UN Darfur envoy honoured by Spain for diplomatic and humanitarian work

8 February 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for Darfur, Jan Eliasson, has received one of the Spanish Government’s highest honours for his diplomatic and humanitarian work. In a ceremony held yesterday in New York, Mr. Eliasson received the Order of Queen Isabel the Catholic from Ambassador Juan Antonio Yánez-Barnuevo of Spain.Also present at the event were General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim, Ambassador Ricardo Alberto Arias of Panama, which holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council this month, and high-level staff from the European Union and the UN.Expressing his gratitude to Spanish King Juan Carlos and the Government, Mr. Eliasson stressed that the award is a recognition of the collaborative work of UN Member States, not only an acknowledgment of his personal efforts.Spain highlighted the Envoy’s mediation efforts and his successes – including the promotion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), pledges by world leaders to eradicate social ills by 2015, and reaching agreement on a UN counter-terrorism strategy – during his tenure as President of the 60th session of the General Assembly.Mr. Eliasson was also the UN’s first-ever Emergency Relief Coordinator and head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).As a Swedish diplomat, he served as his country’s Ambassador to the United States, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Permanent Representative to the UN. Currently, with his African Union (AU) counterpart Salim Ahmed Salim, Mr. Eliasson is urging parties to the conflict in Darfur – where at least 200,000 people have been killed since 2003 – to come to the negotiating table to resolve the crisis.The Order of Queen Isabel the Catholic, which dates back to 1815, is bestowed to Spanish citizens or foreigners for their work benefiting Spain or its relations with the international community. read more

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Speaker to meet party leaders tomorrow on Parliament debate

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has convened a special party leaders meeting tomorrow to discuss calls for the Parliament debate on the treasury bond report and the report on large scale financial fraud to be held before February 10.The Speaker’s office said that several requests have been made to hold the debate before the Local Government elections on February 10. Parliament is scheduled to debate the report of the Presidential Commission which investigated the treasury bond scam and the report of the Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption on February 20 and 21st. (Colombo Gazette) Accordingly the Speaker has decided to discuss the matter tomorrow and take a final decision. read more

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US homes selling at fastest pace since 2007 as buyers scramble to

WASHINGTON – Real estate has gotten hot again.Home sales are on pace for their best year since 2007. First-time buyers are streaming back into the market. Prices are skyrocketing, aided by a stronger job market and tantalizingly low mortgage rates that are creating pressure for buyers to act fast.The resurgence is a sign that the U.S. economy — after muddling through a sluggish, six-year recovery — has re-discovered another source of growth. Buyers are more confident about their own prospects. But many also appear ready to close sales quickly because of concerns of being potentially priced out of the market by rising mortgage rates and home values.“What we’ve seen is that demand is off the charts in 2015 — and that is really boosting sales,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist at the brokerage Redfin. “Last year, buyers were dipping their toes in their water. Now, they’re diving in.”The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes climbed 5.1 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.35 million. May was the third consecutive month of the sales rate exceeding 5 million homes.Yet listings have failed to match the greater demand, fueling large price gains. Median home prices climbed 7.9 per cent over the past 12 months to $228,700, about $1,700 shy of the July 2006 peak.About 32 per cent of the homes sold last month went to first-timers, compared to 27 per cent a year ago. The improvement is substantial but still lags behind the historical average of first-time buyers composing 40 per cent of the market.Several factors help to explain the surge.First, employers have hired 3.1 million additional workers in the past year as the unemployment rate has slid to 5.5 per cent from 6.3 per cent. This influx of additional paychecks has led more Americans to feel financially secure after weathering the most severe downturn — sparked by a housing bust — since the 1930s.“That’s the big psychological shift between this year and last year,” Richardson said.Secondly, mortgage rates are affordably low but beginning to rise as the Federal Reserve prepares to a key interest rate for the first time in nearly a decade.Average 30-year fixed rates were 4 per cent last week, according to the mortgage giant Freddie Mac. That average has increased from a 52-week low of 3.59 per cent.Many buyers appear eager to finalize their purchases before rates and prices increase any further, said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at Realtor.com.The result is that more homes are selling at a faster clip. A stunning 28 per cent of homes are selling within two weeks, compared to 19 per cent before the recession, according to a recent survey by the brokerage Coldwell Banker.Rising home prices have added an extra sense of urgency among homebuyers like Logan Reynolds, who works in advertising in San Angelo, Texas.When a three-bedroom, two-bath house hit the market for $110,000 several weeks ago, Reynolds was first out of the gate to make an offer, ultimately closing the deal for $112,000, just $3,000 under his spending limit.“We wanted to buy before it got too expensive where we could get what we wanted for the price we could afford,” said Reynolds, 23.Lastly, the rising prices mean that more homeowners are starting to regain the equity lost in their homes during the downturn. The number of mortgage holders owing more on their loans than their homes are worth has tumbled 19 per cent in the past year to 5.1 million — or 10.2 per cent of all mortgaged properties, according to real estate analytics firm CoreLogic.Overall supplies still remain tight. But because more mortgage holders are recovering equity, more of them can afford to sell their home and use the proceeds to buy a new home, creating greater demand.“The housing market is unique in that the sellers are also the majority of the buyers,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American, a title insurance and real estate services firm.Many economists caution that the sales gains of recent months could be short-lived if prices increase so sharply buyers are priced out of the market. The recent rise in mortgage rates could also curtail sales, similar to the higher mortgage rates slashing into sales in the middle of 2013.The latest gains also appear to be driven by people searching for value, unlike the previous debt-fueled increase in housing prices that ultimately led the economy to crash.Buyers such as Amanda Fyler saw more financial benefits in owning after renting a 400 square-foot studio in Washington, D.C. The 32 year-old non-profit analyst is in the middle of finalizing the purchase of a two-bedroom condominium. She figures that by renting the extra bedroom, her housing costs will largely stay the same as her current rent. Plus, she will be able to build equity and deduct the interest from her taxes.“Otherwise,” she said, “it’s not affordable in this city.” FILE – In this Friday, April 24, 2015 file photo, Robert Almirall, director of marketing and special assets coordinator for Mederos & Associates Real Estate Inc., puts up a sign in front of a home in the Shenandoah neighborhood of Miami. More Americans bought homes in May, the National Association of Realtors reported Monday, June 22, 2015, a sign of economic strength that is pushing up average prices. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) by Josh Boak And Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Jun 22, 2015 8:14 am MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2015 at 3:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US homes selling at fastest pace since 2007 as buyers scramble to stay ahead of rising prices read more

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UN rights experts call for stronger protection of victims of castebased discrimination

“Caste-based discrimination remains widespread and deeply rooted, its victims face structural discrimination, marginalization and systematic exclusion, and the level of impunity is very high,” the group of experts said. “This form of discrimination entails gross and wide-ranging human rights abuses – including brutal forms of violence.” People who are considered of low caste in South Asia are known as ‘Dalits’ or ‘untouchables.’ In many countries, they face marginalization, social and economic exclusion, segregation in housing, limited access to basic services including water and sanitation and employment, and work in conditions similar to slavery.The experts said that Dalit women and girls are particularly vulnerable and face multiple forms of discrimination and violence, including sexual abuse. Children are also at high risk of being sold and sexually exploited.Two years ago, Nepal adopted the ‘Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability Bill’, a landmark law that protects the rights of Dalits. More recently, the British Government decided in April that the Equality Act would cover caste discrimination to protect Dalits in diaspora communities.While these are positive steps to eliminate caste-based discrimination, the experts expressed concern about a serious lack of implementation in countries where legislation already exists, and called for the effective application of laws, policies and programmes protecting those affected by this type of discrimination. “We urge other caste-affected States to adopt legislation to prevent caste-based discrimination and violence and punish perpetrators of such crimes, and call on world governments to endorse and implement the UN Draft Principles and Guidelines for the Effective Elimination of Discrimination Based on Work and Descent,” the experts said.“Political leadership, targeted action and adequate resources should be devoted to resolving the long-standing problems, discrimination and exclusion faced by Dalits and similarly affected communities in the world.”The experts also expressed their hope that the post-2015 development agenda will include specific goals for the advancement of Dalits, stressing that caste-based discrimination is a major structural factor underlying poverty. “Their specific needs require tailored action to lift them out of poverty and close the inequality gap between them and the rest of society,” they said. “No one should be stigmatized; no one should be considered ‘untouchable’.” Among the experts voicing their concerns include those dealing with minority issues; violence against women; contemporary forms of slavery; and racism. Independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council and work in an unpaid capacity. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State dominates Robert Morris 9564 to begin Holtmannera with

Junior guard C.J. Jackson signals to his team during Ohio State’s 95-64 win over Robert Morris. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorChris Holtmann received texts from coaches and friends before Friday’s game against Robert Morris telling him to enjoy the moment of his first game as head coach of Ohio State. He ignored those texts.Rather than feeling excited for the moment, he said he felt anxious, hoping to provide the 11,128 fans in attendance with a winning game in his debut. He did not disappoint as the Holtmann-era of Ohio State men’s basketball began with a resounding win as the Buckeyes (1-0) ran away to an easy 95-64 victory against Robert Morris (0-1).Ohio State finished the game going 40-for-67 from the field compared to just 23-of-65 for the Colonials. Though the Buckeyes turned over the ball 19 times, they made up for it by dominating in the paint, finishing the game with 51 rebounds to Robert Morris’ 23. The Buckeyes dominated the game nearly across the board, but it was the turnovers that stood out the most to the head coach.“The 19 turnovers is my overriding thought right now,” Holtmann said after the game. “They forced us into some things and then we had some foolish plays as well.” Playing in his first game since Jan. 1, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop provided the spark Holtmann’s Buckeyes needed throughout the game, finishing with a team-leading 19 points and 11 rebounds. A primary question mark heading into the season was Ohio State’s depth at point guard. Junior C.J. Jackson was a bench player last season, but was expected to step up and be the starter at the one being that he was the lone natural point guard. He quickly impacted the game, making Ohio State’s first block of the season at 1:07 into the game and the first basket of the season for the Buckeyes. Jackson finished the game with seven points, three rebounds and six assists. All night Jackson was on point with his passing. At 14:18, he found freshman forward Kaleb Wesson under the net on a pick-and-roll play, leading Wesson to the bucket for an easy lay-up. Then with 5:12 left in the first half, Jackson floated an alley-oop pass to freshman guard Musa Jallow, who finished for the dunk to put the Buckeyes ahead 34-19.Ohio State stumbled briefly out of the gate and fell behind 6-2 to Robert Morris. But with 16:59 remaining, redshirt senior guard Kam Williams made a 3-pointer to give the Buckeyes a 7-6 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.It was all Ohio State from there. The Buckeyes went on an 18-5 run to plant themselves firmly out in front of the Colonials 25-11. Bates-Diop said the slow start for the team simply came down to nerves in the team’s first regular season game.“Just first game jitters,” Bates-Diop said. “And then we obviously cleaned it up quick as we could.”Shortly after the Buckeyes had put themselves ahead, Jallow stole the ball away from junior forward Malik Petteway and raced towards the basket before driving home a dunk with 11:23 remaining for the first two points of his collegiate career. He finished the game with 11 points and three rebounds. As Jallow ran away with the basketball, a simple thought lingered in his mind as nothing but the basket stood in front of him.“Don’t trip over my foot,” Jallow laughed. “That’s probably the first thing and then the second thing is just dunk it as hard as you can, just try to get the crowd into it. But it’s really exciting.”Jallow was not alone in stealing the show with his flashy plays. Young drove home a loud dunk with 0:51 remaining in the game. Eleven seconds later, he finished another as the fans stood up and remainded on their feet until the end of the game.The freshmen — Jallow, Wesson and forward Kyle Young — all proved to be crowd-pleasers throughout the game, and all played meaningful minutes for the team. Jallow, Young and Wesson each finished with impressive stat lines, registering 11, four and 13 points, respectively, in the contest. Jallow finished with three rebounds, Young with three and Wesson with seven rebounds.Holtmann said he did not enter the game with a number in mind for minutes on the freshmen, but as he has said all offseason, he knew the three would see the court. And with each one delivering some thrilling moments throughout the game, Holtmann said the move to use them will pay off down the road. “I think I knew that we were try to go a rotation is about nine or 10 deep right now, and we’ll try to, I would like to play guys now to get a feel for in how we can be moving into the later parts of the season,” Holtmann said. “But I think we had some good moments from everybody on the bench and we also had some moments that we can take film from and say, ‘Hey, listen, we’ve got to do this better.’”Unlike the first half, the Buckeyes came out firing on all cylinders to open up the second. On their first possession just 17 seconds into the half, sophomore center Micah Potter soared over the defense in the post to electrify the Buckeye crowd with a dunk. The next possession, Jackson missed a 3-pointer, but Bates-Diop recovered the rebound and scored five seconds later on a layup. With 16 minutes left in the game, Bates-Diop attempted a layup and missed, but fought through traffic to collect his own rebound and knock it in on a second layup attempt with 15:55 remaining. Another steal by the Buckeyes 14 seconds later, this time from Jallow, led to the freshman’s third dunk of the night to put the Buckeyes out in front 73-43. Robert Morris was forced to call a timeout. The Buckeyes are back in action when they host Radford at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Polish Ekstraklasa Round 20 Wisla and Kielce both win

Round 20th of the Polish Ekstraklasa handball league saw Vive Kielce and Wisla Plock, the country’s best clubs winning. Vive Kielce maintained their perfect win, making 20 wins out of 20 games, and beat Chrobry Glogow with 39:29. while the team from Plock, Wisla, took a home win against Zaglebie Lubin with 34:22. This means that Vive Kielce is still huge 8 points ahead of Wisla Plock, and it seems pretty hard for the Plock team to have a shot at the title this season, as Kielce are simply brilliant. 1.Kielce Vive202000742:49340 3.Kwidzyn201307562:53726 12.Ciechanów205015508:58710 11.Traveland-Spolem205015475:55110 8.Nielba Wagrowiec206212557:61214 6.Zabrze208210516:51918 7.Chrobry Glogow208210541:57118 5.Azoty-Pulawy20947520:50822 4.Stal Mielec201217588:56725 9.Zaglebie Lubin206113527:57413 10.Legnica206014497:60512 2.Wisla Plock201523601:51032 ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 20): Nothing new in Spain, Atletico and Barca with the wins Next Story → Celje Pivovarna Lasko wins Slovenian Cup! read more

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HBC Nantes PSG Handball Chambery and Montpellier for French Cup 2018 trophy

← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL 17/18 1/4 finals: “Classic” between Gyor and Buducnost! Next Story → Logo for Beach Handball IHF World Championship in Kazan 2018 – presented Four teams are qualified for the French Cup 2018 Final4. The title holder HBC Nantes had the most difficult task in the quarter-final against Nimes 27:26.PSG Handball beat Tremblay 33:21 with a huge domination over city’s rival.Montpellier Handball beat Saint Raphael 27:24, while Chambery had the easiest job against lowe-league Saint Marcel Vernon 34:14.Draw for Final4 will be on Thursday. French Handball Cup 2018 read more

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HP could spinoff PC division UPDATED

first_imgUpdate: An HP press release has confirmed that HP is exploring a sale of its Personal Systems Group, is in discussions with Autonomy, and has discontinued WebOS and related devices.According to a report the world’s largest PC manufacturer might be planning to spinoff its PC business. Bloomberg notes that “people familiar with the matter” have stated HP may separate its PC division from the rest of the business and then acquire Autonomy, an enterprise software company, in a $10 billion deal.While the story has yet to be confirmed by the company, it has significant implications for HP and the computer industry at large. HP has been very successful at selling computers over the past years, but the company knows all too well that this is a low margin, high competition business, and one that sells nearly commoditized goods.Despite the lack of confirmation, the spinoff of the PC division does seem to make sense. HP has been increasingly focused on doing more than manufacturing PCs, including operations as diverse as WebOS and SkyRoom. Also CEO Leo Apotheker, who has not been with the company very long, comes from SAP AG, a large-scale enterprise software company. Finally we know about successful examples of this happening in the past–the most notable being IBM, who sold off its PC division to Lenovo in 2004. The move to software and services could get HP away from low-margin businesses and on the path to being a very different company than it is today.The other part of this deal would be HP’s acquisition of Autonomy, for a reported $10 billion. Autonomy is currently focused on knowledge management software that it implements for large businesses, including Symantec, Citrix, and EDC.HP has a company earnings call tonight, hopefully we’ll learn more about the news then.via Bloomberglast_img read more

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Cyprus pulls out of Turkey peace talks after gas threats

first_imgCyprus pulled out of the latest round of United Nations-buffered peace talks in protest at apparent attempts by Turkey to encroach on Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and called on the international community to condemn Ankara’s “provocative behaviour.”Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades made the decision after gaining the endorsement of Cypriot political party leaders, according to government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, who said Turkey’s behaviour had left Nicosia with “no other choice.” The spokesman called on “all other countries, and especially our European Union partners, as well as permanent members of the [UN] Security Council to react to Turkey’s action.”Christodoulides was referring to plans by Turkish authorities to conduct seismic research off the island’s southern coast, in areas where Cyprus already has licenses to drill for natural gas. “The Republic of Cyprus will continue to exercise its sovereign rights,” he said.The decision means that a scheduled meeting later this week between Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu and the UN’s special envoy to Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, will not go ahead.Eroglu condemned Nicosia’s move as “the wrong stance,” saying it proved that Greek-Cypriot efforts to solve the Cyprus problem “were not sincere.” He added that he had previously asked Anastasiades to temporarily suspend plans for drilling off the island’s coast and that the Greek-Cypriot side had ignored his warnings.There was no comment from the UN camp but sources said that Barth Eide, who arrived in Nicosia Tuesday, called a meeting with his aides to discuss the developments.The Greek Foreign Ministry, which has backed Nicosia in the dispute with Cyprus, yesterday lodged a complaint with Turkish Ambassador in Athens Kerim Uras. Meanwhile Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos discussed the matter by telephone with his Cypriot counterpart, Ioannis Kasoulides.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Russia would be a difficult opponent

first_imgUruguay captain and defender Diego Godin has said that Russia would be a “difficult opponents” in this 2018 World Cup tournament.Uruguay, who beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in their Group A match on Wednesday and secured their place in the round of 16, will take on hosts Russia, who are also in the next round.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“I’m happy that we have reached the playoff. Now we have to prepare for the match against Russia, this will be a decisive game… The match [against Saudi Arabia] was difficult, there are no easy encounters at the World Cup. Russia are difficult opponents, we know that they… that they are technically a very good side with the ball. The main thing is to do everything right and not to pick up yellow cards,” Godin told journalists via FourFourTwo.In 2015, Godín was named as captain for Uruguay’s defence of the Copa América during the 2015 continental tournament in Chile. He was also picked for the Copa América Centenario squad, heading home from a Carlos Sánchez long cross in the opener against Mexico where both teams ended with ten players (1–3 loss). He won his 100th cap in the following match, a 0–1 defeat to Venezuela at the Lincoln Financial Field.last_img read more

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Morgan We lacked cutting edge

first_imgLeicester City captain Wes Morgan has urged his team to be more clinical in the final third after their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday.Leicester City created a lot of chances in their game with Tottenham but failed to convert as Heung-min son and Dele Alli scored to give the visitors all three points, and Morgan hopes they can more clinical in future matches.“We’ve come into the game in good form, especially at home we feel confident,” Morgan told the club’s website.“Before tonight we were seven games unbeaten. We wanted to continue that but today we didn’t have that final cutting edge.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We kept them quiet for the majority of the game, I think someone said their first shot on target was the goal, which was a testament to how we played in the first half.“Going in at 1-0 down at half-time, at that time of the game is hard to take but we tried to bounce back but couldn’t find our way to the goal. They found that second goal and it was uphill from then.“Looking back there were a few things we could’ve done to try and prevent that first goal – to try and block the shot or try and close down the space quicker.“Credit to the striker (Son Heung-Min), he scores good goals all the time, he’s a threat at any stage of the game. There’s nothing much we could do about that.”last_img read more

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Alaska Legislature on pace to pass fewest bills ever

first_imgSenate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, talks to reporters at a Senate Majority press availability on Thursday. Sens. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, Anna MacKinnon, R-Anchorage, and Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, seated left to right, also participated. Kelly said the Senate is willing to stay beyond the scheduled end of the session to work on budget-related and other important bills. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Alaska’s Legislature is on pace to pass fewer bills than in any other session in the state’s history. And it’s not clear whether lawmakers will be able to agree on a plan to fix the state’s budget for the future.Listen nowThe Legislature passed 10 bills in the first 87 days of the session. Even if the pace picks up, it will likely remain well below the 39 bills passed in 2011 – which is the fewest in any year since statehood.Lawmakers haven’t passed the annual budget or bills to draw from the Permanent Fund for the budget or to raise taxes.Senate President Pete Kelly said the Senate is willing to stay beyond the scheduled end of the session on Sunday to work on bills related to the long-term budget, or that are time-sensitive or critical. He said the focus on the budget has led to the low number of bills passing.“We’re trying to concentrate on this fiscal issue that faces us,” Kelly said. “I think that’s the short and long of it.”The House passed on Wednesday its version of the bill to reduce Permanent Fund dividends and draw money from fund earnings. The bill wouldn’t go into effect until the Legislature reintroduces an income tax and raises oil and gas taxes.Nome Democratic Rep. Neal Foster said the combination of bills is needed.“The public wants a long-term sustainable plan – and this gets us a long-term sustainable fiscal plan,” Foster said.There are several issues that separate the two chambers. The Senate majority doesn’t want an income tax. The House majority is seeking higher PFDs than the Senate. Senators are interested in eliminating some oil and gas tax credits, but they don’t want the House’s increase to the industry’s taxes. The Senate is seeking to lower the state limit on spending. The House isn’t.And the Senate budget would spend nearly $230 million less than the House budget.Kelly said the Senate passed the bills the majority promised. He said he understands why the larger body has been slower.“We said we were going to do A, B, C and D, and we did A, B, C and D, and then we sent it over to them,” Kelly said. “And we worked rather quickly. Now, by the way, it isn’t a fair comparison to call the House slow or anything like that. They have 40 people – it’s a whole different ballgame than we’re dealing with. The Senate can be and is more nimble.”House members say new taxes are needed to close the $2.7 billion gap between what the state government spends and what it raises. They also said the Senate plan balances the budget on the backs of those least able to afford it.Homer Republican Rep. Paul Seaton said drawing from the Permanent Fund should only be one piece of a plan.“The other two components were a broad-based tax, which we all know that we need unless we were to go into severe cut mode and send ourselves into a 10-year recession,” Seaton said. “And the third component of that was the oil and gas tax.”Senators say lower spending and an improved revenue outlook mean the state can balance the budget without an income tax.Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon said she doesn’t want to hurt the private sector.“I just have personally a hard time in asking Alaskans to pay an income tax, when they’re paying a federal tax and then turning around and handing out Permanent Fund checks,” MacKinnon said.Kelly wrote in a letter to the House Speaker on Wednesday that the Senate majority wants to focus on a limited number of bills, other than the budget and Permanent Fund measures. Budget-related bills include a motor-fuel tax, freezing state worker pay and changes to education. Other bills would make driver’s licenses comply with the federal REAL ID Act, amend last year’s criminal justice overhaul, and address the opioid crisis.Lawmakers plan to work through the weekend, although some of their aides will leave Juneau. The Alaska Constitution mandates that the session must end by May 17.last_img read more

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Throwback When Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani stayed in a garage merely

first_imgAmbani’s brothers – Anil and MukeshReutersMukesh Ambani, the chairman of the Reliance Industries, was ranked 13th rickest man in the world on Forbes World’s Billionaire list of 2019 having worth of 50 billion dollars. He also recently became the first Indian to enter the global top 10 richest billionaire list complied by Hurun Research. But it would be surprising for most of the people to know that the 13th rickest man in the world, who lives in a luxurious 2 billion dollar home, Antilia, once lived in a chawl in a tiny room along with 8-9 more members of his family.In an old interview with Simi Garewal, Mukesh Ambani walked down the memory lane to describe how it was growing up and living in a joint family in a chawl in Mumbai. During the conversation, Mukesh said that living at the Jai Hind Estate, the chawl in Bhuleshwar, is the first memory that he would always preserve in life. He was a just 4-5 year old boy at that time.It was not something that Mukesh would want to get away with that. In fact, he said that they all felt secured and absolutely happy living in the chawl at that point of their life.Dwelling further into his second most treasured memory was dealing with the toughness of his father Dhirubhai Ambani while growing up. “One evening, we had guests and I would be 10 or 11 years old and Anil would be 9 years old. Both of us, misbehaved to the T. We would do all funny things what kids would do. My mother (Kokilaben Ambani) would bring food for the guests and before the guests could have it, all food would be eaten up by us. And my father patiently said, “OK! Sit down” but we were like really in our own world. And these were people who were coming at our home for the first time and we would jumping from one sofa to another. And generally we were having a good time oblivious of all the guests,” Mukesh had recalled.He continued, “Next morning my father called us and said, “Mukesh! Anil! Both of you out here. From today onwards, for the next two days you are going to stay in the garage unless you learn to behave yourselves. And you repent, you are not going to come up. My mother pleaded to him saying they are poor little boys. We really spent two days in the garage on merely water and roti. And that made us repent and also bonded the two brothers.last_img read more

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Hungary detains former communist minister

first_imgHistorians say that as interior minister Biszku also personally intervened in court cases and called for tougher sentences against revolutionaries, including the death penalty. But Ibolya said that for now those suspicions have not been sufficiently documented to form part of the case against him.“We haven’t given up and continue to pursue this as part of the Biszku investigation,” Ibolya said.Biszku has made few public appearances since the end of Hungary’s communist regime in 1990, but he was questioned by police in 2010 after calling the 1956 events a “counterrevolution” and denying the crimes of Hungary’s Soviet-backed regime.If convicted for war crimes, Biszku could face a life sentence.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – A former Hungarian communist interior minister was taken into custody on Monday, suspected of war crimes for his responsibility in the fatal shooting of dozens of civilians after Hungary’s 1956 uprising, prosecutors said.Bela Biszku, who will turn 91 on Thursday, denied the charges but refused to make any further statements to prosecutors, who have requested that he be placed under house arrest. Parents, stop beating yourself up If the case goes forward, Biszku would be the highest-ranking former communist official, and one of the very few Hungarians, to be prosecuted in connection with the post-1956 reprisals.Hundreds of people were executed after the uprising was crushed by the Soviet army, including the late Prime Minister Imre Nagy and several members of his revolutionary government. Thousands of others were jailed or punished for their role in the brief revolt.Biszku’s detention is a “significant milestone in Hungary’s post-communist criminal justice system,” said acting Budapest Chief Prosecutor Tibor Ibolya, who described Biszku as “one of principal directors and people responsible for the reprisals following the 1956 revolution and fight for independence.”Biszku was taken into custody early Monday at his home in the Buda hills, where he has been living in retirement for decades.“The suspect is in good physical and mental condition,” Ibolya said.Biszku was an official under the leadership of Janos Kadar, who came to power after the October 1956 uprising was crushed in a few days by the Soviet forces. Prosecutors say Biszku is the only surviving member of the communist party’s interim executive committee, which is considered responsible for militias firing indiscriminately into crowds at two separate rallies in December 1956, killing 51 people. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals held their final full practice Friday before heading to Charlotte, N.C. for the NFC Championship Game.The weather for the session was considerably better than what their counterparts, the Carolina Panthers, experienced back on the east coast.Anyway, here are a few notes from the day, after which head coach Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer spoke at the podium and David Johnson was tracked down in the locker room. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches NFL football practice at the NFL football team’s training facility Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals are scheduled to face the Carolina Panthers in the NFC championship game Sunday in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “Offensive linemen could care less; defensive linemen could care less. So we have some guys with a background of playing in the cold or maybe streetball in the cold, and college.”As for the football itself, Palmer said he isn’t sure if it is easier to throw it when it is cold or when it is wet, noting  the team did practice with a wet ball at times this week.Of course, as Arians noted it appears the Cardinals may not have to worry about rain or extreme cold, which means the team may have dodged a bullet. Palmer, however, does not see it that way.“Like I said, we don’t know. We don’t have any forecasters on our team,” he said. “You can check it as much as you want, but it changes so fast, especially a storm like that. Things come and go really quickly. It looks like it will be OK, but we are prepared for the worst.”David Johnson is ready to goOne of the things Arians began his press conference by stating was that everyone practiced Friday, with some being upgraded in terms of their participation. One of those players was running back David Johnson, who surprisingly showed up on the injury report this week with a toe injury.Arians said Thursday the rookie sprained it, and Friday the running back said all is well. Weather? What weather?Much of the nation is glued to the television checking out what kind of havoc Winter Storm Jonas is causing back east, but the Cardinals themselves aren’t too concerned with the weather they will face upon landing in Charlotte Saturday afternoon.In fact, head coach Bruce Arians thinks the media is overrating the weather angle.“Sunday is going to be 37, wind about six miles an hour,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for better than that in Charlotte.”Arians compared what his team will be playing in Sunday to what it already has this season in games at Seattle and Philadelphia, both of which the Cardinals won. He added what the team faced in Pittsburgh was different with the temperature changing so dramatically during the game, but also that if you are playing games during this time of the year you should probably expect some winter weather.That’s not to say he’s happy about, though.“I feel bad because our fans aren’t going to be able to get there, supposedly because of flights getting cancelled,” he said. “We have some great fans that travel with us and you hope they’ll be able to get in town for the game.” And while it may seem like the Cardinals are at a disadvantage because they are unable to practice in the kind of weather they will be playing in Sunday, Arians says it all has probably helped his team a bit as the Panthers have not been able to keep things normal this week.“I think it’s probably hurt them because of the indoor facility,” he said. “This is one of the best practice areas in the league. Indoors or outdoors, we’re never going to miss or disrupt our week of practice. But yeah, that’s got to be hurting them.”Carson’s cool with the coldWhile Arians said cold or rainy weather shouldn’t be a problem, you’d think if it was, quarterback Carson Palmer would be most effected. The 36-year-old said it does not matter him whether it is warm or cold, dry or rainy, because, “you have to be ready to roll.”But, his perspective also comes from having played in games that dealt with the elements during his time with the Cincinnati Bengals, a benefit some of his teammates do not enjoy.“There are some young guys that have only played in, what is it, 75 degrees today? This kind of weather,” he said. “There are some guys, you think of our young guys, Smokey (John Brown) played in Missouri where it is cold and nasty, and our other two big guys are from Minnesota, so they are used to that.center_img “I’m good, good to go,” he said. “I practiced all day today. It felt great.”Johnson said the injury happened late in the team’s 26-20 OT win over the Green Bay Packers last Saturday,The team’s lead running back will hope to fare better than he did in that game, when he ran for just 25 yards on 15 carries. If he does, the Cardinals may very will find themselves in Super Bowl 50.It’s been quite a run for Johnson, who has gone from a third-round pick out of Northern Iowa to the No. 1 running back on one of the NFL’s best teams. He said he never could have expected his life would take this kind of turn, but he hasn’t had any time to think about it all.“I haven’t had time to sit down and really dwell on the success we’re having, I’m having,” he said. “I’m just going to have to wait until after the season.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgGateway, Colorado – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineYou might expect a luxury resort in Colorado created by the founder of the Discovery Channel to be all about the rugged mountain lifestyle. And John Hendricks’s Gateway Canyons Resort in the Unaweep Canyon wraps up all the red rock beauty, authentic cowboy and mountain sports activities, geological marvels (including dinosaur tracks) and Native American vibe of its location into a decidedly elite, educational experience. Hendricks, as it turns out, is also one of the world’s top collectors of vintage American autos, so while you might not expect a terrific car museum, don’t miss it. You also might not expect accommodations as superb as the new 650-square-foot Kayenta Signature Suites, with oversize patios, hot spring spas and private fire pits (from $1,500 nightly). But after a day of horseback riding, ATV trail riding and heli-touring, you’ll be delighted by the pampering perks.www.gatewaycanyons.comlast_img read more

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first_imgSeptember 18, 2017Last week, Arcosanti was visited by Local Earth. “Local Earth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to upgrading the health and sustainability of our planetary systems. We are doing this by creating a regenerative model for human society that integrates harmoniously with our natural environment. We are cultivating a mutually beneficial relationship with the human species and the entirety of our global ecosystem. The old paradigm ways of fear and competition are becoming obsolete. We are upgrading the operating systems for planet Earth, just as we upgrade the operating systems on our computers.. Earth 2.0 is evolving from a solutions-based modest of creativity, cooperation, collaboration and abundance.”During their visit, they took time to learn about the Arcosanti project by interviewing different members of the community and employees of the Cosanti Foundation including, Co-president Jeff Stein. These interviews helped to explain the powerful work that the architecture and the community at Arcosanti are doing every day to live a more “regenerative” lifestyle. You can find more information about Local Earth here: http://local-earth.org/about/(Text and photos by Shannon Mackenzie)last_img read more

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