Woman dragged as saree gets stuck in Metro door

first_imgNew Delhi: A 40-year-old woman suffered head injuries on Tuesday after her saree got stuck in a carriage door of a Delhi Metro train as it was about to leave a station, due to which she got dragged on the platform, her husband said. The victim, Gita, was travelling with her daughter when the incident took place at the Moti Nagar metro station on the Blue Line. “Gita and my daughter were travelling from Nawada. They got off at the Moti Nagar station when the ‘pallu’ of Gita’s saree got stuck in the closing door. As a result, she got dragged for some distance on the platform,” her husband Jagdish Prasad said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderGita, a housewife, suffered injuries on her head and was rushed to a Acharya Shree Bhikshu Hospital, Prasad added. “Where after the primary medication the hospital administration dischared her,” official added. Confirming the incident, a senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official confirmed said the incident was reported at Motinagar station (Line-3) at 9.19 am where a woman passsenger’s saree got stuck in the train doors while de-boarding from the metro train going towards Vaishali. “I got a call from my daughter who told me about the incident. Apparently, one of the commuters had pressed the emergency button to alert the driver for stopping the train,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe DMRC official said the incident was reported at Motinagar station (Line-3) at 9.19 am where a woman passsenger’s saree got stuck in the train doors while de-boarding from the metro train going towards Vaishali. “The train operator immediately applied the emergency brakes and stopped the train. “The station controller also rushed to the incident site where the passenger was rescued and immediately sent to a nearby hospital after providing first aid. Delhi Metro advises its commuters to be extra careful while boarding and de-boarding from metro train especially during peak hours,” DMRC stated. “We have constituted an enquirty into the incident and after assessing all the deails appropriate action will be taken as needed,” said DMRC official. In a tweet, the DMRC informed that the services were briefly affected between the Moti Nagar and Rajendra Place stations. Gita is a resident of the Shashtri Nagar area near Inderlok.last_img read more

The Pentagon is briefing Donald Trump on military options for Syria

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3328094 Apr 6th 2017, 8:28 PM BREAKING: Secretary of State Tillerson says he sees no role for President Bashar Assad in governing the Syrian people.— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) April 6, 2017 Trump salutes as he disembarks Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. 13,192 Views THE PENTAGON IS presenting a range of possible military options the United States could take in response to the suspected chemical attack in Syria, a US official has said.Options include strikes to ground the Syrian air force, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.Pentagon chief Jim Mattis is presenting the options to President Donald Trump and administration officials in response to White House requests, the official added.Mattis had been communicating extensively with Trump’s National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, the official said, stressing that no decisions had been taken.Trump yesterday  warned that Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime had crossed a line with its latest alleged chemical attack.He called the strike that killed at least 86 an “affront to humanity” and suggested some sort of US response.The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has also this evening called for Assad to be ousted from power.The Pentagon has long maintained a variety of military options for Syria, and the United States has been striking jihadist targets in the north since late 2014.But any US military action targeting the Assad regime would mark a fundamental shift in Syria’s brutal six-year conflict.Russia has been propping up Assad since late 2015, and any action to ground his air force could be subject to skirting Russian air defences and would carry the risk of inadvertently hitting Russian personnel. Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 8:28 PM Share433 Tweet Email The Pentagon is briefing Donald Trump on military options for Syria Rex Tillerson has meanwhile called on Bashar al-Assad to be removed. By AFP 67 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article But the drumbeat for military action has picked up in Washington.Senior Republican senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain said Assad was trying to test the Trump administration and that America must take swift action.“Assad has crossed a line with his latest use of chemical weapons. The message from the United States must be that this will not stand,” the pair said in a statement.“We must show that no foreign power can or will protect Assad now. He must pay a punitive cost for this horrific attack.”© – AFP 2017 with reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: ‘It crossed a lot of lines for me’: Trump says he’s changed attitude on Syria following alleged chemical attack >Read: US points finger at Assad after suspected chemical attack kills dozens in Syria > Source: AP Politics/Twitter Trump salutes as he disembarks Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. Image: Pool/ABACA Image: Pool/ABACA Short URLlast_img read more

Antikythera a key to Greeces prosperity

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “Knowing the past, you can make better steps to the future,” archaeologist Aris Tsaravopoulos tells Neos Kosmos.This is the premise behind Mr Tsaravopoulos’ continued efforts over the past 20 years, researching the history of ancient Greece in the Hellenistic and Roman periods on the archaeological sites on Kythera and Antikythera. Now for the first time, the Kytherian Association of Australia have made it possible for the archaeologist to travel down under on a lecture tour across the nation, sharing his findings with the Greek and wider Australian community.In Melbourne this week, he presented two lectures at La Trobe University, the first based on the discovery of new sanctuaries of Laconian (Spartan) dieties on Kythera, and their influence on the everyday and religious life of the locals. “Kythera was until recently, known only as the island of Aphrodite, but we discovered there in these last years, five more sanctuaries, which were linked with the specific religious beliefs of Laconians [Spartans],” he said. This was followed by a second lecture delving into the history of Antikythera, a relatively unknown island made world famous by the discovery of the first ancient shipwreck in 1900, along with the world’s first computer. The archaeologist and his team have now discovered more about the history of the island’s mainland. Mr Tsaravopoulos’ interest in the region was ignited whilst working for the Ministry of Culture, when he was posted in 1994 to Kythera and Antikythera, where he would be made responsible for the research and protection of its historical past – a role he continues to hold as a great responsibility.“We are not a scientific service in the Ministry of Culture; we are a protection and controlling service for antiquities,” he tells. “You know that Greece’s identity lives in its past and so this past has to be protected because there are a lot of developers, a lot of public works going on.”Although officially retired, the 70-year-old continues to work in Antikythera, explaining that archaeology is more than science, rather it is a continual journey of discovery linked to the present.While he continues to work on the project, he hopes to be granted permission by the ministry to extend the excavation so that he can build the profile of the island, which he says holds great potential for tourism.“Archaeology is not a dry science as it happens to be considered – it’s linked with life.“Antikythera today is an island with only 20 people and the average age there is 60. So you understand that if we go with a group of 40 young people, that gives life to the island. I want to improve the image of the island for tourism too.”While enthusiastic for the opportunity to share his research with Australians, the audience’s demographic at his lectures mid-way through the tour have left him slightly disappointed. “I did some other lectures, and in some of them I was the youngest person – and I am 70. I want to pass the ideology of looking to the past as a point of departure for the future for the young people, because they are the future – not us,” he said. Archaeologist Aris Tsaravopoulos will deliver his final lectures on Saturday 20 June at Kythera House, Kytherian Association of Australia, 24 King Street, Rockdale, NSW at 2.30 pm, and on Monday 22 June at the Archaeological Institute of Athens, University of Sydney. To attend, contact Kathy Samios on (02) 9349 1849.last_img read more

Study Says We Spend Too Much Time Online

first_imgStay on target The Internet is probably the most important technological development of our time.Which might be why people tend to waste nearly a whole day per week online.According to the 2017 Digital Future Report, Americans spend an average 23.6 hours using the Internet weekly.In the nearly 20 years since the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg began its annual survey, the Web has evolved from secondary medium to daily essential.“From the beginning of our research in 1999, it quickly became clear that the Internet was becoming a central part of everyday life—even more vital than the telephone and telegraph were in their day,” Center director Jeffrey Cole said in a statement.Even if you’re the one-in-a-million person who has rejected all technology (which seems unlikely, since you’re reading this article on the Web), you know someone who relies on a smartphone to tweet or a laptop to send emails; someone who talks to their smart speaker or tracks daily step counts.Because, as reported by the 15th Digital Future Report, a whopping 92 percent of Americans use the Internet—a 25 percent increase since the turn of the millennium.Americans spend an average 23.6 hours using the Internet weekly (via 2017 Digital Future ReportCenter for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg)Each year, the Digital Future Project surveys the same individuals in the same 2,000-plus households across the country; responses are recorded from folks who continue to use the Internet or not, as well as those who have transformed from non-user to user (and vice versa).“After 15 studies, we continue to find profound and enlightening information about how digital technology is changing American life,” Cole said. “We have found that online behavior changes constantly, and the views and behavior of both users and non-users adjust as technology emerges, and then thrives, fades away, or morphs in new directions.”One of the most dramatic (yet unsurprising) changes, as noted by USC, is the ratio of print-to-online news consumption: The equation has come a long way from 85-to-15 in 2001 to “near-parity” at 51-to-49 in 2016.The center also found that social networking, despite its faults, has helped sustain offline relationships; 62 percent of respondents claim the Internet was “important or very important” for maintaining friendships.“By beginning our study of the Internet early in its evolution as a worldwide communication and information-gathering tool,” Cole revealed, “we are able to better understand the effects of the Internet as it grows, and not as a postscript after it has matured.” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Here’s the Story Behind the World’s First Major Internet AttackTry These Four Policies to Dismantle Online Hate Groups last_img read more

VPS seeks waiver for four snow days

first_imgVancouver Public Schools plans to ask the Superintendent of Public Instruction for an emergency instructional-day waiver in response to this month’s snowstorm.Washington state requires 180 days of instruction and an average of 1,027 instructional hours. The eight snow days the district took in December and January forced the district to use all its built-in snow days. Additional days would drag the end of the year to June 27.“Consideration for the waiver include potential hardships for families who have planned and purchased summer vacation travel, high school students who depend on summer employment and employees who enroll in continuing education programs,” the district said in a news release.If approved, the waiver would only excuse students from the last four days, not the built-in snow days.OSPI can approve instructional-day waivers, but schools must still comply with requirements for the number of instructional hours. Because the district has snow days built into its school year, district officials said it will be able to meet the required number of hours.Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in Clark County and other Washington counties hit hard by the storm, which closed area schools on Jan. 11, 12, 13 and 17 after ice and snow blanketed the region.The Vancouver School Board will consider the waiver at its Feb. 14 meeting.Washougal Public Schools has also announced plans to apply for a state waiver.last_img read more

GG and wife visit young ones at Bustamante Hospital

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 5, 2016 – Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and Lady Allen brought Christmas cheer to young patients at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, during their official visit to the institution in Kingston, today (December 1).They toured the Orthopaedic and Medical wards where they spoke with the children and staff and distributed toys, books, games and blankets to the young patients as well as presented gifts to the hospital staff.In the Learning and Activity Centre on the hospital grounds, the Governor-General interacted with the children, who warmly welcomed him.  “We are here on our annual visit to share with you and let you know we have you in our thoughts and prayers. And we have come also to say thanks to the staff for the outstanding work that they do. The administrative staff, the medical staff, the support staff have done well,” the Governor-General said.“We appreciate being with you and learning from you how to be cheerful, even when you are not at your best or experiencing good health,” he told the children.Chief Executive Officer for the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Anthony Wood, told JIS News that the annual visit is one of the highlights on the hospital’s calendar of activities.“During their annual visit, they come to the institution and speak with the staff, meet with the patients and talk with them and bring good cheer. We look forward to this visit ever year to talk with Their Excellencies and to share with them recent developments and plans for the way forward,” he said.Mr. Wood noted that Lady Allen is a regular visitor of the hospital. “She comes every Monday to the Learning and Activity Centre, where she interacts with the children and conducts a curriculum development programme and works with them in terms of their development,” he informed.Bustamante Hospital is the only specialist paediatric hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean. It caters to the medical needs of children in Jamaica and neighbouring Caribbean countries from zero to 12 years. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Community walk for suicide prevention foundation held at Tropical Park

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Concerned residents laced up their sneakers and came together for a walk aimed at helping fight suicide.More than 1,200 people headed to Tropical Park in Southwest Miami-Dade to take part in the annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Sunday.The fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Its goal is to reduce the suicide rate by 20 percent by the year 2025.“We come together to have a voice,” said Tara Sullivan, a spokesperson for the foundation. “We bring a voice to mental health because nine out of 10 people that die by suicide are suffering from a mental health condition, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed.”Sunday’s walk raised more than $56,000. That money will be used to bring educational programs to schools in the community.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Winner Of The 2018 Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament Announced

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Winter King Salmon Tournament on Saturday March 24. Every March anglers take to the waters of Kachemak Bay in search of King Salmon. The one-day tournament awards tens of thousands of dollars in prize money to the largest kings caught. This year there were 379 boats, 1264 anglers, 170 fish caught, and 105 fish weighed, from the winning fish of 24.6lbs to the smallest of 5.85lbs. The total payouts for this year were over $160,000 in cash and prizes Second place went to Jerry Huff with a 20.9 pound fish, and third to Janet Donnell with a 20.75 pound fish.center_img In first place, Charlie Edwards, weighed in at 24.6 pounds. Edwards is from Fritz Creek, AK, fishing on the Optimist with Captain Daniel Donich of Daniel’s Personalized Guide Service. This was the 25th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament. The 2017 Champion Ronald A. Johnson of Homer, took home over $53,000 for his 25.65lb white king salmon.  Payouts for the top ten anglers totaled over $120,000 last year.last_img read more

Fairbanks Schools Secured Following Unrelated Incidents

first_imgA handful of Fairbanks schools have been on high security alert in the last two days due to two separate incidents.Download AudioAn armed standoff early Tuesday disrupted the morning commute for residents of west Fairbanks.  The incident also rerouted more than 20 school buses. Karen Gaborik is the School District Interim Superintendent.  She says at least 140 kids were late to morning classes.“That’s a fair number of students coming late to school,” she says. “We also had staff who got stuck in traffic as well.”Gaborik says other staff were assigned to cover classes for teachers who weren’t able to arrive on time. She also placed two elementary schools in close proximity to the stand-off in “secured building mode.”“That means the exterior doors are locked and we won’t have any outside activity, so now recess. It’s a monitored access to the building,” says Gaborik.It was the second time in as many days that Gaborik had to partially close down activity at schools in the district.  On Monday, a threatening message sent through twitter raised concerns among administrators and law enforcement.“A community member let the principal at West Valley High school know there had been a vague threat on Twitter so he called the Alaska State Troopers,” she explains. “And because there was a threat, West Valley went into ‘Sit tight mode,’ which is a more secure situation so kids stay in classes.”Ultimately, five schools were placed “sit tight mode.” Gaborik, who attended both elementary and high school in Fairbanks, acknowledges that situations like those over the last few days have become more common among public schools, but she says personnel practice procedures to handle them regularly.“I think it gives us the opportunity to have a predictable response to a situation,” says Gaborik.“We can use the phrase with principals ‘I need you to secure the building’ and principals know what that means and staff knows what that means and we’ve continued to work with parents and students around what those things mean.”Classes and after school activities at schools affected by both incidents have since returned to a normal schedule.last_img read more

ADN reports large salaries small workload for state fisheries commission

first_imgLamprey harvested around Grayling in 2015. (Photo by Kwikpak Fisheries)Two state commissioners are making big money even though they don’t have much work left to do. That’s the story recently reported by Nathaniel Herz with the Alaska Dispatch News. He investigated the state’s Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.Listen now“There are some inefficiencies and what some would call dysfunction at this agency that have been very clearly and specifically documented in the past two or three years that no one has been able to fix,” Herz said. “And that starts at the top.”The Commission was created in the 1970s in order to limit the number of boats that can participate in certain commercial fisheries and conserve the stocks. Herz wrote in an article this past weekend that they haven’t limited a fishery since 2004 and have processed fewer than five applications per year since 2012.“Basically the core work that the commissioners have done in the past doesn’t really exist anymore at anything near the level it once did,” Herz said.Despite this, Commissioners Ben Brown and Bruce Twomley are each still earning $130,000 per year.Legislators and Governor Bill Walker have made attempts to change the structure and cost of the commission and make it more efficient, but Herz reported that their efforts have failed, in part because of steps taken by commercial fishing interests.“So there’s a real concern that you if you just wrap the Commercial Fisheries Entries Commission up under Fish and Game that somehow it could be subject to the whims of the Fish and Game commissioner,” Herz said. “It could lose its political independence, it could become less responsive.”Herz spoke with both commissioners who say they have made the agency more efficient.“They’ve done a lot of cost cutting, and sort of reduced unneeded staff that they had there, they are paying — their payroll is down by I think ten percent or more over the past several years since Brown was appointed to the commission,” Herz said.Ben Brown is on Alaska Public Media’s board of directors.This story contained contributions from both Andrew Kitchenman with KTOO and Anne Hillman with Alaska Public Media.last_img read more

Instagram Will Soon Let Users Download All Their Photos Videos and Messages

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Instagram said it will launch a new data-portability tool — which will let users download all the content they’ve ever shared on the service — after the data-privacy practices of its parent Facebook have been the subject of intense scrutiny over the last several weeks.“We are building a new data portability tool,” an Instagram spokesman said. “You’ll soon be able to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages.” He didn’t provide a timeline for when the feature is expected to be introduced. Instagram’s plans for the new tool were first reported by TechCrunch.Facebook has provided the ability for users to download a copy of the info and content they share on the service since 2010. Instagram has largely escaped the controversies that have bedeviled Facebook over privacy, “fake news,” and election interference thanks mainly to Instagram’s design as a visual-first social media app.center_img Instagram confirmed the plans to add the data-downloading feature a little more than a month before Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect, on May 25. Among other things, the GDPR will require that users have the option to access to a full archive of data they have shared with a provider.Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion, back when Instagram had just 30 million users. Instagram currently has more than 800 million monthly users, a base that skews younger than Facebook.This week, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg testified before Senate and House committee hearings, each lasting around five hours. The impetus for the hearings, which didn’t yield much new information, was the scandal over political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica getting hold of data on tens of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge or consent.In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, Charles Porch, Instagram’s global head of creative programs, said at the Variety Massive Summit last month that across the entire company, employees were “horrified at the idea that someone would misuse data.”“What I will say, and I think this goes across all the platforms, protecting data and privacy across our platforms is our number one priority,” Porch said.last_img read more

Of the everchanging world

first_imgShift Collective, a unique exhibition of paintings and photographs of two Delhi-based young artists – Suman Sengupta and Amit Dey – was a melange of images, emotions and expressions of a journey that is both inward and outward. It is true to life and comments upon the world around us.  Shift is different from moving forward or moving backward. It means moving along the lateral. And among all physical mobility – pushing, pulling, picking or dropping – shifting is the most challenging. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the 22 works in this exhibition, one saw a gradation in the development of the ideas of the artists in this scheme and how each concept has been meticulously developed. The artists came from the mainstream visual media. The major shift in the manner in which the artists have challenged their mainstream work is the real creative genius of this exhibition.Mounted at the Lalit Kala Akademi, the week-long exhibition was jointly inaugurated by eminent painter Sanjay Bhattacharya, whose paintings adorn the walls of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, and leading photographer and advertising professional Akash Das, on Sunday, December 21.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAmit Dey’s photographs are a technical delight as he has used colourful light sources and exploited long exposures to create vignettes of light in his frames. Even while he lets loose, he pushes his equipment quite far so as to allow it to perform freely. In a quiet metaphor, he has lived the real meaning of photography in his works – writing light with light and creating the mesmerizing shimmering effect that light and shadows create on a vast space filled with lines and shapes. Two of his works on display – Power and Origin – bear ample testimony to it. Shashi Tharoor, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram who was among the special attendees at the inauguration, was effusive in his praise of the works of the two artists. “The photograph titled Soul is my favourite as it brings out the meaning of the word beautifully. I also like Breaking the LOC as it reveals the imminent danger of violence edging into peace in our environs, very evocative”. The exhibition concluded on December 27.last_img read more

Fake notes worth Rs 7L seized

first_imgKolkata: The Murshidabad police have seized fake currency notes worth nearly Rs 7 lakh from Farakka and arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in smuggling fake currency notes.The accused were remanded in police custody after being produced at Jangipur court on Thursday. They have been identified as Jakir Ghosh and Bapi Ghosh. Both of them are the residents of Kaliachak area in Malda. Most of the fake notes were of Rs 2000 denominations. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe district police had specific information that there may be an attempt of smuggling along the National Highway 34. The police officers reached near the Ballalpur bridge on Thursday morning and intercepted the accused. Police suspect that the duo brought the fake notes to the city from North Bengal. Police also suspect that they may be involved in a fake currency racket operating in the state. They are trying to identify the kingpins who are behind the smuggling racket.last_img read more

Will November elections bring a political shift in Honduras

first_imgHonduras’ National Party presidential candidate, Juan Orlando Hernández, center in white shirt, leads a march in Tegucigalpa on May 26. General elections in Honduras will be held on Nov. 26. Orlando Sierra/AFP But some have labeled Castro as a puppet for her husband, whose alleged desire to seek re-election despite constitutional term limits was partly responsible for his unceremonious removal. Zelaya’s detractors have described him as a caudillo, or strongman, trying to make himself in the mold of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and current Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega.It doesn’t help that Castro often seems all too willing to take a backseat role, letting her husband speak to the press and participating in few debates. And Castro’s campaign is seldom covered by local media, though this stems mainly from the country’s newspaper and television-station owners, who tend to be conservative.All of this gives the impression of a party content to remain in the shadows until Election Day on Nov. 24. But when Castro’s supporters do hit the streets, it’s with force.During an Independence Day celebration put on last month by the government, thousands of Free supporters carrying red and black banners – Free’s colors – thronged outside the stadium where the celebration was taking place. Student bands that had been invited to participate by the government marched outside instead, in street clothes, defying official government orders not to do so.“It’s a party that was born in the streets with the people,” said Agustín Ramos Montes, leader of a farmers’ rights organization. “In Libre we have placed enormous hopes.”Can anyone make Honduras safe?It will be difficult, however, for Castro to meet the expectations of Free’s diverse and ardent supporters. She recently told a radio program that she “is not in agreement with gay marriage,” though some of her support comes from gay-rights organizations.Castro’s main campaign promise is to call an assembly to rewrite the constitution, something her husband had proposed shortly before the coup. Suazo, the political scientist, said this would be difficult for her to achieve, because only Congress can call a constitutional assembly, and Free is unlikely to win a congressional majority.If she wins, Castro would likely try to ease the country’s financial woes by boosting participation in Venezuela’s Petrocaribe program, which provides oil and gas on preferential terms. She would seek to strengthen ties with other left-leaning nations such as Ecuador and Nicaragua, Suazo predicted.But the most pressing issue she would face is public security. Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world, with 86 murders per 100,000 people last year. And there are few signs of a significant drop this year. New military policing units already are being rolled out – a solution supported and implemented by Hernández, the National Party candidate. Castro has said she would focus on community policing but keep the military in its bases.Hernández, in his campaign, has painted Castro and her party as closet left-wing radicals. This may be resonating with some voters, not least because the campaign material of the resistance can be tinged with a harder rhetoric than Castro or her party professes.But Hernández must contend with his own reputation as manipulative and untrustworthy.“People perceive him as a person who is not authentic,” Suazo said. “He is perceived as being calculating politically. That is a big weakness.”Still, Hernández comes from a powerful party with enormous resources, and has the advantage that he “is holding almost all the key reins of institutional power,” said Dana Frank, an expert on Honduras and a professor of history at University of California, Santa Cruz, in the United States.“Never underestimate the potential for fraud in this context,” she said.With two candidates with such stark differences, this presidential race has come to polarize the electorate and divide even families. Unlike during past election seasons, few people are displaying campaign slogans on their cars or properties.“I don’t visit a few uncles now,” said Yamileth Gonzáles, a 28-year-old campaign manager for Free. “Because they ask me, ‘Why do you do all that, going into the streets for that party?’ ” Facebook Comments TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – It is impossible to walk a block along the main drag of this Central American capital without seeing the face of presidential hopeful Juan Orlando Hernández, a longtime fixture of conservative politics here.Nowhere to be seen, however, is his upstart rival, Xiomara Castro, who narrowly leads him in the polls. And yet of Honduras’ eight candidates vying for the presidential office in Nov. 24 elections, Castro and her new left-leaning Free Party – which lacks even funds for street posters – may have the best chance of all to upend the elections here, poll-watchers say.For the past 50 years, Honduras has been ruled by two traditional political parties: the centrist Liberal Party and the highly conservative National Party, which many say are made up of the same moneyed elite. But their hold on power is being questioned for the first time as Honduras faces a myriad of problems: soaring murder rates, insecurity, large debts, drug trafficking, corruption and the failure of many of its institutions.Castro started her campaign with a sizable advantage over Hernández, the president of the National Congress and the National Party candidate. However, since May, Hernández has consistently edged closer in the polls, as his party outspends Free by huge margins. The latest CID-Gallup poll has Castro receiving 29 percent of the vote compared to 27 percent for Hernández. The poll claims a 2 percent margin of error.“This is the first time that in Honduras political power has been put in play,” said Sergio Suazo, a political science professor at the National Autonomous University of Honduras. “Never has [the two parties’] political power been in dispute. That is the big difference.”From First Lady to resistance leaderFour years ago Castro’s husband, Manuel Zelaya, then president of Honduras, was awakened at gunpoint, escorted to a military plane, and flown to Costa Rica in a military coup. Castro’s Liberty and Refoundation Party, otherwise known as Libre, or Free, has roots in Honduras’ resistance movement – an unlikely confluence of human-rights defenders, students, labor unions, women’s groups, farmers, indigenous movements, gay-rights organizations and others who took to the streets to protest the coup for more than five months in 2009.Many within these same groups were then united politically for the first time when Zelaya returned from exile in May 2011 and broke with his former party, Liberal, after some in the party supported the coup. A month after his return, he formed the Free Party to serve as the political arm of the resistance. The Stetson-wearing Zelaya is an unlikely leader for the left, as he comes from a wealthy ranching family. But during his presidency he took on an increasingly populist tone. Free would eventually select Castro, Zelaya’s wife, as its presidential candidate.Castro herself led a number of street protests after the coup, and this converted her in the public eye from a formerly low-profile First Lady into “a victim who was with the people,” said Bertha Oliva, head of Honduras’ Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared, a human rights group founded in 1982.center_img No related posts.last_img read more

Sabre files to cease Direct Connect to AA

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Sabre has filed an anti-trust dispute against American Airlines, claiming the carrier is “attempting to eliminate the GDSs”. In the claim filed earlier this week, Sabre said AA was attempting to redirect the industry to its Direct Connect product, which “constitutes illegal ‘tying’”.Sabre said using AAs Direct Connect service is limiting competition for air services as well as expanding its “monopoly position”. “Sabre welcomes fair, market-based competition,” the company’s senior vice president Chris Kroeger said. “Having failed to gain market acceptance of its Direct Connect product, AA chose to go outside the bounds of fair competition by leveraging its monopoly position and by engaging in tying to try and force travel agencies to take a product they do not want. “These actions violate the law and impose substantial harm on our company and the travel agencies, consumers and corporate customers we serve, compelling us to take today’s legal action.”The online company said it is seeking damages as well as an injunction that will prevent AA from “forcing travel agents” and other flyers to use the carrier’s Direct Connect product. last_img read more

Planet Home Lending Welcomes Dierk Hohman

first_img in Headlines, journal, News, Servicing June 22, 2018 732 Views Share Planet Home Lending Welcomes Dierk Hohmancenter_img 2018-06-22 Kristina Brewer Planet Home Lending, LLC, a privately held mortgage lender and servicer headquartered in Connecticut, has announced that Dierk Hohman has joined the company as EVP, Chief General Counsel and Enterprise Risk Officer.Hohman will oversee all legal, compliance and enterprise risk matters for the company. “His breadth of legal, compliance, and enterprise risk experience, and his entrepreneurial mindset will be a tremendous asset to the company as we continue to grow our distributed retail, correspondent, and servicing operations,” Planet Home Lending President and CEO Michael Dubeck said.Hohman has broad expertise in the mortgage, banking and financial sectors. He has previously advised financial intuitions on legal, compliance, and enterprise risk matters, litigation, and corporate and finance transactions.Most recently, Hohman served as EVP, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer for NexBank Capital, Inc. Prior to his role at NexBank, he was SVP and Associate General Counsel for Nationstar Mortgage, LLC. Throughout his career, he has held positions at leading financial services companies including HBK Capital Management, Bank of America, GE Capital, and White & Case LLP.Hohman earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida.Founded in 2007, Planet Home Lending, LLC is a privately held, national residential mortgage lender with multiple business channels uniquely positioned to provide competitive products and services. The company is an approved originator and servicer for FHA, VA, and USDA as well as a Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Seller/Servicer, and a full Ginnie Mae Issuer and approved sub-servicer.last_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img As soon as the NFL lockout ends, rosters across the league will go through rapid changes. Trades will be made, players will be cut and free agents will be signed all in a very short time frame. It will be fast, confusing, chaotic and significant.While most of the Cardinals offseason talk has been focused around the acquisition of a quarterback, there are a few players on defense that may be cut to free up some money. According to Pro Football Talk, Joey Porter and Gerald Hayes are among a list of 16 defensive players who could be cut before the season. 11. Joey Porter, Cardinals LB: The only way the Cardinals could make last year’s signing of Porter worse? Doubling down and paying him big money again. Arizona has the young guys to let him go.15. Gerald Hayes, Cardinals LB: $4.25 million is too much to pay for just another linebacker.If the Cardinals do decide to part ways with the linebacking duo it should not surprise anyone as the Cardinals defense was not very good a season ago.The Cardinals gave up 373.6 yards and 27.12 points per game last season and while cutting Porter and Hayes will not solve all the defensive problems in the Valley it may provide the cap space necessary to get started. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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