France Misuse of Photo of a Moroccan Policeman Stirs Controversy

Rabat – A photo of a policeman in the Moroccan city of Tangier, who died in 2015, has stirred controversy in France after it was used in a news story about the assault of three policemen in the town of Bobigny. The photo of the Moroccan policeman, known in Morocco as “the policeman of Tangier”, who died after he was crushed by a taxi driver who refused to stop for police, has caused outrage throughout France after it was used on social media for a news story about an assault of three policemen.The three French policemen were attacked by French nationals in the town of Bobigny, near Paris, during a routine patrol in the town. After the news story went viral, France24 investigated the photo and published a report on its website explaining that the photo was used to stir people’s anger about the assault.It also pointed out that the photo depicting the Moroccan policeman who died in Tangier two years ago has nothing to do with the incident in Bobigny. read more

MR to attend UN meet

The General debate of the 68th session takes place from September 24. Last year External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris addressed the sessions on behalf of Sri Lanka while in 2011 President Mahinda Rajapaksa spoke. (Colombo Gazette) The High level meetings at the UN in New York will be held from September 23 to October 4. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to attend the high level meeting of the UN General Assembly later this month, Presidential spokesman Mohan Samaranayake said.However he said the final schedule of the President’s visit to the US for the meeting is still not confirmed. read more

TNA reiterates demand for opposition leader post

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday reiterated its stand for the opposition leader post as the new Parliament met for the first time.The TNA Parliamentary Group convened yesterday and TNA leader R. Sampanthan was elected as the TNA’s Parliamentary Group Leader at this meeting. It was also decided that Sampanthan should be appointed as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. On this basis, TNA MP Selvam Adaikalanathan accepted appointment to the post of Deputy Chairman of Committees. The TNA Parliamentary group also appointed TNA MP Dharmalingam Siddharthan as the Party whip, Sivagnanam Sritharan as the Secretary of the Parliamentary Group and M. A. Sumanthiran as the party spokesman. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Zeid tells UNHRC next few months important for Sri Lanka

He said that important steps have been taken to reform the Constitution, revive independent institutions, and restore an environment for free expression and debate. The High Commissioner said that the next months will be important, as the Government embarks on national consultations for the design of a comprehensive transitional justice process to implement fully the Council’s resolution.He said that it will be very important that this takes place in an environment free of surveillance and intimidation, so the voices of victims can be heard. Reports of violations must be promptly investigated and addressed. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today told the UN Human Rights Council that the next few months will be important for Sri Lanka.Addressing the Council during its 31st session after submitting his annual report,  Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that Sri Lanka is on its own journey towards accountability, reconciliation and durable peace. “Powerful symbolic gestures of reconciliation have been made, for instance singing the national anthem in Tamil – although other steps, such as the release of land held by the military, reviewing the cases of security detainees, and resolving the issue of disappearances, need to move forward faster,” he added. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he looks forward to reporting to the Council further on the progress in Sri Lanka at the June session. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Two bodies found in Pelham

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 Niagara regional police removed two bodies from behind a home in rural Pelham this evening, a neighbour says the couple hasn’t been seen since Sunday.Police are remaining tight-lipped and would not say who the victims are.It was around eight o’clock this evening when officials removed the bodies from behind the home, and continue to guard the scene. Police did say the bodies are that of a man and a woman.A neighbour says that the pair who live at the house are Jonathon and Christina, and that they may be in their forties. She told us Jonathan works at Brock University in St. Catharines but wasn’t sure what Christina does for a living.She also mentioned the pair were very passionate about their love for one another and would often be seen showing their affection outside.The neighbour doesn’t believe they have any children, but says Christina’s car hasn’t been at the house for 2 weeks.She also said she hasn’t seen their cars move or lights come on at the house since Sunday.Niagara police would not say who the bodies belonged to and since it’s so early in the investigation wouldn’t say much about what happened. read more

Air Canada firms up order for 45 Bombardier CSeries passenger jets

Air Canada firms up order for 45 Bombardier CSeries passenger jets by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2016 5:53 am MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Air Canada has finalized a previously announced order for at least 45 Bombardier CSeries passenger jets, worth US$3.8 billion at list prices.Deliveries of the CS300 jets, currently the largest model of Bombardier’s new CSeries planes, will begin in late 2019 and extend to 2022.Air Canada (TSX:AC) also has an option to order up to 30 additional CS300s — making the order potentially worth up to US$6.3 billion, at list prices. The actual price is usually discounted but not announced.The two Montreal-based companies announced a preliminary agreement in February as part of a series of initiatives by Bombardier (TSX:BBD), Air Canada, and the Quebec and federal governments.The province agreed last week to provide the first US$500-million instalment of a US$1 billion investment in the CSeries program by the end of this month and the second instalment on Sept. 1.Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Ottawa is continuing to negotiate potential financial support for Bombardier, which is seeking US$1 billion from the federal government.Air Canada’s order confirmation was announced a day before Bombardier delivers the first CSeries aircraft to Swiss International Air Lines, the first carrier to operate the new generation of plane. read more

Out of enemy lines Detroit running back Mike Weber commits to Buckeyes

Detroit Cass Tech High School then-junior running back Mike Weber (25) carries the ball during a game on Oct. 25, 2013 in Detroit.Credit: Photo by Bryan MitchellSome believe that Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is one of the best — if not the best — recruiters in the country.But Meyer said he isn’t even the best recruiter in Columbus.“(Sophomore running back) Ezekiel (Elliott) is our best recruiter,” Meyer said Wednesday.Meyer went as far as to say that he did not think OSU’s final signing of the day, Detroit Cass Tech High School running back Mike Weber, would have signed had Elliott not made contact and discussed Buckeye football with Weber.Elliott, who rushed for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2014-15 for the Buckeyes, earned high praise from Meyer, who said he heard Elliott use the term “brother” when talking to Weber.“Mike Weber is not at Ohio State without Ezekiel. I don’t think it happens, I don’t think, I know it doesn’t happen,” Meyer said. “I attribute it to, you believe in what you’re selling. A lot of momentum. And our players right now are bought in. That’s the cool thing. You walk in drills, you see the weight room and the attendance, it’s been great with (strength and conditioning) coach Marotti. There’s a lot of momentum in Ohio State.”While Elliott might have been a deciding factor in persuading Weber to come to Columbus, it was special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs who was assigned to make the trips to Detroit to make the OSU pitch.Coombs, who also played an integral role in signing freshman cornerback Damon Webb out of Cass Tech High School in last year’s class, said he encourages recruits to talk to current Buckeyes who are already on the roster.“What we tell our recruits is, ‘You should spend your time talking to our players when we’re not around. You should ask them all the things that you want to know when we’re not around. And we will stand on what they say.’ And that is very valuable,” Coombs said Wednesday. “So when you have a kid like Damon Webb, his experience here (at OSU) is going to translate back home and I think it has been a positive experience, I think his family would tell you that. I think that is what they are sharing with the people at home.”Weber, who was originally committed to the University of Michigan, rescinded his commitment when Brady Hoke was fired in November. He rushed for 2,268 yards on 224 carries with 29 touchdowns during his senior season.Despite de-committing from the Wolverines, Coombs said it still was not easy bringing Weber out of enemy territory.“To walk up to that conference center in the city of Detroit, to a sign board and sign your name to the Ohio State Buckeye paper, that’s a hard thing, and I admire them (out of state commits) for that,” Coombs said. When Weber sent in that letter of intent to play at OSU, Coombs could only describe his excitement in one way. “Euphoria. Euphoria. Yeah. Euphoria. I don’t know another word for that but it is really good,” Coombs said. While Coombs said he does not coach the running back position, he worked “hand in hand” with Buckeye running backs coach Stan Drayton when recruiting Weber. “At some point in time, recruiting changes from the ‘giving them information and attracting them to your program,’ to coaching them. And that’s where Stan takes over. All the conversation about how we are going to run inside zone and A-gap power, that’s his deal,” Coombs said. “How does he fit into the room and the culture of the room? That’s Stan’s deal. My deal is to present to the kid and his parents, his high school coach, all the myriad of benefits that he is going to receive from being an Ohio State Buckeye.”Drayton said Wednesday that he believes Weber will fit right in with his current stable of running backs at OSU. “We have a certain culture that we’re trying to maintain in our running backs room, and just because you can play football and run a fast 40 and score a touchdown doesn’t necessarily mean you fit that culture. And right away I knew Mike Weber was a cultural fit,” Drayton said. “He’s an unselfish player who cares about his teammates. He plays with unbelievable toughness and passion, and I hope that our backs are representing that right now because that’s exactly what we want in our room.”The Buckeyes will find out if Weber fits into the running back room or not when OSU kicks off its 2015 season in Blacksburg, Va., against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sept. 7. read more

Organic turkey farmers sent death threats by vegan protesters as they accuse

Organic turkey farmers have warned of a co-ordinated campaign by vegan activists, who send death threats and frighten the birds, as attacks rise in the run-up to Christmas.Ethical farms, which allow the public in to see the fields in which their turkeys roam, fear they have been targeted because of their public presence – as factory farms do not open to the public and can afford heavy security.Paul Kelly, who owns the Kelly Bronze turkeys, reared by small farmers across the country and a favourite of Nigella Lawson and Delia Smith, said attacks by protesters are on the rise.His Christmas turkeys roam free in fields together in flocks, and are carefully raised for six months, with would-be buyers able to track the birds’ progress on Instagram.He told the Sunday Telegraph:  “They’re attacking the small farmers because there are lots more of them and they’re easier to target as they can’t afford big padlocks and security.”We’ve been targeted this year, it’s on the rise, there’s nothing you can do. “They’re scaring our turkeys and shouting at them through loudspeakers.”They let the birds out of the pens and we lost four of them, these pedigree turkeys that we were trying to save the colour, they did a lot more harm than good.”The small farmers are happy to show you what they’re doing, it’s the bigger companies who can afford to hide away.”I think there’s a bigger trend towards vegetarianism and veganism, they’ve probably all got together, Christmas turkeys is a high profile thing, they know the farmers have Christmas turkeys on the farm, it’s low hanging fruit for them.”I’ve had death threats, loads. It’s part and parcel of the job. There’s nothing nice about killing any animal but you just treat them as you want to be reared and kill them with absolute respect.”Small, local farms have worried that they could be put out of business if they are subjected to constant vandalism and attacks.Susan Gorst, who runs Moorgate Farm in Potterspury, near Milton Keynes, said this year was the first in 19 years rearing turkeys she has been attacked by vegans.She told the Sunday Telegraph: “The gist of what I thought was their argument was that we kill animals – they said ‘oh you say that you love these animals but you kill them’ “But I thought – we are giving them a happy life, they couldn’t get a happier life anywhere else than what they get here.”Mrs Gorst said the vegans had been frightening her “sensitive” birds by shouting through a tannoy, explaining: “The most disturbing thing for me was they frightened the turkeys and they wouldn’t come out [into the field] again.“They are supposed to be there to protect the animals but they were upsetting the turkeys.“Turkeys are quite sensitive and they don’t like anything unusual.” She said that if the vegans return to her small farm, she will ring the police, adding:  “I found it upsetting that they did pick on me, you take it personally, and you only become a farmer because you love animals, you want to care for them and want to be with them. The reason why I do the things the way I do it is because I don’t agree with big slaughterhouses and cruelty to animals. “If they put us all out of business the only place you could buy a turkey is a big slaughter house and factory farm. We are the people who are trying to improve animal welfare, it’s very unfair.”Farmer Mat Carter, who runs Greendale Farm Shop in Woodbury, Devon, said his staff have been subjected to death threats because of their “pick your own turkey” scheme, where customers can come and look at the turkeys at the farm before choosing one to eat.Vegans had spray-painted “murderer” and “go vegan” on the front of his shop, and on pheasants for sale outside. His staff had also been subjected to unpleasant phone calls, with one reportedly calling and asking the butcher: “How would you like it if I cut you up and put you on the counter?”TV chef Richard Corrigan, who owns a farm at his Virginia Park Lodge hotel and restaurant, said farmers markets and butcher shops should have extra police protection to guard against vegan attacks.He told the Sunday Telegraph: “This is their income, these very aggressive vegans are dealing with farmers income which is already really tight. Authorities need to step in if there’s any intimidating going on and they should have policemen on standby at farmers markets.”Why don’t they sit home and eat their Quorn and enjoy themselves and leave the rest of us alone? Be vegan but keep yourself to yourself, don’t be annoying everyone else.” 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. read more

Casascius Gorgeous physical Bitcoins that have real value

first_imgWith all the recent buzz about Bitcoin — being able to exchange them for Amazon gift cards, and the value of the cryptocurrency soaring to new heights — what might have gotten left out is that you can actually obtain a physical form of the crytpo-currency.Called the Casascius Bitcoin, each physical coin comes in different sizes and is made with different material depending on its value. The coins are made by one person not a government or governing body, so if you’re wondering what gives them actual value, it’s that each coin has a little card embedded inside that contains a Bitcoin wallet with the coin’s value — in BTC — in the account.If you are wondering about the origin of the term “Casascius,” it’s not particularly interesting — it’s Caldwell’s online handle and the name of his site.Created by Bitcoin enthusiast Mike Caldwell, the coins come in values of 1 BTC, 5 BTC, 10 BTC, and 25 BTC, and can only be paid for in Bitcoins. The 1 BTC coin is made of solid brass, has a diameter of about 1.125 inches, and weighs a quarter of an ounce, while the 5 BTC is the same size, but covered in nickel and slightly thicker.The 10 BTC coin is made of 0.999 fined silver, has a diameter of around 1.53 inches, and weighs in at a little over one ounce. This coin is obtainable in either in full silver or a silver version with a gold-plated Bitcoin symbol.Finally, the 25 BTC coin is electroplated with gold, has a diameter of 1.75 inches,  and weighs in at about 1.2 ounces. There’s also a 100 BTC bar — simulating the idea of a gold bar found in a fancy vault — which is electroplated with gold, weighs about 4.2 ounces, and measures in at 80mm x 40mm x 6mm.Currently, 1 BTC is worth about $92, but you can’t purchase a Casascius coin with US dollars, as Bitcoin is the only accepted form of payment.Each physical coin contains a private Bitcoin wallet embedded on a card inside, which can be accessed using an 8-digit code unique to each coin and printed on the outside. In order to redeem the BTC kept on the coin, you simply enter the physical coin’s 8-digit code into your Bitcoin client of choice. Considering the value of the Bitcoin is stored on the card embedded within the coin and not upheld by the coin itself, if you remove funds from the coin, your shiny 25 BTC coin won’t be worth 25 BTC anymore.Each Casascius Bitcoin is protected by a sturdy layer of holograms, which protects the 8-digit code, and is reportedly extremely difficult to tamper with unnoticed. If tampered with, the hologram is said to leave a very noticeable honeycomb pattern on the coin. Since Caldwell created the physical coins, he had access to the cards and the accounts on which the funds are stored. However, he claims that since he has given out his real-world identity, if he ripped you off you’d be able to easily find him and take legal action.Unfortunately, as of April 1 Caldwell had to cease direct orders of Casascius Bitcoins. Due to the sudden popularity of the currency, Caldwell felt unable to supply the market with his coins by himself, so now you can only obtain the physical coins through resellers, or through invites from Caldwell himself. However, if you trust auction sites, it’s easy enough to jump on eBay and find them. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 25 BTC25 BTC1 BTC10 BTCCasasciusBitcoinBitcoinsBitcoinbitcoin2last_img read more

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Genting Malaysia to form part of new merged entity taking full ownership

first_imgGenting Malaysia has entered into a binding term sheet with Kien Huat Realty III Ltd, the family trust of its Chairman Lim Kok Thay, for the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Genting (USA) Ltd to acquire 13.2 million shares in Empire Resorts, equivalent to a 35% stake.The transaction forms part of a complicated series of manoeuvres which also saw Empire receive on Tuesday an unsolicited proposal from Kien Huat, which already holds 86% in Empire, to acquire all remaining shares. Empire Resorts owns and operates New York’s Resorts World Catskills as well as harness horseracing facility Monticello Raceway, located 90 miles northwest of New York City. RelatedPosts Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting If approved, Genting (USA) Ltd would first acquire its 13.2 million shares from Kien Huat for a total consideration of US$128.6 million, equal to US$9.74 per common share, after which the two companies would jointly acquire by merger all remaining shares in Empire. On the date of the merger going ahead, Genting (USA) Ltd and Kien Huat would contribute all of their combined shares in Empire to the new joint venture entity as well as a cash contribution sufficient to pay all amounts due.The resulting entity would be 51% owned by Kien Huat and 49% by Genting (USA) Ltd.Explaining the reasons behind the move, Genting Malaysia said on Tuesday that it would better position the Resorts World brand in the region through cross-marketing with Resorts World Casino New York City, attract additional customers from other states via those marketing efforts, achieve significant upside through revenue and cost synergies associated with providing arm’s length operating services to Empire, and leverage Genting Malaysia’s experience in the leisure and hospitality industry to enhance Empire’s ramp-up. Empire Resorts to delist from NASDAQ as Genting-linked firms given green light for takeover Genting Malaysia confident of meeting “liquidity challenges” ahead of rumored Empire Resorts bankruptcy claim Load Morelast_img read more

Orthopedic surgeon warns of health risks associated with Ugg boots

Orthopedic surgeon warns of health risks associated with Ugg boots

first_img(WSVN) – With cold weather upon us, you might think about breaking out your Ugg boots.However, one top surgeon says some styles of the comfy footwear could be seriously harming your knees.Orthopedic surgeon Ian McDermott says the boots do not offer enough support and can lead to bad posture, knee or back pain.The problem is not just with Ugg boots, but any soft boots that you see in the winter.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Congress supports medicos stir in Warangal

Congress supports medicos stir in Warangal

first_imgWarangal: The Congress has extended its support to the medicos, who resorted to a protest opposing National Medical Council (NMC) Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha recently. Warangal District Congress Committee (DCC) President Naini Rajender Reddy met the medicos at Indian Medical Association (IMA) building here on Wednesday and backed their agitation.Speaking at the protest, he found fault with the Central government for passing the bill, which is against the interests of the medicos. Terming the bill as ‘anti-people and ‘pro-corporate,’ he said that the Centre is trying to throttle the voice of the people. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Both the Centre and State governments have been diluting the spirit of democracy, he alleged.To exert pressure on the Centre, the medicos need the support of all political parties, so that they can make their voice heard, Reddy said. Further, he told the medicos to unite district-wise and stage demonstrations all over the country.”On behalf of the DCC and as a parent, I am not only supporting the agitation but also ready to help the medicos,” Reddy said. It may be mentioned here that the medicos and the Indian Medical Association is opposing the NMC Bill, which seeks to establish a new regulatory structure for medicine, quashing the Medical Council of India (MCI) and nominating non-medical members to the Commission etc. TPCC secretaries EV Srinivas Rao, Bathini Srinivas Rao, IMA district president Dr Surender, former IM district president Dr Kasturi Prameela and Dr Ashok Reddy were among others present.last_img read more

Every Friday to be Haritha Friday

Every Friday to be Haritha Friday

first_imgHyderabad: The Haritha Haram programme taken up on Friday proved to be a super success, as six lakh saplings were planted in the Greater Hyderabad limits in 30 circles by several MLAs, corporators, besides Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, members of colony welfare associations, women’s groups, basti committees.In Prashanthnagar of Chandanagar circle, the Mayor himself planted saplings while GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore did so in Gurnadham Cheruvu in Miyapur. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy and local MLA Kaleru Venkatesh planted saplings in the Ambarpet electric crematorium. Kishore announced that henceforth every Friday would be observed as Haritha Friday as part of taking up the programme on a war-footing. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Former minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy planted saplings in Bharat Scouts and Guides premises at Domalguda, along with the local corporator. In LB Nagar, MLA D Sudhir Reddy and MLC Egge Mallesham participated in the Haritha Haram programme in GSI, Bandalguda, by planting 835 saplings. In Sai Colony of Mallapur and T B Colony in Uppal constituency, MLA Bethi Subash Reddy, along with GHMC Additional Commissioner Kennedy and corporators, not only planted saplings but also distributed them to residents. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Khairatabad legislator Danam Nagender and local corporator Manne Kavitha planted and distributed saplings in Venkateswara Colony and at JVR Park. Film actor Naresh participated in the green programme in KK Park, Madhuranagar, Jubilee Hills, along with MLA Maganti Gopinath. They planted saplings and also distributed them to local residents. In Lingojiguda, Corporator Mudraboina Srinivas Rao supervised free distribution of 2,000 saplings. Qutbullapur MLA K P Vivekananda and Corporator Ravula Seshagiri participated in the Harith Haram programme in Gajularamaram and at Sriveni Enclave Park in Sairamnagar. Musheerabad MLA Muta Gopal took part in the programme in Indira Park, while Deputy Mayor Baba Fasiuddin joined the event in Borabanda.last_img read more

UN probes Gaza killings Israel furious

UN probes Gaza killings Israel furious
first_imgUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra`ad al-Hussein of Jordan speaks during a news conference at the UN European headquarters in Geneva on 1 May 2017. — ReutersIsrael railed against the UN Human Rights Council on Friday as it voted to set up a probe into recent killings in Gaza and accused Israel of excessive use of force.The resolution to send a commission of inquiry to investigate was rejected by the United States and Australia, but backed by 29 members of the 47-state UN forum. Another 14 countries, including Britain, Germany and Japan, abstained.Israel’s ambassador in Geneva, Aviva Raz Shechter, castigated the council for “spreading lies against Israel” during “five hours of ludicrous statements”.“Simply put, with this resolution, this council has reached a new height of hypocrisy, and the lowest standards of credibility,” she said.Israel’s Foreign Ministry said it totally rejected the resolution, adding the entire purpose of the council was “not to investigate the truth but to compromise Israel’s right to self-defense and to single out the Jewish state for demonisation”.Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki welcomed the UN decision.“The Human Rights Council’s formation of an international committee of investigation is a step towards doing justice to the Palestinian people,” he said in a statement. He urged speedy implementation “to stop Israeli war crimes”.The special session of the Human Rights Council was convened after the bloodiest day for Palestinians in years on Monday, when 60 were killed by Israeli gunfire during demonstrations that Israel said included attempts to breach its frontier fence.“Nobody has been made safer by the horrific events of the past week,” UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said as he opened the debate.Israeli forces had killed 106 Palestinians, including 15 children, since 30 March, he said. More than 12,000 were injured, at least 3,500 by live ammunition. Israel was an occupying power under international law, obliged to protect the people of Gaza and ensure their welfare, he said.“TOXIC SLUM”“But they are, in essence, caged in a toxic slum from birth to death; deprived of dignity; dehumanised by the Israeli authorities to such a point it appears officials do not even consider that these men and women have a right, as well as every reason, to protest.”Israel says the deaths took place in protests organised by Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, which intentionally provoked the violence, an accusation Hamas denies.Israel and the United States complain that the Human Rights Council, made up of 47 states chosen by the General Assembly, has a permanent anti-Israel bias.The United States has stood by Israel during the past week’s violence, which coincided with the opening of a new US embassy in Jerusalem. US chargé d’affaires Theodore Allegra said the Council was ignoring the real culprit: Hamas.“The one-sided action proposed by the council today only further shows that the Human Rights Council is indeed a broken body,” he said.Two million people live in Gaza, most of them stateless descendants of refugees from homes in what is now Israel at its founding in 1948.The territory has been run by Hamas since 2007, during which time Israel has fought three wars against the militant group, which denies Israel’s right to exist.Israel and Egypt maintain a blockade of Gaza for security reasons, which the United Nations says has led to the collapse of Gaza’s economy.last_img

MountainView Brings 974 Million Residential Whole Loan Pool to Market

MountainView Brings 974 Million Residential Whole Loan Pool to Market

first_imgMountainView Brings $97.4 Million Residential Whole Loan Pool to Market April 1, 2018 808 Views in Headlines, journal, News, Secondary Market Company News MountainView Financial Solutions Non-Performing Loan Sales Non-Performing Loans Situs 2018-04-01 David Whartoncenter_img Share MountainView Financial Solutions, a Situs company and an advisor to the financial services industry, announced its role as the exclusive sale advisor for a pool of 1,667 first- and second-lien performing and non-performing loans with a total balance of $97.4 million. MountainView is accepting indicative bids for the offering until 2:00 p.m. EDT on April 3.The pool is being segmented into four sub-pools: 1,060 second-lien performing loans with a total balance of $47.9 million; 294 first-lien performing loans with a total balance of $28.4 million; 265 secured, second-lien non-performing loans with a total balance of $15.4 million; and 48 first-lien non-performing loans with a total balance of $5.7 million. Bidders have the flexibility to bid on the entire pool or any of the four sub-pools.”It’s rare to see such a large amount of second-lien performing loans in the market, so we expect a high level of interest in this sub-pool from banks and other frequent buyers of seconds,” said Jonas Roth, a Managing Director at MountainView and one of the lead advisors on the sale. “We also expect aggressive competition for the other sub-pools from investors who focus on specific product types. Due to high demand, seasoned residential assets, whether performing or non-performing, are getting bid to record low-level yields.”The seller is an East Coast-based fund.MountainView Financial Solutions, a leading advisor to the financial services industry, delivers rigorous and objective analysis, data-driven insights and client-centric services that help business leaders Climb Higher by better identifying, quantifying and managing credit and interest rate risk exposure and optimizing balance sheet management. Fueled by deep industry knowledge and unparalleled access to valuable market and industry data, MountainView delivers a more holistic view of risk and opportunity that enables clients to make informed and confident decisions. Specific services the company offers include financial model validations; asset valuations for residential whole loans, consumer loans, residential mortgage servicing rights (MSR) and asset-backed securities; MSR hedge advisory; core deposit analyses; stress testing; and asset sale transaction advisory. Built upon nearly three decades of risk management experience, MountainView currently serves more than 600 active clients in banking, insurance, lending, servicing, secondary markets, and securitization.Situs is a global provider of strategic business and technology solutions to the real estate industry. Situs has been involved in more than $1 trillion of real estate debt and equity deals across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and has acquired a number of platforms. In 2012, Situs acquired Deutsche Bank’s European Servicing operations and became one of the largest third-party loan servicers in Europe; in 2016, Situs acquired Hatfield & Phillips, the largest non-performing loan and CMBS Special Servicer in Europe; and, in 2017, Situs acquired The Collingwood Group, a Washington, DC advisory firm focused on residential housing finance. Situs is a rated servicer with Moody’s, Fitch and Morningstar, has more than $165 billion (€137 billion) of assets under management and is ranked a top 20 commercial loan servicer in multiple categories by the Mortgage Bankers Association. In 2016, Situs received a second consecutive “Advisor of the Year” award from Real Estate Finance & Investment magazine and the “Capital Advisor Firm of the Year” award from Property Investor Europe. In 2017, the firm won the “Industry Contributor of the Year” award from Real Estate Finance & Investment magazine.last_img read more

Security Council to discuss Cyprus report soon

Security Council to discuss Cyprus report soon

first_imgSpokesperson for the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric has expressed the hope that the Security Council will discuss the SG’s report on Cyprus soon.Replying to a journalist’s question on the matter Dujarric said that “I think we’d have to look at the Council calendar, but we hope they can discuss it as soon as possible.”Asked whether it could be this month he said that “I think that’s a question for the presidency, but, usually, it’s not long after it’s been distributed.”On Wednesday, Nicosia appeared to be in general satisfied with the report, an unofficial copy of which was handed over on Tuesday evening to the UN Security Council members.The government has assessed that references on several issues are better in the current report than the previous one in October, and what was important was that the UNSG’s special envoy Jane Holl Lute was continuing her efforts to facilitate the formulating of terms of reference for the resumption of talks.Replying to a comment by a journalist that the peace efforts on Cyprus was one of the things that disappointed the Secretary General and whether he feels the time is ripe for a new effort to push for peace Guterres’ spokesperson said that “I would not describe that in the way you’ve described it, and I don’t want to get ahead of the Security Council, which just received an advanced copy of the report.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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