Nearly one quarter of Somalis fleeing Mogadishu violence have returned – UN

1 June 2007The United Nations refugee agency today said that nearly a quarter of the hundreds of thousands of people who fled deadly fighting in the Somali capital Mogadishu since this February have gone back but insecurity is preventing more returns. Of the approximately 391,000 people who left the city, up to 90,000 have returned so far, primarily from the Shabelle and Bay regions in the war-torn country’s south and centre. “Living conditions in Mogadishu however remain difficult for returnees as for those who stayed in the capital throughout the conflict,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told reporters in Geneva. Garbage which has not been collected is piling up in many of Mogadishu’s neighbourhoods, and numerous schools have remained shuttered as well. Additionally, people have complained that they have lost their livelihoods. Roadside traders, for example, have complained that their businesses have been torn down by authorities who say that the traders’ structures pose a security threat. UNHCR’s partners describe the returns to the capital as a trickle, with most of those coming back to Mogadishu mainly going to areas such as Waberi, Xamar, Jab-Jab and Medina districts which were not affected by rounds of hostilities between insurgents and the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) backed by Ethiopian troops. Although some have been trickling back to Mogadishu, many others are reluctant to return due to the security situation. Others who were previously displaced in the capital and living in public buildings for over a decade cannot return as their previous abodes have been taken over by the Government. Some of those who have expressed a desire to go back to Mogadishu cannot afford the transportation. Others have been further displaced since the Shabelle river has overflowed, destroying homes and crops. Earlier this week, a team comprising staff from UNHCR, the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Security visited Mogadishu to assess options for distributing more aid in the city. The team met with the TFG, civil society and other partners on the ground to determine methods on reaching 300,000 people as a one-time package to assist the needy. OCHA announced yesterday that aid has been distributed to more than 90 per cent of those who fled the capital, but voiced particular concern over the prevalence of acute watery diarrhoea, which has killed nearly a thousand people, and the fact that some areas affected by the outbreak remain inaccessible. This April, UNCHR provided supplies to 50,000 displaced Somalis taking refuge in Afgoye and other areas surrounding Mogadishu. In concert with other organizations, the shelter and basic household supplies needs for almost 70 per cent of those who fled the capital have been met. read more

Vancouver home sales rise 119 in June from a year ago says

VANCOUVER — Home sales in the Vancouver area were up 11.9% in June compared with a year ago, according to the latest MLS figures.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says there were 2,642 homes sold through its Multiple Listing Service last month, up from 2,362 sales in June 2012, but down from the 2,882 sales in May 2013.New listings in Greater Vancouver totalled 4,874 in June, down 13.2% from the 5,617 new listings reported a year ago and down 13.8% from the 5,656 new listings in May of this year.The board said the June sales were 22.2% below the 10-year average for the month, while new listings for the month were 11.5% below the 10-year average.The total number of properties listed for sale on the MLS system in Greater Vancouver was 17,289, down 6% from a year ago and up 0.4% compared with May 2013.The MLS Home Price Index composite benchmark price for Greater Vancouver was $601,900, down 3% compared with a year ago. read more

FCAC warns of risk of overborrowing with home equity lines of credit

OTTAWA – A report by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada is warning that home equity lines of credit may be putting some Canadians at risk of over-borrowing.FCAC commissioner Lucie Tedesco says HELOCs may lead Canadians to use their homes as ATMs, making it easier for them to borrow more than they can afford.Borrowers may also be more vulnerable to economic shocks such as a job loss or an interest rate hike.Economists and policy-makers have named household debt as a key risk for the Canadian economy with debt-to-income ratios at a record high.The FCAC said the number of households that have a HELOC and a mortgage secured against their home has increased by nearly 40 per cent since 2011.It also noted that 40 per cent of consumers do not make regular payments toward their HELOC principal and 25 per cent pay only the interest or make the minimum payment. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 7, 2017 9:53 am MDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FCAC warns of risk of over-borrowing with home equity lines of credit read more

Research explains a global reality turned upside down

Pierre LizéeA professor’s new book is shedding light on the study of global politics in what is increasingly being referred to as the “post-Western world.”A Whole New World by Pierre Lizée, an associate professor of Political Science who specializes in international relations, argues that the very discipline in which he works must change in order to make sense of our current global political climate.“Past models of international studies can no longer adequately explain what is happening in the world,” said Lizée.“History is reversing itself all around us. For the past four centuries it’s been the West that has defined the rest. And what we’re seeing now is the exact reverse movement. The rest is now defining the West, and a lot of this has to do with the rise of countries like China and India.“History is changing its course and that’s what this book is about,” he said. “The very nature of how we think about global politics needs to be readjusted.”Taking into account the hierarchical changes that Lizée talks about on the global stage, how are we to understand a new world order no longer primarily focused on the West? How should we think about and interpret ideals like power, democracy and economic development in our changing world?“All of these themes have traditionally been understood in relation to the Western experience of these realities,” Lizée said. “But now we have non-Western actors defining these global realities.“The image the West has of itself is changing,” he said. “The West always defined itself, not only as a leader, but as a force for good in the world. Now the West has to accept that others are defining its destiny and that’s something completely new.”According to Lizée, these seismic shifts in global politics have rendered past models of understanding international relations wide of the mark. This is due to the fact that scholars from America and Europe produced these paradigms, which is where global power has resided for the past century.“There is a gap between the world we need to explain and the explanations we have for that world,” he said.Going beyond the U.S.-centric slant of many other works on these issues, Lizée questions our notions of global politics in order to catch up to the new world emerging around us. He also asks how the U.S. should reinvent its international role now that the rise of China has brought an end to American exceptionalism.So what does that mean for Canadian foreign policy?“The U.S. is no longer the U.S.,” said Lizée. “The U.S was the one pole of power for so long and Canada acted on that basis.“The answer seems to be ‘we need to do more with China’.” “Well, it is much more that. It is helping to rebuild an entire global system that can no longer operate on the basis upon which it has operated for the past 100 years.”Lizée, who received a Brock Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence to support his work, has researched this project for years.“I worked on this book for the past 10 years — travelling, living and teaching in Asia,” he said. “I’ve essentially been living in two worlds. And it’s been very interesting being a Westerner in Asia during this period because during this period we have seen the remarkable rise of Asia.”Lizée is a well-known commentator on world politics. His opinion pieces have appeared in Canadian and international newspapers like the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Japan Times and Jakarta Post.He has also done work in diplomatic and policy circles in North America and Asia, and recently helped write a report on the Responsibility to Protect for the office of the U.N. Secretary-General.• Read past Brock News researcher profiles read more

Brock researchers receive 24 million in funds from federal science granting agency

Northern Canada is the “canary in a coal mine” of climate change. Increasing temperatures and fluctuating precipitation are more pronounced than other parts of the country and are literally changing the scenery over a short amount of time.Brock University hydrologist Kevin Turner has been investigating these landscape trends during his nine years of research in a lake-rich area of the Yukon called Old Crow Flats, the traditional territory of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.Some of the area’s lakes have become smaller and shallower because of increased evaporation in drier times. On the other hand, when there is heavier-than-normal precipitation, rain and snowmelt raises lake levels, forming new channels that drain the lake to lower-lying areas.More shrub vegetation is growing across Old Crow Flats and many other arctic regions. And, the shorelines of Old Crow Flats’ rivers are eroding because warmer temperatures have weakened the permafrost, causing the bank material to tumble into the waters.Kevin TurnerWith his Discovery Grant and Northern Research Supplement he received from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Turner will study how climate change-induced landscape changes in Old Crow Flats are affecting the area’s water balance and chemistry.The assistant professor in the Department of Geography is particularly interested in the movement of carbon, a chemical element that is an important component of greenhouse gasses.For example, humans’ massive burning of oil, coal and other fossil fuels has greatly increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is warming the earth’s temperature. “It is important to identify the movement of carbon from other sources, including degrading permafrost,” he says.“As carbon-rich material is unlocked from the frozen shorelines and exported into the river system, the dissolved carbon can either remain within the waterways or become mobile in the atmosphere, which may perpetuate climate change,” says Turner.“So it is important for us to map the location and rate of changes to the landscape and how downstream conditions respond,” he says. “Findings will improve predictions of how the hydrology and carbon balances of northern lake-rich landscapes will respond to future climate change.”We are very proud of the outstanding work our researchers are doing at Brock.Turner is one of more than a dozen researchers receiving funding under the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)’s 2016 competition for the discovery research programs.The federal granting agency announced the results of the 2016 Discovery Grants, scholarships and fellowships competitions for universities across the country June 23.Brock received a total of $2.4 million in funding.Included within that are Discovery Grant and Discovery Development Grant awards totaling $1.98 million.In addition, two researchers – Cheryl McCormick and Kevin Turner – received supplementary grants totaling $191,900. McCormick’s Discovery Accelerator Supplement grant is given to researchers “who have a superior research program that is highly rated in terms of originality and innovation, and who show strong potential to become international leaders within their field,” says the NSERC site.“Brock’s researchers did extremely well in this year’s NSERC competition,” says Associate Vice-President Research (Natural and Health Sciences) Joffre Mercier. “We are very proud of the outstanding work our researchers are doing at Brock.”Mercier notes the success rate for researchers already holding a grant is 70 per cent.Brock University’s results for the 2016-2021 NSERC Discovery Grants competition are:Bogaert, Tony (Health Sciences): Variations in male sexual orientation: The role of maternal responsivity to male-specific proteinsCastle, Alan (Biological Science): Mechanisms of host-parasite interactions between bacteriophages and Erwinia amylovora Head, Martin (Earth Sciences): Plio–Pleistocene paleoceanography of the northern and western PacificMacNeil, Adam (Health Sciences): MAPK regulation of the epigenome during mast cell differentiationMcCormick, Cheryl (Psychology): Adolescence: A sensitive period for shaping the adult social brain (also: Discovery Accelerator Supplement grant)Mercier, Joffre (Biological Science): Effects of invertebrate neuropeptides and biogenic amines on synapses and behaviourMetallinos, Costa (Chemistry): Proline hydantoin derivatives as dual purpose chiral auxiliary and chiral catalyst precursorsMondloch, Cathy (Psychology): Expert face recognition: The influence of experiencePeters, Sandra (Kinesiology): Regulation of mammalian skeletal muscle lipid metabolism: the role of perilipin proteinsRoss, Brian (Computer Science): Genetic programming techniques for modelling and designSchmidt, Mariek (Earth Sciences): Unraveling the igneous and overprinting alteration histories of volcanic terrains on Earth and MarsTurner, Kevin (Geography): Investigating the influence of climate-induced landscape changes on water and carbon balances in permafrost landscapes (also: Northern Research Supplement grant for his research: Investigating the influence of climate-induced land cover change and permafrost slumping on water and carbon balance in Old Crow Flats, Yukon, Canada)NSERC’s Discovery Grants program supports long-term research programs that assist in “promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities; fostering research excellence; and providing a stimulating environment for research training,” says the agency’s website.Another NSERC grant – Research Tools and Instruments – was awarded to Jeffrey Atkinson (Chemistry) to purchase a “Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) instrument for protein–membrane interactions.”NSERC also announced its awards for graduate student researchers, which totaled $262,500:NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship – DoctoralBryan Giordano (Biological Sciences): “Epidemiology and transmission dynamics of West Nile in Ontario, Canada”Christine Salahub (Psychology): “Examining the mechanisms between individual differences and visual perception”Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship – DoctoralKari Lustig (Psychology): “The role of hormones in emotion processing following sleep loss”Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’sSarah Bax (Mathematics & Statistics): “Soliton interaction properties”Lyndon Duff (Biological Sciences): “Modeling the evolution of sociality in the eastern carpenter bee, Xylocopa virginica”Angel Phanthanourak (Applied Health Sciences): “The effects of postural threat on cortical inhibition during an anticipatory postural adjustment”“NSERC funding provides our graduate students with much needed financial support to continue with projects that are pushing the boundaries of research in exciting directions,” says Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Mike Plyley.“The scholarships are true recognition to graduate students that the scope and calibre of their work hold great promise in contributing to discovery and innovation in Canada.” read more

Ohio State mens soccer faces Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Sophomore defender Alex Nichols (15) advances the ball against Rutgers on Sept. 18. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Janaya Greene | Lantern photographerThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is coming off a tough 2-0 loss to Bowling Green over the weekend, remaining winless on the road this season.This Wednesday, the Buckeyes (3-6) return to Columbus to take on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1-4-2) at 7 p.m.Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has been very kind to OSU as of late, with the Scarlet and Gray coming into the match riding a three game home win streak.“You always want to protect your house,” said senior defender Austin Bergstrom. “It’s good that we have been doing that so far, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.”After wins over Rutgers and Valparaiso a week ago, the Buckeyes took a step backward over the weekend, suffering a shutout against Bowling Green.Despite outshooting the Falcons 16-9, OSU again fell to the misfortune of its own mistakes, specifically turnovers.“Sometimes it is a little frustrating when you can’t put the ball in the back of the net or when another team only gets a few opportunities and they are able to score,” said senior forward Danny Jensen. “We let the pressure get to us a bit. I think we just have to cut down on the mistakes and we will start to see much better results.”Jensen was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after his performance against Valparaiso, where he recorded the first hat trick by an Ohio State player since 2012.“It is cool to get some individual recognition every now and then but our focus is on the team,” Jensen said. “Right now we just need some more wins.”The matchup with SIUE is a rare one, as both teams have only played each other once in school history, and played to a scoreless draw in Columbus in 2009.While the matchup between the two teams is unfamiliar, the faces involved are not. Cougars coach Mario Sanchez was a soccer player under now-Buckeyes head coach John Bluem during his time at Fresno State.“(Sanchez) was probably one of the top five players I’ve coached in my career,” Bluem said. “They are going to be really well organized and battle defensively. You are playing against a team that, much like us, is having trouble scoring.”Saying the Cougars are having trouble scoring is an understatement, as Sanchez’s squad has only found the back of the net three times through the first seven games. However, the defense has stood tough, allowing only seven goals thus far.SIUE’s junior goalkeeper Kyle Dal Santo has 13 career shutouts. This year, Dal Santo’s .788 save percentage ranks him 51st nationally.As the match signifies the halfway point in the season for the Buckeyes, Bluem feels the biggest improvement the team needs to make is in its mentality.“This group has to accept that we are not going to just show up and win games. If we don’t outwork the other team, if we don’t outhustle the other team, if we don’t play harder for longer than the other team, anybody on our schedule could beat us,” Bluem said. “On the flipside, if we do those things, we will be in every single game and chances are good that we win more of those games than we lose.”With a very important Big Ten matchup looming against Michigan State on Sunday, the Buckeyes will look to build momentum by grabbing a win against the Cougars. read more

Muslim womans hijab grabbed by man who tried to pull off headscarf

first_imgHijab Detectives are continuing to scour CCTV as they hunt the suspect, who is described as a white man, aged between 30 and 40.Police said he was about 5ft 5ins and of medium build, with short black greased-back hair. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt and light blue jeans.In the Haringey attack, the victim had her hijab pulled down in a racially-motivated assault on a busy street.Police said the victim, in her 20s, was not injured but was shocked and distressed by what happened.She had been walking with a female friend and, as they crossed the road by The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, she was approached from behind by two men.The Metropolitan Police said one of them pulled down the hijab she was wearing before both fled the scene. The victim, in her 40s, managed to escape her attacker and the man fled towards Marble Arch.Police said the victim was not injured, but was shocked and distressed by the incident. Details of the attack, which happened at about 8.15am on Tuesday, October 4, come after a similar assault in the London borough of Haringey in which a woman had her hijab pulled down.Det Sgt Steve Stamp, of the Metropolitan Police, said of the latest incident: “This was an unprovoked and hate-filled attack in broad daylight in the middle of a busy street.”The woman was targeted by this suspect purely based on what she was wearing.”Racially and religiously motivated crimes will not be tolerated I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this attack to contact police.” Police described the attack as ‘unprovoked and hate-filled’ on the woman wearing a hijab. Library imageCredit:Alamy 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. A Muslim woman had her hijab repeatedly grabbed by an “aggressive” man who tried to pull it off her in a hate crime attack in central London.The victim was walking along Oxford Street, a busy shopping district, alone when she was approached by the man who repeatedly told her to remove her headscarf.When she refused, the attacker is said to have become more aggressive and grabbed the woman’s headscarf in an attempt to remove it by force in what police described as an Islamophobic assault.Scotland Yard said the man managed to unpin the woman’s scarf, but did not succeed in removing it from her head. This was an unprovoked and hate-filled attack in broad daylight in the middle of a busy streetDet Sgt Steve Stamplast_img read more

The Evening Fix now with added chicks sniffing daffodils

first_imgIndian Hindu devotees smeared with colors sing at the Nandagram temple, famous for Lord Krishna and his brother Balram, during Lathmar holy festival, in Nandgaon, India (Manish Swarup/AP).HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps…THINGS WE LEARNED#CLOYNE: A priest in the Diocese of Cloyne has been dismissed from the clerical state over allegations of child sexual abuse. A canonical penal trial upheld a number of complaints against the Roman Catholic priest of sexual abuse of minors.#CYPRUS: The house of representatives in Cyprus is to vote on nine pieces of legislation prepared to protect the country’s financial services system and avoid a run on banks when they open next week. Proposals in the bills include the creation of a investment solidarity fund which would bundle state assets, including gas reserves.#FLOODS: Parts of the country were plagued by floods today with roads in Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford closed. Met Éireann has kept its rainfall warning in place for Munster, Connacht and Leinster as it does not expect the heavy rains to abate until Saturday night.#DAFFODIL DAY: Collections for Daffodil Day are down more than 50 per cent on last year with terrible weather conditions around the country hindering the fundraising. If this continues, it will make it unlikely that the Irish Cancer Society will reach its ambitious target of €3.4million.#ISRAEL: Israel’s Prime Minister has apologised to Turkey for a deadly 2010 flotilla raid and announced a full resumption of diplomatic ties as well as compensation for the families of those killed. The breakthrough, which ends a nearly three-year bitter diplomatic rift, was engineered by US President Barack Obama at the tail end of a historic three-day visit to the Holy Land.Cars drive through a tunnel of blooming cherry blossoms in Tokyo (Koji Sasahara/AP).THINGS WE LOVEDThis little boy and his pet chick Biscuit enjoying a daffodil. There’s just too much cuteness.These photos of manic Beatles fans. We’re not sure we’ve ever been that excited about anything…This video of a Rube Goldberg machine that was made last week to celebrate the opening of YouTube Space Tokyo. (megwin/YouTube)THINGS WE SHAREDDid you buy a daffodil today? There’s still time if you didn’t, and here are 11 shockingly cute reasons you should.It may not feel like it to day but it IS spring. Sit back and watch this badass Russian annihilate these snowmen. Take that winter! (scottdw/YouTube)last_img read more

Reilly Childrens playgrounds will only get funding if they are nosmoking areas

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Children and Youth Affairs says funding for children’s playgrounds will depend on them being no-smoking areas.James Reilly said that in future, applications for funding will face an additional criterion related to Tobacco Free Ireland.“The Government has made clear its intention to progress policies that reduce the prevalence of smoking amongst all ages.“I have made a particular point of stressing the need to stop children from ever starting to smoke in the first place and we pursue a policy of attempting to de-normalise smoking for young people.For that reason in future I will request that funding for projects such as children’s playgrounds will be contingent on the relevant local authority implementing a policy of ensuring the projects are no smoking areas.“The importance of de-normalising smoking in the eyes of children can’t be over emphasised.”He made the announcement as he sanctioned payments of €250,000 for children’s play and recreation projects across Ireland.Capital Grant SchemeNineteen local authorities will benefit from funding for projects under the Capital Grant Scheme.The projects include the refurbishment and development of six urban, suburban and public housing play areas in Dublin city.They include:the provision of new, accessible equipment for a playground built in the 1970’s in Athythe creation of an innovative, natural playground spaces and outdoor learning environments in Tyrrelstownthe development of a recreational space and multi-use games area for children and teenagers in Newcastle Westand the development of several playgrounds and recreational spaces from green field sitesProfessor Luke Clancy, the Director General of the Tobacco Free Research Institute Ireland, welcomed the review of funding arrangements.“It should help to further de-normalise smoking while preventing exposure to secondhand smoke and prevention of litter which research from TFRI had shown was a benefit of Fingal Co Council going smoke-free in its parks.”Read: Cigarette company ordered to pay $23 billion to widow of smoker who died of lung cancer>Read: James Reilly wants cigarettes to cost €1 each>last_img read more

972 des médecins généralistes sont pour la rémunération à la performance

first_img97,2 % des médecins généralistes sont pour la rémunération à la performancePlus de 97% des médecins généralistes ont adhéré à la convention signée cet été avec l’assurance maladie qui prévoit le paiement à la performance.”97,2 % des médecins généralistes ont opté pour la convention et le nouveau mode de rémunération sur objectifs. Seulement 1.700 d’entre eux ont, comme c’était leur droit, refusé d’adhérer au paiement à la performance”, a expliqué le directeur général de l’assurance-maladie Frédéric Van Roekeghem au Quotidien du médecin. “C’est une excellente nouvelle qu’autant de médecins se soient engagés dans cette convention”, a indiqué pour sa part le ministre du Travail et de la Santé Xavier Bertrand. “Pour les spécialités, le taux de refus est de l’ordre de 4 % avec 2.443 médecins”, a-t-il ajouté, précisant que “les deux spécialités qui ont le taux le plus faible d’acceptation du nouveau mode de rémunération sont la psychiatrie (85%) et l’ORL (88%)”.À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerConcrètement, le principe est d’accorder des primes aux médecins en fonction des objectifs de santé publique qu’ils ont rempli au cours de l’année tels que réduction des prescriptions d’antibiotiques ou d’arrêts de travail, préférence aux médicaments génériques, réalisation de vaccins saisonniers ou encore gestion du dossier médical personnel (DMP). 26 critères sont à respecter mais chaque indicateur permet d’acquérir des points qui joueront ensuite dans le calcul de la prime. Ainsi, cette rémunération à la performance s’ajoutera au paiement à l’acte, qui constituera toujours 90% des revenus du médecin.Si une première tendance devrait se dégager mi-2012, “le vrai bilan sera dressé au premier trimestre 2013, correspondant au versement des premières primes sur objectifs”, estime M. Van Roekeghem. Cette mesure s’accompagne de la volonté de la Cnam (Caisse primaire d’assurance maladie) de lutter contre les dépassements excessifs. Pour cela, la “surveillance ciblée de 249 médecins libéraux sélectionnés parmi ceux qui ne respectent pas le tact et la mesure” préconisé par le code de déontologie doit être mise en place. “Je voudrais compléter ce dispositif avec un pouvoir de sanction directe de l’assurance-maladie [ … ] : dans les cas les plus graves, un déconventionnement temporaire ou relativement long pourrait être décidé”, a souligné le directeur général.Le 31 janvier 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Batshuayi furious with UEFA decision

first_imgBorussia Dortmund’s Michy Batshuayi is furious with UEFA’s decision to withdraw their investigation into the alleged money noises that their aimed at him in the Europa LeagueThe forward, who is currently on loan from Chelsea till the end of the season, revealed that he was the subject of racist abuse in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw with Serie A side Atalanta last month in the Europa League.The Belgium international claimed to have heard “monkey noises” in the stands and believed that they were coming from the Atalanta supporters.2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands … really ?! ??‍♂️ hope you have fun watching the rest of @EuropaLeague on TV while we are through ??? #SayNoToRacism #GoWatchBlackPanther ✌?— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) 22 February 2018borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…Afterwards, the UEFA started their own investigation into the matter and have now recently announced that they have closed the case, much to Batshuayi chagrin.LOL. Must be my imagination ??‍♂️— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) 29 March 2018After a lack of appearances for Chelsea this season, Batshuayi chose to sign for Dortmund in a loan till the end of the season and has scored an impressive eight goals in his first 11 matches.last_img read more

A busy May for San Diego County Sheriffs Department

first_img Posted: May 8, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, May 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss a number of things the department is doing during May.Sheriff Gore said deputies will providing extra patrols of mosques in our jurisdictions throughout Ramadan which is May 5th to June 4th.Law enforcement across the nation are commemorating National Police Week and remembering the men and who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe.Sheriff Gore also discussed the importance of the Veterans Moving Forward program at the Vista Detentions Facility. A busy May for San Diego County Sheriff’s Departmentlast_img read more

Rescue crews respond to officerinvolved rollover crash in Doral

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Police and fire rescue crews are investigating a crash involving a police cruiser and a tractor-trailer in Doral.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the area of Northwest 14th Street and 82nd Avenue just before 1:30 p.m., Thursday.According to Doral Police officials, a Miami-Dade Police officer lost control of the cruiser and rolled over after swerving in an attempt to avoid crashing into the trailer.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where two fire rescue units could be seen around the car flipped on its side.It is unclear if any of the drivers involved were injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Washington Training Center Attempts to Link Personnel Housing Providers

first_imgOfficials at Yakima Training Center in central Washington are trying to work with local property managers and landlords to make it easier for soldiers and their families to find housing.The base, a satellite installation of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is considered a remote assignment and does not offer on-base housing for full-time staff — about 100 personnel — and their families. Finding off-base housing that meets the military’s standards can be difficult, as many properties exceed soldiers’ housing allowance or are in unsafe neighborhoods, reports the Yakima Herald-Republic.“Any housing difficulty results in a readiness issue,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan White. Deployed service members who are worried about whether their family is going to be able to make the rent payment or might be exposed to gang activity is not going to be focused on the military mission, he explained.To address the problem, the Army has asked housing providers to list rental properties with the Armed Forces Community Service, which serves military families. Listing their properties would help military families find housing that meets their needs and supply landlords with dependable tenants and a reliable income.Selah City Administrator Don Wayman said the city also is considering ways to link military families with property managers, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Explore Mars on Earth in Google Street View

first_imgDevon Island is the most similar terrain on Earth to that of Mars.  Google Becoming an astronaut isn’t a quick or easy task. But you now can stroll around Earth’s version of Mars — Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic — via Google Street View, the search giant said Monday in a blog post.No space suit required.devon-island-on-mapEnlarge ImageDevon Island is the red pin. Google Maps In Street View, the vast, barren, rocky landscape of Devon Island stretches far and wide. Low clouds rest above the horizon. You can see tracks from ATVs. Those tracks mostly belong to a team using the island to prepare for future Mars exploration.Pascal Lee, chairman of the Mars Institute and director of the Haughton-Mars Project, and his team have been experimenting with technologies on Devon Island to anticipate what will be needed on Mars. For example, an aircraft would have difficulty in the dense atmosphere so drones would be preferred. Bumpy landings must also be expected. Devon Island looks so much like Mars that future astronauts may feel right at home on the Red Planet.”My guess is that the first people who land on Mars will say something to the effect: ‘Oh wow, this looks just like Devon Island where we trained,'” Lee said in a video. Reaching Devon Island, the world’s largest uninhabited island, takes three days and seven flights — or one click on Street View. Culture Digital Media 3:10 Share your voice NASA’s Arc Jet Complex keeps astronauts safe during reentry Tagscenter_img Now playing: Watch this: 0 Google nulllast_img read more

Rotary gets new body in Hanamkonda

first_imgHanamkonda: The 20th governing body of the Rotary Club of Hanamkonda assumed office at a private function hall here on Monday. The new body, which sworn in – President Bolledla Kanna Reddy, Secretary Kandarapu Anil Kumar, Treasurer S Naresh.Speaking on the occasion, chief guest Vangala Ramesh expressed hope that the new governing body would expand its services more. Former president of the club Rondla Narender Reddy said that the club has so far organised nearly 150 programmes worth around Rs 40 lakh. The new president of the club said that he would strive hard to extend the club’s services. On the occasion, Indrasena Reddy gave away Rs 20,000 to Mounika, a KITS college student.last_img

Olympic pool may have a design flaw giving higher lanes an advantage

first_imgThree scientists from Indiana University’s Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming have raised questions about the validity of the Rio Olympic swimming results. The team says that a current present in the pool seems to favor those swimming in lanes 4-8 during the prestigious 50m freestyle event.The team led by Councilman Center director Joel Stager based this analysis on the results from all the races in the Rio pool, not an examination of the pool itself. What they found was competitors in lanes 4-8 appear to get a 0.2% advantage for each late closer number 8 they are in. Interestingly, swimmers who were in a “fast” lane for a qualifying round, then moved to a “slow” one consistently slowed down. This is the opposite of what you’d expect as the average pace tends to quicken toward the end of big events like this.This same team made similar claims following the 2013 world swimming championships in Barcelona. They saw the same pattern there — higher numbered lanes had a distinct advantage over lower ones. We’re talking about a slight advantage, but that’s why the 50m freestyle is the most obviously affected. It’s a single pool-length race, and the difference between winning a gold and going home empty handed can be as little as a tenth of a second.In a longer race, there are more factors that can blunt the impact of an almost imperceptible current in the pool. Of the six total medal winners in the 50m freestyle (three men and three women), all but one of them swam in lanes 4-8 during the final.Officials at FINA, swimming’s world governing body, are investigating the claims made by the UI researchers. However, even if a previously undetected current is found in the pool, it’s not likely anyone will be rerunning the race. If anything, it could lead to a change in pool design to prevent this phenomenon in future events.last_img read more

Recordbreaking Solar Impulse 2 reaches Hawaii

first_imgThe longest and the most difficult leg of the Round the World Solar Flight attempted by Swiss explorers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg ended successfully in Hawaii. At the controls of Solar Impulse 2 was pilot André Borschberg, who landed safely in Hawaii after flying 117 hours and 52 minutes over the Pacific Ocean from Japan powered only by the sun.A historic landing took place after a perilous nonstop flight for five days and five nights. Solar Impulse 2 touched down at the Kalaeloa Airport after travelling a distance of roughly 7,200 km. Pilot André Borschberg, who is also the co-founder of Solar Impulse with Bertrand Piccard, broke the world records of distance and duration for solar aviation, as well as the world record for the longest solo flight ever, 117 hours and 52 minutes – around 7,200 km.André endured several challenges which required him to carefully maintain a balance between wearing an oxygen mask for long stretches of time during high altitude, getting enough rest and maximising the energy levels of the plane, particularly during turbulent weather conditions. After successfully accomplishing the 8th leg by remaining airborne for five consecutive days and nights has now confirmed that the airplane’s critical components perform exceptionally and that Solar Impulse’s vision of reaching unlimited endurance without fuel, by solely the power of the sun, was not just a dream: perpetual flight is a reality.“I feel exhilarated by this extraordinary journey. I have climbed the equivalent altitude of Mount Everest five times without much rest. The team at the Mission Control Centre in Monaco (MCC) was my eyes and my ears…The MCC was battling to give me the possibility to rest and recover, but also maximising the aircraft’s energy levels and sending me trajectories and flight strategies simulated by computer,” said André Borschberg, “This success fully validates the vision that my partner Bertrand Piccard had after his round-the-world balloon flight to reach unlimited endurance in an airplane without fuel,” he added.“What André has achieved is extraordinary from the perspective of a pilot. But furthermore, he has also led the technical team during the construction of this revolutionary prototype. It is not only a historic first in aviation it is also a historic first for renewable energies,” said Bertrand Piccard, initiator of Solar Impulse, chairman and pilot.last_img read more

Cleveland Fed Weighs in on Branch Closures

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Cleveland Fed Weighs in on Branch Closures August 4, 2011 502 Views The “”Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland””: has released its commentary on the broader economic effects of the recent closure of local bank branches, as lenders struggle to maintain bottom line viability in the marketplace. The brief, developed by Emre Ergungor and Stephanie Moulton, is titled, “”Do Bank Branches Matter Anymore?,”” and the authors’ conclusions indicate that the general answer to that large and looming question is a resounding, “”yes.””[IMAGE]Ergungor and Moulton examined two key influences that brick-and-mortar retail bank branches provide to communities: availability of loans for borrowers in the surrounding areas and, as their research revealed, a lower ratio of defaults on locally initiated loans.Additionally, Ergungor and Moulton looked at the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), and its effects and implications for lenders and borrowers.In an opening statement, the authors’ noted the scope of their research, saying, “”Bank branches have been disappearing in some major metropolitan areas, as their populations and economic activity decline. Our research suggests that brick-and-mortar branches provide tangible benefits to consumers, especially in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. When branches are located in those areas, borrowers living there default less and have greater access to credit.””Focusing on regions in Ohio, Ergungor and Moulton calculated the total cumulative losses of bank branches in the state’s four major metro centers: Cuyahoga County, Lucas County, Mahoning County, and Franklin County. Three of the four regions – Cuyahoga, Lucas, and Mahoning – each showed a decline in the presence of bank branches over the past eight years, though Franklin displayed an increase, and the authors’ attribute the expansion in the latter county to population growth in the area, while explaining that the other three counties considered each lost population numbers during the eight-year period of examination.Ergungor and Moulton clearly acknowledge that population decline is a rational catalyst for banks closing branches in particular areas in Ohio and beyond, but they go on to evaluate the issue of “”adverse selection”” which can be created when retail banking locations dwindle. Describing the problem, the authors’ elaborated, saying the following: “”If the lender charges a low interest rate on mortgages to make them affordable to the creditworthy applicant, it will lose money because the other applicant will also get the same mortgage and potentially default.””[COLUMN_BREAK]The authors added: “”If the interest rate is high enough so that the lender is compensated for the likely credit loss, then the loan becomes unaffordable to the creditworthy applicant and only the applicant who does not mind missing payments shows up at the branch. Thus the lender finds itself in a bind; no matter what the interest rate is, it is never profitable to lend in this market; as a result, creditworthy borrowers cannot get credit. “”Economists refer to this problem as adverse selection,”” they said.Extending their commentary on local banking, Ergungor and Moulton went on to note the general shift in mortgage lending, including factors like the shorter time frame now common for closing loans and the collection of “”soft”” information local branches can benefit from when evaluating a borrower. The authors’ stated that one of the advantages a lender gains when it conducts loans out of a retail branch is the access to such “”soft”” information that helps originators weigh intangible risk factors. As to who may derive the greatest benefit from local bank branches, Ergungor and Moulton said the following:””The beneficial-relationships argument has some interesting implications, which can be validated with data. First, the main beneficiaries among borrowers should be the ones that find it difficult to access credit from banks that use the lower-cost automated underwriting criteria.””These are people typically with low incomes, tainted credit histories, and low credit scores,”” Egrungor and Moulton said. “”Therefore, they would benefit from any additional piece of information not captured by the score. Second, if relationship lenders are better informed about borrowers’ creditworthiness, we should observe fewer instances of default among the loans they make. “”Third”” they added, “”with the uncertainties about borrower quality eased and default risk reduced, credit should become more abundant and cheaper if there are bank branches in low-income area. Our research revealed evidence that supports all three implications.””The authors continued their critical look at the cost-benefit ratio through examining defaults among locally originated loans. Their findings reveal that borrowers who utilized a retail bank branch in their area to purchase a mortgage were 4.3 percent less likely than an average consumer to enter into default. Ergungor and Moulton also highlighted the better pricing of mortgage credit in localized branches in lower-income areas versus a lack of the same trend in higher-income regions.Ergungor and Moulton’s ultimate conclusion suggests that a lender’s best strategy when dealing with new or existing mortgage loans for low- to moderate-income areas, those known for higher levels of distressed consumers, is to conduct those transactions in a personal, localized, retail bank branch. In closing, the authors said, “”Our research shows the benefits that come from creditworthy borrowers in declining low-income areas being in close physical proximity to a bank branch. The public policy challenge is to identify how to get those benefits when private markets alone do not provide them.””center_img Share Bank Failure Company News Federal Reserve Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-08-04 Abby Gregorylast_img read more

Have a twirl Vienna Pack your dancing shoes to wa

first_imgHave a twirl: ViennaPack your dancing shoes to waltz through the ornate Baroque streets and palaces of glamorous Vienna. Shop for handblown glass and Austrian folk clothes on Kärntnerstrasse and the surrounding streets, then stop for apple strudel or dense, chocolate Sachertorte cake at one of the cafes. Then wow your date with a twirl through the city’s trio of magnificent palaces – Hofburg, Schönbrunn and Belvedere. Queuing will put the dampener on romance, so book well ahead for the popular Schönbrunn.Learn the movesThe Viennese waltz was first choreographed in the city in the 18th century, and has remained a popular couples dance ever since. Learn how it’s done with a lesson at Tanzschule Elmayer dance school, where they have one-hour group lessons every Saturday, or book a private one for you and your partner. Where better to show off your moves than at the city’s annual Imperial Summer Ball (on 29 June in 2018).Where to stayRest your weary waltzing feet at the smart Radisson Blu Style hotel near the Golden Quarter, one of the oldest parts of the city. Book flights to Vienna Chocolate decadence: Grenada, CaribbeanA bog-standard box of chocolates wrapped in a ribbon? Yawn. A tropical island filled with cocoa plantations and fringed with white-sand beaches? Now you’re talking. The Caribbean island of Grenada grows some of the world’s most sought-after cocoa beans, and you’ll taste plenty of it on a visit here, from the traditional morning ‘cocoa tea’ (spicy, thick hot chocolate) to a visit to one of the island’s cocoa plantations for the ultimate ‘bean-to-bar’ experience. Recuperate from your chocolatey excess by lounging on the seductive two-mile stretch of Grand Anse beach.Spa specialBook a couple’s cocoa body-wrap spa treatment at Blue Haven Spa in the pretty capital of Saint George’s. The spa specialises in chocolate- and spice-based treatments.Where to stayYou won’t want to walk far after your relaxing spa treatment, so stay in one of the 38 wood-beamed rooms in the spa’s attached True Blue Bay Boutique resort. All have teak furnishing and views over gardens or True Blue Bay. Book flights to Grenada Fairytale romance: Rhine Valley, GermanyIf the object of your affection gets all misty-eyed watching Beauty and the Beast or Snow White, then whisk them off for a few days in a real-world fairytale. The beautiful Rhine river is flanked by craggy mountains covered in vine-covered slopes, dotted with half-timbered villages, and capped with enchanting castles straight from the pages of the Brothers Grimm, who were born nearby. Hire a car and set off on a drive through the Unesco-listed Middle Rhine – the segment between the town of Bingen and the city of Koblenz – for the most spellbinding experience, where more than 40 castles cluster in a compact section of the scenic Romantic Road.Boat tripsHop aboard a boat for a lazy jaunt on the water. Day trips depart regularly from Koblenz, and you share a glass of the local Riesling wine as you glide beneath the lush hillsides and gaze up at the turrets. Where to stayLive the fairytale dream with a stay at a 13th-century castle. A two-hour drive from Frankfurt, Schloss Zell sits in the middle of the little medieval village of Zell. Candlelight dinners are served at the turreted castle-style hotel and rooms have vaulted ceilings. Stay in the same room occupied by an Emperor 500-years ago.Book flights to FrankfurtReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related5 creative romantic escapes to fall in love with (and on!)Which will your date love more – a dozen overpriced roses picked up from the petrol station, or a trip devised just for the two of you? Wow them with these seductive getaways.Spring forward: 10 places to see the new season at its bestWarmest places to go for a spring holiday around the world – Where to see rhododendrons, cherry blossoms and more wildflowers this year – Spring festivals from March to May 20165 spring get-aways which won’t bust your summer budgetAs the days get longer and winter’s on the wane, it’s time to look forward to sunnier days ahead. Check out our pick of five great destinations that all have an extra little spring in their step at this time of year. 1. Washington DC – fly from £233 Photo credit: Getty…center_img Starry nights: La Palma, Canary IslandsWith its lunar-like landscape in the south, and lush forests in the north, La Palma exudes an otherworldly beauty. And thanks to its low light pollution, it’s also home to one of the best observatories in the northern hemisphere. After walking hand in hand on the island’s beaches, drive to the space-age domes of Roque de Los Muchachos, and take a tour of the observatory, where you can gaze out into the galaxy together, watching the constellations twinkle and picking out the glowing planets.Wine tastingRound off your night under the stars with a tasting of astronomically produced wine. At Teneguia wine cellar in Fuencaliente, you’ll discover how the distinctive Palmerian night sky helped to produce the famed Malvasia wine of the region on a tour with an astronomer and a wine expert.Where to stayPlump for the 17th-century Hacienda de Abajo, with its 32 beautiful rooms with chandeliers and antique furnishings, plus a 19th-century bathhouse-themed spa and exotic gardens. Book flights to La Palma Beautiful bouquet: Lisse, NetherlandsTake your date to this fragrant spot an hour south of Amsterdam. The town of Lisse might be small in size, but it’s a Dutch flower-industry giant, with the majority of its acreage given over to fields of tulips, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths. But while it’s lovely to drive around looking at the blooming fields, for a more compact colourbust, pop into Keukenhof Gardens. From March to May (specific opening dates vary annually; check for details), you’re guaranteed to see more than seven million bulbs – including 800 varieties of tulip – open up to reveal their sweet-scented flowers for a short two-month season from March to May every year (22 March – 13 May in 2018). Long-lasting giftFresh-cut flowers last just a few days – but spring flowers planted in the garden bloom every year. You can buy up to 2kg of vibrant tulips and fragrant hyacinths from the shop at Keukenhof or its adjacent market stalls – much cheaper than Amsterdam’s flower market. Then plant them in your partner’s garden or windowbox when you’re back in the UK for an ever-lasting bouquet.Where to stayBed down at the charming Misc EatDrinkSleep, a six-room hotel on the banks a canal in the middle of Amsterdam. Opt for the Baroque room for its canopied bed and garden views.Book flights to Amsterdamlast_img read more