Preserving worlds biodiversity vital for economic development UN official warns

11 February 2010Saving the world’s myriad diverse species, which are being lost to human activity at an unprecedented rate that some experts put at 1,000 times the natural progression, is vital not just for environmental reasons but for the economic well-being of humankind, a senior United Nations official said today. “Without preserving biodiversity and preserving our natural habitat, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) just cannot be achieved,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Environment and Energy Group Director Veerle Vandeweerd warned, referring to targets set by the 2000 UN summit to slash a host of social ills, from extreme poverty and hunger to maternal and infant mortality to lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.Stressing the importance of the UN naming 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity, she cited former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, who in 1993 said that the library of life is on fire. “And 17 years later the library of life, which is our biodiversity, is still on fire,” Ms. Vandeweerd told a news briefing in New York.The reason why UNDP is “so involved in biodiversity and why we think it is so important is indeed because biodiversity is not about greenness, biodiversity is about the economy, and biodiversity is about the life of people at the community level.“The loss of biodiversity and the degradation of natural resources impact first and foremost the poor and the women and the vulnerable and we should not forget that three quarters of the world’s population depend on natural resources for their daily living and their daily survival, from the food, the shelter, the recreation, everything; three quarters of the world population is directly related to biodiversity on this planet.”In launching the Year, the UN has stressed that the variety of life on Earth is vital to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide health, wealth, food and fuel. “Humans are part of nature’s rich diversity and have the power to protect or destroy it,” the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), says in summarizing the Year’s main message, with its focus on raising awareness to generate public pressure for action by the world’s decision makers. The Convention, which opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, entered into force at the end of 1993 and now has 193 Parties, is based on the premise that the world’s diverse ecosystems purify the air and the water that are the basis of life, stabilize and moderate the Earth’s climate, renew soil fertility and pollinate plants.Yet human activity is causing this diversity to be lost are irreversibly at a greatly accelerated rate. As an example, Ms. Vandeweerd cited marine species. “In fact, the last frontier of the world lies in the ocean and it’s sad to see that we are destroying our oceans so quickly before we even know which biodiversity is harboured in the ocean,” she said.“The deep sea biodiversity is something that we are just coming to know, is already being destroyed by all kinds of fishing. We are still discovering new species in the deep sea every single day and before we even discover them we are killing them.”UNDP is working in two key areas in the field of biodiversity: to unleash the economic potential of protected areas (22 per cent of Earth) to help communities there achieve more sustainable livelihoods; and in the rest of the world to insert biodiversity in the economic sector such as agriculture, forestry, mining and tourism.“For us there is no doubt that the Year of Biodiversity hopefully should become a year when we pay much more attention to biodiversity and conservation… where the world will pay at least as much attention to biodiversity as to climate change,” she concluded. read more

Canada and US remain quite far apart on softwood lumber Freeland says

MONTREAL – Canada and the United States remain “quite far apart” on negotiating a softwood lumber settlement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday, suggesting that any hopes for a swift resolution may be dashed.Freeland offered the blunt assessment before meeting members of Quebec’s forestry sector, who for nearly two months have been charged duties for shipping softwood south of the border.“Our positions are still quite far apart,” she said after addressing the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal. “But I think that talking is always a good thing and that is something that we are doing very actively and energetically.”Her comments come after Raymond Chretien, Quebec’s softwood lumber envoy, said earlier this month that he was optimistic the trade dispute could be resolved before NAFTA renegotiations get underway in mid-August. He also warned, however, that the softwood standoff could last for years if an agreement isn’t reached prior to those NAFTA talks.There are “good grounds for reasonable parties” to strike a deal, Freeland said, pointing out the U.S. economy’s dependence on Canadian lumber because it can’t produce enough to satisfy its own needs.“We remain of the view that a negotiated settlement would be the best outcome for Canadians and Americans — very much including, by the way, middle-class Americans who want to buy a house or at summertime maybe they want to build their deck.”She said the federal government remains confident in its position that the duties on Canadian producers are punitive and without foundation.In late April, the U.S. set countervailing levies on Canadian softwood lumber producers ranging from three to 24 per cent on allegations that they are unfairly subsidized, accusations that Ottawa and the Canadian industry rejects.A decision on anti-dumping duties is set to be announced June 23 that could add another 10 per cent to those tariffs.On June 1, Ottawa announced a financial aid package worth $867 million for the lumber sector to weather the impact of the duties. But some fear that could embolden arguments from the U.S. lumber lobby that its counterparts in Canada are unfairly subsidized.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard vowed to continue fighting for the interests of his province’s forestry industry, no matter how long the trade battle lasts.“If they think they will tire us out and at some point we will throw in the towel, they’re mistaken,” he said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version quoted federal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland as saying Canada and the United States were “very far apart” on negotiating a softwood agreement. Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland delivers a speech in the House of Commons on Canada’s Foreign Policy in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Freeland says Canada and the United States remain “very far apart” on negotiating a softwood lumber settlement. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Canada and U.S. remain ‘quite far apart’ on softwood lumber, Freeland says by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 12, 2017 10:27 am MDT Last Updated Jun 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ban appoints veteran UN official as assistant SecretaryGeneral for peacebuilding support

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco of Argentina as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support. Mr. Fernandez-Taranco has worked for the United Nations for over 30 years, both at UN Headquarters and in the field, managing increasingly complex development, political, peacebuilding, human rights and humanitarian operations in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific and Europe. He has served as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs in the Department of Political Affairs since July 2009. Prior to that, he served as UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania. From 1994-1998, Mr. Fernandez-Taranco served as Deputy Special Representative of the Administrator in the West Bank and Gaza Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People. He was also the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director in the Regional Bureau for Arab States, UNDP from 2001 to 2006 and Resident Representative, UN Resident Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti (1998-2001).In a statement, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson extended the UN chief’s gratitude to Ms. Judy Cheng-Hopkins – who held the Peacebuilding Support post since 2009 – for her dedication and able leadership. read more

CV Show 2009

If your business is freight transport, then the 2009 Commercial Vehicle Show is THE place to go.  If you mean business, you just can’t afford to miss it. With the accent firmly on reducing operators’ running costs and caring for the environment, exhibitors will be presenting the very latest in transport, distribution and logistics equipment and systems. Go to to register now. The CV Show will be held from 28-30 April 2009.  It is owned by the CV Show Partnership, comprising the Road Haulage Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers), a professional sector of the SOE (Society of Operations Engineers).  Crystal Communications handles stand space sales and marketing for the Partnership.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) “2009 will be the Show’s 10th anniversary.  When the Show Partners (the Road Haulage Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the Institute of Road Transport Engineers) made the decision to amalgamate their three separate events, we knew that we were on to a winner; not just for ourselves but for the industry as a whole.  The CV Show is now the only transport show in Europe that is run BY an industry FOR an industry.” Six months since record numbers of visitors attended the 2008 Commercial Vehicle Show, on-line registration is already open for free entry to the 2009 event.  And with six months to go before the doors open on 28 April, over 350 exhibitors have booked stands covering more than 70,000 square metres of the NEC Birmingham. “This is further proof, if proof were needed, of just how successful the Commercial Vehicle Show has become,” said Road Haulage Association Chief Executive, Roger King. read more

UK engine production declines 70 in February

UK engine manufacturing down -7.0% in February, with 235,595 units built.Double-digit drop in domestic output as manufacturers respond to market demand.Proportion of engines built for export grows, highlighting the importance of frictionless trade. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “February’s figures reflect the uncertainty in the industry among buyers and manufacturers alike. Progress needs to be made in securing a relationship with the EU that safeguards international trade and frictionless access to overseas markets. It is shocking that manufacturers are still in the dark over what their international trading situation is going to be in just a matter of weeks.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Murdered teacher Implicated exboyfriend released on bail officers under close arrest

The ex-boyfriend of 22-year-old Kescia Branche -who died at the Georgetown Public Hospital while being treated after she was brutally beaten- along with the four Police Constables who were detained by investigators for questioning, have been released.Dead: Kescia BrancheThis is according to acting Crime Chief Paul Williams, who told this publication that the ex-boyfriend was released on bail, while the Police Constables have also been released but remain under close arrest.Investigators are now said to be pursuing the driver whose taxi Branche used on the night of the incident.The Richard Ishmael Secondary School teacher’s battered body was discovered in an unconscious state on the morning of November 5 at Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she later succumbed without ever regaining consciousness.A post-mortem examination conducted determined that she died of haemorrhaging due to blunt trauma to the head.Branche, of Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, had left home for a night of partying. (Kizzy Coleman) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related4 cops grilled over teacher’s death, 2 placed under close arrestNovember 9, 2017In “Crime”Departmental changes, disciplinary actions for cops fingered in Teacher’s murderDecember 22, 2017In “Crime”Teacher’s murder: Force granted extension to further detain implicated suspectsNovember 13, 2017In “Crime” read more

Volvo wheel loaders achieving record hours in Indias Gevra coal mine

first_imgAn Indian mining and logistics company is running three long-lasting Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) wheel loaders that, combined, have logged a record 150,000 h. Sainik Mining and Allied Services, one of the largest contract mining and logistics companies in northeastern India, is a major Volvo CE customer, with over 30 Volvo EC460 excavators and 11 wheel loaders of various models working in the region. any of these machines are on the job 16 hours a day, seven days a week in Gevra, Asia’s largest open pit coal mine, located near Korba in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, as well as on other projects.Open since 1981, the Gevra mine has produced as much as 100,000 t/d of coal. Sainik’s machines load the coal into railway cars, where it is transferred for boiler firing at power plants around India. The Sainik fleet is remarkable in that it includes three Volvo wheel loaders that have each clocked more than 50,000 h. The latest machine to cross 51,000 h is an L120E that was purchased in 2004, while an L120D has clocked up 54,000 h. These are significant milestones in the tropical conditions of Chhattisgarh, where temperatures can reach 48°C. For its wheel loaders, Sainik holds ‘blue’ customer service agreements with the dealer SVP Mining and Technology, and as yet, the wheel loaders have only had to have routine maintenance and overhauls.“We are very happy with our Volvo wheel loaders,” says operations manager Satish Kadian. “Because of their longevity and reliability, we want to purchase more of these machines as we gradually retire the older ones. We’re working with Volvo CE to have them buy back some of our older wheel loaders so that we can make room for new equipment.” Buying back older equipment helps to reuse and recycle parts that are still in good condition; which Volvo states “enforces its core values and its dedication to environmental care.” It also helps the customer to generate more cash-flow to invest in new machinery. For now, Volvo CE reports that the three veteran wheel loaders are still going strong.last_img read more

Luka Karabatic to miss VELUX EHF CL Final4 2018

← Previous Story Wacker Thun new Swiss champions in dramatic finish! Next Story → Saint Raphael “gives” title to PSG Handball? luka karabaticPSG HandballVELUX EHF CL Final4 One of the strongest defensive line players in European handball, Luka Karabatic, is forced to miss upcoming VELUX EHF Champions League Final4 in Cologne due injury. Experienced line-player of Paris Saint Germain Handball needs more time to recover from injury which he got in quarter-finals clash against PGE Vive Kielce.“It is to early for Luka to come-back, but we believe that Abalo and Kounkoud could be ready for Saturday”, said coach Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic, who has a chance to win two more titles, EHF CL and French Championship, in the last week of his era in the “City of Light”.PSG Handball will meet HBC Nantes at first semi-final on Saturday 15.15 hrs in Cologne’s Lanxess Arena. read more

10 arrested at Free Our Future immigration protest

first_img July 2, 2018 600 protestors organized by @ConMijente descend upon Downtown San Diego. Here is a snippet of the energy the crowd brought, marching from #ChicanoPark to Downtown #SanDiego. Details on @KUSINews at 6 &10— Ashlie Rodriguez (@AshlieSanDiego) July 3, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Updated: 8:32 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Ten people were arrested during a protest today in downtown San Diego.Hundreds of people gathered there to protest against what they say are President Trump’s immigration policies when things began to get out of hand. KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez explains it began as a very large crowd, roughly 600 to 800 people showed up, many of whom were bussed in from other cities.At one point they locked arms and blocked the federal building. Then some repelled down the Westin Hotel next door, trying to hang a banner. It was chaotic she said, take a look for yourself.RELATED STORY: KUSI’s Dan Plante breaks down US Border Patrol’s “Operation Streamline” Ed Lenderman, Ashlie Rodriguez, Posted: July 2, 2018 10 arrested at “Free Our Future” immigration protest The protestors are upset because 2,000 immigrant children are still being detained at the border and have not been reunited with their family members. They are also calling for the #TrumpAdministration to abolish #ICE— Ashlie Rodriguez (@AshlieSanDiego) July 3, 2018 10 PEOPLE ARRESTED: 600 protestors organized by @ConMijente descend upon Downtown #SanDiego. This is video of just a few of the protestors who were arrested for trespassing, conspiracy and obstruction, after hanging a banner on the @WestinSanDiego . Details on @KUSINews at 6&10— Ashlie Rodriguez (@AshlieSanDiego) July 3, 2018 Ed Lenderman, Ashlie Rodriguez last_img read more

Apple Amazon Google join industry push to protect DACA

first_img Share your voice Tech leaders are joining arms to push lawmakers to protect DACA recipients.  Getty Images Tech execs are urging lawmakers to protect Dreamers.  More than 100 business leaders — including tech heavyweights like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Apple’s Tim Cook and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey — signed a letter demanding Congress work on a legislative solution to protect people who have grown up in the US after coming here illegally with their parents. The letter, which was organized by The Coalition for the American Dream, was published Monday in full-page ads in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.”Studies by economists across the ideological spectrum have determined that if Congress fails to act, our economy could lose $350 billion in GDP, and the federal government could lose $90 billion in tax revenue,” said the letter. “Now is the time for Congress to pass a law to provide Dreamers the certainty they need.”The letter comes as President Donald Trump on Jan. 25 agreed to reopen the government after a 35-day shutdown without the $5.7 billion in funding he’d demanded for a border wall, according to CBS News. However, another partial shutdown looms as negotiations over the budget and border security have reportedly stalled.DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, was established in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama. It grants children who immigrated illegally to the US temporary protection from deportation and gives them permits to work legally here. In 2017, the Trump administration ordered an end to DACA. In 2018, tech giants including Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon signed a joint letter to Trump and congressional leaders urging them to protect Dreamers.The Coalition for the American Dream, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Twitter didn’t immediately respond to requests for additional comment. Google referred to the letter. CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.Infowars and Silicon Valley: Everything you need to know about the tech industry’s free speech debate. Tags • Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Comments Apple See All reading • Apple, Amazon, Google join industry leaders in push to protect Dreamers Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 3 Politics Tech Industry Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Amazon Google Applelast_img read more

Minister comments over reverse tendering in Polavaram

first_imgAmaravati: AP Water Resources Minister Anil Kumar Yadav has commented that nearly 18,000 families are being affected by the constriction of the Polavaram project Cofferdam. Speaking to media on Monday, Minister criticized that the earlier TDP government has spent Rs 100 crore for the Polavaram tours. For gates arrangement and publicity, they have spent 2.5 crores. He said the Polavaram project works would resume from 1st November. To reduce the expenditure of Rs 100 crore, the government has decided to conduct the reverse tendering of the Polavaram project, Minister said. He said the corruption that happened in the Polavaram would also come out.last_img read more

Bangladesh delegation visits Maungdaw in Rakhine

first_imgAH Mahmood AliA high-profile Bangladesh delegation, led by foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, on Saturday visited Maungdaw, a town in Rakhine State of Myanmar, to see the situation there, reports UNB.Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque and few members of joint working group accompanied the foreign minister. The delegation members left Sittwe for Maungdaw at noon.Myanmar’s social welfare, relief and resettlement minister Win Myat Aye were also with the Bangladesh delegation.”Yes, the minister visited Maungdaw. They’re now returning to Sitttwe. We’re waiting for them,” Bangladesh ambassador to Yangon Manjurul Karim Khan Chowdhury told UNB.He said they will return to Yangon once Bangladesh delegation returns from Maungdaw.The Bangladesh Embassy in Yangon is likely to share the outcome of the visit in the evening, an official told UNB.Minister Ali began his four-day visit to Myanmar on Thursday to discuss progress on Rohingya repatriation with Myanmar leadership.The Bangladesh delegation comprising members of joint working group formed earlier for the repatriation of Rohingyas living in Bangladesh are now in Myanmar to see what steps Myanmar has taken so far for creating a conducive environment to the safe return of Rohingyas.Bangladesh and Myanmar on Friday agreed that Rohingyas residing in Cox’s Bazar themselves will fill the verification forms for their early repatriation.As per the decision, the verification forms will be distributed among them and they will fill those, according to the ministry of the office of the state counsellor, Myanmar.Signatures, fingerprints, and photo IDs are to be completed when filling the forms to indicate voluntary return and assist with Myanmar’s verification process.Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed that there should be early repatriation of Rohingyas who fled to Cox’s Bazar amid military crackdowns in Rakhine State.Bangladesh has agreed to revise the language used in the ID cards being issued to those who are currently residing in Cox’s Bazar, the Myanmar side claimed.They, in a ministerial meeting between Bangladesh and Myanmar held at Nay Pyi Taw, agreed that repatriation will be in a voluntary, safe and dignified manner.In this regard, a hotline has been established between the ministers to facilitate ease of discussions.The meeting was chaired by foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and Myanmar’s union minister of the ministry of the office of the state counsellor Kyaw Tint Swe.Union ministers Thein Swe and Win Myat Aye, officials concerned and delegates from both sides participated in the meeting.The meeting discussed the implementation of the bilateral agreement, the ‘Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State’ signed between the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh in November 2017.As agreed in the arrangement, Myanmar has built two reception centres and one transit camp. Bangladesh has confirmed progress on the five transit camps; one is complete, another under construction, and remaining three to be built.Both parties agreed to intensify cooperation on counter-terrorism and the fight against drug trafficking through exchange of intelligence, closer cooperation between the border-guard officials and conducting enhanced coordinated border patrols.They also agreed to cooperate on the issue of repatriation of Rohingyas currently residing along the international border between Myanmar and Bangladesh, in particular the area between the international border and the fence erected on Myanmar’s territory in an expeditious manner.It was also agreed that any humanitarian aid given to those inhabiting the area on Myanmar’s territory should be given by the aid agencies from Myanmar side.Both ministers reiterated their commitment for closer consultation in resolving the issue of displaced persons from Rakhine State in the spirit of good neighbourliness.They also agreed to promote closer economic and trade relations of the interest of both the countries.last_img read more

Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49—1 man charged

first_img Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Mark Baker Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Mark Baker Share This! Mark Baker,Load Comments,How social media changes our grieving About the authorView All Posts Share This! By: NIck Perry Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers on what the prime minister called “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”One man was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully planned racist attack. Police also defused explosive devices in a car.Two other armed suspects were being held in custody. Police said they were trying to determine how they might be involved.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” and that many of the victims could be migrants or refugees.“It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Ardern said.In addition to the dead, health officials said 48 people were being treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds. Injuries ranged from minor to critical.Police took three men and a woman into custody after the shootings, which shocked people across the nation of 5 million people. Police later said one of the arrests didn’t relate to the shootings.While there was no reason to believe there were any more suspects, Ardern said the national security threat level was being raised from low to high, the second-highest level.National carrier Air New Zealand canceled at least 17 flights in and out of Christchurch, saying it couldn’t properly screen customers and their baggage following the shootings.Police said the investigation had extended 360 kilometers (240 miles) to the south, where homes in Dunedin were evacuated around a “location of interest.” A police statement gave no further detail of how it might be linked to the attacks.Authorities have not specified who they detained but said none had been on any watch list. A man who claimed responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he explained who he was and his reasoning for the attack.He said he was a 28-year-old white Australian and a racist.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that one of the people detained was an Australian-born citizen.Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Friday night that a man had been charged with murder. He did not say whether police believed the same shooter was responsible for both attacks.Ardern alluded at a news conference to anti-immigrant sentiment as the possible motive, saying that while many people affected by the shootings may be migrants or refugees, “they have chosen to make NewZealand their home, and it is their home. They are us.”As for the suspects, Ardern said, “these are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand.”Bush said police had found two improvised explosive devices in one car, a clarification from an earlier statement that there were devices in multiple vehicles. He said they had disabled one and were in the process of disabling the second.The deadliest attack occurred at the Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch at about 1:45 p.m., when 41 people were killed.Witness Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black enter the mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.Peneha, who lives next door to the mosque, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in his driveway, and fled. He said he then went into the mosque to try to help.“I saw dead people everywhere. There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque,” he said. “I don’t understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone. It’s ridiculous.”He said he helped about five people recover in his home. He said one was slightly injured.“I’ve lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they’re very friendly,” hesaid. “I just don’t understand it.”He said the gunman was white and was wearing a helmet with some kind of device on top, giving him a military-type appearance.A video that was apparently live-streamed by the shooter shows the attack in horrifying detail. The gunman spends more than two minutes inside the mosque spraying terrified worshippers with bullets again and again, sometimes re-firing at people he has already cut down.He then walks outside to the street, where he shoots at people on the sidewalk. Children’s screams can be heard in the distance as he returns to his car to get another rifle.The gunman then walks back into the mosque, where there are at least two dozen people lying on the ground. After walking back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his car, where the song “Fire” by English rock band “The Crazy World of Arthur Brown” can be heard blasting from the speakers.The singer bellows, “I am the god of hellfire!” and the gunman drives away. The video then cuts out.During a second shooting at the Linwood mosque about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the Al Noor mosque, seven people were killed.One more person died later at Christchurch Hospital.Mark Nichols told the New Zealand Herald he heard about five gunshots and that a Friday prayer-goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.Nichols said he saw two injured people being carried out on stretchers past his automotive shop and that both people appeared to be alive. The police commissioner warned anybody who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand on Friday to stay put.The man who claimed responsibility for the shooting said he came to New Zealand only to plan and train for the attack. He said he was not a member of any organization, but had donated to and interacted with many nationalist groups, though he acted alone and no group ordered the attack.He said the mosques in Christchurch and Linwood would be the targets, as would a third mosque in the town of Ashburton if he could make it there.He said he chose New Zealand because of its location, to show that even the most remote parts of the world were not free of “mass immigration.”New Zealand is generally considered to be a welcoming country for migrants and refugees. Last year, the prime minister announced the country would boost its annual refugee quota from 1,000 to 1,500 starting in 2020. Ardern, whose party campaigned on the promise of raising the intake of refugees, called the planned increase “the right thing to do.”David Meates, the chief executive of the Canterbury District Health Board, said 12 operating theaters were being used at Christchurch Hospital to treat the injured and that some patients would need multiple surgeries. He said about 200 family members were at the hospital awaiting news of their loved ones.Home to nearly 400,000 people, Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. Sometimes called the garden city, it has been rebuilding since an earthquake in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed many downtown buildings.A cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh scheduled to start Saturday was canceled after the Bangladesh cricket team had a narrow escape.Players and members of the team’s coaching staff were reportedly on their bus, approaching the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park when the shooting broke out.Batsman Tamim Iqbal tweeted “entire team got saved from active shooters. Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers.”Mass shootings in New Zealand are rare. Before Friday’s attack, the deadliest shooting in modern history occurred in the small town of Aramoana in 1990, when gunman David Gray shot and killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbor.(Perry reported from Wellington. Associated Press writers Kristen Gelineau in Sydney, Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, and Chris Blake in Bangkok contributed to this report.) News • Photos of the Week NIck Perry News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts NIck Perry By: Mark Baker By: Mark Baker Southern Baptist executive, experts say churches should address abuse of adults By: NIck Perry TagsAl Noor mosque ChristChurch mosque shooting Top Story,You may also like Share This! By: NIck Perry Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Bearriors the fighting animal cartoon hoax more fake than Street Sharks

first_imgDo people just go on the internet and tell lies? Yes, and it’s not just anonymous trolls. Professional folks enjoy pulling pranks just like everyone else. We already told you how a lie I told years ago about Street Sharks continues to hoodwink people online to this today. Well, here’s another nerdy hoax involving a group of radical fighting cartoon animals. Everything you think you know about the Bearriors is a lie, because Bearriors never actually existed.The Bearriors hoax originated in print, which has more inherent legitimacy than a website any bozo could’ve created. In 2003, ToyFare (now defunct) ran an article called “Breaking Down the Bearriors: A Long-Lost ‘80s Toy Line Gets Its Modern-Day Due.” At the time, a lot of 1980s cartoons slop — from He-Man to Captain Planet to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — was being rebooted for modern children. The article claimed the same thing was about to happen to the 1988 show Bearriors, and that a new incarnation of the cartoon was on the way.For those that didn’t know, which was everyone since the show was fake, the article explained the history of the Bearriors cartoon. According to illustrator Ryan Dunlavey, who provided art for the article, the show was about “a group of eco-themed animal warriors.” Dunlavey’s blog also details the bear warriors themselves including leader Kodiak, an ax-wielding polar bear, a female archer, a koala mechanic, a panda ninja, their grizzly bear mentor, and (for some reason) their pet raccoon named Ruckus. The Bearriors battled an evil cyborg lumberjack named DeForrest Kutter. Jawsome.ToyFare went all out for the gag. Along with the character designs, the magazine commissioned convincing logos for both the classic and modern versions of the show. The article even displayed some custom Bearriors action figures complete with a vehicle. This was the true purpose of the hoax, to drive the toy collectors who read ToyFare crazy by encouraging them to hunt down toys that were rare because they weren’t actually real. According to Dunlavey, “the hoax worked — if the nerd message boards are to be believed.” Other architects of the joke included ToyFare editors Justin Aclin, Jon Gutierrez, and Zach Oat along with writer Tom Root (of Robot Chicken fame) and figure designer Joe Amaro.Like my Street Sharks caper, the Bearriors saga gained momentum from its longevity. Dunlavey said ToyFare continued to “leak” art from the show over the years, and one of the characters appeared in a collage of other, actual, ’80s ephemera. Readers were rightfully baffled. Finally, in 2007, ToyFare revealed the scheme, and let me tell you, revealing a scheme like that feels great.So, let this confirm all your worst fears. You can’t trust anything, especially the things you have no reason to suspect are lies. Bearriors? Sure, why not? Who cares. The ontological nightmare rages on. Who should they cast in the real Bearriors reboot? I say Henry Winkler. I heard that guy knows a thing or two about voicing radical animal men.last_img read more

Trusted Service Award for Hotelbeds

first_imgTrusted Service Award for Hotelbeds Group’s tours & activities websiteTrusted Service Award for Hotelbeds Group’s tours & activities websiteGroup´s isango! websites receive prestigious Trusted Service Award from Feefo.Status only given to brands that achieve average service rating in 4.0-4.5 range out of 5.Recognition reflects the significant growth and popularity of the isango! websites.Hotelbeds Group, the leading bedbank worldwide and a provider of business-to-business services to the travel industry globally, has announced today that the Group´s tours & activities arm isango! – the web-based specialist retailer of tickets for tours, experiences and attractions in both the B2C and white label solutions channels – has been given Trusted Service Award status by Feefo.The Trusted Service Award status is given by Feefo, an independent company that collects ratings and reviews from verified customers for over 4,000 brands, each spring to companies that have an average service rating of between 4.0 and 4.5 out of 5 during the previous calendar year.Javier Arévalo, Director of Hotelbeds Group Ancillary Bank, the unit that isango! forms a part of at Hotelbeds Group, states that “By spotting the fast expanding niche in the travel distribution landscape for people organizing more complex trips that require experiences, activities and tours, isango! is fulfilling a consumer need and this Trusted Service Award from Feefo only confirms that they are going about it in the right way.”Vinay Gupta, Managing Director of isango!, confirms that “It gives us great honour to be able to display the badge of the Trusted Service Award from Feefo on our websites – and we would like to thank all of our customers who proved us with valuable feedback. We are now another step forward on our journey to becoming a “gateway”, as our name means in the Zulu language, for travellers everywhere; on this journey we remain committed to finding all the best activities in the world´s most amazing cities, delivering memorable travel experiences.”Dharmesh Garala, Head of Digital at isango!, comments, “This recognition reflects our overall growth story, in particular the exponential growth we have had in gaining bookings from travelers who are already in-destination and use their mobile to make the booking; having the Feefo status will also help us with expanding our non-English language websites in German and Spanish – of which we have already opened five – that are strongly growing as a proportion of the overall isango! bookings.”isango! operates a range of websites such as, Local Paris Tours, Hop on Hop Off Bus, Love Orlando Tickets plus offers white label solutions to B2B clients such as airlines and online travel agencies.The website’s success is driven by a significant increase over the last few years in the offering available on the isango! platform, which now sells 7,500 tours and activities in more than 300 destinations worldwide, including attractions such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and Statue of Liberty in New York.Today´s news follows figures published late last year that isango! had achieved 87 percent growth in trading over the previous four years, year-on-year representing a compounded annual growth rate of 36 percent.About isango!isango! is a specialist retailer of tours, experiences and attraction tickets. We work across 300+ destinations with more than 7,500 experiences to choose from. Working alongside the best local operators from around the world, we curate travel content, products and services, ensuring our customers are well informed and easily able to choose the right experience for them. We deliver only the best to our customers, with all isango! products handpicked by our expert travel team. Our team are forever on the hunt for quality, once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences to suit the varying budgets and interests of our customers. This thorough selection process for tours, trips, and activities has resulted in a growing customer base of more than 150 countries around the world. We pride ourselves on our high customer satisfaction score conducted by independent rating agency Feefo, which in 2018 award isango! with Trusted Service Award status.isango! is part of Hotelbeds Group, the B2B provider of services to the global travel industry. We sell our tours and activities via a portfolio of websites –, Hop on Hop Off Bus, Local Paris Tours, Love Orlando Tickets, Just London Theatre Breaks, Paris Magic Moments, among others – as well as offering white label solutions to travel industry companies such as online travel agents, airlines and tour operators.About Hotelbeds GroupHotelbeds Group is the leading bedbank worldwide and a provider of business-to-business services to the travel industry globally.The Group’s proprietary technology helps providers of travel services distribute their offering to travel sellers globally via an easy-to-use, advanced technology platform that increases reach, revenue and yield for both the provider and the seller.Operating mainly under the Hotelbeds, Bedsonline, Tourico Holidays and GTA brands, the company connects over 60,000 travel intermediaries across more than 185 source markets globally with travel providers in over 200 countries representing more than 170,000 hotels, 22,000 transfer routes and 16,000 activities.Additionally, the Group also operates a Destination Services division offering in-bound destination services, such as tours or transfers, in around 40 countries. The Group also owns several other B2B travel brands such as Pacific World (focusing on the MICE area), Intercruises (shore side cruise solutions) and more.In September 2016 the company became independent under the ownership of Cinven and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). In June 2017 Tourico Holidays became part of Hotelbeds Group, followed by GTA also joining the Group in October; both companies remain independent brands whilst they are being integrated into the Group.The Group is headquartered in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and has 8,300 employees globally (including Tourico Holidays and GTA).Source = Hotelbeds Grouplast_img read more

The Top 25 Companies to Work For Are …

first_img November 1, 2018 3,652 Views The Top 25 Companies to Work For Are … in Daily Dose, Featured, News MReport’s November issue on the Top 25 Companies to Work For is out now.What does an exemplary work culture mean? The answer lies with the companies that feature in MReport’s inaugural list of Top 25 Companies to Work for. The list serves as a premier platform to highlight the achievements of organizations in the mortgage and housing industries who are leading the way in making a more conducive workplace for the people they employ.Each of these organizations was nominated by an employee or peer in one of five categories: Law Firms, Lenders/Servicers, Minority/Women-Owned or Operated, Service Providers, and Tech. “MReport is privileged to celebrate these organizations and their leadership in the Top 25 Companies list,” said Rachel Williams, Editor-in-Chief of MReport. “Each of these companies have worked tirelessly to cultivate exemplary workplace cultures, and this list is our way of giving them the recognition they deserve.”The law firms that are leading the way in creating a great place to work include KML Law Group, Manley Deas Kochalski LLC, McCarthy & Holthus, Stern & Eisenberg, and Potestivo & Associates, PC.Citizens Bank, Mr. Cooper, PennyMac, RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation, and Waterstone Mortgage Corporation, have been recognized in the lender/servicer category for their ground-breaking initiatives in talent engagement and growth of individual employees.”We are honored to be recognized as a Top 25 company, and consider it our highest responsibility to be a place where employees want to work,” said Chad Neel, Chief Executive Business Officer at McCarthy & Holthus. “We recognize that people have a choice of where they spend their day and so we are appreciative of our dedicated team who comes to work every day with the goal of providing “Service Second to None” to our clients.”Five Brothers Mortgage Company Services and Securing Inc, LBA Ware, loanDepot, and WeatherCheck were among the firms recognized in the Minority/Women-Owned or Operated category. In the Service Provider Category, Amrock, Carrington Mortgage Services LLC, Fiserv, Mortgage Contracting Services, MortgageFlex Systems, and National MI were recognized for leading the way in fostering talent retention and engagement.“We’re truly grateful to be recognized by MReport as one of the top 25 companies to work for. At Black Knight, we pride ourselves on having built an unmatched team of talented, diverse and creative thinkers who are committed to bringing transformational change to the industry through innovation,” said Michelle Kersch, SVP, Marketing & Corporate Communications, at Black Knight which was one of the Tech Providers recognized in the Top 25 list.DataTree by First American, Factom Inc., Pavaso Inc., and Sagent Lending Technologies joined Black Knight in this category.We would be remiss if we didn’t honor and recognize all the companies nominated by their employees and peers for this list. They include:5 ArchAccumatch Property Tax IntelligenceACES Risk Management Alderus MortgageAldridge PiteAmerican Financial NetworkAsurity TechnologiesATA National Title GroupBaird & Warner Real EstateBronColdwell BankerColdwell Banker – Janice Lee Real EstateCollateral ManagementCredit Plus Fairway Independent Mortgage CorporationFinicityFirst American Mortgage SolutionsFirst Choice Loan Services FirstCloseFormFreeFreedom MortgageGSF Mortgage CorporationGregg & ValbyGuardian Asset ManagementHomeBased RealtyInlanta MortgageIDSJornayaJust WorksKeller Williams RealtyKeller Williams Select RealtorsLend PlusLender ToolkitLRES CorporationThe McCarthy CorporationMCH Of Rockland Inc.Mid America MortgageMiMutual MortgageMoody National CompaniesMortgage Network, Inc.Mortgage Quality Management and ResearchNewDay USANCP SolutionsOcwen Financial CorporationO’Kelley & Sorohan, Attorneys at LawOneTrust Home LoansOpenCloseOS NationalPeterson & PricePlanet Home LendingProfessional Real Estate TeamPromonTechRCN CapitalSafeguard Properties ManagementSilva Real Estate GroupSimpleNexusSimplifileThe StoneHill GroupTaylor Morrison Home FundingTrans-Action Realty 500WebMaxWindermere Real EstateWilliam Mills AgencyXINNIXcenter_img companies mreport Work Culture 2018-11-01 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (AP Photos) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He had a great week at the Senior Bowl, and was one of the MVPs of the combine, running a 4.52 40 with a 36½-inch vertical and 11-foot-1 broad jump. He’s probably an inside player in the Cardinals’ 3-4, but he can get after quarterbacks from outside linebacker, too.Kiper then notes that while the Cardinals paid a big price to move up for Budda Baker in the second round, he sees why and has a feeling he will be an impact player in his rookie season.Arizona gave up three picks to trade up for Budda Baker, but I love the player. He might have been a top-15 pick if he had been bigger — he’s only 5-10, 195. The comparison I made before the draft? Tyrann Mathieu. Now Arizona has both of them, and after losing Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger, a plug-and-play safety was needed. Baker has cornerback-type cover skills, and he’s not afraid to tackle. He could be Arizona’s slot corner. I’m going to make an early prediction and say he ends up on my Rookie Big Board next season.The third round is where the Cardinals failed to impress Kiper, as he notes wide receiver Chad Williams was a sixth or seventh-round pick on his board and there were several better receivers available in his eyes with that selection. This, of course, is nothing new for the Cardinals and a selection in the third round, as the same was said of their selection of cornerback Brandon Williams last season. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals did not get their quarterback of the future in the 2017 NFL Draft but still managed to address several needs on the roster.ESPN’s draft expert Mel Kiper was a fan of the draft for Arizona, giving the Cardinals a “B” grade among his grades for every team’s draft.Kiper spoke of first-round pick Haason Reddick’s flexibility in the Arizona system, being able to play inside or outside. While Kiper had fourth-round selection Dorian Johnson ranked as a top-five guard and fifth-round pick running back T.J. Logan as the top kick returner, he still has concerns looking at the Arizona roster from a draft standpoint.The lingering question over this class is the Cardinals’ not getting a quarterback and having no potential long-term starter who could replace 37-year-old Carson Palmer, but other teams traded up in front of Arizona, so I can’t fault them for holding steady. I would’ve liked a potential replacement for Calais Campbell, as well.last_img read more

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