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Answer the call of Afghans to reduce impact of conflict UN urges

The mid-year report from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documented  3,812 civilian casualties (1,366 deaths and 2,446 injured) in the first half of 2019. Latest UN update on chilling impact of #Afghanistan conflict on civilians released today – #ZeroCivilianCasualtiesNow Read update:— UNAMA News (@UNAMAnews) July 30, 2019 While the number of civilians killed and injured is 27 per cent down from the same period in 2018 – the year that saw record high numbers of recorded civilian casualties – the UN noted “disturbing patterns”, such as the 27 per cent increase in civilian deaths in the second quarter of 2019 compared with the first. Aerial operations from January through June killed and injured 519 people – 150 of which were child casualties (89 deaths and 61 injured) – a 39 per cent increase in civilian casualties from airstrikes compared to the same period last year, according to UNAMA.  UNAMA attributed 83 per cent of the civilian casualties resulting from aerial operations to International Military Forces, nine per cent to the Afghan Air Force, and the remaining eight per cent to undetermined pro-Government forces (PGFs). At the same time, the UN Mission attributed 52 per cent of all civilian casualties to anti-Government elements, with 38 per cent attributed to Taliban, 11 per cent to Daesh/Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), and three per cent to unidentified anti-Government elements. The UN said that it supports the demand for all parties to reduce civilian casualties to zero, made in the joint declaration by Afghan participants earlier this month in Doha, Qatar at the Intra-Afghan Dialogue. “Everyone heard the message loud and clear from Afghan delegates in the Doha talks – ‘reduce civilian casualties to zero!’” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.  “We urge all parties to heed this imperative, to answer the call of Afghans for immediate steps to be taken to reduce the terrible harm being inflicted,” added Mr. Yamamoto, who is also Head of UNAMA. UNAMAProtection of Civilians in Armed Conflict (Jan to Jun 2019).Conflict continues to severely impact women and children  According to UNAMA, women continue to be disproportionately impacted by the armed conflict in Afghanistan. Up to 30 June 2019, fighting caused 430 women casualties – 144 deaths and 286 injured – a decrease of 22 per cent compared to the same period in 2018. Child casualties represented almost one-third of the overall total of civilian casualties, with 327 deaths and 880 injured. Children continue to comprise the vast majority – 84 per cent– of all civilian casualties from explosive remnants of war. “Parties to the conflict may give differing explanations for recent trends, each designed to justify their own military tactics,” said Richard Bennett, UNAMA’s human rights chief.  “The fact remains that only a determined effort to avoid civilian harm, not just by abiding by international humanitarian law but also by reducing the intensity of the fighting, will decrease the suffering of civilian Afghans.” read more

Ohio States Devin Smith strikes again

Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman said Devin Smith is a question mark at times, but at the end of the Buckeyes’ game against California Saturday the sophomore receiver was the answer. With 3:26 left in the game and the score tied at 28, OSU was faced with a third and seven at their own 28-yard line. Coach Urban Meyer called a pass play designed for junior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown that he hoped would extend the drive. Smith’s job on the play was “merely to clear out” according to Herman, but a coverage lapse from California left Brown double covered and Smith wide open down the right sideline. As the ball floated toward him, Smith said he heard his mom’s voice in the back of his head. “My mom tells me every time I catch the ball to run like a dog is catching you,” he said. “As soon as I caught the ball, that’s all I was thinking in my mind.” Whatever he was thinking, it worked because after he caught the ball, he sprinted untouched into the end zone for a 72-yard score to put the Buckeyes up for good. “We live for that,” Smith said of his big play. “I dreamed of being wide open and catching those balls. I had to make a big play and that’s what I did.” It’s not the first time Smith has made a big play. Smith’s game-winning 40-yard touchdown catch against Wisconsin in 2011 became the signature moment of last season and his one-handed grab against Miami the first game of the this season was nominated for play of the year. The tough plays aren’t what has plagued Smith, though. In the first quarter of Saturday’s game, Smith fended off a Bears defender and plucked a back shoulder throw out of the air for a 25-yard touchdown. Herman said the level of difficulty in that play was probably higher than the one that ended the game. But Smith also had two drops in the first half, at least one of which would have given OSU a first down and extended the drive. It’s that lack of consistency that has “frustrated” his coaches since training camp. “Devin was certainly a guy that was a question mark coming into camp, but has gotten much better. He is nowhere near a finished product,” Herman said. “He was a guy that hadn’t really studied his playbook or hadn’t been very trustworthy as far as being in the right place at the right time. He continues to improve on that.” Smith, who finished the game with 145 receiving yards and two touchdowns, said he’s still waiting on a compliment from Meyer. “(Meyer) told me I was going to have to make catches like that all the time. The catch I had today to win the game and he told me not to drop another ball,” Smith said. But despite the inconsistency, Meyer can’t keep Smith off the field because his big-play potential is too high to ignore. “Yeah, he dropped a couple, but we need a home-run hitter,” Meyer said. “When you take a really hard swing every once in a while, you’ve got to hit it out of the park.” read more

Gold Board confirms 2 employees sent home in deepening fraud investigation

..Assures miners that their assay accounts ‘have not been compromised’Stemming from ongoing investigations into an alleged multi-million-dollar fraud scheme, two employees attached to the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) were sent on administrative leave pending the outcome of further probes.Reports are that an accountant and a clerk have been implicated in several illegal operations which have left one of the Board’s major suppliers still awaiting portions of payment for gold that had already been handed over to the entity.According to the Ministry of Natural Resources in a release on Friday, “Chairman of the Guyana Gold Board, GHK Lall, has confirmed that two employees have been sent home following the results of an internal investigation. This investigation is part of the Board’s enhanced due diligence efforts aimed at scrutinizing all activities and all areas relative to the GGB’s operations, and has been in place for a while now.”This publication understands that the duo, both of whom have been employed at the Guyana Gold Board for over 10 years, have managed to milk portions of payments that accumulated over time.Directors of the GGB highlighted in the aforementioned statement that miner’s “assay accounts have not been compromised” while noting that they have approved, among other things, the exercise to expose those employee whose actions have “through either negligence, or willful ignorance, or gross and unacceptable improprieties (or some combination of these) represent a threat to the enhancement goals and long-term interests of the GGB.“It was emphasized that it must be made clear to everyone that those found to be deficient in principles and the highest standards of probity will be dealt with severely after due process is observed; there can be no exceptions. The board meeting reiterated that, in this manner, the due diligence endeavors will yield the most beneficial and enduring fruits to the GGB, the mining sector, and the Guyanese taxpayer” the GGB explained.The Police were called in as investigations into the matter continue.According to the Gold Board this internal investigation is an ongoing exercise, which is expected to expand in scope and duration, should circumstances so necessitate.Earlier this year, senior staff members of the GGB were sent on leave to facilitate a probe of alleged links to an embattled gold dealer, Saddiqi Mohamed Rasul, who was charged for the $956 million fraud at the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI).Saddiqi RasulShortly after Rasul was granted $3 million bail on the fraud charges in April, reports surfaced that he sold gold to the Gold Board regularly. There were also reports that he allegedly purchased yellow metal above the London Fix; deposited and withdrew millions of dollars from his company’s bank account, and was allowed to pay only the five per cent royalty and not the two per cent tax. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana Gold Board employees slapped with fraud chargesAugust 6, 2018In “Court”Two of former President Donald Ramotar’s children sent on admin leaveApril 21, 2017In “latest news”Gold Board probe: File to be sent to ‘DPP or Police legal advisor’- SOCU HeadSeptember 6, 2017In “Crime” read more

Sons of Gwalia and a lot more see St Barbara grow

first_imgASX-Top 200 gold miner, St Barbara, whose Sons of Gwalia redevelopment is featured in IM’s April issue, says it plans to increase production to 1 Moz of gold by 2010 as it brings newly developed assets on stream. As an interim step, St Barbara announced today it had set an objective of increasing existing production by the end of 2008 to an annualised rate of 450,000 oz/y, from 170,000-175,000 oz currently. The 2007-2008 production gains will be reliant on St Barbara’s anticipated start-up from September this year of first production from a suite of underground and open-pit gold assets at Leonora that it acquired from the former Sons of Gwalia gold miner but which have not produced since 2003.Addressing the final day today of the 2008 Paydirt Gold Conference in Perth, St Barbara’s General Manager Exploration, Peter Thompson, said the interim and longer term step-ups in output will come from the company’s significant and aggressive exploration and development push in the next two years. Thompson said this would include enhanced output and development at the company’s historic production centre, Southern Cross, southwest of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia – and its Leonora assets north of Kalgoorlie.St Barbara has embarked on a A$30 million exploration and development drilling program within both provinces in 2007-2008 to drive its 1 Moz objective which is being built around a four tiered approach, comprising:Taking the Company’s combined Southern Cross and maiden Leonora production output to 600,000 oz/yAchieving additional growth through potential underground development of the high grade portion the Tarmoola deposit, and the Tower Hill project, north of KalgoorlieDiscoveries within its WA-only holdingsFurther acquisitions and joint ventures.“We have achieved in recent times significant growth in gold reserves (2.3 Moz) and resources (7.8 Moz) and anticipate further reserves growth with upgrades due on the 23rd of this month and in the June quarter,” Thompson said. “Marvel Loch, within our Southern Cross interests, will however, remain the cornerstone for St Barbara in the medium term. Its total endowment of 12 Moz includes more than 20 open pit targets – underpinning our production there – as well as the potential to build Marvel Loch’s existing underground operations to 1 Mt/y at an average of 4 g/t Au from 800,000 t/y currently.”Southern Cross’s contribution to St Barbara’s growth path will be enhanced with the commencement next month of new open pit operations at Nevoria; and three likely new open pits – Transvaal, Edwards and Axehandle – in 2009.Thompson told delegates the maiden contributions from the new Leonora assets will commence in the September quarter this year with a 600,000 t/y, 8.4 g/t Au objective for the redeveloped historic Gwalia underground, and a similar sized but lower grade contribution – 2.0 -2.5 g/t Au – from Leonora’s planned open pit opportunities.The current refurbishing and mine development programs for Leonora involve a A$150 million capital works schedule – and are geared Thompson said to achieve the total 600,000 oz annual output by 2010. “The additional 400,000 oz needed to secure our 1 Moz objective are anticipated to come from new projects from within our current landbank and from acquisitions and joint ventures,” he said.St Barbara has current total reserves of 2.3 Moz of gold, a resource of 10.1 Moz and a gold exploration and development landbank in Western Australia covering 18,000 km2.last_img read more

Its like the Third Secret of Fatima Noonan says ECB letter could

first_imgMICHAEL NOONAN HAS said that a letter written by the former president of the ECB to then Finance Minister Brian Lenihan could be released for the banking inquiry, but stressed it was a legal decision.He added that the release of the letter has been the subject of numerous freedom of information requests which have been denied.European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly said in March she was unhappy that the ECB had blocked the release of Jean-Calude Trichet’s letter, but Noonan outlined today that subsequent investigations by the office found that the ECB were within their rights not to make it public.It’s been speculated that the November 2010 letter suggested that Ireland’s emergency funding could be cut off if the country did not enter a bailout programme.“Requests to release the letter have been made under our own freedom of information provisions on a number of occasions. The refusal to adhere to the requests has been upheld on one occasion by the office of the information commissioner,” Noonan told the Dáil today“I understand that the ombudsman’s office found that the ECB was entitled not to disclose the letter,” he added.The Governing Council of the ECB came to the view that it would not be appropriate at this point in time but indicated it would reevaluate the disclosure of the letter at a more advanced stage of post-programme surveillance.Noonan was responding to a question from Sinn Féin’s Peader Toibín who wanted the minister to confirm that the letter would be made available for the inquiry.Sinn Féin’s MEP Martina Anderson also submitted a formal question to the ECB in March asking under what conditions they will release the letter and what action they may take if Minister Noonan released it unilaterally. Michael Noonan compared the letter to the Third Secret of Fatima. Source: Oireachtas.ieBut the minister said that the release of the letter for the banking inquiry was not his decision alone, instead the ECB has to be consulted:As regards release of the letter for the banking inquiry, any request which may be received from the banking inquiry will of course be considered, taking into account the terms of reference of the inquiry. I should also point out that it would be standard practice and in line with the principle of cooperation among public institutions for the ECB to be consulted ahead of its release.Toibín replied that he felt the the minister’s position remained unclear. He said that the ECB is “holding a veto” over the release of the letter and told Noonan that “your responsibility is in standing up for Ireland’s interests”.The minister said that  international communications are exempt under freedom of information and that its contents mightn’t necessarily be important in any case :Personally I have no particular problem whether it’s released or not. It’s like the Third Secret of Fatima, people will be disappointed when they see it.Read: 2010 ECB letter to Lenihan could finally be made public >Read: Will Noonan publish the ECB letter that forced Ireland into a bailout? >last_img read more

Lock Up Your Mac Mini

first_imgTryten Technologies of Seattle, Washington, a physical computer safety company, is introducing the Mac Mini Security Mount. With it you can secure your Mini to a variety of security cable options rather than permanently mounting the Mini to your workspace or monitor. The design includes a LockBar with a high-security, seven pin pick-resistant lock. The LockBar can be secured with a Kensington-style security slot cable or with one of Tryten’s other cable kits.The open design of the mount provides access to all peripheral connections and the disk slot, and maintains Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You can pick one up now for $67.70, or even cheaper if you buy in bulk.last_img read more

Australian education institutes set to help Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two Australian education institutes are headed to Greece to inform Greeks wanting to migrate to Australia about what they need to do to study here. Representatives from Australian Industrial Systems Institute (AISI) and Institute of Tertiary and Higher Education Australia (ITHEA) will be conducting information sessions on how someone can apply for their courses, what type of study is involved, what life is like in Australia and what the visa requirements are. Roula Tsiolas, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of AISI, said these session were organised as a response to requests they were receiving as a result of the Australian Government’s Skills Australia Needs expo. Both agencies are holding the sessions independently of the Skills Australia Needs sessions. Tsiolas told Neos Kosmos that the requests AISI had received came from people who, in some cases, weren’t considered for the expo “given their lack of qualifications and experience of some of those individuals”. “With all the queries, we thought we could possibly go recruit some people for training which will make them more eligible applications for their visa,” Tsiolas said. She said this is an initiative of AISI, “responding to the needs of people who have called through” and enquired about skilled education training in Australia. AISI will be offering free information seminars to Greeks for courses in automotive, building and construction, business and English language. Another institute, ITHEA, is also organising a series of information sessions in Athens and Thessaloniki for prospective students wishing to study in English in Australia. Peter Jasonides, Managing Director of ITHEA, told Neos Kosmos that ITHEA is getting a lot of queries from Greeks receiving the wrong information on migrating to Australia. He said that through these sessions ITHEA plans to set the record straight. “With this misinformation [the students] are getting, they are not able to make a calculated decision. And it’s not just about the education in Australia, it’s about life in Australia as well. These people are used to a completely different lifestyle than what we have in Australia. So those sorts of things they need to be aware of before they make the huge plunge to migrating to Australia,” said Jasonides. He said the main queries ITHEA receives are: what courses do they have available; what is it like to study in Australia; what is life like here; what are the visa requirements to study here, and how would they enrol. AISI’s information sessions will be held in Athens on the 8 and 9 October and ITHEA’s sessions will be held in the two major Greek cities of Athens and Thessaloniki between the 2 and 14 October. For more information, visit ITHEA at and AISI at read more

Geek Deals Get a 200 Gift Card with the DJI Mavic Pro

first_imgAre you itching to jump head-first into the world of quad-copters and aerial photography? Now’s the time to buy! Today, Dell is offering up a whopping $200 eGift card when you pick up a Mavic Pro drone from DJI. • DJI Mavic Pro Drone with $200 Dell eGift Card for $999Okay, so what are the basic specs you need to look for here? It weighs a bit over one and a half pounds, it measures about 13 inches on the diagonal, the max speed tops out at 40.4 miles per hour, it includes a 12.7 megapixel camera with three-axis stabilization, and it pairs seamlessly to most iOS and Android devices.Without factoring in wind complications, the max flight time comes in at about 27 minutes, and max hovering time is 24 minutes. So just how far can you go with that kind of battery life? Sans wind, you could theoretically make it about eight miles on a single charge. Impressive, right?As for photos and videos, you can enjoy JPEG or DNG photos at 4000×3000, 1080p video at 96fps (H.264), and 4K video at 30fps (H.264). The micro SD slot accepts cards up to 64GB, and an optimal card only costs about $23 on Amazon.And the eGift card? That’s good for about anything in the Dell online store. Use it to offset the cost of a new tablet, to pick up a few new games, or even grab some drone accessories. Just remember that it will expire 90 days after the eGift card is issued, so don’t wait too long to use it. Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the Dell site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

NXT TV tapings still on for Thursday, Stephanie McMahon book update

first_img 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next NXT TV tapings still on for ThursdayThe scheduled NXT TV tapings for this week will take place tonight (Thursday, September 14) as scheduled in Winter Park, Florida despite the campus being shut down due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.Full Sail issued this tweet confirming the tapings tonight.Yes. The NXT taping will be held as normal tomorrow.— Full Sail University (@FullSail) September 13, 2017Stephanie McMahon book updateStephanie McMahon noted on Twitter this week that her new book is “officially on hold.”McMahon’s tweet can be viewed below.LOL! My book is officially on hold. There are too many stories that need to be told before mine. One day, I promise!— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) September 12, 2017 Facebook The Binge: Googleboxer Isabelle shares what TV shows she hates Meghan McCain Says She’s ‘Fat Shamed’ On A ‘Daily Hourly Basis By The Internet’ WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television Twitter Now Playing Up Next Trade hopes lift Wall Street Now Playing Up Next Leigh Sales and Lisa Wilkinson deserve gold Logies. Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBirdersVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:10/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 95.38%0:05Remaining Time -1:05 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Birders Google+ First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weekslast_img read more

Roy Hodgson reveals failed move for Solanke

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has revealed the potential loan move for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke will not be going ahead.Solanke, who was part of England’s U-20 triumph in 2017, is yet to feature for the Reds this season and Hodgson confirmed he was interested in bringing the striker on loan to Selhurst Park.However, following Palace’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night, the former England head coach revealed the deal wasn’t going to happen.“It is a club decision,” said Hodgson, according to Sky Sports.“We were interested, I think he is a good player.”“It turns out there are complications, other factors involved in it, and the club decided in the end it was not the right moment for us to be doing it.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I do feel a little bit disappointed for the player, because I think at one stage he made up his mind in our favour.”“So it looked as if it was going to work out, but it didn’t work out in the end.”“These are things you accept as a manager, because there are always elements that are beyond (a) coach’s control.”“If there are other players the club can bring in I won’t be adverse to that, because we have a very small squad and we don’t have a lot to back us up.”“We are on the look out and the chairman and technical director are anxious to do what they can.”“But it’s not easy, certainly when you have limited financial resources.”last_img read more

Reporter discusses allegations of mismanagement at Alaska Blood Bank

first_imgA conceptual drawing of the new Blood Bank of Alaska building. Courtesy of the Blood Bank of AlaskaA recent complaint filed with the Food and Drug Administration alleges that mismanagement and financial impropriety at the Blood Bank of Alaska have led to dangerously short supplies of blood this summer.The story was first published by the Alaska Journal of Commerce, And Alaska Public Media’s Zachariah Hughes spoke with reporter DJ Summers about what’s known so far.Listen nowYou can read DJ Summers’s latest article in the Alaska Journal of Commerce here.last_img read more

State forecasts higher oil prices lower production in spring update

first_imgAn above-ground section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System near the Toolik Field Station in the North Slope Borough. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The Alaska state government is forecasting that oil prices this year and next year will be slightly higher than it projected in the fall. And it said oil production will be slightly lower.Combined with some other changes, the state’s Department of Revenue now projects that the state will have $89 million less for the budget that ends in June. And it will have $39 million more for the budget that begins in July.The price per barrel is forecast to be $68.90 this year, roughly a dollar higher than the last forecast. And the price is forecast to be $66 next year, which is $2 higher than before.But oil production is projected to be about 15,000 fewer barrels per day this year than previously forecast, falling from 526,787 barrels per day in the fall forecast to 511,460 barrels in the update. And it’s projected to be nearly 4,000 fewer barrels per day next year, from 533,197 forecast in the fall to 529,459 forecast in the spring update.last_img read more

Dont waste water people urged

first_imgHyderabad: Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) Managing Director M Dana Kishore on Friday said that water would be saved if everyone knows the value of each drop of water. Dana Kishore inspected the houses in SR Nagar area in which linemen are conducting the survey on wastage of water on pilot basis on Friday.Houses are marked with red colour if they are wasting water and marked with orange colour if they are wasting water by washing vehicles in front of house and green colour would be marked if houses have rainwater harvesting pits. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us Later, speaking to the media, the managing director said that everyone should save the water by creating awareness about the wastage of water. Water was being wasted in city and around 50 million litres were being wasted on the roads, he said. As part of the ‘Saaf Hyderabad and Shaandar Hyderabad’ campaign, 150 areas have been identified in which water board linemen conducting the survey of wastage of water and they identified that people were washing their vehicles from pipe water and they are washing in front of their houses by wasting so much of water.last_img read more


first_imgThe romantic comedy, “Boomerang” was released on July 1st, 1992 and it was set in a fictional Black advertising agency. This film has inspired an entire generation of marketing and advertising. There will be a showing of this film held in the Oprah Winfrey Theatre on July 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Museum of African American History and Culture Museum, 1400 Constitution Ave NW. There will be a discussion after the showing. Admission is free. To get rickets, visit Photo)last_img read more

Travelers beware Plane ticket to Peru no guarantee of visa

first_imgRelated posts:Southwest Airlines announces new routes to Costa Rica, Mexico Avianca denies route cancellations out of Costa Rica, but confirms 60 local layoffs US, Cuba agree to let airlines begin flights United Airlines announces more nonstop flights to Houston and New York during Christmas season This January, Copa and Avianca airlines offered deals that many Ticos thought were too good to be true: fares as low as $100 round-trip to Lima, Perú, from San José.Memes hit the Internet joking that the Costa Rican national beer, Imperial, was going to set up a tent at Machu Picchu for all the Costa Ricans who took advantage of the deal.But travelers still need to get their visa on time to actually get on the plane.Demand for visas to Peru surged 500 percent after the bargains went on sale, according to the Peruvian Embassy in San José.Thousands of Costa Ricans now have tickets to visit the land of the Inca, but visas are granted at the pleasure of the Peruvian government.Silvia Monge, a representative of the Peruvian Consul, said that since the Copa and Avianca discounted tickets went on sale in late January, the embassy has seen visa requests swell from a daily average of 25 before the sale to 150 currently.Monge said that the embassy has not hired additional staff to ease the burden of processing the applications. She did not specify how many Costa Ricans have been turned away in the rush for tourist visas.Monge said the average time for the Peruvian Embassy in San José to process visa requests was seven days, but considering the spike in applications, travelers should plan ahead and submit their requests well before their flight.Information on what Tico travelers need to apply for the visa can be found at the Peruvian Embassy’s website.One man who took advantage of Avianca’s deal was Steve Fisk, a California native who told The Tico Times that he was due to travel to Peru this Saturday. But his Tico travel partner was denied a visa Tuesday after waiting more than two weeks.Tickets were bought, hotels reserved, vacation time granted, vaccines taken, but without a visa, their trip won’t get past the check-in aisle at San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport.Fisk said his friend, who asked not to be named for this story, was turned away because he did not have enough money to make the trip on his own and the embassy decided he was at risk of not returning to Costa Rica. Fisk says he submitted a letter with his friend’s visa application saying he would pay for his friend’s share of the trip.U.S. passport holders do not require a tourist visa to travel to Peru for less than 90 days.Sofía Valverde, Avianca’s regional communications manager for Central America and the Caribbean, said that the airline did not consider visa requirements when deciding to offer the low fares.She noted that the window of travel afforded by the deal spanned from Jan. 28 to June 7. With flights spread over five months, she noted that there should be adequate time for travelers to secure their visas.Copa reportedly sold 1,200 tickets to Peru in the first 12 hours of the sale, according to the newspaper La República.A proposal is under discussion by the governments of Costa Rica and Peru to lift the visa requirement for travel between the two countries. But the agreement hasn’t come in time to save Fisk’s and his friend’s vacation. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

October Posts Largest Yearly Price Increase Since 2006

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies CoreLogic Demand Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Pending-Home Prices Processing Service Providers 2012-12-05 Tory Barringer October Posts Largest Yearly Price Increase Since 2006 Home prices were up 6.3 percent year-over-year in October, according to “”CoreLogic’s””: most recent “”Home Price Index””: (HPI) report. The rise represents the biggest yearly increase since June 2006 and marks the eighth consecutive month in which prices rose on an annual basis.[IMAGE]Excluding distressed sales, prices were up about 5.8 percent year-over-year, according to the report.On a monthly basis, prices (including distressed sales) were down 0.2 percent, reflecting an expected slump as the market enters the offseason. Excluding distressed sales, prices increased 0.5 percent from September, marking the eighth straight month-over-month increase.””We are seeing an ongoing strengthening of the residential housing market,”” said Anand Nallathambi, president of CEO of CoreLogic. “”Reduced inventories and improving buyer demand are contributing to stability and growth in home prices which is essential to the long term health of the housing market and the broader economy.””October’s strength is expected to carry into November. The CoreLogic Pending HPI shows that November prices (including distressed sales) are anticipated to rise by 7.1 percent year-over-year. Taking out distressed sales, prices are poised to rise 7.4 percent on an annual basis.On a monthly basis, prices are expected to fall 0.3 percent from October as the seasonal slowdown wears on. Excluding distressed sales, CoreLogic forecasts a 0.5 percent gain for November.””The housing recovery that started earlier in 2012 continues to gain momentum,”” said CoreLogic chief economist Mark Fleming. “”The recovery is geographically broad-based with almost all markets experiencing some appreciation. Sand and energy states continue to experience the most robust appreciation and some judicial foreclosure states are even recording increasing prices.””In fact, all but five states saw year-over-year price gains in October, according to the index. The exceptions were Illinois (-2.7 percent), Delaware (-2.7 percent), Rhode Island (-0.6 percent), New Jersey (-0.6 percent), and Alabama (-0.3 percent). Excluding distressed sales, that list drops to three: Delaware (-2.1 percent), Alabama (-1.5 percent), and New Jersey (-0.2 percent).In addition, 17 of the top 100 core-based statistical areas (measured by population) showed year-over-year declines, four fewer than in September. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img December 5, 2012 420 Views Sharelast_img read more

Falling Mortgage Rates Generate Surge of Potential Refinance Candidates

first_imgA new report by Black Knight states that the decline in mortgage rates confirmed by Freddie Mac have resulted in 5.9 million refinance candidates in April—an increase of 2 million from March.Mortgage rates have been on a downward trend over the past few months, and the average rate for all mortgage types fell to 4.20% in April. The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 3.99%.The report from Black Knight states that the 5.9 million candidates is the largest this group has been in almost three years, and represents an average of $1.6 billion in potential monthly savings by refinancing. Of those 5.9 million, nearly 1 million eligible for refinancing took out mortgages last year.Black Knight adds that the amount is the most of any vintage, and more than all of 2012-2017 combined, which represents not only the greatest attrition risk, but also the biggest pocket of refinance-lending opportunity.The report also recaps the latest home price index, which saw March, a month that typically sees the largest home price gains, reported an increase of 1%. This marks the 13-consecutive month of home price deceleration. Year-over-year appreciation has slipped to 3.8%, the first time annual home price growth fell below its 25-year average of 3.9% since 2012.Eighty five of the nation’s 100 largest markets saw their rate of growth decline over the past year. Markets such San Jose, California, Seattle, Washington, and San Francisco, California, have witnessed growth rates decline by 10 percentage points or more.San Jose’s growth rate decline 30%, Seattle’s dipped 13%, and San Francisco recorded a drop of 12%.Affordability for homeowners received positive news, as of those 85 markets, 65 of them saw slowing at the lower end of the market.CoreLogic reported that 31.1% of homes sold in March were either at or above the list price. The amount of homes that sold at or above the list price peaked in Q2 2018 at more than 40%. 2019 Housing Market Mortgage Rates Refinance 2019-06-03 Mike Albanese Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Falling Mortgage Rates Generate Surge of Potential Refinance Candidates June 3, 2019 481 Views last_img read more

June 2 2010 image Birdseye view of the Lean Lin

first_imgJune 2, 2010 [image: Birdseye view of the Lean Linear City design with dam] We continue our report from 5/31/10 with updated renderings of the Lean Linear City. The text consists of excerpts from “QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN “LINEAR CITY” written by Paolo Soleri, 2005. “The triumphal technological march of Homo faber is overloading the poorly designed “arterial and venous” networks we naïvely have embraced. The suburban logistical network is sclerotic, and worse, doomed. In order to remain marginally viable, the life of the “organism” becomes grotesque. An aerial view of exurban diaspora evidences that grotesque, monotonous, shallow, delusional life. It is un-civil-ized, i.e., deprived of civitas (the city), but serves well the production, consumption, segregation, waste, and pollution cycles of raw capitalism. The survival of the fittest is its rule, while its very livelihood rests in the obscurantism of materialism.” [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: Birdseye view of the Lean Linear City design, energy apron on the south side of the city] “At the same time there is an alternative to the crude instauration of very large urban systems indifferent, in fact hostile, to that same “loving nature” we hypocritically herald. We belong to the planet, we have been shaped for eons by it, and its basic indifference toward life’s evolution is plain to see. Even the sun, source and first resource of life, is nothing more that a super hot, gaseous mass, the most apt god to idolize if we are so inclined.” [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: Birdseye view of the Lean Linear City design, major node] “But our indifference toward the sun and its climatic rage taxes our fragile presence. How to best harness a fraction of the sun’s energy, now that fossil fuels are beginning to show signs of exhaustion, is essential to the structural and functional morphology of the proposed urban ribbon. Its predisposition toward a clean and lean nature includes harvesting solar energy on the spot and paying attention to the logistics of contemporary consumers.” [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: Birdseye view of the Lean Linear City design, modules] “We have been de-coupling the urban from the logistical (transportation) and as long as we stay in hyper-consumption mode and persist in automobile supremacy, the conflict has no solution. It is a simple fact of physics (transportation) and hyper-physics (the Urban Effect). The Lean Linear City channels both the physical and the hyper-physical (civilization-culture) presence in self-contained complexes and intense urban ribbons capable of lining the continent in the leanest possible mode.” The third and last report of this series about the Lean Linear City will be posted on 6/4/2010. [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY]last_img read more

FBME loses fight to stop sale of Cyprus branch

first_imgTHE NICOSIA district court has rejected an application filed by FBME bank for an interim order halting the expropriation and sale of its Cyprus branch, the Central Bank (CBC) said on Thursday.The application was filed by the bank’s owners Ayoud Farid Michel Saab and Fadi Michel Saab.The injunction aimed to rescind the resolution measures against FBME’s Cyprus branch, which Tanzania-based FBME Limited regards as a “hostile takeover and an illegal act”.FBME said the Central Bank should wait until the arbitration is heard at the International Arbitral Tribunal of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, currently underway.FBME is demanding compensation under the provisions of the agreement on the reciprocal promotion and protection of investments between Lebanon and Cyprus.The court ruled that the applicants did not fall within the term “investor” as defined in the above agreement between the two countries.Furthermore, the court stated that there is no transparency in relation to the shareholding structure of FBME Bank Ltd.In August, the Supreme Court rejected a similar application filed by FBME Ltd of Tanzania for an injunction suspending a decision to implement resolution measures in the branch of FBME Bank Ltd in Cyprus.The CBC took action on July 21, following allegations of money laundering against FBME Bank by the US Department of the Treasury.The bank had been given until September 22 to respond to the US Treasury Department, which it has done.FBME said the measures imposed by the CBC “blatantly contradict the terms of the Lebanese-Cyprus Convention of June 5 2002… which prohibits any nationalisation or expropriation of the assets of the citizens of either country. Article 12 of the Convention states clearly that in any dispute the parties will endeavour to settle amicably.” You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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