UNbacked meeting stresses capacitybuilding to fight terrorism in SE Asia

5 November 2010Information exchange and building capacity in South-East Asia were central elements in a United Nations-backed workshop on counter-terrorism which concluded today in Bali, Indonesia. The regional workshop – organized by the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (UNCTITF) in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia – was part of UN efforts to raise awareness and build in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Strategy amongst countries and relevant regional and sub-regional organizations. It also aims to make the UN counter-terrorism framework more relevant for the practical needs on the national, sub-regional and regional level.“The adoption of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in 2006 by the General Assembly through consensus was a landmark achievement and a signature from all Member States that terrorism must be tackled in a coordinated, comprehensive, preventive and holistic manner,” said the Chairman of the UNCTITF, Jean-Paul Laborde.He added that while counter-terrorism efforts must necessarily continue to focus on security and law enforcement, the value of educational curricula, promotion of tolerance and protection of human rights must also be upheld.Indonesia’s Vice Foreign Minister, Mr. Triyono Wibowo, delivered the keynote speech at the opening session of the two-day event on Thursday, noting in his remarks that the Strategy represents the first time that all UN Member States have agreed to a common approach “to fight terrorism, not only by sending a clear message that terrorism is unacceptable but also resolving to take practical steps, individually and collectively, to prevent it.”About 70 senior officials, national counter-terrorism focal points, counter-terrorism practitioners, and development experts took part in the workshop, which focussed on key areas in developing a broader approach to counter-terrorism, including developing educational curricula to promote tolerance, counter violent extremism and build capacity for non-violent conflict resolution; community policing; the development of national criminal justice systems in the region and the protection of human rights as a fundamental basis for countering terrorism.Participants also discussed the continuing threat of terrorism despite considerable success in dismantling terror networks through cooperation, and stressed the need for the international community to strengthen, sustain and support capacity-building efforts for counter-terrorism programmes in the region. Recommendations included involving more governmental departments, including development and finance ministries, as well as civil society organizations and groups representing victims of terrorism. read more

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Gallery OSU vs Maryland

The Ohio State Buckeyes dominated offensively for the second-straight week with a 62-3 victory over the Maryland Terrapins on Nov. 12. OSU cheerleaders lead coach Urban Meyer and the rest of the Buckeyes onto the field before the Buckeyes game against Maryland on Nov. 12. OSU won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor

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Resolution Copper says No 9 Shaft rehabilitation work on track

first_imgIn total, approximately 594 pieces of mobile equipment are expected to be employed, which includes the large LHD fleet for the extraction level, moving ore from the drawpoints to the ore passes. Resolution Copper (55% Rio Tinto; 45% BHP) has confirmed that rehabilitation work at its No 9 Shaft is on track for completion in 2019. Then the company expects No 9 Shaft to be deepened and connected to No 10 Shaft in 2021.The historic No 9 shaft was originally constructed in 1971. The project is rehabilitating the shaft, sinking it to approximately 7,000 ft, and linking it with the newer No 10 shaft, which was completed in 2014. Connecting the shafts will provide a second egress route between the two shafts as well as improve ventilation. Projected costs for the rehabilitation, sinking and linking of the No 9 shaft to the No 10 shaft are approximately $200 million.The deposit is located 60 miles east of Phoenix, near the town of Superior. The proposed underground block cave mine is expected to become the largest copper mine in North America, capable of producing nearly 25% of US copper demand each year. As at Codelco El Teniente, the mining method will be panel caving, which allows for the mining of very large relatively low-grade underground orebodies by dividing the deposit into smaller strips, or panels, so that the ore can be removed in a safe and efficient manner.Ore production from the underground operations will be a nominal 120,000 tonnes per day after an extensive construction and ramp-up period. The maximum throughput will be approximately 150,000 tonnes) per day. Additionally, it is likely that with process improvements throughout the life of the operation, the nominal production rate may increase by 25%. Ore will be crushed underground and then transported by conveyor to two production shafts and hoisted to an underground midway offloading station within the two production shafts.Resolution Copper will use a standard-gauge rail system that will allow bottom-dump railcars to be gravity-loaded with ore delivered from overhead chutes. These railcars will be routed to the dump station above the underground crushing facilities. Resolution Copper will use electric semi-autonomous locomotives to pull the railcars. The rail system will be a looped configuration, with two parallel drifts spaced on approximately 18 m centres in the production areas.last_img read more

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ABC Braga win Portuguese Super Cup

ABC BragaFC Porto handballPortugal handball ← Previous Story POLAND: Szczecin sensation against Kielce Next Story → PSG Handball in race for Uwe Gensheimer! The real warm-up for another interesting season in Portuguese handball, where Sporting, Braga and Benfica will try to crush the FC Porto series of six Championship titles in a row, began with the small surprise in the Super Cup. ABC Braga beat reigning champion FC Porto 26:24 (12:11).

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Its the first day of the new European Parliament and these Irish

first_img New voting card! pic.twitter.com/zRI0KbZzRI— Nessa Childers MEP (@NChildersMEP) July 1, 2014 Meanwhile Nessa Childers was the surprise package in Dublin where she took one of the three seats in the capital, edging out Eamon Ryan.She retained an MEP seat she first won as a Labour candidate in 2009 so this is all familiar to her too. But the independent still seemed pretty excited about this: The all important voting card – crucial to register an MEP’s vote electronically. No card, no vote! @Europarl_EN pic.twitter.com/CetPmgO9c9— Seán Kelly MEP (@SeanKellyMEP) July 1, 2014 Taking my seat on the first day of the new 8th @Europarl_EN @FineGael @EPPGroup @EPP_IE pic.twitter.com/tQFp2dqM9G— Seán Kelly MEP (@SeanKellyMEP) July 1, 2014 Source: Matt Carthy/Twitter Fine Gael returned four MEPs including the newly-elected Deirdre Clune in Ireland South and Brian Hayes in Dublin.Both were all smiles as they arrived in the French city this morning: Source: Sean Kelly MEP/Twitter He knows what he’s doing and he knows what he needs: Wise words by Green EU Presidential candidate Lunacek on role of EP”If we don’t get it right now there will be no extra time and no replay”— Marian Harkin (@MarianHarkin) July 1, 2014 Sitting in European Parliament in Strasbourg for 1st time. Voting for EP president. SF MEP’s supporting Pablo Iglesias Turrion for post.— Matt Carthy MEP (@mattcarthy) July 1, 2014 Finally, Luke Ming Flanagan told his Facebook followers he voted for Dimitris Papadimoulis for one of the vice presidents positions in the Parliament. He also explained why he only arrived after Martin Schulz was already elected: Midlands North West MEP Matt Carthy is only buzzing: Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Marian Harkin/Twitter This is also familiar territory for independent Marian Harkin who won a third term in May and was taking note of some “wise words” this morning: Updated 3.47pmTHE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT met for the first time since May’s elections with Ireland’s 11 MEPs taking their seats in Strasbourg this morning.The first day saw the newbies taking part in the vote for the new president of the European Parliament with Martin Schutlz winning with 409 votes.The make-up of the Irish contingent on the continent has changed dramatically with Labour losing all its MEPs and Sinn Féin returning three in the Republic.When you include Northern Ireland’s Martina Anderson that makes four and means that a selfie becomes all the more difficult.But they pulled it off: For Ireland South MEP Seán Kelly it’s familiar territory having retained the seat he first won in 2009: Source: Nessa Childers MEP/Twitter Source: Sean Kelly MEP/Twitter In case you can’t read it, here’s what he had to say:Earlier Martin Schulz a German Socialist was elected to the position of President. Unfortunately due to my wife, who is pregnant, becoming ill on Sunday it was only possible for me to get here after the vote. Happy to report that my wife is now in much better form and the baby(in the womb) too!First published 12.49pmRead: It’s now cheaper to use your phone in the EURead: Here are 10 things we’ve learned from the 2014 European electionslast_img read more

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Ubuntu and Chromium OS ported to Nexus 7

first_imgLooking for a way to kill some time while you try to sell your 8GB Nexus 7 tablet and recoup a few bucks so you can purchase the new 32GB model? Why not have some fun installing an alternative operating system on your outmoded Nexus?Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth recently announced that the Nexus 7 was going to be the reference design on which the company tweaks the Ubuntu experience for a more touch-friendly future. If you want to see how Ubuntu 12.10 runs on your Nexus 7, just grab the installer from Launchpad and then check out Canonical’s Wiki page for helpful step-by-step instructions.There’s no need to worry about getting trapped, either. Canonical also offers directions on returning to stock Android once you’ve had your fun kicking (or is it flicking?) the tires on Ubuntu.If moving from one full-featured OS to another doesn’t excite you, then how about dropping Android for something a bit more minimalist? Firmware hacker extraordinaire Hexxeh is back to his old tricks and has loaded up Chromium OS onto his Nexus 7. Why would you bother doing this when Chrome is already available from Google Play?For starters, there are certain Chrome features that you can’t utilize on Android — like extensions and offline web apps, including Google Docs. But the most obvious reason to attempt the Chromium OS install on your Nexus 7 is because you just love tinkering with your devices.Unfortunately, Hexxeh doesn’t feel comfortable handing out the image just yet. Once he’s had time to polish things up, however, you can expect something that’s a bit like the Chrome OS tablet experience that Google has been hinting at for quite some time.More at OMG!Ubuntu and Hexxehlast_img read more

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Oregon Scientists First in US to Edit Human Embryos

first_imgStay on target Researchers in Oregon made history this week as the first US scientists to genetically modify human embryos.The team, led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health and Science University, used CRISPR to alert the DNA of one-cell organisms.As reported by MIT Technology Review, the embryos were not allowed to develop for more than a few days; there was no intention of implanting them into a womb.Still, Mitalipov’s work marks a milestone for the United States—the second country to successfully edit human embryos, after China.Scientific, ethical, and legal questions have plagued the process since Louise Joy Brown—world’s first “test-tube baby” conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF)—was born 39 years ago this week.Some, like the US National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, believe modified human embryos should be allowed—as long as researchers follow strict criteria.The National Institute of Health, however, vehemently disagrees, announcing in 2015 that it “will not fund any use of gene-editing technologies in human embryos.”By altering the DNA code of human embryos, Technology Review explained, scientists hope to eradicate or correct genes that cause hereditary conditions, such as blood disease beta-thalassemia.But this practice, many critics warn, could open the doors to a Brave New World-like scenario of “designer babies,” engineered to produce the most desirable traits.Mitalipov’s results are still “pending publication,” he told MIT. But other scientists who worked on the project confirmed the editing of embryos using CRISPR.Basically, a genetic scalpel, CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat) allows users to slice parts of DNA in living cells to remove existing genes or add new ones.The tool—considered by some a “genetic superweapon” and others as the single most important discovery of the 21st century—may be a cure for cancer, the flu, or AIDS; it could be used to wipe out all mosquitoes or create hyper-intelligent babies. Researchers can even modify genetic code in living plants and animals.Don’t expect a new generation of gene-edited people in the US, though: Any local efforts to turn edited IVF embryos into babies have, so far, been blocked by Congress.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. CRISPR-Modified Babies Cursed With Short LifespanAntidote to Deadly Box Jellyfish Venom Discovered last_img read more

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You never let me walk alone Karius

first_imgLoris Karius has written an emotional letter to Liverpool fans thanking them for their support after joining Besiktas on a two-year loan.Karius,25, made two crucial errors in Liverpool’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid in May, while he also struggled for form during pre-season.Liverpool subsequently paid a then world-record fee for a goalkeeper to sign Alisson from Roma, with the Brazilian taking over as first choice between the posts.Karius is now keen to rebuild his reputation in the Turkish Super Lig after making 49 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side.Everybody at #LFC wishes @LorisKarius the best of luck during his loan spell. ?https://t.co/TNB7Rt2SJXRoberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 25, 2018“Proud to be part of the famous Besiktas family now,” Karius wrote on Twitter.“Your welcome at the airport yesterday was simply overwhelming! I will give it my all to win with Besiktas.“A big Thank You goes out to all of the Liverpool fans for the support until now – you indeed never let me walk alone.”last_img read more

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Womens World Cup USA vs England memes score big

first_img Playing this on a loop forever and ever and ever and ever 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸@AlyssaNaeher TAKE A BOW. pic.twitter.com/EM5WZjd4wT— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 2019 Culture That’s the most England thing I’ve ever seen. What a dreadful penalty— Josh (@JMO_96) July 2, 2019 Dope, not tea. pic.twitter.com/vW9Q1UxPDg— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 2, 2019 pic.twitter.com/gxVApZxTtN— Pat (@PatchAFC) July 2, 2019 #ENG comes THAT close to pulling even. Offside is the call, courtesy of VAR(via @FoxSoccer) pic.twitter.com/QHKN3YV8Pa— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) July 2, 2019 The US will take on the winner of Wednesday’s Sweden-Netherlands match in the World Cup final on Sunday morning. It’s @alexmorgan13 birthday and America’s birthday week, the 50 stars have aligned for US this week let’s get this win @USWNT #USAvENG #FIFAWWC2019 #OneNationOneTeam pic.twitter.com/R18Nf4k7vh— Erin (@erin_mcpartland) July 2, 2019 hands up if you know how it feels to lose pic.twitter.com/qeLnfPW8d8— badladsplace (@badladsplace) July 2, 2019 The Second Revolutionary War begins today. Here come the Colonists! #USAvENG #FIFAWWC2019 #ibelievethatwewillwin pic.twitter.com/Lospx1XJGR— Cameron Feil (@CFeil) July 2, 2019 Alex Morgan gets a birthday goal!!!And air smokes an imaginary joint to celebrate???Whatever. GO AMERICA!!! #ENGUSA pic.twitter.com/KxmDVfQ9i2— Vanessa Santos (@VanessaOblinger) July 2, 2019 Naturally, English broadcaster Piers Morgan wasn’t pleased. That’s NOT how you sip tea. https://t.co/GAmQ1urom0— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 2, 2019 Lets Go USA! Let’s Beat those Red Coats one more time! #USWNT #USAvENG @FOXSoccer @alexmorgan13 @HeatherOReilly @AlexiLalas pic.twitter.com/XQOJRWRIB6— Jeffrey Collins (@Jeffrey_D17) July 2, 2019 THAT ONE PLAYER FROM ENGLAND DID THE GOGGLES AND ALEX MORGAN WAS LIKE “OH OKAY WE’RE TALKING SHIT NOW” AND THEN SCORED A GOAL AND TOOK A SIP OF TEA HAHAHAHAHAHAHA— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) July 2, 2019 England blah blah blah penalties blah blah blah.— Grant Beasley (@GrantMBeasley) July 2, 2019 Alex Morgan sipping tea (with the pinky out) right in the faces of the Brits is about as American as you can get pic.twitter.com/O8OzltCFsp— Austin Huff (@AustinHuff) July 2, 2019 Clearly the US was spying – how else would Alex Morgan know the British team likes to drink tea— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) July 2, 2019 Me when the US women play England #USAvENG pic.twitter.com/IpjrFUo8tR— Hot Stuff Petty Trillbert (@blngbdgt) July 2, 2019 Sipping tea or smoking a joint? Only Alex Morgan knows…. #usa #WWC2019 pic.twitter.com/pQIjYk5TF1— Mark Dignam (@MarkDignam_84) July 2, 2019 Sorry to break it to ya my guy…. but much like the American Revolution…..The US is gonna defeat England… again 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 #LFG #HappyJuly4thWeek pic.twitter.com/J43szsmbgk— Kyle S (@ItzKyleHomie) July 2, 2019 Alex Morgan of the USA celebrates after scoring her team’s second goal against England during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France semifinal match. 5021154 / Getty Images USA vs. England? Those two countries definitely have met up before on a few battlefields. The social-media buzz was intense as the defending women’s World Cup champion Americans took on England on Tuesday.Yes, people did notice that the match was being played just two days before America’s Independence Day, why do you ask? “The Second Revolutionary War begins today,” Cameron Feil wrote on Twitter. “Here come the Colonists!” England fans seemed to feel the penalty kick looked familiar. When England keeps catching up: #USAvENG pic.twitter.com/0nSEUATAra— USWNT reactions (@USWNTreactions) July 2, 2019 They seem to be a little excited. England had one more shot when captain Steph Houghton was granted a penalty kick, but US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made a perfect save. 0center_img #womensworldcup2019 #ENGvsUSA #USAvENG Remember Boston! pic.twitter.com/mkejPnpy7u— citifroup (@citifroup) July 2, 2019 Hell yeah I’m a fan of USWNTUsingSocial mediaWhileNotTaking care of work— The Give Smart Guy (@BobbyBigWheel) July 2, 2019 pic.twitter.com/KWxJ9K06IO— Angelo Robledo (@idigit1st) July 2, 2019 😘 of DeathThey too aren’t good enough…— M.McC. (@Davros64) July 2, 2019 Here for Alex Morgan’s sipping tea celebration 😂 pic.twitter.com/vUOhJolHJ4— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) July 2, 2019 Ah the grand old tradition of England choking on penalties— István (@_TKFJ_) July 2, 2019 Being an England fan can be characterised by two words “Penalty Pain”— Simon Pizzey 🇪🇺 (@simon_pizzey) July 2, 2019 hey @MuseeLouvre, we got your next masterpiece. you’re welcome. pic.twitter.com/4SEX5ULkuY— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 2019 It must be a generic thing with England we can’t take a penalty for toffee— stuart mills (@Stuart_mills240) July 2, 2019 Tags Share your voice Commiserations to the @lionesses tonight. Know that you have inspired millions with how you’ve played on the field as well as how you’ve conducted yourselves off it. We are very proud of you. #Lionesses⁠ ⁠— Theresa May (@theresa_may) July 2, 2019 Things looked tight for the Americans when England’s Ellen White scored to tie things up. But White’s goal was called back due to an offside call. And national stereotypes? We got ’em! US player Alex Morgan scored on her 30th birthday and then mimed sipping a cup of tea, that famed British beverage that famously once landed in Boston Harbor.”Clearly the US was spying — how else would Alex Morgan know the British team likes to drink tea?” asked Patrick Monahan on Twitter. I’m going to England next week, is there any way I can put a gif of the penalty shot on a t-shirt?— Tim Marchman (@timmarchman) July 2, 2019 Bye bye England. #USAvENG pic.twitter.com/7C74rxFnFt— USWNT reactions (@USWNTreactions) July 2, 2019 Departing British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to console her country’s team, but she’s not exactly well-loved at the moment. Disallowed goal, penalty miss, red card, it’s the Official Fucking Trifecta of World Cup Knock-Out Curses™️ for England— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam) July 2, 2019 PARTY LIKE IT’S 1776 because we’re going to the #FIFAWWC FINAL!!!!#OneNationOneTeam pic.twitter.com/kZh6qH3YKi— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 2019 Americans aren’t exactly known for their love of soccer, er, football, er, soccer, but this game is different. Fans of the US Women’s National Team sprouted up everywhere. Me running home from work to watch the #USAvENG game: pic.twitter.com/x5ULqHm2k8— Anna Witte (@AnnaWitte_) July 2, 2019 Morgan and some others saw a different motion in the US player’s gesture. “Sipping tea or smoking a joint? Only Alex Morgan knows,” wrote Mark Dignam. Hugely unfair that they’re out…before you are.— Lego Stan (@LegoStan) July 2, 2019 Post a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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River otters use latrines as social hubs

first_imgA still image captured at an otter latrine site.(Photo: Adi Barocas)When it comes to picking a good place to socialize, the bathroom probably isn’t high on your list. For coastal river otters in Southcentral Alaska, however, the bathroom is a major social hub.Listen nowResearchers are now working to understand how otters use these latrine sites to communicate and build social groups.Coastal river otters have a somewhat unusual social system. The females spend most of their time alone and the males hang out in groups.It’s basically the animal world’s version of a “guys night out.”“They will play with each other, swim together and wash themselves and gently gnaw at each other’s fur and groom each other,” University of Wyoming doctoral student Adi Barocas said.The most popular spots for male otters to gather are latrine sites – in other words, spots where they defecate and urinate.For most people, using the bathroom is just a basic and sometimes inconvenient part of being alive. For otters, it’s like a language. A single sniff of feces can tell an otter a lot about another individual: their sex, dominance status, even what they’ve been eating.To help understand how latrines affect otter behavior, Barocas set up cameras along coastline in Kenai Fjords National Park and Prince William Sound. When the otters visited a latrine site, the movement triggered the camera to start recording.The cameras recorded the otters doing something strange, right before they defecate. Barocas calls it the “poop dance.”“The otters raise their tails at a really high angle in the air, then they’ll give a few stomps with their feet,” Barocas said.It’s not clear why the otters do the poop dance, but it seems to have a domino effect. When one otter does a poop dance, it triggers other otters to do it.Barocas also noticed that otters tended to congregate at centralized latrine sites, where multiple trails cross over.“Because we’ve seen more large groups at the crossovers, the crossovers may be a station where small social units come and hang out together, gather information and get more information in their decision that’ll afterwards help them decide who to hang out with,” Barocas said.At these centralized latrines, otters performed signaling behaviors, like the poop dance, more than social behaviors.Barocas said these latrine sites might help otters pick which social group to join.In other words, latrines might be the otter’s version of a high school dance – a place where lots of individuals come together, judge each other and pick which group to join.It’s too soon to say how exactly these latrine sites affect otter social behavior. Barocas and his colleagues plan to continue monitoring the otters, hoping to unravel that mystery.last_img read more

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Jubo League man hacked dead in Noakhali

first_imgA Jubo League activist was hacked to death allegedly by rivals in Hatia upazila of Noakhali district on Wednesday morning, reports news agency UNB.The deceased Riaz Uddin, 27, was an activist of Sonadia union unit of the ruling party’s youth wing and son of one Korban Ali of Purbo Sonadia village.Sonadia union unit Awami League president and UP chairman, Nurul Islam, said Riaz was taking tea at a shop at local Seku Market when some miscreants, led by Abdul Wahab, swooped on him around 11:00am.The attackers chopped him indiscriminately and severed the tendons of his hands and legs, leaving him critically injured.The Jubo League man was taken to Hatia Upazila Health Complex where physicians referred him to Noakhali General Hospital. However, he died on the way to the district hospital.Hatia police station officer-in-charge, Abdul Mazid, said they deployed additional policemen in the area to fend off further trouble.last_img read more

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Man gets bitten by cat row over animal menace

first_imgKolkata: Patients at the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital resorted to protest on Saturday after a man, who was admitted to the hospital for kidney-related problems, was bitten by a cat.Swapan Chanda, an elderly patient from Ichhapur in North 24-Parganas, had been undergoing treatment at the hospital for kidney-related problems. Chanda was admitted to the medicine ward of the hospital for past few days for dialysis. On Friday night, a cat bit him on his right hand. There was resentment among a section of patients at the hospital over the incident. They alleged that the cats were creating menace at the hospital wards. Some family members of the patients staged a protest outside the hospital. They alleged that they went to a senior official of the hospital to lodge a complaint on Saturday morning but he was not there at his office. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThey further alleged that various wards were infested with cats but the hospital authorities failed to take any step in this regard. They said there had been instances where patients were attacked by cats and dogs on the hospital campus. Kolkata Municipal Corporation deputy mayor Atin Ghosh said a few days ago that the authorities would write to the Union ministry of animal husbandry to them to formulate new law giving a detailed guidelines on how to capture the cats. kidney-related problems.last_img read more

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Whats Keeping Back a Recovery in Commercial Real Estate

first_img Slow job creation and tight loan availability are hindering otherwise positive growth in commercial real estate, the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) reported.[IMAGE]While “”positive underlying fundamentals”” helped boost all of the major commercial real estate sectors, growth in some areas has been tempered by various issues, including job growth and shifts in demand.””Job creation in the second quarter was about half of what we saw in the first quarter, which is moderating demand in the office sector,”” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR. “”Industrial and warehouse space is holding on better because imports and exports have advanced. While exports to Europe generally are down, trade has been robust [COLUMN_BREAK]with India, China, and other Asian nations, along with Brazil, Mexico, and our strongest trading partner-Canada.”” Demand has also been dampened by problems small businesses have in securing commercial real estate loans. The multifamily sector is the only one that has seen increased demand, which in turn has driven up rents at an accelerated pace.NAR reports that rents are modestly rising in all of the sectors as vacancy rates fall, vacancy remains above historic averages with the exception of the multifamily sector. The retail sector is especially suffering, with the projected average vacancy rate for 2012 hovering around 11 percent – nearly 3 percentage points higher than the historic average for the sector. The organization predicts no significant changes in the near future, with many corporate decisions on spending and hiring hinging upon the results of November’s elections, Congress’ ability to avoid a “”fiscal cliff,”” and other issues such as health care and financial regulations.””Overall, companies hold plentiful cash reserves, but they are hesitant to hire without clarity over how these outstanding issues will impact the bottom line,”” Yun said. “”Commercial real estate gains could be thwarted if lending from small and community banks dry up from excessive regulatory compliance costs, and if international big-bank capital rules are applied to smaller lending institutions.”” in Data, Origination, Servicing August 27, 2012 407 Views Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers CMBS Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2012-08-27 Tory Barringer What’s Keeping Back a Recovery in Commercial Real Estate?last_img read more

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How Satisfied are Borrowers with the Origination Process

first_imgHow Satisfied are Borrowers with the Origination Process? Borrower Satisfaction Mortgage Origination Process STRATMOR Group 2016-07-13 Seth Welborn Borrowers appear to be much more satisfied with the mortgage process than the industry may think—and borrower satisfaction has been slowly increasing each month for nearly a year, according to the inaugural monthly STRATMOR Insights Report for July 2016.According to STRATMOR’s MortgageSAT Satisfaction Index, which covers the borrower satisfaction rating for lenders over a 12-month look-back period starting with the preceding month, that borrower satisfaction crept up by an average of about 0.54 points from May 2015 to June 2016 (from approximately 85 up to about 90 out of a possible 100).Not only that, but recent borrower satisfaction scores have averaged about 90, which STRATMOR found noteworthy.“This strikes us as remarkably high for a financial product with a complex process. It also runs contrary to the much maligned image of the industry,” the report said.The report also found that borrower satisfaction remained somewhat steady for the second half of 2015 but then rose sharply during the first part of 2016, “which, as we have noted elsewhere in industry media, was just when the new TRID closing disclosure requirements came into effect,” according to the report.The report found that Hispanics tend to more satisfied with the overall mortgage process than non-Hispanics. On the MortgageSAT Satisfaction Index, Hispanics posted a score of 92 compared to 90 for non-Hispanics. STRATMOR also reported that Hispanics reported fewer problems in the mortgage origination process than non-Hispanics, and that Hispanics remain more satisfied with the process than non-Hispanics even when there were problems (such as asked for the same documents repeatedly or asked for documents not on the lender-supplied checklist).Moreover, the report found that when lenders engaged Hispanic borrowers in their own language, those borrowers were likely to return to the lender again, recommend the services of that lender to friends and family, or comment on social media about the lender.“While offering a satisfaction survey in a borrower’s native language is not the same as guiding that borrower through the entire origination process in that language, it does stand to reason that doing so can create much more satisfied, loyal and vocal customers,” the report stated.Click here to view the entire report. July 13, 2016 749 Views center_img Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Originationlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedAirBaltic plans flights to DubaiLatvian carrier airBaltic has announced plans to launch flights to Dubai from Riga.New Finland flights from airBalticNew Finland flights from airBalticairBaltic announces new daily route to AmsterdamairBaltic will begin offering direct flights between Riga and Amsterdam from October 26th. Latvian carrier airBaltic has launched a series of new flights this month, embarking on a simultaneous expansion of domestic, regional and cross-continental routes.Regularly scheduled flights to Latvian city Ventspils were launched on April 11th, adding to domestic daily flights to Liepaya, while routes around the neighbouring Scandinavian region have also been boosted this week.Nonstop flights from its hub in Riga to Finnish city Kuopio are set for introduction on a thrice weekly basis, while Denmark’s second busiest airport at Billund will gain twice weekly Riga services, all complemented by new flights between the Latvian capital and Norwegian sea port Aalesund.Meanwhile the airline will also be expanding out of its Nordic base this spring and summer, launching flights to popular locations Nice and Venice starting this April.Commenting on the airline’s Scandinavian operations, airBaltic president and chief executive Bertolt Flick said: “Over the last several years airBaltic has worked very successfully in developing routes to capital cities. Now the time has come to focus on regional centres in Scandinavia, to make use of the potential of travellers in those regions, too.”Regional competition could come in the form of expanding Reykjavik-based low cost airline Iceland Express, which also flies to Billund, as well as Danish capital Copenhagen.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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