Trump says changes coming on hightech visas

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says changes are coming in the way that the U.S. handles temporary H1-B visas, which allow American companies to bring high-tech and other skilled workers into the U.S. from abroad.Trump tweeted Friday that those who hold the temporary H1-B visas can “rest assured” because changes are coming that will bring “both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship.”Trump says the U.S. wants to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue careers in the U.S. As a candidate, he promised to stop H-1B visas from being used as a “cheap labour program.”A draft proposal circulated in January to review regulations, find ways to allocate visas more efficiently and ensure that beneficiaries are “the best and the brightest.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Alberta premier says oil cut plan working takes yuletide jab at prime

first_imgThe differential, which was over US$50 at one point this fall, has bounced back in recent days and now trades at about US$25 less than the benchmark West Texas Intermediate price.Notley is buying rail cars and continues to push Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for action to end the pipeline bottleneck, considered the primary culprit for the low prices.Trudeau said this week his sympathy is with Alberta this holiday season, but Notley says she hopes that comment comes with a gift receipt so she can trade it in for a pipeline. SLAVE LAKE, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the decision to cut oil production seems to be working but says it’s not a long-term solution.Notley has ordered companies to cut production by almost nine percent starting in the new year to close the price gap between Alberta oil and the North American benchmark.That price gap was growing so wide that vast reserves of oil were building up in Alberta and the price was falling through the floor, leading to fears of massive job cuts and project closures.last_img read more

UN chief congratulates Yemens new president

Mr. Ban told Mr. Mansour in a telephone call that the overwhelming turnout of voters, including young people who came out in large numbers to cast their ballots on Tuesday, was a clear indication of the country’s support for his leadership and for the peaceful transition.In a summary of the telephone conversation released by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General said he was aware that Yemen was facing many difficult challenges, but he was confident the country could move forward.He thanked Mr. Mansour for his appreciation of the work of the United Nations, led by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, in support of the political transition.Mr. Ban said he was committed to strengthening the UN presence and engagement in Yemen, working closely with regional and international partners to increase support.Warring factions in Yemen signed an agreement in November on a transitional settlement under which former president Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to hand over power to Mr. Mansour, the then vice president, who was the sole candidate in Tuesday’s presidential election. 25 February 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Yemen’s new President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour after he took his oath of office in parliament. read more

UN seeks 85 billion to help millions in crisisstricken countries around the

To deliver urgent humanitarian aid to 51 million people around the world in 2013, the United Nations and its partners today asked for $8.5 billion to fund emergency response programmes for the year.“As we enter 2013, there is no let-up in humanitarian needs in the world,” the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, told journalists in Rome after she and other senior UN and humanitarian aid officials launched the appeal.She added of the people in need, “They are displaced from their homes, hungry, unprotected and vulnerable, living with the consequences of natural disasters and violent conflict.”The funding call is made under the annual Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) that, since its launch by the UN General Assembly in 1991, has become a central tool used by the world body and other aid organizations to plan, coordinate, fund, implement and monitor their activities.This year’s total will fund emergency relief in 12 African countries, and another three in Asia, as well as the occupied Palestinian territory, according to a news release from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which Ms. Amos also heads.“Working jointly in these 16 countries, we are strengthening our response,” said the Executive Director of the UN World Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, who joined Ms. Amos in launching the appeal.“We are meeting the urgent need for food security and nutrition, shelter, water, health and other basic needs, while simultaneously helping communities recover from emergencies,” she added while also stressing that a “unified response can save lives and help communities become more resilient.”In her remarks, Ms. Amos said the appeal was directed at governments, private individuals and businesses, among others, as she called on them to “contribute to saving lives in 2013.”She highlighted that 520 UN agencies, non-governmental and other aid organizations had come together to launch the call with the aim to “deliver aid in an effective and coordinated way.”She also noted how international responses both buttress and enhance local efforts, which she saluted, saying that communities, civil society organizations, businesses, local and national governments were the “first responders, and, throughout a protracted crisis, important providers of support and help.”OCHA identified the 15 target countries in addition to the occupied Palestinian territory as Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen and Zimbabwe.Ms. Amos detailed the pressing needs in some of those countries, saying that a million children in Yemen were suffering from acute malnutrition, 1.7 million people in Niger faced food shortages, and a half a million people driven from their homes in South Sudan needed help in addition to some two million people in that country who did not have enough to eat.The humanitarian chief pointed to several more crises in Africa as she responded to one journalist’s question about the focus on that continent.“I think many people have forgotten that there are continuing needs in Darfur,” she said of the western Sudanese region stricken for years by ethnic-based strife. She also highlighted humanitarian crises arising from recent strife in both Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Ms. Amos stated that last year’s CAP appeal for $7.7 billion to help 51 million people in distress remained 40 per cent underfunded.“This means that people in need in some parts of the world have not been able to get the help they would have had we got the money,” Ms. Amos said, adding that it was too early to tell how the global financial crisis might affect funding levels this year.“We will make the case in a vigorous way,” she added. “These needs are real; they can be seen by anyone; we recognize the difficulties that many countries face with respect to the ongoing situation, but, at the same time, we are talking about people who are extraordinarily vulnerable around the world.”In response to a question about Syria’s exclusion from the 2013 CAP, Ms. Amos said that a separate revised appeal would be launched on 19 December for the Middle Eastern nation, where internal conflict has spawned massive humanitarian needs. She noted that a current appeal to help pay for humanitarian operations inside Syria is asking for $348 million. read more

Vile act of torture prohibited under all circumstances UN chief affirms on

This was part of his message for the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, on Wednesday, describing the despicable act, as a vicious attempt to break a person’s will. The United Nations has long condemned torture as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by humankind, saying that it seeks to “annihilate the victim’s personality” and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. Despite its absolute prohibition under international law, torture persist in all regions of the world and is often uses around national and border security. Moreover, its pervasive consequences often go beyond the isolated act on an individual; and can be transmitted down through generations, leading to cycles of violence and revenge.Currently ratified by 166 States, the UN chief said he was “encouraged that we are moving towards universal ratification of the United Nations Convention against Torture”, which aligns national laws and practices with the Convention to move the prohibition of torture from principle to practice.“Torture usually happens behind closed doors”, Mr. Guterres said. “It is therefore crucial for independent international and national human rights mechanisms to open those doors”. He explained that the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture “does exactly that”, by visiting prisons and other institutions and interviewing detainees, officials, law enforcement personnel and medical staff every year, in close partnership with national preventive mechanisms.“In all our work, we must support victims and ensure respect for their right to rehabilitation and redress”, the UN chief stressed, noting that “this victim-centred approach guides the UN Voluntary Fund for the Victims of Torture”, which assists nearly 50,000 victims annually, in some 80 countries. Moreover, he said it has also helped in understanding better the different dimensions of torture, including the use of sexual and gender-based violence, and the specific assistance that different kinds of survivors of torture need.“On this International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, I urge all States to end impunity for perpetrators and eradicate these reprehensible acts that defy our common humanity. Mutilation, cruel treatment and torture are war crimes and crimes against humanity. Join us in marking 26 June the @UN International Day in Support of #VictimsOfTorture. #unite to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes. #humanityagainstcrimes— Int’l Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) June 26, 2019 read more

Timehri labourer murdered by friend during argumentPolice

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLabourer accused of killing drinking buddy remandedOctober 30, 2018In “Court”Labourer allegedly ‘broad-sided’ to death with cutlass by friendNovember 29, 2016In “Crime”Man stabbed to death by ‘friend’ during drinking spreeMay 10, 2016In “Crime” A Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) labourer lost his life on Wednesday afternoon when he was struck to head during an altercation with a friend.Dead is Vernon Cummings, 51, of Ice House Road, Timehri who was killed at about 17:00h at the Timehri Docks.INews understands that Cummings and a male friend were engaging in a heated argument which escalated in a physical confrontation.According to the Police, the suspect reportedly picked up a piece of metal pipe and dealt Cummings a fatal blow to the back of his head.Cummings was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre but was pronounced dead on arrival.The suspect, 41, a labourer of Ice House Road, Timehri, is in custody assisting with the investigation. read more

Adams to speak at conference alongside father of IRA bomb victim

first_imgGERRY ADAMS IS to speak about the ‘new Ireland’ and the peace process at an event in London tomorrow.The Sinn Féin Leader and TD is the keynote speaker at the conference, which will take place in the London Irish Centre.At the conference – titled ‘Towards a New Ireland – A new phase of the peace process’ – Colin Parry, whose son Timothy was killed by an IRA bomb in Warrington, will also speak. A third speaker will be Tony Blair’s former Chief of Staff, Jonathan Powell.In his speech, Adams will cover the issues of the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, the legacy of conflict, and advancing the peaceful re-unification of Ireland.The conference itself will discuss the peace process, reconciliation, the idea of a Border Poll, Ireland’s economic future and challenges facing the the Irish in Britain.Other speakers on the day will include Diane Abbott MP, Nessa Childers MEP, John McCallister MLA, Jeremy Corbyn MP and Kris Hopkins MP, Baroness Angela Smith, Senator Kathryn Reilly and John Douglas.Read: NI First Minister Peter Robinson hails GAA for its role in peace-building>Read: McGuinness: Obama is ‘absolutely engaged’ in the peace process>last_img read more

VIA unveils 79 Rock and 99 Paper ARM PCs

first_imgSince the Raspberry Pi launched there has been increasing competition in the cheap, ARM PC category. No one has beaten the Pi’s $35 price point yet, but APC came close last May with an Android PC, known simply as APC, for $49. Several months later and VIA has decided it’s time to update the APC board with new components and the choice of two configurations.The new systems are called APC Rock and APC Paper. The hardware spec for both boards is exactly the same except for the fact the Rock ships with a VGA port where as the Paper doesn’t. The Rock also costs $20 less at $79, where as the Paper is $99.The reason for the price difference is the fact that the Paper ships with a rather novel case where as the Rock is a bare board. The Paper’s case is made from recycled cardboard attached to an aluminum chassis to help with strength , meaning it will keep the dust off the components and make it easier to carry while keeping weight to a minimum.As for the actual spec of the new boards, they include the following:Android 4.0800MHz VIA WonderMedia ARM Cortex-A9512MB DDR3 RAM4GB NAND flash1080p-capable graphics (most likely an ARM Mali-400 GPU)HDMI, USB 2.0, microUSB, microSD, with VGA available on APC Rock10/100 EthernetThe Rock and Paper offer a nice spec bump over the original APC, which shipped with Android 2.3, an ARM 11 processor, only 2GB RAM, and was only 720p capable in the graphics department. It’s just a shame the price had to increase, especially considering it’s been 7 months since the original APC launched.Both new boards use the Neo-ITX form factor, which means they are compatible with Mini-ITX and MicroATX cases. Even so, that cardboard case does look nice and keeps the board very portable while remaining protected, so might be worth the extra $20.If you want either an APC Rock or APC Paper they can be ordered through and are expected to ship in March.last_img read more

Alec Baldwin adds Bill OReilly to his impression roster then has him

first_img Short URL By Apr 9th 2017, 4:15 PM Share119 Tweet Email4 18 Comments Add us: dailyedge 23,674 Views center_img Alec Baldwin adds Bill O’Reilly to his impression roster – then has him talk to Donald Trump Saturday Night Live’s return from hiatus gave the viewing public two Baldwins for the price of one. Written by David Elkin and posted on DailyEdge.ieRead: An impromptu trad session broke out on the Clare Island ferry and it’s just joyousRead: That photo of a dog and an auld lad in Offaly having a pint has been immortalised in a painting Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 4:15 PM Source: SNLAFTER A THREE week break, Saturday Night Live returned last night with Louis CK at the helm.Everyone was waiting to see if Alec Baldwin would appear with his now legendary Donald Trump impression given the tumultuous few weeks just seen in US politics.He appeared alright, but Baldwin was also playing controversial Fox News host Bill O’Reilly – who has had ads pulled this week following sexual harassment claims Source: Saturday Night Live/YouTubeThe move came after a report in The New York Times last weekend that O’Reilly and his employer paid five women $13 million to settle harassment or other allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fox’s star.Baldwin went all in on the scandal.The segment started off with just O’Reilly welcoming you to his show Source: SNLFirst of all, he addressed “the scandal that everyone has been talking about all week – a scandal no one thought I’d have the guts to address head on, but the shocking allegations of abuse of power that have been…” Source: SNLOh.“As you know, 60 of our sponsors have pulled their ads from the programme. No word as to why yet.” Source: SNLJust when you thought this was going to be an O’Reilly-only sketch, the split screen came up and Baldwin’s Trump joined the show.It was two Baldwin impressions for the price of one Source: SNLThey moved on to the topic of Trump’s defence of O’Reilly, calling him a “good person.”“I’m more familiar with this case than, say, healthcare” Source: SNL“Thank you for stopping by the Factor, and keep up the good work” Source: SNL“Wait, is that a joke? A lot of people have been saying ‘keep up the good work’ but then I found that it was a joke.” Source: SNLAnd -scene-.It was up there with a behind-the-scenes look at that Pepsi ad as the most talked about sketch of the night Source: Saturday Night Live/YouTubeThey have plenty of material to be working with these days.DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Coady and the Creepies 1 Review

first_img Coady and the Creepies is the new mini-series from BOOM! Studios’ creator-focused imprint, BOOM! Box, home to awesome series such as Lumberjanes, SLAM!, and The Backstagers. I’ve been following the imprint for awhile now, with their Jonesy being one of my favorite series coming out. BOOM! Box gives creators, especially up-and-coming creators, a place to tell a story that doesn’t necessarily fit in at other publishers, normally in a mini-series format. Tending to focus on a younger audience, BOOM! Box shares a lot of the same sensibilities as many modern cartoons, embracing a much more inclusive worldview while still managing to be fun. Coady and the Creepies #1 start the series out on a great note, feeling right at home among the publisher’s other work.Coady and the Creepies #1(W) Liz Prince (A) Amanda KirkPunk isn’t dead…Coady, Criss, and Corey are sisters and bandmates in the band The Creepies. After a van accident leaves Corey badly scarred and Criss in a wheelchair, they’re getting back into the punk scene!But they still need to contend with the challenges of staying true to their punk ideals, while also dealing with the media attention they’ve attracted, as well as the tension surrounding the fact that Coady escaped the accident seemingly unscathed. Now on tour, they’re fighting their way through the (sometimes literal) battle of the bands, earning enamel pins, and heading for the gig of their lives… So, I slightly edited the above solicitation for this issue because it originally contained spoilers. It might seem silly to avoid spoilers, but I went in blind, and I legitimately think that doing so made reading this first issue a totally different experience. A cute little story that isn’t set up as anything too outlandish, it takes a great tonal shift about two-thirds of the way into the story, adding a whole new layer to the story, and setting up the plot in a fascinating way. The Cristoff sisters, Criss, Corey, and Coady all get their own moments in this first issue that help to define their dynamic and roles, which is the benefit of working within the framework of a mini-series.Amanda Kirk’s art helps to bring the fun to the story, her art bringing to mind the likes of 90’s Nickelodeon cartoons like Rugrats or Ahhhhh! Real Monsters. Her art just has this unique sense of scribbly fun, with lots of energy, it never feels too busy or too clean, almost like cartoon-punk, which is appropriate given the subject matter. Hannah Fisher’s colors help a lot too, especially when it comes to giving it that Nickelodeon look, with lots of pinks, greens, and oranges that make the pages pop.via BOOM! StudiosCoady and the Creepies #1 is written by Liz Prince, drawn by Amanda Kirk, colored by Hannah Fisher, and published by BOOM! Box. The first issue is available in stores and online now at Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and WildVariant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18) Stay on targetlast_img read more

Trippier reveals obsession with World Cup freekick

first_imgEngland wing-back Kieran Trippier has revealed he has watched his free-kick goal against Croatia in the semifinals of the World Cup more than a 100 times.The Tottenham Hotspur defender became the third English player after Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker to score a goal in the semifinals of a World Cup after his direct free kick beat Daniel Subasic in the Croatia goal in Russia.Trippier was a standout performer during England’s memorable summer exploits, capping a handful of bright performances with consistently excellent set-piece delivery.“I’m not going to lie to you, I’ve watched it back about 100 times,” said the 27-year-old as quoted by Daily Mail, on his return to training at St George’s Park.“Obviously I enjoyed that moment. Even now it still hurts that we got beat but I have watched it back a lot. I’ve looked back at a couple of the games, not just the Croatia one. Obviously it was frustrating to get knocked out in the semi-final but we’re proud of ourselves as a team and how far we came in the World Cup.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Trippier’s dead-ball skills flew under the radar for a long time at Spurs, where Eriksen has built a well-earned reputation as one of the best in the business.The Dane was quick to acknowledge’s his colleague’s skills when they linked back up at Enfield and even deferred to Trippier when a chance arose against Fulham last month. Just as he had in Moscow, the former Burnley man finished with style.“To be fair to Christian we had a bit of banter about free-kicks and stuff as soon as we walked in (for pre-season training),” he said.“In the last few games we’ve been sharing them out a little bit because of the opposition and which delivery can hurt them the most. It’s all about the confidence at the time. Everyone knows how good Christian is at set plays and delivering a ball but against Fulham I just felt confident, first game back, and I said to him ‘do you mind if I take this one?”“He said ‘no problem’ – and I managed to score it.”last_img read more

CWC 2018 Easy day for teams in the Emirates

first_imgAfter three matches already played in the FIFA Club World Cup, teams took rest just before the start of the SemifinalsThree out of eight matches have already been played in the 2018 edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, and teams took it easy this Sunday.Only three of the six clubs still in the competition took a time to train, a couple days before the start of the Semifinals: Argentina’s River Plate, Emirati side Al Ain and Japanese club Kashima Antlers.Club Deportivo Guadalajara and Esperánce de Tunis took some time off, with the Mexican players going to Dubai to visit the main attractions at the city,Meanwhile, Real Madrid is the first team to arrive in Abu Dhabi, the city that will host one Semifinal, the Third Place Match, and the Final game.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).The tournament will continue this Tuesday, December 18th, when Esperánce and Guadalajara battle for Fifth Place, while River Plate will play its first match against local club Al Ain.Both games are set to be played at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium.#CWC18: You can follow all our coverage of the FIFA Club World Cup in our different social media. @ClubWorldCups— (@ronaldocomint) December 15, 2018last_img read more

FCA consults on proposals for staff incentives in consumer credit organisations

first_imgThe Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is consulting on proposals designed to help consumer credit organisations manage risks associated with staff incentives and performance management processes.The FCA, which has overseen the regulation of consumer credit since April 2014, has published findings from a thematic research report that surveyed 98 consumer credit organisations. The research found that some of these organisations had not recognised the potential harm to customers that its incentive schemes could pose, and therefore did not have adequate systems or controls in place to manage the risks of these staff incentive arrangements. Examples include features of bonus calculations or where retail organisations pay bonuses on the sales of retail goods rather than the associated finance product.In light of the research findings, the FCA is consulting on a package of rules and guidance to help consumer credit organisations, such as banks, insurance organisations, and investment firms, identify and manage risks effectively.The proposed guidance will include examples of different kinds of incentives, how incentive schemes affect risks to customers, and how organisations can control these risks. The FCA will also provide examples of good practice for robust approaches to risk management. It will also include a high-level rule requiring organisations to establish adequate arrangements to detect and manage any risk of non-compliance with regulatory obligations arising from their remuneration policies and performance management practices.The rule and guidance would apply to an organisation with respect to its credit-related regulated activity and unregulated activity that is financed by a credit arrangement for which the firm is carrying on consumer credit lending or broking.The consultation will run until 4 October 2017.Jonathan Davidson, executive director of supervision, retail and authorisations, said: “The way [organisations] pay and manage the performance of their staff is a key driver of culture and customer outcomes, and a continuing priority for the FCA. We expect firms to understand the effects their staff incentives might be having.”last_img read more

Tinder will warn LGBTQ users if theyre in a discriminatory country

first_img Mobile Mobile Apps Phones Tinder is trying to make its app safer for LGBTQ+ users.  Thomas Trutschel / Getty Images To better ensure the safety of its LGBTQ+ users when traveling, Tinder is adding a new feature — the Traveler Alert — to its iOS and Android apps in the coming days. Users who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer will get a warning message when they open the app in a country that criminalizes same-sex status. “Based on your geographical location, it appears you’re in a place where the LGBTQ community may be penalized. We want you to have fun, but your safety is our #1 priority,” the Traveler alert says. “Please proceed with caution and take extra care when making new matches and meeting with people you do not know.” From there, users can choose to be hidden on Tinder or show themselves while in one of the countries. Tinder said that if a user chooses to be shown on TInder and has added sexual orientation or gender identity to their profile, that information won’t display until they leave the area. Users will also get a Traveler Alert if they’re using Tinder Passport. Tinder didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.Tinder pointed out in a blog post that there are almost 70 countries with laws that penalize the LGBTQ+ community, despite progressive steps in other countries.  Facebook rating your trustworthiness, Tinder’s college-only… 1:03 0 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

Tata motors promises to improve safety measures after small cars fail crash

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Tata motors assured to work on the safety of its cars after certain popular small Indian cars fail first ever independent crash tests, revealing high risk of serious injuries in road accidents. A test conducted by GLOBAL NCAP, an independent UK based charity for consumer-orientated vehicle safety initiatives, showed disastrous results for some of the most popular running cars in India including Maruti Alto 800, Tata Nano, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Polo. Following the reports, President of Tata Motors, Ranjit Yadav said that the company would meet the safety requirements of its cars as per global standards. The secretary general of Global NCAP, David Ward, said that it is important to give the consumer a safe car.last_img

Kerala Box Office Mohanlals Lailaa O Lailaa Lal Joses NeeNa to Clash

first_img“Lailaa O Lailaa”, “Nee -Na” and “Bombay Velvet” is set to clash in Kerala Box officeFacebook/ Lailaa O Lailaa/ Lal Jose, Twitter/ Anushka SharmaIn the coming weekend, Kerala box office is expected to witness a lot of action, with Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil movies slated to be released. Mohanlal’s “Lailaa O Lailaa” will be released on on 14 May. Lal Jose’s “Nee – Na” and Bollywood film “Bombay Velvet” starring Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma will hit screens on 15 May.Besides these releases, theatres in Kerala are expected to fit in Tamil movies such as Jyothika starrer “36 Vayadhinile” and “Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai” starring Arya and Vijay Sethupathi,  as both the movies announced release date on 15 May.Coming to Malayalam releases,  both movies are touted to be entirely different when it comes to their genre and making. ‘Lailaa O Lailaa”, which stars Mohanlal and Amala Paul in the lead, is a action thriller. Lal Jose’s is said to deal with the intricacies and complexities of urban relationships.The trailer and songs of “Lailaa O Lailaa” had already created a huge buzz. The movie is being promoted as one of the most expensive in Malayalam till date, and the action sequences in the film are said to have some Hollywood flavour.Moreover, the script of “Lailaa O Lailaa” has been written by Suresh Nair, who has is known for his work in Bollywood movies such as “Kahaani”, “Namastey London”, “D-Day”, “Singh is King” and “Bang Bang”. Lal Jose’s “Nee – Na” is expected to be a completely new cinematic experience in terms of its visuals and narrative style. The trailer of the movie has ensured that the characters of “Nee-Na” will bring in new perspective to stories of human relationships and emotions that are usually seen in Malyalam cinema.Sources close to the movie say that the magical touch of  Lal Jose adds charm to the movie.The central character of the movie, Neena, is played by debutant Deepthi Sathi and the movie also has star cast of Vijay Babu, Ann Agustine and Chemban Vinod Jose.The script of “Nee- Na” has been written by Venugopal Ramachandran Nair and the cinematography is by Jomon T John.Yet another movie that is expected to make a noticeable mark at the box office in Kerala is Bollywood movie “Bombay Velvet” directed by Anurag Kashyap.Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma, the film narrates the story of a street fighter Johnny Balraj and the transformation of Bombay into one of the biggest cities in the country. “Bombay Velvet” marks the acting debut of filmmaker Karan Johar in a negative role.last_img read more

Khaledas counsel TM Akbar dies in court

first_imgTM Akbar, one of the counsels of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and former president of Dhaka Bar Association, died of brain haemorrhage on Thursday. He was 86.Akbar suddenly collapsed on the ground at the makeshift court on Bakshibazar Alia Madrasa premises while attending the hearing in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case, said Khaleda’s another lawyer Sanaullah Miah.He said the veteran lawyer was taken to BIRDEM Hospital where physicians declared him dead.The physicians said Akbar suffered brain haemorrhage, Sanaullah added.Meanwhile, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia expressed deep shock at his death.In a condolence message, the BNP chief said pro-BNP lawyers now cannot work independently while the government lawyers are putting various pressures on them in the court to make them mentally depressed. “In a sequel to repression and harassment, senior Lawyer TM Akbar died after falling ill seriously at the courtroom.”Khaleda said Akbar never hesitated to carry out legal fight for ensuring people’s basic rights and justice amid the government’s repressive and unjust acts.She prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed her profound sympathy to the bereaved family members.In another message, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also condoled Akbar’s demise.last_img read more

Full Show Coastal Spine Plan and the Resurgence of Nationalism Oct 26

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /33:55 On Friday’s Houston Matters: The Army Corps of Engineers is set to release plans today for a coastal spine to protect Texas from hurricanes. We learn more.Also this hour: In his new book The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalization, journalist John Judis explains the resurgence of nationalism around the world and what aspects of it are necessary to a democracy.And we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week’s news.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Xcenter_img Listenlast_img

QuickenLoans MortgageFees Dispute Reaches Supreme Court

first_imgQuickenLoans’ Mortgage-Fees Dispute Reaches Supreme Court Share October 11, 2011 420 Views A case over unearned mortgage fees reached the desk of the nation’s highest judicial authority Tuesday, as the “”Supreme Court””: accepted to hear a suit over unearned fees that mortgage lenders allegedly charged their borrowers.[IMAGE]The defendant: Detroit-based “”QuickenLoans””:, which an “”amicus curae brief””:, filed by borrowers in Louisiana, accuses the lender of failing to abide by the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the 1974 law responsible for banning financial benefits for lenders and servicers involved in federal loans.The brief names Tammy Foret Freeman and other petitioners as the plaintiffs. “”_The Wall Street Journal_””: reported that Freeman and her fellow plaintiffs present the case as one in which the mortgage fees charged by QuickenLoans were unallowable ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a position the Obama administration endorses by arguing a consistency of approach to the law from “”HUD””: to the brief, their attorneys allege that “”HUD consistently interpreted [RESPA] to prohibit[COLUMN_BREAK]all unearned fees, regardless of whether those fees are divided between two or more people.””It cites a 1976 consumer information booklet that supplemented RESPA’s ban on settlement kickbacks with information calling it “”also illegal to charge or accept a fee or part of a fee where no service has actually been performed.””The brief says that HUD adopted a later regulation that reaffirmed the prohibition for unearned mortgage fees.Brian Sullivan, a spokesperson for HUD, declined to comment for the story.Spokespeople for neither QuickenLoans nor the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:, under the auspices for which RESPA now falls, could be immediately reached for comment.The case climbed to the highest court following a number of disputes among lower courts, according to the _Journal_, which reported QuickenLoans winning a case on a 2-1 vote at the “”Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals””: last year.This is not the first time QuickenLoans faces a suit over questionable fees and practices. Following several years of litigation, the embattled mortgage lender celebrated a big win following the unanimous decision by a jury to reject claims over unfair compensation charges for employees.Said the company in a March “”statement””: “”Our hope is that today’s victory inspires other job-creating companies to defend against meritless lawsuits which drain wealth and productivity from our society.””The _Journal_ said that oral arguments will roll forward for the Supreme Court case in early 2012. A decision by the high court is expected that summer.center_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Housing Affordability HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Disclosures Processing Service Providers 2011-10-11 Ryan Schuettelast_img read more

Fed US Economy Faces Headwinds Far and Near

first_img Agents & Brokers Ben S. Bernanke Confidence Debt Crisis Federal Reserve GDP Home Equity House Financial Services Committee Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-07-19 Krista Franks Brock in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Fed: U.S. Economy Faces Headwinds Far and Near “”Speaking before Congress Wednesday,””: Federal Reserve “”Chairman Ben Bernanke””: predicted a slow and fragile economic recovery in the United States, one that is vulnerable to financial markets abroad as well as fiscal policy at home.[IMAGE] Amid the uncertain economic atmosphere, the “”Federal Reserve””: will continue its maturity extension program through the end of this year. The program calls for the Fed to purchase short-term Treasury securities and long-term Treasury securities of equal amounts. In doing so, the Fed “”induce[s] private investors to acquire “”other long-term assets, such as corporate bonds and mortgage-backed securities, helping to raise their prices and lower their yields,”” according to Bernanke. The “”Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)””: “”made clear at its June meeting that it is prepared to take further action as appropriate to promote stronger economic recovery and sustained improvement in labor market conditions in a context of price stability.””The housing market has revealed “”modest signs of improvement,”” according to Bernanke. He noted positive signs in new and existing home sales and construction. However, “”a number of factors continue to impede progress in the housing market,”” he stated. [COLUMN_BREAK]These factors include low levels of confidence in the market and individual economic situations, tight lending standards, negative equity, and damaged credit. After posting some gains toward the end of 2011, the economy has slowed this year. Gross domestic product rose to about 2.5 percent in the second half of 2011 but slowed to about 2 percent in the first quarter of this year “”and available indicators point to a still-smaller gain in the second quarter,”” Bernanke stated. The jobs situation has been similar. After adding about 200,000 jobs per month in the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, second quarter job growth averaged about 75,000 jobs per month. “”The recovery in the United States continues to be held back by a number of other headwinds, including still-tight borrowing conditions for some businesses and households,”” Bernanke stated before Congress. He suggested the two main threats to economic recovery are the fiscal atmosphere in the euro-zone and fiscal policy in the United States.””Europe’s financial markets and economy remain under significant stress, with spillover effects on financial and economic conditions in the rest of the world, including the United States,”” Bernanke said. Additionally, Bernanke stated, “”As is well known, U.S. fiscal policies are on an unstable path, and the development of a credible medium-term plan for controlling deficits should be a high priority.””Bernanke warned that the tax increases and spending reductions set to take place early next year barring legislative action, “”a scenario widely referred to as the fiscal cliff,”” would lead to “”a shallow recession”” next year. Bernanke projects about 1.25 million fewer jobs would be created next year as a result. Amid these risks, FOMC in June reported “”a higher degree of uncertainty about their forecasts than normal.”” They predict GDP growth to be between 1.9 and 2.4 percent this year and between 2.2 and 2.8 percent in 2013. center_img July 19, 2012 425 Views Sharelast_img read more