Ban and Kenyan VicePresident discuss cases of alleged crimes against humanity

8 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Kenyan Vice-President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka today discussed the International Criminal Court (ICC) process against six Kenyans, including three ministers, for alleged crimes committed during post-electoral violence three years ago. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Kenyan Vice-President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka today discussed the International Criminal Court (ICC) process against six Kenyans, including three ministers, for alleged crimes committed during post-electoral violence three years ago.In December ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo requested that the tribunal issue summonses against the six on charges of crimes against humanity for the violence in which more than 1,100 people were killed, 3,500 injured and up to 600,000 forcibly displaced. There were hundreds of rapes, possibly more, and over 100,000 properties were destroyed in six of Kenya’s eight provinces, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said at the time.Those named are: William Samoei Ruto, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology; Henry Kiprono Kosgey, Minister of Industrialization; Joshua Arap Sang, Head of Operations for KASS FM radio station; Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Head of the Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet; Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; and Mohamed Hussein Ali, Police Commissioner at the time of the violence.ICC judges are now reviewing the evidence. If they determine that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the six committed the alleged crimes, they will decide on the most appropriate way to ensure their appearance in Court. The prosecution has requested “Summonses to Appear.”During their meeting at UN Headquarters in New York today Mr. Musyoka handed Mr. Ban a message from President Mwai Kibaki. read more

Brantford police identify victims in double homicide

Brantford police say two people died of gunshot wounds Thursday morning at an address on Park… Brantford police identified Lynn VanEvery as one of two homicide victims on Thursday. Facebook Email Google Plus Brantford police say two people were shot and killed Thursday morning, the latest in a spate of gun violence that has plagued the city since the beginning of the year.Police said a man and a woman died of gunshot wounds at a home on Park Road South, just off of Colborne Street. Share July 18 homicide in Brantford Brantford police blocked traffic for their investigation of a double homicide Thursday morning at an… Tumblr GALLERY: July 18 homicide in Brantford Brantford police say two people died of gunshot wounds Thursday morning at an address at Park… Brantford police investigate a vehicle on Rowanwood Avenue, near Grey Street, after two people… Brantford police say two people died of gunshot wounds Thursday morning at an address at Park… Pinterest Brantford police investigate a vehicle on Rowanwood Avenue, near Grey Street, after two people… Brantford Const. Shane Seibert answers questions Thursday about a double-homicide… 1/5 Reddit LinkedIn Police identified the victims as Larry Reynolds, 64, and Lynn VanEvery, 62.Police were called to the home at about 7:55 a.m. The victims were treated by emergency medical services but died at the scene, police said“Brantford police are investigating this as a double homicide,” said Const. Shane Seibert, Brantford police’s media relations officer. “We believe this is not a random act of violence.“Major crime investigators will be on the scene, as well as forensic identification officers, who will be there collecting evidence from the scene.”The victims are the third and fourth people to be killed by gun violence this year and their murders come less than two weeks after Coby Carter, 22, of Hamilton, was killed in a shooting July 8 in the 100 block of Colborne Street West, between Gilkison and Oak streets. Police called Carter’s slaying “a planned and deliberate act.”On Thursday morning, several police vehicles, including the command post, were brought to the scene of the shooting, which shook up an otherwise quiet neighbourhood.“All I know is that there were some individuals parked with their vehicles on Fairmount (Avenue),” said one resident. “They got in their cars, drove around the corner and a few minutes later we heard shots, pop, pop, pop.“Next thing you know, police start showing up.”Fairmount runs parallel to Park Road South. The streets are connected at their southern ends by Edgewood Avenue.Other area residents said the neighbourhood is normally quiet.Family and friends of the victims expressed shock over their deaths and posted condolences on social media.“Can’t even believe it. RIP – my sweet aunt and uncle.”VanEvery was a “wonderful person,” said a man who who once worked with her at a Brantford auto parts manufacturer. “She was a real sweetheart. A very nice lady.”Police blocked Park Road South, between Colborne Street and Glenwood Drive. The road was expected to be closed for several hours.“We do have a command post there to assist our officers,” Seibert said. “It gives them a place to work from while still at the scene.“Any type of violence in any community is disturbing and we want to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can.”Seibert said all available resources are being used to keep the community safe.“There will be a police presence in the area for some time.”Staff from the city’s housing services department also were at the scene following the shooting. The house where the shooting took place is owned by the city and rented through the housing services department.The city purchased properties in the area several years ago to accommodate the proposed Brantford Southern Access Road.Meantime, Brantford police officers, joined by OPP officers, were also on Rowanwood Avenue, just off the Grey Street extension, on Thursday morning.A section of Rowanwood to Steed Court was closed to traffic as the police canine unit searched a bush area that acts as a buffer between Steed and a set of railway tracks.Police were sent to the area shortly after the shooting on Park Road South. Police sources said a getaway car used in the shooting was abandoned on Rowanwood.The city has been hard hit by a spate of gun violence which Brantford Police Chief Geoff Nelson earlier this year called ‘unprecedented for our community.”The violence resulted in the formation of a special task force to investigate gun related crime in the city.So far this year, there have been 23 gun-related incidents in the city,“We want to reassure the community that we are doing all we can to ensure our residents are safe,” Seibert said. “We are usually all of the resources available to use to not only keep residents safe but to bring our investigations to a successful conclusion.”Vball@postmedia.comtwitter.com/EXPVBallAt a glanceFollowing is a list of some of gun-related crime to occur in Brantford so far this year:Jan. 24 – A 20-year-old Brantford man sent to Brantford General Hospital following a shooting at a Woodlawn Avenue home.Feb. 15 – Police were called to a home on Moyle Drive to investigate a report of gunshots. Officers found bullet holes to the residence.Feb. 21 – Two Brantford men, aged 20 and 23, treated in hospital for gunshot wounds following a shooting in the area of Scarfe and Grand River avenues.March 22 – A young man shot in the area of Colborne Street and Park Avenue. The victim was under 18 years of age.April 5 – Gerald Robert Male, 37, shot and killed at his William Street home.April 24 – A 23-year-old taken to hospital after being shot in an alley behind a downtown Dalhousie Street building connecting Queen and King Streets.July 8 – Colby Carter, 22, of Hamilton shot and killed in the 100 block of Colborne Street West just past Gilkison Street.July 18 – Larry Reynolds, 64, and Lynn VanEvery, 62, shot and killed in a Park Road South home. Brantford Police Const. Shane Seibert addresses issue of gun violence in city after double homicide pic.twitter.com/lW35MSq7II— Brantford Expositor (@TheExpositor) July 18, 2019 read more

Challenge of covering sustainable development issues focus of UN media panel

Shashi Tharoor Kicking off the debate, Shashi Tharoor, Interim Head of the UN Department of Public Information, which organized the encounter, said sustainable development was a relatively new idea and one that had been evolving over the past decade. And yet, he stressed, it was at the very core of humanity’s value system – how to balance the need for world economic growth with concerns for social justice and environmental protection. “Today’s sustainable development agenda is vast,” Mr. Tharoor said. “It covers issues as diverse as ozone depletion, child labour, and socially responsible investing. The new catch-all term ‘globalization’ is also now a part of the sustainable development equation.” Today’s debate on the theme of “The Media and Sustainable Development” took place against the background of intensive preparations under way at UN Headquarters for the World Summit on Sustainable Development that will be held later this year in Johannesburg, South Africa. Snuki Zikalala, Executive Editor of News for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which will be the host broadcaster of the conference, said covering such a huge event as the Summit would pose a major challenge for his network in trying to translate the forum’s concepts into language that ordinary people could understand. The SABC was trying to ensure that issues coming from other African countries focused on environmental dimensions and not just poverty and conflict, he said, adding that most of the time development issues did not make headlines and therefore it was difficult to put sustainable development issues onto commercial television stations. The question was how to use the media to discuss complex issues such as sustainable development, said Simone Duarte, New York Bureau Chief for Globo TV of Brazil. In her country, one successful method was inserting environmental issues into soap operas. Another was having environmental campaigns. Both of those initiatives had received great responses from the public, she said. Tim Hirsch, Senior Environmental Correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation said that it was difficult to reflect issues in an informative way. Doing so might sometimes be seen as being “preachy” in coverage and therefore would not get on the networks. The big problem with “sustainable development,” he said, was that it had not entered the public conscience, probably because of the lack of implementation on the part of governments. Also taking part in today’s discussion was Jim Laurie, Vice-President of News and Current Affairs for Star TV in Hong Kong, and Barbara Pyle, former Corporate Vice-President of Environmental Policy for Turner Broadcasting in the United States. read more

Millennium Development Goals have unprecedented support Annan says

In a speech prepared for delivery to an anti-poverty event at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, he focused on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were approved at a UN summit in 2000 and which prescribe measurements and targets for the reduction or elimination of current socio-economic ills by 2015. Progress on achieving them will be reviewed at what is expected to be the world’s largest summit ever in September at the UN.“All of you are here because, like me, you know that this is a make-or-break moment for the Millennium Development Goals – and for the world’s poor,” Mr. Annan said. “You know that how we fare for the next 10 years hinges on decisions that must be taken within the next days and months.”Major advances in reducing hunger, improving access to safe drinking water and sending more children to primary school have been offset by women dying needlessly in childbirth, while HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria continue to spread and kill, gender equality is a distant dream for many societies, and environmental damage threatens food, water supplies, livelihoods and homes, he said.“There is no autopilot, no magic of the marketplace, no rising tide in the global economy that will lift all boats. If current trends persist, some of the poorest countries will not be able to meet many – or perhaps any – of the Goals by 2015. Considering how far we have come, such a failure would be a tragic missed opportunity,” Mr. Annan said.What makes the MDGs different from “the bold pledges that became broken promises in the last 50 years” is that rich countries and poor countries have accepted, for the first time, their responsibility to achieve these goals, he said.According to the eighth MDG, he noted, “each developing country has a duty to its people to take charge of its own development” by instituting better governance, fighting corruption, devising measures to strengthen its economy and making real resources available to fund the fight against poverty.If they achieve that, the developed countries must provide more and better quality development assistance, make the global trading system support development and offer wider and deeper debt relief, he said.“We have a once-in-a-generation chance to bring about historic fundamental change. But it will depend on the will of governments and on the commitment of groups and individuals such as you,” Mr. Annan said.“So between now and September, please keep making your voices heard, loud and clear enough to lift the sky. And keep raising your voices after that, to hold governments to their promises and to help translate those promises into action.” read more

UN agency helped nearly half a million Afghans return from Pakistan in

Indrika Ratwatte, Assistant Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pakistan, said this is the highest number of returns since 2002, when the agency helped nearly 1.6 million Afghans to go home. “In all, more than 2.73 million Afghans have gone home from Pakistan under this programme since it started in 2002.” A total of 29 Afghan families – 164 individuals – left three different Pakistani provinces and joined a convoy that set off on Monday towards their homes in three different Afghan provinces. Their reasons for waiting for this final trip were as varied as the ways that they had survived their long sojourns stemming from the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s and the evolving civil war that tore the country further apart during the 1990s. Mohammad Zia, for example, had been living for five years in Attock, about an hour’s drive from the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. “I’m a carpet weaver and I was working in the carpet-weaving factory in Attock,” he explained, adding that he had to complete his last carpet, which took three months to make, before receiving his last pay-check. Mr. Zia said he looked forward to rebuilding his house in Kabul. “I hope and believe that I can spend my life in Afghanistan better than in Pakistan. At least I will not be a refugee, and I will try to find a job.” Under the assisted return programme, UNHCR offers travel assistance and a cash payment to aid reestablishment in Afghanistan. In addition to this year’s returnees, 1.5 million refugees have gone home from Iran since early 2002, meaning 4.2 million Afghans in all have returned to their homeland since the fall of the Taliban: the biggest organized repatriation since the UNHCR was created in 1951, the agency said. There are an estimated 2.6 million Afghans still living in Pakistan plus about 1 million registered in Iran. Next year’s repatriation season will begin in March. read more

Desperate search continues for 12 children trapped in cave in Thailand

first_img 6 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 26th 2018, 1:46 PM By AFP 15,675 Views Desperate search continues for 12 children trapped in cave in Thailand They went there with their football coach to escape a heavy downpour which caused flooding. http://jrnl.ie/4092583 Emergency rescue teams gather in the staging area as they continue the search for the young soccer team and their coach Image: AP/PA Imagescenter_img Short URL Emergency rescue teams gather in the staging area as they continue the search for the young soccer team and their coach Share28 Tweet Email DESPERATE PARENTS LED a prayer ceremony outside a flooded cave in northern Thailand where 12 children and their football coach have been trapped for days, as military rescue divers packing food rations resumed their search today.Hundreds of people have been mobilised to find the youngsters who went into the Tham Luang cave on Saturday and were trapped when heavy rains flooded its main entrance.Anxious relatives camped out to perform traditional rituals, making offerings and reciting emotional prayers for their children’s safe return.“I asked for all God’s wishes, but I’m certain in my heart that they will survive. They have been inside the cave before,” the father of one of the young footballers said.Some relatives cried at the cave’s entrance near the Laos and Myanmar border, where huge crowds have gathered near stockpiles of water and food.“My child, I’m here to get you now,” one crying parent said, while another screamed: “Come home my child!”The children, aged between 11 and 16, are thought to have retreated further into the tunnel as monsoon rains fell and flooded the cave, believed to be several kilometres long.Rescuers found bicycles, football boots and backpacks at the entrance to the site yesterday, and divers said they spotted footprints in one of the cave’s chambers.Park officials, police and soldiers were dispatched on foot, while an aerial team was also being mobilised to see if there was another entrance to the cave, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.Navy divers equipped with oxygen tanks and food rations entered the cave early today in northern Chiang Rai province as rain continued to fall.Rescue teams were also dispatched to light the inside of the cave and drain water from the site, and an underwater robot was set to be dispatched to survey the area and help rescuers. Soldiers guide auxiliary power lines into the cave. Source: AP/PA ImagesInterior Minister Anupong Paojinda said they were working around the clock to find the youngsters.“We’re working against time, but we’re not panicking,” he told reporters.Forecasters said rains are expected to continue today, which could hamper rescue efforts.Tham Luang cave is not hugely popular among foreign tourists because of its remote location but draws locals to worship at small Buddha statues inside.Downpours routinely hit Thailand during the monsoon season from May to October, often causing flooding and landslides.Fifteen people died in flooding in December that submerged large swathes of Thailand’s south and hit hundreds of thousands of households.This is not the first cave accident in the country.Six foreign tourists and two Thai guides were killed in 2007 when they were swept away by flash floods in a cave in Khao Sok national park in southern Thailand.The fiancé of one of the tourists killed in the accident survived after clinging onto a ledge in the cave for 21 hours.- © AFP, 2018 Image: AP/PA Images Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 1:46 PMlast_img read more

Samaras visits Cyprus ahead of summit in Egypt

first_imgGreek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades continued talks in Nicosia yesterday after the New Democracy leader arrived on the Eastern Mediterranean island to back Cyprus’ right to explore for hydrocarbons in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).After a working dinner with Anastasiades on Thursday, Samaras criticised Turkey’s decision to send the Barbaros seismic research vessel into Cyprus’ EEZ. “Unfortunately, Turkey has once again chosen to follow a policy that has no relation to international law,” said the Greek premier.“Greece is observing the situation with prudence and a clear head and fully supports President Anastasiades’ decision to suspend his participation in the [reunification] talks until other conditions prevail,” added Samaras, who expressed hope that Ankara would help create such conditions.Samaras was due to hold a new round of talks with Anastasiades yesterday. It was also scheduled for him to meet with other party leaders. The Greek premier was then due to fly to Cairo, where he, Anastasiades and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will hold a summit today. Energy cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean is expected to be one of the main items on the agenda, with Greece hoping to outline its own EEZ in the future.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La sortie du Nikon D3200 WiFi se précise

first_imgLa sortie du Nikon D3200 WiFi se préciseNikon pourrait commercialiser le successeur du Reflex numérique D3100 en avril prochain. L’arrivée du D3200 se précise donc.Nikon pourrait lancer l’appareil photo Reflex numérique D3200 au mois d’avril prochain. Celui-ci succèderait alors au D3100. Cette évolution serait dotée d’un capteur 24 Mégapixels, d’un autofocus 11 points, d’une montée en ISO allant de 100 à 6.400 (voire 12.800 ISO), d’une meilleure résolution pour l’enregistrement de vidéos amélioré, de l’apport non négligeable du WiFi, et enfin d’un mode rafale 4 images par sec.Nikon continue d’être très actif sur le marché des nouveautés puisqu’en plus des D4 et D800, le D3200 vient grossir le rang des nouveautés. Le D3200 devrait être proposé à un tarif avoisinant les 400 euros, tout comme le D3100 actuellement. Une annonce allant dans ce sens de la part de Nikon ne serait pas surprenante…Cependant des surprises au niveau des caractéristiques techniques de l’appareil, quelles qu’elles soient, ne sont pas à exclure. Mais la compatibilité Wi-Fi, particulièrement attendue, semble se dessiner. Le 30 mars 2012 à 10:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dont Hang This AIs Motivational Posters on Your Wall

first_imgStay on target Some people use artificial intelligence to tackle the world’s greatest economic and social challenges.Others use it to design nonsensical inspirational posters.Remember those signs that hung from your dorm room walls and in doctor’s-office waiting rooms? The kitten gripping onto the end of a rope above the phrase “hang in there”? The serene sunset accompanied by a quote reminding you to be a better person?AI InspiroBot is gaining traction online with its collection of questionable motivations.Unlike other, even more absurd systems—check out Magic Realism Bot on Twitter and follow Janelle Shane’s blog—InspiroBot gives off the vibe of an evil genius typing slightly off-color messages at superhuman speed.View as: One Page Slides1/101. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Some quotes make more sense than others: “Sometimes an animal is nothing but an animal,” it told me, after musing that “Kindness is just an actor on a river.”Visit the minimalist website and click “generate” to hatch endless sayings. Each is stored at the bottom of the page, so you can revisit your favorites, share on social media, or even order them on a mug.Little is known about InspiroBot, or the person(s) behind the algorithm.The bot’s “About” tab doesn’t lead anywhere, and its Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts offer the same description: “an AI dedicated to generating unique inspirational quotes for the endless enrichment of pointless human existence.”As IFL Science pointed out, the green camera eye staring back at you adds the unsettling impression of HAL 9000, the murderous AI from 2001: A Space Odyssey.Before InspiroBot goes rogue and demeans the human race, check out some top-notch quotes below. And follow the mysterious force for a daily dose of illogical encouragement.Just beware of its irresistible power to suck you into an infinite loop of absurd motivational messages.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

Atleti president denies Lucas Hernandez will move to Bayern

first_imgBayern Munich is reportedly interested in paying Lucas Hernandez’s €80 million release clause to make the transfer a reality in January.Lucas Hernandez, 22, wants to stay at Atletico Madrid amidst reports that Bayern wants to take him to Bavaria, according to Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo. Cerezo dismissed allegations that Hernandez was ready to make the move, saying the Frenchman “wants to stay with us.”“Right now Lucas Hernandez is an Atletico Madrid player. He wants to stay with us,” Cerezo told SportYou, according to Goal.“Let them pay his €80m release. We are putting together a great team, not selling it off.”Lucas Hernandez also admitted that cross-town rivals Real Madrid wanted to sign him.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I didn’t pay too much attention [to the offer],” Lucas told RMC Sport. “I was 100 percent focused on my club, where I had recently signed a new contract.“My agent told me about it. When he said there was an opportunity to go to Real Madrid, I told him I couldn’t do that.“Atletico are my club, a team who have given me everything. I’m an honest person and I couldn’t go to Madrid.“I hope I can stay here for a very long time, but football moves very fast. If an offer comes in that I can’t refuse.”last_img read more

Martin Luther King Community Choir celebrates 20 years with Pastor Ken Anderson

first_img March 21, 2018 Dave Scott Martin Luther King Community Choir celebrates 20 years with Pastor Ken Anderson Dave Scott, Updated: 5:58 PMcenter_img Posted: March 21, 2018 For more than two decades, the Martin Luther King Community Choir of San Diego has been thrilling audiences across the county with their powerful voices.The award-winning gospel choir has performed around the world and will soon focus its talent in San Diego on a series of special concerts.On April 7th, the Choir will perform at the KROC Center in Rolando. The show celebrates the Choir’s 20th anniversary and is under the direction of Pastor Ken Anderson.We will also be featuring a lady named Arnessa Jones. Arnessa is also producing a show called “All About the Blues.” This show is on May 19th and features the Choir of which Arnessa is a member. But she is also a talented playwright.KUSI’s Dave Scott was in Rolando this evening where the choir is rehearsing for their big shows. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Aldi hosts South Florida hiring events

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Discount grocery store Aldi will be holding two hiring events in South Florida over the weekend.Interviews will take place Friday and Saturday for the company’s aggressive expansion plan in South Florida, as Aldi is hoping to fill various store positions, which include store associate, shift manager and manager trainee positions.According to the Sun-Sentinel, the first round of interviews will take place Friday in Miramar at the Hampton Inn and Suites, located at 10990 Marks Way, from 7 to 11 a.m.The second round will begin on Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sawgrass Grand Hotel in Sunrise, which is located at 3003 N. University Drive.The supermarket chain currently has 28 South Florida stores but plans to expand across Miami-Dade and Broward counties.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Trumps Executive Actions May Mean More Headaches For Struggling Congress

first_img Share Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump makes a statement on the administration’s strategy for dealing with Iran, in the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House, on October 13, 2017.President Trump has recently taken a series of what appear to be bold executive actions to reverse Obama-era policies: declining to re-certify the Iran nuclear deal, halting subsidy payments to insurance companies and setting an expiration date for the DACA immigration program. But, in so doing, he’s dumping thorny problems on a GOP-controlled Congress already struggling to rack up significant legislative accomplishments.This did not go unnoticed by one of the top Democrats in Congress. Trump “throws destructive bones to his base then tells Congress to fix it: Iran, Health care, Puerto Rico,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted Saturday.While Trump said Friday that Iran had violated “the spirit” of the 2015 nuclear deal, he didn’t pull out of the multi-nation agreement, at least not yet. Instead, he opened the door for congressional action — and that’s exactly what he’s asking for.“I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons,” Trump said.And with that Trump dumped another item on Congress’ already very full plate.Just the night before he had announced another decision that could well require Congress to step in: halting cost-sharing subsidy payments to insurance companies. Those payments were designed to keep premiums down for low-income consumers, but Trump said they are illegal and just a gift to insurance companies.Democrats and moderate Republicans including Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida expressed dismay at the move. Both Dent and Ros-Lehtinen have already announced they do not intend to run for re-election next year.“We at the end of the day will own this. We, the Republican Party, will own this,” Dent said in an interview on CNN. “I believe his action will force us to enter into some kind of a bipartisan agreement on the cost-sharing reduction payments” to stabilize the insurance markets.Trump said stopping the payments was part of an effort to undo the Affordable Care Act.“One by one it’s going come down, and we’re going to have great health care in our country,” Trump said in a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday. “We are going to have great health care in our country. We are taking a little different route than I had hoped because getting Congress — they forgot what their pledges were.”Still, he said he hoped this would prompt Congress to take bipartisan action to repeal and replace Obamacare. He said Friday he wants Democrats to come to him. They aren’t. And even when it comes to Republicans, it’s not clear the president and the various factions in Congress are even remotely on the same page about how to proceed.And that’s not the only item the president wants Congress to act on. There’s also the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. When Trump announced he would put a six-month expiration date on the program, he tweeted, “Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!”Early on, it looked like he had reached the broad outline of an agreement with Democratic leaders in Congress, only to then release a list of hard-line demands that Democrats — and even many Republicans — won’t support.“What I want is tremendous border regulation. I want the wall. And we’re going to get other things,” Trump told Sean Hannity on Fox News. “And we’re going to see if we’re going to work something out. Now whether or not we do, I don’t know. But it would be wonderful to solve the DACA problem.”When Trump says “we” as he discusses DACA, Iran and health care, he mostly means “them.” Congress will have to do all the heavy lifting. And none of this will be easy for a GOP-controlled Congress (narrowly in the Senate) that is far from unanimity on any of these matters.“Every time you buck some issue over to their plate, you blow the place up,” said Sarah Binder, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who specializes in Congress. “And Congress is not a well-oiled machine, so disrupting the agenda and putting more things on their lap — issues which are really wedge issues within the Republican Party … it’s almost mind-boggling to me that a president who doesn’t see himself as part of the party in Congress puts them back in that situation.”And all of these items come on top of what was supposed to be the top priority for congressional Republicans this fall: passing a tax system overhaul. In the midst of everything else, Trump has been campaigning for tax cuts and other changes to the tax code. He suggested maybe it could be a “Christmas gift” to Americans.A more likely Christmas gift could well be a shutdown showdown over must-pass government funding legislation. The current funding expires Dec. 8, and at least some of these issues could get wrapped up in negotiations.On Friday, Schumer did express optimism that at least the health care subsidies could pass that way.“I think we’re going to have a very good opportunity in the omnibus to get this done in a bipartisan way, if we can’t get it done sooner,” he said.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Qatar Airways expands its partnership with Jetblue

first_imgQatar Airways announced the expansion of its code-share partnership with JetBlue, with 29 new code-share destinations on the airline’s route network from Boston Logan International Airport.The expanded partnership would commence from March 16, 2016 to coincide with the launch of Qatar Airways’ daily direct flights to Boston. Passengers will be able to connect onto JetBlue’s network with a seamless transfer process via both New York and Boston.“The strengthening of this code-share agreement comes at a time when Qatar Airways is focused upon expanding its own direct links to the United States and beyond, with the launch of non-stop services to Los Angeles, Atlanta and Boston throughout 2016,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker. “Passengers travelling to Boston on our latest flagship A350 XWB aircraft will be able to connect onwards to almost 30 JetBlue destinations across the continent, enhancing the overall passenger experience for all, thanks to this expanded code-share agreement.”last_img read more

Texas Housing Gains Momentum as Inventory Increases

first_img August 4, 2014 476 Views Texas Housing Gains Momentum as Inventory Increases in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Sharecenter_img Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Realtor Association 2014-08-04 Tory Barringer Texas’ available housing stock saw its first quarterly increase in in three years in the second quarter, giving a boost to sales volume as demand remains strong.The Texas Association of Realtors released Friday its 2014-Q2 Texas Quarterly Housing Report, revealing a 5.9 percent quarterly pickup in home inventory to a months’ supply of 3.60—level with where supply figures were at the end of 2013.Despite the quarter-over-quarter increase—the first since 2011, the association reports—inventory remained down 12.2 percent compared to a year ago, holding back growth in home sales.”The statewide housing inventory shortage to date in 2014 has prevented Texas from seeing the double-digit increases in home sales growth that we saw last year, so this new increase in inventory is promising,” said Dan Hatfield, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “However, home sales volume continues to keep pace with 2013—the second-best year ever for Texas real estate—showing that housing demand continues to be very strong throughout the state.”According to the group, this year’s second quarter saw 81,272 home transactions, an increase of nearly 50 percent over the slower first quarter and 1.1 percent over Q2 2013.In the same period, the median price for homes sold in Texas was $187,300, up 8.3 percent quarter-over-quarter and 5.9 percent year-over-year.With demand remaining steady and inventory still below a balanced market, more development will be needed to see real growth, said Jim Gaines, Ph.D., economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, which compiles each quarter’s housing report.”The development of new homes and vacant lots is on the rise throughout Texas, and as a result we’re seeing much-needed gains in inventory. That said, Texas is still facing an inventory shortage,” Gaines said. “A steady, ongoing supply of new housing stock—particularly in the first-time and move-up buyer market, where a majority of home sales volume occurs—will be crucial to Texas housing market growth in the second half of 2014 and in the future.”last_img read more

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