With hundreds of thousands of refugees in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, particularly across the Middle East and Europe, Imagine Dragons and SAP SE are joining forces to introduce the One4 Project to support refugee relief efforts.The One4 Project symbolizes the exponential power of one by encouraging people to download the Imagine Dragons’ newly released song “I Was Me,” now available exclusively on iTunes worldwide at iTunes.com/IWasMe. Apple, KIDinaKORNER/Interscope and Imagine Dragons will donate their respective proceeds to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Further, SAP will also donate USD 10 cents for every download up to the first 5 million downloads from iTunes.KIDinaKORNER/Interscope recording artist Imagine Dragons is scheduled to publicly perform “I Was Me” tonight for the first time, live from the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. The SAP Arena is among the first stops of the band’s Smoke + Mirrors European leg.“The refugee crisis is incredibly urgent in terms of the number of vulnerable people being affected every single day. As a band we wanted to get involved and decided to partner with SAP and Apple to try and make a difference,” said Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons. “‘I Was Me’ is a song about trying to regain your life, which is exactly what millions of people are going through right now. Whether it is by downloading this track or by other means, we hope people everywhere recognize the severity of the situation and find a way to assist these families in desperate need.”“SAP’s culture is reflected in our vision of helping the world run better and improving people’s lives. When one of our employees had an idea of how SAP could use two of our greatest strengths — our employees and our expansive network of customers, partners and friends — we felt compelled to see this idea through to fruition,” said Robert Enslin, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. “Uniting the passion that SAP and our friends at Imagine Dragons and iTunes share for social responsibility through the One4 Project is a natural extension of these networks in action and represents the power one idea can have when supported by many.”Funds raised will benefit the UN Refugee Agency in their efforts to provide aid and assistance to the increasing numbers of people forced to flee their homes due to conflict and violence, many of whom continue to risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea. As fall turns to winter, the challenges faced by these refugees will only increase.
“The Secretary-General is outraged by the series of bomb attacks in Iraq today on Shi’a pilgrims who were making their way to the holy city of Karbala,” a spokesperson for Mr. Ban said in a statement. “He condemns these heinous acts, which appear to be aimed at provoking sectarian strife,” spokesperson Michele Montas said of the attacks, which reportedly killed scores of innocent Iraqis.Appealing for “maximum restraint in the face of these criminal actions,” Mr. Ban also called on the country’s political and religious leaders “to exert their influence to protect civilian lives and to promote mutual respect and dialogue between all Iraqi communities.” 6 March 2007Condemning blasts in Iraq today targeting Shi’as on a religious pilgrimage, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the country’s leaders to use their influence to protect civilians and promote dialogue among all communities.
“Today, some people in the public service are refusing to sign documents due to a fear that they will have to face investigations on financial crimes. But officials who execute their duties in a proper manner will never have to face such investigations,” the President said. The President said that the Government had taken steps to implement the 19th Amendment to the Constitution to take forward the good governance concept.He said that the 19th Amendment has also prevented political revenge from taking place in the public sector. He made these remarks while addressing the 33rd Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, held at the Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) in Colombo today. President Maithripala Sirisena today asserted that Government officials who do their job properly will not be investigated for financial crimes.The President said the Government is prepared to back Government officials who fulfill their responsibilities for the people. “Today public officials have an opportunity to fulfill their duties and responsibilities without the interference of politicians while protecting the dignity of their service,” he said.The President recalled that he became the head of state from a minor position in the public service as a result of loosing it due to political revenge.President Sririsena said that he believes State officials will fulfill their responsibilities and duties to create a public service which is free from fraud, waste and corruption under the good governance concept. (Colombo Gazette)
He was elected to the UNEP position for a four-year term by the General Assembly on 13 May this year, succeeding Achim Steiner of Germany, who led the agency for the past 10 years.In Sri Lanka Solheim played a key role as peace negotiator between the LTTE and the Government. (Colombo Gazette) Former Norwegian peace negotiator Erik Solheim says he gained valuable lessons through his role in Sri Lanka.As a negotiator of the peace process in Sri Lanka between 1998 to 2005, Solheim said he had gained valuable lessons, including the importance of dialogue and compromise. “In my view you should always try to talk even with political leaders as well as guerrilla leaders or terrorists leaders who do not seem to be amendable to compromise – let’s try talking,” he said. Solheim was speaking at the UN as the new head of the United Nations environment agency, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Review: Samsung’s Chromebook a cheap laptop for the web junkie by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 19, 2013 3:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ask yourself, how often do you use your home computer for anything other than getting on the web? Unless you’re using it for work, you’re a hobbyist photographer, or play a lot of high-end games, Google is betting the answer is not that often, rarely or almost never.That hypothesis is what spawned Google’s Chromebook concept, a line of low-cost laptops designed to quickly launch a web browser with no muss or fuss. Like tablets, they turn on quickly and are intuitive to use, with little to no computer experience required. If you can use a web browser, you can use this computer.Samsung is one of three manufacturers that released a Chromebook into the Canadian market on Tuesday, with its version priced at $270. It’s lightweight at about 2.5 pounds, has an 11.6-inch screen, gets about six hours of battery life, and its processor runs cool, so the computer doesn’t require a fan and never gets warm.What it does, it does well. Using the web on Samsung’s Chromebook doesn’t feel like a compromised experience, as it often does on a tablet or smartphone. Browsing with many tabs open and handling Flash video and games are no problem for this device. Video streaming within the browser on Netflix and YouTube is generally sharp and smooth, although occasionally there are little lags and hiccups that expose the machine’s lack of processing power. Switching to full screen viewing on YouTube is fine — as long as you leave the video alone. As soon as you move the cursor or try to switch back to a smaller video screen things noticeably lag and slow down.Don’t expect much from the built-in speakers — music in particular does not sound great coming out of them — but they’re good enough in most cases.The keyboard feels good to type on but because it’s a small machine there are many missing keys, including Page Up and Page Down, which some web junkies will miss right away. But there is a long list of keyboard shortcuts that replace the functions of the missing keys, for those willing to learn them.While Google’s ads for Chromebooks suggest the laptops are “for everyone” that’s not really the case. They’re not a good fit as a primary computer for gamers, regular users of Microsoft Office and photo or video editing software, or anyone who’s looking for a conventional machine that does it all. But those users might find a Chromebook useful as a cheap second computer, to have in the kitchen or living room for some quick web browsing.The Chromebook is primarily designed for web use but it isn’t completely useless while offline. Some apps available through the Chrome Web Store, such as “Angry Birds,” can be downloaded and run without an Internet connection, and you can work on Google Docs projects or respond to messages in Gmail while offline. But using a Chromebook is really about getting online and its functionality is severely reduced without the Internet.Samsung’s Chromebook hits the market at an interesting price point.It’s a little more expensive than Google’s entry-level tablet, the Nexus 7 at $209, but cheaper than any iPad, which might intrigue some tablet shoppers who mainly want a device for web browsing and don’t mind a little extra heft. Samsung’s Chromebook is about a pound heavier than a large iPad and about 1.75 pounds more than the iPad Mini.Some consumers might argue that spending an extra $200 would buy a far better computer, which is true, but Samsung’s Chromebook is more about getting the best bang for your web browsing buck. For a user who rarely strays from the web browser, the sub-$300 machine performs just about as well as a $500 computer, at nearly half the price.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Northern B.C. port blames abandoned pipe for fuel leak into ocean PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The Prince Rupert Port Authority says workers are trying to stop an abandoned pipe from slowly leaking fuel into the ocean in northwestern B.C.The leak of what the port believes is bunker fuel was reported on Sunday when staff noticed a rainbow sheen near the tide line.The port authority says the pipe passes under property it owns and ends next to the marine berth at the Westview Wood Pellet Terminal.It says workers have excavated an area so they can flush and cap the pipe.The port says it has engaged the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation to contain the fuel that reached the foreshore and the group is working to clean the shoreline and immediate area.Officials have also called in an environmental consultant in to assess the potential impacts of the leak, although they believe there is “minimal risk to marine life and vegetation” and say only a “small quantity” escaped. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 6:44 pm MDT
Total148,644148,64420,83620,836169,480169,480 SMMT LtdJan-08YTD 2008Jan-08YTD 2008Jan-08YTD 2008 Export111,738111,73812,29512,295124,033124,033 % of total24.8%24.8%41.0%41.0%26.8%26.8% Cars“January’s increase of 19.7% car production was the seventh month of double digit growth and the highest January total since 2002,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “This good news is hot-on-the-heels of Honda’s announcement of a further £80 million investment in its Swindon plant, from where the two-millionth car has just rolled off its production lines and Nissan’s 800 jobs boost to the North East announced in January.” Source:CarsCommercial Vehicles Total vehicles % of total75.2%75.2%59.0%59.0%73.2%73.2% CVs“UK bus, truck, and van production hit its best January since 1990, following a strong performance through 2007. The rolling-year total was the highest since 1998 and is forecast to continue throughout 2008,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Environmental issues remain a priority and Leyland Trucks factory’s recent ‘Zero waste to Landfill’ achievement is an example of sustainable production in action.” 17.8%17.8%7.7%7.7%16.7%16.7% Home36,90636,9068,5418,54145,44745,447 26.0%26.0%4.5%4.5%21.3%21.3% 19.7%19.7%6.3%6.3%17.9%17.9% For more, please see the attached document. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Example of a serial key requestPC gamers are used to the DRM shipping with games requiring the entry of a long multi-character key it’s very easy to type in wrong. The request for a code usually pops-up during installation as a way of verifying you actually purchased the game. In the box along with the disc will be a card with the serial key on, or it will appear in the game manual somewhere.Until now such codes have been limited to PC games, but Sony is thought to be considering them for PS3 games as an extra form of protection. With the PS3 master key going public Sony needs a new way of protecting games, and serial keys could be the solution.Although only confirmed by a “very reliable source” talking to PS3-Sense, such keys do form a major problem for both Sony and PS3 owners. The problem comes in the form of each key being many characters in length and the PS3 not shipping with a keyboard. That means a very tedious controller-typing exercise for every new game purchased which no one is going to enjoy.Such a move may seem too painful for Sony to consider with any seriousness, but the benefits for the company may outweigh the complaints. Not only would it introduce a new form of protection against piracy, it would also tie a game to a single console or user account. That in turn would mean no game trade-ins and no game rentals.Read more at PS3-Sense (translated), via Thinq.co.ukMatthew’s OpinionTyping in a serial key as we currently do for PC games would be very tedious, but Sony could reformat the codes into sequences of a smaller set of characters and bring up a grid of those characters on your TV to input the sequence on. Doing that once would not be a major hassle and may be accepted by gamers.What would cause more upset is the tying of a game to a console or account. That would destroy the market for PS3 trade-ins and used sales as well as rentals. Something Sony and games publishers would love, but retailers and gamers would hate.Will this happen? If Sony see it as a solution to piracy then it may. If they see killing the rental and used game market as a a big positive then it definitely will.
Real Madrid’s midfielder Luka Modric admits he was in the dark about the exit of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.Zidane ended his reign with the club after guiding them to three consecutive Champions League titles, while Ronaldo ended his nine-year association with a move to Serie A champions Juventus in July.“I wasn’t expecting either of the two to go; I didn’t think Zidane would leave and the same with Ronaldo,” said Modric in an interview according to Xinhuanet.“In fact when the rumors about Cristiano appeared, we (Real Madrid players) had bets among ourselves and we were certain he would stay, but everyone makes their own decisions,” he added.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The 33-year-old, remains the bookmakers favourite to win the prestigious ‘Ballon d’Or’ award in what will be a complete sweep of accolades.He equally singled out former Croatian international Zvonimir Boban for praise; “he was my hero in the Croatian team,” he said, before naming Zidane as his second choice.“I was lucky to have him as a coach and we have lived some incredible moments with him at Real Madrid, sometimes he’s played alongside us and it was incredible to see how elegant he was and how he moved over the pitch,” said Modric.The Croatian described himself as “as a shy person and that he didn’t “appreciate being over-exposed in the media. “I prefer simplicity,” he said.
Hyderabad: The Congress party has condemned the attack on Forest Range Officer and alleged that the law and order in the state has deteriorated. It has called upon the protagonists of democracy to denounce the violence. In a statement here on Sunday, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N Uttam Kumar Reddy said the MLA Koneru Konppa’s brother Koneru Krishna Rao had brutally attacked a woman Forest Range Officer. Also Read – Farmers stage rasta roko against urea shortage in Kamareddy Advertise With Us He said the TRS leader had attacked a government officer. It was heinous that brother of a MLA and vice-president of the Zilla Parishad was involved in such an attack. He said that nepotism, anarchy and lawlessness had been dominating the TRS rule. He demanded that strict action against the brother of the MLA be taken. Addressing the media, MLC T Jeevan Reddy condemned the attack on the Forest Range Officer. Also Read – Ramagundam: Focus on company’s growth, community development Advertise With Us He said that there was a conspiracy behind the attack. While the government said that saplings should be planted in the forest lands, the TRS leaders were attacking the officials who had been supervising it. He said that the Centre has given rights to the tribals on the lands of the forest in 2008. However, now they were being evicted from there lands, he said.
Hyderabad: Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar has imposed a ban on forcible collection of donation or “Chanda” during Ganesh Festival in the city. “A section of the public and anti-social elements, taking advantage of the festival, as in the past, are likely to indulge in forcible collection of funds in the name of religion and religious functions and whereas forcible collection of funds is likely to create religious animosity and hatred among different communities and individuals and is also likely to result in the commission of offences and disturbance to public peace, I’m of the opinion that such forcible collection of funds, whether called donation or “Chanda” or by any other name, should not be allowed. Therefore, forcible collection of funds in the name of religion and religious functions is prohibited,” the Police Commissioner said. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us However, the Commissioner said that the prohibitory orders do not concern voluntary contributions given and received towards the organisation of the ceremonies relating to the festival. In a separate order, the Police Commissioner also prohibited bursting or throwing of firecrackers on public roads and at public places during Ganesh festival. The ban on crackers will be in force from 2nd to 12th September. The Police Commissioner appealed to the people to maintain peace and tranquillity and for smooth conduct of the Ganesh festival and immersion processions.
Sundeep KishanPR HandoutSundeep Kishan is busy promoting Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene (NVNN), which is scheduled for worldwide release on July 12. The young actor is very confident about the film striking a chord with audience.In an interview, Sundeep Kishan spoke exclusively about Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene, his experience with cast and crew and the success of the movie. Here are excerpts of his conversation with IBTimes India.Did you do the movie only because of the genre?Honestly, I never wanted to do a horror film. I enjoy watching horror movies but I used to feel that an actor wouldn’t have much scope to act in the genre. Even when the genre had a boom period, I stayed away from it. But when director Caarthick Raaju narrated the script, I felt the film goes beyond horror. It’s more emotional and I wanted the audience to experience it. The film flips between future and present. The story is partly set in 2043.You have described it as a multi-genre film. What makes NVNN different from others?Horror is a universal genre that can be enjoyed by all sections of audience. There have been novel films in the genre – like Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada, Gruham, Prema Katha Chitram. As I said, my film is more than just horror. The audience will not say that ‘NVNN’ is just a horror film after watching it. Ninu Veedani Needanu NenePR HandoutWhat about humour quotient?There definitely is comedy in the film but it’s not there for the sake of it. The audience will enjoy the entertainment quotient in the film. Posani Krishna Murali’s character is extraordinary.The visuals in the trailer and the songs are really good. Tell us about that.The technicians, like SS Thaman (music director), were chosen keeping the genre in mind. I must say that the film is high on technical finesse. The singles released so far have become hits. There is a single which hasn’t been released to make sure the story doesn’t get revealed. You will enjoy it in the movie. As I said, the film shows how the future is going to be 20 years or so from now. It’s been imaginatively done.What made you turn a producer?As everyone knows, I haven’t had a hit in the last two years. Three of my films flopped and every time I could discover what went wrong only after they were made. I can’t blame anybody for my choices. I have turned a producer to take charge of things. Even promotions of ‘NVNN’ have been carried out in a novel way. We started with posters in washrooms. As a producer, I have the freedom to do things the way I want. When I am not a producer, it’s not my money and I wouldn’t have much freedom. My producer needn’t believe in what I believe in. If an actor insists, it will be called interference. Most of the times I made conscious, careful decisions, they have worked for me.How confident are you about the success of NVNN?We are totally confident that the film will do well. If I am saying the film is very very good, the audience might say it’s very good or good. They won’t say it’s bad. That much we are sure right now. We have successfully sold the film across all territories. Anil Sunkara garu is presenting the movie.Some big names have bought the Hindi remake rights of NVNN. They liked it instantly. Actually, they don’t get pleased so easily. If they are stunned by our film, you can imagine. I don’t want to reveal their names now.It seems you are going all out to promote the film. Isn’t it?We are spending everything that we earned as a pre-release profit in promoting the film. We have held test audience screenings as well. We have taken care of all aspects. The trailer has shown the screenplay of the film. There is more to the film, as it includes multiple elements. Those who have loved the trailer will love the film even more.Your director has made it to this stage after much wait. Tell us about him.The film should work for my director as well as the heroine (Anya Singh). My director had left a lucrative job years ago to chase his dreams. My heroine was through difficulties in her personal life for two years. They deserve all success.How have you seen your failures in recent years?I almost went into borderline depression. I travelled to the US to get rid of it. I don’t discuss my professional matters with my family. The one person with whom I share things is my sister, who works for Euros. She is highly talented. After returning from the US, NVNN was selected after listening to more than 30 stories. I believe that you have to create your own opportunities.When Sneha Geetham and Prasthanam came, nobody knew Sundeep Kishan. I have since gone on to do films in three languages. I want to achieve more. I want to do bigger films, films bigger in terms of premise, visuals, scale and canvas, not budget. I have scored well in Tamil and Hindi but not that well in Telugu. It’s like losing on the home ground.What about your stint with digital media?I have done a pucca action-driven role for Amazon. Raj-DK have directed it. Titled ‘The Family Man’, it’s a high-budget action thriller.How is your restaurant business going?I established the restaurant for financial security for my parents and sister. I have done 12 films for free in my career. That’s why I need to always have financial backing for my family. I have to give back to my parents. My restaurant is doing well and I am happy.What next immediately after NVNN?Tenali Ramakrishna BA BL is a humorous film, whose story has been adapted by G Nageshwar Reddy garu. It’s a complete genre shift from NVNN for me.
Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., meets with volunteers cleaning up after an evening of riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore. Hogan spokeswoman Erin Montgomery says the governor will visit sites around the city Tuesday morning and plans to work out of state offices in downtown Baltimore with Cabinet members and senior staffers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)8:25 a.m.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is temporarily moving his office from the state capital, Annapolis, to Baltimore on Tuesday after rioting and fires broke out in the city.Hogan spokeswoman Erin Montgomery says the governor will visit sites around the city Tuesday morning and plans to work out of state offices in downtown Baltimore with Cabinet members and senior staffers.Rioting erupted in the city Monday, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old died of a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody.___8 a.m.Maryland state troopers stand guard, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, as residents clean up after an evening of riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray on Monday, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The Maryland Transit Administration says it’s bypassing several subway stations and closing at least one bus station because of police activity in areas of Baltimore.Rioting erupted around the city Monday, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old died of a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody. National Guard troops took up positions in the city, and cleanup was beginning early Tuesday morning.The transit agency announced its changes in service Tuesday morning. Public schools in the city are closed for the day, and several neighboring districts said they would cancel any scheduled field trips to Baltimore.A citywide curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.___7:35 a.m.In this frame from video provided by WJLA, smoke rises from a store Monday, April 27, 2015, during unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Rioters plunged part of Baltimore, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. (WJLA via AP)The Baltimore mayor’s office says there were 144 vehicle fires, 15 structures fires and nearly 200 arrests in the unrest that broke out in the city.Spokesman Howard Libit gave the updated numbers Tuesday morning. Rioting erupted around the city Monday, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old died of a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody.Early Tuesday morning, aerial footage on local station WJZ-TV showed a firefighter spraying the burnt out shell of a large building as an American flag fluttered nearby on an untouched building.___6:00 a.m.A National Guard vehicle drives by a Maryland State Trooper Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in the aftermath of rioting following Monday’s funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. The violence that started in West Baltimore on Monday afternoon had spread to East Baltimore and neighborhoods close to downtown and near Camden Yards. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Local television footage showed firefighters on the scene of one many fires that broke out overnight and residents sweeping up debris on city streets as dawn broke Tuesday in Baltimore.Transport vehicles of Maryland National Guard troops arrived a day after a funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious spinal injury while he was in police custody. In the hours after the service attended by thousands, rioting and looting broke out in the city and firefighters battled blazes overnight thought to be linked to the riots.National Guard spokesman Col. Charles Kohler says guard members are hooking up with police and providing additional security at critical infrastructure. Kohler declined say how many were arriving Tuesday, but says the guard can build to a force of 5,000.___Family members of Freddie Gray, sister Fredricka Gray, left, mother Gloria Darden, center, and stepfather Richard Shipley listen during a news conference after a day of unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray on Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)11:58 p.m.Fredericka Gray, the twin sister of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal injury while in police custody, has deplored the violence.“I think the violence is wrong … I don’t like it all,” she said late Monday, adding she thought her brother also would have disapproved.Rioting erupted around the city hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. He died of a mysterious spinal injury days after being taken into custody.___11:40 p.m.Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts disclosed at a late-night news conference that National Guard troops have begun taking up positions “on the ground.”An officer vehicle burns Monday, April 27, 2015, during unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Rioters plunged part of Baltimore, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)He says the guardsmen are key to holding areas that have been cleared of rioters by police moving through those areas hit by unrest.Batts also said at least 15 officers have been injured, six seriously whom he visited at the city’s major trauma hospital. “I told them how proud I was of them and how courageous they were,” Batt said.He added that several cars were set ablaze amid other street fires overnight as law enforcement sought to reassert control.The fires and riots erupted hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, the black man who died from a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody.
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The gunmen reportedly questioned the family about a rival gang, and then shot them to death and ransacked the home on a road between Reynosa and the neighboring city of Matamoros.Earlier Thursday, journalist Pedro Ferriz said he was robbed at gunpoint while webcasting from his car in Mexico City. Ferriz, best known for his radio programs, kept recording and taped part of his own robbery.Ferriz was speaking into a cellphone app when he was robbed of his watch and phone by an assailant with a pistol.In the video, which was posted on local websites, Ferriz is seen taping himself when suddenly a scuffle ensues. He can be heard saying, “I’m on air!”The assault occurred on a street in an upscale neighborhood just blocks from the presidential residence.The robbery drew attention to Mexico City’s problem with persistent crime, despite the fact the capital has been largely spared the large-scale drug cartel violence affecting some regions of the country.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 0 Comments Share MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gunmen believed to belong to a local drug cartel killed five members of a family near the Mexican border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas, authorities said Thursday.The assailants arrived at the family’s home and forced the inhabitants outside, then killed a grandfather, his son and three of his grandchildren, aged 10 to 19, Tamaulipas state’s government said. The killings took place late Wednesday. Top Stories Check your body, save your life Four benefits of having a wireless security system Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
Industry Group Seeks to Restore RMBS Confidence One of the enduring legacies of the mortgage crisis is the lack of standardization in the residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) market, particularly as they relate to warranties and repurchase enforcement mechanisms.This, at least, is the position of the Structured Finance Industry Group, which recently released its “RMBS 3.0” plan to develop standards and reduce substantive differences within current market practices, and establish generally accepted best practices as an improvement over what the group considers a slapdash set of approaches to RMBS lending in the post-crisis market.These “green papers,” as the SFIG calls them, are the opening salvo to what the group hopes will lead to a final set of white papers that set industry-accepted practices without the government stepping in, according to Richard Johns, SFIG’s executive director. “This project is about an industry recognizing its challenges and working collectively to solve those issues in a way that does not require regulatory mandate,” Johns said. Still, he added, the 3.0 plan is meant to complement the U.S. Treasury’s efforts to bring private capital back to the market.Overall, the RMBS 3.0 effort also looks to clarify differences in alternative standards in order to improve transparency across RMBS deals, develop new solutions for a sustainable, scalable, and fluid post-crisis RMBS market, and draft alternative benchmark structural approaches to the process of RMBS lending.There would, according to the green papers, be a variety of basic models for RMBS issuance involving various types of sponsors. These sponsors—regulated financial institutions, mortgage companies, investment entities set up by banks, and mortgage REITs—would include originators of mortgage loans seeking to sponsor their own securitizations, as well as those that acquire and aggregate mortgage loans from third-party originators according to their own set of acquisition guidelines.Issuers would have different levels of risk tolerance and varying internal policies, but a given framework would need to accommodate operational differences between originators and aggregators that act in the role of securitization sponsor.”A strong, effective housing finance market requires a number of well-functioning, deep sources of liquidity,” said Eric Kaplan, chair of the RMBS 3.0 Task Force. “As an industry we recognize that the current RMBS market—a critical source of financing for the overall industry—needs continued development of best practices in order to grow and fulfill its full potential in supporting the U.S. housing market.”The release of SFIG’s second edition green papers is expected in early November. August 14, 2014 439 Views Mortgage-Backed Securities RMBS Structured Finance Industry Group 2014-08-14 Scott_Morgan in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Share
Sister-in-law says producing Houston doc hit close to home NEW YORK, N.Y. – Whitney Houston’s mother had no clue about allegations that her son and superstar daughter were molested as children until the making of the new documentary “Whitney,” says the film’s executive producer.Patricia Houston, the sister-in-law of Whitney, is responsible for getting the film, out Friday, to screen. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, “Whitney” paints an intimate portrait of the Grammy-winning pop queen and movie star through interviews with her brothers, her mother, friends, and behind-the-scenes footage. Houston’s regal image over the decades was eroded by erratic behaviour due to her drug use; she died in 2012, on the eve of the Grammys, after being discovered unresponsive in a hotel bathtub. She was 48.It’s the second documentary on Houston: “Whitney: Can I Be Me” was released earlier this year.Patricia Houston, wife of Gary Garland-Houston, said it was difficult making “Whitney” because it hit so close to home — and because she was the one who had to tell Cissy Houston not only that there were abuse allegations, but they would be in the film.“It was deeply a revelation for her. You think about her, and it being a bit overbearing for her to hear — and her kids not telling her. That’s pretty tough to have to deal with,” said Houston.Dee Dee Warwick, the niece of Cissy Houston and sister to Dionne Warwick, was the alleged abuser. The alleged incidents took place when Gary and Whitney were between the ages of 7 and 9 and Cissy was touring. Warwick, who was 18 years older than Whitney Houston, died in 2008.The documentary suggests that the sexual abuse endured by the children was a significant contributor to their struggles with drugs as adults.“I don’t think you can explain anyone’s life from one particular event that’s happened to them. But I think that it’s certainly fair to say that it’s maybe, in my opinion, the major contributor to Whitney’s unhappiness,” MacDonald said. “That and the fact that she never talked about it, and that nobody in the family talked about this and clearly it happened as you’d learned in the film.”MacDonald says the secrets in Houston’s life took their toll on the Grammy-winning singer. He cites a clip in the film shot in the mid-2000s that shows her in conflict.“I think there’s an amazing piece of home movie footage in the film, which was from the early 2000s where Whitney is sort of really looking despairing. … she’s talking to herself, really going, ‘Nippy calling Whitney. Whitney calling Nippy.’ And Nippy was her sort of nickname that everybody close to her knew her as Nippy. And Nippy was the real her, as it were, the intimate her. Whitney was the persona,” Macdonald said.“I think what you see in that home movie clip is this confusion that she has. I think it got progressively worse as she got older. The confusion between what’s the real me, and what’s not the real me. And obviously, the drugs didn’t help with that,” Macdonald said. FILE – In this Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, Cissy Houston, mother of the late singer Whitney Houston, performs with the New Hope Baptist Choir during the grand opening of the Grammy Museum Experience at Prudential Center, in Newark, N.J. “Whitney” executive producer Patricia Houston had to tell her mother in-law Cissy Houston that the allegations that her daughter and son were molested would be in an upcoming documentary. The film is out Friday, July 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Jul 4, 2018 10:28 am PDT Last Updated Jul 4, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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