New York – Morocco’s model of openness and tolerance was on display on Thursday evening at MoMA Museum of Art in New York with the presence of over 250 people, mainly members of the Moroccan Jewish community established in the Tristate area.On this occasion, the representatives of the there monotheistic religions (Islam, Judaism, Christianity) receive Royal distinctions.Rabin Arthur Schneier, president of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, His Eminence Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan Archbishop of New York, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Imam Mohamed Hamagid, president of the Islamic Society of North America, received the Alawite wissam of commander rank during a ceremony marking the completion of revamping of Jewish cemeteries in Morocco. Rabin Schneier, Archbishop Dolan, Archbishop Demetrios and Imam Hamagid received the royal wissams by endowments and Islamic affairs minister Ahmed Toufiq, Morocco’s ambassador in Washington Rachad Bouhlal and the King’s roving ambassador Serge Berdugo respectively.This ceremony, organized by the Moroccan Jewish Community Council in collaboration with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, was attended mainly by Morocco’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Omar Hilale, and Morocco’s Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Rachad Bouhlal.A book entitled “Revamping Jewish Cemeteries of Morocco – Houses of Life,” related to this operation, which involved 167 sites in the 14 Moroccan regions and spanned four years, was presented on this occasion.
On Monday, Apple announced something altogether different from its typical new products that consumers can touch and feel: An entertainment service that in some ways resembles Amazon Prime and will include Apple’s own films and television shows with Hollywood stars including Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steven Spielberg.At an event at its campus in Cupertino, California, Apple said it was launching a raft of new services, from news to video games and a credit card. Its biggest initiative is entertainment streaming service Apple TV+, which, in an effort to attract a wider audience than just Apple customers, will be available on smart TVs.Apple didn’t announce a price for the streaming service or when it will launch. Apple’s reinvention as a services company starts for real today amid massive pressure to get it right Apple’s new product launch continues with updated AirPods ahead of March 25 event Apple’s hardware blitz continues as it rolls out first update to the iMac desktop in almost two years Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the event, in the Steve Jobs Theater, after a short opening movie that paid homage to Apple’s products, from the iPhone to Siri. “We’ve also been creating a collection of world class services, and that is what today is all about,” Cook said.Cook highlighted what the company has already been doing in the services realm, such as iCloud information storage, and touted the way they work across a myriad of Apple’s devices, all the while keeping users’ information “private and secure,” a line that drew big applause.Usually, when Apple holds big, splashy press events, it unveils a new product like the iPhone or the MacBook. For years, Apple’s business has centered around the iPhone, but sales of that once-revolutionary but now commonplace device have slowed. And the entire world of computers has been flipped on its head. Apple has been diversifying beyond hardware, selling iCloud storage to its customers, a $10 a month music streaming service and movies and television shows through iTunes.Actors Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston speak during the Apple event. But Monday’s anticipated announcement takes that diversification to a whole new level.First, Cook unveiled a new service called Apple News +, a $10 a month subscription service that will include magazines like Sports Illustrated and The New Yorker. The service costs $12.99 a month in Canada.“Quality journalism matters,” Apple said in a short video touting the magazines it would include in the new service.What Apple didn’t talk about in its presentation is that it had largely failed to convince some of the largest newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, to participate in the service. Though it briefly featured The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times during the presentation, it more or less focused on magazines.The design of the paid news app downplayed the publications behind individual articles. Articles about Costa Rica from several publications were mashed together into one place. That might be good for readers, but it takes away the power of distribution from the publishers of the magazines and hands it to Apple, much like what happened to the music industry when Apple launched 99 cent songs on iTunes in the early 2000s.Another selling point for its news service: Apple uses “on-device” intelligence to make recommendations, so that the company doesn’t actually know what you read and the data can’t be used to target advertisements, the company said.Apple also announced Apple Card, which builds on the popularity of its Apple Pay service that allows people to pay for products using their phones and watches. Offering its own credit card, with the backing of Goldman Sachs and Mastercard, allows Apple to cut out some of the middlemen in payment transactions. Apple is offering consumers competitive cash back and no late fees.Apple Card requires Touch ID or some other form of authentication for payments to reduce fraud, and it said it won’t collect purchase data. It said Goldman Sachs won’t sell or share data with third parties, which implies Goldman would be able to get some data on users. Apple didn’t say whether it would pass on late payment information to credit agencies.As far as Apple’s bottom line is concerned, its announcement of a credit card may one day turn out to be the most significant announcement of the day. It puts Apple one step closer to placing itself in the middle of a large swath of consumer transactions. By combining this with the company’s vast number of customers who carry around its devices, its payments services have the potential of giving Apple a massive, low overhead revenue stream.Cook said iOS has become the largest gaming platform in the world, with roughly 300,000 games on the platform. With its new gaming subscription service called Apple Arcade, the company says it has created a way to help game developers monetize their games.Apple Arcade appears positioned to compete in some ways with Google’s new “Stadia” service, which was announced last week. Google will sell a game controller that will allow people to pay high quality videogames on any screen, from televisions to tablets, without an expensive gaming PC. Apple Arcade and Google Stadia both still have not named a price.Apple is expected to invest many billions a year, according to analysts, on making video content to compete in a crowded market that includes Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and Disney. It’s a gamble with no guarantee of success, which signals just how important these new businesses are to Apple.Last week, as hype around Monday’s event steadily built up in the media, Apple made three hardware announcements, with upgrades to its iMac Pro, iPad Mini and AirPods. There was no news conference devoted to those announcements. It was unusual, because it showed Apple’s hardware taking a back seat to its new services-oriented businesses. Wall Street liked what it saw, rewarding Apple with a stock bump that boosted the company’s market cap above $900 billion. It had fallen below $700 million in January after news of slowing iPhone sales.The real magic in consumer technology is happening less and less inside the devices people carry around and more and more in server farms scattered around the world, where massive amounts of data get processed and then transmitted to gadgets like the Amazon Echo or Google Home.In essence, the gadgets people are excited about buying are becoming vessels for sending and receiving data. And in that area, Apple has fallen behind companies like Google, Amazon and Microsoft, which now pull in significant revenue from selling cloud services, which is a fancy term for data centre usage and storage.The invite Apple sent to invitees said simply, “It’s show time.” The question now is whether Apple can break a leg. Michael Short/Getty Images
On Wednesday, June 27, Brock University and OSSTF District 35 reached a tentative agreement on a renewal contract for approximately 240 office, clerical, administrative and library support staff at Brock.Details will not be made public until the agreement has been ratified by OSSTF members and by the University’s Board of Trustees.
Immediately after the Assembly adopted a resolution to amend its rules of procedure governing the election of its bureau, Jan Kavan, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, was designated by acclamation as the President-elect of its 57th session, which will open on 10 September.Addressing the Assembly today, the current President, Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, who will continue to preside over the 189-member body until 10 September, called today’s decision “far-reaching,” and pointed out that the change meant more than procedural modification.”It will constitute a major step toward strengthening the General Assembly by enabling its President to play his or her role in a much more consolidated and efficient manner,” he said.Mr. Han also drew on his own experience to illustrate the importance of the move. “As for me personally, the events following the September 11 terrorist attacks made it even more challenging for me to get adjusted to the new job while dealing with a number of unexpected and unprecedented happenings in conducting the business of the General Assembly,” he said. “This experience has come to convince me that we should have a better way of choosing and preparing the President of the General Assembly, especially in this globalizing world where events of a global scale can happen and affect every corner of the world in the matter of hours.”Mr. Han pledged to work with the President-elect “to enable a most smooth and efficient transition between ourselves as well as our staffs.”Mr. Kavan echoed this view, saying the resolution paved the way for him, and all future presidents, to be better prepared for the demanding tasks ahead. As President, he said he would pay special attention to the foremost task of the United Nations, namely the maintenance of peace and security, including conflict prevention and the fight against international terrorism.Video – General Assembly meeting
Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi also discussed with Prime Minister Iyad Allawi the UN’s role in reconstructing Iraq. Mr. Allawi repeated his appreciation for the UN aid and facilitating role during the recent Iraqi National Conference, which chose an interim national assembly to monitor the government’s work.Asked in New York whether Mr. Qazi had again offered UN help to resolve the fighting in Najaf between United States and interim Government forces on the one hand and Shiite Muslim cleric Said Moqtada Al-Sadr’s militia on the other, spokesman Stephane Dujarric referred reporters to Mr. Annan’s statement of 13 August.The Secretary-General said then that the world body “stands ready to extend its facilitating role in helping to resolve the current crisis, if this would be helpful.”Mr. Qazi yesterday met with several political leaders, including the leader of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, Abdulaziz Al Hakim, Finance Minister Adel Abdelmahdi and Deputy Foreign Minister Hamed Al Bayati, to discuss the UN role in the political transition, in particular the electoral process that begins with a vote for a constituent assembly in January.Earlier, he met ambassadors of the permanent members of the Security Council as well as an array of civil society leaders.
“I am deeply troubled by reports of recent fighting in Mogadishu and the news that civilians, including children, are among those who have been killed and wounded,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative François Lonsény Fall said. “I am also alarmed by reports that hundreds of families have been forced from their homes by the indiscriminate exchange of fire from heavy weaponry. It is totally unacceptable that the lives, homes and security of Somali civilians should be the theatre for such violence.“I appeal to those in charge of these forces in Mogadishu to resolve their grievances peacefully,” Mr. Fall concluded.Somalia, which has been torn by factional fighting ever since the collapse of President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime 15 years ago, is at present also suffering the effects of a severe drought and nearly 2 million people need emergency aid. Last year a plague of piracy closed the usual supply lines by sea that the UN World Food programme (WFP) used and forced the agency to open an arduous, more expensive 1,200-kilometre land route from the Kenyan port of Mombasa.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – As world leaders descend on the United Nations this weekend, former President Bill Clinton will be taking them to East Africa through virtual reality.Viewers with special goggles will be able to follow Clinton’s travels in eight minutes. Footage was captured last spring with 360-degree cameras. What you see through the goggles changes as you move your head left, right and even up or down.Virtual reality is no longer the domain of just science fiction and video games.You feel as though you’re sitting in the same living room as Clinton chats with an entrepreneur in Karatu, Tanzania, who sells solar-powered products. You appear to share a tent as Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, fit people in Nairobi, Kenya, with hearing aids. The movie also takes you to a Nairobi classroom that is part of a Clinton-backed initiative to improve education for young women and girls. It starts and ends with Clinton talking to you from his desk in New York.Clinton plans to unveil the movie in New York on Sunday at the annual meeting of the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative. Heads of states, corporate executives and civil-society leaders in attendance will be able to watch using special goggles — Samsung’s Gear VR headset — that will be set up in the main lounge.“The ability of technology like this to bring people together from around the world has the potential to encourage everyone, no matter where they are, to be more engaged in global issues and how to solve them,” Clinton said in a statement to The Associated Press. “I enjoyed being able to bring the viewer with me to see the important work being done on the ground in Africa. I hope everyone who watches the film will feel compelled to make a positive difference in their own way.”Rob Holzer of Matter Unlimited, the creative agency behind the movie, said that when people experience the projects rather than just hear about them, they’re more likely to volunteer and donate.The movie’s co-director, Paul Raphael of Felix & Paul Studios, said he was drawn by the immersive nature of virtual reality.“It’s not something you look at in front of you,” he said. “It’s something you visit, something no film or YouTube video can replicate.”The movie will be distributed for free to owners of Gear VR, including a new $99 model Samsung announced Thursday for shipment in November. Gear VR uses technology from Facebook’s Oculus virtual-reality business.A less-immersive version of the movie is available through Facebook’s new 360 feature, which uses mouse and other controls to replicate some of the headset experience. You need a traditional computer or an Android mobile device to view it. There’s no support yet for iPhones or iPads.___Online:Facebook version: https://www.facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative/videos/10153250212525318Clinton Global Initiative: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-global-initiativeInside Impact series: http://www.InsideImpactVR.com___This story has been corrected to remove incorrect reference to future projects with Clinton and to show that the movie has eight minutes of footage, rather than seven minutes. by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Sep 25, 2015 10:12 am MDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2015 at 3:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bill Clinton appears in short virtual-reality movie to promote projects in Africa In this image made by Felix & Paul Studios and provided by the Clinton Global Initiative, former U.S. President Bill Clinton sits at his desk in New York in part of a seven-minute movie made with virtual reality techniques. Rob Holzer of Matter Unlimited, the creative agency behind the movie, said that when people experience the projects rather than just hear about them, they’re more likely to volunteer and donate. (Félix Lajeunesse & Paul Raphaël, Felix & Paul Studios/Clinton Global Initiative via AP)
Pierre Karl Peladeau faces lawsuit over legal fees involving his divorce by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 14, 2017 3:02 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – A Montreal-based law firm has launched legal action against Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau for allegedly refusing to pay nearly $92,000 in legal fees.The Quebec Superior Court lawsuit alleges the outstanding bill is for divorce proceedings involving Julie Snyder, Peladeau’s ex-wife and a popular Quebec TV producer.The law firm of Goldwater, Dube alleges the former Parti Quebecois leader said on June 5 he was refusing to pay the bill.Goldwater, Dube alleges Peladeau, 55, revoked its mandate April 2.The legal bill allegedly represents services provided between Feb. 26 and March 31 of this year.Peladeau issued a statement Wednesday to say he was surprised by lawyer Anne-France Goldwater’s decision to take the matter to court. He also said he believes the payments being sought are disproportionate to the work that was done.Goldwater says the issue of whether the legal fees were disproportionate will come up when the case goes to trial.“I’m mystified and (would) be very interested to hear in what way this particular client could feel that,” she said in an interview Wednesday with The Canadian Press.Goldwater described Peladeau as a “high-maintenance” client.“There are people who put different demands on their lawyer for services”, she said. “It’s like people who put different demands on their hairdresser for services.”None of the allegations have been proven in court.The lawsuit was filed Monday.Peladeau resigned as PQ leader in May 2016 and rejoined Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B) as CEO last February.Peladeau and Snyder, 49, announced their separation in January 2016, less than six months after a lavish wedding in Quebec City that drew a long list of Quebec cultural and political celebrities.
Members of the so-called Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission had been meeting in the Nigerian capital of Abuja – their thirtieth meeting so far – on the implementation of an International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment regarding the demarcation of the boundary between the two neighbouring nations, UNOWA said in a news release.In line with reaffirming their willingness to expedite the process for the land-based boundary areas, the parties reviewed their work programme so as to deploy a Joint Technical Team, composed of surveyors and experts, to the field as early as February 2013. They also decided to move forward with a pillar emplacement project. The border had been the subject of intense and sometimes violent disputes between the West African countries for decades until they agreed to a UN-backed process to settle the matter.The ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, resolved the issue with a ruling on the land and maritime boundary between the two countries in October 2002. The verdict was followed by the 2006 Greentree Agreement – signed under the auspices of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan – under which Nigeria recognized Cameroonian sovereignty over the Bakassi Peninsula, one part of the border.The head of UNOWA, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, serves as the chairman of the Commission, which was established in November 2002 by the United Nations – at the request of Presidents Paul Biya and Olusegun Obasanjo of Cameroon and Nigeria, respectively – with the goal of facilitating the implementation of the ICJ ruling.To date, more than 1,845 kilometres out of a total boundary distance believed to exceed 2,000 kilometres have been located on the ground by the Joint Technical Team. The demarcation of the land boundary is the third component of the mandate of the Commission, UNOWA noted. The two countries agreed on the delimitation of the maritime border in 2007, and the withdrawal and transfer of authority in the Lake Chad area, along the land border and in Bakassi Peninsula, was finalized 2008. The meeting in Abuja also stressed the importance of the fourth component of the mandate, which is addressing the needs of the population affected by the demarcation through confidence-building initiatives and cross border socio-economic projects. “Addressing the needs of the affected populations is key, as this will not only to give a human dimension to the technical and political processes of the demarcation, but also to bridge the communities together across border in lasting peace,” said Mr. Djinnit.He also congratulated Cameroon and Nigeria and their respective leaders, President Paul Biya and President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, for their “unwavering commitment” to the peaceful implementation of the ICJ judgment, UNOWA added. Attending the gathering, the world body’s Resident Coordinators in Cameroon and Nigeria demonstrated progress in the development of joint program proposals on poverty reduction for the benefit of the people. UNOWA said these include projects in infrastructure, food security, energy and environment, as well as education and capacity building for employment. It added that these will be implemented by UN agencies in collaboration with the two Governments, in addition to existing national programs. Donors will be approached to raise the necessary funds. Established in 1945 under the UN Charter, the ICJ – sometimes referred to as the World Court – settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by authorized UN organs or specialized agencies.
LG dévoile un système de conversion voix-vidéo sur réseau LTELG a marqué le Mobile World Congress de Barcelone en présentant une première mondiale, un système de conversion voice to video sur un réseau LTE. Cette solution permet de basculer d’un appel voix HD vers une conversation vidéo HD.LG a fait durant le Mobile World Congress de Barcelone la démonstration du tout premier système de conversion voix-vidéo au monde via une connexion LTE (4G). Cette technologie, développée par la firme sud-coréenne, permet de basculer d’un appel voix HD à une conversation vidéo haute résolution. Les utilisateurs n’auront ainsi plus besoin de raccrocher un appel vocal pour passer à un appel en mode vidéo. “Le secteur LTE progresse à la vitesse de la lumière et notre technologie de conversion voix-vidéo est la mieux placée pour être adoptée par l’industrie” s’est félicité Jong-Seok Park, le PDG de LG. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?LG n’a donné aucun détail quand à cette technologie, si ce n’est qu’elle répond au standard IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) fixé par le GSMA pour régir les services de vidéo et de données vocales sur LTE. Le groupe a annoncé que les premiers terminaux compatibles avec ce système devraient être commercialisés dès cette année. En attendant, LG a présenté sur le MWC un autre service, cette fois de partage de vidéos en direct, au moment de l’enregistrement, et toujours via un réseau LTE. Une fonctionnalité qui devrait être très prochainement intégrée aux terminaux de la firme coréenne. Le 1 mars 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambert
The West Ham United youngster feels happy after beating Newcastle United 2-0 in the English Premier League Saturday fixture.Declan Rice scored once, and Mark Noble helped his team with another goal, to leat West Ham United to a 2-0 win over Newcastle United tonight in the English Premier League.And the Hammers youngster dedicated the three points to Billy Bonds, who was honored before the match.The East Stand was named the Billy Bonds Stand in his honor after the whole stadium clapped for the four-time Hammer of the Year.“I hadn’t met Billy before,” Rice said to the team’s official website.“I just shook his hand before the match and said ‘it’s a great occasion, and lovely to meet you’. It was great to hear the fans singing Billy Bonds’ name today.”“I know everything that he did for the club. It was a special day, and to get the three points for him was even more special,” he added.“It’s nice to get on the scoresheet again, and from a header. It was a massive goal. It’s good to make up for the one I missed against Liverpool the other week. I think it gave the lads a boost.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Mark Noble’s penalty was spot on. I don’t know why I get so nervous when Noble steps up to take penalties! He’s been taking them his whole life. He stuck it in the top corner. It was special,” he continued.“I think we deserved the win. Newcastle has been in some great form recently so we knew we had to be on our game, and we said that. We had to treat this game like as a final. I think you saw that in the first half.”“We were out of the box quick. We got an early goal and we kept pushing. We played some lovely football at times. Manu and Felipe played some beautiful football,” he concluded.With this result, West Ham United is now in the ninth position of the table with 39 points, three points ahead of Everton.Well done, lads! You did Bonzo proud ❤️#WHUNEW #COYI pic.twitter.com/Ck9z799NEQ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) March 2, 2019
Chaos is often the norm at the start of a new industry, and legal marijuana’s launch on Main Street in Vancouver’s Uptown Village is no exception.Sporadic, temporary store closings, supply shortages, traffic snarls, illegal public smoking and a host of other issues have come to the fore in uptown since the city’s first pot shop, Main Street Marijuana, opened July 9.In some ways, the situation in that specific area is of a neighborhood coming to terms with what is a vast change in cultural norms that have existed for the past 70 years or more. In other ways, the issues are statewide, as a system unprepared for massive demand has sputtered along to a clunky start without enough product or licensed growers.In both cases, it’s part of a process Washington voters signed on for when the state became an early adopter of what’s turning into a national trend toward legalization — which can be evidenced by a New York Times series this week calling for the federal government to legalize the substance and toss it over to state’s rights.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Two years into his NFL career, Patrick Peterson has more than lived up to the hype he generated after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 draft.During his rookie season, the former LSU standout took the league by a storm with a record-tying four punt returns for touchdowns, all of which went for 80 or more yards.But after making an initial trip to the Pro Bowl for his talents in the return game, Peterson came back in 2012 with an eye towards refining his skills as a cover corner. Going up against the likes of Brandon Marshall, Calvin Johnson, Percy Harvin and Roddy White during the Cardinals’ 5-11 campaign, he did just that, finishing with 55 tackles and a team-high seven interceptions.For his efforts, Peterson was voted back to Honolulu as a cornerback for the NFC, but the recognition apparently didn’t stop there.This week, CBSSports.com columnist Pete Prisco ranked the top 10 players in the NFL under the age of 23, and the Cardinals’ multidimensional talent came in at No. 1.1. Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals — He is a special player and one of the best cover players in the league already. He can return kicks among the best in the NFL, but it’s his cover skills on the corner that make him truly special. He will be a perennial Pro Bowl player in the coming years.Joining Peterson on Prisco’s list were Luke Kuechly (Panthers),Tyron Smith (Cowboys), Bobby Wagner (Seahawks), Michael Brockers (Rams), Fletcher Cox (Eagles), Stephen Gilmore (Bills), Trent Richardson (Browns), Josh Gordon (Browns) and Vick Ballard (Colts). Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
This undated image released by WarnerMedia shows BBC executive Ann Sarnoff who was named CEO of of WarnerMedia. Sarnoff replaces former studio chief Kevin Tsujihara, who departed in March over misconduct allegations. She is the first woman to lead the 96-year-old Warner Bros. company. (WarnerMedia via AP) by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2019 10:17 am PDT NEW YORK — WarnerMedia has named BBC executive Ann Sarnoff head of Warner Bros. where she replaces former studio chief Kevin Tsujihara, who departed in March over misconduct allegations.WarnerMedia chief executive John Stankey announced Sarnoff’s hiring Monday. She is the first woman to lead the 96-year-old Warner Bros. Sarnoff is currently president of BBC Studios Americas and has previously been a top executive with the WNBA and at Viacom.In March, Tsujihara stepped down following claims that he promised roles to an actress with whom he was having an affair. Tsujihara said he was departing to avoid being a distraction.AT&T last year acquired Time Warner Inc., which was renamed WarnerMedia. The company is planning to a launch a streaming service later this year.Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Warner Bros. names BBC’s Ann Sarnoff as its new CEO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
By Stelios OrphanidesThe finance ministry said it has prepared and is already implementing a strategy that aims to ‘effectively and swiftly’ reduce the banks’ non-performing facilities (NPFs) by 40 per cent from the €20.6 billion they stood at in December 2017.“A comprehensive strategy has been designed in order to successfully resolve, during the course of 2018, the final hurdle to full normalization of the economy, that of NPFs burdening the banking sector,” the ministry of finance said in its stability programme for 2018-2021 published on its website on Thursday.The strategy provides for a stronger and more effective legal framework aiming at addressing strategic default, i.e. borrowers able to pay but choosing not to, the ministry said. The plan also provides for the establishment of a body that will take over ‘the most challenging portfolio’ of non-performing loans (NPLs), either mortgages or credit extended to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) which have the borrower’s primary residence as collateral.The announcement in March of the sale of the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank, the lender into which the government pumped more than €1.7bn in the form of capital and to which the government issued €2.35bn in bonds a month ago and deposited €2.5bn, marked the beginning of the implementation of the strategy, which provides for the co-op changing to private ownership.“The legal framework was recently introduced in 2015 following the advice received by international experts in the area,” the finance ministry said.“Despite the limited period available for evaluation the legal framework, it is acknowledged that there are certain shortcomings in the process that hamper the effectiveness of the system and prohibit the normalization of the sector. To this end, consultations have taken place among stakeholders as well as the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission to identify the specific provisions as well as processes of the framework that undermine its effectiveness”.In order to make it easier for banks to reduce delinquent loans the government is already preparing changes to legislation “which along with other things would facilitate the development of a functioning secondary market for NPFs in Cyprus, further strengthening the law on foreclosures, through enhancing the sale-of-loans law and introducing a bill on loan securitization with a view to tackle the problem of strategic defaulters,” the ministry said. “Tangible progress in all these areas is key for the banking sector to address effectively and swiftly legacy issues and adequately support the real economy”.The objectives of the proposed changes include encouraging more restructurings of both viable and non-viable loans, it said. In the first case, the Central Bank of Cyprus’s directive on the management of arrears will serve as the basis, while in the case of non-viable loans, the parties will agree on repayment plans on the basis of the insolvency legislation.It also provides for the creation of an ‘efficient secondary loan market’, a more transparent, efficient and effective foreclosure framework, and enhancing of the capabilities of the government’s insolvency service, the ministry continued. Further, the government’s plan provides for the introduction of electronic auctions, likely in reaction to failed physical auctions last year, which attracted protestors including politicians and neo-Nazis.Finally, the government’s plan provides for a more efficient and less time-consuming transfer of title deeds and reduction of costs, and the reform of the judicial system.The establishment of Estia, named after Hestia, the Greek goddess of domesticity and tasked with taking over ‘the most challenging’ retail loans, may be accompanied by a scheme to incentivise affected households and SMEs to participate, the ministry said.“Through burden sharing, the incentive scheme aims at supporting vulnerable households, enabling them to meet their obligations to the extent possible, thus contributing to the stabilisation of the banking sector and the creation of conditions for sustainable growth,” it said.“Even though the detailed provisions of this scheme have not been finalised yet, it is envisaged that for the participation in the scheme, eligible portfolio will be NPFs that have been classified as such in 2017 while borrowers should meet specific pre-defined income and asset criteria in order to exclude free riders or strategic defaulters exploiting the government’s support, thus ensuring fairness and limiting moral hazard.”The annual cost to the taxpayer of the implementation of the strategy is estimated at up to 0.4 per cent of economic output, the ministry said. 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28Feb House approves Jenkins bill eliminating hassles for Michigan veterans Categories: News State Rep. Nancy Jenkins speaks on the House floor in support of her legislation which would place a veterans designation on Michigan’s driver’s licenses.The Michigan House today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Nancy Jenkins that will eliminate hassles for Michigan veterans when trying to show proof of military service.House Bill 4037 makes the lives of veterans easier by creating a special designation on Michigan driver’s licenses for Michigan veterans.“Michigan veterans have already sacrificed enough for our state and country and struggling to prove military service shouldn’t be an issue they have to deal with,” said Jenkins, R-Clayton. “By placing a veterans designation on our driver’s licenses, veterans will no long have to deal with the hassle of trying to prove their service to receive benefits and discounts.”As an extra safeguard to ensure veterans are receiving their benefits, the Secretary of State’s office also will provide the application information to Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.Twenty-seven other states already have a veterans designation on their driver’s licenses.“This common-sense legislation will make the lives of our veterans easier while ensuring they receive the benefits they have earned,” Jenkins said.The House also approved similar legislation placing the designation on Michigan identification cards.HB 4037 now heads to the Senate for consideration.
Categories: Calley News 28Dec Rep. Calley posts perfect voting record in 2017 State Rep. Julie Calley did not miss any votes during the 2017 legislative session.According to MichiganVotes.org, Calley cast all 511 record roll-call votes, joining 84 of her colleagues with perfect attendance this year.“The people I serve are hardworking and dedicated and my record should reflect that,” said Calley, of Portland. “I am pleased to report that I cast every committee vote as well. It has been a sincere privilege to serve our local communities over the past year.”
The state House this week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jason Sheppard to create the Innovative Transportation Fund to help fix Michigan roads.The Innovative Transportation Fund within the State Trunkline Fund specifies the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to administer funds and allows individuals to submit ideas for improving construction methods or improved materials for road construction.“This plan promotes innovation and helps local road agencies,” said Sheppard, of Temperance. “Local road agencies will have the opportunity to be able to test and utilize alternative materials.”MDOT will be required to review each tested project for effectiveness and provide a report that will be posted to MDOT’s website.House Bill 6014 advances to the Senate for consideration.##### 14Jun House approves Rep. Sheppard’s plan to create the Innovative Transportation Fund Categories: News,Sheppard News
Share8TweetShareEmail8 SharesJanuary 5, 2016; New York MagazineReaders may remember the “sting” video produced by David Daleiden in an attempt to expose Planned Parenthood for “selling baby parts” and the hearings set up immediately following to further investigate the situation. More than a year later, and coincidentally timed to coincide with a possible consolidation of political power on the issue, the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives convened by the House of Representatives to investigate any links between Planned Parenthood and any inappropriate sale of fetal tissue issued a 413-page final report this week. As it ended its work, the panel recommended that the National Institutes of Health stop funding fetal tissue research, and that Planned Parenthood be stripped of its federal funding, which is mostly made up of Medicaid dollars and constitutes 40 percent of the group’s funding on a national basis.House Speaker Paul Ryan (R–WI) followed that up quickly with a vow to include the defunding of Planned Parenthood in a fast-tracked budget reconciliation bill aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act. Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million annually in federal funding, and New York Magazine lays out a scenario where a bill may be signed into law as early as next month.A report in Science Magazine points out that the report is also critical of research institutions, other abortion providers, and the companies that process and prepare fetal tissue for researchers, accusing some of them of making profits through selling fetal tissue, which is illegal.Beyond that, the report asserts that “human fetal tissue research makes a vanishingly small contribution to clinical and research efforts.” (Science Magazine has fact-checked that, as well as other assertions in the report, and found them wanting in terms of adherence to the facts.)Meanwhile, back to Planned Parenthood and its executive director, Cecile Richards. In Rolling Stone, Richards revealed some of what she thinks about how PPFA will handle the political struggles immediately ahead (and that whole interview is well worth reading). She spoke about the stances of the key incoming administration players in relation to abortion rights, but in the end, she acknowledged that the capacity of Planned Parenthood to hold off defunding depends not only on individual supporters (some of whom were also Trump supporters and who came out in droves to contribute to the organization as the election results came in) but also on support for the organization among other human rights and social justice groups.In terms of the organization’s appeal to individuals, you can see the kind of effort being made in this recorded Facebook Live Event by Planned Parenthood Action. Richards also spoke movingly on the natural coalition that must be strengthened to address any potential policy or lawmaking at the federal level harmful to Planned Parenthood and its mission over these next four years.I will say, I’ve been doing this work a long time, not always at Planned Parenthood but in various progressive organizations. If there is one thing that his election did for the progressive community, it served as an enormous bonding experience. Over the last month, we’ve had meetings of some of the major progressive organizations. Folks recognize that our issues, our organizations and frankly our activists are all connected. Planned Parenthood patients are immigrants, they’re Muslims, they’re LGBT folks, they’re single parents, they’re students. And all of the attacks that folks are anticipating going forward are ones that are already engaging our activists as well. We feel a particular responsibility to stand with those who’ve stood with us as we’ve been under attack these many years.She added:I do believe that the world only rolls forward. That’s the way we have to look at this particular moment in time: as an opportunity to grow our movement like never before. If there’s one challenge that progressive organizations jointly share right now, it’s [how to harness the energy from] the outpouring of people who want to stand up and lead and be counted, and really put forth a different vision of the way this country should be going.—Ruth McCambridgeShare8TweetShareEmail8 Shares
Share19TweetShare4Email23 SharesBy Elvert Barnes from Baltimore, Maryland, USA (101a.StopGorsuch.USSC.WDC.31January2017) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsApril 7, 2017; Reading EagleWith an empty seat on the bench, there has been a burst of Supreme Court talk in recent days. But, in the flurry of discussions, one story largely gone from the headlines is the unanimous Supreme Court ruling that has the potential to drastically improve educational outcomes for children with disabilities. Interestingly, and particularly relevant, the high court’s decision overturns Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s ruling in a 2008 case.Earlier this year, NPQ reported on a case out of Denver that challenged the Supreme Court to revisit what is meant by federal legislation guaranteeing children with disabilities access to a free and appropriate public education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The term “appropriate” education can and has been interpreted differently in the 40 years since the first iteration of IDEA, then called the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. Is it considered appropriate so long as a child receives enough accommodations to learn something—anything—even if it has no applicable value outside of the classroom? Or, is it up to the school district to take all measures necessary to ensure that a student with a disability is able to thrive and meet ambitious goals that prepare the student for independence and a life after school?Based on Gorsuch’s judicial history, he leans towards the former. As a judge with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado, he noted in the case of Thompson R2-J School District v. Luke P. that as long as a student makes “some” progress, the school district met the free and appropriate public education standard, even if that progress could not be generalized to the home and community. In fact, during the confirmation hearings for Gorsuch, his rulings with the 10th Circuit were scrutinized, since in eight out of ten cases involving IDEA, he sided with the school districts rather than the students with disabilities.Gorsuch received support for his perspective from a former 10th Circuit federal appeals court judge with whom he served. Deanell Reece Tacha noted that Gorsuch’s decision followed precedent set in Urban v. Jefferson School District, a decision she wrote that was issued by the 10th Circuit in 1996.Fortunately, the high court sided with the family in the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. The opinion on this case, submitted by Chief Justice Roberts, clarifies what is meant by the free and appropriate public education standard:It cannot be the case that the Act typically aims for grade-level advancement for children with disabilities who can be educated in the regular classroom, but is satisfied with barely more than de minimis progress for those who cannot. When all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing “merely more than de minimis” progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all.In her testimony supporting Gorsuch, Tacha said, “What happened in the case that was issued yesterday is two circuits had chosen one standard, and the rest had chosen another standard…on the interpretation of the IDEA. So, yesterday the Supreme Court carried out its very important function of clearing up what the standard would be.”The ruling comes as a huge victory for disability advocates, who now have a legal precedent in their favor when faced with IDEA issues. It sets the tone for a high standard of education for all children with disabilities. Yet, the work is not done. Assuming Gorsuch’s now filibuster-proof nomination is confirmed by the U.S. Senate tonight, there could be a judge in the high court who may not share the same opinion with regard to the educational standards of students with disabilities and disability rights overall.—Sheela NimishakaviShare19TweetShare4Email23 Shares