14 July 2011The head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur has welcomed the agreement signed today between the Sudanese Government and the rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), calling it a “significant step forward” in efforts to resolve the conflict. The protocol agreement signed in the Qatari capital, Doha, indicates a commitment on the part of the Government and the LJM to the draft document that will form the basis of a permanent ceasefire and a comprehensive peace agreement to end the fighting that began eight years ago.“We are gathered here to witness and extend support to the building of a strong foundation for an inclusive and comprehensive resolution to the conflict,” Ibrahim Gambari, the head of the UN-AU mission (UNAMID), told the gathering.Mr. Gambari, who is the acting Joint Chief Mediator, urged the other armed movements of Darfur to sign up to the draft document, according to a news release issued by UNAMID. He also said that the mission was ready to prepare the ground for an internal political dialogue to involve the people of Darfur in any peace agreement achieved.“The challenge remains to determine how best to engage and persuade ‘hold-out’ groups that a military solution to the Darfur conflict is not the way to go, while encouraging them to make every effort to participate in a comprehensive peace agreement as soon as possible,” he stated. The gathering in Doha brought together several African heads of State, officials from the AU, League of Arab States and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, as well as representatives of Darfur’s civil society.An estimated 300,000 people have been killed since the conflict between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen erupted in Darfur in 2003 and about 2.7 million others have had to flee their homes. Both sides have been accused of numerous human rights abuses.
“The refugees who are willing to go back to Sri Lanka on their own accord are issued Exit Permits by the District Collectors concerned, for which, to expedite the process, a simplified procedure has been formulated and implemented,” it added. A total of 452 Sri Lankan refugees have been repatriated and returned to Sri Lanka from India with the assistance of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2015-16, a policy note of India’s Public Department tabled in the Assembly said.The numbers were 396 in 2014-15, The Hindu newspaper reported.
00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 Prime Minister Stephen Harper weighed in on violence in hockey today. He’s working on a book about the early years of sport, and gave his opinion at a news conference this morning.Harper says that hockey’s violent history isn’t a justification, and that he worries about headshots in the sport.The prime minister also noted that authorities traditionally have not taken responsibility to keep the roughest parts of hockey within the rules.
“I have also been alarmed by the polarization of opinions and the lack of dialogue with the Press, two elements which could seriously jeopardize the progress of media freedom in the country,” the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression of the UN Commission on Human Rights, Ambeyi Ligabo, said in a statement, calling on the Government to allow the full exercise of those rights.He noted that recent reported violations included the banning of a ‘journalists’ union congress, the imprisonment of a lawyer for publishing controversial articles and “smear campaigns” against human rights activists, particularly in conjunction with their right to freedom of expression and of association. Mr. Ligabo called on the Government to take effective measures for the promotion of a real pluralism, including action related to the increase of media freedom in the country and to guarantee full access to information for media professionals as well as for the ordinary citizen, in order to expand transparency and public awareness.He also urged it to ensure that all media workers can exercise their profession without any impediment and restriction and to adopt legislation for the decriminalization of defamation and related offences, including norms regarding fair criteria of proportionality in imposing fines.The final phase of the World Summit is to be held in Tunis from 16 to 18 November and will be marked by “a crucial effort to ensure a better future for less developed societies through the exploitation of Internet resources,” Mr. Ligabo noted. “Agreements on Internet governance and its financing will be at the core of decisive discussions and could initiate a new era for freedom of opinion and expression through enhanced dissemination and availability of information,” he added.The Summit’s first phase was held in Geneva in 2003.
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 6, 2016 9:32 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 7, 2016 at 1:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Thursday, March 31, 2016 file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino attends a press conference at the Soccer Federation headquarters in Bogota, Colombia. FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Tuesday April 5, 2016 has defended his reputation after a Champions League broadcasting contract he signed was leaked from a Panama-based law firm’s database. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File) LONDON – The Latest on the publication by a coalition of media outlets of an investigation into offshore financial dealings by the rich and famous (all times local):3:25 a.m.Panama’s government is creating an international committee of experts to recommend ways to boost transparency in the Central American country’s offshore financial industry.President Juan Carlos Varela is trying to shore up confidence in his nation’s financial industry after the leaking of 11.5 million documents from a prominent Panama-based law firm that helped create shell companies for the world’s rich and famous.The Panamanian leader said Wednesday that the committee’s findings will be shared with other nations so joint action can be taken to boost transparency in legal and financial centres worldwide.As he takes steps to strengthen controls, Varela is defending Panama against what he calls a “media attack” by wealthy nations that he says are ignoring their own deficiencies and unfairly stigmatizing Panama.___1 a.m.Mexican tax authorities say they are investigating 33 citizens of Mexico whose names are mentioned in documents in the “Panama Papers” leak.Taxe authority head Aristoteles Nunez told Radio Formula on Wednesday that some of those mentioned in the documents were already subjects of investigations. He refused to identify those people.Nunez says authorities are looking at whether the income that contributed to any offshore account was reported in tax returns. If the income wasn’t reported, the owners could avoid fines by reporting the assets and returning the money to Mexico, as long as it was legal in origin.Prosecutors in El Salvador also are investigating citizens mentioned in the “Panama Papers.” Chief prosecutor Douglas Melendez did not identify any of the Salvadorans and stressed that offshore accounts are not necessarily illegal.9:20 p.m.Brazil’s UOL news portal says an offshore company created by Roberto Carlos, one of the country’s most popular singers, appears in the files of the Panamanian law firm with international offices that provide offshore financial services.The release earlier this week of the Mossack Fonseca documents on offshore financial dealings of wealthy, famous and powerful people around the world has raised questions over the widespread use of such tactics to avoid taxes and skirt financial oversight.Blogger Fernando Rodrigues said Wednesday on UOL that Carlos is one of the shareholders of Happy Song, an offshore company created in 2011 to manage his career.Carlos’ press office told UOL that the company is duly registered with Brazilian tax authorities and the country’s Central Bank.___6:30 p.m.FIFA’s ethics committee says Uruguayan lawyer Juan Pedro Damiani has resigned as a member of its judging panel while under investigation.Damiani’s links to disgraced former FIFA vice-president Eugenio Figueredo are being investigated by FIFA ethics prosecutors after he was identified on Sunday in a vast leak of data from a Panama law firm specializing in offshore accounts.Damiani did not tell the FIFA ethics committee until March that he had a “business relationship” with Figueredo, a fellow Uruguayan who was arrested in Zurich last May.Figueredo was indicted by American federal prosecutors and later extradited to Uruguay. He pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering charges and acknowledged taking bribes.Damiani, president of the Penarol club, had been a FIFA ethics committee member since 2006.___6:20 p.m.UEFA has been raided by Swiss police and has handed over evidence of a Champions League television rights contract with an offshore marketing agency implicated in the FIFA bribery scandal.The Swiss attorney general’s office said it requested raids on the European soccer body and “another enterprise” for suspected criminal mismanagement and misappropriation linked to dealings with Cross Trading, an offshore registered agency. Cross Trading is owned by two men indicted last year by American federal prosecutors who are working with Swiss counterparts to investigate suspected corruption in international soccer.UEFA and its Champions League marketing agency — TEAM Marketing based in Lucerne, Switzerland — made a $111,000 deal with Cross Trading in 2006 for three seasons of broadcasting in Ecuador. The 2006 contract, co-signed by current FIFA President Gianni Infantino when he was UEFA legal director, was leaked from the database of Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca.UEFA acknowledged that Swiss federal police “acting under a warrant” came to see its contracts with Cross Trading.___5:20 p.m.Panama is fighting back against accusations the country is a haven for money laundering.Panama’s Foreign Relations Ministry has sent a letter to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development saying any suggestion that the country harbours shady financial dealings is categorically untrue.OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria said the Panama Papers leak has shown that the country tolerates a “culture of secrecy” in financial transactions. Gurria said Panama was the last major jurisdiction allowing clients to hide money from tax and law enforcement officials.Panama responded Wednesday that it’s being unfairly singled out for criticism, and suggested a better target for investigation might be the British Virgin Islands.The Foreign Ministry says Panama’s laws “are not fundamentally different from those of any other financial jurisdiction.”___4:25 p.m.The Panamanian law firm at the centre of the huge leak of data on offshore accounts reportedly incorporated a string of companies named after James Bond films.The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, which says it’s one of the outlets given access to the leaked documents, says law firm Mossack Fonseca incorporated companies named Goldfinger, SkyFall, GoldenEye and Moonraker and was asked to set up a firm called Octopussy.The OCCRP said the law firm also incorporated companies named Blofeld and Spectre, after the classic Bond villain and his organization. In addition, its report said, the files contain correspondence from a man called Austin Powers — but that apparently was his real name.___4:10 p.m.Spanish media are reporting that movie director Pedro Almodovar has cancelled publicity events for his new movie “Julieta” following intense interest in the offshore company he owned with his brother years ago.The Europa Press news agency says Almodovar cancelled an appearance at a photo shoot and interviews ahead of the movie’s premiere in Madrid on Wednesday night. It will be released to the public Friday in Spain.Almodovar’s production company El Deseo asked The Associated Press to submit questions in writing and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.“Julieta” is Almovodar’s 20th movie. Europa Press said actors in the movie, including Emma Suarez, Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta and Michelle Jenner went ahead and did interviews.Almodovar’s brother Agustin on Monday blamed his lack of experience for a decision to set up an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands in 1991 that was shut down in 1994.___4 p.m.Authorities in the British Virgin Islands say the release of confidential files from a law firm in Panama have prompted them to investigate whether there have been any breaches of financial regulations in the Caribbean territory.The British Virgin Islands has long played a prominent role in the offshore financial industry, and it has figured notably in the leak of documents from the Mossack-Fonseca law firm. The British territory is frequently used as a registry for offshore companies and trusts in a way that allows their owners to shield their identities from the public.Financial regulators in BVI issued a statement saying they will “pursue a thorough investigation through the BVI’s competent authorities, and further action will be taken, where necessary.”The BVI says it has “rigorous” regulatory oversight of its financial sector and adheres to international standards. Last year, the territory recorded 9,388 company incorporations, down from 11,436 a year earlier. The chain of islands has a population of about 30,000.___1:35 p.m.A Spanish news website says a document in the massive leak of material from a Panamanian law firm shows that Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and his ex-wife were listed as shareholders in an offshore British Virgin Islands company for about a month in 2010.However, a statement from Vargas Llosa’s literary agent said he was surprised to hear that the two were listed as shareholders with Talome Services Corp.News site El Confidencial said Wednesday it obtained the document from the cache of leaked material from law firm Mossack Fonseca. Its report says emails show a Vargas Llosa representative asked lawyers to remove Vargas Llosa and his ex-wife as shareholders on Oct. 6, 2010.Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel prize on Oct. 7. El Confidencial says the company’s shareholders were changed from Vargas Llosa and his ex-wife to two Russians on Oct. 12.The statement from Vargas Llosa’s agent says he and his ex-wife never interacted with Mossack Fonseca. It also says Vargas Llosa has complied with all tax regulations in Spain and elsewhere.___1:25 p.m.Malta’s health and energy minister is facing calls for his resignation after he was named in a leak of documents from a Panama-based law firm.Konrad Mizzi, who is also deputy leader of the governing Labour Party, has acknowledged owning a company in Panama which is held by a trust in New Zealand.However, Mizzi insists that the leaked documents make no reference to him holding any funds in Panama. He said he has commissioned an independent tax audit to prove that he’s done nothing wrong, and that the company in Panama “will be closed soon after the tax investigation is concluded.”The opposition Nationalist Party is holding a protest to press for Mizzi’s resignation on Sunday.Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has stood by his minister, but said he will dismiss him if it emerges that what Mizzi is saying is untrue.___1:10 p.m.A lawyer for Nico Rosberg says the Formula One driver used an offshore company solely for liability reasons and to enable him to operate internationally.German public broadcaster NDR has reported that Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca manages a company called Ambitious Group Ltd which has a contract with Mercedes for Rosberg’s “driver services.”Mossack Fonseca is at the centre of a vast leak of confidential documents detailing the offshore business arrangements of thousands of wealthy people.Rosberg’s German lawyer Christian Schertz says British Virgin Islands-registered Ambitious Group wasn’t used for tax avoidance.Schertz said in a statement late Tuesday that “tax-wise, Mr. Rosberg acted correctly in every way.”He says Rosberg, who won Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, is registered in Monaco for tax purposes and receives all payments there.___1:10 p.m.France’s far-right National Front party is filing law suits for defamation against media who imply that it or leader Marine Le Pen — who plans to run in the 2017 presidential race — may be implicated in the Panama papers scandal.Party lawyer David Dassa-Le Deist issued a statement Wednesday saying defamation proceedings “have been started on this day.”The statement did not name the media being targeted. However, it noted the daily Le Monde’s article Tuesday looking into alleged offshore dealings by a longtime Le Pen acquaintance whose company provides publicity for electoral campaigns. The paper also examined potential but unproven offshore interests of Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, via a former employee.Le Pen’s anti-immigration National Front portrays globalization as one of the enemies to redressing the French economy and preserving the nation’s identity, making any innuendo that people linked to the party may allegedly be using foreign shell companies to hide funds a sensitive issue.___10:25 a.m.The president of Ukraine has defended himself in the massive leak of records on offshore accounts that has named political officials, business and celebrities from around the world.Petro Poroshenko said at a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday that an offshore holding company set up for his candy business was a necessary step to put his assets into a blind trust when he became president in 2014.The leaks have raised suspicion that such offshore entities were set up to avoid taxes. Iceland’s prime minister resigned as the scandal deepened on Tuesday.Poroshenko insisted that his case is different than Iceland’s or Russia’s, and that the company was not set up to minimize taxes.He is in Japan this week to meet the Japanese prime minister and business leaders.___10:20 a.m.India’s top Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has denied any connection to four shipping companies registered in tax havens following the publication of the names of rich and powerful people linked to the leaks, dubbed the Panama Papers.He was responding to a report published Monday by The Indian Express newspaper based on the Panama Papers.Bachhan tweeted an image of his statement late Tuesday: “It is possible that my name has been misused.”He said he did not know any of the companies he was allegedly linked to and has never been a director for any of them.He added: “I have paid all my taxes including on monies spent by me overseas. Monies that I have remitted overseas have been in compliance with law, including remittances through LRS (Liberalized Remittance Scheme) after paying Indian taxes. In any event the news report in the Indian Express doesn’t even suggest any illegality on my part.” The Latest: Panama to create panel to boost transparency
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Children should be encouraged to run around classrooms in lessons to get them fit, the National Association of Headteachers annual conference in Liverpool will be told.Bryn Llewellyn, a former head from Yorkshire, will tell delegates that “physically active learning” should be a core part of teaching and help cut obesity, as it was reported that one in five children is now obese on leaving primary school.He will say: “Traditional learning approaches negatively impact on physical activity and health. Physically active learning combines movement and learning.”He will tell delegates “physically active learning” should be a core part of teaching.One in five children is obese by the time they finish primary school. In some areas, more than 50 per cent of children are overweight or obese upon leaving primary school. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mr Llewellyn said that as well as keeping children fit and healthy, incorporating movement into lessons can help them with retention of knowledge. Mr Llewellyn runs a programme in which pupils play tag rugby-style games to help them understand maths and English. For example, children compete in teams to collect tags, and then work together to solve problems – such as times tables – using the tags.
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale could help determine the future of Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.The European champions have been tracking Pochettino for the best part of two years and are prepared to match United’s offer for the former Southampton boss. United are believed to be in the race for Pochettino after sacking Jose Mourinho last week. That means that Los Blancos must dig deep in the summer to stand any chance of winning the battle for the former Espanyol boss.Spurs are reportedly looking at least £45m in compensation and Pochettino is expected to get a massive pay rise at Old Trafford. Spurs have first option to buy back Bale on the cheap which could help the Spanish giants secure the services of Pochettino.Certainly, the idea of the Wales international returning to the club he left nearly half-a-decade ago would be a tempting one for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.Re-signing the former PFA player of the year, even at a reduced price would be a statement of intent for the North London club for the upcoming season.Trippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…At least, that’s the believe for former Tottenham Hotspur defender Terry Fenwick.He said, according to Daily Star:“The squad is fantastic already but I’m hoping Daniel and Mauricio get their heads together and bring in one or two world-class players.“If they don’t spend I think he will leave.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police have released surveillance video of a man and a woman who, they said, broke into a car in Miami.Investigators said the pair broke into a Lexus in the middle of the night, June 1. A neighbor’s surveillance system captured them pulling door handles of two SUVs.The burglary happened along Southwest 30th Avenue and Third Street.Police believe the subjects are responsible for other break-ins in the area.If you have any information on this car break-in, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Indian Chamber Of Commerce, Kolkata, organised a session titled ‘Mental Health – Breaking the Stigma’ on February 2, 2019 at the chamber itself.Eminent doctors and social workers like Dr Manoj Shah, Psychiatrist and Professor of Child and Adolescent psychiatry, Hofstra – Northshore LIJ School of Medicine, USA; Dr Shashi Panja, Minister, Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal; HE Bruce Bucknell, British Deputy, High Commissioner in Kolkata and Dr Prerna Shah, Neuropsychologist and Associate Director, Northshore University Hospital, USA alongwith Minu Budhia, Chairperson, ICC Task Force on Special Abilities and Psychotherapist and Founder – Caring Minds, ICANFLYY and Café ICANFLYY were present at the event. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn her address, Minu Budhia welcomed the guests on the behalf of ICC Special Task Force on Special Abilities. She said that this is the first time in any Chamber of Commerce or Industry Association, that a committee or task force has been made to create awareness and talk about mental health. Budhia believes that it is as important for child, as for parents, teachers, or medical professionals. Sharing her personal experience, Minu stated, “As a mother of a special daughter, I have undergone a full circle – running from pillar to post and surprised at the nil or negligible awareness about mental health. I believe that the first step for mental health is acceptance by family and society. We have come a long way but still miles to go. And that is what we are here to do today.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMinu feels that addressing the barriers attached to mental health is important. As a parent, it took her 10 years to understand and accept and then take it as challenge. With that ongoing journey of understanding mental health problems and unfolding the myths about it, she started actively working towards the cause too. In the attempt to fight against the mental health problems, she started her own initiatives like CARING MINDS, a psychological wellness centre and ICANFLYY – an institute for special needs and cafe icanflyy – a cafe which runs by special needs individuals. When it comes to mental health and dealing with its problems, the awareness needs to start from childhood at home, in schools, in colleges and at workplaces. And, the interactive session served as a much-needed platform for exchanging and expanding ideas and issues related to mental health and special needs. While talking in the session, Minu Budhia quoted Demi Lovato: “I wish people could understand that brain is the most important organ of our body. Just because you can’t see mental illness like you see a broken bone, does not mean it is not as detrimental or devastating to a family or an individual.” The session discussed that special need individuals do not need to be employed out of pity or sympathy. Moreover, corporates, businesses and start-ups should be motivated to embrace the idea with an open mind not only because it is a social responsibility, but also as there is a pool of unemployed and under employed talent that can wbe trapped for the employers’ own growth. The discussion led to a conclusion that workplaces where special individuals work with dignity and confidence are needed, in order to them the place and respect they deserve in society.
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Posted by Apply now for Just You’s new South Africa fam Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Following its widely successful Italy fam, Just You has launched its second agent familiarization tour, this time to South Africa.Departing Aug. 24 and returning Sept. 1, the eight-day fam includes all breakfasts, lunches and dinners, porterage for luggage, and transfers on arrival and departure dates. International flights are not included, but the flights within South Africa are complimentary.A total of 18 travel agents will sample local food and wine, learn about the country’s apartheid history, and search for the Big 5 in Kruger National Park over the course of the fam.The trip starts in Johannesburg with a tour of Soweto before heading to Kruger National Park where guests will stay for three nights and head out on safaris. Other highlights include exploring Cape Town and visiting Table Mountain, plus a trip to Cape Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach to see penguins.“We are really excited to be offering another trip for agents to experience what a Just You tour is like, and see why we’re the experts in solo travel,” said Nick Roberti, Just You’s National Sales Manager.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemAs an added incentive, agents who sell 10 Just You tours within a year of returning from the fam will earn their fam money back. “Just another reason to apply to travel with us,” added Roberti.Agents must apply before June 14 and fill out an application form, available here: http://bit.ly/JustYouFamSA.Just You offers guaranteed departures of every tour in its latest brochure. It also has a guaranteed price match and guaranteed price promise, meaning customers can book with confidence knowing that they’re getting the best deal for their chosen tour.The company also prides itself on offering handpicked accommodation, with every agent getting a twin or double room of their own. Each Just You tour is also accompanied by a professional Tour Manager. Tags: FAM, Just You, South Africa Travelweek Group Friday, May 31, 2019
President Laura Chinchilla will tour Europe between May 20 and 31 to promote cooperation between Central America and the EU, attract investment and meet with Pope Benedict XVI.Chinchilla is scheduled to visit France, Germany, the Vatican and Geneva, accompanied by four of her ministers: Enrique Castillo (Foreign), Anabel González (Foreign Trade), Sandra Piszk (Labor) and Gloria Abraham (Agriculture).Communications Minister Francisco Chacón said May 17 that the main objective of the trip is to position Costa Rica as an attractive destination for investment.Chinchilla left Costa Rica Sunday night and will arrive in France the next day to start business at the Annual Forum of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).The meeting with OECD comes nearly a year after the agency removed Costa Rica from its list of “tax havens,” on which the country had appeared since 2009. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Facebook Comments Protestant churches are joining with the LGBT advocacy organization Human Rights Campaign and others to make their congregations more welcoming to gay and transgender Ticos.The Episcopal Church of Costa Rica announced Thursday that it would join the Lutheran Church, the LGBT advocacy group Diversity Movement, the U.S.-based Human Rights Campaign, and the Student Federation of the University of Costa Rica to discuss faith, sexual orientation and gender identity at the University of Costa Rica on Tuesday, March 4.Organizers will show the 2013 film “Before God: We Are All Family.” Filmed in the United States and Puerto Rico, the movie explores Latino families’ relationship with faith and sexual identity. Following the film, Bishop Héctor Monterroso of the Costa Rican Episcopal Church, Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera of the HRC, and Diversity Movement President Marco Castillo, among others, will meet for a panel discussion.“We have a saying in the Episcopal Church: ‘All are welcome and equal in the eyes of God.’ We want the diverse community to feel respected and welcome,” said Monterroso, according to a statement.“The first step is to promote dialogue, learn, listen and declare what we always have said. We want to heal the wounds that many LGBT people have with religion. We should understand that they are God’s creation and God does not err. We must accept them as God created them,” he added.The event will be held at 5 p.m. at the University of Costa Rica’s Health Science Library. Related posts:Costa Rican legislature accidentally passes gay marriage legalization Costa Rica grants first gay common-law marriage in Central America Costa Rica’s changing definition of family hits cookie commercial Panama bill calls for jail time for anti-gay hate crimes
Internationally famous, thanks to several motion pictures and books, the Thai-Burma railway that once resulted in the death of thousands could help unite Southeast Asia. .Still in use today, the railway bridge was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids during World War II and was rebuilt after the war ended.Source: BBC
in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News April 11, 2016 578 Views Wells Fargo Settles for $1.2 Billion Over ‘Shoddy’ Mortgage Practices Department of Justice FHA HUD Settlements Wells Fargo 2016-04-11 Seth Welborn Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle civil mortgage fraud claims against the bank and Wells Fargo executive Kurt Lofrano, according to an announcement from the Department of Justice on Friday.According to the announcement, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $1.2 billion and admitted, acknowledged, and accepted responsibility for certifying that certain residential home mortgage loans were eligible for FHA insurance when they were not. As a result, according to the announcement, when some of those loans defaulted, the government had to pay the FHA insurance claims.“This Administration remains committed to holding lenders accountable for their lending practices,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro said. “The $1.2 billion settlement with Wells Fargo is the largest recovery for loan origination violations in FHA’s history. Yet, this monetary figure can never truly make up for the countless families that lost homes as a result of poor lending practices.”The settlement stems from Wells Fargo’s participation in the Direct Endorsement Lender program, a federal program administered by the Federal Housing Administration. Wells Fargo has the authority to originate, underwrite, and certify mortgages for FHA insurance based on the bank’s status as a Direct Endorsement Lender. If a loan that has been approved for FHA insurance later defaults, the mortgagee may submit an insurance claim to HUD for the balance of the loan, which HUD must pay.The DOJ said that between May 2001 and October 2005, Wells Fargo—the largest HUD-approved residential mortgage lender— engaged in a “regular practice of reckless origination and underwriting of its FHA retail loans, all the while knowing that it would not be responsible when the defective loans went into default.” The DOJ said that the bank hired temporary staff that was not properly trained in order to increase the volume of these loans and also applied pressure on its underwriters to approve more FHA loans.“Predictably, as a result, Wells Fargo’s loan volume and profits soared, but the quality of its loans declined significantly,” the DOJ said.“Wells Fargo has helped millions of people buy homes and we will continue to meet the financing needs of the customers and communities the FHA program is intended to serve.”Franklin Codel, Wells FargoAccording to the DOJ, Wells Fargo then failed to self-report to HUD the bad loans that it was originating. The DOJ said that Lofrano, in his capacity as VP of Credit Risk-Quality Assurance, executed annual certifications required by HUD for the bank’s participation in the Direct Endorsement Lender program on Wells Fargo’s behalf for the years in question.“Today, Wells Fargo, one of the biggest mortgage lenders in the world, has been held responsible for years of reckless underwriting, while relying on government insurance to deal with the damage,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for the Southern District of New York. “Wells Fargo has long taken advantage of the FHA mortgage insurance program, designed to help millions of Americans realize the dream of home ownership, to write thousands and thousands of faulty loans. Driven to maximize profits, Wells Fargo employed shoddy underwriting practices to drive up loan volume, at the expense of loan quality. Even though Wells Fargo identified through internal quality assurance reviews thousands of problematic loans, the bank decided not to report them to HUD. As a result, while Wells Fargo enjoyed huge profits from its FHA loan business, the government was left holding the bag when the bad loans went bust. With today’s settlement, Wells Fargo has finally resolved the years-long litigation, adding to the list of large financial institutions against which this office has successfully pursued civil fraud prosecutions.”In a press release, President of Wells Fargo Home Lending Franklin Codel said, “Today’s court filing details a previously announced agreement in principle that resolves not only the pending lawsuit filed by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, but also a number of other potential claims going back as far as 15 years in some cases. It allows us to put the legal process behind us, and to focus our resources and energy on what we do best—serving the needs of the nation’s homeowners.”Codel continued, “We are dedicated to providing access to credit to a broad range of customers through offerings that exist today as well as new products and programs on the horizon. Wells Fargo has helped millions of people buy homes and we will continue to meet the financing needs of the customers and communities the FHA program is intended to serve.”Click here to view the announcement from the Department of Justice. Share
by Tanya Dukes, Style Editor, Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine…Vicenza, Italy — The Italian hamlet of Vicenza abandons its ordinarily retiring pace three times a year in favor of traffic jams and booked-to-capacity hotel occupancy. That’s because it’s the epicenter of Italy’s jewelry industry and host to one of the world’s most important jewelry shows, VicenzaOro. The just-finished January edition—biggest of them all—is where leading Italian brands test the waters with some of their new designs and reformulated classics that consumers will see in stores months from now. Be sure to anticipate the following highlights from favorite names:Marco Bicego’s range of jewelry has long featured his signature engraved 18K gold, either on its own or accompanied by gemstones in tropical color. Branching out beyond the everyday luxury that the brand has typically embraced, it’s also creating high-ticket, one-of-a-kind pieces with special gemstones. A standout of the new design direction is a pair of chandelier earrings with rough multicolored sapphires framed by the brand’s unmistakable gold.Nanis, another maker of glamorous jewelry that fits seamlessly into a daily wardrobe, has reinvigorated bestselling collections with fresh, new designs. Heart motifs that are the cornerstone of the popular Q-ori line now come emblazoned with pavé-set sapphires in a spectrum of color from pink to green to yellow or a graphic black and white combination. The oval link that marks the brand’s most recognizable collection, Olga, has been made to interlock in pairs. And designer Laura Bicego knew the new sterling silver version of her sculptural Scandal collection would be a hit when buyers would try to separate her from the prototypes she would wear to test the first models.Prestige pearl jewelry brand Utopia just launched Bolero. Characterized by delicately curvaceous lines in 18-karat gold and accented with cultured pearls, the collection now consists of drop earrings in a range of sizes from large to petite and sautoir necklaces with open, oblong stations, but in a few months a complete line will be unveiled.Garavelli is a nearly century-old brand that’s gotten plenty of recent press. The company was the source of a diamond brooch just given to the First Lady for Christmas by President Obama. Fresh from that coup, Garavelli’s latest showed renewed across-the-board mastery of everything from high jewelry to chunky, masculine pieces. A one-off diamond necklace in major carat weight touched on its classical side, while a series of substantial bracelets with links in rubber and 18-karat gold demonstrated a contemporary touch. The latter is designed with men in mind but style-forward women will surely wear them, too. Alert Mrs. O.Fope also chose to turn its attention to men with its newest collection. Its Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde collection features super-shiny, textured white gold touched with black sapphires and white diamonds. The collection’s contrast is inspired by the dual nature of its namesake character and will appeal to customers with just as divergent styles.Powerhouse Roberto Coin never fails to invent must-have baubles at every opportunity. The runaway success of last year’s CapriPlus launch, with its trademark cutaway detail, made it a necessity to create new variations on the theme. Most exciting are thin bangles that wear well singly or stacked up the arm. A naughty new favorite promises to be the Temptation line. It features a smirking devil in peach gold and sapphires or rubies that conceals a diamond-studded heart behind its back.Fantasy and color make Stefan Hafner jewelry instantly recognizable and put the brand’s designs in a class all their own. Extravagant rings in fanciful color combinations and elaborate shapes are the foundation of its repertoire. In the latest collection, Cherie, a blossom composed of marquise- and pear-cut stones rests in a nook atop a fully pavé-set ring. The effect is romantic and modern, just as its steadfast customers have come to expect.Casato continues its mastery of wearable pieces that feature loads of uplifting color. A triad of new collections dubbed Vive La Vive, Sa’ara, and Fleur du Desert all feature gem-laden designs in brilliant diamonds and semi-precious stones. Their shared palette of amethyst, and smoky topaz vivid quartz varieties makes it easy to wear the collections together.www.vicenzaoro.org Garavelli
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