12 January 2010The United Nations refugee agency warned today that many parts of central Somalia are witnessing a surge in fighting, sparking growing displacement and worsening the plight of an already beleaguered population. Clashes last week between two rival militia groups – Al Shabaab and Ahlu Sunna Wal Jaama – have reportedly killed or injured over 150 people and displaced some 7,000, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which adds that the figure of internally displaced persons could be higher. Ongoing conflict has disrupted services and livelihoods, leaving the civilian population extremely vulnerable, the agency says. “As the security situation does not allow UNHCR’s immediate intervention, we are in discussions with our local NGO [non-governmental organization] partners to find ways of delivering assistance to the people displaced by the latest fighting in the quickest time possible,” agency spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva.Some 1.5 million people in the Horn of Africa nation that has been torn apart by factional fighting and without a functioning central government since 1991 are displaced owing to escalating violence and a worsening humanitarian situation. UNHCR reports that the number of Somalis arriving in neighbouring countries is on the rise, with some 3,000 Somalis registered as refugees in Ethiopia in December alone. Over 110,000 Somalis have sought asylum in Kenya, Yemen, Ethiopia and Djibouti last year, bringing the total number of Somali refugees in the region to over 560,000.Mr. Mahecic said aid agencies are worried that growing insecurity, drought and the suspension of food aid in south central regions could worsen Somalia’s humanitarian crisis and trigger large-scale influx into other countries. Over the past year the number of people in need of assistance in Somalia has risen from 3.2 million to 3.8 million, well over half the total population.
In a 222-page study which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March, the experts conclude that “secret detention is irreconcilably in violation of international human rights law including during states of emergency and armed conflict. Likewise, it is in violation of international humanitarian law during any form of armed conflict.“If resorted to in a widespread or systematic manner, secret detention might reach the threshold of a crime against humanity,” add the authors – the UN experts on counter-terrorism and torture, and the two UN expert bodies on arbitrary detention and enforced or involuntary disappearances.The study, which took almost a year to complete, involves responses from 44 States to a detailed questionnaire, as well as interviews with 30 individuals – or their family members or their legal counsel – who were victims of secret detention, and in many cases may also have been subjected to torture.It provides an historical overview of the use of secret detention, noting that it is not a new phenomenon in the context of counter-terrorism. From the Nazi regime to the former USSR with its Gulag system of forced labour camps, States have often resorted to secret detention to silence opposition, according to the report. The study goes on to address the use of secret detention in the context of the ‘global war on terror’ following the events of 11 September 2001, describing “the progressive and determined elaboration of a comprehensive and coordinated system of secret detention” of persons suspected of terrorism, involving not only United States authorities, but also other States in almost all regions of the world.It also highlights that secret detention in connection with counter-terrorism policies remains a serious problem on a global scale, either through the use of secret detention facilities; through declarations of a state of emergency, which allow prolonged secret detention; or through forms of “administrative detention,” which also allow prolonged secret detention.The experts reiterate that international law clearly prohibits secret detention, which violates a number of human rights and humanitarian law norms that may not be derogated from under any circumstances. “However, in spite of these unequivocal norms, the practice of secret detention in the context of countering terrorism is widespread and has been reinvigorated by the so-called global war on terror,” states the report, adding that many States, referring to national security concerns – often perceived or presented as unprecedented emergencies or threats – resort to secret detention.Among their recommendations to address this serious human rights violation, the experts call for explicitly prohibiting secret detention, along with all other forms of unofficial detention. They also urged that safeguards for persons deprived of their liberty be fully respected, and that timely action be taken to ensure that immediate families of those detained are informed of their relatives’ capture, location, legal status and health condition.The experts also point out that in almost no recent cases have there been any judicial investigations into allegations of secret detention and practically no one has been brought to justice. “Although many victims feel that the secret detention has ‘stolen’ years of their lives and left indelible traces, often in terms of loss of their jobs and frequently their health, they almost never received any form of reparation, including rehabilitation or compensation.” Therefore, the experts also recommend a number of steps to provide judicial remedies, reparations and rehabilitation to victims, and in some cases to their families. The study was issued by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, Martin Scheinin; Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Manfred Nowak; the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (represented by its Vice-Chairperson, Shaheen Sardar Ali); and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (represented by its Chairperson, Jeremy Sarkin). Working in an independent and unpaid capacity, they all are appointed by, and report to, the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. 26 January 2010Despite the fact that international law clearly prohibits secret detention, the practice is widespread and “reinvigorated” by the so-called global war on terror, several independent United Nations experts stated, outlining a series of steps aimed at curbing this human rights violation.
Reporting the results of a three-day inter-agency assessment mission to the Caribbean nation, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said “short-term food assistance in some areas will be needed to help the most vulnerable households through the ‘hungry season,’ October through February, prior to the March harvest.” Given what seems to be a new weather pattern bringing less rain, the team recommended teaching new farming techniques, planting crops that have short-cycle germination and drought-resistant seeds, as well as improving watershed management. OCHA predicted that improvements in Haiti’s humanitarian situation would depend heavily on the success of programmes to introduce good governance and public security to rural areas which are still not fully under government control.From 13 to 15 July, the team visited health centres and markets in Jean Rabel, Môle St . Nicolas, Bombardopolis and Baie de Henne and the surrounding countryside. Team members spoke with locals, missionaries, Cuban doctors and the international non-governmental organization (NGO) working there. The mission was dispatched after the NGO predicted the prospective harvest failures and warned that the cumulative impact of one poor harvest after another in recent years had made the population vulnerable to any further natural calamities. “From the political upheaval of the last quarter of 2003, culminating in the departure of President [Jean-Bertrand] Aristide at the end of February 2004, to the devastating floods in the southeast in May 2004 (which left some1,200 dead and over 1,400 reported missing and presumed dead), Haiti has witnessed a series of events in the last nine months which are having a continued negative impact on the population,” OCHA added.
Canadian banks will struggle with strong growth in lending slowdown: analysts TORONTO – Canada’s biggest banks are likely headed into a challenging year as consumer lending growth slows alongside persistent economic weakness, analysts suggest.The combination could provide a dark lining to what are expected to be good earnings results for the first quarter when most banks report starting this week. But it will also set the stage for a cautious remainder of the year.Analysts expect most of the big banks will increase their dividends in the period.Much of the concern lies in the domestic retail banking operations, the side of the business dedicated to consumers, which has fared well in recent years. The division could weigh heavy on the banks’ overall growth, as Canadians face record-high debt levels and the housing market comes off its highs.“It’s just a matter of the magnitude of (the consumer lending) decline and what it means for the underlying financials,” said Tom Lewandowski, financial services analyst with Edward Jones in St. Louis.He said the focus will be on whether the banks are able to offset the decline through other lending venues to businesses.Last month, Royal Bank (TSX:RY) chief executive Gord Nixon said the bank was experiencing a weakness in mortgage lending due to the slowdown in the real estate market. He said that while he expects the country’s housing market to remain solid, lending would likely slow to mid single digits.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) will be the first to report its first-quarter earnings on Tuesday. Consensus expectations are for earnings per share of $1.47 and $3.88 billion in revenue, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.On Thursday, Royal Bank is expected to post earnings per share of $1.32 with revenues of $7.6 billion. TD Bank (TSX:TD) expectations are for $1.93 earnings per share and revenue of $6 billion.Both CIBC (TSX:CM) and National Bank (TSX:NA) will be closely watched because they rely most on their domestic banking operations which could make them especially vulnerable to the slowdown.Barclays analyst John Aiken downgraded both of those banks, with National falling from overweight to equal weight, while CIBC has been dropped to underweight from equal weight with a stock price target of $81.CIBC, which also reports Thursday, has expectations for earnings of $2.08 per share and $3.22 billion in revenue by analysts.And National Bank is expected to have $2.01 per share of earnings and $1.28 billion in revenue.“We favour the banks that have smaller contributions from domestic retail net interest income and have greater exposure to capital markets,” Aiken wrote in a note.If domestic retail banking slows, Scotiabank (TSX:BNS), BMO, and Royal Bank are the least sensitive, Aiken said.The last to report is Scotiabank, on March 5, which is expected to earn $1.26 per share and $5.04 billion revenue.All of the major banks are expected to increase their dividends, with the exception of National Bank and BMO.Bank earnings are closely watched during the first quarter because executives tend to offer a firm outlook for the coming year, which can help analysts determine if more trouble is afoot.“Maintaining the trajectory of growth momentum is going to get more and more challenging, it’s as simple as that,” said Brad Smith, senior financial services analyst at Stonecap Securities.He also suggested that a slowdown in domestic operations could play out over a longer period of time.“I think people will come out of the quarter going ‘It really hasn’t slowed as much as I thought it was going to slow,’” he said.“We always imagine things will happen more quickly than they do.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 25, 2013 5:00 am MDT
Canadian dollar rises amid strong U.S. jobs data, smaller trade deficit AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2014 6:51 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday as job creation in the United States last month came in much higher than expected.The loonie edged up 0.24 of a cent to 93.99 cents US as the U.S. Labor Department reported that the American economy cranked out 288,000 private sector and government jobs in June, while the U.S. jobless rate edged down to 6.1 per cent from 6.3 per cent.Economists had forecast that about 215,000 jobs were created in June, but those estimates ticked higher Wednesday after payrolls firm ADP reported that the private sector created 281,000 jobs, much higher than the 205,000 reading that had been forecast.Canadian employment data for June will be released July 11.In other economic developments, Canada’s trade deficit with the world narrowed in May. Statistics Canada said the deficit came in at $152 million, down sharply from $961 million in April as export volumes shot up 4.2 per cent to $44.2 billion. It was the second-highest value on record and largely due to a strong showing in the motor vehicle segment. At the same time, imports expanded to $44.3 billion in May, as volumes increased 4.2 per cent.In the U.S., the trade deficit fell in May as U.S. exports hit an all-time high, helped by a jump in exports of petroleum products. Imports dipped slightly. The Commerce Department says the trade deficit narrowed 5.6 per cent in May to US$44.4 billion after hitting a two-year high of $47 billion in April.Also, the European Central Bank kept its interest rates unchanged after its monthly policy meeting on Thursday despite signs that the 18-country eurozone economy is losing momentum. Last month, the ECB unveiled a raft of measures designed to shore up the recovery and prevent prices from falling. Among the policies announced was a reduction in the ECB’s main interest rate to 0.15 per cent.Figures released Thursday showed that retail sales were flat in May while the June purchasing managers’ index, a gauge of business activity from financial information company Markit, edged back to a six-month low.On the commodity markets, August crude moved down 42 cents to US$104.06 a barrel.The jobs data pushed August gold bullion lower, falling $10.30 to US$1,320.60 an ounce while September copper edged a cent higher to US$3.28 a pound.
POPE FRANCIS HAS described the internet as “a gift from God” and called on Catholics to “boldly become citizens of the digital world”.“The internet… offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God,” the Argentine pontiff said in his first World Communication Day message, given annual by the Pope.“Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world. Let our communication be a balm which relieves pain and a fine wine which gladdens hearts,” he said.The 77-year-old pontiff is a keen Twitter user whose account has attracted more than 10 million followers.But he also makes a point of privileging human relationships and physical touch, often walking among the crowds who flock to see him in St. Peter’s Square and embracing the ill or disabled.“As I have frequently observed, if a choice has to be made between a bruised Church which goes out to the streets and a Church suffering from self-absorption, I certainly prefer the first,” he said.“Those ‘streets’ are the world where people live and where they can be reached, both effectively and affectively. The digital highway is one of them, a street teeming with people who are often hurting, men and women looking for salvation or hope,” he added.However, Francis warned people not allow the desire to be connected to the digital world twenty-four hours a day to isolate them from society.“It is not enough to be passersby on the digital highways, simply ‘connected’. Connections need to grow into true encounters,” he said.- © AFP, 2014Read: Obama to meet Pope Francis in first Vatican visit since 2009 > Read: Pope Francis invites homeless people to breakfast for his birthday >
CLOSE TO 600 residents in an apartment complex in south Dublin could face up to a €30 million bill to bring their apartments up to fire safety code.Residents of Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford have been informed that they may be faced with a huge bill in order to bring their building up to regulation.Local Fine Gael TD Josepha Madigan said residents are due to be presented with a bill at an AGM on 6 February.Madigan said residents were now facing “astronomical charges to rectify structural issues” in their homes. She said that apartment owners could be charged “up to €30 million” for the works.Madigan said the complex does not satisfy planning requirements for providing sufficient water ingress and fire safety structures in its original construction.The Beacon South Quarter development launched with much fanfare in 2005 at the height of the Celtic Tiger boom. It has faced a myriad a problems and delays since then, with construction only being completed in 2014.“We must arrive at a solution that does not unfairly penalise residents for the poor planning of others,” Madigan said.A number of apartment complexes built during the boom years failed to live up to planning requirements, with many of them requiring additional works to bring them up to fire safety codeThese have included Priory Hall in north Dublin and Longboat Quay in Dublin’s docklands.“A deal similar to those struck in similar instances for residents… should now be considered in order to protect the apartment owners at Beacon South Quarter,” said Madigan.Read: The Irish Girl Guides is to start allowing transgender children into their ranksRead: UK Supreme Court rules Brexit must be approved by Parliament Image: Google Maps Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 10:48 AM http://jrnl.ie/3201998 27,049 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Beacon South Quarter By Cormac Fitzgerald Apartment owners could face ‘up to €30 million’ bill to bring complex up to regulations Residents of Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford have been informed that they may be faced with a huge bill. Share278 Tweet Email6 84 Comments Jan 24th 2017, 10:48 AM Beacon South Quarter Image: Google Maps
The Bayern Munich’s player was injured during the opening match of the Bundesliga season last Friday against HoffenheimAfter Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman was injured in the opening match of the 2018-2019 Bundesliga season, rumors starting to circulate.The French winger could be out for three months after his successful ankle surgery.But the German club president Uli Hoeness says he has a place secured at the team.“We do nothing more,” he told German outlet Sky Sports News as reported by Sportskeeda.“We are committed [to the current squad] but no player [Coman] for three months.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.There were some rumors about him being replaced, but thanks to the words of the president he could feel more secure about his comeback to the team.The 22-year-old started his professional career in Paris Saint-Germain in 2013, and he was transferred to Juventus de next year.In 2015 he was loaned to Bayern Munich until he was bought for €21 million.Get well soon, fréro! pic.twitter.com/mvRPpt76za— Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) August 25, 2018
Defender Virgil Van Dijk believes Liverpool are capable of mounting a challenge on both the domestic scene and EuropeThe Reds face a daunting task at home to Napoli on tonight in which they must emerge victorious either 1-0 or by two clear goals to avoid failing to progress beyond the Champions League group stage.“At Liverpool, there is always a lot of pressure, but it is good pressure,” the Holland captain revealed to Givemesport.“You want to play in these circumstances, a night like tomorrow. You want to be getting the job done before tomorrow – but now we are here.“I definitely look at the squad and think it can compete on two fronts. We still need to show it but I think we are definitely capable of competing in both competitions. Hopefully, that will be the case.”Van Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.Speaking about missing out in Europe’s premier competition, the former Saints defender confirmed it is not a scenario any of his team-mates are even considering.“That is something I am not even going to think about, so I won’t answer. Hopefully, that isn’t going to happen,” added the Dutchman, who rejected the suggestion going out of Europe altogether would be a blessing in disguise in terms of the title race.“I don’t think they are Liverpool fans (if they are saying that).“We want to compete on the highest level. We are top of the league now, but it could change next week. You never know.“The main thing for us is to stay on the highest level and to do everything we can to go through. It is going to be a tough game but I am very confident, like always in my team.
Almost two-thirds (64%) of respondents believe that organisations invest in expensive benefits that employees neither want, need or use, according to research by Michael Page.Its survey of 1,000 UK adults aged 18 or over who have moved into or applied for a new job in the past three years, also found that 82% of respondents think organisations over complicate employee benefits by making them difficult to use or to understand.The research also found:71% of respondents cite flexible working as their most-wanted benefit, followed by home-working arrangements (55%), unlimited paid holiday (46%), a company car or subsidised or free travel (43%), and free weekly lunches (41%).70% of respondents view unusual benefits, such as free massages, as a gimmick.52% of respondents did not have an opportunity to negotiate the benefits package on offer last time they were interviewed for a job.37% of respondents did not know what their benefits package included before they took their current job, and 65% have been surprised to find out about a particular benefit after working in a role for some time.73% of respondents factor benefits into their decision whether to turn down a job.Oliver Watson (pictured), executive board director for UK and North America at Pagegroup, said: “While we may be accustomed to negotiating a starting salary, discussing more tailored benefits is rarely given the same priority, resulting in neither party getting an agreement that drives engagement for an employee and performance for an employer.“As working cultures become more flexible and dynamic, a one-size-fits-all approach to benefits no longer applies. With only [20% of] UK consumers completely satisfied with their current benefits package and 85% saying a flexible benefits package would make a job more desirable to them, employers need to relax their typically fixed policies and start an open conversation about benefits far earlier in the recruitment process.”
Prothom Alo illustrationA man was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday for raping a girl in Kharkharia village of Sadar upazila in Sherpur on false promise of marriage in 2004.The convict, 36-year-old Milon Mia, son of Lokman Hossain of the same village, has been on the run since the incident, reports UNB.He was tried and sentenced in absentia by the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal.Milon was also fined Tk 1,00,000 for bearing the expenses of the victim’s child who was born after the rape.According to case statement, Milon promised to marry the victim and raped her for months until she got pregnant in November 2004. When he learned about the development, he fled the area and has since been absconding.The victim later filed a case against Milon with the tribunal.
Share City of HoustonJanis Bane, staff analyst with the Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health (left); Stephen L. Williams, director of the City of Houston’s Health Department (center); and Joel Levine, executive director of Harris County’s Protective Services for Children and Adults (right), attended a Sept. 25 event held at Attucks Middle School to launch the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) initiative.The City of Houston and Harris County have launched a pilot program to divert young low-level offenders from prison to treatment and wraparound services.My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), an initiative of the City’s Health Department, and the office of Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis launched this week the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) initiative in an event held at Attucks Middle School, which is located in the Sunnyside area.The program aims to help youth who commit offenses at school and on school property. Typically, those types of offenses lead to arrests, court expenses and short stays in supervised detention and confinement facilities.Harris County accounted for roughly 25 percent of the youth sent to juvenile prison last year, according to state data.Noel Pinnock, bureau chief of the Houston Health Department Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health and director of MBK Houston, said this program aligns with the MBK’s mission “in that a huge part of our work is to ensure our city’s youth enter school ready to learn at all levels, graduate from high school and college or trade school and successfully enter the workforce thus dismantling the cradle-to-prison pipeline one life at a time.”Diverting would-be arresteesAs opposed to pre-trial interventions, the LEAD program stops the legal process before it beings, diverting would-be arrestees before they are handcuffed and charges are filed with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.“When we provide mental and behavioral health services to youth at the point of entry of the juvenile justice system, we will more likely address the deeper root causes that promoted the behavior in the first place,” said Stephen Williams, director of the Houston Health Department.The city and the county will leverage resources to provide the overall coordination of services.Attucks Middle School was selected as the inaugural site to launch the pilot program based on data that show the school had experienced more than 40 student arrests in the past year, more than any other campus in the district.
In a small corner of Anacostia where the vestiges of D.C.’s Chocolate City remain, lovers of everything black, beautiful and wondrous gathered to dance, mingle and heal.The Black Love Experience in its 5th year at the Anacostia Art Center went down Saturday March 21st, bringing together art, music, food and energy to celebrate Black culture in all its splendor. This year’s theme, #passporttowakanda, not only nodded to the cultural turning point that is the Black Panther movie but created a realistic interpretation of what a celebration in the mythical Wakanda would look, feel, smell and taste like.In its fifth year, The Black Love Experience, hosted at the Anacostia Arts Center, is an event for District residents to convene for a celebration of arts, dancing, love, spirituality, and Black culture. (Courtesy Photo)Originally conceived by Afro-visionary Anika Hobbs, owner of Pan-African retail haven Nubian Hueman, Black Love Experience features brands, musicians and artists from all over the diaspora. Hobbs created the event shortly after opening her retail go-to inside of the arts center to drum up support for her business and highlight the work of brands in her store. “I decided to throw a small event with a few vendors and a DJ to bring folks out and enjoy love and our Blackness,” Hobbs told the AFRO.To capture the full breadth of this event would be a fruitless endeavor but for those seeking to understand what a well curated celebration of Pan-Africanist culture can be, here is a glimpse of what went down.In its first year, Black Love occupied just the halls of the Anacostia Arts Center and the Nubian Hueman Storefront. Its 5th showing, however, saw it stretch its arms to neighboring Honfleur Gallery and subterranean coworking space The Hive to encompass twelve zones of engagement. With the additional space, organizers created standalone experiences that were intimate yet coherent in messaging.After waiting in a line that sometimes stretched the length of the block, revelers were greeted by vendors with all sorts of goods to peruse. Hands rummaged through everything from vintage fits, tees and sweats with pro-black slogans to body adornments and scrubs as far as the eye could see. Eyes danced from stall to wall to ceiling drinking in the carefully crafted afrofuturist art installations against the backdrop of the colorful goods, people and light bouncing through the room. Ears two-stepped to the sounds of DJ Underdog carving paths through afrobeat, hip-hop, funk, dance hall and every sound under the black moon.If you doubted that you were to be considered a King or Queen, the Crowns N’ Thrones installation presented four adornments to choose from before guests sat on a black and gold accented throne. Photographers captured guests in all their regal splendor.The center’s Blackbox Theater featured both gender specific and co-ed workshops, theatre pieces and meditation circles centered around healing and wellness. The 30 minute to hour long sessions provided a calming energy to the contrast of the jubilee outside its doors. Practitioners, healers and speakers touched on everything from Feminine Folklore, womb steaming, paranormal afrofuturism to mental health exercises for letting go of hurt.Hobbs said that the healing energy was an intentional element to this year’s event,“What stood out this year was the intention of my curation team. How we decided to really go deeper into healing through sound, sight, meditation.”Lovers of live music headed downstairs to a space normally occupied by co-working hub The Hive. The space was transformed into a Wakandan rent party styled concert venue. Curated by Jay Sun, the lineup included D.C. artists like Tabi Bonney, Black Love Band and Jabari Exum. Tabi gifted the crowd with his classic “Put Me in the Pocket” but also performed brand new music due to be released next month. Exum, drummer and choreographer for the movie Black Panther, greeted the crowd with a drumming showcase that nodded to the ancestral traditions of African music mixed with current popular culture. All the music wasn’t local, however, as the basement stage was also graced by the Aaron Abernathy & the Nat Turner Band and D.C. born, Atlanta living Goddess MC Sa-Roc. Abernathy mixed an R&B sound equal parts Deangelo, P-Funk and Anthony Hamilton into a sound both familiar and fresh while Sa-Roc recalled her routes riding the A buses from Congress Heights for a performance so spirited that even if you didn’t know the words lifted your spiritual energy.At the Honfleur Gallery, participants attended movement-based workshops and interactive sessions centered astrological energy, bellydancing and principles of attractions. They were surrounded by an exhibit from local artist Rebecca Miele called Urban Observations, focused on the city’s forgotten structures. The black bodies in the space seemed to dance between the planes of D.C. past and present gracefully.In speaking to the why Black Love Experience resides in D.C Hobbs said, “The significance to D.C. is with the changing cultural landscape, it is the artists and creatives that hold the keys to maintaining and resurrecting what D.C. was and could be. We chose to keep our 5th year celebration in a community that predominantly looks like us.”Outside of the organized and curated aspects of the event, it was beautiful to see so many black folks doing at once divergent and unifying things in one space for one night. I spotted local podcast “All the Fly Kids” in a live taping during the event, actress Amanda Seales of HBO hit Insecure soaking in the energy while notable local artists, activists and influencers heightened the vibrations of the event.“The energy of the event is purposely ultra high,” Hobbs said. We shoot hard to overload the senses so that tomorrow and next days you can still feel it. We want to change the view from which we see and vibe with each other. That when you’re decompressing it still resonates in a positive way. It’s subliminal and empowering.”I can attest that days after I am certainly still decompressing. If you missed all of the action or just want to a small dose to keep you going drop by Nubian Hueman location in SE or checkout their social media platforms for pictures and videos.
Spelunky has been in the news regularly as of late due to its release on Xbox Live Arcade. While excellent, that version no longer classes as the most recent release of the game due to lone developer Darius Kazemi having just finished porting the original to HTML5.Spelunky was originally released back in 2008 on Windows and was developed by Derek Yu. The software used to create it is GameMaker, an easy to use, yet complete games development toolkit. More recently the company behind GameMaker, YoYo Games, launched a new version called GameMaker: Studio, which allows games to be configured for a number of different platforms, including HTML5.Using Studio, it’s possible to import projects from older versions of GameMaker and in most cases get them working without much pain. In the case of Spelunky, which is quite a complex game, Kazemi did have to solve a number of issues, including sound problems and a broken rendering pipeline.Even so, this is a few weeks of work to get an excellent indie game running inside a web browser. The result says as much about the quality of GameMaker as a toolset as it does about the original implementation and Kazemi’s hard work.The original game classes as freeware, so it’s available to download and play via the Spelunky World website. But by porting it to HTML5 you no longer need to be running Windows and don’t have to shell out for the XBLA version, either unless you long for that graphical update, multiplayer, and/or the ability to play from your couch.If you’d like to try it out in your browser, head on over to the Tiny Subversions Spelunky game page.Read more at Tiny Subversions
Stay on target Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels The time has come. There’s a robot designed to hunt. To prowl. To destroy. It’s coming to your home. And weeds better beware.This is the latest project from Joe Jones, of Roomba fame. Having done about all he could for autonomous vacuums, Jones has set his sights on the world of gardening with his latest creation — the Tertill.Jones created the Tertill to solve some problems in his own life. He gardens quite often but hated having to constantly fight weeds. As such, everything about the machine has been engineered so that it can be an engine for destruction — of unwanted plants in your gardenThe apple doesn’t fall far, though, and the Tertill is the most Roomba-esque bot since those automatic lawnmowers came onto the scene. It’s major changes include some solar panels, waterproofing, and the fact that instead of slaughtering dust bunnies, your new automaton will be tearing up invasive plants. Using the same basic ideas as Roomba’s own software, which helped it find its way around a room while avoiding people and furniture, Tertill distinguishes between the bigger plants you’ll want to keep and the fresh weeds coming up. That does, of course, mean that if you have any baby plants of your own that you’d rather it protect, you can do so with a special band that will tell the bot to leave that youngin’ alone.Otherwise, Tertill uses all kinds of sensors to analyze the world around it, looking for weeds to exterminate. If it finds one, it’ll pull out a miniature weed whacker. It’s a nifty little solution that may take a couple of rounds to fully off the weed, but it does so without pesticides or any extra work from you. Plus, the solar panels make the Tertill a super low maintenance machine. You’ll have to check in from time to time, but broadly speaking you can just let it run for days on end.There’s no word yet on when the Tertill will launch, but it’s expected to run about $300.
These sumptuous recipes, courtesy of the Fry’s Family Food Co, are a must-have for vegetarians this holiday. Not only are these recipes easy to prepare, but are also very nourishing and at the same time, delicious!Mini mushroom pizzas with polony and saladSay hello to a heart-healthy take on an old favourite. Don’t forget your greens – serve with a salad.Ingredients:Four slices of Fry’s Polony/Slicing Sausage, thawed, sliced 1cm thick, and diced into cubesFour large portabella mushrooms, cleaned and scooped½ green bell pepper, dicedOne tablespoon of olive oil (optional)Three to four tablespoons of vegan cheese, shredded (or use vegan mayonnaise)Four tablespoon of tomato pureeSalt and pepper, to tasteOne pinch of dried Italian seasoningMethod:Brush the olive oil on both sides of the mushrooms (optional), then season the inside of the mushrooms with salt, pepper and the Italian seasoning. Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the mushrooms and top with vegan cheese (if using) and diced bell pepper.Place the mushrooms into the cooking basket and slide into the air-fryer and cook at 185°C. After two to three minutes, remove the cooking basket from the air-fryer and place the Slicing Sausage/Polony on top of the portabella mushroom pizzas. Cook for an additional five minutes at the same temperature. Top with extra vegan cheese or vegan mayonnaise.If you don’t have an air-fryer, preheat the oven to 190°C. Brush the olive oil on both sides of the mushrooms (optional). Place the mushroom on a baking tray, and bake for five minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and season the inside of the mushrooms with salt, pepper and the Italian seasoning.Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the mushrooms and top with the Slicing Sausage/Polony, vegan cheese (if using) and diced bell pepper. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with a crisp salad and lots of fresh veggies!Mexican stuffed bell peppers with meat-free minceLower your cholesterol with these Mexican-inspired stuffed bell peppers that are packed with fibre and good for your heart. With flavourful spices, this dish is both hearty and nourishing.Ingredients:½ box Fry’s Meat Free MinceFour medium bell peppers½ cup of rice, cooked½ medium onion, choppedTwo clove garlic, mincedOne teaspoon of olive oil1½ cups of tinned tomatoesOne teaspoon of Worcestershire sauceOne teaspoon of Italian herbsSalt and pepper, as neededA handful of vegan cheese, shredded (optional, or use vegan mayonnaise)Method: Wash the bell peppers, cut the top off and scoop out the insides carefully, removing the stems and seeds. Cook them in boiling water for three minutes. Remove peppers from water and drain well.Sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil (or water) in a pan until golden. Add the Meat Free Mince, 1 ½ cups tinned tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, herbs, and salt and pepper to the onion and garlic. Fry for a few minutes until the Meat Free Mince is cooked through. Add the mince mixture to the cooked rice and half of the shredded vegan cheese. Stir to combine. Stuff the pepper with the mixture. Top with remaining tinned tomatoes and vegan cheese.Arrange the stuffed peppers upright in an air-fryer basket. You may need to thinly slice the bottom part of the peppers if uneven so as to make them stand on the plate without it tilting. Air fry for about 10 minutes at 200°C. If you want the peppers to be softer, cook for longer.If you don’t have an air-fryer, preheat the oven to 190°C. Place the stuffed peppers on a lined baking tray and cover the dish with foil. You may need to thinly slice the uneven bottom part of the peppers so as to make it stand on the plate without it tilting. Bake for 20-30 minutes covered.Then remove foil, increase heat to 200°C and bake for another 15 minutes, or until peppers are soft and slightly golden-brown. If not using vegan cheese, top with vegan mayonnaise once cooked. *Reduce cooking time if the meat-free mince has defrosted.Vegan chilli con carneThis is a rich, spiced dish that everyone will enjoy. It goes amazingly well with tacos or tortillas! Try it out for yourself…Ingredients:Fry’s Meat Free Mince30ml of oilOne onion, finely choppedOne green bell pepper, dicedThree cloves of garlic, chopped5ml of cayenne pepper15ml paprika30ml tomato paste15ml cocoa powder600g crushed tomatoesTwo bouillon cubes3 x 400g can black beans. Drained and rinsed7 ½ ml hot sauce15ml salt10ml coarse black pepperMethod: Heat the oil in a medium sized pot, add the onions and garlic and fry until lightly browned. Add the Fry’s mince and fry for 2 minutes.Add the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil, and simmer on high for two minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent the beans from sticking. Place the lid on and simmer on high for a further five minutes.Place the sealed pot in a Wonderbag on top of a tea towel, close the Wonderbag and leave to cook for one hour.Serve with tacos or tortillas.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
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Of Mortgage Rates and Refis in Daily Dose, Featured, News The extended period of low mortgage rates is drawing to a close, but it’s definitely left its mark on the U.S. housing market. According to a new report by the Urban Institute, 91 percent of mortgages as of September had average rates below 5 percent.By comparison, there were almost no mortgages with rates that low in 2001 and less than a quarter of U.S. mortgages had rates that low in 2010.But while that’s been good for consumers, Urban Institute reports that it’s been less of a positive for the GSEs.“One consequence of the increase in mortgage rates is that the pool of borrowers who are able to save money by refinancing their mortgages has shrunk substantially,” the report states. “We have seen this in recent months, as the refinance share for all three agencies has plummeted.”According to the report, all three agencies were at or near their lowest point for refis in recent history in August. The refinance share for all three agencies grew slightly in September, but refinance was much lower than it was a year prior.September shares finished at 32 for Fannie Mae, 26.5 for Freddie Mac, and 21 for Ginnie Mae.“This also has implications for the options homeowners have for extracting equity from their homes,” the report states. Typically, these include cash-out refinances, home equity lines of credit, or HELOCs.According to the institute, the cash-out refinance share of conventional refinance mortgages rose to 77 percent in Q2. That’s the highest level since the third quarter of 2008 when the share was 78 percent.“In 2008, however, the cash-out spike was due to borrowers overleveraging their homes,” the report states. Today’s numbers are attributable to the reduction in rate refinances.The effects on loan originations have been slight. According to the report, first lien originations totaled $820 billion in Q2, which was down only a bit from Q2 of 2017. That’s mostly due to higher interest rates.The share of portfolio originations was 32 percent in the first half of 2018, up from 30 percent in 2017, the report states. The GSE share was around 44 percent, down from 46 percent in 2017. The FHA/VA share was slightly down: 22 percent for the first half of this year, versus 23 percent in 2017.Origination of private-label securities was under just under 2 percent, which was higher than the 2017 share of 0.6 percent. November 1, 2018 733 Views homes HOUSING Mortgage Rates Refis The Urban institute 2018-11-01 Scott_Morgan Share
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