to a new campaign. It doesn’t matter what your cultural background is, your kids are still growing up in Australia and they’re engaging in the culture that’s around them.DrinkWise CEO, Cath Peachey, acknowledged parents want to teach messages of moderation and respect for alcohol, but said emerging science showed drinking can do significant damage to the teenage brain. “Traditionally, it was thought that the brain had finished developing before you got to the teenage years,” she said. But she said medical imaging had shown that the frontal lobes of the brain are going through critical development after puberty, right up until around 24 years old. “And it’s the frontal lobes that are responsible for things like judgement, decision-making, emotional stability, learning and memory,” she said. “So if you introduce alcohol, which is a toxin, during that time, you’ll interrupt that development process.” As part of a new campaign targeting families of non-English speaking backgrounds, DrinkWise is providing tips for parents on how to talk to their children about alcohol in ten different languages, including Greek. “It doesn’t matter what your cultural background is, your kids are still growing up in Australia and they’re engaging in the culture that’s around them,” she said.“What we’re trying to do is provide information to parents and the community about this new science.”For more information go to www.drinkwise.com.aulast_img read more

Banker Questex Bankruptcy is Penalization of Lenders

first_imgNewton, Massachusetts-based American Spa and Hotel & Motel Management publisher Questex Media Group Holdings earlier this week became the latest over-leveraged magazine publisher to file for bankruptcy protection.According to the announcement, Questex reached an agreement with its senior lenders and has filed for Chapter 11 in the U.S. bankruptcy court in order to implement a restructuring to reduce its debt and receive a “significant financing.” As part of the agreement, a group of the company’s senior lenders are expected to place a bid to acquire “substantially all” of Questex’s assets, under a Section 363 sale process.“It was apparently envisioned that when a large principal amount came due, it would be refinanced in a smoothly functioning credit market. That just is not possible today,” Michael Alcamo, president of a New York City-based investment banking firm M.C. Alcamo & Co., Inc., told FOLIO:. “What will happen is that the value of the debt will be reduced—the lenders will effectively be penalized for lending at excessively high coverage ratios at the outset.”According to the bankruptcy filing, Questex and eight affiliates listed assets of $299 million and liabilities of roughly $321 million ($186 million in first-lien debt, $56 million in second-lien debt and $59.5 million owed to former principals of companies it acquire). Among them are the former shareholders of FierceMarkets, which are owed $7.5 million. Questex acquired FireceMarkets in 2008. “Depending on the results of the 363 auction, it’s possible that the sellers of FierceMarkets may not get paid the remaining $7.5 million on their seller note,” said Alcamo. “This, of course, is always a risk a seller accepts at closing and usually is compensated by a higher valuation at closing.”Alcamo said the bankruptcy filing and pending sale should not impact Questex’s operations, and that the company’s franchises and assets “remain strong.” “It is unfortunate that we have to use the word ‘bankruptcy’ because the company is not really bankrupt,” he said. “To try to address mandatory interest payments, business operations had been cut back in recent months, but once the company emerges with a ‘fresh start,’ Questex should continue to be successful.”last_img read more

Montgomery College Hosts World of Montgomery Festival

first_imgMontgomery College is hosting their annual World of Montgomery Festival on Oct. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. at Montgomery College, located at 51 Mannakee St. The free festival will hold various activities to celebrate and display the rich culture and heritages that make up the Washington D.C. area. It will include a Parade of Cultures, live performances, art shows, and interactive activities for kids. The fair is sponsored by the FUND for Montgomery, Montgomery College, and organized by the KID Museum, a museum that integrates hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math learning with an exploration of world cultures and global citizenship for children and families in the Washington, D.C. area. For more information, visit worldofmontgomery.com.last_img read more

Buddha Hymns

first_imgCapital witnessed performance of the famous rock band The Dharma Bums, who performed at the conclave of International Buddhist Confederation. The performance was arranged by Asoka Mission Buddhist institution of Delhi which was attended by  300 Buddhist leaders from around the globe.The founder of the band Phil void was always inspired by buddhist teachings. During his studies in North India and Nepal he founded the band and named it after the novel by American writer Jack Kerouac. The Dharma Bums have also made the themes of such teachings the substance of many of their songs.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’They not only play music but have raised money to rebuild Tibetan monasteries in India, including Drepung in Karnataka and Nechung in Himachal. While participating in the World Festival of Sacred Music in India (2000), Dharma Bums performed in a private audience for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  They have performed worldwide, including Tibet, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Thailand, Denmark, Nepal and numerous trips to India.last_img read more

This Simple Tool Makes It Easy to Build and Host a Website

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American resident of Cancun takes his life after unable to find job

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — An American resident of Cancun as been found deceased in an apartment he shared with his wife after becoming depressed due to lack of work.The 50-year-old man was found hanged as the result of a suicide in an apartment in central Cancun Wednesday morning. The man, who was discovered by his 53-year-old wife, was found hanging from a staircase.The couple lived on the fourth floor of an apartment complex on Labná Avenue in SM 20. His wife, who is of Mexican nationality, said that her husband was suffering from depression because he was unable to find a job and had been looking for more than two months, adding that he did not speak any Spanish.The Attorney General’s Office said that the body did not show any traces of violence. Paramedics confirmed the death.The man, who has not been identified by name, is reported to be from Cincinnati, Ohio. He had a bachelor’s degree in gastronomy.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Political wrangling leaves Gaza patients stranded

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Physicians for Human Rights-Israel charged Sunday that Israel exploits the vulnerability of the Gaza patients, interrogating some as they cross the border.The group said two Gaza patients and an escort were arrested after being interrogated in July. One has since been released.An Israeli security official said one of those arrested was suspected of being a Hamas activist involved in making weapons.___Associated Press writers Diaa Hadid in Jerusalem and Mohammed Daraghmeh in Ramallah contributed reporting.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Omar Nasser, a spokesman for the Health Ministry in the West Bank, said that after the new appointments, Hamas police entered the offices of the committee and expelled those working there. Ashraf al-Kidra, a spokesman for the Health Ministry in Gaza, denied there was a raid. He said local employees refused to work with the newly appointed committee members.The committee handled about 18,000 patient cases last year, and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank paid about $42 million for their treatment in hospitals in the West Bank, Israel, Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world, said Nasser.It was not immediately clear why the West Bank health minister replaced all committee members. A similar dispute between the rival governments in 2009 was blamed for the death of nine patients, including a cancer-stricken child.“We are the victims of selfish political factions who don’t care about people’s health,” said Tawfik, 55, the husband of the patient with the brain tumor. Tawfik said he was bounced from Hamas-loyal officials to those linked to Abbas for the past week.Israeli officials said they have not received any requests from the Gaza committee for transferring patients since Wednesday. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Sponsored Stories “No one wants to help. No one wants to hear,” Iyad Alami of the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights said of the politicians involved in the dispute. He said several patients are in danger of dying if they are not moved quickly.Alami’s group has been trying to mediate between the Hamas government in Gaza and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority of internationally backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.Israel and Egypt restricted movement in and out of Gaza after Hamas seized the territory from Abbas in 2007, leaving him with parts of the West Bank. Gaza and the West Bank are separated by about 40 kilometers (25 miles) of Israeli territory.Gaza hospitals offer only basic medical care, and patients seeking treatment abroad need a referral from a medical committee in Gaza before they can cross into Israel or Egypt.The committee technically reports to the West Bank government, but it operates with the tacit approval of the Hamas authorities in Gaza.Last week, the West Bank’s health minister appointed a new committee, replacing one that was set up in 2009. Rival health officials in the West Bank and Gaza offered conflicting explanations of why the committee then stopped working. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments   Share   Associated PressGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – A dispute between the two rival Palestinian governments is preventing hundreds of patients in Gaza from receiving urgent medical care abroad, officials said Sunday.One Gaza man said he has tried unsuccessfully for the past week to get his wife transferred out of Gaza for the removal of a brain tumor. Salman Tawfik said his wife Rasha, 50, lapsed into a coma two days ago, while he was caught in a bureaucratic maze. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

SP CaseShiller Index Reveals Increases Across the Nation

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News HOUSING mortgage S&P CoreLogic Case Shiller Home Price Index 2017-09-26 Nicole Casperson S&P Dow Jones Indices released the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index today. The data accounts for July 2017 and shows that home prices continued to increase across the country over the last year.The index reported a 5.9 percent annual gain in July, a slight increase from the previous month. The 10-City Composite annual increase came in at 5.2 percent, while the 20-City Composite posted a 5.8 percent year-over-year gain.According to David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, consumers, through home buying and other spending, are the driving force in the current economic expansion.Regionally, Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, and Las Vegas, Nevada reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities. According to the data, Seattle, “led the way with a 13.5 percent year-over-year price increase, followed by Portland with a 7.6 percent increase, and Las Vegas with a 7.4 percent increase.” In addition, another 12 cities had greater price increases in the year ending July 2017.“While the gains in home prices in recent months have been in the Pacific Northwest, the leadership continues to shift among regions and cities across the country,” said Blitzer. “Dallas and Denver are also experiencing rapid price growth. Las Vegas, one of the hardest hit cities in the housing collapse, saw the third fastest increase in the year through July 2017.”Blitzer continued to explain other housing indicators that will have the market dealing with confronts.“The housing market will face two contradicting challenges during the rest of 2017 and into 2018,” he said. “First, rebuilding following hurricanes across Texas, Florida, and other parts of the south will lead to further supply pressures. Second, the Fed’s recent move to shrink its balance sheet could push mortgage rates upward.”To view the full Index, click here. Sharecenter_img September 26, 2017 607 Views S&P Case-Shiller Index Reveals Increases Across the Nationlast_img read more

Mortgage Apps and DTI Ratios

first_img A new analysis by CoreLogic has found that since 2015 debt-to-income (DTI) ratio has become the number one reason that lenders have turned down purchase-mortgage applications, and the number has only risen over the past few years. Citing Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data, the analysis indicated that 30.3 percent of denied applications were attributed “debt-to-income ratio” as the primary reason for mortgage loan denial in 2017, up from 28.8 percent in 2016 and 28.2 percent in 2015.The analysis broke down the denial rates by loan type and found that the maximum number of loans where DTI was responsible for the application being denied was for VA loans at 35 percent, followed by conventional loans that saw DTI being responsible for 30.2 percent of loans being denied. The denial rate for FHA loans citing this reason was 28.6 percent.As incomes rise, the DTI for many homebuyers is also rising. “A good housing market coupled with economic growth will certainly work to the advantage of homebuyers, as stronger household balance sheets, rising income and the likelihood of further home value gains means lower risk in mortgage lending, all else being the same,” Yanling Mayer, Principal Economist at CoreLogic wrote on the company’s blog that published this analysis on Thursday.Citing the reason for higher application DTIs, Mayer said that they were most likely a reflection of the “erosion of affordability as home prices have risen much faster relative to wage growth.””A typical household’s mortgage payment (principal and interest only), for example, have climbed quickly due to fast-rising home prices and a higher interest rate. In the event of a negative income shock, higher DTI loans are at a greater risk of default,” she said.Using CoreLogic’s loan application consortium data to find the 25th percentile median and 90th percentile of purchase applications’ DTI, the analysis revealed that there was a gradual rise in DTI from 35.1 in 2012 to 37.7 in 2017 and 38.6 percent so far in 2018.It found that in 2017, about 25 percent of applications had a DTI at 30 or lower, while 10 percent had a DTI of at least 49.To read the full analysis, click here. Mortgage Apps and DTI Ratios applications CoreLogic denial DTI FHA loans mortgage Purchase Loans VA 2018-10-11 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationcenter_img October 11, 2018 766 Views Sharelast_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories With seven words, King set Twitter on fire. Within minutes of sending the tweet, it had already been retweeted by 57 people, and popped up all over our timelines.If King is accurate — and he most likely is — the Cardinals will have a new signal caller within minutes of the window opening on Tuesday, if they’re smart.King’s tweet holds two interesting ideas. The first, is he suggesting that Kolb doesn’t have a choice about where he goes because the Cardinals want him so badly? This could be true, especially given all the rumors about Kolb heading to Arizona and the Cardinals’ supposed willingness to give Philly pretty much whatever they want.The other side to his tweet is that Kolb may finally be the solution to the Cardinals QB issues. At 26, Kolb could offer the organization a stable presence under the center that the franchise needs.Kolb could become the franchise player the Cardinals are searching for, but he’s going to come at a heavy price.Maybe King’s next tweet should say, “Hope you like cheesesteaks, DRC.” 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Get used to the cacti, Kevin Kolb.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet ReplyPeter KingSI_PeterKing As the trade rumors linking Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb and the Arizona Cardinals grow stronger by the second, one of the big guys has given his opinion. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Strengths:• Long-limbed, lean, elite athlete who can add weight and move down to play defensive end, or if they choose too, can stand him up and let him play outside early.• Excellent foot quickness, combined with heavy, strong hands to stack and shed blockers.• Understands how to use his lower body to take on double teams and anchor, and uses his upper body strength to control blockers.• Shows pass rushing skills.• Uses his length to keep blockers at bay.• Has experience playing with his hand in the dirt or from a two point stance.Weaknesses:• For all is physical skills, is not as dominant as he should be.• Doesn’t move laterally as well as he should.• Too often gives himself up on plays being overaggressive.• Will get lazy technically, which will allow inferior athletes to beat him.Overall:No prospect has a bigger gap between pure ability and what he does on film than Martin, but that is similar to a former Cardinals’ Day Two draft pick in Calais Campbell.Martin is a massive, long-limbed, defensive end prospect with off the charts athleticism and the ability to add weight and get stronger if the Cardinals want to use his as a five technique. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The Cardinals continue to stack talent, doing so at positions of need, so some may say they are drafting for need, but the reality is, every teams board looks a little different, and on my personal board, I had Kareem Martin ranked 31.Martin is not going to be an impact player in 2014 like Deone Bucannon or Troy Niklas, but he has the natural upside to be the best player in this draft.What can the Cardinals expect? Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling If they want to use him as an outside linebacker, then he has experience rushing the passer from that position and has shown the ability to win in the run game with his length and athleticism, but it is not something he has done a lot of at the collegiate level.Martin has to get more consistent in his technique, his hand usage, and ability to disengage and work down the line. And, if he is going to play in a 3-4 defense, he’ll either have to gain weight to be an every down player, or become more disciplined on the edge. But, he is a weapon. – / 22last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Oceania Cruises Insign

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterOceania Cruises’ Insignia is returning to Australasian waters in early 2019, giving guests and the industry their first look at the re-inspired ship, the first of the line’s R-class fleet to undergo a ‘better-than-new’ refurbishment as part of its recently announced OceaniaNEXT initiative.To celebrate the occasion, Oceania Cruises’ Vice President of Sales Australia & New Zealand, Steve McLaughlin, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holding’s SVP and MD Asia Pacific, Steve Odell,  held a media event at O Bar & Dining in Sydney.OceaniaNEXT encompasses the most comprehensive suite of product and guest service enhancements that the brand has ever undertaken, kickstarting with a US$100 million investment to completely transform its four R-class vessels, starting with Insignia.After emerging from drydock on 7 December 2018, Insignia will make her way to local waters via the South Pacific as part of her 180-day Around the World Cruise. After cruising New Zealand in late February, she will visit Sydney on 4 March before reaching Brisbane on 6 March, giving guests and the industry their first chance to experience the refurbished ship first-hand.Insignia’s stunning re-inspiration will be followed by sister ships Sirena in May 2019, Regatta in September 2019 and Nautica in June 2020.“One of the many reasons Oceania Cruises enjoys one of the highest repeat cruise rates of any brand is the fact [that] we’re constantly refreshing our offering and investing in our fleet, with the OceaniaNEXT initiative encompassing the most extensive suite of enhancements we have ever embarked upon,” said Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific with Oceania Cruises, Steve Odell.“Australasia will be one of the first regions in the world to experience the re-inspiration of our R-class, with Insignia to boast 342 brand-new designer suites and staterooms, and stunning new decor in her restaurants, lounges and bars inspired by Oceania’s 450 ports of call,” continued Odell.Other highlights will include re-imagined menus featuring more authentic regional colour, flavour and local wines; dramatically transformed public spaces; refurbished restaurants and lounges; and ocean-inspired colour palettes.All accommodation aboard Insignia, Regatta, Nautica and Sirena will emerge with new bathrooms, new closets, desks and vanities, new sofas, chairs and tables, new lighting and mirrors, new upholstery, carpets and drapers and updated technology, including interactive TV systems and USB ports.“The refurbishment of our R-class fleet is just the beginning,” explained Odell. “The OceaniaNEXT program will also see Oceania Cruises’ O-class 1,250-guest vessels, Riviera and Marina, debut their new owner’s suites – the only suites at sea furnished exclusively by luxe label Ralph Lauren Home – in 2019 and 2020 respectively. There are many surprises and delights to be revealed in 2019, and beyond, as part of the OceaniaNEXT initiative.”Lead image: Ben Angell, Vice President Marketing Asia Pacific, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings;  Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Steve McLaughlin, Vice President of Sales Australia & New Zealand, Oceania Cruises.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more