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first_imgFULL SPECIAL REPORTBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsHer father was a preacher and she says she believes in God.And she swears she’s telling the truth about the guns.Juanita Cree, 48, says she smuggled two Arizona-bought guns into Canada and planted them in the house of her former boss, a Lebanese-born Canadian citizen named Michael Chamas, 47, who is now a fugitive.“I brought the guns…into Canada,” said Cree, whose Mohawk father was a Pentecostal preacher in Akwesasne. “I put them there.”A Quebec judge issued a warrant for Chamas’ arrest after he skipped a court date on Oct. 19. Chamas is facing trial on nine weapons charges stemming from the two Arizona-bought guns police found in his Lorraine, Que., home on March 26, 2008.Police raided his home as part of Operation Cancun, which targeted a drug smuggling network operating out of Kahnawake and Akwesanse that brought Quebec-grown marijuana into the U.S.Chamas claimed he couldn’t show up for court because he was sick, but the RCMP discovered he had been traveling the globe, including a stop in Mexico where he is involved in a bid to revive Mexicana Air, Mexico’s oldest airline that went bankrupt in 2010.Police suspected Chamas was the “banker” for the cross-border marijuana smuggling organization.Chamas denies this, saying he didn’t know police believed some of the individuals he was linked to were allegedly involved in laundering money from marijuana smuggling.Cree says she planted the guns in Chamas’ house at the suggestion of a Surete du Quebec sergeant, who was with the Aboriginal policing unit.The officer could not be reached for comment. When APTN National News phoned his last known office, one officer said he was on leave, while another said he had been transferred from the unit.The guns, however are only part of Cree’s story.She says she also worked as an informant in Kanesetake, the Mohawk community at the centre of the 1990 Oka crisis, for the Surete du Quebec (SQ) and the RCMP.She claims these things in a sworn affidavit, now sealed but available for download on Michael Chamas’ website, that was filed this past May into Chamas’ court case.None of the claims in the affidavit have been proven in court.With Chamas on the run, it may take some time before Cree is ever challenged about her assertions on the witness stand.To this point, Cree has not been subpoenaed to testify.The RCMP said they could not comment on Cree’s claims.“There is a sealing order in place on this matter, so the RCMP cannot confirm or deny the allegations made by Ms. Cree,” said RCMP Cpl. Carine Cordey. “We don’t want to jeopardize anything that is going on right now that could be before the courts.”The Surete du Quebec also said they could not comment on the matter.The Crown prosecutor, Danny Lemieux, who works for a special unit created to deal with cases involving the proceeds of organized crime, refused to comment on an ongoing case.APTN National News has learned that the prosecution was prepared to challenge the credibility of her statements in the affidavit and was prepared to call SQ officers as witnesses against her if the defence attempted to use Cree’s explosive claims.It’s also believed that the prosecution was prepared to argue that Cree was never technically an informant, but did supply information to the police.The prosecution was prepared to say that the SQ officer Cree says recruited her to become an informant may have been “playing his own game,” according to a source with knowledge of the file.The former officer, Daniel Beaudry, was the police force’s liaison officer in Kanesetake. He could not be reached for comment.Beaudry was disciplined over ties to Chamas while the businessman was under criminal investigation, according to a letter of reprimand from Feb. 8, 2006.The letter of reprimand.Download (PDF, Unknown)Cree maintains she was recruited by Beaudry to become an informant for the SQ between 1994 and 2000. She said she signed a contract with Beaudry and was given a “Confidential Informant” number along with a pager.Cree said relationship with the SQ lasted between 1994 and 2000.“I was trying to help them to gain information that was relevant to some of the operations they were trying to undertake,” said Cree.No money was paid directly for the information she provided, she said.The money moved through separate contracts with Quebec’s justice department for setting up meetings with prominent community members and police training programs, said Cree.“They were cautious and careful about how they gave me money,” said Cree.In one instance, Cree said she worked with the SQ in preparation for a drug operation in August 1995.“They were gathering information via surveillance and most of it was aerial surveillance and we had these large (air surveillance) pictures of the reserve,” said Cree. “And they were asking me to identify who lived where and what was around, pockets of families and people who were in certain locations.”The relationship with the RCMP, which started in 1995, was different.Cree said she acted more as a consultant to the RCMP on policing in First Nations communities across Quebec.“It was how to approach communities, how to make a difference in community policing aspects…They were very interested in (Quebec’s) far north,” said Cree. “I actually flew on the RCMP commissioner’s plane…I spent time with their liaison officer going to different communities, looking at different training things, making connections…making sure they got in to speak to the right people.”The RCMP also gave Cree grants to run sensitivity and cultural training programs for police officers and justice officials.Cree said she eventually drifted away from the police and Kanesatake and by 2000 had reinvented herself in the business world.She became heavily involved in a project to create a free-trade zone at Montreal’s Mirabel airport. Free-trade zones allow goods to be imported, manufactured, reconfigured and then exported tax-free.The free trade zone project ended in the fall of 2001 after Bombardier was allowed to build a hanger that encroached on one of the runways. The airport suddenly didn’t meet the regulations to handle the volume needed for a free-trade zone.Cree said she met Chamas during a gala at the Sheraton related to the proposed free-trade zone.“He was standing in the lobby of the Sheraton and he was very striking, very tall,” said Cree.Chamas wanted in on the free-trade zone and Cree said he had lined up about $50 million worth of investments from China before the project fell through.A self-styled high-flying, international financier, it appears Chamas has business links all over the world; from China, to Switzerland, to Dubai to Venezuela.Chamas has also been the subject of police investigation in two other countries: Switzerland and France.Before becoming a fugitive in Canada, Chamas was gaining altitude. He was attending political fundraisers promising jobs, planning to buy a Quebec bank and promising to set up international construction deals in Dubai.He projected the image of an international financier with limitless access to overseas capital and high-level international connections.Yet, through most of it, he battled the tax man and eventually lost. Chamas had been fighting Revenue Canada in the courts before he fled the country.Tax authorities put a $1.8 million lien on his luxury home in Lorrain which has since been seized and put on the market. He also owed $1.5 million to Quebec in taxes, according to court records.Tax authorities also seized his $200,000 Rolls Royce and over $700,000 from two CIBC bank accounts, according to court records.Chamas, who obtained his Canadian citizenship in 1995, said he didn’t owe tax authorities any money because he maintained his residency overseas where he conducted the majority of his business.Tax authorities and the courts disagreed.But it was his relationship with Cree, who was his personal assistant on his North American dealings, which offered him the biggest prize: access to the Conservative government.Cree was a close associate of David Bernstein, a Montreal bankruptcy lawyer and former Tory candidate who ran unsuccessfully against former Independent Senator and Liberal MP Marcel Prud’Homme in 1976, 1979 and 1980.Bernstein was friends with John Crosbie, a former Tory cabinet minister in the Brian Mulroney government and current lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.Bernstein was also close to John Reynolds, a former Tory and Reform MP who chaired Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party leadership bid in 2004 and he chaired the Conservative’s federal campaign in 2006.Both men are mentioned in Bernstein’s obituary, along with Jerome Choquette, who was the minister of justice for the Quebec Liberal government of Robert Bourassa during the October crisis in the 1970s.Chamas, through Cree, began forming a business relationship with Bernstein who believed the self-styled international financier could raise $1.5 billion in capital for the purchase of the Laurentian Bank in Quebec.Everything, however, came crashing down on Chamas on March 26, 2008, when RCMP and SQ police officers with the Aboriginal Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at his home in Lorraine, just north of Montreal.The RCMP had traced a $1 million transfer into one of Chamas’ account from individuals investigators believed were laundering money for a cross-border smuggling network operating out of the Mohawk communities of Kahnawake and Akwesasne.Chamas said the transfer was for money he was owed.Revenue Canada and immigration officials were also present during the raid, which was part of Operation Cancun, an investigation aimed at dismantling the drug network which moved Quebec-produced marijuana to New York City.The RCMP’s Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit was also involved in the Cancun investigation and targeted the suspected money players, including Chamas and one of his associates named Nicolas Anthis.Investigators found two Arizona-bought guns when they searched Chamas’ house in Lorraine, just north of Montreal.One was a Taurus .38 calibre hand-gun bought at the Cash Box Jewellery & Pawn Co. in Tucson, Az., on Feb. 13, 2008, according to a gun trace supplied to the RCMP by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.The other gun was a Glock .40 calibre bought at Sportsman’s Warehouse in the same city on the same day, according to the gun trace.The gun trace.Download (PDF, Unknown)Chamas was charged with nine weapons offences in connection with the guns. None of the offences included gun smuggling.“Those guns, that wasn’t him. That was me,” said Cree, who also had her phone tapped and was under surveillance during the Cancun investigation.Cree says she used Chamas’ birthday as cover to plant the guns.Cree said she phoned Chamas, who was born on Feb. 9, to tell him she had a belated birthday present for him. She carried the guns inside a bag with the present, a magnetized globe.She said she planted the .38 in a basement closet while Chamas showed her some renovations she had done to his home theatre section.Under the pretext of wanting to see newly bought baby furniture in the adjacent room, Cree said she slipped the Glock into the inside pocket of one of this suit jackets hanging in the master bedroom closet.Police found the guns in those locations.Cree said she planted the guns on either March 12 or 13, two weeks before the raid.The proximity between the dates she says she planted the guns and the raids was pure coincidence, said Cree. She said she was not told about the looming raid or tip police about the guns.Cree, however, stayed in contact with Chamas after she says she planted the guns.“I wasn’t working directly with him,” said Cree. “After Cancun hit, he distanced himself from me…some of the associates around him kept telling him I was working for the police.”Cree, however, admits that as time passed, she again entered into Chamas’ sphere and finally told him in April over a lunch of steak and grilled chicken Cesar salad that she planted the guns.  She said a glass of wine spilled.The continued relationship, however, raises the possibility that Chamas made a deal with Cree to file the affidavit and claim the guns were planted.They had worked together for several years and she had intimate knowledge of many of his business dealings.If Chamas went down, he could also take Cree with him.Cree’s affidavit gave Chamas a golden ticket to beat the weapons charges.Cree denies there was any deal.“He never paid me to do a deal for him or to take this or do anything. None of that,” said Cree.Chamas, in a separate interview, also denied there was a deal and used a vulgar term to describe Cree.“Are you out of your mind…that bitch, she ruined my life, why would I pay her?” he said.Cree said she arranged for the guns to be bought legally by a nephew. She then smuggled them into Canada.APTN National News traced the name of the individual whose driver’s license was used to buy the guns, but could not reach him for comment.APTN National News did reach the individual’s former partner, who is Cree’s niece, and she said he did buy guns for a family member, but she wasn’t sure about the date.“If the ATF comes to me and charges me, okay, I have to take responsibility for that. It was me. I don’t want them to go and find another scapegoat and say it was somebody else or whatever,” said Cree. “It was me. Am I running away from it? No.”Police seized hundreds of documents from Chamas when they raided his house, including an application for an Arizona driver’s licence.Cree says the application had nothing to do with the purchase of the guns.Chamas said he lived in Arizona in the 1980s after he came to North America from Lebanon for the first time.Cree said the decision to plant the guns began during a meeting in November 2007 with the SQ officer who spoke about Beaudry and Chamas.“He talked to me about who he was, that he was working in Aboriginal policing, (and) he said I know you, you have a reputation here,” said Cree.“(The officer) then stated that it would be better to take them all down,” her affidavit states. “He suggested this using the example of illegal weapons being discovered at the residences of individuals.”Cree said she had other conversations with her acquaintances that also pushed her toward the decision to plant the weapons.“I remember having a conversation with (one lawyer) in his office and he said ‘are you sure you know who you are dealing with?’” said Cree. “He was really pressing in terms of ‘are you sure of these things? Are you sure of these facts? Are you sure you know who this person is?’”But it was a conversation Cree had with Bernstein in January 2008 that finally convinced her to plant the guns.“It was almost like Chamas’ money smelled,” said Cree. “(Bernstein) was told something…and started referring to (Chamas) in a very negative way.”Cree said there were dark hints about financing terrorism.Cree said she decided to come clean about the guns this past spring after talking with Bernstein who was dying in hospital from cancer.Bernstein died in April.“When he was lying in bed and talking about doing things that we were having a lot of regret for,” said Cree. “I knew he was dying and he was talking directly about Chamas. I could do nothing else but come forward with the truth.”She says she just wants to clear her conscience.“My responsibility is to take responsibility, to take accountability for what I had done,” said Cree. “Yes it is a matter of conscience.”Cree says she is ready to face the consequences for committing the crimes of smuggling guns across an international border and using them to frame her former boss.Now she waits.“They are either going to say I am charged with something and get it over with or they are going to come out and call me a complete psycho,” said Cree.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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Security Council calls on all sides in Darfur conflict to join latest

25 February 2010The United Nations Security Council today joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in calling on all parties in the deadly conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region to join in the peace process following the signing of a cessation of hostilities accord between the Government and a major rebel group. “The members of the Security Council called on the parties to move to quickly implement the agreement in full as an important step towards peace in Darfur,” Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for February, said in a press statement, welcoming the accord signed in Doha, Qatar, by the Government and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on Tuesday.“They further called on all other parties in Darfur to join the Doha peace process and the agreement.” Other rebel groups have still not signed agreements with the Government to end the nearly seven years of fighting that has killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes. Hailing the agreement on Tuesday, Mr. Ban said he looked forward to its full implementation and called on all parties “to engage in the inclusive Doha peace process with flexibility and political vision, and to agree on a definitive political settlement of the Darfur crisis.” read more

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Huawei says sales up 23 this year despite US controls

BEIJING — Chinese tech giant Huawei says its global sales rose by double digits in the first half of this year despite being placed on a U.S. security blacklist but said it will face tougher conditions.The company said Tuesday that sales in the six months ending in June rose 23.2% over a year earlier to 401.3 billion yuan ($58.3 billion).That was up from 2018’s full-year growth rate of 19.5%. The company’s chairman, Liang Hua, said sales have suffered “some impact” since the Trump administration imposed curbs in May on sales of U.S. technology to Huawei but he gave no details.Liang said Huawei has avoided disruptions in production and sales but added “we still face difficulties ahead” in the second half of the year.The Associated Press

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Asian markets mixed as oil prices surge

BEIJING — Asian stock markets were mixed Monday after crude prices surged following an attack on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil processing facility.Hong Kong’s benchmark tumbled 1% while Seoul advanced and Shanghai and Sydney were little-changed. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.The benchmark U.S. crude price jumped $4.36 per barrel following the attack on oil producer Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq facility, for which Yemeni rebels claimed responsibility. Brent crude, the international standard, was up $5.20 after spiking nearly $8 at one point.The jump in crude prices hurt airline stocks and other businesses with big fuel bills and put upward pressure on inflation expectations. At the same time, higher prices are a boost to oil exporters such as Malaysia and temporarily pushed up share prices for crude producers.“This is obviously not a good day if you are an oil importer,” said Chris Weston of Pepperstone Group in a report.“This isn’t just a question of who or even what actually caused the attacks, but some have questioned whether we will we see further attacks and Saudi infrastructure is vulnerable,” said Weston.The Hang Seng index declined to 27,066.59 points following more weekend anti-government protests. The Hong Kong airport reported passenger traffic fell 12% in August from a year ago, a sign of the economic impact of demonstrations that began three months ago.“Oil ructions aside, investors would have already been nervous today in Asia as a belligerent China returns from holiday,” Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a report.The Shanghai Composite Index was off 2 points at 3,029.46 as trading resumed following a three-day holiday weekend. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 was up 1 point at 6,670.30.Seoul’s Kospi gained 0.5% to 2,058.65 while India’s Sensex lost 0.4% to 37,222.43. Markets in Southeast Asia retreated.Investor anxiety about the U.S.-Chinese tariff war eased following conciliatory gestures last week by both sides ahead of planned negotiations next month on their conflict over trade and technology.President Donald Trump postponed planned Oct. 1 tariff hikes to Oct. 15, opening up the possibility they might be put off indefinitely if the talks make progress. Beijing announced Friday it would lift punitive duties on soybeans, China’s biggest import from the United States, and some other farm goods.Despite that, the two sides have given no indication of progress toward resolving the core issues in the sprawling dispute over trade and technology that threatens to chill global economic growth.On Wall Street, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index turned in its three straight weekly gain Friday, even as major U.S. indexes ended the day mostly lower.A slide in technology stocks, along with losses in consumer-focused and real estate companies, offset solid gains elsewhere in the market, including big Wall Street banks and industrial stocks.Investors are looking for a possible U.S. interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve this week. The central bank lowered its benchmark interest rate in July by a quarter point, its first cut in a decade, in a bid to help maintain U.S. economic growth.The S&P 500 index slipped 0.1% to 3,007.39. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1% to 27,219.52.The technology heavy Nasdaq fell 0.2% to 8,176.71.CHINA-AUSTRALIA DAIRY PURCHASE: Bellamy’s Australia Ltd., a dairy and producer of infant formula, said it agreed to be acquired by China’s Mengniu Dairy Co. for 1.5 billion Australian dollars ($1 billion). The purchase would add to a string of Chinese global acquisitions aimed at capturing more of the profits of serving China’s growing market for imported food. Mengniu is one of China’s most prominent milk brands and also sells in Singapore, Myanmar and Indonesia.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose $4.40 to $59.25 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract lost 24 cents on Friday to close at $54.85. Brent crude jumped $5.30 or 8.9%, to $66.52 per barrel.CURRENCY: The dollar declined to 107.92 yen from Friday’s 108.09 yen. The euro was little changed at $1.1072.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

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WestJet feels Alberta travel pinch

by Ian Campbell Posted Sep 9, 2015 4:34 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 9, 2015 at 4:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Courtesy: Wikipedia WestJet feels Alberta travel pinch Calgary-based WestJet reports a noticeable slump in Alberta travel and they’re attributing it to the low price of oil.Company officials said they noticed a softening in the second quarter.“It’s obviously an economic engine for the province and for the west and indeed in large measure for the country. This is to be expected and certainly it’s something we’ve seen before when the energy sector has faced similar challenges due to low commodity prices. Calgary is WestJet’s home and we know it very well and we obviously pay very close attention to what happens here,” Robert Palmer said, a spokesperson for WestJet . Palmer said they are hearing the same thing from economists and they know it may take some time before things recover. “Until then, it’s fair to say we’ll continue to do what our industry has always done, which is to monitor supply and demand, look for external market forces and the impact they’re having and adjust pricing accordingly.”That could mean lower and more aggressive fares to make for the slump in September and October.“The Christmas travel season begins to kick in as does the winter travel season in November, so we obviously expect the people who booked their Christmas holidays and their vacations in warm sun destinations that will all kick in in November.”Palmer suggests people keep an eye on pricing and if they see a sale after purchasing they can get that money back. read more

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Some 3300 people a day still arriving on Lesvos – UN refugee

“Of the 660,000 refugees and migrants who have reached Greece this year more than half have landed at Lesvos,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters at a press briefing in Geneva. “With winter now approaching, the reception conditions and capacity there remain a problem and a number of actions are being taken to address that,” he continued. So far in 2015, UNHCR estimates that some 3,460 lives have been lost on the Mediterranean, 360 in the last four weeks. Some 250 of these were in the Aegean Greek territorial waters. The agency says it is working with the Hellenic Coast Guard to facilitate the deployment of additional experienced life guards and has provided equipment to support the on-going rescue efforts on Lesvos. In light of the continuing strains on Lesvos, UNHCR is also establishing presences at six strategic locations along the island’s north shore to provide newly-arriving refugees with immediate life-saving help, working with volunteers and a new medical NGO partner – Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA) – whose capacity is also being enhanced. This will be in addition to the existing assembly points where UNHCR and partners already provide places to rest, clothes, food, clean water and medical support. Eight buses and three mini vans are being used to transport new arrivals from the beaches to the reception sites, and this will be expanded as required. “We are also appealing to the authorities to create additional accommodation and reception capacity as a matter of urgency,” Mr. Edwards said. “There are only 2,800 reception places for the 12,000 refugees and migrants currently on the island. As a result, many people, including women, children and new-born babies have no choice but to sleep outside, lighting fires to keep themselves warm. This situation creates additional protection and safety concerns and is a cause of tension with the local community.” UNHCR is also underlining that urgent improvements to facilities for refugees in the island’s east at Moria and Kara Tape, under the respective responsibility of the police and the municipality, are also needed, including lighting, latrines and heating as well as site management. For the time being, refugees reportedly have to find themselves a place where to sleep in the few shelters available creating conditions for the “strongest” to find a shelter to the detriment of persons with specific needs. UNHCR, its partners and volunteers have to constantly intervene to prevent these situations from happening, and are noting it is critical to designate a site manager with the appropriate authority and resources. In addition to these actions, UNHCR announced its staffing on Lesvos is being increased. Thirteen additional staff members have been deployed, many speaking the language of the refugees, and bringing the total staff on Lesvos to 30. “We have brought in more humanitarian aid with 295,000 relief items, including 37,000 blankets to keep people warm, over 45,000 coats to protect people from rain, as well as hygiene and baby care kits, sleeping mats and plastic sheeting,” the spokesperson highlighted. Meanwhile, the agency stressed that the recent agreement reached by leaders in October on the Western Balkans migration route for people fleeing Syria and other strife-torn regions, which calls to establish more reception places in Greece, will be a key factor in stabilizing the situation, but fast implementation is needed. read more

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UN warns of imminent humanitarian crisis in Greece amid disarray in Europe

“Greece needs a safety valve. It is time for Europe to wake up, either we have a massive orderly relocation from Greece or a repeat of what we saw last year, more chaos and confusion,” he told the briefing in answer to questions on the current situation on the ground. He added that some 55 per cent of refugees from Syria currently arriving in Greece are women and children and many are from the north where fighting has recently taken place. Meanwhile, UNHCR has reiterated its overall position that solving Europe’s refugees and migrants’ situation and preventing a new crisis in Greece requires a number of clear actions. Among the most urgent of these when it comes to Greece is the need for better contingency planning, with increased accommodation capacity and other support. “The authorities are trying to respond now to prevent a further deterioration of conditions throughout Greece. But, more resources and better coordination are critical for averting wider suffering and chaos,” Mr. Edwards stressed. UNHCR is continuing to support the response operation and has set up field offices in eight locations and deployed additional staff including mobile emergency teams who quickly move to wherever the changing situation demands. However, with increasing border restrictions across the Balkans, the agency says it is concerned that the situation could escalate into a humanitarian crisis similar to that on the Greek islands last autumn. UNHCR is urging the Greek authorities with the support of the European Asylum Support Office and EU Member States to strongly reinforce its capacity to register and process asylum seekers through the national asylum procedure, as well as through the European relocation scheme. “Greece cannot manage this situation alone. It remains absolutely vital therefore that the relocation efforts that Europe agreed to in 2015 are prioritized and implemented. It should concern everyone that despite commitments to relocate 66,400 refugees from Greece, states have so far only pledged 1,539 spaces, and only 325 actual relocations have occurred,” Mr. Edwards detailed. Increased regular pathways for admission of refugees from countries neighbouring Syria will also help in the overall management of this situation, UNHCR underlined. More resettlement and humanitarian admission, family reunification, private sponsorship, and humanitarian and refugee student and work visas all serve to reduce demand for people smuggling, onward movements, and dangerous boat journeys, the agency added. UNHCR is convening a conference on this topic in Geneva on 30 March. Afghanistan refugees sit huddled under blankets in very cold, wet weather conditions as they wait for permission to cross the border to Serbia from the Tabanovce in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, where border changes in the Balkan region have created confusion and chaos. Photo: UNICEF/UN010680/Georgiev “With governments not working together despite having already reached agreements in a number of areas, and country after country imposing new border restrictions, inconsistent practices are causing unnecessary suffering and risk being at variance with EU and international law standards,” Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a press briefing in Geneva. Mr. Edwards added that as of last night, the number of refugees and migrants in Greece in need of accommodation has soared to 24,000. Around 8,500 people are at Eidomeni, near the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. “At least 1,500 had spent the previous night in the open. The crowded conditions are leading to shortages of food, shelter, water and sanitation. Tensions have been building, fuelling violence and playing into the hands of people smugglers,” Mr. Edwards stressed. The Greek authorities have responded with the military setting up two camps near Eidomeni with a projected capacity of 12,500 and a nearby third site already under construction. UNHCR is supplementing the Greek response effort. “We have provided rub halls, tents and refugee housing units, other core relief, plus additional staff and specialists, including protection and technical staff,” the spokesperson added. According to the agency, overall Mediterranean arrivals have slowed over the winter but remain relatively high. Data as of this morning shows that 131,724 people made the journey during January and February, with 122,637 individuals landing in Greece. This is approaching the total for the first half of 2015 (147,209). So far, 410 lives have reportedly been lost. Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR’s Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Refugee Crisis in Europe, called for Europe to implement burden-sharing agreements reached last year, warning there is “no plan B.” read more

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Fridays Daily Brief Honouring fallen peacekeepers action against genderbased violence LGBT rights

Water shortages rise for Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh camps Ever since the UN deployed the first of its 72 peacekeeping missions back in 1948, more than 3,800 peacekeepers have lost their lives, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday, at a wreath laying ceremony in honour of those “brave men and women” who serve.Speaking of “the true cost of peacekeeping”, the UN chief called for a moment of silence for those who “paid the ultimate price” to protect others and “to give war-torn countries a chance for peace and hope”.“Today, in 14 missions around the world, our peacekeepers serve heroically to preserve peace and stability”, he said, adding that they also “face grave threats”.Read our full story here.Ground-breaking conference aims to tackle gender-based violence in humanitarian crises Water shortages in Bangladesh have reached critical levels for 140,000 Rohingya refugees living on the country’s Teknaf Peninsula.UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday that it was expecting to begin delivering water by truck within 10 to 12 days, and put in new projects that will help the region cope with longer dry seasons.“Because of the changing weather patterns, we’ve had more six months of longer dry season without sufficient rainfall resulting now in critical cuts in the daily supply of water to refugees” explained UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic.Trucking water to them and host communities will cost some $60,000 a month, according to UNHCR, which has warned that its humanitarian appeal for more than 900,000 people is only one-fifth funded so far this year.Listen to, or download our audio News In Brief for 24 May, on SoundCloud: The Brazilian Government’s offer to tackle tobacco giants to recover the cost of caring for people who’ve fallen ill from smoking – or exposure to tobacco smoke – has been applauded by the UN health agency.In a statement, the World Health Organization (WHO) cited the authorities in saying that public health spending triggered by tobacco consumption in Brazil amounts to billions of dollars annually.Moreover, it warned that the so-called “tobacco epidemic” was still one of the biggest public health threats in the world, killing more than seven million people a year. A Kenyan High Court ruling which upholds a colonial-era ban on consensual, same sex relations between adults, sends a “dangerous signal” to society and is “inherently discriminatory”, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement issued on Friday.Human rights defenders have long argued that these provisions breach Kenya’s human rights obligations, said the High Commissioner, and contribute to violence and discrimination against members of Kenya’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community.“Criminalizing acts targeting certain individuals based on who they are and whom they love is inherently discriminatory”, she said. “It also sends a dangerous signal to broader society and encourages hostility and even violence against LGBT individuals”.Noting that LGBT activists in Kenya have fought hard to secure their rights , he said: “My message to the people of Kenya is to fight on for greater equality for all, and never give up. The United Nations stands with you and joins you in your demands for dignity, equal rights and fair treatment.”Emergency funds needed to save 600,000 malnourished children in Afghanistan Unless seven million dollars in funding is found within weeks, Afghani children suffering from the most serious form of malnutrition may die, UNICEF said on Friday.Speaking in Geneva, UN Children’s Fund spokesperson Christophe Boulierac, likened the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country to “one of the worst disasters on earth”.And he warned that increased violence and last year’s severe drought have left hundreds of thousands of under-fives, critically vulnerable in the west and north of the country.Go here for the full story.UN health agency applauds Brazilian compensation bid from tobacco giants UN hails peacekeepers who ‘paid the ultimate price’ One-in-three girls or women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime, and “the risk multiplies” during a conflict or natural disaster, the Executive Director of UNICEF told delegates attending the first-ever “Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Humanitarian Crises Conference” on Friday, in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.In a ground-breaking collaboration, the Governments of Norway, Iraq, Somalia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) together with UN agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is taking on the global SGBV challenge.The conference yielded a total of $363 million in pledges from 21 countries for 2019, 2020 and beyond, including $226.2 million to be spent on priorities this year alone.Ms. Fore spelled out that although “they have experienced terrible injustices, what they’ve endured does not define them…their determination does”.  More on the Conference here.Kenyan High Court ruling on same-sex relations ‘sends dangerous signal’: rights chief read more

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GDP to continue shrinking

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Recession will bite the Greek economy again this year, the European Commission expecting it will contract by 4.3 – 4.4 per cent, according to an economic outlook report published on Thursday. The Commission stresses the need for bolstering competitiveness and forecasts that unemployment will swell further. It also anticipates a 22 per cent cut in private sector wages while expecting a deflation rate of 0.5 per cent. The 4.3 per cent estimate in the report is identical to that the International Monetary Fund used for its Greek debt sustainability analysis, although the Commission has included a chart showing Greece’s economy is expected to shrink by 4.4 per cent this year, down from 6.8 percent in 2011. The previous forecast by Brussels had the contraction at just 2.8 per cent for this year. Sources in Athens suggest that the Finance Ministry already expects the country’s gross domestic product to contract by more than 5 per cent in 2012, while the official creditors’ representatives in Athens – also known as the troika – see it shrinking by over 6 per cent. Economic activity in 2011 proved “much weaker than projected in the economic forecast of last [fall],” the Commission report said. This decline is attributed to three factors: a drop in domestic demand resulting from the decline in incomes, limited access to credit for the private sector, and the continued adjustment of the labor market. For 2012, Brussels believes that besides the weakening of external demand, internal demand will contract further given the planned salary cuts in the private sector – which the European Union itself has imposed on Greece in association with the International Monetary Fund. The report notes that unemployment among young people comes to about 50 per cent and that this is one of the biggest problems that should be tackled. It adds that the cost of labor will decline by about 15 per cent in the next three years. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Google Analytics passe en mode application

first_imgGoogle Analytics passe en mode application Le célèbre outil de statistiques sur la fréquentation des sites Internet se voit décliné en application téléchargeable pour les terminaux Android.En 2007, Google avait fait le bonheur de nombreux responsables de sites Web en lançant son outil Google Analytics. Grâce au rachat en 2005 de la société Urchin Software Corporation, la firme américaine disposait du savoir-faire nécessaire pour lancer un service d’analyse de sites Web. Un beau succès l’attendait puisque Google Analytics représente aujourd’hui 85 % du marché mondial des outils d’analyse de visites de sites internet. Désormais, nous explique Business Mobile, une application Android estampillée Google Analytics vient compléter cette offre. À lire aussiGoogle coupe les ponts avec Huawei : ce que risquent les utilisateurs d’AndroidComme le service Web, cette application permet d’accéder aux données statistiques concernant la fréquentation d’un site Internet ou d’une application, avec la consultation en temps réel du nombre de visiteurs, des pages les plus fréquentées, de la répartition géographique des internautes. Toutes ces données sont ensuite classables dans des tableaux de bord personnalisables et des système d’alertes peuvent également être activés.Quelques fonctionnalités ne sont néanmoins pas encore accessibles mais cela devrait être résolu dans les prochaines semaines. L’application est disponible pour les systèmes Android dès la version 2.1. Les smartphones possédant une version antérieure ne pourront en revanche pas bénéficier de cette application mobile. Même si les fonctionnalités restent limitées, c’est un outil appréciable que beaucoup d’internautes pourront utiliser notamment pour surveiller les statistiques de leur site Internet. Son design est également clair et propose aux utilisateurs une navigation facile ainsi que différents styles de graphiques.  Le 3 juillet 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Pinnick to discuss potential Super Eagles return with Moses

first_imgNigerian Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has revealed he’ll meet with Victor Moses to consider a return to the national team.The Chelsea wingback announced his retirement from international football back in August 2018 sighting family and club commitment as reasons for his decision.The 28-year-old who made his debut for the Nigerian national team against Rwanda in 2012 played a huge role in helping the west Africans claim the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.Pinnick believes the former Crystal Palace Player deserves a ceremonious exit from the national team as he hopes to convince him back to the squad.“I believe he is someone that has paid his dues and he shouldn’t just leave Nigerian football unceremoniously. I talk to him every day and I make him understand that he can still return,” Pinnick told Channels TV, as quoted by Goal.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He can’t just say he is going and we let him go just like that. I will be meeting with him and his agent soon at a roundtable and even if he wants to go, there must be a ceremony for him to go.”“Just like what England did for Wayne Rooney. We must celebrate them at every point in time.”“Even if he says I’m begging him, I don’t mind. It is not as if we don’t have players, but we need to encourage our players so that others will know that even when they retire, we still have them in mind, even though some of them retire because of ego.”last_img read more

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Thousands take part in AIDS Walk Miami

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Thousands gathered on South Beach for AIDS Walk Miami, Sunday morning.The fundraiser invited families out for a 5K walk that raised money for South Florida HIV/AIDS foundations.There were booths set up to provide information and resources for those affected by the virus.Organizers said the event is South Florida’s largest annual HIV/AIDS awareness fundraiser.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Degree in photography presented HM Mohammed Ali

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Senior photographer and Babu studio owner M Venkateswara Rao received master’s degree in photography from Sigma Academy of Photography. Telangana State Home Minister Mohammed Ali presented the master’s degree to Venkateswara Rao at a function held in Salarjung Museum on Monday. Sigma Academy of Photography chairman MC Sekhar, Telangana Photography Academy chairman Janardhan, Salarjung Museum director Nagendrababu and others were present.last_img

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UM Reverses Course Fires Durkin

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comTwo weeks after Jordan McNair, a sophomore offensive tackle for the University of Maryland collapsed during a team workout in May, he died after suffering a heatstroke.Nothing can bring back McNair, the 19-year-old beloved son of Tonya Wilson and Marty McNair. But, perhaps yesterday’s decision by the University of Maryland to reverse course and fire UM football coach D.J. Durkin for his role in their son’s death may help them feel some sense of comfort or justice.In a reversal, the University of Maryland decided to fire UM football coach D.J. Durkin for his role in the death of sophomore offensive lineman Jordan McNair in May. (Photo: Facebook)Durkin, who had been suspended by the University of Maryland Board of Regents in the wake of McNair’s death, was reinstated on Oct. 30, causing shockwaves of anger among many. However, on Oct. 31, Maryland reversed its original decision and fired the embattled football coach.“The overwhelming majority of stakeholders expressed serious concerns about coach Durkin…a departure is in the best interest of the university,” said Wallace Loh, University of Maryland President in a statement.“Relief, surprise, a level of gratitude that the right thing was done, so far,” said Marty McNair, in response to the firing of Durkin during an interview on “Good Morning America,” Nov. 1. “The decision that Dr. Loh made, this is a step in the right direction,” McNair added.Hassan Murphy, one of the attorneys for Jordan McNair’s parents said their focus will turn to the legacy of their son.“Our fight now is about getting justice for this family and for Jordan’s name and in his memory,” Murphy said. “Well hopefully, this will mark a change and an end. I think part of why Jordan died was as a result of the culture (within UM athletics). As Jordan was literally in the early stages of death, they were calling him names,” Murphy added.Marty McNair had a message for all student athletes like his son, in order to prevent another tragedy.“Know your bodies and to know when your body tells you to stop, stop,” he said. “Because you only have one body and I don’t wish anyone to be in the situation that we’re in right now with Jordan.”last_img read more

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Gamescom 2019 The Biggest Reveals from Stadia Xbox Nintendo and Opening Night

first_imgGalaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus Hands-on: What’s New, What’s DifferentThe Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus offer sleeker designs, better cameras for video and new S Pen tricks. Here’s how they stack up.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTech This Out: New Nintendo Switch Battery, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, iPhone 11 Launch03:16Live00:0005:2805:28 Inside Xbox Xbox delivered new looks at games such as Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and Greedfall. We saw the first-ever gameplay of Gears 5’s Horde Mode, and Microsoft revealed that Halo: Reach’s Kat and Emile are coming to the game as playable characters. We also got a look at Season 4 of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which will soon gain cross-play with the PS4 version of the game, and NBA 2K20, which will feature Idris Elba in its career mode. Check out the replay below for all of Microsoft’s big announcements. Google Stadia Connect Google revealed some new games coming to its Stadia cloud service this fall, including Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs Legion and Borderlands 3. You can check out the full recap below.Opening Night Live The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley kicked off the first evening of Gamescom with a slew of trailers and world premiers. Highlights include Comanche, a remake of the 2001 classic, Kerbal Space Program 2, Disintegration, a new RTS/shooter hybrid from the co-creator of Halo, and Erica, an intriguing live-action narrative game that’s out today.But the main event was Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, as we saw a new cinematic trailer and some fresh gameplay of the upcoming, ever-mysterious PS4 exclusive. We now know that Norman Reedus’ Sam Bridges can, um, relieve himself in the open field, and learned a bit more about Guillermo Del Toro’s Deadman as well as the purpose of those babies-in-jars. Oh, and Keighley himself is in the game now, because of course he is. Nintendo Switch Lite vs. Nintendo Switch: What Should You Buy? Essentially the E3 of Europe, the annual Gamescom conference delivers big game announcements and exciting new trailers out of Cologne, Germany every summer. Gamescom 2019 will be no different, promising new showcases from Google, Nintendo and Xbox as well as a special Opening Night Live ceremony hosted by Geoff Keighley. Here’s a recap of all the big Gamescom 2019 events.Gamescom 2019 highlightsIf you want to get right to the good stuff, here are the biggest announcements of Gamescom so far:A ton of indies are coming to Nintendo Switch, including Ori and the Blind Forest, Superhot and the Hotline Miami Collection.Google revealed some new games coming to the Stadia lineup, including Cyberpunk 2077 and Orcs Must Die! 3.We got a new trailer and gameplay reveal for Death Stranding, which now has Geoff Keighley in it? Yeah, we’re still confused.We got our first look at Gears 5’s Horde mode, which will have unique, Overwatch-style abilities for each character. Halo Reach’s Kat and Emile will also be playable.PS4 to Xbox crossplay is coming to PUBG this fall.Nintendo Indie World Nintendo kicked off Gamescom in a big way with its Indie World showcase, which revealed some exciting smaller games coming to the Nintendo Switch soon. The big bombshell is that Microsoft’s Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is coming to Switch, but Nintendo fans are also getting indie megahits Superhot as well as the Hotline Miami Collection, both of which are available today. Here’s the entire Indie World stream if you missed it: RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.last_img read more

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FIFA now officially an international joke

first_imgThe corruption probe of the World Cup bidding process may be predictably over, but the controversy surrounding FIFA’s decisions on who should host is just getting started.As expected, the tournament will still take place in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, after the 18-month investigation found insufficient evidence of corruption. The ruling came down on Thursday from Hans-Joachim Eckert, the head judge of FIFA’s ethics committee, who released a 42-page summary of investigator Michael J. Garcia’s findings and concluded that any wrongdoing was of “very limited scope.”Garcia, a former U.S. attorney, immediately fired back, accusing Eckert of whitewashing his original 430-page report and reporting him to FIFA’s appeals committee. “Today’s decision by the Chairman of the Adjudicatory Chamber contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in the Investigatory Chamber’s report,” Garcia said. Politicians and soccer officials from Britain also criticized Eckert’s report, which accused England and Australia of breaching ethics in their unsuccessful bids to host the 2018 World Cup.There’s lots to take issue with here, from Eckert’s refusal to release Garcia’s full report, to the lack of cooperation from several Qatari officials, to Russia’s claim that destroying all records of the bidding process was standard operating procedure and not a cover-up. But the biggest problem remains the complete lack of independent oversight of one of the largest governing bodies in sports, tasked with investigating itself while having little motivation for transparency or the truth.If you thought the NFL was bad, consider FIFA. Garcia reportedly recommended imposing term limits on FIFA executives, which would go a long way in cutting into the organization’s dynastic aura. But FIFA is also too big for its own good. Dozens of corruption scandals in the past decade have done little to ebb the endless profits that come from running the most popular sport in the world. FIFA made $2 billion in profit from this year’s World Cup in Brazil. And this in spite of endless protests by the local poor who would see not one cent of that money, and the “slave-like” conditions faced by the migrant workers who built the stadiums.It will only get worse come 2022. In March, the International Trade Union Confederation estimated that 1,200 migrant workers had already died in Qatar. That number is expected to rise to 4,000 by the time the World Cup comes to Doha. Qatar has pledged numerous times to fix its problem with worker exploitation, most recently in an unenlightening interview with the Associated Press earlier this week. But report by Amnesty International released Wednesday demonstrated heavy foot-dragging by the Qatari government, stating that while some reforms have been proposed, most of them have yet to be implemented and offer solutions that are ancillary at best. “Time is running out fast,” the report states. “The legacy of the FIFA 2022 World Cup would be the hundreds of thousands of workers who were exploited to make it happen.”The human rights situation in Russia isn’t much better, and European Union officials have suggested boycotting the 2018 World Cup as a sort of “cultural sanction” to go along with the economic penalties being levied against the country during the ongoing Ukraine crisis. This has led to trite Cold War analogies, invoking the U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.While boycotts seem unlikely, foreign governments are remaining watchful of FIFA’s affairs. Unsatisfied with the ethics committee’s decision, the FBI will continue its own three-year investigation of FIFA. Meanwhile, a British MP has asked Britain’s Serious Fraud Office to look into the matter as well.Supporters of Russia and Qatar will no doubt cry foul, accusing these governments of bias and sour grapes for losing their own bids. FIFA president Sepp Blatter didn’t mince words when he dismissed criticism of the Qatar World Cup as motivated by “discrimination and racism.”But since FIFA can’t be trusted to police itself, it’s encouraging to see external institutions taking up the cause, an effort that would only be strengthened with participation from other international bodies outside the U.S. and UK. This isn’t just about East vs. West tensions or the perils of playing football in the desert heat or the opaque machinations of an organization begging for reform. This is also about the blatant disregard for the role of sports, recognized by the United Nations and much of the international community, to promote human rights as a universal ideal.Potentially prohibiting alcohol orimplementing a strict dress code on visiting soccer fans might be dismissed as cultural preservation, if not a poor tourism strategy. Upholding anti-gay practices and exploitative labor policies can’t be treated as lightly, and shouldn’t continue to receive an international stamp of approval.Kavitha A. Davidson writes about sports for Bloomberg View.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Chuck Blazer: The whistleblower at epicenter of FIFA arrests FIFA official: Russia, Qatar face losing World Cups if bribery proven Swiss prosecutors probe 53 ‘suspicious’ FIFA cases FIFA Scandal: Argentine suspects released from house arrestlast_img read more

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Eye on the Industry Updates on Guild Mortgage LenderClose and More

first_img digital eClosings Eye on the Industry hirings Mortgage Industry 2019-05-02 Mike Albanese Share May 2, 2019 1,169 Views Eye on the Industry: Updates on Guild Mortgage, LenderClose, and Morecenter_img From key promotions to new tech and acquisitions, get the latest buzz on the industry here.Guild Mortgage, an independent mortgage lender located in California, announced Homebuyer Protection, a program designed to give customers added protection and peace of mind during the mortgage process.Homebuyer Protection combines three of Guild’s loan programs and services, allowing homebuyers to protect their rate, earnest money and closing date. The program began for purchase loan applications on April 15.With Lock and Shop, the customer can lock in their interest rate for 90 days while shopping for a home. Once they have found a home, they will have the option to float-down their rate, at no cost, if rates decrease. Credit Approval Protection gives buyers, agents and sellers added confidence in Guild’s pre-approval process. If the company issues a preliminary credit approval from underwriting, but is unable to close the homebuyer’s transaction, Guild will pay up to $1,000 for inspections, appraisals or relocation expenses incurred for the home purchase. The company will also reimburse up to $5,000 in earnest money deposits if Guild is unable to close the loan. Finally, under Homebuyer Express with 17 Day Closing Guarantee, Guild will pay qualifying customers $500 toward closing costs if delays solely by the company to prevent the loan from closing on time, in 17 days or more.______________________________________________________LenderClose recently announced the addition of Allen Jingst and Wes Peterson to the team. Jingst will serve as SVP of Sales; Peterson as Relationship Manager.Jingst has an extensive sales background in the technology sector. Mostly recently, he served as Director of Sales for Dwolla, a Des Moines-based payments platform active in the fintech startup community. There, Jingst grew sales revenue by 60% while hiring and training a sales team that tripled under his leadership. Prior to Dwolla, Jingst surpassed sales goals as a leader within teams at Dice.com and BirdDog HR, both Des Moines-based technology companies.“We are excited to add another mentorship-minded executive to our team,” said Ben Rempe, LenderClose COO. “Individual growth is just as important to us as team growth, and Allen’s experience developing young leaders is second-to-none. We’re excited to support his efforts to create a challenging and inclusive environment for the talented sales professionals who have joined this team.”______________________________________________________Michigan-based Northpointe Bank has announced that Bryan Neitzelt has been named as SVP, Capital Markets.In this leadership role, Neitzelt is responsible for enterprise-level financial risk management of Northpointe’s nationwide residential lending business; including interest rate risk hedging, securitization, portfolio asset management and investor relations.Previously, Neitzelt was VP of secondary marketing for The Huntington National Bank.  Over the past 22 years, he has been responsible for mortgage loan risk management. Neitzelt holds a BA in business administration/finance as well as a Master’s degree in business administration from Otterbein College.______________________________________________________Hightide Settlement Services, LLC, a provider of title and settlement services, is now offering eClosings through Pavaso, a supplier of digital mortgage closing technologies.Hightide, located in California, uses its experience and expertise to tailor comprehensive, customized solutions for every title and settlement need. Pavaso expands the range of options available to Hightide customers and helps deliver faster, more convenient closings.The Texas-based Pavaso platform breaks down traditional silos and brings everyone in the homebuying transaction together in the same digital environment, where they can seamlessly communicate, collaborate and securely exchange information throughout the entire closing process. Designed by industry veterans to simplify the closing experience, Pavaso can help save time, reduce costs and streamlines processes. in Daily Dose, Featured, Newslast_img read more

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Theme music from Saw storm sirens and horror movies are a

first_imgFridays, it’s a lower-body training day, they know we’re going to get after them when they come and we want to mess with them a little bit. I think probably in the beginning they were probably a little scared and it’s kind of more now, a few weeks in, maybe they get more of a kick out of it. In the beginning I wanted them to be scared but I want the end product to be scary. I want a bunch of sick dudes that like stuff like that.When we played the Saw theme song we put the jigsaw face up on all the TVs. We did the Halloween theme song. We played a storm siren on repeat for four and a half hours one morning. We had some kind of horror thing on last Friday. Like it was starting to mess with me. During the last group I said, ‘As soon as we’re done with the group, we have to turn this off, man.’ They know it’s going to be a good go on Friday and we’re having fun with it. We just try to pick a Friday theme that maybe only our type of guys here would understand and appreciate. You get two full days to recover [on Friday]. We put the workout up on the board and I noticed last Friday in that first group if there were 35 guys in it we probably had 30 guys come in and check the board before the workout started. They know it’s coming on Fridays.Can you imagine going through an intense workout out with a storm siren blaring for an hour and a half? It’s certainly unconventional and out-of-the-box, but when the Cyclone defense is facing a fourth down against the Longhorns in Austin with the game on the line, this unconventional approach may just be the edge they were looking for.Read the full Q&A, with more insight into Wade’s weight room philosophy, here. The new staff at Iowa State is not only bringing some new ideas and new energy to Ames, they’re also bringing with them an approach in the weight room that I’ve never heard of, and most programs would never think of doing. They’re doing some things that are downright scary.In a Q&A session between Scout and the Cyclones’ new director of strength and conditioning Rudy Wade, Wade explained one of his more unconventional approaches in the weight room. When players come in on Friday’s they’ve been given two full days to recover, so Wade and his staff are amping up the intensity and using some popular horror movie themes to find a theme that “maybe only our type of guys here would understand and appreciate”.From coach Wade: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

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Joint Statement by Fiji Airways and The Civil Aviation Authority Of Fiji

first_img###For Media Queries: media@fijiairways.comThe post Joint Statement by Fiji Airways and The Civil Aviation Authority Of Fiji (CAAF) appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog In line with the stance taken by aviation regulators in our region, and an increasing number of operators worldwide, Fiji Airways, together with the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji, has taken the decision to temporarily ground its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft until more information is known about the cause of the Ethiopian Airlines accident.We would like to stress that Fiji Airways, together with the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji, continue to have full confidence in the airworthiness of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and in the skilled and experienced Fiji Airways pilots and engineers who operate them.Since Fiji Airways commenced operating the Boeing 737 MAX in December 2018, the aircraft has proven to be reliable and efficient, and continuous flight data monitoring has not identified any issues that would give rise to a cause for concern.However, out of deference to the position taken by regulators in our region, and in response to the concerns expressed by the general public, both Fiji Airways and the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji have agreed that the most appropriate course is to impose this temporary grounding.  We will continue to monitor developments closely, and this decision will be reviewed in light of any new information.last_img read more

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